Induction Heating Steel Pipe To Remove plastic coating With RF Heating System
Objective Recover the polypropylene insulation from hollow steel tubes to allow recycling of both the tubes and the insulation.
Material Hollow steel tubes 1/8” (0.318 cm) to 5/8” (1.59 cm) ID
Protective polypropylene coating
Temperature 150 ºC (302°F)
Frequency 185 kHz
Equipment • DW-UHF-4.5kW induction heating system, equipped with a remote workhead containing one 1.5 μF capacitor
• An induction heating coil designed and developed specifically for this application.
Process/Narrative A six turn letterbox shaped coil is used to heat the inner steel pipes. The plastic coating is softened enough to be easily removed and recycled. The time required to melt the plastic from one meter of wire is approximately 45 seconds. This varies based on the diameter of the tube.
Results/Benefits Induction heating is the only feasible way to remove the plastic coating,
leaving it in an unpolluted form for recycling. It is a faster processing method and also reduces in the company’s carbon footprint.