US Pat. No. 9,322,818

FUEL PHYSICAL PROPERTY DETERMINATION METHOD AND FUEL PHYSICAL PROPERTY DETERMINATION DEVICE

TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, (JP) ...

1. A fuel physical property determination method to determine a physical property of a test fuel, the method comprising:
a test fuel flame-imaging step of obtaining first imaging data by imaging flames formed inside a test tube by supplying a
pre-mixed gas containing the test fuel and an oxidant agent, to the test tube which includes an internal flow path and in
which a temperature distribution is formed; and

a physical property determination step of determining the physical property of the test fuel by comparing the first imaging
data obtained in the test fuel flame-imaging step and second imaging data obtained by imaging flames ignited inside the test
tube by supplying a pre-mixed gas containing a standard-mixed fuel and an oxidant agent, to the test tube, the standard-mixed
fuel having a known physical property,

wherein the internal flow path of the test tube has a diameter set to be smaller than a flame-quenching distance at normal
temperature, and

in the physical property determination step, data denoting a generation position of the flames in the first imaging data and
data denoting a generation position of the flames in the second imaging data are used when the first and second imaging data
are compared.

US Pat. No. 9,062,270

BEARING GREASE

IDEMITSU KOSAN CO., LTD.,...

1. A lubricating method, comprising:
refrigerating with a fluorine compound-based refrigerant in an apparatus comprising a bearing, and
contacting the fluorine compound-based refrigerant with a bearing grease,
wherein the bearing has been lubricated with the bearing grease,
the bearing grease comprises an ether base oil and a urea thickener, and
the bearing grease is suitable for lubricating the bearing in an atmosphere of the fluorine compound-based refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 9,206,371

BEARING GREASE

IDEMITSU KOSAN CO., LTD.,...

1. A bearing grease, comprising:
a base oil;
a thickener;
an antioxidant; and
a rust inhibitor, wherein
the base oil is a base oil mixture comprising a polyalphaolefin and an aromatic ester,
the bearing grease is in an atmosphere of a fluorine compound refrigerant comprising no hydrogen,
a mass ratio of the polyalphaolefin to the aromatic ester in the base oil mixture is 50:50 to 93:7,
the thickener is a urea thickener of formula (1):
R1NHCONHR2NHCONHR3  (1)
wherein
R1 and R3 are each independently a monovalent linear hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms, a monovalent alicyclic hydrocarbon
group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, or a monovalent aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, and

R2 is a divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 15 carbon atom, and

wherein 10 mass % or more of hydrocarbon groups R1 and R3 is a monovalent alicyclic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,267,388

SHROUD SEGMENT PRODUCING METHOD AND SHROUD SEGMENT

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A production method of a shroud segment made of a fiber-reinforced composite material which is arranged between a casing
enclosing a rotor blade and the rotor blade in a gas turbine engine, the shroud segment including a facing portion and a hook
portion, the facing portion facing a rotational region of the rotor blade, the hook portion standing on the facing portion
and being locked with the casing, the production method of a shroud segment comprising:
a forming process of molding a cylindrical fiber fabric into a shroud segment shape by pressing a cylindrical surface of the
fiber fabric; and

a matrix forming process of impregnating the fiber fabric molded into the shroud segment shape with a matrix,
wherein when the cylindrical surface of the fiber fabric is pressed at the forming process, a gap used to allow excessive
deformation of the fiber fabric is provided so as to face an end of the facing portion other than the hook portion.

US Pat. No. 9,854,709

HEAT-TRANSFER DEVICE, POWER-SUPPLYING DEVICE, AND WIRELESS POWER-SUPPLYING SYSTEM

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A heat-transfer device that transfers heat between a power-receiving device and a power-supplying device for a wireless
power supply, at least one of the power-receiving device and the power-supplying device being movable, the heat-transfer device
being a different member from the power-supplying device and from the power-receiving device, and the heat-transfer device
comprising:
a flexible heat-transfer member that transfers heat generated due to the wireless power supply, from one of the power-receiving
device and the power-supplying device to the other thereof and has at least one of tiltability in the moving direction and
extensibility in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction.

US Pat. No. 10,076,058

COOLING DEVICE AND WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A cooling device comprising:a coolant jetting member that is attached to a power transmitting device, wherein the power transmitting device performs wireless power supply to a movable power receiving device using a first coil; and
a plurality of coolant jet ports formed in the coolant jetting member that spray a liquid coolant on a second coil provided on the power receiving device only when an amount of heat generated by the second coil exceeds a threshold;
wherein at least a part of the coolant jetting member is provided in a facing region where the first coil and the second coil face each other during the wireless power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,278,405

WELDING TORCH

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A welding torch comprising:
a plurality of electrodes that are insulated from the welding torch by an insulating material; and
collets that are in contact with the electrodes and conduct power to the electrodes, wherein
the electrodes are shaped such that they have an arc-shaped curved surface area in at least a portion of a cross-sectional
shape thereof that is orthogonal to the longitudinal direction thereof,

each collet is provided with a groove portion in which the electrode is fitted, and whose inner wall surface is in contact
with a plurality of locations of the curved surface area of the electrode along a cross-section thereof that is orthogonal
to the longitudinal direction of the electrode, and

there are provided projecting portions that protrude from inner wall surfaces of the groove portion, and engagement holes
that are provided in the electrode and with which the projecting portions engage.

US Pat. No. 9,192,900

GASIFICATION FURNACE RAW MATERIAL SUPPLYING APPARATUS

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A gasification furnace raw material supplying apparatus comprising:
a screw feeder having a screw shaft inserted in a cylindrical casing in which a downstream end of the casing in a raw material
supplying direction is attached to a furnace wall of a fluidized bed gasification furnace, and configured to supply solid
raw materials via a raw materials supply path within the casing to an inside of a fluidized bed formed in the fluidized bed
gasification furnace; and

a gas jetting member jetting protective gas into the fluidized bed gasification furnace,
wherein the gas jetting member includes a nozzle that is configured and positioned to jet the protective gas toward into a
place in the fluidized bed in front of the screw feeder;

wherein the gas jetting member supplies the protective gas to the nozzle via a protective gas supply path without carrying
the protective gas through the raw materials supply path, the nozzle and the protective gas supply path being disposed at
different positions from the raw materials supply path; and

wherein there is no fluid communication between the raw materials supply path and the protective gas supply path within the
casing.

US Pat. No. 9,470,509

INNER DIAMETER MEASURING DEVICE AND INNER DIAMETER MEASURING METHOD

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An inner diameter measuring device, comprising a measurement carriage traveled in straight direction, pipe holding frames
disposed at front and rear positions with respect to advancing direction of said measurement carriage and for mounting a pipe
to be measured, a measuring head supported at a forward end of a support extended in a direction parallel to advancing direction
of said measurement carriage, a first laser distance measuring detector and a second laser distance measuring detector disposed
in traveling distance of said measurement carriage and for performing distance measurement in two directions perpendicularly
crossing to each other, wherein said pipe holding frames can adjust a supporting position of said pipe to be measured as mounted
in horizontal direction and in vertical direction, said measuring head measures an inner diameter of said pipe to be measured
on condition that said measuring head is inserted in said pipe to be measured, reference outer peripheral surfaces being formed
at least at two parts at front and rear positions on said pipe to be measured, said first laser distance measuring detector
and said second laser distance measuring detector measure distance with respect to each of the reference outer peripheral
surfaces at said two parts, and the supporting position of said pipe to be measured is adjusted by said pipe holding frames
so that results of measurement by said first laser distance measuring detector and said second laser distance measuring detector
at said two parts become minimum values.

US Pat. No. 9,302,789

METHOD FOR CLEARING SPACE DEBRIS

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A method for clearing space debris in a geocentric orbit, comprising:
providing a spatial region orbiting in the geocentric orbit, the spatial region having a greater resistive force than a resistive
force of the atmosphere in the geocentric orbit;

decelerating space debris passing through the spatial region by the resistive force of the spatial region, maintaining a flight
direction of the space debris entering the spatial region and a flight direction of the space debris leaving the spatial region
the same; and

dropping the decelerated space debris from the geocentric orbit,
wherein the spatial region is formed as a spatial region having higher density than density of the atmosphere in the geocentric
orbit and decelerating the space debris passing through the spatial region by a frictional force.

US Pat. No. 9,266,442

VEHICLE AND WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A wireless power supply system that supplies electric power from a ground power supply device to a vehicle without making
contact with that vehicle, comprising:
the vehicle comprising a power receiving device that is provided so as to face the ground power supply device and that receives
electric power from the ground power supply device, a power storage device that stores the electric power received by the
power receiving device, and a power supply device that supplies at least a portion of the electric power received by the power
receiving device to another vehicle; and

a plurality of parking areas that are mutually adjacent to each other where the vehicle and the another vehicle park mutually
adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,206,840

RADIAL FOIL BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A radial foil bearing for surrounding and supporting a rotary shaft, the radial foil bearing comprising:
a cylindrical top foil disposed so as to face the rotary shaft;
a back foil disposed at a radially outer side of the top foil; and
a cylindrical bearing housing accommodating the top foil and the back foil,
wherein engagement-projecting portions are provided on both ends of an inner circumferential surface of the bearing housing,
and

engagement notches engaging with the engagement-projecting portions are formed on both ends of the back foil.

US Pat. No. 9,151,297

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR HAVING AN ASYMMETRIC SELF-RECIRCULATING CASING TREATMENT

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A centrifugal compressor comprising: an asymmetric self-recirculating casing treatment that includes, on an inner face
of a casing, a suction ring groove, a ring guide channel and a back-flow ring groove to form a self-recirculating channel,
wherein the self-recirculating casing treatment has a plurality of parameters, including a axial distance Sr that is the distance form an upstream end face of the suction ring groove to an impeller full blade leading edge, with a width
br of the suction ring groove,

wherein a position of the suction ring groove is shiftable in a circumferential direction,
wherein, as the position of the suction ring groove shifts in the circumferential direction, either the axial distance Sr or the width br gradually increases over a first circumferential range, and then gradually decreases over a second circumferential range,

wherein the first circumferential range and the second circumferential range each continuously extend in the circumferential
direction, and the first circumferential range and the second circumferential range form one complete circling range,

wherein a shape of change in the axial distance Sr or the width br with respect to circumferential shifting of the position of the suction ring groove is an arc shape, and

wherein the arc has a center angle ? in a range of 0

US Pat. No. 9,302,216

CARBON DIOXIDE GAS FIXATION METHOD AND CARBON DIOXIDE GAS FIXATION APPARATUS

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A carbon dioxide gas fixation apparatus, comprising:
an electrolysis tank which has an anode and a cathode;
a barrier membrane which partitions an interior of the electrolysis tank into an anode-side region containing the anode, and
a cathode-side region containing the cathode;

a first treatment tank which stores anodic electrolyzed water produced in the anode-side region;
a second treatment tank which stores cathodic electrolyzed water produced in the cathode-side region;
a power-supply unit which supplies power to the anode and the cathode;
an alkaline material input device which inputs alkaline material into the first treatment tank; and
a carbon dioxide gas blower which blows carbon dioxide gas into the second treatment tank,
wherein wastewater from the first treatment tank and wastewater from the second treatment tank are intermixed, and discharged,
wherein the anode comprises a bucket of reticular or porous plates of an insoluble metal as a consumable electrode storage
container and contains iron as a consumable electrode, and the consumable electrode dissolves ferric ions.

US Pat. No. 9,133,717

COOLING STRUCTURE OF TURBINE AIRFOIL

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A cooling structure of a turbine airfoil which cools a turbine airfoil exposed to hot gas using cooling air of a temperature
lower than that of the hot gas,
the turbine airfoil comprising an external surface exposed to the hot gas, an internal surface opposite to the external surface
and cooled by the cooling air, a plurality of film-cooling holes extending between the internal surface and the external surface
and blowing the cooling air from the internal surface toward the external surface to film-cool the external surface, and a
plurality of heat-transfer promoting projections integrally formed with the internal surface and protruding inwardly from
the internal surface,

wherein a hollow cylindrical insert is set inside the internal surface of the turbine airfoil, the cooling air is supplied
to an inside of the insert, and the insert has a plurality of impingement holes for impingement-cooling the internal surface,

wherein the plurality of heat-transfer promoting projections is set to be slightly shorter than a spacing between the internal
surface of the turbine airfoil and the external surface of the insert, and wherein the heat-transfer promoting projections
are formed in a cylindrical shape;

the film-cooling holes and the impingement holes are aligned to each other along the flow of the hot gas, the film-cooling
holes are arranged at a pitch P2 along the flow of the hot gas, the impingement holes are arranged at a pitch P1 along the flow of the hot gas so as to be positioned midway between the film-cooling holes which are adjacent to each other
along the flow of the hot gas; and

the film-cooling holes and the impingement holes are arranged at a same pitch Py in a direction perpendicular to the flow
of the hot gas, and the heat-transfer promoting projections are positioned at a position deviated from the film-cooling holes
and the impingement holes in a direction perpendicular to the flow of the hot gas.

US Pat. No. 9,194,341

MULTISTAGE TURBOCHARGING SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A multistage turbocharging system comprising:
a first turbocharger including a low-pressure stage compressor and a low-pressure stage turbine and configured to be supplied
with exhaust gas discharged from an internal combustion engine;

a second turbocharger including a high-pressure stage compressor and a high-pressure stage turbine and configured to be arranged
more on the upstream in the flow of the exhaust gas than the first turbocharger; and

an exhaust bypass valve device provided with a valve assembly including a valve body and a washer and configured to perform
opening and closing of a bypass flow passage that supplies the exhaust gas discharged from the internal combustion engine
to the first turbocharger by bypassing the turbine impeller of the second turbocharger, the valve body being configured to
open and close an opening of the bypass flow passage, the washer being configured to fix the valve body to a mounting portion
coupled via a shaft portion;

wherein the thickness of at least either one of the valve body and the washer being set to be greater than the minimum width
of a flow passage from the valve assembly to the turbine impeller of the first turbocharger, and

wherein the minimum width of the flow passage is located to prevent either the valve body or the washer from reaching the
turbine impeller of the first turbocharger.

US Pat. No. 9,284,647

METHOD FOR COATING SLIDING SURFACE OF HIGH-TEMPERATURE MEMBER, HIGH-TEMPERATURE MEMBER AND ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRO-DISCHARGE SURFACE TREATMENT

MITSUBISHI DENKI KABUSHIK...

1. A high-temperature member having a sliding surface,
wherein on the sliding surface a porous coating layer of a constituting material of an electrode for an electro-discharge
surface treatment, or a reactant of the constituting material, is formed by the electro-discharge surface treatment in which
the electrode is used to generate a pulsed electro-discharge between the electrode and the sliding surface, wherein the electrode
is a green compact that includes the constituting material that includes (i) a first coating material that is a cobalt-based
alloy comprising 10% or more of chromium, by weight, and does not include 20% or more of nickel, by weight, or (ii) a mixture
of the first coating material and a second coating material, wherein the first coating material comprises the chromium that
oxidizes at a high temperature environment of 700° C. or more to form Cr2O3,

wherein the second coating material is a material selected from the group consisting of any one of, or a mixture of, cBN,
TiC, TiN, TiAlN, TiB2, WC, Cr3C2, SiC, ZrC, VC, B4C, Si3N4, ZrO2, and Al2O3, and wherein the porous coating layer includes the chromium, and the high-temperature member including the porous coating
layer formed on the sliding surface has been disposed in a state where the porous coating layer of the sliding surface of
the high-temperature member contacts the second member so that the sliding surface contacts the second member under the high
temperature environment of 700° C. or more, and the chromium of the porous coating layer oxidizes under the high temperature
environment of 700° C. or more to substantially increase formation of Cr2O3, and

wherein the high-temperature member is a finished product.

US Pat. No. 9,255,899

NON-DESTRUCTIVE INSPECTION METHOD AND DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A method of non-destructive inspection of a subject body including an element, comprising the steps of:
irradiating the subject body with a neutron ray through a first measurement point, the first measurement point being a point
distinct from a position of a source of the neutron ray;

measuring an elapsed time from a first time point when a resonant neutron specific to the element passes through the first
measurement point to a second time point when a prompt gamma ray emitted by the resonant neutron from the subject body is
detected at a second measurement point distinct from the first measurement point; and

determining a location of the element in the subject body by the first measurement point, the second measurement point, a
relative position toward a surface of the subject body, and the elapsed time.

US Pat. No. 9,194,236

TURBINE BLADE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A turbine blade that is capable of being cooled by a coolant gas supplied to a hollow region of the turbine blade comprising:
a pressure wall surface extending from a leading edge portion of the turbine blade to a trailing edge portion of the turbine
blade;

a suction wall surface extending from the leading edge portion of the turbine blade to the trailing edge portion of the turbine
blade;

the hollow region; and
a plurality of meandering flow paths, formed by elements consisting of the pressure wall surface, the suction wall surface,
and protruding portions directly protruding from the pressure wall surface and from the suction wall surface, that guide the
coolant gas between the suction wall surface and the pressure wall surface, while causing the coolant gas to repeatedly meander,
continuously arranged from a hub side toward a tip side of the turbine blade, adjacent meandering flow paths of the plurality
of meandering flow paths causing the coolant gas to meander in different repetitive patterns, each of the plurality of meandering
flow paths extending from a portion of the turbine blade, which is between the leading edge portion of the turbine blade and
the trailing edge portion of the turbine blade, toward the trailing edge portion of the turbine blade,

wherein a bottom or a top of the protruding portions of a first one of the plurality of meandering flow paths is located at
the same height of the turbine blade as a bottom or a top of the protruding portions of a second one of the plurality of meandering
flow paths, the second one of the plurality of meandering flow paths being adjacent to the first one of the plurality of meandering
flow paths, the bottom or the top of the protruding portions of the second one of the plurality of meandering flow paths being
adjacent to the bottom or the top of the protruding portions of the first one of the plurality of meandering flow paths.

US Pat. No. 9,174,166

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING AMMONIA IN GASIFICATION SYSTEM

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A device for treating ammonia in a gasification system having a gasification furnace for gasifying raw material into gasification
gas through formation of a fluidized bed of bed material by introduction of a gasifying agent, a combustion furnace for blowing
up by a primary air the bed material guided from said gasification furnace together with unreacted char to heat the bed material
by burning of said char, a cyclone for separating the bed material heated in said combustion furnace from combustion exhaust
gas to return the bed material to said gasification furnace and an ammonia recovery device for separating and recovering ammonia
from the gasification gas produced in said gasification furnace, the device comprising:
a first line for injection of the ammonia produced in said gasification furnace and recovered in said ammonia recovery device
as reducing agent for denitration into an inlet of said cyclone;

a second line branched halfway from said first line for injection of the ammonia into said primary air to the combustion furnace
to burn the ammonia; and

a distributor arranged at a branch point of the first and second lines for adjusting a distribution ratio of the ammonia.

US Pat. No. 9,163,587

LOW-PRESSURE LOOP EGR DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A low-pressure loop EGR system comprising:
an EGR passage configured to connect a portion in an exhaust passage on a downstream side of a turbine in a supercharged engine
to a portion in an intake passage on an upstream side of a compressor in the supercharged engine so as to communicate between
the portions to allow the EGR gas to flow therebetween;

an EGR valve provided in the EGR passage and configured to open and close the EGR passage;
an EGR cooler provided in the EGR passage and configured to cool the EGR gas flowing into the EGR passage; and
a controller configured to control the EGR valve so as to close the EGR passage upon input of a stop warning signal to give
notice that the supercharged engine is about to stop, and then to control an actuator to turn a plurality of variable nozzles
in a narrowing direction, the variable nozzles being arranged on an inlet side of a turbine impeller at intervals in a circumferential
direction, each variable nozzle being turnable around an axis parallel to an axis of the turbine impeller.

US Pat. No. 9,165,748

PLASMA CVD METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A plasma CVD method comprising:
arranging, in a reaction chamber, an electrode array, the electrode array including a plurality of inductively coupled electrodes
arranged in a plurality of electrode layers, each electrode being folded back at a center so that each electrode is substantially
U-shaped with two parallel straight portions and having a feeding portion at a first end and a grounded portion at a second
end and a folded back portion at the center, the electrodes being arranged such that all of the parallel straight portions
are arranged parallel to each other in a common plane, and an entire surface of each of the electrodes being covered with
Teflon or alumina,

feeding high frequency power to establish a standing wave of a half wavelength or a natural number multiple of a half wavelength
between said feeding portions and said folded back portions and between said grounded portions and said folded back portions
to generate a plasma of reactive gas introduced in said reaction chamber to form a thin film including at least one element
constituting the reactive gas, and

setting a phase difference between adjacent two feeding portions of said electrodes to 180 degrees, and
wherein a plurality of said electrode layers are arranged such that substrates are arranged on both sides of each electrode
layer, and

the plurality of said electrode layers are arranged at one interior side of the chamber so that a predetermined gap is formed
between the plurality of said electrode layers and another interior side of the chamber opposite to the one interior side.

US Pat. No. 9,234,295

METHOD FOR FORMING OXIDATION RESISTANT COATING LAYER

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A method of forming an oxidation resistant coating layer containing aluminum on a surface layer of a member formed of metallic
material, the method comprising:
a plating treatment step of plating aluminum on a surface of the member in a solvent; and
a heat treatment step of heat-treating the member whose surface has been plated by the plating treatment step,
wherein the member contains nickel or nickel-based alloy,
in the heat treatment step, a treatment temperature of a heat treatment is 700° C. or more, and an Al3Ni2 phase or ?-NiAl phase is formed in the surface layer of the member by diffusing the aluminum into the surface layer of the
member through the heat treatment, and

in the heat treatment step, the member is heated at a first temperature increase rate of 5° C./min or more and 15° C./min
or less until the member reaches 600° C. from room temperature, at a second temperature increase rate of 5° C./min or more
until the member reaches from 600° C., a temperature calculated by subtracting 10° C. from the treatment temperature, and
at a third temperature increase rate of 1° C./min or less until the member reaches the treatment temperature from the temperature
calculated by subtracting 10° C. from the treatment temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,219,404

WASTE HEAT POWER GENERATOR

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A waste heat power generator comprising:
an evaporator to recover heat energy and to produce a vapor of a working medium;
a power-generating device to generate electric power while expanding the vapor;
a condenser to condense the vapor which has passed through the power-generating device;
a pump to send the working medium which has been condensed at the condenser to the evaporator; and
a grease supply device coupled to the power-generating device to periodically supply the power-generating device with grease,
which lubricates bearings provided in the power-generating device, during a period in which the power-generating device is
driven.

US Pat. No. 9,999,164

COOLING APPARATUS FOR COOLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE IN AIRCRAFT

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A cooling device applicable to an airplane having a pressurized cabin and a ram air channel for cooling a power electronics device in a power supply system arranged in the pressurized cabin, comprising:a partition wall separating the pressurized cabin from the ram air channel; and
a heat exchanger thermally in contact with the power electronics device and exposed to the ram air channel so as to radiate heat generated by the power electronics device to a ram air.

US Pat. No. 9,393,514

TAR REMOVAL DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A tar removal device that removes tar contained in a gasification gas generated in a gasification furnace of a two-towered
gasifier having a combustion furnace heating a heating medium and the gasification furnace introducing the heating medium
heated in the combustion furnace to perform gasification of a starting material, the tar removal device comprising:
a tar separation unit that introduces the gasification gas from the gasification furnace to fluidize circulating particles
so as to adhere the tar in the gasification gas to the circulating particles; and

a tar combustion unit that introduces the circulating particles to which the tar is adhered at the tar separation unit, fluidizes
the circulating particles using air so as to burn the tar adhered to the circulating particles, supplies the combustion gas
in which the tar is burnt to the combustion furnace as a gas for combustion, and returns the circulating particles from which
the tar is burnt and removed to the tar separation unit,

wherein:
the tar separation unit and the tar combustion unit include fluidizing injection nozzles at bottoms thereof and are provided
on left and right sides in a container main body; the tar separation unit and the tar combustion unit are partitioned by a
vertical partition wall that extends forward and backward in the center of a facing position thereof and defines front and
rear passages between the container main body and the vertical partition wall; a separation-side low injection zone is formed
at a side of the tar separation unit of one of the front and rear passages, the gasification gas being injected in the separation-side
low injection zone at a smaller injection quantity than a set injection quantity of a separation-side fluidization zone formed
by uniform injection of the gasification gas performed by the fluidizing injection nozzles; a separation-side high injection
zone is formed at a side of the tar separation unit of the other of the front and rear passages, the gasification gas being
injected in the separation-side high injection zone at a greater injection quantity than the set injection quantity of the
separation-side fluidization zone; a combustion-side high injection zone is formed at a side of the tar combustion unit of
one of the front and rear passages, the air being injected in the combustion-side high injection zone at a greater injection
quantity than a set injection quantity of a combustion-side fluidization zone formed by uniform injection of the air performed
by the fluidizing injection nozzles, and a combustion-side low injection zone is formed at a side of the tar combustion unit
of the other of the front and rear passages, the air being injected in the combustion-side low injection zone at a smaller
injection quantity than the set injection quantity of the combustion-side fluidization zone; and

the injection nozzles of the separation-side low injection zone have a channel cross-sectional area set to be smaller than
the fluidizing injection nozzles provided at the separation-side fluidization zone; the injection nozzles provided at the
separation-side high injection zone have a channel cross-sectional area set to be larger than the fluidizing injection nozzles
provided at the separation-side fluidization zone; the injection nozzles of the combustion-side high injection zone have a
channel cross-sectional area set to be larger than the fluidizing injection nozzles provided at the combustion-side fluidization
zone; and the injection nozzles of the combustion-side low injection zone have a channel cross-sectional area set to be smaller
than the fluidizing injection nozzles provided at the combustion-side fluidization zone.

US Pat. No. 9,303,554

POWER-ASSISTED SUPERCHARGER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A power-assisted supercharger comprising:
a turbocharger in which a turbine is rotationally driven by exhaust gas from an engine, a compressor rotationally driven by
the turbine compresses intake air and supplies the intake air to the engine;

an electric motor connected to a rotary shaft connecting the turbine and the compressor, and the electric motor to add rotational
force to the turbocharger; and

a motor controller to control a drive current to the electric motor required for an assist operation for the turbocharger,
by open loop, based on an accelerator opening degree of the engine and a rotational speed of the engine,

wherein the motor controller is configured to:
calculate a steady instruction value required for a steady operation of the turbocharger, from the accelerator opening degree
of the engine;

calculate an accelerator opening degree change rate;
calculate an acceleration instruction value required to an acceleration operation of the turbocharger, from the accelerator
opening degree change rate of the engine; and

calculate the drive current to the electric motor, from the steady instruction value and the acceleration instruction value,
and output the drive current,

wherein when calculating the drive current to the electric motor, the motor controller is configured to:
calculate a combined instruction value by adding the steady instruction value and the acceleration instruction value;
generate an output instruction value by limiting the combined instruction value to an upper limit thereof or less; and
calculate the drive current to the electric motor based on the output instruction value, and output the drive current.

US Pat. No. 9,267,679

RISER TOP STRUCTURE FOR CIRCULATING FLUIDIZED BED GASIFICATION FURNACE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A riser top structure for a circulating fluidized bed gasification furnace comprising:
a riser for heating circulation medium by combustion of air supplied from below;
a cyclone separator to which combustion gas taken out through a top end of the riser via a lateral duct is guided for capture
of the circulation medium admixed in said combustion gas;

a fluidized bed gasification furnace to which the circulation medium captured by the cyclone separator and raw material as
well as a gasifying agent are guided for gasification of the raw material to produce gasification gas;

a circulation passage for returning the circulation medium in the fluidized bed gasification furnace and ungasified unreacted
char to said riser, wherein said lateral duct comprises an introduction portion directed from said top end of the riser toward
the cyclone separator and having a cross-sectional area equal to that of the riser to enhance taking-out of the circulation
medium from the riser, and a throttled portion provided between said introduction portion and said cyclone separator and having
a rectangular cross-sectional area reduced from said introduction portion to said cyclone separator to enhance a flow velocity
of the combustion gas;

a curved portion curvedly connected in between the top end of the riser and the introduction portion of the lateral duct,
said curved portion having a circular cross section; and

a shape deformation portion provided at a connection of the introduction portion to an end of said curved portion, said shape
deformation portion deformed in cross section from a cylindrical form to a rectangular form.

US Pat. No. 9,187,795

MIST COOLING APPARATUS, HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS, AND MIST COOLING METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP) IH...

1. A mist cooling apparatus that cools a heated treated subject by spraying a cooling mist thereto, the mist cooling apparatus
comprising:
a container which is substantially cylindrical and contains the heated treated subject;
a first nozzle, which is provided in the container, that sprays a cooling mist;
a second nozzle, which is provided in the container, that sprays a cooling mist having a particle diameter smaller than the
particle diameter of the cooling mist sprayed from the first nozzle; and

a control unit that is configured to control the spraying of the cooling mist from at least one of the first nozzle and the
second nozzle according to various cooling patterns for the treated subject from the start of the cooling until the end of
the cooling,

wherein the first nozzle and the second nozzle are plurally disposed in the axial direction of the container, and
wherein the first nozzle and the second nozzle diffuse and spray the cooling mists, and
wherein the diffusion angle of the cooling mist in the first nozzle is narrower than the diffusion angle of the cooling mist
in the second nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,149,766

COMPRESSOR IMPURITY-REMOVAL SYSTEM

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A compressor-based impurity removal system for removing impurities in exhaust gas mainly composed of carbon dioxide from
an oxyfuel combustor before supply of the exhaust gas to a carbon dioxide liquefier, comprising a plurality of impurity separators
comprising a plurality of compressors for compressing exhaust gas from the oxyfuel combustor stepwisely to a target pressure
for liquefaction of the exhaust gas, and aftercoolers for cooling the exhaust gas from the respective compressors, water condensed
by the cooling being discharged as drain, and an alkaline agent supply unit for supplying an alkaline agent to at least an
upstream side of the aftercooler in a first one of the impurity separators, the impurities in the exhaust gas being discharged
through the drain containing the alkaline agent separated by the impurity separator.

US Pat. No. 9,145,924

ROTATION RESTRICTING DEVICE FOR ROTATION MACHINE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A rotation restricting device for rotation machine, comprising a rotation shaft supporting body, a rotation shaft provided
so as to be rotatable with respect to said rotation shaft supporting body, a fixing ring fixed on an end portion of said rotation
shaft, a position finding dog protruding in a radial direction and provided on said fixing ring, a rotary cam disposed concentrically
outside said rotation shaft, a cutaway portion formed on said rotary cam, a rotary dog protruding toward said rotation shaft
supporting body and disposed on said rotary cam, and a stopper protruding toward said rotary cam and provided on said rotation
shaft supporting body, wherein said position finding dog is accommodated in said cutaway portion and said fixing ring can
be relatively rotated within a range in space as formed by said cutaway portion with respect to said rotary cam, said stopper
is positioned on a locus of rotation of said rotary dog, and said rotary cam rotates relative to said rotation shaft supporting
body until said rotary dog comes in contact with said stopper, wherein a rotation angle of said rotation shaft is a sum of
a relative rotation angle of said fixing ring with respect to said rotary cam and a relative rotation angle of said rotary
cam with respect to said rotation shaft supporting body.

US Pat. No. 9,181,600

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS AND HEAT TREATMENT METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A heat treatment method comprising:
a cooling step in which a cooling liquid in mist form is supplied to a treatment object which has been heated and transported
into a cooling chamber, the cooling liquid reaches the treatment object and vaporizes, and the treatment object is cooled
by depriving the treatment object of heat corresponding to latent heat of vaporization of the cooling liquid; and

an atmospheric pressure-controlling step in which an atmospheric pressure in the cooling chamber is controlled based on a
temperature at which the cooling liquid in mist form is supplied into the cooling chamber, the temperature being lower than
a boiling point of the cooling liquid, so that a temperature difference between the temperature at which the cooling liquid
in mist form is supplied and the boiling point of the cooling liquid becomes constant;

wherein the cooling chamber is formed inside a vacuum vessel that is configured to permit varying the atmospheric pressure
in the cooling chamber by a gas supplied from outside the cooling chamber or expelling gas from the cooling chamber, and

wherein the cooling step includes alternately repeating a first step in which the treatment object is cooled at a first mist
density and a second step in which the treatment object is cooled at a second mist density that is less dense than the first
mist density.

US Pat. No. 9,140,210

JET FLOW NOZZLE AND JET ENGINE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A jet flow nozzle which is mounted on a jet engine and injects a jet flow to an outside, the jet flow nozzle comprising:
a nozzle outlet end that injects the jet flow, wherein the jet flow comprises a fan bypass airflow and a core exhaust airflow;
protrusions that are provided around the nozzle outlet end, wherein the protrusions have a triangular pyramid shape that protrudes
radially toward a center of the nozzle outlet end, wherein each protrusions has a height of 2.5 to 3.0% of a diameter of the
nozzle outlet end.

US Pat. No. 9,506,125

AIRCRAFT ENGINE SHAFT COMPRISING A MARAGING STEEL HAVING A TENSILE STRENGTH OF 2300MPA OR MORE

DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD., A...

1. An aircraft engine shaft comprising a maraging steel having a tensile strength of 2,300 MPa or more, an elongation of 7%
or more, and a Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) fracture life of 17×104 cycle or more, and comprising:
0.10?C?0.30 mass %,
6.0?Ni?9.4 mass %,
11.0?Co?20.0 mass %,
1.0?Mo?6.0 mass %,
2.0?Cr?6.0 mass %,
0.5?Al?1.3 mass %, and
Ti?0.1 mass %,
with the balance being Fe and unavoidable impurities, and satisfying the following formula (1):
1.00?A?1.08  (1)
wherein A=0.95+0.35×[C]?0.0092×[Ni]+0.011×[Co]?0.02×[Cr]?0.001×[Mo],
in which [C] indicates a content of C in mass %, [Ni] indicates a content of Ni in mass %, [Co] indicates a content of Co
in mass %, [Cr] indicates a content of Cr in mass %, and [Mo] indicates a content of Mo in mass %, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,469,668

MAGNETIC SUBSTANCE

IHI CORPORATION, Koto-ku...

1. A ferromagnetic substance, comprising a crystal of a metal complex molecule in which a heterocycle is bonded to metal,
wherein:
the metal of the metal complex molecule is bonded to a metal of another metal complex molecule via oxygen as an electron donor;
the metal complex molecule forms a single crystal whose average particle diameter is between 200 nm and 700 nm inclusive;
and

the ferromagnetic substance has a ferromagnetic property and crystal stability of the crystal based on a metal-electron donor-metal
bond angle that is from 130° to 160°.

US Pat. No. 9,377,360

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING TEMPERATURE OF HEAT-TREATED WORKPIECE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A device for measuring a temperature of a heat-treated workpiece placed in a heat treat furnace provided with a mist cooling
device that performs cooling with mist containing droplets of a cooling liquid, comprising:
a measurement window that is provided in the heat treat furnace and that permits direct visual observation of a surface to
be measured of the heat-treated workpiece;

a temperature sensor that is provided outside the measurement window and that permits noncontact measurement of a surface
temperature of the surface to be measured through the measurement window; and

a temperature correction device which corrects a temperature measurement value measured by the temperature sensor on the basis
of a correction factor of an emissivity of a heat-treated workpiece, a correction factor based on a transmittance of the window
material, or a correction factor based on a mist concentration;

wherein the temperature sensor has a measurement wavelength range in that an absorptivity by water is below 100%, and
the measurement window is composed of a window material having a transmittance that is higher than 0% in the measurement wavelength
range.

US Pat. No. 9,074,987

LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION ACQUISITION DEVICE AND LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION ACQUISITION METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A lubricant distribution acquisition device comprising:
an alignment device that has a supporting base that supports a bearing, and that adjusts the direction of a main axis of the
bearing by turning the supporting base;

an electromagnetic wave converting device that receives a neutron beam that has been transmitted through the bearing from
the direction of the main axis thereof, and converts it into an electromagnetic wave; and

an imaging processing device that, by receiving the electromagnetic wave emitted from the electromagnetic wave converting
device and using the electromagnetic wave to form an image, acquires lubricant distribution data that shows the distribution
of a lubricant inside the bearing,

wherein an alignment target whose projection shape changes when it is turned is able to be installed on the supporting base;
there is provided a control unit that controls the alignment device based on the shape of the alignment target which is contained
in the imaging data acquired by the imaging processing device;

the alignment target is a rod-shaped component; and
the control unit determines that the adjustment of the direction of the main axis being performed by the alignment device
is complete when the shape of the alignment target which is contained in the imaging data reaches its smallest size.

US Pat. No. 9,551,375

RADIAL FOIL BEARING

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A radial foil bearing used for supporting a rotary shaft so as to encircle the rotary shaft, the radial foil bearing comprising:
a cylindrical top foil disposed so as to face the rotary shaft;
an intermediate foil disposed outside of the top foil in a radial direction thereof;
a back foil disposed outside of the intermediate foil in the radial direction; and
a cylindrical bearing housing accommodating the top foil, the intermediate foil and the back foil,
wherein engagement grooves are formed on an inner circumferential surface of the bearing housing in an axial direction thereof,
the top foil is formed by winding a rectangular metal foil which includes a first uneven portion and a second uneven portion,
into a cylindrical shape so as to overlap the first and second uneven portions with each other, the first uneven portion being
composed of a projecting portion and a depressed portion formed on one edge of the metal foil, the second uneven portion being
composed of a depressed portion and a projecting portion formed on another edge of the metal foil opposite to the one edge,

the projecting portion of the first uneven portion is disposed so as to be pulled out near the bearing housing through the
depressed portion of the second uneven portion,

the projecting portion of the second uneven portion is disposed so as to be pulled out near the bearing housing through the
depressed portion of the first uneven portion, and

the projecting portions of the first and second uneven portions pulled out near the bearing housing engage with the engagement
grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,273,900

EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR OXYFUEL COMBUSTION DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An exhaust gas treatment system for an oxyfuel combustion device for removal of impurities in exhaust gas from the oxyfuel
combustion device comprising:
a front impurity-removing device with a compressor for compressing the exhaust gas from the oxyfuel combustion device to make
the impurities in the exhaust gas water-soluble and with a cooler for cooling the exhaust gas compressed by the compressor
to condense moisture in the exhaust gas, thereby discharging drainage with the impurities dissolved therein;

at least a single rear impurity-removing device with a rear compressor for compressing the exhaust gas to a pressure higher
than that of the first-mentioned compressor and with a rear cooler for cooling the exhaust gas compressed by the rear compressor
to condense moisture in the exhaust gas, thereby discharging the drainage with the impurities dissolved therein;

a front cooler upstream of the compressor in the front impurity-removing device for cooling the exhaust gas from the oxyfuel
combustion device, thereby discharging the drainage with the impurities dissolved therein; and

a sprayer for spraying water upstream of the front cooler to humidify the exhaust gas from the oxyfuel combustion device to
thereby produce the drainages in the front cooler.

US Pat. No. 9,139,438

GRAPHITIZATION FURNACE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP) IH...

1. A graphitization furnace comprising:
split electrodes that are conductive and are provided so as to be freely movable;
crucibles that are conductive and that contain carbon powder, with a bottom end portion of each split electrode being buried
in the carbon powder and with a top end portion of the split electrodes protruding from the carbon powder;

upper electrodes that are positioned such that a bottom end portion thereof faces the top end portion of a split electrode;
lower electrodes that are positioned such that a top end portion thereof faces a base portion of a crucible; and
a power supply unit that, when the bottom end portion of an upper electrode is placed in contact with the top end portion
of a split electrode and the top end portion of a lower electrode is placed in contact with the base portion of a crucible,
applies a voltage between the upper electrode and the lower electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,376,919

TURBINE BLADE AND ENGINE COMPONENT

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A turbine blade that is used in a turbine of a gas turbine engine and cooled by cooling air, the blade comprising:
a cooling channel that is formed within the turbine blade and in which the cooling air flows;
a plurality of bottomed recesses that is formed on a blade surface of the turbine blade and of which each downstream-side
inner wall is inclined; and

an ejection hole that is formed on each bottom of the plurality of bottomed recesses and communicates with the cooling channel
to eject the cooling air, wherein

the ejection hole is formed so that a central line of the ejection hole extends along the downstream-side inner wall,
a partition extending in a span direction is formed in an inside of the turbine blade, and the cooling channel is partitioned
by the partition, and

at least one of the bottomed recesses is formed on the blade surface, at a position associated with the partition, and
wherein the upstream-side inner wall of the bottomed recess is formed perpendicularly to the blade surface.

US Pat. No. 9,345,177

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A wireless power supply system that wirelessly supplies electric power from a power-supplying coil to a power-receiving
coil, the system comprising:
a power-supplying device having the power-supplying coil and a power-receiving device having the power-receiving coil,
an inflatable and expandable cover provided at least at one of the power-supplying device and the power-receiving device,
wherein when inflated, the expandable cover shields leakage magnetic flux by covering a periphery of the power-supplying coil
and the power-receiving coil and a periphery of space between the coils.

US Pat. No. 9,322,313

DEPOSITION PREVENTION METHOD AND TURBOCHARGER

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

2. An internal combustion engine having a turbocharger installed at an exhaust path of the engine, the turbocharger comprising:
a turbine including a flow path section having a vane section, a nozzle, and a housing; and
a compressor configured to introduce air into the engine and to be driven by a rotation of the vane section of the turbine,
wherein a film of Nickel is formed on at least a surface of the flow path section so as to prevent deposition of a carbide
having been generated by an organic compound in a fuel or a lubricant, on the surface of the flow path section.

US Pat. No. 9,314,602

MAGNETIC BODY AND DRUG DELIVERY CONTROL DEVICE USING MAGNETIC BODY

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

2. A drug delivery control device comprising:
a magnetic body, the magnetic body including:
a neodymium magnet having a length, center, and longitudinal axis along the length and the center of the magnet; and
a cover part attached to an edge of the magnet, wherein:
the cover part comprises a material with high magnetic permeability that includes a permalloy,
a ratio of a length to a radius of the cover part is 10:1 to 7:3, and
a side surface of the cover part in a lengthwise direction is tapered toward a peak of the cover part centered on or about
the longitudinal axis, the peak having a rounded shape, which extends from a starting point along the longitudinal axis of
the cover part to an upper-most point along the longitudinal axis of the cover part,

the cover part has a bottom surface that is adjacent the edge of the neodymium magnet, and
a radius of the cover part at the starting point is between 1 mm and 30 mm, a height from the bottom surface of the cover
part to the starting point is between 5 mm and 15 mm, and a height of the peak from the starting point to the upper-most point
is approximately the same as the radius of the cover part at the starting point;

a head including a support mechanism supporting the magnet of the magnetic body; and
an XY direction slide drive mechanism and a Z direction slide drive mechanism connected to the support mechanism of the head
that causes the head to operate along a projected region formed by an affected area with respect to a surface of a tissue,

wherein the drug delivery control device applies a magnetic field from the magnetic body to the affected area where a magnetic
drug is administered.

US Pat. No. 9,468,621

METAL-SALEN COMPLEX COMPOUND RESPONSIVE DRUG AND INTRA-CORPOREAL BEHAVIOR CONTROL SYSTEM FOR METAL-SALEN COMPLEX COMPOUND

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A method for a treatment of cancer comprising:
administering a magnetic Fe-salen complex compound to a body;
externally applying a magnetic field to an affected site of the body and guiding the magnetic Fe-salen complex compound to
the externally applied magnetic field site;

administering a chelating agent to the body after suspending or terminating the externally applying the magnetic field; and
neutralizing cytotoxicity of the magnetic Fe-salen complex compound, wherein the chelating agent absorbs Fe of the magnetic
Fe-salen complex compound.

US Pat. No. 9,463,884

SPACE DEBRIS REMOVING DEVICE AND SPACE DEBRIS REMOVING METHOD

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A space debris removing device which removes space debris undergoing an irregular tumbling motion from an orbit by capturing
and decelerating the space debris, comprising:
a propulsion device for performing approach and attitude control to target debris which is the space debris to be removed;
a capture device having a harpoon which can be ejected toward the target debris;
an observation device for observing a motion of the target debris and calculating a capture position and a capture attitude
at which the harpoon can be driven into a hollow portion of the target debris;

a deceleration device directly or indirectly connected to the harpoon, for decelerating the target debris; and
a body part on which the propulsion device, the capture device, the observation device and the deceleration device are mounted,
wherein the harpoon includes a pointed end part having a barb part that can be locked to the target debris, a stopper part
to be in contact with a surface of the target debris, a thrust generation part for ejecting the harpoon, a wire for connecting
the harpoon to the body part and an elastic body disposed so as to cover the pointed end part on a front surface of the stopper
part, and by compressing the elastic body between the target debris surface and the stopper part when the pointed end part
is locked to the target debris, scattering of broken pieces generated when the harpoon passes through is suppressed.

US Pat. No. 9,376,929

TURBINE GENERATOR

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A turbine generator comprising:
a rotor having rotary shafts on its two sides, respectively;
a stator disposed surrounding an outer periphery of the rotor, and constituting a power generator in conjunction with the
rotor;

a turbine mounted on one of the rotary shafts;
a housing configured to house the rotor and the stator inside its internal space;
a bearing device installed in the housing, and configured to rotatably support the rotary shafts of the rotor; and
a communicating portion formed in the bearing device, and configured to make a pressure in the internal space of the housing
equal to a pressure outside of the internal space which is separated by the bearing device,

wherein the caring device comprises:
a bearing including an outer ring and an inner ring; and
a sleeve fittingly attached to an outer periphery of the bearing, and
wherein the communicating portion is formed in one of an outer periphery of the sleeve, an inner periphery of the sleeve,
an outer periphery of the outer ring of the bearing, and an inner periphery of the inner ring of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 9,371,734

TURBINE BLADE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A turbine blade with a profile including a blade suction side line, a blade pressure side line, and a blade trailing edge
formed by a curve connecting a rear end of the blade suction side line and a rear end of the blade pressure side line to each
other,
wherein the curve forming the blade trailing edge of the profile is formed by connecting a pressure side curve portion which
has an arc-like shape having a constant radius of curvature and extending from the rear end of the blade pressure side line
toward a camber line of the profile, and a suction side curve portion which extends from the rear end of the blade suction
side line toward the camber line while passing through a region closer to the camber line than a symmetric curve portion which
is line-symmetric to the pressure side curve portion with respect to the camber line.

US Pat. No. 9,282,923

FLUOROCHROME MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method comprising:
administering to an individual a fluorochrome material containing a metal-salen complex represented by Chemical Formula (I);

N,N?-Bis(salicylidene)ethylenediamine metal,wherein M is Fe, Cr, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Nd, Sm, Eu, or Gd, and the metal-salen complex is in the form of a
particle having a particle diameter in the range of 2 to 60 ?m;
externally applying a magnetic field to the individual to guide the fluorochrome material to a target area;
applying external light to the target area, thereby causing the fluorochrome material in the target area to luminesce, with
a peak luminous wavelength of the metal-salen complex represented by Chemical Formula (I) around 380 nm;

confirming luminescence in the target area visually; and
removing luminescent target area tissue.

US Pat. No. 9,353,911

BLANKET INSTALLATION METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A blanket installation method comprising:
a transporting step of transporting a blanket unit, in which the blanket and a transport jig are coupled in one body, between
an inner tank and an outer tank in a double shell tank, in a suspended condition; and

a mounting step of mounting the blanket unit on a shell plate of the inner tank,
wherein the transport jig includes a strap which is band-shaped and extending in a vertical direction when the blanket unit
is installed between the inner tank and the outer tank, and a plurality of blanket fixing pins fixed to a surface of the strap
at regular intervals so as to extend perpendicular to the surface of the strap, and the blanket is pinned to the transport
jig by pressing the blanket fixing pin into the blanket with the blanket facing the strap.

US Pat. No. 9,289,816

PRODUCTION METHOD OF LEADING EDGE REINFORCEMENT OF FAN BLADE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A production method of a leading edge member of a fan blade having a geometric shape, the method comprising:
causing superplastic forming by using a combination of a first mold having a flow path for gas and a second mold having a
female mold to pressurize only a single unitary plate member with the gas through the flow path to fit the plate member onto
the female mold;

bonding a backing with the plate member processed with the superplastic forming; and
cutting out a periphery of the plate member to obtain a product shape,
wherein the bonding includes diffusion bonding by using a combination of a third mold having a male mold and a fourth mold
having a flow path for gas to pressurize the plate member with the gas through the flow path of the fourth mold.

US Pat. No. 9,359,064

FAN ROTOR BLADE AND FAN

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A fan rotor blade used for a fan that takes air into an annular core flow path formed inside an engine case of an aircraft
engine and an annular bypass flow path formed inside the engine case concentrically with and outside the core flow path, the
fan rotor blade comprising:
a rotor blade leading edge that includes:
a vertical hub section formed on a hub side and substantially normal to an axial center of the fan;
a backward tilt mid-span section formed from a top end of the vertical hub section to a mid-span side and backwardly tilted
so that a top end thereof is positioned behind a base end thereof;

a forward tilt tip section formed from the top end of the backward tilt mid-span section to a tip side and forwardly tilted
so that a top end thereof is positioned ahead of a base end thereof; and

a backward tilt hub section formed from a hub end of the rotor blade leading edge to a base end of the vertical hub section
and backwardly tilted so that a top end thereof is positioned behind a base end thereof,

wherein an absolute value of a backward tilt angle of the backward tilt hub section becomes maximum at the base end thereof,
gradually decreases toward the vertical hub section, and is smoothly connected to the vertical hub section having a sweep
angle of substantially zero degrees, the backward tilt angle having a negative sweep angle throughout the backward tilt hub
section between the base end of the backward tilt hub section and the top end of the backward tilt hub section.

US Pat. No. 9,523,668

FUEL PROPERTY DETERMINATION METHOD AND FUEL PROPERTY DETERMINATION DEVICE

TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, (JP) ...

1. A fuel property determination method of determining a property of an unknown fuel comprising the steps of:
combustion of a mixture of premixed gas and an unknown fuel in a microflow reactor under experimental conditions specified
by a flow amount, temperature, and pressure of premixed gas, and the initial concentrations of the unknown fuel and the oxidant;

calculating changes in the concentration of intermediate products and changes in the temperatures of a premixed gas for the
unknown fuel and for a reference fuel to obtain an experimental one-dimensional space temperature distribution and a simulated
one-dimensional space temperature distribution, respectively, based on an elementary reaction mechanism and the experimental
conditions for the unknown fuel and based on an elementary reaction mechanism and experimental conditions for the reference
fuel, respectively, the experimental conditions for the reference fuel being specified by a flow amount, temperature, and
pressure of premixed gas, and the initial concentrations of the reference fuel and the oxidant;

comparing the experimental one-dimensional space temperature distribution to the simulated one-dimensional space temperature
distribution and determining that the experimental one-dimensional space temperature distribution can be derived from the
simulated one-dimensional space temperature distribution when the simulated one-dimensional space temperature distribution
is within a permitted range of the experimental one-dimensional space temperature distribution; and

obtaining the elementary reaction mechanism for the unknown fuel as a fuel elementary reaction mechanism when it is determined
that the experimental one-dimensional space temperature distribution can be derived from the simulated one-dimensional space
temperature distribution, calculating combustion characteristics of the unknown fuel by performing a simulation based on the
fuel elementary reaction mechanism, and determining a property of the unknown fuel based on the combustion characteristics
of the unknown fuel.

US Pat. No. 9,481,258

VEHICLE AND WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A wireless power supply system that supplies electric power from a ground power supply device to a vehicle without making
contact with that vehicle, comprising:
the vehicle comprising a power receiving device that is provided so as to face the ground power supply device and that receives
electric power from the ground power supply device, a power storage device that stores the electric power received by the
power receiving device, and a power supply device that supplies at least a portion of the electric power received by the power
receiving device to another vehicle; and

a plurality of parking areas that are mutually adjacent to each other where the vehicle and the another vehicle park mutually
adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,395,079

COMBUSTION HEATER

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A combustion heater comprising:
a heating plate;
a layout plate disposed opposite to the heating plate;
an annular outer circumferential wall interposed between the heating plate and the layout plate;
clipping parts configured to sandwich the heating plate, the layout plate, and the outer circumferential wall so that at least
one of the heating plate and the layout plate is allowed to expand in an extending direction thereof;

a partition plate disposed between the heating plate and the layout plate;
a combustion chamber disposed inside the outer circumferential wall along the outer circumferential wall;
an inflow passage configured to flow fuel gas into the combustion chamber using the layout plate and the partition plate as
a lateral wall thereof; and

an outflow passage configured to discharge exhaust gas from the combustion chamber to an outside using the heating plate and
the partition plate as a lateral wall thereof, and to preheat the fuel gas using heat of the exhaust gas via the partition
plate.

US Pat. No. 9,090,979

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING PERCHLORATE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A method of manufacturing a perchlorate, comprising:
an electrolysis process in which, using an electrolysis tank in which an anode section provided with an anode and a cathode
section provided with a cathode are divided by a cation-exchange membrane, an aqueous solution of sodium chlorate is electrolytically
oxidized in the anode section; and

a neutralization reaction process in which a substance that becomes alkaline when dissolved in water is added to the aqueous
solution of perchloric acid in the anode section, which has been generated by the electrolytic oxidation, so as to synthesize
a perchlorate with a neutralization reaction,

wherein the anode is an electrode having a platinum catalytic layer on the surface of the substrate, and
an absorption process in which at least a part of the platinum that is eluted by the electrolysis process is absorbed and
recovered by an absorbent is provided between the electrolysis process and the neutralization process.

US Pat. No. 9,359,654

MIST COOLING APPARATUS AND HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS

IHI CORPORATION, (JP) IH...

1. A mist cooling apparatus comprising:
a first cooling system which operates when a drive source is operating and which includes:
nozzles that spray cooling liquid in a form of mist onto a treatment object, which has been heated and provided in a cooling
furnace, and

pumps that are driven by the drive source and thereby make the cooling liquid flow toward the nozzles, and
a second cooling system which operates in response to a stoppage of the drive source, and thereby cools the treatment object,
wherein:
the pumps are driven by electric power,
the second cooling system includes an emergency power supply to drive only one pump among the pumps in response to an outage
of the electric power,

the second cooling system includes an emergency valve which is provided between the one pump and an upper nozzle among the
nozzles, the upper nozzle being located over the treatment object, the emergency valve adopting an opened state at least during
the outage of the electric power,

the emergency valve is a normally open type valve,
a normally closed type valve is provided between each pump among the pumps, other than the one pump, and a nozzle among the
nozzles, other than the upper nozzle, the normally closed type valve adopting a closed state during the outage of the electric
power, and

the pumps, including the one pump, are driven by the drive source when the drive source is operating.

US Pat. No. 9,488,383

HERMETICALLY SEALED GAS HEATER AND CONTINUOUS HEATING FURNACE USING HERMETICALLY SEALED GAS HEATER

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A hermetically sealed gas heater comprising:
a heater main body;
an introduction hole configured to introduce a fuel gas into the heater main body;
a combustion chamber configured to combust the fuel gas introduced from the introduction hole; and
a discharge section into which an exhaust gas generated by combustion in the combustion chamber is guided,
wherein the heater main body comprises a heating plate which is constituted by a thin plate member and has a radiation surface
heated by the exhaust gas flowing through the discharge section and configured to transfer radiant heat to a heating target
in a state in which the radiation surface is spaced apart from the heating target, the radiation surface being an external
surface of the heater main body, and

an ejection port configured to partially or entirely eject the exhaust gas toward the heating target is formed at the radiation
surface, the ejection port passing through the heating plate in a thickness direction of the heating plate at a central portion
of the hermetically sealed gas heater, the exhaust gas being partially or entirely ejected from the ejection port toward the
heating target so as to accelerate a convection current from the radiation surface toward the heating target.

US Pat. No. 9,410,250

DISCHARGE SURFACE TREATMENT ELECTRODE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A method of manufacturing a discharge surface treatment electrode used in discharge surface treatment for forming a wear-resistant
film on a treatment target surface of a workpiece by using discharge energy of an electric discharge caused between the electrode
and the workpiece, the wear-resistant film being made of a material of the electrode or a substance obtained by a reaction
of the material of the electrode with the discharge energy, the method comprising:
a slurry preparation step of preparing a slurry by mixing at least a powder of a Stellite alloy having a non-spherical particle
shape with an average particle size of 3 ?m or less prepared by use of a jet mill, a powder of a metal having a substantially
spherical particle shape with an average particle size of 3 ?m or less manufactured through an atomization process or a chemical
process, and a solvent, wherein a mixing ratio by weight of the powder of the Stellite alloy having the non-spherical particle
shape to the powder of the metal having the substantially spherical particle shape is within a range from 5:5 to 1:9;

a granular powder preparation step of preparing granular powder by drying the solvent in the slurry after the slurry preparation
step;

a green compact preparation step of compression-molding a green compact out of the granular powder after the granular powder
preparation step; and

a heat treatment step of sintering the green compact by subjecting the green compact to heat treatment after the green compact
preparation step.

US Pat. No. 9,401,029

MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A method for detecting a moving object being an observation object from images captured in constant intervals, based on
an evaluation value obtained from pixel values at the same pixel positions overlapping one another across the images by sequentially
moving the images in accordance with a content corresponding to an estimated movement content of the moving object being the
observation object during the constant intervals, comprising:
a judgment step of dividing the images into groups each including a predetermined number of images successive in time series,
and for each group, judging whether or not each pixel is a candidate for a pixel capturing the moving object being the observation
object based on the evaluation value obtained from the pixel values at the same pixel positions overlapping one another across
the predetermined number of images by sequentially moving the images in accordance with the content corresponding to the estimated
movement content;

a check step of checking whether or not each group includes candidates for the pixel capturing the moving object being the
observation object which coincide with one another in terms of the estimated movement content and a movement locus; and

a detection step of detecting the moving object being the observation object in each image from the candidates for the pixel
capturing the moving object being the observation object in each group which are confirmed to coincide with one another in
terms of the estimated movement contents and movement locus.

US Pat. No. 9,248,475

FOREIGN MATTER REMOVAL MECHANISM

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A foreign matter removal mechanism for removing foreign matter on a power-supplying coil that wirelessly supplies power
to a parked vehicle from below, comprising:
a movable unit that has a height so as to contact the vehicle and is pushed by the vehicle to move horizontally; and
a movable cleaning unit that is coupled to the movable unit and moves, in conjunction with a movement of the movable unit,
along an upper surface of the power-supplying coil.

US Pat. No. 9,150,798

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REFORMING PRODUCED GAS

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A method of reforming a produced gas configured to reform tar contained in the produced gas from a gasification furnace,
the method comprising:
generating calcium carbonate in a reformer by bringing the produced gas from the gasification furnace in contact with quick
lime so that the quick lime absorbs carbon dioxide in the produced gas, performing a reforming reaction of the tar with calcium
as a catalyst using reaction heat generated when the calcium carbonate is generated,

supplying the calcium carbonate in the reformer, auxiliary fuel, and air into a reforming agent regenerator to form a fluidized
bed, returning the calcium carbonate to the quick lime by burning the calcium carbonate using heat by combustion of the auxiliary
fuel, and supplying the quick lime into the reformer, and wherein steam is reacted with a part of the quick lime burnt by
the reforming agent regenerator to obtain slaked lime having high activity, and the slaked lime is supplied into the reformer
together with the quick lime burnt by the reforming agent regenerator.

US Pat. No. 9,109,958

MULTI-CHAMBER HEAT TREATMENT DEVICE AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A multi-chamber heat treatment device comprising:
(a) a heating chamber that incorporates a heating container having a first opening and a transfer base that is horizontally
passable through the first opening,

wherein the transfer base is disposed so that an object to be treated is placeable for heat-treating thereon;
(b) a heat insulation door arranged to open and close the first opening;
(c) a cooling chamber that is adjacent to the heating chamber and has a second opening, wherein the transfer base is horizontally
passable through the second opening, and wherein the cooling chamber is operably connected to cool a heat- treated object;

(d) a vacuum shielding door arranged to open and close, and thereby seal, the second opening;
(e) a transfer unit that is operably connected to horizontally transfer the transfer base between the heating chamber and
the cooling chamber,

(f) a temperature sensor that is attachable to the object; and
(g) a signal transmission unit that is operably connected to transmit a detected signal from the temperature sensor to an
outside of the heating chamber and the cooling chamber, wherein the signal transmission unit has

(i) a flexible tension member with two ends, wherein one end of the flexible tension member is fixed to the transfer base,
wherein the flexible tension member extends through the first opening and the second opening, and wherein the other end of
the flexible tension member is horizontally wound in the cooling chamber, wherein the flexible tension member comprises

(1) a heat-resistant string member that has one end fixed to the transfer base,
(2) a flexible hose having heat resistance that has a tip fixed to a terminal of the heat-resistant string member and a terminal
wound around the reel unit, and withstands at least the temperature in the cooling chamber;

(3) a first deformable pinching seal portion, wherein the first deformable pinching seal portion is deformable between the
heat insulation door and the heating container, and, when deformed seals the first opening by filling any gap between the
heat insulation door and the heating container, and

(4) a second deformable pinching seal portion that is deformed between the vacuum shielding door and the cooling chamber to
seal the deformable pinching seal portion, when the second opening is closed by the vacuum shielding door;

(ii) a signal line that has a connector with two ends, wherein the connector is connected to the output line of the temperature
sensor at one end, and extends along the tension member to the other end;

(iii) a reel unit that winds the tension member together with the signal line while applying tension in a winding direction
to the tension member; and

(iv) an external output line that is connected to the other end of the signal line via the reel unit, and wherein the external
output line is operably connected to transmit the detected signal to the outside of the heating chamber and the cooling chamber
wherein the signal line passes through the flexible hose, and wherein the first deformable pinching seal portion is provided
on the heat-resistant string member.

US Pat. No. 9,581,043

TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A turbocharger comprising:
a turbocharger main body;
a turbine shaft rotatably housed in the turbocharger main body, and provided with a turbine wheel at an end of the turbine
shaft, and a compressor wheel at an opposite end of the turbine shaft;

a thrust collar fixed to the turbine shaft;
a thrust bearing having an opposed surface which is fixed to the turbocharger main body while being set opposite the thrust
collar in an axial direction of the turbine shaft; and

a supply oil passage provided in the turbocharger main body, and configured to supply a lubricant to the opposed surface of
the thrust bearing, wherein

the thrust bearing includes:
an insertion hole in which to insert the turbine shaft;
a plurality of pressure receiving portions provided to be displaced from one another in phase in a rotational direction of
the turbine shaft, each pressure receiving portion configured to form an oil film between the pressure receiving portion and
the thrust collar to receive a thrust load by use of oil film pressure, each pressure receiving portion including: a taper
portion inclined to a surface perpendicular to an axial direction of the turbine shaft and a land portion parallel to the
surface perpendicular to the axial direction of the turbine shaft; and

a plurality of intervening portions each located between the adjacent pressure receiving portions in the rotational direction
of the turbine shaft, each intervening portion having an intervening surface which is opposite the thrust collar and is further
away from the thrust collar than the corresponding pressure receiving portion,

the intervening portions are formed of a first intervening portion located under the insertion hole in a direction of gravity
and at least one second intervening portion as the rest of the intervening portions, and

the intervening surface of the first intervening portion at least partially has a surface being opposite the thrust collar
and further away from the thrust collar than the intervening surfaces of the second intervening portions.

US Pat. No. 9,505,732

AUTO MAGNETIC METAL SALEN COMPLEX COMPOUND

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An auto magnetism-imparting metal salen complex molecule represented by formula (IV):

wherein M is selected from Fe, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Nd, Sm, Eu and Gd, and
wherein medicinal molecules are bonded via an amide group to locations 5 and 10 or locations 2 and 13, and the medicinal molecules
are independently selected from:

paclitaxel,
gemfibrozil,
wherein Ac is an acetyl group and Bz is a benzoyl group,

US Pat. No. 9,457,678

VEHICLE ELECTRIC POWER FEEDING SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A vehicle electric power feeding system comprising:
an electric power feeding device configured to be provided at a location at which a vehicle can stop;
a detecting means configured to detect the stopped state of the vehicle according to a status signal indicating an operation
state of an equipment operable for putting the vehicle in the stopped state;

upon receiving the status signal, the detecting means being configured to determine that the vehicle is in the stopped state,
at a timing delayed by a predetermined time;

a control means configured to instruct the electric power feeding device to feed electric power to the vehicle in the stopped
state on the basis of a detection result of the detecting means; and

a communicator configured to perform communication with the vehicle;
wherein the vehicle has the capability to communicate with the communicator;
the control means is configured to perform one or both of information exchange relating to one or both of the stopped state
of the vehicle or to power feeding by the power feeding device, by performing communication with the vehicle via the communicator.

US Pat. No. 9,132,463

DIE CUSHION DEVICE FOR PRESS MACHINE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A die cushion device for a press machine that clamps a workpiece between a blank holder and an upper die of the press machine
and moves the blank holder up and down while applying an upward cushion force to the blank holder via a cushion pad, the die
cushion device comprising:
a linear driving device that drives a piston stop member along a predetermined line and regenerates energy from the linear
movement of the piston stop member by combination of a servo motor and a conversion mechanism that converts the rotational
movement of the servo motor into the linear movement of the piston stop member; and

a hydraulic speed change device that transfers the speed of the cushion pad to the piston stop member via the pressure of
noncompressible first hydraulic fluid while increasing the speed at a constant speed ratio and transfers the speed of the
piston stop member to the cushion pad via the pressure of the hydraulic fluid while decreasing the speed at the constant speed
ration; and

an air cushion that constantly applies an upward cushion force to the cushion pad due to the air pressure,
wherein the hydraulic speed change device includes
a large diameter piston that is located below the cushion pad and is movable up and down along with the blank holder,
a small diameter piston that is connected to the piston stop member to move linearly along with the piston stop member and
has a diameter smaller than that of the large diameter piston, and

a Pascal cylinder that guides the large diameter piston and the small diameter piston to be movable in an axial direction
thereof and encloses the first hydraulic fluid between the large diameter piston and the small diameter piston,

wherein the Pascal cylinder includes an upper chamber liquid-tightly sealing a rod side of the large diameter piston, a lower
chamber liquid-tightly sealing a rod side of the small diameter piston, and a middle chamber liquid-tightly sealing a space
between the large diameter piston and the small diameter piston that encloses the first hydraulic fluid therein,

wherein the middle chamber is a communication channel where the large diameter piston cylinder and the small diameter piston
cylinder are directly connected, and

wherein the upper chamber and the lower chamber enclose a noncompressible second hydraulic fluid therein, and communicate
with each other via a communication pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,593,624

VARIABLE FLOW VALVE MECHANISM AND VEHICLE TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A variable flow valve mechanism used in a turbocharger in which a gas passage to achieve a variable flow rate of an exhaust
gas to be supplied to a turbine wheel side is formed inside a turbine housing or inside a connection body connected to the
turbine housing in a communicating state, the variable flow valve mechanism configured to open and close an opening of the
gas passage, the variable flow valve mechanism comprising:
a stem rotatably supported by a support hole penetrating through an outer wall of the turbine housing or the connection body,
the stem including a base end portion projecting to outside of the turbine housing or the connection body;

a link member integrally provided at the base end portion of the stem and configured to be driven by an actuator to swing
in forward and reverse directions around a center axis of the stem;

an attachment member integrally provided at the stem and including an attachment hole penetrating through the attachment member;
a valve provided fitted into the attachment hole in the attachment member, allowed to have backlash on the attachment member,
the valve including

a valve body capable of coming into contact with and separating from a valve seat on the opening side of the gas passage,
and

a valve shaft integrally formed at the center of the valve body and fitted into the attachment hole in the attachment member;
a clasp integrally provided at a tip end portion of the valve shaft and configured to prevent the valve from being separated
from the attachment member;

a spacer provided to at least any of a portion of the valve shaft between the clasp and the attachment member and a portion
of the valve shaft between the attachment member and the valve body; and

a guard wall formed on at least any one of the clasp, the attachment member, and the valve body in such a way that the guard
wall surrounds an outer circumferential wall of the spacer.

US Pat. No. 9,494,049

TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A turbocharger comprising:
a turbine wheel constituting a turbine;
a compressor wheel constituting a compressor;
a rotating shaft connecting the turbine wheel and the compressor wheel to each other;
a housing which houses at least the rotating shaft; and
a semi-floating metal bearing forming a fluid bearing between the rotating shaft and the housing, wherein
an oil reservoir space is formed between the housing and the semi-floating metal bearing to temporarily retain oil,
the housing is provided with a first supply opening configured to supply oil to the oil reservoir space,
the semi-floating metal bearing is provided with a second supply opening configured to supply oil in the oil reservoir space
to an inner bearing section formed between the semi-floating metal bearing and the rotating shaft,

the first supply opening and the second supply opening are located at different positions in an axial direction of the rotating
shaft,

a separation wall surface is provided at a position at an outer peripheral surface of the semi-floating metal bearing, and
is opposed to the first supply opening, and

an outer diameter of the outer peripheral surface of the semi-floating metal bearing is constant from a position opposed to
the first supply opening to the second supply opening.

US Pat. No. 9,424,658

MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A method for detecting a moving object being an observation object from images captured in constant intervals, based on
an evaluation value obtained from pixel values at the same pixel positions overlapping one another across the images by sequentially
moving the images in accordance with a content corresponding to an estimated movement content of the moving object being the
observation object during the constant intervals, comprising:
an average-value-of-limited-pixels calculating step of calculating an average value using pixel values which are equal to
or less than a threshold value for distinguishing the moving object being the observation object from a light emitting element
with a higher luminance than that of the moving object, the pixel values being among the pixel values at the same pixel positions
across the images; and

a judgment step of judging pixels at the same pixel positions across images, whose average values calculated in the average-value-of-limited-pixels
calculating step are equal to or greater than a criterion value, as pixels capturing the moving object being the observation
object, or capturing candidates for the moving object.

US Pat. No. 9,051,840

WALL OF TURBO MACHINE AND TURBO MACHINE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP) TH...

1. A wall of a turbo machine having a cascade of blades comprising:
a first platform facing a first passage between blades in the cascade of blades; and
a second platform facing a second passage between another adjacent cascade of blades on an upstream side and said cascade
of blades on a downstream side, and having a circumferential outline having a distribution of radial positions, wherein

the circumferential outline of said second platform has a minimum radius position near the circumferential center between
said blades,

said minimum radius position is on a front surface side or a rear surface side of said blades with respect to the circumferential
center between said blades, and

the circumferential outline has a curvature that is defined using one of a sine curve in the circumferential direction and
a cosine curve in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,097,473

CERAMIC HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A ceramic heat exchanger made of a ceramic, for forcing a first medium and a second medium, different in temperature, to
flow in opposite directions to transfer heat between the first and second media, comprising:
a body having first channels for the first medium to flow and second channels for the second medium to flow disposed axially
in the body with second channels defined in top, middle and bottom portions of the body, and lids each having openings, joined
to axially opposite ends of the body with the openings connected to the first channels, wherein:

the body further having inlet channels formed in a first channel outlet-side end portion to allow the second medium to enter
the body at a side thereof and flow into the second channels, and outlet channels formed in a first channel inlet-side end
portion to allow the second medium to flow out of the second channels and leave the body at the side thereof,

the inlet channels as well as the outlet channels being grooves formed in the body and delimited by an inner side of the lid,
the grooves extending transversely across the body and connecting to respective second channels in the top, bottom and middle
portions of the body, and

the grooves connecting the second channels in the middle portion of the body have greater dimensions in the axial direction
of the body than the grooves connecting the second channels in the top and bottom portions of the body.

US Pat. No. 9,862,560

TENSION CONTROL DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A tension control device comprising:
a pressing member configured to press an object in a noncontact manner by spraying a gas onto the object to which tension
is applied;

an actuator configured to vary a position of the pressing member;
a pressure sensor configured to detect pressure of the gas;
a gap sensor configured to detect a floating amount of the object from the pressing member; and
a control unit configured to control the actuator based on a detected value of the pressure sensor and a detected value of
the gap sensor,

wherein the control unit controls the actuator based on the detected value of the pressure sensor when the detected value
of the pressure sensor is greater than a predetermined pressure threshold value or when the detected value of the gap sensor
is greater than a predetermined gap threshold value and controls the actuator based on the detected value of the gap sensor
when the detected value of the pressure sensor is equal to or less than the predetermined pressure threshold value or when
the detected value of the gap sensor is equal to or less than the predetermined gap threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,857,074

BOILER WATER SUPPLY PREHEATER SYSTEM AND BOILER WATER SUPPLY PREHEATING METHOD

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A boiler water supply preheater system which preheats boiler feed water supplied to a boiler by a predetermined preheating
means,
wherein the predetermined preheating means is a thermal cycle which moves heat from a fluid that is a waste heat source in
the boiler to the boiler feed water with a predetermined heat medium to perform preheating of the boiler feed water and generates
electric power with the predetermined heat medium, and

the thermal cycle includes a heat exchanger that moves heat from the waste heat source to the predetermined heat medium.

US Pat. No. 9,289,860

JIG USED FOR REPAIRING PIN-COUPLING COMPONENT AND METHOD USING THE SAME

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A jig used for repairing a component having a tang with a hole, comprising:
a main body defining a standard line;
a positioning pin detachably attached to the main body and so dimensioned as to fit in the hole to make an axial center of
the hole be aligned with the standard line;

a positioning block detachably attached to the main body and so structured as to intervene between the main body and the positioning
pin to make a center of the positioning pin be aligned with the standard line; and

a clamp so structured as to catch hold of the tang to secure the component to the main body in a state where the axial center
is aligned with the standard line.

US Pat. No. 9,863,144

DOME-SHAPED ROOF CONSTRUCTION METHOD AND DOME-SHAPED ROOF INTERMEDIATE STRUCTURE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method of constructing a dome-shaped roof in a cylindrical tank body, the construction method comprising:
a step of assembling roof beams into the tank body in a radial shape when seen in a plan view to form a structural skeleton
unit of the dome-shaped roof;

a step of fixing a roof plate onto the structural skeleton unit;
a step of attaching wheels to front end portions of the roof beams and causing the wheels to abut an inner surface of the
tank body in a state in which the wheels are able to roll in a vertical direction, the wheels being attached to the front
end portions of the roof beams by attaching attachment arms to the front end portions of the roof beams so that the attachment
arms extend along extension lines of the roof beams, and rotatably axially supporting the wheels by front end portions of
the attachment arms;

a step of, after the roof plate is fixed onto the structural skeleton unit, lifting the structural skeleton unit by jacks
installed at an upper end side of the tank body and causing the wheels to roll along the inner surface of the tank body to
travel upward;

a step of directly or indirectly attaching and fixing the structural skeleton unit to an upper end portion of the tank body
after the structural skeleton unit is lifted to the upper end side of the tank body; and

a step of, after the structural skeleton unit is fixed to the upper end portion of the tank body, placing concrete on the
roof plate,

wherein, when a center of the structural skeleton unit is used as a rotational center when seen in a plan view, the wheels
are disposed at least in rotational symmetry with respect to the structural skeleton unit.

US Pat. No. 9,592,740

PARKING FACILITY

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A parking facility to store in a storage space, a vehicle including a power-receiving coil the parking facility comprising:
a pallet on which the vehicle is mounted;
a power-transmitting coil wirelessly transmitting electric power to the power-receiving coil; and
a facility control drive device to supply electric power to the power-transmitting coil,
wherein a portion of the pallet corresponding to the power-receiving coil has magnetic field transmissibility, and
the power-transmitting coil is disposed under the pallet so as to face the portion having magnetic field transmissibility.

US Pat. No. 9,208,952

ELECTRIC DOUBLE LAYER CAPACITOR MATERIAL

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

3. An electric double layer capacitor material composed of a metal-salen complex compound used as a material for forming a
solid electrolyte for an electric double layer capacitor,
wherein the metal-salen complex compound is expressed by Formula (XIV) below,

wherein M represents Fe, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Nd, Sm, Eu, or Gd and each of a to f and Y is
hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 9,811,898

IMAGE ANALYZING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM

IHI CORPORATION, Koto-ku...

1. An image analyzing apparatus for extracting voids from a three-dimensional image of a fiber-reinforced composite material,
the image analyzing apparatus comprising:
a processor which executes image processing to the three-dimensional image, wherein the processor:
binarizes the three-dimensional image and creates a binary image;
transforms the binary image into a distance and creates a distance image;
executes closing processing to the binary image by using the distance image;
extracts voids from differences between images before and after the closing processing;
among the extracted voids, classifies voids that are adjacent to a background voxel as open voids, and classifies voids that
are not adjacent to a background voxel as closed voids;

executes opening processing to the open voids in order to eliminate fake voids; and
in the closing processing:
executes expansion processing to the binary image by dividing the binary image into a plurality of two-dimensional images,
expanding each of the plurality of two-dimensional images by using the distance image corresponding to each of the plurality
of two-dimensional images, and calculating a sum set of the plurality of two-dimensional images that were expanded, and

executes contraction processing to the binary image that underwent the expansion processing by dividing the binary image that
underwent the expansion processing into a plurality of two-dimensional images, contracting each of the plurality of two-dimensional
images by using the distance image corresponding to each of the plurality of two-dimensional images that were divided, and
calculating a sum set of the plurality of two-dimensional images that were contracted.

US Pat. No. 9,427,934

STITCHED CARBON FIBER BASE MATERIAL AND WET PREPREG USING SAME

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A stitched carbon fiber base material, wherein
a plurality of sheet materials are layered and then stitched and united together into the stitched base material with a stitching
yarn woven while passing through the sheet materials,

each sheet material is formed by arraying carbon fiber lines, each having a predetermined width, in parallel with one another
while an array direction of the carbon fiber lines of each sheet material forms an angle in a range from ±30° to ±60° to a
weaving advancing direction of the stitching yarn, and

a stretch ratio of the stitched base material in its lengthwise direction in a case where a load per inch width of the stitched
base material is applied in the weaving advancing direction of the stitching yarn is equal to or below 4% when the load is
5 N, and is equal to or above 10% when the load is 25 N.

US Pat. No. 9,375,676

METHOD OF RECOVERING CARBON DIOXIDE AND RECOVERY APPARATUS

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

8. A method of recovering carbon dioxide, comprising:
an absorption step of bringing a gas containing carbon dioxide into contact with an absorbing liquid and causing the absorbing
liquid to absorb carbon dioxide;

a regeneration step of causing the absorbing liquid having carbon dioxide absorbed in the absorption step to release carbon
dioxide by heat, to regenerate the absorbing liquid;

a circulation step of circulating the absorbing liquid in such a manner that the absorbing liquid of the absorption step returns
through the regeneration step to the absorption step, the circulation step comprising a heat-exchange step of performing heat
exchange between the absorbing liquid supplied from the absorbation step to the regeneration step and the absorbing liquid
that returns from he regeneration step to the absorption step, thereby the absorbing liquid supplied from the absorption step
is heated and the absorbing liquid that returns from the regeneration step is cooled; and

a steam-supply step of supplying to the regeneration step steam available for a heat source that regenerates the absorbing
liquid, the steam-supply step comprising: a steam generation step of generating steam with use of the absorbing liquid that
has passed the heat exchange in the heat-exchange step and returns to the absorption step by the circulation step and the
absorbing liquid in the absorption step; and a compression step of compressing the generated steam to raise a temperature
of the steam to be higher than a regeneration temperature of the absorbing liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,333,506

VERTICAL ROLLER MILL

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A vertical roller mill, comprising a pulverization table which is accommodated in a housing, and rotated and driven by
a table driving apparatus, two or more pulverization rollers which are pressed against the upper side of said pulverization
table and pulverized massive lumps and two or more roller pressure units which press said pulverization rollers, wherein each
of said roller pressure units comprises a hydraulic cylinder which applies the pressing force to said pulverization roller,
and a hydraulic circuit connected to said hydraulic cylinder, wherein an accumulator communicates with a pressure oil supply
path of said hydraulic circuit, a first on-off valve is provided at the downstream side of a communicating position of said
accumulator in said pressure oil supply path, a first bypass path is provided which communicates with the downstream side
of said communicating position of said accumulator in said pressure oil supply path and communicates with the downstream side
of said on-off valve, and wherein said first bypass path bypasses said on-off valve, and wherein a first orifice valve and
a second on-off valve are provided in said first bypass path, wherein said first on-off valve is opened and said second on-off
valve is closed in a steady operation of said vertical roller mill, said first on-off valve is closed and said second on-off
valve is opened at a time of the occurrence of the self-excited vibration so that a flow of an oil to said hydraulic cylinder
due to the self-excited vibration is through said first orifice valve.

US Pat. No. 9,074,687

SEALING DEVICE FOR TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A sealing device for a turbocharger having a gap between a turbine housing with a scroll passage and a turbine-housing-side
exhaust introducing wall of an exhaust nozzle, comprising:
a seal body annularly formed to have a fitted/fixed portion airtightly fitted and fixed to a shoulder in the turbine housing
formed facing the scroll passage and have a clearance facing portion facing an outer periphery of said turbine-housing-side
exhaust introducing wall with a clearance, said clearance facing portion being caused to be pressed against the turbine-housing-side
exhaust introducing wall due to a difference in fluid pressure between the clearance and the scroll passage, and

slipout preventive means formed on at least either of the shoulder and the fitted/fixed portion of the seal body for preventing
the fitted/fixed portion from slipping out of the shoulder.

US Pat. No. 9,562,868

COMBUSTION EXPERIMENTAL APPARATUS

TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, (JP) ...

1. A combustion experimental apparatus comprising:
a test tube in which flames are formed and in which an internal flow path thereof has a diameter less than a flame-quenching
distance in a normal temperature;

a supply device to supply a premixed gas produced by mixing fuel and oxidizing agent into the test tube;
a flame position-obtaining device to obtain positions of flames inside the test tube; and
a temperature-adjusting fluid supply device to cause a temperature-adjusting fluid to flow along the test tube,
wherein the temperature-adjusting fluid supply device includes:
a heater configured to adjust the temperature of a fluid and to change the fluid into the temperature-adjusting fluid; and
a guide part configured to guide the temperature-adjusting fluid from a first end toward a second end of the test tub;
wherein the heater is formed into a cylindrical shape surrounding the first end of the test tube,
wherein the guide part is formed into a tube shape surrounding the test tube, and an end of the guide part in an axial direction
thereof contacts an end of the heater in an axial direction thereof, and

wherein the temperature-adjusting fluid supply device is configured to cause the temperature-adjusting fluid to flow from
the first end toward the second end of the test tube through a space between the test tube and the heater and a space between
the test tube and the guide part.

US Pat. No. 9,499,886

NI-BASED SINGLE CRYSTAL SUPERALLOY AND TURBINE BLADE INCORPORATING THE SAME

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A Ni-based single crystal superalloy which has the following composition: Co: 4.0 to 9.5 wt %, Cr: 5.1 to 8.0 wt %, Mo:
2.1 to 3.5 wt %, W: 0.0 to 1.5 wt %, Ta: 4.0 to 10.0 wt %, Al: 4.5 to 6.5 wt %, Ti: 0.0 to 1.0 wt %, Hf: 0.08 to 0.5 wt %,
Nb: 0.5 to 3.0 wt %, Re: 4.5 to 8.0 wt % and Ru: 0.5 to 6.5 wt % with the remainder including Ni and unavoidable impurities,
wherein P1?700 is satisfied in which P1 represents a parameter 1, which is obtained by a formula: P1=137×[W (wt %)]+24×[Cr
(wt %)]+46×[Mo (wt %)]?18×[Re (wt %)].

US Pat. No. 9,084,391

LAWN MOWING VEHICLE WITH A CONTROL UNIT FOR ELEVATING MECHANISMS AND FOR ROTATING A BLADE DEPENDING ON GRASS CONDITION

IHI CORPORATION, (JP) IH...

1. A lawn mowing vehicle having at least one of first and second reel units disposed at positions that are different from
each other in a leftward/rightward direction thereof with respect to a traveling direction, the lawn mowing vehicle comprising:
a first elevating mechanism that elevates the first reel unit using an electric actuator;
a second elevating mechanism that elevates the second reel unit using an electric actuator;
a touch panel type display device that includes:
a selection unit that selects an elevating reel unit from among the first and second reel units,
an input unit that inputs an instruction of a worker, and
a display unit that shows a current state of the lawn mowing vehicle; and
a control unit that controls the first and second elevating mechanisms, individually elevates the first and second reel units,
and controls elevation of the reel unit selected by the selection unit,

wherein the display device is able to receive input of a plurality of modes.

US Pat. No. 9,849,797

WIRELESS POWER-TRANSMITTING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A wireless power-transmitting device, which includes a power-transmitting coil installed in a predefined parking region
and wirelessly supplies electric power from the power-transmitting coil to a power-receiving coil of a vehicle parked in the
parking region, the wireless power-transmitting device comprising:
a receiving device configured to:
receive a first signal for a power supply instruction transmitted through a windshield when the parking region is a head-in
parking area, and

receive a second signal for the power supply instruction transmitted through a rear window of the vehicle when the parking
region is a back-in parking area; and

a control device configured to control supply of electric power from the power-transmitting coil to the power-receiving coil
of the vehicle based on the signal received by the receiving device.

US Pat. No. 9,810,425

PULVERIZED COAL BURNER FOR OXYFUEL COMBUSTION BOILER

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A pulverized coal burner for an oxyfuel combustion boiler comprising:
burner inner and outer cylinders which penetrate a wind box and come close to a throat portion;
a pulverized coal feed passage provided between the burner inner and outer cylinders; and
a plurality of oxygen injection means positioned outwardly from the burner outer cylinder, penetrating the wind box and coming
close to the throat portion for directly feeding oxygen ahead of the burner outer cylinder,

wherein a tip of the burner outer cylinder is disposed inside of the oxygen injection means and directly adjacent to a tip
of the oxygen injection means, the tip of the burner outer cylinder being an outlet surface of the burner outer cylinder perpendicular
to a central axis of the burner outer cylinder, the tip of the oxygen injection means being an outlet surface of the oxygen
injection means perpendicular to the central axis of the burner outer cylinder, and

wherein each of the oxygen injection means includes the tip on an injection side disposed behind the tip of the burner outer
cylinder to prevent injected oxygen from hitting the tip of the burner outer cylinder and to prevent flame from the tip of
the burner outer cylinder from hitting the tip of the oxygen injection means.

US Pat. No. 9,810,259

THRUST BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A thrust bearing disposed so as to face a thrust collar provided on a rotary shaft, the thrust bearing comprising:
a top foil disposed so as to face the thrust collar;
a back foil disposed so as to face a surface of the top foil opposite to another surface of the top foil facing the thrust
collar, and supporting the top foil; and

an annular plate-shaped base plate disposed on a side of the back foil opposite to the top foil, and supporting the back foil,
wherein the back foil is formed of back foil pieces arranged in a circumferential direction of the base plate,
the top foil is formed of top foil pieces disposed on the back foil pieces,
the base plate includes support areas which support the back foil pieces and which are arranged in the circumferential direction,
at least one of the support areas includes an inclined surface defined by a first boundary line and by a second boundary line
disposed on a trailing side of the first boundary line in a rotational direction of the thrust collar,

the inclined surface has a height which gradually increases from the first boundary line to the second boundary line, and
is formed continuously from the first boundary line to the second boundary line, and

at least one of the back foil pieces is disposed within the inclined surface.

US Pat. No. 9,500,121

TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

17. A turbocharger comprising:
a turbine housing configured to include an introduction hole to be coupled to a discharge hole provided in an exhaust manifold,
the discharge hole including a sheet surface;

a valve body provided in the turbine housing to contact the sheet surface therein through the introduction hole;
a mounting plate configured to support the valve body, the mounting plate including an exposure hole;
a stem coupled to the mounting plate, a part of an outer peripheral surface of the stem being exposed through the exposure
hole; and

a restriction potion, being a form of at least one of a projecting portion on the mounting plate and a jutting portion on
the turbine housing, contacting the turbine housing or the mounting plate at an angle where the exposure hole is exposed through
the introduction hole to restrict a rotational motion of the mounting plate.

US Pat. No. 9,501,698

MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A method of detecting a moving object being an observation object using a plurality of images captured in equal intervals,
comprising:
detecting the moving object being the observation object by using a plurality of offset-corrected images obtained from the
plurality of images by performing offset correction on pixel values of pixels across all the images using the smallest pixel
value among the pixels across all the images.

US Pat. No. 9,470,244

COMPRESSOR WITH COOLING FUNCTION

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A compressor with cooling function, comprising:
a compressing device to be rotationally driven by a drive unit; and
a cooler configured to cool compressed air ejected from the compressing device,
wherein the cooler comprises:
a case having a cooling area inside;
an inlet provided in an upper surface of the case, the inlet allowing compressed air ejected from the compressing device to
flow in;

an outlet provided in the upper surface of the case, the outlet allowing the compressed air to be discharged outside;
a cooling device housed in the cooling area and configured to cool the compressed air;
a partitioning wall partitioning a space around the cooling device in the cooling area into an inlet-side cooling area having
the inlet and an outlet-side cooling area having the outlet; and

a drain space configured to store condensed water produced from the compressed air cooled when passing through the cooling
device,

wherein the outlet-side cooling area has an inner wall surface formed of an arc-like curved surface,
wherein the inner wall surface includes a first inner wall surface and a second inner wall surface defined by a boundary line
being offset toward the inlet and the outlet from a center plane of the cooling device extending in a direction perpendicular
to the partitioning wall, the first inner wall surface being an inner wall surface located on the same side as the inlet and
the outlet, the second inner wall surface being an inner wall surface located on the same side as the drain space,

wherein the first inner wall surface and the second inner wall surface have different curvatures, and
wherein a lower surface of the inlet-side cooling area is provided with a flow-smoother protrusion at a position facing a
lower edge portion of the cooling device, the flow-smoother protrusion protruding to have a tip thereof located close to the
lower edge portion of the cooling device.

US Pat. No. 9,395,083

IGNITION DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An ignition device that ignites a mixture including an oxidizer and fuel comprising:
an installation unit;
a surrounding wall that is provided at a lower side of the installation unit and surrounds a space;
a heating element that projects downward from the installation unit and has a heat generation region generating heat to a
temperature above an ignition temperature of the mixture at a lower end thereof;

a fuel holding unit that is provided at a lower side of the surrounding wall and encloses the heat generation region; and
a fuel ejection device that ejects the fuel toward the fuel holding unit from a position lateral to the fuel holding unit,
wherein

the installation unit, the surrounding wall and the fuel holding unit are positioned in series in an upper-and-lower direction;
a through hole that vertically passes through the fuel holding unit is provided at the fuel holding unit, and the heat generation
region is inserted into an upper end of the through hole and is enclosed by the fuel holding unit;

the upper end of the through hole is opened to a lower end of the space and thereby the fuel holding unit communicates with
the space;

the surrounding wall having a flame ejection opening that connects the space to outside of the ignition device and is provided
at an upper side of the fuel holding unit; and

wherein an ascending current of the mixture generated in the through hole by heating the heat generation region flows into
the space through the upper end of the through hole and the lower end of the space, and flame formed in the space by igniting
the mixture ejects to the outside of the surrounding wall via the flame ejection opening.

US Pat. No. 9,376,938

WASTE HEAT POWER GENERATOR

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A waste heat power generator comprising:
an evaporator configured to collect waste heat energy and to produce steam of a working medium;
a power-generating device configured to generate electric power while expanding the steam;
a condenser configured to condense the steam which has passed through the power-generating device; and
a pump configured to send the working medium condensed at the condenser, to the evaporator,
wherein a bottom portion of the power-generating device is provided with a discharge port configured to discharge the working
medium liquefied inside the power-generating device, to the outside thereof, and

a discharge pipe is provided in which one end thereof is connected to the discharge port formed in the power-generating device
and the other end thereof is disposed in a channel for the working medium between the condenser and the pump,

wherein the power-generating device includes:
an impeller configured to be rotationally driven by the steam;
a generator configured to generate electric power by being driven using rotational driving force of the impeller;
a rotary shaft configured to transmit the rotational driving force of the impeller to the generator;
a casing provided with a first chamber containing the impeller, a second chamber containing the generator, and a communication
hole configured to guide the liquefied working medium from the first chamber to the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,132,739

VEHICLE AND WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A vehicle comprising:
a motor used to produce motive power for movement;
a storage battery used to supply electric power to drive the motor;
a secondary coil capable of performing wireless transmission of electric power between the secondary coil and a primary coil
at an outside of the vehicle; and

a command generation part used to generate a command to move the vehicle so as to adjust a relative position of the secondary
coil with respect to the primary coil, using a first received power value indicating an amount of electric power received
by the secondary coil from the primary coil or using a second received power value indicating an amount of electric power
received by the primary coil from the secondary coil.

US Pat. No. 9,891,123

WHEEL FASTENING INSPECTION METHOD, WHEEL FASTENING METHOD, WHEEL FASTENING INSPECTION DEVICE AND WHEEL FASTENING DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A wheel fastening inspection method comprising:
directly or indirectly applying vibration to a turbine shaft having been inserted to a bearing housing, the turbine shaft
being provided with wheels at both ends protruding from the bearing housing, at least one of the wheels being fastened by
a fastening member, and a rotary member being fastened by a fastening force generated by the fastening member to the turbine
shaft to be integrally rotated with the wheel;

measuring the vibration of the turbine shaft; and
determining whether or not a vibration frequency at which a peak of the measured vibration of the turbine shaft is given is
included in a setting range previously set.

US Pat. No. 9,476,023

CULTURE DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A culture device for culturing algae, comprising:
a culture pond including an opening on an upper side thereof, the culture pond accommodating an alga solution as a culture
solution containing algae;

a sheet having optical transparency and flexibility, the sheet sealing at least a portion of the opening of the culture pond;
a gas supplier configured to supply high concentration CO2 gas having a higher concentration of carbon dioxide than that of the atmosphere, between the culture pond and the sheet;

an outer groove formed along an outer periphery of the culture pond in an area different from the culture pond, the outer
groove accommodating a liquid; and

a frame connected to an edge of the sheet and arranged in the liquid accommodated in the outer groove;
wherein a gas storage space to store gas between a liquid surface of the alga solution and the sheet is formed by at least
part of the supplied high concentration CO2 gas, and

wherein the frame and the edge of the sheet are arranged in the liquid accommodated in the outer groove, and the sheet and
the liquid seal the opening of the culture pond on the entire area thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,441,389

METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING CYLINDRICAL TANK

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method of constructing a cylindrical tank that has an inner tank made of metal and an outer tank made of concrete, the
method comprising:
a step of building a sidewall of the outer tank by erecting outer tank lateral plates sequentially from a bottommost layer
to a topmost layer on an outer circumferential edge portion of a bottom portion of the outer tank, and pouring concrete so
as to follow the erecting of the outer tank lateral plates with the outer tank lateral plates being used as an inner side
forming frame; and

a step of alternating between performing (i) a butt-welding of a next one of the outer tank lateral plates onto a top of the
outer tank lateral plate which has been erected and (ii) pouring of the concrete up to a height where the concrete covers
a portion where the butt-welding has been performed, (i) the butt-welding and (ii) pouring of the concrete being performed
sequentially and a plurality of times.

US Pat. No. 9,441,390

STORAGE TANK CONSTRUCTION METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A storage tank construction method comprising:
a step of forming a side wall while a temporary opening is provided;
a step of fitting precast concrete slabs into respective inner and outer wall sides of the temporary opening to close the
inner and outer wall sides of the temporary opening, each of the precast concrete slabs including a first surface and a second
surface opposite to the first surface, and the first surfaces of the precast concrete slabs facing each other when the precast
concrete slabs are fit into the respective inner and outer wall sides of the temporary opening; and

a step of pouring concrete between the precast concrete slabs using the precast concrete slabs as molds to block the temporary
opening,

wherein metal plates are previously bonded to the first surfaces of the precast concrete slabs,
wherein a first connecting fitting which is configured to be connected to a side-wall connecting fitting embedded in the side
wall is embedded in the precast concrete slab fit into the inner wall side of the temporary opening so that the first connecting
fitting is exposed to the first surface of the precast concrete slab fit into the inner wall side of the temporary opening,

wherein a shape of the metal plate, which is bonded to the first surface of the precast concrete slab fit into the inner wall
side of the temporary opening, has a shape that avoids a position at which the first connecting fitting is embedded in the
precast concrete slab, and

wherein a second connecting fitting which is configured to be connected to a side-wall connecting fitting embedded in the
side wall is embedded in the precast concrete slab fit into the outer wall side of the temporary opening so that the second
connecting fitting is exposed to the second surface of the precast concrete slab fit into the outer wall side of the temporary
opening.

US Pat. No. 9,429,409

INNER DIAMETER MEASURING DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An inner diameter measuring device for measuring an inner diameter by inserting an inner diameter measuring unit into an
inside of a hollow member to be measured, comprising a supporting shaft having said inner diameter measuring unit supported
at a forward end, and a supporting mechanism unit for cantilever-supporting said supporting shaft, wherein said supporting
mechanism unit has a frame, a spherical bearing and a deflection adjusting unit, wherein said shaft is supported by said frame
via said spherical bearing, an end portion of said supporting shaft is passed through said spherical bearing and is extended,
a rotating angle of an end of said end portion in vertical direction is adjusted by said deflection adjusting unit, and a
position of said inner diameter measuring unit in vertical direction is adjusted.

US Pat. No. 9,415,933

ARTICLE STORAGE DEVICE AND ARTICLE TRANSFER METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An article storage device comprising:
a warehouse including storage racks to store articles;
a crane configured to be capable of moving along the warehouse;
a cage suspended from the crane so as to be capable of going up and down; and
a carriage disposed on the cage so as to be capable of traveling between the cage and the storage racks,
wherein the cage includes outriggers configured to be capable of extending and retracting with respect to the storage racks
and to be capable of being engaged with the storage racks,

each of the storage racks includes first engagement portions disposed at portions with which the outriggers are engaged, and
a second engagement portion disposed adjacent to one of the first engagement portions in an extending and retracting direction
of the outriggers,

the second engagement portion is configured to be capable of positioning one of the outriggers, and
the article storage device is configured so that one of the outriggers is engaged with the second engagement portion disposed
in a side to which the carriage travels, and the others of the outriggers are engaged with the first engagement portions,

wherein the cage is configured to be capable of going up and down between masts constituting pillars of the crane, and includes
guide rollers configured to be capable of contacting the masts and to be capable of being separated from the masts, and

the guide rollers are configured to move to separation positions disposed apart from the masts when one of the outriggers
is positioned on the second engagement portion,

wherein each of the guide rollers includes
a roller capable of rotating in a state of contacting one of the masts,
an arm supporting the roller rotatably,
a supporting member rotatably supporting a first end portion of the arm on an opposite side from a second end portion of the
arm supporting the roller, and

a drive unit to pivot the arm between a contacting position and a separated position of the roller, and
wherein the supporting member is provided on the cage, and the arm links the roller and the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,370,761

MICROREACTOR

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A microreactor comprising:
a reaction passage configured to flow a fluid as a reaction object; and
a medium passage provided in parallel with the reaction passage and configured to flow a heat medium to exchange heat with
the fluid in the reaction passage, wherein

the reaction passage includes a catalyst layer provided at least on part of an inner wall of the reaction passage, the catalyst
layer forming a high-activity region and a low-activity region in the reaction passage,

a cross-sectional area of the medium passage adjacent to the high-activity region of the reaction passage is smaller than
a cross-sectional area of the medium passage adjacent to the low-activity region of the reaction passage,

any of heat generation and heat absorption associated with a reaction of the fluid in the high-activity
region is larger than that in the low-activity region,
a cross-sectional area of the high-activity region of the reaction passage is larger than a cross-sectional area of the low-activity
region of the reaction passage, and

a thickness of the catalyst layer in the high-activity region is larger than a thickness of the catalyst layer in the low-activity
region.

US Pat. No. 9,366,286

RADIAL FOIL BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A radial foil bearing that, by being fitted on a rotating shaft, supports the rotating shaft, comprising:
a cylindrical bearing housing; a cylindrical top foil that is arranged facing the rotating shaft; a back foil that is arranged
on the outer side of the top foil in a radial direction of the bearing housing; wherein the bearing housing houses the top
foil and the back foil in the state that the top foil and the back foil are inserted in the bearing housing;

wherein a through-slot that is continuous from a first end to a second end along an axial direction is formed in an inner
circumferential surface of the bearing housing;

a fixing tool that forms a plurality of engagement slots by dividing the through-slot in a lengthwise direction is fitted
in the through-slot;

a regulating portion that regulates the movement of the fixing tool in the lengthwise direction of the through-slot is constituted
by locking grooves and a pair of bend pieces, each end of the through-slot having one of the locking grooves to be in communication
with the through-slot, and each end of the fixing tool having one of the bend pieces to be locked in the locking groove, the
locking grooves being formed in the radial direction of the bearing housing;

the top foil is formed by a metal foil that is rectangular and has a first uneven portion consisting of a convex portion and
a concave portion on a first short side, and has a second uneven portion that forms a concave portion at a position corresponding
to the convex portion of the first uneven portion and forms a convex portion at at least a portion of the position corresponding
to the concave portion of the first uneven portion on a second short side that is opposite the first short side, the rectangular
metal foil being wound into a cylindrical shape so that the first uneven portion and the second uneven portion overlap and
extend into a respective engagement slot; and the convex portions extending into locking concave portions formed in the through-slot.

US Pat. No. 9,121,300

TURBOCHARGER

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A variable geometry turbocharger comprising:
a bearing housing rotatably supporting a turbine impeller; and
an exhaust nozzle that can change the flow rate of an exhaust gas supplied to the turbine impeller,
wherein the exhaust nozzle has an exhaust inlet wall disposed at the bearing housing side of the exhaust nozzle,
the turbocharger has a seal member exhibiting a ring shape and sealing a gap formed between the bearing housing and the exhaust
inlet wall,

an inner circumferential edge of the seal member firmly contacts the bearing housing and an outer circumferential edge of
the seal member firmly contacts the exhaust inlet wall,

the seal member is a disc spring,
a shield plate that is a ring-shaped plate is disposed at the turbine impeller side of the bearing housing, and the disc spring
is disposed between the shield plate and the bearing housing,

the outer circumferential edge of the seal member has a curved section that curves in a direction away from the exhaust inlet
wall, and

a projecting section projecting from a surface of the bearing housing facing the turbine impeller to the turbine impeller
is fitted to an inner circumferential edge of the shield plate, and the shield plate and the bearing housing pinch the inner
circumferential edge of the seal member.

US Pat. No. 9,108,321

MOTION PREDICTION CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A motion prediction control device, comprising:
a measuring unit which acquires sensor information by measuring one or both of an object and a robot;
a state estimation unit which predicts and updates an internal state of one or both of the object and the robot on the basis
of the sensor information;

a data storage unit which stores the internal state; and
a robot control unit which controls the robot,
wherein the state estimation unit updates the internal state at an arbitrary timing that is independent of a control cycle
of the robot, and

the robot control unit calculates, at the control cycle, a prediction value required for controlling the robot on the basis
of a latest internal state stored in the data storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,103,378

BEARING, LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION ACQUISITION DEVICE AND LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION ACQUISITION METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A bearing inside which a lubricant is able to be sealed, comprising:
a rotary motion body that moves when a rotation drive force is applied; and
a rotation angle indicator that is provided on the rotary motion body and that is moved, in conjunction with the movement
of the rotary motion body, to a position that corresponds to the rotation angle of the rotary motion body,

wherein both the position of the rotation angle indicator as seen from the axial direction of the bearing, and the position
of the rotation angle indicator as seen from an orthogonal direction relative to the axial direction move in accordance with
the rotation angle of the rotary motion body, and

the rotation angle indicator is formed by a first marker and a second marker that are formed from a material having a higher
rate of radiation beam absorption than that used to form the rotary motion body.

US Pat. No. 9,810,142

UNIFLOW-SCAVENGING-TYPE TWO-CYCLE ENGINE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A uniflow-scavenging-type two-cycle engine, comprising:
a cylinder in which a combustion chamber is formed;
a piston that slides in the cylinder;
an exhaust port that is provided at a first end of the cylinder in a stroke direction of the piston;
an exhaust valve that opens and closes the exhaust port;
a scavenging port that is provided in an inner circumferential surface of a second end of the cylinder in the stroke direction
of the piston and inhales an active gas into the combustion chamber in accordance with a sliding movement of the piston;

a plurality of fuel injection valves, wherein each fuel injection valve includes an injection outlet provided between a top
dead center and a bottom dead center of the piston in the cylinder, and the plurality of fuel injection valves inject a fuel
gas to the active gas, which has been drawn in from the scavenging port to the combustion chamber, via the injection outlets,
to thereby generate a premixed gas;

a fuel injection control unit that varies injection directions of fuel gas injected from a part or all of the fuel injection
valves; and

a load determination unit that determines whether the uniflow-scavenging-type two-cycle engine is in a high-load state or
in a low-load state,

wherein if a load state detected by the load determination unit is the high-load state, then the fuel injection control unit
turns the injection directions of the fuel gas to first directions, which are directions along a swirl flow of the active
gas drawn in into the cylinder; and if a load state detected by the load determination unit is the low-load state, then the
fuel injection control unit turns the injection directions of the fuel gas to second directions, which are directions closer
to a central axis of the cylinder than the first directions.

US Pat. No. 9,683,459

SECURING PART STRUCTURE OF TURBINE NOZZLE AND TURBINE USING SAME

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A securing part structure of a turbine nozzle provided with a plurality of turbine nozzle segments, each having a plurality
of stator vanes, arranged annularly around an axis of a jet engine and secured between a turbine case and a shroud of the
jet engine, wherein
in the turbine nozzle segment, an arc-shaped outer band coupling each of distal ends of stator vanes on a side opposite to
the axis to each other is provided;

on the outer band in the turbine nozzle segment, a hook engaged with a nozzle support groove formed on the turbine case, a
recessed portion fitted with an anti-rotation tab secured to the turbine case, and a protruding portion protruding toward
a rear of the jet engine, in conformity to a recess of the recessed portion, on a back side of this recessed portion, are
formed; and

the turbine nozzle segment engages the hook of the outer band with the nozzle support groove of the turbine case from behind
the jet engine and also fits the recessed portion of the outer band with the anti-rotation tab from behind the jet engine
and fits an anti-rotation slot formed on the shroud with the protruding portion formed on the back side of the recessed portion
from behind the jet engine, whereby the turbine nozzle segment is secured between the turbine case and the shroud.

US Pat. No. 9,605,590

CROSSHEAD ENGINE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A crosshead engine comprising:
a cylinder;
a piston configured to slide in the cylinder;
a piston rod having one end fixed to the piston;
a crosshead connected to the other end side of the piston rod and configured to reciprocate together with the piston;
a connecting rod having one end supported by the crosshead;
a crankshaft connected to the connecting rod and configured to rotate in coordination with the reciprocation of the piston
and the reciprocation of the crosshead; and

a variable mechanism configured to vary positions of top and bottom dead centers of the piston by changing a relative position
of the piston rod and the crosshead in a stroke direction of the piston,

wherein the variable mechanism comprises a hydraulic pressure chamber which is provided in the crosshead and into which an
end of the piston rod is inserted; and a hydraulic pressure adjustment mechanism which supplies hydraulic oil to the hydraulic
pressure chamber or discharges the hydraulic oil from the hydraulic pressure chamber and which adjusts an entering position
at which the end of the piston rod is inserted into the hydraulic pressure chamber in the stroke direction.

US Pat. No. 9,555,450

VACUUM CLEANING APPARATUS AND VACUUM CLEANING METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP) IH...

1. A vacuum cleaning apparatus comprising:
a vacuum pump;
a vapor generating member configured to generate vapor of a petroleum-based solvent;
a cleaning chamber configured to be placed under reduced-pressure atmosphere via the vacuum pump and to allow a workpiece
to be cleaned under reduced pressure by the vapor fed from the vapor generating member;

a condensing chamber adjacent to the cleaning chamber and configured to be placed in a depressurized state via the vacuum
pump, the condensing chamber configured to be kept in the depressurized state;

a temperature maintaining member configured to maintain the condensing chamber at a lower temperature than the cleaning chamber,
and

an opening/closing valve configured to provide or cut off communication between the condensing chamber and the cleaning chamber,
wherein the opening/closing valve is configured to provide communication between the cleaning chamber and the condensing chamber
to dry the workpiece after the workpiece is cleaned in the cleaning chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,494,163

TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A turbocharger comprising:
a compressor housing which houses a compressor wheel;
a suction passage provided in the compressor housing and into which a fluid is sucked from outside of the compressor housing
by rotation of the compressor wheel;

an outlet passage provided in the compressor housing and configured to guide the fluid, sucked through the suction passage
and compressed by the compressor wheel, to the outside of the compressor housing;

an opening portion formed in a wall surface of the compressor housing and serving as an opening of the suction passage;
a return passage making the outlet passage and the suction passage communicate with each other through the opening portion,
and configured to return the compressed fluid from the outlet passage to the suction passage; and

an air bypass valve configured to open and close the opening portion, wherein
the return passage includes a bottom surface which is located on a vertically lower side in the return passage when the opening
portion is located in a position higher in a vertical direction than the suction passage, and

the bottom surface is formed in a way that a level of the bottom surface declines from the outlet passage toward the suction
passage without ever rising.

US Pat. No. 9,478,041

MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A method for detecting a moving object being an observation object from images captured in constant intervals, based on
an evaluation value obtained from pixel values at the same pixel positions overlapping one another across the images by sequentially
moving the images in accordance with a content corresponding to an estimated movement content of the moving object being the
observation object during the constant intervals, comprising:
an average-value-of-limited-pixels calculating step of calculating an average value using pixel values which are equal to
or less than a threshold value for distinguishing the moving object being the observation object from a light emitting element
with a higher luminance than that of the moving object, the pixel values being among the pixel values at the same pixel positions
across the images; and

a judgment step of judging pixels at the same pixel positions across images, whose average values calculated in the average-value-of-limited-pixels
calculating step are equal to or greater than a criterion value, as pixels capturing the moving object being the observation
object, or capturing candidates for the moving object.

US Pat. No. 9,410,699

COMBUSTION HEATER

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A combustion heater comprising:
a heating plate;
a placement plate disposed opposite the heating plate;an outer wall provided around the outer circumference of the heating plate and the placement plate;
a partitioning plate that is disposed opposite the heating plate and the placement plate inside a space enclosed by the heating
plate, the placement plate, and the outer wall, that forms a lead-in portion by a gap with the placement plate, and that forms
a lead-out portion by a gap with the heating plate;

a linking portion that links the lead-in portion and the lead-out portion;
a combustion chamber that combusts fuel gas at the lead-out portion near the linking portion; and
a flame-stabilization portion that is provided in the combustion chamber and that maintains the combustion of the fuel gas
in the combustion chamber,

wherein the flame-stabilization portion includes a concavity that is provided at a position of the heating plate opposite
the linking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,372,061

INNER DIAMETER MEASURING DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An inner diameter measuring device for measuring an inner diameter of a hollow object to be measured, wherein said inner
diameter measuring device comprises a circulation unit and a measuring head and is insertable into inside of an object to
be measured, wherein said measuring head has a contact measuring unit for measuring the inner diameter by contacting an inner
surface of the object to be measured and an advancing/retreating unit for making said contact measuring unit to advance and
to retreat in a radial direction and a scale unit, and wherein said circulation unit can rotate said measuring head around
a center line of said inner diameter measuring device,
wherein said advancing/retreating unit has a measuring unit holder which holds said contact measuring unit and is able to
move integrally with said contact measuring unit in radial direction and wherein said scale unit comprises a scale sensor
movable integrally with said measuring unit holder and a linear scale provided in parallel to moving direction of said contact
measuring unit, wherein a measurement of the inner diameter is determined based on an amount of moving of said measuring unit
holder in radial direction as detected by said scale sensor and on a detection result of said contact measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,347,137

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRICAL-DISCHARGE SURFACE TREATMENT, AND ELECTRODE FOR ELECTRICAL-DISCHARGE SURFACE TREATMENT

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method of manufacturing an electrode for electrical-discharge surface treatment used for electrical-discharge surface
treatment for using a formed compact obtained by forming metal powder, metal compound powder, or conductive ceramics powder
as an electrode, generating pulsed discharge between the electrode and a work in a working fluid or in the air, and forming
a film on a surface of the work by energy of the pulsed discharge, the film being made of a material of the electrode or made
of a substance with which the material of the electrode reacts, the method comprising:
increasing oxygen content in the powder;
mixing the powder, in which the oxygen content is increased, with an organic binder and a solvent to prepare a liquid mixture;
granulating the powder in the liquid mixture to form granulated powder; and
forming the granulated powder to prepare a compact in which an oxygen concentration ranges from 4 weight % to 16 weight %.

US Pat. No. 9,234,526

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR HAVING AN ASYMMETRIC SELF-RECIRCULATING CASING TREATMENT

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Bei...

1. A centrifugal compressor comprising: an asymmetric self-recirculating casing treatment that includes, on an inner face
of a casing, a suction ring groove, a ring guide channel and a back-flow ring groove to form a self-recirculating channel,
wherein
an axial distance Sr from an upstream end face of the suction ring groove to an impeller full blade leading edge or a width br of the suction ring groove is represented as A(?·D??·D)2+A0 and is distributed in a parabolic shape in a circumferential direction,

wherein an initial phase angle ?0 is in a range of 0??0?2?,

wherein a circumferential angle ? of the casing has a definition range of ?0????0+2?,

wherein A denotes a parameter of the parabola in the axial distance Sr or the width br,

wherein A0 denotes an extreme of the axial distance Sr or the width br
wherein ? is a value of the circumferential angle ? when A(?·D??·D)2+A0 becomes the extreme A0,

wherein D denotes an impeller diameter,
wherein as a position of the suction ring groove is shifted in the circumferential direction, the axial distance Sr or the width br of the suction ring groove only increases over a first circumferential range, and then only decreases over a second circumferential
range,

wherein the first circumferential range and the second circumferential range each continuously extend in the circumferential
direction, and wherein the first circumferential range and the second circumferential range thereby form one complete circle.

US Pat. No. 10,072,611

GAS GENERATOR

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A gas generator, comprising:a combustor; and
an injector connected to the combustor, the injector configured to inject a fuel and an oxidizer toward an inside of the combustor, the injector including a plurality of injection elements arranged at intervals on a same plane of the injector,
each of the plurality of injection elements including:
at least one first nozzle formed in a tubular shape having a first axis, the at least one first nozzle configured to inject the oxidizer along the first axis
at least one second nozzle directed toward a first point on the first axis, the at least one second nozzle configured to inject the fuel to the first point; and
at least one third nozzle directed toward a second point on the first axis, the at least one third nozzle configured to inject the oxidizer or the fuel to the second point, the second point being located further than the first point from the same plane of the injector.

US Pat. No. 9,950,789

VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING AIRCRAFT

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A vertical take-off and landing aircraft comprising:a propulsion mechanism that generates lift and thrust;
a main frame that supports seating and a landing undercarriage;
a subframe which supports the propulsion mechanism and which is arranged so as to be swingable back and forth relative to the main frame;
motive power supply means supported by the main frame or the subframe and supplying motive power to the propulsion mechanism; and
a control stick connected to the subframe,
wherein the propulsion mechanism comprises at least a pair of ducted fans arranged on a left side and a right side, respectively, of the main frame, a swing shaft arranged in each of the ducted fans and extending in a direction perpendicular to a front-back direction of the vertical take-off and landing aircraft, and a control vane connected to the swing shaft; and
wherein the swing shaft includes a central swing shaft arranged in a central portion of the ducted fan in the front-back direction and a side swing shaft arranged at a front or at a back in a channel in the ducted fan, and
the control vane connected to the central swing shaft is used to deflect the thrust of the ducted fan, and swinging the control vane connected to the side swing shaft enables the subframe to swing back and forth relative to the main frame.

US Pat. No. 9,903,583

DEVICE FOR PREVENTING STEAM FROM BEING PRODUCED IN FLUE GAS COOLER FOR OXYFUEL COMBUSTION BOILER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A device for preventing steam from being produced in a flue gas cooler for an oxyfuel combustion boiler with a boiler low-pressure
feed-water system comprising a condenser, a condensate pump, a low-pressure feed-water heater and a boiler feed-water pump
in the order named and wherein, in oxyfuel combustion, part of the low-pressure feed-water boosted in pressure by the condensate
pump in the boiler low-pressure feed-water system is sent under pressure by a booster pump to the flue gas cooler where the
low-pressure feed-water heat exchanged with flue gas is guided again to the boiler low-pressure feed-water system, comprising
a bypass line for connecting a feed-water discharge side of the condenser with a feed-water entry side of the flue gas cooler
by bypassing the condensate and booster pumps,

a steam production preventive pump in the bypass line,
an inlet cutoff valve in the bypass line,
a steam production preventive water circulation line for connecting a feed-water discharge side of the flue gas cooler with
a feed-water entry side of the condenser and

an outlet cutoff valve in the steam production preventive water circulation line,
when the boiler feed-water pump stops in boiler fuel cutoff, the inlet and outlet cutoff valves being opened and the steam
production preventive pump being activated to cause water to flow through the bypass line to the flue gas cooler and return
and circulate through the steam production preventive water circulation line to the condenser.

US Pat. No. 9,787,104

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A power transmission system comprising:
a power transmitting device configured to convert supplied alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) power into AC power
and transmit the converted AC power via a transmission path; and

a power receiving device configured to receive the AC power via the transmission path,
wherein the power transmitting device comprises:
an AC converter configured to perform AC conversion on the supplied AC power or DC power;
a power-transmitting side resonance coil configured to wirelessly transmit the AC power obtained from the AC converter under
a magnetic field resonance method; and

a power-transmitting side controller configured to control the AC converter,
wherein the power receiving device comprises:
a power-receiving side resonance coil configured to wirelessly receive the AC power from the power-transmitting side resonance
coil;

a rectifier configured to convert the AC power received by the power-receiving side resonance coil into the DC power;
a DC converter configured to perform DC conversion on the DC power output from the rectifier;
a power-receiving side controller configured to control the DC converter; and
a power-source circuit configured to generate a control power voltage from an output voltage of the rectifier and output the
generated control power voltage to the power-receiving side controller,

wherein the power-receiving side controller is configured to measure the output voltage of the rectifier after being activated
by input of the control power voltage and to transmit a measurement result to the power-transmitting side controller, and

wherein the power-transmitting side controller is configured to control the AC converter for a period from a transmission
start time of the AC power to a time when the measurement result of the output voltage of the rectifier is received so that
the output voltage of the rectifier is gradually raised, and, after receiving the measurement result, to control the AC converter
based on the measurement result so that the output voltage of the rectifier becomes a suitable value as an input voltage of
the DC converter.

US Pat. No. 9,719,966

ULTRASONIC FLAW DETECTING APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER, AND ULTRASONIC FLAW DETECTING METHOD

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An ultrasonic flaw detecting apparatus for detecting an internal defective state at a bend of a laminated part made of
composite materials, comprising:
an ultrasonic transducer transmitting and receiving ultrasonic waves; and
a controlling unit configured to detect and process the internal defective state at the bend of the laminated part according
to flaw detecting signals from the ultrasonic transducer, wherein:

the ultrasonic transducer includes
a transducer main body that has, on a front end side thereof, an oscillating plane having a bent shape in a side view and
corresponding to an outer surface or an inner surface formed at the bend of the laminated part, and

a plurality of oscillators that are distributed over the oscillating plane in a matrix manner in a bent direction of the oscillating
plane of the transducer main body and a width direction of the transducer main body, and is configured to transmit ultrasonic
waves toward the bend of the laminated part and receive reflected waves from the bend of the laminated part,

the controlling unit successively carries out, for each oscillator group of the plurality of oscillators in which each oscillator
group is formed of a row of the oscillators extending in the width direction, switching between the oscillators in the oscillator
group to transmission and reception oscillators by turns in the width direction according to a preset transmission/reception
pattern and processing a received signal from the reception oscillator according to an aperture synthesis method such that
the transmission oscillator in each oscillator group sequentially moves in the row of the respective oscillator group along
the width direction, and

in the preset transmission/reception pattern, two consecutive reception oscillators are adjacent to the transmission oscillator
on each side of the transmission oscillator in the width direction throughout the preset transmission/reception pattern, one
of the two consecutive reception oscillators on each side being immediately adjacent to the transmission oscillator.

US Pat. No. 9,593,390

HEAT TREATMENT METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A heat treatment method, comprising:
a first step of mist cooling a treatment object retained at a prescribed temperature by supplying coolant in mist form capable
of cooling the treatment object by latent heat of vaporization of the coolant from nozzles, to a target temperature near to
and higher than a first transformation point at which a structure of the treatment object begins to be transformed into a
prescribed first structure;

a second step, following the first step, of retaining the treatment object for a prescribed time in a state where supply of
the coolant in mist form is stopped; and

a third step, following the second step, of cooling the treatment object from a temperature higher than the first transformation
point to a temperature lower than or equal to the first transformation point; and

a cooling slowdown step between the first step and the second step, of supplying coolant in mist form capable of cooling the
treatment object by latent heat of vaporization of the coolant from the nozzles so that the treatment object is mist cooled
at a mist density that is less than a mist density of the first step,

wherein the temperature of the treatment object at the time the third step is started is higher than the first transformation
point,

the target temperature is set between the first transformation point and a second transformation point with a temperature
higher than the first transformation point at which the structure of the treatment object is transformed into a second structure
other than the first structure, and

in the second step and the cooling slowdown step, temperatures of an outer surface and of an interior of the treatment object
are maintained to be higher than the first transformation point and to be lower than the second transformation point.

US Pat. No. 9,592,219

SELF-MAGNETIC METAL-SALEN COMPLEX COMPOUND

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An antitumor drug containing a magnetic drug containing a self-magnetic metal-salen complex compound represented by a formula
(I), wherein the formula (I) is a following compound (II):

wherein M is Fe, and each of a-f is a methyl group, or each of the a-f is a hydrogen, or each of b and e is a hydrogen and
a, c, d, and f is a methyl group, and

wherein the magnetic drug being guided to a target tissue by administering the magnetic drug into a body and then irradiating
the magnetic drug with an external magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 9,574,456

TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A turbocharger comprising:
a turbine housing configured to house a turbine impeller; and
an open-and-close mechanism configured to open and close a circulation hole through which an exhaust gas flows into or out
of the turbine housing, wherein

the open-and-close mechanism includes
a valve configured to move to a closing position where the valve closes the circulation hole by coming into contact with a
seat surface in which the circulation hole is opened, or to an opening position where the valve opens the circulation hole
by moving away from the seat surface, and

an attachment plate one end of which is fixed to the valve, and the other end of which is provided with an insertion hole
through which a stem turnably supported by the turbine housing is inserted, and an exposure hole which communicates with the
insertion hole to expose part of an outer peripheral surface of the stem,

the insertion hole has a diameter being gradually smaller in a direction of insertion of the stem, and
the stem includes a tapered portion having a diameter being gradually smaller toward its tip end in the direction of insertion
into the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 9,528,053

CIRCULATING FLUIDIZED BED-TYPE GASIFICATION FURNACE AND FLUID MEDIUM FLOW RATE CONTROL METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A circulation fluidized bed-type gasification furnace comprising:
a gasification furnace that is configured to form a fluid medium into a fluid bed, and is configured to produce gasified gas
by gasifying an input gasification raw material using heat from the fluid medium;

a combustion furnace that is configured to heat the fluid medium output from the gasification furnace;
a buffer section that is configured to store the fluid medium and outputs it to the combustion furnace; and
a flow rate adjuster that is configured to determine a flow rate of the fluid medium in the gasification furnace in accordance
with a target production quantity of the gasified gas, and is configured to distribute the fluid medium heated in the combustion
furnace to the gasification furnace and the buffer section based on the determined flow rate of the fluid medium in the gasification
furnace,

wherein the combustion furnace is provided at an upstream of the flow rate adjuster, and the gasification furnace and the
buffer section are provided at a downstream of the flow rate adjuster, and

wherein the gasification furnace and buffer section are not in fluid communication.

US Pat. No. 9,518,817

INNER DIAMETER MEASURING DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An inner diameter measuring device, comprising an object to be measured supporting carriage, being arranged movably along
a rail installed on an upper surface of a bed and used for holding a hollow pipe to be measured, a supporting shaft extended
from a base end to a forward end of said bed, being insertable into said pipe to be measured and being cantilever-supported,
and an inner diameter measuring unit installed on a forward end of said supporting shaft, being insertable into said pipe
to be measured and for measuring the inner surface of said pipe to be measured under inserted condition, wherein said pipe
to be measured and said inner diameter measuring unit are installed along a same reference line, said object to be measured
supporting carriage is movable from a condition where said inner diameter measuring unit is withdrawn from said pipe to be
measured to a condition where said inner measuring unit reaches a base part of said pipe to be measured, said inner diameter
measuring unit is adapted to be inserted into said pipe to be measured, and is adapted to measure an inner diameter of said
pipe to be measured in a process where said object to be measured supporting carriage is moved toward the base end of said
supporting shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,447,968

COMBUSTION-HEATING SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A combustion-heating system comprising:
a plurality of combustion heaters connected to each other, a combustion heater including:
a heating plate;
an arrangement plate disposed facing the heating plate;
an annular outer peripheral wall disposed between the heating plate and the arrangement plate;
a partition plate disposed between the heating plate and the arrangement plate;
a combustion chamber positioned along the outer peripheral wall, the combustion chamber being configured so that fuel gas
collides with a flame-holding part, the flame-holding part constituting part of the outer peripheral wall, thereby holding
flames;

an inflow path in which sidewalls thereof are constituted by the arrangement plate and the partition plate, the fuel gas flowing
through the inflow path into the combustion chamber; and

an outflow path in which sidewalls thereof are constituted by the heating plate and the partition plate, exhaust gas flowing
through the outflow path from the combustion chamber toward the outside thereof, the outflow path being configured to preheat
the fuel gas by heat of the exhaust gas through the partition plate; and

a communication path disposed at a connection part between each pair of the plurality of combustion heaters that are connected
to each other by the connection part, the communication path connecting combustion chambers thereof with each other, the communication
path being formed between the heating plate and the annular outer peripheral wall, the communication path being configured
so that flames generated in one of the combustion heaters by ignition are transferred to another one of the combustion heaters,
which is connected to the one of the combustion heaters by the connection part, through the communication path,

wherein the flame-holding part, with which the fuel gas collides thereby holding flames, and the communication path are provided
in series in a direction in which the heating plate and the arrangement plate face each other.

US Pat. No. 9,410,795

INNER DIAMETER MEASURING DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An inner diameter measuring device, comprising an image pickup unit provided at a base end of a frame unit and for picking
up an image of a forward end side, a centering unit provided at a forward end of said frame unit, a laser beam diffusing unit
provided on said centering unit and at a forward end side of said centering unit via a light transmitting window, a laser
beam emitting unit positioned between said centering unit and said image pickup unit and provided on a base end side of said
centering unit, and a cone mirror provided on said laser beam diffusing unit and having a conical reflection surface at a
forward end,
wherein said centering unit has an adjusting mechanism unit comprising an X-axis slider slidable in a direction perpendicularly
crossing said optical axis of said image pickup unit, a Y-axis slider disposed on said X-axis slider perpendicularly crossing
said optical axis, and being slidable in a direction perpendicularly crossing a sliding direction of said X-axis slider, and
has a mounting surface of a light emitting unit formed on said Y-axis slider, and said laser beam emitting unit is mounted
on said mounting surface of said light emitting unit,

wherein under a condition where a center line of said cone mirror is coincident with said optical axis of said image pickup
unit, an optical axis of said laser beam emitting unit is coincided with said center line of said cone mirror so that a laser
beam projected from said laser beam emitting unit enters a vertex of said cone mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,399,738

CIRCULATION TYPE GASIFICATION FURNACE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A circulation type gasification furnace comprising:
a gasification furnace that is configured to turn a fluidized medium into a fluidized bed or moving bed, and to produce gasification
gas by gasifying a gasification raw material that has been injected into the fluidized medium using heat from the fluidized
medium;

a combustion furnace that is configured to heat the fluidized medium discharged from the gasification furnace and to combust
residue of the gasification raw material;

a medium separator that is configured, in order to return the heated fluidized medium to the gasification furnace, to separate
the fluidized medium and a combustion exhaust gas from each other, the fluidized medium and the combustion exhaust gas being
discharged from the combustion furnace;

a gasification gas separator that is configured to separate the gasification gas produced in the gasification furnace and
the residue of the gasification raw material from each other, and then to discharge the gasification gas; and

a residue discharge section that is configured to create a seal between the gasification gas separator and the combustion
furnace, and to discharge the residue separated by the gasification gas separator into the combustion furnace,

wherein:
the combustion furnace is connected to the medium separator, and the fluidized medium and the combustion exhaust gas are discharged
from the combustion furnace to the medium separator;

the medium separator is connected to the gasification furnace, and the fluidized medium is discharged from the medium separator
to the gasification furnace;

as a first path, the gasification furnace is connected to the combustion furnace, and the fluidized medium is discharged from
the gasification furnace to the combustion furnace; and

as a second path that is different from the first path, the gasification furnace is connected to the gasification gas separator,
the gasification gas separator is connected to the residue discharge section, the residue discharge section is connected to
the combustion furnace, the gasification gas and the residue of the gasification raw material are introduced from the gasification
furnace into the gasification gas separator, and the residue of the gasification raw material separated in the gasification
gas separator is discharged to the combustion furnace via the residue discharge section.

US Pat. No. 9,372,073

INNER DIAMETER MEASURING DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An inner diameter measuring device, having a non-contact measuring unit and a contact measuring unit arranged along the
same center line,
wherein said non-contact measuring unit comprises an image pickup unit arranged on said center line, a laser beam emitting
unit, and a laser beam diffusing unit having a cone mirror, wherein a laser beam projected from said laser beam emitting unit
to said cone mirror is reflected over a total circumference by said cone mirror, said image pickup unit takes an optical ring
which is formed by projecting the reflected laser beam to an inner surface of a hollow portion, at least one of an inner diameter
or a shape of the inner surface is measured based on an image picked up, and wherein said contact measuring unit comprises
a contact measuring head and a circulation unit for circulating said contact measuring head around said center line, wherein
said contact measuring head has a contact measuring unit having a contact at a forward end and for detecting a displacement
of said contact, an advancing/retreating unit for advancing and retreating said contact measuring unit in radial direction,
and a scale unit for measuring an advancing/retreating distance of said contact measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,352,805

OCEANOGRAPHIC INFORMATION COLLECTION SYSTEM

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An oceanographic information collection system, comprising:
an anchor arranged on a sea bottom;
an intermediate buoy that is connected to the anchor and floats in a sea;
a mooring cable connected at one end to the intermediate buoy; and
an observation buoy connected to another end of the mooring cable,
wherein the observation buoy comprises: a main body having a longitudinal direction which is arranged in a flowing direction
of an ocean current; a specific gravity adjuster that is arranged in the main body and comprises a buoyancy bag which is expandable
and shrinkable; an antenna that is arranged on the main body and transfers data; and an observation unit that is arranged
in the main body and acquires prescribed oceanographic information, and

the observation buoy floats upward by expanding the buoyancy bag of the specific gravity adjuster, and the observation buoy
sinks by shrinking the buoyancy bag of the specific gravity adjuster.

US Pat. No. 9,149,765

SYSTEM FOR REMOVAL OF IMPURITIES BY COMPRESSOR

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A compressor-based impurity removal system for removing impurities in exhaust gas mainly composed of carbon dioxide from
an oxyfuel combustor before the exhaust gas is supplied to a carbon dioxide liquefier, comprising
a plurality of impurity separators comprising a plurality of compressors for compressing exhaust gas from the oxyfuel combustor
stepwisely to a target pressure for supply of the exhaust gas to the carbon dioxide liquefier for liquefaction thereof, and
aftercoolers for cooling the exhaust gas from the respective compressors, water condensed by the cooling being discharged
as drain,

an alkaline agent supply unit for supplying an alkaline agent to an upstream side of the aftercooler in a last one of the
impurity separators, the drain containing the alkaline agent having removed the impurities in the exhaust gas being discharged
from the aftercooler in the last impurity separator, and

a circulation line for supplying the drain from the aftercooler in the last impurity separator to an upstream side of the
aftercooler in a first one of the impurity separators.

US Pat. No. 9,109,503

WASTE HEAT RECOVERY DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A waste heat recovery device including a gas compressor which compresses a gas, and a turbine driven by an exhaust gas,
comprising:
an alternating current generator operably connected to the turbine;
an electric motor operably connected to drive the compressor; and
a control device operably connected to the electric motor,
wherein the control device comprises:
a rectifier operably connected to the output of the alternating current generator,
a DC smoothing circuit operably connected to the output of the rectifier,
an inverter arranged to drive the electric motor,
a direct current bus operatively connected to transfer electric power from the alternating current generator to the electric
motor,

a rotation speed detector operably connected to the turbine and the alternating current generator, wherein the rotation speed
detector is arranged to detect rotation speed of the turbine and the alternating current generator,

a voltage detector, the voltage detector operatively arranged to detect a voltage of the current bus,
a rotation speed command unit operably connected to the rotation speed detector and the inverter, the rotation speed command
unit arranged to output a rotation speed command value to the inverter in response to the rotation speed of the alternating
current generator, the inverter being arranged to drive the electric motor at a variable speed in accordance with the rotation
speed command value from the rotation speed command unit.

US Pat. No. 9,866,059

WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A wireless power transmission device which wirelessly transmits electric power between a power-transmitting coil provided
in a fixed portion and a power-receiving coil provided in a movable portion, comprising:
a power supplier which supplies the electric power to the power-transmitting coil;
a controller which controls the power supplier; and
a measurer which measures a relative position of the power-receiving coil with respect to the power-transmitting coil,
wherein the controller includes a duty table which stores a duty of the electric power, the duty being set based on the relative
position such that an amount of induced current flowing through a metal member is decreased, and the metal member being provided
in a predetermined position of one or both of the fixed portion and the movable portion, and

wherein the controller is configured to adjust a duty of the electric power based on the relative position, with reference
to the duty table.

US Pat. No. 9,850,175

METHOD FOR MACHINING CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A method for machining a ceramic matrix composite, the method comprising:
a step of scanning an irradiated portion of a surface of a machining target material by laser light to irradiate the irradiated
portion with the laser light, and forming a deteriorated layer on the irradiated portion of the surface of the machining target
material; and

a step of removing the deteriorated layer by a machining tool, the deteriorated layer being formed on the irradiated portion,
wherein the deteriorated layer is formed by heating the irradiated portion up to a predetermined temperature by irradiation
of continuous oscillation laser light, and by forming a crack by irradiation of pulsed oscillation laser light.

US Pat. No. 9,657,575

GAS TURBINE ENGINE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:
a turbine blade cascade formed by annularly arranging turbine blades around a turbine axis;
a cooling air supply unit to supply cooling air to the turbine blades;
a base surface which is a surface without depression portions or protrusion portions and on which at least a trailing half
of each turbine blade in a chord length direction of the turbine blade is provided, the trailing half being a portion of the
turbine blade from a middle position, which is between a leading edge and a trailing edge of the turbine blade, to the trailing
edge of the turbine blade; and

a flow path surface formed so as to be positioned in an upstream side of the turbine blade cascade and so as to be connected
to the base surface,

wherein the flow path surface includes:
depression portions depressed relative to the base surface, each depression portion including at least an area overlapping
with the leading edge of each of the turbine blades, when viewed from a direction of the turbine axis; and

protrusion portions protruding relative to the base surface, each protrusion portion being at least part of each area positioned
between the leading edges of the turbine blades, when viewed from the direction of the turbine axis.

US Pat. No. 9,689,613

CONTINUOUS HEATING FURNACE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A continuous heating furnace comprising:
a furnace main body;
a conveyance unit configured to convey a baking object in the furnace main body;
at least one closed type gas heater having an introduction hole into which a fuel gas flows, a combustion chamber in which
the fuel gas introduced from the introduction hole is combusted, a guide section configured to guide an exhaust gas generated
by combustion in the combustion chamber, a first radiation surface extending in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance
direction of the baking object and parallel to a horizontal direction and configured to be heated by the combustion in the
combustion chamber and heat of the exhaust gas flowing through the guide section to transfer radiant heat to the baking object,
an exhaust hole through which the exhaust gas that heated the first radiation surface is discharged, the at least one closed
type gas heater being disposed in the furnace main body,

wherein all of the exhaust gas generated by combustion in the combustion chamber is discharged to an area outside of the at
least one closed type gas heater from the exhaust hole without coming in direct contact with the baking object; and

at least one exhaust heat transfer unit which is juxtaposed with the at least one closed type gas heater in the conveyance
direction of the baking object, is disposed in the furnace main body, communicates with the exhaust hole so that the exhaust
gas discharged from the exhaust hole flows through the at least one exhaust heat transfer unit, and has a second radiation
surface configured to be heated by the exhaust gas discharged from the exhaust hole to transfer the radiant heat to the baking
object, and a heat transfer acceleration unit provided at one end portion, in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance
direction of the baking object and parallel to the horizontal direction, of the at least one exhaust heat transfer unit and
configured to accelerate heat transfer from the exhaust gas discharged from the exhaust hole to one end portion of the second
radiation surface, wherein all of the exhaust gas discharged from the exhaust hole passes through the at least one exhaust
heat transfer unit and is discharged to an area outside of the at least one exhaust heat transfer unit and the continuous
heating furnace without coming in direct contact with the baking object.

US Pat. No. 9,664,060

VARIABLE NOZZLE UNIT AND VARIABLE GEOMETRY SYSTEM TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A variable geometry system turbocharger configured to supercharge air to be supplied to an engine by using energy of an
exhaust gas from the engine, comprising:
a variable nozzle unit disposed in a turbine housing by being sandwiched between the turbine housing and a bearing housing,
and configured to adjust a passage area for the exhaust gas to be supplied to a turbine impeller, and

an annular container recessed portion formed in the bearing housing to contain a link mechanism, wherein
the variable nozzle unit includes:
a first base ring disposed between a turbine scroll passage and the turbine impeller in the turbine housing, and concentrically
with the turbine impeller;

a second base ring provided at a position away from and opposed to the first base ring in an axial direction of the turbine
impeller, and integrally with the first base ring;

a plurality of variable nozzles disposed between facing surfaces of the first base ring and the second base ring, each variable
nozzle being rotatable in forward and reverse directions about a pivot parallel to a pivot of the turbine impeller;

the link mechanism disposed on an opposite surface side of the first base ring from the facing surface thereof, the link mechanism
including link members linking with the corresponding variable nozzles and a drive ring engaged with the link members to cause
the plurality of variable nozzles to synchronously rotate in opening and closing directions via the link members;

a support member provided integrally on the opposite surface of the first base ring from the facing surface thereof, the support
member including an inner edge portion integrally joined to the opposite surface of the first base ring from the facing surface
thereof, and an outer edge portion sandwiched by the turbine housing and the bearing housing; and

a connecting passage formed on an inner side of the support member and configured to make the turbine scroll passage and the
container recessed portion of the bearing housing communicate with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,624,942

TURBO MACHINE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A turbo machine that is provided with an impeller that is rotated, and with a shaft that transmits rotation power to this
impeller, comprising:
a differential screw having an impeller screw portion that is provided at one end thereof and that is screwed into the impeller
and a shaft screw portion that is provided at another end thereof and that is screwed into the shaft, and that fastens the
impeller and the shaft together, and wherein,

in the differential screw,
a thread diameter of thread ridges that are formed on the impeller screw portion is formed the same as a thread diameter of
thread ridges that are formed on the shaft screw portion,

a screwing direction of the thread ridges that are formed on the impeller screw portion is formed as the same direction as
a screwing direction of the thread ridges that are formed on the shaft screw portion, and

a pitch between the thread ridges that are formed on the impeller screw portion is formed smaller than a pitch between the
thread ridges that are formed on the shaft screw portion.

US Pat. No. 9,618,267

GRAPHITIZATION FURNACE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A graphitization furnace for obtaining graphite from powder as a carbon source, comprising:
an electrically conductive crucible including a hollow configured to house the powder;
a first electrode including a columnar shaft and a head provided at an end of the shaft, the head having a shape selected
from the group consisting of a sphere, a hemisphere, a column with a rounded edge, a cone, and a cone with a rounded tip,
the first electrode being disposed above the crucible;

a second electrode disposed below the crucible;
a first vertical moving device configured to move the first electrode vertically relative to the crucible between a first
position and a second position of the first electrode;

a second vertical moving device configured to move the second electrode vertically relative to the crucible between a first
position and a second position of the second electrode; and

a power source configured to apply electric current to the powder through the crucible, the first electrode, and the second
electrode,

wherein in the first position of the first electrode, the head of the first electrode is above the hollow of the crucible,
and in the second position of the first electrode, the head of the first electrode is inserted into the hollow, and

wherein in the first position of the second electrode, the second electrode is free of contact with a bottom surface of the
crucible, and in the second position of the second electrode, the second electrode is in contact with the bottom surface of
the crucible.

US Pat. No. 9,612,226

METHOD FOR MEASURING HEIGHT OF LACK OF PENETRATION AND ULTRASONIC FLAW DETECTOR

IHI Infrastructure System...

1. A method for measuring a height of lack of penetration in a weld, the method comprising steps of:
using a probe applying an ultrasonic beam to an object to define a dividing curve of an echo height as a reference level for
evaluating a height of an F echo that is reflected by a part of lack of penetration of the weld and returned to the probe;

obtaining beam path length information based on the dividing curve of the echo height and the height of the F echo obtained
by moving the probe that applies the ultrasonic beam to the object at a predetermined angle to scan surfaces of a plurality
of weld test samples having different heights of lack of penetration, a weld bead being disposed on the surface; and

formulating a regression equation showing a relation between the beam path length information and the height of lack of penetration.

US Pat. No. 9,476,353

TWO-CYCLE ENGINE AND METHOD FOR LUBRICATING TWO-CYCLE ENGINE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A two-cycle engine comprising:
a piston capable of reciprocating along a cylinder, the piston being provided with piston rings; and
a lubrication port provided in the cylinder, the lubrication port being used to supply a lubricant to a sliding surface of
the cylinder on which the piston rings slide,

wherein inter-ring spaces are provided, each inter-ring space being between adjacent piston rings,
the piston is configured to reciprocate between a first position in which an uppermost piston ring of the piston rings is
positioned below the lubrication port, and a second position in which a lowermost piston ring of the piston rings is positioned
above the lubrication port,

the two-cycle engine comprises a lubrication period-adjusting device used to adjust a first lubrication period of lubricating
from the lubrication port during movement of the piston toward a top dead center thereof, so that a period before an uppermost
inter-ring space passing by the lubrication port is excluded from the first lubrication period and a period in which at least
part of a lowermost inter-ring space faces the lubrication port is included in the first lubrication period,

the lubrication period-adjusting device is configured to set the first lubrication period to be constant,
the lubrication period-adjusting device is configured to set the end timing of the first lubrication period to be after the
lowermost piston ring passes by the lubrication port when an engine rotational speed is high, and to set the end timing of
the first lubrication period to be before the lowermost piston ring passes by the lubrication port when the engine rotational
speed is low,

the lubrication period-adjusting device is configured to set a second lubrication period after the first lubrication period
based on the engine rotational speed, and

the lubrication period-adjusting device is configured to supply part of an amount of the lubricant at the first lubrication
period, and to supply the other part of the amount of the lubricant at the second lubrication period.

US Pat. No. 9,470,233

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A centrifugal compressor that includes an impeller and a casing, the compressor comprising:
an impeller housing portion provided in the casing to house the impeller;
an inlet port provided in the casing coaxially with the impeller housed in the impeller housing portion;
an annular flow passage provided in the casing so as to surround the impeller housed in the impeller housing portion;
a discharge port provided in the casing so as to communicate with the annular flow passage;
an annular chamber provided around the inlet port;
a downstream slot that communicates a downstream end of the annular chamber with the impeller housing portion; and
an upstream slot that communicates an upstream end of the annular chamber with the inlet port, wherein
the axial position of the downstream slot varies along the circumference of the inlet port according to a curved line with
one single cycle around the circumference and with a predetermined amplitude, the centrifugal compressor being characterised
by a most upstream point on a center line of the downstream slot being located at an upstream end portion of impeller blades
of the impeller when seen along a direction perpendicular to a direction of a rotary shaft of the impeller.

US Pat. No. 9,470,243

GUIDE VANE ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE AND FAN

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A guide vane attachment structure configured to attach a guide vane to any one of a fan frame and a fan case of an aircraft
engine, the guide vane being used for a fan of the aircraft engine, formed using as a constituent material a composite material
made from a thermosetting resin or a thermoplastic resin and reinforcement fibers, and configured to straighten air, the fan
case placed outside the fan frame, the guide vane attachment structure comprising:
a vane joint surface formed at an end portion of the guide vane;
a first fitting portion formed in the vane joint surface of the guide vane;
a support member made of a metal as a constituent material thereof, the support member being integrally connected to the one
of the fan frame and the fan case;

a support joint surface to be joined to the vane joint surface of the guide vane, formed in the support member; and
a second fitting portion configured to wedge-engage in a circumferential direction orthogonal to a radial direction with the
first fitting portion of the guide vane, formed in the support joint surface of the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,469,487

CONVEYANCE DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A conveyance device for levitating a subject body by a gas and conveying the subject body in a first direction, comprising:
a levitation section emitting the gas to apply pressure on the subject body to levitate the subject body;
a conveyance section comprising an endless belt elongated in the first direction and a plurality of projections projecting
from the belt and capable of coming in contact with the subject body, and being configured to come in contact with and drive
the subject body in the first direction; and

a suction section aligned with the conveyance section in a single straight line, the suction section applying negative pressure
on the subject body to have the subject body in contact with the conveyance section and having an uppermost face lower than
top faces of the projections to allow gas flow along the subject body.

US Pat. No. 9,464,889

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING HARDENED SURFACE LAYER

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method of measuring depth of a hardened surface layer of a to-be-inspected piece, comprising:
a calibration curve creation step in which pairs of samples of a material of which the to-be-inspected piece is made are prepared
such that carburization depth varies gradually from pair to pair, one of two samples in each pair is subjected to a destructive
test to measure hardened surface layer depth, the other of the two samples in each pair is subjected to a non-destructive
test performed with a transmitter probe and a receiver probe placed on a surface of interest of the sample, wherein propagation
times of first and second peaks of a first wave of waveform of a signal outputted by the receiver probe receiving a surface
wave transmitted from the transmitter probe to propagate along the surface of the sample are measured, and a first calibration
curve and a second calibration curve are created on the basis of hardened surface layer depths and, the first peak propagation
time and the second peak propagation time, respectively, and stored in an arithmetic processing device;

a waveform measurement step in which the to-be-inspected piece is subjected to the non-destructive test performed with the
transmitter probe and the receiver probe placed on a surface of interest of the to-be-inspected piece to obtain waveform of
a signal outputted by the receiver probe receiving a surface wave transmitted from the transmitter probe to propagate along
the surface of the to-be-inspected piece;

a propagation time obtaining step in which propagation times of first and second peaks of a first wave of the waveform of
the signal obtained in the waveform measurement step are obtained; and

a hardened layer depth estimation step in which a first hardened surface layer depth is calculated using the first calibration
curve, on the basis of the first peak propagation time obtained with the to-be-inspected piece, a second hardened surface
layer depth is calculated using the second calibration curve, on the basis of the second peak propagation time obtained with
the to-be-inspected piece, and an estimated value of hardened surface layer depth of the to-be-inspected piece is determined
by averaging the first and second hardened surface layer depths.

US Pat. No. 9,434,880

RADICAL INHIBITOR

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

5. A radical inhibitor containing a complex compound of a bivalent metal as a radical inhibiting component,
wherein the complex compound being useful for utilization of magnetism of the complex compound without using magnetic support
made from magnetic bodies,

wherein structure of the complex compound comprises structure of N, N?-ethylenebis (acetylacetoneiminate) metal, wherein the
metal is a bivalent metallic element.

US Pat. No. 9,429,315

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF CONTROLLING OXYGEN SUPPLY IN OXYFUEL COMBUSTION BOILER

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A method of controlling oxygen supply in an oxyfuel combustion boiler wherein a portion of an exhaust gas recirculated
is introduced into a mill as primary recirculated exhaust gas; pulverized coal pulverized by said mill is supplied to a burner
of the boiler by the primary recirculated exhaust gas; another portion of the exhaust gas recirculated is supplied to a wind
box of the boiler as secondary recirculated exhaust gas; the rest of the exhaust gas recirculated is supplied to an OAP as
OAP recirculation exhaust gas; a portion of oxygen produced by an air separation unit is supplied to the primary recirculated
exhaust gas as primary oxygen; another portion of the oxygen is supplied to the secondary recirculated exhaust gas as secondary
oxygen; yet another portion of the oxygen is supplied to the OAP recirculation exhaust gas as OAP supplied oxygen; and the
rest of the oxygen is supplied directly to the burner as directly supplied oxygen,
said method comprising:
inputting predetermined relationships into a controller, the relationships being determined by
measuring at least one of a fuel ratio and a carbon content of coal;
obtaining by calculation, upon stable combustion of the coal in the boiler, a point P1 representing a relationship between at least one of the fuel ratio and a boiler-brought-in oxygen density or the carbon content
of coal and the boiler-brought-in oxygen density;

executing the same operation as the operation to obtain the point P1 for each of one or more kinds of coal to obtain one or more points P2, and obtaining from a line connecting the points P1 and P2 a first relationship between at least one of the fuel ratio and the boiler-brought-in oxygen density or the carbon content
of coal and the boiler-brought-in oxygen density;

obtaining by calculation, upon stable combustion of the coal with at least one of the fuel ratio and the carbon content of
coal having been measured in the boiler, a further point P1 representing a relationship between at least one of the fuel ratio and a rate of the directly supplied oxygen to the burner
to a total oxygen amount from the air separation unit or the carbon content of coal and the rate of the directly supplied
oxygen to the burner to the total oxygen amount from the air separation unit; and

executing the same operation as the operation to obtain the further point P1 for each of one or more kinds of coal to obtain one or more further points P2, and obtaining from a line connecting the further points P1 and P2 a second relationship between at least one of the fuel ratio and the rate of the directly supplied oxygen to the total oxygen
amount or the carbon content of coal and the rate of the directly supplied oxygen to the total oxygen amount;

and
controlling, using the controller inputted with the predetermined relationships, the oxygen supply in the oxyfuel combustion
boiler based on at least one of the fuel ratio and the carbon content of the coal,

wherein a total amount of gases recirculated is reduced to increase the boiler-brought-in oxygen density, or the rate of the
directly supplied oxygen to the total oxygen amount is increased in case that at least one of the fuel ratio and the carbon
content of coal is higher than a predetermined value, using the controller, and

wherein the total amount of gases recirculated is increased to reduce the boiler-brought-in oxygen density, or the rate of
the directly supplied oxygen to the total oxygen amount is reduced in case that at least one of the fuel ratio and the carbon
content of coal is lower than the predetermined value, using the controller.

US Pat. No. 9,376,917

FAN ROTOR BLADE AND FAN

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A fan rotor blade constructed of a composite material composed of thermosetting or thermosoftening plastic and reinforced
liber to be utilized in a fan for introducing air into an engine flow passage formed in an inside of an engine case of art
aircraft engine, the fan rotor blade comprising:
a blade body that is constructed of the composite material and has a suction-side surface on one side thereof and a pressure-side
surface on another side thereof;

a blade root integrally formed at a base end of the blade body by the composite material and capable of being joined with
a joint slot formed on an outer circumference of a fan disc of the fan; and

a metallic sheath attached to a leading edge of the blade body so as to extend in a span direction for protecting the leading
edge, wherein

the sheath includes a sheath main body that gradually decreases in thickness toward a leading edge of the fan rotor blade
and a pair of joint flanges integrally extended from both rear edges of the sheath main body, and is segmented into a sheath
base segment on a base end side of the blade body and a sheath top segment on a top end side of the blade body,

the sheath top segment smoothly continues from the sheath base segment, and is not longer than the sheath base segment along
the span direction,

a sheath length of the sheath along a chord direction of the fan rotor blade is gradually made larger from a base end toward
a top end of the sheath,

a sheath length “k” of the sheath main body along the chord direction is gradually made larger from the base end toward the
top end of the sheath main body,

each sheath length of the pair of joint flanges along the chord direction is gradually made larger from a base end toward
a top end of said each of the pair of joint flanges,

the sheath length “k” of the sheath main body at a position of 80% span from the base end of the sheath is 10% chord?k?60%/chord,
a sheath length “m” of the sheath along an end edge of the fan rotor blade is 40% chord

US Pat. No. 10,087,831

ENGINE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An engine comprising:a cylinder;
a piston configured to reciprocate in the cylinder;
a crankshaft configured to rotate in coordination with the reciprocation of the piston;
a power transmission section configured to transmit reciprocating power of the piston to the crankshaft;
a first member and a second member configured to constitute the piston or the power transmission section, to cause facing parts of first and second members to face each other in a stroke direction of the piston, and to vary the full length of the piston or the power transmission section in the stroke direction according to a distance between these facing parts in the stroke direction;
a hydraulic pressure chamber formed between the facing parts of the first and second members; and
a hydraulic pressure adjustment mechanism configured to supply hydraulic oil to the hydraulic pressure chamber or to discharge hydraulic oil from the hydraulic pressure chamber, and to thereby change the distance between the facing parts of the first and second members,
wherein the hydraulic pressure adjustment mechanism comprises a plunger pump that has a pump cylinder into which the hydraulic oil is guided and a plunger which moves in the pump cylinder in the stroke direction and has one end protruding from the pump cylinder, and that increases a pressure of the hydraulic oil in the pump cylinder and supplies the hydraulic oil to the hydraulic pressure chamber by pushing the plunger into the pump cylinder,
the plunger pump moves in the stroke direction along with the piston and the power transmission section, and the plunger is pushed into the pump cylinder by receiving a reaction force opposite to reciprocating forces of the piston and the power transmission section.

US Pat. No. 9,997,964

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A wireless power supply system including a power supply coil disposed on the ground and configured to wirelessly supply power from the power supply coil to a power receiving coil disposed above the power supply coil, the wireless power supply system comprising:a first bag on which the power supply coil is mounted and configured to expand or contract to adjust a vertical position of the power supply coil; and
a second bag provided to cover both the power supply coil and the first bag and configured to expand to occupy a space between the power supply coil and the power receiving coil.

US Pat. No. 9,855,606

HOLLOW ROTATING SHAFT FINISHING METHOD AND HOLLOW ROTATING SHAFT

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A hollow rotating shaft finishing method to finish the outer circumference of a hollow rotating shaft having a predetermined
inner diameter to a predetermined outer diameter in the axial direction of the hollow rotating shaft, the method comprising:
a setting step of setting a virtual reference shaft center for processing the outer circumference of the hollow rotating shaft;
a measurement step of measuring a deviation vector of the center position of the inner circumference of the hollow rotating
shaft with respect to the virtual reference shaft center after the setting step; and

a cutting step of using a cutting tool to cut the outer circumference of the hollow rotating shaft in the axial direction
after the measurement step by giving a cut to the cutting tool while rotating the hollow rotating shaft about the virtual
reference shaft center and moving the cutting tool relatively to the hollow rotating shaft in the axial direction while adjusting
the position of the cutting tool in the direction orthogonal to the virtual reference shaft center so that the center position
of the outer circumference of the hollow rotating shaft is deviated from the virtual reference shaft center in the same direction
as the direction of the deviation vector of the center position of the inner circumference by an amount corresponding to the
magnitude of the deviation vector of the center position of the inner circumference.

US Pat. No. 9,815,018

GAS SEPARATION DEVICE AND PACKING

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A gas separation device configured to separate or capture a target gas component from a gas to be processed by: causing
an absorbing liquid to flow down on a surface of a packing disposed inside a processing tank while supplying the gas to be
processed containing the target gas component into the processing tank; bringing the absorbing liquid flowing down on the
surface of the packing and the gas to be processed into gas-liquid contact; and thereby causing the absorbing liquid to absorb
the target gas component contained in the gas to be processed, wherein
the packing comprises at least one packing unit including a plurality of raised expanded metal plates which are disposed vertically
and arranged in parallel, and are each provided with openings,

each expanded metal plate includes strands forming the openings,
each strand is inclined to the vertical direction at an angle in a range from 48° to 73°,
a first thickness of each expanded metal plate is in a range from 0.5 mm to 0.7 mm,
a second thickness of each expanded metal plate is in a range from 0.2 mm to 0.3 mm,
the first thickness is a height of the expanded metal plate from a plane when the plate is laid on the plane, and
the second thickness is a thickness of a material plate forming the expanded metal plate.

US Pat. No. 9,739,175

MOLDED PART

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A molded part made of a composite material of thermosetting or thermoplastic resin and reinforcing fibers and capable of
being fastened to a counterpart with a fastener in a state contacting with the counterpart, comprising:
a part body;
a flange integrally formed at least at one end of the part body through a bend, provided with an insertion hole into which
the fastener is insertable, and being able to be brought into contact with the counterpart;

an additional pad additionally and integrally arranged from an outer surface of the flange opposite to a contacting side of
the flange to a small-diameter curved surface of the bend and from there to one end of an outer surface of the part body,
and provided with a through hole aligning with the insertion hole of the flange to allow an insertion of the fastener; and

a fastening seat formed by machining on an outer surface side of the additional pad, the fastening seat being able to support
part of the fastener, the fastening seat being perpendicular to the outer surface of the part body and being flat, wherein

an area end of a processed area formed by machining on the additional pad is positioned on the part body beyond the bend,
the additional pad is a first additional pad and the through hole is a first through hole,
a second additional pad is additionally and integrally formed on an outer surface of the contacting side of the flange and
a second through hole is formed through the second additional pad so that the second through hole aligns with the insertion
hole of the flange to allow an insertion of the fastener,

a flat contacting surface is formed by machining on an outer surface side of the second additional pad, wherein the contacting
surface is able to be brought into contact with the counterpart and perpendicular to the outer surface of the part body,

each of the part body, the flange, and the bend is made of a composite material of thermosetting or thermoplastic resin and
carbon fibers, and each of the first additional pad and the second additional pad is made of a composite material of thermosetting
or thermoplastic resin and glass fibers.

US Pat. No. 9,771,809

IMPINGEMENT COOLING MECHANISM, TURBINE BLADE AND COMBUSTOR

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An impingement cooling mechanism that ejects a cooling gas toward a cooling target from a plurality of impingement holes
formed in a facing member that is disposed facing the cooling target, the impingement cooling mechanism comprising:
blocking members configured to block a crossflow, which is a flow formed by the cooling gas after being ejected from the impingement
holes, configured to be installed on at least the upstream side of the crossflow with respect to at least a portion of the
impingement holes, and the blocking members comprise: a first plurality of blocking members arranged in a first row; and a
second plurality of blocking members arranged in a second row such that each blocking members of the second plurality of blocking
member is adjacent a respective blocking member of the first plurality of blocking members;

a flow path of the crossflow formed between the first plurality of blocking members and the second plurality of blocking members;
and

turbulent flow promoting portions provided in the flow path, wherein a width of the turbulent flow promoting portions is nearly
equal to a width between the adjacent first plurality of blocking members and the second plurality of blocking members.

US Pat. No. 9,695,712

ATTACHMENT BOSS AND FAN CASE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A boss for attachment of an auxiliary device to a fan case of an engine, comprising:
a pedestal including a plurality of accumulated layers of reinforcement fibers and a matrix combining the reinforcement fibers
together, the pedestal comprising a bottom face in a shape capable of being in close contact with an outer periphery of the
fan case;

an embedded body embedded in the pedestal and including a combining structure combinable with the auxiliary device;
a cover covering and adhering to a part of the outer periphery of the fan case and the pedestal; and
an adhesive joining the outer periphery of the fan case, the pedestal, and the cover together,
wherein the cover covers rims of an adhesion interface between the bottom face of the pedestal and the outer periphery of
the fan case.

US Pat. No. 9,636,716

VACUUM CLEANING DEVICE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP) IH...

1. A vacuum cleaning device comprising:
a vapor chamber configured to generate vapor of a hydrocarbon-based cleaning agent;
a condensation chamber connected to the vapor chamber;
a first heat exchanger configured to condense the vapor to form the hydrocarbon-based cleaning agent and heat a thermal medium
by performing heat exchange of the vapor introduced from the vapor chamber with the thermal medium in the condensation chamber;

a cleaning chamber configured to clean a workpiece under decompression by the condensed hydrocarbon-based cleaning agent supplied
from the condensation chamber;

a compressor configured to insulate, compress and further heat the thermal medium heated by the first heat exchanger;
a second heat exchanger configured to evaporate the hydrocarbon-based cleaning agent to generate vapor and cool the thermal
medium by performing heat exchange of the thermal medium heated by the compressor with the hydrocarbon-based cleaning agent
in the vapor chamber;

a decompression unit configured to decompress, expand and further cool the thermal medium cooled by the second heat exchanger;
and

a third heat exchanger configured to perform heat exchange of a thermal medium flowing between the first heat exchanger and
the compressor with a thermal medium flowing between the second heat exchanger and the decompression unit so that the thermal
medium heated by the first heat exchanger is further heated by the third heat exchanger and the thermal medium cooled by the
second heat exchanger is further cooled by the third heat exchanger,

wherein, as the thermal medium cooled by the decompression unit is sent back to the first heat exchanger, the thermal medium
circulates through the first heat exchanger, the compressor, the second heat exchanger, and the decompression unit.

US Pat. No. 9,664,338

METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING LOW-TEMPERATURE TANK AND LOW-TEMPERATURE TANK

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A method for constructing a low-temperature tank in which a low-temperature tank that stores Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
is constructed on a previously determined construction site, comprising:
a unit tank manufacturing step in which a plurality of unit tanks that are able to be connected to each other and that are
each capable of storing LNG are manufactured at a factory that is distant from the construction site, the plurality of unit
tanks constituting one inner tank;

a transporting step in which the unit tanks are transported from the factory to the construction site;
a foundation forming step in which a foundation is formed on the construction site;
an inner tank assembly step in which the one inner tank is assembled on the foundation at the construction site by connecting
together the plurality of unit tanks;

an outer tank manufacturing step in which an outer tank is manufactured on the foundation around the one inner tank; and
connecting a pumping apparatus to one unit tank from among the plurality of unit tanks, the pumping apparatus being configured
to pump the LNG that has been stored in the inner tank to the outside of the inner tank and the outer tank,

wherein the unit tanks are assembled in the inner tank assembly step such that heights of centers of bottom surfaces of the
unit tanks decrease in a stepped arrangement and the unit tank having the lowest height of a center of a bottom surface is
connected to the pumping apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,603,940

METAL SALEN COMPLEX DERIVATIVE AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An iron-salen complex derivative of formula

US Pat. No. 9,568,042

RADIAL FOIL BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

10. A radial foil bearing used for supporting a rotary shaft so as to encircle the rotary shaft, the radial foil bearing comprising:
a cylindrical top foil disposed so as to face the rotary shaft;
an intermediate foil disposed outside of the top foil in a radial direction thereof;
a back foil disposed outside of the intermediate foil in the radial direction;
a cylindrical bearing housing accommodating the top foil, the intermediate foil and the back foil, an inner circumferential
surface of the bearing housing being provided with a groove reaching each of two side surfaces of the bearing housing in an
axial direction of the bearing housing; and

a locking member locked in the groove,
wherein two ends of the top foil in a circumferential direction thereof engage with the bearing housing,
wherein the locking member is provided with an engagement projection projecting inward relative to the inner circumferential
surface of the bearing housing,

wherein the intermediate foil includes intermediate foil pieces,
wherein each of the intermediate foil pieces is provided with an engagement-projecting piece,
wherein the back foil engages with the engagement projection, and
wherein the engagement-projecting piece engages with an engagement part of the back foil with which the engagement projection
engages.

US Pat. No. 9,556,818

TWO-STROKE UNIFLOW ENGINE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A two-stroke uniflow engine comprising:
a cylinder;
a piston that slides inside the cylinder;
an exhaust valve that is provided at one end portion in a stroke direction of the cylinder, and is opened and closed in order
to discharge exhaust gas that is generated inside the cylinder;

a scavenging port that is provided in an internal circumferential surface at an end portion on the other side in the stroke
direction of the cylinder, and takes active gas into the interior of the cylinder in accordance with the sliding movement
of the piston;

a fuel injection port that is provided in the internal circumferential surface of the cylinder;
a fuel injection valve that injects fuel gas into the fuel injection port; and
a fuel injection control unit that executes control of the injection of the fuel gas in the fuel injection valve,
wherein the fuel injection control unit decides at least one of an injection pressure and an injection time of the fuel injection
valve based on changes in pressure inside the cylinder that are caused by a reciprocating movement of the piston,

wherein the fuel injection control unit predicts the changes in the internal pressure in the cylinder based on the internal
pressure in the cylinder when an angle of a crank that at converts the reciprocating movement of the piston into an axial
rotation movement reaches a predetermined angle, and

wherein the predetermined angle is an optional angle between a point when the scavenging port changes to a closed state and
a point when the fuel injection port changes to a closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,533,348

CENTRIFUGAL CASTING APPARATUS

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A centrifugal casting apparatus comprising:
a mold holder placed on a freely rotatable rotary table; and
a mold put into and held by the mold holder, wherein
the mold holder includes
a mold holder body made of a metal material and having a bottomed cylindrical shape,
heat insulation members provided on an inner peripheral surface and a bottom surface of the mold holder body, and
a mold positioning member made of a ceramic and provided to protrude from the heat insulation member on the bottom surface
of the mold holder body, and

the mold includes
a mold body made of an oxide and having a cavity into which a molten metal is to be poured, and
a mold base made of an oxide, provided to the mold body, and having a mold positioning member insertion hole engageable with
the mold positioning member.

US Pat. No. 9,478,325

DISCHARGE SURFACE TREATMENT METHOD AND COATING BLOCK FOR DISCHARGE SURFACE TREATMENTS

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A coating block comprising a sintered compact comprising a powder of ZrO2 mixed with at least one electrode material, wherein the electrode material is a powder of a metal,
a content of the ZrO2 powder is from 3% to 15% by weight to the electrode material, and

the compact further comprises a powder of a chromium-containing cobalt alloy.

US Pat. No. 9,467,005

UNDERWATER POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An underwater power supply system that supplies electrical power underwater to one or a plurality of underwater moving
bodies, the system comprising:
an ascending/descending station that ascends and descends underwater between a water depth at which the underwater moving
body works and the vicinity of the water surface, and has a rechargeable battery, a power-receiving coil and a power-supplying
coil; and

a charging station that supplies electrical power wirelessly to the ascending/descending station in the vicinity of the water
surface, wherein,

at the water depth, the underwater moving body moves adjacent to the ascending/descending station, and electrical power is
supplied wirelessly from the ascending/descending station to the underwater moving body.

US Pat. No. 9,416,964

COMBUSTION HEATER

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A combustion heater comprising:
a heating plate;
a placement plate disposed opposite the heating plate;
an outer wall provided around the outer circumference of the heating plate and the placement plate;
a partitioning plate that is disposed between and opposite the heating plate and the placement plate, the partitioning plate
having a thickness direction in a direction between the heating plate and the placement plate;

the partitioning plate being disposed inside a space enclosed by the heating plate, the placement plate, and the outer wall,
that forms a lead-in portion by a gap with the placement plate, and that forms a lead-out portion by a gap with the heating
plate;

an in-flow hole, which is provided at the placement plate or the partitioning plate, to which a first pipe portion which guides
fuel gas is connected, and which leads the fuel gas from the first pipe portion to the lead-in portion;

a combustion chamber that is arranged in the space enclosed by the heating plate, the placement plate and the outer wall,
and at which the fuel gas that was introduced from the lead-in portion combusts, and that leads out exhaust gas produced by
the combustion toward the lead-out portion; and

an exhaust hole, which is provided at the heating plate or the partitioning plate, to which a second pipe portion which guides
the exhaust gas is connected, and which leads the exhaust gas from the lead-out portion out to the second pipe portion;

wherein the partitioning plate includes a corrugated plate-shaped concavo-convex portion having concavities and convexities
projecting in the thickness direction of the partitioning plate.

US Pat. No. 9,260,029

VEHICLE ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A vehicle electric power supply system that supplies electric power wirelessly to a vehicle that is positioned within an
electric power supply area, the system comprising:
a power-receiving device that is provided in the vehicle;
a plurality of power-transmitting devices that are provided at mutually different positions within the electric power supply
area;

a position detecting device that detects the position of the power-receiving device within the electric power supply area;
and

a control device that, based on detection results from the position detecting device, selects from among the plurality of
power-transmitting devices the power-transmitting device that is located in a position that corresponds to the power-receiving
device, and then causes power to be supplied wirelessly from the selected power-transmitting device,

wherein, when the position detecting device has detected the positions of a plurality of the power-receiving devices within
the electric power supply area, then the control device selects, based on the detection results from the position detecting
device, from among the plurality of power-transmitting devices, the respective power-transmitting devices that are placed
in positions that correspond to each one of the plurality of power-receiving devices, and causes power to be supplied wirelessly
from the selected power-transmitting devices.

US Pat. No. 9,822,445

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING HEAT-RESISTANT COMPOSITE MATERIAL

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A method of manufacturing a heat-resistant composite material, which uses chemical vapor deposition or chemical vapor infiltration
to cause raw material gas and carrier gas to flow in a reaction furnace accommodating a base material having a microstructure
and deposit silicon carbide on the base material for film formation, the method comprising:
determining, according to a film-forming species, whether the film formation follows a first-order reaction or a Langmuir-Hinshelwood
rate formula;

further adding additive gas to the raw material gas and carrier gas, the raw material gas including silicon and carbon; and
adjusting the amount of the added additive gas to control growth rate and filling uniformity at the film formation of silicon
carbide, by controlling sticking probability of the film-forming species to the base material for the film formation following
the first-order reaction, or by controlling so that a zero-order reaction region of the Langmuir-Hinshelwood rate formula
is used for the film formation following the Langmuir-Hinshelwood rate formula,

wherein the additive gas includes at least one of hydrochloride, methane chloride, and hydrocarbon gas, and
using a flow rate of the raw material gas as a reference, a flow rate of hydrochloride relative to the flow rate of the raw
material gas is 0.5 or more times the flow rate of the raw material gas, a flow rate of methane chloride relative to the flow
rate of the raw material gas is 0.0081 or more times the flow rate of the raw material gas, or a flow rate of hydrocarbon
gas relative to the flow rate of the raw material gas is 0.13 or more times the flow rate of the raw material gas.

US Pat. No. 9,815,194

FORCE CONTROL ROBOT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A force control robot, comprising:
a force sensor attached to a hand tip portion; and
an end effector attached to the force sensor,
wherein the end effector includes a pair of machining tools spaced apart from each other in one direction perpendicular to
a tool rotational axis and rotatable around the tool rotational axis,

the force control robot includes a three-dimensional robot capable of moving the hand tip portion in a three-dimensional space
in terms of a position and orientation thereof, a robot controller which controls a position and orientation of the three-dimensional
robot, and a force control device which creates a position command value, a speed command value, or a torque command value
for the end effector on the basis of detected data of the force sensor and inputs the same to the robot controller, and

wherein the force control robot position-controls the pair of machining tools, force-controls the pair of machining tools
in a machining direction perpendicular to the one direction and an axial direction of the tool rotational axis, and torque-controls
the pair of machining tools around the tool rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 9,735,587

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A wireless power supply system comprising:
a power-supplying device having a power-supplying coil and a first cover covering the power-supplying coil;
a power-receiving device having a power-receiving coil and a second cover covering the power-receiving coil, electric power
being wirelessly supplied from the power-supplying coil to the power-receiving coil; and

a plurality of receivers and a plurality of transmitters configured to perform communication between the power-supplying device
and the power-receiving device using an acoustic signal,

wherein the plurality of receivers are arranged at equal intervals on one of the first cover and the second cover along an
outer circumference of the one of the first cover and the second cover, and

the plurality of transmitters are arranged at equal intervals on the other of the first cover and the second cover along an
outer circumference of the other of the first cover and the second cover.

US Pat. No. 9,711,971

WIRELESS POWER-SUPPLYING SYSTEM

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A wireless power-supplying system comprising a power-transmitting coil provided on the ground and a power-receiving coil
provided above the power-transmitting coil, for wirelessly supply electric power from the power-transmitting coil to the power-receiving
coil, the wireless power-supplying system comprising:
a flexible cover provided so as to cover the power-transmitting coil and configured to be inflated to occupy a space between
the power-transmitting coil and the power-receiving coil,

wherein during the inflation of the flexible cover, the flexible cover assumes a specific shape capable of removing a foreign
object laid on the flexible cover before occupying the space between the power-transmitting coil and the power-receiving coil.

US Pat. No. 9,612,109

INNER DIAMETER MEASURING DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An inner diameter measuring device for measuring a shape of an inner surface of a cylindrical member, comprising an image
pickup unit disposed on a base end side of a frame unit and for picking up an image of a forward end side, two or more cone
mirror units provided on a forward end side of said frame unit, having a cone mirror with a conical reflection surface and
a different vertical angle at a forward end, and a laser beam emitting unit for emitting a laser beam toward a forward end
of said cone mirror, wherein said cone mirror unit is comprised of said cone mirror having a vertical angle corresponding
to a measuring condition and a cone mirror holder which holds said cone mirror and has a fitting unit which is capable of
fitting to the forward end side of said frame unit, wherein said cone mirror is mounted by fitting of said fitting unit on
the forward end side of said frame unit, a center line of said cone mirror coincides with a center line of said laser beam
emitting unit by the fitting of said fitting unit, and said laser beam is reflected at a predetermined angle with respect
to the center line of said laser beam emitting unit by said cone mirror unit.

US Pat. No. 9,528,386

NOZZLE BLADE

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A variable-capacity turbocharger comprising:
a turbine impeller which includes turbine blades;
a plurality of nozzle blades, each rotatable around a respective shaft portion of each of the nozzle blades, disposed at the
periphery of the turbine impeller;

a shroud surrounding a tip side of the turbine blades;
an opposing wall that is separated from the shroud in a height direction of the nozzle blades; and
a nozzle sandwiched by the shroud and the opposing wall, the nozzle being provided with the nozzle blades, wherein
a leading edge of the nozzle blades in the height direction of the nozzle blades has a curved-line shape over the entire length
of the leading edge relative to a distance from the shaft portion of the nozzle blades to the leading edge which changes depending
on a height position of the nozzle blades, and

a trailing edge of the nozzle blades in the height direction of the nozzle blades has a straight-line shape such that a distance
from the shaft portion of the nozzle blades to the trailing edge being constant irrespective of the height position of the
nozzle blades.

US Pat. No. 9,873,346

DEVICE AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING RELATIVE POSITION BETWEEN POWER-SUPPLYING COIL AND POWER-RECEIVING COIL

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An adjusting device for adjusting a relative position between a power-supplying coil and a power-receiving coil of an electric
vehicle when the electric vehicle has entered and stopped in a stop area for wireless supply of electric power from the power-supplying
coil to the power-receiving coil,
wherein, the power-supplying coil and a wheel stopper are provided in the stop area, a wheel of the electric vehicle which
has entered the stop area touches the wheel stopper, and the power-supplying coil wirelessly supplies power to the power-receiving
coil of the electric vehicle stopping as the wheel touches the wheel stopper,

the adjusting device comprises:
a receiver configured to receive, from the electric vehicle, distance data showing a distance between the power-receiving
coil and the wheel in a front-back direction of the electric vehicle;

a drive device configured to move the wheel stopper or the power-supplying coil in an approach direction of the electric vehicle
to the stop area or in an opposite direction of the approach direction; and

a controller configured to control the drive device, and
the controller makes a distance in the approach direction between the power-supplying coil and the wheel stopper equal to
the distance shown by the distance data by controlling the drive device based on the distance data received by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,857,030

CRYOGENIC TANK WITH ANCHORED MEMBRANE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A cryogenic tank, comprising:
a membrane anchor mechanism which fixes a membrane provided on an inner wall surface side of a concrete wall via a heat insulating
material to the concrete wall;

a pressing part which is provided by the membrane anchor mechanism and presses the membrane from the inside of the cryogenic
tank; and

an interposition part which is interposed between the pressing part of the membrane anchor mechanism and the membrane, and
includes a first abutment surface coming into surface-contact with the pressing part and a second abutment surface coming
into surface-contact with the membrane;

wherein the membrane includes a corner membrane panel which is a curved membrane panel disposed at a corner portion of the
tank, with the corner portion of the tank formed by two surfaces, and

the interposition part is interposed between the pressing part and the membrane at the corner membrane panel, and the second
abutment surface is curved and is in surface-contact with the corner membrane panel,

wherein an outer edge of the interposition part is welded to the membrane to fix the interposition part to the membrane, and
an outer edge of the pressing part is welded to the first abutment surface to fix the outer edge of the pressing part to the
first abutment surface.

US Pat. No. 9,692,267

DOUBLE STATOR SWITCHED RELUCTANCE ROTATING MACHINE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A double stator switched reluctance rotating machine comprising:
an annular rotor;
an outer stator that is disposed outside the rotor; and
an inner stator that is disposed inside the rotor,
wherein the rotor is provided with a bolt fastening hole that passes through the rotor in an axial direction, and
wherein the bolt fastening hole is provided at a position depending on magnetic characteristics of the outer and inner stators,
wherein the rotor includes:
(i) an annular yoke portion,
(ii) a first salient pole that protrudes outward from the yoke portion, and
(iii) a second salient pole that protrudes inward from the yoke portion and has the same phase as the first salient pole,
and

wherein the bolt fastening hole is provided at the yoke portion.