SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1968

Temper Brittleness—An Interpretive Review


The history of the problem of temper brittleness is surveyed; the reviews of Hollomon, Woodfine, and Low are reexamined in the light of recent developments, and the work carried out since 1959 is reviewed. Included in the latter is a model which has been proposed to explain the phenomenon. The problem of “500 F embrittlement” and its connection with temper brittleness are discussed, and a rudimentary model is proposed. Suggested directions for future research are indicated.

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McMahon, C., J.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
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Developed by Committee: A01
Pages: 127–167
DOI: 10.1520/STP46479S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6804-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6628-8