Batch Oven Cures Composites for Defense Industry

Published Date: 
Monday, January 3, 2011

Wisconsin Oven designed and manufactured a gas fired batch oven to cure composite parts for the Air Force.  The curing oven has chamber dimensions of 8’0” wide x 10’0” long x 8’0” high and a maximum operating temperature of 500º F and normal operating temperature of 250° F.

The composite curing oven is constructed with 4” thick tongue and groove panel assemblies and 20 gauge aluminized steel interiors and ductwork. The heating system features a LoNox industrial 400,000 BTU per hour air heat burner including a motorized gas control valve, flame detector and flame relay with alarm horn. The recirculation system has a 8,600 CFM @ 10 HP blower, and utilizes combination airflow to maximize heating rates and temperature uniformity.

The industrial batch oven is specifically designed with composite curing features for precise temperature and pressure control. The exhaust features motorized dampers on both the fresh air inlet and the exhaust outlet for enhanced heating and cooling capabilities. Eight (8) interior vacuum stubs are located on the oven and are piped to the main vacuum manifold. A twelve (12) position type “J” thermocouple jack panel was also provided on the inside of the oven with interconnecting wiring between the jack panel and monitoring system.  For more information on composite curing ovens visit our website at http://www.wisoven.com/composite.htm.

The customer required a 9-point temperature uniformity of +/-10° F at 250° and 500° F. The oven has a UL certified NEMA 12 control enclosure with IEC style motor starters, push buttons, and pilot lights. The temperature for the oven is controlled by a Honeywell DCP200 programmable controller.

For further details on this equipment, or if you would like to work with us on another application, call Nick Toci at (262) 642-6025, or by email at ntoci@wisoven.com.  To request a quote for a composite curing oven please fill out our online questionnaire with your equipment specifications at http://www.wisoven.com/content/batch-oven-request-quote.

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