Patents by Inventor THOMAS A. EBELING

THOMAS A. EBELING 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: 20200385905
    Abstract: A moldable composite sheet having improved thermal and mechanical property characteristics. In one aspect, the composite sheet may be a porous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin comprising discontinuous mineral reinforcing fibers, and one or more skin layer materials. Generally, the composite sheet may have a void content or porosity from about 5% to about 95% by volume of the sheet, an areal weight between about 400 g/m2 to about 4000 g/m2 (gsm), a mineral fiber content from about 20% to about 80% by weight, and a thermoplastic resin content from about 20% to about 80% by weight of the composite sheet. The composite sheet can be molded via low pressure processes, such as thermoforming, match metal molding on stops, vacuum forming and pressure forming, to produce durable automotive interior trim parts and construction articles having improved thermal and mechanical properties in addition to other beneficial characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Timothy Good, Jesse Guy Hipwell, Coray Harper, Thomas A. Ebeling
  • Patent number: 10557224
    Abstract: A moldable composite sheet having improved thermal and mechanical property characteristics. In one aspect, the composite sheet may be a porous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin comprising discontinuous mineral reinforcing fibers, and one or more skin layer materials. Generally, the composite sheet may have a void content or porosity from about 5% to about 95% by volume of the sheet, an areal weight between about 400 g/m2 to about 4000 g/m2 (gsm), a mineral fiber content from about 20% to about 80% by weight, and a thermoplastic resin content from about 20% to about 80% by weight of the composite sheet. The composite sheet can be molded via low pressure processes, such as thermoforming, match metal molding on stops, vacuum forming and pressure forming, to produce durable automotive interior trim parts and construction articles having improved thermal and mechanical properties in addition to other beneficial characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hanwha Azdel, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Timothy Good, Jesse Guy Hipwell, Coray Harper, Thomas A Ebeling
  • Patent number: 10384418
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to composite materials comprising untwisted fibers. In some embodiments, the article can include a core layer comprising a thermoplastic polymer and reinforcing fibers. In other embodiments, untwisted fibers can be disposed on the core layer. In certain examples, the article is effective to provide a Class A finish when painted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Hanwha Azdel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruomiao Wang, Jesse Hipwell, Mark Mason, Thomas A Ebeling, Erich Vorenkamp, Stephen Senkow
  • Patent number: 10364368
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to composite materials comprising one or more high melt flow index resins. In some examples, the composites can be used to provide automotive parts such as, for example, vehicle interior parts and vehicle exterior parts. In some configurations, the composite comprises a fiber reinforced polymer core comprising reinforcing fibers and a resin comprising a high melt flow index of greater than 325 g/10 min. as measured by ASTM D1238, condition L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hanwha Azdel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kumar Kunal, Coray Harper, Mark O Mason, Thomas A Ebeling
  • Publication number: 20170037549
    Abstract: A moldable composite sheet having improved thermal and mechanical property characteristics. In one aspect, the composite sheet may be a porous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin comprising discontinuous mineral reinforcing fibers, and one or more skin layer materials. Generally, the composite sheet may have a void content or porosity from about 5% to about 95% by volume of the sheet, an areal weight between about 400 g/m2 to about 4000 g/m2 (gsm), a mineral fiber content from about 20% to about 80% by weight, and a thermoplastic resin content from about 20% to about 80% by weight of the composite sheet. The composite sheet can be molded via low pressure processes, such as thermoforming, match metal molding on stops, vacuum forming and pressure forming, to produce durable automotive interior trim parts and construction articles having improved thermal and mechanical properties in addition to other beneficial characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Brian Timothy Good, Jesse Guy Hipwell, Coray Harper, Thomas A. Ebeling
  • Publication number: 20150252206
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to composite materials comprising one or more high melt flow index resins. In some examples, the composites can be used to provide automotive parts such as, for example, vehicle interior parts and vehicle exterior parts. In some configurations, the composite comprises a fiber reinforced polymer core comprising reinforcing fibers and a resin comprising a high melt flow index of greater than 325 g/10 min. as measured by ASTM D1238, condition L.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: KUMAR KUNAL, CORAY HARPER, MARK O MASON, THOMAS A EBELING
  • Patent number: 8920915
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to composite materials comprising one or more high melt flow index resins. In some examples, the composites can be used to provide automotive parts such as, for example, vehicle interior parts and vehicle exterior parts. In some configurations, the composite comprises a fiber reinforced polymer core comprising reinforcing fibers and a resin comprising a high melt flow index of greater than 325 g/10 min. as measured by ASTM D1238, condition L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hanwha Azdel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kumar Kunal, Mark O. Mason, Coray Harper, Thomas A Ebeling
  • Publication number: 20140162020
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to composite materials comprising untwisted fibers. In some embodiments, the article can include a core layer comprising a thermoplastic polymer and reinforcing fibers. In other embodiments, untwisted fibers can be disposed on the core layer. In certain examples, the article is effective to provide a Class A finish when painted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Ruomiao Wang, Jesse Hipwell, Mark Mason, Thomas A. Ebeling, Erich Vorenkamp, Stephen Senkow
  • Publication number: 20140051310
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to composite materials comprising one or more high melt flow index resins. In some examples, the composites can be used to provide automotive parts such as, for example, vehicle interior parts and vehicle exterior parts. In some configurations, the composite comprises a fiber reinforced polymer core comprising reinforcing fibers and a resin comprising a high melt flow index of greater than 325 g/10 min. as measured by ASTM D1238, condition L.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: KUMAR KUNAL, MARK O. MASON, CORAY HARPER, THOMAS A. EBELING
  • Patent number: 8399546
    Abstract: A flame retardant thermoplastic composition having excellent physical properties that includes 20 to 90 wt. % of a polycarbonate resin; from 1 to 35 wt. % of an impact modifier; from 0.5 to 30 wt. % of a polysiloxane-polycarbonate copolymer including from 8 to 30 wt. % polydimethylsiloxane units or the equivalent molar amount of other diorganosiloxane units; from 0.5 to 20 wt. % of a phosphorus-containing flame retardant, and from 3 to 30 wt. % of metal fiber, each based on the total combined weight of the thermoplastic composition, exclusive of any filler. In one embodiment, a molded sample of the thermoplastic composition having a thickness of 3.0 mm (±10%) has an EMI shielding of at least 20 dB. In addition, a molded sample of the thermoplastic composition is capable of achieving UL94 V0 or V1 rating at a thickness of 1.5 mm (±10%). The compositions are useful in forming flame retardant articles having EMI shielding characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sabic Innovative Plastics IP B.V.
    Inventors: Gang Li, Thomas Ebeling, Monica M. Marugan, Zhaohui Qu, Srinivas Siripurapu, David Xiangping Zou
  • Patent number: 7799855
    Abstract: A thermoplastic composition contains about 20 to about 90 wt. % of a polycarbonate resin; up to about 35 wt. % of an impact modifier; about 0.5 to about 30 wt. % of a polysiloxane-polycarbonate copolymer; and about 0.5 to about 20 wt. % of a phosphorus-containing flame retardant, each based on the total combined weight of the thermoplastic composition, exclusive of any filler. An article of manufacture having a wall having a thickness of 3 mm or less may be made using the composition, e.g., by molding, extruding, or shaping the above-described composition into an article. Alternatively, an article may be made by ultrasonically welding a first part comprising the foregoing composition a second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Sabic Innovative Plastics IP B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Ebeling, Monica Martinez Marugán, Srinivas Siripurapu
  • Patent number: 7695815
    Abstract: A laminate contains a first layer and a second layer. The first layer contains a first composition that contains polycarbonate, polycarbonate-polysiloxane copolymer, impact modifier and polyetherimide, wherein the polycarbonate constitutes at least about 50% by weight of the composition and a 3.2 millimeter thick, 7.6 centimeter square sample of the first composition produces a smoke density (Ds) of less than 275 after a 4-minute burn, measured according to ASTM E 662-03. The first composition may contain about 50 wt. % to about 97 wt. % polycarbonate, about 0.5 wt. % to about 25 wt. % polycarbonate-polysiloxane copolymer, about 0.5 wt. % to about 20 wt. % impact modifier, and about 2 wt. % to about 15 wt. % polyetherimide, by weight. An article may contain a sheet or film made from such a composition. A laminate or article may be made to include a first layer or sheet that includes such a composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Sabic Innovative Plastics IP B.V.
    Inventors: Naveen Agarwal, Thomas Ebeling, Srinivas Siripurapu
  • Publication number: 20090306258
    Abstract: A composition containing a polycarbonate, a polycarbonate-polysiloxane copolymer, an impact modifier, and a polyetherimide, wherein the polycarbonate comprises greater than or equal to about 50% by weight of the combined weights of the polycarbonate, polycarbonate-polysiloxane copolymer, impact modifier and polyetherimide and wherein a 3.2 millimeter thick, 7.6 centimeter square sample of the composition produces a smoke density (Ds) of less than 275 after a 4-minute burn, measured according to ASTME 662-03. In one embodiment, a composition may contain about 60 to about 85 wt. % polycarbonate, about 8 to about 20 wt. % polycarbonate-polysiloxane copolymer, about 0.5 to about 20 wt. % impact modifier, and about 1 to about 10 wt. % polyetherimide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Srinivas Siripurapu, Thomas Ebeling
  • Publication number: 20080227896
    Abstract: A thermoplastic composition contains about 20 to about 90 wt. % of a polycarbonate resin; up to about 35 wt. % of an impact modifier; about 0.5 to about 30 wt. % of a polysiloxane-polycarbonate copolymer; and about 0.5 to about 20 wt. % of a phosphorus-containing flame retardant, each based on the total combined weight of the thermoplastic composition, exclusive of any filler. An article of manufacture having a wall having a thickness of 3 mm or less may be made using the composition, e.g., by molding, extruding, or shaping the above-described composition into an article. Alternatively, an article may be made by ultrasonically welding a first part comprising the foregoing composition a second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Ebeling, Monica Marugan, Srinivas Siripurapu
  • Publication number: 20080070019
    Abstract: A moldable composite sheet having improved thermal and mechanical property characteristics. In one aspect, the composite sheet may be a porous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin comprising discontinuous mineral reinforcing fibers, and one or more skin layer materials. Generally, the composite sheet may have a void content or porosity from about 5% to about 95% by volume of the sheet, an areal weight between about 400 g/m2 to about 4000 g/m2 (gsm), a mineral fiber content from about 20% to about 80% by weight, and a thermoplastic resin content from about 20% to about 80% by weight of the composite sheet. The composite sheet can be molded via low pressure processes, such as thermoforming, match metal molding on stops, vacuum forming and pressure forming, to produce durable automotive interior trim parts and construction articles having improved thermal and mechanical properties in addition to other beneficial characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: Brian Good, Jesse Hipwell, Coray Harper, Thomas Ebeling
  • Publication number: 20080008869
    Abstract: A moldable composite sheet having enhanced sound absorption characteristics and attenuation of transmitted sound intensities. In one aspect, the composite sheet may be a porous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic comprising discontinuous reinforcing fibers, expandable polymeric beads such as microspheres, and, optionally, one or more thermoplastic skins. Generally, the composite sheet may have a void content or porosity from greater than 0% to about 95% by volume of the sheet, an areal weight between about 400 g/m2 to about 4000 g/m2 (gsm), a fiber content from about 20% to about 80% by weight, and an expandable polymeric bead content from greater than 0 gsm to about 25 gsm. The composite sheet can be molded via low pressure processes, such as thermoforming, match metal molding on stops, vacuum forming and pressure forming, to produce durable automotive interior trim parts and construction articles having enhanced sound absorption capabilities in addition to other beneficial characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventors: Brian Good, Thomas Ebeling
  • Publication number: 20070269645
    Abstract: A lightweight fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite having an improved combination of surface roughness, flexural and shear characteristics. The composite generally comprises a fiber reinforced thermoplastic core containing reinforcing fibers bonded together with a first thermoplastic resin in which the core has a first surface and a second surface and at least one first skin applied to the first surface. The first skin comprises a plurality of fibers bonded together with a second thermoplastic resin, with the fibers in each first skin aligned in a unidirectional orientation within the first skin. The composite satisfies at least one of the conditions: an average surface roughness of the outer surface of the first skin is equal to or less than about 4.0 ?m/10 mm; the flexural modulus and strength are greater than about 10,000 MPa and greater than about 180 MPa, respectively; and the shear modulus and strength are greater than about 3,000 MPa and greater than about 100 MPa, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Venkat Raghavendran, Thomas Ebeling
  • Publication number: 20070196637
    Abstract: A composite material is provided in which certain properties, or combinations of properties, are improved relative to similar comparative composite materials. The composite material generally comprises a fiber reinforced thermoplastic core that includes a thermoplastic resin and discontinuous fibers dispersed within the thermoplastic resin. The fibers are particularly subject to certain conditions, namely a content of about 15 wt. % to about 65 wt. % of the thermoplastic core, a diameter of from about 17 ?m to about 22 ?m, and a length of from about 17 mm to about 25 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventors: Brian Good, Thomas Ebeling, Daniel Woodman, John McHugh, Huda Jerri, Peter Wallace
  • Publication number: 20070160822
    Abstract: A multilayer sheet comprises an outer decorative permeable film layer, an adherent layer of insulating fiberglass, and an open cellular fibrous layer intermediate the outer decorative film layer and the insulating fiberglass. The open cellular fibrous layer comprises fibers bonded together with a thermoplastic resin. The outer decorative layer is adhered to the open cellular fibrous layer through a permeable adhesive web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Inventors: Paul Bristow, Scott Davis, Thomas Ebeling, James Forden, John Brown
  • Patent number: 7232854
    Abstract: Polycarbonate compositions containing a specific combination of additives achieve desirable flame retardance characteristics when used in thin wall polycarbonate articles. These compositions contain a polycarbonate/siloxane component, containing a polycarbonate siloxane copolymer, or a mixture of a polycarbonate siloxane copolymer and polycarbonate resin; a mineral filler; and a flame retardant. The composition contains at least 50% by weight of polycarbonate when the polycarbonate of the polycarbonate siloxane copolymer and any polycarbonate resin (linear or branched) are considered together; and the polycarbonate siloxane copolymer and the mineral filler are present in amounts effective to achieve a flex modulus of 29,000 kg/cm3 or greater, for example 30,000 kg/cm3 or greater, good flex-fold strength and good impact strength, for example a room temperature Notched Izod Impact Strength of 25 kgf-cm/cm or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shiping Ma, Thomas Ebeling, Shrish Rane