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Method for making devices having intermetallic structures and intermetallic devices made thereby

United States Patent

January 6, 2004
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A method and system for making a monolithic intermetallic structure are presented. The structure is made from lamina blanks which comprise multiple layers of metals which are patternable, or intermetallic lamina blanks that are patternable. Lamina blanks are patterned, stacked and registered, and processed to form a monolithic intermetallic structure. The advantages of a patterned monolithic intermetallic structure include physical characteristics such as melting temperature, thermal conductivity, and corrosion resistance. Applications are broad, and include among others, use as a microreactor, heat recycling device, and apparatus for producing superheated steam. Monolithic intermetallic structures may contain one or more catalysts within the internal features.
Paul; Brian Kevin (Corvallis, OR), Wilson; Richard Dean (Corvallis, OR), Alman; David Eli (Salem, OR)
The State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
09/ 996,621
November 28, 2001
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT This invention was developed at least in part using funds and/or facilities of the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government may have rights in the disclosed invention.