Metall. Res. Technol.
Volume 115, Number 4, 2018
Trends in heat treatment and surface engineering
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||18 September 2018|
Comparing fast inductive tempering and conventional tempering: Effects on microstructure and mechanical properties
Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH,
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Accepted: 26 January 2018
Induction heating processes are of rising interest within the heat treating industry. Using inductive tempering, a lot of production time can be saved compared to a conventional tempering treatment. However, it is not completely understood how fast inductive processes influence the quenched and tempered microstructure and the corresponding mechanical properties. The aim of this work is to highlight differences between inductive and conventional tempering processes and to suggest a possible processing route which results in optimized microstructures, as well as desirable mechanical properties. Therefore, the present work evaluates the influencing factors of high heating rates to tempering temperatures on the microstructure as well as hardness and Charpy impact energy. To this end, after quenching a 50CrMo4 steel three different induction tempering processes are carried out and the resulting properties are subsequently compared to a conventional tempering process. The results indicate that notch impact energy raises with increasing heating rates to tempering when realizing the same hardness of the samples. The positive effect of high heating rate on toughness is traced back to smaller carbide sizes, as well as smaller carbide spacing and more uniform carbide distribution over the sample.
Key words: induction tempering / decreasing processing times / carbide size / tempering parameter
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