BTU International received a repeat order for a high-volume nuclear fuel sintering system. The $3.4 million system, which uses BTU’s walking-beam technology, will be used in the manufacture of uranium-oxide fuel. It will be shipped to the customer’s manufacturing facility in Europe in mid-2010. The walking-beam furnace is a high-temperature thermal-processing system designed for handling heavy loads under precisely controlled temperatures and gas atmospheres. Various system configurations are available to provide temperatures up to 3272°F (1800°C).
Atmosphere capabilities range from oxidizing to fully reducing. The walking-beam system also includes variable-density refractory components, eductor technology and the walking-beam mechanism. BTU International, which is based in North Billerica, Mass., is a supplier of advanced thermal-processing equipment for the alternative-energy and electronics manufacturing markets.