Gómez Vargas, O. A., Solis Romero, J., Figueroa López, U., Ortiz Domínguez, M., Oseguera Peña, J., Neville, A. (2016), Boro-nitriding coating on pure iron by powder-pack boriding and nitriding processes. Materials Letters 176(1), 261?264.
To alleviate spallation and crack difficulties exhibited by a borided metallic surface when it is subjected to a normal, heavy and sliding load under dry conditions, a boron nitride coating was produced on pure iron in two stages: boriding the iron surface at 950 C for 6 h and then nitriding the pre-borided iron at 550 C for 6 h. The powder-pack technique was used in both stages. XRD measurements confirmed that the grown layers were nitrides and duplex borides. The produced diffusion of the layers reached 240 m in depth as measured by SEM images. The measured microhardness across the case favoured the interphase cohesion between the iron nitrides and iron borides layers. Consequently, the multicomponent coating exhibited superior wear resistance to an applied normal load under dry sliding contact conditions in comparison to borided iron.