ECHT European Conference on Heattreatment 2018
12 / 13 April 2018
Nitriding and Nitrocarburizing
Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance

Copyright Graf-Zeppelin-Haus, Friedrichshafen

Chairmen: Heinrich Klümper Westkamp (Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik), Karl-Michael Winter (Process Electronic GmbH)

12 / 13 April 2018, Graf-Zeppelin-Haus, Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance

Call for papers (PDF)

For almost a century, nitriding and nitrocarburising have become established thermochemical heat treatment methods for surface hardening of iron-based steel grades. They enrich the surface layer with nitrogen and, in the case of nitrocarburising with the addition of carbon. Nitriding and nitrocarburising are environmentally compatible and exhibit very little distortion, in contrast to martensitic hardening processes. Primary applications are able to reduce wear and increase strength.

In recent years these surface hardening processes have been stimulated by new know-how and continuous innovations. New applications aiming at saving energy and other resources through the use of recyclable lightweight construction, as well as applications where toxic chromium (VI) compounds, used for corrosion reduction, could be replaced by post-oxidation show impressively how up-to-date these processes are. This makes nitriding/nitrocarburising an interesting process for improving the properties of components used in power generation, transport and mechanical engineering. Precision machining by diamond cutting of nitrided surfaces with defined porosity for enhanced wear resistance allow the realization of completely new applications. Nitriding and nitrocarburising of stainless steels at low temperatures as well as deep case nitriding have already found their way into design drawings. In order to produce such different surface properties, new developments with regard to sensor technology, control and simulation in nitriding and nitrocarburising processes are necessary.

Following the successful editions of 1991, 1996, 2002 and 2010, the „European Conference on Heat Treatment 2018 - Nitriding and Nitrocarburising“ will help in keeping professionals, engineers and scientists in the areas of education, science, research and production informed about new developments.

Abstracts, no longer than 2500 characters (incl. space characters), can be submitted until November, 30, 2017 to

More details about the venue, accomodation and a registration form are published on the conference website

Abstract Submission: November, 30, 2017
Full paper submission  February, 28, 2018

Normal: 620 EUR
Early Bird (until December, 31): 520 EUR
Speaker: 520 EUR
Students: 320 EUR

The conference will be organized in co-orporation with the European associations on heat Treatment A3Ts (France), AIM (Italy), ASMET (Austria), ATZK (Czech Republic), SVW/ASTT (Switzerland) and VWT (Benelux).

International Committee:

Reinhold Schneider (ASMET), Austria
Bernard Vandewiele (VWT), Belgium
Bernard Kuntzmann (SVW), Switzerland
Filip Vráblík (ATZK), Czech Republic
Michel Jeandin (A3TS), France
Danilo Petta (AIM), Italy
Klaus Löser (AWT), Germany

Contact: AWT-Office by phone +49 421 5229339 or