Patents by Inventor Floyd W. Hagen

Floyd W. Hagen 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: 5731507
    Abstract: An air data sensing probe adapted for mounting to an aerodynamically-shaped airfoil or strut attached to an air vehicle. An inlet port located near the leading edge of the strut admits fluid, to a first cavity and then, in turn, to a second cavity, so that the total temperature of the fluid may be measured and a signal related thereto conveyed to suitable flight control gear. A first exhaust port located generally opposite the inlet port allows entrained particles to exit the probe and boundary layer fluid evacuation apertures formed through the strut across the interface between the two cavities permit only a substantially particle-free core sample of fluid on the temperature sensing element. The secondary cavity couples to the primary cavity at an angle so that inertial separation of entrained particles results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd W. Hagen, Gregg A. Hohenstein, Pennelle J. Trongard
  • Patent number: 5628565
    Abstract: An aerodynamic air data sensing probe adapted for mounting to an air vehicle and capable of generating signals related to a fluid flowing relative to the air vehicle. A fluid inlet positioned on a first end of the strut faces generally transverse to the fluid flow selectively admits fluid to an internal strut cavity due to a pressure differential thereacross. In operation, the pressure differential forms between the first end surface of the aerodynamically-shaped, forward-inclined strut and probe exhaust ports. A temperature sensing element disposed in the internal strut cavity registers the temperature of the fluid and the sensed fluid is expelled from the internal strut cavity through the exhaust ports. In another embodiment, a barrel-shaped probe head adapted to sense fluid pressure connects to a portion of the leading edge of the strut to form an aerodynamic multifunction air data sensing probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: The B.F. Goodrich Company
    Inventors: Floyd W. Hagen, Gregg A. Hohenstein, John A. Severson, Pennelle J. Trongard
  • Patent number: 5616861
    Abstract: An air data sensing system utilizes a plurality of probes, each probe having three pressure sensing ports, and each assembled with a sensor package that minimizes the need for corrections due to temperature or other variations in ambient conditions. The system is mounted on an air vehicle using two or three sets of right and left pairs of probes. The probes of each set are vertically spaced from the probes of the other sets. The probes are made light weight and small. In the arrangement shown the probes provide triple redundancy and because of the orientation on the air vehicle provide all needed pressure and angle information, including the angle of sideslip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 5466067
    Abstract: An aerodynamic air data sensing probe adapted for mounting to an air vehicle and capable of generating signals related to a fluid flowing relative to the air vehicle. A fluid inlet positioned on a first end of the strut faces generally transverse to the fluid flow selectively admits fluid to an internal strut cavity due to a pressure differential thereacross. In operation, the pressure differential forms between the first end surface of the aerodynamically-shaped, forward-inclined strut and probe exhaust ports. A temperature sensing element disposed in the internal strut cavity registers the temperature of the fluid and the sensed fluid is expelled from the internal strut cavity through the exhaust ports. In another embodiment, a barrel-shaped probe head adapted to sense fluid pressure connects to a portion of the leading edge of the strut to form an aerodynamic multifunction air data sensing probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: The B. F. Goodrich Company
    Inventors: Floyd W. Hagen, Gregg A. Hohenstein, John A. Severson, Pennelle J. Trongard
  • Patent number: 5442958
    Abstract: A deployable probe has pressure ports positioned radially around a longitudinal probe axis. The probe mounts within a pressure chamber such that it can reciprocate from a retracted position where the pressure ports are contained within the pressure chamber for measuring static pressure to a deployed position where air flows generally orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the probe and into the pressure ports such that differential pressures in oppositely facing pressure ports can be sensed for measuring relative flow magnitude and flow angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: The B.F. Goodrich Company
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 5359888
    Abstract: An apparatus detects an air turbulence and wind shear encountered by an air vehicle having an accelerometer sensing air vehicle vertical acceleration. The apparatus includes a pressure sensor having a pressure sensing port for sensing a pressure parameter of a local air flow which changes with changes in the local airflow turbulence, and a fast time constant pressure transducer coupled to the pressure port for generating a transducer signal representative of the parameter. Differentiating means calculates a time derivative of the transducer signal and provides a turbulence signal representative of the time derivative. Subtracter means provides the difference between the turbulence signal and a vertical acceleration signal from the accelerometer, to provide a wind shear indicating signal indicative of an increase in air turbulence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: The B. F. Goodrich Company
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 5205169
    Abstract: An angle of attack sensor is provided with ports for sensing flow angles in desired planes based upon differential pressure at the ports when a longitudinal or reference axis of the sensor changes relative to the flow stream. Impact pressure is also measured with the same probe, or with a separate probe, and the angle of attack is calculated by subtracting the pressures at the angle sensitive ports, and dividing by the measured impact pressure (q.sub.cm). At higher angles of attack, the denominator q.sub.cm approaches and passes through zero. When this quantity, q.sub.cm, approaches zero, the angle of attack signal becomes undefined. The problems encountered as q.sub.cm approaches zero has been a limitation of useful angle of attack range of angle of attack sensors for many years. It has been discovered that if the angle of attack ratio, where q.sub.cm is the denominator, is inverted at some point when the denominator q.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 5130707
    Abstract: A preassembled air data sensor probe and air data transducer assembly has permanently connected flexible tubing coupling the air data transducer fittings and the sensor fittings. The flexible tubing permits the air data sensor and air data transducer to be installed into an air vehicle after having been preassembled and pretested for leaks at the factory. The permanently attached assembly avoids the need for calibration or pressure checks after installation on the aircraft. The preassembled flexible tubing permits manipulation of the transducer to mount it into the proper location even in tight quarters. The flexible tubing can have a section that acts as a drain trap for accumulating ingested water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 5062869
    Abstract: A water separating device for a pressure measurement such as static, pitot measurement system provides a plurality of ports therethrough such that water, snow and ice from atmospheric air is substantially removed therefrom so that desired parameters such as temperature or pressure can be measured. Separation of water, snow and ice as disclosed eliminates additional chambers for collecting same and eliminates drain systems and drain valves to eliminate same from the measurement system. Since sensors are not exposed to moisture, sensor dependability and longevity is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4836019
    Abstract: An air data sensor comprising an elongated probe having a standard, sharped edge, orifice pitot port or opening, and a tapered leading end that is elongated with respect to its lateral dimensions along the longitudinal axis of the probe. The leading end portion blends into the main portion of the probe at a desired relatively short distance downstream from the pitot port. The probe comprises a tube or barrel that can be rectilinear or circular in cross section. Sets of sensing ports are utilizied and at least one pair of ports is oriented on a common axis and facing in opposite directions. Reliable sensing can be obtained when two sets of oppositely facing ports are used with the axis of each set 90.degree. to the axis of the other set. By using the pressure sensed in more than one combination, that is by co-using the pressures, static pressure, impact pressure, angle of attack and angle of sideslip can be derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd W. Hagen, Richard V. DeLeo
  • Patent number: 4730487
    Abstract: A short multiple static pressure sensing probe that is compensated for both subsonic and supersonic speeds in the same probe and a family of such probes for different aircraft with each of the probes in the family having a common barrel configuration except for the final shaping of compensation surfaces and the location of static pressure sensing ports. In an assembly operation, heaters and interconnecting wires, bulkheads and pressure tubing are arranged, internal to the probe, to stay clear of predetermined areas in which static pressure ports may be located. In a finishing operation, compensation surfaces are produced and static pressure ports are created at selected locations in the predetermined areas, thus avoiding damage to internal parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Richard V. DeLeo, Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4645517
    Abstract: A unitized drain manifold apparatus for removing water from air in a conduit of an air data sensor system for an aircraft comprises a manifold having a plurality of drain cavities therein. Each drain cavity has a center chamber portion and two end drain chambers positioned vertically above and below the center chamber portion when the aircraft is at rest. The end drain chambers are used for accumulation of water which is separated from the air pressure signal. The cavities are each equipped with two drain passageways such that the accumulated water can be removed from the apparatus in normal or inverted positions. The positioning of the external drain passageways permits water accumulation and removal to occur independently of the spatial orientation of the apparatus and the symmetry of the manifold permits it to be mounted on either side of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd W. Hagen, Richard V. DeLeo
  • Patent number: 4617826
    Abstract: A test system for air data sensors includes means for mounting the system components directly on the sensor and provides a self contained source of the necessary vacuum or positive pressure as needed for testing the sensor for function. The self contained test system includes manual pressure creating means that is self limiting to prevent excessive pressures being generated. In one form of the invention the entire assembly slips over and is supported on a sensor probe, and includes passageways and connections to provide the fluid pressures required to the sensing ports. In a second form, the self contained test system mounts on the sensor strut and has a pressure fitting that fits over the ends of a probe barrel to provide an adjacent coupling means for supplying the fluid pressures to the respective ports. The test system is a compact, easily mounted unit that is supported directly on the air data sensor being tested, and which has self contained fluid pressure sources for the necessary test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4615213
    Abstract: The invention comprises an improved sensing instrument (10) for sensing the angular position of the longitudinal axis (17) of a cylindrical sensor body (14) of an object moving relative to a fluid medium with respect to a first plane. Such object has a leading end portion (15) joined to the sensor body (14) and exposed to the fluid medium. A first pair of pressure sensing ports (20 and 21) are on the object and face in the upstream direction and have their axes lying in a second plane at right angles to said first plane and disposed at predetermined angles with respect to the axis (17) of the object. A second pair of pressure sensing ports (22 and 23) on the object have their axes lying in the first plane, such axes being disposed at predetermined angles with respect to the axis (17) of the object. A single pressure port (16) on the object has an axis coinciding with the axis (17) of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4522070
    Abstract: A method and a sensing instrument are claimed for sensing atmospheric pressure. The instrument (24) comprises an enclosure (26) that has a shape exposed to a fluid medium, which fluid medium may be moving at a certain velocity relative to the sensing instrument. The sensing instrument has at least one port (28) open to the fluid medium for sensing the velocity of the medium and for measuring a pressure of the fluid medium. The measured pressure is corrected for the effects of the velocity of the medium according to the formulaP.sub.ATM =P.sub.M +K.sub.2 V.sup.2where P.sub.ATM is atmospheric pressure, P.sub.M is measured pressure in the enclosure, K.sub.2 is a constant that is a function of the shape of the enclosure, the shape of the port and the density of the medium and V is the velocity of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4378697
    Abstract: A strut mounted multiple static tube providing, as shown, multiple separate static pressure measuring systems and using one probe with separate sets of pressure sensing ports for each system. The probe is designed to have a surface configuration which provides substantially identical static pressure conditions at each set of sensing ports while the axial length of the barrel portion of the sensing probe is maintained at a minimum and the pressure effects from the adjacent structures such as the strut are compensated for. The structure includes a barrel portion of the probe having a surface annular wave pattern with sections of different diameters which causes large, uniform changes in the pressure pattern along the probe to provide areas of both positive and negative pressure levels for aerodynamic compensation. The positions for the ports for the separate systems are selected from a pressure profile of the probe so the ports are located at desired pressure areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Richard V. DeLeo, Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4378696
    Abstract: A strut or boom mounted probe having separate pressure sensing ports or sets of ports axially spaced at three locations on the probe. The ports are normally located on the probe so that at 0.degree. angle of attack, the pressure difference is zero between a set of opposite ports at the most rear location. As the angle of attack varies from zero angle, the pressure difference at the aft measuring ports increases, in a positive sense with increasing angle of attack (alpha), and, in a negative sense with increasing opposite (negative) alpha angle. Pressure difference between the rear ports is also proportional to the impact pressure, q.sub.c, where q.sub.c =pitot pressure minus static pressure=p.sub.t -p. The sensor normally has a pitot pressure opening in its forward extremity and static ports located along the forward cylindrical barrel section of the unit. The pressure difference at the rear ports is divided by the pressure difference of the forward ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Richard V. DeLeo, Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4265112
    Abstract: A pneumatic pressure averager primarily for use in connection with aircraft instrumentation, which provides for three pressure outputs available from two pressure sources. Two of the outputs represent the input pressures directly, and the third output represents the average of the pressure from the two separate input sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1981
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Richard V. De Leo, Floyd W. Hagen
  • Patent number: 4096744
    Abstract: A strut or boom mounted probe having separate pressure sensing ports or sets of ports axially spaced on the side of the probe. The ports are located on the probe so that at a reference angle of attack, normally zero angle of attack, the static pressure conditions at both of the sensing port sets are at a known relationship. As the angle of attack varies from the reference angle, the sensed pressures at the port sets differ, with the difference increasing with increasing angle of attack. The sensor normally has a pitot pressure opening at its forward extremity, although a separate pitot pressure probe may be used if desired. A single probe is capable of providing pitot pressure, static pressure and a differential pressure signal proportional to angle of attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1978
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Richard V. De Leo, Floyd W. Hagen