Patents Examined by Brent A Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 11352883
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for performing a wellbore construction operation in a wellbore are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a computer-implemented method includes: performing a rheology test on a test fluid, the test fluid being representative of a fluid pumped through the wellbore, to generate test fluid data; performing, by the processing device, a data analysis on the test fluid data to generate at least one parameterized correlation; measuring a first property of the fluid to generate measured data; calculating, by the processing device, a second property of the fluid in the wellbore by using the parameterized correlations and the measured data to generate calculated data; and changing a parameter of the wellbore construction operation based at least in part on the calculated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Dahl, Roland May, Reza Ettehadi Osgouei, Rosa Swartwout, Dennis Clapper
  • Patent number: 11313750
    Abstract: A method of monitoring an operating event of a combustion engine includes receiving a noise signal sensed by a knock sensor disposed in or proximate to the combustion engine, correlating the noise signal with a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) fingerprint having at least an ADSR envelope indicative of the operating event, and detecting if the operating event has occurred based on the correlating of the noise signal with the fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey Jacob Bizub, Rajesh Katta
  • Patent number: 11282024
    Abstract: A timeclock control system includes a client electronic device configured to administer an alertness test to a user. A timeclock controller is coupled to and configured to be actuated by the client electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Henry M. Bowles, Marcus T. Wichmann, Darren B. Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 11280841
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and a temperature estimating system for estimating a temperature of an electrochemical battery, including: providing a series of electrical impedance measurements of an electrochemical battery, each electrical impedance measurement being measured at a respective measurement frequency, the series being ordered according to the respective measurement frequencies; and determining a temperature of the electrochemical battery using artificial neural network means configured to receive as inputs a series of electrical impedance values, wherein a series of electrical impedance values is provided to the artificial neural network means, the series of electrical impedance values corresponding to the provided series of electrical impedance measurements, wherein the artificial neural network means receives and processes the provided series of electrical impedance values to generate therefrom an output signal representing a temperature associated with the electrochemical battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Valentin Boss
  • Patent number: 11280935
    Abstract: A method can include receiving information associated with a geologic environment; based at least in part on the information, computing values associated with multiphase fluid flow in the geologic environment using a viscous flow upwind scheme and a buoyancy flow upwind scheme; and outputting at least a portion of the computed values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Seong Lee, Yalchin Efendiev, Hamdi Tchelepi
  • Patent number: 11280924
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods and systems, including computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and computer systems, for suppressing noises in seismic data. One computer-implemented method includes receiving, at a data processing apparatus, a set of seismic data associated with a subsurface region; flattening, by the data processing apparatus, the set of seismic data according to an identified seismic event; dividing, by the data processing apparatus, the set of seismic data into a plurality of spatial windows; randomizing, by the data processing apparatus, the set of seismic data according to a random sequential order; filtering, by the data processing apparatus, the randomized seismic data; and reorganizing, by the data processing apparatus, the filtered seismic data according to a pre-randomization order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Fuhao Qin, Constantinos Tsingas
  • Patent number: 11275190
    Abstract: A method of generating diffraction images based on wave equations includes generating a source wavefield and a receiver wavefield. Based on the source wavefield, a first source wavefield propagating in a first direction and a second source wavefield propagating in a second direction are generated. Based on the receiver wavefield, a first receiver wavefield propagating in the first direction and a second receiver wavefield propagating in the second direction are generated. A first seismic image is generated based on the first source wavefield and the first receiver wavefield. A second seismic image is generated based on the second source wavefield and the second receiver wavefield. A final seismic image is generated based on the first seismic image and the second seismic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Dongliang Zhang, Tong Wang Fei, Constantinos Tsingas, Yi Luo
  • Patent number: 11268449
    Abstract: A wash optimization system and related methods are provided that increase the efficiency and the effectiveness of engine washes. A system comprising at least one processor receives sensor data representing one or more measured parameters of a turbine engine and determines at least one performance parameter based on the sensor data. The at least one performance parameter represents one or more particulate values associated with the turbine engine. The system generates a health state for the turbine engine based on the at least one performance parameter and generates a wash identifier based on the health state of the turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lorenzo Escriche, Charles Larry Abernathy, Daniel John Maggard
  • Patent number: 11247305
    Abstract: A numerical control device for a machine tool controls a machine tool having a main spindle for attaching a tool, a table holding a workpiece and a jig, three translational axes, and one or more rotation axis. The numerical control device includes an axis-dependent deformation error estimation unit, an input unit, a gravitational deformation estimation unit, a correction value calculation unit, and an addition unit. The correction value calculation unit calculates a correction value of the translational axes and/or the rotation axis with respect to an error of a position and/or a posture of the tool with respect to the workpiece, based on an estimated value of an axis-dependent deformation error, an estimated value of a gravitational deformation error, and command values. The addition unit adds the correction values to the command values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Okuma Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Kojima, Tetsuya Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11239481
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of an electrochemical device having at least one operating organ, comprising the steps of: receiving measurements related to the operation of the electrochemical device, and estimating at least diagnostics data based on said measurements, estimating prognostics data based on said diagnostics data and providing operation instructions to control said operating organ of the electrochemical device, said operation instructions being optimized with respect to said estimated diagnostics and prognostics data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Federico Zenith, Johannes Tjonnas, Ivar J. Halvorsen, Angelo Esposito, Rafael Gouriveau, Elodie Lechartier, Frano Barbir, Dario Bezmalinovic, Merle Klages, Joachim Scholta, Alan Menard, Thomas Pedersen, Marie-Cecile Pera, Daniel Hissel, Christoph Kandler, Philippe Mocoteguy
  • Patent number: 11231466
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a state of charge of a battery, including a sensing unit that measures each of a voltage and a current of the battery, a current integrating unit that calculates a current integration value for a predetermined period, based on the measured current, and a processor operably coupled to the sensing unit and the current integrating unit, the processor adjusts a value of a process noise covariance used by an extended Kalmann filter according to operation characteristics of the battery and estimates a state of charge of the battery based on the adjusted value of the process noise covariance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Bo-Mi Lim
  • Patent number: 11228661
    Abstract: A method of processing air quality data includes: receiving air indicator data collected by one or more air quality sensors, wherein the one or more air quality sensors are detachably coupled to a hardware base of the air quality monitoring station via one or more data communication interfaces, and the hardware base is communicably coupled to a remote server over a network; generating air quality data according to the air indicator data, wherein the air quality data is derived from air indicator data received from one or more air quality sensors over a distance traveled by the one or more air quality sensors; and sending the air quality data, via the hardware base, to the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventors: Xiaosong Luo, Wenbin Yang, Juan Wen, Xiaohong Ding
  • Patent number: 11221406
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for monitoring amounts of submerged solid consumable. A GWR (Guided Wave Radar) component can provide a measurement of a reflection at a fixed position in a particle bed. The reflection represents aggregate dielectric properties in a vessel. The measurement includes hydrocarbon and solid consumable properties of a mixture in the vessel, wherein a measurement value is indicative of a greater amount of the solid consumable in the mixture in the vessel. If data is measured by the GWR component indicating that the measurement value is approaching the measurement value of the hydrocarbon, this data is indicative that the material (e.g., solid consumable such as salt) in the vessel should be replenished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kon Yew Hughes, Daliah Papoutsis, Jonathan Andrew Tertel, Randall E. Holt
  • Patent number: 11217343
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a sensor, a processor, and a memory configured to store at least one instruction executed by the processor, wherein the processor is configured to collect activity information on a user related to the electronic device by using the sensor, the collecting of the activity information including creating an amount of activity of the user for a specific goal or an activity engagement level for the specific goal by using the activity information, adjust at least one of an output time point, an output cycle, the number of outputs, or the output contents of the activity guide information for the user to an activity guide parameter at least based on the amount of activity or the activity engagement level, and output the activity guide information created by using the adjusted activity guide parameter through an output device operatively connected to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: No Ah Lee, Dong Geon Kim, Kwang Yuel Ryu, Chung Ki Lee, David Rim, Min Hee Jang, Pravinsagar Prabakaran, Dong Hyun Roh, Jae Woong Chun
  • Patent number: 11191227
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system and method that integrate vineyard sensor data into an environment that enables analysis, historical trend analytics, spatio-temporal analytics, and weather model fusion for improved decision making from vineyard management to wine production. The integration of new sensor data from multiple soil depths with surface measurements, combined with production flow process and historical information enables new decision making capabilities. A wireless network of sensor/transmitters can be distributed to provide a 3-dimensional assessment of water movement both across the grower's field and as it moves from the surface through the root zone. The soil monitoring data stream feeds into a visualization interface that will be incorporated in software based decision aid and crop management tool that helps agricultural producers reduce costs, minimize water and nutrient applications, and better protect the environment by reducing agricultural production inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: David Scott Ebert, Christian E. Butzke, Susan Ebert
  • Patent number: 11187681
    Abstract: Provided is a member state evaluation method that makes more highly accurate instantaneous understanding of various states of a member to be tested possible without reliance on the shape of the member, the testing environment, or the skill level of the tester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi Matsunaga, Ryota Ogawa, Mitsuyuki Sagisaka, Yoshihiro Isobe
  • Patent number: 11181665
    Abstract: A weather forecasting system may receive satellite image samples and identify an updraft and components of the updraft within a cloud. These satellite image samples are collected over time (e.g., at 30 second to 1 minute time intervals). The system may identify an area of rotation and/or divergence at cloud top in a cumulus cloud or mature convective storm over time by comparing the samples and determine a parameter indicative of the updraft based on the area of rotation and divergence. The system may estimate aspects of the environment related to storm development and predict the occurrence of a weather event in the future based on the parameter and generate an output indicative of the occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama
    Inventor: John R. Mecikalski
  • Patent number: 11181583
    Abstract: A battery system includes a nickel hydride battery and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to store data indicating a corresponding relationship between an elapsed time from start of use of the nickel hydride battery and a memory quantity. The data are data determined in a classified manner individually for each of conditions of use that are defined in such a manner as to include an open circuit voltage and a temperature. The electronic control unit is configured to sequentially calculate, with reference to the data, the memory quantity within a time when classification of the conditions of use does not change. The memory quantity is a quantity indicating an amount of change in voltage resulting from a memory effect. The electronic control unit is configured to estimate a current memory quantity of the nickel hydride battery by integrating the calculated memory quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Kenji Takahashi, Masafumi Nose, Yuji Nishi, Nobuyasu Haga
  • Patent number: 11177492
    Abstract: A method for controlling a fuel cell vehicle including a fuel cell to generate electric power via an electrochemical reaction between fuel gas and oxidant gas, the method includes determining whether the fuel cell vehicle is in a fuel supply state in which the fuel gas is supplied from an outside of the fuel cell vehicle into a fuel storage chamber via a filling lid box of the fuel cell vehicle. It is determined that the fuel gas does not leak, even if a fuel gas detector provided in the filling lid box detects the fuel gas when the fuel cell vehicle is in the fuel supply state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Kawase, Koichi Takaku, Takatsugu Koyama
  • Patent number: 11163092
    Abstract: System and method for scalable and reliable scheduling of iterative seismic full wavefield inversion algorithms with alternating parallel and serial stages of computation on massively parallel computing systems. The workers are independent, initiating actions and unaware of each other, and given limited information. This enables application of optimal scheduling, load-balancing, and reliability techniques specific to seismic inversion problems. The central dispatcher specifies the structure of the inversion, including task dependency, and keeps track of progress of work. Management tools enable the user to make performance and reliability improvements during the execution of the seismic inversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Aleksandar Bobrek, Anoop A. Mullur, Christopher S. Beard, Arrian M. Brantley, Michael B. Townsley, Pavel Dimitrov