Patents by Inventor Francois Nadeau

Francois Nadeau 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: 20210023597
    Abstract: A metallic extruded profile has two parallel skins interconnected by a set of at least two webs running between extrusion edges of the profile and snap-fit features on joining edges permitting two instances of the profile to snap fit together along the joining edges, where a first web that is closest to snap-fit features of a first joining edge, is a curved web viewed from the extrusion edges. The curvature allows for both the curved web and skins to participate in snap-fit deformation, allowing for the deformation to be distributed over a large area, for a stiffer snap fit, and reduced plastic deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventors: Jean-Francois BELAND, Francois Nadeau
  • Patent number: 10724561
    Abstract: A technique for joining parts of incompatible metals involves cold spraying a 150-900 micron thick layer of a metal compatible with the second part onto the first part, and friction stir joining the parts by lap welding while keeping a tool of the FSJ tool at least 300 microns away from the first part (less layer) throughout the joining, to avoid damaging the cold spray to first part interface, and formation of intermetallics. Fatigue resistance was tested, with and without a sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventors: Sofiene Amira, Patrick Gougeon, Jean-Gabriel Legoux, Francois Nadeau
  • Publication number: 20180221985
    Abstract: A technique for joining parts of incompatible metals involves cold spraying a 150-900 micron thick layer of a metal compatible with the second part onto the first part, and friction stir joining the parts by lap welding while keeping a tool of the FSJ tool at least 300 microns away from the first part (less layer) throughout the joining, to avoid damaging the cold spray to first part interface, and formation of intermetallics. Improved fatigue resistance is shown. A sealant can advantageously further improve fatigue resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
    Inventors: Sofiene AMIRA, Patrick GOUGEON, Jean-Gabriel LEGOUX, Francois NADEAU
  • Patent number: 7758910
    Abstract: In a method of measuring the thickness of a coating as it is applied to a substrate, wherein the coating is applied as a thin ribbon from a spray gun, at least one surface profile of the applied coating is obtained along a line intersecting the ribbon during relative movement of the substrate and spray gun. The thickness of the applied coating is computed from the obtained surface profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventors: Christian Moreau, Mario Lamontagne, Francois Nadeau, Jacques Blain, Luc Pouliot, Alexandre Nadeau, Simon Alex Berube
  • Publication number: 20090210168
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus which has an input for receiving a signal conveying a response from first and second optical components to an optical excitation. The first and second optical components are in an optical sensor which is intended to be placed in a sensing zone. The sensing zone contains hydrogen susceptible to migrate into the optical sensor. The signal processing apparatus has a processing entity for processing the response from the first and second optical components to derive information on hydrogen concentration in the optical sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: André Vincelette, Paul Lefebvre, Jean-Francois Nadeau
  • Publication number: 20060246213
    Abstract: In a method of measuring the thickness of a coating as it is applied to a substrate, wherein the coating is applied as a thin ribbon from a spray gun, at least one surface profile of the applied coating is obtained along a line intersecting the ribbon during relative movement of the substrate and spray gun. The thickness of the applied coating is computed from the obtained surface profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Applicant: NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
    Inventors: Christian Moreau, Mario Lamontagne, Francois Nadeau, Jacques Blain, Luc Pouliot, Alexandre Nadeau, Simon Berube
  • Patent number: 4811605
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an apparatus and a method for inspecting the degradation of a gas nozzle. The nozzle is of the type that can produce a whistle when a gas is blown through the nozzle. The method comprises the steps of detecting an acoustic signal emitted by the nozzle when the gas is blown through the nozzle, the gas having a pressure selected to produce an acoustic resonance at a certain frequency; generating an electrical signal responsive to the detected acoustic signal; band pass filtering the electrical signal at the frequency; and detecting the amplitude of the electrical signal at the frequency. The method also comprises the steps of comparing the amplitude of the electrical signal with a reference amplitude corresponding to a reference nozzle; and displaying a signal indicative of the degradation of the nozzle according to the signal resulting from the comparing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: Canadian Patents and Development Limited/Societe Canadienne des Brevets et D'Exploitation Limitee
    Inventors: Francois Nadeau, Michael T. Braeuel
  • Patent number: 4733051
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with controlling weldpool penetration during root pass welding in an open butt joint defined in a workpiece to be welded by a welding torch with a welding wire being continuously fed from the welding torch to the joint to form a weldpool penetrating the joint, the workpiece and welding torch being movable relative to one another. A visual sensor is positioned ahead of the welding torch and in alignment with the joint for frontly viewing the weldpool at an angle of about 10.degree. to about 20.degree. relative to a line tangent to the workpiece at the weldpool, to thereby provide a full image of the weldpool defining a weldpool contour line, the sensor and welding torch being disposed on a common side relative to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Assignee: Canadian Patents and Development Limited
    Inventors: Francois Nadeau, Pierre Fafard, Guy Patenaude, Jean Tremblay
  • Patent number: 4534219
    Abstract: An acoustic crack detection method and device in which an impact is produced between an actually tested metal piece and an anvil. This impact generates an acoustic wave formed of a plurality of components, one of these wave components being produced by vibrations of the metal piece and having a frequency indicating a cracked or uncracked state of this piece. A microphone senses the acoustic wave generated by the impact and a measuring circuit receives the signal from the microphone for measuring the energy, within a predetermined time gate and within a predetermined frequency bandwidth, of the wave component of interest. The measured energy is compared with a reference level in order to determine if the actually tested metal piece is cracked or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Inventors: Francois Nadeau, Jean F. Bussiere, Ghislain Vaudreuil
  • Patent number: 4435631
    Abstract: In accordance with the method, the arc supplying current is modulated if necessary for generating an acoustical signal. The acoustical signal generated by the arc is detected and its amplitude which, in practice, is a direct function of the actual length of the arc, is compared to a reference amplitude corresponding to the desired length of the electrical arc, in order to determine the algebraic value of their difference. This algebraic value is used for monitoring at least one element of the machine between which the arc forms, and moving this element proportionally to the so-determined algebraic value in order to increase or reduce the actual length of the arc and to bring this length back to the desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Assignee: Hydro Quebec
    Inventors: Michel G. Drouet, Francois Nadeau