Sheffield Forgemasters offer a comprehensive range of heat treatment, cryogenic treatment and quenching facilities.
The correct heat treatment of a steel component, at various stages of production, is key to achieving the desired mechanical properties within a forging or casting. Our wide range of traditional and vertical heat treatment facilities are designed to produce optimal metallurgical properties of castings and forgings. The range of heat treatment and quench facilities mean that we can offer the best choice for a wide range of carbon, low alloy and specialist steel grades.
Heat treatments are used for a number of different scenarios including hardening, annealing and solid state hydrogen diffusion. Treatment for mechanical properties, we offer solutions to meet the most demanding engineering applications.
These operations are supported by stringent quality assurance and where appropriate thermal modelling of heating and quenching can be undertaken to ensure component integrity.
Sheffield Forgemasters range of heat treatment facilities include:
Facilities are all centrally comupter controlled with constant time and temperature monitoring.
The heat treatment facilities at Sheffield Forgemasters are available for external organisations to hire. Prices will be set on a case by case basis due to the variety of furnaces, cooling, quenching and hardening services available onsite.
There are also two cryogenic cooling tanks onsite which cool to -130°C and provide increased strength and hardness to the material being treated.
There are a range of quenching facilities available across our site. This includes both oil and water quench areas which provide differing cooling levels, in turn offering differing material characteristics in the finished material.
Our largest quench tank is 7.4 metres wide 5 metres deep and includes jets for high rates of agitation in the water. It has a capacity of 79,000 gallons and is fed with fresh cold water constantly through the quenching process..
Sheffield Forgemasters has a dedicated and highly qualified Research & Development team. The R&D team provides expert analysis, prediction, modelling and design services to various areas of the Sheffield Forgemasters business. Many consultancy services are also available to our customers and external contracts.
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