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: 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
  • Publication number: 20160245524
    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: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE CONTROLS AND DATA SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Ralph HILL
  • Patent number: 8573898
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a multi-tooth fir-tree or bulbous form milling cutter, by the grinding of a blank with a grinding wheel, wherein, a flat clearance angle ? of between 0° and 20° is generated on each tooth (13) by the path (14) of the grinding wheel (10), with each tooth (13) having a width (X) from tip to point of maximum clearance (see FIG. 5), calculated as follows: —X={[(R tan ?)cos ?] cos ?}±0.25% (being calculation (A)) where R=radius of cutter, and where ?=clearance angle measured from a tangent to the tooth tip, and furthermore, wherein, each tooth (13) has a variable depth (Y) around the cutter, calculated as follows: —Y={[?D]/[180/?]}0.5±0.2. (being calculation (B)) where D=maximum diameter of the form at any given point along the form. The invention also includes fir tree and bulbous milling cutters produced by the above defined method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Ralph Hill, Mark Kirby
  • Publication number: 20120170985
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a multi-tooth fir-tree or bulbous form milling cutter, by the grinding of a blank with a grinding wheel, wherein, a flat clearance angle ? of between 0° and 20° is generated on each tooth (13) by the path (14) of the grinding wheel (10), with each tooth (13) having a width (X) from tip to point of maximum clearance (see FIG. 5), calculated as follows: X={[(Rtan?)cos?]cos?}±0.25% (being calculation (A)) where R=radius of cutter, and where ?=clearance angle measured from a tangent to the tooth tip, and furthermore, wherein, each tooth (13) has a variable depth (Y) around the cutter, calculated as follows: Y={[?D]/[180/?]} 0.5±0.2. (being calculation (B)) where D=maximum diameter of the form at any given point along the form. The invention also includes fir tree and bulbous milling cutters produced by the above defined method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Ralph Hill, Mark Kirby
  • Patent number: 7448062
    Abstract: A software architecture and control protocol that provides seamless playback of multiple clips of media data across a data network. Conventional server-based data network architecture where playback logic resides on the servers does not provide the capability of seamless playback of multiple clips stored in different servers. The present invention allows users to specify a playlist and provides control on the client with the implementation of a “client pull” data transport model. According to the present invention, the playlist is translated into a plurality of frame accurate requests, which are sent from the client to the servers one request at a time. The servers, upon receiving the requests, retrieve the corresponding frames of media data and transmit the media data back to the client. In this way, the present invention allows a user-interface to provide seamless playback of multiple clips that reside on different servers on the client workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eric David Bloch, Jeffrey Evan Beall, Gordon Anson Durand, Ralph Hill
  • Publication number: 20080063509
    Abstract: A clearance control apparatus for controlling the clearance between a rotary assembly (17) and a casing (24) surrounding the rotary assembly (17) is disclosed. The clearance control apparatus comprises a temperature measuring device (34) to measure the temperature of a radially outer portion of the rotary assembly and a cooling arrangement (28) to cool the casing (24). A control system (36) is associated with the temperature measuring device (34) and the cooling arrangement (28) to control the extent of cooling of the casing (24). The extent of cooling is dependent upon the temperature of the aforesaid portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Roger Sutherland, Colin Barnfather, Jonathan Holt, Christopher Jack, Ralph Hill
  • Publication number: 20080013724
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for protection of streamed media content is disclosed. In one aspect, the apparatus includes control means for governance of content streams or content objects, decryption means for decrypting content streams or content objects under control of the control means, and feedback means for tracking actual use of content streams or content objects. The control means may operate in accordance with rules received as part of the streamed content, or through a side-band channel. The rules may specify allowed uses of the content, including whether or not the content can be copied or transferred, and whether and under what circumstances received content may be “checked-out” of one device and used in a second device. The rules may also include or specify budgets, and a requirement that audit information be collected and/or transmitted to an external server. In a different aspect, the apparatus may include a media player designed to call plugins to assist in rendering content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventors: Talal Shamoon, Ralph Hill, Chris Radcliffe, John Hwa
  • Publication number: 20070211891
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for protection of streamed media content is disclosed. In one aspect, the apparatus includes control means for governance of content streams or content objects, decryption means for decrypting content streams or content objects under control of the control means, and feedback means for tracking actual use of content streams or content objects. The control means may operate in accordance with rules received as part of the streamed content, or through a side-band channel. The rules may specify allowed uses of the content, including whether or not the content can be copied or transferred, and whether and under what circumstances received content may be “checked out” of one device and used in a second device. The rules may also include or specify budgets, and a requirement that audit information be collected and/or transmitted to an external server. In a different aspect, the apparatus may include a media player designed to call plugins to assist in rendering content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Talal Shamoon, Ralph Hill, Chris Radcliffe, John Hwa
  • Publication number: 20070011680
    Abstract: A process for scheduling operations using a cost function is provided. A number of scheduling options are determined for an operation and a cost is computed for each scheduling option. The process then schedules the operation based on a computed cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Applicant: QuickSilver Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph Hill
  • Patent number: 7107886
    Abstract: A disc component for a gas turbine engine is produced from a workpiece by a sequence of machining operations. During the machining operations, the workpiece is supported by a fixture engaging support surfaces. The workpiece remains secured to the fixture throughout the sequence of machining operations so that these operations can be conducted on both faces of a disc portion of the workpiece without removing the workpiece from the fixture. The machining operations are conducted alternately on the opposite faces in order to allow residual stresses in the workpiece to dissipate in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Ralph Hill, Richard Church, Benjamin Mycock
  • Publication number: 20060159266
    Abstract: Protection of digital content using a specific application of block cipher cryptography is described. The digital content is encrypted using an encryption key and a calculated initialization vector. The digital content includes a plurality of strides of data and each stride includes a string of data to be encrypted and a block of data to be encrypted. The calculated initialization vector to be used to encrypt the block of data is derived from the string of data in the stride to be encrypted. Furthermore, the initialization vector is calculated by performing an exclusive disjunction function on a seed value and the string of data for each stride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Inventors: Pierre Chavanne, John Hwa, Lakshmana Pamarthy, Carl Quinn, Ralph Hill, Eric Swenson, Motomasa Futagami, Atsushi Mituszawa
  • Patent number: 7055039
    Abstract: Protection of digital content using a specific application of block cipher cryptography is described. The digital content is encrypted using an encryption key and a calculated initialization vector. The digital content includes a plurality of strides of data and each stride includes a string of data to be encrypted and a block of data to be encrypted. The calculated initialization vector to be used to encrypt the block of data is derived from the string of data in the stride to be encrypted. Furthermore, the initialization vector is calculated by performing an exclusive disjunction function on a seed value and the string of data for each stride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Chavanne, John Hwa, Lakshmana Pamarthy, Carl Quinn, Ralph Hill, Eric Swenson, Motomasa Futagami, Atsushi Mituszawa
  • Publication number: 20050269127
    Abstract: A composite insulator containing means for providing early warning of impending failure due to stress corrosion cracking, flashunder, or destruction of the rod by discharge activity conditions is described. A composite insulator comprising a fiberglass rod surrounded by a polymer housing and connected with metal end fittings on either end of the rod is doped with a dye-based chemical dopant. The dopant is located around the vicinity of the outer surface of the fiberglass rod. The dopant is formulated to possess migration and diffusion characteristics, and to be inert in dry conditions and compatible with the insulator components. The dopant is positioned within the insulator such that upon the penetration of moisture through the housing to the rod through a permeation pathway in the outer surface of the insulator, the dopant will become activated and will leach out of the same permeation pathway or diffuse through the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Inventors: Joseph Mitchell, Spring Haby, Dennis Rushforth, Mark Van Dyke, Henry Oviatt, Andrew Philips, Ralph Hill, Mary Marshall
  • Publication number: 20050073710
    Abstract: A method of controlling the printing of graphic enhancements to a POS receipt using additional configuration commands. The method is implemented in a POS printer by designating exception byte strings (i.e., not usual text in receipts) to act as triggers for the suspension of the normal launching of a selected graphic function for a given number of iterations. The method also involves optionally eliminating the triggering text itself, as well as suspending the targeted graphic. The method does not require any changes to existing host software, such as the store checkout legacy application. Instead, byte string triggers are defined in the input text comprising the POS receipt and used to trigger suppression of the graphics normally merged with the legacy receipt output, thus allowing users to configure new custom control commands in the printer without having to upgrade or replace the legacy host application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Inventors: Terrence Campbell, Ralph Hill, Andrew Kobziar, John Tarbotton
  • Publication number: 20050034892
    Abstract: A composite insulator containing means for providing early warning of impending failure due to stress corrosion cracking, flashunder, or destruction of the rod by discharge activity conditions is described. A composite insulator comprising a fiberglass rod surrounded by a polymer housing and fitted with metal end fittings on either end of the rod is doped with a dye-based chemical dopant. The dopant is located around the vicinity of the outer surface of the fiberglass rod. The dopant is formulated to possess migration and diffusion characteristics correlating to those of water, and to be inert in dry conditions and compatible with the insulator components. The dopant is placed within the insulator such that upon the penetration of moisture through the housing to the rod through a permeation pathway in the outer surface of the insulator, the dopant will become activated and will leach out of the same permeation pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Publication date: February 17, 2005
    Inventors: Andrew Philips, Ralph Hill, Mary Marshall, Joseph Mitchell, Stephen Hudak
  • Publication number: 20040202322
    Abstract: Protection of digital content using a specific application of block cipher cryptography is described. The digital content is encrypted using an encryption key and a calculated initialization vector. The digital content includes a plurality of strides of data and each stride includes a string of data to be encrypted and a block of data to be encrypted. The calculated initialization vector to be used to encrypt the block of data is derived from the string of data in the stride to be encrypted. Furthermore, the initialization vector is calculated by performing an exclusive disjunction function on a seed value and the string of data for each stride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Pierre Chavanne, John Hwa, Lakshmana Pamarthy, Carl Quinn, Ralph Hill, Eric Swenson, Motomasa Futagami, Atsushi Mituszawa
  • Patent number: 6792468
    Abstract: A software architecture and control protocol that provides applications with control over the transport that is frame-accurate, random-access, real-time and stream-based. Conventional server-based data network where media data resides on the server does not provide a frame accurate control of media data playback on a client workstation. The present invention provides control on the client with the implementation of a “client pull” data transport model. According to the present invention, requests for media data are sent from the client to the server one request at a time. The server, upon receiving the requests, retrieves the corresponding frames of media data and transmits the media data back to the client one frame at a time. In this way, the present invention allows a user-interface to provide frame accurate controls on the client workstation, while allowing for real-time playback of media data that resides on the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eric David Bloch, Jeffrey Evan Beall, Gordon Anson Durand, Ralph Hill
  • Patent number: D662115
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Mark Kirby, Christopher Peter Ralph Hill
  • Patent number: D662529
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Mark Kirby, Christopher Peter Ralph Hill
  • Patent number: D785098
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Ralph Hill