Researchers Work to Optimize Carburizing Process Parameters

Heat treaters want an effective simulation tool that predicts the carburization performance of a variety of steels after carburization. At the Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, researchers are perfecting carbon concentration profile predictions through enhancements to CarbTool©, its simulation software. Background Researchers at CHTE have been working […]

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Heat Treaters Conduct Distortion and Residual Stress Research

The Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE) is working on research called Guidelines for Assessing Distortion and Residual Stress. According to Richard Sisson, George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering and technical director of CHTE, this is an area of huge concern; companies spend millions of dollars scrapping parts that become distorted during the heat treat […]

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CHTE Researchers Explore New Ways to Enhance the Austempering Process for Steels

In the 1920’s, Edgar Collins Bain, an American metallurgist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, along with his colleague E.S. Davenport, discovered a microstructure that forms in steels at temperatures of 250–550 °C. While it resembled martensite in outward appearance, it was actually quite different. In Bain’s honor, this newly identified microstructure was […]

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Steve Ferdon Earns CHTE Distinguished Service Award

The Center for Heat Treating Excellence at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mass., announces that it has presented its Distinguished Service Award to Steve Ferdon. The award is granted to an individual who has made significant, commendable, and long-standing contributions to the promotion of CHTE. A member of the ASM Heat Treating Society, Mr. Ferdon is […]

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MPI Connects University and Industry

The Center for Heat Treating Excellence was founded in 2000 as part of ASM’s R&D committee’s road mapping efforts. A home for R&D in heat treating was needed to implement the roadmap and conduct pre-competitive R&D for the thermal processing industry. The member companies of CHTE are a diverse group representing the aerospace, automotive, energy and […]

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CHTE Research Featured in Industrial Heating

The December Issue of Industrial Heating features the one-of-a-kind research being done by CHTE researchers. The study – “Comparative Analysis of Induction and Furnace Tempering” – aims for a better understanding of the mechanical properties and microstructural features of steels that have been gas tempered and induction tempered. This comparative, pre-competitive research aims to help heat […]

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