Solubilization

Increase of mechanical and corrosion resistance in austenitic steels.

Solubilization is specific heat treatment performed on austenitic steel (inox and duplex). It consists in heating the steel to high temperature (between 1050 C° and 1200 C°) followed by cooling in inert gas to give a polished finish to it.

The process brings into solution chromium carbides, but rapid cooling avoid their precipitation.

Common usages

The solubilization treatment increases the mechanical resistance of steel and its corrosion resistance as well.

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Pros
  • Increase of mechanical resistance
  • Increase of corrosion resistance
  • Cons