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Stress Relieving Heat Treating

Stress Relieving Heat Treating

Relieve Residual Stress with Stress Relief Heat Treating

Bending, welding, grinding, rolling, cold working, solidication, quenching, stamping, and other operations, can introduce new stresses into the structure of a metal part. Stress relieving is a heat treatment process designed to relieve residual stresses caused any such manufacturing process.

As these stresses cause changes in the granular structure of the metal, they can cause challenges in working with a metal component in the future. Stress relieving steel or the stress relief heat treatment of other metals and alloys becomes an important step in the manufacturing process to provide a final quality product.

Stress-relief heat treating is the uniform heating of a structure to a suitable subcritical temperature below the austenitic transformation range. After the desired temperature is reached, it is held for a predetermined period, followed by uniform cooling.

This process must be controlled based on the metal or alloy. The temperature reached, and duration of the heating, and the cooling process precisely based on the material being treated. Our experience and state-of-the-art facilities allow for precise, controlled heat treatment for stress relieving steel and other metals. We also ensure all of our processes, including stress relieving steel, is constantly monitored and tracked for quality control throughout the process.

Elimination of residual stresses can be an important step to ensure the manufacturability of parts to proper size, fit and function. The presence of excessive amounts of residual stresses in components can manifest into problems with size change, or undesirable mechanical properties during subsequent manufacturing operations or during use in service. If you want to ensure that your metal components receive the correct stress-relieving treatment, contact Bluewater Thermal Solutions today: 877-990-0050.

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