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Method of Thermomagnetically Processing an Aluminum Alloy

United States Patent Application

20170226617
A1
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A method of thermomagnetically processing an aluminum alloy entails heat treating an aluminum alloy, and applying a high field strength magnetic field of at least about 2 Tesla to the aluminum alloy during the heat treating. The heat treating and the application of the high field strength magnetic field are carried out for a treatment time sufficient to achieve a predetermined standard strength of the aluminum alloy, and the treatment time is reduced by at least about 50% compared to heat treating the aluminum alloy without the magnetic field.
Ludtka, Gerard M. (Oak Ridge, TN), Rios, Orlando (Knoxville, TN), Weiss, David (Manitowoc, WI)
15/ 424,033
February 3, 2017
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention described in this disclosure arose in the performance of Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between UT-Battelle, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.