Patents by Inventor Koji Furukawa

Koji Furukawa 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: 11319420
    Abstract: A prepreg containing the following constituent elements [A] to [C], wherein a resin composition containing the constituent elements [B] and [C] has a higher-order structure derived from a diffraction angle 2? between 1.0° and 6.0° observed with X-ray diffraction after curing: [A]: carbon fibers [B]: epoxy resin [C]: curing agent of [B].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Atsuhito Arai, Koji Furukawa, Atsuki Sugimoto, Masahiro Mino, Mayumi Mihara
  • Patent number: 11208541
    Abstract: A prepreg, which includes a carbon fiber reinforced material, has excellent Mode I interlaminar toughness, Mode II interlaminar toughness, and tensile strength. The prepreg includes the following constituents [A] to [C] and satisfies the following conditions (I) and (II): [A]: a carbon fiber; [B]: an epoxy resin; and [C]: a hardener for [B], and (I) a surface oxygen concentration O/C of [A] measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is 0.10 or more; and (II) a cured product obtained by curing [B] and [C] includes a resin region having molecular anisotropy exhibiting interference fringes in polarizing microscope observation in a crossed Nicol state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Furukawa, Atsuhito Arai, Atsuki Sugimoto, Masahiro Mino, Mayumi Mihara
  • Publication number: 20210371613
    Abstract: A prepreg having excellent tackiness as well as excellent resin strength after curing and strength in the non-fiber direction is described; and a fiber-reinforced composite material using the prepreg, where the prepreg is composed of reinforcing fibers and a resin composition which includes [A] an epoxy resin, [B] a dicyanamide and [C] a compound having a melting point of 130° C. or lower and a solubility parameter whose difference from the solubility parameter of [B] is 8 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Furukawa, Junko Kawasaki, Soichi Yoshizaki, Kentaro Sano, Toshiya Kamae
  • Patent number: 11034810
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an epoxy resin composition capable of providing a carbon fiber-reinforced composite material that is excellent in moldability, heat resistance, and mechanical properties such as tensile strength and compression strength, and a prepreg. The present invention provides an epoxy resin composition containing at least components [A] to [D] shown below: [A]: an epoxy resin having a xylene group; [B]: a glycidyl amine epoxy resin having three or more glycidyl groups in a molecule; [C]: a thermoplastic resin; and [D]: an aromatic polyamine, the epoxy resin composition containing 10 to 80 parts by mass of the component [A] and 20 to 90 parts by mass of the component [B] based on 100 parts by mass in total of epoxy resins, and also 1 to 25 parts by mass of the component [C] based on 100 parts by mass in total of epoxy resins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Junichi Aoki, Koji Furukawa, Atsuhito Arai, Jun Misumi, Hiroaki Sakata, Takashi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20210115208
    Abstract: Provided is a prepreg including the following constituents [A] to [C], the prepreg satisfying the following conditions [I] to [III]: [A]: a sizing agent-coated carbon fiber; [B]: an epoxy resin having a specific structure; and [C]: a hardener for [B], [I]: an epoxy resin composition including the constituents [B] and [C] has a nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature in a temperature range of 130° C. to 180° C.; [II] a prepreg after isothermal holding at 100° C. for 30 minutes does not have a high-order structure originated from a diffraction angle of 2?=1.0° to 6.0° measured by wide angle X-ray diffraction at 100° C.; and [III]: a prepreg after isothermal holding at 180° C. for 2 hours has a high-order structure originated from the diffraction angle of 2?=1.0° to 6.0° measured by wide angle X-ray diffraction at 180° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Atsuki Sugimoto, Atsuhito Arai, Koji Furukawa, Ryohei Watari
  • Publication number: 20210087362
    Abstract: A prepreg includes following constituents [A] to [C] and satisfies following conditions (I) and (II): [A]: a carbon fiber; [B]: an epoxy resin; and [C]: a hardener for [B], and (I) a surface oxygen concentration O/C of [A] measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is 0.10 or more; and (II) a cured product obtained by curing [B] and [C] includes a resin region having molecular anisotropy exhibiting interference fringes in polarizing microscope observation in a crossed Nicol state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Koji FURUKAWA, Atsuhito ARAI, Atsuki SUGIMOTO, Masahiro MINO, Mayumi MIHARA
  • Patent number: 10851217
    Abstract: Provided are: an epoxy resin composition that gives a carbon fiber-reinforced composite material having excellent moldability, heat resistance, and mechanical properties such as tensile strength and compressive strength; and a prepreg. An epoxy resin composition containing at least the following constituent elements [A]-[D]. The epoxy resin composition contains 5-50 parts by mass of constituent element [A] and 20-95 parts by mass of constituent element [B], as well as 1-25 parts by mass of constituent element [C], relative to 100 parts by mass of the total amount of epoxy resin. Constituent element [A] is an epoxy resin having primarily two epoxy groups and one or more condensed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon skeletons within a repeating unit of a specific structure; [B] is a glycidylamine epoxy resin having three or more glycidyl groups in the molecule; [C] is a sulfone or imide thermoplastic resin; and [D] is an epoxy resin curing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Junichi Aoki, Koji Furukawa, Kyoko Tamaru, Atsuhito Arai, Hiroaki Sakata, Takashi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20200276836
    Abstract: Provided are a medium conveying device and an inkjet printer that can convey a medium stably. In a case where a paper P is conveyed along a plane in a conveying unit 40, a posture of the paper P is corrected by a posture correction unit 20, and then the paper P is delivered to the conveying unit 40 by a delivery unit 30. The delivery unit 30 holds a leading end portion of the paper P of which the posture is corrected by the posture correction unit 2 with a paper holding bar 31, and delivers the paper P to the conveying unit 40 by moving the paper holding bar 31 linearly along a conveying direction of the paper P by the conveying unit 40.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Jun YAMANOBE, Takashi FUKUI, Koji FURUKAWA
  • Patent number: 10597503
    Abstract: A prepreg containing at least the following components [A]-[F], wherein the ratio Ne/Nd of the number of structures Ne of component [F] present in a range of outside 110% of the particle diameter of component [E] and the number of structures Nd of component [F] present in a range outside 110% of the particle diameter of component [D] is 0.25 or higher. [A]: Carbon fibers, [B] thermosetting resin, [C]: curing agent, [D]: particles composed mainly of thermoplastic resin having a primary particle number-average particle size of 5-50 ?m, [E]: conductive particles different from component [D] and having a primary particle number-average particle size in the range of a specific expression, [F]: filler comprising a carbon material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Atsuhito Arai, Koji Furukawa, Naofumi Yamashita, Shinji Kochi, Yumi Kunimitsu, Yui Fujioka, Hiroshi Taiko
  • Publication number: 20200056005
    Abstract: A prepreg containing the following constituent elements [A] to [C], wherein a resin composition containing the constituent elements [B] and [C] has a higher-order structure derived from a diffraction angle 20 between 1.0° and 6.0° observed with X-ray diffraction after curing: [A]: carbon fibers [B]: epoxy resin [C]: curing agent of [B].
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Atsuhito ARAI, Koji FURUKAWA, Atsuki SUGIMOTO, Masahiro MINO, Mayumi MIHARA
  • Publication number: 20200010633
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an epoxy resin composition capable of providing a carbon fiber-reinforced composite material that is excellent in moldability, heat resistance, and mechanical properties such as tensile strength and compression strength, and a prepreg. The present invention provides an epoxy resin composition containing at least components [A] to [D] shown below: [A]: an epoxy resin having a xylene group; [B]: a glycidyl amine epoxy resin having three or more glycidyl groups in a molecule; [C]: a thermoplastic resin; and [D]: an aromatic polyamine, the epoxy resin composition containing 10 to 80 parts by mass of the component [A] and 20 to 90 parts by mass of the component [B] based on 100 parts by mass in total of epoxy resins, and also 1 to 25 parts by mass of the component [C] based on 100 parts by mass in total of epoxy resins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Junichi AOKI, Koji FURUKAWA, Atsuhito ARAI, Jun MISUMI, Hiroaki SAKATA, Takashi OCHI
  • Patent number: 10515053
    Abstract: A method of constructing a database in an on-vehicle device includes the steps of connecting a mobile terminal storing a plurality of pieces of music and music information associated with each of the plurality of pieces of music, acquiring the music information of each piece of music from the mobile terminal, when the acquired music information is stored in a storage space, determining whether free capacity of the storage space is insufficient, and when it is determined that the free capacity of the storage space is insufficient, removing at least one piece of music information of each piece of music from the storage space, and constructing a database for searching music on the basis of the music information stored in the storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Furukawa, Toru Marumoto
  • Patent number: 10351700
    Abstract: A epoxy resin composition includes a given epoxy resin [A], an aromatic amine compound [B], an organic acid hydrazide compound [C] having a structural formula represented by general formula (I) or (II) (X is a structure selected from among monocyclic and polycyclic aromatic ring structures, polycyclic aromatic ring structures, and aromatic heterocyclic structures and optionally has, as a substituent, any of C4 or lower alkyl groups, a hydroxy group, and an amino group), and a thermoplastic resin [D], wherein the amount of the constituent element [C] is 1-25 parts by mass per 100 parts by mass of the constituent element [A], the epoxy resin composition, after having been held at 80° C. for 2 hours, having a viscosity which is up to 2.0 times the initial viscosity at 80° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Furukawa, Atsuhito Arai, Hiroaki Sakata
  • Publication number: 20180244880
    Abstract: Provided are: an epoxy resin composition that gives a carbon fiber-reinforced composite material having excellent moldability, heat resistance, and mechanical properties such as tensile strength and compressive strength; and a prepreg. An epoxy resin composition containing at least the following constituent elements [A]-[D]. The epoxy resin composition contains 5-50 parts by mass of constituent element [A] and 20-95 parts by mass of constituent element [B], as well as 1-25 parts by mass of constituent element [C], relative to 100 parts by mass of the total amount of epoxy resin. Constituent element [A] is an epoxy resin having primarily two epoxy groups and one or more condensed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon skeletons within a repeating unit of a specific structure; [B] is a glycidylamine epoxy resin having three or more glycidyl groups in the molecule; [C] is a sulfone or imide thermoplastic resin; and [D] is an epoxy resin curing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Junichi Aoki, Koji Furukawa, Kyoko Tamaru, Atsuhito Arai, Hiroaki Sakata, Takashi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20180134837
    Abstract: Provided is an epoxy resin composition including the following component [A]: a tri- or more functional binaphthalene epoxy resin represented by the following general formula (A-1) and component [B]: an aromatic amine compound, in which the glass transition temperature of a cured product, which is obtained by curing the epoxy resin composition at 180° C. for 2 hours, after immersing in boiling water at 1 atm for 48 hours is 180° C. or more. An epoxy resin composition and a prepreg which can form a fiber-reinforced composite material excellent in heat resistance under high humidity are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Furukawa, Atsuhito Arai, Hiroaki Sakata
  • Patent number: 9862208
    Abstract: A thickness of a recording medium to be held in a holding region of an outer circumferential part of a cylindrical portion having plural suction holes and a suction position positioned in a predetermined direction from a position of a shaft is acquired. In a case where the thickness of the recording medium is equal to or greater than a first threshold value, a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in a subsequent region other than a leading edge of the recording medium is set as a first suction flow rate, and a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in the leading edge is set as a second suction flow rate which is smaller than the first suction flow rate. In a case where the thickness of the recording medium is smaller than the first threshold value, a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in the holding region is set as a third flow rate which is smaller than the first flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Furukawa
  • Publication number: 20170362427
    Abstract: A epoxy resin composition includes a given epoxy resin [A], an aromatic amine compound [B], an organic acid hydrazide compound [C] having a structural formula represented by general formula (I) or (II) (X is a structure selected from among monocyclic and polycyclic aromatic ring structures, polycyclic aromatic ring structures, and aromatic heterocyclic structures and optionally has, as a substituent, any of C4 or lower alkyl groups, a hydroxy group, and an amino group), and a thermoplastic resin [D], wherein the amount of the constituent element [C] is 1-25 parts by mass per 100 parts by mass of the constituent element [A], the epoxy resin composition, after having been held at 80° C. for 2 hours, having a viscosity which is up to 2.0 times the initial viscosity at 80° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Furukawa, Atsuhito Arai, Hiroaki Sakata
  • Publication number: 20170329795
    Abstract: A method of constructing a database in an on-vehicle device includes the steps of connecting a mobile terminal storing a plurality of pieces of music and music information associated with each of the plurality of pieces of music, acquiring the music information of each piece of music from the mobile terminal, when the acquired music information is stored in a storage space, determining whether free capacity of the storage space is insufficient, and when it is determined that the free capacity of the storage space is insufficient, removing at least one piece of music information of each piece of music from the storage space, and constructing a database for searching music on the basis of the music information stored in the storage space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Furukawa, Toru Marumoto
  • Patent number: 9630794
    Abstract: A sheet stacking device (77) is provided with a sheet discharge platform (76) on which image forming sheets (P), which have been subjected to heating and drying processing after images are formed using ink, are stacked; and a nozzle (162) that blows air to a side surface of a sheet bundle in a horizontal direction. Air is blown to the sheet bundle stacked on the sheet discharge platform (76) while the height of the sheet discharge platform (76) is adjusted by a sheet discharge platform raising and lowering device (100) so that a gap is formed between the sheets in the vertically middle portion of the sheet bundle. According to the sheet stacking device (77), a plurality of image forming sheets (P) can be efficiently cooled on the sheet discharge platform. Accordingly, the occurrence of blocking can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yuhei Chiwata, Takayuki Nakamura, Koji Furukawa, Shintaro Anzai
  • Publication number: 20160318315
    Abstract: A thickness of a recording medium to be held in a holding region of an outer circumferential part of a cylindrical portion having plural suction holes and a suction position positioned in a predetermined direction from a position of a shaft is acquired. In a case where the thickness of the recording medium is equal to or greater than a first threshold value, a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in a subsequent region other than a leading edge of the recording medium is set as a first suction flow rate, and a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in the leading edge is set as a second suction flow rate which is smaller than the first suction flow rate. In a case where the thickness of the recording medium is smaller than the first threshold value, a suction flow rate of each suction hole disposed in the holding region is set as a third flow rate which is smaller than the first flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koji FURUKAWA