Patents Examined by Hugh Jones
  • Patent number: 10025882
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a technique for recursively partitioning a 3D model of an object into two or more components such that each component fits within a predefined printing volume. The technique includes determining a set of planar cuts each of which partitions the 3D model into at least two components, evaluating one or more objective functions for each cut in the set of planar cuts, and selecting a cut from the set of planar cuts based on the evaluations of the objective functions. In addition, the technique includes, upon determining that a component resulting from the selected cut does not fit within the predefined printing volume, further partitioning that component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Baran, Linjie Luo, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 10025892
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for performing, providing, managing, executing, and/or running a spatially-optimized simulation are presented. In one or more embodiments, the spatially-optimized simulation may comprise a plurality of worker modules performing the simulation, a plurality of entities being simulated among the plurality of worker modules, a plurality of bridge modules facilitating communication between workers and an administrative layer including a plurality of chunk modules, at least one receptionist module, and at least one oracle module. The spatially-optimized simulation may be configured to provide a distributed, persistent, fault-tolerate and spatially-optimized simulation environment. In some embodiments, load balancing and fault tolerance may be performed using transfer scores and/or tensile energies determined among the candidates for transferring simulation entities among workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Improbable Worlds Ltd
    Inventors: Robert James Frederick Whitehead, Hanying Tang, Matthew John Reveley Lewis, Peter Richard Lipka
  • Patent number: 10018996
    Abstract: Roughly described, a manufacturing process is enhanced by using TCAD and TCAD-derived models. A TCAD simulation model of the process is developed, which predicts, in dependence upon a plurality of process input parameters, a value for a performance parameter of a product to be manufactured using the process. Estimated, predicted or desired values for a calculated subset of the parameters (including either process input parameters or product performance parameters or both), are determined in dependence upon the process model, and further in dependence upon actual, estimated or desired values for a different subset of the parameters (again either process input parameters or product performance parameters or both). The determination is preferably made using a process compact model of the process, itself developed in dependence upon the simulation model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Bomholt, Jim Chalmers, Wolfgang Fichtner
  • Patent number: 10013524
    Abstract: A method for designing a turbine of a gas turbine, in particular of an aircraft engine, which has a last stage having a rotating last rotor grid, having a plurality of rotating blades, and an adjacent, downstream, stationary exit guide grid, having a plurality of guide vanes; with the last stage being characterized by a vane-to-blade ratio characteristic quantity, which indicates the ratio of the number of guide vanes to the number of rotating blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Nicolas Thouault, Dominik Broszat
  • Patent number: 9996635
    Abstract: A design method of freeform imaging lens with a wide linear field-of-view (FOV) is provided. A initial freeform imaging lens is developed, and the initial freeform imaging lens includes a first lens surface and an entrance pupil spaced from each other, wherein the FOV of the system 2? (±?) is divided into 2k+1 sampling fields with equal interval ?? between each two adjacent sampling fields. Each two adjacent sampling fields are taken as one group. Two constraints are employed to calculate the plurality of data points of the first lens surface to obtain a front surface of the freeform imaging lens. The data points are calculated based on Snell's law, and a curve is obtained through the data points. A back surface is added to approximately keep the previous outgoing direction of rays from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Zhu, Tong Yang, Guo-Fan Jin, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 9984180
    Abstract: Described herein is an empirical model to estimate inflow performance relationship (IPR) of fishbone wells. A reservoir simulation model is formulated and initial values for a plurality of reservoir and fishbone well parameters are assigned. IPR curves are generated by simulating the formulated reservoir model for a predetermined number of iterations. Each simulation iteration has a unique value of bottom-hole flowing pressure. Sensitivity analysis is performed based on the generated IPR curves by sequentially changing the values of the plurality of fishbone well parameters. Further, regression analysis is performed based on the sensitivity analysis in order to determine an empirical model that estimates the IPR of the fishbone well. The empirical model is determined as a function of a number of multilateral branches of the fishbone well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Ahmed Abdulazeem Hamza, Sami Abdulaziz Alnuaim
  • Patent number: 9965656
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a method for multi-nozzle biopolymer deposition of heterogeneous materials to create or modify a composite biopolymer multi-part three-dimensional assembly having at least one biomimetic and at least one non-biomimetic feature. The method includes: (a) utilizing a CAD environment to design and/or modify a composite multi-part assembly, thereby producing a CAD design; (b) converting the CAD design into a three-dimensional heterogeneous material and multi-part assembly model in a format suitable for three-dimensional, multi-nozzle printing, wherein the design comprises at least one biomimetic feature and at least one non-biomimetic feature; and (c) printing the composite assembly by simultaneously depositing the heterogeneous materials using multiple, different, specialized nozzles, wherein the simultaneous depositing includes direct deposition of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Wei Sun, Jae Hyun Nam, Andrew Leete Darling, Saif Khalil
  • Patent number: 9953114
    Abstract: Designing a drillstring in for use in a wellbore, such as a deviated or horizontal wellbore, particularly with application to extended reach wellbores. Method comprises determining the downhole weight-on-bit transmitted by a drillstring by determining a baseline tension profile and baseline torque profile in a drill string rotating off-bottom, and then using such profiles in conjunction with a selected surface weight-on-bit slack-off value to calculate a drillstring tension profile and rotating torque profile with the bit on bottom and having weight applied thereto. The method includes buckling limit checks and rig operational limit checks to determine if sufficient torque and DWOB can be transmitted through the drillstring, and to determine whether the drill string remains operable even though portions thereof may be in a buckled condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Brian J. O'Donnell, Kaustubh S. Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 9934479
    Abstract: A workflow management system that integrates well planning workflows with technical applications, audits change events, provides personnel authorizations, tracks and manages change events, and integrates best practice documentation and data at any point along the workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Diego Fernando Sanchez, Jeffrey Miller
  • Patent number: 9928315
    Abstract: Improved finite-difference staggered grid wave propagation systems and methods. One illustrative computer-based wave field simulation method includes: applying at least one signal to a grid of model cells forming a model space, each model cell having stress values associated with stress nodes and velocity values associated with velocity nodes staggered from the stress nodes; and propagating the at least one signal as a wave into the model space by alternately updating the stress values and the velocity values to obtain a time-dependent wave field associated with the at least one signal. The stress value updating includes, for each model cell: determining spatial derivatives of the velocity values for the model cell; interpolating the spatial derivatives to multiple stress nodes within the model cell; and, for each stress node within the model cell, combining the spatial derivatives associated with that stress node to update at least one stress value associated with that stress node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: Thor Mikal Johnsen
  • Patent number: 9921338
    Abstract: A system, method and a computer program product for to determining energy production controls for a given subterranean hydrocarbon (oil) field production and more particularly to specifying controls for sustaining optimal field production (by means of a plateau-like profile over time).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: REPSOL, S. A., International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sonia Mariette Embid Droz, Ruben Rodriguez Torrado, Mohamed Ahmed Hegazy, David Echeverria Ciaurri, Ulisses T. Mello
  • Patent number: 9916422
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for planning the positioning of an implant relative to a body part, comprising the steps of: —identifying at least one reference feature of the body part and determining, in a first posture of the patient, a biunique positional and/or orientational relationship between the at least one reference feature and at least one adjustment parameter defined for the first posture, for positioning the implant; —identifying the at least one reference feature of the body part in a second posture of the patient; —deriving at least one corresponding adjustment parameter defined for the second posture from the position and/or orientation of the at least one reference feature in the second posture and the positional and/or orientational relationship between the at least one reference feature in the first posture and the at least one adjustment parameter defined for the first posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventor: Martin Haimerl
  • Patent number: 9910942
    Abstract: Methods and systems for specifying metal necking failure criteria in FEA are disclosed. FEA model contains many finite elements representing a structure, a loading condition and a metal necking failure criteria are received in a computer system. The loading condition includes a loading direction. The metal necking failure criteria includes critical strain and fracture strain values, the neck's width, and a profile of strain values between the critical strain value and the fracture strain value within the neck's width. At each solution cycle in the time-marching simulation of the structure, each finite element is check to determine whether it experiences a metal necking failure, which occurs when each finite element's strain obtained in that solution cycle is greater than an average strain value defined in a formula according to the critical strain and fracture strain values, the neck's width and the profile of the metal necking failure criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Livermore Software Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Xinhai Zhu, Zhidong Han
  • Patent number: 9886526
    Abstract: Errors caused by shrinkage during 3D printing may be minimized. A shape that most closely corresponds to the shape of a layer to be printed may be selected from a library of shapes. Each shape in the library may have shrinkage information associated with it that includes, for each of multiple points that define a perimeter of the library shape, a radial distance to the point from an origin of a coordinate system, an angle the radial distance makes with respect to an axis of the coordinate system, and information indicative of an anticipated amount by which the point will deviate from its specified location when the shape is printed due to shrinkage. Compensation for anticipated shrinkage may be calculated based on the shrinkage information that is associated with the selected shape from the library. The information indicative of the shape of the layer to be printed may be modified to minimize errors cause by shrinkage based on the calculated compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Qiang Huang
  • Patent number: 9863233
    Abstract: Selecting hydrocarbon wells for workover. At least some of the illustrative embodiment including: calculating a plurality of present-performance index values for a respectively plurality of wells, each present-performance index value based on a well's performance with respect to the plurality of wells, and each present-performance index value dimensionless; calculating a plurality of future-performance index values for the respective plurality of wells, each future-performance index value based on a well's expected future performance with respect to the plurality of wells, and each future-performance index value dimensionless; combining a present-performance index value and a future-performance index value for a first well to create a first combination index; combining a present-performance index value and a future-performance index value for a second well to create a second combination index; selecting the hydrocarbon well based on the first and second combination indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Cenk Temizel
  • Patent number: 9861835
    Abstract: A method for determining a dose of radiation input into an object irradiated with an energetic particle beam includes determining, during the application of the radiation, a dose input into at least one volume region of the object. The at least one volume region of the object lies outside a target volume region. The dose input into the at least one volume region is determined with a calculation that is based at least in part on a physical model of the energetic particle beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Christoph Bert, Robert Luechtenborg
  • Patent number: 9857820
    Abstract: A device connectable to a control device for simulating an effect of at least one electrical or electronic load being connected to at least one terminal of the control device includes: a processing unit configured to at least one of compute and make available a control variable corresponding to the effect of the at least one electrical or electronic load that is to be simulated, and a power supply device: The power supply device includes at least one auxiliary voltage source configured to form at least one of a current source and a current sink and configured to receive the control variable from the processing unit. The at least one auxiliary source is configured to draw a current from the control device or impress a current on the control device based on the received control variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Joerg Bracker, Marc Dolle
  • Patent number: 9852243
    Abstract: An in-ground geothermal heat pump (GHP) closed loop design program is disclosed for designing, analyzing, and simulating a detailed model and analysis of a building's in-ground geothermal heat pump system, including borehole length, number of boreholes, heat pump capacity, grid layout, total electric operating costs, efficiency ratios, and hybrid designs, among others. In one aspect of the disclosure described herein, the GHP design program can reliably and efficiently predict the fluctuations of the GHP equipment performance in very small increments which enable the determination of energy consumption and demand information on a specific and unique hourly schedule basis for the building design, including incorporating thermal load data for each individual zone of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Dennis J. Koop
  • Patent number: 9851469
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for generating well location plans and field development plans assessing and ranking the potential of the different plans with a small number of parameters or initial conditions, thus considerably reducing the decision time for taking a particular strategy when compared with the techniques described in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: REPSOL, S.A., International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sonia Mariette Embid Droz, Ruben Rodriguez Torrado, Mohamed Ahmed Hegazy, David Echeverria Ciaurri, Ulisses T. Mello
  • Patent number: 9824192
    Abstract: A computer simulation method for a macromolecular material and filler is disclosed, wherein a polymer model of a macromolecular chain of the macromolecular material and a filler model of the filler are defined; and a molecular dynamics calculation is performed using the filler model and the polymer models disposed in a space in order to compute the thickness of an interface layer between the filler and the macromolecular material. To compute the thickness, the space is partitioned into domains bounded by boundary surfaces; relaxation moduli of the domains are computed; and based on a variation of the relaxation moduli of the domains, the thickness of the interface layer is computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Shinichi Ueno