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High conductivity composite metal

United States Patent

5,704,993
January 6, 1998
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Electrical conductors and methods of producing them, where the conductors possess both high strength and high conductivity. Conductors are comprised of carbon steel and a material chosen from a group consisting of copper, nickel, silver, and gold. Diffusion barriers are placed between these two materials. The components of a conductor are assembled and then the assembly is subjected to heat treating and mechanical deformation steps.
Zhou; Ruoyi (Los Alamos, NM), Smith; James L. (Los Alamos, NM), Embury; John David (Hamilton, CA)
The Regents of the Univerisity of California, Office of Technology (Alameda, CA)
08/ 565,523
November 30, 1995
FIELD OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to the field of metallurgy and, more specifically, to electrically conductive metal composites. This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.