In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics of the steel and metal case hardening process. Case hardening is used to increase the hardness of a given metal exterior while keeping the interior relatively ductile, and is common in several major applications.
At Wasatch Steel, we’re happy to discuss hardening properties and any other needs with our clients as we source a huge variety of steel sheet, steel pipe and various other steel products for them. What kinds of properties does case hardening create in steel, and which processes might be used for this process? We’ll answer those questions and more in part two of our series.
When steel products are put through the case hardening process, as we touched on in part one, their exterior casing becomes extremely hard and durable. This makes the entire piece more durable in multiple ways – not only can the exterior withstand greater impact, the interior core is able to absorb significantly more shock without cracking or other issues.
When steel has been case-hardened, it will resist abrasion, corrosion and standard forms of wear-and-tear. The same component without hardening, on the other hand, risks cracking, pitting and flaking due to impact or other exterior strain in many applications.
There are a few different methods used to perform case hardening on a given metal, including each of the following:
For more on the different processes used for case hardening of steel or other metal, or to learn about any of our steel products or steel services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.