Annealing is to heat the workpiece to an appropriate temperature, adopt different holding times according to the material and workpiece size, and then slowly cool it, the purpose is to make the internal structure of the metal reach or close to the equilibrium state, obtain good process performance and performance, or for further quenching Prepare for organization. Normalizing is to heat the workpiece to a suitable temperature and then cool it in the air. The effect of normalizing is similar to that of annealing, but the obtained structure is finer. It is often used to improve the cutting performance of materials, and is sometimes used for some parts with low requirements. as the final heat treatment. Quenching is to rapidly cool the workpiece in a quenching medium such as water, oil or other inorganic salts and organic aqueous solutions after heating and keeping the workpiece warm. After quenching, the steel becomes hard, but at the same time becomes brittle. In order to eliminate the brittleness in time, it is generally necessary to temper in time. In order to reduce the brittleness of steel parts, the quenched steel parts are kept at an appropriate temperature higher than room temperature but lower than 650 ° C for a long time, and then cooled. This process is called tempering.
Annealing, normalizing, quenching, and tempering are the "four fires" in the overall heat treatment. Among them, quenching and tempering are closely related and are often used in conjunction, and both are indispensable. The "four fires" have evolved different heat treatment processes with different heating temperatures and cooling methods. In order to obtain a certain strength and toughness, the process of combining quenching and high temperature tempering is called quenching and tempering. After some alloys are quenched to form a supersaturated solid solution, they are kept at room temperature or a slightly higher appropriate temperature for a long time to improve the hardness, strength or electrical and magnetic properties of the alloy. Such a heat treatment process is called aging treatment. The method of combining pressure deformation and heat treatment effectively and closely to make the workpiece obtain good strength and toughness is called deformation heat treatment; heat treatment in a negative pressure atmosphere or vacuum is called vacuum heat treatment, which not only makes The workpiece is not oxidized or decarburized, the surface of the workpiece after treatment is kept smooth, and the performance of the workpiece is improved. Surface heat treatment is a metal heat treatment process that only heats the surface of the workpiece to change the mechanical properties of the surface. In order to only heat the surface layer of the workpiece without allowing too much heat to pass into the inside of the workpiece, the heat source used must have a high energy density, that is, a larger amount of heat energy is given to the workpiece per unit area, so that the surface layer or local area of ​​the workpiece can be short-term or instantaneous. reach high temperature. The main methods of surface heat treatment are flame quenching and induction heating heat treatment. Commonly used heat sources are flames such as oxyacetylene or oxypropane, induced current, laser and electron beam. Chemical heat treatment is a metal heat treatment process that changes the chemical composition, structure and properties of the workpiece surface. The difference between chemical heat treatment and surface heat treatment is that the former changes the chemical composition of the surface of the workpiece. Chemical heat treatment is to heat the workpiece in a medium (gas, liquid, solid) containing carbon, salt or other alloying elements, and keep it for a long time, so that the surface layer of the workpiece is infiltrated with elements such as carbon, nitrogen, boron and chromium. After the elements are infiltrated, other heat treatment processes such as quenching and tempering are sometimes carried out. The main methods of chemical heat treatment are carburizing, nitriding, and metalizing. Heat treatment is one of the important processes in the manufacture of mechanical parts and tools. Generally speaking, it can ensure and improve various properties of the workpiece, such as wear resistance, corrosion resistance, etc. It can also improve the structure and stress state of the blank to facilitate various cold and hot processing. For example, after long-term annealing treatment of white cast iron, malleable cast iron can be obtained to improve plasticity; gears adopt the correct heat treatment process, and the service life can be doubled or dozens of times higher than that of gears without heat treatment; Some alloying elements have some expensive alloy steel properties and can replace some heat-resistant steels and stainless steels; almost all tools and dies need to be heat treated before they can be used.

surface hardening

Case hardening and tempering heat treatment is usually carried out by induction heating or flame heating. The main technical parameters are surface hardness, local hardness and effective hardened layer depth. Vickers hardness tester can be used for hardness testing, Rockwell or surface Rockwell hardness tester can also be used. The selection of the test force (scale) is related to the depth of the effective hardened layer and the surface hardness of the workpiece. There are three durometers involved here. 1. Vickers hardness tester is an important method to test the surface hardness of heat-treated workpieces. It can use a test force of 0.5-100kg to test the surface hardened layer as thin as 0.05mm thick. Its accuracy is yes, and it can distinguish the surface hardness of heat-treated workpieces. small differences. In addition, the depth of the effective hardened layer is also detected by a Vickers hardness tester. Therefore, it is necessary to have a Vickers hardness tester for units that perform surface heat treatment processing or use a large number of surface heat treatment workpieces. 2. The surface Rockwell hardness tester is also very suitable for testing the hardness of surface quenched workpieces. There are three scales for the surface Rockwell hardness tester to choose from. Various case-hardened workpieces with an effective hardening depth of more than 0.1mm can be tested. Although the accuracy of the surface Rockwell hardness tester is not as high as that of the Vickers hardness tester, it has been able to meet the requirements as a detection method for quality management and qualification inspection of heat treatment plants. Moreover, it also has the characteristics of simple operation, convenient use, low price, rapid measurement, and direct reading of hardness values. Using the surface Rockwell hardness tester, batches of surface heat-treated workpieces can be quickly and non-destructively tested piece by piece. This has important implications for metalworking and machine building plants. 3. When the surface heat treatment hardening layer is thick, the Rockwell hardness tester can also be used. When the thickness of the heat treatment hardened layer is 0.4-0.8mm, the HRA scale can be used, and when the thickness of the hardened layer exceeds 0.8mm, the HRC scale can be used. The three hardness values ​​of Vickers, Rockwell and superficial Rockwell can be easily converted to each other and converted into standard, drawing or user-required hardness value. The corresponding conversion table has been given in the international standard ISO, American standard ASTM and Chinese standard GB/T.