In industry, it is common to use heat treatment to modify the properties of certain materials by applying heat inside furnaces. However, choosing the appropriate treatment option for your company can be challenging, as technical and specialized knowledge is required to achieve the desired results.
This article will guide you on everything you need to know about heat treatment in industrial furnaces. With this information, you will be able to understand this process and its different applications in the industry.
What is the purpose of heat treatment?
The main objective of heat treatment is to alter the conditions of a piece's internal or surface microstructure, whether ferrous (such as steel or iron) or non-ferrous (such as copper or aluminum), to give it specific properties.
Among these are better hardness and resistance, malleability, suppression of residual stresses, and more.
Two factors determining appropriate heat treatment techniques are the correct temperature uniformity for the process and the efficiency of the equipment where said treatment is carried out (e.g., the efficiency of the combustion system used in the process, quality and condition of the furnace, etc.).