Patents by Inventor Douglas Nordstrom

Douglas Nordstrom 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: 10465657
    Abstract: System and methods for controlling the oscillation of floating ground stations in aerial wind turbine systems are disclosed. Thrusters on the ground station or on one or more aerial vehicles associated with the ground station apply a compensatory force to the oscillating ground station to reduce and/or substantially eliminate wave-induced oscillations. Submerged thrusters may also rotate the ground station to a preferred alignment direction with the waves. Additionally, control systems use environmental and/or positional sensor data to develop a predictive force profile that maps desired compensatory force magnitude versus time. The control systems use that predictive force profile to direct the thrusters to apply a varying compensatory force over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Makani Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Charles Nordstrom, Joel Fraser Atwater, Douglas Mcleod
  • Publication number: 20190178228
    Abstract: System and methods for controlling the oscillation of floating ground stations in aerial wind turbine systems are disclosed. Thrusters on the ground station or on one or more aerial vehicles associated with the ground station apply a compensatory force to the oscillating ground station to reduce and/or substantially eliminate wave-induced oscillations. Submerged thrusters may also rotate the ground station to a preferred alignment direction with the waves. Additionally, control systems use environmental and/or positional sensor data to develop a predictive force profile that maps desired compensatory force magnitude versus time. The control systems use that predictive force profile to direct the thrusters to apply a varying compensatory force over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Charles Nordstrom, Joel Fraser Atwater, Douglas Mcleod
  • Patent number: 7686041
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Eidsmore, Michael J. Mohlenkamp, Benjamin J. Olechnowicz, Christine M. Schilt Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Patent number: 7562677
    Abstract: A bridge fitting for use with two or more surface mounted components includes a housing having at least a first port disposed on a first side of the housing, at least a second port non-coaxial with the first port and disposed on a second side of the housing opposite the first side of the housing, and an internal fluid passageway connecting the first and second ports. The internal fluid passageway is configured to limit fluid flow within the bridge fitting to a single path between the first and second ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Robert V. Perusek, David J. Hasak, Gregory S. Kalata, Douglas A. Nordstrom, Timothy Maruna
  • Publication number: 20080041479
    Abstract: A bridge fitting for use with two or more surface mounted components includes a housing having at least a first port disposed on a first side of the housing, at least a second port non-coaxial with the first port and disposed on a second side of the housing opposite the first side of the housing, and an internal fluid passageway connecting the first and second ports. The internal fluid passageway is configured to limit fluid flow within the bridge fitting to a single path between the first and second ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: SWAGELOK COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Perusek, David Hasak, Gregory Kalata, Douglas Nordstrom, Timothy Maruna
  • Publication number: 20080041478
    Abstract: A bridge fitting for use with two or more surface mounted components includes a housing having at least a first port disposed on a first side of the housing, at least a second port non-coaxial with the first port and disposed on a second side of the housing opposite the first side of the housing, and an internal fluid passageway connecting the first and second ports. The internal fluid passageway is configured to limit fluid flow within the bridge fitting to a single path between the first and second ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: SWAGELOK COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Perusek, David Hasak, Gregory Kalata, Douglas Nordstrom, Timothy Maruna
  • Publication number: 20070267081
    Abstract: A bridge fitting for use with two or more surface mounted components includes a housing having at least a first port disposed on a first side of the housing, at least a second port non-coaxial with the first port and disposed on a second side of the housing opposite the first side of the housing, and an internal fluid passageway connecting the first and second ports. The internal fluid passageway is configured to limit fluid flow within the bridge fitting to a single path between the first and second ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Robert Perusek, David Hasak, Gregory Kalata, Douglas Nordstrom, Timothy Maruna
  • Patent number: 7258139
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a bridge fitting for use in a fluid manifold system for being in fluid communication with two or more surface mounted fluid components having an inlet port and an adjacent outlet port. The invention also provides for a housing with a first port connected to a second port, with an internal fluid passageway joining the first and second ports and at least one projection extending from the housing. The bridge fittings may be mounted in a channel block having a groove and an aligned hole for receiving the projection. Another embodiment of the invention provides for a modular surface mount check valve with a valve body having a mounting flange connected thereto, the flange being substantially planar and having an inlet passage located about the center of the flange and an outlet passage located adjacent the inlet passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Robert V. Perusek, David J. Hasak, Gregory S. Kalata, Douglas A. Nordstrom, Timothy Maruna
  • Publication number: 20070170662
    Abstract: A seal (10) includes a seal structure (130) for engagement with first (24) and second fluid components (26) in first (84) and second counterbores (88). The seal also includes a holding plate (20, 30) structure for engagement with first (81) and second surfaces (85) of the components. The holding plate structure includes one or more layers that are preferably formed with the outer layers of the seal structure (30). The seal structure preferably includes at least three abutting layers of metal, the inner layer (70) having a hardness that is selected to be greater than the hardness of the first and second outer layers (20, 30). The invention also relates to a method of achieving a metal to metal seal between two relatively hard metal components in a fluid System.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventors: Peter Williams, Mark Bennett, George Carlson, Theodore Gausman, Joseph Jagielo, Timothy Maruna, Douglas Nordstrom
  • Publication number: 20060157130
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Inventors: Paul Eidsmore, Michael Mohlenkamp, Benjamin Olechnowicz, Christine Schilt Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Patent number: 7048007
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Patent number: 7036528
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths. The bridge fittings may be stacked to form multiple layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Eidsmore, Michael J. Mohlenkamp, Benjamin J. Olechnowicz, Christine M. Schilt Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Publication number: 20050056330
    Abstract: Abstract of the Disclosure A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Publication date: March 17, 2005
    Applicant: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Paul Eidsmore, Michael Mohlenkamp, Benjamin Olechnowicz, Christine Schilt-Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Publication number: 20040168732
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a bridge fitting for use in a fluid manifold system for being in fluid communication with two or more surface mounted fluid components having an inlet port and an adjacent outlet port. The invention also provides for a housing with a first port connected to a second port, with an internal fluid passageway joining the first and second ports and at least one projection extending from the housing. The bridge fittings may be mounted in a channel block having a groove and an aligned hole for receiving the projection. Another embodiment of the invention provides for a modular surface mount check valve with a valve body having a mounting flange connected thereto, the flange being substantially planar and having an inlet passage located about the center of the flange and an outlet passage located adjacent the inlet passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Robert V. Perusek, David J. Hasak, Gregory S. Kalata, Douglas A. Nordstrom, Timothy Maruna
  • Publication number: 20040112446
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths. The bridge fittings may be stacked to form multiple layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Applicant: SWAGELOK COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul G. Eidsmore, Michael J. Mohlenkamp, Benjamin J. Olechnowicz, Christine M. Schilt-Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Publication number: 20030209277
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventors: Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Patent number: 6629546
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Eidsmore, Michael J. Mohlenkamp, Benjamin J. Olechnowicz, Christine M. Schilt Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Patent number: 6502601
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Eidsmore, Michael J. Mohlenkamp, Benjamin J. Olechnowicz, Christine M. Schilt Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Publication number: 20020134445
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: Paul G. Eidsmore, Michael J. Mohlenkamp, Benjamin J. Olechnowicz, Christine M. Schilt Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy
  • Publication number: 20020000256
    Abstract: A modular manifold system is provided for interconnecting fluid components of a fluid system in a reduced area. The system is comprised of a one or more bridge fittings having an internal fluid passageway which has an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet port of a first fluid component, and an outlet end in fluid communication with an inlet port of a second fluid component. The bridge fittings may additionally comprise two or more ports, which one of said ports may be in fluid communication with a manifold on another substrate level. The bridge fittings may be mounted within a channel of a backing plate for structural support or in channel blocks of varying sizes. An optional locator plate may be utilized which is mounted over the ends of the bridge fittings in order to align the inlet and outlet ports of the fluid components with the inlet and outlet ends of the bridge fittings. The bridge fittings may also be mounted to the locator plate in multiple directions forming multiple flow paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Publication date: January 3, 2002
    Inventors: Paul G. Eidsmore, Michael J. Mohlenkamp, Benjamin J. Olechnowicz, Christine M. Schilt-Deines, Douglas Nordstrom, James McCoy