Sisson, Richard D.
Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE)
Heat treatment furnace components and part holding fixtures are comprised of expensive heat-resistant alloys that are typically consumed in industry in less than three years, requiring frequent replacement. This project investigates how to improve the life of materials used in heat treatment applications through failure analysis of the current materials used in industry, and by researching new materials and diffusion treatments. Determined through multiple visuals, constituent measurements, and micro-hardness tests a sample racking post that had been used in industry, made of HT alloy, failed due to carburization.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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