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Infrared HotWave Radiant/Convective Heat Treatment Furnace

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Technology Marketing Summary

The Infrared HotWave Radiant/Convective Heat Treatment Furnace is a new, efficient, cost-effective, high volume, small footprint furnace that provides heat treatment of metals, metal alloys, and other materials. The heat treatment furnace is based on infrared heating that uses radiant energy and convective heating jointly. This high-powered infrared heating technology can be used for today's advanced heat treatments, annealing, outgassing, alloying, thermal dehydration, distillation, melting, recovery, purification, and casting operations.


The furnace uses an energy-efficient infrared heating process and features quick, controllable, directional heating to very high temperatures. The heating is flexible with multiple set points. The furnace features a small, adaptable footprint while still being capable of melting a variety of materials at one time.

  • Cost-effective alternative to traditional industrial furnaces
  • Infrared heating is inherently clean and operator friendly
  • Reduces the time and energy requirements of traditional industrial furnaces
  • Adaptable configuration
Applications and Industries
  • Coatings
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Rubber
  • Textile
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TRL 9: Actual application of the technology in its final form and in Y-12 production use.

Patents and Patent Applications
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Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 8,865,058
Heat treatment furnace
A furnace heats through both infrared radiation and convective air utilizing an infrared/purge gas design that enables improved temperature control to enable more uniform treatment of workpieces. The furnace utilizes lamps, the electrical end connections of which are located in an enclosure outside the furnace chamber, with the lamps extending into the furnace chamber through openings in the wall of the chamber. The enclosure is purged with gas, which gas flows from the enclosure into the furnace chamber via the openings in the wall of the chamber so that the gas flows above and around the lamps and is heated to form a convective mechanism in heating parts.
Y-12 National Security Complex 10/21/2014
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