Patents by Inventor James Armstrong

James Armstrong 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: 20190281370
    Abstract: A network-based sensing system for monitoring an object is disclosed. The system includes a sensor, attached to the object, that collects object information, a first wireless access point that operates in a first private network covering a first private region, and at least one cellular base station that operates in a public network outside of the first private region. The sensor includes functionality to detect a location of the sensor in a location detection period and to determine a type of network coverage of the sensor. The sensor establishes connection with the first wireless access point via a first private network for transmitting the object information, when the sensor is covered by the first private network, and with the at least one cellular base station via a public cellular network for transmitting the object information, when the sensor is covered by only the public cellular network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: TIONESTA, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Struhsaker, David Fowler, James Gitre, Paul Posner, Michael Landers, Nicholas Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20190241453
    Abstract: An adaptive electrokinetic dewatering system for dewatering slurry and soil deposits, including tailings deposits and a control system therefor. The control system automatically determines an optimal applied power specification, including sets of power parameters to be applied to the deposit being dewatered and when to apply each set of power parameters during the electrokinetic dewatering process. Furthermore, the control system automatically adjusts the applied power specification throughout the course of the dewatering process to account for the changing properties of the deposit. The control system determines the applied power specifications and adjustments to be made to them by simulating the electrokinetic dewatering process using a simulator which incorporates the latest measurements of the electrical, physical and chemical properties of the deposit being dewatered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: James Micak, Ed Hanna, Clare Armstrong, Barna Szabados, Steven Spencer, Doug Kimzey
  • Patent number: 10374873
    Abstract: A platform-to-platform communication architecture for a process control messaging service in a process control system or other industrial setting allows stationary and portable industrial computing units to communicate with each other, in one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and across networks, including isolated networks inside the process control system or industrial setting and external networks. A requesting industrial computing device platform generates a message for a destination, or responding, industrial computing device in the communication protocol of the destination platform, and wraps the message in a communication protocol of the process control messaging service. The communication architecture decodes the wrapped message into the communication protocol of the destination industrial computing device and forwards the decoded wrapped message to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Joseph D. Fisher, James R. Logerquist, Alan R. Dewey, Stephen Armstrong, Laura Briggs, Ronald Hempel
  • Patent number: 10364744
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine may include a deep heat recovery system, such as a deep heat recovery super critical carbon dioxide (sCO2) system. The deep heat recovery system may include two-stage cooling of the working fluid (such as carbon dioxide—CO2) where at least one of cooling stages is recuperative by transferring heat from the working fluid to a flow of compressed air being supplied to a combustor included in the gas turbine engine. The deep heat recovery system may operate in a supercritical cycle, or in a transcritical cycle depending on the temperature to which the working fluid is cooled during a second stage of the two-stage cooling. The second stage of the two-stage cooling includes working fluid-to-air heat rejection where the air is ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Vaisman, Michael James Armstrong, Thomas E. Bastnagel
  • Patent number: 10364037
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an optionally hybrid power system that may operate either as a traditional power system, deriving power from a single power source, or as a hybrid power system, deriving power from multiple types of power sources. An example optionally hybrid power system may include a gas turbine engine and one or more electric motors. When configured as a traditional power system the optionally hybrid power system may derive all power from the gas turbine engine. However, when configured as a hybrid power system, the one or more motors may be coupled to the optionally hybrid power system to supplement the power produced by the gas turbine engine. Additionally, an operator interface that may control the optionally hybrid power system may select from a plurality of operating modes that depend on the configuration of the optionally hybrid power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Armstrong, Richard K. Keller
  • Patent number: 10340543
    Abstract: A fuel cell assembly includes a fuel cell stack including a plurality of fuel cells, an incoming oxidizing gas flow path configured to deliver an oxidizing gas to the plurality of fuel cells, and a chromium-getter material located in the incoming oxidizing flow path. A fuel cell includes an electrolyte, a cathode electrode on a first side of the electrolyte, an anode electrode on a second side of the electrolyte, and a chromium-getter material on the cathode electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bloom Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Manoj Pillai, James Wilson, Tad Armstrong, Chung-Dee Pong, James Chang, Matthias Gottmann, Tulin Akin
  • Patent number: 10333162
    Abstract: Systems and methods for testing a fuel cell stack include a vacuum source, a test head including at least one isolated vacuum plenum configured to be positioned in fluid communication with a first portion of the fuel cell stack, the isolated vacuum plenum in fluid communication with the vacuum source, and a detector in fluid communication with the at least one isolated vacuum plenum for detecting the presence of a particular constituent of a fluid provided in a second portion of the fuel cell stack, where the second portion of the fuel cell stack is separated from the first portion of the fuel cell stack by at least one of an electrolyte and a fuel cell seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jerome A. Mack, Jonathan Cerrona, John Fisher, James Wilson, Tad Armstrong, Harald Herchen
  • Publication number: 20190181458
    Abstract: A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) includes a solid oxide electrolyte with a zirconia-based ceramic, an anode electrode, and a cathode electrode that includes a ceria-based ceramic component and an electrically conductive component. Another SOFC includes a solid oxide electrolyte containing a zirconia-based ceramic, an anode electrode, and a cathode electrode that includes an electrically conductive component and an ionically conductive component, in which the ionically conductive component includes a zirconia-based ceramic containing scandia and at least one of ceria, ytterbia and yttria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Andres Leming, Emad El Batawi, Michael Gasda, Tad Armstrong, James Wilson
  • Publication number: 20190148695
    Abstract: An electrode structure for use in an energy storage device, the electrode structure comprising a population of electrodes, a population of counter-electrodes and an electrically insulating material layer separating members of the electrode population from members of the counter-electrode population, each member of the electrode population having a longitudinal axis AE that is surrounded by the electrically insulating separator layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Murali RAMASUBRAMANIAN, Michael ARMSTRONG, Brian E. BRUSCA, Vladimir DIOUMAEV, Gunther A. KOBLMILLER, Ashok LAHIRI, Laurie J. LAUCHLAN, Harrold J. RUST, III, Nirav S. SHAH, Robert M. SPOTNITZ, James D. WILCOX
  • Publication number: 20190093071
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a droplet assembly, which droplet assembly comprises a plurality of droplets, wherein each of said droplets comprises: an aqueous medium comprising a hydrogel compound; and one or more biological cells disposed in the aqueous medium, which process comprises: generating, in a bulk hydrophobic medium, a plurality of droplets, wherein each of said droplets comprises: an aqueous medium comprising a hydrogel compound; and one or more biological cells disposed in the aqueous medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Hagan Bayley, Sam Olof, Alexander D. Graham, Madeline Burke, James Armstrong, Adam Perriman, James Nicholson, Francis Szele
  • Patent number: 10243355
    Abstract: An electric propulsion system is described that includes at least one branch for distributing electrical power, provided by a power source, to one or more loads. The at least one branch is partitioned into one or more zones and comprises a plurality of branch isolation devices that are configured to isolate the at least one branch from the power source in response to a fault current at the at least one branch. In addition, the at least one branch comprises a respective pair of zone isolation devices for each respective zone from the one or more zones. The respective pair of zone isolation devices for each respective zone is configured to isolate the respective zone from the at least one branch, during a test of the at least one branch for identifying which of the one or more zones is a source of the fault current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc., Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Michael James Armstrong, Andrew Mark Bollman
  • Publication number: 20190050874
    Abstract: A content consumption monitor (CCM) receives events identifying how and when users access content. The CCM may identify internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with the events and determine types of establishments associated with the IP addresses based on how the users access the content at the IP addresses. The CCM may generate consumption scores for the IP addresses based on the identified types of establishments. For example, the CCM can generate consumption scores for IP addresses associated with private business locations. The CCM can generate more accurate intent and consumption data by filtering out events unrelated to company content consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Erik Gregory MATLICK, Robert James ARMSTRONG, Benny LIN, Nicholaus Eugene HALECKY, Will KURT
  • Publication number: 20190009920
    Abstract: A distributed propulsion system includes a first propulsor and a second propulsor, a first generator configured to generate a first AC current, and a second generator configured to generate a second AC current. The system includes a power regulation circuit. The power regulation circuit includes a first current path that includes a first power electronics circuit, a second current path that includes a second power electronics circuit, a third current path that bypasses the first and second power electronics circuits, and a fourth current path that bypasses the first and second power electronics circuits. The power regulation circuit also includes a plurality of switches configured to selectively couple each respective input to a respective selected output to cause a respective current to flow from the respective input to the respective selected output via one of the first current path, second current path, third current path, or fourth current path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Michael James Armstrong, Andrew Mark Bollman, David Loder
  • Publication number: 20180365710
    Abstract: An event processor identifies events generated by an entity from a hostname website cluster and other third party websites. The event processor may generate a website cluster interest score based on the events indicating an interest level of the entity in multiple hostname websites, belonging to first party. The event processor also may identify a topic cluster including multiple topics and generate a topic cluster interest score indicating an interest level of the entity in the topics. The event processor may generate a buyer intent score based on the website interest score and the topic cluster interest score. The buyer intent score may provide a good indication of when the entity is interested in buying items from the party associated with the hostname website.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Nicholaus Eugene HALECKY, Robert James ARMSTRONG, Erik Gregory MATLICK
  • Publication number: 20180355701
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and computer implemented methods of modelling a hydraulically driven fracture. A computer implemented method of modelling a hydraulically driven fracture comprises predicting the direction and the geometry of a fracture using a finite element method, and inserting a new fracture into the model using a geometric insertion technique.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Martin Dutko, James Armstrong, Attila Garai
  • Publication number: 20180297683
    Abstract: A distributed propulsion system is described that includes at least one turbine engine including an engine shaft and at least one mechanically driven propulsor, wherein a propulsor shaft of the at least one mechanically driven propulsor is not co-axial with the engine shaft of the at least one turbine engine and is driven by the engine shaft of the at least one turbine engine. The distributed propulsion system further includes at least one generator driven by rotation of at least one of the engine shaft of the at least one turbine engine or the propulsor shaft of the at least one mechanically driven propulsor. The distributed propulsion system also includes at least one electrically driven propulsor, wherein a propulsor motor of the at least one electrically driven propulsor drives a propulsor fan of the at least one electrically driven propulsor based on electricity produced by the at least one generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: Michael James Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20180155040
    Abstract: A system is described that includes a turbine engine including an engine fan including one or more variable-pitch blades driven by a shaft, which rotates at a rotational speed which depends on a pitch of the one or more variable-pitch blades of the engine fan. The system further includes a generator configured to produce alternating-current (AC) electricity at a particular frequency relative to the rotational speed of the shaft. The system also includes a propulsor, which includes a propulsor motor and a propulsor fan. The propulsor motor is configured to drive, based on the AC electricity produced by the generator, the propulsor fan. The system includes a controller configured to control the particular frequency of the AC electricity by at least controlling the pitch of the one or more variable-pitch blades of the engine fan and thereby the rotational speed of the generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventor: Michael James Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20180118356
    Abstract: A propulsion system is described that includes an AC generator configured to produce AC current, and a plurality of propulsors configured to receive the AC current from the AC generator and provide thrust based on the AC current from the AC generator. The propulsion system further includes an AC distribution system configured to deliver a first portion of the AC current to a first group of propulsors from the plurality of propulsors, and a second subsystem configured to deliver a second portion of the AC current to a second group of propulsors from the plurality of propulsors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Michael James Armstrong, Mark Jon Blackwelder
  • Patent number: 9912369
    Abstract: An integrated circuit for adaptively maintaining a communications link during an idle mode is disclosed. The integrated circuit may operate in a first (active) mode and a second (idle) mode. The integrated circuit includes a transceiver circuit that establishes a communications link with an additional transceiver circuit of an external integrated circuit. The transceiver circuit may receive data packets from the additional transceiver circuit during the first mode. The integrated circuit further includes monitoring circuitry that monitors a health metric associated with maintaining the communications link between the transceiver circuit and the additional transceiver circuit during the second mode. A control circuit may generate keep-alive signals and adaptively adjusts the frequency of the keep-alive signals such that the health metric is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventor: Michael James Armstrong
  • Patent number: D812166
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: James Armstrong