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Shuttle Kilns for ceramic membranes (SOFC)

  • Shuttle kiln for solid oxide fuel cells
  • Shuttle Kiln for tiles
  • Shuttle kiln for traditional ceramics
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Shuttle Kilns provide large volume batch processing for moderate to heavy loads, utilizing two or more cars or car trains to allow loading and unloading a setting while another set is being fired. Like its little brother the Envelope Kiln, the car arrangement  allows rapid turn-around times from the end of a cycle to the start of the next cycle.
Unlike the Envelope Kiln, the Shuttle Kiln utilizes a fixed firing chamber and moves the load cars on leveled rail. This fact is the critical difference that allows a shuttle kiln to be constructed in virtually any size range needed, and to utilize insulation technologies ranging from low thermal mass ceramic fiber to ultra-high temperature or chemical resistant dense refractories that will not tolerate being moved repeatedly.
 

Applications:
- Ceramic Membranes – Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) , Gas Separation, and Ultra-filtration
- Structural Ceramics – Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC), Tile, Brick, Refractories, Metrology Standards
- Enameling – Cast Iron, Stampings, Tubs, Sinks, Pump Housings, Pipe
- Electrical Porcelain – High voltage insulators for the Power Transmission Industry
- Metals Heat Treating – Stress Relieving, Annealing, Billet Reheat, Forging Preheat
- Decorating, Glazing, Bisque Firing, Calcining, Sintering
- Multiple Processes in a Single Kiln – Debinding, Sintering, Glazing, Conditioning, Annealing
- Porcelain, Stoneware, Terra-Cotta, Architectural Ceramics
- Consumer Ceramics
 –  Dinnerware, giftware, terra-cotta, home fixtures


General Capabilities:
- Temperatures to 3100°F (1700°C)
- Standard Designs from 36 to 1000 ft3 working volume but with virtually no upper limit on custom sizes
- Standard Setting lengths to 30 feet (9.14 meters) with larger custom lengths possible
- Electric heating for kilns with settings to 5 ft. (1.52 meters) wide
- Gas heating for kilns with cars to 6 ft. ( 1.83 meters) wide and the possibility of three or more car trains side by side in the kiln.
- Single or multiple control of heating and cooling zones
- Manual or Fully Automatic Firing Control