Date of Award

January 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Surojit Gupta


The Mn+1AXn (MAX) phases (over 60+ phases) are thermodynamically stable nanolaminates displaying unusual, and sometimes unique, properties. MAX phases are also highly damage tolerant, thermal shock resistant, creep resistant, lubricious, readily machinable, may possess Vickers hardness values of 2-8 GPa, and are anomalously soft for transition metal carbides and nitrides. Because of these properties, there is a huge potential for MAX phase's to improve tribological properties when used in composites. Here for the first time Al, Sn, and Epoxy MAX phase composites will be explored to gain a better understanding of the tribological properties of the various composites.