Harper Contracts With Orbite Aluminae

By Chemical Processing Staff

Sep 25, 2012

Harper International has announced a new project with Orbite Aluminae Inc. for two high-temperature systems in series for conversion of aluminum chloride Orbite conducted onsite testing at Harper’s Technology Research Center in exploration of the best furnace design to support the 99.99%+ purity goal.

The resulting two systems include a Rotary furnace for removing volatiles (calcination) and a higher temperature Vertical furnace for phase transformation. Orbite’s material loses 80% mass as hydrochloric acid and water during processing. In consideration of the corrosive byproducts and high purity requirement, the first system is designed with a quartz tube and the second has an alumina tube as the contact surface with the powder.

The systems will meet Orbite’s initial scale up goal for their existing plant construction, expanding from their current small batch furnace. Harper’s expertise in supporting customers during scale-up of advanced materials processing is part of its Ignite program.

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