"Vacuum Carburizing Steel Alloys Containing Strong Carbide Formers"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017: 4:00 PM
A220-222 (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
Dr. B. Lynn Ferguson , DANTE Solutions, Inc., Cleveland, OH
Dr. Zhichao (Charlie) Li , DANTE Solutions, Inc., Cleveland, OH
Mr. Justin Sims , DANTE Solutions, Inc., Cleveland, OH
High strength steels, such as Ferrium C-64 alloy, contain strong carbide forming elements such as chromium and molybdenum.  Alloys with high amounts of strong carbide formers can form stable carbides during carburization that effectively block carbon diffusion and retard the carburization process. This is especially true for low pressure carburization. To achieve the desired case depth, the low pressure carburization process consists of a series of rapid boost and longer time diffusion cycles.  One problem is how to determine an acceptable carburization schedule.  This paper will discuss a methodology used to develop the data for Ferrium C-64 so that a proper low pressure carburizing schedule could be determined.  Integral parts of this methodology are experiments to determine carbon diffusion rates, carbide formation kinetics, and carbide dissolution kinetics, and use of these data in computer software to simulate the process and to determine the proper schedule.