For Vehicles Patents (Class 169/62)
  • Patent number: 11949083
    Abstract: Provided is a battery assembly having a distributed cooling and fire protection system, the battery assembly comprising: (a) a plurality of battery cells; (b) a case configured to hold the plurality of battery cells; and (c) a cooling liquid distribution system, having a cooling liquid reservoir and/or pipes that are in proximity to at least a subset of the plurality of the cells and configured to deliver, on demand, a desired amount of the first cooling liquid on a cell or multiple cells in the vicinity of the cell when a temperature of the cell exceeds a threshold temperature; wherein the first cooling liquid comprises a fire protection or fire suppression substance which, on contact with the cell, prevents, retards, or extinguishes a cell fire and prevents a propagation or cell-to-cell cascading reactions of a thermal runaway or fire event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 11939076
    Abstract: An aircraft includes an airframe defining a first enclosed space, an engine bay disposed within the first enclosed space, and a cooling system. The engine bay includes a firebox defining a second enclosed space and an engine disposed at least partially within the second enclosed space. The cooling system is configured to selectively fluidly couple the first enclosed space with the second enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giuseppe S. Alberti, Adriano Cirioli, Sean Thomas Barrows, Nolan John Birtwell, Michael Alexander, Nicholas Scott Coury
  • Patent number: 11844969
    Abstract: Systems for improving fire safety in agricultural machinery are configured for detecting, at least partially controlling, and/or suppressing adverse fire-related conditions. The adverse fire-related conditions can include sparks, embers, and/or flames in the agricultural machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Suppression Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A Duncan, Kevin Scott Smith, Terry A. Spencer
  • Patent number: 11795689
    Abstract: Prefabricated wall panels simplify the constructive of building units and other structures. The prefabricated wall panels can include a set of conduits pre-installed within the wall panels that enable simplified installation and conduit routing within a building unit or structure. The set of conduits can include electrical conduit, plumbing conduit, HVAC conduit, networking conduit, fire alarm conduit, and fire sprinkler conduit. The prefabricated wall panels can include above-door cavities to assist with structure design and coupling conduits between prefabricated panels. The prefabricated panels can additionally include dual-headed fire sprinklers that enable one fire sprinkler conduit to spray into multiple rooms, reducing the overall number of fire sprinkler conduits required within a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: VEEV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: John Robert Robillo Fidel, Eric Michael Dunn, Lisong Zhou
  • Patent number: 11691039
    Abstract: An aircraft with at least one propulsion assembly and its fire-fighting system, which includes two reservoirs of extinguishing agent, and, associated with each reservoir, a control that can be actuated by a pilot to open the reservoir, a detection assembly to detect a fire and emit, if appropriate, a fire alert signal, the propulsion assembly including a first and a second compartment each including at least one fire zone, the fire-fighting system including a bypass valve controlled by a localization unit, a set of pipes connecting each reservoir to each of the fire zones through the bypass valve, the localization unit configured to detect a fire in a fire zone in the first compartment, and, if appropriate, control the bypass valve so it adopts a first state where the extinguishing agent in a reservoir is expelled towards the one or more fire zones in the first compartment after activation of the control associated with a reservoir, the bypass valve otherwise being controlled to adopt a second state, in which
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Thierry Clavel, St├ęphane Pugliese, Arnaud Guichot, Nicolas Brachet
  • Patent number: 11524192
    Abstract: A propulsion assembly including a turbomachine attached to a pylon, and a fire-fighting system, the turbomachine including fire zones, the fire-fighting system including two reservoirs of pressurized extinguishing agent in the pylon and a distribution line connecting the reservoirs to nozzles. The distribution line includes connected pipes having a low point between the reservoirs and the nozzles, and, for each low point, a fluid drainage device for evacuating fluid. The drainage device includes a fluid passage for fluid evacuation from the distribution line and a mechanism for shutting off the fluid passage, the mechanism movable under effect of distribution line pressure, between a first position where it opens the fluid passage and a second position where it closes the fluid passage, the second position being reached when the pressure in the distribution line is greater than or equal to a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Julien Cayssials, Adeline Soulie, Arnaud Guichot, Nicolas Brachet
  • Patent number: 11517778
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fire suppressant system for an aircraft having: a source of a fire suppressant; a tubing system for delivering the fire suppressant to one or more predetermined locations; and a discharge nozzle disposed in the one or more predetermined locations, the discharge nozzle connected to the tubing system for distributing the fire suppressant in the one or more predetermined locations during a fire, the discharge nozzle including a plurality of nozzle heads including a first nozzle head with a first flow area and a second nozzle head with a second flow area that differs from the first flow area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: KIDDE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Terry Simpson
  • Patent number: 11446530
    Abstract: methods, apparatuses, and systems for harvesting inert gas exhausted from an engine and using the harvested inert gas to prevent an ignition event and/or extinguish an ignition event. The temperature of the harvested inert gas may need to be lowered. Unwanted components may be removed from the harvested inert gas. Combustion components may be completely burned from the harvested inert gas prior to providing the harvested inert gas to a fire protection system. The fire protection system uses the harvested inert gas to extinguish an ignition event and/or to provide a purge flow to prevent an ignition event. The fire protection system may be on an aircraft. Sensors may be used to detect an ignition event. Pressure sensors may be used to monitor the pressure of the harvested inert gas as well as to monitor the purge pressure of areas receiving a continuous purge flow of harvested inert gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Foster
  • Patent number: 11191984
    Abstract: An anti-sinking and anti-fire safety system for boats includes inflatable devices, is installed in a first deflated configuration and assumes a second irreversibly inflated configuration, with a volume considerably greater than the first deflated configuration. Each inflatable device is connected to at least one dispenser expanding a predetermined quantity of non-inflammable foam within the corresponding inflatable device to assume the desired volume in the second inflated configuration. Each dispenser is connected to an activator to activate the corresponding dispenser by remote control of the user, sent by a control system. The emergency system also includes dispensers, connected to the activator expanding non-inflammable foam between the free spaces present between the inflatable devices already inflated, and in any other fire risk space. The non-inflammable foam sublimates after a known time. The control system includes a processor and a communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: S.P.I.GA. S.A.S. DI GAETA CARMINE
    Inventor: Carmine Gaeta
  • Patent number: 11185725
    Abstract: A fire extinguishing apparatus for a vehicle is provided, which is capable of quickly and easily extinguishing, at an initial time, a fire that occurs in an engine compartment of a vehicle by injecting a fire extinguishing fluid into the engine compartment from the outside of the engine compartment when the fire occurs in the engine compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Kang Yung Ku
  • Patent number: 10940341
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to fire suppression in cargo compartments of aircraft are disclosed. An exemplary apparatus provides an interface (38) between a fire suppressant conduit (18) and a cargo panel (28) of a cargo compartment (12) of an aircraft (10). The apparatus comprises an adaptor (40) configured to provide the fire suppressant conduit (18) access to the cargo compartment (12) through the cargo panel (28) and a sealing member (42) configured to provide a seal between the adaptor (40) and the fire suppressant conduit (18). The adaptor (40) comprises an aperture (56) for receiving the fire suppressant conduit (18) where the aperture (56) is sized to permit passage of a nozzle (36) of the fire suppressant conduit (18) therethrough. Associated methods (600, 700) for removing the cargo panel (28) of the cargo compartment (12) of the aircraft (10) without disassembly of the nozzle (36) of the fire suppressant conduit (18) are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS CANADA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Anthony El Haddad, Philippe Desy, Jean-Guy Gaudreau
  • Patent number: 10898747
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote monitoring of mechanical fire suppression systems are provided. For example, some embodiments generally provide for a smart fire suppression system with integrated sensors and communication technology to monitor the current state of the fire suppression system and notify various monitoring platforms, service providers, equipment manufacturers and/or others of the current state. In some embodiments, various sensors (e.g., micro switches) can be used to detect and report the status of the cartridge, activation status of the system, and/or the status of the detection line. Additional sensors and actuators may be also be included within the smart fire suppression system to allow monitoring of different states (e.g., temperature) and control the appliance and/or building utilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventor: Anthony Philip Moffa
  • Patent number: 10894608
    Abstract: A thermal management system for a pulse load on an aircraft. The thermal management system utilizing the reserve fuel from the aircraft to create thermal capacitance such that the instantaneous capacity of the cooling system to remove heat from the aircraft may be sized less than the rate of heat generated by the pulsed load (e.g. laser, radar, rail gun etc.) The reserve fuel is maintained at a temperature in a reservoir and cooled via a cooling system. Fuel from the reservoir is selectively mixed with fuel exiting the pulsed load heat exchanger to provide fuel to the inlet of the heat exchanger at a predetermined temperature, the temperature based at least upon the heat generated by the laser, flow rate of fuel and efficiency of the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Klemen, Eric Wilson, Russell E. White
  • Patent number: 10828518
    Abstract: An integrated fire suppression system receives inert gas from onboard gas generators and water effluent from onboard water generators. The inert gas and water effluent are mixed in a gas-water mixer to generate an inert aerosol. The inert aerosol is provided to a fire suppressant distribution network and sprayed into areas of the aircraft requiring fire suppression to provide cooling and to prevent reignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lubomir A. Ribarov, Dharmendr Len Seebaluck
  • Patent number: 10518894
    Abstract: A protective assembly includes a gas bag and a fuel container which includes a first wall. The fuel container is positioned within an aircraft and the gas bag extends along the first wall of the fuel container. A method for assembling a protective assembly includes the step of positioning a gas bag within an aircraft such that the gas bag extends along a first wall of a fuel container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas R. Ludin, David T. Misciagna
  • Patent number: 10478651
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote monitoring of mechanical fire suppression systems are provided. For example, some embodiments generally provide for a smart fire suppression system with integrated sensors and communication technology to monitor the current state of the fire suppression system and notify various monitoring platforms, service providers, equipment manufacturers and/or others of the current state. In some embodiments, various sensors (e.g., micro switches) can be used to detect and report the status of the cartridge, activation status of the system, and/or the status of the detection line. Additional sensors and actuators may be also be included within the smart fire suppression system to allow monitoring of different states (e.g., temperature) and control the appliance and/or building utilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventor: Anthony Philip Moffa
  • Patent number: 10343003
    Abstract: A fire suppression system for an aircraft having a compartment, the fire suppression system including an inert gas source in selective fluid communication with the compartment and a fire suppression agent source in selective fluid communication with the compartment, wherein an inert gas from the inert gas source and a fire suppression agent from the fire suppression agent source are at least partially combined to form a fire suppression mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrick T. Baker, Douglas E. Ferguson, Mike R. Madden
  • Patent number: 10220227
    Abstract: A fire extinguishing system of an aircraft, including: a fire extinguishing nozzle device that is provided on an installation member forming a compartment of the aircraft; and a fire extinguishing pipe that is provided on a support structure supporting the installation member from a back side, and supplies a fire extinguishing agent to the fire extinguishing nozzle device. The fire extinguishing pipe is restrained to the support structure at a plurality of restraint positions. A holding device that holds the fire extinguishing pipe and is provided on the support structure is used at at least one of the plurality of restraint positions. The holding device includes a holding section that holds an outer periphery of the fire extinguishing pipe, and a disengaging section that enables disengagement of the fire extinguishing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takafumi Kono
  • Patent number: 9333380
    Abstract: A valve for a fire extinguishing system includes a housing, a flow control apparatus, an actuator apparatus, and a manual override apparatus. The flow control apparatus is disposed in a cavity to prevent or permit flow of the fire extinguishing agent from an ingress aperture to an egress aperture of the housing. The flow control apparatus includes a burst disk clamped between the first and second annular faces and an annular spool axially movable along the longitudinal axis relative to the housing. The actuator apparatus includes a bearing sleeve angularly movable around a longitudinal axis relative to the housing and a latch element operably coupling the bearing sleeve and the annular spool. The manual override apparatus includes a cam operably coupled to the bearing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventors: Joshua L. Ehlers, Brian L. Counts, Richard J. Biehl
  • Patent number: 9248326
    Abstract: A scalable cargo-fire-suppression agent distribution system and method is disclosed. A supply source unit subset of a set of fire-suppression agent supply source units is selected based on an operation condition to provide a selected supply source unit subset, and a fire-suppression agent from the selected supply source unit subset is distributed during the operation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Oliver C. Meier, Daniel F. Lewinski, Bruce R. Miller
  • Patent number: 9238239
    Abstract: A method for multi-agent fogging. The method includes pressurizing a first agent to a first range of pressure. The method also includes pressurizing a second agent to a second range of pressure. The method also includes pressurizing a gas to a gas range of pressure. The method also includes atomizing at least one of the first and second agents at a nozzle to mix with the pressurized gas. The method also includes applying the atomized mixture to fog a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Pure Maintenance
    Inventors: Michael B. Adams, Jeffrey S. Evans, David E. Gillies
  • Patent number: 9188068
    Abstract: A purge gas injection system for internal combustion engines is disclosed. The system comprises a purge gas container filled with a sufficient purge gas to interrupt the combustion cycle of the engine, equipped with a controllable flow device capable of initiating and terminating flow from the container upon demand, with tubing connected to the purge gas container to direct the purge gas to a nozzle mounted on the combustion air intake of the engine. The system can be operated whenever the undesired conditions of dieseling or engine run-on are experienced and the operator of the engine may cause the purge gas to flow into the combustion air intake to defeat the undesirable run-on conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Arthur R Wiese
  • Patent number: 9033061
    Abstract: A fire suppression system includes a high pressure inert gas source that is configured to provide a first inert gas output and a low pressure inert gas source that is configured to provide a second inert gas output. A distribution network is connected with the high and low pressure inert gas sources to distribute the first and second inert gas outputs. A controller is operatively connected with at least the distribution network to control how the respective first and second inert gas outputs are distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Chattaway, Josephine Gabrielle Gatsonides, Robert G. Dunster, Terry Simpson, Dharmendr Len. Seebaluck, Robert E. Glaser
  • Publication number: 20150083445
    Abstract: The present invention reliably extinguishes fires in devices that have exceeded the guaranteed temperature without the use of a sensor. An in-vehicle fire extinguisher (100) extinguishes fires using an air conditioner for heating or cooling the interior of a vehicle compartment. A coolant discharged from a compressor (101) is pumped into the compressor (101) through a circulation path (106) via a condenser (102), an expansion valve (103) and an evaporator (105). A fire extinguishing unit (104) is provided to the circulation path (106) between the expansion valve (103) and the compressor (101). When a device mounted in a vehicle exceeds the guaranteed temperature, the fire extinguishing unit (104) melts so that coolant pumped from the circulation path (106) is discharged to the exterior and extinguishes the device fire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Satoru Itani, Kenji Sugihara
  • Publication number: 20150075823
    Abstract: A scalable cargo-fire-suppression agent distribution system and method is disclosed. A supply source unit subset of a set of fire-suppression agent supply source units is selected based on an operation condition to provide a selected supply source unit subset, and a fire-suppression agent from the selected supply source unit subset is distributed during the operation condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Oliver C. Meier, Daniel F. Lewinski, Bruce R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8973670
    Abstract: A fire suppression system for a container including a first tank containing a first liquid component of a two-part foam and a second tank containing a second liquid component of the foam. The system also includes at least one liquid component release device configured to be selectively capable of releasing the first and second components from their respective containers upon receipt of a signal from a fire detector upon detection of a fire. The two-part foam components are propelled through the system by a pressurized propellant that, upon release of the release device, causes the exit of the foam components from their respective tanks, through a mixing conduit to at least one nozzle. The nozzle is configured to spray the liquid component foam mixture into the container wherein the foam cures into a substantially semi-rigid, closed cell foam that is substantially impermeable and may have charring and/or intumescence properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: William Armand Enk, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8925642
    Abstract: A scalable cargo-fire-suppression agent distribution system and method is disclosed. A supply source unit subset of a set of fire-suppression agent supply source units is selected based on an operation condition to provide a selected supply source unit subset, and a fire-suppression agent from the selected supply source unit subset is distributed during the operation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Oliver C. Meier, Daniel F. Lewinski, Bruce R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8881840
    Abstract: Fire protection device for gangways 3 between the coaches 2 of rail vehicles with a gangway 3 between coaches 2 of a rail vehicle, and a fluid-fed fire-fighting device. Effective fire-fighting with low weight is made due to the fact the fire-fighting device comprises a fluid mist nozzle 4 which delivers a fluid mist, whereby the at least one fluid mist nozzle 4 is arranged in such a way that the fluid mist is sprayed into the gangway 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: FOGTEC Brandschutz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Roger Dirksmeier, Max Lakkonen, Dirk Sprakel
  • Patent number: 8863856
    Abstract: A multi-stage fire suppression system according to various aspects of the present invention is configured to deliver a fire suppressant material in response to multiple detections of a fire condition over time. In one embodiment, the multi-stage fire suppression system comprises at least two pressure tubes each having a different internal pressure. Each pressure tube is adapted to generate a pneumatic signal in response to exposure to a different trigger event. The pneumatic signal is used to activate a suppression system and release the fire suppressant material from a container. The multi-stage fire suppression system may also be configured to signal a secondary hazard detection system that a fire has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Firetrace USA, LLC
    Inventors: William A. Eckholm, Matthew Sampson, Ryan Gamboa
  • Publication number: 20140305668
    Abstract: A fire extinguishing system comprises a hermetically sealed storage canister (110) fabricated with at least one gas outlet (111) and defining a hollow (112) within; a powder form fire extinguishing agent (120) stored inside the canister (110): a solid propellant (130), which is ignitable to generate gases (135); connected to the canister (110); and a rupturable seal (140) disposed at the gas outlet (111), wherein the solid propellant (130) generates gasses to aerate the fire extinguishing agent (120) inside the canister (110) and build a positive gas pressure until the gas pressure is sufficient to rupture the seal (140) for discharging the fire extinguishing agent (120) under pressurized gas flow (150).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Julia Berezovsky
  • Patent number: 8851197
    Abstract: A self contained fire extinguisher system that does not need external power in order to sense or initiate a release of a fire suppression medium, includes components configured to utilize a linear sensor network that can be connected to at least one and/or different sources of fire suppression mediums. A linear temperature sensing cord can be routed over a large area not practical with individual sensors. The cord can also actuate several and different sources of fire suppression mediums to maximize the suppression of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company
    Inventors: Brian Edward Smith, Mei Zhen Chen, Thornton Alexander Mcgill, III
  • Patent number: 8844643
    Abstract: A local fire shield is provided for protecting an attachment point of a fireproof system in an engine during a fire event. The local fire shield includes a mounting plate mounted on the attachment point; and a cover coupled to the mounting plate for covering the attachment point during the fire event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Justin C. Mickelsen, Martin C. Baker
  • Patent number: 8820422
    Abstract: An aerial retardant delivery system comprising a retardant tank mountable in the fuselage of an aircraft. The tank includes a pressure opening in fluid communication with the fuselage such that pressure in the fuselage may act on retardant contained in the tank. The tank includes an outlet extending through a sidewall of the aircraft's fuselage, through which retardant may be delivered to a target. The system also includes a discharge gate operative to open and close the outlet. An actuation mechanism is disposed on the exterior of the tank and operatively coupled to the at least one discharge gate. A variable flow controller controls the discharge gate open position in order to provide retardant over a desired area of terrain. A one-way flapper is disposed in the pressure opening and is operative to allow pressure in the fuselage to enter the tank while inhibiting retardant from spilling from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard K. Parker
  • Patent number: 8813858
    Abstract: A fire suppression system is disclosed that includes a suppressant source system configured to hold fire suppressant. In one example, the fire suppressant is an inert gas. A temperature sensor is arranged in a suppression area and is configured to detect an undesired temperature or temperature increase in the suppression area. A suppression system is in communication with the temperature sensor and in fluid communication with the suppressant source system. The suppression system is configured to selectively release the fire suppressant to the suppression area at initial and subsequent rates. The initial rate is greater than the subsequent rate. The subsequent rate is configured to displace a volume from the suppression area through the leakage system in response to the undesired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Josephine Gabrielle Gatsonides, Robert G. Dunster
  • Patent number: 8800585
    Abstract: A high speed valve has a valve body having a flow passage therethrough, and a poppet disposed within the valve body. The poppet is movable between a first position in which the poppet blocks the flow passage and a second position, and the poppet has a piston connected to a stem at a proximal end of the stem. The valve also has a rotating lever release mechanism adjacent a distal end of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Jarrell, Clifton Ray Jones
  • Publication number: 20140202723
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting a lineman, firefighter or any other individual using an aerial bucket from a fire. The apparatus dispenses a non-conductive admixture of hydrated super absorbent polymer having fire suppression and extinguishing properties without creating an electrically conductive environment to allow protection from electrical fires. The admixture can cling to clothing and skin with properties that can inhibit injury to an operator lineman when applied in time. A pressurized dispensing system discharges the admixture into the aerial bucket when authorized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: GelTech Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Cordani
  • Patent number: 8776820
    Abstract: A valve actuation mechanism for a high rate discharge valve has a collet with fingers adjacent a valve member that provides restraint against displacement of the valve member at angularly spaced locations symmetrical about the axis of the valve member. Each collet finger has at least one projection adjacent a first end. The valve actuation mechanism also has a collet sleeve release mechanism with a main body portion having a first end and a second end. The main body portion contains an aperture with at least one land portion that secures each projection of the collet fingers. The main body portion also has an actuation pad at the second end, as well as a hinge mechanism for allowing rotational movement of the main body portion connected to the first end of the main body portion, and an actuation device that contacts the actuation pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Jarrell, Clifton Ray Jones
  • Patent number: 8776905
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for preventing fire in a battery pack used a battery powered vehicle. In particular, a battery pack housing is installed and configured to cover the battery pack, and includes an inlet and an outlet to circulate air therein. A fire sensor is provided in the battery pack housing and detects/senses gas when a fire occurs in the battery pack. In response, a damper installed in each of the inlet and the outlet, is configured to selectively open or close the inlet and the outlet based upon signals from a controller that is configured to send opening signals or a closing signals to the damper depending on whether the fire sensor detects gas or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hae Kyu Lim, Jin Ho Park
  • Patent number: 8763712
    Abstract: An aircraft fire prevention system provides oxygen depleted (hypoxic) air for the fuel tank and/or cargo compartment protection; the system does not employ compressed air for the production of hypoxic air, which allows to save energy and fuel and to reduce negative impact on the earth atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Firepass Corporation
    Inventor: Igor K. Kotliar
  • Patent number: 8757191
    Abstract: A valve actuation mechanism has a plurality of links. Each link has a proximal end and distal end, and the links are disposed adjacent a valve member. The actuation mechanism also has at least one roller connected to the distal ends of at least two links. The roller contacts a surface of the valve member. In addition, at least one pivot for each link is present in the valve, wherein each pivot is positioned on the proximal end of each of the plurality of links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Kiddie Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug John Baxendell, Rusty Rose, Daniel Ray MacLachlan
  • Patent number: 8752640
    Abstract: A device and method for triggering the smoke detection system on a vessel in response to a fire inside a container housed in the vessel by providing a fire detection system inside the container and generating artificial smoke outside of the container in response to detecting fire inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: ULD Fire Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Todd Pottlitzer, Roger Winton Pottlitzer, Daniel Tardiff
  • Patent number: 8733465
    Abstract: A device for suppressing fires generated by lithium-ion batteries exhibiting thermal runaway. The device can include a thermally insulating enclosure for housing one or more battery cells. A fluid delivery system having a heat/temperature sensitive tube passes through each enclosure and contains an agent capable of extinguishing fires. When the cell or battery starts to undergo thermal runaway, the increase in temperature or the eruption of open flame causes the fluid delivery system to rupture inside the enclosure. The agent leaks out of the rupture and is transported into the enclosure and onto the malfunctioning cell or battery. Any fire is suppressed and the cell or battery is cooled down by the agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: LITHFIRE-X, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald Grattan Flood, Ronald Michael Butler
  • Patent number: 8733464
    Abstract: A fire suppression system includes a divert valve downstream of a fire suppressant source. The divert valve is selectively movable between an initial first position which communicates extinguishing agent into a first distribution network and a second position which communicates extinguishing agent into a second distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Chattaway, Robert G. Dunster
  • Patent number: 8733463
    Abstract: A hybrid cargo-fire-suppression agent distribution system and method is disclosed. The hybrid cargo-fire-suppression agent distribution system comprises vehicle ducting means operable to distribute at least one fire-suppression agent. Further, preliminary fire-suppression supply source means is coupled to the vehicle ducting means and is operable to provide a high volume flow of a preliminary fire-suppression agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Oliver C. Meier
  • Patent number: 8720592
    Abstract: A nozzle assembly for encapsulating a gaseous solution in bubbles comprises a discharge tube having a diffuser and a foam solution spray nozzle mounted therein. The discharge tube has upstream and downstream ends. The discharge tube has a front face at the upstream end with a first opening configured to be joined to a gas supply line that provides a gaseous solution and a second opening configured to receive a non-expanded foam solution. The downstream end of the discharge tube is open. A chamber is formed within the discharge tube to receive the gaseous solution at the upstream end and release the gaseous solution through the diffuser into the discharge tube towards the downstream end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventors: Mitchell J. Hubert, Stephen A. Barker, Donald Bjorkman, Gregory R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20140110137
    Abstract: A fire suppression system for an aircraft includes an air separation module configured to receive exhaust air and ram air, conditioned compressor bleed air, and any combination thereof. The air separation module is also configured to provide nitrogen-enriched air and inert gas. The nitrogen-enriched air flows into a nitrogen-enriched air distribution network for fuel tank inerting. The inert gas flows into an inert gas distribution network for fire suppression in areas of the aircraft other than fuel tanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Lubomir A. Ribarov, Adam Chattaway, Dharmendr Len Seebaluck
  • Patent number: 8701718
    Abstract: Disclosed is an emergency air system and method of a marine vessel. In one embodiment, a method of safety of a marine vessel includes affixing an emergency support system to the marine vessel. In addition, the method includes pressurizing the emergency support system of the marine vessel to facilitate an air extraction process through the marine vessel. The method also includes expediting the air extraction process from the emergency support system by including a rapid fill fitting to a fill panel to fill a breathable air apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rescue Air Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony J. Turiello
  • Patent number: 8695720
    Abstract: A fireproof system is provided for protecting a structure during a fire event. The system includes a fire resistant panel defining a first attachment opening and disposed adjacent to the structure; a canister including a side wall defining a first end and a second end, and an end wall enclosing the first end and defining a second attachment opening that is aligned with the first attachment opening; a fastener extending through the canister at the second attachment opening and the fire resistant panel at the first attachment opening such that the canister, the fire resistant panel, and the structure are fastened together; and a fire retardant agent disposed within the canister in an inactive condition and configured to transition out of the second end of the canister in an active condition at a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Justin C. Mickelsen, Dave Dischinger, Martin Baker
  • Patent number: 8678101
    Abstract: A fire suppression system includes a container for supplying a fire suppression agent into a compartment to be protected. The container communicates with a flow line leading to the compartment. A control controls the fire suppression system, and a valve on the flow line delivers a variable pressure to the flow line from the container. Further, a system is disclosed and claimed wherein a single gas supply communicates through a manifold to each of a plurality of compartments. In addition, a system is disclosed and claimed wherein a primary gas supply container switches to secondary gas supply containers once a pressure within the primary gas supply container drops below a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Josephine Gabrielle Gatsonides, Robert G. Dunster
  • Publication number: 20140069667
    Abstract: Extinguishing a fire by pressurizing a tank containing an extinguishing liquid. According to the invention, the tank containing the liquid is provided with an expulsion outlet at a front end, a gas generator (17) is installed at a rear end, and a diaphragm forming an inflatable bag (19) is installed inside the tank, being folded prior to triggering in a confinement space at the front of the gas generator, the outlet from the generator being associated with a deflector (47) including a rearwardly-directed ejection passage (49).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: PYROALLIANCE
    Inventors: Eric Gibaud, Pierre Humbert, Bertrand Haguenauer, Alexis Huet