Effect of the mechanical properties on drilling resistance of Al2O3-TiO2 coatings manufactured by atmospheric plasma spraying


Al2O3 with 13 and 45wt.% TiO2 microsized powders (6-22 and 13-41µm for each chemical composition) were used as raw materials to coat AISI 1040 steel by atmospheric plasma spraying. The mechanical properties of the coatings were measured by micro-indentation tests, and drilling experiments were carried out using high speed steel (HSS) rotary drill bits of various diameters and varying the load on the drill bits. In order to reduce the effect of the wear on the bit, a new bit was used for each test. According to the results, the drilling test is proposed as a method of determining the mechanical properties of these coatings from the correlation found between coating hardness and drilling resistance. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


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