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New boriding technique coats metal workpieces in minutes

Researchers Greg Krumdick, Osman Levent Eryilmaz and Ali Erdemir stand in front of the large-scale ultra-fast boriding furnace, which rapidly converts the surface of metal or alloy mechanical parts into a hard, durable boride layer. At full capacity, the furnace can treat millions of industrial parts per year. Compared to conventional boriding, the new technique substantially cuts down on time, energy and money.


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 »


Photo courtesy Argonne National Laboratory



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Taken on June 26, 2012