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A facility, that enables battery research at the APS

Preparation of battery cells for online and offline electrochemical cycling

Equipment rental


Ovens and Furnaces

VWR® Vacuum Oven, Stainless Steel

Durable stainless steel chamber oven with PID digital temperature controller, digital vacuum switching gauge and independent OTL temperature limiter. The doors on these units have positive latch handles with spring-loaded glass to facilitate a good vacuum seal without hinge binds that shorten the gasket life. Electrochemical feed through connection fitted in the back.

Technical specifications
  • Temperature Uniformity: ±6 % of set point
  • Heat-up Time: 90 min. to 150°C 
  • Temperature Range: Ambient +10°C to 220°C 
  • Temperature Control: 0.1°C 
Typical use:

Low temperature, vacuum drying of battery components

Elevated temperature electrochemical cycling (offline)

Lindberg Blue M GO1330SA-1 Gravity Oven

The Lindberg Blue M GO1330SA-1 Gravity Oven features unique gravity airflow through perforated shelves. 

Technical specifications
  • Temperature Uniformity: ±3% at 100°C
  • Heat-up Time: to 100°C: 18 minutes; to 260°C: 106 minutes
  • Temperature Range: Ambient 40°C to 260°C
  • Temperature Control: 1°C 
Typical use:

Low temperature ambient pressure drying

Thermo Scientific Thermolyne C1 Industrial Benchtop Muffle Furnace, 240V

Benchtop Industrial Furnace reaches a 1200°C maximum temperature and features a heavy-duty firebrick insulation surrounding the opening.

  • Includes the C1 Digital Controller. Programmable with one (1) stored program of eight (8) segments. Each segment includes one ramp and one dwell, so you can program 8 ramp/dwell cycles. The ramp is used to vary the heat-up rate to your specified setpoint. The furnace will then dwell (hold the temperature) at a set level for a specified time. An LED display simultaneously shows both setpoint and actual furnace temperatures.
  • Adjustable Alarm or Overtemperature Protection (OTP) setting can be used to protect the furnace or loaded chamber from excessive heat
  • Thermocouple break protection cuts power to the heating elements, preventing a thermocouple failure runaway condition
  • Counter-weighted door swings upward, directing heat away from operator
  • Heavy-duty firebrick insulation surrounds chamber opening for added durability
  • Four individual embedded elements in special refractory cement permit excellent heat distribution in the chamber
  • Door safety switch protects operator by removing power to the heating elements upon opening the door
  • Rear-mounted 0.38-inch diameter port for monitoring chamber temperatures with independent measuring devices