Nitrocarburising in ammonia-hydrocarbon gas mixtures

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The present work investigates the possibility of nitrocarburising in ammonia-acetylene-hydrogen and ammoniapropene- hydrogen gas mixtures, where unsaturated hydrocarbon gas is the carbon source during nitrocarburising. Consequently, nitrocarburising is carried out in a reducing atmosphere and straightforward control of the carburizing and nitriding potentials is in principle possible. The nitrocarburising response of unalloyed (ARMCO) Fe was investigated in a thermobalance during controlled nitrocarburising at 580°C. The “cases” obtained on nitrocarburised iron were characterized by reflected light microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. It is shown that the use of unsaturated hydrocarbon gas in nitrocarburising processes is a viable alternative to traditional nitrocarburising methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings European Conference on Heat Treatment 2010 : Nitriding and Nitrocarburising
EditorsF. Hoffamnn, H. Klümper-Westkamp
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventEuropean Conference on Heat Treatment - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 29 Apr 201030 Apr 2010


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Heat Treatment


  • Nitrocarburising
  • Hydrocarbon gas
  • Thermogravimetry
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Iron

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Pedersen, H., Christiansen, T., & Somers, M. A. J. (2010). Nitrocarburising in ammonia-hydrocarbon gas mixtures. In F. Hoffamnn, & H. Klümper-Westkamp (Eds.), Proceedings European Conference on Heat Treatment 2010: Nitriding and Nitrocarburising (pp. 9-16). AWT.