Patents Examined by Vanessa Luk
  • Patent number: 9428821
    Abstract: A gold alloy having, expressed by weight, about 24.5 to 25.5% Au, about 19.0 to 23.0% Ag, about 43.0 to 47.0% Cu, about 6.0 to 10.0% Zn, about 0.05 to 0.30% Si, and about 0.005 to 0.03% Ir. Alternatively, a alloy having, expressed by weight, about 16-17% Au, about 19-23% Ag, about 50-55% Cu, about 6-10% Zn, about 0.05-0.30% Si, and about 0.005-0.03% Ir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Jostens, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Cleabert Bridgeman, Suzanne M. Dauck
  • Patent number: 9412505
    Abstract: A NdFeB system sintered magnet produced by the grain boundary diffusion method and has a high coercive force and squareness ratio with only a small decrease in the maximum energy product. A NdFeB system sintered magnet having a base material produced by orienting powder of a NdFeB system alloy and sintering the powder, with Dy and/or Tb (the “Dy and/or Tb” is hereinafter called RH) attached to and diffused from a surface of the base material through the grain boundary inside the base material by a grain boundary diffusion treatment, wherein the difference Cgx-Cx between the RH content Cgx (wt %) in the grain boundary and the RH content Cx (wt %) in main-phase grains which are grains constituting the base material at the same depth within a range from the surface to which RH is attached to a depth of 3 mm is equal to or larger than 3 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: INTERMETALLICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Sagawa, Tetsuhiko Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 9399321
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for producing three-dimensional objects (6) layer by layer using a powdery material (7) which can be solidified by irradiating it with a high-energy beam (4), said method comprising the steps of: applying a first layer of powdery material onto a working area (5); solidifying a part of said first layer by irradiating it with a high-energy beam; and applying a second layer (8) of powdery material onto the first, partly solidified layer. The invention is characterized in that the method comprises the step of: determining a rate at which the temperature of the second layer (8) increases after application onto the first layer. The invention also concerns an apparatus configured to operate according to the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Arcam AB
    Inventor: Ulric Ljungblad
  • Patent number: 9399254
    Abstract: A clayish composition for forming a sintered silver alloy body capable of forming a sintered silver alloy body, which is not easily discolored even in the atmosphere and has excellent tensile strength, flexural strength, surface hardness (hereinafter, sometimes collectively referred to as ‘mechanical strength’), elongation or the like, powder for the clayish composition for forming a sintered silver alloy body, a method for manufacturing the clayish composition for forming a sintered silver alloy body, a sintered silver alloy body and a method for manufacturing the sintered silver alloy body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Yamaji, Yasuo Ido, Shinji Otani
  • Patent number: 9394593
    Abstract: Bearing steel material according to the present invention has: a properly adjusted chemical composition; an average chemical composition of oxide-inclusions which comprises 10 to 45% of CaO, 20 to 45% of Al2O3, 30 to 50% of SiO2, up to 15% (exclusive of 0) of MnO, and 3 to 10% of MgO, with the balance being unavoidable impurities; a maximum major axis diameter of the oxide inclusions in a longitudinal section of the steel material of 20 ?m or less; and a spheroidal cementite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Kaizuka, Mutsuhisa Nagahama, Masaki Shimamoto, Tomoko Sugimura
  • Patent number: 9393088
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a shaped body, comprising creating a mixture of a metal powder and binding agent, compacting the mixture to form a green compact, heating the green compact to a debinding start temperature T1, debinding the green compact by controlled heating of the green compact from start temperature T1 to end temperature T2 at a heat-up rate R1, presintering the debindered green compact to the presinter end temperature TVS at a heat-up rate RHVS, cooling the green compact from the presinter end temperature TVS at a cool-down rate RKVS, whereby at least the heat-up rate RHVS, the presinter end temperature TVS, and the cool-down rate RKVS are tuned relative to each other in such a way that the presintered green compact forming a blank has a surface porosity of 16% to 22% after presintering, and machining and sintering of the blank to form the shaped body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: DEGUDENT GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Hachenberg, Rudi Steinke, Markus Vollmann, Irmgard Wissel, Gerhard Zellmann, Elmar Hock, Stefan Fecher, Lothar Volkl
  • Patent number: 9396851
    Abstract: A NdFeB system sintered magnet according to the present invention is a NdFeB system sintered magnet having a base material produced by orienting powder of a NdFeB system alloy and sintering the powder, with Dy and/or Tb (the “Dy and/or Tb” is hereinafter called RH) attached to and diffused from a surface of the base material through the grain boundary inside the base material by a grain boundary diffusion treatment, wherein the number of grain-boundary triple points at which the difference Ct?Cw between the RH content Ct (wt %) at the grain-boundary triple point and the RH content Cw (wt %) at a two-grain boundary portion leading to that grain-boundary triple point is equal to or smaller than 4 wt % is equal to or larger than 60% of the total number of grain-boundary triple points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: INTERMETALLICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Sagawa, Tetsuhiko Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 9359661
    Abstract: A bearing steel material which contains 0.8-1.1 mass % C, 0.15-0.8 mass % Si, 0.1-1.0 mass % Mn, 1.3-1.8 mass % Cr, up to 0.05 mass % P (0 mass % is excluded), up to 0.015 mass % S (0 mass % excluded), 0.0002-0.005 mass % Al, 0.0002-0.0020 mass % Ca, 0.0005-0.010 mass % Ti, up to 0.0080 mass % N (0 mass % is excluded), and up to 0.0025 mass % O (0 mass % is excluded). The steel material contains oxide inclusions which have an average composition that comprises, in terms of mass %, 20-50% CaO, 20-50% Al2O3, 20-70% SiO2, and 3-10% TiO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Shimamoto, Yosuke Shindo, Masaki Kaizuka, Akihiro Owaki, Sei Kimura, Tetsushi Deura, Tomoko Sugimura
  • Patent number: 9362035
    Abstract: A NdFeB system sintered magnet according to the present invention is a NdFeB system sintered magnet having a base material produced by orienting powder of a NdFeB system alloy and sintering the powder, with Dy and/or Tb (the “Dy and/or Tb” is hereinafter called RH) attached to and diffused from a surface of the base material through the grain boundary inside the base material by a grain boundary diffusion treatment, wherein the number of grain-boundary triple points at which the difference Ct?Cw between the RH content Ct (wt %) at the grain-boundary triple point and the RH content Cw (wt %) at a two-grain boundary portion leading to that grain-boundary triple point is equal to or smaller than 4 wt % is equal to or larger than 60% of the total number of grain-boundary triple points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: INTERMETALLICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Sagawa, Tetsuhiko Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 9353430
    Abstract: The present invention provides a casting having increased crashworthiness including an an aluminum alloy of about 6.0 wt % to about 8.0 wt % Si; about 0.12 wt % to about 0.25 wt % Mg; less than or equal to about 0.35 wt % Cu; less than or equal to about 4.0 wt % Zn; less than or equal to about 0.6 wt % Mn; and less than or equal to about 0.15 wt % Fe, wherein the cast body is treated to a T5 or T6 temper and has a tensile strength ranging from 100 MPa to 180 MPa and has a critical fracture strain greater than 10%. The present invention further provides a method of forming a casting having increased crashworthiness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SHIPSTON ALUMINUM TECHNOLOGIES (MICHIGAN), INC.
    Inventors: Jen C. Lin, Moustapha Mbaye, Jan Ove Loland, Russell S. Long, Xinyan Yan
  • Patent number: 9340852
    Abstract: An elevated refractory alloy with ambient-temperature and low-temperature ductility and the method thereof is disclosed, that is, at least four high-melting point metal elements are composed with at least four carbides of the high-melting point metal elements through a high-temperature alloy process, the carbides is dissolved in the high-melting point metal elements, therefore the high-melting point metal elements are wet and composed with the carbides, consequently the crystallographic structure composed by the high-melting point metal elements and the carbides is changed from a body-centered cubic structure to a face-centered cubic structure. Therefore, at least four high-melting point metal elements are composed with corresponding carbides of the four high-melting point metal elements and an alloy material is made through high-temperature, wherein the crystallographic structure of the alloy material is a face-centered cubic structure so as to let that the alloy material is convenient machined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventor: Swe-Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 9295533
    Abstract: A material composition for use in forming a porous metal structure and dental coping in the preparation of a dental restoration comprising a composite of metal particles in a matrix including low fusing temperature metal particles and at least between 35 to 85% medium fusing temperature metal particles by volume with the medium fusing temperature metal particles possessing a melting characteristic which during heat treatment of the material composition to form the porous metal structure results in partial melting of the medium fusing temperature metal particles to the extent of between about 4% to 50% by volume of the particle mass of each medium fusing temperature metal particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Itzhak Shoher, Aharon Whiteman
  • Patent number: 9296040
    Abstract: A hot rolled steel strip made by the steps including assembling a twin roll caster, forming a casting pool of molten steel of such composition that the cast strip produced comprises by weight, greater than 0.25% and up to 1.1% carbon, between 0.40 and 2.0% manganese, between 0.05 and 0.50% silicon, less than 0.01% aluminum, counter rotating the casting rolls to solidify metal shells and forming a steel strip, hot rolling the steel strip such that mechanical properties at 10% and 35% reduction are within 10% for yield strength, tensile strength and total elongation, and coiling the hot rolled steel strip at a temperature between 550 and 750° C. to provide a majority of the microstructure comprising pearlite, along with bainite and acicular ferrite. The steel may have a free oxygen content between 5 and 50 ppm or between 25 and 45 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nucor Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Geoffrey Edelman, Christopher Ronald Killmore
  • Patent number: 9297055
    Abstract: Iron-based powder metallurgical compositions including both iron-copper prealloy and copper powder are described. These compositions, when compacted and sintered, result in compacts having good dimensional consistency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hoeganaes Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce Lindsley
  • Patent number: 9279172
    Abstract: Ferritic stainless steel is excellent in terms of both oxidation resistance and thermal fatigue resistance without adding expensive elements, such as Mo or W. The ferritic stainless steel, contains: C: 0.015 mass % or lower, Si: 1.0 mass % or lower, Mn: 1.0 mass % or lower, P: 0.04 mass % or lower, S: 0.010 mass % or lower, Cr: 16 to 23 mass % or lower, N: 0.015 mass % or lower, Nb: 0.3 to 0.65 mass %, Ti: 0.15 mass % or lower, Mo: 0.1 mass % or lower, W: 0.1 mass % or lower, Cu: 1.0 to 2.5 mass %, Al: 0.2 to 1.5 mass %, and the balance of Fe and inevitable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Kato, Norimasa Hirata, Tetsuyuki Nakamura, Takumi Ujiro, Hiroki Ota
  • Patent number: 9267191
    Abstract: A silver-based alloy composition which is soft and workable in an annealed condition, is hardenable through heat treatment, and is tarnish resistant. The preferred embodiment of the composition of the present invention includes a small percentage of palladium and a reduction from typical percentages of copper found in a sterling silver alloy. In one embodiment the silver-based alloy includes no copper at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Richline Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Grigory Raykhtsaum
  • Patent number: 9248500
    Abstract: A method for protecting powder metallurgy alloy elements from oxidation and/or hydrolyzation during sintering. The method includes (1) coating the admixed alloy elements in an inert (e.g., nitrogen) atmosphere with a hydrophobic lubricant that is capable of becoming mobile during pressing, the amount of lubricant being at least 45% of the total volume of all components to be added to the base metal powder; (2) mixing the lubricant-coated admixed alloy elements with the base metal powder to form a mixture; (3) pressing the mixture to form a pre-sintered part having a green density that is from about 95% to about 98% of a calculated pore-free density; and (4) sintering the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: APEX ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis L. Hammond, Richard Phillips
  • Patent number: 9249485
    Abstract: A cold work tool steel with average or above wear resistance, a hardness in excess of (60) HRc and a very good toughness but with considerably lower carbon contents leading to highly improved weldability is obtained by combining the presence of primary carbides (or alternatively nitrides and/or borides) with other strengthening mechanisms like precipitation hardening or even solid solution. Vanadium rich MC type carbides, modified with refractory metal additions, present the best compromise of hardness and fracture toughness for several applications, while for other applications harder carbides, such as Ti carbides or Ti mixed carbides (primarily with V, Mo and/or W) will be the preferred ones, alternatively using Zr and Hf mixed carbides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Rovalma SA
    Inventor: Isaac Valls
  • Patent number: 9222150
    Abstract: A process for making a finished or semi-finished article of silver alloy, said process comprising the steps of providing a silver alloy containing silver in an amount of at least 77 wt %, copper and an amount of germanium that is preferably at least 0.5 wt % and is effective to reduce tarnishing and/or firestain, making or processing the finished or semi-finished article of the alloy by heating at least to an annealing temperature, gradually cooling the article; and reheating the article to effect precipitation hardening thereof. The avoidance of quenching reduces the risk of damage to the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Gamon Johns
  • Patent number: 9212411
    Abstract: A high-strength steel sheet includes a composition containing, in mass percent, 0.08% to 0.20% of carbon, 0.2% to 1.0% of silicon, 0.5% to 2.5% of manganese, 0.04% or less of phosphorus, 0.005% or less of sulfur, 0.05% or less of aluminum, 0.07% to 0.20% of titanium, and 0.20% to 0.80% of vanadium, the balance being iron and incidental impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Nakagawa, Takeshi Yokota, Kazuhiro Seto, Satoshi Kinoshiro, Yuji Tanaka, Katsumi Yamada, Tetsuya Mega, Katsumi Nakajima