Nitinol Processing Equipment

Vacuum Arc Melting

Thermal Technology LLC

Model BJ5 Arc Melter

 

• Maximum temperature: 2000ºC
• Hearth: Water-cooled Cu 9“ OD
• Bell jar: Stainless steel, waterjacketed
10” ID x 11.5” high
• Casting: Typical sizes range
from 0.5” – 3.0” diameter
• Operating vacuum: 10-2 torr
Ultimate vacuum: <10-5 torr

Vacuum Heat Treatment

Centorr/Vacuum Industries

Series 2110 Super VII

 

• Stainless steel (Type 304) inner
chamber, double wall stainless
steel jacket and flanges, fully
water baffled, 20” ID x 30” long
• W-rod elements, Mo-radiation
shields and hearth plate
• Maximum temperature: 1600ºC
• Ultimate vacuum: 10-6 torr range

Hot Extrusion

Innovare, Inc. LES

Explorer Series

 

• Maximum temperature: 900ºC
• 100,000 lb force
• Billet diameter: 0.5” max
• Extrusion dies: 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”
• Extrusion Rate: 0.5” - 1.0”/min
• Additions for Phase II: Advanced
Metalworking System (AMS)
• 400,000 lb force apparatus

Differential Scanning Calorimetry

Netzsche 404 F3 Pegasus
High Temperature DSC
• Temperature range: 25-1500ºC
• CP range: 25-1400ºC
• Heating rate: 0.1-50 K/min
• Enthalpy range: 0-30000 J/g
• Specific heat: 10-5000 J/kg·K
• Platinum furnace
• Thermocouple: Type S
• Protective gas: Argon

Rotating Bending Fatigue

Positool Model 100

• R = -1
• Test frequency 60 Hz
• Bend radius: 2 – 127 mm
• Wire diameter: 0.05 – 1.0 mm
• Automatic break detection
• High cycle fatigue

Rotating Bending Fatigue

Positool Model 401

• R = -1
• Test frequency 60 Hz
• Bend radius: 7.24 – 76.2 mm
• Wire diameter: 0.05 – 1.0 mm
• Automatic break detection
• Wet or dry testing
• High cycle fatigue

Additional Equipment

Raydiance-Rofin Femtosecond Laser

The Cleveland Clinic and NASA
also house additional equipment
associated with the Nitinol
Commercialization Accelerator
program including:
 
• Raydiance-Rofin Femtosecond Laser
• Techne FB-08 Precision Calibration Bath
• MTS Cryo-Chamber and Grips
• Aramis/Optotrak Certus 3D Strain Mapping