Martensitic stainless steel
Expanite surface hardening can be applied to a variety of alloy materials and all main categories of stainless steel including martensitic:
UNS S42010 / AISI 420 / 1.4021
UNS S44002 / AISI 440A / 1.4040
The purpose of the process:
The purpose of this process is to dissolve nitrogen in the surface of stainless steel to a depth in the range of 0.2-2 mm. Peak hardness ranges from 280HV on austenitic grades to 950HV on martensitic/ferritic grades.
The purpose of this process is to dissolve nitrogen and carbon in the surface of stainless steel to a depth in the range of 5 - 30µm. Peak hardness ranges from 1100-1300HV.
The purpose of this process is to combine ExpaniteHigh-T and ExpaniteLow-T processes to achieve higher load bearing and corrosion properties. Firstly, the ExpaniteHigh-T process is applied to create a deep case depth with moderate nitrogen content. Secondly, the ExpaniteLow-T process is applied to create a high-hardness surface on top of the ExpaniteHigh-T zone. The Expanite process does not result in a coating, but a diffusion zone with an increased carbon and nitrogen content. We call this zone expanded austenite, expanded martensite or simply: Expanite.