Pin-on-disk unidirectional sliding friction and wear experiments for an aluminum alloy impregnated carbon composite in contact with a bearing steel were carried out at various levels of contact load in wet and dry air. The aluminum alloy impregnated carbon composite exhibits better friction and wear characteristics than the matrix materials, aluminum alloy and graphite in wet air. The coefficient of friction and wear rate decrease, especially at high loads in wet air. Graphite, together with metallic and oxidative wear particles, adheres to the disk sliding surface of the bearing steel, resulting in the formation of compacted, uniform surface films. The films prevent metal-to-metal contact, achieving a good sliding friction and wear condition.

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