Solar Manufacturing shipped a new Model VTL-714 vertical top-loading high-temperature R&D furnace to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Albany, Ore. The furnace, which will be used to homogenize and heat treat refractory alloys and perform diffusion-couple experiments features a hot-zone size of 7.5 inches in diameter x 14 inches high. The maximum operating temperature is 3000F, and the insulation is graphite felt and a FlexShield hot face.

This vacuum furnace also features graphite heating elements, a 35-CFM two-stage vacuum pumping system and a partial gas system of argon and nitrogen. NETL is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is part of the DOE’s national laboratory system. NETL supports the DOE’s mission to advance the economic and energy security of the U.S.