Patents Examined by Rose M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10161919
    Abstract: Example acoustic emission sensors with integral acoustic generators are disclosed. Example apparatus disclosed herein include an acoustic receiver, an acoustic generator, and a wear plate. The acoustic generator is disposed adjacent to the acoustic receiver. The wear plate is acoustically coupled to the acoustic receiver and to the acoustic generator. The wear plate is to convey acoustic energy from the acoustic generator to the acoustic receiver through a structure under test to which the apparatus is coupled. The wear plate includes first acoustic isolation to impede transmission of acoustic energy from the acoustic generator to the acoustic receiver through the wear plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventors: Bret Anthony Dahme, Paul Richard Kelly, Curtis M. Nickolaus, Richard Allen Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 10156494
    Abstract: A testing equipment of an airplane air conditioning system is disclosed. The test equipment includes a sound receiver and a sound processor. The sound processor processes running noise of airplane air conditioning system sampled by the sound receiver to assess the operative condition of the system. The sound receiver samples environmental noise when the airplane air conditioning system is not running, and the sound processor de-noises the running noise by using the environmental noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Air China Limited
    Inventor: Qixiang Li
  • Patent number: 10139270
    Abstract: An asymmetric sensor having asymmetric electrodes and/or being asymmetrically anchored provides enhanced sensitivity. In example embodiments, part of the electrode on a sensor is etched or removed resulting in enhanced mass-change sensitive resonant modes. In another example embodiment, a sensor is anchored asymmetrically, also resulting in enhanced mass-change sensitive resonant modes. By asymmetrically anchoring a piezoelectric portion of a sensor, resonant bending modes of the sensor can be measured electrically without external instrumentation. Modifying the electrode of a piezoelectric cantilever enables expression of mass-change sensitive resonant modes that normally do not lend themselves to electrical measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Rajakkannu Mutharasan, Blake N. Johnson, Ramji S. Lakshmanan, Harsh Sharma
  • Patent number: 10130263
    Abstract: A photoacoustic measuring apparatus includes a light source, a movable holding unit which holds an object, a light diffusing unit which fixes the distance between the light diffusing unit and the holding unit and diffuses light incident from the light source, and an acoustic wave obtaining unit which obtains an acoustic wave generated from the object by the light emitted via the holding unit and the light diffusing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeru Ichihara, Yukio Furukawa, Shuichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10132781
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus and a system for interrogating a battery in order to determine one or more of: (i) its state of charge (SOC), (ii) its state of health (SOH), (iii) physical state of one or more internal components or parts, which utilizes at least one sound source for transmitting a signal (e.g., a sound wave or sound pulse through or across the battery, and at least one sound receiver for receiving a signal from the battery, which received signal is representative of the physical state of the battery being interrogated. The interrogation method is noninvasive, namely does not require the depletion of a portion of the charge of the battery being tested or settlement or the destruction of the battery in order to evaluate one or more of (i), (ii) and (iii).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Trustees of Princeton University
    Inventors: Daniel Artemus Steingart, Shoham Bhadra, Andrew Hsieh, Benjamin Hertzberg, Peter James Gjeltema, Clarence Worth Rowley, III, Alexandre S. R. Goy, Jason Wolf Fleischer
  • Patent number: 10119856
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting a perturbation with respect to an initial state, of a device including at least one resonant mechanical element exhibiting a physical parameter sensitive to a perturbation such that the said perturbation modifies the resonance frequency of the said resonant mechanical element. A device is provided for detecting a perturbation by hysteretic cycle having at least one electromechanical resonator with nonlinear behavior and means for actuation and detection of the reception signal via a transducer so as to analyze the response signal implementing the method. A mass sensor and a mass spectrometer using the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, ECOLE NATIONALE TRAVAUX PUBLICS DE L'ETAT, INSTITUT NATIONAL SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
    Inventors: Sebastien Hentz, Sebastien Baguet, Regis Dufour, Claude-Henri Lamarque, Van Nghi Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10113949
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for detecting deposits in a reflection area inside a liquid-bearing system comprising an ultrasonic transducer for emitting an ultrasonic emission signal towards the reflection area and a first detection means for detecting an ultrasonic reflection signal obtained by reflection of the ultrasonic emission signal in the reflection area, wherein a second detection means is disposed in the reflection area, the second detection means being configured to detect a specific kind of deposit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SOLENIS TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Patric Bierganns, Markus M Broecher
  • Patent number: 10107645
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a transducer device has a flexible substrate and a plurality of tiles coupled to the substrate. The tiles each include a plurality of piezoelectric transducer elements and a base adjoining and supporting the plurality of piezoelectric transducer elements. The substrate has disposed therein or thereon signal lines to serve as a backplane for communication to, from and/or among integrated circuitry of the tiles. In another embodiment, the integrated circuitry of the tiles are each pre-programmed to implement any of a respective plurality of operational modes. Signals exchanged with the tiles via the flexible substrate facilitate operation of the transducer device to provide a phased array of transducer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM DIMATIX, INC.
    Inventor: Arman Hajati
  • Patent number: 10099185
    Abstract: Mass-transfer rate control arrangement and method in which a process precursor mixture is produced containing carrier gas and a process precursor gas. A quantity of the process precursor present in the process precursor mixture is acoustically sensed to produce a sensor output. A dilution gas is provided and the process precursor mixture and the dilution gas are separately conveyed to a dilution point, at which a diluted mixture of the dilution gas and the process precursor mixture is achieved. A relative flow rate of the carrier gas and the dilution gas is automatically controlled in response to the sensor output such that the diluted mixture at the dilution point has a prescribed mass transfer rate of the precursor gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Veeco Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Logue, Don Sirota, Karthik Karkala, Eric Armour, Christopher A. Morath, Arindam Sinharoy
  • Patent number: 10094659
    Abstract: A method for determining properties of a pipeline includes feeding a sound wave signal at a predetermined feed point into the pipeline so that the sound wave signal propagates in an axial direction of the pipeline. The frequency spectrum of the transmitted sound wave signal has a frequency component or a spectral range with a maximum frequency that is smaller than the lower limit frequency for the first upper mode. Reflected portions of the transmitted sound wave signal are detected as received sound wave signal and are evaluated with regard to the transmitted sound wave signal to determine at least the distance of each reflection site from the feed point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HOCHSCHULE OFFENBURG
    Inventor: Werner Schröder
  • Patent number: 10082487
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for ultrasonic detection are provided. The apparatus includes an injection nozzle which is installed below a steel plate being transported and forms a medium column by jet a medium toward the steel plate, an ultrasonic probe which is installed in the injection nozzle and transmits and receives ultrasonic waves for detecting flaws in the steel plate through the medium column, and a medium circulation unit which reclaims the medium which falls from the medium column and circulates the reclaimed medium to the injection nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Choong Soo Lim, Myung Sik Chun, Hyeong Jun Huh, Boong Ho Son
  • Patent number: 10067095
    Abstract: A device for detecting a structure-borne sound signal, in particular for detecting a structure-borne sound signal caused by an event of damage on a component to be monitored, having at least one structure-borne sound sensor, at least one signal-conducting connection of the structure-borne sound sensor to an evaluation device, and a protective body. The structure-borne sound sensor has a structure-borne sound-conducting connection to the protective body and the protective body has a structure-borne sound-conducting connection to the component to be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hella KGAA Hueck & Co.
    Inventors: Hauke Baumgaertel, Thomas Niemann, Bastian Kanning, Volker Skwarek
  • Patent number: 10067094
    Abstract: A part (120) may be subjected to both a resonance inspection and a surface vibration inspection. Various protocols (230; 240; 250; 280; 260) are disclosed as to how the results of one or more of these inspections may be used to evaluate the part (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Vibrant Corporation
    Inventors: Lemna J. Hunter, Leanne Jauriqui, Greg Weaver
  • Patent number: 10054567
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-layer ultrasonic imaging are provided. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes linear ultrasonic transducers that are each configured to conduct electricity across their length. The apparatus includes a first planar layer that comprises a first set of the transducers arranged in parallel. The apparatus also includes a second planar layer that comprises a second set of the transducers arranged in parallel, and that is oriented such that each transducer of the second set overlaps at least two transducers of the first set. Furthermore, the apparatus includes a third planar layer that comprises a third set of the transducers arranged in parallel, and that is oriented such that each transducer of the third set overlaps at least two transducers of the first set and at least two transducers of the second set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Tyler Holmes, Jeffrey R. Kollgaard
  • Patent number: 10048229
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surface inspection device; more specifically to the inspection of complex geometry welded joints. There is provided a device suitable for structural health monitoring of a surface said device comprising; a guide rail and a platform comprising at least one sensor, wherein said platform is cooperatively engaged with said guide rail, when said platform traverses along the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Alan Raymond Turner, David Mathew Cummings, Andrew David John Nixon
  • Patent number: 10048225
    Abstract: A method for inspection of tubes in a boiler is disclosed. The method of inspecting includes the steps of providing an apparatus having a sensor and a housing adapted to contain the sensor. The method further including the steps of extending the apparatus into a tube bundle until a desired tube for inspection is reached; rotating the apparatus until the sensor is positioned over the tube to be inspected; clamping the housing around the tube to be inspected, thereby clamping the sensor around the tube; transmitting a pulse of guided waves into the tube to be inspected and detecting reflected signals; and acquiring data from the reflected signals and determining the condition of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Hegeon Kwun, Matthew Capps, James Crane, Stanley M. Walker
  • Patent number: 10036734
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus related to an ultrasonic sensor for detecting ultrasonic energy. In some implementations, the ultrasonic sensor includes a piezoelectric receiver layer bonded with an adhesive to an array of pixel circuits disposed on a substrate, each pixel circuit in the array including at least one thin film transistor (TFT) element and having a pixel input electrode electrically coupled to the pixel circuit. Methods of forming ultrasonic sensors include bonding piezoelectric receiver layers to TFT arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SNAPTRACK, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Eugene Fennell, Nicholas Ian Buchan, David William Burns, Kostadin Dimitrov Djordjev, Stephen Michael Gojevic, Jack Conway Kitchens, II, John Keith Schneider, Nathaniel Robert Bennett, Kristopher Andrew Lavery
  • Patent number: 10036680
    Abstract: A sensor carrier module for use in a pipeline pig may include a plurality of skids arranged about an axis of the sensor carrier module, and a flexible section. Each skid typically includes an upstream end, a downstream end, and at least one sensor between the upstream end and the downstream end. Each sensor may be configured to sense a parameter of a wall of a pipeline. The flexible section may be attached to the downstream ends of the skids and to a flange. The flexible section may include wheels configured to roll along the interior surface of the pipeline as the sensor carrier module passes through the pipeline, and a force system to apply a radial force that urges the wheels to interface with the interior surface of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Volker Frueh
  • Patent number: 10031032
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine including a hybrid waveguide for placement adjacent a flow path for hot combustion gases in the engine is presented. The waveguide includes first and second opposing ends and a first section formed of a first material extending from a transition region to the first end and a second section formed of a second material extending from the transition region to the second end. The first material is a metal or a ceramic and the second material is an electrically isolating material having a lower thermal conductivity than the material of the first section. A membrane may be used to isolate a cavity of the waveguide from combustion gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Upul P. DeSilva, Heiko Claussen
  • Patent number: 10018491
    Abstract: A vibrating sensor assembly (200) is provided. The vibrating sensor assembly (200) includes a one-piece conduit mount (205). The one-piece conduit mount (205) includes an inlet port (206), an outlet port (208), and a conduit support base (210) extending from the inlet port (206) to the outlet port (208). The vibrating sensor assembly (200) further includes a single fluid conduit (203) with two or more loops (204A, 204B) separated by a crossover section (213), which is coupled to the one-piece conduit mount (205).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A Werbach, Gregory Treat Lanham, Bethany Pickett