ECHT 2020 Conference to take place in Antwerp

In March 2020 the 'Vereniging voor Warmtebehandelingtechniek' (VWT) will organise a three day conference on carburising, carbo-nitriding and C-based surface engineering. The conference language will be English.


Carbon is one of the most important elements in steel to obtain desired properties in the core, case and on the surface. Optimal case and core properties are mainly obtained by the thermochemical heat treatments carburising and carbonitriding. The optimum surface properties in several applications are obtained by a variety of carbon-based surface engineering techniques, such as PVD, CVD and others.

There is a large number of specific and application based processes and techniques available, each with its typical advantages and disadvantages. Some of the processes and techniques are still in the development or in the optimisation phase, driven by new scientific insights in many specialised institutes. The field of applications is very wide and the techniques are used in almost all industrial sectors. A wide range in temperatures and process parameters are available to produce the best properties for each application.

Due to the continuous evolution in the demands and new applications there is a continuous need to improve the existing processes and to development of new processes and techniques. Driving forces are quality, performance of parts, cost effectiveness, competitiveness, environment. The possibilities offered by the use of computers, numerical methods, specific softwares, electronic devices are important for the actual state of the technique and the fast evolution to the new future state of the art evolution. All of this will be what the ECHT Conference 2020 will focus on.

Call for papers

Prospective authors wishing to present papers are invited to submit a tentative title and an abstract on the following topics:

  • New theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge
  • Recent developments in the processes and application.
  • Optimisation of processes and equipment
  • Use of numerical methods for simulation and development of processes and parameters
  • Influence of the materials to be treated
  • Comparison between different techniques based on practical results obtained
  • Measuring techniques: process parameters, microstructure
    evaluation, hardness measurement
  • Quality Control and quality management
  • Cost effectiveness and total cost of ownership
  • Obtained results in specific applications
  • Control of distortion: quenching, material and pre-heat
    treatment processes, design
  • Environmental impact
  • Failures and failure analysis

A technical poster session is also planned.

For all further details on the conference and to submit papers, visit the conference web site.