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Title: Investigation of Thermo-Magnetic Processing in Application to Heavy Duty Truck Suspension Components

Thermomagnetic processing (TMP) was examined as a methodology for increasing transformation rate during heat treatment in steel tubes. Two potential benefits were investigated, reduced energy consumption and improved mechanical properties. It is possible to reduce energy consumption with TMP by allowing tempering at lower temperatures and shorter times. Improved mechanical properties are possible by allowing a more copious distribution of fine carbides during tempering of martensite. Improved mechanical properties are also possible by quenching under a magnetic field after austenitization by formation of martensitic twins. The experiments in this work allowed for the following conclusions: the samples could not be quenched fast enough to transform the entire wall thickness to martensite; the knee of the Continuous Cooling Curve (CCT) curve was shifted to the left when quenching following austenitizing in a magnetic field. The magnetic field during tempering did enhance the kinetics and allowed fine carbides to form. Since the through wall thickness was not hardened, the bulk mechanical properties were unaffected by the magnetic field. Hardness measurements after hardening showed that hardening in a magnetic field >0.5T resulted in a significant reduction in hardness. Combined with the inadequate cooling rate it was not possible to properly harden the samples.more » Tempering at 600 C without a magnetic field resulted in no formation of carbides, but tempering at 600 C and 450 C with a 1-2T field resulted in carbide formation in all samples.« less
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  1. Hendrickson ATG, Woodridge, IL (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Report Number(s):
ED2802000; CEED492
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 42 ENGINEERING Thermomagnetic processing