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Title: Method and apparatus for spraying molten materials

A metal spray apparatus is provided with a supersonic nozzle. Molten metal is injected into a gas stream flowing through the nozzle under pressure. By varying the pressure of the injected metal, the droplet can be made in various selected sizes with each selected size having a high degree of size uniformity. A unique one piece graphite heater provides easily controlled uniformity of temperature in the nozzle and an attached tundish which holds the pressurized molten metal. A unique U-shaped gas heater provides extremely hot inlet gas temperatures to the nozzle. A particularly useful application of the spray apparatus is coating of threads of a fastener with a shape memory alloy. This permits a fastener to be easily inserted and removed but provides for a secure locking of the fastener in high temperature environments.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. (Butte, MT)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870485
Assignee:
MSE, Inc. (Butte, MT) NETL
Patent Number(s):
US 5529809
Contract Number:
AC22-88ID12735
Research Org:
MSE INC
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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