Patents Examined by Elvin Enad
  • Patent number: 9159482
    Abstract: A rupture resistant system is provided and comprises a tank comprising a top member, a combined body member, the combined body member forming a side and bottom of the tank, the combined body member comprising at least one curved non-linear surface to define a partially curved interior in at least a portion of the tank; and a component situated within the tank and susceptible to creating increasing pressure within the tank when under a fault condition. At least one of the top, sidewall, and bottom members is connected to another of the top, sidewall, and bottom members in a manner so as to cause an increase in inner volume of the tank under increased pressure conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael S. Green, Paul A. Siemers, Malcolm G. Smith, Jr., Florian P. Pintgen
  • Patent number: 9013263
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wound iron core (3) for a static apparatus in which magnetic paths in the inside of the wound iron core are subdivided to improve iron core characteristics. The iron core (3) is configured by using two or more kinds of magnetic materials (11 to 14) with different magnetic permeabilities to form laminated blocks with single plates or a plurality of laminated plates and by alternately arranging the laminated blocks with different magnetic permeabilities from the inner circumference. An iron core material (14) with large magnetic permeability out of iron core materials with different magnetic permeabilities is arranged on the inner circumference side. Further, when the iron core materials with different magnetic permeabilities are alternately arranged, the iron core materials (11) with the same magnetic permeability are configured to gradually change in thickness to ease an excessive magnetic flux density distribution in the iron core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nakanoue, Kazuyuki Fukui, Hidemasa Yamaguchi, Kouhei Satou, Tatsuhito Azegami, Makoto Shinohara, Toshiaki Takahashi, Tooru Honma, Masanao Kuwabara, Toshiki Shirahata, Yuuji Satou, Manabu Dohi, Ryosuke Mikoshiba, Hiroyuki Endou
  • Patent number: 8779271
    Abstract: There is provided a tonal component detection method including performing a time-frequency transformation on an input time signal to obtain a time-frequency distribution, detecting a peak in a frequency direction at a time frame of the time-frequency distribution, fitting a tone model in a neighboring region of the detected peak, and obtaining a score indicating tonal component likeness of the detected peak based on a result obtained by the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mototsugu Abe, Masayuki Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 8097821
    Abstract: The movable contact unit with a light-guiding function has the following structure. An uneven section is formed in a section that is to be lighted on the lower surface of a TPU base sheet. A film with a refractive index of light lower than that of the base sheet is disposed beneath the lower surface of the base sheet in a manner that the uneven section is embedded in the film. Besides, an adhesive layer is disposed beneath the film so as to hold a movable contact. The movable contact unit structured above is effectively employed for a lighted panel switch capable of reducing loss in amount of light and providing the section that is to be lighted with required illuminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Tatehata, Tsutomu Aisaka, Yousuke Chikahisa
  • Patent number: 8035050
    Abstract: A deformable cap for a computer pointing device is provided that may be particularly useful for miniature joystick-type pointing devices such as the TrackPoin™ and ScrollPoint™ devices manufactured by the IBM corporation of Armonk, N.Y. When an operator places a fingertip on the cap, the cap deforms thereby advantageously increasing the surface area of contact between the cap and the fingertip. All embodiments of the cap are placed on an upper portion of a control stick of the pointing device. A first embodiment of the cap includes a bottom support, a disc, a plurality of wire supports, and an elastic cover that overlays the disc and wire supports. An inner surface of the cover may be scored to ensure repeatable deformation of the cap. A spring may be attached to a lower surface of the disc to assist the cap in regaining its original shape once the operator's fingertip is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Y. Hsu, Jimmy Ming-Der Hsu
  • Patent number: 7946378
    Abstract: A membrane for an electroacoustic transducer is disclosed having a first area, a second area, which is arranged for translatory movement in relation to said first area, and a third area, which connects said first area and said second area, wherein local, planar spring constants along a closed line within said third area encompassing said second area, are determined in such a way that local, translatory spring constants along said line in a direction of said translatory movement are substantially constant or exclusively have substantially flat, mutual changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Susanne Windischberger, Helmut Wasinger, Josef Lutz
  • Patent number: 7946380
    Abstract: A motorcycle has a muffler 40, a muffler cover 50 for covering a part of a side surface (outer peripheral surface) of the muffler 40 and an end cap 60 for covering the muffler 40 from a rear side thereof. The end cap 60 is separately formed from the muffler cover 50 and disposed away from the muffler cover 50. The muffler cover 50 is mounted on the muffler 40 in a manner such that a central axis of the muffler cover 50 is offset from a central axis of the muffler 40 in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Yamamoto, Shigeyuki Matsuura
  • Patent number: 7946385
    Abstract: A process for the production of an acoustically resistive structure that can be inserted in an alveolar structure so as to obtain a coating for the acoustic treatment, whereby the acoustically resistive structure includes at least one porous layer (34) and at least one reinforcement structure (36) assembled by gluing, the process including: applying an amorphous-type adhesive on the at least one reinforcement structure (36), perforating or micro-perforating the reinforcement structure (36) after the application of the amorphous-type adhesive, and applying the at least one porous layer against the face of the reinforcement structure (36) that is coated with amorphous-type adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Jacques Lalane, Christophe Menier, Jean-Christophe Bossis, Jean-Marc Poignonec
  • Patent number: 7942240
    Abstract: A silencer for an internal combustion engine includes a silencer housing formed by a pair of clamped housing members each having a substantially identical configuration relative to one another. The silencer housing has an intake port formed at a first end and an exhaust port formed at a second, opposite end. At least one separator is received in the silencer housing between and spaced apart from the first end and the second end. The at least one separator extends transversely across the silencer housing relative to a longitudinal length of the silencer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas M. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7926614
    Abstract: A marine seismic streamer includes a jacket substantially covering an exterior of the streamer. At least one strength member is disposed along the length of the jacket. A sensor mount is coupled to the strength member. At least one particle motion sensor is suspended within the sensor mount at a selected location along the jacket. The at least one particle motion sensor is suspended in the jacket by at least one biasing device. A mass of the particle motion sensor and a force rate of the biasing device are selected such that a resonant frequency of the particle motion sensor within the sensor jacket is within a predetermined range. The sensor mount is configured such that motion of the jacket, the sensor mount and the strength member is substantially isolated from the particle motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: PGS Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Stig Rune Lennart Tenghamn, Andre Stenzel
  • Patent number: 7913808
    Abstract: A water-resistant composite paper, suitable for use as a loudspeaker component, is made from a composition including wood pulp, hydrophobic fibers, and stiffening fibers that retain stiffness when wet. In some examples, fibrillated acrylic fibers and glass fibers are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Agota F. Fehervari, Samuel D. Parrish, Martin J. Schad, Mark P. Temple, Robert E. Evans, Christopher D. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7498531
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for pyromechanical separation comprising a housing (4) and a conducting rail (2) which is arranged therein and embodied in such a way that it is separable at a separation point (13) by a separating tool (6) which is actuated by a propulsion pyrotechnical charge (12). In order to protect said conducting rail against manipulations and ensure an unequivocal positioning, the conducting rail (2), the propulsion charge (12) and the separating tool (6) are fixed in the housing (4) in an irremovable manner by a latch (5) which is inserted into the housing (4) and are nondetachably fixed thereto. Said latch (5) is also used as a support for the separating tool (6), i.e. it comprises a cutting edge (7) along which said separating tool (7) cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Knauss, Uwe Brede, Gerhard Kordel, Juergen Neuser, Wolfgang Seitz, Paulus Bayer, Georg Seitz
  • Patent number: 7497856
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for the remote-controlled release of active ingredients which are located with a magnetic body in a cavity and which are released under the influence of heat. A substantially biocompatible device, which avoids unnecessary thermal and electromagnetic loads, is created by producing the heat required for releasing the active ingredients by rotating the body in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Fachhochschule Jena
    Inventors: Wilfried Andrae, Matthias Erich Bellemann, Henri Danan, Rainer Schmieg
  • Patent number: 7485825
    Abstract: The push-type vehicle switch has a case, an actuator, a movable contact, and a cap made of elastic material. The case has an opening and a fixed contact implanted inside thereof. The actuator is contained in the case reciprocably. The movable contact is provided facing the fixed contact and connects to and disconnects from the fixed contact according to reciprocable movement of the actuator. The cap covers the opening of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Nishikawa, Masaru Shimizu, Hiroyuki Kosaka, Yoshiyuki Nakade, Toru Arakawa
  • Patent number: 7482899
    Abstract: A latching relay employing a movable cantilever with a first permanent magnet and a nearby second magnet is disclosed. The permanent magnet affixed to the cantilever is permanently magnetized along its long (horizontal) axis. The cantilever has a first end associated to the first pole (e.g., north pole) of the first magnet, and a second end associated to the second pole (e.g., south pole) of the first magnet. When the first end of the cantilever approaches the second magnet, the first pole of the first magnet induces a local opposite pole (e.g., south pole) in the second magnet and causes the first end of the cantilever to be attracted to the local opposite pole of the second magnet, closing an electrical conduction path (closed state). An open state on the first end of cantilever 10 can be maintained either by the second pole of first magnet being attracted to a local opposite pole in the second magnet or by a mechanical restoring force of flexure spring which supports the cantilever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventors: Jun Shen, Chengping Wei
  • Patent number: 7474180
    Abstract: A microvalve which utilizes a low temperature (<300° C.) fabrication process on a single substrate. The valve uses buckling and an electromagnetic actuator to provide a relatively large closing force and lower power consumption. A buckling technique of the membrane is used to provide two stable positions for the membrane, and to reduce the power consumption and the overall size of the microvalve. The use of a permanent magnet is an alternative to the buckled membrane, or it can be used in combination with the buckled membrane, or two sets of micro-coils can be used in order to open and close the valve, providing the capability for the valve to operate under normally opened or normally closed conditions. Magnetic analysis using ANSYS 5.7 shows that the addition of Orthonol between the coils increases the electromagnetic force by more than 1.5 times. At a flow rate of 1 mL/m, the pressure drop is <100 Pa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corp.
    Inventors: Jemmy Sutanto Bintoro, Peter J. Hesketh
  • Patent number: 7468646
    Abstract: A bi-stable magnetic switch assembly is provided that comprises a stator and a rotor, which is configured for rotation with respect to the stator between a first latched position and a second latched position. The stator and the rotor cooperate to form a first magnetic path and a magnetic path having a shared portion. A spring, which is coupled to the rotor, biases the rotor toward the first and second latched positions when the rotor is in the second and first latched positions, respectively. At least one magnet is fixedly coupled to either the stator or the rotor. The magnet is included within the first magnetic path and configured to produce a magnetic latching force that biases the rotor toward first latched position when the rotor is closer to the first latched position than to the second latched position, and toward the second latched position when the rotor is closer to the second latched position than to the first latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Osterberg
  • Patent number: 7466215
    Abstract: A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) switch is described. The MEMS switch includes both RF-input and output transmission lines formed on a substrate. An RF armature is anchored to the substrate and is electrically connected with the RF-output transmission line. A contact is electrically connected with the RF-input transmission line. Both bias-input and output signal lines are formed on the substrate. A bias armature is anchored to the substrate and is electrically connected with the bias-input signal line. A DC/RF isolation insulator connects the bias armature with the RF armature. When a charge is introduced to the bias-input signal line, the bias armature is forced toward the bias-output signal line, thereby forcing the RF armature to connect with the contact and form an electrical circuit between the RF-input transmission line and the RF-output transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Wireless MEMS, Inc.
    Inventor: Chia-Shing Chou
  • Patent number: 7463125
    Abstract: Microrelays and microrelay fabrication and operating methods providing a microrelay actuator positively controllable between a switch closed position and a switch open position. The microrelays are a five terminal device, two terminals forming the switch contacts, one terminal controlling the actuating voltage on an actuator conductive area, one terminal controlling the actuating voltage on a first fixed conductive area, and one terminal controlling the actuating voltage on a second fixed conductive area deflecting the actuator in an opposite direction than the first fixed conductive area. Providing the actuating voltages as zero average voltage square waves and their complement provides maximum actuating forces, and positive retention of the actuator in both actuator positions. Various fabrication techniques are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Uppili Sridhar, Quanbo Zou
  • Patent number: 7463124
    Abstract: Resettable circuit interrupting devices, such as GFCI devices, that include reverse wiring protection, and optionally an independent trip portions and/or a reset lockout portion are provided. The reverse wiring protection operates at both the line and load sides of the device so that in the event line side wiring to the device is improperly connected to the load side, fault protection for the device remains. The trip portion operates independently of a circuit interrupting portion used to break the electrical continuity in one or more conductive paths in the device. The reset lockout portion prevents the reestablishing of electrical continuity in open conductive paths if the circuit interrupting portion is non-operational or if an open neutral condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas L. DiSalvo, William R. Ziegler