Inconel is a family of austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloys. Because of its components, it is ideal for some of the toughest conditions in manufacturing. You might be thinking, “why should I use Inconel?” Well, if what you are doing falls into any of these categories, this particular alloy is perfect for you.
Rapid Temperature Changes
Some manufacturing processes involve rapid temperature changes. Most Inconel alloys retain excellent oxidation resistance at high and low temperatures allowing for near-cryogenic lows and heat treatment highs.
Heat Treat Applications
Compared to most stainless steel alloys, a basket made from nickel-chromium-based superalloys won’t lose shape as easily when holding parts through a rigorous heat treat application. That’s because it is known for being resistant to extreme heat. It retains enough of its strength in high temperatures that it can still hold a moderately sized load.
Exposure to Saltwater
Due to its extraordinary resistance to sodium chloride at a variety of temperatures, it’s frequently used in marine applications. Some stainless steel alloys can also be used in saltwater, however, Inconel is more useful in extreme temperatures in excess of 1,000°F
Jet Engines are unique in that they have to withstand extreme temperatures both high and low frequently during use. Since these alloys great under both extremely high and low temperatures it is ideal for jet engines.
Should I Use Inconel Parts for My Next Project?
If any of your projects fall into any of the above three categories than Inconel might be right for you. Contact us today to learn more.