Patents by Inventor Gary E. Thompson

Gary E. Thompson 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: 10690581
    Abstract: An infrared (IR) thermography system for inspecting porosity of a test part of a given thickness is provided. The IR thermography system may include a thermal detector configured to detect IR signals emitted from the test part, and a controller in electrical communication with at least the thermal detector. The controller may be configured to at least determine thermal test data associated with the test part based on the IR signals, generate thermal model data based on the thickness of the test part, and determine porosity of the test part based on a comparison between the thermal test data and the thermal model data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Thompson, Gary E. Georgeson, Tyler M. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10677715
    Abstract: Methods are presented. Signals are sent into a first surface of a structure using an ultrasonic transducer. Ultrasound response signals are received at the ultrasonic transducer. A portion of a second surface of the structure is heated while the ultrasonic transducer is sending signals into the first surface, wherein the second surface is on an opposite side of the structure from the first surface. Infrared images of the portion of the second surface of the structure are taken after heating the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hong Hue Tat, William Joseph Tapia, Barry Allen Fetzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Martin L. Freet, Jeffrey G. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20190300205
    Abstract: Methods for thermographic inspection of structures are disclosed. An example method includes positioning at least one of a heat source or a camera in a cavity defined by a first side of a structure of an aircraft and positioning the other one of the heat source or the camera at a second side of the structure opposite the first side; applying heat to the least one of the first side or the second side of the structure; measuring thermal energy emitted from the other one of the first side or the second side opposite the heat source; and identifying a defect or inclusion of the structure based on the measured thermal energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Jeffrey G. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20190154565
    Abstract: Methods are presented. Signals are sent into a first surface of a structure using an ultrasonic transducer. Ultrasound response signals are received at the ultrasonic transducer. A portion of a second surface of the structure is heated while the ultrasonic transducer is sending signals into the first surface, wherein the second surface is on an opposite side of the structure from the first surface. Infrared images of the portion of the second surface of the structure are taken after heating the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Hong Hue Tat, William Joseph Tapia, Barry Allen Fetzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Martin L. Freet, Jeffrey G. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5441070
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing water consumption and preventing damage to a fluid supply system in a house or structure is disclosed. The water management system includes a water management device coupled between provided fluid flow, pressure, and temperature sensors, and a shut-off valve and a drain valve. The device includes flow control means for opening the shut-off valve when flow is detected at any flow sensor and closing the shut-off valve when flow is undetected. The device also includes flow timers which have a selected operational period for each flow sensor and which close the shut-off valve if the operational period of a flow sensor is exceeded. The device also includes temperature timers for closing the shut-off valve and opening the drain valve when a temperature at or below a minimum temperature is detected by the temperature sensor for a selected maximum temperature detection time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Inventor: Gary E. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5161563
    Abstract: A system for controlling fluid flow between a first point and a second point on a fluid line is disclosed. The system includes the first valve located at the first point on the fluid line to permit forward fluid flow from the first point to the second point on the fluid line and for closing to prevent such forward fluid flow. The system also includes flow sensors for detecting forward fluid flow at the second point and opening the first valve when such forward fluid flow is detected. The flow sensors also close the first valve when fluid flow at the second point stops. The system further includes a second valve located at the second point for opening and closing to control forward fluid flow at the second point. The system prevents forward fluid flow if a break in the fluid line occurs between the first and second points by preventing the first valve from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: Gary E. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5136390
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for establishing consistent image brightness, especially for a multiple video image seamless display, is provided by storing a set of smoothing factors, one for each detail element of each image, in a memory. Upon projection, the smoothing factors are applied to the brightness components of the associated detail elements of each image. The smoothing factors are selected by applying a standard curve, coarse tuning major curve parameters in response to the appearance of the projected multiple image display, and fine tuning smoothing factors for specific detail elements, the locations of the detail elements being indicated by a cursor on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Assignee: Metavision Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Inova, Leonardo Del Castillo, Gary E. Thompson