Scuffing or scoring is an important form of damage leading to component replacements in lubricated mechanical systems such as power drives, gears, bearings, cams and followers, piston rings etc. Since scuffing necessarily involves localized welding of asperities, suitable surface modifications or coating can impart a good resistance to scuffing. A new class of low temperature salt bath nitriding process provides good resistance to scuffing. The current work is on evaluation of the scuffing resistance of AISI 4340 steels imparted with two such treatments. Experimental investigations were conducted on Sursulf and Arcor treated AISI 4340 steel specimen using a pin on ring test system under boundary lubrication condition. Continuous monitoring of friction records and (near surface) bulk temperature were done under step loading. Limiting loads and load velocity relations were evaluated and using the data generated and a thermo-mechanical wear model, performance is indexed. Off line studies on surface finish, hardness variations and surface transformations were also accomplished. Some salient aspects of the investigation and data generated are presented here. Onset of scuffing was observed to be far delayed with pin specimen imparted with these treatments compared to hardening.
Some Studies on Scuffing Performance of Surface Treated AISI 4340 Steels
Contributed by the Tribology Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for presentation at the ASME/STLE Tribology Conference, Cancun, Mexico October 27–30, 2002. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division January 20, 2002; revised manuscript received July 1, 2002. Associate Editor: J. A. Williams.
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Ramprasad, M., and Mayuram, M. M. (December 31, 2002). "Some Studies on Scuffing Performance of Surface Treated AISI 4340 Steels ." ASME. J. Tribol. January 2003; 125(1): 181–186. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1504089
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