Plasma Spray Forming Laboratory

This lab makes use of plasma-based techniques to synthesize:
Near Net Shape Structures by Rapid Prototyping
Bulk Nanostructured Components
Advanced Ceramic and Metallic Nanocomposites
Multilayered Functional Coatings
Synthesis of Nanostructured Composite Powders

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Plasma Spray Forming Laboratory (1300 square feet facility)

Praxair Plasma Spray System
Plasma Power Source Model PS-1000
Plasma Control Console Model 3710
Powder Feeder Model 1264
Plasma Spray Gun Model SG-100 (internal and external powder injection capability)
Localized inert shroud creating facility
Plasma Spray Booth with CNC turntable
Fanuc S 100 Robot with RF controller
Three-axis Gantry Robot
Thermach AT-1200 Powder Feeder, 0-15 RPM
Accuraspray-g3 Single Head Plasma Inflight Sensor
Raytek Optical Pyrometer (-10 to 1200C) with integrated software and PC for continuous temperature monitoring
4-channel B-Type (0 to 1700C) and K-Type (-200 to 1250C) Thermocouple with OM-CP-QUADTEMP Data Acquisition System and OM-CP-IFC110 Windows Software
Grit Blaster
Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath
Density Measurement Kit
ER Advanced Ceramics 755RMV Jar Mill
Sieves and Sieve Shaker
Work Bench with all machine tools
Rotating Ball Mills and blenders
Low Speed and High Speed Diamond Saws
Positron Adhesion Tester
Optical Microscope (upto 1600X)
Electrostatic Spray Facility for Polymer Coating Synthesis
Computational Facilities in Plasma Forming Laboratory
  • 2 Pentium IV, 3.40 GHz, 2 GB RAM desk top computer
  • 3 Pentium IV, 2.6 GHz desk top computers
  • 1 Pentium IV, 2 GHz notebook computer
  • 2 Pentium IV, 3.20 GHz, 3.5 GB RAM desk top computer
Software in Plasma Forming Laboratory
  • CaRIne Crystallography 4.0: For geometric visualizations of interfaces, surfaces, crystals, real lattices in 3D, reciprocal lattices in 3D and 2D and for comprehending stereographic projections and X-ray diffraction patterns.
  • FactSage 6.0: A thermochemical software and database package to understand phase diagrams, feasibility of chemical reactions, compel equilibrium in multicomponent, and multiphase systems.
  • Hyper Chem 7.5: Modeling software to compute thermodynamic energies based of molecular mechanics and dynamics models for various configurations and crystal geometry.
  • SimDrop 3.0 software: For simulating splat formation with thermal and kinetic history as experienced in thermal spraying.

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