Whittle, a 21-year-old Royal Air Force cadet, published a thesis proposing
aircraft jet propulsion in 1928. In 1941, his engine was first used to power an
airplane. The adoption of the jet engine quickly challenged the metallurgy of the
day to deal with the unique material issues of such a high-speed and
The January 2017 issue of Industrial Heating features our cover story on a horizontal quench system, the importance of materials science in failure analysis, a new quarterly column, Academic Pulse, and much more.