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Date/App# patent app List of recent Stiffness-related patents
07/21/16
20160209829 
 Motor controlling  suppressing vibrations patent thumbnailnew patent Motor controlling suppressing vibrations
A motor control apparatus of the present invention is a motor control apparatus for compensating elastic deformation between a servo motor and a driven part, driven by the servo motor, which includes a position command generator for generating a position command of the motor, a compensation filter for compensating the position command generated by the position command generator and a servo control unit for controlling the movement of the motor based on a position command after compensation, i.e., the compensated position command by the compensation filter, and is constructed such that the compensation filter includes a filter f(s) having an inertia jl of the driven part, a stiffness coefficient k of an elastically deformable part and a damping coefficient c of the elastically deformable part as the elements of filter coefficients.. .
Fanuc Corporation


07/21/16
20160209602 
 Fiber optic connector with strain relief assembly patent thumbnailnew patent Fiber optic connector with strain relief assembly
A fiber optic connector includes a ferrule, a ferrule holder from which the ferrule extends, a housing in which the ferrule holder is received, and a connector body coupled to the housing. The connector body is configured to retain the ferrule holder within the housing.
Corning Optical Communications Llc


07/21/16
20160208884 
 Pneumatically tuned vehicle powertrain mounts patent thumbnailnew patent Pneumatically tuned vehicle powertrain mounts
A system for securing a powertrain component to a body structure of a vehicle may include first and second mounts each having a base and a first elastomeric barrier secured to and extending from the base defining an air filled chamber, and a connector coupling the air filled chambers, the connector sized to provide an associated air volume that reduces stiffness of the first elastomeric barrier at an excitation frequency corresponding to a target engine speed. The air filled chambers may be hermetically sealed and pressurized above atmospheric pressure.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc


07/21/16
20160208862 
 Damper disk assembly patent thumbnailnew patent Damper disk assembly
A damper disc assembly includes first and second input plates, an output unit, a high stiffness damper unit, and first and second low stiffness damper units. The output unit includes an input-side member and an output-side member disposed rotatably relative to each other.
Exedy Corporation


07/21/16
20160208372 
 Lattice materials and structures and related methods thereof patent thumbnailnew patent Lattice materials and structures and related methods thereof
A method for treating substrates or components; and substrates or components that have been treated by the associated method. The treatment may be applied to any iron or steel based alloy to create a treated layer that increases the strength of the substrate or component.
University Of Virginia Patent Foundation


07/21/16
20160208053 
 Nanomodified backbones for polyimides with difunctional and mixed-functionality endcaps patent thumbnailnew patent Nanomodified backbones for polyimides with difunctional and mixed-functionality endcaps
Polyimides containing a backbone with at least one nanoparticle component and made from oligomers having endcaps that are difunctional or a mix of di- and monofunctionality are provided. The endcaps may be nadic or phenylethynyl.
The Boeing Company


07/21/16
20160207154 
 Main spindle device for machine tool and machine tool patent thumbnailnew patent Main spindle device for machine tool and machine tool
The main spindle device for a machine tool is provided with: a bearing for rotatably supporting the main spindle; a bearing case for holding the bearing; a housing inside which the bearing case is disposed; and a stiffness-switching device, which supports the bearing case with respect to the housing and is able to switch the stiffness of the bearing case support between multiple levels. When the stiffness-switching device is supporting the bearing case at a low stiffness, the main spindle device is formed so that the bearing case slides with respect to the housing.
Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd.


07/21/16
20160206475 
 Over-molded goggle frame patent thumbnailnew patent Over-molded goggle frame
A goggle frame having a stiff first frame member and a flexible second frame member over-molded onto the stiff first frame member. The stiffness of the first frame member allows a goggle lens to be mounted to the first frame member and for the first frame member to control deflection or distortion of the goggle lens.
Spy Optic Inc.


07/21/16
20160206102 
 Zoned suspension seating structure patent thumbnailnew patent Zoned suspension seating structure
A body support structure includes a backrest and a seat connected to the backrest. A suspension material is connected to the backrest or the seat.
Herman Miller, Inc.


07/14/16
20160200577 
 High strength carbon nanotube plasma-treated fibers & methods of making patent thumbnailHigh strength carbon nanotube plasma-treated fibers & methods of making
Carbon nanotubes have excellent mechanical properties such as low density, high stiffness, and exceptional strength making them ideal candidates for reinforcement material in a wide range of high-performance composites. Fibers with increased tensile strengths are produced by employing plasma treatment under various conditions.

07/14/16
20160200301 

Hydraulic braking system


Vibrations of a hydraulic pressure in an upstream portion due to operations of a slip control device during anti-lock control are transmitted to a control pressure chamber via a pressurizing piston of a master cylinder and a control piston of a regulator. During anti-lock control, in contrast, a pressure-increase linear valve and a pressure-reduction linear valve are opened, allowing change in volume of the control pressure chamber, resulting in reduction in stiffness.
Advics Co., Ltd.


07/14/16
20160199987 

Shaving device with improved contour following


A shaving head includes at least one cutting unit in which an external cutting member is subjected to a shaving action. The external cutting member is suspended relative to a holder of the shaving head through suspension means.
Koninklijke Philips N.v.


07/14/16
20160199171 

Ligament assembly


A ligament assembly (2) comprising a resilient element (20) connected to a bone anchor (4) and a ligament (18), the resilient element (20) acting m a cantilever and resisting toads transmitted between the bone anchor (4) and the ligament (18) by virtue of the resistance to bending of the resilient element. The ligament (18) may comprise an artificial ligament (18) which is adapted to replace a human or animal ligament.
Biomet Uk Healthcare Limited


07/14/16
20160199168 

Surgical implant for treating pelvic organ prolapse conditions


An implant including a vaginal portion having a length, width, first and second ends with a central region positioned therebetween, and a sacral portion having a length, width, first end and second end. The first end of the sacral portion is coupled to the central region of the vaginal portion so that the width of the first end extends substantially perpendicularly to the length of the vaginal portion.
Ethicon, Inc.


07/07/16
20160195178 

Lever system


A lever system for actuating at least one clutch, comprising at least one pivotable lever that has a certain bending stiffness. The lever has at least one flexurally elastic zone which is designed and/or arranged in such a way that the bending stiffness of the lever varies in accordance with an actuation path of the clutch..
Schaeffler Technologies Ag & Co. Kg


07/07/16
20160195176 

Adjustment changing the compression ratio in a combustion engine


The invention relates to an adjustment apparatus (1) for changing the compression ratio in an internal combustion engine, comprising a driving means (2), at least one transmission (5) connected downstream of the driving means (2) and a drive shaft (7) connected downstream of the transmission (5), wherein the transmission (5) has at least two different transmission stiffness progressions between nominal load limits of 0 and 100%.. .
Schaeffler Technologies Ag & Co. Kg


07/07/16
20160194867 

A rubber part for incorporation into a brick or masonry wall in a reinforced concrete frame to protect against damage caused by seismic activity


A rubber part for use as a structural component for incorporation into a brick or masonry wall structure in a reinforced concrete frame, to be located within the plane of the wall, has a length x and a stiffness along its length of sx, a width y and a stiffness across its width of sy, and a thickness z and a stiffness across its thickness of sz, the stiffness of the part being anisotropic with sy>sx. The part is adapted such that, when in use, it is capable of controlling vibrations of the wall caused by seismic activity and also of having a damping effect thereby increasing the energy dissipation capacity of the structure.
Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre


07/07/16
20160194862 

Deployable truss with orthogonally-hinged primary chords


A deployable truss with modified primary orthogonal joints. The construction of these joints causes the center-hinged primary chords on opposite sides of a truss bay to fold inward in a plane orthogonal to the folding planes of the side diagonals while the two secondary chords fold in planes orthogonal to the plane of the in-folding primary chords.
Cpi Technologies, Llc


07/07/16
20160194834 

Railroad tie and railroad comprising such a railroad tie


A railroad tie (1) is manufactured from at least plastic (2), wherein an elongated reinforcing structure (3) is embedded in the plastic. The reinforcing structure in the longitudinal tie direction (l) is extending at least from and including at least a part of one (15) of the two rail supporting longitudinal tie segments up to and including at least a part of the other (16) of the two rail supporting longitudinal tie segments of the railroad tie.
Lankhorst Engineered Products B.v.


07/07/16
20160194488 

Propylene-based compositions of enhanced appearance and excellent mold flowability


The present invention relates to a class of impact copolymer polypropylene (icp) compositions exhibiting the advantageous combination of excellent tiger (flow) marking performance in large/long molded parts, very low gels count and exceptional mold flowability (high mfr) despite the high viscosity ratio (e.g., >4) between rubber and propylene based matrix phases. Furthermore, it has been surprisingly found that the inventive compositions are associated with a low gels count even when using a quite coarse mesh wire screen, e.g., 60 mesh wire screen, independent of screw type e.g., twin or single screw.
Braskem America, Inc.


07/07/16
20160194486 

High flow polyolefin composition with high stiffness and toughness


The present invention relates to a polyolefin composition comprising two heterophasic propylene copolymers which differ in the melt flow rate.. .
Borealis Ag


07/07/16
20160194183 

Method for reducing dynamic loads of cranes


A method and related device for reducing resonant vibrations and dynamic loads of cranes, where vertical motion of a pay load is controlled by a boom winch and a hoist winch. In an embodiment, the method includes determining resonance frequencies of the crane boom and pay load from inertia data of the boom and stiffness on at least the boom and hoist ropes, the resonance frequencies including a first frequency and a lower second frequency.
National Oilwell Varco Norway As


07/07/16
20160193879 

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 monofilaments (110), 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.


07/07/16
20160193101 

Rehabilitation system with stiffness measurement


A rehabilitation system with stiffness measurement on a body part to be rehabilitated is disclosed. The rehabilitation system includes a rehabilitation unit and a processor.
National Tsing Hua University


07/07/16
20160193001 

Instrument shaft for computer-assisted surgical system


A shaft for a surgical instrument comprises an outer tube having a proximal end and a distal end, a central lumen extending through the outer tube, and a plurality of stiffening rods positioned around the central lumen. The plurality of stiffening rods may comprise a nonconductive material.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


06/30/16
20160192478 

Flexible electronic device


According to embodiments of the disclosure, a flexible electronic device is provided. The flexible electronic device includes a flexible substrate, at least one component and at least one stress buffer.

06/30/16
20160187977 

Deformable haptic wearables with variable physical properties


A haptically-enabled device has an interface for receiving an instruction to provide haptic information. The device includes a tangible element with a physical property including length, stiffness, or texture.

06/30/16
20160187515 

Sensor for detecting pressure waves in a liquid


An optical pressure sensor device (1) comprises: a chamber (2) filled with pressure transfer medium and having at least one window (4) transparent to pressure waves; an optical fibre (7) with a fibre bragg grating (8); a first pressure-sensitive mounting assembly (100) arranged within the chamber, holding the optical fibre; a second pressure-sensitive mounting assembly (200) arranged within the chamber, holding the optical fibre. The first pressure-sensitive mounting assembly, the second pressure-elm.) sensitive mounting assembly, and a static pressure compensation assembly (300) comprise pairs of bellows arranged on opposite sides of the fibre (7).

06/30/16
20160186854 

Lubricating structure for vehicle drive system


A partition member including a bearing portion that supports a bearing for a first drive gear and a bearing for a second driven gear includes a partition wall portion. In the partition wall portion, a scoop-up wall that scoops up lubricating oil in cooperation with at least one of a first driven gear and the second driven gear is provided near the at least one of the first driven gear and the second driven gear, and a rib for reinforcing stiffness of the bearing portion is provided on a back face of the scoop-up wall..

06/30/16
20160186835 

Torsional vibration damper assembly with speed-dependent characteristics


A torsional vibration damping arrangement for a drivetrain of a vehicle includes a carrier arrangement that is rotatable around an axis of rotation, a deflection mass movable in a circumferential direction relative to the carrier arrangement, and at least one radially extending, elastically deformable restoring element by which the carrier arrangement and the deflection mass are coupled to be rotatable relative to one another. A supporting element is associated with the restoring element and movable radially relative to the restoring element by which the restoring element is supported in circumferential direction with respect to the carrier arrangement at a radial position of the supporting element.

06/30/16
20160186557 

Method and apparatus of determining stiffness coefficients of formation


The present invention proposes a method and apparatus of determining stiffness coefficients of formation. In some embodiments, the invention includes setting up a relation of stiffness coefficients of formation c11 and c33, c44, c66; computing clay content of formation along depth continuously; computing the stiffness coefficient of formation c33 along depth continuously; computing the stiffness coefficient of formation c44 along depth continuously; and depending on the calculations above, the relation of stiffness coefficients of formation c11 and c33, c44, c66, and a relation of an anisotropy coefficient of the p-wave of the formation and its clay content or a relation of an anisotropy coefficient of the s-wave of the formation and its clay content, computing the stiffness coefficients of formation c11 and c66 along depth continuously..

06/30/16
20160185946 

High flow polyolefin composition with high stiffness and toughness


The present invention relates to a polyolefin composition comprising two heterophasic propylene copolymers which differ in the intrinsic viscosity of their xylene soluble fractions.. .

06/30/16
20160185415 

System and dynamic motorcycle frame


A motorcycle having a motorcycle frame that includes one or more frame members with an adjustable mechanism for increasing or decreasing the stiffness of the frame member. By adjusting the stiffness of one or more frame members, the overall stiffness of the motorcycle frame may be increased or decreased.

06/30/16
20160185414 

Bicycle steerer tube with variant stiffness


A bicycle steerer tube is adapted to reside in a plane of travel of the bicycle. A thickness at a point on the wall of the steerer tube body in a lower section thereof varies as a function of the cross-sectional angle of the point to the plane of travel, with the wall thickness being at a maximum in the plane of travel.

06/30/16
20160185315 

Airbag fabrics woven from slit-film polymeric tapes


Disclosed herein is the preparation of woven fabrics suitable for use in manufacturing vehicle airbags. Such fabrics are woven from a plurality of polymeric, e.g., polyamide, warp and weft tapes which have preferably been slitted, preferably in the machine direction, from a thermoplastic polymer film, and preferably from such a film which has been drawn at least in the machine direction.

06/30/16
20160185267 

Feedback by modifying stiffness


A system for modifying a stiffness of at least a portion of a vehicle component includes one or more devices coupled to the vehicle component and a processor coupled to the one or more devices. The processor is configured to determine that a software application has switched from a first mode to a second mode and cause the one or more devices to modify the stiffness of the at least a portion of the vehicle component from a first stiffness associated with the first mode to a second stiffness associated with the second mode..

06/30/16
20160184499 

Magnetically-levitated blood pump with optimization method enabling miniaturization


A magnetically-levitated blood pump with an optimization method that enables miniaturization and supercritical operation. The blood pump includes an optimized annular blood gap that increases blood flow and also provides a reduction in bearing stiffness among the permanent magnet bearings.

06/30/16
20160184166 

Elastic force generating device


A joint power generating device (8) has a multilayer structure constituted by alternately stacking an elastic member (41), which incorporates a hermetically sealed air chamber, and a partition plate (42) with high stiffness, an elastic structure (31), which has a through hole (43) formed therein, and a flexible lengthy member (32) inserted in the through hole (43). The joint power generating device (8) is configured to transmit a force between the lengthy member (32) and the elastic structure (31) such that the force for compressing the elastic structure (31) increases as the tension on the lengthy member (32) increases..

06/30/16
20160184125 

Magnetorheological medical brace


The magnetorheological (mar) medical brace includes a flexible outer shell that fits around the anatomical area to be braced and a plurality of adjustable straps for securing the shell onto the anatomical area. The shell encases a mar pack filled with magnetorheological fluid or gel.

06/30/16
20160183929 

Spinneret for manufacture of melt blown nonwoven fabric


A bimodal spinneret system including the bimodal spinneret and method for making a surgical buttress having improved characteristics are disclosed. The bimodal spinneret includes at least a distribution of hole diameters to create fibers with a more heterogeneous shear history and die swell.

06/30/16
20160183877 

Basket catheter with improved spine flexibility


A catheter with basket-shaped electrode assembly with spines configured for hyper-flexing in a predetermined, predictable manner when a compressive force acts on the assembly from either its distal end or its proximal end. At least one spine has at least one region of greater (or hyper) flexibility that allows the electrode assembly to deform, for example, compress, for absorbing and dampening excessive force that may otherwise cause damage or injury to tissue wall in contact with the assembly, without compromising the structure and stiffness of the remaining regions of the spine, including its distal and proximal regions.

06/30/16
20160183765 

Laser-assisted guidewire having a variable stiffness shaft


Embodiments of the present invention comprise a fiber optic guidewire having a hypotube with a plurality of openings that provide variable stiffness and tracking characteristics between at least one proximal segment and one distal segment of the guidewire. In some embodiments, the guidewire further comprises a mandrel disposed within the hypotube, the mandrel cooperating with the optical fibers to permit the distal end of the hypotube to be shaped as desired by a user.

06/30/16
20160183632 

Footwear having a filled flex-frame midsole


An article of footwear may include a midsole having a flex-frame defining a plurality of cells. Some or all of the cells may be substantially filled with a foam material.

06/23/16
20160181902 

Linear 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




Stiffness topics: Brush Assembly, Electronic Device, Piezoelectric

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