Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Operational Sciences
Raymond R. Hill, PhD
The purpose of this research is to develop, conduct, and analyze an experimental design that characterizes wear rates of various materials sliding at high speeds along AISI 4340 steel. This work is in support of Holloman Air Force Base, which is invested in engineering a more wear-resistant rocket slipper for its high-speed test track. This research uses a design of experiments approach to systematically identify and evaluate potential slipper attributes that mitigate wear according to a heat transfer model. Final findings include recommendations of slipper materials that theoretically perform similar to or better than the baseline Vascomax®C300 maraging steel material. Concurrently, this research statistically evaluates the finite element analysis heat transfer model of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s pin-on-disc experiment.
DTIC Accession Number
Liew, Irene D., "Experimental Design on High-Speed Sliding Wear" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5347.