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Restoration of Worn Movable Bridge Props with Use of Bronze Claddings

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Košice, Mäsiarska 74, 04001 Košice, Slovak
Technical University of Košice, Letná 9, 04200 Košice, Slovak
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Materials 2018, 11(4), 459;
Received: 20 February 2018 / Revised: 11 March 2018 / Accepted: 16 March 2018 / Published: 21 March 2018
This article examined the possibility of using CuSn6P claddings in sliding bearing renovation of movable pontoon bridge props. The bronze layer was welded on cylinders of the high-strength steel S355J0WP EN 10155-93, in an inert atmosphere using an automated welding method (gas tungsten arc welding). Pulsed arc welding was used to minimize the effects of heat on the cladding area, while also accounting for the differences in the physical properties of the joined metals. The sliding bearing was created in two layers. The quality of the cladding layer was evaluated by nondestructive and/or destructive tests. The quality of the surface was assessed by visual inspection (visual testing) in accordance with the EN ISO 17637 standard. The quality of the claddings was evaluated by metallographic analysis, performed using light microscopy. The microhardness values of a few weld areas were determined by Vickers tests, performed according to the EN ISO 9015–2 standard. The analyses confirmed that the welding parameters and filler material used resulted in high-quality weld joints with no internal (subsurface) or metallurgical defects. View Full-Text
Keywords: cladding; metallographic analysis; hardness; sliding bearing cladding; metallographic analysis; hardness; sliding bearing
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Viňáš, J.; Vrabeľ, M.; Greš, M.; Brezina, J.; Sabadka, D.; Fedorko, G.; Molnár, V. Restoration of Worn Movable Bridge Props with Use of Bronze Claddings. Materials 2018, 11, 459.

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