Chemical Analyses of Armor Steels Employed by the Army, 1940-1945.
WATERTOWN ARSENAL LABS MA
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The art and science of steel making and heat treating received a great impetus during World War II. A considerable portion of this impetus is attributable to the huge demand for armor for aircraft, tanks, and other armored vehicles of many types. The realization that the ballistic and mechanical properties of steel depend not, per se, upon chemical composition but upon the proper combination of hardenability and heat treatment crystallized during this period. Important contributions in the field of armor are 1 The development of low alloy steel compositions which, through water quenching, could be heat treated to produce good physical and ballistic properties 2 The application of water quenching to the heat treatment of armor and 3 The widespread application of heat treatment to steel castings to meet exacting specification requirements.
- Properties of Metals and Alloys