One Component Is A Fibrous Or Textile Sheet, Web, Or Batt Patents (Class 264/257)
  • Patent number: 10596768
    Abstract: A method for producing a fiber composite component includes a step (a) that includes a production of a semi-finished product by: providing a core layer having cavities; covering an outer face of the core layer with a layer-shaped semi-finished product having continuous fibers pre-impregnated with a first duroplastic matrix material; and applying a molding compound to a first deposit area of a front face of the first semi-finished product, the front face facing away from the core layer, wherein the molding compound includes a second long-fiber-reinforced duroplastic matrix material. The method also includes a step (b) for extruded reshaping of the semi-finished product to the fiber composite component. The extruded reshaping is performed at an operating temperature, and the first and the second matrix material are configured such that flowability of the second matrix material is higher than flowability of the first matrix material during the reshaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo Roth, Marc Fette
  • Patent number: 10596733
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a tool is provided. A number of members comprised of a thermoplastic material is positioned within a hollow portion of a structure. The tool is formed within the hollow portion of the structure with the number of members positioned within the hollow portion of the structure. Heat is applied within a selected range to the number of members to reduce a size of each of the number of members. The number of members is removed from the tool such that the tool is left with a number of voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian Gregory Robins
  • Patent number: 10576700
    Abstract: A first continuous fiber component and a second continuous fiber component are stacked with a non-woven fabric interposed therebetween to thereby prepare a fiber base material. The fiber base material is placed between an upper mold and a lower mold. The upper mold and the lower mold are brought close to each other to thereby form an enclosed space therebetween. The enclosed space is larger in volume than a product cavity. A liquid matrix resin is supplied to the enclosed space. The upper mold and the lower mold are brought closer to each other to thereby form the product cavity in a manner that a pressing load is applied to the fiber base material. Then, the liquid matrix resin with which the fiber base material has been impregnated is hardened in the product cavity, whereby a fiber-reinforced plastic molded article is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Namaizawa, Makoto Uda, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Hitoshi Iwadate, Takuya Fujii, Satoru Shinkawa, Iku Koike, Kazuhiro Kagawa, Hirohide Azuma
  • Patent number: 10570265
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for treating a surface of a carbon fiber composite material, comprising the steps of: (1) pretreating a carbon fiber reinforced resin-based composite material; (2) spraying transparent powder to the surface of the carbon fiber reinforced resin-based composite material and curing it; (3) polishing the surface of the carbon fiber reinforced resin-based composite material after the transparent powder is cured; (4) spraying transparent powder to the surface of the carbon fiber reinforced resin-based composite material after the transparent powder thereon is cured and curing it; (5) polishing, cleaning and baking; and (6) spraying a clear lacquer to the surface of the carbon fiber reinforced resin-based composite material after the transparent powder is cured and curing it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jianqiang Cao, Ling Xiao, Lateng A, Wei Zhang, Donghui Zhang, Gaowei Xie, Kai Ling, Yanping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10570258
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement for an article including a carrier (10) that includes: (t) a mass of polymeric material (12) having an outer surface; and (ii) at least one fibrous composite Insert (14) or overlay (980) having an outer surface and including at least one elongated fiber arrangement (e.g., having a plurality of ordered fibers). The fibrous Insert (14) or overlay (980) is envisioned to adjoin the mass of the polymeric material in a predetermined location for carrying a predetermined load that Is subjected upon the predetermined location (thereby effectively providing localized reinforcement to that predetermined location). The fibrous insert (14) or overlay (980) and the mass of polymeric material (12) are of compatible materials, structures or both, for allowing the fibrous insert or overlay to be at feast partially joined to the mass of the polymeric material. Disposed upon at least a portion of the carrier (10) may be a mass of activatable material (126).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ZEPHYROS, INC.
    Inventors: Henry E. Richardson, Sylvain Gleyal
  • Patent number: 10549490
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a stiffened panel made from composite material comprising a skin and elongated reinforcing elements wherein some of the elongated reinforcing elements cross each other. The method comprises the steps of (a) laying up a flat laminate comprising stacked plies of composite layers for forming a structure comprising the elongated reinforcing elements of the panel, (b) cutting the flat laminate along intersection lines of planes defining the webs of two crossing reinforcing elements, (c) cutting in the flat laminate the outline of the elongated reinforcing elements, (d) forming the structure comprising the elongated reinforcing elements of the panel, (e) laying up plies of composite layers for forming the skin, and (f) curing the laid-up plies of the skin and the formed structure comprising the elongated reinforcing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE S.A.
    Inventors: Pedro Nogueroles Viñes, Jose Cuenca Rincón, Aquilino Garcia Garcia, Bernardo Lopez Romano, Maria Mora Mendias
  • Patent number: 10479002
    Abstract: A molding apparatus includes two mold tools that define and bound a mold cavity therebetween, for three-dimensionally press-molding a trim component. To minimize or avoid shrinkage or pull-back recession of the edge of the trim component during the molding process, at least one of the mold tools, on its molding surface bounding an end portion of the mold cavity, includes at least one grip-enhancing structure that provides increased grip on an edge portion of the trim component. The grip-enhancing structure may be or include a rough surface, a geometric configured surface, a geometric gripping edge, a surface coating, or mechanical engagement members. The grip-enhancing structure provides increased grip on the edge portion of the trim component by narrowing the mold cavity space, by increasing the surface friction or adhesion, and/or by mechanically engaging the material of the trim component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: OLBRICH GMBH
    Inventor: Albert Van Der Linde
  • Patent number: 10479034
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fibre-reinforced polymer object by means of vacuum-assisted resin transfer moulding (VARTM), wherein fibre material is impregnated with liquid resin in a mould cavity comprising a rigid mould part having a mould surface defining an outer surface of the object, is described. One or more pressure sensors are connected to resin inlets of the VARTM system. A control unit is used for controlling a polymer supply unit based on measured resin pressure and is adapted to adjusting a resin flow rate, if pressure measured by the pressure sensors is below a lower threshold level or above a higher threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Poul Erik Hansen, Harsha Tummala
  • Patent number: 10456995
    Abstract: A laying unit for producing a fiber composite component includes a drive device which is formed for magnetic cooperation with a running face, which provides a magnetic field and/or is ferromagnetic, to advance the laying unit on the running face. A device for producing a fiber composite component comprising a laying unit of this type and a method for producing a fiber composite component comprising a device of this type are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Engel, Christian Weimer, Tilman Orth
  • Patent number: 10439667
    Abstract: A fabric case for an electronic device may include a back panel having a periphery and a sidewall that extends around the periphery. The back panel and the sidewall may be joined monolithically or may be joined using seams. A monolithic fabric case may be formed by knitting rows of loops to create a sidewall, knitting rows of loops to create a back panel, and joining the loops of the sidewall with the loops of the back panel as the back panel is being knitted. A fabric case with seams may be formed by attaching a fabric sidewall to a fabric back panel using a seam such as a chain stitch. The sidewall may be a seamless tube of fabric that extends continuously around the back panel. The seamless tube may be folded to create interior and exterior walls. A stiffener may be interposed between the interior and exterior walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica J. Lu, Daniel A. Podhajny, Daniel D. Sunshine
  • Patent number: 10434744
    Abstract: Provided are a composite fiber, a composite board and a method for manufacturing the composite board. The composite fiber is composed of a core and a shell formed around the core, a melting temperature of the shell is lower than a melting temperature of the core, and the strength of the shell is higher than the strength of the core. The composite fiber can be manufactured into a composite board with high impact strength, high moldability, low ductility, light weight and high heat resistance, and thereby meeting protection requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Kai-Hsi Tseng
  • Patent number: 10414304
    Abstract: A vehicular seat provided in a seat surface with a deep and narrow depression having a flat surface at the bottom is provided. The vehicular seat is a seat for automobiles including: a seat cushion to be a seating face portion of the seat; and a seat back provided on the back of the seat cushion and to be a backrest portion of the seat. A recess having a flat surface at the bottom is provided in the surface of at least one of the seat cushion and the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norito Akimoto, Tsutomu Hada, Hiroyuki Nojima
  • Patent number: 10391689
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for manufacturing a substrate-integrated gasket, the method integrating a fiber substrate which is constructed by a pulp fiber having cellulose as a main component and a gasket body which is constructed by a rubber-like elastic body according to a rubber impregnation, wherein a plurality of substrate-integrated gaskets are obtained by executing an injection molding by plural stages of rubber metal molds. Further, the rubber material is filled in plural stages of metal mold cavities by passing the rubber material through the fiber substrate in which a rubber material flow channel in the metal mold is closed at its injection pressure. The invention can reduce a man hour for removing burr and cleaning a metal mold by suppressing generation of rubber burr at the molding time and can reduce an amount of disposal of a molding material, thereby achieving a good manufacturing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventors: Shotaro Koga, Yuichi Kuroki
  • Patent number: 10385823
    Abstract: A composite component (130) such as a shear web for a wind turbine blade is described. The component comprises a molded laminate (44) formed from one or more fibrous layers (40) integrated by resin and defining a laminate edge (48). An edging strip (60) is located adjacent to the laminate edge (48) and is integrated with the laminate. In a particular example, the edging (60) is made from closed-cell foam. Accordingly, resin does not permeate into the bulk of the edging (60) during the molding process. After the molding process, a portion (60a) of the edging (60) is removed to reveal an exposed, substantially resin-free surface of the edging which defines a safety edge (64) of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Stephen Sandercock, Steve Wardropper
  • Patent number: 10377012
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an angle-type air tool housing is provided. The angle-type air tool housing includes a hollow tube having a first end and a second end that are open and are mutually in communication, and an overall housing formed by injection molding and enveloping the hollow tube, and having an accommodating chamber adjacent to the first end, an air channel adjacent to the second end and in communication with the accommodating chamber through the hollow tube, and a pair of recesses exposing a part of the hollow tube. Accordingly, the angle-type air tool housing that is a formed integral with the hollow tube is formed so as to achieve effects of reduced costs and weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SUPER MASTER DEVELOPING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chung-Ho Chang
  • Patent number: 10357902
    Abstract: One example method for producing a component from organic sheets may comprise placing a first organic sheet and a second organic sheet next to one another to form a component preform, forming at least one overlapping joining zone by tacking the first and second organic sheets together with a connecting part in the form of a third organic sheet, transferring the component preform to a joining tool, using the joining tool to form a joined component by connecting the organic sheets through melting and compression in the overlapping joining zone, and consolidating the joined component at least in the zone of the overlapping joining zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Lothar Patberg, Stefan Mayer, Torsten Krahnert, Werner Hufenbach, Enrico Ladusch, Jens Werner, André Kießling, Alexander Herbig, Jörn Kiele, Martin Lepper
  • Patent number: 10307949
    Abstract: A method forms a frame of a seat back for a vehicle. The frame includes a first polymeric material and a reinforcing composite layer that includes a second polymeric material and a plurality of fibers impregnated in the second polymeric material. The method includes the steps of supporting the reinforcing composite layer on moveable members in a mold and extending the moveable members relative to the mold to an extended position in the mold. The method also includes the steps of introducing the first polymeric material in a molten state into the mold and into contact with the reinforcing composite layer and displacing the reinforcing composite layer away from the moveable members by introducing the first polymeric material in the molten state between the moveable members and the reinforcing composite layer while the moveable members are in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventor: Kipp O. Grumm
  • Patent number: 10293586
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of layer structures in the production of rotor blades for wind power plants, and to rotor blades for wind power plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
    Inventors: Dirk Passmann, Klaus Franken, Stefan Lindner
  • Patent number: 10293558
    Abstract: A method of producing a composite material molded article includes enclosing a core fiber base material formed from unwoven fabric in a molding tool with the core fiber base material placed between a first reinforcing fiber base material and a second reinforcing fiber base material, injecting matrix resin into the first and second reinforcing fiber base materials in the molding tool, and injecting foamable resin into the core fiber base material in the molding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10279763
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a beam for a bumper. The beam includes: a rail member installed on a body of a vehicle, wherein the rail member is formed by processing a continuous fiber thermoplastics (CFT) into a rail shape and has a coupling portion having a flange-shaped coupling surface; a stay member disposed at the either side portion of the rail member in the longitudinal direction so that it is located between the body and the rail member, wherein the stay member is formed by processing the continuous fiber thermoplastics (CFT) into a stay shape, and is coupled with the rail member such that a coupling surface having a flange shape in parallel with the coupling surface of the coupling portion is coupled with it; and a fastening plate disposed between the coupling portion and the stay member to enhance rigidity of the coupling surface of the stay member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LG HAUSYS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kye-Woong Byun, Yong-Han Kang, Dong-Won Kim, Hyun-Jin Choi, Hee-June Kim
  • Patent number: 10253240
    Abstract: A compatibilized cement composition for the treatment of a subterranean formation and a method of treating a subterranean formation are disclosed. The method can include placing in a subterranean formation a composition including a compatibilized cement composition. The compatibilized cement composition can include a curable resin or cured product thereof, a cement slurry, and a compatibilizer composition, a reaction product thereof, or a combination thereof. The compatibilizer composition can include a substituted or unsubstituted C5-C50 hydrocarbon including at least one internal olefin and a polyether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Jones, Ramesh Muthusamy, Abhimanyu Pramod Deshpande, Greg Robert Hundt, Jeffery Dwane Karcher, Brittney Nicole Guillory
  • Patent number: 10253154
    Abstract: A method for forming a graphene-reinforced-polymer matrix composite by distributing graphite microparticles into a molten thermoplastic polymer phase comprising one or more molten thermoplastic polymers; and applying a succession of shear strain events to the molten polymer phase so that the molten polymer phase exfoliates the graphene successively with each event, until tearing of exfoliated multilayer graphene sheets occurs arid produces reactive edges on the multilayer sheets that react with and cross-link the one or more thermoplastic polymers; where the one or more thermoplastic polymers are selected from thermoplastic polymers subject to UV degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Thomas Nosker, Jennifer Lynch, Bernard Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • Patent number: 10174425
    Abstract: A non-aqueous stannous alkoxide composition comprises: component (a) comprising a water-insoluble stannous alkoxide complex comprising stannous ions in an amount of at least 1 weight %, and a photocurable component (b), non-photocurable water-insoluble polymer component (c) having a molecular weight of at least 10,000, or both the photocurable component (b) and the non-photocurable water-insoluble polymer component (c). When photocurable component (b) is present, the non-aqueous stannous alkoxide composition further comprises photosensitizer component (d) that is different from all of components (a) through (c), in an amount of at least 1 weight %. These compositions can be used to prepare silver particles as “seed” catalysts in various articles that can then be used for other purposes such as electroless plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Deepak Shukla, Kevin M. Donovan
  • Patent number: 10159772
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting heart tissue from an implanted inlet element of a blood pump. The apparatus includes a flange member having a first radially constricted configuration and a second radially expanded configuration, the flange member being biased in its second radially expanded configuration. The flange member defines an opening there through sized to receiving the inlet element of the blood pump. A retaining element extending from the flange member is included, the retaining element being flexible and sized to be disposed about at least a portion of the inlet element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. LaRose, Lance Lynn Andrus
  • Patent number: 10105914
    Abstract: In a manufacturing method, an annular preform made of reinforcing fibers is set in a region of a mold which corresponds to a sleeve. In this state, this region of the mold and a region of the mold which corresponds to a tooth portion are filled with a resin. A gear is manufactured by this process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Kunishima
  • Patent number: 10086544
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a ceramic matrix composite component, said process comprising inserting at least one fibrous sheet into a resin transfer molding system. The process includes wetting the at least one (dry or partially wetted) fibrous sheet with a neat first pre-ceramic polymer resin. The process includes injecting a second pre-ceramic polymer resin including a filler material into at least one fibrous sheet and curing the pre-ceramic polymer resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael G Abbott, Kathryn S Read
  • Patent number: 10040223
    Abstract: Methods and combinations of a curing catalyst with a mold release mixture, which is then subsequently applied to the surface of a mold prior to the application of polyurethane reactants to said mold, where the curing catalyst component has the effect of catalyzing the reaction at the surface of the molded part. This catalysis results in greater reactivity at the surface between reacting portions and lower delamination of the surface of the foam, thereby leading to more attractive skins with a more consistent cell structure, and lower de-mold times due to skins whose nature makes them less likely to adhere to the surface of the mold. These foams will be less likely to tear upon opening of the mold, and production quality and output will be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Twin Brook Capital Partners LLC
    Inventors: Kyle W. Peterson, Bruce W. Peterson, Mark L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9950479
    Abstract: A method of producing FRP includes disposing a preform made of a reinforcing fiber base material in a cavity of a mold, providing a resin injection path and a suction path that sucks at least air to the mold, and causing resin from the resin injection path to flow in a direction toward the suction path in the cavity to be impregnated into the preform, wherein 1) a high flow resistance region for partially making the resin flowing in the preform hardly flow is formed in the preform itself, 2) a flow front of the resin flowing in the direction toward the suction path through the high flow resistance region is controlled to settle within a permitted region that has been predetermined relative to a shape of a product to be molded, 3) the resin injection path is formed from a runner provided around the preform and the suction path is disposed at a central portion of the preform, and the high flow resistance region is formed at a corresponding part corresponding to a part around the suction path as a high flow resi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kohnosuke Yamamoto, Seiji Tsuji, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9931431
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices fabricated from branched polymers are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, David C. Gale, Bin Huang, Mikael O. Trollsas, Thierry Glauser, Florian Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9914270
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing composite stringers from a composite laminate comprising a male mold, a main caul plate, two fixed female mold halves, two secondary movable caul plates and a retention device. The main caul plate is located below the male mold, the female mold halves are located at both sides of the main caul plate and the secondary movable caul plates, each of them located respectively over each one of the two female mold halves. The male mold, the main caul plate, the two female mold halves and the two secondary caul plates are non-developable surfaces. The retention device keeps each secondary movable caul plate at a predetermined distance of its respective female mold half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.
    Inventors: Gabriel Cruzado Parla, Alberto Martinez Cerezo, Jorge Galiana Blanco, Jose Cuenca Rincon, Aquilino Garcia Garcia, Augusto Perez Pastor
  • Patent number: 9817923
    Abstract: A method designing a part made of 3D woven composite material, performed by a computer, the method including: obtaining shape data representing an outside surface of the part; for each point of a set of points of the outside surface, determining a distance between the point and a projection of the point onto a target surface, the projection being along a predetermined projection direction; determining a structure of a 3D woven preform as a function of the determined distances; and obtaining projection data specifying a projection direction as a function of a position of a point on the outside surface of the part, wherein the projection direction that is used for at least some of the points of the set of points is determined during the determining a distance, as a function of the projection and as a function of the position of the point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Yann Marchal, Jean-Noel Mahieu
  • Patent number: 9802842
    Abstract: A hollow fiber membrane module comprising a bundle of hollow fiber membranes, a housing, an adhesive fixation layer, an inlet and outlet, at least one bias regulating member, and at least one straightening cylinder, in which the bias regulating member is contained in the adhesive fixation layer, the adhesive fixation layer comprises an outer end surface and an inner end surface inside the straightening cylinder, at least some of spaces between the hollow fiber membranes are at least three times as large as an outer diameter of the hollow fiber membrane on the outer end surface of the adhesive fixation layer, and the spaces between the hollow fiber membranes and a space from the hollow fiber membranes to the straightening cylinder are all less than three times as large as the outer diameter of the hollow fiber membrane on the inner end surface of the adhesive fixation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Shiki
  • Patent number: 9801294
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic device casing having a coupling structure is provided. The electronic device casing is made of a casing material including a supportive substrate and a first thermoplastic substrate. A preliminary connecting section is formed on the first thermoplastic substrate by a hot-pressing molding process, and a molding plastic material is injected onto the preliminary connecting section by an in-mold injection process. After being cooled, the molding plastic material engages with the preliminary connecting section to form a secondary connecting section for a coupling element to couple with. Thus, the coupling structure of the electronic device casing can be directly formed during a manufacturing process without any additional procedures, thereby overall manufacturing time and costs are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sunteng New Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9790340
    Abstract: A pre-formed covering for moisture-proofing and insulating a wall box (also called a vent box and exhaust box) and method of moisture-proofing and insulating a wall box using the pre-formed covering. The pre-formed covering is made of an air impermeable and insulating material, and is configured, shaped and dimensioned to fit over at least a portion of the wall box and be sealable to the wall box to minimize leakage of air and/or moisture from the wall box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: JB & FT CONSTRUCTION LTD.
    Inventor: Jozef Sobotka
  • Patent number: 9757920
    Abstract: A ceramic matrix composite seal is disclosed. The ceramic matrix composite seal including a ceramic matrix and a number of ceramic fiber fabrics embedded in the ceramic matrix. The ceramic matrix composite seal is formed into a strip with a desired geometry such that the seal strip is configured to be assembled with a number of components to create a seal between the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew J. Lazur
  • Patent number: 9756914
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device is disclosed. The case may include several layers. An inner layer may be made from a rigid material such as plastic. An outer layer is molded to an exterior portion of the inner layer. A fabric layer formed from a material such as microfiber is adhesively secured to an interior layer of the inner layer, the inner layer opposite the exterior layer. The inner layer may further include a recessed portion that receives a camera trim made from an opaque material. In this regard, when the electronic device is positioned within the case, the camera trim improves image capturing of a camera of the electronic device by blocking reflected light from a camera flash emitted by the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Baker, Edward L. Siahaan
  • Patent number: 9694898
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing a reinforced composite structure for an aircraft and devices used in such methods are provided. A device includes a base, a first support member fixedly attached to the base, and a second support member fixedly attached to the base and aligned longitudinally with the first support member. The first support member and the second support member are spaced a first distance apart. Two pinching wheels are spaced a second distance apart. The two pinching wheels are positioned proximate to ends of the first support member and the second support member. The second distance is less than the first distance. The two pinching wheels are configured to receive a composite material layout between them and to cause two lengths of the composite material layout to contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Aitken, Brenden A. Autry
  • Patent number: 9682674
    Abstract: The present bumper impact beam includes pultruding polymer (e.g. thermoset polymer, preferably polyurethane) into continuous reinforcement (preferably carbon fibers or glass fibers), the reinforcement including fabrics selectively positioned and extending around corners for improved impact strength. The beam preferably has a 50%-70% fiber volume fraction that is relatively uniform throughout the part. A curved cooling support and/or beam design may be used to cause the cooled beam to have a sweep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Cort C. Corwin, Toby K. Jacobson, Joseph R. Matecki, Ed C. Pendergrass
  • Patent number: 9683815
    Abstract: A helmet shell is formed having an outer section of fibrous layers, a middle section of fibrous layers and an inner section of fibrous layers. The outer section layers contain high tenacity abrasive fibers in a resin matrix. The middle section layers contain high strength polyolefin fibers and are in the form of woven or knitted fabrics with a resin matrix. The inner section layers contain high strength polyolefin fibers and are in the form of non-woven fabrics with a resin matrix. The helmet is lightweight and resists penetration of rifle bullets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar, Bradley L. Grunden, Brian D. Arvidson, Lori L. Wagner
  • Patent number: 9669570
    Abstract: A method of injection molding a part made of composite material is provided. The method includes placing a preform in a mold; injecting a resin into the mold so as to impregnate the preform; unmolding the part after curing the resin; and subjecting the resin and the preform to pressure inside the mold while the resin is curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Thierry Godon, Bruno Jacques Gérard Dambrine, Eduardo Antonio Julian Ruiz, François Trochu
  • Patent number: 9643363
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a structural composites component in a mold comprising first and second mold halves is provided. The method comprises the steps of providing a fiber or fabric preform, providing a resin layer that is separate from the preform, inserting one of the preform or the resin layer into the first mold half of the mold, then separately inserting the other of the preform or the resin layer into the first mold half such that the one of the preform or the resin layer is disposed on top of the other of the preform or the resin layer in the first mold half. The second mold half is then closed over the first mold half and the mold is pressurized in a compression press to cause the resin film to impregnate the preform, the mold being maintained at a constant temperature throughout the method of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA LIMITED
    Inventor: Ken Kendall
  • Patent number: 9636876
    Abstract: Composite prepreg plies are formed and compacted on a contoured tool by a compliant former device using compaction force applied by a vacuum diaphragm. The former device is configured to first clamp and then sweep the plies over features of the tool in a desired sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Byungwoo Lee, Andrew Elmer Modin, James Christopher Elm
  • Patent number: 9637215
    Abstract: A pressure bulkhead made of fiber composite material for an aircraft fuselage for the pressure-tight axial closure of a fuselage region configured to be put under internal pressure. The bulkhead comprises a first area element, at least one second area element and a plurality of core elements. The first area element has a plurality of receptacles. Each receptacle is configured to receive a core element. The core elements are received in the receptacles between surfaces facing one another of the first area element and of the at least one second area element. The surfaces facing one another of the first area element and of the at least one second area element are connected to one another in regions without core elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Paul Joern, Karim Grase, Ichwan Zuardy, Alexei Vichniakov, Bernd Schwing
  • Patent number: 9630203
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and devices for coating stents are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Abbott Cardiovasular Systems Inc., ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: David Rego, Kurt Kilchenmann, Sang joon Park, Mark Haight, Anthony S. Andreacchi, Yung-Ming Chen, Arnoldo M. Currlin, Antonio Garcia, Jason Van Sciver, Thomas David Esbeck, Bryan D. Glenn, Patrick A. Tuohy, Richard Baillargeon, Edward P. Garcia, Steven E. Lehner, Ian Coulson
  • Patent number: 9597845
    Abstract: In one particular embodiment, a method for making a fiber-reinforced, composite article having an internal passageway includes providing a layup tool, fiber placing a base layup onto the layup tool, and generating a groove in the base layup. The method further includes placing a mandrel in the groove, fiber placing a top layup onto the base layup and the mandrel, curing the base layup and the top layup, and removing the mandrel from the base layup and the top layup. In another particular embodiment, the mandrel is replaced with a non-removable tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Elliott, Charles J. Kilmain, Sherman S. Lin, Ron Measom, Walter Riley
  • Patent number: 9583823
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a foldable radome sub-assembly for an antenna reflector dish has flexible material connected to a plurality of rigid rim segments. Connection elements (e.g., inserts) are configured to interconnect two adjacent rim segments, such that, with the connection elements applied, the radome sub-assembly is configured as a radome connectable to the antenna reflector dish, and, without the connection elements applied, the radome sub-assembly is foldable between adjacent rim segments. The foldable radome sub-assembly can be folded up for efficient storage and shipping, yet is easy to configure in the field into a rigid radome for attachment to an antenna reflector dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Allan M. Tasker, Junaid ul Islam Syed, John S. Curran, Brian J. Lawson
  • Patent number: 9579856
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for molding and joining composite parts are disclosed herein. An example method includes positioning a base mandrel over a tool base, laying up plies of material over the base mandrel and the tool base to form a support structure base layup, curing the support structure base layup to form a support structure base, removing the support structure base from the tool base and the base mandrel, and configuring the support structure base to be a first support structure for use with a first radar assembly or a second support structure for use with a second radar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark A. Schmier, II
  • Patent number: 9533437
    Abstract: A method for producing a shaped product having an opening by arranging a molding material including discontinuous carbon fibers and a thermoplastic resin on a mold and cold-pressing the molding material, wherein (1) the mold has a portion serving as a closable cavity and (2) the molding material to be arranged on the mold has a projected area larger than the projected area of the mold cavity, and wherein in the cold pressing, the molding material flows to form an end part of the shaped product, the distance over which the molding material flows being longer than 0 mm but not longer than 150 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Shuhei Suzuki, Hodaka Yokomizo
  • Patent number: 9537207
    Abstract: An antenna assembly is for a fuselage of an aircraft and includes a first satellite antenna operable in a first frequency range, a second satellite antenna operable in a second frequency range, and a radome covering the first and second satellite antennas. The radome includes, in stacked relation, an inner skin having a quartz fabric and epoxy resin, an inner core having epoxy syntactic foam, a center laminate having quartz fabric and epoxy resin, an outer core having epoxy syntactic foam, and an outer skin having quartz fabric and epoxy resin. A fairing mounts the radome to the fuselage of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: THALES, INC.
    Inventors: R. Michael Keen, Brian D. Anderson, David Halsey, Kurt Strickler
  • Patent number: 9463268
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cannula assembly for directing the flow of material from an organ chamber, e.g., blood from the left chamber of the heart, and methods of placing the cannula assembly in fluidic communication with the chamber. The cannula assembly includes an elongate tubular member and a coupling assembly disposed at the distal end of elongate tubular member. The elongate tubular member includes a lumen extending from a distal opening at the distal end to a proximal opening at the proximal end. The coupling assembly includes a retaining element and a retention member configured to cooperate with each other and with the portion of the organ wall surrounding the opening in the wall to couple or anchor cannula system to the wall and to provide fluidic communication between the distal opening of the elongate tubular member and the organ chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Paul A. Spence