Patents by Inventor Ralph Hill

Ralph Hill 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: 20210047178
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for performing mechanosynthesis, including those that involve bulk chemical preparation of tips, multiple tips for supplying feedstock, and use of sequential tips such as in a thermodynamic cascade; such features may simplify starting requirements, increase versatility, and/or reduce complexity in the mechanosynthesis equipment and/or process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas, JR., Jeremy Barton, Aru Hill, Michael Drew, Damian Allis, Tait Takatani, Michael Shawn Marshall, Matthew Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20200361401
    Abstract: A headliner system includes a plurality of segments connected together and outlining a central opening and a central section received in the central opening. The central section is selected from a group of central sections consisting of a multisection panel incorporating an overhead airbag grid system, a panel incorporating a fold down display panel and a panel incorporating a pull down divider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Alan Forgette, Amy M. Boardman, John Andrew Stakoe, Anna Miller Hill, Robert Ralph Armitage, JR.
  • Patent number: 10822229
    Abstract: Improved methods, systems and devices for mechanosynthesis, including those that involve the bulk chemical preparation of tips, multiple tips on a presentation surface, and multiple tips used sequentially in a thermodynamic cascade. These improvements can simplify starting requirements, improve versatility, and reduce equipment and process complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CBN Nano Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas, Jr., Jeremy Barton, Aru Hill, Michael Drew, Damian Allis, Tait Takatani, Michael Shawn Marshall, Matthew Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10807556
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof. The vehicle includes a first row and a second row of airbags supported by the roof and elongated along a vehicle-longitudinal axis. The vehicle includes a third row and a fourth row of airbags supported by the roof, elongated along a vehicle-lateral axis, and intersecting the first row and the second row of airbags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anna Miller Hill, Brian Robert Spahn, Paul Alan Forgette, Jeffrey Charles Paddock, Benjamin Yilma, Robert Ralph Armitage
  • Patent number: 10703324
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a floor and a seat supported by the floor. The vehicle includes a roof. The vehicle includes a base supported by the roof and movable relative to the roof. The vehicle includes an airbag supported by the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Anna Miller Hill, Paul Alan Forgette, Jeffrey Charles Paddock, Benjamin Yilma, Robert Ralph Armitage, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 10683811
    Abstract: A combustion staging system for fuel burners of a multi-stage combustor of a gas turbine engine is provided. The system has pilot and mains fuel manifolds respectively distributing fuel to pilot and mains stages of the burners. The system further has a plurality of check valves through which the mains manifold feeds fuel to the respective burners. The check valves are arranged to open when the fuel pressure within the mains manifold exceeds a predetermined fuel pressure relative to gas pressure in the combustor. The system further has a splitting unit which receives a metered fuel flow and controllably splits the received fuel flow into pilot and mains flows which are sent respectively to the pilot and mains fuel manifolds to perform staging control of the combustor. The splitting unit is operable to select the pilot manifold and to deselect the mains manifold for pilot-only operation in which there is a pilot supply to the combustor but no mains supply to the combustor from the burners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Ralph Hill
  • Publication number: 20200070763
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a floor and a seat supported by the floor. The vehicle includes a roof. The vehicle includes a base supported by the roof and movable relative to the roof. The vehicle includes an airbag supported by the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anna Miller Hill, Paul Alan Forgette, Jeffrey Charles Paddock, Benjamin Yilma, Robert Ralph Armitage, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Publication number: 20200061886
    Abstract: A headliner includes a unitary body having a substrate with an A-surface and a B-surface, a secondary component carried on the B-surface and a laminated surface covering on the A-surface. That method of producing that headliner with a unitary body is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Alan Forgette, Amy M. Boardman, John Andrew Stakoe, Anna Miller Hill, Robert Ralph Armitage, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200062196
    Abstract: A segmented headliner includes a plurality of segments connected together and outlining a central opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Alan Forgette, Amy M. Boardman, John Andrew Stakoe, Anna Miller Hill, Robert Ralph Armitage, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200062195
    Abstract: A headliner system includes a plurality of segments connected together and outlining a central opening and a central section received in the central opening. The central section is selected from a group of different panels incorporating different functional features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Alan Forgette, Amy M. Boardman, John Andrew Stakoe, Anna Miller Hill, Robert Ralph Armitage, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200061894
    Abstract: A method of producing a headliner with a unitary body includes the steps of thermoforming a blank into a headliner substrate, simultaneously injection molding a secondary component onto the headliner substrate and laminating a surface covering to the headliner substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Alan Forgette, Amy M. Boardman, John Andrew Stakoe, Anna Miller Hill, Robert Ralph Armitage, JR.
  • Patent number: 10562460
    Abstract: This disclosure details accessory rail systems for securing various accessory devices to vehicles that are equipped with either standard roofs or roofs with one or more roof openings. An exemplary accessory rail system includes an accessory rail that is configured to simultaneously mount one or more interior accessories and/or one or more exterior accessories relative to the vehicle. A trim piece may be secured to the accessory rail, and an airbag curtain may be secured to either the accessory rail, the trim piece, or a roof frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Alan Forgette, Jeffrey Charles Paddock, Robert Ralph Armitage, Anna Miller Hill, Michael Timothy Feiten
  • Publication number: 20190337479
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof. The vehicle includes a first row and a second row of airbags supported by the roof and elongated along a vehicle-longitudinal axis. The vehicle includes a third row and a fourth row of airbags supported by the roof, elongated along a vehicle-lateral axis, and intersecting the first row and the second row of airbags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: ANNA MILLER HILL, BRIAN ROBERT SPAHN, PAUL ALAN FORGETTE, JEFFREY CHARLES PADDOCK, BENJAMIN YILMA, ROBERT RALPH ARMITAGE
  • Publication number: 20190283681
    Abstract: This disclosure details accessory rail systems for securing various accessory devices to vehicles that are equipped with either standard roofs or roofs with one or more roof openings. An exemplary accessory rail system includes an accessory rail that is configured to simultaneously mount one or more interior accessories and/or one or more exterior accessories relative to the vehicle. A trim piece may be secured to the accessory rail, and an airbag curtain may be secured to either the accessory rail, the trim piece, or a roof frame rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Paul Alan FORGETTE, Jeffrey Charles PADDOCK, Robert Ralph ARMITAGE, Anna Miller HILL, Michael Timothy FEITEN
  • Publication number: 20190287241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and apparatus comprising automated analysis and feedback on soft tissue imaging quality, including analysis and feedback in real time and in conformance with key parameters and metrics which affect the quality of an image. The system is arranged to implement a method wherein method for providing a qualitative and/or quantitative assessment of an image including several steps. The steps include using an imaging apparatus to obtain at least one soft tissue image of a patient and at least one test object image; deriving a soft tissue image parameter and statistical data from image data from the soft tissue image. The system and method are characterised by employing a metric for the assessment in comparison to the parameter and statistical data, wherein the metric is obtained from the soft tissue image data, data obtained from the at least one test object image, and data from the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Melissa HILL, Ralph HIGHNAM, Julian MARSHALL, Dave MURRAY, Lisa Renee JOHNSTON
  • Publication number: 20190250187
    Abstract: Build sequences for fabricating an atomically-precise product can be determined using computational chemistry algorithms to simulate mechanosynthetic reactions, and which may use the mechanosynthesis process conditions or equipment limitations in these simulations, to determine a set of mechanosynthetic reactions that will build an atomically-precise workpiece with a desired degree of reliability. Methods for error correction of pathological reactions or avoidance of pathological reactions are disclosed. Libraries of reactions may be used to reduce simulation requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Damian G. Allis, Jeremy Barton, Michael Drew, Robert A. Freitas, Aru Hill, Matthew Robert Kennedy, Ralph C. Merkle, Tait Takatani, Michael Shawn Marshall
  • Publication number: 20190202690
    Abstract: Improved methods, systems and devices for mechanosynthesis, including those that involve the bulk chemical preparation of tips, multiple tips on a presentation surface, and multiple tips used sequentially in a thermodynamic cascade. These improvements can simplify starting requirements, improve versatility, and reduce equipment and process complexity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas, JR., Jeremy Barton, Aru Hill, Michael Drew, Damian Allis, Tait Takatani, Michael Shawn Marshall, Matthew Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10309985
    Abstract: Methods for creating build sequences which are determined using computational chemistry algorithms to simulate mechanosynthetic reactions, and which may use the mechanosynthesis process conditions or equipment limitations in these simulations, and which facilitate determining a set of mechanosynthetic reactions that will build an atomically-precise workpiece with a desired degree of reliability. Included are methods for error correction of pathological reactions or avoidance of pathological reactions. Libraries of reactions may be used to reduce simulation requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CBN Nano Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Damian G. Allis, Jeremy Barton, Michael Drew, Robert A. Freitas, Jr., Aru Hill, Robert Matthew Kennedy, Ralph C. Merkle, Tait Takatani, Michael Marshall
  • Patent number: 10174948
    Abstract: A combustion staging system for fuel injectors of a multi-stage combustor of a gas turbine engine has pilot and mains fuel manifolds distributing fuel to the injectors. A splitting unit splits a fuel flow and sends portions of the flow to pilot and mains fuel manifolds to perform staging control of the combustor. The splitting unit can deselect the mains manifold so that there is no flow into the combustor from the mains manifold. A cooling flow recirculation line provides a cooling flow of fuel to the mains manifold when that manifold is deselected so that the mains manifold remains primed with relatively cool fuel. A return section collects the cooling flow from the mains manifold. One or more fuel pressure sensors detect pressure of the cooling flow on the recirculation line. A control arrangement closes off the recirculation line when the pressure sensor(s) indicates failure of the cooling flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Ralph Hill
  • Publication number: 20170298839
    Abstract: A combustion staging system for fuel burners of a multi-stage combustor of a gas turbine engine is provided. The system has pilot and mains fuel manifolds respectively distributing fuel to pilot and mains stages of the burners. The system further has a plurality of check valves through which the mains manifold feeds fuel to the respective burners. The check valves are arranged to open when the fuel pressure within the mains manifold exceeds a predetermined fuel pressure relative to gas pressure in the combustor. The system further has a splitting unit which receives a metered fuel flow and controllably splits the received fuel flow into pilot and mains flows which are sent respectively to the pilot and mains fuel manifolds to perform staging control of the combustor. The splitting unit is operable to select the pilot manifold and to deselect the mains manifold for pilot-only operation in which there is a pilot supply to the combustor but no mains supply to the combustor from the burners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Ralph HILL