Patents by Inventor William G. Rouse

William G. Rouse 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: 8220392
    Abstract: A launchable grenade system is backwards compatible with conventional launch platforms and is capable of launching a variety of payloads at greater range and increased launch velocity, and with significantly improved targeting accuracy. The grenade is pre-packaged in a disposable launch canister that effectively confines launch ejection gases behind the projectile until it exits the canister. Additional enhancements in one or more embodiments, include collapsible aerodynamic stabilizers that are folded inside the launch canister prior to firing and deploy in flight to improve projectile stability and ballistic performance; electronic fuzing for improved repeatability and targeting precision, next-generation digital capabilities that include electronic device identification, failsafe and device monitoring; and momentum arresting forward expulsion of the payload to reduce blunt trauma hazard from projectile hardware and to provide for short distance targeting at significantly greater speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Edgardo Maldonado, Daniel J. Hartman, Noel Gonzalez, William G. Rouse
  • Patent number: 6802172
    Abstract: A particle aerosol belt has a double-seal construction. A first zip-lock container contains the dry aerosol particles, such as brass metallic flake. The zip-lock containers are then placed in an elongate tubing. The tubing is sealed between the zip-lock containers to form a plurality of cells in which the zip-lock containers are disposed. A method of forming the particle aerosol belt includes introducing the brass metallic flake or other material, in the form of a slurry into the zip-lock containers, and drying the slurry, prior to sealing the zip-lock containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, Raymond J. Malecki, Warren C. Schimpf
  • Patent number: 6688032
    Abstract: A rifle muzzle launched projectile having a launch tube defining an interior cavity, and having an opening at one end with an inner diameter sized to fit over the end of a rifle muzzle; a bullet trap located in the launch tube cavity; and a payload assembly mounted on the launch tube. The payload assembly is further configured for safely releasing a payload in a controlled manner. The payload assembly also includes a casing for retaining an aerosol composition; a propellant located in the casing; a primer for igniting the propellant; and a frangible portion of the casing in contact with the aerosol composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Noel Gonzalez, Daniel J. Hartman, William G. Rouse, Raymond J. Malecki, Paul W. Morgan
  • Patent number: 6523478
    Abstract: A rifle muzzle launched projectile having a launch tube defining an interior cavity, and having an opening at one end with an inner diameter sized to fit over the end of a rifle muzzle; a bullet trap located in the launch tube cavity; and a payload assembly mounted on the launch tube. The payload assembly is further configured for safely releasing a payload in a controlled manner. The payload assembly also includes a casing for retaining an aerosol composition; a propellant located in the casing; a primer for igniting the propellant; and a frangible portion of the casing in contact with the aerosol composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Noel Gonzalez, Daniel J. Hartman, William G. Rouse, Raymond J. Malecki, Paul W. Morgan
  • Patent number: 6412416
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aerosol generating device comprising a cartridge containing a propellant. When ignited, propellant gases expand through a diffuser, then through and into a clearing pad and then through and into a filler area, thereby de-agglomerating and fluidizing the filler and increasing pressure until a frangible end seal on the retainer end of the cartridge ruptures and releases the filler as an aerosol cloud. Methods for disseminating an aerosol and for using the device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, Raymond J. Maleck, Daniel J. Hartman, Noel Gonzalez, Daniel M. Jackson, Walter T. Robinson
  • Patent number: 6170234
    Abstract: A particulate aerosol dissemination device comprising a shreddable belt is disclosed. The belt has a plurality of individual cells aligned along the belt length and which extend across the belt width. The cells are separated by partitions extending between the cells across the belt width. The cells are capable of holding a solid aerosol filler comprising any one of the following: obscurant or smoke generating materials; pesticides; insecticides; fungicides; riot control agents; fertilizer; and feed. A method for disseminating a solid particle aerosol using the belt and a process for manufacturing the aerosol belt segments is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Raymond J. Malecki, William G. Rouse, Samuel Morgan
  • Patent number: 6076671
    Abstract: A particulate aerosol dissemination device comprising a shreddable belt is isclosed. The belt has a plurality of individual cells aligned along the belt length and which extend across the belt width. The cells are separated by partitions extending between the cells across the belt width. The cells are capable of holding a solid aerosol filler comprising any one of the following: obscurant or smoke generating materials; pesticides; insecticides; fungicides; riot control agents; fertilizer; and feed. A method for disseminating a solid particle aerosol using the belt and a process for manufacturing the aerosol belt segments is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Raymond J. Malecki, William G. Rouse, Michael J. Orr, Daniel J. Hartman, Samuel Morgan
  • Patent number: 6047644
    Abstract: An aerosol generating device comprising a casing having a base end and a ainer end, with a firing primer mounted through the base end and extending into a propellant zone which contains a propellant. The firing primer is thereby detonationally connected to the propellant. A diffuser plate is mounted inside of the casing on a side of the propellant zone opposite to the firing primer. A filler area inside of the casing is adjacent to the diffuser on an opposite side to the propellant zone. The filler area contains particles of a powder having interstitial void space between the particles. A frangible end seal is attached to the casing within the retainer end, with the frangible end seal being positioned adjacent to the filler area on an opposite side of the diffuser. When activated, propellant gases expand through the diffuser into the fill area deagglomerating and fluidizing the powder particles and increasing pressure until the end seal ruptures and releases an aerosol cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Raymond J. Malecki, William G. Rouse, Daniel J. Hartman, Samuel Morgan, Tom Mills
  • Patent number: 5659147
    Abstract: A millimeter wave screening cloud-forming product is made by forming comped hollow disks of carbon fiber cut to a desired length. The handleable disks are stacked inside a grenade body forming a hollow cylindrical shape. A high explosive mass is inserted into the resulting compacted hollow cylinder, enabling bursting of the compacted mass to release the individual carbon fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, John P. Fiala, Lisa A. Caudill, Connie S. Kilgore
  • Patent number: 5291680
    Abstract: A grenade launching apparatus launches a number of grenades and has a conller and a launcher. The controller controls the launching and includes a selector which is responsive to operator input for selecting one or more of the grenades to be launched. The controller also includes a display for indicating that a selected grenade has been launched. The launcher is for launching one or more of the grenades and includes a firing circuit which is responsive to the selector. The firing circuit activates the launcher to launch each selected grenade. The launcher also includes a launch detector for detecting that a selected grenade has been launched by the firing circuit. The display of the controller is responsive to the launch detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Paul G. Schabdach, Irving F. Barditch, William G. Rouse, John P. Fiala
  • Patent number: 5148173
    Abstract: A millimeter wave screening cloud is formed comprised of an aerosol of fine ibers of a carbon composition, in which the particles are of micron diameter and millimeter length. The cloud is formed by aerosolizing a compact mass of carbon composition fibers through the action of explosively bursting such compact mass in the atmosphere at the desired cloud location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, Connie S. Kilgore, Ronald E. Rhea, Michael J. Burnham, Benjamin G. Wachob
  • Patent number: 4406227
    Abstract: A system for multistage aerial dispersion of materials or substances in mte form to provide an aerial array of interspaced clouds or cloud-like patterns of such materials or substances. Although the materials or substances may be in the nature of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and the like, suitable for domestic applications, there is basically disclosed a system for military applications. In this latter regard, rapid multipositional aerial dispersion of decoy material, such as thin metallic strips, chaff, or the like, to deceive or confuse enemy radar is achieved by packaging the decoy material in a carrier missile structured to carry a plurality of separate frangible canisters or modules respectively containing the decoy material in the form of a myriad of such metallic strips or chaff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Charles W. Beeker, Arthur P. Dean, William G. Rouse
  • Patent number: H151
    Abstract: A disperser of a powdery cloud which may be used to defeat infra-red sens used by enemy forces and an arrangement which will effectively and efficiently produce a cloud of powder for military applications.The disperser is provided with a barrel containing powder to which a cover is secured. The cover has an axial opening provided with an upper and lower cylindrical pipe section communicating therewith. A hollow elbow-like pysi is also secured to a second opening in the cover. Air is forced into the upper cylindrical pipe and travels down through the lower cylindrical pysi into the powder. This forced air carries the powder up to the elbow-like pipe and out into the atmosphere as a powdery cloud. Control of the dispersion process is by means of two slide-valves provided on the upper cylinder pysi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, Jacob Sofinowski, Ronald J. Morin
  • Patent number: H769
    Abstract: A minimum hazard visual screening cloud is formed comprised of an aerosol fine spheres of a titanium dioxide composition, in which the particles are of submicron diameter. The cloud is formed by aerosolizing a compact mass of titanium dioxide spheres of submicron diameter through the action of explosively bursting such compact mass in the atmosphere at the desired cloud location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, Michael J. Burnham, Erica R. Riley, Janon F. Embury, Robert H. Frickel
  • Patent number: H775
    Abstract: A minimum hazard visual screening cloud-forming product is made by forming slurry of fine spheres of titanium dioxide composition, of submicron diameter, together with a volatile surface-wetting agent liquid, in the form of a liquid hydrocarbon, extruding and severing the extended slurry mass into a desired container shape, in particular, a hollow cylindrical shape, and drying the mass. An HE explosive mass is inserted into the resulting compacted hollow cylinder, enabling bursting of the compacted mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, Ronald E. Rhea, Michael J. Burnham, Connie S. Kilgore, John P. Fiala, Lisa A. Bray
  • Patent number: H1009
    Abstract: A smoke grenade system for use on an armored vehicle. This system includes vehicle having a body and a turret, launching tubes mounted on the two sides of the turret, a first switch for expelling a first salvo of smoke grenades and a second switch for expelling a second salvo of smoke grenades. Each switch actuates one-half of the launching tubes on one side of the vehicle plus one-half of the launching tubes on the other side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: The United States of America as repressented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Demetrios K. Prapas, Michael J. Burnham, Ronald E. Rhea, William G. Rouse, Mark T. Radovich
  • Patent number: H1124
    Abstract: A particle smoke generator having a gas turbine for combusting air and fu and for discharging heated exhaust combustion gases. A venturi tube conveys the heated exhaust gases into a low-pressure region away from the combustion means. A supply of particulate smoke material is joined to a supply tube for conducting the particulate smoke material from the supply to the venturi tube. In the venturi tube the particulate smoke material is deagglomerated by the exhaust gases. The deagglomerated particles and gases are diffused in a diffuser nozzle to generate smoke in the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: William G. Rouse, Daniel K. Yu, Christian S. Gardner
  • Patent number: H1208
    Abstract: A minimum hazard visual screening cloud is formed by vaporizing diesel fuel nside a vehicle exhaust manifold pipe which, upon entering the ambient atmosphere, condenses into an aerosol comprised of small droplets, thereby producing a large sustaining cloud which obscures both the vehicle and the adjacent downwind areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Michael J. Burnham, Horace W. Pearce, William G. Rouse
  • Patent number: H1256
    Abstract: A control system is provided for igniting and dispensing a smoke pot for ense of a hulled vehicle. The system utilizes a command circuit located inside the vehicle for using the vehicles power source to select smoke pot operations. A user can select an operation to ignite a desired smoke pot or an operation to ignite and release the smoke pot. Two power lines are arranged from the command circuit inside the vehicle to a control circuit located at the exterior of the hull for operating the smoke pot control system. A minimum number of apertures are required in leading the power lines to the control circuit. The control circuit activates the selected operations of the smoke pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as reprpesented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Paul G. Schabdach, Scott H. Elwood, Irving F. Barditch, William G. Rouse
  • Patent number: H1257
    Abstract: An electrical system which serves to control the firing of multiple grenade aunchers. The system generates multiple coded tone pairs for up to sixteen launchers which are provided to the launchers through a +28VDC line connected to the vehicular power supply. The tone pairs are decoded enroute to each launcher which exercise a firing circuit triggering the grenade launcher's firing squib causing the grenade to launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Paul G. Schabdach, Irving F. Barditch, John P. Fiala, William G. Rouse