Patents Examined by Justin R Fischer
  • Patent number: 11498364
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a pneumatic tire having improved high speed limits while generally maintaining wear, traction, and handling performance. Said tires include a cap ply extending substantially across a full width of at least one of the belt plies and being arranged at least partially within each shoulder, the cap ply forming a layer of elastomeric material reinforced with a plurality of elongate reinforcements spaced apart in an array, the cap ply being characterized as having a rupture force greater than 210 N per 15 mm of the cap ply width. In each shoulder area of said tires, the tread is characterized as being flatter and having a greater tread thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Patrick Jon Buresh, Jason Schoenmaker, Robert Dillon, Phillip William Check, William Marshall Thompson
  • Patent number: 11485179
    Abstract: Tires having an electrically conductive tire sealing material containing metallic electrically conductive particles are described for detecting the presence of one or more sealed puncture areas in the tire. The tires can have a sealed tire portion that is formed by the electrically conductive tire sealing material flowing into and filling a puncture in the tire. The sealed tire portion includes a portion having electrically conductive particles and the portion being at the outer surface of the tire such as in the tread area. The tire can be positioned to be in contact with a conductive section of an apparatus capable of measuring electrical conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Sheel P. Agarwal, Terence E. Wei
  • Patent number: 11479063
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes: a carcass layer wrapping a bead core and a bead filler and being turned back; a steel chafer formed by steel cords and disposed between the carcass layer and a rim fitting surface; and sub-chafers between the steel chafer and the rim fitting surface and made of organic fiber. The steel chafer includes an outer end portion outward of the bead filler in a tire lateral direction. The outer end portion has a height from 0.5 times to 0.7 times a height of a rim flange. The sub-chafers each include an outer end portion outward of the bead filler in the tire lateral direction. The outer end portion has a height from 0.7 times to 0.9 times a height of a rim flange. The carcass layer has a turned up height from 2.5 times to 4.5 times a height of a rim flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Risa Tauchi
  • Patent number: 11479064
    Abstract: A self-sealing pneumatic tire having at least one cohesive sandwich radially inward of the pneumatic tire is provided. The at least cohesive sandwich may include a cohesive material under pressure, facilitating a recovery capacity upon being pierced by a sharp object, whereby the molecules of the cohesive material cohesively reattach, self-sealing any passageway or space created by the sharp object. The self-sealing pneumatic tire may also provide a loculated-diamond-section layer located radially inward of the outer cohesive sandwich, further supporting the self-sealing pneumatic tire. The external rubber tread are disposed along the circumference of the tire in some embodiments can be separate from the surface of the tire yet secured in place by attachments. Once fully utilized, this external rubber tread can be replaced by a new version without having to replace the entire tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel Shane Sheibani Davidson
  • Patent number: 11479066
    Abstract: A tire and securing element assembly includes a tire inflated at a first pressure and a securing element. The securing element is an inflatable hoop inflated at a second pressure at least 10% greater than the first pressure. The securing element abuts an inner surface of the tire across 30-90% of a tread width. The securing element has a cross sectional area between about 0.4 and 47.0 cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Terence E. Wei, Paul B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11472230
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire comprising a carcass 11, at least one inclined belt layer 13 having a cord extending inclined at an angle of 30° or more relative to the tire circumferential direction, and a tread 15 arranged outward in the tire radial direction of the inclined belt layer 13, wherein a circumferential cord layer 14 arranged inward in the tire radial direction of the tread 15 has a high-rigidity region and a low-rigidity region and the high-rigidity region has a higher negative ratio in a ground contact width of the tread 15 than the low-rigidity region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isao Kuwayama
  • Patent number: 11465456
    Abstract: A self-monitoring tire includes a tire body and a tire pressure sensor. The tire body includes a tread rubber for contact with ground, a bead for coupling to a rim, and a sidewall structure including two portions disposed at opposite sides of the tread rubber, and extending from opposite sides of the tread rubber to the bead. The tire pressure sensor is disposed between respective outward surfaces of the two portions of the sidewall structure, and secured on or embedded in either one of the two portions of the sidewall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: ALPHA NETWORKS INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Wang, Rong-Fa Kuo, Chung-Wang Lee
  • Patent number: 11458767
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes bead cores, a carcass ply, an inner liner and the tread, and the crosslinked rubber composition, of the present invention, wherein the tread and the crosslinked rubber composition have a volume of the low density region of 35% or more at elongation by an applied stress of 1.5 MPa, a volume of the void portion of 7.5 or less at elongation by an applied stress of 3.0 MPa and a ratio of 40% by mass or more of a component having a weight-average molecular weight of not less than 1,000,000 in a molecular weight distribution measured by gel permeation chromatography are excellent in abrasion resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Mashita, Hiroyuki Kishimoto, Ryota Kitago
  • Patent number: 11453253
    Abstract: In a pneumatic tire, first and second sound absorbing members are adhered to an inner surface of a tread, have a total volume ranging from 10% to 40% of a capacity of a tire cavity, and are separated from each other by 60% of the width of a center land. The first sound absorbing member is on one side in a lateral direction with respect to a position of 40% of a width of the center land from one end of the center land on one side in the lateral direction to the other side in the lateral direction. The second sound absorbing member is on the other side in the lateral direction with respect to a position of 40% of the width of the center land from the other end of the center land in the lateral direction to the one side in the lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuro Shinzawa
  • Patent number: 11453252
    Abstract: The pneumatic tire includes: a pair of bead portions; a pair of sidewall portions; a tread portion; a carcass; a reinforcing rubber layer, a tire widthwise cross-section of the reinforcing rubber layer having a substantially crescent shape; an inclined belt including at least one inclined belt layer formed by a plurality of cords extending at an inclination to a tire circumferential direction and covered with rubber; and an inner liner provided on an inner peripheral surface of a tire body in at least the tread portion. In a tire widthwise cross-sectional view, an edge of the inner liner is positioned farther outward in the tire radial direction than a tire maximum width position of the pneumatic tire and farther inward in the tire radial direction than a perpendicular from a tire widthwise edge of the inclined belt to the inner peripheral surface of the tire body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keita Yumii
  • Patent number: 11440349
    Abstract: The pneumatic tire of the present invention characterized by comprising: bead cores, a carcass ply, an inner liner and a tread having a volume of the low density region of 35% or more, at elongation by an applied stress of 1.5 MPa, a volume of the void portion of 7.5% or less at elongation by an applied stress of 3.0 MPa and a glass transition temperature of ?20° C. or lower, and the crosslinked rubber composition of the present invention having a volume of the low density region of 35% or more at elongation by an applied stress of 1.5 MPa, a volume of the void portion of 7.5 or less at elongation by an applied stress of 3.0 MPa and a glass transition temperature of ?20° C. or lower are excellent in abrasion resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Mashita, Hiroyuki Kishimoto, Ryota Kitago
  • Patent number: 11440354
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes: sidewall portions positioned on both sides in a tire lateral direction; bead portions positioned toward the inside of the respective sidewall portions in a tire radial direction; a plurality of protectors extending in a tire circumferential direction and projecting from a surface of the sidewall portion in the sidewall portion of at least one of the sidewall portions, provided within a range of from 30% to 70% of a tire cross-sectional height from an inner end of the bead portions in the tire radial direction toward an outer side in the tire radial direction; and a plurality of helical reinforcing members each formed in a helical shape and disposed inside the plurality of protectors, the helical reinforcing members each having a central axis of the helical shape, the central axis extending in the tire circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Masashi Tamura
  • Patent number: 11433715
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes 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 an end portion on either side of the intermediate portion in the extension direction that includes a lowest position of projection height from the tire side surface. The highest position of projection height of the intermediate portion is in a range of 20% of a tire cross-sectional height from a tire maximum width position to an inner side and an outer side in the tire radial direction, and a ratio of a total width SW and an outer diameter OD satisfies a relationship of SW/OD?0.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Kodama
  • Patent number: 11427029
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes bead cores, a carcass ply, an inner liner, and a tread having a volume of the low density region of 35% or more at elongation by an applied stress of 1.5 MPa, a volume of the void portion of 7.5% or less at elongation by an applied stress of 3.0 MPa and a hardness of 65 or more and the crosslinked rubber composition of the present invention having a volume of the low density region of 35% or more at elongation by an applied stress of 1.5 MPa, a volume of the void portion of 7.5 or less at elongation by an applied stress of 3.0 MPa and a hardness of 65 or more are excellent in abrasion resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Mashita, Hiroyuki Kishimoto, Ryota Kitago
  • Patent number: 11420473
    Abstract: A tire structure disposed at a rim is provided. The tire structure includes a tire body, a flexible sealing member and a nozzle. The tire body is ring-shaped and includes a groove and two beads. The flexible sealing member is connected to the tire body to form an inflating space with the groove, and the flexible sealing member includes a through hole. The nozzle is disposed at the flexible sealing member. The nozzle includes a base and a valve stem. The base includes a screw hole and is disposed at a far side of the flexible sealing member. The screw hole corresponds to the through hole. The valve stem includes a fastening end and an inflating channel. The fastening end is configured to insert into the screw hole, and the inflating channel is configured to allow the gas to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Han Tseng, Che-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 11420484
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes 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. Each of the plurality of protrusion portions includes an intermediate portion and an end portion. The intermediate portion in an extension direction has a highest position of a projection height from the tire side surface. The end portion is provided on either end of the intermediate portion in the extension direction, and has a lowest position of the projection height from the tire side surface. The highest position of the projection height of the intermediate portion is disposed in a range of 20% of a tire cross-sectional height on an inner side and an outer side in the tire radial direction from a tire maximum width position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Kodama
  • Patent number: 11400761
    Abstract: A tire includes a projection disposed between a tread end and a maximum width position on a side surface. The projection includes a groove that extends through an outer side surface in a circumferential direction. The tire is preferably produced by using a mold which has a first part and a second part and in which a dividing line between the first and the second parts extends in the circumferential direction and comes into contact with the side surface, and the groove preferably overlaps an imaginary line, on the side surface, corresponding to the dividing line. A width of the groove is preferably not less than 1.5 mm and preferably not greater than 3.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Ryoji Notsu
  • Patent number: 11400758
    Abstract: A tire with a tread reinforcing layer that includes a ply reinforcing structure formed by winding a cord-embedded rubber tape circumferentially of the tire. The ply reinforcing structure includes first oblique segments and second oblique segments which intersect with each other to form a mesh structure having rhombic spaces. The circumferential lengths of the rhombic spaces are less than ? times the maximum circumferential length of the ground contacting patch of the tire in its normally loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoki Kato
  • Patent number: 11400767
    Abstract: A tire 32 includes: a pair of beads 40; a carcass ply 82 having a ply main body 84 and turned-up portions 86; and a pair of fillers 52 that are located outward of the turned-up portions 86 in the axial direction and that include metal cords. In a radial direction, a first end 92 of each filler 52 is located inward of a bead base line, and a second end 94 of each filler 52 is located between an end 88 of the turned-up portion 86 and the bead base line. A recess 96 is provided on a zone of each side surface 34 of the tire 32 between a maximum width position and the end 88 of the turned-up portion 86.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Taro Okabe, Satoshi Tanaka, Yasushi Shinmura
  • Patent number: 11400768
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire mountable on a 15° tapered specified rim, the pneumatic tire including a bead portion, bead core, a carcass, a steel cord reinforcing layer, and a bead rubber layer. A distance from a second line segment to a third line segment is from 4 mm to 8 mm, and a ratio R2/R1 is from 0.935 to 0.975, wherein R2 is a tire radius at a bead toe of a bead base portion and R1 is a tire radius at a bead heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Suzuki