Patents Examined by Keith D. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 11186897
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods for producing an aluminum-scandium alloy comprising 0.41-4 wt % of scandium which can be used in industrial production setting. The method is carried out by melting aluminum and a mixture of salts comprising sodium, potassium and aluminum fluorides followed by performing simultaneously, while continuously supplying scandium oxide, an aluminothermic reduction of scandium from its oxide and an electrolytic decomposition of the formed alumina. Periodically, at least a portion of the produced alloy is removed, aluminum is then charged, and the process of alloy production is continued while supplying scandium oxide. Also disclosed is a reactor for producing an aluminum-scandium alloy pursuant to the methods described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Viktor Khrist'yanovich Mann, Vitaliy Valer'evich Pingin, Dmitriy Anatolevich Vinogradov, Denis Sergeevich Khramov
  • Patent number: 11155896
    Abstract: A process is divulged for the recovery of lithium from metallurgic slags comprising the steps of roasting spodumene to convert it from the alpha to the beta variant; reacting the beta variant with sulfuric acid, using a stoichiometric excess of acid; repulping the reaction product with water, forming an acidic slurry; neutralizing the acidic slurry to a pH between 5 and 7, by addition of at least one neutralizing agent; filtrating the neutralized slurry, thereby obtaining a lithium bearing solution and a residue; characterized that, in either one or both of the steps of repulping and neutralizing the acidic slurry, lithium-bearing metallurgic slag is added as neutralization agent. The lithium-bearing metallurgic slag is used to substitute at least part of the classic neutralizing agent. The lithium in the slag is released, and added to the lithium liberated from the spodumene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: UMICORE
    Inventors: Harald Oosterhof, David Dupont
  • Patent number: 11148205
    Abstract: A method for additive manufacturing of three-dimensional objects from metallic glasses utilizing a process of melting of successive layers of the starting material by a laser beam or an electron beam. The method includes steps such that every material layer is melted twice, using parameters which yield a crystalline melt trace in the first melting, and the successively melted beam paths contact with one another, while in the second melting, parameters yielding an amorphous melt trace are used, and the successively remelted paths or spots do not come in contact with one another, and/or between the scanning of successive paths or spots, an interval not shorter than 10 ms is maintained, the surface power density in the first remelting being lower than in the second remelting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Łukasz Żrodowski, Krzyztof Jan Kurzydłowski, Wojciech Świȩszkowski, Bartlomiej Wysocki
  • Patent number: 11130178
    Abstract: A machining tool includes a light irradiator, a cover, and a light blocking filter. The light irradiator is to irradiate a workpiece to process the workpiece. The cover covers the light irradiator and the workpiece in the cover. The light blocking filter is configured to change light transmissivity of the light blocking filter in accordance with light from an inside of the cover, which the light blocking filter receives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuki Uemura, Naokazu Okabe, Eiji Matsubara, Shoya Kai
  • Patent number: 11110516
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an additive production method of producing an object by metal powder being applied in a production region in layers by an application device. The metal powder is applied to a base member along a construction face and is partially molten by a laser beam and solidified. A continuous conveyor transports the base member with the object in a transport direction away from the construction face. The continuous conveyor further transports the base member with the completed object to a removal region where the object is removed from the continuous conveyor. Support structures are produced on the object and are connected to the base member. The support structures are removed after the removal region has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raphael Koch, Bruno Alves
  • Patent number: 11059094
    Abstract: A method for preparing semisolid slurry. The method is achieved using a device for preparing semisolid slurry. The device includes a slurry vessel and a mechanical stirring rod. The mechanical stirring rod includes a first end and a second end extending into the slurry vessel. The method includes: S1. putting a molten alloy having a first preset temperature into the slurry vessel; S2. cooling the molten alloy to a second preset temperature, positioning the second end of the mechanical stirring rod to be 5-25 mm higher than the bottom wall of the slurry vessel, rotating the mechanical stirring rod and injecting a cooling medium into the mechanical stirring rod; and S3: allowing the temperature of the molten alloy to be 10-90 degrees centigrade lower than the liquidus temperature of the molten alloy, stopping stirring and cooling, to yield a semisolid slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Huaide Ren, Ying Zhang, Jicheng Wang, Gunan Li
  • Patent number: 11040398
    Abstract: A method for producing a sintered component includes: a compacting step of press-compacting a raw material powder containing a plurality of metal particles to form a compact; a cutting-machining step of rotating a cutting tool circumferentially having a plurality of cutting edges to cause the cutting edges to intermittently cut a surface of the compact; and a sintering step of sintering the compact after the cutting-machining step. The cutting speed of the cutting tool is 1000 m/min or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Yasunori Sonoda
  • Patent number: 10994335
    Abstract: A selective solidification apparatus includes a build chamber, a build platform lowerable in the build chamber, a wiper for spreading powder material across the build platform to form successive powder layers of a powder bed, an energy beam unit for generating an energy beam for consolidating the powder material, a scanner for directing and focusing the energy beam onto each powder layer and a processor for controlling the scanner. The processor is arranged to control the scanner to scan the energy beam across the powder bed to consolidate powder material either side of the wiper when the wiper is moving across the powder bed and to scan the energy beam across at least one of the powder layers during two or more strokes of the wiper across the powder bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Ceri Brown, Geoffrey McFarland
  • Patent number: 10982299
    Abstract: A method for comprehensively processing noble lead provided and utilizes two instances of vacuum distillation to realize an open circuit of arsenic, lead, antimony and bismuth and the high-efficiency enrichment of precious metals of gold and silver, and can obtain elemental arsenic, a lead-bismuth-antimony alloy, a silver alloy and a copper alloy, respectively. The lead-bismuth-antimony alloy, the silver alloy and the copper alloy are processed by oxidation refining, electrorefining and chlorination refining to obtain refined lead, refined antimony, antimony trioxide, electrolytic silver and electrolytic copper, and to realize gold enrichment. The entire process has advantages of high metal direct yield, low energy consumption, short flow chart, simple equipment, etc., and vacuum distillation belongs to a physical process in which the alloy can be separated only by means of the difference in saturated vapor pressure between the metals, without generation of wastewater, waste gas and waste residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming Dingbang Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Yang, Dachun Liu, Wenlong Jiang, Guozheng Zha, Baoqiang Xu, Weiping Dai, Yifu Li, Qingchun Yu, Xiumin Chen, Hongwei Yang, Yang Tian, Yong Deng, Fei Wang, Heng Xiong, Jia Yang, Tao Qu, Lingxin Kong
  • Patent number: 10967464
    Abstract: A solder alloy having an alloy composition consisting of, in mass %, Ag: 1% to 4%, Cu: 0.5% to 0.8%, Bi: more than 4.8% and 5.5% or less. Sb: more than 1.5% and 5.5% or less, Ni: 0.01% or more and less than 0.1%, Co: more than 0.001% and 0.1% or less, the balance being Sn. The alloy composition satisfies the following three relationships: 0.020%?Ni+Co?0.105%; 9.1%?Sb+Bi?10.4%; and 4.05×10?3?(Ni+Co)/(Bi+Sb)?1.00×10?2, where Ni, Co, Bi, and Sb each represent a content (mass %) thereof in the solder alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Naoko Izumita, Shunsaku Yoshikawa, Yoshie Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10961613
    Abstract: A method for controlling the microstructure and texture of tantalum is described. The method includes a first forging step for performing upset forging and come-back forging on a tantalum billet multiple times in different directions, the upset forging performed to press two surfaces of the tantalum billet in order to make the two surfaces close to each other and the come-back forging performed to restore the tantalum billet to a rectangular prism shape; and a second forging step for performing wedge forging and come-back forging on the tantalum billet multiple times in different directions, the wedge forging performed to press two edges located in a diagonal direction of the tantalum billet and parallel to each other in order to make the two edges close to each other, and the come-back forging performed to restore the tantalum billet to the rectangular prism shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Seong Lee, Seongho Yang, Sungho Lee, Hyotae Jeong, Yuyeon Jo
  • Patent number: 10919083
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing an aluminum alloy wheel includes: casting, de-flashing, soaking, spinning, thermal treatment, de-gating, X-ray and machining. During the casting, a casting mold is cooled with water, and a cast blank is produced from carrying out the casting. The de-flashing includes removing flashes of the cast blank at a rim of the cast blank with a de-flashing device. The soaking includes reheating on the cast blank that has been de-flashed. The spinning includes an adaptive spinning mold. The thermal treatment includes direct solution treatment and aging on the cast blank in a thermal treatment furnace after spinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zuo Xu, Haiping Chang, Lijuan Zhang, Shiwen Xu, Changhai Li, Zhihua Zhu
  • Patent number: 10877144
    Abstract: A device for determining the topography of the burden surface in a shaft furnace (10), the device comprising a radar device (20) that scans the burden surface (18) and has an antenna device (22) arranged in the area of a furnace cover (13), the antenna device being arranged on an axis of rotation (24) that is inclined in relation to a vertical axis (15) of the shaft furnace at an angle of inclination ? and being rotatable about the axis of rotation by means of a drive device in such a manner that a radar fan beam (28) formed by the emitted radar radiation of the antenna device is incident upon the burden surface along a profile line p and sweeps across the burden surface as the antenna device rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Hans-Uwe Morgenstern, Ulrich Oster, Kevin Viktor, Jean-Francois Stumper
  • Patent number: 10861655
    Abstract: A method for producing a contact material on the basis of silver-tin oxide or silver-zinc oxide is disclosed. Tin oxide particles and/or zinc oxide particles are mixed with a powder of a metal different from silver. The mixture is heated beyond the melting point of the metal powder such that the tin oxide particles and/or zinc oxide particles are wetted with liquid metal. The mixture is exposed to an atmosphere containing oxygen and the metal is thereby oxidized. Thereafter, the mixture product formed by the oxidation step is embedded as a powder into a silver matrix. The product further relates to a corresponding contact material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Honig, Volker Behrens, Havva Cinaroglu
  • Patent number: 10851448
    Abstract: The provided are a high-performance titanium connecting sealing ring for deep-sea oil drilling and production device and a processing method. The sealing ring comprises a ring-shaped ring body, wherein the center hole of the ring body is an inner circumferential surface; a ring-shaped convex plate, a platform, an inclined end surface and a flat end surface are arranged in sequence in the circumferential direction of the outer circumferential surface of the ring body; and threads are processed in the inner circumferential surface. The processing method for the titanium connecting sealing ring mainly comprises the steps of preparation of titanium sponge, vacuum melting of a titanium ingot, forging and pressing, heating forging, heat treatment and machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Zicheng Sun, Min Sun, Wukun Wang
  • Patent number: 10807273
    Abstract: A system of 3D printing using a high temperature 3D print head that functions as a “modified ink jet” printer. The print head has the ability to print high temperature material such as metal, silicon carbide, and other high temperature material as opposed to inks or plastics. The print head is fabricated from a high temperature material to maintain structural integrity while operation at temperatures above the melting temperature for the material that is being printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Kramer, Andrew Bayramian, James A. DeMuth, Bassem S. El-dasher
  • Patent number: 10801093
    Abstract: Pd—Cu—P metallic glass-forming alloy compositions and metallic glasses comprising at least one of Ag, Au, and Fe are provided, wherein the alloys demonstrate improved glass forming ability, as compared to Pd—Cu—P alloys free of Ag, Au, and Fe, and are capable of forming metallic glass rods with diameters in excess of 3 mm, and in some embodiments 26 mm or larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GlassiMetal Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Hyun Na, Marios D. Demetriou, Maximilien Launey, William L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10792769
    Abstract: A welding flux for duplex stainless steel is used to solve the problem of insufficient penetration depth of a weld formed between two jointed workpieces when workpieces with a thickness above 3 mm is joined by TIG welding. The welding flux for duplex stainless steel includes 25-35 wt % of SiO2, 20-25 wt % of Cr2O3, 10-20 wt % of MoO3, 10-15 wt % of NiO, 5-10 wt % of FeO, 5-10 wt % of Co3O4, 5-10 wt % of MnO2 and 3-5 wt % of CuO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Kuang-Hung Tseng
  • Patent number: 10780476
    Abstract: A method for making Mg brass EDM wire has the steps of melting a charge of Mg brass to form a melt of Mg brass; transferring the melt to a holding furnace; casting a rod from the melt; and drawing the rod down to a size suitable for EDM machining. Mg deposits may form in the holding furnace. These can be removed by flushing the holding furnace with molten brass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: E. Holdings, Inc
    Inventors: David Joseph Dudas, Richard Balon
  • Patent number: 10744600
    Abstract: A metal plate for laser processing (such as a stainless steel plate or a titanium plate) and preferably an austenitic stainless steel plate suitable for use as a metal mask or the like which undergoes fine processing with a laser has an average grain diameter d (?m) and a plate thickness t (?m) which satisfy the equation d?0.0448·t?1.28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Fujisawa, Masayuki Shibuya, Kouichi Takeuchi