Patents by Inventor Akira Kano

Akira Kano has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220278372
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery according to the present disclosure comprises a cathode, an anode; and a non-aqueous electrolyte having lithium ion conductivity. A lithium metal is precipitated on a surface of the anode during charge of the lithium secondary battery. The lithium metal is dissolved from the surface of the anode in the non-aqueous electrolyte during discharge of the lithium secondary battery. The non-aqueous electrolyte contains a solvent and a lithium salt. The lithium salt includes a first lithium salt and a second lithium salt. The second lithium salt is different from the first lithium salt. The first lithium salt is composed of a lithium ion and an ate complex anion. A sum of concentration of the first lithium salt and the second lithium salt which are contained in the non-aqueous electrolyte is not less than 3.0 mol/L.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2022
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Inventors: Junichi SAKAMOTO, Akira KANO
  • Patent number: 11394881
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to detect a positional shift amount of each of a plurality of images; select a composite target image from the plurality of images based on the detected positional shift amount; and obtain a composite image based on the positional shift amount and the selected composite target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Uehara, Masakazu Terauchi, Masashi Miyata, Hiroshi Kano, Akira Nakano, Takeyoshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11367901
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery according to the present disclosure comprises a cathode, an anode; and a non-aqueous electrolyte having lithium ion conductivity. A lithium metal is precipitated on a surface of the anode during charge of the lithium secondary battery. The lithium metal is dissolved from the surface of the anode in the non-aqueous electrolyte during discharge of the lithium secondary battery. The non-aqueous electrolyte contains a solvent and a lithium salt. The lithium salt includes a first lithium salt and a second lithium salt. The second lithium salt is different from the first lithium salt. The first lithium salt is composed of a lithium ion and an ate complex anion. A sum of concentration of the first lithium salt and the second lithium salt which are contained in the non-aqueous electrolyte is not less than 3.0 mol/L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junichi Sakamoto, Akira Kano
  • Publication number: 20220190379
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery including a positive electrode including a positive electrode material mixture containing a positive electrode additive, a negative electrode, a separator, and an electrolyte. The positive electrode additive includes at least one selected from the group consisting of a first compound represented by formula (1): Lia1Fex1M1y1Oz1 and a second compound represented by formula (2): Lia2Nix2M2y2Oz2. The formula (1) satisfies 0?a1?5, 0?x1?5, 0?y1?1, and 0?z1?4, where at least two of a1, x1, y1 and z1 are greater than 0. The formula (2) satisfies 0?a2?2, 0?x2?1, 0?y2?1, and 1?z2?2, where at least one of a2 and x2 is greater than 0. The electrolyte contains an oxalate complex salt having an oxalate complex anion and a lithium ion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohisa Okazaki, Akira Kano
  • Patent number: 11362322
    Abstract: Provided is a lithium secondary battery comprising a cathode, an anode, and a non-aqueous electrolyte having lithium ion conductivity. A lithium metal is precipitated on a surface of the anode during charge of the lithium secondary battery. The lithium metal is dissolved from the surface of the anode in the non-aqueous electrolyte during discharge of the lithium secondary battery. The non-aqueous electrolyte contains a solvent and a lithium salt. The solvent includes a fluorinated ether. The fluorinated ether has a fluorination ratio of more than 0% and not more than 60%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotetsu Suzuki, Akira Kano
  • Publication number: 20220181695
    Abstract: In a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery including a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a non-aqueous electrolyte having lithium-ion conductivity, the solvent in the non-aqueous electrolyte includes a first ether compound represented by a general formula (1): R1-(OCH2CH2)n—OR2 in which R1 and R2 are independently an alkyl group with a carbon number of 1 to 5, and n represents 1 to 3; and a second ether compound having a fluorination rate of 60% or more and represented by a general formula (2): Ca1Mb1Fc1Od1(CF2OCH2)Ca2Hb2Fc2Od2 in which a1?1, a2?0, b1?2a1, b2?2a2, c1=(2a1+1)?b1, c2=(2a2+1)?b2, d?0, and d2?0. The proportion of a total amount of the first ether compound and the second ether compound in the solvent is 80 volume % or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kano, Tomohisa Okazaki, Ryohei Miyamae
  • Publication number: 20220106666
    Abstract: A recycling method for aluminum alloy is capable of offering a recycled Al alloy (melt), in which the Fe concentration is efficiently reduced, while using Al alloy scrap and the like as raw materials. The method includes: a preparation step of preparing a first melt by melting an Fe.Mn-containing material that contains Fe and Mn and an Al alloy raw material; a crystallization step of holding the first melt at a separation temperature at which an Fe compound crystallizes; and an extraction step of extracting a second melt obtained by removing at least part of the Fe compound crystallized from the first melt. The Fe.Mn-containing material preferably has a mass ratio of Mn to Fe (Mn/Fe) of, for example, 2 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuma MINOURA, Jun YAOKAWA, Yasushi IWATA, Hiroshi KAWAHARA, Kazuma HIBI, Noriyuki UENO, Akira KANO, Yusei KUSAKA, Kyosuke ITO, Tomoo MURATA
  • Patent number: 11283102
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a separator, and a nonaqueous electrolyte having lithium-ion conductivity. A negative electrode current collector includes a layer having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, first protrusions protruding from the first surface, and second protrusions protruding from the second surface. The first and second surfaces are surfaces on which lithium metal is deposited during charge. When viewed in a direction of a normal to the first surface, a total area of overlap between the first protrusions and the second protrusions is ½ or less of a total area of the first protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryohei Miyamae, Akira Kano, Kensuke Nakura
  • Publication number: 20220083713
    Abstract: An analysis apparatus according to an embodiment includes one or more hardware processors. The one or more hardware processors: acquire pieces of input data each representing a physical quantity of a corresponding one of elements, the elements being obtained by performing discretization on an analysis area; input the pieces of input data into an estimation model; and calculate pieces of output data output by the estimation model, each of the pieces of output data being a value of an energy functional representing energy of a corresponding one of the elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Akira KANO, Hideaki UEHARA, Kenji HIROHATA
  • Patent number: 11271252
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery includes an electrode group and a nonaqueous electrolyte having lithium ion conductivity. A negative electrode includes a negative electrode current collector. The negative electrode current collector has a first surface facing an outward direction of winding of the electrode group and a second surface facing an inward direction of the winding of the electrode group. Lithium metal is deposited on the first surface and the second surface by charge. The negative electrode further includes first protrusions protruding from the first surface and second protrusions protruding from the second surface. A ratio A1X/A1 is greater than a ratio A2X/A2. A1X is a sum of projected areas of the first protrusions on the first surface. A1 is an area of the first surface. A2X is a sum of projected areas of the second protrusions on the second surface. A2 is an area of the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Kano, Ryohei Miyamae, Kiyohiro Isii, Kensuke Nakura
  • Publication number: 20220069339
    Abstract: A lithium metal secondary battery includes: a positive electrode including a positive electrode active material which contains a lithium transition metal oxide; a negative electrode which is disposed to face the positive electrode, which includes a negative electrode collector, and on which a lithium metal is precipitated in charge; a separator provided between the positive electrode and the negative electrode; and an electrolyte which is impregnated in the separator and which contains a lithium halogenated compound in an amount of more than 0.1 to less than 10 percent by weight and at least one selected from a fluorinated cyclic carbonate and a fluorinated oxalate complex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohisa Okazaki, Akira Kano
  • Patent number: 11251437
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery comprises an electrode group and a nonaqueous electrolyte having lithium-ion conductivity. A negative electrode current collector has a first surface facing outward of winding of the electrode group and a second surface facing inward of the winding of the electrode group. At least the first surface or the second surface includes a first region and a second region that is closer to an innermost circumference of the winding of the electrode group than the first region. Protrusions include outer-circumference-side protrusions disposed on the first region and inner-circumference-side protrusions disposed on the second region. In at least the first surface or the second surface, a first area rate is larger than a second area rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Kano, Ryohei Miyamae, Kiyohiro Isii, Kensuke Nakura
  • Patent number: 11228701
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus capable of interchanging a lens unit includes a processing unit configured to perform image correction processing based on data acquired by an acquisition unit. In the image capturing apparatus, the acquired data includes information of a first shooting condition, configured in a discrete manner, information of a plurality of second shooting conditions provided for each information of the first shooting condition, and correction information corresponding to a combination of the information of the first shooting condition and the information of the second shooting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Kano
  • Patent number: 11202001
    Abstract: An image stabilization apparatus comprising: a calculator that calculates a drive amount for correcting blur by moving a position of an image sensor, that photoelectrically converts light incident through an optical system and outputs an image signal, on a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the optical system in accordance with a detected blur amount; and calculates, for each of a plurality of states of the optical system and a plurality of states of an image capturing apparatus, an allowable drive amount of the image sensor corresponding to optical characteristics information and a state of the optical system and a state of the image sensor. The calculator calculates the drive amount within the allowable drive amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Shirai, Akira Kano
  • Patent number: 11177481
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery includes a positive electrode, negative electrode, a separator, and a nonaqueous electrolyte having lithium-ion conductivity. The positive electrode contains a positive electrode active material containing lithium. The negative electrode faces the positive electrode. The separator is disposed between the positive and negative electrodes. The negative electrode includes a negative electrode current collector. The negative electrode current collector includes a layer having a first surface, and protrusions protruding from the first surface. The first surface is a surface on which lithium metal is deposited during charge. The protrusions do not divide the first surface into parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryohei Miyamae, Akira Kano, Kensuke Nakura
  • Patent number: 11156654
    Abstract: A semiconductor device inspection apparatus according to embodiments comprises: an action unit that generates an internal stress in a predetermined direction in a semiconductor device; a stress controller that controls a magnitude of the internal stress generated in the semiconductor device by the action unit; a probe electrically connected to the semiconductor device; a probe controller that supplies a current to the semiconductor device via the probe; and a controller that screens the semiconductor device based on a first current flowing through the semiconductor device via the probe while the internal stress is not generated in the semiconductor device and a second current flowing through the semiconductor device via the probe while the action unit generates the internal stress in the semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Akihiro Goryu, Mitsuaki Kato, Akira Kano, Kenji Hirohata
  • Patent number: 11145891
    Abstract: A lithium metal secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a separator, and a nonaqueous electrolyte. The positive electrode and the negative electrode are wound to form an electrode group. The positive and negative electrodes face each other with the separator between the positive and negative electrodes. The electrode group has a space for accommodating at least part of the nonaqueous electrolyte when fully discharged. X and Y satisfy 1.00?X/Y<1.20, where X is a calculated thickness of the lithium metal which is calculated from design capacity per unit area of the positive electrode, and Y is a virtual thickness of the space when the space is assumed to be formed only between the negative electrode and the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Kano, Kiyohiro Isii
  • Publication number: 20210293638
    Abstract: An analysis apparatus of an embodiment includes one or more processors. The processors receive structural information indicating a structure of a pipe to be analyzed and fluid information indicating a state of a fluid flowing in the pipe. The one or more processors obtain a plurality of loss factors of the pipe based on the structural information and the fluid information and calculate a wall shear stress of the pipe from the loss factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki KATO, Kenji HIROHATA, Akira KANO, Akihiro GORYU
  • Patent number: 11081698
    Abstract: A cathode active material for magnesium secondary batteries includes a material containing magnesium, boron, and carbon. The material has a layered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Go Tei, Toshiro Kume, Akira Kano
  • Patent number: 11031584
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery includes: a positive electrode; a negative electrode; a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode; and a nonaqueous electrolyte solution filled between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. The negative electrode includes: an electrically conductive layer having a surface; and lithium metal pieces arranged spaced from each other on the surface of the electrically conductive layer. There is no lithium metal on an imaginary line extending from a first end to a second end opposite to the first end of the surface of the electrically conductive layer and traversing a space between the lithium metal pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tooru Matsui, Junichi Sakamoto, Kazuko Asano, Akira Kano, Kensuke Nakura