Patents by Inventor Enrico Bovero

Enrico Bovero 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: 20220267570
    Abstract: Nanocomposite compositions and methods for preparing nanocomposite compositions films are provided. The nanocomposite compositions include dendritic fibrous nanoparticles that have a diameter ranging from 50 to 500 nm, and a polymer matrix comprising poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), where the dendritic fibrous nanoparticles have a hydrophobic coating and are dispersed within the PMMA matrix. Methods of preparing nanocomposite compositions may include introducing dendritic fibrous nanoparticles into a mixture with a poly(methyl methacrylate) and an organic solvent to form a composite solution. Methods further include casting the mixture onto a glass sheet within a mold, evaporating the organic solvent to form the nanocomposite film, and separating the nanocomposite film from the glass sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Aziz Fihri, Yassine Malajati, Enrico Bovero, Mohamed Bouhrara, Abdullatif Jazzar, Hussain Tuwailib
  • Publication number: 20220267571
    Abstract: Nanocomposite compositions and methods for preparing nanocomposite compositions films are provided. The nanocomposite compositions include dendritic fibrous nanoparticles that have a diameter ranging from 50 to 500 nm, and a polymer matrix comprising poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), where dendritic fibrous nanoparticles are dispersed within the polymer matrix, and where the PMMA is bound to the surface of the dendritic fibrous nanoparticles. Methods of preparing nanocomposite compositions and nanocomposite films including the nanocomposite compositions may include introducing dendritic fibrous nanoparticles into a mixture with a poly(methyl methacrylate) in a solution to form a composite solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Aziz Fihri, Haleema Alamri, Yassine Malajati, Enrico Bovero, Mohamed Bouhrara, Hussain Tuwailib
  • Patent number: 11248099
    Abstract: Corrosion-resistant coatings and methods of making and using the coatings are provided. The corrosion-resistant coating includes magnetic particles dispersed in a polymer matrix, where the polymer matrix is non-polar and at least partially hydrophobic and the magnetic particles contain an adhesion region comprising a ferromagnetic material, and a polymer interface region surrounding the adhesion region comprising a plurality of ligands, where each ligand comprises an anchoring end and a non-polar end. Methods of producing corrosion-resistant articles are also provided. The methods include applying a corrosion-resistant coating to an article and curing the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Gasan Alabedi, Aziz Fihri
  • Patent number: 11236195
    Abstract: A corrosion-indicating material and methods of producing and using the corrosion-indicating material are provided. The corrosion-indicating material comprises a cured product of reacting a bisphenol A diglycidyl ether epoxy (DGEBA) resin with a curing agent, the curing agent comprising a 1,10-phenanthroline derivative having formula (I): where: R1 and R2 are independently selected from —NH2; —NH(CH2)aNH2, where a is 1, 2, or 3; —OC(?O)(CH2)bNH2, where b is 1, 2, or 3; and —H; R3 and R4 are either: non-joined monovalent radicals each independently chosen from —H, —NH2, and (C1-C20)heterohydrocarbyls comprising at least one primary amine or at least one secondary amine; or joined as a single divalent radical, the single divalent radical being a (C1-C40)heterohydrocarbyl comprising at least one primary amine or at least one secondary amine; and at least one of R1, R2, R3, and R4 is not —H.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Haleema Alamri, Aziz Fihri, Mohamed Bouhrara, Enrico Bovero, Bashayer Mishari
  • Patent number: 11161758
    Abstract: A system is provided that utilizes electromagnetic energy for bacteria elimination from cooling systems, such as water cooling tower systems that are used to cool down a heat exchanger in oil industry and it can be also extended to be used in the bacteria removal associated to crude oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Hassan Ali Al-Hashmy, Enrico Bovero, Aziz Fihri, Mohamed Bouhrara
  • Publication number: 20210269584
    Abstract: A corrosion-indicating material and methods of producing and using the corrosion-indicating material are provided. The corrosion-indicating material comprises a cured product of reacting a bisphenol A diglycidyl ether epoxy (DGEBA) resin with a curing agent, the curing agent comprising a 1,10-phenanthroline derivative having formula (I): where: R1 and R2 are independently selected from —NH2; —NH(CH2)aNH2, where a is 1, 2, or 3; —OC(?O)(CH2)bNH2, where b is 1, 2, or 3; and —H; R3 and R4 are either: non-joined monovalent radicals each independently chosen from —H, —NH2, and (C1-C20)heterohydrocarbyls comprising at least one primary amine or at least one secondary amine; or joined as a single divalent radical, the single divalent radical being a (C1-C40)heterohydrocarbyl comprising at least one primary amine or at least one secondary amine; and at least one of R1, R2, R3, and R4 is not —H.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Haleema Alamri, Aziz Fihri, Mohamed Bouhrara, Enrico Bovero, Bashayer Mishari
  • Patent number: 11099135
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed relating to composite photonic materials used to design structures and detecting material deformation for the purpose of monitoring structural health of physical structures. According to one aspect, a composite structure is provided that includes a base material, an optical diffraction grating and one or more fluorophore materials constructed such that localized perturbations create a measureable change in the structure's diffraction pattern. An inspection device is also provided that is configured to detect perturbations in the composite structure. The inspection device is configured to emit an inspecting radiation into the structure and capture the refracted radiation and measure the change in the diffraction pattern and quantify the perturbation based on the wavelength and the angular information for the diffracted radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Vincent Brian Cunningham, Ilham Mokhtari, Aziz Fihri, Remi Mahfouz
  • Publication number: 20210213652
    Abstract: Transparent articles and methods of producing transparent articles are provided. The transparent article includes hydrophobic nanoparticles dispersed within poly(methyl methacrylate). The method of producing transparent articles includes pouring a transparent article precursor into a mold, the transparent article precursor comprising nanoparticles, a solvent, and a polymer, and the mold comprising a flat surface. The method also includes placing the mold into a container having an adjustable opening and allowing the solvent to evaporate from the transparent article precursor, thereby forming the transparent article over the flat surface of the mold. The method further includes flattening the transparent article, in which flattening the transparent article includes positioning a flat article on a first side of the transparent article, and compressing the transparent article between the flat surface and the flat article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Aziz Fihri, Enrico Bovero, Yassine Malajati, Haleema Alamri, Abdullatif Jazzar, Hussain Baqer Tuwailib
  • Publication number: 20210163314
    Abstract: A system is provided that utilizes electromagnetic energy for bacteria elimination from cooling systems, such as water cooling tower systems that are used to cool down a heat exchanger in oil industry and it can be also extended to be used in the bacteria removal associated to crude oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Hassan Ali AL-HASHMY, Enrico BOVERO, Aziz FIHRI, Mohamed BOUHRARA
  • Patent number: 10895447
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a structure including a photonic material using a movable inspection apparatus includes irradiating a section of the structure, receiving radiation diffracted from a photonic material in the section of the structure, determining a deformation of the photonic material as a function of at least one of i) an intensity of the radiation received ii) a position of the radiation received and iii) a wavelength of the radiation received, and determining if a magnitude of the deformation is higher than a threshold. If the magnitude of the deformation is higher than the threshold data is stored concerning the deformation of the photonic material; contrarily, if the magnitude of the deformation is not higher than the threshold: the inspection at the location of the photonic material is stopped and the inspection apparatus is moved in order to inspect another section of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Enrico Bovero
  • Patent number: 10877192
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a photonic structure on a surface of a solid substrate including a first material comprises depositing a deformable layer of the first material onto the surface of the solid substrate, embossing the deformable layer with a mold bear a photonic structure pattern and solidifying the deformable layer to be integral with the surface of the solid substrate with the mold in place to form permanent photonic structures in the solidified layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Aziz Fihri, Abdullah A. Al-Shahrani
  • Patent number: 10753729
    Abstract: A device for detecting and determining deformations on a structure surface containing diffractive stress indicator elements comprises a portable computing device having a camera, a processor, a memory, and a display screen, and a casing for conformably enclosing the portable computing device. In one embodiment, the casing includes an elongated light source, a first window positioned to provide access to the display screen of the portable computing device, and a second window positioned to allowing the light source to emit a band of light outside of the casing, and a port hole aligned with the camera of the portable computing device. When the device is positioned proximate to the structure, the elongated light source emits a band of illumination onto the diffractive stress indicator elements, the diffractive elements diffract the emitted radiation and the camera of the portable computing device receives at least a portion of the diffracted radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, BlueBridge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Hawraa Bin Saad, Timothy Briggs, Daniel Linehan
  • Patent number: 10746534
    Abstract: A device and system for enabling calibration of a structure includes at least one elongate strap having a lower temperature coefficient than the structure, and a length sufficient to encompass a circumference of an external surface of the structure, and at least one diffraction grating having a temperature coefficient at least as high as the structure, wherein the diffraction grating is coupled to the strap and is in direct contact with the external surface of the structure. Deformations in the external surface of the structure induce corresponding deformations in the diffraction grating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Ali Outa, Ihsan M. Al-Taie
  • Publication number: 20200256668
    Abstract: A device and system for enabling calibration of a structure includes at least one elongate strap having a lower temperature coefficient than the structure, and a length sufficient to encompass a circumference of an external surface of the structure, and at least one diffraction grating having a temperature coefficient at least as high as the structure, wherein the diffraction grating is coupled to the strap and is in direct contact with the external surface of the structure. Deformations in the external surface of the structure induce corresponding deformations in the diffraction grating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Ali Outa, Ihsan M. Al-Taie
  • Publication number: 20200140697
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a hydrophobic coating on a surface of a solid substrate which includes a layer-integrable material includes the steps of depositing a deformable layer of the layer-integrable material onto the surface of the solid substrate, forcibly embedding a plurality of particles within the deformable layer, and solidifying the deformable layer including the plurality of particles so as to be integral with the surface of the solid substrate. At least a portion of the plurality of particles is embedded at a threshold depth within the deformable layer prior to solidification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Gasan Selman Alabedi, Aziz Fihri
  • Patent number: 10643325
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for processing multi-dimensional image data to isolate specific features within the image data. One exemplary application is non-destructive testing to detect deformation of structures from image data. The methods for isolating salient features includes generating a “baseline” approximation of the surface image by subdividing the image into a network of triangle planes, approximating the measured value for each plane and subtracting the baseline from the original image data to generate a processed image. The process for defining the triangle-plane network, approximating each plane and performing baseline subtraction can yield a final processed image that includes changes in feature value occurring within a particular triangular plane, which can indicate deformation, while changes in feature value occurring over larger areas, which can be a product of environmental and inspection variables, are at least partially removed from the resulting data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Enrico Bovero
  • Publication number: 20200103222
    Abstract: A device for detecting and determining deformations on a structure surface containing diffractive stress indicator elements comprises a portable computing device having a camera, a processor, a memory, and a display screen, and a casing for conformably enclosing the portable computing device. In one embodiment, the casing includes an elongated light source, a first window positioned to provide access to the display screen of the portable computing device, and a second window positioned to allowing the light source to emit a band of light outside of the casing, and a port hole aligned with the camera of the portable computing device. When the device is positioned proximate to the structure, the elongated light source emits a band of illumination onto the diffractive stress indicator elements, the diffractive elements diffract the emitted radiation and the camera of the portable computing device receives at least a portion of the diffracted radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Hawraa Bin Saad, Timothy Briggs, Daniel Linehan
  • Patent number: 10443787
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for physically labeling structural features, such as weld joints in a pipeline, with pattern-based codes that uniquely identify respective features. The systems and methods are also provided for identifying the features based on imagery of the codes captured during subsequent inspection of the weld joints. In particular, the weld joints can be uniquely identified by encoding measured geographic coordinates within two distinguishable circular patterns that correspond to latitude and longitude, respectively. In addition, the pattern-based codes can be applied to respective weld joints using a contrast material such that the codes are revealed in the images of the weld joints captured during inspection. Furthermore, the systems and methods include analyzing the images captured during inspection to identify the inspected weld joints for the purpose of verifying that each weld joint was properly inspected in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Gasan Selman Alabedi, Majed F. Al Rajeh, Ali F. Al Qabani
  • Patent number: 10444163
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed relating to composite photonic materials used to design structures and detecting material deformation for the purpose of monitoring structural health of physical structures. According to one aspect, a composite structure is provided that includes a base material, an optical diffraction grating and one or more fluorophore materials constructed such that localized perturbations create a measureable change in the structure's diffraction pattern. An inspection device is also provided that is configured to detect perturbations in the composite structure. The inspection device is configured to emit an inspecting radiation into the structure and capture the refracted radiation and measure the change in the diffraction pattern and quantify the perturbation based on the wavelength and the angular information for the diffracted radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Abdullah S. Al-Ghamdi, Abdullah A. Al-Shahrani
  • Patent number: 10436655
    Abstract: A photonic displacement sensor comprises a photonic fiber including a) a core section having a first band gap aligned along an extended longitudinal axis, and b) a cladding section surrounding the core section having a second band gap. The first band gap is adapted to block a spectral band of radiation centered on a first wavelength that is directed along the longitudinal axis, and the second band gap is adapted to block a spectral band of radiation centered on a second wavelength that is directed transversely to the longitudinal axis, and wherein displacement is detected based on a shift in at least one of the first and second band gap of the photonic fiber, enabling an intensity of radiation to be detected that is in proportion to the displacement in the photonic fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Enrico Bovero, Gasan Alabedi, Abdullah A. Al-Shahrani