Innovative materials:
  • Niobium carbide-based hard materials have a huge potential for industrial application. They can be used for cutting and drilling tools or for general wear parts. Principally, all applications where tungsten carbide is today's material of choice, niobium carbide could become the future alternative. Learn more about NbC.

Recent publications:

  • Effects of niobium alloying on microstructure, toughness and wear resistance of austempered ductile iron; by X. Chen, L. Zhao, W. Zhang, H. Mohrbacher, W. Wang, A. Guo, Q. Zhai; Materials Science & Engineering A 760 (2019) 186–194.
  • Metallurgical Effects of Niobium and Molybdenum on Heat-Affected Zone Toughness in Low-Carbon Steel; by H. Mohrbacher; in: Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 1847; doi:10.3390/app9091847.
  • Niobium carbide for machining and wear protection – Evolution of properties; by M. Woydt, S. Huang, E. Cannizza, J. Vleugels, H. Mohrbacher; in: Metal Powder Report, Volume 74, Number 2, March/April 2019, pp. 82-89.
  • Modeling of Precipitation Hardening during Coiling of Nb–Mo Steels; by J.-Y. Maetz , M. Militzer, Yu Wen Chen, J.-R. Yang, Nam Hoon Goo, Soo Jin Kim, Bian Jian and H. Mohrbacher; in: Metals 2018, 8, 758; doi:10.3390/met8100758.
  • The Proceedings of the International Symposium on Wear Resistant Alloys for the Mining and Processing Industry are now available. Check out the content here.
  • Solidification Microsegregation and Hot Ductility of Fe-Mn-C-Al-xNb TWIP Steels; by: Min Hyeok Kwon, Jin-Kyung Kim, Jian Bian, Hardy Mohrbacher, Taejin Song, Sung Kyu Kim, Bruno C. De Cooman; in: Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, August 2018, DOI: 10.1007/s11661-018-4893-8.
  • Effect of Ti(C0.7N0.3) Content on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ni Bonded NbC-Ti(C0.7N0.3) Based Cermets; by: S.G. Huang, J. Vleugels, H. Mohrbacher, M. Woydt; in: Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 274, pp 43-52.
  • Property Optimization in As-Quenched Martensitic Steel by Molybdenum and Niobium Alloying; by: H. Mohrbacher; in: Metals 2018, 8, 234; doi:10.3390/met8040234.
  • Effect of Carbon Content on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of NbC-Ni Based Cermets; by: S.Huang, P. De Baets, J. Sukumaran, H. Mohrbacher, M. Woydt and J. Vleugels; in: Metals 2018, 8, 178; doi:10.3390/met8030178.
  • Optimizing Gear Performance by Alloy Modification of Carburizing Steels; by: Th. Tobie, F. Hippenstiel, H. Mohrbacher; in: Metals 2017, 7, p. 415-434.
  • Partially-recrystallized, Nb-alloyed TWIP steels with a superior strength-ductility balance; by: Hojun Gwon, Jin-Kyung Kim, Bian Jian, Hardy Mohrbacher, Taejin Song, Sung-Kyu Kim, Bruno C. De Cooman; in: Materials Science & Engineering A 711 (2018), p. 130–139.
  • NbC grain growth control and mechanical properties of Ni bonded NbC cermets prepared by vacuum liquid phase sintering; by: S.G. Huang, J. Vleugels, H. Mohrbacher, M. Woydt; in: International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials Volume 72, April 2018, p. 63-70.
  • Secondary hardened bainite; by: B. M. Huang, J. R. Yang, H. W. Yen, C. H. Hsu, C. Y. Huang & H. Mohrbacher; in: Materials Science and Technology, 30:9, p. 1014-1023.

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