Experiment_04-Heat_Treatments_of_Steels_-_Quenching_Tempering

Experiment_04-Heat_Treatments_of_Steels_-_Quenching_Tempering

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ME 3701, Materials of Engineering Laboratory, LSU 1 Experiment: Heat Treatment of Steels- Quenching & Tempering Objectives 1) To investigate the conventional heat treatment procedures, such as quenching and annealing, used to alter the properties of steels. SAE 1040 steel standard Charpy type impact specimens will be used. 2) To study the effects of heat treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of steels; impact strength and hardness will be measured for heat treated specimens. 3) To quantitatively evaluate the hardenability, or depth of hardness, of a steel rod through application of the standard (ASTM A255) Jominy End-Quench Test. Abstract Conventional heat treatment procedures for producing martensitic steels generally involve continuous and rapid cooling of an austenitized specimen in some type of quenching medium, such as water, oil, or air. The properties of a steel that has been quenched and then tempered depends largely on the rate of cooling and tempering times and temperatures. During the quenching heat treatment, the specimen can be converted to a variety of microstructures including soft and ductile spheroidite to hard and brittle martensite. The production of pearlitic and bainitic steels is lower in cost and suffices for most applications. Martensitic steels must be tempered prior to use due to their extreme brittleness. A range of heat treatments producing a variety of microstructures and mechanical properties will be investigated in this experiment beginning with a set of initially equivalent samples of SAE 1040 steel. Pearlite, Bainite and Martensite will all be produced through variations in the cooling rates of initially austenized samples.
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2011 for the course ME 3701 taught by Professor Moldovan during the Spring '11 term at LSU.

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Experiment_04-Heat_Treatments_of_Steels_-_Quenching_Tempering

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