Typical heat treatment processes include:
- Solution treatments
- Stress relieving
Heat treatment and microstructure simulation is available in the standalone DEFORM-HT system and as add-on module for DEFORM-2D and 3D forming software. Combining forming and HT capabilities enables the modelling and optimisation of cogging and other thermo-mechanical processes to develop homogenized, fine grained, recrystallized microstructures.
Heating processes can be optimised through batch furnace and induction heating solvers, where coil design, applied power and induction frequency may be varied. Microstructure evolution capabilities include both JMAK and CA (cellular automata) models to account for dynamic recrystallization, static recrystallization, metadynamic recrystallization and grain growth.