Inconel is a material that is specifically optimized for some of the toughest use conditions found in manufacturing. While it might be more expensive than other metals, it’s worth it. It has some of the highest tolerance for extreme heat and doesn’t lose as much tensile strength at 2,000°F as most varieties of steel. Let’s take a look at some of the popular uses for Inconel.
Heat Treated Applications
Due to it’s resistance to extreme temperatures and its ability to retain enough strength at high temperatures, it is the ideal basket material for heat treat applications. Compared to most stainless steel alloys, a basket made from Inconel won’t lose shape as easily when holding parts through a rigorous heat treat application.
Jet engines are incredibly unique in that they have to withstand extreme temperatures. At peak cruising altitude for a plane, the average air temperature is -69.3°F. The combustion process can exceed temperatures of 2120°F though. While cooling technologies are used, the temperatures still easily exceed the tolerances of many metals. Inconel 600 retains high oxidation resistance and tensile strength despite rapid changes in temperature from the combustion process and cooling technologies employed in the aerospace industry.
Exposure to Saltwater
Inconel is often used in marine applications because of its extraordinary resistance to salt. As a result, it can be ideal for situations and products that use salt or are located near the ocean.
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When you are in need of metal components, like furnace rolls, Ferralloy takes the time to learn and understand what your needs are in order to produce the highest quality and most effective product. Some clients are in the business of carburizing metals and for this industry we produce the highest quality heat resistant fabrications and castings available, including high quality furnace rolls.
What is Carburizing?
For many, this action is unfamiliar, they just reap the benefits of “case hardened” metals. But what is it? Carburizing is a common heat treating process that hardens a surface to make it resistant to wear while maintaining strength of the core. This process is usually performed on carbon steel parts, high alloy steel bearings, gears and other components that require higher than usual resistance and strength.
Most times the process entails heating components in a pit furnace or sealed atmosphere furnace and then carburizing gases are then added at temperature. This is a very heated process, with temperatures usually hitting 1560°F to 1740°F. With these high temperatures, the components within the furnace operation need to be heat resistant and able to withstand the intense pressure of the process.
Specialized Furnace Rolls
A heat treating furnace requires heat resistant castings and specialized furnace rolls in order to operate efficiently. All of these parts make up a carburizing furnace and without the heat resistant characteristics, the process would not be able to take place.
Think of aerospace components, that need to definitely be resistant to wear and maintain a strong structural integrity. This process needs to occur in order to add a case hardness to many metal structures we use everyday. And in order for carburizing to occur the proper components need to be manufactured and produced at the highest quality. That’s why Ferralloy is your foundry of choice! Only the highest quality metal components leave our factories, and to your specifications. Give us a call for your heat resistant metal component needs!