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New boriding technique coats metal workpieces in minutes

Argonne researchers Osman Eryilmaz (left) and Gerald Jeka (right) recover industrial parts from the large-scale ultra-fast boriding furnace after a successful boriding treatment. The furnace uses an electrochemical process similar to that of batteries to deposit boron on metal workpieces.

 

Ali Erdemir and Osman Eryilmaz are part of a team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory who recently won an R&D 100 Award for a technology that rapidly converts metallic surfaces into a hard, durable boride layer. Large-scale ultra-fast boriding can be used to enhance the strength and performance of metal or alloy mechanical parts. Read more »

 

Bodycote, one of the world's largest thermal processing companies, has obtained an exclusive license to use Argonne's breakthrough ultra-fast boriding process. With ultra-fast boriding, metal or alloy mechanical parts are dipped into a molten borax-based solution that rapidly converts the metallic surfaces into hard, durable boride layers.

 

Photo credit: Osman Eryilmaz / courtesy Argonne National Laboratory

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Taken on November 18, 2011