Located in Testing Area 1 of the laboratory is a furnace. It uses thermocouples as feedback to a controller for temperature monitoring and control. Further instrumentation can be applied outside the furnance and monitored using data acqusition software. For those interested in use of the furnace or for further information, please contact us.
The electric furnace has a maximum operating temperature of 1,000°C (1,800 °F) and is designed to accommodate a fast ramp-up heating rate. The fire chamber is 1.5 m x 1.5 x 1.5 m (5 ft x 5ft x 5ft). Three high strength refractories are placed at the bottom center, middle left, and middle right sides of the chamber to support loaded elements. The furnace roof is removable and includes a central closure hole to allow placement and force loading of vertically oriented element. The closure hole on one side allows for placement and loading of a horizontally oriented element.