Refractory Metals Forging
What is Refractory Metals Forging?
Refractory metals forging is a process of shaping refractory metals into predetermined shapes by applying heat and pressure. Refractory metals are metals with extremely high melting points, making them ideal for high temperature applications. Common refractory metals used in forging are molybdenum, tungsten, tantalum, niobium, and rhenium. The forging process involves heating the metal to a temperature just below its melting point and then applying pressure to shape it into the desired form. This process can produce components with superior mechanical properties, such as high strength, hardness, and fatigue resistance.
What are advantages of superalloy forging?
- Refractory metals have very high melting points and excellent corrosion resistance which makes them ideal for forging applications.
- They are very strong and have excellent wear resistance, making them ideal for components that are exposed to high temperatures and extreme wear.
- Refractory metals have a low coefficient of friction, making them ideal for components that require smooth operations and low wear.
- Refractory metals can be formed into complex shapes due to their malleability and ductility, making them ideal for components that require intricate designs.
- Refractory metals are also relatively lightweight, making them easy to work with and ideal for applications that require high strength-to-weight ratios.
What are disadvantages of steel forging?
- High Cost: Refractory metals are expensive to produce, and the cost of forging them is even higher.
- Difficult to Work With: Refractory metals are difficult to shape and form, and the process of forging them is more complex and time-consuming than forging other metals.
- Limited Supply: Refractory metals are rare and not widely available, which can lead to long lead times for orders and limited options for suppliers.
- Difficult to Weld: Refractory metals are difficult to weld and require specialized techniques and processes to join two pieces of metal together.
- Susceptible to Corrosion: Refractory metals are susceptible to corrosion due to their high melting points and low vapor pressures.
Forging parts for different industries using Superalloy forging
We manufacture several forging parts for various industries, some of are them mentioned below:
- Aerospace: turbine blades, fan blades, combustion chambers, airfoils, engine components, and more.
- Automotive: turbocharger components, pistons, connecting rods, exhaust valves, and more.
- Medical: implants, prosthetics, instruments, tools, and more.
- Industrial: valves, pumps, heat exchangers, and more.
- Marine: propellers, shafts, valves, and more.
- Nuclear: fuel cladding, reactor components, and more.