Titanium, Zirconium, Or Hafnium Base Patents (Class 148/421)
  • Patent number: 11408060
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an amorphous alloy having low frictional resistance and capable of improving abrasion resistance, a target made of the amorphous alloy, and a compressor comprising a layer of the amorphous alloy as a coating layer. According to the present invention, it is possible to secure high hardness and a low elastic modulus of the coating layer by controlling a microstructure having an amorphous phase as a primary phase by using Ti-based three-component to five-component amorphous alloys. As a result, it is possible to prevent the coating layer from being peeled off from a matrix or destroyed, and thus it is possible to achieve the effect of improving reliability or durability of a mechanical apparatus such as a compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignees: LG Electronics Inc., Seoul National University R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Kyoung Jin Ku, Dong Han Kim, Joungwook Kim, Hangjin Ban, Bumdong Sa, Eun Soo Park, Wook Ha Ryu, Kyung-Jun Kim, Jinwoo Kim, Heh Sang Ahn
  • Patent number: 11260145
    Abstract: A composition and medical implant made therefrom, the composition including a thick diffusion hardened zone, and preferably further including a ceramic layer. Also provided are orthopedic implants made from the composition, methods of making the composition, and methods of making orthopedic implants from the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Pawar, Shilesh C. Jani, Carolyn L. Weaver
  • Patent number: 10851439
    Abstract: A titanium-based alloy includes 0.001-1.0 wt. % in total of at least one lanthanide series element, remainder of titanium and impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James D. Cotton, Arash Ghabchi, Matthew J. Crill, Natalia G. Mitropolskaya
  • Patent number: 10851437
    Abstract: A Ti-6A1-4V titanium powder alloy composition having enhanced strength resulting from the addition of one or more of the following elements without requiring an increase in oxygen content: Aluminum Iron Nitrogen Carbon The composition may also be used for Ti-6A1-4V titanium alloy starting bar stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Carpenter Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Frederick Yolton
  • Patent number: 10767244
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a titanium alloy, in particular to be used for biocompatible implants, which contains no aluminum (Al), vanadium (V), cobalt (Co), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni) and tin (Sn) and contains at least the following alloy components in wt % in addition to inevitable trace amounts of impurities contained in the alloy components or absorbed during the production: a) 0.2 to 1.5% oxygen (O), b) 0.1 to 1.5% iron (Fe), c) 0.01 to 2% carbon (C), d) the remainder being titanium (Ti).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Dietmar Wolter
  • Patent number: 10718043
    Abstract: A titanium plate is provided in which a Vickers hardness Hv0.025 at a load of 0.245 N at a surface is 150 or less, and an average length of the profile elements RSm is 80 ?m or less and a maximum height Rz is less than 1.5 ?m, RSm and Rz being as defined in JIS B 0601: 2013. The titanium plate has good surface deformability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Mitsuda, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Joe Ito, Hideto Seto, Hidenori Takebe
  • Patent number: 10704139
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for reducing defects in a workpiece are provided herein. In some embodiments, a sputter deposition target is provided for reducing defects in a workpiece, the target comprising a dielectric compound having a predefined average grain size ranging from approximately 20 ?m to 200 ?m. In other embodiments, a process chamber is provided, the process chamber comprising a chamber body defining an interior volume, a substrate support to support a substrate within the interior volume, a plurality of targets to be sputtered onto the substrate including at least one dielectric target, wherein the dielectric target comprises a dielectric compound having a predefined average grain size ranging from approximately 20 ?m to 200 ?m and a shield rotatably coupled to an upper portion of the chamber body and having at least one hole to expose at least one of the plurality of targets to be sputtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Wang, Rongjun Wang, Hanbing Wu
  • Patent number: 10633732
    Abstract: Titanium alloys formed into a part or component used in applications where a key design criterion is the energy absorbed during deformation of the part when exposed to impact, explosive blast, and/or other forms of shock loading is described. The titanium alloys generally comprise a titanium base with added amounts of aluminum, an isomorphous beta stabilizing element such as vanadium, a eutectoid beta stabilizing element such as silicon and iron, and incidental impurities. The titanium alloys exhibit up to 70% or more improvement in ductility and up to a 16% improvement in ballistic impact resistance over a Ti-6Al-4V alloy, as well as absorbing up to 50% more energy than the Ti-6Al-4V alloy in Charpy impact tests. A method of forming a part that incorporates the titanium alloys and uses a combination of recycled materials and new materials is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Titanium Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Roger Owen Thomas, Yoji Kosaka, Steven James, Paul Garratt
  • Patent number: 10590516
    Abstract: A vanadium alloy essentially consisting of: vanadium; and aluminium having a content of greater than 0 to 10 at %, and a process of producing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Daniel Dong Liang, Michael David Dolan
  • Patent number: 10501825
    Abstract: A Ti-6A1-4V titanium powder alloy composition having enhanced strength resulting from the addition of one or more of the following elements without requiring an increase in oxygen content: Aluminum Iron Nitrogen Carbon The composition may also be used for Ti-6A1-4V titanium alloy starting bar stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Carpenter Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Frederick Yolton
  • Patent number: 10465264
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a TiAl alloy for use at high temperatures which has aluminum and titanium as main constituents. The TiAl alloy has an aluminum content of greater than or equal to 50 at. % and a matrix of ?-TiAl and at least one phase of Al and Ti incorporated in the ?-TiAl matrix which is different from ?-TiAl, as well as depositions of oxides and/or carbides and/or silicides. In addition, the invention relates to a method for producing the alloy and to the use of the alloy for components of turbo-machines, in particular aircraft engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MTU AERO ENGINES AG
    Inventors: Wilfried Smarsly, Martin Schloffer, Helmut Clemens, Svea Mayer
  • Patent number: 10465267
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of hardfacing alloys which can be resistant to hot tearing and cracking. In doing so, the hardfacing alloys can meet certain thermodynamic, microstructural, and performance criteria. For example, embodiments of the alloy have a martensitic matrix embedded with isolated carbides and/or borides. Further, in some embodiments the hardfacing alloys can also have high levels of macro-hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Scoperta, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lee Cheney, John Hamilton Madok, Jonathon Bracci
  • Patent number: 10450634
    Abstract: A method (101) is provided for making a scandium-containing alloy. The method includes providing a molten metal (103), and mixing the molten metal with a scandium-containing precursor (113) which undergoes thermal decomposition at the temperature of the molten metal to produce scandium oxide, thereby producing a scandium-containing alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Scandium International Mining Corporation
    Inventor: Willem P. C. Duyvesteyn
  • Patent number: 10435771
    Abstract: An alloy composition that includes about 1 to about 9 atomic percent aluminum (Al), about 25 to about 33 atomic percent titanium (Ti), about 10 to about 33 atomic percent vanadium (V), about 5 to about 10 atomic percent zirconium (Zr) and about 25 to about 33 atomic percent niobium (Nb).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Catherine J. Parrish, Carlos Angelo Nunes, Gilberto Carvalho Coelho, James D. Cotton, Nabil Chaia, Jose Mauro Moraes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10378093
    Abstract: A method of producing a nano twinned commercially pure titanium material includes the step of casting a commercially pure titanium material, that apart from titanium, contains not more than 0.05 wt % N; not more than 0.08 wt % C; not more than 0.015 wt % H; not more than 0.50 wt % Fe; not more than 0.40 wt % O; and not more than 0.40 wt % residuals. The material is brought to a temperature at or below 0° C. and plastic deformation is imparted to the material at that temperature to such a degree that nano twins are formed in the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventor: Guocai Chai
  • Patent number: 10260357
    Abstract: It is an objective of the invention to provide a steam turbine rotor of which a rotor shaft is made of a low-cost heat resistant ferritic steel and that can withstand high main steam temperatures of about 650° C. There is provided a steam turbine rotor comprising: a rotor shaft made of a heat resistant ferritic steel such as a 12-Cr steel; and a rotor blade made of a Ti—Al alloy, wherein the Ti—Al alloy includes: from 38 to 45 atomic % of Al; from 0.5 to 2 atomic % of V; from 2 to 6 atomic % of Cr and/or Mo; and the balance being Ti and incidental impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Oikawa, Shinya Imano, Hiroyuki Doi, Akira Yoshinari
  • Patent number: 10238397
    Abstract: A vaso-occlusive device is constructed out of dissimilar metallic materials that are in contact or otherwise in close proximity with one another, thereby causing the device to undergo galvanic corrosion when exposed to an electrolytic medium, such as blood or other body fluid, wherein one of the dissimilar metallic materials is zirconium or zirconium alloy to create a corrosive product including zirconia having a relatively high hardness, a relatively high fracture toughness, and a relatively high stability when the device is implanted in a vasculature site, such as an aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Stryker Corporation, Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: Hancun Chen
  • Patent number: 10151019
    Abstract: A production method for a titanium alloy member includes preparing a titanium alloy material for sintering as a raw material of a sintered body; nitriding the titanium alloy material for sintering, thereby forming a nitrogen compound layer and/or a nitrogen solid solution layer in a surface layer of the titanium alloy material for sintering and yielding a nitrogen-containing titanium alloy material for sintering; mixing the titanium alloy material for sintering and the nitrogen-containing titanium alloy material for sintering, thereby yielding a titanium alloy material for sintering mixed with nitrogen-containing titanium alloy material; sintering the titanium alloy material for sintering mixed with nitrogen-containing titanium alloy material, thereby bonding the material each other and dispersing nitrogen contained in the nitrogen-containing titanium alloy material for sintering in a condition in which nitrogen is uniformly dispersed into an entire inner portion of the sintered body by solid solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Araoka, Tohru Shiraishi, Yoshiki Ono
  • Patent number: 10087514
    Abstract: An amorphous and nano nitride composite thin film, a method for forming the same, and an electronic device having the same are provided. The amorphous and nano nitride composite thin film has a composite structure in which a nitride phase that includes Zr and Al as nitride constituent elements and at least one metal phase are mixed, wherein the metal phase includes at least one element selected from the group including Cu and Ni, the nitride phase includes a ZrN crystalline phase in which a size of a grain is in the range of 10 nm to 500 nm, and a volume fraction of the ZrN crystalline phase is 10% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-soo Park, Keum-hwan Park, Jin-man Park, Seok-moo Hong, Sung-ho Cho, Moung-kwan Park, Jae-won Sim
  • Patent number: 10041150
    Abstract: A cold rollable beta titanium alloy is provided by the present disclosure that exhibits excellent tensile strength, and creep and oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures. In one form, the beta titanium alloy includes molybdenum in an amount ranging between 13.0 wt. % to 20.0 wt. %, niobium between 2.0 wt. % to 4.0 wt. %, silicon between 0.1 wt. % to 0.4 wt. %, aluminum between 3.0 wt. % to 5.0 wt. %, at least one of: zirconium up to 3.0 wt. % and tin up to 5.0 wt. %, oxygen up to 0.25 wt. %, and a balance of titanium and incidental impurities. Additionally, the ranges for each element satisfies the conditions of: 6.0 wt. %?X wt. %?7.5 wt. %; and??(i) 3.5 wt. %?Y wt. %?5.15 wt. %, where??(ii) X wt. %=aluminum+tin/3+zirconium/6+10*(oxygen+nitrogen+carbon), and Y wt. %=aluminum+silicon*(zirconium+tin).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Titanium Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Phani Gudipati, Yoji Kosaka
  • Patent number: 9994947
    Abstract: A method for producing a Ti-6Al-4V article, includes providing a work piece of a Ti-6Al-4V alloy having a beta-transus temperature; subjecting the work piece to a beta solution heat treatment process in a furnace with a vacuum at a temperature above the beta transus; quenching the work piece in the furnace using high pressure inert gas following the subjecting of the work piece in the beta solution heat treatment process; and subjecting the work piece to an overage heat treatment process in the furnace with a vacuum to overage the work piece following the quenching of the work piece. The work piece can be a bolt blank that is further manufactured into a titanium bolt with pre-machined wave form threads and wave form rolling process utilized to manufacture threads into the bolt blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd David Walker, Gregory William Lundeen
  • Patent number: 9994934
    Abstract: Disclosed is a TiAl alloy for high-temperature applications which comprises not more than 43 at. % of Al, from 3 at. % to 8 at. % of Nb, from 0.2 at. % to 3 at. % of Mo and/or Mn, from 0.05 at. % to 0.5 at. % of B, from 0.1 at. % to 0.5 at. % of C, from 0.1 at. % to 0.5 at. % of Si and Ti as balance. Also disclosed is a process for producing a component made of this TiAl alloy and the use of corresponding TiAl alloys in components of flow machines at operating temperatures up to 850° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines AG
    Inventors: Wilfried Smarsly, Helmut Clemens, Emanuel Schwaighofer
  • Patent number: 9981349
    Abstract: A welding wire formed of a trace boron titanium base alloy is provided, along with welds formed from the wire and articles comprising one or more of such welds. A method may include forming such a weld or welds from such a welding wire, and may also include non-destructively inspecting titanium alloy articles comprising one or more of such welds using ultrasonic waves to detect internal flaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Arconic Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Bernath, Sesh A. Tamirisakandala
  • Patent number: 9896745
    Abstract: A copper alloy sputtering target most suitable for formation of an interconnection material of a semiconductor device, particularly for formation of a seed layer, characterized in that the target contains 0.4 to 5 wt % of Sn, and the structure of the target does not substantially contain any precipitates, and the resistivity of the target material is 2.2 ??cm or more. This target enables formation of an interconnection material of a semiconductor device, particularly a uniform seed layer stable during copper electroplating and is excellent in sputtering deposition characteristics. A method for manufacturing such a target is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Okabe, Hirohito Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9816157
    Abstract: A process includes sintering hydrogenated titanium or titanium hydride (TiH2) and/or Ti metal in a dynamically controlled hydrogen atmosphere with hydrogen partial pressure greater than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Zhigang Zak Fang, Pei Sun, James Paramore, Hongtao Wang, Mark Koopman, Lu Yang
  • Patent number: 9768445
    Abstract: Laves phase-related BCC metal hydride alloys historically have limited electrochemical capabilities. Provided are processes of activating these alloys to produce hydrogen storage materials with greater than 200 mAh/g capacities and commonly much greater than 300 mAh/g capacities. The processes include cooling the alloy during hydrogenation to reduced temperatures or by subjecting the materials to significantly increased hydrogen pressures. Temperatures in many embodiments do not exceed 300° C. By decreasing the temperature or increasing the hydrogen pressure the phase structure of the material is optimized to increase a synergistic effect between multiple phases in the resulting alloy thereby greatly improving the electrochemical capacities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ovonic Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwo-hsiung Young, Taihei Ouchi, Baoquan Huang
  • Patent number: 9758846
    Abstract: Provided is a super elastic alloy for biological use having a high biocompatibility, good processability and super elasticity, said super elastic alloy being a super elastic zirconium alloy for biological use comprising 27-54 mol % inclusive of titanium, 5-9 mol % inclusive of niobium which is a ? phase-stabilizing element capable of stabilizing the ? phase of zirconium, and 1-4 mol % inclusive in total of tin and/or aluminum which are ? phase-suppressing elements capable of suppressing the ? phase of zirconium, with the balance consisting of zirconium and inevitable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: University of Tsukuba
    Inventors: Shuichi Miyazaki, Heeyoung Kim, Yosuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9752214
    Abstract: A titanium alloy includes 15 to 27 atomic % (at %) of tantalum (Ta) and 0 to 8 at % of tin (Sn), the balance being titanium (Ti) and unavoidable impurities, when the entire amount of the titanium alloy is taken as 100 at %. Therefore, the titanium alloy provided has characteristics suitable for medical device materials, biocompatible materials, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SAITAMA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takeguchi, Yoshiki Ishikawa, Takasumi Kubo, Shin Ishida, Hiroki Takahashi, Masafumi Morita, Masahito Miki
  • Patent number: 9689062
    Abstract: “To provide, at low cost, a resource saving-type titanium alloy that uses alloy elements more abundant in resources and more inexpensively available compared to conventional titanium alloys, and, when added even in a smaller amount than the conventional alloys, can simultaneously realize both high strength and high toughness. Provided is a titanium alloy member having excellent strength and toughness, consisting of, in mass %, Al: more than or equal to 4.5% and less than 5.5%, Fe: more than or equal to 1.3% and less than 2.3%, Si: more than or equal to 0.25% and less than 0.50%, O: more than or equal to 0.05% and less than 0.25%, and the balance: titanium and unavoidable impurities. The titanium alloy member has a microscopic structure that is an acicular structure having an acicular ? phase with a mean width of less than 5 pm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Mori, Hideki Fujii
  • Patent number: 9685370
    Abstract: Approaches for providing a liner at a via-to-wire interface are provided. A method includes: forming a via opening that exposes an upper surface of a copper wire; forming a titanium liner on the upper surface of the wire; forming a tungsten liner on the titanium liner; and forming a via on the second liner in the via opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Chapple-Sokol, Cathryn J. Christiansen, Jeffrey P. Gambino, Tom C. Lee, William J. Murphy, Anthony K. Stamper
  • Patent number: 9670787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Ti—Al-based heat-resistant member including a Ti—Al-based alloy which includes: 28.0 mass % to 35.0 mass % of Al; 1.0 mass % to 15.0 mass % of at least one selected from the group consisting of Nb, Mo, W and Ta; 0.1 mass % to 5.0 mass % of at least one selected from the group consisting of Cr, Mn and V; and 0.1 mass % to 1.0 mass % of Si, with the balance being Ti and unavoidable impurities, in which a whole or a part of a surface of the Ti—Al-based heat-resistant member includes a hardened layer as a surface layer, the hardened layer having a higher hardness than an inside of the Ti—Al-based heat-resistant member, and the Ti—Al-based heat-resistant member has a hardness ratio (a hardness of the surface layer/a hardness of the inside) of 1.4 to 2.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Koyanagi, Hiroyuki Takabayashi, Yoshinori Sumi
  • Patent number: 9624566
    Abstract: An ?+? type hot-rolled titanium alloy sheet, wherein: (a) ND represents the normal direction of a hot-rolled sheet; RD represents the hot rolling direction; TD represents the hot rolling width direction; ? represents the angle formed between the orientation of c axis and the ND; ? represents the angle formed between a plane including the orientation of the c axis and the ND, and a plane including the ND and the TD; (b1) XND represents the highest (0002) relative intensity of the X-ray reflection caused by crystal grains when ? is from 0° to 30° and ? is within the entire circumference; (b2) XTD represents the highest (0002) relative intensity of the X-ray reflection caused by crystal grains when ? is from 80° to 100° and ? is ±10°. (c) The ?+? type titanium alloy sheet has a value for XTD/XND of at least 5.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Kawakami, Hideki Fujii
  • Patent number: 9593395
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure is directed to a metastable ? titanium alloy comprising, in weight percentages: up to 0.05 nitrogen; up to 0.10 carbon; up to 0.015 hydrogen; up to 0.10 iron; greater than 0.20 oxygen; 14.00 to 16.00 molybdenum; titanium; and incidental impurities. Articles of manufacture including the alloy also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ATI PROPERTIES LLC
    Inventors: Victor R. Jablokov, Howard L. Freese
  • Patent number: 9546415
    Abstract: Disclosed are a composite transparent electrode, a production method thereof, and an electronic device including the same, wherein the composite transparent electrode includes a metal nitride thin film including at least one of indium (In), titanium (Ti), zinc (Zn), zirconium (Zr), and gallium (Ga), and a metal oxide thin film including at least one of indium (In), zinc (Zn), tin (Sn), and titanium (Ti), the metal oxide thin film being formed on one surface or opposite surfaces of the metal nitride thin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeon Cheol Park, Kwang Hee Kim, Chan Kwak, Yoon Chul Son, Sang Mock Lee
  • Patent number: 9464344
    Abstract: According to a thermomechanical treatment process for a titanium alloy including between 23 and 27% niobium in atomic proportion, between 0 and 10% zirconium, and between 0 and 1% oxygen, nitrogen and/or silicon, the following steps are performed: a) an increase of a sample of the alloy to a temperature higher than 900° C., b) a fast quench, c) a severe cold strain, d) an ageing treatment at a temperature included between 200 and 600° C., the time of the ageing treatment being included between 10 seconds and 10 minutes. Alloy obtained by this process and prostheses made from such an alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE, ECOLE NATIONALE D INGENIEURS DE METZ (ENIM), ARTS, INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE RENNES (INSA DE RENNES), NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CRNS)
    Inventors: Pascal Laheurte, Frédéric Prima, Thierry Gloriant, Wafa Elmay, André Eberhardt, Etienne Patoor
  • Patent number: 9439787
    Abstract: A method of coating a stent is provided that minimizes damage to the coating. The stent is self-expanding and made of a superelastic material. The stent is initially cooled so that at least part of the structure of the stent transforms to a martensitic phase. The stent is then compressed, coated and loaded while the structure of the stent remains at least partially martensitic. After the stent is loaded into a tubular restraint, the loaded stent is allowed to warm to room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: William F. Moore, Nathan S. Ridgley
  • Patent number: 9402936
    Abstract: A medical device includes an alloy having a microstructure that provides desirable properties. The alloy can be a eutectoid composition of e.g. titanium as a major constituent and any combination of iridium, platinum, chromium, gold, silver, bismuth, manganese, palladium, cobalt, copper, iron, and/or nickel as a minor constituent, wherein the alloy forms at least a portion of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific SciMed, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Cambronne
  • Patent number: 9399257
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a ceramic reinforced titanium alloy includes the steps of providing, in a pre-alloy powdered form, a ceramic reinforced titanium alloy composition that is capable of achieving a dispersion-strengthened microstructure, directing a low energy density energy beam at a portion of the alloy composition, and forming a ceramic reinforced titanium alloy metal having ceramic particulates of less than 10 ?m on a weight-average basis. The step of forming includes the sub-steps of withdrawing the energy beam from the portion of the powdered alloy composition and cooling the portion of the powdered alloy composition at a rate greater than or equal to about 106° F. per second, thereby forming the ceramic reinforced titanium alloy metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Brian Hann, Daira Legzdina, Mark C. Morris, Donald G. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 9301817
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis component which is a member for configuring a dental prosthesis provided with an artificial tooth root, which has a high strength and a good esthetic property. The dental prosthesis component which is a member for configuring a dental prosthesis provided with an artificial tooth root wherein the dental component is made of Zr-14Nb alloy, a surface layer containing ZrO2 as a main constituent and having a thickness of 20 ?m or more and less than 80 ?m is formed on the dental prosthesis component, and the surface has a brightness of Gy 8.0 or more of the color sheets according to Practical Color Co-ordinate System 201.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignees: TOKYO MEDICAL AND DENTAL UNIVERSITY, GC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Hanawa, Shohei Kasugai
  • Patent number: 9273379
    Abstract: A titanium alloy product according to the present invention: has a strength level higher than that of an existing titanium alloy product; can be successfully cold rolled (coil rolled); and is also provided with workability. In the titanium alloy product according to the invention, expensive alloy elements are not essentially required, and hence cost can be suppressed. The titanium alloy product according to the invention includes Al equivalent represented by (Al+10O (oxygen)): 3.5 to 7.2% (% by mass, the same hereinafter), Al: more than 1.0% and 4.5% or less, O: 0.60% or less, Fe equivalent represented by (Fe+0.5Cr+0.5Ni+0.67Co+0.67Mn): 0.8% or more and less than 2.0%, and one or more elements selected from the group consisting of Cu: 0.4 to 3.0% and Sn: 0.4 to 10%, in which the balance is Ti and unavoidable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Konno, Keita Sasaki, Yoshio Itsumi, Hideto Oyama
  • Patent number: 9139895
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are zirconium-based alloys and methods of fabricating nuclear reactor components, particularly fuel cladding tubes, from such alloys that exhibit improved corrosion resistance in aggressive coolant compositions. The fabrication steps include a late-stage ?-treatment on the outer region of the tubes. The zirconium-based alloys will include between about 1.30 and 1.60 wt % tin; between about 0.06 and 0.15 wt % chromium; between about 0.16 and 0.24 wt % iron, and between 0.05 and 0.08 wt % nickel, with the total content of the iron, chromium and nickel comprising above about 0.31 wt % of the alloy and will be characterized by second phase precipitates having an average size typically less than about 40 nm. The final finished cladding will have a surface roughness of less than about 0.50 ?m Ra and preferably less then about 0.10 ?m Ra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Global Nuclear Fuel—Americas, LLC
    Inventors: David White, Daniel R. Lutz, Yang-Pi Lin, John Schardt, Gerald Potts
  • Patent number: 9103002
    Abstract: Articles that are cast from a particular titanium alloy can achieve a relatively high fatigue strength. The titanium alloy is an (?+?) titanium alloy that has a nominal composition of about 5.5 to about 6.63 mass percent aluminum, about 3.5 to about 4.5 mass percent vanadium, about 1.0 to about 2.5 mass percent chromium, maximum of 0.50 mass percent iron, about 0.15 to about 0.25 mass percent oxygen, about 0.06 to about 0.12 mass percent silicon, and at least 80 mass percent titanium or the balance titanium (Ti) with the exception of some allowable impurities. In one exemplary application, this titanium alloy may be used to cast a turbocharger compressor wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: David Decker
  • Publication number: 20140369822
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a component from a TiAl alloy, wherein the component is shaped by forging, in particular isothermal forging, and is subsequently subjected to at least one heat treatment, wherein in the first heat treatment the temperature is between 1100 and 1200° C. and is maintained for 6 to 10 hours and then the component is cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Wilfried Smarsly
  • Patent number: 8906295
    Abstract: A high strength near-beta titanium alloy including, in weight %, 5.3 to 5.7% aluminum, 4.8 to 5.2% vanadium, 0.7 to 0.9% iron, 4.6 to 5.3% molybdenum, 2.0 to 2.5% chromium, and 0.12 to 0.16% oxygen with balance titanium and incidental impurities is provided. An aviation system component comprising the high strength near-beta titanium alloy, and a method for the manufacture of a titanium alloy for use in high strength, deep hardenability, and excellent ductility applications are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Titanium Metals Corporation
    Inventor: John Fanning
  • Publication number: 20140356221
    Abstract: Titanium alloy that is formed by subjecting titanium alloy to a treatment containing a hydrogen storing step for making the titanium alloy store hydrogen therein, a solution-treatment step for heating the titanium alloy having the hydrogen stored therein in the hydrogen storage step to apply a solution treatment to the hydrogen-stored titanium alloy, a cooling step for cooling the heated hydrogen-stored titanium alloy to develop martensitic transformation in the hydrogen-stored titanium alloy, a hot rolling step for heating the martensitic-transformed titanium alloy to a temperature which is not more than a predetermined transformation point and hot-rolling the martensitic-transformed titanium, and a dehydrogenation step for dehydrogenating the hot-rolled titanium alloy, thereby bringing the titanium alloy with the superplastic property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicants: THE JAPAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun NAKAHIGASHI, Kyo TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 8876992
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a turbine engine component comprises the steps of: casting ingots made of a gamma TiAl material using a double vacuum arc remelting casting technique; subjecting the cast ingots to a hot isostatic pressing to close porosity; forming at least one pancake of the gamma TiAl material by isothermally forging the hot isostatic pressed ingots; sectioning each pancake into a plurality of blanks; heat treating the blanks to produce a desired microstructure and mechanical properties; and machining the blanks into finished turbine engine components. A system for performing the process is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Gopal Das
  • Patent number: 8864918
    Abstract: A method for producing a component of a titanium-aluminum base alloy comprising hot isostatically pressing the alloy to form a blank, subjecting the blank to a hot forming by a rapid solid-blank deformation, followed by a cooling of the component to form a deformation microstructure with high recrystallization energy potential, thereafter subjecting the component to a heat treatment in the range of the eutectoid temperature (Teu) of the alloy, followed by cooling in air, to form a homogeneous, fine globular microstructure composed of phases GAMMA, BETA0, ALPHA2 and having an ordered atomic structure at room temperature. This abstract is neither intended to define the invention disclosed in this specification nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Boehler Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co. KG, MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Clemens, Wilfried Wallgram, Martin Schloffer
  • Publication number: 20140305554
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a titanium alloy with high strength and high formability includes preparing a material and equipment for manufacturing a titanium alloy, manufacturing a titanium alloy having a lamellar structure (martensite structure) by cooling the prepared material with water after performing heat treatment at the beta transformation temperature or more, and rolling that makes ultrafine grains by finishing forming of the titanium alloy at a plastic instability temperature by gradually decreasing the forming temperature in accordance with an increase of a strain after starting the forming at the plastic instability temperature of more, under a condition of a low strain in which the strain is 2.5 or less, after the manufacturing of a titanium alloy having a lamellar structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS
    Inventors: Chan Hee Park, Chang Seok Oh, Jong Taek Yeom, Jae Keun Hong, Chong Soo Lee, Yong Taek Hyun
  • Patent number: 8844281
    Abstract: A heat engine includes a first rotatable pulley and a second rotatable pulley spaced from the first rotatable pulley. A shape memory alloy (SMA) element is disposed about respective portions of the pulleys at an SMA pulley ratio. The SMA element includes a first wire, a second wire, and a matrix joining the first wire and the second wire. The first wire and the second wire are in contact with the pulleys, but the matrix is not in contact with the pulleys. A timing cable is disposed about respective portions of the pulleys at a timing pulley ratio, which is different than the SMA pulley ratio. The SMA element converts a thermal energy gradient between the hot region and the cold region into mechanical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Dynalloy, Inc, The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson, John Andrew Shaw, Christopher Burton Churchill, Andrew C. Keefe, Geoffrey P. McKnight, Paul W. Alexander, Guillermo A. Herrera, James Ryan Yates, Jeffrey W. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140286783
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a part made out of TA6Zr4DE titanium alloy including forging a blank in the alpha/beta domain to form a preform, hot die-stamping the preform to form a rough part in the beta domain of the titanium alloy, and heat treatment. During the die-stamping, the rough part is subjected throughout to local deformation c greater than or equal to 1.2, the die-stamping being terminated by immediate cooling at an initial cooling rate faster than 85° C./min. The method can be utilized to make a rotary part of a turbomachine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Marion Derrien, Philippe Rochette