US Pat. No. 9,102,288

NON-ANCHORING CORDS WITH NON-CHEMICALLY BINDING WITH THE MATRIX IN IMPACT BEAM

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. An impact beam comprising a polymer matrix and a reinforcing structure, said reinforcing structure comprising a number
of metal reinforcing cords and non-metal elongated binding elements or non-metal coated elongated binding elements arranged
between the metal reinforcing cords for holding the metal reinforcing cords together, each of said metal reinforcing cords
has a metallic cross-sectional area Ametal, the ratio ?c of the metallic area Ametal to the area of the circle circumscribing said metal reinforcing cord (?dcord2/4) is at least 0.60, said metal reinforcing cords further having a non-chemical binding with said polymer matrix, wherein
said non-metal elongated binding elements or non-metal coated elongated binding elements have a chemical bond with said polymer
matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,481,342

REINFORCED WIPER ELEMENT

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A wiper element comprising:
a wiper blade made of an elastomeric material, wherein the wiper blade is reinforced with at least one elongated element,
wherein the elongated element includes at least one edge-punched notch;

said elongated element comprising a core and a coating system, wherein the core is a steel wire and said coating system comprises
a zinc alloy coating and a polyester coating;

wherein said zinc alloy coating is applied on said core and said polyester coating is applied on top of said zinc alloy coating;
wherein said coated elongated element has uncoated cut ends and edges of said at least one edge-punched notch are uncoated;
wherein said coating system provides said elongated element with corrosion protection at the uncoated cut ends and at the
uncoated edges of said at least one edge-punched notch; and

wherein the steel wire has a carbon content between 0.60 to 0.85%.

US Pat. No. 9,296,640

KNITTED FABRIC OF STEEL FIBERS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A knitted separation cloth adapted to glass processing, comprising:
yarn comprising at least three fiber bundles, at least one fiber bundle of the at least three fiber bundles comprising metal
fibers,

wherein each of said fiber bundles is defined by an equivalent bundle diameter, said equivalent bundle diameter of each of
said fiber bundles in said yarn being equal to each other or differing maximally by 40%,

wherein the knitted separation cloth is at least 0.8 mm thick,
wherein the weight of the separation cloth is between 588 g/m2 and 2000 g/m2,

wherein the yarn has a fineness of 4-10 Nm,
wherein the knitted separation cloth is a weft knitted fabric with a single jersey knitted structure,
wherein the knitted separation cloth has a temperature resistance such that the knitted separation cloth withstands temperatures
of at least 400° C.

US Pat. No. 9,439,244

HEATING CABLE COMPRISING STEEL MONOFILAMENTS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A heating cable comprises between seven and two hundred metallic monofilaments of a first type, which are electrical conductors
configured to generate heat,
wherein the metallic monofilaments of a first type have a diameter between 30 ?m and 100 ?m,
wherein the metallic monofilaments of a first type have a substantially round cross section,
wherein the metallic monofilaments of a first type comprise a steel layer with a chromium content of less than 10% by weight;
wherein the metallic monofilaments of a first type comprise a corrosion resistant coating layer;
wherein the heating cable comprises a metallic monofilament of a second type or one or more bundles of metallic monofilaments
of a second type; and

wherein the metallic monofilament of the second type differs in composition from the metallic monofilament of the first type;
and wherein the heating cable has an electrical resistance ranging between 0.1 ?/m and 20.0 ?/m when measured at 20° C.

US Pat. No. 9,151,356

SPLICE FOR JOINTING STEEL CORD STRIPS ENCASED IN THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A splice connecting a first strip to a second strip, both strips comprising parallel steel cords embedded in a matrix of
strip polymer, said steel cords having ends in said splice, said ends of said steel cords are embedded in a splice polymer,
both said strip polymer and said splice polymer comprising thermoplastic polymers,
wherein
said splice polymer comprises a mixture of a co-polymer and a base polymer, said co-polymer being a grafted co-polymer functionalised
for enabling adhesion to said steel cords and, wherein a fraction of said grafted co-polymer in said mixture is between 20
and 100% by weight, excluding 100%, while a degree of grafting by grafted substituent polar groups in said co-polymer is between
0.0001% and 1%, said fraction of said grafted co-polymer in said mixture being sufficient to make at least part of the steel
cords break in said splice while steel cords that do not break in said splice are pulled out of said splice in a test-till-break.

US Pat. No. 9,809,910

HEAT RESISTANT SEPARATION FABRIC

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. Warp knitted heat resistant separation fabric for mould covering in the bending of car glass,
wherein the warp knitted heat resistant separation fabric comprises at least two sets of warp yarns,
wherein a first set of warp yarns positioned over the width of the fabric forms pillar stitches; and
wherein a second set of warp yarns positioned over the width of the fabric shows in its repeat in the fabric an underlap under
at least two pillars formed by the first set of warp yarns.

US Pat. No. 9,185,887

AQUACULTURE NET WITH ISOTROPIC BOTTOM MESH

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. An aquaculture net comprising:
side walls; and
a bottom net including an outer side forming a circumference of said bottom net, said bottom net comprising four or more mesh
parts of a chain link fence,

wherein said chain link fence includes a wire direction and a flexible direction, the wire direction of each mesh part forming
an angle ranging between 60° and 120° with said circumference of said bottom net.

US Pat. No. 9,169,528

STEEL FILAMENT PATENTED IN BISMUTH

NV Bekaert SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A cold drawn carbon steel filament, said carbon steel filament has gone through a bismuth bath when patenting, the carbon
steel filament comprising:
a) a surface with traces of bismuth and without lead, when detecting the bismuth in an uppermost 1-3 monolayers of said carbon
steel filament by a technique of time-of-flight-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry, the bismuth is one of:

i) eight to ten times greater than amounts measured on one carbon steel filament which has not gone through a bismuth bath
when patenting when carrying out measurement with a C60+ gun, and

ii) two to three times greater than amounts measured on one carbon steel filament which has not gone through a bismuth bath
when patenting when carrying out measurement with a Bi1+ gun.

US Pat. No. 9,109,328

STEEL CORD COMPRISING FLAT WIRES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A steel cord comprising a plurality of steel filaments arranged in parallel without twisting, said steel cord further comprising
a wrapping filament twisted around said steel filaments, said plurality of steel filaments being flat wires having flat surfaces,
said plurality of steel filaments being in contact with each other along said flat surfaces, the lateral bending stiffness
(in a horizontal plane) is greater than the radial bending stiffness (in a vertical plane),
wherein the cross-section of said steel cord is substantially round,
wherein said steel filaments have different cross-sectional areas,
wherein said steel filament near the center of said steel cord has the bigger cross-sectional area, and said steel filament
further away from the center of said steel cord has the smaller cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 9,475,142

FIXED ABRASIVE SAWING WIRE WITH CUBO-OCTAHEDRAL DIAMOND PARTICLES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A fixed abrasive sawing wire suitable for sawing sapphire comprising a steel wire and diamond particles held in a metallic
retention layer, characterised in that at least 95% of the diamond particles have a size below 80 micrometer and at least
50% of the diamond particles show a cubo-octahedral shape.

US Pat. No. 9,045,901

HIGH ELONGATION FIBRE WITH GOOD ANCHORAGE

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A steel fibre for reinforcing concrete or mortar, said steel fibre having a middle portion and anchorage ends at one or
both ends of said middle portion, said middle portion having a maximum load capacity Fm and having an elongation at maximum load Ag+e, said elongation at maximum load Ag+e being at least 4.0%, said steel fibre having an anchorage force in said concrete or said mortar of at least 90% of said maximum
load capacity Fm, said anchorage force being the maximum load obtained during a pull out test of a steel fibre embedded with one of said anchorage
ends in said concrete or said mortar, wherein said anchorage ends are thickened anchorage ends, bent anchorage ends, undulated
anchorage ends or combinations thereof, and wherein said middle portion has a length of at least 50 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,708,152

TRANSFER OF AN ELONGATED ELEMENT FROM ONE SPOOL TO ANOTHER SPOOL

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A method of transferring an elongated element from a second spool to a first spool, said method comprising the steps of:
a. guiding the elongated element to the second spool;
b. winding said elongated element on said second spool;
c. providing the first spool adjacent to said second spool;
d. positioning a gripper on said elongated element upstream of said second spool;
e. gripping said elongated element by said gripper and cutting said elongated element between said gripper and said second
spool, thereby leaving a leading end of said elongated element, without changing a linear supply speed of said elongated element;

f. positioning said gripper with said leading end at a level of said first spool;
g. rotating said gripper around an axis of said first spool to form first windings of said elongated element on said first
spool and fixing said elongated element on said first spool; and

h. causing said gripper to release said elongated element,
wherein the elongated element is continuously supplied during transfer from the second spool to the first spool.

US Pat. No. 9,328,208

PVC REINFORCED COMPOSITES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A reinforced composite having an unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) matrix reinforced by an elongated steel element,
wherein said elongated steel element is coated with a layer of acrylate based polymer, said layer of acrylate based polymer
is coated with a tie layer comprising a mixture of PVC and a plasticizer, and wherein said layer of acrylate based polymer
and said tie layer are between said PVC matrix and said elongated steel element.

US Pat. No. 9,435,122

STEEL FIBRE FOR REINFORCING CONCRETE OR MORTAR HAVING AN ANCHORAGE END WITH AT LEAST THREE STRAIGHT SECTIONS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A steel fibre configured to reinforce concrete or mortar, said steel fibre comprising:
a middle portion and anchorage ends at both ends of said middle portion,
said middle portion having a main axis,
each of said anchorage ends comprising at least a first straight section, a second straight section and a third straight section,
said first straight section being connected to said middle portion by a first bent section, said second straight section being
connected to said first straight section by a second bent section, said third straight section being connected to said second
straight section by a third bent section,

each of said first, second and third straight sections having a main axis, wherein said first straight section is configured
to bend away from the main axis of said middle portion thereby defining an included angle between the main axis of said middle
portion and the main axis of said first straight section, said second straight section being substantially parallel with the
main axis of said middle portion, and said third straight section is configured to bend away from the main axis of said middle
portion in the same direction as said first straight section is configured to bend away from the main axis of said middle
portion thereby defining an included angle between the main axis of said second straight section and the main axis of said
third straight section, said included angle between the main axis of said middle portion and the main axis of said first straight
section and said included angle included between the main axis of said second straight section and the main axis of said third
straight section ranges between 100 and 160 degrees,

wherein said middle portion has a length greater than 25 mm and said first straight section, said second straight section,
and said third straight section each has a length between 0.1 mm and 8 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,309,620

COMPACTED HYBRID ELEVATOR ROPE

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A rope comprising a core element surrounded by a single layer comprising a plurality of helically twisted and compacted
steel strands, said steel strands comprising steel wires having a nominal tensile strength of at least 1850 N/mm2, wherein
a diameter of said rope ranges from 8.0 mm to 13 mm, and
said core element comprises natural fibres.

US Pat. No. 9,254,527

METHOD TO PRODUCE A SAWING BEAD

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. Method to produce a bead for use with a sawing cord comprising the steps of:
holding a metal tube on at least one of its ends;
starting to clad said tube by a laser cladding system whereby a supply of metal matrix material is melted by a laser beam
on said tube thereby forming a pool of molten metal matrix material and;

a supply of abrasive particles is thrown into said pool of molten metal matrix material;
forming a track on said tube by moving said laser cladding system relative to said tube in a rotational movement, said track
building an abrasive layer on said tube;

stopping the cladding of said tube;
allowing the thus formed bead to cool down;
wherein said abrasive layer has a mass that is larger than the mass of a portion of said tube radially under and covered by
said abrasive layer, and said relative rotational movement results in a circumferential tube speed of at least 5 mm per second.

US Pat. No. 9,200,405

CORD HAVING AN IMPROVED ADHESION PROMOTING COATING

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A composite material comprising a cord embedded in a polymer material, said cord comprising a number of filaments twisted
together, said cord being partially coated with an adhesion promoting coating configured to provide adhesion between said
cord and said polymer material,
said cord comprising:
a core strand comprised of a plurality of core strand filaments, said core strand filaments being substantially free of said
adhesion promoting coating; and

a plurality of peripheral strands arranged around said core strand, each of said peripheral strands being comprised of peripheral
filaments and non-peripheral filaments, said peripheral filaments being coated with said adhesion promoting coating and said
non-peripheral filaments being substantially free of said adhesion promoting coating,

said cord showing cross-sections in a plane perpendicular to an axis of said cord wherein two adjacent filaments define an
interface zone, said interface zone being defined as a zone between adjacent filaments where a distance between said adjacent
filaments is smallest,

said peripheral filaments having peripheral edges and non-peripheral edges, said peripheral edges of said peripheral filaments
being defined as edges being part of an exterior surface of a peripheral strand and said non-peripheral edges of said peripheral
filaments being defined as edges not being part of said exterior surface of said peripheral strand,

said peripheral edges of said peripheral filaments being coated with said adhesion promoting coating and said non-peripheral
edges of said peripheral filaments being substantially free of said adhesion promoting coating,

said adhesion promoting coating having a thickness Tx at location x, the thickness Tx of said adhesion promoting coating in
said interface zone of adjacent filaments is not higher than the thickness Tx of said adhesion promoting coating at a location
of said exterior surface which is not in one of said interface zones of adjacent filaments,

said adhesion promoting coating comprising at least a first layer, said first layer comprising a silicon based coating, a
titanium based coating, a zirconium based coating or a combination thereof, and
said first layer is an electrostatically-assisted-spray coating applied by electrostatically assisted spraying.

US Pat. No. 9,387,727

HYBRID STEEL-TEXTILE REINFORCEMENT PLY FOR RADIAL TIRES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A hybrid steel-textile ply having a warp direction and a weft direction, said hybrid steel-textile ply having edges in
said warp direction, said hybrid steel-textile ply for the reinforcement of tires, comprising:
at least one continuous steel cord, and
at least one textile yarn,
wherein the continuous steel cord is weft inserted in the textile yarn,
wherein the steel cord is held by a series of warp knit stitches in said at least one textile yarn,
wherein said series of stitches are running in said warp direction,
and wherein the steel cord in the edges of the reinforcement ply is continuous.

US Pat. No. 9,909,419

STRAND, CABLE BOLT AND ITS INSTALLATION

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A method of fabricating a strand with improved corrosion resistance and a reliable anchorage, comprising the steps of:
(a) preparing a plurality of outer metallic elongated members;
(b) coating a surface of the outer metallic elongated members with a corrosion resistant layer having a thickness in a range
of 10 g/m2 to 200 g/m2;

(c) cold working the coated outer metallic elongated members to their final dimensions;
(d) deforming the surface of the coated outer metallic elongated members to form indentations having a depth in a range of
80 ?m to 130 ?m; and

(e) arranging the coated outer metallic elongated members and twisting them together with a central metallic elongated member,
wherein step (b) and step (c) are performed prior to step (d) such that a profile of the corrosion resistant layer is conformal
to a profile of the indentations, and the central metallic elongated member is a smooth round wire, and

wherein the strand forms a cable bolt configured to be inserted in a borehole of a mine roof.

US Pat. No. 9,868,612

ARRANGEMENT OF ELONGATED ELEMENT ON EMPTY SPOOL

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. An arrangement of an elongated element wound on a spool generally in a winding direction,
said elongated element having a leading end,
said spool having a core,
said leading end being positioned on said core,
said leading end further comprising a bent part and an unbent part, at least said bent part deviating at least for a part
from said winding direction,

said bent part further comprising a beginning part and a trailing end,
said beginning part being distinct from said trailing end,
said elongated element further forming subsequent windings in said winding direction on said core,
at least one of said subsequent windings being wound only over said beginning part,
wherein said arrangement further comprises an adhesive, said adhesive fixing only said trailing end on said spool.

US Pat. No. 9,174,395

METAL ELEMENT BASED TEXTILE PRODUCT WITH IMPROVED WIDTHWISE STABILITY

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A textile product comprising
a layer of elongate metal elements;
an array of stitches in stitch lines, the stitches having loops with legs and underlaps and overlaps; and
wherein elongate metal elements are disposed and held between the legs of the stitch and the underlaps of the stitch and wherein
the overlaps span between at least two stitch lines.

US Pat. No. 9,638,555

METHOD TO DETERMINE OR MONITOR THE AMOUNT OR THE DISTRIBUTION OF ADDITIONAL MATERIAL PRESENT IN A FLOW OF A FLOWABLE SUBSTANCE

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A method to determine or monitor the amount or distribution of additional material present in a flow of a flowable substance,
said method comprising the steps of
providing a flow of a flowable substance in an open channel, said flow of said flowable substance comprising bulk material
comprising concrete or mortar and additional material comprising magnetic material;

determining the volume flow of said flow of said flowable substance at one or more detection points X along said flow of said
flowable substance;

determining a signal caused by said additional material present in said flow of said flowable substance at one or more detection
points Y along said flow of said flowable substance, said signal being proportional to inductance or magnetic properties,
the inductance or magnetic properties being proportional to the amount of said additional material present in said flow of
said flowable substance passing said one or more detection points Y, said one or more detection points Y being the same as
or different from said one or more detection points X;

converting said signal caused by said additional material present in said flow of said flowable substance into a signal per
unit of volume of said flow of said flowable substance.

US Pat. No. 9,905,336

COATED STEEL WIRE AS ARMOURING WIRE FOR POWER CABLE

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A power cable configured to transmit electrical power comprising at least a steel wire as an armouring wire, wherein the
steel wire has a steel core and a non-magnetic coating, said coating having a thickness in the range of 0.5 mm to 3.0 mm and
selected from metals or alloys having a melting point below 700° C., said non-magnetic coating configured to interrupt or
deviate a magnetic field to pass through said steel wire,
wherein said power cable comprises a plurality of said steel wires, and said steel wires are wound around at least part of
said power cable.

US Pat. No. 9,849,615

INJECTION MOULD FOR SAWING CORD, METHOD TO PRODUCE SAWING CORD AND THE SAWING CORD RESULTING THEREFROM

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A mould for coating a sawing cord with a polymer by injection moulding comprising a first half-mould and a second half-mould,
said first half-mould and said second half-mould forming an elongated injection cavity when united, said injection cavity
having a central axis, said first half-mould and said second half-mould being provided with injection channels for injecting
polymer into said injection cavity, said injection channels being situated at opposite sides of said central axis,
wherein said injection cavity further comprises bead recesses configured to receive sawing beads during injection moulding,
each of said bead recesses, including a first bead recess and a last bead recess of said bead recesses, having injection channels
at both axial ends thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,433,882

METAL FIBER WEB BASED FILTER

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A filter membrane comprising at a flow in side of the filter membrane a first metal fibre web selected to act as filter
medium, wherein said first metal fibre web comprises at least two metal fibre layers, a fine fibre layer and at least one
coarser fibre layer, wherein the fine fibre layer is located at the flow in side of said filter membrane and the at least
one coarser fibre layer is located downstream of said fine fibre layer,
said filter membrane further comprising at a flow out side of the filter membrane, a stack of one or more first two-dimensional
metal structures that have constant and regular openings,

said filter membrane further comprising at least one set formed by a second metal fibre web and a stack of one or more second
two-dimensional metal structures with constant and regular openings, wherein said at least one set is provided in between
on one side said stack of one or more two-dimensional metal structures that have constant and regular openings, and on the
other side said first metal fibre web,

wherein the second metal fibre web is in direct contact with the stack of one or more first two-dimensional metal structures,
wherein one of said stacks of one or more second two-dimensional metal structures with constant and regular openings is in
direct contact with the first metal fibre web at the side of said at least one coarser fibre layer; and

wherein said one or more first two-dimensional metal structures, said first metal fibre web, and said at least one set of
second metal fibre web and one or more second two-dimensional metal structures; are all connected to each other by means of
metallic bonds.

US Pat. No. 9,885,176

MASONRY REINFORCEMENT STRUCTURE COMPRISING PARALLEL CORDS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A masonry reinforced with at least one bed joint masonry reinforcement structure,
said masonry comprising a number of layers of units or bricks,
and further joints between two neighboring layers of bricks,
whereby at least one joint of said masonry is reinforced with a bed joint reinforcement structure,
said structure comprising at least two cords,
said cords comprising metal filaments that are twisted together in order to allow easily rolling up and rolling out and in
order to enable a flat position when rolled out,

said cords being oriented parallel or substantially parallel in a length direction of said masonry, said cords being coupled
to a non-metal substrate,

said substrate being an open structure to allow mortar or glue to penetrate,
said substrate comprising glass, carbon, or polymer based filaments or yarns,
said cords having been bound to said substrate by means of a molten polymer that solidifies thereafter.

US Pat. No. 9,827,690

SLEEVE FOR A SAWING BEAD OBTAINED BY METAL INJECTION MOULDING

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A method to produce a metal sleeve for use as a carrier of an abrasive layer of a sawing bead, said metal sleeve having
an axial bore with an axial middle part and chamfered openings at either end, said method comprising; metal injection moulding
a mixture of metal powder and binder in a mould having a mould cavity thereby forming a green sleeve that is subsequently
freed of its binder and sintered to final shape,
wherein said mould cavity is formed by an outer shell having an interior surface delimited by a surface of revolution about
an axis of said mould cavity and a first and second pin enterable and retractable from opposite ends of said outer shell thereby
closing or opening said mould cavity, said first and second pin contacting one another midway in said mould cavity, said pins
are tapered towards their contact point.

US Pat. No. 9,726,399

SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION TANK WITH HEATING ELEMENT

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A tank assembly comprising:
a selective catalytic reduction tank;
a solution, dispersion or emulsion provided in the selective catalytic reduction tank, the solution, dispersion or emulsion
comprising a precursor configured for selective catalytic reduction in combustion engines; and

an electrical resistive heating element in the selective catalytic reduction tank and immersed in the solution, dispersion
or emulsion, the electrical resistive heating element configured to carry an electrical current,

wherein the electrical resistive heating element comprises at least one heating cord and the at least one heating cord comprises
a plurality of metal filaments,

wherein the plurality of metal filaments comprise a copper layer or a layer in a copper alloy and have a surrounding stainless
steel layer; or the plurality of metal filaments comprise a steel layer, surrounded by a copper layer or a layer of a copper
alloy, which is surrounded by a nickel, zinc or tin layer or by a layer of alloy of such metal, and

wherein the at least one heating cord comprises a polymer coating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,055,680

ANTENNA FOR USE IN AN RFID TAG

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. Antenna for use in an RFID tag,wherein the antenna comprises a yarn, wherein the yarn comprises stainless steel fibers, or wherein the RFID-antenna comprises a stainless steel wire;
and wherein the stainless steel fibers or the stainless steel wire have a martensite percentage by weight less than 5%.

US Pat. No. 9,997,278

NON-MAGNETIC STAINLESS STEEL WIRE AS AN ARMOURING WIRE FOR POWER CABLES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A power cable for transmitting electrical power, comprising:an armouring layer comprising non-magnetic stainless steel wire and magnetic low-carbon steel wire,
said non-magnetic stainless steel wire comprising a corrosion resistant coating on the surface of the non-magnetic stainless steel, wherein said surface is pre-treated, the pre-treated surface being sufficiently free from oxides and adhering to said corrosion resistant coating, said corrosion resistant coating is zinc and/or zinc alloy, and said corrosion resistant coating is present in an amount of 20 g/m2 to 600 g/m2, and
said magnetic low-carbon steel wire comprising a corrosion resistant coating.

US Pat. No. 9,863,099

STRUCTURE FOR THE REINFORCEMENT OF PAVEMENTS COMPRISING ASSEMBLIES OF GROUPED METAL FILAMENTS COUPLED TO OR INTEGRATED IN A SUBSTRATE

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A pavement or a road comprising a structure for the reinforcement of pavements or roads,
said structure having a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, said structure comprising a first group of assemblies
of grouped metal filaments, said assemblies of grouped metal filaments of said first group being oriented in a first direction
in a mutual parallel or mutual substantially parallel position, said metal filaments having a tensile strength above 1000
MPa, having a filament diameter ranging between 0.30 mm and 5.0 mm and being zinc or zinc alloy coated, said assemblies of
grouped metal filaments of said first group being coupled to or integrated in a substrate by at least one yarn, said yarn
forming stitches, wherein said substrate consists of non-metal material.

US Pat. No. 9,671,132

TANK WITH HEATING ELEMENT FOR SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A tank assembly comprising:
a selective catalytic reduction tank;
a water or solvent based solution, dispersion or emulsion provided in the selective catalytic reduction tank, the water or
solvent based solution, dispersion or emulsion comprising a precursor configured for selective catalytic reduction; and

an electrical resistance heating element assembled in the selective catalytic reduction tank and immersed in the water or
solvent based solution, dispersion or emulsion, the electrical resistance heating element configured to carry an electrical
current,

wherein the electrical resistance heating element comprises a textile fabric and at least one electrical heating wire comprised
of metal filaments or metal fibers,

wherein the electrical heating wire is fixed onto the textile fabric,
wherein the textile fabric is present in the selective catalytic reduction tank according to a double curved or three dimensional
surface such that an arrangement of the textile fabric in the selective catalytic reduction tank is bent in more than one
plane of the textile fabric and deviates from a planar arrangement,

wherein the tank assembly is attached to an exhaust of a motor vehicle.
US Pat. No. 9,951,469

STEEL CORD FOR RUBBER REINFORCEMENT

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A steel cord comprising two or more filaments that come in contact with rubber after embedding the steel cord in rubber and filaments that do not come in contact with rubber after embedding the steel cord in rubber, whereinat least 50% but less than all of said filaments that come in contact with rubber after embedding the steel cord in rubber are coated with a ternary or quaternary alloy coating of copper-M-zinc,
said M is one or two metals selected from the group consisting of cobalt, nickel, tin, indium, manganese, iron, bismuth and molybdenum,
said copper has a content inside said ternary or quaternary alloy coating ranging from 58 weight percent to 75 weight percent,
said M has a content inside said ternary or quaternary alloy coating ranging from 0.5 weight percent to 10 weight percent,
a remainder of said ternary or quaternary alloy coating comprises zinc and unavoidable impurities, and
a remainder of said filaments that are not coated with said ternary or quaternary alloy are coated with brass.
US Pat. No. 9,895,638

FILTER FOR MOLTEN POLYMER FILTRATION

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A filter for gel shearing and particle filtration of molten polymer; comprising
a first layer of metal fibers of an average equivalent diameter between 8 and 65 ?m;
wherein the metal fibers of the first layer have a cross-section, wherein the cross section has two neighboring straight sides
with an included angle of less than 90° and one or more irregularly shaped curved sides;

and wherein the metal fibers of the first layer have an average length of at least 6mm;
wherein the metal fibers of the first layer are bonded to each other by means of metal bonds; whereby the metal of the metal
fibers of the first layer is the bonding agent forming the metal bonds; and

a second layer of metal fibers; wherein the average equivalent diameter of the metal fibers of the second layer is smaller
than the average equivalent diameter of the metal fibers of the first layer,

wherein the metal fibers of the second layer of metal fibers have a hexagonal cross-sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 9,850,091

CONICAL WINDING OF ELONGATED MATERIAL

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. An arrangement of elongated material wound in a plurality of layers on a spool,
said spool comprising a cylindrical core, a bottom flange and a top flange,
a first series of layers forming a conical basis of elongated material on the core so that elongated material is present at
the bottom flange in a larger amount than at the top flange,

a second series of layers being wound over the conical basis and extending from the bottom flange to the top flange thereby
keeping a conical form of the wound elongated material, wherein

the conical basis is formed by:
a first layer being wound on the cylindrical core between the bottom flange and the top flange in a first number of windings,
a second layer being wound on the first layer in a second number of windings, said second number of windings being equal to
or smaller than the first number of windings, said second layer reaching the bottom flange but not necessarily the top flange,

additional layers being wound on the second layer in numbers of windings where these numbers of windings decrease on average
as the conical basis is being formed, said additional layers reaching the bottom flange.

US Pat. No. 9,931,766

SAWING BEADS AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A method for producing a sawing bead, said sawing bead comprising an abrasive layer on a metal sleeve, said abrasive layer comprising diamond particles embedded in a metal matrix material, said method comprising the steps of:providing said metal sleeve that is made to rotate axially;
providing a supply of metal matrix material in powder form carried in a gas flow;
providing a supply of diamond particles;
igniting an energy source in the form of a laser beam;
wherein said laser beam melts said metal matrix material on said metal sleeve, thereby forming a molten metal pool wherein said diamond particles are thrown, and
wherein the temperature of said molten metal pool is held at or above 1150° C. for less than 200 ms to limit internal graphitization of said diamond particles.

US Pat. No. 9,991,015

WIRE FOR ELECTRIC FENCING LINES AND ELECTRIC FENCING LINES MADE FROM SUCH WIRES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. An electric fencing line, comprising one or more carbon steel wires incorporated in a plastic material, said one or more carbon steel wire having a corrosion resistant coating, wherein the carbon content of said carbon steel wire is below 0.20 wt % and said corrosion resistant coating is zinc aluminium alloy or zinc aluminium magnesium alloy coating with a coating weight in the range of 30 to 100 g/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,290,918

ANTENNA FOR USE IN AN RFID TAG

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. Antenna for use in an RFID tag,wherein the antenna comprises an antenna yarn,
wherein the antenna yarn comprises metal fibers,
wherein the metal fibers are stainless steel fibers,
wherein the antenna yarn is wrapped by at least one wrapping yarn thereby covering the full surface of the antenna yarn, and
wherein the at least one wrapping yarn comprises non-electrically conductive fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,189,225

HOSE WITH OPTIMIZED STEEL WIRE REINFORCEMENT LAYERS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A hose for conveying fluids under pressure comprising an elastomer core tube, at least two reinforcement layers at distinct reinforcement layer radii, said reinforcement layers being radially separated by intermediate elastomer material layers and an outer protective layer covering the outermost reinforcement layer,wherein at least two of said reinforcement layers comprise steel wires helically wound around the axis of said hose,
wherein the steel wires of the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the highest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers, the steel wires of the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the lowest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers differing from said highest E-ratio, whereby the E-ratio of any steel wire reinforcement layer is not lower than the E-ratio of any inner laying steel wire reinforcement layer, said E-ratio being equal to the ratio of the tensile strength over the elongation at break of said steel wire,
wherein said E-ratio is between 70,000 N/mm2 up to 200,000 N/mm2 for the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer and between 30,000 N/mm2 and 120,000 N/mm2 for the radially innermost steel wire reinforcement layer,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have crimps or bends for altering said E-ratio, while said steel wires of at least the outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are free of bends or crimps,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost and outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are of the same diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,400,319

FORCED WATER COOLING OF THICK STEEL WIRES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A method of controlled cooling of one or multiple previously heated and substantially straight steel wires to a predetermined temperature range, the method comprising the steps of:a) guiding the one or multiple previously heated and substantially straight steel wires along individual paths through a coolant bath, the coolant bath comprising a bath liquid and a stabilizing polymer, the bath liquid comprising water and having a temperature of more than 80° C., the bath liquid creating a steam film around each of the one or multiple previously heated and substantially straight steel wires itself along each individual path;
b) directing an impinging liquid immersed inside the coolant bath towards the steam film over a length L along the individual paths such that a thickness of the steam film is decreased or the steam film is destabilized, thereby increasing a speed of cooling over the length L along the individual path;
wherein the impinging liquid is immersed below one previously heated and substantially straight steel wire itself along the individual path, or the impinging liquid is immersed partially below some of the multiple previously heated and substantially straight steel wires along their individual paths.

US Pat. No. 10,317,298

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING RESIDUAL TORSIONS ON AN ELONGATED ELEMENT

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. An apparatus for measuring residual torsions of an elongated structure,said apparatus comprising a pivot head,
said pivot head comprising a wheel adapted to guide the elongated structure,
said wheel mounted in said pivot head so as to transmit torques exercised by said elongated structure on said wheel to said pivot head,
said pivot head being mounted along a pivotal axis in said apparatus,
said pivotal axis lying in a plane of said wheel and comprising the centre of said wheel,
said apparatus further comprising a sensor that measures torque on said pivot head caused by said elongated structure,
wherein pivotal movement of said pivot head around said pivotal axis is limited to an angle range of ±5° by integrating a stiff element in a mechanical chain from said wheel to a frame.

US Pat. No. 10,315,882

SPOOL FIXATION DEVICE WITH BI-STABLE MAGNET ASSEMBLIES

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A spool fixation device for use in a wire winding installation comprising a rotatable flange for holding a spool with a spool flange that is magnetically attractable, said rotatable flange being provided with one or more magnet assemblies wherein said magnet assemblies are attached directionally compliant to said rotatable flange, wherein said one or more magnet assemblies is able to be selectively set to a ‘hold’ state for magnetically holding said spool flange to said rotatable flange or to a release state for releasing said spool flange from said rotatable flange and wherein said magnet assemblies comprise permanent magnet arrays that are sealed from the outside by a housing,wherein said magnet assemblies require energy input when in the release state or wherein said magnet assemblies require energy input when switching state,
wherein said spool fixation device further comprises an energy coupling for coupling said energy input from the wire winding installation to said magnet assembly,
wherein said energy coupling is able to be established when said spool fixation device is stationary and wherein said energy coupling is able to be broken when said spool fixation device is rotating.