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The Effect
The heating at 1,600 deg.F. gives the first heat treatment w...

Pyrometers
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Oil-hardening Steel
Heat slowly and uniformly to 1,450 deg.F. and forge thorough...

Silicon
Silicon prevents, to a large extent, defects such as gas bubb...

Suggestions For Handling High-speed Steels
The following suggestions for handling high-speed steels are ...

Air-hardening Steels
These steels are recommended for boring, turning and planing...

Gas Consumption For Carburizing
Although the advantages offered by the gas-fired furnace for ...

Quality And Structure
The quality of high-speed steel is dependent to a very great ...

Process Of Carburizing
Carburizing imparts a shell of high-carbon content to a low-...

Effects Of Proper Annealing
Proper annealing of low-carbon steels causes a complete solu...

Effect Of A Small Amount Of Copper In Medium-carbon Steel
This shows the result of tests by C. R. Hayward and A. B. Joh...

S A E Heat Treatments
The Society of Automotive Engineers have adopted certain heat...

High-carbon Machinery Steel
The carbon content of this steel is above 30 points and is ha...

Pyrometry And Pyrometers
A knowledge of the fundamental principles of pyrometry, or th...

Phosphorus
Phosphorus is one of the impurities in steel, and it has been...

Testing And Inspection Of Heat Treatment
The hard parts of the gear must be so hard that a new mill f...

Introduction Of Carbon
The matter to which these notes are primarily directed is the...

Blending The Compound
Essentially, this consists of the sturdy, power-driven separa...

Hardening Operation
Hardening a gear is accomplished as follows: The gear is tak...

Shrinking And Enlarging Work
Steel can be shrunk or enlarged by proper heating and cooling...



Temperatures To Use






Category: HARDENING CARBON STEEL FOR TOOLS

As soon as the temperature of the steel reaches
100 deg.C. (212 deg.F.) the transformation begins, increasing in intensity
as the temperature is raised, until finally when the lower critical
range is reached, the steel has been all changed into the ordinary
constituents of unhardened steels.

If a piece of polished steel is heated in an ordinary furnace, a
thin film of oxides will form on its surface. The colors of this
film change with temperature, and so, in tempering, they are generally
used as an indication of the temperature of the steel. The steel
should have at least one polished face so that this film of oxides
may be seen.

An alternative method to the determination of temper by color is
to temper by heating in an oil or salt bath. Oil baths can be used
up to temperatures of 500 deg.F.; above this, fused-salt baths are
required. The article to be tempered is put into the bath, brought
up to and held at the required temperature for a certain length
of time, and then cooled, either rapidly or slowly. This takes
longer than the color method, but with low temperatures the results
are more satisfactory, because the temperature of the bath can
be controlled with a pyrometer. The tempering temperatures given
in the following table are taken from a handbook issued by the
Midvale Steel Company.

TABLE 23.--TEMPERING TEMPERATURES FOR STEELS
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Temperature Temperature
for 1 hr. for 8 min.
--------------- Color --------------- Uses
Deg. F.Deg. C. Deg. F.Deg. C.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
370 188 Faint yellow 460 238 Scrapers, brass-turning tools,
reamers, taps, milling cutters,
saw teeth.
390 199 Light straw 510 265 Twist drills, lathe tools,
planer tools, finishing tools
410 210 Dark straw 560 293 Stone tools, hammer faces,
chisels for hard work, boring
cutters.
430 221 Brown 610 321 Trephining tools, stamps.
450 232 Purple 640 337 Cold chisels for ordinary work,
carpenters' tools, picks, cold
punches, shear blades, slicing
tools, slotter tools.
490 254 Dark blue 660 343 Hot chisels, tools for hot
work, springs.
510 265 Light blue 710 376 Springs, screw drivers.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

It will be noted that two sets of temperatures are shown, one being
specified for a time interval of 8 min. and the other for 1 hr. For
the finest work the longer time is preferable, while for ordinary
rough work 8 min. is sufficient, after the steel has reached the
specified temperature.

The rate of cooling after tempering seems to be immaterial, and
the piece can be cooled at any rate, providing that in large pieces
it is sufficiently slow to prevent strains.





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