Notre Dame Patents

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This collection brings together all of the patents assigned to the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to the present, plus other selected patents prior to 1952. Each record includes a full-text searchable and accessible PDF document for the corresponding invention. The record also includes the present-day academic department with which the inventor was or would have been associated.

Why patents? According to the University’s IDEA Center, “Part of the University’s public service mission is to ensure that the results of its research are made available for public use and benefit. This is accomplished in many ways: through educating students, publishing results of research, and ensuring that inventions are developed into useful products and services for the benefit of the public.”

“Today, our research universities play an even more vital role in creating a better future—not only by educating close to 600,000 graduate students in science and engineering every year, but also, and critically, by performing more than 15% of U.S. R&D in 2011—and according to 2012 NSF data, accounted for the majority (53%) of national basic research. This research, some basic, some applied or ‘translational’ creates new technologies, new products and services, medicines, diagnostics — the list is long and impressive — but also, this research gives rise to entire new industries.” (David Winwood, “The Importance of Patents and Academic Technology Transfer,” March 26, 2015)

The collection also includes the most famous patent associated with Notre Dame, U.S. patent 1,811,959 from 1931, “Vinyl derivatives of acetylene and method of preparing the same” — in other words, synthetic rubber. Invented by Rev. Fr. Julius Nieuwland, CSC, and assigned to DuPont, this patent did, in fact, give rise to entire new industries. More about this invention may be found at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

These patents are one more example of the University fulfilling Rev. Fr. Sorin’s vision of becoming a “powerful force for good.”

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  • Inventor(s):
    Eric Matlis, Thomas C. Corke, Sivaram Gogineni
    Patent Number:
    US 7275013 B2
    Description:

    Methods and systems are described for a system for obtaining information regarding a flow. These methods and systems comprise a signal generator configured to generate an alternating current signal at a carrier frequency and a transformer arranged to receive the generated signal, wherein the transformer and carrier frequency are selected so that the generated signal resonates at the carrier frequency. The alternating signal is then used to cause plasma to form across a gap between two electro…

    Date Issued:
    2007-09-25
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Mehul Patel, Thomas C. Corke
    Patent Number:
    US 7954768 B2
    Description:

    A method of controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or ground vehicle with plasma actuators, and more particularly of controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces which would benefit from such a method, includes the design of an aerodynamic plasma actuator for the purpose of controlling airflow separation over a control surface of a aircraft, missile, or a ground vehicle, and a method of determining a modulation frequency for the plasma actuator for the purpose of fluid f…

    Date Issued:
    2011-06-07
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Eric Matlis, Scott Morris, Thomas C. Corke, Joshua Cameron
    Patent Number:
    US 7908115 B2
    Description:

    Plasma sensors, systems and related methods are described. An example method for predicting an event includes providing a carrier signal across two electrodes and forming a plasma between the two electrodes. The example method also includes measuring a modulated signal from the plasma, manipulating the modulated signal to produce a value and comparing the value to a threshold. Finally, the example method includes determining the likelihood of the event based on the comparison.

    Date Issued:
    2011-03-15
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Mehul Patel, Thomas C. Corke
    Patent Number:
    US 7624941 B2
    Description:

    The present invention relates to a method of controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or ground vehicle with plasma actuators, and more particularly to controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces, which would benefit from such a method. The method includes the design of an aerodynamic plasma actuator for the purpose of controlling airflow separation over a control surface of a aircraft, missile, or a ground vehicle, and more particularly to the method of determining a mod…

    Date Issued:
    2009-12-01
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Tommie L. Wood, Thomas C. Corke, Martiqua Post
    Patent Number:
    US 8308112 B2
    Description:

    An aircraft includes a surface over which an airflow passes. A plasma actuator is configured to generate a plasma above the surface, the plasma coupling a directed momentum into the air surrounding the surface to reduce separation of the airflow from the surface. A method of reducing separation of an airflow from a surface of an aircraft includes generating a plasma in air surrounding the surface at a position where the airflow would separate from the surface in the absence of the plasma.

    Date Issued:
    2012-11-13
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Mehul Patel, Thomas C. Corke, Alan B. Cain
    Patent Number:
    US 9541106 B1
    Description:

    The present invention relates to a method of designing or optimizing a control surface for use with plasma actuators for controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or automobile, and more particularly to controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces using plasma actuators, which would benefit from such a method. The various embodiments provide the steps to increase the efficiency of aircraft, missiles, munitions and automobiles. The method of flow control also provides a mean…

    Date Issued:
    2017-01-10
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Carl L. Enloe, Thomas E. McLaughlin, Eric J. Jumper, Thomas C. Corke
    Patent Number:
    US 7380756 B2
    Description:

    A single dielectric barrier aerodynamic plasma actuator apparatus based on the dielectric barrier discharge phenomenon is disclosed and suggested for application to aerodynamic uses for drag reduction, stall elimination and airfoil efficiency improvement. In the plasma actuator apparatus non-uniform in time and space, partially ionized gasses are generated by one or more electrode pairs each having one electrically encapsulated electrode and one air stream exposed electrode and energization b…

    Date Issued:
    2008-06-03
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Thomas C. Corke, Eric Matlis
    Patent Number:
    US 8513583 B2
    Description:

    An adaptive plasma optics cell includes a housing defining a chamber, and a gas disposed within the housing chamber. A first light transmissive electrode layer is coupled to a first side of the housing and a first light transmissive dielectric layer is coupled between the first light transmissive electrode layer and the housing chamber. A second electrode layer is coupled to a second side of the housing such that the housing chamber is at least partially disposed between the first and second …

    Date Issued:
    2013-08-20
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Mehul Patel, Thomas C. Corke
    Patent Number:
    US 8267355 B2
    Description:

    A method of controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or ground vehicle with plasma actuators, and more particularly of controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces which would benefit from such a method, includes the design of an aerodynamic plasma actuator for the purpose of controlling airflow separation over a control surface of a aircraft, missile, or a ground vehicle, and a method of determining a modulation frequency for the plasma actuator for the purpose of fluid f…

    Date Issued:
    2012-09-18
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Thomas C. Corke, Richard Spivey
    Patent Number:
    US 8091950 B2
    Description:

    A vehicle includes a surface over which airflow passes. A plasma actuator is configured to generate plasma above the surface, the plasma coupling a directed momentum into the air surrounding the surface to reduce separation of the airflow from the surface. A method of reducing separation of airflow from a surface of the vehicle includes generating plasma in air surrounding the surface at a position where the airflow would separate from the surface in the absence of the plasma.

    Date Issued:
    2012-01-10
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Eric Matlis, Scott Morris, Thomas C. Corke, Joshua Cameron
    Patent Number:
    US 8185349 B2
    Description:

    Plasma sensors, systems and related methods are described. An example method for predicting an event includes providing a carrier signal across two electrodes and forming a plasma between the two electrodes. The example method also includes measuring a modulated signal from the plasma, manipulating the modulated signal to produce a value and comparing the value to a threshold. Finally, the example method includes determining the likelihood of the event based on the comparison.

    Date Issued:
    2012-05-22
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Thomas C. Corke, Mehul Patel
    Patent Number:
    US 9,834,301 B1
    Description:

    A method of increasing the performance of an aircraft, missile, munition or ground vehicle with plasma actuators, and more particularly of controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces which would benefit from such a method, includes the design of an aerodynamic plasma actuator for the purpose of controlling airflow separation over a control surface of a aircraft, missile, or a ground vehicle, and a method of determining a modulation frequency for the plasma actuator for the …

    Date Issued:
    2017-12-05
    Resource Type
    Patent