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Microwave thawing apparatus and method

United States Patent

June 1, 2004
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An apparatus for thawing a frozen material includes: a microwave energy source; a microwave applicator which defines a cavity for applying microwave energy from the microwave source to a material to be thawed; and a shielded region which is shielded from the microwave source, the shielded region in fluid communication with the cavity so that thawed material may flow from the cavity into the shielded region.
Fathi; Zakaryae (Cary, NC), Lauf; Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN), McMillan; April D. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
10/ 120,860
April 11, 2002
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract no. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.