Spark Plasma Joining of Ceramics and CompositesTechnology #ua11-127
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- Erica Corral Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
- William Pinc Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Materials Science & Engineering
- Luke Walker Postdoctoral Research Associate II, Materials Science & Engineering
- Zachary Wing Director, Research
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Title: Spark Plasma Joining of Ceramics and Composites
Invention: This invention is a method for joining complicated high temperature ceramic parts with spark plasma and without the use of flux or foreign material and creating a homogeneous juntction.
Background: Advanced technologies like hypersonic vehicles, turbine engines, and nuclear devices often require materials capable of withstanding extreme temperatures. Ultra-high temperature ceramics have the capability to survive extreme environments and this invention allows the joining of specialized ceramic parts that otherwise would be difficult to manufacture.
- turbines, hypersonic surfaces
- High temperature Ceramic devices
- Homogeneous junction between 2 ceramic parts
- Complex shapes can be made from separate pieces
- Allows high temperature ceramics to be joined for the first time