Gears and wheel sprockets are low profile components, but that understated physical form belies an innate knack for handling near unendurable loads. Geometrically detailed, these essential mechanical parts are machined from the finest materials. Manufactured, machined, and balanced, the parts are then heat treated so that they can tolerate high loading factors. Flame hardening is […]
High tolerances rule hot and cold precision straightening work. The factory floor is filled with high-tonnage presses and industrial grinding stations, the larger-than-life tools that enable expert material engineers to meet any deadline.
When troubleshooting heat treatment imperfections in vacuum ovens, the undesirable results that stymy production engineers don’t always fall into convenient pigeonholes. Fortunately, the discolouration of metal parts that have undergone this property-manipulating process is a readily identifiable issue.
Flame hardening operations extend the operating life of alloy-rich components by adding rigid strength to the microcrystalline backbone of the heat-treated part.
Heat treatment techniques use a two-step processing methodology. Logically, it begins with the workpiece entering a fiery environment, perhaps a gas-fired furnace. Here, the metal component is subjected to enough thermal energy to modify the metal’s base properties.
Work hardened metals are difficult to form. The machining and shaping work has impacted the material in such a way as to cause the metal’s grain to compact and shrink.
If we’ve placed a great deal of emphasis on materials, there’s a good reason for this seemingly off-kilter approach. Materials must be heat treated if the mechanical and physical properties of a component are to comply with the rigorous requirements found in today’s industrial applications.
The principal objective of this discussion is to determine the causes of distortion and residual stresses in heat treatment.
Fine manufacturing processes create sturdy cast iron items and robust steel-reinforced components that resonate with structural soundness, but such mechanical solidity doesn’t just happen, not without an incorporated processing stage that intelligently manipulates key metallic properties until they fit a specified application.
In the foundry, blazing hot furnaces melt metal and produce castings, parts that are imbued with crude properties. It is then down to special alloy-refining facilities to alter those material characteristics, to intelligently manipulate key microcrystalline properties within the alloy so that the metal suits its application.