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A Numerical Study on Phase Transformation and Hardness Evolution During Scanning Induction Hardening

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Induction hardening is a heat treatment that is frequently used to improve the mechanical properties of the surface of components typically subjected to contact loads, such as bearings or gears, extending component life. The simulation of the induction hardening process is very complex and time-consuming, which increases time-to-market in new industrial processes as the typical approach to define the induction hardening parameters is trial and error. In this work, we present a numerical study on the evolution of microstructural phases and hardness prediction for a complex industrial case, where the induction hardening process of a large-size pitch bearing is simulated. This kind of component is hardened by scanning, where there is relative movement between the inductor and workpiece and the inductor is followed by a quenching shower. Simulating scanning induction hardening is especially challenging as simultaneous heating and cooling occur, increasing the multiphysical interactions that must be simulated. The results show the evolution of the microstructure during induction heating and subsequent quenching accompanied by a prediction on the hardened case. A homogeneous hardened within the industrial span can be achieved in the workpiece after the combined static-scanning hardening is applied in the study.

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Ikerlan’s research has been supported by CDTI, depending by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, through the “AYUDAS CERVERA PARA CENTROS TECNOLÓGICOS 2019” program, project MIRAGED with expedient number CER-20190001. This research center is certificated as CENTRO DE EXCELENCIA CERVERA.

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Areitioaurtena, M., Segurajauregi, U., Hidalgo, R., Urresti, I., Ukar, E. (2023). A Numerical Study on Phase Transformation and Hardness Evolution During Scanning Induction Hardening. In: Conte, G., Sename, O. (eds) Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Mechatronics and Control Engineering . ICMCE 2021. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1540-6_1

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