Patents by Inventor James S. Smith

James S. Smith 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: 10344583
    Abstract: Provided is an acoustic housing including a cover including a first perimeter defining an open cover portion, the cover having a cover length, and a cover height, and a body including a second perimeter defining an open body portion, wherein either the first or second or both perimeters are chamfered, configured to receive one or more electrical components and to sealingly engage with the first chamfered perimeter, the body having a body length, a body height, and an under-surface, and the body including an engagement portion projecting from the under-surface and having an engagement length, an engagement height, and an engagement surface configured to engage an outer surface of a tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Katie M. Walker, Thomas M. Smith, Henry Alan Wolf, James S. Burns, Timothy R. Bragg, Mark M. Disko, Yibing Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190196120
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector holder is sized to fit within an opening for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to permit a fiber optic connector with a dust cap positioned about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule to be inserted within and releasably held by the connector holder. A system for holding fiber optic connectors includes a fiber optic connector holder mounted within an opening in a bulkhead for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to receive a fiber optic connector with a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule. An optical fiber connector may be held to a bulkhead when the fiber optic connector includes a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Trevor D. Smith, Thomas C. Tinucci, Cindy S. Walters, James W. Conroy, Joel B. Douglas, Kathleen M. Barnes, Marlon E. Holmquist
  • Patent number: 10300430
    Abstract: A composite material for gas capture, notably CO2 capture and storage. The composite material includes a mixture of a solid or liquid reactive filler and a gas-permeable polymer such that the reactive filler forms micron-scale domains in the polymer matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Du T. Nguyen, Roger D. Aines, Sarah E. Baker, William L. Bourcier, Eric B. Duoss, James S. Oakdale, Megan M. Smith, William L. Smith, Joshuah K. Stolaroff, Congwang Ye
  • Publication number: 20190123607
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a machine segment that includes multiple coils. Each coil is electrically isolated from the other coils in the machine segment, and each coil is electrically coupled to at least one electrical terminal to provide electrical access to the coil. Each electrical terminal provides electrical access to the coil to which it is electrically coupled such that the coil can be removably electrically coupled to an electrical circuit. The machine segment is also configured to be removably mechanically coupled to a second machine segment to form at least a portion of a stator or a portion of a rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Marc W. Eichinger, Stephane A. Eisen, James D. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10242783
    Abstract: Numerous arrangements for permanent magnets are disclosed that can focus the flux produced by the magnets. Depending on the particular application in which the disclosed designs and techniques are used, efficiency and reliability may be increased by minimizing flux leakage, increasing peak flux density, and shaping the flux fields to improve the effective coercivity of the flux focusing permanent magnet arrangement when loaded, and to achieve customized voltage and current waveforms. The disclosed magnet assemblies may be incorporated into a machine, such as a motor/generator, having windings and may be disposed for movement relative to the windings. The magnet assembly may be mounted on a support formed of one or more ferromagnetic materials, such as a back iron. The disclosed flux focusing magnet assemblies may be formed using a variety of manufacturing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Robert Pillsbury, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10193429
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Matthew B. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, David Samsel, Charles Perry Butterfield, Jr., Brian J. Sullivan, James David Duford
  • Patent number: 10177620
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a machine segment that includes multiple coils. Each coil is electrically isolated from the other coils in the machine segment, and each coil is electrically coupled to at least one electrical terminal to provide electrical access to the coil. Each electrical terminal provides electrical access to the coil to which it is electrically coupled such that the coil can be removably electrically coupled to an electrical circuit. The machine segment is also configured to be removably mechanically coupled to a second machine segment to form at least a portion of a stator or a portion of a rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Marc W. Eichinger, Stephane A. Eisen, James D. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20170216442
    Abstract: An erodible anhydrous film useful in delivering active agents to a surface including keratinous surfaces, and hard or soft surfaces is disclosed. The erodible anhydrous film contains polyethylene oxide in combination with a support polymer, and optionally, other additives for skin care, fabric care, or hard surface cleaning. The erodible anhydrous film is useful when used as a comfort strip for enhancing shaving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Burgio, George Kellett, Robert McCormack, Rooma Mehta, James S Smith
  • Publication number: 20170040878
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. SMITH, Matthew B. JORE, Michael A. KVAM, David SAMSEL, Charles Perry BUTTERFIELD, JR., Brian J. SULLIVAN, James David DUFORD
  • Publication number: 20160372995
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a machine segment configured to be disposed in an electromagnetic machine. The electromagnetic machine has a moving body associated with power in the mechanical state and the machine segment is associated with a portion of a power of the electromagnetic machine. The machine segment includes a first portion and a second portion electrically connected to form a modular electrical circuit. The first portion includes a machine winding associated with power in an AC electrical state. The first portion and the moving body are collectively configured to convert power between the mechanical state and the AC electrical state. The second portion includes a converter that converts power between the AC electrical state and a DC electrical state. The second portion is configured to be electrically connected to an electrical circuit external to the machine segment, and transfer power in the DC state to and/or from the machine segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Swarnab BANERJEE, Brian SULLIVAN, Stephane EISEN, Cameron REAGOR
  • Patent number: 9479038
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Matthew B. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, David Samsel, Charles Perry Butterfield, Brian J. Sullivan, James David Duford
  • Publication number: 20160247616
    Abstract: Numerous arrangements for permanent magnets are disclosed that can focus the flux produced by the magnets. Depending on the particular application in which the disclosed designs and techniques are used, efficiency and reliability may be increased by minimizing flux leakage, increasing peak flux density, and shaping the flux fields to improve the effective coercivity of the flux focusing permanent magnet arrangement when loaded, and to achieve customized voltage and current waveforms. The disclosed magnet assemblies may be incorporated into a machine, such as a motor/generator, having windings and may be disposed for movement relative to the windings. The magnet assembly may be mounted on a support formed of one or more ferromagnetic materials, such as a back iron. The disclosed flux focusing magnet assemblies may be formed using a variety of manufacturing methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. SMITH, Robert Pillsbury, Brian J. SULLIVAN
  • Patent number: 9269483
    Abstract: Numerous arrangements for permanent magnets are disclosed that can focus the flux produced by the magnets. Depending on the particular application in which the disclosed designs and techniques are used, efficiency and reliability may be increased by minimizing flux leakage, increasing peak flux density, and shaping the flux fields to improve the effective coercivity of the flux focusing permanent magnet arrangement when loaded, and to achieve customized voltage and current waveforms. The disclosed magnet assemblies may be incorporated into a machine, such as a motor/generator, having windings and may be disposed for movement relative to the windings. The magnet assembly may be mounted on a support formed of one or more ferromagnetic materials, such as a back iron. The disclosed flux focusing magnet assemblies may be formed using a variety of manufacturing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Robert Pillsbury, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20150318751
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a machine segment that includes multiple coils. Each coil is electrically isolated from the other coils in the machine segment, and each coil is electrically coupled to at least one electrical terminal to provide electrical access to the coil. Each electrical terminal provides electrical access to the coil to which it is electrically coupled such that the coil can be removably electrically coupled to an electrical circuit. The machine segment is also configured to be removably mechanically coupled to a second machine segment to form at least a portion of a stator or a portion of a rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: BOULDER WIND POWER, INC.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Marc W. Eichinger, Stephane A. Eisen, James D. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9154024
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improved generators are described. One embodiment includes an assembly for an axial flux generator, the assembly comprising an arc-shaped rotor section that includes a rotor support configured to rotate around an axis of a generator, and an at least one rotor element for power generation that is connected to the rotor support; an arc-shaped stator section comprising a stator support and an at least one stator element for power generation connected to the stator support; wherein the rotor section and the stator section are configured to provide an axial air gap between the at least one rotor element and the at least one stator element, and wherein the at least one rotor element and the at least one stator element are positioned to be at substantially the same radial distance from the axis of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Jore, Lincoln Jore, Michael A. Kvam, James D. Jore, David Samsel, James David Duford, James S. Smith
  • Patent number: 8941961
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes multiple coils of a multi-phase machine in which the coils are each associated with a different phase. Associated with each coil is a protective element such that each protective element is associated with a different coil. When its associated protective element is in a first configuration, a coil is part of an electrical circuit, and its associated protective element allows a first amount of current to flow through the coil. Its associated protective element allows a second amount of current to flow through the coil when its associated protective element is in a second configuration. When in the second configuration, the coil's associated protective element does not obstruct current flow through other coils that are not associated with the protective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Swarnab Banerjee, Brian J. Sullivan, James S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140262499
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion of an electrical conductor. Each portion is electrically coupled to the other two portions. The first, second, and third portions are configured such that substantially no current induced in and/or supplied to the first portion is conducted to the third portion of the electrical conductor. The third portion of the electrical conductor is also thermally coupled to the first and second portions of the electrical conductor. The third portion of the electrical conductor is configured to transfer thermal energy from the first portion of the electrical conductor to an edge portion of the laminated composite assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, James D. Duford, Stephane Eisen, James D. Jore, Brian Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140268460
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes multiple coils of a multi-phase machine in which the coils are each associated with a different phase. Associated with each coil is a protective element such that each protective element is associated with a different coil. When its associated protective element is in a first configuration, a coil is part of an electrical circuit, and its associated protective element allows a first amount of current to flow through the coil. Its associated protective element allows a second amount of current to flow through the coil when its associated protective element is in a second configuration. When in the second configuration, the coil's associated protective element does not obstruct current flow through other coils that are not associated with the protective element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Swarnab Banerjee, Brian J. Sullivan, James S. Smith
  • Patent number: 8785784
    Abstract: A laminated composite assembly includes a layer having a first conductor with a first side and a second side. A first electric insulator is disposed between the first side of the first conductor and a second conductor such that a difference between a voltage associated with the first conductor and a voltage associated with the second conductor defines a voltage stress therebetween. The first electric insulator providing a first degree of electrical isolation based on the voltage stress. A second electric insulator is disposed between the second side of the first conductor and a third conductor such that a difference between the voltage associated with the first conductor and a voltage associated with the third conductor defines a second voltage stress therebetween. The second electric insulator providing a second degree of electrical isolation based on the second voltage stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Duford, James D. Jore, Lincoln M. Jore, James S. Smith
  • Patent number: D853392
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Robert Y. Cao, James M. Cuseo, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, Kevin Scott Fetterman, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Dinesh Mathew, Sabrina Paseman, Gavin J. Reid, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Brandon S. Smith, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer