Patents by Inventor Hideki Hamatani

Hideki Hamatani 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: 20190217424
    Abstract: An electric resistance welded steel pipe for a torsion beam, in which a base metal portion includes, in terms of % by mass, 0.04 to 0.12% of C, 0.03 to 1.20% of Si, 0.30 to 2.50% of Mn, 0.08 to 0.24% of Ti, 0.005 to 0.500% of Al, 0.01 to 0.06% of Nb, and 0.0005 to 0.0100% of N, a balance including Fe and impurities, wherein Vc90, defined by the following Formulae (i) and (ii), is 200 or more, a mass ratio of Ti content to C content is from 0.85 to 5.00, an areal ratio of ferrite is 80% or more, an average crystal grain size of ferrite crystal grains is 10 ?m or less, and an average aspect ratio of ferrite crystal grains is 2.0 or less, in a metallographic microstructure of a central portion in a wall thickness direction of the base metal portion; log Vc90=2.94?0.75(?a?1)??Formula (i); ?a=2.7C+0.4Si+Mn+0.45Ni+0.8Cr+Mo??Formula (ii).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki FUKUSHI, Yasuhiro SHINOHARA, Hideki HAMATANI
  • Patent number: 10262412
    Abstract: A welded state monitoring system according to an aspect of the present invention is a welded state monitoring system used for plasma shielded electric resistance welding in which electric resistance welding is performed while irradiating a weld zone of a steel sheet with plasma, and is provided with a plasma irradiation device which irradiates the weld zone with plasma, a first image capturing device which captures an image of the weld zone from above and has an image sensor capable of detecting light having a wavelength of 850 nm or more, a first wavelength region limiting device which limits light incident on the first image capturing device to a wavelength region of 850 nm or more, and an image processing device which subjects the image captured by the first image capturing device to image processing and analyzes the welded state of the weld zone thereby being able to analyze the welded state without being affected by the plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru Hasegawa, Hideki Hamatani, Yoshifumi Karube, Manabu Ueda, Michitoshi Tanimoto, Takashi Oosawa
  • Patent number: 10196702
    Abstract: An electric resistance welded steel pipe for an oil well includes in terms of mass %: 0.02 to 0.14% of C, 0.05 to 0.50% of Si, 1.0 to 2.1% of Mn, 0.020% or less of P, 0.010% or less of S, 0.010 to 0.100% of Nb, 0.010 to 0.050% of Ti, 0.010 to 0.100% of Al, and 0.0100% or less of N. Contents of Cu, Ni, Cr, Mo, V, and B are 0 to 0.50%, 0 to 1.00%, 0 to 0.50%, 0 to 0.30%, 0 to 0.10%, and 0 to 0.0030%, respectively. Remainder consisting of Fe and unavoidable impurities. In a case that a full thickness specimen is subjected to a pipe axis direction tensile test, a tensile strength is 780 MPa or more, 0.2% proof stress/tensile strength is 0.80 or more, and 2% flow stress/tensile strength is from 0.85 to 0.98.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki Fukushi, Hideki Hamatani, Masakazu Ozaki, Yuusuke Ichinose
  • Publication number: 20190030637
    Abstract: By obtaining a spot-welded joint being a spot-welded joint formed by overlapping a plurality of pieces of steel plates (1A, 1B) and performing spot welding on the steel plates, including a high-strength steel plate whose tensile strength is 750 (MPa) to 2500 (MPa), being at least one piece of steel plate out of the plurality of pieces of steel plates, in which a carbon equivalent Ceq of the high-strength steel plate is 0.20 mass % to 0.55 mass %, and ten or more of iron-based carbides in each of which a length of a longest portion is 0.1 (?m) or more exist in a square region 103 within a heat-affected zone 4 of a cross section that passes through a center of a welding mark, and is cut along a plate thickness direction of the steel plates (1A, 1B), a cross tensile strength of the spot-welded joint to be formed is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chisato WAKABAYASHI, Fuminori WATANABE, Seiji FURUSAKO, Yasunobu MIYAZAKI, Hiroyuki KAWATA, Tohru OKADA, Hideki HAMATANI
  • Patent number: 10081073
    Abstract: In a spot welded joint according to an aspect of the present invention, with respect to a rectangular planar region of 100 ?m×100 ?m which is perpendicular to a sheet surface of the plurality of the steel sheets and which centers around an inner point spaced away by 100 ?m in a direction parallel with the sheet surface from an edge of a nugget, in a case of measuring a P concentration at a pitch of 1 ?m to obtain measured values of the P concentration at 100×100 of measurement points, and in a case of repetitively calculating an average value of the measured values of the P concentration at 20 of the measurement points which are adjacent to each other and which are arranged in a row in the direction parallel with the sheet surface among the 100×100 of the measurement points while shifting each one point to obtain 81×100 of the average values, the number of the average values which are more than two times an average P concentration is 0 to 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fuminori Watanabe, Tomohito Tanaka, Seiji Furusako, Yasunobu Miyazaki, Hideki Hamatani, Hatsuhiko Oikawa
  • Patent number: 10081042
    Abstract: Electric resistance welded steel pipe excellent in weld zone quality suitable for oil country tubular goods and line pipe wherein steel plate forming the base metal of the electric resistance welded steel pipe has a predetermined chemical composition, the contents of Ca, O, S, Ce, La, and Al satisfy XCASO = ( Ca O + Ca S + 0.285 ? Ce + La O + 0.285 ? Ce + La S ) × ( Al Ca ) > 78 the oxide-based inclusions in the weld zone of the electric resistance welded steel pipe contains one or both of Ce and La, and the long axis/short axis of the oxide-based inclusions is 2.5 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Hamatani, Kenichi Yamamoto, Masafumi Miyazaki, Masaki Ina, Takaaki Fukushi
  • Patent number: 9702019
    Abstract: A quenched steel pipe member is formed of a GI galvanized steel pipe, in a middle section in a longitudinal direction of the GI galvanized steel pipe, a cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction has a substantially V shape including a contact section at which opposite parts of an inner circumferential surface of the GI galvanized steel pipe come into contact with each other, the contact section is bonded using a Fe—Zn alloy phase, and a micro Vickers hardness at a location 50 ?m deep from a base material surface layer is 95% or more of a micro Vickers hardness at a location 200 ?m deep from the base material surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki Fukushi, Koichi Sato, Satoshi Kato, Hideki Hamatani, Yoshiaki Hirota
  • Patent number: 9610648
    Abstract: Provided is a spot welded joint (10) which includes at least one thin steel plate with a tensile strength of 750 MPa to 1850 MPa and a carbon equivalent Ceq of equal to or more than 0.22 mass % to 0.55 mass % and in which a nugget (3) is formed in an interface of the thin steel plates (1A, 1B). In a nugget outer layer zone, a microstructure consists of a dendrite structure in which an average value of arm intervals is equal to or less than 12 ?m, an average grain diameter of carbides contained in the microstructure is 5 nm to 100 nm, and a number density of carbides is equal to or more than 2×106/mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hatsuhiko Oikawa, Hideki Hamatani, Masafumi Azuma, Noriyuki Suzuki, Fuminori Watanabe, Naoki Maruyama, Hiroyuki Kawata
  • Publication number: 20160350902
    Abstract: A welded state monitoring system according to an aspect of the present invention is a welded state monitoring system used for plasma shielded electric resistance welding in which electric resistance welding is performed while irradiating a weld zone of a steel sheet with plasma, and is provided with a plasma irradiation device which irradiates the weld zone with plasma, a first image capturing device which captures an image of the weld zone from above and has an image sensor capable of detecting light having a wavelength of 850 nm or more, a first wavelength region limiting device which limits light incident on the first image capturing device to a wavelength region of 850 nm or more, and an image processing device which subjects the image captured by the first image capturing device to image processing and analyzes the welded state of the weld zone thereby being able to analyze the welded state without being affected by the plasma.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru HASEGAWA, Hideki HAMATANI, Yoshifumi KARUBE, Manabu UEDA, Michitoshi TANIMOTO, Takashi OOSAWA
  • Patent number: 9446473
    Abstract: An electric resistance welding operation management device manages a welding operation during manufacture of electric resistance welded steel pipe, in which heat is input to a steel plate, that is being conveyed along a specific conveyance direction and formed into a circular tube shape while pressing side faces of the metal plate with a pair of squeeze rolls, to weld together two circumferential direction edge portions of the metal plate converging in a V-shape. The electric resistance welding operation management device includes an image input section that inputs plural images and each including a Vee convergence region of the steel plate. The electric resistance welding operation management device includes a welding point position derivation section that derives the position of a welding point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru Hasegawa, Toshisuke Fukami, Nobuo Mizuhashi, Hideki Hamatani, Yoshifumi Karube, Takao Miura, Kimiharu Tanaka, Kazuto Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20160230241
    Abstract: An electric resistance welded steel pipe for an oil well includes in terms of mass %: 0.02 to 0.14% of C, 0.05 to 0.50% of Si, 1.0 to 2.1% of Mn, 0.020% or less of P, 0.010% or less of S, 0.010 to 0.100% of Nb, 0.010 to 0.050% of Ti, 0.010 to 0.100% of Al, and 0.0100% or less of N. Contents of Cu, Ni, Cr, Mo, V, and B are 0 to 0.50%, 0 to 1.00%, 0 to 0.50%, 0 to 0.30%, 0 to 0.10%, and 0 to 0.0030%, respectively. Remainder consisting of Fe and unavoidable impurities. In a case that a full thickness specimen is subjected to a pipe axis direction tensile test, a tensile strength is 780 MPa or more, 0.2% proof stress/tensile strength is 0.80 or more, and 2% flow stress/tensile strength is from 0.85 to 0.98.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki FUKUSHI, Hideki HAMATANI, Masakazu OZAKI, Yuusuke ICHINOSE
  • Publication number: 20160222480
    Abstract: The present invention provides electric-resistance welded steel pipe optimal for applications such as production of shale gas which is comprised of steel having a chemical composition which contains, by mass %, respectively, C: 0.08 to 0.18%, Si: 0.01% to 0.50%, Mn: 1.30 to 2.1%, Al: 0.001 to 0.10%, Nb: 0.005 to 0.08%, and Ti: 0.005 to 0.03%, is limited to N 0.008% or less, P: 0.020% or less, and S: 0.010% or less, and has a balance of Fe and unavoidable impurities, wherein a structure at a center part of thickness is 40% to 70% by area of ferrite phase having a circle-equivalent diameter of 1.0 ?m to 10.0 ?m and a balance of a low temperature transformation phase comprising a bainite phase, and Ceq satisfies 0.32?Ceq?0.60.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki HAMATANI, Keinosuke IGUCHI, Masakazu OZAKI, Takaaki FUKUSHI, Takuya ASANO
  • Publication number: 20160193641
    Abstract: Electric resistance welded steel pipe excellent in weld zone quality suitable for oil country tubular goods and line pipe wherein steel plate forming the base metal of the electric resistance welded steel pipe has a predetermined chemical composition, the contents of Ca, O, S, Ce, La, and Al satisfy XCASO = ( Ca O + Ca S + 0.285 ? Ce + La O + 0.285 ? Ce + La S ) × ( Al Ca ) > 78 the oxide-based inclusions in the weld zone of the electric resistance welded steel pipe contains one or both of Ce and La, and the long axis/short axis of the oxide-based inclusions is 2.5 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Hideki HAMATANI, Kenichi YAMAMOTO, Masafumi MIYAZAKI, Masaki INA, Takaaki Fukushi
  • Publication number: 20160082543
    Abstract: By obtaining a spot-welded joint being a spot-welded joint formed by overlapping a plurality of pieces of steel plates (1A, 1B) and performing spot welding on the steel plates, including a high-strength steel plate whose tensile strength is 750 (MPa) to 2500 (MPa), being at least one piece of steel plate out of the plurality of pieces of steel plates, in which a carbon equivalent Ceq of the high-strength steel plate is 0.20 mass % to 0.55 mass %, and ten or more of iron-based carbides in each of which a length of a longest portion is 0.1 (?m) or more exist in a square region 103 within a heat-affected zone 4 of a cross section that passes through a center of a welding mark, and is cut along a plate thickness direction of the steel plates (1A, 1B), a cross tensile strength of the spot-welded joint to be formed is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chisato WAKABAYASHI, Fuminori WATANABE, Seiji FURUSAKO, Yasunobu MIYAZAKI, Hiroyuki KAWATA, Tohru OKADA, Hideki HAMATANI
  • Patent number: 9226378
    Abstract: A plasma torch comprises a cascade between a cathode and an anode. The cascade is an inter-electrode insert. An interior of the cascade is shaped so that a diameter of the interior expands in series in a plurality of steps from a side of the cathode to a side of the anode. As a result of the cascade being provided, the output power of the plasma torch is obtained not by an increase in the electric current but by an increase in the arc electric voltage. Therefore, the lifespan of each of the electrodes, i.e., the cathode and the anode, becomes remarkably longer. In addition, since a quasi laminar flow of the plasma is generated in the interior of the cascade, a fluctuation in the output power of the plasma jet is reduced. Thus, it is possible to lower the driving and operating costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Hamatani, Sunao Takeuchi, Fuminori Watanabe, Tetsuro Nose, Oleg Pavlovich Solonenko, Andrey Vladimirovich Smirnov
  • Patent number: 9199291
    Abstract: An operation management device performs an operation management for electric resistance welding in which a strip-shaped metal plate is formed to have a cylindrical shape in such a manner that both end portions of the metal plate gradually face each other while the metal plate is conveyed, and a Vee convergence section, which is a portion at which both of the end portions butt against each other while facing each other, is welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru Hasegawa, Hideki Hamatani, Takao Miura, Kunihiko Hatabara, Nobuo Mizuhashi, Kazuto Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9050681
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of production of electric resistance welded steel pipe able to stably reduce weld defects due to oxides by firing plasma and furthermore able to reduce plasma jet noise and comprises shaping steel plate 1 into a tube and electric resistance welding the abutting end faces 4 during which blowing on at least the abutting end faces 4a in the region 6 at the welding upstream side from the weld point 9 where the temperature becomes 650° C. or more a reducing high temperature (pseudo) laminar plasma obtained by applying voltage to a reducing gas containing H2 gas: 2 to 50 vol % to which is added a balance of Ar gas alone or a mixed gas of Ar gas to which N2 gas, He gas, or both are added. At that time, it is preferable to make the applied voltage over 120V and the make the plasma blowing conditions satisfy the following formula (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Hamatani, Shinji Kodama, Nobuo Mizuhashi, Sunao Takeuchi, Tomohiro Nakaji, Takashi Miyakawa, Hitoshi Asahi, Michitoshi Tanimoto, Michimasa Mukai
  • Publication number: 20150144228
    Abstract: A quenched steel pipe member is formed of a GI galvanized steel pipe, in a middle section in a longitudinal direction of the GI galvanized steel pipe, a cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction has a substantially V shape including a contact section at which opposite parts of an inner circumferential surface of the GI galvanized steel pipe come into contact with each other, the contact section is bonded using a Fe—Zn alloy phase, and a micro Vickers hardness at a location 50 ?m deep from a base material surface layer is 95% or more of a micro Vickers hardness at a location 200 ?m deep from the base material surface layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Fukushi, Koichi Sato, Satoshi Kato, Hideki Hamatani, Yoshiaki Hirota
  • Publication number: 20150104243
    Abstract: In a spot welded joint according to an aspect of the present invention, with respect to a rectangular planar region of 100 ?m×100 ?m which is perpendicular to a sheet surface of the plurality of the steel sheets and which centers around an inner point spaced away by 100 ?m in a direction parallel with the sheet surface from an edge of a nugget, in a case of measuring a P concentration at a pitch of 1 ?m to obtain measured values of the P concentration at 100×100 of measurement points, and in a case of repetitively calculating an average value of the measured values of the P concentration at 20 of the measurement points which are adjacent to each other and which are arranged in a row in the direction parallel with the sheet surface among the 100×100 of the measurement points while shifting each one point to obtain 81×100 of the average values, the number of the average values which are more than two times an average P concentration is 0 to 100.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Fuminori Watanabe, Tomohito Tanaka, Seiji Furusako, Yasunobu Miyazaki, Hideki Hamatani, Hatsuhiko Oikawa
  • Publication number: 20150090697
    Abstract: An electric resistance welding operation management device 100 manages a welding operation during manufacture of electric resistance welded steel pipe, in which heat is input to a steel plate 1, that is being conveyed along a specific conveyance direction and formed into a circular tube shape while pressing side faces of the metal plate 1 with a pair of squeeze rolls 2a, 2b, to weld together two circumferential direction edge portions 11a, 11b of the metal plate 1 converging in a V-shape. The electric resistance welding operation management device 100 includes an image input means that inputs plural images, successively captured over 3 sec and each including a Vee convergence region of the steel plate 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru Hasegawa, Toshisuke Fukami, Nobuo Mizuhashi, Hideki Hamatani, Yoshifumi Karube, Takao Miura, Kimiharu Tanaka, Kazuto Yamamoto