Tribological Damage Characteristics of a Novel Low Carbon Steel Synthesized Through Intercritical Thermal Cycling

  • Amir Raza Subhani
  • Dipak Kumar Mondal
  • Joydeep MaityEmail author
Technical Article


Enhanced hardness development in an intercritical thermal-cycled steel as compared to conventional-annealed low carbon steel is critically introspected with the study of dry sliding wear behavior (at sliding speed ~ 1 ms−1, load range: 4.9–14.71 N) in view of readily awaited in-depth correlation between wear mechanism and structural evolution. The steel in annealed condition (possessing lower hardness) suffers from higher wear loss (inferior resistance against wear) with respect to the steel subjected to intercritical thermal cycling, except at highest load (14.71 N). This is primarily due to the removal of layers of oxide and harder pearlite regions primarily through abrasion. Intercritical thermal-cycled steel significantly resists wear loss up to 9.81 N load and provides much superior wear resistance than annealed steel. However, at highest load (14.71 N), the softening effect in the form of tempering coupled with microplowing abrasion results in an aggravated wear loss in this steel.


AISI 1010 steel Intercritical thermal cycling Dry sliding wear test Oxidation, microcutting, and microplowing Strain hardening and martensite tempering Wear resistance 



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  • Amir Raza Subhani
    • 1
  • Dipak Kumar Mondal
    • 1
  • Joydeep Maity
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Materials EngineeringNational Institute of Technology DurgapurDurgapurIndia

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