Composite Temperature-related Paramenter Patents (Class 374/101)
  • Patent number: 10234843
    Abstract: A thermal displacement correction device for a machine tool that corrects thermal displacement of a spindle unit includes a memory that defines the spindle unit as a two-dimensional model in a thermally symmetrical plane or in a plane parallel to the thermally symmetrical plane, divides the two-dimensional model into regions, and stores a linear expansion coefficient, a heating coefficient and a radiation coefficient corresponding to each region, and a thermal conductivity coefficient between the each region and its adjacent region; a temperature estimating unit that estimates a temperature of the each region; a correction estimating unit; and a thermal displacement correction unit that performs correction in driving a feed shaft to a command position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Takahiro Endou, Susumu Maekawa
  • Patent number: 9545018
    Abstract: A multi-layer printed circuit board comprises: a core comprising a core insulation layer and traces formed on two sides of the core insulation layer; a plurality of insulation layers sequentially formed at two sides of the core; and a plurality of trace layers respectively formed between two insulation layers and on the outmost insulation layers; wherein the core insulation layer contains a resin material different from that of the insulation layers, such that the core insulation layer has a dimensional stability superior to that of the insulation layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ELITE MATERIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ya-Wen Kuo, Li-Chih Yu, Ching-Hsin Ho
  • Patent number: 9075585
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for initializing one or more components of a system, the system comprising an integrated circuit that comprises at least one processor, are disclosed. A method includes initializing at least one component of the system, determining a temperature of the integrated circuit using a temperature sensing device embedded on the integrated circuit, comparing the determined temperature to a predetermined suitable temperature operating range of at least one additional component to yield a comparison result, and initializing the at least one additional component based on the comparison result. The at least one additional component may be initialized on the condition that the determined temperature of the integrated circuit is within the predetermined suitable temperature operating range of the at least one additional component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Michael Dinkjian, Giang Chau Nguyen, James Mitchell Rakes
  • Patent number: 8866536
    Abstract: A process monitoring circuit may be used to determine appropriate voltage for integrated circuits including a non-volatile memory. The process monitoring circuit includes a bandgap reference, a clock generator, a negative bias circuit, a temperature insensitive oscillator, a low dropout voltage regulator, a counter, a comparison circuit, and a charge. The process monitoring circuit may also include a pulse width generator. The process monitoring circuit is able to determine the process corner of which a monitored circuit belongs to and generate an output voltage according to the process corner of the monitored circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Hsi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8757871
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for characterizing the response of a particle to a parameter that characterizes an environment of the particle. A change is induced in the parameter characterizing the environment of the particle, where the change is rapid on a timescale characterizing kinetic response of the particle. The response of the particle is then imaged at a plurality of instants over the course of a period of time shorter than the timescale characterizing the kinetic response of the particle. The response may be detected by measuring a temperature jump or by measuring correlation and anticorrelation between probe parameters across pixels. More particularly, the particle may be a molecule, such as a biomolecule, and the environment, more particularly, may be a biological cell. The parameter characterizing the environment of the particle may be a temperature, and change may be induced in the temperature by heating a volume that includes the particle, either conductively or radiatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Martin Gruebele, Simon Ebbinghaus, Apratim Dhar, J Douglas McDonald
  • Publication number: 20140158678
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining and regulating the temperature of an article with inductive properties which is heated inductively by means of an induction device, wherein the induction device contains an induction coil, means for producing an induction resonant circuit and a support element arranged above the induction coil and having a first side, which acts as support face for the article, and a second side, which is directed towards the inductive coil. At least one temperature sensor is fitted to the second side. The resonant frequency of the induction resonant circuit is measured via detection means and the temperature of the article is calculated from the measured resonant frequency, wherein the resonant frequency is related to the temperature of the article by virtue of a mathematical function, and the function is determined by determining at least two absolute temperature calibration values of the article at respectively different resonant frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Inducs AG
    Inventors: Albert Thomann, Andreas Vogel, Christian Fuchs
  • Patent number: 8725444
    Abstract: A thermometer includes a first surface temperature measurement unit; a first reference temperature measurement unit; a second surface temperature measurement unit; a second reference temperature measurement unit; a temperature correction unit that calculates a mounting positional difference between the first and second surface temperature measurement units from a measurement subject and a mounting positional difference between the first and second reference temperature measurement units from the measurement subject in terms of temperature differences that compensate for temperature dependence, thus correcting the first surface temperature and first reference temperature, or the second surface temperature and second reference temperature; and a core temperature calculation unit that calculates a core temperature of the measurement subject using the first surface temperature and first reference temperature or the second surface temperature and second reference temperature corrected by the temperature correction
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Sakiko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8696198
    Abstract: A temperature recorder mainly includes a micro control unit (MCU), a temperature sensing circuit, a memory with RF transmission function, and at least one antenna unit. The MCU electrically connects to the temperature sensing circuit and the memory, and the antenna unit electrically connects to the memory. The temperature sensing circuit senses external temperature variations surrounding the temperature recorder, and the sensed temperature variations are progressed by the MCU and then stored into the memory in accordance with scheduled parameters. The temperature recorder can be connected externally through wired serial transmitting interface or wireless radio frequency (RF) transmitting interface when internal temperature data needs to be retrieved, or a new parameter needs to be written into the memory. Thus, the memory in the temperature recorder can be retrieved and written via both wired connection and wireless connection, the usage of the temperature recorder is more flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Jogtek Corp.
    Inventors: Wei-Chun Huang, Tsung-Hsing Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8550708
    Abstract: A test apparatus for a thermal resistor includes a control device, a temperature processing circuit, a voltage regulating circuit and a temperature detecting circuit. The control device stores a plurality of predetermined voltage values and outputs control signals according to those predetermined values. The temperature processing circuit receives the control signals and outputs a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal according to the control signal. The voltage regulating circuit receives the PWM signal and outputs a first direct current (DC) voltage to heat the thermal resistor. The temperature detecting circuit detects temperature signals and current signals from the thermal resistor. The control device receives the temperature signals and current signals of the thermal resistor and generates a resistance-temperature graph of the thermal resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ling-Yu Xie, Xing-Ping Xie
  • Publication number: 20130243030
    Abstract: A computing device is provided which comprises (a) a chassis having an array of printed circuit boards (PCBs) disposed therein, wherein said chassis has a first wall with a first opening therein, and a second wall with a second opening therein, wherein each PCB is equipped with a microprocessor and a heat sink, and wherein each heat sink comprises a plurality of heat fins that define a plurality of longitudinal channels; (b) a fan which creates a fluidic flow that enters through said first opening and exits through said second opening, said fluidic flow being essentially parallel the longitudinal axes of said plurality of longitudinal channels; and (c) a synthetic jet ejector which directs at least one synthetic jet through at least one of said plurality of channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Nuventix, Inc.
    Inventors: Raghavendran Mahalingam, Lee M. Jones, Samuel N. Heffington, Stephen P. Darbin, Markus Schwickert
  • Patent number: 8483989
    Abstract: In an apparatus for estimating a temperature of a heating element such as IGBT mounted on an electronic printed circuit board, a first temperature and a second temperature at positions away from the heating element are detected, and it is determined whether a cooling device is operative. The temperature of the heating element is estimated based on the first and second temperatures using a first equation when the cooling device is inoperative, whereas it is estimated using a second equation when the cooling device is operative, thereby enabling to accurately estimate the temperature of the heating element equipped with the cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Enomoto
  • Publication number: 20130166885
    Abstract: When an instruction is executed on an integrated circuit (IC), an activity level and temperature are measured. A relationship between the activity level and temperature is determined, to estimate the temperature from the activity level. The activity level is monitored and is input to a scheduler, which estimates the IC temperature based on the activity level. The scheduler distributes work taking into account the temperature of various IC regions and may include distributing work to the IC region that has a lowest estimated temperature or relatively lower estimated temperature (e.g., lower than the average IC or IC region temperature). When the utilization level of one or more IC regions is high, the scheduler is configured to reduce the clock speed or the voltage of the one or more IC regions, or flag the regions as being unavailable for additional workload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Karthik Ramani, Stephen Presant, John Brothers
  • Publication number: 20130044786
    Abstract: A peak junction temperature monitoring system for a semiconductor device includes a peak power dissipation sensor for sensing the peak power dissipation in the device. A temperature sensor senses an average temperature of the device, and a peak junction temperature computation circuit generates a signal representative of a peak junction temperature based on input from the peak power dissipation sensor and the temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Anindya Bhattacharya, Tim Green, Jing Bai
  • Patent number: 8258441
    Abstract: Small, low-cost wireless temperature sensors (120) are provided for sensing the temperature of servingware (121). Each temperature sensor preferably includes a substrate (124); at least one sensor element (122) positioned on the substrate; and an adhesive (126) for securing the sensor element to the substrate and for securing the temperature sensor to the servingware so that the sensor element may sense a temperature of the servingware. The temperature sensors may be used in conjunction with a reader/detector (136) operable to generate a magnetic field of magnitude sufficient to cause re-magnetization responses of the temperature sensor element and optional data elements to detect such responses, and to use the detected responses to determine the temperature of the servingware by means of a decoding algorithm. The temperature sensors can be used in closed-loop heating systems capable of controlling the heating of the servingware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: TSI Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Brian L. Clothier
  • Patent number: 8172458
    Abstract: A shape memory material activated device of the present invention uses a shape memory material activator to create a path through a shell wall of the device. The path through the shell wall may release a substance contained in the shell or allow a substance to enter the shell. The path may be created by fracturing, puncturing, exploding, imploding, peeling, tearing, stretching, separating, debonding, abrading or otherwise opening the shell and, may be permanent or reversible. The substance may be released in one location while the device is stationary or along a path while it is traveling, self-powered by the shape memory material activator. In addition, the substance may be delivered to an object upon contact with its surface. The self powering abilities allow these devices to be used as substance delivery devices as well as actuators, transporters, and energy conversion systems with modular characteristics and growth potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis N. Petrakis
  • Patent number: 8097836
    Abstract: A system manages the temperature of thermoplastic material by initiating a default heating cycle in response to a sensor failure. The system may thus continue to heat the thermoplastic material according to the default heating cycle until the sensor can be repaired or replaced. A system controller implements the default heating cycle using a stored profile. That is, the controller causes a heating element to generate heat according to a default heating profile retrieved from a memory. The profile may be determined using historical heating data, user input and/or a factory setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Raterman
  • Patent number: 8092079
    Abstract: A stirring determination method uses an analyzer in which a liquid contained in a vessel is stirred by an acoustic wave generated by an acoustic wave generating unit attached to the vessel, optical characteristics of a reaction solution obtained by stirring the liquid are measured, and the reaction solution is analyzed based on the optical characteristics of the reaction solution. The method includes measuring a temperature of the liquid in a position where the temperature of the liquid is different before and after the liquid is stirred; and determining whether the liquid is properly stirred based on a rate of increase in the measured temperature of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventor: Takahiro Misu
  • Publication number: 20110292964
    Abstract: A method for modeling the performance of a laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) device across a wide temperature range is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of positioning the device in an environment chamber operable to create a plurality of environment temperatures; connecting the pins of the device to a measurement system operable to measure at least one device characteristic; operating the environment chamber to set a series of four environment temperatures, acquiring a value of the device characteristic from the measurement system at each temperature, and extracting a temperature parameter set based on the value of the device characteristic at each temperature, then generating a temperature-scaling model for the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Avinash S. Kashyap, H. Alan Mantooth
  • Publication number: 20110069301
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for sintering objects by means of time-resolved detection of two- or three-dimensional surface profiles and, optionally, by means of temperature measurement in a high temperature furnace on the basis of optical measurement methods. During sintering, each surface point on an object can be measured for its position and, optionally, its temperature, and a change can be determined by successive measurements. The measured change additionally permits control of the sintering regime. The method comprises the steps of: placing an object 4 into a high temperature furnace 5; heating the furnace 5; generating a two- or three-dimensional surface profile at least of a subregion of the object 4 by: irradiating the object 4 with light from a light source 2a; detecting the light scattered by the object 4 with the aid of a detector 2b; determining the geometric surface profile from the detected light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Ulrich Marzok, Ralf Müller, Reinhard Schadrack, Michael Krauhausen
  • Patent number: 7909506
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining a temperature profile and the integral mean temperature and/or axis temperature in a thick wall or shaft. In order to determine a mean integral wall temperature during heating or cooling processes in a multilayer model, the mean integral wall temperature is calculated from the mean temperature of each layer. A multilayer model is used for determining the mean integral wall temperature during heating or cooling processes and draws upon the mean temperature of each layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Oldrich Zaviska
  • Patent number: 7902486
    Abstract: An operating device provided to equipment such as an indoor unit of an air conditioner is equipped with an analog operating member for setting a set temperature of the equipment and outputting an indication value that is associated with the set temperature and continuously varies in accordance with an operation of the analog operating member, and a set temperature adjusting unit for changing a variable range of the set temperature corresponding to a variable range of the indication value on the basis of at least one of an operation mode of the equipment and the type of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Shindo
  • Patent number: 7748897
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the proper functioning of a temperature-dependent resistor, particularly a NTC resistor, for measuring the temperature of a medium heated by a heat source. Said medium is preferably the air flow in a clothes dryer for drying clothes. In order to increase the safety of a device, in particular a clothes dryer, where the temperature-dependent resistor is used in combination with a heat source, it is checked, once the heat source is switched on, whether the temperature measured by the resistor after a first predetermined period of time following the switching on of the heat source falls below a predetermined temperature threshold value. If this is the case, monitoring of a resistor-temperature curve characteristic of the temperature-dependent resistor is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Kai-Uwe Bache, Thomas Nawrot, Ulrich Nehring, Andreas Ziemann
  • Patent number: 7706997
    Abstract: A method for measuring the temperature dependency of a sensor element for a variable, the value of which varies with the temperature, for any liquid. The method includes the steps of changing the temperature of the liquid over time, simultaneously collecting the data produced by the sensor element, and thereafter using the data produced by the sensor element at the different temperatures to determine coefficients for compensation algorithms of the temperature dependencies of the sensor element, thus producing a correlation between the change in temperature and the other measured variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Vaisala Oyj
    Inventors: Jukka Leppänen, Arto Harju, Risto Heikkinen
  • Patent number: 7534029
    Abstract: Ceramic structures such as catalyst supports or combustion exhaust filters that incorporate combinations of high temperature phase change materials, and methods for determining the thermal history of such ceramic structures, by disposing the phase change materials on or within the structures and subsequently detecting the presence or absence of phase changes in the materials after exposure to high temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Mitchel Sorensen, Jr., Tinghong Tao, Bin Wen
  • Publication number: 20090092171
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that monitors and controls the condition of an expandable mixture before injecting it in a mold and that maintains the conditions for filling so as to make a casting mold having a uniform strength. The method comprises (a) a step of measuring the temperature of the expandable mixture, (b) a step of determining each reference value of the one or more characteristic parameters that show a characteristic property of the expandable mixture based on the measured temperature and the predetermined relationship between a characteristic property of an expandable mixture and its temperature, (c) a step of measuring the one or more characteristic parameters that show the condition of the mixing of the expandable mixture, (d) a step of determining whether each characteristic parameter is within the corresponding reference value, and (e) a step of determining whether the expandable mixture has been made under the normal condition or if it needs to be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Yusuke Kato, Toshihiko Zenpo, Norihiro Asano, Kazuyuki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 7483816
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system that characterizes the reliability of a computer system. The system first collects samples of a performance parameter from the computer system. Next, the system computes the length of a line between the samples, wherein the line includes a component which is proportionate to a difference between values of the samples and a component which is proportionate to a time interval between the samples. The system then adds the computed length to a cumulative length variable which can be used to characterize the reliability of the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny C. Gross, Keith A. Whisnant, Ayse K. Coskun
  • Publication number: 20080208503
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for measuring the temperature dependency of a sensor element for a variable, the value of which varies with the temperature, for any liquid, which method comprises the steps of changing the temperature of the liquid over time, simultaneously collecting the data produced by the sensor element, and thereafter using the data produced by the sensor element at the different temperatures to determine coefficients for compensation algorithms of the temperature dependencies of the sensor element, thus producing a correlation between the change in temperature and the other measured variables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Jukka Leppanen, Arto Harju, Risto Heikkinen
  • Patent number: 7408133
    Abstract: A method of thermally coupling a flow tube or like component to a thermal sensor comprises bonding the component to the thermal sensor such that thermally conductive portions formed on the component are thermally coupled to corresponding sensing/heating elements disposed on the thermal sensor. The method can be employed to form a capillary mass flow sensor system. Thermally conductive portions, such as metal bands, can be formed on the outer surface of a capillary tube for bonding with corresponding resistive heat sensing and heating elements disposed on the substrate of a micro mass flow sensor. Bonding metal pads can be formed on the sensor surface preparatory to solder bonding the tube metal bands to the resistive sensing and heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Higashi, Ernest A. Satren
  • Patent number: 7385161
    Abstract: The resistance of an oxygen sensor heating element is estimated by modeling the effects of physical and electrical heating on the resistance of the heating element lead-in conductors, and subtracting the lead-in conductor resistance from a measure of the heating circuit resistance. The lead-in conductor resistance model is based on the temperature of the oxygen sensor boss and the current carried by the lead-in conductors. The heating element temperature is calculated from the determined heating element resistance and initial (cold-start) parameters of the heating circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Craig Smith
  • Patent number: 7304272
    Abstract: A system for adjusting parameters of a temperature sensor for settling time reduction is disclosed. The system includes an input for receiving a signal for triggering an adjustment of one or more parameters associated with one or more portions of the temperature sensor. And, an adjuster that includes a current sourcing/sinking adjuster, a feedback loop current adjuster and a feedback loop resistance adjuster coupled to the input. The adjuster adjusts one or more voltages associated with one or more portions of the temperature sensor in response to a receipt of the signal for triggering an adjustment to achieve the settling time reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Dan D'Aquino, Mehmet Aslan
  • Patent number: 7301129
    Abstract: A control circuit includes a drive circuit which applies a drive voltage to a semiconductor device having an overheating protection function according to an externally supplied signal; and a current detecting circuit which outputs a detection signal when a drive current flowing through the semiconductor device exceeds a predetermined threshold current. The semiconductor device incorporates a semiconductor element, a temperature detecting circuit for detecting temperature increase of a chip, and an interrupting circuit for interrupting an input to the semiconductor element according to a detection output of the temperature detecting circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroo Yabe
  • Patent number: 7282676
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling the electric resistance heating of a metallic chemical preconcentrator screen, for example, used in portable trace explosives detectors. The length of the heating time-period is automatically adjusted to compensate for any changes in the voltage driving the heating current across the screen, for example, due to gradual discharge or aging of a battery. The total deposited energy in the screen is proportional to the integral over time of the square of the voltage drop across the screen. Since the net temperature rise, ?Ts, of the screen, from beginning to end of the heating pulse, is proportional to the total amount of heat energy deposited in the screen during the heating pulse, then this integral can be calculated in real-time and used to terminate the heating current when a pre-set target value has been reached; thereby providing a consistent and reliable screen temperature rise, ?Ts, from pulse-to-pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Francis A. Bouchier, Lester H. Arakaki, Eric S. Varley
  • Patent number: 7249882
    Abstract: A method for determining integration initial value of PID controller is applied to obtain an integration initial value for temperature control and to fast eliminate stability error. This method uses a set temperature value and temperature error setting to perform on-off switching with the range of temperature error setting after an automatic tune is activated. An amplitude for the highest and the lowest temperature curve is obtained. An integration is calculated based on the amplitude, the temperature value and the lowest temperature to obtain an estimated control initiation value for PID controller performing temperature. A stabilizing integration value is added when temperature is near a preset value to reduce temperature reaction time. Therefore, the dilemma of temperature overshoot caused by fast reaction and low reaction to prevent temperature overshoot can be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Delta Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ching-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 7080939
    Abstract: An improved thermal history sensor having multiple polymeric substrates with unique compositions is disclosed. By positioning the sensor adjacent to an item subject to thermal stressors, each of the polymeric substrates react with a different rate of crystallization and thus yield a specific measure of infrared (IR) absorption spectra, for example. By comparing these measurements for each polymeric substrate, a thermal history fingerprint may be obtained. This thermal history fingerprint may then be compared to baseline data to yield information about the item, such as the expected remaining useful lifetime of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Geoff E. Fair, Triplicane A. Parthasarathy, Ronald J. Kerans
  • Patent number: 6974249
    Abstract: An improved thermal history sensor having multiple glass ceramic substrates with unique compositions is disclosed. By positioning the sensor adjacent to a component subject to thermal stressors, each of the glass ceramic substrates react with a different rate of nucleation and crystal growth and thus yield a specific measure of opacity. By comparing these values representing the opacity for each glass ceramic substrate, or thermal history fingerprint, to baseline data, information about the expected remaining useful lifetime of the component may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Geoff E. Fair, Triplicane A. Parthasarathy, Ronald J. Kerans
  • Patent number: 6952639
    Abstract: A method for estimating a temperature profile for individual combustion cans at an inlet of a gas turbine is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes determining an exhaust temperature profile of exhaust gas of the gas turbine, and inputting the exhaust temperature profile into a model-based estimator of turbine components through which turbine gas flows. The model-based estimator calculates an estimated inlet temperature profile at the gas turbine inlet, based upon the exhaust temperature profile and design parameters of the gas turbine, the estimate inlet temperature profile being indicative of the actual firing temperature of each of the individual combustion cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aditya Kumar, Nishith Pramod Vora, Bruce G. Norman, Pierino G. Bonanni
  • Patent number: 6863437
    Abstract: The problem of the invention is to find a polymer mixture which forms an inter-polymer complex by being responsive to temperature even under neutral to alkaline conditions. According to the invention, a temperature responsive inter-polymer complex capable of showing thermal responsiveness in an aqueous solution, which contains a poly-N-acetylacrylamide or polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol, polyacrylamide or polymethacylamide, is applied to separating agents, immobilized enzymes, denatured protein modifiers, separation method or concentration of microorganisms, purification or concentration of nucleic acids, drug-releasing microcapsules and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Chisso Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ohnishi, Hirotaka Furukawa, Kazunori Kataoka, Katsuhiko Ueno
  • Patent number: 6847913
    Abstract: An ambulatory skin temperature monitoring system. A flexible band is attachable to a patient. The flexible band also secures an electronics assembly that comprises the various electrical components that monitor and operate the ambulatory skin temperature monitoring system. At least one skin temperature sensor is positioned so that it is in contact with the patients skin when the system is attached to the patient. There is also an ambient temperature sensor positioned on the top surface of the electronics assembly housing for measuring and contrasting the ambient temperature to the skin temperature. The electronics assembly positioned within generally comprises a power source and a micro-controller. The micro-controller is coupled with the skin temperature sensor and the ambient temperature sensor. The micro-controller also includes a memory unit for storing temperature data obtained from the skin temperature sensor and the ambient temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Fredrick M. Wigley, Robert A. Wise, Paul D. Schwartz, Ark L. Lew, David D. Scott, Binh Q. Le
  • Patent number: 6773159
    Abstract: A non-invasive apparatus and method for measuring a temperature of a portion of a living body, includes a signal receiving unit receiving electromagnetic wave signals emitted from the portion of a living body to be measured, a signal processing unit processing the electromagnetic signals input from the signal receiving unit and outputting a radiation power signal, a medium characteristic measurement unit measuring a value of a conductivity or a permittivity of the portion of the living body to be measured and outputting the measured value, and a temperature conversion unit including a computer database storing a plurality of temperature conversion tables with respect to radiation power according to the conductivity or the permittivity of the portion of the living body and determining a corresponding temperature using the measured value of the conductivity or the permittivity of the portion of the living body and the radiation power signal of the signal processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-woo Kim, Sang-min Lee, Jeong-whan Lee, Sang-jin Eom, Wan-taek Han
  • Publication number: 20040025573
    Abstract: A method and a device are proposed for measuring the viscosity of a liquid (12), a conclusion being reached on the temperature of the liquid (12 at the location of the viscosity sensor (20), starting from temperature measurements and/or viscosity measurements made in the past.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Bernhard Jakoby
  • Patent number: 6542853
    Abstract: A life estimation device which numerically measures the damage to a machine such as an engine accurately to estimate, the life of the machine accurately without requiring skill. A load map (B) of the two-dimensional distribution of the operation parameters of an engine is made. In accordance with the weighted integration time &agr;i·ki at each level (Bi) of the load map (B), the actual damage &dgr;=&Sgr;&agr;i·ki to the engine for a certain lapse of time &tgr; is calculated. By operating the engine beforehand, a correspondence relation L2 between the magnitude of the damage &dgr; and the life H is predetermined. The life H1 corresponding to the calculated actual damage &dgr;1 is determined in accordance with the predetermined correspondence relation L2 and the H1 is outputted as the estimated life of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Komatsu, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taku Murakami, Ichio Ichikawa, Haruo Hashimoto, Koji Iijima, Fumihide Sato, Hiroshi Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 6501384
    Abstract: An electronic candy and oil thermometer includes a housing having a visual display for displaying indicia associated with a plurality of candy cooking stages and a plurality of fried foods. The housing includes a controller having operating protocols and a memory for storing predetermined optimal temperature ranges for each said candy cooking stage and each said fried food. The electronic thermometer also includes a temperature sensing probe projecting from the housing for obtaining temperature readings and transmitting the temperature readings to the controller, and a control interface provided on the housing and in communication with the controller for selectively activating either a first of the operational protocols for monitoring temperatures associated with the candy cooking stages or a second of the operational protocols for monitoring temperatures associated with the fried foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Solar Wide Industrial Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter A. Chapman, Hughes Sanoner
  • Patent number: 6442500
    Abstract: A temperature condition indicator in a fabricated integrated circuit provides first and second voltage signals that vary with the temperature of the fabricated integrated circuit. The first voltage signal increases as the temperature of the fabricated integrated circuit increases and decreases as the temperature of the fabricated integrated circuit decreases. The second voltage signal decreases as the temperature of the fabricated integrated circuit increases and increases as the temperature of the fabricated integrated circuit decreases. The first and second voltage signals are about equal (or intersect) when the temperature of the fabricated integrated circuit is about equal to a first temperature. The first temperature is selected to correspond to a temperature out of range condition. The intersection of the first and second voltage signals may thereby indicate a threshold temperature for the operation of the fabricated integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-sun Kim
  • Patent number: 6361207
    Abstract: An electrical termination system (100) includes a monolithic electrical termination device (101) for providing an electrical termination to an electrical circuit. The device (101) includes a ceramic substrate (106) supporting an RF termination resistor element (102) and a thermistor element (104) and providing a fast temperature conducting path therebetween. A ceramic cover (105) and the ceramic substrate (106) provide an enclosure enclosing the RF termination resistor element (102) and the thermistor element (104). The thermistor element (104) senses a temperature corresponding to the RF termination resistor element (102) and provides a signal representative of the temperature sensed by the temperature sensor element (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Florida RF Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6107610
    Abstract: A power factor correction system includes a sensing device in communication with a power supply to measure the line voltage on conventional service lines and detect any voltage fluxuations. A temperature controller receives power from the service lines and supplies an output voltage, based on the line voltage input, to one or more resistive loads, such as heater members. The heater members in turn are used to keep material in a molding device in a molten condition and within a certain temperature range. Fluctuations in the line voltage are detected by the sensing device which prevents corresponding changes in the voltage supplied to the resistive loads from the temperature controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Incoe Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Tarr
  • Patent number: 6095681
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for operating a sensor to differentiate between first and second analytes in a sample. The method comprises the steps of determining a input profile for the sensor which will enhance the difference in the output profiles of the sensor as between the first analyte and the second analyte; determining a first analyte output profile as observed when the input profile is applied to the sensor; determining a second analyte output profile as observed when the temperature profile is applied to the sensor; introducing the sensor to the sample while applying the temperature profile to the sensor, thereby obtaining a sample output profile; and evaluating the sample output profile as against the first and second analyte output profiles to thereby determine which of the analytes is present in the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Commerce
    Inventors: Tekin Kunt, Richard E. Cavicchi, Stephen Semancik, Thomas J. McAvoy
  • Patent number: 6089750
    Abstract: A material to be cut has a face to be cut with a cutting tool, and a cutout which temporarily brings the cutting tool into a noncontact state. Images of the cutting tool during the period when it attains an exposed state by passing over the cutout are captured with a camera mechanism at an interval of a predetermined delay time .tau.. A plurality of image information items obtained by these capturing operations include temperature change information of each location as the cutting tool gradually passes from the point of instant when it enters the cutout. Therefore, the image information items are arranged in relation to the exposure time from the point of instant, and a two-dimensional temperature distribution of the cutting tool at the point of instance is computed according to the tendency of change in image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Murakami, Hideki Moriguchi, Akihiko Ikegaya
  • Patent number: 5838578
    Abstract: A programmable thermal sensor is implemented in an integrated circuit such as a microprocessor. The programmable thermal sensor monitors the temperature of the integrated circuit, and generates an output to indicate that the temperature of the integrated circuit has attained a pre-programmed threshold temperature. In a microprocessor implementation, the microprocessor contains a processor unit, an internal register, microprogram and clock circuitry. The microprogram writes programmable input values, corresponding to threshold temperatures, to the internal register. The programmable thermal sensor reads the programmable input values, and generates an interrupt when the temperature of the microprocessor reaches the threshold temperature. In addition to a programmable thermal sensor, the microprocessor contains a fail safe thermal sensor that halts operation of the microprocessor when the temperature attains a critical temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Jack D. Pippin
  • Patent number: 5085526
    Abstract: A programmable temperature detector for simple detection applications is described. The programmable temperature detector has three terminals and a plurality of temperature-transitions points from which to choose. A first terminal receives power from a supply, a second terminal receives a ground reference, and a third terminal provides an indication of an object's temperature crossing a selected temperature-transition point. The desired temperature transition point is specified by a single non-precision resistor coupled in series with the power terminal of the detector. The non-precision resistor and a power supply set a program signal, in the form of a current, into the power terminal of the detector. The programmable temperature detector comprises circuitry for quantizing the program signal into a discrete signal level and for selecting a temperature transition point in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: Astec International, Ltd.
    Inventors: Carl K. Sawtell, Marc E. Dagan, Frederic S. Bandy
  • Patent number: 4959804
    Abstract: A parameter measuring apparatus includes a constant signal circuit incorporating a sensor having a known response to a given parameter for outputting a signal representing the parameter. The constant signal circuit further includes circuitry defining upper and lower limits of the parameter range. The parameter signal is provided to a sampling device such as current-to-frequency converter for providing an analog-to-pulse converted signal to a microprocessor. The apparatus further includes a switching arrangement coupled to and controlled by the microprocessor for switching into circuit the sensor or the circuitry defining the upper or lower parameter limits. The switching arrangement also eliminates internal switch resistance in the circuit for improved measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S. Willing