Patents Examined by Brent A Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 10732228
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a condition of a battery includes a mode identifying unit configured to identify a usage mode of the battery during a period of time and its corresponding attenuation curve, according to recorded data on battery usage, stored usage modes of the battery and attenuation curves corresponding to the various usage modes, the attenuation curve representing a change of a fully charged capacity of the battery with battery usage; and a condition estimating unit configured to calculate battery degradation according to the recorded data, the identified usage mode and its corresponding attenuation curve, the degradation representing a quantity of the fully charged capacity of the battery that is reduced over the battery usage. The condition of the battery is estimated so as to rationally judge the residual value of the battery in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Utopus Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Dong, Carlton Gammons, Jin Yan Shao, Qi Ming Tian, Ming Xie, Wen Jun Yin, Hong Guang Yu, Li Li Zhao
  • Patent number: 10725108
    Abstract: [Summary] [Objective] Estimation accuracy in a battery status estimating device which estimates a charge status of a secondary battery should be improved further more. [Means for Solution] In an SOC estimation by integration of a charge-and-discharge current, influence of a sensor error cannot be disregarded, and the influence of such an error is accumulated as time passes. On the other hand, in an SOC estimation based on measured values of a battery voltage and a battery temperature, estimation accuracy largely depends on a load-generation pattern. Then, in accordance with the present invention, by mixing both, while one of them is reset based on a reliability in accordance with an operation situation and/or an input current value which will be the premise for an SOC estimate calculation in a battery model is set up based on the reliability, it becomes possible to compute an SOC estimate in high accuracy as much as possible in accordance with the operation situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Takahashi, Yuji Nishi, Nobuyasu Haga
  • Patent number: 10670771
    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: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, for and on behalf of the University of Alabama in Hunstville
    Inventor: John R. Mecikalski
  • Patent number: 10670767
    Abstract: A method includes acquiring signals generated from operating a multi-component induction tool in a wellbore. The multi-component induction tool has a plurality of receiver arrays. The method includes generating, for each receiver array at a fixed frequency, a combination of components from the acquired signals, wherein the components corresponds to components of an apparent conductivity tensor. The generating of the combination of components includes generating vertical magnetic dipole (VMD) data and horizontal magnetic dipole (HMD) data. The method includes mixing together the combination of VMD data and HMD data measured from the plurality of receiver arrays and generating data, with respect to evaluation of a formation around the wellbore, from the mixing together of combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Emilio San Martin, Junsheng Hou
  • Patent number: 10649109
    Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatus and methods to utilize signals acquired from a multi-component induction tool operating in a wellbore. The acquired signals can be correlated to apparent conductivity of a formation and mapped to components of an apparent conductivity tensor. For each receiver array operated by the multi-component induction tool, a combination of these components from the acquired signals can be generated. Combinations generated from different receivers of the multi-component induction tool can be mixed together. From such combinations, data, with respect to evaluation of formation around the wellbore, can be generated. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Emilio San Martin, Junsheng Hou
  • Patent number: 10651483
    Abstract: A method for producing an electrochemical cell is provided, the method including determining a spatial distribution (kx,yf) of a parameter of interest (k) representative of a permeability of a diffusion layer of at least one electrode of a reference electrochemical cell in operation, the determining being performed by defining a spatial distribution (Tx,yc) of a set-point temperature (Tc) within the cell in operation, by measuring a spatial distribution (Dx,yr) of a first thermal quantity (Dr) representative of local removal of heat, by estimating a spatial distribution (Qx,ye) of a second thermal quantity (Qe) representative of local production of heat (Qe), and by determining the spatial distribution (kx/yf) depending on the estimated spatial distribution (Qx,ye), and the method further including producing the electrochemical cell based on the reference electrochemical cell and in which the parameter of interest (k) has the determined spatial distribution (kx,yf).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Christophe Robin, Remi Vincent, Mathias Gerard, Lara Jabbour
  • Patent number: 10641829
    Abstract: A method detects defects in an electrical power storage system including at least one battery. The method includes applying an instruction for charging or discharging the battery. The method also includes measuring the current passing through the battery during application of the instruction and calculating m×n mean errors (eTj(tij))1?j?m, 1?i?n between the measured current and the theoretical current of the instruction in m×n time intervals ([tij, tij+Tj])1?j?m, 1?i?n, respectively. The method also includes calculating, for each j between 1 and m, ej=max(eTj (tij)), where i=1, . . . , n. Lastly, the method includes incrementing a counter Cj if ej completely or partially exceeds a predetermined threshold. A defect is detected if Cj exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Fehd Ben-Aicha, Do-Hieu Trinh, Philippe Toussaint
  • Patent number: 10630306
    Abstract: System and method for processing a signal sampled from an output of a digital-analog converter. The method comprises: (a) transforming the input signal from time domain to frequency domain to obtain a signal having a plurality of bins; (b) estimating properties of a largest amplitude bin, except for direct current (DC) bin, in the input signal; (c) performing signal reconstruction in time domain based on the estimated properties to generate a reconstructed signal; (d) subtracting the estimated signal from the input signal to get a residual signal; (e) repeating steps (a)-(d) till a predetermined number of bins have been processed; (f) adding all the reconstructed signals and the last residual signal together to generate a sum signal; and (g) transforming the sum signal from the time domain to the frequency domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ming Lu
  • Patent number: 10598783
    Abstract: The time-of-flight system disclosed herein includes a frequency unwrapping module configured to generate an input phase vector with M phases corresponding to M sampled signals from an object, determine an M?1 dimensional vector of transformed phase values by applying a transformation matrix (T) to the input phase vector, determine an M?1 dimensional vector of rounded transformed phase values by rounding the transformed phase values to a nearest integer, and determine a one dimensional lookup table (LUT) index value by transforming the M?1 dimensional rounded transformed phase values. The index value is input into the one dimensional LUT to determine a range of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Travis Perry, Mirko Schmidt, John Godbaz, Michael Fenton
  • Patent number: 10571403
    Abstract: Systems and methods for testing and diagnosing malfunctions in a liquid dispenser are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a testing and diagnosing system including a pre-tester configured to test for and collect testing data regarding an operational status of the liquid dispenser and in communication with the liquid dispenser, a communication central module configured to receive information from the testing device and the pre-tester, and a database management system configured to operate, monitor and control the testing device, the pre-tester and/or the communication central module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Bao Zhong Hu, Ting Deng, Ruguo Hu, Michael Marszalec
  • Patent number: 10550418
    Abstract: An apparatus that identifies the type of a test cell based on a result obtained by performing mass spectrometry on the test cell includes a higher-level database, which contains mass lists that each list ion mass values of constituent components of a known cell, and a lower-level database, which contains partial mass lists that each list only strain-specific ion mass values out of the ion mass values. The higher-level database is first searched for a test mass list which is created from the result of the mass spectrometry performed on the test cell, and based on a result of the search, an organism species to be searched in the following search operation is determined. Mass values common to the organism species are subsequently deleted from the mass list for the test cell, and the mass list having undergone the deletion operation is used to search the lower-level database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ojima, Koretsugu Ogata, Keisuke Shima, Hiroto Tamura, Akifumi Hosoda, Yudai Hotta
  • Patent number: 10524733
    Abstract: A method for improving the signal to noise ratio of an EEG signal in which a wavelet packet decomposition having a plurality of levels is first applied to a time slice of the EEG signal. A default signal is set to the first wavelet packet and a default peak response is then calculated for the first wavelet node. An update signal is set to the default signal combined with another of the wavelet nodes and an update peak response signal is then calculated of the update signal. If the update peak response signal exceeds the default peak response, the default peak response is set equal to the update peak response and the default signal is set equal to the update signal. Otherwise, the value of the current node is set to zero which effectively eliminates the signal data of the current wavelet node. These steps are reiterated for all of the wavelet nodes and, thereafter, a composite waveform of the EEG signal is reconstructed from the non-zero wavelet nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: David Siegel, Canh Ly, Troy Lau, William D. Hairston
  • Patent number: 10485286
    Abstract: A shoe is provided for use by a user and for use with an external reset system that is operable to transmit a reset signal. The shoe comprises a sole, a detector, a memory, a controller, and a receiver. The sole has a top surface for supporting the foot of the user when being worn by the user. The detector generates a parameter signal based on a detected parameter. The controller generates a control signal to activate said detector. The controller further generates a modification signal based on the received reset signal. The memory stores parameter data based on the parameter signal. The memory further modifies the stored parameter data based on the modification signal. The receiver receives the reset signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Oleson, F. Grant Kovach, Nathan Dau, Angela Nelligan
  • Patent number: 10466187
    Abstract: Example systems and methods to optimize and integrate of thermal and structural analyses are described herein. An example method includes performing a thermal analysis of a component using a first mesh representing the component to produce a thermal distribution across the component. The first mesh has first nodes based on a first element size. The example method includes using a first mapping file to assign temperature values to second nodes of a second mesh representing the component based on the thermal distribution. The second nodes are based on a second element size different than the first element size. The example method also includes performing a structural analysis of the component using the second mesh and the assigned temperature values to produce gauge sizes for the component and using a second mapping file to assign gauge values to the first nodes of the first mesh based on the gauge sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Omid B. Nakhjavani, Mohammad Ali Heidari, Milan Stefanovic, Bradley A. Olmstead, Eric John Zimney, Naveena Mallikarjunaiah
  • Patent number: 10461519
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and identifying arcing are disclosed. A method of detecting arcing includes obtaining data indicative of voltage and data indicative of current, determining a waveform of a cycle of a primary load current according to the data indicative of current, determining at least one noise signal according to the determined waveform of a cycle of the primary load current and the data indicative of current, determining a probability density of the noise signal according to a time window, and comparing the probability density of the noise signal with at least one model probability density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10444406
    Abstract: A method for predicting short-term cloud coverage includes a computer calculating an estimated cloud velocity field at a current time value based on sky images. The computer determines a segmented cloud model based on the sky images, a future sun location corresponding to a future time value, and sun pixel locations at the future time value based on the future sun location. Next, the computer applies a back-propagation algorithm to the sun pixel locations using the estimated cloud velocity field to yield propagated sun pixel locations corresponding to a previous time value. Then, the computer predicts cloud coverage for the future sun location based on the propagated sun pixel locations and the segmented cloud model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Shanhui Sun, Jan Ernst, Archana Sapkota, Eberhard Ritzhaupt-Kleissl, Jeremy Ralph Wiles, Terrence Chen
  • Patent number: 10429182
    Abstract: Provided is a data processing method for determining rotation by a marker device of a medical tracking system about its mount. The data processing method includes acquiring a first marker device position dataset which represents a position of the marker device before a movement of the marker device. A second marker device position dataset is acquired which represents the position of the marker device after a movement of the marker device. A marker device displacement dataset is calculated, which represents the displacement of the marker device, from the first and second marker device position datasets. At least one axis of rotation of the marker device displacement dataset is calculated. A determination is made whether or not the marker device is rotated about its mount from the position of the at least one axis of rotation relative to the marker device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Jorg Uhde, Robert Essenreiter
  • Patent number: 10392922
    Abstract: A measure of inter-reservoir cross flow rate between adjacent reservoir layers which are productive of hydrocarbons is determined. With passage of time, pressure differentials between reservoir layers can grow due to continuous production from an active layer. In addition, the flow area between an active layer and adjacent layers can grow with time for a given reservoir system. These changing pressure and flow conditions with time can contribute to substantial amounts of cross flow rates, which need to be accounted for when characterizing the commercial producibility of the active layer. The inter-reservoir cross flow rate is based on a measure of specific permeability and of cross flow rate within a reservoir layer which is obtained from pressure transient tests of the reservoir formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Noor M. Anisur Rahman, Hasan A. Nooruddin
  • Patent number: 10385379
    Abstract: An apparatus that identifies the type of a test cell based on a result obtained by performing mass spectrometry on the test cell includes a higher-level database, which contains mass lists that each list ion mass values of constituent components of a known cell, and a lower-level database, which contains partial mass lists that each list only strain-specific ion mass values out of the ion mass values. The higher-level database is first searched for a test mass list which is created from the result of the mass spectrometry performed on the test cell, and based on a result of the search, an organism species to be searched in the following search operation is determined. Mass values common to the organism species are subsequently deleted from the mass list for the test cell, and the mass list having undergone the deletion operation is used to search the lower-level database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ojima, Koretsugu Ogata, Keisuke Shima, Hiroto Tamura, Akifumi Hosoda, Yudai Hotta
  • Patent number: 10378892
    Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices operable to store surface profile data and a processor operable to execute logic. The processor accesses the surface profile data for a first surface of a first component and a second surface of a second component, and determines, based at least in part on the surface profile data for the first and second surfaces, a best-fit between the first and second surfaces. The processor determines a first distance from a first edge-of-part point on the first surface to the best-fit, and a second distance from a second edge-of-part point on the second surface to the best-fit. The processor determines a flushness between the first surface and the second surface based at least in part on the first and second distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Delaune, William B. Buchanan