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Número de publicaciónUS20060096516 A1
Tipo de publicaciónSolicitud
Número de solicitudUS 11/316,797
Fecha de publicación11 May 2006
Fecha de presentación22 Dic 2005
Fecha de prioridad14 Sep 1998
También publicado comoCA2343938A1, CA2343938C, DE69933879D1, EP1113958A1, EP1113958A4, EP1113958B1, US6253698, US8128838, US20010007237, US20050034648, US20070205397, US20090261295, WO2000015490A1
Número de publicación11316797, 316797, US 2006/0096516 A1, US 2006/096516 A1, US 20060096516 A1, US 20060096516A1, US 2006096516 A1, US 2006096516A1, US-A1-20060096516, US-A1-2006096516, US2006/0096516A1, US2006/096516A1, US20060096516 A1, US20060096516A1, US2006096516 A1, US2006096516A1
InventoresJohn Goedel
Cesionario originalMarineglo Corporation
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Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet
Phosphorescent marine products
US 20060096516 A1
Resumen
In one embodiment of the invention, a marine article of the invention includes a phosphorescent phosphor. A particularly advantageous phosphorescent phosphor comprises MAl2O4. As used herein, “M” is at least one cation selected from a group consisting of calcium, strontium, and barium. The phosphor comprises 0.001% to 10% of a europium activator, and 0.001% to 10% of at least one dopant selected from the group consisting of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, tin and bismuth as a co-activator, in terms of mol % relative to the metal element expressed by M. The phosphorescent marine article has an afterglow corresponding to a luminance of at least 0.3 mCd/m2 for at least 420 minutes.
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1. A phosphorescent marine product comprising;
a marine article; and
a phosphorescent phosphor;
wherein, the phosphorescent phosphor comprises MAl2O4 wherein M is at least one cation selected from a group consisting of calcium, strontium, and barium, wherein the phosphor comprises 0.001% to 10% of a europium activator, and wherein the phosphor comprises 0.001% to 10% of at least one dopant selected from the group consisting of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, tin and bismuth as a co-activator, in terms of mol % relative to the metal element expressed by M.
2. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 1, wherein the phosphorescent phosphor is incorporated into a tape and the tape is affixed to the marine article.
3. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 1, wherein the marine article comprises a polymer and the phosphorescent phosphor is incorporated into the polymer.
4. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 3, wherein the polymer is selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyurethane, copolymer of ethylene, copolymer of vinyl acetate, terpolymer of acrylonitrile, terpolymer of butadiene and terpolymer of styrene.
5. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 1, wherein the phosphorescent phosphor is incorporated into a paint and the paint covers at least a portion of the marine article.
6. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 5, wherein the paint comprises polyurethane.
7. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 1, wherein the marine article is a dock accessory selected from the group consisting of dock fenders, post fenders, bumpers, dock trim, step trim, cleats, ladders, post caps and dock lights.
8. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 1, wherein the marine article is a boat accessory selected from the group consisting of bumpers, sails, masts, lettering, numbering, marine rope, trailer guides, trailer rollers, ladders, covers, shift knobs, throttle knobs, steering wheels and instrument gauges.
9. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 1, wherein the marine article is a personal accessory selected from the group consisting of jackets, knives, coolers, drinking glasses, tools, and patches.
10. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 1, wherein the marine article is a floatation device selected from the group consisting of buoys, buoy wraps, buoy caps, life jackets, floating key rings, ring buoy/life savers and floating cushions.
11. A phosphorescent marine product comprising;
a buoy cap or a dock post cap; and
a phosphorescent phosphor;
wherein, the phosphorescent phosphor comprises MAl2O4 wherein M is at least one cation selected from a group consisting of calcium, strontium, and barium, wherein the phosphor comprises 0.001% to 10% of a europium activator, and wherein the phosphor comprises 0.001% to 10% of at least one dopant selected from the group consisting of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, tin and bismuth as a co-activator, in terms of mol % relative to the metal element expressed by M.
12. A phosphorescent marine product comprising;
a marine article; and
a phosphorescent phosphor;
wherein, the phosphorescent phosphor has an afterglow corresponding to a luminance of at least 0.3 mCd/m2 for at least about 420 minutes.
13. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 12, wherein the phosphorescent phosphor is incorporated into a tape and the tape is affixed to the marine article.
14. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 12, wherein the marine article comprises a polymer and the phosphorescent phosphor is incorporated into the polymer.
15. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 14, wherein the polymer is selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyurethane, copolymer of ethylene, copolymer of vinyl acetate, terpolymer of acrylonitrile, terpolymer of butadiene and terpolymer of styrene.
16. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 12, wherein the phosphorescent phosphor is incorporated into a paint and the paint covers at least a portion of the marine article.
17. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 16, wherein the paint comprises polyurethane.
18. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 12, wherein the marine article is a dock accessory selected from the group consisting of dock fenders, post fenders, bumpers, dock trim, step trim, cleats, ladders, post caps and dock lights.
19. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 12, wherein the marine article is a boat accessory selected from the group consisting of bumpers, sails, masts, lettering, numbering, marine rope, trailer guides, trailer rollers, ladders, covers, shift knobs, throttle knobs, steering wheels and instrument gauges.
20. The phosphorescent marine product of claim 12, wherein the marine article is a personal accessory selected from the group consisting of jackets, knives, coolers, drinking glasses, tools, and patches.
Descripción
  • [0001]
    This application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 10/791,363, filed Mar. 1, 2004, which is a continuation of application Ser. No. 09/778,973, filed Feb. 6, 2001, which is a continuation of application Ser. No. 09/152,377, filed Sep. 14, 1998, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,253,698, which are incorporated herein by reference.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    During recent years, maritime activities both commercial and recreational have increased dramatically. As a consequence, visibility of marine articles is more important as U.S. bodies of water become crowded. The current means of increasing visibility of marine articles, such as, for example, buoy markers and boat indicators, include phosphorescent or fluorescent materials and brightly colored paints. However, these current means suffer from serious visibility and durability challenges.
  • [0003]
    Generally, the afterglow time of a fluorescent substance is short, i.e., the light emitted from the fluorescent substance decays immediately after removal from the source of excitation. Unlike such a fluorescent substance, some substances emit light after having absorbed ultraviolet radiation, and afterglow thereof that can be visually observed for a considerable time (ranging from several tens of minutes to several hours) after the source of stimulus is cut off. Such substances are called phosphorescent phosphors.
  • [0004]
    Phosphorescent phosphors are known. Sulfide phosphorescent phosphors are also known and include for example CaS:Bi (which emits light of violet blue), CaStS:Bi (which emits light of blue), ZnS:Cu (which emits light of green) and ZnCdS:Cu (which emits light of green) and ZnCdS:Cu (which emits light of yellow or orange). However, many of these sulfide phosphorescent phosphors are chemically unstable and show degraded light resistance, i.e., they suffer from problems that must be solved for practical use.
  • [0005]
    The most extensively used phosphorescent phosphor among such sulfide phosphorescent phosphors is zinc sulfide phosphorescent phosphor (ZnS:Cu). However, zinc sulfide phosphorescent phosphor is decomposed as the result of irradiation by ultraviolet radiation in the presence of moisture and thus, over time, blackens or reduces the phosphor's luminance. Therefore, it is difficult to use this phosphorescent phosphor in fields where it is placed outdoors and exposed to a direct sunlight, that is, application is limited to luminous clocks/watches or clocks/watches and instrument dials, evacuation guiding signs or indoor night-time display.
  • [0006]
    Even when zinc sulfide phosphorescent phosphor is used for a luminous clock, the afterglow allows the time to be visually recognized lasts only from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Therefore, the phosphorescent phosphor must be doped with a radioactive substance and a self-luminous paint to keep emitting light by absorbing the energy of radiation from the radioactive substance.
  • [0007]
    The use of brightly-colored paints, including fluorescent paints, on marine floats do not solve the visibility problem in darkness. Brightly-colored and fluorescent paints can only be seen if light is present to be reflected thereby. Also, these paints become eroded or worn from the relatively soft and pliable surface of microporous resinous or foam marine floats, during use, so that any advantage which justifies the expense of applying such a paint is soon lost or severely diminished.
  • [0008]
    Thus, a need exists to develop phosphorescent marine products that provide long lasting afterglow characteristics, are chemically stable and physically durable in an outdoor marine environment.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0009]
    The invention solves the prior art's visibility and durability problems of marine products by developing a highly visible and durable marine compatible product. In one embodiment, a marine article of the invention includes a phosphorescent phosphor. A particularly advantageous phosphorescent phosphor comprises MAl2O4. As used herein, “M” is at least one cation selected from a group consisting of calcium, strontium, and barium. The phosphor comprises 0.001% to 10% of a europium activator, and 0.001% to 10% of at least one dopant selected from the group consisting of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, tin and bismuth as a co-activator, in terms of mol % relative to the metal element expressed by M. The phosphorescent marine article has an afterglow corresponding to a luminance of at least 0.3 mCd/m2 for at least 1000 minutes. In a preferred embodiment of the invention the phosphorescent phosphor is incorporated into a polymer forming a phosphorescent buoy or dock post cap.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
  • [0010]
    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a marine cap.
  • [0011]
    FIG. 2 is a front elevation view of a marine cap.
  • [0012]
    FIG. 3 is a top plane view of a marine cap.
  • [0013]
    FIG. 4 is a bottom plane view of a marine cap.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • [0014]
    A marine article includes a phosphorescent phosphor. A disclosure of one example of a phosphorescent phosphor suitable for a marine product of the invention is patent number 5,424,006 incorporated by reference herein. The phosphorescent marine articles described below show much longer afterglow characteristics that last longer than presently available phosphorescent marine articles and are chemically stable in the presence of moisture and UV light (marine environment).
  • [0015]
    It is important the marine article be visible throughout an entire night of darkness. This insures that marine articles are able to be seen and to alert aquatic users to dangers the marine articles are marking even in darkness. Typically the marine articles should display a visible afterglow for at least about seven-eight hours (420-480 minutes), preferably greater than about ten hours (600 minutes), more preferably greater than about 1000 minutes. This length of time is adequate for a typical summer period of darkness for most regions. However, longer afterglow periods of time are desirable.
  • [0016]
    The Phosphorescent Phosphor
  • [0017]
    One phosphorescent phosphor suitable in the invention is known commercially as “Luminova”. “Luminova” is manufactured by Nemoto & Co., Ltd., of Japan. The present invention provides a phosphorescent phosphor which comprises a compound expressed by MAl2O4 whose host material is a compound in which M is at least one cation selected from a group consisting of calcium, strontium and barium.
  • [0018]
    A phosphorescent phosphor which includes a compound expressed by MAl2O4 whose host material is a compound composed of a plurality of metal cations in which M is at least one metal cation selected from a group consisting of calcium, strontium and barium to which magnesium is added.
  • [0019]
    The phosphor contains 0.001 mol % to 10 mol % of a europium activator in terms of mol % relative to the cation expressed by M. The phosphor also typically contains 0.001 mol % to 10 mol % of at least one dopant selected from a group consisting of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, manganese, tin and bismuth as a co-activator in terms of mol % relative to the metal element expressed by M.
  • [0020]
    The phosphorescent phosphor may show a glow peak of thermo-luminescence in a high-temperature region of 50° C. or above when irradiated by ultraviolet or visible rays having a wavelength of 200 to 450 nm at room temperatures. The phosphorescent phosphor's afterglow remains visible for at least 1000 minutes. Visible is defined as a light intensity corresponding to a luminance of about 0.3 mCd/m2.
  • [0021]
    The Marine Article
  • [0022]
    The Applicants have found the above described phosphorescent phosphor useful in a variety of marine articles. Examples of marine articles include dock accessories, boat accessories, personal accessories, and floatation devices. Virtually any article that relates to outdoor water activities is useful in the invention.
  • [0023]
    One particularly useful marine articles are phosphorescent marine caps. Marine caps include buoy caps and dock post caps. These marine caps can mount on top of the buoy or dock post body. FIGS. 1-4 illustrate one embodiment of a preferred configuration of a marine cap. The overall appearance of the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 1-4 is not exhaustive of appearances which are within the scope of the invention but are merely representative of one configuration which is ornamental but maintains some or all of the functional aspects of a marine cap of the invention.
  • [0024]
    Dock Accessory
  • [0025]
    Dock accessories are articles that are used in conjunction with the construction, operation, and maintenance of a dock or pier. An listing of dock accessories includes, for example, dock fenders, post fenders, bumpers, dock trim, step trim, cleats, ladders, post caps and dock lights.
  • [0026]
    Boat Accessory
  • [0027]
    Boat accessories are articles that are used in conjunction with the construction, operation, and maintenance of a boat, ship, or personal water craft. An listing of boat accessories includes, for example, bumpers, sails, masts, lettering, numbering, marine rope, trailer guides, trailer rollers, ladders, covers, shift knobs, throttle knobs, steering wheels and instrument gauges.
  • [0028]
    Personal Accessory
  • [0029]
    Personal accessories are articles that are used in conjunction with the person while in a marine environment. An listing of personal accessories includes, for example, jackets, knives, coolers, drinking glasses, tools and patches.
  • [0030]
    Flotation Device
  • [0031]
    Flotation devices are articles that have the ability to stay on the surface of water. A listing of flotation devices includes, for example, buoys, buoy wraps, buoy caps, life jackets, floating key rings, ring buoy/life savers and floating cushions.
  • [0032]
    Tape
  • [0033]
    The phosphorescent phosphor can be incorporated into a tape. The tape can be affixed to a marine article using known methods. The tape can be a multi-layer film typically consisting of a phosphorescent backing, an adhesive and a liner.
  • [0034]
    Polymer
  • [0035]
    The phosphorescent phosphor can be incorporated into a polymer. An listing of useful polymers includes, for example, polycarbonates, polyethylenes, polypropylenes, polystyrenes, polyurethanes, copolymers of ethylene, copolymers of vinyl acetate, terpolymers of acrylonitrile, terpolymers of butadiene and terpolymers of styrene.
  • [0036]
    The manufacturing process for polymeric marine articles is typically a vacuum\thermoforming process although other methods are known in the art. The phosphorescent phosphor can be mixed with the liquid polymer to form the phosphorescent phosphor/polymer mixture. The plastic can then typically be formed into sheets. The sheets are heated and placed over a mold. A vacuum pulls the sheet around the mold to form the marine article. Finally, the article is hardened by cooling the polymer. The phosphorescent phosphor/polymer mixture may also be formed into pellets that are extruded and further processed into the marine article using known methods. Injection molding is another common process for forming the marine articles of the invention.
  • [0037]
    The phosphorescent phosphor can also be incorporated into a paint such as a polyurethane paint. The phosphorescent phosphor paint may then be applied to the marine article to provide the luminance quality using known methods.
  • [0038]
    The above specification, and figures provide a complete description of the composition of the invention. Many embodiments of the invention can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
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Clasificaciones
Clasificación de EE.UU.114/343, 252/301.36, 428/690, 428/411.1, 40/543, 428/343
Clasificación internacionalB63B45/04, B32B9/00, B63B17/00, C09K11/02
Clasificación cooperativaY10T428/31504, C09K11/7792, B63B45/04, C09K11/7734, Y10T428/28, B63C9/21, C09K11/02, B63B51/00
Clasificación europeaC09K11/77T6, C09K11/02, C09K11/77N6, B63B45/04, B63B51/00, B63C9/21