Patents by Inventor James A. Mullen

James A. Mullen 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: 20210097345
    Abstract: A neural network apparatus includes processing circuitry and memory. The memory stores a plurality of images of a target. The processing circuitry is configured to: access, from the memory, a first image and an identification of a centroid pixel of the target within the first image; generate, based on a geometry of the target and the centroid pixel, a confidence map indicating, for each pixel in the first image, a confidence value that the pixel includes the target; train, using the plurality of images of the target, including the first image and the confidence map, an artificial neural network to identify the target in visual data; and provide an output representing the trained artificial neural network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Jonathan Goldstein, Philip A. Sallee, James Mullen, Franklin Tanner
  • Publication number: 20210082613
    Abstract: An apparatus for a wireless power transfer (“WPT”) pad heat management system includes a ferrite structure positioned adjacent to a coil configured to wirelessly transfer power. The apparatus includes a plurality of heat spreaders positioned along a length of a component of the ferrite structure. Each of the plurality of heat spreaders is non-metallic. The apparatus includes a trough shaped to surround at least a portion of each of the plurality of heat spreaders, wherein the trough is non-metallic. The apparatus includes a phase change material (“PCM”) in the trough where at least a portion of the heat spreaders extend into the PCM. The ferrite structure, coil, plurality of heat spreaders, trough and PCM are encased in a solid material, and each of the plurality of heat spreaders comprises a material that transfers heat from the component of the ferrite structure to the PCM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Roberts, James Mullen, Regan A. Zane, Abhilash Kamineni, Benny J. Varghese, Marvin Halling
  • Patent number: 10921180
    Abstract: Infrared sensing systems having improved vibration cancelation, and methods of achieving improved vibration cancelation. In one example, an infrared sensing system includes an infrared sensor configured to produce a sensor output signal representative of a response of the infrared sensor to infrared excitation and vibration excitation, an accelerometer configured to provide an acceleration signal responsive to the vibration excitation, and a controller, including an adaptive digital filter, coupled to the infrared sensor and to the accelerometer, and configured to receive the acceleration signal and to adjust coefficients of the adaptive digital filter so as to minimize coherence between a residual signal and the acceleration signal, the residual signal being a difference between the sensor output signal and a filter output signal from the adaptive digital filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Ronald Bruce Coleman, Richard James Mullen, Jeffrey Mazurek
  • Patent number: 10899427
    Abstract: A heated floor panel assembly with an impact layer is made to absorb blunt force and protect a heating element inside the assembly. The assembly further includes a plurality of structural layer made of a reinforced polymer matrix, one or more core layer with a honeycomb or foam structure for absorbing shear stress, and a heating layer containing the heating element. The impact layer is a composite layer with a resin impregnated fiber matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Casey Slane, Nathaniel Ching, Wenping Zhao, Daniel Waina, Jin Hu, Brandon Hein, George F. Owens, James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20210009273
    Abstract: An ice detector apparatus for an aircraft includes a heater strip and a temperature sensor. The heater strip is configured to be mounted to an external surface of an aircraft and the temperature sensor is coupled to the heater strip. The temperature sensor is configured to detect a temperature profile of the heater strip, wherein the temperature profile is indicative of an extent of icing. The temperature profile may be indicative of whether the aircraft is operating in an appendix C icing-envelope or an appendix O icing-envelope. The temperature sensor may include a plurality of temperature sensors coupled along a length of the heater strip, such that the temperature profile comprises a spatial temperature map of the heater strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Galdemir Cezar Botura, James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20200331616
    Abstract: An aircraft may include a fuselage and a wing extending away from the fuselage to a wing tip. The wing may have a leading edge portion, a suction side portion, and a pressure side portion. A thermoelectric element may be coupled to an inner surface of the wing. A chemical adhesive may be disposed on a thermoelectric inner surface. A structural rib may be adhesively bonded to the thermoelectric element by curing the chemical adhesive. The structural rib may be mechanically fastened to a suction side of the wing and to a pressure side of the wing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark James Didyk, James A. Mullen, Jin Hu, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Casey Slane
  • Publication number: 20200163160
    Abstract: A passive anti-icing and/or deicing device can include an icephobic outer layer configured to prevent ice from forming and/or building up on the outer layer by preventing ice from adhering to the outer layer. The device can include a backer film attached to an underside of the icephobic outer layer, and an adhesive attached to the backer film on an opposite side of the backer film relative to the icephobic outer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: John J. Gangloff, JR., Andrew Taylor, James A, Mullen, Danielle L. Grolman, Peter J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20200140097
    Abstract: An ice protection system for an aircraft component includes a plurality of heaters. The aircraft component has at least two section and a junction area. At least one of the heaters is an H-shape carbon allotrope heater designed to apply heat to the junction area and prevent ice accumulation in the junction area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Casey Slane, Jin Hu, Nathaniel Ching, Galdemir Cezar Botura, James A. Mullen, Mark James Didyk
  • Publication number: 20200115059
    Abstract: An additively manufactured heating element is printed on a flexible substrate and attached to an aircraft component having a complex geometric surface. The heating element is made of a plurality of layers of a conductive ink, which is electrically connected to a controller through one or more leads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Adam George, Reid Philip Beery, James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20200103288
    Abstract: A method of making a resistance temperature detector includes additively manufacturing a conductive ink on a flexible substrate and applying the resistance temperature detector to a geometrically complex surface of a component requiring heating, or directly additive manufacturing the resistance temperature detector onto that surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: James A. Mullen, Reid Philip Beery, Brandon Hein
  • Publication number: 20200088593
    Abstract: An additively manufactured strain gauge resides on the surface of a component to monitor component fatigue. The strain gauge is additively manufactured, and applied to the curvature of the component surface through either a flexible substrate or through direct printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventor: James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20200010169
    Abstract: A heated floor panel assembly with an impact layer is made to absorb blunt force and protect a heating element inside the assembly. The assembly further includes a plurality of structural layer made of a reinforced polymer matrix, one or more core layer with a honeycomb or foam structure for absorbing shear stress, and a heating layer containing the heating element. The impact layer is a composite layer with a resin impregnated fiber matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Casey Slane, Nathaniel Ching, Wenping Zhao, Daniel Waina, Jin Hu, Brandon Hein, George F. Owens, James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20200015325
    Abstract: A heated floor panel assembly contains a positive temperature coefficient heater secured in the assembly through a number of welded joints through a thermoplastic dielectric layer. The positive temperature coefficient heater is on a thermoplastic substrate, which is bonded to the thermoplastic dielectric layer. The assembly further includes an impact layer, a core layer, and structural layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Jin Hu, Nathaniel Ching, George F. Owens, Casey Slane, Brandon Hein, Daniel Waina, James A. Mullen, Melissa Leigh Patterson, Galdemir Cezar Botura
  • Publication number: 20190354857
    Abstract: Subject matter regards improving machine learning techniques using informed pseudolabels. A method can include receiving previously assigned labels indicating an expected classification for data, the labels having a specified uncertainty, generating respective pseudolabels for the data based on the previously assigned labels, the data, a class vector determined by an ML model, and a noise model indicating, based on the specified uncertainty, a likelihood of the previously assigned label given the class, and substituting the pseudolabels for the previously assigned labels in a next epoch of training the ML model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Philip A. Sallee, James Mullen, Franklin Tanner
  • Patent number: 10470250
    Abstract: A carbon allotrope heating element includes an electrical resistivity between 0.005 ohms per square (?/sq) and 3.0 ?/sq. A heating system includes a component and a carbon allotrope heating element having an electrical resistivity between 0.005 ?/sq and 3.0 ?/sq. A method includes modifying a carbon allotrope heating element to have an electrical resistivity between 0.005 ?/sq and 3.0 ?/sq and applying the carbon allotrope heating element to a component of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Mullen, Jin Hu, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Wenping Zhao
  • Publication number: 20190176992
    Abstract: A composite sandwich structure for heating an environment includes a first core layer made from a first cellular material and having a first thickness, and a second core layer made from a second cellular material and having a second thickness less than the first thickness. The structure further includes a heating layer having a thermoelectric heating element and disposed between the first and second core layers. The first core layer is positioned between the heating layer and the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Jin Hu, Nathaniel Ching, George F. Owens, Casey Slane, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Brandon Hein, James A. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10299392
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electrically-conductive element disposed along a component surface includes a base, a first side with an electrical connector, and a second side with an aperture for receiving a potting material. The base, the first side, and the second side at least partially define an internal void, and the internal void communicates with an external environment via the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20190116679
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electrically-conductive element disposed along a component surface includes a base, a first side with an electrical connector, and a second side with an aperture for receiving a potting material. The base, the first side, and the second side at least partially define an internal void, and the internal void communicates with an external environment via the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventor: James A. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10264627
    Abstract: One example of a heating element includes a first carbon nanotube (CNT) layer and a second CNT layer. At least a portion of the first CNT layer overlaps at least a portion of the second CNT layer, and the first CNT layer includes a first perforated region having a plurality of perforations. Another heating element includes a CNT sheet with a first perforated region having a plurality of perforations and a first perforation density and a second perforated region having a plurality of perforations and a second perforation density different from the first perforation density. A method of forming a heating element includes perforating a first CNT layer so that it includes a perforated region and stacking the first CNT layer with a second CNT layer such that at least a portion of the first CNT layer overlaps at least a portion of the second CNT layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Hartzler, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Galdemir Cezar Botura, Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20190016466
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to providing redundant heating elements to a surface of an aircraft skin for the purpose of controlling ice accretion thereon. Each of the redundant heating elements can be used alone or in conjunction with the other(s) of the redundant heating elements. In some embodiments, a second heating element can be used if or when a first heating element fails and/or is insufficient to perform the heating task. In some embodiments, the first and second heating elements can be controlled so as to create a heating profile of the surface of the aircraft skin. A heat controller provides electrical control signals to the first and second heating element. In some embodiments, the heat controller can provide such electrical control signals in response to detected ice accretion, flight conditions, and/or detected atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Galdemir Cezar Botura, Jin Hu, James A. Mullen, Wenping Zhao