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Steel abrasive wear forecasting by wearing surfaces microgeometric parameters/Plienu abrazyvinio dilimo prognozavimas pagal dylancio pavirsiaus mikrogeometrinius parametrus.

1. Introduction

Abrasive wear is the most intensive, loss-making mechanical wear type. Machine elements, what works in the soil wear rates can reach 12.7 mm/h [1].

For wear estimation can be used many methods, but in practice are used just few of them. Normally its selectable method, with required accuracy and what guarantees lower costs and its time efficient. These methods are micrometer, mass, artificial bases, profilography and other methods, which are selectable by required accuracy, price and speed of measurement [2].

The type and intensity of abrasive wear depends on abrasive mass (particle size, form, composition, hardness, dampness) and the wearing surface properties (composition, hardness), and also the abrasive particle and surface hardness ratio [3].

Abrasive mass abrasivity is ranked by particle hardness, size and sharpness. The harder, higher and sharper particles, then the wear is intensive [4].

Soft abrasive medium wear caused by surface multiply plastic deformation (fatigue) principle--wear is slow and acceptable [2]. Fixed abrasive particle in solid body surface creates microcuts with depth of 0.001 0.02 mm [5]. The wearing surface is softer then easier abrasive particle can go deepen with increasing the wear. Because of this rule, roughness of wearing soft surface is higher.

In literature [3, 5-8] the hardness is referred as the main property which has influence to abrasive wear resistance, i. e. the harder the steel surface, the higher to abrasive wear resistance it has. But actually the abrasive wear resistance determines composition and microstructure of steel [2].

Wear intensity depends directly from the met al microhardness [5]. As a rule, increasing the hardness increases the abrasive wear resistance. The abrasive particles in to the harder layer can less penetrate and less plastically deform. The exception to this rule can do microstructure features. It was found that the wear in the abrasive mass, steel 65G tempered in oil (30-35 HRC) wearing less than the steel tempered in water (58-60 HRC) [9].

Wear influence the steels tensile strength. High-tensile steel is less resistant to abrasive particles penetration into the steel, but the deformed surface returns to its original shape and not damaging the surface if it's not exceeded its elastic limit. The steels, who don't have the elastic properties, are more resistance to abrasive particle penetration, but its brittle [10].

In ideal case, intender, with significantly higher hardness than wearing surface hardness, scratching softer surface and leaves mirror trace (grove), Fig. 1.

Intender traces in plastic and hard (brittle) surfaces leaves different tracks (Fig. 2) [7]. In plastically surface beside trace, the dump is created while on brittle surface grove border crumbles.

Ductile surface wear is calculated by surface, affected by the indenter, the difference between the areas before and after the impact of inventory [7]:

[Florin] or [Guilder].sub.ab] - [A.sub.1] + [A.sub.2]/[A.sub.v];

[DELTA][V.sub.d,ductile] = [Florin] or [Guilder].sub.ab] [A.sub.v/A = [Florin] or [Guilder].sub.ab][PHI]P/[H.sub.def],

where: ([A.sub.1] + A.sub.2]) is the cross-sectional area of the material displaced at the edges of the groove when the material is ductile; [A.sub.V] is the cross-sectional area of the wear groove; [Florin] or [Guilder].sub.ab] is the ratio of the amount of material removed by the passage of a grit to the volume of the wear groove; [PHI] is a factor depending on the shape of the abrasive particles; P is the externally applied surface pressure. The pressure is assumed to have a uniform value, e.g. uniformly loaded sand paper; [H.sub.def] is the hardness of the material when highly deformed.

Brittle surface, affected by the indenter, wear is calculated by the difference between the areas before and after effects of the indenter, but because of the extra brittle fracture zones, calculation is more complex [7]:

[DELTA][V.sub.d,brittle] = [[phi].sub.1]/[H.sub.def] + [[[phi].sub.1][A.sub.f][D.sub.ab][P.sup.1.5][H.sup.0.5][[mu].sup.2][OMEGA]/ [K.sub.2.sub.IC]] (3)


where: [mu] is the coefficient of friction at the leading face of the abrasive particles; [D.sub.ab] is the effective size of the abrasive particles; [THETA].sub.1], [THETA].sub.3] is a factor depending on the shape of cracking during abrasive wear. For pyramidal shape particles; [OMEGA] is a parameter defined as [OMEGA] = 1-exp[(-(p/[p.sub.crit]).sup.05]); [K.sub.IC] is the fracture toughness under tension.

Analytical evaluation of wear, when evaluating various compositions of the steels has severe limitations: an extremely different friction coefficient, underestimating the plastic deformation degree, indenter sharpness and so on [7]. It does not guarantee a minimum evaluation of accuracy.

Structural, heat-finished, mild steel (including spring-steel) hardness can reach up to 4-6 GPa.

Steels with plenty wide range of hardness has elastic properties, so it is likely that [theta].sub.Brittle] > [theta].sub.Ductile], accordingly, surface, roughness top angles with differing elastic properties will be different.

Steel, impacted with indenter, elastic and brittle profiles scratches angle will vary by materials elastic deformation size. Resilience inevitable in contact: indenter breaking the surface, therefore the material tension is greater, the greater will be the groove angle change from the indenter profile. Wherewith bigger tension difference, the greater and more accurate are calculation of difference between wear traces and wear values.

Abrasive particles abrasivity are valued by them and by wearing surface form analytically determined parameter spike parameter-quadratic fit (SPQ) [12].

Both methods are similar, they are based on the theoretical Rabinowicz method i.e. the interaction model between a precise cone shape particle and the surface [11, 13].

The profile of a wear trace is measured perpendicularly to the abrasive motion direction. The result is estimated by standard roughness parameter [R.sub.a] and SPQ parameter [13, 14]. The SPQ parameter evaluates the surface profile with respect to the irregularities shape [13, 14]:

SPQ = 1/n [summation over n] cos [theta].sub.i]/2, (4)

where n is the number of measured irregularities at a chosen distance; [[theta].sub.i] is measured angle of the i-th irregularity apex (Fig. 4).

Surface profile parameter SPQ is analytically determined parameter (4), for which calculation is necessary to determine the angle [theta]. Therefore in practice reasonable is direct relation between roughness peak angle value and wear rate value.

SPQ parameter applied to the evaluation of different hardness steels wear (medium-carbon 45 and tool steels XB[GAMMA]) affected by abrasive wear [4]. Wear was modeled with rubber wheel according ASTM G65-94 [15].

During the test abrasive particles are pressed to the testing surface with the force, depending from load, particle size and rubber hardness. Contacting pressure force also depends from the particle shape. Particles on wearing surface sliding and rolling. Therefore more accurate result for the relation between wear and surface microgeometrical parameters will be received while performing wear test by fixed abrasive.

We accept that, abrasive paper grain average statistical peak angle perpendicular to the direction of movement the plane is constant. Therefore, the ideal inventory damage (easily cut and no deformable) surface profile will be the same. The real surface roughness profile differences will be formed by met al tension properties. Due to these met al surface roughness (scratches) properties the peak angle in perpendicular to wear direction plane will not have any relation between indenter (abrasive particles) profile angles.

The aim of this work--determine the steel wearing surface roughness peak angles relation with wear, and also creating preconditions for steel resistance to abrasive wear research methodology with wear by fixed abrasive.

2. Research methodology

For wear surface microgeometric parameters and wear relation evaluation was used low carbon boron micro alloyed steel Hardox 400 (further H400, SSAB Technology AB), medium carbon steel 45 (GOST 1050--88), carboniferous (spring) steel 65G (GOST 14959--79).

The steel composition and hardness obtained by heat treatment are given in Table 1. For heat treatment was used stove SNOL 8.2/1100 L. Sample size 20x15x7 mm.

For wear by fixed abrasive research was selected friction pair type pin--on--drum" (ASTM G 132-96 (2007)). By abrasive paper coated drum diameter 90 mm, applied load 28 N. The feed of 0.57 mm/rev with a drum revolving 63 [min.sup.-1] (v = 0.3 m/s). Test repeatability--3.

Chemical composition of the samples is determined by a spectrometer BELEC-compact-lab-N, hardness is measured with a hardness tester TK-2M. The wear is evaluated by method of mass los with the scales KERN EG 420-3NM (accuracy 0.001 g).

For research was used [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] abrasive paper (Olimpus Abrasives Co), type KX167 with grain size P100 (average abrasive particles size 160 [micro]m). Weared surface roughness was investigated with profilograph MahrSurf XR20. Surface profile angle perpendicular to the direction of motion of the plane was measured by processing profilogramm image with program Solid Edge ST5.

3. Results

The wear (average values) determined in this research given in Table 2.

By measuring sample surface profile across wear trace roughness [R.sub.a] Table 2, profilogramm (view) analyzed with program Solid Edge ST5--measured microroughness peak angles [theta] Table 2. It was found, that identical chemical composition, but different hardness (different structure) material wear trace is different. Abrasive particle strips for softer surface samples are rough and for harder surfaces wear traces smoother.

Hardness H, roughness [R.sub.a] and profile peak angles [theta] relation with wear graphically given in Figs. 4-6.

Low carbon boron micro alloyed steel Hardox 400 wear in fixed abrasive equally reliable linear characteristic describes his toughness and roughness. The harder the steel, the less it wears (I = -0.001H + 0.84, [R.sup.2] = 0.84) (Fig. 4, a). The wearing surface is rougher, the higher wear (I = 0.28[R.sub.a] + 0.07, [R.sup.2] = 0.84), (Fig. 4, b). Meanwhile wearing surface profile peak angles, weakly characterizes the amount of wear (/ =--0.03[THETA] + 1.37, [R.sup.2] = 0.49), (Fig. 4, c). It is likely that such characteristics reason is formed very narrow wear profile peaks angles range--only 4.7 degrees (from 22.5 to 27.2).

Medium carbon content steel 45 for wear resistance estimation best parameter is steel hardness (I = -0.01H + 0.88, [R.sup.2] = 0.83), (Fig. 5, a). Close to this steel wear evaluation parameter is wearing surface profile angle--the profile microroughness peak angle is bigger (tops obtuse) (I =--0.026[THETA] + 1.45, [R.sup.2] = 0.76), the material has higher resistance to wear (Fig 5, c). Meanwhile, the wearing surface roughness has a weak relationship with abrasive wear ([R.sup.2] = 0.55), (Fig. 5, b).

Carbon (spring) steel 65G, what variety of microstructures very strongly influences the wear resistance and hardness is not a reliable parameter to describe the resistance to abrasive wear (I = 0.001H + 0.86, [R.sup.2] = 0.53), (Fig. 6, a). Surface roughness well describes the wear rate (I = 0.38Ra--0.39, [R.sup.2] = 0.85), (Fig. 6, b). The more surface is stronger carved, the less it is resistant to wear. In this case roughness is more reliable parameter than hardness. Steel 65G resistance to wear best reflect the wearing surface profile angle. This steel roughness profile peak angle range is wide--16.4 degree (18.2 to 34.4). The more profile tops angle smaller, the surface wears more intensively (I =--0.024[THETA] + 1.24, [R.sup.2] = 0.95) (Fig. 6, c).

The results suggest that the steel abrasive wear can be predicted not only by the hardness, but also by the roughness of the wear track and the wear track profile tops size of angles. The more surface is resistant to abrasive wear the trace smoother and vice versa. Evaluation of carbon steel wear trace by profile tops angle established reliable relationship ([R.sup.2] = 0.95), the relationship between the wear rate and surface profile angles. Therefore, carbon steel with a wide hardness range resistance to wear by fixed abrasive is appropriate by the wear trace profile tops angles.

4. Conclusions

Low carbon steel wear by fixed abrasive can be predicted from their hardness and wearing surface roughness, medium carbon steel--hardness and wearing surface profile tops angles, carbon steel--wearing surface roughness and wearing surface profile tops angles.

The higher the evaluated material hardness difference, the wider range of profile tops angles, the better can be forecast wear. Wear evaluation by surface roughness or wearing surface profile tops angle has the comparative evaluation (practical) sense, for example, evaluation under the same conditions working parts for resistance to abrasive wear, where other estimation methods is complicated or impossible.


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Received March 19, 2012

Accepted June 17, 2013

V. Jankauskas *, R. Skirkus **

* Aleksandras Stulginskis Universitety, Studentu 11, 53361, Akademija, Kauno r., E-mail:

** Aleksandras Stulginskis Universitety, Studentu 11, 53361, Akademija, Kauno r., E-mail:

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In research used steels chemical composition and hardness

Sample   Chemical compositions of steels, wt. %

         C       Si      Mn      Cr      Ni      Mo      B        Other
45       0.46    0.27    0.65    0.25    0.25    --      --       0.25
65G      0.7     0.35    1.2     0.25    --      --      --       --
H 400    0.15    0.70    1.60    0.30    0.25    0.25    0.004    --



45       Remaining content
H 400

Steel heat treatment and get hardness, HV

Variant    Steel                                  H400

I          Anneal 780[degrees]C                   122
II         Tempered in water 870[degrees]C and    225
             2 h released 650[degrees]C
III        Tampered in oil 870[degrees]C          235
IV         Tampered in water 870[degrees]C and    294
             2 h Released 400[degrees]C
V          Tampered in water 870[degrees]C and    392
             2 h Released 150[degrees]C
VI         Rolled steel (purchasing condition)    413

Steel heat treatment and get hardness, HV

Variant        45         65G
I              138        235
II             227        302
III            335        327
IV             310        382
V              447        675
VI             179


In research used steel H400, 45 and 65G hardness, wear,

profile peak angles, roughness

Variant      Hardness      Wear I, g    Angle[theta],   Ra, [micro]m
             H, HV                         degree

Hardox 400

I              122          0.795          22.5            2.58
II             225          0.663          22.7            2.19
III            235          0.624          26.6            1.89
IV             294          0.652          23.7            2.02
V              392          0.589          27.2            1.83
VI             413          0.552          25              1.96

Steel 45

I              138          0.842          26.1            2.31
II             227          0.685          30.9            2.01
III            335          0.602          35.4            1.71
IV             310          0.702          27.6            2.33
V              447          0.539          32.7            1.98
VI             179          0.774          26.5            2.23

Steel 65 G

I              235          0.781          18.2            2.90
II             302          0.666          26.8            2.90
III            327          0.428          34.1            2.38
IV             382          0.659          24.2            2.74
V              675          0.395          34.4            1.96
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