Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 509–515 | Cite as

Sliding wear behavior of salt bath nitrocarburized medium carbon steel

  • P. Bala Srinivasan
  • C. V. Krishnakumar
  • N. Krishnaraj


Salt bath nitrocarburizing is a well-known thermochemical diffusion process for enhancing the tribological and corrosion properties of ferrous components. The current work describes the role of a compound layer developed during nitrocarburizing, both in the ferritic and austenitic regimes of Fe-N-C system, on the sliding wear behavior of a medium carbon steel. The wear behavior of the nitrocarburized steel discs was assessed by the pin-on-disc tests (ASTM G 99-99) under different normal loads running against a hardened SAE52100 pin. It was observed that the compound layer on the surface not only controlled the wear rate but also resisted the adhesive wear/transfer of material from pin to disc, aside from providing low-friction coefficients.


carbon steel nitrocarburizing sliding wear behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Bala Srinivasan
    • 1
  • C. V. Krishnakumar
    • 2
  • N. Krishnaraj
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Regional EngineeringCollege TiruchirappalliIndia
  2. 2.Friction Wear Tech Co.ChennaiIndia
  3. 3.Consultant MetallurgistChennaiIndia

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