Patents by Inventor Bradley S. Plotner

Bradley S. Plotner 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: 20220072908
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic tire includes an inner ring having an axis of rotation and an outer ring coaxial with the inner ring. The non-pneumatic tire further includes support structure extending from the inner ring to the outer ring and a circumferential tread extending about the outer ring. The circumferential tread includes a shear element. The shear element includes a lower shim layer of solid material, an upper shim layer of solid material, and an elastic layer disposed between the lower shim layer and the upper shim layer. The elastic layer has a higher elasticity than the lower shim layer and the upper shim layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Nihar N. Raje, Bradley S. Plotner, Benjamin E. Rimai
  • Publication number: 20220072906
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic tire includes an inner ring having an axis of rotation and an outer ring coaxial with the inner ring. The non-pneumatic tire further includes support structure extending from the inner ring to the outer ring and a circumferential tread extending about the outer ring. The circumferential tread includes a band layer constructed of a single material and a tread rubber layer directly attached to the band layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Adam K. Nesbitt, Jared J. Griebel, Brandon P. Nelson, Benjamin E. Rimai, Bradley S. Plotner
  • Publication number: 20210221184
    Abstract: A noise damper includes an open cell foam having a circumferential first tier and an interposed circumferential second tier including blocks and voids. The first tier has a radial height that is 3.0-8.0% of a section height and a first axial width. The second tier has a radial height that is 3.0-12.0% of a section height and a second axial width. The blocks span 10-30% of the second tier's inner circumference and the voids span 70-90% of the second tier's inner circumference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Jon I. Stuckey, Bradley S. Plotner
  • Publication number: 20200130434
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an approach for monitoring a tire for a puncture based on a change in a voltage established based on a resistance of a material disposed within the tire. In one example, the material is a conductive material layer. In another example, the material is a resistive strip. The systems and methods described herein can monitor for a change in an established voltage over time that is a function of parameters including the resistance of the conductive material layer or the resistive strip, and an applied voltage, to provide an indication of the change in the resistance in the material. The change in resistance of the material can be indicative of the puncture within the tire. The systems and methods described herein can alert a vehicle operator of the puncture within the tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Rimai, Bradley S. Plotner, Jared J. Griebel, Cameron L. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20200061944
    Abstract: Methods for producing a polymer-containing coating upon a cured tire inner liner using a coating composition of specified composition are provided. Also provided are methods for producing a tire comprising a cured inner liner (with a polymer-containing coating upon its radially inward-facing surface) and at least one component positioned radially inward of the cured inner liner. Tires containing a cured inner liner (with a polymer-containing coating upon its radially inward-facing surface) and at least one component positioned radially inward of the cured inner liner are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Kung-Ching Liao, Jared J. Griebel, Brian S. Alexander, Jiansheng Tang, Bradley S. Plotner, Ross W. Widenor
  • Publication number: 20200009912
    Abstract: Methods for treating a cured inner liner as well as treated, cured inner liners resulting from such methods are disclosed. Also disclosed are tires containing the treated inner liners. The methods include treatment of the lower surface of inner liner surface with a rubber-containing liquid to produce a rubber-containing film thereupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Kung-Ching Liao, Jared J. Griebel, Brian S. Alexander, Bradley S. Plotner, Ross W. Widenor
  • Publication number: 20190389256
    Abstract: A tire sealant layer comprising a rubber portion with an upper surface and a lower surface, and a barrier layer upon the lower surface of the rubber portion is disclosed. The rubber portion comprises a mixture of 100 parts of at least one rubber, 90-500 parts of at least one tackifier, optionally one or more extenders, optionally at least one hydroscopic substance, and a cure package. Also disclosed is a process for producing a sealant layer-tire inner liner combination as well as a sealant layer-containing tire and related processes involving the sealant layer-containing tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Jared J. Griebel, Kung-Ching Liao, Brian S. Alexander, Bradley S. Plotner, Ross W. Widenor
  • Publication number: 20190291511
    Abstract: Processes for producing a sealant layer-tire inner liner combination as well as a sealant layer-containing tire and related processes involving the sealant layer-containing tire are disclosed. The sealant layer is adhered to the tire inner liner, has a thickness of 2-8 mm and comprises 100 parts of at least one rubber, 90-500 phr of at least one tackifier, optionally one or more extenders, optionally at least one hydroscopic substance, and a cure package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Brian S. Alexander, Bradley S. Plotner, Ross W. Widenor, Jared J. Griebel, Kung-Ching Liao
  • Publication number: 20190232732
    Abstract: A motor vehicle tire is disclosed with a pair of post-cure run-flat inserts, each of the pair of post-cure run-flat inserts is disposed within a tire cavity between a shoulder region and a respective upper sidewall region of the tire. The tire further includes a cylindrical sidewall defining an interior cylindrical cavity, each of the cylindrical sidewall and the interior cylindrical cavity extending 360 degrees about a rotational axis of the tire, the cylindrical sidewall having an exterior surface contacting a radially inner surface of an inner liner between the shoulder region and the respective upper sidewall region during a normal inflation condition of the tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: James M. Kirby, David J. Zemla, Bradley S. Plotner
  • Publication number: 20190176422
    Abstract: Methods for treating a cured inner liner as well as treated, cured inner liners resulting from such methods are disclosed. Also disclosed are tires containing the treated inner liners. The methods include treatment of the lower surface of inner liner surface with a rubber-containing liquid to produce a rubber-containing film thereupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Kung-Ching Liao, Jared J. Griebel, Brian S. Alexander, Bradley S. Plotner, Ross W. Widenor