Patents Examined by Shafiq Mian
  • Patent number: 11408332
    Abstract: A system for coordinated control of an engine and associated components over various engine-modes of operation. The system may include an engine, one or more components controllable to adjust operation of the diesel engine, and a system controller. The system controller may be connected to the engine and the one or more components. The system controller may include a supervisory controller and one or more component controllers. The supervisory controller may receive system control variable set points and coordinate component control variable set points for the components to achieve the system control variable set points. The component controllers may control operation of the components to achieve the control variable set points for the components by setting manipulated variable set points for the components based on the component control variable set points and a model based non-linear dynamic inversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Garrett Transportation I, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaroslav Pekar, Paul Dickinson
  • Patent number: 11401837
    Abstract: A heat recovery system that includes at least one an engine, a radiator, an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and a thermo-electric generator (TEG). The radiator may be coupled to the reciprocating engine, and the ORC may be coupled to the reciprocating engine and to the TEG. A control module in the system is configured to divert reciprocating engine jacket water fluid through any of the radiator, ORC and TEG to increase the energy efficiency of the reciprocating engine through heat recovery caused by the diverted fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Victor Juchymenko
  • Patent number: 11401870
    Abstract: The coupling can have a female member configured to rotate around an axis, defining an axial recess, and having a plurality of connections circumferentially arranged along a radially inner face; a male member extending inside the axial recess concentrically to the female member and having a plurality of connections circumferentially arranged along a radially outer face; and a plurality of circumferentially arranged links, each link having an inner end engaged with a corresponding one of the male member connections, and an outer end engaged with a corresponding female member connection, the links being slanted off the radial orientation, with the inner end being circumferentially offset from the outer end, the links subjected to compression when transmitting torque between the female member and male member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Daniel Alecu, Michael Conciatori
  • Patent number: 11401861
    Abstract: A pumped heat energy storage (PHES) system, involving an annular ducting arrangement is provided. Disclosed embodiments are believed to resolve the issue of containing a high temperature working fluid at elevated pressure by appropriately compartmentalizing by way of the annular ducting arrangement the functions of temperature management and pressure containment in a cost-effective and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Dresser-Rand Company
    Inventor: Jason M. Kerth
  • Patent number: 11396841
    Abstract: An air handling arrangement in a two-stroke cycle, opposed-piston engine with uniflow scavenging and constructed for heavy-duty operation includes sequentially arranged turbochargers in series with a supercharger. In some aspects, the air handling system is equipped with an EGR channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Achates Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard Regner, Michael Chiang
  • Patent number: 11391181
    Abstract: An energy storage system converts variable renewable electricity (VRE) to continuous heat at over 1000° C. Intermittent electrical energy heats a solid medium. Heat from the solid medium is delivered continuously on demand. An array of bricks incorporating internal radiation cavities is directly heated by thermal radiation. The cavities facilitate rapid, uniform heating via reradiation. Heat delivery via flowing gas establishes a thermocline which maintains high outlet temperature throughout discharge. Gas flows through structured pathways within the array, delivering heat which may be used for processes including calcination, hydrogen electrolysis, steam generation, and thermal power generation and cogeneration. Groups of thermal storage arrays may be controlled and operated at high temperatures without thermal runaway via deep-discharge sequencing. Forecast-based control enables continuous, year-round heat supply using current and advance information of weather and VRE availability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rondo Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: John Setel O'Donnell, Peter Emery von Behrens, Chiaki Treynor, Jeremy Quentin Keller, Matthieu Jonemann, Robert Ratz, Yusef Desjardins Ferhani
  • Patent number: 11391326
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a shaft assembly (95) for a turbine engine (10), wherein the turbine engine includes a fan or propeller assembly (14) and an engine core (20), and further wherein the fan or propeller assembly includes a gearbox (45), and wherein the engine core includes one or more rotors (32). The shaft assembly (95) includes a flexible shaft (100) defining a first end (101) and a second end (102) along the axial direction, wherein the first end is connected to the engine core (20) and the second end is connected to the gearbox (45), and wherein a plurality of splines (110) is defined at the second end (102) and coupled to a spline interface (46) at the gearbox (45); and a coupling (120) extended at least partially in the radial direction and coupled to the engine core and the flexible shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: GE AVIO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Marco Garabello, Paolo Altamura, Gian Mario Bragallini, Alessio Gargioli, Jan Biskupski
  • Patent number: 11391229
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating an engine with an electrically heated catalyst and an electrically driven compressor are described. In one example, the electrically driven compressor and the electrically heated catalyst are activated before an engine start so that vehicle emissions may be reduced more efficiently at engine starting and thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Cox, Themi Petridis, David Hesketh, Mario Balenovic, Helmut Matthias Kindl
  • Patent number: 11391184
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a plant control apparatus includes a first stop controller configured to, when stopping a plant, stop a steam turbine to start to drop rotating speed of a second shaft of the steam turbine from rated speed, and start to drop rotating speed of a first shaft of a gas turbine from the rated speed while continuing combustion of a combustor after the stop of the steam turbine. The apparatus further includes a second stop controller configured to shut off fuel of the combustor to stop the gas turbine when the rotating speed of the first shaft drops to first speed. The second stop controller stops the gas turbine such that the rotating speed of the first shaft catches up with the rotating speed of the second shaft at second speed that is equal to or lower than the first speed and a clutch is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: TOSHIBA ENERGY SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS CORPORATION, TOSHIBA PLANT SYSTEMS & SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mohammed Ameen Abbas Alzuraiqi, Masayuki Tobo, Yuta Iwata, Mizu Kajihara, Shinobu Chiba
  • Patent number: 11384727
    Abstract: A buoyant hydrodynamic pump is disclosed that can float on a surface of a body of water over which waves tend to pass. The pump incorporates an open-bottomed tube with a constriction. The tube partially encloses a substantial volume of water with which the tube's constriction interacts, creating and/or amplifying oscillations therein in response to wave action. Wave-driven oscillations result in periodic upward ejections of portions of the water inside the tube that can be collected in a reservoir that is at least partially positioned above the mean water level of the body of water, or pressurized by compressed air or gas, or both. Water within such a reservoir may return to the body of water via a turbine, thereby generating electrical power (making the device a wave engine), or else the device's pumping action can be used for other purposes such as water circulation, propulsion, or cloud seeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: LONE GULL HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Garth Alexander Sheldon-Coulson, Brian Lee Moffat, Daniel William Place
  • Patent number: 11371533
    Abstract: A blade adjustment mechanism and an air circulator. The air circulator includes a housing defining an air outlet, and the air outlet includes an air inlet side and an air outlet side. The blade adjustment mechanism includes: a fixing bracket, fixedly connected with the housing; at least two wind guide assemblies, spaced apart from each other and partially extending into the air outlet, rotationally connected with the fixing bracket; at least two first connecting rods, rotationally connected with the at least two wind guide assemblies located, extension lines of the at least two first connecting rods along length directions of the at least two first connecting rods being configured to intersect; and a second connecting rod, fixedly connected with an end of each of the at least two first connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignees: GD MIDEA ENVIRONMENT APPLIANCES MFG. CO., LTD., MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qizhen Zhong, Zhong Yang
  • Patent number: 11371490
    Abstract: An offshore power generation structure comprising a submerged portion having a first deck portion comprising an integral multi-stage evaporator system, a second deck portion comprising an integral multi-stage condensing system, a third deck portion housing power generation equipment, cold water pipe; and a cold water pipe connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: The Abell Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry R. Cole, Jonathan M. Ross, Andrew Rekret, Henry Sibenaller, William Schulz, Russ Krull, Laurence Jay Shapiro
  • Patent number: 11371531
    Abstract: Compressor for charging a combustion engine, comprising a compressor housing (1) with a volute (2), a compressor wheel (3) being arranged in the compressor housing (1), the compressor wheel (3) turning about an axis (A) and transporting gas into the volute (2), and an inlet channel (4), at least an end portion of the inlet channel (4) being oriented in the direction of the axis (A) in order to direct gas towards the compressor wheel in the axial direction, wherein an exhaust gas channel (5) terminates into the inlet channel (4) upstream of the compressor wheel (3), and wherein the exhaust gas channel (5) can be shut off by means of a valve (6), wherein a housing (8) of a driving device (7) of the valve (6) is integrally formed with the compressor housing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Steffen Meyer-Salfeld, Rolf Sauerstein, Iago Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11371491
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide an apparatus. The apparatus includes a first hinge element configured to engage and secure to a fixed element; a second hinge element configured to engage and secure to a movable element and to pivot about an axis of rotation defined by a hinge pin passing through at least one bore of the first hinge element and at least one bore of the second hinge element; and a first shape memory alloy element disposed coaxially within a bore of the hinge pin; a first heating element disposed coaxially within the bore of the hinge pin and configured to heat the first shape memory alloy element, wherein the hinge pin includes a first flange configured to engage the first hinge element; and a second flange configured to engage the second hinge element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason D. Steadele, Frederick T. Calkins, Micheal A. Bass
  • Patent number: 11359585
    Abstract: An engine system may include: an engine including cylinders that generate a driving torque by combusting fuel; a first intake manifold connected to an intake line through which flows intake air into some of the plurality of cylinders; a second intake manifold supplying the intake air to the other cylinders of the plurality of cylinders through the first intake manifold; a first exhaust manifold connected to some cylinders that are connected to the first intake manifold; a second exhaust manifold connected to some other cylinders that are connected to the second intake manifold; a recirculation line branched from the second exhaust manifold to be coupled to the second intake manifold; a recirculation inlet valve disposed at a point at which the recirculation line and the second exhaust manifold are joined; and a manifold connection valve disposed on an intake line between the first intake manifold and the second intake manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Hee Han, Jong Il Park, Hyun Jun Lim, Seungwoo Hong, Joowon Lee, Kwanhee Choi, Heechang Oh, Yeongseop Park, Dong Ho Chu, Hyungbok Lee
  • Patent number: 11359576
    Abstract: Systems and generating power in an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) operation to supply electrical power. In embodiments, an inlet temperature of a flow of gas from a source to an ORC unit may be determined. The source may connect to a main pipeline. The main pipeline may connect to a supply pipeline. The supply pipeline may connect to the ORC unit thereby to allow gas to flow from the source to the ORC unit. Heat from the flow of gas may cause the ORC unit to generate electrical power. The outlet temperature of the flow of the gas from the ORC unit to a return pipe may be determined. A bypass valve, positioned on a bypass pipeline connecting the supply pipeline to the return pipeline, may be adjusted to a position sufficient to maintain temperature of the flow of gas above a threshold based on the inlet and outlet temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ICE Thermal Harvesting, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Benjamin Bodishbaugh, Carrie Jeanne Murtland
  • Patent number: 11352909
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system for providing heat, cold, and/or electric power comprising: a first and a second compressor; a first and a second expander; and a first heat store and a second heat store. An output of the first compressor is thermally coupled to a first input of the first heat store and to a second input of the second heat store. An output of the second compressor is thermally coupled to a first input of the second heat store and to a second input of the first heat store. An input of the first expander is thermally coupled to a first output of the first heat store and to a second output of the second heat store. An input of the second expander is thermally coupled to a first output of the second heat store and to a second output of the first heat store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Vladimir Danov
  • Patent number: 11352930
    Abstract: A combined heating and power system is configured to generate energy as well capture a large percentage of energy that would otherwise be lost using components, including heat transfer components, embedded within a vessel to transfer energy in the form of heat to liquid within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: James Warren, Gregory Powell, William V Meyers, Jr., Richard Steven Niswander, Mark Helmut Dorner, Noah Alexander Hopson, Jack Lawrence Jerovsek
  • Patent number: 11333134
    Abstract: SMA actuators and related methods are described. One embodiment of an actuator includes a base; a plurality of buckle arms; and at least a first shape memory alloy wire coupled with a pair of buckle arms of the plurality of buckle arms. Another embodiment of an actuator includes a base and at least one bimorph actuator including a shape memory alloy material. The bimorph actuator attached to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark A. Miller, Nathaniel K. Behning, Dean E. Myers, Michael W. Davis, Ryan N. Ruzicka, Zachary A. Pokornowski, Yasushi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11333045
    Abstract: A flexible coordinated control method adapted to a thermal power unit in a deep peak-regulating operation includes: adding a reverse compensation channel from a fuel quantity instruction to a power generation load instruction on a basis of a traditional coordinated control system of a boiler-following mode; meanwhile, constructing a flexible factor by using a main steam flow quantity signal, and correcting a gain of the reverse compensation channel by the flexible factor in a product mode to obtain a reverse power generation load instruction bias value; and correcting the power generation load instruction of the unit by using the reverse power generation load instruction bias value, so as to give priority to guaranteeing the control quality of a power generation load and a throttle pressure before a steam turbine under conventional load conditions and give priority to guaranteeing the combustion stability under deep peak-regulating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: NORTH CHINA ELECTRIC POWER UNIVERSITY(BAODING), STATE GRID LIAONING ELECTRIC POWER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liang Tian, Xinping Liu, Bo Hu, Tuoyu Deng, Zhimin Guan, Guiping Zhou, Shunjiang Wang, Lei Wang