Date of Award

Spring 1958

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Bournique, Raymond A.

Second Advisor

Kittsley, Scott

Third Advisor

Hermann, Karl L.


This thesis attempts to cover three objectives, namely, 1) the study of quantitative carbide separation methods for use with two medium alloy steels containing chromium, molybdenum and vanadium, 2) the development of chemical methods of analysis for the separated carbide residues and, 3) a review of the nature of steel carbides pertinent to these steels. The separation and analysis of carbides from steel presents an interesting and challenging problem to the analytical chemist. Much of the chemistry of the carbides isolated from steel is unknown. Development of a satisfactory method of analysis depends greatly on the kind of information sought, the alloy under consideration and the thermal history of the steel. Quantitative analysis of the carbide phase in steel is important because the carbides as constituents in the final steel structure directly influence the properties of the steel.