Dependence of fretting wear resistance on microstructural features of alloyed steels

Xinyue Qiu, Xuejiao Wei, Xiaojun Xu*, Wei Xu, Minhao Zhu

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Systematic experimental observations concerning the response of microstructural features on fretting wear of steel grades were conducted. Five steel grades with different typical microstructural features were selected. The effect of various microstructures on fretting wear behaviour and the resulting wear mechanism were evaluated. Results show that microstructural features play a significant effect on fretting wear resistance depending on the applied loads. The DP and Q&P steel having low hardness show comparable or even better fretting wear resistance than the FM steel of the highest hardness regardless of loads, which are all better than TWIP and IF steel. The result suggests that the combination of soft ferrite and hard martensite with/without retained austenite having low hardness displays superior fretting wear resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalTribology International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019


  • Alloyed steels
  • Fretting wear
  • Microstructures
  • Wear mechanism


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