Patents Examined by Daniel S. Larkin
  • Patent number: 10702832
    Abstract: A method of integrity testing porous materials that is non-destructive to the material being tested. The method includes humidifying the inlet gas stream to minimize or prevent the porous material from drying out. The inlet gas stream includes at least two gases, wherein one of the gases has a different permeability in liquid than the other, such as oxygen and nitrogen. The permeate gas stream may be subjected to a driving force such as reduced pressure to increase the flow of gases and reduce test time. Multiple porous materials can be integrity tested at the same time, such as by manifolding a plurality of them together. The integrity test is capable of detecting the presence of oversized pores or defects that can compromise the retention capability of the porous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore Giglia, David Nhiem
  • Patent number: 10704387
    Abstract: The embodiments herein relate to sensors having reactive filter materials for detecting analytes in wellbores. The sensor includes at least one reactive filter material arranged in a flow line, wherein the reactive filter material sorbs an analyte in a wellbore fluid in the flow line; and at least one detector that detects a sorption signal specific to the analyte at at least a first location and a second location of the reactive filter material, wherein the first location is upstream in the flow line relative to the second location. The detector either (1) calculates a balanced measurement corresponding to the presence of the analyte in the wellbore or (2) relays the measurements to a signal processing unit to calculate a balanced measurement corresponding to the presence of the analyte in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Perkins, Christopher Michael Jones, Michael T. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10704995
    Abstract: A system for sampling a sample material includes a device for directing sample into a capture probe. A probe includes an outer probe housing having an open end. A liquid supply conduit has an outlet positioned to deliver liquid to the open end. An exhaust conduit removes liquid from the open end of the housing. The liquid supply conduit can be connectable to a liquid supply for delivering liquid at a first volumetric flow rate to the open end of the housing. A liquid exhaust system can be in fluid connection with the liquid exhaust conduit for removing liquid from the liquid exhaust conduit at a second volumetric flow rate, which exceeds the first volumetric flow rate such that gas with sample is withdrawn with the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Vilmos Kertesz, Gary J. Van Berkel
  • Patent number: 10697864
    Abstract: A passive air sampler is designed to allow for multiple sorbents and multiple sampling rates. The passive air sampler is also reusable and has interchangeable sorbents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SKC Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Lee Smith, Linda Coyne
  • Patent number: 10699887
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a preparation and feed apparatus of a standard sample for calibration of a trace-analysis instrument, and especially to a preparation and feed apparatus of a standard sample for calibration of a gas chromatograph-ion mobility spectrometer. When the trace-analysis instrument is being calibrated by taking advantage of the preparation and feed apparatus according to embodiments of the disclosure, it is unnecessary to use an additional dedicated tool and steps to prepare the sample for testing and to use an organic solvent or a dedicated sample application/dispensing tool, resulting in that the trace-analysis instrument is simple and convenient to carry and use, and the substance for calibration is also convenient to store and exchange; moreover, the trace-analysis instrument is also safe, reliable and environmentally friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Qingjun Zhang, Yuanjing Li, Ziran Zhao, Weiping Zhu, Nan Bai, Qiufeng Ma
  • Patent number: 10697915
    Abstract: A portable, compact, real-time and accurate sensor and method for deriving a physicochemical property of a liquid fuel, such as cetane number, carbon content, carbon/hydrogen (C/H) atomic ratio, or heating value (net heat of combustion). The sensor comprises a constant-volume ignition chamber equipped for measuring ignition delay and magnitude of a peak rise in pressure or temperature following dispensation of a liquid fuel into the chamber. The sensor utilizes air at atmospheric pressure and microliter quantities of fuel. The sensor can be implemented in real-time refinery operations for blending diesel fuels that meet government mandated cetane number standards as well as in applications for standardizing jet, biodiesel, and synthetic fuels, which presently are not classified by any physicochemical property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Christian Junaedi, Subir Roychoudhury
  • Patent number: 10690643
    Abstract: An apparatus senses properties of a fluid. The apparatus has a pipe section, a valve, and an instrument. The pipe section has an envelope, through which a flow of the fluid is coupled between a tank of an electrical power device and a cooling device. The envelope is disposed about a longitudinal axis, and has a penetration disposed laterally, relative to the longitudinal axis. The valve is disposed within the one or more penetrations and has a closed position and an open position. The instrument is operable for the sensing of the fluid properties, and has a probe disposed in contact with the fluid through the valve in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Roger Alan Fenton
  • Patent number: 10677658
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a sensor body with a proximal end and a distal end. The sensor body includes a radially extending flange positioned between the proximal end and the distal end. The radially extending flange of the sensor body includes a flange surface. A sleeve is positioned radially outward from the sensor body surrounding the proximal end of the sensor body. The sleeve has a radially extending end flange with an end surface configured to contact the flange surface of the radially extending flange of the sensor body to transfer a load between the sleeve and the sensor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: August M. Coretto, Aaron F. Rickis, Jorge Luis Vega
  • Patent number: 10670405
    Abstract: A system, comprising a clock generating a timing signal, a magnetometer coupled to the clock and configured to receive the timing signal and to generate first heading data and a gyroscope coupled to the clock and configured to receive the timing signal and to generate second heading data. The system further includes a first adder coupled to the magnetometer and gyroscope and configured to determine a difference signal as a function of the first heading data and the second heading data and a constrain data system coupled to the first adder and configured to apply a limit to the difference signal. A combine delta system is coupled to the constrain data system and configured to combine two or more of the constrained data values to generate a combined delta signal, and a second adder coupled to the gyroscope and the combine delta system and configured to add the combined delta signal to the second heading data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Felice
  • Patent number: 10670746
    Abstract: A sample container, sampling system and operating methods permit representative sampling from a liquid phase or boiling liquid, a gaseous phase, a containment sump, containment atmosphere, or condensation chamber of a nuclear power plant following a severe accident. A sample container obtaining an environmental sample includes an outer chamber surrounded by an outer container wall, being directly fluidically connected to the environment through a passage opening in the outer container wall and being fillable with a liquid at least in a base region. An inner chamber surrounded by an inner container wall is fluidically connected to the base region through a passage opening in the inner container wall, has connections for sampling and conveyor medium lines and is otherwise pressure and media tightly sealed from the environment. A pneumatically or hydraulically actuatable closure device for the passage opening between the outer and inner chambers has an actuation medium line connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Framatome GmbH
    Inventor: Axel Hill
  • Patent number: 10661275
    Abstract: Methods of removing bubbles from a microfluidic device are described where the flow is not stopped. Methods are described that combine pressure and flow to remove bubbles from a microfluidic device. Bubbles can be removed even where the device is made of a polymer that is largely gas impermeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: EMULATE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Levner, Josiah Daniel Sliz, Christopher David Hinojosa, Joshua Gomes, Kyung Jin Jang
  • Patent number: 10663439
    Abstract: An analysis method for a substance to be measured, including (a) introducing a sample into a flow channel having a bypass, flow channel and introducing the sample introduced into the bypass flow channel into a measuring device so as to measure signal intensity or concentration of a substance to be measured and/or a carrier in the sample; (b) introducing a sample that has not been introduced into the bypass flow channel into a column so as to adsorb the substance to be measured and/or the carrier; and (c) introducing an eluate into the column, eluting the substance to be measured and/or the carrier adsorbed on the column, and introducing the substance and/or the carrier into the measuring device so as to measure the signal intensity or concentration of the eluted substance to be measured and or the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: PerkinElmer Japan Co., Ltd., National University Corporation Fukushima University
    Inventors: Makoto Furukawa, Yoshitaka Takagai
  • Patent number: 10655606
    Abstract: A sensor system for a wind turbine, comprising: a blade load sensor; a blade temperature sensor configured to provide a temperature measurement of an associated blade; a load calculation module configured to output a temperature-corrected blade load value; and a processing unit interfaced with the temperature sensor. The processing unit includes a temperature estimator configured to determine an estimated temperature of the wind turbine blade based on at least one wind turbine parameter; and a comparator configured to generate a fault signal based on a comparison between the blade temperature measurement and the estimated blade temperature. The invention also resides in a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Fabio Caponetti, Dan Hilton
  • Patent number: 10656298
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and products for ultrasonic borehole logging using an ultrasonic borehole imaging tool in a borehole intersecting the earth formation. Methods may include adjusting a focus for an ultrasonic beam generated from a single-transducer ultrasonic assembly of the ultrasonic imaging tool; using a receiver to generate measurement information responsive to an ultrasonic signal caused by the ultrasonic beam; and estimating a parameter of interest from the measurement information. Methods may include adjusting the focus in dependence upon environmental conditions, the environmental conditions comprising at least one of: i) standoff between the ultrasonic imaging tool and a wall of the borehole; and ii) borehole annulus conditions. Methods may include adjusting the focus in substantially real-time. The ultrasonic beam may be focused with a focal zone at the borehole wall configured to produce a beam spot size of a selected diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary Leonard
  • Patent number: 10655995
    Abstract: A method of deriving a conclusion of the condition of slurry flow in a non-vertical conduit includes artificially generating a first locally heated spot on an interior surface of the conduit at the invert of the conduit and artificially generating a second locally heated spot on the interior surface of the conduit at a location angularly spaced from the first heated spot at an angular spacing of at least 90°. The temperatures of the heated spots are measured, obtaining first and second temperature values T1, T2. Electronically generated signals carrying the values T1, T2 are communicated to an electronic computing device. The computing device automatically calculates a first temperature difference T1 minus T2 and automatically derives a conclusion of the condition of slurry flow prevailing in the conduit based on the relationship between the value of the first temperature difference and a first reference parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CSIR
    Inventor: Hartmut Johannes Ilgner
  • Patent number: 10648967
    Abstract: The system for use with a breath tester includes a computing facility. In a learning mode, the facility is adapted to: receive the weight of a user; receive the details of each drink consumed by a user and the time of consumption of said each drink; receive measurements of breath alcohol content produced by the breath tester; and calculate the elimination rate of the user. In a predictive mode, the facility is adapted to: receive the details of each drink consumed by a user, and the time of consumption of said each drink; and calculate the expected breath alcohol content of the user based on the weight of the user, the calculated elimination rate of the user and said details of each drink consumed by the user and said time of consumption of said each drink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (International) Inc.
    Inventor: Steven H. Leach
  • Patent number: 10641755
    Abstract: A method and device are disclosed for fuel-detection by a fuel sending unit by placing a fuel sending unit in a first position from a second position, and releasing the fuel sending unit from the first position such that a buoyancy characteristic of a fuel sending unit float prompts the fuel sending unit to the second position. A rate-of-travel of the fuel sending unit is sensed from the first position to the second position to produce fluid travel data, wherein the rate-of-travel being affected by a fuel density. Fluid-type identification data may be generated based on the fluid travel data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Heraldo F. Stefanon
  • Patent number: 10634340
    Abstract: The dual chamber system has a source chamber and a receiver chamber. The source chamber generates a first steam in a first steam section, and the receiver chamber generates a second steam in a second steam section. The first steam is at a higher temperature than the second steam, and the first steam is at 100% quality. The first steam is injected into a mixing section of the receiver chamber to generate a condensed steam. A sensor or instrument can then be calibrated by the condensed steam. The measurement being taken with the sensor or instrument will have reliability and accuracy. The method includes generating the first steam, generating the second steam, injecting and mixing the first and second steam to form condensed steam at a metering point in the receiver chamber, and calibrating a sensor or instrument at the metering point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Agar Corporation Ltd.
    Inventors: Joram Agar, David Farchy
  • Patent number: 10634600
    Abstract: A device for condensing vapor on condensation nuclei, especially for a particle counter, includes an inlet, via which a gas stream carrying particles as condensation nuclei enters into a feed channel; with a saturation channel. An evaporation unit extends over at least a part of the saturation channel. In the evaporation unit a working liquid can be evaporated in the saturation channel. An outlet leads to a measuring unit. At least one flow passage is provided from the feed channel towards the saturation channel. The at least one flow channel is directed at an angle greater than 90° in relation to a direction in which the feed channel extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Leander Mölter, Maximilian Weiss
  • Patent number: 10627317
    Abstract: A self-anchored piling sediment sampler is mainly composed of a sampling tube mechanism, an anchor rack mechanism and a cable. A drainer is designed for automatic drainage and air seal, so that an anchor socket can form a good anchoring condition with sediments during collection, thereby providing a stable sampling condition in cooperation with adjustable self gravity. The drainer is also applied in the sampling tube mechanism, thereby facilitating collection and seal of sediment samples. At the end of sampling, a water injector can eliminate suction force of the sediments and alleviate resistance in a lifting process. The cable is fixed to an outer sampling tube by first fixed pulleys, clamping hooks and second fixed pulleys placed on fixing rods so as to realize the conversion of the pulling force into the pressure on the sampling tube and provide a driving force for sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Shiguo Xu, Tianxiang Wang, Zaigang Xie, Weiguo Gao, Mengke Zhao, Feifei Wen