This article represents information originally available only on our website as part of our technical blog series, “The Experts Speak.” We want to be sure magazine readers are taking full advantage of the resources available on our website. If you find the topic pertinent, we encourage you to also seek out Dan’s newly published book on the subject, Atmosphere Heat Treatment.
Furnace atmospheres play a vital role in the success of the heat-treating process. It is important for the heat treater to understand why we use them and what the best atmosphere is for a specific application. Many different types of atmospheres are used. It is critical to understand how a particular atmosphere is chosen as well as its advantages and disadvantages and to learn how to control them safely.