In Configured Mold Patents (Class 156/245)
  • Patent number: 10364046
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of producing part of an airframe for attachment to a system. The method comprises: providing an initial structure; providing a reference structure; positioning the initial structure with respect to the reference structure such that its position/orientation relative to the reference structure is the same as the position/orientation relative to the system that it would have if the part of the airframe was attached to the system; specifying an inner mold line; applying, to an outer surface of the initial structure, material; and machining the material such that the position/orientation of the outer surface of the material with respect to the reference structure is the same as the position/orientation with respect to the system that the inner mold line would have if the part of the airframe was attached to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventor: Steven Neil Sanderson
  • Patent number: 10332865
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a LED module includes preparing a circuit board, such that the circuit board includes a reflective laminate around a chip mounting region and an electrode pad in the chip mounting region, preparing a mask, such that the mask includes a protruding portion with a discharge hole, and the protruding portion is inserted into a space surrounded by the reflective laminate, dispensing solder paste onto the electrode pad using the mask, and bonding an electrode of a LED chip to the electrode pad of the circuit board using the solder paste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sun Kim, Jae Jun Bang, Chang Ho Shin, Dong Soo Lee, Seog Ho Lim, Myoung Sun Ha
  • Patent number: 10330074
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade having a transition between two reinforcement fiber types is described. A gradual transition is provided by a combined double-tapered thickness section with a first type of reinforcement fibers sandwiched between a second type of reinforcement fibers or vice versa. The double-tapering is provided during layup and the reinforcement material is impregnated with a polymer resin and then cured or hardened so that the two types of reinforcement fibers are embedded in a common polymer matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Jeppe Bjorn Jorgensen, Casper Kildegaard, Klavs Jespersen
  • Patent number: 10329201
    Abstract: A method for forming a ceramic matrix composite article includes laying up a first group of plies; laying up a second group of plies, the first and second groups of plies being adjacent to each other; compacting the first group of plies and the second group of plies in the same processing step; and performing a first infiltration process on the first group of plies. The method also includes performing a second infiltration process on the second group of plies, the first infiltration process being one of a melt infiltration process or a chemical vapor infiltration process, and the second infiltration process being the other of the melt infiltration process or the chemical vapor infiltration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Dale Steibel, Suresh Subramanian, Suresh Viswanathan, Jared Hogg Weaver
  • Patent number: 10300632
    Abstract: A method of producing a preform, having a step for preparing a sheet-shaped prepreg and a preform mold having a forming surface and a separable portion constituting at least a portion of the forming surface, forming the prepreg using the preform mold, and then removing the preform together with the separable portion from the preform mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihide Kakimoto
  • Patent number: 10279987
    Abstract: A method for producing an element of a capsule, the capsule being intended to contain a product having at least one component that can be extracted by means of an extraction fluid, comprises the step of obtaining at least one preparatory zone intended to define, during use of the capsule, a passage for the extraction fluid, so that the extraction fluid can pass through the capsule in order to extract said component. The preparatory zone is obtained by means of a cutting operation carried out before the capsule is filled with the product and after the capsule element has been formed. The cutting operation is carried out by means of a blade element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SOCIETA′ COOPERATIVA
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Parrinello, Fabrizio Pucci
  • Patent number: 10201959
    Abstract: Composite laminate parts are made using a gradient cured subset of fiber reinforced thermoset resin plies. A portion of the subset is cured to rigidity to thereby maintain the shape of a part layup, while other plies in the subset are actively cooled to prevent them from curing. Additional plies are laid up on the uncured plies of the subset to complete the layup. The completed layup is then fully cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Keith Daniel Humfeld, Samra S. Sangari
  • Patent number: 10179428
    Abstract: A formation assembly for use in manufacturing a reinforced insulation panel including a foam material and a reinforcing structure includes a back plate including a first surface configured to receive the foam material, and a first support sheet spaced from the first surface to form a gap therebetween, wherein the first support sheet supports the reinforcing structure. The formation assembly also includes a second support sheet spaced from the first support sheet, wherein the second support sheet defines an upper boundary of the reinforced insulation panel. A rigid structure is coupled to the second support sheet, wherein the rigid structure restricts movement of the reinforced insulation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher S. Roper, David Page, Randall Schubert, Keith Y. Chong, Eric Clough, Angela M. Iler, Faizal K. Barnes
  • Patent number: 10172408
    Abstract: A method for protecting the human head during and after an impact. This is accomplished by fabricating a layer of material that fits precisely on each individual wearer's head, and yet is so rigid that upon impact, the head will not be allowed to significantly change shape or volume, even temporarily. The structure and properties of this protective layer can be easily adapted to most helmet designs. The preferred method of forming this protective layer is to map each wearer's head shape with laser scanning, and then form the layer by means of 3D printing. Said fitted and rigid layer in very close and uniform contact with each wearers head is called an SPDI shield. The SPDI label stands for “Shape Preservation During Impact”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: John G. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10161381
    Abstract: Rotor blades and methods for joining blade components of rotor blades are provided. A method includes positioning an insert between and in contact with a first blade component and a second blade component. At least one of the first blade component or the second blade component includes a thermoplastic resin. The insert includes a thermoplastic resin and an energy absorptive pigment. The method further includes heating the thermoplastic resin of the at least one of the first blade component or the second blade component and the thermoplastic resin of the insert. The method further includes cooling the thermoplastic resin of the at least one of the first blade component or the second blade component and the thermoplastic resin of the insert. The heating step and the cooling step join the first blade component, the second blade component and the insert together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James Robert Tobin, Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum
  • Patent number: 10151297
    Abstract: Rotor blades and methods for joining shear clips in wind turbine rotor blades are provided. A method includes positioning the shear clip adjacent a shear web of the rotor blade, the shear clip including a thermoplastic resin, the shear web including a thermoplastic resin. The method further includes welding the thermoplastic resin of the shear clip and the thermoplastic resin of the shear web together. The method further includes positioning the shear clip adjacent a spar cap of the rotor blade, the spar cap including a thermoplastic resin. The method further includes welding the thermoplastic resin of the shear clip and the thermoplastic resin of the spar cap together. The method further includes joining the shear web and the spar cap together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum, James Robert Tobin
  • Patent number: 10137941
    Abstract: A vehicle body component includes a basic element reinforced with a reinforcing element of fiber-reinforced plastics material. The basic element reinforced with the reinforcing element is a basic element of a pillar of a vehicle body or a roof element. The reinforcing element has a constant thickness or a variable thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Selahattin Türel Memili, Raphael Koch, Igor Licko
  • Patent number: 10107258
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade comprises a profiled contour having a pressure side and a suction side, a leading edge and a trailing edge with a chord extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge. The profiled contour generating a lift when being impacted by an incident airflow is formed by a hollow shell body. The hollow shell body is formed by at least a first shell body part and a second shell body part, which are mutually connected at least at the trailing edge and/or the leading edge. An edge stiffener is arranged within the hollow shell body at a first part of the edges, a first surface part of the edge stiffener being connected to an inner side of the first shell body part, and a second surface part of the edge stiffener being connected to an inner side of the second shell body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LM GLASFIBER A/S
    Inventors: Peter Quiring, Rocco Prete, Torben Lindby
  • Patent number: 10105939
    Abstract: A support mandrel for producing curved composite components includes a prismatoid mandrel body formed from a flexible material, the mandrel body having two polygonal bases and an upper support surface extending between the two polygonal bases of the mandrel body, and a reinforcement bar enclosed within the mandrel body and extending between the two polygonal bases of the mandrel body substantially parallel and near to the upper support surface of the mandrel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Tassilo Witte, Johann-Christian Koerbelin
  • Patent number: 10090180
    Abstract: A package assembly for thin wafer shipping using a wafer container and a method of use are disclosed. The package assembly includes a shipping container and a wafer container having a bottom surface and a plurality of straps attached thereto placed within the shipping container. The package assembly further includes upper and lower force distribution plates provided within the shipping container positioned respectively on a top side and bottom side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Damyon L. Corbin, Charles F. Musante
  • Patent number: 10059036
    Abstract: A tool for impregnating a reinforcing fiber material with plastic comprising a support element supporting face facing and spaced from a cover element covering face. A receiving space, between the supporting and covering faces, is connected to an injection channel for supplying the plastic into the space and comprises an inlet opening for continuously feeding the fiber material into the space, as well as an outlet opening for continuously removing plastic impregnated fiber material. The distance between the supporting and covering faces is constant, perpendicular to a feed direction of the fiber material and parallel to a plane defined by at least one of the supporting and covering faces. The support and cover elements are movable relative to one another such that the distance between the supporting and covering faces in the feed direction is adaptable to a varying thickness of the fiber material fed through the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Sascha Backhaus, Krzysztof Lenartowicz, Robert Gaitzsch
  • Patent number: 10052851
    Abstract: The fiber-reinforced plastic member includes a continuous variation layer which includes a synthetic resin constituting a base and a plurality of reinforcement fibers embedded in the synthetic resin, and a reinforcing layer which is attached to the continuous variation layer to constitute the fiber-reinforced plastic member for a vehicle and is composed of a synthetic resin constituting the base and a plurality of reinforcement fibers. In particular, the plurality of reinforcement fibers in the continuous variation layer are arranged so as to be inclined with respect to a longitudinal direction of the fiber-reinforced plastic member for a vehicle and angles of the reinforcement fibers with respect to the longitudinal direction of the fiber-reinforced plastic member progressively varying along the longitudinal direction and the plurality of reinforcement fibers in the reinforcing layer are embedded in the synthetic resin and intersecting each other in a reticular pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jeong Min Cho, Chi Hoon Choi, Hae Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10052842
    Abstract: A composite structure having a laminated structure made of fiber reinforced plastic and metallic material comprises a base member(s) made of metallic material; and a reinforcement member(s) made of fiber reinforced plastic, the reinforcement member(s) comprising: a first reinforcement part(s) made of fiber reinforced plastic including reinforcement fibers which are aligned in a uni-direction, and a second reinforcement part(s) made of fiber reinforced plastic including at least reinforcement fibers which are aligned in a crossing direction relative to the uni-direction in which the reinforcement fibers of the first reinforcement part(s) are aligned, and interposed between the base member(s) and the first reinforcement part(s), the reinforcement member(s) further comprising a thermosetting resin included in a bonding site with the base member(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: AISIN TAKAOKA CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Yamashita, Kiyohito Kondo, Takeki Matsumoto, Hirokazu Kawabe, Yoshiteru Inamoto
  • Patent number: 10023699
    Abstract: There is provided herein a curable polysiloxane composition comprising a reactive polysiloxane having the general structural formula (I): as described herein. There is provided a method of making the polysiloxane. In addition, there is provided a curable composition including the polysiloxane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Anuj Mittal, Raveendra Mathad, Sumi Dinkar, Indumathi Ramakrishnan, Manav Gupta
  • Patent number: 10016939
    Abstract: A three-dimensional modeling method having a high degree of flexibility in selecting sheet materials, and capable of performing modeling with high accuracy is provided. In each of a plurality of sheets used for the three-dimensional modeling method in one aspect of the disclosure, a body layer 2 to be cut in a cutting step and an adhesive layer 3 formed on at least a partial region of a surface of the body layer 2 and serving for adhesion to another sheet are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 10005898
    Abstract: Composition for producing films with low amount of gels and good haze, wherein said composition comprises a polypropylene and a high density polyethylene powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: ABU DHABI POLYMERS CO. LTD (BOROUGE) L.L.C., BOREALIS AG
    Inventors: Daniel Van Houcke, Niraj Dixit, Raghvendra Singh
  • Patent number: 10000663
    Abstract: A protective flowable or spreadable composition. The protective composition optionally and preferably features a base material according to various embodiments and aerogel, dispersed in an acrylic dispersion. Preferably the protective composition further comprises one or more of chopped glass fibers and titanium dioxide. Water or an aqueous solution is preferably added to determine the degree of viscosity, for example to apply the composition in flowable form (paint, sprayable material, coating and so forth) or in spreadable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Jammer, Joseph Labock
  • Patent number: 9999574
    Abstract: A method for producing a pacifier teat, and a pacifier teat with a teat section which forms a hollow space and which is adjoined by a stem, wherein an elastic hollow body comprising the teat section and the stem is injection molded or pre-formed by a dipping method, and opposite wall sections of the pre-formed hollow body are connected to each other in the region of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MAM BABYARTIKEL GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
    Inventor: Peter Rohrig
  • Patent number: 9993947
    Abstract: A stiffened composite panel is fabricated using modular tooling. Composite pre-preg is laid up and formed over forming block modules each of which is assembled by co-linearly arranging a plurality of forming block segments. The formed stiffeners are respectively transferred to individual cure tool modules that are assembled by co-linearly arranging a plurality of cure tool module segments. The stiffeners are assembled by arranging the cure tool modules side-by-side, and a composite skin is placed on the assembled stiffeners. The panel is vacuum bagged using a segmented vacuum bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Martin Wayne Hansen
  • Patent number: 9981444
    Abstract: A composite stiffener is fabricated using preforms of laminated, unidirectional composite tape. The stiffener includes a void that is reinforced by a filler wrapped with a structural adhesive. The surfaces of the preforms surrounding the void include a layer of composite fabric which is bonded to the filler by the adhesive, thereby increasing the toughness of stiffeners around the void and improving pull-off strength of the stiffener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Lyle R. Deobald, John D. Morris, Karl B. Lee, Jeffery L. Marcoe, Mark C. Iden, Christopher G. Harris
  • Patent number: 9981409
    Abstract: A forming device has a machine frame and a forming apparatus disposed on the machine frame. At least one heating chamber is disposed on the machine frame. A heatable support is received in the at least one heating chamber in a position of use for preheating semi-finished products and can be moved in a movement direction out of the at least one heating chamber into a removal position for removal of preheated semi-finished products from the support. In the removal position, the support is at least partially located adjacent to the machine frame and enables access to preheated semi-finished products. At least one heating device is associated with the at least one heating chamber and has one or more convection heating devices that discharge at least one directable heating air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nabuurs Developing S. L.
    Inventor: Antonius Henricus Bernardus Nabuurs
  • Patent number: 9981433
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed methods for modifying molds of rotor blades of a wind turbine. In certain embodiments, the blade mold is constructed, at least in part, of a thermoplastic material optionally reinforced with a fiber material. In one embodiment, the method includes identifying at least one blade mold addition for the mold of the rotor blade and positioning the blade mold addition at a predetermined location of the mold of the rotor blade. Further, the blade mold addition is constructed, at least in part, of a thermoplastic material. Thus, the method includes applying at least one of heat, pressure, or one or more chemicals at an interface of the blade mold addition and the mold so as to join the blade mold addition to the mold. In further embodiments, the methods described herein are also directed repairing thermoplastic blade molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Caruso, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum, James Robert Tobin
  • Patent number: 9976926
    Abstract: Inspection methods and systems for detecting leaks in a vacuum bag assembly used in the manufacture of a composite part based on spraying helium over the vacuum bag and detecting the helium drawn by the vacuum inside the vacuum bag through a leak. The inspection methods comprise creating a local helium atmosphere in a chamber over the vacuum bag assembly by zones, following a programmed zonal sequence, for a first leak detection test of each zone and a subsequent second leak detection test if the first test gives a positive result. The inspection systems comprise a helium spraying system and helium detecting equipment arranged to implement the inspection methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: Georgina Galera Córdoba, Augusto Pérez Pastor, Francisco Javier Jordán Carnicero, Yolanda Miguez Charines, Ángel Pablo Gordo Arias, Laura Álvarez Antoñón
  • Patent number: 9962639
    Abstract: A filter element has a mat-type or sheet-type filter web (3) forming by its outside (5) at least in part a filter jacket (7). Along the outside (5) of the filter jacket (7), a surface configuration or modification takes place with structures (11) being delimited from the remaining surface (9) of the filter web (3), being joined to the filter jacket (7) and being of presettable contour and/or thickness. The structures (11) are generated by spray-fiber application and shaping, in such a manner that in time sequence, first the structures (11) and then the filter jacket (7), or in reverse order in time sequence, first the filter jacket (7) and then the structures (11), or that simultaneously both the filter jacket (7) and the structures (11) are formed in negative or positive shape on the filter jacket (7). The production of the filter element and a shaping device used in this production process are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HYDAC FILTERTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Micha Kreibig
  • Patent number: 9950443
    Abstract: A pressure die casting mold for producing a casting which is part of an integral toilet having a body, a water ring, and a tank, wherein the casting, as an integral component, includes the water ring and the tank which is open on the upper side. The pressure die casting mold is composed of at least five molded parts which are interconnectable in a releasable manner, namely of a base part, two side parts having in each case one half of a front wall, a rear wall, and a cover part. The molded parts delimit a cavity which corresponds to the outer shape of the casting. A wedge element, which at least in portions delimits the inner shape of the water tank, is provided on the base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DURAVIT AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Juan Angel de la Corte, Christian Ledermann
  • Patent number: 9951502
    Abstract: A basin molding (1), for example a kitchen sink, a washbasin or the like, is made of a composite material having a polymerized cured binder (14) and fillers (16). The basin molding (1) has a visible side (34) and a rear side (36), which is located opposite the visible side (34). Unidirectionally oriented fibers (10) are polymerized into the composite material on, or in the vicinity of, the surface of the rear side (36) of the basin molding (1). A method produces such basin molding (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SCHOCK GMBH
    Inventors: Rudolf Paternoster, Xaver Pledl
  • Patent number: 9943146
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a silicone ring consisting of two outer-band halves formed by compression silicone-molding in a first mold and an inner-band formed by placing half of the outer-bands of the ring in a second mold, placing a spacer-insert mold over the second mold, inserting a silicone rubber in the cavities of a spacer-insert mold, inserting the remaining outer-band halves into a fourth mold, inserting the three molds into a compression chamber to vulcanize the outer-band halves and the inner-band together, wherein the first and second outer-bands form a complete ring, and a symmetrical inner-band is formed in between the first and second outer-band halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Qalo LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Baker, Kyle Holiday
  • Patent number: 9944057
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed of forming a joint between a relatively hardened strip of material, such as a molded and cured conveyor belt strip, and an adjacent material that is in the process of curing. The curing material shrinks during the curing process, pulling away from the edge of the relatively hardened strip. The method includes moving the relatively hardened strip of material toward the curing, adjacent material strip to compensate for the shrinkage. An apparatus, for example, grips the relatively hardened strip of material and maintains a constant pressure at the interface between the relatively hardened strip of material and the curing material strip while the latter cures and shrinks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boral IP Holdings (Australia) Pty Limited
    Inventors: Brian Allen Shaw, Daniel Gomez, Guy Lamar Crocco, Russ Kendal Majors
  • Patent number: 9908280
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fuel tank includes: an introducing process in which a molten resin sheet formed with a tank body is introduced in a forming mold; a shaping process in which a movable member abuts against the molten resin sheet to form a molten resin projection projected in a thickness direction of the molten resin sheet; an arranging process in which the molten resin projection is inserted in an attachment hole provided in an attachment part, and the attachment part is arranged on the molten resin sheet; and a machining process in which the molten resin projection is pressurized by a pressurizing member, so as to bulge out a portion of the molten resin projection to an outer peripheral side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Miki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9889718
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body panel coupled to a vehicle frame and having an outer surface and an inner surface, a thermal structure disposed proximate the inner surface of the body panel, wherein the thermal structure includes at least one of a heat-emitting portion and a heat-absorbing portion, wherein the thermal structure is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel to define an ambient temperature portion and a differential temperature portion, and wherein the differential portion is in communication with the thermal structure and cooperates with the thermal structure to generate a predetermined pattern. A controller having at least one of a humidity sensor and a temperature sensor is in communication with the outer surface of the body panel, wherein the controller operates the thermal structure according to data delivered to the controller from at least one of the humidity and temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford GLobal Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jedidiah Paul Durkin
  • Patent number: 9878484
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a thermoforming machine, which can include a horizontal intermittent motion thermoforming machine, and a mold, wherein the mold contains a plurality of pocket forming cavities in a 2-dimensional array. These cavities can each be defined by side walls and a base, and each cavity can be surrounded by a planar surface of the mold on all sides. Further, the cavities can be positioned in the array so as to provide a plurality of continuous strips of uninterrupted planar surface of the mold from a leading to a trailing edge of the mold. These cavities can have rounded bottom corners, formed where the side walls meet the base, and rounded edges, formed where side walls meet an upper surface of the mold. The thermoforming machine can be further configured to be able to draw a web of water-soluble film down into the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Geoffrey Robert Hammond, Richard Rogers
  • Patent number: 9849967
    Abstract: A rib is disclosed for use in a torque box of a wing structure provided on an aircraft. The wing structure has a skin panel and a stringer coupled to the skin panel. The rib includes a web defining at least one stringer hole sized to receive the stringer, a shear tie coupled to the web and configured to engage the skin panel, and a clip positioned adjacent the at least one stringer hole. The clip has a base coupled to and aligned with the web, a head extending at an angle relative to the base and configured to engage the stringer, and a transition portion extending between the base and the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James P. Dobberfuhl, Matt D. Uhlman, William J. Moon
  • Patent number: 9849658
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and to a method for producing a rotor-blade spar cap with pultruded rods made of a fiber-reinforced material. According to the invention, the system includes at least one retaining apparatus for rotatably mounting at least one rod-layer roll with a rolled-up layer of pultruded rods arranged one beside the other, and a laminating mold for receiving layers of pultruded rods. The system further includes at least one guiding apparatus and additionally at least one trimming apparatus. The guiding apparatus is designed to guide onto the laminating mold a layer of pultruded rods which has been unrolled from a rod-layer roll. And, the trimming apparatus, for trimming the layers of pultruded rods, has a sawing apparatus and/or a milling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Senvion SE
    Inventors: Enno Eyb, Urs Bendel, Lenz Simon Zeller
  • Patent number: 9850329
    Abstract: A low viscosity polymer having a linear or branched backbone derived from farnesene monomers and at least one terminal-end functionalized with a hydroxyl group. This polymer may be further hydrogenated to reduce unsaturation and acrylated, such that it may be incorporated into a LOCA composition. The LOCA composition may be used in a laminated screen assembly, such as a touch screen, for electronic devices by adhering the LOCA composition between an optically transparent layer, such as a cover glass, and a display. The cured LOCA composition has a refractive index similar to the optically transparent layer. A method of making the low viscosity polymer for the LOCA composition includes anionically polymerizing farnesene monomers, quenching a living end of the polymer to provide the hydroxyl-terminated polymer; hydrogenating the hydroxyl-terminated polymer; and reacting the at least partially saturated hydroxyl-terminated polymer with at least one reagent to provide an acrylate terminated hydrogenated polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Taejun Yoo, Herbert Chao, Steven K. Henning
  • Patent number: 9845059
    Abstract: A method of creating in situ an acoustic enclosure in a space that is between body panels of a motor vehicle, wherein the space defines an empty volume, the method comprising placing into the space between body panels a molding tool that comprises a solid barrier that divides the space between body panels into an interior portion on an inside of the molding tool and an exterior portion that is external to an outside of the molding tool, where the outside of the molding tool is exposed to the space between body panels, and while the molding tool is in the space between the panels, introducing a fluid material into the exterior portion of the space between the body panels, wherein the fluid material is configured to cure into a solid shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Tobe Z. Barksdale, Charles E. Dunn, Jr., Lee Prager, Ben J. Feng
  • Patent number: 9835785
    Abstract: Disclosed are an optical member, a display device having the same, and a method of fabricating the same. The optical member includes a receiving part having an empty space therein, a host in the receiving part, a plurality of wavelength conversion particles in the host, a sealing part in the receiving part, and a pre-treatment layer between the sealing part and an inner surface of the receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: June Roh, Kyung Jin Kim, Ja Ram Kim, Jae Hong Lee, Soon Young Hyun
  • Patent number: 9827639
    Abstract: A method of placing a fastener plate on a structure made of composite material, the structure being obtained by a technique of injecting resin under a vacuum, the technique including placing a fiber preform in a closed mold, injecting a thermosetting resin into the mold, and polymerizing the resin prior to cooling. The method includes mounting a metal fastener plate against a wall of the mold before putting the fiber preform into place, the fastener plate coming into contact with one of faces of the fiber preform while the fiber preform is being put into place in the mold, and the resin becoming deposited between the fastener plate and the fiber preform while the resin is being injected into the mold. The method may be used in particular for fastening equipment on a composite material fan casing of a gas turbine for an aeroengine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Richard Mathon, Antoine Phelippeau
  • Patent number: 9815730
    Abstract: Methods are provided for laser processing arbitrary shapes of molded 3D thin transparent brittle parts from substrates with particular interest in substrates formed from strengthened or non-strengthened Corning Gorilla® glass (all codes). The developed laser methods can be tailored for manual separation of the parts from the panel or full laser separation by thermal stressing the desired profile. Methods can be used to form 3D surfaces with small radii of curvature. The method involves the utilization of an ultra-short pulse laser that may be optionally followed by a CO2 laser for fully automated separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sasha Marjanovic, Albert Roth Nieber, Garrett Andrew Piech, Sergio Tsuda, Robert Stephen Wagner
  • Patent number: 9815543
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling a structurally reinforced composite structure are disclosed herein. The methods include deforming a composite tubular skin to a deformed conformation to generate clearance to permit a frame assembly to be conveyed into an internal volume that is defined by the composite tubular skin. The methods further include conveying the frame assembly into the internal volume, permitting the composite tubular skin to deform from the deformed conformation to the target conformation, and operatively attaching the frame assembly to the composite tubular skin to form the structurally reinforced composite structure. The systems include a frame support that is configured to support the frame assembly, a frame deformation assembly, a skin support that is configured to support the composite tubular skin, and a skin deformation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Tibor A. Koncz
  • Patent number: 9815231
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a breast prosthesis, in which a film bag is welded together from at least three film layers for producing at least two chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AMOENA MEDIZIN-ORTHOPADE-TECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Maximilian Stadler
  • Patent number: 9791603
    Abstract: Presently described are optical stacks comprising a first optical film comprising a plurality of structures comprising an optically active portion designed primarily to provide optical gain and optionally an optically in-active bonding portion disposed on a first surface bonded to a second optical film with a light-transmissive adhesive layer such that a portion of the structures penetrate the adhesive layer and a separation is provided between the adhesive layer and the first surface. In one embodiment, the optical stacks exhibit a combination of high peel strength and high retained brightness, particularly after aging. The adhesive layer preferably comprises an interpenetrating network of the reaction product of a polyacrylate component and a polymerizable monomer and the adhesive layer has an elastic modulus ranging from 100 to 2000 MPa at 25° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: William F. Edmonds, Brandt K. Carter, Jason S. Petaja
  • Patent number: 9765531
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of adhering a translucent floor material on top of a central wooden platform of a weight lifting station to make a unitary structure, where the wooden platform or a design positioned between the wooden platform and the translucent floor material is visible through the translucent floor material after the translucent floor material and the wooden platform are adhered together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: George Atkinson
  • Patent number: 9765435
    Abstract: A process for producing a titanium load-bearing structure, which comprises cold-gas dynamic spraying of titanium particles on to a suitably shaped support member, and a titanium load bearing structure so-produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Saden Zahiri, Mahnaz Jahedi, Jeffrey Lang, Timothy Fox, Richard Fox
  • Patent number: 9761251
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a magnetic core module in a magnetic head, the magnetic core module and the magnetic head. The method for manufacturing the magnetic core module includes: a process for placing a magnetic core group in a holder mold cavity as an insert; and a process for injection-molding in the holder mold cavity. A method for manufacturing the magnetic core module allows the magnetic core group and the holder to be integrally injection-molded with a method of injection molding which uses the magnetic core group as an insert. The method simplifies the process of manufacturing a magnetic head to improve production efficiency, and saves labor and production costs. Further, the method prevents failures such as positional displacement and scattering of magnetic cores, which tends to occur when assembling thin and small magnetic cores, and ensures an ideal yield for a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TECHRECO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Masao Horiguchi, Ruining Gao
  • Patent number: 9738018
    Abstract: A process for providing an overmolded waterway comprising inserting a shaft portion of a sacrificial core into an end of a tube, the shaft portion having a first opening therein, the sacrificial core having a second portion comprising a second opening and a contact surface about the second opening, the second opening in fluid communication with the first opening and the inside of the tube, in a mold cavity inserting a core pin transverse to the tube end, the sacrificial core contact surface engaging a mating surface of the core pin closing the second opening, injection overmolding over a portion of the tube end and core pin forming an overmolded waterway having an outlet portion in fluid communication with the second opening and the inside of the tube, and removing the core pin from the second opening through the outlet portion and removing the overmolded waterway from the mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Mercury Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard F. Seman, Earl Christian, Jr., William Blue, Scott R. Gardner, William Shane Hochstetler