US Pat. No. 10,338,332

OPTICAL FIBER BUNDLE

Corning Optical Communica...

1. An optical communication cable comprising:a plurality of optical fiber subunits, each subunit comprising an optical fiber ribbon; and
a bundle jacket surrounding the optical fiber subunit, the bundle jacket including an inner surface defining a bundle passage and an outer surface defining an exterior surface, wherein the bundle jacket applies a low, inward, radially-directed force onto the subunits sufficient to hold subunits as a cohesive bundle of subunits but not sufficient to hold the subunits in fixed positions relative to each other within the bundle jacket;
wherein the bundle jacket has a thickness between 0.05 mm and 0.35 mm and a tensile strength that is less than 2000 psi, and
wherein the bundle jacket is formed from an extrudable PVC material having an oxygen limiting index of less than 40%.

US Pat. No. 10,338,331

FIBER OPTIC RIBBON CABLE HAVING ENHANCED RIBBON STACK COUPLING AND METHODS THEREOF

Corning Optical Communica...

1. A method of manufacturing a fiber optic cable, the method comprising:arranging a plurality of optical waveguides in a ribbon stack; and
surrounding the ribbon stack with a dry insert, the dry insert comprising a layer of foam material; and
extruding a jacket around the dry insert, wherein corners of the ribbon stack interface with the dry insert to define a coupling extending longitudinally between the ribbon stack and the jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,338,328

RUGGEDIZED PHOTONIC CRYSTAL SENSOR PACKAGING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for hermetically sealing a sensor chip, the method comprising:coating the sensor chip, wherein the sensor chip is a photonic crystal (PC) sensor chip;
centering the sensor chip to a center axis of an end of a ceramic tube;
soldering the sensor chip to the end of the ceramic tube to form a sensor chip assembly;
assembling a ceramic ferrule with a fiber;
inserting the ceramic ferrule inside the ceramic tube of the sensor chip assembly;
aligning an end of the fiber to the sensor chip of the sensor chip assembly; and
soldering at least a portion of an outer surface of the ceramic ferrule to at least a portion of an inner surface of the ceramic tube of the sensor chip assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,338,325

NANOFILLER IN AN OPTICAL INTERFACE

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body comprising one or more grooves defined therein, at least one groove in the one or more grooves configured to receive a corresponding optical fiber of one or more optical fibers; the at least one groove of the one or more grooves further configured to receive an adhesive to attach the body to a portion of the corresponding optical fiber; and
a suspended structure associated with the at least one groove configured to couple light between the suspended structure and the corresponding optical fiber; and
wherein the adhesive comprises nanofiller configured to support an alignment of the suspended structure with the corresponding optical fiber within the at least one groove, wherein the nanofiller has a size and distance that are less than a wavelength of light that propagates through the corresponding optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,338,324

OPTICAL CONNECTOR

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An optical connector comprising:an inner housing that houses a ferrule;
an outer housing that detachably houses the inner housing in connector insertion and removal directions;
a mounting member that movably attaches the inner housing to a board in a direction perpendicular to the connector insertion and removal directions; and
a first elastic member arranged between the mounting member and the outer housing,
wherein the inner housing is held in the mounting member via the first elastic member, with a space maintained between a peripheral surface of the outer housing and the mounting member.

US Pat. No. 10,338,323

HARDENED FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR

COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LL...

1. A fiber optic connector for optically coupling to a mating fiber optic connector through a fiber optic adapter, the fiber optic connector comprising:a connector housing extending from a distal end to a proximal end;
a ferrule assembly mounted to the connector housing adjacent the proximal end, the ferrule assembly including a ferrule, a distal end of the ferrule extending distally beyond the distal end of the connector housing;
a sealing member mounted directly around an exterior of the connector housing and adapted for providing a seal between the connector housing and the fiber optic adapter when the fiber optic connector is plugged into a port of the fiber optic adapter, the sealing member having a diameter less than or equal to 15 millimeters; and
a fastener configured to retain the fiber optic connector within the fiber optic adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,338,322

CLEANING TOOL

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A cleaning tool comprising:a tool body; and
an insertion part projecting from the tool body, wherein
the insertion part is movable in a predetermined direction with respect to the tool body,
the insertion part includes a head unit,
the head unit presses a cleaning element against a cleaning target with a pressing surface,
by relatively moving the tool body and the insertion part, the cleaning element is supplied and recovered, and the head unit is rotated in a rotation direction with the predetermined direction as an axis,
the head unit includes a head member, a tubular member, and a base member comprising a leading end part that extends toward the head member,
the head member includes the pressing surface and is configured of a different member separate from the base member,
the head member is inserted into the tubular member with the pressing surface in a projected state,
the head member is inserted into a first end of the tubular member distal to the tool body and the leading end part is inserted into a second end of the tubular member opposite the first end,
the cleaning element is stretched around the pressing surface, and
when viewing the pressing surface from the predetermined direction, the cleaning element is disposed in a clearance between an outer surface of the head member and an inner peripheral surface of the tubular member on a supply side, and the cleaning element is disposed in a clearance between an outer surface of the head member and an inner peripheral surface of the tubular member on a recovery side.

US Pat. No. 10,338,319

PHASE SHIFTING BY MECHANICAL MOVEMENT

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. Apparatus for providing a phase shift for one or more propagating waves, the apparatus comprising:a first waveguide configured to support one or more first propagating waves;
a second waveguide configured to support one or more second propagating waves;
wherein the first waveguide and the second waveguide are in lateral proximity to each other in an interaction region such that the first and second propagating waves propagating in the first and second waveguides are coupled in the interaction region;
a mechanism configured to provide an adjustable longitudinal displacement d of the interaction region with respect to one or both of the first and second waveguides without substantially changing a length W of the interaction region;
further comprising a substrate wherein the first waveguide is affixed to a first member attached to the substrate via one or more first flexures;wherein the one or more first flexures comprise a double flexure arrangement configured to adjust the longitudinal displacement d without making a corresponding change in a lateral separation s between the first waveguide and the second waveguide in the interaction region;wherein the double flexure arrangement includes two flexible waveguide sections disposed parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,338,318

PLANAR LIGHTWAVE CIRCUITS (PLCS) EXHIBITING CONTROLLABLE TRANSMISSIVITY / REFLECTIVITY

LioniX International BV, ...

1. A planar lightwave circuit comprising:an input port;
an output port; and
a resonant mirror assembly optically coupling the input port to the output port, the resonant mirror assembly exhibiting a tunable reflectivity/transmittvity, the resonant mirror assembly including a plurality of cascaded optical resonators, each optical resonator exhibiting a pair of coupling coefficients, wherein one of the coupling coefficients of at least one of the plurality of resonators is different in value from all the other coupling coefficients;
wherein at least a portion of light received at the input port is reflected back to that port through the effect of the resonant mirror assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,338,314

OPTICAL FIBER CUTTING APPARATUS

SEI OPTIFRONTIER CO., LTD...

1. An optical fiber cutting apparatus comprising:a body portion on which an optical fiber is mounted;
a cover member that is rotatably connected to the body portion and fixes the optical fiber between the body portion and the cover member by rotating toward the body portion;
a blade member configured to form a flaw on a glass fiber portion of the optical fiber which is fixed; and
a holding member mounted on the body portion, the holding member configured to hold the blade member,
wherein the cover member includes a lever pressing portion that protrudes toward a body portion side in a state where the cover member is rotated toward the body portion, wherein the holding member includes a rotation lever that is pressed by the lever pressing portion when the cover member is rotated toward the body portion, and wherein the lever pressing portion presses the rotation lever and thereby the blade member imparts an arc movement to form the flaw on the glass fiber portion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,312

PHOTONIC CRYSTAL ALL-OPTICAL SELF-AND-TRANSFORMATION LOGIC GATE

1. A Photonic Crystal (PhC) all-optical self-AND-transformation logic gate, comprising:a PhC-structure unit, a NOT-logic gate and a D-type flip-flop (DFF) unit; a clock-signal (CP) of the PhC-structure unit is input through an input port of a two-branch waveguide, and an output port of the two-branch waveguide is connected with an input port of the NOT-logic gate, and another output port of the two-branch waveguide is connected with a first clock-signal-input port of the PhC-structure unit; an input signal at the first clock-signal-input port of the PhC-structure unit is synchronous with the clock-signal (CP); an output port of said NOT-logic gate is connected with a second clock-signal-input port of the DFF unit; a signal-output port of the PhC-structure unit is connected with a D-signal-input port of the DFF unit; a logic-signal (X) is connected with a logic-signal-input port of said PhC-structure unit:
the PhC-structure unit takes the clock-signal (CP) and the logic signal (X) as input signals; under the control of the clock-signal (CP), the clock-signal (CP) is equal to one at a time, a logic-input signal (X) is X(n), the signal-output port of the PhC-structure unit is X(n); the clock-signal (CP) is equal to zero at a time being a clock cycle after the previous time, a logic-input signal (X) is X(n+1), and a system-output port equals AND-logic operation on the logic-input signal X(n+1) and the logic-input signal X(n) at the previous moment in a clock cycle; and
the self-AND-transformation logic function of logic-signals is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,338,307

LUMINAIRE HAVING LIGHT PIPE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

KENALL MANUFACTURING COMP...

1. A luminaire comprising:a housing;
a first lens covering an opening formed in the housing;
a light source disposed in the housing and configured to emit artificial light in a forward direction toward the first lens; and
a light pipe assembly spanning at least a portion of a distance between the first lens and the light source, the light pipe assembly being configured to transport ambient light rays present in an environment outside of the housing to a location within the housing isolated from the artificial light.

US Pat. No. 10,338,305

LUMINAIRE WITH INTEGRATED LIGHTGUIDE

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A luminaire comprising:an array of light emitting diodes mounted to a rigid substrate to emit light away from the rigid substrate;
a cover that extends over the rigid substrate and that comprises an elongate aperture and a cover protrusion extending toward the rigid substrate, and
a lightguide extending through the elongate aperture, the lightguide comprising:
a first edge that extends lengthwise along the array of light emitting diodes to receive light from the array of light emitting diodes;
a second edge disposed opposite the first edge to emit the received light;
third and fourth edges that extend between the first and second edges, the third and fourth edges each comprising a lightguide protrusion that is retained against the rigid substrate by the cover protrusion; and
first and second major surfaces that are operative to guide light between the first edge and the second edge via internal reflection, that extend a first length between the first edge and the second edge, and that extend a second length between the third edge and the fourth edge, the second length substantially greater than the first length.

US Pat. No. 10,338,302

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A light source device comprising:a light source; and
a light guide plate,
wherein the light guide plate includes an incident surface on which light emitted from the light source is incident, an emission surface emitting light incident from the incident surface, and a propagating reflection surface which is a surface opposite to the emission surface and which propagates and reflects the light incident from the incident surface toward the emission surface,
the propagating reflection surface has V-shaped grooves and the V-shaped grooves are formed by repetition of two kinds of cross-sectional shapes,
the two kinds of V-shaped grooves have first grooves and second grooves alternately aligned from the incident surface,
angles made by the first groove and the propagating reflection surface are ?, ? and angles made by the second groove and the propagating reflection surface are ?, ?, the ? is in a range from 42 degrees to 60 degrees and the ? is in a range from 60 degrees to 72 degrees, and
the ? is in a range from 42 degrees to 60 degrees and the ? is in a range from 60 degrees to 72 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,338,300

BACKLIGHT ASSEMBLY INCLUDING OPTICAL MEMBER GUIDING LIGHT AND CONVERTING WAVELENGTH OF LIGHT AND DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device, comprising:a back light assembly which generates light; and
a display panel which is disposed on the back light assembly and receives the light generated from the back light assembly to display an image,
wherein the back light assembly comprises:
a light guide member which guides the light to the display panel, the light guide member comprising a light incident surface through which the light is incident to the light guide member;
a light source which is adjacent to the light incident surface of light guide member along a first direction and emits the light to the light guide member; and
an optical member which is between the light guide member and the display panel and adjusts a path of the light emitted from the light guide member, wherein the optical member comprises:
a first base film which defines a light incident surface of the optical member through which the light is incident to the optical member from the light guide member;
a second base film which faces the first base film and is closer to the display panel than the first base film;
an optical pattern which is provided in plural spaced apart from each other;
a reflecting layer which is disposed on the optical patterns and reflects light incident to the optical member; and
a wavelength conversion pattern which is provided in plural alternately disposed with the optical patterns, wherein the wavelength conversion pattern converts a source wavelength of the light emitted from the light source,
wherein the light incident surface of the optical member having the optical patterns, the reflecting layer and the wavelength conversion patterns is adjacent to the light guide member along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,297

LIGHTING DEVICE USING LINE SHAPED BEAM

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a light source portion having at least one light source; and
a light guide portion having a larger thickness than a height of a light emitting surface of the at least one light source and irradiated by an incident beam of the at least one light source from a side, the light guide portion having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface,
wherein the first surface of the light guide portion includes a three-dimensional effect forming portion at which a three-dimensional light effect is formed,
wherein a flat reflective portion provided to face the second surface of the light guide portion,
wherein the three-dimensional effect forming portion includes multiple patterns sequentially arranged in a first direction and having respective inclined surfaces with inclination angles with respect to the first surface, wherein each of the multiple patterns extends parallel in a line in a second direction vertical to the first direction,
wherein the multiple patterns guide light passing along the light guide portion into a first surface direction toward which the first surface faces by using refraction and reflection from the inclined surfaces,
wherein the first surface of the light guide portion is a light exiting surface and the second surface of the light guide portion is flat,
wherein a spaced portion is provided as air gaps between the flat reflective portion and the second surface of the light guide portion,
wherein each of the multiple patterns include a plurality of recesses, a vertical cross-section of each recess having five sides with different angles of inclination, and
wherein one side of the five sides includes an interrupted surface configured to block light from being emitted through at least one of reflection or refraction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,296

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a light guide plate that propagates light which is incident from an end surface of the light guide plate, that reflects light using prisms provided on a reflection surface of the light guide plate, and that emits light from an emission surface of the light guide plate, the emission surface faces the reflection surface;
a light source that causes light to be incident on the end surface of the light guide plate;
a hiding plate that is provided on a side of the emission surface of the light guide plate, and that includes a light transmission part which transmits light emitted from the emission surface and a light shielding part which has lower light transmittance than the light transmission part;
a colored board that has light reflectance closer to light reflectance of the light shielding part than light reflectance of the light transmission part in each wavelength, and that is provided on a side of the reflection surface of the light guide plate so as to overlap the light transmission part of the hiding plate when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the emission surface of the light guide plate; and
a second light source that is provided to interpose the colored board between the second light source and the light guide plate,
wherein when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the emission surface of the light guide plate, an edge part of the colored board overlaps the light shielding part, and the colored board overlaps a whole area of the light transmission part,
wherein a plurality of the light sources are provided at a plurality of places such that light is incident on a plurality of end surfaces of the light guide plate and different pieces of information are respectively displayed on the end surfaces into which light is incident, and
wherein the colored board is provided with a light transmitting area that has higher light transmittance than light transmittance of another area.

US Pat. No. 10,338,289

OPTICAL MEMBER AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING OPTICAL MEMBER

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An optical member comprising:a substrate; and
a dot that is in contact with a surface of the substrate,
wherein the dot is formed of a liquid crystal material having a cholesteric structure,
four or more dots form one recognition effective region as an aggregate, and
a shortest inter-end distance between one arbitrary dot and at least two other dots in the recognition effective region is 10 ?m or less,
wherein a plurality of recognition effective regions are provided in a pattern shape on the surface of the substrate, and
wherein a ratio of a dot diameter to a distance between the plurality of recognition effective regions is 1:5 to 1:50.

US Pat. No. 10,338,288

REFLECTION MEMBER, PROJECTION SCREEN, COMBINER, AND HEAT SHIELD MEMBER

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A reflection member comprising:two or more layers of fixed cholesteric liquid crystal phases,
wherein the two or more layers of fixed cholesteric liquid crystal phases exhibit central wavelengths of mutually different selective reflection,
the two or more layers of fixed cholesteric liquid crystal phases include a layer formed of a composition including a disc-like liquid crystal compound and a layer formed of a composition including a rod-like liquid crystal compound, and
the difference in the absolute value of Rth at a wavelength of 550 nm between the layer formed of a composition including a disc-like liquid crystal compound and the layer formed of a composition including a rod-like liquid crystal compound is 100 nm or smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,338,285

BLAZED DIFFRACTION GRATING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING BLAZED DIFFRACTION GRATING

Shimadzu Corporation, Na...

1. A blazed diffraction grating comprising:a) a support having a saw-tooth sectional shape and having a basic blaze surface and a basic riser surface arranged alternately and repeatedly in a direction;
b) a resin layer covering the basic blaze surface and the basic riser surface of the support and having monotonically changing thickness on the basic blaze surface in the direction; and
c) a reflective metal coating film covering a surface of the resin layer,
wherein a blaze angle of the resin layer on the basic blaze surface is smaller than a blaze angle of the basic blaze surface, and
wherein a thickness of the resin layer is 100 nm to 200 nm at a thinnest spot of the resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,338,282

INCREASED ACCURACY CORNER CUBE ARRAYS FOR HIGH RESOLUTION RETRO-REFLECTIVE IMAGING APPLICATIONS

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A display system comprising:one or more light sources; and
a beam splitter configured to partially reflect source light from the one or more light sources to a retro-reflective array, the retro-reflective array comprising:
a reflective surface formed by one or more corner cube arrays (CCAs),
a reflective surface covering facets of a plurality of corner cube structures of the one or more corner cube arrays (CCAs),
wherein the reflective surface covering facets of the plurality of corner cube structures comprises a reflective coating applied over a replicated retro-reflective array and the facets of the plurality of corner cube structures rendered reflective through total internal reflection (TIR), and
wherein the retro-reflective array is configured to reflect at least a portion of the source light such that the portion of the source light is transmitted through the beam splitter.

US Pat. No. 10,338,281

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR GESTURE RECOGNITION APPARATUS

Jabil Optics Germany GmbH...

1. A lighting device for detecting three-dimensional structures, in particular for a gesture recognition apparatus, for scanning an object with illumination light (L), the lighting device comprising:a tiltably supported reflective element;
a first optical component for illuminating the reflective element with the illumination light (L); and
a prism, the prism comprising:
an entry surface facing the first optical component along an illumination light path (P);
a base surface facing the reflective element along the illumination light path (P), and
an exit surface facing away from the first optical component and the reflective element along the illumination light path (P),
wherein the entry surface is arranged tilted with respect to a portion (P1) of the illumination light path striking the entry surface such that the illumination light (L) enters the prism through the entry surface,
wherein the prism is arranged along the illumination light path (P), along which the illumination light (L) extends from the first optical component to the reflective element, between the first optical component and the reflective element, and
wherein the prism is configured such that the illumination light (L) passes through the prism twice on its way to the reflective element and from the reflective element.

US Pat. No. 10,338,279

LENS ARRAY HAVING LENSES ARRANGED IN ROWS, LENS UNIT, EXPOSURE DEVICE, LED HEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A lens unit comprising:a first lens array forming a reduced inverted image of a light emitting portion disposed on an incident side of the first lens array, and
a second lens array forming a magnified inverted image of the reduced inverted image,
the first lens array comprising:
a plurality of first lenses arranged in at least two rows parallel with each other, the plurality of first lenses being arranged in a first direction in each row, each of the plurality of first lenses allowing light to pass in a second direction,
wherein an arrangement center is defined at a center position between the two rows in a third direction perpendicular to both of the first direction and the second direction,
wherein each of the plurality of first lenses includes a first incident surface and a first emission surface,
wherein a surface apex of the first emission surface is displaced with respect to a surface apex of the first incident surface in a direction away from the arrangement center in the third direction,
the second lens array comprising:
a plurality of second lenses arranged in at least two rows parallel with each other, the plurality of second lenses being arranged in the first direction in each row, each of the plurality of second lenses allowing light to pass in the second direction,
wherein each of the plurality of second lenses includes a second incident surface and a second emission surface,
wherein a surface apex of the second incident surface is displaced with respect to a surface apex of the second emission surface in a direction away from the arrangement center in the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,278

ANTI-FOG COATING

Carl Zeiss Vision Interna...

1. An optical component comprising a crosslinked anti-fog coating produced by covalent attachment of a silane derivative of the formula (2) to the surface of the optical component and crosslinking of adjacent molecules:RoXmSiBn  (2)wherein:m=1 to 3,
n=1 or 2, and
o=0 or 1,
with the proviso that m+n+o=4;
the radical X is selected from a halogen or C1-4 alkoxy, and for m=2 or 3 the individual radicals X are identical or different,
the radical R is C1-4-alkyl,
the radical B has the structure -B1-B2, in which -B2 is a terminal hydrophilic group which is crosslinked to at least one hydrophilic group of an adjacent molecule of the anti-fog coat, and -B1- represents either a spacer group, which joins the hydrophilic group B2 to the Si atom, or a covalent bond,
the terminal hydrophilic group -B2 is poly(meth)acrylate, and for n=2 the individual radicals B are identical or different, and
the anti-fog coating has a coat thickness of 100 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,338,277

POLARIZING PLATE PROTECTIVE FILM, POLARIZING PLATE, AND DISPLAY

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A polarizing plate protective film containing a compound represented by any one of formulae (II-1) to (II-5):
wherein, in formula (II-1) or (II-5), X represents a group represented by any of formula (I-A-1) or (I-A-2); in formulae (II-2) to (II-4), X represents a group represented by formula (I-A-1); and wherein, in formula (II-1) to (II-5), n represents an integer of 2 or more; when n is 2, Z2 represents a divalent linking group; when n is 3 or more, Z2 represents an n-valent chain hydrocarbon group; when n is 2, Z3 represents a divalent alkylene group; when n is 3 or more, Z3 represents an n-valent chain hydrocarbon group; however, the case where Z3 has a ring structure is excluded; R1 to R5 each independently represent a substituent; n1 and n2 each independently represent an integer of 2 to 6; n3 and n4 each independently represent an integer of 1 to 5; m1, m3, and m4 each independently represent an integer of 0 to 4; m2 represents an integer of 0 to 10,

wherein, in formulae (I-A-1) and (I-A-2), RAC1 and RAC2 each independently represent an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aryl group, or an acyl group; however, the case where RAC1 and RAC2 bond to each other to form a ring is excluded; RAC3 to RAC6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aryl group, an acyl group, an alkoxy group, or an alkoxycarbonyl group; at least two of RAC3 to RAC6 may bond to each other, to form a ring.

US Pat. No. 10,338,271

RESERVOIR GRID CONVERSION FOR SCALING STRAIN

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. One or more computer-readable non-transitory media comprising computer-executable instructions stored therein to instruct a computing system to:acquire data of a geological reservoir wherein the data comprise field data captured electronically via one or more data acquisition techniques;
for a given time, solve the elastic wave equation in tensorial form for a geological reservoir model of the geological reservoir subject to stated conditions to provide a solution that comprises strain-related displacements associated with resource production from the geological reservoir wherein the data provide for, at least in part, one or more of the stated conditions and;
adjust a grid associated with the geological reservoir model based at least in part on the strain-related displacements, wherein the adjusted grid represents changes in the geological reservoir; and
issue an instruction to adjust an actuator associated with an operation performed on the geological reservoir based at least in part on the represented changes in the geological reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,338,270

SENSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH PHASE UNWRAPPING BASED ON A DYNAMIC PHASE CHANGE MODEL

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A system, comprising:distributed sensors;
a receiver that receives signals from the distributed sensors and that produces one or more interferometry signals from the received signals;
a digitizer to digitize each of the one or more interferometry signals; and
at least one processing unit that processes each digitized interferometry signal to obtain unwrapped phase information and related parameter values, wherein the unwrapped phase information is obtained based on a comparison of a current phase measurement with a reference phase predicted using a dynamic phase change model that includes a phase change acceleration component.

US Pat. No. 10,338,269

METHOD AND X-RAY INSPECTION SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVELY INSPECTING OBJECTS

1. A method for the nondestructive inspection of an object, wherein electromagnetic radiation is passed through the object and intensity values of unabsorbed beams are measured and evaluated, the method comprising the following steps:generating a three-dimensional data set in which a first material quantity value corresponding to a first material property of the object is associated in each case with individual spatial elements of the object by means of a computed tomography method employing a first X-ray unit including at least one first radiation source and an associated first generally L-shaped detector unit;
determining an inspection space, in the three-dimensional data set representing the object, which has spatial elements whose first material quantity value is in a predetermined value range;
deriving values, based on the three-dimensional data set, which in each case correspond to a spatial geometric quantity of the inspection space in a predetermined projection direction;
generating a two-dimensional data set in which a second material quantity value corresponding to a second material property of the object is associated in each case with individual surface elements of the object, based on a surface projection of the object in the predetermined projection direction by means of a two-dimensional X-ray method employing at least one second X-ray unit with at least one second radiation source and an associated second generally L-shaped detector unit, the second detector unit including a first detection portion in a first plane and a second detection portion in a second plane, the first plane being distinct from the second plane, the generally second L-shaped detector unit being arranged in a different direction than the first generally L-shaped detector unit;
determining an inspection area in the two-dimensional data set by computing a projection of the inspection space into the two-dimensional data set, corresponding to the predetermined projection direction; and
transferring the derived values of the spatial geometric quantity into corresponding surface elements of the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,338,268

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING T2 DISTRIBUTION

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method for determining earth formation rock and fluid properties comprising:providing a data acquisition tool, the data acquisition tool comprising:
one or more nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) sensors, a data acquisition processor communicatively coupled with the one or more NMR sensors, and
a first memory communicatively coupled with the data acquisition processor;
lowering the data acquisition tool to a desired location within a wellbore;
receiving, at the data acquisition tool, data of earth formation fluid;
transmitting the acquired data to a data processing unit communicatively coupled with the data acquisition tool, the data processing unit comprising a data processor and a second memory;
obtaining, from the acquired data, at least one fully polarized state echo train (EFR) and at least one partially polarized state echo train burst (EPR), wherein the at least one EPR includes a plurality of partially polarized bins and a plurality of fully polarized bins;
inverting the at least one EPR to obtain an apparent transverse relaxation time (T2app) distribution, wherein the T2app distribution includes fully polarized state echo train data and partially polarized state echo train data;
truncating the T2app distribution by discarding the partially polarized T2app bins;
completing a forward model of the EPR to obtain at least one additional echo train burst (EFR_B) having only fully polarized bins;
performing a second, simultaneous inversion on the at least one EFR and the at least one EFR_B obtained from the forward model, the second inversion providing a T2 distribution and a total porosity level;
determining, at the data processor, earth formation fluid properties based on the second inversion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,267

FORMATION PROPERTIES FROM TIME-DEPENDENT NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) MEASUREMENTS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:providing a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logging tool and disposing the NMR logging tool in a wellbore traversing a formation at some desired depth adjacent a low-permeability portion of the formation;
providing an upper packer and a lower packer;
actuating the upper packer and the lower packer to hydraulically isolate a section of the wellbore adjacent the low permeability portion of the formation and form a cavity between the NMR logging tool and the wall of the isolated section of the wellbore;
evacuating the cavity until a first desired pressure within the cavity is attained;
injecting gas into the cavity until a second desired pressure within the cavity is attained, said second desired pressure being different than said first desired pressure;
making a plurality of NMR measurements using the NMR logging tool on a region of the formation penetrated by the wellbore and adjacent the isolated section of the wellbore, each of the plurality of measurements being made at different times; and
inferring one or more properties of the formation using the plurality of NMR measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,338,265

USING AN ARRAY OF SENSORS BETWEEN TWO TRANSMITTERS IN AN EDDY CURRENT LOGGING ENVIRONMENT

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A magnetic imaging tool comprising:a body comprising at least two transmitters to transmit signals; and
an array of sensors coupled to the body to obtain eddy current responses to the signals from downhole tubulars,
wherein the array of sensors is located axially between two transmitters that produce magnetic fields with opposite orientations and is extendable and retractable to obtain eddy current responses in different diameters of downhole tubulars.

US Pat. No. 10,338,264

EMU IMPULSE ANTENNA WITH CONTROLLED DIRECTIONALITY AND IMPROVED IMPEDANCE MATCHING

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method for emitting pulses of electromagnetic energy with an electromagnetic energy source, the method comprising:providing the electromagnetic energy source having:
a sonde assembly;
an energy storage capacitor including an electrode mounted in the sonde assembly and operable to generate an electric field, and a capacitive charge storage medium surrounding the electrode;
a communication cable extending through a tubular member to the electrode; and
a fast-closing switch positioned such that when the fast-closing switch is in a closed position, a circuit is formed that discharges the electrode; and
charging the energy storage capacitor to cause the fast-closing switch to close and pulses of electromagnetic energy to be emitted from the electromagnetic energy source.

US Pat. No. 10,338,263

SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR A CABLE LOCATING INSTRUMENT

Metrotech Corporation, S...

1. A mobile cable locating instrument comprising:one or more antennas configured to detect magnetic fields radiating from a cable;
one or more audiovisual components configured to provide, to a user of the mobile cable locating instrument, one or more audiovisual representations of a locate signal for locating the cable, the locate signal being associated with one or more of a power mode signal and a radio mode signal associated with the cable; and
a combined filter connected to the one or more antennas and the one or more audiovisual components to receive an input value based on the detected magnetic fields from the one or more antennas and provide the power mode signal and the radio mode signal to the one or more audiovisual components, simultaneously, the combined filter comprising:
a half-band finite-input response (FIR) filter coupled to the one or more antennas, having a structure of taps with an odd number of taps, numbered 0 through N, where N is an even number, and a median tap, the median tap being one of the odd number of taps, wherein filter coefficients for each odd numbered tap is zero, the half-band FIR response filter providing a filter value from the input value;
a right shifter that is connected to the FIR filter, receives a median value from the median tap and shifts the median value right by one bit to provide a half median value;
an adder that is connected to the FIR filter and the right shifter, adds the filter value and the half median value to provide a low-pass filter value, the low-pass filter value corresponding to the power mode signal; and
a subtractor that is connected to the FIR filter and the right shifter, subtracts the half median value from the filter value to provide a high-pass filter value, the high-pass filter value corresponding to the radio mode signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,261

MEASUREMENT OF MAGNETIC FIELD GRADIENTS

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

16. A system for determining a magnetic field gradient, the system comprising:a vector magnetometer operable to measure the magnetic field gradient for specific positions on the Earth;
a gyroscope, coupled to the vector magnetometer, that is operable to generate a correction value to compensate for error in the magnetic field gradient; and
one or more processors operable to:
identify the magnetic field gradient;
identify the correction value; and
apply the correction value to the magnetic field gradient,
wherein the vector magnetometer and the gyroscope are onboard a moving platform,
wherein the correction value received from the gyroscope comprises a relative rotation matrix and is applied to the magnetic field gradient to relate a coil vector magnetometer antenna and an airframe body coordinate system to compensate for high frequency airframe vibrations that causes disorientation of the inductive coil vector magnetometer.

US Pat. No. 10,338,258

MARINE SEISMIC SURVEYING

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A marine seismic surveying system comprising:a plurality of seismic receivers;
a propelled vessel comprising a navigation control system arranged to steer the propelled vessel;
a seismic source assembly attached to the propelled vessel with a towing line, the seismic source assembly comprising:
a float;
a seismic source suspended from the float; and
a source global positioning system installed on the float; and
a computer system, in communication with the navigation control system of the propelled vessel and with the global positioning system of the seismic source assembly, and arranged to instruct the navigation control system to steer the propelled vessel in response to no other position information than position information repetitively generated by the source global positioning system to navigate the seismic source assembly to a target location, and to trigger activation of the seismic source when the seismic source is located within a pre-determined distance from the target location.

US Pat. No. 10,338,255

NOISE ATTENUATION

PGS Geophysical AS, Oslo...

1. A method for attenuating noise in marine seismic survey data, comprising:receiving, by a machine, marine seismic survey data recorded near-continuously by a plurality of receivers, wherein the near-continuously recorded seismic data is indicative of a subterranean formation and includes a first near-continuous measurement of a wavefield and a second near-continuous measurement of the wavefield;
equalizing the first near-continuous measurement of a wavefield and the second near-continuous measurement of the wavefield recorded from a marine seismic survey;
collapsing a coherent portion of the equalized second near-continuous measurement by:
inverting the equalized first near-continuous measurement;
deriving a collapsing operator from the inverted first near-continuous measurement; and
applying the collapsing operator to the equalized second near-continuous measurement;
deriving a noise model; and
attenuating noise in the second near-continuous measurement using the noise model.

US Pat. No. 10,338,253

METHOD OF SUPPRESSING SPECTRAL ARTEFACTS OF WAVEFIELD DECOMPOSITION CAUSED BY IMPERFECT EXTRAPOLATION

PGS Geophysical AS, Oslo...

24. A system for increasing clarity of geologic features represented in a data set having a finite aperture by removing spectral artefacts from the data set comprising:a tapering means for adding a taper to the data set at a boundary of the finite aperture using an extrapolation and a first window function to form a tapered data set;
a modeling means for creating a model of the taper for the data set using a second window function,
a filtering means for:
performing a spectral filtering operation on the tapered data set to form a filtered data set, wherein the filtered data set has spectral artefacts arising from the taper; and
performing the spectral filtering operation on the model of the taper to form a model of the spectral artefacts; and
a subtracting means for adaptively subtracting the model of the spectral artefacts from the filtered data set to form a product data set.

US Pat. No. 10,338,249

PROCESSING SEISMIC ATTRIBUTES USING MATHEMATICAL MORPHOLOGY

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A computer-implemented method for processing seismic data, comprising:receiving a seismic data set associated with a domain representing a subterranean volume, wherein the seismic data set is collected using a geophone and a seismic wave generator;
calculating a seismic attribute associated with the domain from the seismic data set; and
performing one or more mathematical morphology operations on the seismic attribute to generate a processed attribute associated with the domain, wherein performing the one or more mathematical morphology operations comprises:
performing a first mathematical morphology operation on the seismic attribute to generate an intermediate attribute, wherein performing the first mathematical morphology operation comprises:
selecting a subject element from a matrix of elements representing the domain; and
defining a local subset of the matrix of elements, wherein defining the local subset comprises applying a morphological structuring operator having a shape and a dimension; and
performing a second mathematical morphology operation on the intermediate attribute to generate the processed attribute, wherein the second mathematical morphology operation comprises a pseudo-inverse of the first mathematical morphology operation.

US Pat. No. 10,338,248

METHOD FOR PROCESSING SEISMIC IMAGES

TOTAL SA, Courbevoie (FR...

1. A method for processing a reference seismic image of a medium and a control seismic image of said medium, the reference seismic image comprising at least one seismic trace expressed in a depth scale and the control seismic image comprising at least one seismic trace expressed in the depth scale, the method comprising:a) receiving the reference seismic image and the control seismic image;
b) defining at least one first planar capture level situated on one trace from among the at least one seismic trace of the reference seismic image and the at least one seismic trace of the control seismic image, and at least one second planar capture level on the at least one seismic trace of the reference seismic image, said first planar capture level being defined above a first disturbance of said medium;
c) transforming a continuous portion of the at least one seismic trace of the control seismic image by demigration on the at least one first planar capture level by means of an original velocity model, into a transformed control seismic trace described in a time scale;
d) transforming a continuous portion of the at least one seismic trace of the reference seismic image comprising the at least one second planar capture level by demigration and datuming operations on the at least one second planar capture level by means of a current velocity model, into a transformed reference seismic trace portion described in the time scale;
e) correcting the portion of the transformed control seismic trace by calibration on the at least one second planar capture level by means of the current velocity model in a new transformed control seismic trace portion described in the time scale said calibration being a transformation by datuming operation;
f) determining an optimised current velocity model by the addition, to the current velocity model, of a correction factor for the current velocity model determined from an offset in time between the portion of the transformed reference seismic trace and the new transformed control seismic trace portion; and
g) monitoring a change over time in the imaged medium of oil/gas reservoirs in a subsoil based on said optimized current velocity model.

US Pat. No. 10,338,247

MICROSEISMIC MONITORING SENSOR UNCERTAINTY REDUCTION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a computing device, information about—a plurality of sensors that are monitoring a subterranean formation subsequent to a fracturing fluid being introduced into the subterranean formation, the information including a location of each sensor of the plurality of sensors;
receiving, by the computing device, information about a microseismic event in the subterranean formation being monitored by the plurality of sensors;
determining, by the computing device, a seismic ray path between a location of the microseismic event and each sensor of the plurality of sensors;
determining, by the computing device, an uncertainty value of the location of the microseismic event based on information about the subterranean formation and the information about the plurality of sensors;
determining, by the computing device, a total uncertainty value of the locations of a plurality of microseismic events that include the microseismic event;
determining, by the computing device, a solution of an objective function that is based on the total uncertainty value and a number of sensors; and
determining, by the computing device and based on the solution, a new location to move at least one sensor of the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,338,244

FWI WITH AREAL AND POINT SOURCES

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method, comprising:performing, with a computer, up/down separation of geophysical data, which produces an approximate up-going wavefield and an approximate down-going wavefield;
creating a hybrid areal source based at least in part on the down-going wavefield; and
performing, with a computer, a full wavefield inversion process with the hybrid areal source, and an objective function measuring a misfit between modeled up-going wavefields and recorded up-going wavefields, wherein the full wavefield inversion process generates a final subsurface physical property model for hydrocarbon exploration.

US Pat. No. 10,338,239

DETECTOR IN AN IMAGING SYSTEM

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A method for evaluating a working condition of a photodetector of a detector in an imaging device comprising:receiving radiation by the detector in response to which a plurality of single events occur, wherein the detector includes a scintillator and the radiation is generated by a background radiation of the scintillator;
generating, by the photodetector, an electronic signal relating to the plurality of single events;
determining a parameter of the electronic signal relating to a photon energy spectrum of the plurality of single events; and
evaluating the working condition of the photodetector based on the parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,338,237

INDUCTIVE RADIATION DETECTOR

1. A radiation detector comprising:a block of a material capable of interacting with radiation to produce charge carriers;
an inductor positioned adjacent to the block and having an inductance that depends on a number of the charge carriers in the block; and
a circuit coupled to sense a change in the inductance and detect the radiation based on the change.

US Pat. No. 10,338,235

RADIATION DETECTOR

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A radiation detector, comprising:a scintillator configured to convert radiation into a fluorescent emission;
a data monitoring portion configured to continuously output instantaneous intensity data indicating an instantaneous intensity of a fluorescent emission at each time of detection in a course from production of the fluorescent emission that is produced through incidence of radiation on the scintillator, through decay of the fluorescent emission; and
a summing portion configured to calculate a summation value indicating an intensity of the fluorescent emission produced in the scintillator through summing the instantaneous intensity data for fluorescent emission intensities that are greater than a threshold value, without summing the instantaneous intensity data for fluorescent emission intensities that are less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,338,234

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A radiographic image capturing device comprising:a sensor substrate having one surface on which a plurality of light-receiving elements are two-dimensionally arranged, wherein the sensor substrate includes an electrode that is an incident plane of the light-receiving elements;
a scintillator substrate that is arranged on a side of the light-receiving elements of the sensor substrate; and
an insulating layer, comprised of an organic material, having a given refractive index formed in a region between the scintillator substrate and the electrode that is the incident plane of the light-receiving elements of the sensor substrate,
wherein no insulating layer with a refractive index different from said given refractive index is formed in said region so that said region has no interface between insulating layers that differ in refractive index.

US Pat. No. 10,338,232

NAVIGATION SATELLITE WIDE-LANE BIAS DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for determining navigation satellite corrections for a plurality of satellites, to facilitate navigation by navigation receivers that receive satellite navigation signals from various subsets of the plurality of satellites, the method comprising:receiving reference receiver measurement information, including receiving, from a plurality of reference receivers at established locations, measurements of satellite navigation signals received by each of the reference receivers, wherein the satellite navigation signals received by each reference receiver of the plurality of reference receivers include satellite navigation signals at first (L1) and second (L2) frequencies;
in accordance with the received reference receiver measurement information, and in accordance with the established locations of the plurality of reference receivers, determining initial wide-lane navigation solutions for the plurality of reference receivers, the initial wide-lane navigation solutions including double-difference (DD) wide-lane fixed integer ambiguity values and single-difference (SD) wide-lane floating ambiguities;
in accordance with the initial wide-lane navigation solutions, for a constellation of n satellites in the plurality of satellites,
determining m clusters of single-difference (SD) wide-lane floating ambiguities, where m is an integer greater than one, each cluster of SD wide-lane floating ambiguities comprising pairs of SD wide-lane floating ambiguities, ?NrmSiSj and ?NrnSiSj for a respective pair of satellites, each pair of SD wide-lane floating ambiguities comprising first and second SD wide-lane floating ambiguities for a first reference receiver, rm, and a second receiver, rn, respectively, that receive satellite navigation signals from both satellites in the respective pair of satellites, wherein the SD wide-lane floating ambiguities in each pair of SD floating ambiguities have equal fractional portions, ??NrmSiSj?=??NrnSiSj?; and
determining a satellite wide-lane bias value, bWLs, for each satellite s of the n satellites, in accordance with fractional portions of the SD wide-lane floating ambiguities in the m clusters;
in accordance with the determined satellite wide-lane bias value, bWLs, for each satellite s of the n satellites, generating wide-lane navigation solutions for the plurality of reference receivers, including SD wide-lane fixed integer ambiguity values for the plurality of reference receivers; and
generating a set of navigation satellite corrections for each satellite of the n satellites, the set of navigation satellites corrections for each satellite s including a correction corresponding to the satellite wide-lane bias value, bWLs, determined for satellite s; wherein the sets of navigation satellite corrections for the n satellites are for transmission to navigation receivers for use in determining locations of the navigation receivers.

US Pat. No. 10,338,230

MULTIPATH ERROR CORRECTION

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A system for multipath error correction, comprising:a global positioning system (GPS) component determining a first GPS position of a vehicle at a first time and a second GPS position for the vehicle at a second time;
an image capture component monitoring for a change of lane associated with the vehicle between determination of the first GPS position and the second GPS position for the vehicle; and
an error correction component calculating an updated position for the vehicle by performing a comparison between the change of lane information and the second GPS position of the vehicle and setting the updated position for the vehicle as the second GPS position.

US Pat. No. 10,338,221

DEVICE FOR EXTRACTING DEPTH INFORMATION AND METHOD THEREOF

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A device for extracting depth information, the device comprising:a light outputting unit configured to output infrared (IR) light;
a light inputting unit configured to be input with light output from the light outputting unit which has been reflected from an object;
a light adjusting unit configured to adjust the angle of the output infrared light such that a first region including an object is irradiated with output infrared light and then adjust the angle of the output infrared light such a second region is irradiated with the output infrared light; and
a controlling unit configured to estimate motion of the object using at least one of infrared light input into the first region and infrared light input into the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,338,213

AUTO TIER II

Northrop Grumman Systems ...

13. A system for providing an estimate of far-field radar cross-section (RCS) measurements of an aircraft, said system comprising:a plurality of automatic guided vehicle (AGV) each including a robot arm moveably mounted thereto and a radar unit selectively mounted to the robot arm and being interchangeable with a camera, each AGV further including an AGV positioning sub-system for positioning the AGV relative to the aircraft and positioning the robot arm on the AGV, each AGV also including an AGV controller for providing command and control signals to the AGV positioning sub-system, the robot arm, the radar unit and the camera so as to cause the radar unit to provide near-field RCS measurements and the camera to provide images of the aircraft at different elevations, angles and positions;
a real time signature diagnostic sub-system (SDS-RT) responsive to a stream of the near-field RCS measurement signals from the radar unit and the images from the camera in real time; and
an SDS controller responsive to near-field RCS measurement signals and images from the SDS-RT and configuring and orienting the near-field RCS measurement signals into a mosaic of the measurement signals to provide the estimate of the far-field RCS measurements of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,338,211

APPARATUS FOR MEASURING DISTANCE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A distance measuring device comprising:an image acquiring unit installed in a vehicle cabin of a vehicle, acquiring a plurality of images which are simultaneously captured from mutually different view points via a windshield of the vehicle, to include a common imaging region ahead of the vehicle which are shared by the plurality of images;
a parallax detection unit that detects a parallax between the plurality of images as a detected parallax, in response to a front object, as an object present ahead of the vehicle, being captured in the plurality of images, based on positions where the front object is captured in respective images;
a distance calculation unit that calculates distance between the front object and the vehicle as a parallax calculated distance based on the detected parallax;
a distance detection unit mounted on the vehicle, transmitting/receiving electromagnetic waves to detect distance between the front object and the vehicle as electromagnetic waves detected distance;
an error calculation unit that calculates a parallax error which is an error of the parallax detected by the parallax detection unit, the parallax error being calculated based on a difference between the parallax calculated distance calculated by the distance calculation unit and the electromagnetic waves detected distance detected by the distance detection unit;
a first region identifying unit that identifies a correction divided region where the front object corresponding to the parallax error calculated by the error calculation unit is captured, the correction divided region being divided from a correction region which is set in the imaging region of at least one of the plurality of images, the correction region being constituted of a plurality of pixels to correct a parallax;
an individual correction setting unit that sets an individual correction parallax for each of the correction divided regions, based on the parallax error calculated by the error calculation unit and the correction divided region identified by the first region identifying unit, the individual correction parallax being used for correcting the parallax calculated distance which is calculated based on the detected parallax;
a second region identifying unit that identifies the correction divided region where the front object corresponding to the detected parallax is captured;
a corrected distance calculation unit that calculates a distance between the front object and the vehicle as a corrected distance, based on the detected parallax and the individual correction parallax identified by the second region identifying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,210

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING GPS ALTERNATIVES ON 1090 MHZ

1. A method, comprising:obtaining an estimate of position of an own aircraft based on time of arrival of signals from a plurality of ground stations, wherein calculation of the estimate is performed in the own aircraft, wherein the signals from the plurality of ground stations are transmitted on 1090 MHz+/?about 30 Hz, and wherein the signals comprise data overlay signals wherein each of the respective data overlay signals respectively comprise a signal modulated with a first message and further modulated with a second overlay message, wherein the first message and second overlay message may be independently demodulated from a particular data overlay signal; and
using the estimate of position instead of a position from a global positioning system.

US Pat. No. 10,338,209

SYSTEMS TO TRACK A MOVING SPORTS OBJECT

1. A method of tracking a moving sports object, the method including:calibrating a perspective of an image of a camera to a perspective of a Doppler radar for simultaneous tracking of the moving sports object;
interpolating a three dimensional trajectory of a camera measurement of the moving sports object's motion using radar data, based at least in part on a failure of one of the two sensors to provide usable measurements during a period that the moving sports object is being tracked; and
tracking the moving sports object simultaneously with the camera and Doppler radar.

US Pat. No. 10,338,205

BACKSCATTER COMMUNICATION AMONG COMMODITY WIFI RADIOS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A backscatter tag communicate device comprising:a receiver configured to receive a WiFi packet conforming to a communication protocol defining a plurality of codewords;
a mapper configured to map at least a first subset of the plurality of codewords disposed in the packet to a second plurality of codewords defined by the protocol;
a frequency shifter configured to shift a frequency of the second plurality of codewords such that the frequency shifted codewords are characterized by a single sideband spectrum;
a first signal splitter configured to split a WiFi signal representative of the WiFi packet into first and second signals;
a first on-off keying block disposed in a first path and adapted to receive the first signal; and
a second on-off keying block disposed in a second path and adapted to receive the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,204

SENSOR SYSTEMS

2. A sensor system for measuring relative distance between sensors of the system, the sensor system comprising at least two sensors, wherein each said sensor comprises an RF transceiver coupled to a microprocessor, and stored program code for controlling the microprocessor, wherein said stored program code comprises code to:send, using said RF transceiver, a group of one or more data bits from the sensor to a second sensor;
receive, using said RF transceiver, an acknowledgement of reception of said group of data bits from said second sensor;
determine a time difference between said sending and said receiving; and
compensate said time difference for a processing delay by the microprocessor of said second sensor between the second sensor receiving said group of data bits and sending said acknowledgement, to determine timing data representing a distance to said second sensor,
wherein said stored program code further comprises code to:
send a plurality of said groups of data bits to said second sensor, wherein said plurality of said groups of data bits comprises groups of data bits of different lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,338,203

CLASSIFICATION PREPROCESSING IN MEDICAL ULTRASOUND SHEAR WAVE IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for classification preprocessing to be used in medical ultrasound shear wave imaging, the method comprising:measuring, with an ultrasound system, values of displacement of tissue over time at a first location within a patient in response to an impulse excitation;
determining, with a processor of the ultrasound system, a maximum of the values of the displacement over time;
determining, with the processor of the ultrasound system, a signal-to-noise ratio of the values of the displacement over time where the values of the displacement over time are the signal in the signal-to-noise ratio;
classifying, with the processor, the first location as a first one of a plurality types of tissue where the classifying distinguishes the types of tissue based on a level of fluid in the tissue, the tissue being fluid tissue or solid tissue and being other than bone, the classifying using the maximum of the displacement of the values over time and the signal-to-noise ratio of the values of the displacement over time as variables in the classifying, a SNR level of the signal-to-noise ratio of the values of the displacement over time being an input in the classifying; and
imaging as a function of the classifying of the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,338,201

TIMING SYNCHRONIZATION OF LIDAR SYSTEM TO REDUCE INTERFERENCE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for use with a LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) system, the method comprising:assigning a firing time of a laser included in the LIDAR system, wherein assigning the firing time includes:
receiving a universal clock signal at the LIDAR system, the universal clock signal common to one or more other LIDAR systems;
synchronizing a system clock of the LIDAR system to the universal clock signal to generate a synchronized clock signal; and
determining the firing time based on the synchronized clock signal to reduce interference with the one or more other LIDAR systems, including
establishing a frame divided into a plurality of timeslots,
assigning one or more of the plurality of timeslots as the firing time for the LIDAR system,
obtaining a unique identifier number that is unique to the LIDAR system, and
applying a HASH algorithm to the unique identifier number to select which of the plurality of timeslots to assign as the firing time for the LIDAR system; and
firing the laser at the firing time.

US Pat. No. 10,338,198

SENSOR APPARATUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A sensor apparatus comprising:a first housing;
a second housing spaced from the first housing;
a LIDAR sensor attached to the first housing; and
a cylindrical window releasably coupled to the first housing and to the second housing, wherein the window extends from a first end releasably coupled to the first housing to a second end releasably coupled to the second housing, the first end including a first thread engageable with the first housing, and the second end including a second thread engageable with the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,338,197

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE OF QUALITATIVE MODELING FOR SIGNAL ANALYSIS

Accenture Global Solution...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a qualitative signal analysis module of a system that includes (i) the qualitative signal analysis module, (ii) an output processing module, and (iii) a signal processing or display device, a signal;
generating, by the qualitative signal analysis module, a two-dimensional representation of the signal, the two-dimensional representation including (i) a sequence of consecutive peaks that each represent a local minimum point or a local maximum point within the two-dimensional representation of the signal, and (ii) a respective line segment that connects each pair of adjacent peaks;
for each line segment that connects each respective pair of adjacent peaks, generating, by the qualitative signal analysis module, a label for the line segment based at least on classifying the line segment according to one or more qualitative criteria;
generating, by the output processor module, a qualitative representation of the signal based on the labels that were generated for the line segment of the two-dimensional representation of the signal; and
providing, by the output processing module, the qualitative representation of the signal for processing by the signal processing or display device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,196

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AVOIDING SENSOR INTERFERENCE USING VEHICULAR COMMUNICATION

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling sensor data acquisition using a vehicular communication network, comprising:establishing an operable connection for computer communication between a first vehicle and one or more remote vehicles within a communication range of the first vehicle using the vehicular communication network, wherein the first vehicle and the one or more remote vehicles operate based upon a common time base according to a global time signal;
receiving, from each of the one or more remote vehicles, capability data that includes a sensor actuation time slot of each of the one or more remote vehicles indicting a time slot at which sensors of each of the one or more remote vehicles are actuating, and wherein the sensor actuation time slot of each of the one or more remote vehicles are different;
dividing a clock cycle into a plurality of time slots based on one or more remote vehicles; and
controlling, according to the plurality of time slots and the sensor actuation time slot, sensor actuation of a sensor of the first vehicle and the sensors of each of the one or more remote vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,338,190

ENABLING A VALIDATION OF AN ESTIMATED POSITION OF A MOBILE DEVICE

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method comprising, performed by at least one apparatus:obtaining results of measurements by a mobile device on radio signals transmitted by a plurality of transmitters, the results of measurements comprising characteristics of the radio signals at the location of measurement;
estimating a position of the mobile device based on the obtained results of measurements and based on assistance data including information on expected characteristics of radio signals of various transmitters at various locations;
matching a distribution of characteristics of radio signals in the obtained results of measurements with a reference distribution of characteristics of radio signals; and
providing a result of the matching as an indication of validity of the estimated position.

US Pat. No. 10,338,188

LOCATION ASSISTANCE WITH A DYNAMICALLY UPDATED BEACON PAYLOAD FROM AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

14. A computerized method comprising:detecting a request to contact an emergency service;
obtaining an incident identifier for association with the detected request;
obtaining location information of a mobile device;
generating a beacon payload including the incident identifier and the location information;
enabling beaconing, at the mobile device, to transmit the generated beacon payload; and
dynamically updating the beacon payload for enabled beaconing with refreshed data, the refreshed data including an updated incident identifier that is updated based on an identified emergency situation that is different than an emergency situation corresponding to the request to contact the emergency service.

US Pat. No. 10,338,187

SPHERICALLY CONSTRAINED OPTICAL SEEKER ASSEMBLY

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. A spherically constrained optical seeker assembly comprising:a spherical lens having an outer surface;
an optical sensor assembly associated with the spherical lens; and
a gimbal assembly, the optical sensor assembly being coupled to the gimbal assembly, the gimbal assembly being configured to move the optical sensor assembly to at least one desired position on the outer surface of the spherical lens, the gimbal assembly including two arcuate arms configured to move with respect to one another, a first arm of the two arms including an arcuate body having a first end portion and a second end portion, the first arm extending vertically to provided azimuthal positioning of the optical sensor assembly during operation, and a second arm of the two arms includes an arcuate body having a first end portion and a second end portion, the second arm extending horizontally to provide elevational positioning of the optical sensor assembly during operation,
wherein the optical sensor assembly includes a body and a stem that extends from the body, the body of the optical sensor assembly including a surface having a plurality of feet configured to engage the outer surface of the spherical lens and to extend and retract to focus a sensor of the optical sensor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,338,183

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING WITH DIFFERENT FREQUENCY ENCODING PATTERNS

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for magnetic resonance imaging, comprising:operating a magnetic resonance scanner to detect signals representing raw magnetic resonance data from a region of an examination subject via a number of magnetic resonance receiving antennas of the magnetic resonance scanner, with an image reconstruction algorithm being subsequently applied to said raw magnetic resonance data so as to reconstruct an image, comprised of image elements, of the examination subject, with said image elements representing a signal strength of said signals, each of said magnetic resonance receiving antennas having a signal reception sensitivity, which has a dependency on frequency that attenuates said signal strength;
in a processor, making a frequency-dependent determination of calibration values for at least one of said magnetic resonance receiving antennas so that the calibration values have a value contribution resulting from said dependency on frequency of the sensitivity of said at least one of said magnetic resonance receiving antennas, that compensates for the attenuation of said signal strength; and
in said processor, executing said image reconstruction algorithm so as to reconstruct said image based on the raw magnetic resonance data using the determined calibration values, so that said image elements of said image are not adulterated by said attenuation of said signal strength.

US Pat. No. 10,338,182

RECEIVER ASSEMBLY OF A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM

1. A receiver assembly of a magnetic resonance (MR) system for generating MR recordings of an examination object, the receiver assembly comprising:a plurality of reception channels for receiving and amplifying MR signals from reception coils of the MR system connected therewith, the reception coils of the MR system being positioned remotely from the receiver assembly;
a calibration data memory configured to store calibration data for the plurality of reception channels situated on the receiver assembly; and
a data link operable to transmit the calibration data to the MR system,
wherein the receiver assembly is a replaceable part, such that the plurality of reception channels are configured to be calibrated outside, or inside and outside of the MR system.

US Pat. No. 10,338,180

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GRADIENT MEASUREMENT USING SINGLE-POINT IMAGING

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

21. A method for determining a difference between an actual gradient field generated by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system and a prescribed gradient field, the method comprising:performing a pulse sequence using the MRI system that includes a single point imaging (SPI) acquisition to acquire imaging data over a plurality of encoding times;
analyzing a zoon-in/out effect using the imaging data to determine a relative field of view (FOV) scaling factor between the encoding times;
using the FOV scaling factor, determine relative k-space positions of at least one of the imaging data and to-be acquired imaging data; and
generating an image using one of the imaging data and the to-be acquired imaging data and the relative k-space positions.

US Pat. No. 10,338,178

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION SPECTROSCOPIC IMAGING

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A device to acquire spatiospectral information from an object, the device comprising:a magnetic field generator that generates a static magnetic field, the object being positioned in the static magnetic field;
an RF coil assembly including a plurality of gradient coils;
an RF transceiver controlled by a pulse module that transmits RF signals to the RF coil assembly and that receives magnetic resonance (MR) signals; and
a computer which, responsive to executing instructions, performs operations, the operations comprising:
acquiring, from the MR signals, spatiospectral encoded training data, wherein the training data has been sampled at a first temporal resolution, and wherein the training data has a first k-space coverage;
acquiring, from the MR signals, spatiospectral encoded imaging data, wherein the imaging data has been sampled at a second temporal resolution, wherein the second temporal resolution is less than the first temporal resolution, wherein the imaging data has a second k-space coverage, and wherein the second k-space coverage is greater than the first k-space coverage; and
reconstructing one or more spatiospectral functions from the training data and the imaging data.

US Pat. No. 10,338,177

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS, MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus comprising:MRI system components including static and gradient magnetic field generators, at least one radio frequency (RF) coil, RF transmitter and receiver circuits and at least one controlling processor configured to:
execute (i) a first imaging scan acquiring data in a range including a target internal organ and (ii) a second imaging scan acquiring data for a diagnostic image by controlling execution of pulse sequences;
generate an image by using data acquired by the first imaging scan; and
derive (i) an imaging scan area, by image processing using the first scan image and a model image, in which data for the diagnostic image are to be acquired in the second imaging scan and (ii) a related area set associated with the imaging scan area in the second imaging scan.

US Pat. No. 10,338,176

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACTUATION OF A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SCANNER FOR THE SIMULTANEOUS ACQUISITION OF MULTIPLE SLICES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for acquiring magnetic resonance data, comprising:operating a magnetic resonance data acquisition scanner, while an object is situated therein, to implement a scan in which magnetic resonance raw data are acquired from the object, by simultaneously exciting different transverse magnetizations of nuclear spins respectively in a different slice in a plurality N slices of the object, with said different transverse magnetizations being simultaneously present in an entirety of each excited slice at least one time interval of said scan;
entering said magnetic resonance raw data for the entirety of each slice into an electronic memory at respective data entry points in said memory, as k-space data, said k-space data for the respective slices representing respectively different contrasts for the slices, due to said different magnetizations; and
from a processor having access to said electronic memory, making said k-space data available in electronic form as a data file.

US Pat. No. 10,338,175

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:processing circuitry configured to
generate a plurality of cross-sectional images for setting a sectional position to be collected in main imaging based on a characteristic portion of a target detected in three-dimensional data,
list the cross-sectional images on a display and superimpose a mark corresponding to the characteristic portion on at least one of the cross-sectional images,
receive a setting operation to determine the sectional position,
cause, when the mark is selected in the setting operation, a cross-sectional image among the listed cross-sectional images to be emphasized, a sectional position of the cross-sectional image being defined using the characteristic portion corresponding to the mark, and
perform main imaging based on the sectional position after the setting operation, wherein
when the position of the mark is changed in the setting operation, the processing circuitry calculates an angle using the characteristic portion corresponding to the mark, the angle being an angle between a vector corresponding to a change of the position and a normal vector of the cross-sectional image, and the processing circuitry causes the cross-sectional image to be emphasized in a degree corresponding to the calculated angle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,174

ROBUST DUAL ECHO DIXON IMAGING WITH FLEXIBLE ECHO TIMES

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for creating a first MRI image of an object in an MRI system indicating a first species and a second MRI image of the object indicating a second species, comprising:applying, through the MRI system, a radio frequency (RF) excitation of the object;
reading out through the MRI system a first echo from the object;
reading out through the MRI system a second echo of the object;
using the first echo readout to generate a first image set, with each image pixel of a plurality of image pixels being a first linear combination of the first species and the second species;
using the second echo readout to generate a second image set, with each image pixel being a second linear combination of the first species and the second species;
combining the first image set and second image set to obtain a first combined image containing only the first species and a second combined image containing only the second species, comprising:
combining the first image set and the second image set at each image pixel to generate two solution pairs at all of the image pixels of the plurality of pixels, wherein for each image pixel the two solution pairs have a first solution pair that represents the first species and the second species and a second solution pair that represents the first species and the second species, wherein at each image pixel the first species and second species are calculated together as a pair from the first image set and the second image set to yield the two solution pairs; and
using a mathematical optimization of an image region to choose for each image pixel either the first solution pair or the second solution pair that represents the first species and the second species for all of the image pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,338,172

POWER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING A LOAD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

12. A gradient amplifier system for driving a gradient coil in a magnetic resonance imaging device comprising:a gradient amplifier including a plurality of the power semiconductors for outputting a gradient current in response to a control signal;
a controller coupled to the gradient amplifier for controlling a current profile of the gradient current, wherein the controller determines the current profile of the gradient current to be a predetermined current profile if the junction temperature of the power semiconductors when outputting the predetermined current profile is less than the maximum junction temperature of the power semiconductors or an adjusted current profile if the junction temperature of the power semiconductors when outputting the predetermined current profile is equal to or higher than the maximum junction temperature of the power semiconductors, and wherein the adjusted current profile has an offset with respect to the predetermined current profile; and
a current injector coupled to the gradient amplifier and the controller for generating an offset current equal to the offset between the adjusted current profile and the predetermined current profile, wherein the offset current and the adjusted current profile are summed to generate the predetermined current profile to flow through the gradient coil if the gradient amplifier outputs the gradient current with the adjusted current profile.

US Pat. No. 10,338,169

TRANSMITTER DEVICE FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SCANNER

1. A transmitter device for a magnetic resonance scanner, the transmitter device comprising:a transmitter that is arranged in spatial proximity to a transmission coil, the transmission coil being connected to the transmitter,
wherein the transmitter is configured as a high-frequency power source that is connected directly to the transmission coil,
wherein the high-frequency power source comprises a voltage source and a discrete ?/4 transformer,
wherein the voltage source comprises a clocked switching voltage source with a plurality of switching elements, the voltage source being fed from an alternating voltage source during operation of the transmitter device, and
wherein the plurality of switching elements of the clocked switching voltage source are controlled in a digital synchronous fashion during the operation of the transmitter device, as a result of which amplitude modulation is produced based on a timing pattern of actuation of the plurality of switching elements and a frequency of a switching clock.

US Pat. No. 10,338,167

METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINATION OF A SCAN PROTOCOL

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for computerized adaption of a magnetic resonance (MR) scan protocol, said method comprising:providing a scan protocol to a computer for an MR scan sequence to be executed by an MR system, said scan protocol comprising first values of scan parameters and first values of system parameters of said MR system, defined in a first coordinate system;
in said computer, determining coordinate-transformed first values of the system parameters that are defined in a second coordinate system that is rotated relative to the first coordinate system;
in said computer, checking whether the coordinate-transformed first values of the system parameters each comply with a respective limit value, thereby obtaining a check outcome;
when said check outcome indicates that the coordinate-transformed first values of the system parameters each comply with the respective limit value, adapting, in said computer, the first values of the scan parameters to obtain second values of the scan parameters;
in said computer, using said second values of said scan parameters to adapt the coordinate-transformed first values of the system parameters, to obtain second values of the system parameters; and
in said computer, generating control signals corresponding to an adapted scan protocol, comprising said second values of said scan parameters and said second values of said system parameters, for execution by said MR system, and emitting said control signals corresponding to adapted scan protocol from said computer to said MR system, and thereby operating the MR system so as to acquire MR data from a subject, and making the acquired MR data available from the computer as a data file.

US Pat. No. 10,338,166

MAGNETIC RESONACE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, comprising:a bed including a top plate for moving an object placed thereon;
a magnetic field generation device that generates a magnetic field in an imaging space where imaging of the object is performed;
an irradiation coil that generates RF pulses to be emitted to the object;
an image generation device that detects an NMR signal generated by the object and generates an MRI image based on the detected NMR signal;
an input and output device configured to input an imaging position or imaging conditions of the object or to display the imaging position or the imaging conditions;
a storage device that stores data regarding an absorption rate of electromagnetic waves; and
a CPU that performs operations that includes:
calculates an amount of absorption of electromagnetic waves of the object upon emission of the RF pulses at the input imaging position based on the data regarding the absorption rate of electromagnetic waves read from the storage device,
determines whether the calculated value satisfies conditions of a specified value regarding absorption of electromagnetic waves,
controls an imaging operation at the imaging position in accordance with data indicating the imaging conditions or the imaging position determined that the amount of absorption of electromagnetic waves satisfies the conditions of the specified value,
measures the amount of absorption of electromagnetic waves of the object as a measured amount based on a RF pulse emitted in imaging,
calculates data regarding an absorption rate of electromagnetic waves of the object as specific absorption rate of an individual object based on the measured amount, and
recalculates the amount of absorption of electromagnetic waves of the object based on the specific absorption rate of the individual object.

US Pat. No. 10,338,163

MULTI-FREQUENCY EXCITATION SCHEMES FOR HIGH SENSITIVITY MAGNETOMETRY MEASUREMENT WITH DRIFT ERROR COMPENSATION

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

1. A system for magnetic detection, comprising:a magneto-optical defect center material comprising a plurality of magneto-optical defect centers;
a radio frequency (RF) excitation source configured to provide RF excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material;
an optical excitation source configured to provide optical excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material;
an optical detector configured to receive an optical signal emitted by the magneto-optical defect center material;
a magnetic field generator configured to generate a magnetic field applied to the magneto-optical defect center material; and
a controller configured to:
control the optical excitation source to apply optical excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material;
control the RF excitation source to apply a first RF excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material, the first RF excitation having a first frequency;
control the RF excitation source to apply a second RF excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material, the second RF excitation having a second frequency,
wherein the first frequency is a frequency associated with a first slope point of a fluorescence intensity response of a magneto-optical defect center orientation of a first spin state due to the optical excitation, the first slope point being a positive slope point, and
wherein the second frequency is a frequency associated with a second slope point of the fluorescence intensity response of the magneto-optical defect center orientation of the first spin state due to the optical excitation, the second slope point being a negative slope point;
measure a first fluorescence intensity at the positive slope point;
measure a second fluorescence intensity at the negative slope point; and
calculate a compensated fluorescence intensity based on the measured first fluorescence intensity and the measured second fluorescence intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,338,160

HIGH-PRECISION IMAGING AND DETECTING DEVICE FOR DETECTING SMALL DEFECT OF PIPELINE BY HELICAL MAGNETIC MATRIX

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Bei...

1. A high-precision imaging and detecting device for detecting a small defect of a pipeline by a helical magnetic matrix, comprising:a helical excitation module, comprising a helical excitation coil, the helical excitation coil being configured to induce an alternating current in the pipeline;
a magnetic matrix detection module, disposed at an inner side of the helical excitation coil and comprising one magnetic sensor group or comprising a plurality of magnetic sensor groups spaced apart and arranged along an axial direction of the helical excitation coil, each magnetic sensor group comprising a plurality of magnetic sensors evenly spaced apart and arranged along a circumferential direction of the helical excitation coil, and each magnetic sensor being configured to detect an induction magnetic field of the pipeline; and
a signal processing module, connected with the magnetic matrix detection module, and configured to receive, process and output an induction magnetic field signal of the pipeline detected by the magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,159

MAGNETIC-FIELD SENSOR WITH A BACK-BIAS MAGNET ARRANGEMENT

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A sensor comprising:a magnetic-field sensor arrangement comprising a sensor plane; and
a back-bias magnet arrangement, wherein the back-bias magnet arrangement comprises an inhomogeneous magnetization within a magnetic body of the back-bias magnet arrangement, wherein a first magnetization vector M at a first point within the magnetic body of the back-bias magnet arrangement points in a different direction from a second magnetization vector M at a second point within the magnetic body of the back-bias magnet arrangement, wherein the first and second magnetization vectors M are neither parallel nor antiparallel and the back-bias magnet arrangement is located only on one side of the sensor plane, wherein a vector component of the first magnetization vector M perpendicular to the sensor plane has a same polarity of a vector component of the second magnetization vector M perpendicular to the sensor plane.

US Pat. No. 10,338,158

BIAS MAGNETIC FIELD SENSOR

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A bias magnetic field sensor comprising:a sensor package comprising a sensing element, a first side configured to face a generator object, a second side configured to be remote from the generator object, a third side connecting the first side and the second side and a top side connecting the first side and the second side; and
an inhomogeneously magnetized unitary magnetic body configured to provide a magnetic field, the unitary magnetic body comprising an inhomogeneous magnetization within the unitary magnetic body, wherein a first magnetization vector M at a first point within the unitary magnetic body points in a different direction from a second magnetization vector M at a second point within the unitary magnetic body and the first and second magnetization vectors M are neither parallel nor antiparallel, the magnetization of the unitary magnetic body continuously varying,
wherein the unitary magnetic body comprises a first side configured to face the generator object, a second side configured to be remote to the generator object, a third side connecting the first side and the second side and a top side connecting the first side and the second side,
wherein the third side of the sensor package and the third side of the unitary magnetic body are the only sides attached to each other,
wherein the sensing element is arranged at the top side of the sensor package such that it is configured to sense the magnetic field in a top side plane, and
wherein the bias magnetic field sensor is configured to measure a modulation of the magnetic field by the generator object.

US Pat. No. 10,338,154

MAGNETIC FIELD MEASURING APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE, METHOD OF SETTING CORRECTION OF MEASURED MAGNETIC FIELD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A magnetic field measuring apparatus comprising:a first processor;
a second processor having higher processing capability than the first processor;
a motion sensor configured to measure state of motion of the magnetic field measuring apparatus; and
a magnetic field sensor configured to measure a magnetic field,
wherein in response to when it is determined that the state of motion measured by the motion sensor being determined to be at a predetermined level or more, the first processor is configured to instruct the second processor to perform a magnetic field correction setting operation, and
wherein in response to being instructed by the first processor, the second processor is configured to perform the magnetic field correction setting operation comprising:
retrieving measurement values of the magnetic field from the magnetic field sensor which are measured at different postures according to a change of the state of motion; and
determining an offset correction value for a geomagnetic field measured by the magnetic field sensor based on the measurement values.

US Pat. No. 10,338,153

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY ESTIMATING REMAINING USEFUL LIFE (RUL) OF BATTERY IN REAL TIME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of estimating a remaining useful life (RUL) of a battery, the method comprising:identifying a class of data of the battery;
determining whether the identified class of data is a first identified class;
performing a fine RUL estimation of the battery in response to a determination that the identified class of data is the first identified class; and
estimating a fine RUL of the battery in response to the determination of the first identified class.

US Pat. No. 10,338,152

INTERNAL CONDITION ESTIMATING SYSTEM AND ESTIMATING METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. An internal condition estimating system that estimates a system state of charge (“SOC”) of an electricity storage system block comprising a plurality of batteries, the internal condition estimating system comprising:a voltage measuring unit measuring a voltage of the plurality of batteries;
a current measuring unit measuring a current flowing through the plurality of batteries;
a system cell voltage determining unit determining, based on a voltage value of the plurality of batteries measured by the voltage measuring unit, a system cell voltage; and
a system SOC estimating unit estimating, based on the current flowing through the battery and the system cell voltage, the SOC of the electricity storage system block,
wherein the batteries in the electricity storage system block are connected in a multiple parallel-series connection, in which a plurality of groups are connected in parallel, the groups each including the batteries connected in series,
the current measuring unit is installed at one location in the electricity storage system block, and calculates the current value flowing through the battery that configures the electricity storage system block based on the current value measured at the installation location,
the system cell voltage determining unit determining the system cell voltage by giving a weighting to the voltage value in accordance with a pre-calculated SOC of the electricity storage system block.

US Pat. No. 10,338,148

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A communication system comprising:a first communication device and a second communication device, both of which include a measurement unit that measures a physical state of a measurement object; and a wireless communication unit that transmits a measurement result of the measurement unit using time division wireless communication, wherein the wireless communication unit transmits the measurement result using wireless communication during a first time slot in the time division wireless communication which is allocated beforehand, and wherein the measurement unit starts an operation for measuring the physical state of the measurement object during a second time slot which differs from the first time slot in the time division wireless communication; and
a controller that wirelessly communicates with the first and second communication devices,
wherein the controller transmits, using wireless communication, a signal for allocating the first time slot and a transmission instruction for directing the transmission of the measurement result during the allocated first time slot to each of the first and second communication devices,
wherein the first and second communication devices transmit the measurement results to the controller using wireless communication during the first time slot according to the transmission instruction,
wherein the controller transmits, using wireless communication, a signal for allocating the second time slot that differs from the first time slot and a measurement instruction for directing the measurement of the physical state of the measurement object in the allocated second time slot to each of the first and second communication devices,
wherein the first and second communication devices start operations for measuring the physical states of the measurement objects during the second time slot according to the measurement instruction,
wherein the controller allocates the second time slots that overlap each other in timing for the first and second communication devices, and
wherein the first and second communication devices measure the physical states of the measurement objects concurrently according to the second time slot allocated from the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,338,147

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A RELATIVE STATE OF CHARGE OF A BATTERY

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

13. A system for computing an RSOC of a battery, comprising:a current sense circuit coupled to the battery and configured to measure a current of the battery;
a battery charger coupled to the battery and the current sense unit, and configured to transmit data corresponding to a charge mode for the battery, wherein the charge mode for the battery is one of a constant current charge mode and a constant voltage charge mode; and
a fuel gauge circuit, coupled to the battery charger and the current sense circuit, comprising:
a memory configured to store:
a first battery current;
a second battery current; and
a previously-computed RSOC value;
a first RSOC calculation circuit coupled to the memory and configured to compute a first RSOC value during the constant voltage charge mode, wherein the first RSOC value is based on:
a predetermined terminal current, wherein the predetermined terminal current corresponds to a 100% RSOC,
the first and second battery currents, and
a previously-computed RSOC value;
a second RSOC calculation circuit coupled to the memory and configured to compute a second RSOC value during the constant current charge mode, wherein the second RSOC value is computed according to a computation different from the first RSOC calculation circuit; and
wherein the fuel gauge circuit is configured to report one of the first RSOC value and the second RSOC value to a display unit to maintain continuity between the previously-computed RSOC value and the one of the first and second RSOC values.

US Pat. No. 10,338,145

VOLTAGE MONITORING SYSTEM

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A voltage monitoring system, comprising:a microcontroller having an analog-to-digital converter, a memory device, a monitoring application, and a hardware abstraction layer;
the analog-to-digital converter having a first channel that is electrically coupled to a voltage source;
the monitoring application sending a request message to the hardware abstraction layer utilizing a call instruction that requests a measured voltage value from the first channel, the request message having a first encoded channel number associated with the first channel;
the hardware abstraction layer determining a first channel number of the first channel by reading a first record of a first table stored in the memory device utilizing the first encoded channel number as an index, the first record of the first table having the first encoded channel number and the first channel number therein;
the hardware abstraction layer obtaining a measured voltage value associated with the first channel number from the analog-to-digital converter;
the hardware abstraction layer determining a second encoded channel number by reading a first record of a second table stored in the memory device utilizing the first channel number from the first table as an index, the first record of the second table having a second channel number and the second encoded channel number therein; the second channel number being equal to the first channel number, the second encoded channel number being associated with the first channel; and
the hardware abstraction layer sending a response message having the second encoded channel number and the measured voltage value therein to the monitoring application.

US Pat. No. 10,338,144

CALCULATION APPARATUS AND CALCULATION METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A battery system comprising:a lithium ion battery including a cathode and an anode;
a current detector detecting a current flow in the lithium ion battery;
a voltage detector detecting a terminal voltage between the cathode and the anode; and
at least one processor that;
receives, from the voltage detector, a plurality of voltage values representing a temporal change in the terminal voltage over a time period;
receives, from the current detector, a plurality of current values at times within the time period;
performs a regression analysis on a predicted temporal change based on the plurality of current values and the plurality of voltage values to calculate internal state parameters including a quantity of active material of the cathode, a quantity of active material of the anode, an initial charged capacity of the cathode an initial charged capacity of the anode, and an internal resistance, wherein the regression analysis is performed so that the calculated internal state parameters minimize a sum of differences between the detected terminal voltages and estimated terminal voltages at the times within the time period, and the estimated terminal voltages are calculated based on the internal state parameters as variables and the detected current values;
calculates an open circuit voltage of the lithium ion battery based on a charged capacity of the lithium ion battery as a variable and the internal state parameters;
searches for a value of the charged capacity of the lithium ion battery when the calculated open circuit voltage reaches a predetermined upper limit voltage to obtain an upper limit charged capacity in a predetermined range based the value searched for;
modifies the calculated quantity of active material of a first electrode to a fixed value, wherein the first electrode corresponds to either the cathode or anode;
recalculates the initial charged capacity of the first electrode based on the calculated initial charged capacity of the first electrode, the quantity of active material of the first electrode modified to the fixed value, the upper limit charged capacity, and the originally calculated quantity of active material of the first electrode so that the open circuit voltage of the lithium ion battery corresponding to the upper limit charged capacity does not change before and after modifying the calculated quantity of active material of the first electrode to the fixed value;
uses the recalculated initial charged capacity and the upper limit charged capacity to determine a full charge capacity of the lithium ion battery; and
outputs, to a display device, the full charge capacity of the lithium ion battery.

US Pat. No. 10,338,143

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING A FAULT CONDITION IN AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A fault diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing a fault condition in an electric machine, the electric machine comprising a rotor having an axis of rotation and comprising a plurality of permanent magnets, the fault diagnosis apparatus comprising:a magnetic flux density sensor which is configured such that rotation of the rotor causes each of the plurality of permanent magnets to pass the magnetic flux density sensor; and
a processor configured to:
measure values of magnetic flux density using the magnetic flux density sensor at a plurality of positions of the rotor;
analyse the measured values of magnetic flux density and compare a magnitude of a peak amplitude in a time or frequency domain with a reference value; and,
if the peak amplitude is below the reference value, determine that the electric machine has a fault condition,
the processor being additionally configured to:
determine the difference between the magnitude of the peak amplitude and the reference value, wherein if the electric machine is determined to have a fault condition, the severity of the fault condition is determined based on the difference.

US Pat. No. 10,338,140

MEASUREMENTS IN SWITCH DEVICES

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A device comprising:a switch including a control terminal, a first load terminal, and a second load terminal,
an amplifier,
a magnetoresistive sensor bridge comprising a plurality of magnetoresistive sensors and configured to measure a current flowing between the first load terminal and the second load terminal, wherein a first magnetoresistive sensor of the plurality of magnetoresistive sensors includes a plurality of selectable taps along the first magnetoresistive sensor, and wherein the plurality of selectable taps are switchable to couple to the amplifier, and
a current mirror based sensor to measure the current between the first load terminal and the second load terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,138

LOW COST DESIGN FOR TEST ARCHITECTURE

1. A method of testing integrated circuits with the aid of a computer comprising the steps of:within the computer, for each integrated circuit,
receiving cores and test environments representing the integrated circuit, the test environment including a test sequence and corresponding topology;
generating test patterns of all cores and their test environments in parallel;
for the given test sequence and topology, computing the translation vectors for all sinks specified in the topology, wherein the topology provides channel connectivity information to identify the source and sink for a test;
combining the core test patterns with the translation vectors to obtain test patterns of the target system;
testing the integrated circuit by applying the test patterns of the target system; and
generating from the test results a final design of the integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,137

HIGHLY ACCURATE DEFECT IDENTIFICATION AND PRIORITIZATION OF FAULT LOCATIONS

CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS, I...

1. A method for identification of locations of defects in a circuit, the method comprising:applying, with a processor, a plurality of different defect analysis techniques to fault data associated with the circuit, wherein the plurality of defect analysis techniques includes per-fail scoring analysis, per-cycle scoring analysis, and per-pattern scoring analysis;
performing, with the processor, a plurality of different defect identification techniques on the applied plurality of defect analysis techniques, wherein the plurality of defect identification techniques are selected from a group that includes (i) circuit topology based fail partitioning and (ii) software based fail partitioning;
generating, with the processor, a defect report for each of the plurality of defect analysis techniques based on the performed defect identification techniques, wherein each defect report identifies at least one probable defect location;
performing, with the processor, a fault analysis on each of the identified probable defect locations in the defect reports, wherein a same probable defect location identified in a plurality of the defect reports is ranked higher than a probable defect location identified in only one of the defect reports; and
generating, with the processor, a report of the probable defect locations based on the fault analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,338,136

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH LOW POWER SCAN SYSTEM

NXP USA, INC., Austin, T...

1. An integrated circuit operable in a scan mode, comprising:at least one scan chain formed by a plurality of cascaded flip-flop cells, wherein the scan chain receives a scan input signal (SI), and outputs a scan output signal (SO), and wherein each flip-flop cell comprises:
a master latch that receives a first data signal and generates a first latch signal based on a clock signal;
a slave latch, connected to the master latch, that receives the first latch signal and generates a second latch signal based on the clock signal;
a first multiplexer having first and second input terminals respectively connected to the master and slave latches that receives a first input signal and the second latch signal, and generates a scan data output signal (SDO) depending on an input trigger signal, wherein the first input signal is one of the first data signal and the first latch signal;
a first logic gate that gates the clock signal provided to the slave latch with the input trigger signal; and
at least one second logic gate that receives the input trigger signal and generates an output trigger signal as the input trigger signal of a next flip-flop cell in the at least one scan chain, and
wherein the plurality of flip-flop cells include at least a first flip-flop cell that receives the scan input signal, and a last flip-flop cell that outputs its scan data output signal as the scan output signal, and
wherein starting from the last flip-flop cell of the at least one scan chain, every N flip-flop cells of the plurality of flip-flop cells are configured as a subset, wherein N is a natural number greater than 1, wherein in the scan mode, the input trigger signal to each of the N flip-flop cells in each subset is asserted successively from a last flip-flop cell of each subset in a round-robin manner.

US Pat. No. 10,338,135

EXTRACTING DEBUG INFORMATION FROM FPGAS IN MULTI-TENANT ENVIRONMENTS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system, comprising:a host computing device executing two or more user partitions at a first privilege level and executing a privileged host partition at a second privilege level greater than the first privilege level, wherein the first privilege level allows access to at least one of the two or more user partitions and restricts access to the privileged host partition, and the second privilege level allows access to the privileged host partition; and
a reconfigurable logic device having reconfigurable logic programmed to include two or more application logic units, each of the application logic units associated with one of the user partitions and being configured to communicate debug data generated by operating the application logic unit via a different communication lane to the associated user partition.

US Pat. No. 10,338,132

WEAR-OUT MONITOR DEVICE

Analog Devices Global, H...

1. An integrated circuit device with wear out monitoring, the integrated circuit device comprising:a core circuit;
a wear-out monitor device configured to adjust an indication of wear out of the core circuit regardless of whether the core circuit is activated; and
a sensing circuit configured to detect an electrical property associated with the wear-out monitor device, wherein the electrical property is indicative of the wear out of the core circuit,
wherein the wear-out monitor device comprises a substrate and monitor atoms configured to diffuse in the substrate, wherein a doping profile of the monitor atoms in the substrate is indicative of wear out of the core circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,131

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH VOLTAGE STRESS TESTING PLURALITY OF PARALLEL UNITS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A system for testing a first chip and a second chip, said system comprising:a chip mounting board having a chip mounting area, an input port, an input bus, an output bus, an output port and a mounting port; and
a docking board having an input connector, an output connector and a mounting element,
wherein said chip mounting board is operable to be removably mounted upon said docking board such that said mounting element corresponds to said mounting port, said input connector electrically connects with said input port and said output connector electrically connects with said output port,
wherein said chip mounting area is arranged to receive the first chip and the second chip in parallel connection between said input bus and said output bus.

US Pat. No. 10,338,129

DETERIORATION DETECTION DEVICE FOR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A deterioration detection device for detecting deterioration of a printed circuit board in an electronic device, the deterioration detection device comprising:a deterioration state detection unit including
a monitoring conductor for detecting deterioration, and
a voltage supply conductor for supplying voltage arranged on the printed circuit board at a distance from the monitoring conductor, wherein
the voltage supply conductor is applied a given voltage by a voltage source through a plurality of points,
the monitoring conductor is applied, from the voltage supply conductor and through a resistance between the monitoring conductor and the voltage supply conductor, a voltage lower than that applied to the voltage supply conductor, and
a variation of the voltage from the monitoring conductor is detected as an output signal indicative of a deterioration state of the printed circuit board; and
a deterioration determination detection unit configured to
determine and detect the deterioration state of the printed circuit board, based on the output signal of the deterioration state detection unit, and
output a deterioration detection signal,
wherein the deterioration state detection unit comprises one or more amplifier circuits connected to the monitoring conductor such that an output or outputs of the amplifier circuit or circuits are regarded as the output of the deterioration state detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,126

OPEN LOAD DETECTION IN OUTPUT STAGES

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. An open load detection circuit comprising:a circuit output configured to provide an output voltage to a load,
a first switch coupled to the circuit output and to a first supply voltage and configured to switch the load,
at least one delta voltage circuit coupled to the circuit output and configured to provide a delta voltage, wherein the at least one delta voltage circuit is further coupled to the first switch and configured to create a reduction in voltage magnitude of the first supply voltage to a switch voltage of the first switch and to provide the switch voltage to the circuit output,
at least one current source coupled to the circuit output and configured to provide a current to the circuit output and to overcome the switch voltage provided to the circuit output in a case of an open load condition, and
at least one comparator including a first input coupled to the circuit output, wherein the at least one comparator is configured to provide a failure signal in the case of an open load condition.

US Pat. No. 10,338,123

FLUID TANK SENSOR NETWORK FAULT DETECTION METHOD

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for detecting and isolating faults in a fluid tank sensor network including a plurality of sub-systems connected in a cascade, parallel and a feedback fashion, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing circuit, a plurality of signal measurement pairs from consecutive sensors in the fluid tank sensor network, wherein each signal measurement pair corresponds to a path in the fluid tank sensor network, wherein each signal measurement pair is a reference signal-sensor measurement pair or a consecutive sensor measurement pair, and drives a Kalman-filter corresponding to the path in the fluid tank sensor network;
computing, by the processing circuit, a Kalman-filter residual for each signal measurement pair, wherein the Kalman-filter residual indicates the presence of a fault on the path corresponding to the signal measurement pair, when the plurality of signal measurement pairs are associated with all of the plurality of sub-systems;
assigning for each signal measurement pair, a binary-detection value for each sensor and sub-system lying on the path corresponding to the signal measurement pair, based on the computed Kalman-filter residual and a predetermined threshold corresponding to the signal measurement pair;
computing, by the processing circuit, a binary-decision value for each sensor and sub-system in the fluid tank sensor network, by performing a logical-AND operation of the assigned binary-detection values of the sensors and sub-systems;
determining, by the processing circuit, a correlation between the Kalman-filter and hypothesized residual estimates when the plurality of signal measurement are associated with one or more sub-systems to be diagnosed;
computing, by the processing circuit, influence vectors based on a maximum correlation; and
diagnosing and isolating, by the processing circuit, one or more faults in the fluid tank sensor network based on the influence vectors or the binary-decision value of each sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,122

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A FAULT IN AN ELECTRICAL NETWORK

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUST...

1. A method for detecting and protecting against a fault in an electrical network through which an AC current of nominal frequency flows, the method comprising:acquiring, with an analog sensor, a sinusoidal signal that is representative of the current flowing in the network;
filtering, with an analog filter, the sinusoidal signal;
sampling the filtered sinusoidal signal with a fixed sampling time to provide three sample measurement values S1, S2, and S3, the acquisition of each sample being spaced apart by the sampling time, the sampling time corresponding to a sampling frequency being more than or equal to three times the nominal frequency, the sample measurement value S2 being acquired intermediately in time between the sample measurement values S1 and S3;
calculating an amplitude of the signal, the calculation of the amplitude depending solely on the three acquired samples, being performed using a quotient formed from the three acquired sample measurement values, and being independent of the sampling time, wherein when an absolute value of S2 is below or equal to a minimum threshold, during the step of calculating, the amplitude of the signal remains equal to a preceding calculated value;
determining the fault if the calculated amplitude is above a first predetermined threshold or if the calculated amplitude is below a second predetermined threshold; and
controlling the network to protect against the fault by at least one of opening a circuit in the network, limiting an imminent fault current, or reconfiguring the network to minimize a duration of a post-fault interruption.

US Pat. No. 10,338,120

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ANALYZE RADIO FREQUENCY EMISSIONS FROM DEVICES

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A measurement device to measure radio frequency emissions, the measurement device comprising:an antenna to collect a radio frequency emission signal;
an amplifier to amplify the radio frequency emission signal;
a calibrator to adjust the amplified radio frequency emissions signal to reverse an effect of the amplifier, and convert the radio frequency emission signal to a far-field signal;
a filter to remove a baseline signal from the radio frequency emission signal; and
an interface to output the filtered radio emission signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,119

GENERATOR WAVEFORM MEASUREMENT

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

21. The apparatus of claim 20, further comprising:a sensor configured to measure an output of the alternator.

US Pat. No. 10,338,116

ELECTRICAL MEASURING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SYSTEM

1. An electrical measuring system comprising:a six-port circuit including a first input terminal and a second input terminal;
a delay line, wherein, in a first operating mode of the electrical measuring system, an electrical signal is supplyable directly to the first input terminal and is supplyable indirectly, via the delay line, to the second input terminal of the six-port circuit; and
an arithmetic unit, configured to determine a frequency of the electrical signal in dependence on at least one output signal of the six-port circuit, wherein the measuring system, in a second operating mode, is configured
to supply a reference signal to the second input terminal of the six-port circuit and to not supply a signal to the first input terminal of the six-port circuit, and
to determine an existence of an interference signal depending on the at least one output signal of the six-port circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,115

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING THE FREQUENCY OF SIGNALS GENERATED BY HIGH FREQUENCY MEDICAL DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method for generating radio frequency electrosurgical energy comprising:generating a radio frequency signal at an oscillator having a signal frequency;
comparing the signal frequency of the radio frequency signal to a threshold frequency at a controller;
adjusting the radio frequency signal in response to the signal frequency being below the threshold frequency until the signal frequency is above the threshold frequency;
amplifying the radio frequency signal at an amplifier to generate an amplified signal;
determining a phase shift of the amplified signal at the controller with respect to a center frequency;
comparing the phase shift to a threshold; and
adjusting the radio frequency signal in response to the phase shift being below the threshold until the phase shift is above the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,338,114

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DETERMINING FREQUENCY OF AC POWER SOURCE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A frequency determination apparatus for determining a voltage frequency of an alternating current (AC) power source, comprising:a rectifier connected to the AC power source and configured to rectify an AC voltage input from the AC power source;
a first filter connected to an output terminal of the rectifier and configured to filter a rectified voltage output by the rectifier;
a second filter connected to the output terminal of the rectifier and configured to filter the rectified voltage output by the rectifier; and
a frequency determination unit configured to receive the rectified voltages that pass through the first filter and the second filter and determine the voltage frequency of the AC power source based on the rectified voltage that passes through the first filter using the rectified voltage that passes through the second filter as a frequency determination level,
wherein the frequency determination unit includes:
a comparator configured to compare the rectified voltage that passes through the first filter with the frequency determination level that corresponds to the rectified voltage that passes through the second filter and generate a high or low pulse signal; and
a frequency determiner configured to determine the voltage frequency of the AC power source based on the generated high or low pulse signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,113

AUTHENTICATION, AUTHORIZATION, AND/OR ACCOUNTING OF POWER-CONSUMING DEVICES

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device and from a user device, a device profile associated with the user device;
determining, by the computing device and based on the device profile associated with the user device, an expected power consumption of the user device;
determining, by the computing device and based on the expected power consumption of the user device, whether the user device is authorized to access a power source; and
granting, based on determining that the user device is authorized to access the power source, the user device access to the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,338,110

DIGITALLY COMPENSATING FOR THE IMPACT OF INPUT BIAS CURRENT ON CURRENT MEASUREMENTS

National Instruments Corp...

1. A method for digitally compensating for an impact of one or more parameters on current measurements, the method comprising:developing a shunt voltage across a current sense element according to a control voltage;
obtaining a shunt voltage value representative of the shunt voltage, comprising measuring the shunt voltage at least via a signal path that includes one or more components having a well-defined operational characteristic with respect to at least one parameter of the one or more parameters;
obtaining a parameter value representative of an actual state of the at least one parameter at the one or more components during the measuring of the shunt voltage; and
adjusting for a change of state of the one or more components that occurs, during the measuring of the shunt voltage, according to the well-defined operational characteristic, comprising adjusting one or more of the following:
the control voltage at least according to the obtained parameter value and the shunt voltage value; or
the shunt voltage value at least according to the obtained parameter value.

US Pat. No. 10,338,109

POWER CABLE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT METHOD THEREOF

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A power cable measurement device, for measuring a power cable, comprising:a hollow and cylindrical casing, enveloping said power cable, wherein said casing has a first end, a plurality of first end slots positioned on an outer surface of said casing and adjacent to said first end, a second end, and a plurality of second end slots positioned on the outer surface of said casing and adjacent to said second end;
a plurality of current sensing modules, being disposed in said plurality of first end slots and spaced at a first angular interval; and
a plurality of voltage sensing modules, being disposed in said plurality of second end slots and spaced at a second angular interval;
wherein said plurality of current sensing modules includes a first current sensing module, said plurality of voltage sensing modules includes a first voltage sensing module and a second voltage sensing module, and said first current sensing module is aligned to a midpoint between said first voltage sensing module and said second voltage sensing module.

US Pat. No. 10,338,107

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A CONTACT BETWEEN AN AERIAL DEVICE AND AN ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCE

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system for detecting a contact between a boom assembly and an electrical source, the system comprising:a circuit electrically connected to the boom assembly;
a probe for conducting an electric potential from the boom assembly onto the circuit;
wherein the circuit comprises a first leg and a second leg;
wherein the first leg is configured to alter the electric potential on the first leg relative to the electric potential on the second leg;
wherein a difference between the electric potential on first leg and electric potential on second leg induces a voltage on a voltmeter; and
wherein the induced voltage is indicative of the contact between the boom assembly and the electrical source.

US Pat. No. 10,338,105

CURRENT DETECTOR THAT PREVENTS FLUCTUATONS IN DETECTION SENSITIVITY

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A current detector, comprising:a full-bridge configuration comprising first to fourth magnetic detection elements, the first and second magnetic detection elements being connected in series and disposed such that a magnetization direction of a magnetic pinned layer thereof is opposite to each other, the third and fourth magnetic detection elements being connected in series and disposed such that a magnetization direction of a magnetic pinned layer thereof is opposite to each other, and the first and second magnetic detection elements being connected in parallel to the third and fourth magnetic detection elements; and
a bias magnetic field generating means for applying a bias magnetic field to two arbitrarily selected from the first to fourth magnetic detection elements and to two remaining magnetic detection elements,
wherein the bias magnetic field has a substantially same intensity, and is formed in a direction substantially orthogonal to the magnetization direction and opposite to each other,
wherein the bias magnetic field generating means applies a first bias magnetic field to first and second detection elements and a second bias magnetic field to third and fourth magnetic detection elements, and
wherein the first and second bias magnetic fields are oriented in a direction substantially orthogonal to the magnetization direction of their respective serially-connected magnetic detection elements.

US Pat. No. 10,338,104

LEAKAGE CURRENT DETECTION DEVICE FOR CONDUCTING WIRES

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A current detection device, comprising:an annular magnetic material core disposed so that a closed magnetic path is formed around a plurality of conducting wires through which conduction currents flow;
an excitation coil wound around the magnetic material core;
an oscillation circuit unit that generates a rectangular wave voltage to be applied to the excitation coil;
a power supply unit that supplies power to a power supply terminal of the oscillation circuit unit; and
a difference current calculation unit formed of a current detection circuit, which detects a first power supply current flowing into the power supply terminal of the oscillation circuit unit from the power supply unit, and a difference current calculation circuit, which calculates a difference current between the conduction currents of the plurality of conducting wires based on the first power supply current,
wherein a second power supply current is measured when the difference current is zero, and
wherein a leakage in the plurality of conducting wires is detected based on a difference between the first power supply current and the second power supply current.

US Pat. No. 10,338,102

VOLTAGE DETECTION DEVICE FOR TRANSFORMING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A voltage detection device for a transforming apparatus in which a voltage divider is constituted by providing an intermediate electrode between a central conductor of the transforming apparatus and a tank, to detect a voltage of the central conductor based on a voltage of the voltage divider, the voltage detection device comprising:an incomplete integration circuit having a reverse characteristic to an input/output voltage amplitude ratio-frequency characteristic of a high-pass filter, the high-pass filter formed by a floating electrostatic capacitance between the central conductor and the intermediate electrode, an earth electrostatic capacitance between the intermediate electrode and the tank, and a voltage dividing resistor connected in parallel to the earth electrostatic capacitance; and
a signal processing circuit that outputs a value based on an output voltage of the incomplete integration circuit as the voltage of the central conductor,
wherein an output voltage amplitude-frequency characteristic of the incomplete integration circuit becomes linearly decreasing prior to a cutoff frequency of the high-pass filter, and the cutoff frequency of the high-pass filter is set equal to a cutoff frequency of the incomplete integration circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,099

LOW PROFILE EDGE CLAMP SOCKET

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A socket assembly for a microelectronic device comprising:a body comprising a central socket configured to receive a microelectronic device therein;
a plurality of arms each adjacent to the central socket, each of the plurality of arms rotatably coupled to the body and each of the plurality of arms translatable relative to the body to move between an open position and a closed position, the arms retaining a microelectronic device within the central socket when the arms are in the closed position, the plurality of arms forming an access angle configured to allow electromagnetic communication and physical access to the microelectronic device when the plurality of arms are in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,338,098

THERMAL PROBE FOR A NEAR-FIELD THERMAL MICROSCOPE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A THERMAL MAP

1. A method for generating a thermal map of a sample interface, the method comprising:providing a scanning thermal microscope having a probe tip;
scanning the probe tip over the sample interface at a near-field distance from a top surface of the sample interface;
recording a heat flux data indicative of an amount of a heat flux between the probe tip and the sample interface as a function of a relative position of the probe tip over the sample interface; and
calculating a set of elements of the thermal map from the recorded heat flux data based on a spatially resolved heat flux profile of the probe tip at the sample interface, wherein the heat flux profile has a local maximum at a lateral distance across the sample interface with respect to an apex of the probe tip.

US Pat. No. 10,338,093

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A physical quantity sensor comprising:a base substrate, the base substrate including:
a first recess having a first bottom surface;
a second recess having a second bottom surface, the second recess being located directly adjacent to the first recess, the second bottom surface being deeper than the first bottom surface;
a first fixed electrode that is provided on the first bottom surface; and
a second fixed electrode that is provided on the first bottom surface, the second fixed electrode being located directly adjacent to the first fixed electrode; and
a sensor member that is made of a low-resistance silicon material and that is located above the base substrate, the sensor member including:
a first part that faces the first fixed electrode via a first gap;
a second part that faces the second fixed electrode via a second gap, the second part being located directly adjacent to the first part, the second part being larger in mass than the first part so that the second part has an additional mass area at an edge of the second part, the additional mass area having three sides;
a first overlapped area in the first part overlapped between the first part and the first fixed electrode in a plan view corresponding to a first sensor electrode; and
a second overlapped area in the second part overlapped between the second part and the second fixed electrode in the plan view corresponding to a second sensor electrode;
a conductor that is provided on the second bottom surface of the second recess,
wherein the first fixed electrode is configured to detect a first electrostatic capacitance between the first part and the first fixed electrode, and the second fixed electrode is configured to detect a second electrostatic capacitance between the second part and the second fixed electrode,
the sensor member is swingable around an axis that is located between the first and second parts,
the second recess is overlapped with the additional mass area of the sensor member in the plan view,
the additional mass area is laterally shifted from the second fixed electrode in the plan view,
the conductor outwardly extends away from the three sides of the additional mass area in the plan view, and
the first bottom surface of the first recess is located higher than a top surface of the conductor in the second recess in a cross sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,338,092

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A physical quantity sensor comprising:a semiconductor substrate that includes a support substrate, a buried insulating film disposed on the support substrate, and a semiconductor layer disposed on an opposite side to the support substrate across the buried insulating film;
a movable electrode that is disposed in the semiconductor layer, and displaced according to a physical quantity;
a peripheral part that surrounds the movable electrode and is partitioned from the movable electrode in the semiconductor layer;
a fixed electrode that is disposed to oppose the movable electrode; and
a cap that is joined to the semiconductor layer, and seals the movable electrode, wherein
the support substrate and the cap are maintained at a predetermined potential,
the support substrate includes a contact part that is to be directly and electrically connected to an external circuit, and is maintained at the predetermined potential through the contact part,
the support substrate and the buried insulating film are formed with a movable electrode hole part that reaches a portion of the semiconductor layer electrically connected to the movable electrode, a fixed electrode hole part that reaches a portion of the semiconductor layer electrically connected to the fixed electrode, and a peripheral part hole part that reaches the peripheral part, from a side of the semiconductor substrate opposite to the buried insulating film,
through-electrodes that are to be electrically connected to the external circuit through insulating films are disposed in the movable electrode hole part, the fixed electrode hole part, and the peripheral part hole part,
the cap is electrically connected to the peripheral part to be maintained at the predetermined potential,
the semiconductor substrate has an insulating film on an opposite side to the buried insulating film across the support substrate,
the through-electrode disposed in the peripheral part hole part is connected to a pad part that is disposed on the insulating film to be electrically connected to the external circuit,
the contact part is disposed in the insulating film and electrically connected to the support substrate, and
the contact part is integrated with the pad part.

US Pat. No. 10,338,091

CONCUSSION DETECTION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

1. A device comprising:a first electronic module capable of being mounted to a sports helmet, the first electronic module including a controller, a transmit-receive assembly in communication with the controller, a first three-axis accelerometer and a second three-axis accelerometer each in communication with the controller and configured to communicate respective acceleration data to the controller at a first rate, and a data storage unit in communication with the controller;
the controller being configured to generate digital data packets, and the data storage unit being configured to store the digital data packets, each digital data packet containing information corresponding to the acceleration data from both of the first and second accelerometers at a certain time, as communicated to the controller at the first rate;
the first electronic module being operable in a first mode, in which the controller transmits, at a second rate lower than the first rate, via the transmit-receive assembly a first electromagnetic (EM) signal containing at least a first digital data packet associated with the first electronic module, and a second mode, in which the processor does not transmit digital data packets associated with the first data module;
wherein the transmit-receive assembly of the first electronic module is configured to receive a second EM signal containing a second digital data packet transmitted by a second electronic module substantially identical to the first electronic module, and the controller of the first electronic module is configured to respond to the received second EM signal by retransmitting data contained in the second digital data packet when the second digital data packet contains information indicating a request to retransmit the second digital data packet; and
a base unit configured to receive the first EM signal transmitted by the first electronic module, the base unit including a receiver configured to receive the first EM signal, a processor in communication with the receiver and configured to extract acceleration data from the received first EM signal, a memory in communication with the processor and configured to store the extracted acceleration data, the extracted acceleration data having a number of data points corresponding to the first rate, and a display for presenting the extracted acceleration data in human-readable form, the base unit further configured to recreate, based on the extracted acceleration data, a path over time taken by the first electronic module.

US Pat. No. 10,338,090

AIRSPEED ESTIMATION SYSTEM

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An airspeed estimation system of an aircraft, comprising:a non-transitory memory having computer readable instructions;
a processor configured to execute the computer readable instructions;
an electronic airspeed rate modeler unit coupled to the processor, the electronic airspeed rate modeler unit configured to output an estimated airspeed rate signal indicating an estimated airspeed rate of the aircraft based on a longitudinal body acceleration of the aircraft and at least one adaptive parametric airspeed model; and
an electronic airspeed estimator unit coupled to the processor and in signal communication with the airspeed rate modeler unit, the airspeed estimator unit configured to:
determine an estimated airspeed of the aircraft based on the estimated airspeed rate signal;
monitor a real airspeed of the aircraft, and selectively output a first airspeed signal based on the real airspeed and a second airspeed signal based on the estimated airspeed;
wherein the first airspeed signal is output in response to the real airspeed being at least equal to the speed threshold and the second airspeed signal is output in response to the real airspeed being less than the speed threshold; and
wherein a flight control system is operable to control flight operations of the aircraft using the first airspeed signal or the second airspeed signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,089

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING SPEED OF A VEHICLE BASED ON GPS SPEED

TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES...

1. A method for determining a speed of a vehicle based on a GPS speed captured from a Global Positioning System (GPS), the method comprising:capturing, by a processor, a GPS speed Vx and a horizontal accuracy value corresponding to a time stamp Tx;
modifying, by the processor, the GPS speed Vx corresponding to the time stamp Tx when the horizontal accuracy value corresponding to the time stamp Tx is greater than a pre-defined value; and
correcting, by the processor, the GPS speed Vx corresponding to the time stamp Tx, wherein the GPS speed Vx is corrected by
filtering an error in the GPS speed Vx by using a Slope dependent averaging (SDA) filter in order to obtain a first corrected speed Vx?,
selecting one of a centre weight (CW) filter and an edge weight (EW) filter, based upon a pre-defined condition, to correct the first corrected speed Vx? in order to obtain a second corrected speed Vx?, wherein the second corrected speed Vx? indicates the speed of the vehicle,
wherein the speed of the vehicle is determined accurately by altering a first set of weights associated with the SDA filter in real-time and a second set of weights associated with one of the CW filter and the EW filter in real-time.

US Pat. No. 10,338,087

PHOTOELECTRIC SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A photoelectric sensor, comprising a light projecting part that emits light, a light receiving part that receives light, a housing that houses the light projecting part and the light receiving part, a setting part that receives an input operation from outside to set a threshold value, an adjustment part that receives an input operation from outside to finely adjust the threshold value that has been set, and an indicator that displays a detection result of an object being detected, whereinthe housing comprises:
a first surface having a light projecting/receiving surface allowing light from the light projecting part and light to the light receiving part to pass;
a second surface located on a side opposite to the first surface;
a third surface adjacent to the first surface and extending in a direction orthogonal to the first surface and the second surface; and
an inclined surface inclined with respect to the third surface and the second surface and connecting the third surface and the second surface, wherein
the setting part and the indicator are provided on the third surface in order from the side of the inclined surface, and
the adjustment part is provided on the inclined surface, and
a distance between the setting part and the adjustment part is larger than a distance between the setting part and the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,338,086

SUPPLYING CONSUMABLE ITEMS TO AN AUTOMATED SAMPLE ANALYZER

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A method for supplying consumable items to an automated sample analyzer, wherein the automated analyzer includes a consumable repository including two or more storage areas, each storage area being configured to store a plurality of consumable items, the method comprises:receiving one or more orders for analytical tests to be carried out by the analyzer, each of the analytical tests requiring a set of consumable items;
reserving consumable items corresponding to the one or more sets of consumable items required for the analytical tests in a first storage area of the two or more storage areas of the analyzer;
switching to a second storage area of the two or more storage areas of the analyzer for reserving consumable items in response to determining that a predetermined consumable item in the first storage area has been reserved;
supplying the reserved consumable items for use in the one or more analytical tests; and
indicating that the first storage area can be replenished in response to determining that a particular consumable item of the first storage area has been used in the one or more analytical tests while the analyzer continues to supply consumable items from the second storage area.

US Pat. No. 10,338,078

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING BIOMOLECULES USING RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY

Japan Science and Technol...

1. A method for identifying the binding site of a protein bound to a low-molecular-weight compound, comprising the following steps of:(i) preparing fractionated fragments comprising the steps of:
mixing the low-molecular-weight compound with the protein and obtaining the protein bound to the low-molecular-weight compound,
fragmenting the protein bound to the low-molecular-weight compound by chemical degradation or an enzyme selected from the group consisting of protease and peptidase, and
fractionating the fragmented protein bound to a low-molecular weight compound by liquid chromatography or capillary electrophoresis,
(ii) subjecting fractionated fragments of the protein bound to the low-molecular-weight compound to Raman spectroscopy,
(iii) detecting a fraction having a Raman peak derived from the low-molecular-weight compound bound to a fragment of the protein via Raman spectroscopy, wherein the low-molecular-weight compound comprises at least one type of substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkynyl group, a nitrile group, a diazonio group, an isocyanate ester group, an isonitrile group, a ketene group, a carbodiimide group, a thiocyanate ester group, an azide group, an alkynediyl group, and deuterium having a scattering spectrum in a silent region of the Raman spectrum and exhibits a Raman peak distinguishable from that of the protein, wherein said low-molecular-weight compound comprises said at least one type of substituent during said detection via Raman spectroscopy,
(iv) subjecting the fraction subjected to Raman spectroscopy to mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry, wherein said low-molecular-weight compound comprises said at least one type of substituent during said mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry,
(v) obtaining the mass and tandem mass spectrometric results for a fraction having a Raman peak derived from the low-molecular-weight compound,
(vi) comparing the results with the mass information of the protein,
(vii) identifying the fractionated fragment binding to the low-molecular-weight compound by searching for a fractionated fragment, whose mass is shifted by the low-molecular-weight compound, and
(viii) identifying the amino acid residue within the protein which binds to the low-molecular-weight compound by searching for an amino acid residue, whose mass is shifted by the low-molecular-weight compound, thereby identifying the binding site of a protein, said method further comprising the steps of:
adding a solution containing a metal nanoparticle or a metal nanostructure to the fractionated fraction prior to the Raman spectroscopy, and adding an organic acid to the fractionated fraction prior to the Raman spectroscopy.

US Pat. No. 10,338,071

COMPOSITIONS, METHODS AND MICROFLUIDICS DEVICE FOR TELOMERASE BASED IN VITRO DIAGNOSTIC ASSAYS FOR DETECTING CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS (CTC)

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. A method for detecting circulating tumor cells in vitro, said method comprising(a) combining a test sample from a patient suspected of having circulating tumor cells, and a non-lytic adenoviral system, and culture media for the cells, said adenoviral system comprising:
(i) a first replication-defective adenoviral particle having an adenoviral capsid in which an expression cassette is packaged, said expression cassette comprising an adenoviral 5? ITR, a tumor-specific promoter which is specifically activated in circulating tumor cells, and an adenoviral 3? ITR, wherein said adenoviral particle is rendered replication defective and non-lytic by a deletion in one or more adenoviral early genes; and
(ii) a coding sequence for a reporter protein which is expressed in circulating tumor cells, and an adenoviral 3? ITR;
(b) incubating the test sample and the non-lytic adenoviral system for a sufficient time to permit expression of the reporter protein,
optionally replenishing the media; and
(c) measuring reporter protein expression in the test samples and optionally repeating (c), whereby presence of reporter expression indicates the presence of circulating tumor cells in the sample,
wherein (a) to (c) are performed a second time using a non-lytic adenoviral system having a different reporter protein.

US Pat. No. 10,338,068

SELECTION OF BIOLOGICAL OBJECTS

The Trustees of Columbia ...

1. A molecular automaton system for isolation, elimination, or treatment of a target biological object,(I) where the target biological object comprises a first object surface marker and a second object surface marker, the system comprises
(a) a first target marker comprising
(i) a first target-specific agent specific for the first object surface marker, and
(ii) a first double strand complex comprising a first oligonucleotide and a second oligonucleotide, the second oligonucleotide linked to the first target-specific agent;
(b) a second target marker comprising
(i) a second target-specific agent specific for the second object surface marker, and
(ii) a second double strand complex comprising a third oligonucleotide and a fourth oligonucleotide, the fourth oligonucleotide linked to the second target-specific agent;
(c) a single stranded fifth oligonucleotide; and
(d) a single stranded sixth oligonucleotide linked to an isolation agent, a cytotoxic agent, or a therapeutic agent;
wherein,
the first oligonucleotide has more complementarity for the fifth oligonucleotide than for the second oligonucleotide, such that when in proximity, the fifth oligonucleotide will disrupt the first double strand complex to form a single stranded second oligonucleotide and a third double strand complex comprising the first oligonucleotide and the fifth oligonucleotide;
the third oligonucleotide has more complementarity for the second oligonucleotide than for the fourth oligonucleotide, such that when in proximity, the single stranded second oligonucleotide will disrupt the second double strand complex to form a single stranded fourth oligonucleotide and a fourth double strand complex comprising the second oligonucleotide and the third oligonucleotide, the fourth double strand complex linked to the first target-specific agent via the second oligonucleotide, and the single stranded fourth oligonucleotide linked to the second target-specific agent; and
the sixth oligonucleotide has sufficient complementarity to the single stranded fourth oligonucleotide to form a fifth double strand complex therewith, but has insufficient complementarity for the fourth oligonucleotide to disrupt the second double strand complex; or
(II) where the target biological object comprises a first object surface marker but not a second object surface marker, the system comprises
(a) a first target marker comprising
(i) a first target-specific agent specific for the first object surface marker, and
(ii) a first double strand complex comprising a first oligonucleotide and a second oligonucleotide, the second oligonucleotide linked to the first target-specific agent;
(b) a second target marker comprising
(i) a second target-specific agent specific for the second object surface marker, and
(ii) a second double strand complex comprising a third oligonucleotide and a fourth oligonucleotide, the fourth oligonucleotide linked to the second target-specific agent;
(c) a single stranded fifth oligonucleotide;
(d) a sixth double strand complex comprising a sixth oligonucleotide and a seventh oligonucleotide, the sixth oligonucleotide linked to an isolation agent, a cytotoxic agent, or a therapeutic agent;
wherein,
the first oligonucleotide has more complementarity for the fifth oligonucleotide than for the second oligonucleotide, such that when in proximity, the fifth oligonucleotide will disrupt the first double strand complex to form a single stranded second oligonucleotide and a third double strand complex comprising the first oligonucleotide and the fifth oligonucleotide;
the third oligonucleotide has more complementarity for the second oligonucleotide than for the fourth oligonucleotide, such that when in proximity, the single stranded second oligonucleotide will disrupt the second double strand complex to form a single stranded fourth oligonucleotide and a fourth double strand complex comprising the second oligonucleotide and the third oligonucleotide, the fourth double strand complex linked to the first target-specific agent via the second oligonucleotide, and the single stranded fourth oligonucleotide linked to the second target-specific agent;
the sixth oligonucleotide has more complementarity for the second oligonucleotide than for the seventh oligonucleotide, such that when in proximity, the single stranded second oligonucleotide will disrupt the sixth double strand complex to form a single stranded seventh oligonucleotide and a seventh double strand complex comprising the second oligonucleotide and the sixth oligonucleotide, the seventh double strand complex linked to the first target-specific agent via the second oligonucleotide, and the single stranded fourth oligonucleotide linked to the second target-specific agent; and
the third oligonucleotide has more complementarity for the second oligonucleotide than the sixth oligonucleotide has for the second oligonucleotide, such that when in proximity, the sixth oligonucleotide cannot displace the third oligonucleotide from the fourth double strand complex comprising the second oligonucleotide and the third oligonucleotide.

US Pat. No. 10,338,062

METHOD FOR RELATIVE QUANTIFICATION OF NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCE, EXPRESSION, OR COPY CHANGES, USING COMBINED NUCLEASE, LIGATION, AND POLYMERASE REACTIONS

Cornell University, Itha...

1. A method for identifying a presence of one or more target nucleotide sequences in a sample, said method comprising:providing a sample potentially containing the target nucleotide sequence;
providing one or more oligonucleotide probe sets configured to hybridize on the target nucleotide sequence, each probe set comprising (a) a first oligonucleotide probe having a 5? primer-specific portion and a target-specific portion, and (b) a second oligonucleotide probe having a 5? non-target specific flap portion, a target-specific portion containing one or more thiophosphate-modified nucleotide bases, and a 3? primer-specific portion, wherein at least a portion of the 5? non-target specific flap portion of the second oligonucleotide probe is complementary to at least a portion of the 3? primer-specific portion of said second oligonucleotide probe and capable of hybridizing to said complementary portion of the 3? primer-specific portion to form a hairpinned second oligonucleotide probe when said second probe is not hybridized to the target nucleotide sequence;
contacting the sample and the one or more oligonucleotide probe sets under conditions effective for first and second oligonucleotide probes of a probe set to hybridize in a base specific manner to their corresponding target nucleotide sequences, if present in the sample;
cleaving the 5? non-target specific flap portion of the second oligonucleotide probe with an enzyme having 5? nuclease activity, thereby liberating a 5? phosphate at a first nucleotide base of the target-specific portion of the second oligonucleotide;
ligating first and second oligonucleotide probes of the one or more oligonucleotide probe sets together to form ligated product sequences, wherein each ligated product sequence comprises the 5? primer-specific portion, the target-specific portions with the one or more thiophosphate-modified nucleotide bases, and the 3? primer-specific portion of the first and second oligonucleotide probes of an oligonucleotide probe set;
detecting ligated product sequences in the sample; and
identifying the presence of the one or more target nucleotide sequences in the sample based on said detecting.

US Pat. No. 10,338,057

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FORMING SAME

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method for forming a biomolecular structure analysis device comprising forming a nanopore sequencing membrane by forming a first film on a surface of a substrate, wherein the surface is Si,then forming a hole in the first film in such a manner that the surface of the substrate is exposed,
then forming a second film thinner than 5 nm on the first film and on the surface of the substrate and then etching the substrate with a solution which does not remove the second film.

US Pat. No. 10,338,055

SPECTROGRAPHIC MATERIAL ANALYSIS BASED ON INDUCTIVE SENSING

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A system for spectrographic material analysis of a conductive target material based on inductive sensing, the system comprising:a sensor including an inductor coil; and
an inductance-to-data converter (IDC) coupled to the sensor,
to drive the sensor inductor coil with an excitation current at a selectable sensor excitation frequency (?),
to generate a magnetic sensing field projected into a pre-defined sensing area,
the magnetic sensing field to induce eddy currents within a conductive target material introduced for spectrographic material analysis within the sensing area, and
to determine, for each generated magnetic sensing field at a selected sensor excitation frequency (?), a property of the driven sensor inductor coil corresponding sensor impedance Zs(?);
the sensor impedance Zs(?) being a function of the sensor excitation frequency (?), and a response of the driven sensor coil to induced eddy currents.

US Pat. No. 10,338,054

METHOD FOR EVALUATING MONOMERS HAVING EFFECT ON COPOLYMER CHARACTERISTICS, AND SYSTEM USING SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A method of forming a copolymer from two or more monomers having an effect on characteristics of the copolymer comprising:a) selecting monomers Mk for the copolymer and selecting N1 monomers Mi able to form the copolymer together with the Mk, wherein the N1 monomers Mi are represented as Mi1, Mi2, . . . , and MiN1, N1 is a natural number of 2 or more;
b) calculating ?(Mk), ?(Mk), ?(Mi) and ?(Mi), which are monomer displacement values for the monomers Mk and Mi using Equations 1 to 3 below,
?(Mi)=A1×Funct(EC(Mi))/n(Mi)
?(Mi)=A2×Funct(AS(Mi))/n(Mi)  [Equation 1]
?(Mk)=A1×Funct(EC(Mk))/n(Mk)
?(Mk)=A2×Funct(AS(Mk))/n(Mk)  [Equation 2]
Funct(x)=a1*Exp(a2*x) or Funct(x)=a3 log(1+a4*x)a5  [Equation 3]
wherein in Equations 1 to 3, A1 and A2 are control constants and are real numbers other than zero, Funct(x) represents a function for a variable x, a1, a2, a3, a4, and a5 are real numbers and are control constants that vary depending on a type of Funct(x), ?(Mi) is a value calculated for the monomers Mi and is a Topological Polar Surface Area, a McGowan Volume, an Approximate Surface Area, or an Octanol/Water Partition Coefficient, EC(Mi) represents a Molecular Eccentricity for the monomers Mi, and AS(Mi) represents a Molecular Asphericity for the monomers Mi; and
c) calculating characteristic displacement values ?(Mk;Mi) of the monomers Mi relative to the monomers Mk using Equation 4 below and determining a selected monomer Mi having a relatively high characteristic displacement value to be a monomer having a significant effect on the copolymer characteristics,

wherein in Equation 4, A3 is a control constant and is a real number from 0 to 1, and forming the copolymer from the selected monomers Mk and Mi.

US Pat. No. 10,338,052

METHODS OF DETECTING SULFUR-CONTAINING COMPOUNDS

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. A method of detecting a sulfur-containing compound in a sample, comprising:contacting the sample comprising the sulfur-containing compound with parahydrogen and a catalyst to form a mixture, thereby transferring a spin order from the parahydrogen to the sulfur-containing compound and hyperpolarizing the sulfur-containing compound during a temporary association of the parahydrogen, the sulfur-containing compound, and the catalyst; and
performing an NMR measurement on the mixture comprising the hyperpolarized sulfur-containing compound to detect the hyperpolarized sulfur-containing compound;
wherein the temporary association of the parahydrogen, the sulfur-containing compound, and the catalyst has terminated before the NMR measurement is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,338,049

ELECTROCHEMICAL METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE CONTENT OF DOC AND/OR TOC AND/OR IC IN AN AQUEOUS SAMPLE

1. An electrochemical method for determining the DOC and/or TOC and/or IC content in a water sample by means of anodic oxidation on electrodes in a closed electrolysis cell, comprising:at least partially oxidizing carbon to carbon dioxide (CO2),
collecting the carbon dioxide thereby formed in a closed gas space during a range of an essentially linear increase in the carbon dioxide content in the closed gas space, and
determining a rate that carbon dioxide content increases while the carbon dioxide content increase is in the range of the essentially linear increase in the carbon dioxide content in the closed gas space, and
determining the DOC and/or TOC and/or IC content in the water sample with an analyzer unit based on the determined rate of carbon dioxide increase.

US Pat. No. 10,338,047

AIR-POLLUTION ANOMALY LOCATION MECHANISM

International Business Ma...

15. An apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the memory comprises instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
identify, by temporal and spatial characteristic identification logic specifically configured by the processor, a historical air-pollution pattern for each of a plurality of air-pollution monitoring stations;
for each of the plurality of air-pollution monitoring stations:
responsive to receiving real-time air-pollution data from a particular air-pollution monitoring station, compare, by anomaly detection logic specifically configured by the processor, the real-time air-pollution data to the historical air-pollution pattern associated with the particular air-pollution monitoring station;
generate, by the anomaly detection logic, a density difference value based on the comparison of the real-time air-pollution data to the historical air-pollution pattern associated with the particular air-pollution monitoring station; and
determine, by the anomaly detection logic, whether the density difference value is greater than a predetermined confidence threshold; and
for each of a subset of the plurality of air-pollution monitoring stations whose associated density difference value is greater than the predetermined confidence threshold, generate, by the anomaly detection logic, an indication of an anomaly in detected air-pollution levels to an administrator, wherein the indication causes the administrator to perform one or more actions to remedy the anomaly in the detected air-pollution levels.

US Pat. No. 10,338,046

ARTIFICIAL OLFACTORY SENSING SYSTEM

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An artificial olfactory sensing system comprising:a plurality of sensor cells on a lipid membrane of each of which olfactory receptors have developed; and
a plurality of ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs) that correspondingly exist to the sensor cells on a one-on-one basis,
wherein each response signal corresponding to each of the sensor cells showing that each of the olfactory receptors has recognized an odor molecule is converted into an electric signal by an ISFET corresponding to said each of the sensor cells.

US Pat. No. 10,338,045

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE ANALYSIS OF A GAS SAMPLE

1. An analysis device for the analysis of a gas sample, the analysis device comprising:an analysis unit comprising:
an inlet to let the gas sample into the analysis unit;
an outlet;
a feeding duct;
at least two passage channels; and
at least two sensors, each of which is arranged in the area of a respective detecting station;
at least one gas moving unit to convey the gas from said inlet, along the feeding duct, through the passage channels, through the detecting stations, to said outlet;
the feeding duct being arranged downstream of the inlet; the feeding duct comprising a common feeding duct configured such that each passage channel extends out from the feeding duct so as to be downstream of the feeding duct and upstream of the outlet, each passage channel allowing a respective portion of the gas sample to move from the feeding duct to the relative sensor, and comprising a respective segment, which is arranged between the feeding duct and the relative detecting station;
each detecting station being arranged along a respective passage channel upstream of said outlet;
the gas moving unit comprising a suction device, which is arranged downstream of the detecting stations so as to convey the portions of the gas sample through the detecting stations.

US Pat. No. 10,338,044

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING GAS CONSUMPTION IN CONTINUOUS FLOW ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTS

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A gas transport system for continuously flushinga chemical reactor, comprising:
the chemical reactor, the chemical reactor having an inlet and a gas outlet, the inlet for introducing a sample and a carrier gas into the chemical reactor, and the gas outlet for releasing an analyte gas and the carrier gas from the chemical reactor;
a sample introduction unit for delivering the sample into the chemical reactor;
a carrier gas line fluidly coupled to the inlet, the carrier gas line for introducing the carrier gas from a carrier gas source into the chemical reactor;
a gas outlet line from the gas outlet;
a gas recycling line connected to the gas outlet and/or the gas outlet line by a first gas line junction that is arranged between the chemical reactor and a downstream detection unit coupled to the gas outlet line, and connected to the sample introduction unit and/or the inlet and/or the carrier gas line at a second gas line junction;
the detection unit, wherein the detection unit includes a separation unit and a detector downstream of said separation unit, the separation unit is connected to the gas outlet line downstream of the first gas line junction, and the separation unit includes a chromatographic column; and
a gas flow splitter downstream of the separation unit, the gas flow splitter configured for splitting a gas flow stream exiting the separation unit into a first gas stream entering a bypass gas line and a second gas stream entering the detector, the bypass gas line being fluidly connected to the gas recycling line,
wherein the gas transport system is adapted to allow recycling of at least a portion of gas emerging from the gas outlet back to the chemical reactor via the gas recycling line.

US Pat. No. 10,338,043

P-NITROPHENOLE-FORMALDEHYDE POLYCONDENSATE FOR MEASUREMENT, METHOD OF PRODUCTION AND USE

1. A method for measuring pH, said method comprising applying a sample whose pH is to be measured to an optical indicator, wherein the optical indicator comprises a support, and one or more p-nitro-phenyl/formaldehyde condensed polymer according to Formula (I) in the state of being stabilized to said supportwherein n has the value of 1 to 20, and Z stands for H or a binding group.

US Pat. No. 10,338,041

DERIVATIZATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. Derivatization apparatus for coating a sample carrier prior to the analysis of the sample comprising:a reservoir for a reagent solution; and
a spray nozzle with a spray head and a container in which at least a part of the sample carrier is located, wherein said container is hermetically sealed, said spray head is located within said container and is configured to perform a periodic movement of at least from a first position to a second position in said container and relative to a horizontal plane in said container, said reagent solution is configured to be sprayed into said container by said spray head in order to generate in said container a homogeneous mist of droplets of said reagent solution.

US Pat. No. 10,338,037

COMPOUNDS AND CONJUGATES FOR IDENTIFYING AND SEPARATING POST-TRANSLATIONALLY MODIFIED ANALYTES

UVic Industry Partnership...

1. A conjugate, wherein the conjugate is a compound having a structure satisfying Formula I that is covalently coupled to a support component by at least one of A, E, G, J, L, M, N, or Q of Formula I, either directly or through an aliphatic linker, a heteroaliphatic linker, an aryl linker, or a heteroaryl linker, wherein Formula I is
and wherein
G is aryl, heteroaryl, -linker-aryl, —SO3?, —SO3H, or -linker-heteroaryl, wherein each linker independently is a sulfonamide;
each of A, E, and J independently is SO3?; —SO3H; aryl; heteroaryl; -linker-aryl; or -linker- heteroaryl, wherein each linker independently is a sulfonamide;
M is —OH; —O?; —O(CH2)pY; —O(CH2)pPh(CH2)p(Y)m; —OC(O)Ph(CH2)p(Y)m; or —OSO2Ph(CH2)p(Y)m; wherein each Y independently is alkyl, alkoxy, amide, thiol, thioether, aldehyde, carboxyl, ester, NH2, or NH3+, p is an integer selected from 0 to 10, and m is an integer selected from 0 to 4;
each of L, N, and Q independently is —OH; —O?; O(CH2)pY; —O(CH2)pPh(CH2)p(Y)m; —OC(O)Ph(CH2)p(Y)m; or —OSO2Ph(CH2)p(Y)m; wherein each Y independently is alkyl, alkoxy, amide, thiol, thioether, aldehyde, carboxyl, ester, NH2, or NH3+, p is an integer selected from 0 to 10, and m is an integer selected from 0 to 4;
each of X1, X2, X3, and X4 is CH2;
n is an integer selected from 1 to 3; and
wherein if (i) each of G, A, E, and J are SO3? and (i) M is —O(CH2)pY wherein p is 1, then Y is selected from alkyl, alkoxy, thiol, thioether, NH2, or NH3+.

US Pat. No. 10,338,034

TRANSDUCER DEVICE COMPRISING AN INSULATING FILM BETWEEN A THROUGH WIRING LINE AND A SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:a semiconductor substrate including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a through wiring line passing through the substrate between the first surface and the second surface;
electrodes electrically connected to the through wiring line; and
an insulating film is disposed between the through wiring line and the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the insulating film is a silicon oxide film, and wherein a silicon nitride film is disposed between the through wiring line and the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,338,031

COMPONENT-EMBEDDED SUBSTRATE AND SUBSTRATE FLAW DETECTING METHOD

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A component-embedded substrate comprising:a multilayer body including a plurality of insulating layers stacked in a stacking direction;
an embedded component embedded in the multilayer body;
a planar conductor disposed on one side of the embedded component in the stacking direction, the planar conductor overlapping the embedded component; and
one or more wiring conductors disposed on the one side of the embedded component in the stacking direction, the one or more wiring conductors being different from the planar conductor and connecting to the embedded component or the planar conductor in the insulating layers; wherein
the planar conductor includes a plurality of openings overlapping the embedded component over an entire region occupied by the embedded component, as seen in the stacking direction;
the one or more wiring conductors are arranged to overlap the planar conductor and the embedded component; and
at least one of the plurality of openings do not overlap at least a portion of any of the one or more wiring conductors different from the planar conductor, as seen in the stacking direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,030

DEFECTS INSPECTION THROUGH DETECTION OF MAGNETIC FIELDS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An apparatus comprising:two electric connectors coupled to an alternating current source and contacting an inside wall of a pipe of a given material to flow a current into the pipe from the alternating current source between the two electric connectors, wherein the pipe is located downhole in a formation;
a magnetic sensor positioned between the two electric connectors and operable to receive a magnetic field in response to flowing the current while the magnetic sensor scans over the inside wall of the pipe, wherein the scanning includes moving the magnetic sensor azimuthally around the inside wall of the pipe and longitudinally along the inside wall of the pipe;
a processing unit operable to process the magnetic field to detect that a defect is located at a given azimuth and a given longitudinal position of the pipe and has a defect thickness, wherein the detection is based on: (i) a maximum strength of the magnetic field in a transverse direction to a longitudinal axis direction of the pipe; (ii) a maximum strength of the magnetic field in the longitudinal axis direction of the pipe; and (iii) calibration data for the given type material which correlates the maximum strength of the magnetic field in the transverse and longitudinal axis direction to the defect thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,338,029

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system for monitoring a subject, comprising:a sensing device, comprising:
at least one magnetic source to generate a varying magnetic field;
an array of magnetic sensors disposed within a target region of the varying magnetic field to obtain a plurality of measurements corresponding to the varying magnetic field at a plurality of locations along a blood vessel;
a processing subsystem communicatively coupled to the sensing device, wherein the processing subsystem is to:
determine variations in the plurality of measurements caused by magnetization-relaxation of blood flowing through the blood vessel based on a coupled model using a moving mesh technique, wherein the coupled model defines a behavior of the blood in the varying magnetic field quantified as one or more physiological parameters based on magnetization-relaxation, bulk motion of the blood towards a determined gradient of the magnetic field, magnetostatics, and conservation of momentum, and wherein the moving mesh technique measures magnetization of the blood during an idle state and a flowing state and demagnetization of the blood flow away from the at least one magnetic source, the magnetization and demagnetization forming distortions in the magnetic field corresponding to the variations; and
estimate values of the one or more physiological parameters representative of variations in the plurality of measurements caused by pulsatile flow of the blood based on the determined variations, the estimated values of the one or more physiological parameters to trigger an alert when the estimated values are outside one or more prescribed thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,338,028

ION MOBILITY SEPARATION DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An ion mobility separation device comprising:an ion source that generates ions;
a pair of flat-plate electrodes having an introduction opening and a discharge opening for the ions generated by the ion source;
a pump that causes the ions introduced from the introduction opening of the pair of flat-plate electrodes to travel toward the discharge opening;
a controller programmed to apply an asymmetric time-varying voltage and a direct-current voltage to the pair of flat-plate electrodes;
a plurality of detectors disposed in a direction orthogonal to both an ion travel direction due to the pump and an applied direction of the asymmetric time-varying voltage; and
a processor programmed to process a signal detected by the plurality of detectors,
wherein, to obtain a total transmission measurement of the ions at the plurality of detectors, the controller controls application of a potential difference between the flat-plate electrodes such that all of the ions are caused to travel along a trajectory between the flat-plate electrodes without deflection, which is a total transmission condition of the ions, by generating equal fields at least at two different points in the direction orthogonal to both the ion travel direction due to the pump and the applied direction of the asymmetric time-varying voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,338,026

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE CAPABILITY OF AN EXHAUST-GAS ANALYZER PROBE TO MEASURE RICH GAS

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for monitoring a capability of an exhaust-gas analyzer probe in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine operated with lean combustion to measure rich gas, in which exhaust gas is diffused in the exhaust-gas analyzer probe from the exhaust passage via a diffusion barrier into a measuring cavity of the exhaust-gas analyzer probe, and with the aid of a pump cell having an inner pump electrode and a second pump electrode, by applying a pump voltage between the electrodes, oxygen is pumped into or out of the measuring cavity according to a flowing pump current, the method comprising:during a lean operation mode of the internal combustion engine, in a diagnostic phase, reversing a pumping direction of the pump cell and pumping oxygen into the measuring cavity; and
inferring a capability of the exhaust-gas analyzer probe to measure rich gas from one of: i) the pump current, and ii) the pump voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,338,025

STATIC EQUILIBRIUM PATH FOR MEASUREMENTS OF DYNAMIC FLOWS

SENTIENT TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. An ion meter for measuring a solution with dynamic flow, comprising:a substrate having an interior side with an ISFET gate, and an exterior side, a reference electrode;
a circuit board bonded to at least a portion of the substrate; and
a barrier comprising the interior side of the substrate, the ISFET gate, and a portion of the circuit board;
wherein the barrier partially defines a cavity providing a static equilibrium environment for the solution; and
wherein the barrier further partially defines a fluid pathway to the exterior side of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,338,024

USING IN SITU CAPACITANCE MEASUREMENTS TO MONITOR THE STABILITY OF INTERFACE MATERIALS IN COMPLEX PCB ASSEMBLIES AND OTHER STRUCTURES

International Business Ma...

1. A method of constructing an electronic assembly capable of being electronically monitored for physical changes, comprising:providing a printed circuit board including a plurality of electronic modules mounted thereon;
applying a multi-layer structure including top and bottom electrically conductive layers and a dielectric layer between the top and bottom electrically conductive layers to each of the plurality of electronic modules, the bottom electrically conductive layers being configured to block capacitive coupling from the electronic modules and the printed circuit board;
positioning a heat spreader above the top electrically conductive layer;
applying thermal interface material between the heat spreader and the top electrically conductive layer;
creating a thermal interface between the heat spreader and the plurality of electronic modules;
creating an electrical connection between a plurality of first electrical conductors and the top electrically conductive layers; and
creating an electrical connection between a second electrical conductor and the heat spreader, the first electrical conductors and the second electrical conductor being externally accessible, the multi-layer structure, the heat spreader and the first and second electrical conductors being configured such that a plurality of electrical capacitances between the heat spreader and each of the plurality of electronic modules can be electronically monitored by connecting an apparatus for detecting electrical capacitance to the first and second electrical conductors.

US Pat. No. 10,338,023

TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY SENSOR

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A sensor comprising:a substrate;
a pair of first electrodes disposed directly on a first surface of the substrate, with each of the pair of first electrodes comprising a spiral shape in a plan view of the substrate;
a moisture sensitive film disposed between the pair of electrodes and that covers the pair of first electrodes; and
a linear second electrode having at least a portion thereof extending along at least a portion of at least one of the pair of first electrodes; and
wherein the linear second electrode is disposed above a portion of the moisture sensitive film and the portion of the linear second electrode extends along the portion of the at least one of the pair of first electrodes, and
wherein the linear second electrode is separated from the pair of first electrodes by the moisture sensitive film, and
wherein the moisture sensitive film comprises a shape corresponding to a shape of the linear second electrode, such that an exposed surface area of the moisture sensitive film is configured to increase sensitivity of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,021

METHOD AND SENSOR SYSTEM FOR MEASURING GAS CONCENTRATIONS

ams Sensors Germany GmbH,...

1. A method for measuring the concentration of at least one gas from a gas sample by a sensor system which has a measuring area with at least one gas sensor,the measuring area being arranged between a measuring area semiconductor body and the at least one gas sensor,
the measuring area having a diffusion opening which is closed by a gas-permeable structure,
the gas-permeable structure comprising a layer structure, the layer structure defining four elongated slots extending through the layer structure, the four elongated slots being arranged proximate to an inner edge of a frame of the measuring area semiconductor body,
wherein the measuring area is initially heated up, a heating is then switched off or a heating power is reduced to a value different from 0 and a change in resistance of the at least one gas sensor is measured.

US Pat. No. 10,338,020

METHOD FOR MEASURING METAL ION PERMEABILITY OF POLYMER FILM AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING METAL ION PERMEABILITY OF POLYMER FILM

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A method for measuring metal ion permeability of a polymer film, comprising the steps of:applying a voltage to the polymer film at a temperature of 5° C. to 250° C. using a device, while one side of the polymer film is brought into contact with an electrolyte comprising metal ions, an organic solvent and an aqueous solvent, wherein the device comprises: a first electrode and a second electrode opposing each other; a polymer film mounting part that is installed in such a way that one side of the first electrode is in contact with a polymer resin film; an electrolyte compartment that is positioned between the second electrode and the polymer film mounting part, and includes an electrolyte comprising metal ions, an organic solvent and an aqueous solvent inside; a chamber including an internal space in which the first electrode, the second electrode, the electrolyte compartment and the polymer film mounting part are positioned; a voltage applying part that is connected with the first electrode and the second electrode, and applies a voltage; and an electrical signal measuring part that measures resistance change or current change of the polymer film mounted on the polymer film mounting part; and
measuring using the electrical signal measuring part of the device a change rate of resistance or change rate of current of the polymer film according to time, by measuring a time until a first time (T) at which the change rate of current or the change rate of resistance according to time is constantly maintained, after the voltage is applied, thereby measuring the metal ion permeability of the polymer film as an average rate of change of current or the change rate of resistance according to time, after the first time (T).

US Pat. No. 10,338,019

SENSOR SUBSTRATE AND SENSOR DEVICE

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A sensor substrate comprising:an insulating substrate;
a detection electrode on a principal surface of the insulating substrate; and
resistance wiring in the insulating substrate and comprising a heating electrode, wherein
the resistance wiring comprises a multilayer wiring portion which is connected to the heating electrode and in which wires and other wires are connected in parallel, and
widths of the wires or the other wires gradually decrease from end portions connected to the heating electrode toward the other end portions.

US Pat. No. 10,338,018

SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TESTING AN OBJECT

VAYYAR IMAGING LTD, Yehu...

1. A system for characterizing substances, said system comprising:a housing body having a cavity therein wherein said cavity is configured to contain said substances;
a transmitter configured to transmit a plurality of Radio Frequency (RF) signals;
at least one electromagnetic sensor in communication with said transmitter, wherein said at least one electromagnetic sensor is configured to provide RF responses data of said substances;
a Radio Frequency Signals Measurement Unit (RFSMU) configured to receive said RF responses and measure said RF responses; and
a processor connected to said at least one electromagnetic sensor said processor is configured to process said responses to identify characteristics of said substances, wherein said housing body comprises a granular material configured to receive said substance.

US Pat. No. 10,338,015

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYSIS OF SEALED CONTAINERS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of analyzing one or more contents of one or more sealed radio shielding containers, the method comprising:providing a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer and an NMR probe configured to accept a portion of a sealed radio shielding container, all of the sealed radio shielding container, or a portion or all of a plurality of sealed radio shielding containers;
positioning said portion of the sealed radio shielding container, all of the sealed radio shielding container, or a portion or all of the plurality of sealed radio shielding containers within a data collection region of the NMR probe;
establishing a homogeneous static magnetic field across the data collection region;
applying an amplitude and frequency swept shaped radio frequency (RF) pulse, wherein the applied RF pulse has a frequency between about 3 to about 10 MHz, and wherein the RF pulse is a high powered pulse of at least 0.5 kW;
collecting an NMR spectrum;
applying a reference RF pulse to stimulate precession of a heteronuclear frequency reference sample in the probe, wherein at least a portion of the heteronuclear frequency reference sample is mounted inside the data collection region of the NMR spectrometer and wherein the heteronuclear frequency reference sample is external to the sealed radio shielding container;
collecting a reference NMR spectrum; and
analyzing one or more peaks in the NMR spectrum using the reference NMR spectrum, thereby analyzing one or more contents of the one or more sealed radio shielding containers.

US Pat. No. 10,338,013

POSITION FEEDBACK FOR MULTI-BEAM PARTICLE DETECTOR

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A multi-beam metrology system, comprising:an illumination source configured to generate a beam array;
an illumination sub-system including one or more focusing elements configured to direct the beam array to a sample at an array of measurement locations;
an imaging sub-system configured to image the array of measurement locations as an array of imaged spots in a detection plane, the imaging sub-system including at least one of an adjustable lens, an adjustable deflector, or an adjustable stigmator, the one or more adjustable beam control elements configured to adjust positions of one or more of the imaged spots in the detection plane; and
a detection assembly configured to generate detection signal channels associated with at least some of the imaged spots, the detection assembly comprising:
an array of detection elements configured to receive the imaged spots with separate detection elements; and
one or more position detectors configured to measure positions of the imaged spots in the detection plane, wherein the detection assembly generates feedback signals indicative of alignment of the imaged spots on the array of detection elements based on the positions of the imaged spots in the detection plane, wherein the imaging sub-system adjusts the positions of one or more of the imaged spots in the detection plane based on the feedback signals to maintain alignment of the imaged spots on the array of detection elements.

US Pat. No. 10,338,012

PHOTON COUNTING DETECTOR AND X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. A photon counting detector, comprising:a plurality of X-ray detection elements configured to detect an X-ray and generate an electrical signal;
a plurality of capacitors, each being connected to a different one of the plurality of X-ray detection elements without an intervening amplifier, and accumulating an electrical signal generated in the one of the plurality of X-ray detection elements, wherein no transistor is connected to each of the plurality of capacitors without an intervening circuit element; and
generating circuitry configured to store reference information, and generate a digital signal by using an accumulation result of the electrical signal in each of the plurality of capacitors and the reference information.

US Pat. No. 10,338,008

CONDUCTIVE FILM, DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF EVALUATING CONDUCTIVE FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A conductive film that is provided on a display unit of a display device, the conductive film comprising:a transparent substrate; and
two wiring portions that are respectively provided on both sides of the transparent substrate and that each have a plurality of thin metal lines, or
a first transparent substrate;
a first wiring portion that is formed on one side of the first transparent substrate and has a plurality of thin metal lines;
a second transparent substrate that is disposed on the first wiring portion; and
a second wiring portion that is formed on one side of the second transparent substrate and has a plurality of thin metal lines,
wherein the plurality of thin metal lines has a mesh-shaped wiring pattern, and a plurality of opening portions is arrayed in each wiring portion,
wherein the plurality of thin metal lines of at least one wiring portion of the two wiring portions or two wiring portions including the first wiring portion and the second wiring portion is formed in a wiring pattern where the opening portions, of which angles are maintained and pitches are made to be irregular with respect to rhomboid shapes of a regular rhomboid wiring pattern, have parallelogram shapes,
wherein in the display unit, pixels, which include a plurality of sub-pixels emitting light with a plurality of colors that are at least three colors different from each other, are arrayed in pixel array patterns,
wherein the conductive film is provided on the display unit such that the wiring patterns of the two wiring portions overlap with the pixel array patterns of the display unit,
wherein from at least one point of view, the wiring patterns of the two wiring portions are formed such that an indicator of evaluation of moirés is equal to or less than an evaluation threshold value, where in frequencies and intensities of the moirés of respective colors of a plurality of colors calculated from a first peak frequency and a first peak intensity of a plurality of first spectrum peaks of two-dimensional Fourier spectra of image data of the wiring patterns of the two wiring portions overlapping with each other and a second peak frequency and a second peak intensity of a plurality of second spectrum peaks of two-dimensional Fourier spectra of luminance image data of the pixel array patterns of the respective colors when light beams with the plurality of colors are respectively emitted, the indicator of evaluation is calculated from evaluation values of the moirés of the respective colors obtained by applying human visual response characteristics in accordance with an observation distance to intensities of the moirés equal to or greater than a first intensity threshold value among intensities of the moirés at frequencies of the moirés equal to or less than a frequency threshold value defined on the basis of a display resolution of the display unit,
wherein the evaluation threshold value is ?2.80, and
wherein the indicator of evaluation is equal to or less than ?2.80 as a common logarithm.

US Pat. No. 10,338,004

PRODUCTION SAMPLE SHAPING THAT PRESERVES RE-NORMALIZABILITY

1. A method for generating a defect sample for a wafer, comprising:generating output for a wafer with an inspection subsystem by performing an inspection process on the wafer, wherein performing the inspection process comprises directing light from a light source of the inspection subsystem to the wafer, scanning the light over the wafer, collecting light from the wafer with a collector of the inspection subsystem, and directing the collected light from the collector to a detector of the inspection subsystem that detects the collected light and generates the output responsive thereto;
generating inspection results for the wafer with one or more computer subsystems by detecting defects on the wafer using the output generated by the detector and determining information for the defects detected on the wafer using the output generated by the detector for the defects, wherein the information comprises information for one or more attributes of the defects;
identifying a set of the defects having the most diversity in values of at least one of the one or more attributes;
generating different tiles for different defects in the set, wherein generating the different tiles comprises:
generating a tile for a first defect in the set, wherein the tile defines a portion of all of the values for the at least one attribute of all of the defects detected on the wafer, wherein the values in the portion are closer to the values for the at least one attribute of the first defect than the values for the at least one attribute of other defects in the set, and wherein the portion of said all of the values for the at least one attribute of said all of the defects detected on the wafer defined by the tile comprises the values for the at least one attribute of the first defect and other values for the at least one attribute; and
repeating the generating the tile step for one or more of the other defects;
separating the defects detected on the wafer into sample bins corresponding to the different tiles based on the values of the at least one attribute of the defects and the portions of the values defined by the different tiles;
randomly selecting one or more defects from each of two or more of the sample bins; and
creating a defect sample for the wafer comprising the randomly selected defects, wherein said identifying, said generating the different tiles, said separating, said randomly selecting, and said creating are performed by the one or more computer subsystems.

US Pat. No. 10,338,003

APPARATUS FOR COUNTING TEXTILE CORDS OF TIRE REINFORCEMENT BELT

1. An apparatus for counting textile cords of a tire reinforcement belt, the apparatus comprising:a feed roller having wound therearound a reinforcement belt on which a plurality of textile cords are arranged along a longitudinal direction of the reinforcement belt;
two or more take-up rollers configured to collect the reinforcement belt rolled out from the feed roller;
a plurality of guide rollers interposed between the take-up rollers and configured to support a top surface or a bottom surface of the reinforcement belt rolled out from the feed roller;
one or more light sources, each configured to emit a line of light onto a surface of the reinforcement belt that is passing around the guide rollers;
one or more image sensors configured to capture images reflected off the surface of the reinforcement belt; and
a cutting component configured to cut the reinforcement belt into a plurality of smaller belt units and pass the belt units therethrough,
wherein each of the plurality of belt units having passed through the cutting component is transferred to either take-up roller A at an upper position or take-up roller B at a lower position, wherein when one belt unit is collected by either the take-up roller A or the take-up roller B, a following belt unit is collected by the other take-up roller.

US Pat. No. 10,338,002

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SELECTING RECIPE FOR DEFECT INSPECTION

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method for selecting optical modes and algorithms suitable for defect inspection of a particular type of wafer, the method comprising:scanning a full-stack wafer of the particular type utilizing a set of optical modes to obtain a set of full-stack wafer images; and
de-processing the full-stack wafer to produce a de-processed wafer based on a location of a potential defect of interest indicated by the set of full-stack wafer images to select optical modes and algorithms suitable for defect inspection of wafers of the particular type.

US Pat. No. 10,338,001

POROUS DETECTION SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A system for detecting a porous object, comprising:a light emitting module configured for emitting light onto an object to be measured such that the light passes through a plurality of holes of the object;
a detecting module including:
a porous plate having a plurality of non-circular holes; and
a plurality of photosensitive units respectively corresponding to the non-circular holes,
wherein each of the non-circular holes of the porous plate corresponds to at most one of the holes of the object at one time point such that light passing from one of the holes of the object passes through one of the non-circular holes of the porous plate, the light passes through the non-circular holes of the porous plate corresponding to the holes of the object, and the photosensitive units sense luminous flux of the light passing through the non-circular holes of the porous plate to generate a luminous flux signal; and
an analyzing module configured for analyzing a status of the holes of the object corresponding to the non-circular holes of the porous plate based on the luminous flux signal generated by the photosensitive units.

US Pat. No. 10,337,996

LIDAR INSTRUMENT AND METHOD OF OPERATION

The United States of Amer...

1. A Lidar instrument to detect a biological signature or a non-biological signature in an extraterrestrial environment, comprising:a transceiver having a plurality of lasers operating at 266 nm, 355 nm, and 905 nm wavelengths, and emitting laser beams at an aerosol cloud of particles in the extraterrestrial environment; and
a plurality of telescopes coupled to instrument optics using optical fibers, and connected to a plurality of detectors;
wherein said laser beams excite said aerosol cloud to induce fluorescence and cause differential-wavelength elastic backscatter which produces data which is measured in real-time by said detectors to determine a type of material from the biological or non-biological signature of each of said particles, and a particle size of each of said particles;
wherein said detectors are photon-counting modules in both an ultraviolet wavelength range and a near-infrared wavelength range;
wherein each said 266 nm laser and said 355 nm laser includes a filter and a photo multiplier tube; and
wherein a filter and an avalanche photodiode are disposed with said 905 nm laser.

US Pat. No. 10,337,995

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBLIQUE LASER SCANNING

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER COR...

18. An optical system for producing a three-dimensional image of a sample, the optical system comprising:a first electromagnetic radiation source configured to produce electromagnetic radiation in a first wavelength range;
a second electromagnetic radiation source configured to produce electromagnetic radiation in a second wavelength range;
one or more optical combination components configured to combine the electromagnetic radiation in the first wavelength range and the electromagnetic radiation in the second wavelength range, the combined electromagnetic radiation including a first portion of electromagnetic radiation in the first wavelength range and a second portion of electromagnetic radiation in the second wavelength range;
a first optical pathway disposed between the one or more optical combination components and the sample, the combined electromagnetic radiation from the one or more optical combination components configured to propagate along the first optical pathway in a first direction such that it is incident on the sample, the sample reflecting the first portion of the combined electromagnetic radiation to produce reflected electromagnetic radiation, the sample absorbing the second portion of the combined electromagnetic radiation and responsive to the absorption of the second portion of the combined electromagnetic radiation, the sample emitting electromagnetic radiation, the reflected electromagnetic radiation and the emitted electromagnetic radiation propagating along the first optical pathway in a second direction; and
an optical separation component disposed in the first optical pathway, the optical separation component directing the reflected electromagnetic radiation along a second optical pathway to a first image capture device and directing the emitted electromagnetic radiation along a third optical pathway to a second image capture device, the reflected electromagnetic radiation being indicative of structural properties of the sample, the emitted electromagnetic radiation being indicative of molecular properties of the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,337,992

OPTICAL ASSURANCE CAP

Oetiker NY, Inc., Lancas...

1. A fluid connector assembly, comprising:a fluid connector including a first through-bore;
an optical assurance cap arranged on said fluid connector, said optical assurance cap including a second through-bore;
a tubular connector arranged in said first through-bore and secured to said fluid connector; and,
a tester tool, including:
a channel;
a light source; and,
a light sensor, said light source and said light sensor axially displaced from one another,
wherein said optical assurance cap is arranged in said channel of said tester tool.

US Pat. No. 10,337,986

METHOD FOR OPTIMISATION OF DETECTION WAVELENGTHS FOR MULTI-GAS DETECTION

1. A method for optimising values of n detection wavelengths of an optical gas sensor configured to detect n different gases, the method comprising:a) calculating a value of a determinant of an absorptivity matrix ? whose coefficients represent spectral absorptivity of each of the n different gases at the n detection wavelengths, said calculating being repeated several times, each time modifying at least one of said n detection wavelengths so the values of said n detection wavelengths are comprised within a range of values for which the spectral absorptivity of at least one of then different gases is non-zero; and
b) determining the values of said n detection wavelengths for which the calculated value of the determinant of the absorptivity matrix ? corresponds to a maximum calculated value amongst a set of values calculated in step a).

US Pat. No. 10,337,985

MEASUREMENT METHOD AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

ARKRAY, Inc., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A measurement system for performing qualitative measurement and quantitative measurement of a measurement item of a biological sample, the measurement system comprising:a quantitative sample adjustment criterion storage configured to store a quantitative sample adjustment criterion corresponding to a qualitative measurement result in the qualitative measurement;
a qualitative measurer configured to acquire the qualitative measurement result of the measurement item by performing the qualitative measurement on the biological sample;
a determinator configured to determine a proper quantitative sample adjustment condition;
an adjustor configured to adjust the biological sample for use in the quantitative measurement; and
a quantitative measurer configured to acquire a quantitative measurement value of the measurement item by performing the quantitative measurement on the biological sample that is for use in the quantitative measurement and has been adjusted by the adjustor, wherein
the determinator is configured to determine a dilution factor of the biological sample by referring to the quantitative sample adjustment criterion based on the qualitative measurement result to determine necessity to change the dilution factor of the biological sample, and
the adjustor is configured to adjust the biological sample for use in the quantitative measurement based on the dilution factor of the biological sample determined by the determinator.

US Pat. No. 10,337,983

MODULE, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL MEASUREMENT

Taiwan Biophotonic Corpor...

1. An optical measurement module comprising:a light source that emits an original light beam, wherein the original light beam is monochromatic polarized light;
a collimator that converges the original light beam into a collimated light beam;
a first beam splitter that directs the collimated light beam to an analyte, wherein the analyte transforms the collimated light beam into a measurement light beam;
a second beam splitter, that receives a first part of the measurement light beam via the first beam splitter and divides the first part of the measurement light beam into a first detection light beam and a second detection light beam;
a first light receiving module that detects the first detection light beam and comprises a mechanical rotator; and
a second light receiving module that detects the second detection light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,337,982

BINDING ASSAY SIGNAL ANALYSIS

Biosurfit, S.A., Aveiro ...

1. A system for determining a sample concentration of target entities in a sample, comprising:an assay assembly having a plurality of assay areas connected in series such that a sample flowing through the assay assembly flows past each assay area in sequence, and wherein each assay area comprises a plurality of probe entities immobilized at a surface of the assay area, the probe entities being arranged to bind to the target entities in the sample, such that the concentration of the target entities is depleted as the sample flows from one of the assay areas to the next; and
a processor arranged to model assay data, wherein assay data comprises data points of respective local measurements indicative of a local concentration of the target entities at each of a plurality of assay areas of an assay assembly, wherein the assay areas are connected in series such that a sample flowing through the assay assembly flows past each assay area in sequence, wherein the processor:
obtains the assay data;
models the assay data with a parameterized function, wherein the parameterized function is a logistic function that is proportional to

wherein DPmax and Shape are fixed parameters of the assay assembly, Offset is a parameter dependent on a sample target concentration, and DZi is a quantity indicating the position of the respective assay area, i, in a sample flow sequence; and
determines a value related to the sample concentration based on the Offset parameter, whereby the value related to the sample concentration allows the sample concentration of target entities in the sample to be determined.

US Pat. No. 10,337,980

ANALYTE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING HEMOGLOBIN PARAMETERS IN WHOLE BLOOD

1. A replaceable cuvette assembly capable of installation in an optical absorbance measurement system for measuring whole-blood hemoglobin parameters or whole-blood bilirubin parameters, the cuvette assembly comprising:a cuvette substrate; and
a cuvette module fixedly connected to the cuvette substrate;
wherein the cuvette substrate is a support for securing the cuvette assembly within the optical absorbance measurement system, the cuvette module having:
a sample inlet port,
a sample outlet port,
an electronic chip assembly,
a sample receiving chamber that fluidly communicates with the sample inlet port and the sample outlet port,
a first cuvette window, and
a second cuvette window forming a portion of the sample receiving chamber;
wherein the first cuvette window and the second cuvette window are aligned with each other, thereby defining a cuvette optical path length between the first cuvette window and the second cuvette window;
wherein the cuvette module includes a cuvette first portion and a cuvette second portion bonded to each other and thereby form the sample receiving chamber; and
wherein the first cuvette window and the second cuvette window are disposed within an optical path of the optical absorbance measurement system.

US Pat. No. 10,337,979

DEVICE FOR HOLDING A COUPON AND COLLECTING A SAMPLE OF A FLUID

1. A device for holding a coupon and collecting a sample of a fluid, wherein the device is for use in a pipeline, and wherein the device comprises:a. a filter housing comprising a cavity;
b. a coupon operatively disposed within the cavity;
c. a screen aligned with the coupon to prevent solids from contacting the coupon;
d. a filter cap connected with a first end of the screen;
e. a filter base adapter connected with a second end of the screen, wherein the filter base adapter is also connected with an end of the coupon;
f. a filter screen on a first housing end;
g. a retainer connected with the first housing end, wherein the retainer does not comprise an opening through the retainer, the retainer is configured to keep the filter screen in an operative position on the first housing end, and the retainer is sealed closed with the first housing end; and
h. a sediment plug connected with a second housing end, wherein the sediment plug is configured to connect with the filter base adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,337,977

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GLASS PARTICLE DETECTION

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A glass particle detection system, comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam into a cylindrical glass article when the cylindrical glass article is imaged by the glass particle detection system, the light beam being directed along a beam propagation axis that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical glass article;
a polarizer positioned between the light source and the cylindrical glass article;
a camera configured to capture an image of the light beam reflected from the cylindrical glass article, an optical axis of the camera being perpendicular to the beam propagation axis of the light source;
an analyzer positioned between the cylindrical glass article and the camera; and
a computing device communicatively coupled to the camera, the computing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer readable and executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the computing device to:
determine boundaries of an inner wall and an outer wall of the cylindrical glass article based on the captured image;
determine a region of interest based on the boundaries; and
determine whether a particle is present within the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,337,976

MICROANALYSIS CHIP

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A microanalysis chip comprising:a substrate having a top surface;
a flow channel provided on a top surface side of the substrate and extending downward into the substrate, said flow channel being configured to have a sample liquid flow therethrough;
a bank formed on the top surface of the substrate and extending upward from the top surface of the substrate, said bank forming a wall enclosing an area of the top surface of the substrate; and
a reservoir for storing the sample liquid, the reservoir being formed by the wall of the bank and comprising: a liquid introduction inlet provided on the top surface of the substrate in the bank for connection to an end of the flow channel, and a linear groove provided inside the bank at a bottom surface of the reservoir, the groove being connected to the liquid introduction inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,974

PARTICULATE MATTER DETECTION SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A particulate matter detection sensor comprising:an element part capable of detecting an amount of particulate matter contained in exhaust gas emitted from an internal combustion engine;
a deposition part formed in the element part capable of collecting some of the particulate matter contained in exhaust gas; and
at least a pair of detection electrodes formed on the deposition part, the pair of detection electrodes facing with each other at a predetermined interval,
wherein the particulate matter detection sensor is configured to change an output electrical signal due to electrical properties between the pair of the detection electrodes when the particulate matter are deposited on the deposition part,
the deposition part comprises a concave collection part formed in a concave shape, the concave collection part comprises a pair of a first detection surface and a second detection surface arranged adjacently with each other in an adjacent direction which is perpendicular to a depth direction of the concave collection part, and a component of a normal vector of each of the first detection surface and the second direction surface in the adjacent direction is in a reverse direction with each other,
when observed from the depth direction of the concave collection part, each of the pair of detection electrodes extends from the first detection surface toward the second detection surface along the adjacent direction, and
the pair of detection electrodes are arranged to face with each other in an orthogonal direction which is perpendicular to the adjacent direction and the depth direction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,972

HIGH-SPEED RHEOMETER

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Bei...

1. A rheometer comprising:a base;
a driving device disposed on the base;
a lower sample assembly connected with the driving device and being rotatable under the driving of the driving device, fluid to be tested being disposed on the lower sample assembly;
an upper sample assembly disposed above the lower sample assembly and adapted to contact with the fluid to be tested, the upper sample assembly being rotatable under the driving of the fluid;
a torsion bar disposed on the upper sample assembly and being torsional upon the rotation of the upper sample assembly; and
an optical torque measuring assembly configured to measure a torsion angle of the torsion bar so as to obtain a torque generated during shearing the fluid to be tested;
wherein the optical torque measuring assembly comprises:
a prism coaxially disposed on the torsion bar;
a light source configured to emit light toward a side surface of the prism to form first reflected light; and
a four-quadrant detector configured to receive the first reflected light.

US Pat. No. 10,337,971

CONDITION-BASED MONITORING FOR MATERIALS IN WELLBORE APPLICATIONS

Hydril USA Distribution, ...

1. A method for analyzing material wear in a hydrocarbon production environment, the method comprising the steps of:preparing a sample of material to be disposed proximate the hydrocarbon production environment;
selecting a placement location for the sample of material, wherein the placement location is in fluid communication with a fluid flow for which impact of the fluid flow on the sample of material is to be tested;
placing the sample of material in a monitoring vessel with openings for the fluid flow;
applying a preload of tension to the sample of material within the monitoring vessel to correlate strength reductions in the sample of material due to the hydrocarbon production environment;
disposing the monitoring vessel in the placement location for a pre-determined amount of time;
retrieving the sample of material from the placement location after the pre-determined amount of time has passed; and
analyzing the sample of material for wear caused by the hydrocarbon production environment.

US Pat. No. 10,337,970

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IN-SITU TESTING IMPACT STRENGTH OF MICRO-STRUCTURE

PEKING UNIVERSITY, Beiji...

1. An apparatus for in-situ testing impact strength of a micro-structure, comprising:a flexible beam, one end of which being fixed;
an impact mass block disposed at the other end of the flexible beam and configured to exert an impact on the micro-structure; and
a locking member comprising a beam arm and a plurality of locking teeth, wherein the beam arm is perpendicular to the flexible beam and one end of the beam arm is fixed, and wherein the plurality of locking teeth are distributed at intervals along the beam arm, such that the other end of the flexible beam is engaged to one of the plurality of locking teeth when the flexible beam is loaded.

US Pat. No. 10,337,966

DATA LOGGING APPARATUS

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A data logging apparatus connected between a first apparatus and a second apparatus, the data logging apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store communications data transmitted/received between the first apparatus and the second apparatus as log data, wherein the communications data includes communications messages and I/O signals,
wherein the storage unit is coupled to a first terminal that receives communications messages from the first apparatus, and a second terminal that receives I/O signals from the first apparatus,
wherein the data logging apparatus includes a third terminal that transmits communications messages to the second apparatus, and a fourth terminal that transmits I/O signals to the second apparatus,
wherein the storage unit is in parallel with the first terminal and the third terminal, and the storage unit is in parallel with the second terminal and the fourth terminal; and
a determination unit configured to set a criterion range, determine whether an event occurs in the first apparatus based on the communications data and, if it is determined that an event has occurred, to store log data within a time period from a predetermined log start time to a predetermined log end time with respect to an event occurrence time in the storage unit as event data,
wherein the determination unit sets different criterion ranges to determine whether an event occurs for different types of communications data containing the communications messages and the I/O signals, and determines that an event has occurred if the communications data is out of the criterion ranges,
a measurement unit located in a housing of the first apparatus and communicably connected to the data logging apparatus, configured to measure a temperature value and/or a vibration value of the first apparatus, wherein the communications data is the temperature value or the vibration value measured by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,962

VISIBLE AUDIOVISUAL ANNOTATION OF INFRARED IMAGES USING A SEPARATE WIRELESS MOBILE DEVICE

Fluke Corporation, Evere...

1. A method for annotating an infrared image, comprising:storing in a folder an infrared image of an asset captured by an infrared device that is not able to capture visible light still and video images and sound recordings, wherein the infrared image is stored in the folder with one or more tags associated with the asset;
receiving auxiliary information from a non-infrared device that is separate from the infrared device, wherein the auxiliary information has at least one tag corresponding to a tag associated with the asset, and wherein the auxiliary information is at least one of a visible light still or video image, or a sound recording;
operating a collocation program that sorts the auxiliary information received from the separate non-infrared device and, based on the at least one tag, stores the auxiliary information in the same folder with the infrared image;
generating an annotated infrared image by adding the infrared image one or more icons representative of types of the auxiliary information stored in the folder, wherein the one or more icons are symbols representative of still images, sound recordings, and video images, respectively;
storing the annotated infrared image; and
displaying to a user the annotated infrared image of the asset annotated with the one or more icons representative of the types of the auxiliary information stored in the folder.

US Pat. No. 10,337,959

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING EVIDENT DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID CONTAMINATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for use with a diesel exhaust fluid comprising:a diesel exhaust fluid container having an opening; and
a reactive device contacting received diesel exhaust fluid, the reactive device changing to a second state upon exposure to one or more liquid components, the reactive device remaining in a first, not reacted state upon exposure to diesel exhaust fluid containing urea and water.

US Pat. No. 10,337,958

BEARING DEVICE VIBRATION ANALYSIS METHOD, BEARING DEVICE VIBRATION ANALYZER, AND ROLLING BEARING CONDITION MONITORING SYSTEM

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A bearing device vibration analysis and monitoring method for analyzing, by a computer simulation, vibration of a bearing device including a rolling bearing and a housing of the rolling bearing, and monitoring for abnormalities, the method comprising the steps of:receiving input data, from an input unit, about a shape of damage of a contact portion where a rolling element and a raceway surface of a damaged rolling bearing contact each other;
calculating a history of an exciting force of said damaged rolling bearing, the history of the exciting force occurring to said damaged rolling bearing due to said damage when a rotational shaft of said rolling bearing is rotated;
calculating a vibration characteristics model of said bearing device, the vibration characteristics model representing vibration characteristics of said bearing device;
calculating a vibration waveform at a predetermined position on said bearing device by applying to said vibration characteristics model the history of the exciting force calculated in said step of calculating a history of an exciting force, where said history of the exciting force is applied to at least one point on a central axis of a rotational ring of said rolling bearing in said vibration characteristics model;
calculating a predetermined threshold value corresponding to an abnormal rolling bearing, based on the calculated vibration waveform;
monitoring, with a vibration sensor, a vibration of the bearing device;
determining that a rolling bearing of the bearing device is abnormal when a magnitude of the monitored vibration exceeds the predetermined threshold value; and
outputting, with an output unit, the determination that the rolling bearing of the bearing device is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 10,337,957

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ANALYSING THE CONDITION OF A MACHINE HAVING A ROTATING PART

S.P.M. Instrument AB, St...

1. A method for detecting an operating condition of a machine including a bearing associated with a shaft that rotates at a variable speed, the method comprising:generating, by way of a position sensor applied to the machine, a position signal including position signal values indicative of a rotational position of the shaft;
generating, by way of a vibration sensor applied to the machine, an analogue measurement signal responsive to mechanical vibrations emanating from the bearing during rotation of the shaft, said analogue measurement signal including a first vibration signal component dependent on said mechanical vibration, wherein the first vibration signal component includes a repetition frequency which depends on a speed of rotation of the shaft;
sampling, by way of an analogue-to-digital converter, said analogue measurement signal;
generating, from said sampling, a digital measurement data signal having a first sampling frequency;
enveloping said digital measurement data signal, thereby generating an enveloped digital measurement data signal;
recording a first time sequence of measurement sample values of said enveloped digital measurement data signal in a memory;
recording a second time sequence of at least three consecutive position signal values of said position signal in said memory;
generating a first momentary speed value based on a first recorded position signal value and a second recorded position signal value;
recording the first momentary speed value in said memory so that the first momentary speed value is assigned to a first recorded measurement sample value between the first recorded position signal value and the second recorded position signal value;
generating a second momentary speed value based on the second recorded position signal value and a third recorded position signal value;
recording the second momentary speed value in said memory so that the second momentary speed value is assigned to a second recorded measurement sample value between the second recorded position signal value and the third recorded position signal value;
generating a value indicative of a speed change based on a difference between said second momentary speed value and said first momentary speed value;
generating, by interpolation, a first interpolated speed value indicative of a momentary speed of rotation of said shaft based on:
said first momentary speed value,
said value indicative of the speed change, and
a time value, wherein said time value corresponds to a duration between said first recorded measurement sample value and a third recorded measurement sample value;
wherein the generated first interpolated speed value is indicative of the rotational speed the shaft at a moment of detection of said third recorded measurement sample value;
decimating said first time sequence of recorded measurement sample values based on said first interpolated speed value and based on further interpolates speed values, thereby generating a decimated enveloped digital measurement signal having a reduced sampling frequency;
detecting incipient damage based on said decimated enveloped digital measurement signal; and
outputting an indication of said operating condition based on the detected incipient damage.