Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John F. Moran
  • Patent number: 6705231
    Abstract: A safing and arming device is provided for a warhead or round which is to be launched by a rifled gun and which includes submunitions. A slider is disposed in a housing between a detonator and lead cup and is movable between a first, safe position wherein the slider acts as an interrupter and a second, armed position wherein an opening in the slider is in alignment with the detonator and lead cup. A setback sensor initially locks the slider in the safe position and then, responsive to a setback force produced at gun launch, unlocks the slider. An ejection sensor also initially locks the slider in the safe position and continues to lock the slider against movement to the armed position during a period between gun launch and exiting of the warhead from the gun. Responsive to the ejection force produced at exiting of the warhead from the gun, the ejection sensor unlocks the slider to enable movement thereof to the armed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Alexey Zacharin
  • Patent number: 6701848
    Abstract: An anti-personnel canister includes a generally cylindrical container having side walls, the side walls defining an enclosure with a generally concave surface at one end and an opening at another end; the side walls having an outer surface, the outer surface including a plurality of longitudinal grooves formed therein and, below the plurality of longitudinal grooves, a circumferential obturator groove; a plurality of submunitions disposed in the enclosure; a spacer disposed in the enclosure between the plurality of submunitions and the opening; and a cap disposed on the opening of the container, the cap having a top surface and including a pair of orthogonal grooves formed on the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Peter Georgantzis, Angel F. Paredes, Eric P. Scheper, Henry E. Hudgins
  • Patent number: 6688233
    Abstract: A system and method for improving the process of mechanical translation of projectiles by a spring mechanism that is built of a smart material and that is activated by an electric pulse, to provide a controlled translation of a projectile before firing or, in case of pre-firing termination, in order to restore the projectile to its original position after translation. The pre-firing translation using the spring mechanism provides a more controlled process and reduces the risk associated with the conventional propulsion charge translation design. The ability to return the projectile to its initial state after translation affords a significant advantage over the conventional propulsion charge design since it enables the projectile firing to be terminated even after translation, unlike in the conventional design whereby the projectile firing is irreversible upon a mechanical translation by setting off the propulsion charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Leon Manole, Stewart Gilman, Ernest Logsdon, Samuel A. Lafontaine
  • Patent number: 6675693
    Abstract: An apparatus (i.e., a combat ammunition pack) for holding ammunition for a machine gun includes a bracket assembly that removably attaches to the machine gun; a belt guide attached to the bracket assembly for guiding a belt of ammunition into the machine gun; a front collar assembly removably attached to the bracket assembly; and a bag assembly attached to the bracket assembly and the front collar assembly wherein the bag assembly can be opened and closed while the machine gun is firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Michael Heayn
  • Patent number: 6665413
    Abstract: An infrasonic Helmholtz resonator capable of producing clean sinusoidal frequencies in the range of 6-14 Hz is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: John K. Domen
  • Patent number: 6644111
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring exit velocity of a round from a muzzle of a gun barrel includes a first optical fiber having a first fiber optic Bragg grating (FBG) circumferentially attached to the gun barrel at the muzzle and a second FBG circumferentially attached to the gun barrel further from the muzzle than the first FBG; a coupler that receives one end of the first optical fiber; a light source connected by a second optical fiber to the coupler for supplying light to the first optical fiber; a third optical fiber comprising an FBG notch filter, the third optical fiber being connected to the coupler to receive light reflected from the first optical fiber; a notch filter mount attached to the gun barrel, the FBG notch filter being disposed in the notch filter mount; a photodetector connected to an end of the third optical fiber; and data processing electronics electrically connected to the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Sheldon J. Cytron, Christopher J. LaVigna, Harry G. Kwatny, Justin M. Bowlus, Shiping Chen
  • Patent number: 6640719
    Abstract: A fuze explosive train device for detonating a munition that uses a stab firing pin within a pressure cartridge, with the stab firing pin located between a gas generator and a stab detonator. The firing pin is capable of transferring an energy from the gas generator into the stab detonator in a manner that initiates the stab detonator to a high order explosive reaction. A method of initiating a stab detonator using a stab firing pin also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Gary A. Pacella, Barry D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6629668
    Abstract: A system for controlling the trajectory of a launched projectile. More particularly, a method for correcting the projectile jump displacement of a launched projectile after it is released from a vessel using on-board G-hardened accelerometers orthogonally mounted along the longitudinal axis of the projectile. Deviation from an intended flight path is corrected by firing selected trajectory diverting thrusters mounted around the periphery of the projectile. Eliminating or reducing projectile jump, or the angular deviation of the flight path of a projectile relative to its intended trajectory, will greatly increase the accuracy of gun fired projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: John C. Grau, Arthur J. Fiorellini, Raymond E. Carr
  • Patent number: 6627839
    Abstract: An apparatus and process are shown for the application of welded metal overlay deposits to cylindrical substrates for use in wear, chemical, and temperature resistance. More specifically, this apparatus permits the application of welded overlay rotating bands to steel and other alloy artillery projectiles having narrow sidewall thick nesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventors: Stephen Luckowski, George Scullin, Roger P. Stanton
  • Patent number: 6626113
    Abstract: A long-range training cartridge meets current US Army requirements. The long-range cartridge design enables its sub-projectile to be range limited to less than 8000 meters when fired at a 10-degree gun elevation. The long-range training projectile includes a three-piece aluminum or steel sabot with a similar exterior profile to the kinetic energy tactical sabot. The sabot encapsulates a light-weight sub-projectile comprised of a steel rod and an aluminum fin or cone. Since the sub-projectile is encapsulated in the sabot, it will not be subjected to differential pressures associated with interior ballistic gun gasses. As a result the sub-projectile will therefore have less bending and better flight characteristics. The sub-projectile meets the guidelines for target accuracy and precision at ranges beyond 3000 meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Stewart Gilman, Leon R. Manole, Francis Renner, Anthony P. Farina
  • Patent number: 6607618
    Abstract: The present invention shows a munitions propellant. The propellant has a nitrocellulose component is about fifty-two percent (52.0%) of the propellant. This is either a nitrocellulose having twelve and six-tenths percent (12.6%) nitrogen, or a combination of a nitrocellulose having twelve and six-tenths percent (12.6%) nitrogen and a nitrocellulose having thirteen and thirty-five one hundredths percent (13.35%) nitrogen, and in which the average nitrogen proportion is thirteen and five one-hundredths percent (13.05%). The propellant also has a nitroester-based plasticizer and a non-nitroester-based plasticizer. The nitroester-based plasticizer comprises about thirty-four percent (34.0%) of the propellant by weight, and comprises diethylene glycol dinitrate (DEGDN). The non-nitroester-based plastizier comprises from about three percent (3.0%) to about four percent (4.0%) by weight and comprises di-normal propyl adipate (DNPA). In addition, about seven percent (7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Thelma G. Manning, Joseph L. Prezelski
  • Patent number: 6606951
    Abstract: A bounding anti-armor/anti-vehicle mine attacks and destroys multiple targets simultaneously at the targets” closest point of approach. This is accomplished by utilizing multiple asymmetric explosively forged penetrators (EFPs) on a warhead that is capable of producing multiple armor penetrating kills horizontally in 360 degrees. The warhead comprises, for example, 16 curved copper or non-ferrous EFP metal plates arranged parallel to the central axis of the mine. The warhead is initiated either centrally or from either end, depending on the type of target being attacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Arnold S. Klein
  • Patent number: 6595103
    Abstract: A contained Davis gun system enables misfire and hang-fire handling for fire out of battery (also known as soft recoil). The gun system decreases structural dynamic activity of the gun barrel during launch with resulting increases in system accuracy. The gun system further presents synergistic advantages when combined with a conventional recoil system in a double recoil design. The gun system includes a non-recoiling barrel and a recoil system engineered to contain a recoiling inertial breechblock capable of translating within the gun barrel. The recoil system includes a brake and a spring secured to a mount fixture. The breechblock enables the loading of the propellant and the projectile within the barrel, and further enables pressure to be contained within the barrel during firing. The recoil system applies a load to the breechblock, which is a function of the breechblock position and its velocity within the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Eric L. Kathe
  • Patent number: 6591534
    Abstract: Shown is a locking interface assembly that facilitates the integration of a commercial Long Gun Barrel tube with an existing gun mount of a conventional Tank. The interface assembly allows the non-conforming tube to be fitted to the mount in a precise fashion, eliminating clearances between the mount and tube, permitting re-tightening of elements that become loose during high inertial loadings. The interface assembly is comprised of a thrust nut, bearing, retaining ring, king nut, adapter, pin, nut key, locking pin, retainer pin, retaining ring key, key retainer pin and screw. The retaining ring is slid over the tube, followed by the a coupling subassembly comprised of the bearing and the thrust nut. The coupling subassembly engages the tube shoulder to prevent the bearing from rotating. The king nut engages the tube to capture the bearing against the tube shoulder and to prevent the bearing from moving with respect thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Donald Trudeau, Michael S. Soja, Michael D. Gully
  • Patent number: 6587213
    Abstract: The present invention is a nondestructive and quantitative laser ultrasonic laser apparatus and associated method for determining adhesion quality of a coating on a substrate. The apparatus of the invention is preferably a pulsed laser for generation and Michelson-type interferometer based system and includes a rotary probe head assembly for making evaluations within a cylindrical test specimen. The method of the invention includes data analysis that uses acquired data from the ultrasonic laser apparatus and computes the dispersion relation or curves (frequency versus velocity) using a ridge-following technique in wavelet analysis and from this, outputs the adhesive quality of the coating by comparing it with a theoretically based determination of a particular coating/substrate bond system. The invention is used for evaluating adhesion quality of coatings used in a gun bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Bryon Knight, Julius Frankel, Moayyed Hussain, Jeffrey Braunstein
  • Patent number: 6578462
    Abstract: An improved muzzle brake for reducing the momentum of the recoiling components of a gun or cannon when fired, thereby reducing the forces acting on the support platform of a weapon system, is provided. In the presence of the muzzle brake, the projectile fired from a cannon to restrains the gas flow in the axial direction until gases are allowed to be diverted to a baffle in the main body of the muzzle brake. The resultant gas flow impinges on the baffle, thereby inducing a forward thrust. The diverted gas flow then exits through a plurality of exhaust ports provided to the atmosphere to create a thrust applied to the recoiling components of the gun system. Additional thrust is created by the inclusion of a second stage baffle, offset from the main body of the muzzle brake at an optimal distance by a plurality of standoffs. This thrust generates an impulse that is applied in the opposite direction of the recoil momentum by the amount of the muzzle brake impulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Anthony R. Franchino, Thomas Tighe
  • Patent number: 6575097
    Abstract: 13A case telescoped ammunition cartridge includes: a cylindrical cartridge case, a projectile disposed within the casing and a sleeve surrounding a portion of the forward end of the projectile. An obturator is disposed between the aft end of the sleeve and part of forward end of the projectile. A cup-shaped aft end seal is affixed to the case at the aft end thereof so as to be relatively movable with respect thereto during firing of the cartridge. The seal includes an external lateral surface adapted to engage an inner wall surface of a gun chamber. A cup-shaped forward end seal is affixed to the case at the forward end thereof so as to be relatively movable with respect thereto during firing of the cartridge. The forward end seal includes an external lateral surface adapted to engage the inner wall surface of the gun chamber and an external end surface adapted to abut a forward end surface of the gun chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Robert Nodarse, Leon R. Manole, Samuel LaFontaine, Ernest L. Logsdon
  • Patent number: 6568846
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for evaluating thermal barrier coating material on a surface of a part or component that is subjected to transient heat/thermal cycles. A pulsed laser heating apparatus that preferably uses lenses and optical fiber focusing components simulates conditions of brief heating on the test specimen. In the method of the invention, the temporal shape, spatial distribution, and total energy of the laser pulse are designed to produce a spot of uniform illumination and heat absorption on the test specimen that closely approximates the thermal loading that the specimen is expected to receive during use. The test specimen is then examined for thermally induced changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Paul Cote, Gay Kendall, Mark Todaro
  • Patent number: 6568329
    Abstract: A MEMS type safe and arm apparatus for a fuze includes a setback slider responsive to a first setback acceleration, the setback slider moving linearly in response to the first setback acceleration; a setforward slider responsive to a first setforward acceleration, the setback slider unlocking the setforward slider, the setforward slider moving linearly in response to the first setforward acceleration; a first rotor responsive to a second setback acceleration, the setforward slider unlocking the first rotor, the first rotor rotating in response to the second setback acceleration; a second rotor responsive to a second setforward acceleration, the first rotor unlocking the second rotor, the second rotor rotating in response to the second setforward acceleration; and an arming slider that moves linearly in response to the rotation of the second rotor to thereby arm the fuze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Charles H. Robinson
  • Patent number: 6565036
    Abstract: A system for guiding projectiles to a target. More particularly, a system for the guidance of projectiles toward a target using a photo detector array (18) and an arrangement of single use thrusters (22). The system is capable of guiding projectile to targets after firing from extended distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Mohan J. Palathingal, John C. Grau