The laboratory has its own boiler that permits test work to be conducted at any time. Steam pressure is limited to 150 psig (350°F at the point of use). This must be considered to allow for sufficient temperature differences when scheduling tests. A portable syltherm heater is available for high temperature operations (up to 650°F). It is arranged to be used with the 3' diameter pan dryer, the melt tank for the 24" x 24" flaker, and selected evaporation/stripper tests. With the various combinations of stem jet air ejectors and vacuum pumps, absolute pressures can be obtained down to 2-3 mm Hg. This varies with the equipment involved as well as other operating factors.
The glassware and analytical laboratories are equipped with necessary instruments, glassware, and reagents for most of the common moisture, pH, viscosity, screen analysis, and general analytical test work. Hand refractometers are available as is a microscope with polarizing attachment for crystallographic examinations. The laboratory has its own workshop, located within its confines, so that mechanical modifications can be quickly made without loss of time.
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