Repairing, Restoring, Or Renewing Product For Reuse Patents (Class 228/119)
  • Patent number: 10828701
    Abstract: A process of fabricating a shield, a process of preparing a component, and an erosion shield are disclosed. The process of fabricating the shield includes forming a near-net shape shield. The near-net shape shield includes a nickel-based layer and an erosion-resistant alloy layer. The nickel-based layer is configured to facilitate secure attachment of the near-net shaped to a component. The process of preparing the component includes securing a near-net shape shield to a substrate of a component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Theodore William Fandrei, II
  • Patent number: 10797038
    Abstract: An embodiment is a method including bonding a first package to a first set of conductive pads of a second package with a first set of solder joints, testing the first package for defects, heating the first set of solder joints by directing a laser beam at a surface of the first package based on testing the first package for defects, after the first set of solder joints are heated, removing the first package, and bonding a third package to the first set of conductive pads of the second package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Hua Yu, An-Jhih Su, Shing-Chao Chen, Ching-Hua Hsieh, Chung-Shi Liu, Der-Chyang Yeh, Ming-Da Cheng
  • Patent number: 10780533
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing and/or repairing wear-stressed recesses or openings on components (22) of a turbomachine, especially of elements of a flow passage boundary, and also to corresponding components, wherein the method comprises: producing an at least two-layer molded repair part (15), one layer (2) of which is formed by an Ni-solder and a further layer (3) of which is formed from a mixture of an Ni-solder (4) and hard material particles (5) of hard alloys on a base of cobalt or nickel and which at least partially has an outer shape which is complementary to the inner shape of the recess (20) or opening which is to be repaired, inserting the molded repair part (15) into the recess (20) or opening and at least partially heat-treating the component (22) for soldering the molded repair part (15) onto the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MTU AERO ENGINES AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Baer
  • Patent number: 10724466
    Abstract: There is provided a method for manufacturing a piston, including: a piston assembling step of forming a piston assembly by assembling a first piston part, a bonding member and a second piston part, wherein the first piston part has two or more bonding surfaces separate from each other and extending in a circumferential direction, and the second piston part has two or more bonding surfaces separate from each other and extending in the circumferential direction; a piston diffusion brazing step of diffusion brazing the first piston part, the bonding member and the second piston part under an open atmosphere by heating the formed piston assembly; and a piston cooling step of cooling a piston unit formed by diffusion brazing the first piston part, the bonding member and the second piston part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DONG YANG PISTON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-Kui Yang, Kwan-Ho Ryu, Jeong-Keun Lee, Ju-Hyun Sun, Sang-Bean Park, Jung-Hun Ji
  • Patent number: 10710047
    Abstract: Disclosed is a Hot Isostatic Pressed ferritic-austenitic steel alloy, as well objects thereof. The elementary composition of the alloy comprises, in percentages by weight: C ?0-0.05; Si 0-0.8; Mn 0-4.0; Cr more than 29-35; Ni 3.0-10;? Mo 0-4.0; N 0.30-0.55:? Cu 0-0.8; W 0-3.0; S ?0-0.03; Ce 0-0.2; the balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities. The objects can be particularly useful in making components for a urea production plant that require processing such as machining or drilling. A preferred use is in making, or replacing, liquid distributors as used in a stripper as is typically present in the high-pressure synthesis section of a urea plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Stamicarbon B.V.
    Inventors: Linn Larsson, Daniel Gullberg, Ulf Kivisäkk, Martin Östlund, Alexander Aleida Antonius Scheerder
  • Patent number: 10702939
    Abstract: Aspects include supplying a plurality of nickel-enriched braze powder particles to a cold spray system through a particle supply inlet. The nickel-enriched braze powder particles are accelerated through a transfer tube and out an exit in the transfer tube towards a substrate to produce a braze cold-sprayed substrate. A component surface is positioned proximate to the braze cold-sprayed substrate. The braze cold-sprayed substrate is heated to bond the braze cold-sprayed substrate to the component surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lawrence Binek, Aaron T. Nardi, John A. Ferro, Matthew William Miller, Raffi O. Mangoyan, Timothy E. Mandel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10675716
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a vane arrangement for a gas turbine engine comprises providing an aerofoil having a hollow cavity with an open end and providing a support member having a stub with a through hole extending therethrough. The method comprises welding the aerofoil to the stub such that the open end of the hollow cavity of the aerofoil is aligned with the through hole of the stub so as to define a hollow region extending through the support member and stub to the cavity of the aerofoil. During welding a tool is positioned within the through hole and cavity and is aligned with an interface between the stub and aerofoil, the tool being configured to prevent weld splatter onto a surface of the cavity or through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Dale E. Evans, Steven A. Radomski, Clive Grafton-Reed
  • Patent number: 10662865
    Abstract: A method of remanufacturing a prechamber assembly includes determining a width W of an original circumferential weld bead that extends around and joins a proximal end of an outer peripheral wall of a prechamber housing and a distal end of an outer peripheral wall of a body assembly, cutting through the weld bead in order to separate the prechamber housing from the body assembly, and removing material from an outer peripheral portion of a distal end portion of the body assembly. The method includes removing the material in an axial direction parallel to the central axis of the prechamber assembly for a distance that is from 2.5-3 times the width W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Graham, Timothy S. Graham, Kegan J. Luick, Larry D. Bright
  • Patent number: 10640149
    Abstract: An apron upper member of a vehicle extends from a front pillar to a front side of the vehicle, and includes: a rear half portion having a sheet metal structure and having a vehicle rear end connected to the front pillar; and a front half portion formed of a casting product, the front half portion being connected to the rear half portion, extending to the front side of the vehicle, and having a vehicle front end connected to a crash box. The front half portion has a strength lowering portion immediately ahead of a connecting portion connected to the rear half portion. This suppresses significant approach of an occupant to a vehicle body at the time of collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Nishii, Shota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10625783
    Abstract: C-notch systems and methods for providing additional clearance or travel between the frame rail and the axle of a vehicle. Exemplary C-notch systems include a bottom brace, an outer brace, an inner brace, an outer fastener, an inner fastener, a front bottom fastener, and a rear bottom fastener. The outer brace and the inner brace can each have a notch that receives at least a portion of a vehicle bed rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Steve McGaughy
  • Patent number: 10605101
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of making an integrally bladed rotor. According to the method, a titanium alloy rotor disk with 15-50% by volume of primary alpha grains with a grain size less than 10 ?m and secondary alpha grains comprising widmanstatten grains with a grain size less than 1.0 ?m is subjected to thermal processing. After thermal processing, a blade having an airfoil and a base is positioned such that a base surface is in contact with an outer rim surface of the disk. Heat, pressure, and motion are applied between the blade and the disk to friction weld the base surface to the disk outer rim surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael F. Machinchick, Luke H. Rettberg, Andrew L. Haynes, Janet M. Stanley, Vasisht Venkatesh, David Ulrich Furrer, James R. Murdock, Daniel Gynther, Michael J. Linden
  • Patent number: 10569361
    Abstract: A method of reworking or repairing a component includes removing a casting defect from a component manufactured of a non-fusion weldable base alloy to form a cavity that results in a through hole; sealing the through hole with a backing; and at least partially filling the cavity with a multiple of layers of a multiple of laser powder deposition spots, each of the multiple of laser powder deposition spots formed of a filler alloy, a first layer of the multiple of layers includes a perimeter of the multiple of laser powder deposition spots that overlap a wall of the cavity and the backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Wangen Lin
  • Patent number: 10500663
    Abstract: A method for braze repair of tight cracks in a superalloy component is provided. The method includes directing energy, e.g., from an acoustic energy source, towards surfaces of the tight crack to break up one or more contaminants, corrosion products, or oxides at the surface. The directed energy may cause opposed walls of the tight crack to vibrate to break up the oxides, and to generate a modest heat for allowing infiltration of the tight crack with a braze material. The braze material is then melted at a melt temperature of the braze material but below the melt temperature of the component. The braze material is then solidified to repair the tight crack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Bruck
  • Patent number: 10449484
    Abstract: A monolithic substrate comprises a porous base material body, a first support portion, a first cell seal portion, a second support portion, and a second cell seal portion. The base material body includes a plurality of cells respectively passing from a first end surface to a second end surface. The first support portion contains ceramics as an aggregate material, and is packed into the first end portion of a seal target cell. The first cell seal portion contains glass, and is disposed on an outer surface of the first support portion. The second support portion contains ceramics as an aggregate material, and is packed into the second end surface of the seal target cell. The second cell seal portion contains glass, and is disposed on an outer surface of the second support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Miyahara, Makiko Ichikawa, Makoto Teranishi
  • Patent number: 10422026
    Abstract: A process is disclosed comprising heating a powder mixture (212) with an energy beam (304) to melt only a portion of a first powder (202) of the mixture and to melt all or most of a second powder (204) of the mixture, wherein the second powder includes a gamma prime forming constituent and the first powder includes elements of a desired precipitation strengthened superalloy composition less the gamma prime forming constituent; allowing the melted portions to mix and to cool to form a deposit layer (208) including a beta phase alloy surrounding unmelted first powder of the mixture. The process may further include heat treating the deposit layer to transform it into a gamma plus gamma prime layer (210) of the desired precipitation strengthened superalloy composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Kazim Ozbaysal, Ahmed Kamel
  • Patent number: 10421141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an intermediate product for joining and coating by brazing comprising a base metal and a blend of boron and silicon, said base metal having a solidus temperature above 1040° C., and the intermediate product has at least partly a surface layer of the blend on the base metal, wherein the boron in the blend is selected from a boron source, and the silicon in the blend is selected from a silicon source, and wherein the blend comprises boron and silicon in a ratio of boron to silicon within a range from about 3:100 wt/wt to about 100:3 wt/wt. The present invention relates also to a stacked intermediate product, to an assembled intermediate product, to a method of brazing, to a brazed product, to a use of an intermediate product, to a pre-brazed product, to a blend and to paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB
    Inventors: Per Sjödin, Kristian Walter
  • Patent number: 10377968
    Abstract: Methods for cleaning a superalloy substrate having engine deposits on its surface are provided. The method may include applying a permanganate solution onto the surface of the superalloy substrate, and applying a ferric chloride based cleaning composition onto the surface of the superalloy substrate. The ferric chloride based cleaning composition includes ferric chloride and at least one of nitric acid and phosphoric acid, such as within a solvent system (e.g., an aqueous solution including water).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Clarke Brooks, Eric Scott Huron, John Matthew Powers, Ian Thomas Goodall, Evan Jarrett Dolley, Jr., David Edward Trider, Zeynep Bolukoglu, Doga Ulutas, Tugba Aydin
  • Patent number: 10329391
    Abstract: A graphene-reinforced polymer matrix composite comprising an essentially uniform distribution in a thermoplastic polymer of about 10% to about 50% of total composite weight of particles selected from graphite microp articles, single-layer graphene nanoparticles, multilayer graphene nanoparticles, and combinations thereof, where at least 50 wt % of the particles consist of single- and/or multi-layer graphene nanoparticles less than 50 nanometers thick along a c-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas Nosker, Jennifer K. Lynch, Bernard Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Patent number: 10328526
    Abstract: A method is provided for reworking a component. The method includes at least partially filling a cavity in a non-fusion weldable base alloy with a multiple of layers of a multiple of laser powder deposition spots formed of a filler alloy. Each of the multiple of laser powder deposition spots at least partially overlaps at least one of another of the multiple of laser powder deposition spots. The filler alloy may be different than the non-fusion weldable base alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Ols, Wangen Lin, Giovanni Whitman
  • Patent number: 10329033
    Abstract: A method of repairing or, in certain cases, strengthening a metallic substrate at a damage site is provided and includes removing material from the substrate around the damage site to form a recess, and cold spraying particulate material into the recess to form a bead of deposited material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: JinKyu Choi, Aaron T. Nardi, Michael A. Klecka, Robert Guillemette, Jeffrey Michael Mendoza
  • Patent number: 10279416
    Abstract: A method of repairing an oxidized defect in a superalloy article includes removing substantially all of the oxidized defect to form a cleaned out portion of the superalloy article; filling a portion of the cleaned out portion with a weld by fusion welding; cracking the weld; and filling the cracked weld and a remaining portion of the cleaned out portion with a braze material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lawrence James Whims, John Christopher Lambert, Cem Murat Eminoglu, Gary Charles Shubert, Piotr Artur Klimczuk, Adam Gaik
  • Patent number: 10265802
    Abstract: A method of reworking an aerospace component includes removing a casting defect from a component manufactured of a non-fusion weldable base alloy to form a cavity. The cavity is then at least partially filled with a multiple of layers of discrete laser powder deposition spots of a filler alloy. A cast component for a gas turbine engine includes a cast component non-fusion weldable base alloy with a cavity filled with a multiple of layers of laser powder deposition spots of a filler alloy. The filler alloy may be different than the non-fusion weldable base alloy. A layer of non-fusion weldable base alloy is at least partially within the cavity and over the filler alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Wangen Lin, Gary J. Larson, Giovanni Whitman, Scott Poeppel, Joseph Wilson
  • Patent number: 10252380
    Abstract: A method of remanufacturing a turbine component includes electrical discharge machining a puck via the turbine component to form an electrical discharged machined puck; and brazing the electrical discharged machined puck to the turbine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis LLC
    Inventors: Jason Huxol, Jayson Houston, Mark Towner, Leissner Ferdinand Poth, III
  • Patent number: 10232472
    Abstract: The present invention relates to transient liquid phase sinter pastes for electronic interconnects, and sinter paste application and processing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: University of Maryland College Park
    Inventors: Hannes Greve, F. Patrick McCluskey
  • Patent number: 10232444
    Abstract: A clad article is disclosed including an article and a cladding layer. The article includes a surface layer, at least one cavity disposed within the article below the surface layer, and at least one microcrack disposed in the surface layer. The surface layer includes an HTW alloy. The cladding layer is disposed on a surface of the surface layer, and is formed from a PSP brazed to the article. The cladding layer is disposed over the at least one microcrack. A method for forming the clad article is disclosed including disposing the PSP on the article and brazing the PSP to the article. Brazing the PSP to the article forms the cladding layer disposed on the article over the at least one microcrack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Brian Lee Tollison, Yan Cui
  • Patent number: 10174414
    Abstract: Manufactured articles, and methods of manufacturing enhanced surface smoothed components and articles. More particularly, surface smoothed components and articles, such as combustor components of turbine engines, having surface treatment conferring reduced roughness for enhanced performance and reduced wear related reduction in part life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dechao Lin, David Vincent Bucci, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Yan Cui, David Edward Schick, Eric Eicher McConnell, David Singletary
  • Patent number: 10161681
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and devices for melting furnaces, conveying paths and conveying means for the melt, the melt product and for any type of discharges from a melting furnace and transportation means for the melt, with an extended service life, which in the case of a complete screen, that is to say in the optimum situation, may also be infinite, and/or with increased purity of the melt. This is achieved by the pushing-through or rotating-through of screens, clinkers, coatings, linings, etc., that is to say solid materials which are situated between the melt or melt product or the discharges and the materials situated behind the same which counteract the pressure of the melt, of the melt product or the discharges, for example walls. Here, new pieces of the screens etc. may be added at one free end, and used or worn pieces of the screens can be removed or withdrawn at another free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Uwe Geib
  • Patent number: 10041163
    Abstract: A method for applying a coating to a defect area of a reactor component includes forming a patch on the reactor component at the defect area using a plasma-spray coating process. The plasma-spray coating process includes grounding the reactor component and a power supply of a plasma gun to a common ground such that a potential difference exists between the reactor component and a cathode of the plasma gun, and concurrently directing an ion-etching stream and a coating stream towards the region of the reactor component using the plasma gun while maintaining a desired distance between the plasma gun and the region of the reactor component. The directing the ion-etching stream includes heating the region of the reactor component using a plasma stream exiting a spray nozzle of the plasma gun. The coating stream includes droplets of a coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GE-HITACHI NUCLEAR ENERGY AMERICAS LLC
    Inventors: Henry Peter Offer, David Jonathan Keck, Ronald Martin Horn
  • Patent number: 10005160
    Abstract: A method for repairing a component is provided, where the component has a substrate comprising an outer surface and an inner surface and defining one or more grooves. Each groove extends at least partially along the outer surface of the substrate. The component further includes a structural coating, a bond coating, and a thermal barrier coating. The groove(s) and the structural coating define one or more channels for cooling the component. The repair method includes removing the thermal barrier and bond coatings, removing at least a portion of the structural coating in a vicinity of a damaged portion of the component, performing a repair operation on the damaged portion of the component, applying a structural coating at least in a vicinity of the repaired portion of the component, and applying a bond coating and a thermal barrier coating. Additional repair methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Ronald Scott Bunker
  • Patent number: 9978467
    Abstract: The invention is an innovative design/repair methodology for PWR piping nozzles and vessel nozzles that are attached to the piping/vessel base material with a full penetration weld joint geometry. The development of a robust repair methodology for nozzles of this configuration is necessary due to plant aging, potential material degradation in the original materials of construction, potential increased nondestructive examination requirements, and PWSCC phenomena in the susceptible original materials of construction. The purpose/objective of the repair methodology is to provide a means of partially replacing the existing pressure boundary susceptible materials with PWSCC-resistant materials to facilitate the long-term repair life of the plant. The invention may be applied to a plurality of nozzle, piping, and vessel sizes with a full penetration weld joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Framatome Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Graves, David E. Waskey, Andrew C. Smith, Kenneth B. Stuckey
  • Patent number: 9914182
    Abstract: A method for transient liquid phase bonding two metallic substrate segments together including the steps of forming a joined component by bringing together the two substrate segments along a bond line with a brazing alloy comprising a melting point depressant disposed between the two segments at the bond line and performing a first thermal treatment including heating the joined component at a brazing temperature of the brazing alloy for a first period of time. The method further includes performing a second thermal treatment including heating the joined component at an intermediate temperature that is above the brazing temperature but below a gamma prime solvus temperature of the substrate segments for a second period of time and performing a third thermal treatment including heating the joined component at a super-solvus temperature that is above the gamma prime solvus temperature of the two metallic substrate segments for a third period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Don Mittendorf, Christopher David Gatto, Leticia Lara, Megan Kemp, Andy Szuromi
  • Patent number: 9914170
    Abstract: A method of making an integrally bladed rotor with hollow blades. A plurality of segmented layers are sequentially placed to form each one of a plurality of blades on a radially outward surface of a hub. This is done using an additive manufacturing process. The placement of the segmented layers also comprises omitting portions of one or more of the plurality of segmented layers to form one or more cavities and intermittently removing a quantity of particles from the one or more cavities using an evacuation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Raja Kountanya, Michael A. Klecka
  • Patent number: 9854937
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a plasma non-stick pan and manufacturing method thereof. The plasma non-stick pan comprises a pan body and a non-stick layer applied to the pan body; a plasma layer is provided between the non-stick layer and the pan body, and the plasma layer comprises a MCrALY layer sprayed to the surface of the pan body and a mixture layer sprayed outside of the MCrALY layer, and the mixture layer is composed of MCrALY particles and metal oxide particles. The MCrALY layer has good toughness and strong adhesion, and it is easy to bind with the substrate with high fastness after binding, playing a buffering role and laying a foundation for the subsequent spraying of mixture layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SANHE KITCHENWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng Fang, Qiang Cheng
  • Patent number: 9839980
    Abstract: Nickel base superalloys, including in some embodiments 5% to 7% Fe, which were previously developed and used for their corrosion resistance, also possess favorable characteristics for use as a braze filler in repair or joining of superalloy substrates, such as those used to form turbine engine blades and vanes, heat exchangers, vessels, and piping. In particular, such corrosion-resistant nickel base superalloys have favorable characteristics for wide-gap brazing of gaps greater than one millimeter in superalloy substrates that preserves favorable material properties throughout the braze region in the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Bruck
  • Patent number: 9793237
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a flip-chip package with a hollow-cavity and reinforced interconnects, and a process for making the same. The disclosed flip-chip package includes a substrate, a reinforcement layer over an upper surface of the substrate, a flip-chip die attached to the upper surface of the substrate by interconnects through the reinforcement layer, an air cavity formed between the substrate and the flip-chip die, and a protective layer encapsulating the flip-chip die and defining a perimeter of the air cavity. Herein, a first portion of each interconnect is encapsulated by the reinforcement layer and a second portion of each interconnect is exposed to the air cavity. The reinforcement layer provides reinforcement to each interconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventors: Tarak A. Railkar, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9670984
    Abstract: A method for remanufacturing of a flywheel is provided. The flywheel has a damage area thereon. The method includes removing a portion of a material from a face of the flywheel containing the damage area to form a recessed portion, wherein the recessed portion has a ring shaped profile. The method also includes aligning an insert within the recessed portion of the flywheel, wherein the insert is ring shaped and is configured to fit within the recessed portion of the flywheel. The method further includes coupling the insert within the recessed portion of the flywheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Cavanaugh, Curtis J. Graham
  • Patent number: 9653411
    Abstract: An electronic package that includes a substrate; an electronic component mounted to a surface of the substrate; and a porous coating that includes grains of metal powder formed onto the electronic component by melting the metal powder onto the electronic component. An electronic package that includes a substrate; an electronic component mounted to a surface of the substrate; and a porous coating that includes grains of metal powder formed onto the substrate by melting the metal powder onto the substrate. An electronic package that includes a substrate; an electronic component mounted to a surface of the substrate; an initial mold covering the electronic component; and a porous coating that includes grains of metal powder formed onto the initial mold by melting the metal powder onto the initial mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Donglai David Lu, Zhaozhi George Li, Matthew T. Magnavita, Amram Eitan, Peng Chen
  • Patent number: 9648720
    Abstract: A method including: attaching a plurality of conductive tracks to at least one surface of a substrate, depositing a coating comprising at least one halo-hydrocarbon polymer on the at least one surface of the substrate, and soldering through the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Semblant Global Limited
    Inventors: Frank Ferdinandi, Rodney Edward Smith, Mark Robson Humphries
  • Patent number: 9610991
    Abstract: There is provided a method for installing a liner plate mounted on an interface surface of a load-bearing portion of mobile earth-moving machinery. There is also provided a liner plate which includes at least two openings and at least one grout strip, with the at least one grout strip being along a perimeter of the liner plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: MAKURI TECHNOLOGY PTE LTD.
    Inventor: Ian James Wilson
  • Patent number: 9557370
    Abstract: In a method of improving bump allocation for a semiconductor device and a semiconductor device with improved bump allocation, a predetermined signal bump is surrounded with at least three bumps, each being a ground bump or a paired differential signal bump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Hsin Kuo
  • Patent number: 9488053
    Abstract: A method is provided for repairing a single crystal turbine blade, which includes an airfoil with a tip having a tip cover plate, tip cooling air holes and a tip crown. The method includes removing the tip crown by manual grinding, thereby preserving the underlying tip cover plate; preparing the tip cooling air holes by manual grinding; closing said prepared tip cooling air holes by manual welding; and building-up a new tip crown by a LMF (Laser Metal Forming) process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Schmitt, Hans Bissig, Stefan Schlegel, Guenter Ambrosy, Michael Seemann, Hermann Emminger
  • Patent number: 9425136
    Abstract: A pillar structure for a substrate is provided. The pillar structure may have one or more tiers, where each tier may have a conical shape or a spherical shape. In an embodiment, the pillar structure is used in a bump-on-trace (BOT) configuration. The pillar structures may have circular shape or an elongated shape in a plan view. The substrate may be coupled to another substrate. In an embodiment, the another substrate may have raised conductive traces onto which the pillar structure may be coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tin-Hao Kuo, Chen-Shien Chen, Mirng-Ji Lii, Chen-Hua Yu, Sheng-Yu Wu, Yao-Chun Chuang
  • Patent number: 9358628
    Abstract: A multi-pass gas metal arc weld (“GMAW”) approach is used for in-situ repair of railhead defects. A defect is removed via machining a perpendicular slot or grove in the railhead leaving the web and base unaltered. A sufficient number of GMAW passes are used to fill the slot using a weld material suitable for the particular type of parent steel, and excess weldment can be removed. Optionally, for pearlitic steel rails post-weld heat treatment can be used to cause austenization and/or quenching of the weld. The weld heat inputs and other parameters are controlled to avoid ductile and brittle fracture related morphologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY A UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
    Inventor: Heshmat Aglan
  • Patent number: 9281085
    Abstract: A method of repairing a connection between a first nozzle and a closed vessel includes cutting through an entire thickness of the first nozzle at a location adjacent to the mid-wall of the vessel. A portion of the first nozzle is removed. A replacement nozzle is disposed in a void formed by removal of the portion of the first nozzle. A weld is formed between the replacement nozzle and a surface of the mid-wall of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: AZZ WSI LLC
    Inventors: Peter Charles Riccardella, Pedro Ernesto Amador
  • Patent number: 9277192
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system of real time micro hot cell image control for radiopharmaceutical automatic synthesizing apparatus including at least one CCD camera, a plurality of radioactivity detector, a logic control device, a computer interface control device. The plurality of radioactivity detector are connected to the logic control device, and the logic control device sends a corresponding location code to the computer interface control device when the detected radioactivity value is greater than the threshold value for selecting a nearest CCD camera and sending the taken image of the location to the computer interface control device for monitoring whether the automatic production line of radiopharmaceuticals is kept in normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: INSTITUTE of NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH
    Inventor: Ming-Hsin Li
  • Patent number: 9259807
    Abstract: A method for repairing a bundled tube fuel injector includes removing a portion of a pre-mix tube, aligning a tube tip with the remaining portion pre-mix tube and fixedly connecting the tube tip to the pre-mix tube. The method may further include removing an aft plate and an outer shroud from the bundled tube fuel injector so as to expose the pre-mix tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Means, Steven Charles Woods, Mark Carmine Bellino, James Christopher Monaghan, Jonathan Dwight Berry, Patrick S. Riley
  • Patent number: 9254537
    Abstract: A process for repairing combined heavy erosion and thermal fatigue cracks and/or other defects, such as large cracks, in a high temperature superalloy component, such as a vane in a turbine section of a gas turbine engine, that does not require mechanical grinding to prepare the defect site. The process includes depositing a loose finely granulated superalloy powder or a low viscosity superalloy slurry in the crack up to a suitable level and then depositing a superalloy putty layer on the superalloy powder or slurry at the top of the crack A braze putty layer is then deposited over the superalloy putty layer and the component is sintered in a vacuum furnace to harden the superalloy putty and powder or slurry to repair the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Hang Li, Mark A. Garcia, Somesh J. Ghunakikar, William J. Lowe
  • Patent number: 9180539
    Abstract: A radio-frequency (RF) shield pad is “dressed” by automatically removing melted solder from the shield pad by traversing a pattern of the shield pad. After an RF shield has been removed from a shield pad of a printed circuit board (PCB), the PCB is pre-heated to a temperature sufficient to heat solder on the shield pad and to prevent thermally stressing the PCB during the dressing process. The solder is melted, such as by a heated tip of a desoldering tool, and the melted solder is vacuumed while the tip automatically traverses the pattern of the shield pad, until all or a threshold amount of the melted solder has been removed from the shield pad. After the PCB has been reworked, solder paste is automatically disposed on the RF-shield pad, the RF shield is temporarily mounted on the RF-shield pad, and the PCB is processed in a reflow oven, thereby securely attaching the RF shield to the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Dason Cheung, Murad Kurwa
  • Patent number: 9175402
    Abstract: A turbine repair process, a repaired coating, and a repaired turbine component are disclosed. The turbine repair process includes providing a turbine component having a higher-pressure region and a lower-pressure region, introducing particles into the higher-pressure region, and at least partially repairing an opening between the higher-pressure region and the lower-pressure region with at least one of the particles to form a repaired turbine component. The repaired coating includes a silicon material, a ceramic matrix composite material, and a repaired region having the silicon material deposited on and surrounded by the ceramic matrix composite material. The repaired turbine component a ceramic matrix composite layer and a repaired region having silicon material deposited on and surrounded by the ceramic matrix composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rupak Das, John McConnell Delvaux, Andres Jose Garcia-Crespo
  • Patent number: 9144855
    Abstract: The use of pre-sintered soldering plates, referred to as PSPs, frequently proceeds without a continuous, cohesive soldering connection between individual grains in the sinter material and between the sinter and base material. A process soldering of prefabricated, perforated, porous or drilled plates or porous, spongy, laminar material that, can be laid full-surfaced on a base element as a plurality of tiles or as individual porous, drilled or perforated inlay elements designed contour-close on a recess in the base material is provided. To this end, the selected plate materials can be mechanically equal to the base material or otherwise set off for the particular requirements of the component insert. The solder can be offset by specific diffusible, melting-point-lowering components. A mold that has an open, continuous porosity so that melted or fluid solder can flow through from the one surface to the other surface is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Reiner Anton, Brigitte Heinecke, Michael Ott, Christian Ressel