A Review in the Fundamentals of Heat Treating

Much has been covered in past posts. The basics of heat treatment technology formed a foundation, then that groundwork received new and interesting additional levels. They dealt with surface hardening issues, quenching anomalies, and all manner of tricky alloy manipulating techniques. Now we’re reinforcing the groundwork and reviewing the fundamentals of heat treating science, plus […]

Gas Nitriding and Its Effects on Steel

This post will address the gas nitriding process and its effects on steel. Essentially, we’ll be looking at a heat treatment technique that addresses alloy hardening concerns and the need for a process that attenuates the corrosion rate of this ferrous-heavy metal. But first, considering the importance of this subject, just why is gas nitriding […]

Comparing Induction Hardening and Case Hardening

On one side of this comparative guide, induction hardening technology employs a strong electromagnetic field as the heat treatment engine. On the other side, a similarly potent case hardening station is busily armouring the surface of a newly arrived workpiece. Both methods harden exterior surfaces. Case in point, flame hardening equipment is incredibly selective, but […]

Tips to Help Avoid Heat Treatment Problems

Numerous variables govern the heat treatment process. If one of those variables moves beyond an allowable error margin, the toughened and tempered workpiece will likely demonstrate a set of less than desirable physical characteristics. The dimensions of the part alter. It warps or develops a materially diminished structure. Other processing imperfections include uneven case hardening, […]

Tips on How to Avoid Vacuum Heat Furnace Downtime

The successful utilization of a vacuum heat furnace hangs on several important factors, most importantly of which would be the integrity of this vacant space. Contingent on the purity of the vacuum, the efficacy of the equipment seal, and the condition of the integrated quenching tank, furnace downtime is a manageable productivity obstacle. With that […]

What is De-Embrittlement in Heat Treatment?

Metal embrittlement occurs during numerous heat treatment processes. Furthermore, certain electrochemical techniques are known to promote this undesirable effect. The result is a finished metal product that’s drastically weakened. Fracture-prone and flawed, the embedded microcrystalline defects cast a blemish-ridden shadow on what should be a universally toughened alloy part. If there’s an increased likelihood of […]