Shape Or Composition Patents (Class 89/36.02)
  • Patent number: 10428402
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for hot forming semi-finished products of steel, in which the semi-finished product is heated to the forming temperature, is conveyed to the forming tool, and in the forming tool is hot formed, hardened or press hardened. The object of proposing a method for hot-forming semi-finished products of steel, in which also extremely thin-walled blanks may be conveyed at the forming temperature without issues and be fed to the forming tool properly and without limiting the degree of forming of the semi-finished product, is achieved in that prior to hot forming, hardening or press hardening, at least one structure which increases rigidity at least is incorporated in the semi-finished product, and the structure which increases rigidity of the semi-finished product is at least partially or completely disposed in the trimming region of the semi-finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Sascha Sikora, Janko Banik
  • Patent number: 10378861
    Abstract: An impulse mitigation system configured to mitigate blast impulse directed to a surface (or structure or target). The system includes a substrate in communication with the surface (or structure or target), wherein the substrate is configured to receive an impulse directed to the surface (or structure or target) and then relocate from the surface (or structure or target) in response to received impulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation
    Inventors: Haydn N. G. Wadley, Vikram Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10357074
    Abstract: A testing apparatus to assess ballistic performance of helmet personnel protective equipment having a flat helmet analogue with a helmet shell material in flat panel form and at least one helmet suspension pad; head surrogate components including a skull skin surrogate, a skull bone surrogate, and a brain tissue surrogate; a pressure indicating film adjacent to the head surrogate components; and one or more pressure sensors in the brain tissue surrogate. Also disclosed is the related method for assessing ballistic performance of helmet personnel protective equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: James P. Thomas, Christopher J. Kindle, Peter Matic, William R. Pogue, III
  • Patent number: 10310642
    Abstract: A sapphire article having improved survivability when subjected to impact or a drop event. The article includes a continuous planar array of sapphire segments, which reduces the bending stress experienced by each individual segment. The sapphire article may serve as a cover material for displays in mobile electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Kevin Barry Reiman
  • Patent number: 10281242
    Abstract: An armor system includes an armor plate, and an appliqué affixed to an exterior of the armor plate, wherein the appliqué has a density increasing in a direction towards the armor plate and configured to minimize reflection of a blast wave from the armor plate. Also disclosed are method of making such an armor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: David L. Knies, Kenneth S. Grabowski, Alex E. Moser
  • Patent number: 10267600
    Abstract: An explosive device detection and expulsion system broadly comprising a detection subsystem for sensing an IED attached to a vehicle and an expulsion subsystem for expelling the IED from the vehicle. The detection subsystem includes a sensor for detecting an IED via an electromagnetic field change or capacitance change, vibrations, and/or heat, and a controller for activating the expulsion subsystem upon receiving a detection signal from the sensor. The expulsion subsystem includes a deployable panel configured to be attached to the vehicle and a deployable mechanism for shifting the deployable panel from an undeployed state to a deployed state so as to expel the IED from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Brent Hower
  • Patent number: 10253838
    Abstract: A hydraulic circuit comprising an actuator having an extension chamber and a retraction chamber, a bypass passage provided in the hydraulic circuit between defined between the extension chamber and the retraction chamber, and a damping device. The damping device includes first and second chambers separated by a wall, a first movable element received within the first chamber and a second movable element received within the second chamber. The first moveable element is movable from its closed position against the force of the first spring by entry of fluid into the second chamber, and the second movable member being movable from its closed position against the force of the second spring by entry of fluid into the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEMS SAS
    Inventor: Jérôme Socheleau
  • Patent number: 10234243
    Abstract: A lightweight antiballistic plate assembly includes a ceramic antiballistic plate that is strengthened with a superhard protective layer attached to the strike face of the antiballistic plate. In one embodiment, a strike face of the plate has a layer of superhard material, such as polycrystalline diamond (PCD), attached by sintering. In one embodiment, the ceramic antiballistic plate is made from a mixture of silicon carbide and superhard protective strike face comprising a material selected from the group consisting of polycrystalline diamond (PCD), polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN), thermally stable polycrystalline diamond and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: A. Jacob Ganor
  • Patent number: 10061078
    Abstract: In some variations, a polymer-based microlattice structure includes a plurality of intersecting micro-truss structural elements each comprising a thermoset first polymer, and a continuous coating layer (with a second polymer) that substantially encapsulates each of the micro-truss structural elements, wherein the second polymer in the continuous coating layer bonds the thermoset first polymer to a substrate. The micro-truss structural elements preferably are architecturally ordered and the coating layer is uniformly distributed within the microlattice structure. The polymer coating layer may be present over the entire microlattice surface area, thereby increasing bond area to improve toughness. The microlattice structure may also have higher glass-transition temperature and chemical resistance, compared to a microlattice structure without the coating layer. Methods of forming a polymer-based microlattice structure are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Zak C. Eckel, Jacob M. Hundley, Alan J. Jacobsen, Eric C. Clough, Thomas Boundy
  • Patent number: 10052843
    Abstract: A ballistic shielding material element is provided formed of molecularly oriented layers of material, such a polyethylene or HDPE that is modified using the application of continuous mechanical tension in combination with alternating heating and cooling cycles. The molecularly oriented planar material may then be used in the creation of ballistic resistant material panels through bias lay-up of subsequent layers. Further, the final multilayer composite may be additionally cured to form a final shape, such as a sheet material for construction or three dimensional shapes such as helmets, shields or custom shapes as needed by the end user. The instant abstract is neither intended to define the invention disclosed in this specification nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Vall A. Iliev
  • Patent number: 10046388
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing a metal foam and a metal foam reinforced back plate may be used to provide high-strength and low weight structural elements in portable information handling systems. A method for manufacturing a metal foam may include selectively adding iridium oxide and ceramic particulate to a light-metal allow to create desired mechanical properties of the metal foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Deeder Mohammad Aurongzeb
  • Patent number: 10035732
    Abstract: The invention relates to a refractory product, a batch for producing the product, a method for producing the product, and a use of the refractory product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: REFRACTORY INTELLECTUAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Boro Djuricic, Norbert Freiberger, Jurgen Muhlhausser, Christoph Bauer
  • Patent number: 9909843
    Abstract: A front-facing armor system utilizing a composite laminate backed by a high hardness substrate. The composite laminate comprises a series of first and second layers. The first layer of the bi-layer laminate system is a polymer with a density of at least 1.8 g/cm3 and having both an amorphous and crystalline phase, and having phase transformation pressure of at least 0.5 GPa at a temperature of 20° C. The second layer of each bi-layer provides acoustic impedance mismatch to generate reflections of the incident compression wave following ballistic impact. Under ballistic impact, the polymer comprising the armor system undergoes a shock-induced transition resulting in a marked change in microstructure and mechanical behavior, providing a significant kinetic energy absorption mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Raymond M. Gamache, Charles M. Roland, Daniel M. Fragiadakis
  • Patent number: 9897418
    Abstract: An electric reactive armor (10) comprises a first electrode (1) and a second electrode (2) spaced apart from the first electrode, to which electrodes (1, 2) a high voltage can be applied so as to disrupt a charge contacting the electrodes. The second electrode (2) comprises an electrically conductive structure (21) having a plurality of surfaces (22) embedded in an insulating material (23), such that the charge jet penetrates successive surfaces of the electrically conductive structure. The electrically conductive structure (21) comprises a meandering structure and/or a structure of linked cavities, such as a honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Berend Hendrik Evenblij, Petrus Jacobus Marie Heskes, Andrè Marcel Diederen, Frederik Johannes Hilvers, Walterus Wilhelmus Johannes Borsboom, Frederik M. Verhorst
  • Patent number: 9869533
    Abstract: A composite article having blast and ballistic resistance suitable for helmets, personal protection and hard armor applications comprises a high-strain hardening elastomeric layer and a layer of continuous yarns having a tenacity of 15 grams per dtex and a modulus of at least 500 grams per dtex or an oriented polyethylene sheet layer having a modulus ten times greater in one direction than in another direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY, THE UNITED SATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
    Inventors: Bryce Vanarsdalen, Philip Dudt, Roshdy G Barsoum, Alyssa Littlestone, Charles M Roland
  • Patent number: 9862427
    Abstract: An underbody of a motor vehicle has a base plate (3) and an impact protector (6) connected a lower side of the base plate (3). The impact protector (6) is a material composite composed of metal and fiber composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Dennis Berger, Michael Werner
  • Patent number: 9809005
    Abstract: Anti-ballistic systems and methods for making same are described. The anti-ballistic systems may be formed from various materials arranged in a structure, such as a wall structure. For example, an anti-ballistic system may be formed from a metal material, a polymer material, and a stone material. In some embodiments, the metal material may include aluminum (for example, an aluminum composite panel), the polymer material may include ethylene vinyl acetate, and the stone material may include granite. The anti-ballistic wall systems may be configured to be resistant to ballistics, blasts, and/or forced entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Antiballistic Security and Protection, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Grieves, Gilbert Meyer, Leif Lundkvist
  • Patent number: 9797691
    Abstract: An armor component having a plurality of ceramic elements, where each ceramic element is covered by a metal coating. Each metal coating covers the outer surface of only one ceramic element. The metal coating is configured to increase a dwell time for the armor component when the armor component is impacted by a projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Hunn, Sang J. Lee
  • Patent number: 9752855
    Abstract: Vehicle armor comprises a ceramic panel (1) with a spall covering (6) on a front surface thereof, a rear surface of the ceramic panel being bonded to a stiff support plate (3). A plastically deformable layer (9) is arranged behind the support plate and contiguous therewith. Spacer means define a substantially planar space (14) arranged to be located between the plastically deformable layer (9) and a vehicle hull (13). There may be a frontal plate comprising a ceramic layer (3) bonded between two layers (4, 5) of high strength carbon or glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NP Aerospace Limited
    Inventors: Roger T. A. Medwell, Christopher Davies
  • Patent number: 9739572
    Abstract: A structurally reinforced optically transparent panel that may be utilized as a bulletproof window or shield. The panel includes a plurality of angled reinforcement members having a reflective top and bottom surfaces. Optical lenses are disposed between the reinforcement members directing a light ray in a predetermined direction. The geometry and spacing of the reinforcement members is such that the light rays enter and exit the bulletproof panel at substantially the same angle allowing an observer to view optical images of objects behind the bulletproof panel, thus creating optical transparency. The reinforcement members are of a high strength material capable of being impenetrable by a projectile fired from a ballistic weapon or an explosion debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexey Kovalev
  • Patent number: 9718340
    Abstract: An underfloor unit (10) for protecting components of a motor vehicle, in particular a traction battery for electrically driving the motor vehicle, from ground impacts is provided. The underfloor unit (10) has a floor panel (12) for covering the motor vehicle component on the ground side and a plurality of separate impact protection tiles (16) connected to the floor panel (12) and intended for taking up ground impacts. As a result of the multiplicity of impact protection tiles (16), only individual impact protection tiles (16) need be exchanged on being subjected to a hard absorbed ground impact, thus making it possible to have a motor vehicle with low maintenance and/or repair costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Dennis Berger, Michael Werner
  • Patent number: 9612091
    Abstract: An interleaving hexagonal tile (AHT) is provided for incorporation onto a liner in an array for a personnel armor clothing article. The AHT includes a hexagonally-symmetric solid object composed of a homogeneous material. The object includes a geometry that has obverse and reverse planar surfaces parallel to each other. Each planar surface has triangularly disposed terminals. First and second triple sets of oblique surfaces are disposed between the obverse and reverse planar surfaces. A plurality of facets is disposed substantially perpendicular to the planar surfaces. The facets connect between edges of the planar surfaces and adjacent edges of the oblique surfaces. The first and second triple sets of oblique surfaces are disposed to alternate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Justin T. Blair, Raymond M. Gamache
  • Patent number: 9605135
    Abstract: Disclosed are a shear thickening fluid (STF) and a polymer composite comprising a core filled with a shear thickening fluid containing silica particles dispersed in polyethylene glycol; an inner capsule layer formed of an emulsifier surrounding the shear thickening fluid; and an outer capsule layer formed of a thermosetting resin surrounding the inner capsule layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Eui Sang Yoo, Ju Hea Kim, Won Young Jeong, Hyun Kyung Lee, Jae Kyoung Lee, Joon Taek Jun, Nam Hee Kwon, Mi Yeon Kwon, Dae Young Lim
  • Patent number: 9526320
    Abstract: A case for a mobile device with a screen, the case comprising a band arranged to surround the edge of the device. The band comprises a layer of flexible polymer (1) and a layer of a damping material (3) which is softer than the flexible polymer provided within the flexible polymer layer. The damping material (3) has a plurality of protrusions (2) projecting inwardly from a substantial portion of the inner periphery of the band to engage with the device. The protrusions are arranged such that, in normal use there is substantially no contact between the band and the device other than through the protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TECH 21 LICENSING LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Roberts, Wilhelm Marschall, Benjamin Thorpe
  • Patent number: 9494389
    Abstract: A structurally reinforced optically transparent panel that may be utilized as a bulletproof window or shield. The panel includes a plurality of angled reinforcement members having a reflective top and bottom surfaces. Optical lenses are disposed between the reinforcement members directing a light ray in a predetermined direction. The geometry and spacing of the reinforcement members is such that the light rays enter and exit the bulletproof panel at substantially the same angle allowing an observer to view optical images of objects behind the bulletproof panel, thus creating optical transparency. The reinforcement members are of a high strength material capable of being impenetrable by a projectile fired from a ballistic weapon or an explosion debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexey Kovalev
  • Patent number: 9459079
    Abstract: A lightweight armor for resisting penetration by both fragments and high velocity sharply pointed projectiles. The lightweight armor includes a slide region and a receiving region, with the slide region having a backing material coated with polyurea to slidably redirect projectiles towards the receiving region, which may include high strength thickened projectile stopping materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Philip Dudt, Alyssa Littlestone
  • Patent number: 9430189
    Abstract: An impact detection and remediation system includes a sensing device for detecting damage events related to a structure of interest. Such damage events may include impact from a ballistic object, a tamper event, a physical impact, or other events that may affect structural integrity or cause failure. Illustratively, the sensing device is in communication with a measurement system to determine impact criteria, and a processing system which is configured to use the impact criteria to determine a direction of the initiation point of a ballistic causing the damage event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Alexander M. Soles, Matthew R. Walsh, Eric B. Scott
  • Patent number: 9429395
    Abstract: The invention is a gradient ballistic material and honeycomb grille that includes a louver system and a honeycomb structure. The louver system contains a gradient of ballistic materials to improve air handling and protection. The louver system may be constructed of one or more pieces of ballistic material so that at least one section is harder than a second section. The honeycomb structure acts a “catcher” or backstop to collect the fragments created by a projectiles contact with the harder section of the louver system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: BAE Systems Land & Armaments, L.P.
    Inventors: David Arthur Schade, Dennis Jenks, Adrienne Bourque, David Carlin, Mark Albert Middione, Adonis Kassinos, James Cole Barthel, Chris Tarantino, Tom Winant
  • Patent number: 9404546
    Abstract: A copper-free friction material composition for a brake lining includes a fibrous form of an aluminum magnesium alloy, and a solid lubricant having a sulfur. The friction material composition can be disposed over at least a region of a backing plate of a brake pad to form a brake lining. The aluminum magnesium alloy contains about 4.5% to about 5.6% magnesium by weight. The friction material composition includes, by weight, about 5% to about 6% of the solid lubricant, about 5% to about 9.75% of the fibrous form of an aluminum magnesium alloy, about 7% to about 10% of an organic filler composition, and about 13% to about 17% of an abrasive composition, and can also include an inorganic filler, and a binder that develops the other components in the friction material composition into a thermosetting matrix. The friction material composition has a dynamic coefficient of friction of about 0.43.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Roy L. Cox
  • Patent number: 9400146
    Abstract: Methods for forming armored glass cylinders suitable for improving resistance of armor to armor piercing rounds, explosively formed penetrators, or other threats. Cool a cylindrical glass or ceramic element to a temperature below that of a cylindrical casing, place the cylindrical glass or ceramic element into the cylindrical casing while the cylindrical glass or ceramic element is cool, and seal the cylindrical casing and allow the temperature of the cylindrical glass or ceramic element to rise, such that the cylindrical casing compresses the cylindrical glass or ceramic element. Alternately, heat a metal cylindrical casing, press glass or ceramic into the cylinder while the metal cylinder is at an elevated temperature, seal the metal cylindrical casing while metal cylindrical casing is at an elevated temperature, and allow the metal cylinder to cool, such that when cooled, the cylindrical casing will compress the glass in all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Charles M. Roland, Daniel M. Fragiadakis, Raymond M. Gamache
  • Patent number: 9395159
    Abstract: A lightweight armor system utilizing a face section having a multiplicity of monoliths embedded in a matrix supported on low density foam. The face section is supported with a strong stiff backing plate. The backing plate is mounted on a spall plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. McElfresh, Scott E. Groves, Mitchell L. Moffet, Louis P. Martin
  • Patent number: 9383172
    Abstract: An interleaving hexagonal tile (AHT) is provided for incorporation onto a liner in an array for a personnel armor clothing article. The AHT includes a hexagonally-symmetric solid object composed of a homogeneous material. The object includes a geometry that has obverse and reverse planar surfaces parallel to each other. Each planar surface has triangularly disposed terminals. First and second triple sets of oblique surfaces are disposed between the obverse and reverse planar surfaces. A plurality of facets is disposed substantially perpendicular to the planar surfaces. The facets connect between edges of the planar surfaces and adjacent edges of the oblique surfaces. The first and second triple sets of oblique surfaces are disposed to alternate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Raymond M. Gamache, Justin T. Blair
  • Patent number: 9383175
    Abstract: The invention relates to a walking floor for an armored vehicle with a double floor to protect against mine explosions, characterized by a composite panel (10) having at least one core layer (11) made of a honeycomb structure, which is arranged between a first and a second outer layer (12a, 12b) and is connected thereto, wherein retaining means for connecting the composite panel (10) to the vehicle are integrated in the composite panel (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: EC TECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Jürgen Walter, Rolf Matthias Alter
  • Patent number: 9366506
    Abstract: A durable ceramic and metallic coating has been applied to ceramic tiles to protect the tiles while undergoing a molten metal casting operation. The plasma sprayed coating consists of a ceramic top coat layer of aluminum oxide, zirconium oxide, or other oxides with or without a metallic bond coat layer and with or without a functionally gradient coating. This coating protects the underlying ceramic tile, which is composed of boron carbide, silicon carbide, alumina (Al2O3) or other type of hard ceramic, from reacting chemically with the molten metal. The molten metal is cast around the ceramic tiles to create a lattice of ceramic tiles that are used for protection from projectiles and shrapnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: APS MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert M. Willson, Michael C. Willson, Anil R. (Neil) Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 9329000
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a structural frame member including a structural tunnel, a first frame coupled to the structural tunnel and configured to engage a first axle assembly and a first suspension assembly, a second frame coupled to the structural tunnel and configured to engage a second axle assembly and a second suspension assembly, a cab assembly coupled to the structural tunnel, and an isolated joint positioned to support the cab assembly. The cab assembly is isolated from the structural tunnel, the first frame, and the second frame. The isolated joint includes a first bracket associated with the structural tunnel, a second bracket associated with the cab assembly, and a resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    Inventors: Micah C. Richmond, Kristopher J. Krueger, David J Pelko
  • Patent number: 9303956
    Abstract: A non-metallic armor article comprises a pultruded housing defining at least one cavity. A plurality of substantially dry ballistic impact resistant broad goods sheets are at least partially enclosed in the cavity and held in suspension independently within the cavity. The pultruded housing is engaged with the plurality of substantially dry ballistic impact resistant broad goods sheets by being secured to one or more of the plurality of substantially dry ballistic impact resistant broad goods sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TechDyne LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin V. Booher, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9235378
    Abstract: An impact detection and remediation system includes a sensing device for detecting damage events related to a structure of interest. Such damage events may include impact from a ballistic object, a tamper event, a physical impact, or other events that may affect structural integrity or cause failure. Illustratively, the sensing device is in communication with a measurement system to determine impact criteria, and a processing system which is configured to use the impact criteria to determine a direction of the initiation point of a ballistic causing the damage event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Alexander M. Soles, Matthew R. Walsh, Eric B. Scott
  • Patent number: 9222864
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for evaluating the backface signature of flat panel ballistic resistant composites with accuracy, repeatability and improved correlation to the expected backface signature of shaped ballistic resistant composites in actual field use. The apparatus separates the composite from a clay backing material with a suitable spacer so that the bulk of the backface deformation is inside an air gap space with minimal clay disturbance, thereby eliminating conventional testing error and producing an accurate test result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar, Henry Gerard Ardiff, David A. Hurst, Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam, Tyler Bartelt, Brian Duane Arvidson
  • Patent number: 9207046
    Abstract: An armor system that includes a reactive armor component including a disruptive layer. The disruptive layer includes a plurality of three-dimensional geometric shapes each defining at least one hollow space and explosive material. The explosive material is deposited in the at least one hollow space. The disruptive layer also includes explosive material surrounding the geometric shapes and a layer of explosive material on top of the geometric shapes. The armor system may further include a non-reactive armor component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Armor Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: David Warren
  • Patent number: 9186723
    Abstract: A method of producing a Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) with uniform surface layers is disclosed. First, a low volume fraction compressible discontinuous ceramic fiber paper is set on the base of a mold cavity. Next, an array of reinforcement preform(s) (1×1, 2×2, 4×4, 2×8, etc) are set in the mold on top of the ceramic fiber paper. A top layer of ceramic fiber paper is next placed on the array of reinforcement preforms and the mold cover seals the mold. The reinforcement porous preform(s) are held to the center of the mold cavity when the sealed mold compresses the top and bottom layers of ceramic fiber paper. The ceramic fiber paper exerts an equal and opposite force on the reinforcement preform(s) within the closed mold centering the preform(s) within the mold cavity. The mold cavity is next infiltrated under pressure with molten metal allowing for metal to penetrate into any open porosity of the ceramic fiber paper, reinforcement preform(s), and areas within the mold cavity that contain open spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: CPS technologies Corp
    Inventors: Richard Adams, Sarly Pino
  • Patent number: 9182196
    Abstract: A dual hardness steel article comprises a first air hardenable steel alloy having a first hardness metallurgically bonded to a second air hardenable steel alloy having a second hardness. A method of manufacturing a dual hard steel article comprises providing a first air hardenable steel alloy part comprising a first mating surface and having a first part hardness, and providing a second air hardenable steel alloy part comprising a second mating surface and having a second part hardness. The first air hardenable steel alloy part is metallurgically secured to the second air hardenable steel alloy part to form a metallurgically secured assembly, and the metallurgically secured assembly is hot rolled to provide a metallurgical bond between the first mating surface and the second mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: ATI Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Njall Stefansson, Ronald E. Bailey, Glenn J. Swiatek
  • Patent number: 9179079
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermal vision countermeasure system to enable concealment of objects from identification by thermal imaging night vision systems, including a screen made of thermoelectric modules, disposed between the target object and an IR detector. The screen, formed of at least one thermoelectric unit, is coupled to the target object, and the thermoelectric unit includes a Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC) module coupled to a plate formed of a material selected from aluminum, copper, or aluminum with copper, the plate being substantially larger than the TEC module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ELTICS LTD
    Inventor: Ronen Meir
  • Patent number: 9097494
    Abstract: A shield includes a first body made of damping material in a solid state and which transitions to a viscous fluid state when critically stressed in compression and a plunger plate with blades extending outwardly therefrom adjacent the first body for transitioning material of the first body from a solid to a viscous fluid state locally near the blades when the blades of the plunger plate are driven into the body. The plunger plate includes a truncated-V shape, a V-shape or a double V-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Basant K. Parida, Norman Dana, Abdullatif K. Zaouk, Xudong Xin
  • Patent number: 9097493
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a shield by fabricating a plunger plate to include outwardly extending blades on one surface thereof and coupling the plunger plate to a body of damping material with blades of the plunger plate adjacent the body of damping material. The damping material is configured to transition from a solid to a non-flowing viscous fluid state locally near the blades of the plunger plate as they are driven into the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Basant K. Parida, Norman Dana, Abdullatif K. Zaouk, Xudong Xin
  • Patent number: 9091510
    Abstract: A transparent armor system includes a hard face fabricated from a substantially transparent glass-ceramic material exhibiting crystalline bodies throughout the mass of the glass-ceramic material and a backing covering a rear surface of the hard face opposite an anticipated incoming projectile. The backing has a refractive index substantially matching that of the hard face such as to allow substantial transparency of the transparent armor system. In certain embodiments, a bonding layer is provided to bond the backing to the hard face. The hard face serves to disburse energy caused by the impact of an incoming projectile with the transparent armor system, while the backing serves to retain any pieces of the hard face fractured during ballistic impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Schott Corporation
    Inventors: John Carberry, George D. Forsythe, Katherine T. Leighton
  • Patent number: 9046326
    Abstract: A ballistic laminate structure in sheet form includes first and second pre-annealed nonwoven fabric layers. Each fabric layer is constructed of a loosely assembled array of unidirectionally-oriented, untwisted, high performance fibers. The layers are joined together at an angle to form a dimensionally stable cross-plied fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Miles S. Rothman, Alexander Watson, Kenneth Herbert Keuchel
  • Publication number: 20150143985
    Abstract: An Anti-Ballistic chair having a back portion, a seat portion, and an Anti-Ballistic panel within at least one of the back portion, and the seat portion, wherein the Anti-Ballistic portion comprises at least a first layer of Anti-Ballistic material formed from high-strength synthetic fibers extending in a first direction, and at least a second layer of Anti-Ballistic material formed from high-strength synthetic fibers extending in a second direction, different from the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SHIELDPRO, LLC
    Inventors: Jens Wemhoener, Peter Mowbray, Fred Peters
  • Publication number: 20150143984
    Abstract: Vehicle armour comprises a ceramic panel (1) with a spall covering (6) on a front surface thereof, a rear surface of the ceramic panel being bonded to a stiff support plate (3). A plastically deformable layer (9) is arranged behind the support plate and contiguous therewith. Spacer means define a substantially planar space (14) arranged to be located between the plastically deformable layer (9) and a vehicle hull (13). There may be a frontal plate comprising a ceramic layer (3) bonded between two layers (4, 5) of high strength carbon or glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Roger T.A. Medwell, Christoper Davies
  • Publication number: 20150143986
    Abstract: An armored door panel includes a planar device having a layered arrangement including a protection layer comprised of a ballistic material and an outer surface layer arranged on the outer side of the protection layer. The planar device is affixed to an existing door to prevent ballistic projectile from penetrating the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: George C. Tunis, III, Scott Kendall, Emily Heinauer
  • Patent number: RE46898
    Abstract: A coating of atactic polypropylene over a transparent armor substrate improves resistance to penetration while allowing convenient repair of minor abrasions and scratches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Charles M. Roland, Raymond M. Gamache