Research that provides results

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Technical expertise and troubleshooting

Our focus is on results. At the Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE), we work together with industry members to improve heat treating processes. We can do the same for your organization.

Recent, heat treat research projects include:

  • Distortion and residual stress
  • Austempering to form bainite
  • Heat treatment of additively manufactured parts
  • Carburization process optimization
  • Understanding, controlling and optimizing quenching
  • Carbonitriding process optimization

Join us at our next meeting.

Open to all members and registered guests.  Interested but not a member?  Contact Maureen Plunkett at (508) 831-5992 or

CHTE Spring Meeting

June 6-7, 2023


CHTE researchers work to identify heat treatment process parameters to control distortion and residual stress in steel parts that rely on heat treatment, especially the rapid cooling process of quenching, to acquire the desired mechanical properties. Rapid phase transformation and high thermal gradients occurring during quenching can cause distortion, which leads to costly hard machining and rejection.