The improvement of hard facing coatings for ground engaging applications by the addition of tungsten carbide

JONES, Alan Hywel and ROFFEY, P. (2009). The improvement of hard facing coatings for ground engaging applications by the addition of tungsten carbide. Wear, 267 (5-8), 925-933.

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Abstract

Abrasive wear is of particular significance in groundengagingapplications and increasingly tools are being modified with wear resistant hardfacings to extend operational lifetimes. There is a continuous demand for improved performance but without significant increases in production or tool costs. When assessing a new material's performance full scale field trials are both expensive and difficult to perform. This papers presents work on the development of improved hardfacing alloys and the parallel development of several laboratory based wear tests in order to simulate, as far as possible, in-field conditions. A hardfacing alloy which can be applied to tools as a slurry and then sintered was modified by the addition of hard powder materials has been modified using a range of WC additions. WC powders of differing sizes were added at various levels and the resultant hardfacings were characterised in terms of physical properties, microstructure and wear resistance. Wear resistance was measured using several techniques; micro-scale abrasive wear (MASW) using SiC and SiO2 abrasives and rubber wheel tests using sand abrasive in both dry and wet conditions. A correlation between the size of the hardaddition and the size of the abrasive particle was observed and significant improvements in wear resistance due to the presence of the WC is demonstrated.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Thin Films Research Centre > Nanotechnology Centre for PVD Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.wear.2009.01.042
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 13:24
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2012 13:24
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6031

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