AN IMPROVED BRAZING TECHNIQUE FOR GRAPHITE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10863
Amount: $49,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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379 Elm Dr, Roslyn, NY, 11576
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Chou H Li
 Principal Investigator
 (516) 484-7136
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Research Institution
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Abstract
FUSION ENERGY SYSTEMS AND OTHER APPLICATIONS NEED RADICALLY IMPROVED BRAZED GRAPHITE-METAL JOINTS TO WITHSTAND A SEVERE PLASMA ENVIRONMENT. PRESENT BRAZING METHODS PRODUCE JOINTS THAT ARE NEITHER RELIABLY STRONG, COST-EFFECTIVE, VACUUM TIGHT, NOR THERMOMECHANICALLY SHOCK RESISTANT. THESE JOINTSLACK THE PROPER COMPOSITION PROFILES NEAR THE BONDING INTERFACES TO ABSORB AND WITHSTAND UNAVOIDABLE MISMATCH STRESSES BETWEEN THE GRAPHITE AND METAL SUBSTRATE. ONE SOLUTION TO THESE PROBLEMS IS TO MICROENGINEER THE CRITICAL INTERFACIAL BONDING REGIONS. THIS PROJECT WILL PERFORM THISMICROENGINEERING USING PROPRIETARY AND COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL W/MO-BASED MELT-METALLIZING AND BRAZING METHODS. WHEN MADE BY THESE METHODS, EVEN "UNMATCHED" END-TO-END JOINTS OF SQUARE AL2O3 RODS TO CARBON STEEL RODS SURVIVED OVER 12 REPEATED RAPID THERMAL CYCLES BETWEEN 1,000 DEGREES CENTIGRADE AND 0 DEGREES CENTIGRADE ICE WATER. A UNIQUE, LOW COST, LOW TEMPERATURE BUT HIGH YIELDING METHOD FOR MASS PRODUCTION OF TOP QUALITY BRAZED GRAPHITE JOINTS WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR WIDESPREAD USES IN GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY. DURING PHASE I, FRACTIONAL FACTORIAL EXPERIMENTS WILL BE MADE TO STUDY SYSTEMATICALLY METALLIZING COMPOSITION, TEMPERATURE, TIME, AND AMBIENT GAS FOR PROVING THE FEASIBILITY OF THESE JOINTS, WHICH HAVE LIQUID-DIFFUSION GRADED, INTERFACIAL REGIONS, WITH ADHERENT, TOUGH, AND READILY WETTED METALLIZED SURFACE LAYERS.

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