Harper Awarded Multiple Contracts for Ultra High Temperature Furnaces
Harper International/US has been awarded several projects for UHT (ultra high temperature) continuous furnace systems.
One system, rated at 2800 °C, is to be installed at FISIPE/PT funded through EUCARBON, a project of European Union 7th Framework Program granted to INEGI the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management/PT. The system will be used for the development of high modulus carbon fiber, primarily used in applications requiring high rigidity. Harper was selected for the contract due to its track record of delivering the most advanced carbon fiber thermal processing systems available, especially in the UHT market. Harper’s engineering experts makes use of innovative design techniques to navigate the difficulties of developing a system that must operate at such high temperatures for extended periods of time. Most materials used in the construction of a furnace, such as the heating elements and insulation, will be consumed as part of the reaction with exposure to such high temperatures. Harper employs its years of experience and multiple proprietary features to implement systems that perform reliably for extended periods at these elevated temperatures. Harper has developed UHT furnaces in a range of sizes, from as small as 65 mm width systems producing 10 t/a such as the FISIPE install, to production rates of 400 t/a and more.