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Microwave and Process Technologies

For more than two decades Y-12 has been developing microwave metal and ceramic processing technologies related to melting, casting, heat treating, sintering and bonding. Recent developments include vast improvements in ceramic systems that provide ways to heat materials not readily amendable to microwave processing. With one basic system, it is possible to melt, cast and heat-treat. Because some metals cast with microwaves do not produce an alpha case, resulting parts can be used with minimal post-processing. Microwave-assisted chemical synthesis also is possible and is routinely used to process difficult or sensitive chemical compounds.
Abstract: 
Safe: heating is limited to specified area, increasing worker safety -Clean: heating creates no solid residues -Versatile: methods can heat disparate materials simultaneously, creating products having qualities superior to those of individual components -Economical: higher throughput and improved energy efficiency result in reduced manufacturing costs
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