A Novel Combined Electromagnetic Treatment on Cemented Carbides for Improved Milling and Mechanical Performances

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  • Jian Liu
  • Can Wei
  • Gang Yang
  • Libo Wang
  • Lin Wang
  • Xiuli Wu
  • Yi Yang

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  • Sichuan University


In this study, investigations were conducted to evaluate a new type of rapid treatment designed to alter the microstructures of cemented carbides for improved milling and mechanical performances. The effects of a treatment that combined a pulsed magnetic field and a pulsed current (MCT) on the milling performance, mechanical properties, and conductivity of the cemented carbides (WC-6Co) were studied. The results show that the wear loss of the cemented carbides decreases by nearly 35 pct and the milling force decreases significantly after MCT. The hardness and transverse rupture strength are enhanced by approximately 2 and 12 pct, respectively. The conductivity of the electromagnetically treated sample exhibits a decrease of 5 pct. Microstructural analysis reveals that the electromagnetic treatment tends to increase the dislocation density within the cemented carbides, which strengthens the material and decreases the conductivity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4798-4808
Number of pages11
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number10
Early online date20 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018