Patents Examined by Rose M. Miller
  • Patent number: 11561205
    Abstract: An electro-magnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) having an electromagnet array is provided. The electromagnet array includes electromagnets. Each electromagnet includes a magnetic core and a wound coil wrapped around the magnetic core. The electromagnet array generates bias magnetic fields having different patterns when the wound coils are energized differently. For instance, the electromagnet array generates a bias magnetic field having a given pattern, for the EMAT to transmit a first type of ultrasonic wave such as shear-horizontal wave, when the wound coils are energized in a given manner; and generates a bias magnetic field having a different pattern, for the EMAT to transmit a second type of ultrasonic wave such as a Lamb wave, when the wound coils are energized in a different manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: ULC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Baiyang Ren
  • Patent number: 11549919
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prediction of state of charge (SOH), state of health (SOC) and other characteristics of batteries using acoustic signals, includes determining acoustic data at two or more states of charge and determining a reduced acoustic data set representative of the acoustic data at the two or more states of charge. The reduced acoustic data set includes time of flight (TOF) shift, total signal amplitude, or other data points related to the states of charge. Machine learning models use at least the reduced acoustic dataset in conjunction with non-acoustic data such as voltage and temperature for predicting the characteristics of any other independent battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: The Trustees of Princeton University
    Inventors: Daniel Artemis Steingart, Shoham Bhadra, Andrew Gaheem Hsieh, Benjamin Hertzberg, Peter James Gjeltema, Clarence Worth Rowley, III, Alexandre S. R. Goy, Jason Wolf Fleischer
  • Patent number: 11536698
    Abstract: A system for non-destructive testing of a bond condition of concrete beams reinforced by steel rods is described. The system includes a transducing transmitter, a transducing receiver, and an ultrasonic pulse generator configured to generate drive signals for the transducing transmitter and receive a plurality vibrational waves at the transducing receiver. The system further includes a computing device including a measurement circuit configured to record a transit time for each vibrational wave and divide a distance between the transducing transmitter and the transducing receiver by the transit time to determine a pulse velocity of each vibrational wave, a comparison circuit configured to identify a highest pulse velocity of the vibrational waves and compare each highest pulse velocity to a first reference pulse velocity, and a decision circuit including an artificial neural network configured to identify a compromised bond condition around a steel rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
    Inventor: Muhammad Saleem
  • Patent number: 11531007
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture are disclosed. An example pre-amplifier includes a demodulator to combine a chirp signal with an acoustic emission signal to generate a sideband acoustic emission signal, sample spectral data of the sideband acoustic emission signal at an intermediate center frequency in an intermediate frequency bandwidth, and generate demodulated acoustic emission data based on mapping the sampled spectral data to a measurement center frequency, the measurement center frequency different from the intermediate center frequency, and a transmitter to transmit the demodulated acoustic emission data to a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Bret Anthony Dahme
  • Patent number: 11525812
    Abstract: A variable value calculating process includes: measuring a propagation time of the propagation of an ultrasound wave through a measurement sector inside a housing; obtaining a temperature calculated value on the basis of the measured value of the propagation time and a reference distance for the measurement sector; obtaining a temperature measured value by measuring the temperature inside the housing; and obtaining a temperature replacement fluctuation value indicating a difference between the temperature calculated value and the temperature measured value. The variable value calculating process is executed for each of a plurality of temperature conditions under which the temperature of a reference gas inside the housing differs. A temperature compensation table in which the temperature of a gas to be measured is associated with a temperature compensation value relating to the temperature is obtained on the basis of the temperature replacement fluctuation values obtained under each temperature condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignees: Ueda Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Nisshinbo Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Osamu Sakaguchi, Isao Ito, Yasuhiro Toriyama, Katsuyuki Matsubayashi
  • Patent number: 11519883
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a structure evaluation system of the embodiments includes a plurality of sensors, an arrival time determiner, a reliability calculator, and a map generator. The plurality of sensors detect elastic waves. The arrival time determiner determines arrival times of the elastic waves using elastic waves detected by the plurality of respective sensors. The reliability calculator calculates reliabilities related to measurement waveforms of the elastic waves on the basis of the arrival times. The map generator generates a first map on the basis of the calculated reliabilities or the reliabilities and a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Sanae Iida, Takashi Usui
  • Patent number: 11499944
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture are disclosed. An example pre-amplifier includes a demodulator to generate an oscillating signal having a measurement center frequency, combine an acoustic emission signal and the oscillating signal to generate a sideband acoustic emission signal, sample spectral data of the sideband acoustic emission signal at an intermediate center frequency in an intermediate frequency bandwidth, and generate demodulated acoustic emission data based on a mapping of the sampled spectral data to the measurement center frequency, the measurement center frequency different from the intermediate center frequency, and a transmitter to transmit the demodulated acoustic emission data to a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Bret Anthony Dahme
  • Patent number: 11490601
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-storage media, for self-calibrating ultrasonic removal of sea lice. In some implementations, a method includes generating, by transducers distributed in a sea lice treatment station, a first set of ultrasonic signals, detecting a second set of ultrasonic signals in response to propagation of the first set of ultrasonic signals through water, determining propagation parameters of the sea lice treatment station based on the second set of ultrasonic signals that were detected, obtaining an image of a sea louse on a fish in the sea lice treatment station, determining, from the image, a location of the sea louse in the sea lice treatment station, and generating a third set of ultrasonic signals that focuses energy at the sea louse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Grace Calvert Young, Matthew Aaron Knoll, Bryce Jason Remesch, Peter Kimball
  • Patent number: 11493484
    Abstract: A method of detecting corrosion in a conduit or container comprises measuring the thickness of a wall of the conduit or container with one or more pulse-echo ultrasound devices, wherein the method comprises the following steps: (i) receiving signals indicative of A-scan data from the one or more pulse-echo ultrasound devices, wherein the A-scan data comprises a plurality of A-scan spectra; (ii) determining which of the A-scan spectra have a distorted waveform such that a reliable wall thickness measurement cannot be determined; (iii) analysing the A-scan spectra identified in step (ii) as having a distorted waveform to determine one or more A-scan spectral characteristics of each spectrum that are causing the distortion; (iv) resolving the waveform characteristics based on the determined spectral characteristics causing the waveform distortion so as to produce modified A-scan spectra; (v) determining thickness measurements of the wall based on the modified A-scan spectra; and (vi) determining the extent to wh
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Linxiao Yu, Margarit Lozev, Thomas Eason, Steven Orwig, Christopher Overstreet, Hamed Bazaz
  • Patent number: 11493406
    Abstract: A motor noise detecting device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a signal sensing part for sensing an acoustic signal generated from an object to be tested, a data acquisition part for receiving the acoustic signal sensed by the signal sensing part and converting it into an acoustic digital signal, and a data analysis part for receiving and analyzing the acoustic digital signal to perform a detection on whether the object to be tested is abnormal. In addition, the signal sensing part includes an AE (Acoustic Emission) sensor for sensing an elastic wave included in the acoustic signal, and the data analysis part generates result data of analyzing the acoustic digital signal, analyzes the generated result data through a pre-learned model, and detects whether the object to be tested is abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: KOREA MANUFACTURE PROCESS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keun Su Yun
  • Patent number: 11480675
    Abstract: A photoacoustic apparatus may include: a ring transducer configured to measure a photoacoustic signal generated from an object, and including a hollow space that is provided as a travel path of light and ultrasonic waves; a mirror part disposed along a light path of the light transmitted from the ring transducer, and configured to reflect the light transmitted from the ring transducer, and the ultrasonic waves generated from the object, and to adjust magnification of the mirror part according to a number of apertures of the photoacoustic apparatus; and a fluid tank including a transparent film that allows the photoacoustic signal to pass through the fluid tank, and accommodating a fluid, the ring transducer, and the mirror part inside the fluid tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., POSTECH Research and Business Development Foundation
    Inventors: Chulhong Kim, Jin Young Kim, Hyojin Kim, Jin Woo Baik, Joongho Ahn
  • Patent number: 11467065
    Abstract: An actuator comprising a linear electrical machine (LEM) having a stator with a stator bore and a translator axially movable within the stator bore and defining a magnetic circuit airgap therebetween, at least one fluid bearing journal formed on the translator, at least one fluid bearing providing a bearing gap adjacent the translator to allow the translator to move axially within the stator bore, a preload chamber for applying a preload force to the translator, wherein the preload chamber is defined by a side wall, a first end wall and a second end wall at least part of which is movable with the translator, and wherein the bearing gap and the magnetic circuit airgap are coaxial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Libertine FPE Ltd
    Inventors: Edward Haynes, Samuel Cockerill
  • Patent number: 11467131
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for detecting a resonant frequency of an optical beam-steering device. The method may include driving the optical beam-steering device with a driving signal oscillating at a plurality of frequencies. The method may also include detecting, by an acoustic detector, an acoustic signal caused by a movement of the optical beam-steering device. The method may further include analyzing a spectrum, by a controller, of the acoustic signal. The method may additionally include determining, by the controller, the resonant frequency of the optical beam-steering device based on the spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING VOYAGER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sergio Almeida, Youmin Wang
  • Patent number: 11460447
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an inspection apparatus including a first stage, a second stage, an ultrasonic oscillator, and an ultrasonic collector. The first stage includes a first main face. The second stage includes a second main face opposed to the first main face. The ultrasonic oscillator is disposed in a first region. The first region includes the first main face. The first region further includes a region inside the first stage. The ultrasonic collector is disposed in a second region. The second region includes the second main face. The second region further includes a region inside the second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Kioxia Corporation
    Inventor: Sho Kawadahara
  • Patent number: 11452507
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring ultrasound probe health is provided. The method includes acquiring test data from a plurality of elements of an ultrasound probe by, for each of the plurality of elements, transmitting an ultrasonic signal from one of the elements and receiving a signal on two or more of the elements based on the transmitted ultrasonic signal. The method includes automatically analyzing the test data from the elements to determine a health report for the ultrasound probe. The health report includes a health status for each of a plurality of components of the ultrasound probe. At least one of the components is not part of a transducer array. The method includes automatically displaying the health report on a display device. The health report includes information for at least one of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: GE PRECISION HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Jean Bulte, Jean-Francois Gelly, Geir Ultveit Haugen, Bruno H. Haider, Gilles Thouret, Julia Labrune, Delphine Cotta, Ryan Rindler
  • Patent number: 11435321
    Abstract: An ultrasonic wave inspection device includes: a transmitter that outputs ultrasonic waves toward an inspection object; a receiver that receives at least first ultrasonic waves passed through the inspection object, among the ultrasonic waves output from the transmitter; a member that regulates a second propagation path, the second propagation path being a portion of propagation paths through which the output ultrasonic waves reach the receiver, and the second propagation path being different from a first propagation path through which the first ultrasonic waves reach the receiver; and a signal controller that extracts ultrasonic waves of a predetermined time segment from at least the first ultrasonic waves, the predetermined time segment starting from a time when the first ultrasonic waves is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA FINE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Nara
  • Patent number: 11435323
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for non-destructively a substrate using ultrasound waves, and enhancing resolution of imaging created from ultrasound signals that are back reflected from a substrate surface second, or back surface by maintaining the incident angles of the ultrasonic beams at the substrate second surface such that the ultrasonic beams strike the substrate second surface at an angle that is substantially perpendicular to the complex geometric profile of the substrate second surface by supplying known spatial coordinates to the system to maintain the incident angles of the ultrasonic beams at a predetermined angle relative to the substrate second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, William J. Tapia, Barry A. Fetzer
  • Patent number: 11422115
    Abstract: In a method for performing ultrasound tests which uses a suitable device for performing such tests, a well plate implements an insulation between the different wells of the plate of such set, without significant reflections of ultrasounds which could alter the test itself since the well plate is covered by means for closing said wells which insulates the content thereof by wholly covering the well plate and having a sound transmission speed which differs from that of the transmission liquid in the bath no more than +/?15%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventor: Gaetano Barbato
  • Patent number: 11415557
    Abstract: A tempo-spatial evolution test system for rock breaking in deep and complex environment includes an acoustic emission sensor assembly and an acoustic emission amplifier assembly that are arranged on a rock mechanics test system. A triaxial cavity coupling bracket is arranged on an outer wall of the triaxial cavity and between two sets of acoustic emission sensor assemblies. The triaxial cavity coupling bracket includes a plate-shaped bracket, two sickle-shaped brackets, and at least three bracket bolts, which can be tightly wrapped on the outer wall of the triaxial cavity. A lateral side of the plate-shaped bracket vertically fixes two guide columns. The acoustic emission amplifier assembly is arranged between the two guide columns and is located above the plate-shaped bracket, and the acoustic emission amplifier assembly is connected to the acoustic emission sensor assembly through a signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: SICHUAN UNIVERSITY, CHENGDU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianfeng Liu, Yan Wan, Jun Zheng, Lu Wang, Dongjie Xue, Chunping Wang, Qiangxing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11415456
    Abstract: Certain embodiments are directed to an acoustograph or acoustic sensor configured as a thermometer or direct specific absorption rate (DSAR) sensor for the measurement of electromagnetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Luisiana Cundin, Norman Barsalou, Shannon Voss, Saher Maswadi, Randolph D Glickman