Patents by Inventor Jerry Provenza

Jerry Provenza 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: 20210114733
    Abstract: An adaptive force vehicle airbag (AFVA) system includes airbag(s) stowed in a compressed state within an interior of a vehicle. An impact sensor detects a change in motion of the vehicle indicative of a collision. Selectable force gas generator(s) (SFGGs) gas-generating propellant cells that are individually fired. The SFGGs have conduit(s) that receive gas from fired gas-generating propellant cells and direct the gas to inflate at least one of the airbag(s). A controller is communicatively coupled to the inflation initiating component and the gas-generating propellant cells of the SFGGs. The controller enables the AFVA system to: (i) receive an inflation signal from the impact sensor; and (ii) fire a selected number of the gas-generating propellant cells to at least partially inflate the at least one airbag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Patent number: 10935351
    Abstract: A selectable force gas generator (SFGG) includes support material of honeycomb structure and a gas collection chamber contained in a housing. Gas-generating propellant cells are partially embedded in the support material. Each of the gas-generating propellant cells includes a steel jacket having a convex portion exposed to the gas collection chamber. The steel jacket has an orifice through the convex portion. Each propellant cell includes a propellant packet contained in the jacket. Each propellant cell includes a fire wire electrically connectable to an electrically-fired initiator and electrically connected to the propellant packet. The fire wire transmits a firing signal that causes the propellant packet to produce gas. A cap is positioned between the propellant packet and the jacket. The cap has a tip that blocks the orifice of the jacket and the thickness of the jacket is sufficient to prevent sympathetic detonation of the propellant packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Publication number: 20200391836
    Abstract: An emergency vehicle flotation system has bladder(s) attached in a compressed state on a vehicle. An inflation initiating component comprising a selected one or more of a submersion sensor attached to the vehicle to detect water pressure indicative of submersion of the vehicle and a user interface device. Selectable force gas generator(s) (SFGGs) have one gas-generating propellant cells that are individually fired. The SFGG(s) have conduit(s) that receive gas from fired gas-generating propellant cells and direct the gas to inflate the bladder(s). A controller is communicatively coupled to the inflation initiating component and the gas-generating propellant cells of the one or more SFGGs. The controller enables the emergency vehicle flotation system to receive an inflation signal from the inflation initiating component, and to fire a selected number of the more than one gas-generating propellant cells to at least partially inflate the bladder(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Patent number: 10710721
    Abstract: An airborne store support assembly includes an ejector housing assembly that receives a fluid-actuated ejector piston. Extension of the piston pushes apart an airborne store from an aircraft for separation after release. A selectable force gas generator (SFGG) includes a total number of more than one gas-generating unit in fluid communication with the ejector housing assembly to actuate the fluid-actuated ejector piston with a selected amount of force. A communication interface in communication with the SFGG supplies at least one firing signal that causes a selected subset of the more than one gas-generating unit that corresponds to the selected amount of force that is dynamically determined by a controller based on flight parameters of at least one of an attitude, a rate of motion, and a rate of acceleration of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Publication number: 20200200511
    Abstract: A selectable force gas generator (SFGG) includes support material of honeycomb structure and a gas collection chamber contained in a housing. Gas-generating propellant cells are partially embedded in the support material. Each of the gas-generating propellant cells includes a steel jacket having a convex portion exposed to the gas collection chamber. The steel jacket has an orifice through the convex portion. Each propellant cell includes a propellant packet contained in the jacket. Each propellant cell includes a fire wire electrically connectable to an electrically-fired initiator and electrically connected to the propellant packet. The fire wire transmits a firing signal that causes the propellant packet to produce gas. A cap is positioned between the propellant packet and the jacket. The cap has a tip that blocks the orifice of the jacket and the thickness of the jacket is sufficient to prevent sympathetic detonation of the propellant packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Publication number: 20200148356
    Abstract: An airborne store support assembly includes an ejector housing assembly that receives a fluid-actuated ejector piston. Extension of the piston pushes apart an airborne store from an aircraft for separation after release. A selectable force gas generator (SFGG) includes a total number of more than one gas-generating unit in fluid communication with the ejector housing assembly to actuate the fluid-actuated ejector piston with a selected amount of force. A communication interface in communication with the SFGG supplies at least one firing signal that causes a selected subset of the more than one gas-generating unit that corresponds to the selected amount of force that is dynamically determined by a controller based on flight parameters of at least one of an attitude, a rate of motion, and a rate of acceleration of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza
  • Publication number: 20200148355
    Abstract: A modular weapon carriage and deployment (MWCD) system includes a strongback structure mountable to an aircraft. Left and right guide struts have respective upper ends attached to the strongback structure in spaced lateral positions. Each guide strut extends downward in a parallel arrangement. Each guide strut comprising a vertically-extending first engaging surface. Left and right suspension modules are engageable to opposite lateral sides of a first airborne store. Each suspension module includes a vertical channel that receives the engaging surface of the corresponding one of the left and right guide struts for relative vertical translation. A locking mechanism controllably locks to first engaging surface of the corresponding one of the left and right guide struts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jerry Provenza