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06/23/16
20160183381 
 Electronic component and overmolding process patent thumbnailnew patent Electronic component and overmolding process
Electronic components and overmolding processes are disclosed. The electronic component, such as, an antenna, includes a substrate, an overmolding bonded to at least a portion of the substrate, the overmolding being a non-planar arrangement of a polymeric material, and a conductive ink positioned on the substrate between the substrate and the overmolding.

06/23/16
20160181596 
 Robust mos2/graphene composite electrodes for na+ battery applications patent thumbnailnew patent Robust mos2/graphene composite electrodes for na+ battery applications
The synthesis of layered free-standing papers, films, tapes, and painted coatings. Composed of acid-functionalized, few-layer molybdenum disulfide (mos2) and reduced graphene oxide (rgo) flakes for use as a binder-free conducting electrode in nib applications are described.

06/23/16
20160178798 
 Corrective scaling of interpreted fractures based on the microseismic detection range bias correction patent thumbnailnew patent Corrective scaling of interpreted fractures based on the microseismic detection range bias correction
A method for correcting a fracture model of a reservoir includes receiving a seismic signal from seismic events due to a plurality of stimulated reservoir stages to provide detected seismic event information and estimating a number of undetected seismic events and a magnitude for each of the undetected seismic events to provide undetected seismic event information for each stage. The detected seismic event information and the undetected seismic event information provide corrected seismic event information for each stage.

06/23/16
20160178487 
 Freeze fracture machine patent thumbnailnew patent Freeze fracture machine
A freeze fracture machine (100) comprises a vacuum chamber (110); a sample receptacle (160) for receiving a sample to be processed and a knife receptacle (150) for receiving a knife (110) for processing of the sample arranged in the vacuum chamber (155); a transfer lock (130) on the vacuum chamber (110) through which a sample and a knife (155) are introducible into the vacuum chamber (155) and positionable in the vacuum chamber (110) by means of a positioning apparatus (135); the sample and the sample receptacle (160) being positionable with respect to one another such that the sample is mountable on the sample receptacle (160) by means of the positioning apparatus (135); and the knife (155) and the knife receptacle (150) being positionable with respect to one another such that the knife (155) is mountable on the knife receptacle (150) by means of the positioning apparatus (135).. .

06/23/16
20160177959 
 Fracture-resistant self-lubricating wear surfaces patent thumbnailnew patent Fracture-resistant self-lubricating wear surfaces
fracture-resistant and self-lubricating wear surfaces are provided. In an implementation, a machine surface that is subject to wear is coated with or is constructed of a metallic nanostructure to resist the wear and to provide fracture-resistant hardness, built-in lubrication, and thermal conductivity for heat-sinking friction.

06/23/16
20160177744 
 Blade patent thumbnailnew patent Blade
A turbomachine blade comprising a metallic leading edge having a region having varying fracture resistance in a spanwise direction so as to increase energy absorption by the leading edge in the event of the blade being released from a turbomachine and impacting a casing of the turbomachine.. .

06/23/16
20160177693 
 Compositions and methods of improving hydraulic fracture network patent thumbnailnew patent Compositions and methods of improving hydraulic fracture network
A diverter fluid includes an aqueous carrier fluid, and a plurality of water-swellable polymer particles having a size of 0.01 to 100,000 micrometers. A method of hydraulically fracturing a subterranean formation penetrated by a reservoir includes injecting a fracturing fluid into the formation at a pressure sufficient to create or enlarge a fracture, injecting a diverter fluid into the formation, and injecting a fracturing fluid into the formation, wherein the flow of the fracturing fluid is impeded by the diverting agent and a surface fracture area of the fracture is increased.

06/23/16
20160177674 
 Simulating fluid leak-off and flow-back in a fractured subterranean region patent thumbnailnew patent Simulating fluid leak-off and flow-back in a fractured subterranean region
In some aspects, a set of governing flow equations can be defined for a one-dimensional flow model representing well system fluid in a fractured subterranean region. A first subset of the governing flow equations can represent flow within a fracture, and a second subset of the governing flow equations can represent flow within a reservoir medium adjacent to the fracture.

06/23/16
20160177657 
 High-strength, low specific gravity, fracturing balls patent thumbnailnew patent High-strength, low specific gravity, fracturing balls
A fracturing ball comprises: a metal or a metal alloy, wherein the fracturing ball is a shell having an outer diameter and an inner diameter, wherein the fracturing ball has a desired specific gravity less than or equal to a necessary specific gravity such that the ball flows to a wellhead of the wellbore after a desired amount of time, and wherein after engagement of the fracturing ball with a baffle, fluid is prevented from flowing across the ball. A method of creating one or more fractures in a zone of a subterranean formation comprises: (a) introducing the fracturing ball into a tubing string of a wellbore; (b) causing or allowing the ball to engage the baffle; (c) creating the one or more fractures in the zone of the subterranean formation; and (d) producing a reservoir fluid from the zone of the subterranean formation..

06/23/16
20160177174 
 Process for making and supplying a high quality fracturing fluid patent thumbnailnew patent Process for making and supplying a high quality fracturing fluid
The present invention relates to a proppant laden fracture fluid having a mitchell quality of at least 50% and fracturing a subterranean formation therewith.. .

06/23/16
20160177171 
new patent

Multifunctional foaming composition with wettability modifying, corrosion inhibitory and mineral scale inhibitory/dispersants properties for high temperature and ultra high salinity


The present invention is related to the obtaining and using of multifunctional foaming compositions with wettability modifying, corrosion inhibitory and inhibitory/dispersants mineral scale properties with high stability in environments of high temperature, high pressure and tolerance to high concentrations of divalent ions such as calcium, magnesium, strontium and barium. The multifunctional foaming compositions are obtained from the combination of supramolecular complexes resulting from interactions of alkyl amido propyl hydroxysultaines and/or alkyl amido propyl betaines and/or alkyl hydroxysultaines and/or alkyl betaines and anionic surfactant of type alkyl hydroxyl sodium sulfonate and alkenyl sulphonates of sodium, with cationic surfactants as tetra-alkyl ammonium halides and copolymers derivatives of itaconic acid/sodium vinyl sulfonate and/or terpolymers derived from itaconic acid/sodium vinyl sulphonate/aconitic acid.

06/23/16
20160176532 
new patent

Propeller for an aircraft turbomachine, including a blade retaining structure through which the aerodynamic part of each blade passes


A propeller for a turbomachine intended to be driven in rotation about a propeller rotation axis and including variable pitch blades. The propeller further includes a structure for radial retention of the blades in the event of them breaking.

06/23/16
20160176378 
new patent

Headliner assemblies having tethered support structure


Headliner assemblies may include multiple support structures operatively connected to portions of a headliner. The support structures may include one or more stiffeners.

06/23/16
20160176321 
new patent

Deformable seat bracket


A system for securing a seat within a vehicle may include a seat bracket with a first portion configured to be attached to a structural frame of a vehicle by a first fastener passing there through, a second portion configured to be attached to a seat installed in the vehicle by a second fastener passing there through, and a third portion attaching the first portion to the second portion. The third portion may include a u-shaped bend, and the first portion may be configured to receive the second fastener there through.

06/23/16
20160175101 
new patent

System and fracture replacement of comminuted bone fractures or portions thereof adjacent bone joints


A system and method facilitating replacement of comminuted bone fractures or portions thereof adjacent bone joints. The system and method employs a prosthesis to replace at least a portion of the comminuted bone fractures.

06/23/16
20160175012 
new patent

Apparatus and methods for bone repair preparation


Apparatus and methods for preparing a fractured bone for repair. Preparing the bone may include fracture reduction.

06/16/16
20160170086 

Lofting algorithm for discrete network meshing


The disclosed embodiments include a method, apparatus, and computer program product for generating hybrid computational meshes around complex and discrete fractures for the purpose of reservoir simulation. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes a method that comprises receiving a set of 3d fracture surfaces with geometry that has been discretized in a 2d manifold by a collection of polygons.
Landmark Graphics Corporation


06/16/16
20160170085 

2.75d meshing algorithm


The disclosed embodiments include a method, apparatus, and computer program product for generating hybrid computational meshes around complex and discrete fractures for the purpose of reservoir simulation. For example, one disclosed embodiment is a computer-implemented method for modeling three-dimensional (3d) geological fractures.
Landmark Graphics Corporation


06/16/16
20160168968 

Controlling fracture geometry with the use of shrinkable materials


A method for treating a subterranean formation utilizing a composition having a plurality of shrinkable materials. The method of treatment may include providing a hydraulic fracture into the subterranean formation, and injecting a slurry having a plurality of shrinkable materials into a far field.
Schlumberger Technology Corporation


06/16/16
20160168962 

Assembly and multi-zone fracture stimulation of a reservoir using autonomous tubular units


Autonomous units and methods for downhole, multi-zone perforation and fracture stimulation for hydrocarbon production. The autonomous unit may be a perforating gun assembly, a bridge plug assembly, or fracturing plug assembly.

06/16/16
20160168451 

Well treatment


A method for treating a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore, comprising: providing a treatment slurry comprising a carrying fluid, a solid particulate and an anchorant; injecting the treatment slurry into a fracture to form a substantially uniformly distributed mixture of the solid particulate and the anchorant; and transforming the substantially uniform mixture into areas that are rich in solid particulate and areas that are substantially free of solid particulate, wherein the solid particulate and the anchorant have substantially dissimilar velocities in the fracture and wherein said transforming results from said substantially dissimilar velocities is provided.. .
Schlumberger Technology Corporation


06/16/16
20160167695 

Steering apparatus


A steering apparatus is disclosed, the apparatus including: friction plates 23, 24a, 24b fastened by a fastening mechanism with a clamp portion and a vehicle-sided bracket 6; and an annular member 20 fitted on an inner column 3 and connected to the friction plates 23, 24a, 24b, the annular member 20 and the inner column 3 being formed with through-holes 20a, 3a penetrating the annular member 20 and the inner column 3 in the vicinity of a connecting portion between the friction plates 23, 24a, 24b and the annular member 20 and being connected by a pin 21 inserted into the through-holes 20a, 3a, the pin being fractured upon receiving predetermined impact force, resulting in canceling the connection between the annular member 20 and the inner column 3 to enable a more stable and lower separating load to be acquired.. .
Nsk Ltd.


06/16/16
20160167694 

Steering apparatus


A steering apparatus is disclosed, the apparatus including friction plates 23, 24a, 24b clamped by a clamping bolt 10 together with a clamp portion and a vehicle-sided bracket 6 to extend toward a rear side of a vehicle in an axial direction; and a holding member 20 fitted on an inner column 3 and connected to portions, on the rear side of the vehicle, of the friction plates 23, 24a, 24b, the holding member 20 and the inner column 3 being connected together via shearing pins 21a, 21b, the shearing pins being sheared into fracture upon receiving a predetermined level of impact force to enable a more stable and lower separating load to be acquired.. .
Nsk Ltd.


06/16/16
20160167355 

Method for cutting object to be processed


A silicon substrate 12 has a main face in a (100) plane, whereby a fracture 17 generated from a molten processed region 13 acting as a start point extends in a cleavage direction of the silicon substrate 12 (a direction orthogonal to the main face of the silicon substrate 12). Here, a rear face 1b of an object to be processed 1a and a front face 10a of an object to be processed for separation 10a are bonded to each other by anode bonding, whereby the fracture 17 reaches a front face 1a of the object 1a continuously without substantially changing its direction.
Hamamatsu Photonics K.k.


06/16/16
20160167343 

Damage-resistant glass articles and method


A strengthened glass article has opposing first and second compressively stressed surface portions bound to a tensilely stressed core portion, with the first surface portion having a higher level of compressive surface stress than the second surface portion for improved resistance to surface damage, the compressively stressed surface portions being provided by lamination, ion-exchange, thermal tempering, or combinations thereof to control the stress profiles and limit the fracture energies of the articles.. .
Corning Incorporated


06/16/16
20160166816 

Antiseptic applicator


An applicator assembly includes a plurality of ampoules formed of a frangible material and containing liquid to be applied, a container having a proximal end, a distal end, and an interior portion defining a chamber adapted to receive the plurality of ampoules, an application member attached to the distal end of the container; and at least one actuator projecting from the container, wherein the at least one actuator is actuatable to independently fracture the plurality of ampoules, thereby independently releasing the liquid into the application member. The at least one actuator may be moveable from a first position to a second position, the applicator having a smaller profile when the actuator is in the second position than when the actuator is in the first position..
Carefusion 2200, Inc.


06/16/16
20160166393 

A medical device for reconstruction of a humerus for the operative treatment of a proximal humerus fracture


The invention provides an implantable medical device for treatment of a proximal humerus fracture, comprising a base element to be anchored in the medullar cavity of the humeral shaft, a support element to be fixed with respect to the base element, wherein the support element is configured to support one or more bone fragments, wherein the medical device comprises positioning members configured to position the support element with respect to the base element in a range of rotational positions and axial positions, and wherein the medical device comprises a fixation device to fixate the support element, within the range of rotational positions and axial positions, in a desired rotational and axial position with respect to the base element. In an embodiment, the medical device is a non-occluding medical device, wherein after implantation the medullar cavity is not occluded by the medical device due to the open and non canal filling structure of the device preserving blood flow to the reattached bone fragments..

06/16/16
20160166323 

Sterile drape for hip fracture surgery


A sterile isolation drape that can be used to create a vertical boundary to the sterile field during hip fracture and similar surgeries. The invention includes a cutout region or opening in the drape that interfaces with an elongated, closed plastic tunnel.

06/16/16
20160166298 

Bone plate with elevated suture hole structures


The present invention relates to an improved bone plate for use in repairing bone fractures, the bone plate having a first upper surface and a first opposed bone-facing surface, the first bone-facing surface shaped to generally conform to a plate-facing surface of the bone, a bone plate thickness, at least one fastener hole extending between the first upper surface and the first bone-facing surface, and a suture hole structure extending from at least a portion of a boundary or boundary edge of the bone plate and having a second upper surface and a second opposed bone-facing surface, a suture hole structure thickness, at least one suture hole extending between the second upper surface and the second bone-facing surface, wherein the suture hole structure thickness is less than the bone plate thickness, and the second bone-facing surface of the suture hole structure is elevated above the first bone-facing surface of the bone plate by a distance greater than 0 mm. The present invention also relates to the method of fixation of the device..

06/16/16
20160166293 

Bone plate for elastic osteosynthesis


Embodiments provide a method and device for plate osteosynthesis of a bone fracture that allows angle-stable fixation of the bone fracture, while permitting elastic axial motion at the fracture site in a controlled, symmetric manner to stimulate fracture healing. Embodiments pertain to a bone plate having an outer surface and a bone-facing surface.
Zimmer, Inc.


06/16/16
20160166292 

Intramedullary anchor-screw fracture fixation


The present invention relates to an improved intramedullary fracture fixation device, the device including a first fastener comprising a head and an at least partially threaded shaft extending from the head, a tiltable load spreading element adapted to couple to the first fastener and having a bone-contacting surface defining bone engagement features and a head-contacting surface, and a second fastener having external threads and a central bore for receiving the threaded shaft of the first fastener. The central bore defines an inner wall surface which is at least partially threaded, the inner wall surface being configured for mating engagement on the outer surface of the shaft of the first fastener such that rotation of the first fastener relative to the second fastener causes the translation of the first fastener relative to the second fastener along the shaft.

06/16/16
20160166264 

Instrument for fracture fragment alignment and stabilization


An instrument for locating an axis of a blocking screw is disclosed. The instrument is applicable for a retrograde installation of a femoral intramedullary device or an antegrade installation of a tibial intramedullary device.
Smith & Nephew, Inc.


06/16/16
20160166262 

Methods and treating vertebral fractures


Methods and apparatus for treating bones, including, in one or more embodiments, methods and apparatus for treatment of vertebral fractures that include a containment assembly for cement containment and/or a balloon assembly for maintaining vertebral height. Methods for treating a bone comprising: creating a cavity in the bone; inserting a containment jacket into the cavity; inserting a balloon into the containment jacket; inflating the balloon; and introducing a filler material into the containment jacket with isolation of the balloon from the filler material..
Globus Medical, Inc.


06/09/16
20160164034 

Organic light-emitting apparatus and manufacturing the same


An organic light-emitting apparatus including: a substrate; an organic light-emitting device disposed on the substrate and including a first electrode, a second electrode, and an intermediate layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode; and an encapsulation layer provided to cover the organic light-emitting device. The encapsulation layer includes a first inorganic layer including a first fracture point, and a first fracture control layer provided on the first inorganic layer to seal the first fracture point..
Samsung Display Co., Ltd.


06/09/16
20160163553 

Method for improving quality of spalled material layers


Methods for removing a material layer from a base substrate utilizing spalling in which mode iii stress, i.e., the stress that is perpendicular to the fracture front created in the base substrate, during spalling is reduced. The substantial reduction of the mode iii stress during spalling results in a spalling process in which the spalled material has less surface roughness at one of its' edges as compared to prior art spalling processes in which the mode iii stress is present and competes with spalling..
King Abdulaziz City For Science And Technology


06/09/16
20160161933 

System and performing automated fracture stage design


Systems and methods for designing stages that optimize production for a fracturing operation of a wellbore in a reservoir formation are disclosed. To ensure efficiency, a stage design operation generally takes into account fracture efficiency information along the length of the wellbore based on known attributes and use the efficiency information to divide the wellbore into various stages.
Weatherford Technology Holdings, Llc


06/09/16
20160161423 

Method and device for detecting defects in coils of brittle or fracture-prone material which is at least partially transparent, and use of said


A method and a device are provided for detecting defects in coils, such as rollable ultra-thin glass, rollable glass films, rollable laminated ultra-thin glasses or films, rollable solar cells, and rollable organic light emitting diodes (oleds).. .
Schott Ag


06/09/16
20160161382 

Metal sheet bending fracture determination method and recording medium


A bending fracture limit stress is calculated for each of (bend radius at sheet thickness center of a metal sheet)/(initial sheet thickness of the metal sheet); a fracture limit curve and a fracture limit stress are calculated from work hardening characteristics; a fracture limit curve corresponding to (the metal sheet bend radius at sheet thickness center)/(the initial sheet thickness of the metal sheet) is calculated; a corresponding fracture limit stress is calculated from stress of the element subject to determination and the fracture limit curve; a risk ratio that is a ratio between the stress of the element subject to determination and the fracture limit stress is computed; and performing fracture determination for the element subject to determination based on the risk ratio.. .
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation


06/09/16
20160160642 

Generating seismic pulses using piezoelectric devices to map fractures


The methods described are for determining distribution, orientation and dimensions of networks of hydraulically-induced fractures within a subterranean formation containing fluids. Detectable signals are generated by particles introduced into the fractures.
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.


06/09/16
20160160625 

Method for developing oil or natural gas shale or tight rock formations in two step process


A method for developing oil or natural gas shale or tight rock formations by constructing wells in a two step process. The method includes an algorithm for determining under what conditions this two step process is the preferred option for developing a shale or tight rock resource.
Era Exploration Llc


06/09/16
20160160335 

High-strength plated steel sheet having superior plating properties, workability, and delayed fracture resistance, and producing same


The present invention relates to a high-strength plated steel sheet having a plated layer on a surface of a base steel sheet, contains predetermined steel compositions, and includes, in order from a base steel sheet side of an interface between the base steel sheet and the plated layer: a soft layer having a vickers hardness of 90% or less of a vickers hardness of a t/4 portion of the base steel sheet, where t is a thickness of the base steel sheet, and a hard layer having a structure containing martensite and bainite as main components. The soft layer has an average depth d of 20 μm or more, an internal oxide layer has an average depth d of 4 μm or more and less than d..
Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (kobe Steel, Ltd.)


06/09/16
20160160311 

Method for forming blank and determining preforming shape


By using, as a raw material, a thick hot-rolled steel sheet having a chemical composition containing, by mass %, c: 0.02% or more and 0.10% or less, si: 0.05% or more and 0.30% or less, mn: 0.80% or more and 2.00% or less, and nb: 0.010% or more and 0.100% or less and satisfying the condition that a carbon equivalent ceq is 0.25% or more and 0.50% or less, a microstructure including a bainitic ferrite phase and/or a bainite phase, a high strength of 52 ksi or more in terms of yield strength and a high toughness of −45° c. Or lower in terms of fracture transition temperature vtrs, an electric resistance weld zone having a microstructure including a bainitic ferrite phase and/or a bainite phase and satisfying the condition that the ratio of the average crystal grain size of the coarsest-grain portion to the average crystal grain size of the finest-grain portion is 2.0 or less in every portion in the wall thickness direction is obtained..
Jfe Steel Corporation


06/09/16
20160160118 

Fracturing fluid for prevention of shale fracture hydration during well stimulation by hydraulic fracturing


Friction reducers for hydraulic fracturing fluids, hydraulic fracturing fluids containing the friction reducers, and methods of making and using same are disclosed. The friction reducers comprise ethylene oxide polymers, propylene oxide polymers, ethylene oxide-propylene oxide co-polymers, and combinations thereof, and can further comprise a dispersant, such as polypropylene glycol.

06/09/16
20160160117 

Treatment fluids containing polysaccharides with friction reducing grafts thereon


Method of treating a portion of a subterranean formation comprising: providing an aqueous-based treatment fluid comprising a friction-reducing grafted polymer wherein the friction-reducing grafted polymer comprises a friction-reducing polymer grafted to the polymer backbone; and, placing the aqueous-based treatment fluid into a portion of a subterranean formation. The treatment fluid may be (a) a fracturing fluid that is placed within the subterranean formation at a pressure sufficient to create or extend at least one fracture within the portion of the subterranean formation; (b) a gravel packing fluid, further including particulates, placed into a wellbore annulus within the subterranean formation to form a particulate pack therein; or (c) a frac-packing fluid, further including particulates, placed within the formation to pack a fracture within the formation with particulates and to fill a wellbore annulus within the subterranean formation adjacent to the fracture with a gravel pack..
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.


06/09/16
20160159993 

Epoxy resin composition, fiber-reinforced composite material, and producing the same


Disclosed herein are an epoxy resin composition for fiber-reinforced composite materials which has low viscosity, high tg, high elastic modulus, and excellent fracture toughness and a fiber-reinforced composite material using such an epoxy resin composition which has excellent thermal properties, compressive strength, impact resistance, fatigue resistance, and open-hole tensile strength and which is suitable for producing structural parts of aircraft and the like. The epoxy resin composition comprises at least a given bifunctional epoxy resin as a component (a), a liquid aromatic diamine curing agent as a component (b), and core-shell polymer particles as a component (c), wherein the core-shell polymer particles as the component (c) contain epoxy groups in their shell and have a volume-average particle size of 50 to 300 nm..
Toray Industries, Inc.


06/09/16
20160158056 

Leak detection sensor for a stoma pouch and process for making same


A leak detection sensor includes a pair of electrodes, each electrode being coated with an electrically insulating coating having fractures formed therein having a breadth of less than 500 nm, whereby a current can flow between the electrodes when the electrodes are exposed to an electrically conductive fluid. An alarm is activatable in response to current flowing between the electrodes..
University Of Ulster


06/09/16
20160157988 

Drug delivery device for peripheral artery disease


A medical device implantable within a peripheral vessel of the body composed of a bioresorbable polymer is disclosed. The device has a high resistance to fracture, is very flexible, and has a high crush recovery when subjected to crushing, axial, or torsional forces..
Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.


06/09/16
20160157905 

Flexible locked plate fixation


A bone fixation device is disclosed that permits some movement of different portions of a fractured bone when the device is affixed thereto. Various embodiments are disclosed, including bone plates that have fixed holes and floating holes therethrough for receiving bone screws, and bone plates including oblong holes allowing for screw movement..
Stryker European Holdings I, Llc


06/09/16
20160157903 

Fracture fixation system including locking cap and wire


A locking cap for a fracture fixation system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a cap body that extends along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end. An external thread extends around at least a portion of the cap body.
Arhrex, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157902 

Method and repairing the mid-foot region via and intramedullary nail


A device, method, and system for treatment or fixation of a fractured, damaged, or deteriorating bone or bones in a mid-foot region. The device comprising an implant with both proximal and distal fastener holes, along with fastener slots in a central elongated body, for securing the implant to the appropriate osseous cortical structures of the foot.
Howmedica Osteonics Corp.


06/09/16
20160157901 

Method and repairing the mid-foot region via and intramedullary nail


A device, method, and system for treatment or fixation of a fractured, damaged, or deteriorating bone or bones in a mid-foot region. The device comprising an implant with both proximal and distal fastener holes, along with fastener slots in a central elongated body, for securing the implant to the appropriate osseous cortical structures of the foot.
Howmedica Osteonics Corp.


06/09/16
20160157900 

Method and repairing the mid-foot region via an intramedullary nail


A device, method, and system for treatment or fixation of a fractured, damaged, or deteriorating bone or bones in a mid-foot region. The device comprising an implant with both proximal and distal fastener holes, along with fastener slots in a central elongated body, for securing the implant to the appropriate osseous cortical structures of the foot.
Howmedica Osteonics Corp.


06/09/16
20160157899 

Fracture plating


A plating system for mending a periprosthetic fracture is provided. The system includes an intramedullary rod, a first and second plate, and a plurality of fasteners.

06/09/16
20160157898 

Device for straightening and stabilizing the vertebral column


A device for straightening and stabilizing the vertebral column, particularly for stabilizing broken vertebrae, includes a supporting implant which is plastically expandable by internal pressure. The supporting implant can be placed into the interior of a vertebral body which has been fractured under compression or between adjacent vertebral bodies.
Depuy Synthes Products, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157897 

Method for minimally invasive treatment of unstable pelvic ring injuries with an internal posterior iliosacral screw and bone plate


The instant invention is a novel method for stabilization of the posterior pelvis (iliosacral) when treating an unstable pelvic ring fracture. Cannulated screws are inserted through the posterior of the ilium through the sacroiliac joint and into the sacrum.

06/02/16
20160155554 

Oxide superconducting bulk magnet


The present invention provides an oxide superconducting bulk magnet which enables a superconducting bulk member to be made larger without fracture when making it generate a high magnetic field and an oxide superconducting bulk magnet including the same. A ring-shaped oxide superconducting bulk magnet comprised of a superconducting phase in which a nonsuperconducting phase is finely dispersed is reinforced at its outer circumference part and inner circumference part by ring-shaped reinforcing materials.
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation


06/02/16
20160155021 

Characterizing porosity distribution from a borehole image


Apparatus and methods for use with borehole image data to: delineate a dip and/or a fracture from the borehole image data; create a gap-filled image from the borehole image data; extract a fracture segment from the borehole image data; determine matrix information from the borehole image data; delineate a heterogeneity from the borehole image data; and analyze image porosity. The image porosity analysis is based on: the dip and/or fracture delineated from the borehole image data; the gap-filled image created from the borehole image data; the fracture segment extracted from the borehole image data; the matrix information determined from the borehole image data; and the heterogeneity delineated from the borehole image data..
Schlumberger Technology Corporation


06/02/16
20160154129 

Determining change in permeability caused by a hydraulic fracture in reservoirs


A method can include deriving a cloud of microseismic events corresponding to a fracturing operation in an environment by spatially locating the microseismic events in the environment via a seismic velocity model; extracting a set of fracture planes from the microseismic cloud; assigning characteristics to the fracture planes; determining a second-rank fracture compliance tensor and a fourth-rank fracture compliance tensor based on the characteristics of the fracture planes; determining a change in elastic stiffness of the environment using the second-rank fracture compliance tensor and the fourth-rank compliance tensor; and updating the seismic velocity model based at least in part on the change in the elastic stiffness of the environment or determining permeability in the environment based at least in part on fracture plane locations, orientations and apertures. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed..
Schlumberger Technology Corporation


06/02/16
20160153274 

Fracturing fluid for subterranean formations


A method of fracturing a reservoir comprising the steps of pumping a geopolymer precursor fluid through a wellbore into the reservoir at a fracture pressure, the geopolymer precursor fluid at the fracture pressure generates fractures in the reservoir, wherein the geopolymer precursor fluid is comprised of an amount of aluminosilicate, an amount of alkaline reagent, and a permeability enhancer, allowing the geopolymer precursor fluid to fill the fractures in the reservoir, shutting-in the wellbore at a wellbore pressure, the wellbore pressure maintains the geopolymer precursor fluid in the fractures, allowing the geopolymer precursor fluid to harden for a hardening time to form a geopolymer in the fractures, the geopolymer has a geopolymer matrix, the geopolymer matrix has a permeability, the geopolymer has a compressive strength, and reducing the wellbore pressure allows a reservoir fluid to flow from the reservoir through the geopolymer matrix of the geopolymer to the wellbore.. .
Aramco Services Company


06/02/16
20160153273 

Wellbore servicing materials and methods of making and using same


A method of servicing a wellbore in a subterranean formation comprising placing in the wellbore and/or subterranean formation a pad fluid and forming a fracture in the subterranean formation, placing in the fracture a first slurry fluid comprising a reducible material and a first particulate material and in an alternating sequence a second slurry fluid and a spacer fluid, wherein the second slurry fluid comprises a second particulate material, allowing the fracture to close; and allowing the fluids to break and the reducible materials to degrade, wherein a particulate-laden proppant pack (plpp) is formed.. .
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.


06/02/16
20160153271 

Multi-stage geologic fracturing


Explosive geologic fracturing methods, devices, and systems can be used in combination with other geologic fracturing means, such as hydraulic fracturing methods, devices and systems, or other fluid-based fracturing means. An exemplary method comprises introducing an explosive system into a wellbore in a geologic formation, detonating the explosive system in the wellbore to fracture at least a first portion of the geologic formation adjacent to the wellbore, and introducing pressurized fluid into the wellbore to enhance the fracturing of the first portion of the geologic formation.
Los Alamos National Security, Llc


06/02/16
20160153063 

Heavy wall electric resistance welded steel pipe for line pipe and manufacturing the same (as amended)


By using, as a raw material, a thick hot-rolled steel sheet having a chemical composition containing, by mass %, c: 0.02% or more and 0.10% or less, si: 0.05% or more and 0.30% or less, mn: 0.80% or more and 2.00% or less, and nb: 0.010% or more and 0.100% or less and satisfying the condition that a carbon equivalent ceq is 0.25% or more and 0.50% or less, a microstructure including a bainitic ferrite phase and/or a bainite phase, a high strength of 52 ksi or more in terms of yield strength and a high toughness of −45° c. Or lower in terms of fracture transition temperature vtrs, and satisfying the condition that the ratio of the average crystal grain size of the coarsest-grain portion to the average crystal grain size of the finest-grain portion is 2.0 or less in every portion in the wall thickness direction is obtained.
Jfe Steel Corporation


06/02/16
20160152881 

Thermoset nanocomposite particles, processing for their production, and their use in oil and natural gas drilling applications


Use of two different methods, either each by itself or in combination, to enhance the stiffness, strength, maximum possible use temperature, and environmental resistance of thermoset polymer particles is disclosed. One method is the application of post-polymerization process steps (and especially heat treatment) to advance the curing reaction and to thus obtain a more densely crosslinked polymer network.
Sun Drilling Products Corporation


06/02/16
20160151101 

Medical screw, and extraction jig for medical screw


The outer periphery of a head section (11e) of a medical screw (11) is provided with an inverse external screw thread (11h) that is formed in the opposite screw direction from that of a screw thread (11b) provided to a tip section (11a). An inverse internal screw thread (14a) provided to the leading end of a rod-shaped body constituting an extraction jig (14) is rotated in the opposite direction from the screw direction of the screw thread (11b) so as to be screwed onto the inverse external screw thread (11h) and thereby integrate the screw (11) and the extraction jig (14).
Tama Medical Co., Ltd.


06/02/16
20160151091 

Orthopedic external fixation device


Devices for the fixation of a bone fracture and methods of using the devices are provided. The devices comprise at least one distal pin assembly configured to engage a first bone fragment, at least one proximal pin assembly configured to engage a second bone fragment, and a rail bar system configured to connect the distal and proximal pin assemblies together across the bone fracture.
Fixx Orthopedics, Llc


05/26/16
20160146963 

Generating seismic pulses by compressive force to map fractures


The methods described are for determining distribution, orientation and dimensions of networks of hydraulically-induced fractures within a subterranean formation containing fluids. Detectable signals are generated by particles introduced into the fractures.
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.


05/26/16
20160146005 

Focused probe apparatus and method therefor


Apparatus and methods for downhole formation testing including use of a probe having inner and outer channels adapted to collect or inject injecting fluids from or to a formation accessed by a borehole. The probe straddles one or more layers in laminated or fractured formations and uses the inner channels to collect fluid..
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.


05/26/16
20160145989 

Well completion


A well completion method can comprise, in a single trip into a wellbore, the following steps being performed for each of multiple zones penetrated by the wellbore: abrasively perforating the zone with a tubing deployed perforating assembly, fracturing the perforated zone with flow from surface via a well annulus, and then plugging the fractured zone with a removable plug substance, the perforating assembly displacing in the wellbore while the fractured zone is being plugged. Another well completion method can comprise, in a single trip into a wellbore, the following steps being performed for each of multiple zones penetrated by the wellbore: perforating the zone using an abrasive perforator, then displacing the perforator in the wellbore away from the earth's surface, then fracturing the zone, and plugging the fractured zone with a flowable plug substance..
Thru Tubing Solutions, Inc.


05/26/16
20160145987 

Method of recovering hydrocarbons within a subsurface formation


A method of recovering hydrocarbons includes forming a first electrode by creating a first hydraulic fracture within the subsurface formation and pumping a first electrically conductive material into the first hydraulic fracture; forming a second electrode by creating a second hydraulic fracture within the subsurface formation and pumping a second electrically conductive material into the second hydraulic fracture; electrically connecting a first power transmitting mechanism to the first electrode; electrically connecting a second power transmitting mechanism to the second electrode; and heating the subsurface formation between the first electrode and the second electrode by transmitting an electrical current via the first power transmitting mechanism to the first electrode and via the second power transmitting mechanism to the second electrode and by flowing the electrical current from the first electrode to the second electrode. The electrical current substantially includes a frequency between 60 hertz and 500 kilohertz..

05/26/16
20160145976 

Reservoir simulator, method and computer program product to determine proppant damage effects on well production


A reservoir simulator system models the effect of proppant damage on reservoir production through calculation of a fracture closure stress versus fracture permeability relationship, which is mathematically transformed into a pore pressure versus fracture permeability relationship. Based upon the pore pressure relationship, the system models reservoir production while taking into account the permeability reduction in the fractures brought about due to proppant damage..
Landmark Graphics Corporation


05/26/16
20160145488 

Encapsulated proppants


A capsule for carrying a proppant for emplaced in a formation containing formation fluid by a hydraulic fracture operation using a fracturing fluid. The capsule includes a capsule body.
Lawrence Livermore National Security, Llc


05/26/16
20160145368 

Processing aid, and composition


The present invention provides a processing aid for polyolefins which can eliminate melt fracture occurring at the start of molding in a short time even when a polyolefin, which is a melt-processable polymer, is extrusion-molded at a high speed. The present invention also aims to provide a polyolefin composition containing such a processing aid for polyolefins and a polyolefin.
Daikin Industries, Ltd.


05/26/16
20160144482 

Diamond enhanced insert with controlled diamond frame strength


A diamond enhanced insert (dei) includes a working layer of a polycrystalline diamond material (pcd). The pcd material includes a first phase that includes a number of particles of a first material.
Smith International, Inc.


05/26/16
20160143818 

Dental composition


A dental cement hardened by a cement reaction involving the specific polymerizable polyacidic polymer and optionally additional crosslinkable groups, has reduced shrinkage and improved mechanical properties, in particular with regard to flexural strength and fracture toughness. Moreover, the specific polymerizable polyacidic polymer of the present invention contains a high number of acidic groups which is not reduced by the presence of polymerizable moieties, whereby water solubility of the uncured polymer is not impaired by the presence of the polymerizable moieties..
Dentsply International Inc.


05/19/16
20160141158 

Fe-co-based alloy sputtering target material, and producing same


Provided is a fe—co-based alloy sputtering target material having a composition represented as an atomic ratio by the compositional formula: (fea—co100-a)100-b-c-d—tab—nbc-md, wherein 0<a≦80, 0≦b≦10, 0≦c≦15, 5≦b+c≦15, 2≦d≦20, 15≦b+c+d≦25, and m represents one or more elements selected from the group consisting of mo, cr and w, with the balance consisting of unavoidable impurities, wherein the sputtering target material has a bending fracture strain εfb at 300° c. Of 0.4% or more..
Hitachi Metals, Ltd.


05/19/16
20160138371 

Systems and methods for optimizing existing wells and designing new wells based on the distribution of average effective fracture lengths


Systems and methods for optimizing existing wells and designing new wells based on the distribution of each average effective fracture length for a respective per fracturing stage with respect to different reservoir properties.. .
Landmark Graphics Corporation


05/19/16
20160138339 

Regression relationship approaches


The disclosed embodiments include a method, apparatus, and computer program product for improving well production using a regression relationship approach. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes a system that includes at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and storing instructions that when executed by the at least one processor performs operations for analyzing a first set of data from at least one previously drilled well to predict fracture orientation for determining a drilling angle to optimize drilling of a new well by increasing fracture density along the new wellbore..
Landmark Graphics Corporation


05/19/16
20160138145 

Cold work tool steel with outstanding weldability


A cold work tool steel with average or above wear resistance, a hardness in excess of 60 hrc and a very good toughness but with considerably lower carbon contents leading to highly improved weldability is obtained by combining the presence of primary carbides (or alternatively nitrides and/or borides) with other strengthening mechanisms like precipitation hardening or even solid solution. Vanadium rich mc type carbides, modified with refractory metal additions, present the best compromise of hardness and fracture toughness for several applications, while for other applications harder carbides, such as ti carbides or ti mixed carbides (primarily with v, mo and/or w) will be the preferred ones, alternatively using zr and hf mixed carbides..
Rovalma Sa


05/19/16
20160138122 

Precipitation hardening steel with improved toughness and method


In some aspects, a heat treatment process is described for precipitation hardening steel. The heat treatment process can include a solution treatment for a precipitation hardening steel part.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.


05/19/16
20160137904 

Proppants and methods of use thereof


Proppants for use in fractured or gravel packed/frac packed oil and gas wells are provided with a treatment agent component that provides the proppant with one or more additional chemical, functions, and/or mechanical functions that can be used, for example, in oil and gas well production.. .
Preferred Technology, Llc


05/19/16
20160137903 

Lost circulation material


Fluid compositions including a base fluid and at least one granular hemicellulose material. The base fluid may be an oleaginous fluid or a non-oleaginous fluid.
M-i L.l.c.


05/19/16
20160137548 

Controlling fragmentation of chemically strengthened glass


A method of manufacturing a glass substrate to control the fragmentation characteristics by etching and filling trenches in the glass substrate is disclosed. An etching pattern may be determined.
International Business Machines Corporation


05/19/16
20160136701 

Abyssal sequestration of nuclear waste and other types of hazardous waste


A system and method of disposing nuclear waste and other hazardous waste includes means for, and the steps of, blending a waste stream, which includes either a radioactive waste or a hazardous waste (or both), with a liquid and, optionally, a solid material to produce a dense fluid and pumping the dense fluid into a tubing string of an injection boring. The dense fluid then exits a perforation in a casing of the injection boring and enters a fracture in a rock strata, where it continues to propagate downward until it reaches an immobilization point.
Grand Directions, Llc


05/19/16
20160135947 

Fracturable mask for treating presbyopia


A fracturable mask for treating presbyopia is disclosed. The fracturable mask can include an aperture for improving depth of focus.
Acufocus, Inc.


05/12/16
20160133943 

Gauntlet motive battery


An improved gauntlet wet cell battery provides a plurality of elongated hollow spines filled with active material in a cathode array. Bottom ends of the cathode array are closed with an electrically conductive bottom end cap that electrically and mechanically interconnects the free ends of each spine so as to close and substantially rigidly locate the free ends of said spines with respect to one another.

05/12/16
20160133458 

Generalization of shot definitions for mask and wafer writing tools


Techniques for reducing the number of shots required by a radiation beam writing tool to write a pattern, such as fractured layout design, onto a substrate. One or more apertures are employed by a radiation beam writing tool to write a desired pattern onto a substrate using l-shaped images, t-shaped images, or some combination of both.
Mentor Graphics Corporation


05/12/16
20160131800 

Modeling fluid-conducting fractures in reservoir simulation grids


Systems, methods, and media for modeling fluid-conducting fractures in reservoir grid simulations. The method includes determining a model of an underground reservoir.
Schlumberger Technology Corporation


05/12/16
20160131798 

Electroseismic surveying in exploration and production environments


Systems, methods, and computer programs for monitoring a drilling operation in a subterranean formation include receiving, from a first sensor array, one or more signals caused, at least in part, by the fracturing operation in the subterranean formation; receiving, from the first sensor array, one or more electromagnetic signals generated by an electroseismic or seismoelectric conversion of the seismic signals caused, at least in part, by the fracturing operation in the subterranean formation; and determining a property of one or more of a fracture or the subterranean formation based, at least in part, at least in part, on the signals received from the first sensor array. The first sensor array is arranged to monitor the fracturing operation.
Hunt Energy Enterprises, Llc


05/12/16
20160131563 

Pressure-pulsated fatigue test and specimen design


A method to test for fatigue in a test sample is disclosed. The method includes providing a specimen as the test sample.



Fracture topics: Hydrocarbon, Aqueous Solution, Magnetic Field, Interstice, Frequency Band, High Density, Simulation, Computer Aided Engineering, Wave Energy, Active Solid, Epoxy Resin, Block Copolymer, Bone Fracture, Prosthetic, Interrupts

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