Patents Examined by Max H Noori
  • Patent number: 10808422
    Abstract: A sensor pin coupled to a latch is described herein. The sensor pin includes a sensor pin body including a sensor, a sensor bolt extending from the sensor pin body and having a rod cavity arranged at a non-straight angle with regard to an interface pin cavity, an actuator rod slidably positioned within the rod cavity, and an interface pin slidably positioned within the interface pin cavity and mechanically coupled to the actuator rod such that actuation of the interface pin causes axial movement of the actuator rod toward the sensor. Additionally, actuation of the sensor by the actuator rod triggers transmission of a latch state signal by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CENTRIX AERO, LLC
    Inventor: Andres Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10808374
    Abstract: A foundation shift detection device includes a foundation portion attached to a foundation to be monitored, a base portion attached to a base adjacent to the foundation and supporting the same, and a rotary indicator attached to the base portion and adapted for rotation responsive to displacement of the foundation relative to the base. The rotary indicator is visible to a casual or walking inspection from a moderate distance, as by a human inspector making a walking inspection of a number of such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventor: Christopher Niezrecki
  • Patent number: 10801905
    Abstract: A grip-strength device with detection function comprises: a grip-strength assembly comprising a first supporting piece, a second supporting piece, a rebounding element, a plurality of detection elements, a circuit element, a pull-force measuring element, and a power-supply element. The user can hold the grip-strength assembly and press the first supporting piece and the second supporting piece; and the force given by the user to the first supporting piece and the second supporting piece is measured by the pull-force measuring element; thereby detecting the user's grip force; or touching the detection elements with both hands, the circuit element will generate the detection current to enter the human body through the detection elements and then returns to the circuit element to detect the muscle mass in the human body; thereby the grip-strength assembly can have the functions of simultaneously detecting the grip strength and the body's muscle mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-Yao Liao, Chun-Feng Huang
  • Patent number: 10801932
    Abstract: In a deformation simulation of a member joined by spot welding, an effective width being a width in a direction intersecting a direction of a load centered on a spot welded portion (14) on a flange face (13a) where the spot welded portion (14) is provided of a member (10) and changing correspondingly to a change in the load is calculated every predetermined time interval, and fracture of the spot welded portion (14) is predicted using the calculated effective width. This configuration enables precise fracture prediction of a spot welded portion where spot welding is modeled, for example, in a case of performing collision deformation prediction of an automobile member on a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Takahiro Aitoh, Toshiyuki Niwa, Yoshiyuki Kaseda, Nobuyuki Maniwa
  • Patent number: 10801827
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising: applying to a substrate a first two-dimensional layer; and applying to the first two-dimensional layer a second two-dimensional layer, wherein the first two-dimensional layer and the second two-dimensional layer form a bi-layer element, wherein the bi-layer element has an axis, wherein there is an initial electrical resistance across the bi-layer element along the axis, and wherein a first change to the substrate results in a second change to the bi-layer element such that the initial electrical resistance is replaced by a lower electrical resistance. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Puzyrev, Sheldon Kent Meredith, John Francis
  • Patent number: 10794849
    Abstract: A structural component has a plurality of material layers, which are stacked and bonded together in a thickness direction, wherein at least one of the material layers is formed by a fibre composite material, and wherein an outermost material layer in relation to the thickness direction is formed at least in sections by a sensor device, having at least one sensor unit with an electroactive polymer arranged between electrically conductive electrodes. Moreover, a system and a method for the detection of damage and an aircraft are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Linde
  • Patent number: 10794779
    Abstract: Object: To provide a pressure sensor that can provide a reduced sensation of a foreign body and that has a good sensitivity to pressure from a low load region to a high load region. Resolution means: The pressure sensor includes a variable resistor and a plurality of electrodes. The variable resistor is made of an electrically conductive foam elastomer material. The electrically conductive foam elastomer material is a material imparted with electrical conductivity by dispersing electrically conductive fillers into an elastomer material and obtained by foaming the elastomer material. The plurality of electrodes are disposed at intervals from each other on one surface in contact with the variable resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuki Yamada, Yasuo Kondo
  • Patent number: 10788320
    Abstract: A defect detecting device 10 includes an overall displacement measurement unit 11 that measures, based on observation data output from an observation device that observes a target object, a displacement of an overall movement of the target object relative to an observation point at set time intervals, as an overall displacement; a specific period detection unit 12 that detects a specific period in which the measured overall displacement is in a specific state within a period in which observation is performed; a partial displacement measurement unit 13 that measures, displacements at a plurality of points set on the target object in the detected specific period, as partial displacements; and a defect detection unit 14 that detects a defect in the target object, based on the acquired at least one of the temporal changes and the spatial distributions of the partial displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Jun Takada
  • Patent number: 10788307
    Abstract: The invention provides a sensor capable of detecting deformation. The deformation sensor has a structure in which an ion-conductive polymer layer is sandwiched between soft electrodes, wherein non-uniform ion distribution is generated in the ion-conductive polymer layer by deformation, thereby generating a potential difference between the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Kinji Asaka, Tetsuya Horiuchi, Zicai Zhu, Mitsuo Takase
  • Patent number: 10782217
    Abstract: A system and method for applying force to at least one device at least one force actuator including a processor accessing at least one description of the at least one device, the processor creating command information based at least on the at least one description, and a controller accessing the command information, the controller creating at least one motion command based on the command information, the controller issuing the at least one motion command, the motion command enabling the testing of the at least one device by controlling the at least one force actuator based on the at least one motion command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Christopher C. Langenfeld, Dirk A. van der Merwe, Grant A. Peret, John C. Anastasiou, Jonathan Parker, Michael A. Baker
  • Patent number: 10782195
    Abstract: A force sensor including a first surface and a second surface facing each other in a first direction; a first protrusion protruded from the first surface toward the second surface; a first electrode on the first protrusion; a first force sensing layer on the first electrode; a second protrusion protruded from the second surface toward the first surface; and a second electrode on the second protrusion, wherein the first protrusion and the second protrusion are not overlapped with each other or are partially overlapped with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Won Ki Hong, Sung Kook Park, Tae Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10775247
    Abstract: The capacitive shift-force sensor is made in the form of a deformable casing defined by two parallel rigid plates spaced from each other and interconnected by two deformable members. The sensor is provided with two capacitors, wherein one capacitor plate of each capacitor is rigidly connected to one rigid plate and the other capacitor plate is rigidly connected to the other rigid plate. In an unloaded state of the sensor, capacitor gaps of both capacitors are equal and the capacitors have the same capacitive characteristics. However, when one of the rigid plates is maintained immobile and the other one is shifter under the effect of an applied shift force, the capacitor gaps of the capacitors, and hence, the capacitive characteristics of the capacitors, change differently, and with the use of a differential amplifier this difference is measured and recalculated into the value of the applied shift force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Vishal Khosla, Nick Doe, Jun Xiao, Gautam Char
  • Patent number: 10774492
    Abstract: The embankment monitoring system comprises an optic sensor chain (10) and an interrogator (20). The optic sensor chain (10) comprises a series of intrinsic fiber optic sensors (12) that are mutually spaced with respect to each other in a longitudinal direction of the optic sensor chain and at least one optic fiber (14) to optically connect the plurality of intrinsic fiber optic sensors to the interrogator. The interrogator is configured to issue an optic interrogation signal and the intrinsic fiber optic sensors are configured to respond to the optic interrogation signal with an optic measurement signal that is indicative for at least one physical parameter (P1) sensed by the intrinsic fiber optic sensors. The interrogator is further configured to process the optic measurement signals of the intrinsic fiber optic sensors to estimate a depth (d) as a function of a position (p) along said optic sensor chain (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: OPTICS11 B.V.
    Inventors: Devrez Mehmet Karabacak, Bastiaan Meulblok, German Enrique Knoppers
  • Patent number: 10774816
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and a method for monitoring a flange connection of a wind turbine, and to a corresponding wind turbine. According to the invention, one or more monitoring bodies (90) are mounted on one or more bolt nuts (20) and/or bolt heads of at least one flange connection of a wind turbine, and a circuit of the monitoring bodies (90) is produced with connecting cables (100) such that, upon rotation of a slackening bolt nut (20) or of a bolt head of a slackening bolt and of the monitoring body (90) mounted thereon, at least one connecting cable (100) connected to the concomitantly rotating monitoring body (90) becomes detached, owing to increasing tensile stress on the connecting cable (100), a fault in the flange connection being signaled upon slackening of a bolt nut (20) or bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Senvion GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Fuglsang-Petersen, Christoph Nack
  • Patent number: 10767980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to modifying a reformer tube to facilitate regular tube inspections to assess the service life and subsequently predict its remaining life accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Apratim Bhattacharya, Kang Xu, Troy M Raybold, Minish Mahendra Shah
  • Patent number: 10765936
    Abstract: A force measurement system is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the system includes a force measurement assembly configured to receive a subject; a data processing device operatively coupled to the force measurement assembly, the data processing device configured to determine a center of pressure for the subject using output forces and/or moments from the force measurement assembly; and a mobile device configured to determine one or more parameters indicative of the body sway for the subject. In this embodiment, a fall risk of the subject is assessed based upon a combination of the center of pressure and the one or more parameters indicative of the body sway determined for the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bertec Limited
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Sasan Ghassab, Mohan Chandra Baro
  • Patent number: 10766565
    Abstract: A power meter for a bicycle includes a body having a torque input section and a torque output section, the body configured to transmit power between the torque input section and the torque output section. The power meter also includes a printed circuit board (“PCB”) having a substrate and at least one strain measurement device which may be attached to the PCB. The power meter may be integrally constructed with a chainring construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: John Collen, Ryan Jennings, John Eppen, Owen Anders Britton, Scott McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10768083
    Abstract: A test device and a test method of fractured rock mass collapse and blockfall and fracture water inrush includes a fractured rock mass preparation device, a water source loading device, a surrounding rock pressurization device and a slide rail, wherein the fractured rock mass preparation device is fixed at one end of the slide rail, and the water source loading device is fixed on the other side of the slide rail. An opening is formed in the rock mass water storage structure, and the size of the opening is adapted to the size of the fractured rock mass; the surrounding rock pressurization device includes one bracket and a pressurization structure arranged below the bracket, and a space for accommodating the fractured rock mass is reserved below the pressurization structure; and the bottom support and the bracket are both movably installed on the slide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Shucai Li, Liping Li, Shaoshuai Shi, Zongqing Zhou, Hongliang Liu, Jie Hu, Shangqu Sun, Jing Wang, Wenfeng Tu, Zhijie Wen
  • Patent number: 10768071
    Abstract: The present invention provides a testing machine for accurately controlling looseness of a transverse load, and belongs to the technical field of mechanical testing devices. The testing machine for accurately controlling looseness of the transverse load uses a motor to control the generated transverse displacement, controls the generated transverse load by controlling the motor, and controls the motor through signal feedback from the sensor to keep the generated transverse load basically stable within a small range of a fixed value. Unlike the existing testing machine for looseness of the transverse load that can only provide one fixed transverse displacement load, the present invention can provide a desired stable transverse displacement load and can provide a desired stable transverse force load to adapt to simulation experiments for different bolt loading conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Qingchao Sun, Bao Zhang, Chuanhua Wang, Wei Sun, Yue Ma
  • Patent number: 10770206
    Abstract: Various deficiencies in the prior art are addressed by systems, methods, architectures, mechanisms and/or apparatus configured for fabricating a strain sensing device directly on a structure by printing a material on the structure, the material exhibiting a piezo-resistive effect, and sintering a strain sensing pattern from the material such that the strain sensing pattern becomes electrically conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Roberto S. Aga, Emily M. Heckman