Miscellaneous Patents (Class 114/382)
  • Patent number: 10348739
    Abstract: A method is described for receiving a plurality of node data streams through a data network from a plurality of source nodes, respectively, each of the plurality of node data streams comprising a plurality of node data. The method further comprises determining a respective risk assessment for each of the plurality of node data streams based on a plurality of elements, wherein the respective risk assessment indicates a level of trustworthiness of each of the plurality of node data streams. Moreover, the method comprises determining a plurality of respective actions for each of the plurality of source nodes, based on the respective risk assessment of the plurality of node data streams. The method further comprises instructing each of the plurality of source nodes to perform the respective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Greenspan, Debra J. Danielson, Kenneth William Scott Morrison
  • Patent number: 10232915
    Abstract: A system for launching and recovering a marine or submarine device from a support vessel. The system includes a carriage and at least one protective component. Each protective component is connected to the carriage by a pivot connection of which the axis, when the device is secured to the vessel, is parallel to the surface of the water. The at least one protective component is suitable for raising the marine or submarine device partially out of the water during recovery and for placing the marine or submarine device in the water during a launch, by rotation of the protective component(s) about the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Michaël Jourdan, Albert Tom
  • Patent number: 9783321
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is a passive flow control device, mounted vertically forward of the helicopter launch and recovery area on a ship flight deck. The vertical flow control device reduces the airwake effect on the ship flight deck for safer operation of helicopters during launch and recovery missions from ships. The device is retractable to reduce the ships topside signature and increase the ship's military effectiveness. It can also be modified for maximum effectiveness based on a combination of the ship's topside features, the ship's operation speeds, helicopter operations, and environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher C. Bassler, William Scott Weidle, Nicholas D. Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 9627661
    Abstract: The present application discloses a battery assembly, an electronic cigarette using the battery assembly, and a method for assembling the battery assembly. The battery assembly is configured to be connected with an atomizing assembly to form the electronic cigarette. The battery assembly comprises a battery sleeve, a battery, an end cover, a control module, and an electronic wire. The end cover defines an assembling hole configured to mount the control module therein, and the end cover further defines at least one wire holding groove in an inner wall of the assembling hole and configured to enable the electronic wire to pass through. The wire holding groove can effectively prevent the electronic wire from being squeezed and scraped by the battery sleeve and the end cover. Open-circuit and short-circuit of the circuit in the battery assembly can be avoided, and the product quality of the battery assembly can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9599995
    Abstract: A kite system includes a kite and a ground station. The ground station includes a sensor that can be utilized to determine an angular position and velocity of the kite relative to the ground station. A controller utilizes a fuzzy logic control system to autonomously fly the kite. The system may include a ground station having powered winding units that generate power as the lines to the kite are unreeled. The control system may be configured to fly the kite in a crosswind trajectory to increase line tension for power generation. The sensors for determining the position of the kite are preferably ground-based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: David D. North, Mark J. Aull
  • Patent number: 9586656
    Abstract: A water vessel is provided. The water vessel includes a hull, a deck, and a ramp. The hull has a front end, an aft end, a starboard side, a port side, a bottom, a bow at the front end, and a stem at the aft end. The bow is movable between a closed configuration and an open configuration. The deck is in the region of the bow. The ramp is located between the bottom of the hull and the deck in a retracted position. When the bow is in the open configuration, the ramp is movable to an extended position in which the ramp extends from the front end of the hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Johnston
  • Patent number: 9472937
    Abstract: A cable/cable tray mounting system comprises a plurality of magnets and a strut. The strut includes a plurality of spaced apart mounting apertures. A suspension assembly pivotally secures each magnet of the plurality of magnets to the strut. The plurality of mounting apertures of the strut allow for varying magnetic arrangements of the plurality of magnets thereby allowing the magnet mounting system to be mounted onto flat surfaces, curved surfaces and/or other shaped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Metal & Cable Corp., Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Klein
  • Patent number: 9430589
    Abstract: A safety automation builder that assists in development of compliant safety functions for industrial safety systems is provided. The safety automation builder imports a system drawing or image of a user's manufacturing line, machine, or production area, and guides the user through a workflow that facilitates configuration of safety functions for each hazardous access point. The safety automation builder leverages a library of safety devices and encoded knowledge of industrial safety standards to guide the user toward selection of suitable safety devices for mitigating risks associated with the access points. Once configured, the safety automation builder can export the safety function data to an external verification system for confirmation that the configured safety functions comply with the prescribed industrial safety standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Eitzman, Christopher Brogli, Derek W. Jones, Jonathan B. Johnson, Ian James Murgatroyd, David Main-Reade, Brian J. Maher, Brian Haley Schriver
  • Patent number: 9382672
    Abstract: A dryer performance optimization system comprising a dryer having an inner wall and being adapted to rotate at variable speeds and a variable frequency drive being adapted to vary the rotational speed of the dryer. The preferred system also comprises a baghouse having an inlet end being adapted to receive exhaust gas from the dryer and an outlet end and a controller being adapted to control the temperature of the exhaust gas from the dryer. A method for controlling the temperature of exhaust gas in a baghouse comprising providing a dryer performance optimization system as described herein and varying the temperature of the exhaust gas from the dryer by varying the rotational speed of the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Astec, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcolm L. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9309473
    Abstract: Systems and methods for extracting and processing gases from submerged sources are disclosed. A system for removing and processing a gas from a submerged area in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a membrane or other open-bottom structure having a port and being disposed over at least a portion of the submerged area so as to at least partially enclose a volume of the gas. The system can further include a chemical reactor coupled to the open-bottom structure to receive the gas, and positioned to conduct a non-combustion reaction to dissociate a constituent from a donor substance of the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: McAlister Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Edward McAlister
  • Patent number: 9097238
    Abstract: A lightning protecting system for a nacelle of a wind turbine is described. The lightning protecting system includes a conductor device, which includes a core conductor, an isolating material surrounding the core conductor, and a shielding structure surrounding the isolating material, an input port, which is connected to a first end of the core conductor and which is adapted to be connected to the lightning rod, and an output port, which is connected to a second end of the core conductor and which is adapted to be connected to the support structure. Further described are a nacelle for a wind turbine, a wind turbine, a method for protecting a nacelle of a wind turbine, which all take benefit from the mentioned lightning protecting system. Furthermore, it is described a use for the mentioned lightning protecting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Bastian Lewke
  • Patent number: 9061861
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for guiding a flexible member (6) comprising a drum (4) mounted for rotation about a drum axis (5) and a pulley (2) mounted for rotation about a pulley axis (3), the drum and pulley axes being inclined. The apparatus defines a path for the flexible member including first and second drum wrap portions (7,9) on axially spaced first and second fixed drum diametric planes, a pulley wrap portion (8) on a fixed pulley diametric plane, and first and second connecting portions (7a, 7b). The arrangement is such that the connecting portions (7a, 7b) lie on the respective first and second drum diametric planes and both lie on the pulley diametric plane. As the drum (4) and pulley (2) rotate with the flexible member (6) in use, the arrangement is such that the first and second drum wrap portions (7,9) remain on the fixed drum diametric planes and the pulley portion of wrap (8) remains on the fixed diametrical plane of the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Mathclick Limited
    Inventor: Michele Grassi
  • Patent number: 8720361
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a security barrier for preventing trespass onto a water vessel. The security barrier includes one or more modular frame members, a strand of razor wire attached to the frame member and a suspension fastener for removably suspending the security barrier from a mounting surface of a water vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel A. DiBruno, Sr., Marvin Weinberger
  • Patent number: 8671870
    Abstract: Systems and methods for extracting and processing gases from submerged sources are disclosed. A system for removing and processing a gas from a submerged area in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a membrane or other open-bottom structure having a port and being disposed over at least a portion of the submerged area so as to at least partially enclose a volume of the gas. The system can further include a chemical reactor coupled to the open-bottom structure to receive the gas, and positioned to conduct a non-combustion reaction to dissociate a constituent from a donor substance of the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: McAlister Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Edward McAlister
  • Patent number: 8614633
    Abstract: A hazard assessment and strategy formulation system and method for a vessel may comprise a hazard assessment element receiving alarms and/or data for assessing the type and severity of a hazard, a plurality of models for modeling different hazards, and a strategy formulation element for formulating a strategy of tasks for responding to the type and severity of hazard represented by the hazard assessment, wherein the strategy formulation element and one or ones of the plurality of models are in communication. Tasks may be communicated for implementation, for display or for implementation and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Lear, Charles C. Nwadi, Jessica M. Lockhart, John J. Curry, III, Pamela Gilliam, Nicholas D. Longo, Michael A. Matyasik, Timothy M. Bearer
  • Patent number: 8613241
    Abstract: A restraining device for use in a water environment includes a plurality of tendrils that can be launched from a submerged device when an unauthorized swimmer is proximate the restraining device. Data communication in a neural-network of restraining devices is facilitated by a central command that has the capability of directing restraining devices, normally, aquatic mines, to a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Engineering Science Analysis Corp
    Inventors: Martin A Martinez, Patrick J. Barnhill, Steven A. Floyd
  • Patent number: 8601928
    Abstract: A method and device for impeding the progress of a swimmer or a diver included a plurality of tendrils that can be launched into the path of a target and entangle the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Engineering Science Analysis Corp.
    Inventors: Martin A. Martinez, Patrick Barnhill, Steven A. Floyd
  • Patent number: 8568076
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing and fueling a surface water vessel at a floating receptacle that is towed by a parent ship. The surface water vessel may be a manned or an unmanned surface vehicle, for example. According to the invention, the surface water vessel includes a retractable probe for securing the water vessel to the floating receptacle and also for receiving fuel from the parent ship via the floating receptacle. The floating receptacle has first and second arms pivotally attached to a mounting block, forming a substantially V-shape having an adjustable apex angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Donald B. Harris, Robert J. Galway, Brandon Z. Lukert
  • Patent number: 8275493
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for launching and recovering an unmanned, water-born vehicle (UWBV) from a mother ship. The UWBV mimics the behavior of dolphins and is positioned ahead of the ship in preparation for bow riding. The UWBV uses a guidance system to position and keep in the bow wave. A high-frequency (HF) sonar transceiver array aboard the ship computes and sends course corrections to maintain the UWBV within the bow wave. The frequency range of the HF array can be 100 kHz or higher due to the short distance between the ship and the UWBV. Accordingly, the HF array can have a small aperture allowing for accurate bearing resolution. Course corrections can be sent on a near-continuous basis such that changes in thrust and rudder angle can be minimized to allow for accurate control of the UWBV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony A. Ruffa
  • Patent number: 8245617
    Abstract: An immobilization device and method of restraining vehicles, persons and animals uses tendrils attached to various devices to engage the target. The immobilization device, system and method includes a housing containing launchable tendrils that are launched from the housing by a propellant. The tendrils may be attached to straps or other elements carried by the immobilization device. The tendrils will engage the target and restrain it if it is a vehicle such as a car, truck, boat, submarine, or like vehicle. In stopping a person or animal the tendrils will deliver a marking package, a shocking package or a snare package to mark, shock or snare the target. Straps may be pulled off the housing leaving the housing near the point of deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Engineering Science Analysis Corporation
    Inventors: Martin A. Martinez, Patrick J. Barnhill, Steven A. Floyd
  • Patent number: 8161757
    Abstract: A navigable vessel for use in reducing the intensity of a tropical cyclone having an eye located over an ocean comprises a plurality of artificial snow-making devices aboard the vessel, at least one pump coupled to the devices and accessible to a body of water in which the vessel is floating for supplying the devices with water for making artificial snow, and a power source coupled to the devices to operate the devices in concert for producing a substantially uninterrupted supply of artificial snow. The artificial snow-making devices have discharge nozzles oriented to project the artificial snow away from the vessel onto or above the water adjacent the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Alfred Rosen
  • Patent number: 8122780
    Abstract: An Explosion Proof Vehicle (EPV) having an interior substantially filled with an inert fluid creating an interior pressure greater than the exterior pressure. One or more flexible tubes provide the inert fluid and one or more electrical conductors from a control system to the vehicle. The vehicle is preferably used in subsurface tank inspection, whereby the vehicle is submerged in a volatile fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: William T. Zollinger, Kerry M. Klingler, Scott G. Bauer
  • Patent number: 8047709
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting the location of an air/sea interface on an Instrumented Tow Cable (ITC) when distributed temperature measurements are provided. The air/sea interface is determined by estimating the variance of observed temperature in the proximity of each measurement cell. The method and system described herein uses a sliding variance across the entire cable length. The variance of the cell or cells in the area of the interface has been found to be large compared to other cells. Accordingly, the location of the air/sea interface is determined based on the location of the peak variance. The location of the air/sea interface is used in determining the catenary of the ITC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Mark J. Vaccaro
  • Publication number: 20110114008
    Abstract: An actuator (10) for use in controlling movement of a component (22) of a seagoing vessel comprises a cylinder (12) for coupling to a vessel hull (14) and an actuator shaft (18). A distal end (20) of the shaft (18) is coupled to the component whose movement is to be controlled and, in use, a control force (Fc) is applied to the shaft (18) to control movement of the shaft (18) from a first position, retracted, position to a second, extended, position. The actuator (10) is compliant in response to an opposing force exceeding a selected force to prevent or mitigate damage to the component (22) and/or the actuator 10 which may otherwise result from the opposing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Alistair Plowman, Niall Skinner
  • Publication number: 20100300346
    Abstract: A sub-surface watercraft immobilizing system and method which may be deployed from any vessel to provide primary passive defense against one or more attacking watercraft(s), fitted with marine engine(s). The system is designed to provide practical all round coverage and consists of a sub-surface towed array/entanglement system of wires and/or spectra/nylon lines weighted for neutral buoyancy, deployed from removable/replaceable cartridges that may be disposable or refurbished. The towed array/entanglement system uses outriggers, weighted submersible rollers and spreaders. A system of secondary and possibly tertiary tentacles is deployed from the primary lines just below the water surface to foul and immobilize propellers and engine cooling water intakes. This is a non-lethal system designed to render one or more detected, or undetected, attacking watercraft inoperative or ineffective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Richard J.A. Gayton
  • Publication number: 20100275833
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for collecting material from a water system, especially from the surface or close to the surface of a water system. The method comprises: maneuvering an apparatus with a cargo space in a water system; conducting water, present in the surface and close to the surface of the water system, and material therein to be collected, in response to the vessel's advancing speed through a collect opening, located in a fore section of the apparatus in its traveling direction, into the cargo space; conducting water from the cargo space back into the water system through an exhaust opening in the cargo space's bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Markku Järvinen
  • Patent number: 7765947
    Abstract: A configuration for the deck of a marine vessel, wherein parallel and perpendicular travel paths, for movement of individual OBS unit storage baskets, are formed along a deck utilizing, in part, the storage baskets themselves. A portion of the deck is divided into a grid defined by a series of low-to-the-deck perpendicular and parallel rails and each square in the grid is configured to hold an OBS unit storage basket. Around the perimeter of the grid is an external containment wall which has a greater height than the rails. Storage baskets seated within the grid are configured to selectively form internal containment walls. Opposing internal and external containment walls define travel paths along which a storage basket can be moved utilizing a low, overhead gantry. A basket need only be lifted a minimal height above the deck in order to be moved along a path. The containment walls and the deck itself constraining uncontrolled swinging of baskets, even in onerous weather or sea conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Fairfield Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: James N. Thompson, Jerry L. Laws, Roger L. Fyffe
  • Publication number: 20100101477
    Abstract: A high current cursor comprises a outer frame in which a center carriage travels. The center carriage travels between the top and bottom of the outer frame. Movement of the center carriage is limited within the outer frame constraints and its own locking mechanism. Center carriage carries a bend restrictor for an umbilical or lift line. When the center carriage travels down to a predetermined position within the high current cursor, equipment is allowed to exit the high current cursor or is retrieved back into the high current cursor when the bend restrictor reaches a predetermined position within the outer frame, e.g. at its lowest point, allowing dispersal and/or retrieval without obstruction back to a fixed recovery point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Irwin Davis
  • Patent number: 7702426
    Abstract: There is provided a boat in which the units and control lines for effecting the switching processing of remote control units at the time of switching steering stations can be easily configured, and the system for effecting the switching processing can be easily simplified. A boat includes a first remote control unit connected to boat propulsion units, and a second remote control unit connected to the first remote control unit, the first and second remote control units including remote control levers for operating the boat propulsion units, and remote control selector switches. The first remote control unit has a switching determination section. The switching determination section performs switching processing between the first and second remote control units when the remote control levers of the first and second remote control units are both in the neutral state and the remote control selector switches are in the ON state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Ito, Takashi Yamada
  • Publication number: 20100083893
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a submerged surface, such as the hull of a marine vessel or a submerged grate or conduit, uses particles that are electrically conductive and disposes those particles on the exposed surface. The particles are held in, place by an electrically conductive composite material, such as a conductive gel coat, and a charge distribution layer is used to spread the current through all parts of the conductive outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Richard E. Staerzl
  • Publication number: 20100042324
    Abstract: Vessels comprising towed array and an autonomous self propelled instrument array can be use to perform marine laboratory tests as well as other functions. Propulsion can be provided by diesel-electric hybrid engines, by a motion charging device and by an ocean current generator. Data can be collected by the onboard laboratory and transmitted to a central database accessible by remote users. The vessel can also be used to counter natural and man made threats in a marine environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Robert J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7607252
    Abstract: An apparatus that enables the fishing pots to be lifted with ease. The system includes a hook embedded in the gear rope near the first pot. The string of pots is set normally, with the end of the rope marked with a buoy. To retrieve the pots, the buoy is pulled up onto the boat and the rope is tied off. An anchor-pulling ring with a buoy attached is placed around the line. The boat is driven in the opposite direction as the current or tide. This causes the pot rope to be pulled up, with the pots. The rope passes through the anchor-pulling ring until the hook passes through the ring. The line can be slacked off and the hook will catch the ring and hold the pots while the remainder of the rope is retrieved. Once the boat reaches the buoy, the pots can easily be pulled up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick J. Lorentz
  • Patent number: 7597811
    Abstract: Pollutants such as hydrocarbons which have settled on the bed of a body of water are removed to the surface using a submersible vehicle positioned above the bed of a diver supported on a platform above the pollutant. A wand at one end of a pipe evacuated by a centrifugal pump is manipulated to draw the pollutant to the surface for treatment or disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: David Usher
  • Patent number: 7536967
    Abstract: A marine water conversion apparatus capable of pumping ocean surface water several hundred feel below the surface to cause sufficient cooler water to rise to the surface to prevent formation of or to moderate hurricanes. The apparatus is remotely controlled and includes a propulsion system for moving it to a new location or in predetermined patterns through use of a global positioning system and computerized controls. Power for driving the pumps may be provided by a wind turbine driven electric generator at the upper end of an upper tube section pivotally connected to a float tank on a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Gerald L. Barber
  • Publication number: 20090090473
    Abstract: A vessel-based system and method for disposing of wastewater including bilge water from a bilge of the vessel. The system comprising a treatment unit for receiving and treating the wastewater to produce a substantially oil-free treated water and, an evaporator for receiving the treated water from the treatment unit. The evaporator comprising an evaporation element for transferring heat to the treated water to evaporate the treated water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Ian Fielding, John Moriarty
  • Patent number: 7510658
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for desalinating water are provided. A vessel includes a water intake system, a reverse osmosis system, a concentrate discharge system, a permeate transfer system, a power source, and a control system. The concentrate discharge system includes a plurality of concentrate discharge ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Water Standard Company LLC
    Inventor: Andrew W. Gordon
  • Patent number: 7495581
    Abstract: A system for controlling a marine vessel's existing horn to automatically sound navigational signals as set forth in Coast Guard Navigation Rules, International and Inland for Sound and Light Signals for boats 12 meters 39 feet and larger, Rules 34 through 37. The system provides a user-interface with a selection of predetermined horn/light signals that can be repeated once or continuously via lights and/or sound, with a preview of the selected signal. The system permits a helmsman and other crew members to attend to other duties without constant attention to the vessel's horn, and enhances safety and Coast Guard compliance, and in the long term helps to inform and educate the operator through observing the signal patterns, on the water, or in boating courses like Coast Guard Auxiliary, Power Squadron and Community College courses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventors: David J. Horst, Jerry A. Carr
  • Publication number: 20090038530
    Abstract: A watercraft drogue system including a line deployable in the water to be intercepted by the lower unit of the watercraft's engine, at least a first drogue on one end of the line, a length of stretchable line adjacent the drogue, and at least a first length of slack line secured by a frangible tie. The frangible tie of the watercraft drogue system is designed to break when the drogue is deployed. The length of stretchable line of the drogue system expands in length in order to reduce the tension in the line to prevent kick up of the lower unit of the watercraft's engine and thus arrest the watercraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Thieu Truong, Robert Lee Cardenas, Loren Hazard Howard
  • Patent number: 7476269
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions control canister for adsorbing fuel vapors from a fuel tank on a marine vessel. The canister comprises a polymeric extruded housing that may be formed to any desired length or cut from extruded stock. Identical end caps having tubing connectors are bonded to opposite ends of the housing, defining an inlet and an outlet. Marine-grade pelletized activated carbon is disposed within the housing between porous slidable plates that are spring loaded against the end caps to pack the carbon tightly against the housing walls. Mounting brackets at each end are rotatably attached to the end caps so that opposite ends of the assembly may be attached to different surfaces of the vessel's hull, thus relieving stress which might be introduced into the assembly. Preferably, the assembly is wrapped in a fire retardant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris C. Begley, Charles H. Covert
  • Publication number: 20090001222
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing dynamic control to a vehicle in a dynamic fluid. The systems and methods of the invention relate to one or more morphable surfaces that can be controlled by a controller and an actuator in an active manner to provide asperities that interact with a fluid moving across the morphable surfaces. By controlling the size, shape and location of the asperities, one can exert control authority over the motion of the vehicle relative to the fluid, including a speed, a direction and an attitude of the vehicle. Examples of materials that provide suitable morphable surfaces include ionic polymer metal composites and shape memory polymers, both of which types of material are commercially available. Useful morphable surface systems have been examined and are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: California Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Beverley J. McKeon
  • Patent number: 7441511
    Abstract: A watercraft arresting system and method including an entanglement subsystem including at least two arms in a V-configuration. A deployment subsystem deploys the entanglement subsystem so the arms are spread apart in the water in the path of the watercraft to arrest it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Farinella, Mads Christian Schmidt, Scott Quigley
  • Publication number: 20080257396
    Abstract: A system and method is described generally for providing a high altitude conduit the high altitude conduit includes a first material layer forming an elongated duct. The high altitude conduit also includes a second material layer outside the first material layer. The second material layer defines a space between the second material layer and the first material layer. A gas has a density that is less dense than that of the atmosphere outside of the second material layer. The gas is disposed in the space between the first and the second layer. An introducer is configured to provide the gas into the space between the first material layer and the second material layer. The gas causes the conduit to extend in an approximately upright orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood
  • Publication number: 20080229997
    Abstract: Flotation device which comprises an exterior receptacle which is designed to be supported on the external surface of a ship, cargo container or floating structure in such a manner that it extends substantially within the ship, cargo container or floating structure, leaving its open end oriented toward the outside; and, inside of said exterior receptacle, an interior receptacle whose open end corresponds to the open end of said exterior receptacle and which houses inflatable means and expulsion means for expelling said inflatable means from the open end of said interior receptacle following the activation of the flotation device of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: KAFLOAT S.L.
    Inventors: Victor Alonso Ormaechea, Alfonso De Leon Garcia, Vicente Lopez Perea Lloveres
  • Publication number: 20080190351
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a receptacle for a boat drain plug, the receptacle being adapted to support the boat drain plug relative to a boat trailer, the boat trailer having a boat trailer winch, the boat trailer winch including a winch handle shaft, and the receptacle including an aperture sized to receive the boat drain plug, wherein the aperture is located in the winch handle shaft of the boat trailer winch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: MJS Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Michael Beers
  • Publication number: 20080072809
    Abstract: The invention provides for a novel apparatus and a method to effectively manage ballast material. It comprises of a plurality of Floating Ballast Containers (25) contained within a bottomless enclosure and secured on the sea faring vessel such that each floating ballast container (25) floats in seawater. The volumetric capacity of the conventional segregated ballast tanks (30) on the sea faring vessel is similar to that of the Floating Ballast Containers (25) so as to facilitate the movement of the ballast material between the conventional ballast tanks (30) and Floating Ballast Containers (25). This process eliminates the need for treatment or disposal of the ballast material in to the sea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Virendra J. Mehta
  • Publication number: 20080047480
    Abstract: A machine and method of operation to get rid of hurricanes. The general idea is to get rid of the low pressure in the center of the hurricane. No low pressure equals no circulation. No circulation equals no hurricane. The machine is a ship consisting of two main parts, an upper part and a lower part. The lower part consists of four submersible torpedo shaped hulls. The upper part is V shaped with three fan tubes stacked vertically on each side of the V. Method of operation. The machine is placed in the hurricane eyewall near the hurricane eye. The machine would mechanically blow air from the eyewall to the eye. The machine would bend the eyewall so that the eyewall would be diverted into the eye. The machine would slow down the air in the eyewall and the low pressure in the eye would suck the air in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Brian Peter Sandler
  • Patent number: 7228812
    Abstract: A method for generation of gasses contained in a salt solution in accomplished by disposing automated, floating wave power collection vessels in waters distant from shore, the vessels navigating within one or more predetermined geographic zones, having suitable wave conditions for such operation. The wave power devices generating electricity and the gasses are extracted from the salt solution by electrolysis. Automated storage vessels are used as shuttles to deliver the gasses to shore facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Arthur Morse
  • Patent number: 7146918
    Abstract: A system for generating hydrogen is provided which includes at least one vessel which floats in water. At least one sail for capturing wind to move the vessel reciprocally along a substantially linear path is mounted on the vessel. A power generation system is provided for converting movement of the vessel relative to the water into electricity. And an onboard hydrogen production system produces hydrogen by electrolysis using the electricity generated by the power generation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Moshe Meller
  • Patent number: 7104212
    Abstract: A wireless remote control system enables precise control of a yacht, or other vessel, from virtually any point on the yacht. A hand-held transmitter includes various switches for controlling the engines, thrusters, and/or anchor winch. A receiver, mounted on the yacht, receives signals from the transmitter. The receiver generates outputs that are connected to the existing electronic controls of the yacht. Thus, the receiver is connected in parallel with the conventional electronic controls of the yacht, and the system acts in addition to, and not instead of, the conventional control system. The system can thus be installed on existing vessels without modification of such vessels. An acoustic alarm signal is generated by the receiver when radio communication between the transmitter and receiver is severed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Giuseppe Brianza
  • Patent number: 7044623
    Abstract: A thru-hull fitting assembly is connected to the forward end of a hollow lamp housing for mounting to a hole in the hull of a vessel in a water-tight fashion. An HID or other lamp is mounted in the lamp housing and is surrounded by a reflector which may have an outer elliptical section and an inner parabolic section. A protective transparent window extends across the forward end of the lamp housing and is sealed thereto. The window may be made of sapphire to provide improved heat dissipation and to resist scratching during hull cleaning and breakage due to thermal shock and wave slap. A circuit may be connected to the lamp to provide over-heat protection, leak detection, as well as fault and power status indicators. Alternate embodiments utilize a solid light pipe or a hollow reflective tube to convey light from the lamp to the protective window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: DeepSea Power & Light
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Zachary B. Simmons, Jeffrey A. Prsha, Ronan T. Gray, Ray Merewether