Patents Examined by Octavia Davis-Hollington
  • Patent number: 11686632
    Abstract: A sensor pressing member to which a sensor is attached such that the sensor is exposed toward a measurement target. The sensor pressing member presses the sensor in a first direction relative to the measurement target to bring the sensor into contact with the measurement target. The sensor pressing member includes an elastic body positioned opposite the measurement target with the sensor in between in the first direction. The elastic body includes a cavity therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventor: Tsunemichi Takahama
  • Patent number: 11686637
    Abstract: A silicon carbide-based micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) combined temperature-pressure sensor chip and a preparation thereof. The chip includes a peripheric pressure-measuring unit and a center temperature-measuring unit. The pressure-measuring unit includes a silicon carbide substrate with a raised island and a pressure sensitive diaphragm formed by etching the back of the substrate. The raised island and the pressure-sensitive diaphragm constitute a membrane-island structure. Four piezoresistive strips are arranged symmetrically along a circumferential direction of a root of the pressure-sensitive diaphragm and between the raised island and the pressure-sensitive diaphragm. The temperature-measuring unit includes the raised island and a thin-film thermocouple arranged thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Xudong Fang, Ziyan Fang, Chen Wu, Hao Sun, Libo Zhao, Bian Tian, Zhuangde Jiang, Wubin Deng, Bonan Gao, Junxia Wu, Songli Wang, Nan Zhu
  • Patent number: 11679632
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a tire pressure sensor identification method, a related apparatus and system. A tire pressure sensor identification apparatus in the present invention includes a storage module configured to store identity information of a tire pressure sensor, a communications module configured to communicate with an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicle, a processing module and a radio frequency transmission module configured to output identity information. The tire pressure sensor identification apparatus may output the stored identity information to a corresponding vehicle, so that the vehicle can still identify the tire pressure sensor even if the tire pressure sensor is not in an activated state. It is convenient for a user to perform a uniform identification operation after uniformly collecting the identity information, thereby improving identification efficiency of the tire pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventor: Yong Wu
  • Patent number: 11680861
    Abstract: Provided is a tire information acquisition device. A sensor unit substrate on which a sensor for acquiring tire information and a power supply unit for supplying electric power to the sensor are disposed is provided, and a heat-insulating material is disposed at at least a periphery of the power supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Kanenari
  • Patent number: 11680882
    Abstract: A rock sample is nano-indented from a surface of the rock sample to a specified depth less than a thickness of the rock sample. While nano-indenting, multiple depths from the surface to the specified depth and multiple loads applied to the sample are measured. From the multiple loads and the multiple depths, a change in load over a specified depth is determined, using which an energy associated with nano-indenting rock sample is determined. From a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of the nano-indented rock sample, an indentation volume is determined responsive to nano-indenting, and, using the volume, an energy density is determined. It is determined that the energy density associated with the rock sample is substantially equal to energy density of a portion of a subterranean zone in a hydrocarbon reservoir. In response, the physical properties of the rock sample are assigned to the portion of the subterranean zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Katherine Leigh Hull, Younane N. Abousleiman
  • Patent number: 11673797
    Abstract: A microstructure and a method for manufacturing the same includes: disposing a liquid film on a surface of a substrate, wherein a solid-liquid interface is formed where the liquid film is in contact with the substrate; and irradiating the substrate with a laser of a predetermined waveband to etch the substrate at the solid-liquid interface, wherein the position where the laser is irradiated on the solid-liquid interface moves at least along a direction parallel to the surface of the substrate, and the absorption rate of the liquid film for the laser is greater than the absorption rate of the substrate for the laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventor: Shinan Wang
  • Patent number: 11674872
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and methods for calibrating wall shear stress sensors. The system includes an oscillating plate coupled to an actuator and mounted on a rolling elements, and one or more sensors coupled to a height adjusting device. The system can further comprise a height control rod coupled to a height control base and a sensor holder configured to house the one or more sensors and supported on a connector, the connector configured to be rotatably disposed about the height control rod. The system can be calibrated by causing the actuator to oscillate the oscillating plate at a frequency, sensing, using the one or more sensors, shear stress at a wall, the shear stress at the wall being associated with a velocity field, and determining a theoretical wall shear stress based on fluid properties, the frequency, and the height of the one or more sensors above the oscillating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Brett R. Freidkes, Mark Sheplak
  • Patent number: 11674859
    Abstract: A mechanical link for microelectromechanical and/or nanoelectromechanical structure, includes a mobile component, a fixed component extending on a plane, and apparatus for detecting displacement of the mobile component relative to the fixed component. The mechanical link includes: a first link to the fixed component and mobile component, allowing rotation of the mobile component relative to the fixed component about an axis of rotation; a second link connecting the mobile component to the detection apparatus at a distance and perpendicular to the axis of rotation; a third link to the fixed component and detection apparatus, guiding the detection apparatus in a direction of translation in the plane; wherein the combination of the second link and third link can transform rotational movement of the mobile component into translational movement of the detection apparatus in the direction of translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Loïc Joet, Patrice Rey, Thierry Verdot
  • Patent number: 11668617
    Abstract: A diaphragm seal for transmitting the pressure of a process medium includes a main body having a surface and a separating membrane secured to the surface, thereby forming between the separating membrane and the surface a pressure chamber which communicates, via an opening in the surface, with a hydraulic path. The separating membrane can be exposed to the process medium on a first side, and the separating membrane has a central middle region. The diaphragm seal further includes a temperature transducer for determining a temperature measurement variable of the process medium, which is secured in the middle region on a second side of the separating membrane, and the main body is joined to the separating membrane such that a transmitting fluid, which fills the pressure chamber and the hydraulic path, does not come into contact with the temperature transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser SE+Co. KG
    Inventor: Patrick Doria
  • Patent number: 11660505
    Abstract: A stabilizing ability, so-called stability, according to a change in body motion of a wearer is to be appropriately evaluated to achieve effective training, coaching, and fitting of athletic equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: LEOMO, Inc.
    Inventor: Kunihiko Kaji
  • Patent number: 11656144
    Abstract: This application relates to a tire monitoring system. In one aspect, the system includes a sensor module installed in a tire provided in a vehicle to obtain tire data and a communication module. The communication module may include a transceiver configured to transmit and receive the tire data, and an output unit configured to output one of a caution signal and a warning signal. The communication module may also include a controller configured to determine whether a state of the tire is abnormal based on the tire data and control the output unit to output one of the caution signal and the warning signal based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: KUMHO TIRE CO., INC.
    Inventors: Hyoungseok Kim, Hyounjung Kim
  • Patent number: 11656161
    Abstract: A bending apparatus for a sample is disclosed. The bending apparatus includes a translation mechanism that translates a vertical displacement/force into a horizontal displacement/force for bending. Components of the bending apparatus are fabricated from a strong, radiolucent material. In these ways, the bending apparatus is compatible with micro-CT imaging, and as such, may be used to bend a sample during imaging. In a particular application, the bending apparatus may be used to measure biomechanical properties of a bone, such as bone strength, bone material properties, fracture toughness, and fracture propagation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Kyle Anthony Bodnyk, Richard T. Hart, Alan S. Litsky
  • Patent number: 11650112
    Abstract: A discontinuous deformation measurement method based on infrared and visible light cameras may include: preparing a conductive film and a random speckle pattern on a surface of the conductive film; obtaining a visible image and an infrared image under a loading stage; applying a crack boundary detection to the visible image to obtain an initial coordinate of a micro-crack, determining an range of the micro-crack based on a temperature-rising region from the infrared image and the initial coordinate; setting a position corresponding to the range of the micro-crack in the visible image as a new region of interest; obtaining full-field principal tensile strains by a DIC method, and locating an accurate boundary of the micro-crack based on gradient distribution of the full-field principal tensile strains; analyzing displacement and strain fields around the micro-crack using the DIC method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Longbang Qing, Ru Mu, Li Wang, Guorui Cao
  • Patent number: 11650116
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring one or more objects that have been restrainedly secured to a vehicle by one or more restraint members. The system includes a plurality of sensors each configured for monitoring one or more of a compressive or tensile stress or strain in one of the one or more restraint members, and a controller for periodically interrogating each of the plurality of sensors to ascertain a value of stress or strain detected by the respective sensor. When a change in the value of stress or strain is indicative of loosened or overtightened restraint members, a mitigation event is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Alpha Ori Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Somesh Jha, Piyush Raj
  • Patent number: 11644373
    Abstract: A piezoelectric strain sensor unit for a rolling bearing includes a piezoelectric strain sensor, and a sensor holder provided with a main body having a front face intended to be into contact with a component of the rolling bearing and a rear face, and with at least two flexible arms mounted on the main body and supporting opposite ends of the piezoelectric strain sensor, the piezoelectric strain sensor being axially located on the side of the rear face of the main body while remaining spaced apart from the rear face. The sensor holder is provided with a central pin which protrudes axially with regard to the front face of the main body and which is axially moveable with regard the main body, the central pin axially abutting onto the piezoelectric strain sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Andrew Campbell, Hans Soetens, Allan Thomson
  • Patent number: 11642028
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to force reading device. The products are multi-sensor, meaning they operate using two or more independent sensors, and communicate weight distribution and force data to the user in real time. The weight-lifter/user is notified by a visual aid via mobile app display and/or LCD screen and verbal feedback. Through real-time data feedback, the user is able to correct their form/balance as needed, in efforts to center their body weight and/or more evenly distribute their limbs. This in turn allows for the collection of data on how one may perform exercises and job tasks, and also offers a real-time solution for preventing injury and increasing exercise/job task functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Aegle BioTech, LLC
    Inventors: Tanner Jackson Leggett, Richard David Lehner, Daniel Joseph Kuntz, Jorge David Guigou
  • Patent number: 11635360
    Abstract: A method for evaluating a binder includes disposing the binder on a first plate, bringing a second plate, which faces the first plate, into contact with one surface of the binder, applying a stress to the binder through the second plate, measuring a strain of the binder due to the applied stress, and calculating a curing rate of the binder based on the strain of the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Hyeon Deuk Hwang, Eun Joong Mun, Dong Yeon Lee, Hyung Don Na
  • Patent number: 11635315
    Abstract: A passive microscopic flow sensor includes a three-dimensional microscopic optical structure formed on a cleaved tip of an optical fiber. The three-dimensional microscopic optical structure includes a post attached off-center to and extending longitudinally from the cleaved tip of the optical fiber. A rotor of the three-dimensional microscopic optical structure is received for rotation on the post. The rotor has more than one blade. Each blade has a reflective undersurface that reflects a light signal back through the optical fiber when center aligned with the optical fiber, the blades of the rotor shaped to rotate at a rate related to a flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Jeremiah C Williams, Hengky Chandrahalim
  • Patent number: 11629047
    Abstract: A method for detecting contamination of a microelectromechanical sensor element. The method includes the following steps: outputting heating control signals for controlling a heating device in order to heat the sensor element, receiving measuring signals that represent a physical variable that is measured with the aid of the heated sensor element, ascertaining, based on the measured physical variable, whether the sensor element has contamination or is free of contamination, outputting result signals that represent a result indicating whether the sensor element has contamination or is free of contamination. Moreover, a device is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Robert Kuells, Felix Springer, Martin Kittel
  • Patent number: 11630017
    Abstract: To provide a pressure sensor housing that is less likely to cause temperature distribution inside a pressure sensor when the pressure sensor is disposed inside a heater block, a pressure sensor housing includes a hollow cylindrical member extending along a predetermined axis core. A pressure sensor element that detects the pressure of a fluid is accommodated inside the cylindrical member. The entire circumference of a side surface thereof is surrounded by an air layer in the first posture in which an axis core of a space is aligned with the predetermined axis core with the hollow member disposed in the space. The side surface is in contact with a wall surface defining the space at a plurality of points at the same time in a second posture, which is at least one of postures in which the predetermined axis core is eccentric with the axis core of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Takayoshi Kawazu, Raita Mori