Patents by Inventor Masanobu Kusunoki

Masanobu Kusunoki 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: 10876465
    Abstract: An intake-air temperature controlling device is provided, which includes an engine body, an intake passage, a supercharger, a first passage, a second passage, an intake air flow rate adjuster, an intercooler, a pump, and a controller. The controller outputs a control signal to the pump so that coolant is supplied to the intercooler in a first operating range in which the intake air flow rate adjuster at least partially opens the first passage to supply intake air boosted by the supercharger to the engine body, and outputs a control signal to the pump so that the coolant is supplied to the intercooler also in a second operating range in which an engine load is below a given load, and the intake air flow rate adjuster opens the second passage and closes the first passage to supply the intake air to the engine body in a non-boosted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Hikitani, Hajime Umehara, Naoki Nagano, Tomokuni Kusunoki, Shinji Takayama, Masanobu Koutoku, Toshinori Ueno, Katsuya Murakami
  • Publication number: 20200208567
    Abstract: An intake-air temperature controlling device is provided, which includes an engine body, an intake passage, a supercharger, a first passage, a second passage, an intake air flow rate adjuster, an intercooler, a pump, and a controller. The controller outputs a control signal to the pump so that coolant is supplied to the intercooler in a first operating range in which the intake air flow rate adjuster at least partially opens the first passage to supply intake air boosted by the supercharger to the engine body, and outputs a control signal to the pump so that the coolant is supplied to the intercooler also in a second operating range in which an engine load is below a given load, and the intake air flow rate adjuster opens the second passage and closes the first passage to supply the intake air to the engine body in a non-boosted state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Shinichi Hikitani, Hajime Umehara, Naoki Nagano, Tomokuni Kusunoki, Shinji Takayama, Masanobu Koutoku, Toshinori Ueno, Katsuya Murakami
  • Publication number: 20200208582
    Abstract: A compression ignition engine with a supercharger is provided, which includes one or more valves configured to switch a state between a first state where intake air is boosted by the supercharger and a second state where it is not boosted, a fluid temperature adjuster configured to adjust a temperature of engine coolant to be supplied to a radiator from an engine body, and a controller. When the engine operates in a high-load range, the controller controls the combustion mode to be in a compression ignition combustion mode, and causes the valve(s) to be in the first state, and in a low-load range, the controller causes the valve(s) to be in the second state. In the high-load range, the controller outputs a control signal to the fluid temperature adjuster so that a target temperature of the engine coolant is lowered than that in the low-load range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Shinichi Hikitani, Hajime Umehara, Naoki Nagano, Tomokuni Kusunoki, Tatsuya Takahata, Shinji Watanabe, Masanobu Koutoku, Toshinori Ueno, Katsuya Murakami, Nobuhiko Yokoyama
  • Publication number: 20200208579
    Abstract: An intake-air temperature controlling device for an engine is provided, which includes an engine body, an intake passage, an air intake part, an intake air temperature adjuster configured to adjust air temperature taken in through the air intake part to the passage, and a controller. An operating range in which the CI combustion is performed has a lean operating range in which A/F of mixture gas formed inside the cylinder, or G/F that is a relationship between the total weight G of gas inside the cylinder and a weight F of fuel fed to the cylinder is relatively low, and a rich operating range in which the A/F or G/F is relatively high. When the engine is in the lean operating range, the controller outputs a control signal to the intake air temperature adjuster so that the air temperature is increased, as compared in the rich operating range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Shinichi Hikitani, Hajime Umehara, Naoki Nagano, Kenji Sugasaki, Shin Kodama, Hiromasa Nakagawa, Tomokuni Kusunoki, Taiga Kamiji, Masanobu Koutoku, Toshinori Ueno, Katsuya Murakami
  • Patent number: 9260780
    Abstract: This is a thin film forming apparatus which is equipped with a target constructed of a thin film material, a cathode for generating a particulate thin film material from the target, a supporting member for supporting the substrate on which the particulate thin film material is to be deposited, a heater for heating the substrate, and a guide for introducing the particulate thin film material onto a surface of the substrate where the thin film material is deposited, wherein the supporting member supports the substrate so as to expose the first principal surface and its backside (second principal surface) of the substrate, the target is disposed in a position for producing the particulate thin film material in an extension of the first principal surface of the substrate, and the guide is disposed on the first principal surface and the second principal surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TOHOKU SEIKI INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masanobu Kusunoki, Keitaro Harada, Masayoshi Yokoo, Yoshinobu Takano
  • Patent number: 9205030
    Abstract: Provided are a hard tissue restoration material, which is excellent in hard tissue restoration ability, extremely effective in promoting recalcification of dental enamel, and excellent in protection properties and aesthetic properties, and a hard tissue restoration method. The hard tissue restoration material according to the present invention is a biocompatible ceramic film with flexibility and pliability that is obtained, for example, by immersing a substrate, having the biocompatible ceramic film formed thereon, in a solvent, which does not dissolve the biocompatible ceramic but dissolves at least a portion of the substrate, to dissolve or separate the substrate. Also, with the hard tissue restoration method according to the present invention, the hard tissue restoration material according to the present invention is bonded to or wound around a hard tissue defect site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: KINKI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shigeki Hontsu, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Masanobu Kusunoki, Kazushi Yoshikawa, Kazuyo Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130236856
    Abstract: Provided are a hard tissue restoration material, which is excellent in hard tissue restoration ability, extremely effective in promoting recalcification of dental enamel, and excellent in protection properties and aesthetic properties, and a hard tissue restoration method. The hard tissue restoration material according to the present invention is a biocompatible ceramic film with flexibility and pliability that is obtained, for example, by immersing a substrate, having the biocompatible ceramic film formed thereon, in a solvent, which does not dissolve the biocompatible ceramic but dissolves at least a portion of the substrate, to dissolve or separate the substrate. Also, with the hard tissue restoration method according to the present invention, the hard tissue restoration material according to the present invention is bonded to or wound around a hard tissue defect site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: KINKI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shigeki HONTSU, Hiroaki NISHIKAWA, Masanobu KUSUNOKI, Kazushi YOSHIKAWA, Kazuyo YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 8454987
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flexible, biocompatible transparent sheet (8) which has high biocompatibility and a high ability to adsorb a biologically relevant substance, which can be used as a novel biomaterial, and which can be used to observe the propagation, differentiation, and/or the like of living cells in real time. The biocompatible transparent sheet (8) is produced in such a manner that a biocompatible ceramic film (2) is formed on a substrate (1) soluble in a solvent (11) incapable of dissolving biocompatible ceramics by using exemplary a laser ablation process, the substrate (1) depositing the film (2) is dipped in the solvent (11) and dissolved off, and the isolated film (2) is then dried. The biocompatible transparent sheet (8) is utilizable of producing a flexible cultured cell sheet which can be directly transplanted to an affected area. The cell sheet can be prepared in such a manner that cells are seeded on the biocompatible transparent sheet (8) and then propagated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Kinki University, Japan Science and Technology
    Inventors: Shigeki Hontsu, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Masanobu Kusunoki, Ryouta Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 8277750
    Abstract: Disclosed is a detector for chemical sensor devices, the detector being improved in detection sensitivity. Also disclosed is use of such a detector for chemical sensor devices. Specifically, disclosed is a detector for chemical sensor devices by which a substance to be measured is detected by adsorbing the substance contained in a medium on the surface thereof. The detector includes an adsorption layer containing hydroxyapatite or a substituted apatite obtained by substituting a part of elements in hydroxyapatite on a surface which is used for detecting the substance to be measured. Such a detector is greatly improved in detection sensitivity, and thus able to detect a very small amount of a chemical substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Kinki University
    Inventors: Shigeki Hontsu, Masanobu Kusunoki, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Yoshiya Hashimoto, Izumi Yamada
  • Publication number: 20090311297
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flexible, biocompatible transparent sheet (8) which has high biocompatibility and a high ability to adsorb a biologically relevant substance, which can be used as a novel biomaterial, and which can be used to observe the propagation, differentiation, and/or the like of living cells in real time. The biocompatible transparent sheet (8) is produced in such a manner that a biocompatible ceramic film (2) is formed on a substrate (1) soluble in a solvent (11) incapable of dissolving biocompatible ceramics by using exemplary a laser ablation process, the substrate (1) depositing the film (2) is dipped in the solvent (11) and dissolved off, and the isolated film (2) is then dried. The biocompatible transparent sheet (8) is utilizable of producing a flexible cultured cell sheet which can be directly transplanted to an affected area. The cell sheet can be prepared in such a manner that cells are seeded on the biocompatible transparent sheet (8) and then propagated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Shigeki Hontsu, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Masanobu Kusunoki, Ryouta Hatanaka
  • Publication number: 20080202926
    Abstract: Disclosed is a detector for chemical sensor devices, the detector being improved in detection sensitivity. Also disclosed is use of such a detector for chemical sensor devices. Specifically, disclosed is a detector for chemical sensor devices by which a substance to be measured is detected by adsorbing the substance contained in a medium on the surface thereof. The detector includes an adsorption layer containing hydroxyapatite or a substituted apatite obtained by substituting a part of elements in hydroxyapatite on a surface which is used for detecting the substance to be measured. Such a detector is greatly improved in detection sensitivity, and thus able to detect a very small amount of a chemical substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Shigeki Hontsu, Masanobu Kusunoki, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Yoshiya Hashimoto, Izumi Yamada
  • Publication number: 20080076269
    Abstract: This is a thin film forming apparatus which is equipped with a target constructed of a thin film material, a cathode for generating a particulate thin film material from the target, a supporting member for supporting the substrate on which the particulate thin film material is to be deposited, a heater for heating the substrate, and a guide for introducing the particulate thin film material onto a surface of the substrate where the thin film material is deposited, wherein the supporting member supports the substrate so as to expose the first principal surface and its backside (second principal surface) of the substrate, the target is disposed in a position for producing the particulate thin film material in an extension of the first principal surface of the substrate, and the guide is disposed on the first principal surface and the second principal surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Masanobu Kusunoki, Keitaro Harada, Masayoshi Yokoo, Yoshinobu Takano