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Electrically isolated, high melting point, metal wire arrays and method of making same

United States Patent

January 26, 2016
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A method of making a wire array includes the step of providing a tube of a sealing material and having an interior surface, and positioning a wire in the tube, the wire having an exterior surface. The tube is heated to soften the tube, and the softened tube is drawn and collapsed by a mild vacuum to bring the interior surface of the tube into contact with the wire to create a coated wire. The coated wires are bundled. The bundled coated wires are heated under vacuum to fuse the tube material coating the wires and create a fused rod with a wire array embedded therein. The fused rod is cut to form a wire array. A wire array is also disclosed.
Simpson; John T. (Clinton, TN), Cunningham; Joseph P. (Oak Ridge, TN), D'Urso; Brian R. (Pittsburgh, PA), Hendricks; Troy R. (Holland, MI), Schaeffer; Daniel A. (Knoxville, TN)
13/ 420,205
March 14, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.