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Title: Corrosion resistance of kolsterised austenitic 304 stainless steel

Austenitic stainless suffers from low wear resistance in applications where rubbing against other surfaces is encountered. This drawback can be overcome by surface treatment such as coating by hard materials. Other treatments such as carburization at relatively low temperature become applicable recently to improve hardness and wear resistance. Carburization heat treatment would only be justified if the corrosion resistance is unaffected. In this work samples of 304 stainless steels treated by colossal supersaturation case carburizing (known as Kolsterising) carried out by Bodycote Company was examined for pitting corrosion resistance at room temperature and at 50 °C. Comparison with results obtained for untreated samples in similar testing conditions show that there is no deterioration in the pitting resistance due to the Kolsterising heat treatment. X ray diffraction patterns obtained for Kolsterising sample showed that peaks correspond to the austenite phase has shifted to lower 2θ values compared with those of the untreated sample. The shift is an indication for expansion of austenite unit cells caused by saturation with diffusing carbon atoms. The XRD of Kolsterising samples also revealed additional peaks appeared in the patterns due to formation of carbides in the kolsterised layer. Examination of these additional peaks showed that thesemore » peaks are attributed to a type of carbide known as Hagg carbide Fe{sub 2}C{sub 5}. The absence of carbides that contain chromium means that no Cr depletion occurred in the layer and the corrosion properties are maintained. Surface hardness measurements showed large increase after Kolsterising heat treatment.« less
Authors:
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  1. University of Tripoli Department of Materials and Metallurgical Eng, Tripoli-Libya P.O.Box13589 (Libya)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22391282
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1653; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: APMAS 2014: 4. International Congress in Advances in Applied Physics and Materials Science, Fethiye (Turkey), 24-27 Apr 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; AUSTENITE; CARBON; CARBURIZATION; CHROMIUM; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CORROSION RESISTANCE; HARDNESS; HEAT TREATMENTS; IRON CARBIDES; LAYERS; MATERIALS TESTING; PITTING CORROSION; STAINLESS STEEL-304; SUPERSATURATION; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; WEAR RESISTANCE; X-RAY DIFFRACTION