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Title: Method of and apparatus for thermomagnetically processing a workpiece

A method of thermomagnetically processing a material includes disposing a workpiece within a bore of a magnet; exposing the workpiece to a magnetic field of at least about 1 Tesla generated by the magnet; and, while exposing the workpiece to the magnetic field, applying heat energy to the workpiece at a plurality of frequencies to achieve spatially-controlled heating of the workpiece. An apparatus for thermomagnetically processing a material comprises: a high field strength magnet having a bore extending therethrough for insertion of a workpiece therein; and an energy source disposed adjacent to an entrance to the bore. The energy source is an emitter of variable frequency heat energy, and the bore comprises a waveguide for propagation of the variable frequency heat energy from the energy source to the workpiece.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1150015
Assignee:
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN) ORNL
Patent Number(s):
8,795,444
Application Number:
14/186,385
Contract Number:
AC05-000R22725
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Feb 21
Research Org:
ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

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Thermal and high magnetic field treatment of materials and associated apparatus
patent, June 2010

Using magnetic field gradients to control the directional solidification of alloys and the growth of single crystals
journal, September 2004

In situ evidence of enhanced transformation kinetics in a medium carbon steel due to a high magnetic field
journal, July 2004

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