Abrasive Wear Mechanisms in Steels

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M. J. Murray

CSIRO, Division of Materials Science, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

P. J. Mutton, J. D. Watson

The Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd., Melbourne Research Laboratories, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

J. of Lubrication Tech 104(1), 9-16 (Jan 01, 1982) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3253171 History: Received September 19, 1979; Online November 13, 2009


Abrasive wear tests have been carried out on three steels and a number of pure metals using a pin-on-drum instrument. Each steel was tested at several different hardness levels attained by varying the heat treatment and while the results show a relationship between abrasion resistance and hardness, this was not the linear relationship found by Kruschov and others. Single point scratch experiments and scanning electron microscopy were carried out in an attempt to elucidate the wear mechanisms in these different materials and from the results a model is suggested to account for the observed wear behavior.

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