Metal Stress Relieving Services

Are you looking to enhance the durability and performance of your metal components? Discover the transformative power of stress relieving services.
Through a specialized process that reduces internal stresses, stress relieving can significantly improve the mechanical properties of your materials, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.

Stress Relieving Overview

Stress relieving is a heat treatment process that reduces internal stresses within metal components. During manufacturing processes such as welding, machining, or cold working, residual stresses can be introduced into the material.
Stress relieving involves heating the component to a specific temperature and holding it at that temperature for a designated period. This allows the material to undergo stress relaxation, reducing internal stresses and enhancing its mechanical stability.

The Stress Relieving Process


The stress relieving process begins with the controlled heating of the metal component. The temperature used for stress relieving is typically below the material’s critical transformation temperature. This ensures that the microstructure remains unchanged while allowing for stress relaxation.


After reaching the desired temperature, the metal component is held at that temperature for a specific period. The material type, size, and thickness determine the duration of the holding time. During this time, the internal stresses within the material gradually relax and redistribute.


The metal component is slowly cooled to room temperature once the holding time is complete. The cooling rate is typically not critical in stress relieving, as the focus is on stress relaxation rather than the formation of specific microstructures.

Benefits of Stress Relieving

Stress Reduction

Stress relieving effectively reduces internal stresses within the material. The material undergoes stress relaxation by subjecting the component to controlled heating and holding, resulting in a more balanced distribution of residual stresses. This helps to minimize the risk of dimensional instability, warping, or cracking during subsequent processes or service conditions.

Improved Dimensional Stability

By reducing internal stresses, stress relieving enhances the dimensional stability of metal components. The process helps to relieve tension, preventing dimensional changes due to residual stresses. This ensures the component maintains its intended shape and dimensions, even under demanding operating conditions.

Increased Resistance to Fatigue and Cracking

Stress relieving improves the fatigue life and resistance to cracking of metal components. By reducing internal stresses that can act as potential failure points, stress relieving enhances the material’s ability to withstand cyclic loading or high-stress environments. This leads to increased component reliability and extended service life.

Common Materials and Applications for Stress Relieving:

Stress relieving applies to a wide range of materials and components, including:

Steel Alloys

Stress relieving is commonly used for various steel alloys, such as carbon steels, alloy steels, and stainless steels. It particularly benefits welded structures, machine components, and parts subjected to significant machining or cold working. Stress relieving helps to minimize distortion, improve dimensional stability, and enhance the mechanical properties of these steel alloys.

Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys

Stress relieving is valuable for aluminum and alloys. Aluminum components often undergo machining, forming, or welding processes, which can introduce residual stresses. Stress relieving helps reduce the risk of distortion or cracking. It is commonly used in aerospace, automotive, and construction industries.

Non-Ferrous Alloys

Stress relieving applies to non-ferrous alloys like copper, brass, and titanium. These alloys are often used in electrical and electronic applications, where dimensional stability and reliability are crucial. Stress relieving helps to improve the material’s mechanical properties, reduce residual stresses, and enhance its long-term performance.

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