Patents by Inventor William Bryant

William Bryant 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: 11080440
    Abstract: An apparatus to perform tests on fluid flow and configured to operate at field conditions includes one or more vessels and one or more sets of fluid injecting devices corresponding to respective ones of the one or more vessels. Each set of fluid injecting devices includes one or more fluid injecting devices each configured to inject a respective fluid through its respective vessel. The apparatus further includes one or more measurement devices operatively coupled to respective ones of the one or more vessels and configured to measure data associated with fluid flow of the one or more fluids injected into its respective vessel. The measured data comprises one or more of pressure gradient data and flow rate data. The apparatus is in communication with at least one processor configured to calculate a model based on the measured data. In calculating the model, the at least one processor is configured to infer one or more parameters for the model from the measured data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter William Bryant, William Fernando Lopez Candela, Michael Engel, Mathias Steiner
  • Patent number: 11052391
    Abstract: A microfluidic device, including a controllable shape-changing micropillar where a shape of the shape-changing micropillar is changed by a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaione Tirapu Azpiroz, Peter William Bryant, Rodrigo Neumann Barros Ferreira, Ronaldo Giro, Ricardo Luis Ohta
  • Patent number: 10710430
    Abstract: A system for controlling a temperature a within an interior volume of a cargo trailer adapted to transport perishable goods is described herein. The system includes a fluid distribution assembly and a monitoring system. The fluid distribution assembly is configured to selectively channel a flow of cryogenic cooling fluid into the cargo trailer interior volume to facilitate adjusting a temperature within the interior volume. The monitoring system includes at least one sensor for sensing an environmental parameter of the cargo trailer, and a controller coupled to the sensor and to the fluid distribution assembly. The controller is configured to receive a monitoring signal indicative of the sensed environmental parameter, determine an environmental condition of the cargo trailer as a function of the environmental parameter, and provide a notification signal if the determined environmental condition is different than a predefined environmental condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: RSC Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eric William Bryant, Edward John Bratkowski, Andrew D. Frost, Fred Jackson Norvell, III, James Madison Reid, Robert C. Rabine, Paul M. Walling, Thomas Zagotta, Robert S. Rau
  • Patent number: 10694900
    Abstract: Dispensing towels includes, using a motor assembly configured to cause a leading edge of the toweling to be extended from a housing of the dispenser and to cause the toweling to be subsequently retracted back into the housing, (a) the step of extending the toweling exterior of the housing for grasping by a user; and (b) subsequent thereto, the steps of (1) retracting the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly; (2) sensing a leading edge of the toweling, using a sensor, while retracting the toweling; and (3) ceasing retracting of the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly as a function of sensing the leading edge of the toweling using the sensor. The toweling is advanced by the motor assembly such that a line of perforations in the toweling, along which the user tears the toweling, is located downstream of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II, Ian D. Kovacevich, Thomas James Philpott, Christopher Hoy, Lawrence Ober
  • Patent number: 10691846
    Abstract: A method is provided including receiving data corresponding to a three-dimensional physical representation of a porous rock sample; calculating a low-dimensional representation of a pore network in the porous rock sample based on the three-dimensional physical representation; extracting one or more geometrical parameter from the low-dimension representation; generating a capillary network model of the porous rock sample based at least on the at least one geometrical parameter for simulating fluid flow inside the porous rock sample; and performing at least one simulation of a flow of the fluid through the capillary network model of the porous rock sample with a fluid additive to provide a predicted enhanced fluid recovery efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter William Bryant, William Fernando Lopez Candela, Alexandre Ashade Lassance Cunha, Rodrigo Neumann Barros Ferreira, Mathias B Steiner
  • Patent number: 10648292
    Abstract: A method is provided including calculating a first property vector indicative of physical properties derived from a digital image of a first rock sample; determining a set of one or more similar rock samples by calculating a value indicating a similarity between the first rock sample and second rock samples based on the first property vector and second property vectors associated with the second rock samples; selecting a list of fluid additives based on existing enhanced fluid recovery efficiency values associated with the similar rock samples; performing, for each of the fluid additives, a simulation of a flow of fluid through a digital model of the first rock to determine a simulated enhanced fluid recovery efficiency value for the respective fluid additives; and outputting an optimal fluid additive for the first rock sample based at least in part on the calculated similarity values and simulated enhanced fluid recovery efficiency values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter William Bryant, Rodrigo Neumann Barros Ferreira, Ronaldo Giro, Mathias B Steiner
  • Patent number: 10602888
    Abstract: A portable towel dispenser includes a housing configured to stand upright and an interior space for receiving a toweling assembly including a roll of towels on an arbor. The interior space is configured to receive in a vertical orientation the arbor for vertical support thereof during unwinding of the roll of towels. A loading door is configured to rotate relative to the housing about a generally vertical axis between a closed position, in which the loading door and housing together enclose the toweling assembly within the dispenser, and an open position, in which the dispenser is configured to receive the toweling assembly therein without obstruction by the loading door. The dispenser is battery operated, includes a handle, and is readily hand portable. A button on a bottom of the housing is depressed to enable dispensing when the housing is stood upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Patent number: 10602887
    Abstract: A towel dispenser includes a housing mounted to a wall and defining an interior space for receiving toweling comprising a roll of towels, the interior space comprising a curved surface configured to receive the roll of towels in floating engagement therewith such that the roll of towels rolls and slides on the curved surface during unwinding of the roll of towels. The towel dispenser further includes a loading door configured to rotate relative to the main body, when the main body is mounted to a wall, between a closed position in which the loading door extends over a top of and closes off the interior space of the main body in which toweling is received, and an open position, in which the housing is configured to receive toweling therein without obstruction by the loading door, with the loading door extending upwardly above and over a top of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Publication number: 20200037829
    Abstract: A towel dispenser includes a housing for receiving toweling. The housing includes a main body; a loading door that is configured to rotate relative to the main body between a closed position and an open position; and a guide system that includes a first roller attached to the main body and a second roller attached to the loading door. The towel dispenser may include a motor for driving dispensing of the toweling from the housing and an associated sensor. The towel dispenser can be mounted to an underside of a cabinet. In an aspect, the front wall of the main body and a lip of the loading door collectively define a gap to which the guiding system guides the toweling and through which towels are dispensed when the loading door is in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Publication number: 20190328184
    Abstract: A towel dispenser includes a housing mounted to a wall and defining an interior space for receiving toweling comprising a roll of towels, the interior space comprising a curved surface configured to receive the roll of towels in floating engagement therewith such that the roll of towels rolls and slides on the curved surface during unwinding of the roll of towels. The towel dispenser further includes a loading door configured to rotate relative to the main body, when the main body is mounted to a wall, between a closed position in which the loading door extends over a top of and closes off the interior space of the main body in which toweling is received, and an open position, in which the housing is configured to receive toweling therein without obstruction by the loading door, with the loading door extending upwardly above and over a top of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Patent number: 10441116
    Abstract: A towel dispenser includes a housing for receiving toweling. The housing includes a main body; a loading door that is configured to rotate relative to the main body between a closed position and an open position; and a guide system that includes a first roller attached to the main body and a second roller attached to the loading door. The towel dispenser may include a motor for driving dispensing of the toweling from the housing and an associated sensor. The towel dispenser can be mounted to an underside of a cabinet. In an aspect, the front wall of the main body and a lip of the loading door collectively define a gap to which the guiding system guides the toweling and through which towels are dispensed when the loading door is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Publication number: 20190210024
    Abstract: A microfluidic device, including a controllable shape-changing micropillar where a shape of the shape-changing micropillar is changed by a fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Jaione Tirapu Azpiroz, Peter William Bryant, Rodrigo Neumann Barros Ferreira, Ronaldo Giro, Ricardo Luis Ohta
  • Patent number: 10343162
    Abstract: A microfluidic device, including a matrix array of controllable shape-changing micropillars where a shape of the shape-changing micropillars is changed by a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaione Tirapu Azpiroz, Peter William Bryant, Rodrigo Neumann Barros Ferreira, Ronaldo Giro, Ricardo Luis Ohta
  • Patent number: 10342394
    Abstract: A towel dispenser includes a housing mounted to a wall and defining an interior space for receiving toweling comprising a roll of towels, the interior space comprising a curved surface configured to receive the roll of towels in floating engagement therewith such that the roll of towels rolls and slides on the curved surface during unwinding of the roll of towels. The towel dispenser further includes a loading door configured to rotate relative to the main body, when the main body is mounted to a wall, between a closed position in which the loading door extends over a top of and closes off the interior space of the main body in which toweling is received, and an open position, in which the housing is configured to receive toweling therein without obstruction by the loading door, with the loading door extending upwardly above and over a top of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Publication number: 20190183297
    Abstract: Dispensing towels includes, using a motor assembly configured to cause a leading edge of the toweling to be extended from a housing of the dispenser and to cause the toweling to be subsequently retracted back into the housing, (a) the step of extending the toweling exterior of the housing for grasping by a user; and (b) subsequent thereto, the steps of (1) retracting the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly; (2) sensing a leading edge of the toweling, using a sensor, while retracting the toweling; and (3) ceasing retracting of the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly as a function of sensing the leading edge of the toweling using the sensor. The toweling is advanced by the motor assembly such that a line of perforations in the toweling, along which the user tears the toweling, is located downstream of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: WILLIAM BRYANT TROUTMAN, WILLIAM BRYANT TROUTMAN, II, IAN D. KOVACEVICH, THOMAS JAMES PHILPOTT, CHRISTOPHER HOY, LAWRENCE OBER
  • Publication number: 20190117025
    Abstract: A portable towel dispenser includes a housing configured to stand upright and an interior space for receiving a toweling assembly including a roll of towels on an arbor. The interior space is configured to receive in a vertical orientation the arbor for vertical support thereof during unwinding of the roll of towels. A loading door is configured to rotate relative to the housing about a generally vertical axis between a closed position, in which the loading door and housing together enclose the toweling assembly within the dispenser, and an open position, in which the dispenser is configured to receive the toweling assembly therein without obstruction by the loading door. The dispenser is battery operated, includes a handle, and is readily hand portable. A button on a bottom of the housing is depressed to enable dispensing when the housing is stood upright.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Patent number: 10213069
    Abstract: Dispensing towels includes, using a motor assembly configured to cause a leading edge of the toweling to be extended from a housing of the dispenser and to cause the toweling to be subsequently retracted back into the housing, (a) the step of extending the toweling exterior of the housing for grasping by a user; and (b) subsequent thereto, the steps of (1) retracting the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly; (2) sensing a leading edge of the toweling, using a sensor, while retracting the toweling; and (3) ceasing retracting of the toweling into the housing using the motor assembly as a function of sensing the leading edge of the toweling using the sensor. The toweling is advanced by the motor assembly such that a line of perforations in the toweling, along which the user tears the toweling, is located downstream of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II, Ian D. Kovacevich, Thomas James Philpott, Christopher Hoy, Lawrence Ober
  • Patent number: 10198428
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems for textual analysis by generating models of the progression of writing and writing abilities are provided. A set of examinee-generated responses for one or more test items may be identified based upon at least one index. One or more data-based profiles may be assembled from the identified set of examinee-generated responses. Writing characteristics may be quantified from the assembled one or more data-based profiles based on the at least one index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ACT, INC.
    Inventor: William Bryant
  • Patent number: 10165907
    Abstract: A portable towel dispenser includes a housing configured to stand upright and an interior space for receiving a toweling assembly including a roll of towels on an arbor. The interior space is configured to receive in a vertical orientation the arbor for vertical support thereof during unwinding of the roll of towels. A loading door is configured to rotate relative to the housing about a generally vertical axis between a closed position, in which the loading door and housing together enclose the toweling assembly within the dispenser, and an open position, in which the dispenser is configured to receive the toweling assembly therein without obstruction by the loading door. The dispenser is battery operated, includes a handle, and is readily hand portable. A button on a bottom of the housing is depressed to enable dispensing when the housing is stood upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: William Bryant Troutman, William Bryant Troutman, II
  • Publication number: 20180373821
    Abstract: An apparatus to perform tests on fluid flow and configured to operate at field conditions includes one or more vessels and one or more sets of fluid injecting devices corresponding to respective ones of the one or more vessels. Each set of fluid injecting devices includes one or more fluid injecting devices each configured to inject a respective fluid through its respective vessel. The apparatus further includes one or more measurement devices operatively coupled to respective ones of the one or more vessels and configured to measure data associated with fluid flow of the one or more fluids injected into its respective vessel. The measured data comprises one or more of pressure gradient data and flow rate data. The apparatus is in communication with at least one processor configured to calculate a model based on the measured data. In calculating the model, the at least one processor is configured to infer one or more parameters for the model from the measured data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Peter William Bryant, William Fernando Lopez Candela, Michael Engel, Mathias Steiner