Patents by Inventor Larry A. Godby

Larry A. Godby 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: 9334378
    Abstract: A reinforcing fiber for reinforcing a transparent matrix composite. The fiber includes a substantially transparent fiber ribbon having an elongated cross-sectional geometry. The fiber ribbon includes edges that are substantially opaque. Light is substantially prevented from passing through the opaque edges to reduce or eliminate light distortion through the fiber. A composite utilizing the reinforcing fibers and a method for making a window assembly and a method for manufacturing a vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Adam J. Lang, Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Patent number: 9289965
    Abstract: A composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one transparent region including a plurality of optically clear elements provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one opaque region including a plurality of opaque reinforcing elements provided in the polymeric matrix generally adjacent to the at least one transparent region. A structural window and a method for reinforcing a composite material are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Publication number: 20160009032
    Abstract: A composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one transparent region including a plurality of optically clear elements provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one opaque region including a plurality of opaque reinforcing elements provided in the polymeric matrix generally adjacent to the at least one transparent region. A structural window and a method for reinforcing a composite material are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Patent number: 8997416
    Abstract: A composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one transparent region including a plurality of optically clear elements provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one opaque region including a plurality of opaque reinforcing elements provided in the polymeric matrix substantially parallel and adjacent to the at least one transparent region. A structural window and a method for reinforcing a composite material are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Patent number: 8490348
    Abstract: A transparent reinforced composite material. An illustrative embodiment of the reinforced composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one low-density region including a first plurality of glass elements having a first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one high-density region including a second plurality of glass elements having a second packing density greater than the first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix. A method for reinforcing a composite material is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Patent number: 8141393
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix is disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first refractive index, a first modulus, and a first durability characteristic and a second glass material having a second refractive index, a second modulus, and second durability characteristic. The second durability characteristic is greater than the first durability characteristic. Durability characteristic is selected from the group comprising resistance to chemical attack, resistance to acid attack, resistance to fading from exposure to ultra-violet radiation, and resistance to mechanical abrasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Adam J. Lang, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Patent number: 8132430
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix are disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first set of mechanical properties including a first modulus and a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and a second glass material having a second set of mechanical properties including a second modulus and a second CTE. The second glass material forms a substantially uniform coating on the first glass material. The second CTE is less than the first CTE. The glass fiber is formed by reducing the cross-section of a glass fiber preform of the first glass material coated with the second glass material by hot working. Because of the selected difference in the CTE's, the first glass material imparts a compressive force upon the second glass material, which improves the strength of the glass fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Adam J. Lang, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Publication number: 20110230597
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix is disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first refractive index, a first modulus, and a first durability characteristic and a second glass material having a second refractive index, a second modulus, and second durability characteristic. The second durability characteristic is greater than the first durability characteristic. Durability characteristic is selected from the group comprising resistance to chemical attack, resistance to acid attack, resistance to fading from exposure to ultra-violet radiation, and resistance to mechanical abrasion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark S. WILENSKI, Adam J. LANG, Alan M. MARKUS, Larry A. GODBY
  • Publication number: 20110230596
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix are disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first set of mechanical properties including a first modulus and a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and a second glass material having a second set of mechanical properties including a second modulus and a second CTE. The second glass material forms a substantially uniform coating on the first glass material. The second CTE is less than the first CTE. The glass fiber is formed by reducing the cross-section of a glass fiber preform of the first glass material coated with the second glass material by hot working. Because of the selected difference in the CTE's, the first glass material imparts a compressive force upon the second glass material, which improves the strength of the glass fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark S. WILENSKI, Adam J. LANG, Alan M. MARKUS, Larry A. GODBY
  • Patent number: 7963125
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix are disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first set of mechanical properties including a first modulus and a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and a second glass material having a second set of mechanical properties including a second modulus and a second CTE. The second glass material forms a substantially uniform coating on the first glass material. The second CTE is less than the first CTE. The glass fiber is formed by reducing the cross-section of a glass fiber preform of the first glass material coated with the second glass material by hot working. Because of the selected difference in the CTE's, the first glass material imparts a compressive force upon the second glass material, which improves the strength of the glass fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Adam J. Lang, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Patent number: 7963126
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix is disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first refractive index, a first modulus, and a first durability characteristic and a second glass material having a second refractive index, a second modulus, and second durability characteristic. The second durability characteristic is greater than the first durability characteristic. Durability characteristic is selected from the group comprising resistance to chemical attack, resistance to acid attack, resistance to fading from exposure to ultra-violet radiation, and resistance to mechanical abrasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Adam J. Lang, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Publication number: 20100316859
    Abstract: A transparent reinforced composite material. An illustrative embodiment of the reinforced composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one low-density region including a first plurality of glass elements having a first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one high-density region including a second plurality of glass elements having a second packing density greater than the first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix. A method for reinforcing a composite material is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Patent number: 7790277
    Abstract: A transparent reinforced composite material. An illustrative embodiment of the reinforced composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one low-density region including a first plurality of glass elements having a first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one high-density region including a second plurality of glass elements having a second packing density greater than the first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix. A method for reinforcing a composite material is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Publication number: 20100075090
    Abstract: A transparent reinforced composite material. An illustrative embodiment of the reinforced composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one low-density region including a first plurality of glass elements having a first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one high-density region including a second plurality of glass elements having a second packing density greater than the first packing density provided in the polymeric matrix. A method for reinforcing a composite material is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Publication number: 20100011702
    Abstract: A composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one transparent region including a plurality of optically clear elements provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one opaque region including a plurality of opaque reinforcing elements provided in the polymeric matrix generally adjacent to the at least one transparent region. A structural window and a method for reinforcing a composite material are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby
  • Publication number: 20090226709
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix is disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first refractive index, a first modulus, and a first durability characteristic and a second glass material having a second refractive index, a second modulus, and second durability characteristic. The second durability characteristic is greater than the first durability characteristic. Durability characteristic is selected from the group comprising resistance to chemical attack, resistance to acid attack, resistance to fading from exposure to ultra-violet radiation, and resistance to mechanical abrasion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark S. WILENSKI, Adam J. LANG, Alan M. MARKUS, Larry A. GODBY
  • Publication number: 20090226692
    Abstract: A glass fiber and a method of manufacturing a glass fiber for reinforcing a transparent composite matrix are disclosed. The glass fiber includes a first glass material having a first set of mechanical properties including a first modulus and a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and a second glass material having a second set of mechanical properties including a second modulus and a second CTE. The second glass material forms a substantially uniform coating on the first glass material. The second CTE is less than the first CTE. The glass fiber is formed by reducing the cross-section of a glass fiber preform of the first glass material coated with the second glass material by hot working. Because of the selected difference in the CTE's, the first glass material imparts a compressive force upon the second glass material, which improves the strength of the glass fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark S. WILENSKI, Adam J. LANG, Alan M. MARKUS, Larry A. GODBY
  • Publication number: 20090181211
    Abstract: A reinforcing fiber for reinforcing a transparent matrix composite. The fiber includes a substantially transparent fiber ribbon having an elongated cross-sectional geometry. The fiber ribbon includes edges that are substantially opaque. Light is substantially prevented from passing through the opaque edges to reduce or eliminate light distortion through the fiber. A composite utilizing the reinforcing fibers and a method for making a window assembly and a method for manufacturing a vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Adam J. LANG, Mark S. Wilenski, Alan M. Markus, Larry A. Godby