The benefits of electromagnetic heating in materials processing arise from selective heating of specific phases within a bulk material and the ability to dissipate energy volumetrically throughout the material.
Consequently, processing times can be up to 1000 times faster compared to conventional heat sources. This can deliver significant energy savings, and enables plant equipment to be smaller and potentially portable, operating in remote locations or close to the end use.
Advantages of Microwave Process Engineering
Processes can be rapidly started and shut down, enhancing operability and efficiency. As microwaves are powered by an electrical source they can utilise renewable sources, improving sustainability.