Patents by Inventor Matthew D. Lehr

Matthew D. Lehr 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: 11067223
    Abstract: A trunnion clutch system is provided for angularly positioning a payload. The system includes a trunnion and a clutch. The trunnion has an annular trunnion housing, a trunnion shaft that engages the payload, and an electromagnetic motor that turns the trunnion housing. The clutch has an annular clutch housing, a jack shaft, a coil of copper winding rings, a plurality of helical springs, an annular armature, and an annular platform. The clutch housing contains a channel. The jack shaft is disposed in the clutch housing and engages the trunnion. The coil of copper winding rings is disposed within the channel. The helical springs are disposed within an angularly distributed plurality of pockets within the clutch housing. The annular armature is disposed to be separate from the coil by a gap via the springs. The annular platform has an abrasive liner disposed adjacent the armature. Energizing the coil pulls the armature away from the liner, thereby disengaging the trunnion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Matthew D. Lehr
  • Patent number: 10942001
    Abstract: A stow pin is provided for locking and releasing a turret on a baseplate. The stow pin can be inserted into the turret for controllably engaging the baseplate. The stow pin includes a housing, a shaft, a tip, first and second inlets, first and second channels, and a piston. The housing encloses an axial bore with a piston cavity extending radially from the bore. The piston cavity has proximal and distal axial limits. The shaft is disposed in the bore to translate therealong, and has proximal and distal ends. The tip is disposed on the proximal end of the shaft for insertion into the baseplate. The first and second inlets receive fluid under pressure. The first channel transfers the fluid from the first inlet to the piston cavity at the proximal limit. The second channel transfers the fluid from the second inlet to the piston cavity at the distal limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Matthew D. Lehr, Denver H. Walling