Patents by Inventor Freeman Thomas

Freeman Thomas 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: 20210003024
    Abstract: A ceramic matrix composite (CMC) seal segment for use in a segmented turbine shroud for radially encasing a turbine in a gas turbine engine. The CMC seal segment comprises an arcuate flange having a surface facing the turbine and a portion defining a bore for receiving an elongated pin, with the bore having a length that is at least 70% of the length of the elongated pin received therein. The CMC seal segment is carried by the carrier by at least one of the elongated pins being received within the bore. The CMC seal segment portion defining a pin-receiving bore is radially spaced from the arcuate flange by a spacing flange extending radially outward from the arcuate flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel K. Vetters, David J. Thomas, Ted Freeman, Joseph Lamusga, Rick Uskert, Douglas D. Dierksmeier, Jun Shi, Todd Engel, Matt Brandt
  • Patent number: 10619503
    Abstract: A ceramic matrix composite (CMC) seal segment for use in a segmented turbine shroud for radially encasing a turbine in a gas turbine engine. The CMC seal segment comprises an arcuate flange having a surface facing the turbine and a portion defining a bore for receiving an elongated pin, with the bore having a length that is at least 70% of the length of the elongated pin received therein. The CMC seal segment is carried by the carrier by at least one of the elongated pins being received within the bore. The CMC seal segment portion defining a pin-receiving bore is radially spaced from the arcuate flange by a spacing flange extending radially outward from the arcuate flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce High Temperature Composites Inc., Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel K. Vetters, David J. Thomas, Ted Freeman, Joseph Lamusga, Rick Uskert, Douglas D. Dierksmeier, Jun Shi, Todd Engel, Matt Brandt
  • Patent number: 9540852
    Abstract: A door handle system for an automotive vehicle door includes a door handle and a body panel. The body panel is moveable between a flush position and a recessed position. If the body panel is in the flush position, portions of the door handle are concealed. If the body panel is in the recessed position, portions of the door handle are visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, David Woodhouse, Jordan Bennett
  • Publication number: 20150137537
    Abstract: A door handle system for an automotive vehicle door includes a door handle and a body panel. The body panel is moveable between a flush position and a recessed position. If the body panel is in the flush position, portions of the door handle are concealed. If the body panel is in the recessed position, portions of the door handle are visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, David Woodhouse, Jordan Bennett
  • Patent number: 8943752
    Abstract: A door handle system for an automotive vehicle door includes a door handle and a body panel. The body panel is moveable between a flush position and a recessed position. If the body panel is in the flush position, portions of the door handle are concealed. If the body panel is in the recessed position, portions of the door handle are visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, David Woodhouse, Jordan Bennett
  • Patent number: 8596244
    Abstract: A display system for an automotive vehicle indicates the position of a throttle valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Mark Gorman, Sven Etzelsberger
  • Publication number: 20110263293
    Abstract: A vehicle system is provided with a docking station for receiving a personal device, a controller in communication with the docking station, and a display interface for a vehicle in communication with the controller. The display interface is configured to present at least one menu option from the personal device for occupant selection to control the operation of the personal device to perform the operation in response to the occupant selecting the at least one menu option.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Blake, Freeman Thomas, Matthew Edwards, Andrei Markevich
  • Publication number: 20110254318
    Abstract: A vehicle pillar structure is provided with a pair of front pillars for extending upward and rearward from a vehicle body. A pair of rails extend rearward from the pair of front pillars. A pair of rear pillars extend downward and rearward from the pair of rails to the vehicle body. The pair of rear pillars each have a clearance aperture formed therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Gregory Hutting, Jeffrey Nield, Tyler Blake, Matthew Edwards, William Chaterlea, Ronald Anderson, Andrei Markevich
  • Publication number: 20110252675
    Abstract: A license plate display system for a vehicle includes a license plate with a series of indicia on a base. One of the indicia and the base are one of translucent and transparent, and the other of the base and the indicia being opaque. The license plate display system also includes an array of light emitting diodes (LEDs), with the array containing at least one LED of a first color and at least one LED of a second color. The array transmits light to the license plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Freeman Thomas
  • Publication number: 20100175499
    Abstract: A vehicle steering wheel assembly is provided with a fixed hub adapted to be mounted within a vehicle. A fixed ring member is mounted to the fixed hub offset from a center of the ring member. A rotating ring member is mounted to the fixed ring member and has a manual grip. The rotating ring member rotates about a center thereof. The rotating ring member is adapted to be operably connected to a steering linkage. The vehicle steering wheel assembly may be provided with an electronic motion sensor. The vehicle steering wheel assembly may be provided with a pinion and a ring gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Andrei Markevich, Gregory Hutting
  • Publication number: 20100176651
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel assembly for a four-wheeled vehicle having a passenger compartment is provided. A vehicle wheel is adapted to be mounted to the four-wheeled vehicle for rotation about an axis. A disc ring is mounted to the vehicle wheel for rotation with the vehicle wheel. A caliper is adapted to be mounted to the four-wheeled vehicle radially inward from the disc ring to selectively contact the disc ring and impede rotation thereof. A vehicle wheel system may be provided with a pair of vehicle wheels, a pair of disc rings and a pair of calipers. A vehicle wheel system may be provided with a second pair of vehicle wheels, a second pair of disc rings and a second pair of calipers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Gregory Hutting
  • Patent number: 7753396
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle is provided with a vehicle body and at least one tow hook. The vehicle body has a front end and a rear end. The at least one tow hook is pivotally connected to the front end of the vehicle body and may pivot between a stored position at least partially recessed within the vehicle body and a deployed position extending beyond the vehicle body to facilitate access to the at least one tow hook. The vehicle may further have an actuator to cooperate with the at least one tow hook to pivot the at least one tow hook relative to the vehicle body. The vehicle may further have a pair of tow hooks on the front end and a pair of exhaust members mounted within a pair of exhaust apertures formed in the rear end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Jamieson, Freeman Thomas, David Woodhouse
  • Patent number: 7635156
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed having a vehicle body and a module. The vehicle body has a front end and a rear end with an opening formed through the rear end. The module is sized to be received within the rear end opening. The module has at least a portion of a vehicle interior mounted therein. The module is adapted to be inserted into the opening of the rear end to cooperate with the vehicle body to form the at least a portion of the vehicle interior. A modular vehicle interior system is disclosed with a module which is sized to be received within a rear end opening of a vehicle body. A method for assembling a vehicle interior is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Kris Tomasson, David Woodhouse, Jordan Bennett, Matthew Edwards
  • Patent number: D605989
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Leng, David Woodhouse, Freeman Thomas
  • Patent number: D605992
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Leng, David Woodhouse, Freeman Thomas
  • Patent number: D610517
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Leng, David Woodhouse, Freeman Thomas
  • Patent number: D622198
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Stuart Jamieson, Freeman Thomas, David Woodhouse
  • Patent number: D626458
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Gregory Hutting, Jeffrey Nield, Jeremy Leng
  • Patent number: D626465
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Gregory Hutting, Jeffrey Nield, Jeremy Leng
  • Patent number: D626477
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Freeman Thomas, Gregory Hutting, Jeffrey Nield