Patents by Inventor Joseph W. Maresca

Joseph W. Maresca 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: 10345270
    Abstract: Methods for quantitatively determining the time (TNI) between (1) the application of this method and (2) the time at which an out-of-service internal inspection of a steel, field-erected, aboveground storage tank (AST) containing a petroleum product or water should be performed. These methods combine in-service measurements of the thickness, integrity, and corrosion rate of the tank bottom with an empirical corrosion rate cumulative frequency distribution (CFD) for the tank of interest to develop a Bayesian tank bottom survival probability distribution to determine TNI. During this entire TNI time period, the risk of tank bottom failure is less than at the time these methods were applied. If available, the results of a previous out-of-service API 653 internal inspection are also used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Precision Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10281387
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to extend the time interval between out-of-service, in-tank inspections while insuring structural integrity using a risk-based, Bayesian statistical approach comprised of a passing leak detection test and the using the results from (1) tank floor thickness measurements, (2) prior out-of-service tank floor inspection results, and/or (3) acoustic emission corrosion maps of the tank floor to estimate the minimum thickness and maximum corrosion rate of the tank during the extension period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Vista Precision Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Stephen D. Ford, Douglas W. Mann
  • Patent number: 10161240
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses for testing the blowout preventer (BOP) piping system on a drilling rig for leaks. The method and apparatuses can be used in conjunction with a pressure or volumetric method to more accurately test the BOP for integrity and to shorten the total time of testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Vista Prevision Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180224369
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to make an in-service measurement of the thickness and corrosion rate of the floor an aboveground or bulk underground storage tank. The preferred method is to use an off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensor that is placed on the end of a staff and inserted into an opening at the top of the tank to make one or more local measurements of the thickness and corrosion rate of the tank floor. When combined with the results of a previous out-of service internal inspection of the floor or an acoustic emission (AE) corrosion activity test performed with a vertical and horizontal array of three or more AE sensors placed on a staff and inserted into the liquid or on the external wall of the tank and show almost no corrosion activity, these local measurements can be used to determine the thickness and corrosion rate for the entire tank floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Brian E. Humann, Wendell G. Faultersack, Wilhelmina C. Leuschen
  • Publication number: 20180188153
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to extend the time interval between out-of-service, in-tank inspections while insuring structural integrity using a risk-based, Bayesian statistical approach comprised of a passing leak detection test and the using the results from (1) tank floor thickness measurements, (2) prior out-of-service tank floor inspection results, and/or (3) acoustic emission corrosion maps of the tank floor to estimate the minimum thickness and maximum corrosion rate of the tank during the extension period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, JR., Stephen D. Ford, Douglas W. Mann
  • Patent number: 9811900
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically collecting and processing nondestructive test (NDT) data to determine the presence, type, location, size, and strength of defects in composite, honeycomb, and grid structures like those found in aircraft, wind blades, boats, cars, building structures. The preferred embodiment is comprised of an uncooled IR mounted on a frame, a conductive heating mat, an IR Ruler with fiducials in a recognizable pattern, a computer, a processor, and output displays. The data collection, processing, and display output can be controlled or reviewed remotely via the internet. The processing, location, and output displays can be applied to any NDT system that collects and processes a two dimensional amplitude image (e.g., x-ray systems).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KURION, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Wilhelmina C. Leuschen, Marissa L. Ammer
  • Patent number: 9766175
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to make an in-service measurement of the thickness and corrosion rate of the floor an aboveground or bulk underground storage tank. The preferred method is to use an off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensor that is placed on the end of a staff and inserted into an opening at the top of the tank to make one or more local measurements of the thickness and corrosion rate of the tank floor. When combined with the results of a previous out-of service internal inspection of the floor or an acoustic emission (AE) corrosion activity test performed with a vertical and horizontal array of three or more AE sensors placed on a staff and inserted into the liquid or on the external wall of the tank and show almost no corrosion activity, these local measurements can be used to determine the thickness and corrosion rate for the entire tank floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Vista Precision Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Brian E. Humann, Wendell G. Faultersack, Wilhelmina C. Leuschen
  • Patent number: 9766623
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses may be provided for detection, tracking, and classification of one or more land, maritime, or airborne objects using a real-aperture radar mounted on a parasail airborne platform. Both wide-area and localized radar surveillance can be provided, and the radar can be either a non-coherent radar or coherent radar. A method and apparatus may use a low-cost, rotating, single-beam, non-coherent, X-band radar that is mounted on an unmanned powered parasail and operated remotely like an Unattended Airborne System (UAS). The parasail, which may be expendable or recoverable, manned or unmanned, powered or unpowered, may have a low operational cost, can carry a heavy payload, stay on station for a long time, circle or move to a specified location for surveillance, operate at an optimal altitude and look-angle, and automatically cue or manually steer an EO/IR camera to a target of interest for classification and identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Vista Research, Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Moe, Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9720078
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for providing wide-area surveillance with a radar and/or other sensors from a stratospheric balloon launched from a land or ship platform for detection, tracking, and classification of maritime, land, and air objects such as ships, people/vehicles, or aircraft are described generally herein. In one or more embodiments, an apparatus is battery operated and includes a stratospheric balloon filled that is filled with helium when it is launched and a gondola with a radar system and communication equipment suspended therefrom. When launched, the apparatus can travel with the wind until it reaches an altitude of approximately 68,500 ft., then it can move substantially horizontally with the stratospheric winds until it returns to earth via a parachute. Multiple apparatus launches at periodic intervals can help provide continuous coverage of the surveillance area. The apparatus can be recovered and re-used or can be considered expendable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip A. Fox, Michael Scott Smith, George W. Moe, Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9696409
    Abstract: A land-based Smart-Sensor System and several system architectures for detection, tracking, and classification of people and vehicles automatically and in real time for border, property, and facility security surveillance is described. The preferred embodiment of the proposed Smart-Sensor System is comprised of (1) a low-cost, non-coherent radar, whose function is to detect and track people, singly or in groups, and various means of transportation, which may include vehicles, animals, or aircraft, singly or in groups, and cue (2) an optical sensor such as a long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensor, whose function is to classify the identified targets and produce movie clips for operator validation and use, and (3) an IBM CELL supercomputer to process the collected data in real-time. The Smart Sensor System can be implemented in a tower-based or a mobile-based or combination system architecture. The radar can also be operated as a stand-alone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Vista Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160328835
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically collecting and processing nondestructive test (NDT) data to determine the presence, type, location, size, and strength of defects in composite, honeycomb, and grid structures like those found in aircraft, wind blades, boats, cars, building structures. The preferred embodiment is comprised of an uncooled IR mounted on a frame, a conductive heating mat, an IR Ruler with fiducials in a recognizable pattern, a computer, a processor, and output displays. The data collection, processing, and display output can be controlled or reviewed remotely via the internet. The processing, location, and output displays can be applied to any NDT system that collects and processes a two-dimensional amplitude image (e.g., x-ray systems).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Applicant: Kurion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. MARESCA, JR., Wilhelmina C. LEUSCHEN, Marissa L. AMMER
  • Patent number: 9488592
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically collecting and processing nondestructive test (NDT) data to determine the presence, type, location, size, and strength of defects in composite, honeycomb, and grid structures like those found in aircraft, wind blades, boats, cars, building structures. The preferred embodiment is comprised of an uncooled IR mounted on a frame, a conductive heating mat, an IR Ruler with fiducials in a recognizable pattern, a computer, a processor, and output displays. The data collection, processing, and display output can be controlled or reviewed remotely via the internet. The processing, location, and output displays can be applied to any NDT system that collects and processes a two-dimensional amplitude image (e.g., x-ray systems).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Kurion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Wilhelmina C. Leuschen, Marissa L. Ammer
  • Publication number: 20160123864
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to extend the time interval between out-of-service, in-tank inspections while insuring structural integrity using a risk-based, Bayesian statistical approach comprised of a passing leak detection test and the using the results from (1) tank floor thickness measurements, (2) prior out-of-service tank floor inspection results, and/or (3) acoustic emission corrosion maps of the tank floor to estimate the minimum thickness and maximum corrosion rate of the tank during the extension period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, JR., Stephen D. Ford, Douglas W. Mann
  • Publication number: 20160097839
    Abstract: A land-based Smart-Sensor System and several system architectures for detection, tracking, and classification of people and vehicles automatically and in real time for border, property, and facility security surveillance is described. The preferred embodiment of the proposed Smart-Sensor System is comprised of (1) a low-cost, non-coherent radar, whose function is to detect and track people, singly or in groups, and various means of transportation, which may include vehicles, animals, or aircraft, singly or in groups, and cue (2) an optical sensor such as a long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensor, whose function is to classify the identified targets and produce movie clips for operator validation and use, and (3) an IBM CELL supercomputer to process the collected data in real-time. The Smart Sensor System can be implemented in a tower-based or a mobile-based or combination system architecture. The radar can also be operated as a stand-alone system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, JR.
  • Patent number: 9268008
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detection and tracking of one or more objects in land clutter, including strong clutter and low observable (LO) objects such as a humans, animals, vehicles, and small, low-flying aircraft using a non-coherent radar or the amplitude output of a coherent radar. The preferred embodiment of the method and apparatus uses an X-band, maritime, non-coherent radar and the Doppler spectra computed from the high-frequency amplitude modulations produced by the object interacting with the land-based clutter to determine the presence, velocity, and track of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Vista Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Abileah, Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9228932
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to extend the time interval between out-of-service, in-tank inspections while insuring structural integrity using a risk-based, Bayesian statistical approach comprised of a passing leak detection test and the using the results from (1) tank floor thickness measurements, (2) prior out-of-service tank floor inspection results, and/or (3) acoustic emission corrosion maps of the tank floor to estimate the minimum thickness and maximum corrosion rate of the tank during the extension period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Vista Precision Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Stephen D. Ford, Douglas W. Mann
  • Publication number: 20150268337
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses may be provided for detection, tracking, and classification of one or more land, maritime, or airborne objects using a real-aperture radar mounted on a parasail airborne platform. Both wide-area and localized radar surveillance can be provided, and the radar can be either a non-coherent radar or coherent radar. A method and apparatus may use a low-cost, rotating, single-beam, non-coherent, X-band radar that is mounted on an unmanned powered parasail and operated remotely like an Unattended Airborne System (UAS). The parasail, which may be expendable or recoverable, manned or unmanned, powered or unpowered, may have a low operational cost, can carry a heavy payload, stay on station for a long time, circle or move to a specified location for surveillance, operate at an optimal altitude and look-angle, and automatically cue or manually steer an EO/IR camera to a target of interest for classification and identification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: VISTA RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: George W. Moe, Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, JR.
  • Patent number: 9126230
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus using aqueous fixatives for fogging of ventilation ductwork, enclosures, or buildings containing dust, lint, and particulates that may be contaminated by radionuclides and other dangerous or unsafe particulate contaminants, which method and apparatus are capable of (1) obtaining full coverage within the ductwork and (2) penetrating and fixing the lint, dust and large particles present in the ductwork so that no airborne particles are released during or after the application of the fixative. New aqueous fogging solutions outperform conventional glycerin-based solutions. These aqueous solutions will fog using conventional methods of application and contain a surfactant to aid wetting and penetration of the lint and dust, a binder to stabilize loose or respirable particles, and an agent to aid in fogging and enhance adhesiveness. The solutions are safe and easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Vista Engineering Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Lori M. Kostelnik, James R. Kriskivich, Rick L. Demmer, Julia L. Tripp
  • Patent number: 9030351
    Abstract: A land-based Smart-Sensor System and several system architectures for detection, tracking, and classification of people and vehicles automatically and in real time for border, property, and facility security surveillance is described. The preferred embodiment of the proposed Smart-Sensor System is comprised of (1) a low-cost, non-coherent radar, whose function is to detect and track people, singly or in groups, and various means of transportation, which may include vehicles, animals, or aircraft, singly or in groups, and cue (2) an optical sensor such as a long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensor, whose function is to classify the identified targets and produce movie clips for operator validation and use, and (3) an IBM CELL supercomputer to process the collected data in real-time. The Smart Sensor System can be implemented in a tower-based or a mobile-based, or combination system architecture. The radar can also be operated as a stand-alone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Vista Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9004753
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting defects in the composite materials of a wind turbine blade or similar type of structure using an infrared (IR) camera. The temperature of the wind turbine blade is changed in such a way as to produce IR intensity changes in the region of the defect that can be visually detected or detected using a computer and signal processing algorithms. The same approach will work on other composite structures such as those found on aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kurion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Wesley L. Bratton, Wilhelmina C. Leuschen, David A. Rohrig