Abstract: A device, utilizing a unique hemispherical cutter to remove a sample of material and to retain the sample of material for retrieval. The cutter is mounted on a chassis which can travel along the interior or exterior of the device to be sampled. The carriage can be maintained in a fixed position relative to the structure being sampled. After positioning of the cutter carrying carriage the cutter blade is pivoted into engagement with the surface. The blade penetrates the surface and removes a sample in a single continuous cut, leaving a shallow dimple. The sample is then retrieved through the return of the cutter and carriage from the device being sampled.
Abstract: An electrical connector which can be panel or in-line mounted, and accommodates coaxial, waveguide, or mono-conductor cables. The connector is comprised of two separable halves which mate to form continuous electrical connections. One connector half presents a planar surface carrying two electrically conductive zones, the other connector half carries spring biased electrically conductive protrusions for contact with the zones of the first half to create intimate electrical continuity between the two halves.
Abstract: A stove has a combustion chamber with front and rear ends. Fuel is fed into the front end and a chimney exhausts the products of combustion from the rear end. A multiplicity of tubes are external to, and parallel to the combustion chamber. Each tube is connected between the front and rear ends of the combustion chamber so that some part of the products of combustion flows through the tube and thus improves its heat dissipation as compared to the heat dissipation of a simple fin. A baffle may be inserted between the front and rear ends of the combustion chamber to increase the flow of combustion products through the tubes.
Abstract: A self-aligning blind mate connector designed for surface mounting to existing RF coaxial pin and outer sheath ring of a sealed RF module. The two halves of the connector provide positive interlock upon engagement and allow for both axial and radial misalignment. Each half includes an inner body member housing the conductors and a body capture member to secure the inner body to the RF module while allowing for mobility of the connectors to accommodate misalignment.
Abstract: An improved performance ferromagnetic self-regulating heater. Constant alternating current is applied to a layered structure including at least one ferromagnetic layer. One or more layers of non-magnetic material is added to the ferromagnetic layer in such a way that the power factor of the heater is very significantly increased above its value in the absence of at least one of the layers. The alternating current flows through the different layers in varying quantities depending on layer composition, temperature and Curie point of the ferromagnetic layer. The structure generates heat by resistive heating as a function of the power applied. In one embodiment a single layer of non-magnetic, high-resistance material is in intimate electrical and thermal contact with one surface of the ferromagnetic material.
Abstract: A computer controlled visual display system utilizing a complex set of inputs to develop a video display of a preselected terrain. The computer program utilizes three dimensional topographical data in combination with an aerial photograph to generate a series of images, each slightly difference from the previous one in the series, which, when displayed in the proper order, give the impression of proceeding along a predetermined flight path over a preselected terrain. The display can be used to brief pilots prior to a mission in order to familiarize the pilot with the terrain over which the mission will be flown.
Abstract: Apparatus for assisting in the determination of the combination of a safe lock by aiding a locksmith in the art of manipulation. This device replaces the locksmith's senses of sight, hearing and touch, used in manipulation of combination locks. Sight is replaced by an optical scanner and target. Hearing and touch are replaced by a microphone and amplifier with a peak detector. The device will provide a locksmith with accurate contact readings when practicing the art of manipulation.
Abstract: An index head provided with a long rack and a short rack which are slided alternatively towards an index table by the movement of a pinion of a piston rod. The long rack which is characterized to move at a speed twice a forwarding speed of the piston rod, gives to the index table a revolution corresponding to desired divisions. Immediately upon the completion of said revolution of the index table, the short rack which becomes then movable at a speed twice the forwarding speed of the piston rod, brings about, in cooperation of the rotary movement of the pinion, the engagement of the piston rod with the index table, whereby inertia given to the index table through its revolution by the long rack is prevented so as to attain accurate divisions.
Abstract: A missile launcher is provided with pyrotechnically-operated means for jettisoning the missile. The missile is hung under a sub-rail latched to the underside of the main launcher body and upon operation of the jettisoning means the sub-rail/missile combination is slid rearwardly to disengage the latches after which the combination is given a downward thrust away from the launcher body, the thrust being imparted just forward of the collective center of gravity of the missile/launcher combination to cause its downward departure to be assisted by negative lift. The jettisoning means may consist of a lever and linkage actuated by a gas-operated piston-and-cylinder.
Abstract: Provided herein is a wraparound closure sleeve for environmentally sealing conduits employing a heat-recoverable sheet oriented to shrink in the direction of its width, a first strip of self-amalgamating material disposed along or near one edge of the sheet and perpendicular to the direction of orientation, a mastic or hot-melt adhesive coated on the remaining surface area of the sheet, a second self amalgamating strip disposed parallel to the first strip on the opposite surface of the sheet where wrapping the sheet around the conduit, juxtaposing the strips and pressing them together forms a lap bond having sufficient lap shear strength to resist the hoop stress force generated by shrinking of the oriented sheet around the conduit and the mastic/adhesive is pressed and flows between the conduit and sheet.
Abstract: The invention provides a method of working with a travelling head press to cut rows of identical workpieces across wide sheet material. The combination of the press and the means feeding the sheet material through it is so arranged that rows of workpieces can be cut on the bias along transverse lines at an angle other than a rightangle to the direction of feed of the material, for best utilization of the material, and this bias angle can be changed to suit different workpiece shapes and different cutting tools without reorientation of the press base. In one embodiment a press is used which is constructed to swivel on its base; and in another embodiment the sheet material is fed forward by the feeding means by equal incremental amounts between successive cutting strokes during the cutting of a row of workpieces.
Abstract: A solenoid-operated device, and especially a weapon-arming device, subject to inertial forces is provided in which the solenoid armature is operatively coupled to a counterbalancing mass operatively constrained to move in synchronism with but oppositely to the armature, inertial forces on the armature acting equally and oppositely on the counterbalancing mass. The counterbalancing mass surrounds the solenoid coaxially and has an annular extension provided internally with rack teeth that mesh with sprockets free to rotate on fixed pins, these sprockets also being in mesh with rack teeth on an extension of the armature. An armature retraction spring bears on a shoulder on the counterbalancing mass.
Abstract: This specification describes a lock where a key is inserted into a key cylinder and where the key sets a series of transfer tumblers. The tumblers project from the key cylinder, and the tumblers, in turn, set a series of lock opening elements into their prescribed positions. As the key-cylinder is rotated the transfer tumblers are moved out of contact with the elements. Only at this time can the lock be opened, provided that the elements had been correctly set.
Abstract: This invention relates to a lock where a key or a dial sets a set of elements into a unique configuration. The elements do not contain any information relating to the key. They are preferably all alike and, preferably, each of them terminates in a pointed end. Co-operating with these elements, the lock contains a perforated or indented reference plate where the perforation, or indentations, are so located that when the proper key or combination is fed into the lock the ends of the elements can all enter the plate and the lock can be opened. The lock has the additional feature that when it is desired to change the key, or the combination, only the plate needs to be changed. The key-set or the dial-set elements remain the same.
Abstract: A temperature control system is disclosed for controlling heating current to a heater having an impedance which varies substantially with temperature. The change in impedance of the heater changes the degree of mismatch between the power transmission system and the heater resulting in a change in the voltage which is reflected back to the power transmission system. The reflected voltage is monitored and its magnitude compared to a reference source and the power to the heater is controlled in response to this comparison.
Abstract: A backboard for immobilizing and transporting injured persons and a head restraining device for employment with such a backboard is provided. The backboard includes a rigid support member, two head engaging members which are slidably received in a track attached to the rigid support member and latching assemblies to hold the head support members in a fixed position relative to the rigid support board. The head support members are designed to be positioned adjacent the head of an injured person who has been placed on the backboard, one head support member on each side of the head. The head support members may be completely removed from the track when not in use. The latching assemblies include a spring biased member which engages the track, due to the spring bias, and holds the head engaging member in a fixed position. The backboard may include body strapping members which include a cloth strap, a ring slidably and rotatably retained by one end of the strap and a snap hook swivelly connected to each ring.
Abstract: A self-heating and self-soldering bus bar for use in many applications. The pins of the bus bar are quickly and directly heated to a predetermined autoregulated temperature without significantly raising the temperature of the body of the bus. Thusly a bus bar may be mounted while maintaining thermal balance and mechanical integrity of all work pieces. The present invention avoids the problems normally associated with excess thermal expansion experienced when a bus bar is heated incidental to the heating of its contact points. A majority of this incidental heating is eliminated by direct quick heating of the mounting pins.
Abstract: A self-regulating porous heater device regulates the temperature of fluid passing through it. This device includes at least one layer of a porous material which has a magnetic permeability inversely related to temperature over a given range. Due to conductor skin effects, changes in permeability cause changes in the depth of penetration of a.c. current passing through the magnetic layer. Changes in the depth of penetration, in turn, result in changes in resistance--the less the depth the greater resistance--and in I.sup.2 R Joule heat. The combined result of these effects is to provide more heat where the temperature of the fluid and the layer through which the fluid flows is below a specified temperature which is related to the Curie temperature of the layer. The device can have a laminate structure including a porous magnetic layer and at least one other magnetic layer or at least one low resistance nonmagnetic layer or a combination thereof, which may or may not be porous.
Abstract: A connector accessory for electrical connectors containing a detent or locking member or members for preventing disconnection from an attached connector when the assembly is subjected to vibration, shock or other stresses. The accessory consists of a coupling and a body containing the accessory which in one form is a detent and in another form serves as a detent in one direction of rotation and a permanent or temporary lock in the other direction of rotation. The coupling is provided with screw threads to engage an accessory thread at the rear of an electrical connector and the body contains features which are required to provide proper mechanical and environmental interface characteristics to mate with various electrical connectors, i.e., teeth, splines, seals, etc.