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This chapter introduces the principal heat treating processes, namely normalizing, annealing, stress relieving, surface hardening, quenching, and tempering. An overview of four of the more popular surface hardening treatments, namely carburizing, carbonitriding, nitriding, and nitrocarburizing, is provided.

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What Is Heat Treating? Importance and Classifications, Practical Heat Treating: Second Edition, 2nd ed., By Jon L. Dosset, Howard E. Boyer, ASM International, 2006, p 1–7,

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