Patents by Inventor Deborah Frances Mielewski

Deborah Frances Mielewski 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).

  • Patent number: 11623978
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite material includes disposing dried plant material, nanoparticles, and a supercritical fluid in a vessel. A cellular structure of the dried plant material expands when disposed in the supercritical fluid and the nanoparticles migrate into and are embedded within the expanded cellular structure of the disposed dried plant material. The disposed dried plant fibers with embedded nanoparticles are removed from the vessel and mixed with a polymer to form a polymer-nanoparticle mixture. A chemical additive can be added to the supercritical fluid and the chemical additive can remove at least one of hemicellulose, lignin and pectins from the dried plant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20230061187
    Abstract: A method for producing a rubber composite includes mixing graphene with a liquid plasticizer to create a graphene/plasticizer solution, mixing the graphene/plasticizer solution with solid rubber and curing to form a preform, and shaping and vulcanizing the preform. The graphene/plasticizer solution may be a nonaqueous solution. The present disclosure also relates to a rubber composite part produced by the above-referenced method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rodrigo Denizarte de Oliveira Polkowski, Cristiano Grings Herbert, Alper Kiziltas, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Cristiane Carla Gonçalves
  • Patent number: 11555097
    Abstract: A polyurethane foam is produced by reacting a polyol-containing composition and an isocyanate composition. The polyol-containing composition includes a petrol-based polyol at greater than or equal to about 50 parts by weight percent and cellulose reinforcements. Additionally, a soy-based polyol is also included in various polyol-containing compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alper Kiziltas, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Rachel L Couvreur
  • Patent number: 11542384
    Abstract: An additive article stabilizing method includes prior to polymerization, adding a radiation-activated stabilizing composition to a liquid resin, forming the article from the liquid resin, layer by layer, using radiation such that the stabilizing composition does not stabilize the liquid resin but the formed article, and neutralizing free radicals generated during a degradation process initiated by exposure of the article to additional radiation post-cure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Emily Ann Ryan, Mark Edward Nichols, Ellen Cheng-Chi Lee, Christopher Michael Seubert, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Nicholas Ryan Gunther, Matthew Linden Bedell
  • Publication number: 20220362425
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for controlling microbial contamination of scooters are disclosed. A method may include determining that a user interaction with a vehicle is complete, presenting a first indication that the vehicle is unavailable for use, activating a heating element of the vehicle, the heating element associated with a microbial reduction process, determining that a time period associated with the microbial reduction process has expired, deactivating, based on the expiration of the time period, the heating element of the vehicle, and presenting a second indication that the vehicle is available for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gilles Margaria, Rodrigo Denizarte de Oliveira Polkowski, Julio Okada, Eduardo Pinto, Cristiano Grings Herbert, Alper Kiziltas, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20220281531
    Abstract: A composite part is manufactured by an additive process, which includes locating a layer of fibers, selectively depositing a matrix material in a predetermined pattern onto portions of the layer of fibers to form a matrix material layer, repeating these steps to generate a preform of the composite part, and applying heat and pressure to the preform to consolidate the layers of fiber and the layers of matrix material. During the depositing of the matrix material, voids are created within at least one layer of the matrix material by intentionally not depositing matrix material over predetermined areas of the layer of fibers, the predetermined areas configured to be within an outer boundary of the predetermined pattern of the matrix material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicants: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Alper Kiziltas, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Nicholas Ciszewski, Wonsuk Kim, Alan Argento
  • Publication number: 20220112326
    Abstract: A polyurethane foam is produced by reacting a polyol-containing composition and an isocyanate composition. The polyol-containing composition includes a petrol-based polyol, an algae-based polyol, and a soy-based polyol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alper Kiziltas, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20220098381
    Abstract: A polyurethane foam is produced by reacting a polyol-containing composition and an isocyanate composition. The polyol-containing composition includes a petrol-based polyol at greater than or equal to about 50 parts by weight percent and cellulose reinforcements. Additionally, a soy-based polyol is also included in various polyol-containing compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alper Kiziltas, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Rachel L. Couvreur
  • Publication number: 20220064405
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an injection molded part includes formulating recycled polyamide material from a waste polyamide powder with at least one crystallization agent and at least one lubricant agent, forming recycled polyamide pellets from the recycled polyamide material, and injection molding a part from the recycled polyamide pellets. The crystallization agent is a metal salt of an organic acid with a content in the recycled polyamide material, in weight percent, between 0.1% and 1.0%, and the lubricant agent is a metal stearate with a content between 100 ppm to 5000 ppm. The waste polyamide powder is waste polyamide powder from a selective laser sintering process, for example waste polyamide 12 powder. Also, the waste polyamide 12 powder is not graded before forming the recycled polyamide material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alper Kiziltas, Qingkai Meng, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20210371604
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite material includes disposing dried plant material, nanoparticles, and a supercritical fluid in a vessel. A cellular structure of the dried plant material expands when disposed in the supercritical fluid and the nanoparticles migrate into and are embedded within the expanded cellular structure of the disposed dried plant material. The disposed dried plant fibers with embedded nanoparticles are removed from the vessel and mixed with a polymer to form a polymer-nanoparticle mixture. A chemical additive can be added to the supercritical fluid and the chemical additive can remove at least one of hemicellulose, lignin and pectins from the dried plant material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 11142645
    Abstract: A composite material is provided that includes a polymer matrix and fiber reinforcements within the polymer matrix, the fiber reinforcements including natural fibers having nanoparticles accumulated within a structure of the natural fibers. A method of forming the composite material is also provided that includes accumulating nanoparticles into the structure of the natural fibers to create accumulated natural fibers, drying the accumulated natural fibers, and mixing the accumulated natural fibers within the polymer matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Alper Kiziltas
  • Patent number: 11015036
    Abstract: A method of reducing aldehyde concentration in a vehicle cabin air, the method includes applying a solution comprising aldehyde scavenger(s) onto an outer surface of a foam article located or to be located within a vehicle cabin to form a top layer of the article such that aldehyde species are trapped within the article and prevented from being released into the cabin air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Haijin Zhu, Ji Zhang, Mark Allen Dearth, Timothy James Hallifax, Mica Marie Debolt, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20210122889
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite material includes immersing dried plant matter into an aqueous solution containing nanoparticles and applying a magnetic field and/or an electric field to the aqueous solution. A cellular structure of the dried plant matter expands when immersed in the aqueous solution and the nanoparticles migrate into and are embedded within the expanded cellular structure of the immersed dried plant matter. The method also includes removing at least one of hemicellulose, lignin and pectins from the dried plant matter by adding a chemical additive to the aqueous solution and/or wrapping or tagging the nanoparticles with a magnetic material such as nickel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20210087357
    Abstract: An additive article stabilizing method includes prior to polymerization, adding a radiation-activated stabilizing composition to a liquid resin, forming the article from the liquid resin, layer by layer, using radiation such that the stabilizing composition does not stabilize the liquid resin but the formed article, and neutralizing free radicals generated during a degradation process initiated by exposure of the article to additional radiation post-cure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Emily Ann RYAN, Mark Edward NICHOLS, Ellen Cheng-Chi LEE, Christopher Michael SEUBERT, Deborah Frances MIELEWSKI, Nicholas Ryan GUNTHER, Matthew Linden BEDELL
  • Publication number: 20200140646
    Abstract: A method of reducing aldehyde concentration in a vehicle cabin air, the method includes applying a solution comprising aldehyde scavenger(s) onto an outer surface of a foam article located or to be located within a vehicle cabin to form a top layer of the article such that aldehyde species are trapped within the article and prevented from being released into the cabin air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jennifer Haijin ZHU, Ji ZHANG, Mark Allen DEARTH, Timothy James HALLIFAX, Mica Marie DEBOLT, Deborah Frances MIELEWSKI
  • Patent number: 10590246
    Abstract: A method of forming a vehicle interior foam article, the method including applying a mold release agent onto an inner surface of a mold, delivering a solution having aldehyde scavenger(s) to the mold such that a reaction of the aldehyde scavenger(s) with the mold release agent is prevented, delivering a foam material into the mold, and casting the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jennifer Haijin Zhu, Ji Zhang, Mark Allen Dearth, Timothy James Hallifax, Mica Marie Debolt, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 10557010
    Abstract: A method of reducing aldehyde concentration in a vehicle cabin air, the method includes applying a solution comprising aldehyde scavenger(s) onto an outer surface of a foam article located or to be located within a vehicle cabin to form a top layer of the article such that aldehyde species are trapped within the article and prevented from being released into the cabin air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Haijin Zhu, Ji Zhang, Mark Allen Dearth, Timothy James Hallifax, Mica Marie Debolt, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 10449968
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for adaptively assisting developmentally disabled or cognitively impaired drivers are disclosed. An apparatus comprises a user interface. The user interface is to present first navigation data in a first mode to assist a driver in guiding a vehicle from a current location to a destination location. The user interface is further to present second navigation data in a second mode to assist the driver in guiding the vehicle from the current location to the destination location. The second navigation data is adapted relative to the first navigation data based on driver assistance data associated with the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Furqan Zafar Shaikh, Damian Porcari, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Jeff Allen Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20190276670
    Abstract: A composite material is provided that includes a polymer matrix and fiber reinforcements within the polymer matrix, the fiber reinforcements including natural fibers having nanoparticles accumulated within a structure of the natural fibers. A method of forming the composite material is also provided that includes accumulating nanoparticles into the structure of the natural fibers to create accumulated natural fibers, drying the accumulated natural fibers, and mixing the accumulated natural fibers within the polymer matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Alper Kiziltas
  • Patent number: 10344114
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing method. The method includes mixing a reflective material including fibers with a photopolymer resin to form a resin mixture having a loading of the reflective material of at least 3 wt. %. The method further includes curing the resin mixture using a light source to form first and second individually cured layers and a bridge of a portion of the fibers between the two layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee, Deborah Frances Mielewski