Atsushi Sano 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).
Abstract: Provided is a battery monitoring system that has a high level of safety even under a state in which characteristics of a reference voltage circuit are deteriorated. The battery monitoring system has a configuration in which: a reference voltage of a first battery monitoring IC is monitored by a second battery monitoring IC; and the second battery monitoring IC outputs, when detecting that the reference voltage reaches a value falling outside a predetermined range, a signal indicating an abnormality of the reference voltage to the first battery monitoring IC, and the first battery monitoring IC stops monitoring of a battery when the signal indicating the abnormality of the reference voltage is input to the first battery monitoring IC.
Abstract: A water heater includes a burner, a heat exchanger, a passing water quantity control unit, a temperature detection unit, and an operation control unit. The operation control unit performs the output hot water temperature control by configuring the passing water quantity control unit to have a predetermined passing water quantity that is further restricted compared with a predetermined water quantity, and upon confirmation that a predetermined release condition of the passing water restriction is satisfied, executes the passing water control in which the passing water quantity is returned back to the predetermined water quantity by gradually releasing the passing water restriction, and the operation control unit, when a predetermined undershoot factor of the detected temperature is confirmed while the passing water quantity is returned back to the predetermined water quantity, temporarily stops the release of the restriction of the passing water quantity until the undershoot factor is resolved.
Abstract: The present invention relates to a polyamide resin comprising a unit derived from ?-caprolactam and/or ?-aminocaproic acid (to also be referred to as “Unit 1”), a unit derived from adipic acid (to also be referred to as “Unit 2”) and a unit derived from hexamethylenediamine (to also be referred to as “Unit 3”), wherein the concentration of terminal amino groups in the polyamide resin is greater than the concentration of terminal carboxyl groups in the polyamide resin, and the amount of Unit 1 is greater than 60% by weight to less than 80% by weight of the total amount of Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3.
Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor element including a bipolar transistor disposed on a compound semiconductor substrate, a collector electrode, a base electrode, and an emitter electrode, the bipolar transistor including a collector layer, a base layer, and an emitter layer, the collector electrode being in contact with the collector layer, the base electrode being in contact with the base layer, the emitter electrode being in contact with the emitter layer; a protective layer disposed on one surface of the semiconductor element; an emitter redistribution layer electrically connected to the emitter electrode via a contact hole in the protective layer; and a stress-relieving layer disposed between the emitter redistribution layer and the emitter layer in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the compound semiconductor substrate.
Abstract: A throttle portion is defined between an upper end of a sac chamber and a conical portion of a needle to have a throttle opening area S1. Half of an area surrounded by the throttle portion, the needle, an inner wall of the sac chamber, and a lower end extended line in a cross section of the sac chamber taken along a sac center line is an injection hole upstream area S2. A lift amount, when the throttle opening area S1 is equal to an area which is calculated by multiplying an injection hole area S3 by the number of the injection holes, is a predetermined lift amount L. A viscosity coefficient of fuel is ?. An index value Sa, which is calculated in accordance with an equation as below, is set to 0.5 or greater.
Abstract: A door operation controller for an elevator includes at least one sensor arranged in a doorway at a landing for detecting moving direction and/or moving speed of a person or an object in or near the doorway during a time period from when the elevator door is opened until when the elevator door is closed at the landing. The controller is configured to control door operation in response to the detection of a person's or object's movement in or near the doorway at the landing.
Abstract: A method includes forming a film on a substrate by performing a cycle n times (where n is an integer equal to or greater than 1), the cycle including alternately performing: performing a set m times (where m is an integer equal to or greater than 1), the set including supplying a precursor to the substrate and supplying a borazine compound to the substrate; and supplying an oxidizing agent to the substrate.
Abstract: A lithium ion secondary battery includes: a positive electrode including a positive electrode active material layer; a negative electrode; and an electrolyte. The positive electrode active material layer contains Lia(M)b(PO4)c (M=VO or V, 0.9?a?3.3, 0.9?b?2.2, 0.9?c?3.3) as a first positive electrode active material, and additionally contains a fluorine compound of 1 to 300 ppm in terms of fluorine with respect to a weight of the positive electrode active material layer.
Abstract: Stabilized lithium powder according to an embodiment of this disclosure includes powder particles satisfying a relation of C?0.90, where C represents average circularity of the powder particles. And a lithium secondary battery according to an embodiment of this disclosure comprises a negative electrode doped with lithium from the stabilized lithium powder for a lithium ion second battery according to an embodiment of this disclosure, a positive electrode, and an electrolyte.
Abstract: Stabilized lithium powder according to an embodiment of this disclosure includes lithium particles. Each lithium particle includes an inorganic compound on a surface thereof, the inorganic compound contains lithium hydroxide, and the lithium hydroxide is contained by 2.0 wt% or less relative to the entire stabilized lithium powder.
Abstract: A liquefied gas tank installed in a surrounding structural body includes: a tank main body in which a liquefied gas is storable, the tank main body including a plurality of planar portions and corner portions between the planar portions, the corner portions having less rigidity than that of the planar portions; a bottom supporting body that supports the tank main body from below the tank main body; and a plurality of side supporting bodies that support the tank main body from side of the tank main body. The tank main body is configured to stand by itself by being supported by the bottom supporting body when the tank main body stores no cargo, and be supported by the bottom supporting body and the side supporting bodies when the liquefied gas is stored in the tank main body.
Abstract: There is provided a method of forming a film with improved step coverage on a substrate by performing, a predetermined number of times, forming a first layer by supplying a halogen-free precursor having a first chemical bond cut by thermal energy at a first temperature and a second chemical bond cut by thermal energy at a second temperature lower than the first temperature and having a ratio of the number of first chemical bonds to the number of second chemical bonds in one molecule thereof, the ratio being equal to or more than 3, to the substrate at a temperature equal to or higher than the second temperature and lower than the first temperature.
Abstract: The spot diameter of a laser beam emitted from a first light source, passing through a first stop member, and focused on an object to be scanned is smaller than the spot diameter of a laser beam emitted from a second light source, passing through a second stop member, and focused on an object to be scanned. After the focal depth at the spot diameter of the laser beam emitted from the first light source, passing through the first stop member, and focused on the object to be scanned is adjusted by moving a first holding member holding the first light source at least in the emission direction of the laser beam from the light source, the first holding member and a housing member are bonded with an adhesive, and the first holding member is positioned and fixed to the housing member.
Abstract: A negative electrode active material is provided for a lithium ion secondary battery having high initial charging/discharging efficiency. The negative electrode active material containing silicon and silicon oxide has two phases with different compositions therein. One of the two phases has a lower silicon element concentration than the other phase, and is a fibrous phase forming a network structure in a cross section of primary particle of the negative electrode active material. Use of the negative electrode active material enables a sufficient increase in initial charging/discharging efficiency.
Abstract: An active material capable of improving the discharge capacity of a lithium ion secondary battery is provided. The active material of the present invention includes LiVOPO4 and one or more metal elements selected from the group consisting of Al, Nb, Ag, Mg, Mn, Fe, Zr, Na, K, B, Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Si, Be, Ti, and Mo.
Abstract: A horizontal type cylindrical double-shell tank includes an inner shell and an outer shell. The inner shell includes an inner shell main part storing a liquefied gas and an inner shell dome protruding from the inner shell main part. The outer shell forms a vacuum space between the inner shell and the outer shell, and includes an outer shell main part surrounding the inner shell main part and an outer shell dome surrounding the inner shell dome. The inner shell dome is provided with an inner shell manhole. The outer shell dome is provided with an outer shell manhole at a position corresponding to a position of the inner shell manhole.
Abstract: A negative electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery, which has high energy density and which can suppress a crease (form change) of a negative electrode active material layer and a negative electrode current collector caused by the expansion and contraction occurring along with the quick charging and discharging and also suppress the falloff of the negative electrode active material layer after the quick charging and discharging cycle, and a lithium ion secondary battery using the negative electrode. The negative electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery and the lithium ion secondary battery include: a negative electrode active material including 5% or more of silicon or silicon oxide; a binder that is polyacrylate whose carboxylic groups at terminals of side chains of polyacrylic acid are cross-linked with magnesium or alkaline earth metal; and a negative electrode current collector.
Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a substrate processing apparatus. In one embodiment, a substrate processing apparatus includes a plurality of process units. The process unit includes a process chamber for processing a substrate, an exhaust conduit connected to the process chamber and an exhaust pump arranged in the path of the exhaust conduit. The substrate processing apparatus further includes a connecting conduit connected to the exhaust conduits of the process units in the upstream of the exhaust pump and a switching unit which switches an exhaust path of the process chamber to the other exhaust pump in the other process unit via the connecting conduit.
Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a film on a substrate by overlapping the following during at least a certain period: (a) supplying a first source to the substrate, the first source including at least one of an inorganic source containing a specific element and a halogen element and an organic source containing the specific element and the halogen element; (b) supplying a second source to the substrate, the second source including at least one of amine, organic hydrazine, and hydrogen nitride; and (c) supplying a third source to the substrate, the third source including at least one of amine, organic hydrazine, hydrogen nitride, and organic borane.
Abstract: The lithium-ion secondary battery includes a positive electrode containing an active material made of a compound including lithium and a transition metal; an electrolyte containing 5 to 30 ppm of hydrofluoric acid; and a negative electrode containing 1 to 100 ppm of vanadium.