Patents by Inventor Stefano Bianchi

Stefano Bianchi 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: 20200385366
    Abstract: Subject-matter of the present invention is a process for preparing intermediates for the synthesis of optically active beta-amino alcohols by enzymatic reduction of the corresponding beta-amino ketones. Subject-matter of the invention are also said novel synthesis intermediates and the use thereof in the preparation of active pharmaceutical ingredients, among which vilanterol and the salts thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Corrado COLLI, Giorgio BERTOLINI, Mara SADA, Faris GARIS, Filippo NISIC, Aldo BIANCHI, Cinzia BIAGGI, Romano DI FABIO, Silvano RONZONI, Stefania BERTUOLO, Adolfo PRANDI, Stefano MAIORANA
  • Patent number: 10591088
    Abstract: A pipe-laying vessel including a pipe-laying tower extending upwardly from the vessel, the tower including a first lower section extending upwardly from a proximal end to a distal end above the main deck of the vessel, and a second upper section movably mounted on the first lower section, and the tower having a first pipe-laying configuration for laying pipeline P in which the upper section is positioned above the lower section and pipe is passed from the upper section to the lower section when, in use, it is being laid, and a second stowed configuration in which the second upper section is moved relative to the lower section and the overall height of the tower is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Kimon Tullio Ardavanis, Michel Pierre Armand Baylot, Yann Hajeri
  • Patent number: 10480684
    Abstract: A supporting device configured to support a pipeline on the bed of a body of water having a frame connectable in a sliding manner to a pipeline extending along a longitudinal axis between a laying vessel and the bed of a body of water; at least one floating body connected to the frame; and at least one connecting mechanism connecting the frame to the floating body and configured to define a distance between the axis of the pipeline and the floating body, so as to apply a torque to the portion of pipeline at the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Saipem S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Mauro Mottini
  • Patent number: 10273807
    Abstract: A fluidfoil comprises a main body and a fence, wherein the fence has different lean angles with respect to the main body at different chordwise positions, and wherein the fence is divided along its chordwise extent into at least two portions, where a first portion nearer a leading edge of the fence has a smaller lean angle than a second portion further from the leading edge, and wherein all portions are either anhedral or dihedral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Stefano Bianchi
  • Patent number: 10221966
    Abstract: A pipeline A/R method using a rope connected to the pipeline, the method including winding/unwinding the rope utilizing a hauling machine to exert pull on the rope; adapting a crawler pipeline tensioning device to grip the rope in the crawler tensioning device; and exerting additional pull on a portion of rope between the crawler tensioning device and the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Sergio Bogge, Massimo Pulici
  • Patent number: 10156301
    Abstract: A support for an underwater pipeline, in particular configured to elevate an underwater pipeline on a bed of a body of water, with a connecting frame configured to fit to a portion of underwater pipeline extending along a longitudinal axis; and at least two legs, which are hinged to the connecting frame, and movable between a contracted configuration and an extended configuration in which they extend crosswise to the underwater pipeline to rest on the bed of the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Saipem S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Mauro Mottini
  • Patent number: 10126208
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a sensor and a mast on which the sensor is mounted. The mast includes a core body and a shroud, wherein the shroud is provided about the core body, and the shroud is independently rotatable with respect to the core body under the influence, in use, of a fluid flow flowing past the shroud. The shroud is shaped so that, from at least one fluid flow direction, the shroud presents a different flow resistance in dependence upon the rotational orientation of the shroud. The rotational orientation of the shroud adjusts to reduce the flow resistance produced by the shroud to the fluid flow in response to the commencement of, or a change in the fluid flow direction to, one of the at least one fluid flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Howoong Namgoong
  • Patent number: 10018284
    Abstract: A laying device configured to lay a pipeline on the bed of a body of water having a frame; a movable member mounted on the frame and configured to be placed in contact with a pipeline extending along a longitudinal axis and equipped with special parts; and at least one actuator configured to transmit rotation to the movable member to apply corrective torsion on the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Mauro Mottini
  • Patent number: 9874295
    Abstract: A pipe-laying vessel including a pipe-laying tower extending upwardly from the vessel, the vessel including a welding station for joining a new pipestring to an end of the pipeline held by the tower, a clamp assembly on the tower for engaging a pipestring with a lower end adjacent to the end of the pipeline held by the tower and with the pipestring extending upwardly from its lower end alongside the tower, wherein the clamp assembly includes a pipestring clamp that serves both the function of a transfer clamp for transferring the pipestring from a position alongside the tower but displaced from the pipe-laying path to a position approximately aligned with the pipe-laying path, and the function of a line-up clamp for lining up the pipestring with the end of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Michel Pierre Armand Baylot, Yann Hajeri, Kimon Tullio Ardavanis, Stefano Bianchi
  • Publication number: 20170363228
    Abstract: A supporting device configured to support a pipeline on the bed of a body of water having a frame connectable in a sliding manner to a pipeline extending along a longitudinal axis between a laying vessel and the bed of a body of water; at least one floating body connected to the frame; and at least one connecting mechanism connecting the frame to the floating body and configured to define a distance between the axis of the pipeline and the floating body, so as to apply a torque to the portion of pipeline at the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Mauro Mottini
  • Publication number: 20170307106
    Abstract: A support for an underwater pipeline, in particular configured to elevate an underwater pipeline on a bed of a body of water, with a connecting frame configured to fit to a portion of underwater pipeline extending along a longitudinal axis; and at least two legs, which are hinged to the connecting frame, and movable between a contracted configuration and an extended configuration in which they extend crosswise to the underwater pipeline to rest on the bed of the body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Mauro Mottini
  • Publication number: 20170115183
    Abstract: A sensor system is disclosed comprising a sensor and a mast on which the sensor is mounted. The mast comprises a core body and a shroud, whereby the shroud is provided about the core body and the shroud is rotatable with respect to the core body under the influence, in use, of a fluid flow flowing past the shroud. The shroud is shaped so as, from at least one fluid flow direction, it presents a different flow resistance in dependence upon its rotational orientation. The rotational orientation of the shroud adjusts to reduce the flow resistance produced by the shroud to the fluid flow in response to the commencement of, or a change in the fluid flow direction to, one of the at least one fluid flow directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Stefano BIANCHI, Howoong NAMGOONG
  • Publication number: 20170108142
    Abstract: A laying device configured to lay a pipeline on the bed of a body of water having a frame; a movable member mounted on the frame and configured to be placed in contact with a pipeline extending along a longitudinal axis and equipped with special parts; and at least one actuator configured to transmit rotation to the movable member to apply corrective torsion on the pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Mauro Mottini
  • Patent number: 9506580
    Abstract: An electronic control system configured to control a variable-configuration lay ramp of a pipeline laying vessel, to lay a pipeline on the bed of a body of water, is configured to: acquire data including data related to the configuration of the lay ramp, data related to the laying vessel, and data related to the forces transmitted by the lay ramp and the laying vessel to the pipeline; generate a plurality of step sequences to change the configuration of the lay ramp from a first to a second work configuration; and select a best step sequence as a function of the plurality of step sequences and the acquired data, so as to minimize the stress induced in the pipeline at each intermediate configuration between the first and second work configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Federico Gaggiotti, Federico Formentini, Stefano Sovilla, Roberto Bruschi, Diego Lazzarin
  • Patent number: 9500301
    Abstract: A stinger extends away from an end of a vessel, and a pipeline passes over the stinger as the pipeline is laid from the vessel. The inclination of the pipeline increases as the pipeline passes along the stinger and after leaving the stinger until the pipeline reaches an inflection point beyond the end of the stinger at which inclination is at a maximum. Inclination of the pipeline thereafter reduces until the pipeline touches down on the seabed. A method of S-laying the pipeline includes providing guides on the stinger that limit lateral movement of the pipeline relative to the stinger and moving the vessel and the stinger during S-laying to an orientation in which the longitudinal axis of the stinger is inclined to the path of the pipeline just laid. The vessel and the stinger are rotated about a vertical axis passing through or adjacent to the inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Roberto Bruschi, Diego Lazzarin
  • Publication number: 20150267539
    Abstract: A fluidfoil 32, 70 comprising a main body 38, 84 and a fence 40, 72, wherein the fence 40, 72 has different lean angles with respect to the main body 38, 84 at different chordwise positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventor: Stefano BIANCHI
  • Patent number: 9080575
    Abstract: A method of detecting stall in an axial fan through acoustical measurements in air the air flow, includes measuring the sound emanating from the flow adjacent the fan, preparing a visual representation of the sound, comparing the visual representation with a library of fixed visual representations derived from a plurality of tests representative of the performance of the fan under a range of operating parameters, selecting the fixed visual representation most closely matching the visual representation of the said sound, and deriving a control signal from the selected fixed visual representation. The visual representations are formed by a symmetrised dot pattern (SDP) technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: HOWDEN AXIAL FANS AB
    Inventors: Anthony Geoffrey Sheard, Alessandro Corsini, Stefano Bianchi
  • Patent number: 8985905
    Abstract: A method of laying a pipeline on the bed of a body of water includes constructing, on a laying vessel, a pipeline having pipe sections of a designated or given thickness, and thicker pipe sections distributed along the pipeline; moving the laying vessel forward and laying the pipeline in the body of water as the pipeline is constructed; and propelling a train, configured to plug the pipeline, in steps inside the pipeline laid on the bed of the body of water; the step travel of the train being related to the position of the thicker pipe sections, and to the touchdown point of the pipeline on the bed of the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Saipem S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Massimo Bellin
  • Publication number: 20150037101
    Abstract: An electronic control system configured to control a variable-configuration lay ramp of a pipeline laying vessel, to lay a pipeline on the bed of a body of water, is configured to: acquire data including data related to the configuration of the lay ramp, data related to the laying vessel, and data related to the forces transmitted by the lay ramp and the laying vessel to the pipeline; generate a plurality of step sequences to change the configuration of the lay ramp from a first to a second work configuration; and select a best step sequence as a function of the plurality of step sequences and the acquired data, so as to minimize the stress induced in the pipeline at each intermediate configuration between the first and second work configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Federico Gaggiotti, Federico Formentini, Stefano Sovilla, Roberto Bruschi, Diego Lazzarin
  • Publication number: 20140321920
    Abstract: A stinger extends away from an end of a vessel, and a pipeline passes over the stinger as the pipeline is laid from the vessel. The inclination of the pipeline increases as the pipeline passes along the stinger and after leaving the stinger until the pipeline reaches an inflection point beyond the end of the stinger at which inclination is at a maximum. Inclination of the pipeline thereafter reduces until the pipeline touches down on the seabed. A method of S-laying the pipeline includes providing guides on the stinger that limit lateral movement of the pipeline relative to the stinger and moving the vessel and the stinger during S-laying to an orientation in which the longitudinal axis of the stinger is inclined to the path of the pipeline just laid. The vessel and the stinger are rotated about a vertical axis passing through or adjacent to the inflection point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: SAIPEM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bianchi, Roberto Bruschi, Diego Lazzarin