decarburize

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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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It is obviously easy to distinguish cast iron from iron smelted and worked in the solid state; it is not so easy to recognize solid-state bloomery iron from iron which was been made by decarburizing cast iron by fining etc.
If atmospheric control on furnaces is to vary, it is much better for tool performance to err on the carburizing side, rather than on the decarburizing side.