The study aims to compare tribological properties between laser dimple textured surface and drilled dimple textured surface, and to analyze the influence of dimple hardened edges and ability of trapping wear debris on wear properties of dimple textured surfaces.
Circular textured dimples were produced on AISI 1,045 specimen surfaces using laser surface texturing (LST) and drilled surface texturing (DST) methods. Tribological behaviors of LST, DST and non-textured specimens were studied using ball-on-disc tribo-tester. Metallographic structures, dimples and worn surface morphologies were observed using a three-dimensional digital microscope. Hardnesses of substrate and dimple edges were measured.
There was no obvious difference in wear and friction coefficients between LST and DST specimens. Hardnesses of laser dimple edges were much higher than that of drilled dimple edges and specimen substrate. The hardened materials of laser dimple edge included recast zone and heat affect zone. Laser dimple was cone-shaped and drilled dimple was cylinder-shaped. Drilled dimple had a better ability of trapping wear debris than laser dimple. Non-uniform wear phenomenon occurred on worn surfaces of LST dimple specimens.
The ability of textured dimples to trap wear debris is affected by single dimple volume. Hardened edges of dimples cause non-uniform wear on worn surfaces of LST specimens.
This study was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51175270) and Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. LY15E050006). This study was also sponsored by K.C. Wong Magna Fund in Ningbo University.
Shi, C., Yu, A., Wu, J., Niu, W. and Wang, Y. (2017), "Comparisons of tribological properties between laser and drilled dimple textured surfaces of medium carbon steel", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 69 No. 4, pp. 516-526. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-03-2016-0040
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