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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

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

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

Process Monitoring of Internal Temperature Distribution of Powder Bed Fusion Parts
TS-047605 — An ensemble kamlan filter (EnKF) state observer algorithm and process monitoring method for more quickly and accurately estimating the internal temperature gradient of Powder Bed Fusion parts for enhanced process monitoring and control.
Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) is a subset of additive manufacturing processes that performs a layer-by-layer fabrication of metal components by selectively melting metal powder disbursed over the earlier layer. PBF processes encompass methods such as selective laser sintering (SLS), direct metal laser s…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Wood, Nathaniel; Hoelzle, David "David"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Integration of smart materials into surgical tools and medical devices using vaporizing foil actuator technology.
TS-045092 — Shape memory alloys are metals that "remember" their original shape when deformed and can return to their initial shape when heated. These shape memory alloys cannot currently be welded to other alloys, which significantly limits their use. Current state-of-the-art methods of joining sha…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Panton, Boyd; Daehn, Glenn; Vivek, Anupam
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Titanium Alloy Optimization for Additive Manufacturing
TS-036918 — Modifies titanium alloys to reduce or prevent columnar grain structures in additive manufacturing
Titanium alloy components produced by current additive manufacturing (AM) techniques may lead to columnar grains, which introduce undesirable anisotropic material properties to the structure. Additional steps can reduce or eliminate these properties, but the processes are costly and limit direct p…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Welk, Brian; Fraser, Hamish
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

U+RSW - A Break-Through Process for Dissimilar Metal Joining in Automotive Industries
TS-036907 — A welding technique that joins two dissimilar metals.
Resistance spot welding (RSW) is critical to automobile manufacturing, with 3,000 to 5,000 spot welds per vehicle. As consumers seek vehicles with better fuel economy, automobile manufacturers have replaced parts built from heavy metals, such as advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), with lighter al…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Wei; Kimchi, Menachem; Lu, Ying "ying"; Mayton, Ellis
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

A robust high temperature semiconducting CO sensor
TS-030146 — A high-temperature metal oxide semiconductor based gas sensor that is doped with noble metals to increase stability and selectively
Machines that burn fuel for operation require numerous safety features to detect leaks of volatile and toxic gases that can be harmful or deadly to people if inhaled. Of these gases produced during combustion, carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the most important to consider due to its lethal capabili…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Dutta, Prabir; Akbar, Sheikh; Ramamoorthy, Ramasamy
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Method and Device to Monitor & Control Efficiency of the Friction Welding Process
TS-015293 — A device that can be readily attached to inertia or direct drive friction welding equipment to determine energy efficiency in-situ during welding, providing real-time feedback for improving control.
Friction welding is a category of solid-state welding processes that uses frictional heat generation at the weld interface to plasticize the work pieces and produce a metallurgical bond. The welding parameters used in large-scale industrial production are typically determined via trial and error. …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Wei; Mahaffey, David; Semiatin, Sheldon; Senkov, Oleg; Tung, Daniel
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Novel Method for Welding of High-Strength Aluminum Alloys
TS-014735 — A cost-effective method that drastically increases high-strength aluminum alloys' resistance to environmental degradation.
Manufacturers seek low-density, high-strength metals that can withstand environmental stress. High-strength aluminum alloys (AAs) are increasingly used for light-weighting in automotive and aerospace structure applications, but welds with such alloys are susceptible to environmental degradation, w…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Wei; Borchers, Tyler
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

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