Patents Represented by Attorney James E. Denny
  • Patent number: 4382048
    Abstract: A compacting die wherein the improvement comprises providing a screen in the die cavity, the screen being positioned parallel to the side walls of said die and dividing the die cavity into center and annular compartments. In addition, the use of this die in a method for producing an annular clad ceramic fuel material is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: John L. Harlow
  • Patent number: 4380795
    Abstract: A high power switching circuit which utilizes a four-terminal Darlington transistor block to improve switching speed, particularly in rapid turn-off. Two independent reverse drive currents are utilized during turn off in order to expel the minority carriers of the Darlington pair at their own charge sweep-out rate. The reverse drive current may be provided by a current transformer, the secondary of which is tapped to the base terminal of the power stage of the Darlington block. In one application, the switching circuit is used in each power switching element in a chopper-inverter drive of an electric vehicle propulsion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Fred C. Lee, Roy A. Carter
  • Patent number: 4376752
    Abstract: Foam encapsulated laser-fusion targets wherein a quantity of thermonuclear fuel is embedded in low density, microcellular foam which serves as an electron conduction channel for symmetrical implosion of the fuel by illumination of the target by one or more laser beams. The fuel, such as DT, is contained within a hollow shell constructed of glass, for example, with the foam having a cell size of preferably no greater than 2 .mu.m, a density of 0.065 to 0.6.times.10.sup.3 kg/m.sup.3, and external diameter of less than 200 .mu.m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: John H. Nuckolls, Albert R. Thiessen, Glen H. Dahlbacka
  • Patent number: 4366112
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing solid, evacuated microspheres comprised of hydrogen. The spheres are produced by forming a jet of liquid hydrogen and exciting mechanical waves on the jet of appropriate frequency so that the jet breaks up into drops with a bubble formed in each drop by cavitation. The drops are exposed to a pressure less than the vapor pressure of the liquid hydrogen so that the bubble which is formed within each drop expands. The drops which contain bubbles are exposed to an environment having a pressure just below the triple point of liquid hydrogen and they thereby freeze giving solid, evacuated spheres of hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Robert J. Turnbull, Christopher A. Foster, Charles D. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 4361044
    Abstract: The invention is an ultrasonic testing device for rapid and complete examination of the test specimen, and is particularly well suited for evaluation of tubular test geometries. A variety of defect categories may be detected and analyzed at one time and their positions accurately located in a single pass down the test specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: David S. Kupperman, Karl J. Reimann
  • Patent number: 4359840
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a new and improved grinding apparatus comprising (1) a movable grinding surface, (2) a specimen holder, (3) a displacing device for moving the holder and/or grinding surface toward one another, and (4) at least three devices for limiting displacement of the holder to the grinding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Joseph S. Bryner
  • Patent number: 4355522
    Abstract: A heat pipe device has been developed which permits completely passive ice formation and periodic release of ice without requiring the ambient temperature to rise above the melting point of water. This passive design enables the maximum amount of cooling capacity to be stored in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Anthony J. Gorski, William W. Schertz
  • Patent number: 4353391
    Abstract: An anticontamination device for use in storing shipping casks for radioactive materials comprising (1) a seal plate assembly; (2) a double-layer plastic bag; and (3) a water management system or means for water management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Mark S. Belmonte, James H. Davis, David A. Williams
  • Patent number: 4353871
    Abstract: A system of four cryogenic fractional distillation columns interlinked with two equilibrators for separating a DT and hydrogen feed stream into four product streams, consisting of a stream of high purity D.sub.2, DT, T.sub.2, and a tritium-free stream of HD for waste disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: John R. Bartlit, William H. Denton, Robert H. Sherman
  • Patent number: 4353205
    Abstract: An air proportioner is provided for a liquid hydrocarbon fueled gas turbine of the type which is convertible to oil gas fuel and to coal gas fuel. The turbine includes a shell for enclosing the turbine, an air duct for venting air in said shell to a gasifier, and a fuel injector for injecting gasified fuel into the turbine. The air proportioner comprises a second air duct for venting air from the air duct for mixing with fuel from the gasifier. The air can be directly injected into the gas combustion basket along with the fuel from the injector or premixed with fuel from the gasifier prior to injection by the fuel injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Edward N. G. Cleary
  • Patent number: 4349907
    Abstract: A picosecond traveling-wave parametric device capable of controlled spectral bandwidth and wavelength in the infrared is reported. Intense 1.064 .mu.m picosecond pulses (1) pass through a 4.5 cm long LiNbO.sub.3 optical parametric oscillator crystal (2) set at its degeneracy angle. A broad band emerges, and a simple grating (3) and mirror (4) arrangement is used to inject a selected narrow-band into a 2 cm long LiNbO.sub.3 optical parametric amplifier crystal (5) along a second pump line. Typical input energies at 1.064 .mu.m along both pump lines are 6-8 mJ for the oscillator and 10 mJ for the amplifier. This yields 1 mJ of tunable output in the range 1.98 to 2.38 .mu.m which when down-converted in a 1 cm long CdSe crystal mixer (6) gives 2 .mu.J of tunable radiation over the 14.8 to 18.5 .mu.m region. The bandwidth and wavelength of both the 2 and 16 .mu.m radiation output are controlled solely by the diffraction grating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Assignee: The United Stated of America as represented by the Department of Energy
    Inventors: Anthony J. Campillo, Ronald C. Hyer, Stanley J. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 4349407
    Abstract: A method of growing single crystals of beta SiC from solution using molten lithium as a solvent for polycrystalline SiC feed material. Reasonable growth rates are accomplished at temperatures in the range of about 1330.degree. C. to about 1500.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Lynn B. Lundberg
  • Patent number: 4347935
    Abstract: An improved method of sorting biological cells in a conventional cell sorter apparatus includes generating a fluid jet containing cells to be sorted, measuring the distance between the centers of adjacent droplets in a zone thereof defined at the point where the fluid jet separates into descrete droplets, setting the distance between the center of a droplet in said separation zone and the position along said fluid jet at which the cell is optically sensed for specific characteristics to be an integral multiple of said center-to-center distance, and disabling a charger from electrically charging a specific droplet if a cell is detected by the optical sensor in a position wherein it will be in the neck area between droplets during droplet formation rather than within a predetermined distance from the droplet center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: John T. Merrill
  • Patent number: 4347706
    Abstract: An electric power generating plant is provided with a Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) system which is directly coupled to the steam cycle of the generating plant. The CAES system is charged by the steam boiler during off peak hours, and drives a separate generator during peak load hours. The steam boiler load is thereby levelized throughout an operating day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Monte K. Drost
  • Patent number: 4346511
    Abstract: A personnel dosimeter includes a plurality of compartments containing thermoluminescent dosimeter phosphors for registering radiation dose absorbed in the wearer's sensitive skin layer and for registering more deeply penetrating radiation. Two of the phosphor compartments communicate with thin windows of different thicknesses to obtain a ratio of shallowly penetrating radiation, e.g. beta. A third phosphor is disposed within a compartment communicating with a window of substantially greater thickness than the windows of the first two compartments for estimating the more deeply penetrating radiation dose. By selecting certain phosphors that are insensitive to neutrons and by loading the holder material with neutron-absorbing elements, energetic neutron dose can be estimated separately from other radiation dose. This invention also involves a method of injection molding of dosimeter holders with thin windows of consistent thickness at the corresponding compartments of different holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Donald E. Jones, DeRay Parker, Paul R. Boren
  • Patent number: 4344911
    Abstract: Apparatus for protecting the inner wall of a fusion chamber from microexplosion debris, x-rays, neutrons, etc. produced by deuterium-tritium (DT) targets imploded within the fusion chamber. The apparatus utilizes a fluidized wall similar to a waterfall comprising liquid lithium or solid pellets of lithium-ceramic, the waterfall forming a blanket to prevent damage of the structural materials of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: James A. Maniscalco, Wayne R. Meier
  • Patent number: 4345124
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an improved integrating acceleration switch of the type having a mass suspended within a fluid filled chamber, with the motion of the mass initially opposed by a spring and subsequently not so opposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Joseph P. Abbin, Jr., Howard F. Devaney, Lewis W. Hake
  • Patent number: 4344912
    Abstract: A process of recycling protactinium-231 to enhance the utilization of radioactively hot uranium-232 in nuclear fuel for the purpose of making both fresh and spent fuel more resistant to proliferation. The uranium-232 may be obtained by the irradiation of protactinium-231 which is normally found in the spent fuel rods of a thorium base nuclear reactor. The production of protactinium-231 and uranium-232 would be made possible by the use of the thorium uranium-233 fuel cycle in power reactors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Donald S. Rampolla
  • Patent number: 4343198
    Abstract: An electrical fluid force transducer for measuring the magnitude and direction of fluid forces caused by lateral fluid flow, includes a movable sleeve which is deflectable in response to the movement of fluid, and a rod fixed to the sleeve to translate forces applied to the sleeve to strain gauges attached to the rod, the strain gauges being connected in a bridge circuit arrangement enabling generation of a signal output indicative of the magnitude and direction of the force applied to the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Joseph A. Jendrzejczyk
  • Patent number: 4343760
    Abstract: In a plasma containment device of a type having superconducting field coils for magnetically shaping the plasma into approximately the form of a torus, an improved divertor target for removing impurities from a "scrape off" region of the plasma comprises an array of water cooled swirl tubes onto which the scrape off flux is impinged. Impurities reflected from the divertor target are removed from the target region by a conventional vacuum getter system. The swirl tubes are oriented and spaced apart within the divertor region relative to the incident angle of the scrape off flux to cause only one side of each tube to be exposed to the flux to increase the burnout rating of the target. The divertor target plane is oriented relative to the plane of the path of the scrape off flux such that the maximum heat flux onto a swirl tube is less than the tube design flux. The containment device is used to contain the plasma of a tokamak fusion reactor and is applicable to other long pulse plasma containment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventor: Theodore E. Luzzi, Jr.