During World War II, there was a need to heat treat large tank parts for use in the North African theater. Cincinnati, Ohio-based Derrick Company, a local brick-maker, devised a way to use their brick-making kilns as heat-treating ovens.
The CHTE at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts has been working on a one-of-a-kind research project aimed at better understanding the mechanical properties and microstructural features of steels that have been gas tempered and induction tempered.
In the latter half of the 19th century, newly developed refrigeration and cryogenic processes allowed products to be cooled to levels far below traditional winter experiences regardless of the location or season.
As the focus on quality processing has evolved, new innovations have come to the aid of thermal processors. However, one area that has not seen improvement in technology is the temperature uniformity survey (TUS).
When you start a new project that involves metals, it’s important to know which materials you are going to use to get the outcome you want. When it comes to heat-treating outcomes, understanding the specific material is even more important.
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.