CHTE has just completed a video about the research it is doing to identify heat treatment process parameters to control distortion and residual stress in steel parts. The research focuses on 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. It is for this reason that CHTE members decided that industry and WPI researchers should collaborate and work together to find a solution to this challenge.
To see the video, click here.