3 Tips for Steel Heat Treating Process
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3 Tips for Steel Heat Treating Process

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Heat Treating ProcessA treated metal, which requires too much heat, affects the robustness and strength of the metal. The impact of overheating is not unavoidable, but one can avoid the effect by carefully controlling the temperature of the heat source, checking the tools in use, and ensuring that they have been protected with anti-decarburizing solutions.

FREMONT, CA: If firms want their steel and the products to last a long time, then they need to learn all about the steel heat treating. Mistreating the metal leads to a loss in productivity and profit. So, below are a few things to consider when it comes to the heat-treating process.

1. Avoid Overheating

Overheating and burning metal is a real possibility when dealing with low alloy metal. Decarburization is frequently the culprit for negatively affecting or destroying the steel. When the temperature goes above 1200° C, the steel or low alloy metals are up for being damaged. The mechanical properties of the metals become subject to deterioration when heat treatment comes before the forging process. If one is looking to avoid mechanical deficiencies from too much heat, then the metal needs to be treated in advance.

A treated metal, which requires too much heat, affects the robustness and strength of the metal. The impact of overheating is not unavoidable, but one can avoid the effect by carefully controlling the temperature of the heat source, checking the tools in use, and ensuring that they have been protected with anti-decarburizing solutions. Metal that is not uniformly heated sometimes suffers from being heated too swiftly; therefore allow it to cool down to avoid the problems naturally.Metal Working

2. Watch for Brittleness

Brittle metal is unsafe as it can crack causing injuries or damage to the tools or equipment. Brittleness is a problem that occurs when one applies too much heat to the metal. Additionally, if the metal is not tempered correctly, then the metal products will be exposed to brittleness. Besides, lowering the hardening temperature facilitates proper tempering, and the brittleness can be avoided.

3. Use the Right Metal

Most new metal workers will not know the distinction between different types of steel; therefore, their mistakes cost them. As known, not every alloy of steel is suitable for heat treating. Some alloys make metals that will not have the right amount of impact strength when they are treated.

A variety of factors influence the impact strength of metals that have been treated. The type and number of impurities in metal are the most vital factors in determining the success of heat treatment. Moreover, steel that is mixed with the wrong set of elements leads to a surface condition less than optimal for hardening. Thermal or mechanical treatments administered to the wrong type of metal might lead to problems later on.

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