NASA | Quick Change Ceramic Flame Holder

NASA | Quick Change Ceramic Flame Holder


Narrator: Stainless steel flame holders are
inefficient: After only a short time of use they rust to the torch and show serious signs
of deterioration. These flame holders pose an economic problem due to frequent maintenance
costs to say nothing of the serious safety risk to personnel who must inspect these components
in equipment like casting furnaces. Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center created a
ceramic design for flame holders that can withstand very high temperatures. While stainless
steel flame holders can withstand 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, NASA’s ceramic model can withstand
4000 degrees Fahrenheit for extensive periods of time with virtually no damage. This ceramic
flame holder is also simple to replace because of its easy-to-use twist-lock feature. Henry Haskin: What makes it simple is; shove
it on, give it an eighth of a turn and it hangs on there. So for most furnaces you won’t
even actually need the spring clip assembly. Narrator: After 150 to 200 hours of use in
a casting furnace, the ceramic model’s only sign of use is soot marks on the side of the
holder. By investing in NASA’s ceramic flame holder technology; you’ll save both time
and money. [END]

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