A new delamination pattern in elevated-temperature oxidative wear
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The sliding wear tests were performed under the atmospheric conditions at 400 °C for H13 steel. The effects of load on the wear mechanisms and delamination patterns were studied. A new delamination pattern was found to appear in the mild-severe transition region of the elevated-temperature wear. The delamination pattern could be proved by the belt-like debris and the corresponding wide ditches on worn surfaces. Under the loads of 50–100 N, mild oxidative wear prevailed with the characteristics of the plate-like oxide debris and low wear loss and its delamination was from inside oxides or the interface between the oxides and bulk metal. The wear rate increased with increasing load; the mild–severe wear transitions occurred under the loads of 100–200 N concomitant with more and more belt-like debris and wide ditches on worn surfaces. In this case, the wear loss would be mainly attributed to a special delamination from inside the bulk metal underneath the tribo-oxides with the formation of belt-like debris containing oxide and bulk metal. The delamination pattern was realized by the way that the ploughed furrows were first formed by the micro-cutting of oxide particles in the delaminated zone, whereby cracks initiate from the furrow wall and propagate parallel to worn surface to cause the delamination.
KeywordsWear Rate Wear Surface Wear Mechanism Wear Debris Bulk Metal
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial supports of the advanced talent fund project from Jiangsu University (No. 07JDG062) and the nature science fund from Jiangsu Province (No. SBK2009221).
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