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Method for Vibrating a Substrate During Material Formation

United States Patent Application

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A method and apparatus for affecting the properties of a material include vibrating the material during its formation (i.e., "surface sifting"). The method involves the steps of providing a material formation device and applying a plurality of vibrations to the material during formation, which vibrations comprise oscillations having dissimilar, non-harmonic frequencies and at least two different directions. The apparatus includes a plurality of vibration sources that impart vibrations to the material.
Bailey, Jeffrey A. (Richland, WA), Johnson, Roger N. (Richland, WA), Munley, John T. (Benton City, WA), Park, Walter R. (Benton City, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute
12/ 208,111
September 10, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RL01830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.