Patents by Inventor Bruce A. Dale

Bruce A. Dale 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: 20200360637
    Abstract: This invention relates to a respiratory therapy system comprising a first patient interface for delivery of a flow of gas to a patient, and a second patient interface for delivery of a flow of gas to the patient, or devices or interfaces for use in such systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce Gordon Holyoake, Dexter Chi Lun Cheung, Anil Patel, Seyed Ahmad Reza Nouraei, Milanjot Singh Assi, Thomas Heinrich Barnes, Alicia Jerram Hunter Evans, Craig Karl White, Matthew John Payton, Laith Adeeb Hermez, German Klink, Samantha Dale Oldfield, Taylor James Edwards, Aidan Robert Burgess
  • Publication number: 20200344917
    Abstract: A modular data center system includes an upper module including a roller assembly attached to a frame of the upper module, the roller assembly configured to engage at least a portion of a rail assembly attached to a structure of a data center building; and a lower module attachable to the upper module and configured to suspend above a floor of a human-occupiable workspace of the data center that supports a plurality of racks including a plurality of heat-generating electronic devices, the lower module including a power support assembly configured to provide electrical power to the plurality of heat-generating electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Pascal Kam, Grace Wu, Saurin Purohit, Kenneth Dale Shaul, Siddharth Sheli, Thomas R. Kowalski, Bruce Baxter, Jim O'Connor, Brandon Gries, Gerard V. Gioia, Steven K. Bowman
  • Patent number: 10716912
    Abstract: The invention relates to a respiratory system comprising a first patient interface for delivery of a first flow of gases to a patient, a second patient interface for delivery of a second flow of gases to the patient, and a device and/or sensing arrangement that is configure to facilitate a switching of the system between a first respiratory mode where the device allowing delivery of the first flow of gases to an outlet of the first patient interface when the second patient interface is absent from the patient, and a second respiratory mode where the device reducing or stopping delivery of the first flow of gases to the outlet of the first patient interface when the second patient interface is located together with the first patient interface upon the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Bruce Gordon Holyoake, Dexter Chi Lun Cheung, Anil Patel, Seyed Ahmad Reza Nouraei, Milanjot Singh Assi, Thomas Heinrich Barnes, Alicia Jerram Hunter Evans, Craig Karl White, Matthew Jon Payton, Laith Adeeb Hermez, German Klink, Samantha Dale Oldfield, Taylor James Edwards, Aidan Robert Burgess
  • Patent number: 10716242
    Abstract: A modular data center system includes an upper module including a roller assembly attached to a frame of the upper module, the roller assembly configured to engage at least a portion of a rail assembly attached to a structure of a data center building; and a lower module attachable to the upper module and configured to suspend above a floor of a human-occupiable workspace of the data center that supports a plurality of racks including a plurality of heat-generating electronic devices, the lower module including a power support assembly configured to provide electrical power to the plurality of heat-generating electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Pascal Kam, Grace Wu, Saurin Purohit, Kenneth Dale Shaul, Siddharth Sheli, Thomas R. Kowalski, Bruce Baxter, Jim O'Connor, Brandon Gries, Gerard V. Gioia, Steven K. Bowman
  • Patent number: 10697264
    Abstract: A subsea production system and method for installing the same are provided. The subsea production system includes a high pressure subsea wellhead, a tubing hanger landed proximate the wellhead, a production tree disposed above the wellhead downstream of the tubing hanger, a riser, a subsea flowline system coupled between the production tree and the riser, at least one barrier located downstream of the tubing hanger, and a secondary barrier valve disposed within the tubing hanger or in line with and upstream of the tubing hanger. The at least one barrier provides a pressure barrier that controls pressure of fluid flowing from components of the subsea production system located upstream of the barrier to components of the subsea production system located downstream of the barrier, and the secondary barrier valve is remotely actuable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Dril-Quip Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Joseph Witwer, Justin Edward Morse, Daniel J. McLaughlin, Gregory Dale Williams, James R. Bower
  • Patent number: 10654012
    Abstract: A mixing station is provided, comprising: a standard shipping container having a floor, a pair of side walls and at least one door at one end of the container; an end wall positioned adjacent the one end of the container, the end wall including a plurality of couplings; at least one internal wall disposed within the container to define, with the end wall, a room; and mixing components disposed within the room; wherein ingredients external to the container are provided to the mixing components through the plurality of couplings in the end wall and a final mixture of the ingredients is provided from the mixing components to an output container through the plurality of couplings such that the side walls of the container are not structurally compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Kahler Automation Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Henry Kahler, Logan Quinn Kahler, Bruce Roy Gemmill, Scott Robert Gemmill, Dennis Dale Turner
  • Publication number: 20200072043
    Abstract: Discrete wellbore devices, hydrocarbon wells including a downhole communication network and the discrete wellbore devices, and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The discrete wellbore devices include a wellbore tool and a communication device. The wellbore tool is configured to perform a downhole operation within a wellbore conduit that is defined by a wellbore tubular of the hydrocarbon well. The communication device is operatively coupled for movement with the wellbore tool within the wellbore conduit. The communication device is configured to communicate with a downhole communication network that extends along the wellbore tubular via a wireless communication signal. The methods include actively and/or passively detecting a location of the discrete wellbore device within the wellbore conduit. The methods additionally or alternatively include wireless communication between the discrete wellbore device and the downhole communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy I. Morrow, Renzo M. Angeles Boza, Bruce A. Dale
  • Patent number: 10508536
    Abstract: Discrete wellbore devices, hydrocarbon wells including a downhole communication network and the discrete wellbore devices, and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The discrete wellbore devices include a wellbore tool and a communication device. The wellbore tool is configured to perform a downhole operation within a wellbore conduit that is defined by a wellbore tubular of the hydrocarbon well. The communication device is operatively coupled for movement with the wellbore tool within the wellbore conduit. The communication device is configured to communicate with a downhole communication network that extends along the wellbore tubular via a wireless communication signal. The methods include actively and/or passively detecting a location of the discrete wellbore device within the wellbore conduit. The methods additionally or alternatively include wireless communication between the discrete wellbore device and the downhole communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Timothy I. Morrow, Renzo M. Angeles Boza, Bruce A. Dale
  • Publication number: 20190368298
    Abstract: A subsea production system and method for installing the same are provided. The subsea production system includes a high pressure subsea wellhead, a tubing hanger landed proximate the wellhead, a production tree disposed above the wellhead downstream of the tubing hanger, a riser, a subsea flowline system coupled between the production tree and the riser, at least one barrier located downstream of the tubing hanger, and a secondary barrier valve disposed within the tubing hanger or in line with and upstream of the tubing hanger. The at least one barrier provides a pressure barrier that controls pressure of fluid flowing from components of the subsea production system located upstream of the barrier to components of the subsea production system located downstream of the barrier, and the secondary barrier valve is remotely actuable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Bruce Joseph Witwer, Justin Edward Morse, Daniel J. McLaughlin, Gregory Dale Williams, James R. Bower
  • Patent number: 10392907
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, a full top-to-bottom subsea system and method used to drill, complete, produce, and perform interventions on HPHT subsea wells is provided. The disclosed systems and methods involve the use of a controlled multiple barrier system, such as a high integrity pipeline protection system (HIPPS), incorporated into the subsea system to divide the system into two sections. The sections on either side of the barrier may be rated for different pressures, temperatures, and/or flow rates. For example, the first section (upstream of the barrier) is rated for operating at pressures/temperatures/flow rates up to a first (higher) threshold. The second section (downstream of the barrier) is rated for operating at pressures/temperatures/flow rates up to a second (lower) threshold. The disclosed subsea production system methodology, which uses barriers to divide the system components between two pressure ratings, may allow for enhanced development of HPHT reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Dril-Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Joseph Witwer, Justin Edward Morse, Daniel J. McLaughlin, Gregory Dale Williams, James R. Bower
  • Patent number: 9650657
    Abstract: Methods for producing extracted and digested products from pretreated lignocellulosic biomass are provided. The methods include converting native cellulose I? to cellulose IIII by pretreating the lignocellulosic biomass with liquid ammonia under certain conditions, and performing extracting or digesting steps on the pretreated/converted lignocellulosic biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shishir Chundawat, Leonardo Da Costa Sousa, Albert M. Cheh, Venkatesh Balan, Bruce Dale
  • Patent number: 9631437
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing pressures present in an annular space defined between casing strings contained within a subterranean well. These systems and methods may include providing a pressure distribution casing that includes a plurality of pressure distribution passages and distributing fluids present within the annular space along a length of the pressure distribution casing and/or between the annular space and the subterranean formation using a portion of the plurality of pressure distribution passages. Pressure distribution passages may be present on an inner surface of the pressure distribution casing, on an outer surface of the pressure distribution casing, and/or within a wall of the pressure distribution casing and may distribute the fluids along the length of the pressure distribution casing without distributing the fluids across and/or through a wall of the pressure distribution casing, such as between the inner surface and the outer surface of the pressure distribution casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Dale, David A. Baker, Michael S. Chelf, Charles S. Yeh
  • Patent number: 9617829
    Abstract: A tool assembly is provided that includes an actuatable tool such as a valve or a setting tool. And includes a location device that senses the location of the tool assembly within a tubular body based on a physical signature. The tool assembly also includes an on-board controller configured to send an activation signal to the actuatable tool when the location device has recognized a selected location of the tool based on the physical signature. The actuatable tool, the location device, and the on-board controller are together dimensioned and arranged to be deployed in the wellbore as an autonomous unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Dale, Randy C. Tolman, Pavlin B. Entchev, Renzo Moises Angeles Boza, Chris E. Shuchart, Eric R. Grueschow, Charles S. Yeh
  • Patent number: 9297027
    Abstract: Several mutated strains of Scheffersomyces stipitis are generated by repetitive culturing of the parent strain on two types of concentrated hydrolyzates and with ethanol-challenged xylose-fed continuous culture. Isolates collected from various enriched populations are screened and ranked based on relative xylose uptake rate and ethanol yield. Ranking on hydrolyzates with and without nutritional supplementation is used to identify those isolates with best performance across diverse conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Patricia J. Slininger, Stephanie R. Thompson, Venkatesh Balan, Leonardo Da Costa Sousa, Bruce Dale, Maureen A. Shea-Andersh, Bruce S. Dien
  • Publication number: 20160076363
    Abstract: Discrete wellbore devices, hydrocarbon wells including a downhole communication network and the discrete wellbore devices, and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The discrete wellbore devices include a wellbore tool and a communication device. The wellbore tool is configured to perform a downhole operation within a wellbore conduit that is defined by a wellbore tubular of the hydrocarbon well. The communication device is operatively coupled for movement with the wellbore tool within the wellbore conduit. The communication device is configured to communicate with a downhole communication network that extends along the wellbore tubular via a wireless communication signal. The methods include actively and/or passively detecting a location of the discrete wellbore device within the wellbore conduit. The methods additionally or alternatively include wireless communication between the discrete wellbore device and the downhole communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy I. Morrow, Renzo M. Angeles Boza, Bruce A. Dale
  • Patent number: 9284794
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving functional access to subterranean formations that include a well, which includes a casing string having at least one casing conduit that extends and provides a hydraulic connection between a surface region and the subterranean formation. Performing a plurality of downhole operations utilizing a casing string that constitutes a plurality of hydraulic pathways between the surface region and the subterranean formation. The plurality of downhole operations may be simultaneous operations and/or may be associated with at least one of a plurality of operational states including a drilling state, completing state, stimulating state, producing state, abandoning state, and/or killing state. In some embodiments, systems and methods may include a plurality of production control assemblies to control and/or monitor the downhole operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Dale, Pavlin B. Entchev, Stuart R. Keller
  • Patent number: 9206446
    Abstract: A method for producing a microbial growth stimulant (MGS) from a plant biomass is described. In one embodiment, an ammonium hydroxide solution is used to extract a solution of proteins and ammonia from the biomass. Some of the proteins and ammonia are separated from the extracted solution to provide the MGS solution. The removed ammonia can be recycled and the proteins are useful as animal feeds. In one embodiment, the method comprises extracting solubles from pretreated lignocellulosic biomass with a cellulase enzyme-producing growth medium (such T. reesei) in the presence of water and an aqueous extract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ming Woei Lau, Bruce Dale, Venkatesh Balan, Shishir Chundawat
  • Patent number: 9187965
    Abstract: A method associated with the selection of tubulars for hydrocarbon production is described based upon evaluating the performance limits of threaded connections. Constituents of an evaluation group of threaded connections are determined and then a first group of the connections is evaluated via model analysis over a range of conditions. Then, physical testing on a first group of threaded connections in the evaluation group is conducted over that range of conditions. Once modeled, the results from the physical testing and the modeling analysis of the first group are compared to assess a characteristic performance factor for the first group. A second group of threaded connections are determined and the assessed performance factor from the first group is applied to a second group, and the performance limits of the second group are defined over the range of conditions based on this characteristic performance factor, without requiring testing the second group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: A. S. David Khemakhem, Mark W. Biegler, David A. Baker, Jason A. Burdette, Bruce A. Dale, John W. Mohr, Ismail Ceyhan, James Powers, James H. Myers, Marcus Asmann
  • Patent number: 9175555
    Abstract: Methods for injecting a fluid into a subsurface formation are provided. Each of the methods includes the obtaining data, including formation parameters and operational variables, related to an injection well. A regime of operation for the injection well is determined. The regime of operation is determined using a heuristic model. In one aspect, one or more operational variables, including completion design, reservoir development procedures, and/or injection procedures, is designed based at least in part on the determined regime of operation. Water or other fluid may then be injected into the subsurface formation. The step of determining the regime of operation for the injection well may use a full physics computational simulation to construct a mathematical model that can estimate the operating regime for the water injection well. Alternatively or in addition, field data may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Brian W. Duffy, Rahul Pakal, Ted A. Long, Bruce A. Dale
  • Patent number: 9163465
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for extending the horizontal distance through which wells can be drilled. A horizontal tubular is used to convey a drillstring from a drilling rig toward a target location and a mud return line and pump on the surface is used to pump drilling mud returning from the bit back to the drilling rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: Stuart R. Keller, Adel H. Younan, Mark C. Gentry, Timothy J. Nedwed, Bruce A. Dale