Patents Examined by Lisa M. Caputo
  • Patent number: 10690581
    Abstract: An infrared (IR) thermography system for inspecting porosity of a test part of a given thickness is provided. The IR thermography system may include a thermal detector configured to detect IR signals emitted from the test part, and a controller in electrical communication with at least the thermal detector. The controller may be configured to at least determine thermal test data associated with the test part based on the IR signals, generate thermal model data based on the thickness of the test part, and determine porosity of the test part based on a comparison between the thermal test data and the thermal model data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Thompson, Gary E. Georgeson, Tyler M. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10690606
    Abstract: In order to provide a hydrogen sensor for measuring a hydrogen concentration with high sensitivity and excellent mass-productivity, the hydrogen sensor includes: at least a first quartz vibrator and a second quartz vibrator formed in a quartz plate; a hydrogen reaction catalytic layer including a platinum film of platinum black formed on both sides of the first quartz vibrator; and a hydrogen non-reactive layer formed in the second quartz vibrator, wherein a hydrogen concentration is measured by measuring a temperature of the first quartz vibrator increasing by heat of combustion caused by oxidization of hydrogen by the hydrogen reaction catalytic layer as a change of a natural frequency of the first quartz vibrator with respect to a natural frequency of the second quartz vibrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KOA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshitsugu Ueda, Hiroshi Oigawa
  • Patent number: 10690100
    Abstract: A device (1) for measuring the injection rate dm(t)/dt of an injection valve (2) for a fluid (4a), wherein m(t) is the injection quantity of the fluid (4a) as a function of the time (t), having a measurement volume (3) which is closed off on all sides and which is filled with a test fluid (4), having an opening (5a) in one wall (5) of the measurement volume (3) for the purposes of receiving the injection valve (2) such that the injection valve (2), in the installed position, projects with at least one injection opening (2a) into the measurement volume (3), and having a pressure sensor (6) which is arranged in the measurement volume (3), wherein correction means (8, 8a, 9a, 9b, 9c) are provided for determining the propagation time of a pressure wave (12), which originates from the injection opening (2a) and which propagates through the test fluid (4), to the pressure sensor (6) and for correcting the measured injection rate dm(t)/dt, taking said propagation time into consideration, to give a rectified injectio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Clemens Majer, Iris Hartung, Thomas Fischer, Wolfgang Sander
  • Patent number: 10690551
    Abstract: The subject of the present invention relates to a device that can be applied to the surface of a ceramic matrix composites (CMC) in such a way that the CMC itself will contribute to the extraordinarily large thermoelectric power. The present invention obtains greater resolution of temperature measurements, which can be obtained at exceedingly high temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: RHODE ISLAND COUNCIL ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
    Inventors: Otto Gregory, John Rhoat, Kevin Rivera, Tommy Muth
  • Patent number: 10690549
    Abstract: A mounting structure of a temperature sensor is adapted to mount a temperature sensor adapted to measure a temperature of a coil to a stator constituted by arranging a plurality of sets of a stator core, the coil wound around the stator core, and an insulator ensuring insulation between the stator core and the coil. The mounting structure of a temperature sensor comprises a holder fixing portion fixed to the insulator, and a sensor holding portion formed integrally with the holder fixing portion and holding the temperature sensor on a coil end portion of the coil. In the sensor holding portion, a storage groove adapted to store the temperature sensor is formed, and at a groove bottom of the storage groove, a sensor pressing portion adapted to press the temperature sensor to the coil end portion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: JATCO LTD, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Koyama, Masaomi Morishita, Yasushi Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10684260
    Abstract: Ultrasonic transmitting elements in an electroacoustical transceiver transmit acoustic energy to an electroacoustical transponder, which includes ultrasonic receiving elements to convert the acoustic energy into electrical power for the purposes of powering one or more sensors that are electrically coupled to the electroacoustical transponder. The electroacoustical transponder transmits data collected by the sensor(s) back to the electroacoustical transceiver wirelessly, such as through impedance modulation or electromagnetic waves. A feedback control loop can be used to adjust system parameters so that the electroacoustical transponder operates at an impedance minimum. An implementation of the system can be used to collect data in a vehicle, such as the tire air pressure. Another implementation of the system can be used to collect data in remote locations, such as in pipes, enclosures, in wells, or in bodies of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: UltraPower Inc.
    Inventors: Inder Raj S. Makin, Harry Jabs, Leon J. Radziemski
  • Patent number: 10684262
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prediction of state of charge (SOH), state of health (SOC) and other characteristics of batteries using acoustic signals, includes determining acoustic data at two or more states of charge and determining a reduced acoustic data set representative of the acoustic data at the two or more states of charge. The reduced acoustic data set includes time of flight (TOF) shift, total signal amplitude, or other data points related to the states of charge. Machine learning models use at least the reduced acoustic dataset in conjunction with non-acoustic data such as voltage and temperature for predicting the characteristics of any other independent battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Daniel Artemis Steingart, Shoham Bhadra, Andrew Gaheem Hsieh, Benjamin Hertzberg, Peter James Gjeltema, Clarence Worth Rowley, III, Alexandre S. R. Goy, Jason Wolf Fleischer
  • Patent number: 10683789
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining a current temperature of a heating element with a PTC thermistor property (PTC) with which a urea-water solution for cleaning the exhaust gas in an internal combustion engine of nitrogen oxides can be heated. According to the invention there is provision that a correction factor is formed from the quotient of a minimum resistance of the heating element and of a minimum resistance of a reference heating element, in that a resistance which is determined at a current temperature of the heating element is multiplied by the correction factor, and in that the current temperature of the heating element is determined from the corrected resistance value and a temperature dependence of the resistance of the reference heating element. The method according to the invention permits more precise determination and regulation of the temperature of the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Petr Zeman, Florian Moldenhauer, Horst Kleinknecht, Marc Chaineux, Mathias Schwarz, Till Broestl
  • Patent number: 10677669
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an optical sensor device, comprising: an optical fiber; a transducer; and an intrinsic fiber optic sensor embedded in the optical fiber; wherein the transducer is arranged as to receive an input action and converting such input action into a proportional strain on the intrinsic fiber optic sensor being at least the transducer and the intrinsic fiber optic sensor enclosed by a housing being the housing filled either with a thermally-responsive substance or a pressure-responsive substance being such device characterized in that the substance is a substance whose viscosity is reduced by at least 70% upon the change from ambient conditions to working conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Devrez Mehmet Karabacak
  • Patent number: 10677663
    Abstract: A temperature monitoring system includes an enclosure, an external temperature sensor, and an internal temperature sensor. The enclosure may be explosion-proof, and may include a controller and an internal display disposed within the enclosure. The external temperature sensor may be configured to detect an outside temperature, and the internal temperature sensor may be configured to detect a temperature inside the enclosure. Upon the external temperature sensor and/or the internal temperature sensor detecting a temperature that meets or exceeds a set or specified value or limit, the system may be configured to implement an action or order. In an embodiment of the system, the system may be configured to stop fueling in the event that the external temperature sensor and/or the interior temperature sensor detect a temperature that meets or exceeds a certain temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Ashok K. Vishwakarma, Abhijit A. Bodkhe, Parag More
  • Patent number: 10679908
    Abstract: Cleave systems for separating bonded wafer structures, mountable cleave monitoring systems and methods for separating bonded wafer structures are disclosed. In some embodiments, the sound emitted from a bonded wafer structure is sensed during cleaving and a metric related to an attribute of the cleave is generated. The generated metric may be used for quality control and/or to adjust a cleave control parameter to improve the quality of the cleave of subsequently cleaved bonded wafer structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBALWAFERS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Justin Scott Kayser, John Francis Valley, James Dean Eoff
  • Patent number: 10677903
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for reducing a transient glitch in ultrasound applications are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a transducer to (A) output a signal during a transmit phase and (B) receive a reflected signal corresponding to the signal during a receive phase; a receiver switch coupled to the transducer at a first node, the receiver switch to (A) open during the transmit phase and (B) close during the receive phase; and a clamp coupled to the transducer at the first node, the clamp to provide a high impedance during the transmit phase and the receive phase and provide a low impedance during a transient phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ravikumar Pattipaka, Raja Sekhar Kanakamedala, Aravind Miriyala, Vajeed Nimran P A, Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal
  • Patent number: 10677664
    Abstract: A single-temperature-point temperature-sensitivity sensor assumes that all sensitivity lines converge at absolute zero temperature, so during calibration measurement is needed at only one temperature. A sensor output voltage is generated by current from a mirrored current source flowing through a variable resistor. During calibration, the resistance of the variable resistor and the mirror ratio of the mirrored current source are adjusted. An error amplifier compares voltages generated by unit currents generated by unit current sources to adjust the unit current sources and the mirrored current source. Each unit current flows through a grounded-base PNP transistor. A switchable PNP transistor is in parallel with one of the grounded-base PNP transistors and has its base switched on and off to adjust the PNP current for two measurements. The difference between the two measurements is compared to a calibration target to adjust the variable resistor and mirror ratio during calibration at a single temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited
    Inventors: Chun Fai Wong, Tai Yin Wong, Guangjie Cai
  • Patent number: 10670471
    Abstract: An electronic system may include a controller that measures a plurality of temperatures of the electronic system. Each of the plurality of temperatures may be indicated by one of a plurality of temperature voltages, each of which is generated across the same voltage-generation circuit. The controller and the voltage-generation circuit may be located on a component of the system, such as an integrated circuit, and external temperature sensors may provide their respective temperature signals to an input circuit located on the component. The controller may switch between activating and deactivating a temperature sensor located on the component and the input circuit to generate the plurality of temperature voltages across the voltage-generation circuit at different time intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Prasad Naidu
  • Patent number: 10670475
    Abstract: A method for determining change in temperature of an electromagnetically radiating device between un-energized and energized states without contacting the device is disclosed. The method includes establishing a reference image form the device by illuminating the device with an optical signal having a first optical characteristic and capturing the reference image from the device in an un-energized state, establishing an on image form the device by illuminating the device in an energized state, and establishing a modified on image form the device by illuminating the device in the energized state with a modified optical signal having a third illuminating optical characteristic, and comparing the reference image, the on image, and the modified on image to establish changes in reflection as a result of changes in temperature of the device during energization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSANJ, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Kendig, Ali Shakouri, Hamid Piroozi, James Christofferson
  • Patent number: 10673101
    Abstract: A monitoring device for a battery pack, which includes a plurality of battery cells, has at least one ultrasound source and at least one ultrasound sensor. The ultrasound source can be configured to generate and direct ultrasound at one or more battery cells of the battery pack. The ultrasound sensor can be configured to detect ultrasound reflected from or transmitted through one or more cells of the battery pack. A battery management unit receives one or more signals from the ultrasound sensor responsive to the detected ultrasound. The battery management unit can be configured to determine a state of the battery pack based at least in part on the detected ultrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: University of Maryland, College Park
    Inventors: Bhanu Sood, Michael G. Pecht, Michael D. Osterman
  • Patent number: 10670484
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base assembly, a gasket and a housing assembly. The base assembly may have a locking feature and a bearing feature. The locking feature may have a first passage in communication with an exterior of the apparatus. The gasket may be mounted on the base assembly and may have (i) a compression region, (ii) a central region and (iii) a second passage in communication with the first passage. The housing assembly may have a sealing feature and may be configured to hold a sensor. The sealing feature (a) may mate with the bearing feature and (b) may compress the gasket in the compression region. The sensor (a) may seal to the central region of the gasket and (b) may be in communication with the exterior of the apparatus through the first passage and the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Pusheck
  • Patent number: 10670546
    Abstract: A process fluid temperature calculation system includes a first temperature sensor disposed to measure an external temperature of a process fluid conduit. The process fluid temperature calculation system has a stem portion having a known thermal impedance. A second temperature sensor is spaced from the first temperature sensor by the stem portion. Measurement circuitry is coupled to the first and second temperature sensors. A microprocessor is coupled to the measurement circuitry to receive temperature information from the measurement circuitry and to provide an estimate of temperature of process fluid within the process fluid conduit using a heat flux calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Jason H. Rud, Yury Nickolayevich Kuznetsov, Sait Saitovich Garipov, Aleksey Aleksandrovich Krivonogov, Sergey Andreyevich Fomchenko, Vladimir Victorovich Repyevsky
  • Patent number: 10672964
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to the design of a temperature sensor, which is integrated into a semiconductor chip. This temperature sensor comprises an electro-thermal filter (ETF) integrated onto the semiconductor chip, wherein the ETF comprises: a heater; a thermopile, and a heat-transmission medium that couples the heater to the thermopile, wherein the heat-transmission medium comprises a polysilicon layer sandwiched between silicon dioxide layers. It also comprises a measurement circuit that measures a transfer function through the ETF to determine a temperature reading for the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Saman Saeedi, Frankie Y. Liu, Yue Zhang, Suwen Yang
  • Patent number: 10674297
    Abstract: A vibration monitoring and analysis system may include a transducer configured to convert sensed vibration into an alternating current. A processing module may analyze the alternating current and produce an output configured to convey information regarding characteristics of the alternating current. One or more analysis modules may be utilized to compare a waveform of the sensed vibration to known patterns, for example to identify known events and/or conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Samuel Lee Smith, Jared R. Pothier, Cary Dean Munger