Plasma nitriding of Fe-18Cr-9Ni in the range of 723-823 K

H. Kuwahara, H. Matsuoka, J. Takada, S. Kikuchi, Y. Tomii, I. Tamura

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To clarify the mechanism of plasma nitriding, we examined the optical microstructure, the hardness, the precipitation, and the concentration of dissolved nitrogen in Fe-18Cr-9Ni nitrided using plasma in the range of 723-823 K. Compared with ammonia-gas nitriding, the features of plasma nitriding are the formation of small chromium-nitride precipitates (CrN), the absence of an externally nitrided layer, the high concentration of dissolved nitrogen, and the high hardness (HV=1200). The diffusion coefficient of nitrogen in the present alloy was determined using the growth rate of the internally nitrided layer, based on calculations used in internal oxidation. Plasma- and gas-nitriding were also compared with respect to the growth rate of the nitrided layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-156
Number of pages14
JournalOxidation of Metals
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 1991


  • CrN precipitates
  • Fe-18Cr-9Ni
  • kinetics
  • nitrogen diffusion
  • plasma nitriding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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