TAT offers hands on training classes in thermal processes in general and sintering processes in particular. Each class typically has 6-10 students to accommodate as much interaction between the lecturers and students as possible. These small class sizes also ensure more hands-on participation in the tailor-made experiments that are part of the class.
TAT employs the following equipment in its experiments:
Six-inch wide belt furnace
Specifically designed for training, this furnace allows for a very wide range of temperature and atmosphere composition profiles to be created easily. It is 60 feet long with 8 heated zones (up to 2100°F), has a belt speed of 1 to 18 IPM, and has a N2-H2-Oxidant atmosphere.
High Temperature Pusher Furnace
This furnace will soon be operational for future high temperature (up to 2700°F) sintering classes.
Furnace Monitoring During Experiments
During class experiments, students will have access to detailed information on temperature, atmosphere, delubing, and energy, all of which is gathered from the furnace during experiments.
Computerized Tensile Machine
Used for tensile, compression, TRS and crush testing of sintered parts and samples.
Rc, Rb and Rf scales.
High Precision Balances
Up to 3 decimals of a gram. Used for weight loss measurements during delubing and oxide reduction experiments and density measurements during sintering experiments.
High Precision Dimensional Measurements Capability
Used to study dimensional changes during the entire sintering process.
High Temperature Hot Plate
Used to demonstrate the vaporization process of the lubricants normally used in compacting PM parts.
TAT’s classroom is where students will receive lectures from TAT and PM Industry experts in between experiments. The classroom is fully equipped with computers, a projector and screen, a whiteboard, and other necessities for any learning environment.
Other Available Resources
TAT’s Training Center has access to nearby resources such as heat treating, metallography, C&O analysis and corrosion testing for use in classes.