Based on the remarkable discoveries of the fathers of electromagnetism,Induction Heating and Melting became one of the most advanced methodsof material production, modification and manufacturing. Industries thatintensively use induction heating include steel, automotive, machinery,aerospace, electronics, crystal growth and some others. Newapplications are emerging in food and packaging industries, and even inmedicine. But who invented induction heating and when did it happen?Various significant developments and methods that played a big role ininduction technique are almost forgotten or at least not known tomodern engineers.
Knowledge of experience of the previous generations,especially of the works of the pioneers, can reveal many interestingideas, which were abandoned at that time but could be practical todaywith more advanced materials, components and technologies. Knowledge ofsuccesses and failures of others will help to avoid mistakes andforesee future ways of induction technology expansion. The goal of thisbook is not to give an accurate chronological list of main events andachievements, but to show dynamics of technology and illustrate it withexamples, multiple pictures and references. In July 2006 the worldinduction community lost one of its most distinguished members & Professor Alfred Mühlbauer, outstanding scientist, engineer, teacherand relentless promoter of Induction Technology.
This book is his lastimposing and great project, which was completed by his collegues andfriends.The book contains a vast amount of information on inductiontechnology that will be useful for all manufactures, users, engineersand scientists who are dealing with Induction Heating and Meltingprocesses. Contents: Backround of Induction Heating; Inductiontechnology in metallurgy and metallworking; Induction Melting(Development of Furnaces , Innovative Technologies); Induction Heating(Surface Hardening, Transverse Flux Heating, Heating for Hot MetalForming); Power Sources; Design and Calculation Methods, etc.