Cryogenic Treatment of Stainless Steels

Cryogenic treatment of stainless steels is just one method that can be used to reduce commonly occurring microstructural defects in stainless steels.
With cryogenic treatment the general strength properties of stainless steels can be improved and with the additional heat treatment, plasticity can also be effectively preserved. Continue reading

Plasma Nitriding of Steels: Part One

Plasma nitriding improves the wear resistance of a material by effectively altering the surface microstructure while maintaining adequate substrate properties.
Nitriding occurs when a bias voltage is applied to the work piece causing ions to collide with the surface and consequently creating the nitride effect. Continue reading

The Nitrocarburizing Process: Part Three

Nitorcarburizing is typically performed on steel components to improve surface hardness of the material via nitrogen dispersion.
One noteworthy finding however suggests that the corrosion resistance of the treated specimen was less than that of the control and untreated part. Continue reading

Boronization of Titanium Alloys

Boronizing is a surface treatment by which boron atoms are diffused into the surface of the metal in quantities exceeding the solubility limit.
Hardness is improved and thus wear resistance increased as well as a number of other advantages such as corrosion and oxidization resistance. Continue reading

Iron Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS): Part One

Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) is a sintering technique which is well matched to mechanically milled materials such as tool steels due to its low temperature and short cycle time.
Tool steels have been specifically manufactured to exhibit exceptionally high strain hardening, a characteristic which can be undone by high temperature sintering processes such as hot isostatic pressing. Continue reading

Semi-Solid Rheocasting of Alumina Alloys: Part One

Aluminum is well established at the front of the pack with regards to providing the technological answer to the increasing challenges of light weighting whilst maintaining integrity of the material for the desired applications.
Semi solid rheocasting is a development within the casting sector which enables improved quality in die casting without increasing cost. Continue reading

Intercritical Annealing of Ductile Iron: Part One

Heat treatment can be performed on ductile iron to increase strength, wear resistance, ductility, toughness, and/or improve machinability by controlling the matrix microstructure. In F, an intercritical heat treatment starts with partial austenitization in the intercritical region where ferrite and austenite are present. The amount of austenite depends on the chemistry of the alloy and the temperature. Continue reading