Patents by Inventor Joseph John Kulig

Joseph John Kulig 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: 20200283610
    Abstract: It has been unexpected found that silylated triglyceride oils can be incorporated into tire tread rubber formulations that include reinforcing fillers to provide improved wet traction characteristic, rolling resistance, and tread-wear without compromising cured stiffness (dry traction) and ultimate properties (chip/chunk resistance). The level of silica coupling agent needed in such formulation can also typically reduced. The present invention more specifically discloses a rubber formulation which is comprised of (1) a rubbery polymer; (2) a reinforcing filler, such as silica or carbon black; and (3) a silylated triglyceride oil. The silylated triglyceride oil will include silyl groups of the structural formula: —(CH2)n—Si(OR)3, wherein n represents an integer within the range of 1 to 8, and wherein R represents an alkyl group containing from 1 to 8 carbon atoms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph John Kulig, Kelsey Elizabeth Cantwell, George Jim Papakonstantopoulos
  • Patent number: 10682886
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic tire is described that includes a ground contacting annular tread portion, a shear band, wherein the shear band is formed of a first and second inextensible layer, and a low modulus material positioned between the first and second inextensible layer. The non-pneumatic tire further includes a connecting web positioned between a hub and the shear band, wherein the connecting web is formed of one or more spokes extending from an inner ring to an outer ring, wherein the one or more spokes are formed from a material reinforced with a three dimensional spacer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: William Alain Talbot, Nicolas Charles Louis Bilger, Francesco Sportelli, Samy Laroussi Mzabi, Clemens Manuel Sill, Joseph John Kulig, Gilles Bonnet, Stefan Wilms
  • Publication number: 20200087489
    Abstract: This invention is based upon the unexpected finding that a hydrocarbon traction resin can be dispersed into the oil used in making an oil extended emulsion and solution rubbers to attain improved performance characteristics. For instance, this technique allows for the hydrocarbon traction resin to be incorporated into the rubber at a higher level than would ordinarily be possible using conventional mixing techniques. In tire tread compounds this provides improved wet traction characteristics without compromising cured stiffness (dry traction) and ultimate properties (chip/chunk resistance). This technique can be used to incorporate a resin into virtually any synthetic rubber that can benefit from being oil extended. It is of particular value in making resin modified solution styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR), emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESBR), high cis-1.4-polybutadiene rubber, and synthetic polyisoprene rubber which are formulated for use in tire tread compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Nihat Ali Isitman, Robert Alan Woloszynek, Joseph John Kulig, Hannah Long, Manuela Pompei, Jennifer Labbe
  • Patent number: 9809067
    Abstract: A self-inflating tire assembly includes an air tube mounted within a tire sidewall groove. The air tube is in contacting engagement with opposite angled groove surfaces surrounding the air tube. A segment of the air tube is flattened from an expanded diameter to a flat diameter by bending and compression of the groove in a rolling tire footprint to force air evacuated from the flattened segment along a tube air passageway. The sidewall groove extends into an annular, axially extending, sidewall surface such as an axially oriented surface of a tire chafer protrusion located in non-contacting relationship with the rim. The opposite groove surfaces comprise a rubber composition, the rubber composition comprising: a diene based rubber; from 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Andreas Frantzen, Jeannot Frieden, Anne Therese Peronnet-Paquin, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig, Mingliang Du
  • Patent number: 9809068
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pneumatic tire comprising a sidewall component, the sidewall component including an air passageway extending at least partially about the circumference of the tire, the air passageway surrounded by and in fluid communication with a surface comprising a rubber composition, the rubber composition comprising: a diene based rubber; from 0.25 to 5 parts by weight, per 100 parts by weight of rubber (phr), of a self-lubrication agent capable of migrating from the rubber composition to the groove surface and disposing on the groove surface as a liquid; and from 1 to 15 parts by weight, per 100 parts by weight of rubber (phr), of a vulcanization modifier for use in the second rubber composition include ?,?-bis(N,N?-dihydrocarbylthiocarbamamoyldithio)alkanes, bismaleimides, and biscitraconimides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Andreas Frantzen, Jeannot Frieden, Anne Therese Peronnet-Paquin, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig, Mingliang Du
  • Publication number: 20170297372
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic tire is described that includes a ground contacting annular tread portion, a shear band, wherein the shear band is formed of a first and second inextensible layer, and a low modulus material positioned between the first and second inextensible layer. The non-pneumatic tire further includes a connecting web positioned between a hub and the shear band, wherein the connecting web is formed of one or more spokes extending from an inner ring to an outer ring, wherein the one or more spokes are formed from a material reinforced with a three dimensional spacer structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: William Alain TALBOT, Nicolas Charles Louis BILGER, Francesco SPORTELLI, Samy Laroussi MZABI, Clemens Manuel SILL, Joseph John KULIG, Gilles BONNET, Stefan WILMS
  • Patent number: 9550839
    Abstract: The present invention achieves increased filler interaction by incorporating a small amount (a few units per chain of rubbery polymer) of a conjugated triene monomer, such as alloocimene, randomly throughout the polymer chain of a rubbery polymer or at the chain ends of the rubbery polymer. The incorporation of the conjugated triene monomer leads to the formation of a polymer containing highly reactive conjugated diene units. These conjugated diene units can chemically react with carbon black leading to superior reinforcement. Alternatively, these conjugated diene units can be used for functionalization of the polymer with silica interactive/reactive groups using Diels Alder reactions. This functionalization of the rubbery polymer can conveniently be conducted in a mixer, such as a Banbury mixer, a mill mixer, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Gabor Kaszas, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig
  • Publication number: 20150376343
    Abstract: The present invention achieves increased filler interaction by incorporating a small amount (a few units per chain of rubbery polymer) of a conjugated triene monomer, such as alloocimene, randomly throughout the polymer chain of a rubbery polymer or at the chain ends of the rubbery polymer. The incorporation of the conjugated triene monomer leads to the formation of a polymer containing highly reactive conjugated diene units. These conjugated diene units can chemically react with carbon black leading to superior reinforcement. Alternatively, these conjugated diene units can be used for functionalization of the polymer with silica interactive/reactive groups using Diels Alder reactions. This functionalization of the rubbery polymer can conveniently be conducted in a mixer, such as a Banbury mixer, a mill mixer, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
    Inventors: Gabor Kaszas, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig
  • Patent number: 9079980
    Abstract: The present invention achieves increased filler interaction by incorporating a small amount (a few units per chain of rubbery polymer) of a conjugated triene monomer, such as alloocimene, randomly throughout the polymer chain of a rubbery polymer or at the chain ends of the rubbery polymer. The incorporation of the conjugated triene monomer leads to the formation of a polymer containing highly reactive conjugated diene units. These conjugated diene units can chemically react with carbon black leading to superior reinforcement. Alternatively, these conjugated diene units can be used for functionalization of the polymer with silica interactive/reactive groups using Diels Alder reactions. This functionalization of the rubbery polymer can conveniently be conducted in a mixer, such as a Banbury mixer, a mill mixer, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Gabor Kaszas, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig
  • Publication number: 20150165842
    Abstract: A self-inflating tire assembly includes an air tube mounted within a tire sidewall groove. The air tube is in contacting engagement with opposite angled groove surfaces surrounding the air tube. A segment of the air tube is flattened from an expanded diameter to a flat diameter by bending and compression of the groove in a rolling tire footprint to force air evacuated from the flattened segment along a tube air passageway. The sidewall groove extends into an annular, axially extending, sidewall surface such as an axially oriented surface of a tire chafer protrusion located in non-contacting relationship with the rim. The opposite groove surfaces comprise a rubber composition, the rubber composition comprising: a diene based rubber; from 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Andreas Frantzen, Jeannot Frieden, Anne Therese Peronnet-Paquin, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig, Mingliang Du
  • Publication number: 20150165843
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pneumatic tire comprising a sidewall component, the sidewall component including an air passageway extending at least partially about the circumference of the tire, the air passageway surrounded by and in fluid communication with a surface comprising a rubber composition, the rubber composition comprising: a diene based rubber; from 0.25 to 5 parts by weight, per 100 parts by weight of rubber (phr), of a self-lubrication agent capable of migrating from the rubber composition to the groove surface and disposing on the groove surface as a liquid; and from 1 to 15 parts by weight, per 100 parts by weight of rubber (phr), of a vulcanization modifier for use in the second rubber composition include ?,?-bis(N,N?-dihydrocarbylthiocarbamamoyldithio)alkanes, bismaleimides, and biscitraconimides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Andreas Frantzen, Jeannot Frieden, Anne Therese Peronnet-Paquin, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig, Mingliang Du
  • Publication number: 20120048446
    Abstract: The present invention achieves increased filler interaction by incorporating a small amount (a few units per chain of rubbery polymer) of a conjugated triene monomer, such as alloocimene, randomly throughout the polymer chain of a rubbery polymer or at the chain ends of the rubbery polymer. The incorporation of the conjugated triene monomer leads to the formation of a polymer containing highly reactive conjugated diene units. These conjugated diene units can chemically react with carbon black leading to superior reinforcement. Alternatively, these conjugated diene units can be used for functionalization of the polymer with silica interactive/reactive groups using Diels Alder reactions. This functionalization of the rubbery polymer can conveniently be conducted in a mixer, such as a Banbury mixer, a mill mixer, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
    Inventors: Gabor Kaszas, Stephan Rodewald, Joseph John Kulig
  • Patent number: 8022159
    Abstract: The invention includes terminating compounds, polymers, rubber compositions and tires. The terminating compounds can provide terminating groups on the polymer. Polymers can be homopolymers, copolymers and terpolymers, and can include repeat units provided from conjugated diene monomers. Rubber compositions can be made from the polymers, and tires and various parts of tires can be made from those rubber compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Rachita, Joseph John Kulig, Robert Alan Woloszynek
  • Publication number: 20110136939
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of making a rubber composition, comprising the steps of mixing cellulose fibers and water to form a first mixture; mixing the first mixture with an aqueous diene-based elastomer latex to form a second mixture comprising cellulose fibers, elastomer, and water; and separating the cellulose fibers and elastomer from the water to form a elastomer/cellulose masterbatch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Annette Lechtenboehmer, David Andrew Benko, Maurice Peter Klinkenberg, Joseph John Kulig, Klaus Unseld, Georges Marcel Victor Thielen, Claude Ernest Felix Boes, Hans-Bernd Fuchs
  • Patent number: 7847048
    Abstract: The invention includes terminating compounds, polymers, rubber compositions and tires. The terminating compounds can provide terminating groups on the polymer. Polymers can be homopolymers, copolymers and terpolymers, and can include repeat units provided from conjugated diene monomers. Rubber compositions can be made from the polymers, and tires and various parts of tires can be made from those rubber compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Rachita, Joseph John Kulig, Robert Alan Woloszynek
  • Publication number: 20100186868
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pneumatic tire having a component comprising a vulcanizable rubber composition comprising, based on 100 parts by weight of elastomer (phr), (A) from about 60 to about 90 phr of a solution polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber functionalized with an alkoxysilane group and a primary amines; (B) from about 40 to about 10 phr of polybutadiene having a microstructure comprised of about 96 to about 99 percent cis 1,4-isomeric units, about 0.1 to about 1 percent trans 1,4-isomeric units and from about 1 to about 3 percent vinyl 1,2-isomeric units; a number average molecular weight (Mn) in a range of from about 75,000 to about 150,000 and a heterogeneity index (Mw/Mn) in a range of from about 3/1 to about 5/1; and (C) from about 50 to about 150 phr of silica.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Harry Sandstrom, Brad Stephen Gulas, David Mark Frantz, Steven Wayne Cronin, Michael Joseph Rachita, Joseph John Kulig, Robert Alan Woloszynek
  • Patent number: 7750070
    Abstract: A process of preparing a nanocomposite comprised of an elastomer and at least partially exfoliated, intercalated water-swellable clay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Xiaoping Yang, Joseph John Kulig, Dane Kenton Parker
  • Publication number: 20100130664
    Abstract: The invention includes terminating compounds, polymers, rubber compositions and tires. The terminating compounds can provide terminating groups on the polymer. Polymers can be homopolymers, copolymers and terpolymers, and can include repeat units provided from conjugated diene monomers. Rubber compositions can be made from the polymers, and tires and various parts of tires can be made from those rubber compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Rachita, Joseph John Kulig, Robert Alan Woloszynek
  • Publication number: 20100078110
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pneumatic tire comprising at least one component, the at least one component comprising a rubber composition, the rubber composition comprising from about 50 to about 100 parts by weight, per 100 parts by weight of elastomer, of a vinylpyridine-styrene-butadiene (VPSBR) elastomer comprising units derived from monomers comprising styrene, 1,3-butadiene, and vinylpyridine monomers which have the structural formula: wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a straight chain or branched alkyl group containing 1 to 4 carbon atoms, wherein the VPSBR comprises from about 0.1 to about 8 percent by weight of vinylpyridine monomer; from 0 to about 50 phr of at least one additional diene-based elastomer; from about 5 to about 15 phr of an at least partially exfoliated clay; and from about 1 to about 40 phr of a polyoctenamer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Harry Sandstrom, Ping Zhang, Xiaoping Yang, Joseph John Kulig, Aaron Scott Puhala, Rebecca Lee Dando
  • Patent number: 7671152
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of producing an amphiphilic block copolymer, including the steps of: (1) preparing a first aqueous polymerization medium which is comprised of (a) 4-vinylpyridine, (b) a trithiocarbonate RAFT agent, and an emulsifier, wherein the emulsifier is prepared in-situ within the aqueous polymerization medium by the reaction of a latent surfactant with a surfactant activator; (2) polymerizing the 4-vinylpyridine within the first aqueous polymerization medium in the presence of a first free radical initiator to produce a poly(4-vinylpyridine); (3) protonating the poly(4-vinylpyridine) to form a protonated poly(4-vinylpyridine) RAFT macroinitiator; (4) preparing a second aqueous polymerization medium which is comprised of the protonated poly(4-vinylpyridine) RAFT macroinitiator and a monomer containing ethylenic unsaturation but is exclusive of a surfactant; and (5) polymerizing the protonated poly(4-vinylpyridine) RAFT macroinitiator and monomer containing ethylenic u
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Dane Kenton Parker, Joseph John Kulig