Patents by Inventor Ryan Gergely

Ryan Gergely 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: 10933590
    Abstract: A method of joining workpieces includes the steps of bringing a first workpiece and a second workpiece together, induction heating a susceptor material, and pressing the workpieces together. Each workpiece may include a thermoplastic material, and the workpieces are brought together at a joint interface so that a protrusion of the first workpiece is aligned with a receptacle of the second workpiece. The susceptor material is in contact with the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece during heating such that the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece softens. The step of pressing is performed while the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece is softened, thereby reshaping the first workpiece where the susceptor material is in contact with the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece. The protrusion is deformed to form an interlock with the receptacle at the joint interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Gergely, Blair E. Carlson, David A. Okonski
  • Publication number: 20200353656
    Abstract: A method of joining a first workpiece substrate and a second workpiece substrate is disclosed in which a local mold tool is positioned into contact with the first workpiece substrate and the second workpiece substrate. The local mold tool defines a mold cavity and encloses an edge portion of the first workpiece substrate and an edge portion of the second workpiece substrate such that the edge portion of the first workpiece substrate and the edge portion of the second workpiece substrate are contained within the mold cavity. Once the local mold tool is positioned, a liquid polymer molding compound is injected into the mold cavity. The liquid polymer molding compound is hardened in the mold cavity into a polymer joint that adheres the edge portion of the first workpiece substrate and the edge portion of the second workpiece substrate together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: David A. Okonski, Ryan Gergely, Blair E. Carlson, William R. Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20200290269
    Abstract: A composite fusion filament is disclosed that includes a polymer encasement and one or more mesogenic reinforcement bodies contained within the polymer encasement. The polymer encasement is comprised of a thermoplastic polymer, which has a melting temperature, and each of the one or more mesogenic reinforcement bodies is comprised of a thermotropic liquid crystal polymer, which has a clearing temperature. The melting temperature of the thermoplastic polymer included in the polymer encasement is less than the clearing temperature of the thermotropic liquid crystal polymer included in the one or more mesogenic reinforcement bodies. Additionally, the thermotropic liquid crystal polymer of each mesogenic reinforcement body has a plurality of organized crystalline fibrils that are aligned lengthwise along a longitudinal axis of the polymer encasement. A method of using the composite fusion filament to form a bond with a substrate that includes a thermoplastic polymer is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: David A. Okonski, Ryan Gergely, Blair E. Carlson, William R. Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20200290271
    Abstract: A fused filament deposition head is employed for depositing filament materials on workpieces to join the workpieces together. The workpieces can be of an automotive application, aerospace application, or something else. The fused filament deposition head, in an example, has a feed end, a dispensing end, and a heater. The feed end introduces more than one filament in the fused filament deposition head, as demanded in the larger application. The dispensing end delivers materials of the filaments to the underlying workpieces. The materials are delivered together. The heater serves to heat the filaments as they travel through the fused filament deposition head. The filaments can include a filament having a core portion of liquid-crystal polymer material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Blair E. Carlson, Ryan Gergely, David A. Okonski, William R. Rodgers, James W. Wells
  • Publication number: 20200290290
    Abstract: A method of joining workpieces includes the steps of bringing a first workpiece and a second workpiece together, induction heating a susceptor material, and pressing the workpieces together. Each workpiece may include a thermoplastic material, and the workpieces are brought together at a joint interface so that a protrusion of the first workpiece is aligned with a receptacle of the second workpiece. The susceptor material is in contact with the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece during heating such that the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece softens. The step of pressing is performed while the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece is softened, thereby reshaping the first workpiece where the susceptor material is in contact with the thermoplastic material of the first workpiece. The protrusion is deformed to form an interlock with the receptacle at the joint interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Ryan Gergely, Blair E. Carlson, David A. Okonski
  • Patent number: 10744718
    Abstract: A method or apparatus for joining a first component to a second component with an amalgamation plate includes heating the first component, the second component, the amalgamation plate, or combinations thereof, with either a joining tool or a heating element. The components are attached to the amalgamation plate with the joining tool, such that the first component, amalgamation plate, and the second component are fixedly attached to one another, and the amalgamation plate may be substantially surrounded by the first component and the second component, such that it is hidden from exposure. Portions of the amalgamation plate may be embedded into the components via rotation and/or linear force. A portion of the amalgamation plate may be recessed within the joining tool or an anvil before attaching the amalgamation plate to the either component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Gergely, Matthew Simonin, Kevin Stang
  • Patent number: 10573976
    Abstract: A functionalized adhesive and systems and methods employing the same are disclosed. The functionalized adhesive is configured to form an adhesive joint between a first substrate and a second substrate. The functionalized adhesive comprises a neat adhesive selected to have a bonding strength above a predetermined bonding threshold and a filler selectively dispersed within the neat adhesive. The filler is selected to modify electrical properties of the neat adhesive such that the functionalized adhesive is electrically conductive with a tailored resistivity and such that a resistance of the adhesive joint is greater than a resistance of the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bradley A. Newcomb, Xiaosong Huang, Ryan Gergely, Sean R. Wagner, Chaitanya Sankavaram, Nicholas P. Irish, Louis G. Hector, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10556482
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for thermal control using vascular channels. Vascular channels are incorporated in a network within a component. The component is a part of a manufactured environment configured for occupants. A fluid circuit is connected with the vascular channels and circulates a fluid through the component to alter a thermal state of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Coppola, Rashmi Prasad, Derek F. Lahr, Fang Dai, Michelle H. Wiebenga, Ryan Gergely
  • Publication number: 20190390729
    Abstract: A combined composite and metal energy absorber includes a composite structure and a first metallic tube with a first section and a second section, the first section being joined to the composite structure. The composite structure and the first metallic tube have a tailored crush profile to avoid premature crushing of any of the composite structure and the first metallic tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan Gergely, Bradley A. Newcomb, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20190280397
    Abstract: A functionalized adhesive and systems and methods employing the same are disclosed. The functionalized adhesive is configured to form an adhesive joint between a first substrate and a second substrate. The functionalized adhesive comprises a neat adhesive selected to have a bonding strength above a predetermined bonding threshold and a filler selectively dispersed within the neat adhesive. The filler is selected to modify electrical properties of the neat adhesive such that the functionalized adhesive is electrically conductive with a tailored resistivity and such that a resistance of the adhesive joint is greater than a resistance of the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bradley A. Newcomb, Xiaosong Huang, Ryan Gergely, Sean R. Wagner, Chaitanya Sankavaram, Nicholas P. Irish, Louis G. Hector, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190264769
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing assembly for a vehicle includes a carrier plate and a plurality of discrete energy-absorbing elements. The carrier plate includes a first polymer and a first plurality of reinforcing fibers. The plurality of energy-absorbing elements each includes a second polymer and a second plurality of reinforcing fibers. The plurality of energy-absorbing elements is fixed to the carrier plate. Each energy-absorbing element of the first plurality of energy-absorbing elements includes an elongated hollow structure defining a longitudinal axis extending nonparallel to the carrier plate. Another energy-absorbing assembly includes a carrier plate and a plurality of discrete energy-absorbing elements. The carrier plate includes a first polymer and a first plurality of reinforcing fibers. The plurality of energy-absorbing elements each includes a second polymer and a second plurality of reinforcing fibers. Each energy-absorbing element includes a transverse wall and is fixed to the carrier plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan GERGELY, William R. RODGERS
  • Publication number: 20190184619
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a long fiber reinforced thermoplastic filament includes disposing a mixture of fibrous material and thermoplastic material into a hopper of an extruder device and introducing the mixture into the extruder and through an extensional flow die to preserve longer fiber lengths. From the extensional flow die the mixture is passed through a drawing die to create the long fiber reinforced filament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Simonin, Leira C Sanchez Quinones, William R Rodgers, Ryan Gergely
  • Publication number: 20190084370
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for thermal control using vascular channels. Vascular channels are incorporated in a network within a component. The component is a part of a manufactured environment configured for occupants. A fluid circuit is connected with the vascular channels and circulates a fluid through the component to alter a thermal state of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Coppola, Rashmi Prasad, Derek F. Lahr, Fang Dai, Michelle H. Wiebenga, Ryan Gergely
  • Publication number: 20190077088
    Abstract: An amalgamation plate for joining a first component to a second component has a planar body configured to be placed between the first component and the second component, and a plurality of first protrusions extending from a first side of the planar body. The first protrusions are radially dispersed from an axis of the planar body, and are configured to be embedded within either the first component and the second component. The amalgamation plate may also have a plurality of second protrusions extending from a second side, opposite the first side, of the planar body. The second protrusions are radially dispersed from the axis, and are configured to be embedded within the other of the first component and the second component via application of force substantially along the axis. The first protrusions and the second protrusions may be radially symmetric about the axis of the planar body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Gergely, Matthew Simonin, Kevin Stang
  • Publication number: 20190077087
    Abstract: A method or apparatus for joining a first component to a second component with an amalgamation plate includes heating the first component, the second component, the amalgamation plate, or combinations thereof, with either a joining tool or a heating element. The components are attached to the amalgamation plate with the joining tool, such that the first component, amalgamation plate, and the second component are fixedly attached to one another, and the amalgamation plate may be substantially surrounded by the first component and the second component, such that it is hidden from exposure. Portions of the amalgamation plate may be embedded into the components via rotation and/or linear force. A portion of the amalgamation plate may be recessed within the joining tool or an anvil before attaching the amalgamation plate to the either component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Gergely, Matthew Simonin, Kevin Stang
  • Patent number: 10155547
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for heat management using vascular channels. Vascular channels are incorporated in a network within a component. The component is a part of a manufactured product and defines an exterior panel. A fluid circuit is connected with the vascular channels and circulates a fluid through the component to collect heat from the product and to dissipate heat through the exterior panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Coppola, Michelle H. Wiebenga, Fang Dai, Derek F. Lahr, Rashmi Prasad, Ryan Gergely
  • Patent number: 9550845
    Abstract: The invention provides a polymer system, including a first composition and a second composition. The first composition is different from the second composition. The first composition includes a first gelator, the first gelator including a plurality of acylhydrazine moieties. The second composition includes a second gelator, the second gelator including a plurality of formyl moieties. At least one of the first composition and the second composition includes a prepolymer. The invention further provides a method of using the polymer system to form a polymeric material via multiple stages to more effectively control the rheology of the components over a variety of timescales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Scott White, Nancy Sottos, Jeffrey Moore, Ryan Gergely, Brett Krull, Windy Ann Santa Cruz
  • Publication number: 20160264695
    Abstract: The invention provides a polymer system, including a first composition and a second composition. The first composition is different from the second composition. The first composition includes a first gelator, the first gelator including a plurality of acylhydrazine moieties. The second composition includes a second gelator, the second gelator including a plurality of formyl moieties. At least one of the first composition and the second composition includes a prepolymer. The invention further provides a method of using the polymer system to form a polymeric material via multiple stages to more effectively control the rheology of the components over a variety of timescales.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Scott White, Nancy Sottos, Jeffrey Moore, Ryan Gergely, Brett Krull, Windy Ann Santa Cruz