Patents by Inventor Bret Worden

Bret 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: 20200370999
    Abstract: A sensor system includes one or more sensors that sense vibrations of a vehicle and one or more processors that can determine a speed of the vehicle and determine whether the vibrations occurring at one or more frequencies of interest (that are based on the speed of the vehicle) indicate damage to a propulsion system of the vehicle. The one or more processors optionally may determine a hunting frequency of a wheel and axle set and/or a lateral acceleration of the wheel and axle set from the vibrations. The one or more processors can determine a conicity of a wheel in the wheel and axle set based on the hunting frequency and/or the lateral acceleration that is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10775271
    Abstract: A sensor system includes one or more sensors that sense vibrations of a vehicle and one or more processors that can determine a speed of the vehicle and determine whether the vibrations occurring at one or more frequencies of interest (that are based on the speed of the vehicle) indicate damage to a propulsion system of the vehicle. The one or more processors optionally may determine a hunting frequency of a wheel and axle set and/or a lateral acceleration of the wheel and axle set from the vibrations. The one or more processors can determine a conicity of a wheel in the wheel and axle set based on the hunting frequency and/or the lateral acceleration that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10749159
    Abstract: A sensor system senses one or more characteristics of vehicles in a vehicle system with sensors disposed onboard the vehicles and communicate data representative of the one or more characteristics from the sensors to one or more of a controller or a control system of the vehicle system. The data communicated from the sensors onboard the same vehicle can be synchronously communicated with respect to the sensors onboard the same vehicle and asynchronously communicated with respect to the sensors disposed onboard one or more other vehicles in the vehicle system. The systems and methods can direct components disposed onboard a vehicle system to change operations, monitor data output by sensors operatively connected with the components, and determine which of the sensors are operatively connected with which of the components based on the operations of the components that are changed and the data that is output by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Publication number: 20200143608
    Abstract: A method includes generating movement signals indicative of sensed movement of a powered system in one or more directions and generating fluid level signals indicative of a sensed amount of fluid in the powered system. The method also includes, with one or more processors, receiving the movement signals and the fluid level signals from one or more accelerometers and a fluid level sensor, wherein the one or more processors also configured to filter at least some of the movement signals based on a speed at which the powered system operates. The method also includes, with a first antenna of the sensor assembly, wirelessly communicating one or more of the movement signals or the amount of fluid to a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Peterson
  • Publication number: 20200096419
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing extending from an insertion end to an opposite coupling end, from a sensor end to an opposite back end, and from a top end to an opposite bottom end. The assembly also includes a sensor dish outwardly projecting from the sensor end of the housing and configured to hold one or more sensors. The assembly also includes a radio frequency (RF) transparent sensor cap configured to be secured to the sensor dish to secure the one or more sensors within the sensor dish. The housing also can be secured to a vehicle for the sensors to measure operational conditions of the vehicle. The housing of the sensor assembly may be connected to a drive train of the vehicle by inserting a fastener through a channel in the housing and into a jacking hole of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10559138
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes one or more accelerometers that generate movement signals indicative of movement of a powered system, a fluid level sensor that generates fluid level signals indicative of an amount of fluid in the powered system, and one or more processors that receive the movement signals and the fluid level signals. The one or more processors also (a) filter at least some of the movement signals based on a speed at which the powered system operates and/or (b) calculate one or more of (1) a statistical measure, (2) a fast Fourier transform (FFT), or (3) a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) of the movement signals. The assembly also includes a first antenna that wirelessly communicates the one or more of the movement signals, the amount of fluid, the statistical measure, the FFT, or the DFT to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10527523
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing extending from an insertion end to an opposite coupling end, from a sensor end to an opposite back end, and from a top end to an opposite bottom end. The assembly also includes a sensor dish outwardly projecting from the sensor end of the housing and configured to hold one or more sensors. The assembly also includes a radio frequency (RF) transparent sensor cap configured to be secured to the sensor dish to secure the one or more sensors within the sensor dish. The housing also can be secured to a vehicle for the sensors to measure operational conditions of the vehicle. The housing of the sensor assembly may be connected to a drive train of the vehicle by inserting a fastener through a channel in the housing and into a jacking hole of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Publication number: 20190265131
    Abstract: A vehicle sensor system includes a fluid sensor configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system and at least partially extend into a gearbox of a traction motor of the vehicle system. The fluid sensor is configured to output data representative of an amount of a lubricating fluid in the gearbox. The system also includes a positioning system configured to output data representative of movement or an absence of movement of the vehicle system, and one or more processors configured to determine the amount of the lubricating fluid in the gearbox based on the data that is output by the fluid sensor responsive to the data output by the positioning system indicating that the vehicle system has not moved or has moved by less than a designated distance for at least a designated, non-instantaneous period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10345196
    Abstract: A vehicle sensor system includes a fluid sensor configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system and at least partially extend into a gearbox of a traction motor of the vehicle system. The fluid sensor is configured to output data representative of an amount of a lubricating fluid in the gearbox. The system also includes a positioning system configured to output data representative of movement or an absence of movement of the vehicle system, and one or more processors configured to determine the amount of the lubricating fluid in the gearbox based on the data that is output by the fluid sensor responsive to the data output by the positioning system indicating that the vehicle system has not moved or has moved by less than a designated distance for at least a designated, non-instantaneous period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Publication number: 20190193759
    Abstract: A locomotive control system includes a locomotive having a traction motor and sensors. The traction motor provides tractive effort for propelling the locomotive and the sensors measure performance conditions of the locomotive. The system also includes a controller having one or more processors communicatively coupled with the traction motor. The controller selects one or more baseline conditions that designate operational conditions under which the locomotive is to operate, and monitors the performance conditions that are generated by the locomotive during operation of the locomotive according to the operational conditions designated by the one or more baseline conditions. The controller identifies a flashover condition or a plugging condition of the locomotive by comparing the performance conditions that are generated by the locomotive during operation of the locomotive with the one or more baseline conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Premsunder Ravi, Chandra Mouleswar Reddy S., Munishwar Ahuja, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Bret Worden
  • Publication number: 20190081303
    Abstract: A sensor system senses one or more characteristics of vehicles in a vehicle system with sensors disposed onboard the vehicles and communicate data representative of the one or more characteristics from the sensors to one or more of a controller or a control system of the vehicle system. The data communicated from the sensors onboard the same vehicle can be synchronously communicated with respect to the sensors onboard the same vehicle and asynchronously communicated with respect to the sensors disposed onboard one or more other vehicles in the vehicle system. The systems and methods can direct components disposed onboard a vehicle system to change operations, monitor data output by sensors operatively connected with the components, and determine which of the sensors are operatively connected with which of the components based on the operations of the components that are changed and the data that is output by the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10167004
    Abstract: A sensor system senses one or more characteristics of vehicles in a vehicle system with sensors disposed onboard the vehicles and communicate data representative of the one or more characteristics from the sensors to one or more of a controller or a control system of the vehicle system. The data communicated from the sensors onboard the same vehicle can be synchronously communicated with respect to the sensors onboard the same vehicle and asynchronously communicated with respect to the sensors disposed onboard one or more other vehicles in the vehicle system. The systems and methods can direct components disposed onboard a vehicle system to change operations, monitor data output by sensors operatively connected with the components, and determine which of the sensors are operatively connected with which of the components based on the operations of the components that are changed and the data that is output by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10018613
    Abstract: System includes a sensor operably coupled to a device body. The sensor includes a sensing region and at least one resonant inductor-capacitor-resistor (LCR) circuit. The sensing region is configured to be placed in operational contact with an industrial fluid. The at least one resonant LCR circuit is configured to generate an electrical stimulus that is applied to the industrial fluid via electrodes at the sensing region. The device body includes one or more processors configured to receive an electrical signal from the sensor that is representative of a resonant impedance spectral response of the sensing region in operational contact with the industrial fluid responsive to the electrical stimulus. The one or more processors are further configured to analyze the resonant impedance spectral response and determine both a water concentration in the industrial fluid and an aging level of the industrial fluid based on the resonant impedance spectral response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Bret Worden, Igor Tokarev
  • Publication number: 20170174236
    Abstract: A sensor system senses one or more characteristics of vehicles in a vehicle system with sensors disposed onboard the vehicles and communicate data representative of the one or more characteristics from the sensors to one or more of a controller or a control system of the vehicle system. The data communicated from the sensors onboard the same vehicle can be synchronously communicated with respect to the sensors onboard the same vehicle and asynchronously communicated with respect to the sensors disposed onboard one or more other vehicles in the vehicle system. The systems and methods can direct components disposed onboard a vehicle system to change operations, monitor data output by sensors operatively connected with the components, and determine which of the sensors are operatively connected with which of the components based on the operations of the components that are changed and the data that is output by the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Publication number: 20170176290
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a housing extending from an insertion end to an opposite coupling end, from a sensor end to an opposite back end, and from a top end to an opposite bottom end. The assembly also includes a sensor dish outwardly projecting from the sensor end of the housing and configured to hold one or more sensors. The assembly also includes a radio frequency (RF) transparent sensor cap configured to be secured to the sensor dish to secure the one or more sensors within the sensor dish. The housing also can be secured to a vehicle for the sensors to measure operational conditions of the vehicle. The housing of the sensor assembly may be connected to a drive train of the vehicle by inserting a fastener through a channel in the housing and into a jacking hole of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: D796976
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: D830864
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: D842150
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: D858324
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: D873690
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen