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Stabilization of green bodies via sacrificial gelling agent during electrophoretic deposition

United States Patent

March 22, 2016
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In one embodiment, a method for electrophoretic deposition of a three-dimensionally patterned green body includes suspending a first material in a gelling agent above a patterned electrode of an electrophoretic deposition (EPD) chamber, and gelling the suspension while applying a first electric field to the suspension to cause desired patterning of the first material in a resulting gelation. In another embodiment, a ceramic, metal, or cermet includes a plurality of layers, wherein each layer includes a gradient in composition, microstructure, and/or density in an x-y plane oriented parallel to a plane of deposition of the plurality of layers along a predetermined distance in a z-direction perpendicular to the plane of deposition.
Worsley; Marcus A. (Hayward, CA), Kuntz; Joshua D. (Livermore, CA), Rose; Klint A. (Alviso, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
13/ 453,933
April 23, 2012
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.