Patents by Inventor Robert Wardlaw

Robert Wardlaw 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: 10870265
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method of manufacturing composite laminate, including providing a first fibrous material having a plurality of fibers, providing a second fibrous material having a plurality of fibers, disposing the fibers of the first fibrous material in a first polymeric matrix, disposing the fibers of the second fibrous material in a second polymeric matrix, laying up a plurality of the first fibrous material on a rigid structure, laying up the second fibrous material on the rigid structure, wherein the first fibrous material is in contact with the second fibrous material, curing the first polymeric matrix, creating a plurality of baseline layers from the plurality of first fibrous material and the first polymeric matrix, and curing the second polymeric matrix, creating a compliant layer from the second fibrous material and the second polymeric matrix. The compliant layer is stronger than each individual baseline layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Bogdan Roman Krasnowski, Robert Arnold Brack, Xiaoming Li, Robert Wardlaw
  • Publication number: 20200333228
    Abstract: A notch treatment method for flaw simulation including providing the specimen with the notch, the notch having a re-melt material layer; isolating the notch; and selectively etching the notch to provide an etched surface of the notch; wherein at least a portion of the re-melt material layer has been removed from the notch. In one aspect, there is provided a notch treatment method for flaw simulation including providing the specimen with the notch, the notch having a re-melt material layer, the specimen includes steel or an alloy thereof; isolating the notch; and selectively etching the notch with a first etching solution and a second etching solution to provide an etched surface on the notch; wherein at least a portion of the re-melt material layer has been removed from the notch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoming Li, Bogdan R. Krasnowski, Robert A. Figueroa, Robert Wardlaw
  • Publication number: 20200324499
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include an upper. The upper includes a knitted portion having yarns partially fused to adjacent yarns and filaments of the partially fused yarns that are partially fused to adjacent filaments. Methods for manufacturing an article of footwear including an upper having a partially fused knitted portion include applying heat with or without pressure to form the partially fused knitted portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Robert LEIMER, Warren FREEMAN, Angus WARDLAW, Nicholas GROENEWEG, Henry LING
  • Patent number: 10792896
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a rotor system for a rotorcraft includes a yoke, a blade, and a grip that is configured to couple the blade to the yoke. The grip has a plurality of baseline layers and a compliant layer. The baseline layers each have a plurality of fibers disposed in a first polymeric matrix. The compliant layer has a plurality of fibers disposed in a second polymeric matrix. The compliant layer is stronger than the baseline layer and the first polymeric matrix has a different chemical composition than the second polymeric matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Bogdan Roman Krasnowski, Robert Arnold Brack, Xiaoming Li, Robert Wardlaw
  • Publication number: 20200253328
    Abstract: Describes are support elements for a sole of a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, a sole and a shoe with such a support element, as well as a method for the manufacture of a support element. As examples, the support element includes a first partial member formed of a first material, and a second partial member formed of a second material. The first partial member is mechanically joined to the second partial member in a connection region, wherein the connection region is configured to allow the first partial member to rotate or slide relative to the second partial member. The first partial member, the second partial member, and the connection region can be co-molded and joined together in a single fabricating step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart David Reinhardt, Paul Leonard Michael Smith, James Tarrier, Robert Leimer, Tru Huu Minh Le, Angus Wardlaw, Warren Freeman, Heiko Schlarb, Christopher Edward Holmes, John Whiteman, Sabrina Kerling
  • Patent number: 10732085
    Abstract: A notch treatment method for flaw simulation including providing the specimen with the notch, the notch having a re-melt material layer; isolating the notch; and selectively etching the notch to provide an etched surface of the notch; wherein at least a portion of the re-melt material layer has been removed from the notch. In one aspect, there is provided a notch treatment method for flaw simulation including providing the specimen with the notch, the notch having a re-melt material layer, the specimen includes steel or an alloy thereof; isolating the notch; and selectively etching the notch with a first etching solution and a second etching solution to provide an etched surface on the notch; wherein at least a portion of the re-melt material layer has been removed from the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoming Li, Bogdan R. Krasnowski, Robert A. Figueroa, Robert Wardlaw
  • Publication number: 20200223194
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method of manufacturing composite laminate, including providing a first fibrous material having a plurality of fibers, providing a second fibrous material having a plurality of fibers, disposing the fibers of the first fibrous material in a first polymeric matrix, disposing the fibers of the second fibrous material in a second polymeric matrix, laying up a plurality of the first fibrous material on a rigid structure, laying up the second fibrous material on the rigid structure, wherein the first fibrous material is in contact with the second fibrous material, curing the first polymeric matrix, creating a plurality of baseline layers from the plurality of first fibrous material and the first polymeric matrix, and curing the second polymeric matrix, creating a compliant layer from the second fibrous material and the second polymeric matrix. The compliant layer is stronger than each individual baseline layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Bogdan Roman Krasnowski, Robert Arnold Brack, Xiaoming Li, Robert Wardlaw
  • Patent number: 10703060
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include an upper. The upper includes a knitted portion having yarns partially fused to adjacent yarns and filaments of the partially fused yarns that are partially fused to adjacent filaments. Methods for manufacturing an article of footwear including an upper having a partially fused knitted portions include applying heat with or without pressure to form the partially fused knitted portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Robert Leimer, Warren Freeman, Angus Wardlaw, Nicholas Groeneweg, Henry Ling
  • Patent number: 10667576
    Abstract: Describes are support elements for a sole of a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, a sole and a shoe with such a support element, as well as a method for the manufacture of a support element. As examples, the support element includes a first partial member formed of a first material, and a second partial member formed of a second material. The first partial member is mechanically joined to the second partial member in a connection region, wherein the connection region is configured to allow the first partial member to rotate or slide relative to the second partial member. The first partial member, the second partial member, and the connection region can be co-molded and joined together in a single fabricating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Stuart David Reinhardt, Paul Leonard Michael Smith, James Tarrier, Robert Leimer, Tru Huu Minh Le, Angus Wardlaw, Warren Freeman, Heiko Schlarb, Christopher Edward Holmes, John Whiteman, Sabrina Kerling
  • Publication number: 20200025661
    Abstract: A notch treatment method for flaw simulation including providing the specimen with the notch, the notch having a re-melt material layer; isolating the notch; and selectively etching the notch to provide an etched surface of the notch; wherein at least a portion of the re-melt material layer has been removed from the notch. In one aspect, there is provided a notch treatment method for flaw simulation including providing the specimen with the notch, the notch having a re-melt material layer, the specimen includes steel or an alloy thereof; isolating the notch; and selectively etching the notch with a first etching solution and a second etching solution to provide an etched surface on the notch; wherein at least a portion of the re-melt material layer has been removed from the notch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoming Li, Bogdan R. Krasnowski, Robert A. Figueroa, Robert Wardlaw
  • Patent number: 10496787
    Abstract: A method of monitoring usage of a component of an aircraft can include: monitoring a usage of the component by using a torque measurement system to calculate torque events in a time period; categorizing the usage of the component by assigning a usage value based upon whether the number of torque events in the period of time is above or below a threshold; and determining a life used of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Tucker, Tom Wood, Robert Wardlaw, Bang Nguyen, Allen Altman
  • Publication number: 20190256205
    Abstract: An inboard bearing attachment for carrying centrifugal force (“CF”) loads in a rotor blade assembly of a rotorcraft includes a CF fitting having a curved surface and a shear bearing retainer aligned with the curved surface. A mounting flange connected to either the CF fitting or the shear bearing retainer is used to mount the inboard bearing attachment to a yoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Maresh, Troy Cyril Schank, Chyausong Tzeng, John Richard McCullough, Robert Wardlaw
  • Publication number: 20190039726
    Abstract: The present invention includes a rotor-blade span-balancing system, including a span-balance pocket in a surface of a rotor blade; a cover operably configured to cover the span-balance pocket, wherein the cover is operably configured to be substantially flush with the surface of the rotor blade surface when covering the span-balance pocket, and wherein the cover includes a cover boss for reacting centrifugal force of the cover into the rotor blade; and one or more span-balance weights attached to the cover to span-balance the rotor blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Self, Nathan P. Green, John R. McCullough, Russell Cole, Paul Sherrill, Robert Wardlaw
  • Patent number: 10059064
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material having a plurality of first fibers oriented in a first direction, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material having a plurality of second fibers oriented in a second direction. Included is an apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material, wherein the soft in plane rotor yoke does not comprise any narrow steered slit tape or filament windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Robert Wardlaw, Werner Idler, John R. McCullough, Patrick Ryan Tisdale, Frank Bradley Stamps, James L. Braswell, Jr., Ronald J. Measom, Paul K. Oldroyd
  • Patent number: 9849656
    Abstract: A method of repairing a core stiffened structure, including removing a damaged portion of the core stiffened structure; bonding a shelf onto a first core member; bonding a second core member to a shelf; and securing a skin patch over the second core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wardlaw, Brian S. Modrzejewski, Byron Mueller, Vance N. Cribb, III
  • Publication number: 20170291701
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material having a plurality of first fibers oriented in a first direction, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material having a plurality of second fibers oriented in a second direction. Included is an apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material, wherein the soft in plane rotor yoke does not comprise any narrow steered slit tape or filament windings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Wardlaw, Werner Idler, John R. McCullough, Patrick Ryan Tisdale, Frank Bradley Stamps, James L. Braswell, JR., Ronald J. Measom, Paul K. Oldroyd
  • Patent number: 9714086
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material having a plurality of first fibers oriented in a first direction, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material having a plurality of second fibers oriented in a second direction. Included is an apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material, wherein the soft in plane rotor yoke does not comprise any narrow steered slit tape or filament windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Robert Wardlaw, Werner Idler, John R. McCullough, Patrick Ryan Tisdale, Frank Bradley Stamps, James L. Braswell, Jr., Ronald J. Measom, Paul K. Oldroyd
  • Patent number: 9505490
    Abstract: A hub system comprises at least one yoke, at least one shear bearing, and at least one mast adapter. The at least one mast adapter is configured to support the at least one yoke and the at least one shear bearing, and the at least one yoke has a flapping hinge that is non-coincident with a flapping hinge of the at least one shear bearing. Another hub system comprises a stacked yoke and a mast adapter. The mast adapter is configured to transfer rotation from a rotor mast to the hub system to rotate the hub system about a central axis of rotation. The mast adapter is further configured to support the stacked yoke such that each yoke in the stacked yoke is configured to accommodate at least some amount of rotation about an axis that is perpendicular to or about perpendicular to the central axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Maresh, Frank Bradley Stamps, Patrick Ryan Tisdale, Robert Wardlaw, Andrew Haldeman, Drew Sutton
  • Publication number: 20160101878
    Abstract: A method of repairing a core stiffened structure, including removing a damaged portion of the core stiffened structure; bonding a shelf onto a first core member; bonding a second core member to a shelf; and securing a skin patch over the second core member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Wardlaw, Brian S. Modrzejewski, Byron Mueller, Vance N. Cribb, III
  • Publication number: 20160082696
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a rotor system for a rotorcraft includes a yoke, a blade, and a grip that is configured to couple the blade to the yoke. The grip has a plurality of baseline layers and a compliant layer. The baseline layers each have a plurality of fibers disposed in a first polymeric matrix. The compliant layer has a plurality of fibers disposed in a second polymeric matrix. The compliant layer is stronger than the baseline layer and the first polymeric matrix has a different chemical composition than the second polymeric matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Bogdan Roman Krasnowski, Robert Arnold Brack, Xiaoming Li, Robert Wardlaw