Patents Examined by Patrick Assouad
  • Patent number: 10317353
    Abstract: A non-destructive testing system includes a test article interface and a reference article interface. The test article interface includes a connector to couple to a metal component of an article under test (AUT) and a connector to couple to a carbon fiber composite component of the AUT. The reference article interface includes a connector to couple to a metal component of a reference article (REF) and a connector to couple to a carbon fiber composite component of the REF. The system also includes sensors to generate signals based on voltage and current thermoelectrically induced between the test article interface and the reference article interface, where the current and the voltage are based on a temperature difference between the AUT and the REF. The system also includes a processor to generate, based on the signals, an output indicating whether the AUT is expected to pass a lightning strike test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Shahriar Khosravani
  • Patent number: 10317499
    Abstract: Methods of processing MRI image data to reduce or eliminate motion-related artifacts in MRI images includes: electronically repeatedly acquiring sets of 2D or 3D k-space data of a target region of a subject using at least one MRI pulse sequence; electronically applying a bootstrapping procedure to produce a large number of images from the acquired k-space data; then electronically evaluating the images produced by the bootstrapping procedure; and electronically identifying an image with a minimal motion-related artifact level from the evaluation of the images produced by the bootstrapping procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Duke University
    Inventors: Nan-Kuei Chen, Mei-Lan Chu, Allen Song
  • Patent number: 10317455
    Abstract: A device for monitoring an electrical insulation in a vehicle electrical system comprises a voltage source that generates DC voltages and a determining unit, configured to determine an insulation resistance between the vehicle electrical system and ground and from current measurement values of at least two current measuring units and from the first and second voltage values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Lars Schmelzer
  • Patent number: 10317479
    Abstract: A sensor unit for detecting an encoder at a predefined position, having a circuit device and a threshold signal present at the circuit device, and a magnetic field sensor. The magnetic field sensor has a supply and ground terminal and first and second outputs, and outputs an analog sensor signal that is dependent on the distance of the encoder, and a supply unit connected to the supply terminal of the magnetic field sensor, the supply unit having a control input, and the circuit device is connected to the magnetic field sensor. The circuit device is configured to provide the sensor signal as an amplified signal value, and the circuit device is configured to determine an amount from the difference between the amplified signal value and the threshold signal and to control the amplification of the signal value and the supply unit as a function of the magnitude of the amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TDK—Micronas GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Ritter
  • Patent number: 10317487
    Abstract: In a method for the acquisition of magnetic resonance (MR) data relating to a pre-determined two-dimensional volume segment of an examination object with an MR apparatus, a randomized determination of points to be sampled in the raw data space is made, such that the raw data space is undersampled when only the determined points to be sampled are then sampled. MR data relating to the specified points to be sampled are acquired by operation of the MR apparatus. Alternatively, a determination of points to be sampled in the raw data space is made using radial or spiral trajectories in k-space that begin in the center k-space. Each specified point to be sampled is then moved to an FFT grid point, and MR data relating to the determined points to be sampled is implemented by operation of the MR apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: David Grodzki, Bjoern Heismann
  • Patent number: 10317498
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for characterizing biological micro structure in a voxel based, at least in part, on a set of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) data. A multi-compartment parametric model is used to predict a diffusion signal for the voxel using information from the set of diffusion-weighted MR data. Predicting the diffusion signal comprises determining, based on the set of diffusion-weighted MR data, a first set of parameters describing isotropic diffusion in a first compartment of the multi-compartment model and a second set of parameters describing anisotropic diffusion due to the presence of at least one white matter fascicle in a second compartment of the multi-compartment model. At least one first dataset of the set of diffusion-weighted MR data is associated with a first non-zero b-value and at least one second dataset of the set of diffusion-weighted MR data is associated with a second non-zero b-value different than the first non-zero b-value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Children's Medical Center Corporation
    Inventors: Simon K. Warfield, Benoit Scherrer, Maxime Taquet
  • Patent number: 10310000
    Abstract: There is provided a partial discharge sensor including a first flange formed at an end of a first conductor tube, a second flange formed at an end of a second conductor tube, a first insulating spacer sandwiched between the first flange and the second flange, a plurality of holes passing through the first flange, the first insulating spacer, and the second flange, at least two first conductors each passing through one of the plurality of holes to be disposed with electrically connected to the first flange and the second flange, a second conductor passing through one of the plurality of holes to be disposed with electrically connected to the second flange, and a second insulating spacer that insulates the second conductor and the first flange from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Yanagi, Toru Fukasawa, Takashi Ito
  • Patent number: 10310004
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to detection of faults in an electric power system. In one embodiment, a time-domain traveling wave differential subsystem is configured to determine at a first terminal a first index between an arrival maximum of a traveling wave generated by a fault at the first terminal and an exit maximum of the traveling wave. The traveling wave subsystem also determines a second index between an arrival maximum of the traveling wave at the second terminal and an exit maximum of the traveling wave. An operating quantity and a restraint quantity may be determined based on a magnitude of the representations of electrical conditions in the first index and the second index. A fault may be declared based on a comparison of the operating quantity and the restraint quantity. A protective action subsystem may be configured to implement a protective action based on the declaration of the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, Mangapathirao Venkata Mynam, David E. Whitehead, Bogdan Z. Kasztenny, Armando Guzman-Casillas, Veselin Skendzic
  • Patent number: 10310005
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to detection of faults in an electric power system. In one embodiment, an incremental quantities subsystem may be configured to calculate a plurality of values of an operating quantity based on the plurality of time-domain representations of electrical conditions. The incremental quantities subsystem may also calculate a plurality of values of a restraining quantity based on the plurality of time-domain representations of electrical conditions. An interval during which the calculated operating quantity exceeds the calculated restraining quantity may be determined. A fault detector subsystem may be configured to declare a fault based on the calculated operating quantity exceeding the calculated restraining quantity by a security margin. A protective action subsystem configured to implement a protective action based on the declaration of the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, Mangapathirao Venkata Mynam, David E. Whitehead, Bogdan Z. Kasztenny, Armando Guzman-Casillas, Veselin Skendzic
  • Patent number: 10310006
    Abstract: Test system and method comprise a controller, which can be microprocessor derived and include operating system for programmability, to control low voltage signals and feedback for managing the test system. High potential test system can include an amplifier comprising solid-state and/or passive components amplifying lower voltage signal to produce higher voltage output signal based on signal monitoring and control provided by controller. Controlled higher voltage output signal can be injected into high voltage multiplier circuit resulting in high DC voltage output voltage up to 50 kV or higher range. The monitoring can include feedback indicative of higher voltage signal output of amplifier and/or high DC voltage output voltage of high voltage multiplier circuit. System feedback and control can be fully automated, or selectively user-controlled via a user interface providing continuous and/or selective monitoring and display of system parameters and measured signal inputs and/or outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: John Edward Brower
  • Patent number: 10310027
    Abstract: Under one aspect, a method for characterizing current of an operating device under test (DUT) includes injecting a signal into a superconducting sensor; determining a property of the superconducting sensor based on the injected signal; disposing the superconducting sensor in spaced relationship to the operating DUT; inducing a magnetic field in the superconducting sensor based on the spaced relationship, the current of the operating DUT, and the injected signal; determining a change in the property of the superconducting sensor resulting from the induced magnetic field; and estimating current of the operating DUT based on the change in the property of the superconducting sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Robert H. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10310043
    Abstract: In a method and magnetic resonance (MR) apparatus for correcting MR scan data, an MR scanner is operated to acquire first and second correction data sets respectively from first and second sub-volumes of a correction volume, by successive executions of an echo planar imaging sequence. The MR scanner is also operated to acquire third and fourth correction data sets respectively from third and fourth correction sub-volumes, also by successive executions of the echo planar imaging sequence. A first item of correction information is ascertained from the first and second correction data sets, and a second item of correction information is ascertained from the third and fourth correction data sets. The first and second items of correction information are then used to correct scan data, also acquired with the MR scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Mario Zeller
  • Patent number: 10310038
    Abstract: A method for supplying electrical power to a gradient amplifier that drives a gradient coil for a magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. The method includes predicting a gradient voltage required to drive the gradient coil for a scan based at least in part on a gradient coil model. The method further includes calculating a voltage set point for a power supply based at least in part on the predicted gradient voltage. The method further includes providing electrical power to the gradient amplifier via the power supply based at least in part on the calculated voltage set point. The gradient coil model is based at least in part on historical data acquired prior to the scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Margaret Ann Wiza, Melissa Jean Freeman, Syed Saad Asif Ali, Douglas John Link, Michael Thomas Rose, Tanzania Samone Sewell
  • Patent number: 10309989
    Abstract: Measurement apparatuses and methods are described. A measurement input is coupled with a first terminal of a capacitance via a first switch, and a reference voltage is coupled with the first terminal of the capacitance via a second switch. A measurement circuit is coupled to a second terminal of said capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Peter Bogner, Franz Kuttner
  • Patent number: 10310032
    Abstract: Fluid channeling system (150) for NMR system (100), characterized in that the channeling system (150) includes an exhaust circuit (160) of the NMR system (100) comprising a first fluid circulation branch (161) and a second fluid circulation branch (162).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Eric Bouleau, Daniel Lee
  • Patent number: 10301938
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems for determining one or more properties of at least one fluid sample. A tube configured to receive the at least one fluid sample wherein the tube is placed in a pressure housing. Further, an excitation source configured to generate vibration of the tube whereby a circulation of an electrical current along a portion of the tube is subjected to at least one magnetic field produced by at least one magnet. Further still, at least one vibration sensor that converts vibrations of the tube into a measurement signal. Finally, a processor that receives the measurement signal determines a resonant frequency from the measurement signal using a frequency measuring device to determine a property of the one or more properties of the at least one sample fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Harrison, Chloe Coleou, Bill Grant, Jacques Jundt
  • Patent number: 10302576
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring flowable substance which has at least three microwave sensor elements arranged at separate locations in a measurement chamber in contact with the flowable substance. The sensor elements operate as at least two transmitter-receiver pairs, which transmit and receive microwave radiation via at last two paths of different lengths, through layers of dirt on the sensor elements and the flowable substance for eliminating an effect of dirt layers on the sensor elements from the measurement result. A signal processing unit has a controller which is configured to control feed of at least one substance which has an effect on the measured value of the flowable substance to the chamber on the basis of the measured value of the desired property of the flowable substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SENFIT OY
    Inventor: Pekka Jakkula
  • Patent number: 10302732
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method of acquiring free-breathing steady-state magnetic resonance images (MRI) and a free-breathing Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging system (10) for generating a MR image of a test subject (20) at least comprising a magnetic field unit, a control unit for controlling functions of the MR imaging system, an image processing unit and a user interface capable of receiving parameters defining a MR-pulse sequence, wherein the MR imaging system further comprises a detection unit (36) for detecting physiological activity of a test subject and a data processing unit (40) capable of performing statistical analysis of the physiological activity data and capable to adaptively tailor at least one of the parameters of the MR-pulse sequence based on the statistical analysis. This includes at least adjustment of at least the starting points and/or the duration of dummy excitations which are part of the MR-pulse sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Amol Pednekar, Raja Muthupillai
  • Patent number: 10300790
    Abstract: A power transmission system facilitates the location of an insulation fault in the power transmission system by providing a power transmission network, an insulation fault locating unit and a connecting line system which is electrically connected to the insulation fault locating unit and to the power transmission network. The connecting line system includes a switch constructed to interrupt and re-establish an electrical connection between the power transmission network and the insulation fault locating unit. A vehicle, in particular a rail vehicle, including a power transmission system and a method for operating a power transmission system, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Marco Brandmeier, Stefan Di Bonaventura, Markus Herzog
  • Patent number: 10295634
    Abstract: In an apparatus and method for pulse optimization adjustment a checking is made as to whether the optimization time resulting from a calculation time for pulse optimization of a pulse sequence section for a modifiable time interval at a predefined gradient grid density, and an associated implementation time, exceeds a real time resulting from the time interval and a buffer time. The gradient grid density for pulse optimization is reduced by a factor f if the optimization time exceeds the real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: David Grodzki, Stephan Stoecker