Patents by Inventor Alexander J. Smith

Alexander J. Smith has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10727680
    Abstract: Embodiments include a junction box for an electric vehicle. The junction box includes a charging port to receive power from an external power source, and a plurality of switching elements to control electrical connections between the charging port, a first battery, and a second battery. On/off states of the plurality of switching elements control whether the charging port, the first battery and the second battery are connected in a first configuration or a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H Ing, Alexander J Smith
  • Publication number: 20200225421
    Abstract: A connector is disclosed that includes a housing and first and second attachment areas located in the housing and spaced apart from each other along the mating direction of the connector. The second, but not the first, attachment area is designed to move relative to the housing. The connector further includes an optical waveguide that is permanently attached to, and under a first bending force between, the first and second attachment areas. The connector also includes a light coupling unit located in the housing for receiving light from the optical waveguide and transmitting the received light to a mating connector along a direction different than the mating direction of the connector. The mating of the connector to the mating connector causes the optical waveguide to be under a greater second bending force between the first and second attachment areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Michael A. Haase, Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Ding Wang, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 10707471
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for interconnecting all of the battery cells in a battery module from a single side of the battery cell and module are provided. The cell busbar system comprises a number of thin formed strips arranged to interconnect individual battery cells in a row together in series and each row in parallel along a length of the battery module. In particular, the cell busbar system may include two high voltage, or edge, strips and a number of cell-to-cell, or internal, strips electrically interconnected to the edge strips. All of the battery cells in the battery module may be oriented such that all of the positive terminals are facing the same direction. The interconnections between series-connected rows of cells, and parallel rows of series-connected rows, may all be made in substantially the same plane on a single side of the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200203941
    Abstract: A laminated busbar assembly includes positive and negative leads supported by an insulative layer. The insulative layer as well as the positive and negative leads are thin and flexible, thus facilitating connection of the positive and negative leads with the terminals of the electric cells of a battery module. The laminated busbar assembly may include voltage measurement wires and/or temperature sensors for measuring voltage and/or temperature, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Shubham Saurav, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10690870
    Abstract: An optical communication subassembly includes one or more optoelectronic devices, one or more optical elements, and a transceiver light coupling unit. Each optical element is configured to change a divergence of the outgoing light relative to a divergence of the incoming light and is spaced apart from and optically aligned with a corresponding optoelectronic device. The transceiver light coupling unit has a mating surface configured for mating with a connector light coupling unit attached to an optical waveguide. A mating direction of the optical light coupling unit forms an angle with the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit such that when the connector light coupling unit mates with the transceiver light coupling unit, the angle between the mating direction of the connector light coupling unit and the mating surface of the transceiver light coupling unit causes the optical waveguide to bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Michael A. Haase, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 10682920
    Abstract: Battery charging systems and the operations thereof are provided. The battery charging systems provide fast charging. The battery charging systems include a charging unit, a battery, a battery management system, and a number of sensors and battery monitors. The battery includes one or more cells. The battery charging systems include a fast-charge profile including a number of stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10680503
    Abstract: An electrical machine including a rotor and a stator, at least one of the rotor and stator being provided with superconducting first electrical windings; and a set of one or more screen electrical windings, provided in the form of one or more further superconducting electrical windings, arranged around and radially outward of the first electrical windings; wherein the set of screen electrical windings is arranged to be supplied with an electrical current for generating a magnetic field of suitable magnitude and phase to reduce the magnitude of the magnetic field, generated at least by the first electrical windings during operation of the electrical machine, radially outwards of the screen electrical windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Stephen Williamson, Alexander C Smith, John J A Cullen, Ellis F H Chong
  • Publication number: 20200173907
    Abstract: No reliable test presently exists for predicting the amount or type of corrosion a metal surface may experience during field use, particularly when the corrosion can be a result of both acid-induced corrosion and microorganism-induced corrosion mechanisms. Apparatuses affording more field-like testing conditions may comprise: a one-pass fluid train comprising a reservoir configured to maintain a fluid at a first temperature state under anoxic conditions; a pre-conditioning chamber in fluid communication with the reservoir and configured to receive a defined volume of the fluid; an autoclave chamber having an impeller in fluid communication with the pre-conditioning chamber that is configured to receive the defined volume of the fluid from the pre-conditioning chamber; and one or more sampling receptacles in fluid communication with the autoclave chamber that are configured to receive the defined volume of the fluid while maintaining anoxic conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Dennis R. Enning, Ramsey J. Smith, Jeffrey D. Spitzenberger, Alexander J. Dulin, Oleg Y. Melnichenko, James K. Backman, William Farrell, Kurt R. Grice, Michael Scudiero
  • Patent number: 10644282
    Abstract: An energy storage device including a staggered energy storage cell internal array with two-dimensional inline terminal edges is provided. The energy storage cells in a battery module may be staggered in an internal array, such that a first row of cells in a line are spaced apart, or offset, in a first direction from an immediately adjacent second row of cells in a line, and wherein a first cell in the second row of cells is offset from a first cell in the first row of cells in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. In some cases, at least two adjacent rows in the battery module may include energy storage cells that are offset from one another but aligned in one direction, such as, the second direction. A mechanical frame may define the arrangement of the energy storage cells relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10641969
    Abstract: A connector is disclosed that includes a housing and first and second attachment areas located in the housing and spaced apart from each other along the mating direction of the connector. The second, but not the first, attachment area is designed to move relative to the housing. The connector further includes an optical waveguide that is permanently attached to, and under a first bending force between, the first and second attachment areas. The connector also includes a light coupling unit located in the housing for receiving light from the optical waveguide and transmitting the received light to a mating connector along a direction different than the mating direction of the connector. The mating of the connector to the mating connector causes the optical waveguide to be under a greater second bending force between the first and second attachment areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Haase, Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Ding Wang, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Publication number: 20200123201
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions including peptides, pharmaceutical preparations thereof, and methods of preventing photoreceptor death therewith and protecting of retinal cells, including, but not limited to, photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium, from Fas- or TRAIL-mediated apoptosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicants: ONL Therapeutics, Inc., The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Cagri G. BESIRLI, Alexander J. BRIDGES, John K. FRESHLEY, William A. HUNKE, Linda L. JOHNSON, Francis X. SMITH, Ethan SYLVAIN, David N. ZACKS
  • Publication number: 20200127351
    Abstract: A system and method for an energy storage device having improved thermal management is provided. The system includes a number of energy storage cells spaced apart from one another and contained in a housing that can be pressure sealed. The system can include a pipe containing fluid circulating within the pipe and a liquid within the housing, where an amount of the liquid is less than half of a volume within the housing. Thermal energy is transferred between an area within the housing and at least a portion of a wall of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander J. Smith, Marc W. Juzkow, Adam H. Ing
  • Patent number: 10608301
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating a battery module. A battery cell can include a cooling device that cools a busbar and a power electronics package. To allow the cooling device to be attached to the busbar and allow the cooling device to cool both the power electronics and the busbar, the cooling device is mounted on the busbar with the busbar held between two portions of the cooling device and with the power electronics mounted on an opposite side of the cooling device from the busbar. The fluid or phase change material may then circulate through a cavity in the cooling device to cool both the power electronics and the busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Brittany M. Repac
  • Publication number: 20200094687
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. Batteries, such as standardized batteries, may allow supplemental batteries to be deployed for use by an electric vehicle. Accordingly, a battery and management system are provided to allow a supplemental battery to provide power to a main battery. Additionally, a battery charging system may sequence the charging of batteries based on whether or not the duration of the charge is known and/or sufficient to charge at least the main battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Yadunandana Yellambalase
  • Patent number: 10598734
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. In particular, a vehicle is described with the ability to gather State of Charge (SOC) information as well as State of Health (SOH) information for one or more batteries in a vehicle and then display both SOC and SOH information to a driver of the vehicle as well as other interested parties. The displayed SOH information may be accompanied by suggestions to modify driving and/or charging behaviors that will improve or contribute to a slower degradation in the SOH of the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing
  • Patent number: 10601090
    Abstract: Embodiment include a power source module comprising one or more power cells. Each power cell can comprise a pressure vent on a side of the power cell. The pressure vent can be adapted to relieve an internal pressure of the cell when the internal pressure exceeds a threshold. A cooling plate can be disposed adjacent and substantially parallel to a side of the one or more power cells having the pressure vent. One or more spacers can be disposed between each of the one or more power cells and the cooling plate and substantially surrounding the pressure vent of one of the one or more power cells. A thermally conductive potting material can be disposed between the one or more power cells and the cooling plate. Each spacer prevents the potting material from intruding into an area around the vent of one of the one or more power cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200076682
    Abstract: Technologies for providing multi-tenant support in edge resources using edge channels include a device that includes circuitry to obtain a message associated with a service provided at the edge of a network. Additionally, the circuitry is to identify an edge channel based on metadata associated with the message. The edge channel has a predefined amount of resource capacity allocated to the edge channel to process the message. Further, the circuitry is to determine the predefined amount of resource capacity allocated to the edge channel and process the message using the allocated resource capacity for the identified edge channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Francesc Guim Bernat, Karthik Kumar, Benjamin Graniello, Timothy Verrall, Andrew J. Herdrich, Rashmin Patel, Monica Kenguva, Brinda Ganesh, Alexander Vul, Ned M. Smith, Suraj Prabhakaran
  • Patent number: 10514512
    Abstract: Optical connectors are provided for connecting sets of optical waveguides, such as optical fiber ribbons to each other, to printed circuit boards, or to backplanes. The provided connectors utilize expanded beam optics with non-contact optical mating resulting in relaxed mechanical precision requirements. The provided connectors can have low optical loss, are easily scalable to high channel count (optical fibers per connector) and can be compatible with low insertion force blind mating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael A. Haase, Terry L. Smith, Barry J. Koch, Ding Wang, Alexander R. Mathews
  • Patent number: 10508134
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions including peptides, pharmaceutical preparations thereof, and methods of preventing photoreceptor death therewith and protecting of retinal cells, including, but not limited to, photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium, from Fas- or TRAIL-mediated apoptosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: ONL Therapeutics, Inc., The Regents Of The University of Michigan
    Inventors: Cagri G. Besirli, Alexander J. Bridges, John K. Freshley, William A. Hunke, Linda L. Johnson, Francis X. Smith, Ethan Sylvain, David N. Zacks
  • Publication number: 20190372173
    Abstract: An energy storage device and structure for energy storage cells is provided that includes a plurality of energy storage cells, each of the energy storage cells having side surface areas. The plurality of energy storage cells are arranged in a pattern with each energy storage cell being spaced a specified distance apart from one another. An expandable material is adhered, by an adhesive backing, to at least a portion of the side surface areas of one or more of the energy storage cells, and the expandable material expands within and at least part of the specified distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Marc W. Juzkow, Alexander J. Smith