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ASM Handbook

Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology

Edited by
George E. Totten
George E. Totten
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ASM International
Volume
18
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-192-4
Publication date:
2017
Book Chapter

Tribology of Nitrided and Nitrocarburized Steels

By
J. Senatorski
J. Senatorski
Institute of Precision Mechanics
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J. Tacikowski
J. Tacikowski
Institute of Precision Mechanics
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E. Roliński
E. Roliński
Advanced Heat Treat Corp.
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Steven Lampman
Steven Lampman
ASM International
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Published:
2017
Page range:
638 - 652
Publication history
November 21, 2017

Abstract

The surface of irons and steels can be hardened by introducing nitrogen (nitriding), nitrogen and carbon (nitrocarburizing), or nitrogen and sulfur (sulfonitriding) into the surface. This article lists the principal reasons for nitriding and nitrocarburizing, and summarizes the typical characteristics of nitriding processes along with a general comparison of carburizing processes in a table. It describes the two most common nitriding methods: gas nitriding and ion (plasma) nitriding. The article discusses the wear behavior of nitrided layers and the wear resistance of selected steels. Rolling-contact fatigue (RCF) occurs in rolling contacts such as bearings, rolls, and gears. The article provides a discussion on rolling-contact fatigue of nitrided steels for aerospace bearing components.

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J. Senatorski, J. Tacikowski, E. Roliński, Steven Lampman, 2017. "Tribology of Nitrided and Nitrocarburized Steels", Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology, George E. Totten

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