2010
Transportation

The idea of this design goes back many years. To design a very compact plane, with enough space to carry 4 people in comfort. In the initial model I built CG problems occurred, which led me to a different "double wing" design featured here. The initial model, a glider, flew extremely well once I used a counterweight to balance the plane. In a full size plane this would not have been feasible. The model had an excellent glide ratio. By redesigning the wing the CG problem is solved. Supposedly, this type of wing should cause inefficiencies due to air turbulence within the wing. Then the model should not have flown. The next step is a large scale motorized model ...

A Symbiotic Structural Health Monitoring and
Structural Control System for Resilient Highway Bridges

Our transportation infrastructure is subjected to many natural and man-made hazards as well as daily traffic loadings. For this reason, a symbiotic structural health monitoring and structural control system is proposed to increase the resilience of highway bridges. This system will integrate two popular yet separately pursued approaches, namely structural health monitoring and structural control, to increase safety and performance for highway bridges.

The health monitoring component of this proposed system utilizes smart piezoelectric transducers for automatic structural damage detection. Besides acting as strain gauges to sense local deformation/strain, the piezoelectric sensors have unique advantages for damage detection and identification. By using state-of-the-art piezoelectric damage ...

The military presently utilizes the air craft carriers to deploy combat jets overseas. The problem with using them is that they are so yesterday in terms of speed, and wasteful of many types of fuel and energy resources.

The same deployment of combat jets can be achieved by modifying existing Military transport aircraft such as the Boeing C17 with a loading carrying capacity of 170,000 pounds. Not only would it save on fuel, it does not require the hundreds on personnel and tons of valuable resources that the carriers presently require. Plus, it's much faster at reaching it target.

Since the combat jets can land on it once its at a high enough ...

AIR CONTROL SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED VEHICLE ECONOMY

Last year I attempted to enter the ‘X-Prize for a 100 MPG Vehicle contest. I own a Toyota 2005 Prius and have 159,000 miles so far. I love this car. I withdrew from the contest because I could not get 75 MPG after testing 19 or so ideas. 75 MPG was the goal required to enter their preliminary race which is currently planned in California.

Despite what the US Government stated was the mileage (that one would expect for this vehicle in 2005) I kept accurate records and could only get 42 MPG. After testing many ideas on my locally defined test track I obtained 49.1 MPG with the features listed in ...

Air stream a wide, fast stream laminar flow turbulent-exit machine.

The air at the front of the device it ionized by electrodes that extend into the airflow area to begin the flow. Progressing rearward charged plates each progressively growing stronger at each step cause the air to accelerate towards the plates at 3 to 5 miles per hour. Once this has occurred, the electrodes withdraw.

The air is moving as a self-initiated mass.

At the entryway, are elements that cool the air as it enters.
This cooling forces air to compact upon itself. It also causes pressure waves to develop in the air. The air stream is now self-initiating.

At the rear the air enters a highly restrictive cone ...

January 4, 2010
Proposed Airplane Fuel Tank Modification

The basic concept for the modification is a series of pressurized rectangular pouches of blastproof acrylic fabric, such as Kevlar, which are affixed (epoxied?) to the top and bottom outer surfaces of the plane’s wing fuel tanks, as well as on the central fuel tank in the bottom center of the fuselage.
The pouches contain dry powder AFFF-UL flame retardant and a chemical propellant to initiate a rapid chain reactive gas (CO2) expansion, activating dispersal of the chemical through flap actuator-triggered automated nozzles on the pouches in the event of a measured crash impact. Each pouch is wired to two battery-powered electronic impact sensors, one sensor at the base ...

This is a prop speed reduction gearbox I designed and built for an LS1 V8 engine. I needed to reduce the nose weight to move the aircraft's CG back. I was also motivated to reduce the overall powerplant weight, to get it under the existing certified 6 cylinder opposed engines. I chose to use carbon fiber as the structural housing material to do this. Typical similar gearboxes weigh 80 to 120 lbs, this one is 36 lbs, with four gears, full ball and taper roller bearing design, pressure fed oiling and dry sumped to reduce drag and oil ...

Manned space missions have a great risk because of the harsh environment and the unpredictable variables. For that reason, mobile robot exploration missions are preferred. Earth control of a Mars rover always introduces an almost forty-five-minute time delay because of a huge distance between two planets. For that reason, it is necessary to design an autonomous rover. In rough terrain, it is critical for an autonomous mobile robot to maintain stability. Wheels of rover may be stuck in loose soil, or in the worst case, an obstacle may cause the rover to tumble. This may put whole mission in danger. In fact this scenario has already happened. NASA’s Mars rover Spirit is now stuck in Mars sand and all ...

NEED FOR INVENTION:
Since bicycles have existed for so long, we take for granted their construction and usefulness. We normally use the bike for transport, leisure & as an exercising equipment. Under careful consideration,we can find enormous potential for many other uses.The drawbacks of existing construction are:  
Only our legs get enough exercise due to cycling. We need to balance the cycle on its 2 wheels while we drive, which takes the leisure part away. Safety of the rider in a traffic is also an issue.

THE PROPOSAL OF INVENTION:
The proposal of this invention is that we bring in the pleasure factor in the leisure drive, improve the safety and also increase the effectiveness of exercising due to ...

This describes a proposed automated package transport system that supplements current methods for delivering small to medium sized packages. Advantages of this transportation method are both energy efficiency and speed of transport. Installation of the system into the existing infrastructure is possible without major environmental impacts due to the size of the transport vehicles, the physical “footprint” of the system, and the ease of locating this system in most areas.

The package transport system consists of distributed “container cars” that have their own electric propulsion, and operate on a raised overhead single integrated rail assembly. Figure 1 illustrates the basic rail mechanism. The transport network consists of a single, integrated “rail” that contains both conductors and the support mechanism. ...

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