Patents by Inventor Hiroki Nagai

Hiroki Nagai 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: 20220013987
    Abstract: A semiconductor laser element includes: a first conductivity-type cladding layer; a first guide layer disposed above the first conductivity-type cladding layer; an active layer disposed above the first guide layer; and a second conductivity-type cladding layer disposed above the active layer. A window region is formed in a region of the active layer including part of at least one of the front-side end face or the rear-side end face, the first conductivity-type cladding layer consists of (AlxGa1-x)0.5In0.5P, the first guide layer consists of (AlyGa1-y)0.5In0.5P, and the second conductivity-type cladding layer consists of (AlzGa1-z)0.5In0.5P, where x, y, and z each denote an Al composition ratio, 0<x?y<z?y is satisfied, and D/L>0.03 is satisfied, where L denotes a length of the resonator and D denotes a length of the window region in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Kazuya YAMADA, Tougo NAKATANI, Hiroki NAGAI, Masayuki HATA
  • Patent number: 11208931
    Abstract: In an exhaust gas purifying catalyst according to the present invention, a substrate includes inflow-side cells, outflow-side cells, and porous partition walls, each partition wall separating the inflow-side cell from the outflow-side cell. Catalyst portions include: first catalyst portions, each first catalyst portion being provided on a surface of the partition wall that faces the inflow-side cell on an upstream side in an exhaust gas flow direction, and second catalyst portions, each second catalyst portion being provided on a surface of the partition wall that faces the outflow-side cell on a downstream side, and the exhaust gas purifying catalyst satisfies the following expressions: IB1/IA×100?60%, IB2/IA×100?60%, IC1/IA×100?3%, and IC2/IA×100?3%, where IA, IB1, IB2, IC1, and IC2 represent pore volumes, definitions of which can be found in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignees: Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kurihara, Yusuke Nagai, Shingo Akita, Yoshinori Endo, Takeshi Mori, Takayuki Watanabe, Tomoko Tsuyama
  • Publication number: 20210387587
    Abstract: A tractor includes a protective frame including a lower frame and an upper frame rotatably coupled with an upper portion of the lower frame, and an assist mechanism to assists a rotation of the upper frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Masanori AZUMA, Terumasa KOBAYASHI, Hiroki NAGAI, Tomohisa YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 11189865
    Abstract: A controller of a deterioration estimation device for a secondary battery is configured to acquire a first open circuit voltage when a temperature of the secondary battery is a first temperature and a second open circuit voltage when the temperature of the secondary battery is a second temperature changed from the first temperature, and estimate a degree of deterioration of the secondary battery by using a difference between first and second slopes. The first slope is a ratio of a voltage change obtained by subtracting the first open circuit voltage from the second open circuit voltage to a temperature change obtained by subtracting the first temperature from the second temperature. The second slope is a ratio of the voltage change to the temperature change when the temperature of the new secondary battery has changed from the first temperature to the second temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryo Kanada, Hiroki Nagai
  • Publication number: 20210231745
    Abstract: ECU evaluates high-rate degradation of a lithium-ion battery, using a score and an in-plane score. The score is an index for evaluating unevenness in salt concentration of an electrode body in a lamination direction of the electrode body. The in-plane score is an index for evaluating unevenness in salt concentration of the electrode body in an in-plane direction of the electrode body. For each computing cycle, ECU calculates a current score, and calculates a current in-plane score based on an SOC (State Of Charge) of the lithium-ion battery. When the absolute value of an in-plane integrated score is beyond a reference value, ECU evaluates the high-rate degradation based on the current score, the current in-plane score, and a degradation score which is obtained by integrating previous scores beyond a deadband. When the absolute value is below the reference value, ECU evaluates the high-rate degradation, based on the degradation score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagai, Hiroki Tashiro, Yoshihiro Uchida, Mitsuhiro Kuzuba, Yuki Sugo
  • Publication number: 20210180513
    Abstract: In a tractor, a radiator is arranged on one front-rear side relative to an engine. A cooling fan is provided between the radiator and an engine. A fan drive belt is wound around a fan support shaft and around an output shaft of the engine extending below the fan support shaft. A compressor is located above the output shaft and is supported to the engine at a position offset to one lateral side of the engine relative to the fan support shaft. A compressor drive belt is wound around the output shaft and a compressor drive shaft. The compressor drive belt is located on a side where the compressor is located relative to the fan support shaft, when viewed in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagai, Sachiko Tsujimori, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Taisuke Hashimoto, Kunihiro Yoneguchi
  • Publication number: 20210167340
    Abstract: A battery module includes a secondary battery, a cooler, and a heat conducting member disposed between the secondary battery and the cooler. The secondary battery has at least one electrode body and a case. The case has an opposite wall facing the cooler. The opposite wall has a recessed groove shaped so as to be depressed toward the inside of the case. The heat conducting member fills a space between the opposite wall and the cooler including the inside of the recessed groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagai, Keiji Kaita
  • Publication number: 20210152010
    Abstract: In a method for charging a battery, the battery is a lithium ion battery including a graphite-containing negative electrode. A stage structure of the graphite is classified into a stage 1 to a stage 4 . The battery includes: an SOC region where the stage 4 and the stage 3 coexist; an SOC region where the stage 3 and the stage 2 coexist; and an SOC region where the stage 2 and the stage 1 coexist. The method includes first and second steps. The first step is estimating an SOC of the battery based on at least one of a voltage and a current of the battery. The second step is determining a charging current to the battery in accordance with the SOC of the battery such that the charging current in the SOC region is larger than the charging current in the SOC regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki NAGAI, Hiroki TASHIRO, Mitsuhiro KUZUBA, Ryo KANADA
  • Publication number: 20210151954
    Abstract: A semiconductor laser element that includes a semiconductor layer including a waveguide formed in an intra-layer direction of the semiconductor layer and a window region formed in a front-side end face of the waveguide, has a current-laser optical output characteristic in which, at an operating temperature of 25° C. ±3° C., a laser optical output has a maximum value at a first driving current value and the laser optical output is at most 20% of the maximum value at a second driving current value greater than the first driving current value, and is not damaged at the second driving current value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Kazumasa NAGANO, Hiroki NAGAI
  • Publication number: 20210152001
    Abstract: A method for charging a battery that is a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes first and second steps. The first step is estimating an SOC of the battery based on at least one of a voltage and a current of the battery. The second step is, based on a relationship between the SOC of the battery and an entropy change ?S, determining a maximum charging current to the battery in accordance with the SOC of the battery such that the maximum charging current becomes larger as the entropy change of the battery becomes greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Hiroki NAGAI, Ryo KANADA
  • Patent number: 10933920
    Abstract: A work vehicle including: a vehicle body frame; a prime mover part located on a front or rear part of the vehicle body frame; a bonnet configured to open and close by swinging, and covering the prime mover part; and an assist unit configured to assist the bonnet to operate to open. A lateral end portion of the vehicle body frame is provided with a first linkage part with which the assist unit is linked. A lateral end portion of a lower end part of the bonnet, which is located closer to an end cover than the first linkage part is, is provided with a second linkage part with which the assist unit is linked. The assist unit is provided with an expansion/contraction mechanism biased so as to expand, and is located laterally outside the prime mover part and spans the first linkage part and the second linkage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Komorida, Koichiro Matsumoto, Masaki Takaoka, Arisa Kimura, Tasuku Teraoka, Azusa Furihata, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Toshiki Kanai, Nobuyuki Yamashita, Masayuki Akita, Takashi Kumashiro, Ryo Matsumoto, Hiroki Nagai, Tatsuki Kago, Akihito Mihara
  • Patent number: 10865257
    Abstract: To provide a production method for an aqueous emulsion of modified polytetrafluoroethylene which is environmentally friendly and which is suitable for producing a stretched porous body having excellent breaking strength. A production method for an aqueous emulsion of modified polytetrafluoroethylene, which is a method to obtain an aqueous emulsion of modified polytetrafluoroethylene particles having an average primary particle diameter of from 0.10 to 0.30 ?m, by subjecting tetrafluoroethylene and a perfluoroalkyl ethylene to emulsion polymerization in an aqueous medium, using a polymerization initiator, in the presence of a fluorinated anionic surfactant having a LogPOW of from 2.4 to 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Shinya Higuchi, Hiroki Nagai, Shigeki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20200378489
    Abstract: A vibration damping device including a support member that rotates with a rotary element that receives engine torque; a restoring force generating member coupled to the support member and swingable with rotation of the support member; an inertial mass body that, with rotation of the support member, swings about the center of rotation in conjunction with the restoring force generating member; a guided portion formed in either the restoring force generating member and the inertial mass body; and a guide portion formed in the other of the restoring force generating member and the inertial mass body and configured to guide the guided portion. As the guided portion is guided by the guide portion, the restoring force generating member swings with respect to the center of rotation in the radial direction of the support member and the inertial mass body swings about the center of rotation when the support member rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi OI, Takao SAKAMOTO, Hiroki NAGAI
  • Publication number: 20200378687
    Abstract: Multi-phase thermal control systems, evaporators, variable porous wick elements, heat transfer structures, and methods for their production are provided. Two-phase evaporators for use in such multi-phase thermal control systems are also provided. Two-phase evaporators incorporate a vapor plate body having there three major layers: a vapor channel network, a wick, and a liquid channel. The vapor channel network comprises a plurality of extrusions (e.g., vapor pillars) and associated channels (e.g., vapor channels) configured to allow a vapor to flow therethrough. The wick comprises a porous body configured to be disposed between the vapor channel network of and the liquid flow reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Scott N. Roberts, Arthur J. Mastropietro, Benjamin I. Furst, Eric T. Sunada, Jordan Mizerak, Hiroki Nagai, Stefano Cappucci
  • Patent number: 10787531
    Abstract: To provide a fluorinated elastic copolymer capable of obtaining a crosslinked rubber which is excellent in tensile strength and has a low compression set under high temperature conditions; a method for producing such a fluorinated elastic copolymer; a crosslinked rubber; and a method for producing such a crosslinked rubber. A fluorinated elastic copolymer having structural units based, respectively, on monomers (a), (b) and (c), and further having iodine atoms. Monomer (a): at least one member selected from the group consisting of tetrafluoroethylene, hexafluoropropylene, vinylidene fluoride, chlorotrifluoroethylene and perfluoro(alkyl vinyl ether). Monomer (b): at least one member selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by formula (I): CR1R2?CR3—R4—CR5?CR6R7 (I) (wherein R1, R2, R3, R5, R6 and R7 are each independently a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom or a methyl group; and R4 is a C1-10 perfluoroalkylene group which may have an etheric oxygen atom inserted between carbon atoms).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Keisuke Yagi, Takehiro Kose, Hiroki Nagai, Satoko Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10763483
    Abstract: The battery pack disclosed herein includes a plurality of unit cells. The plurality of unit cells is connected to each other by a bus bar. The bus bar has two terminal connection portions and a linking portion. A linear welded portion is formed in a portion where the terminal connection portions and the external terminals overlap with each other. The linear welded portion is non-annular in the plane of the terminal connection portions and has a straight linear portion extending in a direction orthogonal to the arrangement direction, and two circular arc portions that extend from respective ends of the straight linear portion and are curved toward a side opposite to the side where the linking portion is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagai, Koji Tamaru, Ryo Kagami, Yuki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10746475
    Abstract: Multi-phase thermal control systems, evaporators, variable porous wick elements, heat transfer structures, and methods for their production are provided. Two-phase evaporators for use in such multi-phase thermal control systems are also provided. Two-phase evaporators incorporate a vapor plate body having there three major layers: a vapor channel network, a wick, and a liquid channel. The vapor channel network comprises a plurality of extrusions (e.g., vapor pillars) and associated channels (e.g., vapor channels) configured to allow a vapor to flow therethrough. The wick comprises a porous body configured to be disposed between the vapor channel network of and the liquid flow reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Scott N. Roberts, Arthur J. Mastropietro, Benjamin I. Furst, Eric T. Sunada, Jordan Mizerak, Hiroki Nagai, Stefano Cappucci
  • Publication number: 20200240497
    Abstract: A vibration damping apparatus includes a support member configured to rotate together with a rotational element, a restoration force generating member coupled to the support member so as to transmit and receive a torque with the support member, an inertial mass coupled to the support member via the restoration force generating member, a first guide surface provided on the restoration force generating member, a second guide surface provided on the inertial mass, and a coupling member having first and second rolling portions. The first and second guide surfaces are formed so that the first rolling portion rolls along the first guide surface and the second rolling portion rolls along the second guide surface along with rotation of the support member to cause the restoration force generating member to swing relative to a rotation center of the rotational element along a radial direction of the support member and cause the inertial mass to swing about the rotation center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi ITO, Yoichi OI, Takao SAKAMOTO, Hiroki NAGAI, Kazuhiro ITOU
  • Publication number: 20200185789
    Abstract: A controller of a deterioration estimation device for a secondary battery is configured to acquire a first open circuit voltage when a temperature of the secondary battery is a first temperature and a second open circuit voltage when the temperature of the secondary battery is a second temperature changed from the first temperature, and estimate a degree of deterioration of the secondary battery by using a difference between first and second slopes. The first slope is a ratio of a voltage change obtained by subtracting the first open circuit voltage from the second open circuit voltage to a temperature change obtained by subtracting the first temperature from the second temperature. The second slope is a ratio of the voltage change to the temperature change when the temperature of the new secondary battery has changed from the first temperature to the second temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryo KANADA, Hiroki NAGAI
  • Publication number: 20200178461
    Abstract: A work unit to be attached to a lower side of a work vehicle that includes a wheel includes a work portion, a housing that covers the work portion, a bridge portion that is provided above the housing, auxiliary plates that change their positions between a state of being housed in the bridge portion and a state of protruding from the bridge portion, a linkage mechanism that is provided in the bridge portion and is connected to the auxiliary plates, and an operation tool for operating the linkage mechanism. As a result of operating the operation tool, the linkage mechanism is folded or unfolded, and positions of the auxiliary plates are changed between the state of being housed in the bridge portion and the state of protruding from the bridge portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Tomohisa Yamamoto, Tatsuro Tokunaga, Ryo Matsumoto, Akihito Mihara, Ryusuke Kawamoto, Terumasa Kobayashi, Hiroki Nagai, Toshiki Kanai, Ryotaro Nakatsu, Yuto Akai, Seiya Sato, Nobuyuki Yamashita