• Normalising is a process typically used to homogenise or stabilise materials that have been rolled, cast, welded or proof machined.
  • The basic normalising process applied to carbon, carbon-manganese and some low alloy steels consists of heating to a high temperature typically in the range of 830°C to 930°C (austenitising temperature), soaking at that temperature then followed by air cooling (natural or forced depending on material and requirements).
  • Commonly carried out on carburising steels prior to most machining, where the processing temperature should be above the final carburising temperature.
  • Normalising carried out on carbon/low alloy steels that are to be subsequently hardened and tempered can be carried out at or a little above the hardening temperature.
  • Normalising adds stability to materials that are subsequently to be machined or materials that will subsequently be through hardened and tempered or induction hardened.
  • In many materials promotes a fine grained homogeneous structure with more predictable properties.
  • Helps to ensure future dimensional stability. 
  • The process allows conditioning of the steel to ensure that the component responds suitably to a subsequent hardening operation with less distortion.
  • Stabilises grain size.
  • Can optimise tensile/yield strength (forced air cooling). 
  • Improved machinability of properly normalised material.
  • Normalising is used to refine and homogenise an existing microstructure, especially relevant to steels which require further processing, eg carburising.  It can soften, harden or stress relieve a material, depending on its initial state and chemical composition.
  • One specialised application of normalising, and normalise and tempering is in the pre-treatment of alloy case hardening steel which ultimately will be subjected to high carburising temperatures.  To control distortion and generally increase stability, these materials benefit from a specialised high temperature normalise (and if necessary final temper) treatment before machining to the grinding stages.
  • This treatment is mainly applied to carbon, low alloy steels, certain SG and cast irons, and copper alloys, 080M40 (EN8), 070M55 (EN9), 150M19 (EN14), 150M36 (EN15), 070M20 (EN3), 655M13 (EN36).
  • Components up to 1120mm diameter and 1730mm long can be treated vertically using special jigging.  Weight up to 2000Kg.

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Normalising is a process typically used to homogenise or stabilise materials that have been rolled, cast, welded or proof machined.