Shields And Other Protective Devices Patents (Class 244/121)
  • Patent number: 11021260
    Abstract: An aircraft fuel system including at least one fuel tank, a source of inerting gas, an inlet for introducing the inerting gas into the at least one fuel tank, and a vent system arranged to allow the inward and outward venting of air from the fuel tank. In embodiments, the vent system includes a vent, an inward vent pressure valve disposed between the vent and the at least one fuel tank and configured to enable the at least one fuel tank to increase by a predetermined pressure over ambient air pressure, and an outward vent pressure valve disposed between the at least one fuel tank and the vent and configured to enable the at least one fuel tank to decrease by a predetermined pressure below ambient air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: John Wood
  • Patent number: 10946984
    Abstract: A method of repairing damage to a composite material having a composite substrate and at least one layer of shielding material includes: a) removing damage to the at least one layer of shielding material by creating a hole in the at least one layer of shielding material; b) applying a patch of shielding material in the region of the hole via a resin, wherein a ratio of a resin weight to a weight of the patch of shielding material lies in a range between about 0.45-0.55; and c) curing the resin, wherein an absorptive, consumable material is positioned in contact with the resin during at least a portion of the curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SHORT BROTHERS PLC
    Inventors: Samuel Colin Hanna, John A. Armstrong, Steven Robb, Tom Brown
  • Patent number: 10926860
    Abstract: A decompression panel assembly for use in an aircraft includes a body panel having an opening defined therein and a cover panel positioned within the opening and spaced from the body panel. The decompression panel assembly also includes an annular spacer panel positioned outboard from the cover panel and the body panel. The spacer panel is spaced from the cover panel to define a first annular flow path between the cover panel and the spacer panel, and the spacer panel is spaced from the body panel to define a second annular flow path between the body panel and the spacer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas Seth Perkins, Adam R. Weston
  • Patent number: 10858871
    Abstract: A panel door system has at least two support tracks and at least two panels hanging from the at least two support tracks. The at least two support tracks are mounted to a support structure such that each support track is offset from a previous support track both horizontally and vertically. The least two panels are hung using hanging mechanism such that each panel is hung on a different support track. The at least two panels create a door. The at least two panels are movable along the at least two support tracks in a first direction to open the door and in a second direction to close the door. The at least two panels stack horizontally with each other when the door is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: GOOD GATE INC.
    Inventors: Graham Ivan Kawulka, Calvin Aaron Austrom
  • Patent number: 10838437
    Abstract: Apparatuses for controlling gas flow are important components for delivering process gases for semiconductor fabrication. In one embodiment, an apparatus for controlling gas flow is disclosed, the apparatus delivering two gas flows at a known ratio. Specifically, the apparatus has first and second on/off valves and first and second flow restrictors. The first and second on/off valves may be altered between an open state and a closed state. When both the first and second on/off valves are in an open state, first and second gas flows are delivered to first and second outlets. The first and second gas flows are provided at a known ratio to one another, this ratio determined by the ratio of the resistance to flow of the first and second flow restrictors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ICHOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Penley, Marshall B Grill
  • Patent number: 10828969
    Abstract: Disclosed are front entry cabs, and power machines with front entry cabs, having a door that is moveable between opened and closed positions. In the opened position, the door is positioned within an operator compartment of the cab above the operator seat and below a top of the cab. A linkage system defines the travel path of the door between closed and opened positions. The linkage system is configured to minimize interference with operator visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CLARK EQUIPMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Cody Erhardt, Ronald S. Hansen, Jonathan J. Roehrl, Brian P. Dehnert, David Glasser
  • Patent number: 10814823
    Abstract: A system includes a seat. The system includes an airbag supported by the seat. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag includes an inflation chamber and a panel adjacent to the inflation chamber defining a concave impact surface in the inflated position. The system includes a tether having a first end attached to a side of the airbag and a second end attached to the panel. The inflation chamber is beneath the concave impact surface in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Agnes S. Kim, Rongrong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10809045
    Abstract: The forward firing fragmentation (FFF) munition includes a body, a flight system carried by the body and configured to maneuver the munition in flight, and a warhead carried by the body and including an explosive configured to detonate and expel fragments in a pattern. A near field barrier (near field barrier), such as the guidance system, is carried by the body in front of the warhead and communicatively coupled via a communication link to the flight system. A fragmentation adjustment system is configured to physically displace the near field barrier relative to the warhead while maintaining the communication link between the near field barrier and the flight system until detonation of the explosive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Kaz I. Teope, Jacob B. Yarwood, Lucas A. Fumagalli, Kyle G. Senn, Philip T. Strunk, Michael L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10766539
    Abstract: A motor vehicle (10) having a passenger compartment (12) and a front compartment (13) arranged in the direction of a longitudinal axis (X) in front of the passenger compartment (12) is provided. Here, the passenger compartment (12) is surrounded by a body (14) comprising a slope (16). In the front compartment (13), an auxiliary frame (17) is arranged. As claimed in the disclosure, a spacing (22) is formed between the auxiliary frame (17) and the slope (16) in the direction of the longitudinal axis (X) and a spacer piece (19) is arranged in this spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Marius Sawatzki, Dominik Mueller, Stefan Schneider, Daniel Meckenstock
  • Patent number: 10752386
    Abstract: Methods for producing a flexible, fibrous ablator thermal protection material, for use in association with a space vehicle that passes through an atmosphere in which severe heating is experienced. A phenolic resin and/or a silicone resin can be used. The elastic modulus of the resulting material is low, in a preferred range of about 200-5000 kPa, and can be controlled by choice of a curing temperature and/or a time interval length for curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the NASA
    Inventors: Wenhong Fan, Robin A. Beck, Jeremy J. Thornton, Susan M. White, James O. Arnold
  • Patent number: 10738705
    Abstract: A fire seals system positioned in a corner of a region of attachment between a rear engine mount and a pylon and comprising a metal shoe comprising a fitting comprising two first vanes forming an L fixed in the corner and a lower second vane between the lower edges of the two first vanes and an upper second vane between the upper edges of the two first vanes, and a flexible tongue having a fixed upstream end and a free downstream end in which an intermediate part of the tongue is arranged between the lower second vane and the upper second vane, and a longilinear seal attached to a thrust reverser cowl with one end of the longilinear seal bearing against the tongue. Such a fire seals system makes it possible to limit the spread of flames and to absorb movements of the nacelle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Jérôme Cassagne, Jean Geliot
  • Patent number: 10730632
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aircraft comprising a passenger module, and also a method of protecting a passenger on an aircraft. The passenger module is configured to be ejected through a skin of the aircraft in response to an ejection command. The ejection command may be given in response to a fatal condition to the aircraft being detected or manually indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dariusz Sapija, Sebastian Szymański
  • Patent number: 10697230
    Abstract: A window or door system includes a window or door panel, a sidewall, and a frame bolted to the sidewall. In some arrangements, the frame is inverse U-shaped or O-shaped and includes a first channel for receiving the window or door panel. A trim member secured to the frame and extending across the U- or O-shape includes a second channel for receiving the window or door panel. A connector may extend through the trim member and the window or door panel across the second channel. The structure is configured to pass test requirements in ISO 8084, Machinery for Forestry—Operator Protective Structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Preuss
  • Patent number: 10696406
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for inflatable air pads for aircraft. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes an air pad affixed to a mount within an interior of an aircraft. The air pad includes a front face, a bladder that is inflatable within the air pad, and sides that constrain the front face of the air pad to extend a uniform distance outward from the mount when the bladder is inflated. The apparatus also includes an inflator that is coupled with the air pad and is configured to inflate the bladder from an undeployed volume to a deployed volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mohammed H. Kabir, Alan D. Byar, Jan M. Leon, Todd C. DePauw
  • Patent number: 10689096
    Abstract: A cyclic stick for transmitting control commands to blades of a rotorcraft via at least one transmission member, including a grip configured for engagement with a pilot's hand, a control arm and at least one locking mechanism. The control arm has a bottom end configured for connection to the transmission member(s) and for rotational connection to a base support structure, and a top end pivotally connected to the grip. The control arm includes first and second arm portions pivotally connected to each other, the first arm portion defining the bottom end, the second arm portion defining the top end. The locking mechanism(s) selectively prevent a relative pivoting motion between the first and second arm portions and a relative pivoting motion between the second arm portion and the grip. A method of adjusting a position of a grip of a cyclic stick in a rotorcraft cabin is also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Yann Lavallee, Pasquale Spina
  • Patent number: 10669033
    Abstract: An example method includes: forming a conductive layer on at least a portion of a surface of a substrate, where the substrate comprises a composite material of an aerodynamic structure, and where the conductive layer is configured to provide a conductive path to conduct an electric current generated by a lightning strike to an electrically-grounded location; depositing an insulating layer on the conductive layer; removing one or more portions of the insulating layer to form respective gaps in the insulating layer and expose corresponding one or more portions of the conductive layer; and forming a resistive-heater layer on the insulating layer such that the resistive-heater layer fills the respective gaps in the insulating layer and contacts the corresponding one or more portions of the conductive layer, such that when electric power is provided to the conductive layer, the electric power is communicated to the resistive-heater layer thereby generating heat therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrick John Kinlen, Eric Alan Bruton, Edward Brouwers, Kenneth Walter Young
  • Patent number: 10648565
    Abstract: An aircraft assembly may have a drag-inducing discontinuity 112. A seal assembly 101 includes a seal body 110 arranged to fair and/or seal the discontinuity 112; and a sealed chamber 114, wherein the sealed chamber 114 being pressurised such that in response to changes in the ambient pressure relative to the internal pressure of the chamber 114 the sealed chamber 114 alters the behaviour of the seal body 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Philip Jaggard, Alan Haddrell, James Buckingham
  • Patent number: 10611412
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a chassis, a compartment and a safety system. The chassis may comprise a chassis base, curved rear chassis pillars and inclined front chassis pillars. The compartment may comprise a compartment base and curved rear compartment pillars. The safety system may be configured to (a) receive a signal and (b) activate a safety measure in response to the signal. The chassis supports the compartment. The compartment provides seating for occupants of a vehicle. The signal indicates an amount of force. The safety measure comprises (a) lifting a front of the compartment from the chassis, (b) rotating the curved rear compartment pillars along the curved rear chassis pillars and (c) absorbing the force with the chassis base while the compartment is lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Nacereddine Attia
  • Patent number: 10604269
    Abstract: A structure for anti-adhesion of high-temperature air according to the present invention includes: a high-temperature air duct that is provided in an accessory of an aircraft and allows high-temperature air likely to be higher than a specified temperature to flow through the high-temperature air duct; an exhaust port that discharges a flow of the high-temperature air led through the high-temperature air duct, to an outside of the airframe; and a low-temperature air supplying part that supplies a flow of low-temperature air lower in temperature than the high-temperature air discharged to the outside of the airframe, to an airframe surface. The low-temperature air supplying part is configured to form an air layer made of a flow of low-temperature air between the high-temperature air that is bent toward the airframe surface in flight of the aircraft, and the an airframe surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhide Hara, Osamu Yamada
  • Patent number: 10604872
    Abstract: A thermal protection system (TPS) for a space vehicle that undergoes partial or full ablation when the TPS is exposed to severe heating during entry into a planetary atmosphere. A first layer includes at least one of carbon, phenolic, silica, alumina and another oxide, low thermal conductivity fibers and yarns connecting two or more first layer sub-layers, is recession-resistant and has reduced porosity. A second layer has a smaller fiber fraction, reduced thermal conductivity and reduced density, and serves as a thermal insulator. The first layer may have partial or full insertion of a resin, or may have a surface densified, recession-resistant sub-layer. Values of a first subset of as many as eight environmental parameters can be used to characterize the space vehicle mission. A second subset of TPS parameters for the system is evaluated to identify whether an ablator system with these TPS values can survive the conditions associated with the first subset of environmental parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Margaret M. Stackpoole, Jay D. Feldman, Donald T. Ellerby, Ethiraj Venkatapathy, Curt G. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10532801
    Abstract: A blanket assembly for use in at least one bay and with at least one frame member of an aircraft, the assembly including an insulation blanket. The insulation blanket includes a bay section sized and shaped to fit within the bay and of sufficient thickness to provide insulation to the bay, a return section disposed on a first side of the bay section; and a cap section disposed on a second side of the bay section, opposite the first side. The cap section is sized and shaped to at least partially cover the frame member when the cap section is wrapped around the frame member, the cap section being of sufficient thickness to provide insulation to the frame member. The bay section, the return section, and the cap section are of unitary construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Khash Borumand, Arif Zaman
  • Patent number: 10427807
    Abstract: A method for preparing a flexible low-density thermal protection material, the method comprising providing a flexible substrate and a pyrolizable material impregnated therein. The thermal protection material remains flexible after impregnation and continues to remain flexible when the pyrolizable material is fully pyrolized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Margaret M. Stackpoole, Ehson M. Ghandehari, Jeremy J. Thornton, Melmoth Alan Covington
  • Patent number: 10415936
    Abstract: A modular armor system configured to be readily attached and detached from a frame surrounding a window in a vehicle or other structure, such as a building. The modular armor system may be configured to provide any desired ballistics protection rating. In one embodiment, the modular armor system includes a ballistics-grade armor panel having an outer strike face and an inner surface opposite the outer strike face. The modular armor system also includes a fastener coupled to the ballistics-grade armor panel. The fastener is configured to detachably couple the ballistics-grade armor panel to the frame surrounding the window in the vehicle or other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: PPG INDUSTRIES OHIO, INC.
    Inventors: Carlo A. Scarinci, David Palermo
  • Patent number: 10337236
    Abstract: An aircraft window includes: a window body including window panels, and an electromagnetic shield layer laminated on the window panels; a window frame that is made of a conductive material, and that surrounds the window body; a rubber-based gasket provided with conductivity, the gasket being at least partially held between the window body and the window frame; and a conductive layer that is located between the window body and the gasket, and that brings the electromagnetic shield layer and the gasket into conduction with each other. The window frame includes a holding section that holds the window body. At least a part of the conductive layer extends to a portion of the window body facing an extending part of the holding section. Moreover, the conductive layer extends about an entire perimeter of the window body, and extends only partially along an interface between the window body and interposition member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10336435
    Abstract: Airfoil blades are disclosed having a coating thereon that includes a polyurethane, a polysiloxane, and a linking agent that promotes a connection between the polyurethane and the polysiloxane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rajesh S. Kumar, Robert A. Barth, Wayde R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10322621
    Abstract: An inertial particle separator includes a body with an outer wall, an inlet, an outlet, an inner nozzle, a settling chamber, a serpentine channel, and a filter element. The inlet is disposed on an upstream end of the body. The outlet is disposed on a downstream end of the body. The inner nozzle is disposed radially inward from the outer wall and forms a primary flow passage. The settling chamber is disposed in the body and extends between the outer wall and the inner nozzle. The settling chamber forms a secondary flow passage and is fluidly connected to the inlet and the outlet. The serpentine channel fluidly connects fluidly connects the inlet and the settling chamber and is disposed radially between the outer wall of the body and the inner nozzle. The filter element is disposed in the settling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Donald E. Army
  • Patent number: 10315602
    Abstract: An integrated knee bolster device for a vehicle is configured to restrict the depth of penetration of the knees of a seat occupant which strike a lower crash pad panel when a vehicle collision occurs, thus minimizing injury to the seat occupant, and enhancing safety performance for the seat occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hyun An, Il Sang Kim, Nam Seok Kim, Young Pyo Lee
  • Patent number: 10272755
    Abstract: This invention relates to a canopy locking and releasing apparatus for mounting a canopy to the fuselage of a vehicle. The canopy locking and releasing apparatus is comprised of several mechanisms. These include internal canopy locking and releasing mechanism, the external (Type A, B, or C) canopy locking and releasing mechanisms, a hinge plate and base mechanism, a hinge retaining pin, and a fuselage locking and releasing device for the hinge base. The apparatus is mounted on the sides of a canopy and attached to the cockpit of a vehicle. This apparatus allows for quick and easy opening of the canopy for routine or emergent access and driver entry or egress. An unique advantage of the canopy side mount locking and releasing hinge mechanism for vehicles is that the cockpit is easily accessible from either side of the vehicle, from the inside and outside of the vehicle, or if necessary, from both sides of the vehicle at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick G. Meoli, Brandon D. Masidonski
  • Patent number: 10274733
    Abstract: A HMD system including a visor mounted on a head of a user. The visor includes adjustable light transmission layer activated by activation radiation of at least a visible activation waveband and an Ultra Violet (UV) activation waveband. The visor defines a Line Of sight (LOS) projecting from a point on the visor and further defines a Field Of View (FOV) projecting from at least a section of the visor that surrounds the point on the visor. The visor is configured to admit an outside scene image. The HMD system further includes a luminosity sensor configured to detect luminosity within the FOV and a UV activation radiation source configured to selectively irradiate at least a portion of the visor with activation UV light included in the UV activation waveband according to luminosity detected by the luminosity sensor, thereby activating the adjustable light transmission layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Elbit Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Gil Benesh
  • Patent number: 10183740
    Abstract: An aircraft with a fuselage, wings, horizontal stabilizers and a vertical stabilizer, wherein on a front portion of the vertical stabilizer an elongated one-piece nose element is mounted which forms lateral air guide surfaces. To the front end of the nose element a perforated metal plate nose member is attached. The front end of the nose element being closed and between this closed front end and the nose member an elongated air channel is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Gerber
  • Patent number: 10059423
    Abstract: A panel assembly that includes a front skin having a front surface, a back surface and at least one crush section portion, a core assembly that includes first, second, third, fourth and fifth layers laminated together, and at least a first crush section. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth layers each include a front surface, a back surface and at least one crush section portion. The front surface of the first layer of the core assembly includes a plurality of scores defined therein. The second layer includes a plurality of elongated voids defined therein and the fourth layer includes a plurality of elongated voids defined therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Smithson, Rakibul Islam, Richard Morrison, Monique Le Roux, Aamir Jafri
  • Patent number: 10057971
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the active initiation of incident energy-dissipating material from a structure surface coating as a counter measure response for the protection of a structure surface. The active initiation is triggered at a predetermined area or areas on a targeted structure surface in response to incident directed energy sensed on a target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark J Clemen, Jr., Alan F Stewart, John R Hull, Keith J Davis
  • Patent number: 10030952
    Abstract: A deployable shroud provides an aerodynamically smooth surface to minimize the drag otherwise experienced by blunt nose projectiles. The shroud comprises multiple petals mounted at the nose of the projectile that are released at a set time during flight. The deployment mechanism assembly of the shroud provides deployment of the petals without the generation of shock waves into the projectile and comprises a fusible link powered by a thermal source. The shroud assembly is self-powered and does not require energy input from the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Pavol Stofko, Mark Mellini, Christopher Stout
  • Patent number: 9926068
    Abstract: A window for a vehicle includes at least one transparent pane suspendable within a frame. The transparent pane comprises a deformable material. The transparent pane defines a first surface position h1 when not subjected to a pressure differential thereacross and a second surface position h2 when subject to the differential pressure thereacross. The first and second surface positions are defined with reference to an outside mold line. The first surface position h1 defines a reverse curvature with respect to the outside mold line. In response to the differential pressure ?P, the second surface position h2 includes bulging of the transparent pane by a predetermined distance ?h. The frame is constructed to be positioned within the vehicle such that the transparent pane presents a surface, when subjected to the pressure differential ?P, that is substantially consistent with the outside mold line of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Alexandre Desroches, David Lencz, Franck Dervault
  • Patent number: 9909845
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a blast attenuator having a container with an outer wall that defines a cavity in which a particulate media is disposed, and a stirring element disposed in and moveable relative to the container. At least a portion of the stirring element extends into the particulate media, wherein, in use, the particulate media provides resistance against movement of the stirring element relative to particulate media so as to attenuate the energy of a blast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Armorworks Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuk L Lee, Ian Richards
  • Patent number: 9862063
    Abstract: Fabrics that have been treated to create superhydrophobic, oleophobic and/or ice-phobic performance are manufactured or assembled in specific conforming shapes so they can be positioned on or pulled over and around certain objects for the purpose of making those objects superhydrophobic, oleophobic and/or ice-phobic so they are self-cleaning, water proof, ice-resistant, oil-resistant, corrosion barriers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ULTRATECH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark D. Shaw, Paul Sander, Matt Clancy
  • Patent number: 9707922
    Abstract: An airbag module for protecting an occupant of a vehicle seat. The module includes an inflatable cushion and an inflator for providing inflation gas for the cushion. The cushion includes at least a first inflatable chamber and a second inflatable chamber. The inflatable cushion is configured so that the first inflatable chamber fully inflates prior to the second inflatable chamber becoming fully inflated. The second inflatable chamber is positioned to absorb energy resulting from movement of the head of the occupant, and the loft of the second inflatable chamber is greater than the loft of the first inflatable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TK HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventor: Richard Andrew Wiik
  • Patent number: 9650127
    Abstract: A stretchable mesh material extends across the opening of a cavity of the landing gear of an aircraft when the landing gear is in the deployed position. The mesh material alters the flow of air across the opening of the landing gear cavity and significantly reduces the amount of noise produced by the wheel well at low-to-mid frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
    Inventor: Mehdi R. Khorrami
  • Patent number: 9580038
    Abstract: A turret airbag system is provided including a plurality of airbags disposed within the turret to protect an occupant of the turret from injury and/or ejection from the turret. Turret airbags may be configured in padding around a turret access opening, and/or as substantially cylindrical airbags that deploy between the occupant of the turret and a wall or exterior opening of the turret. In some examples, the turret airbag(s) may be integrated with a countermeasure system that deploys explosion countermeasures and activates the turret airbags based on sensor data and multiple thresholds that indicate a collision event, a rollover event and/or an explosion event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Tencate Advanced Armor Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Palmer, Andrew R. Hansen, Josef S. Dobriski
  • Patent number: 9562750
    Abstract: Blast absorbing structures and system for use in absorbing blast forces exerted on a floor of a personnel cabin of a vehicle, are disclosed. The blast absorbing flexing structure comprises a bottom section forming a floor of the cabin, a first side section and opposing second side section, each side section extending from the bottom section and including a plurality of steps along a length of the second side section. The steps flex in response to a blast force. In another embodiment, the blast absorbing expanding structure comprises a force abatement device forming a floor of the cabin, a cover plate having a plurality of slots arranged around a perimeter of the plate. The cover plate is movable between a neutral position and a blast force position to diminish the blast forces prior to the blast forces to reaching an occupant of the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: James G. Rasico, Gordon J. Wolverton, Paul R. Pasternak, Timothy Oselett, Craig Alan Newman, David M. Gerst, Jeff Mears, Joseph A. Calash
  • Patent number: 9511562
    Abstract: A composite laminate for use on an external part of an aerospace vehicle has improved ultraviolet resistance and resistance to microcracking from thermal cycling. The laminate comprises a nanoreinforcement film, a support veil, and a composite layer. The laminate also can have a lightning strike protection layer and an external paint and primer. The nanoreinforcement film can comprise carbon nanomaterial and a polymer resin, and the composite layer has one or more layers of a reinforcement and a polymer resin. The carbon nanomaterial can be carbon nanofibers, and the nanoreinforcement film can have an areal weight of less than about 100 g/m2. The carbon nanomaterial can also comprise carbon nanofibers and carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: ROHR, INC., GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teresa May Kruckenberg, Vijay V. Pujar, Anthony M. Mazany
  • Patent number: 9511866
    Abstract: Structure mounted airbag assemblies and associated systems and methods are described herein. An airbag system configured in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure can include, for example, a housing having a cavity and an opening in communication with the cavity, an airbag assembly within the cavity, and an inflator operably coupled to the airbag assembly. The airbag assembly can include an airbag configured to deploy through the opening of the housing during a crash event. The airbag system can further include a door removably positioned across the opening and configured to move away from the opening during airbag deployment. The housing can be affixed to an interior portion of an aircraft, forward of and offset from an aircraft seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: AmSafe, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Gehret, Joshua Vyrostek, Kevin J. Keeslar, Daniel Nick Foubert
  • Patent number: 9506946
    Abstract: A fully differential microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer configured to measure Z-axis acceleration is disclosed. This may avoid some of the disadvantages in traditional capacitive sensing architectures—for example, less sensitivity, low noise suppression, and low SNR, due to Brownian noise. In one embodiment, the accelerometer comprises three silicon wafers, fabricated with electrodes forming capacitors in a fully differential capacitive architecture. These electrodes may be isolated on a layer of silicon dioxide. In some embodiments, the accelerometer also includes silicon dioxide layers, piezoelectric structures, getter layers, bonding pads, bonding spacers, and force feedback electrodes, which may apply a force to the proof mass region. Fully differential MEMS accelerometers may be used in geophysical surveys, e.g., for seismic sensing or acoustic positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: PGS Geophysical AS, Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR)
    Inventors: Ilker Ender Ocak, Chengliang Sun, Julius Ming-Lin Tsai, Sanchitha Nirodha Fernando
  • Patent number: 9482113
    Abstract: A mounting system for a fire detection system for a turbofan engine propulsion system is provided to mount fire detection sensors on the inner fixed structure (IFS) of the nacelle. The mounting system mounts to an inner, engine facing surface of the IFS. Two IFS halves cooperate to form a substantially enclosed space around an engine core. The mounting system includes part of a fastening system mounted to the IFS, and an orientation clip mounted to a thermal blanket. Brackets for mounting the fire detection system sensing wires are positioned on the orientation clip, and the fastening system fixes the bracket to the IFS and traps the thermal blanket therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Bahram Graily, Aleksandar Ratajac
  • Patent number: 9387919
    Abstract: An aircraft nose structure comprising frames (2, 4, 6), a lower windshield frame member (12) and an upper windshield frame member (14) which are adapted to receive a windshield. The lower windshield frame member (12) has an arcuate shape with two branches which are connected together by a tie-rod (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Bernard Guering
  • Patent number: 9369484
    Abstract: A method for providing dynamic security hardening of selected aircraft functions includes: a) monitoring sequences of real-time security events for at least one aircraft function; b) accessing a database storing a plurality of sequences of attack events indicative of an attack of the at least one aircraft function; c) probabilistically inferring, by at least one processor, the location and progression of an attack represented within the database by utilizing the sequences of real-time security events; and d) activating at least one countermeasure in response to an inferred location and progression of an attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Yves Lacerte, Luke E. Ryon, Patrick J. Morrissey
  • Patent number: 9334041
    Abstract: A glazing unit is provided in which a two part bush is provided such that relative movement between a fastener, a glazing component and a wing skin is permitted, thus avoiding stress concentrations and lowering risk of damage in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: George Edmond, John Monteith, Robert Case, Michael Dawson
  • Patent number: 9334805
    Abstract: In order to provide a firewall that is capable of preventing flame passage through a through-hole without any sealant in a connecting part of a component in which a fastener through-hole is formed, a firewall 50 is provided which can prevent a flame from leaking out of the connecting part which connects a first member 51 to a second member 55, particularly through the fastener through-hole TH defined therein. In the firewall 50, the connecting part is a part of a fire-protection chamber 52. As sealing pieces 51d and 51e which also constitute a part of the fire-protection chamber 52 are in contact with each other, the flame is unable to enter into a closed space CA. Thus, the flame would not reach the connecting part, thereby preventing the flame from leaking out of the firewall 50 to the outside of a nacelle 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9322964
    Abstract: Nanostructured photonic materials and associated components for use in devices and systems operating at ultraviolet (UV), extreme ultraviolet (EUV), and/or soft Xray wavelengths are described. Such a material may be fabricated with nanoscale features tailored for a selected wavelength range, such as at particular UV, EUV, or soft Xray wavelengths or wavelength ranges. Such a material may be used to make components such as mirrors, lenses or other optics, panels, lightsources, masks, photoresists, or other components for use in applications such as lithography, wafer patterning, biomedical applications, or other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Supriya Jaiswal
  • Patent number: 9272680
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments comprise an apparatus comprising an airbag. The airbag is configured to inflate into a configuration that covers a region around a seat in which a top of a head, a front of a head, upper body region, knees, and shins of a passenger in the seat is expected to be located when an event occurs in which the airbag is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Abbas Mirzazadeh