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Terms related to the heat treatment of steel

    1. Annealing of steel

    Heating steel to a certain temperature and holding it for a period of time, and then allowing it to slowly cool down, is called annealing. Annealing of steel is to heat the steel to a temperature at which phase change or partial phase change occurs, and then slowly after heat preservation.

    Slow cooling heat treatment method. The purpose of annealing is to eliminate structural defects, improve the structure, homogenize the composition and refine the grain, improve the mechanical properties of the steel, reduce residual stress; at the same time, it can reduce the hardness, increase the plasticity and toughness, and improve the cutting performance. Therefore, annealing is not only to eliminate and improve the structural defects and internal stress left by the previous process, but also to prepare for the subsequent process, so annealing is a semi-finished product heat treatment, also known as pre-heat treatment.

    2. Normalizing of steel

    Normalizing is a heat treatment method in which the steel is heated to above the critical temperature, so that the steel is transformed into uniform austenite, and then cooled naturally in the air. It can eliminate the network cementite of hypereutectoid steel, and can refine the crystal lattice for normalizing of hypoeutectoid steel and improve the comprehensive mechanical properties. It is more economical to replace the annealing process with normalizing for less demanding parts.

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    3. Quenching of steel

    Quenching is to heat the steel to above the critical temperature, keep it for a period of time, and then quickly put it in the quenching agent to make its temperature drop suddenly, and rapidly cool it at a rate greater than the critical cooling rate to obtain an imbalance dominated by martensite The heat treatment method of the organization. Quenching can increase the strength and hardness of steel, but reduce its plasticity. Quenching agents commonly used in quenching are: water, oil, alkaline water and salt solutions.

    4. Tempering of steel

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    Reheating the quenched steel to a certain temperature and then cooling it by a certain method is called tempering. Its purpose is to eliminate the internal stress caused by quenching, reduce the hardness and brittleness, in order to obtain the expected mechanical properties. There are three types of tempering: high temperature tempering, medium temperature tempering and low temperature tempering. Tempering is mostly used in conjunction with quenching and normalizing.

    ⑴ Quenching and tempering treatment: the heat treatment method of high temperature tempering after quenching is called quenching and tempering treatment. High temperature tempering refers to tempering between 500-650℃. Quenching and tempering can make the performance and material of steel be adjusted to a large extent, and its strength, plasticity and toughness are good, and it has good comprehensive mechanical properties.

    ⑵Aging treatment: In order to eliminate the size and shape changes of precision measuring tools or molds and parts during long-term use, the workpiece is often reheated to 100-150 after low temperature tempering (low temperature tempering temperature 150-250℃) before finishing. ℃, keep for 5-20 hours, this kind of treatment to stabilize the quality of precision parts is called aging. It is especially important to perform aging treatment on steel components under low temperature or dynamic load conditions to eliminate residual stress and stabilize steel structure and size.