Patents Examined by John J. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9095934
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy brazing sheet having a good brazing property that prevents diffusion of molten filler material in a core material of the aluminum alloy brazing sheet during a brazing process and which has a superior corrosion resistance to an exhaust gas condensate water after the brazing process is disclosed. A method of manufacturing of the aluminum alloy brazing sheet also is disclosed. A high corrosion-resistant heat exchanger that employs the aluminum alloy brazing sheet also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignees: Denso Corp., Furukawa-Sky Aluminum Corp.
    Inventors: Sadayuki Kamiya, Masaki Harada, Masafumi Saito, Taketoshi Toyoma, Makoto Ando, Yoshiyuki Oya, Akio Niikura, Yoichi Kojima
  • Patent number: 9085042
    Abstract: Superalloy components are joined or repaired by mating a recess formed in one component substrate with a corresponding projection formed in another component along a contact surface and welding them together with a stud welding apparatus. A mating superalloy repair stud is formed with a stud projection whose profile conforms to the substrate recess profile along a corresponding contact surface. Both the stud and substrate are coupled to a stud welding apparatus, with the stud projection and substrate recess oriented in an opposed spaced relationship with a gap there between. The stud welding apparatus passes current between the stud projection and recess and forms an arc there between, to melt their respective opposed surfaces. The melted stud projection and substrate recess opposed surfaces are pressed into contact with each other with the stud welding apparatus, forming a weld there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Bruck
  • Patent number: 9074681
    Abstract: An article comprises a metal alloy substrate and a plated wear interface layer disposed over a surface of the metal alloy substrate. The wear interface layer has a chemical composition including between about 0.005 wt % and about 0.050 wt % of antimony (Sb), and the balance silver (Ag) and incidental impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hanlon, William P. Ogden, Eli N. Ross
  • Patent number: 9074294
    Abstract: Coated articles and methods for applying coatings are described. In some cases, the coating can exhibit desirable properties and characteristics such as durability, corrosion resistance, and high conductivity. The articles may be coated, for example, using an electrodeposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Xtalic Corporation
    Inventors: John Cahalen, Alan C. Lund, Christopher A. Schuh
  • Patent number: 9064613
    Abstract: An electrical conductor has a metal substrate. A seal layer is provided exterior of the metal substrate. A nickel layer is provided exterior of the seal layer. The seal layer is a non-nickel based metal. Optionally, the seal layer may be tin based. Optionally, the seal layer may create intermetallic interface layers with the nickel layer and the metal substrate. Optionally, the electrical conductor may constitute a contact configured for mating with at least one of a printed circuit board or another mating contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: George Jyh-Shann Chou, Robert Daniel Hilty
  • Patent number: 9045901
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steel fibre for reinforcing concrete or mortar. The fibre has a middle portion and anchorage ends. The middle portion has a maximum load capacity Fm and an elongation at maximum load Ag+e. The elongation at maximum load Ag+e is at least 2.5%. The steel fibre has an anchorage force in said concrete or said mortar of at least 90% of the maximum load capacity Fm. The anchorage force is the maximum load obtained during a pull out test of a steel fibre embedded with one of the anchorage ends in the concrete or the mortar. The steel fibre has the advantage that it can be used at normal dosages in load carrying structures of concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: NV BEKAERT SA
    Inventor: Ann Lambrechts
  • Patent number: 9044823
    Abstract: A plurality of short light metal billets obtained by pressing light metal pieces are stacked in a long container having an inside diameter D that is larger than an outside diameter d of each of the short light metal billets, are pressed in the long container at a temperature higher than room temperature, and are compressed until the outside diameter d of each of the short light metal billets becomes equal to the inside diameter D of the long container, thereby joining the short light metal billets together at an interface between each adjacent pair of the short light metal billets by friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Kurimoto, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Koshi, Jinsun Liao
  • Patent number: 9012031
    Abstract: To provide a steel fuel conveying pipe which has high resistance to corrosive fuel and maintains reliability without damaging a direct-injection engine, and connects a high-pressure pump and a direct-injection rail with each other in a gasoline direct-injection engine system, and a fuel conveying pipe suitable as a bypass pipe for coupling direct-injection rails with each other in a V-type gasoline engine. A steel fuel conveying pipe for conveying gasoline is characterized in that a Ni-plated layer is provided on the whole inner circumferential face of the fuel conveying pipe, and an anti-rust film layer composed of a Zn-plated layer and a Zn-based alloy-plated layer is further provided on the Ni-plated layer at at least one end of the fuel conveying pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha Limited
    Inventor: Kazuo Takagi
  • Patent number: 9012033
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy clad sheet for heat exchangers includes a core material, a cladding material 1, and a cladding material 2, one side and the other side of the core material being respectively clad with the cladding material 1 and the cladding material 2, the core material containing 0.5 to 1.2% of Si, 0.2 to 1.0% of Cu, 1.0 to 1.8% of Mn, and 0.05 to 0.3% of Ti, with the balance being Al and unavoidable impurities, the cladding material 1 containing 3 to 6% of Si, 2 to 8% of Zn, and at least one of 0.3 to 1.8% of Mn and 0.05 to 0.3% of Ti, with the balance being Al and unavoidable impurities, and the cladding material 2 containing 6 to 13% of Si, with the balance being Al and unavoidable impurities, the cladding material 1 serving as the outer side of the aluminum alloy clad sheet during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Sumitomo Light Metal Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Matsuo, Haruhiko Miyachi, Kenji Negura, Naoki Yamashita, Yuji Hisatomi, Yasunaga Itoh
  • Patent number: 9012029
    Abstract: A method of bonding a first panel made of a first material to a second panel made of a second material is provided. The method includes creating a second panel hole in the second panel at a weld location. An insert composed of the first material is inserted into the second panel hole in the second panel. At least a portion of the insert is fittable in the second panel hole and sized to correspond to the second panel hole. The first panel and the insert are welded together at the weld location, thereby bonding the first and second panels. In one embodiment, the first and second panels are placed between the first and second electrodes of a welding gun. A force is applied to clamp the insert and the first panel between the first and second electrodes and a welding current is delivered. A bonded structure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Lang, Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Peter M. Parlow
  • Patent number: 9005767
    Abstract: A billet includes a solid steel body and an alloy cladding. The cladding may include a square tube in which the body is inserted with an interface at which the cladding becomes bonded to the body when the billet is heated and rolled or otherwise worked into a ferrous product. At least one element composed of a mass of finely divided scavenging aluminum, titanium or magnesium, is placed in the tube adjacent the body and separate from the interface. The elements are advantageously compressed into briquettes which scavenge oxygen from residual air at the interface to prevent oxidation of the cladding at the interface. The tube may be closed to prevent gases outside the billet from penetrating to the interface. Alternatively, reliance may be placed on the briquettes to scavenge oxygen from the residual air and also from atmospheric air and furnace gases before they can penetrate to the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cladinox International Limited
    Inventor: Antonino Giorgio Cacace
  • Patent number: 8999515
    Abstract: A projection welding structure including plural projection portions that are provided to an end face at an open side end portion of a reinforcement member flange portion and are disposed at intervals along the length direction of the reinforcement member. The plural projection portions are each abutted and welded to welding projections formed in a surface of a panel frame. Contact between the welding member and the welded member is suppressed at locations other than at the welding projections by such a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Horibata, Ken Imai, Hiroaki Taga, Tomio Matsufuji, Shin Maezawa, Hideki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8993121
    Abstract: There is provided a metal laminated structure in which a first metal layer containing tungsten is provided on a first surface of a second metal layer containing copper and a third metal layer containing tungsten is provided on a second surface of the second metal layer opposite to the first surface, and the first metal layer contains crystal grains of tungsten in a form of a columnar crystal extending in a direction perpendicular to the first surface of the second metal layer and the third metal layer contains crystal grains of tungsten in a form of a columnar crystal extending in a direction perpendicular to the second surface of the second metal layer, and a method for producing the metal laminated structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., A.L.M.T. Corp.
    Inventors: Koji Nitta, Shinji Inazawa, Akihisa Hosoe, Masatoshi Majima, Osamu Suwata, Hiroshi Yokoyama, Shinichi Yamagata, Yugaku Abe
  • Patent number: 8986850
    Abstract: Various illustrative embodiments of a multi-layer brazing sheet are provided. The multi-layer brazing sheet demonstrates improved corrosion resistance on its exposed air side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alcoa, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen F. Baumann, Raymond J. Kilmer, Baolute Ren
  • Patent number: 8968880
    Abstract: A method of bonding a first panel made of a first material to a second panel made of a second material is provided. The method includes creating a second panel hole in the second panel at a weld location. An insert composed of the first material is inserted into the second panel hole in the second panel. At least a portion of the insert is fittable in the second panel hole and sized to correspond to the second panel hole. The first panel and the insert are welded together at the weld location, thereby bonding the first and second panels. In one embodiment, the first and second panels are placed between the first and second electrodes of a welding gun. A force is applied to clamp the insert and the first panel between the first and second electrodes and a welding current is delivered. A bonded structure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Lang, Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Peter M. Parlow
  • Patent number: 8962148
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention includes a method comprising: placing a first insert and a second insert in a casting mold and wherein the first insert and second insert comprising a plurality of connecting post extending inbetween so that the first insert and second insert are in spaced-apart relationship in the mold, each of the first insert and the second insert comprising a first material; casting a molten second material into the casting mold so that the second material flows between the first insert and the second insert and solidifying the second material to provide a product comprising a cast over body portion with the first insert and second insert and so that the second material is mechanically locked or metallurgically bonded to the first material and so that one or both of the first insert and the second insert provides working surface for the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Houchun Xia
  • Patent number: 8962152
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a brass-plated steel cord capable of further improving initial adhesiveness and heat-resistant adhesiveness between a coating rubber and a steel cord and also imparting excellent durability to a resulting rubber article, and more particularly to a brass-plated steel cord, wherein an outermost surface thereof contains 0.3 to 1.7 atomic % of phosphorus, 4.93 to 14 atomic % of zinc, and 0.01 to 2.0 atomic % of a metal having an ionization tendency lower than that of zinc and higher than that of copper as measured by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy), and an amount of zinc in the outermost surface is 30 to 90 atomic % based on 100 atomic % of a total amount of zinc and copper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Toyosawa
  • Patent number: 8962150
    Abstract: A steel fiber for reinforcing concrete or mortar comprises a middle portion and an anchorage end at one or both ends of the middle portion. The middle portion has a main axis. The anchorage end is deflecting from the main axis of the middle portion in a deflection section. The anchorage end has n bent sections, with n equal or larger than 2. The steel fiber is configured so that when the steel fiber is in a stable position on a horizontal surface being vertically projected on this horizontal surface, the vertical projections in this horizontal surface of all of the n bent sections of an anchorage end are located at one side of the vertical projection in this horizontal surface of the main axis of the middle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NV Bekaert SA
    Inventors: Ann Lambrechts, Frederik Vervaecke
  • Patent number: 8940404
    Abstract: Tin-plated copper-alloy material for terminal having: a substrate made of Cu or Cu alloy; an Sn-based surface layer formed on a surface of the substrate; and a Cu—Ni—Sn alloy layer including Ni formed between the Sn-based surface layer and the substrate, in which the Cu—Ni—Sn alloy layer is made of: fine Cu—Ni—Sn alloy particles; and coarse Cu—Ni—Sn alloy particles, an average thickness of the Sn-based surface layer is not less than 0.2 ?m and not more than 0.6 ?m, an area ratio of the Cu—Ni—Sn alloy layer exposed at a surface of the Sn-based surface layer is not less than 10% and not more than 40%, and a coefficient of kinetic friction of the tin-plated copper-alloy material for terminal is not more than 0.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Taninouchi, Naoki Kato, Kenji Kubota
  • Patent number: 8940403
    Abstract: An alloy wire made of a material selected from one of a group consisting of a silver-gold alloy, a silver-palladium alloy and a silver-gold-palladium alloy is provided. The alloy wire is with a polycrystalline structure of a face-centered cubic lattice and includes a plurality of grains. A central part of the alloy wire includes slender grains or equi-axial grains, and the other parts of the alloy wire consist of equi-axial grains. A quantity of the grains having annealing twins was 20 percent or more of the total quantity of the grains of the alloy wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Wire Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-Der Lee, Hsing-Hua Tsai, Tung-Han Chuang