Tribo-corrosion behavior of electroplating, nitrocarburizing, and QPQ processes on barrel finishing

Yücel A. H., Yilmaz A., Bakkal M., Kuzu A. T.

Materialpruefung/Materials Testing, vol.65, no.11, pp.1713-1720, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/mt-2023-0056
  • Journal Name: Materialpruefung/Materials Testing
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Compendex
  • Page Numbers: pp.1713-1720
  • Keywords: electroplating, gun barrel, nitrocarburizing, QPQ, surface treatment
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, the effects of nitrocarburizing, QPQ, and Cr coating on the surface properties of 32CrMoV12-10 gun barrels are discussed. Hardness measurements, pin-on-disc tests, and anodic polarization tests were performed to examine the hardness values, wear resistance, friction coefficient, and corrosion resistance. The hardness of the specimen treated with QPQ was found to be the highest. Comparing the hardness profiles, it was observed that the casing depth of the nitrocarburized sample was shallower than that of the QPQ-treated sample. The pin-on-disc test revealed that the nitrocarburized sample exhibited a high coefficient of friction, while the Cr-coated sample showed the lowest coefficient of friction. Analyzing the Tafel polarization curve, it was determined that the nitrocarburized and QPQ-treated specimens demonstrated similar levels of corrosion resistance. However, it can be noted that the QPQ-treated specimen had a slightly lower corrosion rate.