With Penetrating Of Fastener Patents (Class 156/92)
  • Patent number: 11597163
    Abstract: A method for connecting two components. In this method, a first component and a second component, which are each formed from a thermoplastic material, are first provided. The first component has a first peel-off ply on a first surface of the first component. The first peel-off ply is removed from the first component. Once the first peel-off ply has been removed, the first surface of the first component is brought into contact with a second surface of the second component. The first component and the second component are then welded to one another at the first and second surface by ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Timo Stöven, Filipp Köhler
  • Patent number: 11584448
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body structure having an occupant compartment, and a frame structure having a chassis. The body structure and the frame structure are fastened together using a plurality of fasteners and an adhesive. To illustrate, the plurality of fasteners may include 20, 50, 70, or more fasteners. The adhesive is arranged at one or more positions along the interface between the body structure to the frame structure. The plurality of fasteners extend beyond the wheel wells, and provide hard mounts between the body structure and frame structure. The adhesive helps to prevent stress concentrations by extending the locations of load transfer between the body structure and the frame structure. Body panels are added before or after the body structure is affixed to the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Akshat Chauhan, Mark Vinnels, Vignesh Sekar, Jin Yan
  • Patent number: 11519175
    Abstract: A self-stressing shape memory alloy (SMA)/fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite patch is disclosed that can be used to repair cracked steel members or other civil infrastructures. Prestressed carbon FRP (CFRP) patches have emerged as a promising alternative to traditional methods of repair. However, prestressing these patches typically requires heavy and complex fixtures, which is impractical in many applications. This disclosure describes a new approach in which the prestressing force is applied by restraining the shape memory effect of nickel titanium niobium alloy (NiTiNb) SMA wires. The wires are subsequently embedded in an FRP overlay patch. This method overcomes the practical challenges associated with conventional prestressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Mina Dawood, Mossab El-Tahan
  • Patent number: 11502240
    Abstract: An actuator assembly includes a primary electrode, a secondary electrode overlapping at least a portion of the primary electrode, and an electroactive polymer layer disposed between the primary electrode and the secondary electrode, where the electroactive polymer layer includes a non-vertical (e.g., sloped) sidewall with respect to a major surface of at least one of the electrodes. The electroactive polymer layer may be characterized by a non-axisymmetric shape with respect to an axis that is oriented orthogonal to an electrode major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Diest, Andrew John Ouderkirk, Renate Eva Klementine Landig, Katherine Marie Smyth, Spencer Allan Wells, Tingling Rao, Sheng Ye, Eric Schmitt, Nagi Elabbasi, Bachir Ahmed Abeid
  • Patent number: 11370714
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine component includes a gas turbine engine component body formed of a ceramic matrix composite material having at least one fastener integrally formed with the gas turbine engine component body as a single-piece structure. The gas turbine engine component body initially comprises a rigidized preform structure formed from a polymer based material. The at least one fastener connects the gas turbine engine component body to an engine support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: David C. Jarmon
  • Patent number: 11352124
    Abstract: Continuous skin leading edge slats are disclosed. A disclosed example leading edge slat for use with an aircraft includes a single-piece nose skin defining upper and lower external surfaces of the leading edge slat, where the single-piece nose skin is to extend between a fore end and an aft end of the leading edge slat, and a box spar coupled to an inner surface of the single-piece nose skin. The box spar includes lateral walls extending away from the inner surface of the single-piece nose skin. The lateral walls define at least one compartment of the box spar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Barr, Stephen R. Amorosi, Matthew L. Anderson, Ramon A. Burin, Michael R. Severance
  • Patent number: 11333183
    Abstract: A fastener-receiving insert system includes a fastener-receiving insert having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one adhesive-dispensing chamber adjacent to the distal end of the insert, containing at least one part of an adhesive material within a chamber wall. The fastener-receiving insert system further includes a puncturing device operably engaged with and configured to puncture the chamber wall to release the at least one part of the adhesive material around the fastener-receiving insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Raj A. Desai, Christopher Brad Long, Christopher J. Mills
  • Patent number: 11181135
    Abstract: Provided is a composite material assembly (100) includes: a first composite material member (1) in which a first hole (51) is formed, a second composite material member (2) in which a second hole (52) is formed, and a fastener (3) that is to be inserted through the first hole (51) and second hole (52) to thereby connect the first composite material member (1) to the second composite material member (2). A first chamfered section (51C) is formed on at least one of both ends of the first hole (51), and a second chamfered section (52C) is formed on at least one of both ends of the second hole (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Ryosuke Hashizume, Masayoshi Suhara, Kunihiro Morishita
  • Patent number: 11124254
    Abstract: A method for producing a motor vehicle that includes producing and painting a bodyshell having a platform composed of metal and a vehicle body composed of metal which is configured for placement on the platform, producing and painting a main floor composed of metal separately from a remainder of the bodyshell, and attaching the main floor to the previously painted platform and/or the previously painted vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Sabine Harmusz, Bernhard Hofer, Wolfgang Passegger
  • Patent number: 11097384
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a metal-repaired ceramic matrix composite (CMC) article, and a method of repairing a CMC article having a defect. Particular embodiments include a method including: removing a defect-containing portion of the CMC article; forming at least one opening in a remaining portion of the CMC article; preparing a metal repair preform for replacing at least the removed portion of the CMC article, wherein a portion of the metal repair preform complements the at least one opening; and attaching the metal repair preform to the remaining portion of the CMC article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Troy Hafner, John Ellington Greene
  • Patent number: 11028483
    Abstract: A substrate W having a non-plateable material portion 31 and a plateable material portion 32 formed on a surface thereof is prepared, and then, a catalyst is selectively imparted to the plateable material portion 32 by performing a catalyst imparting processing on the substrate W. Thereafter, a plating layer 35 is selectively formed on the plateable material portion 32 by performing a plating processing on the substrate W. Before the imparting of the catalyst, an organic film 36 is formed on the substrate W by supplying an organic liquid L1 onto the substrate W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Yuichiro Inatomi, Takashi Tanaka, Kazutoshi Iwai
  • Patent number: 10813237
    Abstract: A housing for receiving an electronic device in an explosive atmosphere may include a first housing part and second housing part coupled to one another via at least one screw connection defining a housing interior for receiving the electronic device. The screw connection may include a screw and a separate threaded pin. A recess may be defined in first housing part. A first threaded bush may be arranged in the recess for receiving the screw. A through-opening may be defined in the second housing part concentric to the recess and a second threaded bush may be arranged in the through-opening for partially receiving the screw and the threaded pin. The screw may be arranged in the through-opening and screwed into the first threaded bush coupling the first housing part and the second housing part to one another. The threaded pin may be screwed into the second threaded bush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10784111
    Abstract: A substrate W having a non-plateable material portion 31 and a plateable material portion 32 formed on a surface thereof is prepared, and then, a catalyst is imparted selectively to the plateable material portion 32 by supplying a catalyst solution N1 onto the substrate W. Thereafter, a plating layer 35 is selectively formed on the plateable material portion 32 by supplying a plating liquid M1 onto the substrate W. A pH of the catalyst solution N1 is previously adjusted such that the plating layer 35 is suppressed from being precipitated on the non-plateable material portion 31 while being facilitated to be precipitated on the plateable material portion 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Yuichiro Inatomi, Takashi Tanaka, Kazutoshi Iwai
  • Patent number: 10696874
    Abstract: Methods and compositions are described for a temporary adhesive used to affix a work unit onto a carrier substrate whereby its porosity is tuned by choosing and adjusting the polymeric resin and filler components to provide sufficient adhesion to support a manufacturing process, and upon completion, there is advanced penetration of a liquid into the interfacial bond causing release of the work unit without harm. The temporary adhesive provides a tunable porosity that is dependent upon the mathematical calculation of the weight basis ratio of filler to binder, that is preferably greater than 1.0, more preferably greater than 2.0, and most preferably greater than 3.0. The temporary adhesive may be applied and cured in a variety of ways that meet the needs of the form of the work unit and objectives of the manufacturing process. The invention provides benefits of flexibility and reduced cost when establishing practices to handle difficult work units in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: John Cleaon Moore, Jared Michael Pettit
  • Patent number: 10328660
    Abstract: There is provided a composite structure, comprising a base member(s) made of metallic material, and a reinforcement member(s) made of fiber reinforced plastic including reinforcement fibers which are aligned in a uni-direction, wherein at least one slit is formed on the reinforcement member(s) so as to extend in an orientation direction of the reinforcement fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Yuji Yamashita, Kiyohito Kondo, Yoshimasa Sawada, Hirokazu Kawabe, Yoshiteru Inamoto
  • Patent number: 10301003
    Abstract: This pertains to a method for connecting fiber-reinforced structural components. In a first step of the method, a first fiber-reinforced structural component and a second fiber-reinforced structural component are supplied. In another step, the first fiber-reinforced structural component and the second fiber-reinforced structural component are heated by means of a heating device. A penetration through the first fiber-reinforced structural component and the second fiber-reinforced structural component is produced in another step by means of a fastening device. In another step, the first fiber-reinforced structural component is connected to the second fiber-reinforced structural component by means of the fastening device. This furthermore pertains to a structural aircraft element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Paul J Jörn, Markus Müller
  • Patent number: 10253800
    Abstract: An attachment system intended to equip a wall, the system including a nut intended to receive a screw of which the orientation is normal to the wall, the screw passing through an element such as an outer panel in order to attach the element to the wall. The attachment system comprises a socket having a threaded cylindrical outer face intended to be screwed into a hole passing through the wall and having dimensions greater than the dimensions of the fastener that the repair socket replaces, the socket carrying, in the central region of same, a nut receiving the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Yann Christophe Maurice Sarazin, Simon Pierre Claude Charbonnier, Patrick Jean-Louis Reghezza, Julien Roset
  • Patent number: 10023373
    Abstract: A collating strip for holding plugs prior to insertion of the plugs into a hole such as a screw hole or nail hole after the screw or nail has been driven. The collating strip comprises an elongated strip having a plurality of perforations spaced along its length; and a plug positioned in each of the perforations, each plug having an insertion end and an external end, the insertion ends projecting from said strip. The strips may be in sheet form of a plurality of strips side by side with an individual strip being separable from the remaining strips of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Handy & Harman
    Inventors: Peter J. Shadwell, Richard L. Belinda, Timothy F. Gillis
  • Patent number: 9888920
    Abstract: A device for fixing a first and a second tissue part or a tissue part and an implant part to each other is provided, providing a fastener including a thermoplastic material and a fastening instrument. The fastening instrument includes a first instrument component with a first contact surface facing toward a distal side and a second instrument component has a foot with a second contact surface distally of the first contact surface and facing toward a proximal side. The first instrument component and the second instrument component are displaceable with respect to each other, so that the fastener is compressible between the first and second contact surfaces by application of a relative force between the components. The instrument also includes an energy source for coupling mechanical energy into one of the instrument components to soften and/or melt an end portion of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Andrea Mueller, Andreas Wenger
  • Patent number: 9815226
    Abstract: A method for producing a reinforcement member of composite material. The method includes producing a planar preform by stacking sheets of pre-impregnated fibers, heating the preform, and deforming the preform on a mold surmounted by an upper die whose shape confirms to a central portion of the reinforcement member to be obtained. The reinforcement member wings are in contact with the mold at two opposite lateral sides of the upper die after deformation. The deformed preform is also baked. Prior to deformation of the preform, a coating is applied promoting a sliding between the preform and the mold during the deformation. The coating comprises two tear-off strips superimposed on each other. A first tear-off strip is in the form of a pre-impregnated material in contact with the preform and a second tear-off strip is in the form of a dry material superimposed on the first tear-off strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventor: Pierre Estragnat
  • Patent number: 9592651
    Abstract: A composite structure having a base charge and an outer channel charge is provided. The outer channel charge has an inner radius and an outer radius. A charge of plies adjacent to the inner radius reduces the inner radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lyle R. Deobald, Aaron N. Rinn, Ying Shan, Madhavadas Ramnath, Derek P. Vetter, Kenneth H. Griess, Michael J. Graves
  • Publication number: 20150147504
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a bar component including a pipe made of a carbon fiber reinforced resin and an internal metal member having an outer peripheral surface in contact with an inner peripheral surface of an end portion of the pipe in an axial direction is provided. The method includes: preparing a core including a metal mandrel extending in the axial direction and the internal metal member having the outer peripheral surface subjected to surface roughening process; winding a prepreg sheet obtained by impregnating carbon fibers with resin around an outer peripheral surface of the core; forming the pipe having the end portion fitted onto and fixed to the outer peripheral surface of the internal metal member by baking and curing the prepreg sheet wound around the outer peripheral surface of the core; and removing the mandrel from the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Takeshi KUNISHIMA
  • Publication number: 20150138738
    Abstract: An engine control unit (ECU) includes a housing, a cover sealingly engaged with the housing, a circuit board disposed in the housing and support structure disposed in the housing and associated with an inner surface of the cover. At least one fastener couples both the support structure and the circuit board to the housing. An adhesive bonds at least portions of the support structure to portions of the inner surface of the cover. The support structure is constructed and arranged to limit deflection of the cover when internal pressure increase in the ECU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Kiran Kothamasa, Kevin D. Moore
  • Publication number: 20150132137
    Abstract: A wing or blade in at least two sections facing each other. Each section has a longitudinal bearing structure provided with at least one sole of which the link between the sections includes at least one first link plate linking the end of the soles of the sections facing each other. A method of producing such wing or blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Antoine Humblot, Francois Naud
  • Publication number: 20150129113
    Abstract: A composite structure comprises stacked sets of laminated fiber reinforced resin plies and metal sheets. Edges of the resin plies and metal sheets are interleaved to form a composite-to-metal joint connecting the resin plies with the metal sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Harlan Griess, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Publication number: 20150117977
    Abstract: A drive-in bushing (14) is provided for the releasable connection of a fiber-reinforced plastic first component of a motor vehicle structure to a fiber-reinforced plastic or metal second component of the motor vehicle structure. The drive-in bushing (14) has a sleeve-like basic body (15) manufactured from a metal and having an external wall (16) formed without a thread, and an internal wall (17) formed with an internal thread (18). The drive-in bushing (14) can be driven into a recess in the fiber-reinforced plastic of the first component (11). A screw penetrates a recess in the second component and can be screwed into the internal thread (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Thiemo Erb, Markus Brunner, Marc Cachaj
  • Patent number: 9012006
    Abstract: A multi-layer assembly, such as a sound damping metal laminate used in the automotive industry, having first and second rigid layers and an adhesive layer in between. A retention feature in the form of a raised embossment may be formed in one or more of the rigid layers and may be located near a fastening hole, which accommodates a nut and bolt or some other type of fastening device. The retention feature may impart rigidity and improved stiffness to the multi-layer assembly in the area surrounding the fastening hole, and it may also create a space between the rigid layers that is generally devoid of adhesive from the adhesive layer. This, in turn, can improve the long term performance of the multi-layer assembly by addressing issues such as compression set, spring back and/or stress relaxation. Methods of manufacture and other embodiments are also provided, including ones that accommodate multiple fastening holes, have discontinuous retention features, and use welds in place of nuts and bolts, to name a few.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Shiloh Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Fisk, Daniel J. Driscoll, James F. Keys
  • Publication number: 20150102159
    Abstract: Disclosed is an invention related to a waterproof unmanned flying apparatus, which is waterproof or water resistant and can perform in inclement weather conditions. The flying apparatus comprises of a main frame covering the outer structure of the flying apparatus that is constructed out of a single piece or multiple pieces which are fused together or mechanically attached to create a watertight seal. A centralized frame can be configured in numerous layouts to include the size and number of rotor blades. The flying apparatus can be used in various applications such as a training device, an aerial photography, and any other event for which the flying apparatus would be required to fly in or around water. The flying apparatus protects expensive internal electrical components that would normally be destroyed by water and moisture. Furthermore, the flying apparatus can be attached with devices for providing features intended for user's consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Russ Hegarty
  • Patent number: 8993090
    Abstract: A repair part enables rapid and efficient repair of damaged metal structures, in particular airframe fuselage skins having internal and external faces, without necessitating any additional thickness compromising the transmission of waves. To this end, the repair part includes a double internal/external plate adapted to be fastened to the internal face and the external face of the metal structure, respectively. The repair part also includes a central hub connecting the internal plate and the external plate and forming a groove between the plates. The part is constituted of a single composite material block, and a glass ply, lining the groove, may be positioned between the plates and the structure. The hub may have passing through it at least one orifice adapted to allow connections to pass through the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Nicolas Boulet, Olivier Chaume, Frédéric Chelin
  • Patent number: 8986491
    Abstract: Provided is a method of forming a thru-hole through a composite structure having a plurality of internal compartments. An insert ring is connected to the composite structure to create a protective layer around the periphery of a penetration formed within the composite structure. An adhesive is disposed between the composite structure and the insert ring to create a fluid-tight seal between the insert ring and the internal compartments. In this regard, the fluid-tight seal mitigates fluid flow between the internal compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond L. Schumacher, Jr., William B. Louder, Douglas E. Arnold
  • Patent number: 8986477
    Abstract: Device for embedding a thread in a rubber profiled element comprising: a continuous thread feeder arranged on a structure, a moving support able to run along the structure between a raised and a lowered position. A hollow needle, comprising a canal in which the thread runs is fixed by one of its ends to the base of the moving support in the duct, and a tip at its other end capable of penetrating the rubber profiled element, a cutter arranged on the structure, comprising a rotary blade able to cut off the thread at a given distance from the tip of the needle upon each cycle of reciprocating movement of the needle. The cutter comprises a paddle arranged behind the cutting wire of the blade and intended to fold the tail around the tip of the needle just after the thread has been cut by the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A., Compagnie Generale des Etablissments Michelin
    Inventor: Henri Hinc
  • Publication number: 20150059961
    Abstract: Described is a thixotropic para-aramid gel that includes a polymer resin, an alkali-soluble anionic thickener, an adhesion promoter, and para-aramid pulp fibers. The polymer resin includes at least one of an acrylate copolymer and a styrene-acrylate copolymer. Also described is a method of producing the para-aramid gel for plaster reinforcement. The method includes mixing the polymer resin, the alkali-soluble anionic thickener, and the adhesion promoter to create a thixotropic gel, and then spinning para-aramid pulp fibers into the thixotropic gel using a high shear mixer. A method of reinforcing a plaster ceiling is also described. The method includes inserting a plurality of fasteners into a visible surface of the ceiling, leaving a portion of each fastener exposed at or above the visible surface, and applying a layer of the para-aramid-reinforced thixotropic gel to the visible surface and encapsulating the portion of each fastener within the layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Roderick Milton STEWART, Mark HARNDEN, Ray TIEDEMANN
  • Publication number: 20150053329
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cylindrical thermal insulation wall body having a holding unit of a heater element formed in an inner peripheral surface includes processing a plate-shaped thermal insulation member such that a plurality of groove portions are formed at a predetermined pitch, processing the thermal insulation member such that an angle between either of the first surface and the second surface, and a third surface on which the groove portions are formed, is 90+180/n degrees, and manufacturing the cylindrical thermal insulation wall body by bonding a plurality of sectional thermal insulation members, wherein the plurality of sectional thermal insulation members are bonded such that the groove portions of the adjacent sectional thermal insulation members are aligned with each other and to form the holding unit in the inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical thermal insulation wall body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Makoto KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20150053328
    Abstract: A process, for joining workpieces using hybrid mechanical connector-resistance welding. The process in some embodiments includes introducing a conductive fluid to an interface between the workpieces. The process also includes inserting at least one mechanical conductive connector into at least one of the workpieces so that the connector reaches the interface having the conductive fluid therein. The process in some embodiments includes further applying energy for welding to the at least one mechanical conductive connector so that the energy passes, through the connector, to the conductive fluid and heat is generated in the workpieces at the interface, thereby melting the workpieces and forming a weld joint connecting the workpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150054360
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a motor rotor support suitable for an axial gap motor and a method for manufacturing the same. The motor rotor support for supporting a magnetic body disposed on a rotor of the motor is configured by laminating single materials each formed from a hot-worked material or a cold-worked material preferably composed of an 18Mn-18Cr nonmagnetic steel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shinji Tanaka, Hirokazu Madarame, Toshifumi Nakajima, Kazuhiro Miyagi
  • Publication number: 20150050075
    Abstract: A method for providing a corrosion-resistant barrier between bolted dissimilar metals comprising the steps of disposing epoxy adhesive tape on at least one of a first and second metal member, curing the epoxy adhesive tape, applying a corrosion-resistant layer to the first and second metal members, and bolting the first and second metal members together such that the cured epoxy adhesive tape is positioned between the first and second metal members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Elaine C. Kelley, Robert G. Starbowski, Robert William Woodall, Michael William Danyo, Duane Drobnich, Anthony J. Grima, Kimberly Ann Lazarz
  • Patent number: 8945320
    Abstract: A belt connector and method for interconnecting opposite ends of a filtering belt has a plurality of wire hooks, each with two shanks disposed adjacent opposite faces of the belt, a coupling loop interconnecting the shanks and hook ends that are pressed into the opposite faces of the belt. A flat cover element extends across the width of the belt, covers at least portions of the wire hooks, overlies the opposite faces of the belt, and has a carrier material and a coating that is applied to the belt side of the carrier material, and is constructed from a thermoplastic or an adhesive material which is pressed into the pores of the belt to positively and mechanically interconnect the cover element with the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Mato Maschinen-Und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Herold
  • Patent number: 8932418
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of producing an overlapping hybrid connection between two or more components. A hybrid connection in the meaning of the invention is characterized by adhesively bonding and producing mechanical spot joint connections between two joining parts, the adhesive layer being arranged in the region of the mechanical joint connections. The method according to the invention is carried out in the following method steps: purposefully removing material from one or more of the components or purposefully applying material to one or more of the components in the region of the lap joint to be produced to form one or more projections, applying adhesive to one or more of the components in the region of the lap joint to be produced, overlapping the components, pressing the components together in the region of the lap joint to press the projections against the overlapping component(s) and producing one or more mechanical spot joint connections on the projections in the overlap region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Joerg Jendrny
  • Publication number: 20150004342
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including an extrusion having an extruded profile including a first section having a first thickness and a second section having a second thickness wherein the second thickness is greater than the first thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150001891
    Abstract: A product comprising a mixed material longitudinal rail system for a vehicle and a method of making the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, Terry A. Swartzell, Artur Wyszynski, Robert M. Kielbik, Keith J. Saari
  • Publication number: 20150001885
    Abstract: A product comprising a mixed material vehicle underbody which may reduce or prevent noise from entering into the occupant compartment of a vehicle and a method for making the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Robert N. SAJE, Artur WYSZYNSKI, Terry A. SWARTZELL, John C. JOHNSON, Peter M. PARLOW, Chad CROMWELL
  • Publication number: 20140377501
    Abstract: A segment and a method for producing such a segment, in particular for an aircraft, having a skin field and a skin field stiffening structure. The skin field and stiffening structure are made from fiber-reinforced plastic materials. The stiffening structure is bonded to an inner surface of the skin field and comprises a multiplicity of first stiffeners and mounts which are formed integrally with the first stiffeners and extend in a transverse direction of the first stiffeners for the connection of second stiffeners to form an integral lattice structure. Reinforcement elements are provided for mechanically fixing the mounts to the skin field. Each reinforcement element has a connection section and a blocking section having an extension in a direction inclined to the connection section. The connection section penetrates the skin field and the mounts, and the blocking section is in contact with an outer surface of the skin field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Joern, Markus Mueller
  • Patent number: 8905104
    Abstract: An adhesive fastening element (602) for holding a workpiece (608), the adhesive fastening element (602) comprising: a body (604, 606) defining a recess (642) for receiving a protrusion (644) of the workpiece (608); wherein, in use, adhesive is applied between an end surface of the recess (642) and an end surface of the protrusion (644) and between a side surface of the recess (642) and a side surface of the protrusion (644) to bond the workpiece (608) to the adhesive fastening element (602). The workpiece (608) may be aligned with a reference point on the adhesive fastening element (602) and the adhesive cured to fix the position of the workpiece (608) relative to the adhesive fastening element (602).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: Mark H. Raffles, Helen L. Llewellyn-Powell, Colin J. High
  • Publication number: 20140356053
    Abstract: Provided are a method for connecting members together that can easily form a connection structure, which has about the same high level of connection strength over the entire range of a position of superposition, in a short time, and a connection structure. The method is a method for connecting two or more members together, at least one of which is a fiber reinforced resin member containing a thermoplastic resin and also containing a reinforcing fiber material that serves as a heating element in the thermoplastic resin, at a position of superposition. The method includes pressing the members against each other while heating the members at a position of superposition using one of induction heating or dielectric heating and thus melting the thermoplastic resin with heat generated from the fiber material that serves as the heating element, thereby connecting the members together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Hiroshi Urayama
  • Patent number: 8898901
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a blade spar for a wind turbine blade includes positioning a first spar segment having a first adhering portion; positioning a second spar segment having a second adhering portion at the first spar segment such that the first adhering portion and the second adhering portion are at least partially overlapping, wherein an adhesive is at least partially provided between the overlapping adhering portions; providing at least one fiber layer impregnated with an uncured resin on the outer surfaces of the first and second spar segments at least in the joint region of the first and second spar segments; and simultaneously curing the adhesive and the resin, thereby fixating the first and the second spar segments to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Jed Richter, Toby Collard, Andrew Hedges, Arne Haahr
  • Publication number: 20140349128
    Abstract: The invention provides a coating process for electrical steel sheet using a varnish composition, comprising the steps of a) applying at least one coating layer of a varnish composition onto the surface of the electrical steel sheet wherein the varnish composition comprises (A) 1 to 95 wt % of at least one resin comprising nucleophilic groups selected from the group consisting of OH, NHR, SH, carboxylate and CH-acidic groups, and electrophilic groups which can react with the above mentioned nucleophilic groups, wherein the resin is capable of transacylation in its main chain and/or side chain(s), (B) 5 to 75 wt % of at least one organic solvent and/or water, (C) 0 to 40 wt % of at least one resin different from (A), (D) 0 to 10 wt % of at least one customary additive, (E) 0 to 40 wt % of at least one pigment, filler and/or nano-scaled particle and/or monomeric and/or polymeric element-organic compound, wherein the wt % based on the total weight of the varnish composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Frank-Rainer Boehm, Barbara Froschauer, Michael Herm, Reinhard Wallner, Wolfgang Schuelke, Volker Rittinghaus
  • Publication number: 20140318687
    Abstract: A multi-material joint includes first and second body members, a staple, a wire ladder, and an adhesive. The first body member includes a first layer of fiber reinforced material which has first upper and lower surfaces. The second body member includes a metal. The staple includes first and second prongs joined by a crown. The first and second prongs are inserted through the first layer such that the crown is positioned adjacent to the first upper surface. The wire ladder is positioned adjacent to the first lower surface and includes first and second rails coupled together by a plurality of rungs. The first and second prongs hook over the respective first and second rungs. The adhesive is positioned between the first and second body members, and covers at least a portion of the crown. Other multi-material joints are also provided, as are methods of making multi-material joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eric J. Boettcher
  • Publication number: 20140265453
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a body including a pair of laterally spaced body members and a front roof rail and a rear roof rail spanning between the body members. The body members together with the front and rear roof rails support a roof structure. The body is formed of a steel or steel alloy. The roof structure includes a roof panel, a roof stiffener, a forward connecting member and a rearward connecting member. The roof structure is formed of aluminum or an aluminum alloy. The roof structure is bonded to the body via an adhesive. A plurality of bolts is installed along adhesive application areas between the body and the roof structure. At least one bolt connects the forward connecting member to the front roof rail and at least one bolt connects the rearward connecting member to the rear roof rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Hinz, Masahiro Ishikawa, Andrew K. Swayne
  • Publication number: 20140239122
    Abstract: A method for making a structural element comprising a panel in composite material with fiber reinforcement in an organic matrix obtained by laying up and curing. The panel comprises a side likely to be exposed to contact with hydrocarbons. The required layer structure is obtained by laying up the plies of fibers pre-impregnated with resin having a curing temperature T1. A ply made of a thin film of polymer that can withstand hydrocarbons and the curing temperature T1, referred to as the protective film, is applied on the side exposed to hydrocarbons. The entire layered structure is cured under pressure at the temperature T1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Daher Aerospace
    Inventors: Mathieu Hottin, Dominique Bailly
  • Publication number: 20140234574
    Abstract: A composite part defining a button shaped protrusion and including fibers reinforcing a resin matrix throughout the part. The fibers may be in the form of a woven mat or in the form of loose fibers that are deposited in a mold. Methods of making the composite part with a woven mat or loose fibers being provided in the button shaped recess that defines a void in the fiber reinforced composite part at a predetermined location where a self-piercing rivet is to be inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Aindrea McKelvey Campbell