Effect of Cryogenic Treatment on Hardness, Microstructure and Wear Behavior of Hot Die Steel Grade AISI-H13

  • Sanjeev Katoch
  • Rakesh Sehgal
  • Vishal Singh
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


In this experimental work effect of deep cryogenic treatment (C1, done at −155 °C) on the micro hardness, morphology of microstructure and dry sliding wear behavior of hot die steel grade AISI H13 studied in comparison to conventionally heat treated (A3T) samples of the same grade. Microstructure, Hardness and wear rate of CI and A3T group samples performed SEM analysis, Micro Vicker Hardness and Block-on-Ring dry sliding wear test against the hardened cold work die steel, grade AISI D3, roller (counter-face). Improved morphology of microstructure, micro hardness and higher resistance to wear evidenced in deep cryogenic treated samples.


Cryogenics treatment Die steel Retained austenite ε-carbide η-carbide Lath martensite 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Material Science and EngineeringNational Institute of TechnologyHamirpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Institute of TechnologyHamirpurIndia

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