Patents Examined by Verlin R. Pendegrass
  • Patent number: 4351239
    Abstract: The lethality of a fragmentation warhead is increased by including pyrophc material consisting of spongy zirconium metal rings in combination with the fragmentation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Melvin J. McCubbin, Clifford T. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4342193
    Abstract: A rocket engine is described having a hollow rotor positioned in axial alignment with an outer tubular casing. Fuel and oxidizer are mixed and burned in a first combustion chamber in the rotor and then expelled through nozzles into a second combustion chamber. Vanes are secured to the rotor for pumping air into the second combustion chamber through valve flaps during a first mode of operation, an oxidizer nozzle is positioned in alignment with the rotor axis for supplying oxidizer to the second combustion chamber during a second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1966
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Inventor: Albert G. Thatcher
  • Patent number: 4230526
    Abstract: A system for spraying liquid sodium onto impurities associated with liquid dip seals of nuclear reactors. The liquid sodium mixing with the impurities dissolves the impurities in the liquid sodium. The liquid sodium having dissolved and diluted the impurities carries the impurities away from the site thereby cleaning the liquid dip seal and surrounding area. The system also allows wetting of the metallic surfaces of the dip seal thereby reducing migration of radioactive particles across the wetted boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Richard L. Briggs, Sterling A. Meacham
  • Patent number: 4220091
    Abstract: An explosive hand grenade comprises a hollow spherical shell having a sin opening surrounded by a tubular hub, a tubular housing threaded into the hub and extending into the shell, a barrier plate with an eccentric hole closing the inner end of the housing, booster cup attached to the housing and extending beyond the plate to form a booster charge cavity, a rotatable mandrel in the housing, next to the barrier plate, having an eccentric passage therethrough out of alignment with the barrier plate hole in a first position, a bushing fixed in the housing, next to the mandrel, having a passage aligned with the mandrel passage, a unitary combustible delay cord extending through both passages and preventing rotation of the mandrel, an igniter and a striker therefor for igniting the end of the cord remote from the barrier plate, manually-releasable means for initially preventing rotation of the mandrel and operation of the striker until the grenade is thrown, and a torsion spring for rotating the mandrel, after the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Sylvan H. Israels, Stephan Kosonocky
  • Patent number: 4207841
    Abstract: 1. In combination with a bomb or similar projectile intended to move rapi through the air and having aerodynamic characteristics such that the longitudinal axis of said projectile will be substantially coincident with its trajectory, a dipole antenna mounted on a cylindrical projection which extends from the nose of said projectile, said antenna comprising a pair of extending arms normal to said longitudinal axis and on opposite sides thereof, a proximity fuse carried by said projectile, and means connecting said antenna to said fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1945
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Thomas M. Bloomer
  • Patent number: 4204837
    Abstract: A method of determining the need for post-addition of antigen or antibody to an antigen-antibody reaction to ascertain whether the reaction is in an antigen excess or an antibody excess condition. The time rate of change of a nephelometric signal developed from the reaction is monitored to generate a rate signal having a peak value providing a measure of antigen concentration. The post-addition step is performed only if the peak rate value is ambiguous--, i.e. if it indicates one antigen concentration value for a reaction in antigen excess but another value for a reaction in antibody excess. The need for the post-addition step is determined from measured qualities of the rate signal including one or more of (1) the peak rate value, (2) the elapsed time from the start of the reaction to the peak rate, and (3) the product of the peak rate and the elapsed time. When required, the post-addition step may be performed during progress of the antigen-antibody reaction after measurement of the peak rate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1980
    Assignee: Beckman Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Sternberg, John E. Lillig
  • Patent number: 4202270
    Abstract: A method and means for obturating a stub case on the barrel wall of a firearm is disclosed having an annular bead located near the top of the stub case wall dimensioned so as to provide an annular gap between the bead and the barrel wall thereby throttling the streams of gas flowing back after detonation. The gas is thus permitted to expand and is deflected in a Y-shaped packing ring so that the radial pressure of the gas against the oblique arm of the packing ring provides a satisfactory obturating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: Rheinmetall GmbH
    Inventors: Hans W. Luther, Hartmut Marwitz
  • Patent number: 4201136
    Abstract: 1. An electronic control circuit, a plate supply for said circuit, an eleonic grid-controlled power tube controlled through its grid by the output of said control circuit, a translating device energized by said power tube in response to the output of said control circuit, a condenser connected to serve as a plate supply source for said power tube, circuit connections for charging said condenser from said first plate supply, an unsymmetrical resistance in said circuit connections arranged to offer a high impedance to passage of charging current from said first plate supply to said condenser, but to offer low impedance to discharge of said condenser into the plate supply, whereby upon reduction of said plate supply voltage below a safe operating level, said condenser voltage will be rapidly reduced to a value below the operating value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1951
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: George V. Morris
  • Patent number: 4201135
    Abstract: A hollow charge construction comprises a housing which has an interior chamber with an explosive material in the chamber which is covered on at least one side by a hollow charge liner. A range spacer for the hollow charge extends ahead of the charge and serves to time its firing and/or detonation setting at a specified range ahead of the target, and it comprises a material which is destructible by impact dispersion to piece parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Assignee: Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Nikowitsch
  • Patent number: 4198896
    Abstract: A self-propelled engine, such as a rocket, is described which is intended to be launched from a tube, comprising a front stage and a rear accelerating stage, means for achieving the separation of the two stages at the end of the combustion of the propellant charge contained in the acceleration stage, said propellant charge being integral with the front wall of the rear acceleration stage, wherein the front wall includes a first fixed part and a second part capable of sliding along the axis of the engine, said front wall parts each carrying respective propellant charges separated by a partition fixed in leakproof manner to one of said parts of the front wall. The second part which slides rests against the front stage, and the charge carried by the second part has a slightly longer combustion time than that carried by the first part which is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1980
    Assignees: Societe Nationale des Poudres et Explosifs, Societe Luchaire
    Inventors: Jackie G. Lamic, Pierre B. Pascal, Michel E. Schilling, Hubert A. Zante
  • Patent number: 4198016
    Abstract: A floating canard with geared tab to stabilize a missile as soon as the mile nose exits the launch tube when the center of pressure is forward of or close to the center of gravity. A freely pivotable canard has a geared tab hinged at its trailing edge. An inextendable link joins a pivot point on the missile body to the tab to provide gearing for the tab. As the canard moves in response to the local angle of attach the tab gearing will drive it further so that the force on the canard will tend to move the missile toward a zero angle of attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Malcolm C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4196669
    Abstract: A plurality of individual containers holding ammunition bodies are arranged within a dispersion warhead. A reaction engine is provided for each container or each of a group of containers. The reaction engines are mounted on the exterior surfaces of the containers, preferably on the container bottom. A rocket engine fueled with a body of solid fuel can be used as the reaction engine. Ignition means are provided at each end of the body of fuel. A centrally positioned detonating channel extends between the ends of the body of solid fuel. A slot-shaped continuous gas channel extends through the body of solid fuel between its ends and also extends laterally outwardly from the detonating channel to the surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1980
    Assignee: Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Weidenhagen, Hubert Vockensperger, Dieter Kampa, Klaus Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 4196670
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for coating bullets to reduce the "leading effect" thereof on the gun bores of firearms by coating each bullet, prior to loading, with a dry film lubricant composition, the lubricant composition including molybdenum disulfide dispered in a suitable carrier such as a synthetic resin dissolved in a volatile hydrocarbon solvent which evaporates on exposure to the atmosphere leaving a thin coating on each bullet. The lubricant coating has a further advantage in that it does not clog the mechanism of automated machines for loading bullets into shell casings therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1980
    Inventor: Marlo K. Vatsvog
  • Patent number: 4196668
    Abstract: A device to stop operating enemy vehicles, vessels and aircrafts: A container as part of an adequate transport mean contains such substances which when getting in contact develop rigid plastics foam with a delayed hardening time. The plastics foam expelled via spray nozzles hardens quickly at elevated temperatures and blocks movable parts of traversing enemy vehicles e.g. tracks of tanks and seals the air-supply of combustion engines and hinders the use of optical devices. If a conducting plastics foam is used outer parts of electronic devices e.g. antennas are disabled.A large cloud of small droplets consisting of still soft plastics foam is generated in the flight-path of an aircraft whereby the droplets are sucked into the engine where the hardening process is rapidly accelerated by the high temperature therein so that the engine is blocked by the hardened rigid plastics foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1980
    Inventors: Guenter E. Morlock, Johannes P. A. Wiesemes
  • Patent number: 4195599
    Abstract: The invention is an electronic fuel control system for an internal combustion engine having a first capacitance which is charged to a value indicative of the engine's speed during a first rotational interval of the engine. At the end of the rotational interval the charge on the first capacitance is transferred to a second capacitance which is further charged at a predetermined rate during a second rotational interval. A comparator compares the value of the charge on the second capacitance with a signal indicative of the engine's load. The comparator generates a pulse width signal indicative of the engine's fuel requirements during the interval the charge on the second capacitance is less than the value of the load signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: The Bendix Corporation
    Inventor: David G. Luchaco
  • Patent number: 4195513
    Abstract: Methods in which humans or other mobile bodies are exposed to volatile tracking and marking substances, the vapors of which are detected by ionizing gaseous samples, analyzing the ions in a drift field, and detecting at least a portion of the ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1969
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: Franklin GNO Corporation
    Inventor: Martin J. Cohen
  • Patent number: 4195573
    Abstract: A limited range, supersonic, sub-caliber projectile having a main body and a resistance-stabilizing tail section. This tail section has at least two bores through which air passes during flight of the projectile. The axes of the bores may be parallel or inclined relative to the longitudinal axis of the main body of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: Rheinmetall GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Leeker, Hanjorg Becker, Rudolf Rombach
  • Patent number: 4194519
    Abstract: This invention relates to a compact hypersonic modular inlet which divides captured airstream and compresses it supersonically without the need for a variable geometry diffuser. According to the invention, an innerbody is provided with a plurality of perimetrically spaced inlet ducts which are defined by a single concave sidewall. The sidewalls intersect to form a center spike and radially directed, swept back leading edges. A cowling covers the inlets and is provided with a swept back leading edge adjacent to each duct, each leading edge having a profile conforming to a normal shock front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1964
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Clifford B. Baker, James L. Keirsey
  • Patent number: 4194706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for imparting a movement of rotation to a craft with nozzle propulsion system during launching thereof by means of a launching member, said device comprising: a wheel with vanes or fins formed by a section of tube located in the rear extension of the nozzle, the tube section having an outer surface at least partly in permanent contact with the launching member during its path inside said latter, and bearing, on the inside, vanes or fins constituting surfaces deflecting the jet produced by the nozzle, the wheel being divided into distinct annular sectors juxtaposed to form said tube section, each sector extending over an angle at the most equal to 180.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Assignee: Societe Europeene de Propulsion
    Inventor: Bernard Detalle
  • Patent number: 4193567
    Abstract: 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1962
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1980
    Assignee: Novatronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Lewis C. McCarty, Jr.