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New high temperature resistant material for building hot-stamping rolling beam furnaces

The ROLLING BEAM furnace combines horizontal and vertical movements of beams to carry steel blanks through the furnace. Thermal fatigue of beams at the entrance of the furnace, combined corrosion and creep of the inside beams and combined corrosion, creep and wear of rings are the most usual failure modes for these furnace components. 

The breakage of these parts (and even their preventive repair or substitution works) leads to significant financial and environmental issues related to energy and materials’ consumption. 

Developing longer lasting materials and components to withstand continuous high temperatures or thermal cycling is an opportunity to achieve ENERGY SAVINGS, CONSUME LESS MINERAL RESOURCES & IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY.

This experience was developed along with GHI Furnaces within HiperMAT project. 

Starting point

Main features

Main components involved:

  • Metallic beams supported on rollers with rings placed along the furnace. They move through cyclic movements.
  • Ceramic beams and advancing beams that roll backwards to their original position and place the blanks further along on advancing beams in their downwards movement. 

Tough working conditions:

  • High temperature: close to 1000ºC.
  • High loads due to the own weight of beams and the charge.
  • Corrosive environments due to the high temperature air and continuous high temperature inside the furnace.


  • Optimization of industrial processing by optimizing component manufacturing process: reducing the use of energy and raw materials and increasing the efficiency of the plant thanks to less shutdowns for maintenance and spare parts purposes.
  • Reduction of the energy and resource consumption by more efficient technologies to manufacture components and their life extension in high temperature close to 1000ºC working equipment.
  • Minimization of waste and energy consumption by using sustainable processing technologies. Integrating cutting-edge and more accurate modelling tools into the design of processes and materials.
  • Introduction of protective layers in components reducing critical elements in bulk materials and extend their service life.
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  • Integration of advanced design tools of materials & components.
  • Development of new high thermal and corrosion resistant alloys to be used for protective layer application.
  • Use of high-performance alloys for end component manufacturing through cutting edge technologies.
  • Integration of components in real hot stamping furnaces along with ad-hoc developed monitoring sensors, combining printed electronic and thermal spray technologies, and advanced data processing tools.
  • The technology developed will allow the participating SMEs to solve at least two problems: Eliminate not safe and healthy hazardous technologies currently used and improve degassing efficiency and product quality.



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