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Inventor:
Green; David J.
Address:
Brigham City, UT
No. of patents:
63
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8205631 Active material actuated vent valve June 26, 2012
A relief valve and related systems and methods have particular use in fluid distribution lines. The relief valve comprises a body defining a cavity and comprising at least first and second openings in fluid communication with the cavity. A connector piece is connected to the body at
7690683 Airbag with automatic vent closer April 6, 2010
Disclosed are embodiments of apparatus, methods, and systems for automatically closing a vent opening in response to inflation of an airbag cushion. In some embodiments, primary and secondary tethers are provided, both of which are coupled to an airbag cushion. The primary tether may
7641230 Extended fill inflation apparatus January 5, 2010
Disclosed are methods, systems, and apparatus for inflating airbags. In one embodiment, an initiator is deployed to open an exit gas port, through which the airbag is inflated. The airbag is primarily inflated via gas from a first gas chamber and is substantially maintained in an inf
7533900 Hybrid inflator with extended filling capability May 19, 2009
A "hybrid" inflator having an extended filling capacity is disclosed. This inflator is designed to deploy an inflatable curtain airbag. The inflator will have an inner chamber that is connected to an outer chamber by a bleed hole. The inner chamber has a first supply of gas and a pyrotec
7510212 Airbag tether cutter and vent closer March 31, 2009
Disclosed are embodiments of apparatus, methods, and systems for cutting one or more tethers connected with an airbag cushion and simultaneously, or sequentially, closing one or more vent openings. In one embodiment, an airbag module is provided that includes a tether opening and at leas
7419184 Airbag tether release mechanism September 2, 2008
Disclosed are embodiments of an airbag tether release mechanism for use with airbag inflation systems. In one embodiment, the mechanism includes an initiator positioned within a housing. The initiator is configured such that it provides an inherent seal to prevent the external release of
7413049 Pedestrian protection hood lifting systems August 19, 2008
Automotive pedestrian protection hood lifting systems are adaptive, resettable, and redeployable. The hood may be moved between a retracted position and an extended position. A spring may be biased to selectively vary a load placed upon the hood based on predetermined event signals.
7357415 Pyrotechnic safety device with retractable telescoping mechanism April 15, 2008
A safety device for use in an automobile that comprises a bolster and a telescoping mechanism. The telescoping mechanism extends when pressurized by the rapid introduction of a fluid. Following extension, the telescoping mechanism vents the fluid to allow the device to be retracted.
7318602 Active venting apparatus and method for airbag systems January 15, 2008
Enhanced airbag modules and associated methods are provided. An airbag module according to the invention may have a cushion with an inflatable protection zone and a flexible venting tube coupled to the inflatable protection zone. A closure mechanism may be used to compress the flexible
7303040 Active vehicle hood system and method December 4, 2007
A novel active hood system is disclosed. The active hood system is designed such that in the event of a pedestrian/vehicle accident, the active hood system will soften the impact between the pedestrian and the vehicle by moving the vehicle hood into an elevated position. In some embo
7226078 Inflator projectile June 5, 2007
Systems, methods, and apparatus for use in an airbag inflation system are disclosed. An explosively formable projectile piece is positioned adjacent to an opening and, upon deployment of an initiator, is forced through the opening, thereby changing the shape of the projectile piece.
7032924 Electrically controlled airbag inflator apparatus and method April 25, 2006
The present invention relates to an inflator for inflating a cushion of an airbag module. The inflator induces expansion of a gas by application of an electric voltage to the gas or to a plurality of filaments disposed within the gas. The voltage may be applied between a nozzle and a
7017945 Active venting apparatus and method for airbag systems March 28, 2006
Enhanced airbag modules and associated methods are provided. An airbag module according to the invention may have a cushion with an inflatable protection zone and a flexible venting tube coupled to the inflatable protection zone. A closure mechanism may be used to compress the flexible
6942743 Fluid extraction for airbag inflators September 13, 2005
Inflation apparatuses and methods are provided wherein a hydrocarbon-containing inflation gas-producing mixture is formed via the fluid extraction of the hydrocarbon from a substrate material.
6913285 Adaptive inflation performance using magnetic characteristics of gases July 5, 2005
An inflation system and method of operation are provided which utilize or employ the magnetic characteristics of certain gases to selectively alter or change one or more inflation characteristic of the inflation output provided thereby or resulting therefrom. An inflation system for prov
6854763 Biaxial flow inflator with independently adjusted gas orifices February 15, 2005
An airbag or inflatable curtain inflator for producing two differing gas flows is disposed. The inflator has a gas chamber, a first orifice, and a second orifice. The first orifice has a different effective cross-sectional area than the second orifice. The two different cross-section
6851705 Dual output inflator with independent gas storage vessels February 8, 2005
An airbag inflator having two individual sections coupled together by a connection member is disclosed. The vessel may be configured to have different airbag inflation characteristics. The sections may have different gas generants, volumes, and orifice sizes. The inflator may also in
6848708 Inflatable curtain module for use in a vehicle February 1, 2005
An inflatable curtain module is disclosed, where the inflatable curtain module has an inflator, and an inflatable curtain. The inflator may have a biaxial flow providing a gas input into two separate inflatable cushions. The cushions may be different sizes or volumes. Alternatively, othe
6818082 Airbag inflation gas generation November 16, 2004
Methods and apparatuses for gas generation via a water-supplying compound and a water-reactive fuel precursor.
6755438 Elongated inflator device and method of gas production June 29, 2004
Inflation apparatuses are provided employing an elongated enclosed housing which contains a non-gaseous, fluid form of gas generant material. The housing can desirably be sufficiently flexible to permit the inflator device to be desirably shaped such as to facilitate the specific placeme
6746046 Dual flow inflator for a vehicular airbag system June 8, 2004
A dual flow inflator for airbags is disclosed, together with related manufacturing, installation, and deployment methods. The inflator may have a gas chamber with a first end with a first exit orifice and a second end with a second exit orifice. The exit orifices may be directed into inl
6652683 Elemental carbon in inflation gas generation November 25, 2003
Inflation apparatuses and methods are provided which utilize elemental carbon and nitrous oxide in the gas generation or formation process.
6607214 Gas generation via indirect ignition August 19, 2003
Inflation apparatuses and methods are provided wherein a supply of ignition material is indirectly ignited to assist in the inflation process.
6530264 Detection systems and methods March 11, 2003
Systems for use in leak detection and methods for leak detection are provided wherein a radioactive trace material is externally applied to a wall of a chamber which contains a fluid at a relatively high internal pressure.
6332404 Airbag inflation gas generation via a dissociating material and the moderation thereof December 25, 2001
An inflator apparatus for inflating an inflatable device and a method are provided wherein a combination of a dissociative gas source material and at least one unreactive dissociation reaction modifier is stored at least partially in liquefied form with the reaction modifier effective to
6289814 Heat source for airbag inflation gas generation via a dissociating material September 18, 2001
An apparatus and method for inflating an inflatable device which involve a heat source composed of a load of fuel material and an initiator is actuatable to be in heat transmitting communication such as to initiate dissociation of a gas source material to form at least one gaseous di
6286864 Ultra low cost inflator device and method of manufacturing such September 11, 2001
An inflator assembly for an airbag safety system that comprises a container having a chamber configured to hold pressurized gases, an igniting assembly for producing exit gases and a diffusing assembly to vent the exit gases. The container is provided with an end closure that is composed
6254129 Arrangements and methods for inflatable device formation of inflation gas July 3, 2001
Inflatable device inflation assemblies wherein a gas source material is released from an inflator apparatus into an inflatable device wherein the gas source material may, such as upon actuation of an initiator device situated within the inflatable device, dissociate or otherwise form
6244623 Flow-open inflator June 12, 2001
An inflator apparatus for inflating an inflatable device and a method are provided which utilize a burst disk arrangement which results in a sequential opening regime such as may desirably provide a form of the above-described S curve inflation performance behavior without necessitat
6233908 Method of introducing a leak trace material into an airbag inflator May 22, 2001
A method for introducing a radioactive leak trace material into an apparatus for inflating an inflatable device is disclosed in which a mixture containing a preselected quantity of the radioactive leak trace material and a quantity of at least one gas source material, which upon init
6170867 Airbag inflation gas generation via a decomposing material with a linear ignition source January 9, 2001
An inflator and method of gas generation are provided using a linear ignition source to initiate reaction of a decomposing material.
6145877 Pressure vessel inflator having a preformed opening feature November 14, 2000
An apparatus for inflating an inflatable device, which apparatus includes a pressure vessel having a preformed opening feature and a method of fabricating a corresponding single chamber apparatus for inflating an inflatable device.
6129380 Arrangements and methods for inflatable device formation of inflation gas October 10, 2000
Inflatable device inflation assemblies wherein a gas source material is released from an inflator apparatus into an inflatable device wherein the gas source material may, such as upon actuation of an initiator device situated within the inflatable device, dissociate or otherwise form
6117254 Initiator for airbag inflation gas generation via dissociation September 12, 2000
An apparatus and method for inflating a vehicular inflatable device are provided wherein inflation gas is produced via a dissociative material wherein an initiator includes an enhanced fuel pyrotechnic formulation which, in addition to initiating dissociation of at least a portion of a
6098548 Non-pyrotechnic initiator August 8, 2000
An initiator suitable for use with airbag passive restraint systems and which does not use pyrotechnic materials is disclosed. The initiator provides an electrically actuated igniter which ignites an adjacently stored non-pyrotechnic fluid combustible material which may comprise a mi
6007097 Flammable gas initiated pyrotechnic inflator December 28, 1999
A method and apparatus for igniting a pyrotechnic gas generator, or inflator, such as those used in automotive airbag systems is disclosed. The ignition system uses a flammable gas to ignite the pyrotechnic gas generant. The flammable gas can be stored either throughout interior free
5967551 Reduced airbag deployment skewness with non-symmetric gas output inflators October 19, 1999
An improvement in inflatable restraint air bag module assemblies with non-symmetric gas output inflators wherein a diffuser of specific design and in cooperation with the reaction canister results in reduced air bag deployment skewness.
5941562 Adaptive output inflator having a selectable oxidant composition August 24, 1999
An improved adaptive output inflator is provided wherein inflator performance, such as measured by inflator gas output, can be appropriately varied and selected by appropriately varying and selecting the operational oxidant composition of the inflator.
5931495 Ignition system for a fluid-fueled inflator August 3, 1999
An improved ignition system for inflators such as those used in airbag passive restraint systems is disclosed. A breakable seal is provided in a storage chamber for a combustible fluid. Upon activation of an initiator the breakable seal is opened and the combustible fluid flows from the
5884938 Pressurized fluid containing airbag inflator March 23, 1999
Apparatuses for inflating inflatable devices and associated methods of leak detection relying on the inclusion of a radioactive isotope leak trace material.
5871228 Airbag module with sized inflator February 16, 1999
Featured for use as a part of an inflatable restraint system airbag module is an elongated cylindrical airbag inflator containing a load of a gas generant material. The inflator has a size (i.e., length) selected to correspond to the size of the load of the gas generant material stored
5857699 Adaptive output fluid fueled airbag inflator January 12, 1999
An improvement in an airbag system for a motor vehicle relating to an adaptive output fluid fueled airbag inflator and method of operation thereof are provided. Such an inflator, in addition to a stored gas chamber, a combustion chamber wherein, upon actuation, a first fluid fuel and
5836610 Multiple level fluid fueled airbag inflator November 17, 1998
An improvement in an air bag system for a motor vehicle relating to a multiple level fluid fueled air bag inflator and method of operation thereof are provided. Such a multiple level inflator includes a stored gas chamber, a combustion chamber wherein, upon actuation, a fluid fuel and an
5803493 Hybrid blowdown inflator with reduced pressure buildup September 8, 1998
A hybrid inflator for a vehicle airbag module produces an initial release of essentially unheated, stored, pressurized gas from the gas storage chamber of the inflator by way of a projectile, releasable from a nozzle opening in a combustion chamber housing upon combustion of a gas-ge
5803492 Fuel containment for fluid fueled airbag inflators September 8, 1998
Apparatus for inflating an inflatable device, methods for inflating an inflatable safety device and a method of manufacturing an apparatus for inflating an inflatable device are provided having a fuel containment assembly to contain a fuel in the form of a fluid. The fuel, upon proper
5681055 Side-impact airbag module assembly incorporating combination airbag inflator and module housing October 28, 1997
A side impact airbag module assembly having a combination airbag inflator and module housing and an airbag cushion. The combination airbag inflator and module housing has an extruded unitary one-piece hollow elongated longitudinal body having an outer surface, an inner surface, a first o
5673731 Method and apparatus for filling elongated pressurized fluid containers from the side October 7, 1997
An apparatus and method for charging fluids to elongated pressure containers, such as inflators for airbag passive restraint systems is described. The disclosed method and apparatus enables the container to be filled from the side rather than from the end. The charging of more than o
5667241 Seat mounted side impact airbags September 16, 1997
An airbag module and mounting. An inflator is received within the cushion, such that the cushion wraps around the back side of the inflator. The inflator includes an extending fastener, and possibly an extending tab. The inflator, or the tab, is partially retained by a receiving structur
5626360 Linear igniters for airbag inflators May 6, 1997
Igniters for use in airbag inflators are disclosed. The igniters are fabricated of consumable materials which produce essentially no solid by-products. The igniters, or parts thereof, can be formed by molding or extrusion processes. The invention also provides a consumable auto-ignit
5623115 Inflator for a vehicle airbag system and a pyrogen igniter used therein April 22, 1997
An elongated gas generator, or inflator, includes a pyrogen igniter mounted at one end thereof. The pyrogen igniter encloses a unitary grain of ignition material having a centrally located cavity. An initiator, or squib, is located to ignite the unitary grain at the surface of its ce
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