About the book
Heat treatment is a well-known but constantly improved technology aimed at changing the physical and sometimes also chemical properties of metals and alloys. The heat treatment includes processes such as heating or cooling, typically to high temperatures in order to achieve the desired result, i.e. hardening or softening a given type of material. Heat treatment includes such processes as annealing, hardening, precipitation strengthening, tempering, and quenching. The visible development of modern heat treatment techniques was initiated in the twentieth century when the relationship between heat treatment parameters and the microstructure and mechanical properties of various types of engineering materials was better studied and understood.
In this book, we would like to present a set of articles dedicated to the use of various heat treatment techniques for different types of steel as well as other engineering materials. Both the results of novel research as well as review articles, informing readers about the latest current research in the field of heat treatment, modern technologies, machines, and devices are welcome. Chapters dedicated to a detailed description of the interrelationships between processing, microstructure, mechanical properties, and other important properties are also welcome.