US Pat. No. 10,598,517

ROTARY ENCODER

NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION,...

1. A rotary encoder structured to detect a rotation position of a rotor body to a fixed body, the rotary encoder comprising:a magnet which is provided in one of the fixed body and the rotor body;
a magnetic sensor part which is provided in the other of the fixed body and the rotor body and is structured to detect a magnetic field change of the magnet, the magnetic sensor part comprising:
a first magneto-sensitive element which is disposed so as to face a magnetized face of the magnet and is structured to output an “A”-phase signal in a sine wave shape accompanied with rotation of the rotor body; and
a second magneto-sensitive element which is disposed so as to face the magnetized face of the magnet and is structured to output a “B”-phase signal n a sine wave shape having a phase difference of 900 to the “A”-phase signal accompanied with rotation of the rotor body; and
a control part which is structured to calculate a rotation position of the rotor body based on the “A”-phase signal and the “B”-phase signal at a timing when a requirement signal is received;
wherein the control part comprises:
a storage section configured to store a plurality of parameters regarding error signal components at a reference rotation speed, the error signal components respectively being superposed on the “A”-phase signal and the “B”-phase signal in proportion to a rotation speed of the rotor body; and
a rotation speed calculation section which is structured to measure a reception interval of the requirement signal and to calculate a current rotation speed of the rotor body based on a rotation displacement amount of the rotor body for a measured reception interval; and
wherein the control part is structured so that:
at least one of the plurality of parameters stored in the storage sections converted to a value at the current rotation speed based on a ratio between the reference rotation speed and the current rotation speed calculated in the rotation speed calculation section;
correction processing correcting the “A”-phase signal and the “B”-phase signal is executed based on the value converted; and
the rotation position of the rotor body is calculated by using a corrected “A”-phase signal and a corrected “B”-phase signal.

US Pat. No. 10,598,515

ANGLE SENSING USING DIFFERENTIAL MAGNETIC MEASUREMENT AND A BACK BIAS MAGNET

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. A magnetic field sensor, comprising:a back bias magnet configured to generate a DC magnetic field;
first and second magnetic field sensing elements disposed along a sensing element line and disposed proximate to at least one ferromagnetic surface of a ferromagnetic target object, the first and second magnetic field sensing elements configured to generate first and second electronic signals, respectively, in response to first and second sensed magnetic fields corresponding to the DC magnetic field but influenced by the at least one ferromagnetic surface;
wherein the magnetic field sensor is operable to generate a difference signal that is a difference of amplitudes of the first and second electronic signals, and the difference signal is indicative of a rotation measurement of an absolute relative rotation of the ferromagnetic target object and the magnetic field sensor about a rotation axis, wherein the sensing element line is substantially parallel to the rotation axis, wherein the at least one ferromagnetic surface of the ferromagnetic target object comprises a first surface having a first radius and a second surface having a second different radius, the first and second surfaces disposed on the ferromagnetic target object, the second surface displaced from the first surface in a direction along the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,598,513

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPUTING THE PHASE SHIFT OR AMPLITUDE OF A THREE PHASE SYSTEM

1. A method for computing at least one of the phase shift or the amplitude of an electromagnetic three-phase system, comprising:detecting vector values corresponding to an electromagnetic quantity by at least three sensors arranged at equal angles about a circle, the three sensors delivering signals that are offset from each other by 0°, 120° and 240°;
computing changed vector values by logically turning back one of the detected vector values to a phase of 0°; and
iteratively computing the phase shift of the three-phase system using the changed vector values, wherein the iterative computation is carried out by a Cordic method.

US Pat. No. 10,598,512

BATTERYLESS ROTARY ENCODER

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A batteryless rotary encoder, comprising:a rotation detecting section, comprising:
a rotational exciter magnet;
a piezoelectric transducer, constructed by laminating a magnetic material and a piezoelectric transduction sheet, and the magnet material faces toward the rotational exciter magnet, wherein the rotational exciter magnet attracts or repels the magnet material so that the piezoelectric transducer is pressed or stretched by the magnet material to generate a first output signal when the rotational exciter magnet rotates; and
a transducer, generating a second output signal; and
a signal processing section, comprising;
a counter, receiving the first output signal and calculating numbers of pulses of the first output signal to indicate revolutions of the rotational exciter magnet; and
a rectifier, receiving the first output signal and generating the power for the counter,
wherein the transducer is connected to the rectifier and the counter, the counter receives the second output signal to indicate a rotational status of the rotational exciter magnet according to the first output signal and the second output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,598,511

DETECTOR ARRANGEMENT IN CONNECTION WITH A MOBILE WORK MACHINE

1. A mobile work machine comprising at least two structural parts and a detector arrangement for determining a mutual position or a mutual state of motion of the at least two structural parts, the at least two structural parts being rotatable in relation to one another at least in one direction of rotation, wherein the detector arrangement comprises:a plurality of detectors, at least two detectors of the plurality of detectors being arranged in each structural part among the at least two structural parts, each detector detecting a measured variable, and the at least two detectors in each structural part detecting different measured variables in relation to a predetermined angle reference; and
a controller configured to:
receive a measurement signal from each detector for the respective measured variable,
determine a measurement error from the at least two detectors arranged in each structural part on the basis of the respective measured variables,
correct the measurement error in a first detector among the at least two detectors arranged in each structural part by using corresponding position or state of motion information determined on the basis of a second detector among the at least two detectors arranged in each structural part, and
control the position of the at least two structural parts based on the determined mutual position or mutual state of motion of the at least two structural parts on the basis of the corrected position or state of motion information,
wherein the at least two structural parts comprise at least two frame parts of the mobile work machine, the at least two frame parts being joined together by articulation, and
wherein the mutual position of the at least two structural parts comprises at least articulation angle information.

US Pat. No. 10,598,509

METHOD FOR OPERATING A NAVIGATION SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for operating a navigation system to provide a north-pointing display of a route having a current position and a destination point on a digital road map comprising:determining a selected map section with a selection sequence including:
positioning a double frame having an inner frame and an outer frame with respect to a start position on the digital road map to enclose the start position within the double frame;
repeatedly displacing the double frame in at least one direction with respect to the digital road map;
determining when the current position is located outside of the inner frame as a condition for termination of the selection sequence;
selecting the map section to be displayed when the condition for the termination of the selection sequence is met; and
displaying the selected map section, the current position and a portion of the route within the double frame.

US Pat. No. 10,598,505

TRAVEL ROUTE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING TRAVEL ROUTE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A travel route generation apparatus comprising:a work field data input interface via which work field data are to be input, the work field data including data regarding a shape of a work field in which an agricultural work vehicle is configured to move a work device, the work device being linked to the agricultural work vehicle;
a handwriting input interface via which a handwriting locus is to be input, the handwriting locus comprising successive movement of a depressed point on the handwriting input interface;
a memory to store travel route patterns; and
circuitry configured to
select a designated travel route pattern from the travel route patterns based on the handwriting locus, and
generate, based on the designated travel route pattern, the work field data, and vehicle data, a travel route along which the agricultural work vehicle is to travel in the work field, the vehicle data including a width of the work device and a turning radius of the agricultural work vehicle equipped with the work device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,503

VEHICLE CHARGING PATH OPTIMIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Intertrust Technologies C...

1. A method of determining a route for an electric-powered vehicle performed by a system comprising a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform the method, the method comprising:receiving destination selection information identifying a destination;
receiving, from a sensor associated with a battery system of the vehicle, an indication of an available battery system charge level of the battery system;
identifying a plurality of routes to the destination based on one or more routing parameters, the one or more routing parameters comprising at least one estimated range of the vehicle generated based on the available battery system charge level;
identifying one or more charging stations along the plurality of routes;
determining one or more estimated arrival times of the vehicle at the one or more charging stations along the plurality of routes;
determining temporal pricing information for each of the one or more charging stations at an associated estimated arrival time of the vehicle of the vehicle at an associated charging station; and
retrieving personal interest information relating to a user of the vehicle;
calculating a cost associated with each route of the plurality of routes, wherein the calculated cost associated with each route is based, at least in part, on the personal interest information and the determined temporal pricing information;
generating route information, the route information identifying the plurality of routes and the calculated cost associated with each route; and
displaying the route information to the user of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,502

ROUTING FOLLOWING VEHICLES TOWARD A LEAD VEHICLE IN A VEHICLE CARAVAN

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a first GPS device of a follower vehicle, from a GPS satellite system, first GPS coordinates of a first location of the follower vehicle;
receiving, by a route calculator of the follower vehicle, second GPS coordinates of a second location of a lead vehicle; and
determining, by the route calculator of the follower vehicle, and based at least in part on the first GPS coordinates and the second GPS coordinates, a route for the follower vehicle to travel towards the lead vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,501

APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS FOR USE IN LIVE NAVIGATION

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus comprising a processor and memory including computer program code, the memory and computer program code configured to, with the processor, enable the apparatus at least to:for a defined road journey through a road network from a start location to an end location, assign respective sub-portions of the defined road journey to each of a group of mobile devices associated with one or more travellers for the defined road journey according to at least one predefined assignment criterion, wherein each of the group of mobile devices is configured for provision of live mapping data for live navigation of the respective sub-portion of the defined road journey, and wherein the at least one predefined assignment criterion comprises a discontinuity criterion configured to assign two or more consecutive sub-portions of the defined road journey to be discontinuous; and
wherein the discontinuity criterion is configured to assign a start point or end point of one or more of the consecutive sub-portions at a road intersection of the defined road journey which has one or more of a plurality of incoming and outgoing roads.

US Pat. No. 10,598,498

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR LOCALIZATION OF A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for localizing a vehicle, comprising:receiving, by a processor, sensor data from a sensor of the vehicle;
filtering, by the processor, the sensor data for data associated with static elements of the environment;
determining, by the processor, realtime height values associated with the static elements;
correlating, by the processor, the realtime height values with defined height values associated with a map of the environment;
localizing, by the processor, the vehicle on the map based on the correlated realtime height values and the defined height values; and
controlling, by the processor, the vehicle based on the localizing,
wherein the correlating comprises at least one of:
performing a zero-mean normalized cross correlation between the realtime height values and the defined height values;
computing a sum of squared distances between the realtime height values and the defined height values; and
applying a feature detector to the realtime height values to obtain a feature and projecting the feature to at least one cell where the feature is located.

US Pat. No. 10,598,495

METHOD FOR DESIGNING A NAVIGATION PATH AND METHOD FOR ORIENTING A SIGHTING MEMBER FROM SAID NAVIGATION PATH

2. A method of resetting a second inertial navigation system with a first navigation system that is a hybrid system arranged to perform a hybrid first navigation calculation using a Kalman filter that receives inertial navigation data and non-inertial navigation data, the method comprising the steps of:using the second inertial navigation system to perform an inertial second navigation calculation on the basis of the inertial navigation data;
calculating in real time a difference between the first navigation calculation and the second navigation calculation, and subjecting the difference to lowpass filtering having a convergence time longer than a period of the Kalman filter and shorter than a Schuler period; and
using the filtered difference to correct the second navigation calculation for resetting
the second inertial navigation system with the first navigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,598,489

VISUAL ODOMETRY AND PAIRWISE ALIGNMENT FOR HIGH DEFINITION MAP CREATION

DeepMap Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a plurality of image frames depicting a local area surrounding a vehicle, each image frame corresponding to a point in time, and comprising at least a first image of the local area captured by a first camera and a second image of the local area captured by a second camera;
for each image frame of the plurality of image frames:
identifying a first set of feature points on the first image of the image frame, and a second set of feature points on the second image of the image frame;
determining features of the image frame associated with features within the local area, each feature corresponding to a first feature point of the first set of feature points matched with a second feature point of the second set of feature points; and
for each determined feature, determining a location of the feature based upon the first and second feature points of the feature;
determining a transformation between a first position of the vehicle at a first point in time corresponding to a first image frame of the plurality of image frames, and a second position of the vehicle at a second point in time corresponding to a second image frame of the plurality of image frames, by:
selecting a first subset of features of the first image frame;
identifying a second subset of features of the second image frame corresponding to the first subset of features, based upon a level of similarity between features of the first and second subsets;
determining the transformation based upon a transformation between the determined positions of features of the first and second subsets of features; and
generating a high definition map of the local area based on the transformation, the high definition map for use in driving by one or more autonomous vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,598,488

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RAPIDLY ROTATING IMAGING WITH A SUPER LARGE SWATH WIDTH

HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHN...

1. A method for rapidly rotating whiskbroom imaging with a super large swath width, characterized in that the method comprises:step 1 of calculating a range of view field L1 of a satellite's detector according to a viewing angle ? of the detector and a height h of an orbit of the satellite, representing a swath width L1 of a flight direction;
step 2 of setting a distance L2 between centers of an optical axis of the detector on a track of the sub-satellite point at two times of imaging as being less than or equal to the swath width L1 of the flight direction, wherein a critical value of L2 is the swath width L1 of the flight direction; and
step 3 of taking the critical value of L2 as being L1 according to the following formula, calculating a spin velocity threshold of the detector in the direction along the orbit:

wherein, ? is an angular velocity of the satellite on the orbit, h is the height of the orbit of the satellite, and R is the radius of the earth,
and in the step 3, the spin velocity of the detector around the direction along the orbit is set to be greater than or equal to the spin velocity threshold vZ.

US Pat. No. 10,598,487

METHODS RESOLVING A LOCATION OF TRACKED PERSONNEL OR ASSETS BASED ON ELEVATION

TRX SYSTEMS, INC., Green...

1. A method for determining a path of a tracked computing device, comprising:obtaining sensor data, including pressure data, from the tracked computing device;
estimating an initial location of the tracked computing device, based on the sensor data;
generating path information comprising a plurality of location points, each location point determined based on changes to the sensor data indicative of a displacement relative to a last estimated location point;
estimating elevation data along one or more segments of the path based on the pressure data;
comparing the elevation data with local terrain elevation to determine an elevation offset along the one or more segments; and
refining the path information based on the elevation offset.

US Pat. No. 10,598,486

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING AN ESTIMATE OF RECEIVER ALTITUDE BY MITIGATING THE EFFECTS OF TRANSMITTER HEATING

NextNav, LLC, Sunnyvale,...

1. A method for improving estimates of an altitude of a receiver, the method comprising:determining a measured temperature at a transmitter;
identifying an altitude of the transmitter;
identifying a reference altitude;
determining a measured pressure at the transmitter;
determining a pressure adjustment, wherein determining a pressure adjustment comprises:
identifying a first time and a first date, wherein the first time is a period of time or an instance of time;
identifying a first pressure measurement that was measured at the transmitter during the first time and the first date;
using the first pressure measurement to determine a first reference pressure that corresponds to the reference altitude;
identifying a second pressure measurement that was measured at a reference sensor during the first time and the first date;
using the second pressure measurement to determine a second reference pressure that corresponds to the reference altitude;
determining a first pressure adjustment by finding the difference between the first reference pressure and the second reference pressure; and
determining the pressure adjustment using the first pressure adjustment;
determining a reference pressure at the reference altitude using the pressure adjustment;
using the reference pressure to determine a local reference pressure for the receiver; and
determining an estimated altitude of the receiver using the local reference pressure and a measurement of pressure at the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,598,481

CRANKSHAFT SHAPE INSPECTION APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A crankshaft shape inspection apparatus comprising:a support, including a base, which supports a crankshaft having a plurality of journals, a plurality of pins, and a plurality of counterweights disposed between the journals and the pins; and
four or more shape measuring devices which each have a projector which projects light and a camera which receives light projected by the projector, are disposed around the crankshaft supported by the support, and acquire partial shape information indicating a partial shape of the crankshaft,
wherein the crankshaft supported by the support and the four or more shape measuring devices are relatively movable in an axial direction of the crankshaft,
wherein the four or more shape measuring devices are divided into
shape measuring devices in a first group which acquire the partial shape information including one side surfaces of the counterweights in an axial direction of the crankshaft and
shape measuring devices in a second group which acquire the partial shape information including other side surfaces of the counterweights in an axial direction of the crankshaft, and
wherein the shape measuring devices in the second group are each disposed between the shape measuring devices in the first group in a circumferential direction of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,480

WAFER PROBING

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method of determining a minimum permissible tip diameter of probing needles of a probe card for wafer probing, the method comprising:performing a plurality of contact procedures of at least one probing needle to a plurality of bonding pads on a wafer, wherein the plurality of contact procedures is performed at different stress applied by the at least one probing needle to the bonding pads;
determining a chart of indentation depths of the plurality of bonding pads caused by the contact procedures at different stress;
determining a set of calibration coefficients based on the chart, wherein the set of calibration coefficients allows to compute a predicted indentation depth as a function of the stress; and
determining the minimum permissible probing needle tip diameter based on an evaluation of the function.

US Pat. No. 10,598,476

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING CMM USING ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION OR CMM INFORMATION

Hexagon Metrology, Inc., ...

1. A method of measuring an object using a coordinate measuring machine, the coordinate measuring machine being in an environment, and wherein the object has a size tolerance and the coordinate measuring machine has a precision, the method comprising:providing a coordinate measuring machine comprising:
at least one sensor configured to detect sensing information relating to the environment; and
a controller operatively coupled with the at least one sensor, the controller configured to control the coordinate measuring machine to perform, based on the sensing information, the size tolerance of the object and the precision of the coordinate measuring machine, a specified action;
receiving, by the controller from the at least one sensor, sensing information relating to the environment; and
controlling, by the controller, the coordinate measuring machine to perform, based on the sensing information, and as a function of the size tolerance of the object and the precision of the coordinate measuring machine, a specified action.

US Pat. No. 10,598,475

CHECKING OF HIP POINT LOCATION FOR VEHICLE SEATS

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A production line for vehicle seats, the production line comprising:a first conveyor for advancing each of the vehicle seats to a checking station after assembly, the checking station including:
a displacement mechanism for displacing a hip point fixture between a first standby position and a second test position in which the hip point fixture may be depressed into each of the vehicle seats to simulate a load; and
a detector for determining as-built coordinates relating to each of the assembled vehicle seats, at least one such as-built coordinate being determined from a location on the hip point fixture; and
a second conveyor for advancing each of the checked seats to a subsequent station, the nature of the subsequent station depending on the determined as-built coordinates.

US Pat. No. 10,598,472

FRANGIBLE PROJECTILE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

1. A low ricochet, non-toxic air gun BB that is capable of being attracted and retained by a magnet, wherein the air gun BB is comprised of a honey and a plurality of particles that are attracted by said magnet, and further wherein the air gun BB will break apart when striking a hard surface from at least 15 feet away at a velocity of at least 150 feet per second.

US Pat. No. 10,598,471

SELF-CONSUMING PROJECTILE

Rheinmetall Waffe Munitio...

1. A projectile comprising: a projectile casing;a first pyrotechnic set incorporated in the projectile casing; a second pyrotechnic set incorporated in the projectile casing and separated
from the first pyrotechnic set; and
an open projectile base with a destructible membrane,
wherein the first pyrotechnic set is configured to ignite during launching of the projectile and is configured to ignite the second pyrotechnic set, and
wherein the first pyrotechnic set burns during a flight of the projectile at a defined rate so that the projectile loses mass such that a predefined effective range is not exceeded.

US Pat. No. 10,598,469

FORWARD DEPLOYING, REAR ACTIVATED, DELAYED OPENING, BROADHEAD

1. An arrowhead tip for attachment to an arrow shaft, said tip comprising:a) a ferrule, said ferrule elongated and concentric in shape and having a central, elongate axis, a distal end, a proximal end, a plurality of longitudinal slots cut from the concentric surface of the ferrule to the elongate axis, connecting with one another at the elongate axis, and extending longitudinally along the elongate axis from the distal end towards the proximal end of said ferrule, and a blade connection point within each longitudinal slot near the proximal end of said slot;
b) a plurality of blades corresponding in number with the longitudinal slots of the ferrule and coupled to each of the blade connection points in the longitudinal slots, each blade including a mounting end and a tip;
c) a triggering device having a connecting end, an opposite end, a leg extending roughly perpendicular from the connecting end to the opposite end and slightly shorter in length than the longitudinal slots of the ferrule, and an actuating catch at the opposite end, said actuating catch protruding roughly perpendicular from said leg;
d) a deployment assist slide generally shaped to loosely fit internal within the longitudinal slots in the ferrule and having connecting points to accept the triggering device, and a proximal end shaped such that when moved from the distal end of the ferrule along the elongate axis towards the proximal end of the ferrule said proximal end of the slide engages the tips of the blades and forces the blades in the longitudinal slots of the ferrule to open radially away from the ferrule starting at the distal end; and
e) a tip integrally attached at the distal end of said ferrule and tapered symmetrically about the elongate axis to form a point oriented in a proposed direction of flight;
f) wherein the proximal end of the ferrule is configured along the elongate axis to enable the arrowhead tip to attach securely to an end of an arrow shaft;
g) wherein each of said blades is pivotally coupled at the mounting end to the blade connection point within the corresponding longitudinal slot of the ferrule such that the blades may pivot between a retracted position with each blade fully recessed into the corresponding longitudinal slot along the elongate axis and an extended position with the tip of each blade extending radially outward from the blade connection point within the corresponding longitudinal slot;
h) wherein the deployment assist slide rests within the longitudinal slots of the ferrule at the distal end of the ferrule when the blades are in the retracted position and when said deployment assist slide is moved within the longitudinal slots from the distal end of the ferrule towards the proximal end the deployment assist slide engages the tips of the blades and forces the blades in the longitudinal slots of the ferrule to open radially away from the ferrule starting at the distal end; and
i) wherein the triggering device is connected at the connecting end to one of the connecting points of the deployment assist slide and the leg of the triggering device lays within one of the longitudinal slots with only the actuating catch protruding outward from the concentric surface of the ferrule at the proximal end of the longitudinal slots.

US Pat. No. 10,598,467

MULTIPLE SHOT PROJECTILE STUN GUN WITH AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIRING CAPABILITY

NOVA PRODUCTS, INC, Pont...

1. A multiple shot projectile stun gun with automatic and semi-automatic firing capabilities comprises:a dual-barrel stun gun;
a magazine;
a magazine-receiving cavity;
the dual-barrel stun gun comprises a first barrel and a second barrel;
the magazine comprises a first clip assembly and a second clip assembly;
the first clip assembly and the second clip assembly each comprise a tubular body and a drive mechanism;
the tubular body comprises an open end and a closed end;
the drive mechanism being positioned within the tubular body;
the drive mechanism being connected adjacent to the closed end;
the open end of the first clip assembly being positioned coincident with the closed end of the second clip assembly;
the tubular body of the first clip assembly being laterally connected along the tubular body of the second clip assembly;
the magazine-receiving cavity traversing perpendicular into the first barrel and the second barrel;
the magazine being attached into the magazine-receiving cavity;
the open end of the first clip assembly being positioned coincident with the first barrel;
the open end of the second clip assembly being positioned coincident with the second barrel;
the drive mechanism comprises a spring and a follower;
the follower being slidably positioned along and within the tubular body; and
the spring being connected in between the closed end of the tubular body and the follower.

US Pat. No. 10,598,462

POCKET HOLSTER

1. A holster assembly for carrying an implement in a pocket of a user, comprising:a planar base configured to engage a portion of an implement to mount the implement to the holster assembly;
a hook catch coupled to or integral to the base, having a planar portion extending from the base, and including a hooked or looped portion at an end of the planar portion, configured to catch on a pocket of a user when the implement is withdrawn from the holster assembly;
a concealer hook coupled to or integral to the hook catch, having a planar portion configured to form a predetermined shape on the pocket of the user while the holster assembly is within the pocket of the user to camouflage a shape of the holster assembly; and
a rigid thumb push coupled to or integral to the base, extending from the base, and including a rigid surface, whereby pushing against the rigid surface while pulling the implement disengages the implement from the base.

US Pat. No. 10,598,461

HIGH PRESSURE AIR SYSTEM FOR AIRSOFT GUN

Wolverine Airsoft, LLC, ...

1. A high pressure air cylinder-nozzle assembly configured for use with a gun, comprising:a cylinder frame body;
a piston assembly including a piston base and a nozzle, the piston assembly defining a central air channel through the piston base and nozzle, the piston base being configured to move along an axis in the cylinder frame body relative to the nozzle in at least one stage of multi-stage piston assembly movements between forward and back positions, and simultaneously with the nozzle in at least another stage of the multi-stage piston assembly movements; and
a solenoid valve configured to direct air to the piston base to move the piston base between the forward and back positions.

US Pat. No. 10,598,460

POWER ASSISTED BOW WITH ENERGY STORAGE AND RELOCK MECHANISM

SOS Solutions, Inc., Ton...

18. A method of storing and relocking potential energy in a power assisted bow, comprising:storing a first amount of potential energy in the power assisted bow via an energy storage and relock mechanism;
locking the first amount of potential energy in the power assisted bow via the energy storage and relock mechanism;
generating a second amount of potential energy in the power assisted bow in response to a drawstring of the power assisted bow being pulled;
relocking the first amount of potential energy in the power assisted bow via the energy storage and relock mechanism; and
relieving the second amount of potential energy in the power assisted bow in response to the drawstring being let down.

US Pat. No. 10,598,458

SUPPRESSED MUZZLE BRAKE

The United States of Amer...

1. A brake baffle for a suppressed muzzle brake for a weapon held by a shooter, a weapon having a barrel with a defined weapon longitudinal axis, and a muzzle brake having a defined muzzle brake longitudinal axis (17), and said muzzle brake having means for coaxial attachment (11) at a muzzle end of said weapon, said muzzle brake also having a defined X-axis (24) and a defined Y-axis (23), said muzzle brake comprising a mostly enclosed hollow cylindrical like can (10), having a closed muzzle end (12) except for a central hole (13) through which projectiles from the weapon may exit after traversing said muzzle brake, a defined upper side (18) of the muzzle brake, a defined upper right side (19) and a defined upper left side (25) from a shooter's perspective, of the muzzle brake, and which said muzzle brake can comprises a central chamber, and includes a stacked single filed plurality of suppressor baffles in said can, a bypass chamber, and a final baffle of said plurality being a brake baffle located proximate the said closed muzzle end, and wherein said brake baffle has a turning angle designed to not further increase pressure at the ears of the shooter, and wherein said brake baffle further comprises directed vents (14) formed in the can's periphery at the upper side (18) at a distal end of said can, at the brake baffle's location, each said vent angled (15) in a direction backwards towards the shooter but at an acute angle ‘R’ with respect to the muzzle brake longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,598,456

MAGAZINE LOCKABLE LOADER WITH SELF-RISING PLUNGER

11. A magazine loader for loading a firearm magazine having (1) an open end containing rounds feed lips, (2) a spring-urged follower for urging rounds in said magazine to said feed lips at said open end, and (3) a magazine catch, comprising:(a) a hollow body having a top and a bottom with an opening at said bottom, said opening being sized and shaped to fit onto said open end of said magazine,
(b) body-locking or attaching means coupled to said hollow body for removably attaching said body to said magazine catch,
(c) a press pivotably attached to said hollow body at said top thereof,
(d) said press arranged to be pivotable from a up or open position angled relatively wide from said top of said hollow body to a down or closed position relatively close to said top of said hollow body,
(e) a spring for normally urging said press to said up position,
(f) said press having a plunger or tooth extending therefrom which has a top end attached to said press and a free bottom end,
(g) said plunger or tooth shaped and positioned so that (1) when said press is manually moved from said up position to said down position, it will force said follower, or said follower and any rounds above said follower, down a sufficient distance to make space to enable a new round to be partly inserted into said magazine above a topmost round or said follower and below said feed lips, and (2) when said press is released, said spring will force said press to return to its up position where said plunger is positioned above said open end of said magazine and said round can be pushed to a fully inserted position in said magazine.

US Pat. No. 10,598,455

MAGAZINE AMMUNITION LOADER

Plate LLC, Cape Coral, F...

1. A method of using an ammunition magazine loader to load, with a single motion, a plurality of ammunition rounds into an ammunition magazine having a follower, a magazine opening, and a spring providing a spring force biasing the follower towards the magazine opening, with each of the plurality of rounds respectively including a particular case end and a pivot point, and with the magazine loader comprisinga main body,
a rounds cavity, formed within the main body, and having a particular rounds cavity end including a rounds aperture, the rounds cavity being shaped to accept each of the plurality of rounds into the rounds cavity and to define movement of the plurality of rounds along at least one movement plane when the plurality of rounds are positioned within the rounds cavity, and
a rounds abutment connected to the main body and at least partially positioned within the rounds cavity,
said method comprising:a. introducing the plurality of rounds into the rounds cavity;b. positioning the magazine opening adjacent to the rounds aperture; andc. with a structure and in the single motion, pushing the plurality of rounds towards and into the magazine through the magazine opening, such that as the plurality of rounds are moved towards the magazine opening, the pivot point of each of the plurality of rounds successively contacts the rounds abutment to angle the particular case end of each successive round towards the magazine opening, and as an exiting round exits the rounds cavity, the exiting round abuts and forces at least one of the follower and a pre-loaded round in the magazine into the magazine against the spring force.

US Pat. No. 10,598,454

MAGAZINE ADAPTER

American Tactical, Inc., ...

1. A magazine adapter for use in a firearm, the magazine adapter comprising a magazine adapter body configured to be bottom-fed and detachably received within a magazine well on the firearm, wherein the magazine adapter includes:a) the magazine adapter body having a bottom panel defining a hole therethrough, an upwardly extending first panel and an upwardly extending second panel defining a channel therebetween and in communication with the bottom panel hole, wherein the hole and channel are proportioned to slidably receive a magazine therein,
wherein the second panel defines a recess configured to engage a firearm magazine catch on the firearm when the magazine adapter body is received within the magazine well and wherein the magazine adapter body is configured to detach from the magazine well when the firearm magazine catch is actuated, and
wherein the first panel includes an adapter magazine catch configured to releasably engage the magazine when the magazine is received within the magazine adapter channel; and
b) a magazine release coupled to the adapter magazine catch, wherein the adapter magazine catch is configured to disengage from the magazine when the magazine release is actuated, wherein the magazine release comprises a pin adapted to be received within a slot defined within the first panel, wherein a first end of the pin is coupled to the adapter magazine catch and a second end of the pin extends outwardly from the bottom panel, and wherein the pin includes a notch located an intermediate distance between the first and second ends, and wherein the first panel includes a post fixedly secured within the first panel and positioned within a portion of the notch, whereby the magnitude of actuation of the pin is constrained by the post in the notch, wherein actuation of the pin at the second end drives the first end from a first position to a second position to translate the adapter magazine catch and disengage the adapter magazine catch from the magazine.

US Pat. No. 10,598,452

BOLT CARRIER AND BOLT FOR GAS OPERATED FIREARMS

LWRC International LLC, ...

1. A bolt for a firearm, the bolt comprising:an elongate body having a proximal end and an opposite distal end along a longitudinal axis and a firing pin bore along said longitudinal axis between said proximal and distal ends, said body defining a generally cylindrical portion near the distal end which is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of said elongate body; an extractor having a front end and back end with a body portion extending therebetween, said front end defines a surface which is perpendicular to the longitudinal length of said body portion; said elongate body of said bolt includes an annular structure located about said distal end where at least a first bolt lug and a second bolt lug radially extend there from, said elongate body defines an extractor recess;
said annular structure is interrupted between said first bolt lug and said second bolt lug, where said annular structure is interrupted adjacent said first bolt lug a first side wall and a second side wall are formed, where said annular structure is interrupted adjacent said second bolt lug a third side wall and a fourth side wall are formed;
said first and third side walls each extending in respective planes, positioned such that the respective planes never intersect, said first and third side walls define a gap between said first and second bolt lugs;
said second and fourth side walls each extending in respective planes, positioned such that they intersect between said gap and said firing pin bore of said cylindrical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,598,451

CHARGING ASSEMBLY FOR A FIREARM

Battlearms IP, LLC, Hend...

19. A charging assembly for a firearm, comprising:a charging bar with a charging bar protrusion extending from said charging bar, a bolt carrier engaging shoulder is formed by said charging bar protrusion, a gas tube aperture is formed through said charging bar protrusion, along a longitudinal axis of said charging bar, a first charging bar channel is formed in said charging bar from a first end to said charging bar protrusion and a second charging bar channel is formed in said charging bar from said charging bar protrusion to said second end, and wherein said gas tube aperture is formed so as to provide an aperture through said charging bar protrusion, between said first charging bar channel and said second charging bar channel;
a handle element is removably attached or coupled to said charging bar;
wherein at least a portion of said charging bar is positionable so as to be slidably received within at least a portion of an upper receiver of said firearm and extend into at least a portion of a handguard and wherein at least a portion of said first charging bar channel and said second charging bar channel are formed so as to receive at least a portion of a firearm gas tube therein, through said gas tube aperture, such that said charging bar is positionable between said handguard and at least a portion of said firearm gas tube of said firearm, and such that said bolt carrier engagement shoulder of said charging bar is positioned within said upper receiver of said firearm so as to engage a shoulder of a bolt carrier of said firearm; and
wherein said handle element extends from said charging bar, through an elongate handguard element aperture formed through at least a portion of said handguard.

US Pat. No. 10,598,450

MODULAR STOCK ADAPTER AND BUFFER TUBE ELIMINATOR

KNS Precision, Inc., Fre...

1. A modular adapter for a firearm receiver that has a standardized threaded socket for mounting a tubular extension or stock support, the adapter comprising:a base plug having a threaded exterior surface configured to engage with the threaded socket of a receiver; and
a modular adaption element attached to the base plug and against a rear surface of the receiver, the adaption element presenting an attachment means for attaching an accessory to the adaption element,
wherein the base plug and adaption element each include one of an engagement slot and a boss to interlock each against rotation relative to the other.

US Pat. No. 10,598,449

SELF-ROTATING TUBE CLEANING NOZZLE ASSEMBLY

Federal Signal Corpoation...

1. A self-rotating tube cleaning nozzle assembly comprising:(a) a main body defining an internal fluid passageway;
(b) a nozzle mounted to the main body;
(c) a sleeve rotatably disposed about the main body, the sleeve having at least one discharge port in fluid communication with the main body internal fluid passageway for discharging a spray and rotating the sleeve about the main body; and
(d) a debris exclusion feature defined between the main body and the sleeve, the debris exclusion feature including a stepped portion on an exterior surface of the main body that faces and overlaps with a complementarily shaped stepped portion on an interior surface of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,598,448

INTEGRATED FAN DRIVE SYSTEM FOR COOLING TOWER

Prime Datum, Inc., Canan...

1. A direct drive system configured to drive a fan in a cooling tower, comprising:a variable speed permanent magnet motor comprising a rotatable shaft configured to be directly attached to a fan in a cooling tower;
a variable frequency drive device to control the speed, direction and torque of the motor, the variable frequency drive device being configured to receive control signals that represent a desired motor rotational speed and direction, and in response, generate electrical signals for input into the motor to cause the motor to operate at a motor rotational speed and direction that are substantially the same as the desired motor rotational speed and direction, respectively; and
a vibration sensor to sense vibrations and output signals representing the sensed vibrations.

US Pat. No. 10,598,446

POROUS ALUMINUM HEAT EXCHANGE MEMBER

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A porous aluminum heat exchanger comprising:a bulk body made of metal or metal alloy; and
a porous aluminum body provided along the inner circumference surface of the bulk body or the outer peripheral surface of the bulk body;
wherein the porous aluminum body comprises aluminum fibers, or a mixture of aluminum fibers and aluminum powder, wherein the aluminum fibers or the aluminum fibers and aluminum powder of the mixture are sintered to each other,
each of the aluminum fibers, or the aluminum fibers and aluminum powder particles of the mixture, comprises a plurality of pillar-shaped protrusions projecting from outer surfaces of the aluminum fibers, or the aluminum fibers and aluminum powder particles of the mixture,
pores of the porous aluminum body are configured to form flow channels for a heat medium,
at least one of the plurality of pillar-shaped protrusions has a tip that is spaced apart from the aluminum fibers or the aluminum fibers and the aluminum powder particles of the mixture, wherein the tip comprises a localized Ti—Al compound, and the at least one of the plurality of pillar-shaped protrusions projects from one of the aluminum fibers, or one of the aluminum fibers and aluminum powder particles of the mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,598,444

HEAT EXCHANGER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of tubes;
a core plate to which the plurality of tubes are bonded; and
a tank member connected to the core plate, wherein
an edge of the core plate and an edge of the tank member are connected to each other by a clamping section,
the clamping section has a plurality of claws provided on the edge of the core plate, an edge portion provided on an opening end of the tank member, and a waved wall provided in the tank member along a length direction in a wave shape,
the waved wall has a waved outer surface that is provided on an outer surface above the edge portion and that includes a plurality of outer ridge portions and a plurality of outer valley portions which are disposed alternately, and a waved inner surface that is provided on an inner surface of the tank member and that includes a plurality of inner ridge portions and a plurality of inner valley portions which are disposed alternately,
each of the plurality of outer valley portions receives each of the plurality of claws and has a step surface in contact with the claw, which is formed on the edge portion,
each of the plurality of inner ridge portions is positioned inside each of the plurality of outer valley portions in a width direction, and
an inner width of the tank member regulated by the plurality of inner ridge portions is narrower than a width of each of the plurality of tubes, and wherein
each of the plurality of inner ridge portions is not positioned between adjacent tubes and positioned on a region between each of the plurality of tubes in the extension of each of the plurality of tubes in a height direction, and
each of the plurality of inner valley portions provides a space in the extension of each of the plurality of tubes in the height direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,443

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A thermal management system comprising:a base plate; and
at least two three dimensional fins integrally formed from the base plate into a single integral component, wherein each fin of the three dimensional fins are spaced apart from each other, wherein each fin of the plurality of three dimensional fins comprises a first portion extending away from the base plate in a first direction and a second portion extending away from the first portion in a second direction different from the first direction, wherein each fin of the three dimensional fins comprises an end disposed at a farthest distance from the base plate, and wherein the end comprises a tip, wherein the plurality of three dimensional fins is coupled to a first portion of the base plate, wherein a plurality of plate-like fins is coupled to a second portion of the base plate, wherein the plurality of plate-like fins facilitates a laminar flow thereover, and wherein the plurality of three dimensional fins facilitates a boundary layer regrowth thereover.

US Pat. No. 10,598,442

FLAT HEAT PIPE STRUCTURE

Cooler Master Development...

1. A flat heat pipe structure, comprising:a flat tubing having two opposed main walls and two connecting walls connected thereto, wherein the main walls and the connecting walls cooperatively define an internal space, wherein a first capillary structure is disposed on inner surfaces of the flat tubing; and
a support member disposed in the internal space and having at least two support arms, wherein
each support arm extends along a longitudinal direction of the flat tubing,
each support arm has a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface,
the first surface and the second surface contact the first capillary structure,
each support arm includes a first end and a second end longitudinally opposite the first end,
the first ends of each support arm are connected to each other by a connecting portion and the second ends of each support arm are free of any contact with each other, and
the first surface and the second surface each extends continuously from the first end to second end.

US Pat. No. 10,598,440

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HEAT EXCHANGER

YUTAKA GIKEN CO., LTD., ...

1. A heat exchanger manufacturing method comprising:a preparation step of preparing a first case half having a generally U cross-sectional shape and a second case half having a generally U cross-sectional shape, the first and second case halves being configured to form a heat exchange tube when joined together;
a superimposing step of superimposing respective side edge portions of the first and second case halves in such a manner that one of the superimposed side edge portions is located inward of the other of the superimposed side edge portions and forms an inner plate portion terminating in a first edge surface while the other of the superimposed side edge portions forms an outer plate portion terminating in a second edge surface spaced from the first edge surface;
a first welding step of welding a first weld bead completely through a thickness of one of the inner and outer plate portions and fusing the first weld bead to the other of the inner and outer plate portions for joining together the first and second case halves, to thereby provide a heat exchange tube;
an inserting step of inserting opposite end portions of the heat exchange tube into respective end plates; and
a second welding step of welding the heat exchange tube to each of the end plates by means of a second weld bead and filling, with the second weld bead, a gap of a generally triangular shape defined, at each of the opposite end portions of the heat exchange tube, by an outer surface of the inner plate portion, an end surface of the outer plate portion and a corresponding one of the end plates.

US Pat. No. 10,598,436

COOLING SYSTEM FOR A SURFACE OF A METALLURGICAL FURNACE

Systems Spray-Cooled, Inc...

1. A cooling system for regulating temperature of a surface of a metallurgical furnace, the cooling system comprising:an inner plate having an external surface and an internal surface and spacing an internal wall from an external wall of the surface of the furnace to be cooled;
a plurality of nozzles fluidly connected to a coolant supply pipe to, at least a first nozzle of the plurality of nozzles having an orientation to spray coolant against the external surface of the inner plate;
a drain manifold positioned to receive sprayed coolant from the external surface of the inner plate; and
at least a second nozzle of the plurality of nozzles having an orientation configured to spray coolant directly into the drain manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,598,435

DEVICE FOR THE HEAT TREATMENT OF A PRODUCT

1. A device for applying heat treatment to a substance, the device comprising:an enclosure;
a conveyor for conveying the substance between an inlet of the enclosure and an outlet of the enclosure, the conveyor comprising a screw mounted to be driven in order to rotate inside the enclosure about an axis of rotation, the screw being subdivided into at least two portions in the axis of rotation, the at least two portions have equal lengths; and
a heater that passes electric current through the screw for heating the screw by a Joule effect;
wherein electrical resistance of one of the at least two portions of the screw is higher than electrical resistance of another one of the at least two portions of the screw such that temperature of the screw changes along the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,598,434

MULTI-STAGE CEMENT CALCINING PLANT SUSPENSION PREHEATER

1. A multi-stage cement calcining plant suspension preheater comprising:a plurality of stages each of which has a separator for separating raw cement meal from a gas in which the meal is suspended and wherein the separators of the plurality of stages are serially connected and in series with a calcining combustor,
the plurality of stages comprising a top separator arranged at the uppermost stage of the preheater and a plurality of bottom separators arranged at the lowermost stages of the preheater,
the top separator comprising:
a top separator housing comprising a substantially cylindrical top separator upper part and a substantially conical top separator lower part,
a top separator tangential inlet in the top separator upper part of the top separator housing for introducing an un-separated stream of gas and raw cement meal in suspension,
a top separator outlet in a lowermost end of the conical top separator lower part for discharging a first fraction of coarse cement raw meal material,
a top separator central tube extending with a free end axially into the top separator housing for diverting a second fraction of fine cement raw meal material and gas,
the bottom separators comprising:
a bottom separator housing comprising a substantially cylindrical bottom separator upper part and a substantially conical bottom separator lower part,
a bottom separator tangential inlet in the bottom separator upper part of the bottom separator housing for introducing an unseparated stream of gas and raw cement meal in suspension,
a bottom separator outlet in a lowermost end of the conical bottom separator lower part for discharging a first fraction of coarse cement raw meal material,
a bottom separator central tube extending with a free end axially into the bottom separator housing for diverting a second fraction of fine cement raw meal material and gas,
wherein the top separator central tube enters the top separator housing in the lower part of the top separator housing, and
wherein the central tubes of the bottom separators enter the bottom separator housing in the upper part of the bottom separator housing.

US Pat. No. 10,598,429

COOLING DEVICE COMPRISING OF A KNOB PROVIDING THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE COMPARTMENT TEMPERATURE

ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI, ...

1. A cooling device comprising:a compartment wherein foodstuff to be cooled are placed;
an opening arranged on a first wall of the compartment facing an inner volume of the compartment;
a housing placed into the opening, the housing containing a light source that emits light into the housing;
a door providing access into the compartment; and
a knob that is situated on the first wall of the compartment, facing the inner volume of the compartment, and that enables a temperature (T) of the compartment to be changed,
wherein the knob comprises an illumination aperture extending along a periphery of the knob where a front surface and a lateral surface of the knob intersect, wherein the illumination aperture is made of a transparent material,
wherein the knob has an active position wherein a temperature adjustment is performed by rotating the knob and has a passive position to which the knob is changed by pushing the knob inward when a temperature value is set;
a carrier within the housing wherein the light source is placed so as to illuminate the illumination aperture when the knob is placed into the housing;
at least two transparent temperature values disposed around the knob, rotating concurrently with the knob;
an indicator disposed on the housing, wherein the indicator indicates at least one of the at least two transparent temperature values as corresponding to the temperature value that is set; and
a light transmitter disposed within the housing and extending outward from the light source towards the illumination aperture when the knob is placed into the housing, so as to illuminate the at least one of the at least two transparent temperature values that is indicated by the indicator, and wherein the light transmitter is configured to transmit light from the light source to the at least one of the at least two transparent temperature values that is indicated by the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,598,428

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet that defines a storage space;
an upper door configured to open and close a first portion of the storage space;
a lower door that is located vertically below the upper door, the lower door being configured to open and close a second portion of the storage space and configured to insert into and withdraw from the second portion of the storage space;
a draw-out rail that connects the lower door to the storage space and that is configured to guide insertion and withdrawal of the lower door in a front-rear direction;
an elevation assembly that is located in the lower door, that is configured to elevate an object stored in the lower door in a state in which the lower door is withdrawn, and that is configured to elevate the object relative to the lower door;
a partition member that partitions a front end of the storage space, that extends in a horizontal direction to define the first portion and the second portion of the storage space, and that is disposed between the upper door and the lower door; and
a door restriction device located at the partition member and configured to selectively restrict an opening movement of the upper door based on whether the lower door is opened or closed,
wherein the door restriction device is configured to restrict the opening movement of the upper door based on the lower door being opened, and to allow the opening movement of the upper door based on the lower door being closed.

US Pat. No. 10,598,424

HINGE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance comprising:a cabinet having a wrapper, a liner, and a trim breaker, wherein the wrapper, the liner, and the trim breaker define an insulating cavity therebetween;
an insulating material disposed within the insulating cavity;
first and second doors rotationally mounted to the cabinet;
first and second independent frames spaced apart and disposed within the insulating cavity, wherein the first and second independent frames correspond with the first and second doors, respectively, each frame of the first and second independent frames including:
a vertical frame portion positioned parallel with a vertical edge of a respective door of the first and second doors;
a generally planar upper frame portion extending perpendicularly from an upper end of the vertical frame portion and extending partially along a width of the respective door when the respective door is closed; and
a lower frame portion extending perpendicularly from the vertical frame portion and extending partially along the width of the respective door when the respective door is closed, wherein the lower frame portion has a closed outer periphery;
an upper hinge mount integrated within the upper frame portion; and
a lower hinge mount integrated within the lower frame portion, wherein a hinge of the respective door is directly coupled with one of the upper hinge mount and the lower hinge mount, and further wherein the upper hinge mount and the lower hinge mount each include a hermetically sealed attachment receptacle extending in transverse directions.

US Pat. No. 10,598,422

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet having a storage compartment to receive air;
a door rotatably provided at a front surface of the cabinet;
a housing attached to a rear surface of the door, the housing comprising a rear surface part that is shielded from the storage compartment, a top surface part that defines an opening through which air from the storage compartment is introduced into the housing, and a side surface part that defines an aperture configured to discharge the air in the housing into the storage compartment;
a basket disposed inside the housing, the basket comprising:
a basket bottom surface part that defines a bottom surface of a storage space of the basket,
a basket front surface part extending upward from a front portion of the basket bottom surface part,
first and second basket side surface parts respectively extending upward from both side surfaces of the basket bottom surface part, and
a basket rear surface part connecting to rear portions of the first and second basket side surface parts; and
a fan assembly to supply the air from the storage compartment toward the basket, the fan assembly being installed at the top surface part of the housing,
wherein the fan assembly comprises:
a blowing fan located below the opening of the top surface part of the housing, and
a shroud arranged to guide a flow of the air having passed through the blowing fan, the shroud comprising a bottom part that is provided at a lower side of the blowing fan and that defines first and second outlets that are configured to discharge the air having passed through the blowing fan, and
wherein the first outlet is defined at a rear portion of the bottom part of the shroud, and the second outlet is defined at a front portion of the bottom part of the shroud,
wherein the basket rear surface part is spaced apart from the rear surface part of the housing to thereby define an air passage between the basket rear surface part and the rear surface part of the housing, and
wherein the air passage and the first outlet are arranged along a vertical direction and allow the air discharged through the first outlet to flow downward and pass through the air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,598,421

ICEMAKER ASSEMBLY HAVING A PLUNGER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An icemaker assembly, comprising:an ice bucket including an ice storage space;
an ice outlet to couple to the ice storage space of the ice bucket;
a blade disposed between the ice storage space and the ice outlet, the blade configured to move in a rotational trajectory in a space between the ice storage space and the ice outlet, and the blade to move ice stored in the ice storage space toward the ice outlet; and
a plunger configured to enter a rotation trajectory of the blade to stop movement of the blade, and the plunger configured to exit out from the rotation trajectory of the blade to permit movement of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,598,419

SEAWATER FLUIDIZED ICE MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT AND METHOD

ZHEJIANG OCEAN UNIVERSITY...

1. Seawater fluidized ice manufacturing equipment, comprising:a compressor for compressing a condensing agent into condensing agent vapor;
a condenser, connected with the compressor, wherein the condenser is internally provided with a cooling medium, the condensing agent vapor passes through the condenser and then forms a liquefied condensing agent;
a heat exchanger, connected with the condenser, wherein the heat exchanger is provided with a hydrophobic material coating, the heat exchanger communicates with seawater, seawater is cooled by the liquefied cooling agent to form fluidized ice; wherein the heat exchanger comprises an ice-making barrel and a cooling pipe, the cooling pipe is a semi-round copper pipe, the cooling pipe closely fits the outer wall of the ice-making barrel, the ice-making barrel is connected with a seawater purification module, the cooling pipe receives the condensing agent and enables the seawater in the ice-making barrel to crystallize into fluidized ice;
wherein the cooling pipe is internally provided with nano-particles and foamed metal, the nano-particles enhance energy exchange in a refrigerant, the foamed metal improves the efficiency of heat exchange between the condensing agent and the seawater;
a disturber, disposed on the inner wall of the ice-making barrel;
an ultrasonic generator, connected with the heat exchanger, the ultrasonic generator generating ultrasonic waves and transmitting the ultrasonic wave into the heat exchanger to enable the seawater in the heat exchanger to crystallize into ice;
an insulating ice storage tank, connected with the heat exchanger, wherein the fluidized ice made in the heat exchanger is conveyed to the insulating ice storage tank for storage;
a data sampler, wherein the data sampler is connected with thermocouples, and the thermocouples are disposed in the insulating ice storage tank for measuring the temperature of the fluidized ice;
wherein a liquid storage device, a dryer, and an expansion valve are disposed between the condenser and the heat exchanger, and the liquefied condensing agent handled by the condenser passes through the liquid storage device, the dryer, and the expansion valve in turn and then enters the cooling pipe;
wherein the ultrasonic generator has four ultrasonic vibrators; the ultrasonic vibrators are ferric ultrasonic vibrators, steel ultrasonic vibrators, or titanium alloy ultrasonic vibrators; and
the ultrasonic vibrators are round, rectangular or rhomboid.

US Pat. No. 10,598,418

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING HEAT PUMP

UT-BATTELLE, LLC, Oak Ri...

11. The device according to claim 7,wherein the opening of the electronic expansion valve is controlled based on the ambient temperature, an air flow rate of an indoor blower of the heat pump, and at least one of an operating stage of the first compressor and an operating stage of the second compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,598,416

REFRIGERATION CIRCUIT WITH OIL SEPARATION

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A refrigeration cycle comprising in the direction of flow of a circulating refrigerant:a compressor unit comprising at least one compressor;
an oil separation device which is configured for separating oil from a refrigerant-oil-mixture leaving the compressor unit;
at least one gas cooler/condenser;
at least one expansion device; and
at least one evaporator;
wherein the oil separation device comprises:
a refrigerant inlet line connected to the compressor unit, the refrigerant inlet line having at least a first portion with a first diameter (d1);
a refrigerant conduit arranged downstream of and connected to the refrigerant inlet line, the refrigerant conduit having at least a second portion with a second diameter (d2), which is larger than the first diameter (d1);
a refrigerant outlet line arranged downstream of and connected to the refrigerant conduit, the refrigerant outlet line having at least a third portion with a third diameter (d3), which is smaller than the second diameter (d2);
wherein the first, second and third portions are arranged co-axially to each other; and
wherein the third portion having the third diameter (d3) extends into the second portion forming an oil separation pocket between the outer diameter of the third portion and the inner diameter of the second portion; and
an oil suction line having an inlet portion which opens into the second portion and is configured for receiving oil from the second portion and an outlet portion which is fluidly connected to a low pressure suction side of the compressor unit;
wherein the refrigeration cycle further comprises:
a switchable valve arranged between the inlet portion and the outlet portion of the oil suction line and;
a controller which is configured for controlling the switchable valve based on the oil differential pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,598,412

SUPPLEMENTAL HEAT TRANSFER APPARATUS FOR GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS

1. A supplemental heat transfer apparatus for a structure comprising:a pressure sewer system associated with said structure and having a wastewater conduit for removal of wastewater from said structure; and
a geothermal system, constructed and arranged in cooperation with said structure, having at least one geothermal loop for circulating a heat transfer fluid; and
wherein said wastewater conduit and said geothermal loop have separate conduit walls positioned alongside one another in a common bore hole so as to be arranged in proximity to each other to effect heat transfer between said wastewater conduit and said geothermal loop;
wherein said conduit wall of said wastewater conduit has an inner surface and an outer surface and a thickness between said inner surface and said outer surface; and
wherein said conduit wall of said geothermal loop is positioned outside of said thickness of said conduit wall of said wastewater conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,411

MAGNETIC REFRIGERATING DEVICE

National Institute for Ma...

1. A magnetic refrigerating device comprising:a horizontally opposed, two cylinder AMR bed that contains a refrigerant, wherein a cylindrical axis of each of the two cylinders of the AMR bed are arranged along a common longitudinal axis;
two magnetic materials arranged in a direction of the common longitudinal axis of the AMR bed, the magnetic materials being series-connected and movable in the direction of the common longitudinal axis and made of magnetocaloric effect materials;
at least two permanent magnets each facing each of the two magnetic materials in the AMR bed;
a rotary shaft between the two magnetic materials in the AMR bed and between the at least two permanent magnets;
two magnet-mounting plates arranged above and below the AMR bed so as to face each other, the at least two permanent magnets being arranged on each of the two magnet-mounting plates and respectively facing the two magnetic materials, and
a rotator that rotates the two magnet-mounting plates including the permanent magnets or the AMR bed about the rotary shaft,
wherein the permanent magnets and the two magnetic materials repeatedly move toward and away from each other due to the rotation, and
wherein heat exchange occurs between the magnetic materials and the refrigerant in the AMR bed and generates a temperature difference in the AMR bed.

US Pat. No. 10,598,410

SELF-POWERED, LONG-TERM, LOW-TEMPERATURE, CONTROLLED SHIPPING UNIT

Reflect Scientific Inc., ...

1. A shipping vessel, comprising:a shipping foundation;
a cryogenic tank secured to the shipping foundation, a payload bay to receive products therein;
a tube connected to the cryogenic tank and coupled to the payload bay to receive heat from the payload bay;
a housing secured to the shipping foundation, said housing covering the tube and the payload bay to thermally seal the payload bay from the outside environment;
a controller mounted on the housing and having a sensor to determine temperature in a closed control-loop using a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller to control temperature and maintaining a set point within a predetermined range;
a cryogenic temperature control valve placed in a gas exhaust path and controlled by the controller and where temperature control is achieved through PID control;
a door with a pneumatic latch to access the payload bay and a pneumatic rubber seal coupled to the door, wherein the pneumatic rubber seal is powered by the pressure derived from exhaust gas; and
an energy storage device coupled to the controller to provide power for a predetermined shipping period, wherein the shipping foundation, cryogenic tank and payload bay is moved as a unit during transportation while maintaining the set point.

US Pat. No. 10,598,409

PORTABLE INSTANT COOLING SYSTEM WITH CONTROLLED TEMPERATURE OBTAINED THROUGH TIMED-RELEASE LIQUID OR GASEOUS CO2 COOLANT FOR GENERAL REFRIGERATION USE IN MOBILE AND STATIONARY CONTAINERS

Frostime LLC, New York, ...

1. A cooling system comprising:a. at least one CO2 container retaining CO2 therein;
b. a flat plate having a flat plate top surface and a flat plate bottom surface that are connected by a flat plate vertical wall surrounding a perimeter of the flat plate;
c. a distance between the flat plate top surface and the flat plate bottom surface large enough to retains a multiplicity of tubing routes with a multiplicity of capillary tubes, a respective one of each of the multiplicity of capillary tubes retained with a respective one of the multiplicity of tubing routes;
d. a manifold block, said CO2 container connected to said manifold block by a flexible discharge line that connects said CO2 container through a manifold block hole in the manifold block;
e. a solenoid valve positioned on the manifold block and controlling an amount of CO2 entering the manifold block from the CO2 container;
f. the manifold block in fluid communication with said multiplicity of capillary tubes;
g. each respective one of said multiplicity of capillary tubes having an outer both that surrounds an opening that extends from a first end opening of each respective one of the multiplicity of capillary tubes to a second end opening of each respective one of the multiplicity of capillary tubes; and
h. said CO2 transported to said multiplicity of capillary tubes and transmitting cooling through conduction to objects placed on the flat plate top surface.

US Pat. No. 10,598,406

HEAT EXCHANGER

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchange unit (200) in which heating medium flow channels through which a heating medium flows in a space between a plurality of plates and combustion gas flow channels through which a combustion gas combusted in a burner (100) flows are alternately formed to be adjacent to each other,
wherein the heat exchange unit (200) is configured with a sensible heat unit (200A) configured to surround an outer side of a combustion chamber (C), configured with an area at one side of each of the plates, and configured to heat the heating medium using sensible heat of the combustion gas generated by the combustion in the burner (100); and a latent heat unit (200B) configured with an area at the other side of each of the plates and configured to heat the heating medium using latent heat of water vapor contained in the combustion gas which undergoes heat exchange in the sensible heat unit (200A), and
a flow channel cap (400) is coupled to a rear side of the sensible heat unit (200A) and configured to provide a combustion gas bypass flow channel (400a) of the combustion gas to allow a combustion gas which passes through a combustion gas flow channel formed at an upper portion of the sensible heat unit (200A) to flow into a combustion gas flow channel of the latent heat unit (200B).

US Pat. No. 10,598,405

HEAT EXCHANGER

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchange portion (200) in which a heating medium flow path through which a heating medium flows in a space between a plurality of plates and combustion gas flow paths through which a combustion gas combusted in a burner (100) flows are alternately formed to be adjacent to each other,
wherein the heat exchange portion (200) is configured with a sensible heat portion (200A) configured to surround an outer side of a combustion chamber (C), configured with an area at one side of a plate, and configured to heat the heating medium using sensible heat of the combustion gas generated by the combustion in the burner (100); and a latent heat portion (200B) configured with an area at the other side of the plate and configured to heat the heating medium using latent heat of water vapor contained in the combustion gas which underwent heat exchange in the sensible heat portion (200A),
a connection passage for the heating medium is formed between the sensible heat portion (200A) and the latent heat portion (200B),
the latent heat portion (200B) is configured with a heating medium inlet (201) into which the heating medium flows, and with a plurality of latent heat portion heating medium flow paths (P1) formed between a plurality of plates and configured to communicate with the heating medium inlet (201) in parallel thereto, and
the sensible heat portion (200A) is configured with a heating medium outlet (202) through which the heating medium flows, and with a plurality of sensible heat portion heating medium flow paths (P3) formed between the plurality of plates and connected in series between the plurality of latent heat portion heating medium flow paths (P1) and the heating medium outlet (202).

US Pat. No. 10,598,400

REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A remote control device comprising:an operation unit, including a button, configured to switch and set, in response to a manipulation of the button by a user, at least one operation state of an air-conditioning apparatus performing heating and cooling of air, the operation state including settings and operations of the air-conditioning apparatus;
a display unit including a screen; and
a controller configured to control the display unit to display on the screen the at least one operation state of the air-conditioning apparatus and/or switching and setting of the at least one operation state by the operation unit,
wherein the controller controls the display unit to display on the screen, as a list of a plurality of elements, the at least one operation state including:
(i) a plurality of operation modes including a heating mode, a cooling mode, a drying mode, and an automatic determination mode, and
(ii) a plurality of numerical ranges of temperature to which the air-conditioning apparatus heats or cools airs.

US Pat. No. 10,598,397

VENTILATION FAN

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A ventilation fan that is attached to an attachment portion in a room and comprises:a main body frame that includes
a cylindrical air channel,
a flange connected to a circumferential edge portion of an inlet port of the air channel at a front face side of the air channel and extending in a radial direction, and
a rising portion connected to an edge of the flange and protruding toward a back face side; and
a fan including an impeller that rotates in the air channel,
the ventilation fan comprising:
a first electronic component and a second electronic component that are attached to a back surface of the flange;
a third electronic component that includes a claw portion on an outer portion of the third electronic component and is attached to the back surface of the flange;
an internal wiring routed on the back surface of the flange and connecting the first electronic component and the second electronic component;
a retention portion that includes
a first rib protruding from the back surface of the flange in a perpendicular direction to a plane direction of the back surface of the flange, and
a second rib protruding from a side face of the first rib in a direction parallel with the plane direction of the back surface of the flange or protruding toward the back surface of the flange, the retention portion retaining the internal wiring between an undersurface of the second rib and the back surface of the flange;
an electronic-component retention portion protruding from the back surface of the flange on a back face side to retain the third electronic component; and
a protrusion portion protruding from the back surface of the flange on the back face side in a position facing the retention portion on the back surface of the flange, wherein
the retention portion has an attachment hole for attaching the claw portion in an upper region of the first rib with respect to the second rib,
the claw portion is inserted into the attachment hole to retain the third electronic component, and
the internal wiring is retained between the electronic-component retention portion and the protrusion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,396

FLOATING-TYPE HUMIDIFIER CONTAINER

MIRO CO. LTD., Incheon (...

1. A floating-type humidifier container comprising:a lower body having a space portion which is opened at an upper side thereof and accommodates water therein so that a floating-type humidifier floats on the water; and
an upper body having an opening portion provided in an upper portion of the upper body so that one end of the floating-type humidifier is penetratively inserted into the opening portion,
wherein the upper body includes an inclined portion which is formed to be inclined downward toward a center of the space portion so that humidification particles discharged from the floating-type humidifier are introduced into the space portion through the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,394

COOLING DEVICE

Hale Industries, Inc., F...

1. A cooling device, comprising:a cover;
a trough connected to the cover;
a fan located between the cover and the trough;
wherein, multiple fan connectors connect to the fan;
multiple corners,
wherein each of the multiple corners is:
located within the trough, and
trapezoidal in shape;
multiple brackets,
wherein,
each of the multiple brackets is located between each corresponding one of the multiple corners,
and none of the multiple brackets connect to each other; and
piping sections connected to one another that traverse around the cover,
wherein the piping sections are located below a top part of the multiple brackets;
wherein:
each of the multiple corners includes a first part, a second part, and a third part with the first part connected to the second part and the third part connected to the second part,
wherein:
the second part of each of the multiple corners is closer to the fan than:
a front edge of the first part, and
a front edge of the third part of each of the multiple corners,
 wherein the front edge of the first part and the front edge of the third part do not connect with the second part of each of the multiple corners, and
 the piping sections are placed within grooves located on a top edge of the first part and the third part of each of the multiple corners, and the cooling device further comprising:
multiple pads, wherein the multiple pads are located entirely below the piping sections;
multiple pad covers, connected to the cover, wherein
a surface area of each of the multiple pad covers is 20% of the surface area of each corresponding one of the multiple pads, and
each of the multiple pad covers is located between each corresponding one of the multiple corners.

US Pat. No. 10,598,389

HINGED GRATES FOR COOKING APPLIANCE

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., B...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:a structural framework;
a cooktop supported by said structural framework having a cooktop bottom and a cooktop perimeter further comprising a cooktop front, a cooktop rear, a cooktop left side, and a cooktop right side;
a grate hinge bracket positioned at a first location external to said cooktop perimeter and adjacent to one of said cooktop front, cooktop rear, cooktop left side, or cooktop right side, wherein said grate hinge bracket is directly coupled to said structural framework at said first location, wherein said first location does not go through said cooktop bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,598,388

APPLIANCE WITH ELECTROVIBRATION USER FEEDBACK IN A TOUCH PANEL INTERFACE

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:an electrically controlled heating element operable to elevate a temperature of food items and being configured to operate according to a first operational setting;
a user interface comprising:
a portion of an external surface of the cooking appliance comprising a touch sensor array to sense movement of a user's finger over the external surface to input instructions for altering at least the first operational setting, and
an electrovibration feedback circuit coupled to the external surface that generates a vibratory feedback that is sensible by said user's finger at the external surface in response to a control input made thereon for adjusting at least said first operational setting,
said electrovibration feedback circuit being configured to generate said vibratory feedback via an electrostatic force that simulates friction between said user's finger and the external surface, and to adjust a magnitude of the vibratory feedback in a manner that corresponds to, and thereby reflects, a magnitude or level of adjustment of said first operational setting based on said control input; and
a controller operatively connected to said user interface and configured to make said adjustment of said first operational setting in response to said control input;
wherein the electrically controlled heating element provides a variable size cooking zone defined at least in part by a first heating segment operable via the first operational setting and a second heating segment operable via a second operational setting that is independently controllable from the first operational setting, and
wherein the size of the cooking zone is increased or decreased by selective operation of the first and second operational settings and the magnitude of the vibratory feedback is increased or decreased corresponding to the size of the cooking zone.

US Pat. No. 10,598,386

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cooktop appliance, comprising:a top panel;
a gas burner assembly positioned at the top panel, the gas burner assembly comprising a burner body defining a fuel chamber and a plurality of flame ports, the fuel chamber being in fluid communication with the plurality of flame ports; and
a fuel supply system positioned proximate an inlet of the fuel chamber for providing a flow of fuel into the fuel chamber, the fuel supply system comprising:
an eductor comprising a suction chamber defining a suction inlet, a motive nozzle positioned within the suction chamber, and an eductor outlet;
a first fuel supply conduit providing fluid communication between the primary conduit and the suction inlet for providing a first flow of fuel into the suction chamber;
a second fuel supply conduit providing fluid communication between the primary conduit and the motive nozzle for providing a second flow of fuel into the suction chamber, the second flow of fuel having a higher pressure than the first flow of fuel;
a fuel pump fluidly coupled to the second fuel supply conduit for increasing a pressure of the second flow of fuel; and
a shutoff valve operably coupled to the primary conduit, the shutoff valve being configured for closing when a flow rate of the primary flow of fuel drops below a predetermined flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,598,384

COLLAPSIBLE COOKING STOVE

1. A collapsible stove, comprising:a combustion chamber configured to burn a combustible material and further comprising
a plurality of tapered annular rings configured to telescope to form the combustion chamber when the collapsible stove is in an open configuration and further configured to collapse into a nested configuration when the collapsible stove is in a collapsed configuration; and
a top plate displaced over the combustion chamber, the top plate having an aperture open to the combustion chamber, and the top plate configured to support a cooking container over the aperture,
wherein the combustion chamber is substantially frustoconical in the open configuration and configured to generate air flow in the combustion chamber using the Venturi effect to burn the combustible material, and
wherein in the open configuration the diameter of the combustion chamber at the bottom is larger than the diameter of the combustion chamber at the top;
a plurality of rotatable leg supports configured to suspend the combustion chamber in an elevated position when the collapsible stove is in the open configuration, and
wherein at least one rotatable leg support is configured to secure the tapered annular rings in the nested configuration when the collapsible stove is in the collapsed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,598,382

IMPINGEMENT FILM-COOLED FLOATWALL WITH BACKSIDE FEATURE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A liner associated with an engine, comprising:a panel;
a shell coupled to the panel; and
an array of projections configured to enhance a cooling of the panel and distributed on at least part of a first side of the panel that corresponds to a cold side of the panel,
wherein the shell comprises a plurality of impingement cooling holes and the panel comprises a plurality of effusion cooling holes,
wherein a first density of the projections and effusion cooling holes in a first area of the panel is greater than a second density of the projections and effusion cooling holes in a second area of the panel,
wherein a first density of the impingement cooling holes in a first area of the shell is greater than a second density of the impingement cooling holes in a second area of the shell,
wherein the first area of the shell coincides with the first area of the panel and the second area of the shell coincides with the second area of the panel, and
wherein the impingement holes of the first density of impingement holes and the second density of the impingement holes are directed at the projections of the first density of projections and the second density of the projections, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,598,380

CANTED COMBUSTOR FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustion section for a gas turbine engine, the combustion section defining a radial direction, a circumferential direction, a longitudinal centerline extended along a longitudinal direction, and a forward direction toward a downstream end and an aft direction toward an upstream end, the combustion section comprising:a combustor assembly comprising:
an inner liner and an outer liner each extended at least partially along a lengthwise direction and at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal centerline;
a dome assembly extended between the inner liner and the outer liner, wherein the dome assembly, the inner liner, and the outer liner together define a combustion chamber therebetween; and
a bulkhead assembly defining a plurality of walls coupled to the inner liner and surrounding the outer liner and the dome assembly, wherein at least a portion of the bulkhead assembly is extended at least partially along a forward direction and defines a plenum between the bulkhead assembly and the dome assembly;
an outer casing surrounding the combustor assembly, wherein the outer casing is extended at least partially co-directional to the combustor assembly;
a fuel injector assembly extended through the outer casing, the bulkhead assembly, and the dome assembly; and
an inner casing, wherein the outer casing, the inner casing, and the combustor assembly together define a primary flowpath in direct fluid communication with the combustion chamber, and wherein the primary flowpath is extended at least along the forward direction and the aft direction defined by the inner casing, the outer casing, and the combustor assembly, and wherein an oxidizer flows through the primary flowpath in serial flow through the plenum and the fuel injector assembly into the combustion chamber, and wherein the inner casing comprises an inner casing fairing having a tip, the inner casing fairing defining a plurality of rows of tip openings, wherein each row of the plurality of rows includes a plurality of tip openings extended through the inner casing fairing.

US Pat. No. 10,598,377

COMBUSTION-POWERED FASTENER DRIVING TOOL FUEL CELL ASSEMBLY

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

8. A combustion-powered fastener driving tool fuel cell assembly comprising:a fuel cell including a housing and a sealing member attached to the housing;
a fuel cell adapter secured to the sealing member of the fuel cell via interference fit, the fuel cell adapter including a tubular body having a plurality of longitudinally-extending, spaced-apart ridges at least partially engaging the sealing member and a radially outwardly extending locking flange; and
a fuel cell adapter cap releasably attachable to the locking flange.

US Pat. No. 10,598,376

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING CAMPFIRE HEAT DISTRIBUTION AND AIRFLOW

1. An apparatus comprising:a heat exchange member at least partially defining a passageway;
structure defining a first plurality of holes and a second plurality of holes providing fluid communication from the passageway to the exterior of the apparatus;
a blower operatively connected to the heat exchange member and configured to blow air into the passageway;
wherein the apparatus is configured such that, when the heat exchange member is sufficiently positioned with respect to a campfire, air exiting the first plurality of holes is directed downward and away from the campfire and air exiting the second plurality of holes has an upward velocity component.

US Pat. No. 10,598,373

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING STEAM COMPRISING A SCALE CONTAINER AND STEAMER APPLIANCE WITH SUCH A DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device for generating steam, the device comprising:a plate forming a surface, the plate being inclined at an angle (A0) compared to a horizontal direction (H) to define an upper end and a lower end, the plate being partially bordered by a wall configured to ensure water is guided down the plate towards the lower end;
a heating element to heat the plate to a temperature being at least above water evaporation temperature;
at least one water inlet for dispensing water onto the plate proximate the upper end of the plate;
a scale collection container, disposed adjacent to the lower end of the plate, for collecting scale falling from the plate; and
a control unit configured to control flow of water dispensed onto the plate and the temperature of the plate so that substantially all the water dispensed onto the plate evaporates before it reaches the lower end of the plate, so that the water does not react with the scale collected in the scale collection container.

US Pat. No. 10,598,372

WORKING FLUID GENERATOR WITH INDUCTION HEATING COIL

1. A working fluid generator comprising:An electrically conductive vessel having an inlet and an outlet, and;
said electrically conductive vessel, having at least a left side and a right side, fixedly engaged with at least two electrically conductive members that pierce at least one side of said electrically conductive vessel; and said electrically conductive members each having a left end and a right end, fixedly engaged with said left side and said right side, respectively, of said electrically conductive vessel; and
said two electrically conductive members being a first member and a second member; and
said electrically conductive vessel further engaged with an inlet conduit fixedly engaged with said inlet, for filling the electrically conductive vessel; and said electrically conductive vessel fillable with a fluid at least part way; and
the remaining part of said electrically conductive vessel filled with air; and
said first member residing in the liquid within the electrically conductive vessel and said second member residing in the space above said liquid; and
said inlet conduit fluidly engaged with a one-way valve, proximal to the electrically conductive vessel inlet; and
said electrically conductive vessel fixedly engaged with a conduit that is fluidly engaged with a solenoid valve; and said solenoid valve is fluidly engaged with an interior of an outlet conduit, which is in turn, fluidly engaged with, said electrically conductive vessel outlet; and
said electrically conductive vessel further engaged with an air release valve that is fixedly engaged with at least one wall of said vessel and is in fluid communication with the interior of said vessel; and
in combination, the electrically conductive vessel and at least two electrically conductive members are surrounded by an induction coil that is structurally engaged proximal to the outer surface of said electrically conductive vessel; and
an induction emitter structurally engaged with and coupled with said induction coil for the purpose of emitting a rapidly alternating magnetic field through the induction coil and in turn through the electrically conductive vessel and the at least two electrically conductive members; and
said rapidly alternating magnetic field producing heat when meeting resistance in the electrically conductive vessel and the at least two electrically conductive members; and
said heat transferring through said electrically conductive vessel and the at least two electrically conductive members and to said fluid, thus converting said fluid to a working fluid in the form of a gas that builds inside the vessel; and
said second member providing heat to said working fluid; and
said air in said vessel, allowed to escape through said air release valve; and
said working fluid controllably released through said solenoid valve through said outlet conduit for the purpose of providing a working fluid to a working fluid driven machine.

US Pat. No. 10,598,370

MOUNTING PEDESTAL, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, MOVING-BODY LIGHTING DEVICE, AND MOVING BODY

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A mounting pedestal disposed on a moving body and on which a light emitter is mounted, the mounting pedestal comprising:a metal layer; and
an insulating layer stacked on the metal layer,
wherein the insulating layer has a major surface facing in a direction of travel of the moving body and a heat escape port in which a joining component that joins the light emitter and the metal layer is disposed, and
the mounting pedestal has a step which arranges the major surface into a plurality of major surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,598,369

HEAT DISCHARGE STRUCTURES FOR LIGHT SOURCE DEVICES AND LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEMS

NGK INSULATORS, LTD., Ai...

1. A method of producing a heat discharge structure for a light source device emitting a laser beam, said structure fixing said light source device and discharging a heat,said structure comprising:
a film of a nitride of a group 13 element, said film comprising a first main face, a second main face 1d and an outer side end face;
a portion for containing said light source device, said portion comprising a through hole opening at said first main face and said second main face, and;
a fixing face for fixing said light source device, said fixing face facing said through hole and contacting said light source device,
said method comprising:
forming a seed crystal film on a film-forming face of a base body;
patterning said seed crystal film by photo lithography to obtain patterned seed crystal films, so that a first opening is formed at a predetermined position in each of said seed crystal films and said film-forming face of said base body is exposed through said first opening;
forming films of a nitride of a group 13 element on said seed crystal films, respectively, so that a space is provided between the adjacent films of said nitride of the group 13 element, a second opening is formed at a predetermined position in each of said films of said nitride of the group 13 element and said surface of said base body is exposed through said second opening, said second opening including said first opening; and
removing said base body.

US Pat. No. 10,598,364

ILLUMINATED BAG AND METHOD OF USE

1. An illuminated bag system, comprising:a bag, having:
a body forming an interior compartment, the body having:
a bottom surface; and
a side surface;
an illumination device, having:
a housing secured to the bottom surface of the body;
a light secured to the housing;
a power source disposed within the housing;
a control system configured to activate the light via power from the power source; and
a sensor secured to the side surface of the body of the bag and in communication with the control system;
wherein activation of the sensor is configured to activate the light to light the interior compartment of the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,598,359

MECHANISM FOR LOWERING A POLE

Swivelpole Patent Pty Ltd...

1. A mechanism for lowering a pole from a raised configuration whereby an end of the pole is out of easy reach to a lowered position whereby said end is within easy reach, the mechanism including:a base having a longitudinal axis, the base having a supporting portion fixed thereto, the supporting portion having a longitudinal axis which defines an operating axis, the operating axis being oriented to the longitudinal axis of the base at a first nonzero characteristic angle; and
an arm having a longitudinal axis, the arm having an engaging portion fixed thereto, the engaging portion being oriented to the arm at a second characteristic angle, the arm having an upper portion extending away from the engaging portion along the longitudinal axis of the arm and a lower portion extending away from the engaging portion along the longitudinal axis of the arm, the upper portion extending in an opposite direction to the lower portion;
wherein the engaging portion of the arm is arranged to engage with the supporting portion of the base, such that the arm is able to rotate about the operating axis, and
wherein the base is arranged to locate atop a pole portion, the pole portion having a longitudinal axis, the base being arranged to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the pole portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,358

LED LIGHTING METHODS AND APPARATUS

Wangs Alliance Corporatio...

1. An LED light assembly, comprising:an LED light source;
a beam angle changing lens for directing light;
a beam angle changing assembly including at least a movable element holder and a holder guide;
said movable element holder holding one of said LED light source or said beam angle changing lens;
said holder guide including at least one angled slot in a sidewall of said holder guide, said at least one angled slot extending at an angle from a lower portion of said sidewall to an upper portion of said sidewall, said movable element holder being inserted into said at least one angled slot, movement of said movable element holder along said at least one angled slot of said holder guide changing a distance between said LED light source and said beam angle changing lens;
a fixture main body;
a beam angle changing dial extending over an upper portion of said fixture main body and being secured to the fixture main body, said beam angle changing dial including at least one inner tab for driving a drive flange of the beam angle changing assembly, said beam angle changing dial when rotated induces movement of said movable element holder within said at least one angled slot, said beam angle changing dial including a lower portion extending over said upper portion of said fixture main body, the combination of the beam angle changing dial and the fixture main body forming a cavity in which the holder guide is fully contained.

US Pat. No. 10,598,357

DISPLAY DEVICES

The Coca-Cola Company, A...

1. A display device, comprising:a plurality of lit elements located in the display device; and
a plurality of modules, the plurality of modules including both movable modules and non-movable modules;
wherein the movable modules are adapted to form a dynamic area of the display device; and
wherein the non-movable modules are adapted to form a stationary area of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,355

SUSPENDED LIGHTGUIDE LUMINAIRE WITH LINEAR SOUND BAFFLES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A luminaire comprising:a light module, the light module comprising:
a first acoustic panel having a first wide portion and a first narrow portion;
a second acoustic panel having a second wide portion and a second narrow portion;
a lightguide located between the first acoustic panel and the second acoustic panel, the lightguide extending from the first acoustic panel adjacent the first narrow portion and extending from the second acoustic panel adjacent the second narrow portion;
a frame disposed between the first acoustic panel and the second acoustic panel, the frame securing an edge of the lightguide; and
one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs) located within the frame and adjacent to the edge of the lightguide, the one or more LEDs oriented to emit light into the edge of the lightguide.

US Pat. No. 10,598,349

LIGHTING COMPONENT INCLUDING SWITCHABLE DIFFUSER

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

12. A lighting component comprising: an optical volume having at least one reflective or transflective outer major surface defined by a film reflecting at least 10 percent of a light energy incident on the at least one reflective or transflective outer major surface, a light injection region adjacent the at least one reflective or transflective outer major surface, and a distal surface opposite the light injection region; and a first switchable diffuser disposed at least partially within the optical volume, the first switchable diffuser having at least a first state and a second state, the first state characterized by a first haze and the second state characterized by a second haze different from the first haze, wherein the at least one reflective or transflective outer major surface defines opposing boundaries of the optical volume, and wherein the opposing boundaries substantially converge from the light injection region to the distal surface, wherein the first switchable diffuser includes a plurality of independently addressable regions, each region independently capable of being in the first state or in the second state; and wherein the at least one reflective or transflective outer major surface includes a plurality of zones having a reflective property that varies discretely from zone to zone by spatial variation in a perforation density of the film, the zones being in one-to-one correspondence with the regions such that when each region is in the first state and for each zone, light injected into the light injection region is incident on the zone after being transmitted through a region of the first switchable diffuser corresponding to the zone.

US Pat. No. 10,598,348

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Optovate Limited, Hemel ...

1. A method for manufacturing an illumination apparatus, the method comprising:forming a monolithic array of light-emitting elements;
selectively removing a plurality of light-emitting elements from the monolithic array by adhering them to a first adhesive substrate in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the selectively removed light-emitting elements;
transferring the plurality of light-emitting elements from the first adhesive substrate to a second adhesive substrate in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the selectively removed light-emitting elements; and
transferring the plurality of light-emitting elements from the second adhesive substrate to a support substrate in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the selectively removed light-emitting elements;
wherein the plurality of light-emitting elements that are selectively removed from the monolithic array are selected such that, in at least one direction, for at least one pair of the selectively removed light-emitting elements in the at least one direction, for each respective pair there is at least one respective light-emitting element that is not selected that was positioned in the monolithic array between the pair of selectively removed light-emitting elements in the at least one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,347

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Optovate Limited, Hemel ...

1. A method for manufacturing an illumination apparatus, the method comprising:forming a monolithic light-emitting layer on a first substrate;
transferring the monolithic light-emitting layer to a second substrate, the second substrate permitting transmission therethrough of light in an electromagnetic wavelength band;
selectively removing a plurality of light-emitting elements from the monolithic light-emitting layer in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the selectively removed light-emitting elements, performing of the selectively removing comprising selectively illuminating the plurality of light-emitting elements through the second substrate with light in the electromagnetic wavelength band;
forming a non-monolithic array of light-emitting elements with the selectively removed light-emitting elements in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the selectively removed light-emitting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,598,346

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Optovate Limited, Hemel ...

1. A method for manufacturing an illumination apparatus, the method comprising the steps of:forming a monolithic array of light-emitting elements made of a plurality of layers on a substrate, the light-emitting elements being inter-connected in the layers they are formed in;
selectively illuminating a plurality of the light-emitting elements with an illumination that separates, at least to an extent, the selected light-emitting elements from the substrate; and
removing the illuminated light-emitting elements from the monolithic array in a manner that preserves the relative spatial position of the removed light-emitting elements;
wherein the plurality of light-emitting elements that are selectively illuminated and removed from the monolithic array are selected such that, in at least one direction, for at least one pair of the selectively illuminated and removed light-emitting elements in the at least one direction, for each respective pair there is at least one respective light-emitting element that is not selected that was positioned in the monolithic array between the pair of selectively illuminated and removed light-emitting elements in the at least one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,343

LED LIGHT APPARATUS

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. An LED light apparatus, comprising:a back cover, the back cover having a top side and a back cover inner side, the top side and the back cover inner side being opposite to each other;
a surrounding wall connected to the back cover at a first peripheral side of the back cover;
a light source fixing to an inner wall side of the surrounding wall; and
a surface ring having a light opening and having a surface ring inner side connected to a second peripheral side of the surrounding wall, the surface ring inner side, the inner wall side and the back cover inner side forming a light movement space, the back cover inner side having a three-dimension curve surface for reflecting light to the light opening of the surface ring, wherein the back cover has a first side wall and the surface ring has a second side wall, the combination of the first side wall and the second side wall forms the surrounding wall.

US Pat. No. 10,598,338

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Guangzhou Tai Da Electric...

1. A method of manufacturing a vehicle headlight, the method comprising:providing, between two housing parts of the vehicle headlight, a heat conducting member and one or more circuit boards, wherein one or more radiation generators are attached in or on the one or more circuit boards, wherein a first housing part of the two housing parts comprises a first tower body having a first opening, a first connecting body, and a first heat sink part having a first recessed area, and wherein a second housing part of the two housing parts comprises a second tower body having a second opening, a second connecting body, and a second heat sink part having a second recessed area;
soldering at least a portion of a fan to one of the first recessed area of the first housing part and the second recessed area of the second housing part before a housing is formed,
forming the housing of the vehicle headlight by snapping the two housing parts together, wherein the heating conducting member and the one or more circuit boards are attached and fastened inside the housing, wherein the housing comprises a recess on a lateral surface of the housing, wherein the fan is in the recess on the lateral surface of the housing, and wherein the heat conducting member extends perpendicular to an opening of the fan; and
soldering the fan in the recess on the lateral surface of the housing after the housing is formed,
wherein the housing further comprises a tower body having the first opening and the second opening, a connecting body, and a heat sink having the recess, and wherein the first tower body of the first housing part and the second tower body of the second housing part collectively make the tower body of the housing, the second connecting body of the first housing part and the second connecting body of the second housing part collectively make the connecting body of the housing, the first heat sink part of the first housing part and the second heat sink part of the second housing part collectively make the heat sink of the housing, and the first recessed area and the second recessed area collectively make the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,598,331

PROJECTION DEVICE WITH FIELD SPLITTING ELEMENT

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A projection device comprising:a light source;
a spatial light modulator arranged to receive light from the light source and provide modulated light;
projection optics arranged to receive and project the modulated light; and
a field splitting element between the spatial light modulator and the projection optics, a first portion of the field splitting element being structured to pass at least a first portion of the modulated light to the projection optics for projection at a first focal length, and a second portion of the field splitting element being structured to pass at least a second portion of the modulated light to the projection optics for projection at a second focal length.

US Pat. No. 10,598,330

HEADLIGHT FOR VEHICLES

ZKW Group GmbH, Wieselbu...

1. A headlight for vehicles, comprising:at least two light sources (1A, 1B; 1B-1, 1B-2, 1B-3); and
an illumination optics system associated with one of the at least two light sources, the illumination optics system comprising a micromirror array (7) and a projection optics system (9, 9f) comprising a lens, a central processing unit (4) comprising a light source control unit (3) and an array control unit (12) associated with the at least two light sources and the micromirror array,
wherein the illumination optics system is configured to direct shaped rays of light (2A, 2B) of one of the at least two light sources at the micromirror array, and wherein a reflected light beam is projected by the projection optics system as a light image (10) into a traffic space,
wherein rays of light from the at least two light sources are directed at the micromirror array (7) that is common to the at least two light sources, and wherein at least two superimposed regions (9kA, 9kB) of the projection optics system (9, 9f), which have different refractive powers for at least two image regions of the light image are associated with the reflected light beam, and
wherein the rays of light of the at least two light sources (1A, 1B; 1B-1, 1B-2, 1B-3) are directed at the micromirror array (7) at varying angles of incidence.

US Pat. No. 10,598,329

LIGHT-CONDUCTIVE OPTICAL SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY FOR A LIGHT DEVICE OF A VEHICLE

Varric Lighting Sytems, S...

1. A light-conductive optical system comprising at least one planarly shaped light guide made from an optically transparent material with an associated light unit and a collimating element to collimate light rays emitted from the light unit, wherein an edge of the light guide comprises a binding surface to bind the light rays collimated by the collimating element to the light guide and an output surface for output of the light rays out of the light guide,wherein the output surface and the binding surface are situated on surfaces that transversally connect a top surface and a bottom surface of the light guide,
wherein the binding surface comprises a primary surface situated opposite an exit surface of the collimating element, and at one or both sides of the primary surface, a secondary surface integrally continuing the primary surface,
wherein a height (v) of the exit surface is bigger than a height (t) of the binding surface so that the exit surface protrudes above the top surface and/or below the bottom surface of the light guide with an overlapping part,
wherein the light guide is, for each overlapping part, fitted with one or more pairs of reflective means,
wherein in each of the pairs of reflective means, a first reflective means is situated with an input surface opposite the overlapping part to bind at least a part of the light rays exiting from the overlapping part to the first reflective means and to reflect the light rays to a second reflective means adapted to direct the light rays against a secondary surface by reflection.

US Pat. No. 10,598,327

LASER-BASED LIGHT SOURCE

LUMILEDS LLC, San Jose, ...

1. A laser-based light source comprising at least one laser, at least one optical fiber, at least one conversion device and at least one detector, wherein the at least one laser is adapted to emit laser light with a laser peak emission wavelength, wherein the at least one optical fiber is adapted to guide the laser light such that the laser light is received at a first surface of the at least one conversion device, wherein the conversion device is adapted to convert at least a part of the laser light to converted light, wherein a peak emission wavelength of the converted light is in a longer wavelength range than the laser peak emission wavelength, wherein the at least one optical fiber is further adapted to receive from the conversion device and to guide back in the direction of the at least one laser a part of the converted light, and wherein the detector is arranged to detect at least a part of the back guided converted light.

US Pat. No. 10,598,324

ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION COLLECTING AND DIRECTING DEVICE

1. An electromagnetic radiation collecting and directing apparatus comprising:at least one heliostat with a reflective surface;
a propagating medium which at least partially extends into a structure, wherein the propagating medium comprises a first end and a second end;
an optical device associated with the propagating medium;
wherein the first end is configured to receive electromagnetic radiation from the at least one heliostat or the optical device;
wherein the optical device is configured to direct the received electromagnetic radiation through the propagation medium;
wherein the second end is configured to allow the received electromagnetic radiation to exit the propagating medium; and
a controller;
wherein the controller is configured to control the direction and amount of the received electromagnetic radiation via at least one of user input or sensor input; and
wherein the controller is further configured to cause some or all of the received electromagnetic radiation to be redirected to a third end of the propagating medium in response to receiving a demand for heat or electromagnetic radiation to be redirected to the third end.

US Pat. No. 10,598,322

HIGH-BAY LUMINAIRE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A luminaire comprising:a cover having an outer wall, a first set of corrugations, and an interior recess, wherein the outer wall includes an opening;
a control component positioned in the interior recess;
a base connected to the cover having a second set of corrugations corresponding to the first set of corrugations, the base and cover forming a housing;
a light emitter connected to the base and operatively connected to the control component; and
one or more mounting components for connecting the housing to a support and wherein the opening is configured to directly receive the support to position the housing over an area.

US Pat. No. 10,598,320

INTEGRAL COOLING FOR LED LIGHTING SOURCE

LEDVANCE LLC, Wilmington...

1. A retrofit illumination fixture device comprising:a lighting module comprising one or more LEDs, and a heat sink;
a mounting and alignment bracket coupled to the heat sink, the mounting and alignment bracket configured for rigid attachment to a building;
a driver module, physically separate from the lighting module, and comprising circuitry for supplying power to the one or more LEDs;
a flexible conduit containing an interior hollow tube for a wire chase, and an exterior hollow tube for an air pathway that is positioned encircling the interior hollow tube for the wire chase, and one or more electrical connection wires within the interior hollow tube for that is for the wire chase electrically connecting the driver module to the lighting module, wherein the interior hollow tube for the wire chase is comprised of a corrugated metal; and
a fan for directing air through the lighting module and the driver module, the air passing through the air pathway of the flexible conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,319

PORTABLE LANTERN LIGHT WITH MULTIPLE OPERATING MODES

Promier Products Inc., P...

1. A portable lantern light comprising:a central body defining an elongated receiver, the central body including:
(i) a plurality of external longitudinal ribs that are arranged along a length of the central body;
(ii) a plurality of longitudinal channels, wherein a channel is positioned between a pair of the plurality of external longitudinal ribs;
(iii) a plurality of lighting elements, wherein a lighting element resides within a channel;
(iv) a plurality of lenses, wherein a lens overlies a lighting element and is positioned within the channel, wherein the lens extends longitudinally along the central body; and
(v) a power source positioned within the elongated receiver of the central body;
a first end assembly operably coupled to a first end portion of the central body and the power source; and
a second end assembly operably coupled to a second end portion of the central body.

US Pat. No. 10,598,318

LIGHT SOURCE AND METHOD FOR MAKING A LIGHT SOURCE

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A method of fabricating a light source that emits a light having a first color temperature comprising the steps of:attaching a plurality of light emitting diodes to a circuit board, wherein each light emitting diode is configured to emit light within a same wavelength range, and wherein the plurality of light emitting diodes comprises a first set of light emitting diodes and a second set of light emitting diodes that are arranged on the circuit board such that the first set of light emitting diodes and the second set of light emitting diodes are unpartitioned;
applying a first phosphor layer to the first set of light emitting diodes of the plurality of light emitting diodes,
wherein the first set of light emitting diodes with the first phosphor layer applied thereon generate a first light having a second color temperature; and
applying a second phosphor layer to the second set of light emitting diodes of the plurality of light emitting diodes,
wherein the second set of light emitting diodes with the second phosphor layer applied thereon generate a second light having a third color temperature;
wherein the first phosphor layer is different from and has different optical properties than the second phosphor layer,
wherein a combination of the first light and the second light results in the light having the first color temperature, and
wherein the first phosphor layer is applied to the first set of light emitting diodes and the second phosphor layer is applied to the second set of light emitting diodes using one of a screen printing process and an inkjet printing process.

US Pat. No. 10,598,314

LED LAMP

Liquidleds Lighting Corp....

1. An LED lamp comprising:an LED device having
multiple LED chips, wherein top surfaces and bottom surfaces of the multiple LED chips emit light;
multiple conductive substrates, each of the multiple conductive substrates having two opposite edges respectively adjacent to a preceding conductive substrate and a subsequent conducive substrate, wherein each of the multiple conductive substrates is a metal foil, the multiple conductive substrates are arranged at intervals, and the multiple LED chips are mounted on only one side of the multiple conductive substrates, and each of the multiple LED chips is supported by and electrically connected between two adjacent conductive substrates of the multiple conductive substrates, wherein a length of each LED chip is W1, a distance between two adjacent LED chips of the multiple LED chips is W2, and W2<2W1;
a packaging layer including an upper packaging layer and a lower packaging layer, wherein the upper packaging layer is pervious to light and covers the multiple LED chips and top surfaces of the multiple conductive substrates, wherein the lower packaging layer covers the bottom surfaces of the multiple LED chips and the multiple conductive substrates, wherein the packaging layer, the multiple LED chips and the multiple conductive substrates form a light bar; and
a protective cover being a curved tube mounted around the light bar, wherein the protective cover is pervious to light and is insulative, wherein an inner diameter of the protective cover is between 3 mm and 15 mm and an outer diameter of the protective cover is between 4 mm and 16 mm;
a fixing block having at least one hole allowing at least one end of the light bar to pass through so as to mount the LED device to the fixing block, with the light bar configured to have flexibility to be mounted in the curved tube and to pass through the at least one hole;
a circuit board electrically connected to at least one end of the light bar for controlling the LED device; and
a lamp base for holding and mounting the fixing block and the circuit board therein;
wherein a width of each of the multiple conductive substrates is D1, and wherein the inner diameter of the protective cover is D3;
wherein 0.3<(D1/D3)<1; and
wherein the opposite edges of each conductive substrate extend out of the packaging layer.

US Pat. No. 10,598,310

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SINGLE HANDED OPERATION OF AN ADJUSTABLE STAND

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An adjustable stand, comprising:a stand base;
a stand cradle rotatably coupled to the stand base proximate a bottom edge of the stand cradle and a front edge of the stand base;
a stand arm rotatably coupled to the stand base proximate a bottom edge of the stand arm and a middle section of a top side of the stand base, and movably coupled to the stand cradle proximate two side edges of the stand cradle;
a handle rotatably coupled to the stand cradle proximate a top edge of the stand cradle;
two sets of rack teeth, each set of rack teeth coupled to a back side of the stand cradle proximate a respective one of the two side edges of the stand cradle; and
two rack tooth mechanisms, each rack tooth mechanism including a locking-sliding mechanism having a set of teeth, each locking-sliding mechanism rotatably coupled to a respective one of two ends of the handle, the rack tooth mechanism configured to:
when the handle is rotated to an adjustment position, cause each locking-sliding mechanism to rotate to an unlocked position and each set of teeth of the locking-sliding mechanism to disengage from a respective one of the two sets of rack teeth;
when the handle is in the adjustment position and the stand cradle is rotated to a first rotational position with respect to the stand base, set an angle of the stand cradle with respect to the stand base to a selected one of a plurality of angles at which the stand cradle can be set; and
when the handle is rotated to a retention position, cause each locking-sliding mechanism to rotate to a locked position, each set of teeth of the locking-sliding mechanism to engage with a portion of the respective one of the two sets of rack teeth, and lock the angle of the stand cradle to the selected angle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,305

FLEXIBLE PIPE JOINT

LORD CORPORATION, Cary, ...

1. A flexible pipe joint (200) comprising:a body (210), wherein the body (210) includes a pin-end member (230) telescopically fitted within a box-end member (220),
wherein the pin-end member (230) includes an outer connection profile (235) and the box-end member (220) includes an inner connection profile (225), wherein the outer connection profile (235) is complementary to the inner connection profile (225) and further comprises a frustoconical shape; and
wherein the body (210) includes an inner body surface (212);
a bearing (240), wherein the bearing (240) includes an outer bearing surface (244), wherein the bearing (240) is fitted within the body (210) such that at least a portion of the inner body surface (212) interfaces with at least a portion the outer bearing surface (244), and wherein the bearing (240) includes an inner bearing surface (243); and
an extension pipe (270), wherein the extension pipe (270) includes an outer extension pipe surface (289), wherein the extension pipe (270) is fitted within the bearing (240) such that at least a portion of the inner bearing surface (243) interfaces with at least a portion of the outer extension pipe surface (289).

US Pat. No. 10,598,304

ENERGY-DISSIPATIVE TUBES, ARC-TRAPPING BUSHINGS, AND KITS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS INCORPORATING THE SAME

Titeflex Corporation, Sp...

1. A system comprising:an energy-dissipative fuel gas tube comprising:
a length of corrugated stainless steel tubing;
an inner resin layer surrounding a radially outer surface of the corrugated stainless steel tubing;
a laminated foil layer surrounding a radially outer surface of the inner resin layer, the laminated foil layer comprising:
a foil having a thickness between about 0.0004? and about 0.004?; and
a high-tensile-strength material bonded to the foil; and
an outer resin layer extruded over a radially outer surface of the laminated foil layer;
a first sealing device coupled to a first end of the length of energy-dissipative fuel gas tube; and
a second sealing device coupled to a second end of the length of energy-dissipative fuel gas tube;
wherein exposure to one or more selected from the group consisting of: fault currents or lightning strikes at an exposure point along the length of energy-dissipative tubing will produce arcs at:
the exposure point; and
at least one of the first end and the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,598,303

BUNDLING BAND

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A bundling band comprising:a first band portion having a first band on which engaging grooves being serrated are formed, and a first head portion connected to a first end of the first band; and
a second band portion having a second band on which engaging grooves being serrated are formed, and a second head portion connected to a first end of the second band, the second head portion being connected to a second end of the first band to which the first head portion is unconnected,
wherein in the first head portion, a first insertion hole insertable with the second band, the second head portion, and the first band is formed, and in the second head portion, a second insertion hole insertable with the second band is formed, and
the first insertion hole is provided with a locking mechanism that locks drawing-out of the first band having been inserted by engaging with one of the engaging grooves, and the second insertion hole is provided with a locking mechanism that locks drawing-out of the second band having been inserted by engaging with one of the engaging grooves,
the bundling band further comprising a third band portion having a third band on which engaging grooves being serrated are formed, and a third head portion connected to a first end of the third band, the third head portion being connected to a second end of the second band to which the second head portion is unconnected,
wherein the third head portion is formed of a width and a height insertable with the first insertion hole and the second insertion hole,
in the third head portion, a third insertion hole insertable with the third band is formed, and
the third insertion hole is provided with a locking mechanism that locks drawing-out of the third band having been inserted by engaging with one of the engaging grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,598,300

PROTECTING SUBSEA STRUCTURES

Subsea 7 Norway AS, Stav...

1. A protective cover for a subsea elongate element, the cover having:an open end; and
a barrier attached to the cover to extend across and close the open end;wherein the barrier is flexible to conform to and surround an elongate element extending from under the cover and out from under the barrier; andwherein the barrier comprises at least one drapable sheet, net or mesh attached to the cover around the open end.

US Pat. No. 10,598,298

CONTROL VALVE AND HYDRAULIC CONTROL MODULE INCLUDING THE SAME

Borg Warner Inc., Auburn...

1. A method of forming a composite valve body for a control valve, with the control valve comprising a metal insert extending along an axis and presenting an exterior insert surface, and an interior insert surface defining a fluid passage, and a valve member slidably disposed in the fluid passage for controlling the flow of fluid medium, said method comprising the step of:forming a first protrusion, a second protrusion, and a connecting bridge from a composite material, with the first and second protrusions disposed around the exterior insert surface of the metal insert, about the axis, and spaced from one another along the axis, with the connecting bridge being integral with and extending between the first and second protrusions, with the first protrusion, the second protrusion, and the exterior insert surface collectively defining a fluid port, and with the connecting bridge having a first connecting side and a second connecting side spaced from the first connecting side;
wherein the first protrusion, the second protrusion, and the connecting bridge collectively form the composite valve body, and wherein the axis, the first connecting side of the connecting bridge, and the second connecting side of the connecting bridge define a central angle between 5 and 45 degrees; and
wherein the metal insert extends along a plane dividing the composite valve body into a first body half and a second body half, wherein the connecting bridge extends between the first and second protrusions in the first body half, and wherein the composite valve body is free of any connecting bridge between the first and second protrusion in the second body half.

US Pat. No. 10,598,296

VALVE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE OUTLET CONNECTIONS FOR HIGH PURITY GASES

NorAm Valves LLC, Rosevi...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a valve body;
a first outlet bore disposed in the valve body;
a first sealing feature disposed on the valve body about the first outlet bore;
a first anti-rotation feature disposed on the valve body; and
a clamp mechanism; and
an outlet connection from a plurality of outlet connections, each outlet connection of the plurality including:
a second outlet bore through the outlet connection, and
a second sealing feature about the second outlet bore
a sealing geometry,wherein:the dimensions of the second sealing feature are the same for each outlet connection of the plurality,
each outlet connection from the plurality of outlet connections includes a sealing geometry that is different from the sealing geometries of the other outlet connections of the plurality,
the clamp mechanism is dimensioned and configured such that:
each outlet connection from the plurality of outlet connections may be releasably positioned against the valve body such that a flow may pass between the first outlet bore and the second outlet bore through the outlet connection, and
the second sealing feature of the outlet connection may be urged by activation of the clamp mechanism toward the first sealing feature of the valve body to create a seal between the first sealing feature and the second sealing feature; and
the first anti-rotation feature disposed on the valve body is configured and positioned such that a second anti-rotation feature of the outlet connection may be engaged, the engaging operating to limit rotation of the outlet connection with respect to the first outlet bore.

US Pat. No. 10,598,295

VALVE ROTOR FOR A SOLENOID VALVE, AND VALVE CARTRIDGE FOR A SOLENOID VALVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve rotor for a solenoid valve, comprising: a ram that cooperates with a valve seat in such a way that the ram interrupts a fluid flow through the solenoid valve when the ram contacts the valve seat; a base body permanently directly connected to the ram and configured to move axially with the ram, the axial movement of the base body delimited by the ram; and a damping device arranged between the ram and the base body, the damping device having a cavity configured to be filled with a damping medium and a choke opening through which the damping medium flows out of the cavity or into the cavity, wherein, when the ram hits the valve seat so as to close the valve, the damping medium flows out of the cavity via the choke opening such that the damping device damps a pulse that occurs when the ram hits the valve seat,wherein the choke opening is configured as a groove defined in an inner circumferential wall of the ram.

US Pat. No. 10,598,294

SAFETY JOINT FOR A FLUID FILLING APPARATUS

TATSUNO CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A safety joint comprising:a plug with a cylindrical shape in which a passage is formed,
a socket in which a passage continuing to the passage in the plug is formed,
a shut off valve mounted on the passage in the socket, the shut off valve opening when the plug being inserted into the socket and closing when the plug being disconnected therefrom, wherein central axes of the passages of the plug and the socket do not form a straight line,
a valve rod mounted on one of the plug and the socket, and
a cover for protecting the valve rod, the cover and the valve rod being configured such that the valve rod is exposed when the plug separates from the socket.

US Pat. No. 10,598,293

TEMPERATURE ACTUATED ELECTROMECHANICAL PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE

Robertshaw Controls Compa...

1. A pressure relief valve, comprising:a valve housing having an inlet, an outlet, and a main water flow channel defined therebetween, the housing further defining a relief port that is fluidly coupled to the main water flow channel;
a valving member operably engaging the relief port; and
a spring having a spring force selected to be lower than a failure pressure of the valve housing, the spring being operably coupled to the valving member to hold the valving member in sealing contact with the relief port when a pressure within the valve housing is below the spring force and to release the valving member from sealing contact when the pressure within the valve housing is above the spring force; and
wherein release of the valving member from the sealing contact allows a flow of water from the main flow channel to exit the valve housing through a water flow through coupling fluidly connected to the relief port; and a solenoid controlled valve interposed between the inlet and the outlet, downstream of the relief port, to control a main flow of water through the main water flow channel from the inlet to the outlet;
wherein the valving member includes a bi-metal disc through which the spring force is applied, and wherein deflection of the bi-metal disc unseats the valving member from the relief port to allow the flow of water from the main water flow channel through the relief port when a temperature of the bi-metal disc is below a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,598,291

GUIDED CHECK VALVE

Fluid Power, Inc., Blue ...

1. A valve assembly, comprising:a seat;
a sleeve;
a disc comprising a guide, the guide positioned inside the sleeve and the guide extending from a first side of the disc facing the sleeve but the guide not extending from a second side of the disc opposite the first side, the guide configured to slide against the sleeve in a constant orientation of the disc, wherein an outer diameter of the guide is less than an outer diameter of the disc; and
a spring positioned inside the guide and configured to press the disc towards the seat, the spring contacting the first side of the disc,
wherein the disc and seat configured such that the disc when not contacting the seat is in an open position allowing fluid to flow there between and when the disc contacts the seat a seal is formed in a closed position preventing the fluid to flow there between, the disc having full freedom of movement between the open position and the closed position, wherein a surface of the seat is flat and faces the disc and is parallel to a surface of the disc, wherein in the closed position contact is only made on one plane between the surface of the seat and the surface of the disc, wherein the surface of the disc and the surface of the seat are both perpendicular to a direction that the guide extends into the disc.

US Pat. No. 10,598,289

SPOOL VALVE

1. A slide valve for a conveying system with a conveying line (6, 6?, 7) conveying under a vacuum, the slide valve comprising:at least one slide (1, 1a), arranged at a conveying cross section of the conveying line and configured to close off the conveying cross section, wherein the at least one slide (1, 1a) comprises at least one passage opening (33);
at least one sealing ring (27, 28; 27?, 28?) configured to seal a gap between the conveying line (6, 6?, 7) and the at least one slide (1, 1a), wherein the at least one sealing ring (27, 28; 27?, 28?) surrounds the conveying line (6, 6?, 7) and comprises a washer-like sealing part which lies flat against the at least one slide (1a, 1a) and rests against a circumference of the conveying line;
wherein a side of the washer-like sealing part facing away from the at least one slide (1, 1a) is subjected to an ambient pressure;
wherein a pressure differential is produced between the ambient pressure and a pressure existing in the conveying line when conveying under vacuum, wherein the ambient pressure is greater than the pressure in the conveying line when conveying under vacuum;
wherein the washer-like sealing part is supported loosely without sealing on the at least one slide when no conveying under vacuum takes place;
wherein the washer-like sealing part seals the gap between the conveying line and the at least one slide only once a vacuum conveying action begins and the pressure differential forces the washer-like sealing part into a sealing position at the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,598,286

SLIDE COMPONENT

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A slide component comprising a pair of slide parts relatively sliding on each other, whereinone slide part is a stationary-side seal ring and the other slide part is a rotating-side seal ring, these seal rings have sealing faces formed radially for sealing a sealed fluid from leaking,
in the sealing face of one of the pair of slide parts, a dynamic pressure generation groove is provided, wherein a land portion is provided on each of an inner-diameter side and an outer-diameter side of the dynamic pressure generation groove,
the sealing face of the other of the pair of the slide parts has, in a radial direction, (i) an inner diameter which is set smaller than an inner diameter of the dynamic pressure generation groove, and (ii) an outer diameter which is set larger than an outer diameter of the dynamic pressure generation groove,
the sealing face of the other of the pair of the slide parts is slidably in contact with the land portion on each of the inner-diameter side and the outer-diameter side of the dynamic pressure generation groove of the one of the pair of the slide parts, in a manner that the dynamic pressure generation groove is separated from a sealed fluid side without fluid communication with the sealed fluid side and is separated from a leakage side without direct fluid communication with the leakage side, and
between an end on the leakage side of the dynamic pressure generation groove and the leakage side, a fluid introduction groove which fluidly communicates the dynamic pressure generation groove and the leakage side is provided, wherein a circumferentially cross-sectional area of the fluid introduction groove is set smaller than a circumferentially cross-sectional area of the dynamic pressure generation groove,
wherein the fluid introduction groove is set such that the cross-sectional area thereof decreases from the leakage side toward the dynamic pressure generation groove side.

US Pat. No. 10,598,285

PISTON SEALING SYSTEM

QUEST ENGINES, LLC

1. A sealing system comprising:a first structure surface;
a blocking element having a first end, a second end, and a blocking element surface extending between the first end and the second end;
a plurality of laterally spaced pockets arranged in a plurality of rows to form a field of pockets on but not extending through the first structure surface, or on but not extending through the blocking element surface, or on but not extending through both the first structure surface and the blocking element surface;
a gaseous working fluid provided at the blocking element first end at an elevated pressure relative to a gaseous working fluid pressure at the blocking element second end; and
an equalizing groove formed in the field of pockets on but not extending through the first structure surface, or on but not extending through the blocking element surface,
wherein one or both of the first structure and the blocking element have a perimeter,
wherein the equalizing groove is a continuous closed loop structure extending around the perimeter of the first structure or the blocking element such that a plurality of said pockets are provided on opposite sides of a reference plane that is coplanar with the equalizing groove,
wherein said equalizing groove remains unoccupied to receive said gaseous working fluid,
wherein the first structure surface is disposed in close proximity to, and spaced a substantially uniform distance from, the blocking element surface, and
wherein a seal equivalent is produced from gaseous working fluid interaction with the field of pockets.

US Pat. No. 10,598,280

ACTUATION UNIT FOR CONTROLLING THE ANGULAR POSITION OF A CONTROL MEMBER, PARTICULARLY FOR A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Dana Graziano S.r.l., Fr...

1. An actuation unit for controlling the angular position of a control member, comprising a primary motor and a transmission mechanism for transmitting to the control member the motion generated by the primary motor, wherein the transmission mechanism comprisesa first rotary transmission member arranged to be driven into rotation by the primary motor,
a second rotary transmission member arranged to be drivingly connected for rotation with the control member,
a coupling member selectively shiftable between an engagement position, in which it connects the first and second transmission members for rotation with each other, and a disengagement position, in which it disconnects the first and second transmission members from each other,
an auxiliary actuation device arranged to control shifting of the coupling member between the engagement position and the disengagement position,
at least one first elastic member interposed between the first and second transmission members to cause rotation of the second transmission member relative to the first transmission member when the coupling member is in the disengagement position, and
at least one second elastic member tending to elastically urge the coupling member towards the engagement position, so that the coupling member is normally kept in the engagement position and the auxiliary actuation device, when activated, controls shifting of the coupling member from the engagement position to the disengagement position, acting against said at least one second elastic member,
wherein the first transmission member is a gearwheel and the second transmission member is a shaft on which the first transmission member is idly mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,598,276

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CONTROL THE OPERATION OF A TRANSMISSION USING ENGINE FUEL CONSUMPTION DATA

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A method of controlling the operation of a vehicle transmission operatively connected to an engine control module of an engine having operating characteristics and operatively connected to a transmission control module having access to a memory, the method comprising:receiving a throttle command at the engine control module, wherein the throttle command provides a desired engine speed for the engine;
deriving an engine control command from the received throttle command at the engine control module;
transmitting the engine control command to the transmission control module;
selecting a stored engine map from the memory based on the transmitted engine control command, wherein the stored engine map represents engine efficiency loss data of the engine;
determining a change to an operating condition of the transmission based on the selected stored engine map; and
modifying the operating condition of the transmission using the determined change based on the selected stored engine map to an updated operating condition of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,598,275

GEAR-CHANGING APPARATUS FOR ACTUATING A MANUAL GEARBOX OF A MOTORCYCLE FOR CARRYING OUT A GEAR CHANGE WITH THE CLUTCH ENGAGED

KTM AG, Mattighofen (AT)...

1. A gear-changing apparatus for actuating a manual gearbox of a motorcycle having a drive engine, and for carrying out a gear change with a clutch engaged between the drive engine and the manual gearbox, the gear-changing apparatus comprising a gearbox comprising a rotationally actuable selector shaft and a rotationally actuable gear-selector drum, and the gear-changing apparatus comprising a gear-change lever for actuating the selector shaft, wherein the gear-changing apparatus is adapted for influencing the output torque of the drive engine, the gear-changing apparatus further comprising a first sensor device for detecting the rotational actuation of the selector shaft, and a support bearing provided at an end-face end portion of the selector shaft, the support bearing comprising a cylindrical body detachably fixable on the selector shaft, and the body having a mounting for detachable fastening thereon of a first magnetic device, and wherein the gear-changing apparatus is adapted for influencing the output torque of the drive engine as a function of a sensor signal from the first sensor device.

US Pat. No. 10,598,273

ACTUATING APPARATUS FOR SELECTING GEARS FOR A GEAR CHANGE TRANSMISSION AND METHOD FOR BLOCKING AN ACTUATING APPARATUS

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. An actuating device for selecting gears for a change gear transmission for an automatic transmission with shift-by-wire actuation, the actuating device comprising:a selector lever that is movable in a main shift track and a touch-shift track, and is movable between the main shift track and the touch-shift track via a changing track;
a latch mechanism that comprises a latching guide having a contour configured to urge the selector lever to slip from the touch-shift track into the main shift track;
a locking device comprising a locking gate having a first locking recess and a second locking recess, an actuator, a locking bolt disposed at least partially within the actuator, and a spring disposed at an end of the locking bolt to urge the locking bolt out of the actuator and to thereby cause the locking bolt to engage at least one of the first locking recess or the second locking recess;
wherein when engaged in the first locking recess, an amount of force by which the locking bolt engages the first locking recess prevents movement of the selector lever from the touch-shift track to the main shift track by way of the urging of the latching guide of the latch mechanism;
wherein when the actuator is activated, the amount of force by which the locking bolt engages the first locking recess is reduced, to thereby allow the selector lever to move from the touch-shift track to the main shift track by way of the urging of the latching guide of the latch mechanism; and
wherein, at a location where the selector lever is movable from the main shift track to touch-shift track via the changing track, the second locking recess comprises, in a section positioned between the first locking recess and the second locking recess, a side wall aligned substantially parallel to a direction of movement of the locking bolt such that, when the locking bolt engages the second locking recess, the selector lever is prevented from moving from the main shift track to the touch-shift track.

US Pat. No. 10,598,272

SPUR GEAR ARRANGEMENT, GEARING SYSTEM AND WIND POWER PLANT

FLENDER GMBH, Bocholt (D...

14. A wind power plant, comprising:a gearing system which includes a spur gear arrangement, said spur gear arrangement comprising a spur gear, two flange bushings configured to rotatably support the spur gear on a shaft, each said flange bushing including a flange, a lubricating film provided between an inner side of the spur gear and each of the flange bushings, and two supporting bodies arranged on the shaft, wherein the flange bushings are respectively arranged with their flange on the supporting bodies for axially bracing the spur gear;
a generator operably connected to the gearing system; and
a rotor including a rotor shaft coupling the rotor in a torque-transmitting manner to the gearing system.

US Pat. No. 10,598,270

LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR RACK AND PINION MAST

NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOG...

1. A method comprising:providing a mast, the mast being vertical, the mast having a rack;
mechanically coupling a carriage to the mast such that the carriage is movable relative to the mast, the carriage including a lubrication system, the lubrication system including:
a lubricating pinion, the lubricating pinion mechanically coupled to the carriage and in engagement with the rack, the engagement between the pinion and rack defining a pitch circle of the lubricating pinion, the lubricating pinion including a lubricant dispensing port, the lubricant dispensing port formed on a face of a tooth of the lubricating pinion, the lubricant dispensing port positioned at a distal end of the tooth or positioned along the pitch circle, the lubricating piston including:
a core, the core formed from a rigid material, the lubricant dispensing port formed in the core; and
a spreader, the spreader formed from a conformable material;
a lubricant reservoir; and
a pump to pump lubricant from the lubricant reservoir to the lubricant dispensing port;
pumping lubricant from the lubricant reservoir to the lubricating pinion;
dispensing lubricant from the lubricant dispensing port;
moving the carriage relative to the mast;
rotating the pinion; and
spreading the lubricant with the spreader as the lubricating pinion is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,598,268

SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM UNIT

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A support structure of a vehicle drive system unit including a unit case having a plurality of case members provided with abutting portions at axial opening ends, the abutting portions axially abutted against and bolt-fastened to each other to integrally couple the plurality of case members,one of the plurality of case members as a fixing case member being fixed via a supporting member to a body-side supporting portion, wherein
a reinforcing stiffener is disposed on the outside of the unit case so as to couple at least one of the abutting portion of the fixing case member and the abutting portion of another case member abutted against and bolt-fastened to the abutting portion of the fixing case member, and the supporting member or the body-side supporting portion to which the supporting member is fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,598,264

BAR MEMBER, ASSEMBLED COMPONENT AND ROBOT

ROBOTTIME (BEIJING) TECHN...

1. A robot, comprising an assembled component, wherein:the assembled component includes a fixed member and a moving member;
the moving member includes a multi-hole bar member and a multi-hole circular plate;
the multi-hole bar member has a width four times longer than its thickness;
the multi-hole bar member comprises a set of connecting holes running through the multi-hole bar member along a thickness direction of the multi-hole bar member;
the multi-hole circular plate has a central hole and a plurality of fixed holes distributed around the central hole and arranged circumferentially;
the fixed member comprises a multi-hole plate and a multi-hole bent plate;
the thickness of the multi-hole plate is the same as the thickness of the multi-hole bar member;
a plurality of fixed holes is arranged in a matrix on the multi-hole plate;
a bent portion is formed by bending at least one end of the multi-hole bent plate; and
a plurality of fixed holes is distributed on the multi-hole bent plate in a matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,598,261

MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A transmission comprising:at least one stationary member;
an input member rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member;
a plurality of planetary gearsets operatively coupled to the input member, each of the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first gearset component, a second gearset component, and a third gearset component, the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first planetary gearset, a second planetary gearset, a third planetary gearset, and a fourth planetary gearset;
an output member operatively coupled to the input member through the plurality of planetary gearsets and rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member, the output member is fixedly coupled to the third gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset and the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset;
a first interconnector which fixedly couples the third gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a second interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset to the third gearset component of the first planetary gearset;
a third interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the first gearset component of the second planetary gearset;
a fourth interconnector which fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset; and
a plurality of selective couplers, wherein the plurality of selective couplers includes:
a first selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset and the first gearset component of the second planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a second selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a third selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset and to the third gearset component of the third planetary gearset;
a fourth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset and to the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset;
a fifth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset; and
a sixth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset.

US Pat. No. 10,598,259

TRANSMISSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A transmission (1) for a motor vehicle, comprising:an input shaft (GW1);
an output shaft (GW2);
a plurality of planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3) with a first planetary gear set (P1), a second planetary gear set (P2) and a third planetary gear set (P3), each of the plurality of planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3) comprises a first element (E11, E12, E13), a second element (E21, E22, E23) and a third element (E31, E32, E33) which are utilized for guiding a power flow from the input shaft (GW1) to the output shaft (GW2), the first, second and third elements each being a respective one of a sun gear, a ring gear, and a planet carrier;
a plurality of shift elements (B1, K1, K2, K3, K4) with a first shift element (B1), a second shift element (K1), a third shift element (K2), a fourth shift element (K3) and a fifth shift element (K4), selective actuation of the plurality of shift elements coupling the plurality of planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3) while selecting different forward gears (1 to 7) between the input shaft (GW1) and the output shaft (GW2),
wherein the first element (E11) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is permanently rotationally fixed, and the second element (E21) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is connected to the input shaft (GW1),
wherein the third element (E31) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is connectable in a rotationally fixed manner to the first element (E12) of the second planetary gear set (P2) by the fourth shift element (K3), and the first element (E12) of the second planetary gear set (P2) is fixable in a rotationally fixed manner to a housing (GG) of the transmission (G) by the first shift element (B1),
wherein the second planetary gear set (P2) is interlockable with the fifth shift element (K4),
wherein the third element (E32) of the second planetary gear set (P2) is connectable in a rotationally fixed manner to the input shaft (GW1) by the second shift element (K1), the third element (E32) of the second planetary gear set (P2) is also connectable in a rotationally fixed manner to the second element (E23) of the third planetary gear set (P3) by the third shift element (K2), and the second element (E23) of the second planetary gear set (P2) is coupled in a rotationally fixed manner to the output shaft (GW2), and
wherein the first element (E13) of the third planetary gear set (P3) is connected in a rotationally fixed manner to the input shaft (GW1).

US Pat. No. 10,598,258

MULTI-PLUNGER PUMPS AND ASSOCIATED DRIVE SYSTEMS

U.S. Well Services, LLC, ...

15. A method for pumping fluid into a wellbore associated with a subterranean formation, the method comprising:fluidly connecting a multi-plunger hydraulic fracturing pump to a well associated with the subterranean formation such that the multi-plunger pump pumps fluid into the wellbore at a high pressure so that fluid passes from the wellbore into the subterranean formation and fractures the subterranean formation;
simultaneously powering the multi-plunger pump with a plurality of motors;
providing a planetary gear train having a plurality of input pinion gears in rotational contact with each of the plurality of motors so as to translate power from the plurality of motors into a desired pump rate of the multi-plunger pump.

US Pat. No. 10,598,257

TRANSMISSION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A transmission for a vehicle, the transmission comprising:a first input shaft fixedly connected to a motor,
a second input shaft;
a first planetary gear set including three rotation elements having:
a first rotation element rotatably mounted on the first input shaft and selectively connectable to the first input shaft;
a second rotation element; and
a third rotation element fixedly connected to a transmission housing,
a second planetary gear set including three rotation element having:
a first rotation element fixedly connected to the first input shaft;
a second rotation element; and
a third rotation element fixedly connected to the second rotation element of the first planetary gear set;
a first clutch mounted between the first input shaft and the second rotation element of the second planetary gear set and configured to selectively connect the first input shaft and the second rotation element of the second planetary gear set;
an output shaft;
a driving gear fixed to the second input shaft which is fixedly connected to the second rotation element of the second planetary gear set and rotating integrally with the second rotation element of the second planetary gear set;
a driven gear disposed on the output shaft and engaged with the driving gear,
a second clutch mounted on the first input shaft and selectively connecting the first rotation element of the first planetary gear set to the first input shaft; and
a third clutch mounted to selectively connect the third rotation element of the second planetary gear set with the driving gear.

US Pat. No. 10,598,256

DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. Dual clutch transmission for a motor vehicle, comprising:a plurality of gearwheel sets, which form exactly eight wheel planes switchable by switching elements and arranged in a sequence in an axial direction from an input side to an output side of the dual clutch transmission from the first to the eighth wheel plane arranged one after another, which are respectively assigned to a first sub-transmission and to a second sub-transmission, among which the first sub-transmission is provided with a first input shaft and the second sub-transmission is provided with a second input shaft, and both sub-transmissions are provided with a common output shaft, wherein the input shafts, which are coaxial to each other, can be alternately activated by means of a load-shiftable clutch, and wherein the first sub-transmission are assigned the even forward gears and the second sub-transmission is assigned the odd forward gears, which can be shifted with a gear shift via the switching elements, wherein a first gearwheel set of the first through the fourth wheel plane form the first sub-transmission and a second gearwheel set of the fifth through the eighth wheel plane form the second sub-transmission, wherein the input shafts are free of rotationally fixed wheel planes arranged thereupon, wherein each input shaft is provided with exactly one switching element switchable on both sides in particular in the axial direction, and by the first switching element the first input shaft can be coupled directly or indirectly to all of the first through the fourth wheel planes of the first sub-transmission or decoupled therefrom, and by the second switching element the second input shaft can be coupled directly or indirectly to all of the fifth through eight wheel planes of the second sub-transmission or decoupled therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,598,254

HIGH TORQUE TRANSMISSION

Nord-Lock Australia Pty L...

1. A worm drive having a worm and a worm wheel, including:meshing assemblies comprising a plurality of balls and a plurality of reciprocal cups formed about the worm wheel each meshing assembly comprising one ball of the plurality of balls and one reciprocal cup of the plurality of reciprocal cups, each reciprocal cup having a concave surface and an opposing flat surface, the opposing flat surface having a concave socket complementary to a shape of the ball for receiving a portion of the ball such that a second portion of the ball faces outwardly from the cup to present a spherical face of the ball to the worm, wherein a center line of the cup of each meshing assembly extends through a center of the ball of the meshing assembly and a center of the concave socket of the meshing assembly, wherein the center line forms an acute angle with a tangent line of a periphery of said wheel where the center line intersects the periphery of said wheel;
wherein the worm concavely tapers toward an end and presents a concavely tapering side profile complementing a peripheral portion of the worm wheel and wherein the worm comprises a concave track complementing the meshing assemblies,
whereby the spherical faces of the balls mesh with the concave track of the worm and are free to rotate thereby reducing shear forces between the worm and the worm wheel in use; and,
whereby in use the center line of the cup of each meshing assembly engaged with the worm is inclined toward the worm.

US Pat. No. 10,598,253

GEAR TRANSMISSION DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A gear transmission device comprising:a drive gear; and
a driven gear meshing with the drive gear and rotatable for an angular range less than 360 degrees, the driven gear including a plurality of tooth portions having tooth widths set different from each other,
wherein the plurality of tooth portions of the driven gear protruding in a direction along an axis of the driven gear, with protrusion amounts of the plurality of tooth portions of the driven gear being set equal to each other,
wherein an outer end portion of opposed ends in a tooth trace direction of each tooth portion of the driven gear is formed along a circumference centering about the axis of the driven gear, and
wherein an inner end portion of the opposed ends in the tooth trace direction of each tooth portion of the driven gear is formed along a curve centering about an axis other than the axis of the driven gear.

US Pat. No. 10,598,251

VIBRATION DAMPING LINK AND METHOD THEREFORE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A tension and compression vibration damper comprising:a frame defining a vibration damper actuation axis and having at least:
a first cavity,
a frame first end,
a frame second end longitudinally spaced from the frame first end along the vibration damper actuation axis, and
a wall that forms a first end surface of the first cavity that is longitudinally spaced along the vibration damper actuation axis from a second end surface of the first cavity;
a shaft slidably coupled to and extending into the frame along the vibration damper actuation axis where the shaft includes a first end and a second end and extends through the first cavity;
a first vibration isolator disposed within the first cavity where the shaft extends through the first vibration isolator so as to capture the first vibration isolator within the first cavity where the first vibration isolator interfaces with the frame second end;
a second vibration isolator disposed on the shaft, where the shaft extends through the second vibration isolator so as to capture the second vibration isolator on the shaft where the second vibration isolator interfaces with the frame second end opposite the first vibration isolator, where the first vibration isolator and the second vibration isolator are opposingly arranged relative to the frame second end and act only in compression to dampen both tension loads and compression loads applied to the tension and compression vibration damper; and
a displacement limiting member disposed on the shaft and extending through the wall, the displacement limiting member includes a first bushing member disposed within the first cavity and a second bushing member disposed at least partially outside the first cavity where the first bushing member and the second bushing member cooperate with each other and the wall to limit relative movement between the frame and the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,250

TORQUE CONTROL MECHANISM, DAMPER DEVICE PHASE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM, AND TORQUE CONTROL MECHANISM AND TORQUE VARIATION SUPPRESSING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. A torque control mechanism comprising:a rotation element comprising a crank shaft; and
a plurality of elastic elements whose one ends are connected to the crank shaft, wherein elastic forces of the plurality of elastic elements are changed through compression in response to rotation of the rotation element, thereby causing the plurality of elastic elements to apply a periodically varying torque to the rotation element;
a plurality of elastic element retainers connected to the other ends of the plurality of elastic elements; and
a retainer comprising a rotation mechanism capable of rotating the plurality of elastic element retainers about a rotation axis of the rotation element relative to each other, wherein:
relative angles of the plurality of elastic element retainers are changed by the rotation mechanism, to thereby change a phase of a torque applied to the rotation element from at least one of the elastic elements so that a combined torque applied to the rotation element from the plurality of elastic elements is variably set.

US Pat. No. 10,598,233

OVERRUNNING COUPLING AND CONTROL ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM TO PREVENT THE INADVERTENT ENGAGEMENT OF THE ASSEMBLY

Means Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling operating modes of an overrunning coupling assembly including first and second coupling members having first and second coupling faces, respectively, in close-spaced opposition with one another, the first coupling member being mounted for rotation about a rotary axis, the system comprising:a control member mounted for controlled shifting movement between the coupling faces, wherein the control member has a slot formed therein;
a bi-directional actuator assembly including an output member having a pair of spaced legs projecting therefrom, the output member extending through a slot formed in a wall of the second coupling member and being pivotally connected to the control member for selective, small-displacement, control member shifting movement relative to the second coupling member between a first position which corresponds to a first operating mode of the coupling assembly and a second position which corresponds to a second operating mode of the coupling assembly in response to an actuator command signal;
a one-way locking member integrally formed with the output member for movement between a disengaged position in which the control member is permitted to shift relative to the second coupling member and an engaged position between the control member and a locking member engaging portion of the wall of the second coupling member to lock the control member and the second coupling member together to prevent the control member from inadvertently shifting in a first direction relative to the second coupling member in the absence of the actuator command signal received by the actuator assembly; and
wherein the output member is rotatably connected to the control member via a clearance fit connection, the legs of the output member have the clearance fit connection with the slot in the control member and the slot in the control member has a straight edge and an angled edge so that when the locking member is in the disengaged position and the control member begins to inadvertently shift in the first direction in the absence of the actuator command signal received by the actuator assembly the output member rotates within the control member and the locking member rotates with the output member to move from the disengaged position to the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,598,230

DRIVE SHAFT COUPLING

12. A selectively engaging coupling for a handheld formula delivery device, comprising:a drive gear having a drive gear body defining a first central axis, the drive gear having a drive tooth, the drive gear positioned within a handle assembly of the formula delivery device;
a driven gear having a driven gear body defining a second central axis and having a driven tooth, the driven gear positioned in a consumable assembly removably couplable to the handle assembly, the drive tooth configured to selectively engage the driven tooth upon substantial axial alignment of the first and second central axes when the consumable assembly is coupled to the handle assembly such that the driven gear is rotated upon rotation of the drive gear and wherein the driven gear is configured to disengage from the driven gear when the consumable assembly is decoupled from the handle assembly; and
a biasing member configured to allow one of the drive gear and the driven gear to move at least axially away from the other of the drive gear and the driven gear upon radially sliding of the drive gear relative to the driven gear between a non-engagement position, wherein the first and second central axes are out of alignment, to an engagement position, wherein the first and second central axes are substantially aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,598,228

TORQUE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

AUDI AG, Igolstadt (DE)

1. A torque transmission device, comprising:a shaft having an outer circumference provided with a shaft toothing adjacent a distal end surface thereof;
a hub comprising a bore extending between opposing end faces thereof, said bore having an inner circumference provided with a hub toothing, said hub being arranged on the shaft so that the shaft toothing and the hub toothing engage one another to transmit a torque,
wherein one of the hub toothing and the shaft toothing comprises a pair of opposing gaps defined between respective adjacent teeth thereof, adjacent teeth of the other of the hub toothing and shaft toothing being arranged within each said gap; and
a spring element having two legs formed with a base connecting the legs, the legs being arranged at opposing positions between the shaft and the hub, each said leg being arranged within one of the said gaps and disposed between said adjacent teeth of the other of the hub toothing and the shaft toothing and supported on tooth flanks thereof, said spring element completely traversing the hub between said opposing end faces and being supported on the shaft and the hub,
wherein the base extends across said distal end surface of the shaft, and each said leg has a free end inserted in an indentation on an outer side of the shaft to establish a form fitting connection therewith and to exert a spring force thereon, and
wherein each said leg comprises an outwardly extending bent portion abutting the hub to exert a spring force thereon, and at least one component of the spring force is oriented so that adjacent flanks of the shaft toothing and the hub toothing are pushed against each other over an entire circumference of the shaft and hub.

US Pat. No. 10,598,227

INSTALLATION UNIT AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING A BEARING UNIT

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. An installation unit for installing a bearing unit, the installation unit comprising:a carrier of one-piece construction having an interior; and
a bearing unit mounted in the interior and including a first rolling-element row and a second rolling-element row, each of the first rolling-element row and the second rolling-element row being at least partially disposed inside the carrier;
wherein the bearing unit is slidingly mounted in the carrier such that, when an end opening of the carrier is aligned with an opening in a bearing housing, applying a force against the bearing unit will slide the bearing unit out of the carrier and into the opening in the bearing housing, and
wherein the installation unit further comprises:
a first outer ring on which at least a part of the first rolling-element row abuts;
at least one second outer ring, on which at least a part of the second rolling-element row abuts; and
at least one spacer axially disposed between the first outer ring and the second outer ring, and
wherein the carrier includes at least one integral projection on an inner surface at a junction of the first outer ring and the spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,598,223

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ENVELOPING LAYER-COATED SLIDE BEARING

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A method of manufacturing an enveloping layer-coated slide bearing, the method comprising:preparing a slide bearing having a bearing surface formed in a cylindrical shape;
forming an inner enveloping layer directly on an outer circumferential surface of the slide bearing; and
forming an outer enveloping layer by injection-molding a thermoplastic elastomer on an outer circumferential surface of the inner enveloping layer, wherein
the outer enveloping layer is formed by injection-molding a thermoplastic elastomer filled from a gate on an outer circumferential surface of the inner enveloping layer, and
the gate is formed as an opening larger than a thickness dimension of the outer enveloping layer and is disposed to overlap both the outer enveloping layer and the inner enveloping layer in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,598,220

BEARING DEVICE AND ION IMPLANTATION DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A bearing device, comprising:a bearing table configured to bear a substrate; and
a plurality of supporting components configured to support the substrate, wherein each supporting component is movably arranged on the bearing table, to support the substrate at an adjustable position,
wherein a guide rail is arranged on the bearing table, and a plurality of sliding blocks capable of moving along the guide rail is arranged on the guide rail, wherein each sliding block is provided with at least one supporting component,
wherein the bearing table has a first side edge, a second side edge opposite to the first side edge, a third side edge and a fourth side edge opposite to the third side edge, a rollover shaft is arranged at the first side edge and configured to enable the bearing table to be switched from a horizontal posture to a vertical posture, and the guide rail is arranged along an extension direction of the third side edge and the fourth side edge.

US Pat. No. 10,598,219

BEARING AND SEALING ARRANGEMENT FOR JOINTS IN HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES

Roller Bearing Company of...

1. A bearing and seal arrangement for an articulated joint, the bearing and seal arrangement comprising:a first spherical bearing comprising a first outer ring surrounding a first inner member, the first outer ring having a first spherical interior bearing surface, the first inner member having a first spherical exterior surface, a first lubricious liner disposed between the first outer ring and the first inner member, and at least one first seal receiving area having an axially extending first width;
a second spherical bearing comprising a second outer ring surrounding a second inner member, the second outer ring having a second spherical interior bearing surface, the second inner member having a second spherical exterior surface, a second lubricious liner disposed between the second outer ring and the second inner member, and at least one second seal receiving area having an axially extending second width that is greater than the first width;
the first spherical bearing and the second spherical bearing being aligned coaxially with one another;
the at least one first seal receiving area having a flexible double lipped annular seal and a scraper seal positioned therein and extending between the first outer ring and the first inner member, the scraper seal being positioned axially outward from the flexible double lipped annular seal; and
the at least one second seal receiving area having a boot seal positioned therein and extending between the second outer ring and the second inner member.

US Pat. No. 10,598,218

ANGULAR CONTACT ROLLER BEARING AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE ASSEMBLY THEREOF

1. A method for assembling an angular contact roller bearing, comprising:an angular contact roller bearing assembled in accordance with an eccentric assembly method for deep-groove ball bearings, the angular contact ball bearing comprising:
an inner bearing ring with an inner raceway, which is arranged on an outer shell surface of said inner bearing ring so as to be oblique with respect to a bearing axis of rotation (AL), and comprising a rim which delimits said inner raceway at its smallest diameter;
an outer bearing ring with an outer raceway, which is arranged on an inner shell surface of said outer bearing ring so as to be oblique with respect to the bearing axis of rotation (AL), and comprising a rim which delimits said outer raceway at its greatest diameter; and
a multiplicity of roller-type rolling bodies which are arranged between the bearing rings and which roll on the raceways of said bearing rings and which are held with uniform spacings to one another in a circumferential direction by a bearing cage;
wherein a tangent to the outer shell surface of the inner bearing ring and a tangent to the inner shell surface of the outer bearing ring are, at least in a region of the raceways, of planar form so as to run in opposite directions obliquely with respect to the bearing axis of rotation (AL);
the raceways of the two bearing rings are each formed in conical fashion into said shell surfaces; and
the rims which are thus formed and which delimit the raceways in each case on one side are thus each formed integrally with the bearing rings;
wherein, in a first step, the inner bearing ring is placed, with its face side formed with the rim, onto a horizontal assembly plane with a convex sickle-shaped auxiliary ramp in such a way that said inner bearing ring bears with its rim against an inner diameter side of the auxiliary ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,598,215

ELECTRIC MOTOR HAVING SEIZURE-RESISTANT DYNAMIC PRESSURE GAS BEARING

Nidec Copal Electronics C...

1. A motor having a motor shaft that is rotatable with respect to a case body, a coil that is arranged in the case body and generates an magnetic force via energization, a magnet that generates a rotational force by means of an attraction/repulsion force acting between the coil and the magnet, and a dynamic pressure gas bearing that has a sleeve covering a circumference of the motor shaft, whereinauxiliary bearings for the dynamic pressure gas bearing are arranged in series with the dynamic pressure gas bearing,
a non-contact detent torque generation mechanism for suppressing the rotation in the auxiliary bearings is arranged in parallel with the auxiliary bearing, and
the sum of the magnitude of a predetermined detent torque generated by the non-contact detent torque generation mechanism during a rotation suppression time and the magnitude of a friction torque of the auxiliary bearings is set to be smaller than the magnitude of an adhesion-time contact friction torque generated when the motor shaft and the sleeve adhere to each other of a contact friction torque of the dynamic pressure gas bearing generated due to swing and contact of the motor shaft and the sleeve and is set to be greater than the magnitude of a rotation-time viscous friction torque of the dynamic pressure gas bearing while the motor shaft and the sleeve are spaced from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,598,214

BEARING ELEMENT

Miba Gleitlager Austria G...

1. A bearing element for the bearing system of a structural part to be loaded with a radial force and an axial force and a tilting torque, havingat least a first inner ring element and
a second inner ring element and
at least one outer ring element,which in the unloaded condition are disposed coaxially with one another with respect to a central longitudinal axis,wherein, between the first inner ring element and the outer ring element a first sliding bearing is disposed and between the second inner ring element and the outer ring element a second sliding bearing is disposed,
wherein the first sliding bearing and the second sliding bearing are disposed at an axial spacing relative to one another,
wherein the first sliding bearing is coupled on a first receiving side with one of the first inner ring element or the outer ring element, and a first sliding face, which cooperates with a first running face of the opposite first inner ring element or outer ring element, is formed opposite the first receiving side, and
wherein the second sliding bearing is coupled on a second receiving side with one of the second inner ring element or the outer ring element and a second sliding face, which cooperates with a second running face of the opposite second inner ring element or outer ring element, is formed opposite the first receiving side,
wherein, in the new condition of the first sliding bearing and the second sliding bearing, the first sliding face of the first sliding bearing, viewed in cross section, has at least one first sub-portion and one second sub-portion, and the second sliding face of the second sliding bearing, viewed in cross section, has at least one third sub-portion and one fourth sub-portion,
wherein a tangent constructed on the first sub-portion of the first sliding bearing is disposed at a first angle relative to the central longitudinal axis and a tangent constructed on the second sub-portion of the first sliding bearing is disposed at a second angle relative to the central longitudinal axis,
wherein the first angle has a magnitude different from that of the second angle,
wherein a tangent constructed on the third sub-portion of the second sliding bearing is disposed at a third angle relative to the central longitudinal axis and a tangent constructed on the fourth sub-portion of the second sliding bearing is disposed at a fourth angle relative to the central-longitudinal axis,
wherein the third angle has a magnitude different from that of the fourth angle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,210

DRIVE SHAFT

Zhejiang CFMOTO POWER Co....

1. A drive shaft for transmitting torque generated from an engine in a wheeled land vehicle toward its wheels, comprising:a middle tubular section which is hollow and of sufficient size to transfer the torque for the wheeled land vehicle; and
two spline shaft heads which are respectively welded to both ends of the middle tubular section, the spline shaft heads being receivable in a splined drive end connector and a splined driven end connector, the spline shaft heads having crowned teeth which are crowned relative to a longitudinal axis of the drive shaft to permit an angular offset of at least 1° or more of the drive shaft relative to the connectors;wherein the drive shaft extends between and with engagement to each of the splined drive end connector and the splined driven end connector, wherein the splined drive end connector comprises a first drive sleeve, a bundle ring and a corrugated sleeve, and wherein the splined driven end connector comprises a straight cover and a second driving sleeve, and wherein the two spline shaft heads each include a shaped profile for contact with the corrugated sleeve or the straight cover.

US Pat. No. 10,598,207

HIGH-STRENGTH SCREW INCLUDING AN UNHARDENING LAYER

1. A high-strength screw, comprising:a longitudinal center axis;
a threaded portion having a thread, the thread having a height H corresponding to a height of a sharp-cut imaginary profile section, the thread including a thread tip winding about the longitudinal center axis and having a diameter d and a thread base winding about the longitudinal center axis and having a diameter d3;
an inner core as seen in cross-section of the screw, the core having a first hardness;
an outer surface layer as seen in cross-section of the screw; and
an unhardening layer forming the outer surface layer in the threaded portion, the unhardening layer having a second hardness being reduced compared to the first hardness of the core, the unhardening layer having a depth T1 existing along the thread tip winding about the longitudinal center axis and being measured in a radial direction perpendicular to the longitudinal center axis up to an imaginary axial connecting line between two positions of the thread base being adjacent and being offset by 360°,
the thread having one of the following pairs of values:
height H: 0.4 mm to 0.7 mm; depth T1: 0.25 mm to 1.8 mm; or
height H: 0.71 mm to 1.0 mm; depth T1: 0.25 mm to 2.7 mm; or
height H: 1.01 mm to 1.5 mm; depth T1: 0.2 mm to 2.7 mm; or
height H: 1.51 mm to 2.0 mm; depth T1: 0.2 mm to 2.7 mm; or
height H: 2.01 mm to 2.5 mm; depth T1: 0.15 mm to 3.0 mm; or
height H: 2.51 mm to 4.0 mm; depth T1: 0.15 mm to 4.0 mm,
wherein the core has a first hardness of 400 HV to 650 HV, and the unhardeninq layer at its outside has a hardness of 300 HV to 380 HV.

US Pat. No. 10,598,206

SHEAR BOLT WITH SAFETY FEATURE

Richards Manufacturing Co...

1. A safety shear bolt comprising:a main bolt portion comprising:
a first head portion; and
a shaft portion;
a torque head portion rigidly connected to the main bolt portion, the torque head portion comprising:
a second head portion; and
a stem portion extending from a top surface of the first head portion of the main bolt portion to an underside surface of the second head portion, the stem portion configured to shear along a shear line when a predetermined amount of torque is applied to the second head portion; and
a coupling mechanism configured to connect the second head portion to the main bolt portion after shearing of the stem portion, thereby preventing inadvertent dropping of the second head portion, the coupling mechanism allowing the second head portion to rotate with respect to the main bolt portion while preventing free longitudinal movement of the second head portion with respect to the main bolt portion,
wherein the coupling mechanism comprises a fastening device comprising a blind rivet.

US Pat. No. 10,598,203

FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT FOR A FLUID-TIGHT ATTACHMENT TO A SHEET METAL PART, COMPONENT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

1. A functional element (10) having a section (16) that has a flange (12), that projects away from a side (14) of the flange (12), and that is adapted for an aperture-free punching into a sheet metal part (72) and having a shaft part (20) that projects away from a side (18) of the flange (12) opposite the first side (14), that satisfies a function, and that has a longitudinal axis (22), wherein the flange (12) and the section (16) are arranged at least substantially coaxially to the shaft part (20), wherein the section (16) is configured as a hollow cylinder that has notches (26 and 26?) extending in parallel with the longitudinal direction at at least one of its outer jacket surface and its inner jacket surface and the section (16) has a diverging frustoconical shape (34) that runs out at least substantially at the free end (28) and that serves for the widening of the section (26) on the punching into the sheet metal part in the region of its free front 20 end (28) on the inner side preferably in a region (32) directly adjacent to the free end (28) of the section.

US Pat. No. 10,598,197

PARTICULATE LADEN FLUID VORTEX EROSION MITIGATION

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) an outer ring with a first axial end and a first circumferential lip on the first axial end and a second axial end and a second circumferential lip on the second axial end;
(b) an array of inner axial vanes secured to the outer ring, the inner axial vanes protruding axially from the outer ring, each axial vane including an inner surface extending axially and an outer surface extending at an acute angle with respect to the inner surface; and (c)
a first annular seal engaging the first axial end of the outer ring and held to the first axial end of the outer ring by the first circumferential lip, and a second annular seal engaging the second axial end of the outer ring and held to the second axial end of the outer ring by the second circumferential lip.

US Pat. No. 10,598,196

REDUCED NOISE RECIPROCATING PNEUMATIC MOTOR

SHINN FU CORPORATION, Ta...

9. In a reduced-noise pneumatic motor comprising a housing having a cap disposed at a first end, the cap having an air inlet; a base disposed at a second end, the base having an air outlet hole formed therein, and a piston pump extending therethrough; a pneumatic piston disposed within the housing, the pneumatic piston comprising a shuttle valve situated within a central bore of the pneumatic piston; and a piston rod having a first end extending into the piston pump and a second end secured to a spring which biases the piston rod against the pneumatic piston; the improvement comprising:a noise damping system configured to engage with the air outlet hole, the noise damping system comprising an air-receiving element, wherein air exits the pneumatic motor through the air outlet hole, and is received by the air-receiving element, the air receiving element dampening the sound caused by the air exiting from the pneumatic motor;
wherein:
the air-receiving element comprises a section of tubing, the tubing having a first end inserted into the air outlet hole and a second closed end, and a plurality of holes formed along the length of the tubing; and
the holes in the tubing are formed along the tubing in two perpendicular planes, the holes in the first plane being offset from the holes in the second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,598,193

PRIME MOVER SYSTEM AND METHODS UTILIZING BALANCED FLOW WITHIN BI-DIRECTIONAL POWER UNITS

AOI, Stafford, TX (US)

1. A prime mover apparatus for actuating and moving one or more mechanical, hydraulic, electro-mechanical, and/or electro-hydraulic devices activated by an actuator in either a single or bi-directional direction as required that utilizes at least one hydraulic circuit comprising;one or more pumps, wherein said pumps power said at least one hydraulic circuit and wherein said pumps include at least one inlet port and at least one outlet port that maintain pressure and pump fluid in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction into and out of a pipeline that conveys fluid, such that fluid enters and exits said one or more pumps from either a designated clockwise (CW) or counterclockwise (CCW) outlet port thereby creating a clockwise or counterclockwise flow path that directs fluid through said at least one hydraulic circuit; and wherein said at least one hydraulic circuit utilizes one or more inverse shuttle valves placed along said flow path so that continuous balanced fluid flow into and out of said one or more pumps provides an ability for said at least one hydraulic circuit to actuate and move by said actuator said one or more mechanical, hydraulic, electro-mechanical, and/or electro-hydraulic devices.

US Pat. No. 10,598,192

ACOUSTIC-RESONANCE FLUID PUMP

TTP VENTUS LIMITED, Melb...

1. A fluid pump, comprising: a pump body having upper and lower parts, each part comprising a substantially cylindrical side wall closed at one end by a substantially circular end wall, the upper and lower parts together arranged to form a single cavity which is bounded by the end walls and side walls of the pump body; an actuator disposed within the cavity in a plane substantially parallel to and between the end walls such that the cavity is divided into upper and lower portions by the actuator; at least one valved aperture located substantially at the centre of each end wall of both the upper and lower parts of the pump body; and an actuator support structure connecting the actuator to the pump body; wherein the actuator support structure is arranged to allow the actuator to hinge at its perimeter while substantially constraining axial motion of said perimeter such that said perimeter is substantially stationary, the support structure being substantially open to enable free flow of fluid between the upper and lower cavity portions; and wherein, in use, the actuator oscillates in a direction substantially perpendicular to the plane of the end walls causing an acoustic wrapped standing wave to exist in the cavity and thereby causing fluid flow through said apertures; wherein the perimeter of the actuator forms a continuous circle from which the actuator support structure extends.

US Pat. No. 10,598,191

VANE FOR TURBOMACHINERY, SUCH AS AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET OR TURBOFAN ENGINE OR AN AIRCRAFT TURBOPROP ENGINE

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A variable stator vane for turbomachinery, such as, for example, an aircraft turbojet or turbofan engine or an aircraft turboprop engine, said vane comprising a blade portion having a concave surface and a convex surface that are interconnected by a trailing edge and by a leading edge that are mutually opposite, said blade portion extending along an axis (B), and a pivot extending along the axis (B) of the blade portion, from at least one axial end of said blade portion, said variable stator vane being characterized in that it further comprises:a first deicing fluid flow circuit inside the vane;
a second deicing fluid flow circuit inside the vane;
selection means suitable for directing the majority of a fluid towards the first circuit, when the vane is in a first angular position, about the axis (B), corresponding to the turbomachinery being in a first operating state, and suitable for directing the majority of the fluid towards the second circuit, when the vane is in a second angular position, about the axis, corresponding to the turbomachinery being in a second operating state, wherein the selection means includes a first fluid inlet for the first deicing fluid flow circuit and a second fluid inlet for the second deicing fluid flow circuit, wherein the first fluid inlet and the second fluid inlet are situated at the pivot and are offset angularly relative to each other; and
a groove extending from the first inlet to the second inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,598,190

CENTRIFUGAL BLOWER

COWAY CO., LTD., Chungch...

1. A centrifugal blower comprising:a centrifugal fan;
a scroll casing configured to surround the centrifugal fan, having an air inlet in at least one of a front surface and a rear surface, having an air outlet in one side thereof, and guiding, to the air outlet, air discharged from the centrifugal fan, wherein the scroll casing has a cutoff portion formed on one side of the air outlet;
an expansion part provided at the air outlet and configured such that the cross-sectional area of a flow path is expanded in an air discharge direction;
a dividing plate provided in the expansion part, arranged on the outside of the air outlet, and arranged lengthwise in a flow direction of air discharged from the air outlet; and
an exhaust grill configured to be attachable to or detachable from the air outlet of the expansion part, the exhaust grill having a structure of a grid shape with a plurality of vent holes;
wherein the dividing plate is formed to extend from one side of an inner wall of the expansion part to the other side of the inner wall of the expansion part to divide the flow path inside the expansion part into two flow paths,
wherein the dividing plate is provided on the outside of the cutoff portion, relative to the cutoff portion, and extends lengthwise in a flow direction of air, starting from outside of the cutoff portion to the exhaust grill,
wherein the dividing plate is coupled separably to the exhaust grill, and
wherein the dividing plate has a protruding portion protruding externally from the exhaust grill.

US Pat. No. 10,598,186

METHOD FOR PREVENTING THE CORROSION OF AN IMPELLER-SHAFT ASSEMBLY OF A TURBOMACHINE

Nuovo Pignone SRL, Flore...

1. A method for preventing corrosion of an impeller-shaft assembly of a turbomachine, the method comprising:assembling an impeller on a shaft in order to define an impeller-shaft assembly;
plating the assembly by inserting the assembly into a plating bath; and
coating at least a first predefined surface on the impeller and a second predefined surface on the shaft by spraying the predefined surfaces with a cold spray comprising particles of a nickel-based alloy or of stainless steel,
wherein the coating step is performed before the assembling step.

US Pat. No. 10,598,184

TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A turbocharger comprising:a turbocharger body;
a turbine shaft rotatably housed in the turbocharger body with a turbine impeller provided to one end of the turbine shaft and a compressor impeller provided to an opposite end of the turbine shaft;
a bearing provided in the turbocharger body and configured to rotatably support the turbine shaft in an insertion hole formed in the bearing, the bearing including an end surface facing in an axial direction of the turbine shaft;
an opposing portion including an opposing surface facing the end surface of the bearing in the axial direction of the turbine shaft; and
a first groove formed on one of the end surface of the bearing and the opposing surface of the opposing portion to communicate between the insertion hole and an outer peripheral edge of the end surface of the bearing,
the first groove curvedly extending radially outward and forward in a rotational direction of the turbine shaft from an opening end of the first groove facing the insertion hole along a track of oil droplet of the lubricant receiving rotational force from the turbine shaft, the oil droplet supposed to be on a plane rotated by the turbine shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,598,182

VENTILATION APPARATUS WITH COUNTER-ROTATING IMPELLERS DRIVEN BY LONG SHAFT

TAIYUAN UNIVERSITY OF TEC...

1. A ventilation apparatus with counter-rotating impellers driven by a long shaft including a motor, a gearbox having a gear shaft, a transmission shaft, a first-stage impeller and a second-stage impeller, characterized in that,the motor (1) and the transmission gear box (3) are disposed outside an air duct (4) and coupled to the transmission shaft extending therefrom;
in the gearbox (3) is a cross shaft (10) which is mounted with a driven bevel gear (11) in the longitudinal direction;
the gearbox (3) has a slim shaft (14) passing therethrough in the transverse direction, and further comprises a compression spring (8) and a driving bevel gear (12) adjacent the slim shaft (14) in the longitudinal direction;
the gear shaft of the gearbox (3) is connected with the long shaft (5) through the fan-blade flange;
a body of the gearbox (3) is connected to a lateral flange which comprises, sequentially, an engaging surface for a gear sector (21), a movable end-cam (20) and a stationary end-cam (19) at one side, and an operating handle (22) at the other side;
the transmission shaft is composed of the long shaft (5) and the slim shaft (14) disposed therein, and the long shaft (5) and the slim shaft (14) are connected with the gearbox (3) at one end, and are connected with the second stage impeller (6) and the first stage impeller (7) respectively at the other end for counter rotation; and
the first stage impeller (7) and the second stage impeller (6) are placed inside the air duct (4) and coupled to the transmission shaft extending therefrom, and no motor or any other component affecting the disturbance of air flow is disposed between the two impellers.

US Pat. No. 10,598,179

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO DETECT AN OPERATION CONDITION OF A COMPRESSOR

Thermo King Corporation, ...

1. A method to detect an operation condition of a compressor of a transport refrigeration system comprising:obtaining an operation parameter of a generator set, wherein the generator set includes a prime mover that is configured to drive a generator that supplies power to the compressor;
determining an operation parameter pattern based on the operation parameter over a period of time;
determining whether the operation parameter pattern includes a periodic fluctuation of the operation parameter over the period of time, wherein the periodic fluctuation of the operation parameter is indicative of a periodical load/unload duty cycle of the compressor;
determining a first operation condition of the compressor when the operation parameter pattern lacks the periodic fluctuation of the operation parameter over the period of time;
determining a second operation condition of the compressor that is different from the first operation condition of the compressor when the operation parameter pattern includes the periodic fluctuation of the operation parameter over the period of time, wherein the second operation condition is when the compressor has the periodical load/unload duty cycle occurring when the transport refrigeration unit approaches or has reached a temperature setpoint; and
adjusting a speed of the prime mover from a first speed to a second speed that is lower than the first speed when the second operation condition of the compressor is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,598,178

COMPRESSOR WITH MAIN BEARING, PARTITION PLATE, AND FIXED AND ORBITING SCROLLS THEREBETWEEN

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A scroll compressor comprising:a partition plate that partitions an inside of a sealed container into a high-pressure space and a low-pressure space;
a fixed scroll adjacent to the partition plate;
an orbiting scroll that meshes with the fixed scroll to form a compression chamber;
a rotation restrictor that prevents rotation of the orbiting scroll;
a main bearing that supports the orbiting scroll, the fixed scroll, the orbiting scroll, the rotation restrictor, and the main bearing being disposed in the low-pressure space, and the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll being disposed between the partition plate and the main bearing;
a bearing-side engagement portion provided in the main bearing;
a scroll-side engagement portion provided in the fixed scroll; and
a pillar member having a lower end portion secured in the bearing-side engagement portion and an upper end portion inserted in the scroll-side engagement portion,
wherein the partition plate comprises an upper surface and a lower surface that faces the fixed scroll, with both the upper surface and the lower surface being bent toward the fixed scroll side at a periphery of the upper surface and the lower surface,
an axial distance from the upper end portion of the pillar member to a tip of the periphery of the upper surface and the lower surface of the partition plate is smaller than a length by which the pillar member and the bearing-side engagement portion are coupled together,
the tip of the periphery of the upper surface and the lower surface of the partition plate is disposed above the upper end portion of the pillar member,
wherein a size of the lower end portion of the pillar member and a size of the bearing-side engagement portion provide press fitting of the lower end portion of the pillar member in the bearing-side engagement portion in a manner of interference fit, and
a size of the upper end portion of the pillar member and a size of the scroll-side engagement portion provide engagement of the upper end portion of the pillar member in the scroll-side engagement portion in a manner of clearance fit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,176

EXTERNAL GEAR PUMP INTEGRATED WITH TWO INDEPENDENTLY DRIVEN PRIME MOVERS

Project Phoenix, LLC, Me...

1. A pump with self-aligning casing, comprising:a casing defining an interior volume, the casing including,
an inlet port that provides fluid communication with the interior volume,
an outlet port that provides fluid communication with the interior volume,
a first protruded portion extending toward the interior volume, the first protruded portion having a first land and first and second recesses,
a second protruded portion extending toward the interior volume and opposing the first protruded portion, the second protruded portion having a second land and third and fourth recesses, the first and second protruded portions disposed such that the first land and the second land confront each other and are spaced apart to define a gap;
a first fluid driver, the first fluid driver including,
a first support shaft supported by the casing, and
a first motor casing housing a first stator and a first rotor and fixedly connected to the first rotor, which drives the first motor casing in a first rotational direction, the first motor casing at least partially disposed in the first recess and the third recess, and
a first gear having a plurality of first gear teeth fixedly connected to and projecting radially outwardly from the first motor casing, the first gear teeth disposed in the gap; and
a second fluid driver, the second fluid driver including,
a second support shaft supported by the casing, and
a second motor casing housing a second stator and a second rotor and fixedly connected to the second rotor, which independently drives the second motor casing in a second rotational direction, the second motor casing at least partially disposed in the second recess and the fourth recess, and
a second gear having a plurality of second gear teeth fixedly connected to and projecting radially outwardly from the second motor casing, the second gear teeth disposed in the gap;
wherein the first and second protruded portions align the first and second fluid drivers such that the first gear teeth contact with the second gear teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,598,175

LINEAR COMPRESSOR, AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LINEAR COMPRESSOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An apparatus for controlling a linear compressor, comprising:a detector that detects an operating state of the linear compressor, the operating state including at least a current of a linear motor and a voltage of the linear motor;
a controller that outputs a correction signal for correcting at least an operating frequency of the linear motor based on the operating state; and
a drive signal generator that generates a drive signal of the linear motor according to the correction signal, the drive signal including a voltage and a frequency to be applied to the linear motor, and outputs the generated drive signal to the linear motor, wherein the controller includes:
a reference operating frequency determiner that determines a reference operating frequency at which the linear motor is operated according to the drive signal, the reference operating frequency being set as an operating frequency at which the operating frequency of the linear motor and a natural frequency of a piston in the linear compressor coincide with each other; and
an actual operating frequency determiner that determines an actual operating frequency within a range of actual operating frequencies centered around the reference operating frequency, wherein the correction signal is determined based on the determined actual operating frequency, and wherein the actual operating frequency is continuously changed up and down based on the range of actual operating frequencies centered around the reference operating frequency while the reference operating frequency is maintained at a same frequency, to avoid a resonance phenomenon that occurs when the actual operating frequency coincides with a mechanism natural frequency of the linear motor.

US Pat. No. 10,598,172

PUMPING UNIT COUNTERWEIGHT BALANCING

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method of balancing a beam pumping unit for use with a subterranean well, the method comprising:securing one or more counterweights to one or more crank arms of the beam pumping unit, thereby counterbalancing a torque applied at a crankshaft of the beam pumping unit at a maximum torque factor position of the crank arms due to a polished rod load and any structural unbalance of the beam pumping unit,
in which the polished rod load is an average of a first load applied to the beam via the polished rod on an upstroke of the beam pumping unit and a second load applied to the beam via the polished rod on a downstroke of the beam pumping unit.

US Pat. No. 10,598,171

MICROFLUIDIC PUMP APPARATUS AND METHODS

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:a substrate, said substrate having a microfluidic channel formed thereon;
an electromechanical gel provided within the microfluidic channel;
at least one pair of electrodes arranged on the substrate on opposite sides of the microfluidic channel wherein the pair of electrodes is configured to control an electric field across the microfluidic channel; and
a common electrode of lower potential than the at least one pair of electrodes, said common electrode being arranged between the at least one pair of electrodes,
wherein the at least one pair of electrodes axe is configured to control the electric field across the microfluidic channel to cause the electromechanical gel to deform in response to a voltage applied to the electrodes such that the deformation enables fluid to be pumped through the microfluidic channel.

US Pat. No. 10,598,170

METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS FOR MOVING A FLUID ALONG A FLUID PATH FOR TREATMENT

Georgia Tech Research Cor...

1. A medical fluid treatment therapy method, comprising:providing at least one fluid path for a fluid, the at least one fluid path including a fluid chamber, the fluid chamber including an inlet and an outlet, the fluid chamber including a lower surface and the lower surface including a flexible material;
causing the fluid to move along the at least one fluid path in a direction, the causing including:
opening a first pinch valve and closing a second pinch valve by linearly driving an actuator in a downstroke, the actuator directly connected to a diaphragm and configured to move a surface of the diaphragm, the driving causing the fluid to flow through the inlet into the fluid chamber;
closing the first pinch valve and opening the second pinch valve when the actuator reaches bottom dead center;
linearly driving the actuator in an upstroke to directly contact and move the diaphragm toward the lower surface to transfer a force to the fluid chamber; and
causing the fluid from the fluid chamber to expel through the outlet when at least the lower surface is deflected by the force;
wherein the driving the actuator triggers the opening and the closing of the first and second pinch valves.

US Pat. No. 10,598,168

ENGINE COMPRESSOR UNIT

1. An engine compressor unit, comprising:at least one rotary engine; and
at least one rotary compressor for compressing at least one gaseous fluid; the at least one rotary engine including
an engine housing including at least one engine ring that is rotatably supported in the engine housing about an engine axis;
at least one engine cylinder that is arranged in the engine ring, wherein a respective engine piston is arranged in the at least one engine cylinder so that the respective engine piston defines a combustion chamber of the at least one engine cylinder together with a wall of the at least one engine cylinder, wherein the respective engine piston is supported in the at least one engine cylinder by an engine connecting rod so that the respective engine piston is movable in the at least one engine cylinder in a linear manner;
at least one engine piston axis about which the respective engine piston is rotatable so that the respective engine piston moves on a circular path during an operation of the at least one rotary engine,
wherein the at least one engine piston axis is oriented parallel to the engine axis and arranged offset from the engine axis so that the respective engine piston performs a cyclic up and down movement within the at least one engine cylinder during a rotation of the at least one engine ring about the engine axis,
the at least one rotary compressor, including
a compressor housing including at least one compressor ring that is rotatably supported in the compressor housing about a compressor axis,
at least one compressor cylinder that is arranged in the at least one compressor ring, wherein a respective compressor piston is arranged in the at least one compressor cylinder so that the respective compressor piston defines a compression chamber of the at least one compressor cylinder together with a wall of the at least one compressor cylinder, wherein the respective compressor piston is supported in the at least one compressor cylinder by a compressor connecting rod so that the respective compressor piston is movable in the at least one compressor cylinder in a linear manner;
at least one compressor piston axis about which the respective compressor piston is rotatable so that the respective compressor piston moves on a circular path during an operation of the at least one rotary compressor; and
at least one supercharger tube that is configured to provide flow connection between a gas outlet opening of the rotary compressor and a gas inlet opening of the at least one rotary engine that is controlled by the respective engine piston, so that at least a portion of a gas that is compressed by the at least one rotary compressor is fed or feedable to the combustion chamber of the at least one engine cylinder by the at least one supercharger tube,
wherein the compressor piston axis is oriented parallel to the compressor axis and arranged offset from the compressor axis so that the respective compressor piston performs a cyclic up and down movement within the at least one compressor cylinder during a rotation of the at least one compressor ring about the compressor axis,
wherein the at least one rotary engine and the at least one rotary compressor are coupleable with each other by a transmission arrangement so that torque is transferable between the at least one rotary engine and the at least one rotary compressor,
wherein the engine housing and the compressor housing each include a radially inward extending rise on an inner enveloping surface, and
wherein each rise extends over a partial angular range of the engine housing and the compressor housing respectively,
wherein the at least one engine cylinder includes a respective first valve arrangement that is configured to let the gas out of the combustion chamber during an operation of the at least one rotary engine,
wherein the respective first valve arrangement engages the engine housing at least over a partial angle range of a revolution of the at least one engine cylinder about the engine axis,
wherein the engagement forces a respective first valve element of the respective first valve arrangement from a first valve seat, so that a flow connection is opened or openable between the combustion chamber of the at least one engine cylinder and an ambient,
wherein the at least one compressor cylinder includes a respective second valve arrangement that is configured to let the gas out of the compression chamber during operation of the at least one rotary compressor,
wherein the respective second valve arrangement engages the compressor housing at least over a partial angle range of a revolution of the at cylinder about the compressor axis, and
wherein the engagement forces a respective second valve element of the respective second valve arrangement from a second valve seat, so that a flow connection is opened or openable between the compression chamber of the at least one compressor cylinder and the at least one supercharger tube.

US Pat. No. 10,598,164

METERING MECHANISM FOR A PUMP, METHODS FOR LOCKING AND UNLOCKING SUCH A MECHANISM

DOSATRON INTERNATIONAL, ...

1. A metering mechanism (7) comprising a body (70) mounted to translate in a sleeve (77) which is itself mounted in an adjustment nut (71), said adjustment nut being capable of cooperating by screwing with said sleeve, said screwing then causing a rotation of the adjustment nut relative to the body of the metering mechanism, said body being extended by a valve seat (75) that can be closed by a valve (76) and that is capable of accommodating a plunger (8), the reciprocating movement of which allows at least a suction at the valve (76), the travel of the plunger being a function of the position of screwing between the adjustment nut and the sleeve, the metering mechanism further comprising means (M) for activating the blocking of the rotation between the adjustment nut (71) and the body of the metering mechanism (70) so as to prohibit the screwing and the unscrewing between the adjustment nut and the sleeve, said means comprising a ring (1) housed in a locking nut (2) mounted to rotate around the body (70), said ring cooperating by screwing with said locking nut, said ring being mounted to translate only around and along the body of the metering mechanism between a first position of abutment at the bottom of the locking nut and a second position of abutment against the adjustment nut involving the rotational blocking of the adjustment nut rendered secured by complementarity of form with the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,598,163

SEMI-FREE ROTATING CRANKSHAFT ACTUATOR TO PRE-STRESS AND FAST RELEASE A SPRING LOADABLE PLUNGER FOR AN ORAL HEALTHCARE APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A semi-free rotating crankshaft actuator for an oral healthcare appliance, comprising:a chamber having a principal axis, an interior surface with a spring compression stop at a proximal end thereof and an outlet at a distal end thereof;
a spring loadable plunger operable within the chamber along the principal axis between a tensioned position near the proximal end of the chamber and a released position near the distal end of the chamber, wherein the spring loadable plunger comprises a plunger having a distal end thereof configured for traversing the interior surface of the chamber along the principal axis in a fluid tight relationship and (ii) a spring, positioned over a proximal end of the plunger and positioned between the compression stop and the distal end of the plunger, having at least two compression states including a first compression state greater than a second compression state, wherein responsive to the spring being unloaded from the first compression state to the second compression state, the spring actuates the plunger at a first velocity from the tensioned position to the released position, wherein the released position comprises an end position within the chamber in response to a first actuator condition; and
a crank mechanism coupled to the spring loadable plunger for cycling the spring loadable plunger between the tensioned and released positions, wherein the crank mechanism comprises at least a drive pin rotatably driven about a drive axis, and a crank shaft semi-freely rotatable about the drive axis, wherein the crank shaft couples to the spring loadable plunger and is partially driven about the drive axis via
(i) the drive pin in a first operational mode that comprises loading the spring into the first compression state in response to the crank shaft pulling the plunger from a desired end position to the tensioned position; and
(ii) the spring loadable plunger in a second operational mode that comprises actuating the plunger from the tensioned position to the released position in response to the spring being unloaded from the first compression state to the second compression state.

US Pat. No. 10,598,162

PUMP AND A DESALINATION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE PUMP

KATADYN DESALINATION, LLC...

1. A pump comprising: four cylinders, a double acting piston in each cylinder, thereby defining a feed chamber and a recovery chamber, all connected to a common drive by a connection, wherein there is no lost motion mechanism associated with each piston, the connection to the common drive being such that pistons reciprocate in a sequence equally spaced in time, valving for each piston driven by the common drive to be 90 degrees out of phase with the respective piston, the valving being such as to connect the recovery chamber alternately to an inlet manifold for an intake stroke of the piston relative to the recovery chamber, and to an outlet manifold for a discharge stroke of the piston relative to the recovery chamber, with a brief period of closure coinciding with top dead centre and bottom dead centre of the piston, during which the recovery chamber is blocked off from both the inlet and outlet manifolds, the valving being midway between its top dead centre and bottom dead centre during the period of closure.

US Pat. No. 10,598,161

GENERATOR AND MOBILE DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

University-Industry Coope...

1. A generator, comprising:a barrel rotated by being applied with driving power from the outside;
a converter applied with a torque of the barrel to rotate a rotating shaft at a constant rotation speed; and
an electrostatic generator driven by being applied with the torque from the rotation shaft,
wherein the converter includes:
a plurality of gear sets disposed within the barrel to be connected to the rotation shaft and having different gear ratios; and
a plurality of connection members selectively connecting between any one of the plurality of gear sets and the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,598,159

WIND TURBINE BEARINGS

General Electric Company,...

1. A dual pitch bearing configuration for a rotor blade of a wind turbine, the dual pitch bearing configuration comprising: a first pitch bearing including an inner bearing race, an outer bearing race and a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the inner bearing race and the outer bearing race; at least one additional pitch bearing including an inner bearing race, an outer bearing race and a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the inner bearing race and the outer bearing race, the at least one additional pitch bearing disposed axially a distance LB from the first pitch bearing, thereby minimizing moment loading on the first pitch bearing and the at least one additional pitch bearing; a bearing sleeve coupled to the inner bearing race of the first pitch bearing, the inner bearing race of the at least one additional pitch bearing and a rotatable shaft of the rotor blade, wherein the rotatable shaft is disposed interior of the rotor blade; and a spacer disposed between and coupling the inner bearing race of the first pitch bearing and the inner bearing race of the at least one additional pitch bearing and extending the distance LB.

US Pat. No. 10,598,157

REDUCING CURTAILMENT OF WIND POWER GENERATION

International Business Ma...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computer, historical electrical power output measurements of a wind turbine for a time period immediately preceding a specified past time;
receiving, by the computer, historical wind speed micro-forecasts for the geographic location of the wind turbine, for a time period immediately preceding the specified past time and for a time period immediately following the specified past time;
generating, by the computer, based on the historical electrical power output measurements and the historical wind speed micro-forecasts, a trained machine learning model for predicting wind power output of the wind turbine;
receiving real-time electrical power output measurements of the wind turbine and real-time wind speed micro-forecasts for the geographic location of the wind turbine; and
outputting, by the computer, using the trained machine learning model with the real-time electrical power output measurements of the wind turbine and the real-time wind speed micro-forecasts, a wind power output forecast for the wind turbine at a future time;
determining, by the computer, that an oversupply of wind power would be generated, based in part on the predicted wind power output of the wind turbine; and
curtailing, by the computer, wind power output of the wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,598,151

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MICROSITING A WIND FARM FOR LOADS OPTIMIZATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of maximizing power output of a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines, the method comprising:(a) receiving a predetermined site layout for the wind farm;
(b) determining a number of hours of operation at different wind directions with or without turbine shadow for each of the wind turbines in the wind farm for the predetermined site layout;
(c) receiving a wind speed and a turbulence intensity for each of the wind directions;
(d) calculating, via computer-implemented simulation, loads for each of the plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm as a function of the number of hours of operation at different wind directions with or without turbine shadow for each of the wind turbines in the wind farm, the wind speed, and the turbulence intensity for each of the wind directions;
(e) comparing the calculated loads to a predetermined threshold;
(f) if the calculated loads are below the predetermined threshold, approving of the predetermined site layout; and
(g) after installation of the wind farm according to the predetermined site layout, controlling one or more turbine components of the plurality of wind turbines in the wind farm so as to maximize the power output of the wind farm, the various components comprising at least of a generator, a power converter, a pitch system, one or more brakes, or a yaw mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,598,148

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A YAW DRIVE OF A WIND TURBINE WHEN A NATIVE YAW DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM IS NON-OPERATIONAL

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for controlling a yaw drive of a wind turbine when a native yaw drive control system is non-operational, the system comprising:a yaw drive for adjusting a yaw angle of the nacelle;
a native controller for controlling an operation of the yaw drive when the native controller is operational;
an external sensor configured to detect a parameter indicative of a wind condition experienced by the wind turbine; and,
an external controller communicatively coupled to the external sensor and the yaw drive, the external controller configured to control the yaw drive when the native controller is non-operational based on measurement signals received from the external sensor,
wherein the external sensor and the external controller are electrically and communicatively isolated from the native controller.

US Pat. No. 10,598,146

HYDRAULIC PUMP-MOTOR

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. An axial hydraulic pump-motor, in which a cylinder block, having a plurality of cylinder bores formed around a rotational shaft, slides on a valve plate having a high-pressure side port and a low-pressure side port for controlling an amount of reciprocation of a piston in each of the cylinder bores based on a tilt of a swash plate, the hydraulic pump-motor comprising:a residual pressure release port provided on the valve plate and configured to communicate with a cylinder bore, from the plurality of cylinder bores, which is on a top dead center side, the residual pressure release port communicating with the cylinder bore until the cylinder bore communicates with the low-pressure side port;
a residual pressure acquisition portion configured to receive a representative pressure of a residual pressure in the cylinder bore on the top dead center while the cylinder bore on the top dead center side communicates with the low-pressure side or to obtain an estimated value of the residual pressure; and
a directional switching valve configured to switch and block a flow path between the residual pressure release port and a hydraulic oil tank and a flow path between the residual pressure release port and the low-pressure side port based on the representative pressure received by the residual pressure acquisition portion or the estimated value of the residual pressure obtained by the residual pressure acquisition portion.

US Pat. No. 10,598,145

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE OPERATING POINT OF A HYDRAULIC MACHINE AND INSTALLATION FOR CONVERTING HYDRAULIC ENERGY

GE Renewable Technologies...

1. A method for operating a hydraulic machine, the method comprising:generating an iso-opening curve of the hydraulic turbine at a given guide vane opening that defines at least two coordinates of a first series of operating points of the hydraulic machine;
measuring a rotational speed of the hydraulic machine;
determining a torque exerted by water flow on the hydraulic machine;
calculating at least two coordinates of a second series of operating points of the hydraulic machine as a function of the measured rotational speed and the torque;
generating a second-series curve of the hydraulic machine using the at least two coordinates of the second series of operating points of the hydraulic machine;
determining an intersection point of the iso-opening and second-series curves;
deducing two real coordinates of an operating point of the hydraulic machine from the intersection point; and
adjusting, via an electronic control unit, a guide vane opening of the hydraulic machine based on the two real coordinates of the operating point.

US Pat. No. 10,598,144

DEVICE FOR REVERSING A BLADE OF A RUNNER UNIT

GE Renewable Technologies...

1. A device for reversing a blade of a runner unit, the device comprising:an annular lever fixed to a trunnion portion of the blade and rotatably mounted on the runner unit;
a main servomotor comprising a first piston cylinder adapted to reciprocate along a shaft of the runner unit and coupled to said annular lever so as to cause a first rotation of the blade until said first piston cylinder reaches a dead zone position, said annular lever comprising a pin eccentric with respect to an axis of rotation of said annular lever, said pin being hosted in a groove formed in said first piston cylinder;
a reversing servomotor including a second piston cylinder arranged to cause a further rotation of the blade from said dead zone position; and
a connecting rod having a first end connected to said second piston cylinder and a second end eccentrically fixed on said annular lever, wherein said second piston cylinder is annular-shaped and is arranged concentric with and surrounding said first piston cylinder, said first piston cylinder being received within second piston cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,598,143

AUTOMATIC ENGINE STOPPING AND STARTING FOR A PARKED VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:a vehicle including an engine;
a transmission coupled to the engine:
vehicle sensors configured to sense motion of vehicles in a path of the vehicle; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to automatically stop the engine, and instructions to automatically start the engine after the engine is most recently automatically stopped, the engine automatically started while the transmission is engaged in park in response to the vehicle sensors detecting motion of the vehicles in the path of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,142

ILLUMINATED MOMENTARY PUSH BUTTON SWITCH

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A switch device, comprising:an operation button operated by a push operation on an operating surface;
light sources arranged on a lighting substrate to illuminate an illumination target of the operation button; and
a plurality of switches that are arranged on a switch substrate different from the lighting substrate so as to be located on an end portion side of the operation button and are turned on due to displacement of the operation button caused by the push operation,
wherein the plurality of switches comprise three switches, and wherein centers of the three switches are arranged at vertices of an equilateral triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,598,140

FILTER AND SYSTEM FOR REMOVING EMULSIFIED WATER FROM A LIQUID

1. A filter system for removing emulsified water from a liquid, the filter system comprising:a filter assembly comprising:
a support comprising: a tube; a filter mounting plate attached to one end of the tube; and a top plate connected to the other end of the tube having a passage to the interior of the tube; and
a filter medium mounted to the filter mounting plate of the support; and
a canister, comprising:
a cylindrical body;
a first and second end cap on either end of the cylindrical body;
a stop located proximate to the first end cap and engaging the top plate;
an inlet port positioned above the stop; and
an outlet port positioned on the cylindrical body between the stop and the filter mounting plate when the top plate has engaged the stop;
wherein the tube provides a separation between the filter mounting plate and the top plate within the canister; and
wherein a mixture of the emulsified water and the liquid enters through the inlet port and flows through the passage permitting flow of the mixture into the tube and exiting into the filter medium; following passage through the filter medium, the liquid flows upward through the outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,598,139

VARIABLE FLUID FLOW APPARATUS WITH INTEGRATED FILTER

Woodward, Inc., Fort Col...

1. A fluid flow trim apparatus comprising:an outer housing having an elongate body extending from a first end to a second end opposite the first end and defining a cavity comprising an interior surface and a first end wall at the second end, the first end wall having an orifice therethrough;
a valve body having an elongate body, wherein the valve body is adjustably positionable, the valve body comprising:
a first valve portion disposed at least partly within the cavity and in contact with the interior surface;
a second valve portion disposed at least partly within the cavity and having a second end wall, wherein the first valve portion and the second valve portion have a first channel formed therethrough defining a first fluid flow path, the second valve portion and the interior surface define a second fluid flow path, and the second valve portion has a second channel formed therethrough proximal the second end wall and defines a third fluid flow path fluidically connecting the first fluid flow path to the second fluid flow path; and
a trim cavity defined by the first end wall, the second end wall, and the interior surface, and fluidically connected to the second fluid flow path; and
a filter media extending along a portion of the first channel to proximal the second end wall and dividing the third fluid flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,598,138

HERMETICALLY SEALED TANK SYSTEM

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A hermetically sealed fuel tank system, comprising:a hermetically sealed fuel tank;
a fuel pump configured to supply fuel from within the fuel tank to an internal combustion engine;
a pressure regulating valve disposed within the fuel tank and configured to regulate the pressure of the fuel supplied from the fuel pump to the internal combustion engine, wherein the pressure regulating valve includes a diaphragm, a pressure regulating chamber, and a backpressure chamber, wherein the pressure regulating chamber and the backpressure chamber are partitioned by the diaphragm; and
an ambient air introduction passage in fluid communication with the backpressure chamber of the pressure regulating valve, wherein the ambient air introduction passage is configured to introduce air from the atmosphere outside the fuel tank into the backpressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,598,136

CLOGGING DEGREE ESTIMATION APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A clogging degree estimation apparatus that estimates a clogging degree of an air cleaner mounted on a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating a traveling status of the vehicle for each of predetermined travel sections;
a coefficient determination unit configured to determine a clogging coefficient based on the traveling status indicated by the information for each of the predetermined travel sections; and
a clogging degree calculator configured to calculate an increase in the clogging degree based on a product of the clogging coefficient and a distance of each of the predetermined travel sections and calculate, as the clogging degree, an integrated value of the increase calculated for each of the predetermined travel sections,
the information acquisition acquiring information indicating whether the vehicle travels on an unpaved road.

US Pat. No. 10,598,135

IN-LINE FUEL COOLING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An onboard fuel cooling system for a motor vehicle having a fuel supply line for passage of fuel at least partially from an onboard fuel tank for storing the fuel to an onboard internal-combustion engine powered by the fuel, said onboard fuel cooling system comprising, in combination:a chiller adapted to be powered by an onboard direct-current electric power source;
wherein the chiller is a vapor-compression refrigeration system comprising an evaporator having a fuel conduit through which the fuel flows and a refrigerant conduit through which refrigerant flows and in thermal transfer relation with the fuel conduit, a direct-current powered compressor that receives the refrigerant from the evaporator, and condenser that receives the refrigerant from the direct-current cowered compressor, and wherein the fuel conduit within the evaporator receives the refrigerant from the condenser;
wherein the vapor-compression refrigeration system is separate distinct from any air-conditioning system of the motor vehicle; and
wherein the fuel conduit within the evaporator is adapted to form at least a portion of the fuel supply line between the onboard fuel tank and the onboard internal-combustion engine and is in thermal communication with the refrigerant to cool the fuel as it is passing through the fuel conduit from the onboard fuel tank to the onboard internal-combustion engine so that cooled fuel is pushed out of the fuel conduit within the evaporator and passes to the onboard internal-combustion engine.