A 2D computational model of single and simultaneous dual frequency induction hardening has been developed. Process specific aspects such as the nonlinear magnetic material behavior and phase transformation kinetics of quenched and tempered AISI 4140 are considered. Induction surface hardening experiments have been conducted for validation purposes. The measuring methodologies used to extract input data such as the magnetic material behavior, the current, and the effective heating time are presented. Metallurgical characterization and hardness profiles are compared with the results obtained from simulations. The temperature history, hardness depth profile, and hardness distribution are in good agreement.
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