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Method for seamless joining and repair of metal parts using ultrasonic additive manufacturing
TS-050479 — This invention provides a method for repairing metal parts by removing and replacing worn, damaged, or defective metal material. It also serves as a method for seamlessly joining metal sheets and other parts while retaining the original temper of the joined parts. This technology, based on ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM), achieves strong joints and repairs by enabling the filling of a channel that has been cut, formed, or otherwise created in a metal structure or between two metal structures.
The aircraft industry lacks a robust method for joining metal sheets, structures, and assemblies together in wings, fuselages, and engines. Fusion based welding methods cannot always be used because they create heat-affected zones, which reduce the mechanical performance of material around the wel…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Dapino, Marcelo; Gingerich, Mark; Headings, Leon
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Out-of-Plane Fluidic Actuator for Curved Surface Applications
TS-050464 — A novel bistable fluidic actuator design which uses naturally occurring fluid dynamic instabilities instead of moving parts to create an oscillating jet that is out-of-plane from the fluid inlet port.
Turbines are used to produce much of the world’s electricity, whether it be from nuclear, coal, or natural gas sources, as well as provide power for the vast majority of aircraft flying today. For many turbine applications, the first stage vane and blade just downstream of the combustor is a…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Hossain, Mohammad Arif "Arif"; Ameri, Ali; Bons, Jeffrey; Gregory, James "Jim"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Out-of-Plane Fluidic Actuator for Curved Surface Applications
TS-050464 — A novel bistable fluidic actuator design which uses naturally occurring fluid dynamic instabilities instead of moving parts to create an oscillating jet that is out-of-plane from the fluid inlet port.
Turbines are used to produce much of the world’s electricity, whether it be from nuclear, coal, or natural gas sources, as well as provide power for the vast majority of aircraft flying today. For many turbine applications, the first stage vane and blade just downstream of the combustor is a…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Hossain, Mohammad Arif "Arif"; Ameri, Ali; Bons, Jeffrey; Gregory, James "Jim"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Integrally Joined Stainless Steel-NiTi Medical Devices
TS-050057 — A method for manufacturing surgical tools and implants with strong, gapless joints between NiTi (Nitinol) and stainless steel to capitalize on the best properties of both materials.
NiTi (Nitinol) is widely accepted and used for medical devices such as surgical tools and implants due to its biocompatibility and unique thermal-mechanical properties which provide super-elastic or shape memory responses. However, there are currently no commercial solutions for joining of NiTi to…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Panton, Boyd; Dapino, Marcelo; Gingerich, Mark; Headings, Leon; Morris, Jennifer
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Device for Harvesting Vibration Energy to Power Remote Sensors or Feed the Power Grid
TS-049909 — A control method based upon properties of linear systems to manipulate the vibrational amplitudes and frequencies of structural systems by exploiting piecewise-linear (PWL) nonlinearities.
Energy harvesting from system vibrations is considered a promising green energy source with the capacity to both self-power small-scale devices and fulfill the need of large-scale electricity generation. A recent report by BCC research found that the markets for Vibration, Displacement, and Mechan…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: D'Souza, Kiran; Tien, Meng-Hsuan
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Point Prognostics: Closed Loop Particle Forecasting Platform for Decision Support and System Prognostics
TS-049903 — A scalable, adaptive computational platform (software) that performs accurate, predictive computer simulations in less time, with the end goal of supporting a decision-making agency
A report by IOT Analytics evaluated the predictive maintenance (PdM) market at $1.5 billion in 2016 and anticipated a growth of 39% annually to $10.96 billion by 2022. Particle methods (broadly known as "Monte Carlo'' methods, or, MC) are a class of computational algorithms used in Pd…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kumar, Mrinal "Mrinal"; Yang, Chao "Chao"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Point Prognostics: Closed Loop Particle Forecasting Platform for Decision Support and System Prognostics
TS-049903 — A scalable, adaptive computational platform (software) that performs accurate, predictive computer simulations in less time, with the end goal of supporting a decision-making agency
A report by IOT Analytics evaluated the predictive maintenance (PdM) market at $1.5 billion in 2016 and anticipated a growth of 39% annually to $10.96 billion by 2022. Particle methods (broadly known as "Monte Carlo'' methods, or, MC) are a class of computational algorithms used in Pd…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kumar, Mrinal "Mrinal"; Yang, Chao "Chao"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

A Novel Variable Stiffness Robotic Gripper Based on Layer Jamming
TS-048216 — A soft robotic gripper design which incorporates layer jamming as a means for creating tunable stiffness control and higher load capacities.
Automation using robotics has taken many forms including, but not limited to, automotive manufacturing, transportation of good in shipping warehouses, and the delicate handling of wafers in semiconductor plants. In many of these applications grippers and end-of-arm-tools (EOAT’s) are incorpo…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Su, Haijun; Gao, Yuan
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

High-strength/high-ductility magnesium sheet alloy for room-temperature forming
TS-048065 — A new magnesium alloy designed using computational thermodynamic and kinetic models, which possesses optimal mechanical and formability performance suitable for industrial applications
Magnesium (Mg), the lightest structural metal, and its alloys, with their high specific strength and low density, are promising lightweight materials for industrial applications in automotive, aerospace, and electronic sectors. A 2019 report by Business Communications Company (BCC) Research highli…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Luo, Aihua (Alan); Shi, Renhai
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Integrated Biomanufacturing System for Fiber-Reinforced Tissue Composites
TS-047830 — An automated technique and system which combines electrospinning, additive manufacturing, and cell dispensing for generating high-quality tissue constructs with high physiological relevance.
Recent advances in biofabrication introduced by additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM/3DP) have significantly improved the overall architecture control in tissue engineered constructs. These constructs have a wide variety of important research and clinical applications including, but not limited …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Xu; Herderick, Edward; Niu, Ye "Ye"; Zhao, Yi
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

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