The High Temperature Processing Facility is used for the research and development of high temperature materials and minerals processing, and includes high temperature and solar thermal laboratories.
Robert Simpson High Temperature Laboratory
A generous gift in memory of one of Australia's leading furnace engineers, Robert (Bob) Simpson, provided Swinburne with the funds to establish the High Temperature Laboratory in the Advanced Technologies Centre.
High temperature processes are an essential element of advanced industrial societies and they dominate energy, metal and materials production. They are also key to developing a sustainable materials industry through the development and optimisation of recycling processes and the containment and processing of waste generated from these processes.
Solar Thermal Research Laboratory
Our in-house designed solar simulator here at Swinburne includes an array of seven 6-kilowatt lamps used to mimic the sun. Housed in the Solar Thermal Research Laboratory at the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre, we have been using the solar simulator to study the potential of solar energy to smelt metals. It has the potential to develop processes at extremely high temperatures (approaching 2000°C) for application to materials such as iron ore, glass or cement.
There are only three simulators of this kind in the world and Swinburne's is the only one in Australia. Solar simulators have conventionally been made using Xenon arc lamps but these often have a higher intensity of light than is required and can be prone to explosions.
To resolve this problem, Swinburne researchers designed the simulator with metal halide arc lamps, with great success.
The simulator has already demonstrated how solar smelting is feasible, generating heat of between 1000 and 1500°C, the amount required to produce iron from iron ore.
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