Surface engineering of titanium by multi-interstitial diffusion using plasma processing

M. Drouet, L. Pichon, J. Dubois, E. Le Bourhis, T. L. Christiansen

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    Titanium and its alloys possess a range of highly interesting properties such as excellent corrosion resistance, high specific strength and biocompatibility, but suffers from poor wear resistance. The present work addresses plasma assisted surface treatment of CP 2 titanium using various combinations of oxygen and nitrogen, i.e. mixed interstitials. The sequence of controlled plasma nitriding
    and oxidizing treatments plays a significant role for the evolution of the hardness depth profiles and the development of the surface compound layer and the underlying diffusion/transition zone. Composition profiles of oxygen and nitrogen are obtained by GDOES; Mixed interstitial solubility of nitrogen and oxygen is found in both h.c.p. α titanium and in the compound layer. The combination of interstitials leads to larger case depth, in particular for the diffusion zone (expanded h.c.p. α titanium). Therefore, it highlights the advantages of combined nitriding and oxidizing compared to single nitriding treatments on the mechanical properties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2019
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event14th World Conference on Titanium - Nantes, France
    Duration: 10 Jun 201914 Jun 2019
    Conference number: 14


    Conference14th World Conference on Titanium


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