Advancing Metals Technologies

Surface Treatments

Transforming the surface of materials to improve outcomes and lower costs.

TX treatments are unique thermal diffusion surface transformation technologies that improve the toughness of steel without creating brittleness.  It is not simply a coating but instead improves characteristics to transform lower cost materials so they either match or outperform more costly exotic alloys in high-wear applications.

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TX1 and TX2

Instead of traditional surface coating methods, which are prone to brittle fractures and spalling, TX treatments work through both diffusion and crystal lattice transformation to strengthen materials. TURBOCAM offers TX1 treatments as well as TX2, the newest technology, which can now treat castings and powder steels. Our scientists will assess your materials and engineering requirements and select the appropriate treatment.

Potential applications include agricultural machinery, bearings, drive-train linkages, material conveyors, oil-field components, rollers, and exhaust control components.

TX1: a case study

To assess the effectiveness of TX1 at our facility, two pieces of 304L stainless steel were tested in a bearing tester, with one piece of steel treated with TX1 and the other left untreated. The test was performed at 1,750 RPM for 30 seconds using 75 lbs. of force, synthetic motor oil, and identical Rockwell hardness values (Rc=19) for the treated and untreated steel  to work in conjunction with changes in the bulk matrix.

The untreated piece showed 500 times more wear and seized the motor. The test found that when an abrasive particle or opposing surface strikes TX treated steels, the wear energy is absorbed and dissipated throughout the surrounding steel.

Outperform the competition with the latest materials technology.