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).

  • Publication number: 20180142054
    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: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20180086347
    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: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Furqan Zafar Shaikh, Damian Porcari, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Jeff Allen Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9920154
    Abstract: Articles, methods of making an article, and resin compositions are disclosed. An article is disclosed that includes a cured light-curable resin having dispersed therein a reflective material that reflects at least 85% of the visible light spectrum. A loading of reflective material may be at least 3 wt. % of the article and the reflective material may comprise over 50 vol. % of a total filler composition of the article. The reflective material may be a white or near-white material, such as cellulose fibers, talc powder, or soy flour. A method is disclosed that includes mixing a reflective material that reflects at least 85% of the visible light spectrum with a photopolymer resin at a loading of at least 3 wt. % to form a resin mixture and curing the resin mixture using a light source in an additive manufacturing process. The disclosed resins may reduce the curing time of additive manufacturing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Ellen Langhorst, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 9868835
    Abstract: A bio-based polyol-containing polymer foam material, which includes a bio-based polyol-containing polymer foam present in a bulk concentration of the bio-based polymer foam material of 99% by weight or greater; and a graphite material present in a bulk concentration of the bio-based polyol-containing polymer foam material of 1% by weight or less. The bio-based polyol-containing polymer foam material is especially suitable for automotive components having deadening and vibration management features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alper Kiziltas, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee
  • Publication number: 20170349722
    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: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jennifer Haijin Zhu, Ji Zhang, Mark Allen Dearth, Timothy James Hallifax, Mica Marie Debolt, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Publication number: 20170349716
    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: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jennifer Haijin Zhu, Ji Zhang, Mark Allen Dearth, Timothy James Hallifax, Mica Marie Debolt, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 8197924
    Abstract: A compostable interior panel for use in a vehicle includes an injection molded compostable polymer. A layer is disposed about the compostable polymer and comprises a composting-resistant polymer having a thickness ranging from 10 ?m to 175 ?m. The compostable polymer and the composting-resistant polymer are substantially insoluble in one another when liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Deborah Frances Mielewski, Angela Marie Harris, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee
  • Patent number: 8093324
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a composition includes a thermoplastic resin and a softened rubber. The rubber ranges from 5 wt. % to 75 wt. % of the resin. The softened synthetic rubber comprises a rubber, a paraffinic oil, and a fatty-acid-containing material. The paraffinic oil ranges from 15 wt. % to 40 wt. % of the rubber. The fatty-acid-containing material ranges from 5 wt. % to 16 wt. % of the weight of the rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia Mowery Flanigan, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Christine Perry
  • Publication number: 20110165414
    Abstract: A compostable interior panel for use in a vehicle includes an injection molded compostable polymer. A layer is disposed about the compostable polymer and comprises a composting-resistant polymer having a thickness ranging from 10 ?m to 175 ?m. The compostable polymer and the composting-resistant polymer are substantially insoluble in one another when liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deborah Frances Mielewski, Angela Marie Harris, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee
  • Publication number: 20110144261
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a composition includes a thermoplastic resin and a softened rubber. The rubber ranges from 5 wt. % to 75 wt. % of the resin. The softened synthetic rubber comprises a rubber, a paraffinic oil, and a fatty-acid-containing material. The paraffinic oil ranges from 15 wt. % to 40 wt. % of the rubber. The fatty-acid-containing material ranges from 5 wt. % to 16 wt. % of the weight of the rubber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia Mowery Flanigan, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Christine Perry
  • Patent number: 6828371
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for dispersing and exfoliating fillers in a thermoplastic polymer by sonicating a mixture of the thermoplastic polymer and the filler. The method of the present invention is particularly useful in dispersing layered silicate clays in thermoplastic polymers. A reinforced composite comprising a filler dispersed in a thermoplastic polymer is also disclosed. In another variation, the method of the invention is incorporated into conventional plastic extruder and injection molding equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ellen Cheng-chi Lee, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 6753360
    Abstract: The present invention involves a method of preparing a reinforced polymer providing improved mechanical properties. The method includes providing particles of the layered silicate and a supercritical fluid. The method further includes mixing the layered silicate with a polymer to form a treatable silicate-polymer mixture and contacting the treatable mixture with the supercritical fluid to exfoliate the silicate particles so that the particles disperse within the polymer. The method further includes depressurizing the contacted mixture to exfoliate the layered silicate so that the layers are substantially dispersed within the polymer to define a reinforced polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Wayne State University
    Inventors: Deborah Frances Mielewski, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee, Charles W Manke, Esin Gulari
  • Publication number: 20030134942
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for dispersing and exfoliating fillers in a thermoplastic polymer by sonicating a mixture of the thermoplastic polymer and the filler. The method of the present invention is particularly useful in dispersing layered silicate clays in thermoplastic polymers. A reinforced composite comprising a filler dispersed in a thermoplastic polymer is also disclosed. In another variation, the method of the invention is incorporated into conventional plastic extruder and injection molding equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Ellen Cheng-Chi Lee, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 6469073
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and method of delaminating a layered silicate to provide improved mechanical properties to select materials such as polymers. The method includes providing particles of the layered silicate and a supercritical fluid. The method further includes contacting the layered silicate particles with the supercritical fluid to define contacted layered silicate particles and catastrophically depressurizing the contacted layered silicate particles to exfoliate the layered particles so that the layered particles are substantially dispersed, defining treated silicate particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, Inc., Wayne State University
    Inventors: Charles W. Manke, Esin Gulari, Deborah Frances Mielewski, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee
  • Publication number: 20020082331
    Abstract: The present invention involves a method of preparing a reinforced polymer providing improved mechanical properties. The method includes providing particles of the layered silicate and a supercritical fluid. The method further includes mixing the layered silicate with a polymer to form a treatable silicate-polymer mixture and contacting the treatable mixture with the supercritical fluid to exfoliate the silicate particles so that the particles disperse within the polymer. The method further includes depressurizing the contacted mixture to exfoliate the layered silicate so that the layers are substantially dispersed within the polymer to define a reinforced polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Deborah Frances Mielewski, Ellen Cheng-chi Lee, Charles W. Manke, Esin Gulari
  • Patent number: 5833913
    Abstract: An injection molding process for a thermoplastic resin using a mold having disrupters in the location in which weld lines will be formed. Molten resin is injected into a mold cavity as at least two separate streams having a flow front and a flow core. The mold cavity is filled with resin from each of the streams whereby a weld line will be formed at an interfacial area where the flow fronts meet. The disrupters located perpendicular to the resin flow direction disrupt the flow fronts prior to the interfacial area. The flow fronts are thereby fragmented. This allows the flow front fragments, and the flow cores to be more homogeneously dispersed within the interfacial area thereby increasing the weld line strength and appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Deborah Frances Mielewski