Stainihard® NC is a process to harden the surface of (austenitic and duplex) stainless steel.
The Stainihard® process is based on the classic nitrocarboration in gas. With Stainihard® NC the surface is enriched with nitrogen and carbon with the goal of improving the mechanical properties of a product. The Stainihard® layer is a so-called expanded austenite (s-phase) zone; in this zone high compressive stresses are created. As a result; the hardness increases significantly and the tribological and fatigue properties improve. This without negatively affecting the corrosion resistance (in certain cases it even improves).
Stainihard® is successfully used in many different applications and industries.
The Stainihard® process is carried out at our facility in Eindhoven.