Patents by Inventor Scott R. Wightman

Scott R. Wightman has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5125964
    Abstract: Tungsten metal powder of controlled particle sizes is obtained in a fluid bed process by reducing particles of tungsten oxide having the formula WO.sub.X where x is from 2.5 to 3.0. The WO.sub.X powder particles are heated to and then maintained at a temperature between 650.degree. and 1000.degree. C. in a reducing atmosphere, which is maintained by passing a mixture of hydrogen gas, water and optionally nitrogen gas through a fluid bed of the tungsten oxide particles until substantially all of the powder solid is tungsten dioxide, WO.sub.2. The ratio of water partial pressure to hydrogen partial pressure in the feed gas is equal to or slightly higher than the equilibrium partial pressure ratio. The flow of water vapor is then discontinued, either gradually or instantaneously, while maintianing the flow of hydrogen gas to reduce the WO.sub.2 to tungsten metal. By maintaining the ratio of water partial pressure to hydrogen partial pressure above the equilibrium value until the original WO.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William A. Buerkel, Scott R. Wightman, Dandridge S. Tomalin