Patents by Inventor L. L. (Tom) Altpeter, Jr.

L. L. (Tom) Altpeter, Jr. 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: 5946095
    Abstract: A natural gas detection system is provided for use with a vehicle. A natural gas detector apparatus is mounted to the vehicle so that the vehicle transports the detector apparatus over an are of interest at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. The detector apparatus includes a transmitter section and a receiver section displaced a preselected distance from each other. The transmitter section has a light source transmitting a light beam to the receiver section forming a beam path therebetween. The apparatus is arranged such that natural gas intercepts the beam path and absorbs representative wavelengths of the light beam. The receiver section receives a portion of the light beam onto an electro-optical etalon for detecting the gas. A method of detecting natural gas is also provided. The method has the steps of providing a vehicle and mounting a natural gas detector apparatus to the vehicle. The detector apparatus has a transmitter section and a receiver section displaced a preselected distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignees: Gas Research Institute, Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Henningsen, Tod A. Oblak, Max Garbuny, John M. Zomp, L. L. (Tom) Altpeter, Jr.