Vertical Split Tube Furnace - VST / TVS

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VST 12/600 with 3216P1 programmer optionTVS 12/600 with 3508P1 programmer option

The split tube furnace range VST (single zone) and TVS (three zone) uses free radiating wire elements embedded within the insulation of the furnace body. The benefit of this design is its flexibility with the use of tube adapters the same furnace can be used with a variety of tube diameters.

These furnaces comprise a furnace body which is hinged and split into two halves along its length. This makes exchange of work tubes easier and also enables the furnace to be used with reactors or work tubes where end flanges would make insertion into a non-split furnace difficult. This design is particularly suitable for incorporation into extension test and creep test apparatus.

This range of tube furnaces does not include an integral work tube and one must be selected as an additional item. The work tube length is dependent on the application eg for use with modified atmosphere or vacuum. The use of a separate work tube has the advantage of protecting the heating elements from damage or contamination.

The ‘near-hinge’ format is standard, an alternative option that can be specified at the time of purchase is the ‘far-hinge’ format, where the pivot of hinges is further from the centre line of the furnace to enable a wider opening action.

Standard features

  • 1200°C maximum operating temperature
  • Carbolite Gero 301 controller, with single ramp to set-point & process timer
  • Accepts worktubes with outer diameters up to 110 mm
  • Heated lengths, single zone 200, 300, 400, 450, 600 or 900 mm (VST)
  • Heated lengths, 3-zone 600 or 900 mm (TVS)
  • Furnace splits into two halves to accommodate work tubes or samples fixed into a test rig
  • Wire elements in high quality vacuum formed insulation ensure fast heat up, excellent temperature uniformity and short cool down times
  • Supplied in 'near-hinge' configuration complete with stand
  • Vertical furnace with a separate control module on a 2 metre conduit
  • VST: End zone control is via back to back thermocouples
  • VST: End zones of 150 mm each end

Options (specify these at time of order)

  • A range of sophisticated digital controllers, multi-segment programmers and data loggers is available. These can be fitted with RS232, RS485 or Ethernet communications
  • Over-temperature protection (recommended to protect valuable contents & for unattended operation)
  • A range of additional work tubes, end seals and work tube packages is available for use with modified atmosphere and/or vacuum
  • Vacuum packages with a choice of rotary vane pump or turbomolecular pump are available for furnaces with tube inner diameters of 60 mm and above
  • Insulation plugs, gas tight end seals and vacuum connections available
  • 'Far-hinge' configuration providing wider opening of furnace body
  • Wide choice of tube diameters and materials is available: eg quartz, ceramic, metal
  • Control module on longer 6 metre conduit
  • TVS: Three equal length zones

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