The Goodrich Corporation formerly the B.F. Goodrich Company, was an American aerospace manufacturing company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in Akron, Ohio in 1870 as Goodrich, Tew & Co. by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich. The company name was changed to the "B.F. Goodrich Company" in 1880, to BFGoodrich in the 1980s, and to "Goodrich Corporation" in 2001.In 1869 Benjamin Franklin Goodrich purchased the Hudson River Rubber Company, a small business in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. The following year Goodrich accepted an offer of $13,600 from the citizens of Akron, Ohio, to relocate his business there. Goodrich ranked 67th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts.The company grew to be one of the largest tire and rubber manufacturers in the world, helped in part by the 1986 merger with Uniroyal . This product line was sold to Michelin in 1988, and the company merged with Rohr , Coltec Industries, and TRW Aeronautical Systems in 2002. The sale of the specialty chemicals division and subsequent change to the current name completed the transformation. In 2006, company sales were $5.8 billion, of which 18%, 16% and 12% of total revenues were accounted for by the U.S. government, Airbus and Boeing, respectively.In 1936 the company entered the Mexican market in a joint venture with Euzkadi . The Troy, Ohio plant was purchased in 1946 from Waco. Since then, Goodrich has manufactured wheels and brakes for a variety of aircraft. Among these are commercial, military, regional, and business programs. This successful operation lies at the core of Goodrich's business. Competitors include the aerostructures divisions of companies such as Honeywell, Messier-Bugatti, Aircraft Braking Systems, and SNECMA. The Hood Rubber Company was sold before the Great Depression as a division of the B.F. Goodrich Company.Though BFGoodrich is a popular brand name of tires, the Goodrich Corporation exited the tire business in 1988. The tire business and use of the name was sold to Michelin. Before the sale to Michelin, Goodrich ran television and print ads showing an empty expanse of blue sky, to distinguish themselves from the similar-sounding Goodyear tire company. The tag line was, "See that blimp up in the sky? We're the other guys!" The company was also sometimes confused with Mr. Goodwrench as the two last names were very close and especially when B.F. Goodrich tires were featured on many General Motors cars and trucks. Wikipedia.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-02-03
An aircraft brake system may include a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT). A brake control unit (BCU) may measure an output voltage from the LVDT. The BCU may include a hardware module, a software module, and an offset module. The hardware module may include a preprogrammed threshold voltage. The output voltage may be measured, and an offset voltage may be determined and stored in the offset module. The software module may measure the sum of the output voltage and the offset voltage. In response to the hardware module and the software module indicating that the threshold voltage has been reached, the BCU may allow braking of the aircraft.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-04-13
A cargo shuttle has a first portion and a second portion. The cargo shuttle has a first air blower coupled to the cargo shuttle and is configured to blow air under the first portion at a first rate. The cargo shuttle has a second air blower coupled to the cargo shuttle and is configured to blow air under the second portion at a second rate. The cargo shuttle includes a first proximity sensor coupled to the cargo shuttle that is configured to detect a first distance from the first portion to a floor panel. The cargo shuttle includes a second proximity sensor coupled to the cargo shuttle that is configured to detect a second distance from the second portion to the floor panel. The cargo shuttle includes a processor that is configured to adjust the first rate and the second rate based on the first and second distances.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-10-19
A control system 100 includes an electro-hydraulic servo valve configured to move about a plurality of positions in response to receiving an analog bi-polar current signal. An electronic field programmable gate array (FPGA) 104 generates first and second digital pulse width modulation (PWM) signals according to an adjustable duty cycle. An electronic bridge circuit 106 is in electrical communication with the FPGA to convert the first and second digital PWM signals into the bi-polar current signal. An electronic current sensing circuit 110 is in electrical communication with the bridge circuit, the current sensing circuit 110 configured to generate a digital feedback signal indicating an average current level of the bi-polar signal. The FPGA controls the duty cycle based on at least the average current level indicated by the digital feedback signal.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-08-03
A wheel monitoring system comprising a wheel, a bearing 100 mechanically coupled to the wheel, an axle mechanically coupled to the bearing, and a wheel speed transducer (WST) 304 disposed in the axle. The WST may be configured to detect vibrations. A method of monitoring a bearing is also provided and may comprise measuring a vibration of the bearing, comparing the vibration of the bearing to a predetermined vibration, and estimating a remaining useful life of the bearing.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-05-04
A cooling system (20) for cooling an electronic component (28) has a heat pipe (34) defined by an inner wall (38) and an outer wall (139) with an intermediate fluid chamber (40). The heat pipe (34) has a wall (39) to be put in contact with a cold plate (22) and extends away from the cold plate (22) to define a cup shape with a fluid movement member (42) positioned within the chamber (40) to move the fluid from an end (142) of the chamber (40) adjacent to the cold plate to a spaced end (144) of the cup shape.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-03-09
The present disclosure includes methods for coating and/or repairing a surface (102) of a titanium metal part (100). Uncoated or damaged portions of the surface (102) of titanium parts (100) are prepared for coating, followed by applying a first coating. A second coating may then be applied to form a coated or repaired surface (110; 124). The coated or repaired surface (110; 124) may be machined to produce a finished surface (126) having a predetermined thickness.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-04-27
A shock strut (100) includes a first cylinder (150) defining a first volume (102). The shock strut (100) includes a first piston head (116) moveably positioned within the first volume (102) and defining a first fluid chamber (118) and a third fluid chamber (122) within the first volume (102). The shock strut (100) includes a second cylinder (152) defining a second volume (104). The shock strut (100) includes a second piston head (101) moveably positioned within the second volume (104) and defining a second fluid chamber (120) and a fourth fluid chamber (124) within the second volume (104). The fourth fluid chamber (124) is in fluid communication with the third fluid chamber (122). The shock strut (100) also includes a bleed port (110). The shock strut (100) also includes a tube (112) extending from the fourth fluid chamber (124) through the second piston head (101) and the second fluid chamber (120) to the bleed port (110).
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-06-15
A valve (10; 36) includes a body (12) with an inlet (14; 48) at a first end of the body (12), and an outlet (16; 50) at a second end of the body (12). A first electrically resistive heating element (28; 52) is located in the inlet (14; 48) and heats a first fluid source (24) to a temperature above 0 degrees C. A second electrically resistive heating element (30; 54) is located in the outlet (16; 50) and heats a second fluid source (26) to a temperature above 0 degrees C.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-07-27
A system for damping vibration and/or shimmy of a landing gear system is disclosed. The system is a friction-based damping system 22 that utilizes a friction pad 28 and friction wedge 32 to dampen vibration and/or shimmy. The friction pad may be coupled to an apex pin 24 that is used to couple a first torque link 16 and a second torque link 18 together. The friction wedge may be a made of a wearable and/or consumable material.
Goodrich Corporation | Date: 2016-11-30
A computer system for processing machine vision data and performing active control of a mobile platform includes a plurality of sensors configured to acquire inertial and positional data. The system further includes a first plurality of co-processors having a hardware logic configured to control the acquisition of the inertial data. A second plurality of sensors is configured to acquire image data related to the mobile platform. The system further includes a second plurality of co-processors having a hardware logic configured to control the acquisition of the image data. The system further includes state management logic to perform state management operations for the acquired inertial and positional data in a computer-readable memory. The state management is performed using a state vector. The state management logic coordinates sharing and updating the acquired machine vision data in a parallel fashion between the first and second co-processors.