Patents Represented by Attorney Joseph M. St.Amand
  • Patent number: 4800350
    Abstract: A flexible low-loss dielectric waveguide is made from a flexible low-dielectric constant hollow cylinder filled with high-dielectric constant powder. Alternatively, a rigid or semi-rigid waveguide comprises a groove formed in a low-dielectric constant substrate filled with high-dielectric constant powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: William B. Bridges, William M. Bruno
  • Patent number: 4746414
    Abstract: The zero discharge spray system comprises a tank for collecting and storing inse water, a set of spray nozzles aligned within the tank, and a pump for both pumping used rinse water through the spray nozzles and/or to the plating bath as makeup for evaporation. A timer level control system maintains the plating bath level and the rinse tank level, and limits the nozzles spray time. The system also includes a fresh water spray for final rinse of plated parts. By using a controlled spray rinse system which reduces the amount of water added to the system so as not to exceed that lost by evaporation, no contaminated rinse water is discharged as waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Charles J. Carpenter, Winston de Monsabert
  • Patent number: 4738538
    Abstract: A simple inexpensive gloss measurement device which makes use of the measment of a maximum angle of view of a clear reflection to obtain a measurement of gloss, consists of an instrument of L-shaped configuration with one or more small images (e.g., hollow squares) on the lower portion of the shorter arm and a graduated scale along edges of the longer arm. The device is placed on a coated surface to be measured, with the images close to the surface of the coating. The highest angle of view at which reflection of the images on the coating can be clearly recognized is noted on the graduated scale as a measure of the gloss of the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Peter J. Hearst
  • Patent number: 4661160
    Abstract: A significant increase in the structural strength of heated calcium alumie refractory products, such as mortar and concrete, can be obtained by the addition of alkaline earth borates, barium metaborate in particular, and heating in the range of 500 to 1000 degrees F. to cure the refractory, with an optimum strength provided at approximately 750 degrees F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Thomas Novinson
  • Patent number: 4656851
    Abstract: Fiber optic sensors are used at one or more of the top pin and spring asslies in a pin tumbler lock to sense either authorized or unauthorized attempt to open the lock. A fiber optic switching element, in a simple capsule form, can be installed in new or existing locks. Fiber optic circuitry signals surreptitious attempts to open the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Bobby J. Leek, Henry L. Self
  • Patent number: 4653331
    Abstract: A means is provided to uniformly tension long lengths of small cables while hey are simultaneously exposed to simulated environments such as deep ocean conditions. Tension on the cable is adjustable by varying the pressure inside an elastic bladder sealed about a stress spool on which the cable is wrapped, within a pressure chamber. Spool cores can be nested so that several lengths of different cables can be tested together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Alan T. Inouye, Jeffrey V. Wilson, Mark L. Baker
  • Patent number: 4642000
    Abstract: The device is a floating pier with a sliding pile anchoring system arrangnt that avoids rigid connections to the pier and allows the pier to rise and lower with the tides and to remain level during lateral displacement while avoiding substantial tilt or rotation of the pier during seismic and maximum static loading. Preferably, piles that are arranged in pairs and are spaced along the centerline of the floating pier ride in pile guide assemblies attached to the pier deck, and include shear fail means which operate during overload conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Tung Y. Lin
  • Patent number: 4629358
    Abstract: Low profile portable panels consisting of fiberglass-reinforced plastic cosite mats which include hollow inorganic silica spheres in the plastic resin to reduce weight have recessed molded lips and bushings along all edges for connecting panels together with bolts to form expedient airfield surfacing and repair having high flexural strength and high structural capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Preston S. Springston, Richard L. Claxton
  • Patent number: 4609215
    Abstract: A hydraulic locking boltwork system includes a hand operated rotary actua hydraulic pump and a plurality of hydraulic cylinders in which each cylinder rod drives a deadbolt into the door frame including the top, bottom, and/or sides. Hydraulic devices are plumbed into the system to block hydraulic lines and lock the system, and an alarm triggers and/or activates automatic relocking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Henry L. Self, Teddy L. Pickett
  • Patent number: 4608566
    Abstract: A pseudo-noise modulated continuous wave radar for providing foliage penetion as a means for quickly establishing perimeter surveillance of an emplacement in heavily foliaged environments. An RF signal is radiated into free space by means of a static antenna array. The return signal is received by the receiving antenna which is composed of eight-dipoles, phased to create three receive lobes. The three lobes are utilized in an amplitude monopulse technique to determine the azimuthal direction to the detected target with respect to the radar site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: David G. Ennis, John M. Smith
  • Patent number: 4605337
    Abstract: A portable airfield runway having an anchoring and tensioning system is crised of a plurality of fiberglass reinforced plastic panels anchored with earth anchors at each end of the runway and uses self-contained hydraulic tensioning and load maintenance units to maintain constant tension on the runway while allowing for both expansion/contraction due to temperature and dynamic aircraft braking loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Preston S. Springston, Richard L. Claxton
  • Patent number: 4599030
    Abstract: A highly maneuverable straddle carrier vehicle structure is provided for dling various sizes of containers and outsized loads over rough, unleveled, weak and unprepared soils to meet austere requirements which are beyond the capability of commercial straddle lifts that normally operate on prepared surfaces within specific boundaries of yards and docks. Features include high flotation tires capable of operation over marginal terrain, fording capability, all wheel 360 degree steering and offset wheel yokes which permits automatic changing of wheelbase dimensions for rugged sloping terrain operations and wheel positioning for optimum mobility including lateral and oblique movement and vehicle rotation within its own length for a variety of close quarters operations. Load stabilization devices permit container securing during transit and hinged transverse members operate to reduce torsion and bending moments on the vehicle structure over severe terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Clifford I. Skaalen, Herman G. Lange, Preston S. Springston
  • Patent number: 4590100
    Abstract: This is a process that allows previously cleaned steel (which may have been leaned in any of several different ways) to be passivated with a rinse of almost pure water, that is made slightly alkaline to inhibit corrosion, and flash rusting such that any small residue remaining on the steel surface after drying of the water will itself evaporate and in such a manner that any remaining residue will be incorporated into a subsequently applied non-aqueous protective coating without leaving any water-soluble or ionic residue on the surface of the steel that will cause corrosion or affect adhesion of the protective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Peter J. Hearst
  • Patent number: 4587817
    Abstract: A locking system that consists of two locking mechanisms protected by a dl resistive shutter plate. The shutter plate can be rotated to expose a first lock which when unlocked allows it to be further rotated to uncover the second lock. Upon unlocking the second lock, the drive for the main bolt lock can then be actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Henry L. Self
  • Patent number: 4575723
    Abstract: Signals from a balanced processor are sampled at a constant rate, integra and then divided by the number of samples. Two averages are obtained: a positive half cycle average and a negative half cycle average. Over a long period, clutter contributions tend to cancel. Target dominance is thus enhanced by integrating over half cycles rather than full cycles. A single cycle bias finder adds half cycle averages to obtain a cycle bias. The single cycle bias is fed to the moving average integrator where it is integrated over an optimum number of cycles. Obtaining the moving average reduces the chance that a single cycle bias can cause the average to exceed the threshold while a radially moving target will be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Donald G. Turner, R. David Pogge
  • Patent number: 4575026
    Abstract: A deceleration sled to decelerate and safely contain a launched test miss. The sled has crushable honeycomb which absorbs the initial impact of the missile as the sled accelerates along a track to the same speed as the missile. As the deceleration sled is pushed down the rails, forming shoes on both sides of the sled engage flat metal plates. The forming shoes roll the flat plates into a "U" shape. The energy required to roll these plates can be changed by varying their thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Harold G. Brittain, Charles B. Brantley
  • Patent number: 4567100
    Abstract: A laminar system for constructing doors and window shutters, to harden the nside of walls and to greatly increase the penetration resistance of structures. The sketch illustrates the material system and gives representative material thicknesses. The laminar system comprises an outer steel sheet, hardwood, polycarbonate plastic, a ballistic resistant (hardened steel) sheet, and an inner sheet of steel; the materials are laminated in the order given from the outside (attack side) to the inside. This laminar materials systems (used as a 3 foot wide by 7 foot high door, for example) provides greater penetration and ballistic resistance with lighter weight than prior systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Teddy L. Pickett, Gary R. Cook
  • Patent number: H250
    Abstract: An improved high efficiency mooring anchor is light-weight and when opera in tandem provides holding capacity equal to or greater than twice the holding capacity of a single anchor. The shank is designed to hold at least 21/2 times the anchor capacity. Hollow streamline flukes are used and stoppers are mounted on the palms at a maximum distance from the trunion located at the apex of the anchor crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: H300
    Abstract: A low viscosity, non-foaming stripping composition comprising by volume 79% -methylpyrrolidone, 20% monoethanolamine and 1% non-ionic surface active agent is applied at elevated temperatures (around 180 degrees F.) for removing thick (e.g., 10-mil) epoxy coatings and similar chemically resistant coatings from steel surfaces, and is suitable for spray application and for recycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Peter J. Hearst
  • Patent number: H402
    Abstract: A high-energy-absorbing prestressed concrete fender pile, and fendering sem using a plurality of such piles, constructed from high-strength concrete prestressed with longitudinal tensioned strands only partially prestressed such that the longitudinal strands remian elastic to provide high remaining material strength for absorbing high energy impact prior to reaching the yield strength of the strands; the longitudinal tensioned strands are wrapped with an outer spiral wire reinforcement, and the longitudinal strands are preferably stressed to remain elastic until the concrete reches a capacity of 0.003 inch/inch compression strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert W. Julian, Robert F. Mast, Joseph R. Schlechten, George E. Warren, Manfred H. Zinserling