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decarburize

[dē′kär·bə‚rīz]
(metallurgy)
To remove carbon from the surface of a ferrous alloy, particularly steel, by heating in a medium that reacts with carbon.
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To prevent decarburisation, when annealing, the castings and specimens were covered with crashed cast-iron chips.
They may require some additional secondary treatment depending on whether it's a argon-oxygen decarburisation process that they are using or just some form of ladle metallurgy which most steel companies use now whether producing stainless or carbon steels.
The state-of-the-art high convection hydrogen annealing technology produces strip which is exceptionally clean with no surface decarburisation and has the optimum microstructure and metallurgical properties.