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Method for joining carbon-carbon composites to metals

United States Patent

5,648,180
July 15, 1997
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A method for joining carbon-carbon composites to metals by brazing. Conventional brazing of recently developed carbon-bonded carbon fiber (CBCF) material to a metal substrate is limited by the tendency of the braze alloy to "wick" into the CBCF composite rather than to form a strong bond. The surface of the CBCF composite that is to be bonded is first sealed with a fairly dense carbonaceous layer achieved by any of several methods. The sealed surface is then brazed to the metal substrate by vacuum brazing with a Ti-Cu-Be alloy.
Lauf; Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN), McMillan; April D. (Knoxville, TN), Moorhead; Arthur J. (Knoxville, TN)
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 620,509
March 22, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC05-84OR21400 awarded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. The Government has certain fights in this invention.