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How to reach HRC38 for SS410

A discussion started in 2008 & continuing through 2017

May 26, 2008

Q. Dear Sirs,
I am a supplier quality engineer.
I have one component the surface hardness should be over HRC38 and the raw material is SS410. Through the normal quenching & temper process, the hardness cannot meet our requirement (only HRC35-37). Current austenitizing temperature is 1020 °C. the quenching temperature is 850 °C and the temper temperature is 270 °C. The quenching media is oil.
Do you know where the problem is? Would you please give me some suggestion to help us reach HRC38?
Thanks and best regards

Johnny Chueng
Supplier Quality Engineer - Hong Kong

May 29, 2008

A. Hi Johnny,

Your processing sounds a bit unusual. Do you mean you austenitize at 1020 °C then allow to cool to 860 °C for quenching? If so, don't do it. You should be quenching from the austenitizing temperature (1020-1050 °C). That gives 40-41 HRc as-quenched. As the tempering temperature is increased to around 450 °C, secondary hardening will progressively increase the hardness to around 43 HRc. Around 450 °C a rapid drop in hardness begins, as the tempering reactions overtake the secondary hardening reactions, and you'll lose about 13 HRc units going from 480 °C to 550 °C.

This is not just a surface-hardening action - it is through-hardening on sections up to around 300 mm.

I suggest you quench some parts from 1020-1050 °C then do trial tempering over a range of temperatures to see just what happens.

Also, be aware that the carbon content is significant. Spec is 0.15% max, and the hardness values I've quoted apply to around 0.10% which is a typical carbon content. But if you happened to have, say, 0.14% carbon then the hardnesses would be about 2 HRc units higher than what I have quoted above.

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February 25, 2012

Q. I'm service engineer and following are my 2 questions in manufacturing of machine spare GUIDE RODS.
What is the hardness range of SS410, or what max. hardness can be achieved?
What is the complete heat treatment cycle to get max hardness?

Dharmendra Kamalia
asst manager edd - RAJKOT GUJARAT INDIA

February 28, 2012

A. I am not sure that I would trust a free answer from a total unknown. Just taking it to the max. hardness will severely compromise some of the other desired characteristics of the metal.
ASM has good reference manuals for this. A university engineering department should have them.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

simultaneous March 7, 2012

A. 410 is a funny stainless steel. Depending on the carbon content, you MIGHT be able to harden it per AMS2759/5 [link by ed. to spec at TechStreet], the standard aerospace heat treat specification, to Rockwell C 40 or more. We find we have to specify the hardening capability of the 410 we buy when we purchase it.

The austenitizing temperature is 982 °C, soak times depend on thickness but you generally want to make sure the center of your part sees the high temperature for at least an hour, and quenching is done in oil or polymer quenching. We use forced gas quenching from a vacuum furnace, and that seems to work. Tempering is generally either around 260 °C, or above 580 °C: low tempering temperatures give higher hardnesses and more brittleness.

Good luck!

lee gearhart
Lee Gearhart

March 7, 2012

A. Good afternoon:

410 stainless hardenability is dependent on the carbon content. AISI lists carbon as 0.15 maximum for 410. If the carbon is near the top end, it will quench out to the low 40s HRC. But if you get a low carbon heat, say, down near 0.07 carbon, it will quench out to the mid 30s HRC, or worse. Some customers specify to their steel suppliers that the 410 steel they order must meet a minimum hardenability, which forces the supplier to provide a higher carbon material.

Steve Bizub
- St Louis, Missouri

March 9, 2012

A. ASM Hand book can be referred to.
Hardness from 28 HRC to 36 HRC is possible with a hardening temp.of 980 °C and quenching in oil. Tempering Temp 540-600° C. As final hardness depends on rod diameter, soaking duration, tempering temp and tempering duration. You have to do some trial runs before optimizing the heat treatment cycle.

- Rourkela, India

April 9, 2012

Q. Dear sir,
I have a query, we have to supply a shaft for vertical pump. Max shaft dia. is around 230 mm and length is 3000 mm, MOC is SS410. Now I am not sure whether to suggest hardening up to T or H condition. Though T condition allows higher percentage elongation I am tilting towards it but the client is insisting for H condition. Could anybody please suggest me up to what diameter H condition is possible or achievable.

Some link or Additional reference would be helpful.

Thanks & Regards

Yajuvendra Thakur
- Pune, India

May 29, 2015

Q. For valve gates in SS 410 material the hardness req'd is 190-235 BHN. After oil quenching & double tempering (625 & 680 °C), we get about 245 BHN. How to further reduce the hardness to around 200 BHN max.? What cycle of HT would be correct?

R G Pandit
- Chennai, TN, India

Induction Hardening of SS410

December 16, 2015

Q. Can SS410 be hardened through induction and air cooled, or it has to be through hardened?

mukul ajmera
production - Vadodara, India

October 3, 2017

Q. Which hardening process is required to get hardness up to 85 HRC for a 5 mm thick SS410 sheet used as a brake disc?

Kaustubh patil
- Pune, Maharashtra, India

October 2017

Hi Kaustubh. Do you have a sound reason to believe that it is even possible? (Please introduce yourself and your situation). Several highly competent metallurgists on this thread seemed to imply that it isn't. Good luck.


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