annealing

Definitions

Construction

  • The process of subjecting a material, particularly glass or metal, to heat and then slow cooling to relieve internal stress. This process reduces brittleness and increases toughness.

Electronics

  • The sustained heating of a material followed by cooling, each at suitable rates, to change its properties. This process may be used, for instance, to realign the atoms in a crystal, or to stabilize certain electrical properties.
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