With Temperature Maintenance Or Modification Patents (Class 72/364)
  • Patent number: 10967414
    Abstract: A forming device that expands a metal pipe material to form a metal pipe includes a die that has an upper die and a lower die, at least one of which is movable, and that form the metal pipe, an electrode that energizes the metal pipe material to heat the metal pipe material, a gas supply part that supplies a gas into the heated metal pipe material to expand the metal pipe material, and a die movement suppressing part that suppresses the movement of the die by an electromagnetic force at least when the energization to the metal pipe material is performed by the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Saika, Masayuki Ishizuka, Norieda Ueno, Shuji Miyazaki, Koji Moritani, Taizo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10807142
    Abstract: A hot blow forming method for the aluminum alloy sheet carries out a hot blow forming to an aluminum alloy sheet using a first metal mold being a female mold for forming having a protruding surface portion on an inside surface thereof and a second metal mold for gas introduction. Immediately prior to the hot blow forming, a temperature (T1) of the aluminum alloy sheet and a temperature (T2) of the first metal mold satisfy a relation (T1)-(T2)?30° C. and the temperature (T2) is equal to or higher than 400° C. In the hot blow forming, the aluminum alloy sheet is made to be brought into contact with at least a part of the protruding surface portion of the first metal mold within 30 seconds from a start of the gas introduction from the second metal mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: UACJ CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mineo Asano
  • Patent number: 10745161
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method are presented for loading product containers into a crate wherein the crate is a reusable crate having four sides, which may be distorted bowed or bent relative to a nominal position. The system has a conveyer to convey the crate to an actuation assembly. The actuation assembly then actuates the crate into contact with a bracing assembly. The bracing assembly has four bracing members, each of which has at least one bracing block engaged thereto. Each bracing block has a grasping portion which contacts and bias against one of the four sides of the crate when the crate is actuated into engagement with the bracing assembly so as to reposition the sides of the crate to be in the nominal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Notsch
  • Patent number: 10406780
    Abstract: Provided is a hot-dip galvannealed steel sheet for hot stamping use, in which a base steel sheet contains Si in an amount of 0.7% or more, and which has excellent joint strength at a spot-welded part and can exhibit excellent adhesion to a coating film after hot stamping and coating with requiring little restriction of a hot stamp step. In the hot-dip galvannealed steel sheet, a base steel sheet contains, in mass %, 0.10 to 0.5% of C, 0.7 to 2.5% of Si, 1.5 to 3% of Mn and 0.01 to 0.5% of Al. The hot-dip galvannealed steel sheet is characterized in that the Mn concentration in a plating layer is 0.20% or more, the plated amount is 75 g/m2 or less, and the oxygen concentration at the interface between the plating layer and the base steel sheet is 0.50% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Minowa, Takeshi Kojima, Hiroshi Irie
  • Patent number: 10335904
    Abstract: A clamping device for manufacturing an assembled camshaft for valve-controlled internal combustion engines, in which at least one cam disc with a base circle region and cam region is machined on the running surface and has a cam-disc recess, includes shrinking the cam disc onto a corresponding shaft designed with a defined dimensional overlap by cooling the shaft and heating the cam disc. Before being shrunk onto the shaft, the at least one cam disc is clamped by the clamping device such that a tension force acts on the recess wall region, the tension force corresponding to a predetermined extent to the state of stresses and/or deformation state of the recess wall region after the operation of shrinking the cam disc onto the corresponding shaft. The running-surface machining of the at least one cam disc occurs when the cam disc is clamped by the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAN TRUCK & BUS AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Boehme, Adrian Fink
  • Patent number: 10173256
    Abstract: The invention provides a radial ring rolling process for controlling strain distribution of a ring product. In the process, a ring blank is rolled by a main roll and a mandrel that are driven to rotate, while a gap between the main roll and the mandrel continuously decreases in the radial direction of the ring blank. The process includes (A) according to dimensions of the ring product and expected strain, a rolling ratio is firstly determined, dimensions of the ring blank is calculated based on the rolling ratio and the dimensions of the ring product; (B) a rotation speed curve of the mandrel is determined based on the rotation and the radial feeding speeds of the main roll; (C) the ring blank is rolled according to the rotation and radial feeding speeds of the main roll and the calculated rotation speed of mandrel in step (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WUHAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jian Lan, Lin Hua, Dongsheng Qian, Huajie Mao, Shaogui Feng
  • Patent number: 10109405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a grain oriented electrical steel sheet having excellent core loss and to a method for manufacturing same. The electrical steel sheet according to one aspect of the present invention may have a composition comprising, by weight %, Si: 1.0 to 4.0%, Al: 0.1 to 4.0%, and a rare earth element: 0.0001 to 0.5% by the total content of the whole rare earth element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Byung-Deug Hong, Dong-Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10040109
    Abstract: A method for producing metal sheets from strand-shaped profiles having a low thickness made of magnesium or magnesium alloys, wherein an open or a closed extruded profile is produced in a preceding method step, wherein the extruded profile exiting the extrusion die of an extrusion press is shaped to form a planar metal sheet by the contactless action of electromagnetic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Ulrich Bruhnke
  • Patent number: 10010917
    Abstract: Provided is a plastic working method of steel including austenite, the method including: analyzing a strain ratio ?x of an estimated breaking point which is specified during plastic deformation of the steel; heating a steel such that a local temperature Tlocal is within a temperature range indicated by the following expression 1, when T?x represents a strain-induced-transformation-maximum-ductility-temperature in the unit of ° C. for the strain ratio ?x, ?L?x represents the standard deviation of a fitted curve of critical equivalent strain which depends on the strain ratio ?x on a lower temperature side than T?x, ?H?x represents the standard deviation of a fitted curve of critical equivalent strain which depends on the strain ratio ?x on a higher temperature side than T?x, and Tlocal represents a local temperature in the unit of ° C. of the estimated breaking point; and plastically deforming the steel after heating: T?x?2×?L?x?Tlocal?T?x+1.25×?H?x??(Expression 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Sato, Masahiro Kubo, Masaaki Mizumura, Tohru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9925626
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a forming process for hot forming of a steel sheet of a rotor blade to be produced of a wind power installation, including the steps heating the steel sheet in a furnace while the steel sheet is lying on a hearth bogie, displacing the heated steel sheet with the hearth bogie from the furnace into a pressing apparatus for the hot forming operation, transloading the heated steel sheet in the pressing apparatus from the hearth bogie on to a form bogie having a counterpart form, and pressing the steel sheet by at least one pressing punch which presses on the steel sheet in such a way that it is formed between the pressing punch and the counterpart form and in particular assumes the shape of the pressing punch and the counterpart form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: WOBBEN PROPERTIES GMBH
    Inventors: Burkhard Voigt, Oliver Labs, Roy Kersten
  • Patent number: 9890451
    Abstract: A tubular target formed of molybdenum or a molybdenum alloy has an oxygen content of less than 50 ?g/g, a density of greater than 99% of the theoretical density, and an average grain size of less than 100 ?m. The molybdenum or molybdenum alloy tube may be produced by extrusion. In one embodiment, the molybdenum tube has a backing tube of titanium or titanium alloy. In an embodiment, the molybdenum tube has a varying wall thickness with an increase towards its ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Plansee SE
    Inventors: Peter Abenthung, Karl Huber, Harald Lackner, Gerhard Leichtfried, Peter Polcik, Christian Weratschnig
  • Patent number: 9850554
    Abstract: A hot-press formed product can be achieved which has regions corresponding to a shock resistant portion and an energy absorption portion within a single formed product without applying a welding method and achieves the balance of high strength and elongation with a high level according to each region by means of having a first forming region exhibiting a metal structure containing martensite: 80-97 area % and retained austenite: 3-20 area % respectively, the remaining structure being 5 area % or less, and a second forming region exhibiting a metal structure containing annealed martensite or annealed bainite: 30-97 area %, martensite as quenched: 0-67 area %, and retained austenite: 3-20 area %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Naitou, Toshio Murakami, Shushi Ikeda, Keisuke Okita
  • Patent number: 9744628
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coldworking metal are described that reduce the axial flow of metal and increase the radial/tangential flow, thereby improving the fatigue life at an aperture. A tool is inserted through an aperture and its travel speed is reduced when in contact with the metal to reduce axial plastic flow. A sensor as part of the motive system moving the mandrel can sense when the tool contacts the metal and reduces the speed of the tool. The tool may move more quickly when not in contact with the metal to reduce working time than when the mandrel is working the metal. The coldworking tool engages the metal at the aperture at a speed of less than the speed which results in the time duration for the mandrel engaging the metal at the aperture for 35 second per inch of metal thickness at the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Albert S. Kuo
  • Patent number: 9694438
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hollow component, such as a fan blade for a gas turbine engine, includes the steps of: (a) providing first and second panels and a membrane; (b) providing a stop-off material on at least one of the first and second panels and the membrane to define regions where no diffusion bonding is to take place; (c) assembling the panels and the membrane together so the membrane is between the panels; (d) diffusion bonding the panels and the membrane together. The method is such that when assembled in step (c) the membrane does not extend to at least one edge of the first and second panels, so that in that region the first and second panels are diffusion bonded directly to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Ian John Andrews, Michael James Wallis, Ian Fearn
  • Patent number: 9433991
    Abstract: An apparatus for crimping a radially expandable stent includes a pressure vessel, shaping balloon, and mandrel. The mandrel is configured to slidingly receive a stent thereon, and to be slidingly advanced into the pressure vessel. The shaping balloon is inflated to radially compress the stent onto the form of the mandrel; such compression need not be uniform. Pressurization of the shaping balloon facilitates the expansion of the balloon to achieve compression of the stent, with depressurization of the shaping balloon causing the balloon to return to an unexpanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Harvey H. Chen
  • Patent number: 9023488
    Abstract: In order to provide a steel sheet for hot pressing from which a hot-pressed part excellent in perforation corrosion resistance is obtainable and a method of manufacturing a hot-pressed part using the steel sheet for hot pressing, provided is a steel sheet for hot pressing having, sequentially on a surface of a base steel sheet: a plating layer I containing 60% by mass or more of Ni and the remainder consisting of Zn and inevitable impurities, a coating mass thereof being 0.01 to 5 g/m2; and a plating layer II containing 10 to 25% by mass of Ni and the remainder consisting of Zn and inevitable impurities, a coating mass thereof being 10 to 90 g/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Nakajima, Tatsuya Miyoshi, Hiroki Nakamaru
  • Publication number: 20150082636
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a shaped sheet-metal part from a panel or a semifinished part made of a material consisting of steel with at least 60 wt. % Fe and a residual austenite content of at least 5%, in which the panel or the semifinished part is at least partially cooled to a temperature below ?20° C. before the shaping and is shaped at a temperature below ?20° C. in a forming tool. The object of providing a method for producing load-compliantly configured components, which on the one hand permits industrial-scale use of low-temperature forming and is configured particularly simply, is achieved by reducing the material temperature of the panel or semifinished part to below ?20° C. is carried out in a thermally regulated cooling apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicants: OUTOKUMPU NIROSTA GMBH, THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Axel Grüneklee, Markus Zörnack, Thomas Heller, Ekaterina Bocharova, Seyed Amin Mousavi Rizi
  • Publication number: 20150083266
    Abstract: A high-strength thick-walled electric resistance welded steel pipe has excellent low-temperature toughness and excellent HIC resistance and a yield strength of 400 MPa or more. The steel has a chemical composition consisting of C: 0.025% to 0.084%, Si: 0.10% to 0.30%, Mn: 0.70% to 1.80%, controlled amounts of P, S, Al, N, and O, Nb: 0.001% to 0.065%, V: 0.001% to 0.065%, Ti: 0.001% to 0.033%, and Ca: 0.0001% to 0.0035% on a mass percent basis and the remainder being Fe and incidental impurities, and satisfies Pcm of 0.20 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Toyoda, Sota Goto, Takatoshi Okabe, Tomohiro Inoue, Motoharu Egi, Atsushi Yonemoto
  • Publication number: 20150075418
    Abstract: A crucible for growing crystals, the crucible being formed from Molybdenum and Rhenium. A crucible for growing crystals, the crucible being formed from a metal selected from Group V of the Periodic Table of the Elements. A crucible for growing crystals, the crucible comprising a body and a layer formed on at least a portion of the body, the layer being formed out of Molybdenum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew V. Fonte
  • Publication number: 20150066135
    Abstract: A bioerodible endoprosthesis includes a composite including a matrix comprising a bioerodible magnesium alloy and a plurality of ceramic nanoparticles within the matrix. The bioerodible magnesium alloy has a microstructure including equiaxed Mg-rich solid solution-phase grains having an average grain diameter of less than or equal to 5 microns. The microstructure can be produced by one or more equal-channel high-strain processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Jacob Drew Edick
  • Publication number: 20150064052
    Abstract: A method of forming a steel sheet having a tensile strength of 440 MPa or more into a press-formed part including a flange portion and other portions by press forming includes: heating the steel sheet to a temperature of 400° C. to 700° C.; and press-forming the heated steel sheet using draw forming to obtain a press-formed part, with the steel sheet being held at a press bottom dead point in the die for one second to five seconds. Geometric changes such as springback that occur in a panel can thus be suppressed, the dimensional accuracy of the panel can be enhanced, and the desired mechanical properties can easily be obtained in the press-formed part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yuichi Tokita, Yoshikiyo Tamai, Toru Minote, Takeshi Fujita
  • Publication number: 20150052964
    Abstract: A machine for cooling and truing cast components made from cast material, and includes a construction for holding cast components and a holder to supply cooling liquids. A method to treat a cast component after removal of the cast component from the casting mould, the cast component being loaded immediately with a cooling liquid in a water spray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Christian HERRMANN, Martin KERN, Jürgen LANGE, Thomas LANZL, Helmut MEINDL
  • Publication number: 20150043962
    Abstract: A tailored blank for hot stamping includes a welded portion formed by butt-welding a first aluminum-plated steel sheet and a second aluminum-plated steel sheet, an Average Al concentration of a weld metal in the welded portion is in a range of 0.3 mass % to 1.5 mass %, an Ac3 point of the weld metal is 1250° C. or lower, and furthermore, an aluminum layer formed during the butt-welding is present on a surface of the welded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yasunobu Miyazaki, Yasuaki Naito, Kaoru Kawasaki, Takahiro Yoshinaga
  • Publication number: 20150017479
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a production method for a glassy carbon mold, and, more specifically, relates to a production method for a glassy carbon mold including the steps of: placing a mixture having a thermosetting resin, a curing agent, and a viscosity adjusting solvent between a thermosetting resin substrate and a master pattern formed by a micro-nano process; pressing either the master pattern or the thermosetting resin substrate and applying heat to form a cured thermosetting resin pattern part on the substrate; and removing the master pattern, and subjecting the substrate and the cured thermosetting resin pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Seok Min Kim, Jong Won Seok, Tae Hyoung Kim, Jong Hyun Ju
  • Publication number: 20150000367
    Abstract: An improved striking face of a golf club head and a method of manufacturing thereof is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses an improved method of stamped forging variable face geometry onto the rear surface of a striking face from a frontal portion of the striking face; wherein the improved process allows for more precise finished parts with less need for complicated machining. The resulting striking face of a golf club head comprises of a substantially planar frontal surface and a substantially non-planar rear surface, wherein the substantially non-planar rear surface is created via a stamped forging process while the substantially planar frontal surface is created via a machining process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark C. Myrhum, Uday V. Deshmukh
  • Publication number: 20140325815
    Abstract: A method tor hoi forging at least one end of a steel reinforcing bar (i.e., a rebar) to simultaneously form a wide head and threads funning around the head during a single step whereby to enable the bar to be coupled end-to-end an adjacent steel bar to be used, for example, to reinforce a precast concrete structure. The end of the bar is first preheated, and the heated end is surrounded by a closing die having a threaded geometry. The die is then nested within and closed around the heated end by an annulus ring of a hydraulic press, or the like. A hydraulic ram of the press is moved through the annulus ring and into engagement with the heated end of the rod so as to apply a compressive force thereto. The metal of the heated end flows into the die so as to be enlarged therein and assume the threaded geometry of the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Christian L. Dahl
  • Publication number: 20140311207
    Abstract: Methods to enhance the quality of grain boundary networks are described. The process can result in the production of a metal including a relatively large fraction of special grain boundaries (e.g., a fraction of special grain boundaries of at least about 55%).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation Intellectual Property Dept.
    Inventors: Kenichi Yaguchi, Christopher A. Schuh
  • Publication number: 20140290322
    Abstract: In a method for producing a component by hot forming of a pre-product made of steel, the pre-product is heated to forming temperature and subsequently formed. The product is heated to a temperature below the AC1-transformation temperature and undergoes a strength increase prior to the heating by cold forming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Evertz, Volker Flaxa, Michael Braun
  • Publication number: 20140261922
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method of refining alpha-phase grain size in an alpha-beta titanium alloy comprises working an alpha-beta titanium alloy at a first working temperature within a first temperature range in the alpha-beta phase field of the alpha-beta titanium alloy. The alloy is slow cooled from the first working temperature. On completion of working at and slow cooling from the first working temperature, the alloy comprises a primary globularized alpha-phase particle microstructure. The alloy is worked at a second working temperature within a second temperature range in the alpha-beta phase field. The second working temperature is lower than the first working temperature. The is worked at a third working temperature in a third temperature range in the alpha-beta phase field. The third working temperature is lower than the second working temperature. After working at the third working temperature, the titanium alloy comprises a desired refined alpha-phase grain size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jean-Phillippe A. Thomas, Ramesh S. Minisandram, Robin M. Forbes Jones, John V. Mantione, David J. Bryan
  • Publication number: 20140262572
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a body frame, an engine, a lead-in duct, and an air cleaner case. An air cleaner includes a convex cleaner element protruding in a direction opposite to a direction extending toward the lead-in duct, and a convex support frame that supports the inner surface of the cleaner element. The support frame includes an outer frame that supports a periphery of the cleaner element. The cleaner element includes a convex element body and a seal provided adjacent the peripheral edge of the element body to project toward the inner surface of the element body so as to work together with the periphery of the element body to hold the outer frame. The periphery of the element body has a smaller thickness than the other portions of the element body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YAMATO SEISAKUSYO, YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinnosuke IDE, Masatomo NAGUMO, Yuya YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20140260501
    Abstract: A method for expanding a rectangular section ring to form a non-rectangular section ring. The method includes heating a rectangular section ring of an alloy to a temperature of between 1000 and 1020° C., preheating an expanding block to a temperature of between 260 and 320° C., nesting the inner circumferential surface of the rectangular section ring on the outer circumferential surface of the expanding block; enabling the expanding block to press the inner circumferential surface of the ring in the radial direction, expanding the inner and outer diameter of the rectangular section ring and decreasing the wall thickness thereof for deforming the rectangular section ring to yield a profiled ring billet, whereby finishing a first expanding; rotating the profiled ring billet for 45° along the central axis, whereby finishing a first rotation; and repeating the expanding process and the rotation to obtain a non-rectangular section ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GUIZHOU ANDA AVIATION FORGING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zhijian WEI, Yongfu XIE, Longxiang WANG, Haiyan ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20140271331
    Abstract: This high-strength steel plate has a component composition including, by mass %, C: 0.02-0.3%, Si: 1-3%, Mn: 1.8-3%, P: 0.1% or less, S: 0.01% or less, Al: 0.001-0.1%, N: 0.002-0.03%, the rest consisting of iron and impurities. Said steel plate has a microstructure including, in terms of area ratio relative to the entire microstructure, each of the following phases: bainitic ferrite: 50-85%; retained ?; 3% or greater; martensite+the aforementioned retained ?; 10-45%; and ferrite: 5-40%. The C concentration (C?R) in the aforementioned retained austenite is 0.3-1.2 mass %, part or all of the N in the aforementioned component composition is solid solution N, and the amount of said solid solution N is 30-100 ppm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Toshio Murakami, Elijah Kakiuchi, Hideo Hata, Naoki Mizuta, Tatsuya Asai
  • Publication number: 20140257203
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for guiding a medical needle, including said medical needle (1) and an insert (2) that is rotatably, translatably, and slidably arranged in the needle (1), wherein said device is characterized in that the insert (2) has, in the free state thereof, a curved distal portion (21), and in that the needle has at least two regions (11, 12), the mechanical behaviors of which are different, wherein the mechanical behaviors of each region (11, 12) and of the curved distal portion (21) of the insert are selected such that a movement of the insert (2) into the needle (1) causes a local deformation of the needle and/or of the insert. The invention also relates to a method for manufacturing said device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Denis Favier, Thierry Alonso, Gregory Chagnon, Yinong Liu, Alexandre Moreau-Gaudry
  • Publication number: 20140255719
    Abstract: A method of processing a non-magnetic alloy workpiece comprises heating the workpiece to a warm working temperature, open die press forging the workpiece to impart a desired strain in a central region of the workpiece, and radial forging the workpiece to impart a desired strain in a surface region of the workpiece. In a non-limiting embodiment, after the steps of open die press forging and radial forging, the strain imparted in the surface region is substantially equivalent to the strain imparted in the central region. In another non-limiting embodiment, the strain imparted in the central and surface regions are in a range from 0.3 inch/inch to 1 inch/inch, and there exists no more than a 0.5 inch/inch difference in strain of the central region compared with the strain of the surface region of the workpiece. An alloy forging processed according to methods described herein also is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ATI PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robin M. Forbes Jones, George J. Smith, JR., Jason P. Floder, Jean-Philippe A. Thomas, Ramesh S. Minisandram
  • Publication number: 20140242329
    Abstract: A method of drawing a material into sheet form includes forming a preform comprising at least one material as a large aspect ratio block wherein a first transverse dimension of the preform is much greater than a second transverse dimension substantially perpendicular to the first transverse dimension. A furnace having substantially linearly opposed heating elements one spaced from the other is provided and the heating elements are energized to apply heat to the preform to create a negative thermal gradient from an exterior surface along the first transverse dimension of the preform inward toward a central plane of the preform. The preform is drawn in such a manner that the material substantially maintains its first transverse dimension and deforms across its second transverse dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Esmaeil Banaei
  • Publication number: 20140223982
    Abstract: A system and method for processing a formable metal panel. The method comprises pressing the formable metal panel between a first die and a second die of a first press, creating a pre-formed panel. The pre-formed panel is annealed with a heating element. An evaporative cooling gas is applied to at least one region of the pre-formed panel for rapid cooling. The evaporative cooling gas may comprise a gas mixture including carbon dioxide or nitrogen. The pre-formed panel is transferred from the first press to a second press for additional forming operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Theresa M. Lee
  • Patent number: 8793857
    Abstract: A method for locking a nut with an inner thread, in which the ultimate tensile strength (Rm) and yield strength (Re) of the material constituting the nut are determined according to temperature. An optimal heating temperature is determined, at which a maximum of a relative plastic interval of the material is reached, said relative plastic interval being defined by the formula (Rm?Re)/Rm, and a maximum heating time is determined, above which the nut presents the risk of deterioration of its microstructure and/or of its initial mechanical strength. The nut is heated to a temperature substantially equal to said optimal temperature and for a heating time of less than said maximum time so that the initial microstructure and mechanical strength of the material constituting the nut are preserved, and a body of the nut is deformed locally by bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Lisi Aerospace
    Inventors: Christian Fauchet, Laurent Bourges
  • Publication number: 20140193659
    Abstract: A sheet metal component for a vehicle comprising a metal sheet having thickened portions integrated into the metal sheet that reinforces local areas of the sheet metal component. The metal sheet has integrally formed longitudinal members and cross-members. A method of manufacturing a sheet metal component is also disclosed that comprises selecting a planar sheet metal blank that is cut to size to define an outer contour. At least one reinforcing layer is provided on the blank to form thickened portions of the blank. The method also includes the steps of heating the blank, forming the blank into the desired geometric shape of the sheet metal component, and hardening the sheet metal component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Horst Heribert LANZERATH, Omar GHOUATI, Juergen WESEMANN
  • Patent number: 8772674
    Abstract: When applying a current to a plated steel plate, plating often biases. In the present invention, when applying a current, the current is applied with a flux guiding member arranged in proximity to a side surface of the plated steel plate. The direction of the magnetic flux at the side surface of the plated steel plate is corrected, and the bias of the plating is efficiently suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Asteer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouji Shimotsu
  • Publication number: 20140144200
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a CrSiN coated hot forming tool having enhanced wear resistance, oxidation resistance and adhesion wear resistance and thereby exhibiting a longer lifetime and better performance. The CrSiN coating is especially good to improve performance by hot metal sheet forming processes where the workpiece is an AlSi-coated metal sheet and/or a metal sheet with strength of 1,500 MPa or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: OERLIKON TRADING AG, TRUBBACH
    Inventors: Arnd Muller, Mathias Lukas Sobiech, Christian Maringer
  • Patent number: 8733142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for making a hot stamped coated steel sheet product, comprising the steps of pre-coating a steel strip or sheet with aluminum—or aluminum alloy, cutting said pre-coated steel strip or sheet to obtain a pre-coated steel blank, heating the blank in a furnace preheated to a temperature and during a time defined by diagram according to thickness, at a heating rate Vc between 20 and 700° C. comprised between 4 and 12° C./s and at a heating rate Vc? between 500 and 700° C. comprised between 1.5 and 6° C./s, to obtain a heated blank; then transferring said heated blank to a die, hot stamping the heated blank in the die obtain a hot stamped steel sheet product, cooling at a mean rate Vr between the exit of the heated blank from the furnace, down to 400° C., of at least 30° C./s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal France
    Inventors: Dominique Spehner, Ronald Kefferstein, Pascal Drillet
  • Patent number: 8733144
    Abstract: A blank cut from a strip of hardenable hot-formed steel is heated in a furnace to a temperature which is smaller than an Ac3 transformation point in an iron carbon diagram. A first region of the blank is then heated in a conductive heating station to a temperature above the Ac3 transformation point and subsequently hardened in a hot forming and hardening tool to produce a steel part with at least two microstructured regions of different ductility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Pohl, Markus Pellmann, Otto Buschsieweke, Stefan Adelbert
  • Publication number: 20140141280
    Abstract: Provided is a high-strength steel sheet having good warm press formability and excellent strength and ductility after warm press forming, and a method for manufacturing such. The high-strength steel sheet has a tensile strength at room temperature not less than 780 MPa, a yield stress at a heating temperature range of 400° C. to 700° C. not more than 80% of the yield stress at room temperature, total elongation at the heating temperature range not less than 1.1 times the total elongation at room temperature, yield stress and total elongation after the steel sheet is heated to the heating temperature range, subjected to a strain of not more than 20%, and cooled from the heating temperature to room temperature, not less than 70% of the yield stress and total elongation, respectively, at room temperature before the heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Kosaka, Yoshimasa Funakawa, Masato Shigemi, Hidekazu Okubo
  • Publication number: 20140130565
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed related to wires that may be used within a medical device. According to one example, a wire may include a core formed of a material having a resistivity of less than 25 micro-ohm-cm and a layer of a biocompatible beta titanium alloy surrounding the core. As one example, the beta titanium alloy has an elastic modulus ranging from 30 GigaPascals (GPa) to 90 GPa and comprises at least two elements from a group consisting of titanium, molybdenum, niobium, tantalum, zirconium, chromium, iron and tin. In one embodiment, the core may be formed of silver, tantalum, a tantalum alloy, niobium, a niobium alloy, platinum, a platinum alloy, palladium, or a palladium alloy. In some examples, one or more wires may be incorporated into a coil or a cable and one or more such coils or cables may be carried by a medical device such as a medical electrical lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Bernard Q. Li, Ling Wang
  • Patent number: 8707751
    Abstract: In a method of producing a hardened formed part, in particular for a structure or body part of a motor vehicle, a metal blank is heated and then hot formed in a cavity of a thermoforming mold to produce a formed part. The formed part is hardened in the cavity of the thermoforming mold through contact with a coolant fed into the cavity via feed channels, whereby a state of aggregation of the coolant is adjusted or the coolant is maintained at a pressure above the steam pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Hielscher, Markus Pellmann
  • Publication number: 20140102163
    Abstract: A forging apparatus and method of uniformly heating, rheologically softening, and thermoplastically forming metallic glasses rapidly into a net shape using a rapid capacitor discharge forming (RCDF) tool are provided. The RCDF method utilizes the discharge of electrical energy stored in a capacitor to uniformly and rapidly heat a sample or charge of metallic glass alloy to a predetermined “process temperature” between the glass transition temperature of the amorphous material and the equilibrium melting point of the alloy in a time scale of several milliseconds or less. Once the sample is uniformly heated such that the entire sample block has a sufficiently low process viscosity it may be shaped into high quality amorphous bulk articles via forging in a time frame of less than 1 second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Georg Kaltenboeck, Joseph P. Schramm, Marios D. Demetriou, William L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140102164
    Abstract: A method of forming a dual alloy member for joining two dissimilar materials includes selecting a first material and a second material that is different from the first material, metallurgically combining the first and second materials, forming the first and second materials into a preform using a hot work metal working process, shaping the preform into using another metal working process, and machining the perform to obtain a predetermined shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Swami Ganesh, Robin Carl Schwant, Lyle B. Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20140083155
    Abstract: A method for consolidating a preform made of composite material. The preform and a compliant metal alloy sheet are placed between less compliant matched confronting forming/molding surfaces with the preform being sandwiched between the metal alloy sheet and a matched confronting surface. The matched confronting surfaces and compliant metal alloy sheet are heated until the preform reaches at least its consolidation temperature. During heating, force is applied so that the matched confronting surfaces exert sufficient compressive force on the preform and metal alloy sheet to cause the composite material to consolidate at the consolidation temperature. The metal alloy sheet has a tensile yield point in a range of 25-300 psi at the consolidation temperature at a strain rate of about 1% to 10% strain per minute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Marc R. Matsen, Erika L. Carter, Panagiotis E. George
  • Publication number: 20140060708
    Abstract: High modulus turbine shafts and high modulus cylindrical articles are described as are the process parameters for producing these shafts and cylindrical articles. The shafts/articles have a high Young's modulus as a result of having high modulus <111> crystal texture along the longitudinal axis of the shaft/article. The shafts are produced from directionally solidified seeded <111> single crystal cylinders that are axisymmetrically hot worked before a limited recrystallization process is carried out at a temperature below the recrystallization temperature of the alloy. The disclosed process produces an intense singular <111> texture and results in shaft or cylindrical article with a Young's modulus that is at least 40% greater than that of conventional nickel or iron alloys or conventional steels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Dilip M. Shah, Herbert A. Chin, John Joseph Marcin, Paul L. Reynolds, Gabriel L. Suciu, Paul D. Genereux, Carl E. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8661869
    Abstract: A stretch-forming apparatus includes a main frame which carries a die enclosure between jaw assemblies. The die enclosure includes radiant heaters for supplying heat to a workpiece being stretch-formed against the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cyril Bath Company
    Inventors: Larry Alexander Polen, Thomas Sandy Houston, John E. Owens, Jr.