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Characterization of Hard Metal Surfaces after Various Surface Process Treatments
Linköping University, The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to investigate how material surfaces are affected by various surface treatments and how this relates to the adhesion of the coating. The materials that were studied were WC-Co and Cermets and the surface treatments used were polishing, grinding with coarser and finer abrasive grains, and finally wet blasting and dry blasting. Focus was on deformations and residual stresses in the surface, surface roughness and cracks. The test methods used for examining the samples included surface roughness measurements, residual stress measurements, adhesion tests using Rockwell indentation and SEM images of the surface and the cross section.

The results concluded that polishing gives very good adhesion. Additionally, the adhesion for ground surfaces was good for WC-Co but very poor for Cermets. Furthermore, it was observed that finer abrasive grains did not result in better adhesion. In fact, the coarser grains gave slightly better results. Finally, it was concluded that wet blasting has a clear advantage over dry blasting and results in much better adhesion, especially for the Cermets. The results for the WC-Co were a bit inconsistent and so further research is required.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 60 p.
WC-Co, cermet, grinding, blasting, polishing, residual stress, surface roughness, surface deformations, cross section, adhesion
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12433ISRN: LiTH-IFM-A-EX-08/2012-SEOAI: diva2:69
Available from: 2008-09-11 Created: 2008-09-04 Last updated: 2008-09-11Bibliographically approved

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