Patents by Inventor Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy 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: 20120285375
    Abstract: Systems and processes for treatment of a cadmium telluride thin film photovoltaic device are generally provided. The systems can include a treatment system and a conveyor system. The treatment system includes a preheating section, a treatment chamber, and an anneal oven that are integrally interconnected within the treatment system. The conveyor system is operably disposed within the treatment system and configured for transporting substrates in a serial arrangement into and through the preheat section, into and through the treatment chamber, and into and through the anneal oven at a controlled speed. The treatment chamber is configured for applying a material to a thin film on a surface of the substrate and the anneal oven is configured to heat the substrate to an annealing temperature as the substrates are continuously conveyed by the conveyor system through the treatment chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: PrimeStar Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory Allen Schaeffer, Brian Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20120264658
    Abstract: Of the many compositions and methods provided herein, one method includes providing a drilling fluid comprising a base drilling fluid and a plurality of particulates, wherein the base drilling fluid without the particulates is characterized by N1(B) and wherein the base drilling fluid with the particulates is characterized by N1(A); and adjusting a concentration of the particulates in the drilling fluid by comparing the value of ?N1(F) to ?N1(P) so that ?N1(F)??N1(P), wherein ?N1(F)=|N1(A)|?|N1(B)|.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Sandeep D. Kulkarni, Sharath Savari, Arunesh Kumar, Matthew L. Miller, Robert Murphy, Dale E. Jamison
  • Patent number: 8286703
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for flow testing multiple zones in a single trip are provided. In one embodiment, a method of flow testing multiple zones in a wellbore includes lowering a tool string into the wellbore. The tool string includes an inflatable packer or plug and an electric pump. The method further includes operating the pump, thereby inflating the packer or plug and isolating a first zone from one or more other zones; monitoring flow from the first zone; deflating the packer or plug; moving the tool string in the wellbore; and operating the pump, thereby inflating the packer or plug and isolating a second zone from one or more other zones; and monitoring flow from the second zone. The zones are monitored in one trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Dale Clapp, Robert Murphy, Paul James Wilson, Mark Rogers
  • Publication number: 20120252683
    Abstract: A method of scoring binding affinity of a proposed ligand molecule for a receptor molecule using a computer and computer data bases, which accounts for the increase in energy required where docking disrupts water molecules that are localized at ligand hydration sites. The method uses computer-stored data representing a predicted ligand-receptor structure (preferably one that is validated). The computerized scoring analysis includes determining whether the receptor includes one or more hydration sites occupied by localized water, and, if so, assessing a penalty if docking the ligand into the receptor results in unfavorable interaction of the ligand with a localized water molecule remaining at the receptor hydration site (i.e. after docking).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Richard A. Friesner, Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20120252687
    Abstract: A method of scoring binding affinity of a proposed ligand molecule for a receptor molecule using a computer and computer data bases, which accounts for the increase in energy required where docking disrupts water molecules that are localized or localized. The method uses computer-stored data representing a predicted ligand-receptor structure (preferably one that is validated) as well as computer-stored data representing a library of compounds to be tested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Richard A. Friesner, Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8252619
    Abstract: Systems and processes for treatment of a cadmium telluride thin film photovoltaic device are generally provided. The systems can include a treatment system and a conveyor system. The treatment system includes a preheating section, a treatment chamber, and an anneal oven that are integrally interconnected within the treatment system. The conveyor system is operably disposed within the treatment system and configured for transporting substrates in a serial arrangement into and through the preheat section, into and through the treatment chamber, and into and through the anneal oven at a controlled speed. The treatment chamber is configured for applying a material to a thin film on a surface of the substrate and the anneal oven is configured to heat the substrate to an annealing temperature as the substrates are continuously conveyed by the conveyor system through the treatment chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: PrimeStar Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory Allen Schaeffer, Brian Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8247255
    Abstract: A process and associated system for vapor deposition of a thin film layer on a photovoltaic (PV) module substrate is includes establishing a vacuum chamber and introducing the substrates individually into the vacuum chamber. The substrates are pre-heated as they are conveyed through the vacuum chamber, and are then conveyed in serial arrangement through a vapor deposition apparatus in the vacuum chamber wherein a thin film of a sublimed source material is deposited onto an upper surface of the substrates. The substrates are conveyed through the vapor deposition apparatus at a controlled constant linear speed such that leading and trailing sections of the substrate in a conveyance direction are exposed to the same vapor deposition conditions within the vapor deposition apparatus. The vapor deposition apparatus may be supplied with source material in a manner so as not to interrupt the vapor deposition process or non-stop conveyance of the substrates through the vapor deposition apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: PrimeStar, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Pavol, Russell Weldon Black, Brian Robert Murphy, Christopher Rathweg, Edwin Jackson Little, Max William Reed
  • Publication number: 20120164784
    Abstract: Apparatus and processes for thin film deposition of semiconducting layers in the formation of cadmium telluride thin film photovoltaic device are provided. The apparatus includes a series of integrally connected chambers, such as a load vacuum chamber connected to a load vacuum pump; a sputtering deposition chamber; a vacuum buffer chamber; and, a vapor deposition chamber. A conveyor system is operably disposed within the apparatus and configured for transporting substrates in a serial arrangement into and through the load vacuum chamber, the sputtering deposition chamber, the vacuum buffer chamber, and the vapor deposition chamber at a controlled speed. The sputtering deposition chamber; the vacuum buffer chamber; and the vapor deposition chamber are integrally connected such that the substrates being transported through the apparatus are kept at a system pressure less than about 760 Torr.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Daniel Feldman-Peabody, Russell Weldon Black, Robert Dwayne Gossman, Brian Robert Murphy, Mark Jeffrey Pavol
  • Publication number: 20120152000
    Abstract: Methods and systems for characterizing drilling fluids laden with LCM (Lost Circulation Material) and other solid materials are disclosed. A test cell for analyzing a fluid is provided with a first conical inner portion and an axial positioning device positioned along an axis of the test cell. A first conical plug is coupled to the axial positioning device and is movable in and out of the first conical inner portion along the axis of the test cell. A fluid inlet is positioned at a first location on the test cell and a fluid outlet at a second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Dale Jamison, Robert Murphy, J.G. Savins
  • Publication number: 20120137405
    Abstract: A method for forming water resistant and breathable handwear is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: providing an outer shell, a liner that inhibits the transfer of heat from a user's hand, and a water resistant and breathable insert; applying a heat activated adhesive to a finger portion of the outer shell and the liner; assembling the outer shell, insert, and liner; and curing or activating the heat activated adhesive to form a bond between the layers. Water resistant handwear made through the process are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8160820
    Abstract: Scoring functions can be markedly improved by taking into account the status environs of ligand rings (or indeed other bulky rigid ligand structures) on the ligand when the ligand is complexed with the receptor. In its most general form, the invention features, quantifying a particular component of binding affinity between a ligand and a receptor molecule. Specifically, the component in question takes into account the spatial relationship between ligand ring structure(s) (or bulky rigid ligand structures) and their ambient surroundings when the ligand is bound to the receptor molecule. The method steps may be used when quantifying a component that reflects these particular ligand features alone, or the steps may be part of a comprehensive method of quantifying binding affinity which includes numerous other factors that relate to binding affinity in addition to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Shrodinger, LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Friesner, Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8151633
    Abstract: Methods and systems for characterizing drilling fluids laden with LCM (Lost Circulation Material) and other solid materials are disclosed. A test cell for analyzing a fluid is provided with a first conical inner portion and an axial positioning device positioned along an axis of the test cell. A first conical plug is coupled to the axial positioning device and is movable in and out of the first conical inner portion along the axis of the test cell. A fluid inlet is positioned at a first location on the test cell and a fluid outlet at a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Jamison, Robert Murphy, J. G. Savins
  • Patent number: 8145430
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for calculating a value representative of interaction (VRI) of a proposed ligand with a specified receptor. Hydrophobic interactions between one or more ligand atoms and one or more receptor atoms are scored by a method that awards a bonus for the presence of hydrophobic enclosure of one or more ligand atoms by the receptor. Also, charge-charge hydrogen bonds between a ligand and a receptor are scored by setting a default value for a charge-charge hydrogen bond and awarding a bonus above the default value when one or more specialized predetermined charge-charge hydrogen bond criteria is satisfied. Various charge-charge hydrogen bond criteria are used. Zwitterions, charge, salvation, geometry and electrostatic energy are accounted for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Schrodinger, LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Friesner, Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 8091726
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having a cell with a locking pin, and a cap and associated methods and systems. The locking pin may be configured to engage the cap when the pressure vessel is pressurized to prevent rotation of the cap without depression of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Bradshaw, Robert Murphy, Dale Jamison
  • Patent number: 8077104
    Abstract: System and method for improving the interference resistance of an radio frequency (RF) antenna system through passive prescreening of the RF energy incident upon the antenna. The invention physically partitions the RF environment into two or more sectors with respect to the direction of arrival of incident energy. The power level of the RF frequencies of interest incident upon each sector is determined such that whenever the power level exceeds a given threshold, the received signal from energy incident on that sector is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventors: Cordell Fox, Kevin Wing, Robert A. Murphy, David C. Priester
  • Publication number: 20110263070
    Abstract: Systems and processes for treatment of a cadmium telluride thin film photovoltaic device are generally provided. The systems can include a treatment system and a conveyor system. The treatment system includes a preheating section, a treatment chamber, and an anneal oven that are integrally interconnected within the treatment system. The conveyor system is operably disposed within the treatment system and configured for transporting substrates in a serial arrangement into and through the preheat section, into and through the treatment chamber, and into and through the anneal oven at a controlled speed. The treatment chamber is configured for applying a material to a thin film on a surface of the substrate and the anneal oven is configured to heat the substrate to an annealing temperature as the substrates are continuously conveyed by the conveyor system through the treatment chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Cory Allen Schaeffer, Brian Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20110263065
    Abstract: A system and related method for deposition of multiple thin film layers on photovoltaic (PV) module substrates includes a first processing side wherein the substrates are conveyed in a first direction for deposition of a first thin film layer on the substrates. A second processing side is operably disposed relative to the first processing side such that substrates exiting the first processing side are subsequently conveyed in a second direction through the second processing side for deposition of a second thin film layer on the first thin film layer. A first transfer station is operably disposed between the first processing side and the second processing side to receive the substrates from an exit of the first processing side and to introduce the substrates into an entry of the second processing side such that the substrates are continuously moved through the first and second processing sides for deposition of multiple thin film layers thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Russell Weldon Black, Brian Robert Murphy
  • Publication number: 20110143478
    Abstract: A process and associated system for vapor deposition of a thin film layer on a photovoltaic (PV) module substrate is includes establishing a vacuum chamber and introducing the substrates individually into the vacuum chamber. The substrates are pre-heated as they are conveyed through the vacuum chamber, and are then conveyed in serial arrangement through a vapor deposition apparatus in the vacuum chamber wherein a thin film of a sublimed source material is deposited onto an upper surface of the substrates. The substrates are conveyed through the vapor deposition apparatus at a controlled constant linear speed such that leading and trailing sections of the substrate in a conveyance direction are exposed to the same vapor deposition conditions within the vapor deposition apparatus. The vapor deposition apparatus may be supplied with source material in a manner so as not to interrupt the vapor deposition process or non-stop conveyance of the substrates through the vapor deposition apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: MARK JEFFREY PAVOL, RUSSELL WELDON BLACK, BRIAN ROBERT MURPHY, CHRISTOPHER RATHWEG, EDWIN JACKSON LITTLE, MAX WILLIAM REED
  • Publication number: 20110143481
    Abstract: A system and associated process for vapor deposition of a thin film layer on a photovoltaic (PV) module substrate is includes establishing a vacuum chamber and introducing the substrates individually into the vacuum chamber. A conveyor system is operably disposed within the vacuum chamber and is configured for conveying the substrates in a serial arrangement through a vapor deposition apparatus within the vacuum chamber at a controlled constant linear speed. A post-heat section is disposed within the vacuum chamber immediately downstream of the vapor deposition apparatus in the conveyance direction of the substrates. The post-heat section is configured to maintain the substrates conveyed from the vapor deposition apparatus in a desired heated temperature profile until the entire substrate has exited the vapor deposition apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: MARK JEFFREY PAVOL, RUSSELL WELDON BLACK, BRIAN ROBERT MURPHY, CHRISTOPHER RATHWEG, EDWIN JACKSON LITTLE, MAX WILLIAM REED
  • Publication number: 20110011788
    Abstract: A pressure vessel having a cell with a locking pin, and a cap and associated methods and systems. The locking pin may be configured to engage the cap when the pressure vessel is pressurized to prevent rotation of the cap without depression of the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Richard S. Bradshaw, Robert Murphy, Dale Jamison