Lehrstuhl für Fertigungstechnologie, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Tailored Carburization - Gradation of mechanical properties in the direction of sheet plane and sheet thickness

Project Status: Active


Focus of the research project is the development of basic methods for a local adjustment of mechanical properties of hot stamped high strength steels. For this purpose, the semi-finished parts will be coated with graphite and subsequently austenitized and carburized in a furnace. To graduate the mechanical properties, carburization will be prevented locally by applying boron nitride instead of graphite. First of all, process-specific boundary conditions and process parameters regarding the diffusion behavior of complex phase steel CP800 have to be developed. For example, this includes the mutual influence of carburized and non-carburized areas at the transition zones. As quenching occurs inside the forming die, the influence of parameters like contact pressure and contact state have to be analyzed thermoanalytically and mechanically. Finally, the developed influences will be validated by transferring them to a model geometry.



Hardness profile of a locally carburized and water-quenched sample

Research Groups



    • Horn, A.; Merklein, M.:
      Identification of a process window for tailored carburization of sheet metals in hot stamping.
      AIP Conference Proceedings 1960(2018), published online

    • Horn, A.; Merklein, M.:
      Investigation of diffusion behavior of carburized sheet metal in hot stamping.
      In: Qin, Y.; Dean, T.A.; Lin, J.; Yuan, S. J.; Vollertsen, F (Edtrs.): Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on New Forming Technology, MATEC Web of Conferences, 2018, published online

    • Horn, A.; Merklein, M.:
      Fertigung funktionsoptimierter Bauteile beim Presshärten.
      In: M. Merklein (Edtr.): Tagungsband zum 13. Erlanger Workshop Warmblechumformung, 2018, pp. 157-170

    Letztes Update: 03.07.2018