Patents by Inventor Blaine Miller

Blaine Miller has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11332897
    Abstract: A multicomponent bridge support system includes: a base portion configured to make contact with bearing soil/strata/bedrock; a support portion configured to engage a bridge deck; and one or more precast intermediate portions configured to space the support portion with respect to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Blaine Miller, Steven C. Govoni
  • Publication number: 20220020114
    Abstract: A multimodal inspection system (MIS) is disclosed herein. The MIS may use one or more modalities to inspect a sample. Some of the modalities include, but are not limited to, Raman, visible (VIS), terahertz (THz) spectroscopy, longwave infrared (LWIR), shortwave infrared (SWIR), laser profilometry (LP), electromagnetic interference (EMI) near field probing, and/or, Millimeter Wave (MMW) radar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Anthony George, Thomas Kent, Blaine Miller, Katie Liszewski, Russell Gilabert, Timothy McDonley
  • Publication number: 20210363710
    Abstract: A multicomponent bridge support system includes: a base portion configured to make contact with bearing soil/strata/bedrock; a support portion configured to engage a bridge deck; and one or more precast intermediate portions configured to space the support portion with respect to the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Inventors: BLAINE MILLER, Steven C. Govoni
  • Patent number: 11162678
    Abstract: A fuel material processing system includes a hopper assembly configured to receive a fuel material. A drying system is configured to remove moisture from the fuel material to generate a dried fuel material. A material delivery system is configured to provide the dried fuel material to a combustion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dirigo Timberlands Co.
    Inventor: Blaine Miller
  • Publication number: 20180231247
    Abstract: A fuel material processing system includes a hopper assembly configured to receive a fuel material. A drying system is configured to remove moisture from the fuel material to generate a dried fuel material. A material delivery system is configured to provide the dried fuel material to a combustion system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventor: Blaine Miller
  • Patent number: 9822598
    Abstract: An impact generator includes a housing having an uphole end and a downhole end and defining a chamber therein between the uphole and downhole ends. A mandrel is movably arranged at least partially within the chamber between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, and a top sub is coupled to the housing at the uphole end and has an upper core extension arranged at least partially therein. The upper core extension is configured to move between a fixed position, where the mandrel is maintained in the engaged configuration, and an unfixed position, where the mandrel is able to move to the disengaged configuration. An impact tool is coupled to a distal end of the mandrel to deliver an impact force to a downhole obstruction when the mandrel is moved to the disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Blaine Miller, Jack Gammill Clemens
  • Patent number: 9617844
    Abstract: A tool string includes at least one downhole tool having an electronics package associated therewith, and an air shock tool having a housing operatively coupled to the downhole tool. The air shock tool has a piston movably arranged within a piston chamber defined in the housing, and the electronics package is operatively engaged with the piston such that axial movement of the electronics package correspondingly moves the piston. If a shock impact load propagates through the tool string in an uphole direction, the piston operates to reduce the shock impact assumed by the electronics package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Todd Blaine Miller
  • Publication number: 20160215609
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of minimizing shock impacts assumed by electronics arranged within downhole tools. One disclosed tool string includes at least one downhole tool having an electronics package associated therewith, and an air shock tool having a housing operatively coupled to the at least one downhole tool and having a piston movably arranged within a piston chamber defined in the housing, wherein the electronics package is operatively engaged with the piston such that axial movement of the electronics package correspondingly moves the piston, and wherein a shock impact propagates through the tool string in an uphole direction and the piston is configured to reduce an effect of the shock impact on the electronics package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Blaine MILLER
  • Publication number: 20160102514
    Abstract: Disclosed is an impact generation tool used to deliver a large downhole impact force. The impact generator may include a housing having an uphole end and a downhole end and defining a chamber therein between the uphole and downhole ends, a mandrel movably arranged at least partially within the chamber between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, a top sub coupled to the housing at the uphole end and having an upper core extension arranged at least partially therein, the upper core extension being configured to move between a fixed position, whereby the mandrel is maintained in the engaged configuration, and an unfixed position, whereby the mandrel is able to move to the disengaged configuration, and an impact tool coupled to a distal end of the mandrel and being configured to deliver an impact force to a downhole obstruction when the mandrel is moved to the disengaged configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Blaine Miller, Jack Gammill Clemens
  • Publication number: 20140116730
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for setting a subsurface device in a wellbore is disclosed. A downhole power unit comprises a power rod and a drive shaft. The power rod comprises a hollow interior. The drive shaft is located within the hollow interior, and the power rod is operable to selectively engage a subsurface device to be positioned downhole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Blaine Miller
  • Publication number: 20030145705
    Abstract: An adjustable fence that provides a surface acting as a support and stop and includes an angled face with a measurement device thereon and further includes a plurality of grooves in which attachments such as clamps, miter gauges, stops, guides, jigs or fixtures are readily affixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Blaine Miller
  • Patent number: 4378949
    Abstract: A modified in-situ retort for the retorting of oil shale is constructed by mining an open space having a volume of twenty-five to thirty-five percent of the volume of the retort in the bottom of the retort and thereafter blasting the oil shale that is to remain in the retort as rubble in a manner to cause random free fall of the shale particles onto the rubblized bed. Blasting occurs sequentially from the bottom of the unfragmented shale immediately above the open space to the top of the retort. At each blast, there is an open space below the shale to be broken in the blast having a volume at least one-third the volume of that shale, and the timing of the blasts is such that movement of the broken shale is not interfered with by shale broken in the preceding blast. There is no withdrawal of oil shale that would cause downward movement of the rubble that is to be retorted in-situ. The resultant in-situ retort is characterized by a high and uniform permeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Assignee: Gulf Oil Corporation
    Inventor: J. Blaine Miller
  • Patent number: 4194788
    Abstract: An in-situ retort is formed in an oil shale deposit by a sublevel caving method in which the starting slot for the sublevel caving is at opposite ends of the retort on adjacent sublevels. Any zones of high permeability that are formed adjacent to the starting slots are limited in vertical extent to the vertical spacing of the sublevels and are spaced from the zones of high permeability in adjacent sublevels by the length of the retort. A source of channeling through the retort that is caused by the usual sublevel caving mining method is thereby eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Assignee: Gulf Oil Corporation
    Inventor: J. Blaine Miller