Definition - What does Quench Oil mean?
Quench Oil is oil used to harden steel by controlling the heat transfer during the quenching process. It is versatile in nature thus it enhances the performance of the quenching process. According to a survey, it is noted that 60 to 100 gallons of Quench Oil are required every year. Apart from hardenability, the oil can tolerate some other factors like thickness, degree of distortion and geometry. For instance, the hot oil which has small parts has high hardenability with minimum distortion.
Petropedia explains Quench Oil
Quench Oil is one of the logical and best choices for the gears. It is used to formulate the oil during the quenching operation to achieve consistent metallurgical properties. When selecting the oils, one must look into the list of properties, features, and chemistry of the fluid. The chemistry of oils is divided into four major categories, i.e., straight oils, synthetic fluids, water soluble fluids, and microdispersion oils. Some other characteristics of these oils are that they are biodegradable, have low-foaming nature and add functionality to the process. Regardless of it benefits, it has some issues regarding Quench Oil like safety, availability, and disposal.