Patents by Inventor Patrick W. Sullivan, JR.

Patrick W. Sullivan, JR. 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: 20220145589
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for a machine includes an implement pump, a valve, and an implement valve subsystem. The implement pump includes a load sensing control, and the valve controls the flow of hydraulic fluid to the implement pump. The implement valve subsystem includes one or more implement control subsystems to control movement of an implement. The valve is an electrohydraulic proportional relief valve and includes a solenoid configured to adjust the pressure of hydraulic fluid delivered to the implement pump proportionally to a current delivered through the solenoid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Sullivan, JR., Ryan R. Stoffel, Beau D. Kuipers, Andrew N. Schifferer, Royce E. Leaders, Fuaad Sayeed
  • Publication number: 20160152261
    Abstract: A hydraulic system with margin based flow supplementation is provided. The hydraulic system includes a steering pump, an implement pump and a flow sharing device. The steering pump is associated with a steering circuit. The implement pump is associated with an implement circuit. The flow sharing device is disposed between the steering circuit and the implement circuit and is configured to operate in one of a first mode and a second mode. Further, the flow sharing device allows hydraulic fluid to flow from the implement circuit to the steering circuit in the first mode, when a margin pressure of the steering circuit is below a threshold value, and the flow sharing device stops the hydraulic fluid to flow from the implement circuit to the steering circuit in the second mode, when the margin pressure of the steering circuit is equal to or above the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Beau D. Kuipers, Sudheer Holenarasipura, Patrick W. Sullivan, JR.
  • Patent number: 8522543
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a hydraulic control system. The system may have a pump and a tool actuator configured to move a tool with a flow of pressurized fluid provided by the pump. The system may further have a tool control valve configured to control the flow of pressurized fluid to the tool actuator. The system may also have a controller operably connected with the tool control valve and the pump. The controller may be configured to receive a tool movement request. The controller may further be configured to estimate a change in a flow demand across the tool control valve associated with the tool movement request. The controller may also be configured to command adjustment of a discharge flow rate of the pump based on the estimated change in flow demand to satisfy the tool movement request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Krajnik, Patrick W. Sullivan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8511080
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for a machine is disclosed. The hydraulic control system may have a pump configured to pressurize fluid, a displacement control valve configured to affect displacement of the pump, and a tool control valve configured to receive pressurized fluid from the pump and to selectively direct to the pressurized fluid to a hydraulic actuator. The hydraulic control system may also have a controller in communication with the displacement control valve. The controller may be configured to determine a pressure gradient across the tool control valve substantially different than a desired pressure gradient, to determine a desired condition of the displacement control valve based the pressure gradient, and to determine a flow force applied to the displacement control valve based on the desired condition. The controller may be further configured to generate a load sense response signal directed to the displacement control valve based on the desired condition and the flow force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Krajnik, Patrick W. Sullivan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100154400
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a hydraulic control system. The system may have a pump and a tool actuator configured to move a tool with a flow of pressurized fluid provided by the pump. The system may further have a tool control valve configured to control the flow of pressurized fluid to the tool actuator. The system may also have a controller operably connected with the tool control valve and the pump. The controller may be configured to receive a tool movement request. The controller may further be configured to estimate a change in a flow demand across the tool control valve associated with the tool movement request. The controller may also be configured to command adjustment of a discharge flow rate of the pump based on the estimated change in flow demand to satisfy the tool movement request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Caterpillar, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Krajnik, Patrick W. Sullivan, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100154401
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for a machine is disclosed. The hydraulic control system may have a pump configured to pressurize fluid, a displacement control valve configured to affect displacement of the pump, and a tool control valve configured to receive pressurized fluid from the pump and to selectively direct to the pressurized fluid to a hydraulic actuator. The hydraulic control system may also have a controller in communication with the displacement control valve. The controller may be configured to determine a pressure gradient across the tool control valve substantially different than a desired pressure gradient, to determine a desired condition of the displacement control valve based the pressure gradient, and to determine a flow force applied to the displacement control valve based on the desired condition. The controller may be further configured to generate a load sense response signal directed to the displacement control valve based on the desired condition and the flow force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Sullivan, JR., Andrew J. Krajnik