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Method for brazing and thermal processing

United States Patent

July 12, 2005
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The present invention includes a method for brazing of two objects or heat treatment of one object. First, object or objects to be treated are selected and initial conditions establishing a relative geometry and material characteristics are determined. Then, a first design of an optical system for directing heat energy onto the object or objects is determined. The initial conditions and first design of the optical system are then input into a optical ray-tracing computer program. The program is then run to produce a representative output of the heat energy input distribution to the object or objects. The geometry of the object or objects, material characteristics, and optical system design are then adjusted until an desired heat input is determined.
Milewski; John O. (Santa Fe, NM), Dave'; Vivek R. (Los Alamos, NM), Christensen; Dane (Livermore, CA), Carpenter, II; Robert W. (Los Alamos, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Los Alamos, NM)
10/ 425,288
April 29, 2003
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.