Kolsterising involves a large amount of carbon being diffused into the steel. This creates a compressive stress which causes a strong hardening of the surface, but does not effect the corrosion resistance.

Stainless steel with an austenitic structure, which has low wear resistance and hardness, is given a hardening of the surface in this process.

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Accompanying Elements

Steel does not only consist of iron and carbon. Other elements can influence the properties of steel.

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Alloying Elements

There is a large number of different alloying elements. Each one influences the material properties.

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Brinell hardness test

Performing the hardness test by means of a ball pressure test according to the Swedish engineer Johann August Brinell.

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