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QuesTek Shines at IMAT 2022


The week of September 12, 2022 was a great one for QuesTek Innovations at the IMAT 2022 conference organized by ASM International.

As a pioneer and leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), we play an important role in today’s circular materials economy and the larger theme of sustainability.  Our engineers and scientists presented on their work in computational design and materials engineering addressing a wide range of industry challenges, leading to the development of new Cobalt-based superalloy (Dr. Zhi Liang), the modeling of microstructure sensitive fatigue (Dr. Gary Whelan) for Additive Manufacturing (AM), and the use of our unique ICME approach to enable optimization and qualification of AM (Dr. Jiadong Gong). The week culminated with the keynote address from our President Dr. Jason Sebastian addressing QuesTek’s role in Industry 4.0 and announcing the availability of ICMD®, a newly offered digital materials design platform. Please stay tuned for more details to come in the next week…

As we recap our week in New Orleans, we were honored to receive the 2022 Pacesetter Award from the ASM International Materials Education Foundation (Pacesetter Award) and were formally presented with the Engineering Materials Achievement Award from ASM International at its annual awards banquet (Achievement Award). QuesTek was selected for the design and commercialization of its Ferrium C64 steel alloys enabling more durable, lighter weight transmission gears with increased power density for demanding aerospace and defense applications. More specifically, this innovative alloy will end up saving lives due to its greater temperature resistance which allows helicopters to fly for nearly 90 minutes without oil and fly to safety, compared to traditional gear materials lasting only 10 to 15 minutes.

QuesTek joins an impressive list of previous awardees for advanced material development, such as Northrop Grumman, IBM, Dow, General Electric, NASA and Alcoa. In his acceptance remarks, Jeff Grabowski, QuesTek’s Business Development Manager, alongside Dr. Tom Kozmel and Dr. Jason Sebastian (pictured), commented: “This successful commercialization of a new material was highly team-focused at QuesTek and incorporated metallurgists, applications engineering and business leadership”; and later added: “Similarly, to ensure successful transition, we built a strong and reliable network across the entire supply chain and industry leaders, from the production of the alloy itself to its forging, machining and heat-treating into high performance aerospace gears.”

For more information, please contact Severine Valdant, our Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, at svaldant@questek.com or visit www.QuesTek.com to learn about our technology platform, software, and services.

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