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Method and apparatus for in-situ drying investigation and optimization of slurry drying methodology

United States Patent

May 10, 2016
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A method of drying casted slurries that includes calculating drying conditions from an experimental model for a cast slurry and forming a cast film. An infrared heating probe is positioned on one side of the casted slurry and a thermal probe is positioned on an opposing side of the casted slurry. The infrared heating probe may control the temperature of the casted slurry during drying. The casted slurry may be observed with an optical microscope, while applying the drying conditions from the experimental model. Observing the casted slurry includes detecting the incidence of micro-structural changes in the casted slurry during drying to determine if the drying conditions from the experimental model are optimal.
Armstrong; Beth L. (Clinton, TN), Daniel; Claus (Knoxville, TN), Howe; Jane Y. (Oak Ridge, TN), Kiggans, Jr.; James O. (Oak Ridge, TN), Sabau; Adrian S. (Knoxville, TN), Wood, III; David L. (Knoxville, TN), Kalnaus; Sergiy (Knoxville, TN)
13/ 656,020
October 19, 2012
REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT STATEMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC. The U.S. government has certain rights in this invention.