Definition - What does Nitrocarburizing mean?
Nitrocarburizing is a thermo-chemical diffusion process in which nitrogen, carbon and oxygen atoms diffuse into the surface of a steel part to form a compound layer on the part's surface. It is a variation of the nitriding process, which is done mainly to provide anti-wear resistance to a metal's surface and to improve its fatigue resistance.
Corrosionpedia explains Nitrocarburizing
The benefits of nitrocarburizing include:
- Improved wear
- Resistance to corrosion
- Better fatigue strength
Applications for nitrocarburizing include:
- Gears and pinion shafts\Plastic injection molding
- Piston rings
- Aluminum extrusion dies
- Forging and forming dies