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Joints and methods of making and using

United States Patent Application

20060172141
A1
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A joint comprises a first structural element, a second structural element and a seal intermediate between the first structural element and the second structural element. The seal comprises a first porous ceramic film disposed on the first structural element, a second porous ceramic film disposed on the second structural element and adjacent to the first porous ceramic film, and a filler material, wherein the filler material is interposed between the first porous ceramic film and the second porous ceramic film and/or impregnated into at least a portion of pores of the first porous ceramic film and the second porous ceramic film.
Huang, Xinyu (Willington, CT), Reifsnider, Kenneth L. (Storrs, CT), England, Raymond Oliver (Harnsville, RI), Du, Yanhai (East Amherst, NY)
11/ 341,140
January 27, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0002] The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FC26-04NT42228.