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Need thin corrosion resistant coating after TiN diffusion

September 30, 2010

My company diffuses Ti & N up to .005" deep into steels and other metals. We bring the surface hardness up to 72 - 74HRc with minimal size change. We are constantly being asked about is its' corrosion resistance. We do not promote this technology for corrosion resistance, but we would like to find a thin coating which could pass 1000 hrs of salt spray testing. Any suggestions.

Lou Lechner
Marketing Mgr - Wheeling, Illinois, USA

September 30, 2010

Hi, Lou. 1000 hours is an awful lot to ask from a thin simple coating.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

October 1, 2010

It is interesting to know that you diffuse Ti and N up to a depth of 0.005" into metals. Could you please explain the process and its applications briefly? What are the important properties of the diffused layer? Generally TiN is deposited as a coating ON the surface and it is only 2-4 microns. TiN is corrosion resistant. Sometimes people recommend multilayer coatings of Ti and TiN for corrosion and erosion protection.

H.R. Prabhakara - Consultant
Bangalore Plasmatek - Bangalore Karnataka India

October 11, 2010

The technology is not PVD coating. We diffuse Ti & N chemically in a fluidized bed at temperatures in the range of 950f, similar to the temperature range of PVD tool coatings. The chemical reaction of the alloys and the solution transform the outer structure (up to 125 microns) of the material.

We are treating tooling and component parts to improve their performance.

Lou Lechner
Marketing Mgr - Wheeling, Illinois, USA

October , 2010

Hi, Lou.

I think before supplementary coatings are added, the first order of business might be to investigate the corrosion resistance of your hardening process on its own. Maybe it doesn't contribute much to the corrosion resistance, but maybe it contributes a great deal. I would think that you should find out by conducting salt spray testing. Good luck.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

October 14, 2010

Have you tried an ultra thin, 7 to 10 mils thick, corrosion preventive compound? Do you want to remove the CPC at some point?

Larry Clark
- Brunswick, Georgia

December 3, 2010

We have our in house test using a salt solution and submerge the parts for up to a week. We can usually tell if the parts will rust in 24 hours.

Lou Lechner
Marketing Mgr - Wheeling, Illinois, USA

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