UltraFlex Demonstrates Fast Preheating of Titanium and Aluminum Samples for Research Using Induction
[Apr 09, 2020] UltraFlex Power Technologies has announced the results from yet another induction heating application, thus once again proving the efficiency of induction heating for a multitude of diverse use cases. The company - a leading manufacturer of digitally controlled induction heating solutions - was contacted by a research institution supporting the manufacturing sector, asking for an induction-based preheating process to be accomplished for titanium and aluminum samples.
Preheating is a complex process during which the base metal gets prepared before it goes into additional processing. A strict control on the temperature is crucial in the process. In this application, a Titanium alloy sample with 15x10mm cross-section and 50mm length had to be preheated using target temperature of up to 1472°F – 1832 °F (800-1000°C.). A second, Aluminum alloy sample with 15x18mm cross-section and 60mm length had to be preheated at target temperature of up to 572°F – 752°F (300-450°C).
UltraFlex induction heating equipment from the UltraFlex UltraHeat SM series had been considered most appropriate for this induction heating scenario. UltraHeat SM are 5kW compact induction heaters that operate with either water-cooled or air-cooled remote heat station. An UltraFlex pyrometer was used to monitor the temperature. UltraFlex offers a variety of turnkey IR temperature sensing and control systems to simplify and assist with the induction heating application control.
At power output of 5 kW, it took as little as 10 seconds to preheat the titanium sample and only 32 seconds to preheat the aluminum sample. Thanks to the time and energy efficiency, this had also been a cost-efficient process that guaranteed perfect end results thanks to the reliable, advanced temperature control.
Finally, due to the lack of open flame, this induction heating application had been completely safe, both for the operator and the environment.
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