Within the EFB research project “Fast Wear“, the scientists developed a novel testing methodology with which wear of deep-drawing tools can be modelled much faster and more cost-efficient than with conventional model tests.
Using wear-initiating particles, the researchers were able to create within 50 strokes a wear pattern similar to the one of a specimen without wear initiator after approx. 94,000 strokes.
Further investigations showed that the new method is principally transferable to be able to compare the wear resistance of various sheet materials with different hardness values and wear-resistant coatings. An economic feasibility study also showed the possible savings compared to conventional wear testing characterized by high cost of material and labour.