A Study of Quenching: Experiment and Modelling

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B. Aksel, S. Mukherjee

Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853

W. R. Arthur

Alcoa Laboratories, Alcoa Center, PA 15069

J. Eng. Ind 114(3), 309-316 (Aug 01, 1992) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2899797 History: Received October 01, 1990; Revised April 01, 1991; Online April 08, 2008


This paper describes the design, execution, mathematical modelling, and simulation of a simple, yet very useful quenching experiment—the asymmetric one-sided quenching of a beam. This experiment yields valuable information regarding the mechanical variables at the end of a quenching process, without the need for measurement of residual stresses in the quenched object. The final (residual) curvature of the beam is strongly sensitive to the inelastic deformation behavior of the material of the quenched object. This problem—experiment and simulation—is recommended as a benchmark problem for future research in this subject area.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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