IMPROVEMENT OF THE FATIGUE-STRENGTH OF AISI-4140 STEEL BY AN ION NITRIDING PROCESS


ÇELİK A., KARADENIZ S.

SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, vol.72, no.3, pp.169-173, 1995 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 72 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/0257-8972(94)02348-4
  • Journal Name: SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-173
  • Keywords: PLASMA, FATIGUE, ION
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No

Abstract

The influence of plasma nitriding on the fatigue behaviour of AISI 4140 low-alloy steel was investigated under varying process conditions of temperature (500-600-degrees-C), time (1-12 h), heat treatment before ion nitriding (quenched and tempered, normalized) and gas mixture (50% H2-50% N2). A rotating bending fatigue machine was used to determine the fatigue strength. It was found that the plasma nitriding improves the fatigue strength and increases the fatigue limit depending on the surface hardness of the case depth. The microstructure of surface and diffusion layers was examined by optical microscopy. The fracture surface of specimens and the origin of fatigue cracks were observed by scanning electron microscopy.