Quench Oils: Blast from the Past?

Hopefully you’ll remember, from when you were just a kid, going to an old-time colonial reenactment town as part of a school trip.

For example, some attractions feature candle makers, farmers and glassblowers who produce magnificent creations with old methods.

You can also see a blacksmith who hammers away at raw, red-hot iron. He submerges the horseshoe he was forging into a bucket of water, triggering the satisfying “hiiiiissssss.” Fortunately we’ve come a long way over the centuries. Yet, in modern times, aspects of blacksmiths’ original techniques remain, albeit significantly improved.

Stevenson Oil & Chemical is a proud provider of high-quality quench oils specifically designed for steel and cast iron alloy cooling and hardening progressions. Quenching refers simply to the technical process by which steel and iron products are systematically heat-treated and then rapidly cooled at variable rates depending primarily on the material’s initial structure and composition. A manufacturer’s post treatment qualities also come into play. In blacksmith terms, it’s that “hiss” sound.

Quenching offers a surprising number of benefits in today’s metalworking industry though, most notably in that it prevents the crystallization and subsequent formation of amorphous metals or “metallic glass.” It further warrants steel and iron alloy products to demonstrate a significant increase in strength, durability, and structural integrity. Additionally, the process of quenching can compliment both surface-hardening and through-hardening of metals. It also allows for improved flexibility and tolerance of high-stress environments, traits that are often sought after for products, including gears, shafts, and wear blocks.

A fundamental advantage of choosing to employ quench oils as part of the hardening process is that they dramatically reduce the potential for distortion and micro-cracking of metals while maintaining a controlled heat transfer. Due to the relatively high boiling range of quench oils by comparison to water and brine, quench oils are commandingly superior in the production of sophisticated technical equipment and multifaceted shapes and designs.

If you would like to learn more about quench oils or to place an order, please contact Stevenson Oil & Chemical at 854-943-3337.

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