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Apparatus, methods and system for temperature gradient aging with in-situ electrical monitoring

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10,876,987
December 29, 2020
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An apparatus for making in-situ electrical measurements of a sample while the sample is subjected to a temperature gradient between a first side of the sample and a second side of the sample. The apparatus comprises a first heater and a second heater that are positioned in contact with the first side of the sample and the second side of the sample, respectively. The first heater and the second heater comprise respective faces that each have electrical contacts embedded therein. Electrical measurements pertaining to the sample can be made by way of the electrical contacts embedded in the faces. A temperature at either side of the sample can be monitored by way of thermocouples positioned inside the heaters in proximity to the faces of the heaters.
16/ 196,231
November 20, 2018
1/1
G01N 27/14 (20060101)G01N 27/04 (20060101)
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.