Softening of Metals

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Science  30 Mar 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3509, pp. 1110-1113
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3509.1110


It should be apparent that while there are many complicating factors in softening processes which tend to render some results inconsistent with others, progress in understanding these processes is being made, and certain unifying concepts have evolved. Realization of the differences in the reaction of metal systems to softening is now well established. Arbitrary division of the softening process into distinct stages has perhaps caused some confusion in the past, but with the use of new techniques, mechanistic details of the entire softening process are now being unfolded.