$38 Million Contract for Carbon Fiber Production Systems Awarded
Harper International will supply oxidation ovens as part of a complete carbon fiber conversion line.

A production-scale carbon fiber conversion line is under construction following a $38 million contract awarded to Harper International, Buffalo, N.Y. The contracts include nearly 10' (3 meter) wide oxidation ovens; LT and HT carbonization systems, waste gas abatement systems, fiber handling and integrated additional unit operations, controls and services.

According to Harper, its proprietary atmospheric seals reduce fugitive emissions, increase the active volume of the oven, and offer reduced energy consumption over alternatives. For the customer, this and other technology advancements result in optimized fiber quality and production rates due to faster oxidation, improved velocity uniformity and range capability, temperature uniformity and optimal control of the reaction.