It is not intended for case-hardening, although by careful manipulation it may be so treated. This should be done in emergencies only, rather than as regular practice, always employing the double heat treatment followed by a drawing operation. Heat treatment H or D may be employed, the former being simpler.
Physical processes[ edit ] Allotropes of iron, showing the differences in lattice structures between alpha iron low temperature and gamma iron high temperature.
The alpha iron has no spaces for carbon atoms to reside, while the gamma iron is open to free movement of small carbon atoms. Metallic materials consist of a microstructure of small crystals called "grains" or crystallites.
The nature of the grains i. Heat treatment provides an efficient way to manipulate the properties of the metal by controlling the rate of diffusion and the rate of cooling within the microstructure. Heat treating is often used to alter the mechanical properties of a metallic alloymanipulating properties such as the hardnessstrengthtoughness ductilityand elasticity.
In most elements, this order will rearrange itself, depending on conditions like temperature and pressure. This rearrangement, called allotropy or polymorphism, may occur several times, at many different temperatures for a particular metal.
In alloys, this rearrangement may cause an element that will not normally dissolve into the base metal to suddenly become solublewhile a reversal of the allotropy will make the elements either partially or completely insoluble.
If the alloy is cooled to an insoluble state, the atoms of the dissolved constituents solutes may migrate out of the solution.
This type of diffusion, called precipitationleads to nucleationwhere the migrating atoms group together at the grain-boundaries.
This forms a microstructure generally consisting of two or more distinct phases. This is due to the fact that the steel will change from the austenite phase to the martensite phase after quenching. It should be noted that some pearlite or ferrite may be present if the quench did not rapidly cool off all the steel.
In these alloys, the nucleation at the grain-boundaries often reinforces the structure of the crystal matrix. These metals harden by precipitation.
Typically a slow process, depending on temperature, this is often referred to as "age hardening". When a metal is cooled very quickly, the insoluble atoms may not be able to migrate out of the solution in time. This is called a " diffusionless transformation.
The trapped atoms prevent the crystal matrix from completely changing into its low temperature allotrope, creating shearing stresses within the lattice.
When some alloys are cooled quickly, such as steel, the martensite transformation hardens the metal, while in others, like aluminum, the alloy becomes softer. Phase changes occur at different temperatures vertical axis for different compositions horizontal axis.Heat treatment involves controlling numerous parameters in order to achieve specific metallurgical properties in a given material.
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Introduction. Differential heat treatment is a method used to alter the properties of various parts of a steel object differently, producing areas that are harder or softer than others.
Heat Treatment. The following are guidelines for the heat treatment of FLEXOR®.It is important to keep in mind that heat treatment facilities are likely to vary in their capabilities.
Heat Treatment of Steel From the edition of Machinery's Handbook This is section 3 of 7 Two of the illustrations have been traced in SuperPaint and the rest are as scanned. Heat Treatment and Properties of Iron and Steel Thomas G.
Digges,1 Samuel J. Rosenberg,1 and Glenn W. Geil This Monograph is a revision of the previous NBS Monograph Its purpose is. Welded joints of high-Cr ferritic heat-resistant steel, ASTM A Gr.
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