Patents by Inventor Yasuo Horikawa

Yasuo Horikawa 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: 11142606
    Abstract: Provide is a polymer that can provide excellent toughness and weather resistance to a rubber composition and a rubber product such as a tire. The multicomponent copolymer contains a conjugated diene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, where a proportion of conjugated diene units bonded to a unit other than a conjugated diene unit out of the total conjugated diene units is 50% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Horikawa, Olivier Tardif
  • Patent number: 11059928
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-component copolymer comprising conjugated diene units, non-conjugated olefin units and aromatic vinyl units, wherein: a weight-average molecular weight of chain parts, divided by the conjugated diene units and each containing one or more of the non-conjugated olefin units and/or one or more of the aromatic vinyl units, is 50,000 or more. A rubber composition comprising the multi-component copolymer, a crosslinked rubber composition, and a rubber article comprising the crosslinked rubber composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo Horikawa
  • Patent number: 11021595
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a multicomponent copolymer for use for producing a crosslinked rubber composition and a rubber product excellent in fracture performance (strength and elongation) at high temperatures while maintaining high weather resistance. Further, the invention provides a rubber composition containing the multicomponent copolymer, a crosslinked rubber composition obtained by crosslinking the rubber composition, and a rubber product and a tire using the rubber composition or the crosslinked rubber composition. The multicomponent copolymer of the invention contains a conjugated diene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, wherein the main chain is formed of an acyclic structure alone, the content of the aromatic vinyl unit is 3 mol % or more of the whole multicomponent copolymer, and the content of the non-conjugated olefin unit is more than 44 mol % and less than 97 mol % of the whole multicomponent copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Horikawa, Olivier Tardif, Yamato Ono
  • Patent number: 11021550
    Abstract: To provide a method for producing a multicomponent copolymer with which a multicomponent copolymer having excellent rupture strength can be obtained, and a multicomponent copolymer, a rubber composition and a tire having excellent rupture strength. The method is a method for producing a multicomponent copolymer having a conjugated diene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, comprising adding continuously or intermittently continuously a conjugated diene compound into a reactor containing a catalyst and at least one selected from the group consisting of a non-conjugated olefin compound and an aromatic vinyl compound. The multicomponent copolymer is obtained with the production method. The rubber composition comprises the multicomponent copolymer as a rubber component. The tire uses the rubber composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigenaga Takano, Aya Yanagisawa, Olivier Tardif, Yasuo Horikawa
  • Publication number: 20210087368
    Abstract: The antivibration rubber composition of the present invention contains a styrene-butadiene rubber (A) having a polystyrene-equivalent weight-average molecular weight of 700,000 or more, and a liquid styrene-butadiene rubber (B) having a polystyrene-equivalent weight-average molecular weight of 12,000 or less, wherein the total amount of the vinyl bond content in the rubber (A) and the vinyl bond content in the liquid rubber (B) relative to the total amount of the rubber (A) and the liquid rubber (B) is 25% by mass or more. The antivibration rubber using the composition exhibits ultra-low spring property and high durability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nahoko ITO, Yasuo HORIKAWA, Kei KIMURA, Kazutaka OTSU
  • Publication number: 20200239675
    Abstract: A multicomponent copolymer according to the present invention contains a non-conjugated polyene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, wherein the content of the aromatic vinyl unit is 5% by mass or more and less than 30% by mass. A crosslinked rubber composition having a high strength, as compared with the case where EPDM is used, while having high weather resistance, a multicomponent copolymer useful for producing a rubber product, and a method for producing the multicomponent copolymer are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Olivier TARDIF, Yasuo HORIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20200140576
    Abstract: To provide a method for producing a multicomponent copolymer with which a multicomponent copolymer having excellent rupture strength can be obtained, and a multicomponent copolymer, a rubber composition and a tire having excellent rupture strength. The method is a method for producing a multicomponent copolymer having a conjugated diene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, comprising adding continuously or intermittently continuously a conjugated diene compound into a reactor containing a catalyst and at least one selected from the group consisting of a non-conjugated olefin compound and an aromatic vinyl compound. The multicomponent copolymer is obtained with the production method. The rubber composition comprises the multicomponent copolymer as a rubber component. The tire uses the rubber composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigenaga TAKANO, Aya YANAGISAWA, Olivier TARDIF, Yasuo HORIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20200048380
    Abstract: To provide a method for producing a multicomponent copolymer with which a multicomponent copolymer having excellent rupture strength can be obtained, and a multicomponent copolymer, a rubber composition and a tire having excellent rupture strength. The method is a method for producing a multicomponent copolymer having a conjugated diene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, comprising adding a conjugated diene compound in divided portions into a reactor containing a catalyst and at least one selected from the group consisting of a non-conjugated olefin compound and an aromatic vinyl compound. The multicomponent copolymer is obtained with the production method. The rubber composition comprises the multicomponent copolymer as a rubber component. The tire uses the rubber composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigenaga TAKANO, Aya Yanagisawa, Olivier Tardif, Yasuo Horikawa
  • Patent number: 10538649
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-component copolymer comprising conjugated diene units, non-conjugated olefin units and aromatic vinyl units, wherein: a peak top molecular weight of chain parts, divided by the conjugated diene units and each containing one or more of the non-conjugated olefin units and/or one or more of the aromatic vinyl units, is 1,000 or more and less than 40,000. A rubber composition comprising the multi-component copolymer, a crosslinked rubber composition, and a rubber article comprising the crosslinked rubber composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo Horikawa
  • Publication number: 20190367654
    Abstract: Provide is a polymer that can provide excellent toughness and weather resistance to a rubber composition and a rubber product such as a tire. The multicomponent copolymer contains a conjugated diene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, where a proportion of conjugated diene units bonded to a unit other than a conjugated diene unit out of the total conjugated diene units is 50% or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo HORIKAWA, Olivier TARDIF
  • Publication number: 20180298167
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-component copolymer comprising conjugated diene units, non-conjugated olefin units and aromatic vinyl units, wherein: a peak top molecular weight of chain parts, divided by the conjugated diene units and each containing one or more of the non-conjugated olefin units and/or one or more of the aromatic vinyl units, is 1,000 or more and less than 40,000. A rubber composition comprising the multi-component copolymer, a crosslinked rubber composition, and a rubber article comprising the crosslinked rubber composition are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo HORIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20180291185
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a multicomponent copolymer for use for producing a crosslinked rubber composition and a rubber product excellent in fracture performance (strength and elongation) at high temperatures while maintaining high weather resistance. Further, the invention provides a rubber composition containing the multicomponent copolymer, a crosslinked rubber composition obtained by crosslinking the rubber composition, and a rubber product and a tire using the rubber composition or the crosslinked rubber composition. The multicomponent copolymer of the invention contains a conjugated diene unit, a non-conjugated olefin unit and an aromatic vinyl unit, wherein the main chain is formed of an acyclic structure alone, the content of the aromatic vinyl unit is 3 mol % or more of the whole multicomponent copolymer, and the content of the non-conjugated olefin unit is more than 44 mol % and less than 97 mol % of the whole multicomponent copolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo HORIKAWA, Olivier TARDIF, Yamato ONO
  • Publication number: 20180282456
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-component copolymer comprising conjugated diene units, non-conjugated olefin units and aromatic vinyl units, wherein: a weight-average molecular weight of chain parts, divided by the conjugated diene units and each containing one or more of the non-conjugated olefin units and/or one or more of the aromatic vinyl units, is 50,000 or more. A rubber composition comprising the multi-component copolymer, a crosslinked rubber composition, and a rubber article comprising the crosslinked rubber composition are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo HORIKAWA
  • Patent number: 9701776
    Abstract: The present invention provides a random copolymer that is used for manufacturing a rubber having high fracture strength and excellent low loss properties (low heat generation properties) and that includes randomly arranged monomer units of a conjugated diene compound and of a non-conjugated olefin, a rubber composition containing the random copolymer, a cross-linked rubber composition obtained by crosslinking the rubber composition, and a tire manufactured by using the rubber composition or the cross-linked rubber composition. A copolymer of a conjugated diene compound and a non-conjugated olefin includes a random copolymer having randomly arranged monomer units of the conjugated diene compound and of the non-conjugated olefin, which random copolymer contains, by at least 5 mol %, alternate bonding units of the conjugated diene compound and the non-conjugated olefin in a unit derived from the non-conjugated olefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Horikawa, Shojiro Kaita, Olivier Tardif, Junko Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9670302
    Abstract: Provided is a copolymer of a conjugated diene compound and a non-conjugated olefin, the copolymer being a tapered copolymer including: at least one of a block sequence including monomer units of the conjugated diene compound and a block sequence including monomer units of the non-conjugated olefin; and a random sequence including randomly arranged monomer units of the conjugated diene compound and monomer units of the non-conjugated olefin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Horikawa, Shojiro Kaita, Olivier Tardif, Junko Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20170073450
    Abstract: A multiblock copolymer, obtainable by copolymerization of a conjugated diene compound and a non-conjugated olefin, is characterized in that: a structure of the multiblock copolymer includes A-(B-A)x and/or B-(A-B)x, wherein “A” represents a block portion constituted of monomer units of a non-conjugated olefin, “B” represents a block portion constituted of monomer units of a conjugated diene compound, and “x” represents an integer ?1; content of the non-conjugated olefin portion is 50 mol %; 0 mol % <crystal content of the non-conjugated olefin portion 20 mol %; and 0% <degree of crystallinity of the non-conjugated olefin portion 40%. Vulcanized rubber having high fracture resistance and high crack resistance (thus a rubber composition and a tire each using the vulcanized rubber and having such excellent physical properties) can be manufactured from the multiblock polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Madoka KIMURA, Yasuo HORIKAWA, Olivier TARDIF
  • Patent number: 9346907
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for producing a copolymer of a conjugated diene compound and an unconjugated olefin other than the conjugated diene compound having a high cis-1,4 bond content of a conjugated diene compound portion, and more particularly to a method for producing a copolymer characterized by comprising a step of polymerizing a conjugated diene compound and an unconjugated olefin other than the conjugated diene compound in the presence of a polymerization catalyst composition including at least one complex selected from a metallocene complex represented by the following general formula (I): (wherein M is a lanthanoid element, scandium or yttrium, and CpR is independently a non-substituted or substituted indenyl, and Ra-Rf are independently an alkyl group having a carbon number of 1-3 or a hydrogen atom, and L is a neutral Lewis base, and w is an integer of 0-3) and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shojiro Kaita, Olivier Tardif, Yasuo Horikawa
  • Patent number: 9212274
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rubber composition that is used for manufacturing a rubber excellent in weather resistance, fracture resistance and crack growth resistance, and that contains a conjugated diene compound/non-conjugated olefin copolymer, a conjugate diene-based polymer and a non-conjugated diene compound/non-conjugated olefin copolymer, a rubber composition for tire side use using the rubber composition for tire sidewall members, a crosslinked rubber composition obtained by crosslinking the rubber composition, and a tire. The rubber composition includes: (A) a conjugated diene compound/non-conjugated olefin copolymer containing a conjugated diene compound-derived unit by at least 40 mol %; (B) a conjugated diene-based polymer; and (C) a non-conjugated diene compound/non-conjugated olefin copolymer containing an ethylene-propylene-diene rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junko Matsushita, Yasuo Horikawa, Shojiro Kaita, Olivier Tardif
  • Patent number: 9181376
    Abstract: Provided is a copolymer of a conjugated diene compound and a non-conjugated olefin, the copolymer being a block copolymer, the conjugated diene compound unit having 1,2 adduct (including 3,4 adduct) content of 5% or less or the conjugated diene compound unit having a cis-1,4 bond content of more than 92%, in which preferred examples of the conjugated diene compound include 1,3-butadiene and isoprene, and preferred examples of the non-conjugated olefin include ethylene, propylene, and 1-butene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Horikawa, Shojiro Kaita, Olivier Tardif, Junko Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9139680
    Abstract: Provided is a block copolymer of a conjugated diene compound and a non-conjugated olefin, a rubber composition including the block copolymer, a crosslinked rubber obtained by crosslinking the rubber composition, and a tire using the rubber composition or the crosslinked rubber composition. The copolymer of the present invention is a block copolymer of a conjugated diene compound and a non-conjugated olefin, the copolymer having a peak area in a temperature range in a range of 70° C. to 110° C. that accounts for at least 60% of a peak area in a range of 40° C. to 140° C. and a peak area in a range of 110° C. to 140° C. that accounts for 20% or less of a peak area in a range of 40° C. to 140° C., the peak areas being measured by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) according to JIS K 7121-1987.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Horikawa, Shojiro Kaita, Olivier Tardif, Junko Matsushita