On Friday, March 30, 2018
We often get calls from engineers wanting to know if the steel they are using will be a good fit for nitriding (either gas or ion). The answer is actually pretty simple. The case hardness and varied depth of hardness depends typically on these six nitride-forming alloys and if they are present within the steel.
Chromium, Molybdemum, Vanadium, Tungsten, Aluminum and Titanium.
If these are present, the material should have excellent nitride-forming potential. Nitriding is a great fit for so many alloys because of this reason - stainless steel and titanium included!
For a full list of typical materials and their respective HRC equivalent surface hardness and typical case depths when UltraGlow® Ion (plasma) Nitriding, click here.