Patents Examined by Christopher J Clark
  • Patent number: 11456591
    Abstract: An emulating device for emulating a bimetallic strip, the emulating device comprising a current sensor capable of measuring a line current (IP) flowing through the emulating device, the emulating device being capable of providing a value representative of a cumulative thermal state over time t, which value is referred to as cumulative thermal state, by recursively adding a value representative of an initial thermal state, which value is referred to as initial thermal state, and a value representative of a present thermal state, which value is referred to as present thermal state, which is determined on the basis of the line current (IP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Francis Abdesselam
  • Patent number: 11456590
    Abstract: A short circuit detection module includes a power unit including a battery for providing a voltage of the battery, a monitoring unit, a switch unit, a heating unit and a control unit. The monitoring unit is connected with the power unit. The switch unit includes a first MOSFET, the monitoring unit is connected with the source electrode of the first MOSFET. The heating unit is connected with the drain electrode of the first MOSFET, the drain electrode of the first MOSFET transmits a heating current to the heating unit. A heating voltage is generated at an output terminal of the short circuit detection module. The control unit is connected with and controls the power unit, the monitoring unit, the switch unit and the heating unit. When the heating voltage is greater than a critical value of the heating voltage, the control unit turns off the first MOSFET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin Huang Tseng, Wen Bing Hsu, Hui Lin Lai
  • Patent number: 11437807
    Abstract: An electronic switch has a first semiconductor switch arranged between a first source-side terminal and a first consumer-side terminal first, and a switch embodied as a thyristor and arranged between the first consumer-side terminal and a second source-side terminal. The switch is configured to generate a thermal overload from a short-circuit current produced when the switch closes. The thermal overload causes the first semiconductor switch to irreversibly transition into an open state due to a modification inside the first semiconductor switch caused by the thermal overload. This improves the switching behavior of the electronic switch in the event of a fault. Furthermore, an electrical network with at least one electronic switch connected to an energy source and a method for operating such an electronic switch or such an electrical network is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hubert Schierling
  • Patent number: 11431162
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that may be employed as a smart switch is described herein. In accordance with one embodiment the integrated circuit includes a power transistor coupled between a supply pin and an output pin and further includes a control circuit configured to trigger a switch-on and a switch-off of the power transistor in accordance with an input signal. The control circuit is configured to trigger a switch-off of the power transistor when a load current passing through the power transistor is at or above a predetermined current and a supply voltage received at the supply pin is at or below a predetermined threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christian Djelassi-Tscheck, Bernhard Auer, Thomas Blasius, Robert Illing, David Jacquinod, Michael Luschin, Andre Mourrier, Mario Tripolt
  • Patent number: 11424609
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods of sag in a power line. In an embodiment, a monitoring device may include a distance sensor and an operating parameter sensor. A processor of the monitoring device may acquire, via the distance sensor, a first distance measurement. The processor may acquire, via the operating parameter sensor, a first operating parameter measurement. The processor may provide an output signal indicating that the power line is sagging when a combination of the first distance measurement and the first operating parameter measurement exceed a first combined distance-operating parameter threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Manson, Shankar V. Achanta, Gregary C. Zweigle, Richard M. Edge
  • Patent number: 11418023
    Abstract: A current protection circuit for a high voltage system includes: a power supply module to supply power to a load through a high voltage bus and a low voltage bus; a detection module connected to the high voltage bus and used to detect a value of current flowing through the high voltage bus; a signal processing module electrically connected to the detection module and used to amplify the current flowing through the high voltage bus; and a control module electrically connected to the signal processing module, the power supply module, and the load, and used to disconnect the load from the power supply module or perform current limiting for the load when the value of the amplified current exceeds a preset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP LTD
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Sheng Zhou, Malin Wang, Wenhua Fan, Jianxin Pang
  • Patent number: 11418022
    Abstract: An active inrush current limiter and method of limiting inrush current actively monitor line voltage and voltage drop across a current limiting resistance in a manner that eliminates the impact of fluctuations of line voltage on the decision of when to close a relay and bypass a current limiting resistance between the AC source and a group of power supplies. The active inrush current limiter includes a microcontroller connected to control the electronic switch and relay. The microcontroller is configured to sample the source AC power and detect a pattern of current flow through the electronic switch and current limiting resistance. A program executed in the microcontroller includes calculations that determine when to close the relay and bypass the current limiting resistance by detecting changes in power flow through the current limiting resistance that reliably correspond to a time when the capacitors in the power supplies have completed charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SL Power Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Nitish Agarwal, Randall M. Wagner, William Mallory
  • Patent number: 11418181
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide for a circuit comprising a switch coupled between a first node and a second node, a first transistor having a gate terminal, a drain terminal coupled to the second node, and a source terminal coupled to a ground terminal, a logic gate having a first input, a second input coupled to a third node, and an output coupled to the gate terminal of the first transistor, and a comparator having a first input coupled to the second node, a second input coupled to a fourth node, and an output coupled to the first input of the logic gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bradford Lawrence Hunter, Karthik Nandimandalam Venkata, Quanqing Hu
  • Patent number: 11411391
    Abstract: An energy storage system (ESS) protection system includes: a battery monitoring system (BMS) configured to transmit a protection signal when an internal state or an external state of a battery cell is abnormal; a power conversion system (PCS) connected to the BMS through a hard wire, and configured to receive the protection signal through the hard wire; and an energy management system (EMS) connected between the BMS and the PCS through a universal communication line, and configured to receive the protection signal from the BMS and transmit the protection signal to the PCS. The PCS may be configured to perform an ESS shutdown when the PCS receives the protection signal through the hard wire or the universal communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Jung, Suk Ki Kim, Dong Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 11411382
    Abstract: An arc flash suppressor, system, and method are disclosed. The arc flash suppressor includes a main processor, a current sensor processor, a voltage sensor processor, a plasma ignition detector, and an arc flash extinguishing circuit. The current sensor processor is configured to detect a slew rate of an input current from a power source. The voltage sensor processor is configured to detect a slew rate of an input voltage from the power source. The main processor is configured to cause the arc flash extinguishing circuit to create a short circuit condition over the power source to extinguish an arc flash upon detection of a critical current slew rate, a critical voltage slew rate, and plasma ignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Arc Suppression Technologies
    Inventors: Reinhold Henke, Warren Kahle
  • Patent number: 11387648
    Abstract: High voltage tolerant electrical overstress protection with low leakage current and low capacitance is provided. In one embodiment, a semiconductor die includes a signal pad, an internal circuit electrically connected to the signal pad, a power clamp electrically connected to an isolated node, and one or more isolation blocking voltage devices electrically connected between the signal pad and the isolated node. The one or more isolation blocking voltage devices are operable to isolate the signal pad from a capacitance of the power clamp. In another embodiment, a semiconductor die includes a signal pad, a ground pad, a high voltage/high speed internal circuit electrically connected to the signal pad, and a first thyristor and a second thyristor between the signal pad and the ground pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Javier A. Salcedo, Srivatsan Parthasarathy, Enrique C. Bosch
  • Patent number: 11387826
    Abstract: A method for detecting a short circuit includes driving a transistor in response to a drive signal, forming a drain signal of the transistor, generating an inverted signal in response to the drain signal, generating a detect signal when the inverted signal and a control signal are active, and providing the drive signal in an active logic state when the control signal is active and the detect signal is inactive, and in an inactive logic state otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Stephane Ramond
  • Patent number: 11387644
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to inrush current limiters having a transformer. In one embodiment, an inrush current limiter includes a transformer including a primary winding, a secondary winding and a saturable magnetic core shared therebetween, a resistor connected in parallel with the secondary winding, wherein an impedance of the resistor is reflected across the transformer when a voltage is applied across the primary winding and the saturable magnetic core is not saturated, and a diode connected between the primary winding and ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: L3 CINCINNATI ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Justin Graves
  • Patent number: 11374394
    Abstract: The application discloses an overcurrent protection method and a display panel, where the overcurrent protection method includes the steps of: setting at least two different detection times with respect to the level period of the drive current to enable at least two sets of corresponding overcurrent protection thresholds; detecting at least two real-time currents for at least two different detection times in one level period; comparing the real-time current value and the corresponding overcurrent protection threshold value respectively, and stopping the output of the drive current if one or more of the real-time current values exceed the corresponding overcurrent protection threshold value to enable the overcurrent protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HKC CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Jidong Yang
  • Patent number: 11367585
    Abstract: A direct-current circuit breaker includes a first main circuit breaker inserted into a first direct-current line, a resonance circuit connected in parallel to the first main circuit breaker, a MOSA connected in parallel to the first main circuit breaker via the resonance circuit, a second main circuit breaker inserted into a second direct-current line, a switch connected in series to the second main circuit breaker, a resonance circuit connected in parallel to the second main circuit breaker, and a MOSA connected in parallel to the second main circuit breaker via the resonance circuit. The second direct-current line is a line that branches off from the first direct-current line and returns to the first direct-current line. The switch is inserted upstream of the second direct-current line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Inagaki, Sho Tokoyoda, Kenji Kamei, Ryo Kimura, Makoto Miyashita
  • Patent number: 11365823
    Abstract: A valve is provided having a circuit that includes an electrical conductor with a temperature-dependent electrical resistance. The electrical conductor is connected in series to an electrical series resistor, which includes a parallel circuit of a non-reactive wire and an NTC resistor. The electrical conductor includes a coil wire wound into a magnetic coil that is operable to move an armature to open or close the valve. The effect of the operation of the valve itself on the magnetic force of the coil is minimized by arranging the NTC resistor to be thermally coupled with the coil wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: EAGLE ACTUATOR COMPONENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ralf Heinrich, Daniel Koch, Diether Hoppner, Siegfried Driemer
  • Patent number: 11362509
    Abstract: A power supply system includes: a battery; a master device supplied with power from the battery; and a slave device supplied with power from the master device via a first power supply line. The slave device supplies power to a load via a second power supply line. The master device estimates a temperature of the second power supply line. When the estimated temperature of the second power supply line is higher than a second cutoff threshold, power supply via the second power supply line is cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihide Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11359898
    Abstract: A wireline release tool for downhole intervention, the tool including a housing having an electrical input and an electrical output; a pass-through switch located inside the housing and electrically connected between the electrical input and the electrical output; and a circuit limiter device located inside the housing and electrically connected between the electrical input and the electrical output. The pass-through switch is connected in parallel to the circuit limiter device, between the electrical input and the electrical output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GEODYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Brad Perry, Roger Archibald
  • Patent number: 11362651
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to circuits and techniques for protecting a body diode of a power switch from an inductive load when the power switch is turned OFF. A driver circuit may detect whether the power switch is in a desaturation mode when the power switch is turned ON and disable the power switch in response to detecting that the power switch is in the desaturation mode. In addition, the driver circuit may detect whether the body diode of the power switch needs protection when the power switch is turned OFF, and in response to detecting that the body diode needs protection, control the power switch according to a body diode protection scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Michael Krug, Marco Bachhuber, Tommaso Bacigalupo, Benedikt Hanelt, Marcus Nuebling
  • Patent number: 11362512
    Abstract: An electronic switch for a DC voltage system includes at least two turn-off semiconductor switches, a varistor and a capacitor, and at least two diodes connected in series with opposite polarity. The turn-off semiconductor switches are connected at a connection point in series with opposite polarity between a first connection of the electronic switch and a second connection of the electronic switch. In order to provide improved overvoltage protection, the varistor and the capacitor form a series connection, with one end of the series connection connected to the connection point. A DC voltage system employing the electronic switch and a method for limiting overvoltages in the electronic switch or in a corresponding DC voltage system are also disclosed. Inductive energy of an element connected to the electronic switch is transferred to the capacitor when a limit, defined by the varistor, has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Hubert Schierling, Benno Weis