Shaping Metal And Uniting To A Preform Patents (Class 164/98)
  • Patent number: 11174813
    Abstract: A liner for a cylinder of an internal combustion engine can comprise a hollow cylindrical wall or body having an inner surface, an outer surface opposite the inner surface, and open top and bottom ends. The outer surface can be without any sealing grooves in at least a bottom portion thereof. A relatively thin portion of the wall or body can be provided below a thick portion of the wall or body, and may reach the bottom end of the wall or body. An angled transition can define a change in thickness from the thick portion to the thin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Bochart, Shu Zhang, Andrew D. Rockwell, Jonathan R. Chittenden
  • Patent number: 11156113
    Abstract: A turbine nozzle formed of a superalloy, and including: an annular end-wall including a pocket, the pocket defining an inner surface within the annular end-wall; a vane, the vane including an airfoil portion and a boss portion, the vane extending from the pocket such that the boss portion is enclosed within the pocket and the airfoil portion extends through the annular end-wall; and a seal within the pocket, the seal including one or more protrusions extending from the inner surface of the pocket and abutting the vane at one or both of the boss portion and the airfoil portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Curtis Stimpson, Mark Morris, Morgan Mader, Shannon Biery
  • Patent number: 11148648
    Abstract: A hydraulic assembly for generating brake pressure for a hydraulic brake system, comprising a housing which is produced from a cast blank, having at least one receiving cavity for receiving a connector piece which is connected to a fluid container and which can be plugged along a plug-in axis (S) into the receiving cavity. The cast blank has, in the receiving cavity, at least one substantially planar surface, the normal vector (N) of which is oriented at an oblique inclination angle (W) with respect to the plug-in axis (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Jörg Loke, Horst Krämer, Manfred Rüffer, Andreas Bischoff, Sascha Gerber, Ingo Knewitz
  • Patent number: 10961806
    Abstract: A downhole tool for use in a gas or oil well is provided. The tool comprising a length of tubing having at least one annular sealing means mounted on the outer surface thereof. The annular sealing means, which are formed from a eutectic/bismuth based alloy, serve to secure the downhole tool in position within an oil or gas well during so that the tool can carry out its function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BiSN Tec Ltd
    Inventor: Paul Carragher
  • Patent number: 10843256
    Abstract: A steering-wheel core eliminating or reducing the need to perform finishing processing after casting and decreasing a manufacturing cost even when the steering-wheel core is cast using a molten metal process. The steering wheel core includes a boss core portion coupled to a steering shaft, a rim core portion and a spoke core portion. The boss core portion forms a nut seat surface that makes contact with a nut when the nut is fastened to a distal end of the steering shaft. A recess is formed in the nut seat surface depressed toward a back surface side of the boss core portion. The recess is preferably provided in an annular form so as to surround the circumference of the nut seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Kensaku Kitajo, Jun Kato
  • Patent number: 10682692
    Abstract: A method of casting an assembly is provided that includes forming a structural insert, over-molding the structural insert with a temporary core, and positioning the over-molded structural insert within a cavity of a casting die. The over-molded structural insert is cast within a part, to form the assembly, and the temporary core is removed. The method may also include a temporary core configured to define an alloy flash trim location or locating features to position the structural insert within the cavity of the casting die. Further, the temporary core may define shared features with the structural insert. The part and structural insert may be dissimilar materials such as a part of an aluminum alloy material and a structural insert of a steel alloy material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Burns, Robert Rentschler, Bryan McKeough, Cliff Maki, Kevin Byrd
  • Patent number: 10370931
    Abstract: A first aspect of the invention provides a gas or oil well tubing having an annular packer mounted thereon, wherein the annular packer is formed from an eutectic alloy. By prefabricating the annular packer on the tubing it can be placed in situ from the outset and thus can be active by melting at any time to form a eutectic seal quickly and easily. An annular packer with by-pass conduits is also provided to enable cement to be pumped past the annular packer when it is in situ. The annular packer is further provided with conduit clearance means to clear cement from within the conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BiSN Tec Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Carragher
  • Patent number: 10265762
    Abstract: A projection of burr is provided by forming an appropriate gap to set a cast-in member to a cast-in mold, completely closing the gap when the cast-in mold is clamped, and correcting cast-in positioning (axis mating) to a die-cast component by a clamping operation of the die-cast mold, regardless of a dimensional precision of the cast-in member upon a manufacture. Steel plate cast-in member 2, wrapped cast except for a bonding portion 2b to a steel plate bonding member 3 upon molding a die-cast component 1, has a mold contact portion 4 at a boundary between a cast-in portion 2a wrapped cast with a die-cast component 1 and the bonding portion 2b. When a cast-in mold A is clamped, the mold contact portion 4 is brought into butting contact with the cast-in mold A, gap S between the cast-in member 2 and the cast-in mold A, cavity a, is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Yorozu Corporation
    Inventors: Shunzo Aoyama, Yasushi Kanno, Masaharu Matsumoto, Sadahiro Sekine
  • Patent number: 10213048
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat-retaining tray for a pizza, comprising one of a support means and an electricity supply means. The present invention provides a heat-retaining tray comprising: an upper plate having a plurality of protrusions formed such that food is laid on the upper surface of the plurality of protrusions; a side wall integrally formed vertically on the periphery of the upper plate; and a temperature increase unit for raising the temperature of the upper plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Moru Co., Ltd., Jeju National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Ho Won Lee, Seung Geon Kim, Kyung Ho Cho, Kyung Mo Im
  • Patent number: 10077817
    Abstract: A caliper includes a hydraulic linking channel provided in a bridge section linking hydraulic cylinders, on an inner caliper section side, and hydraulic cylinders, on an outer caliper section side, to a cylinder-side hydraulic channel disposed on the back end of each respectively. A connecting channel forming section, which corresponds to each cylinder-side hydraulic channel and the hydraulic linking channel is provided, in advance, in a core used during casting of the inner caliper section, the outer caliper section, and the bridge section, and is formed by setting in a situation to be embedded at the same time as each caliper section and the bridge section are being integrally cast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Takahiro Kawamata, Tetsuzo Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9933082
    Abstract: A fitting body for a sanitary fitting and a method for producing a fitting body for a sanitary fitting. The fitting body has a base body having at least one receptacle, wherein in a receiving base of the at least one receptacle at least one laterally open channel is provided. The base body is connected in the region of the at least one receptacle with at least one cover, wherein between the at least one cover and the at least one channel, at least one waterway is formed. The at least one cover is at least partially disposed in the receptacle and is mostly covered by a molding composition on a cover outer surface. The fitting body is produced easily and with a minimum of sealing points, and the course taken by the waterways is easily seen from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Grohe AG
    Inventors: Thomas Loi, Pia Theyson, Hartwig Philipps-Liebich
  • Patent number: 9873149
    Abstract: A technique is provided capable of favorably preventing generation of a shrinkage cavity in solidification of molten metal poured into a casting mold, and increasing accuracy of an assembling position of a core to a mold, in casting a caliper. A caliper casting device for casting a caliper for a disc brake including a cylinder into which a piston is fitted, and a rotor housing surface that defines a space for housing a disc rotor, includes: a mold; and a core placed in the mold, the mold having a rotor housing surface forming portion that forms a part of the rotor housing surface after casting, and the core being positioned and held in the rotor housing surface forming portion during casting, and forming a part of the rotor housing surface together with the rotor housing surface forming portion after casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Arai, Iseto Suzuki, Jungo Masuda
  • Patent number: 9831362
    Abstract: Roll-to-roll fabrication of predetermined or ordered three-dimensional nanostructure arrays is described. Provided methods can comprise imprinting a substrate with a two-dimensional (2-D) pattern by rolling a cylindrical pattern comprising a 2-D array of structures against a substrate. In addition, control or determination of nanostructure parameters via control of process parameters is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Zhiyong Fan, Siu-Fung Leung
  • Patent number: 9828904
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for optimizing a valve orifice shape. According to one representative embodiment, a method includes determining a specified relationship between a valve position and an output characteristic, and determining an orifice profile. The method also includes determining a relationship of an orifice area to the output characteristic. Further, the method includes shaping an orifice in a valve based on the orifice profile and the specified relationship between the valve position and the output characteristic. According to the method, the valve should approximately exhibit the specified relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian P. Dale, Vivek A. Sujan
  • Patent number: 9784359
    Abstract: A multi-ratio gearbox housing for a vehicle is made of light metal material and includes a first bearing seat having a cylindrical inner surface, and a reinforcement member having a first cylindrical inner surface surrounding the first bearing seat for reducing thermal radial expansion of the first bearing seat, the reinforcement member being of a material the coefficient of thermal expansion of which is less than the coefficient of thermal expansion of the light metal material of the housing. The reinforcing member is a cast-in insert arranged in the housing, and a radial distance between the first cylindrical inner surface and the cylindrical inner surface of the first bearing seat is substantially constant along circumferential lines of the first bearing seat, facilitating improved form stability of the cylindrical inner surface of the first bearing seat over the temperature operating range of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventor: Lars Zettergren
  • Patent number: 9732397
    Abstract: A defective engine block recycling method in a continuous casting line includes inserting a bore pin into an engine block mold, fitting a real liner to an outer circumferential surface of the bore pin, and injecting molten aluminum into the engine block mold to cast an engine block body. If an abnormality is generated in the engine block mold or the molten aluminum and if a defect is expected to generate in the engine block body, a defective engine block unit is produced by fitting a dummy liner, which is made of a material identical with or similar to a material of the engine block body, to the bore pin. The defective engine block unit thus produced is directly melted and recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AJU STEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hak Yeon Lee
  • Patent number: 9700939
    Abstract: The present invention includes a first injection tube for supplying a colloidal medium, a storage part connected to the first injection tube for receiving the colloidal medium through the first injection tube, a second injection tube connected to the storage part for supplying a colloid, a discharge tube connected to both the storage part and the second injection tube for discharging the colloidal medium coming from the storage part and the colloid coming from the second injection tube, and a free surface inversion part for inverting the free surface of the liquid in the second injection tube so as to mix the colloidal medium and the colloid in the discharge tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Kyong Whoan Lee, Keoung Hwa Lee, Hyun Jong Kim, Sang Mok Lee, Je Sik Shin, Young Cheol Lee
  • Patent number: 9511388
    Abstract: A method for coating a turbine engine component comprises the steps of: providing a turbine engine component having at least one sacrificial attachment on a first side; grasping the turbine engine component via the at least one sacrificial attachment to position a first surface of the turbine engine component relative to a source of coating material; and applying a coating to said first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian S. Tryon, Kevin Joseph Low, James P. Bangerter, Russell A. Beers, Alexander W. Williams
  • Patent number: 9174415
    Abstract: A method of joining an amorphous alloy material to a heterogeneous material and a composite formed by the same are provided. The method comprises steps of: placing a pre-formed piece made of one of the amorphous alloy material and the heterogeneous material into a mold; heating the other of the amorphous alloy material and the heterogeneous material to a predetermined temperature, and casting the other of the amorphous alloy material and the heterogeneous material into the mold to form a transition connection part joining the amorphous alloy material to the heterogeneous material and having a fusion welded structure, a microstructure reinforcing connection structure and a composite connection structure; and cooling the amorphous alloy material and the heterogeneous material at a rate higher than a critical cooling rate of the amorphous alloy material to obtain a composite formed by joining the amorphous alloy material to the heterogeneous material by the transition connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: Shenzhen BYD Auto R&D Company Limited, BYD Company Limited
    Inventors: Qing Gong, Faliang Zhang, Yunchun Li
  • Patent number: 9099798
    Abstract: A current-source contacting device, a current source and a current-source contacting system are described. To increase the mechanical stability, corrosion resistance and temperature stability of current-transferring members of the current-source contacting device, the current source and the current-source contacting system, these current-transferring members are made of a metal-infiltrated ceramic. A method for producing metal-infiltrated ceramic bodies, metal-infiltrated ceramic bodies produced in this manner, as well as their use, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Jan Goehler
  • Publication number: 20150144319
    Abstract: A part (1) of a container for electronic equipment, having the function of a heat sink, comprises a base (2) having mainly two-dimensional extension parallel with a first plane of extension, and a plurality of dissipation fins (3) fixed to the base (2) and also having mainly two-dimensional extension parallel with one or more second planes of extension which are transversal to the first plane of extension. The part (1) comprises a supporting body (4) and one or more metal inserts (5) irremovably connected to the supporting body (4), each metal insert (5) being constituted of a single piece made by extrusion and comprising a group of fins (3) and a connecting portion (7) connecting the fins (3) of the group to one another and at least partly irremovably embedded in the supporting body (4) by overmolding of the supporting body on the insert (5); the base (2) of the part (1) is constituted of both the supporting body (4) and each connecting portion (7) of the one or more inserts (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Gianfranco NATALI
  • Publication number: 20150139835
    Abstract: Unloader (1) for a valve element (30) of a compressor valve (40), comprising a least one unloader finger (2) and one carrier bushing (14), wherein the unloader finger (2) is fabricated from a first material, the carrier bushing (14) is fabricated from a second material using a casting method, and at least part of the unloader finger (2) is mould in with the material of the carrier bushing (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Bernhard SPIEGL, Markus TESTORI, Andreas SCHLOFFER
  • Patent number: 9033024
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of making use of foams as a processing aid or to improve the properties of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy materials. Other embodiments include the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy/foam composite materials made in accordance with the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 9027630
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of forming a connection mechanism in or on a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy by casting in or on, or forming with the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy, a machinable metal. The connection mechanism can be formed by machining the machinable metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole, Richard W. Heley
  • Patent number: 9017824
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aluminum-diamond composite having both high thermal conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient close to those of semiconductor elements, which is improved in platability in the surface and surface roughness so that the composite becomes suitable for use as a heat sink of a semiconductor element of the like. Specifically disclosed is a plate-like aluminum-diamond composite containing diamond particles and a metal mainly composed of aluminum. The aluminum-diamond composite is composed of a composite part and surface layers formed on both sides of the composite part, and the surface layers are composed of a material containing a metal mainly composed of aluminum. The diamond particle content is 40-70% by volume of the entire aluminum-diamond composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Hirotsuru, Hideo Tsukamoto
  • Publication number: 20150107909
    Abstract: A fixed-cutter earth-boring tool includes a first blade substantially comprising a first material having a first elastic modulus at a temperature, and a second blade substantially comprising a second material having a second elastic modulus at the temperature. The second elastic modulus is different from the first elastic modulus. A method of forming an earth-boring tool includes forming a bit body having a plurality of blades, and providing at least one cutting element on at least one of the plurality of blades. Some fixed-cutter earth-boring drill bits include a first blade exhibiting a first deflection when subjected to a load, and a second blade exhibiting a second deflection when subjected to the load. The first deflection may be a continuous function of the load, and the second deflection may be a discontinuous function of the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Anton F. Zahradnik
  • Publication number: 20150102523
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for additively fabricating a solid object from a series of components. The method utilizes additive fabrication with a programmed computer operating a machine to produce a solid object based on a three dimensional, computerized rendering of the solid object. Each component is produced from one or more molds which are filled with a fluid material that solidifies into a component that attaches to a previously manufactured component by way of the same process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Richard J. Russell, Michael F. Turk
  • Patent number: 9004150
    Abstract: A new method for continuous casting of molten metal is provided that allows one to obtain an intermediate product such as slab, billet wire, etc. before subsequent thermomechanical treatment (e.g. lamination or annealing), such that its chemical composition is modified by the addition of elements in order to give it greater mechanical strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Centre de Recherches Metallurgiques ASBL—Centrum Voor Research in de Metallurgie VZW
    Inventors: Paul Naveau, Astrid De Ro
  • Patent number: 8967230
    Abstract: Seam protected encapsulated arrays of solid ceramic elements are disclosed. Vulnerable seams between solid ceramic elements arranged adjacent to each other in encapsulated arrays of solid ceramic elements are protected by a seam protector arranged in-line with the vulnerable seams and fixed to the encapsulated array. A stiffener may be arranged in-line with the vulnerable seams and fixed to the encapsulated array opposite to the seam protector. The solid ceramic elements may be encapsulated in a barrier material to prevent the base metal from reacting with the ceramic material units during casting, and/or provide crush/compression protection during cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Spokane Industries
    Inventors: Rod Alan Grozdanich, Edward Robert Kaczmarek
  • Patent number: 8960262
    Abstract: Encapsulated arrays with tiles covered with a barrier layer are disclosed. Tiles formed of silicon carbide, and wrapped with a barrier layer, are encapsulated with a base metal formed of a steel alloy. During a casting process, to fabricate the encapsulated arrays, the barrier layer prevents the steel alloy and/or the silicon carbide from compromising each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Spokane Industries
    Inventors: Rod Alan Grozdanich, Edward Robert Kaczmarek
  • Patent number: 8944139
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an engine component includes forming the component by deposition of powder, which is melted by a heat source, in subsequent Layers to form the component into a desired shape, the component having an outer surface, and re-melting at least part of the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Volvo Aero Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Jonsson, Dzevad Imamovic, Börje Nordin, Per Thorin
  • Patent number: 8904642
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a non-ferrous, light metal alloy vibration-damped part for a vehicle chassis includes introducing a polymer insert into a cavity formed in the part. The polymer insert may be introduced into the cavity by separately fabricating the polymer insert and then sliding or maneuvering the insert into the cavity or by injecting a liquid polymer material into the cavity and then solidifying and shrinking the liquid polymer material into the polymer insert. The vibration-damped light metal alloy part can damp vibrations that originate within or are imparted to the part when such vibrations effectuate relative contacting frictional movement between an exterior surface of the polymer insert and an interior surface of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Hanna, John P. Miller, Peter H. Foss
  • Patent number: 8905203
    Abstract: A method for producing a brake disc comprising a coupling part having a centered through-hole, a friction part on the periphery of the coupling part, and a wall part connecting the coupling part and the friction part, including: producing a mold in which the coupling part, the wall part, and the friction part are integrally formed, wherein a gap prevents molten metal from overflowing between the wall part and the coupling part, interface is formed on the periphery of the coupling part, an overflow is provided outside the wall part opposite the gap; a first injection process of injecting a first material to form the friction part; and a second injection process of injecting a second material to form the coupling part, a mold for producing the brake disc, and the brake disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Young Lee, Seong Jin Kim, Jae Min Han, Yoon Cheol Kim, Hyun Dal Park
  • Publication number: 20140356560
    Abstract: A method comprises casting a metallic material (56) in a mold (20) containing a core, the core having a substrate (40, 44) coated with a coating (42). A removing the metallic material from the mold and decoring leaves a casting having a layer formed by the coating. The coating comprises a ceramic having a porosity in a zone (50) near the substrate less than a porosity in a zone (52) away from the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Prete, John J. Marcin, JR., Russell A. Beers
  • Publication number: 20140338777
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluid dispensing apparatus and a method of manufacturing a fluid dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Vrushant Fattesing Jagtap, Shun-Sheng Yang
  • Publication number: 20140326551
    Abstract: A brake disc arrangement is provided. The brake disc arrangement includes a mounting section, a brake plate section and a transitional interface positioned between the mounting section and the brake plate section and configured to attach the brake plate section to the mounting section. The transitional interface includes at least one extension extending radically from an outer circumference of the mounting section, the at least one extension having a cross-sectional configuration shaped as an I-Beam or other shape having at least two spaced apart projections on opposite side of the extension such that a vent gap is formed between the projections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Anderson
  • Patent number: 8863816
    Abstract: Densified composites of a metal such as copper or aluminum with a titanium-silicon-carbide or titanium-aluminum-carbide ceramic material are prepared by forming the ceramic material into a body, and infiltrating the body with the molten metal. The metal is able to rapidly penetrate into void spaces, between grain boundaries and even into the crystal structure of the ceramic grains to form a composite. The starting ceramic material may be previously densified, in which case various types of gradient structures can be produced easily. The process can be operated at low pressures, and so the hot pressing methods that normally must be used to densify these ceramic materials can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Aleksander J. Pyzik, Nicholas M. Shinkel, Robert A. Newman, Clifford S. Todd, Amy Wetzel
  • Publication number: 20140299287
    Abstract: A method of casting an article includes positioning a first portion of the article, formed from a first material, in a rotatable mold. Additionally, the method includes, while rotating the mold, pouring a molten second material into the mold over the first portion to form a second portion of the article that is metallurgically bonded to the first portion of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas John Yaniak, Thomas Majewski
  • Publication number: 20140246847
    Abstract: A steering column has an overall hollow and cylindrical shape at least part of which is formed using a column member. The column member includes a main body portion having one-side end section and the other-side end section and a cylindrical member having one-side end section and the other-side section. The cylindrical member is joined in the axial direction with respect to the main body portion by fitting and fastening the other-side end section of the cylindrical member inside the one-side end section of the main body portion. The inner diameter of the end surface of the other-side end section of the cylindrical member is smaller than the inner diameter of a portion of the other-side end section of the cylindrical member. The portion of the other end section of the cylindrical member constitutes a joined section between the main body and the cylindrical member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nagasawa, Kiyoshi Sadakata
  • Publication number: 20140207222
    Abstract: Described herein is an implantable medical device and methods for making a device that includes a metal housing a molding process. In one embodiment, the housing includes a header attachment element extends from the housing. In another embodiment, the implantable medical device includes a header attachment surface comprising one or more header retaining features configured to secure a connector header to the header attachment surface. In another embodiment, the housing includes one or more structural elements extending from and integrally molded with the interior surface of the first or second portions of the housing. Also disclosed are methods of making the implantable medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Knipfer, John M. Edgell, Robbie L. Halvorson, Lawrence D. Swanson
  • Publication number: 20140202852
    Abstract: A method for casting a reactive material PVD target, as well as targets thus obtained and a mold for casting. The method includes providing a mold defining an opening, placing a reactive material ingot in to a reservoir (140) proximate the mold, forming a vacuum and melting the reactive material in the reservoir, heating the mold to above a casting temperature and forming a vacuum therein, introducing molten reactive material from the reservoir into the opening and cooling the mold to form the PVD target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Soleras, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dean T. Plaisted, Michael Asbas, Lawrence C. Ferrin, Paul G. Carter, Guy P. Laverriere
  • Patent number: 8783759
    Abstract: A chassis structure for a motor vehicle includes a forged base body of light metal and a reinforcement body made of fiber material. The base body and the reinforcement body are bought into forced engagement by an adhesive layer, wherein the base body has at least one first region which is plastically deformed and partially encompasses the reinforcement body by a form fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jügen Neumann, Hans-Joachim Horenkamp, Stephan Meyer, Wolfram Linnig
  • Patent number: 8770263
    Abstract: A method including positioning an insert in a vertical mold including a first mold portion and a second mold portion; and casting a material including a metal around at least a portion of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Hanna, Mohan Sundar, Andrew Schertzer
  • Patent number: 8752609
    Abstract: A method of making a turbomachine part, wherein the method can include machining a blank into a base having blades extending therefrom, the blades defining a channel therebetween. The method can also include forming a bridge constructed from refractory material in the channel between the blades, and forming a cover on the tops of the blades and over the channel, such that the base, the blades, and the cover form a single substantially homogenous turbomachine part once the bridge is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Dresser-Rand Company
    Inventors: Kevin Pickrell, Mark J. Kuzdzal
  • Patent number: 8733422
    Abstract: A metal enclosure has a surface region which is coated with cladding material using a laser cladding process. The metal enclosure can form at least a portion of an electronic device housing. All or part of one or more surfaces of the enclosure can be coated with cladding material. The coating of cladding material can be varied at selective regions of the enclosure to provide different structural properties at these regions. The coating of cladding material can be varied at selective regions to provide contrast in cosmetic appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucy E. Browning, Joseph C. Poole, Christopher D. Prest, Stephen P. Zadesky
  • Patent number: 8714232
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment includes a method that calls for supporting an insert in a mold cavity of a casting die by way of one or more spacers, introducing a molten material into the mold cavity such that the one or more spacers are melted and consumed by the molten material, and wherein the one or more spacers and the molten material are of the same composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Hanna, Mohan Sundar, Rao Mallikarjuna Chalasani
  • Publication number: 20140083671
    Abstract: A heat radiating plate 10 of a metal material includes a flat plate portion 10a, a large number of columnar protruding portions 10b which protrude from one major surface of the flat plate portion and which are integrated with the flat plate portion, and a reinforcing plate member 12 of a material, which has a higher melting point than that of the flat plate portion and columnar protruding portions and which is arranged in a region, which is arranged in the flat plate portion and which is close to one major surface of the flat plate portion, the reinforcing member passing through the flat plate portion to extend in directions substantially parallel to the one major surface of the flat plate portion and having end faces exposed to the outside, the whole surface of the reinforcing member except for the end faces being bonded directly to the flat plate portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: DOWA METALTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Ideguchi, Hideyo Osanai, Hirotaka Kotani
  • Patent number: 8672018
    Abstract: A cylinder head is formed by positioning a clad preform including a first and second layer in a casting die cavity with the second layer in communication with the die cavity and the first layer facing outwardly to define a combustion surface. Molten material provided to the die cavity is solidified to form a cast portion metallurgically bonded to the second layer. An aperture of the preform forms a port in fluid communication with a passage of the cast portion. A plurality of dome-shaped preforms may define the combustion chambers of a cylinder head formed by the method. The preform may define a cylinder head face. The first layer may be a steel-based layer, and the second layer and cast portion may be aluminum-based, such that the first layer and combustion surface has higher thermal fatigue strength relative to the cast portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Devin R. Hess, Gerald F. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140056716
    Abstract: A turbine blade assembly includes a turbine blade having a pressure sidewall and an opposed suction sidewall and a first snubber assembly associated with one of the pressure sidewall and the suction sidewall. The first snubber assembly includes a first base portion extending outwardly from the one of the pressure sidewall and the suction sidewall, and a first snubber portion. The first base portion is integrally cast with the turbine blade and includes first connection structure. The first snubber portion is bicast onto the first base portion and includes second connection structure that interacts with the first connection structure to substantially prevent separational movement between the first base portion and the first snubber portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen John Messmann, Christian X. Campbell, Allister William James, Jay A. Morrison, Daniel M. Eshak
  • Publication number: 20140044583
    Abstract: Damage of a rotor and a side plate are suppressed with a simple construction to prevent reduction in durability of a vacuum pump. A casing manufacturing method comprises a step (step S2) of disposing a cylinder liner forming a cylinder chamber in a mold, and casting a casing main body integrally with the cylinder liner by using molten metal, and a step (step S3) of processing an intercommunication hole and an exhaust hole so that the intercommunication hole and the exhaust hole penetrate through both the cylinder liner and the casing main body together and intercommunicate with the cylinder chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Mitsuhashi, Shinichi Kusanagi