Patents Examined by Thienvu V. Tran
  • Patent number: 11146055
    Abstract: A time-current coordination (TCC) curve for a programmable low-set instantaneous overcurrent (IOC) relay for at least one station breaker in an electrical distribution feeder with a fuse-saving scheme and a method of coordinating at least one recloser with the station breaker in the said feeder, for the reduction of frequency of power interruptions encountered by at least one load on the feeder and wherein the method includes the steps of: (a) feasible selection of a range for a time delay of a station breaker's programmable low-set IOC relay; (b) choosing a time delay based on a fuse-saving relation; and optionally (c) locating the recloser on the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Omid Alizadeh, Bala Venkatesh, Gary Thompson
  • Patent number: 11139194
    Abstract: A sample holder includes: a ceramic body having a circular plate shape, the ceramic body comprising an upper surface serving as a sample holding face for holding a sample; and a suction electrode disposed within the ceramic body. The upper surface of the ceramic body includes a first circumferential wall portion having an annular shape, the first circumferential wall portion being constituted so as to protrude along an outer periphery of the ceramic body, and a plurality of projections formed in a region of the upper surface inside the first circumferential wall portion. Corners lying between an upper surface and side surfaces of the first circumferential wall portion are radiused. When viewed as a cross section of the ceramic body, a radius of curvature of an outside corner is smaller than a radius of curvature of an inside corner of the radiused corners of the first circumferential wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Kenichi Akabane
  • Patent number: 11133721
    Abstract: A pumping system deployable in a wellbore includes a primary driven component, a secondary driven component and a motor. The motor is filled with a motor lubricant and includes a stator, a primary rotor assembly configured for rotation within the stator and a primary shaft connected to the primary rotor assembly and to the primary driven component. The motor further includes an internal magnetic coupling assembly inside the stator. The internal magnetic coupling assembly includes a secondary rotor assembly and a secondary shaft. The secondary rotor assembly and the secondary shaft are isolated from the motor fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Marvel, Rene Jose Garcia
  • Patent number: 11133124
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus for magnetically attaching to a load comprising: a direct current power source; an electromagnet comprising a coil connectable to the direct current power source for feeding current to the coil for attaching to a load by a magnetic force; a current measurement device connected to the coil; a user interface for displaying information indicating a load capacity of the apparatus; and a controller operatively connected to the direct current power source, the coil, the current measurement device and the user interface to cause: connecting the direct current power source to the coil; measuring current of the coil; determining a rise time of the current to a nominal value of current of the coil, when the load is attached to the apparatus; determining a load capacity and/or usage level of the load capacity of the apparatus based on the rise time of the current to the nominal value; and displaying the load capacity on the user inte
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Tarkmet Oy
    Inventors: Mika Inkinen, Henri Troberg
  • Patent number: 11133718
    Abstract: An electric machine includes a stator having teeth that define open slots and slot closers disposed in the slots. Each slot closers includes a flux bridge surrounded by a nonmagnetic case. The slot closer is disposed between adjacent ones of the teeth with the case engaging and spanning the adjacent teeth. The case forms nonmagnetic gaps between the flux bridge and the adjacent teeth, respectively, to reduce potential for torque ripple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Kasha, Jacob Krizan, Chun Tang
  • Patent number: 11128126
    Abstract: A protection circuit of a USB device can interrupt and restore the electrical coupling between a first interface and a second interface of the USB device as a user requires. A controlling module of the protection circuit outputs a first low-level signal or a second high-level signal according to a user operation, a switching module thereby connects or disconnects the first interface to or from the second interface according to the signal received. A USB device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Ji-Xiang Yin, Jiang-Feng Shan, Xiao-Qing Zhang, Bo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11128129
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for selectively providing a signal path from a respective wire of a multi-wire bus to at least one corresponding data signal output node of at least one set of differential data signal output nodes using a respective switching element in a respective set of signal path circuits connected in parallel, and generating a set of discharge currents, each discharge current of the set of discharge currents generated through a respective resistive element in the respective set of signal path circuits to discharge a portion of a voltage pulse on the respective wire of the multi-wire bus to one or more metallic planes via a respective localized ESD protection circuit, the respective resistive element and the respective localized ESD protection circuit connected between the respective wire and the respective switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: KANDOU LABS, S.A.
    Inventors: Kiarash Gharibdoust, Suhas Rattan, Pallavi Muktesh
  • Patent number: 11128201
    Abstract: A stator sleeve assembly for an electric machine includes a first cylindrical housing portion defining an inner radial cavity defined by at least one circumferential wall and an outer radial cavity, and a set of radial passages fluidly connecting the inner radial cavity with the outer radial cavity, and a second cylindrical housing portion defining a third cavity, the second housing portion axially spaced from the first housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Pradeep Hemant Sangli, Santosh Kumar Prasad, Todd Eric Rook
  • Patent number: 11128107
    Abstract: An electrical protection component having a short-circuit device is disclosed. In an embodiment an electrical protection component includes a short-circuiting device including a surge arrester including electrodes and a thermal short-circuiting device including a clip, a first section of which is snapped onto the surge arrester and a second section of which comprises a short-circuiting link, wherein the short-circuiting link of the clip is spaced apart from at least one of the electrodes by a fusible element, wherein the short-circuiting link electrically conductively connects two of the electrodes to one another when the fusible element melts, and wherein the fusible element has a melting point of at least 300 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Lau Kee Khon, Frank Werner
  • Patent number: 11124315
    Abstract: A lightning protection system of an aircraft includes a wall defining an inner surface and an outer surface. The outer surface is configured to come into contact with a mass of air located around the aircraft. The lighting protection system also includes at least two electrically conductive lighting traps received in holes traversing the wall and at least one strip with pellets having an electrically insulating substrate and electrically conductive pellets spaced apart from one another on the electrically insulating substrate. The strip with pellets is fastened on the wall by the two lightning traps. The strip with pellets is attached on the inner surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Fabrice Tristant
  • Patent number: 11128225
    Abstract: The invention relates to a DC-to-DC converter with reduced losses due to a reverse-recovery-effect. A transformer is provided on an input of the DC-to-DC converter. Due to said transformer, an electric current which is possibly still flowing can be compensated and thus suppressed to enable a current-less commutation by means of said transformer. This allows electric losses due to a reverse-recovery-effect, in particular in a continuous step-up converter, to be reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Emiliano Gudino Carrizales
  • Patent number: 11129268
    Abstract: An ignition apparatus is provided which ignites a mixture of air and fuel gas by plasma to generate an initial flame. The apparatus includes: a spark plug that includes an inner conductor, a cylindrical outer conductor that holds the inner conductor thereinside, and a dielectric that is provided between the inner conductor and the outer conductor, and that generates plasma in a plasma formation space between the inner conductor and the outer conductor; an electromagnetic wave power supply that generates an electromagnetic wave to apply electromagnetic wave power to the spark plug; an evaluation section that evaluates a state of formation of the plasma; a determination section that determines a matching object of the electromagnetic wave based on an evaluation result by the evaluation section; and a coupled state control section that controls a matching condition of the electromagnetic wave so that the electromagnetic wave matches the matching object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Shota Kinoshita, Fumiaki Aoki, Daisuke Tanaka, Akimitsu Sugiura, Jan Husarik, Masashi Kando
  • Patent number: 11121622
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a current resonance type switching power supply that has a switching element and generates an output voltage. The control apparatus includes a drive circuit configured to generate a drive signal to drive the switching element of the switching power supply, and a soft-start control circuit connected to the drive circuit, the soft-start control circuit being configured to send a signal to the drive circuit to cause the drive circuit to increment an on-width of the drive signal by a prescribed step per prescribed switching number, to thereby reduce an overshoot of the output voltage when the switching power supply is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Chen, Kiminori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11120958
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a relay holding circuit and a battery management system. the relay holding circuit may include: a high-voltage isolated power source, a power source driving module, and a microprocessor of a battery management system; the high-voltage isolated power source may be respectively connected to two electrodes of a battery pack, an output terminal of the power source driving module, the microprocessor, and a first terminal of a first switching device; an input terminal of the power source driving module may be connected to the microprocessor; the microprocessor may be further connected to a primary battery, the microprocessor may output a low-level signal to the power source driving module when the primary battery supplies power abnormally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Zhimin Dan, Delong Shi, Yizhen Hou, Wei Zhang, Liansong Wang
  • Patent number: 11114430
    Abstract: A leakage current detection and protection device coupled between input and output ends of power lines, and includes first and second switching modules, a leakage current detection module, a self-test module, and first and second drive modules. When the leakage current detection module detects a leakage current on the power lines, the second drive module controls the second switching module to disconnect power to the output end. When the self-test module detects a fault in the leakage current detection module, the first drive module controls the first switching module to disconnect the power to the output ends. The first switching module is coupled between the input end and a point where the leakage current detection module, the self-test module, and the first and second drive modules are coupled, so that these modules are de-powered when the first switching module disconnects the electrical connection to output ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Chengli Li
  • Patent number: 11112812
    Abstract: A low-dropout voltage regulation device includes a power stage having an output terminal coupled to a load circuit, the load circuit being operable in a plurality of operating modes. The load circuit is configured to receive a different respective output current when in each of the plurality of operating modes. An error amplifier has an output coupled to an input terminal of the power stage. A compensation circuit is coupled to the input terminal of the power stage and is operable in a plurality of selectable configurations that are respectively tailored to the plurality of operating modes. The plurality of selectable configurations are selectable in response to a control signal representative of a current operating mode of the load circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics SA
    Inventors: Lionel Vogt, Eoin Padraig O Hannaidh
  • Patent number: 11112810
    Abstract: A circuit for controlling current flow to an associated inductive load is provided. The circuit includes a switching element having an open state and a closed state that intermittently connects an associated power supply to the inductive load when the switching element is in the closed state, a switch driver that generates a switch drive signal provided to a control element of the switch that controls the state of the switch to be the open state or the close state based on a desired load current set point and a feedback signal, a current sensor that measures a current flowing through the switching element and the load and generates a sensed current signal, and a summing circuit that adds a representation of the sensed current signal and a supplemental signal comprising a representation of the switch drive signal to generate the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Hoerbiger Wien GmbH
    Inventors: Joseph M. Lepley, Steven B. Pirko
  • Patent number: 11107719
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck device includes: a base having one principal surface which is a placing surface on which a plate-shaped sample is placed, wherein the base is made from a sintered compact of ceramic particles, which include silicon carbide particles and aluminum oxide particles, as a forming material; and an electrostatic attraction electrode which is provided on a surface of the base on the side opposite to the placing surface of the base, or in the interior of the base, in which the volume resistivity value of the sintered compact is 0.5×1015 ?cm or more in the entire range from 24° C. to 300° C., a graph which shows the relationship of the volume resistivity value of the sintered compact to a temperature at which the volume resistivity value of the sintered compact is measured has a maximum value in the range from 24° C. to 300° C., and the amount of metal impurities in the sintered compact other than aluminum and silicon in the sintered compact is 100 ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hidaka, Hironori Kugimoto, Mamoru Kosakai
  • Patent number: 11108327
    Abstract: A selected-parameter adaptively switched power conversion system, for example, includes a counter for determining a period of an output oscillation a power supply switch, where the output oscillation starts when an output current generated by stored power of the power supply coil decays substantially to zero. An event generator for generating a switching delay event in response to the determined output oscillation period and generates a switching delay event in response to a determination of a phase of the output oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Subrahmanya Bharathi Akondy, Hrishikesh Nene
  • Patent number: 11106229
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit includes an output transistor, an error amplifier, a replica transistor, a current-limiting circuit, and a potential regulation circuit. The output transistor is electrically connected between a power supply-side first node and an output-side second node. The replica transistor is electrically connected between the first node and a fourth node. The replica transistor constitutes a circuit that is configured to operate to correspond to the output transistor. The current-limiting circuit has an input node, that is electrically connected to a fifth node between the fourth node and a first current source, and an output node that is electrically connected to a gate of the output transistor and a gate of the replica transistor. The potential regulation circuit is electrically connected to the second node and the fourth node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ideno