Pressure Vessels

Each pressure vessel that we manufacture is per the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code. As a leading ASME pressure vessels manufacturer, our specialty lies in working with a variety of alloys, pressures, & designs to meet your custom requirements. More »

Weld Overlay and Clad Vessels

Our weld overlay and clad vessels are fully code-compliant. We use our advanced welding techniques to their full capabilities to offer you the finest overlay/clad components and pressure vessels. More »

High Pressure Vessels

We hold the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) U, U2, and U3 stamps, and have the capabilities and resources to manufacture ASME high pressure vessel to your exacting specifications. More »

Autoclaves

We hold the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) U, U2, U3, PP, & S stamps, and have the capabilities and resources to manufacture autoclaves to your exacting specifications. More »

Heat Exchangers

We specialize in the design, engineering, and fabrication of Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers, including thermal calculations. All of our units are built in strict accordance with the latest edition and addenda of the A.S.M.E. Code, Section VIII Division 1, 2, or 3 and T.E.M.A.” More »

 

Understanding Industrial Autoclaves & Their Functioning

Autoclaves are used in industrial and commercial applications. They are used to aid the production of many products including aircrafts, tires, glass, lumber, etc. They are usually used in the curing process of these various products such as to cure rubber on tires or the composites used in aircraft helping to make materials and machines that can withstand the rigorous environments they will be used in. They are also often used for sterilization processes. To know more about this machine, read on.

What is an Autoclave?

An industrial autoclave is a heated pressure vessel with a quick opening door that uses high pressure to process and cure materials. It uses heat and high pressure to cure products or disinfect machines, devices, and instruments. At times they incorporate vacuum in the process also. The function of this machine changes with the industry. For example, in hospitals and laboratories, autoclaves are used to disinfect and sterilize equipment. On the other hand, in industrial settings like aerospace industry, industrial autoclaves are used to cure the composite parts of aircrafts. The quick opening door allows for easy access to the vessel which makes it easy to move product in and out. Although the end use of the autoclave changes, the theory behind the functioning of the machine remains the same. Several types of autoclaves are manufactured like rubber bonding/vulcanizing autoclaves, composite autoclaves, and many other types of industrial autoclaves.

How does an Autoclave Function When Used for Composites?

Autoclaves are used in several industries to help in the manufacturing of polymeric composites. Although the process of autoclaving can be used in several industries, it is often used in aviation. The following is one method of curing composites. In this method, separate pre-preg plies are placed in their final configuration in bags under vacuum and then the bags are pressurized on the outside while maintaining vacuum on the inside to form a single composite layer that is consistent in quality and structure. In the case of thermoset pre-pegs, high temperatures will be used in the initial and final staged of the autoclaving process. The pressure and temperature in these machines are controlled separately, hence are independent of one another.

The process of autoclaving allows autoclave manufacturers and their customers to produce materials of the highest quality. The heat and pressure in an autoclave is used to a variety of products, helping in improving the overall quality and strength of these products. Hence, the machines and aircrafts used in the aviation industry are able to handle demanding environments. Autoclave manufacturers can help in producing composite autoclaves that can produce quality products.

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