PRESS RELEASE: L&L Ships An Atmosphere-Controlled Retort Furnace For Ceramic Composite Applications

L&L Model XLC3348 retort furnaceL&L Special Furnace has delivered one of two model XLC3348 furnaces to a leading manufacturer of aerospace components in the Midwestern United States.

These furnaces will be part of a CMC manufacturing facility providing lightweight aerospace components to commercial and military aerospace applications.

The nano threads in the CMC process are coated with proprietary resins that need to be completely removed from the substructure using heat. It is also vital that there is no oxygen present during the process as this will significantly weaken the part structure.

The model XLC3348 has a work zone of 23” wide by 23” high by 36” deep. It has a single zone of control with a temperature gradient of ±14°C at temperatures between 650°C and 1,000°C using six zones of temperature control with biasing to balance any gradients.

The furnace is constructed of low-mass insulating firebrick, which enables quicker cooldown times. A venturi cooling blower is included that also aids in cooling. The XLC3348 is controlled by a Eurotherm Nanodac Mini 8 program mechanism with overtemperature protection. There is also a programmable flow panel to manage the nitrogen flow throughout the process.

The parts are heated to a set temperature in a retort chamber that is pressurized with nitrogen. The byproducts of the outgassing part are directed by pressure and flow out of the rear of the furnace. The parts are then heated in a vacuum furnace to temperatures in excess of 1,260°C. The result is a super-strong component that is lighter than titanium.

An independent flow panel is provided with an oxygen analyzer that monitors the oxygen content of the atmosphere on exit. This data is recorded electronically on the data acquisition station. An afterburner is included to clean the effluents as they exit the process chamber.

All L&L furnaces can be configured with various options and be specifically tailored to meet your thermal needs. We also offer furnaces equipped with pyrometry packages to meet the ASM2750 latest revision.

Options include a variety of control and recorder configurations. An optional three-day, all-inclusive startup service is provided with each system within the continental US and Canada. International startup and training service is available by factory quote.If precise process control and uniformity is key to your process, then L&L’s XLC series is a great choice. Please be sure to visit our website at