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(12) INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION PU (19) World Intell cual Property > Organization =z UE A Interational Bureau Be (10) International Publication Number (43) Intern: = inal Publication Date = WO 2019/006035 Al 03 January 2019 (03.01.2019) WIPO| PCT SATION TREATY (PCT) en us 15/637,313 (CON) ‘B6OL. 3/12 (2006.01) GO7C 5/92 (2006.01) Filed on 28 June 2017 (29.06.201 G6 13/00(2006.01) GOB 13/14 (2006.01) (71) Applicant: TESLA, INC. [US/US}, 3500 Door Cre GO7C 5700 (200601) GOSB 19/00 2006.01) Road, Palo Alto, Califomia 94308 (US). 21) International Application Number: (72) Inventors: PATIL, Nimish; 3500 Deer Creek Road, Pa PCT/US2018039865 |" Jo Alto, California 94304 (US). GREEN, Alex; 3500 Deer (22) International Fling Date: ‘Creek Road, Palo Alto, California 94304 (US) 27 June 2018 (27.06.2018) (74) Agent: CHEN, Tom; HAYNES AND BOONE, LLP, 2323, Fglish Victory Avenue, Suite 70, Dallas, Texas 75219-7673 (US). 5) 26) English (81) Designated States (unless otherwise indicated, for every i : Kind of national protection available): AE, AG, AL, AM, Priority Data: AO, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BH, BN, BR, BW, BY, BZ, 151637,313 29 June 2017 (29.06.2017) USCA, CH, CL, CN, CO, CR, CU, CZ, DE, DJ, DK, DM, DO, (63) Related by continuation (CON) or eontinuati DZ, EC, BP, EG, ES, Fl, GB, GD, GE, GH, GM, GT, HIN, (CIP) to earler application: HIR, HU, ID, IL, IN, IR, 1S, 10, JP, KE, KG, KH, KN, KP, KRKW, KZ, LA,LC,LK,LR, LS, LU, LY, MA, MD, ME (Ga) Tike: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING STRESS CYCLES 1 Cire FIG. 2 (57) Abstract: A systom for monitoring stress cycles includes memory storing a base value and an inflection value of a stress cycle _and one or more processors coupled to the memory. The processor(s) are conligured to receive series of stress values from a stess sensor. For each stress value in the series, the processor(s) are configured to perform operations inching performing a frst comparison between the stress value and a previous stess value inthe series of stess Values, detecting an inflection inthe series of stress values based on the first comparison, updating the base value and the inflection value in response to detecting the inflection, performing 2 secand comparison between the stress value and the base value, determining whether the stress eyele is complete base on the second ‘comparison, and recording the stress eycle in esponse to determining thatthe stress cyele is complete =< ww a Ss S s = a S a z [Continued on nest page} WO 2019/006035 A. [IMI TNE UMN NAIM UT MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, MY, MZ, NA, NG, NI, NO, NZ, E, PG, PH, PL, PT, QA, SG, SK, SL, SM, $1 (84) Designated States (unless otherwise Se /.SD,SL,ST, KM, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG), Published: = with international search report (Art. 21(3)) WO 20197006035 PCT/US2018/039865 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING STRESS CYCLES CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION [0001] ‘This application is a continuation of and claims priority to U.S. Patent Application No, 15/637,313, filed June 29, 2017, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. TECHNICAL FIELD [0002] The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for monitoring stress ime, cycles and more particularly to systems and methods for counting stress cycles in real- BACKGROUND [0003] Many types of machines and equipment are subjected to stress during operation. For example, a machine may heat up and cool down at different times during operation, resulting in thermal stress. Or a machine may speed up and slow down at different times during operation, resulting in mechanical stress. Over time, such stress can cause result in a decrease in performance or life expectaney of the product; this change in product behavior is, hereto referred to as damage. [0004] Stress-related damage to machines and equipment can be costly and hazardous. For example, stress-related damage can cause equipment downtime, performance degradation, safety hazards, maintenance expenses, and/or the like. In the case of vehicles, for example, stress-related damages can cause breakdowns and/or accidents. At the very least, such damage can cause inconvenience to the operator and/or increase the cost of ownership of the vehicle, [0005] Various strategies can be employed to detect and address stress-related damage. One approach is simply to wait for a failure to occur and replace or repair the failed component upon failure, However, this is a risky approach, as equipment failure can pose safety hazards and/or cause more widespread damage than if the problem had been addressed prior to failure. Another approach is to inspect or replace the equipment at regular intervals (e.g., monthly inspections, or inspections after a certain amount of vehicle mileage). These intervals may be based on a “rule of thumb” or other estimation method. Although performing inspections and maintenance frequently may be likely to prevent equipment