Shaping By Direct Application Of Fluent Pressure Patents (Class 29/421.1)
  • Patent number: 10295015
    Abstract: Torsional vibration dampers are disclosed that include a monolithic body having an axis of rotation, an innermost annular wall defining a bore therethrough for receiving a shaft, and an outer annular wall concentric about the axis of rotation and spaced radially outward relative to the innermost annular wall, an inertia member concentric about the axis of rotation and positioned radially inward relative to the outer annual wall, the inertia member having an inner surface facing the axis of rotation and an outer surface facing the outermost annular wall, a first elastomer member seated against the inner surface of the inertia member, and a second elastomer member seated against the outer surface of the inertia member and in between the inertia member and the outer annular wall. The first and second elastomer members operably couple the inertia member to the monolithic body for rotation therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Suhale Manzoor
  • Patent number: 10256548
    Abstract: A reconfigurable holographic antenna includes a metamaterial layer and a waveguide with at least one ridge. The metamaterial layer includes an array of tunable slots configurable to form holographic diffraction patterns. A reactance of each tunable slot in the array of tunable slots is individually tunable. The at least one ridge influences coupling between tunable slots in the array of tunable slots. The holographic diffraction patterns formed by the array of tunable slots generate a desired antenna wave in response to a received feed wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KYMETA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan A. Stevenson, Jeff Dallas, Adam Bily, Mike Slota, Mark LaCombe, Nathan Kundtz
  • Patent number: 10220427
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a press-molding apparatus capable of appropriately thickening a vertical wall portion while preventing the occurrence of buckling. [Solution] Provided is a press-molding apparatus configured to mold a press-molded product by performing press working on a work, the press-molding apparatus including: a support member that supports the work with a first thickness having a hat-shaped cross-section or a U-shaped cross-section; a punch member that moves relative to the support member to execute press working so as to reduce a height of a vertical wall portion of the work and thicken the vertical wall portion to a second thickness; and a pad member that faces the support member with the vertical wall portion to be thickened placed therebetween, the pad member being biased by a biasing member and having its distance to the support member kept equal to or smaller than the second thickness during the press working.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuo Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Yoshida, Jun Nitta, Tohru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10220430
    Abstract: A new method of building a vehicle wheel utilizing “hydro forming” from a solid piece of steel metal sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Ali Sadri
  • Patent number: 10215172
    Abstract: A method of generating compressive residual stresses through a thickness of a metal component comprising the steps: receiving a metal base component (10), which in use is subjected to applied pressure and applying by thermal deposition cladding (16) to one or more surfaces (14) of the base component. The cladding (16) comprises one or more layers of metal or metal alloy. The method also includes, subsequent to the cladding step, applying autofrettage to the clad component thereby generating compressive residual stresses through the one or more layers of metal or metal alloy (16) and at least part way through the base component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Weir Group IP Limited
    Inventors: James Wood, Gladys Schnier
  • Patent number: 10201843
    Abstract: A method for forming a workpiece by stamping that allows spring back to be eliminated, wherein tooling (20) is used, at least one of the forming parts (21, 23) of which includes a cavity (26) filled with a liquid (27) and provided with electrodes (28) capable of generating at least one shock wave in the cavity and through the wall (25) of the forming part, a blank material (18) is deformed between the two forming parts under the action of a deformation pressure and, without releasing the deformation pressure, at least one shock wave is generated in the cavity so that the shock wave passes through the blank material orthogonal to its surface. The tooling (20) and a press (10) adapted to implement the method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ADM28 S.ÀR.L.
    Inventor: Gilles Avrillaud
  • Patent number: 10137487
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a blade is provided. The apparatus for manufacturing a blade includes: an arm module including a pressing unit pivoting around a first shaft; a molding module including a molding die pressed by the pressing unit and molding bulk metallic glass (BMG) to a blade; and a drawing module pulling an end portion of the BMG exposed to the outside of the molding die to form an edge of the blade, wherein the drawing module includes a pair of drawing tools pulling one end portion of the BMG in two directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS
    Inventors: Jong-Kweon Park, Seung Kook Ro, Sung Cheul Lee, Shiv G. Kapoor, James Zhu
  • Patent number: 10094217
    Abstract: A construction layout for caverns of an underground nuclear power plant, including: two primary caverns accommodating nuclear reactor powerhouses, combined caverns, electric powerhouse caverns, pressure relief caverns, a first primary traffic tunnel, a second primary traffic tunnel, a third primary traffic tunnel, a top adit system, and a ground adit system. Each combined cavern is disposed on one side of each of the two primary caverns. Each electric powerhouse cavern and each pressure relief cavern are disposed on two sides of each of the two primary caverns perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the mountain. Each electric powerhouse cavern is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the mountain. The first primary traffic tunnel and the third primary traffic tunnel are disposed along the longitudinal direction of the mountain on outer sides of the two combined caverns, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CHANGJIANG SURVEY PLANNING DESIGN AND RESEARCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qigui Yang, Xinqiang Niu, Lijun Su, Baixing Liu, Lixin Liu, Xin Zhao, Xuehong Yang, Feng Li, Xia Hua, Xuexian Zhu, Qianlong Han, Xiao Pan, Haibo Liu
  • Patent number: 10036177
    Abstract: A method of modular pole construction an elongate modular pole structure is disclosed. A first step of the method involves providing hollow tapered pole section modules, each module having a first open end and an opposed second open end. A cross-section of the second end is less than a cross-section of the first end. The modules are stacked to form an elongated modular pole structure of a selected length by mating the second end of a first module with the first end of a second module. The first and second modules may have different structural properties, such that poles having desired structural properties can be constructed by selectively combining modules having differing structural properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: RS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Lockwood, David Chambers
  • Patent number: 10006478
    Abstract: A fastener includes a sleeve, a core bolt, and an insert. The sleeve includes a first portion having a first inner diameter, a second portion having a second inner diameter, and a step intermediate the first and second portions. The core bolt includes a cylindrical portion having a first diameter, a threaded portion having a major diameter, and a thread run-out intermediate the cylindrical and threaded portions. The insert is disposed within the sleeve and is sized and shaped to be retained between the step of the sleeve and the thread run-out of the core bolt when the fastener is in a pre-installation position. The fastener compresses the insert between the step of the sleeve and the thread run-out of the core bolt by an installation motion of the core bolt. The insert deforms away from the core bolt to initiate formation of a bulb in response to the compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Arconic Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhart Hufnagl, Douglas DeSalvo, Randy Torrence
  • Patent number: 9962753
    Abstract: A tool is provided for preforming a metallic starter tube section for subsequent internal high pressure forming in order to produce a tubular IHF-component. The tool includes a plurality of tool sections that can move relative to one another and that delimit, between them, a shaping cavity for receiving and forming the starter tube section. The cavity has a contour which is both derived from the shape of the IHF component to be produced and adapted to the circumference of the starter tube section to be formed, such that each cavity cross section perpendicular to a cavity longitudinal axis predefined by the starter tube section corresponds to the cross-sectional shape of the IHF component cross-section in the same position, reduced in its cross-sectional circumference to exactly the circumference of the starter tube section. A method is provided for producing such a tool, and a method is provided for producing a tube-like IHF component using such a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johann-Stefan Lerch, Thomas Schmolke
  • Patent number: 9956653
    Abstract: A method of manufacture of a cladding body for an edge of an aerofoil, the method including the step of providing a core member shaped to include an elongate recess portion for mounting on the edge of the aerofoil, the elongate recess portion being shaped across its width to define a smoothly curved concave surface. A support member is provided; the support member has a support portion for complementary engagement with the recess portion. Both the support member and the core member are arranged between a pair of opposing membranes. The core member is bonded to each of the pair of membranes to form an intermediate cladding body, wherein the recess portion of the core member is arranged to engage, at least during the bonding step, the support portion to be supported thereby. At least the membranes are shaped using a hot forming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Craig Wilson, Michael John Davey, David Cowherd, Stephen John Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9950356
    Abstract: A forming device includes a gas supply part supplying a gas into a metal pipe material held and heated between a first die and a second die paired with each other. A driving mechanism moves at least one of the first die and the second die in a direction in which the dies are combined together. A first cavity part is formed between the first die and the second die to form the pipe part. A second cavity part communicates with the first cavity part to form the flange part. A flange forming member can be allowed to advance or retreat in the second cavity part, and forms the flange part. A controller controls the gas supply of the gas supply part, the driving of the driving mechanism, and the advance or retreat of the flange forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Ishizuka, Norieda Ueno, Masayuki Saika, Takashi Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9943898
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hot-forming and press hardening tool for producing formed sheet metal parts with at least partially high-strength properties, having a top tool with at least one die segment and a bottom tool with at least one die segment, wherein the top tool and the bottom tool are movable toward each other in a press stroke direction while forming a die cavity, wherein tempering channels are arranged in at least one die segment to feed a cooling medium, wherein the die segment of the top tool and/or the die segment of the bottom tool is split into at least two parts with a spreader device coupled to the top tool and/or the bottom tool and is movable in at least one direction of motion transverse to the press stroke direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Kettler, Oliver Dobinsky
  • Patent number: 9884360
    Abstract: A method of making a vehicular subassembly includes a step for providing a roof header comprising a hollow member having a long axis, a short axis, and an outer surface that includes a flange. The method also includes a step of stretch bending the member such that the outer surface is substantially in tension and curved in the short axis direction. The method further includes a step of cutting a plurality of notched elements into the flange to reduce strain from the stretch bending step. In some aspects, the step of cutting can be conducted before the stretch bending to reduce strain in the header associated with the subsequent stretch bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Joyce, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 9855593
    Abstract: A molding apparatus for molding a metal pipe includes: a gas supply unit which supplies gas into a heated metal pipe material, thereby expanding the metal pipe material; a mold which molds the metal pipe by bringing the expanded metal pipe material into contact therewith; and a drive unit which generates a driving force for moving the mold, in which a replacement unit is replaceably provided with respect to a main body unit having at least the drive unit, and the replacement unit is configured of at least the gas supply unit and the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Ishizuka, Masayuki Saika, Norieda Ueno, Takashi Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9822908
    Abstract: A hydroform tube includes a first end and a second end. The hydroform tube includes a plurality of sides including a first side and a second side, and a fillet extending from the first side to the second side. The first side, the second side, and the fillet extend from the first end to the second end. The plurality of sides form different shapes at two cross-sections between the first end and the second end. The tube has substantially the same perimeter P at all cross-sections from the first end to the second end. The fillet has a radius R. The radius R is defined by a same formula at all cross-sections from the first end to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Mair, Steven William Gallagher, Joshua Jacob Clement, Vladimir Vladimirovich Bogachuk, Jon A. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 9816544
    Abstract: A method of providing an electrical grounding point on an aluminum structural member of a motor vehicle. The member is hydro-formed to produce a closed cross-section, after which a hole surrounded by a flange is formed in a wall of the member. The flange is generally the shape of a truncated cone and extends toward an interior of the member. A self-tapping fastener having a grounding lead attached thereto is driven into the hole to cut threads into the flange and secure the grounding lead to the member. The self-tapping fastener allows the grounding connection to be achieved without any access to the hollow interior of the member as would otherwise be required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Michael William Danyo
  • Patent number: 9802236
    Abstract: A multi-warm forming device and the forming method are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rae Hyeong Kim, Mun Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 9784668
    Abstract: A transducer assembly is provided. The transducer assembly includes a magnetic portion, a body, a tensile pulse transmitter, and a pulse and current control unit. The magnetic portion is configured to provide a magnetic field. The body is disposed within an opening of the magnetic portion, and has a conductive portion configured to pass electric current near a body surface oriented toward the test surface. The tensile pulse transmitter is disposed within a cavity of the body and configured to transmit a tensile pulse into the test object. The pulse and current control unit is configured to control the tensile pulse transmitted by the tensile pulse transmitter, and to provide a current that passes through the conductive portion of the body and the test object, whereby a force urging the transducer assembly and the test object toward each other is generated responsive to the magnetic field and the current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John R. Hull, Keith John Davis
  • Patent number: 9776288
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an assembled camshaft for valve-controlled internal combustion engines, in which at least one cam disc with a base circle region and cam region is machined on the running surface and has a cam-disc recess, includes shrinking the cam disc onto a corresponding shaft designed with a defined dimensional overlap by cooling the shaft and heating the cam disc. Temporally before being shrunk onto the shaft, the at least one cam disc is clamped by a clamping device such that a tension force acts on the recess wall region, which defines the cam-disc recess, the tension force corresponding to a predetermined extent to the state of stresses and/or deformation state of the recess wall region after the operation of shrinking the cam disc onto the corresponding shaft. The running-surface machining of the at least one cam disc takes place when the cam disc is clamped by the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MAN TRUCK & BUS AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Boehme, Adrian Fink
  • Patent number: 9731487
    Abstract: A method for assembling a skin and a flange of a stiffener. The periphery of the contact between the skin and the flange of the stiffener is sealed by applying a bead of adhesive on the flange of the stiffener in contact with the skin. A first and second orifices are made in the skin. The orifices open at the interface between the skin and the flange of the stiffener. The adhesive is injected through the first orifice at the interface between the skin and the flange of the stiffener while keeping the skin in contact with the stiffener until the interface between the skin and the stiffener is completely filled with the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: DAHER AEROSPACE
    Inventors: Dominique Bailly, Mathieu Hottin
  • Patent number: 9709152
    Abstract: A joined prefabricated individual cam includes multiple cams for an adjustable camshaft in particular for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle. The camshaft has two shafts mounted concentrically one inside the other, namely an inner shaft and an outer shaft. The joined multiple cam is fixedly pinned to the inner shaft via radial openings provided in the outer shaft with a rotatable bearing on the outer shaft. Such a multiple cam has at least one prefabricated individual cam which is placed as a cam ring on the outside circumference of a carrier pipe at an axial distance from the neighboring individual cams and is fixedly connected to this carrier pipe at a predetermined angle of rotation and axial distance assignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Lechner, Mario Prokop, Falk Schneider
  • Patent number: 9636731
    Abstract: A punch (2) and a pad (5) are opposed to each other such that a molded portion (3a) of a metal laminate film (3) to be processed is interposed between the punch (2) and the pad (5). An enclosed space (6, 7) is compressed to raise only the temperature of the molded portion (3a) while keeping the vicinity of the molded portion (3a) at a low temperature (S1, S2). After that, the enclosed space (6, 7) is moved with respect to the molded portion (3a) to perform first molding (S3) on the molded portion (3a), and then gas in the enclosed space (6) is released to perform second molding (S4) on the molded portion (3a) by means of the punch (2) and the pad (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9630230
    Abstract: A device and a method for forming by stamping a curved metal sheet. The device includes a punch made of deformable and substantially non-compressible material, a hammer configured to strike the punch along the longitudinal axis Z. A generator to generate a magnetic field configured to impart on the hammer a speed greater than a predetermined speed in the Z direction. The device further includes a matrix of predetermined shape, approximately rotationally symmetrical about the longitudinal axis Z. The punch is rotationally symmetrical about the longitudinal axis and configured to be disposed in front of the matrix. The punch has a longitudinal dimension in the same order of magnitude as its dimension perpendicular to the longitudinal axis Z.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ADM28 S.ÀR.L
    Inventor: Eran Plau
  • Patent number: 9610903
    Abstract: The cargo mat includes a generally flat bottom surface, a recessed top surface opposing the flat bottom surface, a first pair of parallel, opposing long sides, each long side including a plurality of long side curved portions, and a second pair of parallel, opposing short sides, each short side extending between the first pair of parallel, opposing long sides and including a short side curved portion. The cargo mat further includes a plurality of recessed portions within the recessed top surface of the cargo mat and a plurality of cavities extending from the top surface to the flat bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Khaled Jafar Al-Hasan
  • Patent number: 9579705
    Abstract: Disclosed are a double water pipe manufactured via hydroforming and a method of manufacturing the same. The method includes: inserting an inner pipe into an outer pipe made of steel, the inner pipe being made of a corrosion resistant material selected from among stainless steel, titanium and aluminum, and having a smaller outer diameter than an inner diameter of the outer pipe; placing the outer pipe on a die unit and sealing opposite ends of the die unit with sealing members each having a through-hole connected to a fluid supply unit for supplying a fluid to the inner pipe; supplying the fluid to the inner pipe to perform plastic expansion of the inner pipe and elastic expansion of the outer pipe; and discharging the fluid from the inner pipe to allow frictional coupling between the inner pipe and the outer pipe through elastic restoration of the outer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI STEEL COMPANY
    Inventors: Sung-Pill Park, Kyung-Soo Jin, Yun-Gyu Kim, Man-Been Moon
  • Patent number: 9545657
    Abstract: A method of hydroforming a vehicle rail from an extruded aluminum tube includes the steps of positioning the extruded aluminum tube into a hydroforming die and partially closing the hydroforming die. Next is the step of applying a liquid under a first level of pressure to the extruded aluminum tube in the hydroforming die. This is followed by engaging an inner radius of a bend in the extruded aluminum tube with the hydroforming die before completely closing the hydroforming die and increasing the level of liquid pressure in the workpiece to a second level to form and hydro-pierce a part from the extruded aluminum tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrey M. Ilinich, Stephen Kernosky, Christopher John May, S. George Luckey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9494109
    Abstract: A hanger for suspending a liner within an exhaust duct of a gas turbine engine comprises a bracket, a disk and a rod. The bracket is for connecting to an exhaust duct liner of the gas turbine exhaust system. The disk is slidably engaged with the bracket. The rod is for connecting to an exhaust duct of the gas turbine engine. The rod is pivotably connected to the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George J. Kramer, Stephen K. Kramer
  • Patent number: 9433992
    Abstract: A bulge forming apparatus including a valve, and a forming die connected to the valve, the forming die including a forming chamber, the forming chamber being configured to receive a blank part and having a working surface, a seal disposed between the working surface and the blank part such that a sealed volume is formed between the blank part and the working surface, and a passage disposed through the forming die such that one end of the passage is open to the sealed volume and another end of the passage is coupled to the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Paul J. Tauzer
  • Patent number: 9382875
    Abstract: A hanger for suspending a liner within an exhaust duct of a gas turbine engine comprises a bracket, a washer, a rod and a cap. The bracket is for connection to an exhaust duct liner of a gas turbine exhaust system. The washer is connected to the bracket at a slip joint. The rod is connected to the washer at a ball joint. The cap for is for connecting to an exhaust duct of the gas turbine exhaust system. The cap is connected to the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George J. Kramer, Jeffrey S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9371713
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for monitoring physical parameters in an oil and/or gas well, the apparatus being connectable to a wellhead of the oil and/or gas well. The apparatus comprises a flange assembly configured with a through bore and an end termination, in which through bore a sensor and associated electronics are arranged. The sensor, including a first electronic circuitry, is connected to a second electronic circuitry via transmission devices that are passed through a pressure-tight element arranged in the through bore. The invention also relates to a wellhead for use with an oil and/or gas well with a plurality of casings defining a plurality of annili. The wellhead is configured with a plurality of through-holes, each leading into a respective annulus of the well, and each through-hole is connected to an apparatus as mentioned above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY COMPANY AS
    Inventor: Erling Kleppa
  • Patent number: 9284889
    Abstract: A flexible seal system for a gas turbine engine includes an annular mounting bracket, an annular support bracket, an annular flexible seal and a plurality of mounting spacers. The flexible seal extends axially between a first mounting segment and a second mounting segment. The first mounting segment is connected axially between the mounting bracket and the support bracket, and includes a plurality of mounting apertures that extend axially through the first mounting segment. Each of the mounting spacers is arranged within a respective one of the mounting apertures, and extends axially between the mounting bracket and the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jocelyn C. Damgaard, Steven D. Roberts, Timothy Dale
  • Patent number: 9132906
    Abstract: An aircraft panel, notably a fuselage panel of the aircraft, includes at least one opening equipped with a surround intended to accept a closing-off device that closes off the opening. The panel includes at least one exterior surface. The surround surrounding the opening is fixed to the panel, forming an interface for fitting the closing-off device, and includes at least one lip extending towards the center of the opening. The lip supports the closing-off device. The surround has an external face interposed between the exterior surface of the panel and the closing-off device. The surround includes fixing apparatus which works by gripping the edge of the opening of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Frederic Fort, Laurent Gauthie
  • Patent number: 9127444
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are shown for installing a metal transition end on an open end of a length of plastic pipe having an outer diameter and an inner diameter by placing a stiffener sleeve within the inner diameter of the plastic pipe at a point which is circumscribed by the metal transition end. An actuating sleeve, carried on the draw rod, allows the stiffener sleeve to be installed in a desired location within the open plastic pipe end by using the draw rod to first position the stiffener sleeve in the desired location. The metal transition end is provided with an internal relief groove which accepts any excess plastic material forced past the stiffener sleeve during the installation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Poly Rig Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Leland P. Stukey, Gaylen R. Stukey, Jess Sammann
  • Patent number: 9091376
    Abstract: A unique tube punch forming die assembly and process is disclosed for forming a bead lock on a malleable fluid conveyance tube which provides for the attachment of a fluid connector to the tube. The fluid connector is held in the tube punch forming die constituting a die assembly where a forming groove is machined in the internal cavity of the fluid connector for forming a bead lock within the inside the fluid connector when the punch forming die is compressed into the tube. The tube is first inserted into the punch forming die, then the die is punched to buckle the tube to form a bead lock in the tube inside the fluid connector as the end of the tube held in a cylindrical support ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Michael G. Arn
  • Publication number: 20150114064
    Abstract: Disclosed are a double water pipe manufactured via hydroforming and a method of manufacturing the same. The method includes: inserting an inner pipe into an outer pipe made of steel, the inner pipe being made of a corrosion resistant material selected from among stainless steel, titanium and aluminum, and having a smaller outer diameter than an inner diameter of the outer pipe; placing the outer pipe on a die unit and sealing opposite ends of the die unit with sealing members each having a through-hole connected to a fluid supply unit for supplying a fluid to the inner pipe; supplying the fluid to the inner pipe to perform plastic expansion of the inner pipe and elastic expansion of the outer pipe; and discharging the fluid from the inner pipe to allow frictional coupling between the inner pipe and the outer pipe through elastic restoration of the outer pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Sung-Pill PARK, Kyung-Soo JIN, Yun-Gyu KIM, Man-Been MOON
  • Patent number: 8978432
    Abstract: A method for hydroforming a tubular blank comprising the steps of at least partially closing the die portions of a die about a tubular blank, introducing a hydraulic fluid into the tubular blank at a first pressure, substantially closing the die portions about the tubular blank, partially opening the die while at least initially maintaining the pressure of the hydraulic fluid, and substantially closing the die portions at least a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Christianson, Murray Mason
  • Patent number: 8966950
    Abstract: A method of reinforcing a part formed from a sheet metal panel that has a predetermined area that requires reinforcement by forming a grid pattern of V-shaped channels in the predetermined area. The grid pattern may be formed by wire electrodes in an electro-hydraulic forming tool having a one-sided die. Alternatively, the grid pattern may be formed by a plurality of electrodes that are arranged in an array that is aligned in at least two directions on the opposite side of the part from the one-sided die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sergey Fedorovich Golovashchenko, John Joseph Francis Bonnen
  • Patent number: 8919165
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a reclosable metal can includes a flexible bladder that receives pressure from at least one end. The bladder is received in movable dies that selectively open and close about the bladder, and more particularly about a metal body received between the bladder and die. The die preferably includes thread or lug profile cavities for forming circumferentially spaced thread lugs in the can body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dayton Systems Group Inc.
    Inventor: Steven T. Cook
  • Patent number: 8919164
    Abstract: A forming tool apparatus is provided for forming an article having a negative draft angle that locks the formed article within the forming tool. An insert, which is disposed within a recess defined in a forming surface of the forming tool, has a surface that cooperates with the forming surface of the forming tool to shape a metal blank into a desired final shape. In particular, the surface of the insert is shaped to define the negative draft angle feature of the formed article. Subsequent to forming the article, a linear-drive mechanism is activated to withdraw the insert away from the formed article, and thereby unlock the formed article from the tool. The formed article is then extracted from the tool along an extraction direction that is other than parallel to the direction along which the insert is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Shulkin, William A. Kokosza, Maximilian Amtmann, Aldo Van Gelder
  • Patent number: 8910500
    Abstract: An end plunger for end feeding during a hydroforming process (such as tube hydroforming) has at least one releasable seal. The effect of the releasable seal is that it avoids pressurizing the blank in a nip area, thereby reducing friction and wear, and allowing increased end feeding with a given end feeding force. The releasable seal may be actuable, for sealing or releasing. The plunger may be modular or monolithic. A kit and method may incorporate the end plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventors: Javad Gholipour Baradari, Priti Wanjara, Eugen Marius Banu, Horatiu Daniel Chiriac
  • Patent number: 8888448
    Abstract: A method for manufacture of a compressor housing which is resistant to a titanium fire (burning titanium). A circular blank made of steel, or steel alloy, or superalloy which is incombustible in the presence of a titanium fire is hydroformed against a circular blank made from titanium or titanium alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Snecma
    Inventors: Laurent Ferrer, Claude Marcel Mons
  • Publication number: 20140332630
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of making a structure by ultrasonic welding and superplastic forming. The method comprises assembling a plurality of workpieces comprising a first workpiece including a first material having superplastic characteristics; ultrasonically welding the first workpiece to a second workpiece, to form an assembly; heating the assembly to a temperature at which the first material having superplastic characteristics is capable of superplastic deformation, and injecting a fluid between the first workpiece and the second workpiece to form a cavity between the first workpiece and the second workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin SLATTERY
  • Publication number: 20140255718
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of making a structure by ultrasonic welding and superplastic forming. The method comprises assembling a plurality of workpieces comprising a first workpiece including a first material having superplastic characteristics; ultrasonically welding the first workpiece to a second workpiece, to form an assembly; heating the assembly to a temperature at which the first material having superplastic characteristics is capable of superplastic deformation, and injecting a fluid between the first workpiece and the second workpiece to form a cavity between the first workpiece and the second workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8826712
    Abstract: A pressure sequence hydro-forming method is used to form an extruded structural tube. The extruded structural tube is placed in a hydro-forming die that is partially closed to compress the tube. The tube is filled with a hydro-forming liquid at a first pressure. The hydro-forming die is then closed and the pressure of the hydroforming fluid is increased as the hydro-forming die is fully closed. The pressure is increased to a second level of pressure to shape the tube into the desired part shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. George Luckey, Jr., Kiran Kumar Mallela
  • Patent number: 8814528
    Abstract: A production method enables use of ultrasonic forming but does not leave a bonding face in a final product. One cuts into a plate member having a first side face and a second side face from the first side face toward the second side face to form a slit that does not reach the second side face; seals lips of the slit to leave an opening; causes superplastic forming of the plate member by pressurizing the plate member in a mold with gas through the opening; and cuts out a portion including the sealed lips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 8806911
    Abstract: A keyboard cover fabrication method for making a keyboard cover by processing a metal sheet material into a shaped metal component having protrusions and then cutting off a top part of each protrusion of the shaped metal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Chi-Jui Huang
  • Publication number: 20140123720
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing tailored sheet-metal strips, in which at least one sheet-metal strip having a substantially planar surface is integrally connected along its longitudinal edge to at least one further web-shaped semifinished product made of metal, wherein the at least one further web-shaped semifinished product differs from the at least one sheet-metal strip in terms of at least one of its properties, and wherein the at least one sheet-metal strip and the at least one further web-shaped semifinished product are fed continuously to at least one joining station, characterized in that a web-shaped semifinished product having a three-dimensional structure, a hollow profile and/or a multiplicity of recesses and/or holes in succession along its longitudinal edge is used as the at least one further web-shaped semifinished product which is fed to the joining station. An apparatus for carrying out the method is furthermore claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: WISCO LASERTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard ALBER, Martin RETZBACH
  • Patent number: 8713982
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for explosive forming of workpieces, comprising an ignition chamber and an ignition mechanism, wherein an explosive agent can be ignited at an ignition location in the ignition chamber using the ignition mechanism, and an ignition chamber outlet is provided, to be improved such that the ignition mechanism has a longer service life. The aim is achieved by a device wherein an impact breaker is provided in the propagation path (37) of the detonation wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Stranz, Alexander Zak