Abstract: A fast and accurate temperature controller for a device heated by current through a resistive element, such as various air data probes, wherein the resistance of the element varies with temperature. The temperature controller samples the temperature by selecting the resistance value of the resistive element. Analog calculations are performed based on the instantaneous applied voltage and current returned through the resistive element. Current through the resistive element is controlled by comparing the resistance of the element to a resistance value selected in accordance with the temperature characteristics of the element. Insensitivity to voltage and frequency variations is provided with a highly reliable and uncomplicated circuit having a small number of components.
Abstract: A piezoelectric power supply for a fuze assembly includes a stacked array of piezoelectric ceramic discs, a hollow can for holding the stacked piezoelectric discs, flexible electrical circuits interposed between the discs and the interconnecting respective positive and negative faces of the discs. The can is deformable upon receipt of a predetermined pressure impulse for transmitting the pressure to the discs. The flexible circuits conduct electrical current and provide positive and negative terminals for supplying electrical power upon deformation of the can and the piezoelectric discs by the pressure impulse.
Abstract: A cartridge case 64 for a cased telescoped ammunition round 10. Cartridge case 64 includes a casing 12 having inwardly tapering conical end portions 14, 16 and end seals 20, 22 which undergo elastic deformation when round 10 is fired from a gun. A plurality of spring fingers 62 are formed on portions 14, 16. Conical portions 14, 16 fit into seals 20, 22. Casing 12 is secured to seals 20, 22 by the tips 66 of spring fingers 62 fitting into catch grooves 56, 56' of seals 20, 22. A control tube 24 is secured to rear seal 20 and a primer 30 is mounted in control tube 24. Projectile 26 is mounted within round 10 with its piston 28 located within control tube 24. Main propellant charge 36 is positioned around control tube 24 and round 26. A booster charge 32 is positioned with control tube 24. Axial growth of casing 12 compresses spring fingers 62 retract end seals 20, 22 after firing. Radial expansion of cartridge case 64 is accommodated by elastic deformation of the casing.
Abstract: A cartridge case 68 for a cased telescoped ammunition round 10. Cartridge case 68 includes a spirally wrapped hollow cylindrical casing 12 fabricated from a thin sheet of spring tempered high carbon steel which partially unwinds at the time round 10 is fired from a gun, a rear seal 16, and a front seal 18. A control tube 20 is secured to rear seal 16 and a primer 26 is mounted in communication with the interior of control tube 20. Casing 12 has an axis of symmetry 14 which is also the axis of symmetry of round 10, and control tube 20. Seals 16, 18 each have side walls 42, 42' in which crimp grooves 50, 50' are formed. Each crimp groove includes a cam surface 52, 52. Rear and front portions 62, 64 of casing 12 are crimped into grooves 50, 50'. A projectile 22 provided with a booster piston 24 is mounted within round 10 with piston 24 being located within control tube 20.
Abstract: A cartridge case 68 for a cased telescoped ammunition round 10. Cartridge case 68 includes a hollow cylindrical casing 12 fabricated from a material which undergoes elastic deformation when round 10 is fired from a gun, a rear seal 20 and a front seal 22. A control tube is secured to rear seal 20 and a primer is mounted to be in communication with the interior of control tube 24. Casing 12 has an axis of symmetry 18 which is also the axis of symmetry of round 10, and control tube 24. Seals 20, 22 each have side walls 48, 48' in which crimp grooves 56, 56' are formed. Each crimp groove includes a cam surface 58, 58'. Rear and front portions 14, 16 of casing 12 are crimped into grooves 58, 58'. A projectile 26 provided with a booster piston 28 is mounted within round 10 with piston 28 being located within control tube 24. The main propellant charge 38 is positioned around control tube 24 and round 26, and a booster charge is positioned with control tube 24.
Abstract: A cased telescoped ammunition round 10 for a fin stabilized penetrator 32. A full caliber control tube 24 is positioned within casing 12, its forward end 28 being secured to front seal 22. The side walls 87 of control tube 24 are tapered, increasing in thickness from the free standing aft end 26 of control tube 24 to its forward end 28. Penetrator 32 and sabot 36 are positioned within control tube 24 with obturator band 46 and retaining groove 36 of aft bourrelet 36 positioned within control tube 24. Retaining groove 52 at the aft end of control tube 24 with split ring 50 and retaining groove 48 of aft bourrelet 36 retain sabot 34 and penetrator 32 within control tube 24 until round 10 is fired. Tapered side walls 87 minimize the volume of control tube 24 while assuring that side walls 87 are strong enough to withstand forces acting on control tube 24 forward of obturator band 46 when round 10 is fired.
Abstract: An improved disturbance resistant data storage circuit having a further transistor for each one of a pair of input transistors, the cross-coupled transistors, and the output transistors which are paired therewith.
Abstract: Disclosed is a low-cost high-performance semiconductor chip package enabling a direct chip to printed circuit board connection. The package comprises a semiconductor chip having a front surface and a back surface. The front surface comprises pads for input and output of signals to and from the chip. The package further comprises a leadframe having power, ground, and signal conductive elements having first and second end portions for transmitting input and output signals to the pads. The package also comprises a bonding system for selectively connecting the first end portions of the conductive elements to the pads and a protective system for providing sealed and environmental protection around the semiconductor chip and portions of the leadframe while permitting other portions of the leadframe to protrude from the protective means to provide connection with other devices.
November 21, 1988
Date of Patent:
December 25, 1990
Thomas J. Dunaway, Richard K. Spielberger, Lori A. Dicks
Abstract: A solid state form of a dye-solution absorption filter is disclosed. Physical vapor depositable (i.e., evaporable) dyes are codeposited with a polyester matrix in a vacuum system to randomly disperse dye molecules in a solid dilutant. The dyes are selected to absorb at the wavelengths of interest. Dilution in a transparent matrix affords narrow band absorption and good out of band transmittance. Multilayer configurations allow absorption of a plurality of wavelengths. The filter coating conforms to curved and sharply contoured surfaces and layers only 10 microns thick afford very high absorptance.
September 17, 1985
Date of Patent:
June 19, 1990
James C. Lee, David Greenlaw, Sau K. Lo
Abstract: Reprogrammable or softkeys are employed in a manner allowing significant flexibility in the display of information on a computer display means. Areas on the display corresponding to the softkeys are used to display the possible set of values of a parameter characterizing a function of a system or apparatus. Subsets of the set of values can also be displayed. Additionally, different variables can be displayed at the same location of the display at different times. The softkeys are further adapted to alter the state of the system or apparatus by affecting the parameter associated with each softkey when that softkey is activated in accordance with a prescribed pattern.
Abstract: An optical system for determining if a target object is an object of a first kind, including means for illuminating the target object along an incident path with coherent light of a selected nature means, for retro-reflecting coherent light from an object of a first kind, means for detecting the nature of light reflected from at least a portion of the target object, means for comparing the nature of the detected light to the selected nature, and means for indicating that said target object is an object of a first kind if the nature of said detected light is the same as the selected nature. Alternative embodiments include encoding interrogating and retro-reflected light signals at both the interrogating station and target stations, and the use of a verification signal directed at the target object prior to illumination of the target object with an interrogating beam.
Abstract: A single-axis rate sensor for determining angular speed .theta. in inertial space of an object rotating about the axis. The rate sensor includes a mass, a motor for rotating the mass about the axis at an angular speed .omega. relative to the object, and a microcomputer for determining a centrifugal force at a radius R from the axis due to the rotation of the mass about the axis at an angular speed .OMEGA. in inertial space, where .OMEGA. is the sum of .theta. and .omega.. Alternative embodiments provide a closed loop system where .OMEGA. is held constant, and a dual rotor arrangement which can be used to reduce a nonlinear factor in a relationship between .theta. and centrifugal force and/or to provide an in-operation self-checking feature.
Abstract: A semiconductor memory cell includes cross coupled bipolar transistors operated in the forward current mode with power fed to the base of the transistor through Schottky diodes from separate word lines. Bit lines are connected to the transistors' emitters and a high differential current is sensed between the bit lines during read operations. No resistors are included within the cell.
Abstract: Fluid comsumption is dramatically reduced in hydrostatic support devices by texturing the supporting surface and/or the surface of the object being supported so that a series or constrictions or lossy orifices are provided along the flow path of the supporting fluid. Further, the stability of the supported object is enhanced by the present invention.
Abstract: A nonlinear, saturable absorptive medium is employed in conjunction with optical bistable devices to filter background light, serve as a frequency filter and/or amplify transmitted light while retaining the spatial intensity profile of an optical image.
Abstract: An electrical generator in a water impermeable housing is driven by a water driven motor. The combination can be submersed with power delivered from the generator to a hydro-subsystem. The system is intrinsically safe in that all electronics are submerged during operation, thus any sparks emitted will not trigger secondary explosions in the surrounding environment. The supply is particularly useful in conjunction with submersible, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and diver assist power supply.
February 18, 1986
Date of Patent:
February 28, 1989
Brian P. Matthias, Richard Mursinna, Daniel Gravitz
Abstract: A digital logic circuit using Schottky diodes as the nonlinear logic element, a single power supply and an E-mode MESFET as an inverter in the open drain configuration. Temperature compensation of the threshold voltage of the E-mode FET is provided. The circuit is particularly suited for use with a GaAs substrate.