Increase Ductility & Reduce Hardness from the Annealing Process
Annealing is a heat treatment that alters the physical and sometimes chemical properties of a material to increase its ductility and reduce its hardness, eliminating internal stresses and making it more workable. This method consists of heating a material above its recrystallization temperature, maintaining a suitable temperature for a suitable amount of time, and once fully heated cooling at a very slow and controlled rate without quenching. Stresses induced into the material through processes may cause distortions if the stress are not relieved.
For a treatment that doesn’t change the material properties, see our stress relieving services.
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