Influence of surface properties of nitrocarburised and oxidised steel on its tribological behaviour

Igor Velkavrh, Florian Äusserer, Stefan Klien, Joel Voyer, Klaus Lingenhöle, Fevzi Kafexhiu, Djordje Mandrino, Bojan Podgomik, Johannes Rattenberger, Hartmuth Schröttner, Ferdinand Hofer, Alexander Diem*

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Nitrocarburised coatings may be produced using different processing methods and/or process parameters, allowing a variety of possible mechanical properties, surface morphologies and chemical compositions, and thus, as a result, their friction and wear behaviour under tribological loading can be very different. In the present work, various examples are highlighted which show how the tribological behaviour of different nitrocarburised layers is affected by different coating properties.

The work presented herein was funded by the Austrian COMET Programme (Project XTribology, no. 849109) and carried out at the „Excellence Centre of Tribology“(AC2T research GmbH) in cooperation with V-Research GmbH, Lingenhöle Technologie GmbH, Institute of Metals and Technology (IMT), Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy (ZFE) and Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis (FELMI). The project „Innovative Material Characterization“, with the project number SP2016-002-006, was supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs in the framework of the ACR - Austrian Cooperative Research -Strategic Project Program 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalTribologie und Schmierungstechnik
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Friction
  • Nitrocarburising
  • Oxidation
  • Surface Characterisation
  • Wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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