Graduate Research Papers

Induction Hardening of Axles for Tractors: Metallurgy & Processes


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Induction hardening is a typical process used to heat treat axles to induce residual stresses for improved performance in field applications. After induction chemistry, case depth, hardenability, microstructure formation, all have a significant impact on the final product that is produced and its ability to withstand customer usage in the field. The key microstructure formation is that of martensite as an axle is quenched during the induction heating process. Formation of martensite is the characteristic that will determine the hardness of the axle on the surface and residual stresses produced from volumetric changes from phase transformation. This research paper will provide an overview of the induction hardening process used in the manufacturing of axles for tractors.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Julie Zhang

Date Original


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