Patents Examined by Robert R. Raevis
  • Patent number: 10612327
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring rheology of a treatment fluid. The system may comprise an ultrasound transmitter positioned to direct ultrasound pulses into the treatment fluid as the treatment fluid is being introduced into a wellbore; an ultrasound receiver positioned to receive sound waves reflected from the treatment fluid; and a computer system configured to determine a velocity profile of the treatment fluid based at least in part on the reflected sound waves. The method may comprise introducing a treatment fluid into a wellbore by way of a conduit; directing ultrasound pulses into the treatment fluid; measuring sound waves reflected by the treatment fluid; and determining a velocity profile of the treatment fluid based at least on the measured sound waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam R. Dotson, Dale E. Jamison, Cato Russell McDaniel, Xiangnan Ye
  • Patent number: 10613004
    Abstract: A system for on-stream sampling of pressurized process gas such as natural gas or the like, said system optimized for use with pressurized process gas having liquid entrained therein, or otherwise referenced as “wet”. In the preferred embodiment, a probe and method of sampling is contemplated to provide linear sample of fluids from a predetermined of said fluid stream. Further taught is the method of preventing compositional disassociation of a gas sample having entrained liquid utilizing a probe having a passage formed to facilitate capillary action in fluid(s) passing therethrough. The present invention teaches a unique and innovative tube bundle with a separate power cord integrated therein to power a heated vaporizer, pressure regulator or other modular conditioning or other electrical component, the tube bundle of the present invention thereby dispensing with the need for a separate power cord, while providing higher capacity than prior art systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mayeaux Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Valmond Joseph St Amant, III
  • Patent number: 10605619
    Abstract: A precision calibration method of attitude measuring systems is provided. The precision calibration method of attitude measuring systems includes the following steps: calibrating a zero-deviation, a scale coefficient, and a non-orthogonal angle between axes of an accelerometer to the attitude measuring system via an ellipsoid fitting model (S1); compensating original data of the accelerometer using a calculated ellipsoid parameter (S2); calibrating an electronic compass via the ellipsoid fitting model according to compensated accelerometer data (S3); compensating original electronic compass data by the calculated ellipsoid parameter (S4); calculating an attitude according to the compensated data of the accelerometer and compensated data of the electronic compass (S5). The above steps of the method have a reliable calibration result and a high precision with a less time consumption of calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Rui Tu, Xuefeng Shen, Wenlong Zhao, Wending Dai, Qiang Yue
  • Patent number: 10598559
    Abstract: A pressure sensor assembly for use in sensing a pressure of a process fluid in a high temperature environment includes an elongate sensor housing configured to be exposed to the process fluid and having a cavity formed therein. A pressure sensor is positioned in the cavity of the elongate sensor housing. The pressure sensor has at least one diaphragm that deflects in response to applied pressure and includes an electrical component having an electrical property which changes as a function of deflection of the at least one diaphragm which is indicative of applied pressure. A flexible membrane in contact with the at least one diaphragm is disposed to seal at least a portion of the cavity of the sensor housing from the process fluid and flexes in response to pressure applied by the process fluid to thereby cause deflection of the at least one diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT INC.
    Inventors: David Alexander Andrew, David Matthew Strei
  • Patent number: 10598528
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a tube, first and second pairs of electrodes, a reference device, and a processor. The processor determines a speed of a fluid traveling between the first and second pairs of electrodes and determines a reference conductance of the fluid using the reference device. The processor also determines a measured conductance of the fluid using at least one of the first and second pairs of electrodes and determines, based on the reference conductance and the measured conductance, a cross-sectional area of the fluid at an electrode. The processor further adds a correction factor to the determined speed to produce a bulk speed of the fluid. The processor further determines a volumetric flow rate of the fluid based on the bulk speed and the determined area and determines a volume of the fluid based on the determined volumetric flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Robert E. Hanes, Jr., Richard L. Pettys, Jr., Daniel T. Nichols, Richard B. Voigt, Joel R. Henry, Roma M. Montifar, David M. Headley, Dustin R. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10591328
    Abstract: An arrangement for transmitting and/or receiving an ultrasonic, wanted signal in a measured medium, comprising a vibration decoupling element for securing at least one ultrasonic transducer in a containment, characterized in that the vibration decoupling element has a platform for securing the vibration decoupling element to a sensor nozzle or to the containment and a second interface for securing an ultrasonic transducer. Between the second interface and the platform a vibration decoupling structural element is arranged, which structural element is embodied as a solid body, which has one or more interfaces with other elements of the vibration decoupling element, especially with the second interface for securing the ultrasonic transducer and/or the platform, and wherein the structural element (11, 39, 55, 75) has an as much as possible spherical-, ellipsoidal-, toroidal- or polyhedral shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Oliver Berberig, Andreas Berger, Michal Bezdek, Pierre Ueberschlag
  • Patent number: 10583762
    Abstract: A control system for an inflatable support mechanism having a fluid inlet includes at least one inflate valve including an inlet, and a purge valve including an inlet portion and an outlet portion. The inlet portion is fluidically connected to the inlet. No more than one absolute pressure sensor is fluidically connected between the fluid inlet and the inlet of the at least one inflate valve and the inlet portion of the purge valve the no more than one absolute pressure sensor selectively sensing pressure within the inflatable support mechanism and atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: KA GROUP AG
    Inventor: John Paul Wright
  • Patent number: 10578532
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a device, system, and method for evaluating the condition of a wooden structure by automated profiling of the hardness of the structure. More particularly, the present invention is directed towards a probing device comprising a blade coupled to a resistance mechanism and a mechanical sensor for measuring the hardness of wood in a structure; a system comprising such a device, and a computing device coupled to the device that outputs the hardness measurements of the device; and a method for operating such a device and determining the condition of wood by identifying changes in hardness in a wooden structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Randal K. More, Nelson G. Bingel, III, Thomas Pope, Lawrence J. Geitner
  • Patent number: 10575831
    Abstract: An evidence retaining enclosure for receiving a limb for purposes of retaining DNA evidence and the like. The enclosure includes an elongated body having a first open end and a second closed end, with the limb adapted to being inserted into the open end such that an end thereof is retained in proximity to the closed end. At least one pair of circumferential extending straps are associated with the open end for sizing about a projecting dimension of the limb, the straps being inter-engaged in order to secure the enclosure in place. The body further includes first and second telescoping portions, the first portion integrating the closed end and the second portion integrating the circumferential straps. Axial fixing straps extend between the first and second telescoping portions for fixing an inter-telescoping relationship established therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond R. Shaw
  • Patent number: 10569241
    Abstract: A sample introduction system provides mixing of a sample and a diluent within the container via gas injection. In one or more implementations, the sample introduction system causes a probe of an autosampler to be inserted into a container containing a sample and a diluent so that an end of the probe is submerged beneath a surface of the diluent and the sample. Gas is then injected through the probe to mix the sample and the diluent within the container. An aliquot of the mixed sample and diluent is then withdrawn through the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel R. Wiederin
  • Patent number: 10564138
    Abstract: An improved NOx sensor with an NH3 oxidation catalyst. A sensor module may include a support component, a NOx sensing material positioned on the support component, and an NH3 oxidation catalyst. The NH3 oxidation catalyst may be layered on top of the NOx sensing material or the NH3 oxidation catalyst may be positioned upstream of the NOx sensing material such that the NH3 oxidation catalyst selectively converts NH3 to N2 while permitting NOx through to the NOx sensing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Behnam Bahrami
  • Patent number: 10564170
    Abstract: A sample container carrier for a laboratory sample distribution system is presented. The sample container carrier comprises a magnetic element that is arranged such that a magnetic move force applied to the sample container carrier depends on an angularity. A laboratory sample distribution system comprising such a sample container carrier and a laboratory automation system comprising such a sample distribution system are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans Schneider, Christian Riether, Michal Malinowski
  • Patent number: 10551365
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a probe device for analyzing physical properties of food, having a teeth form, and more specifically, to a probe device for analyzing physical properties of food, having a teeth form, capable of objectively analyzing various physical properties felt by a person when chewing food, selecting and using a probe corresponding to a molar, a front tooth or a canine tooth, allowing a vertical motion of a press to be interlocked with a motion of the jaw joint, and allowing chewing experiments similar to real chewing of the human body to be carried out by enabling smooth occlusion of the upper jaw and the lower jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Dong June Park, Dong Man Kim, Chang Ho Lee, Yong Gi Chun, Ah Ra Cho, Kook Nam Pyun
  • Patent number: 10551191
    Abstract: An exemplary sensor may include a MEMS layer anchored to a cap and a substrate by anchoring portions of the MEMS layer. A suspended spring-mass system may include springs, at least one rigid mass, and at least one movable mass. The anchoring springs may be torsionally compliant about one or more axes and coupled to the rigid mass such that forces imparted by the anchoring portions are not transmitted to the movable mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Giacomo Laghi, Luca Coronato, Jaakko Ruohio, Roberto Martini
  • Patent number: 10550833
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method as well as a microdosing system for dosing an amount of fluid to be dispensed, wherein the microdosing system includes a micropump including an inlet and an outlet and configured to suck the fluid to be dispensed through the inlet and to dispense at least part of the fluid from the outlet. Further, the inventive microdosing system includes a first flow sensor arranged on the inlet side or the outlet side having an opening and a flow rate meter, wherein the flow rate meter is configured to determine the flow rate of the fluid passing through this opening. Additionally, the inventive microdosing system includes calibrators and/or fault detectors of the first flow sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Martin Richter, Martin Wackerle, Sebastian Kibler
  • Patent number: 10543988
    Abstract: Embodiments of a mobile carrier monitoring apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus includes one or more mobile carriers configured to receive items being manufactured in its interior and configured be moved by a transport system to multiple positions within a manufacturing facility. A mobile carrier control system is positioned in the interior or on the exterior of each mobile carrier, as are one or more sensors that are coupled to the mobile carrier control system. A communication system is positioned in the interior or on the exterior of each mobile carrier and communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor and to the mobile carrier control system, and an electrical power system positioned in the interior or on the exterior of each mobile carrier and coupled to deliver electrical power to the mobile carrier control system, to the one or more sensors, and to the communication system. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TricornTech Taiwan
    Inventors: Shih-An Tsai, Li-Peng Wang, Tsung-Kuan A. Chou
  • Patent number: 10545259
    Abstract: An optomechanical gravimeter includes: a first and second accelerometer; and a spacer member interposed between the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer such that the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer independently include: a basal member; a test mass disposed on the basal member; a flexural member interposed between the basal member and the test mass such that the test mass is moveably disposed on the basal member via flexing of the flexural member; an armature disposed on the basal member and opposing the test mass and the flexural member such that: the armature is spaced apart from the test mass; a cavity including: a first mirror disposed on the test mass; a second mirror disposed on the armature, the spacer member providing a substantially constant distance of separation between a first measurement point of the first accelerometer and a second measurement point of the second accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventors: Felipe Guzman, Lee Michael Kumanchik, Jacob M. Taylor, Jon R. Pratt
  • Patent number: 10527469
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flow-rate measuring system for drilling muds and for multiphase mixtures (water/oil/gas) also with transport of solids or sand and in the presence of heavy oil. The system includes a flow-rate measuring system for drilling muds and/or for multiphase mixtures, wherein the measuring ports are equipped with an appropriate pre-chamber that enables elimination of the risk of failure of the measuring membranes in the case of particularly erosive mixtures and in the case of presence of solid by accumulation or transport. Furthermore, the particular vertical installation enables a compactness of the system in terms of horizontal encumbrance, enables installation where there is little horizontal space, and makes possible an undisturbed flow necessary for obtaining a higher measuring accuracy. The vertical installation enables installation, on the descending stretch, of a sensor for measuring the density that renders the measuring system autonomous (normally, the density is entered as external input).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Claudio Alimonti, Donato Bocchetti, Enio Valletti
  • Patent number: 10520316
    Abstract: A circuit for a physical quantity detection device includes a drive unit that generates a drive signal that causes an vibrator to vibrate, a detection unit that detects a detection signal outputted from the vibrator based on the drive signal, a passive filter which has a filter characteristic in which a cutoff frequency is lower than a detuning frequency and a cutoff frequency band contains a frequency band higher than the cutoff frequency and to which a signal from the detection unit is inputted, and an amplification unit that amplifies a signal from the passive filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kiminori Nakajima, Koji Ushiyama, Takashi Aoyama, Koji Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10520409
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of continuously determining the shear viscosity (?) of a product paste to be delivered to a spray nozzle for spray-drying applications wherein the continuous determination of the shear viscosity (?) of the product paste is carried out in a bypass to the product paste stream to the spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Erdmann, Peter Fankhauser, Nina Laubacher, Martin Nydegger, Dale Richard Sanders, Christian Schmied, Michael Stranzinger, Gerhard Walthert