Oak Ridge will ramp up its machine part capacity with a 30,000 psi HIP-URQ press Quintus Technologies.
Oak Ridge will ramp up its machine part capacity with a 30,000 psi HIP-URQ press Quintus Technologies.

Quintus Technologies (formerly Avure), a manufacturer of high pressure systems, plans to supply a hot isostatic press (HIP) to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL’s new HIP will be used for research for the aerospace, nuclear, gas turbines, and other industries, as part of its mission to improve the competitiveness of American manufacturing.

Quintus says that the new press will be the fastest and most versatile HIP in the U.S.A, operating at a pressure of 2070 bar (30,000 psi) and a temperature up to 2000°C (3992°F). Installation is scheduled for June 2016.

 The model QIH-9M URQ to be installed at ORNL will be equipped with Quintus’ Uniform Rapid Quenching (URQ) technology, enabling increased productivity with improved temperature control. URQ's heat treatment of materials under pressure can improve the performance of existing alloy systems and support the development of new alloy systems.

‘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,’ said 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.’

This story is reprinted from material from Quintus Technologies with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.