Patents Examined by Jacob Cigna
  • Patent number: 10371011
    Abstract: A method of forming an integral fastener for a ceramic matrix composite component comprises the steps of forming a fiber preform, applying a polymer material to the fiber preform to form a rigid preform structure, machining an opening in the rigid preform structure, forming a fiber fastener, inserting the fiber fastener into the opening, removing the polymer material, and infiltrating a matrix material into the rigid preform structure and fiber fastener to form a ceramic matrix composite component with an integral fastener. A gas turbine engine is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: David C. Jarmon
  • Patent number: 10160071
    Abstract: A method for generating a microchannel heat pipe on a substrate surface includes co-extruding a primary material and a secondary material such that the primary material forms side walls that are spaced apart by the secondary material to form a composite structure. After the primary material hardens, the secondary material is removed, whereby the hardened primary material forms a pipe body structure having an elongated central channel defined between opposing end openings. A working fluid is then inserted into the elongated central channel, and sealing structures are then formed over both end openings to encapsulate the working fluid. The co-extrusion process is modified such that the side and upper walls are self-formed either while flowing inside a co-extrusion printhead, or immediately upon exiting the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: David Eric Schwartz, Ranjeet Balakrishna Rao
  • Patent number: 10150150
    Abstract: Tube forming methods can be used for efficient transition in the production of tubes having varying thickness. Material used to form consecutive tubes may have the same thickness along a separation plane separating a first discrete section from a second discrete section of the material, and the first discrete section and the second discrete section may each have varying thickness in a feed direction of the material. With such a thickness profile, the first discrete section of the material may be formed into a first cylinder having varying thickness and separated from the second discrete portion as the second discrete section is formed into a second cylinder having varying thickness. In particular, the transition between the first cylinder and the second cylinder may be achieved without scrap and/or interruption, resulting in cost-savings and improvements in production throughput associated with forming tubes having varying thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Keystone Tower Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Caron
  • Patent number: 10145332
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the volume of the combustion chamber of an engine with high accuracy is provided. A cylinder head (200) of an engine includes a recess (204) constituting part of the combustion chamber of the engine, and a mating surface (202) for a cylinder block. The method for adjusting the volume of the combustion chamber includes measuring a plurality of portions of the surface of the recess (204) and a plurality of portions of the mating surface (202) by using a displacement meter, calculating differences between the respective measurement values of the mating surface (202), and the design shape of the mating surface (202) in a state in which the design shape of the surface of the recess (204) is fitted with respect to the respective measurement values of the recess (204), and deciding the cutting amount of the mating surface (202) based on the calculated differences and cutting the mating surface (202) by the decided cutting amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DMG Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shizuo Nishikawa, Hiroki Nakao
  • Patent number: 10144121
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for holding fasteners (such as lag screws) while being driven into a work piece. The holder holds the fastener away from a worker's hand so that it may be driven into the work piece without the hand being close to the driving action of the driving tool (such as a hammer). The holder then releases the screw to be completely driven into the work piece. While the fastener is being set, the holder holds one or more other fasteners in reserve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dominion Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy R. Sook
  • Patent number: 10137952
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of longitudinal frame rails and a bed above the frame rails. A plurality of roll-formed aluminum cross-members contact the bed and are disposed between the bed and the frame rails for additional support of the bed. Extruded aluminum spacers are disposed between and in contact with the one of the cross members and one of the frame rails. A crush tube is spin-welded to the spacer and contacts the underside of the bed for additional support to inhibit downward relative movement of the bed. The crush tube is formed with a longitudinal hole extending therethough to receive a fastener that extends from above the truck bed, through the crush tube hole, through the cross-member and spacer, and into the frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Courtright, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Vincent Chimento, Philip Van Wyk, Lawrence J. Dupuis
  • Patent number: 10131040
    Abstract: A torque-limiting device may include a shaft extending axially through upper and lower shanks and a spring to connect to a nut. The upper and lower shanks may be under a force from the spring and further configured to selectively engage within a predetermined torque limit and disengage at above the predetermined torque limit. Accordingly, the shaft may receive torque up to the predetermined limit as provided by a user operating a handle of the torque-limiting device. The torque-limiting device may be disposable, reusable, economical, and have high torque capabilities. The shaft may include a lumen extending there through, and through which a variety of devices and materials may be delivered to a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ECA MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS
    Inventors: John Nino, David Ivinson
  • Patent number: 10134494
    Abstract: In an installation device of a reactor repair device and a method, an installation pole (111) connected with an upper portion of a water jet peening device (101), a lifting device (112) that can suspend and support an upper portion of the installation pole (111) and can lift the installation pole (111) from a work floor (121), a moving device (113) that can move the lifting device (112) in two directions intersecting in a horizontal direction, and a position adjustment device (114) that can move the installation pole (111) in the horizontal direction in a state where the installation pole (111) is supported by the lifting device (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Akio Minamiyama, Yutaka Nishitsuji, Koji Okimura, Kazuyuki Hinami, Tomochika Hamamoto, Takao Konno
  • Patent number: 10124450
    Abstract: There is provided a rotation part of a rotary machine, the rotation part including: a base unit including a surface constituting fluid channels; a plurality of blade units protruding from the base unit; a plurality of shroud segment support units connected to the plurality of blade units and extending in a parallel direction to the surface of the base unit; a shroud segment disposed between and bonded to adjacent shroud segment support units of the plurality of shroud segment support units; and a first reinforcing unit provided on an intersection portion between a blade unit of the plurality of blade units and a shroud segment support unit of the plurality of shroud segment support units, wherein a distance from a protruding direction center line of the blade unit to an end portion of the shroud segment support unit is greater than a maximum distance from the protruding direction center line of the blade unit to an end portion of the first reinforcing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HANWHA AEROSPACE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jongkee Ahn
  • Patent number: 10124436
    Abstract: Disclosed is a welded structural member production method comprises: a first preparation step of preparing a cross-sectionally hat-shaped first metal workpiece which has a first base wall, a pair of first standing walls and a pair of flanges; a second preparation step of preparing a cross-sectionally U-shaped second metal workpiece which has a second base wall, and a pair of second standing walls; a positioning step of positioning the first metal workpiece and the metal workpiece in such a manner that each of two pairs of distal edges of the second standing walls and inner edge regions of the flanges are butted against each other; and a joining step of externally welding a butted region of each of the pairs of the distal edges of the second standing walls and the inner edge regions of the flanges to thereby join the first and second metal workpieces together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10118274
    Abstract: An apparatus for imparting compressive residual stress to at least a surface portion of a first plurality of balls includes a first body having a first surface, the first surface including a smooth contact portion, the smooth contact portion being substantially flat or convex and having a surface hardness greater than or equal to the initial surface hardness of the balls. The apparatus also includes a second body having a second surface, the first surface overlying the second surface, and at least one drive operably connected to the first body or to the second body and configured to move one of the first and second bodies relative to the other body at a substantially fixed distance, the at least one drive also being configured to move the first body toward the second body with a force or to move the second body toward the first body with the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Bryan McCoy, John Roth, Nathan Hipwell, Ron Radovich
  • Patent number: 10113237
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a rotating machine (100) includes: a casing forming process (S0) of forming a casing (1) of the rotating machine (100) having openings (5, 6, 10, 11) and suctioning and discharging a fluid (F); a surface activating process (S2) of supplying and discharging a pretreatment liquid (W1) into and from the casing (1) through the openings (5, 6, 10, 11) and activating an inner surface (1a) of the casing (1); a preheating process (S4) of supplying and discharging a preheating liquid (W2) into and from the casing (1) through the openings (5, 6, 10, 11) and preheating the casing (1); a plating process (S5) of supplying and discharging a plating liquid (W3) into and from the casing (1) through the openings (5, 6, 10, 11), and circulating the plating liquid to plate the inner surface (1a) of the casing (1); and an assembling process (S7) of providing a rotating body (3, 4) such that the rotating body is covered from an outer peripheral side by the plated casing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takanobu Hoshikawa, Yusuke Ishibashi, Yujiro Watanabe, Yuya Konno, Kosei Kawahara, Yohei Fuchigami, Toshio Nishina
  • Patent number: 10114341
    Abstract: A method of setting inertia of and/or poizing a timepiece sprung balance assembly including: manufacturing a balance and a balance spring irreversibly assembled to each other; fixing an outer coil of the balance spring in position in a tamperproof manner to a balance spring stud which is immobilized in a tamperproof manner by irreversible attachment to a balance cock; determining a peripheral surface of the balance, every point of which is remote from the balance spring by a first predefined distance; performing a re-machining operation only on the peripheral area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Conus, Marco Verardo, Christian Charbon
  • Patent number: 10107425
    Abstract: A pipe joining system and pipe joint are shown in which two sections of plastic pipe, particularly molecularly oriented pipe, are joined. A first section of plastic pipe has a female, belled pipe end with a mouth opening and having an exterior surface, an interior surface and having an interior circumferential recess formed in the belled pipe end adjacent the mouth opening on the interior surface thereof. A second section of plastic pipe having a mating male plastic pipe end has an interior surface and exterior surface. The exterior surface has a circumferential groove formed at one circumferential location thereof which is alignable with the interior recess formed within the mouth opening of the belled pipe end as the pipe joint is made-up. The circumferential groove is formed during the manufacture of the plastic pipe by expanding the pipe against a restraining element located in the interior of an expansion mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: S & B Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford G. Corbett, Jr., Guido Quesada
  • Patent number: 10107427
    Abstract: A pipe sealing gasket is shown which is designed to be received within a raceway provided within a socket end of a female bell plastic pipe end which is assembled with a mating male pipe end to form a plastic pipe joint. The raceway in the female bell plastic pipe end is preformed during manufacture and the gasket is installed thereafter. The gasket has a rubber body portion which is reinforced by a hard plastic band formed as a series of integral, spaced wedges which are interconnected by a flexible ribbon. The hard plastic band acts to prevent extrusion of the gasket during a variety of pressure conditions as well as preventing displacement during field assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: S & B Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Guillermo Monteil
  • Patent number: 10099423
    Abstract: The present technology discloses methods for joining a first workpiece and a second workpiece through a heat stake, and products formed thereby. The first workpiece has an aperture configured to receive a stud positioned on a second workpiece. The system is formed by applying energy to the first workpiece using electrodes, which indirectly heats the stud, at least partially softening material of the stud. Pressure is then applied to the softened material of the stud, and causing the material to form according to a predetermined geometry. After pressure is released, the stud forms a stake forming an interlocked joint connecting the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pei-Chung Wang, Bradley J. Blaski
  • Patent number: 10093437
    Abstract: A method for packaging and installing high performance insulation of a loose, granular, moisture-resistant nature, suitable for providing insulation in walls, ceilings, or other cavities in traditional buildings, cabinets or other structures requiring thermal or sound insulation, in a practical, easy to manage, modular fashion. The method provides for the packaging of insulation material to be contained in an air-tight but moisture permeable material that traps the particulates but not moisture vapor. The insulation material may also be blended with other materials to adjust the product's resistance to thermal or sound conductivity, cost, and in order to prevent leakage in the event of puncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: David Charles Loda
  • Patent number: 10093493
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing at least one transportation tube having a plurality of transportation tube sections for a high-speed transportation system. The method includes manufacturing the tube sections in-situ adjacent to an approximate path of the transportation system where the tube sections are to be positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HYPERLOOP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 10094506
    Abstract: Corrugated metal pipe repair system and method, an embodiment including the securing of one or more sheets to the corrugated pipe and over a damaged portion of the pipe including voids, the delivering of glass particles into the voids and possibly also cavities in ground adjacent to the corrugated metal pipe, and the delivering of a polymer that expands to fill at least a portion of the voids and possibly also a portion of the cavities not filled by the glass particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MARKETING ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: John Murray Kartanson, Scott Joseph Kammerer
  • Patent number: 10088167
    Abstract: A flow sleeve removal tool including: a shaft having an axis; a bracket attached to the shaft including a ring configured to abut and be releasably attached to an end of a flow sleeve of a gas turbine engine; a shaft attached to the bracket and coaxial with a flow sleeve of a gas turbine engine; a counter balance attached to the shaft, and a cable connector mounted to the shaft between the counter balance and the flow sleeve, wherein the cable connector is configured to attach to a cable connected to an overhead support structure and the cable connector is at a position on the shaft at which the flow sleeve is substantially balances the counter weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Mogle, Wayne Sullivan