Patents Examined by Hugh Jones
  • Patent number: 9784885
    Abstract: Methods and systems to estimate physical dimensions of actual obstructions identified as being in a wellbore of an injection well are provided. Methods and systems include the determination of a well performance model with a simulated obstruction, using inflow performance and outflow performance relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mohammed Dhafer Al-Ajmi, Sami Abdulaziz Alnuaim
  • Patent number: 9787414
    Abstract: A radio channel generator has a radio channel model predistorted on the basis of a predetermined chamber model. An emulator receives the weights of the radio channel model predistorted on the basis of the chamber model. A transmitter feeds a communication signal to the emulator. The emulator weights the communication signal with the radio channel model predistorted on the basis of the chamber model. The over-the-air antennas receive the weighted communication signal and transmit it to a device under test. The chamber model is based on a simulation or a measurement. The chamber model takes into account undesired interactions in the over-the-air chamber for cancelling them during the radio channel emulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies Singapore (Holdings) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Pekka Kyösti, Tommi Laitinen
  • Patent number: 9767226
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method of designing an object based on a three-dimensional model representing a shape of the object is provided. The object may be fabricated from a plurality of materials having one or more known physical properties, wherein the object is designed to exhibit one or more target properties. The method may comprise determining a first composition of the object by providing the three-dimensional model as input to a reducer tree, determining one or more physical properties of the object with the first composition by simulating the object with the first composition, comparing the determined one or more physical properties with the one or more target properties, and determining a second composition of the object based on a result of comparing the determined one or more physical properties with the one or more target properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Desai Chen, Pitchaya Sitthi-Amorn, David I. W. Levin, Piotr Didyk, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 9765596
    Abstract: Methods for designing lost circulation materials for use in drilling wellbores penetrating subterranean formations may involve inputting a plurality of first inputs into a numerical method, the plurality of first inputs comprising a lost circulation material property input of a first LCM; calculating a plurality of first outputs from the numerical method; inputting a plurality of second inputs into the numerical method, the plurality of second inputs comprising the lost circulation material property input of a second lost circulation material; calculating a plurality of second outputs from the numerical method; comparing the first outputs to the second outputs; and developing a drilling fluid comprising a third lost circulation material based on the comparison of outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharath Savari, Dale E. Jamison, Robert J. Murphy, Siva Rama Krishna Jandhyala
  • Patent number: 9754057
    Abstract: A thin wall profile member (TPM) with a cross-sectional shape and dimensions constant along its length is pre-constructed for use as a load carrying, weight optimized structural element. The TPM includes at least one main strip and at least one additional strip each having longitudinal reinforcing ribs. The at least one additional strip has a width that does not exceed a width of the at least one main strip and has a thickness that equals or exceeds a thickness of the at least one main strip. The ratio of the width of the at least one additional strip to the width of the at least one main strip has a value greater than 0 and less than or equal to 1. The ratio of the thickness of the at least one additional strip to the thickness of the at least one main strip has a value that is greater than or equal to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Aleksandr I. Kamenomostskiy
  • Patent number: 9733576
    Abstract: A photoresist modelling system includes a mathematical model for a photolithography process. The mathematical model may be executable using a computer processor. The mathematical model may be used to model a photoresist as formed on a semiconductor wafer surface. A blocked polymer concentration gradient equation may be implemented into the mathematical model. The blocked polymer concentration gradient equation may describe an initial concentration gradient of a blocked polymer in the photoresist being modelled by the mathematical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Davis Smith, John Biafore
  • Patent number: 9719341
    Abstract: To control well drilling, information relating to a trajectory of a well is received, and fluid flow in the well is simulated according to the received information. Simulating the fluid production comprises simulating production flow assurance that seeks to reduce occurrence of mixtures of different types of fluids that reduce production of a target fluid. In response to results of the simulating, a further trajectory for further drilling of the well is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Lucian K. Johnston, Shahid Azizul Haq
  • Patent number: 9719028
    Abstract: A method for predicting selective performance of an adsorbent is disclosed. The adsorbent is selected from a list of metals and/or metal cations for use in removing contaminants as thiophene derivatives in hydrocarbon feed. The metals or metal cations are identified from a list having a positive value for Erel, wherein the metal or metal cation having the largest value for Erel is the most selective adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Alexis T. Bell, Manju Sharma, Berend Smit, Bi-Zeng Zhan, Alice Zunqing He
  • Patent number: 9659114
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a real time dynamic physics simulation device of flexible DC transmission system. The device includes simulated converter transformer, simulated AC field, simulated DC field, simulated converter reactor, simulated converter, and measurement and control cabinet chassis; the simulated AC field includes the vacuum switch I, the contactor I, resistors and the vacuum switch II connected orderly; the simulated DC field includes successively connected the vacuum switch contactor III and II; the simulated AC field is connected with said measurement and control cabinet chassis; Said converter transformer is set between said resistors and said vacuum switch II; Said simulated converter reactors and said simulated converter connected are set between the vacuum switch II and the vacuum switch III.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA, CHINA ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Zhiyuan He, Dong Liu, Yan Zhao, Yuefeng Yang, Renqiu Wang
  • Patent number: 9652564
    Abstract: Testing scale buildup in a well tool can include pressurizing separate cationic and anionic solutions, then heating the separate solutions, mixing together the solutions, and exposing the well tool to the mixed solutions. A well tool can be constructed by a) determining velocities of flow at a predetermined offset from surfaces of a geometric model representative of the well tool, b) calculating scale buildup on the surfaces based at least in part on the velocities, c) reducing pressure change per unit distance along selected ones of the surfaces having greater than a predetermined level of scale buildup, and d) repeating steps a-c until all scale buildup is no greater than the predetermined level. A method of predicting scale buildup can include inputting a parameter indicative of flow through a well tool to a mathematical model, which determines a rate of scale buildup on a surface of the well tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Syed Hamid, Christopher L. Edwards, Juanita M. Cassidy, Pete Dagenais
  • Patent number: 9652260
    Abstract: In a data storage system, a hierarchical data structure, such as a file system or a database, is utilized to organize a hierarchical arrangement of device containers corresponding to various device identifiers of the plurality of hardware components in the target hardware system, scripts corresponding to various packet types of communication packets in the target hardware system, and responses corresponding to various packet data in the communication packets in the target hardware system. In response to receipt by a hierarchical emulation engine of a communication packet during emulation of the target hardware system, the communication packet including a device identifier, packet type and packet data, a response to the communication packet is determined by traversing the hierarchical arrangement based on the device identifier, packet type and packet data of the communication packet. The determined response is then provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Razik S. Ahmed, Shawn P. Authement, Kevin A. Bosien, Adam C. Chunn, Justin C. Haggard, Jake E. Miller, Yves A. Santos
  • Patent number: 9646117
    Abstract: Activated workflow engine, system and method are configured for simulation modeling and an integrated suite of relevant applications. The workflow engine pre-configures workflows of the simulation modeling application. When an end user performs a transaction in the simulation model, the necessary and sufficient information is gathered automatically from the context of the transaction. From the gathered information, the activated workflow engine matches appropriate variables and assigns input values to suit the workflows which are applicable to the transaction. This facilitates the ability to invoke multiple workflows associated with this transaction and subsequently validates the “activated state” of these workflows. When the underlying simulation model or the main transaction is executed, the workflows are activated, the input variables get populated, and the independent workflows get invoked automatically (without requiring manual further input).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Aspen Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manolis Kotzabasakis, Ashok R. Subramanian, Vikas Dhole
  • Patent number: 9638830
    Abstract: A method for optimizing drilling operations. The method includes providing an earth model of a volume having a well, obtaining petrotechnical data about the volume while drilling the well, comparing the petrotechnical data with the earth model, updating the earth model with the petrotechnical data based on the comparison, and modifying a drilling plan of the well using the updated earth model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: WESTERNGECO L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joerg H. Meyer, Annabelle Kania, Mark Egan, Andrew Hawthorn
  • Patent number: 9640170
    Abstract: Disclosed an acoustically transparent material including an acoustic wave steering material, and methods for fabrication and use thereof. The materials are specially designed structures of homogenous isotropic metals. These structures are constructed to propagate waves according to Pentamode elastic theory. The metamaterial structures are two-dimensional, intended to propagate acoustic waves in the plane in a manner which closely emulates the propagation of waves in water. The acoustically transparent materials described herein have particular utility as acoustic wave steering materials and acoustic cloaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: THORNTON TOMASETTI, INC., RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Jeffrey Cipolla, Nachiket Gokhale, Andrew Norris, Adam Nagy
  • Patent number: 9628095
    Abstract: Methods for designing and developing models for simulating the behavior of clock signals and in particular those generated by phase-locked loop (PLL) circuits are provided. The clock period of a phase-locked loop circuit's variable frequency oscillator signal may be modeled by combining the inverse of the oscillator frequency rounded up to the simulation time scale with the inverse rounded down to the simulation time scale. The variable frequency oscillator signal may further be synchronized with a reference clock signal at a rate determined by the relationship between the reference clock signal and the variable frequency oscillator signal. A parameter may indicate a target range for the deviation between the two signals and a runtime monitor may be used together with the parameter setting to decide whether synchronization is required and make the appropriate adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Nikolaos Liveris, Kevin W. Mai, Jakob Jones, Yury Markovskiy, Jeffrey Fox
  • Patent number: 9619772
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to, among other things, determining whether some or all portions of an application stack implemented on a distributed system are vulnerable to availability issues. In some examples, a web service may utilize or otherwise control a client instance to control, access, or otherwise manage resources of a distributed system. Based at least in part on comparing one or more customer graphs with one or more model, curated, or best practice graphs of a distributed system, availability risks and/or deployment recommendations may be provided. Additionally, in some examples, one or more remediation and/or migration operations may be performed automatically or provided as recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eden G. Adogla, Manish Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9606964
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, and computer program products of a visual modeler of mathematical optimization. Aspects include: analyzing requirements of a visual model of mathematical optimization, designing the visual model of mathematical optimization in graphical form using a visual interface, visualizing the visual model of mathematical optimization model, generating computer code for the solution of the optimization model, and providing output of the visual model of the mathematical optimization from the relevant solver. Designing may include: collecting required data in graphical form using the visual interface and from databases connected to the visual interface, designing objects manually using simple mathematical notation by an expert user, using descriptions in words for later implementation by an inexperienced user, and selecting from a list of standard object types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hamideh Anjomshoa, Olivia J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9594855
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for determining the placement of one or more lightning rods in one or more circles of non-interference in a solar field, where the placement is based on a determined location of one or more ungrounded triangular heliostat structures and one or more circles of interference, where the one or more circles of interference are areas within a range of motion of one or more heliostats disposed on corners of the one or more triangular heliostat structures in the solar field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Parsa Dormiani, Carl Chin, Herach Ayvazian
  • Patent number: 9582764
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time risk prediction during drilling operations using real-time data from an uncompleted well, a trained coarse layer model and a trained fine layer model for each respective layer of the trained coarse layer model. In addition to using the systems and methods for real-time risk prediction, the systems and methods may also be used to monitor other uncompleted wells and to perform a statistical analysis of the duration of each risk level for the monitored well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Serkan Dursun, Tayfun Tuna, Kaan Duman
  • Patent number: 9582617
    Abstract: A simulation device and simulation program are provided that can be suitably applied to a manufacturing process including a plurality of processing steps. The simulation device is provided for simulating the manufacturing process including a first processing step using a first mask, and a second processing step using a second mask. The simulation device includes first obtaining means for obtaining a first intensity distribution generated over a substrate of interest for processing by the first mask, second obtaining means for obtaining a second intensity distribution generated over the substrate by the second mask, and revising means for revising an intensity of a region in the first intensity distribution to be processed by the second mask, to a value regarded as a region not to be processed, based on the second intensity distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Hironobu Taoka