Patents by Inventor Michael Richard Fielding

Michael Richard Fielding 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: 20190211849
    Abstract: A fluid power system comprises a pump with multiple independently variable outlets, each of which is capable of delivering fluid in individually controllable volume units and a plurality of hydraulic loads. A system of switching valves is configured to create fluid connections between the pump outlets and the loads. A control system commands both the pump and the switching valves, so as to create valve state combinations to satisfy load conditions as demanded by an operator. The number of pump outlets connected to one or more of the loads is changeable to satisfy the flow required of the load due to the operator demand, each pump outlet being commanded to produce a flow depending on the status of other outlets connected a load to which the outlet is connected and the operator demand for that load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Niall James Caldwell, Uwe Bernhard Pascall Stein, Pierre Joly, Michael Richard Fielding
  • Patent number: 10161423
    Abstract: A fluid power system comprises a pump with multiple independently variable outlets (11, 12, 13, 14), each of which is capable of delivering fluid in individually controllable volume units and a plurality of hydraulic loads (15, 16, 18, 20). A system of switching valves is configured to create fluid connections between the pump outlets and the loads. A control system commands both the pump and the switching valves, so as to create valve state combinations to satisfy load conditions as demanded by an operator. The number of pump outlets (11, 12, 13, 14) connected to one or more of the loads (15, 16, 18, 20) is changeable to satisfy the flow required of the load due to the operator demand, each pump outlet being commanded to produce a flow depending on the status of other outlets connected a load to which the outlet is connected and the operator demand for that load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sauer-Danfoss ApS
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Niall James Caldwell, Uwe Bernhard Pascall Stein, Pierre Joly, Michael Richard Fielding
  • Patent number: 9797393
    Abstract: A fluid-working machine has a working chamber of cyclically varying volume, high and low pressure manifolds, and high and low pressure valves for regulating the flow of fluid between the working chamber and the high and low pressure manifolds respectively. A controller actively controls at least one said valve to determine the net displacement of working fluid of the working chamber on a cycle by cycle basis. At least one said valve is a variable timing valve and the controller causes the valve to open or close at a time determined taking into account one or more properties of the performance of the fluid working machine measured during an earlier cycle of working chamber volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Niall James Caldwell, Stephen Michael Laird, Pierre Robert Joly, Michael Richard Fielding, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov
  • Patent number: 9739266
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of operating a fluid-working machine wherein the volume of working fluid displaced each cycle is selectable and wherein the volume of working fluid displaced by a first working chamber takes into account the suitability of the working chamber to displace fluid. The invention extends in further aspects to power absorbing structures such as renewable energy devices comprising such fluid working machines. The invention allows the operation of fluid working machines and power absorbing structures which are more long lived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Hugh Salter, William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall James Caldwell, Stephen Michael Laird, Pierre Robert Joly
  • Patent number: 9133839
    Abstract: In a method of detecting a fault in a fluid-working machine including a plurality of working chambers of cyclically varying volume, each working chamber is operable to displace a volume of working fluid which is selectable for each cycle of working chamber volume to carry out a working function responsive to a received demand signal. An output parameter of the fluid working machine, which is responsive to the displacement of working fluid by one or more of the working chambers to carry out the working function, is measured. It is determined whether the measured output parameter fulfils at least one acceptable function criterion, taking into account the previously selected net displacement of working fluid by a working chamber during a cycle of working chamber volume to carry out the working function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Niall James Caldwell, Michael Richard Fielding, Stephen Michael Laird, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, John Tearlach Campbell
  • Patent number: 9103438
    Abstract: A hydraulic pump is driven by a rotating shaft, driven in turn by a renewable energy source. A hydraulic motor drives a load and a high pressure manifold communicates between the pump, motor and an elastically deformable fluid retaining body. The pressure in the high pressure manifold is measured and the net rate of displacement of working fluid by the hydraulic pump is selected responsive thereto to regulate the torque applied to the rotating shaft. The net rate of displacement of working fluid by the hydraulic motor is selected to smooth the energy flow to the load. The net rate of displacement of working fluid by the hydraulic motor is selected to regulate the pressure in the high pressure manifold to remain within an acceptable pressure range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Niall James Caldwell, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov, Michael Richard Fielding
  • Publication number: 20150211513
    Abstract: A fluid-working machine has a working chamber of cyclically varying volume, high and low pressure manifolds, and high and low pressure valves for regulating the flow of fluid between the working chamber and the high and low pressure manifolds respectively. A controller actively controls at least one said valve to determine the net displacement of working fluid of the working chamber on a cycle by cycle basis. At least one said valve is a variable timing valve and the controller causes the valve to open or close at a time determined taking into account one or more properties of the performance of the fluid working machine measured during an earlier cycle of working chamber volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin RAMPEN, Uwe Bernhard Pascal STEIN, Niall James CALDWELL, Stephen Michael LAIRD, Pierre Robert JOLY, Michael Richard FIELDING, Daniil Sergeevich DUMNOV
  • Patent number: 9091254
    Abstract: A fluid working machine comprises a working chamber of cyclically varying volume, a high pressure manifold, and an actuated high pressure valve for regulating the flow of fluid between the working chamber and the high pressure manifold. The actuated high pressure valve comprises a moveable valve member, operable between a closed position and at least one open position. A controllable opening mechanism provides an active urging force to urge the moveable valve member from the said closed position towards at least one said open position, the volume of the working chamber varying between a maximum volume and a minimum volume. The controllable opening mechanism provides the active urging force more than once while the volume of the working chamber is intermediate the maximum of chamber volume and the minimum of chamber volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Laird, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall James Caldwell
  • Patent number: 9010104
    Abstract: A fluid-working machine has a working chamber of cyclically varying volume, high and low pressure manifolds, and high and low pressure valves for regulating the flow of fluid between the working chamber and the high and low pressure manifolds respectively. A controller actively controls at least one said valve to determine the net displacement of working fluid of the working chamber on a cycle by cycle basis. At least one said valve is a variable timing valve and the controller causes the valve to open or close at a time determined taking into account one or more properties of the performance of the fluid working machine measured during an earlier cycle of working chamber volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Artemis Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Niall James Caldwell, Stephen Michael Laird, Pierre Robert Joly, Michael Richard Fielding, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov
  • Patent number: 8870553
    Abstract: A fluid working machine comprising a controller and a working chamber, an electronically controllable low pressure valve associated therewith and a fast high pressure valve associated therewith, characterized in that the working chamber has associated therewith a slow high pressure valve for controlling the connection of the working chamber to a secondary high pressure manifold. A fluid working machine according to the invention may be operated to rotate its shaft to a certain position, for example to allow easy maintenance of a wind turbine generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Artemis Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Jack Samuel Lavender, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall James Caldwell, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Stephen Michael Laird
  • Patent number: 8348627
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hydraulic pump for use in driving a load with a control modulation system which modulates a primary control signal in order to accommodate variations in secondary changeable parameters which require control at a higher frequency or have a lower latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20120117958
    Abstract: In an energy extraction device and method for extracting energy from a fluctuating energy flow from a renewable energy source, a hydraulic pump is driven by a rotating shaft, driven in turn by a renewable energy source. A hydraulic motor drives a load and a high pressure manifold communicates between the pump, motor and an elastically deformable fluid retaining body. The hydraulic pump and hydraulic motor comprise working chambers displacing a volume of working fluid selectable on each cycle of working chamber volume by the control of electronic valves. The pressure in the high pressure manifold is measured and the net rate of displacement of working fluid by the hydraulic pump is selected responsive thereto to regulate the torque applied to the said rotating shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Niall James Caldwell, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov, Michael Richard Fielding
  • Publication number: 20120096844
    Abstract: A hydraulic pump is driven by a rotating shaft, driven in turn by a renewable energy source. A hydraulic motor drives a load and a high pressure manifold communicates between the pump, motor and an elastically deformable fluid retaining body. The pressure in the high pressure manifold is measured and the net rate of displacement of working fluid by the hydraulic pump is selected responsive thereto to regulate the torque applied to the rotating shaft. The net rate of displacement of working fluid by the hydraulic motor is selected to smooth the energy flow to the load. The net rate of displacement of working fluid by the hydraulic motor is selected to regulate the pressure in the high pressure manifold to remain within an acceptable pressure range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Niall James Caldwell, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov, Michael Richard Fielding
  • Publication number: 20120060684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluid working machine comprising a controller and a working chamber, an electronically controllable low pressure valve associated therewith and a fast high pressure valve associated therewith, characterised in that the working chamber has associated therewith a slow high pressure valve for controlling the connection of the working chamber to a secondary high pressure manifold. A fluid working machine according to the invention may be operated to rotate its shaft to a certain position, for example to allow easy maintenance of a wind turbine generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Jack Samuel Lavender, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall James Caldwell, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Stephen Michael Laird
  • Publication number: 20120063919
    Abstract: A fluid-working machine has a working chamber of cyclically varying volume, high and low pressure manifolds, and high and low pressure valves for regulating the flow of fluid between the working chamber and the high and low pressure manifolds respectively. A controller actively controls at least one said valve to determine the net displacement of working fluid of the working chamber on a cycle by cycle basis. At least one said valve is a variable timing valve and the controller causes the valve to open or close at a time determined taking into account one or more properties of the performance of the fluid working machine measured during an earlier cycle of working chamber volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Niall James Caldwell, Stephen Michael Laird, Pierre Robert Joly, Michael Richard Fielding, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov
  • Publication number: 20120057991
    Abstract: In a method of detecting a fault in a fluid-working machine including a plurality of working chambers of cyclically varying volume, each working chamber is operable to displace a volume of working fluid which is selectable for each cycle of working chamber volume to carry out a working function responsive to a received demand signal. An output parameter of the fluid working machine, which is responsive to the displacement of working fluid by one or more of the working chambers to carry out the working function, is measured. It is determined whether the measured output parameter fulfils at least one acceptable function criterion, taking into account the previously selected net displacement of working fluid by a working chamber during a cycle of working chamber volume to carry out the working function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Niall James Caldwell, Michael Richard Fielding, Stephen Michael Laird, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, John Tearlach Campbell
  • Publication number: 20120059523
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of operating a fluid-working machine wherein the volume of working fluid displaced each cycle is selectable and wherein the volume of working fluid displaced by a first working chamber takes into account the suitability of the working chamber to displace fluid. The invention extends in further aspects to power absorbing structures such as renewable energy devices comprising such fluid working machines. The invention allows the operation of fluid working machines and power absorbing structures which are more long lived.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Hugh Salter, William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall James Caldwell, Stephen Michael Laird, Pierre Robert Joly
  • Publication number: 20120042771
    Abstract: An electronically controlled valve includes a valve member moveable between a first position and a second position. A valve member moving mechanism is operable to receive energy from a fluid-working machine crankshaft, or other rotating shaft, and to provide a valve member moving force to urge the valve member from the first position to the second position using the received energy. Thus, the energy used for movement of the valve against a pressure gradient is derived from the crankshaft. Energy received from the crankshaft can be stored and used subsequently to urge the valve member from the first position, allowing the valve to function despite timing differences between the availability of energy from the crankshaft and the requirement for energy to move the valve member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Fergus Robert Mcintyre, Michael Richard Fielding, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein
  • Publication number: 20120023918
    Abstract: A fluid working machine comprises a working chamber of cyclically varying volume, a high pressure manifold, and an actuated high pressure valve for regulating the flow of fluid between the working chamber and the high pressure manifold. The actuated high pressure valve comprises a moveable valve member, operable between a closed position and at least one open position. A controllable opening mechanism provides an active urging force to urge the moveable valve member from the said closed position towards at least one said open position, the volume of the working chamber varying between a maximum volume and a minimum volume. The controllable opening mechanism provides the active urging force more than once while the volume of the working chamber is intermediate the maximum of chamber volume and the minimum of chamber volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: ARTEMIS INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Laird, Daniil Sergeevich Dumnov, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall James Caldwell
  • Patent number: 8108111
    Abstract: A variable transmission comprises a first fluid working machine (1) for connection to a prime mover (2), a second fluid working machine (5) for connection to a mechanical load (6) and a fluid system linking the first and second working machines, the fluid system having a high-pressure side (3) and a low-pressure side (4) each connected to both said first and said second fluid working machines (1, 5), a fluid accumulator (7) on the high-pressure side, a means to admit fluid from the reservoir to the low-pressure side and a pressure control valve to maintain the correct pressure in the low-pressure side, wherein the second fluid working machine (5) includes chambers of variable volume having electronically controllable valves such that each of said chambers has pumping, motoring and idling modes of operation, and the second fluid working machine (5) is operable to both source fluid to and sink fluid from each of said high-pressure side (3) and said low-pressure side (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Artemis Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Michael Richard Fielding