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H.C. Starck Joins Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Heat Treating Excellence

H.C. Starck is pleased to announce its partnership with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE).

With close to 100 years of metallurgy experience, in technology metals – molybdenum, tantalum, niobium and tungsten, H.C. Starck has a wealth of research, technical knowledge, and experience to share.

The Center for Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE) is an alliance between the industrial sector and university researchers that addresses short- and long-term needs in the heat treating and thermal processing industry.  Membership in CHTE is unique because members have a voice in selecting quality research projects that help them solve today’s business challenges globally.

We are very excited to join the team at WPI Center for Heat Treating Excellence. With our commitment to quality and technological expertise, we work side-by-side with our customers to ensure they have the highest quality product.

We are also rapidly growing our business to match the demands of the global marketplace, working with OEM and aftermarket furnace manufacturers on their new designs. To match this growth, H.C. Starck has made significant investments in our fabrication capabilities and we are leading the development of new materials for high temperature applications to improve cost and performance for our customers.

Dmitry Shashkob, Member of H.C. Starck's Executive Board and Head of the Fabricated Products Division

H.C. Starck supplies fabricated products to OEMs, end-users, and aftermarket furnace manufacturers for heat treating medical, aerospace, defense, automotive, energy, nuclear fuel, crystal growth and waste treatment products.

H.C. Starck’s product portfolio includes boats, trays, heating elements, thermal shields, hot zones, furnace racks and assemblies. Our dedicated team of research engineers is continually developing new materials for high temperature vacuum and inert atmosphere furnaces for industrial processes such as annealing, brazing, heat treating, HIP, melting, pre-heating, powder processing, sintering, tempering and MIM.

Our innovative materials help improve furnace cycle time, maintain temperature uniformity, and reduce carbon contamination. The benefits for our customers include less component rejections, better handling and reduced production cost compared to graphite and ceramics. Also, our materials are characterized by mechanical durability, high thermal and electrical conductivity, low coefficient of thermal expansion and  excellent strength and stability at temperatures up to 2000°C.

Development of these innovative materials and new alloys is enabled by H.C. Starck’s unique expertise in material characterization such as ESBD analysis of microstructure. Customized alloy development utilizes the unique processing of refractory metals, including powder metallurgy processing, various melting techniques, high temperature rolling, extrusion and rotary forging.  

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