A New, Innovative Approach to Designing a Vacuum Furnace Hot Zone

Tuesday, October 24, 2017: 4:20 PM
A213-215 (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
Mr. William Jones , Solar Atmospheres, Hermitage, PA
Mr. Real Fradette , Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, PA
Recent developments in improving vacuum furnace insulation, relating to reducing power consumption, have resulted in a very strong and highly efficient graphite board material appearing on the market. This new board material offers a new approach to the overall design of the vacuum furnace hot zone.

Our presentation will fully present the thermal advantages of the new graphite board as well as introduce a new hot zone design where the graphite board is incorporated into a self-supporting structure. This new design offers greatly improved thermal efficiency resulting in reduced power usage compared to current hot zones. It will also demonstrate a more workable design relating to assembly and to any future maintenance requirements as well as lower replacement costs.