Processing of materials using electromagnetic fields

Ku, Harry S. (2012) Processing of materials using electromagnetic fields. In: Wiley encyclopedia of composites, 2nd ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ. United States, pp. 2487-2500. ISBN 978-0-470-12828-2

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The paper started by explaining the advantages of microwave processing over conventional heating of materials. This was followed by mentioning that loss tangent is the most important property in microwave processing. The most common generator of microwaves is 2.45 GHz magnetron which is used in home microwave ovens. However, the drawback of microwave processing of materials, using fixed frequency irradiation, is localized heating which would eventually lead to thermal runaway. Variable frequency microwave (VFM) processing of materials was therefore mentioned together with its advantages. VFM offers rapid, uniform and selective heating over a large volume and at a high energy coupling efficiency. This is accomplished using preselected bandwidth sweeping around a central frequency employing tuneable sources such as travelling wave tubes as the microwave power amplifier. Several recent successful applications using fixed and variable frequency microwaves were than described.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 1999–2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 'Electronic resource'.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 01:35
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: microwaves; fixed frequency microwaves; variable frequency microwaves; VFM; thermal runaway and loss tangent
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090603 Industrial Electronics
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091505 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8699 Other Manufacturing > 869999 Manufacturing not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21960

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