ASM Handbook: volume 4: Heat Treating (Asm Handbook) (Asm Handbook)

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The world s best and most comprehensive reference guide to all aspects of heat treating. Contents include: Heat treating of Steel quenching, tempering, and annealing, continuous annealing, quantitative methods to predict hardenability. Surface Hardening of Steel processing and properties of case hardened materials. Heat Treating Equipment emphasis on furnace design and thermal efficiency. Process and QC Considerations sensors and oxygen probes for temperature/atmosphere/carbon control, statistical process control. Heat Treating of Cast Irons includes data on austempered ductile iron and high-alloy irons. Heat Treating Stainless Steels and Heat Resistant Alloys includes superalloys and refractory metals and alloys. Sections on Heat Treating of Tool Steels and Nonferrous Alloys.

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Heat-treating technology has long been an area of deep interest and concern to ASM members. In fact, the origin of the Society can be traced back to 1913 when the Steel Treaters Club was launched in Detroit. This group joined with the American Steel Treaters Society to form the American Society for Steel Treating in 1920. It was the latter organization that issued the first bound Handbook in 1928, a volume that would serve as the prototype for future generations of the ASM Handbook.
During the ensuing six decades, many changes have taken place both in terms of the positioning of the Society and the technology base it serves. In 1933 a name change to the American Society for Metals completed the transition from an organization concerned primarily with heat treating to one that served the interests of the entire metals industry. Finally in 1987, the technical scope of the Society was further broadened to include the processing, properties, and applications of all engineering/structural materials, and thus ASM International was born.
Despite these momentous changes, one fact has remained unchanged ASM's recognition of heat treating as one of the foundations of the metals sciences and its unflagging commitment to this ever-changing technology. The publication of Volume 4 of the ASM Handbook is the most recent and significant example of the sustained leadership of the Society in addressing the needs of the heat treat community.
The present volume reflects the continuing research and effort that have led to a deeper understanding of the response of ferrous and nonferrous alloys to thermal treatments. For in the 10 years since publication of its 9th Edition predecessor, significant developments have taken place in quenching and hardenability studies, computer modelling of heat-treating operations, plasma-assisted case hardening methods, and improved quality control through advanced instrumentation and/or the application of statistical process control. These are but a few of the important topics that will undoubtedly contribute toward making the Heat Treating Handbook a timeless contribution to the literature.

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