Patents Examined by Harvey E. Behrend
  • Patent number: 7076017
    Abstract: A seal plate for repairing damaged areas in a pressure vessel cladding includes a first side and an opposing second side and a sealing portion located on the second side, with the sealing portion circumscribing the seal plate. The seal plate also includes a seal lip extending from a periphery of the sealing portion and a cavity located in the second side, with the cavity circumscribed by the sealing portion. The seal plate further includes at least one purge port extending from the first side to the cavity. Each purge port is in fluid communication with the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Henry Peter Offer, Frank Ortega, David Wesley Sandusky
  • Patent number: 7070493
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for processing poultry carcasses or parts thereof, comprising a conveyor having supports for retaining the carcasses or parts thereof, which conveyor is provided with means for leading the supports in a supply direction past at least one processing installation. The device further comprises a skinner for skinning the carcasses or parts thereof, which skinner is provided with skin gripping means for gripping the skin and means for moving the skin gripping means relatively with respect to the carcass and substantially perpendicular to the supply direction during skinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Systemate Group, B.V.
    Inventors: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek, Bastiaan Verrijp
  • Patent number: 7023949
    Abstract: A BWR jet pump assembly has a wedge slidably mounted on a jet pump that is movable under the force of gravity to seat between a bracket and the jet pump in order to horizontally support the jet pump against vibrations. The wedge or the bracket is repaired in situ by: providing a spacer layer between mating surfaces of the wedge and the bracket; and then lowering the wedge until the spacer layer is between and in contact with the wedge and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Adrian P. Wivagg
  • Patent number: 7021219
    Abstract: A low-impulse, non-lethal telescoping cartridge for deployment of non-lethal ordnance. The cartridge includes a payload cup containing at least one non-lethal projectile. The payload cup is telescopically mounted upon a cartridge case base. When fired, the payload cup telescopes out from the base and releases the non-lethal projectiles at a non-lethal velocity. The telescoping feature of the cartridge allows the cartridge to be fired from an automatic weapon, such as a 40 mm MK19 grenade machine gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Frank J. Dindl
  • Patent number: 7007608
    Abstract: A flechette packing assembly utilizing a flechette projectile having its aerodynamic stabilization elements within the body mass and below the body surface with a packing orientation of a 90-degree right angle to the intended axis of projection. The packing assembly of the described flechettes are placed within a shell body for discharge from a gun system, rocket warhead, or cluster bomblet. The flechette packing assembly orientation allows acceleration to any velocity without distortion or deformation of the flechette projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: John Milan Flanagan
  • Patent number: 6981344
    Abstract: A grip for attachment to a firearm is provided. The firearm grip includes a housing having an internal storage cavity and a pull tab fixedly attached to the housing. The pull tab includes a body and a stopper attached to the body, which removably engages a wall that defines an open end of the internal storage cavity to removably cover the internal storage cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventors: Jeffrey Matthew Cahill, Timothy John Bowman, Timothy Carver Wikle
  • Patent number: 6980619
    Abstract: An automatically scramming nuclear reactor system. One embodiment comprises a core having a coolant inlet end and a coolant outlet end. A cooling system operatively associated with the core provides coolant to the coolant inlet end and removes heated coolant from the coolant outlet end, thus maintaining a pressure differential therebetween during a normal operating condition of the nuclear reactor system. A guide tube is positioned within the core with a first end of the guide tube in fluid communication with the coolant inlet end of the core, and a second end of the guide tube in fluid communication with the coolant outlet end of the core. A control element is positioned within the guide tube and is movable therein between upper and lower positions, and automatically falls under the action of gravity to the lower position when the pressure differential drops below a safe pressure differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Abderrafi M. Ougouag, Richard R. Schultz, William K. Terry
  • Patent number: 6971609
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seating arrangement has at least one passenger seat within an enclosure and an aisle located within the enclosure adjacent to the seat with no seats located adjacent to an opposite side of the aisle from the seat. The enclosure has a frame with a symmetrical cross section, the frame having a curved perimeter wherein the height of the cross section is different than the width to minimize cross sectional area of the aircraft body to reduce sonic boom signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gerhard E. Seidel
  • Patent number: 6969027
    Abstract: A vertical takeoff and landing apparatus is excellent in the maneuverability and postural stability of its airframe, serves to protect a pilot from an impact when landing, and can make extremely stable flight when hovering near a building. An airframe has a propulsion device for generating propulsive force in a vertically upward direction, and a side wall surface surrounding the propulsion device. An air intake port has a plurality of divided air intake port sections formed on the side wall surface of the airframe. A duct part connects the air intake port sections and the propulsion device with one another. A shutter part is provided at each air intake port section for adjusting an amount of air flowing therein. A control unit adjusts the degree of opening of each shutter part in accordance with an operation of a control stick, so that the airframe can be moved in an arbitrary direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatsugu Ishiba
  • Patent number: 6966139
    Abstract: An improved Bobber for fishing that has an automatic locking hook set device built into the float. The Bobber with autolocking hook set device consists of a buoyant bobber float (10). The autolocking hook set device consists of a Slide tube (11), which is a tube with the lower end slightly restricted and a passage in the side for the passage of the locking mechanism, the Slide tube (11) is inserted vertically through the float (10). The Slide tube(11) holds the Slide(14), Spring sheath(15) assembly and Spring(16), which moves vertically, inside the Slide tube(11), The Slide(14) has a passage down through the center longitudally for the free passage of a Fishing line(26) The Spring(16) presses down against the lower restricted end of the Slide tube(11) and up against the upper inside restricted end of the Spring sheath(15). The trigger(13) also slides down into the inside bore of the Slide tube(11) and comes to rest on the tip of the Trigger pawl(18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: David Carl Izzard
  • Patent number: 6964232
    Abstract: A bullet includes a frontward facing aperture. Contained within the aperture is a relatively hard bullet frontal element that provides advantageous bullet impact performance. In one embodiment, the frontal element is a steel sphere that provides advantageous penetration and weight retention when the bullet impacts laminated glass, such as an automobile windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Olin Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald T. Eberhart, Richard A. Hayes
  • Patent number: 6964231
    Abstract: A MEMS type safety and arming device includes a substrate; a frame disposed on the substrate; a setback slider disposed in the frame, the setback slider moving linearly in response to a setback acceleration; an arming slider disposed in the frame, the arming slider moving linearly in an arming direction perpendicular to the direction of the setback acceleration and in response to spin; a setback lock lever disposed in the frame, the setback lock lever engaging the arming slider to prevent linear motion of the arming slider until the setback slider contacts and moves the setback lock lever; and a command lock rocker disposed in the frame, the command lock rocker engaging the arming slider to prevent full arming motion of the arming slider until after the command lock rocker is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Charles H. Robinson, Robert H. Wood, Thinh Q. Hoang
  • Patent number: 6962018
    Abstract: A fishing pole holder for supporting multiple fishing poles on a fishing boat wall. The holder includes clamping structure for securing the holder to a boat wall and accommodating ready attachment to the boat wall and removal for storage without a need for special tools. Holder elements are adjustable to provide desired pole separation and desired elevation angle during trolling events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventor: Mark A. King
  • Patent number: 6962112
    Abstract: A pyrotechnical primer for igniting propellant powder for sleeveless ammunition comprises an igniting element (4) and a coil (1). The energy required for triggering is transmitted in an electromagnetic manner (inductively). The inductive primer is cost-effective, entirely combustible, easy to produce and is not provided with residues that damage the functioning of the weapons. The primer has a base construction such that the primer can be used in all conventional weapons calibres. To this end, the ignition element (4) and the coil (1) are located on a mutual, flat, combustible consumable or support material (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Ruag Ammotec GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz Kern
  • Patent number: 6942883
    Abstract: An improved poultry bedding litter composition is used which includes byproduct or waste material from citrus juice extraction. The citrus peel byproduct or waste preferably is in a dried and flaked state. Such bedding litter compositions improve poultry characteristics and enhance feed conversion when compared with traditional poultry bedding litters such as wood shavings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventors: James H. Keithly, Thomas Taggart, David L. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6944255
    Abstract: A nuclear reactor in which a secondary or tertiary coolant system of a nuclear steam supply system is simplified, comprising: a reactor vessel (2) which integrates a reactor core (1); a first coolant (3) which is stored in the reactor vessel (2) and heated by the reactor core (1) to convect; a first heat transfer tube (4) which is arranged in the reactor vessel (2) and comes into contact with the first coolant (3); and a second coolant (5) which is supplied from the outside of the reactor vessel (2) to the first heat transfer tube (4), cools the first coolant (3) and led to the outside of the reactor vessel (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry
    Inventors: Sadao Hattori, Masaki Uotani, Nobuyuki Ueda
  • Patent number: 6928931
    Abstract: A release mechanism between a projectile and a rocket motor in a missile. The projectile releases from the rocket motor during flight of the missile when the rocket motor burns out and aerodynamic retardation commences. The front end of the rocket motor comprises a forward closure, a lock retainer received and movable within the forward closure, at least one lock, at least one spring that biases the lock against the lock retainer in a direction opposite the to the direction of motion of the missile. The rear end of the projectile has a central boss surrounded by the forward closure of the rocket motor, wherein the boss comprises recesses or a circumferential groove in which the at least one lock lies and keeps the forward closure and the boss axially together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Nammo Raufoss AS
    Inventor: Hans B. Biserød
  • Patent number: H2134
    Abstract: The present invention provides a contractor apparatus and method for removing solvent from a polymer cement. The resulting polymer is substantially free of solvent and exhibits improved oil absorption and lower fines. In one aspect, a contractor is provided including a cylindrical casing having a high pressure section, a convergence section, a high velocity section, a divergence section, and a discharge section. The polymer cement is introduced into the high pressure section to significantly and unexpectedly improve solvent removal. The convergence and divergence sections have cross-sectional areas that correspond to an effective angle from about 4° to about 65°, such as 6°. The polymer cement is mixed with high pressure steam. After converging, the polymer cement forms more uniform droplets due to high shear of steam. In the divergence and discharge sections, the polymer is substantially devolatized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Rong-Her Jean, Chin-Yuan George Ma
  • Patent number: H2140
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process and apparatus for conducting bio-oxidation processes for the extraction of metals from metal containing materials in which aeration means, preferably a diffuser means, is employed within a bio-oxidation reactor to maintain bacterial viability and suspension of metal containing materials by introduction of an oxygen containing gas to a non-mechanically agitated reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventors: Mike Rhodes, Paul C. Miller, Richard Winby
  • Patent number: H2168
    Abstract: Elongated processing elements are anchored at opposite ends thereof between holding discs retained within rigid seal rings enclosing a chamber within a cylindrical module housing, through which a flow of contaminate-laden bilgewater is conducted. Such discs are formed within the seal rings with the elongated elements positioned therein by deposit and curing of epoxy resin. Such elements are then assembled within the module housing to seal the chamber thereby established therein. Spacing between the bundled elements is maintained by spacers to accommodate filtration of the bilgewater during flow thereof through the chamber and lateral outflow of a cleansed filtered portion from the elements through a drain outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: William M. Appleman, Lawrence P. Murphy