With heat treating, we push metallurgical limits to maximize material performance and prepare parts for a life of heavy service. But it doesn’t come without risk. Hypervigilance around the conditions that cause cracking from design to production is key for preventing defects that compromise critical parts.
In this guide, we delve into the various factors contributing to crack formation and how to effectively manage risk of cracking during heat treatment.
Conditions That Cause Cracking
Understanding Thermal Expansion
Design for Crack Prevention
Heat Treating Process Recommendations
Partners in Crack Risk Mitigation
In this guide, we discuss:
- The nature of metal parts and thermal expansion
- How parts expand and behave during heat treatment
- Design characteristics and considerations for lowering crack risk
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