Rethinking existing methods: an intensive forming step integrated into a quench and tempering facility opens up new property categories for steels and high-strength materials.
Implementation of innovative technology concepts
The HDQT plant combines a HDCR mill with a conventional quench and tempering plant. A very fine microstructure with improved mechanical properties is obtained by the high degrees of deformation possible together with the flexible process temperature control. The HDQT system allows for the realisation of several technologies that can not be reproduced on conventional systems. Compared to conventionally quenched and tempered materials, the HDQT treated ones are characterised by a strength increases by similar toughness properties.
The HDQT plant in use: the XTP®-technology
The XTP® plant is in use at the Schmolz and Bickenbach Group. Since 2016, new technologies have been implemented at this facility in cooperation with Steeltec. More information can be found at www.xtp-technology.com.