Heat treatment is the heating and cooling of metals to change their physical and mechanical properties, without letting it change its shape. Heat treatment could be said to be a method for strengthening materials but could also be used to alter some mechanical properties such as improving formability, machining, etc. The most common application is metallurgical but heat treatment can also be used in manufacture of glass, aluminum, steel and many more materials. This article describes various heat treatment processes like hardening, tempering, annealing, normalizing, carburization, and surface hardening.
This article is about the difference between heat treatment, annealing, and tempering. The article explains the effects of annealing and tempering on the physical properties of metals, such as ductility, strength, and brittleness. Also explained are the methods for annealing and tempering, as well as the microscopic changes that heat treating causes.