Testing the Thermaltest 5000

Students in the manufacturing/metal casting program have become the first to test out a thermal analysis machine never before used in this country.

Students in the casting lab led by Engineering Technology Professor Dr. Russ Rosmait received the Thermaltest 5000 thermal analysis unit from Foseco Metallurgical, a Brussels, Belgium-based company, in February. Used for the past several years in Europe, the unit uses advanced technology to perform a computer analysis of molten metal, reporting exactly what is in the composition.

“This machine can tell us how well the metal is forming, the size of the grains that are forming, and whether it’s a good or bad sample overall,” Rosmait said.