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Apparatus and method for materials processing utilizing a rotating magnetic field

United States Patent

9,617,189
April 11, 2017
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An apparatus for materials processing utilizing a rotating magnetic field comprises a platform for supporting a specimen, and a plurality of magnets underlying the platform. The plurality of magnets are configured for rotation about an axis of rotation intersecting the platform. A heat source is disposed above the platform for heating the specimen during the rotation of the plurality of magnets. A method for materials processing utilizing a rotating magnetic field comprises providing a specimen on a platform overlying a plurality of magnets; rotating the plurality of magnets about an axis of rotation intersecting the platform, thereby applying a rotating magnetic field to the specimen; and, while rotating the plurality of magnets, heating the specimen to a desired temperature.
Muralidharan; Govindarajan (Knoxville, TN), Angelini; Joseph A. (Knoxville, TN), Murphy; Bart L. (Friendsville, TN), Wilgen; John B. (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
14/ 015,490
20150064360
August 30, 2013
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention described in this disclosure arose in the performance of prime contract number DE-AC05-00OR22725 between UT-Battelle, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.