Patents by Inventor Zhong-Huai Zhang

Zhong-Huai Zhang 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: 20180057977
    Abstract: A knitted sleeve for routing and protecting elongate members and method of construction thereof are provided. The sleeve includes an elongate, knitted wall having a circumferentially continuous, tubular outer periphery extending along a central axis between opposite open ends. The wall includes knitted shrinkable yarn and knitted non-shrinkable yarn. The shrinkable yarn provides the wall with an ability to be radially constricted from a first, diametrically enlarged state to a second, diametrically shrunken state, wherein said shrinkable yarn and said non-shrinkable yarn are knit in alternating groups of courses with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Xiaodan Qiu, Linwood Ludy, Ali Khosroshahi, Leigh Krauser
  • Publication number: 20180062364
    Abstract: A woven sleeve for routing and protecting an elongate member and method of construction thereof are provided. The sleeve has a woven wall with a circumferentially continuous outer periphery extending along a central axis between opposite ends. Warp yarns extend generally parallel to the central axis and fill yarns extend generally transversely to the warp yarns. At least a portion of the wall has a plurality of layers in abutment with one another. At least one of the fill yarns is provided as a shrinkable yarn that provides the wall with an ability to remain in a first, diametrically enlarged assembly state to facilitate assembly of the sleeve about the elongate member, whereupon the wall can be radially constricted to a second, diametrically constricted assembled state to maintain the sleeve in the desired location, while also minimizing the outer circumference to facilitate use of the sleeve in tight spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Xiaodan Qiu, Tianqi Gao, Danny Winters, Ritesh Mehbubani, Zhong Huai Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180023222
    Abstract: A knit sleeve for providing thermal protection about an elongate member contained therein and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a knit inner wall with opposite edges extending lengthwise between opposite ends and a circumferentially continuous tubular outer wall knit integrally with the inner wall. The outer wall bounds a central cavity that extends lengthwise along a central axis between open opposite ends of the outer wall. The opposite edges of the inner wall are substantially parallel to the central axis and are wrappable toward one another to form the inner wall as being tubular. The circumferentially continuous tubular outer wall is configured to be everted about the wrapped inner wall to circumferentially surround and protect the inner wall from abrasion and provide the sleeve with a dual layer wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Ritesh Mehbubani, Linwood Ludy
  • Publication number: 20180016717
    Abstract: A protective textile sleeve and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve has a knit, tubular wall extending lengthwise along a central longitudinal axis between opposite ends. The knit wall has a first state with a decreased length, increased cross-sectional area, as viewed in cross-section taken generally transversely to the central longitudinal axis, and a second state with an increased length, decreased cross-sectional area, as viewed in cross-section taken generally transversely to the central longitudinal axis. The wall includes knit, heat-set yarns imparting a bias on the wall, wherein the bias causes the wall to remain substantially in the first and second states absent an externally applied force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Knudson, Tianqi Gao, Zhong Huai Zhang, Leigh Krauser
  • Patent number: 9863070
    Abstract: A knit sleeve for providing protection to elongate members and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a tubular knit wall having opposite end regions extending to opposite free ends and an intermediate region extending between said end regions. The intermediate region is formed as a circumferentially continuous, single knit layer and the end regions are formed having knit inner and outer layers, wherein the knit inner and outer layers inhibit the end regions from curling outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Linwood Ludy
  • Publication number: 20170226671
    Abstract: A bulk supply of a protective textile sleeve and method of construction and supplying thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a braided, tubular wall extending lengthwise along a central longitudinal axis between opposite ends. The wall has a decreased length, increased cross-sectional area first state and an increased length, decreased cross-sectional area second state. The wall has heat-set, braided yarns causing the wall to remain substantially in the first and second states absent some externally applied force. The wall is finish cut having a bulk supply shipping length extending between the opposite ends, and is configured to be subsequently cut into a plurality of discrete use lengths after shipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Jimmy E. Teal, Tianqi Gao, Leigh Krauser
  • Publication number: 20170137978
    Abstract: A protective textile sleeve and method of construction thereof are provided. The sleeve has a tubular wall of braided yarns extending lengthwise along a central longitudinal axis between opposite ends. At least some of the braided yarns including heat-set yarns, and the wall has a plurality of annular first regions forming generally convex ridges and a plurality of annular second regions forming generally concave valleys. The first regions alternate with the second regions along the central longitudinal axis. The first regions include a plurality of twisted yarns forming a plurality of closed loops, wherein at least some of the braided yarns pass through at least some of the closed loops within the first regions to enhance the radial stiffness and resistance of the wall to kinking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Tianqi Gao, Leigh Krauser, Zhong Huai Zhang, Michael Piotrowski
  • Publication number: 20170121871
    Abstract: A protective textile having at least one integrated opening and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a braided, tubular wall extending lengthwise in relation to a central longitudinal axis between opposite ends. The wall has a first state with a decreased length, increased cross-sectional area and a second state with an increased length, decreased cross-sectional area, as viewed in cross-section taken generally transversely to the central longitudinal axis. The wall further includes braided, heat-set yarns imparting a bias on the wall, wherein the bias causes the wall to remain substantially in the first and second states absent some externally applied force. The wall also includes at least one opening having a circumferentially continuous periphery bounding the opening, wherein the periphery is formed, at least in part, by braided yarns reversing direction from one S or Z helical direction to the opposite S or Z helical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Leigh Krauser, Tianqi Gao, Zhong Huai Zhang, Michael Piotrowski
  • Publication number: 20170121868
    Abstract: A self-wrapping protective textile sleeve and method of construction is provided. The sleeve includes a braided, tubular wall having opposite free edges extending lengthwise between opposite ends. The wall has a first state with a decreased length, increased cross-sectional area and a second state with an increased length, decreased cross-sectional area, as viewed in cross-section taken generally transversely to a central longitudinal axis. The wall further includes braided, heat-set yarns imparting a bias on the wall, wherein the bias causes the wall to self-wrap into a tubular configuration and to remain substantially in the first and second states absent some externally applied force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Jimmy E. Teal, Tianqi Gao, Leigh Krauser
  • Publication number: 20160160410
    Abstract: A knit sleeve for providing protection to elongate members and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a tubular knit wall having opposite end regions extending to opposite free ends and an intermediate region extending between said end regions. The intermediate region is formed as a circumferentially continuous, single knit layer and the end regions are formed having knit inner and outer layers, wherein the knit inner and outer layers inhibit the end regions from curling outwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Linwood Ludy
  • Publication number: 20160122916
    Abstract: A textile sleeve and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a braided, tubular wall extending lengthwise along a central longitudinal axis between opposite ends. The wall has a decreased length, increased cross-sectional area first state and an increased length, decreased cross-sectional area second state. Heat-set, yarns within the wall impart a bias on the wall, wherein the bias causes the wall to remain in each of the first and second states absent an externally applied force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Amel Fathallah, Ana Maria Panea, Zhong Huai Zhang, Jimmy E. Teal, Tianqi Gao, Leigh Krauser
  • Patent number: 9062396
    Abstract: A knit tubular sleeve for providing abrasion resistance and expansion restriction to an elastic elongate member extending therethrough and method of construction thereof is provided. The knit tubular sleeve includes a knit tubular wall extending along a longitudinal axis between opposite ends. The knit wall has a plurality of coaxially aligned first regions forming crests spaced axially from one another by intermediate second regions forming troughs between the crests. The first and second regions are knitted over a plurality of courses, with each of the courses comprising a plurality of knit stitches extending circumferentially around the longitudinal axis. The courses of the first regions are formed with a different pattern of knit stitches from the courses of the second regions, wherein the second regions provide the wall with a decreased capacity to expand radially relative to the first regions, thereby inhibiting the elongate member against radial expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucia Della Putta, Lionel Dromain, Zhong Huai Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150056881
    Abstract: A flexible, wrappable multilayered heat shield is provided. The heat shield includes a reflective metal outermost layer, an innermost layer of high temperature yarn capable of withstanding temperatures up to about 650 degrees° C. continuously, and about 750° C. intermittently, and an intermediate layer of nonwoven material capable of withstanding temperatures up to about 550° C. continuously sandwiched between the outermost and innermost layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Tianqi Gao, Linwood Ludy, Daniel Rowcotsky, Wai Kit Ho
  • Publication number: 20140260436
    Abstract: A knit tubular sleeve for providing abrasion resistance and expansion restriction to an elastic elongate member extending therethrough and method of construction thereof is provided. The knit tubular sleeve includes a knit tubular wall extending along a longitudinal axis between opposite ends. The knit wall has a plurality of coaxially aligned first regions forming crests spaced axially from one another by intermediate second regions forming troughs between the crests. The first and second regions are knitted over a plurality of courses, with each of the courses comprising a plurality of knit stitches extending circumferentially around the longitudinal axis. The courses of the first regions are formed with a different pattern of knit stitches from the courses of the second regions, wherein the second regions provide the wall with a decreased capacity to expand radially relative to the first regions, thereby inhibiting the elongate member against radial expansion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FEDERAL-MOGUL POWERTRAIN, INC.
    Inventors: Lucia Della Putta, Lionel Dromain, Zhong Huai Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130299035
    Abstract: A tubular thermal sleeve assembly for providing protection to an elongate member and method of enhancing the robustness of a thermal sleeve with the assembly is provided. The thermal sleeve assembly includes a tubular wall of insulative material having an outer surface and an inner surface bounding a cavity extending along a longitudinal central axis for receipt of the elongate member. The assembly further includes a flexible outer layer of metallic material extending along the longitudinal central axis between opposite ends with the metallic material having a plurality of openings formed between the opposite ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Benoit Laurent, Harry F. Gladfelter, Jimmy Teal, Cassie M. Malloy, Zhong Huai Zhang
  • Patent number: 8434333
    Abstract: A knit fabric, protective sleeve and glove constructed therefrom has three knit layers knit constructed and knit to one another in a single knitting operation to provide the fabric as a single piece of knit material. The fabric includes an outer layer, an inner layer and an intermediate layer sandwiched between the outer and inner layers. The outer layer is knit with a first yarn, the inner layer is knit with a second yarn and the intermediate layer is knit with a third yarn in looped fashion about at least some of the first and second yarns to provide an integrally knit structure having three layers knit stitched together in a single knitting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Philip E. Marks, Linwood Ludy
  • Publication number: 20130040081
    Abstract: A multilayer textile sleeve and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a textile wall having opposite edges extending lengthwise along a longitudinal axis of the sleeve between opposite ends. The opposite edges are configured to overlap one another to bound a central cavity of the sleeve. The wall has an inner layer with opposite inner and outer faces and an outer layer with opposite inner and outer faces. The inner and outer layers overlap one another and are constructed of interlinked yarn. The inner and outer layers are integrally connected to one another across interlinked portions adjacent the opposite edges by yarn common to each of the inner and outer layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Masanori Yoshimura, Cassie M. Malloy, Zhong Huai Zhang, Linwood Ludy, Danny Winters
  • Publication number: 20120082807
    Abstract: A knit sleeve and method of construction thereof is provided. The knit sleeve is constructed including a knit tubular wall and at least one knit tubular extension attached to the wall. Further, a barrier member is disposed in the at least one knit tubular extension. The at least one knit tubular extension and the barrier member are foldable at least partially about the knit tubular wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Cassie Malloy, Zhong Huai Zhang
  • Publication number: 20110162126
    Abstract: A knit fabric, protective sleeve and glove constructed therefrom has three knit layers knit constructed and knit to one another in a single knitting operation to provide the fabric as a single piece of knit material. The fabric includes an outer layer, an inner layer and an intermediate layer sandwiched between the outer and inner layers. The outer layer is knit with a first yarn, the inner layer is knit with a second yarn and the intermediate layer is knit with a third yarn in looped fashion about at least some of the first and second yarns to provide an integrally knit structure having three layers knit stitched together in a single knitting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Philip E. Marks, Linwood Ludy
  • Patent number: 7874184
    Abstract: A knit protective sleeve and method of construction thereof provides a continuous and seamless sleeve wall knit from one or more yarns extending between opposite open ends of the sleeve. At least one heat vent opening is integrally knit within the wall between the ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Cassie M. Malloy, Zhong Huai Zhang, Ellen Bacon, Linwood Ludy