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Hardenability

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Hardenability, in general, is defined as the ability of a ferrous material to acquire hardness

after austenitization and quenching. This general definition comprises two subdefinitions: the

ability to reach a certain hardness level (German: Aufha¨rtbarkeit) and the hardness distribu-

tion within a cross section (German: Einha¨rtbarkeit).