Patents by Inventor Robert C. Morris

Robert C. Morris 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).

  • Patent number: 7247290
    Abstract: Coagulation spinning produces structures such as fibers, ribbons, and yarns of carbon nanotubes. Stabilization, orientation, and shaping of spun materials are achieved by post-spinning processes. Advantages include the elimination of core-sheath effects due to carbonaceous contaminants, increasing mechanical properties, and eliminating dimensional instabilities in liquid electrolytes that previously prohibited the application of these spun materials in electrochemical devices. These advances enable the application of coagulation-spun carbon nanotube fibers, ribbons, and yarns in actuators, supercapacitors, and in devices for electrical energy harvesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Lobovsky, Jim Matrunich, Mikhail Kozlov, Robert C. Morris, Ray H. Baughman, Anvar A. Zakhidov
  • Patent number: 6943677
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for brightening and dimming a brake light of automotive vehicle for enhanced display indication of braking includes a pulse width modulation unit to be electrically connected to a brake lamp for sequentially modulating the supply energy to the lamp to generate a brightening and dimming of the lamp. A time extent of the modulation is detected so that the modulation can be stopped after a preselected time period and the light will be continually on as in a conventional braking operation. After the brake is released by the operator, a second preselected time period for locking out the sequential interrupting is timed down, for avoiding repetitive flashing during stop-and-go traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: TransAlert, Inc.
    Inventors: Clyde H. Boyer, Edward J. Stropkay, Robert C. Morris, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040189458
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for brightening and dimming a brake light of automotive vehicle for enhanced display indication of braking includes a pulse width modulation unit to be electrically connected to a brake lamp for sequentially modulating the supply energy to the lamp to generate a brightening and dimming of the lamp. A time extent of the modulation is detected so that the modulation can be stopped after a preselected time period and the light will be continually on as in a conventional braking operation. After the brake is released by the operator, a second preselected time period for locking out the sequential interrupting is timed down, for avoiding repetitive flashing during stop-and-go traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventors: Clyde H. Boyer, Edward J. Stropkay, Robert C. Morris
  • Publication number: 20040096389
    Abstract: Coagulation spinning produces structures such as fibers, ribbons, and yarns of carbon nanotubes. Stabilization, orientation, and shaping of spun materials are achieved by post-spinning processes. Advantages include the elimination of core-sheath effects due to carbonaceous contaminants, increasing mechanical properties, and eliminating dimensional instabilities in liquid electrolytes that previously prohibited the application of these spun materials in electrochemical devices. These advances enable the application of coagulation-spun carbon nanotube fibers, ribbons, and yarns in actuators, supercapacitors, and in devices for electrical energy harvesting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Alex Lobovsky, Jim Matrunich, Mikhail Kozlov, Robert C. Morris, Ray H. Baughman, Anvar A. Zakhidov
  • Patent number: 6720871
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for brightening and dimming a brake light of automotive vehicle for enhanced display indication of braking includes a pulse width modulation unit to be electrically connected to a brake lamp for sequentially modulating the supply energy to the lamp to generate a brightening and dimming of the lamp. A time extent of the modulation is detected so that the modulation can be stopped after a preselected time period and the light will be continually on as in a conventional braking operation After the brake is released by the operator, a second preselected time period for locking out the sequential interrupting is timed down, for avoiding repetitive flashing during stop-and-go traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: TransAlert, Inc.
    Inventors: Clyde H. Boyer, Edward J. Stropkay, Robert C. Morris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6708135
    Abstract: In the present invention, several timer functions (e.g. delay on make, delay on break, recycle, single shot, etc.) are expressed in terms of a series of timer subfunctions, and code segments are developed for each identified subfunction. A program of a timer is established to include a plurality of subfunction code segments and a subfunction ordering table for determining the ordering of execution for the subfunction code segments. The ordering of subfunctions of the subfunction ordering table may be selectable in accordance with a model number input received at a program builder system adapted for use in programming the programmable timer. In one embodiment, the programming method provides for reprogramming of a timer including a control circuit having a one-time programmable processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: ABB, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Southworth, Kenneth C. Volz, Robert C. Morris, Jr., Dan S. Carroll
  • Patent number: 6682677
    Abstract: Coagulation spinning produces structures such as fibers, ribbons, and yarns of carbon nanotubes. Stabilization, orientation, and shaping of spun materials are achieved by post-spinning processes. Advantages include the elimination of core-sheath effects due to carbonaceous contaminants, increasing mechanical properties, and eliminating dimensional instabilities in liquid electrolytes that previously prohibited the application of these spun materials in electrochemical devices. These advances enable the application of coagulation-spun carbon nanotube fibers, ribbons, and yarns in actuators, supercapacitors, and in devices for electrical energy harvesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Lobovsky, Jim Matrunich, Mikhail Kozlov, Robert C. Morris, Ray H. Baughman, Anvar A. Zakhidov
  • Patent number: 6500282
    Abstract: A superelastic alloy exhibiting shape memory or pseudoelastic it properties contains about 46.17 weight percent Au and about 53.83 weight percent In. Such alloys containing the superelastic Au—In2 intermetallic compound which exhibits elasticity can be formed into a gasket or seal that can be deformed at low stress levels while additionally having corrosion resistant properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Morris, Dave Narasimhan, Raghib Hasan
  • Publication number: 20020152412
    Abstract: In the present invention, several timer functions (e.g. delay on make, delay on break, recycle, single shot, etc.) are expressed in terms of a series of timer subfunctions, and code segments are developed for each identified subfunction. A program of a timer is established to include a plurality of subfunction code segments and a subfunction ordering table for determining the ordering of execution for the subfunction code segments. The ordering of subfunctions of the subfunction ordering table may be selectable in accordance with a model number input received at a program builder system adapted for use in programming the programmable timer. In one embodiment, the programming method provides for reprogramming of a timer including a control circuit having a one-time programmable processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventors: Robert A. Southworth, Kenneth C. Volz, Robert C. Morris, Dan S. Carroll
  • Publication number: 20020147605
    Abstract: The present invention is a timer module system including a timer module, program builder system for developing programs for loading into the timer module, and a model number data page for use in selecting the appropriate program for loading into the timer module. The timer module includes circuit elements configured for control by a timer processor system so that various timer functions, time delay functions, and time delay settings are realized by appropriate programming of the timer processor system. The program builder system includes a builder processor system having a program for developing a timer operating program in response to a user-input model number command selected using the model number data page. A breakable communication link is provided between the timer module and the program builder system to facilitate the transmission of developed timer operating programs from the program builder system to the timer module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Robert A. Southworth, Kenneth C. Volz, Robert C. Morris, Dan S. Carroll
  • Publication number: 20020113335
    Abstract: Coagulation spinning produces structures such as fibers, ribbons, and yarns of carbon nanotubes. Stabilization, orientation, and shaping of spun materials are achieved by post-spinning processes. Advantages include the elimination of core-sheath effects due to carbonaceous contaminants, increasing mechanical properties, and eliminating dimensional instabilities in liquid electrolytes that previously prohibited the application of these spun materials in electrochemical devices. These advances enable the application of coagulation-spun carbon nanotube fibers, ribbons, and yarns in actuators, supercapacitors, and in devices for electrical energy harvesting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Alex Lobovsky, Jim Matrunich, Mikhail Kozlov, Robert C. Morris, Ray H. Baughman, Anvar A. Zakhidov
  • Publication number: 20020075148
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for brightening and dimming a brake light of automotive vehicle for enhanced display indication of braking includes a pulse width modulation unit to be electrically connected to a brake lamp for sequentially modulating the supply energy to the lamp to generate a brightening and dimming of the lamp. A time extent of the modulation is detected so that the modulation can be stopped after a preselected time period and the light will be continually on as in a conventional braking operation After the brake is released by the operator, a second preselected time period for locking out the sequential interrupting is timed down, for avoiding repetitive flashing during stop-and-go traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Applicant: TransAlert, Inc.
    Inventors: Clyde H. Boyer, Edward J. Stropkay, Robert C. Morris
  • Publication number: 20010026770
    Abstract: A superelastic alloy exhibiting shape memory or pseudoelastic properties contains about 46.3 weight percent Au and about 54.7 weight percent In. Such alloys containing the superelastic Au—In2 intermetallic compound which exhibits elasticity can be formed into a gasket or seal that can be deformed at low stress levels while additionally having corrosion resistant properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventors: Robert C. Morris, Dave Narasimhan, Raghib Hasan
  • Patent number: 6122993
    Abstract: An energy storage flywheel having a benign failure mode, the rotor of which is constructed of a brittle, high specific strength, isotropic solid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Morris, Dave Narasimhan, John Moody, Patrick Coronato
  • Patent number: 5756225
    Abstract: Blades for use in combusion turbine engines are formed from a single crystal aluminum garnet body--desirably a rare earth aluminum garnet body--having an epitaxial surface layer of a second aluminum garnet having a lattice constant larger than that of the body garnet so as to provide a compressive strain, to thereby strengthen the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Morris, Devlin M. Gualtieri, Dave Narasimhan, Philip J. Whalen
  • Patent number: 5573862
    Abstract: Blades for use in combusion turbine engine are formed from a single crystal garnet body--suitably an aluminum garnet, desirably a rare earth aluminum garnet--having an epitaxial surface layer of a second garnet having a lattice constant larger than that of the body garnet so as a compressive strain, to thereby strengthen the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Devlin M. Gualtieri, Robert C. Morris, Dave Narasimhan, Philip J. Whalen
  • Patent number: 5572725
    Abstract: Reinforcement fibers are formed from a single crystal garnet body--suitably an aluminum garnet, desirably a rare earth aluminum garnet--having an epitaxial surface layer of a second garnet having a lattice constant larger than that of the body garnet so as to provide a compressive strain, to thereby strengthen the fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: AlliedSignal, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Morris, Devlin M. Gualtieri, Dave Narasimhan, Philip J. Whalen
  • Patent number: 5348774
    Abstract: Porous solid bodies, especially carbon bodies, are densified by chemical vapor deposition by establishing a thermal gradient within the body, thermally decomposing a gaseous precursor so deposit an electrically and thermally conductive deposit (e.g. carbon) within the body, and shifting the thermal gradient toward the lower temperature zone as deposition proceeds, by means of induction heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Ilan Golecki, Robert C. Morris, Dave Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 5255068
    Abstract: A sensor for use in an optical temperature detector system having a birefringent element made of a single crystal metal oxide plate. A broad band light spectrum is transmitted through a first linear polarizing element to create a linearly polarized wave. The linearly polarized wave on passing through the single crystal metal oxide plate decomposes into first and second orthogonally polarized waves. Propagation of the linearly polarized wave through the birefringent single crystal metal oxide plate introduces a temperature dependent phase shift between the two waves. Thereafter, a second linear polarizer combines the first and second orthogonally polarized waves to create a modulated light spectrum having a fringe pattern, the fringe pattern being a function of the current temperature experienced by said birefringent element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Emo, Devlin M. Gualtieri, Janpu Hou, Terrance R. Kinney, Robert C. Morris, Herman van de Vaart
  • Patent number: 5175787
    Abstract: This invention provides birefringent optical waveguide structures of crystalline aluminum garnet of a high refractive index which are clad with crystalline aluminum garnet of a lower refractive index. Due to predetermined lattice mismatch between garnet substrate and cladding layer, strain is induced which causes a stress with resultant birefringence in the waveguide layer. When linearly polarized light enters such stressed waveguide in certain orientations, the linear polarization will be preserved by the stress-induced birefringence. These birefringent clad waveguides can be in the form of slabs, channels, ribs, or any of the typical optical waveguide structures. They are useful at high temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventors: Devlin M. Gualtieri, Janpu Hou, Robert C. Morris, Herman van de Vaart