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On adhesion and metal transfer in sliding contact between TiN and austenitic stainless steel
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Wear, ISSN 0043-1648, E-ISSN 1873-2577, Vol. 264, no 9-10, 781-787 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Austenitic stainless steels are known to be very difficult to machine and form. This is due to their tendency to adhere to the tool material, which then initiates galling. In this paper, austenitic stainless steel has been tested against TiN in un-lubricated sliding contact. The interface between TiN and adhered stainless steel was investigated by transmission electron microscopy. An oxide layer, emanating from the stainless steel, was revealed to be present between the tool surface and the adhered stainless steel. It is concluded that the stainless steel oxide plays a major role for the sticky behavior of this material. To further investigate this phenomenon, austenitic stainless steel samples were also pre-oxidised before testing to examine if the oxide thickness and composition are important for the adhesion tendency. The test showed that the sample oxidised at 800 °C had less tendency to adhere than those oxidised at lower temperatures. The explanation is either its higher thickness, or its high content of Cr-oxide in its surface. The surface of the oxides formed at lower temperatures consists mainly of iron oxide.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 264, no 9-10, 781-787 p.
Keyword [en]
Adhesion, Galling, Stainless steel, TiN, Sliding contact
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96668DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2006.11.056ISI: 000255117700008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96668DiVA: diva2:171317
Available from: 2008-01-24 Created: 2008-01-24 Last updated: 2016-04-13Bibliographically approved
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1. On Adhesion and Galling in Metal Forming
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Adhesion and Galling in Metal Forming
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Metal forming is widely used in the industry to produce cans, tubes, car chassis, rods, wires etc. Forming certain materials such as stainless steel, aluminium and titanium, is often difficult, and problems associated with transfer of work material to the tool material are frequent. Transferred material may scratch and deform the following manufactured pieces, a phenomenon named galling. Lubricants can, to some degree, solve these problems. However, many forming oils are hazardous to the environment, and therefore it is highly desirable to replace them or get rid of them.

This thesis investigates the nature of the galling phenomenon and tries to explain under which conditions such problems arise. Dry sliding tests have been performed in a dedicated load-scanner equipment. Difficult work materials have been tested against tool materials under various conditions and the samples have then been studied by advanced analytical techniques, such as ESCA and TEM, to study the detailed tribological mechanisms occurring in the contact between work and tool material.

The general assumption is that material transfer only occurs when there is metal to metal contact. In this work it has been found that, for stainless steel, the oxide plays a very important role for the sticky behaviour of stainless steel, and that metal to metal contact is not a necessary condition for galling.

Several PVD-coated tool materials have been tested and it was found that vanadium nitride coatings can be tuned regarding their chemical composition, to be more galling resistant than conventional coatings.

The surface roughness of the tool material is very strongly coupled to the tools ability to resist galling. The smoother the tool surface, the less risk of material transfer and galling.

Some work materials, like aluminium and titanium, transfer to even the smoothest tool materials. A proposed explanation for this is that their oxides are much harder than the bulk material and the tool material matrix. When deforming the work material, the oxide will fracture into small hard scales, which can indent the tool material. Indented hard scales will then contribute to material transfer of more work material to the tool.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2008. 52 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 388
Engineering physics, adhesion, galling, dry sliding, stainless steel, vanadium nitride, metal forming, Teknisk fysik
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8417 (URN)978-91-554-7072-2 (ISBN)
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2008-02-15, Häggsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:00
Available from: 2008-01-24 Created: 2008-01-24Bibliographically approved

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