Patents Examined by Russ Guill
  • Patent number: 10976210
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for estimating an external force acting on an electrohydrostatic actuator, the actuator comprising a ram including a first chamber, a second chamber and a piston located between the first chamber and the second chamber, a pump capable of injecting fluid into the chambers for controlling a movement of the piston, and an electric motor driving the pump, the method comprising steps of: estimating, by means of at least one state observer (21, 22), a dynamic component and a static component of a difference in equivalent fluid pressure between the first chamber and the second chamber from a rotational speed of the electric motor, a position of the piston and a supply current of the electric motor, estimating the external force by means of a post-processing module (23) as a combination of the estimated dynamic component and static component of the difference in fluid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Nirina Feliste, Scott Delbecq, Xavier Mery
  • Patent number: 10970431
    Abstract: An automated model development tool can be used for automatically developing a model (e.g., an analytical model). The automated model development tool can perform various automated operations for automatically developing the model including, for example, performing automated operations on variables in a data set that can be used to develop the model. The automated operations can include automatically analyzing the predictor variables. The automated operations can also include automatically binning (e.g., combining) data associated with the predictor variables to provide monotonicity between the predictor variables and one or more output variables. The automated operations can further include automatically reducing the number of predictor variables in the data set and using the reduced number of predictor variables to develop the analytical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: EQUIFAX INC.
    Inventors: Vickey Chang, Jeffrey Ouyang, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10931128
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for predicting a capacity fade rate of a battery are provided. The method includes collecting capacity degradation data of a battery based on a current and a state of charge (SOC) for a predefined number of cycles, generating a capacity fade model based on the capacity degradation data, and estimating a capacity fade rate of the battery using the capacity fade model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suman Basu, Krishnan S. Hariharan, Tae Won Song
  • Patent number: 10878141
    Abstract: Systems and methods and apparatus for placing a plot in an agricultural field. Systems and methods are also provided for selecting a plot location based on primary and secondary parameters, for selecting a plot location based on user-defined parameters, and for allowing a user to accept or reject proposed plot placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy A. Sauder, Justin L. Koch
  • Patent number: 10877470
    Abstract: A method of process monitoring of an industrial process involving a tangible run an industrial facility includes providing an integrated facility digital twin (DT) implemented by a computer system which implements an aggregation algorithm that utilizes models including a plurality of inter-related static models for the industrial facility including an asset model that describes devices and systems in the industrial facility including sensors coupled to processing equipment and a flowsheet model, and dynamic models of the industrial facility including calculation models, symptom and fault models, dynamic simulation models, and machine learning models. The aggregation algorithm using outputs from the static models and dynamic model, generates an aggregated view including performance alerts for at least one of the process equipment and industrial process based on a current performance of the industrial process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Burd, Paul F. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10837321
    Abstract: An efficiency evaluation method of an RCAES system is disclosed, and the method includes calculating electric energy charged by an electric power system in a compression process, calculating electric energy discharged to the electric power system in an expansion process, and calculating a ratio of the electric energy discharged in the expansion process to that charged in the compression process, and taking the ratio as an efficiency of the whole RCAES system; wherein gas in operation is ideal gas, air mass flow rates in the compression and expansion processes are known and constant in operation, an isothermal model is adopted for the CASV of which the temperature is the same with ambient circumstances, and the temperature and pressure of compressed air after throttling become constant. A corresponding system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Shengwei Mei, Laijun Chen, Feng Liu, Bin Liu, Cheng Wang, Zhaojian Wang
  • Patent number: 10831940
    Abstract: A method and software-implemented system that provides a situational awareness tool for infrastructure operators and government agencies to assess vulnerabilities, and optimize the deployment of prevention and mitigation technologies. The invention automatically obtains current supply information from each of more than one participating utility provider. The supply information from the different sources is standardized and combined with geographic information to provide a building level map of utility service and outages. The service locations, e.g., residential and commercial buildings, are represented as building polygons corresponding to building footprint, and can be color-coded to indicate service status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: James Marean, William Gale
  • Patent number: 10816111
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transfer line exchanger which is optimized for one or more objective functions of interest such as pressure drop, erosion rate, fouling, coke deposition and operating costs. The transfer line exchanger is designed by computer modeling a transfer line exchanger in which the cross section of flow path is substantially circular and modeling the operation of the transfer line under industrial conditions to validate the model design and its operation. Then iteratively the model design is deformed and the operation of the deformed part is modeled and compared to values obtained with other deformed models until the value of the objective function is optimized (e.g. at an extreme) or the change in the objective function is approaching zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Clavelle, Edgar Yajure, Leslie Wilfred Benum, Edward Christopher Foy, David Eisenhawer
  • Patent number: 10796035
    Abstract: Techniques for building and implementing computing systems with simulated hardware infrastructures are provided to support, for example, development and testing of management and orchestration software. For example, a system includes a processing platform comprising hardware resources, and a simulated computing system executing on top of the processing platform using the hardware resources. The simulated computing system comprises simulated elements including a simulated compute node, a simulated network switch device, and a simulated power distribution device. The simulated compute node comprises a simulated hardware processor and a simulated storage device. The system further comprises a test control interface configured to enable a user to test the simulated computing system by injecting an error into the simulated computing system. For example, error injection includes manipulating a behavior of one or more of the simulated elements and/or simulating a failure of one or more of the simulated elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Robert Guowu Xia, Joseph James Longever, Jr., Simon Alexander Jensen-Fellows, Xiaoxia Shu, Xiaoguang Fu, Chao Wang, Xingwang Cai, Chao Wu, Xin Lin
  • Patent number: 10776535
    Abstract: A method for testing a network device using a variable traffic burst profile includes providing for user selection of at least one type of simulated traffic to be transmitted to a network device under test (DUT). The method further includes receiving user input regarding selection of the type of simulated traffic. The method further includes providing for user selection of a transmission rate for transmitting the simulated traffic to the DUT. The method further includes receiving user input regarding selection of the transmission rate. The method further includes transmitting the simulated traffic to the DUT according to the selected traffic type, the selected transmission rate, and a variable traffic burst profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies Singapore (Sales) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Noah Steven Gintis
  • Patent number: 10769321
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods for designing a pipeline. Embodiments include receiving input pipeline design information and GPS input information from a construction site, designing a pipeline layout and pipeline fabrication details from the input pipeline design information and the GPS input information, and providing GPS and pipeline construction output information to be used in the field to excavate a ditch line and construct the pipeline so that the installation and the fabrication of the pipe matches the excavate ditch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Alex E. Paris Contracting Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Armando Ferri, II
  • Patent number: 10671772
    Abstract: A data processing method for execution using a programmed computer to generate an objective score value specifying an estimated impact of an oil or gas processing operation comprises: receiving a plurality of data associated with the oil or gas processing operation; identifying, using the plurality of data, a plurality of events that may occur during the oil or gas processing operation; for each event of the plurality of events, determining a relative weighting of potential impact of the event for the oil or gas processing operation using local conditions and a master event profile for the event; for each event of the plurality of events, determining an effectiveness of one or more control efforts; for each event of the plurality of events, determining a score using the relative weighting of the potential impact of the event and the effectiveness of the one or more control efforts; determining the objective digitally stored score value for the oil or gas processing operation using the score for each event of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Devin Luquist, Horace James Caulkins, V
  • Patent number: 10611025
    Abstract: A method and device for evaluating the performance of an industrial control loop based on full loop reconstruction simulations. The method comprises: performing reconstruction simulation on control modules one by one except a controlled object in the loop, and judging the correctness of the reconstructed modules; establishing a mathematical model of the object, connecting the mathematical model to the reconstructed modules to complete reconstruction of the entire loop, and optimizing the mathematical model of the object to obtain an optimized model of the object; adjusting parameters of the modules according to a control performance index, and performing simulation calculation on the reconstructed loop using the parameters to obtain an ideal value of the reconstructed performance control index for evaluating the performance of the loop. The loop is reconstructed, the influence of the modules, a PID controller, a filter, a piece-wise linear function and a deadband, on the performance is evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jiandong Wang, Zijiang Yang
  • Patent number: 10614194
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a layout of equipment in a data center, the equipment including a plurality of equipment racks, and at least one rack-based cooling provider. In one aspect, the method includes receiving data regarding airflow consumption for each of the plurality of equipment racks and cooling capacity of the at least one cooling provider, determining a layout of the data center, and displaying the layout of the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Saurabh Kumar Shrivastava, James William VanGilder
  • Patent number: 10578770
    Abstract: An improved inflow performance model that provides the performance of oil wells having any slant angle within the entire azimuth of 0-90 degrees, in saturated and under saturated reservoirs. A generalized model is formulated by normalizing the coefficients of inflow performance relationship (IPR) model by performing a linear regression analysis. The generalized model is further modified to account for skin factor and is also integrated with a straight line IPR to be suitable for determining the performance of under saturated oil wells. For the case of flowing bottom-hole pressures above bubble point pressure, the straight line IPR model is used to determine the flow rate of the oil well, whereas for the case of having bottom-hole pressure below the bubble point pressure, the generalized IPR model is used to determine the flow rate performance of the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Adewale Wasiu Adeniji, Sami Abdulaziz Alnuaim
  • Patent number: 10552572
    Abstract: A method, system, apparatus, and computer program product provide the ability to design a drainage pipe solution. A profile of a surface segment (that includes a surface slope) is acquired. A first pipe size and a first pipe slope or calculated based on a proper velocity. A second pipe size and a second pipe slope are calculated based on the surface slope. A first pipe covering and a second pipe covering for the first pipe size and the second pipe size, for the surface segment is computed. A lower of the first pipe covering and the second pipe covering is selected as the drainage pipe solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoming Fei, Jianwen Huang, Lei Hua, Yimeng He, Weihua Zhong, Lijun Zhang, Zeyi Xia, Matthew Carl Anderson
  • Patent number: 10495768
    Abstract: A computer implemented method including a numerical model of a region of the earth modeling the acoustic behavior of that region. The method implements an acoustic wave propagator allowing the simulation of the propagation of pure P-waves in transversal isotropic media. The propagator can be applied to applications such as seismic forward modeling, reverse time migration and other two-way wave-equation based applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Qunshan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10481567
    Abstract: A simulation apparatus includes: a memory to store information on the shape of a workpiece, information on a cross section of a portion of the workpiece, and information on definition points indicating the shape of an edge surface of tool edges of a machining tool; a first calculator to perform a calculation to obtain passage points in a three-dimensional coordinate system; a second calculator to cause the cross section in the three-dimensional coordinate system to be disposed parallel to a plane defined by predetermined two of the axes of the three-dimensional coordinate system, thus converting the passage points in the three-dimensional coordinate system into passage points in a two-dimensional coordinate system; and a third calculator to decide, in accordance with the passage points in the two-dimensional coordinate system, the shape of a tooth profile to be formed on the workpiece in the two-dimensional coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Akira Saito
  • Patent number: 10467355
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method to determine building thermal performance parameters through empirical testing is described. Three building-specific parameters, thermal conductivity, thermal mass, and effective window area, are empirically derived. Thermal conductivity is evaluated through an empirical test conducted in the absence of solar gain with constant indoor temperature and no HVAC. Thermal mass is evaluated through a second empirical test conducted in the absence of solar gain and no HVAC. Effective window area is evaluated through a third empirical test conducted in the presence of solar gain and no HVAC. Thermal HVAC system power rating and conversion and delivery efficiency are also parametrized. The parameters are estimated using short duration tests that last at most several days. The parameters and estimated HVAC system efficiency can be used to simulate a time series of indoor building temperature, annual fuel consumption, or maximum indoor temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Clean Power Research, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10460049
    Abstract: A method for analyzing energy savings for a building is provided. The method includes receiving a historical energy usage and a weather data for a building, a set of operations parameters describing building operations and a set of building system parameters describing building systems. A baseline configuration is submitted to a first energy consumption simulation to determine a baseline energy usage profile. A calibrated configuration is determined from the baseline configuration and the historical energy usage. The calibrated configuration is submitted to a second energy consumption simulation to determine a calibrated energy usage profile. A hypothetical configuration is determined from the calibrated configuration and a set of energy improvement measures. The hypothetical configuration is submitted to a third energy consumption simulation to determine a hypothetical energy usage profile and report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Cenergistic LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Sons, Jack Bullock