|Title of Invention
"COMPOSITE MULTILAYER MATERIAL FOR PLAIN BEARINGS, PRODUCTION AND USE"
|A composite multilayer material, in particular for plain bearings or bushings, having a backing layer, a bearing metal layer (3) of a copper alloy or, an aluminum alloy, a nickel intermediate layer (2) and an overlay (1), wherein the overlay (1) consists of 0 - 20 wt. % copper and/or silver, the rest being bismuth, and the layer thickness of the nickel layer amounts to more than 4µm
|PbSnlOCu2. Such overlays exhibit low hardnesses of around 12 - 15 HV (Vickers Hardness), for which reason they have gcod embedding properties and are insensitive to seizure. For reasons of industrial safety and environmental protection, it is nonetheless desirable to replace the lead, which is a heavy metal., with other suitable materials.
One approach is to use hard layers as overlays in heavily loaded bearing systems. For example, aluminum-tin layers with hardnesses of around 80 HV are deposited using PVD (physical vapor deposition) methods. These are lead-free, but are very expensive to produce. Such bearings are highly wear-resistant, but they exhibit almost no embeddability and are therefore generally combined with soft, lead-containing layers as a counter-shell. However, it is also desirable to replace the lead in counter-shells with other materials.
Attempts have been made to use pure tin as a sliding surface. With a hardness of roughly 10 HV, however, pure tin is even softer than the conventional lead alloys and is therefore incapable of absorbing the loads which arise for example in crankshaft main bearings and connecting rod bearings.
DE 197 28 771 Al describes a composite multilayer material for sliding elements, the overlay of which consists of a lead-free alloy containing tin and copper, wherein the copper content amounts to 3 - 20 wt.% and the tin content to 70 - 97 wt.%. This overlay is electrodeposited by means of a methylsulfonic acid electrolyte with grain refining additives. The overlay produced in this way has the characteristics of ternary
lead-based overlays. In order further to improve wear resistance, DE 197 28 777 Al additionally proposes providing hard material particles dispersed in the electrolyte bath, these being incorporated into the layer. However, .this is associated with additional effort and cost. Between the bearing metal and the overlay it is possible to provide a 1 - 3 pm thick nickel layer together with a 2 - 10 pm thick nickel-tin layer as diffusion barrier layer.
DE 197 54 221 Al discloses a composite multilayer material with an overlay comprising 3 - 30 wt.% copper, 60 - 97 wt.% tin and. 0.5 - 10 wt.% cobalt. In this way, the mechanical load carrying capacity is further increased and embrittlement of the bonding layer between overlay and nickel diffusion barrier layer is prevented. The cobalt reduces the tendency of the tin to diffuse towards the nickel. The addition of cobalt to the alloy, however, makes the electrodeposition process more complex, which reduces process reliability. Furthermore, as in DE 197 28 777 Al the 1 - 3 pirn thick nickel layer may be combined with a 2 - 10 urn thick nickel-tin layer as diffusion barrier.
E? 1 113 180 A2 describes a composite multilayer material for plain bearings, whose overlay has a. tin matrix into which tin-copper particles are incorporated, said particles consisting of 39 - 55 wt.% copper with the rest being tin. A characteristic feature of the composite multilayer material is, in addition, that not only is an intermediate layer of nickel of a. thickness of 1 - 4 |jm provided, but also a second 2 - 7 pm thick intermediate layer of tin and nickel is arranged between the nickel intermediate layer and the overlay. By means of the
intermediate layers of nickel and tin-nickel, a system is produced which adapts itself to the load applied, load carrying capacity being increased, according to thermal conditions, by growth of the tin-nickel layer. This composite multilayer material .may be used to produce products for higher loads in. modern, highly supercharged diesel engines. However, the additional layer is associated with greater processing complexity during production of the composite multilayer material and thus higher costs.
A plain bearing is known from DE 10G 32 624 Al which comprises a bearing metal and an overlay of bismuth or bismuth alloy, which is intended to exhibit improved compatibility and fatigue strength. A crucial factor is a particular preferential orientation of the bismuth crystals, which is intended to have reduced brittleness and improved conformability relative to a random ' orientation of the crystals and relative to single crystals. Possible alloys to which reference may be made are alloys of bismuth with soft materials such as tin, indium, antimony and the like. However, these exhibit the rick that, whore these materials are not distributed uniformly in the matrix, i.e. in the event of variations
in concentration, low melting eutectics are formed. Therefore, the quantities added should be limited to 5 wt.%. In practice, however, it has become clear that eutectic formation occurs even below the 5 wt. ?; limit.
The object of the present invention is to overcome the disadvantages of the prior art.
The object of the invention is achieved by a composite multilayer material as claimed in, claim 1. In addition,
the object is achieved by production processes AS claimed in claims 9 and 12 and uses as claimed in claims 15 and 16.
1C has emerged that the presence of further phases of copper and/or silver in the bismuth matrix increases wear resistance. Although the overlay does not contain, any lead, its specific load carrying capacity and wear characteristics are comparable with to better than those of conventional lead-based layers. The overlay of the composite multilayer material according to the invention is conformable and exhibits a high degree of embeddability with regard to dirt particles. It is particularly advantageous that no low melting eutectics form in the overlay.
More precise investigations have additionally shown that
bearings of this composite multilayer material stabilize themselves on the initially still relatively soft overlay in operation after running-in due to heating and form a higher strength surface. This takes place as a result of the formation of a layer containing bismuth and nickel through diffusion of tho nickel into the overlay consisting substantially of bismuth. The resultant overlay is wear-resistant and has a high load carrying capacity. By starting with a nickel layer which is at least approx. 4 pm thick, it is ensured that the nickel layer is not wholly converted even after the running-in phase.
The netals copper and silver may ba present separately or in, combination in the bismuth matrix. Their total content should, amount to between approx. 0.5 and 20 wt. %.
Advantageously, the total content of copper and/or silver should amount to between approx. 2 and 8 wt.%.
The overlay should advantageously exhibit a layer thickness of approx. 5-25 urn. Layer thicknesses of approx. 4 - 6 urn are particularly preferred for the nickel intermediate layer as are layer thicknesses of approx. 6-14 urn for the bismuth overlay. With layer thicknesses of these orders^ of magnitude, it is ensured that neither the nickel layer nor the bismuth-based overlay is completely converted as a result of diffusion. This would lead to problems of adhesion or undesired interactions between the bismuth contained in the overlay and the bearing metal, for example in the case of lead-and tin-containing bearing metal it would lead to the formation of eutectics with very low melting points.
Advantageously, the bearing metals are copper-aluminum,
copper-tin, copper-tin-lead, copper-zinc, copper-zinc-silicon, copper-zinc-aluminum, copper-aluminum-iron or copper-zinc alloys. Copper- or aluminum-based bearing metals are preferred, i.e. bearing metals whose copper or aluminum content is between 50 and 95 wt.%.
According to the invention, the composite multilayer material is produced in that the overlay is deposited from a methanesulfonic acid electrolyte, as specified in claim 9, onto a composite of backing, bearing metal and nickel intermediate layers, wherein the electrolyte contains a non-ionic wetting agent and a grain refining agent containing a carboxylic acid. Resorcinol is present in the electrolyte as an antioxidant. If the overlay is also to contain silver, thiourea has to be added as complexing agent. Thiourea shifts the deposition
potential to the effect that silver and bismuth may be
The grain refining agent used is preferably an agent based on an acrylic acid derivative and alkylaryl polyglycol ether. Such a grain refining *gent is sold by Enthone OM1 under the name additive L, Cerolyt BMM/T.
The nonionic wetting agent is significant above all in the case of copper-containing overlays. It is intended to prevent uncontrolled copper deposition, in particular on the bearing backing. Nonionic wetting agents based on aryl polyglycol ether and/or alkylaryl polyglycol ether have proven, particularly useful. Such nonionic wetting agents are sold by Enthone OMI under the name additive N, Cerolyt BMM-T.
The plain bearings or bushings according to the invention exhibit the great advantage that an interdiffusion layer of bismuth and nickel forms on runni.ng-in under operating conditions, said layer increasing wear resistance. It is possible to encourage the interdiffusion layer to arise by artificial aging of the plain bearings or bushings. For this purpose, heat treatment at approx. 150° - 170°C
has proven particularly useful, said heat treatment proceeding for two or more hours to a few days.
The composite multilayer material according to the invention is particularly suitable for the production of crankshaft main bearings and of connecting rod bearings, in particular for the large connecting rod eye.
The invention is explained in greater detail with reference to an Example and Figures, in. which:
Figure 1 shows a section through the bearing metal
layer, nickel intermediate layer and. overlay of a composite multilayer material according to the invention;
Figure 2 shows a section through a bearing consisting of the composite multilayer material according to the invention, after the running-iri phase and
Figure 3 shows the clement distribution determined for the bearing according to Figure 2 in the area Ill-Ill by energy-dispersive X-ray analysis.
After appropriate pretreatment, a nickel diffusion
barrier layer is applied from, a Watt's nickel electrolyte
onto a prefabricated bearing of a composite of steel ancl
a bearing metal of CuP~b22Sn.
The bismuth-based overlay is electrodeposited onto the nickel intermediate layer produced in this way. The following aqueous-based electrolyte system is used for this purpose:
3i3'" as biamuth methanesulfonate 30 - 40 g/1
Cu2+ as copper methanesulfonate 1-5 g/1
Ag"" as silver methanesulfonate 0.1-2 g/1
methanesulfonic acid 150 - 200 g/1
additive "N" (Cerolyt BMM-T) 50 - 70 g/1
additive "L" (Cerolyt BMM-T) 10 - 20 g/1
resorcinol 2-3 g/1
thiourea .30 - 150 g/1If silver methanesulfonate is omitted, so should thiourea.
Bismuth is used as anode material. The bath temperature for deposition of the overlay is 15 - 40°C. The current density used ia 1.5 - 4 x 1CT* A/m2. The distance between the anode and the cathode amounts to 350 mm at most. The anccie to cathode surface area ratio should be substantially 1:1 (+/-10%).
Figure 1 is a sectional image of the layer structure of the composite multilayer material as described above, with silver methanesulfonate and thiourea being omitted. 1 designates the overlay of copper-bismuth of a thickness of 10.3 um, 2 being the nickel-intermediate layer of a thickness of 4.2 um and 3 being the bearing metal comprising CuPb22Sn.
The boundary line between the two layers 2 and 3 is shown with a white line for the sake of greater clarity.
Figure 2 is a sectional image of a bearing of the composite multilayer material shown in Figure 1 after the operating state has been established^ i.e. after the rur.ning-in phase. To this end, the bearing was heat-treated for 500 hours at 150"C. The bismuth-nickel layer of a thickness of 8.5 pm designated 4 has arisen by diffusion, said layer resulting in a more wear-resistant sliding surface with a greater load carrying capacity. That said layer is a bismuth-nickel layer is confirmed by the energy-dispersive X-ray analysis results illustrated in Figure 3. The distances on the X axis match the corresponding layer thicknesses in the area Ill-Ill of Figure 2. The overlay 1' and the nickel layer 2 now have
slightly smaller thicknesses of 3.6 pm arid 2.4 urn respectively.
Underwood tests were carried out to assess the performance of bearings made from, the composite multilayer material according to the invention. Tn these tests, a shaft with eccentric weights rotates in rigidly mounted connecting rods. The bearing system in the ^connecting rods takes the form of the test bearings. The test bearings have a wall thickness of 1.4 mm and a diameter of 50 mm. The specific load is adjusted over the bearing width. The speed of rotation amounts to 4000 rprn. Overlay fatigue and wear were measured after 250 hours of continuous operation. The results obtained in this test are listed in Table 1 (Example Nos. 5-3). For the purpose of comparison, the values are also indicated which are achieved with materials according to the prior
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Composite multilayer material for plain bearings, production and use
The invention .relates to a composite multilayer material, in particular for plain bearings or bushings, having a backing layer, a bearing metal layer of a copper alloy or an aluminum alloy, a nickel intermediate layer and an overlay. The invention additionally relates to a method for the production of said composite multilayer material, the production of plain bearings or bushings and uses for the composite multilayer material.
Conventional composite multilayer materials with the structure comprising steel backing as backing layer, lead-bronze as bearing metal layer and overlay of lead-tin-cooper, as described for example in Glyco-
1. A composite multilayer material, in particular for plain bearings or bushings, having a backing layer, a bearing metal layer (3) of a copper alloy or, an aluminum alloy, a nickel intermediate layer (2) and an overlay (1), wherein the overlay (1) consists of 0 - 20 wt. % copper and/or silver, the rest being bismuth, and the layer thickness of the nickel layer amounts to more than 4µm.
2. The composite multilayer material as claimed in claim 1, wherein the overlay (1) comprises at least 0.5 wt. % copper and/or silver,
3. The composite multilayer material as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the overlay (1) consists of 2 - 8 wt.% copper and/or silver, the rest being bismuth.
4. The composite multilayer material as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the layer thickness of the overlay (1) amounts to 5 -25 nm.
5. The composite multilayer material as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the layer thickness of the overlay (1) amounts to 6-14 µm
6. The composite multilayer material as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the layer thickness of the nickel layer (2) amounts to 4 - 6 urn.
7. The composite multilayer material as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein the bearing metal layer (3) consists of a copper-aluminum, copper-tin, copper tin-lead, copper-zinc, copper-zinc-silicon, copper zinc-aluminum, aluminum-zinc or copper-aluminum-iron alloy.
8. The composite multilayer material as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 7, which has undergone an aging process and comprises an interdiffusion layer of substantially, bismuth and nickel between the nickel intermediate layer and the overlay.
9. A method for the production of the composite multilayer materials as claimed in any one of
claims 1 to 8 by electrodeposition, in which, the overlay is deposited from an aqueous-based
electrolyte system of the following composition:
bismuth methanesulfonate 20-100 g/1
copper methanesulfonate 0.1 - 30 g/1
silver methanesulfonate 0.1 - 2 g/1
methanesulfonic acid 80-250 g/1
nonionic wetting agent 20-100 g/1
grain refining agent 5-40 g/1
resorcinol 1-4 g/1
if silver methanesulfonato is added,
then also thiourea 30-150 g/1.
10. The method as claimed in claim 9, wherein the grain refining agent is based on an acrylic acid derivative and alkylaryl polyglycol ether.
11. The method as claimed in claim 9 or claim 10, wherein the nonionic wetting agent is based on aryl polyglycol ether and/or, alkylaryl polyglycol ether
12. Production of plain bearings or bushings having the following steps;
application of a copper alloy or an aluminum alloy onto a backing layer as bearing metal layer; subdivision and shaping of the composite multilayer material; application of a nickel intermediate layer onto the bearing metal layer;
electrodeposition of an overlay onto the nickel intermediate layer in accordance with the method as claimed in claims 9 to 11.
13. Production as claimed in claim 12, wherein the plain bearings on bushings are heat-treated
for two or more hours to a few days.
14. Production as claimed in claim 13, wherein the temperature during heat treatment amounts to 150 - 170°C.
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|Name of Patentee
|FEDERAL-MOGUL WIESBADEN GMBH & CO. KG.
|STIELSTRASSE 11, 65201 WIESBADEN, GERMANY.
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