Patents by Inventor Naoyuki Kono

Naoyuki Kono 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: 10444198
    Abstract: An ultrasonic transmission probe is arranged such that an ultrasonic wave transmitted from the ultrasonic transmission probe toward a pipe propagates in a thick part of the pipe, is at least reflected on the outer peripheral face of the pipe, and travels toward an inspection site on the pipe, and an ultrasonic reception probe is arranged to be symmetrical to the ultrasonic transmission probe with reference to the xz plane including the inspection site and perpendicular to the center axis of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Miki, Yuki Oshima, Naoyuki Kono, Toshimi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10309772
    Abstract: Chirp waves generated in a transmitting/receiving unit is supplied to ultrasonic sensors. Signals output from the ultrasonic sensors are supplied to the transmitting/receiving unit and summed in a signal processing/recording unit. The signal processing/recording unit performs mutual correlation processing between the summed signals and the chirp waves and calculates a peak generation time difference. Necessity of exchanging a pipe is determined by calculating and recording the thickness of a pipe from the calculated time difference and calculating a difference between thicknesses measured in the past and the present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sou Kitazawa, Naoyuki Kono, Shinobu Okido
  • Publication number: 20170328869
    Abstract: An ultrasonic transmission probe is arranged such that an ultrasonic wave transmitted from the ultrasonic transmission probe toward a pipe propagates in a thick part of the pipe, is at least reflected on the outer peripheral face of the pipe, and travels toward an inspection site on the pipe, and an ultrasonic reception probe is arranged to be symmetrical to the ultrasonic transmission probe with reference to the xz plane including the inspection site and perpendicular to the center axis of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Masahiro MIKI, Yuki OSHIMA, Naoyuki KONO, Toshimi KIMURA
  • Patent number: 9753017
    Abstract: A single-element ultrasonic sensor includes a single transducer element and transmits an ultrasonic wave on the basis of a pulse wave. An ultrasonic array sensor includes a plurality of transducer elements and receives an ultrasonic reflected wave. A pulsar supplies the pulse wave to the single element ultrasonic sensor. A receiver receives electric signals from the transducer elements included in the ultrasonic array sensor. An amplification and conversion unit amplifies the electric signals received from the transducer elements included in the ultrasonic array sensor, converts the electric signals into digital signals, and arranges the digital signals in a serial order so as to generate a serial digital signal. An image generator generates an image on the basis of the serial digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Kono, Kouichi Kurosawa, So Kitazawa, Yuji Matsui
  • Publication number: 20170153108
    Abstract: Chirp waves generated in a transmitting/receiving unit is supplied to ultrasonic sensors. Signals output from the ultrasonic sensors are supplied to the transmitting/receiving unit and summed in a signal processing/recording unit. The signal processing/recording unit performs mutual correlation processing between the summed signals and the chirp waves and calculates a peak generation time difference. Necessity of exchanging a pipe is determined by calculating and recording the thickness of a pipe from the calculated time difference and calculating a difference between thicknesses measured in the past and the present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Sou KITAZAWA, Naoyuki KONO, Shinobu OKIDO
  • Patent number: 9423380
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an ultrasonic inspection method, an ultrasonic test method, and an ultrasonic inspection apparatus that enable sizing to be executed even for a minute defect using an ultrasonic wave. A holder holds a transmitting probe for executing an angle beam method and a receiving probe for executing a vertical beam method. A motor and a guide rail form a movement mechanism for the transmitting probe and the receiving probe. In an ultrasonic test mode, the transmitting probe executes the angle beam method and transmits and receives an ultrasonic wave. In a sizing mode, the transmitting probe transmits an ultrasonic wave and the receiving probe receives this wave. A tip echo of a wave diffracted from a tip of a defect on a sample and a corner echo reflected from a corner of the defect are measured from a waveform received by the receiving probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Mizota, Naoyuki Kono
  • Patent number: 9334031
    Abstract: A system for attitude control of an underwater vehicle 20 of the present invention includes an underwater vehicle 20 with a thruster 65, an assist device 10 that is coupled to the underwater vehicle 20 with a cable 1 and has cable handling equipment 2 and a thruster 58, a cable attachment-to-attachment distance detection unit 50 that detects distance between a cable attachment of the underwater vehicle 20 and a cable dispenser of the assist device 10, and a control unit 32 that previously stores the relationship between the attachment-to-attachment distance and cable length including a predetermined amount of slack and determines the amount of cable to be wound up or let out based on the cable length associated with the detected attachment-to-attachment distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayato Mori, Ryosuke Kobayashi, Satoshi Okada, Naoyuki Kono, Katsuhiko Hirano, Yosuke Takatori, Masahiro Tooma
  • Patent number: 9222915
    Abstract: An eddy current flaw detection system includes an eddy current flaw detection probe having a substrate facing an inspection surface, and at least one exciting coil and at least two detecting coils provided on the substrate, a scanning device which scans the probe on the inspection surface, a scan control device which drives and controls the scanning device, an eddy current flaw detection device which acquires results of detection of a plurality of detection points corresponding to combinations of the exciting and detecting coils for each scan position of the probe, and a data processing/display device which processes data from the scan control device and the eddy current flaw detection device and thereby displays a result of flaw detection. The data processing/display device acquires three-dimensional coordinates of the detection points for each scan position of the probe and thereby creates three-dimensional flaw detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nishimizu, So Kitazawa, Naoyuki Kono, Hisashi Endo, Kenichi Otani, Taiichiro Yamada, Hirofumi Ouchi, Isao Yoshida, Yoshio Nonaka, Masafumi Imai
  • Patent number: 9140670
    Abstract: An ultrasonic inspection method and an ultrasonic inspection device allow three-dimensional inspection data and three-dimensional shape data to be appropriately positioned on a display screen and allow a defect echo and a shape echo to be quickly identified even when information on the relative positions of a probe and an object to be inspected is not provided. The ultrasonic inspection data that is generated from the waveforms of ultrasonic waves received by an ultrasonic probe is compared with a plurality of ultrasonic propagation data pieces calculated by a ray tracing method on the basis of the three-dimensional shape data on an object to be inspected. The position of the three-dimensional inspection data or the three-dimensional shape data is moved relative to the other data position on the basis of the comparison results, thereby displaying the three-dimensional inspection data and the three-dimensional shape data while overlapping each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI-GE NUCLEAR ENERGY, LTD.
    Inventors: So Kitazawa, Naoyuki Kono, Atsushi Baba
  • Patent number: 9046469
    Abstract: An ultrasonic testing method is provided to measure a thickness of an object in a simple and highly accurate manner when crystal grains that form a metal solidification structure of a directionally-solidified material cast or the like have a statistical variation. An ultrasonic probe 102 causes a longitudinal ultrasonic wave to be incident on a test object 101 in a direction perpendicular to a surface 101A of the test object 101. As a velocity of the longitudinal ultrasonic wave, the average of velocities of longitudinal ultrasonic waves propagating in directions of crystal orientations <100>, <110>, and <210> is used. The thickness of the test object 101 is measured on the basis of the velocity of the ultrasonic wave and a time period for the propagation of the ultrasonic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Kono, Atsushi Baba, Yoshinori Musha
  • Publication number: 20150090175
    Abstract: A system for attitude control of an underwater vehicle 20 of the present invention includes an underwater vehicle 20 with a thruster 65, an assist device 10 that is coupled to the underwater vehicle 20 with a cable 1 and has cable handling equipment 2 and a thruster 58, a cable attachment-to-attachment distance detection unit 50 that detects distance between a cable attachment of the underwater vehicle 20 and a cable dispenser of the assist device 10, and a control unit 32 that previously stores the relationship between the attachment-to-attachment distance and cable length including a predetermined amount of slack and determines the amount of cable to be wound up or let out based on the cable length associated with the detected attachment-to-attachment distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Hayato MORI, Ryosuke KOBAYASHI, Satoshi OKADA, Naoyuki KONO, Katsuhiko HIRANO, Yosuke TAKATORI, Masahiro TOOMA
  • Patent number: 8924164
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for ultrasonic testing obtains high-resolution and high-S/N ratio testing results by driving a number of piezoelectric elements using fewer pulsers and receivers in comparison with the number of elements composing an array transducer. A sensor information setter sets a plurality of piezoelectric element groups used for transmission and a plurality of piezoelectric element groups used for reception among the plurality of piezoelectric elements composing an ultrasonic array transducer. A computer transmits an ultrasonic wave from the element cluster set for transmission, and stores an ultrasonic wave received by the element cluster set for reception. The procedure is repeated including different element cluster sets for transmission and reception to obtain first receive signals. The first receive signals are summed to obtain a second receive signal; and the second receive signal is displayed with reference to the sensor center position on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Baba, So Kitazawa, Naoyuki Kono
  • Publication number: 20140355378
    Abstract: A single-element ultrasonic sensor includes a single transducer element and transmits an ultrasonic wave on the basis of a pulse wave. An ultrasonic array sensor includes a plurality of transducer elements and receives an ultrasonic reflected wave. A pulsar supplies the pulse wave to the single element ultrasonic sensor. A receiver receives electric signals from the transducer elements included in the ultrasonic array sensor. An amplification and conversion unit amplifies the electric signals received from the transducer elements included in the ultrasonic array sensor, converts the electric signals into digital signals, and arranges the digital signals in a serial order so as to generate a serial digital signal. An image generator generates an image on the basis of the serial digital signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki KONO, Kouichi KUROSAWA, So KITAZAWA, Yuji MATSUI
  • Patent number: 8838405
    Abstract: Ultrasonic inspection equipment facilitates alignment of display positions of three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data and three-dimensional shape data, and quickly discriminates between a defect echo and an inner-wall echo. A computer 102A has a position correction function of correcting a relative display position between three-dimensional shape data and three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data. A display position of the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data or that of the three-dimensional shape data is moved by a norm of a mean vector along the mean vector that is calculated from a plurality of vectors defined by a plurality of points selected in the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data and by a plurality of points selected in the three-dimensional shape data. The three-dimensional shape data and the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data are displayed in such a manner as to be superimposed on each other on a three-dimensional display unit 103C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: So Kitazawa, Naoyuki Kono, Atsushi Baba
  • Patent number: 8833168
    Abstract: An ultrasonic inspection device allows position adjustment of three-dimensional inspection data and shape data to be easily performed on a display screen and allows a defect echo and a shape echo to be quickly identified. A calculator generates the three-dimensional inspection data from waveforms stored in a data storage unit. A three-dimensional display unit displays the three-dimensional inspection data generated by the calculator and the three-dimensional shape data on an object to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: So Kitazawa, Naoyuki Kono, Atsushi Baba
  • Patent number: 8701492
    Abstract: An ultrasonic measurement method and an ultrasonic measurement apparatus are capable of performing an inspection for a short time with a high SN ratio and a small variation An ultrasonic measurement method and an ultrasonic measurement apparatus are capable of performing an inspection for a short time with a high SN ratio and a small variation in sensitivity in a process for detecting a defect in all directions at 360 degrees using a matrix array sensor without performing mechanical scanning in all directions, while reducing noise that is caused by a bottom surface echo. An element selecting circuit selects a group of a plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements for transmission from among ultrasonic transducer elements that constitute a two-dimensional array sensor so that the ultrasonic transducer elements for selected for transmission are arranged in line symmetry with respect to a first line symmetric axis to set the group selected for transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Mizota, Naoyuki Kono, Atsushi Baba
  • Publication number: 20140035911
    Abstract: Ultrasonic inspection equipment facilitates alignment of display positions of three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data and three-dimensional shape data, and quickly discriminates between a defect echo and an inner-wall echo. A computer 102A has a position correction function of correcting a relative display position between three-dimensional shape data and three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data. A display position of the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data or that of the three-dimensional shape data is moved by a norm of a mean vector along the mean vector that is calculated from a plurality of vectors defined by a plurality of points selected in the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data and by a plurality of points selected in the three-dimensional shape data. The three-dimensional shape data and the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data are displayed in such a manner as to be superimposed on each other on a three-dimensional display unit 103C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: So KITAZAWA, Naoyuki KONO, Atsushi BABA
  • Patent number: 8619939
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an inspection apparatus for inspecting weld zones in a reactor pressure vessel, the inspection apparatus comprising: an ultrasonic probe 6 for emitting an ultrasonic wave; a probe holding unit 60 for holding the ultrasonic probe 6 such that a ultrasonic wave transmitting surface of the ultrasonic probe 6 is kept in direct contact with or at a constant distance from the outer surface of the reactor pressure vessel 1; a pressing unit 50 for pressing the probe holding unit 60 parallel to a central axis of a control rod drive housing 8 against the reactor pressure vessel; and a rotator 40 for rotating the probe holding unit 60 and the pressing unit 50 about the central axis of the control rod drive housing 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Nakamura, Yoshio Nonaka, Naoyuki Kono, Masahiro Miki, Satoshi Shinohara
  • Patent number: 8616062
    Abstract: In an ultrasonic inspection method or ultrasonic inspection system in which an ultrasonic wave is propagated to an test object via a medium such as a liquid or a gas, an incident position of the ultrasonic wave is accurately and reliably identified. In an ultrasonic inspection method based on an immersion technique, an optical irradiator is mounted on an ultrasonic wave transmitting/receiving unit, an optical marker is irradiated from the optical irradiator to the test object, and an irradiated position of the optical marker is imaged using imaging equipment in order to perform inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Kono, Isao Yoshida, Masahiro Koike, Yoshio Nonaka, Hiroyuki Nakano, Kenichi Otani, Chihiro Matsuoka, Masafumi Imai
  • Patent number: 8583393
    Abstract: Ultrasonic inspection equipment facilitates alignment of display positions of three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data and three-dimensional shape data, and quickly discriminates between a defect echo and an inner-wall echo. A computer 102A has a position correction function of correcting a relative display position between three-dimensional shape data and three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data. A display position of the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data or that of the three-dimensional shape data is moved by a norm of a mean vector along the mean vector that is calculated from a plurality of vectors defined by a plurality of points selected in the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data and by a plurality of points selected in the three-dimensional shape data. The three-dimensional shape data and the three-dimensional ultrasonic inspection data are displayed in such a manner as to be superimposed on each other on a three-dimensional display unit 103C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: So Kitazawa, Naoyuki Kono, Atsushi Baba