Applications – Powdered Metals

Powdered metals and nanoparticles have a multitude of applications ranging from the manufacture of complex drill bits to conductive inks for printing electronic devices. Given their high reactivity such particles need to be produced in an oxygen free environment from molten sprays or plasma assisted vaporisation processes. Typically this is achieved using an argon atmosphere and pressures up to many 100s of bar.

Contaminants are similar to those found in Silicon ingot production for solar cells but the gas volumes are considerably larger requiring receiver and reservoir vessels along with high pressure compressors.