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Control of microstructure in soldered, brazed, welded, plated, cast or vapor deposited manufactured components

United States Patent

November 10, 2015
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Disclosed are methods and systems for controlling of the microstructures of a soldered, brazed, welded, plated, cast, or vapor deposited manufactured component. The systems typically use relatively weak magnetic fields of either constant or varying flux to affect material properties within a manufactured component, typically without modifying the alloy, or changing the chemical composition of materials or altering the time, temperature, or transformation parameters of a manufacturing process. Such systems and processes may be used with components consisting of only materials that are conventionally characterized as be uninfluenced by magnetic forces.
Ripley; Edward B. (Knoxville, TN), Hallman; Russell L. (Knoxville, TN)
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Reston, VA)
13/ 215,919
August 23, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-000R22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.