Patents by Inventor Robert William Thompson

Robert William Thompson 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: 20200338930
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include pneumatic tires having improved snow performance. Said tires include a cap ply extending at least partially across a full width of at least one of the belt plies and having a rupture force greater than 210 N per 15 mm of cap ply width. A shoulder rib includes a compliance groove or sipe extending primarily in a circumferential direction and to a depth equal to or less than 75% of the skid depth. The lateral sipes and grooves are arranged to provide an average lateral feature spacing of less than 15 mm. The average inclination angle for the lateral grooves is greater than 6 degrees in the shoulder ribs and is greater than 20 degrees in the central ribs. A longitudinal non-lateral sipe edge density is greater than 21.1 micrometers/mm2. A longitudinal lateral sipe edge density for all lateral sipes is greater than 5.5 micrometers/mm2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Patrick Jon Buresh, Jason Schoenmaker, Robert Dillon, Phillip William Check, William Marshall Thompson
  • Publication number: 20200331299
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a pneumatic tire having improved high speed limits while generally maintaining wear, traction, and handling performance. Said tires include a cap ply extending substantially across a full width of at least one of the belt plies and being arranged at least partially within each shoulder, the cap ply forming a layer of elastomeric material reinforced with a plurality of elongate reinforcements spaced apart in an array, the cap ply being characterized as having a rupture force greater than 210 N per 15 mm of the cap ply width. In each shoulder area of said tires, the tread is characterized as being flatter and having a greater tread thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Patrick Jon Buresh, Jason Schoenmaker, Robert Dillon, Phillip William Check, William Marshall Thompson
  • Publication number: 20200308360
    Abstract: Described are dissolvable, porous solid structures formed using certain vinyl acetate-vinyl alcohol copolymers. The copolymer and the porosity of the structure allow for liquid flow during use such that the structure readily dissolves to provide a desired consumer experience. Also described are processes for making open cell foam and fibrous dissolvable solid structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Min Mao, Mark William Hamersky, Robert Wayne Glenn, JR., Todd Ryan Thompson
  • Publication number: 20200300345
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a transmission including a plurality of shafts, each carrying a plurality of drive members, the drive members on each shaft arranged to operatively cooperate with those carried by at least one other shaft for transferring load between a torque input and a torque output of the transmission in use, the transmission being configured such that respective resultant gear ratios between the torque input and the torque output can be selected in use from each of a plurality of groups thereof by changing a load path between the torque input and the torque output, wherein each group of selectable resultant gear ratios has a load path feature for transferring load between a pair of the shafts which is common to the selectable resultant gear ratios within that group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: QinetiQ Limited
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 10717839
    Abstract: Described are dissolvable, porous solid structures formed using certain vinyl acetate-vinyl alcohol copolymers. The copolymer and the porosity of the structure allow for liquid flow during use such that the structure readily dissolves to provide a desired consumer experience. Also described are processes for making open cell foam and fibrous dissolvable solid structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Min Mao, Mark William Hamersky, Robert Wayne Glenn, Jr., Todd Ryan Thompson
  • Patent number: 10619708
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a gearbox including first and second rotational members, the first rotational member having a shaft portion extending away from the gearbox, the first rotational member carrying one or more projections, the second rotational member carrying one or more complementary projections, the projections carried by the first rotational member being configured to be drivingly engaged with the complementary projections carried by the second rotational member to transmit torque in a first torque connection but not in a torque connection that is opposed to the first torque connection. The gearbox further includes a one way clutch adapted such that the first and second rotational members can be drivingly engaged to transmit torque in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10493844
    Abstract: A gearing assembly includes a rotary input member, a rotary output member, and a gearing arrangement between the input member and the output member selectively able to effect a driving engagement between the input member and the output member through at least a first torque connection having a first gear ratio. A second torque connection has a second gear ratio and a third torque connection having a third gear ratio. The gearing arrangement includes a first engagement member operable selectively to effect the first torque connection in a 1:1 ratio, a first planetary gear stage, and a second planetary gear stage. A second engagement member is operable selectively to effect the second torque connection, and a third engagement member operable selectively to effect the third torque connection, respectively, through one or more of the planetary gear stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10428941
    Abstract: A drive member selection mechanism is described, including at least one drive member and at least two selector members, wherein the drive member includes a first and second face, and further includes, on each face, at least one projection, and the selector members include, on at least one face thereof, at least one complementary projection arranged to selectively engage with a projection of a drive member, the arrangement being such that the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the first face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a first torque connection and the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the second face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10408345
    Abstract: A shifting apparatus including a shaft extending along an axis, and at least one shifting feature, each of the at least one shifting feature including: a multi-part pin having first and second parts arranged to rotate relative to each other that extend through respective slots extending along the shaft; a drum arranged around the shaft and having channels extending along the length thereof wherein the first and second parts of the multi-part pin are respectively received for enabling torque transfer to the drum when the shaft is rotated, the drum also defining a track at least partially around its outer surface; a biasing mechanism for urging the drum towards a rest position along the length of the shaft; and a drive member selector member provided in operative relation to the track. The drive member selector member can be controlled to selectively engage a drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Publication number: 20180195608
    Abstract: A shifting apparatus including a shaft extending along an axis, and at least one shifting feature, each of the at least one shifting feature including: a multi-part pin having first and second parts arranged to rotate relative to each other that extend through respective slots extending along the shaft; a drum arranged around the shaft and having channels extending along the length thereof wherein the first and second parts of the multi-part pin are respectively received for enabling torque transfer to the drum when the shaft is rotated, the drum also defining a track at least partially around its outer surface; a biasing mechanism for urging the drum towards a rest position along the length of the shaft; and a drive member selector member provided in operative relation to the track. The drive member selector member can be controlled to selectively engage a drive member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20180072154
    Abstract: A gearing assembly includes a rotary input member, a rotary output member, and a gearing arrangement between the input member and the output member selectively able to effect a driving engagement between the input member and the output member through at least a first torque connection having a first gear ratio. A second torque connection has a second gear ratio and a third torque connection having a third gear ratio. The gearing arrangement includes a first engagement member operable selectively to effect the first torque connection in a 1:1 ratio, a first planetary gear stage, and a second planetary gear stage. A second engagement member is operable selectively to effect the second torque connection, and a third engagement member operable selectively to effect the third torque connection, respectively, through one or more of the planetary gear stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20180065477
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an electric hub drive with a braking assembly. The hub drive includes a housing; a rotary drive transmission system mounted within the housing; and a braking assembly positioned within the housing. The braking assembly includes a braking formation that is coupled to be rotationally driven by the rotary drive transmission system. Advantageously or preferably, the braking formation is coupled to be rotationally driven by a part of the rotary drive transmission system that has a higher angular velocity than the output shaft. This enables the braking formation to rotate at a faster speed than the wheel hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20170234408
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a gearbox including first and second rotational members, the first rotational member having a shaft portion extending away from the gearbox, the first rotational member carrying one or more projections, the second rotational member carrying one or more complementary projections, the projections carried by the first rotational member being configured to be drivingly engaged with the complementary projections carried by the second rotational member to transmit torque in a first torque connection but not in a torque connection that is opposed to the first torque connection. The gearbox further includes a one way clutch adapted such that the first and second rotational members can be drivingly engaged to transmit torque in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 9688349
    Abstract: A chainless drive mechanism for a bicycle using pedal arms, one on each side of the bicycle, each pedal arm carrying a pedal engageable with a rider's foot. Each pedal arm is mounted to a crank by a rotating joint and connected to the frame of the bicycle by a link, each link having rotating joints at each end. The cranks are connected by a shaft passing through the hub of to the driven wheel of the bicycle. The cranks may be connected to the driven wheel by a multi ratio free wheeling gear mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150211633
    Abstract: A drive member selection mechanism is described, including at least one drive member and at least two selector members, wherein the drive member includes a first and second face, and further includes, on each face, at least one projection, and the selector members include, on at least one face thereof, at least one complementary projection arranged to selectively engage with a projection of a drive member, the arrangement being such that the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the first face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a first torque connection and the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the second face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140361511
    Abstract: A chainless drive mechanism for a bicycle using pedal arms, one on each side of the bicycle, each pedal arm carrying a pedal engageable with a rider's foot. Each pedal arm is mounted to a crank by a rotating joint and connected to the frame of the bicycle by a link, each link having rotating joints at each end. The cranks are connected by a shaft passing through the hub of to the driven wheel of the bicycle. The cranks may be connected to the driven wheel by a multi ratio free wheeling gear mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140011625
    Abstract: A gear reduction mechanism, particularly for use in an offset final drive unit for vehicular applications, has an input gear meshing directly with the output gear and two additional gear trains between the input and output gears. Three separate load paths therefore exist for the transmission of torque from the input gear to the output gear which means that the face widths of all the gears can be substantially reduced in comparison with a conventional single-mesh arrangement and the overall mechanism can therefore be of reduced width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 8485286
    Abstract: A drive configuration for a skid steered vehicle comprises a pair of electric motors for propulsion of the vehicle, one each coupled to drive a respective track on a respective side of the vehicle, and one or more electric steer motors coupled through a differential gear mechanism to impose a speed difference between the tracks. An associated control system controls the current to each motor so that substantial contributions to the differential torque to turn the vehicle are made both by the steer motors and by the propulsion motors, in variable proportions preferably as a function of the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Qinetiq Limited
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 8303446
    Abstract: A controlled differential, particularly for exercising steering control of skid steered vehicles, having a compound planetary gear set coupling two shafts. Respective ring gears turn with the shafts and mesh with a compound planet gear in a planet carrier, the ratios of the number of gear teeth between each ring gear and the respective gear of the compound planet being unequal so that when the planet carrier is stationary the two shafts are coupled through the differential to turn together in the same sense but with a speed difference, and controlled rotation of the planet carrier varies the speed difference between the shafts in accordance with the sense and speed of rotation of the planet carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Qinetiq Limited
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 8029399
    Abstract: A drive configuration for a skid steered vehicle incorporates a controlled differential for use in exercising steering control of the vehicle, comprising a compound planetary gear set (8) coupling two shafts (7a, 7b). Respective sun gears (10a) and (10b) turn with the shafts and mesh with compound planet gears (12) in a common planet carrier (13), the ratios of the number of gear teeth between each sun gear and the respective gears (14a) or (14b) of the compound planets being unequal so that when the planet carrier is stationary the two shafts are coupled through the differential to turn together in the same sense but with a speed difference, and controlled rotation of the planet carrier varies the speed difference between the shafts in accordance with the sense and speed of rotation of the planet carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Qinetiq Limited
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson