SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2010

The Effect of Agitation and Quenchant Temperature on the Heat Transfer Coefficients for 6061 Aluminum Alloy Quenched in Distilled Water


A 6061 aluminum alloy probe was quenched using a Center for Heat Treating Excellence probe-quenching system in distilled water while varying bath temperature and the agitation level. Time versus temperature data were collected during the quench using a thermocouple embedded inside the probe. The surface heat transfer coefficients as a function of temperature were calculated using the Newtonian cooling approximation. The maximum heat transfer coefficient values ranged from 1054 W/m2·K for 100°C water with no agitation to 3822 W/m2·K for 5°C water with the agitation of 1850 r/min. The data also showed that at higher levels of agitation and lower bath temperatures, the maximum heat transfer coefficient increased.

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Maniruzzaman, Mohammed
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA
Fontecchio, Marco
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA
Sisson, Richard, D.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA
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Developed by Committee: D02
Pages: 104–114
DOI: 10.1520/STP49146S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-8417-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7509-9