About heat treatment deformation of hardware spring

There are two main types of hardware spring heat treatment deformation: one is the change in size, and the other is the change in the shape of parts. The treatment methods are different, and the deformation methods of these two heat treatments will be released greatly.
Before the spring heat treatment. The rolled surface of steel is often the surface after the spring is made, so there should be no cracks, folds, scars, hair lines, bubbles, interlayers, and pressed oxide scales. Surface decarburization will significantly reduce the fatigue strength of the spring, so the depth of the decarburized layer should be inspected as required.
After heat treatment, there should be no cracks, corrosion pitting and severe quenching deformation when the spring watch is observed with the naked eye or a low-power magnifying glass. The hardness and its uniformity meet the requirements. In mass production, it is allowed to use a file to sample the hardness, but it must be noted that the position of the file mark should not affect the final accuracy of the spring. The metallographic structure should be troostite or a mixed organization of troostite and sorbite. After the leaf spring is assembled, the permanent deformation and static deflection test under working load are usually carried out.
In conventional heat treatment, the main reason for the shape change of parts is the thermal stress and phase transformation stress that occur during heat treatment heating and quenching. The heating speed is too fast, the parts are too large compared to the heating furnace, and the temperature of each part of the parts is different, which will cause thermal deformation. During heat preservation, the residual stress of processing will be released and deform, and the weight of the part will also cause deformation. When cooling, due to the different cooling rates of different parts of the part, thermal stress will be formed and the part will be deformed. Even if the cooling rate is the same, the cooling is always fast on the surface and slow at the heart. Therefore, the previously transformed surface plastically deforms the untransformed core. If there is segregation of alloy components in the material, or the surface is decarburized, the phase transformation stress will be more uneven and the parts will be more likely to deform. In addition, if the thickness of the parts is uneven, the cooling rate will be different.
The following methods can effectively reduce deformation: 1. Salt bath quenching; 2. High temperature oil quenching; 3. QSQ method; 4. Decompression quenching; 5. One tank three-stage quenching. Salt-bath quenching is similar to high-temperature oil quenching, both of which are quenched at the martensite transformation temperature to increase the uniformity of the martensite transformation. QSQ is double liquid quenching. Decompression quenching is to reduce the liquid surface pressure of the quenching medium, thereby extending the vapor film stage, the cooling rate of the high temperature zone is reduced, and the cooling rate of each part of the part is uniform. One-tank three-stage quenching structure is simple. First, the parts are cooled from the quenching temperature to a temperature slightly higher than the Ms point, then they are discharged from the furnace and maintained in the atmosphere to make the overall temperature of the parts uniform, and then oil-cooled to transform the martensite Evenly, the irregularity of deformation is greatly improved.
In the heat treatment of forgings, the way to reduce the deformation of the parts is to hang vertically as much as possible, the other is to place it vertically at the bottom of the furnace, and the third is to use two horizontal supports, the fulcrum position is at one-third and four of the full length Among them, the fourth is to lay flat on the heat-resistant steel tooling.
In the cooling process of parts, the type of quenching medium, cooling performance, hardenability, etc. are related to deformation. The change of cooling performance can be adjusted by changing the viscosity, temperature, surface pressure of the medium, using additives, and stirring. The higher the viscosity of the quenching oil and the higher the temperature, the smaller the elliptical deformation. In a static state, the deformation is small.