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Steel characteristics and their link to tool wear in hard part turning of transmission components
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Process Metallurgy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7707-5631
Swerea KIMAB, Kista.
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Abstract [en]

This study describes the influence of the steel characteristics of Ca-treated carburising steel grades during hard part turning of synchronising rings in gearbox production. The main focus was on the chemical composition of the non-metallic inclusions in the evaluated workpieces and their effect on the PCBN tool wear. In addition, a Ca-treated carburising steel grade was compared to a standard steel grade.

Machining tests were performed at the transmission machining site at Scania in order to evaluate the PCBN cutting tool life as defined by the generated surface roughness during actual production. The progression of flank and crater wear was evaluated by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) and a secondary electron (SE) detector.

The Ca-treated steel showed a more than doubled tool life than that of the standard steel grade. The superior machinability was linked to the formation of a Ca-enriched slag barrier composed of (Mn,Ca)S and (Ca,Al)(O,S). It is believed that the stability of the protective deposits is essential to minimise diffusion-induced chemical wear of the PCBN tool. Furthermore, the improved machinability corresponds to a reduced tooling cost of 50% during an industrial production of transmission components at the site of Scania. Therefore, to implement the M-steel on a wider range of components would lead to a significantly reduced manufacturing cost per produced component. However, the capability of Ca-treated steels through the complete production route must be further investigated in order to allow for a large scale introduction of Ca-treated steels in the production.

Keyword [en]
wear, PCBN, machinability, steel
National Category
Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
Research subject
Materials Science and Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187155OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187155DiVA: diva2:929030
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QC 20160518

Available from: 2016-05-17 Created: 2016-05-17 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Steel characteristics and their link to chip breaking and tool wear in metal cutting
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The vision of this thesis is to study how it is possible to obtain optimised workpieces during metal cutting processes in industry. Specifically, the work is aimed to increase the understanding between the steel characteristics and their link to the chip breaking and tool wear during metal cutting. The emphasis is on the influence of the cleanliness and the characteristics of non-metallic inclusions in the workpiece on the machinability of carburising steel grades. The machinability of a case hardening steel is improved by a M-treatment (additions of Ca). Also, the improved machinability of the M-steels offers an attractive potential to save money which makes it possible to reduce the tooling costs with up to 50%. The improved machinability of Ca-treated steels is correlated to the formation of lubricating slag layers consisting of Ca-enriched sulfide inclusions and oxy-sulfide inclusions, which are formed on the rake face during the machining operation. It is proposed that the formations of slag layers from the workpiece constituents are essential to minimise the chemical degradation of the tool edge due to a contact with the chip. During this process, sulfur minimises the material transfer from the chip flow, whilst Ca-treated impurities have a stabilising effect on the protective deposits made of slag layers.

Since there is a remaining industrial need to increase the production rate, whilst maintaining a high quality of the finished parts, the future production will continue to require extreme demands on the quality of workpieces. If the emphasis is focused on the workpiece, it should be possible to obtain a robust manufacturing process. Therefore, the challenge for future steel metallurgists is to develop high performance grades with optimised combined properties.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna avhandling är att studera hur det är möjligt att framställa optimala ämnen för skärande bearbetning i industriell skala. Målsättningen med arbetet är att öka förståelsen för ståls egenskaper och dess inverkan på spånbrytning och slitage av verktyg vid skärande bearbetning. Avhandlingen fokuserar på kopplingen mellan arbetsstyckets renhet och inneslutningskarakteristik och dess inverkan på skärbarhet hos sätthärdningsstål. Skärbarheten hos vanligt sätthärdningsstål kan förbättras markant genom en Ca-behandling, dvs. en så kallad M-behandling. Den förbättrade skärbarheten hos M-stål möjliggör stora kostnadsbesparingar, som uppskattas kunna reducera verktygskostnader med upp till 50%. Den förbättrade skärbarheten hos M-stål beror på bildningen utav tribologiska skikt som är anrikade med (Mn,Ca)S- och (CaO)x-Al2O3-S-slagg. Dessa tribologiska skikt bildas på skärverktygets spånsida under ingrepp vid skärande bearbetning och består utav vissa atomer som överförts från det bearbetade ämnet till skäret. Bildandet av ett skyddande skikt anses nödvändigt för att undvika att verktygets skäregg utsätts för ett kemiskt angrepp i kontaktytan med spånflödet. Svavel anses minimera att rent arbetsmaterial överförs till skärverktyget medans kalcium-berikade inneslutningar hjälper till att bilda ett stabilt och skyddande tribologiskt skikt.

Det eviga behovet att öka produktionstakten, utan att för dess skull riskera slutproduktens kvalité ställer stora krav på framtidens material. Med utgångspunkt från arbetsstycken så ska det vara möjligt att uppnå en robust industriell produktion. Utmaningen är därför att utveckla högpresterande stål med en förhöjd kombinerad funktionsegenskap.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 73 p.
Keyword
machinability, steel, non-metallic inclusions, skärbarhet, stål, icke-metalliska inneslutningar
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Materials Science and Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187156 (URN)978-91-7595-949-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-06-08, Sal B3, Brinellvägen 23, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-05-17 Created: 2016-05-17 Last updated: 2016-05-17Bibliographically approved

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