Nitrogen is the future hope of stainless steel industry; since in the production of austenitic steel it can even completely replace Nickel (which is relatively very expensive) in some cases and for another reason: It decreases the temperature at which carbides should form.
As a result, there is always an optimum Carbon to Nitrogen ratio.My problems are:
- How is N decreasing the temperature of the formation of carbides? Is it a catalyst or something?
- Resources, however, didn't mention how the N to C ratio is measured? How? Am I missing something very easy in here?
Update: I just found this paper in which almost all of the info above can be found; but it's not my main reference.