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Date/App# patent app List of recent Stiffness-related patents
06/23/16
20160181902 
 Linear vibrator patent thumbnailLinear vibrator
A linear vibrator includes a stator having a housing including a receiving space; a moveable unit received in the receiving space; an elastic member having one end connecting to the moveable unit and another end connecting to the stator for suspending the moveable unit in the receiving space; and a cushion arranged between the moveable unit and the housing, the cushion comprising a plurality of parts having different stiffness.. .

06/23/16
20160178611 
 Three-dimensional transglutaminase-crosslinked hydrogel for tumor engineering patent thumbnailThree-dimensional transglutaminase-crosslinked hydrogel for tumor engineering
Development of a physiologically relevant 3d model system for cancer research and drug development represents quite a challenge. We have adopted a 3d culture system based on a transglutaminase-crosslinked gelatin gel (col-tgel) to mimic tumor 3d microenvironment.

06/23/16
20160178410 
 Sensor array packaging solution patent thumbnailSensor array packaging solution
A gigahertz sensor array packaging solution for harsh operating environments is disclosed. The sensor array packaging system includes a structural core body comprising sensor mounting features on a surface thereof and an alignment through hole extending from the surface to a backside thereof which incorporates finned features providing cooling and stiffness.

06/23/16
20160178135 
 Led tube lamp patent thumbnailLed tube lamp
An led tube lamp includes a lamp tube, which includes a light transmissive portion, a reinforcing portion and an end cap, and an led light assembly, which includes an led light source and an led light strip. The light transmissive portion is fixedly connected to the reinforcing portion.

06/23/16
20160176415 
 Device for controlling stiffness and damping of locomotive carbodies patent thumbnailDevice for controlling stiffness and damping of locomotive carbodies
A device for damping vibrations between a pair of sub-structural components of a carbody in a locomotive is disclosed. The sub-structural components are supported on a single undercarriage frame.

06/23/16
20160175690 
 Puck system patent thumbnailPuck system
A puck system achieves adjustable stance in three degrees of freedom—foot placement, foot angulation, and crosswise centering—on a snow gliding board. The puck system includes pairs of puck assemblies for each rider's foot.

06/23/16
20160175134 
 Weight acceptance control orthosis patent thumbnailWeight acceptance control orthosis
In certain aspects, the present invention is a purely mechanical stance control orthosis, or stated differently, a weight acceptance control orthosis, as it stabilizes the impaired knee joint during the first 40% of the gait cycles termed as the weight acceptance phase. The device employs a tri-stable fixture to lock/unlock a friction-based latch to provide two levels of stiffness.

06/23/16
20160175045 
 Methods for operating a selective stiffening catheter patent thumbnailMethods for operating a selective stiffening catheter
A method for delivering rf energy to living tissue includes the steps of extending a guidewire to a tissue treatment site in a body. A controllable stiffness catheter is provided with a stiffness device having non-metallic properties and a temperature-changing device.

06/23/16
20160175009 
 Methods and devices for puncturing tissue patent thumbnailMethods and devices for puncturing tissue
Novel and unique medical devices and associated methods are disclosed, for facilitating efficient and repeatable puncture of a tissue site while allowing vascular access from various access sites of a patient's body. Disclosed medical devices include dilators and wires usable alone or in combination and configured to facilitate tissue access and puncture at various anatomical locations from desired access sites.

06/16/16
20160174358 
 Flexible device and fabrication  flexible device patent thumbnailFlexible device and fabrication flexible device
According to embodiments of the disclosure, a flexible device and a fabrication method thereof are provided. The flexible device has a first area and a second area, and the stiffness of a portion of the first area is greater than the stiffness of the second area.
Industrial Technology Research Institute


06/16/16
20160172261 

Ultra fine pitch pop coreless package


A bottom package for a pop (package-on-package) may be formed with a reinforcement layer supporting a thin or coreless substrate. The reinforcement layer may provide stiffness and rigidity to the substrate to increase the stiffness and rigidity of the bottom package and provide better handling of the substrate.
Apple Inc.


06/16/16
20160169312 

Friction-damping energy absorber


A friction-damping energy absorber has at least one core post, two supporting boards, multiple first material layers, and multiple second material layers. The at least one core post has multiple sliding sheets stacked with each other.

06/16/16
20160168997 

Wind turbine blade having a bond line adjacent a sandwich panel of the blade


A wind turbine blade and an associated method of manufacture is described, wherein a structural bond line of the blade is positioned to be adjacent to a sandwich panel construction of the blade. By locating the structural bond line nest to a sandwich region of the blade, the buckling strength of the joint is improved and the risk of crack initiation in the adhesive joint is reduced considerably.
Lm Wp Patent Holding A/s


06/16/16
20160168806 

System and determining ground stiffness


A compactor is disclosed that has at least one roller drum configured to compact a work material. The compactor also has a memory storing a calibration system.
Caterpillar Inc.


06/16/16
20160167348 

Multilayer polymeric sheets and light weight laminates produced therefrom


A multilayer polymeric sheet comprising three layers is provided. The two outer layers of the multilayer polymeric sheet comprise an ionomeric composition and are positioned on either side of the inner layer of the multilayer polymeric sheet, which comprises an ethylene vinyl acetate (eva) composition.
E. I. Du Pont De Nemours And Company


06/16/16
20160166340 

Surgical instrument


A surgical instrument has a pre-tensioned pair of flexible links comprising a first flexible link strand and a counter-rotating second flexible link strand for actuating a degree of freedom of the instrument, in particular an end effector, in opposite senses, by an input assembly. The first flexible link strand has a higher tensile stiffness than the second flexible link strand..
Kuka Roboter Gmbh


06/16/16
20160166246 

Methods and devices for threading sutures


Methods and devices are provided for anchoring suture to bone. In one embodiment, an elongate weave of fibers can be provided having a first portion with a first pick count and a second portion with a second pick count that is greater than the first pick count.
Depuy Mitek, Llc


06/16/16
20160166236 

Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and operating the same


Disclosed is an ultrasound diagnostic method for an object having a tubular shape. The ultrasound diagnostic method includes acquiring ultrasound volume data of the object, generating a first ultrasound image which is obtained by imaging a surface of the object, based on the ultrasound volume data, generating a second ultrasound image which is obtained by imaging at least one selected from blood flow, stiffness, a thickness of a wall, and contrast agent augmentation of an inside of the object included in the first ultrasound image, based on the ultrasound volume data, and displaying the first ultrasound image and the second ultrasound image..
Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.


06/09/16
20160165351 

Diaphragm and speaker using same


The present disclosure provides diaphragm, which includes a dome part, a suspension part supporting the dome part, an adhesive layer located between the dome part and the suspension part. The suspension part includes a supporting portion for supporting the dome part and a periphery extending from and surrounding the supporting portion.
Aac Technologies Pte. Ltd.


06/09/16
20160164061 

Battery module


Provided is a battery module. The battery module includes: battery cells arranged in a first direction; a spacer disposed between neighboring battery cells; and a center pin extending in a second direction that is different from the first direction and inserted through the spacer to cross the spacer.
Samsung Sdi Co., Ltd.


06/09/16
20160160673 

Stiffness controlled abradable seal system and methods of making same


A stiffness controlled abradable seal system for a gas turbine engine includes a cantilevered arm that supports one of a rotating seal surface and a static seal surface, a stiffness of the cantilevered arm controlled to achieve a desired operational temperature at a seal interface, and an optimally matched abradeable seal material with required thermo-physical and friction properties to enable desired wear mechanisms and maximized sealing and durability.. .
United Technologies Corporation


06/09/16
20160159216 

Haptic motor-vehicle accelerator pedal having an elastically coupled actuator and method and control unit for controlling said accelerator pedal


A pedal system for a motor vehicle, such as an accelerator pedal system, includes an elastic coupling element, a control unit, a pedal lever, and an actuator. The elastic coupling element is operatively positioned between the pedal lever and the actuator, and has a relatively low stiffness.
Robert Bosch Gmbh


06/09/16
20160159155 

Radial tire having a lightweight belt structure


A radial tire, notably for a passenger vehicle or van, with a lightened belt structure (10) comprises a multilayer composite laminate (10a, 10b, 10c) of specific construction, with a first layer (10a) of rubber (c1) reinforced with preferably weakly heat-shrinkable circumferential textile multifilament fibres (110) twisted individually on themselves, for example, made of nylon or of polyester, this first layer radially (in the direction z) surmounting two other layers (10b, 10c) of rubber (c2, c3, respectively) reinforced with monofilaments (120, 130) of high tensile steel. This multilayer composite laminate allows the weight and rolling resistance of the tires to be reduced without impairing the cornering stiffness and, therefore, road holding and handling, while at the same time offering equivalent running endurance..
Michelin Recherche Et Technique S.a.


06/09/16
20160159120 

System and lead edge release coating for improved media stripping in an aqueous inkjet printer


An inkjet printer is configured to apply a coating material to the lead edge of an imaging surface after an ink image is formed on the surface. A controller determines the amount and location of coating material applied to the lead edge based on the stiffness or thickness of the media printed on, and based on image content..
Xerox Corporation


06/09/16
20160159045 

Polyvinyl acetal and cellulose ester multilayer interlayers


A multilayer interlayer structure having a first and second polyvinyl acetal (poly(vinyl acetal)) layer and a cellulose ester layer having a thickness of at least 10 mils disposed between the first and second poly(vinyl acetal) layers. The cellulose ester layer can have a higher storage modulus and/or higher tg than at least one of the poly(vinyl acetal) layers.
Solutia Inc.


06/09/16
20160159044 

Polyvinyl acetal and cellulose ester multilayer interlayers


A multilayer interlayer structure having a first and second polyvinyl acetal (poly(vinyl acetal)) layer and a cellulose ester layer having a thickness of at least 10 mils disposed between the first and second poly(vinyl acetal) layers. The cellulose ester layer can have a higher storage modulus and/or higher tg than at least one of the poly(vinyl acetal) layers.
Solutia Inc.


06/09/16
20160159040 

Multilayer interlayers having high tg and high modulus


A multilayer interlayer structure having a low mw/high tg layer and a high mw layer, the interlayer having a high e′ modulus and a higher tg. The high tg layer has a tg of at least 50° c.
Solutia Inc.


06/09/16
20160158847 

Tool holding fixture


The invention relates to a tool holding fixture (1) for rotationally driven tools (2), said tool holding fixture comprising a rotationally symmetrical holding body (3) which has a front clamping portion (4) having a holding opening (5) for a tool shaft (6) of the tool (2), and a rear holding portion (7) to be held in a work spindle of a machine tool. To achieve a reduced mass, a lower mass moment of inertia and at the same time high stiffness, a sleeve (11) consisting of a fibre-reinforced plastic is arranged at least in the front clamping portion (4)..
Haimer Gmbh


06/09/16
20160158613 

Variable stiffness striking implement


A variable stiffness striking implement, such as, for example, a ball bat typically used in baseball, softball, or rubber ball. The striking implement, preferably has a separate barrel and handle and includes a variable stiffness assembly which results in the user being able to adjust stiffness.
Wilson Sporting Goods Co.


06/09/16
20160158539 

Acutely stiff implantable electrodes


An implantable device for stimulating body tissue that includes an electrode lead body and at least one stimulating electrode contact disposed on the electrode lead body. The electrode lead body may be a percutaneous electrode lead or an electrode paddle that is configured and arranged to be substantially stiff outside the patient's body and during insertion into the patient's body and then becomes non-stiff within the patient's body.
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation


06/09/16
20160158419 

Multi-layer biodegradable device having adjustable drug release profile


Methods and apparatus for a biodegradable multi-layer device suitable for medical applications are provided, wherein the device is formed from multiple film-layers configured to have different characteristics from one another such as different release profiles for therapeutic agents, adhesive properties, stiffness properties, and solubility properties. The film-layers may include a solid fibrinogen component.
Bioinspire Technologies, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157617 

Thoracic region comfort seating system


An inflatable thoracic support bladder adapted to be secured to a seatback is provided. The inflatable bladder has a forward surface and a rearward surface.
Lear Corporation


06/09/16
20160157560 

Skate


A boot extension arrangement extends the upper boot portion of a skate to accommodate additional forward flex of the skater's lower leg about the ankle while maintaining or contributing to lateral stiffness. Two extenders are attached either side of the upper boot portion that oppose vertical buckling while allowing the boot to wrap around an open channel that accommodates bending movement of the user's lower leg about the ankle.

06/02/16
20160157367 

Three-dimensional structures and related methods of forming three-dimensional structures


The present disclosure provides three-dimensional structures and related methods. The three-dimensional structures may define patterns of positive and negative spaces on opposing surfaces that combine to form the three-dimensional structures.
Apple Inc.


06/02/16
20160155965 

Display devices and methods of using the same


Disclosed herein are display devices including a flexible electronic display layer that is configured to emit an image. The flexible electronic display layer can, for example, be configured to releasably couple with a flexible supporting layer to increase stiffness of the flexible electronic display layer.
Empire Technology Development Llc


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
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
20160152272 

Subframe for vehicle


To realize weight saving of a vehicle subframe, while ensuring required strength and stiffness thereof with a simple configuration, there are provided a first hole portion in at least one of an upper member and a lower member in a first region, and a second hole portion in at least one of the upper member and the lower member in a second region.. .
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


06/02/16
20160152219 

Method for providing haptic information for a driver of a motor vehicle, and brake system


A method and a brake system for providing haptic information for a driver of a motor vehicle equipped with a brake-by-wire brake system concerning an operational state of the brake system. The brake system has a main brake cylinder which can be actuated by a brake pedal, having at least one pressure chamber associated with at least one wheel brake, and a simulation device which co-operates with the main brake cylinder and gives the driver a brake pedal sensation in a brake-by-wire operating mode.
Continental Teves Ag & Co. Ohg


06/02/16
20160152069 

Vehicle wheel and producing a vehicle wheel


A vehicle wheel for motor vehicles may include a wheel-rim ring with an opening, a main member positioned at least partially in the opening of the wheel-rim ring, and a covering shell for at least partially covering the main member. The main member may include an attachment region with receptacles for attaching the main member and the wheel-rim ring to a vehicle.
Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe Ag


06/02/16
20160151687 

Golf club heads or other ball striking devices having distributed impact response


A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face. The body has an impact-influencing structure in the form of a channel positioned on at least one surface of the body.
Nike, Inc.


06/02/16
20160151686 

Golf club heads or other ball striking devices having distributed impact response


A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face. The body has an impact-influencing structure in the form of a channel positioned on at least one surface of the body.
Nike, Inc.


06/02/16
20160151685 

Golf club heads or other ball striking devices having distributed impact response


A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face. The body has an impact-influencing structure in the form of a channel positioned on at least one surface of the body.
Nike, Inc.


06/02/16
20160151175 

Controlled coronal stiffness prosthetic ankle


A prosthetic ankle device and methods are provided herein to adjust stiffness of the prosthetic ankle. The prosthetic ankle including a base, and a vertical support having a first end pivotally coupled to the base.
University Of Washington Through Its Center For Commercialization


06/02/16
20160150878 

Divider for industrial shelves


The present invention provides a divider for industrial shelves having a planar base that lies flat on a shelf with an upwardly extending notch that accommodates the ridge formed on the front of many shelves. The downwardly extending spiral torsion spring is provided to fit over the front reinforcing wall of a shelf allows a snug but repositionable fit of the divider on a shelf.
Akro-mils


05/26/16
20160147258 

Method for assembling an electronic device


An electronic device is provided. The device may include a plate placed behind a screen formed from a window and a display module to provide the screen with additional stiffness (e.g., to resist dropping events).
Apple Inc.


05/26/16
20160146964 

Monitoring matrix acidizing operations


An acoustic logging tool is disposed in a wellbore during an acidizing operation. Measurements are made using the acoustic logging tool on a region of a formation penetrated by the wellbore and being subjected to the acidizing operation.
Schlumberger Technology Corporation


05/26/16
20160146706 

Tire cornering stiffness estimation system and method


A tire cornering stiffness estimation system and method includes multiple tire-affixed sensors mounted to a supportive vehicle tire for operably measuring tire-specific parameters and generating tire-specific information relating tire pressure, temperature, wear state, tire identification and tire loading. One or more accelerometer(s) are mounted to the hub supporting the tire to generate a hub accelerometer signal.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


05/26/16
20160146284 

Two-stage stiffness type elastomer combined device


The present invention provides a two-stage stiffness type elastomer combined device, including at least one small-stiffness elastic element and a large-stiffness elastic element, wherein the small-stiffness elastic element is arranged in an elastomer pre-compression device and is serially arranged with the large-stiffness elastic element under the action of a pre-compression load f1. The device has combined stiffness being hard at first and then becoming soft and is used as an elastic axle box suspension device of a railway vehicle, effectively solving the contradiction that a linear snaking critical operation speed of the vehicle and curve passing performance of the vehicle cannot be compromised.
Csr Yangtyze Co., Ltd.


05/26/16
20160146022 

High-modulus coating for local stiffening of airfoil trailing edges


An airfoil is disclosed. The airfoil may comprise a leading edge, a body portion and a trailing edge formed from a high-modulus plating.
United Technologies Corporation


05/26/16
20160145938 

Covering for an architectural opening having coved slats


A covering for an architectural opening is provided. The covering may include a roller, a sheet attached to the roller, and at least two slats attached to the sheet.
Hunter Douglas Inc.


05/26/16
20160145824 

Helical pile leads and extensions


The present disclosure provides helical pile leads and extensions with closely spaced perimeter shear helical plates that develop a cylindrical failure surface between the perimeter shear helical plates and soil as the helical pile is rotated into the ground, mobilizing soil-to-soil shear strength, and thus increasing the stability, stiffness and load capacity of the helical pile.. .
Hubbell Incorporated


05/26/16
20160145092 

Equestrian saddle


An equestrian saddle includes a tree made of a substantially rigid material and defining a substantially vertical longitudinal center plane, a seating surface for the user, which is associated to the tree, and a pair of flaps arranged on opposite sides from the vertical plane and connected to the tree in a connection area proximate to the seating surface. Each flap includes at least one edge element having an outer surface with a relatively high friction coefficient for providing a grip on the user's leg.
Equiline S.r.l.


05/26/16
20160144693 

Door structure of vehicle


A door structure of a vehicle comprises a door trim and a door trim frame that combines with the door trim to increase stiffness of the door trim.. .
Hyundai Motor Company


05/26/16
20160144252 

Hockey-stick blade with tailored performance regions


A hockey-stick includes a blade and a shaft. The blade includes a heel region, a toe region spaced longitudinally from the heel region, and a mid-region located between the heel region and the toe region.
Easton Sports, Inc.


05/26/16
20160144226 

Systems and methods for gait rehabilitation using mechanical perturbations on the unimpaired leg to provide therapy to the impaired leg


Embodiments for systems and methods of a variable stiffness treadmill for gait rehabilitation using mechanical perturbations on the unimpaired leg to provide therapy to the impaired leg are disclosed.. .
Arizona Board Of Regents On Behalf Of Arizona State University


05/19/16
20160142825 

Suspension element for suspending the diaphragm of a loudspeaker driver to the chassis thereof as well as driver and loudspeaker comprising the same


The present invention provides a loudspeaker driver not suffering from high levels of distortion caused by the non-linear stiffness commonly found with drivers that utilize progressive suspension elements. The novel suspension element for suspending the diaphragm of a loudspeaker driver to the chassis thereof has a geometry with two opposing first sections and two opposing second sections, which connect the two first sections.
Genelec Oy


05/19/16
20160138421 

Nonlinear rolling bearing radial support stiffness


A bearing support assembly includes a squirrel cage defining a longitudinal axis and having a cylindrical portion defining a bearing seat. The squirrel cage is configured and adapted to provide a first level of radial support stiffness between a housing and a bearing seated in the bearing seat.
United Technologies Corporation


05/19/16
20160137763 

Processes using staged hydrogen addition


This invention relates to processes using staged hydrogen addition in propylene polymerization. Using this process, broad/bi-modal mwd ipp with excellent stiffness properties and melt flow rates were produced..
Exxonmobil Chemical Patents Inc.


05/19/16
20160137333 

Blanks and methods for forming containers having stacking platforms


A blank of sheet material for forming a container includes a plurality of side panels and a glue panel coupled together in series along a plurality of generally parallel fold lines. At least one of the generally parallel fold lines has an increased stiffness.
Westrock Shared Services, Llc


05/19/16
20160137308 

Ram air turbine with composite shaft


A ram air turbine includes a strut. The strut includes a turbine portion and an opposed vehicle connection portion.
Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation


05/19/16
20160137233 

Aluminum alloy for vehicle outer panels and producing the same


Disclosed herein are an aluminum alloy for vehicle outer panels and a method for producing the aluminum alloy thereby improving elasticity, formability, and dent resistance by maximizing a generation of boride compound to improve stiffness and nvh characteristics. The aluminum alloy for vehicle outer panels includes ti, b, mg, and a balance of the aluminum alloy being al and includes both of an alb2 phase and a tib2 phase as a reinforcing phase.
Hyundai Motor Company


05/19/16
20160137231 

Vehicles having a cross-vehicle stabilizing structure


Vehicle structures for dissipating energy associated with a collision are described herein. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes a first side support extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, a second side support extending in the vehicle longitudinal direction and spaced apart from the first side support in a vehicle lateral direction that is transverse to the vehicle longitudinal direction, and a cross-vehicle stabilizing structure extending between the first side support and the second side support, the cross-vehicle stabilizing structure including a first joint portion coupled to the first side support, the first joint portion including a stiffness-reducing portion positioned within a perimeter of the first joint portion, a second joint portion coupled to the second side support, and a cross-vehicle stabilizer portion coupled to the first joint portion and the second joint portion..
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.


05/19/16
20160137158 

Vehicle energy absorbing device


The present invention provides a vehicle energy absorbing device, which comprises a primary energy absorbing box and a secondary energy absorbing box, said primary energy absorbing box having a u-shaped cross section with a bottom and a wall extending therefrom, said secondary energy absorbing box being nested inside said primary energy absorbing box. In the crash of a car with a pedestrian, said secondary energy absorbing box of the vehicle energy absorbing device according to the present invention can provide continuous stiffness when said primary energy absorbing box is nearly collapsed, so as to protect lower legs of pedestrians and reduce harms to legs of pedestrians.
Yanfeng Plastic Omnium Automotive Exterior Systems Co., Ltd.


05/19/16
20160136714 

High stiffness and high access forming tool for incremental sheet forming


An tool for the incremental forming of material sheeting is disclosed. The tool comprises a forming tip, a shank, and an interface adapter positioned between the forming tip and the shank.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


05/19/16
20160136393 

Adjustable stiffness catheter


The present invention relates to a catheter that has adjustable stiffness that enables a user to select the stiffness of at least one region of the catheter during insertion and navigation through a body lumen. A preferred embodiment of the invention works in combination with a guidewire to enable placement of the catheter at a position within the vascular system, for example, to enable treatment of a variety of medical conditions.
Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center, Inc.


05/19/16
20160136031 

Articulation with controllable stiffness and force-measuring device


The subject matter of the invention is an articulation (1) with controllable stiffness and a force-measuring system, comprising a first device (20) that comprises a frame (4) having a curved face and connected to a first motor element (2), the first device (20) regulating the position of the articulation (1), and a second device (22) that regulates the stiffness of the articulation (1) and comprises a thrust element (15), the movement (d) of which determines the pre-compression of a resistive element (11) and thus the stiffness of the articulation (1); the first motor element (2) causes the frame (4) to rotate such that a wheel (8) of the second device (22) rolls on the curved face of the frame (4), causing the resistive element (11) to be compressed (c) via a transmission rod (7) associated with said wheel (8) and with the resistive element (11).. .
Universidad PolitÉcnica De Madrid


05/12/16
20160131787 

Characterizing a downhole environment using stiffness coefficients


A method that includes obtaining log data of a downhole formation, and characterizing the downhole formation by determining stiffness coefficients including c33, c44, c66, c11, c12, and c13. C13 is a function of c33, c44, c66, and at least one of a kerogen volume and a clay volume derived from the log data.
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.


05/12/16
20160130872 

Flexible sunscreen and sunshade assembly provided therewith


A flexible sunscreen is provided intended for use in a sunshade assembly of the type comprising a flexible sunscreen having a central part and two opposed inwardly folded longitudinal edges connected to the central part by means of folding lines, and two opposed longitudinal guides for receiving therein and guiding corresponding ones of the inwardly folded longitudinal edges of the flexible sunscreen, which guides are provided with locking members for engaging an outer end of the inwardly folded longitudinal edges for preventing these edges from moving out of the longitudinal guides. The central part of the flexible sunscreen mainly is manufactured from a first material with a first stiffness wherein of the inwardly folded longitudinal edges and of the parts of the central part adjacent the edges at least part is made of a second material with a second higher stiffness..

05/12/16
20160129946 

Spring strut dome and producing same


Spring strut domes for use with vehicle bodies can be formed by reshaping a semifinished product into a dome element by way of massive forming. In particular, the semifinished product may be reshaped by rolling, forging, upset-forging, and/or pressing.
Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe Ag


05/12/16
20160129774 

Electric motor mounting structure


The stiffness in supporting an electric motor is increased in an electric motor mounting structure for mounting an electric motor for driving the wheels on the vehicle body. In an electric motor mounting structure for mounting an electric motor (60) for driving a wheel on a vehicle body (1) formed by combining a plurality of frame members, the electric motor is mounted on one of the frame members (front middle cross member) (43) via a first mount member (front mount member) (71), the one frame member is provided with a receiving hole (101), and at least a part of the first mount member projects into the receiving hole..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


05/12/16
20160129325 

Barrel for a bat assembly and ball bat


The present disclosure is directed to a barrel comprising cast metal, composite or plastic for use in a bat assembly; a bat assembly comprising a barrel portion, an end cap and a handle; and a ball bat. The barrel may have uniform wall thickness or may include structural elements disposed on an inner surface to improve stiffness and reduce weight.
Vyatek Sports, Inc.


05/12/16
20160128771 

Catheter with adjustable arcuate distal section


A catheter includes an elongated body, a distal assembly with a shape-memory member defining a generally circular form, and a control handle adapted to actuate a deflection puller wire for deflecting a portion of the elongated body, and a contraction wire for contracting the generally circular form. The generally circular form which carries at least one ring electrode has an off-edge configuration relative to the elongated body such that a longitudinal axis of the elongated body does not intersect the circumference of the circular form and the generally circular form spirals about the longitudinal axis of the elongated body.
Biosense Webster (israel), Ltd.


05/12/16
20160128667 

Method of calculating feature of blood vessel and ultrasound performing the same


Disclosed is an ultrasound apparatus. The ultrasound apparatus includes an ultrasound transceiver that transmits an ultrasound signal to an object and receives an ultrasound echo signal reflected from the object, a controller that detects a change amount of a diameter of a blood vessel of the object, based on the ultrasound echo signal, and a display unit that displays a blood pressure graph showing a blood pressure of the object and an image representing an inflection point in the blood pressure graph, based on the detected change amount of the diameter.
Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.


05/12/16
20160128636 

Fabrication, methods, apparatuses, and systems for ultra-compliant probes for neural and other tissues


Methods, systems and apparatuses of ultra-miniature, ultra-compliant probe arrays that allows for design flexibility to match the stiffness of the tissue it is being applied to, such as the brain tissue, in all three axes (x, y and z), with interconnect cross section smaller than cell dimensions. Stiffness matching requires specific geometric and fabrication approaches, commonly leading to ultra-thin probe wires.
Carnegie Mellon University, A Pennsylvania Non-profit Corporation


05/12/16
20160128583 

System and apparatus comprising a multisensor guidewire for use in interventional cardiology


A system and apparatus comprising a multisensor guidewire for use in interventional cardiology, e.g. For transcatheter valve therapies (tvt), comprises a plurality of optical sensors for direct measurement of cardiovascular parameters, e.g.
Three Rivers Cardiovascular Systems Inc.


05/12/16
20160128558 

Optical coherence elastography to assess biomechanics and detect progression of ocular and other tissues degenerative diseases


An excitation force (internal or external) and phase-sensitive optical coherence elastography (oce) system, used in conjunction with a data analyzing algorithm, is capable of measuring and quantifying biomechanical parameters of tissues in situ and in vivo. The method was approbated and demonstrated on an example of the system that combines a pulsed ultrasound system capable of producing an acoustic radiation force on the crystalline lens surface and a phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (oct) system for measuring the lens displacement caused by the acoustic radiation force.
University Of Houston System


05/12/16
20160128425 

Method of manufacturing a contoured fluid-filled chamber with a tensile member


A fluid-filled chamber may include an upper barrier portion, a lower barrier portion, and a tensile member. An upper tensile layer of the tensile member may be secured to the upper barrier portion, and a lower tensile layer of the tensile member may be secured to the lower barrier portion.
Nike, Inc.


05/12/16
20160128381 

Self-standing tobacco pouch


A self-standing tobacco pouch formed from a pliable sheet material includes a bottom part forming a support foot to stand on a surface, a pouch wall extending from the bottom part to an entrance defined by an entrance rim, a curved or angled elongate shaping member, which is provided near or at a first rim part of the entrance rim to hold the first rim part in a curved or angled configuration. The shaping member has a bending stiffness which is larger than the bending stiffness of the sheet material.
Sluis Cigar Machinery B.v.


05/05/16
20160126445 

Ultrasonic probe as well as electronic apparatus and ultrasonic imaging apparatus


An ultrasonic probe is provided that makes it possible to increase the shock resistance of a board of an ultrasonic device unit. An ultrasonic probe includes a housing.
Seiko Epson Corporation


05/05/16
20160123422 

Self-tuned mass damper and system comprising the same


A simple self-tuned mass damper is hereby proposed for a broadened frequency band and which can be adapted to large and expensive structures as well as small and inexpensive structures alike. The novel self-tuned mass damper includes an auxiliary mass and a non-linear suspension, which is configured to connect the auxiliary mass to a vibrating structure.
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy


05/05/16
20160123413 

Brake mounting bracket apparatus


A brake mounting bracket apparatus that includes a rear body and a front body. The rear body includes an inboard tie bar and a pair of legs that each extend from a lower portion at the inboard tie bar to a terminal end.
Bwi(shanghai) Co., Ltd.


05/05/16
20160123387 

Passive magnetic bearing systems stabilizer/bearing utilizing time-averaging of a periodic magnetic field


A high-stiffness stabilizer/bearings for passive magnetic bearing systems is provide where the key to its operation resides in the fact that when the frequency of variation of the repelling forces of the periodic magnet array is large compared to the reciprocal of the growth time of the unstable motion, the rotating system will feel only the time-averaged value of the force. When the time-averaged value of the force is radially repelling by the choice of the geometry of the periodic magnet array, the earnshaw-related unstable hit motion that would occur at zero rotational speed is suppressed when the system is rotating at operating speeds..
Lawrence Livermore National Security, Llc


05/05/16
20160121936 

Side panel assembly for passenger vehicles


A side panel assembly for a passenger vehicle, includes a b-pillar made of fibre-reinforced plastics material, at least one further pillar made of fibre-reinforced plastics material and following in the rear direction, and a side panel made of fibre-reinforced plastics material and defining a portion of the skin of the passenger vehicle. According to the invention, to make it possible for a side panel assembly of this kind to offer high stiffness for absorbing operating and crash loads while being low-weight, to have a high surface quality, and to be economical to produce with short production times, the b-pillar includes a hollow pillar made of metal as a core element..
Leichtbau-zentrum Sachsen Gmbh


05/05/16
20160121711 

Internal combustion engine exhaust system supporting structure


An internal combustion engine exhaust system supporting structure includes a body fastening portion, an exhaust fastening portion, a bracket, and a stay. The body fastening portion is provided on a power plant or a vehicle body located on a side of an exhaust passage extending from an internal combustion engine to a rear of a vehicle so that exhaust emissions flow from the internal combustion engine to the rear of the vehicle.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


05/05/16
20160121077 

Braid plating for torsional stiffness


A woven wire braid residing between a polymer inner lumen and a polymer outer lumen transmits control force in a catheter. After braiding the wires, the braid is plated with a metal, such as electroless nickel alloy deposited with a target thickness in a range of 250-1200 micro-inches.
General Metals Corporation, D/b/a Professional Plating Inc.


05/05/16
20160120575 

Spinal fixation member


A system for fixing spinal vertebrae utilizes a spinal rod that has varying properties along its length such that a lower stiffness portion is placed in the cranial or caudal end positions of the spinal rod to address potential adjacent level failure. The spinal rod includes a core member formed of a first material having a first modulus of elasticity and a sheath member formed of a second material having a second modulus of elasticity different from the first modulus of elasticity.
K2m, Inc.


05/05/16
20160120567 

System and dilating and adjusting flexibility in a guiding device


The helical members are configured so that the dilatable tip increases in stiffness when the helical members are tensioned by a resistance to rotation in the winding direction. In some embodiments, application of relative force between coaxial inner and outer tubular members is used to control the dilation, stiffness and drilling of the guiding member..

04/28/16
20160119717 

Suspension for acoustic device


An acoustic device includes a diaphragm, a frame, and a suspension element that couples the diaphragm to the frame such that the diaphragm is movable in a reciprocating manner relative to the frame. The suspension element includes a first surround element and a second surround element that have respective inner landings between which a region proximal to an outer edge of the diaphragm is disposed.
Bose Corporation


04/28/16
20160118161 

Apparatus and cable dynamics suppression via non-linear flexures


Method and apparatus for suppressing cable dynamics in a device towed in water. The apparatus includes at least one section for suppression of motion, wherein the at least one section includes an axial motion suppression section; and the axial motion suppression section comprising equipment for the attenuation of axial vibrations in an electro-mechanical cable.
Sercel, Inc.


04/28/16
20160116329 

Method to determine inertia in a shaft system


A method to determine inertia of components of a rotating shaft system. The shaft system includes a shaft coupling a turbine to drive the rotation and a load to be driven by the rotation.
Rolls-royce Plc


04/28/16
20160116319 

Vibratory flowmeter and meter verification


A vibratory flowmeter (5) for meter verification is provided, including meter electronics (20) configured to vibrate the flowmeter assembly (10) in a primary vibration mode using the first and second drivers (180l, 180r), determine first and second primary mode currents (230) of the first and second drivers (180l, 180r) for the primary vibration mode and determining first and second primary mode response voltages (231) generated by the first and second pickoff sensors (170l, 170r) for the primary vibration mode, generate a meter stiffness value (216) using the first and second primary mode currents (230) and the first and second primary mode response voltages (231), and verify proper operation of the vibratory flowmeter (5) using the meter stiffness value (216).. .
Micro Motion, Inc.


04/28/16
20160116011 

Disk brake


An urging spring (15) urges a friction pad toward the exit side of the rotational direction of a disk when a vehicle equipped with the disk brake runs forward. The urging spring is disposed between a lug portion (11a) of the friction pad and a torque receiving surface (5) of a carrier (2).
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.


04/28/16
20160115981 

Strut and clip assembly for stiffening a hanger rod


The present invention is a clip for use with a strut that at least partially surrounds a hanger rod for the purpose of providing stiffness to the hanger rod. The clip includes a handle portion, a rod-clamping portion, and a fulcrum spaced away from the handle portion.
Vibration & Seismic Technologies, Llc


04/28/16
20160115759 

Changeable well seal tool


A well seal tool includes a base tubing and a seal element carried on an exterior of the base tubing. The seal element includes a polymer changeable between a compressed state and a sealing state.
Halliburton Energgy Services, Inc.


04/28/16
20160114239 

Hockey skate including a one-piece frame with integral pedestals


A hockey skate includes a fiber-reinforced, composite frame, or an injected plastic frame, including a boot form and integral pedestals that serve as a blade-holder. The pedestals are integral with the bottom of the boot sole and are optionally spaced relatively far apart to provide a long span between them.
Easton Hockey, Inc.


04/28/16
20160114125 

Variable stiffness balloon catheter and related systems and methods


The various embodiments herein relate to balloon catheters, and more specifically to balloon catheters having variable stiffnesses.. .
Qxmedical, Llc




Stiffness topics: Brush Assembly, Electronic Device, Piezoelectric

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