Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 1105–1107 | Cite as

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Alumina-Forming High-Temperature Steels Offer New Opportunities in Heat Treatment

The goal of energy-efficient heat processing often sets demands on higher operating temperatures and/or reduced cooling. A limiting factor in this respect is often material issues, such as materials that can withstand extreme temperatures and corrosive atmospheres.

In two novel, alumina-forming steels, Kanthal APMT and Nikrothal PM 58, corrosion resistance is based on the formation of an adherent alumina layer. This, along with a high creep resistance, is caused by a dispersion-strengthened microstructure from the powder metallurgical processing route. This unique combination of properties enables application temperatures ranging from 1470 to 2282 °F and new possibilities for design of high-temperature components, such as furnace rollers with reduced or eliminated water cooling.

For more information: Kanthal, Part of Sandvik Group,

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