Surface nanocrystallization (SNC) of metallic materials-presentation of the concept behind a new approach

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Journal / PublicationJournal of Materials Science and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


In this paper, a concept of surface nanocrystallization (SNC) of metallic materials is introduced. Three types of SNC processes are classified. Different SNC mechanisms and possible techniques for SNC are discussed with emphasis on mechanically induced surface self-nanocrystallization. Further development and prospects are addressed with respect to the properties and behaviors of the materials with a nanocrystalline surface. Enhancement of the behavior of the engineering materials by means of the SNC technology and its industrial application possibilities are analyzed.