Patents Assigned to The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
  • Patent number: 9840450
    Abstract: Provided is a high pressure polymorph of croconic acid. The high pressure polymorph of croconic acid has an unexpectedly high energy release and is suitable for use in detonable compositions. The high pressure polymorph of croconic acid is recoverable to ambient conditions and exhibits only a modest increase in density but a greatly improved energy release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Timothy A Jenkins, Jennifer A. M. Ciezak-Jenkins, Jennifer L Gottfried, Rose A Pesce-Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9840226
    Abstract: A lighted egress apparatus includes a unitary body comprising a cavity therewithin, the cavity comprising a power supply supplying electricity and circuitry coupled to the power supply and conducting the electricity; a fixed blade partially fixed within the cavity and comprising a cutting blade, wherein the cutting blade is exposed from the unitary body and positioned at a constant cutting angle; a switch partially fixed within the cavity and coupled to the circuitry, wherein activation of the switch completes the circuitry and allows the circuitry to conduct the electricity; and an illumination device partially fixed within the cavity and coupled to the circuitry, wherein the illumination device illuminates as the circuitry conducts the electricity to the illumination device and positioned to direct illumination in front of the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Jim Allen Faughn, Richard William Kozycki
  • Patent number: 9842511
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating attention to a task are disclosed. The method may include: detecting, with a sensor, one or more movements, estimating the task attention state based on the one or more movements, determining the workload based on the estimated attention state, and determining based on the workload, the optimal format for the relay of operational information that best facilitates attention to the task for increased ease of task performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Christopher C. Smyth
  • Patent number: 9833437
    Abstract: A synthetic molecule 4210 and a therapeutic use of a synthetic small molecule 4210 for treating viral infections, especially encephalitic alphavirus infections. The compound 4210 showed antiviral efficacy by up regulation type 1 interferon (IFN) specifically IFN-?. The compound 4210 was designed and synthesized by a structure-based approach targeting intracellular adaptor protein, myeloid differentiation primary response protein 88 (MyD88). Besides having an antiviral effect, the compound 4210 also demonstrated therapeutic efficacy for treating inflammatory syndrome associated with Gram positive bacterial infections such as exposure to staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) induced toxic shock syndrome (TSS) in mice and can potentially be used in clinical set up for treating sepsis and septic shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Kamal U Saikh, Julius M. Rebek, Jr., Pamela J Glass
  • Patent number: 9829373
    Abstract: A laser vibrometer for measuring the vibratory characteristics of an object and more specifically, a moving object, has an improved signal to noise ratio due to multiple channels. A laser is split into a plurality of channels and then for each channel split again into a reference beam and a probe beam. The probe beam is directed at the object and the back scattered reflections are collected and compared to the reference beam to determine the vibratory characteristics of the object. The received signals from the multiple channels are different, sequential and non-overlapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Venkataraman Swaminathan, Sudhir B. Trivedi, ChenChia Wang, Feng Jin
  • Patent number: 9828303
    Abstract: A very high brisance metal powder explosive is created by including a multitude of hollow aluminum/aluminum oxide micro-particle shells deposited within a high explosive composition matrix. The interior of such micro-particle shells may contain air, nitrogen, other gases, combinations thereof, or possibly even be a vacuum. The invention might be used on warheads that are fragmentation warheads, explosively formed penetrators, air blast warheads, shaped charge jets of shaped charge warheads, or other high explosive-driven devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Vladimir M. Gold
  • Patent number: 9829289
    Abstract: An ammunition cartridge for a gun is optically initiated by a mechanism wholly within the cartridge case itself. The case has as optical primer initiation means producing light fluence to ignite a primer, which ignited primer may in turn ignite into a flashtube, and which ignited flashtube may in turn ignite a bed of propellant in said cartridge. The optical primer initiation means may be an LED, a laser diode, a VCSEL, or some other light emitting device in general. The cartridge optically initiated primer package is so sized and made electrically and mechanically seamlessly physically compatible with current ammunition cartridges such that these new cartridges are completely interchangeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Gregory Burke
  • Patent number: 9828304
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are pyrophoric composite materials comprising nanoporous pyrophoric alpha iron nanoparticles dispersed in a ceramic matrix for use as aerial decoys. The composite material is prepared using tape casting methods to produce a thin film. The iron precursor in the film is then activated by reduction under a hydrogen atmosphere. The composite nanoporous pyrophoric alpha iron nanoparticles and ceramic material is an improvement over current pyrophoric decoys as it eliminates the use of harmful chemicals and the need for a substrate to support the composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Christopher Haines, Kendall Mills, Juan Patino, Zac Doorenbos, Jan Puszynski
  • Patent number: 9829524
    Abstract: An electric field sensor having at least a first and second electrically conductive generally planar electrodes that are spaced apart from each other. A circuit is electrically connected to the electrodes which is configured to generate an output signal proportional to a time derivative of a varying electric field surrounding the electrodes. Optionally, three sets of spaced apart electrodes which are arranged perpendicularly relative to each other are used for three-dimensional measurements of the electric field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Simon J. Ghionea, David M. Hull
  • Patent number: 9830506
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cross-modal matching with polarimetric thermal image data is provided. According to one embodiment, the method comprises receiving a plurality of polarimetric thermal images of a face acquired by a polarimetric thermal imaging camera, extracting features of the face from each of the plurality of images to generate a plurality of feature vectors for each of the plurality of images, compositing the feature vectors for each of the plurality of images together to form composite feature vectors and cross-modally matching the composite feature vectors with other feature vectors, in order to determine whether the face matches a face represented by the other feature vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Nathaniel J. Short, Shuowen Hu, Alex L. Chan, Kristan P. Gurton
  • Patent number: 9830408
    Abstract: A system and method for evaluating the performance of a weapon platform by modeling, simulating, and analyzing all relative aspects of an engagement that would contribute to a fired projectile missing its intended impact point. The present system embodies various aspects as software objects and defines their dependencies and structure using a multi-node tree. The present system uses an imaged based approach to capture the lethality of ammunition, vulnerability of the targets, and results of an engagement scenario. Monte Carlo simulation is used to calculate the outcome statics and to display individual outcomes of the engagement to the user. The resulting product surpasses the capabilities and performance of conventional systems, protects proprietary information, and reduces the amount of time needed to analyze a weapon system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Tomas Bober
  • Patent number: 9829717
    Abstract: An apparatus for sorting orbital angular momentum eigenstates of one or more photons includes at least one transformation PBOE configured to sort orbital angular momentum eigenstates of the one or more photons, at least one phase correction PBOE configured to sort spin angular momentum eigenstates of the one or more photons. A method for sorting orbital angular momentum eigenstates of one or more photons includes using at least one transformation PBOE to sort orbital angular momentum eigenstates of the one or more photons, and using at least one phase correction PBOE to sort spin angular momentum eigenstates of the one or more photons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Gary Walsh
  • Patent number: 9826153
    Abstract: An optical system that images a scene at two different fields of view, with switching between fields of view enabled by switchable mirrored surface is disclosed. A voltage change across the switchable mirror element generates a change in the reflection and transmission properties of the element, such that the element switches between a mirror state and a lens state. When nested in an annular reflective optic system of a given field of view, the switching element enables the opening of an additional optical path through the center of the reflective optics where a set of refractive optics are assembled into an imaging system for a second field of view. This dual field-of-view system changes field of view with no mechanical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Bruce M. Pixton, Jay N. Vizgaitis
  • Patent number: 9822430
    Abstract: High-density thermodynamically stable nanostructured copper-based metallic systems, and methods of making, are presented herein. A ternary high-density thermodynamically stable nanostructured copper-based metallic system includes: a solvent of copper (Cu) metal; that comprises 50 to 95 atomic percent (at. %) of the metallic system; a first solute metal dispersed in the solvent that comprises 0.01 to 50 at. % of the metallic system; and a second solute metal dispersed in the solvent that comprises 0.01 to 50 at. % of the metallic system. The internal grain size of the solvent is suppressed to no more than 250 nm at 98% of the melting point temperature of the solvent and the solute metals remain uniformly dispersed in the solvent at that temperature. Processes for forming these metallic systems include: subjecting powder metals to a high-energy milling process, and consolidating the resultant powder metal subjected to the milling to form a bulk material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Laszlo J. Kecskes, Micah J. Gallagher, Anthony J. Roberts, Kristopher A. Darling
  • Patent number: 9826367
    Abstract: The application relates to a wireless rotating instrumentation package for collecting data from a spinning rotor head of a rotary wing aircraft. The application also relates to a method of wirelessly collecting data from a spinning rotor head of a rotary wing aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Michael A. Mando, Tiffany S. Yates, Ryan Chandler, Jeffrey Welch
  • Patent number: 9823050
    Abstract: An integrated body armor garment for providing protection to a wearer against ballistic impacts. The garment has a body portion and a ballistic resistant armor system. The body portion can have an outer shell and an underlayer, and the armor system can be embedded within the body portion between the outer shell and the underlayer. The garment can be an upper body garment with a torso portion and left and right arm sleeves and a ballistic-resistant collar, and the armor system can be an upper torso armor system with body armor panels overlapping in a reverse shingle configuration. The armor system can have a plurality of armor panels connected by a resilient cord or other elastic suspension network. The network can be adjustable, as by a cinching of the cord, to permit the body armor panels to be adjusted in relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: Mission Ready Services, Inc., The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Francisco Martinez, Robert Dilalla, Roxanne Ferreiro, Yolita Nugent
  • Patent number: 9822017
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing high aspect ratio titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods using a one-pot hydrothermal technique. Reaction additives of oxalic acid and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) are used to promote the conversion of titanium dioxide precursors, preferably tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), into a one-dimensional TiO2 morphology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Dajie Zhang, Brendan S. DeLacy, Zachary B Zander
  • Patent number: 9817253
    Abstract: An electro-optic modulator comprising at least one nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate crystal; first and second conductors operatively connected to the nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate crystal adapted to be connected to a voltage source to modulate light passing there through; whereby light is modulated by passing through the nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate crystal. A method for modulating light comprising providing at least one at least one nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate crystal; providing first and second conductors operatively connected to the nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate crystal adapted to be connected to a voltage source to modulate light passing there through; providing an interrogating light beam striking at least one nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate crystal; modulating light passing through the nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate crystal; and receiving a modulated light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Robert C. Hoffman, Shizhuo Yin
  • Patent number: 9808193
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for inflicting brain injury on a laboratory animal that employs a platform for supporting the laboratory animal. The platform defines an opening for positioning the head of the laboratory animal over the opening. A projectile is launched from a projectile launching device orientated below the opening of the platform. The projectile launching device has a means for propelling the projectile directly at and/or through the opening of said platform, thereby inflicting brain injury on the animal via either a pressure wave or concussive impact of the projectile. Without helmet, direct impact of the projectile results in severe traumatic brain injury. Use of helmet protects animals from skull fracture, subdural hematoma, intracerebral hemorrhage and contusion yet produces mild concussion-like pathology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Frank C. Tortella, Larry R. Holmes, Zachary J. Larimore, Deborah A. Shear, Lai Yee Leung
  • Patent number: 9810574
    Abstract: A protective device for an imager which is contained within a housing and in which the imager is aligned with an opening in the housing. The protective device includes a cover which overlies the housing opening and is manually detachably secured to the housing by three or more resilient clips. A plurality of openings are formed through the cover to enable operation of the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Richard L. Tober, Stephen R. McFarlane