Patents by Inventor Brian Allen Engle

Brian Allen Engle 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: 20150255834
    Abstract: A battery cell that comprises a sensing platform with sensing elements configured to provide information about in-situ characteristics and parameters of the battery cell. Embodiments of the battery cell can have the sensing platform integrated into the structure of the battery cell, as a separate structure incorporated in the battery cell, and combinations thereof. In one embodiment, the battery cell comprises a sensing platform having sensing elements proximate a localized measurement region, where the sensing platform comprises a substrate with material layers disposed thereon. The material layers comprise at least one sensing layer that forms the sensing elements so that the sensing elements are responsive to properties of the battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, Emad Andarawis, Ertugrul Berkcan, Canan Uslu Hardwicke, Aaron Jay Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9054397
    Abstract: A battery cell that comprises a sensing platform with sensing elements configured to provide information about in-situ characteristics and parameters of the battery cell. Embodiments of the battery cell can have the sensing platform integrated into the structure of the battery cell, as a separate structure incorporated in the battery cell, and combinations thereof. In one embodiment, the battery cell comprises a sensing platform having sensing elements proximate a localized measurement region, where the sensing platform comprises a substrate with material layers disposed thereon. The material layers comprise at least one sensing layer that forms the sensing elements so that the sensing elements are responsive to properties of the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Amphenol Thermometrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, Emad Andarawis, Ertugrul Berkcan, Canan Uslu Hardwicke, Aaron Jay Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20140102384
    Abstract: A sensor assembly, which may be part of an engine cooling system, senses a condition within an enclosed volume. The sensor assembly includes a mounting structure projecting from a wall of the enclosed volume. The mounting structure includes an opening extending from an exterior of the mounting structure towards the wall and at least one channel extending along an exterior of the mounting structure. The sensor assembly further includes a connector having a sensing portion for sensing the condition within the enclosed volume. A seal seals the enclosed volume at the extension of the connector through the opening. A retaining device has at least one attachment structure that is insertable into the at least one channel. The attachment structure engages the connector such that the connector is non-removable from the mounting structure. An associated method provides the sensor assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, David John Geer, Brian Scott Vanish, Karen Marie Pistner, George Szabo
  • Publication number: 20140000375
    Abstract: A pressure sensor assembly comprises a fluid channel having an inlet portion and an outlet portion, wherein the outlet portion is larger than the inlet portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Calin Victor Miclaus, Brian Allen Engle, Chris Daniel Wagner, Dale Alan Gee
  • Publication number: 20120320945
    Abstract: A robust media sealing temperature probe is provided and includes a tubular member having a closed end and an open end opposite the closed end, an annular seal formed about the tubular member, a probe having a temperature sensing element and a signal conductive assembly coupled to the temperature sensing element, the probe being secured within the tubular member with the temperature sensing element proximate to the closed end and the signal conductive assembly extending through the open end and a housing formed to encapsulate the seal about the tubular member with the closed end and a portion of the signal conductive assembly exposed at an exterior of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, David John Geer, Ronald Anthony Martonik
  • Patent number: 8261618
    Abstract: There are provided embodiments of a sensing device that comprise a sensing element, a substrate, and a bonding element, each being selected for environments that utilize caustic working fluids such as automotive fuel. Material for use as the bonding element can form molecular bonds with ceramics and glass. In one embodiment, the sensing device comprises a receptacle or cavity, in which are located the sensing element and the bonding element. This configuration facilitates the formation of bonds between the bonding element and each of the sensing element and a peripheral wall of the cavity. Such bonds are configured in a tensile bonding area and a shear bonding area, the combination of which is useful to secure the sensing element in the cavity. The sensing device can further comprise a seal such as an o-ring disposed in annular relation to the substrate to seal the sensing device to a peripheral device such as a fluid fitting, which may be found in a fuel system of an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, Matthew Ingco, Chris Wagner
  • Publication number: 20120125115
    Abstract: There are provided embodiments of a sensing device that comprise a sensing element, a substrate, and a bonding element, each being selected for environments that utilize caustic working fluids such as automotive fuel. Material for use as the bonding element can form molecular bonds with ceramics and glass. In one embodiment, the sensing device comprises a receptacle or cavity, in which are located the sensing element and the bonding element. This configuration facilitates the formation of bonds between the bonding element and each of the sensing element and a peripheral wall of the cavity. Such bonds are configured in a tensile bonding area and a shear bonding area, the combination of which is useful to secure the sensing element in the cavity. The sensing device can further comprise a seal such as an o-ring disposed in annular relation to the substrate to seal the sensing device to a peripheral device such as a fluid fitting, which may be found in a fuel system of an automobile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Brian Allen ENGLE, Matthew Ingco, Chris Wagner
  • Patent number: 8002315
    Abstract: There is provided embodiments of a fluid fitting, and system incorporating the fluid fitting therein, which is compatible with harsh, caustic environments such as those environments found in the automotive industry. In one embodiment, the fluid fitting can comprise a conductive element with a fluid pathway for transporting a fluid, e.g., fuel. The fluid fitting can also comprise a non-conductive element that is coupled to the conductive element in a manner discharging electrons from the conductive body. The non-conductive element can comprise a cavity with an opening exposing a sensing device with a sensing element disposed on a sensing element housing. The sensing element housing can be sealed to the conductive element, but expose the sensing element to the fluid in the fluid pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, Woojin Kim, George Szabo
  • Publication number: 20110148096
    Abstract: There is provided embodiments of a fluid fitting, and system incorporating the fluid fitting therein, which is compatible with harsh, caustic environments such as those environments found in the automotive industry. In one embodiment, the fluid fitting can comprise a conductive element with a fluid pathway for transporting a fluid, e.g., fuel. The fluid fitting can also comprise a non-conductive element that is coupled to the conductive element in a manner discharging electrons from the conductive body. The non-conductive element can comprise a cavity with an opening exposing a sensing device with a sensing element disposed on a sensing element housing. The sensing element housing can be sealed to the conductive element, but expose the sensing element to the fluid in the fluid pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, Woojin Kim, George Szabo
  • Publication number: 20110039137
    Abstract: A battery cell that comprises a sensing platform with sensing elements configured to provide information about in-situ characteristics and parameters of the battery cell. Embodiments of the battery cell can have the sensing platform integrated into the structure of the battery cell, as a separate structure incorporated in the battery cell, and combinations thereof. In one embodiment, the battery cell comprises a sensing platform having sensing elements proximate a localized measurement region, where the sensing platform comprises a substrate with material layers disposed thereon. The material layers comprise at least one sensing layer that forms the sensing elements so that the sensing elements are responsive to properties of the battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, Emad Andarawis, Ertugrul Berkcan, Canan Uslu Hardwicke, Aaron Jay Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20100152993
    Abstract: A fuel-monitoring system include a fuel source to supply an air and fuel mixture, a sensing device to receive the air and fuel mixture from the fuel source and require a compensatory power supply due to flow of the air and fuel mixture; and a processing device for determining an amount of fuel in the fuel source by relating the compensatory power supply required by the sensing device to the amount of fuel in the fuel source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: William Joseph Antel, JR., Aaron Jay Knobloch, Brian Allen Engle
  • Patent number: 6591857
    Abstract: A venting system for venting a gaseous fluid from a tank having an aperture and a fuel delivery module cover. The tank is made of a predetermined material. The venting system comprises a venting valve disposed within the aperture. The venting valve includes a valve body having a top portion and a neck portion extending from the top portion. The top portion is disposed outside the tank and is engaged thereto. The venting system further includes a channel which connects to the valve body so that the venting valve is in fluid communication therewith and is attached to the fuel delivery module cover to allow the gaseous fluid in the tank to be vented therefrom. The venting system further includes a cover which is comprised of the same predetermined material and is welded to the tank to seal the valve between the cover and the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, James Fuller Potter, Harold Edward Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20030098062
    Abstract: The present invention involves a venting system for venting a gaseous fluid from a tank having an aperture and a fuel delivery module cover. The tank is made of a predetermined material. The venting system comprises a venting valve disposed within the aperture. The venting valve includes a valve body having a top portion and a neck portion extending from the top portion. The top portion is disposed outside the tank and is engaged thereto. The neck portion is disposed in the tank and has an index and a port extending from the neck portion. The port is formed below the index relative to the top portion. The port is in fluid communication with the valve when the valve vents the gaseous fluid. The venting system further includes a channel having first and second ends, wherein the first end connects to the port within the tank so that the venting valve is in fluid communication therewith when the valve vents the gaseous fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, James Fuller Potter, Harold Edward Cunningham
  • Patent number: 6502607
    Abstract: A fuel tank valve apparatus for use with a fuel tank. The fuel tank apparatus has an inlet neck defining a valve chamber, a valve housing positioned in the valve chamber, a valve positioned to move within the valve housing to regulate flow of liquid fuel into the fuel tank, and a retainer. The inlet neck is attachable to the fuel tank. The valve housing is retained in the inlet neck for communicating with the fuel tank. Connecting the inlet neck to the fuel tank maintains the integrity of the tank and inlet neck material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Brown, Brian Allen Engle
  • Publication number: 20020108669
    Abstract: A fuel tank valve apparatus for use with a fuel tank. The fuel tank apparatus has an inlet neck defining a valve chamber, a valve housing positioned in the valve chamber, a valve positioned to move within the valve housing to regulate flow of liquid fuel into the fuel tank, and a retainer. The inlet neck is attachable to the fuel tank. The valve housing is retained in the inlet neck for communicating with the fuel tank. Connecting the inlet neck to the fuel tank maintains the integrity of the tank and inlet neck material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Gregory P. Brown, Brian Allen Engle
  • Patent number: 6386244
    Abstract: A fuel tank valve apparatus for use with a fuel tank. The fuel tank apparatus has an inlet neck defining a valve chamber, a valve housing positioned in the valve chamber, a valve positioned to move within the valve housing to regulate flow of liquid fuel into the fuel tank, and a retainer. The inlet neck is attachable to the fuel tank. The valve housing is retained in the inlet neck for communicating with the fuel tank. Connecting the inlet neck to the fuel tank maintains the integrity of the tank and inlet neck material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Philip Brown, Brian Allen Engle
  • Publication number: 20010029994
    Abstract: A fuel tank valve apparatus for use with a fuel tank. The fuel tank apparatus has an inlet neck defining a valve chamber, a valve housing positioned in the valve chamber, a valve positioned to move within the valve housing to regulate flow of liquid fuel into the fuel tank, and a retainer. The inlet neck is attachable to the fuel tank. The valve housing is retained in the inlet neck for communicating with the fuel tank. Connecting the inlet neck to the fuel tank maintains the integrity of the tank and inlet neck material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventors: Gregory P. Brown, Brian Allen Engle
  • Publication number: 20010025666
    Abstract: A fuel tank valve apparatus for use with a fuel tank. The fuel tank apparatus has an inlet neck defining a valve chamber, a valve housing positioned in the valve chamber, a valve positioned to move within the valve housing to regulate flow of liquid fuel into the fuel tank, and a retainer. The inlet neck is attachable to the fuel tank. The valve housing is retained in the inlet neck for communicating with the fuel tank. Connecting the inlet neck to the fuel tank maintains the integrity of the tank and inlet neck material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventors: Gregory Philip Brown, Brian Allen Engle