Two methods of heat treatment, one great resource

March 2016

Big or small, Brighton Tru-Edge has the equipment and experience to handle any carbon steel heat treatment project.

Heat treatment is a specialization for which Brighton proudly uses several in-house techniques to deliver quality heads to our customers. Generally, the process involves heating metal heads to suitable temperatures, holding the part at the temperature for a specific length of time and cooling at a rate to obtain the desired mechanical properties and microstructure.

For carbon steel, Brighton’s normalizing and stress relieving techniques can accommodate a range of jobs. Each technique can be applied to a head that is up to 276” diameter by utilizing our oversized furnace. Here is more about each heat treatment method:


Normalizing carbon steel gives it a uniform composition. Normalizing also produces harder and stronger steel with less ductility. Brighton performs this treatment on material above the critical transformation temperature when required, either in the flat or after forming. Normalizing treatment is performed at 1650 degrees F and is then air cooled.

Stress Relieving

Stress relieving in carbon steel removes or reduces the internal stresses in the heads, which can be caused from cold working, non-uniform cooling or other manufacturing methods. On cold-formed heads, the ASME standards require some heads to be stress relieved when the fiber elongation exceeds 5%. Stress relieving is performed at 1100 degrees F, minimum, per ASME UCS-56.

At Brighton, we ensure optimal heating of our head material by using thermocouples attached to the heads. Our computer-controlled furnaces are programmed for the customized needs of a piece to complete a heat treatment cycle. This high-tech method of monitoring temperatures assures the highest quality treatment and allows our technicians to develop heat charts for customers.

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Market Update
304/304L – 0.6700 $/lb.
316/316L – 0.9555 $/lb.
317/317L – 1.1275 $/lb.
309/309S – 0.8864 $/lb.
2205 – 0.9123 $/lb.
Alloy 276 – 6.0286 $/lb.
Alloy 625 – 6.3487 $/lb.
316 – 0.6300 $/lb.
Carbon Steel – 0.1300 $/lb.