4 December, 2015

Additive manufacturing Aerospace High Pressure Heat Treatment Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) Material densification Powder Metallurgy

Quintus Technologies, a premier manufacturer of high pressure systems, will supply a Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORNL’s new HIP will be used for research in demanding applications for aerospace, nuclear, gas turbines, and other advanced-technology industries, as part of its mission to enhance the competitiveness of American manufacturing.

Quintus HIP systems, which produce parts with excellent isotropic material properties, offer the highest possible density of all available compaction methods. The model QIH-9M URQ to be installed at ORNL will be equipped with Quintus’ patented Uniform Rapid Quenching (URQ®) technology, enabling increased productivity with optimal temperature control. URQ's advanced heat treatment of materials under pressure not only facilitates improved performance of existing alloy systems but also supports the development of novel alloy systems with unique properties that can open up entirely new markets for parts manufacturers.“These new features help to improve the overall mechanical characteristics and limit post-process steps to improve material microstructure while keeping implementation costs in line,” says Peter Henning, Business Unit Director of Advanced Material Densification at Quintus Technologies. “This aligns with ORNL’s stated mission to ‘rejuvenate’ U.S. manufacturing with new processes that result in critical energy and environmental improvements.”