Thermal Technology shipped a spark plasma sintering (SPS) system to a leading Russian research institute. The SPS Model 10-3 provides 10 tons of force and a 3,000-amp power supply. Thermal Technology’s SPS systems are designed with highly rigid four-post press frames, an extra-large working chamber and large access doors. The flexible footprint accommodates users’ spatial limitations, while the advanced power supply provides unequaled adjustability and heat rates greater than 1500°C per minute. Digital servo valve-controlled hydraulics ensure ultra-fine force control, while programming and data acquisition are accomplished using an on or off-line PC system.

Spark plasma sintering is a high-speed powder-consolidation technology. Thermal Technology’s SPS systems can process conductive, non-conductive and composite materials to any level of density, including full density, with high homogeneity and especially strong bonds between particles.