Patents Examined by Freddie Kirkland, III
  • Patent number: 10564060
    Abstract: A pressure sensing device with a tubular pressure port including an internal chamfer adjacent to a deflectable diaphragm, and/or a hydrophobic or superhydrophobic coating applied to at least a portion of the tubular pressure port, the internal chamfer, and/or the deflectable diaphragm. The internal chamfer and/or the hydrophobic or superhydrophobic coating are configured at least in part to reduce adhesive forces between condensation and the surface of the tubular pressure port, to reduce the tendency for capillary action to draw condensation towards the deflectable diaphragm, and/or to increase the tendency for capillary action or gravity to draw condensation away from the deflectable diaphragm and out of the tubular pressure port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ronald Bruce Schofield
  • Patent number: 10551830
    Abstract: A method of analysis of the state of operation of a machine including a learning step supplementing a reference database with one or more thresholds for one or more indicators calculated on the basis of signals delivered by a sensor associated with the machine, the learning step including the following operations implemented by a computer processing unit; an acquisition of signals characteristic of normal operation and of abnormal operation of the machine; of each of the signals characteristic of normal operation, formation of at least one so-called deviation signal by implementing a mathematical operation having as attributes the signal characteristic of normal operation and one of the signals characteristic of normal or abnormal operation other than the signal characteristic of the normal operation; for each of the deviation signals, calculation of an indicator; determination of an indicator threshold representative of a limit between normal operation and abnormal operation of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: William Bense, Jean-Michel Boiteux, Audrey Dupont, Julien Christian Pascal Griffaton, Jerome Henri Noel Lacaille
  • Patent number: 10551269
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sensor for measuring the pressure prevailing in a motor vehicle cylinder head, the sensor including a tubular body and an element sensitive to variations in the pressure, mounted in the tubular body. The sensitive element includes a tether including a fixing portion for fixing the tether to the tubular body, a tubular portion and a membrane fixed to the tubular portion at a connecting zone. The sensor is notable in that the connecting zone and the fixing zone are separated by a non-zero distance along the longitudinal axis and in that the tether includes, between the connecting zone and the fixing portion, a portion for absorbing a mechanical deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Matthieu Joly, Cyrille Patri
  • Patent number: 10551276
    Abstract: A vehicle coolant flow and coolant quality sensor assembly for use in an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, a hybrid vehicle, or an electric vehicle. The coolant flow sensor includes a dual coil magnetic flow meter or the like for measuring coolant flow rate and the coolant quality sensor includes a sealed hot wire anemometer or the like and an integrated temperature sensor or the like for measuring coolant quality (e.g., ability to absorb heat) and coolant temperature, respectively. The various sensors are disposed in an integrated housing through which coolant is transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Electricfil Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Clark, Mengying Luo
  • Patent number: 10539483
    Abstract: A misfire detection device includes an electronic control unit that calculates, based on a crank signal, a first component that is a first integer multiple frequency component of a combustion cycle related to a rotation change value and a second component that is a second integer multiple frequency component of the combustion cycle related to the rotation change value. The electronic control unit determines whether the second component has a maximum value or a minimum value in at least one of two phases of a phase where the first component has a maximum value and a phase where the first component has a minimum value. The electronic control unit determines that an interval between compression top dead centers of cylinders has continuous misfire based on a determination result of whether the second component has a maximum value or a minimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Akihiro Katayama
  • Patent number: 10533530
    Abstract: The rotating machine, comprises a shaft and at least one device for measuring at least the accelerations of the shaft along pitch, yaw and roll axes of the shaft or the angular position of the shaft around the pitch, yaw and roll axes, the or each device being mounted on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: GE Renewable Technologies
    Inventor: Vincent Bouillet
  • Patent number: 10533901
    Abstract: An imaging system includes a sight tube extending along a longitudinal axis of the imaging system and configured to extend through an access port. The sight tube includes a wall extending about the longitudinal axis and defining a cavity. The imaging system also includes a plurality of cooling channels extending through the sight tube. The plurality of cooling channels are configured to direct cooling fluid through the sight tube for cooling the imaging system. The plurality of cooling channels are formed in the sight tube such that at least one cooling channel of the plurality of cooling channels extends in a direction oblique to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Guanghua Wang, Nirm Velumylum Nirmalan, Mohamed Sakami, Thomas Charles Adcock, Jeffrey Jay Porubcan, James William Sears, Naveenan Thiagarajan, Bernard Bewlay, Jason Edward Dees, James DeLancey
  • Patent number: 10527524
    Abstract: A method of evaluating the quality of a surface on a component comprises the steps of (a) contacting a surface of a component with a media and imprinting qualities of the surface with the media; and (b) evaluating the imprint to determine the quality of the surface of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Pantcho Stoyanov, Elizabeth V. Favela
  • Patent number: 10520456
    Abstract: Provided is a combustion experiment device, which includes a reaction tube into which a sample fluid flows and to which a temperature gradient in which a temperature rises toward a downstream side is imparted, and a burner part that is configured to flow a combustible gas along and around the reaction tube from the downstream side to an upstream side of the reaction tube and to maintain a flame surrounding the reaction tube from the outside in a radial direction of the reaction tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Takuya Tezuka, Hisashi Nakamura, Kaoru Maruta, Soichiro Kato, Shintaro Ito
  • Patent number: 10513991
    Abstract: A fuel property determining device for an engine is provided, the device retarding a fuel injection timing and determining a fuel property based on a combustion variation of the engine caused by the retarding. The device includes a processor configured to control a parameter related to combustibility so as to degrade a combustion state before the fuel injection timing is retarded, the parameter being different from the fuel injection timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Murakami, Tetsuhide Kanda
  • Patent number: 10508962
    Abstract: A pressure indicator comprising a printed or coated film with micron sized particles disbursed in a transparent binder, wherein the particles change from white to transparent when exposed to high pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Volk Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Parker
  • Patent number: 10508894
    Abstract: A tool for measuring dimensions of disc brake components has an elongated first member. The elongated first member has a first tip extending transversely from the first member. The first tip has a first projection at an end portion of the first tip. An elongated second member is relatively movable to first member. The second member has a second tip extending transversely from the second member in the same direction as the first tip of the first member. The second tip has a second projection at an end portion of the second tip and extends in a direction towards the first projection. First indicia are provided on the first and second members to indicate the relative distance between the first and second projections when measuring an object located between the first and second projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jay D. White, Gregory W. Dvorchak, Ronald W. Davis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10508582
    Abstract: An engine diagnostic tool includes a diagnostic engine calibration module structured to include a plurality of diagnostic processes for operating an internal combustion engine system of an immobilized vehicle. One or more of the plurality of diagnostic processes are structured to be an intrusive diagnostic process for the internal combustion engine system, wherein the intrusive diagnostic process causes the internal combustion engine system to operate outside of one or more calibration parameters. The diagnostic engine module is further structured to control the order and timing of each diagnostic process in the plurality of diagnostic processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony J. Hall, Stephen J. Charlton, Michael J. McGuire
  • Patent number: 10502553
    Abstract: A weldable strain sensor includes a strain sensor having two end portions in signal communication with signal lines for transmitting a measurement signal. A sensor carrier extends in a direction of the strain sensor and is firmly connected to the strain sensor. The sensor carrier includes two end portions having slots to thereby form tongues defining tongue ends which are directed in opposition to each other. Integrally surrounding the strain sensor and the end portions thereof is a protective cover of solid plastic which is firmly connected to the sensor carrier. The protective cover is configured in a region of the strain sensor narrow and flat and in a region of coupling points of the strain sensor with the signal lines at least twice as wide and at least twice as high as in a region of the strain sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Jochen Maul, Tobias Kipp, Bernd Günther, Maria Marta Cabral Bobiâo Giråo, Francisco Manuel Moita Araûjo
  • Patent number: 10488183
    Abstract: A sensor system for sensing deformation of a flexible structure includes a beam structure that will be coupled to a surface of the flexible structure having a natural frequency fs, an axial strain ?axialstructure, and a shear strain ?xystructure associated therewith. The beam structure has an axial strain ?axialbeam and a shear strain ?xybeam associated therewith. The beam structure satisfies criteria defined by minimization of a root mean square difference between ?axialstructure and ?axialbeam and minimization of a root mean square difference between ?xystructure and ?xybeam. Fiber optic strain sensors are coupled to and distributed in a spaced-apart fashion along the beam structure. The beam structure is more flexible than the flexible structure such that a combination of the beam structure, the fiber optic sensors, and the flexible structure has a natural frequency fc defined by (0.95)fs?fc?(1.05)fs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Michael G. Wolf, Jeffrey D. Suhey, James E. Stanley, Edwin D. Griffin, Hector Gutierrez, Daniel Kirk, Gabriel Lapilli, Weihua Su, Natsuki Tsushima, Bartel van der Veek
  • Patent number: 10472097
    Abstract: An aircraft static test adapter assembly comprising a static test head for performing testing at an aircraft static port on an aircraft body. The static test head is biased, and optionally supported by a biasing member extending in use from the static test head to the ground. A biasing mechanism provides a biasing force to the biasing member which is transferred by the biasing member to the static test head such that it is held in place. Abstract not intended to be limiting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NAV-AIDS LTD
    Inventors: Brent Duncan Gilday, Van Jean Sinnott
  • Patent number: 10473503
    Abstract: A positive linear displacement flow rate meter includes a first chamber for receiving a substance such as diesel from a fuel injector and applying a substance force to one end of a piston, wherein an opposing force is applied, such as by air pressure, in a second chamber, to the other piston end, and a comparator, for indicating to a control unit to discard invalid piston displacement measurements, until the substance force is substantially equal to the opposing force, allowing accurate flow rate measurement independent of variation in conditions between uses of the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Aaron Walsh
  • Patent number: 10473540
    Abstract: A gas strut monitoring system includes a gas strut. The monitoring system further includes a knuckle assembly connected to a base end of the gas strut. The knuckle assembly includes at least one strain gauge and a deformable knuckle. The system also includes a controller in communication with the at least one strain gauge, which is configured to measure a deformation of the deformable knuckle via the strain gauge. The system evaluates, based on the measured deformation, an operative performance of the gas strut. The system then outputs signal to an output device that indicates a maintenance recommendation based on the operative performance of the gas strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jacob Duvall, Himanshu H. Mehta, Jason L. Hepner, Jason Miller
  • Patent number: 10473610
    Abstract: A planar ammonia selective sensing electrode for water quality monitoring and a manufacturing method of the sensing electrode are provided. The sensing electrode includes an insulating base plate, an electric-conductive layer, an ammonium ion sensing layer, a hydroxide ion sensing layer, and an electrolyte layer. The electric-conductive layer is disposed on the planar surface of the insulating base plate. The electric-conductive layer includes a first conductive part and a second conductive part. The first conductive part and the second conductive part are insulated and apart from each other, and configured to form a first reaction zone and a second reaction zone, respectively. The ammonium ion sensing layer is disposed on the first reaction zone. The hydroxide ion sensing layer is disposed on the second reaction zone. The electrolyte layer is disposed on and covers the ammonium ion sensing layer and the hydroxide ion sensing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Kuan-Jung Chen, Shih-Hao Ko, Chih-Yung Tseng, Hsiao-Han Yu
  • Patent number: 10461526
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring at least one physical or chemical process variable, comprising at least one sensor unit and an electronics unit for signal registration, evaluation and/or feeding, wherein the sensor unit is operated with alternating electrical current and/or communication between the electronics unit and the sensor unit occurs with alternating electrical current and/or alternating voltage. An explosion protection circuit with intrinsic safety, which includes a safety barrier, which has at least one unit for electrical current- and/or voltage limiting, is provided within the explosion protection circuit a unit for impedance matching, which unit for impedance matching includes at least one transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Achim Wiest, Andreas Berger, Oliver Brumberg