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Triple bar, high efficiency mechanical sealer

United States Patent

March 19, 2013
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A clamp with a bottom clamp bar that has a planar upper surface is provided. The clamp may also include a top clamp bar connected to the bottom clamp bar, and a pressure distribution bar between the top clamp bar and the bottom clamp bar. The pressure distribution bar may have a planar lower surface in facing relation to the upper surface of the bottom clamp bar. An object is capable of being disposed in a clamping region between the upper surface and the lower surface. The width of the planar lower surface may be less than the width of the upper surface within the clamping region. Also, the pressure distribution bar may be capable of being urged away from the top clamp bar and towards the bottom clamp bar.
Pak; Donald J. (Martinez, GA), Hawkins; Samantha A. (Athens, GA), Young; John E. (Aiken, SC)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
12/ 590,518
November 10, 2009
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC09-96SR18500 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.