Patents by Inventor Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor 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: 20240209775
    Abstract: A hybrid electric gas turbine engine is provided. The hybrid electric gas turbine engine includes: a turbomachine having a compressor section and a turbine section arranged in serial flow order, the compressor section and turbine section together defining a core air flowpath, the turbomachine defining a core air flowpath exhaust; and an electric machine assembly having an electric machine disposed aft of the core air flowpath exhaust and mechanically connected to the turbine section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 27, 2024
    Inventors: Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Gert Johannes van der Merwe, Alexander Thomas Hills
  • Patent number: 11906163
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system for a gas turbine engine includes a fuel source; a draw pump downstream of the fuel source for generating a liquid fuel flow from the fuel source; a main fuel pump downstream of the draw pump; and a fuel oxygen reduction unit downstream of the draw pump and upstream of the main fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Sridhar Adibhatla, Ethan Patrick O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11866182
    Abstract: A fuel oxygen reduction unit assembly for a fuel system is provided. The fuel oxygen reduction unit assembly includes: a fuel oxygen reduction unit located downstream from the fuel source and defining a stripping gas flowpath and a liquid fuel flowpath, the fuel oxygen reduction unit comprising a means for transferring an amount of oxygen from a liquid fuel flow through the liquid fuel flowpath to a gas flow through the stripping gas flowpath; and an oxygen conversion unit in flow communication with the stripping gas flowpath configured to extract a flow of oxygen from a gas flow through the stripping gas flowpath, the oxygen conversion unit defining an oxygen outlet configured to provide the extracted flow of oxygen to an external system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller, John Michael Pyles, Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Justin Paul Smith, William James Mailander
  • Patent number: 11852080
    Abstract: A gearbox assembly includes a first gear coupled to a first shaft, a second gear coupled to a second shaft, and a plurality of planet gears that mesh with the first gear and the second gear. The first shaft includes a first shaft stiff portion and a first shaft flexible portion that includes a greater flexibility than a flexibility of the first shaft stiff portion such that the first gear moves in a radial direction. The second shaft includes a second shaft stiff portion and a second shaft flexible portion that includes a greater flexibility than a flexibility of the second shaft stiff portion such that the second gear moves in the radial direction. The first gear and the second gear move to distribute loads substantially equally on the plurality of planet gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Gert J. van der Merwe, Barry L. Allmon
  • Patent number: 11851204
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system for a gas turbine engine includes a fuel tank; a draw pump downstream of the fuel tank for generating a liquid fuel flow from the fuel tank; a main fuel pump downstream of the draw pump; and a fuel oxygen conversion unit downstream of the draw pump and upstream of the main fuel pump. The fuel oxygen conversion unit includes a stripping gas line; a contactor in fluid communication with the stripping gas line and the draw pump for forming a fuel/gas mixture; and a dual separator pump in fluid communication with the contactor for receiving the fuel/gas mixture and separating the fuel/gas mixture into a stripping gas flow and the liquid fuel flow at a location upstream of the main fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller, Richard Alan Wesling, David Justin Brady
  • Publication number: 20230407785
    Abstract: A fuel oxygen reduction unit for an engine is provided. The fuel oxygen reduction unit includes an inlet fuel line; a stripping gas source; a contactor selectively in fluid communication with the stripping gas source, the inlet fuel line, or both to form a fuel/gas mixture; and a separator that receives the fuel/gas mixture, the separator configured to separate the fuel/gas mixture into an outlet stripping gas flow and an outlet fuel flow; wherein a flow of stripping gas passes through the fuel oxygen reduction unit a single time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Brandon Wayne Miller, Daniel Alan Niergarth, Alfred Albert Mancini
  • Publication number: 20230384073
    Abstract: Systems for automatedly delivering explosives with variable densities are disclosed herein. Methods of automatedly delivering explosives with variable densities are disclosed herein. Methods of determining an emulsion explosive density profile are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Inventors: Jeff Averett, Scott Giltner, Patrick O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11774427
    Abstract: Methods of and apparatus for monitoring the health of a fuel oxygen conversion unit for a vehicle or a vehicle engine are provided. For example, a method comprises providing a distribution of sensed values obtained from a plurality of sensors distributed along an axial length of a gas oxygen reduction unit of the fuel oxygen conversion unit and determining the health of the fuel oxygen conversion unit from the distribution. As another example, a fuel oxygen conversion unit defines a circulation gas flowpath from a fuel gas separator to a contactor and comprises a gas oxygen reduction unit positioned in the circulation gas flowpath for reducing an oxygen content of a flow of stripping gas through the circulation gas flowpath. A plurality of sensors are distributed along an axial length of the gas oxygen reduction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Nathan Ray Parrott
  • Patent number: 11775291
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for automated updates to code deployment pipelines. This includes identifying a proposed change to a plurality of source code repositories based on parsing a change template. It further includes determining one or more changes to one or more files in each respective source code repository, of the plurality of source code repositories, based on the proposed change. It further includes changing the one or more files in each respective source code repository, based on the determined one or more changes, and building a project in each respective source code repository using the changed one or more files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Wagner, Jason Alexander Cox, Adam Arredondo, James H. Tatum, Patrick O'Connor, Ian C. Ward, Maya K. Senen, Brian Lawrence Scott
  • Patent number: 11774189
    Abstract: A heat exchanger can be configured to utilize multiple sections of hardway fins that can be configured so that an upper first section of the fins can build up liquid head and a second lower section of the fins can be configured to distribute liquid in an even, or uniform, manner. The first section of fins can utilize a different type of hole arrangement than the second section of fins. For instance, the diameter or width of the holes in the first section may differ from the diameter or width of the holes of the second section. In addition (or as an alternative), fin frequency and/or spacing between immediately adjacent holes in the first section of fins may be different from the spacing between immediately adjacent holes in the second section of fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Fang Xu, Declan Patrick O'Connor, William T Kleinberg, Patrick A. Houghton
  • Patent number: 11773776
    Abstract: A fuel oxygen reduction unit for an engine is provided. The fuel oxygen reduction unit includes an inlet fuel line; a stripping gas source; a contactor selectively in fluid communication with the stripping gas source, the inlet fuel line, or both to form a fuel/gas mixture; and a separator that receives the fuel/gas mixture, the separator configured to separate the fuel/gas mixture into an outlet stripping gas flow and an outlet fuel flow; wherein a flow of stripping gas passes through the fuel oxygen reduction unit a single time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Brandon Wayne Miller, Daniel Alan Niergarth, Alfred Albert Mancini
  • Publication number: 20230259356
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for automated updates to code deployment pipelines. This includes identifying a proposed change to a plurality of source code repositories based on parsing a change template. It further includes determining one or more changes to one or more files in each respective source code repository, of the plurality of source code repositories, based on the proposed change. It further includes changing the one or more files in each respective source code repository, based on the determined one or more changes, and building a project in each respective source code repository using the changed one or more files.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Inventors: Steven WAGNER, Jason Alexander COX, Adam ARREDONDO, James H. TATUM, Patrick O'CONNOR, Ian C. WARD, Maya K. SENEN, Brian Lawrence SCOTT
  • Patent number: 11680782
    Abstract: Systems for automatedly delivering explosives with variable densities are disclosed herein. Methods of automatedly delivering explosives with variable densities are disclosed herein. Methods of determining an emulsion explosive density profile are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Dyno Nobel Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Averett, Scott Giltner, Patrick O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20230119477
    Abstract: A turbine engine that includes an engine core, an inner cowl, an outer cowl and an accessory gearbox. The engine core includes at least a compressor section, a combustion section, and a turbine section in axial flow arrangement. The accessory gearbox is operably coupled to the engine core and includes a first portion and a second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Publication date: April 20, 2023
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, John Carl Glessner, Lawrence William Nurre, Ian Francis Prentice, Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Arthur William Sibbach
  • Publication number: 20230113791
    Abstract: A mask interface for a respiratory mask, in which the mask interface comprises a resilient mask housing at least partially formed from a textile and being configured to deform under pressure from an external force, such as when being pressed against a pillow, and to substantially return to its original shape either automatically or by manipulation by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Publication date: April 13, 2023
    Inventor: James Patrick O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11577852
    Abstract: A fuel oxygen conversion unit for a vehicle or an engine of the vehicle includes a contactor; a mechanically-driven, first fuel gas separator defining a liquid fuel outlet and a stripping gas outlet, the fuel oxygen conversion unit defining a liquid fuel outlet path in fluid communication with the liquid fuel outlet of the first fuel gas separator; and a second fuel gas separator positioned in fluid communication with the liquid fuel outlet path at a location downstream of the first fuel gas separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Daniel Alan Niergarth, Arthur William Sibbach, Brandon Wayne Miller, Richard Alan Wesling
  • Patent number: 11572838
    Abstract: A turbine engine that includes an engine core, an inner cowl, an outer cowl and an accessory gearbox. The engine core includes at least a compressor section, a combustion section, and a turbine section in axial flow arrangement. The accessory gearbox is operably coupled to the engine core and includes a first portion and a second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, John Carl Glessner, Lawrence William Nurre, Ian Francis Prentice, Ethan Patrick O'Connor, Arthur William Sibbach
  • Publication number: 20220391575
    Abstract: A system for auto generating agreements wherein a requester can initiate a contract generation and provide requested data for auto creation of an agreement from a dynamic document template with optional terms and clauses dependent on the provided data. The dynamic document is then formatted to generate a static document for routing and collecting electronic signatures. The executed document can be stored in a central repository and associated with the original provided data, generate metadata, the agreement terms, and other transaction specific information for subsequent retrieval and/or analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2021
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: Cinergy Technology Ltd (t/a Gatekeeper)
    Inventor: Patrick O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11504476
    Abstract: Automatic injection devices (i.e., auto-injectors) and methods are disclosed that use gas-generating chemical reactions for parenteral delivery of therapeutic fluids. The generated gas may place the auto-injector in a punctured configuration to puncture a patient's skin with a needle, an injected configuration to deliver the therapeutic fluid through the needle and into the puncture site, and/or a retracted configuration to withdraw the needle from the puncture site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventor: Joseph Patrick O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20220357104
    Abstract: A process for recovering at least one fluid (e.g. xenon gas and/or krypton gas, etc.) from a feed gas can include utilization of a compression system, primary heat exchanger unit, a pre-purification unit (PPU), and other units to separate and recover at least one desired fluid. In some embodiments, fluid flows output from a first heat exchanger or separation system of the plant can be split so that a portion of a stream is output for downstream processing to purify xenon (Xe) and/or krypton (Kr) product flow(s) while another portion of the stream is recycled to a compression system or the PPU to undergo further purification and heat exchange so that the product output for downstream processing has a higher concentration of Xe or Kr. Some embodiments can be configured to provide an improved recovery of Xe and/or Kr as well as an improvement in operational efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Declan Patrick O'Connor, Garret C. Lau