Heat treatment is a discipline of metalworking and industrial engineering which is used to transform the physical, chemical and even electrical properties of an element. The most well-known application is thermal. Heat treatment is also employed in the manufacture of several other objects, including glass.
Why you need the Heat Treatment Process
There are different ways by which heat treatment can be applied on metals. In the case of welding, heat treating the base metal part before welding the end piece can be beneficial because the base material will be in a much better state of fusion. This way, it will be easier to use a less powerful filler wire during the welding process. The other common method of heat treating metal is with the aid of an electrolysis chamber.
In general, heat treatment gives good results when it comes to decreasing the effects of ageing on a particular alloy. One can achieve this either by increasing the amount of time the alloy is left under the conditions of pressure or by inhibiting the rate at which the elements reach a certain temperature. Some of the most commonly treated alloys include stainless steel, copper, magnesium, aluminium, titanium, phosphorus and zinc. Hardening and softening properties are also affected by heat treatment, for instance, the rate with which alloy alloys change into steel once they are cooled below their transformation point, the time required for softening them back to their original form, and the ultimate degree of hardness they can withstand. When alloying steel, heat treatment plays an important role, especially in reinforcing the alloyed material and increasing the alloy yield strength.