Kyoto/London − Kyocera Corporation, the world leader in Fine Ceramic technology, today introduced a Silicon Nitride (SN) light source for high-performance Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometers, developed using its SN heater and glow plug IP portfolio.
Kyocera’s SN heaters have been regarded as the most robust and fastest-ramping heaters in the world, durable enough to serve as glow plugs for diesel engines and igniters for industrial boilers, residential gas furnaces and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs).
Applied to spectrometry, Kyocera’s SN technology offers a light source with exceptional emissivity, which enables more accurate material identification. In addition, the durability of Kyocera’s SN material results in lower failure rates, an extended duty cycle, and reduced maintenance downtime, as compared to conventional light source solutions.
1. Compact size with customizable heating parameters
Kyocera’s heater technology features a unique structure, with a printed heating element em-bedded in silicon nitride ceramic. Because of this design feature, each heater pattern can be uniquely customized to the end application. Heating parameters such as wattage, output tem-perature and heating area can be designed to meet specific customer requirements.
2. High infrared emissivity
The spectral emissivity of Kyocera’s SN heaters in the infrared region is generally higher than that of Silicon Carbide (SiC), a common ceramic material used for FTIR heaters (Fig. 1). Higher spectral emissivity is important in an FTIR light source, as it enables more accurate identification of substances because it produces clear spectral peaks specific to the substance.
The unique structure of Kyocera’s SN heaters hermetically encapsulates the heating element within the ceramic body, virtually eliminating risk of failure due to heating element oxidation. As a result, Kyocera’s SN heaters offer high reliability and long product life, with no significant performance degradation over more than 150,000 cycles.
4. Excellent Durability
Silicon nitride is well known as a robust material, with a long history of success in igniter and glow-plug applications. One of the reasons for this robustness is its fracture toughness, which is more than twice that of silicon carbide. Silicon nitride’s unique resistance to cracking or chipping during handling, installation and replacement makes it an advantageous material.
|Silicon Nitride (SN 362)
|Silicon Carbide (SC 1,000)
|Fracture toughness MPa/√m
About Kyocera’s SN Light Source: https://global.kyocera.com/prdct/ecd/heater_sn/index.html