H. Berns died after completing this paper.
Nitrogen and Ausforming to Improve Stainless Martensitic Steels
Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2014
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steel research international
Volume 85, Issue 7, pages 1200–1208, July 2014
How to Cite
Berns, H., Krasokha, N. and Seifert, M. (2014), Nitrogen and Ausforming to Improve Stainless Martensitic Steels. steel research int., 85: 1200–1208. doi: 10.1002/srin.201300299
- Issue online: 1 JUL 2014
- Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Received: 30 JUL 2013
- martensitic stainless steels;
- alloy design;
- eutectic carbides
The chromium content of standard martensitic stainless steel X65Cr14 is raised to 17 mass% to enhance the solubility of nitrogen. Up to 4 mass% of nickel are added to suppress a partially ferritic solidification. This combination increases the nitrogen content soluble at 1 bar pressure from 0.14 to 0.24 mass%, which allows to reduce the carbon content to about 0.4 mass% without a loss of hardening capacity. The lower carbon level prevents the precipitation of coarse eutectic carbides in segregated areas encountered in X65Cr14. Instead of nickel pressure is applied to raise the nitrogen content up to 0.45 mass%. Calculations are verified by melts. As the hardening temperature is increased the CrMoN solute content of austenite is raised and so is the pitting resistance after hardening. However, retained austenite reduces the hardness and ausforming at 200°C is applied to transform it during subsequent deep freezing and raise the hardness.