Patents by Inventor Akira KUNITOMO

Akira KUNITOMO 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: 20220316101
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a method for manufacturing a spun yarn made of carbon nanotubes. The method includes: a spun yarn precursor ? production step of producing a spun yarn precursor ? by pulling a plurality of carbon nanotubes from a carbon nanotube forest and spinning the carbon nanotubes while applying a tension of 6 mN or less per centimeter of a width of the carbon nanotube forest to the carbon nanotubes; a spun yarn precursor ? production step of producing a spun yarn precursor ? by applying a higher tension than in the spun yarn precursor ? production step to the spun yarn precursor ? to densify the spun yarn precursor ?; and a spun yarn production step of producing the spun yarn by electrically heating the spun yarn precursor ? while applying a tension to the spun yarn precursor ?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, National University Corporation Okayama University
    Inventors: Akira KUNITOMO, Kazuhiko TAKAHASHI, Yasuhiko HAYASHI, Hirotaka INOUE, Kensuke UEHARA
  • Publication number: 20220298677
    Abstract: A carbon fiber wherein an average fiber diameter of a single fiber is in a range of 3 to 10 ?m, and an average value of an intensity ratio (D/G) of a D peak to a G peak in a Raman spectrum in a cross section perpendicular to a fiber axis direction of the single fiber is 0.90 or less in a region inside a circle having a diameter of 1 ?m and centered at a center of gravity of the cross section of the single fiber, and is 0.90 or less in a region up to 1 ?m inside from an outer periphery of the cross section of the single fiber, wherein the D peak is observed at around 1360 cm?1 and derived from a defect in a graphite structure and the G peak is observed at around 1590 cm?1 and derived from the graphite structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya MORISHITA, Mitsumasa MATSUSHITA, Mamiko NARITA, Akira KUNITOMO, Nozomu SHIGEMITSU, Takanori TATEMATSU
  • Publication number: 20220298066
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a glass direct roving that has excellent workability and can effectively increase the mechanical strength of a composite material obtained by combination with resin. A method for producing a glass direct roving 10 formed by directly winding up a bundle of glass filaments includes the steps of: applying a sizing agent containing an epoxy resin having an epoxy equivalent of 180 to 240 to surfaces of a plurality of glass filaments to bundle the plurality of glass filaments; winding up a bundle obtained by bundling the plurality of glass filaments, thus making a wound package; and thermally drying the sizing agent at a temperature of 135° C. to 155° C. to form a coating on the surfaces of the glass filaments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventor: Akira KUNITOMO