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This chapter discusses the effects that can be observed by light microscopy when a steel in the hardened condition, the structure of which then consists of martensite and possibly some retained austenite, is heated at subcritical temperatures. Figures illustrating the characteristic structures developed due to tempering of medium-carbon hypoeutectoid and hypereutectoid steels are also presented.

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1999. "Tempering of Martensite", Light Microscopy of Carbon Steels, Leonard E. Samuels

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