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Nitride-Forming Alloys that Need to be Present in your Steel!

A few elements are needed in order to form nitrides. Find out what they are here!

posted On Sunday, April 1, 2018 in Blog

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.

These nitride-forming alloys are:

  • 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.

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  2. nitriding
  3. plasma nitriding
  4. stainless steel