Patents by Inventor Kinya Aota

Kinya Aota 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: 20210101332
    Abstract: A manufacturing system of an additive manufacturing body is provided, by which the accuracy of evaluating a defect during additive manufacturing and the quality of the body can be improved. A manufacturing system of an additive manufacturing body of the present invention includes: an additive manufacturing device; an inspection device having a camera for photographing the powder layer or the solidified layer; and a control device that controls the additive manufacturing device and the inspection device, in which: the camera can photograph the powder layer for each powder layer forming step that is performed repeatedly, or can photograph the solidified layer for each solidified layer forming step that is performed repeatedly; and the control device selects a photographing condition of the camera according to the conditions of the additive manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotsugu KAWANAKA, Kinya AOTA, Yingjuan YANG, Atsuhiko OONUMA
  • Patent number: 10796807
    Abstract: A nuclear reactor fuel rod is a fuel rod for a light-water reactor. The nuclear reactor fuel rod includes a fuel cladding tube and an end plug, both of which are formed of a silicon carbide material. A bonding portion between the fuel cladding tube and the end plug is formed by brazing with a predetermined metal bonding material interposed, and/or by diffusion bonding. The predetermined metal bonding material has a solidus temperature of 1200° C. or higher. An outer surface of the bonding portion, and a portion of an outer surface of the fuel cladding tube and the end plug, which is adjacent to the outer surface of the bonding portion are covered by bonding-portion coating formed of a predetermined coating metal. The predetermined metal bonding material and the predetermined coating metal have an average linear expansion coefficient which is less than 10 ppm/K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryou Ishibashi, Kinya Aota, Xudong Zhang, Hideki Kita, Seiji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10787725
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide: an HEA article that has excellent homogeneity in the alloy composition and microstructure as well as significant shape controllability, using an HEA with significant mechanical strength and high corrosion resistance; a method for manufacturing the HEA article; and a product using the HEA article. There is provided an HEA article comprising: Co, Cr, Fe, Ni, and Ti elements, each element in content of 5 to 35 atomic %; more than 0 atomic % to 8 atomic % of Mo %; and remainder substances of unavoidable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Fujieda, Kousuke Kuwabara, Mamoru Hirota, Kinya Aota, Takahiko Kato, Akihiko Chiba, Yuichiro Koizumi, Kenta Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20200222982
    Abstract: There is provided an additive manufacturing apparatus that can effectively removing fume even in a vacuum state. An additive manufacturing apparatus 1 includes a fume capturing mechanism 8 that is provided to be movable in a space R defined between a beam source 9 and a stage 51, and that captures fume F generated due to melting of a powder P.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventor: Kinya AOTA
  • Patent number: 10702944
    Abstract: An alloy structure has an arbitrary shape dimension which has high uniformity in the distribution of the element composition. The alloy structure contains Fe and at least four elements, which are selected from the group consisting of elements from atomic number 13 to atomic number 79 included in Group 3 to Group 16 of the periodic table of the elements and have a ratio of the atomic radius to an Fe atom of 0.83 or more but 1.17 or less, each of Fe and the four elements is contained in an atomic concentration range of 5 at % or more but 30 at % or less, a difference in atomic concentration between at least four elements among the at least four elements and Fe is in a range of less than 3 at %, and the alloy structure has, a column crystal in which the at least four elements and Fe are solid-dissolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko Kato, Kousuke Kuwabara, Tadashi Fujieda, Kinya Aota, Isamu Takahashi, Hiroyuki Satake, Kenji Yamaga, Hajime Murakami
  • Patent number: 10576538
    Abstract: An alloy structure which has high uniformity in the distribution of the element composition and the mechanical strength and excellent high-temperature strength and corrosion resistance, contains Fe and at least four elements, which are selected from the group consisting of elements from atomic number 13 to atomic number 79, included in Group 3 to Group 16 of the periodic table of the elements, and have a ratio of the atomic radius to an Fe atom of 0.83 or more but 1.17 or less, each of the elements in an atomic concentration range of 5 at % or more but 30 at % or less, a difference in atomic concentration among the at least four elements and Fe is in a range of less than 3 at %, and the alloy structure has, as a main crystal, a column crystal in which the at least four elements and Fe are solid-dissolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko Kato, Kousuke Kuwabara, Tadashi Fujieda, Kinya Aota, Isamu Takahashi, Kenji Yamaga, Hiroyuki Satake, Hajime Murakami
  • Publication number: 20190299289
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to obtain an additive manufacturing device capable of manufacturing while reducing the flow rate of Ar gas. This additive manufacturing device is characterized in that a reduced-pressure atmosphere is maintained in a manufacturing area, an inert gas is supplied to the manufacturing area, the proportion of gaseous impurities in the manufacturing area is detected, and in case where the proportion of gaseous impurities exceeds a threshold value, the supply of inert gas is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventor: Kinya AOTA
  • Publication number: 20190047049
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide: an alloy article that has excellent homogeneity in the alloy composition and microstructure as well as significant shape controllability, using an HEA with significant mechanical strength and high corrosion resistance; a method for manufacturing the alloy article; and a product using the alloy article. There is provided an alloy article comprising: Co, Cr, Fe, Ni, and Ti elements, each element in content of 5 to 35 atomic %; more than 0 atomic % to 8 atomic % of Mo %; and remainder substances of unavoidable impurities. And, ultrafine particles with an average diameter of 40 nm or less are dispersedly precipitated in matrix phase crystals of the alloy article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi FUJIEDA, Mamoru HIROTA, Kosuke KUWABARA, Kinya AOTA, Takahiko KATO, Akihiko CHIBA, Yuichiro KOIZUMI, Kenta YAMANAKA, Seiichi WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20180363104
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide: an HEA article that has excellent homogeneity in the alloy composition and microstructure as well as significant shape controllability, using an HEA with significant mechanical strength and high corrosion resistance; a method for manufacturing the HEA article; and a product using the HEA article. There is provided an HEA article comprising: Co, Cr, Fe, Ni, and Ti elements, each element in content of 5 to 35 atomic %; more than 0 atomic % to 8 atomic % of Mo %; and remainder substances of unavoidable impurities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi FUJIEDA, Kousuke KUWABARA, Mamoru HIROTA, Kinya AOTA, Takahiko KATO, Akihiko CHIBA, Yuichiro KOIZUMI, Kenta YAMANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170330638
    Abstract: A nuclear reactor fuel rod is a fuel rod for a light-water reactor. The nuclear reactor fuel rod includes a fuel cladding tube and an end plug, both of which are formed of a silicon carbide material. A bonding portion between the fuel cladding tube and the end plug is formed by brazing with a predetermined metal bonding material interposed, and/or by diffusion bonding. The predetermined metal bonding material has a solidus temperature of 1200° C. or higher. An outer surface of the bonding portion, and a portion of an outer surface of the fuel cladding tube and the end plug, which is adjacent to the outer surface of the bonding portion are covered by bonding-portion coating formed of a predetermined coating metal. The predetermined metal bonding material and the predetermined coating metal have an average linear expansion coefficient which is less than 10 ppm/K.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryou ISHIBASHI, Kinya AOTA, Xudong ZHANG, Hideki KITA, Seiji YAMASHITA
  • Patent number: 9748554
    Abstract: An electric storage device includes a container which houses an electric generating element, and a sealing plug which seals a liquid injecting hole into which an electrolyte is injected. The liquid injecting hole is provided in a bottom surface of a recessed portion provided to be recessed on one side surface of the container. The sealing plug includes an inserting portion to be inserted into the liquid injecting hole and a fitting portion to be fitted into the recessed portion. At least either a rim portion of the fitting portion or an opening rim portion of the recessed portion is provided with a plurality of plastic deformation portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sho Saimaru, Kinya Aota, Kouichi Kajiwara
  • Publication number: 20170209922
    Abstract: An alloy structure which has high uniformity in the distribution of the element composition and the mechanical strength and excellent high-temperature strength and corrosion resistance, contains Fe and at least four elements, which are selected from the group consisting of elements from atomic number 13 to atomic number 79, included in Group 3 to Group 16 of the periodic table of the elements, and have a ratio of the atomic radius to an Fe atom of 0.83 or more but 1.17 or less, each of the elements in an atomic concentration range of 5 at % or more but 30 at % or less, a difference in atomic concentration among the at least four elements and Fe is in a range of less than 3 at %, and the alloy structure has, as a main crystal, a column crystal in which the at least four elements and Fe are solid-dissolved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko KATO, Kousuke KUWABARA, Tadashi FUJIEDA, Kinya AOTA, Isamu TAKAHASHI, Kenji YAMAGA, Hiroyuki SATAKE, Hajime MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20170209954
    Abstract: An alloy structure has an arbitrary shape dimension which has high uniformity in the distribution of the element composition. The alloy structure contains Fe and at least four elements, which are selected from the group consisting of elements from atomic number 13 to atomic number 79 included in Group 3 to Group 16 of the periodic table of the elements and have a ratio of the atomic radius to an Fe atom of 0.83 or more but 1.17 or less, each of Fe and the four elements is contained in an atomic concentration range of 5 at % or more but 30 at % or less, a difference in atomic concentration between at least four elements among the at least four elements and Fe is in a range of less than 3 at %, and the alloy structure has, a column crystal in which the at least four elements and Fe are solid-dissolved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko KATO, Kousuke KUWABARA, Tadashi FUJIEDA, Kinya AOTA, Isamu TAKAHASHI, Hiroyuki SATAKE, Kenji YAMAGA, Hajime MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20160325377
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to reduce spatter generation by stabilizing a keyhole in a laser welding method. A welded joint in which a plurality of workpieces are welded by irradiation with a laser beam, wherein the following formulae 1 to 3 are satisfied, b/a?0.6—(formula 1), h/d?1.0—(formula 2), and h/a<3.0—(formula 3), where a is a surface width of a weld bead formed across the plurality of workpieces, h is a maximum penetration depth of the weld bead, b is a penetration width of the weld bead at a position where a penetration depth of the weld bead is h/2, and d is the penetration depth at a center position of the weld bead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Xudong ZHANG, Kinya AOTA, Masanori MIYAGI
  • Publication number: 20160164066
    Abstract: An electric storage device includes a container which houses an electric generating element, and a sealing plug which seals a liquid injecting hole into which an electrolyte is injected. The liquid injecting hole is provided in a bottom surface of a recessed portion provided to be recessed on one side surface of the container. The sealing plug includes an inserting portion to be inserted into the liquid injecting hole and a fitting portion to be fitted into the recessed portion. At least either a rim portion of the fitting portion or an opening rim portion of the recessed portion is provided with a plurality of plastic deformation portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Sho SAIMARU, Kinya AOTA, Kouichi KAJIWARA
  • Patent number: 9065124
    Abstract: A battery pack with a reduced resistance connection arrangement in which battery cells are arranged in rows in an insulating case and an electrode of each battery cell is coupled to an electrode of another battery cell through a connecting metallic plate. The connecting metallic plate is made of copper and is disposed on a positive electrode of one battery cell and a negative electrode of another battery cell to form a lap joint. Welds are formed in predetermined positions on the connecting metallic plate above the positive and negative electrodes by arc spot welding. The electrodes are formed of nickel-coated steel. The depth h of weld penetration in the weld is greater than the thickness T1 of the connecting metallic plate and smaller than the thickness T1 plus the thickness T2 of one of the electrodes, that is, T1<h?(T1+T2×4/5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Imanaga, Kinya Aota, Yoshihisa Tsurumi, Masuhiro Onishi
  • Patent number: 8673470
    Abstract: A secondary cell includes: an electrode roll in which a positive foil on which a positive-electrode material is coated and a negative foil on which a negative-electrode material is coated are winded through a separator into a flat shape around a winding core; a case in which the electrode roll is housed; a cover which seals the case; a positive terminal and a negative terminal provided on the cover; a positive electrode current collector plate that is electrically connected to the positive foil of the electrode roll and the positive terminal and held by the cover; and a negative electrode current collector plate that is electrically connected to the negative foil of the electrode roll and the negative terminal and held by the cover. The positive electrode current collector plate and the negative electrode current collector plate are each connected to the winding core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kinya Aota, Toshiro Fujita, Kouichi Kajiwara, Masaaki Iwasa
  • Patent number: 8568916
    Abstract: A lithium ion secondary battery comprises a case; a positive electrode foil having a current collector foil on which a positive electrode material is coated; an negative electrode film having a current collector film on which an negative electrode material is coated; a separator sandwiched between the positive electrode film and the negative electrode film, the films and the separator being arranged in multiple layers to form a group of electrodes enclosed in the case, a positive collector disc plate connected to the positive electrode side of the group of the electrodes, and an negative collector disc plate connected to the negative electrode side of the group of the electrodes. Each of the current collector foils has a non-coated portion extended along one side of the foils, a part or the entire of the non-coated portion being exposed from a side of the separator. At least one of the collector disc plate is welded to the side of the exposed non-coated portion of the group of the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nakai, Akinori Tada, Masatsugu Arai, Kinya Aota
  • Patent number: 8507118
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes: a jelly roll that includes a positive and a negative electrode wound via a separator; a case; a lid; and electrically conductive input/output members, wherein: the electrically conductive input/output members include, at least; a positive and a negative electrode current collector plate with one end thereof connected to the positive and the negative electrode respectively; a positive and a negative electrode external conductive member with one end thereof connected to another end of the positive and the negative electrode current collector plate respectively and another end thereof extending to an outer side of the lid; the one end of the positive and the negative electrode external conductive member are respectively swage-fused to the other end of the positive and the negative electrode current collector plate; and an oxide layer is formed at a surface of each swage-fused area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd
    Inventors: Kinya Aota, Toshiro Fujita
  • Publication number: 20130115492
    Abstract: A sealed type battery includes: a can where an electrode winding group; a lid which has a liquid filling hole for injecting a liquid electrolyte and seals an opening of the can; and a liquid filling tap which is fitted to the liquid filling hole and seals the liquid filling hole by welding. A projection molten in welding is provided on one of the outer surface of the liquid filling tap and the outer surface of the lid connected to the liquid filling hole. The liquid filling tap is welded to the liquid filling hole using molten metal of the projection in welding as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: HITACHI VEHICLE ENERGY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kinya Aota