Inconel, a registered trademark of the Special Metals Corporation, refers to a family of over twenty different nickel-chromium super alloys. First developed in the 1940s by Wiggin Alloys in Hereford, England, Inconel has become indispensible in the aerospace, chemical, nuclear and oil and gas industries.
All Inconel alloys are highly resistant to corrosion, oxidation and pressure. They are also dependable in high stress, high-pressure environments because of their outstanding mechanical and chemical properties. Found in Formula One exhaust systems, aircraft black boxes, cryogenic storage tanks and rocket engines, Inconel is definitely a super alloy that goes the distance.
When heated, Inconel forms a passivating oxide layer, which helps make it exceptionally heat resistant. Inconel is also an excellent material for use in low temperature environments as it resists cracking. Inconel also resists chloride induced stress corrosion cracking and resists pitting, crevice corrosion and resists acids (including sulfuric, phosphoric, nitric, and hydrochloric).
With its many uses, Inconel can be a difficult metal to shape and machine. Confluent Maine’s technicians understand how to work with this super alloy, factoring in such variables as Inconel’s rapid work hardening and tendency to plastically deform. When working with Inconel tubing, choosing a machine shop with experience is paramount. Confluent Maine has the experience and expertise required to deliver the highest quality finished Inconel custom tubes and tubular components.