The project, carried out by our Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Güldem Kartal Şireli in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, aimed to improve the characteristics of steel parts used in the automotive sector. To achieve this, an electrochemical-based boronizing method (KRTD-Bor: Cathodic-Reduction Thermal-Diffusion based Boronizing method) developed by the project team was utilized.
The patented KRTD-Bor method used in the project is a boron diffusion technique that is faster (at least 10 times shorter processing time, with an average processing time of 1 hour) and utilizes domestically produced oxide-based boron compounds. It is a low-cost method with no emission of toxic gases, making it environmentally friendly compared to traditional boronizing methods. As part of the project, the second-largest 100 kg capacity molten salt system in Turkey was established.