The microwave-drill

E. Jerby*, V. Dikhtyar, O. Aktushev, U. Grosglick

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The Microwave Drill is a novel method [1] to cut and drill into hard non-conductive materials by localized microwave energy. The method has been tested on various materials, including concrete, glass, silicon, ceramics, and ceramic coatings. It yields holes in diameters from 0.3 mm to >10 mm (in concrete) [2]. A theoretical model [3] simulates the electromagnetic (em) wave dissipation coupled to thermal effects in lossy dielectric media in which the dielectric properties depend on temperature. The simulation describes the rapid thermal runaway above a critical temperature, and the creation of the hot spot enabling the microwave-drill operation. However, our experiments attain the hot-spot melting stage faster than predicted by the em model. We attribute the boosting effect to the plasma created at the early stage of the microwave-drill ignition. This plasma may increase the local temperature toward the critical point, thus accelerating the microwave-drill operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 IEEE International Conference on plasma Science - Banff, Alta., Canada
Duration: 26 May 200230 May 2002


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