Calculation of the Mixture Flow in a Low-Pressure Carburizing Process

Emilia Wołowiec-Korecka, Maciej Korecki, Michał Sut, Agnieszka Brewka, Piotr Kula
2019 Metals  
The right selection of carburizing gas flow rates in the low-pressure carburization process is a key factor in terms of its efficiency. However, a correct calculation of the amount of carburizing gas required for uniform carburization of parts, taking into account the process temperature and batch size, is still problematic. For this reason, modern carburizing processes are carried out using an excessive belaying flow of carburizing gases. In this work steel parts (16MnCr5) were carburized in a
more » ... ere carburized in a variable-flow carburizing process (960 °C) individually matched to each segment of saturation. The effect of the variable-flow on the microstructure, surface hardness, and case hardness depth was evaluated and compared to that of a control group. It was proven that the amount of the mixture used in the variable-flow carburizing process can be significantly reduced to 54% of that consumed during the regular constant-flow carburizing without affecting the properties of the hardened layer of the steel parts.
doi:10.3390/met9040439 fatcat:s2n4sfobczdqbljeuiqdq2ih5e