Comprising Significant Fuse Link Or Element Structure Or Arrangement Patents (Class 337/159)
  • Patent number: 11251008
    Abstract: An electrical cartridge fuse including a cylindrical housing, first and second terminals coupled to the cylindrical housing, and a fuse element inside the housing and interconnected between the first and second terminals. The fuse element has a main body having at least five openings formed therein in a single line along a longitudinal axis of the fuse element, a guide element formed on a first end of the main body, and a hanger element formed on the second end of the main body. The cartridge fuse has a package size of about 6×32 mm and a voltage rating of at least 500 VADC, a 20 kA IR Rating, a current rating of 12 A to 30 A and a defined opening time at 100% rated current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Ramdev Kanapady, Xavier Ching
  • Patent number: 11152180
    Abstract: The invention concerns a fuse box, comprising a busbar (6) and at least one fuse (8) connected to the busbar, each fuse including two opposite end portions (8A, 8B) and a central portion (82), at least the central portion of each fuse and a section of the busbar being encapsulated in a plastic coating layer. The central portion (82) includes a part (84) of reduced cross-section. The two end portions (8A, 8B) include two respective electrical connectors (81A, 81B), and at least the two electrical connectors (81A, 81B) of each fuse (8) are not encapsulated in the plastic coating layer, so that a new fuse (12) can be connected between the two electrical connectors (81A, 81B) in replacement of a blown fuse (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rémi Barrellon, Christophe Hybord
  • Patent number: 11127555
    Abstract: A fuse includes a fuse element extending along an axis, the fuse element including two terminals and a melt portion arranged between the two terminals, a casing that accommodates the melt portion and an arc-extinguishing material, the casing including an outer circumferential surface and two end surfaces, the casing being an assembly of at least two segments, and a molded body made of plastic, the molded body including two covers that respectively cover the two end surfaces and including one or more coupling portions that couple the two covers to each other, the two covers and the one or more coupling portions being integrally molded. The casing includes one or more exposed portions on the outer circumferential surface, the one or more exposed portions being exposed without being covered by the coupling portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Ide, Kunihiro Iwata
  • Patent number: 11094630
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a semiconductor device including an electrically programmable fuse includes forming conductive material within one or more openings formed through a dielectric material disposed on a first electrode, and forming one or more second electrodes by planarizing the conductive material. Forming the conductive material includes forming one or more voids encapsulated by the conductive material such that the one or more voids have boundaries defined in part by portions of the conductive material corresponding to fuse links disposed between the one or more voids and the dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Juntao Li, Chih-Chao Yang
  • Patent number: 11050124
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a battery module, a busbar and a busbar assembly thereof. The busbar comprises a first connecting portion, a second connecting portion and a first main portion. The first connecting portion is connected to a first battery of the battery module, the second connecting portion is connected to a second battery. The first main portion connects the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion, and the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion are positioned at the same side of the first main portion in a transverse direction. The first connecting portion and the second connecting portion are spaced from each other in a longitudinal direction, and a first slit is formed between the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion. The first main portion is provided with a first notch, the first notch is communicated with the first slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuqun Zeng, Fenggang Zhao, Shengtian Cai, Yangzhi Huang, Chuanlian Chen, Daohui Liu
  • Patent number: 11043344
    Abstract: An embodiment of an arc flash reduction maintenance system includes a pyrotechnic disconnect module and an overcurrent protection device connected to the pyrotechnic disconnect module. A control line is connected to the at least one pyrotechnic disconnect module and in parallel with one of the pyrotechnic disconnect module and the overcurrent protection device. The control line provides a self-generating control signal to cause the pyrotechnic disconnect module to electrically isolate the overcurrent protection device. A switch is located in the control line to selectively enable or disable at least one arc flash reduction maintenance system mode in the control line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Patrick Alexander von zur Muehlen, Michael Henricks, Vinicius Marcilli Petroni
  • Patent number: 10806026
    Abstract: A fusible via is disclosed. The fusible via includes an upper contact. The fusible via further includes a handle portion having a first end and a second end. The upper contact is disposed on the first end of the handle portion. The handle portion comprises an alloy and a blowing agent. The alloy melts above a predefined solder reflow temperature but below a thermal degradation temperature of the blowing agent. The fusible via further includes a lower contact disposed on the second end of the handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew S. Doyle, Joseph Kuczynski, Jeffrey N. Judd, Scott D. Strand, Timothy J. Tofil
  • Patent number: 10798784
    Abstract: The present teachings disclose a wire mesh heater including: a wire mesh element having a surface area including a non-contact area and a contact area along at least 50% of a wire mesh element length; a primary conductor including a slit having a contact surface, wherein the contact area contacts the contact surface to provide an electrical connection between the wire mesh element and the primary conductor. In some embodiments, the primary conductor is welded to the wire mesh element, wherein the contact area contacts the contact surface to provide an electrical connection between the wire mesh element and the primary conductor. In some embodiments, an elastic is stretched and secured tautly under tension prior to operation of the wire mesh heater, and the elastic keeps the wire mesh element tautly under tension during operation of the wire mesh heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: De Luca Oven Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas P. De Luca, Andrew Perkins
  • Patent number: 10725088
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating the lifetime of a surge protective device (SPD) using the discharge characteristics of a metal oxide varistor (MOV) includes an MOV having an input terminal and an output terminal; an impulse voltage application unit applying an impulse voltage for MOV test to the input terminal of the MOV; a discharge current measurement unit; a first switching unit connecting a power line to the input terminal of the MOV; a second switching unit connecting a ground line to the output terminal of the MOV in the normal mode and selectively connecting the discharge current measurement unit in the MOV test mode; an MOV test management unit providing information; a discharge current check unit generating an MOV abnormal signal; and an MOV state display unit displaying an MOV abnormal signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sunkwang Lightning Protection Technical Institute Inc.
    Inventors: Dong-Jin Kim, Won-Sung Kwon, Yong-Su Kim, Jae-Hyo Park, Kyung-Hoon Jang, Kwang-Yeop Jang, Dong-Hyun Kim, Sang-Won Seo, Byeong-U Kim, Hee-Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10707043
    Abstract: A fuse device and a fuse element having excellent rapid blowout properties and excellent insulation properties after blowout even in a size-reduced fuse device are provided. A fuse element constitutes a current path of a fuse device and blows out due to self-generated heat when a rating-exceeding current flows, a length W in a width direction perpendicular to a conduction direction being greater than a total length L in the conduction direction in the fuse element. In particular, the fuse element includes a low melting point metal layer and a high melting point metal layer, the low melting point metal layer eroding the high melting point metal layer when current flows to cause blowout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10650998
    Abstract: Power fuses having filler material including hydrated zeolite material facilitates increasing power density of electrical fuses in reduced package sizes. The hydrated zeolite material releases water to cool and suppress electrical arcing conditions experienced in higher power circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Stephen Douglass, Sidharta Wiryana, Duren Huang, Dacheng Feng, Calvin Yang
  • Patent number: 10600602
    Abstract: A fuse element capable of surface-mounting and capable of increased ratings while maintaining high-speed blowout property; and a fuse device using the same. A fuse element blown by self-generated heat caused when a rate-exceeding current flows therethrough constitutes a current path of a fuse device and has a low melting point metal layer and a high melting point metal layer laminated onto the low melting point metal layer; when the current flows therethrough, the low melting point metal layer erodes the high melting point metal layer and blowout occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yoneda, Chisato Komori, Kazutaka Furuta, Yasushi Utsunomiya
  • Patent number: 10490380
    Abstract: A relay (100) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Baotong Yao, Zhichao Li
  • Patent number: 10269523
    Abstract: The present invention aims to achieve a Pb-free protection element by using a layered body including a high melting point metal layer and a low melting point metal layer. A protection element includes an insulating substrate, a heating body, an insulating member, two electrodes, a heating body extraction electrode, and a fusible conductor. Furthermore, the fusible conductor includes a layered body including at least a high melting point metal layer and a low melting point metal layer, and the low melting point metal layer is melted by a heat generated by the heating body, whereby, while eroding the high melting point metal layer, the low melting point metal layer is drawn close to the side of the two electrodes and the heating body extraction electrode, and fused, the two electrodes and the heating body extraction electrode each having high wettability for the low melting point metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10164300
    Abstract: A sensing circuit, a vehicular battery pack using a sensing circuit, a method of protecting a circuit with a fuse and a method of providing battery power to a vehicle. The sensing circuit includes the fuse, which is made up of a main element and a sensing element such that the sensing element defines a pre-open detection capability through at least one of a dissimilar geometric profile or a different material choice from that of the main element. The sensing circuit also includes an electrical connector between one or more battery cells and an electronic control module so that the circuit provides indicia of the fusing event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: John J. Lee, Leonard B. Cantrell, Yue Fan
  • Patent number: 10134556
    Abstract: An improved fuse element for use in a circuit protection fuse. The fuse element may include an insulating substrate portion and a conductive metallic portion disposed on at least one surface of the insulating substrate portion, wherein the metallic portion extends along, and is in continuous, intimate contact with the substrate portion. When the metallic portion melts and separates upon the occurrence of an overcurrent condition, the substrate portion bridges the resulting gap that is formed in the metallic portion and provides electrical arc suppression therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Zheng, Style Liu, Marko Arciaga, Anthony Minervini
  • Patent number: 10090509
    Abstract: The present invention provides a protection device which includes: a PTC laminar element which is formed of an insulation resin and has at least one throughhole; electrically conductive metal thin layers which are positioned on each of main surfaces of the laminar element, and a fuse layer which is positioned on a side surface defining at least one of said at least one throughhole and electrically connects the electrically conductive metal thin layers which are positioned on each of main surfaces of the laminar element. The protection device of the present invention allows a larger amount of a current to flow therethrough and can provide a protection from an excessive current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Littelfuse Japan G.K.
    Inventors: Arata Tanaka, Hisashi Usui, Keiichiro Nomura
  • Patent number: 10008356
    Abstract: To achieve a Pb-free protection element, a layered body including a high melting point metal layer and a low melting point metal layer is provided. The protection element includes an insulating substrate, a heating body, an insulating member, two electrodes, a heating body extraction electrode, and a fusible conductor. Furthermore, the fusible conductor includes a layered body including at least a high melting point metal layer and a low melting point metal layer, and the low melting point metal layer is melted by a heat generated by the heating body. While eroding the high melting point metal layer, the low melting point metal layer is drawn close to the side of the two electrodes and the heating body extraction electrode, and fused, the two electrodes and the heating body extraction electrode each having high wettability for the low melting point metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Yoneda
  • Patent number: 9837236
    Abstract: A high-voltage direct-current thermal fuse, includes a high-voltage low-current thermal fuse connected to a high-voltage direct-current circuit. The high-voltage low-current thermal fuse includes a casing, fusible alloy wires, and two leads extending out of the casing. The fusible alloy wires are connected between the two leads. One of the leads is sequentially sleeved with an arc extinguishing sleeve and a spring. One end of the arc extinguishing sleeve is in contact with the fusible alloy wires; and the other end of the arc extinguishing sleeve is in contact with the spring. One end of the spring is connected to the internal end face of the casing; and the spring is in a compressed state. The high-voltage direct-current thermal fuse further includes a conventional thermal fuse connected in parallel to the high-voltage low-current thermal fuse; or further includes a current fuse connected in series with the high-voltage low-current thermal fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: XIAMEN SET ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yaoxiang Hong, Yousheng Xu, Zhonghou Xu
  • Patent number: 9779904
    Abstract: A chip type fuse excellent in resistance to climate conditions, where the fuse is able to operate stably under high temperature and high humidity environments. The fuse includes an insulative substrate; an under-glass layer formed on the insulative substrate; a fuse element formed on the under-glass layer; a pair of electrodes formed at both end sides of the fuse element; and an over-glass layer covering at least a fusing section of the fuse element; wherein the fuse element includes a layer where a first metal layer and a second metal layer are piled up, and a barrier layer consisting of a third metal layer, which covers the first metal layer and the second metal layer with a width that is wider than the width of the first metal layer and the second metal layer. The third metal layer overwraps the second metal layer and the first metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KOA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Ishikawa, Hiroshi Ichikawa, Chika Ito
  • Patent number: 9767974
    Abstract: A short-circuit shutdown switch is disclosed having a load current path and a cutting plunger. The load current path has a separating member with a first predetermined cutting zone, a second predetermined cutting zone, and a central section positioned between the first predetermined cutting zone and the second predetermined cutting zone. The cutting plunger is positioned to cut the first predetermined cutting zone and the second predetermined cutting zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Albert Koetter, Titus Ziegler, Thomas Hahnel, Rene Wagner, Uwe Kramer, Christian Maranke
  • Patent number: 9722237
    Abstract: A secondary battery having improved safety includes an electrode assembly, a case, and a cap assembly. The electrode assembly has first and second non-coating portions. The case accommodates the electrode assembly. The cap assembly includes a cap plate coupled to the case, and first and second collector plates. In the secondary battery, the first and second non-coating portions and the first and second collector plates are connected or coupled by first and second lead tabs, respectively, and the first and/or second lead tabs include a fuse portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Hyung Guen, Yong-Chul Seo
  • Patent number: 9640352
    Abstract: An overvoltage protection device comprises at least one overvoltage protection unit having at least one contact lug as well as a mechanical disconnection apparatus that is activated in the event of a thermal overload. The mechanical disconnection apparatus comprises a connection element that can be moved from a closed position to a current-interrupting or voltage-disconnecting position by a slider that is preloaded by spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DEHN + SÖHNE GmbH + Co.KG
    Inventors: Richard Daum, Sascha Ludewig
  • Patent number: 9577240
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module capable of ensuring safety in use by breaking a bus bar when an overcurrent flows at the battery module. The battery module includes at least one unit cell, a case for accommodating the unit cell, and a bus bar electrically connected to the unit cell, wherein the bus bar includes a first metal plate, a second metal plate spaced apart from the first metal plate, and a metal bridge configured to connect the first metal plate and the second metal plate and having a lower melting point than the metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-Seok Choi, Jin-Kyu Lee, Tae-Hwan Roh, Seung-Don Choi, Seong-Tae Kim, Tae-Hyuck Kim, Jung-Hoon Yang, Min-Chul Jang, In-Cheol Shin, Dal-Mo Kang
  • Patent number: 9577241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for preventing overcharge of a battery, and more particularly, to an apparatus for preventing overcharge of a battery, which interrupts power of the battery by inducing a fracture of a busbar to prevent overcharge and to this end, provided is an apparatus for preventing overcharge of a battery, including: a battery cell; an electrode tab extended from both sides of the battery cell and constituted by a negative tab and a positive tab; and a busbar connecting the negative tab and the positive tab, wherein the busbar has a cut part fractured by expansion of the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang Youl Choi
  • Patent number: 9502815
    Abstract: An electrical connector is disclosed having a terminal housing and a female type terminal positioned in the terminal housing. The terminal housing has a first terminal housing, and a second terminal housing positioned independent from the first terminal housing. The female type terminal has a first female terminal, second female terminal, and a coupling member. The first female terminal is positioned in the first terminal housing and is electrically connected to a first male terminal. The second female terminal is positioned in the second terminal housing and is electrically connected to a second male terminal. The coupling member connects the first female terminal to the second female terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuro Akiguchi, Kazuhiko Ueda, Natsuki Nozawa, Hitoshi Ozaki, Masao Noguchi, Arata Harada
  • Patent number: 9484175
    Abstract: A fuse circuit assembly (1) includes: a linking plate (11) configured to carry a current input from an input part (14), the linking plate (11) having a shape tapered with distance from the input part (14) in a flow direction of the current input from the input part (14); a plurality of fusible members (12) each configured to be fused by a current of a predetermined magnitude flowing through each fusible member (12); and a plurality of terminals (13) connected to the linking plate (11) through the plurality of fusible members (12) from locations of the linking plate (11) positioned at intervals in the flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Onoda
  • Patent number: 9460878
    Abstract: A fuse unit comprising a resin housing formed by insulator, a circuit body formed by conductor, molded integrally with the resin housing and branching and transferring electricity from a power source side to a load side, and a fusible body provided on the circuit body and fusing at overcurrent to the load side; the circuit body is formed by a block side circuit body connected to the power source side, and a block side terminal body connected to the load side, a block side first connection end to which one side of the fusible body is detachably connected is formed on the block side circuit body, and a block side second connection end to which the other side of the fusible body is detachably connected is formed on the block side terminal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Totsuka, Toshiko Masuda
  • Patent number: 9425009
    Abstract: An electronic control device includes a substrate, a plurality of component-mounted wires disposed on the substrate, a plurality of electronic components mounted on the respective component-mounted wires, a common wire disposed on the substrate and coupled with each of the electronic components, an interrupt wire coupled between one of the component-mounted wires and the common wire, a connection wire via which the interrupt wire is coupled with one of the common wire and the one of the component-mounted wires, and a solder disposed between each of the electronic components and a corresponding one of the component-mounted wires and having a lower melting point than the interrupt wire. The interrupt wire is configured to melt in accordance with heat generated by an overcurrent so as to interrupt a coupling between the one of the component-mounted wires and the common wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Itabashi, Yuuki Mikami, Takahiko Furuta, Ryoichi Shiraishi, Hiroaki Nakamura, Shigeki Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9035740
    Abstract: A circuit protecting element includes insulating substrate (11), a pair of surface electrodes (12) provided to both ends of a top face of insulating substrate (11), element (13) bridging the pair of surface electrodes (12) and electrically connected to the pair of surface electrodes (12), base layer (14) formed between element (13) and insulating substrate (11), and insulating layer (15) covering element (13). Base layer (14) is formed of a mixture of diatom earth and silicone resin. The structure discussed above allows stabilizing the blowout characteristics of the circuit protecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Washizaki, Toshiyuki Iwao, Takashi Kitamura, Takashi Watanabe, Naohiro Mikamoto, Masahito Fuchigami, Kazutoshi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9007164
    Abstract: The present invention provides a complex type fusible link which includes an insulative block base including a plurality of cavities; a conductive connecting plate which is integrally embedded in the insulative block base, a part of the conductive connecting plate being exposed to at least one of the cavities; a plurality of fusible elements each of which is accommodated in corresponding one of the cavities and includes a first end which is connected to the part of the conductive connecting plate and a second end; and a plurality of terminals each of which is integrally embedded in the insulative block base and includes a first end which is connected to the second end of corresponding one of the fusible elements and a second end which is exposed from the insulative block base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Iwata, Norio Matsumura, Tatsuya Aoki, Kenya Takii
  • Patent number: 8947192
    Abstract: A fusible link unit includes a conductive bus-bar having a fusible portion, a resin housing molded integrally with the bus-bar and including a locking projection, and an exposing window portion for exposing the fusible portion, such that the resin cover is capable of being locked to the locking projection so as to cover the fusible portion, where a half-fitting prevention projection is provided at a periphery of the exposing window portion to prevent half-fitting while suppressing an increase in projection costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Mami Nohara
  • Patent number: 8937524
    Abstract: A surface mount fuse in one embodiment includes an insulative body, first and second conductive and caps attached to the insulative body, each end cap defining an aperture, and a fuse element extending (i) through the insulative body and the apertures and (ii) along outside surfaces of the first and second conductive end caps in such a way that solder used to attach the first and second conductive end caps to an external medium also fastens the fuse element to the first and second end caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventors: Conrado de Leon, Gordon T. Dietsch, Edgardo Olan, John Emannuel Semana, John Song, Stephen J. Whitney
  • Patent number: 8922328
    Abstract: An electrical fuse structure includes a top conductive pattern having a top fuse and a top fuse extension portion, a bottom conductive pattern having a bottom fuse and a bottom fuse extension portion corresponding to the top fuse extension portion, and a via conductive layer positioned between the top fuse extension portion and the bottom fuse extension portion for electrically connecting the top fuse extension portion and the bottom fuse extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Kuei-Sheng Wu, Ching-Hsiang Tseng, Chang-Chien Wong
  • Patent number: 8890648
    Abstract: A connecting element for a secondary battery is installed along a path of current flowing through a secondary battery to electrically connect components and includes a first metal plate having a first protrusion formed to protrude at one side end thereof from the center portion with respect to a direction along the thickness of the first metal plate, a second metal plate located spaced apart from the first metal plate with a gap being formed therebetween and having a second protrusion formed to protrude at one side end thereof from the center portion with respect to a direction along the thickness of the second metal plate and configured to face the first protrusion, and an alloy bridge made of alloy material having a melting point lower than those of the first metal plate and the second metal plate and formed to fill the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Hoon Yang, Young-Suk Cho, Seung-Don Choi
  • Patent number: 8749020
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure is provided. The integrated circuit structure includes a semiconductor substrate; a dielectric layer over the semiconductor substrate; a metal fuse in the dielectric layer; a dummy pattern adjacent the metal fuse; and a metal line in the dielectric layer, wherein a thickness of the metal fuse is substantially less than a thickness of the metal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsien-Wei Chen, Hao-Yi Tsai, Shin-Puu Jeng, Shih-Hsun Hsu
  • Patent number: 8686536
    Abstract: An embodiment is a fuse structure. In accordance with an embodiment, a fuse structure comprises an anode, a cathode, a fuse link interposed between the anode and the cathode, and cathode connectors coupled to the cathode. The cathode connectors are each equivalent to or larger than about two times a minimum feature size of a contact that couples to an active device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shien-Yang Wu, Wei-Chan Kung
  • Patent number: 8686825
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are related to oxidative opening switches and related methods, amongst other things. In an embodiment, the invention includes a switch assembly including a first terminal, a second terminal, and an oxidative switch element in electrical communication with the first terminal and the second terminal, the switch element comprising a conductive material and an oxidizer, the switch element configured to interrupt electrical communication between the first terminal and the second terminal as a result of an oxidation reaction between the conductive material and the oxidizer. In an embodiment, the invention includes a fast opening switch for pulse power applications. Other aspects and embodiments are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: JPA, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard F. Johnson, Randy Berg, Stanley E. Wood
  • Patent number: 8633795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermal fuse in a circuit structure, particularly a punched grid, having a plurality of circuit areas, having the circuit structure with connections sites (9) and having a fusible element (3), which is electrically and mechanically connected to the connection sites (9) of the circuit structure, a material of the fusible element (3) having a melting point, in order to melt at an ambient temperature greater than the melting point, such that material of the fusible element (3) collects at the connection sites (9) and the electrical connection formed by the fusible element (3) breaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Knab, Georg Schulze-Icking-Konert, Thomas Mohr, Stefan Kotthaus, Nikolas Haberl, Stefan Stampfer, Michael Mueller
  • Patent number: 8629749
    Abstract: The fuse assembly contains a first casing member with a first chamber, and a second casing member with a second chamber. An enclosed space is thereby formed by joining the first and second casing members together. A disconnection member is sandwiched between the first and second casing members. The disconnection member contains two electrodes and a fuse element between the two electrodes. Each electrode contains a first lateral section, a vertical section, and a second lateral section, jointly and integrally forming a C-like shape. The electrodes are positioned at two opposing ends of the second casing member and the fuse element is housed in the enclosed space. The enclosed space allows the fuse element to break off completely, thereby avoiding electrical arc and achieving enhanced usage safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Hung-Chih Chiu
  • Patent number: 8587401
    Abstract: A fuse includes an upper shell, a lower shell and a cavity formed by the upper shell and the lower shell; first and second conductors which are respectively disposed between the upper shell and the lower shell. The first ends of each conductors are disposed in the cavity and form a clearance. The second ends of the conductors extend out from the cavity. A conductive bar is welded to the first and second conductors to form a first weld line and a second weld line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: BYD Company Limited
    Inventors: Zhiwei Tong, Qing Lai, Jianhua Zhu
  • Patent number: 8471670
    Abstract: A fusible link unit includes a fuse busbar and a housing. The fuse busbar includes a first busbar having a first input connecting portion; a second busbar having a second input connecting portion; and a fusible element provided between the first busbar and the second busbar. The housing is provided with the fuse busbar. The fusible element is configured to melt down when a current of a predetermined value is conducted therethrough. The first input connecting portion and the second input connecting portion are formed into the same shape. The first and second input connecting portions are passed through inserting holes, which are provided on both end portions of the housing, and are projected outwards. The housing is formed symmetrical transversely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8339235
    Abstract: An electric component includes: an insulating housing; a conductive member inserted into the housing until hitting a stop provided by the housing, the conductive member configured to mate with a conductive portion of a device that mates with the electrical component, the mating device thereby applying a force to the conductive portion, the conductive member including a wall, the wall defining a projection that is at least substantially coplanar with the wall; and wherein the housing includes a catch that flexes when the conductive member is inserted into the housing to allow the projection to move past the catch so that the conductive member can hit the stop, at which point the catch unflexes into locking engagement with the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: James J. Beckert, Stephen R. Shierry
  • Patent number: 8289123
    Abstract: A fused conductor includes a first conductor portion, a second conductor portion, and a fuse element in electrical communication with the first and second conductor portions via at least one dual metal wire, the fuse element protected by a glass body bonded chemically to the dual metal wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Whitney, Gordon Todd Dietsch, Christian Garcia, Daniel Onken, Janus Pagharion, Phil Shaw, Robert G. Swensen
  • Patent number: 8258913
    Abstract: A fuse element includes a first conductive part and a second conductive part, and a fusible body which electrically connect the first conductive part and the second conductive part, and fuses when an overcurrent flows itself. The fusible body is formed in a plate shape. The fusible body has a first connection portion, a second connection portion and a fusing member, both ends of the fusing member being connected to the first connection portion and the second connection portion respectively. The fusing member is displaced from the first connection portion and the second connection portion in a first direction being intersect with a second direction in which the first and second connection portions are arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Matsumura
  • Patent number: 8179224
    Abstract: The overcurrent protection structure according to the present invention mainly comprises a fusible fuse structure unit disposed in a coating, and the both ends of the fusible fuse structure unit extend outwardly beyond the coating and form a first electrode and a second electrode. In the manufacturing process, the gas-assisted injection molding process enables at least one space for accommodating gas disposed between the fusible fuse structure unit and the coating such that the heat generated by the electrically energized the fusible fuse structure unit will not dissipate through the heat conduction of the coating in order to ensure that it will blow at high temperature when reaching a specific current or a specific temperature and the circuit protection effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Chun-Chang Yen
  • Patent number: 8080861
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes an electric fuse and first and second large area wirings for applying a voltage to the electric fuse. The electric fuse includes a fuse unit which includes an upper-layer fuse wiring, a lower-layer fuse wiring, and a via connecting the upper-layer fuse wiring and the lower-layer fuse wiring, an upper-layer lead-out wiring which connects the upper-layer fuse wiring and the first large area wiring and has a bent pattern, and a lower-layer lead-out wiring which connects the lower-layer fuse wiring and the second large area wiring and has a bent pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tsuda, Yoshitaka Kubota, Hiromichi Takaoka
  • Patent number: 8076760
    Abstract: The invention includes semiconductor fuse arrangements containing an electrically conductive plate over and in electrical contact with a plurality of electrically conductive links. Each of the links contacts the electrically conductive plate as a separate region relative to the other links, and the region where a link makes contact to the electrically conductive plate is a fuse. The invention also includes methods of forming semiconductor fuse arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Montgomery Manning
  • Patent number: 7994892
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are related to oxidative opening switches and related methods, amongst other things. In an embodiment, the invention includes a switch assembly including a first terminal, a second terminal, and an oxidative switch element in electrical communication with the first terminal and the second terminal, the switch element comprising a conductive material and an oxidizer, the switch element configured to interrupt electrical communication between the first terminal and the second terminal as a result of an oxidation reaction between the conductive material and the oxidizer. In an embodiment, the invention includes a fast opening switch for pulse power applications. Other aspects and embodiments are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventors: Richard F. Johnson, Randy Berg, Stanley E. Wood
  • Patent number: 7986212
    Abstract: A fuse includes: a first connecting terminal to be connected to a power source; a second connecting terminal to be connected to a load; a third connecting terminal to be connected to a relay control circuit; a fuse element having one end to be connected to the first connecting terminal; and a semiconductor relay directly mounted on the second connecting terminal. The semiconductor relay is a relay circuit switching between conducting and non-conducting states of a connection between its own drain and source electrodes, according to control signals inputted to the own gate electrode. The drain, source and gate electrodes are electrically connected to the other end of the fuse element, the second connecting terminal and the third connecting terminal, respectively. The first to third connecting terminals, the fuse element and the semiconductor relay are formed in an integral structure with a mold resin sealing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Ueno, Katsuyuki Iwasaki, Teppei Doi, Hiromichi Hanaoka