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Title: Welding/sealing glass-enclosed space in a vacuum

A method of welding and sealing the edges of two juxtaposed glass sheets together to seal a vacuum space between the sheets comprises the steps of positioning a radiation absorbent material, such as FeO, VO{sub 2}, or NiO, between the radiation transmissive glass sheets adjacent the edges and then irradiating the absorbent material, preferably with a laser beam, through at least one of the glass sheets. Heat produced by the absorbed radiation in the absorbent material melts glass in the portions of both glass sheets that are adjacent the absorbent material, and the melted glass from both sheets flows together to create the weld when the melted glass cools and hardens. The absorbent material can be dissolved and diffused into the melted glass to the extent that it no longer absorbs enough energy to keep the glass melted, thus, with appropriate proportioning of absorbent material to source energy power and welding heat needed, the process can be made self-stopping. 8 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
187075
Assignee:
Midwest Research Inst., Kansas City, MO (United States) PTO; SCA: 320107; 141000; PA: EDB-96:036608; SN: 96001532301
Patent Number(s):
US 5,489,321/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-274,788
Contract Number:
AC36-83CH10093
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 6 Feb 1996
Research Org:
Midwest Research Institute
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; DOUBLE GLAZING; FABRICATION; IRON OXIDES; VANADIUM OXIDES; NICKEL OXIDES; LASER RADIATION; GLASS; WELDING; SEALS

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