Patents by Inventor Bruce Lyons

Bruce Lyons 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: 20060277960
    Abstract: A computer controlled roll-forming apparatus is adapted to provide a repeating pattern of different longitudinal shapes to a continuous beam “on the fly” during the roll-forming process. A sweep station on the apparatus includes a primary bending roller tangentially engaging the continuous beam along the line level and an armature for biasing the continuous beam against the primary bending roller for a distance partially around a downstream side of the primary bending roller to form a sweep. Further, actuators adjustably move the armature at least partially around the downstream side of the primary bending roller between at least first and second positions for imparting multiple different longitudinal shapes into the continuous beam. In one form, the apparatus also includes a coordinated cut-off, so that when separated into bumper beam segments, the ends of the individual beam segments have a greater sweep than their center sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Publication date: December 14, 2006
    Inventors: Bruce Lyons, Bryan Gould, James Dodd, Richard Heinz
  • Publication number: 20060237976
    Abstract: A crush member for a vehicle having frame rails comprising a tube having a first end configured to be connected to the frame rails of the vehicle and a second end configured to be connected to a bumper. The tube has a constant thickness from the first end to the second end. The tube further has a taper along a axial direction from the first end to the second end, the tube having a larger cross section at the first end and a smaller cross section at the second end. The tube is configured to crush to absorb impact energy upon an axial or near axial load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20060125251
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing system includes a tube made of a continuous material, such as heat-treatable steel. The tube has first and second ring sections connected by an intermediate section. In one aspect, the intermediate section is flared and/or pinched to cause one tube section to predictably telescopingly roll upon impact. In another aspect, one section is annealed to optimize elongation and yield properties to facilitate rolling upon impact. By this arrangement, upon the bumper system receiving a longitudinal impact, the first and second ring sections telescopingly collapse with a predictable and consistent rolling collapse. Methods related to the above are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 15, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20060028038
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing system includes a tube made of a continuous polymeric material. The tube has first and second tube sections connected by an intermediate tube section. By this arrangement, upon the bumper system receiving a longitudinal impact, the first and second tube sections telescopingly collapse with a predictable and consistent rolling collapse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons, Darin Evans, Ranier Nees
  • Publication number: 20050285417
    Abstract: A bumper beam includes an open front section made from a high-strength material such as ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) material, and further includes a mating back section made of lower-strength material attached to a rear side of the front section along abutting flanges. The front and back sections combine to define different tubular cross sections. The front section can be roll-formed, and the back section can be stamped, thus taking advantage of roll-forming processes' ability to form high-strength materials, while allowing the back section to have a more complicated shape and be stamped. The abutting flanges telescopingly overlap in a fore-aft direction of the vehicle and are welded together at locations that potentially experience shear upon impact, but the flanges of the front section are captured within the flanges of the backs section, thus providing impact strength even if the attachment locations shear off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Publication date: December 29, 2005
    Inventors: David Heatherington, Scott Glasgow, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20050285416
    Abstract: A bumper beam includes an open front section made from a high-strength material such as ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) material, and further includes a mating back section made of lower strength material attached to a rear side of the front section along abutting flanges. The front and back sections combine to define different tubular cross sections along their length, thus providing selected stiffness and strength at critical areas of the bumper beam. The front section can be roll-formed, and the back section can be stamped, thus taking advantage of roll-forming processes' ability to form high-strength materials, while allowing the back section to have a more complicated shape and be stamped. For example, the back section can be made from a material selected from a group consisting of HSLA steel, aluminum, and/or polymeric material. The back section is attached to the beam using welding or mechanical attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 29, 2005
    Inventors: David Heatherington, Scott Glasgow, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20050213478
    Abstract: An energy management system comprising a longitudinally extending beam including a first beam portion and a second beam portion. A first one of the first beam portion and the second beam portion has a first face, a first side wall and a second side wall. A second one of the first beam portion and the second beam portion has a second face. The first side wall has a first U-shaped section spaced from the first face and the second side wall has a second U-shaped section spaced from the first face. The first side wall rolls to enlarge the first U-shaped section and the second side wall rolls to enlarge the second U-shaped section during an impact force directed against the first face of the first beam portion or the second face of the second beam portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons
  • Publication number: 20050110285
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing system includes a tube made of a continuous material, such as heat-treatable steel. The tube has first and second ring sections connected by an intermediate section. In one aspect, the intermediate section is flared and/or pinched to cause one tube section to predictably telescopingly roll upon impact. In another aspect, one section is annealed to optimize elongation and yield properties to facilitate rolling upon impact. By this arrangement, upon the bumper system receiving a longitudinal impact, the first and second ring sections telescopingly collapse with a predictable and consistent rolling collapse. Methods related to the above are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Scott Glasgow, David Heatherington, Bruce Lyons