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(Also called Precipitation Hardening) A change in the properties of certain steels, and structural alloys, that occurs at ambient or moderately elevated temperatures after hot working or a heat treatment (quench aging, natural aging, or artificial aging) or after a cold-working operation (strain aging).


Annealing is used to induce ductility, soften material, relieve internal stresses, refine the structure by making it homogeneous, and improve cold working properties.


A thermal process that produces significantly tougher parts than conventional heat treating. Used in many applications where distortion is critical. The resultant microstructure is very tough, exhibiting 15% higher toughness than a quench & tempered part of the same hardness.


Case hardening in which a suitable steel object is heated above Ac1 in a gaseous atmosphere of such composition as to cause simultaneous absorption of carbon and nitrogen by the surface and, by diffusion, to create a concentration gradient.


A process in which an austenitizable steel object is brought into contact with a carbonaceous environment of sufficient carbon potential to cause absorption of carbon at the surface and, by diffusion, to create a concentration gradient.

Cryogenic Treatment

(Also called Cold Treatment) Cryogenics, or deep freezing is done to make sure there is no retained Austenite during quenching, resulting in a complete Martensitic microstructure.


(Also called Martempering) A hardening procedure in a molten salt bath at a temperature right above the martensite start temperature that follows the austenitization of the ferrous material.

Stress Relieving

Heating a steel object to a suitable temperature, holding it long enough to reduce residual stresses, and then cooling it slowly enough to minimize the development of new residual stresses.


Reheating a quench hardened or normalized steel object to a temperature below Ac1, and then cooling it at any desired rate.

* Some definitions were borrowed from ASTM International.
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