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High temperature support apparatus and method of use for casting materials

United States Patent

February 10, 2015
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This invention relates to a system and a method of use for large ceramic member support and manipulation at elevated temperatures in non-oxidizing atmospheres, such as using carbon-carbon composite materials for producing high purity silicon in the manufacture of solar modules. The high temperature apparatus of this invention includes one or more support ribs, one or more cross braces in combination with the one or more support ribs, and a shaped support liner positionable upon the one or more support ribs and the one or more cross braces.
Clark; Roger F. (Knoxville, MD), Cliber; James A. (Emmitsburg, MD), Stoddard; Nathan G. (Gettysburg, PA), Gerber; Jesse I. (West Keansburg, NJ), Roberts; Raymond J. (Moorestown, NJ), Wilmerton; Mark A. (Tabernacle, NJ)
AMG Idealcast Solar Corporation (Wayne, PA)
12/ 548,001
August 26, 2009
This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Cooperative Agreement No.: DE-FC36-07G017049 under prime contract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.