Patents by Inventor Tommy M. Wilson

Tommy M. Wilson 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: 10863586
    Abstract: A method of making a carbon nanotube heater includes impregnating a dry carbon nanotube fiber matrix with a conductive resin, the conductive resin is made of an organic resin and a conductive filler material. The carbon nanotube heater is lightweight, strong, and maintains appropriate electrical conductivity and resistance for use as a heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Brad Hartzler, Jin Hu
  • Patent number: 10807326
    Abstract: A method of making monolithic carbon nanotube heater elements with geometric shape with multiple, complex curvatures is disclosed. The method includes depositing carbon nanotubes on to a forming surface, draining the carbon nanotubes, and drying the carbon nanotubes. Alternatively, the method includes thermoforming carbon nanotube sheets containing thermoplastic binders. The resulting carbon nanotube heater element is a thin, monolithic carbon nanotube heater sheet having a geometric shape with complex curvatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Brad Hartzler
  • Patent number: 10472977
    Abstract: An erosion shield assembly includes an erosion shield, a carbon allotrope heater attached to an inner surface of the erosion shield, and an adhesive layer between the carbon allotrope heater and the erosion shield. The carbon allotrope heater includes at least one layer of a carbon allotrope material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Brad Hartzler, Zaffir A. Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 10264627
    Abstract: One example of a heating element includes a first carbon nanotube (CNT) layer and a second CNT layer. At least a portion of the first CNT layer overlaps at least a portion of the second CNT layer, and the first CNT layer includes a first perforated region having a plurality of perforations. Another heating element includes a CNT sheet with a first perforated region having a plurality of perforations and a first perforation density and a second perforated region having a plurality of perforations and a second perforation density different from the first perforation density. A method of forming a heating element includes perforating a first CNT layer so that it includes a perforated region and stacking the first CNT layer with a second CNT layer such that at least a portion of the first CNT layer overlaps at least a portion of the second CNT layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Hartzler, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Galdemir Cezar Botura, Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, James A. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10252807
    Abstract: An ice protection system includes an aircraft surface and a gutter defined in the aircraft surface between raised rails. The gutter includes a mouth that narrows into a trailing portion of the gutter. The mouth is configured to channel water runback rivulets into the trailing portion of the gutter. The gutter can be a first gutter of a plurality of side by side gutters, each including a respective mouth narrowing into a respective trailing portion, wherein the gutters are separated from one another by respective rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Tommy M. Wilson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180339473
    Abstract: A method of making monolithic carbon nanotube heater elements with geometric shape with multiple, complex curvatures is disclosed. The method includes depositing carbon nanotubes on to a forming surface, draining the carbon nanotubes, and drying the carbon nanotubes. Alternatively, the method includes thermoforming carbon nanotube sheets containing thermoplastic binders. The resulting carbon nanotube heater element is a thin, monolithic carbon nanotube heater sheet having a geometric shape with complex curvatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Brad Hartzler
  • Publication number: 20180192476
    Abstract: A deicing assembly includes a pneumatic deicing apparatus configured for attachment to a leading edge of an aircraft surface, the pneumatic deicing assembly having a plurality of inflatable chambers, and a carbon allotrope heater having at least one sheet of a carbon allotrope material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Wenping Zhao, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Brad Hartzler
  • Publication number: 20180187561
    Abstract: An erosion shield assembly includes an erosion shield, a carbon allotrope heater attached to an inner surface of the erosion shield, and an adhesive layer between the carbon allotrope heater and the erosion shield. The carbon allotrope heater includes at least one layer of a carbon allotrope material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Brad Hartzler, Zaffir A. Chaudhry
  • Publication number: 20180176993
    Abstract: A method of making a carbon nanotube heater includes impregnating a dry carbon nanotube fiber matrix with a conductive resin, the conductive resin is made of an organic resin and a conductive filler material. The carbon nanotube heater is lightweight, strong, and maintains appropriate electrical conductivity and resistance for use as a heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Brad Hartzler, Jin Hu
  • Publication number: 20180168001
    Abstract: One example of a heating element includes a first carbon nanotube (CNT) layer and a second CNT layer. At least a portion of the first CNT layer overlaps at least a portion of the second CNT layer, and the first CNT layer includes a first perforated region having a plurality of perforations. Another heating element includes a CNT sheet with a first perforated region having a plurality of perforations and a first perforation density and a second perforated region having a plurality of perforations and a second perforation density different from the first perforation density. A method of forming a heating element includes perforating a first CNT layer so that it includes a perforated region and stacking the first CNT layer with a second CNT layer such that at least a portion of the first CNT layer overlaps at least a portion of the second CNT layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Brad Hartzler, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Galdemir Cezar Botura, Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, James A. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20180160481
    Abstract: A method of making a carbon nanotube heater assembly for a large area requiring ice protection includes using a connection material to join first and second carbon nanotube heaters. The assembly includes a carrier material and an encapsulating material surrounding the carbon nanotube heaters and connection material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Brad Hartzler
  • Publication number: 20180160482
    Abstract: A method for creating a carbon nanotube heater assembly includes creating a carbon nanotube heater with varying resistances and attaching the carbon nanotube heater to both carrier and encapsulating materials. Creating the carbon nanotube heater with varying resistances is accomplished by applying a carbon nanotube mixture to a substrate, adjusting the thickness or width of the carbon nanotube mixture, and drying the nanotube mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Brad Hartzler, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Galdemir Cezar Botura, Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry
  • Publication number: 20170238369
    Abstract: An aircraft heated floor panel includes a first face sheet, a second face sheet opposite the first face sheet, and core with an electrically conductive core portion. The electrically conductive core portion supports the first face sheet and the second face sheet, and is electrically insulated from the external environment to receive electrical power, resistively generate heat, and communicate heat to the first face sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: George F. Owens, Kevin E. Roach, James Mullen, Michael J. Giamati, Jon Shearer, James Van Twisk, David L. Brittingham, Tommy M. Wilson, JR., Jin Hu, William A. Veronesi, Mark R. Gurvich, Joseph Winesdoerffer, Jason Gesner
  • Patent number: 8749928
    Abstract: An aircraft electrical appliance is provided with a ground-fault-interruption device (50) for protecting it in the event of problematic current loss due to, for example, a compromise in electrical insulation. The device (50) has a GFI circuit (60) comprising a current differential determiner (70), a trigger (80) that is activated upon the current differential corresponding to ground-fault situation, and an interrupter (90) that interrupts power supply to the appliance upon the trigger (80) being activated. The GFI circuit (60) is electrically independent of electrical controller components of the appliance, thereby avoiding expensive software configuration and confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Joel G. Fink, Jon D. Shearer, Richard J. Carpino, II, Tommy M. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20110149447
    Abstract: An aircraft electrical appliance is provided with a ground-fault-interruption device (50) for protecting it in the event of problematic current loss due to, for example, a compromise in electrical insulation. The device (50) has a GFI circuit (60) comprising a current differential determiner (70), a trigger (80) that is activated upon the current differential corresponding to ground-fault situation, and an interrupter (90) that interrupts power supply to the appliance upon the trigger (80) being activated. The GFI circuit (60) is electrically independent of electrical controller components of the appliance, thereby avoiding expensive software configuration and confirmation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Joel G. Fink, Jon D. Shearer, Richard J. Carpino, II, Tommy M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6592075
    Abstract: An aircraft supplemental air heater including a coiled composite having a series of passes defining a spiral shaped airflow passage therebetween. The composite includes a heating element that provides a controlled heat output when a voltage potential is applied across it. The composite also includes a convective heat transfer surface to which the heat output is transferred whereby as air flows through the heater's spiral shaped airflow passage, it passes over the convective heat transfer surface and heat is thereby transferred to the air through convection. The aircraft supplemental air heater maybe installed in-line with an air supply duct leading to the cabin of the aircraft and/or may be installed downstream of a fan. The heater may be made by assembling a composite panel and then forming this panel into the desired coiled shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., William A. Beard, Darryl W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20020056787
    Abstract: An aircraft supplemental air heater including a coiled composite having a series of passes defining a spiral shaped airflow passage therebetween. The composite includes a heating element that provides a controlled heat output when a voltage potential is applied across it. The composite also includes a convective heat transfer surface to which the heat output is transferred whereby as air flows through the heater's spiral shaped airflow passage, it passes over the convective heat transfer surface and heat is thereby transferred to the air through convection. The aircraft supplemental air heater maybe installed in-line with an air supply duct leading to the cabin of the aircraft and/or may be installed downstream of a fan. The heater may be made by assembling a composite panel and then forming this panel into the desired coiled shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: Tommy M. Wilson, William A. Beard, Darryl W. Jones
  • Patent number: 6283411
    Abstract: A deicer comprises a skin heating means immediately subjacent an outer skin overlying an apex of a leading edge, and a skin deflection means immediately subjacent the outer skin chordwise aft of the apex. The skin heating means prevents the formation of ice over the apex and the skin deflection means deflects the outer skin to expulse ice formed chordwise aft of the apex. A controller controls the heating and deflection cycles to minimize power consumption of the deicer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: The B.F. Goodrich Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Giamati, James C. Putt, David B. Sweet, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6129314
    Abstract: A deicer comprises a skin heating device immediately subjacent an outer skin overlying an apex of a leading edge, and a skin deflection device immediately subjacent the outer skin chordwise aft of the apex. The skin heating device prevents the formation of ice over the apex and the skin deflection device deflects the outer skin to expulse ice formed chordwise aft of the apex. A controller controls the heating and deflection cycles to minimize power consumption of the deicer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: The B. F. Goodrich Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Giamati, James C. Putt, David B. Sweet, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5904322
    Abstract: A deicer comprises a skin heating means immediately subjacent an outer skin overlying an apex of a leading edge, and a skin deflection means immediately subjacent the outer skin chordwise aft of the apex. The skin heating means prevents the formation of ice over the apex and the skin deflection means deflects the outer skin to expulse ice formed chordwise aft of the apex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: The BFGoodrich Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Giamati, David B. Sweet, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr.