05855955 is referenced by 36 patents and cites 28 patents.

This invention relates generally to a novel directed metal oxidation process which is utilized to produce self-supporting bodies. In some of the more specific aspects of the invention, a parent metal (e.g., a parent metal vapor) is induced to react with at least one solid oxidant-containing material to result in the directed growth of a reaction product which is formed from a reaction between the parent metal and the solid oxidant-containing material. The inventive process can be utilized to form bodies having substantially homogeneous compositions, graded compositions, and macrocomposite bodies.

In a preferred embodiment, a substance comprising a filler material and a solid oxidant, preferably an admixture of particulates, is coated onto at least a portion of the solid oxidant-containing material. Such a technique is particularly advantageous for forming relatively thick reaction product layers which might not otherwise develop to the desired thickness using the original "directed growth" embodiment. In a particularly preferred embodiment, the solid oxidant and the solid oxidant-containing material have the same chemical composition, and the filler material and the reaction product have the same chemical composition.

Title
Method for making self-supporting composite bodies
Application Number
476158
Publication Number
5855955
Application Date
March 11, 1997
Publication Date
January 5, 1999
Inventor
Barry Robert Rossing
Hockessin
DE, US
Philip Joseph Roach
Townsend
DE, US
Michael Allan Richmond
Newark
DE, US
Vilupanur Alwar Ravi
Bear
DE, US
Terry Dennis Claar
Newark
DE, US
Agent
Jeffrey R Ramberg
Assignee
Lanxide Technology Company
DE, US
IPC
C23C 16/30
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