Heat transfer coefficients for quenching in water have been measured as a function of temperature using steel probes for a variety of iron alloys. The coefficients were derived from measured cooling curves combined with calculated heat-capacities. The resulting data were then used to calculate cooling curves using the finite volume method for a large steel sample and these curves have been demonstrated to be consistent with measured values for the large sample. Furthermore, by combining the estimated cooling curves with time-temperature-transformation diagrams it has been possible to predict the variation of hardness as a function of distance via the quench factor analysis. The work should prove useful in the heat treatment of the steels studied, some of which are in the development stage.

Heat and Mass Transfer, 47 (2011) 315-321.

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MAP_STEEL_THERMAL | PROGRAM: Model for thermal conductivity of steel. |

MAP_DATA_THERMAL | DATA: Thermal conductivity data for steel. |

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