Influence of different heat treatments on dry sliding wear properties of PM steel with 1 wt.% Si addition

Tekeli S. , Gural A.

Metallofizika i Noveishie Tekhnologii, vol.34, no.9, pp.1273-1281, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : Metallofizika i Noveishie Tekhnologii
  • Page Numbers: pp.1273-1281


The effect of quenching plus tempering and intercritical annealing heat treatments on microstructure and dry sliding wear behaviour of 1 wt.% Si added PM steel is investigated. The experimental results show that a mixture of partially transformed ferrite, martensite, and pearlite is obtained in the intercritically annealed specimen. This mixture is probably formed due to the shift of the Ac1 temperature by Si addition forming additional cementite. In the quenched plus tempered specimen, fully tempered martensite and ferrite are obtained owing to the increase of Ac3 temperature by Si addition. As also seen, the wear rate of the intercritically annealed specimen is higher than that for quenched plus tempered specimen. Higher wear rates obtained in the intercritically annealed specimen is caused by hard martensite islands embedded in the soft ferrite matrix.