Patents Examined by John Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 11905807
    Abstract: A method includes determining a free water level in the reservoir, analyzing a free water pressure trend of the free water phase, determining a presence of anomalous pressures and salinities within the free water phase, determining whether gas down to models and water up to models fit the reservoir, determining a bi-modal pore throat distribution of the plurality of pores within the reservoir, and generating a difference map to model the water distribution in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Ahmed Moustafa Abdel Wahab M. Kassem, Nawaf Abdulrahman A Alghamdi, Badr Saeed Badghaish
  • Patent number: 11906386
    Abstract: A wheel balancing tool includes a body member, an attachment member and an alignment member. The body member includes a notch configured to be aligned with a balancing mark on a rim of a vehicle wheel. The attachment member is connected to the body member. The attachment member includes at least one hook configured to attach the tool to the wheel rim. The alignment member extends outwardly from the body portion and is configured to indicate an attachment position on the wheel for a balancing weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Nissan North America Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Miller, Eric Cohen
  • Patent number: 11906499
    Abstract: A system for analyzing a volatile component in extraterrestrial soil through penetration heating induction includes the following: a penetration heater, provided therein with a volatile component measurement and analysis module configured to analyze a volatile component in a detected medium; a gas capture hole, provided on a side wall of the penetration heater and used to divert the volatile component in the detected medium to the volatile component measurement and analysis module; a temperature acquisition module, disposed on the penetration heater and configured to acquire a temperature of the detected medium; and a heating module, disposed on the penetration heater and configured to acquire the temperature of the detected medium. The system has a compact structure, a simple function, and low engineering costs, and can directly detect and analyze a volatile component in deep extraterrestrial soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SICHUAN INSTITUTE OF SPACE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
    Inventors: Xinjian Wang, Yubin Yang, Yi Zuo, Cheng Qian, Yuehai Chen, Lisheng Deng, Xiandong Nie, Yunyun Guo, Jin Liu, Yu Luo, Hansheng Zheng
  • Patent number: 11906479
    Abstract: A portable, case-enclosed pressure test manifold, configured to support both pneumatic and hydrostatic pressure testing, and comprising a downstream fluid path (e.g., a system test gauge, a ball valve, a system test port, a system relief valve, and other components/piping) and an upstream fluid path (e.g., a low-pressure gauge, a high-pressure gauge, and other components/piping). A regulator and/or the ball valve selectively operate the downstream fluid path, defining a hydrostatic pressure testing path, to receive a liquid; and the upstream fluid path in combination with the downstream fluid path, defining a pneumatic pressure testing path, to receive a gas. Manifold components are pressure rated based on use and are ASME Code B31.3 compliant. A flexible hose connects with either of the pneumatic pressure testing path and the hydrostatic pressure testing path of the manifold. The case includes parking receptables and a carrying handle configured to stow the hose during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Fermi Research Alliance, LLC
    Inventor: Roger A. Milholland
  • Patent number: 11906489
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to chemical analysis systems, including autosampler systems. In some embodiments, an autosampler system can analyze gas phase samples using a single inlet for better consistency. The autosampler system can move the sample container closer to the sample introduction/preconcentration system prior to accessing the contents of the container to reduce exposure of the sample to reactive surfaces. The autosampler system is able to couple the sample containers to a sampling wand automatically, thereby eliminating the need to pre-attach each container using a gas transfer line. The autosampler system can be disposed on top of a chemical analysis system (e.g., a GC or GCMS), thereby conserving laboratory bench space. In some embodiments, the modules (e.g., sample trays, thermal conditioning systems, support legs) of the autosampler system can be coupled to the autosampler system using clamps that include magnetic codes associated with autocalibration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Entech Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel B. Cardin
  • Patent number: 11898876
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a device for determining orientation of an object. The device comprises a hollow spherical member. A plurality of sensors are positioned within a cavity defined by an inner surface and an outer surface of the hollow spherical member. Further, the device comprises a light source fixed within the hollow spherical member, and a solid sphere provided within the hollow spherical member. The solid spherical member is configured to displace within the hollow spherical member, pointing towards gravity and occupies lowermost position of the hollow spherical member, and thus blocks impingement of light on to corresponding one or more sensors at the lowermost position of the hollow spherical member. The blocked one or more sensors activate or deactivate, and generate a signal, which is received by a computing unit, to determine orientation of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Tilak Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 11899035
    Abstract: A method for determining the density of particles includes passing a carrier fluid and particles through a fractionation cell at a predetermined rate, where the carrier fluid has a predetermined density, the fractionation cell has a housing including a first axial end and a second axial end and the fractionation cell defines an interior carrier fluid flow-through channel, and an upper fluid outlet and a lower fluid outlet positioned below the upper fluid outlet, passing the carrier fluid and the particles through the upper fluid outlet and the lower fluid outlet, measuring a first concentration of particles passing through the upper fluid outlet, measuring a second concentration of particles passing through the lower fluid outlet, and determining a density of the particles based at least in part on the first concentration and the second concentration of particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Reghu, Jui Ming Lin, James Russell, Jeremy Hammond
  • Patent number: 11899034
    Abstract: Described is a device for measuring fluid density. The device is a flow meter including a housing with one side configured to mount to a flow conduit and define an outlet flow orifice near one end of the housing. The other side defines an inlet flow orifice near another end of the housing. The housing permits fluid to be introduced into the inlet flow orifice, flow through a flow cavity, and pass from the outlet flow orifice. The flow meter also includes a sensor head near the outlet flow orifice. The sensor head vibrates at a frequency upon introduction of electrical power while in contact with a fluid, detects the vibration frequency of the sensor head, and transmits the detected vibration frequency, which is associated with a density of the fluid. A system and method for determining a fluid density of a fluid using the described device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Jana M. Al-Jindan, Mohamed Nabil Noui-Mehidi
  • Patent number: 11899476
    Abstract: A gas flow measuring method is provided. A first pressure of a gas in a first and a second flow path is measured. A gas is supplied to the first and the second flow paths by repeating gas supply and stop of the gas supply, and a gas supply time is measured. A second pressure and a temperature of the gas in the first and the second flow path is measured, a third pressure of the gas in the second flow path is measured after the gas is exhausted from the second flow path, and a fourth pressure of the gas in the first and the second flow path is measured. The gas flow supplied to the first and the second flow path is calculated based on the first to fourth pressures and the temperature, and corrected based on a theoretical gas supply time and a calculated average time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Risako Matsuda, Shinichiro Hayasaka, Manabu Oie, Keita Shouji
  • Patent number: 11899036
    Abstract: Methods for determining properties of a media on an exterior of a casing in downhole systems are described. The methods include conveying a logging tool through a casing in a downhole formation, stimulating shear waves and flexural waves in the casing, obtaining a shear attenuation rate measurement and a flexural attenuation rate measurement within the casing responsive to the media on the exterior of the casing, comparing the measured shear attenuation rate and the measured flexural attenuation rate against a plurality of respective division boundary values, and determining one or more properties of the media on the exterior of the casing based on the comparison of the measured shear attenuation rate and the measured flexural attenuation rate against the plurality of respective interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Sebastien Kamgang, John F. Priest, Douglas Patterson, Joseph Olaiya, Baoyan Li, Muhammad Abrar Manzar
  • Patent number: 11898877
    Abstract: A level device may include a housing, a vial, a retention well and a multidirectional vial protection assembly. The housing may have a top face, a bottom face, a front face, a rear face, a first end and a second end. The vial may include a generally cylindrical tube with a bulge formed at a middle portion thereof. The vial may contain a liquid therein and an air bubble formed in the liquid such that the air bubble sits in the bulge when the vial is oriented such that one of the bottom face, front face, rear face, first end or second end is level or plumb. The retention well may be formed in the top face and extend through portions of the front and the rear faces toward the bottom face. The vial may be retained at opposing axial ends thereof in the retention well and may include an axis that extends substantially perpendicular to respective planes of the first end and the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Apex Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Baxter, Sujith Sunny, Bryan Washburn
  • Patent number: 11892439
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a gas detector test fixture (102) that recycles test gas, which can then be reused. A portable gas detector test fixture (102), comprises a test chamber (104), a processor (134), a docking connector (132) communicatively coupled to the processor (134), an output device (138) communicatively coupled to the processor (134), a memory (136) communicatively coupled to the processor (134), and an application (137) stored in the memory (136) that, when executed by the processor (134), is configured to conduct a bump test on a portable gas detector (106) plugged into the docking connector (132) and to output the bump test result to the output device (138).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Shane Lee McEwen, Jacob Thomas Spector, Andrew Nilsson, Chris Press
  • Patent number: 11893908
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular advertising system. One object of the current invention may be to provide a modular advertising system that may be secured to a pole or other external surface and elevated by a user to a desired height without the need of a ladder or lift. Another object of the current invention may also be to provide a quick-release assembly that may be used to quickly couple and de-couple the assembly from a pole or other external surface/structure. Another object of the current invention may be to provide a modular assembly that can be adaptable to a number of surfaces, such as a pole surface, ground surface or horizontal surface. An additional object of the current invention may be to provide a modular advertising display having interchangeable modular structures that may be configured to vary the position and number of advertising displays presented to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: BALLOON INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wicken, Gregg A. Wicken
  • Patent number: 11892373
    Abstract: A pipeline inspection device, including a rotatable drum housing a cable, where the cable is extendable into a pipe, a camera positioned on an end of the cable, and a hub housing electrical components of the pipeline inspection device and including a battery housing. A stand includes a mounting assembly having a first portion rotatably supporting the drum and a second portion supporting the hub within an interior of the drum, the second portion including a core, where the hub is removably coupled to the mounting assembly via the core. The hub is removably coupled to the mounting assembly by a first engagement member on the hub and a second engagement member on the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel J. Krohlow, Christopher J. Turner
  • Patent number: 11891096
    Abstract: A portable, single-fixation, magnetic derailment mitigation device may be fixed on a rail track for measuring the deflection of the rail track. The magnetically fixing device is used for measuring vertical track deflection (sleeper voids), horizontal track deflection, ambient and rail temperature, rail angle, vibration, displacement, and location. The derailment mitigation device sends digital notifications and/or alarms during the live train and/or freight operations to help prevent derailments, rail buckles, breaks, and pull apart. The measured data and/or all events obtained from the derailment mitigation device is stored in the data storage such as cloud storage and viewed from any smart devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: PB Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Bartek, Michael S. Davis
  • Patent number: 11885785
    Abstract: A health monitoring device having gas detection function is disclosed. The health monitoring device includes a main body. The main body has at least one inlet and at least one outlet, and includes a gas detection module. The gas detection module includes a piezoelectric actuator and at least one sensor. Gas is inhaled into the main body through the inlet by the piezoelectric actuator, is discharged out through the outlet, and is transported to the at least one sensor to be detected so as to obtain gas information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Microjet Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Yung-Lung Han, Chi-Feng Huang, Tsung-I Lin, Chang-Yen Tsai, Wei-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 11885186
    Abstract: A drilling fluid inhibition evaluation device includes a main test member, a temperature control pressurization system, a gas source, a circulation heating system, a confining pressure pump, a central control system, a computer, an ultrasonic detector and a safety valve electrically connected through pipelines, respectively, the main test member and the temperature control pressurization system sequentially connected with the gas source; the present disclosure can pre-pressurize experimental fluid and then inject the fluid into a dilatometer, so as to prevent the fluid from generating obvious changes of phase states, eliminate pressure setting errors caused by a saturated vapor pressure of the fluid, improve accuracy of evaluation results, inspect a real expansion state of the sample and simultaneously monitor structural change characteristics of a rock sample in real time through reflection conditions of sound waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: Southwest Petroleum University, CHENGDU KANGPUSHEN PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Xiangchen Li, Yousheng Chen, Fan Zhang
  • Patent number: 11884530
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating the status of a consumable having a tubular housing with a channel, wherein the channel includes a proximal section and a distal section separated by an internal flange, a power module assembly including a coaster coupled on the proximal section of the tubular housing, a top cover, and a bottom cover coupled to the distal section of the tubular housing, a sensor coupled to the coaster for determining a level of beverage in a beverage container, and electronic circuitry for controlling a status indicator, wherein the sensor is in electrical communication with the electronic circuitry, wherein the status indicator is operably coupled to the sensor; and wherein the status indicator is covered by a lampshade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Bryan Honkawa, Clarence Chia
  • Patent number: 11879875
    Abstract: A liquid chromatography sample manager includes a sampling mechanism; a sample platter mounted in the sampling mechanism, the sample platter configured to rotate about a first vertical axis; a needle arm mounted within the sampling mechanism, the needle arm configured to rotate about a second vertical axis; and a sample delivery system in fluidic communication with solvent delivery system, the sample delivery system including a sample needle attached to the needle arm, the sample delivery system configured to transfer a first sample from a first sample vial carrier located in the sample platter into a chromatographic flow stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua A. Burnett, Rose Solow, David A. Simpson, Marc E. Lemelin
  • Patent number: 11879323
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for isolation detection. In one implementation, a radial acoustic log is obtained. The radial acoustic log is captured using a radial sensor of an acoustic logging tool deployed within a first structure. The first structure disposed within a second structure in a subterranean environment. A radial symmetry is determined using the radial acoustic log. An eccentricity of the first structure relative to the second structure is determined based on the radial symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignees: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, PIPELINES 2 DATA (P2D) LIMITED
    Inventors: Geoff Steel, Mark Walsh, Stephen John Mayo