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The Role of the Counterbody’s Oxide on the Wear Behavior of HSS and Hi-Cr

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The wear behavior of two high-speed steels and a high-chromium cast iron with cryogenic treatments was evaluated using a pin-on-disc configuration. An ASTM A36 steel disc, oxidized previously in a furnace at 950 °C, was used as a counterbody with the goal of developing an accurate representation of the industrial calamine formed on the surface of steels under industrial conditions. This is a new perspective to evaluate the real contribution of the normal load, sliding velocity and heat treatments on the wear phenomena of hot rolls. Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to correlate the wear rate, friction coefficient and wear mechanisms to the microstructure, hardness and types of oxides that formed on the counterbody. Experimental results showed a complex relation between the normal load, the sliding velocity and the interaction with counterbody, which establishes the wear rates and friction coefficients.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Universidad del Valle (Colombia) for the Bolsa Concursable 2017.

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Zambrano, O.A., Gallardo, K.F., Polania, D.M. et al. The Role of the Counterbody’s Oxide on the Wear Behavior of HSS and Hi-Cr. Tribol Lett 66, 1 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11249-017-0954-1

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  • Wear
  • High-speed steel
  • High-chromium cast iron
  • Iron oxides