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Method and apparatus for component separation using microwave energy

United States Patent

April 3, 2001
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A method for separating and recovering components includes the steps of providing at least a first component bonded to a second component by a microwave absorbent adhesive bonding material at a bonding area to form an assembly, the bonding material disposed between the components. Microwave energy is directly and selectively applied to the assembly so that substantially only the bonding material absorbs the microwave energy until the bonding material is at a debonding state. A separation force is applied while the bonding material is at the debonding state to permit disengaging and recovering the components. In addition, an apparatus for practicing the method includes holders for the components.
Morrow; Marvin S. (Kingston, TN), Schechter; Donald E. (Ten Mile, TN), Calhoun, Jr.; Clyde L. (Knoxville, TN)
BWXT Y-12 L.L.C. (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 306,356
May 6, 1999
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under contract DE-AC05-84OR21400, awarded by the United States Department of Energy to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems Inc., and the United States Government has certain rights in this invention.