Silicon carbide burner nozzles

Silicon carbide burner nozzles

The use of silicon carbide tubes for industrial burners is now well proven technology within the ceramics industry offering improved temperature uniformity.

In any industrial heating process perhaps the most critical aim is to provide a carefully controlled temperature profile within the kiln or furnace. Whether the fuel is natural gas, LPG or oil, the location of the burners is a potential hot-spot within the kiln. Burner flames can be long enough to make contact with the product or kiln furniture causing very severe over-heating which is damaging to both. Even when the exposed flame is kept at a safe distance, direct radiant heating can cause localised over-heating of product and subsequent quality problems.

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Burners that use silicon carbide tubes offer several advantages:

  • The tube forms a chamber within which most of the combustion takes place. Only a minimal amount of flame is directly exposed to the kiln load, almost eliminating radiant hot-spots.
  • The tube exit is normally tapered to increase exhaust velocities. Greater velocities improve mixing within the kiln, improving temperature uniformity.
  • Greater exhaust velocities also increase the entrainment of kiln atmosphere from around the burner, diluting the hot exhaust stream and ensuring rapid energy transfer.
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We use a silicone infiltrated silicon carbide (SIC) – sometimes also called reaction bonded for most applications.

  • High quality material giving a long service life
  • Low thermal expansion and high conductivity gives exceptional resistance to thermal shock cracking
  • Dimensionally stable with no significant deformation and creep
  • Resistant to oxidation and corrosion
  • No burner quarl is required.
  • Suitable for both brick or fibre linings
  • Used in most kilns types – tunnel, roller and shuttle