Patents Assigned to NGK Insulators, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 11027269
    Abstract: A plugged honeycomb structure, including: a plurality of honeycomb segments, a bonding layer and a circumferential wall disposed to surround circumference of a honeycomb segment bonded body where the plurality of honeycomb segments are bonded, wherein in the bonding layer, the bonding layer at a part that bonds the honeycomb segments disposed in contact with the circumferential wall is a circumferential bonding layer, and the bonding layer at a part that bonds the honeycomb segment including a center of gravity in a cross section orthogonal to the extending direction of cells of the honeycomb segment bonded body or at a position closest to the center of gravity and another honeycomb segment adjacent to the honeycomb segment is a center bonding layer, and a bonding strength A1 of the circumferential bonding layer is larger than a bonding strength A2 of the center bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuya Yuki
  • Patent number: 11029090
    Abstract: A continuous industrial furnace comprising: an inlet; a heating zone; a cooling zone; and an outlet in this order, the continuous industrial furnace being configured to heat-treat a workpiece while conveying the workpiece from the inlet to the outlet, wherein at least a part of the heating zone comprises a furnace wall heat insulation structure, the furnace wall heat insulation structure comprising: an outer wall having one or more gas introducing ports; and a porous thermal insulation layer arranged with a gap on an inner side of the outer wall; and wherein the heating zone further comprises one or more exhaust ports for sucking and discharging the gas after the gas flows into the heating zone of the furnace from the gas introducing ports through the gap and the porous thermal insulation layer In this order and then flows toward the inlet side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Hanzawa, Takashi Yasue
  • Publication number: 20210163372
    Abstract: A sensor element includes a ceramic layered body having a zirconia layer part and two alumina layer parts provided on both surfaces of the zirconia layer part, respectively, and a plurality of electrodes provided in the ceramic layered body. At least one of the two alumina layer parts contains Ti element, the zirconia layer part has a layer containing Zr element and Ti element in the vicinity of an interface with the at least one alumina layer part, and the layer contains Ti element in an amount from 0.05 to 5.0 mass %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kousuke UJIHARA, Megumi FUJISAKI, Takahiro TOMITA
  • Patent number: 11020733
    Abstract: A honeycomb structure includes a pillar-shaped honeycomb structure body having porous partition walls surrounding a plurality of cells which extend from a first to a second end face and which form flow channels of a fluid, and a circumferential wall enclosing the partition walls, wherein, specific cell of the cells is provided with a pair of projection which projects into the cell from the partition wall, the projection projects, in at least a pair of opposed partition walls among the partition walls constituting the cell, into the cell from a first and a second side, and which is provided continuously in a direction the cell extends, and in the case where the width of a top part of the projection is denoted by W1, and the width of a bottom part of the projection is denoted by W2, W1>W2 holds, and W2/W1 is 0.5 to 0.9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Takamuro, Takashi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11020707
    Abstract: A monolithic separation membrane structure comprises a support body and a separation membrane. The support body is composed of a porous material and includes a plurality of through holes. The separation membrane is formed in a tubular shape on an inner side of the plurality of through holes, and is used in a penetrative vaporization method or a vapor infiltration method. The helium gas permeation resistance in the support body is less than 8.3×107 Pa·sec/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Teranishi, Akimasa Ichikawa, Hideyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11016069
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating a response time of gas sensors includes: a pipe; a first gas supplier for supplying a first gas to the pipe; a second gas adding machine for adding a second gas to the first gas in the pipe; and gas sensors for detecting components in a mixed gas of the first gas and the second gas, each of the gas sensors being attached to the pipe on a downstream side of an addition position of the second gas in a flow direction of the first gas. The second gas adding machine includes: a supply source of the second gas; a connecting pipe for connecting the supply source to the pipe; and a connecting pipe on-off valve for opening and closing the connecting pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Seimori
  • Patent number: 11015510
    Abstract: A catalyst deterioration diagnosis system includes an air-fuel ratio detection element and a NOx detection element on a downstream side with respect to a catalyst, and a control element. The control element causes an engine to perform diagnosis operation performed with an exhaust gas temperature being kept at 600° C. or higher, such that at a timing when a downstream air-fuel ratio in a lean operation state reaches a threshold value, the engine is transitioned to a rich operation state, and at a timing that is a predetermined period after a downstream air-fuel ratio in a rich operation state reaches a threshold value, the engine is transitioned to a lean operation state. The diagnosis element compares NOx concentration during the rich operation state to a diagnosis threshold value, thereby to diagnose a degree of deterioration of NOx reduction capability of the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Taku Okamoto, Osamu Nakasone
  • Patent number: 11014080
    Abstract: A columnar honeycomb structure comprising an outer peripheral side wall having an outer peripheral side surface; a plurality of partition walls that partition and form a plurality of cells penetrating from one bottom surface to another bottom surface to form flow paths, the plurality of partition walls being disposed inside the outer peripheral side wall; and a pair of terminal connection portions arranged on the outer peripheral side wall, wherein the honeycomb structure satisfies a relationship of H1>H2 in which: H1 represents an average height of the entire honeycomb structure; and H2 represents an average height of a portion of the honeycomb structure surrounded by a straight line M1 parallel to a line segment M and located at a distance of 0.1×L1 from the line segment M toward a first direction and a straight line M2 parallel to the line segment M and located at a distance of 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoya Takase
  • Patent number: 11015070
    Abstract: Security of a printed matter is enhanced, and a visual image is made clear if a latent image formed by a coating printed on a matter to be printed for a security enhancement of the printed matter becomes the visual image. A security ink pigment contains a powder. A main constituent of the powder is a perovskite-type oxide. The perovskite-type oxide has a composition expressed as a general formula of ABO3. A is mainly made of Ba. B is mainly made of Sn. The powder emits an infrared fluorescence when being irradiated with an ultraviolet excitation light. The perovskite-type oxide has a crystal lattice constant having a difference equal to or smaller than 0.002 angstrom from a theoretical crystal lattice constant of the perovskite-type oxide having a composition expressed as a composition formula of BaSnO3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hishiki
  • Patent number: 11014855
    Abstract: In a first step of a method for producing a transparent AlN sintered body, first, a formed body is prepared by forming a mixture obtained by mixing a sintering aid with an AlN raw-material powder containing a plate-like AlN powder whose plate surface is a c-plane and which has an aspect ratio of 3 or more. At this time, the mixture is formed such that the plate surface of the plate-like AlN powder is disposed along a surface of the formed body. In a second step, an oriented AlN sintered body is obtained by subjecting the formed body to hot-press sintering in a non-oxidizing atmosphere while applying a pressure to the surface of the formed body. In a third step, a transparent AlN sintered body is obtained by sintering the oriented AlN sintered body at normal pressure in a non-oxidizing atmosphere to remove a component derived from the sintering aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kobayashi, Hiroharu Kobayashi, Kazuki Iida, Iwao Ohwada
  • Patent number: 11016233
    Abstract: An optical waveguide structure includes an optical waveguide, a reflection film provided on the optical waveguide and reflecting a light propagating in the optical waveguide, a metal film provided on the reflection film, and a surface oxidized film provided on the metal film and generated by surface oxidation of the metal film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Iwata, Jungo Kondo, Shoichiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11015876
    Abstract: A porous honeycomb heat storage structure including: a honeycomb structure which has a porous partition wall which defines a plurality of cells extending one end face to the other end face and allows a reaction medium to flow into the cells; and a heat storage portion which is configured by filling a heat storage material performing heat storage and heat dissipation by a reversible chemical reaction with the reaction medium or physical adsorption/desorption in at least a portion of each cells, wherein the heat storage portion has an area ratio in a range from 60% to 90% with respect to a cross sectional area of a honeycomb cross section orthogonal to an axial direction of the honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Miyairi, Shinichi Miwa
  • Patent number: 11008913
    Abstract: A support for an electric heating type catalyst, comprising: a honeycomb structure having partition walls that define a plurality of cells, each cell extending from a first end face to a second end face to form a fluid path for a fluid; and a pair of metal electrode portions in which one metal electrode portion of the pair of metal electrode portions is disposed on a side opposite to the other metal electrode portion across a center axis of the honeycomb structure; wherein one or both of the pair of metal electrode portions comprise at least one protruding portion, the protruding portion projecting toward the honeycomb structure side to abut against the honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoya Takase
  • Patent number: 11011404
    Abstract: The ceramic structure 10 includes a discoid ceramic base 12 and an electrode 14 buried in the ceramic base 12. The ceramic base 12 is a sintered body composed principally of alumina or a rare-earth metal oxide and has a thermal expansion coefficient of 7.5 to 9.5 ppm/K over the range of 40° C. to 1200° C. The electrode 14 is composed principally of metal ruthenium. The electrode 14 may be formed in the shape of a sheet. Alternatively, the electrode 14 may be patterned in the manner of a one-stroke sketch so as to extend over the entire cross section of the ceramic base 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Katsuda, Noboru Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11008219
    Abstract: A method of synthesis for an aluminophosphate-based zeolite membrane includes a steps of preparing a mixed solution with a pH greater than or equal to 6 and less than or equal to 9 by mixing an acidic phosphorous source with an alkali source, a steps of preparing a starting material solution by adding and mixing an aluminum source to the prepared mixed solution, and a steps of synthesizing an aluminophosphate-based zeolite membrane by hydrothermally synthesizing the starting material solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hagio, Kenichi Noda, Makoto Miyahara, Katsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11011678
    Abstract: A layer of a crystal of a group 13 nitride selected from gallium nitride, aluminum nitride, indium nitride and the mixed crystals thereof has an upper surface and a bottom surface. The upper surface of the crystal layer of the group 13 nitride includes a linear high-luminance light-emitting part and a low-luminance light-emitting region adjacent to the high-luminance light-emitting part, observed by cathode luminescence. The high-luminance light-emitting part includes a portion extending along an m-plane of the crystal of the group 13 nitride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Hirao, Hirokazu Nakanishi, Mikiya Ichimura, Takanao Shimodaira, Masahiro Sakai, Takashi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 11013127
    Abstract: A metal paste is suppled into a through hole of a ceramic substrate and heated to generate a metal porous body. A glass paste is applied on a main surface of the metal porous body while the glass paste is impregnated into open pores of the metal porous body. The glass paste is hardened by heating to form a glass layer on the main surface of the metal porous body and to make the glass paste impregnated into the open pores form glass phases. The glass layer is removed to obtain a connection substrate having a ceramic substrate and through conductors provided in through holes, respectively. The through conductor includes the metal porous body and glass phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuro Takagaki, Sugio Miyazawa, Akiyoshi Ide
  • Patent number: 11005109
    Abstract: The electrochemical cell has an anode, a cathode, and a solid electrolyte layer disposed between the anode and the cathode. The cathode contains a main phase which is configured by a perovskite oxide expressed by the general formula ABO3 and including at least one of La or Sr at the A site, and a second phase which is configured by Co3O4 and (Co, Fe)3O4. An occupied surface area ratio of the second phase in a cross section of the cathode is less than or equal to 10.5%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Fujisaki, Takashi Ryu, Makoto Ohmori
  • Patent number: 11005120
    Abstract: The electrochemical cell includes an anode, a cathode active layer, and a solid electrolyte layer disposed between the anode and the cathode active layer. The cathode active layer includes a first region which is disposed facing the solid electrolyte layer, and a second region which is disposed on the first region. An average particle diameter of first constituent particles which constitute the first region is smaller than an average particle diameter of second constituent particles which constitute the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Fujisaki, Takashi Ryu, Makoto Ohmori
  • Patent number: D919072
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Aoki