Patents Examined by Justin R Fischer
  • Patent number: 10894449
    Abstract: A tire includes a body ply sheet having a rubber core defined by a top surface having a length and a width, a bottom surface having substantially the same length and width, and side surfaces having a common height. The rubber core is further defined by a top rubber layer and a bottom rubber layer. The body ply sheet includes reinforcement cords disposed between the top rubber layer and the bottom rubber layer. The reinforcement cords are spaced 0.1-4.0 mm apart from each other and span the width of the body ply sheet. Bleeder cords are disposed on the body ply sheet and spaced 8-12 cm apart from each other. Conductive cords are also disposed on the body ply and spaced 20-80 cm apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Russell A. Moser, David J. Zemla, Amy M. Randall, Ross W. Widenor, Benjamin C. Galizio, Kathleen A. Clemmer, Andrew J. Svenson, Justin M. Gehres, Ruben L. Madrid, Anup D. Khekare, Seth M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10889146
    Abstract: A pneumatic object is provided with an elastomer layer which is gastight to inflation gases, said elastomer layer comprising, as predominant elastomer, a thermoplastic elastomer in the form of a block copolymer which comprises: (a) an elastomeric block comprising at least units derived from isobutylene, and having a glass transition temperature of less than or equal to ?20° C., and (b) one or more thermoplastic blocks, the thermoplastic block(s) each comprising at least one first block consisting of units derived from at least one polymerizable monomer and at least one second block, said second block(s) being a random copolymer consisting of units derived from ?-methylstyrene and of units derived from ?-pinene. A process for rendering a pneumatic object gastight to inflation gases is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Marc Greiveldinger, Emmanuel Custodero
  • Patent number: 10882357
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire excellent in high speed stability and turning ability is provided. In a band of a tire, a center portion located in an axial center has a helically wound structure in which a first band body including a first cord is wound. A shoulder portion located on an axial outside of the center portion has a meshed structure formed by a second band body including a second cord. The shoulder portion includes a plurality of first portions, a plurality of second portions and a plurality of third portions. Each first portion is inclined and extends from an axially inner end of the shoulder portion to an axially outer end of the shoulder portion. Each second portion is inclined in an opposite direction from the first portion and extends from the axially inner end of the shoulder portion to the axially outer end of the shoulder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yutaka Ichiryu
  • Patent number: 10882363
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire comprises a sidewall portion which is provided in its radially outer part with first protrusions and circumferential ribs. The first protrusions are arranged in the tire circumferential direction at intervals. The circumferential ribs are disposed between and connect between the first protrusions. The first protrusions and the circumferential ribs protrude from the outer surface of the radially outer part, and the protruding amount of the circumferential ribs is less than the protruding amount of the first protrusions. The first protrusions each have side walls protruding from the outer surface and extending in the tire radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Katayama
  • Patent number: 10875363
    Abstract: A stud pin includes a tip and a body portion provided around a center axis of the stud pin. The body portion includes an upper flange, a lower flange, and a shank portion connecting the upper flange and the lower flange. A first side surface of the lower flange includes a first curved surface recessed inward in relation to the body portion. A second side surface of the upper flange includes a second curved surface bulging toward a periphery of the body portion, and a pair of flat surfaces configured to connect the second curved surface to interpose the second curved surface. A trough portion where the first curved surface is most recessed and a peak portion where the second curved surface is most bulged are located at an identical orientation position about the center axis as viewed from the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Kenichi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10870316
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire with a pair of sidewall portions, which comprises at least one of said sidewall portions with a radially outer region being radially outside than a tire maximum width position of its outer surface, the radially outer region being provided with a serration pattern, the serration pattern comprising a first serration group and a second serration group, the first serration group comprising a plurality of concentrically arranged first arc-shaped ridges at regular intervals around a first center point O1, the second serration group comprising a plurality of concentrically arranged second arc-shaped ridges at regular intervals around a second center point O2 that is located radially outside than the first center point O1 of the first serration group, and the first serration group and second serration group arranged in a circumferential direction of the tire so as to overlap partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tadao Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10870317
    Abstract: A rim protector 40 of a tire 2 projects from a reference surface 44 of each side piece 38. The rim protector 40 has a first inclined surface 50 and a second inclined surface 52. A profile of the reference surface 44 includes an outer circular arc and an inner circular arc which are tangent to each other at a reference position. A first circular arc of the first inclined surface 50 is tangent to the outer circular arc, and a second circular arc of the second inclined surface 52 is tangent to the inner circular arc. A ratio of a height H relative to a cross-sectional height SH is equal to or greater than 0.27 and equal to or less than 0.34. A projecting length W is equal to or greater than 12 mm and equal to or less than 18 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Shintaro Tomita, Daisuke Kudo
  • Patent number: 10864780
    Abstract: The bead wire (52) comprises several windings of wire and a basic hexagonal bead wire (56) comprising: two axially and radially external lateral rows (F1, F2) of N2 windings, two axially external and radially internal lateral rows (F3, F4) of N2 windings, where N1=N2+1 or N1=N2, two junctions (J1, J2), each formed by a winding that an axially and radially external lateral row (F1, F2) and an axially external and radially internal lateral row (F3, F4), have in common, each winding in common having no winding of wire axially on the outside of it. The bead wire (52) comprises two axially and radially external additional lateral rows (A1, A2) of N3 windings substantially parallel respectively to each axially and radially external lateral row (F1, F2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Michel Giraud, Anne-Lise Muller, Jérõme Gravier
  • Patent number: 10864779
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire comprises a plurality of protrusion portions extending along a tire side surface of a tire side portion in a direction that intersects a tire circumferential direction and a tire radial direction; the plurality of protrusion portions each including an intermediate portion in an extension direction that includes a highest position of projection height from the tire side surface, and tip portions on either side of the intermediate portion in the extension direction that include a lowest position of projection height from the tire side surface; and the plurality of protrusion portions including a radially outer protrusion portion with at least the intermediate portion disposed outward of a tire maximum width position in the tire radial direction, and a radially inner protrusion portion with at least the intermediate portion disposed inward of the tire maximum width position in the tire radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Yuji Kodama
  • Patent number: 10857841
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a carcass layer, a belt layer disposed outward of the carcass layer, a tread rubber disposed outward of the belt layer in a tire radial direction, sidewall rubbers disposed outward of the carcass layer in a tire width direction, and protectors disposed in regions from tire ground contact edges to maximum tire width positions and protruding from tire profiles. The protectors have a rubber hardness Hs_p in a range of 50?Hs_p?60, an elongation at break Eb_p in a range of 500%?Eb_p?700%, and an elastic modulus E_p in a range of 3.4 MPa?E_p?7.0 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Shoei Kakuta
  • Patent number: 10857842
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire of the present technology includes: protrusions that are provided in a range including a maximum tire width position in a tire side portion, and extend in a direction that intersects a tire radial direction. The protrusions are provided having a space therebetween in a tire circumferential direction, pass through a center of rotation, extend in the tire radial direction and, when a first straight line and a second straight line each having different positions in the tire circumferential direction each traverse the protrusions, have a ratio of from 0.8 to 1.2, both inclusive, between a total mass per unit length for the protrusions traversed by the first straight line and a total mass per unit length for the protrusions traversed by the second straight line. A ratio between a total width SW and an outer diameter OD fulfills the relationship SW/OD?0.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Yuji Minami
  • Patent number: 10857843
    Abstract: The pneumatic tire comprises a pair of bead cores, a pair of bead fillers disposed outward of the pair of bead cores in a tire radial direction, a carcass layer disposed folded around the bead cores and the bead fillers, and a steel chafer including an arranged plurality of steel cords, the steel chafer being disposed between the carcass layer and a rim engaging surface. A height Hs of an outer end portion of the steel chafer located outward of the bead fillers in a tire width direction and a rim flange height Hf have the relationship: 0.5?Hs/Hf?1.0, where the height is measured from a measuring position of a rim diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Chunyi Wang
  • Patent number: 10850573
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire comprises a plurality of protrusion portions extending along a tire side surface of a tire side portion in a direction that intersects a tire circumferential direction and a tire radial direction; the plurality of protrusion portions each including an intermediate portion in an extension direction that includes a highest position of projection height from the tire side surface, and tip portions on either side of the intermediate portion in the extension direction that include a lowest position of projection height from the tire side surface; and at least the intermediate portion being only disposed outward of a tire maximum width position in the tire radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Kodama
  • Patent number: 10821786
    Abstract: A run-flat tire insert for installation in a pneumatic tire mounted on a rim. The insert is a one-piece toroidal member formed from expanded polymer foam beads molded into a structural foam part. The insert has an inner diameter surface sized to fit snuggly about a periphery of a tire rim and an outer diameter sized to fit within a tire cavity. The insert is spaced from the tire inner casing surface during normal operation and supports the tire inner casing surface away from the rim in the event of a flat tire. A molding apparatus and a method of forming a run-flat tire insert is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Richard W. Roberts, John E. Nemazi
  • Patent number: 10814673
    Abstract: Protective reinforcement (3) for a tire has a mean radial thickness T at least equal to two times the diameter D of a-12-einforce (4), comprises respectively on its radially interior face (31) and on its radially exterior face (32) parts (7) made of elastomeric compound having an axial width W at least equal to the diameter D of a-12-reinforcer (4), and the path of any-12-reinforce (4), in the circumferential direction (XX?), varies radially between the radially interior first face (31) and the radially exterior second face (32), in such a way that the set of paths of the reinforcers (4) of the protective reinforcement (3) constitutes a three-dimensional lattice. Furthermore, the path of any-12-reinforce (4), in the circumferential direction (XX?), is a zigzag curve extending axially over the entire axial width L of the protective reinforcement (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Rimyalegdo Kiebre, Olivier Francois
  • Patent number: 10807415
    Abstract: A tyre includes a carcass structure including at least one carcass ply, a belt structure applied in a radially outer position with respect to the carcass structure, and a tread band applied in a radially outer position with respect to the belt structure. The belt structure includes two main belt layers and first and second reinforcing strips incorporating a plurality of reinforcing elements arranged substantially in the circumferential direction. The reinforcing elements include at least one high-elongation metal cord including a plurality of intertwined strands, and each strand includes a plurality of filaments. Each filament has a diameter not greater than 0.175 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Ascanelli, Alexandre Bregantim, Giuseppe Cereda, Guido Luigi Daghini
  • Patent number: 10787035
    Abstract: A tire for a heavy construction-type vehicle includes a tread, a radial carcass reinforcement, and a crown reinforcement. The crown reinforcement includes a working reinforcement and a hoop reinforcement. The working reinforcement includes two working layers, each of which includes inelastic metallic reinforcers that are crossed from one layer to a next layer and that make an angle in a range of from 15° to 40° with respect to a circumferential direction. The hoop reinforcement, which is a ply that is wound circumferentially to form a radial stack of at least two hooping layers, includes circumferential elastic metallic reinforcers that make an angle equal to at most 2.5° with respect to the circumferential direction. The hoop reinforcement is radially positioned between the working layers, and the circumferential metallic reinforcers of the hoop reinforcement have a force at break equal to at least 800 daN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Alain Domingo
  • Patent number: 10774812
    Abstract: Provided is a power generation system capable of efficiently converting wind power into electric power. The power generation system comprises: a pneumatic tire; a wheel on which the pneumatic tire is mounted; and at least one generator wind turbine attached, in a cavity defined by the pneumatic tire and the wheel, to the pneumatic tire and/or the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Tanno
  • Patent number: 10773558
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a sidewall portion extending in a tire radial-direction. The sidewall portion includes a plurality of projecting portions projecting in a tire width-direction, and at least one reinforcing portion which is at least partly different in a projecting amount from a projecting amount of the projecting portions at the same position in the tire radial-direction, and is connected to the projecting portion in a tire circumferential-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiki Sato
  • Patent number: 10759229
    Abstract: A tyre for vehicle wheels, includes a carcass structure including at least one carcass layer, a belt structure applied in a radially outer position with respect to the carcass structure, a tread band applied in a radially outer position with respect to the belt structure, and at least one layer of elastomeric material applied in a radially inner position with respect to the tread band; in which the at least one elastomeric material layer includes inorganic fibres of magnesium and/or aluminium silicates of nanometric dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Nahmias Nanni, Luca Giannini, Angela Lostritto