Nitriding 135 steel is a modification of AISI 4140 specifically designed to be nitrided. It is a Chrome-Moly alloy steel with additions of aluminum typically used for nitrided parts requiring high surface hardness and heat resistance. Nitriding 135 is usually supplied in the pre-hardened condition, about 26/30 HRC, ready for nitriding. Further heat treatment is generally not required but will develop high core strength. Nitriding 135 parts also retain case and core properties at temperatures up to 1000°F and typically show less distortion in heat treating than similar parts fabricated from alloys requiring quenching and tempering to achieve similar surface hardness.


Nitriding 135 Alloy Steel Grade Chemistry
C Mn P S Si Ni Cr Mo Al
MIN 0.38 0.50 0.20 1.40 0.30 0.95
MAX 0.43 0.80 0.025 0.025 0.40 0.25 1.80 0.40 1.30



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