Reclaiming, Renewing Or Repairing Articles For Reuse Patents (Class 156/94)
  • Publication number: 20150030379
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate generally to methods to enhance cosmetic surfaces of friction stir processed parts. More specifically a method for applying cold spray over a weld line generated by the friction stir processing is disclosed. Methods are also disclosed for blending the cold spray applied over the weld line in with a cosmetic surface portion of friction stir processed parts. In some embodiments cold spray can be used to on its own to create a cosmetic joint between various parts. Structural joints between first and second substrates may also be formed via solid state deposition. Such joints may be strengthened through use of a hidden weld, mechanical interlocking between the substrates, and/or coupling via fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, Collin D. Chan, Kenneth A. Ross, Lindsay D. Corbet, Ari P. Miller, Thomas G. Budd
  • Publication number: 20150020952
    Abstract: A melamine resin decorative sheet of the present invention includes a laminate structure of a surface layer and a core layer, in which the surface layer is configured of a surface layer material composed of a surface layer base material which carries a resin containing a melamine resin on a first surface side that serves as a design surface and which carries a solid content of a thermoplastic emulsion resin on a second surface side that contacts with the core layer, and in which the core layer is configured of a heat dissipative material layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: SUMITOMO BAKELITE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kousuke Arai
  • Publication number: 20150000824
    Abstract: An adhesive sheet for protecting the back face of a solar battery module includes a synthetic resin substrate layer, and an adhesive compound layer laminated on the back face side of the substrate layer, and the adhesive compound layer having an average thickness of 0.01 mm or greater and 1 mm or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Keiichi OSAMURA, Toshiro KOBAYASHI, Koji KAWASHIMA
  • Patent number: 8894784
    Abstract: A method of processing a patch includes mounting the patch on a surface of a caul plate having at least one suction hole, and drawing a vacuum through the suction hole to maintain the patch in contact with the caul plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Megan N. Watson, Mary H. Vargas, Joel P. Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20140335318
    Abstract: A pattern is transferred to a surface of an object via dip transfer printing. Dip transfer printing can leave a void in the pattern on the surface of the object. An ink based label is used to repair (i.e., cover or fill) the void. The ink based label includes an ink layer and an adhesive layer. The ink layer includes a printing of each color of a four-color printing process forming an image representative of a major element of the pattern. The adhesive layer attaches the ink layer to the void in the pattern on the surface of the object. Optionally, the ink based label includes a backing layer between the ink layer and the adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: J. Patrick Epling
  • Patent number: 8883902
    Abstract: A method of covering an anomaly in a wall substantially to match a pre-existing texture pattern surrounding the anomaly comprises the following steps. A valve is supported on a container assembly to define a main chamber. Contained material comprising wall material concentrate and propellant material is disposed within a main chamber defined by a valve and a container assembly. An actuator relative is arranged relative to the container assembly such that displacement of a button changes the valve from a closed configuration to an open configuration. A first portion of the contained material is applied to the anomaly. A second portion of the contained material is applied to the base coat. The second portion of the contained material forms a desired texture pattern on the base coat that substantially matches the pre-existing texture pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Homax Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Stephen Tait, John Kordosh, Steve Moore, Randy Hanson
  • Publication number: 20140326389
    Abstract: A patch may be used to rework a composite structure in the field. The patch is bonded to the structure by a layer of adhesive and includes perforations that allow the escape of air from the adhesive as the patch is compressed against the structure. A spacer may be introduced between the patch and the structure to control the thickness of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Donald Blanchard, Aydin Akdeniz, John Spalding, David M. Anderson, Michael W. Evens
  • Patent number: 8858747
    Abstract: A method for preventive maintenance of a boat hull to restore the integrity of a fiberglass boat hull and prevent new water infiltration damage to a boat hull. The wet area repair guidelines using a surface moisture meter. Any balsa cored area reading 15% or above is considered a wet area. Any wood cored area reading 20% or above is considered a wet area. The preventive maintenance steps involve removing all through-hull fittings or hardware. Wet core areas are then dried out using heat lamps, lights or heaters, hot-vac systems, or octopus vacuum with grid system. If necessary, any area not drying out is de-cored and repaired accordingly. After repairs are finished, all through-hull fillings or hardware is reinstalled using new sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Stephan DeTurris
  • Publication number: 20140299255
    Abstract: A method of attaching a composite member to a structure. The method including forming a laminate of fabric impregnated with resin; applying heat at a first temperature to the impregnated laminate; applying vacuum at a first pressure to the impregnated laminate to degas the resin and form a degassed, impregnated laminate; positioning the degassed, impregnated laminate on a structure; and curing the degassed, impregnated laminate on the substrate by applying heat at a second temperature and by applying vacuum at a second pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Denver WHITWORTH, Anthony Bergerson, Michael Marvin
  • Publication number: 20140295124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a repair method using a pre-cured repairing patch, and a repaired product obtained from repairing using the repairing patch, and the present invention securely bonds a repairing patch, where an out-of-plane stiffness is required, to a repair target. In order to cover a repair target portion 23 formed in an outer panel 2 with a repairing patch 30, and bond the repairing patch 30 to a repair target, repairing plates 31, 32 that are formed of fibers and thermosetting resin, and pre-cured before repairing are used as the repairing patch 30, and a laminating step S4 of laminating the repairing plates 31, 32, and a bonding step S7 of bonding the repairing plates 31, 32 to each other are performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi SUHARA, Toshikazu SHIGETOMI, Hideaki TANAKA, Morimasa ISHIDA, Shuhei MUTO
  • Publication number: 20140295123
    Abstract: A method for repairing a honeycomb core sandwich structural body according to the present invention is a method in which a damaged portion that is formed in a honeycomb core sandwich structural body where a honeycomb structured core is held between a first outer skin and a second outer skin and that reaches the core through the first outer skin is repaired, the method including: a repair material mounting step of mounting a repair material on the damaged portion, the repair material including a patch that covers an opening of the damaged portion, and one or a plurality of braces that support the patch; a patch bonding step of bonding the patch to the first outer skin; and a brace bonding step of bonding the brace to the second outer skin or the core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Kotoyo MIZUNO, Toshikazu SHIGETOMI, Hideaki TANAKA, Morimasa ISHIDA, Shuhei MUTO
  • Publication number: 20140295125
    Abstract: The present invention sufficiently heats a repairing material while preventing change in quality of a base material provided with the repairing material so as to securely bond the repairing material to a repair target portion. The repair method of the present invention, in order to repair a repair target portion 14 existing in an outer panel 1, includes: a repairing material disposing step of disposing a repairing patch 21 including a resistance heating element 23 and a carbon fiber reinforced resin, and an adhesive 22A including a thermosetting resin before being hardened for bonding the repairing patch 21 on the repair target portion 14; and a heating-hardening step of heating and hardening the thermosetting resin of the adhesive 22A by causing the resistance heating element 23 to generate heat through supply of electricity thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiwamu ARIKAWA, Masayoshi SUHARA, Hiroyuki ISEKI, Shuhei MUTO
  • Publication number: 20140290831
    Abstract: To reduce a time required for repairing a honeycomb core sandwich panel. A repair method according to the present invention is a repair method, in which a repair patch 20 is disposed on a repair target portion that exists on the side of a repair surface 1A of a honeycomb core sandwich panel 1, the honeycomb core sandwich panel 1 being formed by sandwiching a honeycomb structured core 10 with a plurality of cells between skins 11 and 12, the method including: a heating step of heating the repair patch 20; and a cooling step of cooling the honeycomb core sandwich panel 1 from the side of a second surface 1B opposing the repair surface 1A of the honeycomb core sandwich panel 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei HATANO, Masayoshi SUHARA, Toshikazu SHIGETOMI, Shuhei MUTO
  • Publication number: 20140290832
    Abstract: The present invention sufficiently heats a repairing material while preventing change in quality of a base material provided with the repairing material so as to securely bond the repairing material to a repair target portion. The repair method of the present invention, in order to repair a repair target portion 14 existing in an outer panel 1, includes a repairing material disposing step of disposing a repairing patch 20 and an adhesive 21A to the repair target portion 14; and a heating-hardening step of heating and hardening the adhesive 21A by irradiating it with electromagnetic waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiwamu ARIKAWA, Masayoshi SUHARA, Hiroyuki ISEKI, Shuhei MUTO
  • Publication number: 20140261972
    Abstract: A composite fabric includes: a fabric backing; an adhesive layer; a midlayer barrier bonded to the fabric backing by the adhesive layer; and an external barrier bonded to the midlayer barrier, wherein the composite fabric has a hydrostatic pressure resistance of at least 100 psi and is sufficiently flexible such that it can be formed into a tube and everted. A process and an apparatus for producing the composite fabric are also disclosed. The composite fabric is particularly suitable for use as a liner in a cured-in-place pipe repair method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: DARTEX COATINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas C. Colasanto
  • Publication number: 20140255646
    Abstract: Interlaminar features of a composite structure are laid up by placing and steering individual chopped fiber pre-preg segments onto a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20140238579
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reworking a composite structure. A composite rework patch system comprises a composite rework patch and a plurality of adhesive layers. The composite rework patch includes a first side having a contour conforming to an inconsistent area on the composite structure. The composite re patch comprises a plurality of regions having different structural properties. The plurality of adhesive layers is on the first side of the composite rework patch. The plurality of adhesive layers change in thickness within at least one region of the composite rework patch to form tapered adhesive sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Eugene A. Dan-Jumbo
  • Publication number: 20140235122
    Abstract: A composite comprising adhered components and method of refurbishing such composites are described herein. The composite includes a first component, a second component, and the first component being adhered to the second component using an adhesive stack. The adhesive stack comprises a first adhesive-impregnated scrim layer disposed between the first component and the second component and a bulk adhesive layer disposed between the first component and the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8808479
    Abstract: A method of repairing a composite component having a damaged area including: laying a composite patch over the damaged area; activating the shape memory polymer resin to easily and quickly mold said patch to said damaged area; deactivating said shape memory polymer so that said composite patch retains the molded shape; and bonding said composite patch to said damaged part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. Hood
  • Patent number: 8808823
    Abstract: A device and method to repair a structural component. The device includes a plug that bonds to the structural component. The plug includes a flange and a solid shank extending from the flange, the solid shank being disposable in an opening of the structural component. The device further includes disc that bonds to the structural component such that, when bonded, the disc covers the solid shank of the plug. The method includes bonding the plug to the structural component such that the solid shank of the plug is disposed in the opening of the structural component. The method further includes bonding the disc to the structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovatons Inc.
    Inventors: Denver Whitworth, Brian French, Vance Cribb
  • Patent number: 8808485
    Abstract: The present invention is a method to make an environmentally friendly polyurethane molded article (100) comprising at least 20 percent renewable materials and molded articles made therefrom. Specifically, the method provides for molding a polyurethane coated sandwich structure (40) comprising a honey comb core (30) having fiber reinforcing layers (10, 20) to provide an environmentally friendly polyurethane molded article with a desired shape such as an automobile load floor. The polyurethane coating is derived from a polyurethane—forming mixture comprising an isocyanate component and a polyol component. Specifically, the polyol component comprises one or more natural oil based polyol, preferably comprising at least one of a hydroxymethylated fatty acid or a hydroxymethylated fatty acid (methyl) ester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Allan James, Daniele Paolini
  • Publication number: 20140228659
    Abstract: Present embodiments include a remanufactured bandage-type medical sensor having an optical assembly with an emitter adapted to transmit one or more wavelengths of light and a photodetector adapted to receive the one or more wavelengths of light transmitted by the emitter. The sensor also includes a laminate assembly having an electrically conductive adhesive transfer tape (ECATT) layer disposed over the photodetector, and the ECATT layer is adapted to shield the photodetector from electromagnetic interference (EMI). A nonconductive layer supports the emitter, the photodetector, and the ECATT layer within the sensor. At least a portion of the optical assembly is from a used bandage-type medical sensor, and at least a portion of the laminate assembly is new.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: David P. Besko
  • Patent number: 8800149
    Abstract: A repair process for a composite material panel that forms part of a fuselage, wings, or stabilizers of an aircraft, with the panel having large dimensions and including irregular contours in some areas and edges prone to damages occurring from handling and assembly of the panel. The process a) locates the damage in the element of the composite material panel; b) sands the area that includes the damage in an area larger than the damage, makes a cut in the panel, having the cut of a same form as a piece that will serve to repair panel; c) places the piece in the cut, so that it is perfectly flush with the panel to be repaired; and d) attaches the piece to the composite material panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Balsa Gonzalez, Francisco de Paula Burgos Gallego
  • Publication number: 20140216634
    Abstract: An area of a structure is reworked from one side of the structure using resin infusion of a dry fiber patch. Entrapped air and excess resin is removed from the patch during the infusion process by inserting a vacuum device into the patch, and forcing the area resin through the vacuum device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8795455
    Abstract: A patch may be used to rework a composite structure in the field. The patch is bonded to the structure by a layer of adhesive and includes perforations that allow the escape of air from the adhesive as the patch is compressed against the structure. A spacer may be introduced between the patch and the structure to control the thickness of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steve Blanchard, Aydin Akdeniz, John Spalding, David M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8790485
    Abstract: A method of attaching a composite member to a structure. The method including forming a laminate of fabric impregnated with resin; applying heat at a first temperature to the impregnated laminate; applying vacuum at a first pressure to the impregnated laminate to degas the resin and form a degassed, impregnated laminate; positioning the degassed, impregnated laminate on a structure; and curing the degassed, impregnated laminate on the substrate by applying heat at a second temperature and by applying vacuum at a second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Denver Whitworth, Anthony Bergerson, Michael Marvin
  • Patent number: 8784589
    Abstract: A method for reworking an electrically conductive layer of a composite skin is disclosed in which a patch replaces the altered section of the electrically conductive layer. The method is performed by removing a portion of the electrically conductive layer to reveal the underlying composite skin. A patch is formed, having an electrically conductive section coupled to an adhesive having a low dielectric breakdown strength, and is then introduced over the underlying composite skin such that the adhesive layer covers the underlying composite skin and overlaps an unremoved portion of the electrically conductive layer. The patch is applied such that the electrically conductive section within the patch covers the adhesive layer and overlaps the unremoved section of the electrically conductive layer. The adhesive layer preferably has a low dielectric breakdown strength, so that electricity from lightning which strikes the composite skin may be conducted through the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrice K. Ackerman, Steven D. Blanchard, Daniel J. Kovach
  • Publication number: 20140196833
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of repairing a damaged portion of a panel formed of composite material. The method includes preparing the damaged portion for repair and applying a pressure responsive adhesive layer to substantially cover the damaged portion. The method also includes disposing a vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding repair patch assembly to substantially cover the damaged portion and substantially covering the repair patch assembly with a vacuum bag assembly. Resin is introduced into and impregnates the repair patch assembly. The repair patch assembly is cured after being impregnated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Pipes R. Byron, Ian Cameron Coker, Douglas Edward Adams, Ronald Sterkenburg, Jeffrey P. Youngblood
  • Patent number: 8764022
    Abstract: A system for stopping in an opening a flow of a fluid, wherein the system comprises: a kneadable silicon based polymer for fitting in and/or onto the opening so as to block any flow of the fluid through the opening, wherein the silicon based polymer comprises fillers so that the density of the silicon based polymer is higher as compared to the density of the silicon based polymer that does not comprise these fillers, and a silicon based sealant for applying against a dried form of the silicon based polymer, wherein the silicon based sealant is vulcanizable under exposure to humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Beele Engineering B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Alfred Beele
  • Publication number: 20140158283
    Abstract: A method of forming a repair patch for repairing a damaged inflatable object is provided. The method comprises forming a backing formed polyimide material and applying as adhesive material to the backing, for securing the polyimide backing material to the inflatable object. The backing may be formed as a thin film of polyimide material and the adhesive may be formed as thin film of adhesive having a high temperature resistance, e.g. 300° F. or higher. The adhesive may be formed of silicon or acrylic contact adhesive having high temperature resistance. The release layer may be applied to the adhesive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: BASIC ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Alfiero F. Balzano
  • Patent number: 8747592
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of repairing a fiber composite solid member having a locally deteriorated surface area, such as having cracks or creases. The solid member may e.g. be a mold for the manufacturing of wind turbine blades or such blades. The method comprises machining a surface section comprising the locally deteriorated surface area in order to obtain a recess having a predefined depth and circumferential shape, placing a repair patch having a predefined thickness and circumferential shape matching the recess in the recess, and fastening the repair patch to the solid member by use of a binder material. At least some of the elastic and thermal properties of the repair patch and the binder material are so that after fastening, the repair patch and the binder material in combination have elastic and thermal properties which are substantially the same as the corresponding properties of the surface section before machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Knud Nielsen Stenbaek, Alex Olesen, Henning Schröder
  • Patent number: 8741092
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for the production, forming bonding, joining and repair systems composite and metal components utilizing at least one pressure chamber having a displaceable abutment face, wherein fluid is circulated at an elevated temperature and pressure through the pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Neil Graham
  • Publication number: 20140144572
    Abstract: A system for producing and repairing plastic composite components with a laminate structure includes a prefabricated woven fibre blank, which is enclosed in a safety sleeve, with the safety sleeve is in turn completely enclosed by a processing sleeve. After the safety sleeve is removed from the processing sleeve and a desired cutout contour is marked on the processing sleeve, the woven fibre blank can be replaced in the processing sleeve and impregnated with adhesive there. The advantage of this system is the prefabrication of the woven fibre blank and the almost contactless processing of the woven fibre blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Jörg-Ulrich Zowalla
  • Patent number: 8734604
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for bonding parts. An adhesive and a plurality of beads may be applied onto a first surface of a first part to form a layer of adhesive and beads. The first surface of the first part with the layer of adhesive and beads may be placed in contact with a second surface of a second part to form a structure, wherein the structure may be cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, Michael W. Evens
  • Publication number: 20140137503
    Abstract: A method and system for repairing a crack in a concrete structure is provided including securing a plurality of ports at spaced intervals along the crack, adhering a carbon fiber panel to the concrete structure over the top of a crack, and injecting epoxy into each of the plurality of ports to fill the crack while the adhered carbon fiber panel seals the injected epoxy within the crack to provide a reliable epoxy-filled crack repair process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Donald E. WHEATLEY
  • Patent number: 8726965
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for at least partially reworking or replacing a reinforcement element of a fibre composite structure. In a first method step, at least one fibre layer is arranged on a surface section of the reinforcement element and/or at least one replacement section of the reinforcement element of the same material and same layer structure is arranged on a surface reinforcement section of the fibre composite structure. In a second method step, at least a pressure mat adjusted to the contour of the reinforcement element is disposed above the at least one fibre layer and/or the at least one replacement section of the reinforcement element, wherein the at least one pressure mat is supported and fixed in a nominal position by a fixing frame adjusted to the contour of the reinforcement element. In a third method step, the at least one pressure mat is then acted upon by a pressure medium in order to press the same against the reinforcement element and the fixing frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Marquardt
  • Patent number: 8721822
    Abstract: A method of repairing a composite component having a damaged area including: laying a composite patch over the damaged area; activating the shape memory polymer resin to easily and quickly mold said patch to said damaged area; deactivating said shape memory polymer so that said composite patch retains the molded shape; and bonding said composite patch to said damaged part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. Hood
  • Patent number: 8721311
    Abstract: A windshield repair apparatus includes a bridge for holding an injector adjacent to a break area of a windshield. The bridge includes a suction cup for mounting the bridge to the windshield. An articulating arm mounts to the bridge for holding equipment, such as a flashlight, a tool holder, and/or a sun blocker. The bridge includes a pivotally mounted arm which allows for pivotal movement of the injector away from the break area, and a registration system which allows for accurate replacement of the injector over the break area following pivotal movement back toward the break area. The arm also is pivotally moveable toward and away from the windshield and is controlled by a threaded adjustment mechanism. The injector is also threadably adjustable vertically relative to the windshield. The articulating arm includes a quick connect/disconnect feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: TCG International Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas, Keith Beveridge, David Osland
  • Patent number: 8715440
    Abstract: One possible embodiment of the invention could be a methodology of preventing an existing crack or break in the vehicle windshield from becoming larger comprising of the steps, providing a laminate with a UV light-permeable barrier film having least one side to which UV light curable adhesive is applied to it, a peel-able cover reversibly applied over the adhesive; providing a windshield with at least a small crack or chip in its surface; removing the peel-able cover from the adhesive; applying the barrier film to the windshield in a manner to cover the crack or chip so that the adhesive comes in contact with the windshield; and transmitting UV light through the film to the adhesive to cure it into a rigid substrate connection between the barrier film and the windshield that resists various forces acting upon the windshield that would otherwise increase the size of crack or chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Dieter R. Berndt, John Wyaux, Thomas W. Berndt
  • Patent number: 8715800
    Abstract: A liner assembly and method for lining a damaged pipe junction between a main and lateral pipe is provided. The liner assembly includes a main liner member and a lateral liner tube. A collar disposed near the juncture between the main liner member and lateral liner tube is impregnated with a liquid hydrophobic or hydrophilic material capable of curing in a flexible or rigid state with the material expanding in the presence of water. The hydrophobic or hydrophilic material can also be applied without the use of the collar. When the liner assembly is pressed against the main and lateral pipes, a portion of the hydrophilic or hydrophobic material is forced into the damaged pipe junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: LMK Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Kiest, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140099496
    Abstract: In accordance with various embodiments of the disclosed subject matter, a composite material is provided. The composite material in accordance with some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter includes a high tenacity fiber reinforced polymer fabric and a polyurea coating layer formed on at least one surface of the polymer fabric. The composite material provides significant strength, flexibility, and energy dissipation. In some embodiments, the composite material can be used to reinforce structural and non-structaral substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas L. Attard
  • Publication number: 20140099485
    Abstract: Methods for bonding substrates, forming assemblies using the same, along with improved methods for refurbishing said assemblies are disclosed that take advantage of at least one channel formed in an adhesive utilized to join two substrates to improve fabrication, performance and refurbishment of the assemblies. In one embodiment an assembly includes a first substrate secured to a second substrate by an adhesive layer. The assembly includes a channel having at least one side bounded by the adhesive layer and having an outlet exposed to an exterior of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Kadthala Ramaya NARENDRNATH, Gangadhar SHEELAVANT, Monika AGARWAL, Ashish BHATNAGAR
  • Publication number: 20140090771
    Abstract: When a bridge pier is reinforced or repaired by wrapping a reinforcement around the pier, a waterproof sheet having a sufficient flexibility to attach to and cover the interface between the pier and the reinforcement in a liquid-tight manner is useful. The waterproof sheet is attached to the interface between the pier and the reinforcement to prevent water from penetrating into the interface for thereby preventing the reinforcement from deterioration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao UNO, Yoshiyuki SHIONO, Akihiro ENDO, Takeshi NAKAJIMA, Hisaharu YAMAGUCHI, Masahiro YODA
  • Patent number: 8679270
    Abstract: A pipe or hose composed of a polyamide moulding composition whose molecular weight has been increased by condensation, via addition of a compound having at least two carbonate units in a quantitative proportion of from 0.005 to 10% by weight, based on polyamide, where a) a starting polyamide moulding composition was provided, b) a mixture of the starting polyamide moulding composition and of the compound having at least two carbonate units was produced, c) the premix was, if desired, stored and/or transported, and d) the premix was then processed to give the moulding, this step being the first in which the increase of molecular weight by condensation occurred, the moulding being a pipe or hose whose external diameter is at least 25 mm is used as inliner for a pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Dowe, Rainer Goering, Christian Baron
  • Publication number: 20140076481
    Abstract: A repair patch for reworking an inconsistent area of a composite structure includes a patch body adapted to cover the inconsistent area and having a first patch region, a second patch region outside the first patch region and a first separation zone between the first patch region and the second patch region, with the first patch region, the first separation zone and the second patch region having increasing interlaminar fracture toughness from a center to an edge of the patch body; and a layer of adhesive for bonding the patch body to the composite structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dan-Jumbo, Russell L. Keller, Everett A. Westerman
  • Publication number: 20140050876
    Abstract: The disclosure provides, in part, adhesive patches for repairing damaged surfaces of health care devices. In one of its aspects the disclosure provides a method of repairing the surface of health care device by applying an adhesive patch over a damaged portion of the surface, the patch comprising a film layer and an adhesive layer. In another one of its aspects, the disclosure provides an adhesive patch for repairing the surface of a health care device comprising a film layer and an adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: SURFACE MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Collins, Michael Drew Urquhart, Barbara Jeanne LaCoste Potter, Jeffrey Miles Schacter, Sean Peter Burnand, Bruce Stewart Fogel, Iwain Lam
  • Publication number: 20140034217
    Abstract: The present system, method and apparatus are adapted for the quick and easy patching of inflatable devices. More specifically, the system, apparatus and methods comprise a tip, a body portion, an adhesive, a patch and a probe, wherein the tip and body portion are inserted into the inflatable device so as to apply the adhesive and patch to the interior of the device to create an air-tight seal. The disclosure thus provides an improved patching system, apparatus and method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: William Woodruff
  • Publication number: 20140028154
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for monitoring a structural component. The system may include an electromechanical device to generate guided waves having a measurement surface and a bonding agent disposed on the measurement surface and configured to engage with the surface of the structural component. The system may also include a heating element for heating the measurement surface, the bonding agent, and capable of heating a portion 100 of the structural component surface. In addition, the system may include a clamp for retaining the measurement surface relative to the structural component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Sergey A. VINOGRADOV, Hegeon KWUN, Glenn M. LIGHT
  • Patent number: 8636107
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for repairing a portion of an acoustic panel for a nacelle of an aircraft turbojet engine. The panel includes an acoustic skin in which a plurality of acoustic holes are drilled, a solid skin, and a cellular acoustic structure. The cellular acoustic structure, being arranged between the acoustic skin and the solid skin, has a plurality of cells, each of which has one or more drainage openings arranged in one or more of the walls forming each cell. The method includes a step of: defining a part of the acoustic panel to be cut; forming a cutting area closed by the acoustic skin; injecting a resin through the acoustic holes; positioning a replacement cellular acoustic structure in the cutting area and on the acoustic skin; forming a solid replacement skin on the replacement cellular acoustic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Aircelle
    Inventors: John Moutier, Emmanuel Anfray, Franck Maze, Herve Simon
  • Publication number: 20140020766
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a continuous composite tube comprising translating a tube liner through a manufacturing station wherein the manufacturing station comprises a winding station and a consolidation station located at a distance downstream of the winding station; winding a composite tape on the tube liner at the winding station for forming a tape layer; consolidating the composite tape on the tube liner at a consolidation zone of the consolidation station by pressing and heating to the tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: AIRBORNE INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventor: Marcus Antonius Ivonne Kremers