Patents by Inventor Bret Dwayne Worden

Bret Dwayne Worden 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: 20210284110
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a controller comprising one or more processors. The controller is configured to determine a respective force exerted on a route segment by a first wheel of a plurality of wheels of a vehicle and obtain a respective available adhesion value for the first wheel at an interface with the route segment. The controller is configured to determine a respective effective adhesion value to utilize for driving rotation of the first wheel. The effective adhesion value is within a designated wheelslip margin relative to the available adhesion value for the first wheel without exceeding the available adhesion value. The controller is further configured to assign a torque setting to rotate the first wheel based at least in part on the respective force exerted on the route segment by the first wheel and the effective adhesion value for the first wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden
  • Patent number: 10837487
    Abstract: A bearing assembly is disclosed. The bearing assembly includes a first race. Further, the bearing assembly includes a second race disposed concentric to the first race, where the second race has a radius that changes along an axial length of the bearing assembly. The bearing assembly also includes a housing disposed around the second race and operatively coupled to the second race. Moreover, the bearing assembly includes a plurality of support structures configured to detachably couple the second race to the housing, where the plurality of support structures are configured to disengage the second race from the housing to allow motion of the second race when a torque on the second race is greater than a threshold torque value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Mandyam Rangayan Sridhar, Ravindra Shankar Ganiger, Dinesh R. Rakwal, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden
  • Publication number: 20200324797
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the subject matter described herein a system is provided. The system includes a location determining circuit configured to acquire position information of a vehicle system moving along a route. The system includes a controller circuit having one or more processors. The controller circuit is configured to calculate curvatures of the route, based at least in part on the position information, to form a curvature waveform. The controller circuit is further configured to generate a route map based on the curvature waveform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Munishwar Ahuja, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao
  • Patent number: 10730536
    Abstract: A system includes a location determining circuit configured to acquire position information of a vehicle system moving along a route. The system also includes a controller circuit having one or more processors. The controller circuit is configured to calculate curvatures of the route, based at least in part on the position information, to form a curvature waveform. The controller circuit is further configured to generate a route map based on the curvature waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Munishwar Ahuja, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao
  • Patent number: 10724462
    Abstract: Systems and methods (e.g., a method for controlling and/or operating a compressor) are provided that includes the steps of monitoring a crankcase pressure of a first compressor; analyzing the monitored crankcase pressure that includes calculating an average of the crankcase pressure over a time period and comparing the average of the crankcase pressure over the time period to a nominal crankcase average pressure; identifying a condition of the first compressor based on the analysis of the monitored crankcase pressure; and adjusting operation of a second compressor to compensate for the first compressor in response to identifying the condition of the first compressor based on the analysis of the monitored crankcase pressure. (The method may be carried out automatically or otherwise by a controller).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Neil William Burkell, Milan Karunaratne, David Edward Petersen, Richard C. Peoples, Jason M. Strode, Bret Dwayne Worden
  • Patent number: 10662958
    Abstract: Systems and a method are provided for determining a change in performance of a radiator fan. In one example, a system includes a controller configured to receive a signal output from an accelerometer positioned proximately to and/or operatively coupled with a bearing of a radiator fan, process the signal to determine a peak to peak acceleration value, and indicate a change in performance of the radiator fan when the peak to peak acceleration value is greater than a designated threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Munishwar Ahuja, Bret Dwayne Worden, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Vinay Ramu, Adityo Kusumo Ariwibowo
  • Publication number: 20200122755
    Abstract: A system may include a controller with one or more processors. The controller may determine the wheel size of a wheel of a vehicle during a trip. The one or more processors may communicate a message associated with the wheel size to an off-board device when the wheel size is below a threshold size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Claussen, Jeffrey D. Kernwein, Joseph Gorman, David Bradley Pulliam, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden, Jeremy Thomas McGarry, Kevin Ray Ruybal
  • Publication number: 20200094855
    Abstract: A control system receives signals representing a presence and position of a secondary movement system onboard a vehicle. The secondary movement system changes movement of the vehicle without generating thrust or propulsion to move the vehicle. The control system creates a schedule of use of the secondary movement system based on the presence and position of the secondary movement system and controls the secondary movement system based on the schedule that is created.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Brian Douglas Lawry, Jeremy Thomas McGarry, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Matthew John Malone
  • Patent number: 10598650
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor, one or more processors, a transmitter, and a capacitance control structure. The sensor is configured to contact a fluid and measure a characteristic of the fluid. The one or more processors are operably coupled to the sensor. The one or more processors are configured to generate one or more data signals representative of the characteristic of the fluid that is measured by the sensor. The transmitter is operably coupled to the one or more processors. The transmitter is configured to wirelessly communicate the one or more data signals to a remote reader. The capacitance control structure is configured to one or more of reduce or isolate sensor capacitance of the sensor from the one or more processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Mahalakshmi Shunmugham Balasubramaniam, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Jingjun Zhang, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Sachidananda Chinagudi Jagadeesha
  • Publication number: 20200047781
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a vehicle system determine one or more of a route parameter of a route on which the vehicle system is moving or a vehicle parameter of the vehicle system. The system and method also determine whether a ratio of a lateral force exerted by one or more wheels of the vehicle system on the route to a vertical force exerted by the one or more wheels of the vehicle system on the route increases to a value exceeding a designated threshold as a result of the one or more route parameter of vehicle parameter that is determined. The ratio of the lateral force to the vertical force exerted by the one or more wheels of the vehicle system on the route is reduced to a value less than the designated threshold by changing an operation of the vehicle system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Jingjun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20200041480
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor configured to be disposed within a reservoir of a machine having moving parts that are lubricated by a liquid in the reservoir. The sensor is configured to obtain a measurement of the liquid that is representative of at least one of a quantity or quality of the liquid in the reservoir. The system also includes a device body operably coupled to the sensor. The device body has a processing unit that is operably coupled to the sensor and configured to generate first data signals representative of the measurement of the liquid. The device body also includes a transmitter that is configured to wirelessly communicate the first data signals to a remote reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Mahalakshmi Shunmugham Balasubramaniam, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Jingjun Zhang, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Sachidananda Chinagudi Jagadeesha
  • Patent number: 10518788
    Abstract: A control system receives signals representing a presence and position of a secondary movement system onboard a vehicle. The secondary movement system changes movement of the vehicle without generating thrust or propulsion to move the vehicle. The control system creates a schedule of use of the secondary movement system based on the presence and position of the secondary movement system and controls the secondary movement system based on the schedule that is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Brian Douglas Lawry, Jeremy Thomas McGarry, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Matthew John Malone
  • Patent number: 10488385
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor configured to be disposed within a reservoir of a machine having moving parts that are lubricated by a liquid in the reservoir. The sensor is configured to obtain a measurement of the liquid that is representative of at least one of a quantity or quality of the liquid in the reservoir. The system also includes a device body operably coupled to the sensor. The device body has a processing unit that is operably coupled to the sensor and configured to generate first data signals representative of the measurement of the liquid. The device body also includes a transmitter that is configured to wirelessly communicate the first data signals to a remote reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Mahalakshmi Shunmugham Balasubramaniam, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Jingjun Zhang, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Sachidananda Chinagudi Jagadeesha
  • Publication number: 20190322294
    Abstract: A control system receives signals representing a presence and position of a secondary movement system onboard a vehicle. The secondary movement system changes movement of the vehicle without generating thrust or propulsion to move the vehicle. The control system creates a schedule of use of the secondary movement system based on the presence and position of the secondary movement system and controls the secondary movement system based on the schedule that is created.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Brian Douglas Lawry, Jeremy Thomas McGarry, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Matthew John Malone
  • Publication number: 20190301526
    Abstract: A bearing assembly is disclosed. The bearing assembly includes a first race. Further, the bearing assembly includes a second race disposed concentric to the first race, where the second race has a radius that changes along an axial length of the bearing assembly. The bearing assembly also includes a housing disposed around the second race and operatively coupled to the second race. Moreover, the bearing assembly includes a plurality of support structures configured to detachably couple the second race to the housing, where the plurality of support structures are configured to disengage the second race from the housing to allow motion of the second race when a torque on the second race is greater than a threshold torque value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Mandyam Rangayan Sridhar, Ravindra Shankar Ganiger, Dinesh R. Rakwal, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden
  • Patent number: 10392031
    Abstract: A system includes a drive system having one or more traction motors coupled in driving relationship to a plurality of wheels of a vehicle system. The traction motors are configured to provide both motive power for the vehicle system in a propel mode of operation and retarding effort to brake the vehicle system in a braking mode of operation. The system further includes a parking brake for maintaining a static position of the vehicle system when in an engaged state, and a controller configured to detect when the parking brake is in the engaged state. The controller is further configured to control at least one of the one or more traction motors to provide a braking effort to resist movement of the vehicle system when the parking brake is in the engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Patent number: 10358149
    Abstract: A system for controlling a consist of rail vehicles or other vehicles includes a control unit electrically coupled to a first rail vehicle in the consist, the control unit having a processor and being configured to receive signals representing a presence and position of one or more tractive effort systems on-board the first vehicle and other rail vehicles in the consist, and a set of instructions stored in a non-transient medium accessible by the processor, the instructions configured to control the processor to create a optimization schedule that manages the use of the one or more tractive effort systems based on the presence and position of the tractive effort systems within the consist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Brian Douglas Lawry, Jeremy Thomas McGarry, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Matthew John Malone
  • Patent number: 10233920
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to diagnosing a compressor. A method may include monitoring a pressure of compressed air within a reservoir, actuating a piston within a cylinder of the compressor, and detecting a leak condition of an exhaust valve of the cylinder through recognition of a change in the monitored pressure of the compressed air within the reservoir during a time period in which the piston is actuated. A system is also disclosed including an engine, a compressor operatively connected to the engine, and a controller that is operable to determine a condition of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Dwayne Worden, Richard C. Peoples, David E. Peterson, Jason M. Strode, Neil W. Burkell, Milan Karunaratne
  • Patent number: 10227937
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for detecting a change in turbocharger performance. In one example, a method comprises determining a level of turbocharger imbalance based on output from a turbine speed sensor and generating a signal related to a change in a performance level of the turbocharger if the level of turbocharger imbalance is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Aninda Bhattacharya, Bret Dwayne Worden, Ajay Kumar Behera, Mahesh Panicker, Wrichik Basu, Matthew John Malone, Arwa Hatim Ginwala
  • Publication number: 20190054930
    Abstract: Examples for a traction system are provided. In one example, the traction system includes a nozzle coupled to an air source and configured to be selectively aimed toward a determined portion of a rail surface of a rail, and a conduit configured to supply pressurized air from the air source to the nozzle, the nozzle flexibly coupled thereto. The nozzle is configured for the aim of the nozzle to be controlled to change its aiming direction in response to a change in curvature of the rail, whereby a stream of air from the nozzle impacts the determined portion during movement of the vehicle through the curvature of the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Justin Winston, Adrian Jerzy Gorski, Bret Dwayne Worden, Brian Douglas Lawry, Matthew John Malone, Jennifer Lynn Coyne, Jeremy Thomas McGarry