Patents Examined by Rose M. Miller
  • Patent number: 11150160
    Abstract: A vibration test apparatus for vibrating a payload. The vibration test apparatus includes an inductive position sensor assembly which has a first member attached to a displaceable armature and a second member attached to a shaker frame. The inductive position sensor assembly is configured to generate at least one control signal indicative of an axial position of the armature based on a displacement dependent electromagnetic coupling between the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Tim Bidwell, Nicholas John Claydon
  • Patent number: 11143629
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are presented for calibrating an inspection system, particularly a Laser Bond Inspection (LBI) system that identifies a strength of a test structure. The disclosed calibration system comprises a calibration panel, a surface motion sensor, and a processing circuit. The surface motion sensor senses a compression wave generated in the calibration panel responsive to a laser pulse applied by a LBI head to the calibration panel. The processing circuit outputs a calibration result for the laser inspection system responsive to one or more characteristics of the sensed compression wave. The calibration system provides significantly faster calibration results, and thus may be implemented more frequently to improve the accuracy and repeatability of the inspection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Alan F. Stewart, Marc Joel Piehl
  • Patent number: 11137333
    Abstract: A soot sensor system and a method of sensing soot in a vehicle soot sensor system. The soot sensor system and method includes providing a soot sensor having at least one trace of conductive material in a continuous loop on a surface of a substrate, applying an alternating current (AC) input voltage to the at least one trace of conductive material to establish an AC sense current through the at least one trace of conductive material, and generating, using a peak detector, a peak detector output voltage representative of a peak value of the AC sense current and of an amount of soot accumulated on the soot sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Kayvan Hedayat, John Hart, Eric Matson, Mark Wilson, Norman Poirier
  • Patent number: 11131603
    Abstract: A mechanically functional component having at least one sensor arranged to convert one or more physical magnitudes to electrical sensor signals. The sensor includes an electroactive composite deposited directly onto the mechanically functional component and at least one conductive electrode deposited directly on a part of the electroactive composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventor: Yoann Hebrard
  • Patent number: 11105712
    Abstract: A method for fault diagnosis of a bearing includes detecting, using an oil debris monitor (ODM) sensor, ODM data corresponding to an amount of debris flowing downstream from the bearing. The method also includes detecting, using a vibration sensor, vibration data corresponding to vibration of the bearing during use. The method also includes determining, by a controller, a vibration stage flag corresponding to a severity of damage of the bearing based on the vibration data. The method also includes determining, by the controller, a severity level of the damage of the bearing based on a combination of the vibration stage flag and the ODM data. The method also includes outputting, by an output device, the severity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Danbing Seto, Sheridon Everette Haye, Allan J. Volponi, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Gregory S. Hagen, Lichu Zhao, Robert H. Luppold
  • Patent number: 11092526
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a durometer enabling a contact portion in contact with an object to perform smooth piston motion. The durometer includes a main body unit including a movable unit pressed continuously against an object to be measured, a first sensor outputting acceleration information corresponding to an acceleration of movement of a contact part of the object to be measured in contact with the movable unit in a pressing direction, a second sensor outputting reactive force information corresponding to a reactive force at the contact part of the object to be measured in contact with the movable unit, a motor, a crank mechanism driven by the motor and causing the main body unit and the movable unit to perform piston motion, and at least one buffering member disposed on a periphery of the main body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kandori, Yuko Sano, Yuhua Zhang, Shigemitsu Ando, Mitsunobu Watanabe, MItsuo Okimoto
  • Patent number: 11085815
    Abstract: An apparatus externally detects the presence of a fault or malfunction in a gas turbine using the sound of air passing through vanes. The apparatus includes a sound sensor configured to sense a sound; a signal converter configured to convert the sensed sound into a digital signal; a data processor configured to perform a sound quality evaluation by analyzing a sound quality of the digital signal; and a display configured to display a result of the sound quality evaluation. The gas turbine includes a compressor housed in a compressor casing in which an inlet guide vane (IGV) assembly and a variable guide vane (VGV) assembly are installed. The sound sensor includes a plurality of microphones are installed outside the compressor casing at positions adjacent to at least one of a vane of the IGV assembly and a vane of the VGV assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Sangjo Kim
  • Patent number: 11067543
    Abstract: A method for determining a parameter of a material of interest which includes: directing, using a radio frequency (RF) source, RF energy into a region of interest, the region of interest comprising the material, a known reference and a boundary between the material and the known reference; detecting, using an acoustic receiver, at least one thermoacoustic multi-polar signal generated in response to the RF energy; and determining, by the one or more processors, a parameter of the material as a function of the at least one thermoacoustic multi-polar signal and a transmitted power correction factor, wherein the transmitted power correction factor is based on an estimated thickness of the known reference and an attenuation coefficient of the known reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ENDRA Life Sciences Inc.
    Inventor: Jang Hwan Cho
  • Patent number: 11065399
    Abstract: A nebulizer has an aperture plate, a mounting, an actuator, and an aperture plate drive circuit (2-4). A controller measures an electrical drive parameter at each of a plurality of measuring points, each measuring point having a drive frequency; and based on the values of the parameter at the measuring points makes a determination of optimum drive frequency and also an end-of-dose prediction. The controller performs a short scan at regular sub-second intervals at which drive current is measured at two measuring points with different drive frequencies. According to drive parameter measurements at these points the controller determines if a full scan sweeping across a larger number of measuring points should be performed. The full scan provides the optimum drive frequency for the device and also an end of dose indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph Grehan, Niall Smith
  • Patent number: 11054339
    Abstract: A machine bearing disposed on a rotatable member, such as may be present on a vehicle, is described. A method for monitoring a state of health of the machine bearing includes monitoring, via a microphone, an acoustic signal, and coincidently determining a rotational speed of the rotatable member associated with the machine bearing. The sound spectrum is correlated to the rotational speed of the rotating member, and a time-frequency analysis is executed to determine a sound spectrum. The sound spectrum is transformed to a residual spectrum. A first feature associated with a first frequency band and a second feature associated with a second frequency band are extracted from the residual spectrum. The state of health associated with the machine bearing is detected based upon the first and second features, and is communicated to a second controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jianshe Feng, Xinyu Du, Mutasim Salman, Kevin A. Cansiani
  • Patent number: 11041829
    Abstract: A method for measuring fracture characteristics of adhesive polymeric material comprises: (i) bonding a sample to a rigid substrate; (ii) cooling the sample from a first temperature to a second temperature such that thermally-induced stresses are generated within the sample, wherein the thermally-induced stresses generate an inward-growing three-dimensional spiral crack within the sample; (iii) detecting, by three or more AE piezoelectric sensors, mechanical transient waves generated during development of the inward-growing three-dimensional spiral crack within the sample and determining the accurate 3D geometry of the spiral using source location technique; (iv) visualizing the two-dimensional spiral cracking pattern deposited on a surface of the rigid substrate and measuring the precise width of the crack; (v) determining, using the detected mechanical waves and the visualized deposited sample, AE-based fracture characteristics of the sample; and (vi) reporting the determined one or more fracture characteri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Clarkson University
    Inventor: Behzad Behnia
  • Patent number: 11008190
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a machine element in a paper finishing machine (10). The machine element mounted for rotation machine elements (16-19) equipped with a sensor assembly (24) measuring force or pressure, and a counter-pair (15, 20, 33, 44) for said machine element. The machine element is made to rotate against the counter-pair, a measurement signal (25) is generated between the machine element and the counter-pair with the sensor assembly, and recording a reference cross-directional profile (21) of force or pressure generated. Condition monitoring (38) of vibration with the reference profile is by comparison of current signals with the reference so as to detect periodic variation (39.1, 39.2) in the cross-directional pressure profile, and producing visual information (37) from the analysis for monitoring. The invention also relates to a corresponding system, a rotating machine element for the method or the system, and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Tatu Pitkänen, Heikki Kettunen, Todd Vandenheuvel
  • Patent number: 11002711
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a detection system includes a base member, a plurality of sensors, and one or more processors. The plurality of sensors are provided on the base member, and detect an elastic wave from a test object of a plurality of test objects. The elastic wave propagates through a connecting member among a plurality of connecting members that connect the test objects with the base member. The connecting members each have a thickness smaller than a wavelength of the elastic wave. The one or more processors detect an abnormality of the test objects based on the detected elastic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi Usui, Yasuo Yoshii, Kazuo Watabe
  • Patent number: 10996139
    Abstract: A health and condition monitoring system of an elastomeric component comprising an actuator, a sensor, and a processing unit. The sensor and the actuator need to be attached directly or indirectly to the elastomeric component. The actuator induces an impulse, or possibly a chirp, into the elastomeric component. The sensor senses the response, the impulse response function. The processing unit analyzes the impulse response function and determines a health and condition indicator. This is repeated and when enough indicators have been determined, then a health and condition marker can be determined, covering if the elastomeric component is in a start period of usage, in a main usage period or in a final period of usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony C. Bohm, Arun Menon
  • Patent number: 10996101
    Abstract: A distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) system based on space-division multiplexing with multi-core fiber (MCF) is proposed. It relates to a technical field of distributed optical fiber sensing. The present invention maintains the advantage of single-ended measurement in the standard DAS system, and realizes the intensity accumulation of the Rayleigh backscattering light within each core of the MCF, which can greatly improve the strain resolution of DAS systems. Moreover, the introduction of optical switch can make different code sequences transmit in the different core of the MCF simultaneously, which can make the single-pulse response with coding gain demodulated without sacrificing the frequency responding bandwidth. Furthermore, the utilization of space-division multiplexing can make multiple pulses with precious time delay transmit in the MCF simultaneously, which can greatly improve the frequency responding bandwidth of DAS system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
    Inventors: Yunjiang Rao, Yun Fu
  • Patent number: 10989635
    Abstract: Apparatus features an acoustic comb filter module configured to receive signaling containing information about different frequencies F1 and F2 to create a selected comb spacing D to capture certain particles having a selected size X in a flow stream in a flow pipe, and to provide an acoustic standing wave via ultrasonic excitation based at least partly on the two different frequencies F1 and F2 to create the selected comb spacing D to capture the certain particles having the selected size X in the flow stream in the flow pipe. The apparatus may also include a particle size or distribution determination module configured to receive the certain particles for off-stream analysis via a detection port that forms part of the flow pipe and determine the particle size or distribution of the certain particles in the flow stream in the flow pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CiDRA Corporate Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan D. Kersey
  • Patent number: 10982946
    Abstract: System for measuring motor bearings consumption of railway vehicles, comprising: a phonic wheel, arranged to be fixed to a shaft of a rotor, having a profile including an alternation of teeth and holes; a sensor, arranged to measure a punctual air-gap between the teeth of the phonic wheel and said sensor during rotation of the shaft, said sensor generating a basic sinusoidal signal function of said profile, wherein the basic sinusoidal signal is superimposed to a modulating wave, representative of a radial motion of the shaft, the basic signal and the modulating wave forming a complete signal; characterized in that the sensor further comprises: a control unit arranged to measure a maximum and a minimum amplitude value of the complete signal, said maximum and minimum amplitude values representing the maximum and minimum air-gap between the phonic wheel and the sensor, and for calculating an air-gap swing value; memory means arranged to store said air-gap swing value; wherein said sensor is arranged to send to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: ALSTOM Transport Technologies
    Inventors: Davide Barlini, Giacomo Maccalli
  • Patent number: 10976234
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for acoustic focusing hardware and implementations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Kaduchak, Michael Dennis Ward
  • Patent number: 10978035
    Abstract: Integrated acoustic emission transducer apparatus and methods are described. An example integrated external preamplifier device includes a data extractor, a process variable determiner, a status indication determiner, and a presentation device. The integrated external preamplifier device receives an acoustic emission signal generated via an acoustic emission sensor operatively coupled to the integrated external preamplifier device. The data extractor extracts signal data from the acoustic emission signal. The process variable determiner determines process variable data based on the extracted signal data. The process variable data includes at least one of flow rate data, flow capacity data, flow area data, flow velocity data, mass accumulation data, or volume accumulation data. The status indication determiner determines status indication data based on the process variable data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Bret Anthony Dahme, Shawn Anderson
  • Patent number: 10976288
    Abstract: Bandwidth-selectable acoustic emission apparatus and methods for transmitting time-averaged signal data are described. An example apparatus includes an integrated external preamplifier device having a bandwidth-selectable analog filter and a data extractor. The integrated external preamplifier device is to receive an analog acoustic emission signal generated via an acoustic emission sensor operatively coupled to the integrated external preamplifier device. The bandwidth-selectable analog filter is to filter the analog acoustic emission signal based on a software-programmed bandwidth to generate a filtered analog acoustic emission signal. The data extractor is to extract a time-averaged analog signal from the filtered analog acoustic emission signal, and to transmit the time-averaged analog signal from the integrated external preamplifier device to an external data acquisition system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Bret Anthony Dahme