The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 3.28.12

Footwear
Patent D656,302
Claims the ornamental design for footwear.
Inventors: Wade Driggers (Richmond)
March 27, 2012

Filter tube making
Patent 8,142,598
A hollow filter tube is produced with a longitudinal seam and a fixed diameter. In the formation of the hollow tube glue is applied along a longitudinal side edge portion of an endless strip, and the strip is then formed into a tubular shape with an unglued longitudinal edge portion tucked directly under and against the glued side edge portion. The hollow tube is then heated to drive moisture from the glue and size and shape the hollow tube. Ultimately the formed hollow tube is cut into specific lengths.[private]
Inventors: Loren Duvekot (Goochland); Michael S. Braunshteyn (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 27, 2012

Castellated gate MOSFET tetrode capable of fully-depleted operation
Patent 8,138,544
A castellated-gate MOSFET tetrode device capable of fully depleted operation is disclosed. The device includes a semiconductor substrate region having an upper portion with a top surface and a lower portion with a bottom surface. A source region and a drain region are formed in the semiconductor substrate region, with adjoined primary and secondary channel-forming regions also disposed therein between the source and drain regions, thereby forming an integrated cascade structure. Trench isolation insulator islands, having upper and lower surfaces, surround the source and drain regions as well as the channel-forming regions. Both the primary and secondary channel-forming regions include pluralities of thin, spaced, vertically-orientated semiconductor channel elements that span longitudinally along the device between the source and drain regions. First and second gate structures are provided in the form of pluralities of spaced, castellated first and second gate elements interposed between the primary and secondary channel elements, respectively, with first and second top gate members interconnecting the first and second gate elements at their upper vertical ends to cover the primary and secondary channel elements. The adjoined primary and secondary channel elements are super-self-aligned from the first and second gate elements to the source and drain regions. Finally, first and second dielectric layers separate the primary and secondary channel elements from their respective gate structures.
Inventors: John James Seliskar (Midlothian)
March 20, 2012

Automated methods and systems for the detection and identification of money service business transactions
Patent 8,145,585
The present disclosure provides an automated method for the detection and identification of money service business transactions, including: performing a preprocessing operation, wherein the preprocessing operation includes filtering a dataset; performing a feature extraction operation, wherein the feature extraction operation includes extracting predetermined features from a transaction signal; performing a statistical analysis operation for the testing of significance of extracted features and dimension reduction; and performing one or more of a nonlinear classification operation and a linear classification operation, wherein the nonlinear or linear classification operation includes classifying data that appears to be related to a money service business transaction.
Inventors: Kayvan Najarian (Richmond); Alireza Darvish (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Assignee: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
March 27, 2012

Method and apparatus for the production of high tenacity polyolefin sheet
Patent 8,142,699
A process for the production of virtually full density polyolefin suitable for further processing by drawing to form a high tenacity, highly oriented polyolefin sheet comprising: a) feeding a metered amount of polyolefin powder into the nip between two heated calender rolls initially set at a gap smaller than the size of the smallest polyolefin powder particle and at a temperature above the melting point of the powder; b) rolling the powder through the nip under these conditions until a coherent sheet of polyolefin is produced: and c) once a coherent sheet of polyolefin exits the nip lowering the temperature in the nip to a temperature below the melting point of the polyolefin powder and increasing the gap to a desired level above the thickness of the largest powder particle. Apparatus for the performance of such a process is also described.
Inventors: Kenneth C. Harding (Midlothian); Gene C. Weedon (Richmond)
Assignee: BAE Systems Tensylon H.P.M. Inc. (Monroe, N.C.)
March 27, 2012

Cushion with plural zones of foam
Patent 8,141,957
A cushion assembly defining a thickness direction comprises at least one covering layer and a core layer. The core layer comprises a first member and a second member. The covering layer spans continuously across both the first and second members in a direction generally transverse to the thickness direction, and the first member is disposed adjacent a forward area of the cushion assembly. The second member is disposed adjacent a back surface of the first member. The second member has a higher resistance to resilient deformation than the first member, and the first member has a higher resistance to resilient deformation than the at least one covering layer.
Inventors: Mark D. McClung (Grandview, Tenn.); Theodore R. McClure (Richmond); Steven D. Hawkins (Midlothian)
Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated (Monroe, Mich.)
March 27, 2012

Reconfigurable package for confectionery products
Patent 8,141,707
A package for storing and dispensing a consumable product is provided. The package can be easily constructed from a suitable blank of material and can be composed of first and second compartments hingedly and detachably secured to each other. The package has an initially unopened configuration where the first and second compartments define a substantially common plane. The package is openable from the initially unopened configuration by relative movement of the first and second compartments about the hinge. The package is reconfigurable to either of first and second closed configurations after the initial opening. In the first closed configuration the first and second compartments define a substantially common plane and in the second closed configuration the first and second compartments define spaced apart substantially parallel planes. A blank for a package, a method of making the package and a method of reconfiguring the package are also disclosed.
Inventors: James W. Robbins (Chicago); Ryan A. Bailey (Richmond)
Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (Chicago)
March 27, 2012

Replaceable staking insert
Patent 8,142,161
A rotating assembly. The rotating assembly may include a wheel, a slot positioned about the wheel with the slot having a staking recess positioned therein, a wheel attachment positioned within the slot, and a staking insert positioned within the staking recess. The staking recess axially retains the staking insert and the wheel attachment radially retains the staking insert.
Inventors: Stephen Robert Prince (Simpsonville, S.C.); Stephen Paul Wassynger (Simpsonville); Thomas R. Tipton (Greer, S.C.); Tushar S. Desai (Bangalore, India); Michael E. Friedman (Simpsonville); Christopher Robert Kelly (Easley, S.C.); James Purdue Masso (Chesterfield); Paul L. Kalmar (Zirconia, N.C.)
Assignee: General Electric Company (Schenectady, N.Y.)
March 27, 2012

Cooled gas turbine vane assembly
Patent 8,142,137
A gas turbine vane to improve vane performance by addressing known failure mechanisms. A cooling circuit to the trailing edge of a vane airfoil is fed from the outer diameter platform, which prevents failure due to an oxidized and eroded airfoil trailing edge. The gas turbine includes an outer diameter platform, a hollow airfoil and an inner diameter platform with a plurality of cooling tubes extending radially through the airfoil. The cooling tubes are open at the outer diameter end and closed with covers at the inner diameter end. The inner diameter platform is also cooled and includes a meterplate for a portion of the cooling passageway and includes an undercut to improve thermal deflections of the inner diameter platform.
Inventors: Chris Johnston (Chesterfield); Gary Bash (Jupiter, Fla.); Tim teRiele (Palm City, Fla.); David Parker (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.); James Page Strohl (Stuart, Fla.)
Assignee: Alstom Technology Ltd (CH)
March 27, 2012

Game gurney system
Patent 8,141,887
A tubular frame has leading and trailing sections. The leading section has a leading end with parallel rearwardly extending legs. The trailing section has a trailing end with parallel forwardly extending legs receiving the rearwardly extending legs. An axle has central and end sections with wheels rotatably mounted on the end sections. A riser plate has a lower edge pivotably coupled to the axle. The riser plate has an upper edge with a concave curve. The riser plate is pivotably coupled to the frame. A handle assembly has a tubular grip with parallel downwardly extending arms. The handle assembly also has parallel upwardly extending arms receiving the downwardly extending arms. The upwardly extending arms are pivotably coupled to the axle.
Inventors: Donald L. Poteat (Chesterfield)
March 27, 2012

Plug assembly with moveable mounting members
Patent 8,141,591
A plug assembly 10 includes a housing 14 and one or more covers 16 coupled to the housing. The plug assembly 10 includes at least one mounting plate 12a, 12b positioned between the housing 14 and the cover 16 for movement relative thereto between an extended position and a retracted position. The plug assembly 10 includes an actuator 17 engageble with the mounting plates 12a, 12b for moving the mounting plates between the extended position and the retracted position in response to a command issued from a controller 62. During operation, the plug assembly 10 is positioned in a conduit 18 and the mounting plates 12a, 12b are moved to the extended position thereby releasably securing the plug assembly at a desired location in the conduit.
Inventors: John Jaromin (Chesterfield); Joseph Chapman (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Alstom Technology Ltd (Baden, Switzerland)
March 27, 2012

Basecoat and associated paperboard structure
Patent 8,142,887
A basecoat including a pigment blend of a coarse ground calcium carbonate and a hyperplaty clay having an average aspect ratio of at least about 40:1.
Inventors: Gary P. Fugitt (Pittsboro, N.C.); Steve G. Bushhouse (Cary, N.C.); Jason Richard Hogan (Glen Allen); Wei-Hwa Her (Beaumont, Texas)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
March 27, 2012

Date cycling storage calendar
Patent 8,141,280
A calendar comprising a backing member and a plurality of detachable storage trays is disclosed. The calendar further comprises a plurality of backing securing mechanisms, each of which is associated with a calendar position on the backing member. Each of the detachable storage trays includes a plurality of storage compartments and a tray securing mechanism. Each storage compartment has an associated calendar identifier. The tray securing mechanisms are configured for quick-release attachment to and quick-release detachment from the backing securing mechanisms associated with the calendar positions.
Inventors: Cathryne Doss (Mechanicsville)
March 27, 2012

Star roller
Patent D655,993
Claims the ornamental design for a star roller.
Inventors: Paradee Bunnag (Waynesboro, Va.); James Naderi (Richmond)
Assignee: American Safety Razor (Verona, Va.)
March 20, 2012

Assembling work packets within a software factory
Patent 8,141,040
A method, system, and computer-readable medium for assembling work packets within a software factory are presented. In a preferred embodiment, the computer-implemented method comprises the steps of: collecting a plurality of software artifacts that have been archived during an assembly of previous work packets; collecting a plurality of metrics that have been utilized during the assembly of previous work packets; defining a template for a new work packet, wherein the template for the new work packet is created by a packet definition process that defines attributes that are needed in the new work packet; selecting requisite software artifacts from the plurality of software artifacts; selecting requisite metrics from the plurality of metrics; and sending the template, requisite software artifacts and requisite metrics to a packet assembly process, wherein the packet assembly process assembles the requisite software artifacts to create the new work packet.
Inventors: Jarir K. Chaar (Tarrytown, N.Y.); Ronald D. Finlayson (Blythewood, S.C.); Thomas A. Jobson Jr. (New Paltz, N.Y.); Naomi M. Mitsumori (San Jose, Calif.); Francis X. Reddington (Richmond)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
March 20, 2012

Method and apparatus for the production of high tenacity polyolefin sheet
Patent 8,137,601
A process for the production of virtually full density polyolefin suitable for further processing by drawing to form a high tenacity, highly oriented polyolefin sheet comprising: a) feeding a metered amount of polyolefin powder into the nip between two heated calender rolls; b) rolling the powder through the nip under these conditions until a coherent sheet of polyolefin is produced. According to a highly preferred embodiment, initially, the nip is set at a gap smaller than the size of the smallest polyolefin powder particle and at a temperature above the melting point of the powder and once a coherent sheet of polyolefin exits the nip the temperature in the nip is lowered to a temperature below the melting point of the polyolefin powder and the gap increased to a desired level above the thickness of the largest powder particle.
Inventors: Kenneth C. Harding (Midlothian); Gene C. Weedon (Richmond)
Assignee: BAE Systems Tensylon High Performance Materials, Inc. (Monroe, NC)
March 20, 2012

Paper comprising PIPD pulp and process for making same
Patent 8,137,506
The invention concerns a paper comprising polypyridobisimidazole fibers, where the apparent density of the paper is from 0.1 to 0.5 g/cm.sub.3 and the tensile strength of the paper in N/cm is at least 0.00057X*Y, where X is the volume portion of polypyridobisimidazole in the total solids of the paper in % and Y is basis weight of the paper in g/m.sub.2.
Inventors: Edmund A. Merriman (Midlothian); Achim Amma (Richmond); Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen); Kevin A. Mulcahy (Ashland)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
March 20, 2012

Stabilized emissive structures and methods of making
Patent 8,138,675
An emitter is disclosed. The emitter includes a base layer comprising an array of nanocavities on an emission surface of the base layer, wherein facets of the nanocavities are substantially along equivalent crystallographic planes of one or more families of planes having substantially equal surface energies, wherein the equivalent crystallographic planes have surface energies equal to or lower than a surface energy of the crystallographic plane of the emission surface. Methods of making such emitters and radiation sources including such emitters are also disclosed.
Inventors: Andrew David Deal (Niskayuna, N.Y.); William Paul Minnear (Clifton Park, N.Y.); Gregory Michael Gratson (Glen Allen); David Jeffrey Bryan (Indian Trail, N.C.)
Assignee: General Electric Company (Niskayuna, N.Y.)
March 20, 2012

Isotopically-enriched boron-containing compounds, and methods of making and using same
Patent 8,138,071
An isotopically-enriched, boron-containing compound comprising two or more boron atoms and at least one fluorine atom, wherein at least one of the boron atoms contains a desired isotope of boron in a concentration or ratio greater than a natural abundance concentration or ratio thereof. The compound may have a chemical formula of B.sub.2F.sub.4. Synthesis methods for such compounds, and ion implantation methods using such compounds, are described, as well as storage and dispensing vessels in which the isotopically-enriched, boron-containing compound is advantageously contained for subsequent dispensing use.
Inventors: Robert Kaim (Brookline, Mass.); Joseph D. Sweeney (Winsted, Conn.); Oleg Byl (Southbury, Conn.); Sharad N. Yedave (Danbury, Conn.); Edward E. Jones (Woodbury, Conn.); Peng Zou (Ridgefield, Conn.); Ying Tang (Brookfield, Conn.); Barry Lewis Chambers (Midlothian); Richard S. Ray (New Milford, Conn.)
Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials Inc. (Danbury)
March 20, 2012[/private]

Footwear
Patent D656,302
Claims the ornamental design for footwear.
Inventors: Wade Driggers (Richmond)
March 27, 2012

Filter tube making
Patent 8,142,598
A hollow filter tube is produced with a longitudinal seam and a fixed diameter. In the formation of the hollow tube glue is applied along a longitudinal side edge portion of an endless strip, and the strip is then formed into a tubular shape with an unglued longitudinal edge portion tucked directly under and against the glued side edge portion. The hollow tube is then heated to drive moisture from the glue and size and shape the hollow tube. Ultimately the formed hollow tube is cut into specific lengths.[private]
Inventors: Loren Duvekot (Goochland); Michael S. Braunshteyn (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 27, 2012

Castellated gate MOSFET tetrode capable of fully-depleted operation
Patent 8,138,544
A castellated-gate MOSFET tetrode device capable of fully depleted operation is disclosed. The device includes a semiconductor substrate region having an upper portion with a top surface and a lower portion with a bottom surface. A source region and a drain region are formed in the semiconductor substrate region, with adjoined primary and secondary channel-forming regions also disposed therein between the source and drain regions, thereby forming an integrated cascade structure. Trench isolation insulator islands, having upper and lower surfaces, surround the source and drain regions as well as the channel-forming regions. Both the primary and secondary channel-forming regions include pluralities of thin, spaced, vertically-orientated semiconductor channel elements that span longitudinally along the device between the source and drain regions. First and second gate structures are provided in the form of pluralities of spaced, castellated first and second gate elements interposed between the primary and secondary channel elements, respectively, with first and second top gate members interconnecting the first and second gate elements at their upper vertical ends to cover the primary and secondary channel elements. The adjoined primary and secondary channel elements are super-self-aligned from the first and second gate elements to the source and drain regions. Finally, first and second dielectric layers separate the primary and secondary channel elements from their respective gate structures.
Inventors: John James Seliskar (Midlothian)
March 20, 2012

Automated methods and systems for the detection and identification of money service business transactions
Patent 8,145,585
The present disclosure provides an automated method for the detection and identification of money service business transactions, including: performing a preprocessing operation, wherein the preprocessing operation includes filtering a dataset; performing a feature extraction operation, wherein the feature extraction operation includes extracting predetermined features from a transaction signal; performing a statistical analysis operation for the testing of significance of extracted features and dimension reduction; and performing one or more of a nonlinear classification operation and a linear classification operation, wherein the nonlinear or linear classification operation includes classifying data that appears to be related to a money service business transaction.
Inventors: Kayvan Najarian (Richmond); Alireza Darvish (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Assignee: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
March 27, 2012

Method and apparatus for the production of high tenacity polyolefin sheet
Patent 8,142,699
A process for the production of virtually full density polyolefin suitable for further processing by drawing to form a high tenacity, highly oriented polyolefin sheet comprising: a) feeding a metered amount of polyolefin powder into the nip between two heated calender rolls initially set at a gap smaller than the size of the smallest polyolefin powder particle and at a temperature above the melting point of the powder; b) rolling the powder through the nip under these conditions until a coherent sheet of polyolefin is produced: and c) once a coherent sheet of polyolefin exits the nip lowering the temperature in the nip to a temperature below the melting point of the polyolefin powder and increasing the gap to a desired level above the thickness of the largest powder particle. Apparatus for the performance of such a process is also described.
Inventors: Kenneth C. Harding (Midlothian); Gene C. Weedon (Richmond)
Assignee: BAE Systems Tensylon H.P.M. Inc. (Monroe, N.C.)
March 27, 2012

Cushion with plural zones of foam
Patent 8,141,957
A cushion assembly defining a thickness direction comprises at least one covering layer and a core layer. The core layer comprises a first member and a second member. The covering layer spans continuously across both the first and second members in a direction generally transverse to the thickness direction, and the first member is disposed adjacent a forward area of the cushion assembly. The second member is disposed adjacent a back surface of the first member. The second member has a higher resistance to resilient deformation than the first member, and the first member has a higher resistance to resilient deformation than the at least one covering layer.
Inventors: Mark D. McClung (Grandview, Tenn.); Theodore R. McClure (Richmond); Steven D. Hawkins (Midlothian)
Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated (Monroe, Mich.)
March 27, 2012

Reconfigurable package for confectionery products
Patent 8,141,707
A package for storing and dispensing a consumable product is provided. The package can be easily constructed from a suitable blank of material and can be composed of first and second compartments hingedly and detachably secured to each other. The package has an initially unopened configuration where the first and second compartments define a substantially common plane. The package is openable from the initially unopened configuration by relative movement of the first and second compartments about the hinge. The package is reconfigurable to either of first and second closed configurations after the initial opening. In the first closed configuration the first and second compartments define a substantially common plane and in the second closed configuration the first and second compartments define spaced apart substantially parallel planes. A blank for a package, a method of making the package and a method of reconfiguring the package are also disclosed.
Inventors: James W. Robbins (Chicago); Ryan A. Bailey (Richmond)
Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (Chicago)
March 27, 2012

Replaceable staking insert
Patent 8,142,161
A rotating assembly. The rotating assembly may include a wheel, a slot positioned about the wheel with the slot having a staking recess positioned therein, a wheel attachment positioned within the slot, and a staking insert positioned within the staking recess. The staking recess axially retains the staking insert and the wheel attachment radially retains the staking insert.
Inventors: Stephen Robert Prince (Simpsonville, S.C.); Stephen Paul Wassynger (Simpsonville); Thomas R. Tipton (Greer, S.C.); Tushar S. Desai (Bangalore, India); Michael E. Friedman (Simpsonville); Christopher Robert Kelly (Easley, S.C.); James Purdue Masso (Chesterfield); Paul L. Kalmar (Zirconia, N.C.)
Assignee: General Electric Company (Schenectady, N.Y.)
March 27, 2012

Cooled gas turbine vane assembly
Patent 8,142,137
A gas turbine vane to improve vane performance by addressing known failure mechanisms. A cooling circuit to the trailing edge of a vane airfoil is fed from the outer diameter platform, which prevents failure due to an oxidized and eroded airfoil trailing edge. The gas turbine includes an outer diameter platform, a hollow airfoil and an inner diameter platform with a plurality of cooling tubes extending radially through the airfoil. The cooling tubes are open at the outer diameter end and closed with covers at the inner diameter end. The inner diameter platform is also cooled and includes a meterplate for a portion of the cooling passageway and includes an undercut to improve thermal deflections of the inner diameter platform.
Inventors: Chris Johnston (Chesterfield); Gary Bash (Jupiter, Fla.); Tim teRiele (Palm City, Fla.); David Parker (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.); James Page Strohl (Stuart, Fla.)
Assignee: Alstom Technology Ltd (CH)
March 27, 2012

Game gurney system
Patent 8,141,887
A tubular frame has leading and trailing sections. The leading section has a leading end with parallel rearwardly extending legs. The trailing section has a trailing end with parallel forwardly extending legs receiving the rearwardly extending legs. An axle has central and end sections with wheels rotatably mounted on the end sections. A riser plate has a lower edge pivotably coupled to the axle. The riser plate has an upper edge with a concave curve. The riser plate is pivotably coupled to the frame. A handle assembly has a tubular grip with parallel downwardly extending arms. The handle assembly also has parallel upwardly extending arms receiving the downwardly extending arms. The upwardly extending arms are pivotably coupled to the axle.
Inventors: Donald L. Poteat (Chesterfield)
March 27, 2012

Plug assembly with moveable mounting members
Patent 8,141,591
A plug assembly 10 includes a housing 14 and one or more covers 16 coupled to the housing. The plug assembly 10 includes at least one mounting plate 12a, 12b positioned between the housing 14 and the cover 16 for movement relative thereto between an extended position and a retracted position. The plug assembly 10 includes an actuator 17 engageble with the mounting plates 12a, 12b for moving the mounting plates between the extended position and the retracted position in response to a command issued from a controller 62. During operation, the plug assembly 10 is positioned in a conduit 18 and the mounting plates 12a, 12b are moved to the extended position thereby releasably securing the plug assembly at a desired location in the conduit.
Inventors: John Jaromin (Chesterfield); Joseph Chapman (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Alstom Technology Ltd (Baden, Switzerland)
March 27, 2012

Basecoat and associated paperboard structure
Patent 8,142,887
A basecoat including a pigment blend of a coarse ground calcium carbonate and a hyperplaty clay having an average aspect ratio of at least about 40:1.
Inventors: Gary P. Fugitt (Pittsboro, N.C.); Steve G. Bushhouse (Cary, N.C.); Jason Richard Hogan (Glen Allen); Wei-Hwa Her (Beaumont, Texas)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
March 27, 2012

Date cycling storage calendar
Patent 8,141,280
A calendar comprising a backing member and a plurality of detachable storage trays is disclosed. The calendar further comprises a plurality of backing securing mechanisms, each of which is associated with a calendar position on the backing member. Each of the detachable storage trays includes a plurality of storage compartments and a tray securing mechanism. Each storage compartment has an associated calendar identifier. The tray securing mechanisms are configured for quick-release attachment to and quick-release detachment from the backing securing mechanisms associated with the calendar positions.
Inventors: Cathryne Doss (Mechanicsville)
March 27, 2012

Star roller
Patent D655,993
Claims the ornamental design for a star roller.
Inventors: Paradee Bunnag (Waynesboro, Va.); James Naderi (Richmond)
Assignee: American Safety Razor (Verona, Va.)
March 20, 2012

Assembling work packets within a software factory
Patent 8,141,040
A method, system, and computer-readable medium for assembling work packets within a software factory are presented. In a preferred embodiment, the computer-implemented method comprises the steps of: collecting a plurality of software artifacts that have been archived during an assembly of previous work packets; collecting a plurality of metrics that have been utilized during the assembly of previous work packets; defining a template for a new work packet, wherein the template for the new work packet is created by a packet definition process that defines attributes that are needed in the new work packet; selecting requisite software artifacts from the plurality of software artifacts; selecting requisite metrics from the plurality of metrics; and sending the template, requisite software artifacts and requisite metrics to a packet assembly process, wherein the packet assembly process assembles the requisite software artifacts to create the new work packet.
Inventors: Jarir K. Chaar (Tarrytown, N.Y.); Ronald D. Finlayson (Blythewood, S.C.); Thomas A. Jobson Jr. (New Paltz, N.Y.); Naomi M. Mitsumori (San Jose, Calif.); Francis X. Reddington (Richmond)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
March 20, 2012

Method and apparatus for the production of high tenacity polyolefin sheet
Patent 8,137,601
A process for the production of virtually full density polyolefin suitable for further processing by drawing to form a high tenacity, highly oriented polyolefin sheet comprising: a) feeding a metered amount of polyolefin powder into the nip between two heated calender rolls; b) rolling the powder through the nip under these conditions until a coherent sheet of polyolefin is produced. According to a highly preferred embodiment, initially, the nip is set at a gap smaller than the size of the smallest polyolefin powder particle and at a temperature above the melting point of the powder and once a coherent sheet of polyolefin exits the nip the temperature in the nip is lowered to a temperature below the melting point of the polyolefin powder and the gap increased to a desired level above the thickness of the largest powder particle.
Inventors: Kenneth C. Harding (Midlothian); Gene C. Weedon (Richmond)
Assignee: BAE Systems Tensylon High Performance Materials, Inc. (Monroe, NC)
March 20, 2012

Paper comprising PIPD pulp and process for making same
Patent 8,137,506
The invention concerns a paper comprising polypyridobisimidazole fibers, where the apparent density of the paper is from 0.1 to 0.5 g/cm.sub.3 and the tensile strength of the paper in N/cm is at least 0.00057X*Y, where X is the volume portion of polypyridobisimidazole in the total solids of the paper in % and Y is basis weight of the paper in g/m.sub.2.
Inventors: Edmund A. Merriman (Midlothian); Achim Amma (Richmond); Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen); Kevin A. Mulcahy (Ashland)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
March 20, 2012

Stabilized emissive structures and methods of making
Patent 8,138,675
An emitter is disclosed. The emitter includes a base layer comprising an array of nanocavities on an emission surface of the base layer, wherein facets of the nanocavities are substantially along equivalent crystallographic planes of one or more families of planes having substantially equal surface energies, wherein the equivalent crystallographic planes have surface energies equal to or lower than a surface energy of the crystallographic plane of the emission surface. Methods of making such emitters and radiation sources including such emitters are also disclosed.
Inventors: Andrew David Deal (Niskayuna, N.Y.); William Paul Minnear (Clifton Park, N.Y.); Gregory Michael Gratson (Glen Allen); David Jeffrey Bryan (Indian Trail, N.C.)
Assignee: General Electric Company (Niskayuna, N.Y.)
March 20, 2012

Isotopically-enriched boron-containing compounds, and methods of making and using same
Patent 8,138,071
An isotopically-enriched, boron-containing compound comprising two or more boron atoms and at least one fluorine atom, wherein at least one of the boron atoms contains a desired isotope of boron in a concentration or ratio greater than a natural abundance concentration or ratio thereof. The compound may have a chemical formula of B.sub.2F.sub.4. Synthesis methods for such compounds, and ion implantation methods using such compounds, are described, as well as storage and dispensing vessels in which the isotopically-enriched, boron-containing compound is advantageously contained for subsequent dispensing use.
Inventors: Robert Kaim (Brookline, Mass.); Joseph D. Sweeney (Winsted, Conn.); Oleg Byl (Southbury, Conn.); Sharad N. Yedave (Danbury, Conn.); Edward E. Jones (Woodbury, Conn.); Peng Zou (Ridgefield, Conn.); Ying Tang (Brookfield, Conn.); Barry Lewis Chambers (Midlothian); Richard S. Ray (New Milford, Conn.)
Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials Inc. (Danbury)
March 20, 2012[/private]

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