Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science
Materials engineering and analysis is developing at an accelerating pace. Traditional materials are being produced with manufacturing technologies that did not exist only a few years ago. New off-shore sourcing options also bring new development challenges.
With these improvements and changes come more and more complexities. That's why Crane Engineering's engineers are here – to provide answers help you select the correct material for use under specified conditions and to properly identify any possible conditions affecting a material's use.
Utilizing specialized sectioning, mounting, polishing, and etching techniques, Crane Engineering can evaluate heat treatment effectiveness, casting integrity, micro-hardness, and the microstructure of metal samples. Thermal processes are frequently used to alter the properties of metals. The quality and effectiveness of these processes can best be determined by metallographic techniques.
- Failure analysis of metals and polymers.
- Evaluate defects in injection molded parts.
- Determine heat treatment effectiveness in alloy steels.
- Measure case depth in carburized steels.
- Measure coating thickness such as anodizing on aluminum and zinc plating on steel.
- Evaluate the porosity and microstructure of castings.
- Evaluate carbides for size and distribution of carbide particles.
- Determine the grain size of steels.
- Determine the graphite size and type in cast iron.
- Evaluate quality of annealing in stainless steels.
- Measure depths of affected layers in laser cut parts or welded parts.