Patents Examined by Mark I Crohn
  • Patent number: 10323937
    Abstract: Various embodiments include approaches for determining a top-dead-center (TDC) of a reciprocating compressor. In some cases, an apparatus includes: a pressure transducer configured to measure pressure fluctuations inside a compressor cylinder and convert the pressure fluctuations into an asynchronous waveform; and at least one computing device operably connected with the pressure transducer, the at least one computing device configured to: extract a data set representing piston angles over a single revolution of a piston within the compressor cylinder from the asynchronous waveform; remove data representing invalid piston angles from the data set to form a refined data set; determine an average piston angle for the single revolution from the refined data set; and adjust the refined data set to identify a top-dead-center (TDC) position of the piston within the compressor cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian Francis Howard
  • Patent number: 10324121
    Abstract: An electrostatic clamp monitoring system has an electrostatic clamp configured to selectively electrostatically clamp a workpiece to a clamping surface via one or more electrodes. A power supply electrically coupled to the electrostatic clamp is configured to selectively supply a clamping voltage to the one or more electrodes. A data acquisition system is coupled to the power supply and configured to measure a current supplied to the one or more electrodes, therein defining a measured current. A controller integrates the measured current over time, therein determining a charge value associated a clamping force between the workpiece and electrostatic clamp. A memory stores the charge value associated with the clamping force over a plurality of clamping cycles, therein defining a plurality of charge values, and the controller determines a clamping capability of the electrostatic clamp based on a comparison of a currently determined charge value to the plurality of charge values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward K. McIntyre, Edward J. Ladny, Nathaniel Robinson, William Davis Lee
  • Patent number: 10310116
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining a stacked model describing architectural elements from a plurality of architectural element. The method comprises selecting an architectural element, determining merged zone, the merged zone being function of the zone of the selected architectural element and zones of related architectural elements, determining a probabilistic zone, the probabilistic zone being a function of the merged zone, and determining a probabilistic superposition value associated with the determined probabilistic zone, the probabilistic superposition value being a function of the superposition value of the selected architectural element. The previous steps are repeated for each architectural element in the plurality of architectural elements. The method further comprises stacking every determined probabilistic zone in a stacked model according to the determined probabilistic superposition value associated therewith, and providing the stacked model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Total SA
    Inventors: Aurèle Forge, Vincent Henrion, Pierre Biver
  • Patent number: 10281484
    Abstract: This disclosure provides devices, computer programs and methods for determining a motion direction. In one aspect, a mobile device includes one or more sensors configured to measure acceleration data in each of one or more directions. The mobile device also includes one or more processors and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, implement a motion direction estimation module. The motion direction estimation module is configured to identify a use case for the mobile device based at least in part on the acceleration data. The motion direction estimation module also is configured to select a set of one or more parameters based on the identified use case. The motion direction estimation module is further configured to calculate an estimated motion direction of the mobile device based on the acceleration data and the respective set of parameters corresponding to the identified use case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Payam Pakzad, Victor Kulik
  • Patent number: 10284073
    Abstract: A disclosed system includes a switching power supply including a switching circuit and one or more monitoring circuits configured to monitor one or more power characteristics of the switching power supply, and a processing circuit configured to control the one or more monitoring circuits to perform a built-in test (BIT) of the one or more monitoring circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Gary L. Hess, Kirk A. Lillestolen
  • Patent number: 10274389
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium has stored therein a material evaluating program. The material evaluating program includes a first program code and a second program code. The first program code causes a computer to evaluate, in units of pages included in a material, an object impression degree for each of all objects included in each of the pages, the object impression degree indicating the strength of an impression made by the object included in the page. The second program code causes the computer to display an evaluation result about the object impression degrees obtained by executing the first program code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Masato Tanba, Yoshitaka Matsuki, Yosuke Nakazato, Satoshi Kawakami, Wataru Endo
  • Patent number: 10241227
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a property ahead of a drill bit in a borehole penetrating a formation. The apparatus may include at least one receiver toroid disposed on a carrier and a transmitter toroid configured to induce an electromagnetic signal in the formation and disposed between the drill bit and the at least one receiver toroid. The apparatus may include at least one processor configured to estimate the property using a signal produced by the at least one receiver. The method may include estimating the property using the signal produced by the at least one receiver toroid. The method may also include one or more of: (i) generating a conductivity curve based on signals from at least one receiver toroid, (ii) validating signals from one receiver toroid based on a conductivity curve of another receiver toroid, and (iii) filtering a receiver toroid signal using lateral resistivity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Matthias Gorek
  • Patent number: 10228489
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for detecting glacier melting based on tracer technology. The method includes the following steps. 1. Different tracer agents with equal concentration are respectively added into a plurality of water samples. The water sample and the tracer agents are mixed well. Meanwhile, the volume and the mass of each glacier model are recorded. A plurality of water samples added with tracer agents are frozen layer by layer from inside to outside to establish a plurality of glacier models. 2. The surrounding environmental factors of the glacier model are adjusted. Water samples of the glacier models melted under different environmental factor conditions are collected. Furthermore, the concentrations of different kinds of tracer agents in the water samples are measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Denghua Yan, Hao Wang, Baisha Weng, Tianling Qin, Wanli Shi, Guoqiang Dong, Xinlei Guo
  • Patent number: 10228411
    Abstract: A circuit board testing apparatus detects sparking and partial discharge between wiring patterns on a circuit board to determine if the circuit board is defective. A constant current source feeds a constant current to a wiring pattern to be tested. A voltage measurement part measures the resulting voltage at the wiring pattern. A normal state voltage gradient calculation part calculates a voltage gradient in a normal state where there is no sparking or partial discharge. A determination part determines whether the voltage gradient remains invariant, by comparing voltage measurement results within a predetermined range with an estimated value of the voltage based on the voltage gradient in the normal state. The determination part determines whether a circuit board is defective, on the basis of whether the voltage gradient remains invariant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nidec-Read Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Kasai
  • Patent number: 10215670
    Abstract: A device includes a cylinder having a cavity adapted to hold a concrete test cylinder, an accelerometer adapted to detect motion data, and a second sensor adapted to obtain measurements of a characteristic of the concrete during a predetermined time period. For example, the second sensor may be a temperature sensor. The device also includes a processor adapted to receive motion data from the accelerometer, determine that the device has moved during the predetermined time period, based on the motion data, and determine that the measurements obtained by the second sensor are invalid, based on the determination that the concrete test cylinder has been moved during the predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: QUIPIP, LLC
    Inventor: Farrokh F. Radjy
  • Patent number: 10168440
    Abstract: A method for determining an optimum spacing of seismic energy sources based on mutual admittance includes deploying a plurality of seismic energy sources along a source line, separated by a selected spacing. Seismic receivers are deployed along a receiver line orthogonal to the source line. Seismic energy is simultaneously transmitted from each of the plurality of seismic energy sources while recording signals from the seismic receivers. The transmitting and recording of signals is repeated for a plurality of different spacings between the energy sources. Seismic energy in the recorded signals is determined in separate time windows selected to represent reflected body wave signal, and source generated ground roll noise, respectively. A signal-to-noise ratio with respect to the spacing of the seismic energy sources is calculated and the optimum spacing between energy sources is selected based on the signal-to-noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Robert H. Brune, Michael Yates
  • Patent number: 10161735
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the position of the rotor of an electric machine in relation to the stator. The machine has multiple phases, each of which includes at least one pole winding with a magnetizable core. The apparatus includes devices for detecting measurement signals that are characterized by the momentary degrees of magnetization of the pole winding cores. The degrees of magnetization are influenced by the angular position of the magnetic field of the rotor. The devices are also used to detect the currents in the phases and determine the angular position of the rotor from the detected measurement signals, taking into account a contribution of the phase currents to the degrees of magnetization of the pole winding cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Rolf Strothmann