Heat Treatments by Basic Definition
A heat treatment is an engineered solution that enhances or modifies the physical and/or mechanical properties of metal. Specific — and very much controlled — heating and cooling methods at specific temperatures and periods of time can dramatically alter the physical and mechanical properties without changing the product shape.
Heat treatments are often applied to improved tensile strength of materials, it can be used to modify its ductility or change its elongation properties. It is often applied to relieve residual stresses caused by external working, such as bending, welding, or machining.
Heat treating is often used to modify the material hardness which comes about through a change in the internal atomic structure.
The most common forms of onsite heat treatments that we apply are: