Patents by Inventor Nandan Khokar

Nandan Khokar 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: 9926651
    Abstract: An add-on weaving method, a device based on this method, 3D fabric items producible by this method and device, and composite materials reinforced with such 3D fabric items. The 3D fabric items are produced directly by the add-on weaving process using Complementary Fabric, warp yarns and weft yarns. The interacting woven fabric produced by interlacing the warp and weft yarns is simultaneously integrated with the Complementary Fabric used. The Complementary Fabric and interacting woven fabric integrate in mutual through-thickness directions at their intersecting planes and create directly 3D fabric items which are useful for manufacturing delamination resistant and high-performance composite materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BITEAM AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 9797076
    Abstract: A method and device are disclosed for producing 3D fabrics including yarns/tows that remain in pre-tensioned condition. Further, the method and device produce 3D fabrics with features that increase the mechanical performance of produced materials which are highly suited for composite materials and impact injury mitigation applications. The method and device also provide a simple, quick and compact arrangement to produce economically both uniaxial and multiaxial types of 3D fabrics with specific dimensions and shapes in ‘middle-outwards’ manner to reduce production time by half by arranging the set of axial yarns in zigzag fashion between oppositely facing supports. The method and device aid automated production of 3D fabrics and their direct packaging to eliminate contamination of produced 3D fabrics. A 3D fabric produced in this way is also disclosed. The 3D fabric includes yarns/tows that remain in pre-tensioned condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 9506170
    Abstract: A novel method and means for directly producing a variety of textile materials comprising tapes oriented in two opposite oblique orientations relative to the textile's length and width directions, called Oblique Fiber Textile (OFT), are disclosed. The described method and means for producing OFT provide secondary structural integrity/stability to OFTs, in addition to primary structural integrity/stability. The process is especially advantageous for producing OFTs comprising tapes, including Spread Fiber and Highly Drawn Polymeric types. Such OFTs are needed in a number of applications such as ballistic mitigation, composite materials, safety products etc. for their improved performance, functions and aesthetics. Several different types of OFTs are producible by the novel OFT forming process which is technically unlike weaving and braiding processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: TAPE WEAVING SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20160201234
    Abstract: An add-on weaving method, a device based on this method, 3D fabric items producible by this method and device, and composite materials reinforced with such 3D fabric items. The 3D fabric items are produced directly by the add-on weaving process using Complementary Fabric, warp yarns and weft yarns. The interacting woven fabric produced by interlacing the warp and weft yarns is simultaneously integrated with the Complementary Fabric used. The Complementary Fabric and interacting woven fabric integrate in mutual through-thickness directions at their intersecting planes and create directly 3D fabric items which are useful for manufacturing delamination resistant and high-performance composite materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: BITEAM AB
    Inventor: Nandan KHOKAR
  • Patent number: 9169584
    Abstract: A method and means are disclosed for measured control of tape-like warps for shedding and taking-up operations when producing woven materials comprising tape-like warps and wefts. According to this invention, a displaceable contact surface of the warp control device is located between the warp supply source and the shedding device. The warp control device includes a displaceable member for providing contact surface to displace at least some of the tape-like warp for releasing them in a measured way for shed forming and taking-up operations. Further, the contact surfaces are retracted for enabling shed closing and measured taking-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: TAPE WEAVING SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20150111457
    Abstract: A method and device are disclosed for producing 3D fabrics including yarns/tows that remain in pre-tensioned condition. Further, the method and device produce 3D fabrics with features that increase the mechanical performance of produced materials which are highly suited for composite materials and impact injury mitigation applications. The method and device also provide a simple, quick and compact arrangement to produce economically both uniaxial and multiaxial types of 3D fabrics with specific dimensions and shapes in ‘middle-outwards’ manner to reduce production time by half by arranging the set of axial yarns in zigzag fashion between oppositely facing supports. The method and device aid automated production of 3D fabrics and their direct packaging to eliminate contamination of produced 3D fabrics. A 3D fabric produced in this way is also disclosed. The 3D fabric includes yarns/tows that remain in pre-tensioned condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20140083553
    Abstract: A novel method and means for directly producing a variety of textile materials comprising tapes oriented in two opposite oblique orientations relative to the textile's length and width directions, called Oblique Fibre Textile (OFT), are disclosed. The described method and means for producing OFT provide secondary structural integrity/stability to OFTs, in addition to primary structural integrity/stability. The process is especially advantageous for producing OFTs comprising tapes, including Spread Fibre and Highly Drawn Polymeric types. Such OFTs are needed in a number of applications such as ballistic mitigation, composite materials, safety products etc. for their improved performance, functions and aesthetics. Several different types of OFTs are producible by the novel OFT forming process which is technically unlike weaving and braiding processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: TAPE WEAVING SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20140000749
    Abstract: A method and means are disclosed for measured control of tape-like warps for shedding and taking-up operations when producing woven materials comprising tape-like warps and wefts. According to this invention, a displaceable contact surface of the warp control device is located between the warp supply source and the shedding device. The warp control device comprises a displaceable member for providing contact surface to displace at least some of the tape-like warps for releasing them in a measured way for shed forming and taking-up operations. Further, the contact surfaces are retracted for enabling shed closing and measured taking-up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: TAPE WEAVING SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20140004296
    Abstract: A variety of textile materials comprising tapes oriented in two oblique orientations relative to the textile's length and width directions, called OFT for Oblique Fibre Textiles, are disclosed. Such OFTs are provided with secondary structural integrity/stability, in addition to primary structural integrity/stability, for improved resistance to formation of openings/gaps. OFTs comprising tapes, particularly Spread Fibre and Highly Drawn Polymeric types, are needed in a number of applications such as ballistic mitigation, composite materials, safety products etc. because they provide improved performance, material properties/functions and aesthetics. Such OFTs can be used either independently or in combination with other textile materials. Different types of OFTs are producible by a novel OFT forming process which is technically unlike weaving and braiding processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: TAPE WEAVING SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 8129294
    Abstract: Novel woven materials, producible by a new weaving method, are described that comprise single or doubled warps and wefts in the form of tapes that are preferably partially stabilized type of fibrous tape. These fibres are caused to occur in a non-linear arrangement during the weaving process. The non-linear fibres can be subsequently straightened by pulling the tape longitudinally. The doubled warps and wefts comprise disconnected tapes. Such separateness of constituent tapes of doubled warp and weft tapes enables them to be slid/slipped relative to each other by pulling longitudinally and laterally without causing any alteration in the woven structure. These novel fabrics solve the problem of uneven fibre distribution and orientation arising from crumples/wrinkles due to compression and stretches due to extension, at the inner and outer sides respectively, when tape-woven fabrics are curved into shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Tape Weaving Sweden AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 7992596
    Abstract: A method of weaving including warp and weft being supplied in the form of tapes, and not yarns. The method preferably carried out in vertical format and includes feeding positively flat tensionless warp for shedding and taking-up; selecting, feeding positively and inserting weft tapes of different widths and thickness by gripping in its fore end in flat condition; depositing inserted weft at fabric-fell in a flat condition without beating-up; and taking-up the woven material that includes either the same or different widths of flat wefts. The warps and wefts, preferably of partially stabilized type of fibrous tapes, can be overfed in a tensionless, positive and controlled manner when required to make the fibres of constituent fibrous tapes occur non-linearly in the form of wave/texture during weaving. Extra warps and wefts can be also fed in tandem whereby the warps and wefts become composed of two or more unconnected, mutually slipping, flat tapes in a stacked arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Tape Weaving Sweden AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20090007981
    Abstract: Novel woven materials, producible by a new weaving method, are described that comprise single or doubled warps and wefts in the form of tapes that are preferably partially stabilized type of fibrous tape. These fibres are caused to occur in a non-linear arrangement during the weaving process. The non-linear fibres can be subsequently straightened by pulling the tape longitudinally. The doubled warps and wefts comprise disconnected tapes. Such separateness of constituent tapes of doubled warp and weft tapes enables them to be slid/slipped relative to each other by pulling longitudinally and laterally without causing any alteration in the woven structure. These novel fabrics solve the problem of uneven fibre distribution and orientation arising from crumples/wrinkles due to compression and stretches due to extension, at the inner and outer sides respectively, when tape-woven fabrics are curved into shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20080257443
    Abstract: A novel method of weaving is described wherein warp and weft are supplied in the form of tapes, and not yarns. In at least one embodiment, the method, which is preferably carried out in vertical format, essentially includes feeding positively flat tensionless warp for shedding and taking-up; selecting, feeding positively and inserting weft tapes of different widths and thickness by gripping in its fore end in flat condition; depositing inserted weft at fabric-fell in a flat condition without beating-up; and taking-up the woven material that comprises either same or different widths of flat wefts. The warps and wefts, preferably of partially stabilized type of fibrous tapes, can be overfed in a tensionless, positive and controlled manner when required to make the fibres of constituent fibrous tapes occur non-linearly in the form of wave/texture during weaving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 6889720
    Abstract: A method and device involve simultaneously inserting weft/binding yarns and beating them up, in textile manufacturing processes like 3D-weaving and uniaxial noobing. A yarn carrier is equipped with a beating-up reed dent. In the carrier, which includes a cartridge-like yarn supplying device, the yarn is arranged around two axes of rotation and it is enclosed in a case. It is particularly suitable for 3D textile-forming processes like 3D-weaving and uniaxial noobing because of its relatively low-height but high-width and hence the possibility of carrying relatively large amount of yarn. The yarn is contained on a flanged belt that can be driven either from within or from the outside. Such a cartridge-like yarn supplier is equipped with tips that are offset or displaced oppositely about the central axis. Such a displaced arrangement of the tips directs the carriers to lay yarn in two different paths, relative to a layer of warp/axial yarns, while traversing back and forth in the same linear path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Biteam AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20030116218
    Abstract: A method and means for simultaneously inserting weft/binding yarns (45) and their beating-up, in textile manufacturing processes like 3D-weaving and uniaxial noobing, is disclosed. A yarn carrier (90; 39; 22) is equipped with a beating-up reed dent (27; 28). In carrier (90), which comprises a cartridge-like yarn supplying means (1x), the yarn (45) is arranged around two axes of rotation (X1 and X2) and it is enclosed in a case. It is particularly suitable for 3D textile-forming processes like 3D-weaving and uniaxial noobing because of its relatively low-height but high-width and hence the possibility of carrying relatively large amount of yarn. The yarn (45) is contained on a flanged belt (15) that can be driven either from within or from outside of the means (1x). Such a cartridge-like yam supplying means (1x) is equipped with tips (18a, 18b) that are offset or displaced oppositely about the central axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 6539983
    Abstract: The present invention concerns weaving. In particular, it is a woven material produced using tape-like warp and tape-like weft through the employment of a rotary type shedding device which also functions as a direct specific-weave patterning device and a pick guiding device. The material according to the invention has a constructional constitution of at least some of the warp and weft that is non-homogenous. The invention also relates to a weaving device for producing woven material with tape-like warp and weft, comprising a rotary device, which is capable of producing more than one fabric simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Tape Weaving Sweden AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 6450208
    Abstract: The present invention concerns weaving. In particular, it is a woven material produced using tape-like warp and tape-like weft through the employment of a rotary type shedding means which also functions as a direct specific-weave patterning means and a pick guiding means. The material according to the invention has a constructional constitution of at least some of the warp (23) and weft (25) that is non-homogeneous. The invention also relates to a weaving device for producing woven material with tape-like warp and weft, comprising rotary means (1), which is capable of producing more than one fabric simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Tape Weaving Sweden AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Publication number: 20020124900
    Abstract: The present invention concerns weaving. In particular, it is a woven material produced using tape-like warp and tape-like weft through the employment of a rotary type shedding device which also functions as a direct specific-weave patterning device and a pick guiding device. The material according to the invention has a constructional constitution of at least some of the warp and weft that is non-homogenous. The invention also relates to a weaving device for producing woven material with tape-like warp and weft, comprising a rotary device, which is capable of producing more than one fabric simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Applicant: AB Grundstenen
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 6431222
    Abstract: A network-like woven 3D fabric material includes select multilayer warp yarns occurring substantially linearly, the remainder multilayer warp yarns occurring in a helical configuration and two orthogonal sets of weft. This network-like fabric construction is made possible through a dual-directional shedding operation of the weaving process. Such a fabric may additionally incorporate non-interlacing multi-directionally oriented yarns across the fabric cross section to improve the fabric's mechanical performance. The produced 3D fabric material, which may be cut into any desired shape without the risk of splitting, may be used wholly or in parts in technical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Biteam AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 6338367
    Abstract: A woven 3D fabric material comprises multilayer axial warp yarns and two orthogonal sets of weft which interlace with the rows and the columns of the warp respectively to provide integrity to the fabric which may additionally incorporate between the rows and the columns of the interlacing warp sets of non-interlacing multi-directionally orientated yarns in the fabric-length, -width, -thickness, and two diagonal directions respectively to improve the fabric's mechanical properties. The interlacing of the multilayer warp and the two orthogonal sets of weft is enabled by a dual-directional shedding means which forms sheds in the row-wise and the column wise directions of the multilayer warp. The produced woven 3D fabric material which may be cut into any desired shape without the risk of splitting up, may be wholly or in parts in technical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Biteam AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar