Patents by Inventor Christof Breidenbach

Christof Breidenbach 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: 11371964
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring the condition of ultrasonic transducers and ultrasonic probes used in non-destructive testing are provided. In one aspect, a degree of deterioration and end of life of an ultrasonic transducer can be estimated based upon measured environmental and/or operating parameters of the ultrasonic transducer. In another aspect, testing parameters acquired by a single ultrasonic probe or different ultrasonic probes can be measured and analyzed to identify deterioration of an ultrasonic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES, GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Fiseni, Stephan Schmitz, Christof Breidenbach, Stephan Falter, Daniel Koers, Marek Parusel, Lars Rohpeter, Sven Runte, Sebastian Standop
  • Patent number: 11280763
    Abstract: A method for forming a wear sole includes forming a plurality of layers from a frame material, adjacent layers bonded to one another to define a frame. The frame can include a proximal surface configured to secure the frame to a probe holder, a distal surface configured to contact a portion of a target, a body extending between proximal and distal surfaces, an aperture extending through proximal and distal surfaces and the body, and a channel extending from the proximal surface to a chamber in fluid communication with the distal surface. The method can optionally include placing a membrane within the aperture. The membrane can be coupled to the body by a seal, inhibiting passage of a fluid through the proximal surface via the aperture. The chamber can extend within the body between a distal surface of the membrane and the distal surface of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Fiseni, Christof Breidenbach, Frank Kahmann
  • Publication number: 20210396717
    Abstract: A method of forming a probe holder includes forming a plurality of layers from at least one body material, wherein adjacent ones of the plurality of layers are bonded to one another to define a body of an ultrasonic probe holder. The body can include a distal end, a chamber, and a fluid channel. The distal end can secure the body to a proximal end of a wear sole. The chamber can be configured to receive an ultrasonic probe and a volume of fluid couplant. A fluid channel can extends through a portion of the body to the distal end and the fluid channel can be configured to receive a flow of fluid couplant. The plurality of layers can define a first region including a first probe holder material exhibiting a first acoustic or structural property and a second region including a second probe holder material exhibiting a second acoustic or structural property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Alexander FISENI, Christof BREIDENBACH
  • Patent number: 10877004
    Abstract: A method for the nondestructive testing of a test object by ultrasound is provided, the method including generating a pulsed ultrasonic field in the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic transmitting transducers acoustically coupled to the test object. The ultrasonic transmitting transducers are each driven with a specific analog transient excitation signal, wherein each analog transient excitation signal is generated based on an ultrasonic transmitting transducer-specific stored digital transient excitation function. The method further includes receiving resulting echo signals from the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic receiving transducers, with each ultrasonic receiving transducer providing an analog time-resolved echo signal, temporarily storing the time-resolved, transducer-specific, digitized echo signals in the form of an echo signal set, and applying a plurality of different reception processing rules to the echo signal set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Roman Heinrich Koch, Stephan Falter, Reinhard Prause, Helmut Breidenbach, Christof Breidenbach, Thomas Weise
  • Publication number: 20200072796
    Abstract: A method for forming a wear sole includes forming a plurality of layers from a frame material, adjacent layers bonded to one another to define a frame. The frame can include a proximal surface configured to secure the frame to a probe holder, a distal surface configured to contact a portion of a target, a body extending between proximal and distal surfaces, an aperture extending through proximal and distal surfaces and the body, and a channel extending from the proximal surface to a chamber in fluid communication with the distal surface. The method can optionally include placing a membrane within the aperture. The membrane can be coupled to the body by a seal, inhibiting passage of a fluid through the proximal surface via the aperture. The chamber can extend within the body between a distal surface of the membrane and the distal surface of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Fiseni, Christof Breidenbach, Frank Kahmann
  • Publication number: 20190369058
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring the condition of ultrasonic transducers and ultrasonic probes used in non-destructive testing are provided. In one aspect, a degree of deterioration and end of life of an ultrasonic transducer can be estimated based upon measured environmental and/or operating parameters of the ultrasonic transducer. In another aspect, testing parameters acquired by a single ultrasonic probe or different ultrasonic probes can be measured and analyzed to identify deterioration of an ultrasonic probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander Fiseni, Stephan Schmitz, Christof Breidenbach, Stephan Falter, Daniel Koers, Marek Parusel, Lars Rohpeter, Sven Runte, Sebastian Standop
  • Publication number: 20170219536
    Abstract: A method for the nondestructive testing of a test object by ultrasound is provided, the method including generating a pulsed ultrasonic field in the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic transmitting transducers acoustically coupled to the test object. The ultrasonic transmitting transducers are each driven with a specific analog transient excitation signal, wherein each analog transient excitation signal is generated based on an ultrasonic transmitting transducer-specific stored digital transient excitation function. The method further includes receiving resulting echo signals from the test object by means of an array of individually drivable ultrasonic receiving transducers, with each ultrasonic receiving transducer providing an analog time-resolved echo signal, temporarily storing the time-resolved, transducer-specific, digitized echo signals in the form of an echo signal set, and applying a plurality of different reception processing rules to the echo signal set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Roman Heinrich KOCH, Stephan FALTER, Reinhard PRAUSE, Helmut BREIDENBACH, Christof BREIDENBACH, Thomas WEISE
  • Patent number: 9213020
    Abstract: An ultrasonic testing method is provided. The ultrasonic method includes non-destructively testing a test object with an ultrasound generated by an ultrasound probe, continuously circulating a liquid coupling medium outside of the test probe before and/or during non-destructively testing the test object, branching a part of the liquid coupling medium off from the circulation, and feeding the branched liquid coupling medium to a coupling chamber arranged between the ultrasound probe and the test object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: GE SENSING & INSPECTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Christof Breidenbach
  • Publication number: 20120279307
    Abstract: An ultrasonic testing method is provided. The ultrasonic method includes non-destructively testing a test object with an ultrasound generated by an ultrasound probe, continuously circulating a liquid coupling medium outside of the test probe before and/or during non-destructively testing the test object, branching a part of the liquid coupling medium off from the circulation, and feeding the branched liquid coupling medium to a coupling chamber arranged between the ultrasound probe and the test object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Reinhard Prause, Christof Breidenbach