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Method of forming and assembly of parts

United States Patent

December 28, 2010
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Code 4 Armor
Microwave and Process Technologies
Microwave Sintering, Bonding, and Assembly of Metal and Ceramic Parts
A method of assembling two or more parts together that may be metal, ceramic, metal and ceramic parts, or parts that have different CTE. Individual parts are formed and sintered from particles that leave a network of interconnecting porosity in each sintered part. The separate parts are assembled together and then a fill material is infiltrated into the assembled, sintered parts using a method such as capillary action, gravity, and/or pressure. The assembly is then cured to yield a bonded and fully or near-fully dense part that has the desired physical and mechanical properties for the part's intended purpose. Structural strength may be added to the parts by the inclusion of fibrous materials.
Ripley; Edward B. (Knoxville, TN)
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
11/ 287,558
November 23, 2005
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.