Patents Examined by Eric S. McCall
  • Patent number: 11566970
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to test stands for generating test runs on the basis of a test drive using a vehicle along a driving route. In some embodiments, a test stand determines at least one idle operating time of an internal combustion engine and/or at least one overrun operating time of the internal combustion engine from a time curve of a vehicle speed and a time curve of a gas pedal position. The test stand may further set a specified idle control mode instead of the operating control mode during an idle operating time and/or a specified overrun control mode is set instead of the operating control mode during an overrun operating time in the test stand automation unit in order to carry out the test run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: AVL LIST GMBH
    Inventors: Felix Pfister, Wolfgang Winkler, Emre Kural, Camillo Signor, Gerald Hoehmann
  • Patent number: 11565683
    Abstract: A quick-detachable brake fluid test structure comprising a body and a front assembly body, the body has at least one front assembly hole and at least one front fixing member, and is provided with at least one connecting plate and a fixing seat inside, a conductive wire is assembled on the connecting plate, and at least one temperature sensor is disposed on the fixing seat. The front assembly body is disposed at a position of a front end of the body, a side of the front assembly body is formed with at least one fixing hole communicating with the front assembly hole and provided for the front fixing member to be assembled and fixed. The front assembly body is provided with a front sleeve, and accommodated with a heating element and a heat conductive pipe respectively connected to the connecting plate and the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: PEACEFUL THRIVING ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia Hsun Huang, Shih Hsiang Chien
  • Patent number: 11566966
    Abstract: There is provided a method of specifying a location of occurrence of an abnormal sound, the method including: storing mapping data in a storage device, the mapping data prescribing mapping that receives, as inputs, a sound variable that matches a sound detected in a vehicle and a state variable of a drive-system device of the vehicle synchronized with the sound, and that outputs a location as a main cause of the sound; executing a sound signal acquisition process of acquiring a sound signal output from a microphone that detects a sound; a state variable acquisition process of acquiring the state variable of the drive-system device; and a specifying process of specifying the location of occurrence of the sound corresponding to the sound signal using the sound variable and the state variable as inputs to the mapping. There are also provided a non-transitory storage medium and an in-vehicle device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Tabata, Koichi Okuda, Kota Fujii, Ken Imamura
  • Patent number: 11561121
    Abstract: A composition ratio estimation device estimates a composition ratio of a content having mixed substances with different boiling points in a tank. The content is retained as a liquid in the tank lower part. The substances are partially floatable as a gas or liquid in a space in the tank upper part. The device includes a reference object disposed in the space, a transmitting-receiving unit that transmits radar waves toward the reference object and the surface of the liquid and receives reflected radar waves, a temperature measuring unit that acquires a level at which a boiling point of a floating substance is reached, a dielectric constant calculating unit that stores in advance a physical distance between the unit and the object and calculates a dielectric constant of a space between the unit and the object, and a composition ratio derivation unit that derives a composition ratio of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: MUSASINO CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hideto Oura, Akihiro Muraishi
  • Patent number: 11561153
    Abstract: An instrumentation assembly configured to measure properties of an engine exhaust stream is disclosed in this paper. The instrumentation assembly may include an outer support ring that extends around a central axis, an inner support ring arranged radially inward of the outer support ring around the central axis, and a plurality of instrumentation rake assemblies. The plurality of instrumentation rake assemblies extends from the outer support ring to the inner support ring across an annular passageway defined between the outer support ring and the inner support ring configured to carry the engine exhaust stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mark O'Leary, Nathan Ottow
  • Patent number: 11555611
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a feedforward structure for controlling water level, in particular to a feedforward structure for controlling a steam drum water level in a steam turbine FCB test and a control method therefor. The feedforward structure includes a steam drum provided with a steam drum water level measurement sensor therein, a feed water pipe provided with a feed water flow measurement sensor therein, and a steam inlet pipe provided with a steam flow measurement sensor therein. A steam drum water level measurement value I in the steam drum water level measurement sensor is compared with a set value of the steam drum water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: China Energy Engineering Eastern Electric Power Testing Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guoqing Chen, Yao Sun, Tingfeng Wang, Zhizhou Li, Hailong Qian, Feng Huang, Xiaomin Fang
  • Patent number: 11555760
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for determining particulate emissions in the driving operation of a vehicle, in particular of a motor vehicle. According to the invention, provision is made that the device has a sensor system and a control unit and that in driving operation the sensor system and the control unit jointly undertake the function of particulate matter sensors. Here, the sensor system senses driving operation values on the vehicle. From the sensed driving operation values and by means of correlations of driving operation values with particulate matter values determined and stored in advance in the control unit, the control unit estimates the particulate emissions from tyre abrasion of the vehicle. Finally, the invention relates to a vehicle with the device according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Thomas Niemann, Bastian Kanning
  • Patent number: 11549862
    Abstract: A measuring device with at least one fluid channel for conveying a measuring fluid, wherein the fluid channel includes at least one inlet for the entry of the measuring fluid into the fluid channel and at least one outlet for the exit of the measuring fluid from the fluid channel. The fluid channel includes a diamond-shaped cross-section and includes a course from the at least one inlet to the at least one outlet over which the measuring fluid entering the fluid channel is deflected by at least 90┬░ before the measuring fluid exits the fluid channel at the at least one outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
    Inventors: Carsten Clemen, Miklos Gerendas
  • Patent number: 11543331
    Abstract: The present invention provides a brake dust measurement system that can accurately measure an amount of brake dust produced. The brake dust measurement system, in which a specimen having a brake is placed in a chamber and which measures brake dust produced from the brake, includes a sampling unit that samples air inside the chamber, an elemental analysis unit that performs elemental analysis of sampled air sampled by the sampling unit, a storage unit that stores elemental content information of a single or multiple elements contained in the brake, and a calculation unit that calculates an amount of brake dust contained in the sampled air on the basis of elemental analysis results of the elemental analysis unit and the elemental content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Kazuya Tsurumi, Takashi Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 11536741
    Abstract: A method for determining the tension of a drive belt, wherein the drive belt is provided for transmission of a torque generated by a drive unit to a load, for example, a door leaf of a door system includes a first process step a., the load is moved from a moving state into a rest state. In a following process step b., the motor voltage is recorded during execution of process step a. and the time-resolved motor voltage curve is prepared. In step c., the motor current is determined from the recorded motor voltage or the motor voltage curve and a time-resolved motor current curve is prepared. In a last step d., the time-resolved motor current curve is evaluated and the tension of the drive belt is determined by means of selected curve features of the motor current curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: GEBR. BODE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Daniel Andler
  • Patent number: 11530968
    Abstract: An apparatus for analyzing the particulate matter content of an aerosol includes an aerosol chamber configured to receive an aerosol, the particulate matter content of which should be analyzed, at least one ultrasonic generator configured to produce ultrasonic waves in the aerosol received in the aerosol chamber, an ultrasonic detector configured to detect ultrasonic waves produced by the at least one ultrasonic generator in the aerosol, and an evaluator having a data exchange communication link with the ultrasonic detector and configured to ascertain the matter content on the basis of signals output by the ultrasonic detector. The ultrasonic generator and the ultrasonic detector are positioned relative to one another such that a path length to be traversed by ultrasonic waves between the ultrasonic generator and the ultrasonic detector is less than 1 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Alfons Dehe, Christian Bretthauer
  • Patent number: 11529832
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device and a method for detecting a tire on a vehicle to determine whether there is a single or twin tire on an axle. The device has an optical sensor for this purpose, the sensor detecting at least one region of a rim on which a tire to be determined is mounted. An evaluation unit is also provided which is designed to determine a shape of the area of the rim from the sensor signals and to generate a signal from the shape which represents the type of tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Thomas Seitel, Andreas Tarnoki
  • Patent number: 11530940
    Abstract: Techniques are described for determining an amount of fuel that is consumed by the body components of a vehicle, based at least partly on sensor data describing the operations of the body components and/or the location of the vehicle. A vehicle is equipped with a body that has any suitable number of body components that perform operations not directly associated with the translational movement of the vehicle from one location to another. Fuel is consumed to provide power (e.g., through power take off) to operate the body components. The vehicle includes sensor device(s) configured to sense the operations of the body components and generate sensor data that describes the operations of the body components. The sensor data is analyzed to determine an amount of fuel that is consumed to power the operations of the body components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Richard Buteau, Thomas Leon Wilding, Albert Xiaoxia Jiang, John Forrest Smith, Michael Dean Geary, Brian Huston Ham
  • Patent number: 11525758
    Abstract: A method for identifying gear tooth numbers in a gearbox using data obtained from a vibration measuring device delivered to a data acquisition device and data delivered by a user to a computer device, comprising: processing data delivered by a user to the computer device, where the data comprises a gearbox ratio and a number of stages of a gearbox for calculating a potential gear tooth combination in each stage of a gearbox, calculating frequencies of characteristic features for each potential tooth combination using the data delivered at the processing data, measuring vibration signals of the gearbox, calculating a frequency spectrum from measured data delivered at the measuring, determining an amplitude of components, of the frequency spectrum delivered at the calculating a frequency spectrum at frequencies of characteristic features for each potential tooth combination delivered at the calculating frequencies of characteristic features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: James Ottewill
  • Patent number: 11519292
    Abstract: A method of detecting flame state of a combustor of a turbine engine. The method includes determining at least one of a first derivative and a second derivative of a compressor discharge pressure of a compressor of the turbine engine; determining at least one of a first derivative and a second derivative of a gas turbine exhaust gas temperature of the exhaust gases output by the turbine engine; determining at least one of a first derivative and a second derivative of a gas turbine shaft/rotor speed of the turbine engine; determining at least one of a first derivative and a second derivative of combustor dynamic pressure monitoring; and determining a flame state of a combustor of the turbine engine based on the combustor dynamic pressure monitoring, the determined derivatives of the combustion dynamics, compressor discharge pressure, gas turbine shaft/rotor speed, and gas turbine exhaust gas temperature of the exhaust gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Healy, Abhijit Prabhakar Kulkarni, Scott Arthur Day, John Rogers Huey
  • Patent number: 11519870
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining an exposure temperature in an engine. One or more particles filtered from lubrication fluid of an engine may be analyzed. The chemical composition of filtered particles may be compared to reference data which includes a relationship between chemical composition and exposure temperature. An estimate of the exposure temperature may be determined. An output may be generated based on the exposure temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Maurice Jean, Nathalie Savard, Sonia Sevigny, St├ęphanie Pronovost
  • Patent number: 11519823
    Abstract: A vehicle testing device including a cooling device, which is capable of freely selecting a part to be cooled and a wind direction in accordance with a purpose of a test is provided. The vehicle testing device that tests a test piece that is a vehicle or a part of the vehicle includes a rotating body on which the test piece is placed, and a cooling device that sends air from a side of the test piece to at least a part of the test piece in order to cool the test piece placed on the rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: HORIBA, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nagayama, Kaori Adachi, Dongkai Zhang
  • Patent number: 11521440
    Abstract: The present invention makes it possible to provide temperature traceability for a test vehicle. A vehicle control device controls temperature information for a test vehicle and includes a peripheral temperature acquisition unit that acquires a peripheral temperature of a test vehicle from a first temperature sensor that is provided in a soak chamber where the test vehicle is stored or in a test chamber where the test vehicle is tested, a position information acquisition unit that acquires position information for the test vehicle, and a recording unit that associates the peripheral temperature of the test vehicle with the position information for that test vehicle and records the association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: HORIBA, LTD.
    Inventors: Mineyuki Komada, Masashi Sakaguchi, Mitsunobu Yamamoto, Masahiro Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 11514728
    Abstract: A drive system 20, 20? for rotating a wheel 11, 11? of an aircraft landing gear 10, 10?, is disclosed having a drive element 24, 24?, a motor 21, 21? operable to rotate the drive element, and a driven gear 25, 25? adapted to be attached to the wheel. The drive system has a drive configuration in which the drive element is capable of meshing with the driven gear to drive the driven gear, wherein the drive system further comprises a transmission error measurement apparatus 30, 40, the apparatus configured to obtain, over time, measurement data of one or more characteristics of the drive system when in the drive configuration, the measurement data providing an indication of a transmission error between a torque commanded by the motor and a resulting torque at the driven gear. An aircraft 100 and a method of providing an indication of a transmission error in a drive system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Nicholas Crane, Arnaud Didey
  • Patent number: 11513034
    Abstract: A probe adapter includes an adapter body including a probe aperture and a slot. The probe adapter further includes a driver slidably mounted within the slot and slidable between a first position and a second position. The driver includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end includes a ramped recess extending in a direction from the first end toward the second end. The probe adapter further includes a threaded fastener configured to contact the second end of the driver so as to retain the driver in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan J. Hackett, Eli C. Warren, Michael J. Saitta