Centorr Equipped with an MTS Load Frame We have a Centorr Furnace with graphite elements that is capable of temperatures to 2200oC. The hot zone is approximately 60 mm diameter by 100 mm tall. We have two gettering furnaces, for either nitrogen or argon, capable of producing oxygen concentrations less than 10-7 ppm . With a MTS loadframe integrated into the furnace, it can be used as a hot press, and a high temperature dilatometer.
Ablation Rig The oxyacetylene ablative test setup was constructed in Phase I using ASTM E285-08 as a standard. A two-color pyrometer (OS3750, Omega Engineering Inc., Stamford, USA) and a type-K thermocouple are used to measure the front and back face temperatures, respectively. Each device also connected to a data logger to record the temperatures as a function of time. The 2-color pyrometer has the capability of measuring surface temperatures between 400°-3000°C. The unit can heat up a specimen to 2200oC in 30 s or less, and is equipped with an oxygen sensor, and a heat flux sensor. This unit has been used to study hypersonic coatings and the effect of biofuel impurities on gas turbine thermal barrier coatings. CLICK for a video