Sound Energy (e.g., Ultrasonic) Patents (Class 702/39)
  • Patent number: 10986825
    Abstract: A casting evaluation device includes a frequency derivator and a casting evaluator. Thee frequency derivator derives a frequency of sound or vibration based on an output of a sensor that detects the vibration or the sound that accompanies the release of a fishing line from a spool of a fishing reel. The casting evaluator evaluates prescribed evaluation items related to casting based on the frequency derived by the frequency derivator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Ikebukuro
  • Patent number: 10955458
    Abstract: A semiconductor device inspection apparatus is an apparatus for inspecting a semiconductor device which is an object to be inspected based on a result signal which is output in accordance with input of a test pattern signal to the semiconductor device, the apparatus including: an ultrasonic transducer, disposed to face the semiconductor device, which generates ultrasonic waves; a stage for moving a relative position of the semiconductor device and the ultrasonic transducer; a stimulation condition control unit for controlling a condition of stimulation by the ultrasonic waves applied to the semiconductor device; and an analysis unit for generating a measurement image based on the result signal which is output from the semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Toru Matsumoto, Akira Shimase
  • Patent number: 10950655
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a transducer includes first structure sections and second structure sections. The first structure sections are spaced from each other in a first direction. Part of each of the first structure sections is fixed. The each of the first structure sections includes a first membrane part, a first piezoelectric part, a first conductive part, and a first electrode. The second structure sections are spaced from each other in the first direction. Part of each of the second structure sections is fixed. The each of the second structure sections includes a second membrane part, a second piezoelectric part, a second conductive part, and a second electrode. The second structure sections are spaced from the first structure sections in the first direction. Pitch along the first direction of the second structure sections is shorter than pitch along the first direction of the first structure sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Itsumi, Tomio Ono
  • Patent number: 10706520
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology described herein relate to techniques for calculating, during imaging, a quality of a sequence of images collected during the imaging. Calculating the quality of the sequence of images may include calculating a probability that a medical professional would use a given image for clinical evaluation and a confidence that an automated analysis segmentation performed on the given image is correct. Techniques described herein also include receiving a trigger to perform an automatic measurement on a sequence of images, calculating a quality of the sequence of images, determining whether the quality of the sequence of images exceeds a threshold quality, and performing the automatic measurement on the sequence of images based on determining that the quality of the sequence of images exceeds the threshold quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Butterfly Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Rothberg, Igor Lovchinsky, Jimmy Jia, Tomer Gafner, Matthew de Jonge, Jonathan M. Rothberg
  • Patent number: 10697861
    Abstract: A structure abnormality detection device that detects an abnormality of a structure includes means for storing a model that predicts, from a first inspection value acquired at a first inspection position, a second inspection value acquired at a second inspection position that is a position where a vibration intensity in vibration of a predetermined vibration mode at a natural frequency of the structure is substantially the same as at the first inspection position; and means for detecting an abnormality of the structure by evaluating fidelity of the first inspection value and the second inspection value acquired at a particular time to the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Mase, Shinji Kasahara, Katsuhiro Ochiai
  • Patent number: 10628932
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology described herein relate to techniques for calculating, during imaging, a quality of a sequence of images collected during the imaging. Calculating the quality of the sequence of images may include calculating a probability that a medical professional would use a given image for clinical evaluation and a confidence that an automated analysis segmentation performed on the given image is correct. Techniques described herein also include receiving a trigger to perform an automatic measurement on a sequence of images, calculating a quality of the sequence of images, determining whether the quality of the sequence of images exceeds a threshold quality, and performing the automatic measurement on the sequence of images based on determining that the quality of the sequence of images exceeds the threshold quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Butterfly Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Rothberg, Igor Lovchinsky, Jimmy Jia, Tomer Gafner, Matthew de Jonge, Jonathan M. Rothberg
  • Patent number: 10610194
    Abstract: A hand-held system for ultrasound monitoring of internal organs of humans and animals and providing therapy combined with ultrasound is presented. The system comprises a base that functions as a docking station for the smart device. The base comprises ultrasound transducer elements, which are essentially integral with additional electronics, located on its bottom side and a socket into which the smart device can be inserted on its top side. The socket is provided with connecting elements suitable to mechanically and electrically connect the smart device to the base and to allow the base and the smart device to be moved as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Pulsenmore Ltd.
    Inventor: Lazar Sonnenschein
  • Patent number: 10573113
    Abstract: An apparatus and a corresponding method for checking value documents, involves at least one first sensor configured to detect electromagnetic radiation reflected and/or transmitted by a value document and to convert the radiation into corresponding first sensor signals. At least one second sensor is configured to detect sound waves reflected and/or transmitted by the value document and to convert the sound waves into corresponding second sensor signals, and an evaluation device configured to determine a first area value which characterizes a first area of the value document on the basis of the first sensor signals, to determine a second area value which characterizes a second area of the value document on the basis of the second sensor signals, and to infer a possible identification marking of the value document with a marking ink on the basis of the first and second area value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Hendrik Derks, Jan Domke, Johannes Feulner, Norbert Holl, Steffen Schmalz, Dieter Stein, Stefan Kokrhoun
  • Patent number: 10551970
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting imperfections on a surface of a touchscreen of an electrical device, comprising: swiping a test object, such as a fingertip, a fingernail or a pin, along at least a portion of the touchscreen; producing, by the touchscreen, an electric signal indicative of the test object's contact with the touchscreen; receiving an acoustic signal by an acoustic sensor, during the swipe of the test object along the touchscreen; analyzing, by a processor, at least one of the electric signal and received acoustic signal; and determining existence of imperfections on the touchscreen's surface based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ESW Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Gross, Oded Rozenberg, Moshe Lipsker
  • Patent number: 10502718
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for determining an optimum drive signal for an acoustic transducer. A pulse signal is employed as a wideband reference signal Vr(t); and, in a pulse-echo measurement a corresponding wideband echo signal Ve(t) is obtained. A normalized loop frequency response {circumflex over (X)}(f) for the acoustic transducer is defined as a ratio of a Fourier Transform of the Ve(t) to a Fourier Transform of the Vr(t), and a normalized loop time response X(t) is defined as an Inverse Fourier Transform of the {circumflex over (X)}(f). An optimum drive signal B(t) for the acoustic transducer is defined as B(t)?*G(t), wherein a coefficient ? is determined to multiply a function G(t), in which the function G(t) is derived from one of the normalized loop time response X(t) and the normalized loop frequency response {circumflex over (X)}(f).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BROADSOUND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ying-Wei Yuan, Jen-Chih Yao, Fu-Chieh Yang, Yi-Hsun Lin
  • Patent number: 10495454
    Abstract: An inspection system, in an embodiment, can be operable with a probe and a position tracker to inspect an object. The system can be operable to display at least one probe travel axis, receive first and second inspection values from the probe, associate the first inspection value with a first position point, and associate the second inspection value with a second position point. The system displays an inspection path based on the associations. The inspection path extends relative to the probe travel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Daniel Scott Groninger
  • Patent number: 10365250
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a detection device is used for a structure. The structure includes: a first member; a second member provided on an opposite side of the first member; and a welded portion that is provided along an end of the second member facing the first member and fixes the first member and the second member. The detection device include: a plurality of acoustic emission sensors that are disposed so as to be spaced apart from each other in a direction in which the welded portion extends and are configured to detect an elastic wave transmitted to the second member, each acoustic emission sensor being attached to the second member; and an outputter that outputs information, obtained from outputs of the plurality of the acoustic emission sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takashi Usui, Kazuo Watabe, Takahiro Omori, Hidefumi Takamine, Akihiro Kasahara
  • Patent number: 10362180
    Abstract: A diagnostic apparatus includes a first acquiring unit that acquires sound information, a second acquiring unit that acquires operation information indicating a component in operation among a plurality of components of an analysis target apparatus, and a display unit that, when the acquired sound information is reproduced, displays operating states of the plurality of components at the time point when the reproduced sound is acquired, using the operation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Miyamori, Tsutomu Udaka, Fumihiko Ogasawara, Katsuyuki Kouno, Atsushi Ito, Tomoyuki Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 10352505
    Abstract: A real time method and dynamic logic-based system for enhancing the operation of a pipeline network is disclosed. The system and method perform monitoring of the operation of a pipeline network, generate alarms in response to differing levels of destabilized pipeline operations, manage the generation of alarms based upon known operating events and operating conditions, diagnose potential source of the detected destabilized events and manage the operation of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Keith C. McDowell, Jacques A. Cibils
  • Patent number: 10241614
    Abstract: A method may include performing a first low-power scan to detect an input object in a sensing region of an input device. The method may further include determining, using the first low-power scan, whether the input object is an object of interest. The method may further include performing a high-power scan of the sensing region when the input object is an object of interest. The method may further include performing a second low-power scan of the sensing region when the input object is an object of no interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Tetsuo Tanemura, Guanhua Cao
  • Patent number: 10183166
    Abstract: Methods, medical devices, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems are provided. A patient implanted with a medical device is exposed to a time-varying magnetic field having a signature, thereby inducing mechanical vibrations in at least one component of the medical device. A vibrational characteristic of the mechanical vibrations induced in the component(s) is detected. The vibrational characteristic is analyzed, and the signature of the magnetic field is identified based on the analyzed vibrational characteristic. The medical device is automatically switched from a first operational mode to a second operational mode when the signature is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiran K. Gururaj, Ross D. Venook, Matthew Lee McDonald, Joseph M. Bocek
  • Patent number: 10187504
    Abstract: A device and a corresponding method are provided to tune parameters of an echo control process without re-initializing the echo control process and without interrupting a playback process. A state of the device and environment around the device is computed during use of the device given information from sensors. Such sensors can give information on the position of the device, the orientation of the device, the presence of a proximate object, or handling of the device resulting in occlusion of microphones and loudspeakers, among other things. The computed state of the device is mapped to an associated device state code from among a plurality of device state codes. The parameters of the echo control process are tuned either according to the associated device state code, or a change in such a code, during use of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean A. Ramprashad, Aram M. Lindahl, Joseph M. Williams
  • Patent number: 10055903
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for autonomously monitoring health of a vehicle, such as a car, a truck and so on. An example computer-implemented method includes receiving sensor data of the vehicle. For example, the sensor data includes vibration data and microphone data. The vibration data measures vibration experienced by an occupant of the vehicle. The microphone data measures noises experienced by the occupant, including noises emanated by the vehicle. The method further includes accessing a predetermined performance data of the vehicle and determining a difference in the received sensor data and the predetermined performance data. The method further includes transmitting a notification of condition of the vehicle in response to the difference surpassing a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Douglas R. Koons, Joshua R. Auden
  • Patent number: 10018465
    Abstract: An inspection system, in an embodiment, can be operable with a probe and a position tracker to inspect an object. The system can be operable to display at least one probe travel axis, receive first and second inspection values from the probe, associate the first inspection value with a first position point, and associate the second inspection value with a second position point. The system displays an inspection path based on the associations. The inspection path extends relative to the probe travel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Scott Groninger
  • Patent number: 10006886
    Abstract: A method of detecting internal defects in composites or other multilayer materials includes generating a wavefield on a surface of the material. Wavefield data is collected from the wavefield on the surface, and the measured wavefield data is processed to provide measured energy data. The method may include generating simulated or predicted energy data for the multilayer material that is compared to the simulated energy data to determine if the multilayer material has internal defects or damage below the surface. The method can be utilized to detect and/or quantify damage or other defects that are “hidden” by damage that is closer to the surface of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Cara A. Campbell Leckey
  • Patent number: 9970905
    Abstract: A defect monitoring system has ultrasound transmitters and receivers on a wall of a structure under test such as a pipeline. The receivers are arranged in an array of locations that substantially encloses an area under test on a wall of a structure under test. The array may comprise two circumferential rings along a pipeline at different axial positions. The array of ultrasound receivers is used to measure signals that result ultrasound that leave the area through the wall for other parts of the wall. From the measured signals backward propagated signals are computed for a location within the enclosed area, compensated for a modelled effect of propagation from the location within the area to the locations of the receivers at the perimeter. The backward propagated signals for the location in the enclosed area are summed over the locations of the receivers to obtain an approximate integral over the perimeter of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Arno Willem Frederik Volker, Petrus Stephanus van Zyl, Pooria Lotfollah Pahlavan
  • Patent number: 9950715
    Abstract: In some example implementations, there is provided a method. The method may include generating, by an air-coupled transducer, a first ultrasonic guided wave to cause the generated ultrasonic guided wave to propagate into a rail being tested for one or more defects, wherein a frequency of the first ultrasonic guided wave is controlled by at least changing the frequency of a voltage sent to the air-coupled transducer generating the first ultrasonic guided wave; receiving, by a receiver, a second ultrasonic guided wave, wherein the second ultrasonic guided wave is received from the rail; and analyzing a signal representative of the received second ultrasonic guided wave to detect the one or more defects in the rail. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents Of The University Of California
    Inventor: Francesco Lanza di Scalea
  • Patent number: 9830411
    Abstract: A method for locating external surface impacts on a body. The steps are: modeling the body in a control unit first database to obtain a virtual body model in a virtual system of reference axes; modeling, in a second database, a plurality of clouds of points in the virtual system, each cloud defining an inspection zone representing an external surface portion; selecting an inspection zone; transferring the coordinates of each point of the first and second databases to a geographic system of reference axes; determining geographic coordinates of an initial position of a range finder equipped flying drone communicating with the processing unit; calculating a drone flight plan to scan the selected inspection zone; creating a 3D meshing of the scanned inspection zone; detecting the impacts by comparing the 3D meshing and the virtual aircraft model and calculating the coordinates of each impact in the geographic and virtual systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Ronie Gnecco, David Martinez, Denis Gattone, Jean-Louis Guittard
  • Patent number: 9739753
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a methods and systems for monitoring and/or characterizing multi-component tablets and for monitoring punch and die surfaces and, more particularly, to methods and systems for in-die and out-of-die monitoring and/or characterizing multi-component tablets based on acoustic and vibrational spectroscopy and for detecting and monitoring stiction and tooling material modifications on punch and die surfaces during compaction based on acoustic/ultrasonic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Clarkson University
    Inventor: Cetin Cetinkaya
  • Patent number: 9683972
    Abstract: A method is for examining a sheet-shaped or card-shaped value document with a security feature having one or more cavities configured in the value document. The width of the cavity or cavities is in at least one respectively specified direction exceeding 10 ?m. Transmission values are established in a locally resolved manner for the transmission of ultrasound in a specified frequency range. In employing the transmission values, it is checked whether a specified number of transmission values is greater than a specified transmission threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Domke, Stefan Kokrhoun, Patrick Renner, Andre Gregarek
  • Patent number: 9568494
    Abstract: A device is provided for checking a probe for measuring the pressure of a flow, the probe comprising an internal volume and at least one orifice communicating with the outside of the volume. The device comprises: an acoustic transmitter and an acoustic receiver; connection means to connect the device to the probe, such that the transmitter transmits an acoustic signal propagated in the internal volume, and such that the receiver picks up an acoustic signal observed in the internal volume; processing means suitable for comparing the observed signal to a reference signal. The connection means are configured in such a way that an incorrect connection of the probe disturbs the propagation in the internal volume of an acoustic signal transmitted by the transmitter. The processing means are configured to detect an incorrect connection of the probe by comparing the acoustic signal observed in the internal volume with the reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: François Robert
  • Patent number: 9559886
    Abstract: A device for implementing FFT/DFT is disclosed, comprising: a first multiplier, a second multiplier, a first adder, a second adder, a first multiplexer, a second multiplexer, a first accumulator register, a second accumulator register and a negation controller, wherein the first adder is configured to accumulate the output signals of the first multiplexer, the first multiplier and the second multiplier and input an accumulated signal to the first accumulator register; the second adder is configured to accumulate the output signals of the second multiplexer, the first multiplier and the second multiplier and input an accumulated signal to the second accumulator register; the first accumulator register is configured to output the output signal of the first adder or feed the same back to the first multiplexer; and the second accumulator register is configured to output the output signal of the second adder or feed the same back to the second multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haiyong Xiao
  • Patent number: 9538303
    Abstract: An audio controller for use with a loudspeaker that generates sound in dependence upon a loudspeaker signal is disclosed. The loudspeaker includes a voice coil. The audio controller includes a monitor to monitor an electric response of the voice coil to the loudspeaker signal and a signal generator to generate an evaluation signal. The evaluation signal comprises a signal having an evaluation frequency that is below resonant frequency of the loudspeaker. A processing unit is included to generate, based on the monitored electric response, the loudspeaker signal from an input sound signal. The processing unit is configured to combine the evaluation signal with the input sound signal to generate the loudspeaker signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Temujin Gautama
  • Patent number: 9530291
    Abstract: A mobile computing system for providing qualitative indication of vibration recordings of a vibrating machine to a user includes a memory, a display device, and at least one processor configured to receive a vibration recording including a vibration level from a sensor computing device. Collection of the vibration recording is initiated by the user while at the vibrating machine. The processor is also configured to determine a plurality of threshold sets applicable to the vibration recording and select, by the processor, a first available threshold set from the plurality of threshold sets. The processor is also configured to compare the vibration level of the vibration recording to the first threshold set and display to the user a visual qualitative indication of the vibration recording using the display device, thereby enabling the user to determine a quality of the vibration recording while at the vibrating machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Nigel Trevor Leigh
  • Patent number: 9517848
    Abstract: An alert apparatus and an alert method implemented by said direct broadcast apparatus for protection against collisions with debris and the like found in the Earth's atmosphere or in space, said apparatus comprising: —a containing structure mounted outside or inside a body of an aircraft, of a space vehicle or of a flying object in general which moves through the atmosphere or the space, in which sensor means are housed that is arranged for checking a release of debris and the like, coming from said body following an explosion and/or ablation thereof that are dispersed in a hazard space (2) and/or arranged for checking conditions that are referable to said explosion and/or ablation and for detecting features of the hazard space (2), —a processing unit, arranged in the containing structure, connected to the sensor means for processing the features of the hazard space (2) in order to determine the extent and the dynamics of the hazard space (2); —transceiver means arranged for sending an output signal (B) carry
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: AVIOSONIC SPACE TECH SRLS
    Inventor: Piermarco Fattori Martegani
  • Patent number: 9510806
    Abstract: The effective aperture of an ultrasound imaging probe can be increased by including more than one transducer array and using the transducer elements of all of the arrays to render an image can greatly improve the lateral resolution of the generated image. In order to render an image, the relative positions of all of the elements must be known precisely. Systems and methods for accurately calibrating and adjusting a multi-aperture ultrasound system are disclosed. The relative positions of the transducer elements can be computed and aligned prior to and during probe assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: MAUI IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: David M. Smith, Sharon L. Adam, Dennis R. Dietz
  • Patent number: 9383239
    Abstract: An ultrasonic flow meter is disclosed, including a switching unit for switching electrical transmission signals between a signal generator and at least two ultrasonic transducers and for switching electrical reception signal between the transducers and a receiver circuit, wherein the switching unit is coupled to an output terminal of an operational amplifier of the signal generator and to an inverting input terminal of an operational amplifier of the receiver circuit. Furthermore, a method for characterizing an ultrasonic transducer is disclosed, including the step of determining directly from one or more supply current signals for an active component of a signal generator one or more quantities useful for characterizing the transducer. Furthermore, a method for determining the time delay of an ultrasonic signal in a flow path of an ultrasonic flow meter is disclosed, including the step of comparing physically transmitted, delayed and received signals with simulated non-delayed signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: APATOR MIITORS ApS
    Inventor: Jens Drachmann
  • Patent number: 9322264
    Abstract: A subsea processor may be located near the seabed of a drilling site and used to coordinate operations of underwater drilling components. The subsea processor may be enclosed in a single interchangeable unit that fits a receptor on an underwater drilling component, such as a blow-out preventer (BOP). The subsea processor may issue commands to control the BOP and receive measurements from sensors located throughout the BOP. A shared communications bus may interconnect the subsea processor and underwater components and the subsea processor and a surface or onshore network. The shared communications bus may be operated according to a time division multiple access (TDMA) scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: TRANSOCEAN INNOVATION LABS LTD
    Inventors: Jose Gutierrez, Luis Pereira
  • Patent number: 9234769
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system and a method involve receiving a raw signal collected by a sensor that pertains to a temporal trend, creating a reference signal of a known amplitude and frequency, adding the reference signal to the raw signal to form a modulated signal, decomposing the modulated signal to obtain a decomposed signal, and conducting time-frequency analysis on the decomposed signal to detect abnormal patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Hae-Bum Yun
  • Patent number: 9192356
    Abstract: The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus according to the embodiment includes an ultrasound probe that transmits and receives ultrasound waves to and from a subject, and generates and displays images of the inside of the subject based on the reception results from the ultrasound probe. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes a memory, a detector, a selection part, and a processor. The memory stores association information that associates positions in real space with examination conditions including image quality conditions and/or application type. The detector detects the position of the ultrasound probe in real space. The selection part selects examination conditions corresponding to the detected position based on the association information. The processor performs processing based on the selected examination conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsunaga, Masatoshi Nishino, Jiro Higuchi, Osamu Nakajima, Yoshihiro Oomori, Tomokazu Fujii
  • Patent number: 9152490
    Abstract: The embodiments provide a way to predict when a storage device will be accessed. In order to enhance performance, the storage device may proactively prepare for the access operation, and thus, minimize the access-time response of the storage device. The user behavior is recorded over time and collected into a dataset. In one embodiment, the intervals between the data points in the dataset are calculated and arranged into a matrix. Patterns in the matrix are recognized and used to recognize the next likely access by the user. The storage device may then take various actions, such as drive spin up, in anticipation of the next predicted access to minimize access-time response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Arya Ahmadi-Ardakani
  • Patent number: 9087141
    Abstract: An analysis module is provided in the invention. The analysis module is connected with a database containing several data. The analysis module comprises an analysis unit and a database managing system. The analysis unit is developed by a development software to combine HHT algorithm and an automatic data-loading program. The database managing system is integrated in the analysis unit and connected with the database. The data are transferred to the analysis unit by the database managing system, and the analysis unit is used to load the data by the automatic data-loading program and analyzes the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: NATIONAL CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Norden Eh Huang, Men-Tzung Lo, Bo-Jau Kuo, Yu-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9037419
    Abstract: A portable system for non-destructively characterizing spot welds that includes at least one matrix phased array probe and a body, wherein the body is designed to be hand-held and further includes an ergonomically designed outer casing; at least one input for connecting to the at least one matrix phased array probe; ultrasonic phased array transmitting and receiving circuitry in electrical communication with the at least one input; a touch screen computer that further includes at least one data processor running software that includes at least one imaging algorithm for processing data received from the probe and generating color coded ultrasonic C-scan images of characterized welds; and at least one monitor for displaying the color coded ultrasonic C-scan images of the characterized welds in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EDISON WELDING INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeong K. Na, Sean T. Gleeson
  • Publication number: 20150134274
    Abstract: A method for managing an airplane fleet is described. The method includes: (i) developing a gold body database for an airplane model for each non-destructive inspection system implemented to detect defects; (ii) inspecting, over a period of time, a plurality of candidate airplanes of the airplane model, using different types of non-destructive inspection systems and the gold body database associated with each of the different types of non-destructive inspection systems, to identify defects present on the plurality of candidate airplanes; (iii) repairing or monitoring defects detected on the plurality of candidate airplanes; (iv) conducting a trend analysis by analyzing collective defect data obtained from inspecting of plurality of candidate airplanes; and (v) maintaining the airplane fleet, which includes plurality of candidate airplanes, by performing predictive analysis using results of trend analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Douglas Allen Froom, William T. Manak
  • Patent number: 9031791
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide systems and methods for using ballast sensors to detect rock fall events in a vicinity of railway tracks or similar roadways or tracks. The ballast sensors are spaced apart from the tracks. Particular embodiments permit the use of signals from the ballast sensors to discriminate rock fall events from other types of events and to detect the hypocenter of a rock fall event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants Ltd.
    Inventors: Bohdan Nedilko, Iain Weir-Jones
  • Patent number: 9026376
    Abstract: A method of modelling a surface of an object by using ultrasonic waves transmitted along the surface comprises the steps of: transmitting the ultrasonic waves along paths along the surface, and determining travel times of the ultrasonic waves along the paths. At least some of the ultrasonic waves exhibit an S0 mode and have a frequency-dependent velocity. This velocity (c) is relatively high for frequencies up to a first bending point (BP1), decreasing relatively rapidly for frequencies between the first bending point (BP1) and a second bending point (BP2), and relatively low for frequencies beyond the second bending point (BP2). The ultrasonic waves have a frequency range which lies at or below the first bending point (BP1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Arno Willem Frederik Volker, Joost Gerardus Petrus Bloom, Arjan Mast, Pieter Jacobus Gijsbertus van Beek
  • Publication number: 20150106037
    Abstract: A method and system for passively detecting, localizing, and/or characterizing a mechanical wave source at one or more spatial points of interest on a structure using ultrasonic guided waves are provided. The method includes estimating the spatial channel impulse response at one or more spatial points of interest using a movable transducer. Collected data recorded in response to transient mechanical waves is then combined with the spatial channel impulse response estimates to detect, localize, and/or characterize the source. A direct path from the mechanical wave source to each transducer is not required. Anisotropies and variations between transducer transfer functions may be accounted for and all propagation paths may be used to perform source localization. The method and system may leverage structural complexity rather than ignore it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: James Stroman Hall, Jennifer Emmons Michaels
  • Publication number: 20150106038
    Abstract: A system and methods with which changes in microstructure properties such as grain size, grain elongation, texture, and porosity of materials can be determined and monitored over time to assess conditions such as stress and defects. An example system includes a number of ultrasonic transducers configured to transmit ultrasonic waves towards a target region on a specimen, a voltage source configured to excite the first and second ultrasonic transducers, and a processor configured to determine one or more properties of the specimen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph A. Turner
  • Patent number: 8996319
    Abstract: The invention provides an integrated Phased Array (PhA) structural radar transducer, permanently bonded to a structure, that can provide reliable electromechanical connection with corresponding miniaturized electronic SHM device installed above it. The integrated PhA transducer consists of a set of aligned piezo-electric discs with wrap around electrodes for transceiving of elastic ultrasonic waves, plurality of electrical traces and contact pads, several layers of a flexible printed circuit board, electromagnetic shielding between channels and overall, one electromechanical multi-pinned connector and all that integrated into one small unit easy for surface installation by bonding and final application on real structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Aernnova Engineering Solutions Iberica
    Inventor: Valerijan Cokonaj
  • Patent number: 8983794
    Abstract: A non-destructive inspection system for a structure is described. The inspection system includes a local positioning system (LPS) configured for determining position and orientation of objects relative to a structure coordinate system, a six degree-of-freedom digitizer operable for at least one of temporary attachment to the structure and placement proximate the structure, a non-destructive sensor array, and a processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William P. Motzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea, James J. Troy
  • Publication number: 20150073729
    Abstract: A method for ultrasonic guided wave defect detection in a structure is disclosed. The method includes driving a plurality of transducers to cause guided waves to be transmitted in the structure in a predetermined direction or focused at a predetermined focal point, receiving at least one reflected guided wave signal, and generating image data of the structure based on the at least one reflected guided wave signal. Processed image data are generated by performing at least one of baseline image subtraction or image suppression on the image data, and a location of at least one possible defect in the structure is identified based on the processed image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Cody Borigo, Steven E. Owens, Joseph L. Rose
  • Patent number: 8972206
    Abstract: A system for use in determining a location of a defect in an object is provided. The system includes an ultrasonic phased array configured to provide a sector scan of the object, a display, and a processor. The processor is programmed to provide a volume-corrected view of a sector of an ultrasonic inspection of the object on the display, wherein the object has a first surface defined by a first radius and a second surface defined by a second radius that is shorter than the first radius, receive gate parameters of a gate used to measure a location of a reflection of a beam emitted from the ultrasonic phased array, wherein the reflection is indicative of a defect on the first surface or the second surface, and calculate a location of the defect using the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chad Martin Shaffer, Peter Renzel, Jerome Poirier, Michael Maria Berke, Douglas Paul Lutz, Rai Mohan Dasarathan, Anandamurugan S
  • Publication number: 20150057952
    Abstract: An inspection system for inspecting a target object is disclosed. The inspection system includes an inspection module. The inspection module includes a housing, a sensor adapted to provide sensor data relating to the target object, an inspection module processor adapted to receive the sensor data from the sensor and to provide corresponding packaged data, and an inspection module interface adapted to output the packaged data from the inspection module processor. The inspection system also includes a handset adapted to selectively mechanically engage with the inspection module. The handset includes a handset processor, a handset interface adapted to receive the packaged data from the inspection module interface and to provide the packaged data to the handset processor, and a user output interface responsive to the handset processor to output information about the target object to a user based on the packaged data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Andrew Coombs, Joshua Lynn Scott
  • Publication number: 20150057953
    Abstract: A device and a method for detecting at least one defect in a test object (2). At least one test head (1) radiates an ultrasonic signal at different measuring points (MP) into the test object (2) with each point at an insonation or radiation angle (?) in order to ascertain multiple measurement data sets (MDS). The angle is constant for each data set (MDS). An analyzing unit (4) carries out an SAFT (Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique) analysis for each ascertained measurement data set (MDS) using a common reconstruction grid (RG) inside the test object (2) in order to calculate an SAFT analysis result for each measurement data set (MDS). The analyzing unit (4) superimposes the calculated SAFT analysis results in order to calculate an orientation-independent defect display value (SRP) for each reconstruction point (RP) of the common reconstruction grid (RG).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Werner Heinrich, Hubert Mooshofer
  • Publication number: 20150046059
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for monitoring vibration data. A vehicle, for example, may include at least one engine component, a sensor coupled to the at least one engine component and configured to monitor a vibration of the at least one engine component, and a processor communicatively coupled to the sensor, the processor configured to determine a plurality of envelope spectrums based upon vibration data from the sensor, determine fault frequencies for each of the at least one engine component based upon a rotating speed of each of the at least one components, and monitor each envelope spectrum for changes at the determined fault frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Kyusung Kim, Chris Hickenbottom, David Daniel Lilly