Patents by Inventor Robert W. Carter

Robert W. Carter 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: 20200399744
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing powdered composite material includes metal particles coated with a coating of ceramic particles. The metal particles may include a ternary NiCoCr alloy, with select additions of minor amounts of other elements. The ceramic particles may include yttrium oxide or other oxides. The composite material is suitable for additive manufacturing (AM) into a component for high temperature (>1000° C.) applications. The AM component includes a metal matrix formed from the alloy, with the ceramic particles dispersed in the matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy M. Smith, Robert W. Carter, Christopher A. Kantzos, Michael J. Kulis
  • Patent number: 7686202
    Abstract: A gimbaled-shoulder friction stir welding tool includes a pin and first and second annular shoulders coupled to the pin. At least one of the annular shoulders is coupled to the pin for gimbaled motion with respect thereto as the tool is rotated by a friction stir welding apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Robert W. Carter, Kirby G. Lawless
  • Publication number: 20090113565
    Abstract: Provided are methods for detecting expression of nucleic acids encoding mutant fluorescent proteins. In the methods, a nucleic acid encoding a mutant fluorescent protein, or a full complement thereof, is introduced into a cell or organism. The cell or organism is allowed to replicate. Expression of the nucleic acid is detected by emission of fluorescent light. Animals including a nucleic acid encoding a mutant fluorescent protein, or a full complement thereof, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Patrick D.L. Gibbs, Robert W. Carter, Michael C. Schmale
  • Patent number: 7413874
    Abstract: Provided are four new fluorescent proteins. The proteins were derived from two wild-type fluorescent proteins: a red fluorescent protein (RFP) that was isolated from Actinodiscus or Discosoma sp. 1 and a green fluorescent protein (GFP) isolated from Montastraea cavernosa. Two mutant forms were generated from each wild-type protein. Each of the mutated forms has a higher fluorescence intensity than the respective wild-type form. The mutant forms of the fluorescent proteins allow for more sensitive detection of the fluorescence emitted by the proteins. Additionally, one of the mutant proteins is more resistant to photobleaching than its wild-type protein. The invention also encompasses isolated nucleic acids encoding the mutant forms of the wild-type RFP and GFP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: University of Miami
    Inventors: Patrick D. L. Gibbs, Robert W. Carter, Michael C. Schmale
  • Patent number: 7291711
    Abstract: Provided are four new fluorescent proteins. The proteins were derived from two wild-type fluorescent proteins: a red fluorescent protein (RFP) that was isolated from Actinodiscus or Discosoma sp. 1 and a green fluorescent protein (GFP) isolated from Montastraea cavernosa. Two mutant forms were generated from each wild-type protein. Each of the mutated forms has a higher fluorescence intensity than the respective wild-type form. The mutant forms of the fluorescent proteins allow for more sensitive detection of the fluorescence emitted by the proteins. Additionally, one of the mutant proteins is more resistant to photobleaching than its wild-type protein. The invention also encompasses isolated nucleic acids encoding the mutant forms of the wild-type RFP and GFP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: University of Miami
    Inventors: Patrick D. L. Gibbs, Robert W. Carter, Michael C. Schmale
  • Patent number: 7275675
    Abstract: A friction stir weld tool sleeve is supported by an underlying support pin. The pin material is preferably selected for toughness and fracture characteristics. The pin sleeve preferably has a geometry which employs the use of an interrupted thread, a plurality of flutes and/or eccentric path to provide greater flow through. Paddles have been found to assist in imparting friction and directing plastic metal during the welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Robert W. Carter, Lewis N. Payton
  • Patent number: 6758382
    Abstract: A friction stir welding device that is configured to perform convention friction stir welding as well as self-reacting friction stir welding. A pin passes through an upper shoulder and can selectively attach to and detach from a lower shoulder in a preferred embodiment. A controller maintains the discrete position of, and/or force applied by, the upper and lower shoulders during self-reacting friction stir welding, or maintains the pin at a desired depth and/or applied force during conventional friction stir welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Robert W. Carter
  • Publication number: 20040110225
    Abstract: Provided are four new fluorescent proteins. The proteins were derived from two wild-type fluorescent proteins: a red fluorescent protein (RFP) that was isolated from Actinodiscus or Discosoma sp. 1 and a green fluorescent protein (GFP) isolated from Montastraea cavernosa. Two mutant forms were generated from each wild-type protein. Each of the mutated forms has a higher fluorescence intensity than the respective wild-type form. The mutant forms of the fluorescent proteins allow for more sensitive detection of the fluorescence emitted by the proteins. Additionally, one of the mutant proteins is more resistant to photobleaching than its wild-type protein. The invention also encompasses isolated nucleic acids encoding the mutant forms of the wild-type RFP and GFP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Patrick D.L. Gibbs, Robert W. Carter, Michael C. Schmale
  • Patent number: 6259052
    Abstract: This invention is an apparatus for joining the ends of two cylindrical (i.e., pipe-shaped) sections together with a friction stir weld. The apparatus holds the two cylindrical sections together and provides back-side weld support as it makes a friction stir weld around the circumference of the joined ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: R. Jeffrey Ding, Robert W. Carter
  • Patent number: 5503123
    Abstract: A cylinder head assembly for an internal combustion engine includes self-aligning valve guides which are movable radially and coaxially to a variety of locations in which the axes of the valve guide and valve guide bore formed in the cylinder head are all parallel. The final location of the valve guide is determined by the contact relationship between the valve head and its mating valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Robert W. Carter
  • Patent number: 4957672
    Abstract: A sealing gasket of foamed plastic is formed at the edge of a filter element of reticulated foam by placing the filter element on a surface adjacent to an open receptacle contoured as a mold for the desired shape of the gasket, filling the receptacle with a foam-forming liquid and avoiding contact between the liquid and the filter element until the liquid begins to froth. The liquid is then permitted to froth and overflow the receptacle on the side facing the filter element. As the froth contacts the filter element and proceeds to cure, it bonds to the edge of the elements without substantially penetrating its open pore network. The result upon curing is a gasket along the edge of a filter element fully bonded thereto without gaps or bypass, yet leaving substantially all of the surface area of the filter element exposed for use as a filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Inventors: Robert W. Carter, Robert W. Carter
  • Patent number: 4350727
    Abstract: A textile composite is provided which comprises a non-woven textile fabric, composed of textile fibers needled together into a network of coherently entangled fibers and having an overall bulk density of between 4 and 20 lbs. per cubic foot, and a knitted textile fabric, having a weight of between 1 and 8 ozs. per square yard, bound to the needled fabric. The binding of the fabrics is such that at least one tensile property of the composite is greater than the sum of that same property of the non-woven and knitted fabrics. That same property is measurable at an extension which is the same or less than the extension at failure of the composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Lydall, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Wald, Robert W. Carter