Patents by Inventor Mark Ernest Vermilyea

Mark Ernest Vermilyea 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: 20170276748
    Abstract: An MRI scanner can include a magnet assembly forming a central magnetic field area, and a slot for receiving a shim drawer formed within the central magnetic field area. There can be included a shim drawer received within the slot. The shim drawer can be configured to carry one or more metal shim and the shim drawer can be formed of conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul St. Mark Shadforth THOMPSON, Mark Ernest VERMILYEA, Minfeng XU
  • Publication number: 20170080646
    Abstract: A fiber placement system is provided that can include a compaction roller defining a plurality of openings between a roller outer surface and a roller inner surface. The plurality of openings are in fluid communication with a vacuum source. A cover can be included in or on the compaction roller so as to block airflow through a portion of the openings. The fiber placement system can also include a head including a frame and at least one supply spool mounted on the frame. The supply spool is supported on a hub for rotation, and the compaction roller is aligned to receive one or more fiber tows from the at least one supply spool. Methods are also provided for laying a prepreg tow material using automated fiber placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Ernest VERMILYEA, Nicholas Joseph KRAY
  • Publication number: 20170074277
    Abstract: According to present embodiments or aspects thereof, a composite booster spool with separable composite blades is provided. The blades are inserted radially from within the inner circumference of the spool and extend outwardly through the spool. The system provides a reduced weight assembly as compared to prior art metallic or composite/metallic combination systems. Additionally, the blades are separable which results in a more field-serviceable assembly over a fully integral system wherein the blades and spool are integrally formed from composites or combination of metal and composites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Nicholas Joseph KRAY, Suresh SUBRAMANIAN, Phani NANDULA, Dong-Jin SHIM, Todd Alan ANDERSON, Mark Ernest VERMILYEA
  • Patent number: 9475218
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a flange on a component is presented. The apparatus includes a mold disposed for the placement of the component thereon, a forming tool, and a tubular bladder. The forming tool is assembled to hold the component with a first portion extending into a space defined between the mold and the forming tool. The tubular bladder has a non-uniform wall thickness around its cross section along a longitudinal dimension of the bladder. The bladder is disposed in a step defined in the mold, and configured to impart a forming force to the portion extending into the space to form the flange on the component when the bladder is inflated. A method for forming the flange on the component is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Nicholas Joseph Kray, Matthew Allen Radebach, Alexander Joseph Vallee, Jr., Craig Douglas Carmichael
  • Publication number: 20160281540
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flanged composite component is provided. The method includes coupling a composite structure to s first composite material. The method includes coupling a second composite material to the composite structure and placing a first expansion device within the composite structure. A forming element is coupled to at least one of the first composite material, the composite structure, and the second composite material against the mold. The method includes coupling a pressure element to the forming element to define a space among the mold, the forming element, and the pressure element. The method includes expanding the first expansion device to impart a force to the second composite material to move the second composite material away from the composite structure and into the space to facilitate forming a first flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Bowden KIRKPATRICK, Mark Ernest VERMILYEA, Derrick Wayne LAMM, Melissa Ann Marie BRAMELL, David Louis CALLAHAN, Jason Michael SEABREASE
  • Patent number: 9421744
    Abstract: A method for applying at least one ply onto a tool or an uncured composite layup disposed on the tool includes automatically controlling slidably removing at least one nonstick separator relative to the at least one ply positioned on the at least one nonstick separator to inhibit at least a portion of the at least one ply from adhering to the tool or uncured composite layup while applying a moving compressive force to an outer surface of the at least one ply relative to a moving trailing edge of the at least one nonstick separator to adhere at least a portion of the at least one ply to the tool or to the uncured composite layup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sultan Shair, Julian Thomas O'Flynn, Mathias Ernst Messmer, Frank Worthoff, Mile Ostojic, Mark Ernest Vermilyea
  • Publication number: 20160082674
    Abstract: A composite woven outlet guide vane (32) and method of forming are depicted. The guide vane (32) is formed by use of a preform structure (100) with a core (150) which is removed following the manufacture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Nicholas Joseph KRAY, Mark Ernest VERMILYEA
  • Patent number: 9248587
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flanged composite component is provided. The method includes coupling a composite structure to s first composite material. The method includes coupling a second composite material to the composite structure and placing a first expansion device within the composite structure. A forming element is coupled to at least one of the first composite material, the composite structure, and the second composite material against the mold. The method includes coupling a pressure element to the forming element to define a space among the mold, the forming element, and the pressure element. The method includes expanding the first expansion device to impart a force to the second composite material to move the second composite material away from the composite structure and into the space to facilitate forming a first flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bowden Kirkpatrick, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Derrick Wayne Lamm, Melissa Ann Marie Bramell, David Louis Callahan, Jason Michael Seabrease
  • Patent number: 9249530
    Abstract: A fiber preform architecture and method of making, including a plurality of fiber bands. Each band of the plurality of fiber bands is placed at a time, at a predetermined position and orientation, to generate an interwoven and interlocking pattern between the fiber bands. Each of the plurality of fiber bands is formed of a plurality of fiber tows, positioned side by side at a predetermined spacing to define one or more gaps between each tow in the fiber band and define a secondary based interleaving within each of the fiber bands. The plurality of fiber bands are interwoven in an in-plane and out-of-plane orientation by interleaving each of the plurality of fiber bands with one or more of the plurality of fiber bands previously laid down and not in a common plane. The plurality of fiber bands include three or more different orientation angles and provide uniformity in coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yosang Yoon, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Teresa Tiashu Chen-Keat, Ming Xie
  • Publication number: 20150314556
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a composite article to have a primary composite structure and an integral secondary composite structure that extends out of a plane defined by the primary composite structure. The method includes laying-up first plies to construct the primary composite structure. The first plies contain continuous reinforcement material and extend from a first zone that will define the primary composite structure into a second zone that will define the secondary composite structure. During laying-up of the first plies, additional plies are interleaved with the first plies within the second zone but not the first zone. The additional plies originate within a build-up zone between the first and second zones and extend therefrom into the second zone. After interleaving the plies, the build-up zone is deformed to orient the second zone and form the secondary composite structure that extends out of the plane defined by the continuous reinforcement material of the first plies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ming Xie, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Bowden Kirkpatrick, Mitchell Harold Boyer, Elliott Keller Schulte, Benjamin Ferrell
  • Publication number: 20150266213
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a flange on a component is presented. The apparatus includes a mold disposed for the placement of the component thereon, a forming tool, and a tubular bladder. The forming tool is assembled to hold the component with a first portion extending into a space defined between the mold and the forming tool. The tubular bladder has a non-uniform wall thickness around its cross section along a longitudinal dimension of the bladder. The bladder is disposed in a step defined in the mold, and configured to impart a forming force to the portion extending into the space to form the flange on the component when the bladder is inflated. A method for forming the flange on the component is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Nicholas Joseph Kray, Matthew Allen Radebach, Alexander Joseph Vallee, JR., Craig Douglas Carmichael
  • Publication number: 20140374003
    Abstract: A method for applying at least one ply onto a tool or an uncured composite layup disposed on the tool includes automatically controlling slidably removing at least one nonstick separator relative to the at least one ply positioned on the at least one nonstick separator to inhibit at least a portion of the at least one ply from adhering to the tool or uncured composite layup while applying a moving compressive force to an outer surface of the at least one ply relative to a moving trailing edge of the at least one nonstick separator to adhere at least a portion of the at least one ply to the tool or to the uncured composite layup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sultan Shair, Julian Thomas O'Flynn, Mathias Ernst Messmer, Frank Worthoff, Mile Ostojic, Mark Ernest Vermilyea
  • Publication number: 20140352838
    Abstract: A fiber preform architecture and method of making, including a plurality of fiber bands. Each band of the plurality of fiber bands is placed at a time, at a predetermined position and orientation, to generate an interwoven and interlocking pattern between the fiber bands. Each of the plurality of fiber bands is formed of a plurality of fiber tows, positioned side by side at a predetermined spacing to define one or more gaps between each tow in the fiber band and define a secondary based interleaving within each of the fiber bands. The plurality of fiber bands are interwoven in an in-plane and out-of-plane orientation by interleaving each of the plurality of fiber bands with one or more of the plurality of fiber bands previously laid down and not in a common plane. The plurality of fiber bands include three or more different orientation angles and provide uniformity in coverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Yosang Yoon, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Teresa Tiashu Chen-Keat, Ming Xie
  • Publication number: 20140010986
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flanged composite component is provided. The method includes coupling a composite structure to s first composite material. The method includes coupling a second composite material to the composite structure and placing a first expansion device within the composite structure. A forming element is coupled to at least one of the first composite material, the composite structure, and the second composite material against the mold. The method includes coupling a pressure element to the forming element to define a space among the mold, the forming element, and the pressure element. The method includes expanding the first expansion device to impart a force to the second composite material to move the second composite material away from the composite structure and into the space to facilitate forming a first flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Bowden Kirkpatrick, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Derrick Wayne Lamm, Melissa Ann Marie Bramell, David Louis Callahan, Jason Michael Seabrease
  • Patent number: 8535042
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for manufacturing a flanged component from a composite lay-up are provided. The apparatus includes a support structure coupled to the composite lay-up and a mold ring coupled to the support structure. The mold ring includes a ring guide surface and a radial contact surface that is configured to couple to the composite lay-up. The apparatus further includes a mold plate coupled to the mold ring. The mold plate includes a recessed surface and a plate guide surface, where the recessed surface is configured to couple to the composite lay-up and the plate guide surface is configured to couple to the ring guide surface. The apparatus also includes an autoclave that applies pressure to the mold ring and the mold plate to move the plate guide surface along the ring guide surface to apply pressure to the composite lay-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bowden Kirkpatrick, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Mitchell Harold Boyer, Ming Xie, Elliott Keller Schulte, Benjamin Wayne Ferrell
  • Publication number: 20130017360
    Abstract: An apparatus separates a band of resin-impregnated fiber material into strips and disposes the strips between parallel pin rows of a pinmat to form a layer of strips. The apparatus includes a pinmat-following roller comprising a first roller mounted on a first central axle on which the first roller can rotate and slide transversely, a first circular rib surrounding the first roller and capable of fitting between adjacent pin rows of a pinmat, and a circular groove in the first roller for coupling with the band-separating roller. The apparatus further includes a band-separating roller comprising a second roller mounted on a second central axle on which the second roller can rotate and slide transversely, multiple radially projecting disks from the second roller for separating the band of resin-impregnated fiber, and a second circular rib surrounding the second roller capable of coupling with the circular groove of the pinmat-following roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Ernest Vermilyea, BOWDEN KIRKPATRICK, PHILIP ALEXANDER SHOEMAKER, TERRENCE PAUL VERNES
  • Publication number: 20130002071
    Abstract: An inertial energy storage device includes a plurality of stationary electrical windings, a rotatable shaft, and a plurality of rotatable magnets coupled to the rotatable shaft. The plurality of stationary electrical windings extend about at least a portion of the plurality of rotatable magnets. The inertial energy storage device also includes a flywheel device that includes a substantially cylindrical hub rotatably coupled to the rotatable shaft. The flywheel device also includes a radially inner ring that includes a first material having a first density. The flywheel device further includes a radially outer ring that includes a second material having a second density. The first density is greater than the second density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Jeremy Daniel Van Dam, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran
  • Publication number: 20120073726
    Abstract: An automated in-line feed-through system integrating the delivery, application and infusion of a resin to one or more fiber tows and layup of the one or more infused fiber tows to form a composite structure. The system includes an automated resin delivery, deposition and infusion system configured to deposit the resin on a respective one of the one or more fiber tows and form the infused fiber tows. The system integrates an automated layup system including a compaction roller configured to adhere the one or more infused fiber tows to a substrate. The system further includes a controller configured to control a flow rate of the resin, control the temperature of the resin, the infused fiber tows and the automated layup system, and control tension of the one or more infused fiber tows within the automated layup system. Other aspects of the automated in-line system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Rainer Koeniger, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Shu Ching Quek, Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove, Theodosia Kourkoutsaki, Julian Thomas O'Flynn, Thomas Kluge, Julia Susanne Ursula Schell, Bruno Betoni Parodi, Mile Ostojic, Thomas Koerwien
  • Patent number: 8123886
    Abstract: A method is described for making a composite laminate formed by curing a stacked structure comprising at least two layers of strips of fibrous material impregnated with resin, wherein the strips in adjacent layers have different directional orientations. An apparatus is provided for simultaneously separating a band of fibrous material impregnated with resin into strips and depositing the strips between adjacent pin rows of a pinmat to form the stacked structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Bowden Kirkpatrick, Philip Alexander Shoemaker, Terrence Paul Vernes
  • Patent number: 8037843
    Abstract: An application and infusion system for applying a resin to one or more fiber tows and for infusing the fiber tows with the resin, wherein each of the fiber tows is moving at a respective fiber speed. The application and infusion system includes a deposition and infusion system comprising one or more nozzles configured to deposit the resin on a respective one of the fiber tows. The system further includes a controller configured to control a flow rate of the resin through each of the nozzles relative to the fiber speed of the respective ones of the fiber tows. Other aspects of the application and infusion system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Peter Michael Finnigan, Dongming Dominic Gao, Bowden Kirkpatrick, Alexander Joseph Vallee, Jr., Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove, Yosang Yoon