Patents by Inventor Richard M. Norris

Richard M. Norris 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: 20210350650
    Abstract: Automated food delivery methods and systems using computer-managed delivery to an array of food delivery enclosures and computer-enabled customer access to the food delivered to the enclosures. Customers using the methods and systems may utilize their personal communication device such as a cell phone or tablet to order food and subsequently open an enclosure containing their food order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventors: Alexander Agapov, Steven R. Baker, Robert A. Baydale, Shawn C. Inman, Christopher M. Mele, Norman L. Norris, Joseph F. Scutellaro, Stephen M. Scutellaro, Craig C. Stickler, Richard L. Watts
  • Patent number: 6302932
    Abstract: A filter for coalescing water and removing odor from air includes a water coalescing layer made of a synthetic fiber and an odor removal layer including an adsorbent material that operatively interfaces the coalescing layer. The coalescing and removal layers are shaped to receive and expel the air. Both layers can be supported by a frame and/or an outer support layer of polyester material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignees: Honeywell International, Inc., The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter Dale Unger, Ronald Paul Rohrbach, Douglas M. Dewar, Daniel E. Bause, Lixin Luke Xue, Richard M. Norris, Samuel L. Penrod, Michael K. Chan, Gregory H. Barnett
  • Patent number: 4852343
    Abstract: A unique anti-icing management system for a gas turbine engine is disclosed according to which, at all times, only the required amount of heat is applied to inlet surfaces of the engine to prevent the formation of ice. Heated air is bled from the compressor discharge for this purpose and the amount of flow of the heated air is adjusted by a uniquely operated solenoid valve under the direction of an electronic control responsive to any one of a variety of meaningful conditions including, but not necessarily limited to, temperature of an anti-iced surface at the inlet to the engine, rotational speed of the engine, and the presence of an ice producing meteorological condition. The solenoid valve assumes only two operable positions, namely, a fully open position and a fully closed position, and is operated in a pulsed fashion to control flow on a time basis, rather than on a percentage-of-opening basis which is the conventional mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Richard M. Norris, Kimball J. Rumford, Douglass S. Youd
  • Patent number: 4831819
    Abstract: A unique anti-icing management system for a gas turbine engine is disclosed according to which, at all times, only the required amount of heat is applied to inlet surfaces of the engine to prevent the formation of ice. Heated air is bled from the compressor discharge for this purpose and the amount of flow of the heated air is adjusted by a uniquely operated solenoid valve under the direction of an electronic control responsive to any one of a variety of meaningful conditions including, but not necessarily limited to, temperature of an anti-iced surface at the inlet to the engine, rotational speed of the engine, and the presence of an ice producing meteorological condition. The solenoid valve assumes only two operable positions, namely, a fully open position and a fully closed position, and is operated in a pulsed fashion to control flow on a time basis, rather than on a percentage-of-opening basis which is the conventional mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Richard M. Norris, Kimball J. Rumford, Douglass S. Youd
  • Patent number: 4783026
    Abstract: An anti-icing management system for a gas turbine engine according to which, at all times, only the required amount of heat is applied to inlet surfaces of the engine to prevent the formation of ice. Heated air is bled from the compressor discharge, or from some other suitable heat source, for this purpose. The amount of flow of the heated air is adjusted by an electronic control responsive to the temperature of the anti-iced engine inlet surfaces directly in the path of incoming air. The electronic control may be effective to admit flow of the heated air to the region to be heated when a separate ice detector determines the presence of ice and so informs the control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Kimball J. Rumford, Richard M. Norris
  • Patent number: 4704145
    Abstract: A modular multi-channel particle separator is provided to block foreign objects from entering the inlet of a gas turbine engine and to remove particulate matter from the inlet air stream before it reaches the compressor section of the engine. Each module is designed for easy fabrication from sheet material which can be readily configured to remove both fine and coarse particles from the air stream with minimal pressure loss, system volume and weight. Each module also defines passages for removing particular matter that has been intercepted and for conducting heating air through the module to prevent icing. The modular construction of the separator simplifies initial assembly in the gas turbine engine, as well as later maintenance and replacement of one or more modules, should that prove necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Richard M. Norris, Bert A. Diehl, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4268287
    Abstract: The inlet and primary impingement surfaces of a particle separator used in a gas turbine engine are coated with a composition consisting substantially of cellulose nitrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventor: Richard M. Norris
  • Patent number: 4268284
    Abstract: A multichannel particle separator for use in cleaning engine inlet air is disclosed. The separator uses a plurality of channel assemblies arranged in parallel side-by-side fashion within a substantially rectangular housing. Separation of undesired particles is achieved by accelerating the incoming airstream to a high velocity and turning it such that inertia carries the dirt particles into a particle collection chamber. A small percentage of the incoming air is used to induce particulate matter to proceed into the particle collection chambers. Heated air from a source within the adjacent engine is passed along passages within the interior of each channel assembly to heat the surface thereof and prevent ice formation thereon when operating under adverse meteorological conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Kent, Richard M. Norris, Alan J. Charlton
  • Patent number: 4250703
    Abstract: In a gas turbine engine, a duct is constructed extending axially and communicating directly, through a transverse opening, with the engine plenum. The plenum extends upward into the engine nacelle and connects with the inlet to the compressor of the gas turbine engine. A portion of the air entering the duct is drawn into the plenum. The remainder is exhausted out of the rear portion of the duct. To create inertial separation, a door is mounted on a lever arm which may be rotated between two positions. In one position the door partially closes the entrance to the plenum causing the airflow to turn through a greater angle in order to enter the plenum. The turning motion of the airflow divides the particles of heavier mass to the outside of the turn. These particles will be exhausted from the rearward exit of the duct. In a second position the door closes the rear portion of the duct so that the entire volume of air entering the duct is supplied to the engine plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1981
    Assignee: Avco Corporation
    Inventors: Richard M. Norris, Joseph P. Murphy