Pack-boriding of AISI P20 steel: estimation of boron diffusion coefficients in the Fe2B layers and tribological behaviour
by M. Keddam; M. Elias-Espinosa; M. Ortiz-Domínguez; I. Simón-Marmolejo; J. Zuno-Silva
International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering (IJSURFSE), Vol. 11, No. 6, 2017

Abstract: In the present study, the AISI P20 steel was pack-borided in the temperature range of 1,123-1,223 K for treatments times between 2 and 8 h. A new kinetic model based on the integral method was used to estimate the boron diffusion coefficients in the Fe2B layers. As a result, the activation energy for boron diffusion in the AISI P20 steel was estimated as 194.3 kJ mol−1. This value of energy was compared with the literature results. Furthermore, to validate experimentally the present model, two additional boriding conditions were used. The morphology of cross-sections of borided samples was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The formation of a single boride layer was confirmed by x-ray diffraction analysis. The Daimler-Benz Rockwell-C indentation technique was used to evaluate the cohesion of boride layers on the surface of AISI P20 steel. Finally, the scratch and pin-on-disc tests for wear resistance were carried out by means of a LG Motion Ltd and a CSM tribometer respectively under dry sliding conditions.

Online publication date: Wed, 03-Jan-2018

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