Saturday, May 21, 2011

Moyer Receives Award

On May 19,2011 Mr. Moyer was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Service by the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM International. Mr. Moyer is currently Chairman of the Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee awards three scholarships of $1500 annually to deserving students currently participating in an undergraduate program in Materials Engineering. The awards this year were presented to students at Drexel University and Villanova University. Mr. Moyer is a Past Chairman of the Chapter and has served in many functions in Chapter activities and leadership rolls. Mr. Moyer has also been active serving on National Committees and has been a Fellow of ASM International since 1977. Mr. Moyer recommends that any young or old engineer involved in materials development or design become interested and participate in Chapter activities. As a young engineer the Chapter provides opportunities to develop leadership skills and provides an opportunity to remain current on new developments and activities in the materials field. Mr. Moyer is deeply grateful for the honor bestows and is humbled because there are others that are more deserving than he is for the honor.

Friday, May 13, 2011

MagnaTech Completes NAV AIR Phase I Option To Develop A Carburizing Process

MagnaTech has just completed a Department of Defense Phase I Option Contract. The contract required continued development of a carburizing process or development of a carbonitriding process to provide a martensitic stainless steel with a hardened surface greater than 58 HRC for a depth of hardness of 1 mm (0.040 inch). MagnaTech has accomplished this objective. Further testing for wear resistance has shown that the resistance to abrasion by sand at a given load is three times greater than the present Metco 12 C hardfaced surface. In addition, the corrosion resistance in a salt solution is comparable. MagnaTech has applied for patent protection to protect the developed process and is currently awaiting a decision by the Patent Office. MagnaTech has a similar process to nitride martensitic stainless steels and has also applied for patent protection regarding this process.
MagnaTech has submitted a proposal for continuation of the development to improve wear and corrosion resistance of hook points for landing gear of navy aircraft. If granted a Phase II contract, MagnaTech will extend the work to determine whether the process can be applied to low alloy steels and also scale up the process to carburize surfaces of wear resistant components to satisfy production requirements. If granted, the research will involve a two year effort and will lead to production of martensitic stainless steel parts requiring surface modification for enhanced wear, particularly from abrasion, under adverse environmental conditions.
MagnaTech is currently contacting companies that require hard, wear resistant surfaces to determine whether the process can be of advantage for their applications.