Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE)
Center for Heat Treating Excellence

Research Projects

Research Programs

The need for research, and thus the context, is defined and directed by CHTE members. The faculty members, and their respective research team members, address the fundamentals, which are needed to establish the knowledge base for the industrial sector.

Current Projects

  1. Non-DestructiveTesting for Hardness & Case Depth
  2. Carbonitriding - Fundamentals, Modeling and Process Optimization
  3. Nitriding - Fundamentals, Modeling and Process Optimization
  4. Gas and Vacuum Carburizing
  5. Energy Savings Model
  6. Alloy Life Improvement

Completed Projects

  1. Characterization, Evaluation and Removal of Surface Contamination from Pre and Post Heat Treated Parts
  2. Aging Cycle Optimization for Aluminum Alloys
  3. Carburization Process Optimization
  4. An Integrated Heat Treatment Model for Aluminum Castings (DOE Funded)
  5. Materials and Process Design for High-Temperature Carburizing (DOE Funded)
  6. CHT-bf - Computer-aided Heat Treatment Planning System for Batch Furnaces
  7. CHT-cf - Development of an Analytical Tool for Part Load Design and Temperature Control in Continuous Furnaces
  8. CHT-q/t - Computer-aided Heat Treatment Planning System for Quenching & Tempering
  9. Development of an Analytical Tool for Part Load Design and Temperature Control Within Loaded Furnaces and Parts (647KB PDF file)
  10. Quenching - Understanding, Controlling and Optimizing the Process - I (322KB PDF file)
  11. Quenching - Understanding, Controlling and Optimizing the Process - II (64KB PDF file)
  12. Gas Quenching - understanding, controlling and optimizing the process (105KB PDF file)
  13. Control of Distortion and Residual Stress in Heat Treated Components
  14. Solution Heat Treatment of Aluminum Alloys: Effect on Microstructure and Service Properties (26KB PDF file)

Industrial Internships

  1. Caterpillar - Furnace Atmosphere Monitoring Systems (FAMS) Software
  2. Caterpillar - Carburizing Atmosphere Development and Prediction of Carbon Concentration Profile Using DICTRA/Thermo-Calc
  3. Bodycote - Combining the Densal Process with Solutionizing Heat Treatment of A356
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