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This article provides information on the various stages of quenching, sources of distortion, and factors that affect the creation of thermal gradients. It reviews the various determinations of heat-transfer coefficients by the thermal conductivity and diffusivity method, analytical and empirical methods, application of cooling curves, computational fluid dynamics, and the inverse conduction calculation and measurement of parts. Suitable examples are also provided.

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D. Scott MacKenzie, Andrew L. Banka, Determination of Heat Transfer Coefficients for Thermal Modeling, Fundamentals of Modeling for Metals Processing, Vol 22A, ASM Handbook, Edited By D.U. Furrer, S.L. Semiatin, ASM International, 2009, p 106–126,

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