With Electrical Component (e.g., Transformer) Patents (Class 374/152)
  • Patent number: 10777855
    Abstract: A battery includes a folded bicell battery stack with an embedded fiber optic cable and sensor. A cell casing encloses the bicell stack with at least one fiber optic cable is embedded within the battery. The fiber optic cable includes an internal portion disposed within the cell casing and having at least one optical sensor disposed thereon. An external portion of the fiber optic cable protrudes from the casing. A sealing gasket is disposed at least partially around the fiber optic cable and between the cell sealing edges at a point of entry of the fiber optic cable into the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Ajay Raghavan, Peter Kiesel, Lars Wilko Sommer, Bhaskar Saha, Saroj Sahu, Alexander Lochbaum, Tobias Staudt, Chang-Jun Bae, Mohamed Alamgir, Hoe Jin Hah, Bokkyu Choi, Gyu-Ok Hwang, Geun-Chang Chung
  • Patent number: 10766374
    Abstract: A motor vehicle charging cable for direct current charging of an electric energy storage device of a vehicle, having a cable jacket, a first electric conductor for a first direct current phase and a second electric conductor for a second direct current phase. The electric conductors are surrounded on the outside by the cable jacket. The electric conductors each have a conductor sheath including an outer and an inner sheathing layer. The electric conductors each have conductor cores extending within the conductor sheath and forming a conductor core strand. The electric conductors each have a first coolant duct for cooling the respective conductor core strand from the inside, which duct is surrounded by the respective conductor cores. The electric conductors furthermore each have a second coolant duct for cooling the respective conductor core strand from the outside. The second coolant duct encloses the respective conductor cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Raoul Heyne, Jari Rönfanz
  • Patent number: 10655606
    Abstract: A sensor system for a wind turbine, comprising: a blade load sensor; a blade temperature sensor configured to provide a temperature measurement of an associated blade; a load calculation module configured to output a temperature-corrected blade load value; and a processing unit interfaced with the temperature sensor. The processing unit includes a temperature estimator configured to determine an estimated temperature of the wind turbine blade based on at least one wind turbine parameter; and a comparator configured to generate a fault signal based on a comparison between the blade temperature measurement and the estimated blade temperature. The invention also resides in a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Fabio Caponetti, Dan Hilton
  • Patent number: 10568458
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heating device (10) for heating food (12) in a container (14), in particular milk in a baby bottle, comprising a chamber (16) configured to contain a fluid (18) and to receive the container (14), a heating unit (20) for heating the fluid (18) in the chamber (16), a temperature measuring element (22) for measuring a temperature of the fluid (18) over a time range, a calculation unit (24) for determining, for each time point of the time range being a first time point, a temperature difference of the fluid (18) between the first time point and a corresponding second time point of the time range different from the first time point, the calculation unit (24) being configured to compare the determined temperature difference to a predefined amount of temperature, and an estimation unit (26) for estimating an arrival time point, at which a pre-set temperature for the food (12) contained in the container (14) is reached, based on the comparison result of the calculation unit (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Arjan Teodor Van Wieringen, Jingqi Hou
  • Patent number: 10564192
    Abstract: A Hall sensor apparatus with a temperature measurement function and a current sensor apparatus with the same function are provided, and the temperature measurement function for measuring a temperature of a Hall sensor is implementable on the Hall sensor instead of an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that is a controller for driving the Hall sensor or a current sensor and the ASIC is installable far away from the Hall sensor, and thus a rise in temperature of the ASIC is preventable such that a stable measurement of the Hall sensor or the current sensor and stable driving control thereof is allowable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ITX-M2M Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Chul Hong
  • Patent number: 10514309
    Abstract: A temperature abnormality detection method is provide for a power conversion device which includes calculating a temperature difference between a first inverter temperature and a cooling water temperature, and then determining a temperature abnormality exists when a first abnormality determination condition is satisfied, i.e., when the temperature difference exceeds a preset difference threshold and the first inverter temperature exceeds a preset power conversion unit threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Kawaguchi, Kazushige Namiki
  • Patent number: 10502633
    Abstract: A system for determining when an electrical contact or other component reaches a predetermined temperature. In operation, a trace material is dispersed into a surrounding environment (e.g., head space within a compartment above insulating oil), where the trace material is detected. A barrier may be ruptured or broken by temperature-induced gas pressure, or pierced by a spring-loaded member that is located within the same section that contains the trace material, and devices may be provided for moving the trace material through the foil barrier as the barrier is ruptured. The barrier may be opened solely by internal gas pressure. According to another embodiment, improved fail-safe operation may be achieved by providing a spring-loaded member and configuring the barrier to be ruptured by the pressure of the detectable gas material before the barrier is ruptured by the spring-loaded member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce W. Nichols
  • Patent number: 10498285
    Abstract: A temperature calculation system includes a yoke disposed along an inner circumference, first and second teeth arranged on an inner circumference surface of the yoke while having an interval set in a circumference direction, and a coil member formed between the first and second teeth and including a plurality of coils, forms a thermal equivalent circuit of the coil member, and calculates a temperature of a set portion of the coil member. An outer circumference surface temperature and an inner circumference surface temperature of the coil member are calculated by using radial conduction resistance using a temperature of an inner one side of the coil member. An average temperature of the coil member is calculated by using compensation resistance from the temperature of the inner one side of the coil member, thermal capacity of the coil member, and a heating amount of the coils formed in the coil member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: YoungJin Shin, Sanghoon Moon, WoongChan Chae, Hyoungjun Cho, Jung Shik Kim
  • Patent number: 10391499
    Abstract: A processing apparatus includes a carrier receiving region configured to receive a sample carrier with at least one channel that carries at least one sample. The apparatus further includes a thermal control device configured to thermal cycle the sample carrier when the sample carrier is installed in the carrier receiving region, thereby thermal cycling the sample carried therein. The apparatus further includes a thermal control system configured to control the temperature control device based on a predetermined set of target sample temperatures and a temperature map, which maps the predetermined set of target sample temperatures to a set of temperatures of the temperature control device. The set of temperatures of the temperature control device is different from the predetermined set of target sample temperatures, and the set of temperatures of the temperature control device thermal cycle the sample carrier with the temperatures of the predetermined set of target sample temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Analogic Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Tverskoy
  • Patent number: 10396406
    Abstract: A battery module includes: a first battery cell; a second battery cell, each of the first and second battery cells having first sides and second sides, the first sides being larger than the second sides; a holder between the first battery cell and the second battery cell; and a temperature measuring unit coupled to the holder, the temperature measuring unit contacting one of the first sides of at least one of the first and second battery cells, and being configured to measure a temperature of the at least one of the first and second battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dohyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10340494
    Abstract: An electrical bus bar for conveying an electric current from a first electrical device to a second electrical device, with a base body, which is formed from an electrically conductive material, and which has a first terminal for connection to the first electrical device and a second terminal for connection to the second electrical device. A sensor unit with a fastening surface has at least one sensor element for detecting or recording a physical parameter of the bus bar. The base body has a support surface, to which the sensor unit is fastened by its fastening surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Michael Hinterberger, Berthold Hellenthal
  • Patent number: 10249918
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a case, a battery device, an intervening member and a temperature detection device. The battery device may be disposed within the case and include a cell holder configured to accommodate a plurality of battery cells. The intervening member may be provided between the cell holder and at least one of the plurality of cell holder. The temperature detection device may be disposed between the intervening member and at least one of the plurality of cell holder, so that the temperature detection device directly contacts at least one of the battery cells for detecting a temperature thereof. At least one of the cell holder and the intervening member may have an elasticity, so that the temperature detection device may be directly pressed against at least one of the battery cells due to an elastic deformation of the least one of the cell holder and the intervening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Akira Naito
  • Patent number: 10207241
    Abstract: The current document is directed to an efficient multi-channel chemical reactor having a multichannel core containing a plurality of parallel channels, with conductive walls, having a varying composition along their lengths. The channels are heated by a frequency-addressing different regions within the reactor with an inductive coil, driven by an agile frequency or spread spectrum emission controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONTAK LLC
    Inventor: David O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10060800
    Abstract: An excitation signal generation unit generates excitation signals of frequency channels with mutually different frequency bands and transmits the excitation signals via an antenna. Reception signals of the frequency channels received by the antenna are inputted to a reception strength detection unit. The reception strength detection unit detects a resonance reverberation signal from the reception signals and detects the signal strength of the resonance reverberation signal. An excitation control unit controls the excitation signal generation unit to adjust the signal strength of the excitation signal such that the signal strength of the resonance reverberation signal reaches or falls below a level adjustment threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Shigeo Ito
  • Patent number: 9977085
    Abstract: A method and system of determining an electro-mechanical fault condition in a synchronous machine having a stator, a rotor, and exciter. The method includes: a) obtaining an exciter current signal which is a measurement of an exciter current through stationary windings of the exciter, b) transforming the exciter current signal to obtain an exciter current frequency spectrum, and c) determining whether an electro-mechanical fault condition is present, and a type of the electro-mechanical fault condition, based on harmonic content related to the frequency of the stator, of the exciter current frequency spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Pedro Rodriguez, Subrat Sahoo, Cajetan Pinto
  • Patent number: 9823137
    Abstract: A thermal protection system (TPS) test plug has optical fibers with FBGs embedded in the optical fiber arranged in a helix, an axial fiber, and a combination of the two. Optionally, one of the optical fibers is a sapphire FBG for measurement of the highest temperatures in the TPS plug. The test plug may include an ablating surface and a non-ablating surface, with an engagement surface with threads formed, the threads having a groove for placement of the optical fiber. The test plug may also include an optical connector positioned at the non-ablating surface for protection of the optical fiber during insertion and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard James Black, Joannes M. Costa, Behzad Moslehi, Livia Zarnescu
  • Patent number: 9816871
    Abstract: Some embodiments include apparatuses and methods having a node to receive ground potential, a first diode including an anode coupled to the node, a second diode including an anode coupled to the node, a first circuit to apply a voltage to a cathode of each of the first and second diodes to cause the first and second diodes to be in a forward-bias condition, and a second circuit to generate a signal having a duty cycle based on a first voltage across the first diode and a second voltage across the second diode. At least one of such the embodiments includes a temperature calculator to calculate a value of temperature based at least in part on the duty cycle of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Matthias Eberlein
  • Patent number: 9614197
    Abstract: An onboard battery includes an accommodation case that has a hollow cross section formed with multiple cavities 9a, and at least one battery module that has at least one battery cell and is accommodated in the accommodation case. At least one disposition depression that communicates with one of the multiple cavities and is opened upward is formed in a portion positioned below the at least one battery module in the accommodation case, and at least one heater that heats the at least one battery cell is disposed in the at least one disposition depression so as not to be in contact with the at least one battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Yutaka Yokoyama, Isao Nakagawa, Toshiyuki Hara
  • Patent number: 9541458
    Abstract: A method for determining a temperature at a predetermined location in a winding of subconductors of an electric machine is provided where each subconductor is encased in electric subconductor insulation. The method includes predetermining the location between one of the subconductors and the associated subconductor insulation; arranging, in said winding, an optical fiber with a sensor material piece that is fixed to the predetermined location, the optical properties of said sensor material piece being temperature-dependent and uninfluenced by stretching; exposing the sensor material piece to light via the optical fiber such that, following an interaction with the sensor material piece, light is emitted from said sensor material piece; measuring the spectrum of the light; and using this spectrum to determine the temperature at the predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Haiko Adolf, Marcus Banda, Norbert Keyssner, Roland Röding, Lothar Trefflich
  • Patent number: 9488698
    Abstract: A system for detecting faults in a rectifier includes an AC current generator and a rectifier. A controller is configured to determine an AC input current supplied to rectifier, generate a simulated rectified DC input current based upon the AC input current, and determine a DC output current from the rectifier. The controller is further configured to compare the simulated rectified DC input current to the DC output current and generate an alert command if a difference between the simulated rectified DC input current and the DC output current exceeds a predetermined difference threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Saeid Mirzaei
  • Patent number: 9335365
    Abstract: A method comprises providing first and second semiconductor devices. Each device comprises a transistor having a split gate electrode including first and second gate portions. Each device has a respective ratio between an area of its first gate portion and a sum of areas of its first and second gate portions. For each device, a stress voltage is applied to the first gate portion, but not to the second gate portion. For each device, the first and second gate portions are biased with a common voltage, and data are collected indicating a respective degradation for each device due to the stress voltage. The degradation has a component due to time dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) and a component due to bias temperature instability. From the collected data extrapolation determines the degradation component due to TDDB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Chieh Huang, Ching-Huang Wang, Tsung-Yi Yu
  • Patent number: 9212957
    Abstract: In an electrical machinery and apparatus, a storage space is formed along an extension direction of a strand, and a temperature sensor is installed in the storage space of the strand, so that temperature of the strand can be immediately measured, and no pressure is applied to the temperature sensor in the process of forming a ground wall insulation thereby the temperature of the strand can be accurately measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Takahashi, Kengo Iwashige, Kenichi Hattori, Yukihiro Yamamoto, Yasunori Satake, Takayasu Tanaka, Toru Muto, Seiichi Sawada, Yasuaki Kageyama
  • Patent number: 9178196
    Abstract: A battery assembly having a plurality of battery modules capable of powering a traction motor of a vehicle. First and second end frames are provided on the battery modules. A plurality of battery cells is disposed between the first and second end frames. The first end frame of one of the battery modules has a first pocket. The second end frame of an adjacent battery module has a second pocket. The first and second pockets are aligned when the battery assembly is assembled to define a receptacle. A thermistor is disposed in the receptacle. The thermistor extends through the first pocket of the first end frame and at least partially into the second pocket of the second end frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Giriraj Srinivasan, Patrick Daniel Maguire, Kanchana Pentapati
  • Patent number: 9116055
    Abstract: A combustion turbine flashback sensing system with a sensor cable that includes an optical fiber having at least one and preferably multiple fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensors along the fiber. The sensor cable is oriented in a combustor turbine upstream a combustion zone, so that it is capable of sensing temperature at multiple sensing points within the combustor. A protective conduit having a first thermal conductivity circumscribes the optical fiber. A sensor shield is oriented in circumferential proximity to the FBG temperature sensor. It is preferable that each such sensor has an associated sensor shield. The sensor shield has a thermal conductivity greater than the conduit thermal conductivity. The sensor shield facilitates FBG sensor rapid thermal response, with sufficient thermal and mechanical shielding to isolate the sensor from harsh operating conditions within the combustor, while the less thermally conductive conduit provides greater isolation protection for the cable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc
    Inventor: Robert T. Johnston
  • Patent number: 9118132
    Abstract: A vacuum compatible high-density electrical interconnect system for use in a vacuum environment is disclosed. In one embodiment, the vacuum compatible high-density electrical interconnect system includes a vacuum compatible base plate, a vacuum compatible printed wiring board (PWB) disposed on the vacuum compatible base plate and a vacuum compatible interposer module disposed in the vacuum compatible base plate. Further, the vacuum compatible PWB includes a plurality of components on a front side of the vacuum compatible PWB and a plurality of associated pads on a back side of the vacuum compatible PWB. In one exemplary embodiment, the vacuum compatible interposer module is disposed in the vacuum compatible base plate such that it operatively connects to the plurality of associated pads on the back side of the vacuum compatible PWB and further operatively connects to a plurality of pads of an external device that is disposed outside the vacuum environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration
    Inventors: Gerard A. Esposito, Dennis P. Bowler
  • Patent number: 9083260
    Abstract: A method of controlling a switching frequency of an inverter, the method comprising the steps of: measuring a signal indicative of a temperature variable at a first switching frequency to determine a measured temperature variable; comparing the measured temperature variable to a first threshold; determining if the measured temperature variable is above the first threshold; if the measured temperature variable is not above the first threshold, calculating the temperature variable at a second switching frequency; if the temperature variable calculated at the second switching frequency is less than the first threshold, setting the switching frequency of the inverter to the second switching frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Gareth Christopher James
  • Patent number: 9046423
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a hybrid mechanical and electrical transformer temperature monitor. The mechanical sensing mechanism drives mechanical switches, a local display and a sensing input to the electrical side of the monitor. The electrical portion of the temperature monitor has the ability to calculate winding temperature (with an additional current sensor), data log, actuate electrical switches and has a local display for winding temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Qualitrol Company, LLC
    Inventor: John Rolland Piper
  • Publication number: 20150145467
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery temperature detection method adapted to an electronic system includes detecting a status of a processor of the electronic system when an external power is input to a power conversion module of the electronic system; determining whether a thermistor of the electronic system is conducted to a fuel gauge or a charge control circuit according to the state of the processor such that the fuel gauge or the charge control circuit determine a temperature sensing result via the thermistor. The thermistor is disposed adjacent to a rechargeable battery and has a resistance which varies with a temperature of the rechargeable battery. The temperature sensing result is related to the resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Tzu Zhu, Ping-I Chen
  • Publication number: 20150139275
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a main circuit part of a vacuum circuit breaker, and more particularly, to a main circuit part of a vacuum circuit breaker with a temperature sensor. The main circuit part of a vacuum circuit breaker with a self-powered temperature sensor assembly includes: a self-powered temperature sensor module; and a support bracket enclosing and supporting the self-powered temperature sensor module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Jin PARK, Min Kyu SEO
  • Publication number: 20150117492
    Abstract: A temperature detecting apparatus includes a temperature detecting circuit configured to output a first pulse signal according to a temperature detected by a temperature sensor, and an insulating transformer configured to transmit the first pulse signal to an integrated circuit which is operated by an operation voltage different from that of the temperature detecting circuit. The insulating transformer is installed between the temperature detecting circuit and the integrated circuit. The temperature detecting circuit and the insulating transformer are mounted on a common substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Hirotaka Takihara, Shintaro Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20150110155
    Abstract: An example electric vehicle battery thermocouple includes a temperature sense lead of a first material, and an electric vehicle battery component of a second material different than the first material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Turgeon, Masahiro Kimoto
  • Publication number: 20150098488
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring temperature distribution in downhole equipment using magnetostrictive probes. In one embodiment, an ESP motor has a stator with a rotor and shaft rotatably positioned within the stator. Magnetostrictive sensors are positioned within the motor. Each magnetostrictive sensor has a transducer, a probe, and electronic circuitry coupled to the transducer. The circuitry generates an initial electrical signal that is conveyed to the transducer. The signal passes through one or more coils in the transducer, generating magnetic fields that induce an acoustic signal in the probe. The acoustic signal propagates through the probe and waves are reflected from reflection points in the probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Ke Wang, Zhiyue Xu
  • Publication number: 20150092817
    Abstract: A transducer for noninvasively determining an internal temperature of a location of interest in a body of a subject may be configured to receive native temperature signals originating from the location of interest without substantially receiving interfering signals. Such a transducer may include one or more shielding features for preventing interference. In addition, such a transducer may include a dielectric cavity configured or positioned to increase the native temperature signals sensed, or received, by the antenna. A transducer may be configured to multiplex signals that are indicative of a temperature of a location of interest within the body of a subject and reference temperature signals. Such a transducer may include a connector that facilitates the communication of a multiplexed signal, such as a connector for a coaxial cable. The connector of a transducer may be configured to swivel relative to an end of a cable that has been coupled thereto. Systems including such a transducer are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Robert C. Allison, Leroy D. Geist
  • Publication number: 20150078418
    Abstract: A thermistor module disposed in an insertion hole formed in a mold material that covers a stator coil of a rotary electric machine, and configured to measure a temperature of the stator coil includes: a heat collection member that faces an inner peripheral surface of the insertion hole in a state where the thermistor module is disposed in the insertion hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Shinjiro Suzuki, Taketo Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20150070488
    Abstract: An image capture device includes an image sensor. The image sensor includes a temperature sensor for measuring temperature measurements of the image sensor. A timing generator is coupled to the image sensor for applying an electronic shutter pulse to the image sensor to drain away all charge in photodiodes of the image sensing region prior to image capture. A reading component is coupled to the temperature sensor for reading the temperature measurements from the temperature sensor. The image capture device is configured to prevent erroneous temperature readings by the reading component resulting from substrate punch-through from the application of the electronic shutter pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Shen Wang, Gregory Oscar Moberg
  • Publication number: 20150063417
    Abstract: A temperature sensing circuit for an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) module, which enables a temperature of the IGBT module to be sensed by a pulse width modulation (PWM) method, using a photo coupler, etc., is provided. In the temperature sensing circuit for the IGBT module, a voltage value between both terminals of a diode is measured, the measured voltage value is converted into a digital signal, using a pulse width modulation (PWM) technique, and the converted digital signal is easily transmitted to a controller such as a microcomputer (MICOM), using a photo coupler for electrical insulation, so that it is possible to analyze the duty of the digital signal, thereby sensing an accurate temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jee Hye Jeong, Ki Jong Lee, Kang Ho Jeong
  • Publication number: 20150055680
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine home appliance cabinet temperatures using light emitting diodes (LEDs) are disclosed. An example home appliance includes a cabinet, a lighting system disposed in the cabinet having one or more LEDs to provide lighting in the interior of the cabinet, and a circuit electrically coupled to the lighting system and programmed to determine a temperature inside the cabinet based on a characteristic of the one or more LEDs of the lighting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patent number: 8961004
    Abstract: Methods and systems to determine an internal temperature of a rechargeable lithium-ion cell based on a phase shift of the cell. Internal cell temperature may be determined with respect to an internal anode temperature and/or an internal cathode temperature. Internal anode temperature may be determined based on a phase shift of a frequency within a range of approximately 40 Hertz (Hz) to 500 Hz. Internal cathode temperature may be determined based on a phase shift of a frequency of up to approximately 30 Hz. A temperature sensor as disclosed herein may be powered by a monitored cell with relatively little impact on cell charge, may be electrically coupled to cell but housed physically separate from the cell, and/or may monitor multiple cells in a multiplex fashion. A rate of change in phase shift may be used to initiate pre-emptive action, without determining corresponding temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Rengaswamy Srinivasan, Michael H. Butler, Bliss G. Carkhuff, Terry E. Phillips, Jeremy D. Walker, Oscar M. Uy, Andrew C. Baisden
  • Publication number: 20150049787
    Abstract: Methods and devices for mounting a sensor are presented herein. A temperature sensor assembly for a capacitor bank is disclosed that includes two opposing substrates, and a plurality of contact temperature sensors attached to each substrate. Each temperature sensor is configured to directly contact a surface of one of the capacitor cans in the capacitor bank and therefrom generate a signal indicative of the temperature of the capacitor can. A biasing member attaches the two substrates together. The biasing member is configured to selectively contract, such that the width of the sensor assembly is less than the gap distance between adjacent sets of tandem capacitor cans and the sensor assembly can insert between the sets of capacitor cans, and expand, such that the width of the sensor assembly is greater than the gap distance and the sensor assembly is tensioned against and thereby secured between the sets of capacitor cans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Farago, Marcelo A. Perez, Stewart John Harding
  • Publication number: 20150036719
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a thermometer probe includes: obtaining a hollow housing having an open end and a curved inner surface; obtaining a flexible detecting component having an adhesive layer; obtaining an insertion component; detachably attaching the flexible detecting component to the insertion component; inserting the insertion component, having the flexible detecting component attached thereto, through the open end of the hollow housing and into the hollow housing such that the adhesive layer is disposed between the insertion component and the inner surface; and adhering, via the adhesive layer, the flexible detecting component to the curved inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Sreenivasan K Koduri
  • Publication number: 20150030898
    Abstract: A method and a device for identifying an increase in temperature in a plurality of electrochemical storage cells. An electrical characteristic value of a series connection of PTC elements that are thermally coupled in each case to a storage cell is determined and an increase in temperature of a plurality of electrical storage cells is identified if a value that is obtained as a result of evaluating the electrical characteristic value achieves a predefined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Stefan Butzmann, Jens Boehme
  • Publication number: 20150010040
    Abstract: A wireless thermometer is provided, which measures a deep temperature with high accuracy and has an improved communication distance. A wireless thermometer includes a flat film-like substrate. A quartz crystal vibrator and an antenna are disposed on a principal surface of the substrate. A quartz crystal vibrator and an antenna are disposed on the other principal surface of the substrate. A winding conductor of the antenna is substantially symmetrical with a winding conductor of the antenna with respect to the substrate. A lead conductor of the antenna is connected to the winding conductor at one end and is connected to the quartz crystal vibrator at the other end. A central portion of the lead conductor is bent. By folding the central portion, the quartz crystal vibrator can be positioned opposite the quartz crystal vibrator with a heat insulator interposed there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ito, Yuri Hoshino
  • Publication number: 20150010039
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for measuring the temperature of at least one electronic component (2) using a sensor (4) that supplies a temperature-dependent voltage. The method comprises the following steps in which: a signal representative of the voltage delivered by the sensor (4) is made to pass through an isolated differential amplifier (13), and the signal output from said isolated differential amplifier (13) is used to determine the temperature measured by the sensor (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Larbi Bendani, Mimoun Askeur
  • Publication number: 20150001965
    Abstract: A method for determining the temperature of an electronic component in an electronic device comprises supplying a current to the electronic component via a power converter device, measuring an input current supplied to the power converter device, determining a power dissipation of the electronic component based on the measured input current, a value for an efficiency of the power converter device and an output voltage of the power converter device, and determining the temperature of the electronic component based on the determined power dissipation and a thermal resistance value for the electronic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Dialog Semiconductor GmbH
    Inventors: Alessandro Angeli, Michele DeFazio, Stefano Scaldaferri, Christian Wolf
  • Publication number: 20140376592
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for representing and displaying the coil temperature of an electrical power transformer and to an electrical circuit suitable therefor. The invention is based on the general concept of using the CT-signal current not only for supplying the heating resistor of a sensor, for example, but also for decoupling energy from the CT-signal current by transformation via an electronic circuit according to the invention in order to supply energy to the connected measurement devices, so that a separate energy source can thus be ultimately omitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sebastian Hollunder, Martin Kubiczek
  • Publication number: 20140362889
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a control temperature to control a function of an electronic device by using an atmospheric temperature when controlling a temperature of the electronic device, and for controlling the function of the electronic device according to a control step of the determined control temperature are provided. A method of operating an electronic device includes measuring an atmospheric temperature, determining at least one control temperature corresponding to the measured atmospheric temperature, measuring an internal temperature of the electronic device, and controlling a function in accordance with the measured internal temperature of the electronic device and the determined at least one control temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki-Youn JANG, Min-Su KIM, Kun-Tak KIM, Chi-Hyun CHO
  • Patent number: 8905634
    Abstract: A temperature detection apparatus includes a transformer, a thermostat attached directly to an electrically conductive site of the heating element and has contacts that become short-circuited or come into an open-circuit condition depending on whether or not the temperature of the heating element is equal to or higher than a predetermined value, the contacts being connected to a secondary coil in the transformer, a DC voltage source and a transistor configured to supply required AC power to a primary coil in the transformer, a current detection resistor configured to detect a current flowing through the primary coil in the transformer, and a comparison circuit detecting a voltage generated across the current detection resistor when a current flows through the current detection resistor, the comparison circuit outputting an alarm signal when the current flowing through the primary coil in the transformer exceeds a preset threshold current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Netcomsec Co. Ltd
    Inventors: Yukihira Nakazato, Junichi Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20140355649
    Abstract: There is provided a portable electronic device with one or more integrated temperature sensors (12) for measuring an ambient temperature, a compensator (25,26) for reducing the difference between a sensor output (Ts) and the ambient temperature (Ta) with the compensator (25,26) switching depending on environmental and/or handling conditions between a plurality of compensation modes selected dependent on measurements of one or more other integrated and/or external sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Dominik Niederberger, Andrea Sacchetti, Dominic Boni
  • Publication number: 20140354185
    Abstract: There are provided a display device which can accurately estimate an ambient temperature around the display device, a computer program, a recording medium, and a method for estimating an ambient temperature. A panel temperature sensor and a switch board temperature sensor are disposed in different positions of a display device. A control unit specifies correlation information indicating the correlation between a first temperature difference between a temperature detected by the panel temperature sensor and an ambient temperature and a second temperature difference between a temperature detected by the switch board temperature sensor and the ambient temperature. The control unit estimates the ambient temperature on the basis of the specified correlation information and the temperatures and detected by the panel temperature sensor and the switch board temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: EIZO Corporation
    Inventor: Yuya Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20140334107
    Abstract: A portable electronic device including a temperature sensor embedded in a die is provided. To process temperature measurements the portable electronic device includes a processor circuit coupled to the temperature sensor, the processor circuit configured to read a measurement from the temperature sensor when an integrated circuit in the die is inactive. Furthermore, a memory circuit coupled to the processor circuit and the temperature sensor stores a temperature gradient provided by the temperature sensor. A Printed Circuit Board for use in a portable electronic device as above is also provided. A method for performing thermal control in a portable electronic device as above is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Amaury J. HERESZTYN, Ihtesham H. CHOWDHURY, Keith COX