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Steel Heat Treating Fundamentals and Processes

Edited by
Jon L. Dossett
Jon L. Dossett
Consultant
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George E. Totten
George E. Totten
Portland State University
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ASM International
Volume
4A
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-165-8
Publication date:
2013
Book Chapter

Fundamentals of Nitriding and Nitrocarburizing

By
E.J. Mittemeijer
E.J. Mittemeijer
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (formerly Max Planck Institute for Metals Research) and Institute for Materials Science, University of Stuttgart
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Published:
2013
Page range:
619 - 646

Abstract

The nitriding process typically involves the introduction of nitrogen into the surface-adjacent zone of a component, usually at a temperature between 500 and 580 deg C. This article provides an overview of the essential aspects of the thermodynamics and kinetics of nitriding and nitrocarburizing of iron-base materials with gaseous processes. It describes nitriding potentials and the Lehrer diagram, carburizing potentials, controlled nitriding and nitrocarburizing, and the microstructural evolution of the compound layer and the diffusion zone.

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E.J. Mittemeijer, 2013. "Fundamentals of Nitriding and Nitrocarburizing", Steel Heat Treating Fundamentals and Processes, Jon L. Dossett, George E. Totten

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