Patents by Inventor John W. Newman

John W. Newman 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: 10776660
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inspecting utility scale wind turbine generator blades from the ground includes a digital camera and an adjustable polarizing filter on a stable platform. The camera is used to record multiple digital images with varying polarization angles using an artificial polarized or polarized solar illumination to produce images with the same or similar registration but different polarization angles, followed by image processing using subtraction or absolute difference routines to yield high resolution, high contrast images with reduced glare and excellent surface definition over the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Publication number: 20200054858
    Abstract: A guidance system for assisting with the insertion of a needle into a patient is disclosed. The guidance system utilizes ultrasound imaging or other suitable imaging technology. The guidance system can include an imaging device including a probe for producing an image of an internal body target, such as a vessel. One or more sensors can be included with the probe. The sensors sense a detectable characteristic related to the needle, such as a magnetic field of a magnet included with the needle. The system can include a processor that uses data relating to the sensed characteristic to determine a 3-D position of the needle, and a display for depicting the position of the needle. A needle assembly including a hub, cannula, and magnetic element is also disclosed, in which a magnetic axis of the magnetic element can be configured to be coaxially or otherwise aligned with the cannula axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Jon B. Newman, Nathaniel B. Harris, Daniel B. Blanchard, John W. Hall
  • Patent number: 10449330
    Abstract: A guidance system for assisting with the insertion of a needle into a patient is disclosed. The guidance system utilizes ultrasound imaging or other suitable imaging technology. In one embodiment, the guidance system comprises an imaging device including a probe for producing an image of an internal body target, such as a vessel. One or more sensors are included with the probe. The sensors sense a detectable characteristic related to the needle, such as a magnetic field of a magnet included with the needle. The system includes a processor that uses data relating to the sensed characteristic to determine a 3-D position of the needle. The system includes a display for depicting the position of the needle. A needle assembly including a hub, cannula, and magnetic element is also disclosed, wherein a magnetic axis of the magnetic element is configured to be coaxially or otherwise aligned with the needle cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon B. Newman, Nathaniel Brian P. Harris, Daniel B. Blanchard, John W. Hall
  • Publication number: 20190050679
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inspecting utility scale wind turbine generator blades from the ground includes a digital camera and an adjustable polarizing filter on a stable platform. The camera is used to record multiple digital images with varying polarization angles using an artificial polarized or polarized solar illumination to produce images with the same or similar registration but different polarization angles, followed by image processing using subtraction or absolute difference routines to yield high resolution, high contrast images with reduced glare and excellent surface definition over the field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Patent number: 10145773
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring the deformation over time of the surface of a non-Newtonian fluid in a sampling container in response to an airjet that is applied for a specified time are disclosed. The change is the sample surface displacement is measured quantitatively by means of optical triangulation or other similar optical or electronic distance measuring device. After cessation of the airjet, gravitational forces cause the sample material to flow back to its original surface profile. Both the amplitude of the deformation displacement due to the force of the airjet and the recovered displacement, within specific time periods are characteristic of asphalt binder material with varying amounts of polymer or other additives used to control the ultimate properties and performance of the material. As a result, comparison of the quantitative measurements of control samples can allow discrimination from samples with different properties and hence different formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Patent number: 9996747
    Abstract: A ground based wind turbine blade inspection system and method consists of a thermal imaging camera configured to detect propagating defects by acquiring thermal imaging data from a wind turbine blade when it is substantially at thermal equilibrium with respect to surrounding air and analyzing the thermal imaging data with a processor to identify thermal effects associated with latent defects caused by internal friction due to cyclic gravitational stresses and wind loads during normal turbine operation. The system permits latent defects to be identified using a ground-based in situ inspection before they become visually apparent, which allows repairs to be made economically while the blade is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Patent number: 9827023
    Abstract: An apparatus for surgical fusion of a cranio-cervical junction includes a plate member, where the plate member includes a bottom portion configured to be secured to a cranium; a top portion including a plurality of perforations extending therethrough configured to promote bone growth, wherein the top portion and the bottom portion define a graft accommodation space; and first and second side portions coupled to the top and bottom portions on first and second sides of the graft accommodation space. The first side portion is configured to receive a first support rod and the second side portion is configured to receive a second support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Cummins Henderson, Sr., John W. Newman, Daniel Predick
  • Patent number: 9759642
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring the deformation over time of the surface of a non-Newtonian fluid in a sampling container in response to an airjet that is applied for a specified time. The change is the sample surface displacement is measured quantitatively by means of optical triangulation or other similar optical or electronic distance measuring device. After cessation of the airjet, gravitational forces cause the sample material to flow back to its original surface profile. Both the amplitude of the deformation displacement due to the force of the airjet and the recovered displacement, within specific time periods are characteristic of asphalt binder material with varying amounts of polymer or other additives used to control the ultimate properties and performance of the material. As a result, comparison of the quantitative measurements of control samples can allow discrimination from samples with different properties and hence different formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Publication number: 20170249511
    Abstract: A ground based wind turbine blade inspection system and method consists of a thermal imaging camera configured to detect propagating defects by acquiring thermal imaging data from a wind turbine blade when it is substantially at thermal equilibrium with respect to surrounding air and analyzing the thermal imaging data with a processor to identify thermal effects associated with latent defects caused by internal friction due to cyclic gravitational stresses and wind loads during normal turbine operation. The system permits latent defects to be identified using a ground-based in situ inspection before they become visually apparent, which allows repairs to be made economically while the blade is in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventor: John W. NEWMAN
  • Patent number: 9652839
    Abstract: A ground based wind turbine blade inspection system and method consists of a thermal imaging camera configured to detect propagating defects by acquiring thermal imaging data from a wind turbine blade when it is substantially at thermal equilibrium with respect to surrounding air and analyzing the thermal imaging data with a processor to identify thermal effects associated with latent defects caused by internal friction due to cyclic gravitational stresses and wind loads during normal turbine operation. The system permits latent defects to be identified using a ground-based in situ inspection before they become visually apparent, which allows repairs to be made economically while the blade is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: DIGITAL WIND SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Publication number: 20170011503
    Abstract: A ground based wind turbine blade inspection system and method consists of a thermal imaging camera configured to detect propagating defects by acquiring thermal imaging data from a wind turbine blade when it is substantially at thermal equilibrium with respect to surrounding air and analyzing the thermal imaging data with a processor to identify thermal effects associated with latent defects caused by internal friction due to cyclic gravitational stresses and wind loads during normal turbine operation. The system permits latent defects to be identified using a ground-based in situ inspection before they become visually apparent, which allows repairs to be made economically while the blade is in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventor: John W. NEWMAN
  • Patent number: 9453500
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ground or unmanned aerial vehicle based wind turbine blade inspection consisting of a thermal imaging camera configured to detect the presence of defects by acquiring thermal imaging data from a rotating wind turbine blade when it is not exposed to solar radiation heating and analyzing the thermal imaging data with a processor to identify thermal effects associated with latent defects or damage caused by internal friction due to cyclic gravitational stresses and wind loads during normal turbine operation or aerodynamic cooling of the area around a breach in the blade shell by escaping air, or blockage of residual heat flow or thermoelectric emissions from the rotating blade by the presence of delamination or crushing damage to the blade shell. The system permits latent defects to be identified using a ground-based in situ inspection before they become easily visually apparent, which allowing repairs to be made economically while the blade is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Digital Wind Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Patent number: 9395337
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade inspection system includes a sensitive microphone positioned near the base of the turbine tower to receive acoustic signals emanating from anomalies in a rotating turbine blades and a signal analysis system configured to analyze the acoustic signals including Doppler analysis. The data may be centrally monitored and recorded for wind power asset management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Digital Wind Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Patent number: 9330449
    Abstract: A ground based wind turbine blade inspection system and method consists of a thermal imaging camera configured to detect propagating defects by acquiring thermal imaging data from a wind turbine blade when it is substantially at thermal equilibrium with respect to surrounding air and analyzing the thermal imaging data with a processor to identify thermal effects associated with latent defects caused by internal friction due to cyclic gravitational stresses and wind loads during normal turbine operation. The system permits latent defects to be identified using a ground-based in situ inspection before they become visually apparent, which allows repairs to be made economically while the blade is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Digital Wind Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Publication number: 20160063350
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inspecting utility scale wind turbine generator blades from the ground includes a digital camera and an adjustable polarizing filter on a stable platform. The camera is used to record multiple digital images with varying polarization angles using an artificial polarized or polarized solar illumination to produce images with the same or similar registration but different polarization angles, followed by image processing using subtraction or absolute difference routines to yield high resolution, high contrast images with reduced glare and excellent surface definition over the field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventor: John W. NEWMAN
  • Publication number: 20150335361
    Abstract: An apparatus for surgical fusion of a cranio-cervical junction includes a plate member, where the plate member includes a bottom portion configured to be secured to a cranium; a top portion including a plurality of perforations extending therethrough configured to promote bone growth, wherein the top portion and the bottom portion define a graft accommodation space; and first and second side portions coupled to the top and bottom portions on first and second sides of the graft accommodation space. The first side portion is configured to receive a first support rod and the second side portion is configured to receive a second support rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Fraser Cummins Henderson, SR., John W. Newman, Daniel Predick
  • Patent number: 9194843
    Abstract: A wind power turbine blade inspection system includes a sensor positioned on the blade root end bulkhead to receive airborne acoustic signals emanating from anomalies in rotating turbine blades during cyclic stress loading, a three axis accelerometer to determine the gravity vector and other sources of cyclic acceleration with respect to the acoustic signals and a signal analysis system configured to analyze the sensor and accelerometer signals to provide data for wind power asset management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Digital Wind Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Newman
  • Patent number: 9107717
    Abstract: A method for effecting reduction, stabilization and enhancement of fusion of the human cranio-cervical junction, which may be performed in order to relieve mechanical stresses imparted to the spinal cord and brainstem as a result of an abnormal clivo-axial angle, includes steps of achieving the correct craniocervical relationship, of effecting a fusion of a first portion of a bone forming material based structural member to a human cranium, and effecting fusion of a second portion of the bone forming material based structural member to a least one portion of a human cervical spine. Fusion of the bone forming material based structural member to the human cranium may be promoted through the use of plate member that is shaped to define a graft accommodation space between the plate member and the cranium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Cummins Henderson, Sr., John W. Newman
  • Publication number: 20150204768
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring the deformation over time of the surface of a non-Newtonian fluid in a sampling container in response to an airjet that is applied for a specified time are disclosed. The change is the sample surface displacement is measured quantitatively by means of optical triangulation or other similar optical or electronic distance measuring device. After cessation of the airjet, gravitational forces cause the sample material to flow back to its original surface profile. Both the amplitude of the deformation displacement due to the force of the airjet and the recovered displacement, within specific time periods are characteristic of asphalt binder material with varying amounts of polymer or other additives used to control the ultimate properties and performance of the material. As a result, comparison of the quantitative measurements of control samples can allow discrimination from samples with different properties and hence different formulations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventor: John W. NEWMAN
  • Publication number: 20150043769
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ground or unmanned aerial vehicle based wind turbine blade inspection consisting of a thermal imaging camera configured to detect the presence of defects by acquiring thermal imaging data from a rotating wind turbine blade when it is not exposed to solar radiation heating and analyzing the thermal imaging data with a processor to identify thermal effects associated with latent defects or damage caused by internal friction due to cyclic gravitational stresses and wind loads during normal turbine operation or aerodynamic cooling of the area around a breach in the blade shell by escaping air, or blockage of residual heat flow or thermoelectric emissions from the rotating blade by the presence of delamination or crushing damage to the blade shell. The system permits latent defects to be identified using a ground-based in situ inspection before they become easily visually apparent, which allowing repairs to be made economically while the blade is in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: John W. Newman