Patents Examined by Jessee R. Roe
  • Patent number: 10926466
    Abstract: An integrated build and material supply system (12) for an additive manufacturing apparatus comprises a building compartment (24) adapted to accommodate an object (50) to be formed by means of additive manufacturing and a storage compartment (22) adapted to store a build material for forming said object. A volume of said building compartment and a volume of said storage compartment are variable in size, and said system is adapted to re-allocate at least a portion of a volume previously allocated to said storage compartment to said building compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alejandro Manuel De Pena, Fernando Juan, Pau Martin
  • Patent number: 10920292
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing FeNi ordered alloy having a L10 type order structure is provided. After a nitrification process for nitriding a powder sample of a FeNi disordered alloy arranged in a tube furnace is performed using a NH3 gas, a de-nitrification process for removing a nitrogen from the FeNi disordered alloy which is processed by the nitrification process is performed using a H2 gas. Thus, the L10 type FeNi ordered alloy with a regularity defined by S equal to or higher than 0.5 is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kura, Sho Goto, Yasushi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10920291
    Abstract: A method of hardening a surface of a ferro-alloy object, the method comprising at least partially gasifying a carbon-containing polymer to form a hardening material source; and exposing the object to the hardening material source, such that the hardening material source and the surface of the object react, thereby hardening the surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Commonwealth Steel Company Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Veena Sahajwalla, Farshid Pahlevani
  • Patent number: 10920307
    Abstract: A method of refining a microstructure of a titanium material can include providing a solid titanium material at a temperature below about 400° C. The titanium material can be heated under a hydrogen-containing atmosphere to a hydrogen charging temperature that is above a ? transus temperature of the titanium material and below a melting temperature of the titanium material, and held at this temperature for a time sufficient to convert the titanium material to a substantially homogeneous ? phase. The titanium material can be cooled under the hydrogen-containing atmosphere to a phase transformation temperature below the ? transus temperature and above about 400° C., and held for a time to produce ? phase regions. The titanium material can also be held under a substantially hydrogen-free atmosphere or vacuum at a dehydrogenation temperature below the ? transus temperature and above the ? phase decomposition temperature to remove hydrogen from the titanium material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: James D. Paramore, Brady G. Butler, Matthew K. Dunstan, Jonathan P. Ligda, Zhigang Z. Fang
  • Patent number: 10913107
    Abstract: A continuous casting and rolling line for casting, rolling, and otherwise preparing metal strip can produce distributable metal strip without requiring cold rolling or the use of a solution heat treatment line. A metal strip can be continuously cast from a continuous casting device and coiled into a metal coil, optionally after being subjected to post-casting quenching. This intermediate coil can be stored until ready for hot rolling. The as-cast metal strip can undergo reheating prior to hot rolling, either during coil storage or immediately prior to hot rolling. The heated metal strip can be cooled to a rolling temperature and hot rolled through one or more roll stands. The rolled metal strip can optionally be reheated and quenched prior to coiling for delivery. This final coiled metal strip can be of the desired gauge and have the desired physical characteristics for distribution to a manufacturing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Felberbaum, Sazol Kumar Das, Aurele Mariaux, Duane E. Bendzinski, Cyrille Bezencon, Simon William Barker, Corrado Bassi, Rajeev G. Kamat, Tudor Piroteala, Rajasekhar Talla, Robert Bruce Wagstaff
  • Patent number: 10913991
    Abstract: A non-limiting embodiment of a titanium alloy comprises, in percent by weight based on total alloy weight: 5.1 to 6.5 aluminum; 1.9 to 3.2 tin; 1.8 to 3.1 zirconium; 3.3 to 5.5 molybdenum; 3.3 to 5.2 chromium; 0.08 to 0.15 oxygen; 0.03 to 0.20 silicon; 0 to 0.30 iron; titanium; and impurities. A non-limiting embodiment of the titanium alloy comprises an intentional addition of silicon in conjunction with certain other alloying additions to achieve an aluminum equivalent value of at least 6.9 and a molybdenum equivalent value of 7.4 to 12.8, which was observed to improve tensile strength at high temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: John V. Mantione, David J. Bryan, Matias Garcia-Avila
  • Patent number: 10906099
    Abstract: A preparation method of high purity and densified tungsten-titanium metal which mixes titanium metal powder and tungsten metal powder together; adds metallic nitrates (such as nickel nitrate) as combustion improvers; then taking into the account of the characteristics of metal nitrate, which is soluble in alcohols to form a liquidous precursor, adds metal powder to mix together thoroughly, so that the sintering agent is expected to be colloid and uniformly spread among the tungsten-titanium metal powder. The preparation method significantly reduces the ratio of the combustion improver during the preparation of the high purity and densified tungsten-titanium target material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Mau-Sheng Chiou, Chien-Hung Liao, Chao-Nan Wei, Hui-Yun Bor, Kuan-Zong Fung
  • Patent number: 10907224
    Abstract: A direct reduction system and process for reducing a metal oxide to a metal, including and utilizing: a process gas line configured to deliver a portion of a process gas to a reformer operable for reforming the process gas to form a reformed gas; a bustle gas line configured to deliver the reformed gas to a shaft furnace as a bustle gas, wherein the shaft furnace is operable for reducing the metal oxide to the metal; and a direct recycle line including a direct recycle cooler configured to selectively deliver a portion of the process gas to the bustle gas line while circumventing the reformer, thereby selectively cooling and lowering the moisture content of the bustle gas delivered to the shaft furnace. Optionally, the direct reduction system further includes a reheat line configured to deliver a portion of the bustle gas to the shaft furnace as reheat gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Midrex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Darel Hughes, Haruyasu Michishita
  • Patent number: 10907229
    Abstract: A hot-work mold steel includes 0.37 to 0.46 wt % of carbon (C), 0.25 to 0.5 wt % of silicon (Si), 0.36 to 0.56 wt % of manganese (Mn), 2.0 to 5.0 wt % of chromium (Cr), 1.4 to 2.6 wt % of molybdenum (Mo), 0.4 to 0.8 wt % of vanadium (V), 0.0007 to 0.004 wt % of boron (B), 0.002 to 0.022 wt % of aluminum (Al), 0.001 to 0.09 wt % of titanium (Ti) and the remainder of iron (Fe) and inevitable impurities. The hot-work mold steel exhibits superior thermal conductivity, hardenability, durability, and nitriding characteristics, and increased resistance to heat check and melt-out. A die-casting mold made of the steel has improved thermal conductivity regardless of mold size and a prolonged life cycle and can improve the surface quality in manufactured parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kuk Cheol Kim, Byoung Koo Kim, Jeong Wook Kim, Jae Suk Jeong
  • Patent number: 10907239
    Abstract: A method for producing a particulate titanium alloy product can include preparing a composite particulate oxide mixture with TiO2 powder and at least one alloying element powder. The composite particulate oxide mixture can be co-reduced using a metallic reducing agent under a hydrogen atmosphere at a reduction temperature for a reduction time sufficient to produce a hydrogenated titanium alloy product. The hydrogenated titanium alloy product can then be heat treated under a hydrogen atmosphere and a heat treating temperature to reduce pore size and specific surface area to form a heat treated hydrogenated titanium product. The heat treated hydrogenated titanium product can be deoxygenated to reduce residual oxygen to less than 0.2 wt % to form a deoxygenated hydrogenated titanium product as a particulate. The deoxygenated hydrogenated titanium product can optionally be dehydrogenated to form the titanium alloy product as a particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Zhigang Zak Fang, Yang Xia, Pei Sun, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 10906100
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing and heat treating a component formed from an alloy or superalloy. The component may be part of a gas turbine engine, such as an airfoil of a gas turbine engine turbine, or a combustor fuel nozzle, that includes internal cooling passages. At least part of the component is formed from the alloy or superalloy using an additive manufacturing process. The method includes determining an incipient melting point range and a recrystallization temperature of the alloy or superalloy. The component is then heated to at least the recrystallization temperature and within the incipient melting point range for a predetermined time, and ultimately cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Gregory Edwin Vogel, Jeremy Metternich, Edwin John Kawecki, Jacob Snyder
  • Patent number: 10907227
    Abstract: Described is a method of modifying material properties of a workpiece using a high-pressure-torsion apparatus, comprising a working axis, a first anvil, a second anvil, and an annular body, comprising a first recirculating convective chiller, a second recirculating convective chiller, and a heater, positioned between the first recirculating convective chiller and the second recirculating convective chiller along the working axis. The method comprises compressing the workpiece along a central axis of the workpiece and. simultaneously with compressing the workpiece along the central axis, twisting the workpiece about the central axis. The method further comprises. while compressing the workpiece along the central axis and twisting the workpiece about the central axis, translating the annular body along the working, axis of the high-pressure-torsion apparatus, collinear with the central axis of the workpiece, and heating the workpiece with the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Ravi Verma
  • Patent number: 10900103
    Abstract: An Mg—Li alloy contains more than 10.50% by mass and not more than 16.00% by mass of Li, not less than 2.00% by mass and not more than 15.00% by mass of Al, not less than 0.03% by mass and less than 1.10% by mass of Mn, impurities, and the balance of Mg. The impurities contain Fe at a concentration of 15 ppm or less. The alloy may optionally contain M, which is at least one element selected from the group consisting Ca, Zn, Si, Y, and rare earth metal elements with atomic numbers of 57 to 71.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Takayuki Goto
  • Patent number: 10894992
    Abstract: A method for producing a steel member includes carburizing the steel member, pearlitizing austenite, and performing quenching. The pearlitizing of the austenite includes performing a first pearlite precipitation treatment of cooling the steel member to a first temperature lower than an austenite transformation start temperature and higher than 680° C. and holding the steel member at the first temperature to pearlitize a part of the austenite formed in the carburizing of the steel member, and performing a second pearlite precipitation treatment of further cooling the steel member to a second temperature equal to or lower than 680° C. and higher than a nose temperature and holding the steel member at the second temperature to pearlitize the austenite retained in the first pearlite precipitation treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Tawa, Hiroyuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10889870
    Abstract: In this steel component, the concentration of C in a surface layer is 0.85 mass % or more to 1.2 mass % or less, which is higher than the concentration of C in a starting material steel, the surface layer has a volume ratio of a retained-austenite structure higher than 0% and lower than 10%, the remainder of the surface layer is a martensitic structure, the area fraction of grain boundary carbides in the surface layer is lower than 2%, a layer inside the surface layer is higher than the surface layer in a volume ratio of a retained-austenite structure, and in the layer inside the surface layer, the remainder is a martensitic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Kazuaki Okada, Keisuke Matsuzaka, Masashi Sakakibara, Manabu Kubota, Kei Miyanishi, Tatsuya Koyama
  • Patent number: 10888923
    Abstract: A manufacturing machine is capable of additive manufacturing. The manufacturing machine includes: a connecting part configured to be connectable to a machine tool capable of subtractive manufacturing; and an additive manufacturing head configured to be positioned in a machining area of the machine tool and discharge a material, when the connecting part is connected to the machine tool. The manufacturing machine for additive manufacturing that can be installed at a low cost is thus provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: DMG MORI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Mori, Yuhei Mezawa, Shigeyuki Takashima, Shigetsugu Sakai, Makoto Fujishima
  • Patent number: 10889889
    Abstract: A high purity copper sputtering target material includes Cu at a purity of 99.99998 mass % or more excluding O, H, N and C, wherein an Al content is 0.005 mass ppm or less, a Si content is 0.05 mass ppm or less, an Fe content is 0.02 mass ppm or less, a S content is 0.03 mass ppm or less, Cl content is 0.1 mass ppm or less, n O content is 1 mass ppm or less, H content is 1 mass ppm or less, a N content is 1 mass ppm or less, and a C content is 1 mass ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Satoru Mori, U Tani, Yuuji Sato, Fumitake Kikuchi, Isao Arai
  • Patent number: 10888926
    Abstract: A method can include pressing material to form a billet where the material includes aluminum and one or more metals selected from a group consisting of alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, group 12 transition metals, and basic metals having an atomic number equal to or greater than 31; extruding the billet to form extrudate; and forming a degradable component from the extrudate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Indranil Roy, Gregoire Jacob
  • Patent number: 10889878
    Abstract: An alloy material includes: a composition, in a composition range of a ternary alloy of silver (Ag), palladium (Pd), and copper (Cu), the composition containing 20 to 30 wt % of Ag, 35 to 55 wt % of Pd, and 20 to 40 wt % of Cu. The composition as a base is added with tin (Sn) in a range of 0.5 to 2.5 wt %, further added with any one of or a combination of cobalt (Co), chromium (Cr), and zinc (Zn) in a range of 0.1 to 1.0 wt %, and added with 0.01 to 0.1 wt % of either one of or a combination of iridium (Ir) and ruthenium (Ru).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: NHK Spring Co., Ltd., YAMAKIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Kazama, Yoshihisa Tani, Satoshi Shoji, Teruo Anraku, Masayuki Ainoya, Tomohiro Kubota, Kotaro Toyotake, Hitoshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10888663
    Abstract: Provided is a titanium filter for syringes and its manufacturing method, more particularly, a titanium filter for syringes which has an improved filtering power and high safety and its manufacturing method. The titanium filter for syringes comprises: a first body having a hollow hole formed on the inner side thereof; and a second body configured to extend in the longitudinal direction of the first body and to cover one side of the hollow hole, wherein the first body and the second body are composed of titanium powders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HANATECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Hwan Bae, Gun Suk In, Hong Jin Kim, Kwon Ung Hwang