U.S. Lab Orders Spark Plasma Sintering System
Thermal Technology shipped a 25-ton, 10,000-amp spark plasma sintering (SPS) system to Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR). The system is fitted with a glove box for handling materials in a controlled environment and will be integral to CSNR's study of advanced high-temperature fuel and structural materials fabrication. SPS technology is in a class of non-conventional sintering techniques because heat is generated internally as opposed to conventional methods of materials densification such as hot pressing, wherein the heat is external to the sample. The SPS system is designed with highly rigid four-post press frames, an extra large working chamber and large access doors.