Patents by Inventor Jeffrey Carter

Jeffrey Carter 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: 10262931
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lateral via to provide an electrical connection to a buried conductor. In one instance, the buried conductor is a through via that extends along a first dimension, and the lateral via extends along a second dimension that is generally orthogonal to the first dimension. In another instance, the second dimension is oblique to the first dimension. Components having such lateral vias, as well as methods for creating such lateral vias are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, Varioscale, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Adams, Kira L. Fishgrab, Karl Douglas Greth, Michael David Henry, Jeffrey Stevens, V. Carter Hodges, Randy J. Shul, Ronald S. Goeke, Robert K. Grubbs, Scott Silverman
  • Publication number: 20190040870
    Abstract: A compressor wheel that can be employed in devices such as turbochargers. The compressor wheel includes an axially extending hub having an inlet end, a shaft bore extending from the inlet end and an arcuate outer surface opposed to the shaft bore. The axially extending hub is composed of a metal and has a porous region located proximate to the arcuate outer surface of the axially extending hub. The compressor wheel also includes a blade array disposed on the arcuate outer surface of the axially extending hub. The blade array has an outer surface and an inner region. The blade array comprises a plurality of circumferentially-spaced, radially and axially extending blades disposed thereon and is composed, at least in part of a polymeric material. Polymeric material located in the inner region of the blade array extends into the porous region defined in the axially extending hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, John Allport
  • Patent number: 10197020
    Abstract: An engine system (40) includes an engine (42), and a turbocharger (1) that receives exhaust gas from the engine (42) and delivers charged air to the engine (42). The engine system (40) also includes an electrically-driven compressor-expander (60) disposed in the engine air intake passage (48) between a compressor section (10) of the turbocharger (1) and the engine (42). The compressor-expander (60) is configured to modify the pressure and temperature characteristics of the charged air flow exiting the turbocharger compressor section (10). A valve (50) controls the flow path and/or direction of the charged air flow as it enters the compressor-expander (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, Keith Nickson
  • Publication number: 20180250703
    Abstract: A method of applying a coating material to a vehicle that includes defining a plurality of application zones on the vehicle. The application zones include a low visibility zone, a medium visibility zone, and a high visibility zone. The method further includes applying the coating material to the application zones in a predetermined sequence such that a first portion of the coating material is applied to the low visibility zone, then a second portion is applied to the medium visibility zone, and then a third portion is applied to the high visibility zone. A first overlap region is defined between the low visibility zone and the high visibility zone and a second overlap region is defined between the medium visibility zone and the high visibility zone. The third portion of the coating material is applied before the coating material previously applied in the first and second overlap regions has set for a predefined duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakazono, John Jeffrey Carter, Kevin Michael Wilkens, Jason John Potuzko, Steven Lynn Haycox, Hiroko Kimoto, Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9816434
    Abstract: A variable geometry turbine comprises a turbine wheel and a primary inlet passage of variable axial width. The turbine has a secondary inlet passage provides a flow path for a working fluid which circumnavigates at least part of the primary inlet passage. A seal element and one or more apertures are cooperable to selectively allow or prevent fluid flow through the secondary inlet passage. The ratio of the minimum cross-sectional area of the flow path through the primary inlet passage to that of the secondary inlet passage is between 1.3 and 1.7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CUMMINS LTD.
    Inventors: David A. Luck, Jeffrey Carter
  • Patent number: 9774279
    Abstract: A system for controlling movement of an actuator includes an input power source that provides an input pulse width (PWM) signal; a motor driver that receives the PWM signal and provides a synthesized three-phase drive signal; a brushless direct current (BLDC) motor that receives the drive signal and operates in response to the received drive signal to reposition the actuator; and a controller that receives the PWM signal. The controller includes an amplitude detection module that detects the amplitude of the PWM signal, and a direction detection module that detects the polarity of the PWM signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Edward Handlon, Jeffrey Carter
  • Publication number: 20170218320
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for the insertion of a pre-sterilized sensor probe into a sterile vessel. The system of the invention provides a reliable and straightforward way to insert one or more sterile probes into a sterile vessel. The present invention also provides a sterile vessel that includes one or more of the systems of the invention. The sterile vessel can be a flexible or semi-rigid bag or tubing of the type typically used for carrying out biochemical and/or biological processes and/or manipulating liquids and other products of such processes. Furthermore, the present invention provides a method for aseptically inserting a probe into a sterile vessel where the method makes use of the system of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Vincent Francis PIZZI, Jeffrey CARTER, Ralph STANKOWSKI
  • Patent number: 9650911
    Abstract: A variable geometry turbine comprises a turbine wheel and a primary inlet passage of variable axial width. The turbine has a secondary inlet passage provides a flow path for a working fluid which circumnavigates at least part of the primary inlet passage. A seal element and one or more apertures are cooperable to selectively allow or prevent fluid flow through the secondary inlet passage. The turbine wheel is of the radial-inflow axial-outflow type and secondary inlet passage has an outlet configured to direct working fluid to exit the secondary inlet passage in a direction which has an axial component in the opposite direction to the direction of axial outflow of the turbine wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: CUMMINS LTD
    Inventors: David A. Luck, Jeffrey Carter
  • Publication number: 20160195047
    Abstract: An engine system (40) includes an engine (42), and a turbocharger (1) that receives exhaust gas from the engine (42) and delivers charged air to the engine (42). The engine system (40) also includes an electrically-driven compressor-expander (60) disposed in the engine air intake passage (48) between a compressor section (10) of the turbocharger (1) and the engine (42). The compressor-expander (60) is configured to modify the pressure and temperature characteristics of the charged air flow exiting the turbocharger compressor section (10). A valve (50) controls the flow path and/or direction of the charged air flow as it enters the compressor-expander (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, Keith Nickson
  • Patent number: 9382842
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a turbocharger assembly, comprising: a turbocharger; one or more actuators for controlling a flow of fluid in, around, or associated with the operation of the turbocharger; control electronics for use in controlling actuation of the one or more actuators; and boost electronics configured to receive an input voltage, and to provide a boosted output voltage to the control electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Cummins Turbo Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey Carter
  • Patent number: 9273693
    Abstract: A compressor comprises a housing defining an inlet, a volute, an outlet, and a compressor chamber between the inlet and the outlet within which a compressor wheel is rotatably mounted. The housing has discrete attached first and second housing portions, the first housing portion defining at least part of the inlet and the second housing portion defining at least part of a volute of the outlet. The first housing portion has a conductive element for conducting an electric signal and a second sensor arrangement in sensing communication with the inlet. The compressor further comprises a first sensor arrangement, the first sensor arrangement being configured such that it is in sensing communication with the volute or outlet and such that it is electrically connected to the conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Cummins Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, Nicholas K Sharp
  • Patent number: 8858079
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insert for reinforcement of bags made of plastic film, comprising a star-like plastic part having at least three jaws, wherein the insert is adapted for insertion and heat-sealing at a junction inside a three-dimensional bag where at least three plastic films meet, so that each jaw extends in a direction between two films. The invention also relates to a three dimensional bag incorporating such inserts and a method of producing such a bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Tieying Jiang, Jeffrey Carter
  • Patent number: 8636467
    Abstract: A variable geometry turbine of the kind used in a turbocharger has a variable geometry element such as a nozzle ring that is operated by an actuator. The actuator comprises a motor which drives a cross-shaft in rotation. The cross-shaft in turn drives a pair of guide rods on which the nozzle ring is supported in translation so as to move the nozzle ring and control the width of the inlet passage of the turbine. The cross-shaft and guide rods are drivingly engaged by a rack and pinion or thread or another toothed or threaded formation suitable for converting rotational movement into translational movement. The cross-shaft can be located in close proximity to the guide rods and the output of the motor shaft so as to provide a compact package. Moreover, the torque required to resist movement of the nozzle ring in operation is much reduced in comparison to existing designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins Turbo Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, David Andrew Luck, Henry David Lambton Carr, Przemyslaw Swidlinski
  • Publication number: 20130239569
    Abstract: A gas expander system suitable for use in a turbomachine, the gas expander system comprising: a gas expander provided with a moveable part; a magnetic gear arrangement; and a shaft; the moveable part of the gas expander being connectable to a load via the magnetic gear arrangement and the shaft, and movement of the moveable part of the gas expander being arranged to cause movement of the shaft, wherein the magnetic gear arrangement is used in a closed loop heat recovery system, with the inner and outer rotors of the magnetic gear separated by a wall that contains the stator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Cummins Turbo Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, Stephen Edward Garrett, Michael Cummings
  • Publication number: 20120251352
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a turbocharger assembly, comprising: a turbocharger; one or more actuators for controlling a flow of fluid in, around, or associated with the operation of the turbocharger; control electronics for use in controlling actuation of the one or more actuators; and boost electronics configured to receive an input voltage, and to provide a boosted output voltage to the control electronics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Carter
  • Publication number: 20120213627
    Abstract: A compressor comprises a housing defining an inlet, a volute, an outlet, and a compressor chamber between the inlet and the outlet within which a compressor wheel is rotatably mounted. The housing has discrete attached first and second housing portions, the first housing portion defining at least part of the inlet and the second housing portion defining at least part of a volute of the outlet. The first housing portion has a conductive element for conducting an electric signal and a second sensor arrangement in sensing communication with the inlet. The compressor further comprises a first sensor arrangement, the first sensor arrangement being configured such that it is in sensing communication with the volute or outlet and such that it is electrically connected to the conductive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, Nicholas K. Sharp
  • Publication number: 20110146271
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a gas expander system suitable for use in a turbomachine, the gas expander system comprising: a gas expander provided with a moveable part; a magnetic gear arrangement; and a shaft; the moveable part of the gas expander being connectable to a load via the magnetic gear arrangement and the shaft, and movement of the moveable part of the gas expander being arranged to cause movement of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carter, Stephen Edward Garrett, Michael Cummings
  • Publication number: 20110151551
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improved single-use bioreactors comprising disposable plastic bags for cell cultivation. The invention provides an inflatable bioreactor bag for cell cultivation comprised of a top and a bottom sheet of polymer material that are joined along their edges to form a sealed bag, wherein two opposing edges are formed as clamping edges to allow clamping of the bioreactor bag to a rocker type bioreactor, and wherein the bioreactor bag is provided with a wrinkle preventing structure at each end of the clamping edges. The bag avoids formation of undesired wrinkles or creases which otherwise lead to fatigue of the plastic and eventually fracture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: SHUJIAN YI, JEFFREY CARTER, TIEYING JIANG
  • Publication number: 20110151552
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements of bioreactor bags for cell cultivation. The invention provides an inflatable bioreactor bag for cell cultivation comprised of a top and a bottom sheet of polymer material that are joined along their edges to form a sealed bag, wherein two opposing edges are formed as clamping edges to allow clamping of the bioreactor bag to a rocker type bioreactor, wherein the top sheet is at least 5% longer than the bottom sheet between the clamping edges. The bioreactor bags provided by the invention avoid formation of undesired wrinkles or creases which otherwise may lead to fatigue of the plastic and eventually fracture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP.
    Inventors: TIEYING JIANG, JEFFREY CARTER, SHUJIAN YI
  • Publication number: 20110142379
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insert for reinforcement of bags made of plastic film, comprising a star-like plastic part having at least three jaws, wherein the insert is adapted for insertion and heat-sealing at a junction inside a three-dimensional bag where at least three plastic films meet, so that each jaw extends in a direction between two films. The invention also relates to a three dimensional bag incorporating such inserts and a method of producing such a bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: TIEYING JIANG, JEFFREY CARTER