Patents by Inventor Jesse R. Gerdes

Jesse R. Gerdes 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: 20220200502
    Abstract: A system and method for torque compensation in a switched reluctance (SR) machine disposed on a machine is disclosed. The system may comprise a SR machine, an inverter and a controller. The controller is in operable communication with the inverter and is configured to determine a commanded main current associated with energization by a main current of a first portion of the plurality of windings for a controlling phase, and determine a commanded parasitic current associated with energization by a parasitic current of a second portion of the windings in a non-controlling phase. The controller is further configured to determine an offset current based on the commanded parasitic current, and determine a target current based on a first sum of the commanded main current and the offset current, and command the inverter to actuate the target current in the first portion of the windings during the controlling phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse R. Gerdes, Jackson Wai, Ahmed Khalil, James Michael Thorne, Sajan Abdul, Amara Ashfaq
  • Publication number: 20220200501
    Abstract: A work machine includes a frame, a traction system supporting the frame, a power source mounted on the frame, a switched reluctance motor, an inverter configured to control power to the motor from a power source, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive a signal indicating a desired torque and determine if the desired torque is between an upper threshold and a lower threshold. If the desired torque is between the upper threshold and the lower threshold, pulse width modulation is used to produce a PWM adjusted torque command, and the motor is commanded based on the PWM adjusted torque command. The PWM adjusted torque command is configured to cycle between the upper threshold and the lower threshold to produce the desired torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse R. Gerdes, Thomas M. Sopko, Carlos E. Nino Baron, Jackson Wai, Ahmed Khalil, Sajan Abdul, Amara Ashfaq, James Michael Thorne
  • Patent number: 10666182
    Abstract: A control system for a rotary electric machine includes a controller configured to generate dynamic input current data based upon a dynamic analysis of self flux data, mutual flux data, and saturation scaling factor data. Upon generating a torque request, the controller is configured to determine a desired electrical input based upon the dynamic input current data to generate the desired output torque. The desired electrical input includes a magnitude and duration of an electrical pulse and a desired angular position of the rotor of the rotary electric machine relative to the stator of the machine. The controller determines an angular position of the rotor and generates an operating command to generate the desired electrical input at the desired angular position of the rotor to propel the rotary electric machine and generate the desired output torque. A rotary electric machine and method of operating same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos E. Nino Baron, Ahmed Khalil, Jackson Wai, Jesse R. Gerdes, Sangameshwar Sonth, Amir Saad
  • Patent number: 9702938
    Abstract: A method for detecting a phase imbalance of an electrical component in a machine due to an actual fault is provided. The method includes receiving electrical parameter values associated with a plurality of phases of an electrical component, detecting a phase imbalance in the plurality of phases, calculating an imbalance ratio of the plurality of phases, applying a plurality of conditions to the imbalance ratio and to the received input vector, the plurality of conditions being associated with an actual fault in the machine, and determining whether the detected phase imbalance is due to a controls induced imbalance in the machine or due to the actual fault in the electrical component of the machine when at least one of the plurality of conditions is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse R. Gerdes, Jackson Wai, Ahmed Khalil, Benjamin P. Gottemoller
  • Patent number: 9625512
    Abstract: A technique and system for detecting a location of a ground fault in an electrical system are provided. The technique and system include steps or components for determining a ground fault voltage, receiving a gate control signal associated with an electric load, comparing the ground fault voltage to the gate control signal, and determining whether the ground fault is located at the electric load based on the comparison of the ground fault voltage to the gate control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Crosman, III, Ernesto Inoa, Jesse R. Gerdes
  • Publication number: 20160274191
    Abstract: A method for detecting a phase imbalance of an electrical component in a machine due to an actual fault is provided. The method includes receiving electrical parameter values associated with a plurality of phases of an electrical component, detecting a phase imbalance in the plurality of phases, calculating an imbalance ratio of the plurality of phases, applying a plurality of conditions to the imbalance ratio and to the received input vector, the plurality of conditions being associated with an actual fault in the machine, and determining whether the detected phase imbalance is due to a controls induced imbalance in the machine or due to the actual fault in the electrical component of the machine when at least one of the plurality of conditions is met.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse R. Gerdes, Jackson Wai, Ahmed Khalil, Benjamin P. Gottemoller
  • Publication number: 20150192632
    Abstract: A technique and system for detecting a location of a ground fault in an electrical system are provided. The technique and system include steps or components for determining a ground fault voltage, receiving a gate control signal associated with an electric load, comparing the ground fault voltage to the gate control signal, and determining whether the ground fault is located at the electric load based on the comparison of the ground fault voltage to the gate control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Crosman, III, Ernesto Inoa, Jesse R. Gerdes
  • Patent number: 8970291
    Abstract: A method of debouncing a variable frequency step signal is provided. The method includes the steps of: (a) determining a first period in oscillations of the variable frequency step signal and applying a first debounce time to debounce oscillations in the variable frequency step signal, (b) detecting a second period in the oscillations of the variable frequency step signal, (c) calculating a second debounce time as a fraction of the first period, (d) applying the second debounce time to debounce oscillations having the second period, and (e) repeating the steps (b)-(d) for debouncing successive oscillations of varying periods in the variable frequency step signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse R Gerdes, Jackson Wai, Benjamin Paul Gottemoller, Sangameshwar Sonth
  • Patent number: 8004226
    Abstract: A method of detecting one or more failed current sensor and estimating a phase current for the failed current sensor on a three-phase machine is disclosed. The method may include detecting one or more failed current sensor by determining if an absolute value of a sum of the phase currents of the motor is below an open circuit value. The method may also include determining which phase currents are approximately zero, for each phase current associated with each phase of the motor, if the sum of the phase currents of the motor is not below the open circuit value. The method may further include estimating the phase current for the failed current sensor by determining the phase current value for the failed current sensor, that when added to the phase currents of the remaining current sensors, will make the sum of all the phase currents equal to approximately zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Hartman, Jesse R. Gerdes, Gregory J. Speckhart, Jackson Wai
  • Publication number: 20100033122
    Abstract: A method of detecting one or more failed current sensor and estimating a phase current for the failed current sensor on a three-phase machine is disclosed. The method may include detecting one or more failed current sensor by determining if an absolute value of a sum of the phase currents of the motor is below an open circuit value. The method may also include determining which phase currents are approximately zero, for each phase current associated with each phase of the motor, if the sum of the phase currents of the motor is not below the open circuit value. The method may further include estimating the phase current for the failed current sensor by determining the phase current value for the failed current sensor, that when added to the phase currents of the remaining current sensors, will make the sum of all the phase currents equal to approximately zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Mark E. Hartman, Jesse R. Gerdes, Gregory J. Speckhart, Jackson Wai