Patents by Inventor Kenneth E. Bertagnolli

Kenneth E. Bertagnolli 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).

  • Patent number: 10464273
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to cell assemblies for fabricating superhard materials (e.g., used in a high-pressure cubic press) and methods of using the same. The disclosed cell assemblies include a plurality of internal anvils, at least some of which are positioned internally relative to a cell pressure medium of the cell assembly. Such a configuration for the cell assemblies may enable one or more of intensifying cell pressure, reducing processing time, or reducing costs for fabricating such superhard materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Michael A. Vail, Jiang Qian, Jason K. Wiggins, Mark P. Chapman, Arnold D. Cooper, Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Amy Leigh Rodriguez, Stephen Rudger Adams
  • Patent number: 10435952
    Abstract: Polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) include a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table in which cobalt is alloyed with phosphorous to improve the thermal stability of the PCD table. The PDC includes a substrate and a PCD table including an upper surface spaced from an interfacial surface that is bonded to the substrate. The PCD table includes a plurality of diamond grains defining a plurality of interstitial regions. The PCD table further includes an alloy comprising at least one Group VIII metal and phosphorous. The alloy is disposed in at least a portion of the plurality of interstitial regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Cody William Knuteson, Kevin Duy Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10428589
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) including a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table in which a metal-solvent catalyst is alloyed with at least one alloying element to improve thermal stability of the PCD table. In an embodiment, a PDC includes a substrate and a PCD table bonded to the substrate. The PCD table includes diamond grains defining interstitial regions. The PCD table includes an alloy comprising at least one Group VIII metal and at least one metallic alloying element that lowers a temperature at which melting of the at least one Group VIII metal begins. The alloy includes one or more solid solution phases comprising the at least one Group VIII metal and the at least one metallic alloying element and one or more intermediate compounds comprising the at least one Group VIII metal and the at least one metallic alloying element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cody William Knuteson, Paul Douglas Jones, Brandon P. Linford, Brent R. Eddy, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Debkumar Mukhopadhyay
  • Patent number: 10399206
    Abstract: PDCs, methods of fabricating the PDCs, and methods of using the PDCs are disclosed herein. The PDCs include a PCD table bonded to a substrate. The PCD table includes an upper surface having a plurality of recessed features formed therein. The plurality of recessed features are configured to attract at least some cracks that form in the PCD table. As such, the plurality of recessed features limit or prevent crack propagation into other portions of the PCD table and limit a volume of the PCD table that spalls. Methods of fabricating the PDCs include partially leaching the PCD table and, after leaching the PCD table, forming the plurality of recessed features in the upper surface thereof. Method of using the PDCs include rotating a PDC that has spalled relative to a rotary drill bit such that a portion of the upper surface of the PDC that has not spalled forms a cutting surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Call Mortensen, Lindsay Sue Patton, Trevor Allen Olsen, Casey Wade Swan, Shawn Casey Scott, Matthew Kimball Baker, Anne-Grethe Slotnaes, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Jiang Qian, Jason Lott, Joshua Adam Hawks
  • Publication number: 20190242193
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a polycrystalline diamond compact includes a substrate, and a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table bonded to the substrate and including an exterior working surface, at least one lateral surface, and a chamfer extending between the exterior working surface and the at least one lateral surface. The PCD table includes bonded diamond grains defining interstitial regions. The PCD table includes a first region adjacent to the substrate and a second leached region adjacent to the first region and extending inwardly from the exterior working surface to a selected depth. At least a portion of the interstitial regions of the first region include an infiltrant disposed therein. The interstitial regions of the second leached region are substantially free of metal-solvent catalyst. The second region is defined by the exterior working surface, the lateral surface, the chamfer, and a generally horizontal boundary located below the chamfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Jair J. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10350730
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) that are less susceptible to liquid metal embrittlement damage due to the use of at least one transition layer between a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) layer and a substrate. In an embodiment, a PDC includes a PCD layer, a cemented carbide substrate, and at least one transition layer bonded to the substrate and the PCD layer. The at least one transition layer is formulated with a coefficient of thermal expansion (“CTE”) that is less than a CTE of the substrate and greater than a CTE of the PCD layer. At least a portion of the PCD layer includes diamond grains defining interstitial regions and a metal-solvent catalyst occupying at least a portion of the interstitial regions. The diamond grains and the catalyst collectively exhibit a coercivity of about 115 Oersteds or more and a specific magnetic saturation of about 15 Gauss·cm3/grams or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: David P. Miess, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Damon B. Crockett, Arnold D. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20190211629
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of fabricating a polycrystalline diamond compact is disclosed. The method includes sintering a plurality of diamond particles in the presence of a metal-solvent catalyst to form a polycrystalline diamond body; leaching the polycrystalline diamond body to at least partially remove the metal-solvent catalyst therefrom, thereby forming an at least partially leached polycrystalline diamond body; and subjecting an assembly of the at least partially leached polycrystalline diamond body and a cemented carbide substrate to a high-pressure/high-temperature process at a pressure to infiltrate the at least partially leached polycrystalline diamond body with an infiltrant. The pressure of the high-pressure/high-temperature process is less than that employed in the act of sintering of the plurality of diamond particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, David P. Miess, Jiang Qian, Jason K. Wiggins, Michael A. Vail, Debkumar Mukhopadhyay
  • Patent number: 10315288
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a polycrystalline diamond compact includes a substrate and a preformed polycrystalline diamond table bonded to the substrate. The table includes bonded diamond grains defining interstitial regions. The table includes an upper surface, a back surface bonded to the substrate, and at least one lateral surface extending therebetween. The table includes a first region extending inwardly from the upper surface and the lateral surface. The first region exhibits a first interstitial region concentration and includes at least one interstitial constituent disposed therein, which may be present in at least a residual amount and includes at least one metal carbonate and/or at least one metal oxide. The table includes a second bonding region adjacent to the substrate that extends inwardly from the back surface. The second bonding region exhibits a second interstitial region concentration that is greater than the first interstitial region concentration and includes a metallic infiltrant therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jiang Qian, C. Eugene McMurray, Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Jason K. Wiggins, Michael A. Vail, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli
  • Patent number: 10309158
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of fabricating a polycrystalline diamond compact (“PDC”) includes forming a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table in the presence of a metal-solvent catalyst in a first high-pressure/high-temperature (“HPHT”) process. The PCD table includes bonded diamond grains defining interstitial regions, with the metal-solvent catalyst disposed therein. The method includes at least partially leaching the PCD table to remove at least a portion of the metal-solvent catalyst therefrom. The method includes subjecting the at least partially leached PCD table and a substrate to a second HPHT process under diamond-stable temperature-pressure conditions to partially infiltrate the at least partially leached PCD table with an infiltrant. A maximum temperature (T), a total process time (t), and a maximum pressure (P) of the second HPHT process are chosen so that ? is about 2° Celsius·hours/gigapascals (“° C.·h/GPa”) to about 325° C.·h/GPa, with ? represented as ?=T·t/P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Jair J. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10301882
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a polycrystalline diamond compact includes a substrate, and a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table bonded to the substrate and including an exterior working surface, at least one lateral surface, and a chamfer extending between the exterior working surface and the at least one lateral surface. The PCD table includes bonded diamond grains defining interstitial regions. The PCD table includes a first region adjacent to the substrate and a second leached region adjacent to the first region and extending inwardly from the exterior working surface to a selected depth. At least a portion of the interstitial regions of the first region include an infiltrant disposed therein. The interstitial regions of the second leached region are substantially free of metal-solvent catalyst. The second region is defined by the exterior working surface, the lateral surface, the chamfer, and a generally horizontal boundary located below the chamfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Jair J. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10287822
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of fabricating a polycrystalline diamond compact is disclosed. The method includes sintering a plurality of diamond particles in the presence of a metal-solvent catalyst to form a polycrystalline diamond body; leaching the polycrystalline diamond body to at least partially remove the metal-solvent catalyst therefrom, thereby forming an at least partially leached polycrystalline diamond body; and subjecting an assembly of the at least partially leached polycrystalline diamond body and a cemented carbide substrate to a high-pressure/high-temperature process at a pressure to infiltrate the at least partially leached polycrystalline diamond body with an infiltrant. The pressure of the high-pressure/high-temperature process is less than that employed in the act of sintering of the plurality of diamond particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, David P. Miess, Jiang Qian, Jason K. Wiggins, Michael A. Vail, Debkumar Mukhopadhyay
  • Patent number: 10252233
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a cell assembly for use in a high-pressure cubic press may include at least one can assembly containing a diamond volume. The at least one can assembly may include an end surface in proximity to the diamond volume. The cell assembly may include at least one heating element including a major surface generally opposing and positioned adjacent to the end surface of the at least one can assembly. The at least one heating element may be positioned and configured to heat the diamond volume. The cell assembly may include at least one pressure transmitting medium extending about the at least one can assembly, and a gasket medium that defines a receiving space configured to receive the at least one can assembly, the one or more heating elements, and the at least one pressure transmitting medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Michael A. Vail, Arnold D. Cooper, Paul Douglas Jones, Damon B. Crockett
  • Patent number: 10155301
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) comprising a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table including at least a portion having aluminum carbide disposed interstitially between bonded-together diamond grains thereof, and methods of fabricating such PDCs. In an embodiment, a PDC includes a substrate, and a PCD table bonded to the substrate. The PCD table includes a plurality of bonded-together diamond grains defining a plurality of interstitial regions. The PCD table further includes aluminum carbide disposed in at least a portion of the plurality of interstitial regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Douglas Jones, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, David P. Miess
  • Patent number: 10145181
    Abstract: Polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) and methods of manufacturing such PDCs. In an embodiment, the PDC includes a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table having at least a portion of a metal-solvent catalyst removed therefrom. Removing at least a portion of a metal-solvent catalyst from the PCD table may increase the porosity of the PCD table relative to a PCD table that has not been treated to remove the metal-solvent catalyst. Likewise, removing at least a portion of a metal-solvent catalyst from the PCD table may decrease the specific magnetic saturation and increase the coercivity of the PCD table relative to a PCD table that has not been treated to remove the metal-solvent catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen R. Adams, Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli
  • Publication number: 20180328115
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) including a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table in which a metal-solvent catalyst is alloyed with at least one alloying element to improve thermal stability and/or wear resistance of the PCD table. In an embodiment, a PDC includes a substrate and a PCD table bonded to the substrate. The PCD table includes diamond grains defining interstitial regions. The PCD table includes an alloy comprising at least one Group VIII metal and at least one metallic alloying element such as phosphorous.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Cody William Knuteson
  • Patent number: 10119334
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDC”) exhibiting enhanced diamond-to-diamond bonding. In an embodiment, PDC includes a sintered substantially single-phase polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) body consisting essentially of bonded-together diamond grains exhibiting a morphology different than that of a PCD body formed by sintering diamond crystals. A substrate is bonded to the sintered substantially single-phase PCD body. Other embodiments are directed to methods of forming such PDCs, and various applications for such PDCs in rotary drill bits, bearing apparatuses, and wire-drawing dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, C. Eugene McMurray
  • Patent number: 10101263
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods are disclosed for characterizing a tested superabrasive element, such as a polycrystalline diamond element. In an embodiment, a method of characterizing the relative strength of a superabrasive element is disclosed. A first superabrasive element and a second superabrasive element are positioned upper surface to upper surface, including an area of overlap between the upper surfaces. A load is applied while the first and second superabrasive elements are overlapped until failure of one or both of the first or second superabrasive elements fail. A relative strength is determined using at least the load during failure as a parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael A. Vail, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Jason K. Wiggins
  • Patent number: 10099346
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to PDCs, methods of fabricating PDCs, and applications for such PDCs. In an embodiment, a PDC includes a substrate and a pre-sintered PCD table including an interfacial surface that is bonded to the substrate. The pre-sintered PCD table may be substantially free of leaching by-products in a region at least proximate to the interfacial surface. In an embodiment, a method of fabricating a PDC includes providing an at least partially leached PCD including an interfacial surface. The method includes removing at least some leaching by-products from the at least partially leached PCD table. After removing the at least some leaching by-products, the method includes bonding the interfacial surface of the at least partially leached PCD table to a substrate to form a PDC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael A. Vail, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli
  • Publication number: 20180238116
    Abstract: Polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) include a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table in which cobalt is alloyed with phosphorous to improve the thermal stability of the PCD table. For example, a PDC includes a substrate and a PCD table including an upper surface spaced from an interfacial surface that is bonded to the substrate. The PCD table includes a plurality of diamond grains defining a plurality of interstitial regions. The PCD table further includes an alloy comprising at least one Group VIII metal and phosphorous. The alloy is disposed in at least a portion of the plurality of interstitial regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Cody William Knuteson, Kevin Duy Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10047568
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to polycrystalline diamond compacts (“PDCs”) including a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table in which a metal-solvent catalyst is alloyed with at least one alloying element to improve thermal stability and/or wear resistance of the PCD table. In an embodiment, a PDC includes a substrate and a PCD table bonded to the substrate. The PCD table includes diamond grains defining interstitial regions. The PCD table includes an alloy comprising at least one Group VIII metal and at least one metallic alloying element such as phosphorous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Debkumar Mukhopadhyay, Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Cody William Knuteson