Influence of laser hardening and resulting microstructure on fatigue properties of carbon steels
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Cylindrical specimens of a CSN 12050 carbon steel, equivalent to the UNS G 10420 steel, with two different initial microstructures, normalized and heat treated, were surface processed without melting by a 2.5 kW, CO2 laser to study the effects of laserbeam hardening and resulting microstructure on fatigue properties and mechanisms. Two configurations of circumferential laser passes were made, resulting in one and three separate surface hardened lines, respectively. Fatigue resistance was studied using alternating bend tests. A detailed metallographic study and x-ray measurements of surface stresses were carried out. It was shown that the laser beam hardening under different conditions either reduced or slightly improved the fatigue life.
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