Structurally Combined With Building Or Vehicle Patents (Class 361/216)
  • Patent number: 10234816
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion, a housing, and a cover member. The image forming portion is configured to form an image. The housing supports the image forming portion and has conductivity. The cover member includes a handle having conductivity and is opened when maintenance of the image forming portion is carried out. In the image forming apparatus, when the cover member is in a closed state, the handle is separated from the housing by a distance larger than a predetermined particular distance, and during a process of the cover member being opened and transitioning from the closed state to an open state, the handle contacts or comes close to the housing so as to be separated from it by a distance equal to or smaller than the particular distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naruyuki Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10196959
    Abstract: A vehicle engine exhaust system includes an exhaust component and a non-conductive support member. The exhaust component is supported by a vehicle body via the non-conductive support member. The vehicle body and the exhaust component are positively charged. The vehicle engine exhaust system further includes a self discharge type static electricity eliminator that reduces, in a state where the self discharge type static electricity eliminator is installed on a non-conductive wall surface, an amount of electrification charge on the non-conductive wall surface within a limited area around a location where the self discharge type static electricity eliminator is installed. The self discharge type static electricity eliminator is installed on the non-conductive support member such that static electricity elimination is performed for the exhaust component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Tanahashi, Yoji Kanehara, Koshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9955562
    Abstract: An engine comprising an engine body and a nonconductive engine part attached to the engine body which are positively charged. A self-discharge type static eliminator is provided which, if placed on the nonconductive engine part, can lower the amount of carried charge on the wall surface of the nonconductive engine part in a limited range centered about the location of the placement of the static eliminator. The self-discharge type static eliminator is placed on the outer wall surface of the connecting part of the engine part to the engine body to whereby eliminate a static electricity from the engine body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Tanahashi, Yoji Kanehara, Koshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9809324
    Abstract: Specified is a lightning protection layer for an aircraft. The lightning protection layer has a first stratum and a second stratum. The second stratum is coupled to the first stratum along a connecting surface. The first stratum has a metal foil and the second stratum has carbon allotropes. It is thus made possible that damage to a structure of the aircraft by lightning strike is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Karch, Juergen Steinwandel
  • Patent number: 8922970
    Abstract: A lightning protection system is provided, typically for use on an outer surface of an aircraft, which includes the use of a lightning protection sheet that includes an electrically conductive film patterned into a plurality of hill features. The lightning protection sheet may additionally include an electrically non-conductive discriminator layer over the electrically conductive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Larry S. Hebert
  • Publication number: 20140240887
    Abstract: A charge neutralization system is provided. The charge neutralization system includes a reservoir, a plasma generator and a flow restricting transfer line. The reservoir is configured to hold matter to be ionized under pressure. The plasma generator is configured and arranged to create a neutral energy plasma on a vehicle from the matter to be ionized. The flow restricting transfer line provides a fluid communication between the reservoir and the plasma generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: John S. Canham
  • Patent number: 8760838
    Abstract: A lightning protection system is provided, typically for use on an outer surface of an aircraft, which includes the use of a lightning protection sheet that includes an electrically conductive film and at least one patterned, electrically non-conductive discriminator layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Larry S. Hebert
  • Publication number: 20140139967
    Abstract: The invention relates to an earthing element for the filler pipe of a motor vehicle, and also to a mouthpiece on a filler pipe of a motor vehicle. The earthing element is in the form of an earthing strap (7) which is composed of an electrically conductive polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Kautex Testron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jörg Koith
  • Patent number: 8651413
    Abstract: A lightning-protection fastener is provided that is capable of reliably preventing peeling off of an insulation layer during the operation of an aircraft and improving the anti-lightning-strike capability and reliability. There is a lightning-protection fastener that fastens a skin of an aircraft and a structural member positioned inside the skin, in which an insulation layer is melt adhered so as to cover one end surface of a head portion and also to mechanically engage with a fastener-side engagement portion (engagement portion) formed on the end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    Inventors: Masahiro Kashiwagi, Yuichiro Kamino, Kazuyuki Oguri, Takeyasu Tarumi, Masahiro Bessho, Hideo Yamakoshi, Naomoto Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8634177
    Abstract: Provided is a coupling structure for airframe components that is capable of ensuring sufficient lightning protection capability. A conductive pattern part 40 made of a conductive material is formed around each fastener member 24 between wing surface panels 21A and 21B. The conductive pattern part 40 is formed, for example, around each of holes 21c and 21d on the plane on which the wing surface panel 21A and the wing surface panel 21B abut against each other. Then, the conductive pattern part 40 is pushed against both the wing surface panel 21A and the wing surface panel 21B by the fastening power of the fastener members 24, whereby electrical conduction between the wing surface panel 21A and the wing surface panel 21B can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Kawahara, Hideo Yamakoshi, Yuichiro Kamino, Atsuhiro Iyomasa, Toru Hashigami
  • Patent number: 8503154
    Abstract: A charge supplier improves an electrically charged state of a vehicle or the like by allowing any part of the vehicle, such as an engine and electrical equipments, to maintain its movements. A charge supplier includes a plurality of rectangular tablet-like germanium chips bonded to a copper plate using a conductive adhesive, and a copper tape folded to sandwich the copper plate, so that the germanium chips are provided between the copper plate and the copper tape. The copper tape may be secured to the copper plate by pressing the copper tape toward the copper plate to deform the copper tape, or by using a conductive adhesive. An attaching terminal is provided in the copper plate on the side of the opening of the copper tape which is folded in a shape of “U”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Tooru Nakai
  • Patent number: 8503153
    Abstract: A lightning protection system is provided, typically for use on an outer surface of an aircraft, which includes the use of a lightning protection sheet that includes an electrically conductive film and at least one patterned, electrically non-conductive discriminator layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Larry S. Hebert
  • Patent number: 8432658
    Abstract: An exhaust system for a fuel cell vehicle that is made of plastic. An inner surface of flow pipes that are part of the exhaust system are coated with a conductive material. A conductive through bolt extends through the pipes to be electrically coupled to the conductive coating and chasse ground of the vehicle so that any electro-static charge build-up as a result of the flow of water vapor and exhaust gas through the pipe will be dissipated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Axel Heise
  • Patent number: 8422191
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved ESD control system for use in vehicular applications that incorporated one or more dissipative elements constructed from a blend of polypropylene and a urethane/acrylic alloy which form substantially co-continuous networks and which are suitable for injection molding operations to produce dissipative elements. The dissipative elements are then incorporated into vehicular interiors in a manner whereby a surface of the element is exposed to contact, whether incidental or deliberate, by the vehicle occupants, particularly as they are entering or exiting the vehicle, to provide controlled dissipation of electrostatic charges that have accumulated on the occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Corey McEnhill, Nathaniel Ellis
  • Patent number: 8411405
    Abstract: A device 10 for electrically discharging samples of an electrically non-conductive liquid includes an electrically conductive outer member 12, an electrically conductive inner member 14 disposed within the outer member 12, an electrically conductive rod 16 with upper and lower plugs 18 and 19 secured thereto to maintain a non-conductive fluid in the device 10, non-conductive handles 20 and 22 secured to the outer and inner members 12 and 14, and an electrically conductive ground cable 26 detachably secured to the rod 16 to ultimately remove or reduce static charge in the electrically non-conductive liquid via the liquid engaging the outer member 12, inner member 14 and rod 16, which are electrically grounded via the cable 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventors: Michael J. Blackburn, Donald G. Flaynik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8400749
    Abstract: A joint on an aircraft, the joint comprising: a first component; a second component; and a bonding lead which provides an electrical pathway between the first and second components. The bonding lead comprises a conductive core and a sheath which covers a substantial length of the core and has a lower electrical conductivity than the core. The path of least electrical resistance between the first component and the core of the bonding lead comprises the sheath, typically with an electrical resistance between 50 k? and 50 M?. By making the electrical resistance of the core much smaller than that of the sheath, the total resistance of the bonding lead remains substantially the same regardless of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Colin John West, David Alistair Sutton
  • Patent number: 8385040
    Abstract: A conductive wheel for a cart includes a hub, a tread mounted on the hub, two bearings mounted in the hub and each having a axle, and an electrically conductive assembly mounted in the hub and the tread. Thus, the electrically conductive assembly will form a grounding effect to conduct and release the static charges produced between the two bearings and the cart to the ground so as to prevent from causing an electrical shock to a user when the user touching the cart, thereby protecting the user's safety when operating the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Der Sheng Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Tsun Chen
  • Publication number: 20130027835
    Abstract: A joint with a first component; a second component; and an electrical assembly which provides an electrical pathway between the first and second components with an electrical resistance between 100 k? and 10 M?. The electrical assembly comprises a bonding lead; and a pair of connection assemblies each connecting the bonding lead to a respective one of the components. Each connection assembly comprises: a fastener with a shaft which passes through a hole in the component and a hole in the bonding lead, the hole in the bonding lead passing between an inner face of the bonding lead which faces towards the component and an outer face of the bonding lead which faces away from the component, and a washer which is carried by the shaft of the fastener and engages the component and the inner face of the bonding lead. Each washer provides the path of least electrical resistance between the bonding lead and a respective one of the components, each said path having an electrical resistance between 50 k? and 5 M?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin John WEST, David Alistair SUTTON
  • Publication number: 20120206852
    Abstract: An electrical grounding apparatus for a vehicle includes an inner wall spaced apart from an outer wall, a first contacting surface having a plurality of elevated portions, and a second contacting surface. The elevated portions of the first contacting surface extend at least partially into the first vehicle component creating electrical contact between the first contacting surface and a first vehicle component. The second contacting surface makes electrical contact with the second vehicle component. The electrical grounding apparatus is substantially formed of an electrically conductive material, which provides electrical contact between the first and second vehicle components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Todd Fitz
  • Publication number: 20120138609
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and composite fuel tank for manufacturing a structure is provided. A first composite layer and a second composite layer are placed on a mold. The second composite layer and the first composite layer are cured. The first composite layer and the second composite layer form the structure. The second composite layer is configured to dissipate an electric charge on a surface of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Noel Timothy Gerken, Patrice K. Ackerman, William O'Neil Price, Eddie Kwon, Peter Raymond Rimbey
  • Publication number: 20120127623
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a grounding apparatus for use with a spray device associated with a vehicle. The grounding apparatus is biased toward the ground so that a portion of the grounding apparatus makes contact with the ground even in uneven terrain. The grounding apparatus is configured to be mounted in a receiver portion of a trailer hitch. In addition, provided herein is a system for powering a spray device with a DC power source, such as an automotive battery. The system includes an oscillator coupled to a step up transformer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Seitz, Rodney Allen Nichols, Mark Etzler, Steven Paul Norton
  • Publication number: 20120120541
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an outer wall for electronic control (300; 400; 500), particularly comprising: an outer portion (1) which includes at least one button (5; 6) and a fixed portion (2), each button (5; 6) and said fixed portion (2) having an opening (3) therebetween; an inner portion (310; 410; 510) which includes, in particular, a printed circuit (12); characterised in that the outer wall (300; 400; 500) comprises at least one metal part (320; 420; 520; 530) capable of capturing, at at least one of the openings (3), static electricity which would likely affect the printed circuit (12) in the absence of said metal part (320; 420; 520; 530).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: VALEO SYSTEMES THERMIQUES
    Inventor: Tan Duc Huynh
  • Publication number: 20120039012
    Abstract: A charge supplier improves an electrically charged state of a vehicle or the like by allowing any part of the vehicle, such as an engine and electrical equipments, to maintain its movements. A charge supplier includes a plurality of rectangular tablet-like germanium chips bonded to a copper plate using a conductive adhesive, and a copper tape folded to sandwich the copper plate, so that the germanium chips are provided between the copper plate and the copper tape. The copper tape may be secured to the copper plate by pressing the copper tape toward the copper plate to deform the copper tape, or by using a conductive adhesive. An attaching terminal is provided in the copper plate on the side of the opening of the copper tape which is folded in a shape of “U”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Tooru Nakai
  • Publication number: 20110273814
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved ESD control system for use in vehicular applications that incorporated one or more dissipative elements constructed from a blend of polypropylene and a urethane/acrylic alloy which form substantially co-continuous networks and which are suitable for injection molding operations to produce dissipative elements. The dissipative elements are then incorporated into vehicular interiors in a manner whereby a surface of the element is exposed to contact, whether incidental or deliberate, by the vehicle occupants, particularly as they are entering or exiting the vehicle, to provide controlled dissipation of electrostatic charges that have accumulated on the occupants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Corey McENHILL, Nathaniel Ellis
  • Patent number: 8050007
    Abstract: An air terminal/point base has an air terminal/point plate with upper and lower surfaces and apertures. The upper surface has an upstanding cylinder with a threaded aperture. An air terminal/point has a threaded base coupled to the threaded aperture. A conductive cable couples the air terminal/point to a ground. A patch of roofing material having upper and lower surfaces is in a configuration corresponding to the air terminal/point plate. The patch has a plurality of apertures in axial alignment with the apertures of the air terminal/point plate. A rivet extends through the apertures of the air terminal/point plate and each patch coupling the lower surface of the air terminal/point plate to the upper surface of an associated patch. The method includes the step of cohering the patch to the material through the application of pressure applied for 3 to 5 seconds and heat at a temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventors: Wayne P. DeGurski, David R. Cordoves, Rick A. Caruso
  • Patent number: 8025752
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a conductive composite wherein at least one predetermined electrical access area of a conductive material is coated with a maskant. The conductive material is included in a composite ply lay-up which is cured and then the maskant is removed from the conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: William H. Fossey, Jr., Laura A. Cuthbert, Joseph A. Sarcione
  • Patent number: 8027141
    Abstract: In a process for discharging a test mass that is free-floating in a surrounding electrode casing on board a satellite, the electrode casing is enclosed by a vacuum tank, and has one or more first electrodes for the application of electrostatic forces and/or moments to the test mass. In addition, the electrode casing also has one or more second electrodes for modulating alternating voltages (particularly, high frequency voltages) for measuring purposes onto the test mass as well as one or more light-emitting elements, which irradiate the test mass, the electrode casing and/or the electrodes particularly with ultraviolet light for generating a photoelectric effect. Automatically and iteratively, a test mass charge of the test mass is determined. A control operation for eliminating the determined test mass charge is carried out until the test mass charge has reached a defined target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Astrium GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Fichter, Fabio Montemurro, Tobias Ziegler
  • Patent number: 8008589
    Abstract: An electrical switching device in a motor vehicle includes an anti-ESD device which is formed by a metallic or metal-coated element on a surface of the switching device, with which an earth connection is associated via a defined air gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Juergen Grundmeier
  • Patent number: 7869181
    Abstract: A lightning protection appliqué incorporates a plurality of conductive plies adhesively affixed to a composite surface, at least a first one of the plies providing conductive characteristics sufficient to divert electrical energy from a lightning strike and at least a second one of the plies comprising operational circuitry. A dielectric ply is fixed to the composite surface over and completely covering at least one metal surface feature between the plurality of conductive plies and the composite surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Quynhgiao N. Le
  • Patent number: 7864501
    Abstract: A lightning strike protection system for protecting composite structures, an improved lightning strike appliqué (LSA) for such a lightning strike protection system, and a method of protecting composite structures, such as an aircraft fuselage. The LSA is electrically connected to adjacent conductive surfaces, e.g., by a fuzz button or a wire bond inserted in the bottom of the LSA. An adjacent conductive surface may be another LSA, a lightning diverter overlay, or a current return network. Charge, e.g., from a lightning strike to the LSA, flows to the conductive layer through the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Diane C. Rawlings, Scott Bauman
  • Patent number: 7796370
    Abstract: A lightning protection device is provided. The device includes a lower field coupler, an upper field coupler, a lightning sensor, and a controller. The lightning sensor includes a differential voltage window comparator. The lower field coupler is capacitively coupled to the earth ground, and the upper field coupler is coupled to the local atmospheric electric field. If a ground potential rise (GPR) event occurs, the differential voltage window comparator trips. If the differential voltage window comparator trips or if a power line transient occurs, the controller disconnects the power phase, neutral, and ground wires to isolate sensitive equipment. In some embodiments, the controller also detects power line transients and disconnects the power, phase, neutral, and ground wires if a power line transient is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Alset Corporation
    Inventor: John Michael Wruble
  • Publication number: 20100226063
    Abstract: A joint on an aircraft, the joint comprising: a first component; a second component joined to the first component; and a bonding lead which forms an electrical connection between the components with a resistance between 100 k? and 10 M?. Surprisingly, it has been found that a bonding lead with a relatively high resistance can be used without seriously compromising the static discharge performance of the bonding lead, and that the resulting comparatively low flow of current reduces the risk of sparking in the event of an lightning strike. Bonding leads may be provided as a kit of parts in which at least two of the bonding leads have different lengths and the longer lead is formed from a material having a higher bulk conductivity than the shorter lead. Thus the bonding leads can be made with approximately similar resistances regardless of their lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin John WEST, David Alistair SUTTON, Robert Bernard MALIA, Richard Edward MILLS, Alan Donald POUT
  • Publication number: 20100226062
    Abstract: A joint on an aircraft, the joint comprising: a first component; a second component; and a bonding lead which provides an electrical pathway between the first and second components. The bonding lead comprises a conductive core and a sheath which covers a substantial length of the core and has a lower electrical conductivity than the core. The path of least electrical resistance between the first component and the core of the bonding lead comprises the sheath, typically with an electrical resistance between 50 k? and 50 M?. By making the electrical resistance of the core much smaller than that of the sheath, the total resistance of the bonding lead remains substantially the same regardless of its length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin John West, David Alistair Sutton
  • Publication number: 20100226061
    Abstract: A joint on an aircraft, a bonding lead for use in such a joint, and a method of manufacturing such a joint. The bonding lead comprises an elongate conductive core with a pair of end faces at the extremities of its length. The conductive core is encapsulated along at least a majority of its length and at both end faces in a barrier layer typically formed from an elastomer. The lead is encapsulated along its length in the barrier layer apart from at a first contact region towards a first end of the bonding lead and a second contact region towards a second end of the bonding lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: David Alistair SUTTON, Colin John WEST
  • Publication number: 20100195259
    Abstract: One embodiment of a device for improving fuel efficiency of an automobile engine having a plurality of firing cylinders with a plurality of firing caps may include a discharging circuit. The discharging circuit may have an input terminal capable of being electrically coupled to the plurality of firing caps and configured to receive excess energy from the automobile engine. The discharging circuit may also have one or more output terminals capable of being electrically coupled to ground. The discharging unit may be capable of controllably discharging the excess energy into the ground through the output terminal, and the discharge of the excess energy into the ground may prevent accumulation of the excess energy in the automobile engine, thereby improving the fuel efficiency of the automobile engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Dean Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100134945
    Abstract: A lightning strike protection system for protecting composite structures, an improved lightning strike appliqué (LSA) for such a lightning strike protection system, and a method of protecting composite structures, such as an aircraft fuselage. The LSA is electromechanically connected to adjacent conductive surfaces, e.g., by a fuzz button or a wire bond inserted in the bottom of the LSA. An adjacent conductive surface may be another LSA, a lightning diverter overlay, or a current return network. Charge, e.g., from a lightning strike to the LSA, flows to the conductive layer through the electromechanical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Diane C. Rawlings, Scott Bauman
  • Patent number: 7715169
    Abstract: Apparatus for electrically isolating interconnecting station nozzle and vehicle receptacle components during the refueling of high pressure gas into a vehicle tank comprising an electrically isolated vehicle tank inlet receptacle engageable with a refueling nozzle wherein the receptacle includes an assembly of mutually engageable electrically insulating media in conjunction with the vehicle receptacle mount to prevent electrical contact from the refueling nozzle to the vehicle chassis and gas tank in the refueling gas flow conduit system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Steven R Mathison, Shiro Matsuo
  • Patent number: 7656642
    Abstract: The invention relates to a means for preventing build-up of electrostatic potential in a fluid container during filling and/or discharging. The fluid container comprises electrical insulating materials and a valve means through which filling and/or discharging occurs. Means for reducing and/or eliminating electrical and/or electrostatic potential build-up during filling or discharging of the container is arranged in conjunction with the container walls. Such means may for example be arranged in conjunction with the valve means, reducing and/or changing the flow velocity of the fluid and/or the flow direction of the fluid during the filling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Ragasco AS
    Inventors: Rune Ulekleiv, Arild Hansen
  • Publication number: 20090251843
    Abstract: An inverter unit includes a conductive housing (2) which is set to a ground potential, a control circuit board (17) accommodated in the housing (2), and a discharge gap (18) provided between a conductive pattern (92) formed at the control circuit board (17) and the housing (2) for discharging when a high voltage not less than a predetermined voltage is applied. Preferably, the inverter unit further includes a conductive plate (50) covering the control circuit board (17) and electrically connected with the conductive pattern (92). The discharge gap (18) is formed between the conductive plate (50) and the housing (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryoji Hironaka
  • Publication number: 20090195955
    Abstract: The subject invention pertains to a method and apparatus for lightning protection for a vessel or structure operated on a fluid such as water. In a specific embodiment of the subject invention, a sailboat mast or lightning rod serves to collect the lightning charge and a flexible conductive wire is attached to the mast or lightning rod which goes down over the side of the vessel and to the water level. A grounding electrode is at the end of the wire and has a buoyant material on or near the grounding electrode such that the grounding electrode is substantially kept at the surface of the water. The grounding electrode and buoyancy may also serve to allow the grounding electrode to hydrodynamic plane at the water surface if the vessel or structure is moving through the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Wallace E. Hall
  • Patent number: 7525785
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for implementing a return current network that is external to a composite structure, which directs a current along a known path to the aircraft grounding system using appliqués.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Diane C. Rawlings
  • Patent number: 7517420
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing an electrostatic brush for an electrical device or a hand-held tool; and, the electrostatic brush can be eaily fabricated and contains electrostatic lines to be used with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Chuan-Yaun Lin
  • Patent number: 7495168
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is an electric dipole streamer discharge type lightning conductor, which can gather electric charges in the atmospheric air at one side thereof and generate an electric discharge due to a dielectric breakdown when a potential difference is formed between the electric charges gathered by an electric dipole and the electric charges of the earth so as to emit a great deal of electric charges of the earth toward thunderclouds to thereby induce a thunderbolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Sunkwang LTI Inc
    Inventor: Woo-Heon Park
  • Patent number: 7406989
    Abstract: A wheel for a cart has a static dissipative mechanism. The wheel has a hub that has a central bore for receiving one or more bearings. The outer periphery of the hub has a conductive ring that has projections extending radially outward. The projections are surrounded by a tread material. A conductive wire extends from the central bore where the bearings are, on the outside of the hub, to the conductive ring. A conductive path is provided for the cart through the bearings, the wire, the conductive ring to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: P & H Casters Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Casaus
  • Patent number: 7342765
    Abstract: An electrical insulating device for a linear component forming part of a fuel system subjected to risks of possible external electrical discharges formed by a part (13) made of insulating material attached to two metal flanges (15, 17) that allow inserting the device (11) between two parts of said linear component, said part (13) being formed by a cylindrical body (21) with a castellated crown (23) on its outer side, formed by longitudinal (25) and transverse (27) segments, and said metal flanges (15, 17) having transverse projections (31, 33) facing the transverse segments (27) of the castellated crown (23) for facilitating their attachment by suitable means (39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Airbus Espana, S.L.
    Inventors: Eduardo Orgaz Villegas, Jorge Nogal Martin
  • Patent number: 7284583
    Abstract: This invention relates to a pneumatic rubber tire which contains at least one electrically conductive cord extending from an external outer surface of its wheel-rim mounting surface rubber component to an internal electrically conductive tread base layer rubber component to provide a path of least electrical resistance, namely an electrically conductive path, between the outer tire wheel-rim mounting surface and the internal tire tread base layer. The electrically conductive cord is comprised of at least one electrically conductive metal filament (e.g. metal filament, carbon fiber or combination of metal filament and carbon fiber) spirally wound around a centrally disposed core of at least one organic fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Jean Luc Dheur, Pierre Marie Jean Dauvister
  • Patent number: 7284582
    Abstract: A pneumatic rubber tire containing at least one electrically conductive cord extending between its bead and tread portions to provide a path of least electrical resistance. The electrically conductive cord is comprised of at least one electrically conductive metal filament spirally wound around a centrally disposed core of at least one organic fiber. The electrically conductive cord does not extend to, and is exclusive of, an outer surface of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: David John Zanzig, Jennifer Lyn Ryba, Donald William Baldwin, Jr., Michael Edward Putinski, Jean Luc Dheur, Pierre Marie Jean Gustave Ghislain Dauvister
  • Patent number: 7212388
    Abstract: An arrangement for protecting an electronic circuit is suggested which is mounted in a housing and is insulated relative to the housing. At least one connection is provided with which the electronic circuit is connected to a pregiven potential. A voltage-dependent resistor is introduced between the housing and the at least one connection for protecting against ESD-pulses and EMV-irradiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Wizemann, Stefan Josten
  • Patent number: 7151988
    Abstract: A vehicular neutralization apparatus is provided with an ion generator disposed on at least one of a roof of a vehicle and an area in a vicinity of the roof inside the vehicle to allow ions, generated with the ion generator, to be oriented toward an occupant, in such a manner that static electricity charged to the occupant is neutralized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michiaki Sasaki, Hiroaki Himeki, Takayuki Fuwa
  • Patent number: 7002786
    Abstract: The present device eliminates electrostatic discharges when getting out of the car, exploiting the principle of transfer of the surface electric charges by difference of potential. This avoids all the problems caused by electrostatic discharges: sudden explosion of airbags, problems for people with implants of any type and general discomfort caused by said discharges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Giovanni Signorino