Employ heat treatment processes to augment the quality of your metals
What is the heat treatment processes? What does it do? Simply put, it makes your metal better. It consists of heating alloys to a critical temperature and then cooling them using either air or water. There are a wide selection of heat treatment processes that serve different purposes in the industrial sector.
Types of processes
Metal modification is a heat treatment process whereby the properties of a material are altered. What are some general reasons for using this method?
- It can reduce internal stress that may cause problems in the future
- It can alter the behaviour of the metal in order to maximize its service life
- It is used for spring aging and cryogenic treatments
Essentially, it comes down to either metal hardening or metal softening; both methods serve separate purposes. Metal hardening consists of augmenting the strength and wear properties of a metal. However, the metal in question must have a sufficient amount of carbon and alloy to do so. If this is the case, then the metal can be hardened directly. If not, then it can be enriched with carbon using a diffusion hardening procedure. Metal softening, much like the term implies, involves reducing the hardness and strength of a metal. This will:
- Enhance resilience
- Eliminate residual stressors
- Alter the electromagnetic properties of the metal
- Refine grain size
- Restore the flexibility of the metal
It is integral that softening is performed for many industrial applications, such as wiredrawing, and cold rolling procedures.
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