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Do you want to significantly improve the corrosion resistance, strength, and ductility of stainless steel or aluminum alloy? Then solution annealing is the most appropriate heat treatment you could perform. This process is designed to enhance the properties of the metal. Solution annealing is a heat treatment with a unique process; there’s a big chance that you’ve never heard of it. Most of the time, we apply this treatment if we want to improve the material’s properties. In the end, we want to dissolve the different components of the material to homogenize it. Many technical terms, but we’ll take you through this article.

The benefits of solution annealing heat treatment

Most of the time, this treatment will be applied to materials such as stainless steel and alloys like aluminum. Alloys can become hard and brittle once worked. Solution annealing softens the material, making it easier to work and shape. Ultimately, aluminum can be further treated by natural or artificial aging to significantly increase its strength. For stainless steel, corrosion resistance is improved through solution annealing.

How’s the process going?

There are several things to keep in mind when this heat treatment is executed. It is essential to carefully control the temperature, wake time and cooling rate during the solution annealing process. The specific treatment depends on the type of material, composition and intended use. Therefore, solution annealing is usually performed under carefully controlled conditions by experienced operators or using heat treatment equipment that is computer controlled.

The most important steps of the heat treatment solution annealing are:

  • Heating: The material is heated to a predetermined temperature, usually above its critical or transformation temperature. This temperature depends on the specific material being treated.
  • Soaking (holding): Once the material reaches the desired temperature, it is held at that temperature for a certain period. This provides enough time for the material’s internal structure to reach thermal equilibrium and dissolve any precipitates or phases that may have formed during previous processing.
  • Cooling: After the soaking period, the material is rapidly cooled or quenched. The cooling rate is essential to prevent the reformation of undesirable phases and to retain the desired properties in the material.

Delta Heat Services understands that it is hard to understand the whole process. That’s why we take it off your hands. We are very experienced in heat treatments on metal, so feel free to hand it over to us.

Other heat treatment techniques

Besides solution annealing, there are many other heat treatments that we offer you. Other ones are normalizing and annealing, post weld heat treatment or pre weld heat treatment. The equipment we use is electrical equipment or induction equipment, it depends on the workpiece. Interested? Please get in touch with us. We will explain more about our treatments, equipment and possibilities.

Delta Heat Services: the specialist in heat treatments

Are you looking for the heat treatment solution annealing? Then you have come to the right place at Delta Heat Services. We are a worldwide expert in heat treatments and work in various industries, such as industry, construction and maritime. And because we like to share our knowledge, expertise and specialism, we also give you the opportunity to buy or rent our equipment.

Since 1997 Delta Heat Services has been operating as an expert and experienced specialist in the field of heat treatments with a wide range of products and services. Thanks to high-quality knowledge and technology, in combination with a flexible and customer-oriented approach, we are able to offer versatile solutions. Are you curious about the possibilities of Delta Heat Services? Please contact us. We are happy to answer your questions and look at the possibilities together.

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