"The Faster the Better"-heat treatment of hot work tool steels

Volker Strobl, Norbert Dickinger, Reinhold Schneider

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This article intends to draw attention to the problems and some solutions manufacturers face when using tool steels. Remarkable improvements have been made in the performance of this important steel group within the last decade. Enhanced mafterial properties have been achieved by increasing cleanliness, homogeneity and modiication of chemistry as well as a better understanding of heat treatment and operating conditions. These advances have led to increased loading as well as larger dimensions of tools and dies. his increase in size in particular implicates signiicant challenges to steel making, tool making and heat treatment. The mafterial properties of tool steels are discussed exemplary for hot work tools steels along with a description of typical heat treatment parameters. Attention is paid on the very narrow range of treatment parameters that give desirable mafterial properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-94
Number of pages4
JournalHTM J. Heat Treatment Material
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • Hardness
  • Hot work tool steel
  • Quenching
  • Size-effect
  • Tempering


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