Lifetime in steel code wire drawing dies of WC-Co cemented carbide containing TaNbC or Cr3C2

Masayuki Takada, Hideaki Matsubara, Yoshihiro Kawagishi

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Wire drawing dies and specimens of WC-Co cemented carbides containing TaNbC or Cr3C2 were fabricated by hot isostatic press (HIP) treatment at 1633 K in 40 MPa Ar and by anneal treatment 1593 K in vacuum. The lifetime of steel code wire drawing were evaluated for the dies and mechanical properties such as hardness, transverse-rupture strength and fracture toughness were examined for the specimens. It is noted that the lifetime of drawing die was remarkably improved by the anneal treatment for both of TaNbC and Cr3C2 containing WC-Co cemented carbides. The TaNbC containing alloys showed longer lifetime than the Cr3C2 containing alloys. The lifetime of drawing die had weak relationship to hardness, but seemed to have no correlation with strength and toughness. The remarkable improvement of drawing die lifetime by the annealing treatment after HIP and the longer lifetime for TaNbC containing alloys can be understood from the viewpoint of adhesion strength between WC and Co phase affected by alloy content and heat treatment of cemented carbides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalFuntai Oyobi Fummatsu Yakin/Journal of the Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan


  • Anneal
  • Cemented carbide
  • Drawing die
  • HIP
  • Steel cord wire


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