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Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education


Chromium, tungsten, titanium, and vanadium carbides were investigated to determine relative cost of operation for each in an agricultural environment. For use on a ripper plow, these carbides were field tested in two different soil types; one soil having a matrix of gravel and cobblestones, and the other consisting of hard dirt and large underground rocks. Each alloy was applied to a high carbon plow point using an arc welding process. Along with the welded points, cast chromium carbide was tested. The results are given in price per acre and not solely longevity of the point. It was concluded that wear resistance is highly dependent on the abrasive environment. Each soil had a different effect on the amount of wear obtained for every alloy tested.


Faculty Mentor

Liyin Li

Departmental Honors Advisor

Mark R. Baugh