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United States Patent Application

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A thermoplastic welding apparatus includes a thermoplastic welding tool, at least one tooling surface in the thermoplastic welding tool, a magnetic induction coil in the thermoplastic welding tool and generally encircling the at least one tooling surface and at least one smart susceptor in the thermoplastic welding tool at the at least one tooling surface. The magnetic induction coil is adapted to generate a magnetic flux field oriented generally parallel to a plane of the at least one smart susceptor.
MATSEN, Marc R. (Seattle, WA), NEGLEY, Mark A. (Bellevue, WA), GEREN, William Preston (Shoreline, WA), MILLER, Robert James (Fall City, WA)
The Boeing Company
13/ 109,061
May 17, 2011
[0002] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FG36-08G018135 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.