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Decarburization in steels

  1. Mar 26, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I understand that decarburization happens during heat treatment of steels @ 700 C, and that carbon reacts with oxygen or hydrogen that is in the atmosphere. But, where does the carbon go?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Does the carbon react with the oxygen and turn into Carbon Oxide like on the surface of the steel? Or does it turn into CO2?
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2015 #2

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    Think. What phase are CO or CO2 in at a temperature of 700°C?
     
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