Locally Austempered Ductile Iron (LADI)

Heat treatment process from Applied Process permits localized austempering of cast iron.

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Applied Process, Inc. along with Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corp., ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Inc., and Linamar Corp. offer a new surface austemper heat treatment process called Locally Austempered Ductile Iron (LADI).

  • Induction based heat treatment process allows localized regions of a cast iron components to be austempered
  • Reportedly improves wear properties and contact fatigue strength over similar surface hardening heat treatments
  • Developed utilizing unalloyed grades of ductile iron allowing for reduced casting cost and increased machine tool life
  • Validated as a material process combination for automotive camshafts; powertrain components, gears, ground engaging equipment, wear surfaces could also benefit
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