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Effect of Heat Treatment on the Abrasive Wear Behavior of High Chromium Iron under Dry Sliding Condition

Author(s): J.O. Agunsoye | A.A. Ayeni

Journal: Tribology in Industry
ISSN 0354-8996

Volume: 34;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 82;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Abrasive wear | Pin-on-disc equipment | Wear maps | Heat treatment | Wear regime

The effect of heat treatment on the abrasive wear behavior of high chromium cast iron (NF253AHT) under dry sliding condition has been investigated. Rectangular cross sectioned samples of the alloy were produced by sand casting. After casting, the samples were machined to equal dimensions of 50 mm x 15 mm x 10 mm and heat treated by annealing, hardening and tempering. Abrasive wear tests were carried out on the samples using the pin-on-disc wear test. The tests were carried out under restricted values of speed, load and time. Within this limit, the hardened sample displayed a superior wear resistance, while the annealed sample displayed the weakest wear resistance. A graphical model (wear map) displaying all the wear regimes of the alloy, which may serve as a wear predictive tool was subsequently developed from the results of the wear tests. With the exception of the as-cast and annealed specimen, all other specimens (hardened and tempered) have functioned adequately in wear prone environment, but with different degree of effectiveness. Hence, the hardened and tempered samples can be used in shot blast equipments and in the grinding of minerals.

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