Aluminum Base Patents (Class 148/437)
  • Patent number: 10792892
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of an aluminium alloy for an aluminium-plastic composite part or for the production thereof, wherein the aluminium alloy has the following composition: Si: 0.05-0.35 wt. %, Fe: 1.3-1.75 wt. %, Cu:?0.02 wt. %, Mn: 0.015-0.035 wt. %, Mg:?0.003 wt. %, Cr:?0.03 wt. %, Ni:?0.02 wt. %, Zn:?0.03 wt. %, Ti:?0.03 wt. %, contaminants individually up to 0.05 wt. %, in total up to 0.15 wt. %, the remainder being aluminium. The invention further relates to the use of an aluminium sheet product made from an alloy of this type for an aluminium-plastic composite part or the manufacture thereof. Finally, the invention also relates to an alloy of this type and to an aluminium sheet product made from an alloy of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Siemen, Volker Denkmann
  • Patent number: 10706985
    Abstract: An aluminum foil having a high adhesiveness to solder and containing at least one of Sn and Bi, in which a ratio of a total mass of Sn and Bi to a total mass of the aluminum foil is 0.0075 mass % or more and 15 mass % or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYO ALUMINIUM KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sotaro Akiyama, Yoshitaka Nishio
  • Patent number: 10689041
    Abstract: Provided herein are novel, high-forming multi-layer aluminum alloy packages that include a core layer and one or more cladding layers. The alloy packages have excellent bake-hardening properties and are highly recyclable. The packages also display exceptional bendability and elongation properties. Also provided herein are novel aluminum alloy compositions for use as cladding layers. The compositions contain up to 0.6 wt. % Fe and one or more of Mn, Ni, Ti, Co, Nb, Cr, V, Zr, Hf and Ta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NOVELIS INC.
    Inventors: Guillaume Florey, Cyrille Bezencon, Corrado Bassi, Juergen Timm, Jean-Francois Despois, Jacques Stadlin
  • Patent number: 10633724
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy product and method for producing the aluminum alloy product that, in some embodiments, includes an aluminum alloy strip having at least 0.8 wt. % manganese, at least 0.6 wt % iron, or at least 0.8 wt. % manganese and at least 0.6 wt % iron. A near surface of the aluminum alloy strip, in some embodiments, is substantially free of large particles having an equivalent diameter of at least 50 micrometers and includes small particles. Each small particle, in some embodiments, has a particular equivalent diameter that is less than 3 micrometers, and a quantity per unit area of the small particles having the particular equivalent diameter is at least 0.01 particles per square micrometer at the near surface of the aluminum alloy strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ARCONIC INC.
    Inventors: Ali Unal, Gavin F. Wyatt-Mair, David A. Tomes, Thomas N. Rouns, Lynette M. Karabin
  • Patent number: 10633731
    Abstract: A method for producing an enhanced property integrally bladed rotor includes solution heat treating a stub-containing rotor hub forging; water quenching the solution heat treated stub-containing rotor hub; aging the water quenched stub-containing rotor hub forging; linear friction welding airfoils onto each of a multiple of stubs of the stub-containing rotor hub forging; and concurrently stress relieving the linear friction welds of each of the multiple of stubs within a predefined area while ensuring that a hub inner diameter does not exceed a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Bales, Andrew L. Haynes, Luke H. Rettberg
  • Patent number: 10604826
    Abstract: Aluminum and aluminum alloy microstructures that are adapted for improved performance during shaping and forming production processes. Lower relative ratios of alpha fibers, particularly low-end alpha fibers, to beta fibers promotes improved formability of aluminum sheet or blanks without negatively impacting material strength. Beta fibers with higher relative ratios of S and Copper texture components improve formability and produce fewer and more uniform distortions during production. The resulting improvements in quality allow for cupping, drawing, wall ironing, shaping, and necking processes to be carried out faster and with reduced rates of spoilage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Wang, Wei Wen, Johnson Go
  • Patent number: 10541392
    Abstract: A feed-through through a housing part of a housing, for example of a battery or a capacitor made of a metal, wherein the housing part has at least one opening, through which at least one conductor is fed in a glass or glass ceramic material, and wherein the conductor has at least two sections in the axial direction, a first section made of a first material, e.g. aluminium, and a second section made of a second material, e.g. copper, as well as a transition from the first to the second material, and wherein the transition from the first to the second material is located in the region of the glass or glass ceramic material, said glass or glass ceramic material being adapted to the metal of the housing in such a way that a compression glass-to-metal seal is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventor: Helmut Hartl
  • Patent number: 10507452
    Abstract: Multi-functional materials for use in reversible, high-capacity hydrogen separation and/or storage are described. Also described are systems incorporating the materials. The multi-functional materials combine a hydrogen absorbing material with a high-efficiency and anon-contact energy absorbing material in a composite nanoparticle. The non-contact energy absorbing material include magnetic and/or plasmonic materials. The magnetic or plasmonic materials of the composite nanoparticles can provide localized heating to promote release of hydrogen from the hydrogen storage component of the composite nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Simona H. Murph, Kaitlin J. Lawrence, Henry T. Sessions, Michael A. Brown
  • Patent number: 10442241
    Abstract: A material and method for manufacturing components. The method includes squeeze casting the material into a component of a desired shape and flow-forming the component that has been squeeze cast to refine the shape of the component. The method also includes heat treating the component to enhance the microstructure of the component and machining the component to further refine the shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Lei Gao, Bin Hu, Jianfeng Wang, Anil K. Sachdev
  • Patent number: 10428418
    Abstract: A metal material including a plurality of metal particles arranged in a crystal structure having at least two phases; wherein the at least two phases include a crystalline phase and an amorphous phase, wherein the crystalline phase includes a nanocrystalline phase and the amorphous phase includes a nanoamorphous phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
    Inventors: Jian Lu, Ge Wu
  • Patent number: 10370743
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy wire, an aluminum alloy twisted wire, a covered wire, and a wiring harness, which are excellent in impact strength when a terminal fitting is connected. An aluminum alloy wire contains 0.03% or more and 1.5% or less by mass of Mg, 0.02% or more and 2.0% or less by mass of Si, and 0.1% or more and 0.6% or less by mass of Fe, with the balance consisting of Al and impurities; the wire containing acicular-shaped Mg2Si precipitates of 2.0 to 6.0 in aspect ratio. Further, provided are an aluminum alloy twisted wire containing a plurality of the aluminum alloy wires; a covered wire containing a conductor containing the aluminum alloy wire, and an insulation coating covering the outer circumference of the conductor; and a wiring harness containing a terminal fitting attached to the conductor of the covered wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Kinji Taguchi, Yasuyuki Ootsuka, Tetsuya Kuwabara, Misato Kusakari
  • Patent number: 10287662
    Abstract: An Al alloy cast product includes 3.2% to 7.2% by weight of Mg and 0.28% to 0.6% by weight of Sc, and has an Fe content and an Si content, each of 0.1% by weight or less. The cast product contains, in the metal texture, 3% by volume or less of Al3Sc particle having a particle diameter of 100 nm or less. In production thereof, an Al alloy melt containing 3.2% to 7.2% by weight of Mg and 0.28% to 0.6% by weight of Sc and having an Fe content and an Si content, each of 0.1% by weight or less, is prepared. Next, a casting formed from the melt is subjected to an aging treatment without a solution heat treatment (or a quenching treatment). Then, 3% by volume or less of Al3Sc particle having a particle diameter of 100 nm or less is precipitated in the metal texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., S. S. ALUMINUM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoki Shiota, Nobuhiro Ishizaka, Satoshi Kato
  • Patent number: 10253403
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a grain-refined aluminum-zinc-magnesium-copper alloy sheet, including manufacturing an aluminum alloy sheet from an aluminum-zinc-magnesium-copper alloy melt by twin-roll strip casting, primarily rolling the aluminum alloy sheet manufactured in step 1, cold rolling the aluminum alloy sheet manufactured in step 2, and performing a heat treatment on the aluminum alloy sheet manufactured in step 3, thereby reducing processing time and cost by using twin-roll casting. Since grain refinement and homogenization of the sheet manufactured by the twin-roll casting are maximized by sequentially performing warm rolling, cold rolling, and a heat treatment on the sheet, elongation may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials
    Inventors: Hyoung-Wook Kim, Yun-Soo Lee, Cha Yong Lim, Jae Hyung Cho
  • Patent number: 10190204
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for coating light alloy rims, to coating materials for use in this method, and to the coated light alloy rims obtained in this way. A primer layer, a base coat layer, and a clear coat layer are applied to a machined light alloy rim blank. The primer layer includes a radiation-curable coating material having an acid number of 10 to 120 mg KOH/g. The clear coat layer has a double-bond density of free-radically polymerizable reactive groups per unit mass of coating material of at least 1 mol/kg. The coating materials can be cured by radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Klaus Menzel, Erich Beck, Judith Pietschmann
  • Patent number: 10022773
    Abstract: In some embodiments of present disclosure, a method includes: obtaining an aluminum sheet comprising a 3xxx or a 5xxx alloy having a tensile yield strength as measured in the longitudinal direction of 27-33 ksi and an ultimate tensile strength; wherein the ultimate tensile strength minus the tensile yield strength is less than 3.30 ksi (UTS-TYS<3.30 ksi); and forming a container having a dome from the aluminum sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Alcoa USA Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas N. Rouns, David J. McNeish, Jean F. Capps, Christopher R. Miller
  • Patent number: 9953736
    Abstract: An aluminum electric wire includes an annealing conductor that is made up of elemental wires made of an aluminum alloy containing 0.90-1.20 mass % Fe, 0.10-0.25 mass % Mg, 0.01-0.05 mass % Ti, 0.0005-0.0025 mass % B, and the balance being Al and has a tensile strength of 110 MPa or more, a breaking elongation of 15% or more, and an electric conductivity of 58% IACS or more, and an insulating material covering the conductor. The wire is produced by casting an aluminum alloy prepared by rapidly solidifying a molten aluminum alloy having the above composition, producing the wires by subjecting the alloy to plasticity processing, producing the conductor by bunching the wires, subjecting the wires or the conductor to annealing at 250° C. or higher, and then covering the conductor with the insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD, SUMITOMO ELECTRIC TOYAMA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Otsuka, Masanobu Yoshimura, Kotaro Maeda, Jun Yoshimoto, Masashi Kimura, Taichirou Nishikawa, Misato Kusakari, Shinichi Kitamura, Hiroaki Takai
  • Patent number: 9938974
    Abstract: A supercharger assembly has a rotor housing defining a chamber. A rotor is within the chamber and has an end with an end face. A seal has a seal face adjacent the end face. The seal face and the end face have complex topographies configured to be complementary to define a gap therebetween. The complex topographies can be, but are not limited to, interfitting concentric annular channels. The gap functions as a tortuous flow path to inhibit fluid flow past the end face. A method of manufacturing a supercharger assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew G. Swartzlander
  • Patent number: 9920404
    Abstract: Disclosed is a high elasticity aluminum alloy including a titanium compound. In particular, the high elasticity aluminum alloy includes Ti and B and the composition ratio of Ti and B is from about 3.5 to about 6:1. In addition, B is included in an amount of about 0.5 to 2 wt % in the high elasticity aluminum alloy, and both of Al3Ti and TiB2 phases are included therein as a reinforcement phase. Methods for producing the high elasticity aluminum alloy are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hoon Mo Park, Hoo Dam Lee
  • Patent number: 9914185
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy brazing sheet makes it possible to inexpensively braze aluminum in a nitrogen gas furnace without using flux and a toxic element. The aluminum alloy brazing sheet is used for brazing aluminum in an inert gas atmosphere without using flux, and includes a core material and a filler metal, one side or each side of the core material being clad with the filler metal, the core material being formed of an aluminum alloy that includes 0.2 to 1.3 mass % of Mg, and the filler metal including 6 to 13 mass % of Si and 0.004 to 0.1 mass % of Li, with the balance being aluminum and unavoidable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: UACJ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunaga Itoh, Tomoki Yamayoshi
  • Patent number: 9909199
    Abstract: Described herein are novel aluminum containing alloys. The alloys are highly formable and can be used for producing highly shaped aluminum products, including bottles and cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventors: Johnson Go, DaeHoon Kang, Richard Hamerton
  • Patent number: 9885098
    Abstract: Provided is a 1000-series aluminum alloy plate which has high strength applicable to large-size lithium ion battery cases and also has excellent moldability and excellent laser weldability. An aluminum alloy plate produced from a DC cast slab. The aluminum alloy plate has such a chemical composition comprising 0.01 to 0.4 mass % of Si, 0.01 to 0.5 mass % of Fe, 0.002 to 0.3 mass % of Co and a remainder made up by Al and impurities, wherein the content of Cu, which is contained as an impurity, is limited to less than 0.2 mass %. The aluminum alloy plate has a metallic structure in which the number of second phase particles each having an equivalent circle diameter of 3 ?m or more is 110 particles/mm2 or more and less than 1000 particles/mm2. A cold-rolled and annealed plate produced from the aluminum alloy plate has an elongation value of 30% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenta Suzuki, Yasuyuki Oowada, Hisashi Hori, Keiji Kanamori
  • Patent number: 9874174
    Abstract: An inside surface of an internal combustion engine liner is treated to have a surface roughness Ra smaller than 0.06 ?m, and then receives a DLC coating. A method of producing the internal combustion engine liner includes: forming the liner from a metal material, polishing an inside surface of the liner to obtain a polished inside surface of roughness Ra smaller than 0.06 ?m, and applying the DLC coating to the polished inside surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: H.E.F.
    Inventors: Christophe Heau, Laurent Bombillon, Philippe Maurin-Perrier
  • Patent number: 9773580
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy wire rod has a composition consisting of Mg: 0.10 to 1.00 mass %, Si: 0.10 to 1.00 mass %, Fe: 0.01 to 1.40 mass %, Ti: 0.000 to 0.100 mass %, B: 0.000 to 0.030 mass %, Cu: 0.00 to 1.00 mass %, Ag: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Au: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Mn: 0.00 to 1.00 mass %, Cr: 0.00 to 1.00 mass %, Zr: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Hf: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, V: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Sc: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Co: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, Ni: 0.00 to 0.50 mass %, and the balance: Al and incidental impurities. A dispersion density of compound particles having a size of 20-1000 nm is 1 particle/?m2 or higher. In a distribution of the compound particles in the aluminum alloy wire rod, a maximum dispersion density of the compound particles is less than or equal to five times a minimum dispersion density of the compound particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD., FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Sho Yoshida, Shigeki Sekiya, Kyota Susai, Kengo Mitose
  • Patent number: 9744610
    Abstract: A clad material includes a core material, a first skin material covering one side of the core material, and a second skin material covering the other side of the core material. The clad material is brazed in a state in which the first and second skin materials overlap each other. The core material is made of an Al alloy containing Mn (0.6 to 1.5 mass %), Ti (0.05 to 0.25 mass %), Cu (less than 0.05 mass %), Zn (less than 0.05 mass %), Fe (0.2 mass % or less), and Si (0.45 mass % or less) (balance: Al and unavoidable impurities). The first skin material is made of an Al alloy containing Si (6.8 to 11.0 mass %) and Zn (0.05 mass % or less) (balance: Al and unavoidable impurities). The second skin material is made of an Al alloy containing Si (4.0 to 6.0 mass %) and Cu (0.5 to 1.0 mass %) (balance: Al and unavoidable impurities).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KEIHIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Terada, Kazuyuki Takahashi, Youhei Ikawa
  • Patent number: 9670568
    Abstract: A method of stably preparing an aluminum composite with excellent mechanical properties while the temperature of molten aluminum is maintained at 950° C. or less, includes mixing aluminum powder, a source material for titanium, a source material for a nonmetallic element that is able to be combined with titanium to form a compound, and an active material to prepare a precursor; adding the precursor to molten aluminum; and casting the molten aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS
    Inventors: Jung Moo Lee, Su Hyeon Kim, Suk Bong Kang, Young Hee Cho
  • Patent number: 9657372
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of an inexpensive aluminum alloy that allows fine crystallization of the Al—Fe—Si compound and primary Si by employing a convenient and efficient means. To a molten aluminum alloy including 8 to 20% by mass of Si; 0.5 to 4% by mass of Fe; and, as necessary, at least any one of Mn and Cr; at least any one of Ni, Cu, and Mg; P; and the balance being Al and impurities, AlB2, which is present as a solid phase in molten metal upon crystallization of the Al—Fe—Si compound, is added in such an amount that B is in a range of 0.01 to 0.5% by mass with respect to entire molten aluminum alloy. As the AlB2, an Al—B alloy which includes B as the AlB2 may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Oda, Tetsuya Kikuiri, Tomohiro Isobe, Hiroshi Okada
  • Patent number: 9643386
    Abstract: Provided are a low emissivity film and a window having the same. According to an embodiment of the inventive concept, the low emissivity film may include a first substrate, a first metal oxide layer, a first reflective layer, a second metal oxide layer, and a second substrate. The first metal oxide layer may reflect light having a wavelength of infrared rays. The light having a first wavelength is reflected by cavity effect of the first metal oxide layer, the first reflective layer, and the second metal oxide layer, and the light having a second wavelength may pass through the low emissivity film. Thus, the low emissivity film may express a color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Rae-Man Park
  • Patent number: 9605508
    Abstract: A seal includes a metal composite that has a cellular nanomatrix that includes a metallic nanomatrix material, a metal matrix disposed in the cellular nanomatrix, and a disintegration agent; an inner sealing surface; and an outer sealing surface disposed radially from the inner sealing surface. The seal can be prepared by combining a metal matrix powder, a disintegration agent, and metal nanomatrix material to form a composition; compacting the composition to form a compacted composition; sintering the compacted composition; and pressing the sintered composition to form the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Zhiyue Xu, YingQing Xu, Gregory Lee Hern, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9528343
    Abstract: High strength, degradable ball sealer for temporarily sealing off lower zones in a wellbore from the flow of a fluid injected into the well. The degradable ball sealer may also seal openings formed through slidable packers or sleeves received within a tubing string in the well, from the flow of a fluid injected into the well. The ball sealer includes an aluminum-based alloy matrix containing gallium, with graphitic carbon particulate and salt particulate homogeneously distributed within the aluminum-based alloy matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Jordan, Kenneth W. Cornett, Paul A. Dudzinski
  • Patent number: 9493862
    Abstract: A wear-resistant aluminum alloy having a complex microstructure may include a range of about 19 to 27 wt % of zinc (Zn); a range of about 3 to 5 wt % of tin (Sn); a range of about 0.6 to 2.0 wt % of iron (Fe); and a balance of aluminum (Al).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hee Sam Kang
  • Patent number: 9493863
    Abstract: A wear-resistant alloy having a complex microstructure, which may include a range of about 28 to 38 wt % of zinc (Zn), a range of about 1 to 3 wt % of tin (Sn), a range of about 0.4 to 1.4 wt of iron (Fe) and a balance of aluminum (Al), is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hee Sam Kang
  • Patent number: 9452473
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing castings are described. The method can include heating a ceramic mold having a gate inlet, and melting a metallic composition. The method can also include presenting the ceramic mold to a casting station such that the gate inlet is in fluid communication with the molten metallic composition, and casting against gravity the molten metallic composition into the heated mold through the gate inlet. Furthermore, the method can include rotating the mold to position with the gate inlet in an upward direction while the metallic composition is at least partially molten within the mold, and quenching the molten metallic composition in a liquid quench medium to solidify the molten metallic composition within the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: PCC STRUCTURALS, INC.
    Inventors: James Raphord Barrett, Michael Snow
  • Patent number: 9359669
    Abstract: A method of forming targets for cathodic arc deposition of alloy bond coats for turbine engines components consists of melting a base alloy containing aluminum and other metals, adding grain boundary strengthening alloy additions, and casting the melt to form a cylindrical billet that is subsequently sectioned into puck shaped targets. The grain boundary strengthening additions minimize intergranular fracture of the targets during high current operation of the arc coating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Reade R. Clemens, Neil B. Ridgeway
  • Patent number: 9229478
    Abstract: A housing includes a substrate, a transition layer disposed on the substrate, and a color layer disposed on the transition layer. The transition layer is a mixing coating layer of metal carbonitride. The metal contains titanium and one of which selected from the group consisting of aluminum, chromium, and iron. The color layer is a titanium-chromium-aluminum layer. An electronic device using the housing is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Chun-Jie Zhang
  • Patent number: 9222151
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy which is excellent in high temperature strength and heat conductivity by adjusting the composition to one keeping down the drop in high temperature strength and making the Mn content as small as possible to reduce the formation of a solid solution in the aluminum, which aluminum alloy having a composition of ingredients which contains Si: 12 to 16 mass %, N: 0.1 to 2.5 mass %, Cu: 3 to 5 mass %, Mg: 0.3 to 1.2 mass %, Fe: 0.3 to 1.5 mass %, and P: 0.004 to 0.02 mass % and furthermore 0 to 0.1 mass % of Mn and further contains, as necessary, at least one of V: 0.01 to 0.1 mass %, Zr: 0.01 to 0.6 mass %, Cr: 0.01 to 0.2 mass %, and Ti: 0.01 to 0.2 mass %. Also described is a method for producing the aluminum alloy melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Xing, Izumi Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Oda, Yutaka Ishida, Hiroshi Horikawa
  • Patent number: 9084992
    Abstract: A nitrogen-containing carbon alloy obtained by baking an organic material having a nitrogen-containing crystalline organic compound having a molecular weight of 60 to 2000, wherein the nitrogen-containing crystalline organic compound excludes a nitrogen-containing metal complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9064852
    Abstract: A thermally conductive composite material, a thermal transfer device made of the material, and a method for making the material are disclosed. Apertures or depressions are formed in aluminum or aluminum alloy. Plugs are formed of thermal pyrolytic graphite. An amount of silicon sufficient for liquid interface diffusion bonding is applied, for example by vapor deposition or use of aluminum silicon alloy foil. The plugs are inserted in the apertures or depressions. Bonding energy is applied, for example by applying pressure and heat using a hot isostatic press. The thermal pyrolytic graphite, aluminum or aluminum alloy and silicon form a eutectic alloy. As a result, the plugs are bonded into the apertures or depressions. The composite material can be machined to produce finished devices such as the thermal transfer device. Thermally conductive planes of the thermal pyrolytic graphite plugs may be aligned in parallel to present a thermal conduction path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: The Peregrine Falcon Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Hardesty
  • Publication number: 20150122378
    Abstract: A high electrical conductive, high temperature stable foil material, a process for the preparation of such a high electrical conductive, high temperature stable foil material, a solar cell interconnector including the high electrical conductive, high temperature stable foil material as well as the use of the high electrical conductive, high temperature stable foil material and/or the solar cell interconnector in solar power, aircraft or space applications. The high electrical conductive, high temperature stable foil material includes an aluminium alloy that has at least two elements selected from the group of scandium (Sc), magnesium (Mg), zirconium (Zr), ytterbium (Yb) and manganese (Mn).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: AIRBUS DS GMBH
    Inventors: Frank PALM, Wiebke STEINS, Claus ZIMMERMANN
  • Patent number: 8999083
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy fin material for a heat exchanger having suitable strength before brazing enabling easy fin formation, having high strength after brazing, having a high thermal conductivity (electrical conductivity) after brazing, and having superior sag resistance, erosion resistance, self corrosion prevention, and sacrificial anode effect, a method of production of the same, and a method of production of a heat exchanger using the fin material are provided, that is, an aluminum alloy fin material having a chemical composition of Si: 0.7 to 1.4 wt %, Fe: 0.5 to 1.4 wt %, Mn: 0.7 to 1.4 wt %, and Zn: 0.5 to 2.5 wt %, Mg as an impurity limited to 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Light Metal Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Suzuki, Tomohiro Sasaki, Masae Nagasawa, Nobuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8992705
    Abstract: During a process of cooling a hypereutectic Al—Si alloy melt, ultrasonic vibration is applied to the melt to crystallize primary crystal ?-Al using, in combination, an ultrasonic transducer (8) that generates the ultrasonic vibration, an ultrasonic horn (7) that is connected to the ultrasonic transducer (8) and transmits the ultrasonic vibration in a specified direction, a treatment vessel (2) that holds the melt and is in contact with the ultrasonic horn (7), and a treatment vessel fixing device (3) that fixes the treatment vessel (2) by pressing the treatment vessel toward the ultrasonic horn (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota School Foundation
    Inventors: Yuichi Furukawa, Yoshiki Tsunekawa
  • Publication number: 20150083280
    Abstract: A shaped metal casting made in an aggregate mold comprises fine solidification microstructure that is finer than the solidification microstructure of an analogous metal casting made from conventional molding processes. The solidification microstructure may be up to five times finer than the solidification microstructure of a conventionally prepared casting. In preferred embodiments, as a result of directional solidification, the fine solidification microstructure is substantially continuous from a distal end of the casting to a proximal end of the casting, and exhibits greatly enhanced soundness. Because of the control of the uniformity of freezing of the casting, its properties are substantially uniform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ALOTECH LTD. LLC
    Inventors: John R. Grassi, John Campbell, J. Fred Major
  • Patent number: 8980168
    Abstract: The beryllium content of beryllium aluminum alloys suitable for investment casting which contain a small but suitable amount of silver can be significantly reduced without adversely affecting their thermal or investment casting properties by including significantly more silicon in the alloy than done in the past.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Materion Brush Inc.
    Inventor: Randolf S. Beals
  • Publication number: 20150027595
    Abstract: An aluminum material for producing light-weight components includes aluminum (Al), scandium (Sc), zirconium (Zr) and ytterbium (Yb), where a weight ratio of scandium (Sc) to zirconium (Zr) to ytterbium (Yb) [Sc/Zr/Yb] is in a range from 10/5/2.5 to 10/2.5/1.25.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Frank PALM
  • Patent number: 8857332
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aluminum alloy strip for the production of printing plate carriers comprising water-based coatings, wherein the aluminum alloy strip has a thickness of at most 0.5 mm. The object is to propose an aluminum alloy strip for the production of printing plate carriers comprising at least one water-based coating so that punctiform coating faults are prevented. The object is achieved for an aluminum alloy strip in that the aluminum alloy strip, in a longitudinal polished section prepared using water as a lubricant, has etch figures with a cubic etching, of which the longitudinal extent is at most 15 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Knabben, Bernhard Kernig, Jochen Hasenclever, Gerd Steinhoff, Werner Droste, Katrin Kuhnke
  • Patent number: 8858737
    Abstract: An aluminum-based sliding alloy containing 1 to 15 mass % of Si is provided. Si precipitates in the form of particles in an observation field of the aluminum-based sliding alloy. The Si particles have a maximum diameter of 0.01 to 7.5 ?m and the total area of Si particles having a diameter of not more than 5.5 ?m accounts for not less than 95% of the total area of the Si particles present in the aluminum-based sliding alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Daido Metal Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Saruwatari, Yukihiko Kagohara, Tomoyuki Nirasawa
  • Patent number: 8844796
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of making a structure by ultrasonic welding and superplastic forming. The method comprises assembling a plurality of workpieces comprising a first workpiece including a first material having superplastic characteristics; ultrasonically welding the first workpiece to a second workpiece, to form an assembly; heating the assembly to a temperature at which the first material having superplastic characteristics is capable of superplastic deformation, and injecting a fluid between the first workpiece and the second workpiece to form a cavity between the first workpiece and the second workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kevin T. Slattery
  • Publication number: 20140283952
    Abstract: A method of processing a metal for improved damping of a metal part is provided. The method comprises placing the metal part inside a current carrying coil and closing a circuit for to apply current to the coil, thus producing a magnetic field in the metal part. Thereafter, the circuit is opened for a time and then the circuit is closed a second time to apply a second current to the coil. The circuit is then opened a second time and the metal part is removed from the current carrying coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Paul Mitchick, Raju Karthik, Mauricio Gonzalez-Rocha, Jerzy Hieronim Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 8828156
    Abstract: An aluminum sheet material for lithographic printing plates wherein the number of aluminum carbide particles having a circle equivalent diameter, measured by the PoDFA method, of 3 ?m or more is four or less, the number of aluminum carbide particles having a circle equivalent diameter, measured by the PoDFA method, of 3 ?m or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Fujifilm Corporation, Sumitomo Light Metal Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Kurokawa, Hirokazu Sawada, Akio Uesugi, Masanori Tsunekawa, Kazuaki Hatano, Hiroshi Ougi, Koushi Nagae
  • Publication number: 20140212324
    Abstract: Provided by the present invention are a fine crystallite high-function metal alloy member, a method for manufacturing the same, and a business development method thereof, in which a crystallite of a metal alloy including a high-purity metal alloy whose crystal lattice is a face-centered cubic lattice, a body-centered cubic lattice, or a close-packed hexagonal lattice is made fine with the size in the level of nanometers (10?9 m to 10?6 m) and micrometers (10?6 m to 10?3 m), and the form thereof is adjusted, thereby remedying drawbacks thereof and enhancing various characteristics without losing superior characteristics owned by the alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: THREE-O CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuo Ogasa
  • Patent number: 8613374
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a vehicle is made of a cast aluminum alloy and has good ductility and toughness. The cast aluminum alloy is subjected to a heat treatment at a temperature of no less than about 350° C. and no more than about 390° C. to possess a Vickers hardness of about 70 HV or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Kitsunai, Atsushi Hirose