Patents Examined by Vanessa Luk
  • Patent number: 9856962
    Abstract: A forged composite powder metal part, such as a CVJ inner race or bevel gear, and method of making the same are disclosed. The forged composite powder metal part includes a outer section concentrated with a first powder metal material, a inner section concentrated with a second powder metal material and a variable boundary profile between the materials of the two sections. For example, in a forged CVJ inner race, the different materials can provide improved wear resistance in the ball tracks and improved spline performance. As another example, in a forged bevel gear, the different materials can be used to create a continuous variable boundary profile that defines the depth of a harder layer over the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GKN Sinter Metals, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy E. Geiman
  • Patent number: 9850552
    Abstract: A method of processing ultra high hardness steel is provided to increase its usefulness in armor applications. The method involves slowly cooling the ultra high hardness steel to a cryogenic temperature, slowly returning the steel to an ambient temperature, slowly heating the steel, and again slowly returning it to an ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen A. Monette, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9853200
    Abstract: An n-type thermoelectric conversion material expressed in a chemical formula X3-xX?xT3-yCuySb4 (0?x<3, 0?y<3.0, and x+y>0), the X includes one or more element(s) of Zr and Hf, the X? includes one or more element(s) of Nb and Ta, and the T includes one or more element(s) selected from Ni, Pd, and Pt, while including at least Ni, the n-type thermoelectric conversion material expressed in the chemical formula X3-xX?xT3-yCuySb4 has symmetry of a cubic crystal belonging to a space group I-43d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Hiromasa Tamaki, Tsutomu Kanno, Akihiro Sakai, Kohei Takahashi, Hideo Kusada, Yuka Yamada
  • Patent number: 9820539
    Abstract: Methods of forming larger sintered compacts of PCD and other sintered ultrahard materials are disclosed. Improved solvent metal compositions and layering of the un-sintered construct allow for sintering of thicker and larger high quality sintered compacts. Jewelry may also be made from sintered ultrahard materials including diamond, carbides, and boron nitrides. Increased biocompatibility is achieved through use of a sintering metal containing tin. Methods of sintering perform shapes are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: DIMICRON, INC.
    Inventors: David P Harding, Mark E Richards, Richard H Dixon, Victoriano Carvajal, Bao-Khang Ngoc Nguyen, German A Loesener, A Ben Curnow, Troy J Medford, Trenton T Walker, Jeffery K Taylor, Bill J Pope
  • Patent number: 9822432
    Abstract: A magnesium alloy that forms a stable protective film on the surface of molten metal, having excellent ignition resistance restricting natural ignition of a chip thereof as well as having excellent strength and ductility, so that the Mg alloy can be melted and cast in the air or a common inert atmosphere. The magnesium alloy includes, by weight, 7.0% or greater but less than 11% of Al, 0.05% to 2.0% of Ca, 0.05% to 2.0% of Y, greater than 0% but not greater than 6.0% of Zn, and the balance of Mg, and the other unavoidable impurities. The total content of the Ca and the Y is equal to or greater than 0.1% but less than 2.5% of the total weight of the magnesium alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Young Min Kim, Ha Sik Kim, Bong Sun You, Chang Dong Yim
  • Patent number: 9821411
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides three-dimensional (3D) objects, 3D printing processes, as well as methods, apparatuses and systems for the production of a 3D object. Methods, apparatuses and systems of the present disclosure may reduce or eliminate the need for auxiliary supports. The present disclosure provides three dimensional (3D) objects printed utilizing the printing processes, methods, apparatuses and systems described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: VELO3D, INC.
    Inventors: Benyamin Buller, Erel Milshtein, Thai Cheng Chua
  • Patent number: 9802834
    Abstract: Nanocrystalline metal powders comprising tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium and/or niobium can be synthesized using a combustion reaction. Methods for synthesizing the nanocrystalline metal powders are characterized by forming a combustion synthesis solution by dissolving in water an oxidizer, a fuel, and a base-soluble, ammonium precursor of tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium, or niobium in amounts that yield a stoichiometric burn when combusted. The combustion synthesis solution is then heated to a temperature sufficient to substantially remove water and to initiate a self-sustaining combustion reaction. The resulting powder can be subsequently reduced to metal form by heating in a reducing gas environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: John G. Frye, Kenneth Scott Weil, Curt A. Lavender, Jin Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9789540
    Abstract: From one aspect, a method of forming a support for use in a selective sintering or melting process includes forming a body on a platen having a plurality of generally parallel channels each channel being open at least one end. The base of the channels may be formed by the platen. Preferably the support is formed by a selective sintering or melting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Trevor John Illston
  • Patent number: 9773580
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy wire rod has a composition consisting of Mg: 0.10 to 1.00 mass %, Si: 0.10 to 1.00 mass %, Fe: 0.01 to 1.40 mass %, Ti: 0.000 to 0.100 mass %, B: 0.000 to 0.030 mass %, Cu: 0.00 to 1.00 mass %, Ag: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Au: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Mn: 0.00 to 1.00 mass %, Cr: 0.00 to 1.00 mass %, Zr: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Hf: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, V: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Sc: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Co: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Ni: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, and the balance: Al and incidental impurities. A dispersion density of compound particles having a size of 20-1000 nm is 1 particle/?m2 or higher. In a distribution of the compound particles in the aluminum alloy wire rod, a maximum dispersion density of the compound particles is less than or equal to five times a minimum dispersion density of the compound particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Sho Yoshida, Shigeki Sekiya, Kyota Susai, Kengo Mitose
  • Patent number: 9758847
    Abstract: Provided is a hot-rolled steel sheet having a composition containing 0.04 mass percent to 0.20 mass percent C, 0.7 mass percent to 2.3 mass percent Si, 0.8 mass percent to 2.8 mass percent Mn, 0.1 mass percent or less P, 0.01 mass percent or less S, 0.1 mass percent or less Al, and 0.008 mass percent or less N, the remainder being Fe and inevitable impurities. Internal oxides containing one or more selected from the group consisting of Si, Mn, and Fe are present at grain boundaries and in grains in a base metal. The internal oxides present at the grain boundaries in the base metal are located within 5 ?m from the surface of the base metal. The difference between the depths at which the internal oxides are formed in the cross direction of the steel sheet is 2 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Mai Miyata, Yoshitsugu Suzuki, Yasunobu Nagataki, Yoshiyasu Kawasaki, Hirokazu Sugihara
  • Patent number: 9752214
    Abstract: A titanium alloy includes 15 to 27 atomic % (at %) of tantalum (Ta) and 0 to 8 at % of tin (Sn), the balance being titanium (Ti) and unavoidable impurities, when the entire amount of the titanium alloy is taken as 100 at %. Therefore, the titanium alloy provided has characteristics suitable for medical device materials, biocompatible materials, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takeguchi, Yoshiki Ishikawa, Takasumi Kubo, Shin Ishida, Hiroki Takahashi, Masafumi Morita, Masahito Miki
  • Patent number: 9738959
    Abstract: Disclosed are non-magnetic metal alloy compositions and applications that relate to non-magnetic metal alloys with excellent wear properties for use in dynamic three-body tribological wear environments where an absence of magnetic interference is required. In one aspect, the disclosure can relate to a drilling component for use in directional drilling applications capable of withstanding service abrasion. In a second aspect, a hardbanding for protecting a drilling component for use in directional drilling can be provided. In a third aspect, a method for prolonging service life of a drilling component for use in directional drilling can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Scoperta, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lee Cheney, John Hamilton Madok, Kyle Walter Rafa
  • Patent number: 9738958
    Abstract: Provided is an austenitic, lightweight, high-strength steel sheet having a high yield ratio and ductility and a method for producing the same, and more particularly, to a high-strength steel sheet for automotive interior panels, exterior panels, and structural parts, and a method for producing the steel sheet. The steel sheet may be a hot-rolled steel sheet, a cold-rolled steel sheet, or a plated steel sheet. The steel sheet includes, by weight %, C: 0.6% to 1.0%, Si: 0.1% to 2.5%, Mn: 10% to 15%, P: 0.02% or less, S: 0.015% or less, Al: 5% to 8%, Ti: 0.01% to 0.20%, N: 0.02% or less, and the balance of Fe and inevitable impurities, wherein the steel sheet has a specific gravity of 7.4 g/cm3 and a Mn/Al ratio of 2 to 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Kwang-Geun Chin, Sang-Ho Han, Jai-Hyun Kwak
  • Patent number: 9719154
    Abstract: The present invention provides a titanium slab for hot rolling which can be fed into a general purpose hot-rolling mill for producing strip coil, without passage through a breakdown process such as blooming or a straightening process, and can further suppress surface defect occurrence of the hot-rolled strip coil, and a method of producing and a method of rolling the same, characterized in that in the cast titanium slab an angle ? formed by the crystal growth direction (solidification direction) from the surface layer toward the interior and a direction parallel to the slab casting direction (longitudinal direction) is 45 to 90°, and moreover, there is a surface layer structure of 10 mm or greater whose ? is 70 to 90°, and further characterized in that a crystal grain layer of 10 mm or greater is formed whose C-axis direction inclination of a titanium ? phase is, as viewed from the side of the slab to be hot rolled, in the range of 35 to 90° from the normal direction of the surface to be hot rolled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takahashi, Tomonori Kunieda, Kenichi Mori, Hiroaki Otsuka, Hideki Fujii, Yoshihiro Fujii, Yoshimasa Miyazaki, Takashi Oda, Hisamune Tanaka, Osamu Tada
  • Patent number: 9719155
    Abstract: A composite metal where a phase of particles of solid solution is uniformly dispersed in a Cu phase, the solid solution containing a solid solution of a heat resistant element selected from Mo, W, Ta, Nb, V and Zr and Cr. The composite metal is provided to contain: 20-70% of Cu; 1.5-64% of Cr; and 6-76% of a heat resistant element by weight relative to the composite metal, wherein a remainder is comprised of inevitable impurities. In the composite metal, the particles of the solid solution, contained in the composite metal, are provided to have an average particle diameter of not larger than 20 ?m and to uniformly disperse in the Cu phase with an index of the dispersion state of not higher than 1.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Kaoru Kitakizaki, Keita Ishikawa, Shota Hayashi, Nobutaka Suzuki, Kosuke Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9719151
    Abstract: A steel sheet includes, by mass %: C: 0.020% to 0.080%; Si: 0.01% to 0.10%; Mn: 0.80% to 1.80%; and Al: more than 0.10% and less than 0.40%; and further includes: Nb: 0.005% to 0.095%; and Ti: 0.005% to 0.095%, in which a total amount of Nb and Ti is 0.030% to 0.100%, and the steel sheet includes, as a metallographic structure, ferrite, bainite, and other phases, an area fraction of the ferrite is 80% to 95%, an area fraction of the bainite is 5% to 20%, a total fraction of the other phases is less than 3%, a tensile strength is 590 MPa or more, and a fatigue strength ratio as a fatigue strength to the tensile strength is 0.45 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tanaka, Kunio Hayashi, Toshio Ogawa, Koichi Goto, Kazuaki Nakano
  • Patent number: 9707623
    Abstract: A multiphase composite system is made by binding hard particles, such as TiC particles, of various sizes with a mixture of titanium powder and aluminum, nickel, and titanium in a master alloy or as elemental materials to produce a composite system that has advantageous energy absorbing characteristics. The multiple phases of this composite system include an aggregate phase of hard particles bound with a matrix phase. The matrix phase has at least two phases with varying amounts of aluminum, nickel, and titanium. The matrix phase forms a bond with the hard particles and has varying degrees of hard and ductile phases. The composite system may be used alone or bonded to other materials such as bodies of titanium or ceramic in the manufacture of ballistic armor tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Robert G. Lee
  • Patent number: 9707664
    Abstract: This invention provides a zinc-based alloy shot having a new formation and it also provides a method of manufacturing it. The zinc-based alloy shot has Cu added, and it is likely to have a relatively high hardness, and it is less likely to corrode (reduce color change) when it functions as a shot. The zinc-based alloy shot of the present invention comprises Cu as the main additive element for increasing the Vickers hardness, etc., and Fe as a co-additive element for increasing the Vickers hardness and for preventing corrosion. It gives a Vickers hardness of 40-150 HV. The chemical composition of the zinc-based alloy shot is usually Cu: 0.1˜13.0%; Fe: 0.0025˜0.25%; Zn: balance; and 1?Cu/Fe (measured in mass)?1000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SINTOKOGIO, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Ishikawa, Kaoru Hirai
  • Patent number: 9708691
    Abstract: In an Ag, Cu, Ge alloy containing boron as grain refiner, investment castings of a clean bright silvery appearance and/or free from cracking defects are obtained by incorporation of silicon, in some embodiments in the absence of added zinc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Gamon Johns
  • Patent number: 9708696
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a steel wire material that contains 0.05%-1.2% C (“%” means “% by mass,” same hereinafter for chemical components.), 0.01%-0.7% Si, 0.1%-1.5% Mn, 0.02% max. P (not including 0%), 0.02% max. S (not including 0%), and 0.005% max. N (not including 0%), with the remainder being iron and unavoidable impurities. The steel wire material has a scale 6.0-20 ?m thick and holes of an equivalent circle diameter of 1 ?m max. in said scale that occupy 10% by area max. Said scale does not detach in the cooling process after hot rolling or during storage or transportation but can readily detach during mechanical descaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KOBE STEEL, LTD.
    Inventors: Mikako Takeda, Shohei Nakakubo, Kazuhiko Kirihara, Masayuki Endo