Glass, Ceramic, Or Metal Sections (e.g., Floor Or Wall Tile, Etc.) Patents (Class 428/49)
  • Patent number: 10149349
    Abstract: A heat generating body (11) includes a polyimide resin film base material (12), a metal nanowire layer (14) arranged in a planar manner along one side of the polyimide resin film base material (12), and an electrode (5) connected electrically to the metal nanowire layer (14). The electrode (5) is connected electrically to the metal nanowire layer (14) via a polythiophene resin film layer (18). The heat generating body (11) also includes a triacetate resin film layer (13) arranged on the side of the polyimide resin film base material (12) on which the metal nanowire layer (14) is provided and formed of triacetate resin as an insulating material. The heat generating body (11) also includes a spacer portion (16) arranged between the layer (14) and the layer (13) and capable of forming an enclosed space (17) between the layer (14) and the layer (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Mitsuko Baba, Takayuki Domaru
  • Patent number: 9816271
    Abstract: A composite flooring system, and method of manufacture, including a multi-element flooring diaphragm including a plurality of self-spacing surface elements mounted above a semi-rigid substrate surface using a plurality of flexible adhesive support cushions that define an air space between the multi-element flooring diaphragm and the semi-rigid substrate surface, wherein outer edge surfaces of the self-spacing surface elements are beveled and flexible surface joints of v-shaped cross-section formed between abutting self-spacing surface elements, and wherein the combination of rigid or semi-rigid self-spacing surface elements and the flexible surface joints form a substantially waterproof diaphragm as a finished surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Dombowsky, Ben Dombowsky
  • Patent number: 9499986
    Abstract: A building product may include a top layer that is substantially rigid such that it is configured to be walkable. In addition, the building product may include a radiant barrier layer configured to reflect heat, and a vent layer located between the top layer and a roof deck. The vent layer may comprise air flow channels configured to transfer heat through at least a portion of the roof product. The top layer, vent layer and radiant barrier layer can form a unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Husnu M. Kalkanoglu, Ming Liang Shiao, Gregory F. Jacobs, Rajesh Ranjan
  • Patent number: 9335129
    Abstract: Designs and methods are provided for a hard armor panel with enhanced energy absorption. In one embodiment the hard armor panel includes a rigid strike plate having a front side and a back side, the front side facing an anticipated ballistic threat; and a consolidated ballistic fabric backing also having a front side and a back side, the front side of the ballistic fabric backing adhered to the back side of the rigid strike plate. The armor panel may further include an energy absorbing layer attached to or incorporated within the hard armor panel, wherein the energy absorbing layer is made of a deformable material configured with an energy absorbing pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: William J. Perciballi
  • Patent number: 9308875
    Abstract: A wear-resistant lining element which is intended for a surface subjected to wear and which has an outwardly directed surface, over which material in the form of pieces or particles, such as crushed ore and crushed rock material, is intended to move. The wear-resistant lining element includes an elastomeric material, and is characterized in that it has a metal profile at least partly embedded along an edge of the wear-resistant lining element by vulcanization or hardening. The disclosure also relates to a wear-resistant lining, a truck haul body and a method for manufacturing a wear-resistant lining element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Metso Minerals (Sweden) AB
    Inventors: Anders Burstrom, Jonas Hansson, Henrik Persson
  • Publication number: 20140272242
    Abstract: A Pre-Made Panel of Tiles making tile wall installations fast and easy. The Pre-Made Panel of Tiles can be installed by installers without tile expertise. The pre-designed tile panels make for easier selections for the consumers in that they can see them already set and the combinations of tiles and accents put together to create a pre-designed layout. The Pre-Made Panels of Tiles get installed in large panels that can be joined to each other to expand the area of coverage. The Pre-Made Panel of Tiles are perfect for kitchen backsplash areas and shower or wainscot walls. The Pre-Made Panel of Tiles can be installed directly to studs or over existing wall materials and attached with adhesives and/or screws. The Panels can be connected to each other to cover additional surface areas and then grouted or caulked at the seams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kirk Eugene Heiner
  • Publication number: 20140178623
    Abstract: A hearth pad for live ember protecting a floor. The hearth pad comprises a backing for being placed onto the floor. The backing is made of a flexible sheet material. A plurality of tiles is disposed on the backing and adhered thereto using a flexible adhesive. The tiles are made of a rigid material. A flexible filler is disposed in gaps between adjacent tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Bernd Krebes
  • Patent number: 8758204
    Abstract: A portable exercise apparatus comprising one or more planar arm supports for supporting one or both of a user's forearms; strapping means for securing each arm support to the user's forearms; one or more elastomeric cords attachable between each planar arm support and one or more anchor points; and anchor means for securing each elastomeric cord to the anchor points. The apparatus may be used for pectoral exercises, core muscle exercises, and other exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Cappellano
  • Patent number: 8720314
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an armor system are provided. The system includes a first face sheet and a shaped preform extending from the first face sheet. The preform includes a first edge proximate the first face sheet, a sidewall extending from the first edge to a flange extending substantially perpendicularly from the sidewall. The preform circumscribes an area of the first face sheet. The system also includes a tile of armor material complementarily-shaped to fit within the area circumscribed by the preform. The tile is positioned within the preform such that at least a portion of the tile is between the first face sheet and the flange. The system includes a second face sheet covering the preform and the tile on a side opposite from the first face sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Roger W. Engelbart
  • Patent number: 8686465
    Abstract: Glass is provided which is capable of covering at a covering treatment temperature of at most 400° C. and which has a low thermal expansion coefficient and excellent weather resistance. Glass comprising, as represented by mol % based on oxides, from 29% to 33% of P2O5, from 43% to 58% of SnO, from 11% to 25% of ZnO, from 0.1% to 2% of Ga2O3, from 0.5% to 5% of CaO, and from 0% to 1% of SrO, provided that the sum X of ZnO, Ga2O3 and CaO is within a range of from 13% to 27%, as represented by mol % based on oxides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventor: Syuji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8557083
    Abstract: The process includes the following stages: arranging a slab or tile exhibiting an in-view surface; arranging at least a slim support slab or support plate having a characteristic of possessing a thermal expansion coefficient which is greater than a thermal expansion coefficient of the slab or tile, the slim support slab or support plate exhibiting effective properties of tenacity and resistance to easy breakage thereof; gluing under heating the slab or tile onto the slim support slab or support plate, or vice versa, using a suitable glue for adhering to surfaces thereof to be glued; leaving an assembly thus obtained to cool down to an ambient temperature such that owing to a different thermal expansion coefficient (contraction), the slim support slab or support plate induces on the slab or tile, to which it is solidly glued, a state of compression starting from a lower surface thereof which is opposite the in-view surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Mariano Paganelli
  • Patent number: 8367178
    Abstract: A robust, chemically, structurally, and thermodynamically compatible ablative gap filler that can be processed with ease is provided. The gap filler uses a carbon phenolic mixture that has nearly the same material property characteristics as the adjacent PICA or carbon phenolic tiles. The gap filler is applied into the gaps using an innovative processing approach that involves preparation of a ‘dry mixture’ of the ingredients, which is then packed manually or robotically (if needed) into the gaps. During the packing process, the dry mixture may be vented, and pressed periodically to ensure that there are no trapped voids. After each gap is adequately filled with the mixture, the assembly is bagged and cured in the oven at about 250 or 300° F. for about 1.5 to 2 hours. The gap filler thereby forms a bond with the adjacent PICA or carbon phenolic tiles, without degrading or modifying the properties at any of the interfaces (e.g., with the tiles, adhesives, substrate, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Suraj P. Rawal, William H. Willcockson, Richard A. Hund
  • Patent number: 8298641
    Abstract: An irregular, tessellated building unit comprises x primary elements, wherein x is an integer equal to or greater than 1. The primary element is a rotational tessellation having a plural pairs of sides extending in a generally radial direction from plural vertices, respectively. In each pair, the two sides are rotationally spaced by an angle that is divided evenly into 360 degrees. Preferably, all of the sides are irregularly shaped, but one or more sides could be wholly or partially straight. Optionally, spacers are provided on the sides of each unit. A wide variety of units may be constructed having different numbers and arrangements of primary elements. As all the units are combinations of primary elements, they readily mate with each other. A surface covering comprises a multiplicity of units assembled to form a continuous surface without overlap between units and without substantial gaps between units. A structure, such as a wall or column can be formed of building units of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Patent number: 8236415
    Abstract: A strong, high density foam glass tile having a small pore size which can be used as a facade on both exterior and interior building walls. The foam glass tile of the present invention is strong enough that it can also be used as a structural member for a building. The foam glass tiles are very strong, and have a compression strength of 6000 psi (lb./sq. in.) or greater, and more particularly of 8000 lb./sq. in. or greater, and even more particularly of 10,000 lb./sq. in. or greater, and even more particularly of 12,000 lb./sq. in. or greater, and even more particularly of 14,000 lb./sq. in. or greater. These foam glass tiles will absorb more energy from an explosion, withstand higher heat and wind loading and other mechanical forces. The tiles of the present invention may have an average pore size of 1.0 mm or less, and preferably 0.7 mm or less, and more preferably 0.6 mm or less, and even more preferably 0.5 mm or less, and even more preferably 0.4 mm or less, and even more preferably 0.3 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Hamid Hojaji, Pedro M. Buarque de Macedo
  • Patent number: 8197932
    Abstract: A large, high density foam glass tile which can be used as a facade on both exterior and interior building walls. The foam glass tile can also be used with other materials to form a panel or a composite. The present invention may be used on the critical surfaces of buildings at high risk for terrorist attacks, in combination with cement, steel or other high strength building materials. The present invention may also be used in surfaces of typical buildings. The present invention has the advantage of absorbing a substantial portion of a shock wave caused by an explosion. The present invention also has the advantage of being more resistant to earthquakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Pedro M. Buarque de Macedo, Hamid Hojaji
  • Patent number: 8147943
    Abstract: A thermal protection system capable of withstanding impact loads without a detrimental effect to its main function, i.e. a protection of the vehicle from high temperature during re-entry or flight in the atmosphere. The system consists of the outer ceramic matrix composite shield, a ceramic tile sandwiched between the shield and the skin of the vehicle and fasteners joining the system and the protected structure. The ceramic matrix composite fasteners are capable of working in the same high-temperature environment as the rest of thermal protection system. They are also strong and stiff due to the presence of ceramic fibers. Cracks in the outer shield produced by impact cannot propagate into the ceramic tile since the shield and tile materials are discontinuous along the interface. The tile cannot disintegrate from the vehicle since it is pressed to its skin by the outer shield. The system can easily be disassembled for inspection and/or repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Larry W. Byrd, Victor M. Birman
  • Patent number: 8132442
    Abstract: A stack of substantially parallel ceramic plates (22) separated and interconnected by ceramic spacers (26, 27) forming a seal structure (20) with a length (L), a width (W), and a thickness (T). The spacers are narrower in width than the plates, and may be laterally offset from spacers in adjacent rows to form a space (28) in a row that aligns with a spacer in another adjacent row. An adjacent plate bends into the space when the seal structure is compressed in thickness. The spacers may have gaps (60, 62) forming a stepped or labyrinthine cooling flow path (66) within the seal structure. The spacers of each row may vary in lateral separation, thus providing a range of compressibility that varies along the width of the seal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary B. Merrill, Jay A. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20120058290
    Abstract: A pre-leveled, integrated mosaic sheet consists of a flat, rigid supporting board having an array of uniformly spaced small holes for coupling tesserae to a target wall, wherein the tesserae are pre-patterned and attached to the supporting board's front surface, each of which covering at least one of the small holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Guohua Song
  • Patent number: 8124210
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a metal mosaic tile used as the interior finishing material on the wall of a building. The tile includes a metallic board and a metallic cover. Convex parts are provided on the front of the metallic board at regular intervals and concave parts are provided on the back of the metallic board at regular intervals. The metallic cover includes a bent side plate, a top plate and an opening for accommodating at least one of the convex parts of the metallic board, and the upper surface of each convex part adheres to the top plate. The tile has high fire resistance, effectively prevents condensation from occurring, mitigates vibration or noise, has high joining strength and high attaching strength against an object to which the tile is attached, and permits the mass production of metal mosaic tile at lower cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Daejin DSP Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 8105453
    Abstract: In a method for producing a multilayer ceramic substrate, a green ceramic laminate includes green conductive patterns arranged on a plurality of ceramic green sheets and portions to be formed into a plurality of multilayer ceramic substrates. Boundary-defining conductive patterns are arranged on the ceramic green sheets and along boundaries of the multilayer ceramic substrates. The boundary-defining conductive patterns have firing shrinkage characteristics that are different from those of the ceramic green sheets. During firing of the green ceramic laminate, cavities adjacent to edges of the boundary-defining conductive patterns are formed. A sintered ceramic laminate is divided at edges passing through the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Kawamura, Takayuki Tsukizawa, Tetsuya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8071218
    Abstract: This invention is thought as a material for decoration and construction. It can be used in wet areas, walls, floors, and all surfaces. Changing appearance glass tile (8) is made up of colored, non colored, transparent, translucent, or any type, any size, shape, form and thickness of glass (6) laminated with the use of an adhesive material (7) to a lenticular image (5) which is made up of more than one image (1) divided into dozens of strips per cm with the use of special computer programs (2) and are interlaced in to one image (3) which is then printed behind a lenticular film (4) which is a semi cylindrical formed, precisely specified dimensioned, ribbed transparent plastic which allows the viewer to see one image at a time according to the observation angle or printed on a graphic film and then laminated to lenticular film (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Koray Kapkin
  • Publication number: 20110293874
    Abstract: The hybrid substrate of the present invention comprises a ceramic substrate assembly composed of a plurality of ceramic substrates, insulating resin layers disposed respectively on both surfaces of the ceramic substrate assembly such that they are opposed to each other, each of the insulating resin layers being made at least of a reinforcing material and a resin, and a metal layer disposed on each of the insulating resin layers. In particular, the hybrid substrate of the present invention comprises the plurality of ceramic substrates which are in the form of a tile arrangement along the same plane positioned between the opposed insulating resin layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Takashi TOYOOKA, Hiroshi OKADA, Shigetoshi SEGAWA, Seiichi NAKATANI
  • Patent number: 8059119
    Abstract: A method detects border tiles or border pixels of a primitive corresponding to an object to be displayed on a display screen. The detecting includes: calculating the number of border tiles or pixels covered by an edge of the primitive; identifying a plurality of vertices that divide the edge in a plurality of segments of equal length; calculating coordinates of the vertices; and associating a tile or pixel with the coordinates of each vertex. The number of vertices for the edge is greater than or equal to the number of border tiles or pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.L.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Barone, Danilo Pietro Pau
  • Patent number: 8039075
    Abstract: A wear resistant and noise reducing arrangement of wear elements in material handling systems exposed to wear and to noise. The arrangement comprises at least one adjustable wear element arranged in a row, wherein the wear elements are provided along one side with a flexible sealing to seal between the arrangement and adjacent arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventor: Mats Malmberg
  • Publication number: 20110206888
    Abstract: A composite ceramic structure such as, for example, a PZT ceramic structure including, in one embodiment, a plurality of ceramic elements encapsulated in a layer of epoxy material. Each of the ceramic elements includes opposed first and second ends terminating in opposed respective top and bottom surfaces of the composite ceramic structure. A layer of conductive material on the top surface of the composite ceramic structure covers only the respective first ends of the ceramic elements to isolate the same from each other. A layer of conductive material covers the entire bottom surface of the composite ceramic structure to ground the opposed second ends of the plurality of ceramic elements to each other. A method of making the composite ceramic structure described above is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Marshall Suarez, Steve Kear
  • Patent number: 7993731
    Abstract: A modular tile assembly having a substantially rigid substrate, at least one sealant layer, and at least one stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile. A bottom surface of a first sealant layer being bonded to an upper surface of the substrate and a top surface of a second sealant layer being bonded to a lower surface of the substrate. The tile being bonded to at least a portion of the top surface of the first sealant layer. In one example, the substrate is provided with a tongue or a groove defined in any one, combination, or each of the respective side edges of the substrate, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Miller, Jean Briere
  • Patent number: 7976939
    Abstract: A large, high density foam glass tile which can be used as a facade on both exterior and interior building walls. The foam glass tile can also be used with other materials to form a panel or a composite. The present invention may be used on the critical surfaces of buildings at high risk for terrorist attacks, in combination with cement, steel or other high strength building materials. The present invention may also be used in surfaces of typical buildings. The present invention has the advantage of absorbing a substantial portion of a shock wave caused by an explosion. The present invention also has the advantage of being more resistant to earthquakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventors: Hamid Hojaji, Pedro M. Buarque de Macedo
  • Patent number: 7861638
    Abstract: A transparent blast and ballistic projectile resistant barrier is comprised of a two-dimensional array of transparent hardened tiles that are encapsulated in a transparent resin layer. Preferably, the hardened tiles are transparent ceramic tiles, and the resin layer is a transparent polyurethane encapsulating the tiles. Additional transparent polycarbonate layers and glass fiber layers are also employed reinforcing the transparent barrier and providing the transparent barrier with polished exterior surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: DefBar Systems LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Percival, Richard L. LaBrash
  • Patent number: 7754305
    Abstract: An austenitic stainless steel alloy includes, in weight percent: >4 to 15 Mn; 8 to 15 Ni; 14 to 16 Cr; 2.4 to 3 Al; 0.4 to 1 total of at least one of Nb and Ta; 0.05 to 0.2 C; 0.01 to 0.02 B; no more than 0.3 of combined Ti+V; up to 3 Mo; up to 3 Co; up to 1W; up to 3 Cu; up to 1 Si; up to 0.05 P; up to 1 total of at least one of Y, La, Ce, Hf, and Zr; less than 0.05 N; and base Fe, wherein the weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni, and wherein the alloy forms an external continuous scale including alumina, nanometer scale sized particles distributed throughout the microstructure, the particles including at least one of NbC and TaC, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure that is essentially delta-ferrite-free and essentially BCC-phase-free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Yukinori Yamamoto, Michael L Santella, Michael P Brady, Philip J Maziasz, Chain-tsuan Liu
  • Patent number: 7670670
    Abstract: A surface-covering system and methods for making and using the same. The system includes a plurality of components each being a substantially planar portion having plurality of edges and an upper surface and an under surface. A second portion is attached to the under surface of the planar portion along a predetermined one of the edges, forming a thickened edge that has a predetermined cross-section. The plurality of components are placed edge-to-edge to cover a surface. If desired, the edges can be straight and/or the upper and lower surfaces of the components can be rectangular. Also, the cross-section of the thickened edge can be an arc of a circle. The second portion can be attached to the under surface of the planar portion by an adhesive such as an epoxy adhesive. The component can be made from a quarry material such as granite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Clifford M. Stupfel
  • Patent number: 7592063
    Abstract: For a substrate having fine convexoconcave patterns on its surface, the dimensions of the convexoconcave patterns in a vertical direction of a quartz glass substrate are controlled to be uniform with extreme accuracy and over the entire substrate surface. The quartz glass substrate is made to have a fictive temperature distribution of at most 40° C. and a halogen concentration of less than 400 ppm, and the etching rate of the surface of the quartz glass substrate is made uniform, whereby the dimensions of the convexoconcave patterns in a vertical direction of the quartz glass substrate are controlled to be uniform with good accuracy and over the entire substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Ikuta, Shinya Kikugawa
  • Publication number: 20090136702
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an armor laminate, transparent or non-transparent, comprising a plurality of layers, said laminate having at least one non-planar interface between at least two adjacent layers laminate. In transparent armor embodiments the laminate is a transparent laminate in which each transparent layer is individually selected from the group consisting of transparent glass, glass-ceramics, polymer and crystalline materials. In non-transparent armor laminates the individual layers are typically non-transparent layers such as non-transparent glass-ceramics, aluminum, titanium, steel, and metal alloys. The non-planar interface surfaces according to the invention can be of any non-planar shape. Examples of such shapes, without limitation, include concave/convex, zigzag or sinusoidal shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Yabei Gu
  • Patent number: 7476430
    Abstract: Wall and ceiling acrylic latex coating compositions having properties that prevent joints between adjacent wallboard panels from cracking during settling of new homes and during transportation of manufactured buildings, and otherwise prevents joint cracking from flexing, such as caused by extreme weather conditions or building settling. In another embodiment, the coating compositions can be applied directly over joints between adjacent square-edged wallboard panels to conceal the joint without using tape, wallboard “mud”, or other joint filling compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Roman Decorating Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Merle Houck, Gerald Russo
  • Patent number: 7452580
    Abstract: An imbedded flooring product has a skeletal frame in the form of a mesh at least partially imbedded into a vinyl sheet substrate. The mesh creates a pattern visible from above the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventors: Robert S. Weiner, John W. Waller, Willard Clifton Owens
  • Patent number: 7442423
    Abstract: Engineered tile panels incorporating a hard surface veneer formed from ceramic, glass, and stone layer affixed to the core or substrate which may be assembled gluelessly and which provide uniform grouting gaps upon assembly, is disclosed along with methods therefore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Shaw Industries Group
    Inventor: Robert J Miller
  • Publication number: 20080176020
    Abstract: Thermal insulation assemblies and methods for fabricating thermal insulation assemblies are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a thermal insulation assembly comprises a ceramic tile having a surface coated with an alumina-mullite slurry. A ceramic matrix composite is disposed on the coated surface. The ceramic matrix composite comprises a first ply of a ceramic fiber impregnated with a ceramic matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Vann Heng, Robert A. DiChiara, Elizabeth Chu, Dave Zorger
  • Publication number: 20080163806
    Abstract: The invention concerns a refractory tile having two aligned fixing points, any two adjacent fixing points of the alignment being spaced apart by a constant distance A, first (44) and last (46) fixing points of the alignment being remote, in the direction of the alignment, by distances ?1 and ?2 from the first (40) and second (42) edges of the tile extending proximate the first (44) and last (46) fixing points, respectively. The tile is characterized in that 0<A?(a1+a2). The invention is applicable to gasifiers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Christian Claude His, Thibault Pierre Paul Champion
  • Patent number: 7369393
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck for supporting a semiconductor wafer, including: a chuck body having a dielectric region and an insulating region, the insulating region having a higher electrical resistivity than the dielectric region, an electrode embedded in the chuck body, and a barrier layer provided between dielectric region and the insulating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Morteza Zandi, Ara Vartabedian, Brian LaCourse
  • Publication number: 20080075907
    Abstract: A method for preparing tiles or sheets consisting of mosaic pieces. More particularly, the invention relates to a method allowing the assembly of mosaic pieces to be greatly facilitated within suitable supports for producing tiles or sheets of mosaic pieces that are ready to be laid down. The method provides a step of providing cube-shaped pieces and laying the latter on trays that are subjected to a vibratory and rotational motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventors: Claudio Silvestrin, Stefano Bonini
  • Patent number: 7311965
    Abstract: A strong, high density foam glass tile having a small pore size which can be used as a facade on both exterior and interior building walls. The foam glass tile of the present invention is strong enough that it can also be used as a structural member for a building. The foam glass tiles are very strong, and have a compression strength of 6000 psi (lb./sq. in.) or greater, and more particularly of 8000 lb./sq. in. or greater, and even more particularly of 10,000 lb./sq. in. or greater, and even more particularly of 12,000 lb./sq. in. or greater, and even more particularly of 14,000 lb./sq. in. or greater. These foam glass tiles will absorb more energy from an explosion, withstand higher heat and wind loading and other mechanical forces. The tiles of the present invention may have an average pore size of 1.0 mm or less, and preferably 0.7 mm or less, and more preferably 0.6 mm or less, and even more preferably 0.5 mm or less, and even more preferably 0.4 mm or less, and even more preferably 0.3 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventors: Hamid Hojaji, Pedro M. Buarque de Macedo
  • Publication number: 20070214865
    Abstract: A ceramic laminate body, a gas sensor element employing such a ceramic laminate body and related manufacturing method are disclosed as including first and second ceramic sheets, made of material compositions different from each other, and an intermediate bonding layer, bonding the first and second ceramic sheets to each other so as to form a closed hollow space between the first and second ceramic sheets. The intermediate bonding layer has a multilayer structure including first and second unit intermediate layers laminated on each other such that innermost end portions of the first and second unit intermediate layers are displaced from each other to adapt a difference in degreasing contraction rates of associated component parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Nakae, Shoichiro Emmei, Kiyomi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7269928
    Abstract: A new and useful preformed, self supporting article is provided, which can function as a tile substrate. The tile substratum has inherent durability, strength and ease of application and reduces the installation process for building tile to such a degree as to be significantly easier and faster than built up substratum and in addition requires no other structural components such as wood or plywood. The tile substrate is formed of lightweight cast or preformed mixture of cement/expanded polystyrene and water, which individually or when assembled together, provide a complete, ready to tile substratum. Individually or in assembly the substratum units are self-supporting, and require a minimum of modification to complete their installation. The units are lightweight by design. Individual units are designed and manufactured to address the majority of common tiled counter top configurations with easy modification or cutting to size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Colewest Group
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Roberts, Christian P. Bowen
  • Patent number: 7238414
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced composite body containing a first zone made of a ceramic matrix, which predominantly contains silicon carbide and, optionally, silicon and/or carbon and/or compounds thereof, and containing a second zone, which is located on a surface of the ceramic matrix zone and formed form a fiber-reinforced C/SiC ceramic. The fiber length decreases from the exterior of the fiber-reinforced ceramic zone up to the first zone and, optionally, up to one or more other zones that are arranged on the second zone. A method for producing the composite body is characterized by involving a joint infiltration at least of the first zone and of the second zone with liquid silicon and by the carrying out of a siliconization. A composite body of this type can be used, in particular, as armoring in the civil or military sectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: SGL Carbon AG
    Inventors: Bodo Benitsch, Michael Heine, Sven Schweizer, Rainer Zimmermann-Chopin
  • Publication number: 20070141318
    Abstract: A panel is provided having a surface layer. The surface layer includes a surface that is the exterior surface of the panel. The surface layer includes a blend of nucleated binder fibers and synthetic fibers and forms a finishable, substantially defect and porosity free surface layer based on visual inspection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventor: Garry E. Balthes
  • Patent number: 7018706
    Abstract: Disclosed is a static-proof tile utilizing carbon. The static-proof tile comprises: a tile substrate made from synthetic resin; a color-printed film made from synthetic resin and attached to an upper surface of the tile substrate; a transparent film made from synthetic resin and attached to an upper surface of the color-printed film; and a carbon film disposed between the tile substrate and the color-printed film, the carbon film having a thickness smaller than that of the tile substrate. The static-proof tile has a high surface stiffness, can prevent the carbon from being detached from a surface thereof, has a uniform static-proof effect, can be manufactured at a small cost, and can shield electromagnetic waves and water vein waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Moon Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 6969546
    Abstract: A ceramic tile includes a ceramic core material and an oxide ceramic matrix composite (CMC), where the ceramic core material has at least one surface covered by the oxide CMC. The oxide CMC includes a ceramic fiber, with a cured metal oxide ceramic material impregnating the ceramic fiber. An exemplary embodiment of the ceramic tile provided as part of the invention further includes a tough low temperature cure coating (TLTC) which infiltrates the ceramic core surface before it is covered by the oxide CMC. The TLTC includes a cured ceramic powder together with a binder. The metal oxide ceramic material impregnating the ceramic fiber, and the TLTC are co-cured, meaning that neither is cured when the CMC is wrapped around a surface of the TLTC-infiltrated ceramic core, and a curing step is performed on both uncured ceramic materials at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert A. DiChiara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6964809
    Abstract: A large, high density foam glass tile which can be used as a facade on both exterior and interior building walls. The foam glass tile can also be used with other materials to form a panel or a composite. The present invention may be used on the critical surfaces of buildings at high risk for terrorist attacks, in combination with cement, steel or other high strength building materials. The present invention may also be used in surfaces of typical buildings. The present invention has the advantage of absorbing a substantial portion of a shock wave caused by an explosion. The present invention also has the advantage of being more resistant to earthquakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventors: Hamid Hojaji, Pedro M. Buarque de Macedo
  • Patent number: 6951673
    Abstract: An element essentially consisting of mineral wool exhibits an enhanced reaction to fire. Such an element is especially in the form of a panel and is used for the construction of air ducts. The panels comprise a glass wool core, said core being formed from glass fibers which act as components of the wool. The glass fibers of the element according to the invention have a diameter substantially greater than the diameter of the glass fibers which are presently used for the manufacture of panels or of ducts for similar applications. The glass fibers used according to the invention have a fineness index with a value which fluctuates between 5.8±0.5 for 6 grams. The invention also relates to a process for manufacturing an air duct from said panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Isover
    Inventor: Carlos Rodero Antunez
  • Patent number: 6911248
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composite panel for raised floors comprising a core bonded on its top to a tile of stony material and bonded on its bottom to a base of metallic material, wherein the stony material tile has a bottom surface comprising a peripheral portion and a central portion, and has a perimeter recess formed at the bottom surface, wherein the core is bonded to the stony material tile through the central portion of the bottom surface, and wherein the base of metallic material consists of a metallic sheet having upturned edges to form a tray that is bonded to the core, the end portions of the upturned edges being folded up to bond the stony material tile at the peripheral portion of its bottom surface and in the perimeter recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Bresciana Graniti S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Sabatini
  • Patent number: RE40436
    Abstract: An electronic display screen is created by processing a mirror on a substrate glass. A back plate glass is then placed on top of the substrate glass and sealed to the back plate glass. A hermetic seal that includes an adhesive mixed with zeolites is disclosed. The hermetic seal can seal the back plate glass with the substrate glass. The application of the hermetic seal is not limited to the electronic display screen. Rather, the hermetic seal can be used to seal a variety of surfaces including metals, polymers, plastics, alloys, ceramics and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: IDC, LLC
    Inventors: Manish Kothari, Clarence Chui