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The present techniques provide a novel electrolyzer and methods for welding components of such electrolyzers. The techniques may use conductors, such as resistance wires, placed in paths around the internal structural features and edges of the components. The conductors may be incorporated into the components during manufacture by injection molding, or other molding techniques, or may be tacked or otherwise applied to the surface of the components after manufacture. When current, a field or other excitation is applied to the conductors, the plastic surrounding the wire is melted. If this plastic is in direct contact with an adjoining component, a strong, hermetic seal may be formed between the two components, including the internal structural features. As a result of the welding process, the embedded conductor
Swalla, Dana Ray (Schenectady, NY), Bourgeois, Richard Scott (Albany, NY), Paraszczak, Steven (Clifton Park, NY), Buckley, Donald Joseph (Schenectady, NY)
General Electric Company (Schenectady NY)
12/ 136,383
June 10, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC07-06ID14789 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.