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Finding Similarities Between Heat and Life

Metal Heat Treatment Technology-Reviewing the Benefits

When it comes to the manufacturing processes, there are some of the materials that will at times require that they be subjected to some procedures that will change their grain structure and composition. The one method that has been used for some time now for the sake of altering a metal’s physical properties as such allowing them to be used in a wide range of industries is heat treatments. The change in the physical properties of the metals is essentially achieved by employing some kinds of controlled heating and cooling procedures.

By far and large, the heat treatments happen to differ and this is majorly dependent on the type of metal and the physical properties that are so desired for the functioning of the given parts. Strength often being the core need, it is as such important to ensure that the correct heat treatment procedures are followed to ensure that this is achieved.

Like has been mentioned above, apart from aiding in altering a metal’s physical properties, heat treatments as well help a great deal in some other manufacturing processes. Following a heat treatment procedure, a material will get to attain some of the following benefits-relieving stresses and as such being so much easier to work on and above this is the fact of added strength. The other characteristics that a material can achieve by being subjected to heat treatment procedures is that of being better in ductility or flexibility and as well they will have introduced to their properties wear and tear resistance. One of the metals that tends to benefit greatly from heat treatment technologies is steel especially in the manufacturing processes like hot forming or welding as these tend to lead to high build up of stresses. Heat treatments are of varied kinds and some are as we have mentioned below.

Annealing and Solution annealing is one of the varied kinds of heat treatments. The process basically makes the material more uniform and easy to machine all thanks to the fact that it so refines the grain structure of the material. Looking at the need to improve on the corrosion resistance of the metals and as well boost their ductility, the one trusted method that will work greatly is solution annealing more so looking at steel materials.

One other kind of metal het treatments is that known as hardening and tempering. Hardening can be performed on certain kinds of steel metals that have a particular composition of carbon in them and it always involves the heating of the material to such high temperatures as up to 900 degrees after which they are speedily cooled as this page shows. The metal may then be taken through another cycle of heating for tempering purposes which essentially gets to achieve it better ductility.