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United States Patent Application

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Apparatuses are disclosed including a first article, a second article, a sewing member and a thermal break. The second article includes a second material composition having a second thermal tolerance greater than a first thermal tolerance of a first material composition of the first article. The sealing member is disposed between and contacts the first article and the second article, and includes a third material composition having a third thermal tolerance less than the second thermal tolerance and less than an operating temperature of the second article. The thermal break is defined by the second article, and is proximate to the sealing member and partitioned from the sealing member by a portion of the second article. The thermal break interrupts a thermal conduction path from the second article to the sealing member. The first article and the second article compress the sealing member, forming a thermal gradient-tolerant seal.
HAFNER, Matthew Troy (Honea Path, SC), ITZEL, Gary Michael (Simpsonville, SC), DUTTA, Sandip (Greenville, SC)
15/ 054,346
February 26, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] The United States Government retains license rights in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms by the terms of Government Contract No. DE-FE0024006 awarded by the United States Department of Energy.