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Thermal Technology Receives Orders from Australian University

November 3, 2011
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Thermal Technology recently announced it has received orders for a 10-ton, 4000-amp spark plasma sintering (SPS) system and a high-temperature laboratory furnace from the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) at the University of Wollongong in Australia. The machines will reportedly be integral to ISEM’s interdisciplinary research programs on superconductors and electronic and energy materials science and technology, including energy storage, transmission, efficiency, and conservation.

Sima Aminorroaya, Ph.D., a researcher in ISEM’s Energy Storage Group, said that much thought went into the equipment selection. “We were looking for a technologically sound design, a machine that offered high repeatability and was backed by savvy engineers who understood our applications. Thermal Technology stood out,” Aminorroaya said.

“I am proud that the University of Wollongong chose Thermal Technology equipment for their pivotal energy storage research,” said Matt Mede, president and CEO of Thermal Technology. “Thermal Technology has dominated the domestic SPS market since 2008, and our high-temperature furnaces are known for their history of superior performance.”

Thermal Technology’s SPS systems are designed with highly rigid four-post press frames, an extra-large working chamber and large access doors. The flexible footprint can accommodate users’ spatial limitations, while the advanced power supply provides adjustability and heat rates greater than 1500°C per minute. Digital servo valve-controlled hydraulics ensure ultra-fine force control, while programming and data acquisition are accomplished using an on- or off-line PC system.

The high-temperature laboratory furnace, as specified by Xun (Joe) Xu, Australian Research Council (ARC) postdoctoral fellow at ISEM, is Thermal Technology’s model 1000-2560-FP20. Its graphite hot zone reaches 2900°C; it is designed to operate in inert gas or rough vacuum and has an optional muffle tube assembly for oxidizing atmospheres.

For more information, visit www.thermaltechnology.com.

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