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Methods for microwave heat treatment of manufactured components

United States Patent

August 3, 2010
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An apparatus for heat treating manufactured components using microwave energy and microwave susceptor material. Heat treating medium such as eutectic salts may be employed. A fluidized bed introduces process gases which may include carburizing or nitriding gases. The process may be operated in a batch mode or continuous process mode. A microwave heating probe may be used to restart a frozen eutectic salt bath.
Ripley; Edward B. (Knoxville, TN)
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y12, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
11/ 566,988
December 5, 2006
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC5-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy anf BWXT Y-12, L.L.C.