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Heat treatment furnace

United States Patent

October 21, 2014
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A furnace heats through both infrared radiation and convective air utilizing an infrared/purge gas design that enables improved temperature control to enable more uniform treatment of workpieces. The furnace utilizes lamps, the electrical end connections of which are located in an enclosure outside the furnace chamber, with the lamps extending into the furnace chamber through openings in the wall of the chamber. The enclosure is purged with gas, which gas flows from the enclosure into the furnace chamber via the openings in the wall of the chamber so that the gas flows above and around the lamps and is heated to form a convective mechanism in heating parts.
Seals; Roland D. (Oak Ridge, TN), Parrott; Jeffrey G. (Clinton, TN), DeMint; Paul D. (Kingston, TN), Finney; Kevin R. (Knoxville, TN), Blue; Charles T. (Knoxville, TN)
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Reston, VA)
13/ 086,840
April 14, 2011
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.