Industries such as transportation, aerospace, mining, military, and infrastructure that rely so heavily on the resilience of their structures, require a metal improvement technique that is not only superior in terms of results and longevity, but can also be performed quickly, cleanly and without restrictive costs. Ultrasonic Impact Treatment utilizes the strength of ultrasonic energy to achieve these goals more effectively than any metal improvement technique to come along prior to its availability.
Ultrasonic Treatment Benefits Over Conventional Peening
Here are 5 reasons why ultrasonic treatment exceeds conventional peening, metal peening, grinding or other traditional metal improvement methodologies:
Improved Surface Condition
Poor surface conditions lead to deterioration in the material, which create microscopic stress concentrations that reduce fatigue strength and lead to eventual cracking. By introducing compressive stresses at the surface, UIT creates a smoother, hardier surface condition that’s more resistant to stress and corrosive climactic or chemical elements. This metal improvement at the surface helps to prevent fatigue failure, thereby extending the useable life of the component and markedly reducing replacement and repair costs.
Refortified Intergranular Composition
Beneath the surface, UIT lends to metal improvement by refortifying the size, shape and orientation of grains within the material. As such, microscopic flaws that would otherwise grow to detrimental levels are combated in their earliest stages. Once again fatigue life is increased and the need for more extensive repairs down the line is alleviated.
Alleviation of Tensile Stresses
Repetitive cyclic loading beyond given thresholds creates destructive tensile stresses and over time these stresses lead to cracking and failure. Ultrasonic Impact Technology introduces compressive stresses deeper than competitive metal improvement treatments. By removing tensile stresses in key areas and adding compressive stress to such a superior depth, UIT again outperforms conventional methods of improving metal strength, such as peening, more effectively and for a longer period of time.
Extended Fatigue Life
By improving surface condition, creating a more corrosion-resistant material, strengthening metal at the grain structure, removing tensile stresses and introducing fortifying compressive stresses; metal improvement via ultrasonic impact treatment greatly extends time to fatigue failure in critical components. Beyond the financial benefits, the confidence and peace-of-mind delivered in the knowledge that structures, such as aircraft, mining equipment, offshore platforms, heavy machinery and bridges are safe and reliable provides immeasurable advantages over less effective methods of metal improvement such as metal peening.
Speed and Ease of Application
Through its patented ultrasonic impact tool, UIT can be applied faster and more conveniently than other metal improvement methodologies. The equipment is designed to be ergonomically friendly and minimize fatigue and vibration to the operator.
The portability and configurability of the tool allows it to access formerly hard-to-reach areas without the need to disassemble components and put a lengthy stop in production. Furthermore, the lack of debris means less time required to section off areas and cleanup following service. The elimination of these previous drawbacks means ultrasonic treatment is not only faster and more affordable, but also reduces downtime – all of which contribute to a healthier bottom line.
Structural solidity, extended fatigue life, less downtime, superior ergonomics, increased profit margins and improved confidence all make ultrasonic impact treatment your best solution when considering metal improvement processes.