Cutting temperatures during hard turning—Measurements and effects on white layer formation in AISI 52100
Journal article, 2014

This paper concerns the temperature evolution during white layer formation induced by hard turningof martensitic and bainitic hardened AISI 52100 steel, as well as the effects of cutting temperaturesand surface cooling rates on the microstructure and properties of the induced white layers. The cuttingtemperatures were measured using a high speed two-colour pyrometer, equipped with an optical fibre allowing for temperature measurements at the cutting edge. Depending on the machining conditions,white layers were shown to have formed both above and well below the parent austenitic transformationtemperature, Ac1, of about 750◦C. Thus at least two different mechanisms, phase transformation abovethe Ac1(thermally) and severe plastic deformation below the Ac1(mechanically), have been active during white layer formation. In the case of the predominantly thermally induced white layers, the cutting temperatures were above 900◦C, while for the predominantly mechanically induced white layers thecutting temperatures were approximately 550◦C. The surface cooling rates during hard turning wereshown to be as high as 104–105 ◦C/s for cutting speeds between 30 and 260 m/min independent of whetherthe studied microstructure was martensitic or bainitic. Adding the results from the cutting temperaturemeasurements to previous results on the retained austenite contents and residual stresses of the whitelayers, it can be summarised that thermally induced white layers contain significantly higher amountsof retained austenite compared to the unaffected material and display high tensile residual stresses. On the contrary, in the case of white layers formed mainly due to severe plastic deformation, no retainedaustenite could be measured and the surface and subsurface residual stresses were compressive.

Phase transformation

White layer

Cutting temperatures

Surface integrity

Intense plastic deformation

Hard turning


Seyed Hosseini

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructure Engineering

Tomas Beno

University West

Uta Klement

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructure Engineering

Jacek K Kaminski

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Technology

Kristina Ryttberg

SKF Group

Journal of Materials Processing Technology

0924-0136 (ISSN)

Vol. 214 6 1293-1300

Subject Categories

Materials Engineering

Areas of Advance


Materials Science



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