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Methods for reducing iron silicide and/or iron phosphide fouling and/or corrosion in a hydrochlorosilane production plant are disclosed. Sufficient hydrogen is added to a silicon tetrachloride process stream to inhibit iron (II) chloride formation and reduce iron suicide and/or iron phosphide fouling, superheater corrosion, or a combination thereof. Trichlorosilane also may be added to the silicon tetrachloride process stream.


Apparatus and methods for consolidating granular silicon and determining trace elements content of the consolidated silicon are disclosed. Silicon granules are placed in a vessel, and a silicon slug of known purity is embedded at least partially in the granules. The slug is preheated to a temperature sufficient to couple with an induction heater. As the silicon slug melts, silicon granules adjacent the molten silicon also melt. The vessel passes through an induction coil to successively inductively heat and melt regions of the silicon granules from the leading end to the trailing end with each region solidifying as the molten silicon exits the induction coil to provide a multicrystalline silicon ingot. The multicrystalline silicon ingot is sliced into wafers, which are analyzed by low-temperature Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to determine levels of trace elements in the ingot.


Patent
REC Silicon | Date: 2014-08-18

Embodiments of an obstructing member and methods for its use in a fluidized bed reactor are disclosed. The obstructing member comprises a plurality of receiving members, each receiving member comprising a tubular wall defining a passageway dimensioned to receive an internal reactor component, and a plurality of connecting elements connecting the receiving members, wherein the obstructing member occupies from 15-60% of a horizontal cross-section of a reaction chamber of the fluidized bed reactor.


Segmented silicon carbide liners for use in a fluidized bed reactor for production of polysilicon-coated granulate material are disclosed, as well as methods of making and using the segmented silicon carbide liners. Non-contaminating bonding materials for joining silicon carbide segments also are disclosed. One or more of the silicon carbide segments may be constructed of reaction-bonded silicon carbide.


Segmented silicon carbide liners for use in a fluidized bed reactor for production of polysilicon-coated granulate material are disclosed, as well as methods of making and using the segmented silicon carbide liners. Non-contaminating bonding materials for joining silicon carbide segments also are disclosed. One or more of the silicon carbide segments may be constructed of reaction-bonded silicon carbide.


Segmented silicon carbide liners for use in a fluidized bed reactor for production of polysilicon-coated granulate material are disclosed, as well as methods of making and using the segmented silicon carbide liners. Non-contaminating bonding materials for joining silicon carbide segments also are disclosed. One or more of the silicon carbide segments may be constructed of reaction-bonded silicon carbide.


Embodiments of a reflective surface and a reflector comprising a reflective surface for use in a thermal decomposition reactor are disclosed. Methods for using the reflective surface, or reflector comprising the reflective surface, to manage a temperature profile in a silicon rod grown in the thermal decomposition reactor are also disclosed. The reflective surface is configured to receive radiant heat energy emitted from an energy emitting region of an elongated polysilicon body grown during chemical vapor deposition onto a silicon filament and reflect at least a portion of the received radiant heat energy to a reflected energy receiving region of the elongated polysilicon body or to a reflected energy receiving region of a second elongated polysilicon body, to thereby add radiant heat energy to the reflected energy receiving region.


Patent
REC Silicon | Date: 2014-11-07

Methods and apparatus for separating polysilicon powder from a mixture of granular polysilicon and polysilicon powder are disclosed. The method includes tumbling the polysilicon material in a tumbling device. The tumbling device includes a tumbler drum having one or more lifting vanes spaced apart from one another and extending longitudinally along an interior surface of the tumbler drum. The lifting vanes facilitate separation of polysilicon powder and granules as the tumbler drum is rotated about its longitudinal axis of rotation.


Patent
REC Silicon | Date: 2015-12-21

Fluidized bed reactor systems for producing high purity silicon-coated particles are disclosed. A vessel has an outer shell, an insulation layer inwardly of the outer shell, a concentric inner shell inwardly of the outer shell, and a concentric liner that is positioned inwardly of the inner shell and that defines a reactor chamber. The inner shell and liner are sealed together at their bottoms by an O-ring seal arrangement to prevent gas in the reactor chamber from entering a space between the inner shell and the liner. A central inlet nozzle produces a vertical gas plume in the reactor chamber.


Patent
REC Silicon | Date: 2014-07-01

Methods of recovering hydrohalosilanes from reaction residues are disclosed. An inorganic halosilane slurry comprising (i) tetrahalosilane, trihalosilane, dihalosilane, or any combination thereof, (ii) silicon particles, and (iii) heavies is passed through a thin-film dryer to remove halosilanes and form a solid residue comprising silicon particles. Heavies also may be removed as the slurry passes through the thin-film dryer.

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