Effect of carburization on microstructure of low carbon steel and the influence of process parameters on its tribological behavior

Pavan Hiremath, Sathyashankara Sharma, M. C. Gowrishankar, Manjunath Shettar, C. S.Suhas Kowshik, Nithesh Naik

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Steel is one of the major engineering materials which has got applications in almost all high load carrying structures. In this study the influence of carburizing a case hardening treatment, is studied on the microstructural and tribological behavior of low carbon steel. The steel considered in this study is an unalloyed plain carbon steel. Initially the as received steels were heat treated with normalizing treatment to attain uniformity (phase distribution) throughout the steels. The normalized steels were then carburized. A dry sliding wear test was conducted on all the specimens to find the influence of carburization on the steels. It was observed that carburization reduces the wear loss in the specimens because of high pearlite formation in the surface of the steels. Later the influence of process parameters such as speed, load and time of wear tests were identified using Taguchi L27 array for full factorial design. The ANOVA results showed that wear testing time has a greater contribution to the mass loss of the specimens and wear testing loads had the least effect on it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-725
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical and Production Engineering Research and Development
Issue numberSpecial Issue 2
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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