Wear Resistance of High C High Si Steel with Low Retained Austenite Content and Kinetically Activated Bainite

Bojan Podgornik, Mihael Brunčko, and Peter Kirbiš
2020 Metals  
A novel high C high Si carbide free bainitic steel was developed for the production of cold work tools, knives, and rolls, requiring high hardness, toughness, as well as abrasive/adhesive wear resistance and resistance to galling at low costs. The steel was tribologically tested in dry sliding conditions under abrasive and adhesive wear mode, facilitated by using alumina and bearing steel ball as a counter-material, respectively. It was determined that carbide dissolution occurs under high
more » ... ct pressures, thereby enriching the surrounding matrix with carbon and locally increasing the retained austenite content. The high retained austenite at the sliding interface increases the steels work hardening capacity and promotes superior wear resistance when compared to much more alloyed cold work tool steel, such as AISI D2. The steel has a high resistance to galling as determined by sliding against a soft steel bar due to its chemical composition.
doi:10.3390/met10050672 fatcat:zznexosj7zaihbknh5l2swoypa