Patents Assigned to United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
  • Patent number: 11834875
    Abstract: The emergency egress apparatus includes a protuberance mated to a first portion of the door barricade and a keeper mated to a second portion of the door barricade. A retainer is selectively disposed between one of two positions. A first position defines the placement of the retainer that establishes an interference fit between the protuberance and the keeper. A second position defines the placement of the retainer such that it is not in contact with the protuberance or the keeper. The first position secures the first portion of the door barricaded with respect to the second portion of the door barricade, and the second position decouples the first portion of the door barricade with respect to the second portion of the door barricade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: John P. McIntire, Matthew Srnoyachki
  • Patent number: 11832826
    Abstract: Endovascular variable aortic control catheters (EVACC) are provided that are adapted to augment upstream blood pressure and regulate downstream blood flow for patients in shock. The EVACC devices provide improved treatment for truncal wounds, which may be used for example on a battlefield, thereby increasing survivability of injured soldiers. The devices are a catheter-based system having a proximal hand piece for controlled deployment of the device through a delivery sheath. A collapsible, wire framework supports an expandable and collapsible occlusion barrier. The wire basket and occlusion barrier expand to fit within the lumen of the aorta. Various movable elements are used to adjust an adjustable passageway to regulate controlled anterograde blood flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Timothy K Williams, Lucas Paul Neff
  • Patent number: 11838094
    Abstract: A repeater for maintaining wireless line of sight communications. The repeater is autonomously repositional in both absolute location and azimuthal orientation. The repeater has at least two vibratory motors, or other vibration sources, which provide oscillations to depending legs against a support surface. By selectively operating one or more of the vibration sources together or independently, the repeater may be moved as helpful to maintain line of sight communication with another repeater or other operational hardware. A command signal from a remote base station controls the locomotion of the repeater to provide both a change in absolute position relative to the surroundings and a rotational change in azimuthal orientation as necessary to maintain communication under dynamic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Joseph Anderson, Nicholas Black, Michael Anderson
  • Patent number: 11834959
    Abstract: A morphing airfoil includes a dynamic flexible skin system that is capable of carrying high level aerodynamic (or fluid) pressure loads over a structural surface. The structural surface can morph and bend in response to control inputs to change a lift force without separate movable control surfaces. A plurality of standoff mounts is attached to an inner surface of anisotropic skin. The standoff mounts include through apertures for receiving a flexible stringer. The anisotropic skin is attached to underlying structure through the flexible stringers. The flexible stringers interface with actuated position control ribs and passive compliant support ribs. A control system causes the underlying support structure to move to a desired location which in turn causes the skin to bend and/or flex without exceeding a stress threshold and thus vary the lift and drag distributions along a span of the airfoil without separate control surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Jared Neely, James Joo, Russel Topp
  • Patent number: 11826868
    Abstract: Apparatuses and associated methods for polishing side surfaces of fibers. The system includes a fiber loading mechanism for securing a fiber to the apparatus, a polishing mechanism, and a linear motion mechanism for linearly translating one of the polishing mechanism and the fiber for polishing a side surface of the fiber using the polishing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Hyunjun Kim, Randall G. Corns, Randall S. Hay, Augustine M. Urbas
  • Patent number: 11820470
    Abstract: An emergency vehicle flotation system has bladder(s) attached in a compressed state on a vehicle. An inflation initiating component comprising a selected one or more of a submersion sensor attached to the vehicle to detect water pressure indicative of submersion of the vehicle and a user interface device. Selectable force gas generator(s) (SFGGs) have one gas-generating propellant cells that are individually fired. The SFGG(s) have conduit(s) that receive gas from fired gas-generating propellant cells and direct the gas to inflate the bladder(s). A controller is communicatively coupled to the inflation initiating component and the gas-generating propellant cells of the one or more SFGGs. The controller enables the emergency vehicle flotation system to receive an inflation signal from the inflation initiating component, and to fire a selected number of the more than one gas-generating propellant cells to at least partially inflate the bladder(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Patent number: 11821839
    Abstract: A scattered light detector comprises a first photodiode array comprising one or more photodiodes arranged in a planar, semicircular pattern on a substrate, each of the one or more photodiodes having an outer edge and an inner edge; and a notch perpendicular to the substrate and located adjacent the inner edge of each of the one or more diodes, and equidistant from the outer edges of each of the one or more photodiodes, the notch configured to accept an optical fiber oriented perpendicular to the plane of the one or more photodiodes. When there are two or more photodiodes, the photodiodes may be divided into two or more segments extending outwardly from the notch. Each of the photodiodes shares a common electrical ground. The planes of the one or more photodiodes of the first and second photodiode arrays are oriented parallel to each other and spaced a predetermined distance apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: John G Jones, David E. Zelmon, Frank K. Hopkins, Arianna M. McNamara, Michael D. Martin, Shamus P. NcNamara
  • Patent number: 11817232
    Abstract: An electrically conductive, flexible, strain resilient product is produced by mixing metal coated carbon nanotube networks with a liquid polymeric resin to produce a liquid mixture, and the mixture is cured to produce the product. The networks may include welded junctions between nanotubes formed by depositing and melting metal nanoparticles on the nanotubes to form the metal coating. After the mixing step the liquid mixture may be deposited on a flexible substrate in the form of an electrical circuit. The mixing step may further include mixing the composite with a volatile solvent to produce a selected viscosity. Then, a three-dimensional printer may be used to print the product, such as an electrical circuit, on a substrate. The product is cured in an atmosphere that absorbs the solvent. The conductivity of the mixture may be adjusted by adjusting the weight percentage of the metal coated carbon nanotube networks from 50% to 90%, but a preferred range is between 75% and 85%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Sabyasachi Ganguli, Ajit K Roy, Chenggang Chen
  • Patent number: 11814326
    Abstract: A method of forming a doped substrate comprises heating a substrate comprising a layer of a dopant on at least one surface to a predetermined temperature; applying a predetermined degree of isostatic external pressure on the surface of said substrate at said predetermined temperature for a time sufficient to induce thermal migration of the dopant into the substrate to provide a doped substrate; and removing the isostatic pressure and cooling the doped substrate to about room temperature. The substrate is a glass material, a single crystal material, a poly-crystalline material, a ceramic material, or a semiconductor material, and the substrate may be optically transparent. The dopant comprises one or more transition metals, one or more rare earth elements, or a combination of both. The layer of a dopant comprises one or more segregated layers of distinct chemical species. The isostatic pressure and elevated temperature may be applied simultaneously or sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Gary Cook, Ronald W. Stites
  • Patent number: 11814323
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system and method for monitoring degradation of a high temperature composite component (HTC). The HTC is defined by a volume that includes a matrix material and a fiber formed from at least one of ceramic and carbon material. One or more electrical conductors are disposed within the volume and connected directly or indirectly to a monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Zlatomir D. Apostolov
  • Patent number: 11813051
    Abstract: A method of detecting hypoxia. Detecting hypoxia includes detecting, in exhaled breath, at least one indicator for hypoxia. The at least one indicator is selected from the group consisting of pentanal, 2-pentanone, 2-hexanone, 2-heptanone, 2-cyclopenten-1-one, and 4-butyrolactone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Sean W. Harshman, Brian A. Geier, Claude C. Gigsby, Jeffrey B. Phillips, Darrin K. Ott
  • Patent number: 11807583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to preceramic polymer grafted nanoparticles and as well as methods of making and using same. Advantages of such preceramic polymer grafted nanoparticles include, reduced out gassing, desired morphology control and desirable, distinct rheological properties that are not found in simple mixtures. As a result, Applicants' preceramic polymer grafted nanoparticles can be used to provide significantly improved, items including but not limited to hypersonic vehicles, jets, rockets, mirrors, signal apertures, furnaces, glow plugs, brakes, and armor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Matthew B. Dickerson, Kara L. Martin
  • Patent number: 11808554
    Abstract: A mounting device that is used to suspend items in a specific location inside the cavity of a tubular structure, such as a munition, is disclosed. The mounting device includes: a pedestal for leading the insertion of the mounting device into a cavity of a munition and a skeletal frame. The skeletal frame defines an opening therein for holding an article inside the outermost portion of the skeletal frame. In some cases, the skeletal frame may have a fixed configuration. In other cases, the skeletal frame may be collapsible and expandable so that it may be inserted into a cavity of a munition having an obstruction therein. Methods of inserting and mounting an article inside an internal explosive cavity of a munition are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Daniel Vu
  • Patent number: 11795575
    Abstract: A method of performing HVPE heteroepitaxy comprises exposing a substrate to a carrier gas, a first precursor gas, a Group II/III element, and ternary-forming gasses (V/VI group precursor), to form a heteroepitaxial growth of a binary, ternary, and/or quaternary compound on the substrate; wherein the carrier gas is Hz, wherein the first precursor gas is HCl, the Group II/III element comprises at least one of Zn, Cd, Hg, Al, Ga, and In; and wherein the ternary-forming gasses comprise at least two or more of AsH3 (arsine), PH3 (phosphine), H2Se (hydrogen selenide), HzTe (hydrogen telluride), SbH3 (hydrogen antimonide, or antimony tri-hydride, or stibine), H2S (hydrogen sulfide), NH3 (ammonia), and HF (hydrogen fluoride); flowing the carrier gas over the Group II/III element; exposing the substrate to the ternary-forming gasses in a predetermined ratio of first ternary-forming gas to second ternary-forming gas (1tf:2tf ratio); and changing the 1tf:2tf ratio over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Vladimir Tassev
  • Patent number: 11796664
    Abstract: The present disclosure addresses a novel feedback design methodology to meet the emerging frontiers of beamforming radio frequency (RF) technology in the areas of machine learning and surveillance. The feasibility of developing adaptive waveform modulation schemes for spectrum management in radars via orthogonal wavelet concepts. With the increasing prevalence of RF spectrum bandwidth limitations, this approach of adaptive feedback waveforms addresses advanced signal processing beamforming technique for phase array RF improving overall sensing performance. The adaptive illumination waveform algorithms for enhancing detection, discrimination, and tracking is motivated from the analogy drawn between the cellular wireless communication systems and the general multi-static radar automotive systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Robert Ewing, Yuan Zheng, Siyang Cao, David Brendel
  • Patent number: 11795574
    Abstract: A method of performing HVPE heteroepitaxy comprises exposing a substrate to a carrier gas, a first precursor gas, a Group II/III element, and ternary-forming gasses (V/VI group precursor), to form a heteroepitaxial growth of a binary, ternary, and/or quaternary compound on the substrate; wherein the carrier gas is H2, wherein the first precursor gas is HCl, the Group II/III element comprises at least one of Zn, Cd, Hg, Al, Ga, and In; and wherein the ternary-forming gasses comprise at least two or more of AsH3 (arsine), PH3 (phosphine), H2Se (hydrogen selenide), H2Te (hydrogen telluride), SbH3 (hydrogen antimonide, or antimony tri-hydride, or stibine), H2S (hydrogen sulfide), NH3 (ammonia), and HF (hydrogen fluoride); flowing the carrier gas over the Group II/III element; exposing the substrate to the ternary-forming gasses in a predetermined ratio of first ternary-forming gas to second ternary-forming gas (1tf:2tf ratio); and changing the 1tf:2tf ratio over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Vladimir Tassev
  • Patent number: 11788202
    Abstract: A method of performing HVPE heteroepitaxy comprises exposing a substrate to a carrier gas, a first precursor gas, a Group II/III element, and ternary-forming gasses (V/VI group precursor), to form a heteroepitaxial growth of a binary, ternary, and/or quaternary compound on the substrate; wherein the carrier gas is Hz, wherein the first precursor gas is HCl, the Group II/III element comprises at least one of Zn, Cd, Hg, Al, Ga, and In; and wherein the ternary-forming gasses comprise at least two or more of AsH3 (arsine), PH3 (phosphine), H2Se (hydrogen selenide), HzTe (hydrogen telluride), SbH3 (hydrogen antimonide, or antimony tri-hydride, or stibine), H2S (hydrogen sulfide), NH3 (ammonia), and HF (hydrogen fluoride); flowing the carrier gas over the Group II/III element; exposing the substrate to the ternary-forming gasses in a predetermined ratio of first ternary-forming gas to second ternary-forming gas (1tf:2tf ratio); and changing the 1tf:2tf ratio over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Vladimir Tassev
  • Patent number: 11787109
    Abstract: The present invention relates to 3-D structures having high temperature stability and improved micro-porosity as well as processes of making and using same. The disclosed 3-D are advantageous because they have low densities and low permittivities. When compared to previous 3-D structures, the present structures maintain their low permittivities over a broader range of electromagnetic frequencies. Thus, when used in communication devices such as array antennas, can provided higher communication performance in high temperature environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Hsiang H. Liu, James O. Hardin, IV, John D. Berrigan
  • Patent number: 11780586
    Abstract: An adaptive force vehicle airbag (AFVA) system includes airbag(s) stowed in a compressed state within an interior of a vehicle. An impact sensor detects a change in motion of the vehicle indicative of a collision. Selectable force gas generator(s) (SFGGs) gas-generating propellant cells that are individually fired. The SFGGs have conduit(s) that receive gas from fired gas-generating propellant cells and direct the gas to inflate at least one of the airbag(s). A controller is communicatively coupled to the inflation initiating component and the gas-generating propellant cells of the SFGGs. The controller enables the AFVA system to: (i) receive an inflation signal from the impact sensor; and (ii) fire a selected number of the gas-generating propellant cells to at least partially inflate the at least one airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Patent number: 11781106
    Abstract: A method for transfecting microorganisms comprises inoculating a growth media consisting of at least one of sterile LB media and tryptic soy broth with microorganism cells (cells) consisting of at least one of E.coli (DH5?), C. lytica, or B. subtilus, Pichia pastoris; growing the cells at between 28-40° C. to achieve a desired cell density; harvesting the cells; adding a protein ionic liquid consisting of at least one of green fluorescent protein (GFP), ferritin, rabbit IgG antibodies, and photosystem II from spinach ionic liquid to the cells; suspending the cells in the protein ionic liquid; freezing the suspended cells between ?20 to ?212° C.; and removing at least 99% of water from the frozen suspended cells to make a cell powder. The cell powder may be reconstituted in Tris HCl buffer and mixed to obtain uniform cell suspension; and centrifuged to obtain cell pellet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Joseph M Slocik, Rajesh R. Naik, Patrick B Dennis