Thermal Technology LLC

Thermal Technology Research & Development

Thermal Technology Research and Development Laboratory

We maintain a state of the art on-site industrial research and development laboratory to service our customers and provide open access to furnace technologies typically only found at world renowned research institutes. Our capabilities include:

  • Toll Based Processing
  • Process Development
  • Pilot Production
  • Nano-Material Processing
  • Inert Material Handling
  • Powder Processing

Research and Development Laboratory

Industries Serviced and Applications Developed in the Lab:

Energy

  • Thermoelectrics
  • Battery Materials
  • Petrochemical handling

Electronics and Optics

  • Light Emitting Diodes
  • Custom Sputtering Targets
  • Semiconductor Industry

Tooling

  • Wear resistant cutting tools
  • Chemical handling seals
  • Punch and Die Materials

Defense

  • Ultra High Temperature Ceramics
  • Ballistic Armor Materials
  • Transparent Armor

Medical

  • Orthodontics
  • Implants
  • Biomaterials

Consumer Goods

  • Wear resistant device enclosures
  • Sporting good components
  • Automotive Components

Direct Current/Spark Plasma Sintering Furnace

Direct Current/Spark Plasma Sintering Furnace

Model: SPS 25-10
10,000A power supply (Pulse Capable)
25 Ton (222.7kN) hydraulics
Inert Gas or Vacuum Operation
Maximum Temperature: 2,400°C
Part Size up to 4”(100mm) diameter
Tooling Materials: Graphite, Metals, Ceramics
High heating rates, up to 1,000°C/min

Common Applications
Sintering of Metals, Ceramics, and Composites
Bulk Nano-Materials
Diffusion Bonding
Functional Graded Materials (FGM)
Reactive Sintering
Extreme High Pressure Sintering (~1GPa)

 

Example Parts and Materials

Process FEA Modeling

Process FEA Modeling

Die and sample temperature gradients optimized by finite element analysis

Complex Unconventional Parts

Complex Unconventional Parts

Hollow Hemisphere of ZrO2, powder by Tosoh USA

Near Net Shape Fabrication

Near Net Shape Fabrication

Binderless Tungsten Carbide Tooling fabricated from near net shape components.

Diffusion Bonding

Diffusion Bonding

Copper-Stainless diffusion bond of dissimilar materials.

Non-Round Parts

Non-Round Parts

Armor plates processed as near net shape polygons.

Low Density Samples

Low Density Samples

Stainless Steel Filter Element with controlled density, permiability and strength.

Transparent Nano-Materials

Transparent Nano-Materials

Nano-Grained Aluminum Oxide transparent after sintering to high density.

Noble Metals

Noble Metals

Dense high purity rhenium components, Courtesy Cutting Edge Opportunities

Nano-Composites

Nano-Composites

Graphene in Silicon Nitride for improved mechanical properties © 2011 American Chemical Society

Near-Net Shape Components

Near-Net Shape Components

Cermet lattice, all 7 parts processed simultaneously for high strength/low density applicaications.

Functional Graded Materials (FGM)

Functional Graded Materials (FGM)

Functional graded material(FGM) from ZrO2-Stainless Steel using single step processing

Multicavity tooling systems

Multicavity Tooling System

High throughput processing of multiple samples using a multicavity die system

Traditional Radiant Heating Furnaces

Conventional furnaces are a critical tool for developing advanced industrial products using new material systems. To meet our customers’ needs we maintain both graphite and refractory metal hot zone furnaces on site for rapid turnaround of customer samples. Our furnaces are designed to achieve fast, controlled heating and cooling rates, maximizing throughput for production by reducing cycle times. Access to larger production sized furnaces available by request.

Traditional Radiant Heat Furnace

Model: 1100-3580
Tungsten Refractory Metal Hot Zone
Inert gas, Hydrogen or High Vacuum
Maximum Temperature: 2,700°C
Work Volume 3”(75mm) Dia. x 6” (150mm) tall

Common Applications
Sintering

Traditional Radiant Heat Furnace

Model: 1000-2560
Graphite Hot Zone
Inert gas or Rough Vacuum
Maximum Temperature: 2,900°C
Work Volume 2” (50mm) Dia. x 6”(150mm) tall

Common Applications
Sintering Non-Oxide Ceramics


To discuss your R&D needs, please contact us
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All discussions with customers regarding materials, process, and application are held in strict confidence.