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COOLING ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY OF IMAGING SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Among other things, an electronics assembly within an imaging system is provided. The electronics assembly includes a circuit board assembly through which a signal is delivered. The circuit board assembly defines a heat transfer opening between a first side and a second side. An electronics component is electrically coupled to the first side of the circuit board assembly. A heat transfer component supports the electronics component. The heat transfer component includes a base portion coupled to the electronics component and to the circuit board assembly. The heat transfer component includes a heat dissipation portion extending through the heat transfer opening of the circuit board assembly. The heat dissipation portion dissipates heat generated by the electronics component.



COMBINATORIAL FLUX ADDER FOR DETERMINING PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL NONLINEARITY

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A process for determining a nonlinear response of a photovoltaic cell that includes: producing a first set of first light pulses including a first light that includes a first photon flux; and different first magnitudes of first photon flux; producing a second set of second light pulses that include: a second light including a second photon flux; and different second magnitudes of second photon flux; repeating the first light pulses in a selected combination with the second light pulses to produce a combinatorial set of combinatorial light pulses including: a combinatorial light comprising a combinatorial photon flux and different combinatorial magnitudes; irradiating a photovoltaic cell separately with the first set, second set, and the combinatorial set; separately producing, a first, second, and combinatorial photovoltaic output; and solving a system of linear equations to determine the nonlinear relationship between the photovoltaic output and the magnitude of flux.



SOURCE/DRAIN EPITAXIAL ELECTRICAL MONITOR

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A source/drain epitaxial electrical monitor and methods of characterizing epitaxial growth through capacitance measurements are provided. The structure includes a plurality of fin structures; one or more gate structures, perpendicular to and intersecting the plurality of fin structures. The structure further includes a first connection by a first contact at one fin-end of every other fin structure of the plurality of fin structures, and a second connection by a second contact at one end of an alternate fin structure of the plurality of fin structures.



ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING ELIGIBILITY OF DATA LINE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure provides for a method for fabricating an array substrate. The method includes forming a continuous and complete annular common electrode pattern surrounding a pixel.



Opening Sensor with Magnetic Field Detection

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and techniques are provided for an opening sensor with magnetic field detection. A current magnetic field vector based on a strength and direction of a magnetic field detected by a magnetometer of an opening sensor disposed at an entry point may be received. The current magnetic field vector may be compared to an initial magnetic field vector for the opening sensor. It may be determined that the current magnetic field vector differs from the initial magnetic field vector by a threshold amount or more. A signal may be generated indicating that the opening sensor has been tripped. The opening sensor may include a magnet in a separate housing from a magnetometer sensor comprising the magnetometer. The opening sensor may include a magnetometer unit with a magnet in the same housing as a magnetometer sensor.



METHOD FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE PHYSICAL PARAMETER USING A SENSOR UNIT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In a method for determining at least one physical parameter, a sensor unit which is activated by at least one periodic excitation (1.4) is provided, wherein the sensor unit has at least one detection region in which changes of the parameter in the surroundings of the sensor unit lead to output signal (1.7) from the sensor unit. The sensor unit is wired such that if there are no changes of the parameter in the detection region the output signal (1.7) is a zero signal or virtually a zero signal at the output of the sensor unit, whereas if there are changes of the parameter in the detection region the output signal (1.7) is a signal that is not zero and has a specific amplitude and phase. In a closed control loop, the non-zero signal in the receive path is adjusted to zero using a control signal to achieve an adjusted state even in the presence of changes of the parameter in the detection region. The control signal is evaluated in order to determine the physical parameter. The output signal (1.7) from the sensor unit is reduced substantially to the fundamental wave of the excitation (1.4) and the output signal (1.7) is controlled to zero in the entire phase space by means of at least one pulse width modulation. A temperature-stable, fully digital measuring system is provided as a result of the fact that the at least one pulse width modulation itself generates a correction signal with a variable pulse width and possibly a variable phase which is then added to the output signal (1.7) from the sensor unit and the output signal is thereby controlled to zero in the entire phase space, wherein the pulse width of the correction signal and/or the phase of the correction signal is/are determined by the deviations of the output signal (1.7) from zero.



SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING METALLIC OBJECTS IN A PREDETERMINED SPACE VIA INDUCTIVE KINEMATIC SENSING

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for detecting a presence of an object is provided. The apparatus comprises an inductive sensing coil that is configurable to generate a magnetic field, the inductive sensing coil configured to have an electrical characteristic that is detectable when generating the magnetic field. The apparatus comprises an actuator configured to inducing relative motion between the inductive sensing coil and the object while the inductive sensing coil generates the magnetic field. The apparatus comprises a controller configured to detect a change in the electrical characteristic, and determine a presence of the object based on the change in the electrical characteristic correlating with the relative motion between the inductive sensing coil and the object. The electrical characteristic comprises one or more of an equivalent resistance, an equivalent inductance, an equivalent impedance, and an impulse response of the inductive sensing coil.



ELECTRIC FIELD SENSOR FOR UNDERWATER

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An electric field sensor for underwater, including a sensing unit that senses a change in an electric field and transfers a sensing signal of the electric field to a signal line, a waterproof sealing unit that keeps a signal transferring portion of the sensing unit in a waterproof state, and a water-passing protection unit that shields and protects an exposed portion of the sensing unit. The sensing unit includes a nonconductive hollow pipe connected to the signal line, a sheet of carbon fiber that is wound around the outer surface of the hollow pipe and that senses an electric field, and a terminal ring that is electrically conductively installed at an end portion of the sheet of carbon fiber to provide a connection portion of the signal line and that is watertightly sealed by the waterproof sealing unit.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR JOINT TRAJECTORY AND PARALLEL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OPTIMIZATION FOR AUTO-CALIBRATED IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for estimating the actual k-space trajectory implemented when acquiring data with a magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”) system while jointly reconstructing an image from that acquired data are described. An objective function that accounts for deviations between the actual k-space trajectory and a designed k-space trajectory while also accounting for the target image is optimized. To reduce the computational burden of the optimization, a reduced model for the parameters associated with the k-space trajectory deviation and the target image can be implemented.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMAGING VASCULAR CALCIFICATIONS WITH MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for acquiring magnetic resonance images that accurately depict vascular calcifications, or other objects composed of magnetic susceptibility-shifted substances, in a subject are provided. The images are generally acquired using a pulse sequence that is designed to reduce physiological motion-induced artifacts and to mitigate chemical-shift artifacts from water-fat boundaries. Advantageously, the MRI technique described here suppresses chemical-shift artifacts without significantly reducing the signal intensity from fatty tissues, and thereby allows for more reliable visualization of vascular calcifications.



MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to execute a pulse sequence to acquire data from an image taking region after applying a pre-pulse in synchronization with a predetermined electrocardiographic waveform of the subject. The processing circuitry is configured to monitor recovery of longitudinal magnetization by acquiring data from a monitor region that is different from the image taking region, by using timing linked with the timing with which the pre-pulse is applied. The processing circuitry is configured to control execution of the pulse sequence on the basis of a signal value of the data from the monitor region.



MRI APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

According to one of embodiments, an MRI apparatus includes at least one receiving coil configured to receive magnetic resonance signals from an object; and processing circuitry configured to generate an image based on the magnetic resonance signals, calculate a weighting map of the image based on at least one of a sensitivity characteristic of the receiving coil and a distance from a magnetic field center, and generate a quantitative susceptibility image, which quantitatively indicates magnetic susceptibility inside a body, from the image by using the weighting map.



SHIMMING DEVICE FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH ENHANCED COOLING AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SUCH A DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The invention concerns a device for shimming the magnetic field of a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, having an outer vacuum chamber bore tube (1), whereby at the outer vacuum chamber bore tube (1) a retaining element (2) is mounted, whereby in the space (6) between the retaining element (2, 3) and the outer vacuum chamber bore tube (1) at least one shim assembly (7) and at least one hose element (8), which is filled or can be filled with a cooling fluid, are arranged.



SUPERCONDUCTING COIL SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD AND APPARATUS INCLUDING SUPERCONDUCTING COIL SUPPORT DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus includes at least a first electrically conductive coil having at least first and second coil sections which are separated and spaced apart from each other, and a support structure disposed to support the first and second coil sections. The support structure, and an associated method of supporting the electrically conductive coil, maintain relative axial positions of the first and second coil sections to be fixed when the first electrically conductive coil is energized and de-energized, and allow each of the first and second coil sections to expand radially when energized.



MAGNETIC SENSOR DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A magnetic sensor device includes a thin film first magnetic body provided with a magnetic path convergence/divergence section arranged on a predetermined axis, and at least a pair of wing-shaped sections extending from the magnetic path convergence/divergence section toward the opposite sides of said axis, a thin film second magnetic body provided with a magnetic path convergence/divergence section arranged on the predetermined axis to be spaced from the magnetic path convergence/divergence section of the first magnetic body, at least a pair of wing-shaped sections extending from this magnetic path convergence divergence toward the opposite sides of the axis, a first coil wound around the first magnetic body, a second coil wound around the second magnetic body, and a magnetoresistance effect element arranged between the magnetic path convergence/divergence section of the first magnetic body and the of the second magnetic body.



MAGNETIC FIELD DETECTOR SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Aspects and embodiments are generally directed to magnetic field detector systems and methods. In one example, a magnetic field detector system includes a proof-mass including a magnetic dipole source, a plurality of supports, each individual support of the plurality supports being coupled to the proof-mass, a plurality of sensors, each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors positioned to measure a resonant frequency of a corresponding support of the plurality of supports, and a controller coupled to each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors, the controller configured to measure a characteristic of a magnetic field imparted on the proof-mass based on at least a first resonant frequency of the measured resonant frequencies.



MEASUREMENT METHOD FOR MEASURING AN EXTERNAL MAGNETIC FIELD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF A MAGNETIC FIELD SENSING MODULE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A measurement method is configured to measure an external magnetic field. The measurement method includes: modifying a magnetic field distribution of the external magnetic field, so as to convert at least a portion of each of components of the external magnetic field in a first direction, a second direction, and a third direction at a plurality of different positions to the second direction, and sensing a magnitude of a magnetic field in the second direction at the different positions, so as to measure component magnitudes of the external magnetic field in the first, second and third directions.



HIGH SPEED CONTROLLABLE LOAD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A high speed controllable load uses a voltage waveform synthesizer and a driver circuit to dynamically control an electronically variable load to generate a current though an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) device under test. Sensors may be used to monitor a source voltage and the output current to generate an arbitrary waveform have a range of voltage and current phase shifts. An optical isolation circuit allows separation of grounds between a control stage and the AFCI device under test.



COMPACT ELECTRONICS TEST SYSTEM HAVING USER PROGRAMMABLE DEVICE INTERFACES AND ON-BOARD FUNCTIONS ADAPTED FOR USE IN PROXIMITY TO A RADIATION FIELD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Various apparatus and methods associated with a compact electronics test system having user programmable device interfaces and on-board functions adapted for use in various environments are provided. Exemplary embodiments can include a variety of apparatuses and methods to realize an advanced field programmable gate array adapted to perform functional tests on digital electronics within an exemplary 48-pin DIP footprint. One aspect of the invention can include a testing device comprised of components to produce a product that is inexpensive and consumable. A small size of an exemplary embodiment of the invention further allows for desirable shielding to be placed around a highly portable and highly programmable and adaptable testing device in order to protect it from external dangers found in harsh environments (e.g., high levels of radiation when operating in space, etc.).



PREDICTING SERIVCE LIFE OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The service life of electrical equipment is predicted using a thermal history sensor mounted in the electrical equipment. At least one thermal history sensor is mounted inside or on an outer wall surface of electrical equipment. The thermal history sensor includes dissimilar metal joints, and the resistance values of the dissimilar metal joints change in response to the amount of intermetallic compound growing in the dissimilar metal joints due to the temperature inside the electrical equipment or of the outer wall thereof during operation. A determining mechanism periodically or irregularly monitors and stores in memory the resistance values of the dissimilar metal joints from the thermal history sensor, and uses the stored history of resistance values to predict the service life of the electrical equipment.



APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING ELECTRICAL CURRENT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for measuring an electrical current, particularly an AC electrical current, for example to measure a frequency response of a transformer. In a disclosed arrangement, a connection is made of a current input terminal for receiving a current to be measured to an input terminal of a differential amplifier via a portion of a resistive network. The resistive network holds the current input terminal at a ground voltage and the two input terminals of the amplifier at a common finite voltage above the ground voltage. The amplifier provides as output a measure of the current to be measured.



ELECTRIC LEAKAGE DETECTING DEVICE OF IN-VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An electric leakage detecting device of an in-vehicle power supply system includes a detection signal generating unit which applies AC voltage to a voltage applying point on an electric cable connecting a power converting circuit which converts power from a power source to AC power to supply to a motor to the power source; a voltage measuring unit which measures voltage at a voltage measuring point between the detection signal generating unit and the voltage applying point; and an electric leakage detecting unit which detects whether there is electric leakage between the power converting circuit and the motor according to the voltage at the voltage measuring point measured by the voltage measuring unit when a control device of the motor provides an instruction to maintain a rotational angle constant to the motor.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED MAPPING AND ACCURACY-TESTING

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for mapping and accuracy-testing an electromagnetic navigation system includes a sensor sensing electromagnetic vectors of an electromagnetic field, a carriage moving the sensor along a first direction and a second direction different from the first direction, a first position detector operatively associated with the sensor and detecting a first position of the sensor along the first direction, a second position detector operatively associated with the sensor and detecting a second position of the sensor along the second direction, and a controller operatively associated with the sensor and controlling movements of the carriage along the first and second directions and mapping the electromagnetic field based on the sensed electromagnetic vectors at predetermined positions in a coordinate system defined by the first direction, the second direction, and a third direction perpendicular to a plane defined by the first and second directions.



ELECTRIC FIELD DETECTOR SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Aspects and embodiments are generally directed to electric field detector systems and methods. In one example, an electric field detector system includes a proof-mass including a source of concentrated charge, a plurality of supports, each individual support of the plurality supports being coupled to the proof-mass, a plurality of sensors, each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors positioned to measure a resonant frequency of a corresponding support of the plurality of supports, and a controller coupled to each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors, the controller configured to measure a characteristic of an electric field imparted on the proof-mass based on at least a first resonant frequency of the measured resonant frequencies.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A RESONANT FREQUENCY OF AN LC CIRCUIT IN SITU, BY COMPARING VOLTAGE AND CURRENT POLARITY CHANGES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The resonant frequency of a reactive circuit is determined in situ by determining phase angle differences between an A.C. driving voltage applied to a transformer primary winding and an induced alternating current in the transformer secondary winding. The phase angle is determined indirectly by detecting when the driving voltage applied to the primary changes its polarity and when an induced current in the secondary changes its polarity. The time difference between those polarity changes indicates whether the voltage leads or lags the current or is in phase. A driving voltage frequency is adjusted in real time until the phase angle differences disappear. A duty cycle of the driving signal applied to the primary is also adjusted to change the voltage induced in the secondary winding. The duty cycle is adjusted by changing either a phase of primary driving voltages or the duty cycle of primary driving voltages.



Measuring device

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a measuring arrangement having a two-wire field device comprising a control unit, a sensor, and a radio module, a superordinate unit to which the field device is connected via a two-wire line, wherein signals from the field device are transmitted to the superordinate unit at least as a current injected by the field device in a predetermined range to the superordinate unit, wherein an error current below the predetermined range signals an error, and a maintenance current above the predetermined range signals a maintenance mode, and the field device is designed in such a manner that the maintenance current feeds the radio module in the radio operation.



IMPEDANCE MEASURING CIRCUIT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An impedance measuring circuit has an amplifier connected to a target and to amplify an input AC voltage with a gain corresponding to an impedance in the target and to output the voltage, and a voltage level setting circuit to set a DC voltage level in an output node of the amplifier when a first capacitor is connected between one end of the target and an output node of the amplifier and a second capacitor is connected between another end of the target and a node with a voltage correlated with the input AC voltage.



SPRING PROBE HAVING OUTER SLEEVE AND PROBE DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A spring probe includes a needle, a spring sleeve sleeved onto and fixed to the needle and having non-spring sections and at least one spring section, and an outer sleeve sleeved onto the spring sleeve and covering the at least one spring section. A part of the outer sleeve is connected with the spring sleeve. A probe device includes the spring probe, and a probe seat having dies piled on one another, including upper and lower dies. The spring probe is inserted through the dies in a way that a bottom end of the spring sleeve is abutted on the lower die.



Device for analyzing biological Substances in a Test Solution and Production Method

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a device (100; 200; 300; 400) for analysing biological substances in a test solution, comprising a test substrate (101; 203; 303; 401) which is transparent at least in part, having a test region (107a, 108a, 109a, 110a; 211; 411) for receiving the test solution, a plurality of electrodes (111, 106; 201, 202; 301, 302; 402, 403) which are arranged on the test substrate (101; 203; 303; 401) and extend into the test region (107a, 108a, 109a, 110a; 211; 411), wherein in each case, at least one portion of the electrodes (111, 106; 201, 202; 301, 302; 402, 403) is made of a transparent material.



INLINE RHEOLOGY/VISCOSITY, DENSITY, AND FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system for performing inline measurements of flow rate, density, and rheology of a flowing fluid is disclosed, comprising: (a) a rheology measurement subsystem comprising: a horizontal tube of internal radius rH; means for measuring a velocity profile of a test fluid flowing through said horizontal tube at a distance x0 from its upstream end; and means for determining wall shear stress at a boundary between said flowing fluid and an inner surface of said horizontal tube; (b) a density measurement subsystem comprising: a vertical tube of internal radius rV in fluid connection with said horizontal tube; a pressure sensor for measuring the pressure of said test fluid within said vertical tube at a location y1; and, (c) a pressure sensor for measuring the pressure of said test fluid within said vertical tube at a location y2 downstream from y1 and displaced vertically from y1 by a distance Δh.



STRUCTURE MONITORING SYSTEM AND STRUCTURE MONITORING METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A structure monitoring system includes a magnetic sensor that detects an intensity of a magnetic field from a structure including a metal portion using characteristics of an energy transition of alkali metal atoms, and a control unit that determines a degree of soundness (a degree of fatigue of the metal portion) of the structure using a result of the detection of the magnetic sensor.



Systems and Methods for Leak Detection in Roofing and Waterproofing Membranes

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention is systems and methods for detecting and locating leaks in roofing membranes and roof flashing. The systems include a conductive mesh underneath the roofing membrane and/or a conductive medium behind the roof flashing; attractor cables; and a reversible power supply attached to the conductive mesh/medium and attractor cables. The roofing membrane system also includes sensors, which may be wireless. The systems are controlled by a computer.



SENSOR ASSEMBLY WITH AN ENCODER DISC

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A sensor assembly with an inductive sensor and a marking ring that is rotatably mountable is provided. The marking ring is spaced apart from and aligned with the inductive sensor, and includes a non-ferrous body and a ferrous material ring that is located at least partially within the non-ferrous body and adapted to pass in proximity to the inductive sensor upon rotation of the marking ring. The ferrous material ring includes protrusions that vary non-uniformly in at least one of spacing, distance from the inductive sensor to a facing portion of the ferrous material ring, or mass, in a circumferential direction around the marking ring. The inductive sensor detects a rotational angle position of the marking ring based on the protrusions of the ferrous material ring as they pass the inductive sensor.



MEASURING RELATIVE CONCENTRICITY DEVIATIONS IN A CONFINED SPACE BETWEEN TWO CIRCUMFERENTIAL ELEMENTS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A tool measures relative concentricity deviations in a confined space between two circumferential elements, such as a turbine rotor and a turbine diaphragm. The tool includes a housing, and a sensor coupled with the housing that measures a distance from the housing to one of the two circumferential elements. An axial spring plunger is connected to the housing, and a radial spring plunger is connected to the housing and arranged orthogonal to the axial spring plunger. The tool also includes a sliding or rolling surface on a side of the housing opposite from one of the axial spring plunger and the radial spring plunger.



MAGNET AND SENSOR CAP OF A ROTATIONAL CONTROL DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A rotating control device (RCD) sensor assembly is provided. The rotating control device sensor assembly includes an emitter disposed on a rotational component of a rotating control device, wherein the emitter emanates a detectable signal field, a cap coupled to the rotational component to form a volume between the cap and the rotational component, wherein the emitter is enclosed within the volume, and wherein the cap is made of a transmissive material, and a sensor that detects the signal field through the cap as the emitter passes within a proximity of the sensor.



Systems and Methods for Leak Detection in Roofing and Waterproofing Membranes

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention is systems and methods for detecting and locating leaks in roofing membranes and roof flashing. The systems include a conductive mesh underneath the roofing membrane and/or a conductive medium behind the roof flashing; attractor cables; and a reversible power supply attached to the conductive mesh/medium and attractor cables. The roofing membrane system also includes sensors, which may be wireless. The systems are controlled by a computer.