A client contacted THE LAB at Ambrell needing to melt ingots of Ticonium and Nobelium in a crucible. THE LAB determined that an Ambrell EASYHEATTM 5 kW induction heating system with a five-turn helical coil would be the right solution to heat the silica crucible and meet the objectives of the application. The target temperature was 2,650 ºF (1,454 ºC) for the Nobelium and 2,450 ºF (1,343 ºC) for the Ticonium.
As mentioned, a five-turn helical coil was used to heat the silica crucible. Due to the small size of the ingots, induction heating efficiently couples to the ingots and provides the necessary power to initiate melting. Four Nobelium ingots melt in 35 seconds and one Ticonium ingot melts in 30 seconds.
Melting with induction heating from Ambrell offers several benefits. Hands free heating is possible that doesn't require operator skill, which leads to repeatability. Induction is also fast and often a more clean heating process for melting. There is also a fast and controllable temperature ramp. Finally, there's an even distribution of heat that lends itself to consistent and repeatable results.
To see other melting applications tested by THE LAB at Ambrell, visit our melting applications page. And, if you have an application that could benefit from induction heating, you should consider free induction heating applications testing, including our convenient Remote Lab Service. With Remote Lab Service, you can view testing live in our laboratory from the comfort and convenience of your office.