Shaping Fiber Or Fibered Material Patents (Class 29/419.1)
  • Patent number: 11667996
    Abstract: A solid aluminum-fiber composite comprising: (i) an aluminum-containing matrix comprising elemental aluminum; (ii) coated or uncoated fibers embedded within said aluminum-containing matrix, wherein said fibers have a different composition than said aluminum-containing matrix and impart additional strength to said aluminum-containing matrix as compared to said aluminum-containing matrix in the absence of said fibers embedded therein; and (iii) an intermetallic layer present as an interface between each of said fibers and the aluminum-containing matrix, wherein said intermetallic layer has a composition different from said aluminum-containing matrix and said fibers, and said intermetallic layer contains at least one element that is also present in the aluminum-containing matrix and at least one element present in the fibers, whether from the coated or interior portion of the fibers. Methods of producing the above-described composite are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, Eck Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlando Rios, Michael S. Kesler, Zachary C. Sims, Edgar Lara-Curzio, David Weiss
  • Patent number: 11389009
    Abstract: A chair for particular use in clinical or hospital environments has a frame to which a support material is secured. The support material may form a chair back and/or a seat for the chair to provide support to the chair occupant. The support material may be made from a textile of interwoven strands wherein some of the interwoven strands include copper containing particles such as copper iodide or copper oxide within the textile fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: VIA, INC
    Inventor: John Charles Hepler
  • Patent number: 11364472
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to nanochannel plates for use in reverse osmosis systems and methods of their manufacture. An example nanochannel plate includes a first surface and an opposing second surface. The first surface and the second surface are parallel to a major flat of the nanochannel plate. The nanochannel plate also includes a plurality of channels. At least one channel includes a carbon nanotube having a first end opening proximate to the first surface and a second end opening proximate to the second surface. Optionally, a core portion of the carbon nanotube could be configured to transport water from the first surface to the second surface or vice versa. Optionally, the core portion of the carbon nanotube has a core diameter of less than or equal to 0.7 nanometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: John Simpson
  • Patent number: 11213726
    Abstract: A golf club including at least one component with a construction that includes a composite material with color/metallic coated fibers. In some embodiments, at least a portion of an outer surface of the golf club head is defined by a layered structure including color/metallic coated fibers. The layered structure may include a non-woven composite layer comprising a plurality of unidirectional fiber composite plies and woven composite layer disposed over the non-woven fiber composite layer and including color/metallic coated fibers. In some embodiments, an optically transparent coating may be disposed over the woven composite layer. In some embodiments, the color/metallic coated fibers may be electroplated fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Greaney, Mattieu Bovee, Colin O'Connell-Long, Todd Beach
  • Patent number: 10777381
    Abstract: A system and method (referred to as a method) to fabricate nanorobots. The method generates a pixel map of an atomic object and identifies portions of the atomic object that form a nanorobot. The method stores those identifications in a memory. The method adjusts an electron beam to a noninvasive operating level and images the portions of the atomic object that form the nanorobot. The method executes a plurality of scanning profiles by the electron beam to form the nanorobot and detects nanorobot characteristics and their surroundings via the electron beam in response to executing the plurality of scanning profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Sergei V. Kalinin, Stephen Jesse, Ondrej E. Dyck, Bobby G. Sumpter
  • Patent number: 10751118
    Abstract: A multiple thermocouple assembly with a reduced wire count is configured for use in an ablation catheter tip. In at least one embodiment, the assembly comprises a first metal material comprising a plurality of junctions; a plurality of conductors comprising a second metal material, each conductor connected to the first metal material at one of the plurality of junctions; and a common conductor that is physically paired with at least one of the plurality of conductors at a corresponding common conductor junction such that the common conductor forms a thermocouple pair with each of the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy G. Curran, Troy T. Tegg
  • Patent number: 10431195
    Abstract: Structures with integrally formed property enhancing fill material, and a method for fabricating such structures, are presented. In one or more embodiments, the method of the present invention includes forming the structural members of a structure out of a powdered material using selective laser sintering (“SLS”) such that the structural members of the structure enclose one or more internal cavities. In one or more embodiments, the structure is provided with an internal passage that forms a direct connection between first and second external apertures. One or more internal apertures and or passages form a passage from one or more of the internal cavities to the internal passage connecting the external apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Barefoot Sound, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Barefoot
  • Patent number: 10173253
    Abstract: When forming ultra-conductive wire, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are dispersed and de-agglomerated in hot metal. The MWCNTs are dispersed in a precursor matrix via mixing and sintering to form precursor material, which is hot-extruded multiple rounds at a predetermined temperature to form a nano-composite material. The nano-composite material is inserted into a metal bar to form a nano-composite billet (306), which is subjected to multiple rounds of hot extrusion to form an ultra-conductive material. The ultra-conductive material is subjected to one or more rounds of hot wire drawing to form an ultra-conductive wire comprising a nano-composite filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Taysir H. Nayfeh, Anita M. Wiederholt
  • Patent number: 10149765
    Abstract: A hip implant has a neck body that connects to a bone fixation body. The bone fixation body has a porous structure with an elongated shape. An internal cavity is formed in the bone fixation body and includes a substance to stimulate bone growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 10115492
    Abstract: An attachment device includes a central body formed of a plastic material and defining a cavity configured to receive a temperature probe and a plurality of straps extending from the central body. Each strap of the plurality of straps is configured to secure a cable to the central body. The central body defines a wall having a first side configured to be in contact with the temperature probe and a second side in contact with a cable. This attachment device may notably be used in an electrical connection assembly having a connector, a temperature sensor disposed within the device, and at least two cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary J. Richmond, Evangelia Rubino, Gina Sacco, George Albert Drew, Gregory V. Churley
  • Patent number: 9806429
    Abstract: A signal enhancer has a framework, a concave reflector having an axis of reflection, joined to the framework in a manner that direction of the axis of the reflector may be varied, and a support a cellular telephone joined to the axis in a manner that a cellular telephone may be placed and held in the support at different distances from the reflector along the axis of the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: John Russell Wilbur
  • Patent number: 9773485
    Abstract: The present invention relates to control (apparatus 70). The control apparatus (70) comprises a mass of resilient conductive material (56) having an electrical property which changes in dependence on deformation of the conductive material. The control apparatus (70) further comprises at least three electrodes (74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84) in contact with the mass of resilient conductive material (56) at spaced apart locations to thereby define at least two electrical paths through the mass of resilient conductive material between different pairs of the electrodes. The control apparatus (70) is configured such that there is a change in a measurable electrical property between each of the at least two different pairs of electrodes in dependence on deformation of the mass of resilient conductive material. More than one of the at least three electrodes (74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84) move upon deformation of the mass of resilient conductive material (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SKOOGMUSIC LTD
    Inventors: David Skulina, Pasidu Pallawela
  • Patent number: 9751818
    Abstract: Nanowires useful as heterogeneous catalysts are provided. The nanowire catalysts are useful in a variety of catalytic reactions, for example, the oxidative coupling of methane to C2 hydrocarbons. Related methods for use and manufacture of the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Siluria Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio R. Zurcher, Erik C. Scher, Joel M. Cizeron, Wayne P. Schammel, Alex Tkachenko, Joel Gamoras, Dmitry Karshtedt, Greg Nyce, Anja Rumplecker, Jarod McCormick, Anna Merzlyak, Marian Alcid, Daniel Rosenberg, Erik-Jan Ras
  • Patent number: 9493909
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method for producing a composition, comprising: heating a first material comprising an amorphous alloy to a first temperature; and contacting the first material with a second material comprising at least one fiber to form a composition comprising the first material and the second material; wherein the first temperature is higher than or equal to a glass transition temperature (Tg) of the amorphous alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: Choongnyun P. Kim, John Kang
  • Patent number: 9452001
    Abstract: A disposable device for treatment of infections of human limbs, particularly limbs having long bones susceptible to stabilization by intramedullary nailing. The device includes a tubular member made of a relatively rigid and biologically compatible material, having pores for impregnation with drugs or medicaments for infection treatment prior to or during insertion thereof in the stabilization site. An assembly for treatment of human limb infections including such device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: TECRES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Faccioli, Soffiatti Renzo
  • Patent number: 9439585
    Abstract: An analyte sensor is provided that comprises a substrate which includes a semiconductor material. Embodiments may include a core of a conductive material, and a cladding of a semiconductor material, in which the cladding may form at least a portion of a conducting path for a working electrode of the analyte sensor. Method of manufacturing and using the analyte sensor are described, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Mu Wu, Jiangfeng Fei, Serban Peteu, Hoi-Cheong Steve Sun, Raeann Gifford
  • Patent number: 9346134
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a metal part such as a metal reinforcement for the blade of a turbine engine, which includes: manufacturing a three-dimensional metal structure made up of an insert which exhibits properties which allow superplastic forming and diffusion welding to be carried out, and of multiple metal wires encircling the periphery of the insert, where the metal structure forms a preform of the metal part; positioning the metal structure in a forming tool and hot-pressing the three-dimensional metal structure which causes agglomeration of the metal structure so as to obtain the compact metal part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Thierry Godon, Bruno Jacques Gérard Dambrine, Alain Robert Yves Perroux
  • Patent number: 9320602
    Abstract: Provided is a method for easily producing a lamellar compressed fiber structural material which has mechanical characteristics close to those of in vivo bone and which is capable of easily increasing osteoblast even when a difference in strength exists. In order to solve the issues, the method for producing compressed fiber structural material 1, includes: a step of preparing biocompatible fiber 14 having an average diameter of 5 ?m-50 ?m and an aspect ratio of 20-500; and a step of molding compressed fiber structural material 1 by cold pressing/shearing biocompatible fiber 14, compressed fiber structural material 1 having an average pore diameter that is in the range of 60 ?m-100 ?m inclusive and a void fraction that is in the range of 25%-50% inclusive, both obtained by measurement in accordance with the mercury penetration method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventors: Noboru Nakayama, Masaomi Horita, Naoki Izawa, Hiroto Tamai, Naoto Saito, Yuki Usui, Nobuhide Ogihara
  • Patent number: 9186867
    Abstract: A composite part defining a button shaped protrusion and including fibers reinforcing a resin matrix throughout the part. The fibers may be in the form of a woven mat or in the form of loose fibers that are deposited in a mold. Methods of making the composite part with a woven mat or loose fibers being provided in the button shaped recess that defines a void in the fiber reinforced composite part at a predetermined location where a self-piercing rivet is to be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aindrea McKelvey Campbell
  • Patent number: 9127337
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a mechanical component, and winding device to implementing the method. The component includes at least one insert of metal matrix composite, within which matrix ceramic fibers extend, the composite insert obtained from a plurality of coated filaments each including a ceramic fiber coated with a metal sheath. The method manufactures an insert preform by winding a bonded lap or bundle of coated filaments about a cylindrical component. At least some of the winding is performed in at least one rectilinear direction. The method further inserts the insert preform in a first container; performs hot isostatic compaction of the first container; and machines the first container to form a rectilinear insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick Dunleavy, Jean-Michel Patrick Maurice Franchet, Gilles Charles Casimir Klein, Richard Masson
  • Patent number: 9089351
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus includes a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, an end effector coupled to the distal end of the shaft, and a sheath disposed on an external surface of the instrument shaft. The sheath includes a material that is permeable to gas so as to permit equalization of a pressure differential after insertion of the sheath and shaft into an environment at a surgical insufflation gas pressure. The pressure differential is between an insufflation gas pressure and an initial pressure lower than the insufflation gas pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: William John Park, S. Christopher Anderson, Thomas G. Cooper, Matthew R. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150147543
    Abstract: A process for debundling a carbon fiber tow into dispersed chopped carbon fibers suitable for usage in molding composition formulations is provided. A carbon fiber tow is fed into a die having fluid flow openings, through which a fluid impinges upon the side of the tow to expand the tow cross sectional area. The expanded cross sectional area tow extends from the die into the path of a conventional fiber chopping apparatus to form chopped carbon fibers, or through contacting tines of a mechanical debundler. Through adjustment of the relative position of fluid flow openings relative to a die bore through which fiber tow passes, the nature of the fluid impinging on the tow, the shape of the bore, in combinations thereof an improved chopped carbon fiber dispersion is achieved. The chopped carbon fiber obtained is then available to be dispersed in molding composition formulations prior to formulation cure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Probir Kumar Guha, Michael J. Siwajek, Michael J. Hiltunen, Shane Skop, Christopher Hiltunene
  • Patent number: 9027246
    Abstract: A method is provided for reproducibly producing a carbon band twisted about its longitudinal axis. According to the method carbon fibers are fed into a processing device and are formed into a band-shaped preform having a centerline and an edge on both sides thereof. A shorter average fiber length is fed by the processing device when forming the centerline area than when forming the edges. The preform is subsequently further processed into the carbon band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Heraeus Noblelight GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Linow
  • Patent number: 9022733
    Abstract: A turbine nozzle element including an inner annular platform sector, an outer annular platform sector, and at least one vane extending between the platform sectors and connected to both of them. The nozzle element includes a single piece of composite material including fiber reinforcement densified by a matrix that is at least partially ceramic, and the fiber reinforcement includes a fiber structure that is woven by three-dimensional or multi-layer weaving, and that presents continuity throughout the volume of the nozzle element and throughout the periphery of the vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: SNECMA, SNECMA Propulsion Solide
    Inventors: Dominique Coupe, Guillaume Jean-Claude Robert Renon
  • Publication number: 20150107455
    Abstract: A hollow fiber module of a device for separating fluids has hollow fibers with walls that have partially permeable structures. The hollow fibers are positioned parallel to each other. At least one areal fluid-permeable spacer medium with a structure that is self-supporting an areal state of the at least one spacer medium is provided and arranged between the hollow fibers such that the at least one spacer medium surrounds at least partially circumferentially a first one of two neighboring hollow fibers at least on a side of the first hollow fiber that is facing the second one of the two neighboring hollow fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Marcel Mayer, Michael Fasold, Hans-Werner Roesler, Ines Bettermann
  • Patent number: 9009944
    Abstract: Wet electrostatic precipitator (WESP) collector tube bundles are formed by a procedure in which strips of conductive material are corrugated, intended abutting surfaces of the corrugated strips are abraded, adhesive is applied to the abraded surfaces, multiple ones of the corrugated strips are assembled with corrugation in abutting relationship, and outer panels are assembled with the resulting hexagonal tube bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Megtec Turbosonic Inc.
    Inventors: Paul McGrath, Robert A. Allan
  • Publication number: 20150101617
    Abstract: A filtering face-piece respirator 10 that includes a harness 14 and a mask body 12 that has a multi-layer filtering structure 16. Present at the perimeter 24 on the interior surface of the mask body 12 is a region having an increased coefficient of friction 44, in relation to the filtering structure 16. This region 44 can be formed by a discontinuous coating of a polymeric material. The region 44 improves the fit of the respirator 10 on the wearer's face, providing a non-slip seal, yet allows moisture laden air to exit from the interior gas space of the mask body 12.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Dean R. Duffy
  • Patent number: 8978250
    Abstract: A particle damper is formed using a solid freeform manufacturing technique. A filler provides support for the closing wall of the cavity as it is formed. Apertures allow at least a portion of the filler to be removed. A particle fill of between 90 and 95% is achieved either by removing sufficient filler to reach this fill or removing excess filler and re-filling with damping particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Carl Lee Barcock, Michael Lawrence Carlisle, Ian Murray Garry, Daniel Clark, Gemma Louise Young
  • Publication number: 20150068670
    Abstract: A filter member used in an oxygenator is constructed to provide improved contact with a hollow fiber membrane bundle and to capture bubbles contained in blood. The filter member possesses elasticity at least in the circumferential direction to allow the inner circumference of the filter member to be increased from a natural non-expanded state prior to placement on the hollow fiber membrane bundle to an expanded state in which the inner circumference of the filter member is increased when placed on the hollow fiber membrane bundle. The filter member is constructed to satisfy the condition 0.5?L2/L1<1, wherein L1 represents the outer circumference of the hollow fiber membrane bundle and L2 represents the inner circumference of the filter member in the natural non-expanded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mizoguchi, Eiji Kato
  • Patent number: 8973270
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing floor panels, characterized by the following steps: a) scattering glued wood fibers or wood chips to form a wood material cake, b) pressing the wood material cake at elevated temperature to form a large-format substrate plate, which is provided press-finished and has a press skin that arose during the production of the substrate plate at least on the top of the substrate plate, c) applying a base coat made of a liquid melamine-based resin to the upper face of the substrate plate, wherein the resin at least partially diffuses into the top surface layer of the substrate plate and at least partially penetrates and improves the region of the press skin, d) drying the base coat, e) applying a primer to the base coat, f) drying the primer, g) applying at least one water-based paint enriched with pigments in order to produce a decoration, i) applying a seal made of at least one melamine-based resin enriched with wear-resistant particles and cellulose fibers, j) drying
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Axel Siebert, Frank Oldorff
  • Patent number: 8959741
    Abstract: A tissue scaffold fabricated from bioinert fiber forms a rigid three-dimensional porous matrix having a bioinert composition. Porosity in the form of interconnected pore space is provided by the space between the bioinert fiber in the porous matrix. Strength of the porous matrix is provided by bioinert fiber fused and bonded into the rigid three-dimensional matrix having a specific pore size and pore size distribution. The tissue scaffold supports tissue in-growth to provide osteoconductivity as a tissue scaffold, used for the repair of damaged and/or diseased bone tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bio2 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Jenq Liu
  • Patent number: 8955206
    Abstract: A method for creating a layup of reinforcing fibers comprises mounting a face sheet to a spindle of a mandrel tool support, the face sheet having a layup surface for the reinforcing fibers, and counterbalancing the mounted face sheet for stiffness and center of balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140377500
    Abstract: A composite structure (3) formed of a composite member which extends in one direction, includes holes (5), and is made of fiber reinforced plastics. A tensile load and/or a compressive load are applied to the composite structure (3) in the one direction. Tensile stiffness and/or compression stiffness of peripheral areas (3a) of the holes (5) is lower than tensile stiffness and/or compression stiffness of the other area (3b), which surrounds the peripheral areas (3a), in the one direction, and the width of the peripheral area (3a) in a direction orthogonal to the one direction is set to 1.1 times or less of the diameter of the hole (5) in the direction orthogonal to the one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Masahiro Kashiwagi, Yoshinori Nonaka, Toshio Abe
  • Publication number: 20140371767
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides filaments and/or surgical sutures which include an inner core, an outer sheath and a plurality of barbs on a surface thereof. The filaments and/or surgical sutures further include at least one adhesive precursor material which transitions from a non-adherent material to an adhesive material to attach a portion of the filament and/or suture to the surrounding area, such as tissue and/or other portions of the filament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Roland Ostapoff, Timothy Sargeant
  • Publication number: 20140364023
    Abstract: A surfboard core and a stringer array embedded in the core to modify handling characteristics of the board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Nick Miles
  • Publication number: 20140345215
    Abstract: A curtain wall panel includes frame with a first frame member defining a channel, a cover configured to extend over the first frame member, a spacer formed of a thermally insulating material, the spacer including a first end, a body, and a second end, the first end being configured to be secured in the channel of the first frame member in a cammed interference fit by rotating a body of the spacer, and the second end being configured to form a cammed interference fit with the cover. An insert is supported from the first frame member by the spacer with the cover fit onto the spacer to capture and secure the insert relative to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Robert D. Magoon, James Alan Hughes, Chris Smith
  • Patent number: 8887367
    Abstract: A cell for fabricating a part having reinforcing fibers embedded in a matrix, includes a clean section for performing clean operations including laying up the reinforcing fibers on a mandrel tool. The clean section satisfies clean room requirements for processing uncured composite materials. The cell further includes an adjacent dirty section for performing dirty operations including machining the layup after curing; a common end effector positioning system movable between the clean and dirty sections; and means for preventing contaminants in the dirty section from entering the clean section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Miller
  • Patent number: 8881362
    Abstract: In a stator manufacturing method to manufacture a stator in which divided-core assemblies are arranged in a cylindrical shape, each of which includes a divided-core member having a teeth portion on which a coil is wound. In this method, the divided-core assemblies are inserted in the cylindrical shape into a fixed mold, resin sheets containing glass fibers or carbon fibers are disposed on coil-end portions of the cylindrically-arranged divided-core assemblies, and a slide part of a movable mold applies pressure to and molds the resin sheets, thereby combining the divided core assemblies into a single unit. The movable mold is operated to position the divided-core assemblies in place by a cylindrical part and then apply pressure to and mold the resin sheets by the slide part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Joji Yoshimura, Koji Nakanishi, Yasuhiro Ueno
  • Patent number: 8876520
    Abstract: A dimpled fabric creation system and method is provided to form a dimpled fabric using a mold or machine having a plurality of protrusions and grooves, while avoiding the repetitive steps to manually shape each protrusion individually by tying portions of fabric individually. The protrusions may be of complex three dimensional shapes to form dimples in the fabric having corresponding complex three dimensional shapes. The system and method provide for creation of a dimpled fabric container, wherein the dimpled fabric container may be utilized in gift wrapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher G. Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20140324163
    Abstract: A device for improving the function of a heart valve comprises a first loop-shaped support, which is configured to abut a first side of the heart valve. A first flange unit is may be configured as a fabric sleeve covering the loop-shaped support. A portion of the fabric sleeve forms a flange that is attached to the annulus when said first loop-shaped support is abutting said heart valve. The flange is provideable by folding at least a portion of said sleeve over itself for forming a double layer of opposing fabrics thereof, such that said sleeve comprises a flange portion extending from said first loop-shaped support configured to overlap a surface of and form a collar around, at least a portion of said annulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Olli Keränen, Hans-Reinhard Zerkowski
  • Patent number: 8869397
    Abstract: A method reinforcing an axisymmetric annular metal part by including a winding of composite material. A metal blank for the part is prepared, a cavity is formed therein that opens out into a coaxial inside face thereof, and that presents a right cross-section of axial extent that decreases from the inside towards the outside, a reinforcing yarn is wound in the cavity, the cavity is closed, the assembly is subjected to a hot isostatic compression process, and the blank is machined to obtain a final part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty
    Inventors: Patrick Dunleavy, Jean-Michel Patrick Maurice Franchet, Gilles Charles Casimir Klein, Richard Masson
  • Publication number: 20140309512
    Abstract: Electrode cabling, including a core and n wires coiled on the core in an arrangement topologically equivalent to an n-start thread configuration, wherein n is an integer greater than one. The cabling also includes a sheath covering the n wires and an electrode attached through the sheath to a given wire selected from the n wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Rowan Olund Hettel
  • Publication number: 20140304906
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new construction method for swimming pools, surfing pools, body boarding pools, wave pools, water park pools, kayaking and white water rafting courses and pools, wake boarding pools, water skiing pools and jet skiing pools, static surfing simulators, deep water river standing wave attractions. The present invention construction method can also be used in lagoons, ponds, lakes, and rivers. The invention will save construction costs, and save pool construction time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Walter Judson Bennett, David Evans
  • Publication number: 20140270664
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for creating a demarcation of at least one optical fiber in a structure along with a fiber optic cable. The method may include the steps of providing at least one optical fiber having a covering, heating a portion of the covering, and deforming the covering about the at least one optical fiber at a first location to inhibit movement of the at least one optical fiber with respect to the covering. The method may be applied to one or more optical fibers within a covering such as bare loose fibers, ribbonized fibers, buffered fibers or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther, Reginald Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140248462
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a composite elongate member, a channel, and a number of composite structures. The composite elongate member has a side configured for attachment to a surface of a structure. The channel is on the side and extends along a length of the composite elongate member. The number of composite structures is configured for placement in the channel and configured to attach a portion of the side of the composite elongate member to the structure. A composite structure in the number of composite structures comprises layers having different orientations selected to increase a capacity of the composite elongate member to withstand forces that pull the composite elongate member away from the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Malmurugan Kamaraj, Donald Paul Matheson
  • Patent number: 8813335
    Abstract: For a method for manufacturing a hollow shaft with at least one integral flange made of fiber composite, a plurality of intersecting windings of fiber material are applied onto a core. Moreover, the core has, for each flange, a radial spreader ring with an axial bearing surface. The windings are laid over an outer circumferential portion of the respective spreader ring and fixed. One or several inserts made of fiber material are inserted in the area of the spreader ring between the windings. The fixing of the wound fiber material is released, but is first still held on the spreader ring. Portions of the windings are then pulled off from the outer circumferential portion of the spreader ring and brought to rest on the axial bearing surface of the spreader ring in order to form a partial portion of a flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ellergon Antriebstechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Cornelius Geislinger, Matthias Geislinger, Christof Sigle
  • Publication number: 20140210325
    Abstract: A chassis and a method of manufacturing a chassis of an information handling system are disclosed. The chassis includes a carbon-fiber composite and a plurality vents of formed in the carbon-fiber composite. Each of the plurality of vents is a channel extending through the carbon-fiber composite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Travis C. North, Kyle D. Spiess
  • Patent number: 8776343
    Abstract: During implementing a composite metal part by compaction of an insert having reinforcing fibers in a metal body or container, gas used for compaction may enter the cavity formed in the container for receiving the insert between a lid covering the insert and the container, which can prevent or degrade compaction and diffusion welding of fiber sheaths of the insert therebetween and/or with walls of the cavity. To solve this problem, the present method includes initiating isostatic compaction by a phase including raising and maintaining temperature, followed by a phase including hot-feeding pressurized gas, and machining an assembly to obtain the part. The temperature raising phase includes a diffusion pre-welding of material rigidly connecting the pressure-adjusted walls of the lid and the container. The method can be used for designing parts having a tensile and compression resistance, such as parts for aircraft landing gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, SNECMA
    Inventors: Richard Masson, Patrick Dunleavy, Jean Michel Franchet, Gilles Klein
  • Patent number: 8732929
    Abstract: The objective is to enable the formation of an outer circumferential layer by a filament winding process to be performed appropriately, and to achieve the weight reduction of a gas tank by reducing the weight of a mouthpiece. The gas tank comprises a mouthpiece attached to an end of a tank main body in its axis direction, and an outer circumferential layer formed over an outer circumferential surface of the tank main body and an outer circumferential surface of the mouthpiece by a filament winding process. On the end of the tank main body in the axis direction, a recess section, in which an outside end surface of the mouthpiece is embedded in the inner side from an outside end surface of the outer circumferential layer, is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shusuke Inagi
  • Publication number: 20140101911
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of making a flexible and self-supporting insulating end cone liner comprising resilient and compressible non-intumescent material molded into a single, continuous piece having a three dimensional cone shape, with the insulating material comprising inorganic fibers and a binder, as well as a method of making a pollution control device that includes such an end cone liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan C. Shirk, Stephen M. Sanocki, Joseph C. Peisert, Roger L. Langer, Loyd R. Hornback, III, Ian R.I. Harding