Patents by Inventor Patrick Daniel Willson

Patrick Daniel Willson 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: 10333184
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a heat flux assembly for an energy storage device. The energy storage device includes a housing with a plurality of side walls that define an internal volume and a plurality of cells configured within the internal volume. The heat flux assembly includes a plurality of heat flux components configured for arrangement with the side walls of the housing of the energy storage device and one or more temperature sensors configured with each of the plurality of heat flux components. Thus, the temperature sensors are configured to monitor one or more temperatures at various locations in the plurality of heat flux components. The heat flux assembly also includes a controller configured to adjust a power level of each of the heat flux components as a function of the monitored temperature so as to reduce a temperature gradient or difference across the plurality of cells during operation of the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kristopher John Frutschy, James S. Lindsey, David Charles Bogdan, Jr., James Thorpe Browell, Patrick Daniel Willson, Amin Ajdari, Narayan Subramanian, Michael Stanley Zanoni, Lukas Mercer Hansen
  • Publication number: 20170069939
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a heat flux assembly for an energy storage device. The energy storage device includes a housing with a plurality of side walls that define an internal volume and a plurality of cells configured within the internal volume. The heat flux assembly includes a plurality of heat flux components configured for arrangement with the side walls of the housing of the energy storage device and one or more temperature sensors configured with each of the plurality of heat flux components. Thus, the temperature sensors are configured to monitor one or more temperatures at various locations in the plurality of heat flux components. The heat flux assembly also includes a controller configured to adjust a power level of each of the heat flux components as a function of the monitored temperature so as to reduce a temperature gradient or difference across the plurality of cells during operation of the energy storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Kristopher John Frutschy, James S. Lindsey, David Charles Bogdan, JR., James Thorpe Browell, Patrick Daniel Willson, Amin Ajdari, Narayan Subramanian, Michael Stanley Zanoni, Lukas Mercer Hansen
  • Patent number: 8661830
    Abstract: A hybrid multichannel porous structure for processing between two fluid streams of different compositions includes a housing and one or more structures disposed within the cavity of the housing in a shell and tube configuration. Each structure includes a body made of a porous, inorganic material and a plurality of channels for processing an optional sweep stream. Each channel is coated with a membrane layer. A feed stream introduced into the housing is in direct contact with the structures such that a gas selectively permeates through the body and into the channels. The gas combines with the sweep stream to form a permeate that exits from each channel. The remaining feed stream forms a retentate that exits from the housing. The feed stream may consist of syngas containing hydrogen gas and the sweep stream may contain nitrogen gas. A power plant that incorporates the hybrid structure is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, Kevin Paul McEvoy, Patrick Daniel Willson, Parag Parkash Kulkarni, Roger Allen Shisler, Anoop Muralidhara Kurup
  • Patent number: 8479487
    Abstract: A hybrid multichannel porous structure for processing between two fluid streams of different compositions includes a housing and one or more structures disposed within the cavity of the housing in a shell and tube configuration. Each structure includes a body made of a porous, inorganic material and a plurality of channels for processing an optional sweep stream. Each channel is coated with a membrane layer. A feed stream introduced into the housing is in direct contact with the structures such that a gas selectively permeates through the body and into the channels. The gas combines with the sweep stream to form a permeate that exits from each channel. The remaining feed stream forms a retentate that exits from the housing. The feed stream may consist of syngas containing hydrogen gas and the sweep stream may contain nitrogen gas. A power plant that incorporates the hybrid structure is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, Kevin Paul McEvoy, Patrick Daniel Willson, Parag Parkash Kulkarni, Roger Allen Shisler, Anoop Muralidhara Kurup
  • Publication number: 20120315496
    Abstract: A method of forming an oxide coating for reducing the accumulation of radioactive species on a metallic surface exposed to fluids containing charged particles is disclosed. The method includes preparing an aqueous colloidal suspension containing about 0.5 to about 35 weight percent of nanoparticles that contain at least one of titania and zirconia, and about 0.1% to about 10% 2-[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy]acetic acid (C7H14O5) or polyfluorosufonic acid in water, depositing the aqueous colloidal suspension on the metallic surface, drying the aqueous colloidal suspension to form a green coating, and then heating the green coating to a temperature of up to 500° C. to densify the green coating to form an oxide coating having a zeta potential less than or equal to the electrical polarity of the charged particles so as to minimize deposition of the charged particles on the metallic surface. The nanoparticles have a diameter of up to about 200 nanometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Young Jin Kim, Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, Rebecca Christine Malish, Thomas Alfred Caine, Lauraine Denault, Anthony Thomas Barbuto, Catherine Procik Dulka, Patrick Daniel Willson, Peter Louis Andresen
  • Publication number: 20110210013
    Abstract: A detection system is presented. The detection system includes a sensing component and a data analyzer. The sensing component includes a first sensor and a second sensor in fluid communication with the first sensor. The first sensor is disposed to allow operation at a predetermined temperature T1 and is selective to a first gas species at T1 and in presence of a second gas species. The second sensor is disposed to allow operation at a temperature T2 and is sensitive to the first gas species and a second gas species at T2. Temperature T2 is lower than T1. The data analyzer is disposed to receive an output signal from the sensing component and configured to calculate concentrations of the first gas species and the second gas species based on the output signal from the sensing component. A method of calculating concentrations of gas species in a gaseous mixture is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Vidya Ramaswamy, James Anthony Ruud, Mohan Manoharan, Todd-Michael Striker, Patrick Daniel Willson
  • Publication number: 20110099969
    Abstract: A hybrid multichannel porous structure for processing between two fluid streams of different compositions includes a housing and one or more structures disposed within the cavity of the housing in a shell and tube configuration. Each structure includes a body made of a porous, inorganic material and a plurality of channels for processing an optional sweep stream. Each channel is coated with a membrane layer. A feed stream introduced into the housing is in direct contact with the structures such that a gas selectively permeates through the body and into the channels. The gas combines with the sweep stream to form a permeate that exits from each channel. The remaining feed stream forms a retentate that exits from the housing. The feed stream may consist of syngas containing hydrogen gas and the sweep stream may contain nitrogen gas. A power plant that incorporates the hybrid structure is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, Kevin Paul McEvoy, Patrick Daniel Willson, Parag Parkash Kulkarni, Roger Allen Shisler, Anoop Muralidhara Kurup
  • Patent number: 7896949
    Abstract: Methods for separating carbon dioxide from a fluid stream at a temperature higher than about 200° C. with selectivity higher than Knudsen diffusion selectivity include contacting a porous membrane with the fluid stream to preferentially transport carbon dioxide. The porous membrane includes a porous support and a continuous porous separation layer disposed on a surface of the porous support and extending between the fluid stream and the porous support layer. The porous support comprises alumina, silica, zirconia, stabilized zirconia, stainless steel, titanium, nickel-based alloys, aluminum-based alloys, zirconium-based alloys or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, James Anthony Ruud, Vidya Ramaswamy, Patrick Daniel Willson, Yan Gao
  • Publication number: 20110030383
    Abstract: A hybrid multichannel porous structure for processing between two fluid streams of different compositions includes a housing and one or more structures disposed within the cavity of the housing in a shell and tube configuration. Each structure includes a body made of a porous, inorganic material and a plurality of channels for processing an optional sweep stream. Each channel is coated with a membrane layer. A feed stream introduced into the housing is in direct contact with the structures such that a gas selectively permeates through the body and into the channels. The gas combines with the sweep stream to form a permeate that exits from each channel. The remaining feed stream forms a retentate that exits from the housing. The feed stream may consist of syngas containing hydrogen gas and the sweep stream may contain nitrogen gas. A power plant that incorporates the hybrid structure is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, Kevin Paul McEvoy, Patrick Daniel Willson, Parag Parkash Kulkarni, Roger Allen Shisler, Anoop Muralidhara Kurup
  • Publication number: 20080210087
    Abstract: Methods for separating carbon dioxide from a fluid stream at a temperature higher than about 200° C. with selectivity higher than Knudsen diffusion selectivity include contacting a porous membrane with the fluid stream to preferentially transport carbon dioxide. The porous membrane includes a porous support and a continuous porous separation layer disposed on a surface of the porous support and extending between the fluid stream and the porous support layer. The porous support comprises alumina, silica, zirconia, stabilized zirconia, stainless steel, titanium, nickel-based alloys, aluminum-based alloys, zirconium-based alloys or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, James Anthony Ruud, Vidya Ramaswamy, Patrick Daniel Willson, Yan Gao