High-Temperature Materials Testing and Processing System

The purchase of this instrument was made possible by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (No. DMR-9974476) as well as support from the Cockrell School of Engineering, Texas Materials Institute, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.


If you are using or have interest in using this instrumentation for research purposes, please contact the following individuals.

Instrument Location:
ETC 8.114
Administrative Contact:
Prof. Eric M. Taleff
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Austin, TX 78712-1063
Room: ETC 9.170
Tel: (512) 471-5378
E-mail: taleff@mail.utexas.edu
Technical Contact:
Mr. Daniel Mendoza
Room: ETC 9.156
Tel: (512) 471-3179

Thermal Technologies, Inc., Testmaster 3-8-3W High-Temperature Vacuum/Inert-Gas Furnace Operation Procedures

Operating Parameters

Operating temperatures:
From 500 °C to 1700 °C using N2 gas.
Up to 2000 °C in vacuum.
Cooling water:
Flow rate of 4 gal/min of chilled water at 22 °C filtered to 100 µm.
Compressed air:
Dry, filtered, and lubricated compressed air at 75 to 100 psi.
Process gas:
Argon regulated to 10 psi.
High vacuum of 10-5 to 10-6 torr.
480 V, 3-phase, 60 A, 45 kVa electrical power.

Furnace Characteristics

Working hot zone:
50×50×150 mm
Temperature sensors:
Two Type C thermocouples, one for temperature measurement and the second for over-temperaturedetection.
One single-wavelength optical pyrometer for temperature measurement.

Furnace Operation


Before the furnace is operated, your experimental configuration must be inspected and approved by Prof. Taleff. Once approval has been given, follow these operating procedures for furnace power-up, operation, and shut-down.

See Step-by-Step Instructions.