A variety of furnaces are available to heat samples above room temperature, under vacuum, atmosphere or with gas delivery. Please note that devices which can reach both cryogenic and furnace temperatures are considered to be cryofurnaces.
1600°C ILL-type vacuum furnace
Maximum temperature: 1600°C (900°C with gas delivery)
The 1600°C ILL-type high vacuum furnace is heated by passing up to 300 A through a thin niobium element. The outer furnace body is made of aluminium and there are various heat shields to contain the heat. The sample is mounted to a sample stick with a 40 mm bore.
A second identical furnace F-7 is kept as a spare, and cannot be booked separately to F-1.
This plot (lower left - click for larger image) shows experimental data taken in November 2015 of the temperature of the furnace in use on PELICAN. It is noteworthy that the temperature does not deviate from any set point (in this run, up to 1250°C) by more than 1°C.
Maximum temperature: 1100°C
Halogen lamp furnace
Maximum temperature: 1000°C
This furnace is for use with KOWARI 100kN load frame P-2.
|Low temperature vacuum furnace |
Ancillary code: F-5
Maximum temperature: 500°C
F-5 can be used to heat to temperatures of up to 500°C, which is a range difficult to regulate with F-1.
|Environmental chamber |
Ancillary code: F-6
Maximum temperature: 100°C
This environmental chamber is used to keep physically large samples at a well-controlled temperature between room temperature and 100°C. A constant flow of nitrogen gas passes over two heater elements to warm the sample mounted inside the chamber. A sliding door provides easy access to the sample mount.
It can be used on KOWARI by mounting it on the load frame P-2. Otherwise, it can be mounted on a base which fits the sample stage of ECHIDNA, TAIPAN and WOMBAT.