Patents by Inventor Christian Widener

Christian Widener 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: 20220220322
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a conductive coating composition that includes a functionalized carbon nanomaterial and/or boron nanomaterial and a fluid component. The nanomaterial and fluid component forms hydrogen bond network in the disclosed composition. Because of the formed hydrogen bonds, the disclosed coating exhibits enhanced thermal or electrical conductivity. Also disclosed is a method to improve thermal or electrical conductivity of an existing coating composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Haiping Hong, Christian Widener, Gregory Lee Christensen
  • Publication number: 20220184647
    Abstract: Cold spray devices and systems are disclosed. They include a flowpath having an inlet adapted for receiving communication with two or more inputs and an outlet adapted to discharge the two or more inputs. A discharge nozzle may be included in the flowpath of the outlet and a confluence may be included in the flowpath at the inlet for combining the two or more inputs. A nozzle body houses the discharge nozzle separate and downstream from the confluence of the two inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicants: South Dakota Board of Regents, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Victor Champagne, Matthew Trexler, Dennis Helfritch, Rob Hrabe
  • Patent number: 11292925
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a conductive coating composition that includes a functionalized carbon nanomaterial and/or boron nanomaterial and a fluid component. The nanomaterial and fluid component forms hydrogen bond network in the disclosed composition. Because of the formed hydrogen bonds, the disclosed coating exhibits enhanced thermal or electrical conductivity. Also disclosed is a method to improve thermal or electrical conductivity of an existing coating composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS
    Inventors: Haiping Hong, Christian Widener, Gregory Lee Christensen
  • Patent number: 11292019
    Abstract: Cold spray devices and systems are disclosed. They include a flowpath having an inlet adapted for receiving communication with two or more inputs and an outlet adapted to discharge the two or more inputs. A discharge nozzle may be included in the flowpath of the outlet and a confluence may be included in the flowpath at the inlet for combining the two or more inputs. A nozzle body houses the discharge nozzle separate and downstream from the confluence of the two inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: South Dakota Board of Regents, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Victor Champagne, Matthew Trexler, Dennis Helfritch, Rob Hrabe
  • Publication number: 20210408376
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory circuit in embodiments of the present invention may have one or more of the following features: (a) a logic source, and (b) a semi-conductive device being electrically coupled to the logic source, having a first terminal, a second terminal and a nano-grease with significantly reduced amount of carbon nanotube loading located between the first and second terminal, wherein the nano-grease exhibits non-volatile memory characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: South Dakota Board of Regents
    Inventors: Charles Tolle, Haiping Hong, Christian Widener, Greg Christensen, Jack Yang
  • Patent number: 11145815
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory circuit in embodiments of the present invention may have one or more of the following features: (a) a logic source, and (b) a semi-conductive device being electrically coupled to the logic source, having a first terminal, a second terminal and a nano-grease with significantly reduced amount of carbon nanotube loading located between the first and second terminal, wherein the nano-grease exhibits non-volatile memory characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: South Dakota Board of Regents
    Inventors: Charles Tolle, Haiping Hong, Christian Widener, Greg Christensen, Jack Yang
  • Patent number: 11053124
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a conductive grease composition that includes a functionalized carbon nanomaterial and/or boron nanomaterial and a base oil. The nanomaterial and base oil forms hydrogen bond network in the disclosed composition. Because of the formed hydrogen bonds, the disclosed grease exhibits enhanced thermal or electrical conductivity. Also disclosed is a method to improve thermal or electrical conductivity of an existing grease composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: South Dakota Board of Regents
    Inventors: Haiping Hong, Christian A. Widener, Gregory Lee Christensen
  • Publication number: 20210199231
    Abstract: A method of repairing an active leak in embodiments of the present invention may include one or more of the following steps: (a) identifying the active leak on a pipe structure, tank or pressure vessel, (b) setting cold spray system settings to repair the pipe structure, (c) administering pressurized gas and metal powder to an active pipe leak, (d) identifying any potential hazards surrounding the active pipe leak, (e) eliminating and/or reducing the potential hazards surround the active pipe leak, (f) inserting a wedge within an active leak pipe hole, (g) ceasing administration of pressurized gas and metal powder to the active pipe leak when it appears sealed, (h) verifying the active pipe leak is sealed, and (i) re-administering the pressurized gas and the metal powder to the active leak is the active leak is not fully sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: South Dakota Board of Regents
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Bharath Jasthi, Dimeji Oladepo
  • Patent number: 10921784
    Abstract: The present disclosure addresses limitations with methods, systems and processes for integrating multiple advanced technologies into a single automated manufacturing and repair cell. The methods, systems and processes of the present disclosure leverage unique software and hardware to configure a manufacturing cell that is capable of conducting process development and planning, dimensional analysis, pre-machining, surface preparation, cold spray (supersonic particle deposition), dust collection, helium recovery, and post machining in a single integrated manufacturing and repair cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Victor Champagne, Robert Hrabe
  • Publication number: 20190381525
    Abstract: Cold spray devices and systems are disclosed. They include a flowpath having an inlet adapted for receiving communication with two or more inputs and an outlet adapted to discharge the two or more inputs. A discharge nozzle may be included in the flowpath of the outlet and a confluence may be included in the flowpath at the inlet for combining the two or more inputs. A nozzle body houses the discharge nozzle separate and downstream from the confluence of the two inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicants: South Dakota Board of Regents, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Victor Champagne, Matthew Trexler, Dennis Helfritch, Rob Hrabe
  • Publication number: 20190319188
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory circuit in embodiments of the present invention may have one or more of the following features: (a) a logic source, and (b) a semi-conductive device being electrically coupled to the logic source, having a first terminal, a second terminal and a nano-grease with significantly reduced amount of carbon nanotube loading located between the first and second terminal, wherein the nano-grease exhibits non-volatile memory characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: South Dakota Board of Regents
    Inventors: Charles Tolle, Haiping Hong, Christian Widener, Greg Christensen, Jack Yang
  • Publication number: 20190315625
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a conductive grease composition that includes a functionalized carbon nanomaterial and/or boron nanomaterial and a base oil. The nanomaterial and base oil forms hydrogen bond network in the disclosed composition. Because of the formed hydrogen bonds, the disclosed grease exhibits enhanced thermal or electrical conductivity. Also disclosed is a method to improve thermal or electrical conductivity of an existing grease composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Haiping Hong, Christian A. Widener, Gregory Lee Christensen
  • Publication number: 20190315975
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a conductive coating composition that includes a functionalized carbon nanomaterial and/or boron nanomaterial and a fluid component. The nanomaterial and fluid component forms hydrogen bond network in the disclosed composition. Because of the formed hydrogen bonds, the disclosed coating exhibits enhanced thermal or electrical conductivity. Also disclosed is a method to improve thermal or electrical conductivity of an existing coating composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Haiping Hong, Christian Widener, Gregory Lee Christensen
  • Patent number: 10441962
    Abstract: Cold spray devices and systems are disclosed. They include a flowpath having an inlet adapted for receiving communication with two or more inputs and an outlet adapted to discharge the two or more inputs. A discharge nozzle may be included in the flowpath of the outlet and a confluence may be included in the flowpath at the inlet for combining the two or more inputs. A nozzle body houses the discharge nozzle separate and downstream from the confluence of the two inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Victor Champagne, Matthew Trexler, Dennis Helfritch, Rob Hrabe
  • Publication number: 20190235477
    Abstract: The present disclosure addresses limitations with methods, systems and processes for integrating multiple advanced technologies into a single automated manufacturing and repair cell. The methods, systems and processes of the present disclosure leverage unique software and hardware to configure a manufacturing cell that is capable of conducting process development and planning, dimensional analysis, pre-machining, surface preparation, cold spray (supersonic particle deposition), dust collection, helium recovery, and post machining in a single integrated manufacturing and repair cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicants: South Dakota Board of Regents, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REP RESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Victor Champagne, Robert Hrabe
  • Patent number: 10099322
    Abstract: Methods for aircraft component repair and reclamation are provided. Cold spraying aircraft panels include identifying a fastener hole in an aircraft panel in need of repair, capturing the location of the fastener hole, and depositing cold spray material about the fastener hole for reclaiming the aircraft panel. Any excess material may be removed. Cold spraying hydraulic lines includes identifying a surface of the hydraulic line in need of repair, aiming a cold spray nozzle at the surface of the hydraulic line and depositing a cold spray material on the surface of the hydraulic line. Excess cold spray material may be removed as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: South Dakota Board of Regents, The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Adam Well, Owen Britton, Brian James, Rob Hrabe, Victor Champagne
  • Publication number: 20140117109
    Abstract: Cold spray devices and systems are disclosed. They include a flowpath having an inlet adapted for receiving communication with two or more inputs and an outlet adapted to discharge the two or more inputs. A discharge nozzle may be included in the flowpath of the outlet and a confluence may be included in the flowpath at the inlet for combining the two or more inputs. A nozzle body houses the discharge nozzle separate and downstream from the confluence of the two inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Victor Champagne, Matthew Trexler, Dennis Helfritch, Rob Hrabe
  • Publication number: 20140115854
    Abstract: Methods for aircraft component repair and reclamation are provided. Cold spraying aircraft panels include identifying a fastener hole in an aircraft panel in need of repair, capturing the location of the fastener hole, and depositing cold spray material about the fastener hole for reclaiming the aircraft panel. Any excess material may be removed. Cold spraying hydraulic lines includes identifying a surface of the hydraulic line in need of repair, aiming a cold spray nozzle at the surface of the hydraulic line and depositing a cold spray material on the surface of the hydraulic line. Excess cold spray material may be removed as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Widener, Adam Well, Owen Britton, Brian James, Rob Hrabe, Victor Champagne