Case Hardening

Case hardening is a process that is used to harden the outer layer of case hardening steel while maintaining a soft inner metal core. The case hardening process uses case hardening compounds for the carbon addition. Steel case hardening depth depends upon the application of case hardening depth.

Case hardening is a technique in which the metal surface is reinforced by the adding of a fine layer at the top of another metal alloy that is generally more durable. Case hardening steel is normally used to increase the object life. This is particularly significant for the manufacture of machine parts, carbon steel forgings, and carbon steel pinions. Case hardening is also utilized for other applications.

Case hardening is also called surface hardening. Case hardening is essentially a group of processes that are used to increase the surface hardness to an extent that is higher than that of the bulk material. Case hardening is performed normally locally on the top surface, and for a limited depth. Greater hardness is usually related with better wear and fatigue resistance.