Tempering in the West Midlands

In metallurgy, tempering is a heat treatment process. The process involves improving the characteristics of a metal by heating it to a high temperature then cooling it in air. This process has the effect of reducing internal stresses and brittleness.

The process of tempering comes after quench hardening has taken place. Quench hardening results in the metal being too brittle for use. Tempering is therefore important to lessen the level of brittleness, leaving the metal with the desired combination of toughness, strength, hardness, ductility, and stability.

The way in which tempering works is reliant on the nature of the steel and the tempering temperature used. Tempering is completed immediately after quenching, and prepares a component piece of steel for use in a specific application.

If you’re looking for a company in the West Midlands which provides professional heat treatment services, including tempering, turn to the team at Huyton Heat Treatments. Our heat treatment services cater to clients across both the general and precision engineering industries. Heat treatment processes need to be performed properly or not at all, but with Huyton Heat Treatments you can guarantee quality of service.