Patents by Inventor Robert X. Perez

Robert X. Perez 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: 6766697
    Abstract: A hydrodynamic bearing includes a fiber optic sensor for measuring static and dynamic bearing forces or loads during operation. The fiber optic sensor is positioned within the bearing through the most direct load path, which is through the pad support for a tilting pad style bearing. In additional to being positioned in the pad support of a tilting pad bearing, the sensor is also placed 1) inside the pad support or on the pad support structure, and 2) oriented perpendicularly with the shaft centerlines. After the sensor location is chosen and the sensor is properly positioned, a calibration procedure is utilized to determine the relationship between the radial load and measured strain for the specific bearing. Once the calibration factor has been determined, the sensor may be utilized in the bearing to measure load during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Bearings Plus, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert X. Perez, Natividad S. Ibanez
  • Patent number: 6281976
    Abstract: A fiber optic fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer diaphragm sensor and method of measurement is provided. A fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer diaphragm sensor (12a, 12b, 12c) includes a base (54a, 54b, 54c) and a diaphragm (52a, 52b, 52c) with an optic fiber (30) coupled under tension between the base (54a, 54b, 54c) and the diaphragm (52a, 52b, 52c). A fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer element (40) is contained within the optic fiber (30) and operates to sense movement of the diaphragm (52a, 52b, 52c). In a particular embodiment, the diaphragm (52a) moves in response to a pressure (P) applied to the diaphragm (52a). In another embodiment, a proof mass (72) is coupled to the diaphragm (52b) such that the diaphragm (52b) moves in response to an acceleration (A). In yet another embodiment, a magnetic body (80) is coupled to the diaphragm (52c) such that the diaphragm (52c) moves in response to a magnetic field (M).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Henry F. Taylor, Ta-Wei Kao, James Gardner, William N. Gibler, Robert A. Atkins, Chung E. Lee, Victor P. Swenson, Matthew Spears, Robert X. Perez
  • Patent number: 5608199
    Abstract: A Harsh Environment Tag (HET) and associated data collection system are provided that allow the identification, classification, and description of industrial, architectural, and machine equipment within harsh process environments. Each tag consists of a longitudinally arranged array of non-corrosive modules with standardized dimensional variations that are associated with alpha-numerically encoded values. Each tag may be rigidly or loosely affixed to a particular object for the purposes of inventory, inspection, and maintenance. Each tag may be scanned or read or by a transducer configured to detect the specific variations within which the coded information is retained. The coded values are then interpreted by a microprocessor based device capable of associating the coded values with either prerecorded identities and characteristics or with such information as may be input in association with the scan of a particular tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: All Tech Inspection, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Clouse, III, Robert X. Perez, Gary E. Heath