Patents Examined by Camie Thompson
  • Patent number: 9895831
    Abstract: A compression-molded part has a conductive layer embedded in the part during molding of the part. The conductive layer is generally adjacent an outer surface of the part and is preferably formed from a mesh, a foil, a pulled screen, or multiple layers of conductive elements. The part is preferably optimized for use on the exterior of an aircraft for lightning-strike or EMI protection or for use as an antenna. Methods for forming the panels of the invention include placing the conductive layer against a mold surface of a compression mold, then forming the compression-molded part with the conductive layer embedded in the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony P. Bergerson, Jason L. Hoyle
  • Patent number: 9855725
    Abstract: Vacuum insulator includes core member and jacket which covers core member. Jacket is decompressed its interior and core member includes a glass-fiber laminated unit. The glass fiber is formed of toughened glass-fiber which is low brittle and its fiber strength is toughened. This structure allows improving the heat insulating performance as well as lowering the material cost of vacuum insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohisa Tenra, Masamichi Hashida
  • Patent number: 9840338
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a first composite layer and a second composite layer in which the second composite layer is associated with the first composite layer. The first composite layer and the second composite layer form a structure. The second composite layer has a conductivity configured to dissipate an electric charge on a surface of the structure and limit a flow of an electrical current in the second composite layer in which the electrical current is caused by an electromagnetic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Noel Timothy Gerken, Quynhgiao Nguyen Le
  • Patent number: 9834474
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a sizing composition for glass fibers comprising the following components: (a) A silane based coupling agent which is not an aminosilane; (b) A film former; (c) A borate; (d) A lubricant Characterized in that, at least 75 wt. % of the silane coupling agent present in the composition is dialkoxylated. It also concerns a glass fiber sized with the reaction product of said sizing composition, as well as a polymeric composite reinforced with such glass fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: 3B-FIBERGLASS SPRL
    Inventors: Nadia Masson, Luc Peters, Willy Piret
  • Patent number: 9828477
    Abstract: A prepreg containing a carbon fiber [A] and a thermosetting resin [B], and in addition, satisfying at least one of the following (1) and (2). (1) a thermoplastic resin particle or fiber [C] and a conductive particle or fiber [D] are contained, and weight ratio expressed by [compounding amount of [C] (parts by weight)]/[compounding amount of [D] (parts by weight)] is 1 to 1000. (2) a conductive particle or fiber of which thermoplastic resin nucleus or core is coated with a conductive substance [E] is contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Arai, Norimitsu Natsume, Kenichi Yoshioka, Junko Kawasaki, Hiroshi Takezaki
  • Patent number: 9831480
    Abstract: A fiber-containing polymer film contains a host polymer and fibrous substances. The fiber-containing polymer film has an orientation area where the fibrous substances are oriented in a direction substantially parallel to a main surface of the fiber-containing polymer film and in substantially the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuo Naoi, Kazutoshi Emoto, Kiyonori Hinoki, Masahiro Saegusa, Kenji Nishizawa, Mitsuo Kougo
  • Patent number: 9822228
    Abstract: A prepreg containing a carbon fiber [A] and a thermosetting resin [B], and in addition, satisfying at least one of the following (1) and (2). (1) a thermoplastic resin particle or fiber [C] and a conductive particle or fiber [D] are contained, and weight ratio expressed by [compounding amount of [C] (parts by weight)]/[compounding amount of [D] (parts by weight)] is 1 to 1000. (2) a conductive particle or fiber of which thermoplastic resin nucleus or core is coated with a conductive substance [E] is contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Arai, Norimitsu Natsume, Kenichi Yoshioka, Junko Kawasaki, Hiroshi Takezaki
  • Patent number: 9809011
    Abstract: A planar article in the form of a thin strip is shown. The article, comprising a fabric and a polymer, can be formed into a variety of shapes. A hollow profile made from the article by forming a seam using opposing edges of the strip to enclose a volume. A thermoplastic extrusion formed composite structural member and method for making is disclosed. In one embodiment, the composite structural member includes a first web made from a first material and a first resin, a second web made from a second material different from the first material, a third web made from a third material and a third resin, and a fourth web made from a fourth material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Giuseppe Puppin
  • Patent number: 9803086
    Abstract: Reinforcement for a material may be provided that includes a moldable composition, particularly for a building material, in which barley awns and seed parachutes, such as from bulrush seeds, are present as components in the reinforcement. The seed parachutes may comprise stem fibers and lateral fibers branching off therefrom, where the lateral fibers of the seed parachutes are connected to one another by the barley awns. The barley awns may have a weight proportion of approximately 0.1 to approximately 2 times, such as approximately 0.5 to approximately 1 time, higher than the weight proportion of the seed parachutes. A building material may be provided that includes the described reinforcement. A method for producing the building material may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Theo Groβkinsky, Martin Krus, Werner Theuerkorn
  • Patent number: 9802714
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and composite fuel tank for manufacturing a structure is provided. A first composite layer and a second composite layer are placed on a mold. The second composite layer and the first composite layer are cured. The first composite layer and the second composite layer form the structure. The second composite layer is configured to dissipate an electric charge on a surface of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Noel Timothy Gerken, Patrice K. Ackerman, William O'Neil Price, Eddie Kwon, Peter Raymond Rimbey
  • Patent number: 9783454
    Abstract: Glass compositions and high-modulus, and high-strength glass fibers made therefrom, being capable of economical, continuous processing and suitable for the production of high-strength and/or high stiffness, low-weight composites, such as windturbine blades, the glass composition comprises the following constituents in the limits defined below, expressed as weight percentages: between about 56 to about 61 weight percent SiO2; between about 16 to about 23 weight percent Al2O3, wherein the weight percent ratio of SiO2/Al2O3 is between about 2 to about 4; between about 8 to about 12 weight percent MgO; between about 6 to about 10 weight percent CaO, wherein the weight percent ratio of MgO/CaO is between about 0.7 to about 1.5; between about 0 to about 2 weight percent Na2O; less than about 1 weight percent Li2O; and total residual transition metal oxides of less than about 2 weight percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AGY Holding Corp.
    Inventors: Robert L. Hausrath, Anthony V. Longobardo
  • Patent number: 9771264
    Abstract: Generally, the present invention provides methods for the production of materials comprising a plurality of nanostructures such as nanotubes (e.g., carbon nanotubes) and related articles. The plurality of nanostructures may be provided such that their long axes are substantially aligned and, in some cases, continuous from end to end of the sample. For example, in some cases, the nanostructures may be fabricated by uniformly growing the nanostructures on the surface of a substrate, such that the long axes are aligned and non-parallel to the substrate surface. The nanostructures may be, in some instances, substantially perpendicular to the substrate surface. In one set of embodiments, a force with a component normal to the long axes of the nanostructures may be applied to the substantially aligned nanostructures. The application of a force may result in a material comprising a relatively high volume fraction or mass density of nanostructures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Enrique J. Garcia, Anastasios John Hart, Diego S. Saito, Brian L. Wardle, Hulya Cebeci
  • Patent number: 9775240
    Abstract: A carbon nanotube composite film includes a carbon nanotube film and a polymer material composited with the carbon nanotube film. The carbon nanotube film includes a number of carbon nanotube linear units spaced from each other and a number of carbon nanotube groups spaced from each other. The carbon nanotube groups are combined with the carbon nanotube linear units. The polymer material is coated on surfaces of the carbon nanotube linear units and the carbon nanotube groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Beijing FUNATE Innovation Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Feng, Yu-Quan Wang, Li Qian
  • Patent number: 9757599
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a fireproofing system for protecting an elongate member, comprising at least one inner layer configured to at least partially wrap around itself to form an inner passage, the at least one inner layer configured to generally resist heat, and an outer shell or member defining an interior opening, wherein the first layer is configured to be positioned within the interior opening of the outer shell or outer member, wherein an elongate member is configured to pass through the inner passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dymat Construction Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Robert Fyfe
  • Patent number: 9751993
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hydrophobic additive for use with fabric, fiber, and film. One aspect of the present invention comprises a master batch composition for use in preparing a non-woven fabric in order to increase the hydrophobicity of the non-woven fabric. In one embodiment, the master batch composition includes a polymer and a lipid ester. The lipid ester comprises from 10 wt. % to 40 wt. % of the master batch. The fabric, when including the master batch composition, has a contact angle ranging from 100° to 125° when measured according to test method ASTM D2578.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Techmer PM, LLC
    Inventor: Ebrahim Mor
  • Patent number: 9731440
    Abstract: A molding material comprising the following components (A) to (D) at the following ratios, in which the component (D) is bonded to a composite comprising the components (A) to (C) and the order in the weight average molecular weight is component (D)>component (B)>component (C); (A) 1 to 75 wt % of a reinforcing fiber bundle; (B) 0.01 to 10 wt % of a first propylene-based resin; (C) 0.01 to 10 wt % of a second propylene-based resin having carboxylate groups bound to the polymer chains thereof; and (D) 5 to 98.98 wt % of a third propylene-based resin. A molding material of this invention provides a long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin molding material containing a propylene-based resin as the matrix resin, which allows the reinforcing fibers to be well dispersed into the molded article produced at the time of injection molding and allows the molded article produced to have excellent mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Masato Honma, Atsuki Tsuchiya, Keiichi Asami
  • Patent number: 9707736
    Abstract: A curable sheet-like composite material comprising curable resin and at least one layer of structural fibers and comprising an outer backing layer of substantially resin-free material which is gas permeable but is substantially non-permeable with respect to the curable resin at room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hexcel Composites Limited
    Inventor: Mark Whiter
  • Patent number: 9701068
    Abstract: A method for forming a relatively transparent fiber composite is disclosed. In one embodiment, the relatively transparent fiber composite can include glass fibers with a relatively low amount of iron oxide. In another embodiment, the transparent fiber composite can include a selected resin, a sizing and glass fibers where the index of refraction of the glass fibers, the sizing and the resin can be similar, within a tolerance amount. In yet another embodiment, the resin can be relatively clear and free from pigments and tints. In one embodiment, the glass fibers can be formed into a mat. In another embodiment, glass fibers can be chopped or milled and a relatively transparent part can be formed through injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Choiniere, Evans Hankey, Michael K. Pilliod, Peter N. Russell-Clarke
  • Patent number: 9701815
    Abstract: A resin composition that has good heat resistance and handleability and that can produce a prepreg which has a good balance between tackyness and drapability and which causes little resin flow during prepreg molding, a prepreg that is manufactured using the resin composition, and a fiber-reinforced composite are provided. A resin composition that contains a maleimide compound, diallyl bisphenol A, and a diallyl isophthalate polymer, a prepreg in which reinforcing fibers are impregnated with the resin composition, and a fiber-reinforced composite material that is obtained by molding the prepreg are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Harada, Manabu Kaneko, Tomoo Sano, Kazutami Mitani
  • Patent number: 9702065
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for making a composite part including an assembly of superimposed webs of reinforcement threads imbedded at least partially in a polymer matrix, said part including at least one curved area and the method comprising steps of draping or stacking plies of a composite material, characterized in that, in at least one area adjacent to a curved area, at least one draping or stacking step is carried out with a ply of composite material, that comprises a web, or twisted thread web, including at least one twisted reinforcement thread in order to at least compensate the length differences of the extreme paths of the thread on either side of the width as measured in a direction parallel to the surface of the web; the invention also relates to the composite materials thus obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hexcel Reinforcements, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Beraud, Alain Bruyere, Jean-Benoit Thiel, Jacques Ducarre