Patents by Inventor Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright 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: 20240212870
    Abstract: A coating for protecting a Zirconium alloy based layer of a nuclear fuel rod cladding is provided. The coating comprises a primary layer. A microstructure of the primary layer is comprised of a number of grains and is randomized. The primary layer is configured with a density of about 94.5% or greater. A cladding for a nuclear fuel rod and a method for producing a cladding for a nuclear fuel rod are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 27, 2024
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. LAHODA, Elwyn ROBERTS, Benjamin R. MAIER, Allan Wayne JAWORSKI, JR., Arash PARSI, Guoqiang WANG, William A. BYERS, Jorie WALTERS, Chona P. VALLENCOUR, John Leo LYONS, Luke CZERNIAK, Roy J. MATWAY, Gregory E. ROBERTS, Kathryn E. METZGER, Jonathan WRIGHT, Luke C. OLSON, Denise ADORNO-LOPES
  • Publication number: 20240140492
    Abstract: The technology employs a holistic approach to passenger pickups and other wayfinding situations. This includes identifying where passengers are relative to the vehicle and/or the pickup location. Information synthesis from different sensors, agent behavior prediction models, and real-time situational awareness are employed to identify the likelihood that the passenger to be picked up is at a given location at a particular point in time, with sufficient confidence. The system can provide adaptive navigation by helping passengers understand their distance and direction to the vehicle, for instance using various cues via an app on the person's device. Rider support tools may be provided, which enable a remote agent to interact with a customer via that person's device, such as using the camera on the device to provide wayfinding support to enable the person to find their vehicle. Ride support may also use sensor information from the vehicle when providing wayfinding support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2024
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Inventors: Clement Wright, Lauren Schwendimann, Maria Moon, Kevin Malta, Ganesh Balachandran, Jonathan Pedersen, Daniella Gutlansky
  • Patent number: 11954279
    Abstract: A solid-state switch for an external system includes a cover member, a first solid-state transducer, a second transducer, a microcontroller, a user feedback device, and a switching circuit. The first transducer is mechanically coupled to the cover member and configured to generate first signals in response to a perturbation at the cover member. The second transducer is configured to generate second signals in response to the perturbation. The microcontroller is configured to obtain first data from the first signals, second data from the second signals, and determine user inputs in accordance with at least the first data, the second data, and an operational state of the solid-state switch. The user feedback device is configured to provide feedback to a user of the switch in accordance with a switching behavior of the switching circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: UltraSense Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Jonathan Wright, Hao-Yen Tang, Chien-Te Lee, Mo Maghsoudnia
  • Publication number: 20240103287
    Abstract: A removable facial interface for a head-mountable device (HMD) is disclosed. In an example, an HMD includes a display; a facial interface frame at least partially surrounding the display; a removable facial interface attached to the facial interface frame; a first attachment mechanism attached to one of the facial interface frame or the removable facial interface; and a second attachment mechanism attached to the other of the facial interface frame or the removable facial interface, the removable facial interface being attached to the facial interface frame by the first attachment mechanism and the second attachment mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Inventors: Erin M. Bosch, Darshan R. Kasar, Timon A. Wright, Nicholas R. Trincia, Jonathan M. Anderson, Liam R. Martinez, Ian A. Guy, Paul X. Wang, Samuel G. Smith, Jeffrey A. Griffis, Andrew Gallaher
  • Publication number: 20240093352
    Abstract: Nuclear fuel rods are disclosed. The nuclear fuel rods include a substrate and a chromium alloy coating layer applied to the substrate. The chromium alloy coating layer comprises chromium (Cr); a element or compound selected from the group consisting of yttrium (Y), lanthanum (La), thorium (Th), zirconium (Zr), titanium (Ti), hafnium (I-lf), molybdenum (Mo), tungsten (W), vanadium (V), rhenium (Re), ruthenium (Ru), cobalt (Co), aluminum (Al), carbides, borides, intermetallics, and combinations thereof; and interstitial elements up to 1500 ppm, wherein carbon (C), oxygen (O), and nitrogen (N) are each 500 ppm or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Elwyn ROBERTS, Jonathan WRIGHT, Benjamin R. MAIER, Jorie WALTERS, Denise ADORNO-LOPES, Kathryn E. METZGER
  • Publication number: 20240085416
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to the use of microvirin-N in the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Megan VAN DER HORST, David WRIGHT, Jonathan M. BLACKBURN, Leshern KARAMCHAND
  • Publication number: 20230289017
    Abstract: A user-input system includes a force-measuring device, a cover member, and an elastic circuit board substrate interposed between the force-measuring device and the cover member and mechanically coupled to the cover member and to the force-measuring device. The force-measuring device includes a strain-sensing element. The force-measuring device is mounted to and electrically connected to the elastic circuit board substrate. The cover member undergoes a primary mechanical deformation in response to forces imparted at the cover member. The elastic circuit board substrate transmits a portion of the primary mechanical deformation to the force-measuring device resulting in a concurrent secondary mechanical deformation of the force-measuring device. The strain-sensing element is configured to output voltage signals in accordance with a time-varying strain at the strain-sensing element resulting from the secondary mechanical deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2023
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: Hao-Yen Tang, Andrew Jonathan Wright
  • Publication number: 20230266839
    Abstract: A solid-state switch for an external system includes a cover member, a first solid-state transducer, a second transducer, a microcontroller, a user feedback device, and a switching circuit. The first transducer is mechanically coupled to the cover member and configured to generate first signals in response to a perturbation at the cover member. The second transducer is configured to generate second signals in response to the perturbation. The microcontroller is configured to obtain first data from the first signals, second data from the second signals, and determine user inputs in accordance with at least the first data, the second data, and an operational state of the solid-state switch. The user feedback device is configured to provide feedback to a user of the switch in accordance with a switching behavior of the switching circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2023
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Inventors: Andrew Jonathan Wright, Hao-Yen Tang, Chien-Te Lee, Mo Maghsoudnia
  • Patent number: 11725828
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a cooktop having at least one heating element for heating a cookware member on or to be placed on the cooktop, the at least one heating element being adjustable between a working-power level wherein the at least one heating element is energized to generate heat and a zero-power level wherein the at least one heating element is not energized. The cooking appliance further includes a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature or rate of temperature change of a cooking element. The cooking appliance further includes a control device configured to adjust the at least one heating element from the working-power level to the zero-power level based on the temperature or rate of temperature change of the cooking element. The at least one heating element will remain at the zero-power level until a user intervenes to re-energize the at least one heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Chris Norman, Lloyd Smith, Jonathan Wright, Gavin Williams
  • Publication number: 20230197296
    Abstract: A cladding tube, a fuel rod and a fuel assembly are disclosed. The cladding tube comprises a tubular base component having an outer surface and an inner surface defining an inner space of the cladding tube housing a pile of fuel pellets. The tubular base component is made of a Zr-based alloy. A coating is applied onto the outer surface for protecting the tubular base component from mechanical wear, oxidation and hydriding. The Zr-based alloy has the following composition: Zr=balance, Al=0-2 wt %, Ti=0-20 wt %, Sn=0-6 wt %, Fe=0-0.4 wt %, Nb=0-0.4 wt %, O=200-1800 wtppm, C=0-200 wtppm, Si=0-200 wtppm, and S=0-200 wtppm. The total amount of Al+Ti+Sn>2.5 wt % and ?28 wt %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB
    Inventors: Magnus LIMBÄCK, Jonathan WRIGHT, Mats DAHLBÄCK, Antoine CLAISSE
  • Patent number: 11681399
    Abstract: A user-input system includes a force-measuring device, a cover member, and an elastic circuit board substrate interposed between the force-measuring device and the cover member and mechanically coupled to the cover member and to the force-measuring device. The force-measuring device includes a strain-sensing element. The force-measuring device is mounted to and electrically connected to the elastic circuit board substrate. The cover member undergoes a primary mechanical deformation in response to forces imparted at the cover member. The elastic circuit board substrate transmits a portion of the primary mechanical deformation to the force-measuring device resulting in a concurrent secondary mechanical deformation of the force-measuring device. The strain-sensing element is configured to output voltage signals in accordance with a time-varying strain at the strain-sensing element resulting from the secondary mechanical deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: UltraSense Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao-Yen Tang, Andrew Jonathan Wright
  • Patent number: 11662850
    Abstract: A solid-state switch for an external system includes a cover member, a first solid-state transducer, a second transducer, a microcontroller, a user feedback device, and a switching circuit. The first transducer is mechanically coupled to the cover member and configured to generate first signals in response to a perturbation at the cover member. The second transducer is configured to generate second signals in response to the perturbation. The microcontroller is configured to obtain first data from the first signals, second data from the second signals, and determine user inputs in accordance with at least the first data, the second data, and an operational state of the solid-state switch. The user feedback device is configured to provide feedback to a user of the switch in accordance with a switching behavior of the switching circuit. The second transducer is configured as a proximity sensor for detecting proximity of an object to the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: UltraSense Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Jonathan Wright, Hao-Yen Tang, Chien-Te Lee, Mo Maghsoudnia
  • Patent number: 11551822
    Abstract: A method of forming a water resistant boundary on a fissile material for use in a water cooled nuclear reactor is described. The method comprises mixing a powdered fissile material selected from the group consisting of UN and U3Si2 with an additive selected from oxidation resistant materials having a melting or softening point lower than the sintering temperature of the fissile material, pressing the mixed fissile and additive materials into a pellet, sintering the pellet to a temperature greater than the melting point of the additive. Alternatively, if the melting point of the oxidation resistant particles is greater than the sintering temperature of UN or U3Si2, then the oxidation resistant particles can have a particle size distribution less than that of the UN or U3Si2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. Lahoda, Peng Xu, Robert L. Oelrich, Jr., Hemant Shah, Jonathan Wright, Lu Cai
  • Publication number: 20230004245
    Abstract: A user-input system includes a force-measuring device, a cover member, and an elastic circuit board substrate interposed between the force-measuring device and the cover member and mechanically coupled to the cover member and to the force-measuring device. The force-measuring device includes a strain-sensing element. The force-measuring device is mounted to and electrically connected to the elastic circuit board substrate. The cover member undergoes a primary mechanical deformation in response to forces imparted at the cover member. The elastic circuit board substrate transmits a portion of the primary mechanical deformation to the force-measuring device resulting in a concurrent secondary mechanical deformation of the force-measuring device. The strain-sensing element is configured to output voltage signals in accordance with a time-varying strain at the strain-sensing element resulting from the secondary mechanical deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2022
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Inventors: Hao-Yen Tang, Andrew Jonathan Wright
  • Publication number: 20220384062
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally related to methods, systems and devices for forming a randomized grain structure coating on a substrate of a component for use in a nuclear reactor to provide protection against corrosion and, more particularly, is directed to improved methods, systems and devices for forming a randomized grain structure coating on a zirconium alloy nuclear fuel cladding tube using a cathodic arc (CA) physical vapor deposition (PVD) process to provide protection against corrosion in both normal operation and in transient and accidents of the nuclear reactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. LAHODA, Benjamin R. MAIER, Allan W. JAWORSKI, Jonathan WRIGHT, Jorie L. WALTERS, Robert A. TERRY
  • Publication number: 20220375631
    Abstract: A nuclear fuel cladding tube is described herein that includes a zirconium alloy tube having an outer wear and oxidation resistant ceramic coating selected from the group consisting of CrN, Cr2N, CrWN, CrZrN, and combinations thereof. The cladding may have an intermediate layer formed between the tube and the outer ceramic coating. The intermediate layer may be selected from the group consisting of Ta, W, Mo, Nb, and combinations thereof. Both the intermediate layer and the outer ceramic coating may be deposited by physical vapor deposition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2020
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Magnus NORLEN, Jonathan WRIGHT, Edward J. LAHODA, Magnus LIMBACK, Jorie L. WALTERS, Javier E. ROMEO, Benjamin R. MAIER
  • Patent number: 11481062
    Abstract: A solid-state switch for an external system includes a cover member, a first solid-state transducer, a microcontroller, a user feedback device, and a switching circuit. The first transducer is mechanically coupled to the cover member and configured to generate first signals in response to a perturbation at the cover member. The microcontroller is configured to obtain first data from the first signals and determine user inputs in accordance with at least the first data and an operational state of the solid-state switch. The user feedback device is configured to provide feedback to a user of the solid-state switch in accordance with a switching behavior of the switching circuit. The microcontroller is couplable to a master controller of the external system. The switching behavior of the switching circuit is determined in accordance with: (a) the commands from the master controller to the microcontroller, and/or (b) user inputs as determined by the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: UltraSense Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Jonathan Wright, Hao-Yen Tang, Chien-Te Lee, Mo Maghsoudnia
  • Patent number: 11448017
    Abstract: A compensated elevator link is disclosed. In at least one aspect, the compensated elevator link comprises a plurality of cylinder housings and a rod having a plurality of ends, each end comprising a piston head adapted to be slideably received within one of the cylinder housings for defining first and second hydraulic cylinders. Each hydraulic cylinder has at least one annulus for receiving a non-compressible fluid. The rod comprises a passage for receiving a compressible fluid, wherein each piston head comprises at least one passage to allow selective displacement of the non-compressible fluid between the annulus of the cylinder housing and the passage within the rod during selective displacement of the hydraulic cylinders between a contracted condition to an extended condition for either compression or expansion of the compressible fluid by the non-compressible fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: AME Pty Ltd
    Inventors: David Cree, Jonathan Wright, Kayne Semmens
  • Publication number: 20220068511
    Abstract: A method of forming a water resistant boundary on a fissile material for use in a water cooled nuclear reactor is described. The method comprises mixing a powdered fissile material selected from the group consisting of UN and U3Si2 with an additive selected from oxidation resistant materials having a melting or softening point lower than the sintering temperature of the fissile material, pressing the mixed fissile and additive materials into a pellet, sintering the pellet to a temperature greater than the melting point of the additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. LAHODA, Peng XU, Robert L. OELRICH, JR., Hemant SHAH, Jonathan WRIGHT, Lu CAI
  • Patent number: D959903
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Funk, Steve Swayne, Ryan Blanchard, Jonathan Wright