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U.S. PATENT NO. 9,597,532 "BREATHING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS" AWARDED.
A wearable breathing apparatus includes a thermal capacitor that a user inhales and exhales through. Inhaled air is cooled as it passes through the thermal capacitor, and exhaled air cools the material of the thermal capacitor for the next breathing cycle. The breathing apparatus may be used by a firefighter, for example, as a lightweight apparatus to enable the firefighter to safely breathe dangerously heated air, for example, while in a fire shelter, that may otherwise cause injury to the user. The breathing apparatus advantageously does not require external power for cooling. The thermal capacitor may also be used as a part of a rebreather that uses a scrubber that removes carbon dioxide from exhaled air, for rebreathing. Further, the thermal capacitor may be used for other purposes, such as in recirculation of building air.
U.S. PATENT NO. 9,635,889 "COOLING GARMENTS" AWARDED.
The present invention relates to a cooling garment, comprising: a moisture-wicking under layer; and an impermeable outer layer, wherein the impermeable outer layer is attached to the moisture-wicking under layer forming at least one channel within the garment having a wetted perimeter of at most 5 inches; and an above ambient pressure gas supply operably attached to the channel. The present invention also relates to the cooling shirt or vest garment, comprising: a moisture-wicking under layer and an impermeable outer layer, wherein the outer layer is attached to the under layer forming a plurality of channels.
U.S. PATENT NO. 9,476,159 NON-DESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF FUNCTIONAL FABRICS AWARDED.
The present invention relates to polyolefin matrix composites reinforced with continuous carbon fibers, and a process for making them. The polymer-fiber composite material comprises a plurality of continuous fibers; and a polyolefin matrix, wherein, the polyolefin matrix comprises polyolefin polymer chains with a number average molecular weight of at least 1.times.10.sup.6 amu, and wherein, the polymer-fiber composite has a notched impact strength greater than the notched impact strength of a neat polyolefin, wherein the neat polyolefin has an equivalent chemical composition and number average molecular weight as the polyolefin of the polyolefin matrix in the polymer-fiber composite material. The present invention also relates to articles of manufacture made substantially from polyolefin matrix composites reinforced with continuous carbon fibers as well as orthopedic implant devices having a wear surface, or bearing comprising a polyolefin matrix composite reinforced with continuous carbon fibers.