Effect of spherodizing on machinability characteristics and microstructure of medium carbon steels

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2004
Yanardağ, Emre
This study includes examination of the machinability characteristics of two medium carbon steel types (SAE 1040 and SAE 1050) as a result of spherodizing treatment. Both steel types were handled into four categories according to their spherodizing treatment parameters (temperature and time). Microstructural investigation, hardness and ultrasonic sound velocity measurement (with both longitudinal and transverse waves) of these steels were performed, and effect of applied heat treatments on microstructure, hardness and ultrasonic sound velocity was investigated. Pulse-echo method has been used for ultrasonic sound velocity measurements, and measurements were performed with 5 and 10 MHz longitudinal and 5 MHz transverse wave probes. Tool life criterion was used for determining the machinability characteristics of the steels. For this purpose, flank wear land measurements were performed on the cutting tools. Results have showed that, by appliying heat treatment it is possible to change the microstructure, hardness, ultrasonic sound velocity and machinability characteristics of a steel.

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E. Yanardağ, “Effect of spherodizing on machinability characteristics and microstructure of medium carbon steels,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.