18NiCrMo14-6 is a case hardening steel with high toughness used for bearing and transmission components. There are two different versions of the grade with high cleanliness requirements. The high hardenability ensures a through hardenability of large sections.
255G - Bearing quality (BQ) variant with low sulphur content and high cleanliness demands
255Q - Isotropic quality (IQ) with isotropic properties and improved fatigue strength due to higher cleanliness levels, and a finer size and distribution of non-metallic inclusions
IQ-Steel® is an isotropic quality ultra clean steel optimized for high fatigue strength under multi axial loading.
BQ-Steel® is a bearing quality clean steel optimized for fatigue strength and is also ideal for new design solutions outside the bearing industry.
Other properties (typical values)
|Youngs module (GPa)||Poisson´s ratio (-)||Shear module (GPa)||Density (kg/m3)|
| Average CTE 20-300°C (µm/m°K)|| Specific heat capacity 50/100°C (J/kg°K)|| Thermal conductivity Ambient temperature (W/m°K)|| Electrical resistivityAmbient temperature (µΩm)|
|| 460 - 480
|| 40 - 45
|| 0.20 - 0.25
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