Patents by Inventor Riccardo Conti

Riccardo Conti 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: 10738669
    Abstract: A working fluid monitoring system for monitoring a working fluid of working fluid system of a piece of equipment is provided. The working fluid monitoring system can include a filter member having an inlet, an outlet, and a filter media disposed between the inlet and the outlet. The filter member can be configured to permit fluid communication of the working fluid of the working fluid system from the inlet, through the filter media, and out the outlet of the filter member. A sensor is in operable communication with the working fluid within the filter member and is configured to monitor in situ a parameter of the working fluid and/or the working fluid system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Samuel C. Bainbridge, John A. Salvatore, Riccardo Conti, William J. Hackney
  • Patent number: 10743153
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enabling communication, without breaching the engine firewall, between a datalogger located on one side of the firewall and one or more sensor devices that are located on the opposite side of the firewall. The systems and methods described herein can allow a transmitting node (i.e., a transmitting datalogger) to transmit collected data (from an auxiliary sensor) to a receiving node (i.e., a receiving datalogger) while reducing or minimizing various difficulties associated with addition of an auxiliary sensor in the engine environment. The transmission of data from the transmitting node to the receiving node can correspond to wired data communication or wireless data communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: John A. Salvatore, Michael C. Tucker, Aparna Subramanian, Riccardo Conti, Bhaskar Prabhakar
  • Patent number: 10458830
    Abstract: A method for improving fuel efficiency testing precision in on-road vehicles. The method comprises: installing one or more dataloggers in one or more vehicles, each datalogger configured to receive fuel consumption data broadcast by an on-road vehicle's engine control unit (ECU); transmitting the fuel consumption data from the one or more dataloggers in the one or more on-road vehicles to a processor; and analyzing, using the processor, the fuel consumption data from the one or more dataloggers in the one or more on-road vehicles to determine fuel efficiency of the one or more on-road vehicles. The fuel consumption data comprises fuel rate data from the ECU which is transmitted through the one or more dataloggers, engine speed and other operating parameters from the ECU that are transmitted through the one or more dataloggers, torque sensor data which is transmitted through the one or more dataloggers, and traditional fuel log data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Zhisheng Gao, Steven M. Jetter, Riccardo Conti, Arthur T. Andrews, Aparna Subramanian, Leonard R. Koenig, Steven Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10387645
    Abstract: A method to recognize whether a user of an electronic terminal is a human or a robot is described. This method provides to take an image and decompose the image in a multitude of image portions. The image portions are randomly visualized inside a test area of an electronic terminal. The method provides to detect the movement of a cursor inside the test area, and to move each image portion inside the test area according to a trajectory which depends on the position of the cursor inside the test area. When the cursor is in a solution position inside the test area, the image portions combine into the original image. The coordinates of the solution position are randomly generated, and to these coordinates is associated a solution area which comprises the coordinates of the solution position. In order to recognize if a user of an electronic terminal is a human or a robot, the method tests if the cursor position is inside the solution area when the user inputs a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
    Inventors: Mauro Conti, Claudio Guarisco, Riccardo Spolaor
  • Publication number: 20190128157
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for in-situ determination of engine oil viscosity to allow for selection of an engine map by an engine control module (ECM) to match the detected viscosity. The new engine map selected based on the viscosity can correspond to an engine map based on an engine oil with a different HTHS viscosity than the prior engine map. Instead of requiring a reprogramming of an ECM when the engine oil is changed, an ECM can have access to a plurality of engine maps corresponding to different engine oils at a given HTHS viscosity and/or at different HTHS viscosities. The ability of an ECM to select an engine map corresponding to a different HTHS viscosity based on in-situ viscosity detection can allow the oil in an engine to be changed without requiring access to the ECM for reprogramming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Michael L. Alessi, Samuel C. Bainbridge, Riccardo Conti
  • Publication number: 20190090106
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enabling communication, without breaching the engine firewall, between a datalogger located on one side of the firewall and one or more sensor devices that are located on the opposite side of the firewall. The systems and methods described herein can allow a transmitting node (i.e., a transmitting datalogger) to transmit collected data (from an auxiliary sensor) to a receiving node (i.e., a receiving datalogger) while reducing or minimizing various difficulties associated with addition of an auxiliary sensor in the engine environment. The transmission of data from the transmitting node to the receiving node can correspond to wired data communication or wireless data communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: John A. SALVATORE, Michael C. TUCKER, Aparna SUBRAMANIAN, Riccardo CONTI, Bhaskar PRABHAKAR
  • Publication number: 20180156086
    Abstract: A working fluid monitoring system for monitoring a working fluid of working fluid system of a piece of equipment is provided. The working fluid monitoring system can include a filter member having an inlet, an outlet, and a filter media disposed between the inlet and the outlet. The filter member can be configured to permit fluid communication of the working fluid of the working fluid system from the inlet, through the filter media, and out the outlet of the filter member. A sensor is in operable communication with the working fluid within the filter member and is configured to monitor in situ a parameter of the working fluid and/or the working fluid system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Samuel C. BAINBRIDGE, John A. SALVATORE, Riccardo CONTI, William J. HACKNEY
  • Publication number: 20180052025
    Abstract: A method for improving fuel efficiency testing precision in on-road vehicles. The method comprises: installing one or more dataloggers in one or more vehicles, each datalogger configured to receive fuel consumption data broadcast by an on-road vehicle's engine control unit (ECU); transmitting the fuel consumption data from the one or more dataloggers in the one or more on-road vehicles to a processor; and analyzing, using the processor, the fuel consumption data from the one or more dataloggers in the one or more on-road vehicles to determine fuel efficiency of the one or more on-road vehicles. The fuel consumption data comprises fuel rate data from the ECU which is transmitted through the one or more dataloggers, engine speed and other operating parameters from the ECU that are transmitted through the one or more dataloggers, torque sensor data which is transmitted through the one or more dataloggers, and traditional fuel log data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Zhisheng Gao, Steven M. Jetter, Riccardo Conti, Arthur T. Andrews, Aparna Subramanian, Leonard R. Koenig, Steven Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20140274849
    Abstract: Disclosed are lubricating compositions comprised of a mineral oil base stock including one or more components selected from the group consisting a Group I base oil component, a Group II base oil component, and a Group III base oil component; and a minimal amount of a particular polyalphaolefin component. The lubricating compositions provide improved film thickness and wear properties relative to conventional mineral oil lubricants. In particular, the lubricating compositions provide improved film thickness and wear properties relative to conventional mineral oil lubricants, without the need of having to include additional polar additives to enhance wear and film thickness characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gordon H. Lee, Nicole D. Vaughn, Steven Kennedy, Riccardo Conti, William L. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 7966988
    Abstract: Periodically heating a soot containing engine lubricant to a temperature in the range of about 115° C. to about 150° C. is effective in controlling soot induced viscosity increase of the lubricant. The period at which heating is conducted may be a function of the number of hours the engine has been operated or it may be based on the oil condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Brandon T. Weldon, Steven Kennedy, Riccardo Conti, Jeffrey R. Torkelson
  • Publication number: 20060150943
    Abstract: Periodically heating a soot containing engine lubricant to a temperature in the range of about 115° C. to about 150° C. is effective in controlling soot induced viscosity increase of the lubricant. The period at which heating is conducted may be a function of the number of hours the engine has been operated or it may be based on the oil condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Brandon Weldon, Steven Kennedy, Riccardo Conti, Jeffrey Torkelson
  • Patent number: 6851414
    Abstract: A device and method to extend the useful lubricant life in a diesel engine equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system consisting of placing a chemical filter in an area of relatively higher humidity either in the EGR stream or near the intake manifold. In some cases, placing chemical filters in both locations would be preferred. This device may also be used in combination with a chemical filter placed in the lubricant recirculation system which produces a synergistic effect beyond the individual effects of either component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Jason Zhisheng Gao, Mahmoud Mostafa Hafez, Riccardo Conti
  • Publication number: 20040050373
    Abstract: A device and method to extend the useful lubricant life in a diesel engine equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system consisting of placing a chemical filter in an area of relatively higher humidity either in the EGR stream or near the intake manifold. In some cases, placing chemical filters in both locations would be preferred. This device may also be used in combination with a chemical filter placed in the lubricant recirculation system which produces a synergistic effect beyond the individual effects of either component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Jason Zhisheng Gao, Mahmoud Mostafa Hafez, Riccardo Conti