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Investigation on the relationship between NbC and wear-resistance of Fe matrix composite coatings with different C contents

Zhao, C, Zhou, Y, Xing, X, Liu, S, Ren, X and Yang, Q (2018) Investigation on the relationship between NbC and wear-resistance of Fe matrix composite coatings with different C contents. Applied Surface Science, 439. pp. 468-474. ISSN 0169-4332

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Abstract

The wear resistance of Fe-based composite coating is significantly related with the character of carbides and matrix, which could be strongly affected by C content in it. In this work, the Fe-based composite coatings with different C contents were prepared. The microstructure and phase structure of the coatings were analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with an energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The hardness and wear resistance of the coatings were determined. Then the hardness and brittleness of carbon poor niobium carbides were calculated by first principles calculation. The results show that, the phase structures of the coatings are mainly composed of NbC, γ phase (retained austenite) and α phase (martensite). With the increase of C content, the retained austenite appears and C content of martensite is increased. The hardness of the coatings are increased from HRC 22 to HRC 59. The distribution and morphology of NbC are changed with the increase of C content. The NbC precipitated in reticular grain boundary can be observed when C content is 0.4 wt.% C (C-1). NbC turn into granular and small rod morphology when C content increases to 0.8 wt.% C (C-2). The cracks and defects cannot been found on the surface of the coating when C content is 1.2 wt.% C(C-3), whose hardness is HRC 58 and wear loss is 0.27 g/N cm2 in 8 h. The flaky M7C3 carbide precipitates on the coating when C content is 1.4 wt.% C(C-4), which weaken the wear resistance of the matrix. Compared with the hardfacing coatings with different C contents, the C-3 coating processes higher hardness and wear resistance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MD Multidisciplinary
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Maritime and Mechanical Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier BV
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Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 10:42
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 10:42
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.01.034
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8520

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