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Cooling of weapons with graphite foam

United States Patent

December 27, 2016
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Disclosed are examples of an apparatus for cooling a barrel 12 of a firearm 10 and examples of a cooled barrel assembly 32 for installation into an existing firearm 10. When assembled with the barrel 12, a contact surface 16 of a shell 14 is proximate to, and in thermal communication with, the outer surface of the barrel 18. The shell 14 is formed of commercially available or modified graphite foam.
Klett; James W. (Knoxville, TN), Trammell; Michael P. (Jacksboro, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 700,147
December 7, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.