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Tetronics: plasma trials facility

Tetronics offers the most sophisticated Plasma Trials Facility in Europe for conducting material processing tests on: hazardous wastes, metal recovery and clean heating. Overview: Tetronics International has a unique suite of highly flexible furnaces for conducting plasma trials across a wide range of processes, including: hazardous waste treatment, metal recovery and clean heating. These furnaces are supported by all the necessary services and utilities, under the appropriate regulatory approvals from the UK Environment Agency and backed up by comprehensive data acquisition and external chemical analysis services. This enviable combination of facilities continues to enable Tetronics to investigate the plasma treatment of an enormous number of wastes and other materials in support of client and government-sponsored programmes, often as a prelude to the supply of major capital equipment.

Plasma Facilities: Tetronics’ trials facilities are built around its highly flexible plasma furnaces. Four plasma furnace stations can be configured in a variety of ways to cover different mass throughputs and operating conditions. Depending on the specific requirements of the plasma trial, containment for the molten material can be provided by refractory lining, graphite crucible or water-cooled copper hearth, while plasma heating can be provided by single or twin graphite electrodes or plasma torches. At the end of a plasma trial the molten contents can be allowed to solidify in-situ for later removal by mechanical means or tapped, by oxygen lancing or tilt pouring. In some configurations it is also possible to tap separate molten layers, e.g. metal and Plasmarok®*, as individual streams.

Support Facilities: The operation of the plasma furnaces is supported by all the necessary services and utilities. The Direct Current (DC) plasma power supply and associated bus bars are capable of delivering up to 5,000 Amps at up to 600 Volts, while power output is only limited by the 1 MW thermal load management of the water cooling system. Deionised and raw water systems are available for cooling the equipment and a wide variety of gases can also be provided to the process, including for bubbling through the melt if required. Solids feeding systems are provided for all furnace stations, with a typical feed rate of up to 100 kg per hour; liquids feeding systems are also available for all stations, either alone or in conjunction with solids feeding as required.

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