Forging nickel-based alloys is an important part of Anderson Shumaker’s production. Our skilled team knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many materials we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes. Therefore, not all metals are appropriate for all products. A few weeks back we discussed titanium. Today we’ll take a look at nickel-based alloys, popular open die forging choices.
What is a Nickel Based Alloy?
A nickel-based alloy (exotic alloy) contains nickel as its balancing metal. For example, the nickel can be alloyed with iron, chromium, and molybdenum to create an alloy. Because of this, nickel-based alloys are extremely useful in high temperature and corrosive environment applications. Therefore, they are a popular choice for pumps, valves, power generation, oil and gas, chemical plants, defense, and aerospace industries, where environments can have temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, correctly forging these alloys requires extensive experience. Anderson Shumaker has the talented workforce to produce the highest quality open die forgings and rolled rings in many exotic alloy grades. Because they are exotic alloys, nickel-based alloys tend to be expensive and have long-lead times. To keep our customers’ costs low, Anderson Shumaker maintains a stock of common nickel-based alloys to save time and money. This is particularly helpful when a customer needs a nickel-based alloy for an immediate repair solution. Our Hastelloy and Inconel forging capabilities include forged round and flat bars, rings, blocks, and custom shapes.
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