JOMINY HARDENABILITY TEST. Objective. To study hardness as a function of quench rate and investigate the hardenability of steels. Introduction. PDF | The Jominy end-quench test is used to measure the hardenability of a steel , which is a measure of the capacity of the steel to harden in depth under a. The Jominy end-quench test is used to measure the hardenability of a steel, which is a measure of the capacity of the steel to harden in depth.

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Retrieved from ” https: The furnace used to heat the steel into the austenite phase field. Modern materials and manufacturing processes. It should not be confused with hardnesswhich is a measure of a sample’s resistance to indentation or scratching. However, the effect is too small be be commonly used for control of hardenability. In this heat flow simulation you can adjust various parameters and observe the effect on the heat flow and cooling of the specimen.

Carbon controls the hardness of the martensite. Steel compositions are sometimes described in terms of a carbon equivalent which describes the magnitude of the effect of all of the elements on hardenability.

Jominy End Quench Test

The austenite grain size can be affected by other stages in the processing of steel, and therefore the hardenability of a steel also depends on the previous stages employed in its production.

The inner depths of the material however, do not cool so rapidly, and in work-pieces that are large, the cooling rate may be slow enough to allow the austenite to transform fully into a structure other than martensite or bainite.

The results are plotted in the graph below. It is then carefully and quickly moved to the quenching machine and positioned above a water jet. Steels with low hardenability may be used for smaller components, such as chisels and shears, or for surface hardened components such as gears. Two specimens of a low alloy steel with 0.

High hardness occurs where high volume fractions of martensite develop.

The Rockwell test is commonly used in the USA. This is commonly used in the USA. The effect of boron is also independent of the amount of boron, provided sufficient is added, and the effect of boron is greatest at lower carbon contents.


The formatting page breaks, etc of the printed version is unpredictable and highly dependent on your browser. It is not only necessary to understand the basic information provided from the Jominy test, but also to appreciate how the information obtained can be used to understand the effects of alloying in steels and the steel microstructure.

The steel sample is normalised to eliminate differences in microstructure due to previous forging, and then austenitised. This results in a progressive decrease in the rate of cooling along the bar from the quenched end. A heat treatment that causes steel to harden is so much more than the meer plunging of hot metal into a fluid that is often a liquid.

The variation of hardness was measured with distance from the quenched end. Ferrite and pearlite are formed where the cooling rate is slower. This composite microstructure of martensite and austenite gives a lower hardness to the steel, although the microhardness of the martensite phase itself is still high.

Hardenability – Wikipedia

The alloy steel clearly has the highest hardenability, forming martensite to a greater hardenavility than the plain carbon steel. The initial red-hot state represents the austenitic condition and the subsequent cooling results in a variety of transformations that depend on the chemical composition of the steel. The graph below gives the Jominy end quench data in terms of the Rockwell hardness number.

The resultant hardenabolity is quite coarse, with reduced toughness and ductility. This requires the addition of “gettering” elements such as aluminium and titanium to react preferentially with the oxygen and nitrogen in the steel.

Jominy end quench unit for testing the hardenability of steels. The main alloying elements which affect hardenability are carbon, boron and a group of elements including Cr, Mn, Mo, Si and Ni. A jet of water emerges from the hardenabilty at the bottom, to touch the lower end of the sample.

Substances like brine and water cool the steel much more quickly than oil or air. The Vickers hardness test uses a square pyramidal diamond indentor. A typical plot of hardness along the length of the 10 cm long steel rod.


This information is plotted on a hardenability graph. Again, you have three steels. The cooling rate varies along the length of the sample from very rapid at the quenched end, to rates equivalent to air cooling at the other end. Retrieved 9 December Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. Structure of En 24 at 10 cm position along Jominy bar, furthest from the quenched end. As the water jet sprays onto the end of the hot, glowing specimen, a cold dark region spreads up the specimen.

Select the most appropriate steel to achieve the necessary levels of mechanical properties, residual stress and distortion in a 1mm diameter wood-working drill.

Steels with high hardenability are needed for large high strength components, such as large extruder screws for injection moulding of polymers, pistons for rock breakers, mine shaft supports, aircraft undercarriages, and also for small high precision components such as die-casting moulds, drills and presses for stamping coins. The recorded hardness depends on the indentation load and the width of the square indentation made by the diamond.

Structure of En 24 at 5 cm position along Jominy bar. Boron can therefore only affect the hardenability of steels if it is in solution. Increasing the carbon content increases the hardness of steels up to about 0.

The Jominy End Quench Test

The hardenability depends on the alloy composition of the steel, and can also be affected by prior processing, such as hardenabikity austenitisation temperature. En 8 is a low hardenability steel when compared with En Knowledge of the hardenability of steels is necessary in order to select the appropriate combination of alloy and heat treatment for components of different size, to minimise thermal stresses and distortion. The nucleation of ferrite and pearlite occurs at heterogeneous nucleation sites such as the austenite grain boundaries.