Heat Treatment of Aluminum Alloys: The Flexibility Your Project Demands
The heat treatment of aluminum alloys requires very precise control of the time-temperature profile, tight temperature uniformity and compliance with industry-wide specifications.
The Aluminum Heat Treating process starts with selecting and refining the aluminum alloy and grade. It is then extruded and/or forged into the desired shape, heat treated and cooled. The heat treatment strengthens the material by precipitating additional, finer grained, or smaller diameter particles inside the matrix of the cast part, thus creating a new microstructure with unique mechanical properties. Heat treatment to increase the strength of aluminum alloys is a three-step process, that includes the following:
- Solution Heat Treatment: Dissolution of soluble phases.
- Quenching: A process of heat treatment, the temperature is raised through a series of steps and then brought down rapidly through a single step to achieve a desired result.
- Age Hardening: A low-temperature heat-treating process that is applied to aluminum alloys to increase their strength and mechanical properties.
Aluminum Heat treating is an important part of the manufacturing processes in the aerospace, automotive, transportation, construction, electronic equipment, and many other industries. With drop-bottom furnaces at multiple locations and years of experience processing and straightening thin aluminum parts, we’re capable of handling a maximum load work zone of 99” x 60” x 48”. We also offer a range of quenching and freezing facilities as part of our aluminum processing services. Our state-of-the-art furnaces feature advanced technology to ensure the most efficient and consistent heat treatment of the aluminum alloys.
Solution, Age, and Anneal