Brien G. Rau 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).
Abstract: An underwater cable arrangement comprises an underwater cable capable of being towed through the water, an external device for mounting on the exterior of the cable, and a coil support device disposed inside the cable for supporting a coil. In some embodiments, the coil support device and the external device have engaging portions which co-act with each other to prevent relative rotation of the coil support device and the external device about the longitudinal axis of the cable. In some embodiments, the underwater cable has a skin and the external device is positioned around the coil support device with the skin of the underwater cable between them. The coil support device and the external device have an interference fit with respect to each other to resist relative movement to the coil support device and the external device in the longitudinal direction of the cable.
March 20, 1998
Date of Patent:
July 18, 2000
Andre W. Oliver, Robert E. Rouquette, Brien G. Rau
Abstract: A device connected to an underwater cable by means of a sacrificial latch mechanism that breaks to protect the housing of the device from irreparable damage due to collisions with jetsam or other objects. The underwater device is connected to a cable having mounting elements disposed along its length. The device includes a housing and a latch body attached to the housing by a retainer, such as a set screw. A locking member extends from the latch body to engage the mounting element. A sacrificial element, such as a thin portion of the latch body or a frangible portion of the retainer, gives way in response to a predetermined force acting to separate the device from the cable before the force can damage the housing.
Abstract: A battery operated system 20 responds to coded acoustic signals 15 for releasing a buoyed housing from an underwater anchor 21 to carry a retrieval line attached to a retrievable underwater object to the water surface. A novel tethering mechanism 26 is provided for attaching the housing to a line 25 tethered to the anchor and for releasing it in response to the coded acoustic signals. The tethering mechanism operates in two diverse modes. Thus the housing is released from its tether line thermally by battery power which melts an expandable wax body in a thermal actuator 36 to move an actuating member 37 through a line release stroke. However, the tether line is attached by a manually actuated latching mechanism 45, 47 provided for retethering the housing at a different location without draining battery power for resetting the latching mechanism.