Correlation between residual stress and abrasive wear of WC-17Co coatings

O. P. Oladijo, A. M. Venter, L. A. Cornish

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This investigation had been conducted to determine the influence of residual stresses on the abrasive wear resistance of HVOF thermal spray WC-17 wt.% Co coatings, as well as to derive stress relaxation after cutting by wire electric discharge machining (EDM). The abrasive wear properties of the coatings were characterised using an ASTM-G65 three body abrasive wear machine with silica sand as the abrasive. The residual stress was measured by means of X-ray diffraction techniques, on the coated samples before and after the abrasive wear tests. Compressive residual stresses were observed in the surface layer of the large coated samples. However, stress relaxation results after cutting into small sizes were distinctly different. There was strong correlation between residual stresses in the surface layer and abrasive wear resistance, as well as yield strength of a material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-76
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials


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