By Voltage Or Current Measuring Patents (Class 324/522)
  • Patent number: 11835550
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a power supply monitor operative to monitor a status of multiple power converters. Based on the monitored status, the power supply monitor detects an event associated with a first power converter of the multiple power converters. The power supply monitor communicates a notification of the event to a management entity. The notification is encoded to include an identity of the first power converter experiencing the event as determined by the power supply monitor or other suitable entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Reynaldo Domingo
  • Patent number: 11777303
    Abstract: Disclosed is a leakage current measuring device for a grid protection system protecting a power distribution or transmission grid from damage in case of a power surge, the grid protection system including a disconnector device and a surge arrester connected in series along a grounding path, the grounding path connecting a phase of a power distribution or transmission grid through the surge arrester and the disconnector device to ground, the disconnector device being configured for being activated in case of an overload condition, thereby disconnecting the surge arrester. The leakage current measuring device includes a leakage current sensor for measuring a leakage current IL flowing along the grounding path, the leakage current IL being indicative of the electrical connection status of the disconnector device. The electrical connection status is one of an activated and an inactivated status of the disconnector device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: HITACHI ENERGY SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventors: Gian-Luigi Madonna, Xavier Kornmann, Daniel Neeser, Stefano Bertoli, Ektor Sotiropoulos, Martin Schick-Pauli, Alexander Fach, Philipp Sommer, Yannick Maret
  • Patent number: 11683045
    Abstract: A high resolution analog to digital converter (ADC) with improved bandwidth senses an analog signal (e.g., a load current) to generate a digital signal. The ADC operates based on a load voltage produced based on charging of an element (e.g., a capacitor) by a load current and a digital to analog converter (DAC) output current (e.g., from a N-bit DAC). The ADC generates a digital output signal representative of a difference between the load voltage and a reference voltage. This digital output signal is used directly, or after digital signal processing, to operate an N-bit DAC to generate a DAC output current that tracks the load current. In addition, quantization noise is subtracted from the digital output signal thereby extending the operational bandwidth of the ADC. In certain examples, the operational bandwidth of the ADC extends up to 100s of kHz (e.g., 200-300 kHz), or even higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: SIGMASENSE, LLC.
    Inventor: Phuong Huynh
  • Patent number: 11619412
    Abstract: An environment control system includes: a control unit; a serial communication bus including a main communication line having a first end connected to the control unit and first to Nth (N: an integer of 2 or more) sub communication lines branched off from a second end of the main communication line; devices connected to the first to Nth sub communication lines; and switching units disposed on all the first to Nth sub communication lines and configured to connect and disconnect the devices to and from the control unit. Each of the first to Nth sub communication lines is connected to one or more of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Eisuke Yamada, Akira Nakagawa, Kouhei Morita
  • Patent number: 11604226
    Abstract: A voltage detection circuit includes a first terminal for connecting to one end of a first voltage detection line through a first resistor, the first voltage detection line having another end connected to a cathode or an anode of a first individual battery; a second terminal for connecting to the one end of the first voltage detection line without the first resistor; a first current generating circuit connected to the first terminal; and a voltage detector which detects a voltage of the first terminal and a voltage of the second terminal. The voltage detector includes at least one first AD converter connected to the first terminal, and at least one second AD converter connected to the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION JAPAN
    Inventors: Fumihito Inukai, Gorou Mori
  • Patent number: 11594876
    Abstract: The invention relates to protection from faults in a power transmission system having two or more transmission lines. Travelling waves are detected from a signal obtained with a measurement equipment associated with a bus of the power transmission system. Arrival times of a first peak of a first travelling wave, a second travelling wave and a third travelling wave, are detected from the signal. A value for line length is calculated from the arrival times and propagation velocity of the travelling wave in the corresponding transmission line. The calculated value is compared with an actual length of the corresponding transmission line, for determining if the fault is an internal fault or an external fault. According to the fault being one of the internal fault and the external fault, a signal for controlling a switching device associated with the corresponding transmission line is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Hitachi Energy Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Obbalareddi Demudu Naidu, Preetham Venkat Yalla, Vedanta Pradhan, Nandkishor Kubal, Sachin Srivastava
  • Patent number: 11567139
    Abstract: A diagnostic device for a secondary battery which is an all-solid-state battery containing a solid electrolyte transporting lithium ions, in which the diagnostic device includes: an interruption means configured to interrupt a charging current or a discharging current of the secondary battery connected to a circuit; a measuring means configured to measure over time a variation characteristic of a terminal voltage of the secondary battery after the current is interrupted by the interruption means; and a diagnostic means configured to diagnose the cause of the degradation of the secondary battery by comparing a change rate or a change amount in voltage between a charging characteristic specified from measured values of a terminal voltage of the secondary battery measured by the measuring means, a charging/discharging characteristic specified from the measured values of the terminal voltage measured by the measuring means, and a reference characteristic of the secondary battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sakai, Pu Qian
  • Patent number: 11549987
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a storage battery management device includes: a memory configured to store therein storage battery characteristics of a storage battery unit as a storage battery characteristics table; and one or more processors coupled to the memory. The one or more processors are configured to: acquire the storage battery characteristics based on storage battery information output from the storage battery unit; update the storage battery characteristics table based on the acquired storage battery characteristics; and estimate SOC of the storage battery unit by referring to the updated storage battery characteristics table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Ide, Masahiro Tohara, Mami Mizutani, Tomohiro Toyosaki, Tsutomu Tanno
  • Patent number: 11543229
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to measuring misalignment between layers of a semiconductor device. In one embodiment, a device includes a first conductive layer; a second conductive layer; one or more first electrodes embedded in the first conductive layer; one or more second electrodes embedded in the second conductive layer; a sensing circuit connected to the one or more first electrodes; and a plurality of time-varying signal sources connected to the one or more second electrodes, wherein the one or more first electrodes and the one or more second electrodes form at least a portion of a bridge structure that exhibits an electrical property that varies as a function of misalignment of the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer in an in-plane direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Ilya Gurin, Leonardo Baldasarre
  • Patent number: 11525852
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for compensating for non-ideal isotropic behavior of a field probe are disclosed. A method includes, during a calibration procedure, for each of a plurality of positions of the field probe relative to a source, each position denoted by a set of angles (?, ?), performing the following steps: measuring a field by the sensors of the probe, storing the measurements and the set of angles (?, ?) for each measurement, computing a correction factor for the set of angles (?, ?) based on the measurement, and storing the correction factors. During a measurement procedure, each sensor measures a component of the field. A set of angles is determined based on the sensor measurements, and a correction factor is determined based on the set of angles. The correction factor may then be multiplied by the sensor measurements to obtain the corrected field measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: ETS-Lindgren, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhong Chen
  • Patent number: 11467200
    Abstract: Method and device for determining a fault location in an electric power distribution network with an infeed and lines in the form of a main strand and a multiplicity of branches of the main strand. First and second measured values are acquired at a first and second measurement point of the power distribution network, and a fault location is determined based on the first and the second measured values. Arrival of respective traveling waves are identified based on the first and the second measured values, and the times of the respective arrival of the traveling wave are stored. A first fault location value is generated using the respective times of both measurement points and a second fault location value is generated using the times of only the first measurement point. The fault location is determined based on the first fault location value and the second fault location value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Cezary Dzienis, Andreas Jurisch
  • Patent number: 11442110
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for accurately detecting an operating status of a battery in a battery system, where the method includes determining a charging profile of a battery in a battery system, identifying a constant voltage and a corresponding constant current in a charging cycle of the charging profile, estimating at least one of a decay constant or an internal resistance associated with the battery, using at least one of the constant voltage or the constant current, comparing the decay constant with a first threshold value or comparing the internal resistance with a second threshold value, and detecting an operating status of the battery to be faulty or healthy, based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atanu Talukdar, Anshul Kaushik, Arunava Naha, Shashishekara Parampalli Adiga
  • Patent number: 11428754
    Abstract: A receptacle includes a pair of spare terminals that are located on both sides of a plurality of receptacle terminals in a longitudinal direction and are short-circuited. A plug includes a pair of relay electrodes that respectively come in contact with the pair of spare terminals when the plug is connected to the receptacle. A connector inspection instrument includes a conduction detecting circuit and a pair of terminal support portions supporting a pair of inspection terminals, and a displacement mechanism. The displacement mechanism supports one or both of the pair of terminal support portions in such a way as to displace the one or both of the pair of terminal support portions in a width direction to narrow or widen an interval between the pair of inspection terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Izumi, Tomohiko Yamakawa, Masaru Takagi, Hayato Mori
  • Patent number: 11417452
    Abstract: An object is to provide a new electronic control unit that can improve detection accuracy of a sense current even in a region where the current value of the sense current is small. Provided is a sense current detection unit including a plurality of sense transistors that have different current flow rates and that are connected to current output transistors controlling a current flowing in a coil load. The current in the sense current detection unit is input to an analog/digital converter, and the current value of the current flowing in the sense current detection unit is converted into a digital value. The current value of the current flowing in the sense current detection unit is increased through a combination or a selection of the plurality of sense transistors of the sense current detection unit in a region where the current value of the main current of the current output transistors is small compared to a region where the current value of the main current is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsumi Ikegaya, Keishi Komoriyama, Yoshiaki Mizuhashi, Takayuki Oshima, Shinichirou Wada
  • Patent number: 11408924
    Abstract: A method for fault location to multi-terminal traveling wave in a direct current distribution line, which belongs to the field of power line fault ranging and location technology. The method includes a main site and a plurality of acquisition points installed into the distribution line and includes steps as follows. Step 1001: collecting and uploading a traveling wave signal by each of the acquisition points after a fault occurs in the line; step 1002: generating a fault record set; step 1003: computing the shortest paths from a central site to other sites and their lengths; step 1004: using expanded two-terminal traveling wave ranging principle for pairing computation; step 1005: converting positions of possible disturbance points into possible disturbance occurrence time points; step 1006: extrapolating from equal path lengths of the possible disturbance points to obtain disturbance time data; and step 1007: determining a final disturbance point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Shandong University of Technology
    Inventors: Yu Chen, Jinghua Wang, Bingyin Xu, Ke Peng, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 11385299
    Abstract: A system and method are provided to detect a fault on a circuit. A current sensor is provided for sensing current on at least one line conductor and/or a neutral conductor on a circuit, and a switch is operated between at least first and second positions to selectively control a signal pathway on the at least one line conductor or the neutral conductor in relations to the sensor. The sensor performs a first current measurement corresponding to current across one conductor from the at least one line conductor and the neutral conductor in the first position, and a second current measurement corresponding to a current balance or imbalance between the conductors in the second position. The current sensor outputs the first current measurement for detecting an arc fault in the first position, or the second current measurement for detecting a ground fault in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph R. Beierschmitt
  • Patent number: 11378621
    Abstract: A digital output monitor circuit includes a first digital circuit that performs mutual conversion between serial data and parallel data, a second digital circuit that decodes data output from the first digital circuit and generates a control signal for an analog circuit, and a third digital circuit that converts at least the control signal for an analog circuit into digital data. The first digital circuit converts the data output from the third digital circuit into serial data and outputs as an output data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Matsuyama, Satoshi Matsumura, Kazuhiro Nakamuta, Toshiki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 11378468
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a combined fabrication and calibration process for sensor modules and temperature sensor modules in particular. The present disclosure also provides the completed calibrated sensor module and an electronic device containing the calibrated sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Brightsentinel Limited
    Inventors: Robert Keith, Jenny Samfat
  • Patent number: 11366149
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the determination of impedances in an electrical network. Methods and apparatuses for determining one or more impedances within a root and branch network are disclosed. The impedance of a common root part and the impedance of a branch of the electrical network may be determined based on the current in the common root part, the current in a branch of the electrical network and the voltage across the common root part and the branch. By determining the impedance of different parts of the electrical network in this way, the network may be monitored over time and the location of any faults or impending faults in the network may be identified more exactly without requiring invasive network probing and testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventors: John Stuart, Seyed Amir Ali Danesh, Luca Martini
  • Patent number: 11346878
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates the errors that are encountered when using both single-ended and double-ended normal-mode fault location calculations when a fault occurs in a pole-open condition. The disclosure provides systems and methods for accurately calculating the location of faults that occur during pole-open conditions, including single-ended approaches and double-ended approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Benmouyal, Brian A. Smyth
  • Patent number: 11344280
    Abstract: An example medical probe apparatus includes a main body; and a head which is detachably provided in the main body, and includes a transducer array configured to output an ultrasound for diagnosis of an object, the main body including: a transceiver configured to transmit and receive a signal to and from the transducer array through a plurality of channels; and at least one processor configured to control the transceiver to transmit a predetermined test signal to the transducer array of the head mounted to the main body, determine a probe type corresponding to the transducer array of the mounted head based on a feedback signal received through the transceiver in response to the test signal, and make the probe apparatus operate corresponding to the determined probe type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jei-young Lee, Dong-ki Kim, Young-hwan Kim, Min-woo Seo
  • Patent number: 11297129
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a device for identifying a distribution network topology error. The method includes: calculating a voltage of a coupling node to which each load belongs and obtaining a voltage sample space of coupling nodes to which all loads belong; calculating a current of a branch to which each load belongs and obtaining a current sample space of branches to which all loads belong; calculating a voltage correlation coefficient and a current correlation coefficient respectively between different loads according to the obtained voltage sample space and the current sample space; and completing verification and correction of the distribution network topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Xudong Wang, Yi Ding, Shiqian Ma, Yan Qi, Jian Zhuang, Guodong Li, Tianchun Xiang, Jikeng Lin, Gaomeng Wang
  • Patent number: 11293956
    Abstract: A real-time power monitoring method executable by an electronic device, comprising: performing an ADC calibration operation to a voltage of a first battery of the electronic device; calculating and forming a diagonal line for the first battery; determining whether the comparison result between a gain and an offset and an optimum gain and an optimum offset is located with a preset error range; if the comparison result is located with the preset error range, determining that the voltage calibration for the first battery is successful; and, if the comparison result is located outside the preset error range, determining that the voltage calibration for the first battery is unsuccessful, analyzing and fixing the first battery and for re-performing the ADC calibration to the first battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 11288060
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to identifying Electronic Control Unit (ECU) anomalies in a vehicle. Operations may include monitoring, in the vehicle, data representing real-time processing activity of the ECU; accessing, in the vehicle, historical data relating to processing activity of the ECU, the historical data representing expected processing activity of the ECU; comparing, in the vehicle, the real-time processing activity data with the historical data, to identify at least one anomaly in the real-time processing activity of the ECU; and implementing a control action for the ECU when the at least one anomaly is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Aurora Labs Ltd.
    Inventor: Zohar Fox
  • Patent number: 11276994
    Abstract: Described is a cable rejuvenation apparatus for a cable used in a subsea environment. The apparatus applies a bias signal to a conducting element of the cable, the bias signal being selected to improve the insulation properties of the cable. The bias signal is generated by a bias signal generator that includes a voltage source that generates a bias voltage having a time varying component. The bias voltage promotes an electrochemical reaction between the conducting element and the salt containing liquid of the subsea environment resulting in the formation of a barrier material at the fault location restricting further leakage current flow and enhancing the insulation resistance of the cable. The bias signal is a voltage selected such that the electrochemical reaction promoted by the bias voltage maintains the presence of the barrier material at the fault location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Viper Innovations Ltd
    Inventors: Neil Irwin Douglas, Paul Robert Overton, Alistair John Wright
  • Patent number: 11275125
    Abstract: An input and output device of an inspection device is configured to instruct charging devices capable of charging respective cells to perform constant current charging or constant voltage charging, and acquire a voltage value and a current value of each of the cells from corresponding one of the charging devices. A controller of the inspection device is configured to instruct the charging devices to perform constant current charging of the respective cells, and perform constant voltage charging of the respective cells when a voltage value of each of the cells acquired from corresponding one of the charging devices reaches a preset value. The controller of the inspection device is configured to determine presence or absence of a micro-short circuit in each of the cells with reference to a peak current value of corresponding one of the cells generated in switching from the constant current charging to the constant voltage charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Changhui Yang
  • Patent number: 11268991
    Abstract: Improved power line management is provided by the systems and methods disclosed herein that accurately measures voltage in a power distribution system. In various embodiments, the system may include one or more sensor units, each coupled to the power lines using a capacitive or resistive voltage divider to yield a voltage at a sensor unit that is within a measurable range. In one aspect, this voltage may also be used to power the sensor unit and/or other devices coupled to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Aclara Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Giovannoni
  • Patent number: 11204382
    Abstract: A method can be used to determine a fault location in a power transmission line that connects a first terminal with a second terminal. Parameters associated with travelling waves are detected from measurements carried out at the first and second terminals. The parameters include arrival times of first and second peaks of the travelling waves at the first and second terminals respectively, and rise times of the first peaks of corresponding travelling waves. A first half, a second half, or a mid-point of the power transmission line is identified as having a fault based on the parameters. The fault location can be estimated based on the arrival times of the first and second peaks of the travelling waves detected from measurements carried out at the first and second terminals, a velocity of propagation of the travelling wave in the power transmission line, and/or a length of the power transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI ENERGY SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventors: Obbalareddi Demudu Naidu, Rahul Nandkumar Gore, Nandkishor Kubal
  • Patent number: 11193844
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a sensor includes: a signal source with a first signal source terminal and a second signal source terminal; a bridge circuit connected to the first and second signal source terminals, the bridge circuit including: a first branch including: a first reference impedance element; and a first sensor impedance element configured to transduce a magnitude to be measured into a first impedance-related parameter; and a second branch including: a second reference impedance element; and a second sensor impedance element configured to transduce the magnitude to be measured into a second sensor impedance-related parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Athanasios Kollias, Christian Jenkner, Alexander Joebstl, Daniel Neumaier
  • Patent number: 11137471
    Abstract: Current measurement device and methods are provided. An output signal is provided based on a voltage across a resistive element. A correction circuit is configured to estimate an indication of a temperature change of the resistive element based on the voltage across the resistive element and to correct the output of the current measurement device based on the indication of the temperature change and a measured temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Michael Asam
  • Patent number: 11131702
    Abstract: A sparse voltage measurement-based fault location determination system and method for an alternating current (AC) distribution network is described. This method can use sparse voltage measurements and Bayesian compressive sensing (BCS) algorithm to reconstruct a sparse current vector. A fault location is then determined based on the reconstructed sparse current vector. The disclosed method provides robust fault location results under a variety of asymmetrical fault scenarios. Fewer intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) allocated in the terminal buses are needed for determining the fault location; therefore, this implementation is relatively cost effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: North China Electric Power University
    Inventors: Ke Jia, Tianshu Bi, Bin Yang, Hao Liu
  • Patent number: 11125825
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for managing a battery. The battery management apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a memory unit and a control unit. The memory unit is configured to store a plurality of discharge curve models including a first discharge curve model associated with a first state of charge value, and in this instance, the first discharge curve model defines a change in voltage of a battery having the first state of charge value over time under a first discharge condition. The control unit is connected to the memory unit, allowing communication with the memory unit, and is configured to call the first discharge curve model stored in the memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sun-Young Cha, Won-Tae Joe
  • Patent number: 11121537
    Abstract: An intelligent fuse provides the operational status of the power network upon which the fuse is installed to a mobile device of a remote user. A fuse electronic circuit embedded in the fuse holder of the fuse captures the characteristic values of the power network and transmits the data to the mobile device. The mobile device has an application installed thereon to calculate the distance to fault location from the recording fuse using the fuse electronic circuit-captured data. The fuse electronic circuit-captured data is further used to visualize the data collected at the measurement points of the electrical system upon which the fuse is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: James D. Stoupis, Bernhard Deck, Mirrasoul Mousavi, Dmitry Ishchenko
  • Patent number: 11105846
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a system for detecting and monitoring a crack in an integrated circuit (IC), including: at least one electrically conductive perimeter line (PLINE) extending about, and electrically isolated from, a protective structure formed in an inactive region of the IC, wherein an active region of the IC is enclosed within the protective structure; a circuit for sensing a change in an electrical characteristic of the at least one PLINE, the change in the electrical characteristic indicating a presence of a crack in the inactive region of the IC; and a connecting structure for electrically coupling each PLINE to the sensing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES U.S. Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Polomoff, Dirk Breuer, Eric D. Hunt-Schroeder, Bernhard J Wunder, Dewei Xu
  • Patent number: 11101645
    Abstract: A power supply system includes a wireless power supply end and a wireless receiving end. The wireless receiving end includes a resonant receiving component and a rectifying and voltage-stabilizing component that is connected to the resonant receiving component to output a voltage-stabilized power supply (VCC). A load sudden-change protection circuit includes an overvoltage protection component and an under-voltage protection component that are each respectively connected to the voltage-stabilized power supply and a load. The overvoltage protection component turns on the load when the voltage of the voltage-stabilized power supply is higher than a first preset voltage due to sudden turn-off of the load. The under-voltage protection component turns off the load when the voltage of the voltage-stabilized power supply is lower than a second preset voltage due to sudden turn-on of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: FOSHAN SHUNDE MIDEA ELECTRICAL HEATING APPLIANCES MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fan Zhang, Yunfeng Wang, Lutian Zeng, Wenhua Liu, Shufeng Huang, Jun Lei, Deyong Jiang
  • Patent number: 11095149
    Abstract: In an uninterruptible power supply, first connection members that connect input side-switches of a plurality of uninterruptible power supply modules to each other and that connect output-side switches of the plurality of uninterruptible power supply modules to each other, and second connection members connected in parallel to the first connection members are disposed at positions accessible from a front side of the uninterruptible power supply modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiitsu Kin, Daisuke Kawasaki, Yoshihiko Yamagata, Hiroki Muratsu, Tomo Kurozaki, Yosuke Iwamaru, Keita Koshii
  • Patent number: 11088569
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a power flow monitoring device for a power system, a power system stabilization device, and a power flow monitoring method for a power system, which are highly reliable and accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Tsujii, Kenedward Kawakita, Masatoshi Kumagai, Masahiro Watanabe, Akira Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11081879
    Abstract: A DC distance protection controller for identifying a fault within a protection zone that extends between a first terminal and a set point along a DC power transmission conduit which lies between the first terminal and a second terminal within a DC electrical power network. The protection controller periodically obtains as respective sampled pairs a measured voltage value and a measured current value of the DC power transmission conduit; isolates a fault component voltage value and a fault component current value to define a respective corresponding isolated pair; calculates from each isolated pair a fault component operating voltage of the DC power transmission conduit at the set point; compare a given calculated fault component operating voltage with a historical voltage value; and identifies a fault within the protection zone when the given calculated fault component operating voltage is greater than the historical voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Sankara Sri Gopala Krishna Murthi, Hengxu Ha
  • Patent number: 11035901
    Abstract: A state output apparatus includes a power storage device information acquirer configured to acquire power storage device information including a voltage and a current of a power storage device; an integrated current amount calculator configured to calculate an integrated current amount supplied to the power storage device during a period in which the voltage changes from a first voltage to a second voltage between a discharge end voltage and a charge end voltage by charging the power storage device; an integrated current amount comparer configured to compare the calculated integrated current amount with a reference integrated current amount stored in a storage device; and a state outputter configured to output a result of the comparison as information indicating a state of the power storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11018668
    Abstract: Modern FPGAs operate at a core voltage around 1V and therefore even small voltage fluctuations can lead to timing violations and logic errors. The Power Delivery Network (PDN) between a power supply and the FPGA core must be carefully designed to achieve a low output impedance over a broad range of frequencies. The present disclosure describes two techniques for characterization of the PDN: 1) to extract the DC resistance in the power delivery path, and 2) to identify the high impedance frequency band(s) in the PDN. An embedded impedance extraction tool is synthesized within the FPGA load, in coordination with a mixed-signal current-mode dc-dc converter. A self-calibrated Carry-Chain based ADC (CC-ADC) is used for high-speed sampling of the core voltage. By modifying the PDN based on the extracted results, the voltage operating range and reliability of a crossbar application may be greatly extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignees: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
    Inventors: Shuze Zhao, Olivier Trescases, Ibrahim Ahmed, Vaughn Betz
  • Patent number: 11016134
    Abstract: There is described a method of determining power transmission line parameters using non-synchronous measurements acquired from different locations along a power transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Izudin Dzafic
  • Patent number: 10992484
    Abstract: Power management techniques in distributed communication systems in which the power available at a remote unit (RU) is measured and compared to the power requirements of the RU. Voltage and current are measured for two dummy loads at the RU and these values are used to solve for the output voltage of the power supply and the resistance of the wires. From these values, a maximum power available may be calculated and compared to power requirements of the RU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Ami Hazani, Guy Lupescu, Ofer Nisan
  • Patent number: 10948530
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for monitoring isolation resistance in a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes at least one controller that is configured to at least one of activate and deactivate any number of the plurality of switches and to perform a plurality of measurements on a high voltage system. The at least one controller is further configured to determine an isolation resistance between the high voltage system and the low voltage system based on the plurality of measurements and to determine a first resistance between the positive branch and a ground of the low voltage system based at least on the isolation resistance. The at least one controller is further configured to determine whether the isolation resistance of the high voltage system is exhibiting a symmetric failure, or an asymmetric failure based at least on the first resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ivan Liu Zhu, Josep Vallverdu Guasch
  • Patent number: 10948523
    Abstract: A method for measuring the current circulating through at least one conductor with the use of optical fiber-based measuring equipment is provided. According to one implementation the measuring equipment includes a first emitter that emits a first signal which reaches a sensing branch through a first branch, runs through the sensing branch, and is modified depending on the current circulating through the conductor. A modified first signal is received by a second receiver from a second branch. A second emitter emits a second signal which reaches the sensing branch through the second branch, runs through the sensing branch, and is modified depending on the current circulating through the conductor. A modified second signal is received by a first receiver from the first branch. The current circulating through the conductor is determined by combining the modified first signal and the modified second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LUMIKER APLICACIONES TECNOLĂ“GICAS S.L.
    Inventor: Francisco Javier Bengoechea De La Llera
  • Patent number: 10935609
    Abstract: An example method of operating a solidly grounded, multi-source, multi-phase power distribution system having coupled neutral conductors is disclosed. The power distribution system includes a bus, a plurality of source protection devices coupled to the bus, and a plurality of feeder protection devices coupled to the bus. The method includes receiving, for each source protection device of the plurality of source protection devices, data indicative of detected source phase currents associated with the source protection device. Data indicative of detected feeder neutral currents and detected feeder phase currents associated with the feeder protection device are received for each feeder protection device of the plurality of feeder protection devices. A net source ground fault current associated with the plurality of source protection devices is determined based on the received data indicative of source phase currents and the received data indicative of feeder neutral currents and feeder phase currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Marcelo Esteban Valdes
  • Patent number: 10931125
    Abstract: A detection circuit and a detection method for starting charging are provided. The detection circuit comprises a cell connector, a first controller, a second controller and a switch circuit. The first controller sends an anode contact signal, a cathode contact signal and an electric quantity signal received from the cell connector to the second controller; the second controller sends a start instruction to the first controller if a charging request signal is received, the anode of the cell is well contacted, the cathode of the cell is well contacted, and a voltage of the cell does not exceed a voltage threshold; the first controller sends a connection instruction to the switch circuit to control connection of a charging terminal and a cell terminal of the switch circuit, such that a charging adapter charges the cell through the switch circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Kewei Wu
  • Patent number: 10916467
    Abstract: A packaged integrated circuit (IC) chip that provides input/output (I/O) signal fail safe verification is disclosed. The packaged IC chip includes a first processing unit, a first control peripheral coupled to receive a first processed signal from the processing unit and to provide an output signal, and compare logic. The compare logic is coupled to receive the output signal and a comparison signal, to compare the output signal and the comparison signal, and to provide an error signal responsive to a difference between the output signal and the comparison signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Sam Gnana Sabapathy
  • Patent number: 10909705
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for assessing an image sentiment. The method can include receiving an image to identify a region of interest in the image; determining an image sentiment value associated with the image based on the region of interest, or a classification of the image; and displaying an indication of the image sentiment value with a spatial (e.g. geographical) location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON INC.
    Inventors: Catherine Ordun, Andrea Blackwell, Jo Clark, Erin Bradford, Nathan Schwan, Saba Ali, Michael Joyce, Nat Burgwyn, Kevin Chiu, Carver Sorensen, Michael Tong
  • Patent number: 10873792
    Abstract: A data communication apparatus, system, and method are described. The data communication system comprises a transceiver disposed on an entrance port to an enclosure, such as an underground enclosure. The transceiver includes a housing, the housing mountable to the entrance port, wherein the transceiver is configured to communicate with a network outside of the underground enclosure. The data communication system also includes a monitoring device disposed in the underground enclosure that provides data related to a real-time condition within the underground enclosure. The data communication system also includes a sensor analytics unit to process the data from the monitoring device/sensor and generate a processed data signal and to communicate the processed data signal to the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ernesto M. Rodriguez, Jr., Vaughn G. Amann, Lars Schrix, Jens Weichold, Anne-Maud B. Laprais, David H. Redinger, Ronald D. Jesme, David J. Badzinski
  • Patent number: 10859639
    Abstract: Fault-type identification using composite signals composed from symmetrical component voltages and currents is described herein. Angular differences between negative-sequence composite signals and zero-sequence composite signals are used to determine a single-line-to-ground fault, and the faulted phase. Angular differences between positive sequence voltage and negative-sequence composite signals are used to determine a multiple-line-to-ground fault, and the faulted phases. Negative-sequence composite signals and zero-sequence composite signals are calculated using combinations of negative-sequence currents and voltages and zero-sequence voltages and currents, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Bogdan Z. Kasztenny