Patents Examined by Scott R Kastler
  • Patent number: 11326217
    Abstract: A method and system for predicting an addition amount of slagging lime during ladle furnace (LF) refining, and an LF refining method are provided. The method includes: S1: calculating an actual sulfur distribution ratio in combination with a Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) model and a least square method by using LF refining parameters; S2: calculating, according to a principle of sulfur mass conservation, a mass of final slag by using the LF refining parameters and the actual sulfur distribution ratio obtained in S1; and S3: calculating, according to a principle of material conservation during LF refining, an addition amount of slagging lime during the LF refining by using the LF refining parameters and the mass of the final slag obtained in S2, thereby predicting the addition amount of the required slagging lime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BEIJING
    Inventors: Qing Liu, Zicheng Xin, Jiangshan Zhang, Junguo Zhang, Chunhui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11313010
    Abstract: A method of forming a part from sheet metal and a part formed by said method. The method comprising the steps of: (a) heating a metal sheet to a temperature T; and (b) forming the sheet into the part between dies while applying cooling means to the sheet, where in step a) the metal sheet is heated at a rate of at least 50° C.·s?1, and temperature T is above a critical forming temperature and does not exceed a critical microstructure change temperature of said metal sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: IMPERIAL COLLEGE INNOVATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Li-Liang Wang, Omer Elfakir, Yuhao Sun, Kang Ji, Zhaoheng Cai, Xi Luan, Xiaochuan Liu
  • Patent number: 11306017
    Abstract: A device for forming a molten solidified body by receiving a molten material discharged from a vitrification device or the like on a lower mold, and a method for forming a molten solidified body and, particularly, to a mold supporting device for forming a uniform molten solidified body such that a height deviation on a mold of a dropping molten material is reduced by providing movement to the mold, and a method for forming an uniform molten solidified body. The mold supporting device and the method for forming a uniform molten solidified body to prevent the formation of a high columnar shape at a specific position by the molten effluent not being uniformly contained in the mold due to the high viscosity thereof, thereby forming a uniform solidified body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.; LTD
    Inventors: Young Hwan Hwang, Seok Ju Hwang, Cheon Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 11299793
    Abstract: Provided is a steel sheet having excellent resistance to liquid metal embrittlement cracks and a method for manufacturing the same. The steel sheet includes, by weight %, 0.04% to 0.35% of C, 0.99% or less of Al+Si, 3.5% to 10% of Mn, 0.05% or less of P (excluding 0%), 0.02% or less of S (excluding 0%), and 0.02% or less of N (excluding 0%) with a remainder of Fe and other inevitable impurities, wherein the steel sheet comprises a microstructure comprising at least 10% of residual austenite, at least 60% of annealed martensite and 20% or less of alpha martensite and epsilon martensite, by volume fraction, and an average thickness of a Mn-depleted layer is at least 0.5 ?m from a product surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Sea-Woong Lee, Kyoo-Young Lee, Joo-Hyun Ryu, Ki-Cheol Kang
  • Patent number: 11299795
    Abstract: The controlled cooling of previously heated and substantially straight steel wires of diameter more than 3.5 mm to a predetermined temperature including the steps: guiding the wires along individual paths through first coolant bath having bath liquid of water and a stabilizing additive, the bath liquid and the wires create a steam film around each wire along individual paths; directing an impinging liquid immersed inside first coolant bath towards the wires over a length along individual paths to cool down the wires, the impinging liquid decreases the thickness of the steam film or destabilizes the steam film, increasing speed of cooling over the length along individual paths; guiding the wires along individual paths out of the first coolant bath to be cooled down in air; after the further cooling, guiding the wires along individual paths through second coolant bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NV BEKAERT SA
    Inventors: Christophe Mesplont, Tim Bruggeman, Franky Beyens, Jan Holvoet, Gregory Lapeire
  • Patent number: 11300291
    Abstract: A burner housing, comprising: an internal cartridge housed in an external housing; wherein the internal cartridge defines a plurality of ports selected from the group consisting of: an inlet cooling fluid port, an outlet cooling fluid port; a burner port; particle injection port; a cooling fluid circuit defined by and/or disposed in the internal cartridge and/or the external housing; and wherein the internal cartridge is made of a first material and the external housing is made from a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Kovacic, Michael Mattich, Gary Bugar
  • Patent number: 11293071
    Abstract: Workpieces are disposed between a pair of side walls in a heat treatment chamber. A centrifugal fan is disposed to face the workpieces inside the heat treatment chamber, and sucks gas from the workpiece side and generates air current. In regions at the respective side wall sides relative to an intermediate position between the pair of side walls, an air current regulation unit regulates the air current so as to restrict flows of the air current from the centrifugal fan to the respective side wall sides when a rotary blade of the centrifugal fan rotates in regions in which outer circumferential edge portions of the rotating rotary blade separate from the respective side walls, and allows the flows in regions in which the outer circumferential edge portions of the rotating rotary blade approach the respective side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Koyo Thermo Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Nakamura, Hiroaki Tetsubayashi, Takeshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 11293069
    Abstract: In a method for oxygen-blowing refining of molten iron, an oxygen-containing gas as a main supply gas is supplied from an inlet side of a blowing nozzle for the oxygen-containing gas passing through an outer shell of the top-blowing lance and blown from the blowing nozzle while a control gas is jetted toward inside of the blowing nozzle for at least part of a period of the oxygen-blowing refining from a spout arranged in a side face of the nozzle at a site where the cross-sectional area of the nozzle minimum takes the minimum in the axial direction of the nozzle or a neighborhood thereof so that at least part of the spout exists in each space formed by dividing into two portions by an arbitrary plane passing through a central axis of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Oda, Goro Okuyama, Shota Amano, Kenji Nakase, Yukio Takahashi, Yuta Hino, Naoki Kikuchi, Yuji Miki
  • Patent number: 11293075
    Abstract: A steel sheet for hot press comprises: a predetermined chemical composition; and a steel microstructure that includes ferrite and cementite and in which Mn?/Mn? is 1.4 or more, where Mn? is a Mn concentration of the ferrite and Mn? is a Mn concentration of the cementite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Nakagawa, Yoshikiyo Tamai
  • Patent number: 11285447
    Abstract: Liquid treatment apparatus comprises at least two chambers being first and second chambers through which a fluid can flow. The two chambers are separated by at least one choke nozzle which has an entrance in the first chamber and an exit in the second chamber. The choke nozzle comprises a converging section at its entrance, a throat section, a backward-facing step immediately after the throat section, and an exit section at its exit wherein the exit section diverges from the step. Similarly constructed mixing nozzles may be included in the apparatus. The apparatus is especially useful in processes requiring a gas to be entrained in a fluid so that the gas is in the form of very small bubbles that do not tend to coalesce and flash off such as in the dissolution of gold and other precious metals from ore and in the removal of arsenic from an ore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Ashok Adrian Singh
  • Patent number: 11286541
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for processing nickel laterite ore, including the steps of obtaining a mined laterite ore from a mining operation 42; and feeding the ore through a bulk sorter 44 comprising a sensor arrangement and a diverting mechanism that separates the ore into a beneficiated stream of nickel laterite ore 28 wherein the grade of nickel is higher than the grade of the ore fed into the bulk sorter for further processing 52 by leaching or smelting; one or more low grade fractions of ore 50 with a lower nickel grade than the beneficiated stream; and a waste fraction 46. This configuration efficiently separates lower grade patches in the run of mine ore, to either a low-grade stockpile or waste, and efficiently blends the selected high-grade ore to meet the specifications of the subsequent processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: ANGLO AMERICAN TECHNICAL & SUSTAINABILTY SERVICES, LTD.
    Inventors: Anthony Owen Filmer, Daniel John Alexander, Claudia Villa Diniz
  • Patent number: 11286549
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein relate to the manufacture of metallic material with a thermal expansion coefficient in a predetermined range, comprising: deforming, a metallic material comprising a first phase and a first thermal expansion coefficient. In response to the deformation, at least some of the first phase is transformed into a second phase, wherein the second phase comprises martensite, and orienting the metallic material in at least one predetermined orientation, wherein the metallic material, subsequent to deformation, comprises a second thermal expansion coefficient, wherein the second thermal expansion coefficient is within a predetermined range, and wherein the thermal expansion is in at least one predetermined direction. In some embodiments, the metallic material comprises the second phase and is thermo-mechanically deformed to orient the grains in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: James Alan Monroe, Jeremy Sean McAllister, Jay Russell Zgarba
  • Patent number: 11287188
    Abstract: A furnace containment structure includes a roof assembly including at least one layer of refractory material that includes a first layer of refractory material, a plurality of sidewalls, a plurality of pockets disposed in the first layer of ceramic refractory material, each pocket including a retainer that is spaced apart from sides of the pocket by gaps when the roof assembly is at room temperature, an upper plate disposed above the first layer of refractory material, and a first plurality of suspension rods that pass through first holes in the at least one layer of refractory material and the upper plate, wherein the plurality of suspension rods mechanically couple the retainers to the upper plate to retain the at least one layer of refractory material. The structure can use materials with different thermal expansion rates without cracking at elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: James William Masten, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11286539
    Abstract: A cooling device for a metal plate includes a plurality of first nozzles and a plurality of second nozzles disposed on both sides of the metal plate, respectively, in a thickness direction of the metal plate across a pass line of the metal plate. The plurality of first nozzles form a staggered array in which a pitch in a width direction of the metal plate is Xn, a pitch in a longitudinal direction of the metal plate is Yn, and an offset amount in the width direction of a pair of first nozzles disposed adjacent to each other in the longitudinal direction is ?Xn. The plurality of second nozzles form a staggered array in which a pitch in the width direction is Xn, a pitch in the longitudinal direction is Yn, and an offset amount in the width direction of a pair of second nozzles disposed adjacent to each other in the longitudinal direction is ?Xn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Nagai, Masashi Yoshikawa, Ryusuke Kimoto
  • Patent number: 11286536
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a part is provided. The system includes a gantry, a first mobile arm and a second mobile arm, at least one conveyor and at least one sensor. The gantry has a first member and a second member disposed opposite the first member so as to define an opening. The first and the second mobile arms are disposed on the first and the second members, respectively. The at least one conveyor is operative to move the part through the opening so as to position the part within access of the first and the second mobile arms. The at least one sensor is operative to guide the first and the second mobile arms to one or more areas of the part. The first and the second mobile arms are operative to perform a manufacturing process on the part at the one or more areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Allan Ferry, Ronald Konopacki
  • Patent number: 11286939
    Abstract: A molten metal rotor receives and retains an end of a molten metal rotor shaft. The rotor shaft has one or more projections at the end received in the rotor. The rotor has an inner cavity, a top surface with an opening leading to the inner cavity, and at least one abutment. The opening includes one or more portions for allowing each projection to pass through the opening and into the inner cavity. The rotor and/or shaft are then rotated so at least one of the outwardly-extending projections is under the top surface of the rotor and is against an abutment. A molten metal pump, rotary degasser scrap melter or other device used in molten metal may utilize a rotor/shaft combination as disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Molten Metal Equipment Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Paul V. Cooper
  • Patent number: 11268764
    Abstract: A device for mounting and/or dismantling staves on/from an inner wall of a shaft furnace, the device including a circular monorail for supporting at least one stave positioning hoist, where the monorail is divided into at least four separate arc portions, where each arc portion is connected to a neighboring arc portion by means of a rotatable connection, the arc portions are moveable between an unfolded position, in which the arc portions form a circular monorail, and a folded position, in which the overall size of the monorail is, in one direction, reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: PAUL WURTH S.A.
    Inventor: Nicolas Maggioli
  • Patent number: 11268765
    Abstract: System and method for using fast response heaters to pre-heat metal before entering a metal treatment furnace, which may improve control over metal processing, especially in response to changes in material, mass flow rate, line speed, and/or desired treatment process. Fast response heaters may be used with control systems to adjust the output of the fast response heater based on operator inputs, direct or indirect sensing of process parameters, and/or the use of thermal models to quickly adjust fast response heater output while a metal treatment furnace remains at a constant temperature or slowly transitions into a new operating state. The resulting gains in process control result in higher quality products, reduced scrap, and increases in line speed and output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventors: David Michael Custers, Michael Bull, Andrew Hobbis
  • Patent number: 11268167
    Abstract: A stirring device includes a stirring unit, a gas supplying unit, and a feeding unit. The stirring unit includes a drive mechanism and a shaft member. The shaft member includes a hollow rotary shaft coupled to be driven by the drive mechanism to rotate, and a stirring head coupled to rotate with the hollow rotary shaft. The gas supplying unit includes a gas supply, and a piping member fluidly communicating with the gas supply and the shaft member. The feeding unit includes a storage tank and a feeding tube fluidly communicating with the storage tank and the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: METAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
    Inventors: Pei-Chun Hung, Shin-Hong Kuo
  • Patent number: 11268762
    Abstract: A nozzle system for a band floating system for floatingly guiding a band-shaped material having a nozzle body having a front edge area and a rear edge area opposite to the front edge area, a front gas nozzle arrangement arranged at the front edge area, a rear gas nozzle arrangement arranged at the rear edge area, and a nozzle arrangement arranged, in the conveying direction, in front of the front gas nozzle arrangement and/or behind the rear gas nozzle arrangement such that a liquid fluid is flowable in a fluid jet into a nozzle floating field in the direction towards a band running plane for temperature-controlling the band-shaped material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: EBNER INDUSTRIEOFENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Robert Ebner, Ulrich Pschebezin, Roland Lukatsch, Alexander Pocherdorfer, Günther Fröhlich, Leopold Götsch