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Title: Method and apparatus for semi-solid material processing

Abstract

A method of forming a material includes the steps of: vibrating a molten material at an ultrasonic frequency while cooling the material to a semi-solid state to form non-dendritic grains therein; forming the semi-solid material into a desired shape; and cooling the material to a solid state. The method makes semi-solid castings directly from molten materials (usually a metal), produces grain size usually in the range of smaller than 50 .mu.m, and can be easily retrofitted into existing conventional forming machine.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Knoxville, TN
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
988289
Patent Number(s):
7493934
Application Number:
11/729,614
Assignee:
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y10 - TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC Y10S - TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B22 - CASTING B22D - CASTING OF METALS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Han, Qingyou, Jian, Xiaogang, Xu, Hanbing, and Meek, Thomas T. Method and apparatus for semi-solid material processing. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Han, Qingyou, Jian, Xiaogang, Xu, Hanbing, & Meek, Thomas T. Method and apparatus for semi-solid material processing. United States.
Han, Qingyou, Jian, Xiaogang, Xu, Hanbing, and Meek, Thomas T. Tue . "Method and apparatus for semi-solid material processing". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/988289.
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