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What is the time constant of the cooled steel billet?

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Apr21-13, 10:50 PM
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16. As part of a heat-treating process, an alloy-steel billet, initially at 1032F, is cooled in a 32F air stream. The temperature history of the billet is shown in the figure at right.
What is the time constant τ for the cooling process?

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I have the equation:

T = T + (Ti-T)e-t/τ

I know that:

T = 32F

Ti = 1023F

But I'm a little uncertain about the time. If I take the max temperature value, 1032F, and multiply this by 0.368, would this give me the time and temperature at one time constant?
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Apr22-13, 02:01 AM
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Exponential decay is based on the difference value, the difference between where it is now and where it is headed finally. In one time constant it closes the distance by 63.2% leaving 36.8% of that difference to go.

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