Patents Examined by Nguyen Q Ha
  • Patent number: 11118960
    Abstract: A vibration and noise characteristics measurement device for the measurement of vibration and noise characteristics of structures or objects includes at least one excitation unit for applying excitation for the generation of vibrations on the structure on which vibration and noise characteristics measurements are desired, at least one response sensor for sensing the vibration and/or noise produced by the structure in response to applied excitation, and at least one control unit for controlling excitation unit and/or response sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Alper Tekeli, Selcuk Celikel, Fethi Semih Ozkan, Kazi Nasiruddin Adil
  • Patent number: 11119024
    Abstract: Provided herein are embodiments of a method and apparatus for measuring permeability of a rock core sample in the direction of pressure gradient. In one embodiment, a method includes providing a rock core sample having an inlet primary face, an outlet primary face and one or more sidewalls having a thickness (T) adjoining the inlet and outlet primary face, wherein the inlet primary face has a surface area (SAIF) and the one or more sidewalls have a surface area (SASW), and further wherein a ratio of the inlet primary face surface area (SAIF) to sidewall surface area (SASW) is at least 0.4; placing the rock core sample, unbounded, between an inlet flow plate and an outlet flow plate; directing a fluid through from the inlet flow plate into the rock core sample; and measuring a flow rate of the fluid exiting the outlet flow plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Andrew McGregor
  • Patent number: 11119023
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating gas barrier properties, a support having a polymer for supporting a sample, a chamber on a permeation side, and a detection unit, the support being joined to the opening of the chamber on a permeation side; in which a polymer film is provided between the support and a sample; a chamber on a supply side is provided, being disposed so as to be closably attachable to the sample and able to go up and down; and an external chamber covers a region interposed between the polymer film and the support; and a method of evaluating gas barrier properties using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Shigeki Hara, Hajime Yoshida, Yoshikazu Takahashi, Yasushi Hosooka, Takahiro Imamura
  • Patent number: 11112330
    Abstract: Techniques for determining a location of a leak in a water distribution system are described herein. In some examples, a remote leak detection service and/or a leak detection device may receive measurements from a pressure sensor, a contamination sensor, and a flow rate sensor positioned along the water distribution system. Based on a difference in time between a change in pressure detected by the pressure sensor and a subsequent change in contamination detected by the contamination sensor, the flow rate measured by the flow rate sensor, and dimensions of the water distribution system, the remote leak detection system may determine the location of the leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: Premananda Sahoo
  • Patent number: 11105702
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a device for detecting cylinder leaks in an individual cylinder of an internal combustion engine having the cylinder head disassembled and wherein the piston in the tested cylinder is positioned at the bottom dead center and wherein a dual gauge leak-down tester is coupled to the herein disclosed device. The device has an internal airtight channel that allows pressurized air to enter from a pressurized air source to the device via a dual gauge leak-down tester and a set of clamps that acting as a security system, allows the user to firmly secure the device on the engine block. Once the device is assembled and secured above the cylinder and pressurized air is allowed to enter the cylinder through the device, leaks in the cylinder or its internal components are detected by comparing the percentage of air pressure indicated by each one of the gauges of the tester in a conventional manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: José Antonio Rodríguez-Casiano
  • Patent number: 11099114
    Abstract: A testing device, a testing method, and a design method for a rotary pressure filter. The device includes a stabilizer tank; a buffer tank connected to the stabilizer tank; a filter frame disposed beneath the buffer tank, and connected to the buffer tank; a liquid receiving tank disposed beneath the filter frame; an electronic balance disposed at bottom of the liquid receiving tank; and a seconds counter. The testing method includes adding a certain calculated amount of testing slurry into the filter frame, introducing a gas with a certain pressure into the stabilizer tank, filling the filter frame through the buffer tank, opening a valve at bottom of the filter frame, measuring a mass of the expelled filtrate expelled from the filter frame, measuring time of the filtering process, sampling and analyzing the filter cake and the expelled filtrate according to actual needs; and perform cleaning and drying processes sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Xu Zhao, Wanyao Zhang, Yongpeng Tan, Tianbao Wang, Xiangnan Zhai, Yanshun Shen, Guohai Zhang, Yu Guo, Xiaopeng Feng, Yuanyue Liang, Xiaoling Xie
  • Patent number: 11092504
    Abstract: A micromechanical piezoresistive pressure sensor includes a diaphragm configured to mechanically deform in response to an applied load, a sensor substrate located on the diaphragm, and a number of piezoresistive resistance devices located on the sensor substrate. The piezoresistive resistance devices are arranged in a first planar array defining a grid pattern having two or more rows, each row being aligned in a first direction. The piezoresistive resistance devices are configured to be electrically connected in a number of bridge circuits, whereby the piezoresistive resistance devices in each row is electrically connected in an associated bridge circuit. A method of using the micromechanical piezoresistive pressure sensor is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Robert Daup, David P. Potasek
  • Patent number: 11090836
    Abstract: A sampling apparatus is provided, which includes a pressing-up unit configured to press up a sheet piece that is being conveyed by a conveying unit, from a lower side of a conveyance course of the sheet piece to above the conveyance course; and a holding unit configured to hold the sheet piece pressed up by the pressing-up unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: YOSHINO GYPSUM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirooka, Takahide Yamasato, Kenichi Hashikura, Hiroyuki Someno
  • Patent number: 11090952
    Abstract: A medium transport unit includes an upstream route in which a print sheet is transported, a first switchback route, a second switchback route, a first guide route, a second guide route, a guide flap configured to switch the route so that the print sheet in the upstream route is transported either toward the first guide route or toward the second guide route, a first discharge route from which the print sheet in the first switchback route is discharged, a second discharge route from which the print sheet in the second switchback route is discharged, and a downstream route passing between the first switchback route and the second switchback route and having an upstream end connected to a junction of downstream ends of the first discharge route and the second discharge route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kodama, Yuichi Segawa, Kazuyoshi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 11085845
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided for correcting error in static pressure data. In one example, a system includes an aircraft component. The aircraft component can include a port disposed within the aircraft component. A static pressure sensor is disposed within the port. The static pressure sensor is configured to provide primary pressure data in response to environmental air pressure. The data provided can include error due to acoustic disturbance. The system can also include an acoustic sensor configured to provide acoustic data in response to the acoustic disturbance. Data from the static pressure sensor and the acoustic sensor can be provided to a processor communicatively coupled to the static pressure sensor and the acoustic sensor. The processor can be configured to determine corrected static pressure data using the provided primary pressure data and the provided acoustic data. Additional systems and similar methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sho Sato, Chen Chuck
  • Patent number: 11084277
    Abstract: An apparel straightener for screen printing comprises a curvilinear unit of plexiglass or similar material having a plurality of fastening apertures and covered edge configured to removably secure to a screen-printing press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Randall W. Cook
  • Patent number: 11085915
    Abstract: A method for detecting a gaseous substance in a gas-mixture, a first measuring-variable which represents a first chemical and/or physical parameter of the gas-mixture being acquired, at least one second measuring-variable which represents a second chemical and/or physical parameter of the gas-mixture that differs from the first parameter being acquired, and a starting-measuring-instant, corresponding to the starting-instant, of the first parameter is specified when an amount of a time-derivative of the first measuring-variable exceeds a first predefined threshold-value and an amount of a time-derivative of the second measuring-variable exceeds a second predefined threshold-value, and at least one further first measuring-variable is acquired, an end instant is specified when the at least one further first measuring-variable corresponds to the starting measuring-variable, and an output signal is generated when the amount of a difference between the end instant and the starting instant is greater than a predefin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rajeev H. Venkatesh, Mary Thomas, Ye Lu
  • Patent number: 11085847
    Abstract: A physical quantity measuring device includes a sensor module; a joint attached with the sensor module; a connector configured to be connected to a first or a second cylindrical case and the joint; a circuit substrate attached with an electronic circuit configured to receive a signal detected by the sensor module; and a holder holding the circuit substrate. The holder can be housed in the first cylindrical case in a first posture where a first end is engaged with a first connector and a second end is in contact with a first cover, or in a second cylindrical case in a second posture where the first end is engaged with a second cover and the second end is in contact with a second connector. The holder has an engaging projection engageable with a first engagement groove provided to the first connector and a second engagement groove provided to the second cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: NAGANO KEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Kawase, Toshinori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11079313
    Abstract: Methods and systems method for determining core permeability of a subsurface formation. The method includes connecting an upstream reservoir to one end of a sample holder comprising a core sample of a subsurface formation, connecting a downstream reservoir to another end of the sample holder, providing a constant confining pressure within the sample holder, saturating the sample holder and the core sample with nitrogen at a saturation pressure, applying a pressure pulse to one end of the sample holder, and determining core permeability using the porosity of the mobile continuum when the pressure in the upstream reservoir, the downstream reservoir, and the mobile continuum is in equilibrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Jilin Jay Zhang, Hui-Hai Liu, Huangye Chen
  • Patent number: 11073463
    Abstract: Methods for simulating the movement of fluid through a formation volume comprises defining a lab-scale model representing rock fabric and associated permeability along a single well location within a formation volume and converting the lab-scale model to a field-scale model representing rock fabric and associated permeability at the single well location. The field-scale model representing rock fabric and associated permeability is correlated with field-scale log data and interpolated between multiple well locations so as to create a field-scale model representing rock fabric and associated permeability across the formation volume so that the movement of fluid through the formation volume can be simulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: W.D. Von Gonten Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Roberto Suarez-Rivera, William D. Von Gonten, Jr., Safdar Ali, John Degenhardt, Bradley Abell
  • Patent number: 11073454
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for testing the response of protective headgear 104 to impact forces. A high-speed cineradiography imaging system 100 is used to obtain full-field, time-resolved internal monitoring and measurement of headgear component (pads 140 and liners 142) deformation and interaction with a head surrogate (headform 102), deformation of headform components, and stress and strain transfer into the headform. Radiopaque contrast materials (144 & 148) and integration techniques are used to highlight specific regions of interest within the headgear and headform components during the impact loading events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Oren Petel
  • Patent number: 11067492
    Abstract: A physical simulation and calibration device and method for formation pressure testing. The device has a rock core arranged in a rock core clamper, a confining pressure simulation module, formation pressure simulation module, annular pressure simulation module, suction system, thrust force simulation module and drive control system. The thrust force simulation module has a thrust rod which penetrates through a cavity wall on one side of the clamper. The front end of the thrust rod has a simulation probe. The suction system is connected to the thrust rod. The confining pressure simulation module, formation pressure simulation module, annular pressure simulation module, thrust force simulation module and suction system are all connected with the drive control system. The device and method simulate a physical environment of formation pressure testing to achieve physical simulation of formation pressure testing. A formation pressure tester can be corrected and calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Tianshou Ma, Nian Peng, Ping Chen, Xingming Wang, Qiang Wang, Jianhong Fu
  • Patent number: 11060937
    Abstract: A micromechanical pressure sensor, having—a pressure sensor core including a sensor diaphragm and a cavity developed above the sensor diaphragm; and—a pressure sensor frame; and—a spring element for the mechanical connection of the pressure sensor core to the pressure sensor frame being developed in such a way that a mechanical robustness is maximized and a coupling of stress from the pressure sensor frame into the sensor pressure core is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ferenc Lukacs, Arne Dannenberg, Friedjof Heuck, Helmut Grutzeck, Mike Schwarz, Robert Maul, Tamas Dögei, Thomas Friedrich, Volkmar Senz
  • Patent number: 11053091
    Abstract: Provided are a sheet position detection apparatus, a sheet conveyance apparatus, and an image formation apparatus. The sheet position detection apparatus has a first and a second conveyance roller which are arranged to oppose across a sheet to be conveyed and to nip the sheet, and a detector configured to detect an end position of the sheet, the detector has a light emitter and a light receptor arranged on the first conveyance roller side, the light emitter and the light receptor are arranged such that a light emitted from the light emitter is reflected on a reflective face of the second conveyance roller and enters the light receptor, and the detector detects passage of an end of the sheet based on a change in the amount of light entering the light receptor when the sheet shields a light emitted from the light emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Masayuki Satou, Taisuke Minemura, Shoichi Yoshikawa, Yoshiyuki Toso
  • Patent number: 11047780
    Abstract: A system includes a load actuator, a strain measurement device, and a computing device. The computing device is configured to receive an unconditioned displacement signal from the strain measurement device. The unconditioned displacement signal represents displacement of a specimen under load from the load actuator. The computing device is further configured to split the unconditioned displacement signal into a measurement signal and a control signal. The computing device is further configured to filter the control signal to generate a filtered control signal and control the load actuator based on the filtered control signal. The computing device is further configured to determine a strain on the specimen based on the measurement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce High Temperature Composites, Inc.
    Inventor: Austin Warmuth