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Open air furnaces

open air furnaces

Fabrication step: Optics and photonics
Function: Optic fibre fabrication
Location: University of Adelaide
Purpose: melting and annealing of soft glasses and preforms in open air
Material systems: soft glass
Node: Materials
Scale/volume: glass melt volume up to 100mL preform size up to 15mm dia x 200mm length ~1 melt per day
Specifications/resolution: glass melting temperature up to 1200oC annealing temperature up to 1000oC