The as-quenched Fe-8.68 wt.% Al-30.5 wt.% Mn-1.85 wt.% C alloy is plasma-nitrided at 500 degrees C for 8 h. The nitrided layer obtained is 40 mu m thick and composed predominantly of AlN, with a small amount of Fe4N. The resultant surface hardness (1860 Hv), substrate hardness (550 Hv), ductility (33.6%) and corrosion resistance in 3.5% NaCl solution in the present nitrided alloy are far superior to those obtained previously in optimally nitrided high-strength alloy steels, as well as martensitic and precipitation-hardening stainless steels. (C) 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
- MARTENSITIC STAINLESS-STEEL
- 3.5-PERCENT NACL