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HExAR High Temperature Annealing Furnace

Side view of typical gas heated WSP floatation furnace
WSP HExAR Continuous Annealing Furnace

The abbreviation HExAR® stands for Horizontal extended Annealing Range. This refers to the extension of the annealing temperature range, but also to the extension of the strips span width (heating length) of the furnace which increases the furnace throughput.

Throughputs of the HExAR® furnace

Side view of typical gas heated WSP floatation furnace
HExAR throughput values
The throughput of the HExAR® furnace is remarkable, as can be seen in this graph. It nearly reaches the same throughput values than typical floatation furnaces, which are the reference. Please especially note that the values are given for final strip temperatures, not for zone temperatures.

Further Features of our HExAR® Furnace

  • The HExAR® Furnace extends the annealing range up to 1,000 °C
  • Free choice of protective gas atmosphere: air, nitrogen, forming gas with up to 5% hydrogen are possible
  • For all protective gas atmospheres highest throughputs are achieved (q.v. graphic). Even if higher throughputs are required, this can be achieved by the use of higher hydrogen proportions. The HExAR® Furnace can be equipped with all required safety equipment.
  • A high convective heat transfer allows an excellent reproducibility of the annealing processes.
  • Burners with flameless oxidation for low emissions and most uniform temperature distribution in the radiant tubes are installed.
  • Optimization of the flow by means of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), verified on our WSP test plant
  • Optimization of the metallic components by means of FEM (Finite Element Method)

All important features of the strip floatation furnaces have been adopted to the HExAR® Furnace

  • Easy maintenance: all zones are accessible from inside
  • Very low hydrogen consumption, only 5 Nm³/h
  • Individual zones with the possibility to set a temperature profile
  • Low strip tensions
  • Straight radiant tubes (extended lifetime)

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