Laser treatment of dual matrix cast iron with presence of WC particles at the surface: Influence of self-annealing on stress fields

Yilbas B. S., Akhtar S. S., Karatas C., Boran K.

OPTICS AND LASER TECHNOLOGY, vol.76, pp.6-18, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Laser control melting of dual matrix cast iron surface is carried out. A carbon film containing 15% WC particles is formed at the surface prior to the laser treatment and the spiral tracks are adopted for laser scanning at the workpiece surface. Morphological, metallurgical, microhardness, and scratch resistance of the laser treated surface are examined using analytical tools. Temperature and stress fields in the laser irradiated region are predicted incorporating ABAQUS finite element code. Predictions of temperature and residual stress at the laser treated surface are validated with the thermocouple and the X-ray diffraction data. It is found that surface temperature and residual stress predictions agree well with their counterparts corresponding to thermocouple data and findings of X-ray diffraction technique. Laser treated surface is free from asperities including voids and micro-cracks despite the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of WC and dual matrix cast iron. This behavior is attributed to the self-annealing effects of recently formed spiral tracks on the previously formed tracks during the laser treatment process; in which case, the self-annealing effect modifies the cooling rates and lowers thermal stress levels in the laser treated layer. Laser treated layer consists of a dense region composing of fine grains and WC particles, dendritic and featherlike structures below the dense layer, and the heat affected zone. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.