One Component Is A Fibrous Or Textile Sheet, Web, Or Batt Patents (Class 264/257)
  • Patent number: 11124134
    Abstract: A thermoplastic composite article comprising a porous core layer and a textured film disposed on a first surface of the porous core layer is described. The composite article can be configured as a recreational vehicle building substrate such as a ceiling or interior wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hanwha Azdel, Inc.
    Inventors: Liqing Wei, Mark O. Mason
  • Patent number: 11109985
    Abstract: A method for making a mould of an amputation stump, in which the amputation stump is inserted into a liner of a moulding aid, the liner having a longitudinal direction and a circumference, and the liner having an expansion coupling such that when the liner is extended in the longitudinal direction, this necessarily results in a reduction of the circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: Luder Mosler
  • Patent number: 11098173
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prepreg which contains an oriented liquid crystal polymer and a base that uses a continuous carbon fiber bundle as a forming material. The liquid crystal polymer is a thermotropic liquid crystal polymer and the base is included in an amount of at least 25 parts by mass but not more than 550 parts by mass per 100 parts by mass of the liquid crystal polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Shintaro Komatsu
  • Patent number: 11077603
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a container with a closure-release mechanism relates to thermoforming a plastic sheet to form a container with a clam shell locking system in order to facilitate a secure closure and easy opening packaging container. The clam shell locking arrangement comprises a post which is secured in an aperture when the container is in closed state. The post is a projection or protrusion in a vertical or nearly vertical sidewall of the cover of the thermoformed package and fits securely into the aperture, which is a cut-out made in the outer, and optionally also the inner, wall segments of the vertical or nearly vertical surfaces of the base section of the thermoplastic containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Jay Baker, Jessup Baker
  • Patent number: 11067058
    Abstract: Provided is a method of applying a protective layer to an outer surfaced of a wind turbine rotor blade, which method includes the steps of preparing a protective layer for application to the outer surface of the rotor blade; providing an air exit channel between the rotor blade and the protective layer; attaching the protective layer to the outer surface of the rotor blade; and extracting air through the air exit channel. Further provided is a wind turbine rotor blade including a protective layer applied to an outer surface of the rotor blade using such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Jason Stege, Kasper Koops Kratmann
  • Patent number: 11059206
    Abstract: A method may include placing a dry fabric over a tool; pressing a first resin film over the dry fabric while the dry fabric is draped over the tool to create an outer layer of the laminate composite structural component; repeating the placing and pressing process until a desired thickness of the outer layer is achieved; compressing a second resin film and a dry fiber fabric between two rollers to tack the second resin film to the dry fiber fabric to create a resin-fabric sheet comprising a resin film layer and an dry fiber fabric layer; cutting the resin-fabric sheet to a pre-determined shape to create at least one resin-fabric preform; and draping a first resin-fabric preform over at least a portion of the outer layer, wherein one or more edges of the first resin-fabric preform overlap the outer layer to create an internal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ROHR, INC
    Inventors: Bryan Thai, Delphine Turpin
  • Patent number: 11052616
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a multilayer fiber structure includes providing a receiving surface being formed by a first surface region of a contoured tool surface of a forming tool component and a support surface of a support component. Further, at least one fiber layer is formed on the receiving surface by laying down a plurality of fiber tapes onto the receiving surface. A roller device is positioned so as to press the at least one fiber layer against the tool surface and the support component and the roller device are synchronously moved along a curved transition region connects the first surface region to a second surface region of the tool surface. Thereby the at least one fiber layer is abutted against the transition region and the second surface region of the tool surface. Further, a tool system for manufacturing a multilayer fiber structure is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Manuel Jung
  • Patent number: 11040501
    Abstract: The invention relates to a molding device (1) and a method for the manufacture of structured or semistructured composite components comprising a polymer resin (50) and a fibrous substrate (51). According to the invention, the device comprises a mold (2) comprising a bottom and a lateral surface, a part (10) that is movable along the lateral surface of the mold, comprising a compression surface (14) forming a cavity (7) with the bottom and the lateral surface (5) of said mold (2), characterized in that the movable part (10) comprises a vacuum-drawing channel (13, 23) opening into a chamber (25, 42) located above the cavity and communicating with said cavity (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Arkema France
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Cauchois, Pierre Gerard, Gilles Francois, Sébastien Taillemite, Henri Perrin
  • Patent number: 11028825
    Abstract: A modular wind turbine blade is described. The modular wind turbine blade comprises first and second blade modules having spar caps embedded within their outer shells. The spar caps taper in thickness resulting in tapered recesses being defined in the outer shells. The tapered recesses in the first and second blade modules are aligned when the modules are placed end-to-end to form a continuous double-tapered channel. A connecting member having a double-tapered structure is bonded in the channel to connect the modules together. The invention also provides a mould for making the blade modules in which the mould surface includes a protruding elongate feature having a tapered portion configured to form the recesses in the outer shells. During layup and moulding of the outer shells, spar caps are supported on top of the tapered portion of the elongate feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Robert Hunter
  • Patent number: 11009317
    Abstract: Material sheets are provided which include at least one monolayer, wherein the at least one monolayer has a plurality of drawn unidirectional polymer fibers having a strength of greater than 1.2 GPa and a thickness of less than 100 ?m, and wherein the material sheet includes a bonding agent of less than 13 wt % relative to the total weight of the material sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Roelof Marissen, Reinard Jozef Maria Steeman, Leonard Josef Arnold Nielaba
  • Patent number: 10940681
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing method for fabricating a component having a surface substantially free of imperfections may include providing a mold having a configuration corresponding to the component, and depositing a material on at least one surface of the mold to fabricate the component having the surface substantially free of imperfections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Susnjara
  • Patent number: 10906254
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for manufacturing a part, named composite part, formed from at least one composite material including at least one layer of a reinforcing structure impregnated with a polymer matrix within which the reinforcing structure extends, wherein: a composite blank of the composite part is prepared; and a step of curing the polymer matrix of the composite blank is carried out, exerting a pressure on at least one pressed face of the composite blank. The pressure is exerted in the form of a pressure gradient applied to the pressed face of the composite blank so as to cause the gas present within the composite part to flow from a zone of maximum pressurization to a gas evacuation zone. Also disclosed is a device for manufacturing such a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: RATIER FIGEAC
    Inventor: Patrice Brion
  • Patent number: 10882218
    Abstract: A tool is configured to have a changeable shape. The tool comprises a thermoplastic polymeric material, resistive heating elements within the thermoplastic polymeric material, and a flexible casing encapsulating the thermoplastic polymeric material and resistive heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Justin H. Register
  • Patent number: 10882569
    Abstract: A vehicle body reinforcing structure includes: a panel-shaped reinforcing member having a through-hole penetrating through the reinforcing member in a plate-thickness direction of the reinforcing member and located inside a closed-section structure of a vehicle body framework portion; a first panel located at a position closer to an outside of the vehicle than the reinforcing member is; a second panel constituting the closed-section structure with the first panel and located at a position closer to an inside of the vehicle than the reinforcing member is; and a foaming adhesive member filled in an internal space of the closed-section structure, wherein the first panel and the second panel are bonded to each other by the foaming adhesive member penetrating through the through-hole of the reinforcing member, and the foaming adhesive member is filled between the first panel and the reinforcing member and between the second panel and the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruki Suzumura, Hiroshi Kuno, Tomoki Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10870240
    Abstract: The present invention describes a prepreg for the manufacture of fibre reinforced resin matrix composite materials, the prepreg comprising: a surface film comprising a thermosetting resin and a particulate filler material dispersed therein, and a fibrous layer on which the surface film is disposed, the fibrous layer comprising a plurality of non-woven carbon fibres which are substantially randomly oriented, wherein the fibrous layer has interstices between the carbon fibres dimensioned for absorbing at least a portion of the thermosetting resin during a resin infusion step and filtering at least a portion of the particulate filler material in the surface film to remain in the surface film during the resin infusion step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Gurit (UK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Jones
  • Patent number: 10821684
    Abstract: A method of producing an FRP molded article, the method being suitable for producing a thick FRP molded article, includes: placing a reinforced fiber base material in a cavity of a forming mold, such that a direction in which fiber sheets are laminated together (a sheet lamination direction) is a horizontal direction; impregnating a resin into the reinforced fiber base material by injecting the resin into the cavity in an anti-gravitational direction from an injection port provided below the reinforced fiber base material placed in the cavity; applying pressure in the sheet lamination direction to the reinforced fiber base material impregnated with the resin; and curing the resin impregnated in the reinforced fiber base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi Takagi, Takahiro Ichinose, Osamu Hisamatsu, Yoshimitsu Takasugi, Shota Kida
  • Patent number: 10821635
    Abstract: A molding tool and method for producing an interior trim part. A cavity is embodied between a first element and a second element, and a slide is displaceably connected to the first element. A decorative layer is arranged on the first element and a backing is arranged on the second element. A foamable mixture is added to the hollow area between the backing and a reverse side of the decorative layer, such that a foam layer fills the hollow area. A distance between the first element and the second element is increased to enlarge the hollow area. During this process, the slide is pressed against a side facing away from the reverse side of the decorative layer, such that the hollow area is sealed with the reverse side of the decorative layer pressed against a lateral surface of the backing and/or against a lateral surface of the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Baumann, Hugo Bonvalet, Othmane Faik, Lionel Hafer, Alain Julien, Jean Ruiz, Michael Walter
  • Patent number: 10799815
    Abstract: A filter cartridge constructed to prevent an enclosed pleated filter from collapsing into the through-bores formed in a rigid core in high differential pressure applications. The core is modified with reduced-dimension bores to reduce the area of filter material not supported by the core. Alternatively, or in addition, a semi-rigid or rigid core wrap is superposed about the core to add further structural support to the pleated filter. The wrap is formed as a webbed structure with the thickness and spacing of the webbing segments adjusted to partially occlude the underlying core though-bores. This reduces the effective cross-sectional diameter of the through-bores to reduce the overall area of the pleated filter unsupported by the core. The through-bores may have modified shapes to maintain the area of the through-bore and reduce the distance of the through-bore center point from portions of the core wall defining the through-bore. The core also may be modified with clustered through-bores regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: ZhenWu Lin, Jacob Andrews
  • Patent number: 10787781
    Abstract: A thin erosion control mattress system and method of protecting coastal structures and riverbanks against bearing failure and erosion from waves and current is disclosed. The thin mattress system includes geotextile fabric bonded to a tensile element (such as geogrid) and sand/gravel or other fill material confined in the mattress with connection elements (such as rivets) at specific intervals. The geogrid, which can be biaxial or multi-axial, provides tensile strength for picking during installation, improving foundation support and rigidity to the mattress system. The rivets function as spacers and tension elements to prevent bulging of the mattress, and are designed and spaced to temporarily secure the mattress in place for uniform filling and installation. The bonded geotextile-geogrid mat is typically sewn on all sides and filled with sand or gravel at designated fill ports. Further, a method of fabricating the thin mattress system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tensar International Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Fiske, Kord J. Wissmann
  • Patent number: 10772163
    Abstract: Apparatus for heating fluids through rotary magnetic induction, which has at least one rotating central disc of magnets and at least one bilateral heat exchanger, wherein the magnet disc comprises at least one pair of magnets disposed in such disc and whose configuration exposes the magnets to both sides of the disc with alternating polarity on each side to generate on both sides an agitated magnetic field, and wherein at least one heat exchanger, comprising at least one low resistivity metal surface, is disposed adjacent to each side or face of the magnet disc in order to expose its metal surface to the agitated magnetic field, getting heated and transmitting such heat to a fluid circulating within at least one configured conduit located inside the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: EVUS, INC.
    Inventors: Edgar Wilhelm Bavesteello, Ximena Correa Torres, Alexis Guarda Maximowitz
  • Patent number: 10744701
    Abstract: A method for molding composite material such as a spar formed with a curved corner part is provided with: a first shaping step of shaping a laminate so that the board thickness of the laminate is reduced from the outside of the corner part toward the inside thereof, the laminate having the corner part curved at a first bending angle and comprising fiber sheets laminated to each other; and a second shaping step of curving the corner part of the laminate to form a second bending angle smaller than the first bending angle, and shaping the laminate so that the board thickness of the laminate is reduced from the inside of the corner part toward the outside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Kodai Shimono, Hiroshi Tokutomi
  • Patent number: 10696805
    Abstract: One purpose of the present invention is to provide an epoxy resin composition which is for obtaining a fiber-reinforced composite material that combines heat resistance with tensile strength on a high level. The other purpose is to provide: a fiber-reinforced composite material obtained using this epoxy resin composition; and a molded article and a pressure vessel both containing the fiber-reinforced composite material. The present invention has the following configuration in order to achieve the above purposes. Namely, the epoxy resin composition includes the constituent element [A]: An epoxy resin including an aromatic ring and having a functionality of 2 or higher and the following constituent element [B]: An amine-based hardener or an acid anhydride-based hardener, and is characterized in that a cured object obtained by curing the epoxy resin composition has a rubber-state modulus of 10 MPa or less when evaluated for dynamic viscoelasticity and the cured object has a glass transition temperature of 95° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ayumi Mori, Noriyuki Hirano, Masayuki Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 10693151
    Abstract: This invention relates to a bipolar plate for a fuel cell having a controlled structure of carbon materials and a method of manufacturing the same, the method including obtaining a masterbatch by mixing a first carbon material powder having a size ranging from 0.1 to 200 ?m with a polymer resin, forming a masterbatch powder by crushing the masterbatch, preparing a conductive composition by mixing the masterbatch powder with a second carbon material powder having a size ranging from 300 ?m to 1 mm, and manufacturing a bipolar plate by subjecting the conductive composition to compression molding. Thereby, carbon materials in a powder phase having different sizes can be uniformly dispersed via a masterbatch to thus shorten a conductive path, thereby decreasing electrical resistivity, and furthermore, dispersion in the polymer resin can be improved, thereby increasing flexural strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Morgan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Seok Woo, Mun Hee Lee, Hong Beom Ju, Kwang Sang Park, Sung Hoon Park
  • 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
    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
    Inventors: Pedro Nogueroles Viñes, Jose Cuenca Rincón, Aquilino Garcia Garcia, Bernardo Lopez Romano, Maria Mora Mendias
  • 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
    Inventors: Poul Erik Hansen, Harsha Tummala
  • 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: 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
    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
    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: 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: 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
    Inventors: Dirk Passmann, Klaus Franken, Stefan Lindner
  • 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: 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
    Inventors: Thomas Nosker, Jennifer Lynch, Bernard Kear, Justin Hendrix, Gordon Chiu
  • 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: 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
    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
    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