Sibert et al.
Hardenability is the capacity of a steel to transform partially or completely from austenite to some percentage of martensite at a given depth when cooled under some given conditions. 1
Grossmann and Bain
Susceptibility to hardening by rapid cooling. 2
ASM Metals Handbook
The property, in ferrous alloys, that determines the depth and distribution of hardness produced by quenching. 3
The term hardenability relates to the suppression of diffusion-controlled transformations and, therefore, to the propensity of a steel to harden under various cooling conditions. 4
- C.A. Siebert, D.V. Doane, and D.H. Breen, “The Hardenability of Steels – Concepts, Metallurgical Influences, and Industrial Applications“, ASM International, 1977.
- M.A. Grossmann and E.C. Bain, “Principles of Heat Treatment“, 5th ed., ASM International, 1964.
- Definition Relating to Metals and Metalworking, Vol 1, 8th ed., “Metals Handbook“, ASM International, 1961, p. 20.
- G. Krauss, “Steels: Processing, Structure, and Performance“, 1st ed., ASM International, 2005, p.297-326.