Patents Examined by Alexander W Keeling
  • Patent number: 10221494
    Abstract: A hanging bar for supporting an anode (10) without lugs which is formed by a first lower portion of the body (11) and a second upper hanging portion (12) which comprises: two elongated splints (15) having a width similar to said second upper hanging portion (12); two plastic spacer pieces (33) connecting the ends of said two splints (15) being each one of said two plastic spacer pieces (33) formed by a base (28) from which two pillars (20) emerge, leaving between both pillars (20) a central housing zone (34), wherein on said base (28) and between said pillars (20) there is a planar surface (31) and on the inner portion of said base (28) there is an inclined surface (30), two pivoting supports (17), being each one of them housed in the central housing (34) of said two plastic spacer pieces (33), wherein said pivoting supports (17) are formed by a straight piece (43) which finishes in one of its ends in a bushing (27) in the center of which has a first hole (39) which matches second holes (38) of said pillars (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Asesorias Y Servicios Innovaxxion SpA
    Inventor: Pablo Suarez Loira
  • Patent number: 10221499
    Abstract: A method of making a nuclear fuel structure may include reducing a metal oxide in a cathode assembly so as to deposit a metal of the metal oxide on the cathode plate of the cathode assembly, and processing the cathode plate with the metal deposited thereon to fabricate the nuclear fuel structure. The cathode plate may include an upper blade including an electrically conductive material, a lower blade portion connected to the upper blade, and a connection structure configured to secure the lower blade portion to the upper blade while providing electrical continuity. The connection structure may be configured to be disconnected from the lower blade portion to detach the lower blade portion from the upper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC
    Inventors: Gary L. Miller, Keith H. Keller
  • Patent number: 10214830
    Abstract: A substrate holder for holding a substrate, such as a wafer, is disclosed. The substrate holder includes a seal ring which can be brought into contact with a peripheral portion of the substrate, a support ring supporting the seal ring, and a fixing ring pressing the seal ring against the support ring. The fixing ring includes an annular portion having an inner circumferential surface and an outer circumferential surface, each of which is constituted by a tapered surface. The fixing ring further includes a seal-ring pressing portion connected to the annular portion, and a regulation ring projecting radially inwardly from the seal-ring pressing portion. The regulation ring has an inside diameter which is smaller than an inside diameter of the seal ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsutoshi Yahagi, Masaaki Kimura, Yusuke Tamari
  • Patent number: 10214822
    Abstract: An electrode of an embodiment includes a base material, and a catalyst layer provided on the base material and having a porous structure. When a sum of heights of all peaks belonging to Ir oxide is I0, the height of a peak of IrO2 (110) is I1, and the height of a peak of IrO2 (211) is I2, a ratio of (I1+I2)/I0, which is a ratio of spectra obtained by X-ray diffraction measurements using K? rays of Cu in the catalyst layer, is 50% or more and 100% or less in a range of a diffraction angle of 20 degrees or more and 70 degrees or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Atsuko Iida, Norihiro Yoshinaga, Shigeru Matake, Wu Mei
  • Patent number: 10214819
    Abstract: A sacrificial galvanic anode, an anodic assembly including the sacrificial anode, and a method of cathodically protecting steel reinforcement in concrete structures from corrosion is provided. The sacrificial galvanic anode comprises at least one sacrificial metal helical coil. The galvanic anode is easily fabricated and occupies a minimum volume within a steel reinforced concrete structure while providing maximum surface area for sacrificial corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Construction Research & Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Frederick R Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10113240
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for testing a cathodic protection system that protects a metallic structure with one or more DC power sources electrically connected to the metallic structure and an associated reference electrode. The metallic structure may be cathodically protected at multiple locations. A Cathodic Protection Waveform Monitoring Unit (CPWMU) operates independently from power cycling by the cathodic protection system to measure cathodic protection voltage levels by measuring, over one or more measurement time periods, a voltage differential between the metallic structure and its associated reference electrode, a plurality of times when power provided to the metallic structure is cycled on and off. The CPWMU includes digital storage to store values indicative of the measured voltage differentials over the measurement time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Stratocom Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Darren Lee Miller, Michael William Novakowicz, Haydn Russell Wintersgill
  • Patent number: 10086396
    Abstract: An electro-anti deposit device is coupled to an irrigation pipe for removing mineral deposit from drippers of the pipe. The electro-anti deposit device includes an engine configured to move the electro-anti deposit device along the pipe. The electro-anti deposit device also includes a mineral deposit removal module. The mineral deposit removal module includes a water container, a battery, and two electrodes. The water container may be configured to create an ionic environment at a dripper. The dripper may be covered with the mineral deposit. The battery may be configured to generate electric current. The two electrodes may be connected to two poles of the battery with a space separating tips of the two electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Nazila Sedaei
  • Patent number: 10066311
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are lipseal assemblies for use in an electroplating clamshell for engaging and supplying electrical current to a semiconductor substrate during electroplating, which include an elastomeric lipseal for engaging the semiconductor substrate during electroplating, and wherein upon engagement the elastomeric lipseal forms multiple radially-separated sealing contact surfaces with the substrate which substantially exclude plating solution from a peripheral region of the substrate. Said lipseal assemblies may also include one or more electrical contact elements for supplying electrical current to the semiconductor substrate during electroplating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: John Floyd Ostrowski, Robert Rash
  • Patent number: 10053782
    Abstract: Corrosion protection of steel in concrete is provided by locating an anode assembly including both a sacrificial anode and an impressed current anode in contact with the concrete and providing an impressed current from a power supply to the anode. The impressed current anode forms a perforated sleeve surrounding a rod of the sacrificial anode material with an activated ionically-conductive filler material between. The system can be used without the power supply in sacrificial mode or when the power supply is connected, the impressed current anode can be powered to provide an impressed current system and/or to recharge the sacrificial anode from sacrificial anode corrosion products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Vector Corrosion Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: George Sergi, Attanayake Mudiyanselage Gamini Seneviratne, David Whitmore
  • Patent number: 10053793
    Abstract: Disclosed are electroplating cups for holding, sealing, and providing electrical power to wafers during electroplating, where the electroplating cup can include a cup bottom, an elastomeric lipseal, and an electrical contact element. The cup bottom can include a radially inwardly protruding surface with a plurality of through-holes. The elastomeric lipseal can directly adhere to the radially inwardly protruding surface of the cup bottom, fill the plurality of through-holes, and encircle an inner edge of the cup bottom. In some implementations, this can mitigate the effects of wafer sticking. In some implementations, the cup bottom may be treated to promote adhesion between the elastomeric lipseal and the radially inwardly protruding surface of the cup bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Berke, Robert Rash, Steven T. Mayer, Santosh Kumar, Lee Peng Chua
  • Patent number: 10053792
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are cups for engaging wafers during electroplating in clamshell assemblies and supplying electrical current to the wafers during electroplating. The cup can comprise an elastomeric seal disposed on the cup and configured to engage the wafer during electroplating, where upon engagement the elastomeric seal substantially excludes plating solution from a peripheral region of the wafer, and where the elastomeric seal and the cup are annular in shape, and comprise one or more contact elements for supplying electrical current to the wafer during electroplating, the one or more contact elements attached to and extending inwardly towards a center of the cup from a metal strip disposed over the elastomeric seal. A notch area of the cup can have a protrusion or an insulated portion on a portion of a bottom surface of the cup where the notch area is aligned with a notch in the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhian He, Jingbin Feng, Shantinath Ghongadi, Frederick D. Wilmot
  • Patent number: 10023964
    Abstract: Various break-resistant anode assemblies and method of installing the same in the ground are disclosed. Each anode assembly (20) basically comprises an anode (22), at least one pulling cable (24), and a protective nose cone (26). The nose cone is a hollow member receiving the leading end (22A) of the anode and from which the anode's electrical conductor (28) extends. The nose cone includes a tapered leading surface (32) that facilitates and guides the anode assembly as it is pulled through the ground, while protecting the anode. A break-away mechanism (54) may also be provided to ensure that no more than a maximum pulling force is applied to the anode assembly during its installation to ensure that the anode is not damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Matcor, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Andrew Huck, William Raymond Schutt, Knut Thomas Fenner
  • Patent number: 10017864
    Abstract: An automated tank Cathodic/Corrosion Protection (CCP) monitoring system includes a mobile CCP data collection device. The data collection device can be moved horizontally to different locations in the tank. A reference electrode and corrosion coupon are lowered from the data collection device to desired depths within a liquid medium in the tank to collect data. The data collection device is connected to a programmable, external control unit enabling a operator to program a data collection schedule, the horizontal and vertical distance between readings, interruption of the system if the system is designed in a way to handle interruption, and has the ability to transmit the data remotely to a control center. These capabilities enable automated, remote monitoring of the CCP system, eliminate the safety concerns associated with sending technicians onto tank roofs, and give a more accurate and complete representation of the CCP system functionality and level of protection achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Omidreza Moghbeli, Sebastian Borucki
  • Patent number: 10000857
    Abstract: An assembly for use in refining metals includes two adjacent capping board segments defining a joint interface there-between, a contact bar that may be a contact bar segment and is sized and configured to lay on the two capping boards and to span across the joint interface, and two engagement mechanisms provided on respective sides of the joint interface, to hold the capping board segments together. Each engagement mechanism may include a projecting anchor element and a retaining cavity sized and configured to receive a corresponding projecting anchor element. The contact bar may include the projecting anchor elements and the capping board segments may include the retaining cavities. Methods and uses of such contact bars and capping board segments are also provided for hydrometallurgical refining operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Pultrusion Technique Inc.
    Inventor: Robert P. Dufresne
  • Patent number: 9994963
    Abstract: Sealing devices are provided as configured for use with cathode devices of an electrolytic cell for production of aluminum. In particular, the seals are specifically configured to provide an outlet seal for the cathode bars. The sealing devices are made of a material that is elastic, gas-proof, and heat-proof, and can create a hermetic seal around the cathode bar in such a way as to be able to move synchronously or asynchronously with the movement of the cathode bar as it undergoes thermally induced movement during aluminum production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Carroll, Yuri Nikolaevich Popov
  • Patent number: 9988734
    Abstract: Disclosed are cup assemblies for holding, sealing, and providing electrical power to a semiconductor substrate during electroplating which may include a cup bottom element having a main body portion and a moment arm, an elastomeric sealing element disposed on the moment arm, and an electrical contact element disposed on the elastomeric sealing element. The main body portion may be such that it does not substantially flex when a substrate is pressed against the moment arm, and it may be rigidly affixed to another feature of the cup structure. The ratio of the average vertical thickness of the main body portion to that of the moment arm may be greater than about 5. The electrical contact element may have a substantially flat but flexible contact portion disposed upon a substantially horizontal portion of the sealing element. The elastomeric sealing element may be integrated with the cup bottom element during manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Jingbin Feng, Robert Marshall Stowell, Shantinath Ghongadi, Ashwin Ramesh
  • Patent number: 9988728
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anode assembly for use in an electrolytic cell for recovery of metal. The assembly includes a hanger bar, a first perimeter bar, a second perimeter bar, optionally one or more center conductor bars, a base bar, a first tab coupled to the first perimeter bar and/or the base bar, and a second tab coupled to the second perimeter bar and/or the base bar. The assembly may also include insulating separators coupled to the tabs and/or insulators coupled to an active area of the anode assembly. A system includes the anode assembly, a cathode assembly, and a tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Luis A. Gonzalez Olguin, Rafael Garcia Navarro, Luis Ricardo Olivares, Larry R. Todd, Ron Haines, Chris Zanotti, Casey J. Clayton, Mark Peabody, Scot P. Sandoval
  • Patent number: 9945041
    Abstract: The present disclosure related to an inert anode which is electrically connected to the electrolytic cell, such that a conductor rod is connected to the inert anode in order to supply current from a current supply to the inert anode, where the inert anode directs current into the electrolytic bath to produce nonferrous metal (where current exits the cell via a cathode).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Alcoa USA Corp.
    Inventors: Susan M. Reed, William Steiner, Glenn Artman, Jerry LaSalle
  • Patent number: 9909220
    Abstract: In a method of corrosion protection of rebar in concrete the sacrificial anode is held in place by wrapping a first wire around a first rebar portion and a second wire at second rebar portion and twisting together the first and second free ends to tension the wrappings. This can be used either on two separate rebars which are parallel or at right angles or can be used at longitudinally spaced positions on a single rebar where the rebar roughening prevents the two wrappings from sliding as the wires are tensioned by the twisting. In many cases a covering material such as a porous mortar is cast onto the outer surface of the anode and in this case the mortar and the wire are located such that the wire exits from the sacrificial anode at a position separate from the layer of covering material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vector Corrosion Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: David Whitmore
  • Patent number: 9903035
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides devices, systems and methods with applicability in the coating of surfaces, in particular three-dimensional surfaces, via anodization reactions. For example, the disclosed devices, systems and methods find use in the formation of microstructured or nanostructured layers, e.g., metal oxide microstructured or nanostructured layers, via anodization on a variety of devices including, e.g., medical devices. Devices modified with one or more microstructured or nanostructured layers are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Tejal A. Desai, Harald Nuhn