Patents by Inventor Alvaro Masias

Alvaro Masias 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: 10483603
    Abstract: A vehicle including a traction battery pack, a conduit system, a sensor, an emitter, and a control system is provided. The conduit system may provide a path for coolant to enter and exit the pack and includes a conduit. The sensor may measure conditions of the pack and conduit system. The emitter may be arranged with the conduit to form a peristaltic pump. The control system may activate the pump based on sensor signals to adjust a conduit portion to influence a flow rate of the coolant flowing therethrough. The emitter may be an electromagnet to output a magnetic field. The emitter may be a voltage emitter or electric field emitter. The sensor may measure a flow rate of at least a portion of the conduit system or a temperature of the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Masias, Brian Joseph Robert
  • Publication number: 20190074558
    Abstract: A capacitor is configured to be in thermal contact with an electrical load. A controller is configured to charge and discharge the capacitor to change a temperature of the capacitor. The controller is configured to selectively discharge the capacitor at a discharge current at which entropic cooling of the capacitor is greater than Joule heating of the capacitor to provide cooling for the electrical load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Alvaro MASIAS, James Matthew MARCICKI
  • Patent number: 10164450
    Abstract: A battery management controller includes input channels to receive a voltage signal from a battery and output channels to provide diagnostic signals to an operator. The controller is programmed to output a diagnostic signal predictive of a thermal condition in response to the voltage decreasing at a rate greater than a predetermined rate that signals that the voltage is decreasing toward a local minimum that precedes an increase in the voltage indicative of a battery temperature increase rate becoming greater than a threshold. The diagnostic signal may be used to alert the operator of the condition. The controller may be further programmed to issue commands to mitigate the thermal condition based on the diagnostic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Masias, Kent Snyder, Theodore James Miller
  • Patent number: 10138880
    Abstract: A vehicle inductor assembly includes an inductor, a thermal plate, an emitter, and a controller. The inductor is secured within a housing. The thermal plate supports the inductor and includes a channel having a flexible wall with actionable particles. The emitter is located adjacent the channel. The controller is programmed to activate the emitter to impart a force upon the particles to move the wall such that a cross-sectional area of the channel is adjusted to influence a flow rate of coolant flowing therethrough. The wall may be a membrane partially secured to an interior of the channel and include the actionable particles. The actionable particles may be one of dielectric and magnetic particles and the emitter may selectively output one of a voltage, an electric field, or a magnetic field to move the dielectric or magnetic particles such that the membrane moves to adjust the cross-sectional area of the channel to influence a flow rate of coolant flowing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Robert, Alvaro Masias, Vincent Skalski, Serdar Hakki Yonak
  • Publication number: 20180269547
    Abstract: A vehicle traction battery assembly may include a traction battery cell, a case, and a thermal plate. The case may define a cavity to receive the traction battery cell and has a first side defining a first form feature. The thermal plate may be for positioning adjacent the traction battery cell and define a coolant channel sized for engagement with the case via the first form feature such that traction battery cell is in thermal communication with coolant flowing through the coolant channel. The first form feature may be serpentine-shaped or S-shaped. The first form feature may be castle-shaped from a cross-sectional plan view. The case may be multi-layered and include a first polymer layer, a second polymer layer, and an aluminum layer disposed between the polymer layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Robert, Alvaro Masias, Kent Snyder
  • Patent number: 10018679
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for a vehicle component structural integrity assessment system, comprising a first connection and a second connection coupled to a conduction path, which is associated with a vehicle component. The conduction path has an initial resistance. A controller is configured to transmit a signal upon the detection of a change in the resistance of the conduction path from the initial resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Publication number: 20180128257
    Abstract: A vehicle inductor assembly includes an inductor, a thermal plate, an emitter, and a controller. The inductor is secured within a housing. The thermal plate supports the inductor and includes a channel having a flexible wall with actionable particles. The emitter is located adjacent the channel. The controller is programmed to activate the emitter to impart a force upon the particles to move the wall such that a cross-sectional area of the channel is adjusted to influence a flow rate of coolant flowing therethrough. The wall may be a membrane partially secured to an interior of the channel and include the actionable particles. The actionable particles may be one of dielectric and magnetic particles and the emitter may selectively output one of a voltage, an electric field, or a magnetic field to move the dielectric or magnetic particles such that the membrane moves to adjust the cross-sectional area of the channel to influence a flow rate of coolant flowing therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Robert, Alvaro Masias, Vincent Skalski, Serdar Hakki Yonak
  • Publication number: 20180108958
    Abstract: A battery thermal management system includes one or more bimetallic members moveable between a first position and a second position in response to a temperature change to selectively restrict flow of a coolant through a duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9914368
    Abstract: A hybrid thermal management system includes a battery, a capacitor, and a controller programmed to, responsive to a demand and a temperature being less than an upper threshold, select and operate only one of the battery and capacitor to satisfy the demand according to which of two values, corresponding to traction power dependent heat generation functions representing rates at which the battery and capacitor generate heat, is less to maintain the temperature below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Matthew Marcicki, Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9901014
    Abstract: A power electronics assembly may include a power electronics device, a packaging assembly, a thermal management system, and an emitter. The packaging assembly supports power electronics device. The thermal management system supports the packaging assembly and includes a thermal plate to deliver coolant for thermally communicating with the device. The thermal plate defines a channel with a wall. The emitter is arranged with the wall to form a peristaltic pump to adjust a cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of coolant therethrough. A membrane may be partially secured to the wall and include one of dielectric particles or magnetic particles. The emitter may selectively output one of a voltage, an electric field, or a magnetic field to impart a force on the particles to move the membrane and adjust the cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of coolant therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Robert, Serdar Hakki Yonak, Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9853337
    Abstract: A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a bimetallic member moveable between a first position and a second position in response to a temperature change to selectively restrict flow of a coolant through a duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Publication number: 20170352932
    Abstract: A vehicle traction battery assembly including an array of battery cells, a thermal plate, and a magnetic valve assembly. The thermal plate may be thermal communication with the array and define a flow field therein. The magnetic valve assembly may selectively output a magnetic field to tune a viscosity of magnetic coolant within a vicinity of the magnetic field and flowing within the flow field to promote or inhibit the flowing within the flow field. The flow field may include first and second channels and the magnetic valve assembly may further selectively output the magnetic field to tune the viscosity such that the magnetic coolant flows through the second channel and not the first channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Publication number: 20170352930
    Abstract: A vehicle including a traction battery pack, a conduit system, a sensor, an emitter, and a control system is provided. The conduit system may provide a path for coolant to enter and exit the pack and includes a conduit. The sensor may measure conditions of the pack and conduit system. The emitter may be arranged with the conduit to form a peristaltic pump. The control system may activate the pump based on sensor signals to adjust a conduit portion to influence a flow rate of the coolant flowing therethrough. The emitter may be an electromagnet to output a magnetic field. The emitter may be a voltage emitter or electric field emitter. The sensor may measure a flow rate of at least a portion of the conduit system or a temperature of the pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Alvaro MASIAS, Brian Joseph ROBERT
  • Publication number: 20170336477
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for a vehicle component structural integrity assessment system, comprising a first connection and a second connection coupled to a conduction path, which is associated with a vehicle component. The conduction path has an initial resistance. A controller is configured to transmit a signal upon the detection of a change in the resistance of the conduction path from the initial resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Publication number: 20170303445
    Abstract: A power electronics assembly may include a power electronics device, a packaging assembly, a thermal management system, and an emitter. The packaging assembly supports power electronics device. The thermal management system supports the packaging assembly and includes a thermal plate to deliver coolant for thermally communicating with the device. The thermal plate defines a channel with a wall. The emitter is arranged with the wall to form a peristaltic pump to adjust a cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of coolant therethrough. A membrane may be partially secured to the wall and include one of dielectric particles or magnetic particles. The emitter may selectively output one of a voltage, an electric field, or a magnetic field to impart a force on the particles to move the membrane and adjust the cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of coolant therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Robert, Serdar Hakki Yonak, Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9786969
    Abstract: A vehicle traction battery assembly is provided. The vehicle traction battery assembly may include an array of battery cells, a thermal plate in thermal communication with the array and defining a coolant path, and an electromagnet. The electromagnet may be positioned proximate to the path and configured to selectively output a magnetic field to influence movement of magnetic particles within coolant flowing through the path to control the flowing. The assembly may also include at least one sensor located proximate to the array and configured to output a signal indicative of a temperature of at least one of the battery cells. A controller may be configured to, in response to the signal, direct the electromagnet to adjust the magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 9780420
    Abstract: A battery assembly may include an array of battery cells, a conduit system, and an emitter. The conduit system delivers coolant for thermally communicating with the array and defines a channel with a flexible wall having dielectric particles. The emitter is located proximate the wall and programmed to selectively output a voltage or electric field to impart a dielectrically driven compression force on the particles to adjust a cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of the coolant therethrough. The channel may be a flexible resin-based tube including piezoelectric materials. The emitter may output a voltage to move the piezoelectric materials. The channel may be a flexible resin-based tube including materials having electrostriction properties. The emitter may output an electric field to move the materials having electrostriction properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Masias, Brian Joseph Robert
  • Patent number: 9768433
    Abstract: A vehicle traction battery assembly which may include an array of battery cells is provided. Each of the cells includes terminals of opposite polarity. Each of the terminals may have a plurality of segment layers, and at least one of the segment layers of each of the terminals may have a melting point less than that of adjacent segment layers on either side thereof. One of the cells may be electrically isolated from other of the cells in response to at least one of the segment layers of the terminals of the one of the cells melting. The assembly may also include a housing, and the segment layers having a melting point less than that of adjacent segment layers may be located outside of the housing. The segment layers having a melting point less than that of adjacent segment layers may be located within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Publication number: 20170229683
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a battery cell casing for holding a plurality of cell elements, each electrode structure in its own compartment. The disclosed casing eliminates the need for some individual cell walls and replaces them with shared wall partitions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Kent Snyder, Alvaro Masias, Brian Joseph Robert
  • Publication number: 20170110772
    Abstract: A battery assembly may include an array of battery cells, a conduit system, and an emitter. The conduit system delivers coolant for thermally communicating with the array and defines a channel with a flexible wall having dielectric particles. The emitter is located proximate the wall and programmed to selectively output a voltage or electric field to impart a dielectrically driven compression force on the particles to adjust a cross-sectional area of the channel to control a flow of the coolant therethrough. The channel may be a flexible resin-based tube including piezoelectric materials. The emitter may output a voltage to move the piezoelectric materials. The channel may be a flexible resin-based tube including materials having electrostriction properties. The emitter may output an electric field to move the materials having electrostriction properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alvaro Masias, Brian Joseph Robert