Uphill Quenching of Aluminum Alloys
Encyclopedia of Aluminum and Its Alloys, First Edition
This article describes the concept of uphill quenching process applied in the heat treatment of aluminum alloys. Uphill quenching is interesting since residual stress reductions of up to 80% has been reported. In addition, substantial improvements in dimensional stability have been achieved for several types of aluminum parts. Often, uphill quenching is applied after quenching and before aging during the heat treatment of aluminum alloys. The uphill quenching process consists of the immersion of the part in a cryogenic environment, and after homogenization of the temperature, the part is transferred to the hot steam chamber to obtain a temperature gradient that will maintain the mechanical properties gained with this process. The results obtained are lower residual stress and better dimensional stability. The aim of this article is to provide a review of this process and to compare it with conventional heat treatment.
Wellington da Silva Mattos, George Edward Totten, Lauralice de Campos Franceschini Canale, “Uphill Quenching of Aluminum Alloys”, in Encyclopedia of Aluminum and Its Alloys, First Edition, Editors: George E. Totten, Murat Tiryakioglu, Olaf Kessler, 2018, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL, p. 2757-2770.