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The company received an award at the Victoria Engineering Excellence Awards for their development of high tech furnaces for carbon fibre research facility (Carbon Nexus) at Deakin University in Geelong.
The equipment sets new benchmarks with features of interest to carbon fibre producers:
The features enable the furnaces to process high modulus carbon fibre with low power and nitrogen consumption.Novel features were incorporated in the furnaces in order to achieve these objectives. Losses were reduced by good thermal insulation and a reduction in the water cooling of power connections and the furnace casing. A new atmosphere curtain design was implemented to keep air out and fumes in the chamber, a critical design requirement for an open-ended slot furnace suitable for carbon fibre processing. The high temperature chamber is equipped with removable end-caps enabling the entire furnace to be quantitatively vacuum-checked for leaks. An active cooling method allows rapid waterless cooling to ambient under inert atmosphere. Emerging fibres are cool enough to handle without gloves.More information: www.furnace.com.au - www.carbonnexus.com.au