Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Matsuoka

Hiroaki Matsuoka 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: 20210014449
    Abstract: A display apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes: a display cell that displays an image and has a thin-plate shape; one or more vibration exciters that are disposed on rear-surface side of the display cell and cause the display cell to vibrate; and an opposing plate opposed to the display cell with an air gap in between. The display apparatus further includes a sound-spreading adjustment member that is disposed between the display cell and the two or more vibration exciters, and controls spreading of a sound generated by vibration caused by the two or more vibration exciters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Maeshiba, Daisuke Yamaoka, Shinpei Kondo, Hiroki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10842047
    Abstract: A phased array antenna in which a plurality of blocks each having a plurality of transmitter modules are arrayed, includes: a front plate that includes a plurality of flow paths of a refrigerant therein; and an element feeding layer that includes a plurality of antenna elements respectively connected to the transmitter modules and that is placed in close contact with one surface of the front plate. Each of the blocks includes a heat spreader that is placed in close contact with the other surface of the front plate. The transmitter modules are mounted on the heat spreader. Heat generated in the transmitter modules is transferred to the refrigerant via the heat spreader and the front plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Soma Egami, Hiroaki Matsuoka, Yukari Saito
  • Publication number: 20200344914
    Abstract: A phased array antenna in which a plurality of blocks each having a plurality of transmitter modules are arrayed, includes: a front plate that includes a plurality of flow paths of a refrigerant therein; and an element feeding layer that includes a plurality of antenna elements respectively connected to the transmitter modules and that is placed in close contact with one surface of the front plate. Each of the blocks includes a heat spreader that is placed in close contact with the other surface of the front plate. The transmitter modules are mounted on the heat spreader. Heat generated in the transmitter modules is transferred to the refrigerant via the heat spreader and the front plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Soma EGAMI, Hiroaki MATSUOKA, Yukari SAITO
  • Patent number: 10750641
    Abstract: A phased array antenna in which a plurality of blocks each having a plurality of transmitter modules are arrayed, includes: a front plate that includes a plurality of flow paths of a refrigerant therein; and an element feeding layer that includes a plurality of antenna elements respectively connected to the transmitter modules and that is placed in close contact with one surface of the front plate. Each of the blocks includes a heat spreader that is placed in close contact with the other surface of the front plate. The transmitter modules are mounted on the heat spreader. Heat generated in the transmitter modules is transferred to the refrigerant via the heat spreader and the front plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Soma Egami, Hiroaki Matsuoka, Yukari Saito
  • Publication number: 20190382054
    Abstract: A lower vehicle-body structure comprises a vehicle floor comprising a bottom face portion and a floor tunnel which protrudes upwardly and extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction, a pair of right-and-left floor cross members extending in a vehicle width direction on both sides of the floor tunnel, and a connecting member provided to extend in the vehicle width direction at a position which overlaps the floor cross members in the vehicle longitudinal direction and be fixed to at least one of the vehicle floor and the floor cross members at plural fixation positions. These plural fixation positions are located at plural different levels in a range of a height of the floor cross members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotaka NATSUME, Kazuhiro KAGEYAMA, Hiroaki SUUMEN, Yuki KUWANO, Tsuyoshi IWATA, Keisuke EBISUMOTO, Hidenori MATSUOKA
  • Publication number: 20190356055
    Abstract: A phased array antenna includes a front plate, a plurality of blocks including a plurality of slices that include a plurality of transmitters and a circuit board that distributes a power supply, a control signal, and a high-frequency signal to the plurality of slices, the blocks being held on a first face of the front plate, a plurality of power sources that supply power to the blocks, which is held on the first face of the front plate, an antenna element layer in which a plurality of antenna elements are arrayed, which is held on a second face of the front plate, and a high-frequency signal wiring layer including high-frequency signal wiring through which a high-frequency signal to the antenna elements passes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yukari SAITO, Hiroaki MATSUOKA, Keisuke NISHI, Masayuki SAITO
  • Publication number: 20190202286
    Abstract: In a vehicle in which a power transmission mechanism in a floor tunnel is supported by a mount member, it is possible to achieve compatibility between suppression of deformation of the floor tunnel and reliable support of the mount member while achieving weight reduction of the vehicle body and simplification of the vehicle body structure. The mount member that supports the power transmission mechanism arranged in the floor tunnel from below is fixed at a predetermined fixed position with respect to at least one of the vehicle body floor and the floor cross member, and the fixed position is arranged to overlap with the floor cross member in the vehicle longitudinal direction, is arranged outside of the floor tunnel in a vehicle width direction, and is arranged upward of the bottom surface part of the vehicle body floor in a vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Hirotaka Natsume, Hidenori Matsuoka, Keisuke Ebisumoto, Tsuyoshi Iwata, Hiroaki Suumen, Yuki Kuwano
  • Publication number: 20180310436
    Abstract: A phased array antenna in which a plurality of blocks each having a plurality of transmitter modules are arrayed, includes: a front plate that includes a plurality of flow paths of a refrigerant therein; and an element feeding layer that includes a plurality of antenna elements respectively connected to the transmitter modules and that is placed in close contact with one surface of the front plate. Each of the blocks includes a heat spreader that is placed in close contact with the other surface of the front plate. The transmitter modules are mounted on the heat spreader. Heat generated in the transmitter modules is transferred to the refrigerant via the heat spreader and the front plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Soma EGAMI, Hiroaki MATSUOKA, Yukari SAITO
  • Patent number: 8084165
    Abstract: An MEA having an MEA body part 5C; a frame 6 made of a plate-like thermoplastic resin; and gaskets 7 formed on opposed surfaces of the frame 6 so as to hold the frame 6 between. The gaskets 7 each have an annular portion 7A that is annularly formed so as to extend along the inner periphery of the frame 6 and elongated portions 7B1 to 7B8 that extend from the annular portion 7A and come into contact with the side faces of an associated electrode layer 5C after passing over the inner periphery of the frame 6 and a peripheral region 5D of a polymer electrolyte membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Kusakabe, Kazuhito Hatoh, Toshihiro Matsumoto, Norihiko Kawabata, Hiroaki Matsuoka, Tomohiro Kijima
  • Publication number: 20110052283
    Abstract: A heat generating element (2) in a heat generating unit has an expandable shape having: a plurality of first slits (2a) each formed at an oblique angle with respect to corresponding one of both edge portions opposing to each other along the longitudinal direction of the heat generating element; and a plurality of second slits (2b) arranged at prescribed intervals alternating with the plurality of first slits (2a) in parallel thereto. The plurality of second slits (2b) are formed at the central portion in the width direction of the heat generating element, so as to form a current path at each of edge portions respectively located between the second slits and a pair of both edge portions opposing to each other along the longitudinal direction of the heat generating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Konishi, Akira Nishio, Hiroaki Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20110044736
    Abstract: A heat generating unit of the present invention is formed such that: a band-like heat generating element (2) formed with a film sheet raw material of a material including a carbon-based substance and having a two-dimensional isotropic thermal conduction is enclosed in a container (1); and heat generating element holder portions (2a) at end portions of the heat generating element (2) are held by retainers (3). The retainers (3) are each structured to have a hook-received portion (3a) around which corresponding heat generating element holder portion (2a) is wrapped, a hook portion (3b) attached to the hook-received portion (3a) so as to clamp the heat generating element holder portion (2a), and an engagement-stop portion (3c) extending from the hook-received portion (3a) to engagingly stop the heat generating element holder portion (2a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Konishi, Akira Nishio, Hiroaki Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20100266319
    Abstract: In a heat generation unit, an elongated sheet-like heat generator (1) having a carbon-based substance as a main component is structured such that a plurality of layers are laminated while forming an interval with each other in a thickness direction, current suppressing means (2) controlling a current flowing in each of the laminated layers is formed, the current suppressing means (2) is formed by providing a cut line by pressing a cutting tool in the thickness direction of the heat generator (1), and a current flowing in a longitudinal direction of the heat generator (1) can be controlled to a desired value by forming the current suppressing portion (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Matsuoka, Masanori Konishi, Akira Nishio
  • Publication number: 20100247180
    Abstract: In the present invention, a stable heat generation unit which can stably absorb stress and diffuse heat even in thermal stress is constructed by providing a locking through hole 2p in an end portion of a heat generator 2 in a heat generation unit, and engaging a fixed portion 5 with through holes respectively formed in a first holding portion 3a and a second holding portion 3a constructing a holder 3 holding the end portion of the heat generator 2 so as to hold the end portion of the heat generator 2, and a heating apparatus is constructed by the heat generation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Konishi, Hiroaki Matsuoka, Akira Nishio
  • Publication number: 20100116813
    Abstract: In a heat generation unit of the present invention, a holder having an elastic force tube used for holding a film-sheet-shaped heat generation element that generates heat upon application of a voltage thereto is disposed in a container together with the heat generation element. The heat generation element is held in a predetermined position in the container by the elastic force of the holder, with electric power being supplied from power supply members thereto through the holder, so that the heat generation element can be reliably held in the container, with a partial heat generation in the holder of the heat generation element being suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Nishio, Masanori Konishi, Tsugunori Okahara, Hiroaki Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20100084394
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to provide a heat generating unit that has a small size with high efficiency and high directivity, and carries out a uniform heating process with a fast temperature rise, and a heating apparatus using such a heat generating unit. The heat generating element (2) in the heat generating unit is formed into a film-sheet shape by using a material mainly composed of a carbon-based substance, and has an equivalent thermal conductivity in a plane direction, and power supply parts (10A, 10B) supply power to two opposing ends of the heat generating element (2) so that the entire heat generating element (2) in the heat generating unit generates heat with high efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Konishi, Tsugunori Okahara, Hiroaki Matsuoka, Akira Nishio
  • Publication number: 20090136811
    Abstract: An MEA having an MEA body part 5C; a frame 6 made of a plate-like thermoplastic resin; and gaskets 7 formed on opposed surfaces of the frame 6 so as to hold the frame 6 between. The gaskets 7 each have an annular portion 7A that is annularly formed so as to extend along the inner periphery of the frame 6 and elongated portions 7B1 to 7B8 that extend from the annular portion 7A and come into contact with the side faces of an associated electrode layer 5C after passing over the inner periphery of the frame 6 and a peripheral region 5D of a polymer electrolyte membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Hiroki Kusakabe, Kazuhito Hatoh, Toshihiro Matsumoto, Norihiko Kawabata, Hiroaki Matsuoka, Tomohiro Kijima
  • Patent number: 6916575
    Abstract: In a polymer electrolyte fuel cell of the present invention, at least one of electrodes comprises conductive carbon carrying a platinum group metal catalyst, conductive carbon carrying no catalyst metal and a hydrogen ion-conductive polymer electrolyte. The preferable amount of the conductive carbon carrying no catalyst metal is equivalent to 5 to 50 wt % of the conductive carbon carrying the catalyst metal. Incorporation of the conductive carbon carrying no catalyst metal to the catalyst layer enables reduction in potential concentration on part of electron conduction channels in an electrode, whereby an electrode for a polymer electrolyte fuel cell having an excellent life characteristic can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Hori, Masato Hosaka, Junji Nikura, Kazuhito Hatoh, Teruhisa Kanbara, Takeshi Yonamine, Hiroaki Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20030134180
    Abstract: In a polymer electrolyte fuel cell of the present invention, at least one of electrodes comprises conductive carbon carrying a platinum group metal catalyst, conductive carbon carrying no catalyst metal and a hydrogen ion-conductive polymer electrolyte. The preferable amount of the conductive carbon carrying no catalyst metal is equivalent to 5 to 50 wt % of the conductive carbon carrying the catalyst metal. Incorporation of the conductive carbon carrying no catalyst metal to the catalyst layer enables reduction in potential concentration on part of electron conduction channels in an electrode, whereby an electrode for a polymer electrolyte fuel cell having an excellent life characteristic can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Hori, Masato Hosaka, Junji Niikura, Kazuhito Hatoh, Teruhisa Kanbara, Takeshi Yonamine, Hiroaki Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20030078157
    Abstract: A method for producing an electrolyte membrane electrode assembly for a fuel cell according to this invention comprises the steps of: laminating a hydrogen-ion conductive polymer membrane on one face of a first shape-retaining film; forming a first catalyst layer on the hydrogen-ion conductive polymer membrane; joining a shape-retaining member to the first catalyst layer side of the hydrogen-ion conductive polymer membrane; removing the first shape-retaining film from the hydrogen-ion conductive polymer membrane; and forming a second catalyst layer on a face of the hydrogen-ion conductive polymer membrane exposed by the removal, so that the hydrogen-ion conductive polymer membrane and the catalyst layers are not damaged even when a thin hydrogen-ion conductive polymer membrane is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Hiroaki Matsuoka, Susumu Kobayashi, Yoshihiro Hori, Kazuhito Hatoh, Masato Hosaka
  • Publication number: 20020197523
    Abstract: A method of producing a fuel cell comprising the steps of: (A) molding a separator having a gas flow channel or a cooling water flow channel by injection molding process having a step of injecting a mixture comprising one or more conductive inorganic materials and one or more resins into a mold; (B) producing an assembly comprising an electrolyte and a pair of electrodes sandwiching the electrolyte; and (C) combining the separator with the assembly to produce a fuel cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Applicant: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hideo Ohara, Kazuhito Hatoh, Katsumi Tomita, Nobuhiro Hase, Hiroki Kusakabe, Tatsuto Yamazaki, Masayo Sugou, Shinsuke Takeguchi, Susumu Kobayashi, Hikaru Murakami, Mikio Takezawa, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Takayuki Onishi, Hiroaki Matsuoka