Patents Assigned to Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
  • Patent number: 10274609
    Abstract: A radioactive gas assay system comprises a scintillation cell production assembly, a detector assembly, a computer assembly, and a scintillation cell destruction assembly. The scintillation cell production assembly is configured to produce a scintillation cell comprising a glass scintillator shell containing a volume of radioactive gas. The detector assembly is configured to receive the scintillation cell and to detect photons emitted thereby. The computer assembly is configured to receive data from the detector assembly to automatically calculate an absolute activity of the volume of radioactive gas of the scintillation cell and radiation detection efficiencies of the detector assembly. The scintillation cell destruction assembly is configured to receive the scintillation cell and to rupture the substantially non-porous glass scintillator shell to release the volume of radioactive gas. A method of assaying a radioactive gas, and a scintillation cell are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Troy A. Robinson, Martha R. Finck, Matthew W. Cooper, James C. Hayes, Edward L. Reber
  • Patent number: 10240177
    Abstract: Isolated and/or purified polypeptides and nucleic acid sequences encoding polypeptides from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius are provided. Further provided are methods of at least partially degrading, cleaving, or removing polysaccharides, lignocellulose, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, starch, chitin, polyhydroxybutyrate, heteroxylans, glycosides, xylan-, glucan-, galactan-, or mannan-decorating groups using isolated and/or purified polypeptides and nucleic acid sequences encoding polypeptides from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: David N. Thompson, William A. Apel, Vicki S. Thompson, David W. Reed, Jeffrey A. Lacey, Emily D. Henriksen
  • Patent number: 10207956
    Abstract: A method of forming silicon carbide by spark plasma sintering comprises loading a powder comprising silicon carbide into a die and exposing the powder to a pulsed current to heat the powder at a rate of between about 50° C./min and about 200° C./min to a peak temperature while applying a pressure to the powder. The powder is exposed to the peak temperature for between about 30 seconds and about 5 minutes to form a sintered silicon carbide material and the sintered silicon carbide material is cooled. Related structures and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Henry S Chu, Robert C O'Brien, Steven K Cook, Michael P Bakas
  • Patent number: 10209314
    Abstract: Systems and computer-implemented methods are used for analyzing battery information. The battery information may be acquired from both passive data acquisition and active data acquisition. Active data may be used for feature extraction and parameter identification responsive to the input data relative to an electrical equivalent circuit model to develop geometric-based parameters and optimization-based parameters. These parameters can be combined with a decision fusion algorithm to develop internal battery parameters. Analysis processes including particle filter analysis, neural network analysis, and auto regressive moving average analysis can be used to analyze the internal battery parameters and develop battery health metrics. Additional decision fusion algorithms can be used to combine the internal battery parameters and the battery health metrics to develop state-of-health estimations, state-of-charge estimations, remaining-useful-life predictions, and end-of-life predictions for the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Humberto E. Garcia, Jon P. Christophersen
  • Patent number: 10195543
    Abstract: A method of treating a switchable polarity material comprises introducing a first feed stream comprising a solvent and a non-polar form of the switchable polarity material to a first side of a gas diffusion membrane. A second feed stream comprising an acid gas is introduced to a second side of the gas diffusion membrane opposing the first side of the gas diffusion membrane. Molecules of the acid gas of the second feed stream are diffused across the gas diffusion membrane and into the first feed stream to form a product stream comprising a polar form of the switchable polarity material. A treatment system for a switchable polarity material, and a method of liquid treatment are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron D Wilson, Daniel S Wendt, Christopher J Orme, Gregory L Mines, Michael G Jones, Birendra Adhikari
  • Patent number: 10179702
    Abstract: A feeder for bulk solids has a rotatable bin with an open bottom and an open top and is tilted so that one side of the bin is substantially vertical. A rotating auger is located within the bin having a vertically oriented exposed helical fin. Longitudinal ribs are secured on an inner surface of the bin and spaced radially. Material is loaded into the open top of the rotating bin, tumbling the material toward the bottom of the bin causing the material to constantly contact the rotating auger. The auger then feeds the material through the open bottom of the bin. Ribs engage the material in the bin enhancing tumbling and feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC
    Inventor: Corrie Ian Nichol
  • Patent number: 10114130
    Abstract: Neutron detectors for measuring a neutron yield of a neutron generator may include at least one particle counter disposed in a housing and at least one removable cartridge for receiving at least one collection medium. The at least one removable cartridge configured to be at least partially inserted into the housing to position the collection medium proximate the at least one particle counter. Detector assemblies for evaluating an output of a particle generator may include a housing and a plurality of cartridges that may be selectively received in the housing. Methods of detecting an output of a neutron source include inserting a collection medium into a cartridge, positioning the collection medium proximate a neutron source, and inserting the cartridge with the collection medium into a housing of a neutron yield detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: David L. Chichester, Scott J. Thompson, James T. Johnson, Scott M. Watson, Robert S. Schley
  • Patent number: 10109381
    Abstract: A method of forming a triuranium disilicide structure comprises forming a mixture comprising uranium particles and silicon particles. The mixture is pressed to form a compact comprising the uranium particles and the silicon particles. The compact is subjected to an arc melting process to form a preliminary triuranium disilicide structure. The preliminary triuranium disilicide structure is subjected to a comminution process to form a fine triuranium disilicide powder. The fine triuranium disilicide powder is pressed to form a green triuranium disilicide structure. The green triuranium disilicide structure is then sintered. Additional methods of forming a triuranium disilicide structure are also described, as are fuel rods for light water reactors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Michael Harp, Paul Alan Lessing, Rita Elaine Hoggan
  • Patent number: 10099178
    Abstract: A method of treating an aqueous liquid. The method comprises providing an aqueous feed liquid comprising water and at least one solute to a first side of a membrane. A draw solution comprising water and a draw solute comprising at least one of a phosphazene compound and a triazine compound is provided to a second side of the membrane. At least a portion of the water of the aqueous feed liquid is osmosed across the membrane and into the draw solution to form a diluted draw solution comprising water and the draw solute. The water of the diluted draw solution is separated from the draw solute of the diluted draw solution to form a purified water product. Draw solutes comprising phosphazene compounds and draw solutes comprising triazine compounds are also disclosed, as are methods of forming the draw solutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick F. Stewart, Michael T. Benson, Mark L. Stone
  • Patent number: 10066962
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an output signal from a sensor, recovering a noise signal from the output signal, comparing the noise signal with a stored baseline noise signature, and reporting authentication of the sensor if the comparison is within a pre-determined error limit. A sensor authentication apparatus, comprises a processor and a memory operably coupled with the processor. Instructions, when executed, cause the processor to separate a noise signal from a measured signal, and detect a noise signature match by comparing the noise signal with at least one stored baseline noise signature associated with the sensor. A sensor authentication system comprises a sensor authentication unit and a data acquisition unit. At least one of the sensor authentication unit and the data acquisition unit is configured to compare a noise signal with a baseline noise signature to authenticate the at least one sensor from among a plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Svoboda, Mark J. Schanfein
  • Patent number: 10053887
    Abstract: Protective barriers for protecting assets (e.g., electrical power transformers and other substation components). The protective barrier may include a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion may include first and second laterally spaced A-frame structures having a first protective member assembly extending between aligned legs of the respective A-frame structures on one side thereof. The first protective member assembly may include a first plurality of substantially horizontally extending protective members oriented at an angle relative to a horizontal plane. The first and second A-frame structures may have a second protective member assembly extending between aligned legs of the respective A-frame structures on an opposing side thereof. The upper portion may comprise a third protective member assembly. Methods of making a protective barrier are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC.
    Inventors: Henry Shiu-Hung Chu, Michael Paul Bakas, Todd L. Johnson, James Wade Schondel
  • Patent number: 10042397
    Abstract: A potted electronic device comprises an electronic device at least partially encapsulated by an energetic potting material. The energetic potting material comprises a halogenated urethane binder and a metal fuel dispersed within the halogenated urethane binder. Related energetic potting materials and methods of forming electronic devices at least partially encapsulated with the energetic potting materials are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC.
    Inventors: Nikki Rasmussen, Reston A Condit
  • Patent number: 10036779
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining self-discharge currents in an energy storage cell and detecting internal shorts are disclosed. A system includes a DC voltage source configured to provide a constant test voltage selected to be less than an open-circuit voltage of an energy storage cell to the energy storage cell. The system also includes a current measuring device operably coupled between the DC voltage source and the energy storage cell, and control circuitry operably coupled to the current measuring device. A method includes applying the constant test voltage, and measuring the test current flowing between the DC voltage source and the energy storage cell until after the test current switches from a negative current to a positive current. The method also includes determining a self-discharge current of the energy storage cell by analyzing the measured test current with computational models that capture physical processes tied to the test methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Sergiy V Sazhin, Eric J Dufek, Kevin L Gering
  • Publication number: 20180209057
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coating a metallic component are provided. In one embodiment, a metallic coating may be disposed in a plating bath comprising AlBr3. The metallic coating may be coupled with, or configured as, a working electrode. A counter electrode formed of aluminum may be disposed within the plating bath. An electric current may be applied between the two electrodes resulting in the electrodeposition of aluminum on the metallic component. In one particular embodiment, the plating bath may include LiBr, KBr and CsBr, with AlBr3 being present in an amount of approximately 80 percent or greater by weight. Various types of metals may be coated with aluminum using embodiments of the present disclosure. Additionally, the methods and systems described herein are amenable to coating of complex geometries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC
    Inventors: Prabhat K. TRIPATHY, Guy L. FREDRICKSON, Eric J. DUFEK, Laura A. WURTH, J. Stephen HERRING
  • Patent number: 10017843
    Abstract: A composition includes a metal alloy matrix comprising iron and a plurality of nanoparticles dispersed within the metal alloy matrix. Each nanoparticle of the plurality comprises an oxide of a rare-earth metal and at least one metal selected from the group consisting of tantalum, niobium, vanadium, and titanium. Some compositions include a metal alloy matrix comprising iron and a plurality of nanoparticles comprising at least two different oxides of rare-earth metals dispersed within the metal alloy matrix. Some methods include mixing an oxide of a rare-earth metal with a first metal and a second metal. Other methods include mixing a plurality of particles comprising at least one oxide of a rare-earth metal with a molten metal comprising iron. Each particle of the plurality may exhibit a density between about 6.9 g/cm3 and about 9.0 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Robert D Mariani, Douglas L Porter
  • Patent number: 10017429
    Abstract: An energetic material comprising an elemental fuel, an oxidizer or other element, and a carbon nanofiller or carbon fiber rods, where the carbon nanofiller or carbon fiber rods are substantially homogeneously dispersed in the energetic material. Methods of tailoring the electrostatic discharge sensitivity of an energetic material are also disclosed. Energetic materials including the elemental fuel, the oxidizer or other element, and an additive are also disclosed, as are methods of reducing ignition sensitivity of the energetic material including the additive. The additive is combined with the elemental fuel and a metal oxide to form the energetic material. The energetic material is heated at a slow rate to render inert the energetic material to ignition while the energetic material remains ignitable when heated at a fast rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, Texas Tech University System
    Inventors: Michael A Daniels, Ronald J Heaps, Michelle Pantoya
  • Patent number: 9997322
    Abstract: Electrode assemblies for plasma reactors include a structure or device for constraining an arc endpoint to a selected area or region on an electrode. In some embodiments, the structure or device may comprise one or more insulating members covering a portion of an electrode. In additional embodiments, the structure or device may provide a magnetic field configured to control a location of an arc endpoint on the electrode. Plasma generating modules, apparatus, and systems include such electrode assemblies. Methods for generating a plasma include covering at least a portion of a surface of an electrode with an electrically insulating member to constrain a location of an arc endpoint on the electrode. Additional methods for generating a plasma include generating a magnetic field to constrain a location of an arc endpoint on an electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Peter C. Kong, Jon D. Grandy, Brent A. Detering, Larry D. Zuck
  • Patent number: 9969553
    Abstract: A hopper apparatus comprises a movable wall comprising opposing walls movably connected to a support assembly and oriented at acute angles relative to a central vertical axis of the support assembly, and movement control devices configured and positioned to move the opposing walls along the support assembly to control dimensions of a discharge outlet at least partially defined by converging ends of the opposing walls; a liner assembly comprising liner structures at least partially overlying inner surfaces of the opposing walls and configured to remain at least partially stationary relative to the opposing walls during movement of the opposing walls; and pressure sensors between the inner surfaces of opposing walls and portions of the liner structures thereover. A bulk solids processing system and a method of processing a bulk solid are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Lott Westover, John Chadron Benjamin Ryan, Austin Colter Matthews, Sergio Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9957510
    Abstract: Isolated and/or purified polypeptides and nucleic acid sequences encoding polypeptides from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius are provided. Further provided are methods of modulating transcription or transcription or transcriptional control using isolated and/or purified polypeptides and nucleic acid sequences from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Brady D. Lee, David N. Thompson, William A. Apel, Vicki S. Thompson, David W. Reed, Jeffrey A. Lacey
  • Patent number: 9939235
    Abstract: Initiation devices may include at least one substrate, an initiation element positioned on a first side of the at least one substrate, and a spark gap electrically coupled to the initiation element and positioned on a second side of the at least one substrate. Initiation devices may include a plurality of substrates where at least one substrate of the plurality of substrates is electrically connected to at least one adjacent substrate of the plurality of substrates with at least one via extending through the at least one substrate. Initiation systems may include such initiation devices. Methods of igniting energetic materials include passing a current through a spark gap formed on at least one substrate of the initiation device, passing the current through at least one via formed through the at least one substrate, and passing the current through an explosive bridge wire of the initiation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Daniels, Reston A. Condit, Nikki Rasmussen, Ronald S. Wallace