Surface modification of YW2 cemented carbide cutting tool by high current pulsed electron beam
Surface modification of YW2 cemented carbide cutting tool was carried out through high current pulsed electron beam with different pulsed times, and the microstructural, mechanical properties and cutting performance is also investigate in this work. The evolution of phase composition and morphology of tool were tested by means of XRD and SEM, and the microhardness was measured. The results showed that, metastable new phase (Co3W3C) is presented in tool surface after beam irradiation. The metastable phase and residual compressive stress induced by HCPEB treatment modified the microhardness of YW2 turning insert dramatically. The cutting performance of YW2 turning insert with 40times irradiation was examined and compared with original one by machining Ti-6Al-4V alloy bar. It is found that the irradiated YW2 tool increased cutting speed than that of un-irradiated one along with serious wear.
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