Thermal Testing Of A Nonthermal Quantity Patents (Class 374/45)
  • Patent number: 11568532
    Abstract: Method and system for determining sealing integrity and/or contamination of the sealing region by the filling material of a heat-sealed container, including imaging at least a part of a sealing region of the container using an imaging camera; wherein the imaging is performed during movement and/or transport of the container at a predetermined speed; and wherein the imaging is performed while moving the field of view of the camera in a same direction as the container, wherein the moving of the field of view is configured to reduce the velocity of the container relative to the imaging camera sufficiently to reduce smearing of images obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: YORAN IMAGING LTD.
    Inventors: Yoav Weinstein, Eran Sinbar
  • Patent number: 11473900
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measurement method enabling on-line thickness measurement of the oxide layer formed on aluminum foil by FTIR spectrometer at low cost and precise manner, during aluminum-containing material production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Özlem Uçar, Durmus Özdemir, Mustafa Murat Dündar
  • Patent number: 11460423
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a memory module having a first temperature sensor collocated with first memory devices associated with a first memory channel, and a second temperature sensor collocated with second memory devices associated with a second memory channel. A processor receives a first temperature from the first temperature sensor and a second temperature from the second temperature sensor, receives a first power level associated with the first memory channel and a second power level associated with the second memory channel from the memory module, determines a first thermal resistance of the first memory devices based upon the first temperature and the first power level, and determines a second thermal resistance of the second memory device based upon the second temperature and the second power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Hasnain Shabbir
  • Patent number: 11460005
    Abstract: A condition monitoring system includes a vibration sensor for measuring a vibration waveform of a bearing in a wind turbine generation apparatus and a data processor for diagnosing abnormality of the bearing. In the data processor, an evaluation value computing unit time-sequentially computes an evaluation value that characterizes an effective value of vibration waveform data output from the vibration sensor within a certain time. A diagnosis unit diagnoses abnormality of the bearing based on transition of temporal change of the evaluation value. The evaluation value computing unit computes the minimum value of the effective values of vibration waveform data within a certain time, as the evaluation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Haseba, Yosuke Suzuki, Toru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11454622
    Abstract: Gas sensor, including a membrane and a heating element arranged on the membrane between a first discontinuation area of the membrane and a second discontinuation area of the membrane. The first discontinuation area of the membrane includes at least one discontinuation of the membrane and the second discontinuation area of the membrane includes at least one discontinuation of the membrane. The gas sensor further includes a first temperature sensor structure arranged at least partially on the membrane on a side of the first discontinuation area of the membrane opposite to the heating element, and a second temperature sensor structure arranged at least partially on the membrane on a side of the second discontinuation area of the membrane opposite to the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignees: GS ELEKTROMEDIZINISCHE GERÄTE G. STEMPLE GMBH
    Inventors: Sophie Billat, Frank Hedrich, Bernd Ehrbrecht, Louis Sarlin, Gerhard Kattinger
  • Patent number: 11437861
    Abstract: A testing assembly comprising a test object and a test object holder. The test object holder includes a body with an aperture defined therethrough. The test object is located in the aperture and an adhesive sheet is positioned over the aperture and the test object to retain the test object in place during testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daman Kapoor, Fei Zhao, Matthew A Tamashiro, Jiahui J Dong, Jeffrey Douglas Louis, Michael Victor Paauwe, Ryllian Zhang
  • Patent number: 11421916
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a main body portion, connection portions, a first temperature sensing element and a second temperature sensing element. The connection portions allow the main body portion to be electrically connected to a charged element provided in a flow channel. The main body portion includes a first side and a second side which are parallel to a flow direction of fluid. The first temperature sensing element and the second temperature sensing element are provided at mutually opposite positions on the first side and the second side in an electrically insulated manner. A fluid state test device having the electrical connector and a fluid heat exchange system are further provided. Thus, the original flow field where the electrical connector of the electrode of the electric heater is located may not change, and destruction to the flow field is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Goldwind Science & Creation Windpower Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shengjun Ma
  • Patent number: 11378533
    Abstract: A device (100) for detecting settled solids (300) in a conduit (200) for transporting slurry. The device (100) comprises a housing (110) positionable to define at least a segment of a flow path for the slurry. The device (100) comprises a reference temperature sensor (140) associated with the inside of the housing 110 in order to measure an ambient temperature of the slurry within the conduit. The device (100) further comprises a plurality of heaters (150) spaced around part of the inside circumference housing (110) that are maintained at a target temperature that is higher titan the ambient temperature of the slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Andrew George Chryss, Krishna Mohanarangam
  • Patent number: 11307308
    Abstract: A tracking device including an image sensor, a light source and a processor is provided. The image sensor senses reflected light or scattered light formed by the light source illuminating a work surface. The processor calculates a trace of the tracking device according to one of the reflected light and the scattered light that generates more apparent image features so as to increase the adaptable work surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Hui-Hsuan Chen, Cheng-Lin Yang, Tzu-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 11282188
    Abstract: A dynamic data acquisition system is disclosed for continuously recording, measuring and analyzing test cycle data of dimensional changes of a work piece before, during and after climatic changes. An optional climate chamber with an environmentally encapsulated camera system may be used to control the climate during the test cycle. A method of operating the dynamic data acquisition system is disclosed, as well as a business method for the new business model created by utilizing the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: James L Arnone, Atilio R Steuer, Lawrence G Arnone
  • Patent number: 11249039
    Abstract: The invention relates to the technical field of operation and maintenance of wind turbines, and is also applicable to non-destructive measurement of a depth of a defect of other resin-based composite materials. It is aimed at the problem that the depth of the defect cannot be determined by an intuitive infrared thermal image in the measurement of a depth of a defect of a large wind turbine blade. This method not only ensures accuracy of the measurement, but can also be widely applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: Shenyang University of Technology, Shenyang Daxingcheng Energy Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Bo Zhou
  • Patent number: 11243123
    Abstract: A temperature calibrator for calibrating temperature function devices has an outer and an inner housing as well as a calibrator block. The calibrator block is radially spaced from the inner housing to form a flow space. The flow space is in communication with the environment at the upper end and at the lower end to generate a flow. A fan having a fan wheel that can be driven by a motor is connected to the flow space. The fan wheel is formed from a heat-resistant material; and the fan forms a predominantly closed surface in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SIKA Dr. Siebert & Kühn GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Rehm-Gumbel
  • Patent number: 11237139
    Abstract: An odor measurement apparatus includes an odor sensor detecting an odor and an imaging device having a lens portion, in which an imaging direction of the imaging device and an introduction direction of air when the air is guided to a sensor surface of the odor sensor through an introduction port are substantially the same direction. The odor measurement apparatus detects odor substances contained in air using a sensor when an odor is measured, and measures attribute information of a measurement target or the like of the odor. An odor data management apparatus stores and manages odor data measured by the odor measurement apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Kenichi Hashizume, Shunichiro Kuroki
  • Patent number: 11156922
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method and to an apparatus for determining the heating state of a mirror in an optical system, in particular in a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus. A method for determining the heating state of an optical element includes: measuring values of a first temperature that the optical element has at a first position using a temperature sensor; and estimating a second temperature that the optical element has at a second position, which is located at a distance from the first position, on the basis of the measured values, wherein estimating the second temperature is accomplished while taking into account a temporal change in the previously measured values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Willem Michiel De Rapper, Toralf Gruner
  • Patent number: 11067635
    Abstract: An example battery cell diagnostic apparatus is provided that may include control circuitry, a current source, measurement circuitry, and a first and a second multiplexer. The control circuitry may be configured to control the first multiplexer to electrically connect the measurement circuitry to a battery cell and control the second multiplexer to electrically connect the current source to the battery cell to apply a current, output from the current source, at each of a set of frequencies to the battery cell. The control circuitry may also be configured to receive measurements from the measurement circuitry at each of the frequencies, which may include respective frequencies that correlate to an electrolytic resistance of the battery cell, an anode impedance of the battery cell, and a cathode impedance of the battery cell. Similar measurements may also be taken for each cell in a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Rengaswamy Srinivasan, Bliss G. Carkhuff
  • Patent number: 11041792
    Abstract: Utilizing a load generated by a non-linear spring, a spring constant of which increases as an amount of deformation increases, a measuring apparatus presses an indenter against a material surface and evaluates material characteristics. The measuring apparatus includes: an actuator that causes the non-linear spring to deform; a scale that measures the amount of deformation of the non-linear spring when the non-linear spring is deformed; and a controller that stores non-linear spring characteristic data for reciprocally calculating the amount of deformation and the load, and that drives the actuator based on the amount of deformation and the non-linear spring characteristic data such that the load reaches a target load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Koga
  • Patent number: 10969691
    Abstract: Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) exposure apparatuses and methods, and methods of manufacturing a semiconductor device by using the exposure method, which minimize an error caused by a mirror in an EUV exposure process to improve an overlay error, are provided. The EUV exposure apparatus includes an EUV source configured to generate and output EUV, first illumination optics configured to transfer the EUV to an EUV mask, projection optics configured to project the EUV, reflected from the EUV mask, onto an exposure target, a laser source configured to generate and output a laser beam for heating, and second illumination optics configured to irradiate the laser beam onto at least one mirror included in the projection optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-yoon Lee, Doo-gyu Lee, Chan-sam Chang
  • Patent number: 10971943
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and techniques for monitoring the temperature of a device used to charge a rechargeable power source are disclosed. Implantable medical devices may include a rechargeable power source that can be transcutaneously charged. The temperature of an external charging device and/or an implantable medical device may be monitored to control the temperature exposure to patient tissue during a charging session used to recharge the rechargeable power source. In one example, a temperature sensor may sense a temperature of an internal portion of a device, wherein the housing of the device is not directly thermally coupled to the temperature sensor. A temperature for the housing of the device may then be estimated based on the sensed temperature provided by the non-thermally coupled temperature sensor. A processor may then control charging of the rechargeable power source based on the determined temperature for the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kunal Paralikar, Elizabeth A. Fehrmann, Venkat R. Gaddam, Boysie Morgan, David P. Olson, Jadin C. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10962257
    Abstract: A fluid heating system for heating a production fluid using a thermal transfer fluid, the production fluid being contained in a vessel includes an electric blower configured to receive ambient air and electrical input power and to provide output source air, a combustion system configured to receive the source air from the electric blower and to receive fuel and to provide the thermal transfer fluid, a heat exchanger configured to receive the thermal transfer fluid from the combustion system and configured to be in thermal communication with the production fluid to provide convective heat exchange from the thermal transfer fluid to the production fluid, and to provide output exhaust gas, and wherein the electric fan provides a predetermined volume flow rate of the output source air at a predetermined blower efficiency such that the fluid heating system has a Bulk Heat Flux of at least about 14.7 kBTU/Hr/ft2 and a Pressure Drop of at least about 0.7 psi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FULTON GROUP N.A., INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Thomas Frechette, Carl Nicholas Nett, Thomas William Tighe, Keith Richard Waltz
  • Patent number: 10935486
    Abstract: An environmental test chamber, and method of providing an environmental test chamber, includes combining an equipment module made up of an equipment housing and air treatment equipment in the equipment housing with a selected one or more of a plurality of chamber modules connected with the equipment module to provide the environmental test chamber. The equipment housing includes an opening defining an airflow passage and an airflow path extending to the airflow passage. The air treatment equipment includes air moving equipment flowing air along the airflow path through the airflow passage and air-conditioning equipment in the flow path. The air treatment equipment includes one or more of (i) heating equipment for selectively heating the flowing air, (ii) cooling equipment for selectively cooling the flowing air, (iii) humidification equipment for selectively humidifying the flowing air, and/or (iv) dehumidification equipment for selectively dehumidifying the flowing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Weiss Technik North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen W. Johnston, Sean D. McKendry
  • Patent number: 10919394
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a power system including: a plurality of Electronic Control Units (ECUs) configured to transfer power to a motor connected to an output terminal; a temperature section determination unit configured to determine whether first temperature information input from a first temperature sensor which senses the temperature generated from a first ECU corresponds to a normal section, a warning section, or a danger section, which are set in advance; a temperature comparison determining unit configured to determine whether the first temperature information is less than or equal to second temperature information input from a second temperature sensor which senses the temperature generated from a second ECU, in a case in which it is determined that the first temperature information corresponds to the warning section; and a controller configured to control the first ECU so that the first ECU reduces the power in a case in which it is determined that the first temperature information is less
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ki Sub Keum, Seongjoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10813556
    Abstract: An estimation device includes at least one of a facial skin temperature acquisition unit and a facial photographic image acquisition unit, and an evaluation unit. The facial skin temperature acquisition unit acquires, in time-series, facial skin temperature data of a facial surface of a subject to which brain function activation information is provided. The facial photographic image acquisition unit obtains, in time-series, facial photographic image data obtained by imaging the facial surface of the subject to which the brain function activation information is provided. The evaluation unit evaluates a degree of interest of the subject based on at least one of the facial skin temperature data acquired by the facial skin temperature acquisition unit and the facial surface photographic image data acquired by the facial surface photographic image data acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Daikin Industries, Ltd., Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Junichiro Arai, Takashi Gotou, Makoto Iwakame, Kenichi Hino, Tomoya Hirano, Yasunori Kotani, Yoshimi Ohgami, Taro Tomatsu
  • Patent number: 10801933
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-healing method for fractured SiC amorphous nanowires. A goat hair in a Chinese brush pen of goat hair moves and transfers single crystal nanowires under an optical microscope. On an in-situ nanomechanical test system of a TEM, local single crystal nanowires are irradiated with an electron beam for conducting amorphization transformation. Amorphous length of a single crystal after transformation is 60-100 nm. A fracture strength test is conducted on the amorphous nanowires in the single crystal after transformation in the TEM; and fracture strength of the amorphous nanowires is 9-11 GPa. After the amorphous nanowires are fractured, unloading causes a slight contact between the fractured end surfaces; and self-healing of the nanowires is conducted after waiting for 16-25 min in a vacuum chamber of the TEM. Atom diffusion is found at a healed fracture through in-situ TEM representation; and recrystallization is found in the amorphous nanowires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Zhenyu Zhang, Junfeng Cui, Leilei Chen, Dongming Guo
  • Patent number: 10761607
    Abstract: In one implementation, a multi-mode haptic effects delivery system includes an impact surface, a mass adjacent to the impact surface, and a driving mechanism configured to reciprocate the mass. The multi-mode haptic effects delivery system also includes a motor configured to generate a vibrational mode haptic effect. The driving mechanism configured to reciprocate the mass causes the mass to strike the impact surface so as to generate a recoil mode haptic effect. In one implementation, the driving mechanism is a gear assembly powered by the same motor used to generate the vibrational mode haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Nocon, Jonathan R. Hsu
  • Patent number: 10753297
    Abstract: A control device of an exhaust sensor comprises a heater control part configured to set a target temperature of an electrochemical cell and control a heater so that a temperature of the electrochemical cell becomes the target temperature, and a judging part configured to judge whether a water repellency of a protective layer is falling when the heater control part sets the target temperature to a temperature of a lowest temperature at which a Leidenfrost phenomenon occurs at an outer surface of the protective layer or more. The heater control part is configured to rise the target temperature when the judging part judges that the water repellency of the protective layer is falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Go Hayashita, Koji Ide, Yasushi Ono
  • Patent number: 10656081
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting moisture in a composite sandwich panel for an aerospace vehicle. A pulse of an electromagnetic radiation beam is beam steered to the composite sandwich panel. The pulse of the electromagnetic radiation beam has a number of wavelengths that is absorbed by water molecules. The timing of the pulse of the electromagnetic radiation beam is synchronized to heat the composite sandwich panel with a time window in an infrared detector system to detect an amount of infrared radiation. The amount of infrared radiation in the composite sandwich panel is detected within the time window for the infrared detector system when the composite sandwich panel is heated by the pulse of the electromagnetic radiation beam, wherein the amount of infrared radiation indicates a level of moisture in the composite sandwich panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Xiaoxi Wang
  • Patent number: 10643112
    Abstract: An online system distributes content items provided by content providers. The online system determines a likelihood of a content item having deceptive information. The online system stores images showing faces of people in an image database. The online system extracts features from the content item, and provides the extracted features to a machine learning based model configured to generate score indicating whether a content item comprises deceptive information. The machine learning based model uses at least a feature based on matching of faces of users shown in the content item with faces of users shown in the images of the image database. If the online system determines that a content item is deceptive, the online system adds images comprising faces extracted from the content item to the image database to grow the image database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yang Mu, Daniel Olmedilla de la Calle
  • Patent number: 10620113
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide an environmental test apparatus which can directly set an environmental change rate and hardly causes input errors. Change amount information associated with a total change amount and change rate information associated with a change amount per unit time can be input. A target locus of change can be set by using a change amount/change rate setting method of setting the target locus of change based on a combination of change amount information and change rate information. When setting the target locus of change by the change amount/change rate setting method, input of time information is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Espec Corp.
    Inventors: Norihiro Yoshida, Hideo Sawano, Shuji Tabuchi, Yoshinori Sadakata
  • Patent number: 10554069
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and techniques for monitoring the temperature of a device used to charge a rechargeable power source are disclosed. Implantable medical devices may include a rechargeable power source that can be transcutaneously charged. The temperature of an external charging device and/or an implantable medical device may be monitored to control the temperature exposure to patient tissue during a charging session used to recharge the rechargeable power source. In one example, a temperature sensor may sense a temperature of an internal portion of a device, wherein the housing of the device is not directly thermally coupled to the temperature sensor. A temperature for the housing of the device may then be estimated based on the sensed temperature provided by the non-thermally coupled temperature sensor. A processor may then control charging of the rechargeable power source based on the determined temperature for the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kunal Paralikar, Elizabeth A. Fehrmann, Venkat R. Gaddam, Boysie Morgan, David P. Olson, Jadin C. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10546190
    Abstract: A living body detection device (1) includes: an image acquisition unit (171), a determination unit (173) and a detection unit (174). The image acquisition unit (171) acquires a first image in which a subject irradiated by light in a first wavelength range is imaged, and a second image in which the subject irradiated by light in a second wavelength range is imaged, the second wavelength range being different from the first wavelength range. The determination unit (173) determines whether a relation expressed by luminance of the subject imaged in the first image and luminance of the subject imaged in the second image is a relation exhibited by a living body. The detection unit (174) detects that the subject is a living body in a case where the determination unit (173) has determined that it is the relation exhibited by the living body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Leiming Su, Mamoru Inoue, Kenta Aino, Hiroaki Morita
  • Patent number: 10533902
    Abstract: A split detection device includes: a detection unit, which includes a detection casing and a sensor that is mounted inside the detection casing; a processing unit, which includes a processing casing and a processor that is mounted inside the processing casing; a connection unit, which is electrically connected between the sensor of the detection unit and the processor of the processing unit; and a transmission unit, which is electrically connected between the processor of the processing unit and an external device. By setting up the sensor and the processor inside different casings to be separate from each other, influence of the processor on the sensor can be reduced to thereby improve accuracy of detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: HIWIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventors: Wang-Chih Chen, Yih-Chyun Hwang, Szu-Wei Yu, Min-Hsiu Wu, Yi-Jun Feng
  • Patent number: 10481031
    Abstract: An improved Pirani sensor uses a measuring element disposed within a fluid between a base plate and a cover. The measuring element is held by suspension members that are connected to the base plate. A heating element is thermally conductively connected to the suspension members. Using the sensor the characteristic of the fluid is determined by evaluating the heat transfer from the thermal element through the fluid into the cover when heating power is applied to measuring element. Parasitic conductive heat loss from the measuring element into the suspension members is compensated by applying power to the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Heinz Plöchinger
  • Patent number: 10386210
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for monitoring properties of building structures (e.g., monitoring the strength and humidity of concrete structures) using sensor devices embedded in the building structures. The sensor devices collect sensor data and wirelessly transmit the data to portable computer devices operated by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Structural Health Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan P. Dowdall, Ryan P. Twomey, Frank Arcoleo, Mark D. Halfman, James Paris
  • Patent number: 10302524
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring an integrity of electrical connectivity between a repair patch and a parent structure include providing the repair patch with an embedded sensor configured to detect electrical conductivity. The repair patch includes a ply of conductive material that overlaps a portion of a conductive layer of the parent structure. A baseline set of sensor data is acquired from the sensor indicative of an electrical connectivity between the ply of conductive material of the repair patch and the conductive layer of the parent structure. One or more additional sets of data may be obtained from the sensor and compared to the baseline set of data to determine an integrity of the electrical connectivity between the ply of conductive material of the repair patch and the conductive layer of the parent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Li Chun Chang, James M. Fortier, Ronald J. Steckman, Richard M. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10273859
    Abstract: A control device of an exhaust sensor comprises a cell temperature detecting part detecting a temperature of the electrochemical cell, a heater control part controlling the heater so that a temperature of the electrochemical cell becomes the target temperature, and a judging part judging whether a water repellency of the protective layer is falling. The judging part judges that the water repellency of the protective layer is falling if a condition for judging abnormality is satisfied. The condition for judging abnormality includes a temperature of the electrochemical cell detected by the cell temperature detecting part falling from the target temperature and a speed of fall of the temperature being faster than a speed of fall of the temperature of the electrochemical cell when the heater is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Go Hayashita
  • Patent number: 10234409
    Abstract: A test equipment arrangement includes a superheat controller configured for connection to a unit under test, and further configured to test at least one operational parameter of the unit under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DunAn Microstaq, Inc.
    Inventors: Arvind Rao, Chen Yang, Jennifer O'Keefe, Buu Chung
  • Patent number: 10229464
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relate to a method for calculating a wind sensitivity score. In some aspects, a method of implementing the technology can include steps for receiving wind speed information for a first geographic location over a first time period, receiving resource consumption data for each of a plurality of similar consumption locations in the first geographic location over the first time period; and generating a wind sensitivity model based on the wind speed information and the resource consumption data for each of the plurality of similar consumption locations. In some aspects, the method may further include steps for computing a wind sensitivity score for each of the similar consumption locations using the wind sensitivity model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: OPOWER, INC.
    Inventors: Suelyn Yu, Garner Chung, Benjamin Packer, Erik Shilts
  • Patent number: 10208992
    Abstract: A cooling-abnormality detecting system in which a heat generating component and a cooling component contact each other via a contact section, and the cooling component cools the heat generating component. The cooling-abnormality detecting system includes: a heat-generating-component-temperature detecting sensor, a heat-generating-component-power-consumption detecting sensor, a cooling-component-temperature detecting sensor, and a processor that calculates a heat resistance value of the contact section between the heat generating component and the cooling component and determines the presence or absence of an abnormality in the contact section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Momose, Katsuhiko Saito
  • Patent number: 10184928
    Abstract: A measuring device is embedded in a section of concrete at a location at a construction site, the measuring device being adapted to obtain a measurement of a first characteristic of the section of concrete and transmit the measurement via wireless transmission. The first characteristic may include temperature, humidity, conductivity, impedance, salinity, etc. A local wireless gateway receives the measurement data and transmits the data to a processor. Alternatively, an airborne drone flying above the construction site receives the measurement data and transmits the data to the processor. The processor generates a predicted second characteristic of the section of concrete based on the measurement data. For example, the second characteristic may include strength, slump, age, maturity, etc., of the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: QuipIP, LLC
    Inventor: Farrokh F. Radjy
  • Patent number: 10154810
    Abstract: System and method that identify atypical behavior of a user. One embodiment of the system includes an eye tracker to perform tracking of a user's gaze while viewing items, an inward-facing head-mounted thermal camera to take thermal measurements of a region of interest on the face (THROI) of the user, and a computer. The computer generates feature values based on THROI and the tracking, and utilizes a model to identify atypical behavior of the user based on the feature values. The model may be trained based on previous tracking and previous THROI of the user, taken while viewing other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 10147451
    Abstract: A data storage device may have increased signal-to-noise ratio contact detection by employing a transducing head assembly separated from a data storage medium by an air bearing with the transducing head assembly receiving an alternating current as directed from a controller. The alternating current can be configured to induce random transducing head motion when the air bearing has a greater than zero size and a cyclical transducing head motion when the air bearing has a zero size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Shi Jung Kim, Ju Yong Lee, YoungJin Son
  • Patent number: 10049957
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for on-chip control of thermal cycling in an integrated circuit (IC) are provided in the illustrative embodiments. A first circuit is configured on the IC for adjusting a first voltage being applied to a first part of the IC. A first temperature of the first part is measured at a first time. A determination is made that the first temperature is outside a temperature range defined by an upper temperature threshold and a lower temperature threshold. The first voltage is adjusted by reducing the first voltage when the first temperature exceeds the upper temperature threshold and by increasing the first voltage when the first temperature is below the lower temperature threshold, thereby causing the first temperature of the first part to attain a value within the temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Malcolm Scott Allen-Ware, John Bruce Carter, Elmootazbellah Nabil Elnozahy, Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10045699
    Abstract: Often the physiological and emotional state of a person can be associated with certain cortical activity that can cause certain thermal patterns on the person's forehead. Thus, thermal measurements of the forehead may be used to differentiate between user states. In one embodiment, a system includes at least one inward-facing head-mounted thermal camera (CAM) that takes thermal measurements of at least first and second regions on the right side of a user's forehead (THR1 and THR2, respectively), and thermal measurements of at least third and fourth regions on the left side of the forehead (THL1 and THL2, respectively). The middles of the first and third regions are at least 1 cm above the middles of the second and fourth regions, respectively. The system also includes a computer that determines, based on THR1, THR2, THL1, and THL2, whether the user is in a normal state or an abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 10049527
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes: a power source unit; a game control device; a reporting device; a first temperature sensor provided to the power source unit, which monitors whether the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than a first threshold temperature; a second temperature sensor provided to the power source unit, which monitors whether the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than a second threshold temperature higher than the first threshold temperature; and a power control device which performs an abnormal-situation process which causes the reporting device to inform the occurrence of an abnormal situation, when the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than the first threshold temperature, and perform a power-supply stopping process which stops power supply to the devices, when the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than the second threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kawashima, Yoshitomo Sasaki, Tatsuhiko Tanimura, Masumi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9968264
    Abstract: Manifestation of some physiological responses (e.g., stress, mental workload, or a headache) may involve the emergence of asymmetric thermal patterns on the face. Thus, thermal measurements of the face that are indicative of thermal asymmetry can be useful to detect such physiological responses. In one embodiment, a system includes first and second inward-facing head-mounted thermal cameras (CAM1 and CAM2, respectively) that are located less than 15 cm from the user's face, which take thermal measurements of regions on the right and left sides of the face (THROI1 and THROI2, respectively) of the user. The symmetric overlapping between the regions on the right and left sides (ROI1 and ROI2, respectively) is above 60%, and CAM1 and CAM2 do not occlude ROI1 and ROI2. Optionally, the system includes a computer that detects a physiological response based on thermal asymmetry between THROI1 and THROI2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 9963003
    Abstract: In a method for assisting a driver of a vehicle, a closed loop control device and/or open loop control device is switchable into multiple warning stages such that: if at least one temperature value measured by a temperature sensor exceeds a first defined threshold value, the closed loop control device and/or open loop control device switches into a first warning stage in which it is indicated to the driver to stop the vehicle within a defined period of time and/or within a defined section of road and/or that the driver is not to exceed a defined speed value. If the measured temperature value exceeds a second defined threshold value, greater than the first threshold value, the closed loop control device and/or open loop control device switches into a second warning stage in which it is indicated to the driver that the driver is to stop the vehicle immediately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MAN Truck & Bus AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Schneider
  • Patent number: 9899689
    Abstract: An electrode plate, method for manufacturing an electrode plate, and method of testing an electrode plate enable efficient production of robust flowing electrolyte batteries. The method of testing an electrode plate includes forming a frangible portion in the electrode plate; providing a seal around a periphery of the electrode plate, wherein the periphery extends across the frangible portion; applying a gas adjacent a surface on a first side of the electrode plate; and detecting whether there is a presence of the gas adjacent a surface on a second side of the electrode plate, if the electrode plate passes testing, the frangible portion is removed from the electrode plate to define a cut-away region. The electrode plate is then positioned in a battery cell stack including a plurality of other electrode plates. A manifold is then attached to the cell stack adjacent the cut-away region of the electrode plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: REDFLOW R&D PTY LTD
    Inventors: Alexander Rudolf Winter, Thomas John
  • Patent number: 9881409
    Abstract: Blood flow beneath a user's skin, for example, in a user's face may be visually rendered. In some aspects, a plurality of differences is determined in the intensity of pixels of a first image and the corresponding pixels of a subsequent second image. In some aspects, this plurality of differences is enhanced to accentuate a characteristic associated with the first image and the second image. The enhanced plurality of differences is visually rendered for each subsequent comparison of pixel intensity values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan R. Hoof
  • Patent number: 9867546
    Abstract: Wearable devices for taking symmetric thermal measurements. One device includes first and second thermal cameras physically coupled to a frame worn on a user's head. The first thermal camera takes thermal measurements of a first region of interest that covers at least a portion of the right side of the user's forehead. The second thermal camera takes thermal measurements of a second ROI that covers at least a portion of the left side of the user's forehead. Wherein the first and second thermal cameras are not in physical contact with their corresponding ROIs, and as a result of being coupled to the frame, the thermal cameras remain pointed at their corresponding ROIs when the user's head makes angular movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Ari M Frank, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 9850084
    Abstract: Sheet media jams are detected along a media transport path by one or more vibration sensors that capture mechanical movements of components along the path that interact with the sheet media for driving or guiding the sheet media along the transport path. The detected vibrations during the advancing of the sheets are analyzed for distinguishing between detected vibrations associated with normal handling of the sheets and detected vibrations associated with abnormal handling of the sheets. An error condition can be signaled to a control system in response to distinguishing the detected vibrations associated with the abnormal handling of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Middleton, Bruce A. Link, Daniel P. Phinney