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).

  • Publication number: 20190368607
    Abstract: An unchamfered piston ring that is pre-treated by grit blasting to a defined roughness, followed by PVD coating with a metal nitride to a thickness of at least 10 ?m, leaving peaks and valleys in the coated piston ring. The coated piston ring is then lapped to remove the peaks without penetrating the coating, so that valleys and plateaus remain in the coated surface. The resulting piston ring exhibits superior coating retention due to the increased surface area created by the grit blasting, and yet also superior performance, as the cavities remaining increase the porosity of the coating and thus enhance the lubrication of the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas J. SMITH, Thomas STONG, Andrea C. PAUL, Alexander S. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20190352674
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for increasing the yield of an extracellular product synthesized by an organism cultured in a continuous aerobic fermentation system. The extracellular product yield is increased through the use of an organism modified to decreased production of polyhydroxyalkanoate, to increase production of the extracellular product, and to include promoters that can be inducible in response to nutrient limitation conditions. The extracellular product yield is also increased by operating the continuous fermentation system under particular nutrient limitation conditions. Also provided are non-naturally occurring organisms that have been modified for use with the provided methods, and extracellular products made using the provided methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alexander Brett FOSTER, Cristina Serrano AMATRIAIN, Gary J. Smith, Paul Sheldon Pearlman, Mark Paul Taylor, Jonathan Combe, Daniel Bawdon
  • Patent number: 10471838
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. More particularly, a vehicle including a first charging port at a first location on the vehicle and a second charging port at a second location on the vehicle is provided. The first charging port of the vehicle may be different from the second charging port of the vehicle. That is, a standard associated with a receptacle of the first charging port may be different from a standard associated with a receptacle of the second charging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Rajaie, Miaosen Shen, Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 10476115
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating a battery module. A battery cell can include a vent in the bottom of the battery. To allow the battery to be attached to a cooling plate and allow the vent to function properly, an opening is formed in the cooling plate under the battery. The opening can vent gasses from the vent in the battery to atmosphere through a chamber in the cooling plate or a conduit in the cooling plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Publication number: 20190338320
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for generating cellular biomass in continuous aerobic fermentation systems. The biomass yield, and the concentration of polyhydroxyalkanoate within the biomass, are each directed to advantageous levels by operating the continuous fermentation system under particular nutrient limitation conditions. Also provided are biomass produced using the provided methods, and animal feed compositions including the provided biomass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alexander Brett FOSTER, Cristina Serrano AMATRIAIN, Gary J. Smith, Paul Sheldon Pearlman, Mark Paul Taylor
  • Patent number: 10452508
    Abstract: In an approach for managing a set of tests to run on a set of platforms, a processor identifies a set of tests to run on a set of platforms and one or more priorities associated with the set of tests. A processor sends the set of tests and the one or more priorities associated with the set of tests to the set of platforms. A processor receives information about a first test run of a first test on a first platform of the set of platforms. A processor determines that the first test failed on the first platform. A processor updates the one or more priorities associated with the set of tests. A processor sends the updated one or more priorities associated with the set of tests to at least the second platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Maple, Alexander R. Pringle, Kevin B. Smith, David R. Waddling
  • Patent number: 10442307
    Abstract: A power module for a vehicle includes a bidirectional voltage converter to i) convert a first voltage to a second voltage and convert the second voltage back to the first voltage, and ii) convert the first voltage to a third voltage and convert the third voltage back to the first voltage. The power module includes one or more power sources coupled to the bidirectional voltage converter and to supply power to auxiliary components of the vehicle. The power module includes a controller to control the bidirectional voltage converter and the one or more power sources. The first voltage is for supplying power to a powertrain of the vehicle, and the second voltage and the third voltage are for supplying power to the one or more power sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Peng Chen, Miaosen Shen, Feng Guo, Adam H Ing, Alexander J Smith, Rick Rajaie
  • Patent number: 10442375
    Abstract: A power module for a vehicle includes a first bidirectional voltage converter to convert a first voltage to a second voltage and convert the second voltage back to the first voltage. The power module includes a second bidirectional voltage converter to convert the first voltage to a third voltage and convert the third voltage back to the first voltage. The power module includes a first battery coupled to the first bidirectional voltage converter to receive the second voltage, and a second battery coupled to the second bidirectional voltage converter to receive the third voltage. The power module includes a controller to control the first and second bidirectional voltage converters and the first and second batteries. The first voltage is for supplying power to a powertrain of the vehicle. The second voltage and the third voltage are for supplying power to the first and second batteries, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H Ing, Alexander J Smith, Rick Rajaie, Peng Chen, Miaosen Shen
  • Patent number: 10446903
    Abstract: Surface scattering antennas on curved manifolds provide adjustable radiation fields by adjustably coupling scattering elements along a wave-propagating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Black, Pai-Yen Chen, Brian Mark Deutsch, Tom Driscoll, Siamak Ebadi, John Desmond Hunt, Alexander Remley Katko, Nathan Ingle Landy, Melroy Machado, Milton Perque, Jr., David R. Smith, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Publication number: 20190299790
    Abstract: A device for charging an energy storage device includes a controller to initiate a charging operation for the energy storage device and control, during a first stage of the charging operation, a thermal control system to direct a first volume of the thermal mass along a first flow path to heat the energy storage device to a first desired temperature. The controller controls, during a second stage of the charging operation, the thermal control system to direct a second volume of the thermal mass along a second flow path to cool the energy storage device from the first desired temperature towards a second desired temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander J. Smith, Rick Rajaie
  • Patent number: 10428945
    Abstract: A method of forming a piston ring includes providing a base portion formed of a metallic material, the base portion having a first surface, and a second surface that is opposite the first surface, the base portion configured to interface with a piston ring groove. The method includes grinding the first surface to form a reference surface, applying a chromium layer to the second surface, and grinding the chromium layer to reduce a surface roughness of the chromium layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas J. Smith, Alexander S. Cooper, Robert J. Piccard, Timothy Andros, Claudinei J. de Oliveira, Jason P. Bieneman, Victor H. Tapia Ramirez, Terry Pecott
  • Publication number: 20190296321
    Abstract: A battery module cell cover is provided including a number of features configured to orient, capture, and isolate battery cell interconnections relative to battery cell locations in an array of battery cells. Isolation features may block a negative terminal battery cell interconnect from moving out of an orientation receptacle aligned with a negative terminal of a battery cell and into contact with a positive terminal of the battery cell, or vice versa. The battery module cell cover can include a number of structural connection features protruding from a planar surface into a battery cell containment cavity, between battery cell locations, that provide a number of surfaces for curing to structural adhesive of the battery module. These structural connection features, in conjunction with the structural adhesive, can assist in forming a unified strengthened structure of the battery module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190296407
    Abstract: A multiple-zone thermocouple battery module temperature monitoring system is provided configured to determine a plurality of temperatures along a depth of the battery module at different locations. The system may include a number of temperature probes each including a first temperature sensor oriented at a base of a group of cells in the module and a second temperature sensor oriented at an upper portion of the group of cells in the module. Providing upper and lower battery cell temperature sensors in each probe of the system allows a battery management system to detect and record a temperature gradient of the battery cells in the module at a number of different locations. These recordings can determine a gradient and temperature difference between the upper and lower battery cell portions over an operable threshold difference, and command a thermal management system to return the battery module to limits within the operable threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing
  • Publication number: 20190296310
    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: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190288254
    Abstract: An energy storage device and structurally enhanced packaging for energy storage cells is provided. The energy storage device includes a number of energy storage cells spaced apart from one another and contained in a lightweight carrier. The energy storage cells and carrier are mechanically coupled together with a structural adhesive forming a unified structure and framework where each connection point acts as a node in a force distribution structure. The structural adhesive can be injected into the volume between the energy storage cells while in a fluid, or semi-fluid, state. While in this state, a retaining form or gasket inside the carrier can prevent the structural adhesive from leaking out of the energy storage device. When in a cured, or hardened, non-fluid state the structural adhesive may adhere to the various components of the energy storage device to mechanically join the component together into a structurally safe package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190281132
    Abstract: Technologies for managing telemetry and sensor data on an edge networking platform are disclosed. According to one embodiment disclosed herein, a device monitors telemetry data associated with multiple services provided in the edge networking platform. The device identifies, for each of the services and as a function of the associated telemetry data, one or more service telemetry patterns. The device generates a profile including the identified service telemetry patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Ramanathan Sethuraman, Timothy Verrall, Ned M. Smith, Thomas Willhalm, Brinda Ganesh, Francesc Guim Bernat, Karthik Kumar, Evan Custodio, Suraj Prabhakaran, Ignacio Astilleros Diez, Nilesh K. Jain, Ravi Iyer, Andrew J. Herdrich, Alexander Vul, Patrick G. Kutch, Kevin Bohan, Trevor Cooper
  • Publication number: 20190260005
    Abstract: A tapered busbar for an energy storage device is provided. The tapered busbar is configured to interconnect with a first row of series-connected energy storage cells in a battery module at a first end of the busbar. As the busbar tapers from a first cross-sectional area at the first end to a larger second cross-sectional area at a second opposite end, the busbar is configured to interconnect with sequentially additional electrically-parallel rows of series-connected energy storage cells. The tapered cross-sectional area of the busbar provides a substantially uniform current density at any point along the length of the busbar regardless of the number of rows of energy storage cells connected before or after the point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Publication number: 20190229309
    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: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190202157
    Abstract: Systems and methods of buffing tire casings are provided. A tire buffing machine includes a tire hub assembly selectively rotating a mounted casing, a buffer configured to buff the casing, a tire belt detection apparatus having two or more sensors to detect a first belt depth of one or more belts at a first lateral position in a tire casing and a second belt depth of the one or more belts at a second lateral position within the tire casing, and an electronic controller. The controller determines the first belt depth and the second belt depth using a belt detection apparatus having two or more sensors of the belt detection apparatus and adjusts the operation of the buffer based on the first belt depth or the second belt depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: James A. Kendall, Jr., Robert P. Hardy, Devin T. Smith, Zachary Milliron, Jeffrey A. Wachtel, Matthew J. Abraham, Jaime J. Benitez, Jeremiah J. Nartker, Alexander G. Tomtschik, Wade L. Terrill
  • Publication number: 20190189382
    Abstract: Devices and systems are provided that incorporate fusible links within the electrical traces of a battery module voltage sensing circuit. The fusible links can be integrally formed in an electric trace and provide an overcurrent protection feature for the circuit without requiring fuse elements or components that are separate from the electrical trace. Each of these fusible links include a substantially flat controlled cross-sectional area disposed along a length of the material making up the electrical trace. In an overcurrent situation, the connection between a battery management system and a battery cell may be severed by the overcurrent melting the fusible link. The electrical traces may be spaced apart from one another in the circuit such that an overcurrent situation breaking the connection between one cell and the battery management system would not affect adjacent electrical traces not having an overcurrent situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen C. Holland, Alexander J. Smith