Presents heat treating technology in clear, concise, and non-theoretical language. Directed to design engineers, manufacturing engineers, shop personnel, and others requiring an understanding of why heat treatment is specified and how the various heat treating processes are employed to obtain desired engineering properties. Fundamental information is provided by first explaining briefly the principles of the heat treatment of steel and the concepts of hardness and hardenability. Next, consideration is given to furnaces and related equipment. The major portion of the book, however, is devoted to a discussion of the commonly used heat treatments for carbon and alloy steels, tool steels, stainless steels, and cast irons. Sample treatments are given in detail for many of the commercially important and commonly specified grades. Chapters on case hardening procedures, flame and induction heating and the heat treating of nonferrous alloys complete the book.