Investigation into some tribological properties of plasma nitrided hot-worked tool steel AISI H11

Yilbas B., Sahin A. Z., Said S., Nickel J., Coban A.

JOURNAL OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE, vol.5, no.2, pp.220-224, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/bf02650890
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.220-224
  • Keywords: plasma nitriding, tool steel, tribological properties, STAINLESS-STEEL, RF PLASMA
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Interest in the tribological properties of plasma nitriding has increased substantially over the past years because plasma nitriding provides a high nitride depth and improved hard facing. The present study examines the tribological properties of AISI H11 plasma nitrided, hot-worked steel. Different nitriding temperatures and durations were considered. Characterization of the composite structures was investigated with wear tests, x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and microhardness tests. The depth profile of the nitrided zone was measured using the nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) technique. Plasma nitriding affected the microhardness, wear properties, and morphology considerably. Increase in process temperature increased the nitride zone depth.