Patents Examined by Hoang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10044096
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a metal housing and an antenna structure. A ground plane and a ground branch form at least a portion of the metal housing. The ground branch is coupled to the ground plane. A slot is formed between the ground branch and the ground plane. A circuit element is coupled to the ground branch and the ground plane. The antenna structure is formed by the ground branch. The antenna structure is excited by a signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Tiao-Hsing Tsai, Chien-Pin Chiu, Hsiao-Wei Wu, Yi-Hsiang Kung, Li-Yuan Fang
  • Patent number: 10041380
    Abstract: An engine preheating apparatus includes a waste heat recovery unit for recovering waste heat within a vehicle, and an air cooler connected to the waste heat recovery unit for receiving waste heat from the waste heat recovery unit, wherein an intake pipe in which intake air flows is connected to the air cooler in a communicating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jung Min Seo
  • Patent number: 10041400
    Abstract: A turbocharger rotor shaft assembly and associated turbocharger that includes at least one turbine rotor member having a first face and an opposed second face; and a rotor shaft having a first end and an opposed second end distal from the first end, wherein the rotor shaft is connected to the at least one turbine rotor at a location proximate to the first end and projects outward therefrom, the rotor shaft having an outwardly oriented face and an interior chamber defined therein, the interior chamber having an interior chamber volume. The turbocharger rotor shaft also includes at least one thermal transfer material contained in the interior chamber of the rotor shaft that has a thermal conductivity value that is greater than the thermal conductivity value of the material of construction of the rotor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Taylor, Andrew Thompson
  • Patent number: 10041379
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a combined cycle power plant, which includes a steam turbine powertrain with a high-pressure steam turbine, an intermediate pressure steam turbine and a low-pressure steam turbine, whereby intermediate pressure steam flowing from the exit of the high-pressure steam turbine to the inlet of the intermediate pressure steam turbine is reheated by means of the reheat device, and which is connected to a solar thermal plant, that generates additional solar steam for being used by said steam turbine powertrain. The output of the solar steam generator is used more effectively, and the overall plant performance, flexibility and operability are enhanced by at least part of the additional solar steam reaching the intermediate pressure steam turbine without being reheated in said reheat device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Carroni, Henrik Nielsen, Fran├žois Droux
  • Patent number: 10044975
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system to provide the ability for a user to make audio and/or audio-video phone calls simultaneously while watching (co-viewing) provider video content in remote locations. A control system is provided to set up call, direct provider video content, and provide for the phone calls and video content to be delivered and then synchronized. The phone calls may be routed by the control system to PSTN destinations or Internet based destinations and calls made or received may be bridged to other Internet based sources. The provider video content may be provided directly from its source or routed through NAT traversal or through the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NetTalk.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Garry M Paxinos, Anastasios Kyriakides, Kenneth Alvin Hosfeld, Anastasios Nicholas Kyriakides, II
  • Patent number: 10044111
    Abstract: A wideband dual-polarized patch antenna includes a ground plane layer and a first dielectric substrate layer disposed on the ground plane layer. A first radiator patch is disposed on the first dielectric substrate layer and a second dielectric substrate layer is disposed on the first radiator patch. A second radiator patch is disposed on the second dielectric substrate layer and a third dielectric substrate layer is disposed on the second radiator patch. A third radiator patch is disposed on the third dielectric substrate layer. The patch antenna also includes first and second feed lines electrically connected to the radiator patches and to the ground plane. The first and second feed lines are configured to excite the antenna in two separate directions to cause orthogonal dual-polarization. The radiator patches and the ground plane are comprised of a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Phazr, Inc.
    Inventors: James Murdock, Hamidreza Memarzadeh, Farooq Khan
  • Patent number: 10038331
    Abstract: This invention is an onboard pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) unit for charging or recharging the battery of an electric conveyance or for feeding the conveyance's motor directly. The PRO unit exploits the combined use of osmotic pressure, a water-submerged hollow fiber membrane system, a concentrated aqueous solution of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (a ferrofluid) as a draw solution, and a solenoid-type permanent magnetic field, to create a high pressure water flow that acts upon one or more hydroturbine generators to produce electricity. After the pressurized water acts upon the hydroturbine generators, it is returned to the feed side of the membrane system to once again become permeate, in effect making the entire system a closed loop, continuously re-circulating process. The membrane cells may be heated to increase power density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Terrence W. Aylesworth
  • Patent number: 10036272
    Abstract: Techniques for providing power to a data center includes transferring heat from a computer data center to warm a fluid stored within an energy regeneration system; circulating the warmed fluid to a flow of compressed gas stored within the energy regeneration system during a discharging process that expands the compressed gas; generating energy with the energy generation system from the discharging process; and providing at least a portion of the generated energy to the computer data center as electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ankit Somani, Christopher G. Malone
  • Patent number: 10030518
    Abstract: An exhaust gas turbocharger may include a turbine housing and a turbine. The turbine housing may include at least two exhaust gas channels and a partition. A wastegate valve may be arranged such that the at least two exhaust gas channels are connectable to a bypass duct bypassing the turbine. The wastegate valve may include a hollow valve body and a valve seat interacting with the valve body. The wastegate valve may be configured such that at least one of ram supercharging and pulse supercharging is performed. A connecting opening may be arranged between the at least two exhaust-gas channels. The valve body may have a base region configured to facilitate a discharging of an exhaust-gas steam into the bypass duct and/or an overflowing of one exhaust gas channel through the connecting opening into the other exhaust-gas channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems GmbH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Lummer, Martin Kropp
  • Patent number: 10033089
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a casing including a metal casing portion and a feed coil. The metal casing portion includes a main surface, a side surface connected to the main surfaces, and a notch portion located in the side surface. The feed coil is disposed inside the casing to be coupled with the metal casing portion by a magnetic field, and includes a winding central portion forming a coil opening portion. The feed coil is disposed near the notch portion, with the coil opening portion directed to a region including the notch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakano, Masahiro Ozawa, Nobuhito Tsubaki
  • Patent number: 10033092
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for utilizing a component with a helical antenna for communicating radio frequency (RF) signals. Included is a housing and a component coupled to the housing. Further provided is a helical antenna coupled to the component. In use, the helical antenna serves to communicate RF signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kiran Vanjani, Hongwei Liu
  • Patent number: 10024226
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger. In one example, a method may include coordinating the operation of the electric supercharger and an electric supercharger bypass valve and to open the electric supercharger bypass valve to reduce the extent and duration of electric supercharger overboost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Adam Nathan Banker
  • Patent number: 10024227
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling boost pressure in a staged engine system comprising a turbocharger and an upstream electric supercharger based on altitude. During vehicle operation at higher altitudes, where vacuum availability for wastegate actuation is limited, boost pressure may be provided by operating the electric supercharger more aggressively. The wastegate may be used for boost control once the vacuum reserve is replenished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baitao Xiao, John Erik Mikael Hellstrom, Hamid-Reza Ossareh, Mario Anthony Santillo
  • Patent number: 10026036
    Abstract: In a wireless communication device, an impedance matching circuit includes a first layered coil conductor one end of which is connected to a first I/O terminal, the first layered coil conductor includes loop conductors including a plurality of layers, and a second layered coil conductor one end of which is connected to the other end of the first layered coil conductor and the other end of which is respectively connected to a second I/O terminal, the second layered coil conductor includes loop conductors including a plurality of layers. On the surface of the wireless communication device, first and second terminal electrodes are connected via first and second in-plane conductors and first and second inter-layer conductors to any of the loop conductors of the first and second layered coil conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 10018080
    Abstract: Provided is a method for recycling energy in process of butadiene preparation, which includes, in the process of preparing butadiene using oxidative dehydrogenation reaction, steps of: a) supplying part or all of a light gas discharged from a solvent absorption tower to a turbine to produce electricity; b) passing the light gas passed through the turbine through one or more device units provided with a heat exchanger; and c) feeding the light gas passed through the device units provided with the heat exchanger into a reactor, according to which more economical butadiene preparation process is provided, by reducing net energy value required in process of butadiene preparation using oxidative dehydrogenation reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Mi Kyung Kim, Jeong Seok Lee, Jae Ik Lee, Dae Hyeon Kim, Jong Ku Lee
  • Patent number: 10018145
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an in-cylinder thermal energy recovery device that utilizes the Rankine Cycle to recover energy from exhaust gasses that may be used to produce additional work in the vehicle. In one example, a method may include outfitting the head area of each cylinder of an engine with a tube array comprising one or more tubes passing through the combustion chamber of the corresponding cylinder. Each tube array may receive an injection of working fluid that is based, in part, on the temperature of the tube array's corresponding cylinder, which may then be utilized to recover heat energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Quazi Ehtesham Hussain
  • Patent number: 10020566
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-band multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) antenna for a vehicle using a coupling stub, and an antenna system using the same. The multi-band MIMO antenna system includes a ground plate having a quadrangular planar shape, a first antenna mounted at one lateral edge of the ground plate while extending in a direction perpendicular to the ground plate, and a second antenna mounted at one longitudinal edge of the ground plate while extending in a direction perpendicular to the ground plate. In accordance with this configuration, the multi-band MIMO antenna system can support high isolation and wide high-frequency bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ji Soo Baek
  • Patent number: 10020567
    Abstract: An antenna includes a first antenna body formed as a hollow cylindrical shape having a first outer surface, a first inner surface and a first radiation surface formed in a circular shape, a second antenna body accommodating the first antenna body inside the second antenna body, the second antenna body formed as a hollow cylindrical shape with a second outer surface, a second inner surface and a second radiation surface formed in a ring shape, a plurality of first partitions, and a plurality of second partitions, wherein a plurality of first radiation apertures, formed by the plurality of first partitions for radiating a first radio wave, is formed on the first radiation surface, and a plurality of second radiation apertures, formed by the plurality of second partitions for radiating a second radio wave, is formed on the second radiation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Dongjin Kim
  • Patent number: 10020590
    Abstract: Bracket structures that structurally support and enhance the performance of millimeter-wave tapered-slot end-fire antennas for use in vehicular radar systems. The system includes a first longitudinal rib and a second longitudinal rib, each defining a first longitudinal slot and having a transmission end and a chip connection end. The system includes a crossbeam coupled to the first longitudinal rib and the second longitudinal rib. The system includes a first end-fire antenna having a transmission end that is received by the first longitudinal slot and a chip connection end. The first end-fire antenna is designed to transmit a first signal having a first phase. The system includes a second end-fire antenna having a transmission end that is received by the second longitudinal slot and a chip connection end. The second end-fire antenna is designed to transmit a second signal having a second phase that is different than the first phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Schmalenberg, Meijiao Li, Jae Seung Lee
  • Patent number: 10018114
    Abstract: A system for reducing pressure and extracting energy from natural gas pipelines or the cryogenics industry can include an electrolyzer that produces hydrogen, a heating device adapted to heat the natural gas in the pipeline, and a device adapted to extract energy from expansion of the natural gas. The extracted energy can be used to power the electrolyzer and/or heat the natural gas. The system can be used to extract energy from gas expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ITM POWER (RESEARCH) LIMITED
    Inventors: David Wardle, Kristian Hyde