Processing Facility and Pilot Plant
McMahon Building, 2nd Floor
A complete suite of laboratory and pilot plant-scale equipment is available for both traditional and advanced ceramic processing. Equipment for slurry and powder preparation includes various mixers, a high-pressure filter press, a pug mill, and a spray drier. Comminution equipment includes a jaw crusher, a roller mill, ball mills, speed mills, vibratory mills (both wet and dry), attrition mills, and automated mortar and pestles. The facilities can accommodate aqueous and non-aqueous processing; wet, dry, and semi-dry processing, including slip casting, tape casting, injection molding, extrusion (both auger and piston extrusion with vacuum de-airing capabilities), jiggering, and dry pressing (manual and automatic with an 80-ton biaxial dry press).
Numerous furnaces and kilns are available for heating parts in ambient conditions, under vacuum, under controlled atmosphere and at high pressure. In addition to a number of laboratory scale electrical furnaces, larger-scale equipment includes an HP630 hot isostatic press (up to 1150°C at pressures up to 30,000 psi), an FCT-HP D25-2 Spark Plasma Sintering Furnace, a graphite vacuum furnace, a commercial-grade six-burner, pressure-controlled combustion kiln (up to 1600°C), and Bickley furnace that can reach temperatures (up to 2400°C using four gas-oxygen nozzle mix burners).