Honoring the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association's Inventors of the Year

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  • 02 / May / 2013
  • 07 / May / 2013
  • 07 / May / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring the Eastern New York Intellectual Prop-
erty Law Association's Inventors of the Year

WHEREAS, The State of New York takes great pride in acknowledging its
esteemed residents who have distinguished themselves in their profes-
sion; and
WHEREAS, The Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association
will honor Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Brian Michael Ellis, Michael Francis
Xavier Gigliotti, Thomas Joseph Kelly, Mohamed Rahmane, Stephen Francis
Rutkowski, Michael James Weimer, and Joseph Carl Wukusick as its Inven-
tors of the Year during a dinner to be held at the Century House on May
23, 2013; and
WHEREAS, These distinguished gentlemen are being recognized for US
Patent No. 8,048,365, issued on November 1, 2011, entitled Crucibles for
Melting Titanium Alloys; and
WHEREAS, Turbine engine designers are continuously looking for new
materials with improved properties for reducing engine weight and
obtaining higher engine operating temperatures; and
WHEREAS, Titanium alloys, especially titanium aluminide (TiAl)-based
alloys, possess a promising combination of low-temperature mechanical
properties as well as high intermediate temperature strength and creep
resistance; and
WHEREAS, For those reasons, TiAl-based alloys have the potential to
replace nickel-based super-alloys, which are currently used to make
numerous turbine engine components; and
WHEREAS, One method used to make turbine engine components, such as
airfoils, is vacuum induction melting, which generally involves heating
a metal in a crucible made from a non-conductive refractory alloy oxide
until the charge of the metal within the crucible is melted down to
liquid form; and
WHEREAS, Cold wall or graphite crucibles are generally used to prevent
thermal stress on the crucible, which may cause cracking; cracking may
lead to a reduction in crucible life and inclusions in the component
being cast; and
WHEREAS, Difficulties may also arise when melting highly reactive
alloys, such as TiAl, and cold crucible melting also has a number of
technical and economic limitations; and
WHEREAS, There is, therefore, a great need for ceramic crucibles for
use in melting highly reactive alloys that are less likely to contam-
inate the alloy and pose fewer technical and economic limitations than
current applications; and
WHEREAS, The State of New York is pleased to join the Eastern New York
Intellectual Property Law Association in recognizing these extraordinary
men for their valuable invention; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association's
Inventors of the Year; and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association.


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