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Title: Effect of laser heat treatments on the hardness of tool steels
Author: Lagarinhos, J. N.
Afonso, Daniel
Torcato, Ricardo
Santos, Carlos
Oliveira, José
Keywords: Laser
Local heat treatment
Mould steel
Issue Date: 2-Nov-2021
Publisher: IOP
Abstract: The application of laser heat treatments (LHT) has been growing attention in the last years, due to the effectiveness of localized hardening that can improve the tribological properties of steels. AISI P20 mod. steel is commonly used for plastic injection moulds applications and can be heat-treated to achieve high hardness values. This work presents an experimental investigation on the laser local heat treatments effect on the hardness of AISI P20 mod. steel parts, using a high-power diode laser. Different heat treatments at 1060 ºC and 1100 ºC using a feed rate of 10 mm·s-1 and 15 mm·s-1 were applied on the steel. The LHT were assessed through the hardness mapping trough depth and width. The results showed that the hardness of asreceived P20 mod. tool steel is approximately 300 HV, and after LHT occurred an increment to around 625 HV with a fair hardness distribution. LHT had a minimum of 0.8mm and a maximum of 1.0mm depth.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/1193/1/012026
ISSN: 1757-8981
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