Patents Examined by Khanh P. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9111650
    Abstract: Disclosed are a zirconium alloy for a nuclear fuel cladding having a good oxidation resistance in a severe reactor operation condition and a method of preparing zirconium alloy nuclear fuel claddings by using thereof. The zirconium alloy includes 1.8 to 2.0 wt % of niobium (Nb); at least one element selected from iron (Fe), chromium (Cr) and copper (Cu); 0.1 to 0.15 wt % of oxygen (O); 0.008 to 0.012 wt % of silicon (Si) and a remaining amount of zirconium (Zr). The amount of Fe is 0.1 to 0.4 wt %, the amount of Cr is 0.05 to 0.2 wt %, and the amount of Cu is 0.03 to 0.2 wt %. A good oxidation resistance of the nuclear fuel cladding may be confirmed under a severe reactor operation condition at an accident condition as well as a normal operating condition of a reactor, thereby improving economic efficiency and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong-Yong Park, Yang-Il Jung, Hyun Gil Kim, Byoung-Kwon Choi, Sang Yoon Park, Dong Jun Park, Yang-Hyun Koo
  • Patent number: 9096034
    Abstract: A syntactic metal foam composite that is substantially fully dense except for syntactic porosity is formed from a mixture of ceramic microballoons and matrix forming metal. The ceramic microballoons have a uniaxial crush strength and a much higher omniaxial crush strength. The mixture is continuously constrained while it is consolidated. The constraining force is less than the omniaxial crush strength. The substantially fully dense syntactic metal foam composite is then constrained and deformation worked at a substantially constant volume. The deformation working is typically performed at a yield strength that is adjusted by way of selecting a working temperature at which the yield strength is approximately less than the omniaxial crush strength of the included ceramic microballoons. This deformation causes at least work hardening and grain refinement in the matrix metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Powdermet, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Sherman, Brian Doud
  • Patent number: 8460505
    Abstract: Ski or similar device for sliding on snow having a mounting aid for a binding (28) or for components thereof, which aid is mounted on the top face (32) of the ski and is especially in the form of a binding plate (10), wherein the mounting aid or binding plate (10) is durably connected to the top face (32) of the ski in such a manner that ski (23) and mounting aid or binding plate (10) form an integral constructional unit in terms of the mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Madshus AS
    Inventor: Gunnar Bjertnaes
  • Patent number: 8449705
    Abstract: A method for making large pressure vessels using a composite over-wrap process and a soluble mandrel structure that is scalable to a much larger vessel size than can normally be accommodated by the over-wrap process. The method allows the production of very large, lightweight vessels with no seams and no metal liners. Extensions of the method provide for the fabrication of fully embedded threaded or non-threaded bosses of composite materials, and fully embedded longitudinal and circumferential stringers or stiffeners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Scorpius Space Launch Company Incorporated
    Inventors: Markus Rufer, John Wainwright Newman, Collin Fletcher Corey
  • Patent number: 8435372
    Abstract: A flexible container cover with an elastic gathering band around its edge is formed from a rectangular sheet of plastic film with recessed cut corners to form four flaps. The sheet is placed atop a mandrel having a rectangular flat top with eaves or undercut surfaces and four corner slots. Four hooks are positioned outside the slots so they underlie the cut-off corners of the sheet. An elastic band is stretched around the hooks and the flaps of the sheet. The hooks are moved inwardly into the slots to allow the segments of the band to pull and fold a middle portion of each flap inward. A set of tucker blades is then moved inward to push the folded portions of the flaps against side surfaces of the mandrel under the eaves. Four heat-sealing bars are moved up against the eaves to seal the flaps around the segments of the band to form hems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Les Industries Touch Inc.
    Inventor: Claus E. Sadlier
  • Patent number: 8430147
    Abstract: A device and method are disclosed for forming air filled cushions. The device includes a drive mechanism to move inflatable tubing through the apparatus, and an injector, optionally including an outlet, located continuously within, or within a portion of, the tubing. This arrangement can permit the formation of air filled cushions in a continuous stream. Also disclosed is a roll of plastic tubing that is sealed transversely at a succession of intervals, with each pair of seals stopping just short of a longitudinal center line of the tubing. Such tubing might be used in conjunction with the apparatus, the central gap between the seals allowing passage of the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: John Stuart Greenwood, Neil Glynn Price
  • Patent number: 8425707
    Abstract: Rollers faced with silicone and having no build lines are produced by wrapping pigment/filler-containing addition-curable silicone rubber strips around a roller substrate followed by curing to an integral silicone layer, wherein build lines are prevented by selecting the strips such that physical properties at the edge regions of the strip due to orientation of pigment/filler particles is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Wacker Chemical Corporation
    Inventor: Alan H. Miskell
  • Patent number: 8425711
    Abstract: To provide a glass substrate with protective glass which suppresses formation of microscopic scratches on the back surface of the glass substrate in the production process for a display device, and which prevents a strength decrease in the process or formation of etch pits after a chemical etching treatment; a process for producing a display device by using the glass substrate with protective glass; and a double-sided removable resin sheet for the glass substrate with protective glass. A glass substrate with protective glass, which comprises a glass substrate and a protective glass plate laminated on each other, and which is characterized in that the glass substrate and the protective glass plate are laminated by a double-sided removal resin sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Toshihiko Higuchi, Satoru Takaki
  • Patent number: 8419884
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a multilayer wiring substrate processes a via hole without unnecessarily increasing the diameter thereof and which can easily achieve the formation of fine wiring. A first resin layer in a cured state is prepared in which at least one first via hole including a bottom made of a conductive pattern is formed by laser processing, a second resin layer in an uncured state is prepared in which at least one second via hole is formed to penetrate therethrough at a position corresponding to the first via hole, and the first resin layer and the second resin layer are laminated to each other so that the first via hole and the second via hole communicate with each other. After a conductive paste is simultaneously filled in the first via hole and the second via hole, a metal foil is pressure-bonded to the second resin layer, and the second resin layer and the conductive paste are simultaneously cured. Subsequently, the metal foil is patterned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Sekimoto
  • Patent number: 8419877
    Abstract: Building panels with a thin and embossed surface layer and a sub layer between a surface layer and a core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Ceraloc Innovation Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Jan Jacobsson, Kent Lindgren, Göran Ziegler, Niclas Håkansson, Eddy Boucké
  • Patent number: 8419879
    Abstract: A method for combining with adhesive at least two flat products positioned at least partially one above the other is provided. The method includes moving first flat products in an overlapping flow along a guiding line in a conveying direction and separating the first flat products into a non-overlapping flow after leaving the guiding line and while being conveyed through an underneath-arranged conveying region. The method also includes supplying second flat products from underneath the first flat products with a synchronous time relative to the first flat products. The second flat products each have an adhesive surface. The method further includes combining a respective one of the first flat products along the adhesive covered surface of an underneath supplied respective one of the second flat products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Rickli
  • Patent number: 8419871
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a decorative surface of a furniture body or building structure comprises: manufacturing a layer of an art release sheet, depositing an uncured artificial stone mix on the art release sheet, compacting, and wrapping the art release sheet around a central core. The uncured artificial stone mix is allowed to partially or fully cure, wherein the art units in the art release sheet are embedded in the artificial stone mix. The decorative surface may be manufactured by loading an art deposit frame with art particles of a predetermined quantity and size, placing and vibrating the loaded art deposit frame on a base layer to create an art unit, and depositing an uncured artificial stone mix on the base layer comprising the art unit. Pressure is applied on the uncured artificial stone mix to compact and allow the artificial stone mix to partially or fully cure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Gosakan Aravamudan
  • Patent number: 8398801
    Abstract: A composite mandrel includes a filament-wound composite tube, and composite material molded over the filament-wound composite tube. For example, the composite material includes chopped fibers and a matrix of thermoset resin. The chopped fibers are arranged in layers upon the filament-wound composite tube, and the chopped fibers in each of the layers are randomly oriented along first and second orthogonal directions in each of the layers. The composite material includes at least one sheet of the composite material wound over the filament-wound tube, and at least one strip of the composite material wound over the sheet of the composite material and forming a head on the composite mandrel. An internal cavity of the filament-wound composite tube may provide a lumen for the composite mandrel. The internal cavity may be threaded to receive a removable bridge plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Oil States Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Barlow, Joel Barlow
  • Patent number: 8394225
    Abstract: Two stacked bodies, each having a metal layer provided on a first metallic foil with carrier via a first insulating layer, are prepared. The first metallic foil with carrier has a metallic foil provided on a carrier plate via a peeling layer. A joined body is formed by jointing the stacked bodies such that the carrier plates are joined via a joining layer. First conductor patterns are formed by patterning the metal layers on both sides of the joined body. Second metallic foils with carrier are provided to the first conductor patterns of the joined body such that the first conductor patterns are opposed to the metallic foils via second insulating layers. Two substrates are formed by peeling the carrier plates with carrier from the peeling layers. Second conductor patterns which are connected electrically to the first conductor patterns are formed from the metallic foils of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Nakamura, Tomoko Yamada
  • Patent number: 8387674
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a bonding apparatus. The bonding apparatus includes a cleaning module designed for cleaning chips; and a chip-to-wafer bonding chamber configured to receive the chips from the cleaning module and designed for bonding the chips to a wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Comany, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Hua Yu, Jui-Pin Hung, Weng-Jin Wu, Jean Wang, Wen-Chih Chiou
  • Patent number: 8388788
    Abstract: A method of winding a holding sealing material includes providing a mat-shaped holding sealing material including inorganic fibers. An exhaust gas treating body is provided having cell walls extending along a longitudinal direction of the exhaust gas treating body to define cells. The mat-shaped holding sealing material is wound around an outer peripheral portion of the exhaust gas treating body to form multiple layers including a first layer and a second layer wound around the first layer. Each of the multiple layers is shifted along the longitudinal direction in a winding order such that the first layer is placed closer to one end face of the exhaust gas treating body than the second layer. A shift between the first layer and the second layer is from about 0.15% to about 15% of a length in a width direction of the holding sealing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ibiden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsunori Yoshimi, Masayuki Eguchi, Yasuhiro Tsuchimoto
  • Patent number: 8382925
    Abstract: Adhering a belt edge tape to both respective side edge portions of the belt on the outer peripheral surface of the building drum by supplying a belt edge tape toward the outer peripheral surface of the building drum by pressing using an extruder which constitutes a supply device facing the building drum in an opposed manner and by pressing the tape to the building drum using a press roller on a leading side as viewed from a position where the tape is supplied in the rotational direction of the building drum, the building drum is rotated in the direction that end portions of the reinforcing cords on the side edge portion of the belt which constitutes a tape adhering side are positioned on a trailing side in the rotational direction of the building drum thus adhering the tape to the side edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Takatsuka, Taizo Yamamoto, Makoto Koumo, Yu Hatayama
  • Patent number: 8372476
    Abstract: A method of designing a plasmonic crystal is provided. The method includes: determining an arrangement period of a plasmonic crystal formed on a metal surface at an interface between a dielectric and the metal in accordance with a dispersion relation of a surface plasmon polariton at the interface and a Bragg reflection condition of the surface plasmon polariton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoko Katsuhara, Yuuki Watanabe, Hajime Matsumura
  • Patent number: 8372228
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a method for continuous production of a textile structure resistant to perforation and penetration, comprising the steps consisting in: a) simultaneously weaving two fabric elements overlapped and spaced from each other, wherein at least the warp or chain threads of the upper fabric element and the weft threads of the lower fabric element, or vice-versa, comprise ballistic threads; b) inserting, during said weaving step, at least one intermediate layer between said upper fabric element and said lower fabric element; c) joining the assembly of the two upper and lower fabric elements interposed between which is said intermediate layer to obtain a multilayer textile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Societa' per Azioni Fratelli Citterio
    Inventor: Giorgio Celeste Citterio
  • Patent number: 8366983
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a thermal insulation article may include positioning, between opposing mold walls, a first layer comprising a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material and a second layer comprising a plurality of tiles. The method may further include moving the opposing mold walls together to compress together the first and second layers, and curing the compressed together first and second layers to produce the thermal insulation article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay E. Lane, Gary B. Merrill