Product Code: PIC06_806
Comparison of the Structures of the Hot-Work Tool Steels Laser Modified Gradient Layers
Eugeniusz Hajduczek, Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian Univ. of Technology; Gliwice Poland
Leszek Dobrzanski, Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian Univ. of Technology; Gliwice Poland
Miroslaw Bonek, Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian Univ. of Technology; Gliwice Poland
Presented at PICALO 2006
The objective of the present work was to study the modification of the microstructure of hot-work tool steel X40CrMoV5-1 during the surface modifying by means of laser technology. The aim of such treatment was to harden and alloy the steel surface which had been previously coated with tungsten carbide (WC). Development of the surface layer was observed in which one can distinguish the remelted zone, heat-affected zone and the transient zone. The fine grained, dendritic structure occurs in the remelted and alloyed zone with the crystallization direction connected with the dynamical heat abstraction from the laser beam influence zone. The fine grained martensite structure is responsible for hardness increase of the alloyed layer. It has the important cognitive significance and gives grounds to the practical employment of these technologies for forming the surfaces of new tools and regeneration of the used ones.
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