The tribological behavior of AA5083 aluminum sheet sliding against tool steel impacts the quality of components manufactured with the elevated temperature metal forming processes such as Quick Plastic Forming (QPF), Superplastic Forming (SPF), or warm forming. This study focuses on the tribological performance and evaluation of alternative solid lubricants using a flat-on-flat tribo-tester to simulate sheet forming at high temperature applications. Improved lubricant formulations containing boron nitride with graphite additions were found to enhance lubricity while maintaining good adherence to the surface of the aluminum blank at a temperature of 450°C.

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