Patents by Inventor Brady Garrett ATKINS

Brady Garrett ATKINS 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).

  • Publication number: 20220041266
    Abstract: Systems and methods include providing an aircraft with a direct drive dual-concentric valve (D3V) having a body, an outer secondary spool coaxially located within a bore of the body and linearly displaceable relative to the body, an inner primary spool coaxially located within a bore of the secondary spool and linearly displaceable relative to the secondary spool and the body. A plurality of piezo stacks is coupled to a first end of the primary spool, and applying a voltage to at least one of the piezo stacks causes an output stroke of the plurality of the piezo strokes for displacing the primary spool. The secondary spool is displaced together with the primary spool relative to the body if displacement of the primary spool relative to the secondary spool cannot occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Garrett Atkins, Robert Paul Reynolds, Carlos Alexander Fenny, Charles Eric Covington
  • Patent number: 11215439
    Abstract: A method and system to measure a parameter associated with a component, device, or system with a specified accuracy, including: providing one or more sensors operably disposed to detect the parameter; obtaining a coarse measurement of the parameter within a first range using the one or more sensors, wherein the first range includes minimum and maximum values for the parameter; obtaining a fine measurement of the parameter within a second range using the one or more sensors, wherein the second range is smaller than the first range and has a specified ratio to the first range that provides the specified accuracy; determining a current value of the parameter by combining the coarse and fine measurements; and providing the current value of the parameter to a communications interface, a storage device, a display, a control panel, a processor, a programmable logic controller, or an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: David Bryan Roberts, Charles Eric Covington, Brady Garrett Atkins
  • Publication number: 20210362837
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a blade lock comprising a fold lock adapted to prevent folding of a rotor blade in a fold-lock position and to allow folding of the rotor blade in a pitch-lock position. The blade lock further comprises a pitch lock adapted to allow pitch movement of a rotor blade in a fold-lock position and to prevent pitch movement of the rotor blade in the pitch-lock position. A spring-loaded link pivotally connects both the fold lock and the pitch lock and is adapted to provide passive, overcenter locking in the fold-lock position. An actuator is coupled to the pitch lock and is adapted to move the pitch lock and the fold lock between the fold-lock and pitch-lock positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Cravener, Andrew Ryan Maresh, Brady Garrett Atkins, Kynn J. Schulte, Troy Schank
  • Publication number: 20210261237
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing a maximum asymmetric condition between pylon tilt angles due to a degraded pylon in a fly-by-wire tiltrotor aircraft during transitions between airplane mode and helicopter mode includes a conversion system for imparting movement on a right and left pylon. A flight control computer is operatively connected to a set of transducers for measuring pylon angles. The flight control computer is further connected to a set of actuators which are attached to each pylon. The flight control computer receives flight dynamics input from the set of transducers and/or the pilot and sends pylon command to the set of actuators. The conversion system measures the difference between the pylon angles during the transition and provides a pylon command adjustment if the difference exceeds a preset threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Garrett ATKINS, Michael David TRANTHAM, Paul David RUCKEL
  • Patent number: 11027821
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing a maximum asymmetric condition between pylon tilt angles due to a degraded pylon in a fly-by-wire tiltrotor aircraft during transitions between airplane mode and helicopter mode includes a conversion system for imparting movement on a right and left pylon. A flight control computer is operatively connected to a set of transducers for measuring pylon angles. The flight control computer is further connected to a set of actuators which are attached to each pylon. The flight control computer receives flight dynamics input from the set of transducers and/or the pilot and sends pylon command to the set of actuators. The conversion system measures the difference between the pylon angles during the transition and provides a pylon command adjustment if the difference exceeds a preset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Garrett Atkins, Michael David Trantham, Paul David Ruckel
  • Publication number: 20200232781
    Abstract: A method and system to measure a parameter associated with a component, device, or system with a specified accuracy, including: providing one or more sensors operably disposed to detect the parameter; obtaining a coarse measurement of the parameter within a first range using the one or more sensors, wherein the first range includes minimum and maximum values for the parameter; obtaining a fine measurement of the parameter within a second range using the one or more sensors, wherein the second range is smaller than the first range and has a specified ratio to the first range that provides the specified accuracy; determining a current value of the parameter by combining the coarse and fine measurements; and providing the current value of the parameter to a communications interface, a storage device, a display, a control panel, a processor, a programmable logic controller, or an external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: David Bryan Roberts, Charles Eric Covington, Brady Garrett Atkins
  • Patent number: 10641597
    Abstract: A method and system to measure a parameter associated with a component, device, or system with a specified accuracy, including: providing one or more sensors operably disposed to detect the parameter; obtaining a coarse measurement of the parameter within a first range using the one or more sensors, wherein the first range includes minimum and maximum values for the parameter; obtaining a fine measurement of the parameter within a second range using the one or more sensors, wherein the second range is smaller than the first range and has a specified ratio to the first range that provides the specified accuracy; determining a current value of the parameter by combining the coarse and fine measurements; and providing the current value of the parameter to a communications interface, a storage device, a display, a control panel, a processor, a programmable logic controller, or an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: David Bryan Roberts, Charles Eric Covington, Brady Garrett Atkins
  • Patent number: 10612987
    Abstract: One embodiment is an apparatus including an inner reference tube associated with a load-bearing rotating shaft and having a first set of teeth associated therewith and disposed around a periphery thereof; an outer reference tube associated with an input gear and disposed about the inner reference, the outer reference tube and having a second set of teeth associated therewith and disposed around a periphery thereof wherein teeth comprising the second set of teeth are interleaved with teeth comprising the first set of teeth to comprise an interleaved set of teeth and wherein the inner reference tube and the outer reference tube rotate about a same longitudinal axis and at a same speed as the rotating shaft; and a sensor system comprising a first variable resistance sensor (“VRS”) configured to detect a presence of successive teeth of the interleaved set of teeth and generate an output signal indicative thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Brady Garrett Atkins, Alexander Taits
  • Patent number: 10583916
    Abstract: The aircraft includes a rotor. The rotor includes a plurality of rotor blades. The aircraft further includes a non-rotating aircraft component. A proximity sensor is disposed with at least one of the non-rotating aircraft component and the rotor blades. A flight control computer is electrically coupled to the proximity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Cravener, Brady Garrett Atkins, Stuart Benjamin Cook, Joaquin Vargas Calvet, Andrew Michael White, Karl Bailey, Corrine Jagneaux, Maika Lopati Mauga
  • Publication number: 20200001979
    Abstract: The aircraft includes a rotor. The rotor includes a plurality of rotor blades. The aircraft further includes a non-rotating aircraft component. A proximity sensor is disposed with at least one of the non-rotating aircraft component and the rotor blades. A flight control computer is electrically coupled to the proximity sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas CRAVENER, Brady Garrett ATKINS, Stuart Benjamin COOK, Joaquin VARGAS CALVET, Andrew Michael WHITE, Karl BAILEY, Corrine JAGNEAUX, Maika Lopati MAUGA
  • Publication number: 20190368954
    Abstract: One embodiment is an apparatus including an inner reference tube associated with a load-bearing rotating shaft and having a first set of teeth associated therewith and disposed around a periphery thereof; an outer reference tube associated with an input gear and disposed about the inner reference, the outer reference tube and having a second set of teeth associated therewith and disposed around a periphery thereof wherein teeth comprising the second set of teeth are interleaved with teeth comprising the first set of teeth to comprise an interleaved set of teeth and wherein the inner reference tube and the outer reference tube rotate about a same longitudinal axis and at a same speed as the rotating shaft; and a sensor system comprising a first variable resistance sensor (“VRS”) configured to detect a presence of successive teeth of the interleaved set of teeth and generate an output signal indicative thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Brady Garrett Atkins, Alexander Taits
  • Publication number: 20190257638
    Abstract: A method and system to measure a parameter associated with a component, device, or system with a specified accuracy, including: providing one or more sensors operably disposed to detect the parameter; obtaining a coarse measurement of the parameter within a first range using the one or more sensors, wherein the first range includes minimum and maximum values for the parameter; obtaining a fine measurement of the parameter within a second range using the one or more sensors, wherein the second range is smaller than the first range and has a specified ratio to the first range that provides the specified accuracy; determining a current value of the parameter by combining the coarse and fine measurements; and providing the current value of the parameter to a communications interface, a storage device, a display, a control panel, a processor, a programmable logic controller, or an external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: David Bryan Roberts, Charles Eric Covington, Brady Garrett Atkins
  • Publication number: 20190241251
    Abstract: Systems and methods include providing an aircraft with a direct drive dual-concentric valve (D3V) having a body, an outer secondary spool coaxially located within a bore of the body and linearly displaceable relative to the body, an inner primary spool coaxially located within a bore of the secondary spool and linearly displaceable relative to the secondary spool and the body, and multiple motor assemblies coupled to the primary spool that provide selective displacement of the primary spool or the secondary spool. Each motor assembly includes a clutching mechanism that selectively couples a motor of the motor assembly to and from the primary spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Garrett Atkins, Robert Paul Reynolds, Carlos Alexander Fenny, Charles Eric Covington
  • Publication number: 20190225322
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing a maximum asymmetric condition between pylon tilt angles due to a degraded pylon in a fly-by-wire tiltrotor aircraft during transitions between airplane mode and helicopter mode includes a conversion system for imparting movement on a right and left pylon. A flight control computer is operatively connected to a set of transducers for measuring pylon angles. The flight control computer is further connected to a set of actuators which are attached to each pylon. The flight control computer receives flight dynamics input from the set of transducers and/or the pilot and sends pylon command to the set of actuators. The conversion system measures the difference between the pylon angles during the transition and provides a pylon command adjustment if the difference exceeds a preset threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Garrett ATKINS, Michael David TRANTHAM, Paul David RUCKEL