Patents Assigned to Textron, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11814106
    Abstract: A golf car canopy extension panel that is connectable to a canopy main panel, wherein the extension panel comprises a first extension longitudinal water channel that is fluidly connectable to a first main longitudinal water channel main panel, and a second extension longitudinal water channel that is fluidly connectable to a second main longitudinal water channel of the main panel, wherein the first and second extension longitudinal water channels each comprise a termination end structured and operable to direct water to exit the respective extension longitudinal water channel at an end of a sidewall of the respective extension longitudinal water channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TEXTRON INC
    Inventors: Matthew James Zaremba, Jacob Rutledge Kuglar, Stephen Christopher Campbell
  • Patent number: 11787148
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, a method for manufacturing a honeycomb core sandwich panel includes placing a thermoset facesheet in contact with a thermoplastic honeycomb core without using a separate adhesive and attaching the thermoset facesheet to the thermoplastic honeycomb core by using a curing profile comprising a temperature that is lower than a gel point temperature of the thermoset facesheet and higher than a softening point temperature of the thermoplastic honeycomb core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: BELL TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Suvankar Mishra, Robert Mark Chris, Michael D. Ishmael, Ronald J. Turner
  • Patent number: 11761370
    Abstract: A vehicle radiator air intake screen maintenance system comprising a radiator fan, a fan motor; and a processor operable to control the rotational speed and direction of the radiator fan to: periodically implement a drop cycle whereby a radiator cooling air flow generated by the fan rotating in a forward direction is slowed such debris collected on a radiator air intake screen of the vehicle is caused to fall off due to gravitational force; and periodically implement a full reverse cycle where a rotational direction of the fan is reversed and an expulsion air flow is generated whereby debris collected on vehicle radiator and the air intake screen will be blown off, whereafter reverse rotation of the fan is stopped and the fan is returned to the full forward operating speed and direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Linton Linn Lewis, Matthew Jacob Noftsger
  • Patent number: 11758841
    Abstract: A mower includes a frame, at least one cutting unit, and a lifting unit. The lifting unit is connected to the at least one cutting unit and includes a yoke assembly, a first arm assembly, a second arm assembly, and a third arm assembly. The yoke assembly is connected to the cutting unit. The first arm assembly is pivotably mounted to the vehicle frame about a first pivot axis. The second arm assembly is pivotably mounted to the first arm assembly about a second pivot axis and to the yoke assembly about a third pivot axis with the second pivot axis and third pivot axis being non-parallel to the first pivot axis. The third arm assembly includes a first end pivotally connected to the frame and a second end pivotally connected to the second arm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jonathan Laine, Ashwath Thukaram Kini, Todd L. Scott, Jarrett A. Jones
  • Publication number: 20230286374
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes an outer wall and a compliant layer disposed within a space at least partially defined by the outer wall. An aircraft includes a fuel cell and a fuel tank having an outer wall and a compliant layer disposed within a space at least partially defined by the outer wall. A method of operating a fuel tank includes providing an external wall and disposing a compliant layer of material within a space of the fuel tank that is at least partially defined by the external wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2022
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Dean Rainville, Phalgun Madhusudan
  • Publication number: 20230271378
    Abstract: A method of producing an article of manufacture includes printing a break-wire conductive-material pattern via an additive-manufacturing process and applying the break-wire conductive-material pattern to a surface of a component. A shape of the break-wire conductive-material pattern fits the surface of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2022
    Publication date: August 31, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Maxime LAPALME, Nicola PEDNEAULT PLOURDE, Jocelyn LIRETTE
  • Publication number: 20230265883
    Abstract: A bearing raceway for a shaft includes a tubular sleeve comprising a raceway section and a clamp section, the raceway section having a hardened outer surface and a first, axially linear, inner surface, and the clamp section having first threads and a second, axially non-linear, inner surface, where the first threads are configured to mate with second threads on a nut to clamp the tubular sleeve to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jared OTT, Eric Stephen OLSON
  • Publication number: 20230266216
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing a test load to a rotor blade test specimen for fatigue testing includes a body extending along a longitudinal axis in a first direction from a first end to a second end, and the body having an internal cavity with an opening at the second end configured to dispose a tip portion of the rotor blade test specimen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Louis CHARRON, Maxime LAPALME, Daniel DEL ROSSI, Alexis DUGRÉ
  • Publication number: 20230258531
    Abstract: A system includes a chip detector that includes a magnet, the chip detector operable to collect a plurality of chips in a lubricant flow. The system also includes a radiation sensor associated with the magnet and operable to detect radiation emitted by at least some of the plurality of chips collected by the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Stephen OLSON
  • Publication number: 20230249817
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first rotor system having a rotor blade having an axis of rotation, a rotatable inboard drive component, and a rotatable outboard drive component. The first rotor system further includes a flexible closed loop component associated with each of the inboard drive component and the outboard drive component. Movement of the closed loop component can selectively cause at least one of rotation of the rotor blade about the axis of rotation and movement of the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk Landon Groninga, Brent Chadwick Ross
  • Patent number: 11712925
    Abstract: A half-shaft assembly includes a first constant velocity (CV) joint, a second CV joint and an axial movement joint connected between the first CV joint and the second CV joint. The axial movement joint includes a first shaft coupled to the first CV joint and a second shaft coupled to the second CV joint, wherein mechanical input received on the first shaft is communicated to the second shaft, and wherein the second shaft slides axially within the first shaft. The axial movement joint further includes an axial boot cover coupled on a first end to the first shaft and on a second end to the second shaft that accommodates axial movement of the first shaft relative to the second shaft. The first constant velocity (CV) joint is coupled to provide torsional input received at an input to the first shaft, the first CV joint having a first CV boot cover. The second CV joint coupled to provide torsional output received from the second shaft to an output, the second CV joint having a second CV boot cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: TEXTRON INC.
    Inventor: Hunter Scott Davis
  • Publication number: 20230223665
    Abstract: A battery system is described with methods and systems for thermally isolating a battery module experiencing thermal runaway. In one embodiment, a thermal actuator can cut a busbar coupling neighboring battery modules together, thereby preventing or slowing the spread of thermal runaway. In other embodiments, a fusible material can joint portions of a busbar. High temperatures can cause the fusible material to melt off of the busbar portions and thereby break the thermal or electrical conductivity between busbar portions and neighboring modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Yue Fan, Michael R. Hull, Charles E. Covington, Brian J. Cox
  • Publication number: 20230210253
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage having a former therein and a work platform system. The work platform system includes a platform that is moveable between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration. The work platform system also has a hinge pin received by the platform. A platform stop is carried by the former and configured to inhibit rotation of the platform about the hinge pin when the platform is in the deployed configuration. The hinge pin is carried by the former.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Publication date: July 6, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ross Wilkinson, James Everett Kooiman, Clegg Benjamin Brian Smith, Jeffrey Matthew Williams, Tjepke Heeringa, David G. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20230211868
    Abstract: A folding step system includes a housing forming an interior space and a step comprising a step surface. The step is movable between a stowed configuration in which substantially all of the step surface is disposed within the interior space and a deployed configuration in which at least a portion of the step surface is disposed outside of the interior space and at least a portion of the step surface is disposed within the interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Publication date: July 6, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ross Wilkinson, James Everett Kooiman, Clegg Benjamin Brian Smith, Jeffrey Matthew Williams, Tjepke Heeringa, David G. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20230213059
    Abstract: A laminated elastomeric journal bearing has an outer sleeve having an inner surface, at least a portion of each end of the inner surface being a concave surface of revolution, and an inner sleeve having an outer surface, at least a portion of each end of the outer surface being a convex surface of revolution. Alternating layers of elastomer and metal are located between the sleeves, with adjacent surfaces of the layers and the sleeves being adhered to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Publication date: July 6, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Sottiaux, Marco A. Agredano, Frank B. Stamps
  • Publication number: 20230194312
    Abstract: A rotor-hub-flap anisotropic-sensor system includes a rotor hub, a plurality of anisotropic-sensor arrangements interoperably coupled to the rotor hub and operable to measure flapping of the rotor hub, a plurality of rotor blades connected to the rotor hub, and at least one flight control computer interoperably coupled to the plurality of anisotropic-sensor arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Cravener, Patrick Smith, Troy Cyril Schank, Brady Garrett Atkins, Kynn Jerald Schulte
  • Publication number: 20230191714
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for applying a self-heating structural adhesive to components of aircraft or other structures. A conductive scrim can be placed in between layers of adhesive for use in joining two components together. Leads can be provided to apply an electrical current to the scrim, which can raise the temperature of the system and cure the adhesives, creating a strong bond with a conductive layer there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Philip C. Sears, Samuel L. Bryk, Bradyn C. Crider
  • Publication number: 20230179126
    Abstract: A system includes a driver monitor system configured to receive information about driver operation, a relationship table comprising information about an expected relationship between driver operation and a preload force, and a driver controller configured to control a driver in response to the information about driver operation and according to the relationship table. A method of managing a preload force includes providing a first component, providing a second component for compression against the first component, operating a driver to move the first component into contact with the second component, monitoring an operation of the driver, and determining an expected preload force in response to the operation of the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Publication date: June 8, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Reynolds, Charles Eric Covington, Carlos Alexander Fenny, Brady G. Atkins
  • Publication number: 20230151845
    Abstract: An adjustable length crank arm includes a first component having a longitudinal length, a second component coupled to the first component, the second component having a longitudinal length. A total length of the crank arm can be adjusted by changing an amount of longitudinal overlap that exists between the first component and the second component. The adjustable length crank arm can include a first wedge and a second wedge and at least a portion of each of the first wedge and the second wedge is longitudinally captured between the first component and the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2021
    Publication date: May 18, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Lancer Drake Halcom
  • Publication number: 20230132705
    Abstract: A wing apparatus and aircraft are described providing greater maneuverability and efficiency for vertical takeoff and landing vehicles. Use of a fowler flap is shown in combination with a sliding panel. The sliding panel can nest within a wing similar to a fowler flap. During vertical maneuvers the sliding panel can be moved forward and on top of the wing. This can alleviate download during vertical maneuvers while minimizing drag as forward flight begins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Publication date: May 4, 2023
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Foskey, Ryan Q. Dunham