Reclaiming, Renewing Or Repairing Articles For Reuse Patents (Class 156/94)
  • Patent number: 8623160
    Abstract: A method is provided for repairing an aircraft structural component which has a component fault in a portion adjoining a cavity of the aircraft structural component. The method includes removing a region of the aircraft structural component that has the component fault, introducing an expansion body into the cavity of the aircraft structural component through an opening that has been formed by the removal of the region of the aircraft structural component having the component fault, wherein the expansion body while being introduced into the cavity of the aircraft structural component is in a non-expanded state, converting the expansion body that has been introduced into the cavity of the aircraft structural component to an expanded state, and closing the opening by means of a repair material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Benthien, Axel Soeffker
  • Publication number: 20140000788
    Abstract: A surrogate patch assembly for a rework area of a structure comprises a surrogate patch body which may be formed of a material for drawing moisture from the rework area. The patch assembly may include a sensor mounted to the surrogate patch body. The sensor may comprise a thermal sensor for sensing the temperature of the rework area and the surrogate patch body. The sensor may comprise a moisture sensor for sensing moisture drawn into the surrogate patch body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael W. Evens, Megan N. Watson, Mary H. Vargas
  • Patent number: 8617694
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dan-Jumbo, Russell L Keller, Everett A. Westerman
  • Patent number: 8617331
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to one or more embodiments of and methods to repair a flexible pipe. A method to repair damaged flexible fiber-reinforced pipe which includes a plurality of helically-wrapped stacks of laminated strips of material is disclosed. The method includes removing a portion of existing stacks from a damage location, applying an adhesive to a surface of replacement stacks, installing the replacement stacks to the damage location, binding the replacement stacks to remaining existing stacks with the applied adhesive, and installing a replacement jacket over the replacement stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: DeepFlex Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Walsh, Richard Matthew Lutz, Michael J. Bryant, Ali Bryant, Michael Alan Seymour
  • Publication number: 20130341120
    Abstract: Disclosed is a soundproof material fabricated using recycled polyurethane foam from waste seats and a process of fabricating the same, and more particularly, a soundproof material fabricated by stacking a thermoplastic polymer on a sound absorbing material including recycled polyurethane foam from seats from end-of-life vehicles and a process of fabricating the same. Use of recycled resources provides an eco-friendly impact, reduces manufacturing costs for parts, and allows for improved mechanical rigidity and sound insulating properties. The soundproof material may be applied to various automobile parts such as package trays, luggage coverings, covering shelves, and isolation pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hong Mo Koo, Jae Eun Chang, June Ho Yang, Dong Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 8608888
    Abstract: An apparatus for lining a pipe, comprising a liner having a non-everted portion and an everted portion, and a stretching device. The stretching device includes at least two stretch members secured to the everted portion on substantially opposing sides, and a force mechanism to facilitate movement of the stretch members away from each other in order to stretch the evert portion of the liner. Preferably, the liner comprises an inner layer and an outer layer, and the stretch members are positioned between the inner and outer layers. In another aspect, the present invention provides a method of everting a liner into a pipe. The method includes flipping an open end of the liner inside out to create an everted portion, engaging a sidewall of the liner at two opposing locations on the everted portion, and applying a force at the two locations to stretch the everted portion of the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Michels Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Odell, Pat J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8597449
    Abstract: A method for recovering uncured rubber from unused electron beam pre-cured rubber stock used in the manufacture of pneumatic tires. A first layer of the pre-cured rubber stock having cured rubber is skived with a band knife cutter blade from a second layer of the pre-cured rubber stock having uncured rubber. The band knife cutter blade is lubricated so as to avoid adhesion of the uncured rubber to a leading cutting edge of the cutter blade. After the first layer of cured rubber is removed from the pre-cured rubber stock, the uncured rubber in the second layer is reworked into at least one tire component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Joseph Alan Incavo, Kathleen Marie Deren, Warren James Busch
  • Patent number: 8592024
    Abstract: A method of restoring a section of a composite includes the steps of removing an undesirable section of a perforated composite and depositing a repair material in the location of the removed, undesirable section. The repair material is then cured. Before completing the curing step, one or more opening are formed through the repair material to produce one or more perforations through the repair material upon completing the curing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel M. Stadtlander, William Bogue
  • Patent number: 8591695
    Abstract: A pipe lining composition and a method for installing the pipe lining composition into a pipeline requiring repair is provided. The lining composition is a layered lining composite formed of alternating plies of felt and carbon fiber strand reinforcing such that layers of carbon fiber reinforcing strands are trapped between layers of felt. Once the composite is laid up the composite is preferably stitched to provide stability and to maintain the layers relative to one another and then formed into a tube. In accordance with the method, the lining tube is then sequentially filled resins of increasing viscosity as it is drawn through rollers in a manner that fully wets out the carbon fiber before it is placed into the pipe to be lined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Danny Warren
  • Publication number: 20130306220
    Abstract: A method of joining a fibre reinforced laminate layer to a surface (3), including applying a layer of melted resin on to the surface (3), the resin displacing air from the surface and solidifying upon cooling on the surface to thereby form a layer of solidifled resin (7) thereon, applying a composite lay-up (13) over the resultant layer of solidified resin, and heating and melting the resin so that the composite lay-up is submerged in the melted resin and the resin is subsequently cured to thereby form the laminate layer (19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Neil Deryck Bray Graham
  • Publication number: 20130280445
    Abstract: A system and method for recycling and repurposing a synthetic turf field cover including a pre-existing mixture of rubber and sand particles embedded in the turf material. The system utilizes an aspirating machine for removing and separating the existing rubber and sand particles. The removed rubber particles are reused, and can be cleaned and sterilized prior to reinstallation. A method of recycling a synthetic turf field cover includes the steps of removing the existing synthetic turf field cover, aspirating pre-existing rubber and sand particles, sterilizing the rubber particles, reapplying the sterilized, reused rubber particles and applying additional rubber particles and sand to a replaced or reinstalled field turf cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Patrick D. McAnany, Edwin L. Huggins
  • Publication number: 20130248084
    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: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Beele Engineering B.V,
    Inventor: Johannes Alfred Beele
  • Patent number: 8540909
    Abstract: A patch for reworking an inconsistent area in a composite structure includes a composite laminate patch adapted to cover the inconsistent area and bonded to the structure by a layer of adhesive. The patch includes a plurality of composite plies having a tapered cross section, and at least first and second regions respectively having differing fracture toughnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dan-Jumbo, Russell L. Keller, Everett A. Westerman
  • Publication number: 20130240118
    Abstract: A UV-IR combination curing system and method for manufacture and repair of composite parts, such as for use in wind blade manufacture and repair. The system and method utilize UV and IR dual radiation sources to cure glass fiber reinforced laminates containing a photo initiator. The UV and IR dual radiation sources can be configured as discrete stand-alone UV and IR lamps used in a side by side configuration, a plurality of UV lamps with thermal IR radiation, a combined UV/IR lamp, or other forms of light sources providing both UV and IR radiation. To achieve high glass transition and complete curing of thick laminates, the IR radiation source is initially turned on to heat the laminate to close to 40° C.-100° C. before the UV radiation source is turned on. The IR radiation source can be turned off after UV radiation source is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaomei Fang, Thomas Miebach, David Simon, Jordan Philip Seeger
  • Publication number: 20130240119
    Abstract: A method for a repair of materials used in the manufacture of non-structural aircraft interior components includes the steps of laying fiberglass over a damaged surface and adhering the fiberglass with a fast-adhering glue, that includes at least one of cyanoacrylate and a cyanoacrylate activator for repairing the surface, to the damaged surface. A related method that includes applying a cyanoacrylate activator is used for removing pen and pencil marks for a synthetic leather material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: David Fernyhough
  • Patent number: 8524356
    Abstract: A composite laminate patch for reworking an inconsistent area in a structure has inner and outer control regions possessing differing interlaminar fracture toughnesses for controlling the advance of a disbond in the patch. One or more separation zones in the patch between the control regions aids in diffusing the fracture energy of the disbond as the disband advances from the inner region to the outer region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dan-Jumbo, Russell L Keller, Everett A. Westerman
  • Publication number: 20130213555
    Abstract: A method of reusing an existing emblem from a vehicle. The method includes the steps of providing the identification of the existing emblem. From there, the dimensional characteristics of the existing emblem can be determined. The determined dimensional characteristics are then turned into a plurality of perforations through an adhesive sheet so that they correspond to the dimensional characteristics of the existing emblem. The existing emblem can then be applied to the adhesive sheet, and in turn, can be attached to a vehicle by way of the adhesive sheet. An entire library of templates corresponding to the dimensional characteristics of a plurality of existing emblems can be created.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Philip Smead
  • Patent number: 8511029
    Abstract: This invention is a method and apparatus for repairing a hole in a surface with a perforated repair patch. The repair patch, which is affixed to and substantially cover over the hole, is indented inwards by applying cement compound into its perforations and pushing the repair patch into the hole as the cement compound hardens. A layer of drywall compound is then applied over the indented repair patch to smooth it with the rest of the wall. The perforated repair patch may include an additional layer of mesh sheet material to minimize cracking of the drywall compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Hansen
  • Patent number: 8506736
    Abstract: An automatic core joiner and cutter apparatus for use in the recycling of used cores and the manufacture of new conjoined cores is disclosed. The apparatus combines an infeed unit, a milling unit, and an outfeed unit, all controlled by a PC. The used core is milled by the infeed milling bit and the core remnant is milled by the outfeed milling bit. A glue applicator applies glue to at least one of the milled surfaces and the milled surfaces are mated together to produce a new conjoined core. The infeed cutting and milling operations and the outfeed cutting and milling operations are controlled by the controller and performed at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Handling Intl.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Pienta, David M. Pienta
  • Patent number: 8475615
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for repairing a wall (1), including a plurality of layers (2), each layer including fibers (3) extending in a main direction (4), and having a damaged area (5) over a plurality layers (2). The repair method includes a material removal step comprising making a recessed area (6) encircling the damaged area (5) and comprising a peripheral area (7) including steps (8) and adapted such that each step defines an interface area (9) having a width (10), the dimension of which in the main direction of the fibers of the lower layer adjoining the interface area (9) is greater than the dimension of said width in directions other than the main direction (4), a step of producing a replacement part (12) suitable for obstructing the recessed area, and a step of assembling the replacement part (12) onto the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Jedo Technologies, Universite Paul Sabatier, Composite Expertice & Solutions
    Inventors: Michel Deleris, Francois Cenac
  • Publication number: 20130160326
    Abstract: One embodiment of footwear, in the category of a sandal, which may include a sport sandal, thong, slide-on, clog, or related structured sandal for protecting feet while working or taking part in leisure activities such as walking, hiking, or running. In particular, a sports sandal (FIG. 1-3) comprising a sole (1) fabricated from a material such that during the break in period conforms to the shape and contours of the wearer's foot, in which three circular holes (2, 4, and 5) are cut through the sole (1). Provides an anti-slip heel cushion (10) for the Achilles tendon threaded on a single continuous attachment cord (3) which snugly secures the foot to the shoe sole (1) by sliding a cord lock (8) along the attachment cord (3) and through lateral hole (4) and medial hole (5) in sole (1) by which the comfort of the shoe is adjusted. An antiskid coating (9) attached to the bottom reduces sole (1) wear. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Szekeresh
  • Publication number: 20130164481
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a repair laminate for a composite part having an exposed surface includes applying a release film to the exposed surface and forming an uncured ply stack assembly on the release film. The uncured ply stack assembly is formed by forming and compacting a series of uncured ply stacks. The release film and ply stack assembly is then removed from the exposed surface. A bonding material is then applied to the exposed surface, and the uncured ply stack assembly is applied to the bonding material. The ply stack assembly and bonding material are then cured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Denver Ray Whitworth, Vance Newton Cribb, III, Dumitru Radu Jitariu
  • Patent number: 8460506
    Abstract: Improved compositions for the restoration, repair and assembly of materials include (a) a conditioner composition including a polymer that matches or is substantially the same as that to which Chemical Abstracts registry number (CAS No.) 222414-16-6 is assigned (commercially available as RHOPLEX 1834 acrylic emulsion) and (b) an adhesive composition that also includes a polymer that matches or is substantially the same as that to which CAS No. 222414-16-6 is assigned. Adhesive composition can also include a polymer that matches or is substantially the same as that to which CAS No. 253351-13-2 (commercially available as RHOPLEX 1950 acrylic emulsion) is assigned. First, the conditioner composition is injected into a gap between the two structures to be adhered. Next, the adhesive composition is injected into the gap. In one embodiment, the compositions are used to restore and repair historic plaster ceilings and walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Rory Brennan
  • Publication number: 20130139922
    Abstract: A device and method for repairing the junction of a main pipe line and a lateral pipe. The device uses a series of independently controlled bladders to adjust the timing and pressure exerted by the bladders on the pipes. The device also uses a liner assembly of resin absorbent material is formed, with a tubular lateral liner connected to a concentric circular main liner. The liner also includes an opening to facilitate loading of the liner in the device. Upon loading the bladders and resin-embedded liner into a train, the device is positioned and the bladders independently inflated, either concurrently or in sequence, installing the liner assembly onto the pipe. Once the resin is cured, the bladder assembly and launcher are removed from the sewer pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Gerald D'Hulster, James Gould
  • Patent number: 8449703
    Abstract: A patch for reworking an inconsistent area in a composite structure includes a composite laminate patch and a layer of adhesive for bonding the laminate patch to the composite structure. The laminate patch has at least first and second regions for releasing strain energy around the inconsistent area respectively at different rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dan-Jumbo, Russell L. Keller, Everett A. Westerman
  • Patent number: 8444793
    Abstract: The present invention provides a semiconductor device and a fabricating method thereof. The fabricating method comprises: providing a first substrate; forming a soft dry film having an adhesive film and a release film; sticking the soft dry film on the first substrate with the adhesive film; removing the release film; sticking a second substrate on the adhesive film; and heating the adhesive film to solidify the adhesive film to form a solid adhesive film. The semiconductor device comprises: a first substrate, a solid adhesive film, and a second substrate. The solid adhesive film is formed on the first substrate, and the second substrate is formed on the solid adhesive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignees: Himax Semiconductor, Inc., Core Precision Material Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Chang Hsiung, Shu-Lin Ho
  • Patent number: 8444794
    Abstract: An automatic core joiner and cutter apparatus for use in the recycling of used cores and the manufacture of new conjoined cores is disclosed. The apparatus combines an infeed unit, a milling unit, and an outfeed unit, all controlled by a PC. The infeed unit includes at least two infeed rollers for supporting a used core member. An infeed pusher bar moves these core member into and out of contact with the milling unit. The outfeed unit includes at least two rollers for supporting a core remnant. An outfeed pusher bar moves the core remnant into and out of contact with the milling unit. The milling unit, positioned between the infeed and outfeed unit includes an infeed cutter and an infeed milling bit, an outfeed cutter and an outfeed milling bit. The infeed cutter removes the damaged end of the used core and the outfeed cutter removes the damaged end of a core remnant. The used core is milled by the infeed milling bit and the core remnant is milled by the outfeed milling bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Handling International
    Inventors: Daniel J. Pienta, David M. Pienta
  • Publication number: 20130113268
    Abstract: A rim flange trim ring adapted to be attached to a rim flange adapted to support a tire, the rim including a cylindrical body portion including a first end and a second end, the first and second ends each terminating in a radially outward extending rim. The rim flange trim ring includes a generally annular body having a U-shaped cross-section, and the rim flange trim ring is adapted to be placed on and to receive the rim flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Zvonko Dimovski
  • Publication number: 20130112340
    Abstract: A method of covering an anomaly in a wall substantially to match a pre-existing texture pattern surrounding the anomaly. The method 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 the main chamber. An actuator relative is arranged relative to the container assembly such that displacement of a button relative to the valve changes the valve from a closed configuration to an open configuration in which a portion of the propellant material is allowed to force the contained material out of the main chamber through the outlet. A first portion of the contained material is applied to the anomaly by directing the outlet at the anomaly and displacing the button. Optionally, a second portion of the contained material may be applied to the base coat by directing the outlet at the base coat and displacing the button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: HOMAX PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: HOMAX PRODUCTS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130098495
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multilayer tube, comprising a tubular inner film made of modified polytetrafluoroethylene, and one or more layers of a planar textile fibrous material, which is saturated with a curable resin, and optionally an outer film. The outer film is preferably made of UV impermeable material. The multilayer tube can be used for repairing pipes, but it can also be used as a stand-alone pipe for transporting fluids such as liquids and gases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Albert Fasel, Rene Quitter
  • Publication number: 20130089811
    Abstract: A seal assembly includes first and second solid oxide fuel cell components and a self-healing glass between the components. The glass seal includes 35-60 wt % alkaline earth oxide, 2-15 wt % boron oxide, and 25-62 wt % silicone oxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: John E. Holowczak, Sonia Tulyani, Elllen Y. Sun, Jean Yamanis
  • Patent number: 8409384
    Abstract: A patch for reworking an inconsistent area of a composite structure comprises a composite laminate patch and a bond joint between the patch and the structure. The bond joint including at least first and second regions respectively having differing properties for releasing strain energy around the inconsistent area at different rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dan-Jumbo, Russell L. Keller, Everett A. Westerman
  • Publication number: 20130079611
    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: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventor: David P. Besko
  • Patent number: 8388785
    Abstract: A method for effecting a repair and/or strengthening of a pipe. The method comprises cleaning an affected area of a surface of the pipe to provide a cleaned surface of the pipe surface for an area requiring repair; applying a continuous strip around the pipe from a portion prior to the effected area and allowing the continuous strip to extend to a portion after the affected area. The continuous strip forms a spiral sleeve spaced from the pipe surface to provide an annular chamber between the pipe surface and the spiral sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Merit Technologies SDN BHD
    Inventor: Jeffrey Richard De Jong
  • Patent number: 8382924
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a repair laminate for a composite part having an exposed surface includes applying a release film to the exposed surface and forming an uncured ply stack assembly on the release film. The uncured ply stack assembly is formed by forming and compacting a series of uncured ply stacks. The release film and ply stack assembly is then removed from the exposed surface. A bonding material is then applied to the exposed surface, and the uncured ply stack assembly is applied to the bonding material. The ply stack assembly and bonding material are then cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Denver R. Whitworth, Vance N. Cribb, Dumitru R. Jitariu
  • Publication number: 20130037198
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a laser unit and a controller. The laser unit is configured to generate a number of laser beams. The controller is configured to operate the laser unit to generate the number of laser beams resulting in a desired level of heating of a composite patch that cures the composite patch on a composite structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Kimberly D. Meredith
  • Patent number: 8369741
    Abstract: There is provided a method of promoting adhesion of a printer cartridge seal to a printer cartridge. The method comprises providing a printer cartridge seal applicator having an applicator portion configured to apply pressure on a printer cartridge seal, an applicator body connected to the applicator portion, and a handle connected to the applicator body. The method further comprises positioning the printer cartridge seal applicator in between a toner supply roller and a printer cartridge surface defining a toner opening port. The method further comprises using the applicator portion to press the printer cartridge seal against the printer cartridge surface defining the toner opening port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Kagaku Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Denny Holmes, Tigran Ohanyan
  • Patent number: 8362135
    Abstract: Improved compositions for the restoration, repair and assembly of materials include (a) a conditioner composition including a polymer that matches or is substantially the same as that to which Chemical Abstracts registry number (CAS No.) 222414-16-6 is assigned (commercially available as RHOPLEX 1834 acrylic emulsion) and (b) an adhesive composition that also includes a polymer that matches or is substantially the same as that to which CAS No. 222414-16-6 is assigned. Adhesive composition can also include a polymer that matches or is substantially the same as that to which CAS No. 253351-13-2 (commercially available as RHOPLEX 1950 acrylic emulsion) is assigned. First, the conditioner composition is injected into a gap between the two structures to be adhered. Next, the adhesive composition is injected into the gap. In one embodiment, the compositions are used to restore and repair historic plaster ceilings and walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Rory E. Brennan, Laurie E. Klenkel
  • Patent number: 8356649
    Abstract: In order to repair a composite-material panel forming part of the external surface of an aircraft, a portable device is applied onto that surface, the portable device including an inflatable chamber consisting of a flexible and airtight membrane and a concave body of rubber-like material sealed with the membrane. The concave body incorporates an inextensible inner reinforcement. Pressurized air is introduced into the chamber via a valve. A further valve, which passes through the membrane in a zone of the membrane external to the chamber, is used to suck air from one side of the membrane to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pierluigi Cacace, Nicola Gallo
  • Patent number: 8353995
    Abstract: Automobile panel repair laminates include a pressure sensitive adhesive bonded to a support backing. The support backing may be constructed of various materials such as plastically deformable polymeric materials including thermoplastic or thermoset materials and may have various thicknesses depending upon the desired conformability and rigidity necessary for the repair. The support backing may be bonded to the pressure sensitive adhesive by applying adhesion promoters such as solvents. The repair laminate is applied to a back or non-aesthetic side of the automobile panel, and the front side is repaired using standard techniques for filling and finishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: George M. Stout, George J. Clements
  • Publication number: 20130012086
    Abstract: A prepreg comprising a fibrous reinforcement layer at least partially impregnated with a matrix resin having a first viscosity, a coating of a wet resin having a second viscosity on a first side of the fibrous reinforcement layer, the first viscosity being higher than the second viscosity, both the matrix resin and the wet resin being curable by ultraviolet radiation, a first removable flexible film which acts as a barrier to ultraviolet radiation on a second side of the fibrous reinforcement layer, and optionally a second removable protective flexible film covering the coating of wet resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: GURIT(UK) LTD
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Jones, Andrew James Passey, Iain James Cranwell
  • Patent number: 8343294
    Abstract: An apparatus and method adapted to enhance the structural performance of a desired connection and provide a readily perceivable indication of predetermined limitations having being reached prior to actual failure of a connection. A method for enhancing structural performance of a desired structure by preventing fracture propagation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Kansas
    Inventors: Ronald M. Barrett, Caroline R. Bennett, Stanley T. Rolfe, Adolfo B. Matamoros
  • Publication number: 20120325395
    Abstract: A carrier head for a chemical mechanical polishing apparatus includes a retaining ring having a flexible lower portion and a rigid upper portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Steven M. Zuniga, Thomas H. Osterheld
  • Patent number: 8337646
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for filling vias in a product greensheet and/or repairing vias in a product greensheet. The method and apparatus utilize a transfer greensheet having filled vias in a fixed array, which vias are punched into the product greensheet to either repair or fill the via of the product greensheet. The method and apparatus employ position determining means such as a camera, a punch head and a corresponding punch die and an activating means to activate the punch head to punch the transfer greensheet via to fill the product greensheet via. The transfer greensheet has a fixed array of filled vias and a transfer greensheet station employs a fixed plate having a plurality of vacuum ports positioned in the non-via areas of the transfer greensheet which secures the transfer greensheet during the method. The product greensheet is held by a vacuum plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark J. LaPlante, Thomas Weiss
  • Patent number: 8337649
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refinish sheet produced by (1) coating one side of a temporary carrier sheet (A) with at least one aqueous coating material (B) comprising at least one free-radically crosslinkable binder (B1) having a glass transition temperature of ?70 to +50° C., an olefinically unsaturated double bond content of 2 to 10 eq/kg, and an acid group content of 0.05 to 15 eq/kg to produce at least one resultant layer (B); and (2) drying but not curing, or only part-curing, the at least one resultant layer (B) to produce at least one dried, uncured or part-cured layer (B). Also disclosed is a method of repairing a surface of a coated substrate using the refinish sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: BASF Coatings GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Baumgart, Berthold Austrup, Bostjan Muhic
  • Patent number: 8328970
    Abstract: A drywall patch is coated with a premeasured amount of joint compound in its wet state making it immediately available for application to a wall surface. The patch with compound is sealed in an airtight wrapper or between unsealed wrapper halves which are in turn sealed in a surrounding airtight package so that the joint compound stays moist and will not harden over time. The wrapper includes a peel-away adhesive dry patch. In use, the dry patch is first applied over a crack or hole to be repaired. The wrapper and compound are applied directly over the dry patch and, while the wrapper remains in place, pressure is applied to smooth the compound over the patch and removed after the compound has dried. The wrapper is preferably composed of microporous breathable plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: James Lewis
  • Publication number: 20120305167
    Abstract: First and second aircraft structures are bonded together with an adhesive including strain-sensitive magnetostrictive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Diane C. Rawlings, Robert J. Miller, Kenneth A. Krienke, James H. Mabe, Robert T. Ruggeri, Dan J. Clingman
  • Patent number: 8313607
    Abstract: An expansion repair coupling for interconnecting two facing ends of a cut pipe comprises a tubular body, a spigot slidably and rotatably received therein and a locking mechanism to selectively lock or unlock the rotation of the tubular body relative to the spigot. An end of the spigot extends outward from the tubular body to receive a coupling that connects to one end of the cut pipe. A radially enlarged section on the spigot has a sealing mechanism that sealably engages an interior surface of the tubular body. The locking mechanism, engaged by collapsing the spigot into the tubular body or disengaged by extending the spigot therefrom, facilitates a push and twist connection at both ends of the pipe to wipe the adhesive disposed therebetween and obtain a better seal. Preferably, the locking mechanism comprises a socket having spigot engaging members that cooperatively engage socket engaging members on the spigot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: National Diversied Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory F. Quinn
  • Publication number: 20120272637
    Abstract: An example method of replacing an aperture in a component includes placing layers of a filler material into a first aperture. The layers of the filler material arranged in a stacked relationship relative to each other within the first aperture. The method cures the filler material and establishes a second aperture that is at least partially defined by the filler material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Brian Kenneth Holland, William Bogue, James H. Stewart
  • Patent number: RE43910
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for installing a tubular liner in a pipe, as in repair of underground sewer piping. A feeder is of flexible material, which may be similar to that of which the tubular liner is made, and is connected to an end of the tubular liner. The feeder includes a throat portion through which a quantity of inside-out tubular liner is drawn into the feeder by fluid pressure within the feeder and beyond the throat, and the tubular liner is thence urged by fluid pressure into the pipe where it is to be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: High Bar, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen T. Waring