Patents by Inventor Richard A. Carpenter

Richard A. Carpenter 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: 20210197964
    Abstract: A ducted-rotor aircraft includes a fuselage, first and second ducts, and a spindle that is coupled to the fuselage. Each duct includes a rotor having a plurality of blades. The first and second ducts are coupled to opposed ends of the spindle. The spindle is rotatably coupled to the fuselage with first and second bearings. The first bearing is configured to react to radial loads and the second bearing is configured to react to both radial and axial loads. The spindle includes a shaft, first and second fittings secured to opposed ends of the shaft, and first and second attachment interfaces that are attachable to the first and second ducts. The attachment interfaces may be integral with the fittings. Alternatively, the fittings may be configured to be secured to the attachment interfaces with fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: William Anthony Amante, Karl Schroeder, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR., Timothy Brian Carr
  • Publication number: 20210197955
    Abstract: A ducted-rotor aircraft includes a fuselage, one or more ducts, and a spindle that rotatably couples the one or more ducts to the fuselage. Each duct includes a hub that is configured to support a rotor, a plurality of stators that are coupled to the hub, a duct ring that is coupled to the plurality of stators, and a fitting that is coupled to a first stator of the plurality of stators. The fitting has a tubular collar that defines a first aperture that extends through the fitting. The collar is configured to receive a portion of the spindle. The first stator includes a rib that is spaced inward from the fitting and that defines a second aperture that is aligned with the first aperture and that is configured to receive an end of the spindle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Schroeder, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR., Brett Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20210199022
    Abstract: A duct for a ducted-rotor aircraft includes a hub, a duct ring, and a plurality of stators that extend outward from the hub. The duct ring defines a trailing edge. The duct includes one or more fittings, such as a system of fittings. Each fitting has a body that defines a first attachment interface that is configured to couple to structure of the duct ring and a second attachment interface that is configured to couple to one of the plurality of stators. The first and second attachment interfaces are spaced from each other such that when the fittings are coupled to the duct ring and the plurality of stators, all or substantially all of each of the plurality of stators are located aft of the trailing edge of the duct ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Feeley, Karl Schroeder, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR.
  • Publication number: 20210186481
    Abstract: A tissue anchor includes a memory metal wire configured to transition between an at least partially straightened delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration forming an anchor and a suture-attachment feature configured to have a suture coupled thereto. In the expanded deployed configuration, one or more portions of the memory metal wire extend radially outward from a center of the tissue anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: John Richard Carpenter, Louis A. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20210139139
    Abstract: A duct for a ducted-rotor aircraft may include an internal structure and an aerodynamic exterior skin that is adhesively bonded to the internal structure. The skin may include a leading-edge portion disposed at an inlet of the duct and an inner portion disposed along an interior of the duct. The inner portion of the skin may be bonded to the internal structure with a first bondline of adhesive and the leading-edge portion of the skin may be bonded to the inner portion of the skin with a second bondline of adhesive. One or both of the first and second bondlines of adhesive may be of non-uniform thickness to take up tolerance stackups between the inner portion of the skin, the leading-edge portion of the skin, and the internal structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Schroeder, Timothy Brian Carr, David G. Carlson, Kevin Stump, William Anthony Amante, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR.
  • Publication number: 20210139130
    Abstract: A duct for a ducted-rotor aircraft may include internal structural components such as a spindle that is supported by a fuselage of the aircraft, first and second annular spars that are attached to an end of the spindle, a central hub that supports a motor of the aircraft, a plurality of stators that extend from the central hub to the second spar, and a plurality of ribs that are attached to the first spar and the second spar at respective opposed ends. The spindle may include an attachment interface to which the first and second spars are attached. The attachment interface may be disposed at the second end of the spindle. The attachment interface may define first and second arc-shaped planar surfaces to which the first and second spars, respectively, are attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Schroeder, William Anthony Amante, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR., Christopher Marion Johnson
  • Publication number: 20210139131
    Abstract: A hub assembly for a ducted-rotor aircraft includes a plurality of stator supports, a first integral fitting that attaches to first ends of the stator supports, and a second integral fitting that attaches to second ends of the stator supports. The first fitting includes a plurality of motor attachment portions configured to locate and support a motor of the ducted-rotor aircraft, a plurality of fairing mounts configured to support attachment of an aerodynamic fairing to the hub assembly, and a plurality of stator locators configured to locate respective ones of the plurality of stator supports for attachment to the hub assembly. The first fitting has a body portion with an annular wall that supports the motor attachment portions, the fairing mounts, and the stator locators. The first fitting may be fabricated as a monolith that includes the body portion, motor attachment portions, fairing mounts, and stator locators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Schroeder, Christopher Marion Johnson, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR., David G. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20210134075
    Abstract: A computer implemented preventative maintenance schedule can includes a plurality of predetermined maintenance intervals. A replaceable maintenance item may be initially assigned to an initially assigned maintenance interval. A performance data associated with the replaceable maintenance item may be measured and an estimated end of useful life may be determined based on the performance data. The estimated end of useful life is compared to the assigned maintenance interval and, if warranted, the assigned maintenance schedule is modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Carpenter, Kyle B. Walton, John J. Krone, Venkata Dandibhotla, Yanchai Zhang
  • Patent number: 10988728
    Abstract: The present invention relates to microbial compositions useful in treating and remediating wastewater, removing organic matter from the surfaces of post harvested fruits and vegetables, and decreasing post-harvest disease in fruit and vegetables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BiOWiSH Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Carpenter, Michael S. Showell, JoElla Barnes, Nirupam Pal
  • Publication number: 20210101676
    Abstract: An annular spar for a ducted-rotor of an aircraft may be fabricated from composite material, such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The spar may include an annular plate, a first circumferential flange that extends from an outer edge of the plate, and a second circumferential flange that extends from an inner edge of the plate. The first and second circumferential flanges may taper inwardly toward a center axis of the spar. The spar may be constructed of a plurality of layers of CFRP. One or more of the layers may be fabricated from a single ply of CFRP, and one or more other layers may be fabricated from a plurality of plies of CFRP. The spar may exhibit a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) that allows an associated tip gap to remain essentially constant throughout a range of operating temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Schroeder, William Anthony Amante, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR., David G. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10969413
    Abstract: A device for detecting energy theft from a utility network configured to access energy data for utilities, generate energy results, identify an outlying utility in the energy results, access behavioral data, determine whether there is a likelihood of energy theft associated with the outlying utility, generate descriptive results from the behavioral data indicating the likelihood of energy theft, receive a response of whether the energy theft occurred, and refine operation of the detecting of energy theft of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria Neuenschwander, Richard Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20210092190
    Abstract: Systems and approaches for interacting with industrial equipment are provided that include an interface having an input and an output, and a processor coupled to the interface. The processor is configured to link a uniform identification construct to a device and receive a request to access the uniform identification construct. The processor is further configured to translate the uniform identification construct into an internet protocol (IP) address and route the request to the device having the uniform identification construct according to the IP address via the output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Keith George McNab, Daniel White Sexton, Richard A. Carpenter, Wesley Michael Skeffington, Ward Linnscott Bowman, Brian Scott Courtney
  • Publication number: 20210066680
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a battery case assembly. In one implementation, the battery case assembly includes a plurality of structural beams and a chassis coupled to the plurality of structural beams. The plurality of structural beams of the battery case assembly is configured to be coupled to a portion of an aircraft frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: William Anthony Amante, Joseph Richard Carpenter, JR., Timothy Brian Carr
  • Patent number: 10920767
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods including a lubricating solution bath for a pump integrated into an ophthalmic surgical hand piece are provided. In some embodiments, an ophthalmic pump system includes a housing defining a cavity. The system includes a rotating element positioned within the cavity of the housing. The system includes a flexible tubular structure positioned within the housing adjacent to the rotating element such that rotation of the rotation element urges a fluid through the flexible tubular structure. The system includes a lubricating solution positioned within the cavity around the rotating element and at least a portion of the flexible tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: John Morgan Bourne, Glenn Robert Sussman, John Richard Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10862969
    Abstract: Systems and approaches for interacting with industrial equipment are provided that include an interface having an input and an output, and a processor coupled to the interface. The processor is configured to link a uniform identification construct to a device and receive a request to access the uniform identification construct. The processor is further configured to translate the uniform identification construct into an internet protocol (IP) address and route the request to the device having the uniform identification construct according to the IP address via the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS INC.
    Inventors: Keith George Mcnab, Daniel White Sexton, Richard A. Carpenter, Wesley Michael Skeffington, Ward Linnscott Bowman, Brian Scott Courtney
  • Publication number: 20200378283
    Abstract: A fluid degradation monitoring system may detect a replacement of a fluid of a machine. The fluid degradation monitoring system may determine, after detecting the replacement of the fluid, a first degradation estimate of the fluid using a first technique based on characteristics relating to an operation of the machine. The fluid degradation monitoring system may detect a transition in a value of a dielectric constant of the fluid from a first phase to a second phase. The fluid degradation monitoring system may determine, after detecting the transition in the value of the dielectric constant, a second degradation estimate of the fluid using a second technique based on characteristics relating to the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Yanchai ZHANG, Kyle WALTON, Richard CARPENTER, Venkata DANDIBHOTLA, Baoyang DENG
  • Patent number: D919547
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BELL TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Richard Carpenter, Timothy Carr, Matthew E. Louis, Steve Michael Loveland
  • Patent number: D919548
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BELL TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Richard Carpenter, Timothy Carr, Matthew E. Louis, Steve Michael Loveland
  • Patent number: D920213
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: BELL TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Richard Carpenter, Timothy Carr, Matthew E. Louis, Steve Michael Loveland
  • Patent number: D920216
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: BELL TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Richard Carpenter, Steve Michael Loveland, Allen Brittain