Patents by Inventor Brian D. Wilson

Brian D. Wilson 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: 11378048
    Abstract: A prime mover for a lightweight vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine, a starter motor integrally integrated with the internal combustion engine, and a housing for the prime mover. The prime mover additionally comprises a Hall Effect sensor and an prime mover control module structured and operable to communicate with the Hall Effect sensor, determine when operation of the internal combustion engine should cease, and upon the determination that operation of the internal combustion engine should cease, utilize the communication from the Hall Effect sensor to stop the internal combustion engine such that a piston of the internal combustion engine is positioned at between 15° and 25° after bottom-dead-center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Zekarias W. Yohannes, Matthew Wilcox, David Smith, Brian Moebs, Matthew D. Wilson, Russell William King
  • Publication number: 20220009186
    Abstract: A method for assembling an uncured spoke is provided. The method includes the assembly of a panel (14), a first foot (24), and a second foot (26) of the uncured spoke. The first foot (24) and the second foot (26) are complexed onto the panel (14), and the panel extends continuously from the first foot to the second foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Brian D WILSON, Imthiaz AMEERDHEEN, Murugan MUTHUPANDIAN, Prakash ARUNACHALAM, Peer Ibrahim ALI MOHAMED KASIM
  • Patent number: 11192311
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a spoke (12) for a non-pneumatic tire is provided that involves providing a first form (14) and a second form (16), where first and second components (18, 20) of the spoke are placed on the first form (14). A third component (22) of the spoke is placed on the second form (16). The first and second components are transferred to the second form (16). The first component, the second component, and the third component are transferred from the second form to a mold (48). Further, the first component, the second component, and the third component have heat and pressure applied thereto for curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Brian D Wilson, Eric Rivers, Robert Gaut, David C Lung
  • Patent number: 11104089
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for molding non-pneumatic wheels is provided. The exemplary method and apparatus allow for the use of the same molding system to manufacture wheels with different hub constructions. Different configurations of removable mold elements are utilized within the same molding system to provide wheels with different hub constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Robert Gaut, Brian D. Wilson, Karl Mohrmann
  • Patent number: 11077633
    Abstract: A method of forming a non-pneumatic tire is provided that includes the steps of providing an outer shear band ring (12) that has an inner diameter. An intermediate section (14) is provided that has a supporting structure. An outer diameter (102) of the intermediate section (14) in the uncompressed state is greater than the inner diameter (70) of the outer shear band ring (12). The intermediate section is compressed from the uncompressed state to a compressed state, and is inserted inside of the outer shear band ring (12). Compression of the intermediate section is released when the intermediate section is inside of the outer shear band ring, and the intermediate section (14) moves from the compressed state to a state of interference fit with the outer shear band ring (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Eric Rivers, Clayton Bohn, Jr., Brian D Wilson
  • Publication number: 20210114312
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a spoke (12) for a non-pneumatic tire is provided that involves providing a first form (14) and a second form (16), where first and second components (18, 20) of the spoke are placed on the first form (14). A third component (22) of the spoke is placed on the second form (16). The first and second components are transferred to the second form (16). The first component, the second component, and the third component are transferred from the second form to a mold (48). Further, the first component, the second component, and the third component have heat and pressure applied thereto for curing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: BRIAN D WILSON, ERIC RIVERS, ROBERT GAUT, DAVID C LUNG
  • Patent number: 10919244
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for molding non-pneumatic wheels is provided. The exemplary method and apparatus allow for the use of the same molding system to manufacture wheels with different hub constructions. Different configurations of removable mold elements are utilized within the same molding system to provide wheels with different hub constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Robert Gaut, Brian D. Wilson, Karl Mohrmann
  • Patent number: 10889031
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method and an apparatus for curing a polymeric form. The method includes arranging an uncured polymeric form within a curing chamber (60) formed by a base member (20) and a constraining member (40). A thermal expansion member (30) is additionally positioned within the curing chamber (60) with the uncured polymeric form (70) such that the thermal expansion member and the uncured polymeric form are positioned between the base member (20) and the constraining member (40). The thermal expansion member (30) is heated to expand in size into an expanded state. In the expanded state the thermal expansion member (30) applies pressure to the uncured polymeric form (70) within the curing chamber. The expansion of the thermal expansion member (30) is maintained to maintain the application of pressure to the uncured polymeric form while the uncured polymeric form is being cured to form a cured polymeric form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Timothy Brett Rhyne, Brian D. Wilson, Adib Tony Chebli, Steven M. Cron
  • Patent number: 10870314
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a non-pneumatic tire is provided that includes a plurality of spokes attached to a hub, a frame, and a plurality of mechanical elements disposed between and engaging successive spokes. The spokes extend to locations radially inward and radially outward of the locations of engagement with the mechanical elements. A radial movement member moves the mechanical elements in a radial direction. The spokes are compressed by the mechanical elements, and retaining elements engage the mechanical elements to hold them and the spokes in this position. Release by the retaining elements and outward radial movement of the mechanical elements urge the spokes toward a shear band that is outward in the radial direction. Adhesive located between the spokes and the shear band is pressed there between through this urging to result in the spokes being attached to the shear band in a state of pre-compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Brian D Wilson, Eric Rivers, David Alan Goodenough, Glenn Andrew Schimidke, Robert Gaut
  • Publication number: 20200276863
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a non-pneumatic tire that includes a base and a plurality of elements that move relative to the base. The plurality of elements have a central axis, and the elements are disposed in a circumferential direction around the central axis and move in a radial direction towards and away from the central axis. A radial movement member, hub, and a plurality of spokes are also present. Each one of the spokes is disposed between adjacent ones of the elements. The elements and the spokes are moved inwards in the radial direction by the radial movement member towards the central axis so that the spokes are moved in the radial direction towards the hub. Adhesive engages the spokes and the hub at an attachment location of the spokes and the hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: BRIAN D WILSON, ERIC RIVERS, DAVID ALAN GOODENOUGH, GLENN ANDREW SCHIMIDKE
  • Publication number: 20200114606
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for molding non-pneumatic wheels is provided. The exemplary method and apparatus allow for the use of the same molding system to manufacture wheels with different hub constructions. Different configurations of removable mold elements are utilized within the same molding system to provide wheels with different hub constructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Gaut, Brian D. Wilson, Karl Mohrmann
  • Patent number: 10538045
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for molding non-pneumatic wheels is provided. The exemplary method and apparatus allow for the use of the same molding system to manufacture wheels with different hub constructions. Different configurations of removable mold elements are utilized within the same molding system to provide wheels with different hub constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Robert Gaut, Brian D. Wilson, Karl Mohrmann
  • Publication number: 20190381827
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a non-pneumatic tire is provided that includes a plurality of elements that move relative to a base. The elements have a central axis that extends in a longitudinal direction, and the elements are disposed in a circumferential direction around the central axis. The apparatus also includes a radial movement member that moves in a radial direction, a hub, a shear band, and a plurality of spokes that are attached to the hub. The radial movement member moves outward in the radial direction and urges the elements to move relative to the base such that the elements urge the spokes to move outward in the radial direction. Adhesive engages the spokes and the shear band at an attachment location of the spokes and the shear band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: BRIAN D WILSON, ERIC RIVERS, DAVID ALAN GOODENOUGH, GLENN ANDREW SCHIMIDKE
  • Publication number: 20190283500
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a non-pneumatic tire is provided that includes a plurality of spokes attached to a hub, a frame, and a plurality of mechanical elements disposed between and engaging successive spokes. The spokes extend to locations radially inward and radially outward of the locations of engagement with the mechanical elements. A radial movement member moves the mechanical elements in a radial direction. The spokes are compressed by the mechanical elements, and retaining elements engage the mechanical elements to hold them and the spokes in this position. Release by the retaining elements and outward radial movement of the mechanical elements urge the spokes toward a shear band that is outward in the radial direction. Adhesive located between the spokes and the shear band is pressed there between through this urging to result in the spokes being attached to the shear band in a state of pre-compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: BRIAN D WILSON, ERIC RIVERS, DAVID ALAN GOODENOUGH, GLENN ANDREW SCHIMIDKE, ROBERT GAUT
  • Publication number: 20180117801
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method and an apparatus for curing a polymeric form. The method includes arranging an uncured polymeric form within a curing chamber (60) formed by a base member (20) and a constraining member (40). A thermal expansion member (30) is additionally positioned within the curing chamber (60) with the uncured polymeric form (70) such that the thermal expansion member and the uncured polymeric form are positioned between the base member (20) and the constraining member (40). The thermal expansion member (30) is heated to expand in size into an expanded state. In the expanded state the thermal expansion member (30) applies pressure to the uncured polymeric form (70) within the curing chamber. The expansion of the thermal expansion member (30) is maintained to maintain the application of pressure to the uncured polymeric form while the uncured polymeric form is being cured to form a cured polymeric form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Timothy Brett RHYNE, Brian D. WILSON, Adib Tony CHEBLI, Steven M. CRON
  • Patent number: 9950457
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to an apparatus for casting a portion of a tire or other article of manufacture, and, more specifically, to an apparatus that has a gate design that has a circular runner and concentric channel or waste reservoir for separating off-ratio material before it enters the cavity that forms a portion of the fire or oilier article of manufacture. The design may further include a passage that connects the runner to the waste reservoir as well as an air vent that allows trapped gas or air to exit the waste reservoir as it fills with waste material, a valve that Is operative!)? associated with the passage for closing and opening the passage at appropriate times, and a nozzle for initially introducing material into the waste reservoir and subsequently into runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Brian D Wilson
  • Patent number: 9950458
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to an apparatus for casting a portion of a tire or other article of manufacture, and, more specifically, to an apparatus that has a gate design, that has a plunging nozzle with a waste reservoir for separating off-ratio material before it enters the cavity that forms a portion of the tire or other article of manufacture. The design may further include a passage that connects the runner to the waste reservoir as-well as an air vent that allows trapped gas or air to exit the waste reservoir as it fills with waste material, a valve that is operative!'/associated with the passage for closing and opening the passage at appropriate times, and a nozzle constructed from two independently translating components for initially introducing material into the waste reservoir and subsequently into the runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Brian D Wilson
  • Publication number: 20180043647
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for molding non-pneumatic wheels is provided. The exemplary method and apparatus allow for the use of the same molding system to manufacture wheels with different hub constructions. Different configurations of removable mold elements are utilized within the same molding system to provide wheels with different hub constructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Gaut, Brian D. Wilson, Karl Mohrmann
  • Publication number: 20170368774
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for molding non-pneumatic wheels is provided. The exemplary method and apparatus allow for the use of the same molding system to manufacture wheels with different hub constructions. Different configurations of removable mold elements are utilized within the same molding system to provide wheels with different hub constructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Gaut, Brian D. Wilson, Karl Mohrmann
  • Publication number: 20170217057
    Abstract: An annular reinforcement structure is provided having an inner reinforcement band, an outer reinforcement band positioned around and concentric with the inner reinforcement band, and a cast-in-place polymer foam spacer, which maintains the spatial orientation of the inner and outer reinforcement bands. The annular reinforcement structure may be embedded in an elastomeric matrix material to provide stability, such as for belt for power transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Brian D. Wilson, Michael E. Dotson, Patrick A. Petri, Kirkland W. Vogt