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Wear Studies of Tungsten Carbide Cutting Tools Using Micro-Beam Techniques

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J. Nickel

Center for Applied Physical Sciences of the Research Institute, KFUPM, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

A. N. Shuaib, I. M. Allam

Mechanical Engineering Department, KFUPM, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

J. Tribol 121(1), 177-184 (Jan 01, 1999) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2833800 History: Received September 25, 1997; Revised April 15, 1998; Online January 24, 2008

Abstract

Particle accelerator based μ-PIXE and μ-RBS techniques along with optical microscopy, SEM and EDS were employed to examine the worn faces of uncoated tungsten carbide inserts used for cutting free machining steel. The study is concentrated on the deposited manganese sulfide onto the rake and flank faces of the tool tips, and on the changes in the tool matrix composition arising from the prevailing wear mechanisms. The manganese and iron distributions on the worn faces of the tool tips showed a very good reproducibility for similar cutting conditions. Evidence of the decomposition of tungsten carbide in the crater and the diffusion and/or oxidation of the freed tungsten is presented. The strength of the μ-PIXE and μ-RBS versus conventional techniques is demonstrated by the ability of the former techniques to resolve the structure and the composition of deposited layers in three dimensions.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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