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The article "Press Quenching and Effects of Prior Thermal History on Distortion during Heat Treatment" appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Gear Technology.

Summary
Precision components (industrial bearing races and automotive gears) can distort during heat treatment due to effects of free or unconstrained oil quenching. However, press quenching can be used to minimize these effects. This quenching method achieves the relatively stringent geometrical requirements stipulated by industrial manufacturing specifications. As performed on a wide variety of steel alloys, this specialized quenching technique is presented here, along with a case study showing the effects of prior thermal history on the distortion that is generated during press quenching.

Keywords
press quenching, heat treating

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