Bending, Flexing, Or Folding Patents (Class 73/849)
  • Patent number: 10674706
    Abstract: Described herein is a fast-wearing grade-positioning wound-exposed multifunctional animal ear tag that includes a primary tag, a secondary tag, an UHF RFID chip, a half-duplex ULF RFID chip, an ambient temperature sensor, an animal body temperature sensor, a fast-wearing grade-positioning pin, and a bearing clamp. The ear tag measures animal ear root temperature and ambient temperature of a place where the animal resides. An ointment may be placed onto the UHF RFID chip, the half-duplex ULF RFID chip, and the ear tag in order to facilitate rapid wound healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING MJIANG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Baoqin Shi
  • Patent number: 10605693
    Abstract: Provided is a reaction force measuring device comprising: a receiving portion 12; a movable portion 13 arranged in a manner spaced from the receiving portion 12 and capable of moving toward the receiving portion 12, the movable portion having a sandwiching space a formed between itself and the receiving portion 12, into which sandwiching space a hose H can be inserted from a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the hose; and a measuring portion 14 configured to measure a reaction force of the hose H generated when the hose is pressed and applied with a load as the movable portion 13 moves toward the receiving portion 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Suzuki, Taisuke Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10435289
    Abstract: An apparatus and method wherein the method comprises: a deformable substrate; a curved support structure configured to support at least a portion of a resistive sensor wherein the resistive sensor comprises a first electrode, a second electrode and a resistive sensor material provided between the electrodes; at least one support configured to space the curved support structure from the deformable substrate so that when the deformable substrate is deformed the curved support structure is not deformed in the same way; wherein the resistive sensor is positioned on the curved support structure so as to limit deformation of the resistive sensor when the deformable substrate is deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technoloiges Oy
    Inventors: Darryl Cotton, Adam Robinson, Piers Andrew
  • Patent number: 10429252
    Abstract: A flexible passive capacitance pressure sensor includes a first polymeric substrate and a second polymeric substrate. An elastic dielectric sensing material is positioned between the inner-facing surface of the first polymeric substrate and the inner-facing surface of the second polymeric substrate. A first plurality of wires are positioned on the outer-facing surface of said first polymeric substrate, and a second plurality of wires positioned on the outer-facing surface of said second polymeric substrate. The plurality of wires form a flexible capacitor. With the reduced profile enabled by such a capacitor, the flexible passive capacitance pressure sensor can have a thickness of less than 200 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Squeri, Minghua Xu
  • Patent number: 10337935
    Abstract: A fiber-optic sensor system includes a structure having a fiber-optic cable operatively connected thereto. The system includes a network controller with an interrogator operatively connected to the fiber-optic cable to receive optical energy indicative of a characteristic of the structure therefrom and convert optical energy to electrical energy and electrical energy to optical energy for data communication. A sensor and/or a data source are operatively connected to the fiber-optic cable through the network controller to transmit data through the fiber-optic cable and receive data therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Derek Geiger, Marcus D. Cappelli, Jonathan K. Garhart, Avinash Sarlashkar, Andrew Brookhart, Mark W. Davis
  • Patent number: 10317324
    Abstract: A specimen testing system has holders that hold a specimen for testing. The holders brace the specimen so that a load may be applied. A load applicator applies a load to the specimen at a location that is between the holders bracing the specimen. A user may adjust the load applicator until it applies the desired load to the specimen. If desired, a user may apply rotation to a specimen while it is experiencing a load by using a specimen rotation system. The user may continue to adjust the load applied to the specimen or continue to rotate the specimen during loading until the specimen fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, for and on behalf of the University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Inventors: Kalob Ownby, Mark Creel, Jordan Fulmer, Matt Fulmer, Michael Henry, Dung Tuan Le, Melissa Lee, Derek Odom, Russ Walton, Jeffrey Evans
  • Patent number: 10036693
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a simple method and apparatus for evaluating a collapse load of a structure with respect to ductile fracture in the case where a plurality of flaws exist in a cylindrical structure that receives a bending load. The invention is an evaluation method and apparatus in which a result obtained by calculating a collapse load while a flaw having the largest area among a plurality of flaws is considered as a single flaw and a result obtained by replacing a plurality of flaws with penetration flaws corresponding to the plurality of flaws and calculating a collapse load are compared with each other and the smallest collapse load is set to be a collapse load of a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Fuminori Iwamatsu
  • Patent number: 9952130
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a field of display technology, in particular, to a jig for dropping ball test. The jig for dropping ball test comprises a fixing device and a dropping ball device. The fixing device comprises a plurality of adjusting rods for fixing a sample to be tested, a test region corresponding to the shape of the sample to be tested is enclosed by the plurality of adjusting rods. The dropping ball device is used to drop a ball towards the sample to be tested. The fixing device of the jig can be adjusted in its size according to the size of a sample to be tested, so that the dropping ball test can be carried out for different samples, which is easy to operate and reduces manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qingpu Wang, Ming Hu, Taofeng Xie
  • Patent number: 9895226
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for testing a prosthetic heart valve leaflet. The apparatus comprises a vertical post; a horizontal bar; a linear actuator; a light source; a gauge; and a detector. The vertical post has a longitudinal axis. The horizontal bar has a bar-axis that lies on a vertical bar-plane, the bar being configured to support the leaflet along the bar-axis such that the leaflet drapes over the bar. The linear actuator movably couples the bar to the post. Actuation of the actuator moves the bar vertically in the bar-plane. The light source is configured to emit a beam of light, and is oriented to direct the beam through the bar-plane. The gauge is configured to measure an elevation of the bar above the beam. The detector is configured and positioned to detect the beam, and to generate a detection-signal indicative of detection of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MITRAL TECH LTD.
    Inventors: Boaz Harari, Ilia Hariton
  • Patent number: 9588582
    Abstract: This invention can be embodied in smart clothing for recognizing full-body human motion based on the pressure levels of a flowable substance within two different sets of flexible tubes or channels which are integrated into clothing (or a wearable accessory) and which span the same body joint. This technology can be used to create a wearable, mobile, reasonably-priced, and relatively-unobtrusive full-body motion-capture system which can be used in diverse environments. Compared to camera-based motion capture systems, this invention can be mobile and does not suffer from optical occlusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medibotics LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Connor, Jedidiah Behymer, Matthew Hardyman, Matt Hericks, Garrison Hommer, Gus Lopez, Tyler Olson, John Smida, Alex Stein, Daniel Valencia, Eric Wong
  • Patent number: 9582072
    Abstract: This invention is an article of clothing or clothing accessory for measuring body motion, posture, and/or configuration comprising sets of multiple flexible electromagnetic, light, and/or sound energy pathways, wherein each set longitudinally spans the same body joint in a selected configuration to increase measurement accuracy. Multiple flexible energy pathways longitudinally spanning the same body joint can transmit the same type or different types of energy (e.g. electromagnetic, light, or sound) and can transmit energy flows with the same flow parameters or different flow parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Medibotics LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Connor
  • Patent number: 9573701
    Abstract: A method of docking and recharging using a base station and a station-mating frame on the multicopter. The base station includes an upward-facing camera that is used by a docking controller to detect the presence, position, and orientation of a frame, with infrared light-emitting diodes arranged in a predefined pattern. The controller of the base station acts to emit wireless signals to the multicopter to guide the multicopter with its station-mating frame to a predefined position above the base station. The controller transmits a wireless signal to the multicopter to reduce thrust, and the multicopter lowers itself onto a sloped receiving surface that may be arranged in a crown pattern to provide passive gravity-driven centering, which causes the station-mating frame to slide to a lowest vertical point of the receiving assembly. A locking mechanism engages to lock the frame in place and provide electrical contact for recharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Beardsley, Michael Eriksson, Javier Alonso-Mora, Joern Rehder
  • Patent number: 9074864
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems relating to a sensing device are disclosed. A device may comprise a structure including a first surface and a second, opposite surface, wherein the structure comprises one or more segments. Further, the device may include a plurality of sensors disposed on the structure, wherein each segment of the one or more segments comprises a first sensor of the plurality of sensors coupled to the first surface and an associated second sensor of the plurality of sensors coupled to the second surface. Moreover, each sensor of the plurality of sensors may be configured to measure a strain exhibited on an adjacent surface of the structure at an associated segment of the one or more segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Edward C. Mathias, John L. Shipley
  • Patent number: 9038478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining the fatigue capital of a cable supporting a civil engineering structure, the method including: a measuring step (S1, S2) during which the normal tensile stress in the cable and the bending stress in the cable are measured in a synchronized manner so as to obtain the compound stress in the cable; a counting step (S3) during which a count of the number of stress cycles, depending on the amplitude of the stress, is carried out from the measured compound stresses; and a step (S4) of assessing the fatigue capital of the cable during which the fatigue capital of the cable is determined by comparing the count, carried out in the counting step, with a pre-set Wohler curve for the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Soletanche Freyssinet
    Inventors: Gilles Hovhanessian, Alexandre Chaperon, Erik Mellier
  • Publication number: 20150053018
    Abstract: A test method for evaluating elasticity of a coating. A coating is applied onto a conductive substrate to form a test specimen. The test specimen is bent into a shape having a bend axis and a bend area having a radius of curvature that increases along the bend axis from a first end to a second end of the test specimen. Conductivity of the coating is measured at a plurality of different measurement points at different distances along the bend axis within the bend area. The measured conductivity values are correlated to the distances along the bend axis to determine an elongation limit of the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Takao Sugama
  • Publication number: 20150033870
    Abstract: A test apparatus for a flexible device includes a rotational driving unit, a first support, and a second support. The rotational driving unit is configured to generate a rotational force. The first support is coupled to the rotational driving unit, and is configured to rotate in response to the rotational force and support a first portion of the flexible device. The second support is disposed adjacent to the first support and is configured to support a second portion of the flexible device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SANG WOL LEE
  • Patent number: 8931351
    Abstract: A bending sensor includes a high resistance layer; a low resistance layer having a crack and a lower electrical resistance than the high resistance layer in a state where the crack is closed; an insulating layer between the high and low resistance layers; and a plurality of electrode portions connecting electrically in parallel the high resistance and low resistance layers. In an OFF state where a bend amount is small, the crack is unlikely to open and a combined resistance of electrical resistances of the high resistance layer and the low resistance layer is output as OFF resistance from the plurality of electrode portions. In an ON state where the bend amount is large, the crack is likely to open and at least the electrical resistance of the high resistance layer is output as ON resistance higher than the OFF resistance from the plurality of electrode portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Riko Company Limited
    Inventors: Atsushi Muramatsu, Yuuki Saitou, Masaru Murayama
  • Publication number: 20150007669
    Abstract: A measurement pigment composition including pigment particles may be coated on a surrounding area of a display panel to form a strain measuring part. A strain of the display device may be measured by using 3D images of the strain measuring part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Chul-Woo Jeong, Soon-Ryong Park, Seok-Gi Baek, Jung-Ho So, Tae-Eun Kim
  • Publication number: 20150007664
    Abstract: A panel includes a plurality of integrated strain gauges for measuring deformation information relating to the panel. The strain gauges are arranged parallel to one another in the longitudinal direction of the panel and have at least two different lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Franz Dirauf, Kerstin Farmbauer
  • Publication number: 20140331781
    Abstract: A flexible device including sensors for shape detection is provided. The flexible device includes a measurement unit including a plurality of bending sensors disposed along at least one edge of the flexible device, and configured to output measurement values sensed by the plurality of bending sensors, and a controller configured to detect a position of at least one curve point on the flexible device by receiving the sensed measurements values from the measurement unit, and to detect at least one bending line of the flexing device according to information about positions of curve points, which are detected on at least two different sides of the flexible device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung Sun LEE, Youn-Ho CHOI, Seok-Myong KANG, Shi-Yun CHO
  • Patent number: 8863586
    Abstract: A variable resistance flexure sensor, and a system and method of controlling an appliance using a variable resistance flexure sensor are provided. The sensor can include a substrate having a flexible portion and a non-flexible portion. A plurality of electrically resistive elements, such as a first resistive element and a second resistive element, can be disposed on the substrate where at least one resistive element is exclusively within the non-flexible portion of the substrate and at least one resistive element is within the flexible portion of the substrate. The resistive element within the non-flexible portion of the substrate can act as a reference resistance for the flexure sensor and can be used as, or as part of, a biasing network for the electrically resistive element within the flexible portion of the substrate. The flexure sensor can be used within an appliance to detect various conditions such as temperature, moisture, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: James Carter Bach
  • Publication number: 20140308061
    Abstract: The present disclosure is in the field of construction and mining machinery and is directed to a quick coupler, a machine incorporating a quick coupler, and a method for detecting positive engagement between a quick coupler and a work tool accessory. The various embodiments involve detecting the strain exerted on an engagement mechanism of the quick coupler by an attachment mechanism of a work tool accessory or determining the proximity between the engagement mechanism and the attachment mechanism in order to determine if the work tool accessory is positively coupled with the quick coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Troy Curtis Robl
  • Patent number: 8857266
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus and method for evaluating the development of PS during polymerization of dental restorative composites, which includes using a tensometer for measuring deflection of a calibrated cantilever beam induced by PS and calculating PS from the measured deflection. A tensometer according to an embodiment of the present invention can be used to quantify PS at varying beam locations and heights, and determine trend in PS development as a function of beam length. More importantly, in the present invention, the development of polymerization shrinkage and the elastic modulus can be simultaneously obtained in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Commerce, The National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Inventor: Martin Chiang
  • Patent number: 8850898
    Abstract: A test fixture for applying a prescribed displacement to a material includes a first and a second portion, a first and a second adjustable pin, and an actuator. The first portion includes a first pin that to engages the material at a first location on the material. A second pin is engages the material at a second location on the material. A third pin engages the material at a third location on the material. The first adjustable pin holds the material against the second pin at the second location. The second adjustable pin holds the material against the third pin at the third location. The actuator is adapted to configure a relative position between the first pin and the second and third pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Johnsen
  • Patent number: 8806953
    Abstract: Provided is a bending test apparatus for flexible substrate which may increase or maximize reliability. The bending test apparatus includes a table, a first electrode part fixing one side of a flexible substrate on the table, a guide rail disposed adjacent to the first electrode part, the guide rail extending from the one side of the flexible substrate to the other side, a slider moved along the guide rail, and a second electrode part connected to the slider, the second electrode part approaching or spacing the other side of the flexible substrate to/from the first electrode part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Gi Heon Kim
  • Patent number: 8776612
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a method for determining the dynamic characteristics of a ski boot comprising the steps of selecting at least three parameters suitable to represent some dynamic characteristics of the boot, experimentally determining the values assumed from each of the parameters, and finally determining the dynamic behavior of the ski boot on the basis of the combination of the values measured in the previous step. Also claimed is an apparatus for determining a parameter of dynamic behavior of a ski boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Tecnica Group S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Fortunato Zampieri, Fernando De Cassan, Franco Ferrarese, Alfred Pellegrini
  • Patent number: 8766811
    Abstract: A compression testing assembly for compression testing of a test material includes a testing stage with a first surface and a second surface. The test material is disposed between the first and second surfaces. The assembly also includes a thickness detector that automatically detects a thickness of the test material. Moreover, the assembly includes an actuator that moves at least one of the first and second surfaces toward the other of the first and second surfaces to compress the test material to a predetermined percentage of the detected thickness of the test material. Additionally, the assembly includes a load detector that detects a compression load of the test material and that detects a change in the compression load over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan-Pier A. Spampinato, Edward F. Wachtel
  • Publication number: 20140150566
    Abstract: A device for the transverse retention of a longitudinal test specimen and apparatus for the mechanical characterization in bending of such a test specimen. The test specimen includes a web and at least one main flange connected to one end of said web. The device includes a body in which there is formed a housing which is shaped to house said test specimen transversally and which has a main bearing face against which one face of said web is intended to press; and a mobile clamp formed so as to press said web against said main bearing face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Manuel Negro, Victor Combes, Laurent Huquet, Marc Hell
  • Patent number: 8726738
    Abstract: A device for measuring deformation including: a) at least one strain gauge, producing a signal following a deformation, positioned on a face of a flexible support favoring elongation of the strain gauge, the face opposite the strain gauge of the flexible support, which is configured to be brought into contact with, or glued to, a test body with the deformation desired to be measured; b) at least one first substrate, including at least signal processor and/or signal transmission device; c) a securing mechanism to assemble the strain gauge and the first substrate mechanically, including an elastic layer of material having elastic properties positioned between the gauge and the first substrate, the elastic layer preventing deformation of the gauge from being transmitted, or be transmitted as little as possible, to the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventor: Hubert Grange
  • Publication number: 20140123766
    Abstract: A variable resistance flexure sensor, and a system and method of controlling an appliance using a variable resistance flexure sensor are provided. The sensor can include a substrate having a flexible portion and a non-flexible portion. A plurality of electrically resistive elements, such as a first resistive element and a second resistive element, can be disposed on the substrate where at least one resistive element is exclusively within the non-flexible portion of the substrate and at least one resistive element is within the flexible portion of the substrate. The resistive element within the non-flexible portion of the substrate can act as a reference resistance for the flexure sensor and can be used as, or as part of, a biasing network for the electrically resistive element within the flexible portion of the substrate. The flexure sensor can be used within an appliance to detect various conditions such as temperature, moisture, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: James Carter Bach
  • Publication number: 20140116152
    Abstract: A system and method for determining an angular position of a spine of an elongated cylindrical object. The system includes a support structure configured to hold an elongated cylindrical object. The support structure includes a stop shaped and positioned to arrest and prevent lateral motion of an elongated cylindrical object beyond a predefined position. The support structure includes a first rotation facilitation device and a second rotation facilitation device configured to facilitate free rotation of an elongated cylindrical object about a long axis thereof. The system includes a weight configured to provide a consistent deflection force. The weight includes a third rotation facilitation device configured to facilitate free rotation of an elongated cylindrical object engaged therewith about a long axis thereof. The system includes a marking slot disposed through a surface of the support structure and configured to provide an aperture to mark an elongated cylindrical object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Wilson Johnston, Matthew John Volker
  • Patent number: 8689644
    Abstract: A detection device for shocks on a part comprises a base intended to be fixed by a lower face onto a surface of the part where the occurrence of a shock is to be detected and comprises one or more detectors fixed at the base and protruding with respect to the base, a detector being deformed in a persistent way with a magnitude equal to or greater than a threshold magnitude when it is subjected to a shock with an energy equal to or greater than a threshold energy. Under the effect of such a shock with energy or greater, a detector is simply deformed or broken such that the visual inspection allows the occurrence of the shock to be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Jerome Dubost
  • Patent number: 8671772
    Abstract: A novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus and a related method of using the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus can place a plurality of RFID tags in corresponding tag holding clips on the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus to execute a bending test sequence along a particular bending axis for each RFID tag. The bending test sequence can assist identifying defective RFID tags which cannot overcome external bending pressures asserted by the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus. By excluding these defective RFID tags from a commercial shipment of RFID tags to customers, a manufacturer of RFID tags may be able to reduce a rate of premature RFID tag failures due to external bending pressures in real-life applications of RFID tags, thereby achieving a higher quality assurance and reliability of RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hana Micron America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ryol Jin, Yong Hyun Lee
  • Publication number: 20130327152
    Abstract: A test apparatus includes a first surface configured to apply a linear force in two directions and a first attachment assembly configured to secure a first end of a cable to the first surface. The first attachment assembly is further configured to permit two degrees of rotational freedom. The test apparatus also includes a second surface, opposite the first surface, and a second attachment assembly configured to secure a second end of the cable to the second surface. The apparatus facilitates testing of a bending force and a kink force associated with the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: David Zhi Chen
  • Patent number: 8596137
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems relating to a sensing device are disclosed. A device may comprise a structure including a first surface and a second, opposite surface, wherein the structure comprises one or more segments. Further, the device may include a plurality of sensors disposed on the structure, wherein each segment of the one or more segments comprises a first sensor of the plurality of sensors coupled to the first surface and an associated second sensor of the plurality of sensors coupled to the second surface. Moreover, each sensor of the plurality of sensors may be configured to measure a strain exhibited on an adjacent surface of the structure at an associated segment of the one or more segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Mathias, John L. Shipley
  • Patent number: 8573063
    Abstract: A height adjustment structure of printed circuit board and the adjustment method thereof are disclosed. The height adjustment structure includes an electronic device main body, a circuit board body and an adjusting component. The electronic device main body includes at least one fixing part. The circuit board body is disposed on a surface of the electronic device main body at which the fixing part is located. The circuit board body includes at least one stuck part, wherein the stuck part is disposed along the edge of the circuit board body and corresponds to the fixing part; further, the stuck part recesses inwards into the circuit board body to form a U shape. One end of the adjusting component movably penetrates the fixing part and being screw locked thereon, and another end of the adjusting component is embedded to the stuck part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventor: Tzu-Chih Lin
  • Publication number: 20130275060
    Abstract: An arcuate metal element for detecting a rotary force and generating a deformation in response thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Josiah Rosmarin, Ben Berkowitz
  • Patent number: 8544340
    Abstract: An improved test fixture to evaluate thin composite laminates commonly used in deployable space structures. The fixture is designed to impart a pure moment into the coupon, a necessary improvement to prior test methods where results are obtained by fitting material properties in a nonlinear structural analysis of the test. Fixture mechanics allow for direct calculation of the coupon flexural modulus and allowable flexural strain based on two key measurements, fixture displacement and applied load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Emil V. Ardelean, Thomas W. Murphey, Gregory E. Sanford
  • Publication number: 20130220024
    Abstract: The invention provides a test apparatus for providing axial stresses in a structure, comprising a first set of formations for abutting a first surface of the structure at a first plurality of locations, a second set of formations for abutting a second surface of the structure at a second plurality of locations, and a force actuator, and wherein each set of formations comprises at least three formations and wherein at least two formations in each set of formations are aligned with a notional alignment line along the structure and at least one formation in each set of formations is out of alignment along the structure with said notional alignment line, such that when the force actuator applies a force, loads are applied at different locations, causing the structure to bend biaxially and thereby providing biaxial stresses in the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Airbus Operations Limited
  • Patent number: 8511178
    Abstract: A method of testing metal samples is provided to simulate stretch flanging of trimmed surfaces. A sample having planar sides and a sidewall extending between the planar sides is placed in a fixture so that the planar sides are confined. The sidewall of the sample is bent about a curved surface while restricting buckling out of a planar area. One testing machine is disclosed in which a test specimen is clamped in a die with a nesting slot while a punch bends a sample against a forming surface that has a radius. In another testing machine, a mandrel and clamping element engage the planar sides of the sample while first and second bending members engage first and second end portions to bend one of the sidewalls of the sample about the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sergey Fedorovich Golovashchenko
  • Patent number: 8495919
    Abstract: A test apparatus and method for determining at least one characteristic of a test specimen. An exemplary test specimen is a shape memory metal alloy and an exemplary characteristic is a transformation temperature of the shape memory metal alloy. The test apparatus may include a chiller unit including a tank containing a chilling medium, such as isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol, which holds a removable fixture tray that can accommodate up to ten specimens, or more. The fixture tray holds the test specimens in an initial deformed condition, and the cooling medium may be gradually heated to induce transformation of the specimens. The test apparatus may include a vision-based optical system which includes a camera that tracks the specimens within its field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas A. Geese
  • Patent number: 8461860
    Abstract: Provided is a bending test apparatus of a flexible device. The bending test apparatus includes: first and second electrode parts disposed in a horizontal direction and loading a flexible device horizontally, wherein the first electrode part is movable in the horizontal direction and the second electrode part is fixed so that the first electrode part horizontally moves toward the second electrode part to apply mechanical stress of the horizontal direction to the flexible device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Yong Hae Kim, Gi Heon Kim, Seung Youl Kang
  • Patent number: 8448506
    Abstract: Provided is a method for testing adhesion. The method includes forming thin films on a substrate; attaching an elastic plate to the substrate, wherein the elastic plate has a larger elastic coefficient than the substrate; and performing an adhesion test on the thin films using an adhesion test apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeo-Hoon Yoon, Ho-Jeong Moon
  • Patent number: 8443680
    Abstract: An arrangement of elements which are used to restrain and deflect a pipe specimen to a prescribed form with precisely controlled loads. A rigid frame includes a movable pipe bending form to which one end of a pipe specimen is connected and a rotating table to which the second end of the pipe specimen is connected. Means for assessing the drive torque used to draw the pipe specimen over the pipe bending form is provided in the form of a load cell. The rotating table is used in combination with a travelling pipe end truck foundation to generate a bending moment in the pipe specimen in the same plane as the pipe specimen is being bent by the pipe bending form. By the use of precise loads on the pipe specimen, computer analysis of the simulated reeling of the given pipe construction will produce predictions of the reeling tension, shear, and bending moment in the pipe at the point of the travelling pipe end as this point on the pipe approaches contact with the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: J. Ray McDermott, S.A.
    Inventors: Leland Harris Taylor, Jr., Luca Suschitz
  • Publication number: 20130092588
    Abstract: The present application provides a stacking tray for use with a number of products. The stacking tray may include a floor, a wall extending from the floor, and a subpanel. The subpanel may extend from the wall at an angle towards the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORRUGATED LLC
    Inventors: Yavuz Aksan, Wayne P. Gasior, Ernest B. Widner
  • Publication number: 20130079693
    Abstract: A method of constructing a sensor includes depositing a first material in a predetermined arrangement to form a structure. The depositing results in at least one void occurring within the structure. The method further includes depositing a second material within the voids. The second material may have electrical properties that vary according to deformation of the second material. The method also includes providing electrical access to the second material to enable observation of the one or more electrical properties. A sensor includes a structure that has one or more voids distributed within the structure. The sensor also includes a material deposited within the one or more voids. The material may be characterized by one or more electrical properties such as piezoresistivity. The sensor includes a first contact electrically coupled to a first location on the material, and a second contact electrically coupled to a second location on the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
  • Publication number: 20130074607
    Abstract: A novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus and a related method of using the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus can place a plurality of RFID tags in corresponding tag holding clips on the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus to execute a bending test sequence along a particular bending axis for each RFID tag. The bending test sequence can assist identifying defective RFID tags which cannot overcome external bending pressures asserted by the novel RFID tag-bending test apparatus. By excluding these defective RFID tags from a commercial shipment of RFID tags to customers, a manufacturer of RFID tags may be able to reduce a rate of premature RFID tag failures due to external bending pressures in real-life applications of RFID tags, thereby achieving a higher quality assurance and reliability of RFID tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: HANA MICRON AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Sung Ryol JIN, Yong Hyun LEE
  • Patent number: 8397584
    Abstract: A fabricating method and a testing method of a semiconductor device and a mechanical integrity testing apparatus are provided. An object includes a wafer, an insulating layer, and a plurality of conductive posts is provided. A surface of the wafer has a plurality of first blind holes outside chip regions and a plurality of second blind holes inside the chip regions. The insulating layer is between the conductive posts and the walls of the first blind holes and between the conductive posts and the walls of the second blind holes. A mechanical integrity test is performed to test a binding strength between the insulating layer, the conductive posts, and the walls of the first blind holes. The conductive posts in the chip regions are electrically connected to an element after the conductive posts in the first blind holes are qualified in the mechanical integrity test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Ming-Che Hsieh, John H. Lau, Ra-Min Tain
  • Patent number: 8375805
    Abstract: A work holder capable of measuring the amount of distortion occurring in a part as the part is machined, processed, treated, or otherwise operated upon and methods of using the same for quality control and process monitoring purposes. Indirect measurement of the distortion occurring in the part eliminates the need to individually strain gauge each part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Surface Technology Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul S. Prevey
  • Patent number: 8365611
    Abstract: A bend test method includes bending a flip chip device into a bent configuration, heating the flip chip device, and inspecting the flip chip device for failure. The bend test method is completed in a relatively short amount of time, e.g., within one to three days. Thus, appropriate failure modes in flip chip devices are created in an accelerated manner so that reliability assessment of various flip chip device designs, materials, and process options can be completed in a few days instead of a few months. This greatly reduced development cycle time typically results in a larger market share for new flip chip device products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Amkor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Darveaux, Christopher J. Berry