The Role of Quenching in Heat Treating

Quenching is conducted following the austenitizing of a material in order to yield a
harder microstructure, such as martensite or lower bainite. Oil is by far the most
common quenching medium, but there are three main considerations when
deciding to quench a material.

This paper covers:

  • The purpose of quenching as part of the heat treating process
  • Various quenching systems and quenching media employed in heat treating
  • The interrupted quenching technique for special processes

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