Non-Ferrous Metals – Heat Treatment
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The technology involves using industrial gases such as nitrogen, hydrogen, argon and helium, instead of generated atmospheres, in heat treatment furnaces to modify the properties of non-ferrous metals. This offers significant financial benefits for annealing, sintering, brazing, vacuum backfill, autoclave curing and other processing applications in the non-ferrous metals industry. Click here for descriptions of these processes.
Air Products supplies PURIFIRE atmospheres and control panels for metallic heat treatment. The following provides a summary of the advantages of an Air Products industrial gas system over traditional generated atmospheres:
Process Flexibility – With the Air Products control panels, exact amounts of each gas can be blended into the customer’s furnace for the particular process and furnace conditions. The atmosphere composition and flow-rate are immediately adjustable to changing production requirements.
Process Reliability – Air Products has a wide rage of supply methods from trucked-in liquid to on-site production of gas. Whichever method suits, our capabilities in production, inventory, and delivery make for reliability of supply of the industrial gas protective atmosphere system. Trucked-in deliveries are coordinated to meet actual requirements.
Safety – All Air Products industrial gas systems are installed to meet all applicable safety codes at both the products storage areas and furnace use points, and nitrogen furnace purging is available. Air Products has a safety record second-to-none in the industrial gas industry.
Efficiency – Industrial gas supply is matched to the process requirement.
Minimal Maintenance – Air Products owns and maintains any on-site gas production equipment, the industrial gas storage vessels and vaporisers. Modifications and maintenance are performed by Air Products’ personnel.
Minimal Customer Investment – Customer investment is limited to concrete pads for supply and storage equipment, connecting piping and the necessary blending equipment for the customer’s operations.
A datasheet on PURIFIRE MFC Blending Panels is available in pdf format
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Heating up and holding at a particular temperature followed by slow cooling, so as to ease cold working, improve machinability, and remove stresses.
A process by which loose or compressed metal powders are bonded by heating to a temperature just below the melting point of the constituents.
The joining of two metals with a third dissimilar metal, usually copper.
Vacuum Backfill / PURIFIRE Rapid Gas Quench (RGQ)
The use of inert gases to improve cooling of vacuum furnaces at the end of a heat treatment cycle. Air Products has developed a patented process, known as Rapid Gas Quenching or RGQ, that maximises the thermal conductivity of the quench atmosphere by blending argon and helium.
Heating of composite materials at pressure to consolidate structure by removing voids and to chemically cure plastic.