Patents Examined by Jacques M. Saint-Surin
  • Patent number: 11513101
    Abstract: An elastic matrix determination method and a vibration analysis method for a laminated iron core, with which it is possible to optimally determine an elastic modulus of a laminated iron core. When a vibration analysis of a laminated iron core obtained by laminating steel sheets is performed by using a configuration expression indicating a relationship between stress and strain in a matrix display by using an elastic matrix, a shear modulus in two surfaces including a laminating direction of the laminated iron core included in the elastic matrix in the configuration expression is determined in consideration of slip between laminated steel sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Misao Namikawa, Gou Kijima
  • Patent number: 11506636
    Abstract: An ultrasonic measurement system includes abase apparatus, an ultrasonic transducer remote from the base apparatus, a temperature sensing system remote from the base apparatus, and an electrical cable. The base apparatus includes a power supply, a pulse transmitter/receiver; and a base apparatus controller operatively connected to the power supply and the pulse transmitter/receiver. The ultrasonic transducer includes a piezoelectric element. The temperature sensing system includes a temperature measurement instrument operatively connected to a temperature sensor. The electrical cable includes first and second electrical conductors with the first and second conductors electrically connecting the base apparatus, the ultrasonic transducer, and the temperature sensing system. A method of measuring a thickness of an object and a further measurement system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Mariusz Kloza, Alexander S. Chernyshov
  • Patent number: 11506634
    Abstract: An ultrasonic phased array transducer assembly having a single housing in which a plurality of phased array transducer subassemblies are mounted at a skewed angle relative to a leading face of the housing and to each other, with each transducer mounted on composite wedge(s) at different orientations within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Barrett, Kevin J. Foley
  • Patent number: 11506638
    Abstract: A contactless odometer system can include a sensor array. The sensor array can include a plurality of sensing elements adjacent to a target surface and configured to receive signals based on a distance separating the sensing element from the adjacent surface and a defect present below the adjacent surface of the target. The system can also include a controller configured to receive the signals from first and second locations within the target and to generate first and second defect maps corresponding to the first and second locations. The controller can identify overlapping portions of first and second defect maps and can determine a translation distance in at least one direction. Related methods of determining a distance traveled by a contactless odometer system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Giovanni Canni, Jeffrey Earle Sutherland
  • Patent number: 11499939
    Abstract: A gas concentration measurement device comprises: a transmission circuit and a transmission oscillator for transmitting first ultrasonic waves in a concentration measurement space and transmitting second ultrasonic waves, which continue temporally from the first ultrasonic waves in the concentration measurement space; a reception oscillator and a reception circuit for receiving the ultrasonic waves that have propagated through the concentration measurement space; and a propagation time measurement unit for determining, on the basis of the times at which the first ultrasonic waves and the second ultrasonic waves were transmitted and the times at which the first ultrasonic waves and the second ultrasonic waves were received, the time in which ultrasonic waves propagate through the concentration measurement space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: Ueda Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Nisshinbo Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichi Tsujiya, Yoshifumi Shinfuku, Yasuhiro Toriyama
  • Patent number: 11503392
    Abstract: In an ultrasonic sensor that is attached to a body component, a negative electrode line connected to a negative terminal is isolated from a shielding portion. The shielding portion is connected to a ground potential point without being connected to the negative electrode line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Yu Koyama
  • Patent number: 11486861
    Abstract: A device for examining the interior of a pipe using multi-element ultrasound technology, finding application in the detection of defects in the wall of a tubular pipe or the verification of the characteristics of the wall of a tubular pipe is disclosed. The device is designed to be placed inside a fluid transport pipe and to move under the action of the transported fluid, to detect defects in, or check characteristics of, the wall of the pipe. The device has a circumference and comprises a plurality of ultrasonic sensors distributed over its circumference and each formed by a plurality of transmitters and a plurality of reception antennas. The device also includes an electronic controller configured to control each sensor and to receive and record the information measured by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Societe des Transports Petroliers Par Pipeline Trapil
    Inventors: Marc Radisson, Stéphane Benichou
  • Patent number: 11480548
    Abstract: An acoustic inspection device and an associated method for inspecting a component are provided. The acoustic inspection device is portable and includes an acoustic transmitter and receiver that may be placed on opposite sides of an inspection region on the surface of the component. The acoustic transmitter has an array of acoustic transducers for generating an acoustic wave that travels along a surface of the component and the acoustic receiver has an array of acoustic transducers for receiving that acoustic wave. A controller determines at least one surface characteristic of the component from the measured acoustic wave, such as its crystalline structure or grain size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Eugene Klaassen, Mark Partika
  • Patent number: 11480549
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an estimation device includes a processor. The processor accepts information. The information is acquired by each of a plurality of ultrasonic sensors transmitting an ultrasonic wave in a second direction toward a weld portion and receiving a reflected wave. The ultrasonic sensors are arranged in a first direction. The second direction crosses the first direction. The processor estimates a range of the weld portion in the second direction based on an intensity distribution of the reflected wave in the second direction. The processor calculates a centroid position of an intensity distribution of the reflected wave in the first direction for each of a plurality of points in the second direction, and estimates a range of the weld portion in the first direction based on a plurality of the centroid positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Masahiro Saito, Yasunori Chiba, Akira Ushijima, Toshiyuki Ono, Atsushi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 11474080
    Abstract: An automatic ultrasonic imaging inspection method and system based on a six-axis manipulator. The method includes: controlling, by a motion control card, a six-axis manipulator to perform scanning and an external axis motor to move; when scanning, feeding back, by a probe, an echo signal; when the probe moves to another scanning line, sending, by a controller, a displacement information of the probe along a stepping direction to an ultrasonic imaging device; when the external axis motor works, feeding back, by an encoder, a displacement information of the probe along a scanning direction to the ultrasonic imaging device; allowing the external axis motor to work when the probe moves along a scanning line; and generating, by the ultrasonic imaging device, a two-dimensional scanning image according to the echo signal, and the displacement information of the probe along the stepping direction and the scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Zhihong Liu, Rui Wang, Haibiao Ji
  • Patent number: 11474077
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems and methods for touch, force and/or thermal sensing by an ultrasonic transceiver chip. In some aspects, an ultrasonic transceiver sensor device includes a semiconductor substrate; a CMOS layer attached to the substrate; an array of piezoelectric transducers coupled to the CMOS layer to generate ultrasonic pulses; and a contact layer attached to the substrate on a side opposite the substrate for providing a surface for contact with an object, where an ultrasonic pulse generated by a piezoelectric transducer propagates through the substrate and the contact layer, such that when the object is in contact with the surface of the contact layer, a reflected ultrasonic pulse is produced and propagates through the contact layer and the substrate to be received at the array of piezoelectric transducers, and the CMOS layer receive and process outputs from the piezoelectric transducers produced in response to the received reflected ultrasonic pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Amit Lal, Mamdouh Abdelmejeed, Justin Kuo
  • Patent number: 11473966
    Abstract: Provided is a balance with a windshield having a door to be smoothly opened and closed either manually or automatically. Provided is an electronic balance with a windshield including a balance main body including a weighing mechanism connected to a weighing pan, a windshield having doors capable of opening and closing by sliding, and configured to form a weighing chamber by covering the weighing pan, and actuators configured to open and close the doors, wherein the actuator includes a double-acting type air cylinder having two ports serving as air intake ports, an air pump-to be connected to the two ports, two valves respectively interposed between the air pump and the two ports and configured to make the ports communicate with and shut off from the atmosphere, and a control device configured to control the two valves-to make the two ports communicate with the atmosphere when the air pump is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: A&D COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Hisanori Oda
  • Patent number: 11474239
    Abstract: An ultrasonic wave sensor includes: a bezel configured by a tubular member having a hollow portion, and including a tubular portion and a flange, the flange having a larger radial dimension than the tubular portion, one surface of the flange on a side opposite to the tubular portion being a front surface, one surface of the flange on the tubular portion side being a back surface; a sensor body including an ultrasonic vibrator and integrated with the bezel while part of the sensor body is inserted into the hollow portion; and a vibration prevention member arranged on the back surface and configured by an elastic body to prevent vibration transmission. The vibration prevention member is an O-ring having an annular shape surrounding the bezel so as to surround a center axis of the bezel, and the back surface has a ring-shaped groove into which part of the O-ring is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Keisuke Ueda, Takeo Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 11467022
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electronic scale in disclosed in this disclosure, which is applied to measure and indicate a state of an external force, comprises the following steps. A weight sensor detects the external force, and a controller drives a prompting device to emit a first light with a first optical characteristic when the external force detected by the weight sensor reaches a first weight. The controller drives the prompting device to emit a second light with a second optical characteristic when the prompting device emits the first light for a predetermined period, wherein the prompting device continuously emits the second light until the external force reaches a second weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Kang Chen, Yu Tao Kao, Jiun Lin Wu, Chien Huang
  • Patent number: 11467129
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for conducting an ultrasonic-based inspection. The systems and methods perform operations comprising: receiving, by one or more processors, data indicative of a detected tag on a specimen, the tag associated with one or more ultrasonic-based inspections that were previously performed on the specimen; retrieving, by the one or more processors, based on the detected tag, configuration data for a non-destructive testing (NDT) instrument, the configuration data being associated with the one or more ultrasonic-based inspections that were previously performed on the specimen; generating, by the one or more processors, new configuration data for the NDT instrument to perform a new inspection of the specimen at least in part using the received configuration data; and performing the new inspection of the specimen based on spatially positioning the NDT instrument relative to a position of the tag on the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Olympus NDT Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Lepage, Jean Gauthier
  • Patent number: 11467134
    Abstract: A method for simulating an ultrasonic response of a metal part is carried out by an electronic simulating device. The method includes computing a first distribution of ultrasonic waves for the part without defect, in response to an ultrasonic excitation toward said part computing a second distribution of ultrasonic waves for a predefined zone (S3k) of the part, including a defect (20), in response to an ultrasonic excitation toward said zone (S3k), with the computation of elementary distributions, each corresponding to an ultrasonic response received by a receiver located at a border (F) of said zone; and determining a resultant distribution of ultrasonic waves for the part with defect, from the first and second computed distributions, the resultant distribution forming a simulation of an ultrasonic response received from the part including the defect (20), in response to an ultrasonic excitation toward said part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: FRAMATOME
    Inventors: Florian Lyonnet, Marie-Françoise Cugnet, Didier Cassereau
  • Patent number: 11460446
    Abstract: A method is provided of inspecting a nested multi-layer structure including a first and second electrically conductive layer and a third layer disposed behind the second conductive layer. The method includes deploying a sensor device including an electromagnetic acoustic transducer to a borehole location proximate to the structure, generating a drive signal including a plurality of frequencies, applying an electrical current signal to the sensor device based on the drive signal and inducing currents in the first conductive layer that induce currents generating acoustic signals having the plurality of frequencies, detecting a first set of resonant frequencies based on received electromagnetic signals, detecting a second set of resonant frequencies based on received acoustic signals, estimating a property of the first and/or the second conductive layer based on the first set of resonant frequencies, and estimating a property of the third layer based on the second set of resonant frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Sushant Dutta, Otto Fanini, Joseph Olaiya, Sandip Maity, Wei Han, Scott Ingram
  • Patent number: 11454613
    Abstract: An ultrasonic inspection system, method, and software. In one embodiment, the ultrasonic inspection system includes an ultrasonic probe that directs ultrasound waves into a structure from a front wall, and receives reflected waves to generate a response signal. The system further includes a processor that rectifies the response signal to generate a rectified signal, integrates a portion of the rectified signal within a detection time window to determine an energy sum, and generates output based on the energy sum. The detection time window is restricted to a front wall reflection and at least a portion of a near-surface dead zone following the front wall reflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sondra Hennessy Miller, David Michael Gayle, John William Adams, Mark Richard Brei, Kevin D. Gordon, Christopher Garnier
  • Patent number: 11448621
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe can detect flaws in an object in a non-destructive manner. The probe includes a row-column addressed (RCA) array with a plurality of row and column electrodes. The row and column electrodes are configurable to have at least four states: 1) a transmission state, 2) a reception state, 3) a ground state, and 4) a high impedance state. The probe also includes a control circuit to operate the RCA array in different transmission and reception configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Olympus NDT Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Jinchi Zhang, Frederic Landry, Benoit Lepage
  • Patent number: 11445914
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for taking measurements of a material, including determining material anisotropy, are provided. According to one aspect, a method for determining tissue anisotropy comprises: applying, to a tissue sample, a first force having a direction and having a coronal plane normal to the direction of the force, the first force having an oval or other profile with long and short axes within the coronal plane, the long axis being oriented in a first direction within the coronal plane, and measuring a first displacement of the tissue; applying, to the tissue sample, a second force, and measuring a second displacement of the tissue; and calculating a tissue elasticity anisotropy based on the measured first and second displacements. Furthermore, by applying the first and second forces multiple times, tissue viscosity, elasticity, or other anisotropy may be calculated from the multiple displacement measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Caterina M. Gallippi, Christopher Joseph Moore, Md Murad Hossain, Tomasz Joseph Czernuszewicz