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Superficies y vacío

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DIAZ-GUILLEN, J. C. et al. Effect of duty cycle on surface properties of AISI 4340 using a pulsed plasma nitriding process. Superf. vacío [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.1, pp.01-04. ISSN 1665-3521.

Plasma nitriding is a glow discharge technique, which is widely used to improve the surface properties of steel and its alloys, such as wear, corrosion resistance and hardness; additionally, it can increase fatigue strength. The aim of this work is to evaluate the effect of duty cycle on the surface properties of AISI 4340 low alloy steel, in a pulsed plasma nitriding process. The effect of duty cycle (applying a 10 - 80 % tON interval) on the surface hardness, treatment depth, compounds zone width and crystalline phase composition will be discussed. It has been found that for nitriding process at 540 °C in a gas mixture 50 % N2 - 50 % H2 at a constant pressure, using a discharge voltage of -800 V, duty cycle has a negligible effect on crystalline phase composition, even though the influence on surface hardness, treatment depth and compounds zone width is evident.

Palavras-chave : Surface modification; Plasma nitriding; White layer control.

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