Cemented carbide (WC-Co) samples with dimensions of 5 × 6.5 × 20 mm3 were ground using a reciprocating table surface grinding machine. Direct electrical current with densities of 0-120 A cm-2 were injected along the length of the sample during grinding. The hardness, structure, and composition of the processed surfaces were examined using Vickers indentation, profilometry, metallographic optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), with scattered electrons (SE), backscattered electrons (BSE) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The surface roughness increased up to a factor of 2.6 at J = 60 A cm-2 at a cutting depth of 0.06 mm, and the microhardness increased up to 28% with J = 120 A cm-2 at a depth of cut 0.06 mm, in comparison with samples ground without injected current. The atomic concentration ratio WC/Co increased by a factor of 2 at the surface and decreased by a factor of 5 at a depth of 3 μm, when the injected current density was 60 A cm-2.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology|
|State||Published - 2001|
- Electric current