Patents by Inventor Steve Abel

Steve Abel 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: 10426193
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a container for an elongate electronic nicotine delivery system or other flavored vapor delivery system. The container has a rigid elongate body which defines a chamber including an end and an insert received in the end having first and ancillary openings that lead into the chamber. The insert includes a dividing wall to separate the first and ancillary openings in the insert so that an elongate electronic nicotine delivery system inserted into the chamber through the first opening protrudes therefrom and is supported in an upright position within the chamber by the insert. A lid is pivotally attached to the body so that it covers the first and ancillary openings in the insert in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Steve Schennum, Tom McKeon, Jeremy Abel
  • Patent number: 10393066
    Abstract: A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine includes a support structure, a transcowl, a door, a main actuator, and an assist actuator. The transcowl is mounted on the support structure and is axially translatable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The door is pivotally coupled to the support structure and is rotatable between at least a first position and a second position when the transcowl translates between the stowed position and the deployed position, respectively. The main actuator is configured to supply an actuation force to the transcowl to thereby move the transcowl between the stowed and deployed positions. The assist actuator is coupled to the door, and is configured to supply an actuation assist force to the door and, upon rotation of the door to an intermediate position between the first position and the second position, to commence load sharing with the main actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: James Wawrzynek, Steve Abel, Kevin K Chakkera
  • Patent number: 10371091
    Abstract: A thrust reverser control system includes a plurality of actuators, an electric motor, an electric brake, and a control. Each actuator is responsive to an actuator input torque to move between a stowed position and a deployed position. The electric motor is coupled to each of the actuators and is configured, upon being energized from a voltage source having a supply voltage magnitude, to supply the actuator input torque to the actuators and further configured to selectively generate regenerative current. The electric brake is coupled to be selectively supplied with the regenerative current and is configured, upon being supplied with the regenerative current, to supply a braking torque that slows movement of the actuators. The control is coupled to the electric brake and is configured, upon the supply voltage magnitude exceeding a predetermined value, to cause the regenerative current to be supplied to the electric brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Abel, James Wawrzynek, Patrick Hinke
  • Publication number: 20190203742
    Abstract: A hydraulic lock for an actuator having a movable shaft includes a lock cylinder having a first end and a second end. A slot is defined through a perimeter of the lock cylinder adjacent to the second end, and a bore is defined through a portion of the lock cylinder at the second end to extend towards the first end. The hydraulic lock includes at least one pawl having a first pawl end and a second pawl end. The first pawl end is releasably coupled to a groove defined in the shaft, and the second pawl end is coupled to the slot. The pawl is movable relative to the slot between a first, locked position in which the first pawl end is coupled to the groove to inhibit movement of the shaft, and a second, unlocked position in which the first pawl end is released from the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Gardner, Steve Abel, Kellan Geck
  • Patent number: 10247210
    Abstract: A hydraulic lock for a thrust vector actuator includes a lock cylinder. The lock cylinder includes at least one slot and at least one bore. The slot is defined through a perimeter of the lock cylinder, and the bore is defined through a portion of the lock cylinder at a second end to extend towards a first end. The hydraulic lock includes at least one biasing member coupled to the bore. The hydraulic lock includes at least one pawl having a first pawl end and a second pawl end. The first pawl end is releasably coupled to the shaft of the thrust vector actuator. The second pawl end is coupled to the slot. The pawl is movable relative to the slot between a first, locked position in which the first pawl end is coupled to inhibit movement of the shaft, and a second, unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Gardner, Steve Abel, Kellan Geck
  • Publication number: 20180231031
    Abstract: A hydraulic lock for a thrust vector actuator includes a lock cylinder. The lock cylinder includes at least one slot and at least one bore. The slot is defined through a perimeter of the lock cylinder, and the bore is defined through a portion of the lock cylinder at a second end to extend towards a first end. The hydraulic lock includes at least one biasing member coupled to the bore. The hydraulic lock includes at least one pawl having a first pawl end and a second pawl end. The first pawl end is releasably coupled to the shaft of the thrust vector actuator. The second pawl end is coupled to the slot. The pawl is movable relative to the slot between a first, locked position in which the first pawl end is coupled to inhibit movement of the shaft, and a second, unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Gardner, Steve Abel, Kellan Geck
  • Publication number: 20180195464
    Abstract: A thrust reverser control system includes a plurality of actuators, an electric motor, an electric brake, and a control. Each actuator is responsive to an actuator input torque to move between a stowed position and a deployed position. The electric motor is coupled to each of the actuators and is configured, upon being energized from a voltage source having a supply voltage magnitude, to supply the actuator input torque to the actuators and further configured to selectively generate regenerative current. The electric brake is coupled to be selectively supplied with the regenerative current and is configured, upon being supplied with the regenerative current, to supply a braking torque that slows movement of the actuators. The control is coupled to the electric brake and is configured, upon the supply voltage magnitude exceeding a predetermined value, to cause the regenerative current to be supplied to the electric brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Abel, James Wawrzynek, Patrick Hinke
  • Publication number: 20180058374
    Abstract: A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine includes a support structure, a transcowl, an actuator, and a hydraulic assist mechanism. The actuator is configured to supply an actuation force to the transcowl to thereby move the transcowl between the stowed and deployed positions. The hydraulic assist mechanism is coupled to the transcowl and is configured to react reverse thrust loads on the transcowl at least when the transcowl is translating between the stowed position and the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Abel, James Wawrzynek, Patrick Hinke, Ron Vaughan
  • Publication number: 20180038313
    Abstract: A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine includes a support structure, a transcowl, a door, a main actuator, and an assist actuator. The transcowl is mounted on the support structure and is axially translatable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The door is pivotally coupled to the support structure and is rotatable between at least a first position and a second position when the transcowl translates between the stowed position and the deployed position, respectively. The main actuator is configured to supply an actuation force to the transcowl to thereby move the transcowl between the stowed and deployed positions. The assist actuator is coupled to the door, and is configured to supply an actuation assist force to the door and, upon rotation of the door to an intermediate position between the first position and the second position, to commence load sharing with the main actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: James Wawrzynek, Steve Abel, Kevin K Chakkera
  • Patent number: 9885373
    Abstract: A fluid accumulator includes a tank, a piston, and a valve. The piston is movably disposed within the tank and divides the tank volume into a first fluid volume and a second fluid volume. The valve is coupled to the tank and includes a valve body, a valve element, a valve spring, a piston contact element, and a load limiter spring. The valve element is disposed within the valve body and is movable between an open position and a closed position. The valve spring has a first spring constant and supplies a force to the valve element that urges the valve element toward the open position. The piston contact element is spaced apart from, and is movable relative to, the valve element. The load limiter spring engages the valve element and the piston contact element, and has a second spring constant that is greater than the first spring constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Abel, Matt McClure, Kellan Geck
  • Patent number: 9650993
    Abstract: An aircraft thrust reverser actuation system includes a plurality of actuator assemblies that are each configured, upon receipt of a drive torque, to move to a position. The rotary hydraulic motor is coupled to each of the actuator assemblies and is configured, upon receipt of hydraulic fluid, to rotate and supply the drive torque to each of the actuator assemblies. The control valve is in fluid communication with the rotary hydraulic motor and is configured, upon receipt of electrical current, to move to a valve position based on the magnitude of the received electrical current, to thereby control the direction and flow of hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic motor. The valve control is configured, upon receipt of thrust reverser commands, to supply the electrical current to the control valve and selectively vary the magnitude of the electrical current based on the positions of the actuator assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Chakkera, Ron Vaughan, Steve Abel
  • Patent number: 9482312
    Abstract: A rope drive anchoring assembly includes a pulley, a rope, and a rope connector. The pulley is adapted to be rotationally mounted and has an inner surface, an outer surface, and a fastener opening extending between the inner and outer surfaces. The rope engages at least a portion of the outer surface of the pulley and is adapted to receive a drive torque, which causes the pulley to rotate. The rope connector couples the rope to the pulley, and includes a fastener, a threaded bolt, and a spring. The fastener extends through the fastener opening, and has a first end, a second end, an outer surface, and an opening through which the rope extends. The threaded bolt is threaded onto the fastener threads, and the spring is disposed between the threaded bolt and the inner surface of the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Paul T. Wingett, Steve Abel, Steven Talbert Forrest
  • Patent number: 9435357
    Abstract: A self-snubbing hydraulic actuation system includes a hydraulic motor, a component actuator, a control valve, a valve actuator, and a variable resistance device. The hydraulic motor is configured, upon receipt of hydraulic fluid, to rotate and supply a drive torque. The component actuator is configured, upon receipt of drive torque from the motor, to translate to a position. The control valve is movable to a plurality of valve positions to thereby control hydraulic fluid flow rate to the hydraulic motor. The valve actuator is coupled to the control valve and is adapted to receive electrical current and to move the control valve to a valve position based on the magnitude of the received electrical current. The variable resistance device is configured, based on component actuator position, to selectively vary the magnitude of the electrical current received by the valve actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Mark H. Baker, Steve Abel, Kevin K. Chakkera
  • Patent number: 9303743
    Abstract: An actuator includes an actuator housing, a ball screw, and an axial soft stop assembly. The ball screw extends through the actuator housing and has a first end and a second end. The ball screw is coupled to receive a drive force and is configured, upon receipt of the drive force, to selectively move in a retract direction and an extend direction. The axial soft stop assembly is disposed within the actuator housing. The axial soft stop assembly is configured to be selectively engaged by the ball screw and, upon being engaged thereby, to translate, with compliance, a predetermined distance in the extend direction, and to prevent further movement of the ball screw upon translating the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Paul T. Wingett, Steven Talbert Forrest, Steve Abel, George Woessner, Casey Hanlon
  • Publication number: 20160052642
    Abstract: An aircraft electric taxi health management system includes a right electric motor drivingly connected to at least one wheel on a right landing gear assembly, a left electric motor drivingly connected to at least one wheel on a left landing gear assembly, a right motor controller configured to electrically drive the right electric motor, monitor the right motor current and voltage, and generate right motor signals as a function of the right motor current and voltage; a left motor controller configured to electrically drive the left electric motor, monitor the left motor current and voltage, and generate left motor signals as a function of the left motor current and voltage; and a health management controller configured to compare the right motor signals to the left motor signals; and generate electric taxi system maintenance signals based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Grant Gordon, Steve Abel, Kyusung Kim
  • Publication number: 20160010662
    Abstract: A self-snubbing hydraulic actuation system includes a hydraulic motor, a component actuator, a control valve, a valve actuator, and a variable resistance device. The hydraulic motor is configured, upon receipt of hydraulic fluid, to rotate and supply a drive torque. The component actuator is configured, upon receipt of drive torque from the motor, to translate to a position. The control valve is movable to a plurality of valve positions to thereby control hydraulic fluid flow rate to the hydraulic motor. The valve actuator is coupled to the control valve and is adapted to receive electrical current and to move the control valve to a valve position based on the magnitude of the received electrical current. The variable resistance device is configured, based on component actuator position, to selectively vary the magnitude of the electrical current received by the valve actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Mark H. Baker, Steve Abel, Kevin K. Chakkera
  • Publication number: 20150300294
    Abstract: An aircraft thrust reverser actuation system includes a plurality of actuator assemblies that are each configured, upon receipt of a drive torque, to move to a position. The rotary hydraulic motor is coupled to each of the actuator assemblies and is configured, upon receipt of hydraulic fluid, to rotate and supply the drive torque to each of the actuator assemblies. The control valve is in fluid communication with the rotary hydraulic motor and is configured, upon receipt of electrical current, to move to a valve position based on the magnitude of the received electrical current, to thereby control the direction and flow of hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic motor. The valve control is configured, upon receipt of thrust reverser commands, to supply the electrical current to the control valve and selectively vary the magnitude of the electrical current based on the positions of the actuator assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Chakkera, Ron Vaughan, Steve Abel
  • Publication number: 20150167799
    Abstract: An actuator includes an actuator housing, a ball screw, and an axial soft stop assembly. The ball screw extends through the actuator housing and has a first end and a second end. The ball screw is coupled to receive a drive force and is configured, upon receipt of the drive force, to selectively move in a retract direction and an extend direction. The axial soft stop assembly is disposed within the actuator housing. The axial soft stop assembly is configured to be selectively engaged by the ball screw and, upon being engaged thereby, to translate, with compliance, a predetermined distance in the extend direction, and to prevent further movement of the ball screw upon translating the predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Paul T. Wingett, Steven Talbert Forrest, Steve Abel, George Woessner, Casey Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9056668
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for operating an aircraft control stick in an active mode and a passive mode. The method comprises subjecting the control stick to an a resilient restoring force in the passive mode, and neutralizing the restoring force in the active mode. A spring assembly is provided for exerting and neutralizing the restoring force, which may be varied between minimum and maximum values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Casey Hanlon, Steve Abel, Donald Jeffrey Christensen
  • Publication number: 20150159739
    Abstract: A rope drive anchoring assembly includes a pulley, a rope, and a rope connector. The pulley is adapted to be rotationally mounted and has an inner surface, an outer surface, and a fastener opening extending between the inner and outer surfaces. The rope engages at least a portion of the outer surface of the pulley and is adapted to receive a drive torque, which causes the pulley to rotate. The rope connector couples the rope to the pulley, and includes a fastener, a threaded bolt, and a spring. The fastener extends through the fastener opening, and has a first end, a second end, an outer surface, and an opening through which the rope extends. The threaded bolt is threaded onto the fastener threads, and the spring is disposed between the threaded bolt and the inner surface of the pulley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Paul T. Wingett, Steve Abel, Steven Talbert Forrest