Patents Represented by Attorney Charles M. Hogan
  • Patent number: 5820499
    Abstract: A tubular table tennis ball storage and discharge magazine formed with a lateral discharge opening and positioned gravitationally to feed the balls to the opening, the magazine having elastic retainers at the opening to hold the advance ball poised for selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventors: Keith Thomas, Dan Thompson
  • Patent number: 5411269
    Abstract: Water-gun Target Game and Apparatus in which a direct-current electrical water-presence detector, supported by or worn on an outer garment, is the bull's-eye. A hit by the water jet initiates action by a direct electrical effect, such as a resistance change, ordering responses by switching, sound or visual signaling, and scoring devices. A water-level sensor option initiates a steady signal after a succession of hits or a strong continuous hit. A single shunt option can be used to prevent false triggering. An absorption option disposes of received water, allowing repetitious operation. A tank for the water level sensor has a discharge stopper, which when removed, opens a power source circuit and inhibits any response. The object of the game is to project the jet stream of the water gun on to the target, making one or repetitious hits on the apparatus-bearer's bull's-eye. Counter-circuitry provides digital visual scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: Keith Thomas
  • Patent number: 4944649
    Abstract: This is a swing-tower arrangement for coupling a back-hoe assembly to a tractor or the like. It features a rocker swingable in elevation on the swing tower. An actuator on the swing tower controls the position of the rocker, improving transport and control of the backhoe and making practical the adaptation of the arrangement to a wide range of tows. Detachable rockers are variously used to shift the backhoe assembly to transport and working positions and to tow and lift other types of subordinate machines. A power takeoff is mounted on the rocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Inventor: Cecil J. Stralow
  • Patent number: 4913376
    Abstract: This invention relates to autogyros and to counter-rotating rotor helicopters. It further relates to compound autogyros and/or helicopters that employ a lifting surface or wing in forward flight. More specifically this invention provides an autogyro with counter-rotating rotors, circular planform wing integral with the rotors, and means for engaging power to the rotors for vertical ascent, descent and hovering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventor: Franklin E. Black
  • Patent number: 4646479
    Abstract: A deburring method is presented wherein a cylindrical brush rotationally contacts the workpiece. The brush includes a mandrel having a central axle to provide support during use. To the mandrel is attached a multiplicity of long bristles. Each bristle is flexible and has impregnated therein a plurality of abrasive particles. The population density of the bristles on the brush is such that the outwardly extending ends can readily flex both in the plane of rotation and sidewise along the lengthwise dimension of the brush. Setting the brush so that the bristle ends overlap the surface of the workpiece being deburred, each bristle makes a slapping contact therewith. This results in one to two inches of each bristle being dragged endwise across the surface of the workpiece. The endwise movement of each bristle causes the abrasive particles imbedded therein to abrade the sharp edges of the workpiece. An automatic conveyor may be used to feed workpiece stock past the rotating brush at a predetermined rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Walker, Anthony V. Forte, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4442781
    Abstract: A deposit box for an automatic teller machine equipped with a deposit receiving chamber and an auxiliary or escrow chamber, both of which are provided with access doors communicating with the exterior of the box. Both doors are opened and closed automatically, by inserting and removing the box from the automatic teller machine. An internal door, communicating between the two chambers is provided, and the cover of the box is prevented from assuming a fully seated position unless the internal door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventor: Leonard A. Fish
  • Patent number: 4323545
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a transparent alumina material and a method of preparing this material.The material is characterized as a dense primary recrystallized polycrystalline structure having a degree of preferred crystal orientation. The material is transparent to visible and infrared light and quantitative values are given.The transparent alumina covered by this invention is made by means of hot forging and an annealing process for powders or dense compacts of high-purity alumina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Sellers, William H. Rhodes, Thomas Vasilos
  • Patent number: 4171518
    Abstract: There is described a method of and apparatus for regulating the output power of lasers of the type utilizing a heated high velocity flowing gas. The method and apparatus comprise a plurality of separate sources of the gas in combination with a segmented diffuser section wherein at least one but not all of the diffuser sections can be blocked to selectively permit use of all or less than all of the gas sources, thereby permitting regulation of output power by regulating the mass flow through the optically resonant cavity disposed between the sources of gas and the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1968
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Denner, Jr., Richard A. Allen
  • Patent number: 4160355
    Abstract: A forage harvester and fixed-construction row crop attachment therefor are disclosed. The attachment has three plant-receiving passages consisting of a central passage and a pair of side passages on opposite sides of the central passage. Each passage has an inner or channel section comprised of substantially parallel walls, an intermediate section or throat comprised of outwardly diverging intermediate walls and an outer section or mouth comprised of outwardly diverging outer walls. A cutter is provided in association with each of the throats or intermediate sections. Each of the intermediate walls of each side passage is constructed and arranged to define a comparatively wide cut-off area at the bottom. The cutter associated with the intermediate section or throat of each side passage is arranged adjacent its cut-off area. The comparatively wide cut-off areas and associated cutters cooperate with gathering chain sets to assure harvesting of plants having both narrow and wide row spacings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1979
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Nathan L. Blake, Robert A. Stelzer
  • Patent number: 4158842
    Abstract: 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1965
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1979
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Clemens, Thomas C. Stephens, Albert E. Dilz, James A. Hewlett
  • Patent number: 4142442
    Abstract: The time-to-go of the fuze of an artillery shell is digitally set after the round has been fired but before it leaves the muzzle of the gun. The communications link for setting the fuze includes a transmitting coil mounted on the gun muzzle and a receiving coil mounted on each shell round. The transmitting coil is energized with a plurality of signals on discrete frequencies. The output from the receiving coil is detected to derive one binary digit representing each discrete frequency. All the binary digits, "0" or "1", are simultaneously set into a binary counter in the fuze, so that the binary number represents the time-to-go.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1971
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1979
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Tuten
  • Patent number: 4136518
    Abstract: An infrared radiation suppressor secured to the discharge end of a gas turbine engine has a series of movable vanes maintained in an open trailing edge configuration in which they form converging flow passages for the gases emanating from the gas turbine engine and passing between the vanes, thereby decreasing the gas static pressure at the vane trailing edges below ambient levels. Flow passages in heat exchange relationship with the duct walls of the suppressor carry ambient air through the passages to a point downstream of the vanes. The lowered static pressure at this point causes ambient air to flow through the passages and into the gas stream, thereby cooling the duct walls and the gas stream. The hollow center of the movable vanes are also open to ambient air at the outer ends. The lowered static pressure at the vane trailing edges also causes large quantities of ambient air to enter into the hollow vanes and out the trailing edges into the gas stream further cooling the gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1972
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1979
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Hurley, Clifford R. Banthin
  • Patent number: 4092405
    Abstract: Method of and apparatus for non-equilibrium chemical kinetic separation of deuterium from hydrogen are described wherein hydrogen with its normal abundance of deuterium and an appropriate reactant, bromine, are supplied to a deuterium reaction vessel wherein they are vibrationally excited by, for example, being exposed to a volumetrically scalable ionizing-sustainer electrical discharge effective to provide vibrational excitation of the H.sub.2 and HD following which selective intermolecular vibration-vibration energy pumping occurs giving conditions effective to produce an HBr/DBr product mixture. The ionizing-sustainer discharge is effective to generate vibrational excitation from which follows chemical reactions that produce DBr and HBr at such relative rates that the mixture is enhanced in deuterium content relative to said content of the entering hydrogen stream. For the production of heavy water, the DBr and HBr are then dissolved in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1978
    Assignee: Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. von Rosenberg, Jr., James J. Ewing, Robert E. Center, Hao-Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 4091663
    Abstract: The torque transmitted through a pair of helical gears mounted on a lay shaft imposes an axial force on the lay shaft which is reflected into fluid pressure to indicate the magnitude of the torque. By journaling the lay shaft within sleeves which are also the inner races of a pair of roller bearings its axial movements are sensitively transmitted to a nonrotating piston rod mounted in ball bearings within the bore of the lay shaft. The piston is displaceable into a cylinder supplied with pressurized lubricating fluid through a valve responsive to the axial displacenent of the piston. The fluid pressure in the cylinder balances the axial force transmitted to the piston and is proportional to the transmitted torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1978
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Normand L. Lagasse, Richard P. Cuny
  • Patent number: 4088329
    Abstract: A carbon ring seal for a shaft rotating at high speed is capable of preventing high temperature, high pressure gas from entering the oil system. The carbon seal is constructed so that at ambient temperature it works as a controlled gap seal, but when the seal runner reaches its full thermal growth the seal then functions as a positive contact seal. The carbon seal ring is not pinned against rotation, but rotation is limited by means of an integral drag pad. The seal housing is provided with a plurality of calibrated holes for predetermined internal pressurization and cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1978
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventor: Arnold E. Junker
  • Patent number: 4085570
    Abstract: A forage harvester and attachment therefor are provided wherein such attachment serves the multiple purposes of cutting, conditioning, and selectively moving a crop in two basic directions from a crop transfer zone within the attachment, one of the directions being toward the ground and the other being away from the ground. The attachment comprises a flail device of predetermined width for cutting and conditioning a standing crop in one mode of operation and for picking up a pre-cut ground swath of a crop in another mode and moving that swath to the transfer zone. The attachment has an auger for gathering a crop into the transfer zone immediately after cutting to define a dense swath thereof which has a width less than that of the flail device and approximately equal to the width of the ground swath. The attachment has an additional auger and a door for selectively moving crop from the transfer zone in the above-mentioned two basic directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1978
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Marvin L. Joray, Warner M. Heckley, Lyman J. Gunyou
  • Patent number: 4079340
    Abstract: Herein described is an unstable resonator optical cavity for lasers which may have a square, rectangular or the like spherical concave primary reflection surface at one end of the cavity that intercepts the optical axis of the cavity at or adjacent to one of its corners and a more or less similar square, rectangular or the like spherical convex feedback reflection surface at the opposite end of the optical cavity that intercepts the optical axis at or adjacent to one of its corners arranged and adapted to define an unstable resonator cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Melvin M. Weiner, George W. Sutton
  • Patent number: 4075822
    Abstract: A novel combination of a resilient upper roller having circumferentially spaced rib formations and a rigid lower roller having complementary rib formations. The formations are spiral or herringbone-like and register rib-to-rib while the conditioner provides a crushing action. The rolls are driven in timed synchronism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1978
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Warner M. Heckley, Gerald F. Richards
  • Patent number: 4068453
    Abstract: A tractor-drawn and powered hay harvester and conditioner has a box-type frame to which a pair of wheels are rigidly attached. The frame supports a sickle bar cutter and journals both a pick-up reel and a pair of ribbed crop conditioner rolls which crimp and flatten the stems of the hay cuttings, thereby facilitating curing and drying. A novel power drive subsystem is featured which enables both control of cutter bar height above ground and automatic adjustment of the spacing between the crop conditioner rolls as a function of crop density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1978
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Amos Hill, Warner M. Heckley, Gerald F. Richards
  • Patent number: RE32094
    Abstract: In a munitions system, a cylindrical canister is fired over a target. The canister carries a target sensing infrared device and, when a target is detected, a projectile is fired downward from the bottom of the overflying missile. A spinning motion is imparted to the missile to stabilize its flight, and a wobbling motion is imparted to the missile to provide a larger target area. The projectile forms a concave lower end to the missile and is fired by an explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: John V. Atanasoff, W. Kenneth Clark, David Henderson, Kenneth W. Wreghitt