US Pat. No. 10,712,320

FLOW CHANNEL STRUCTURE AND MEASURING DEVICE FOR MEASUREMENT TARGET LIQUID

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A flow channel structure comprising:a substrate including
a supply flow channel that guides a measurement target liquid toward inside;
a separation element accommodating space that accommodates a separation element that separates a plurality of components included in the measurement target liquid, the measurement target liquid being guided by the supply flow channel;
a discharge flow channel that discharges the measurement target liquid that passes through the separation element accommodating space toward outside; and
a detection unit that is formed in a part of the discharge flow channel and that guides the measurement target liquid,
wherein measuring light for measuring information about the plurality of components is to be irradiated onto the detection unit,
wherein the detection unit includes
a measurement flow channel that guides the measurement target liquid,
a light incident surface that is provided at a one end of the measurement flow channel and that guides the measuring light toward inside the measurement flow channel, and
a light reflection surface that is provided at the other end of the measurement flow channel and that reflects the measuring light irradiated from the light incident surface, onto the measurement target,
wherein a center line of the measuring light extends in a direction along a flow direction of the measurement target liquid flowing in the measurement flow channel and,
wherein the measuring light that is guided at the light incident surface passes through inside the measurement flow channel and the measuring light that is reflected on the light reflection surface passes through inside the measurement flow channel again and passes through the light incident surface again.

US Pat. No. 10,712,318

SENSOR ADHESION STATE DETERMINATION SYSTEM, SENSOR ADHESION STATE DETERMINATION DEVICE, AND SENSOR ADHESION STATE DETERMINATION METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A sensor adhesion state determination system comprising:a plurality of sensors configured to detect elastic waves;
a calculator configured to calculate peak frequencies of the elastic waves on the basis of the elastic waves detected by the plurality of sensors; and
a determiner configured to determine an adhesion state of each of the sensors to a structure by comparing the peak frequencies with information serving as a determination reference.

US Pat. No. 10,712,312

FLEXIBLE MAGNETIC FIELD COIL FOR MEASURING IONIC QUANTITY

1. A method of testing a vacuum interrupter comprising:causing generation of a magnetic field within the vacuum interrupter using a magnetic field generator;
measuring a property of the vacuum interrupter while the magnetic field is present within the vacuum interrupter, wherein measuring the property of the vacuum interrupter comprises measuring difference between a first current flowing in a first conductive member and a second current flowing in a second conductive member spaced apart from the first conductive member by a gap; and
determining a condition of the vacuum interrupter as a function of the measured property.

US Pat. No. 10,712,304

MEMS SENSORS

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. An amplifier apparatus for amplifying an input signal from a MEMS capacitive sensor comprising:a sense node for receiving the input signal;
an antiphase signal generator for generating a second signal which is in antiphase with the input signal; and
an amplifier arrangement configured to receive the input signal at a first input and the second signal at a second input and to output corresponding first and second output signals,
wherein the amplifier arrangement comprises a first single-ended amplifier for amplifying the input signal, and
wherein the first amplifier comprise an input transistor with a gate terminal connected to the sense node and a bootstrap circuit for driving a drain terminal of the input transistor in phase with the first output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,712,299

DEFORMATION MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF EVALUATING DEFORMATION USING THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A deformation measuring apparatus comprising:a holder which supports a specimen;
a contact portion disposed facing the holder and comprising a hemispherical tip;
a position controlling portion which adjusts a position of the contact portion along a thickness direction of the specimen to allow the hemispherical tip to be in contact with a surface of the specimen;
a heating chamber which surrounds the holder and the contact portion, wherein a temperature of inside of the heating chamber is controlled to heat the specimen to expand; and
a sensing portion which measures force applied on the tip of the contact portion by the expanded specimen when heated,
wherein the sensing portion measures the force applied on the tip of the contact portion while a position of the tip of the contact portion relative to the holder is fixed during the heating of the specimen.

US Pat. No. 10,712,292

BACKSCATTER X-RAY INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR PIPES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A scanning system comprising:a scanner configured to emit an x-ray beam, wherein the scanner comprises a shield configured to reduce backscatter; and
a controller in communication with the scanner, wherein:
the controller is configured to control the scanner to perform a scan;
the scan is performed on an elongate structure having a cavity with a fluid;
the scan produces data; and
the data is filtered to form filtered data, wherein:
a portion of the data attributable to the fluid is removed; and
the filtered data enables detection of an inconsistency on a wall of the elongate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,712,290

TECHNIQUES FOR CONTROL OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING DEVICES VIA A PROBE DRIVER

General Electric Company,...

1. A non-destructive testing (NDT) system, comprising:a sensor;
a conduit section coupled to the sensor;
a screen configured to display the data from the sensor;
a probe driver comprising an input structure and a positioning element configured to position the conduit section, wherein the input structure is configured to actuate in response to a user input, and wherein upon actuation, the input structure generates a signal indicative of a positioning of the conduit section;
an articulating section coupled between the sensor and the conduit section and configured to position the sensor via a movement of a head end section; and
a processor configured to:
receive the signal indicative of a position of the conduit section; and
control one or more operations of the probe driver configured to operate the positioning element to orientate the conduit section in the position.

US Pat. No. 10,712,285

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT INSPECTING DEVICE

TORAY ENGINEERING CO., LT...

1. A three-dimensional object inspecting device for inspecting a three-dimensional object, the three-dimensional object inspecting device comprising:a light source configured to emit light energy toward an inspection region set for the three-dimensional object;
a detector configured to detect radiant energy radiated from the inspection region;
an orientation information acquisition component configured to acquire orientation information about the light source and the detector with respect to the inspection region;
a three-dimensional shading corrector configured to perform three-dimensional shading correction on information corresponding to the radiant energy detected by the detector, based on shape information about the three-dimensional object in the inspection region, the orientation information about the light source and the detector with respect to the inspection region, and shading correction information for a planar image detected by the detector for each of a plurality of working distances; and
an inspection component configured to perform an inspection based on the information on which the three-dimensional shading correction has been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,712,281

METHOD FOR DETECTING COMPOSITION OF STEEL SAMPLE BY USING MULTI-PULSE LASER-INDUCED PLASMA SPECTROMETER

Academy of Opto-Electroni...

1. A method for detecting steel sample components by using a laser induced plasma spectral analysis device, wherein the spectral analysis device comprises a laser device, wherein the laser device is an all-solid-state regeneration amplifier picosecond laser; and by means of switching between a regeneration amplification technology and a Q-switching manner, output of the laser induced light source with a picosecond pulse width is realized by using the regeneration amplification technology, and output of the laser induced light source with a nanosecond pulse width is realized in the Q-switching manner, a laser import system, a spectrum export and collecting system, a spectroscopic system, and a spectrum receiving system; wherein the spectrum export and collecting system comprises a spectrum export subsystem and a spectrum collecting subsystem, the laser and the spectrum receiving system are controlled by instructions sent by a same pulse generator; the laser device transmits laser, which is focused on the sample by means of the laser import system, so that plasmas are formed on the surface of the sample to generate laser induced spectrums, and generated fluorescence is exported to the spectrum collecting subsystem by means of the spectrum export subsystem; the collected spectrums are calculated, processed, and analyzed, so as to perform qualitative and quantitative testing of elements contained in the sample; the method comprises the following steps:1) output of the laser induced light source with a nanosecond pulse width, so that the output nanosecond laser pulse is focused on the sample by means of the laser import system, and plasmas are formed on the surface of the sample;
2) output of the laser induced light source with a picosecond pulse width, so that the output picosecond laser pulse is also focused on the sample by means of the laser import system, and spectral line emission is enhanced through the plasmas formed by irradiation of the nanosecond laser pulse, to generate laser induced spectrums with enhanced spectral lines;
3) the fluorescence from the generated induced spectrums is exported to the spectrum collecting subsystem by means of the spectrum export subsystem; and
4) the collected spectrums are calculated, processed, and analyzed, so as to perform qualitative and quantitative testing of elements contained in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,712,279

ACTIVATABLE SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY SENSOR STAGE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A surface enhanced luminescence (SEL) sensing system comprising: an activatable SEL sensor stage comprising: a substrate; cation metal-based material masses supported by the substrate, the cation metal-based material masses at different locations along a surface of the substrate; diffusion barriers separating and isolating the cation metal-based masses, the diffusion barriers comprising a solid diffusion barrier material having a diffusion coefficient less than a diffusion coefficient of the cation metal-based material masses and surrounding sides of each of the cation metal-based material masses; and a dielectric capping layer over the cation metal-based material masses to inhibit oxidation of the cation metal-based material masses.

US Pat. No. 10,712,264

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A GAS CONCENTRATION

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

10. A system for measuring a gas concentration comprising:an analysis circuit having a modulation output configured to be coupled to an input of an infrared light source, and bandpass filter having an input configured to be electrically coupled to an output of a microphone, wherein the analysis circuit is configured to
modulate the infrared light source via the modulation output according to a frequency-hopped sequence comprising time intervals by modulating the infrared light source at a first frequency during a first time interval and at a second frequency different from the first frequency during a subsequent time interval,
adjust a center frequency of the bandpass filter according to the frequency-hopped sequence, wherein the bandpass filter comprises a first center frequency corresponding to the first frequency during the first time interval and a second center frequency different from the first center frequency, the second center frequency corresponding to the second frequency during the subsequent time interval, and
estimate the gas concentration based on an output of the bandpass filter.

US Pat. No. 10,712,257

INSPECTION DEVICE AND INSPECTION CAGE UNIT THEREOF

WISTRON CORP., New Taipe...

1. An inspection device, comprising:a platform;
a cage, disposed on the platform, wherein the cage comprises a first transparent side and a second transparent side, and the first transparent side and the second transparent side are not coplanar;
a holder, disposed in the cage; and
an image capturing module, capturing a first image from the first transparent side, or capturing a second image from the second transparent side,
wherein the platform comprises a rotational plate, an actuator and a transmission unit, the actuator is connected to the transmission unit, the transmission unit is connected to the rotational plate, the actuator moves the transmission unit, and the transmission unit rotates the rotational plate.

US Pat. No. 10,712,255

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MICROFLUIDIC PARTICLE ORIENTATION AND/OR SORTING

Engender Technologies Lim...

1. A microfluidic particle orientation and sorting system comprising:at least one channel configured for flowing a fluid flow received from at least one input source;andat least one orientation stage arranged downstream from the at least one input source and comprising at least one optical waveguide configured to expose particles contained in the flow to radiation pressure for causing the particles to adopt a particular orientation in the flow.

US Pat. No. 10,712,252

RESERVOIR DEPLETION/INJECTION SIMULATION UNDER TRUE TRIAXIAL STRESS CONDITIONS

1. A system for simulating depletion/injection processes under true triaxial stress conditions, the system comprising:a vertical loading mechanism comprising:
a vertical loading platen located above a cubical rock specimen in contact with an upper face of the cubical rock specimen;
a vertical loading rod in contact with the vertical loading platen; and
a vertical actuator coupled with the vertical loading rod, the vertical actuator and the vertical loading rod configured to apply a constant vertical stress to the upper face of the cubical rock specimen by actuating the vertical loading platen downwardly along a vertical axis;
a first horizontal loading mechanism comprising:
a first loading platen in contact with a first lateral face of the cubical rock specimen;
a second loading platen in contact with a second opposing lateral face of the cubical rock specimen;
a first loading rod in contact with the first loading platen;
a second loading rod in contact with the second loading platen, the second loading rod attached to a stationary frame; and
a first horizontal actuator coupled with the first loading rod, the first horizontal actuator and the first loading rod configured to actuate the first loading platen along a first horizontal axis thereby urging the first loading platen and the second loading platen relatively toward one another to compress the cubical rock specimen along the first horizontal axis;
a second horizontal loading mechanism comprising:
a third loading platen in contact with a third lateral face of the cubical rock specimen;
a fourth loading platen in contact with a fourth opposing lateral face of the cubical rock specimen;
a third loading rod in contact with the third loading platen;
a fourth loading rod in contact with the fourth loading platen, the fourth loading rod attached to a stationary frame; and
a second horizontal actuator coupled with the third loading rod, the second horizontal actuator and the third loading rod configured to actuate the third loading platen along a second horizontal axis thereby urging the third loading platen and the fourth loading platen relatively toward one another to compress the cubical rock specimen along the second horizontal axis;
a first linear variable displacement transducer (LVDT) comprising a first core movable within a first housing, the first housing attached to the first horizontal loading rod and the first core coupled with the second horizontal loading rod, the first LVDT configured to measure relative displacement of the first horizontal loading rod and the second horizontal loading rod along the first horizontal axis; and
a second LVDT comprising a second core movable within a second housing, the second housing attached to the third horizontal loading rod and the second core coupled with the fourth horizontal loading rod, the second LVDT configured to measure relative displacement of the third horizontal loading rod and the fourth horizontal loading rod along the second horizontal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,712,246

SAMPLE INTRODUCING DEVICE AND ANALYZING DEVICE PROVIDED THEREWITH

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A sample introducing device for introducing a sample intoan analyzing portion, comprising:
a sample tube filled with a sample component;
a first heating portion for desorbing, through heating, the sample component that is filled within the sample tube;
a trap for trapping the sample component that has desorbed from the sample tube; a second heating portion for desorbing, through heating, the sample component within the trap;
a carrier gas flow path for introducing, through a carrier gas, the sample component that has been desorbed from within the trap into the analyzing portion;
a first flow path switching mechanism, comprising a six-way valve, for switching the carrier gas flow path between a state wherein the sample component is desorbed from the trap and introduced into the analyzing portion and a state after the sample component is introduced into the analyzing portion and the sample component is not trapped within the trap; and
a split flow path for carrying a portion of both the sample component and the carrier gas, that is being introduced from within the trap into the analyzing portion through the carrier gas flow path, into the sample tube, wherein the carrier gas flow path of at least from the trap to the analyzing portion is shared in the state wherein the sample component is desorbed from the trap and is introduced into the analyzing portion and a state after the sample component is introduced into the analyzing portion and the sample component is not trapped within the trap.

US Pat. No. 10,712,243

GAS PROBES

EnDet Limited, Shropshir...

1. A fluid-measurement probe comprising:an elongate probe body having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a fluid-sampling bore disposed within the elongate probe body, the fluid-sampling bore being at or adjacent to the first end portion and extending towards the second end portion;
the first end portion having an outer surface, and
a plurality of probe-damage-reducing elongate helical fins which are integrally formed on the elongate probe body and which are adapted to prevent or reduce probe damage caused by vortex-induced vibration,
a number of said elongate helical fins being in a range of three to nine,
the probe-damage-reducing helical fins winding along and around an outer surface of at least a portion of the elongate probe body so as to overlap each other; and
the probe-damage-reducing helical fins originating at or adjacent to the first end portion and at separate locations,
wherein fluid-sampling bore is open at or adjacent to the first end portion, and is adapted to receive a fluid-sample extracted from a fluid flowing past the fluid-measurement probe.

US Pat. No. 10,712,234

BELT AND PULLEY SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DETECTING BELT DAMAGE

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A belt and pulley system having an integral life-sensing capability, the system comprising:a belt having a width defined by and between oppositely-disposed first and second lateral sides of the belt, a depth defined by and between oppositely-disposed first and second nonlateral sides of the belt, and at least a first conductive component and/or at least a first dielectric component;
one or more pulleys to which the belt is mounted, at least a first of the one or more pulleys having at least a first conductor that contacts the first lateral side or the first nonlateral side of the belt; and
a second conductor that contacts the second lateral side or the second nonlateral side of the belt and, in combination with the first conductor of the first pulley and the first conductive component or the first dielectric component of the belt, defines an electrical element chosen from the group consisting of capacitive and resistive elements, at least a portion of the electrical element being located within an interior region of the belt so as to be physically responsive to transitory and permanent distortions of the belt resulting from extrinsic and/or intrinsic sources; and
wherein an electrical potential applied with the first and second conductors is through the electrical element and between the first lateral side or the first nonlateral side of the belt contacted by the first conductor and the second lateral side or the second nonlateral side of the belt contacted by the second conductor so as to generate an electrical signal from the electrical element and with the first conductive component and/or the first dielectric component thereof corresponding to a physical response of the belt to a transitory and/or permanent distortion.

US Pat. No. 10,712,220

PRESSURE SENSOR

Azbil Corporation, Chiyo...

1. A pressure sensor in which a pressure receiving portion receives pressure from a measurement target and the pressure is measured on the basis of a capacitance change caused by a displacement of the pressure receiving portion, the pressure sensor comprising:a pressure value output unit converting the capacitance change to a pressure value in accordance with a set sensor sensitivity, and outputting the pressure value;
a resonance point measurement unit measuring a resonance point of the pressure receiving portion on the basis of result obtained by performing measurement of a constant pressure using the pressure sensor while a power supply frequency is changed;
a characteristic calculation unit calculating, on the basis of the resonance point measured by the resonance point measurement unit, a thickness or an elastic modulus of the pressure receiving portion as a physical characteristic of the pressure receiving portion; and
a correction unit calculating a corrected sensor sensitivity resulting from correcting a sensor sensitivity of the pressure sensor on the basis of the physical characteristic calculated by the characteristic calculation unit, and updating the sensor sensitivity set in the pressure value output unit with the corrected sensor sensitivity having been calculated.

US Pat. No. 10,712,219

PRESSURE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A PRESSURE SENSOR

1. A pressure sensor for determining a pressure measurement variable, the pressure sensor comprising:a housing;
a pressure sensor element arranged in the housing, the pressure sensor element including a semiconductor material and a measuring membrane, which includes at least one integrated resistance element in contact with the measuring membrane;
a lighting source arranged in the housing; and
a control/evaluation unit,
wherein the measuring membrane is configured such that, when a first pressure is provided to a first side of the measuring membrane and a second pressure is provided to a second side of the measuring membrane, the measuring membrane experiences a pressure-dependent deflection, and the control/evaluation unit ascertains an electrical signal dependent upon the deflection using the at least one integrated resistance element for determining the pressure measurement variable,
wherein the lighting source is configured to optically excite the pressure sensor element and/or the at least one integrated resistance element, and
wherein the control/evaluation unit ascertains, based on a change of the electrical signal caused by the optical excitation, whether a malfunction of the pressure sensor is present.

US Pat. No. 10,712,214

METHOD FOR MONITORING THE UPTHRUST OF A SUBSEA PIPELINE BUOY

Saipem S.A., Montigny le...

1. A method of monitoring variation over time in the thrust exerted by at least one buoy mounted on an undersea bottom-to-surface connection pipe and exerting traction on said pipe, the method comprising:1) measuring the deformation of at least one optical fiber by measuring variation of an optical signal in the optical fiber relative to a reference value for the optical signal, said optical fiber extending at least in part in a direction having a component parallel to the direction of the thrust force exerted by said buoy on said pipe, said optical fiber being securely applied against the surface by adhesive, said abutment part being an elastically deformable intermediate abutment part arranged between i) a portion of the buoy and ii) a rigid retaining part secured to said pipe, the thrust exerted by said buoy comprising said intermediate abutment part; and
2) determining a variation in said thrust exerted by said buoy as a function of said variation of the optical signal as measured in step 1) relative to a reference value for the optical signal corresponding to a maximum initial thrust from the buoy.

US Pat. No. 10,712,191

THERMAL FLOWMETER AND METHOD OF FLOW RATE CORRECTION

AZBIL CORPORATION, Chiyo...

1. A thermal flowmeter comprising:a tube through which a target fluid is caused to flow;
a temperature measuring device disposed on the tube, the temperature measuring device being configured to detect a first temperature of the fluid;
a heating and temperature measuring device disposed on the tube downstream of the temperature measuring device in a fluid flow direction, the heating and temperature measuring device being configured to detect a second temperature of the fluid;
a controller configured to supply power to the heating and temperature measuring device to generate heat such that the second temperature is higher than the first temperature by a predetermined value;
a power determining unit configured to determine a power consumption of the heating and temperature measuring device;
a flow rate obtaining unit configured to convert the determined power consumption into a flow rate of the target fluid;
a flow rate correcting unit configured to correct the flow rate using a set correction factor;
a memory unit storing, as a first zero-point power consumption, a power consumption obtained under conditions where the tube is filled with a reference fluid and flow of the reference fluid is stopped;
a zero-point power ratio calculating unit configured to calculate a zero-point power ratio based on the first zero-point power consumption and a second zero-point power consumption that is a power consumption determined by the power determining unit under conditions where flow of the target fluid in the tube is stopped; and
a setting unit configured to calculate the correction factor based on the zero-point power ratio and set the correction factor in the flow rate correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,712,174

FILTER ACTIVATION AND DEACTIVATION BASED ON COMPARATIVE RATES

Honeywell International I...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of sensors configured to measure a common physical parameter and generate sensor data based on measurement of the common physical parameter;
a processing unit communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and configured to receive the sensor data based on the measurement of the common physical parameter from each of the plurality of sensors;
wherein the processing unit is further configured to compare a rate of change of sensor data for each individual sensor of the plurality of sensors with rates of change of sensor data for each of the other individual sensors of the plurality of sensors, wherein the rates of change of sensor data for each individual sensor are calculated during a common time period;
wherein the processing unit is further configured to output at least one of unfiltered sensor data and first filtered sensor data based on sensor data from at least one of the plurality of sensors when the rate of change of sensor data for each of the plurality of sensors is within a first threshold of the rate of change of sensor data for all of the other plurality of sensors indicating that changes in the sensor data are more likely actual changes in the common physical parameter;
wherein the processing unit is further configured to output second filtered sensor data based on the sensor data from the at least one of the plurality of sensors when the rate of change of the sensor data for the at least one of the plurality of sensors is not within the first threshold of the rate of change of sensor data for at least another of the plurality of sensors indicating that changes in the sensor data are more likely noise in the output of the at least one of the plurality of sensors;
wherein the unfiltered sensor data responds more quickly to actual changes in the common physical parameter than the second filtered sensor data;
wherein the first filtered sensor data is filtered less than the second filtered sensor data and responds more quickly to actual changes in the common physical parameter than the second filtered sensor data; and
wherein the second filtered sensor data includes minimized noise in the output of the at least one of the plurality of sensors compared to the at least one of the unfiltered sensor data and the first filtered sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,712,168

SUBMAP GEOGRAPHIC PROJECTIONS

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A method comprising:obtaining, with a computer system comprising one or more processors, map data associated with a map of a geographic location including one or more roadways, wherein the map includes a first submap represented by a first local Euclidean space and a second submap represented by a second local Euclidean space;
determining, with the computer system, a route that includes a first roadway in the first submap and a second roadway in the second submap using a first projection between a global coordinate system and the first local Euclidean space and a second projection between the global coordinate system and the second local Euclidean space; and
providing, with the computer system, the route to an autonomous vehicle (AV) for driving on the first roadway and the second roadway,
wherein the first projection is centered at a first point in the global coordinate system and transforms global coordinates in the global coordinate system to local coordinates in the first local Euclidean space of the first submap, wherein the second projection is centered at a second point in the global coordinate system that is different than the first point and transforms the global coordinates in the global coordinate system to local coordinates in the second local Euclidean space of the second submap, wherein the first point in the global coordinate system corresponds to an origin point of the first local Euclidean space, and wherein the second point in the global coordinate system corresponds to an origin point of the second local Euclidean space.

US Pat. No. 10,712,142

TAPE MEASURE WITH TAPE BLADE PROFILE INCREASING TAPE STANDOUT

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A tape measure comprising:a housing;
a reel rotatably mounted within the housing;
an elongate blade wound around the reel, the elongate blade comprising:
an elongate metal core having an upper surface, a lower surface and a first thickness, T1, measured between the upper surface and the lower surface,
an upper polymer coating coupled to the upper surface of the elongate metal core, the upper polymer coating having a second thickness, T2, and an upper surface defining the uppermost surface of the elongate blade;
a lower polymer coating coupled to the lower surface of the elongate metal core, the lower polymer coating having a third thickness, T3, and a lower surface defining the lowermost surface of the elongate blade; and
a curved profile such that the uppermost surface of the elongate blade defines a concave surface, the lowermost surface defines a convex surface, a curved width and a curved height;
wherein a flat width of the elongate metal core is less than 32 mm;
wherein a ratio of the curved width to a flat width of the elongate metal core is less than 0.74;
wherein a ratio of the curved height to the flat width of the elongate metal core is greater than 0.29;
wherein a standout distance of the elongate blade from the housing is greater than 150 inches; and
a retraction system coupled to the tape reel, wherein the retraction system drives rewinding of the elongate tape blade on to the tape reel.

US Pat. No. 10,712,137

METHOD FOR MAKING A COMPOSITE FRAGMENTATION CAP THAT IS INTEGRALLY FORMED ONTO A PROJECTILE BODY

The United States of Amer...

1. A process for making a fragmenting warhead liner attached to a nose of a selected ammunition round comprising the steps of:a) forming a wrought steel body shaped like the round being outfitted with said fragmenting liner,
b) forming a hollow cylindrical canister to enclose said wrought steel body, said canister having a defined bottom thereon,
c) welding on a bottom sealing cap at the bottom of said canister to seal it,
d) filling the canister with uniform tungsten spheres as fragmentation preforms,
e) filling any spaces between the spheres with powdered 4340 steel to serve as binder material,
f) welding on a top sealing cap which also includes a stem which can be selectively used to create a vacuum within the canister,
g) applying a vacuum at the stem and heating the canister for purposes of degassing the canister,
h) crimping the stem shut and welding it in a crimped position,
i) applying a hot isostatic pressing (HIP) process to solidify the said binder material around and chemically bond it to the wrought steel body, while also solidifying a matrix of the tungsten spheres, closely packed and suspended within the solidified binder material,
j) cutting off all or part of the canister and of the top and bottom sealing caps, which results in forming a composite part, and
k) machining the composite part to a desired geometry.

US Pat. No. 10,712,128

SENSING AND ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM

SHENZHEN GONGFENXIANG NET...

1. A sensing and adjustment system used on a telescopic sight, the telescopic sight comprising a plurality of adjusting knobs and a main body, the sensing and adjustment system comprising: a plurality of sensing portions, a plurality of driving portions, a setting portion, a central controlling portion, a displaying portion, a plurality of fixing portions, and a plurality of transmitting portions;each of the transmitting portions is fixed to a corresponding adjusting knob and comprises a first gear;
each of the sensing portions comprises an angle position sensor and a second gear fixed to a first rotation shaft of the angle position sensor and meshed with a corresponding first gear, the angle position sensor configured to perceive a rotation angle of the second gear and drive the second gear to rotate; each angle position sensor fixed to the main body of the telescopic sight near the corresponding adjusting knob and perceived a rotation angle of the corresponding adjusting knob via the transmitting portion and then transmitted the rotation angle data to the central controlling portion;
the driving portion comprises a driving motor and a third gear fixed to a second rotation shaft of the driving motor and meshed with a corresponding first gear, the driving motor configured to drive the third gear to rotate; each driving motor fixed to the main body of the telescopic sight near the corresponding adjusting knob; the central controlling portion configured to apply a driving voltage to the driving motor of the corresponding driving portion and drive the corresponding adjusting knob to rotate via the third gear and the first gear;
each of the fixing portions configured to fix the corresponding sensing portion, the corresponding driving portion and the central controlling portion to the main body of the telescopic sight;
the central controlling portion comprises a first transmission module and a controlling and processing module;
the setting portion connected to the central controlling portion and configured to set setting data of the sensing portions and then transmit the setting data to the central controlling portion;
the displaying portion connected to the central controlling portion; and wherein
the controlling and processing module is configured to calculate a current adjusting quantity of the adjusting knob according to the setting data and the rotation angle data of the adjusting knob so as to convert the adjusting quantity of the adjusting knob from a physical value into a numeric value, and the central controlling portion is then configured to transmit the numeric adjusting quantity of the adjusting knobs to the displaying portion or/and other devices; and
the controlling and processing module is configured to calculate an adjusting angle of the adjusting knob according to the current adjusting quantity of the adjusting knob and an objective adjusting quantity received for the adjusting knob and simultaneously apply a driving voltage to the driving motor of the corresponding driving portion to automatically adjust the adjusting angle of the adjusting knob.

US Pat. No. 10,712,127

SPLINE ATTACHMENT

1. A mounting assembly, comprising:a base unit, including a substantially planar hard mount component having a substantially cylindrical receiver disposed within a perimeter of the substantially planar hard mount component and extending outwardly from the substantially planar hard mount component, the base unit includes a cavity within an interior of the base unit extending from an opening at an edge of the base unit to form a first branch of the cavity that abuts the receiver, a portion of the first branch intersecting the substantially cylindrical receiver to form a first slotted opening in a cylindrical wall of the receiver, the receiver having a preselected quantity of receiving splines;
a post unit including a shaft having a preselected quantity of input splines, the shaft adapted to securely fit within the receiver, and the input splines adapted to mesh with the receiving splines to removably couple the post unit to the base unit; and
a locking mechanism including a first leg that has a catch portion and a splined portion, wherein the first leg is arranged to move within the first branch of the cavity when the locking mechanism is moved between a locked position and an unlocked position, and wherein the catch portion protrudes through the first slotted opening and blocks the input splines of the shaft when the shaft is inserted into the receiver and the locking mechanism is in the locked position; and wherein a plurality of splines of the splined portion aligns with a plurality of the receiving splines and a plurality of the input splines of the shaft and allows the shaft to be removed from the receiver when the locking mechanism is in the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,712,126

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COOPERATION AMONG WEAPONS, HOLSTERS, AND RECORDERS

Axon Enterprise, Inc., S...

1. A detector for detecting whether a provided object is positioned in a provided holster, the detector for coupling to the holster, the detector comprising:a capacitor, the capacitor including:
an electrode, the electrode formed of a first plurality of conductive traces arranged in a rectangular crosshatch pattern;
a ground plane, the ground plane formed of a second plurality of conductive traces arranged in a diagonal crosshatch pattern with respect to the rectangular crosshatch pattern of the electrode; and
a dielectric, at least a portion of the dielectric positioned between the electrode and the ground plane, a position of the object with respect to the holster determines a permittivity of the dielectric thereby determining a capacitance of the capacitor; and
a sensor;
a processing circuit; and
a transmitter; wherein:
while the object is positioned in the holster, the object establishes a first permittivity of the dielectric to establish a first capacitance of the capacitor;
while the object is removed from the holster, an absence of the object establishes a second permittivity of the dielectric to establish a second capacitance of the capacitor;
the sensor is configured to provide a signal responsive to detecting at least one of the first capacitance and the second capacitance; and
responsive to the signal, the processing circuit is configured to instruct the transmitter to transmit a message that includes indicia of whether the object is positioned in the holster or is removed from the holster.

US Pat. No. 10,712,120

TOY GUN WITH FOREGRIP

1. A toy gun with a foregrip, used for a gas cylinder (100) and a bullet (200), the toy gun (10) comprising:a gun body (1) having a barrel (11), a gas chamber (12) and a magazine (13), wherein the gas chamber (12) and the magazine (13) are connected to the barrel (11), the gas cylinder (100) is placed inside the gas chamber (12), and the bullet (200) is placed inside the magazine (13);
a feed assembly (2) arranged corresponding to the magazine (13);
an air valve assembly (3) closing the gas chamber (12);
a linkage bar assembly (4) comprising a trigger bar (41), a bar dial (42) and a return spring (43), wherein the trigger bar (41) and the bar dial (42) are pivotally attached onto the gun body (1), the trigger bar (41) is configured to drive the air valve assembly (3) to open the gas chamber (12), and the return spring (43) is elastically supported between the gun body (1) and the bar dial (42);
a trigger assembly (5) comprising a trigger member (51), wherein the trigger member (51) pivotally is attached onto the gun body (1), and the trigger member (51) has one end abutted against the trigger bar (41) and another end capable of being locked at, pressed onto or released from the bar dial (42); and
a dialing structure (6) movably mounted onto the gun body (1), wherein the dialing structure (6) has one end equipped with a foregrip (61) and another end equipped with a link member (62), the foregrip (61) is configured to move horizontally relative to the gun body (11), and the link member (62) configured to drive the feed assembly (2) to close or open the magazine (13) and capable of pressing or releasing the trigger bar (41) and the bar dial (42).

US Pat. No. 10,712,119

PRESSURE ACTIVATED RELEASE CUE FOR ARCHERY

Rocky Mountain Specialty ...

13. A method using an archery bow comprising the steps of:providing an archery bow with a release cue member on a user-proximal side of a bow grip, and wherein the release cue member comprises a deformable elastic member comprising a spring steel and a convex shape wherein a center portion of the deformable elastic member is operable to extend away from a bow; a cover member extending over at least a portion of the deformable elastic member and operable to contact a hand of an archer; and at least one fastener operable to secure the cover member to the bow handle;
providing an arrow in communication with the archery bow;
drawing a bow string of the archery bow by applying tension to the bow string with a first hand and applying a force to a handle of the bow with a second hand;
wherein a portion of the second hand is provided in communication with the release cue member;
wherein force is increased upon the feedback mechanism until the deformable elastic member deforms to produce an audible sound; and
releasing the arrow in response and subsequent to the audible sound.

US Pat. No. 10,712,115

MODULAR TURRET

CMI DEFENCE S.A., Loncin...

1. A modular turret for an armored vehicle, comprising:an invariable and unique basic structural unit configured to be interchangeable, called a standard shell, equipped with interface means; and
a plurality of interchangeable and removable functional structures securable to the standard shell by fastening means which are specific and distinctive for a connection of each functional structure to the standard shell, the interface means being configured to allow an assembly of a set of different structures of a same functional type on the standard shell at an interfacing zone on the latter,
wherein the standard shell comprises an assembly of a plurality of plates with different shapes and sizes giving the standard shell a geometric shape with fixed dimensions, the plates having at least one of orifices or connectors configured to fasten the interchangeable and removable functional structures, the plurality of plates comprising:
a base metal sheet comprising a base of the standard shell over an entire surface area thereof, and a center of which is pierced to define a fastening of a ring;
two cannon support plates situated in front of the standard shell, and positioned perpendicular relative to the base metal sheet, each of the two cannot support plates comprising an orifice configured to receive at least one of a cannon module or a secondary weapon module;
side metal sheets starting from the cannon support plates, following the base metal sheet to end behind the standard shell;
an interface plate connecting the side metal sheet to a rear of the standard shell perpendicular to the base metal sheet, the interface plate comprising a fastening means for a bustle rack;
upper metal sheets cooperating with the cannon support plates, the side metal sheets, and the interface plate so as to close the standard shell, and
wherein the standard shell further comprises:
two arches providing a junction between the front and rear of the standard shell, the two arches having a fixed height and forming a rectilinear channel extending from the cannon support plates to the interface plate, so that the arches define, inside the standard shell, three invariable zones independently of an actual cannon module, a position of the arches defining fictive plans which, once extended downward with respect to the base metal sheet, make similarly appear the three invariable zones at a level of a basket mounted on the standard shell; and
a cover, over the arches, at least one of a shape or a height of which reflects a recoil created by the cannon module.

US Pat. No. 10,712,112

TOY GUN

MARUZEN COMPANY LIMITED, ...

1. A toy gun comprising:a frame provided in the toy gun;
a trigger attached to the toy gun;
a sear interlocked with an action of the trigger;
a hammer jetting gas out of a cylinder to fire a bullet by interlock with an action of the sear;
a safety lever composed of right and left safety levers which are installed outside the frame with a gap between each of the safety levers and the frame and being selectively in contact with or out of contact with any member of the trigger to the hammer interlocked with one another; and
a biasing means providing bias as to maintain the gap between each of the right and left safety levers and the frame respectively in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,712,111

SAFETY SELECTOR ASSEMBLIES

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

1. A safety selector assembly for a firearm, comprising:a cylinder sized and shaped to be rotatably received within a lower receiver of the firearm, the cylinder comprising a cylinder end;
a lever detachably coupled to the cylinder end and having a recess that faces the cylinder end when the lever is detachably coupled to the cylinder end; and
a threaded member configured to threadably engage the cylinder end such that a surface of the lever that faces the cylinder end is urged away from the cylinder end,
wherein the lever is retained on the cylinder end when an end of the threaded member is disposed within the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,712,104

HEAT EXCHANGER AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a fin extending in a gravity direction; and
heat transfer pipes installed so as to intersect the fin, the heat transfer pipes being arranged in the gravity direction, wherein
the fin has
a water guiding area disposed above and below each of the heat transfer pipes, and
a water drainage area disposed adjacent to a side of each of the heat transfer pipes,
the water guiding area has water guiding structures for guiding water to the water drainage area, and
the water drainage area has water drainage structures for guiding water in the gravity direction, wherein
the water guiding structures are provided by forming a part of the fin in dimples,
the water drainage structures are provided by forming a part of the fin in dimples, and
the dimples of the water guiding structures and the dimples of the water drainage structures are arranged at different densities.

US Pat. No. 10,712,094

MACHINE FOR MAKING AND DISPENSING A LIQUID OR SEMI-LIQUID PRODUCT

ALI GROUP S.R.L.-CARPIGIA...

1. A machine for making and dispensing a cold or ice beverage, comprising:a containment and processing tank for the beverage which includes a front wall, and at a bottom, a dispensing mouth for dispensing the beverage,
a dispenser, located at the dispensing mouth and suitable for turning on or off to allow the beverage to be dispensed;
a thermal treatment cylinder located inside the containment and processing tank;
a stirrer located outside an outer surface of the thermal treatment cylinder and adapted to rotate about a respective axis of rotation;
a refrigerating plant comprising a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger, a pressure reducing element and a compressor, the first heat exchanger being located inside the thermal treatment cylinder,
a containment compartment for the second heat exchanger and the compressor,
at least one first airflow intake cavity in fluid communication with the containment compartment and with an outside environment and at least one second airflow release cavity in fluid communication with the containment compartment and with the outside environment, the at least one second airflow release cavity being located above the at least one first airflow intake cavity to create an airflow with a vertical component, from a bottom upwards;
wherein the containment compartment is formed by a front wall, a rear wall, an upper wall, a lower wall, and a pair of lateral walls, right and left;
wherein the machine comprises a frame and one or more of the front wall, the rear wall, the upper wall, the lower wall, and the pair of lateral walls, right and left, are removable relative to the frame;
wherein the at least one first airflow intake cavity is positioned in the lower wall.

US Pat. No. 10,712,091

WATER DRYING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR REFINED COTTON

HUBEI JINHANJIANG REFINED...

1. A water drying control system for refined cotton, comprising a pressing machine and a heat exchanger, whereina back end part of the pressing machine is provided with a discharge opening, and the water drying control system for refined cotton further comprises a control box, a main flap valve, a main drying pipe, a first drying cup, a second drying cup, a first cyclone separator, a first flap valve, a first draught fan, a third drying cup, a fourth drying cup, a second cyclone separator, a second flap valve, a second draught fan, a first infrared ray moisture transducer, a second infrared ray moisture transducer and a third infrared ray moisture transducer;
the main flap valve is communicated with a front end of the main drying pipe,
the discharge opening of the pressing machine is corresponding to the main flap valve,
the heat exchanger is respectively provided with a first air outlet, a second air outlet, a third air outlet, a fourth air outlet and an air-return port,
the main drying pipe is respectively provided with a wind inlet and a wind outlet,
the first air outlet of the heat exchanger is communicated with the wind inlet of the main drying pipe, the air-return port is communicated with the wind outlet,
the second drying cup is overlapped on the first drying cup and is communicated with the first drying cup,
a lower part of the first drying cup is provided with a first wind-supplement port, a bottom part of the first drying cup is communicated with a back end part of the main drying pipe,
the second air outlet of the heat exchanger is communicated with the first wind supplement port of the first drying cup through a first wind supplement pipe,
an upper side part of the first cyclone separator is communicated with a top part of the second drying cup through a first feed delivery pipe,
the first infrared ray moisture transducer is installed in the first feed delivery pipe,
a lower part of the first cyclone separator is provided with a second wind supplement port,
the third air outlet of the heat exchanger is communicated with the second wind supplement port through a second wind supplement pipe,
the first flap valve is communicated with a bottom part of the first cyclone separator,
the first draught fan is communicated with a top part of the first cyclone separator,
the fourth drying cup is overlapped on the third drying cup and is communicated with the third drying cup,
a lower part of the third drying cup is provided with a third wind supplement port, a bottom part of the third drying cup is communicated with the first flap valve through a second feed delivery pipe,
the second infrared ray moisture transducer is installed in the second feed delivery pipe,
the fourth air outlet of the heat exchanger is communicated with the third wind supplement port of the third drying cup through a third wind supplement pipe,
an upper side part of the second cyclone separator is communicated with a top part of the fourth drying cup,
the second flap valve is communicated with a bottom part of the second cyclone separator,
the third infrared ray moisture transducer is installed in the second flap valve,
the second draught fan is communicated with a top part of the second cyclone separator,
the first wind supplement pipe, the second wind supplement pipe and the third wind supplement pipe are respectively provided with a first motorized valve, a second motorized valve and a third motorized valve, and
the control box is electrically connected to the pressing machine, the first motorized valve, the second motorized valve, the third motorized valve, the first infrared ray moisture transducer, the second infrared ray moisture transducer and the third infrared ray moisture transducer respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,712,090

THROUGH AIR DRYING SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH HOT AIR INJECTION

Valmet, Inc., Biddeford,...

1. A system for drying or bonding material, comprising:a first set of components for producing a first air stream, the first set of components comprising:
a combustion heater configured to produce first heated air;
a mixing element operating on the first heated air to produce second heated air of a desired temperature;
a hood receiving the second heated air; and
a foraminous cylinder surrounded by the hood, the foraminous cylinder outputting cooled air;
a second set of components for producing a second air stream, the second set of components comprising:
at least one heating element configured to produce third heated air; and
at least one fan in fluidic communication with the at least one heating element, the at least one fan causing the third heated air to be injected into the first air stream.

US Pat. No. 10,712,088

TEMPERATURE BALANCING FOR THERMAL INTEGRATION OF AN AIR SEPARATION UNIT (ASU) WITH A POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

1. A method of temperature balancing for thermal integration of an air separation unit (ASU) with an oxycombustion power generation system, the method comprising the steps of:a. compressing air through a plurality of compression stages,
b. routing a first stage compressed air stream through a first heat exchanger in heat exchange communication with a subsequent stage compressed air stream to lower the first stage compressed air stream temperature and increase the temperature of a subsequent stage compressed air stream,
c. taking the cooled first stage compressed air stream from step b) and routing the cooled first stage compressed air stream through a second heat exchanger in heat exchange communication with a first fluid going to the power generation system to further cool the cooled, first stage compressed air stream and increase the temperature of the first fluid going to the power generation system,
d. routing the further cooled, first stage compressed air stream to a subsequent compression stage to produce the subsequent air stream that is further compressed and heated from the compression,
e. routing the subsequent compressed air stream exiting from the heat exchanger in step b) to a third heat exchanger in heat exchange communication with the first and/or a second fluid going to the power generation system to cool the subsequent air stream exiting from the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,712,087

REFRIGERATING DEVICE FOR PREPARING FROZEN DRINK

SANHU(HANGZHOU) MICRO CHA...

1. A refrigerating device used to prepare a frozen drink, comprising;a pre-refrigeration unit used to pre-refrigerating a raw material for preparing the frozen drink in the pre-refrigeration unit;
a main-refrigeration unit in communication with the pre-refrigeration unit and used to accommodate the raw material after pre-refrigeration, wherein the pre-refrigerated raw material is refrigerated further in the main-refrigeration unit;
a dispenser in communication with the main-refrigeration unit and used to dispense the frozen drink in the main-refrigeration unit; and
a refrigeration system providing a refrigerating capacity to the pre-refrigeration unit and the main-refrigeration unit so as to pre-refrigerate the raw material in the pre-refrigeration unit and further refrigerate the pre-refrigerated raw material in the main-refrigeration unit to form the frozen drink,
wherein the raw material is configured to be one of water, a dry power ingredient, a solution ingredient, a mixer of water and a dry power ingredient and a mixer of water and a solution ingredient, the pre-refrigeration unit comprises a water pre-refrigeration chamber and a preservation chamber used to storage the dry power ingredient and/or the solution ingredient, the main-refrigeration unit comprises a main-refrigeration chamber, and the water pre-refrigeration chamber and the preservation chamber are in communication with the main-refrigeration chamber via a pipe; the refrigeration system provides the refrigerating capacity to the water pre-refrigeration chamber, the preservation chamber and the main-refrigeration chamber respectively so as to pre-refrigerate the water in the water pre-refrigeration chamber, pre-refrigerate the dry power ingredient and/or the solution ingredient in the preservation chamber, and further refrigerate the pre-refrigerated water as well as the dry power ingredient and/or the solution ingredient in the main-refrigeration chamber;
the refrigeration system comprises a compressor, a condenser, a throttling element, a first evaporator used to provide a refrigerating capacity to the water pre-refrigeration chamber, a second evaporator used to provide a refrigerating capacity to the main-refrigeration chamber and a third evaporator used to provide a refrigerating capacity to the preservation chamber;
a first regulating valve is disposed between the throttling element and the first evaporator, a second regulating valve is disposed between the throttling element and the second evaporator, and a third regulating valve is disposed between the throttling element and the third evaporator; and
the throttling element is configured as one of an electronic expansion valve, a thermostatic expansion valve or a capillary tube.

US Pat. No. 10,712,079

COOLING DEVICE COMPRISING AN EVAPORATOR COVER SHEET HAVING A FIXING ASSEMBLY

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A cooling device having an evaporator for cooling a cooling chamber of the cooling device, comprising:a heat insulated cabinet;
a housing, which is surrounded by the cabinet;
an evaporator chamber for receiving the evaporator, the evaporator chamber is closed by an evaporator cover sheet, which is fixed to a mount of the cooling device; and
a fixing assembly, which is configured to releasably interlock the evaporator cover sheet with the mount by insertion of the evaporator cover sheet towards the mount, the fixing element including a locking projection and mounting recess configured for receiving the locking projection therein in an insertion direction, the mounting recess having a locking latch disposed at an edge of the mounting recess and having a longitudinal extent extending along the insertion direction into the mounting recess, the locking latch being deflectable by the locking projection during a displacement of the locking projection into the mounting recess.

US Pat. No. 10,712,066

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:a compressor which compresses a refrigerant;
an air flow passage through which air to be supplied to a vehicle interior flows;
a radiator which lets the refrigerant radiate heat to heat the air to be supplied from the air flow passage to the vehicle interior;
a heat absorber which lets the refrigerant absorb heat to cool the air to be supplied from the air flow passage to the vehicle interior;
an outdoor heat exchanger disposed outside the vehicle interior to let the refrigerant absorb heat; and
control means,
the vehicle air conditioner executing at least a heating mode in which the control means controls the flow of refrigerant such that the refrigerant discharged from the compressor radiates heat in the radiator, the refrigerant by which heat has been radiated decompresses, and then the refrigerant absorbs heat in the outdoor heat exchanger,
the vehicle air conditioner comprising:
an injection circuit which distributes the refrigerant flowing out from the radiator to return the refrigerant to the middle of the compression by the compressor,
wherein the control means has frosting estimation means for estimating frosting to the outdoor heat exchanger, and when the heating mode is executed in a state where a power is supplied from an external power source to the compressor or a battery which supplies the power to drive the compressor, the control means operates the injection circuit, and executes gas injection to return the refrigerant to the middle of the compression by the compressor, in a case where the frosting to the outdoor heat exchanger is predicted on the basis of the estimation of the frosting estimation means,
wherein the frosting estimation means calculates a maximum heating capability predicted value without frosting TGQhpNfst which is a target value of the maximum heating capability generable by the radiator in a range in which the outdoor heat exchanger is not frosted, and
the frosting estimation means predicts that the outdoor heat exchanger is frosted in a case where the maximum heating capability predicted value without frosting TGQhpNfst is smaller than a requested heating capability Qtgt as the heating capability of the radiator which is requested or a value close to the requested heating capability Qtgt.

US Pat. No. 10,712,062

REFRIGERANT DISTRIBUTOR AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigerant distributor comprising:a first introduction pipe configured to be open at a first end and closed at a second end and to cause refrigerant to flow from the first end toward the second end;
a second introduction pipe configured to be closed in ends on both upstream and downstream sides and to cause the refrigerant to flow in a direction opposite to a refrigerant flow direction in the first introduction pipe;
a plurality of branch pipes connected to the second introduction pipe along the direction of the refrigerant through the second introduction pipe; and
an adjusting pipe configured to connect the first introduction pipe and the second introduction pipe,
the adjusting pipe connecting a part of the first introduction pipe, the part being on a side of the second end, connecting a side of the second end of the first introduction pipe to between an end of the second introduction pipe on the upstream side and an upstream-most branch pipe of the plurality of branch pipes, the upstream-most branch pipe being connected to a most upstream side of the second introduction pipe among the plurality of branch pipes,
wherein the adjusting pipe has a U-shape in top view.

US Pat. No. 10,712,059

DISTRIBUTOR ASSEMBLY FOR SPACE CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Allied Air Enterprises LL...

1. A space conditioning system, comprising:a first heat-exchange coil;
a second heat-exchange coil;
a compressor configured to compress a refrigeration fluid and to transfer the refrigeration fluid to a discharge line and to receive the refrigeration fluid from a suction line, wherein the discharge line is connected to one of the first heat-exchange coil or the second heat-exchange coil, and the suction line is connected to the other of the first heat-exchange coil or the second heat-exchange coil; and
a distributor assembly, including:
a sealed expansion device having a first opening, a second opening and an interior chamber between the first opening and the second opening, the interior chamber containing an orifice housing comprising a first orifice-housing end and a second orifice-housing end, wherein the orifice housing has a through-hole orifice therein and the orifice housing is configured to move between the first opening and the second opening within the interior chamber, and, an outer surface of the first orifice-housing end forms a fluid stop around the first opening such that the refrigeration fluid delivered through the second opening can substantially only pass through the through-hole orifice to the first opening;
wherein the outer surface of the first orifice-housing end, wherein the longitudinal axis extends from the first to the first orifice-housing end to the second orifice-housing end and an outer surface of the second orifice-housing end have distinct shapes, wherein the outer surface of the first orifice-housing end comprises a spherically-shaped end and the outer surface of the second orifice-housing end comprises an inward taper extending away from the first orifice-housing end, wherein the inward taper has a length along a longitudinal axis of the orifice-housing which is longer than half an entire length of the orifice housing thereby forming a frustoconical end opposite the first orifice-housing end, wherein the longitudinal axis extends from the first to the first orifice-housing end to the second orifice-housing end;
a sealed distributor housing having a first opening at a first end of the sealed distributor housing, wherein the first opening of the sealed distributor housing is permanently sealed to the first opening of the sealed expansion device and further includes a plurality of secondary openings at a second end of the sealed distributor housing and configured to be fluidly connected to one of the first heat-exchange coil or the second heat-exchange coil;
an internal chamber between the first end of the sealed distributor housing and the second end of the sealed distributor housing, wherein the internal chamber narrows to a smallest dimension of the internal chamber before increasing again towards the second end of the sealed distributor housing; and
a plurality of delivery tubes, wherein one end of each of the plurality of delivery tubes is sealed to one of the plurality of secondary openings at the second end of the sealed distributor housing, and, another end of each of the plurality of delivery tubes are each fluidly connected to different access ports of the one first heat-exchange coil or second heat-exchange coil.

US Pat. No. 10,712,051

REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH MULTIPLE TEMPERATURE ZONES

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A refrigeration appliance or domestic refrigeration appliance, comprising: first and second temperature zones; a refrigerant circuit having a branching point at which said refrigerant circuit splits into first and second parallel branches, said branching point being configured as a separator for separating gas and liquid, said separator having a liquid outlet and a gas outlet; said first branch having a controllable first restriction point and a first heat exchanger for setting a temperature of said first temperature zone, said first branch being connected to said gas outlet of said separator; and said second branch having a second restriction point and a second heat exchanger for setting a temperature of said second temperature zone, said second branch being connected to said liquid outlet of said separator.

US Pat. No. 10,712,049

REFRIGERATION UNIT WITH HEAT EXCHANGING ARRANGEMENT

1. A refrigeration unit, comprising:a plurality of connecting pipes for allowing heat exchange medium to pass therethrough;
a compressor having a compressor input port and a compressor output port;
a first heat exchanger connected to said compressor through at least one of said connecting pipes, said first heat exchanger having a first connection port, a second refrigerator port, a water inlet and a water outlet; and
a second heat exchanger connected to said compressor and said first heat exchanger through at least one of said connecting pipes, said second heat exchanger having a third connection port and a fourth connection port;
a water pump having a water input port and a water output port, said water output port being connected to said water inlet of said first heat exchanger; and
a heat exchanging arrangement, which comprises:
a main casing having a receiving cavity divided into at least one water atomizing compartment and one water showering compartment, an air inlet communicating with said water atomizing compartment of said receiving cavity, and an air outlet communicating with said water showering compartment of said receiving cavity;
a fan provided in said main casing for drawing ambient air to enter said main casing through said air inlet and exit said main casing through said air outlet;
at least one water atomizing unit provided on said water atomizing compartment and connected to said water output port of said water pump through at least one of said connecting pipes;
at least one water showering head provided on said water showering compartment and connected to said water outlet of said first heat exchanger;
at least one fill material unit provided underneath said water showering head; and
a water collection basin provided underneath said water atomizing unit and said fill material,
wherein a predetermined amount of heated water in said first heat exchanger is arranged to be guided to flow to said water showering head through said water outlet and through at least one of said connecting pipes, said water in said water showering head being sprinkled on said fill material unit and collected in said water collection basin,
wherein a predetermined amount of water from said water output port of said water pump is guided to flow to said water atomizing unit through at least one of said connecting pipes, said water flowing to said water atomizing unit being sprayed and atomized in said water atomizing compartment,
said ambient air being drawn to sequentially pass through said water atomizing compartment and said water showering compartment to cool down a temperature of said water in said water showering compartment, said water collected in said water collection basin being guided to flow into said water pump through said water input port and at least one of said connecting pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,712,046

VENTILATOR MOUNTING BRACKET

AUPU HOME STYLE CORPORATI...

1. A ventilator mounting bracket, characterized by comprising two telescoping rod components (01) which can extend and shorten and two folding rod components (02) which are connected between the two telescoping rod components and are capable of being folded and unfolded, wherein the two folding rod components are unfolded to stretch the two telescoping rod components such that the two telescoping rod components and the two folding rod components form a mounting hole (03); and the two folding rod components are folded to drive the two telescoping rod components to withdraw;wherein each one of the telescoping rod components (01) comprises a first telescoping rod (11), a second telescoping rod (12) and a sliding rod (13); each one of the first telescoping rods (11) and each corresponding one of the second telescoping rods (12) are assembled together in a telescoping way; each one of the sliding rods (13) is assembled in a sliding way on the outer side of each corresponding one of the first telescoping rods (11) and on the outer side of each corresponding one of the second telescoping rods (12); a fixture (04) is respectively arranged at the outer end of each one of the first telescoping rods (11) and the outer end of each one of the second telescoping rods (12); and the two ends of each one of the two folding rod components (02) are respectively rotationally connected to the sliding rods (13) of the two telescoping rod components.

US Pat. No. 10,712,041

COOLING FAN AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND COOLING FAN AUTOMATIC CONTROL DEVICE

SANYO DENKI CO., LTD., T...

1. A cooling fan automatic control system comprising:a plurality of cooling fans configured to cool a heating body;
a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the heating body;
a plurality of current sensors configured to measure electrical values of current of each of the plurality of cooling fans; and
a controller which controls, based on the electrical values of current of each of the plurality of cooling fans obtained by the plurality of current sensors and a measured temperature of the heating body that is a measured value obtained by the temperature sensor, rotational speeds of the plurality of cooling fans so as to reduce a total of measured electrical values of current of the plurality of cooling fans obtained by the plurality of current sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,712,039

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEMAND MITIGATION OF COMMONLY SCHEDULED THERMOSTATS

Emerson Electronics Co., ...

1. A thermostat for a multi-thermostat temperature control system comprising:a load shedding event recovery controller comprising at least one processor communicatively coupled to at least one memory device, the load shedding event recovery controller configured to:
receive one or more input signal commands permitting a recovery from a demand management system load shedding event;
determine a pseudo-random starting time window from which a recovery starting time is selected, the pseudo-random starting time window based on a value accessible to the thermostat and unique to the thermostat, the pseudo-random starting time window including a primary delay window and a secondary delay window within the primary delay window; and
start an operation of a conditioning unit associated with the thermostat at the selected recovery starting time.

US Pat. No. 10,712,035

AIR CONDITIONER WITH REFRIGERANT LEAKAGE CONTROL

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:an outdoor unit including a compressor;
an indoor unit, including an indoor expansion valve and an indoor heat exchanger;
a liquid-refrigerant connection pipe and a gas-refrigerant connection pipe that connect the outdoor unit and the indoor unit to each other;
a relay unit disposed in the liquid-refrigerant connection pipe and the gas-refrigerant connection pipe, the relay unit including a liquid relay shutoff valve in a liquid connection pipe connected to the liquid-refrigerant connection pipe and a gas relay shutoff valve in a gas connection pipe connected to the gas-refrigerant connection pipe;
a refrigerant leakage detector for detecting leakage of the refrigerant; and
a controller that controls components of the outdoor unit, the indoor unit, and the relay unit, wherein
when leakage of the refrigerant occurs, the controller is configured to stop the compressor and perform first shutoff control to open the liquid relay shutoff valve and close the indoor expansion valve and the gas relay shutoff valve on the basis of information from the refrigerant leakage detector.

US Pat. No. 10,712,033

CONTROL OF HVAC UNIT BASED ON SENSOR STATUS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A system for a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, comprising:a compressor configured to circulate a working fluid through the HVAC system;
a fan configured to direct an air flow across a heat exchanger coil of the HVAC system;
an ambient sensor configured to monitor a condition of an environment surrounding the heat exchanger coil;
a control system communicatively coupled to the ambient sensor, wherein the control system is configured to detect a status of the ambient sensor during an active operating mode of the HVAC system, wherein the control system is configured to adjust operation of the compressor, or the fan, or both, in response to detection of an error of the ambient sensor, and wherein the error of the ambient sensor comprises an interruption of a signal from the ambient sensor to the control system, a short circuit of the ambient sensor, a defect of the ambient sensor, or any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,712,027

AIR FILTERING ASSEMBLY

1. An air filtering assembly comprising:a housing defining an interior space, said housing having opposing sides, said opposing sides, said top, and said bottom tapering from proximate to a midline of said housing to said back such that said back is dimensionally smaller than said front;
an aperture positioned in a front of said housing wherein said aperture is configured for flowing of air into said interior space;
a slot positioned in a top of said housing;
an opening positioned in a back of said housing wherein said aperture is configured for flowing of air from said interior space, said opening being circularly shaped;
a filter selectively insertable into said interior space through said slot wherein said filter is configured for removing particulates from the air flowing through said interior space from said front to said back; and
a fan coupled to said housing and positioned in said interior space between said back of said housing and said filter such that said fan is configured for producing a current of air flowing through said opening into said housing and through said filter wherein said filter is configured for removing particulates from the air, said fan comprising a motor and a plurality of blades, each said blade being coupled to and extending from a shaft of said motor such that said motor is positioned for urging rotation of said blades concurrent with said shaft for producing the current of air, a diameter of said blades being greater than a diameter of said opening.

US Pat. No. 10,712,024

LIQUID TO AIR MEMBRANE ENERGY EXCHANGERS

Nortek Air Solutions Cana...

1. A liquid to air membrane energy exchanger (LAMEE) comprising:a liquid desiccant comprising a hygroscopic fluid;
at least one air flow channel comprising a first inlet for receiving air into the LAMEE and a first outlet for exhausting the air out of the LAMEE, a temperature and a humidity of the air changing between the first inlet and the first outlet;
at least one liquid desiccant channel comprising a second inlet for receiving the liquid desiccant into the LAMEE and a second outlet for expelling the liquid desiccant from the LAMEE; and
a selectively permeable, non-porous membrane interposed between the air and the liquid desiccant, the membrane being selectively permeable to water in the air and the liquid desiccant, wherein water molecules or ions are transportable through the membrane to transfer water between the air and the liquid desiccant.

US Pat. No. 10,712,023

OUTDOOR UNIT FOR AN AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An outdoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:an air passage defined inside a casing;
an outdoor heat exchanger installed in the air passage;
an outdoor unit fan configured to introduce air into the outdoor heat exchanger; and
an air passage blocking object configured to block a flow of part of the air in the air passage,
wherein the outdoor heat exchanger includes
a heat transfer tube configured to allow refrigerant to pass therein, and
a fin connected to the heat transfer tube,
wherein the heat transfer tube includes a hairpin portion, which is a portion of the heat transfer tube bent and folded back and to which no fin is connected,
wherein the heat transfer tube has an elongate sectional shape, and is arranged so that a longitudinal axis of the elongate shape is horizontally oriented, and
wherein the air passage blocking object is provided upright on a wall surface defining the air passage on a side on which the hairpin portion is arranged, is disposed along a longitudinal direction of the fin, and is configured to cover the hairpin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,712,017

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

1. A household appliance, comprising:a processing chamber having a loading opening in a front face of the household appliance;
a door; and
a plurality of hinges configured to join the door to a remaining structure of the household appliance and to enable the door to horizontally pivot on a first axis to close the loading opening;
wherein each hinge of the plurality of hinges includes a respective hinge casing coupled to the remaining structure of the household appliance by a fixing element passing through an opening in the hinge casing, such that the hinge casing is configured to pivot about a second axis orthogonal to the first axis; and
wherein at least one of the hinges is supported on the remaining structure of the household appliance by only the respective fixing element.

US Pat. No. 10,712,014

MODULAR LINEAR FIREPLACE GAS BURNER SYSTEM

EARTHCORE INDUSTRIES, LLC...

1. A modular linear gas burner system comprising:a plurality of interconnectable pipe modules, each said pipe module comprising a pipe segment, connector fittings adapted to join one said pipe segment to another said pipe segment, spuds mounted on each of said pipe segments, orifice mounting blocks connected to one or more of said spuds, and orifices mounted to each of said orifice mounting blocks;
one or more burner members connected to one or more of said pipe modules;
wherein each of said orifice mounting blocks comprises a bore, such that for each of said orifice mounting blocks, gas flows through one of said spuds into said bore of said orifice mounting block, then flows through said bore of said orifice mounting block into said orifice mounted to said orifice mounting block, and then through said orifice into one of said burner members;
wherein the distance between adjacent said spuds on all said pipe segments is equal, and
wherein for first and second said pipe segments joined together by said connector fittings, the distance between the spuds immediately adjacent coupled connector fittings is equal to the distance between adjacent said spuds on each of said first and second pipe segments.

US Pat. No. 10,712,013

BIOMASS PELLET STOVE

TANGCHENGXIAN HUALONG MAC...

1. A stove useful for consuming biomass pellets as fuel, comprising:a stove body comprising a firebox, a top, a bottom, an exterior, and an interior;
a hopper fixed at the a top of the stove body; and
a feed tube comprising:
a first end connected to the hopper and extending vertically along the exterior of the stove body toward the bottom of the stove body to a second end extending into an interior of the stove body,
a vertical tube at the first end; and
an inclined pipe at the second end and connected to the vertical tube, the vertical tube fixed outside the stove body, an end of the inclined pipe connected with the bottom of the vertical tube, the other end of the said inclined pipe stretching into the firebox
a flue fixed at a top of the firebox; and
a fire grate connected with the stove body and fixed at the bottom of the firebox, wherein a distance between the bottom of the inclined pipe and the fire grate is in a range of 20 mm to 22 mm; and an included angle between the vertical tube and the inclined pipe is in a range of 134° to 135°.

US Pat. No. 10,712,009

BURNER HEAD OF A BURNER AND GAS TURBINE HAVING A BURNER OF THIS TYPE

Duerr Systems AG, Bietig...

1. A burner defining a burner longitudinal axis, the burner comprising:a burner head including a base body extending along said burner longitudinal axis;
a central pilot stage disposed in said base body;
a main stage arranged concentrically about said pilot stage;
said main stage being defined by at least one burner stage in said base body;
said at least one burner stage including a plurality of oxidant ducts arranged in said base body concentrically around and at a radial spacing to said burner longitudinal axis;
said plurality of oxidant ducts defining respective duct longitudinal axes;
a plurality of fuel duct bodies, each fuel duct body of the plurality of fuel duct bodies inserted into each one of a respective oxidant duct of said plurality of oxidant ducts so as to extend transversely to the respective duct longitudinal axis corresponding thereto;
each fuel duct body of the plurality of fuel ducts bodies having a nozzle opening provided therein so as to open into the respective oxidant duct of said plurality of oxidant ducts corresponding thereto;
a fuel supply duct arranged in said base body and provided for said at least one burner stage; and,
said fuel supply duct running in said base body so as to at least partially encircle said burner longitudinal axis and be adjacent to and communicate with the plurality of fuel duct bodies in the plurality of oxidant ducts.

US Pat. No. 10,712,006

COMBUSTION CHAMBER ARRANGEMENT OF A GAS TURBINE AND AIRCRAFT GAS TURBINE

1. A combustion chamber arrangement of a gas turbine, comprisingan annular combustion chamber with an inner ring wall and an outer ring wall,
a combustion chamber head with a plurality of fuel nozzles,
a first admixed air row with a plurality of first admixing air holes which are configured as passage holes and which are arranged in at least one chosen from the inner ring wall and the outer ring wall,
a second admixed air row with a plurality of second admixing air holes which are configured as passage holes and which are arranged in at least one chosen from the inner ring wall and the outer ring wall,
wherein the plurality of first admixing air holes have first inner center points and first outer center points, and the plurality of second admixing air holes have second inner center points and second outer center points, wherein the first and second inner center points respectively lie at a side of the plurality of first and second admixing air holes that is oriented towards the combustion chamber, and the first and second outer center points lie at a side of the plurality of first and second admixing air holes that is facing away from the combustion chamber,
wherein the equation L=D2/D1*(D2?D1)/C2 is fulfilled,
wherein L is a distance between at least one chosen from:
the first and second inner center points, and
the first and second outer center points,
wherein D1 is a first flow diameter of the plurality of first admixing air holes at at least one chosen from an entry side and an exit side to the combustion chamber, and D2 is a second flow diameter of the second admixing air holes at at least one chosen from the entry side and the exit side to the combustion chamber,
wherein the second flow diameter D2 is larger than the first flow diameter D1, and
wherein C is a measure for an average flow rate coefficient of the plurality of first and second air admixing holes,
wherein a first portion of the plurality of first admixing air holes are positioned in the outer ring wall and a second portion of the plurality of first admixing aft holes are positioned in the inner ring wall and the first portion of the plurality of the first admixing air the plurality of first admixing air holes in the outer ring wall intersect central axes of the plurality of fuel nozzles in a through-flow direction of the combustion chamber, and wherein axes of the second portion of the plurality of first admixing air holes in the inner ring wall are offset from the central axes respectively in a circumferential direction by an angle ?=360°/(2*N1), wherein N1 is a number of the plurality of first admixing air holes of the first admixed aft row.

US Pat. No. 10,712,002

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustor assembly for use in a gas turbine engine, said combustor assembly comprising:an outer combustor casing;
a dome assembly;
a diffuser positioned upstream from said dome assembly, said diffuser comprising a downstream end that defines an exit thereof, wherein said outer combustor casing extends upstream of said downstream end of said diffuser;
a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axis oriented at least partially axially and at least partially radially;
a fuel nozzle coupled to said dome assembly; and
a cowl assembly comprising:
a radially inner cowl coupled to said dome assembly;
a radially outer cowl spaced from said radially inner cowl to define an opening configured to channel a pressurized flow of air from said diffuser towards said fuel nozzle, said radially outer cowl comprising a first cowl member and a second cowl member each positioned about said fuel nozzle, wherein said first and second cowl members substantially align to define a substantially continuous flow path configured to direct a flow of air about said dome assembly,
wherein said first cowl member is coupled to said fuel nozzle, said first cowl member extending in a substantially axially rearward direction from said fuel nozzle towards said diffuser positioned upstream of said fuel nozzle and wherein a leading edge of said first cowl member is positioned inboard said exit of said diffuser to permit at least a portion of the pressurized flow of air to be directed outboard of said first cowl member and to flow into a region defined between an outer liner and said outer combustor casing,
wherein said second cowl member is one of:
(i) coupled to said fuel nozzle and extending in a substantially axially forward direction to define a gap between said second cowl member and said dome assembly; or
(ii) coupled to said dome assembly and extending in a substantially axially rearward direction to define the gap between said second cowl member and said fuel nozzle,
wherein the gap is sized to permit another portion of the pressurized flow of air exiting said diffuser to flow therethrough and into the region defined between the outer liner and the outer combustor casing, downstream of the fuel nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,712,001

COMBUSTION DEVICE

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A combustion device, comprising:a combustion unit;
an ignition means;
a fuel supply unit for supplying fuel to the combustion unit;
a blower unit for supplying air for combustion;
an exhaust port that discharges combustion exhaust;
a control means that, before ignition of fuel supplied to the combustion unit by operation of the ignition means, performs air purge of the combustion unit at a predetermined air blowing amount by driving the blower unit; and
a setting means for setting to indicate that a check valve for preventing back flow of exhaust is connected to the exhaust port;
wherein, when the setting means is set to indicate that the check valve is connected, the control means controls an operation of the blower unit so that slow-start air purge is performed in which a time interval from a start of air purge until the predetermined air blowing amount is reached becomes longer, than in a case in which no such check valve is connected.

US Pat. No. 10,711,995

DUAL-FUEL GAS-PELLET BURNER ASSEMBLY

Original Pellet Grill Com...

1. A dual-fuel gas-pellet burner assembly, comprising:a cooking gas line;
a cooking gas igniter;
a motor-driven pellet auger;
a combustion air channeling section enclosing the motor-driven pellet auger and at least a section of the cooking gas line; and
a dual-fuel sectioned combustion chamber including a gas combustion section and a fire pot section,
wherein:
the gas combustion section includes a terminal end of the cooking gas line and the cooking gas igniter disposed therein, and the fire pot section includes a terminal end of the motor-driven pellet auger disposed therein;
the gas combustion section of the dual-fuel sectioned combustion chamber is partitioned off from the fire pot section by an internal separator wall;
an opening in the internal separator wall connects the gas combustion section of the dual- fuel sectioned combustion chamber to the fire pot section of the dual-fuel sectioned combustion chamber;
the motor-driven pellet auger is configured to deliver fuel pellets to the fire pot section of the dual-fuel sectioned combustion chamber;
the cooking gas igniter disposed in the gas combustion section of the dual-fuel sectioned combustion chamber is an electric igniter that is configured to ignite cooking gas received from the cooking gas line within the gas combustion section that is partitioned off from the fire pot section; and
the opening in the internal separator wall is configured to permit the ignited cooking gas to enter the fire pot section of the dual-fuel sectioned combustion chamber to combust the fuel pellets.

US Pat. No. 10,711,993

EXHAUST HEAT RECOVERY DEVICE AND BINARY ELECTRICITY GENERATION DEVICE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. An exhaust heat recovery device comprising:a main passage through which an exhaust gas containing a corrosive component flows;
a boiler provided in the main passage, the boiler being configured to heat a heat medium using the exhaust gas so as to place the heat medium in a hot-water state;
a bypass passage connected to the main passage so as to detour around the boiler;
a regulation valve member configured to regulate a flow rate of the exhaust gas flowing into the boiler;
a heat medium circuit including a hot-water pump, the heat medium circuit being configured to circulate the heat medium that is heated so as to be placed in the hot-water state by the boiler;
a binary electricity generation device including a circulation circuit through which a working medium circulates, the binary electricity generation device being configured to recover thermal energy from the heat medium in the heat medium circuit and generate electricity;
a valve control unit configured to control an opening of the regulation valve member such that a temperature of the exhaust gas passed through the boiler is equal to or higher than a temperature of an acid dew-point of the corrosive component in the exhaust gas;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the heat medium that is in the hot-water state; and
a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure of the heat medium that is in the hot-water state,
wherein the valve control unit controls the opening of the regulation valve member such that the temperature of the heat medium is in a predetermined range and a supercooling degree of the heat medium is maintained in a state in which the supercooling degree has a predetermined value or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,711,990

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A light source module comprising:a heat sink having a mounting region;
a light emitting device package having a first surface disposed on the mounting region of the heat sink and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface, the light emitting device package comprising a connection pad disposed on the second surface;
a circuit board disposed on the mounting region of the heat sink and spaced apart from the light emitting device package, the circuit board comprising a connector and a terminal electrically connected to the connector; and
a bracket disposed between the light emitting device package and the circuit board on the mounting region of the heat sink, and coupled to the heat sink, the bracket comprising a lead frame pressing the connection pad and the terminal to connect the connection pad and the terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,976

LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH APPEARANCE AFFECTING OPTICAL SYSTEM

CoeLux S.r.l., Lomazzo (...

1. A lighting system comprising:a lighting unit including a light source and a dichroic light exiting surface, wherein the lighting unit is configured for emitting dichroic light from the dichroic light exiting surface and the emitted dichroic light includes
a directional light portion of direct light having a first correlated color temperature, wherein the direct light from a specific location of the dichroic light exiting surface is emitted with a directed angular luminous intensity distribution with a local peak, which defines a local main direction of direct light emitted from that specific location; and
a diffused light portion of diffused light having a second correlated color temperature, which is larger than the first correlated color temperature, wherein the diffused light is emitted for a specific location of the dichroic light exiting surface with a diffuse angular luminous intensity distribution; and
an appearance affecting optical system including an entrance side located at the side of the dichroic light exiting surface, an exit side opposite to the entrance side, and a plurality of structural elements that comprise surfaces that
extend in-between the entrance side and the exit side,
delimit a plurality of diffused light passages, and
comprise direct light illuminated surface regions, which are subject to the illumination with direct light from respectively associated affected direct light providing areas of dichroic light exiting surface,
wherein
the affected direct light providing areas cover at least 70% of the dichroic light exiting surface, and
the direct light from at least one affected direct light providing area and diffused light propagate within at least one of the diffused light passages.

US Pat. No. 10,711,975

LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT, FLUORESCENT LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

USHIO DENKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A light emitting element comprising:a substrate;
a reflection layer formed of a material containing Ag or Al, formed on the upper layer of the substrate;
a diffusion prevention layer formed of a layer at least part of which being crystallized, the diffusion prevention layer being formed in contact with a surface of the reflection layer on a side opposite to the substrate,
an enhanced reflection layer formed in contact with a surface of the diffusion prevention layer on a side opposite to the substrate; and
a fluorescent body layer formed on the upper layer of the enhanced reflection layer.

US Pat. No. 10,711,968

VEHICLE LIGHTING APPARATUS

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A vehicle lighting apparatus that illuminates a frontward direction of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:first and second light source units each having a light source main body and a light-focusing optical system that focuses light emitted from the light source main body;
a reflection-type digital light deflection device that is configured by arranging a plurality of mirror elements along an arrangement plane each of which can be slanted around a rotation movement axis and each of which can be individually switched between a first slanted state and a second slanted state and that reflects the light, focused by the first and second light source units, by the mirror element of the first slanted state to form a reflection pattern; and
a projection optical system that illuminates a frontward direction with light reflected by the reflection-type digital light deflection device,
wherein light incident on the reflection-type digital light deflection device by the first and second light source units is overlapped,
the projection optical system has a lens body that irradiates a frontward imaginary screen with light from the reflection-type digital light deflection device, and the lens body has an incidence surface and an emission surface,
the reflection-type digital light deflection device is positioned on a rear side of the projection optical system, and a reflection control surface of the reflection-type digital light deflection device faces the incidence surface,
the first and second light source units are positioned below the projection optical system and focus light on the reflection control surface,
the first and second light source units are aligned in a left-and-right direction or an upward-and-downward direction,
each of the plurality of mirror elements is slanted at a first slant angle with respect to the arrangement plane in the first slanted state and is slanted at a second slant angle with respect to the arrangement plane in the second slanted state, and the first slant angle and the second slant angle have substantially the same absolute value and a different positive/negative sign from each other,
each of the plurality of mirror elements reflects light emitted from the first and second light source units toward the projection optical system in the first slanted state, and light reflected by a mirror element of the plurality of mirror elements in the first slanted state forms a predetermined reflection pattern,
each of the plurality of mirror elements emits light emitted from the first and second light source units toward a light shield member in the second slanted state,
the emission surface is directed in the frontward direction and projects, in the frontward direction, reflection light that is formed, by the reflection-type digital light deflection device, of light emitted from the first light source unit and that is incident on the incidence surface, and reflection light that is formed, by the reflection-type digital light deflection device, of light emitted from the second light source unit and that is incident on the incidence surface, and
light emitted from the first light source unit and emitted from the emission surface and light emitted from the second light source unit and emitted from the emission surface are overlapped on the frontward imaginary screen and form a light distribution pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,711,953

DUAL POWER FLASHLIGHT

SMARTECH, INC., Savage, ...

1. A flashlight, comprising:a light assembly at a first end of the flashlight, the light assembly including an LED light generating module;
a power assembly including a power management module body member which houses a charging input port, a USB output port, a LED power indicator, or a power indicator button, a selectively movable sleeve covers the charging input port, the USB output port, the LED power indicator, or the power indicator button when they are not in use, wherein the sleeve moves relative to the power management module body member in linear and rotational directions;
a central body member between the light assembly and the power assembly; and
wherein movement of the sleeve is controlled via L-shaped grooves formed along an inner surface of the sleeve and mating track balls formed along an outer surface of the power management module body member of the power assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,952

MULTIFUNCTIONAL LIGHT, DATA DEVICE, OR COMBINATION AND SYSTEMS

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A device, comprising:an excitation source; and
a material including halide perovskite nanocrystals,
wherein the excitation source emits a first light energy,
wherein the material absorbs the first light energy from the excitation source and emits a second light energy at a wavelength in the visible range, and
wherein the first light energy and the second light energy are at different wavelengths.

US Pat. No. 10,711,951

LED LIGHT BULB WITH CURVED FILAMENT

ZHEJIANG SUPER LIGHTING E...

1. An LED light bulb, comprising:a bulb shell;
a bulb base connected with the bulb shell;
two conductive supports disposed in the bulb shell;
a stem extending from the bulb base to inside of the bulb shell; and
an LED filament comprising:
a plurality of LED chips arranged in an array along an elongated direction of the LED filament; and
two conductive electrodes respectively disposed at two ends of the LED filament and connected to the LED chips, wherein the two conductive electrodes are respectively connected to the two conductive supports;
wherein the LED filament is curled;
wherein a top view of the LED light bulb is presented in a two dimensional coordinate system defining four quadrants with a X-axis crossing the stem, a Y-axis crossing the stem, and an origin; while a side view of the LED light bulb is presented in another two dimensional coordinate system defining four quadrants with a Y?-axis aligned with the stem, a X?-axis crossing the Y?-axis, and an origin;
wherein a length of a portion of the LED filament in the first quadrant in the top view is substantially equal to that of a portion of the LED filament in the second quadrant in the top view, and a length of a portion of the LED filament in the first quadrant in the side view is substantially equal to that of a portion of the LED filament in the second quadrant in the side view.

US Pat. No. 10,711,950

LIGHT BULB BASE AND LIGHT BULB THEREOF

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A light bulb, comprising:a light bulb base, comprising:
a cylinder-shaped insulating component, having a jack at its first side;
a cylinder-shaped base connector, having a circumferential interior bore extending there through, and the circumferential interior bore is configured to accommodate the cylinder-shaped insulating component at a first side of the cylinder-shaped base connector;
a metal thimble, configured to insert into the jack at its first side via the circumferential interior bore, such that the metal thimble rivets the cylinder-shaped base connector to the cylinder-shaped insulating component; and
a heat-dissipating component, having a first side coupled to a second side of the cylinder-shaped insulating component, the heat-dissipating component comprises a first opening at its second side and comprises a cavity chamber disposed inside the first opening;
an illuminating plate, disposed at the first opening of the heat-dissipating component;
a lampshade, coupled to the second side of the heat-dissipating component and configured to cover the illuminating plate; and
a driving circuit board, disposed within the cavity chamber, electrically coupled to the illuminating plate, and electrically coupled to the metal thimble via the jack, wherein the heat-dissipating component further comprises an inward partially-circumferential prosection at its second side;
wherein the lampshade further comprises a second opening and a circumferential ring projection that surrounds the second opening, and further comprises a groove disposed on the circumferential ring projection; and
wherein the groove is configured to detachably engage with the inward partial-circumferentially projection for engaging the lampshade with the heat-dissipating component.

US Pat. No. 10,711,948

ROTARY INTRODUCER

Sparc Systems Limited, (...

1. A rotary introducer configured for introducing a trackable element and/or contaminant on or into a flow path of a food-transit system without adjusting a flowrate, the rotary introducer comprising:an inlet configured for receiving a trackable element and/or contaminant;
an outlet which is positioned radially inwardly of the inlet and which is communicable with a food-transit conduit to discharge the trackable element and/or contaminant thereinto;
a rotatable driving member having a first device-contact surface which is movable between a driving-member start position at or adjacent to the inlet and a driving-member stop position; and
a rotatable drivable member having a second device-contact surface which is movable between a drivable-member start position at or adjacent to the inlet and a drivable-member stop position at or adjacent to the outlet;
the driving-member start position and the drivable-member start position being angularly displaced from each other;
the driving-member stop position and drivable-member stop position being coincident;
the first and second device-contact surfaces opposing each other and defining a volume-adjustable device cavity;
wherein, in a trackable-element receiving condition, the inlet is open to receive a trackable element and/or contaminant in the device cavity due to the first and second device-contact surfaces being at the angularly displaced driving-member and drivable-member start positions respectively, and the outlet is closed by at least one of the driving and drivable members; and
in a trackable-element discharge condition, the outlet is open with the second device-contact surface being at the drivable-member stop position and the first device-contact surface being urged towards the driving-member stop position such that a trackable-element discharge force is directed radially inwardly through the outlet to discharge the trackable element and/or contaminant from the device cavity, thus enabling the first device-contact surface to continue to the driving-member stop position causing the outlet to close.

US Pat. No. 10,711,947

DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING PRESSURIZED FLUID

1. A device for supplying pressurized fluid, comprising:at least one pressurized fluid reservoir comprising an orifice connected to a first valve, the first valve housing an internal fluid circuit fitted with at least one shut-off member,
a second valve mechanically and detachably connected to the first valve, the second valve comprising an internal circuit for the transfer of pressurized fluid when the second valve is in the position to be coupled to the first valve, and
a residual-pressure valve configured to prevent the at least one pressurized fluid reservoir from emptying fully below a determined pressure threshold when the at least one shut-off member is open, wherein the residual-pressure valve is situated in the second valve,
the internal circuit of the second valve being fluidically connected to the internal circuit of the first valve,
the second valve comprising a mobile actuating member configured to open the at least one shut-off member of the first valve,
the second valve further comprising a control member that is mobile and configured to command the movement of the actuating member and command the opening or non-opening of the shut-off member of the first valve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,946

COMBUSTIBLE GAS SUPPLY UNIT AND HYDROGEN STATION

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo ...

1. A combustible gas supply unit installed on premises of a facility for supplying combustible gas as a fuel, the combustible gas supply unit comprising:a high pressure gas facility for handling the combustible gas which is compressed; and
a housing provided with a high pressure gas handling area containing the high pressure gas facility, wherein
the housing includes a plurality of side plates forming the high pressure gas handling area, and
one of the plurality of side plates is substantially composed of a partitioning wall member that resists an impact of an explosion of the combustible gas, and has a thickness larger than a thickness of the others of the plurality of side plates.

US Pat. No. 10,711,942

L-CHANNEL LOCK FASTENERS AND FASTENING SYSTEM

Lockdowel, Inc., Fremont...

1. A fastening device comprising:at least two sides, wherein a first side and a second side are connected at an angle of at least fifteen degrees; and
a first fastener connected to an outer surface of the first side and a second fastener connected to an outer surface of the second side, each fastener having a body with a first side surface opposing a parallel second side surface;
each fastener comprising a recessed channel formed longitudinally into the first side surface and into the second side surface so as to form a step that extends from each of the first side surface and the second side surface, each step having a guide ramp at a first end of the recessed channel and at a second end of the recessed channel providing an initial slope to each step.

US Pat. No. 10,711,941

DOVETAIL SLIDING MOUNT WITH MOVABLE CLAMP BAR

United States of America ...

1. A sliding mount comprising:a base having a female dovetail groove therein, wherein the female dovetail groove has an open end and a closed end;
a mounting cassette having a male dovetail feature configured to slidably interface with the base by insertion through the open end;
a clamp bar having proximal and distal ends, wherein the proximal end is movably connected to the base such that when the clamp bar is in an open configuration, the clamp bar is sufficiently moved away from the open end to allow the mounting cassette to move in and out of the female dovetail groove; and
a clasp having a first half disposed on the base and a second half disposed on the distal end of the clamp bar such that when the clamp bar is in a closed configuration, the clamp bar spans the open end and the first half is clasped to the second half so as to bias the mounting cassette against the closed end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,939

DECOMPRESSION HEAT-INSULATING PIPE STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A decompression heat-insulating pipe structure comprising:an outer tube that includes a first flange and a second flange, the first flange extending radially inward from an axially one end of the outer tube, and the second flange extending radially outward from the axially other end of the outer tube;
an inner tube that includes a third flange and a fourth flange, the third flange extending radially inward from an axially one end of the inner tube and being opposed to the first flange at an axially inward position of the first flange, and the fourth flange extending radially outward from the axially other end of the inner tube and being opposed to the second flange at an axially outward position of the second flange; and
an elastic seal member disposed between ends of the inner tube and the outer tube to seal a space between the inner tube and the outer tube so that the space is decompressed, the elastic seal member includes a first elastic seal member and a second elastic seal member, the first elastic seal member being disposed between and in direct contact with each of the first flange and the third flange, and the second elastic seal member being disposed between and in direct contact with each of the second flange and the fourth flange.

US Pat. No. 10,711,926

SEALING ASSEMBLY WITH RETENTION SLEEVE FOR FLUID CONDUIT CONNECTOR

CNN Industrial America LL...

1. A sealing assembly, comprising:a connector body extending between a first axial surface and a second axial surface spaced apart from the first axial surface along an axial direction, the connector body defining a groove extending axially from the first axial surface toward the second axial surface, the groove including a first groove portion and a second groove portion, the first groove portion being at least partially defined by a first intermediate surface of the connector body, the first groove portion defining a first depth extending axially from the first axial surface of the connector body to the first intermediate surface of the connector body, the second groove portion being at least partially defined by a second intermediate surface of the connector body, the second groove portion defining a second depth extending axially from the first axial surface of the connector body to the second intermediate surface of the connector body, the second depth being greater than the first depth;
a gasket positioned in the first groove portion; and
a retention sleeve positioned in the second groove portion, the retention sleeve being configured to retain the gasket within the first groove portion,
wherein the gasket comprises an O-ring seal having a circular cross-section in a plane extending parallel to the axial direction, and
wherein the first groove portion is at least partially defined by a first groove portion side surface of the connector body and a dovetail portion extending radially from the first groove portion side surface, the retention sleeve comprising an outer side surface extending axially between first and second axial ends of the retention sleeve, the outer side surface of the retention sleeve being in contact with the gasket, a distance between the dovetail portion of the connector body and the outer side surface of the retention sleeve being greater than a diameter of the circular cross-section of the O-ring seal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,919

REPAIRING OR COATING SUBSEA PIPELINES

Subsea 7 Limited, Sutton...

1. A wrap tape cassette for a subsea pipeline repair or coating machine, the cassette comprising:a wrap tape;
a drum for carrying the wrap tape wound on the drum; and
a housing surrounding the drum as a watertight enclosure and defining an exit opening for the wrap tape to be dispensed from the drum onto a subsea pipeline during a repair or coating operation, wherein a leading edge of the wrap tape is attached to an anchor element that is arranged for attachment to the subsea pipeline being repaired or coated and the anchor element also serves as a watertight closure arranged to close the exit opening;
wherein the drum is mounted to the housing for rotational movement relative to the housing to dispense the wrap tape through the exit opening on being unwound from the drum; and
wherein the drum is mounted to the housing for longitudinal movement relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,904

CHECK VALVES

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A check valve comprising:a valve housing defining at least one valve opening; and
at least one flapper pivotably mounted for rotation relative to the valve housing between an open position in which it permits fluid flow through the respective valve opening and a closed position in which it prevents fluid flow through the valve opening;
the valve housing comprising a hinge body, the hinge body comprising a hinge groove extending in a straight line in a longitudinal direction therethrough from a first end to a second end, the hinge groove having, in a plane transverse to the longitudinal direction, an arcuate profile; and
the at least one flapper comprising a hinge tongue formed along a proximal edge thereof, the hinge tongue extending in a straight line in a longitudinal direction along the proximal edge of the flapper from a first end to a second end, the hinge tongue having, in a plane transverse to the longitudinal direction, an arcuate profile which is complementary to that of the hinge groove,
the hinge tongue being received within the hinge groove and rotatable therein to allow the flapper to rotate between its open position and its closed position,
the hinge tongue having a thickness (T) which is smaller than a width (W) of the hinge groove such that the hinge tongue is received with a sliding fit within the hinge groove.

US Pat. No. 10,711,891

VEHICLE SPEED-CHANGE SYSTEM

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A vehicle speed-change system comprising the following:a transmission positioned to a rear of a crank shaft of an engine;
a transmission case that retains the transmission;
a shift mechanism that has a shift cam which performs a speed-change operation of the transmission; and
a shift actuator that operates the shift cam,
wherein the transmission comprises a counter shaft positioned to the rear of the crank shaft, and a drive shaft to which rotation of the counter shaft is transmitted,
the shift cam is positioned further to the rear of the crank shaft than the counter shaft, and
the shift actuator is arranged in a rear portion of the transmission case and to a rear of the shift cam,
wherein, in a top surface view of the vehicle, the shift actuator is arranged such that at least a portion of the shift actuator overlaps a swing arm pivot, which serves as a pivot fulcrum of a swing arm that supports a wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,711,878

DRIVE UNIT FOR STRADDLED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A drive unit for a straddled vehicle, the drive unit including a vehicle body frame, a seat supported by the vehicle body frame, and the drive unit provided below an upper end of an upper surface of the seat in a vehicle up-down direction and supported by the vehicle body frame, the drive unit comprising:an engine main body unit including a crankshaft;
a transmission unit including an input shaft rotationally driven by the crankshaft and an output shaft rotationally driven by the input shaft; and
a shared lubrication oil supply mechanism including a first booster pump and a second booster pump,
the first booster pump being configured to pressurize shared lubrication oil by which both the engine main body unit and the transmission unit are lubricated,
the second booster pump being driven by rotational force of one of rotational shafts of the engine main body unit and the transmission unit and configured to pressurize a part of the shared lubrication oil which has been pressurized by the first booster pump and has a pressure higher than atmospheric pressure,
the shared lubrication oil supply mechanism supplying high-pressure shared lubrication oil, which is obtained by pressurizing, by the second booster pump, the part of the shared lubrication oil having been pressurized by the first booster pump and having the pressure higher than atmospheric pressure, to at least one of the engine main body unit or the transmission unit,
the shared lubrication oil supply mechanism being configured to supply part of the shared lubrication oil having been pressurized by the first booster pump and having the pressure higher than atmospheric pressure to at least one of the engine main body unit or the transmission unit, without further pressurizing the shared lubrication oil by the second booster pump.

US Pat. No. 10,711,877

PASSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE GEARBOX DURING WIND MILLING

General Electric Company,...

1. A gearbox assembly for a gas turbine engine used in an aircraft, the gearbox assembly comprising:a gearbox housing;
a gear train assembly housed within the gearbox housing, the gear train assembly comprising, at least, a ring gear;
a lubricant in the gearbox housing for lubricating the gear train assembly;
a first scavenge port formed in the gearbox housing, the first scavenge port changeable between an open position and a closed position, the first scavenge port remaining in the open position during normal operation of the gas turbine engine to allow the lubricant to drain from the gearbox housing,
wherein, upon occurrence of a loss of lubricant pressure, the first scavenge port is changed to the closed position to trap at least a portion of the lubricant in the gearbox housing, the trapped lubricant providing passive lubrication to the gear train assembly during the loss of lubricant pressure, the gearbox housing comprising a predetermined volume under the ring gear that creates a pool of the lubricant during the loss of lubricant pressure that contacts at least a portion of a gear tooth of the ring gear; and
a bypass scavenge port formed in the gearbox housing above the pool of lubricant.

US Pat. No. 10,711,874

TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR A PROPULSION SYSTEM

Perkins Engines Company L...

1. A transmission system for a propulsion system, the propulsion system comprising at least one power unit, a power transfer system and at least one propulsion element, the transmission system comprising:a summation transmission configured to receive power from the at least one power unit and/or power transfer system;
a propulsion output transmission comprising a first propulsion output shaft and configured to receive power from the summation transmission and direct the power to the at least one propulsion element; and
a power transfer transmission operably connected to the summation transmission and configured to transfer power between the summation transmission and the power transfer system;
wherein the power transfer transmission comprises a first power transfer shaft and a power transfer coupler configured to selectively operably connect the first power transfer shaft to the first propulsion output shaft such that power is transferred directly from the power transfer system to the propulsion output transmission, and
wherein the propulsion output transmission further comprises a first propulsion output gear mounted to the first propulsion output shaft between the power transfer coupler and the summation transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,711,873

HYDRODYNAMIC SIDE PLATE FOR TORQUE CONVERTER STATOR

1. A hydrodynamic side plate for a stator in a torque converter, the hydrodynamic side plate comprising:a first radial surface;
a second radial surface opposite the first radial surface;
a first axial restriction surface configured to be on the first radial surface opposite an inner race of a stator assembly;
a second axial restriction surface configured to be on the first radial surface opposite locking components of the stator assembly; and
a plurality of hydrodynamic pads in the second radial surface separated by a plurality of corresponding radial grooves,
wherein the first axial restriction surface is configured to restrict axial movement of the inner race of the stator assembly,
wherein the second axial restriction surface is configured to restrict axial movement of the locking components of the stator assembly,
wherein the second radial surface comprises at least two anti-rotation tabs configured to prevent relative motion with the stator assembly, and
wherein the first radial surface comprises one or more empty pockets opposite the plurality of hydrodynamic pads.

US Pat. No. 10,711,871

AXIALLY COMPACT LINEAR ACTUATOR DRIVE ARRANGEMENT

1. A linear actuator drive arrangement comprising:a drive screw including a drive screw threading on an outer periphery thereof, a first axial end of the drive screw being configured to support a load;
a motor including a stator and a rotor arranged radially within the stator, the rotor including:
a rotor housing;
a first ring nut and a second ring nut, the first and second ring nuts are each fixed to a radially inner surface of the rotor housing and include ring nut grooves on an inner periphery thereof;
a plurality of planetary screws arranged radially between the drive screw and the first ring nut and the second ring nut,
each planetary screw of the plurality of planetary screws includes: (1) axial ends having planetary screw grooves configured to engage the ring nut grooves of the first ring nut and the second ring nut, and (2) a medial portion including a planetary screw threading configured to engage the drive screw threading to axially drive the drive screw;
a bearing assembly arranged radially inside a first axial end of the rotor housing, the bearing assembly axially supporting the rotor housing; and
an encoder ring fixed to a radially outer surface of the rotor housing at the first axial end of the rotor housing, the encoder ring is concentric with the bearing assembly, and the encoder ring radially surrounds the bearing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,860

FLUIDIC DAMPER

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A fluidic damper comprising:a cylinder in which a working fluid is sealed;
a piston slidably provided in the cylinder to partition the interior of the cylinder into a first chamber and a second chamber; and
a piston rod connected to the piston and having one end extending to the outside of the cylinder,
wherein the piston includes a first piston body and a second piston body coupled to each other at a coupling surface,
damping force generating mechanisms are disposed on the second chamber side of the first piston body and the first chamber side of the second piston body,
the first piston body includes a first passage which has a first opening that opens to the first chamber in the coupling surface with the second piston body and extends in an axial direction, and a second passage which has a second opening on the coupling surface with the second piston body, extends in the axial direction and has a third opening that opens to the second chamber,
the second piston body is coupled to the first piston body to prevent direct communication of the first chamber with the second opening,
the second opening has an inner opening portion that opens further inward in a radial direction than the first opening, the inner opening portion communicating with a third passage formed in the second piston body, and
a first annular passage is formed further inward in the radial direction than the first opening of the first piston body and at a position communicating with the second opening,
the first passage has a first axial surface and the second passage has a second axial surface,
the second axial surface is located further inward in the radial direction than a position of the first axial surface,
the third passage is formed in plurality in the second piston body at positions further inward in the radial direction than a position corresponding to the first axial surface,
the first opening opens radially to an outer circumferential surface of the first piston body, thereby the first passage is always in communication with the first chamber irrespective of a relative positional relationship between the first piston body and the second piston body,
the first passage and the third passages are configured not to communicate with each other,
the third passages are provided at a position in the radial direction corresponding to that of the first annular passage, thereby the third passages are always in communication with the second passage, and
the first axial surface of the first passage and the second axial surface of the second passage are configured to each include a portion that is parallel to a central axis of the first piston body, and that is a substantial length of the overall length of the first passage and the second passage.

US Pat. No. 10,711,857

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE ROTOR

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake rotor comprising:a main body made of a metallic material and including an outer portion, an inner portion and a cooling facilitation part, the outer portion having oppositely facing braking surfaces; and
a heat release layer formed on a surface of the main body such that the heat release layer at least partially overlies the cooling facilitation part, the heat release layer including a non -metallic material selected from the group consisting of alumite, a phenolic resin, an epoxy resin, an unsaturated polyester resin, a vinyl ester resin, a diallyl phthalate resin, and a polyimide resin.

US Pat. No. 10,711,853

OVERRUNNING COUPLING AND CONTROL ASSEMBLY, COUPLING ASSEMBLY AND LOCKING MEMBER FOR USE THEREIN HAVING IMPROVED DYNAMICS WITH REGARDS TO LOCKING MEMBER LAYDOWN SPEED

Means Industries, Inc., ...

1. A locking member for controllably transmitting torque between first and second coupling members of a coupling assembly, the first coupling member including a coupling face having a pocket which is at least partially defined by a pocket surface, the pocket being sized and shaped to receive and nominally retain the locking member, the locking member laying down in the pocket during an overrunning condition of the assembly at a laydown angular velocity of the first coupling member about a rotational axis of the assembly, the locking member comprising:a front side surface and a rear side surface which slidably contact the pocket surface during locking member laydown;
a member-engaging first end surface;
a member-engaging second end surface;
an elongated main body portion between the end surfaces; and
at least one projecting pivot which extends laterally from the main body portion for enabling pivotal motion of the locking member during locking member laydown, the end surfaces of the locking member being movable between engaged and disengaged positions with respect to the coupling members during the pivotal motion whereby one-way torque transfer may occur between the coupling members and wherein the front side surface has a first draft with a non-zero, first draft angle and the rear side surface has a second draft with a non-zero, second draft angle different than the first draft angle to improve locking member dynamics with regards to locking member laydown speed and to minimize laydown speed variation caused by a variable frictional coefficient between the pocket surface and the front and rear side surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,711,849

SLIDE FLANGE

GKN Automotive Ltd., Bir...

1. A slide flange for use with a rotary body having a clutch rotatable about an axis and a pair of proximity sensors apart from each other in a circumferential direction, comprising:an inner ring portion fitting on the rotary body and movable in a direction along the axis from a first position where the clutch gets connected to a second position where the clutch gets disconnected;
an outer ring portion unitarily elongated from the inner ring portion and so disposed as to face the pair of proximity sensors at least at the second position;
a plurality of notches formed on the outer ring portion at even intervals in the circumferential direction; and
a coupling portion elongated from the outer ring portion toward the rotary body, the coupling portion being so coupled with the clutch as to rotate the outer ring portion along with the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,711,848

ELECTROSTATIC CLUTCH AND TRANSMISSIONS

SRI International, Menlo...

1. A device for controlling transmission of torque, comprising:a first stage;
a second stage;
an electrolaminate clutch comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the electrolaminate clutch is coupled to the first stage, and wherein the second portion of the electrolaminate clutch is loosely coupled to the second stage via a support member that can move relative to the second stage within a certain range such that the first and second portions of the electrolaminate clutch can align together; and
an electrical circuit electrically connected to the first and second portions of the electrolaminate clutch, wherein (i) when the electrical circuit applies a voltage between the two portions, the two portions are electrostatically clamped together such that torque is transmitted between the first and second stages and (ii) when the electrical circuit does not apply the voltage, torque is not transmitted between the first and second stages.

US Pat. No. 10,711,847

CLUTCH GROUP FOR POWER TAKE-OFF

OMSI TRANSMISSIONI S.p.A....

1. A clutch group for power take-off for industrial vehicles comprising:a clutch shaft extending along an axis;
an input gear operatively connected to the clutch shaft;
a plurality of clutch discs comprising at least one clutch disc and at least one gear disc connected respectively to the clutch shaft and to the input gear adapted to engage each other by friction;
a bell supported by the clutch shaft around the bell and suitable to house said plurality of clutch discs;
a pneumatic controller operable by pressurised fluid and housed in the bell disposed around the axis comprising:
i) a main piston housed in a main thrust chamber;
ii) an auxiliary piston housed in an auxiliary thrust chamber;
wherein the main piston and the auxiliary piston are controllable in movement along the axis to control mutual engagement between the plurality of clutch discs.

US Pat. No. 10,711,846

HYDRAULIC COUPLING

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. A hydraulic coupling for a system distributing torque between a left wheel and a right wheel or a front axle and a rear axle of a vehicle, the hydraulic coupling comprises a hydraulic pump, a disc package and a coupling piston acting thereon, said coupling piston being actuated by a hydraulic pressure generated by the hydraulic pump in order to distribute torque from an input to an output of the hydraulic coupling, wherein the coupling piston is configured to be mechanically locked by an integrated locking arrangement, when the coupling piston is actuated to act on the disc package, such that the hydraulic coupling remains engaged when the hydraulic pressure is completely removed whereby the input is connected to the output of the hydraulic coupling without hydraulic pressure acting on the coupling piston, and wherein unlocking of the hydraulic coupling is provided by again actuating the coupling piston.

US Pat. No. 10,711,838

MOBILE-OBJECT-HOLDING TOOL AND MOBILE OBJECT

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A mobile-object-holding tool which is mounted in place of a track body on a mobile object which moves along the track body, wherein:the mobile object includes at least a pair of rolling element load rolling grooves through which a plurality of rolling elements roll,
the mobile-object-holding tool includes
a pair of holding parts which face the pair of rolling element load rolling grooves and hold the plurality of rolling elements,
a biasing linking part which links the pair of holding parts together and biases the pair of holding parts away from each other, and
a deformation regulating part which regulates a mounted contraction amount by which the biasing linking part is capable of contracting after being mounted on the mobile object to a predetermined value or less, and
the biasing linking part is formed of a resin material in which T/H which is an aspect ratio of a cross section of the biasing linking part satisfies a relationship of:
10% when thickness of the biasing linking part is assumed to be T, and a height of the biasing linking part is assumed to be H.

US Pat. No. 10,711,828

TRANSMISSION SHAFT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

BD Invent SA, Heure-le-R...

1. A method for producing a transmission shaft (1) comprising a composite body (2) and a coupling part (3) at one end of the body (2), said coupling part (3) being hollow and having splines (4) on the inner surface thereof, the base (6) of the splines (4) delimiting the perimeter of a circle of diameter D2 and the head (5) of the splines (4) delimiting the perimeter of a circle of diameter D1, characterized in that said method comprises the following successive steps:providing a mandrel (10) having an expandable portion (12) and a non-expandable portion (11),
producing the body (2) by winding pre-impregnated fiber filaments about the mandrel (10),
positioning the coupling part (3) about the body (2) on the expandable portion (12) of the mandrel (10),
expanding the expandable portion (12) of the mandrel (10) in order to fill the base (6) of the splines (4) with the pre-impregnated fibers of the body (2),
curing the body (2) provided with the coupling part (3),
removing the mandrel (10),
wherein the transmission shaft (1) has a coupling part (3) at each of the ends of same, and wherein the mandrel (10) comprises the non-expandable portion (11) bookended at each end by the expandable portion (12).

US Pat. No. 10,711,827

BICYCLE END CAP

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle end cap having a first end and a second end that is opposite to the first end for attaching to a bicycle line shape member, the bicycle end cap comprising:a tubular portion that is arranged at the first end and defining a receiving space that is dimensioned to axially receive the line shape member from the first end, the tubular portion includes a cylindrical outer stake connecting the first and second ends; and
an attachment structure configured to attach a pulling member having a cable portion and a head portion that has larger diameter than the cable portion, the attachment structure configured to position the head portion relative to the tubular portion as the cable portion is pulled toward the second end, the attachment structure including a positioning portion arranged at the receiving space, and a through hole arranged at the second end only and not on the cylindrical outer surface of the tubular portion, the cable portion passing through the through hole as the head portion is disposed at the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,819

PIN

THREE SMITH GROUP LIMITED...

1. A pin comprisinga tool engagement portion and a resiliently deformable cover arranged over the tool engagement portion, wherein:
the resiliently deformable cover is operable to deform from a first raised position to a second lowered position to allow for the engagement of the tool engagement portion with a tool,
the resiliently deformable cover in the first position comprises a ridge of resiliently deformable material,
the ridge is a thickest portion of a top wall of the cover relative to other portions of the top wall of the cover radially outside the ridge; and
the ridge extending at least partially around substantially the periphery of the tool engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,816

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR BUILDING PANELS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of panels comprising a first and a second panel, a panel edge of the second panel being insertable into a core groove of the first panel to obtain a mechanical connection between the first and the second panel, the panel edge being insertable into the core groove by an linear relative displacement of the first and second panel when the first and second panel are arranged perpendicularly to each other,said panel edge comprising a separate and flexible tongue and said core groove comprising a tongue groove,
wherein the separate and flexible tongue is insertable into the tongue groove for connecting said panels to each other in a first direction, which is perpendicular to a main plane of the first panel,
wherein the panel edge of the second panel is configured to cooperate with the core groove of the first panel for connecting said panels to each other in a second direction, which is perpendicular to a main plane of the second panel,
wherein a longitudinal direction of the separate and flexible tongue extends parallel with said panel edge and/or core groove, and
wherein the separate and flexible tongue is arranged in an insertion groove, said separate and flexible tongue being displaceable inwardly towards a bottom of the insertion groove and outwardly into the tongue groove during a locking of the first and second panel,
wherein a corner of the core groove, where the core groove meets a surface of the first panel, is beveled or rounded off and is configured to form an engagement portion of the core groove that engages with said separate and flexible tongue during locking of the first and second panel for displacing the separate and flexible tongue inwardly towards the bottom of the insertion groove.

US Pat. No. 10,711,815

INDEXING PINS, INDEXING CLAMPS, AND METHODS OF ALIGNING A FIRST BODY AND A SECOND BODY OF A STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of aligning a first body and a second body of a structure that comprises, the first body comprising a first-body first surface, a first-body second surface, opposite the first-body first surface, and first openings, extending, inclusively, between the first-body first surface and the first-body second surface, the second body comprising a second-body first surface, a second-body second surface, opposite the second-body first surface, and second openings extending, inclusively, between the second-body first surface and the second-body second surface, the method comprising sequential steps of:(a) preparing for use indexing pins, each comprising:
a central axis;
a threaded portion, extending along the central axis;
a stem, extending along the central axis;
a cylindrical surface, extending along the central axis between the threaded portion and the stem and having a diameter that is greater than a major diameter of the threaded portion;
a tapered surface, having a frustoconical shape and extending between the threaded portion and the cylindrical surface, wherein a largest diameter of the tapered surface is equal to the diameter of the cylindrical surface and a smallest diameter of the tapered surface is equal to or greater than the major diameter of the threaded portion; and
a flange, located between the stem and the cylindrical surface, and
wherein at least a portion of the flange is larger than a diameter of any one of the first openings;
(b) orienting the first body so that each one of the first openings extends vertically and the first-body first surface is upwardly facing;
(c) inserting each one of the indexing pins into a corresponding one of the first openings of the first body with a clearance fit so that a portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins is located in a corresponding one of the first openings and a portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins extends past the first-body second surface;
(d) orienting the second body so that each one of the second openings extends vertically and the second-body first surface faces the first-body second surface;
(e) aligning each one of the second openings of the second body with a corresponding one of the indexing pins, extending past the first-body second surface, so that, in plan view, the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins is surrounded by and is spaced away from a second wall of a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body;
(f) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a first distance, until the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins, extending past the first-body second surface, is inserted into a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body;
(g) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a second distance, until at least a portion of the tapered surface of each one of the indexing pins is inserted into a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body, while:allowing the first body and the second body to move relative to each other in a direction, perpendicular to the central axis of each one of the indexing pins; andapplying a downward force to each one of the indexing pins that has a magnitude sufficient to cause at least the portion of the tapered surface of each one of the indexing pins to be inserted into the corresponding one of the second openings of the second body once the first body and the second body are moved toward each other the second distance; and(h) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a third distance, until a portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins is inserted into a corresponding one of the second openings of the second body, while:allowing the first body and the second body to move relative to each other in the direction, perpendicular to the central axis of each one of the indexing pins; andapplying a downward force to each one of the indexing pins that has a magnitude sufficient to cause the portion of the cylindrical surface of each one of the indexing pins to be inserted into the corresponding one of the second openings of the second body once the first body and the second body are moved toward each other the third distance; and(i) moving the first body and the second body toward each other a fourth distance, until the first-body second surface contacts the second-body first surface and the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins extends past the second-body second surface, while applying the downward force to each one of the indexing pins that has a magnitude sufficient to cause the threaded portion of each one of the indexing pins to extend past the second-body second surface once the first body and the second body are moved toward each other the fourth distance.

US Pat. No. 10,711,811

PNEUMATIC SERVOVALVE ASSEMBLY

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A servovalve assembly comprising:a pair of opposed nozzles spaced apart by a first gap (G); and
a control element (16) positioned in the first gap (G) between the pair of opposed nozzles;
wherein:
each nozzle has an outlet opening;
the control element has a central control portion and two resiliently deformable end portions at opposite ends of the central control portion;
the central control portion is perpendicular to a central axis (C) of each nozzle outlet opening; and
the control element is configured such that the two resiliently deformable end portions elastically deform when the control element is placed under tension by a force applied parallel to the central control portion, so as to move the central control portion in a direction parallel to the central axis (C) of each nozzle outlet opening;
wherein the central control portion has a higher stiffness than the resiliently deformable end portions.

US Pat. No. 10,711,810

CLOSED LOOP AND/OR OPEN LOOP CONTROL METHOD FOR AN ELECTROPNEUMATIC FIELD DEVICE

SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT...

1. A closed loop control method for an electropneumatic field device including a pneumatic actuating drive configured to operate a control member, an electropneumatic converter configured to generate a pneumatic manipulating variable signal for the pneumatic actuating drive, and open loop and/or closed loop control electronics, the method comprising:receiving, by the open loop and/or closed loop control electronics, an electronic target value input of a command variable corresponding to a target value of a control center;
generating, by the open loop and/or closed loop control electronics, an electronic output for a manipulating variable to pilot the electropneumatic converter; and
in a predetermined operating condition of the field device, determining the manipulating variable by a closed loop control algorithm based on the command variable and on another controlled variable different from an actual control member position measurement value, wherein the predetermined operating condition is an emergency closed loop control operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,711,809

AIRCRAFT HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WITH A DUAL SPOOL VALVE AND METHODS OF USE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A valve to direct hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic actuator in an aircraft, the valve comprising:a first port to receive hydraulic fluid from a supply line;
a second port to discharge hydraulic fluid to a return line;
first and second valve sections each comprising a manifold, a first line fluidly connected to the first port, a second line fluidly connected to the second port, and a third line fluidly connected to the actuator and with the manifold of the first valve section being spaced away from the manifold of the second valve section;
a first spool positioned in the first manifold and a second spool positioned in the second manifold, each of the first and second spools movable to prevent the flow of hydraulic fluid when aligned with one of the first and second lines;
each of the first and second spools independently positionable within the respective first and second manifolds between a first position aligned with just one of the first and second lines, and a second position aligned with just the other of the first and second lines, and with the first and second spools spaced away from the third lines in each of the first and second positions to allow hydraulic fluid to flow into and out of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,711,808

BAR-END TYPE BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bar-end bicycle hydraulic operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted on a radially outermost surface of a handlebar, the base member having an abutment configured to contact a free axial end of the handlebar; and
a hydraulic unit provided on the base member, the hydraulic unit including a hydraulic cylinder having a cylinder bore, a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore and a reservoir fluidly communicating with the cylinder bore,
the reservoir including a reservoir tank and a diaphragm disposed in the reservoir tank, the diaphragm defining an air chamber and a fluid chamber in the reservoir tank, the fluid chamber being in fluid communication with the cylinder, the reservoir being integrally formed with the hydraulic cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,711,802

PUMP MONITORING

Weir Minerals Australia L...

1. A pump system comprising:a pump comprising:
a pump casing defining a pump chamber;
an inlet for receipt of flowable material into the chamber;
an outlet for discharge of flowable material from the chamber;
an impeller disposed within the pump chamber to accelerate flowable material within the pump chamber; and
a transition region extending between an inner peripheral surface of the pump chamber and an inner peripheral surface of the outlet, the transition region configured in use to divert flowable material, accelerated by the impeller, to the outlet; and
a vibration sensor mounted to the pump casing and arranged in use to detect isolated vibration of the transition region along an axis that extends relative to a rotational axis of the pump; and
a processor configured to:
receive the isolated vibration data, indicative of vibration at the transition region, from the vibration sensor; and
process the isolated vibration data to determine, based on vibration at the transition region, a wear or performance condition of the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,711,799

PRESSURE EQUALIZER

NUOVO PIGNONE SRL, Flore...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an electric motor comprising a can to separate a stator compartment from a rotor compartment, the stator compartment comprising a stator and cooling oil, and the rotor compartment comprising an electric motor rotor, rotor bearings, and a diverted process gas;
a compressor comprising a rotor connected to the electric motor rotor wherein a part of the compressor's process gas is the diverted process gas diverted through the can of the electric motor; and
a pressure equalizer comprising:
at least one bellow hermetically connected to a housing in order to create a first reservoir of the cooling oil and a second reservoir of the process gas inside the housing and to prevent the mixing of the process gas with the cooling oil inside the housing;
at least one compression spring inside the at least one bellow configured to provide compression on the first reservoir such that the cooling oil pressure in the first reservoir is greater than the process gas pressure in the second reservoir;
a first connection arranged from the first reservoir to the electric motor stator compartment outside of the can of the electric motor and configured to apply the cooling oil pressure against one side of the at least one bellow in the pressure equalizer; and
a second connection arranged from the second reservoir to the process gas inside of the can of the electric motor and configured to apply the process gas pressure against an opposite side of the at least one bellow in the pressure equalizer to produce a desired differential pressure between the cooling oil and the process gas,
wherein the process gas cannot come into contact with the electric motor stator.

US Pat. No. 10,711,798

VARIABLE TURBOMACHINE VANE CASCADE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A variable vane cascade for a turbomachine, the variable vane cascade comprising:at least one first vane having at least one first distance from at least one circumferentially adjacent first vane;
at least one second vane having at least one second distance from at least one circumferentially adjacent second vane smaller than the first distance; and
an actuator for adjusting the first and second vane from a first position where at least one vane airfoil cross section of the first vane and a vane airfoil cross section of the second vane each have a first stagger angle, into a second position where these airfoil cross sections have second stagger angles, the second stagger angle of the first vane being dissimilar to the second stagger angle of the second vane.

US Pat. No. 10,711,797

INLET PRE-SWIRL GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining an axial direction and a radial direction, the gas turbine engine comprising:a turbomachine;
a fan rotatable by the turbomachine, the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades, each of the plurality of fan blades defining a fan blade span along the radial direction;
an outer nacelle surrounding the plurality of fan blades; and
a plurality of part-span inlet guide vanes attached to the outer nacelle at a location forward of the plurality of fan blades along the axial direction, each of the plurality of inlet guide vanes defining an IGV span along the radial direction, the IGV span being at least about five percent of the fan blade span and up to about fifty-five percent of the fan blade span;
wherein each part-span inlet guide vane defines a leading edge, a trailing edge, an inner end, and an outer end along the radial direction, wherein each part span inlet guide vane defines a first swirl angle at the trailing edge proximate the inner end and a second swirl angle at the trailing edge proximate the outer end, and wherein the second swirl angle is greater than the first swirl angle.

US Pat. No. 10,711,792

AUXILIARY TURBOMACHINERY SHAFT SUPPORT SYSTEM AND TURBOMACHINERY COMPRISING SAID SYSTEM

THERMODYN SAS, Le Creuso...

15. An auxiliary turbomachinery shaft-support system comprising:a first assembly configured to axially support the shaft and comprising a rotating disc and a stator, the rotating disc comprising a disc sliding surface and a part configured to be torsionally coupled to the shaft, and the stator comprising at least one pad comprising a pad body defining a pad contact surface configured to cooperate with a stator contact surface when they touch each other:
an elastic component coupled to the at least one pad to urge the at least one pad in the direction of the disc sliding surface; and
an intermediate element interposed between the pad contact surface and the stator contact surface, the intermediate element being made of a material with a higher thermal conductivity than the pad body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,789

MOTOR-COMPRESSOR WITH STAGE IMPELLERS INTEGRATED IN THE MOTOR-ROTORS

NUOVO PIGNONE SRL, Flore...

1. A motor-compressor comprising:a casing;
at least one compressor stage arranged in the casing, the at least one compressor stage comprising:
an impeller arranged for rotation in the casing around a rotation axis and comprising a plurality of blades arranged around the rotation axis;
an embedded electric motor comprised of a motor stator and a motor rotor, wherein the motor stator circumferentially surrounds the impeller, and the motor rotor is integral with the impeller, and
a diffuser arrangement positioned radially between the plurality of blades and the motor rotor; and
a stationary component attached to the casing, wherein the stationary component is arranged upstream and downstream of the at least one compressor stage to support axially the at least one compressor stage.

US Pat. No. 10,711,787

PUMPING FACILITIES AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

1. A pumping facilities system comprising:a first portable pump facility comprising:
a first centrifugal pump having a first intake conduit and a first discharge conduit; and
a first engine configured to power the first centrifugal pump;
a second portable pump facility connected in series to the first portable pump facility via a connecting conduit, the second portable pump facility comprising:
a second centrifugal pump having a second intake conduit connected in series to the first discharge conduit via the connecting conduit, the second intake conduit having an input pressure sensor, and a second output conduit; and
a second engine configured to power the second pump;
a third portable pump facility having a third intake conduit connected in series to the second output conduit of the second portable pump facility via a second connecting conduit; and
a controller having a processor operatively connected to the second portable pump facility to automatically adjust a speed of the second engine upon detection of an inefficient activity event of the second pump, the controller including a pre-set discharge pressure setting, the controller configured to automatically reduce an engine speed of the second engine while maintaining the pre-set discharge pressure setting when there is an increase in pressure detected at the second intake conduit, the controller configured to automatically substantially equalize a fluid pressure measured within the connecting conduit between the first portable pump facility and the second portable pump facility with a fluid pressure measured within the second connecting conduit between the second portable pump facility and the third portable pump facility.

US Pat. No. 10,711,786

EMBEDDED ROTARY MICRO PUMP, ITS METHOD OF INTEGRATION AND MOTION CONTROL

Citroqene, Inc, San Jose...

1. A micro rotary pumping system for pumping a fluid though the use of an external rotating magnetic field, comprisinga micro channel for directing the fluid;
a chamber located adjacent to said micro channel in fluid communication with said micro channel;
an annular disk located in said chamber;
said annular disk being rotationally stabilized within said chamber by the fluid between said annular disk and said chamber; and
a magnetic material affixed to said annular disk and magnetically coupled to the external rotating magnetic field for rotating said annular disk to create a shear in the fluid in said micro channel for pumping the fluid thereby.

US Pat. No. 10,711,782

SCROLL COMPRESSOR WITH WRAP CONTOUR MODIFICATION

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

15. A scroll compressor, comprising:a casing having an inner space in which oil is stored;
a drive motor provided in the inner space of the casing;
a rotational shaft coupled to the drive motor;
a frame provided below the drive motor;
a first scroll disposed beneath the frame and provided with a first wrap formed on one side thereof, a hearing hole formed through a central portion thereof such that the rotational shaft is inserted therethrough, and a discharge pod formed around the bearing hole; and
a second scroll engaged with the first wrap, having the rotational shaft eccentrically coupled thereto in a manner of overlapping the second wrap in a radial direction, the second scroll forming a compression chamber together with the first scroll while performing an orbiting motion with respect to the first scroll, wherein at least one of an end surface of the first wrap protruding downward toward the second scroll or an end surface of the second wrap protruding upward toward the second scroll is formed to have a plurality of inclined surfaces so that a height of the wrap gradually decreases toward the central portion, and wherein a second inclined surface adjacent to the discharge port among the plurality of inclined surfaces is formed to have an inclination angle larger than an inclination angle of a first inclined surface farther from the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,711,780

HYDRAULIC MACHINE

1. A hydraulic machine having a first part and a second part movable relative to said first part, one of said first part and said second part having a first land resting against the other one of said second part and said first part during operation, having a predetermined first height (H1), and being arranged between a high pressure area and a low pressure area, wherein a second land having a predetermined second height (H2) smaller than said first height (H1) is located adjacent to said first land, wherein said second part has a first surface with a first pressure area and a second surface with a second pressure area, wherein said first pressure area is greater than said second pressure area, wherein when hydraulic pressure is fluidly connected with said first surface and said second surface, the hydraulic pressure presses said second part towards said first part, and wherein said second land is positioned on a low pressure side of said first land.

US Pat. No. 10,711,779

PLUNGER PUMP

IWAKI CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A plunger pump comprising:a cylinder having inside a cylinder chamber;
a plunger disposed in the cylinder so as to be relatively movable forward and backward to the cylinder chamber so that an outer circumferential face of the plunger is in slide contact with an inner circumferential face of the cylinder, and having a cut face on an outer periphery of a distal end of the plunger; and
a suction port and a discharge port provided to the cylinder to communicate with the cylinder chamber,
the plunger pump transferring fluid by reciprocating the plunger in an axial direction while rotating the plunger relative to the cylinder chamber to let the suction port and the discharge port alternately communicate with the cylinder chamber,
the cylinder including a cylinder section having the cylinder chamber and a spacer section having a sliding portion that is in slide contact with a portion of the plunger closer to a proximal end of the plunger than a portion of the plunger advancing and retracting into the cylinder chamber,
the cylinder section being made of a material having first hardness,
the spacer section being made of a resin material having second hardness softer than the first hardness,
a length in the axial direction from a proximal end of the sliding portion of the spacer section to a distal end of the spacer section being larger than a maximum stroke length of reciprocation of the plunger,
a proximal end of the spacer section being disposed between the proximal end and the distal end of the plunger, and
the cylinder section has a first connection surface at a longitudinal end of the cylinder section and the spacer section has a second connection surface at a longitudinal end of the spacer section opposing the longitudinal end of the cylinder section, the first connection surface and the second connection surface being joined together in the axial direction,
wherein a maximum of the length in the axial direction from the proximal end of the sliding portion of the spacer section to the distal end of the spacer section is smaller than a length in the axial direction from the proximal end of the sliding portion of the spacer section to a boundary step of the cut face on the outer circumferential face of the plunger in a fully retracted position so that the position of the boundary step of the cut face on the outer circumferential face of the plunger in the fully retracted position is always located inside the cylinder section.

US Pat. No. 10,711,775

COMPACT PUMP AND DIAPHRAGM ASSEMBLY USED THEREIN

MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A diaphragm assembly used in a compact pump, comprising:a plurality of diaphragm units which form a plurality of pump chambers, respectively, around a motor rotation axis;
a plurality of intake valve elements which are formed at centers of bottom portions of the plurality of diaphragm units by cutting away parts of the bottom portions, respectively;
a plurality of flanges which project in a direction perpendicular to the motor rotation axis from top ends of the plurality of diaphragm units, respectively;
a plurality of tubular exhaust valve elements which project in an opposite direction to the diaphragm units from the plurality of flanges and are thereby connected to the plurality of diaphragm units, respectively; and
a rib which is disposed at a center portion, extends toward an exhaust hole of the compact pump from the plurality of flanges, and connects center-side outer wall surfaces of the plurality of tubular exhaust valve elements.

US Pat. No. 10,711,773

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A linear compressor, comprising: a cylinder having a compression space for a refrigerant, the cylinder including a cylinder nozzle through which the refrigerant is introduced; and a piston provided in the cylinder and lifted by the refrigerant supplied through the cylinder nozzle, wherein the piston includes: a piston body that reciprocates within the cylinder in an axial direction, the piston body having a hollow cylindrical shape; a suction valve provided at a front portion of the piston body; a piston flange that extends from a rear portion of the piston body in a radial direction; a first piston groove defined in an outer circumferential surface of the piston body, and through which the refrigerant supplied from the cylinder nozzle flows, and a second piston groove defined in the outer circumferential surface of the piston body and spaced apart from the first piston groove, wherein the second piston groove is configured to guide the refrigerant such that a portion of the refrigerant supplied from the cylinder nozzle is discharged to an outside of the cylinder and is prevented from flowing into an inside of the piston body through the second piston groove, wherein the first piston groove and the second piston groove are configured to have an annular shape, wherein the first piston groove is spaced a first distance forward from a central line in the axial direction of the piston body, and the second piston groove is spaced a second distance rearward from the central line, wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance, and wherein the cylinder nozzle includes a first nozzle, and a second nozzle spaced apart rearward from the first nozzle in the axial direction, and the first piston groove moves between the first nozzle and the second nozzle while the piston reciprocates between a bottom dead center (BDC) and a top dead center (TDC) in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,772

AIR COMPRESSOR

YOOSUNG ENTERPRISE CO., L...

1. An air compressor comprising:a crankcase (10) attached to and installed at an engine and comprising a cover (11) formed at a rear end thereof and a crank chamber (12) formed therein;
a pump chamber (20) extending in a direction perpendicular to the crankcase (10) and comprising an outlet (21) that discharges compressed air;
a driving shaft (30) mounted in the crank chamber (12) and comprising a driving gear (31) receiving power from the engine and axially coupled with a fore-end of the driving shaft that is exposed forward from the crankcase (10);
a crankshaft tube (40) axially coupled with the driving shaft (30) and comprising an eccentric part (41) axially coupled with a shafting (22b) of a connecting rod (22a) of a pump piston (22) mounted in the pump chamber (20) and which is formed on an outer circumferential surface of the crankshaft tube;
a clutch (60) installed between the driving shaft (30) and a rear end of the crankshaft tube (40) to disconnect when a pressure of compressed air received from the pump chamber (20) and stored in an air tank (T) becomes a setting value or more so that a driving force of the driving shaft (30) is not transferred to the crankshaft tube (40) and to connect when the pressure becomes less than the setting value so that the driving force is transferred to the crankshaft tube (40), wherein the clutch (60) comprises:
a clutch wheel (61) coupled with a spline part (S) formed on an outer circumferential surface of a rear end of the driving shaft (30) and comprising an inner spline (61-1) engaged with the spline part (S) and formed on an inner circumferential surface and an outer spline (61-2) formed on an outer circumferential surface of the clutch wheel (61);
a fixed clutch plate (62) comprising an inside spline (62-2) formed on an inner circumferential surface of a shaft tube (62-1) and installed to be axially coupled and engaged with a rear side of an outside spline part (42) formed on an outer circumferential surface of the rear end of the crankshaft tube (40) and a fixed piece (62-3) that extends from a rear end of the inside spline (62-2);
a cylindrical clutch housing (63) comprising an inner spline (63-1) formed on an inner circumferential surface of an arbor hole of a fore-end of the cylinder clutch housing (63) and axially coupled and engaged with an anterolateral part of the outside spline part (42) of the crankshaft tube (40), and an inner circumferential spline (63-2) formed on an inside thereof;
a plurality of ring plate springs (64) mounted to be interposed in a space between the fixed piece (62-3) of the fixed clutch plate (62) and a rear surface of the clutch housing (63) in proportion to a length of the shaft tube (62-1);
a movable clutch ring plate (65) mounted and installed on the inside of a rear end of the clutch housing (63) and having an internal diameter greater than a diameter of the clutch wheel (61) and an external diameter identical to an internal diameter of the clutch housing (63);
a plurality of frictional ring plates (66) mounted to be alternately interposed in spaces formed between the fixed clutch plate (62) and the movable clutch ring plate (65), the clutch wheel (61), and the clutch housing (63), and comprising a linked spline (66a) engaged with the outer spline (61-2) of the clutch wheel (61) and formed at an inner circumferential surface of the arbor hole; and
a plurality of steel ring plates (67) each with an internal diameter comprising an electrically-driven spline (67a) engaged with the inner circumferential spline (63-2) of the clutch housing (63); and
an air cylinder (100) provided in the crank chamber (12), positioned in front of the clutch (60), and operating to stop an operation of connecting the driving force of the clutch (60) when the pressure of the compressed air stored in the air tank (T) becomes the setting value or more and a part of the pressure flows thereinto,
wherein the air cylinder (100) comprises:
a hollow cylinder (110) comprising an inlet (111) receiving a part of compressed air discharged from the air tank (T) and installed at a position in front of the clutch (60) in the crank chamber (12) to be exposed outward between the pump chamber (20) and the cover (11) and axially coupled with and installed at a rear side of the crankshaft tube (40);
a piston (120) mounted in the hollow cylinder (110) and axially coupled with and installed at the crankshaft tube (40) to move forward and backward; and
an interval former (130), installed between the hollow cylinder (110) and the piston (120), configured to provide a distance between the hollow cylinder (110) and the piston (120), the interval former (130) including
a proximity sensor (131) installed on either an inner wall of the hollow cylinder (110) or an inner wall of the piston (120) to detect a movement of the piston (120) and transfer a signal when the piston (120) reaches a predetermined distance from the hollow cylinder (110), and
a control valve (132) installed at an entrance of the inlet (111) of the hollow cylinder (110) and configured to cut off the compressed air that flows into the inlet (111) in response to detection of the signal of the proximity sensor (131) with respect to the piston (120) reaching the predetermined distance, wherein
the inlet (111) of the hollow cylinder (110) includes a large diameter part (111a) that receives compressed air; and
a small diameter part (111b) that extends from the large diameter part (111a) and is bent in a direction to face the piston (120) to guide the compressed air supplied to the large diameter part (111a) to a space between the hollow cylinder (110) and the piston (120), and wherein
the piston (120) of the air cylinder (100) and the operation of the air cylinder (100) is stopped and the clutch housing (63) is pushed toward the hollow cylinder (110) by the ring plate springs (64), wherein
a connection state between the driving shaft (30) and the crankshaft tube (40) is continuously maintained by cutting off the flow of compressed air, and wherein
the plurality of frictional ring plates (66) are prevented from being worn by a determined thickness by cutting off the compressed air that flows into the inlet (111).

US Pat. No. 10,711,768

TOWER BOTTOM COOLING DEVICE FOR WIND POWER GENERATOR UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD

1. A tower bottom cooling device for a wind turbine, comprising a tower and a heat sink, the heat sink being configured to cool a heat generating component arranged at a bottom of the tower, wherein a main air duct is provided inside the tower, and the heat sink is disposed inside the main air duct; a first fan is arranged in the main air duct, and is configured to drive air in the main air duct to flow to cool the heat sink; and the main air duct and an external environment of the tower together form an open cycle; andthe tower is provided with an air inlet and an air outlet, and taking the heat sink as a boundary, a passageway from the air inlet to the heat sink form an air inlet section of the main air duct, and a passageway from the heat sink to the air outlet form an air outlet section of the main air duct; and the tower is provided with a tower door and a layering platform corresponding to the tower door, and the air inlet is arranged in a side wall of a lower space below the layering platform;
the main air duct is provided with a bypass air duct; a second fan is provided in the bypass air duct, an air duct switching device is provided at an air inlet of the bypass air duct, and an air outlet of the bypass air duct opens to the upper space above the layering platform; and
wherein, the air duct switching device has a first operating state, a second operating state and a third operating state;
in the first operating state, the bypass air duct is in communication with the air inlet section of the main air duct and is closed with respect to the air outlet section of the main air duct;
in the second operating state, the bypass air duct is in communication with the air outlet section of the main air duct and is closed with respect to the air inlet section of the main air duct; and
in the third operating state, the bypass air duct is closed with respect to both the air inlet section and the air outlet section of the main air duct.

US Pat. No. 10,711,762

WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS

JMCC Wing, LLC, Wilmingt...

1. A wind energy system, comprising:a support structure;
a hub assembly rotatable in relation to the support structure about an axis of the hub assembly;
a wing structure coupled to the hub assembly and defining an outer periphery, the wing structure rotatable in relation to the support structure and comprising:
a plurality of full-length wings extending between the hub assembly and the outer periphery; and
a plurality of segmental wings that are radially shorter than the full-length wings, individual ones of the segmental wings interspersed between adjacent pairs of the full-length wings;
a cylindrical annular rim extending around the outer periphery of the wing structure;
a first set of radial members extending from the hub assembly to the cylindrical annular rim; and
a second set of radial members extending from the hub assembly to the cylindrical annular rim, the second set of radial members being spaced apart from the first set of radial members along the axis of the hub assembly to define a space in which the wing structure is positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,711,752

FUEL INJECTOR ASSEMBLY HAVING DUCT STRUCTURE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A fuel injector assembly for an engine, the engine including a cylinder head defining a through-hole, the fuel injector assembly comprising:an insert, having a first end and a second end, configured to be received within the through-hole and coupled to the cylinder head, the insert defining a bore extending from the first end to the second end;
a fuel injector including a plurality of orifices at a distal end portion of the fuel injector, the fuel injector being received within the bore of the insert and having a groove provided at the distal end portion; and
a duct structure including a plurality of ducts, the duct structure being coupled to the insert such that the plurality of ducts align with the plurality of orifices to at least partially receive one or more fuel jets from the plurality of orifices of the fuel injector, a length of the groove with respect to a longitudinal axis of the fuel injector being defined such that the groove is configured to axially position the plurality of orifices of the fuel injector in alignment relative to the plurality of ducts, the duct structure being fastened to the first end of the insert, and an outer surface of the insert extends radially outward of the duct structure and is press-fit into the cylinder head.

US Pat. No. 10,711,751

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR ENGINE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A fuel supply system for an engine, configured to supply fuel to the engine having a plurality of cylinders, comprising:a plurality of fuel injection valves configured to inject fuel into the plurality of cylinders in a given order;
a fuel distribution part having a first distribution pipe configured to distributingly supply fuel to a first fuel injection valve group comprised of some of the plurality of fuel injection valves of which fuel injection orders are not successive in the given order, and a second distribution pipe configured to distributingly supply fuel to a second fuel injection valve group comprised of a remainder of the plurality of fuel injection valves of which the fuel injection orders are not successive in the given order;
a fuel pump part configured to discharge fuel;
a first feed pipe connecting a first discharge part of the fuel pump part with the first distribution pipe;
a first pressure reducing valve configured to be opened when a pressure in the first distribution pipe exceeds a given pressure limit;
a first return pipe configured to return excess fuel in the first distribution pipe when the first pressure reducing valve is opened;
a second feed pipe connecting a second discharge part of the fuel pump part and the second distribution pipe;
a second pressure reducing valve configured to be opened when a pressure in the second distribution pipe exceeds the given pressure limit;
a second return pipe configured to return excess fuel in the second distribution pipe when the second pressure reducing valve is opened; and
a coupling part coupled to an upstream end of the first return pipe and a downstream end of the second return pipe, and attached to the first distribution pipe, wherein the first feed pipe and the second feed pipe form independent fuel feed paths from the first and second discharge parts of the fuel pump part to the first distribution pipe and the second distribution pipe, respectively,
wherein the first distribution pipe and the second distribution pipe extend in series with each other in lined-up directions of the plurality of cylinders, and
wherein the coupling part is disposed at an end of the first distribution pipe closer to the second distribution pipe than a first feed coupling part at which the first feed pipe is coupled to the first distribution pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,711,748

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICES

Aisan Kogyo Kabushiki Kai...

1. A fuel supply device comprising:a fuel pump for delivering fuel from within a fuel tank, and
a sub-tank disposed within the fuel tank and having a temporary storage region capable of temporarily storing fuel,
wherein the fuel pump is configured to draw fuel from the sub-tank and deliver fuel outside of the fuel tank;
wherein the sub-tank includes a top cover of the temporary storage region, where the top cover of the temporary storage region forms an uppermost part of an upper surface of the sub-tank, and wherein the sub-tank also includes an inflow opening to allow the fuel to be gravity-fed into the sub-tank under its own weight wherein the inflow opening is formed on the upper surface of the sub-tank;
wherein the inflow opening is directly fluidly coupled to an interior of the sub-tank and to an interior of the fuel tank; and
wherein a height of the temporary storage region at the top cover is greater than a height of the temporary storage region at the inflow opening.

US Pat. No. 10,711,747

DIESEL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM USING BIOFUEL

NIPPON PREMIUM CO., LTD.,...

1. A diesel power generation system having:a steady power generation (PG) operation mode in which biofuel is used as default fuel to drive a diesel engine for electric power generation;
a PG operation suspension mode which suspends the steady PG operation mode by giving a flushing processing to the engine with liquid fossil fuel as default fuel and which processing works as preparation for a next power generation operation; and
a start-up operation mode in which liquid fossil fuel is used as default fuel to start-up and warm up the diesel engine,comprising:a biofuel reservoir for storing biofuel;
a fossil fuel reservoir for storing liquid fossil fuel;
a surplus-fuel-mixture recovery tank for recovering a mixture of surplus biofuel and surplus fossil fuel, discharged from said diesel engine;
a fuel switching valve including two input ports connected to said biofuel and liquid fossil reservoirs via respective feed oil circuits, respectively, and one output port connected to the diesel engine via a feed oil circuit, wherein said fuel switching valve being controlled by a first control signal to select one of said two input ports according to a value of said first control signal, and allowing the selected one input port to communicate to said one output port, whereby the fuel of the reservoir connected to the selected one input port may be supplied to the diesel engine;
a surplus-fuel-return-destination (SFRD) switching valve having one input port connected via a feed oil circuit to a surplus fuel exit of said diesel engine and three output ports that are respectively connected to a return port of said biofuel reservoir, a return reservoir of said liquid fossil fuel reservoir and an input port of said surplus-fuel-mixture recovery tank, said DFRD switching valve communicating said one input port in response to a second control signal to either one output port of said three output port of the SFRD switching valve, whereby returning or collecting surplus fuel generated in said diesel engine to proper one of said biofuel reservoir, liquid fossil fuel reservoir and surplus-fuel-mixture recovery tank;
a control device controlling said fuel switching valve and SFRD switching valve to cause the switching of the respective valves in said steady PG operation mode, PG operation suspension mode, and start-up operation mode, generate the first and second control signals on the basis of such user instructions as starting-up of generator, starting steady operation of generator and suspension generator operation, status signals indicative of a status of the diesel engine,
wherein said control device executing the following steps of:
(A) detecting, during the system is in either one operation mode of the steady PG operation mode, PG operation suspension mode and start-up operation mode, a user operation or user instructions and/or a change in the system status, and judging whether there is occurring a mode change from a current operation mode to a next operation mode;
(B) where it is judged the system requires a mode change from the current operation mode to the next operation mode, and that a next default fuel that is to be used for the next operation mode will be different from the current default fuel that is being used for the current operation mode:
(B-1) altering the value of said first control signal for said fuel switching valve into a value indicating that said fuel switching valve allows the fuel in the fuel reservoir for the next default fuel to flow therein; and
(B-2) altering, at a time not earlier than a switching timing of said fuel switching valve, the value of the second control signal for said SFR switching valve into a value indicating a mixture of a current fuel surplus and a next fuel surplus is retuned to said surplus-fuel-mixture recovery tank, whereby enabling collecting surplus fuel mixture in the recovery tank.

US Pat. No. 10,711,743

COVER FOR AN INTAKE HOUSING

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A cover (1) suitable for installation at least facing a heat exchanger (28) between a feed gas flow of an internal combustion engine and a so-called coolant, the heat exchanger (28) comprising a bundle (32) and a coolant distribution area (33) for distributing the coolant in the bundle (32), wherein the cover (1) comprises a protrusion (2) suitable for limiting the circulation of the feed gas flow at the coolant distribution area (33); and wherein the cover (1) further comprises first and second longitudinal ends, wherein the protrusion (2) is disposed at the first longitudinal end and extends therefrom,wherein the cover further comprises a gas flow inlet orifice (7) and a gas flow outlet orifice (9) joined by a wall (3) and in which a portion of the protrusion (2) extends in a plane parallel to a plane of extension of the outlet orifice (9), and the protrusion (2) originates at an origin of the inlet orifice (7), forms a portion of the inlet orifice (7), and has an opposite free end (24) disposed between the first and second longitudinal ends;
wherein the free end (24) of the protrusion (2) of the cover (1) contacts the bundle (32) of the heat exchanger (28); and
wherein the cover further comprises a central strip (15) of substantially parallelepipedal form, a portion of which forms the protrusion (2), and two flanks (16, 17) which extend on either side of the central strip (15).

US Pat. No. 10,711,738

ELECTRIC SUPERCHARGER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. An electric supercharger comprising:an electric motor;
a compressor wheel rotated by the electric motor;
an actuator; and
a compressor housing which covers and accommodates the compressor wheel therein, the compressor housing further including:
a first passage configured to have aft is introduced therein;
an introducing port configured to be connected to an EGR device configured to recirculate EGR gas, that is part of exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine, to an intake passage;
a second passage configured to have at least one of air and EGR gas, that are compressed in the compressor wheel, flowed therethough to the internal combustion engine;
a bypass passage configured such that at least one of air and EGR gas, before being compressed in the compressor wheel, flows therethrough to the internal combustion engine without being flowed through the compressor wheel; and
a bypass valve electrically controlled by the actuator to open and close the bypass passage;
wherein, when the bypass valve is opened, aft introduced from the first passage and EGR gas introduced from the introducing port are flowed through the bypass passage to the internal combustion engine; and
wherein, when the bypass valve is closed; aft introduced from the first passage and EGR gas introduced from the introducing port are compressed in the compressor wheel and flowed through the second passage to the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,711,737

CONDUIT MOUNTING DEVICE

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

1. A conduit mounting device comprising:a base having a first side and an opposing second side, the base comprising a pair of fastener openings for receiving fasteners to attach the base to a tubular frame of a vehicle;
a plurality of supports projecting from the second side of the base for supporting the conduit mounting device against the frame;
a connector extending from the first side of the base between the pair of fastener openings for connecting to a conduit; and
a pipe extending away from the second side of the base in a longitudinal direction and terminating in an end, wherein a cap is disposed on the end, the cap completely enclosing the end of the pipe, the pipe having an inlet and forming a passage from the connector to the inlet;
wherein the second side of the base defines a planar surface, and the pair of fastener openings are defined through the planar surface so as to be coplanar.

US Pat. No. 10,711,736

AIR CLEANER ASSEMBLY FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

1. An air cleaner assembly for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a housing with at least one intake air inlet and an air outlet tube formed in a housing wall for supplying an intake air to the internal combustion engine,
at least one filter element disposed within the housing for filtering the intake air, separating a rough air side from a clean air side inside the housing,
a flow straightening hydrocarbon adsorption insert, comprising:
a cage-like body which is tubular shaped and surrounding a longitudinal axis of the outlet tube and coinciding with a flow direction through the flow straightening hydrocarbon adsorption insert, the cage-like body comprising:
a first circumferentially closed ring at a first axial end of the cage-like body;
a second circumferentially closed ring at a second axial end of the cage-like body;
at least one axially extending rib member connected to the first circumferentially closed ring and extending axially to connected to the second circumferentially closed ring;
an axially elongated flow sensor receiving member connected to the first circumferentially closed ring and extending axially to connected to the second circumferentially closed ring, the axially elongated flow sensor receiving member having a radially outer surface which forms a portion of a radial outer circumference of the flow straightening hydrocarbon adsorption insert, the axially elongated flow sensor receiving member including:
a flow sensor receiving opening formed into and through the radially outer surface of the axially elongated flow sensor receiving member, the flow sensor receiving opening configured to receive a portion of a flow sensor through the axially elongated flow sensor receiving member into an interior of the cage-like body;
a hydrocarbon absorbing medium sheet extending circumferentially on an outer circumference of the cage-like body and supported on the at least one axially extending rib member, the hydrocarbon absorbing medium sheet having a first end edge and an oppositely arranged second end edge, the hydrocarbon absorbing medium sheet at least partially surrounding the outer circumference of the cage-like body;
wherein the first end edge of the hydrocarbon absorbing medium sheet is fastened to a first edge of the axially elongated flow sensor receiving member;
wherein the second end edge of the hydrocarbon absorbing medium sheet is fastened to an opposite second edge of the axially elongated flow sensor receiving member;
wherein the flow straightening hydrocarbon adsorption insert is arranged within an interior of the air outlet tube of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,732

REDUCED HEIGHT PISTON

INDUSTRIAL PARTS DEPOT, L...

1. A piston for use in an internal combustion engine, said piston comprising:an upper member, wherein said upper member includes:
a crown located at a top surface of said upper member;
a combustion surface extending radially inward from said crown;
a first upper connecting surface integrally formed on a bottom side of said upper member, said first upper connecting surface is downwardly directed;
a second upper connecting surface integrally formed on said bottom side of said upper member, said second upper connecting surface is downwardly directed,
wherein said first and second upper connecting surfaces are concentrically oriented, and at least one of said upper connecting surfaces includes a curvilinear and/or multi-arcuate cross-sectional profile between a root portion of said at least one upper connecting surfaces and a lowest portion of said at least one upper connecting surfaces, and wherein the first upper connecting surface has a greater cross-sectional width at the root portion than a cross-section width at the lowest portion, and wherein the curvilinear and/or multi-arcuate cross-sectional profile between the root portion of said at least one upper connecting surfaces and the lowest portion of said at least one upper connecting surfaces does not include vertical or substantially vertical sides to the first upper connecting surface;
a lower member, wherein said lower member includes:
a pair of opposing skirts, each skirt defines a bore formed therethrough, said bore having a bore centerline;
a first lower connecting surface integrally formed on a top side of said lower member, said first lower connecting surface is upwardly directed; and
a second lower connecting surface integrally formed on a top side of said lower member, said second lower connecting surface is upwardly directed, wherein said first and second lower connecting surfaces are concentrically oriented;
wherein said lower member is integrally connected to said upper member by friction welding such that said first upper connecting surface and said first lower connecting surface form a first welded joint therebetween and said second upper connecting surface and said second lower connecting surface form a second welded joint therebetween, and said curvilinear and/or multi-arcuate cross-section enables a reduced distance between said top surface of said crown and said bore centerline of said bore.

US Pat. No. 10,711,728

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine comprising an engine body and a fuel injector injecting fuel for combustion inside a combustion chamber of the engine body, whereinthe control device comprises a combustion control part configured to successively perform at least first main fuel injection and second main fuel injection to cause premix charged compression ignition of the fuel so as to cause heat generation two times in stages inside the combustion chamber so that a pressure waveform showing a change of a rate of cylinder pressure rise over time becomes a two-peak shape and so that a peak ratio which is a ratio of a first peak value of a first peak of the pressure waveform formed by a first heat generation and a second peak value of a second peak of the pressure waveform formed by a second heat generation falls within a predetermined range, and
the combustion control part comprises a second ignition delay time calculating part configured to calculate a second ignition delay time which is an estimated value of an ignition delay time of fuel injected by the second main fuel injection, and
the combustion control part is configured so that if an injection correction amount for an amount of fuel injected from the fuel injector is set, when the second ignition delay time is less than a predetermined value, the injection correction amount is applied to a second target injection amount which is a target injection amount of the second main fuel injection.

US Pat. No. 10,711,727

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel injection control device that is applied to a fuel injection valve for opening, by an electric actuator, a valve body to open and close an injection hole to inject a fuel, controls an opening time of the valve body by controlling the electric actuator, and thus controls an injection quantity injected per one opening of the valve body, the fuel injection control device comprising:a processor programmed to:
calculate a conduction time of the electric actuator corresponding to a requested injection quantity that is an injection quantity requested during partial lift injection in which the valve body starts closing before the valve body reaches a maximum valve opening position after the valve body starts opening;
detect a physical quantity having a correlation with an actual injection quantity that is an injection quantity actually injected during the partial lift injection;
estimate the actual injection quantity based on the detected physical quantity;
correct the requested injection quantity by a correction quantity corresponding to a deviation between the estimated actual injection quantity and the requested injection quantity;
determine whether or not the correction quantity is in a sudden change state based on whether or not the correction quantity has changed from a previous value by a prescribed quantity or more;
set a reflection speed at which the the correction quantity is gradually reflected on the requested injection quantity over a prescribed period of time; and
when the correction quantity is determined to be in the sudden change state, increase the reflection speed.

US Pat. No. 10,711,720

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine including a first exhaust catalyst that is a three-way catalyst disposed in an exhaust path of the internal combustion engine, a second exhaust catalyst that is a three-way catalyst disposed in the exhaust path on a downstream side of the first exhaust catalyst, and a motor configured to drive the internal combustion engine, the control system comprisingan electronic control unit configured to:
when operation of the internal combustion engine is stopped, stop fuel injection to the internal combustion engine and then, execute motoring in which the internal combustion engine is rotationally driven using drive power of the motor; and
execute the motoring in a range in which an oxygen occlusion amount of the first exhaust catalyst becomes an oxygen occlusion amount smaller than an upper limit oxygen occlusion amount of the first exhaust catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,711,710

REDUCED MATERIAL SPIGOT DESIGN FOR INTEGRATED VDA ADAPTER HOUSING WITH AS-CAST ANTI-ROTATION FEATURE

Continental Powertrain US...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a throttle control assembly, including:
a housing;
an adapter integrally formed with the housing;
an anti-rotation feature integrally formed with the housing;
a scallop integrally formed as part of the housing, such that the scallop substantially surrounds the anti-rotation feature;
a plurality of outer scallops integrally formed as part of the adapter; and
a plurality of sections having reduced thicknesses, each one of the plurality of sections being part of a corresponding one of the plurality of outer scallops;
wherein the anti-rotation feature, the scallop, and each of the plurality of outer scallops are integrally formed with the housing during a molding process.

US Pat. No. 10,711,693

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH AN ENGINE ROTOR ELEMENT TURNING DEVICE

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine engine comprising;a core having compressor, combustor, and turbine sections in axial flow arrangement, with corresponding rotating elements, including a spinner mounted to a shaft to define engine rotor elements;
a rotary driver including a friction driver attached to and turning the spinner of the engine rotor elements; and
at least one thermoelectric generator in thermal communication with the core and in electrical communication with the rotary driver to provide power to the rotary driver to turn the engine rotor elements.

US Pat. No. 10,711,692

VARIABLE COMPRESSION RATIO MECHANISM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A variable compression ratio mechanism for changing a mechanical compression ratio of an internal combustion engine by changing a connecting rod length in a span from a center axis of a piston pin to a center axis of a crank pin of a crankshaft,the variable compression ratio mechanism comprising:
a connecting rod provided with a first shaft receiving hole formed at a small end and a second shaft receiving hole formed at a big end and supporting a crank pin;
an eccentric member inserted in the first shaft receiving hole to be able to rotate and supporting the piston pin so that an axial center of the piston pin is positioned at a position offset from a center axis of the first shaft receiving hole by exactly a predetermined amount;
stoppers provided at the small end, abutting against the eccentric member to restrict a rotational angle of the eccentric member, and making the eccentric member stop at a low compression ratio position where a connecting rod length becomes shorter and a high compression ratio position where the connecting rod length becomes longer;
a first gear provided at the eccentric member and rotating together with the eccentric member,
a second gear attached to the connecting rod to be able to rotate for engaging with the first gear to make the first gear rotate; and
a gear drive mechanism for making the second gear rotate to make the eccentric member rotate, wherein
the gear drive mechanism comprises:
a gear drive pin provided at the second gear;
a first movable member and second movable member housed in a counterweight of the crankshaft and configured to be able to move to the gear drive pin side when making the eccentric member turn;
a first guide groove formed at a surface of the first movable member facing the gear drive pin and engaging with the gear drive pin when making the eccentric member turn from the high compression ratio position toward the low compression ratio position; and
a second guide groove formed at a surface of the second movable member facing the gear drive pin and engaging with the gear drive pin when making the eccentric member turn from the low compression ratio position toward the high compression ratio position, and
the gear drive mechanism is configured to make the gear drive pin moving relatively to the counterweight move along the first guide groove and the second guide groove to make the second gear rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,711,691

CONNECTING ROD FOR VARIABLE COMPRESSION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ECO Holding 1 GmbH, Mark...

1. A method for producing an eccentrical element lever of a the connecting rod including:a crank bearing eye for connecting the connecting rod with a crank shaft of a variable compression internal combustion engine;
a connecting rod bearing eye configured to connect the connecting rod with a cylinder piston of the variable compression internal combustion engine; and
an eccentrical element adjustment arrangement configured to adjust an effective connecting rod length,
wherein the eccentrical element adjustment arrangement includes an eccentrical element that cooperates with an eccentrical element lever,
wherein the eccentrical element is configured to receive a wrist pin of the cylinder piston,
wherein the eccentrical element adjustment arrangement includes at least one cylinder with a piston that is displaceably supported in a cylinder bore hole and connected with a support rod,
wherein the eccentrical element lever includes two eccentrical element lever segments which are connected by at least one connecting bolt to which the support rod is pivotably connected, and
wherein the at least one connecting bolt is configured as a cylindrical roller which protrudes with end portions at outer surfaces of the eccentrical element lever segments and which is heat treated at least in the end portions,
the method comprising the steps:
preassembling the two eccentrical element lever segments by pressing the at least one connecting bolt in bearing bore holes of the eccentrical element lever segments, wherein the at least one connecting bolt is configured as a cylindrical roller which protrudes with the end portions at the outer surfaces of the eccentrical element lever segments; and
performing a heat treatment at least at the end portions, wherein a penetration depth of the heat treatment is selected so that only a surface portion of the end portions is heat treated.

US Pat. No. 10,711,684

FLUID FAN CLUTCH

USUI CO., LTD., Shizuoka...

1. A fluid fan clutch, wherein a fan is removably fixed to a housing via a flange ring with a bolt, the housing is composed of a front-side housing component and a back-side housing component and has radial fan fixing projections arranged at regular intervals in a circumferential direction on an outer circumference of the front-side housing component, and the flange ring is capable of fitting in the housing from a front side or a back side of the fan clutch, characterized in thatthe back-side housing component is provided with projecting parts for preventing backflow of fan air integrally with the back-side housing component, and the projecting parts are arranged to be shifted in a circumferential direction with respect to the fan fixing projections of the front-side housing component.

US Pat. No. 10,711,683

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COOLING AN ENGINE

IAV GMBH INGENIEURGESELLS...

1. A method for cooling an engine, the method comprising:increasing the pressure of a liquid coolant from a first pressure to a second pressure;
after increasing the pressure of the liquid coolant, contacting components of the engine to be cooled with the liquid coolant so that the liquid coolant at least partially evaporates and forms a vapor with a particular state;
after the vapor with the particular state forms, feeding the vapor to a throttle so as to reduce the pressure of the liquid coolant to a third pressure;
determining the particular state of the vapor upstream of the throttle based on the temperature and the third pressure of the liquid coolant downstream of the throttle, and based on the second pressure of the liquid coolant upstream of the throttle under an assumption that the throttle is an adiabatic throttle such that enthalpy of the liquid coolant remains constant as the liquid coolant passes the throttle; and
adjusting a desired vapor state based on the determined particular state of the vapor upstream of the throttle.

US Pat. No. 10,711,673

EXHAUST PURIFICATION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, Sh...

1. An exhaust purification system comprising:a central processing unit (CPU) that acquires a fuel injection amount of a vehicle,
acquires a temperature of a catalyst for reducing and purifying nitrogen compounds in exhaust,
controls the temperature of the catalyst, and
causes an increase in the temperature of the catalyst when the temperature of the catalyst is lower than a predetermined threshold and the fuel injection amount satisfies a predetermined condition, and
wherein the CPU determines whether or not to cause the increase in the temperature of the catalyst by comparing the fuel injection amount with a threshold determined based on a rotational speed of an engine.

US Pat. No. 10,711,671

METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CONTROLLING THE PARTICULATE COMBUSTION DURING THE REGENERATION OF A PARTICULATE FILTER OF A DIESEL ENGINE

FCA Italy S.p.A., Turin ...

1. A method for controlling a diesel engine system, said system including a diesel engine, an exhaust line for exhaust gases from the engine, a particulate filter interposed in the exhaust line and an electronic control unit for controlling a plurality of fuel injectors associated with cylinders of the engine,wherein when an accumulated particulate mass in said filter reaches a predetermined threshold amount, a filter regeneration mode is activated, including activating post-injections of fuel by controlling said plurality of injectors, which determines a start of an automatic filter regeneration step, which is caused by an increase in temperature of the exhaust gases fed to the filter, where said increase in temperature is sufficient to burn particulate present in the filter, said method comprising:
receiving a value of said accumulated particulate mass and a temperature value upstream of the filter,
activating an overheating mode that is configured for interrupting particulate combustion, said overheating mode including deactivating said post-injections of fuel, whenever a critical condition occurs for at least a first period of time, said critical condition being a condition wherein said temperature value upstream of the filter exceeds a first threshold value, and
resuming said regeneration mode following a disappearance of said critical condition,
wherein said first threshold value and said first time period are calculated as a function of the accumulated particulate mass in the filter,
wherein said calculated first threshold value and said first period of time increase in time as the particulate mass accumulated in the filter decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,711,669

INSIDE-OUT ROTATING COALESCER WITH GAS EXIT THROUGH HOLLOW SHAFT

CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, IN...

1. A rotating coalescer comprising:a housing comprising:
a first housing section having a blowby gas inlet structured to receive crankcase blowby gases from a crankcase; and
an oil outlet;
an endcap;
filter media arranged in a cylindrical shape, the filter media coupled to and positioned between the first housing section and the endcap, the filter media structured to receive unfiltered crankcase blowby gases from radially inside the filter media with respect to a central axis and filter the crankcase blowby gases passing radially through the filter media via inner and outer surfaces of the filter media by coalescing and separating oils and aerosols contained in the crankcase blowby gases;
a hollow shaft extending through the housing and positioned radially inside of the filter media, the hollow shaft forming a blowby gas outlet structured to route the crankcase blowby gases filtered after radially passing through the filter media via the inner and outer surfaces of the filter media out of the housing; and
a drive mechanism operatively coupled to the hollow shaft, the drive mechanism structured to rotate the hollow shaft and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,661

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A DRIVE UNIT, DRIVE UNIT, MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosh GmbH, Stuttg...

1. A method for operating a drive apparatus of a motor vehicle, the drive apparatus having a reciprocating-piston engine and an exhaust-gas-driven turbocharger having an electrical machine, the method comprising:operating the reciprocating-piston engine in a four-stroke mode during on-load operation;
operating the electrical machine of the exhaust-gas-driven turbocharger in generator mode during overrun operation of the reciprocating-piston engine; and
operating the reciprocating-piston engine in a two-stroke mode during the overrun operation,
wherein at least one camshaft of the reciprocating-piston engine is operated with a four-stroke cam profile during the on-load operation, and with a two-stroke cam profile during the overrun operation, wherein the at least one camshaft is embodied as an axially adjustable camshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,711,660

CAMSHAFT CONNECTOR OF AN ELECTRIC-HYDRAULIC CAMSHAFT PHASER ASSEMBLY

1. An electric-hydraulic camshaft phaser assembly, comprising:a hydraulic camshaft phaser including:
a stator arranged to receive rotational torque and including a plurality of radially inwardly extending protrusions;
a rotor arranged to be non-rotatably connected to a first camshaft and including a plurality of radially outwardly extending protrusions circumferentially interleaved with the plurality of radially inwardly extending protrusions; and,
a plurality of chambers bounded at least in part by the plurality of radially inwardly extending protrusions and the plurality of radially outwardly extending protrusions; and,
an electric camshaft phaser including:
an input non-rotatably connected to the stator;
an output gear; and,
at least one protrusion fixed to the output gear and arranged to be inserted into at least one slot of a second camshaft, wherein the at least one protrusion is arranged to transmit rotational torque from the output gear to the second camshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,711,659

DRIVE ADAPTER FOR CONCENTRIC CAMSHAFT ASSEMBLY

1. A camshaft phaser for a concentric camshaft assembly comprising:a stator defining a cavity and configured to receive power from an engine crankshaft;
a rotor supported within the cavity and rotatable relative to the stator;
a drive adapter including a shank and a head, the shank being extendable through the rotor and configured to engage with an inner camshaft, the head having an end face defining a first key feature and a continuous groove;
a drive plate fixed to the stator and including a radial wall defining a second key feature engageable with the first key feature to rotationally fix the drive adapter to the drive plate; and
an annular gasket received in the groove and sealable with the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,711,658

TRIGGER WHEEL AND DRIVE PLATE FOR A CONCENTRIC CAMSHAFT

1. A camshaft adjuster for an internal combustion engine, the camshaft adjuster comprising:a rotor;
a stator disposed about the rotor in a slideable engagement such that the stator and rotor are rotatable relative to each other;
a trigger wheel configured to interact with an associated sensor for detection of an angular speed or position of the trigger wheel, wherein the trigger wheel has an axial face that defines an opening; and
a drive plate configured to be non-rotatably fixed with an inner camshaft and rotatable relative to the trigger wheel, wherein the drive plate has a tab with an axially-extending portion extending through the opening in the trigger wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,711,657

MECHANICAL CAM PHASING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

HUSCO AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS...

1. A cam phasing system configured to vary a rotational relationship between a cam shaft and a crank shaft of an internal combustion engine, the cam phasing system comprising:a sprocket hub;
a cradle rotor at least partially received within the sprocket hub and configured to rotate relative to the sprocket hub;
a plurality of locking assemblies arranged between the sprocket hub and the cradle rotor;
a spider rotor;
a helical slot;
an axial slot, wherein the helical slot and the axial slot are configured in one of the following configurations:
the helical slot being rotationally coupled to the spider rotor for rotation therewith, and the axial slot being rotationally coupled to the cradle rotor or the sprocket hub for rotation therewith; or
the helical slot being rotationally coupled to the sprocket hub or the cradle rotor, and the axial slot being rotationally coupled to the spider rotor for rotation therewith; and
a helix rod including a pin extending through the helical slot and the axial slot, wherein axial displacement of the helix rod is configured to rotate the spider rotor in a desired direction due to the interaction between the pin, the helical slot, and the axial slot, and
whereby rotation of the spider rotor in the desired direction to a known rotary position unlocks the plurality of locking assemblies, which, in turn, allows relative rotation between the cradle rotor and the sprocket hub until the cradle rotor or the sprocket hub rotationally follows the spider rotor in the desired direction to the known rotary position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,642

GAS TURBINE ENGINE LUBRICATION SYSTEM AND APPARATUS WITH BOOST PUMP SYSTEM

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A lubrication system for a gas turbine engine having a plurality of components,the lubrication system comprising:
a supply source of a fluid lubricant;
a main supply pump including a first fluid flow inlet port and a first fluid flow exit port, the first fluid flow inlet port in fluid communication with the supply source, and the first fluid flow exit port in fluid communication with the plurality of engine components;
the main supply pump configured to receive a source fluid lubricant flow from the supply source at a first pressure at the first fluid flow inlet port, and the main supply pump configured to produce a supply fluid flow at a second pressure at the first fluid flow exit port, wherein the second pressure is greater than the first pressure; and
a boost pump system including a boost pump, the boost pump including a second fluid flow inlet port and a second fluid flow exit port, the second fluid flow inlet port in fluid communication with the supply source, and the second fluid flow exit port in selective fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of engine components;
the boost pump system configured to produce a boost supply fluid flow at a third pressure at the second fluid flow exit port, wherein the third pressure is greater than the second pressure, and the lubrication system configured to provide the boost supply fluid flow to at least one said component independently of the supply fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,711,641

COMPRESSOR WITH A THERMAL SHIELD AND METHODS OF OPERATION

NUOVO PIGNONE SRL, Flore...

1. A gas compressor comprising:a casing with a gas inlet and a gas outlet;
a compressor bundle arranged in the casing;
a thermal shield arranged between the compressor bundle and the casing and configured to reduce heat transfer from a gas flow processed through the gas compressor to the casing;
a discharge duct comprising a thermal insulating arrangement configured to reduce heat transfer from the gas flow to an inner surface of the discharge duct;
a volute configured to collect and deliver a compressed gas towards the gas outlet; and
at least a first thermal shield arranged between the volute and the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,639

TURBOMACHINE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A turbomachine, comprising:a housing surrounding a turbine chamber;
a turbine arranged in the turbine chamber of the housing and configured to be acted on with a working medium;
a flow duct coupled to the turbine for conveying the working medium, the flow duct including an upstream duct portion for feeding the working medium to the turbine and a downstream duct portion for discharging the working medium from the turbine;
at least one bypass channel configured to heat the housing by transferring heat from the working medium to the housing, the at least one bypass channel structured and arranged to extend completely within the housing and guide the working medium around the turbine, wherein an inlet side of the at least one bypass channel is connected to the upstream duct portion at a first coupling point and an outlet side of the at least one bypass channel is connected to the downstream duct portion at a second coupling point;
at least one heat-insulated bypass channel extending at least partially in the housing and configured to bypass the turbine, the at least heat-insulated bypass channel configured to minimize heat transfer of the working medium to the housing;
a valve device disposed at the first coupling point and configured to divide a flow of the working medium among the turbine, the at least one bypass channel, and the at least one heat-insulated bypass channel, wherein the valve device is structured and arranged to redirect the flow of the working medium completely to the at least one bypass channel in a bypass mode;
at least one heat transfer element arranged in the at least one bypass channel to facilitate heat transfer to the housing, wherein the at least one heat transfer element includes ribs distributed circumferentially to one another about an interior surface of the at least one bypass channel and projecting radially towards a center of the at least one bypass channel with respect to a flow direction of the working medium flowing therethrough to facilitate heating the housing to an operating temperature greater than a condensation temperature of the working medium when the valve device is in the bypass mode; and
wherein the at least one bypass channel includes a plurality of bypass channels arranged separate from one another at various locations about the housing and structured to guide the working medium past the turbine, and wherein the plurality of bypass channels extend parallel to one another within the housing between the first coupling point and the second coupling point.

US Pat. No. 10,711,618

TURBINE COMPONENT WITH TIP FILM COOLING AND METHOD OF COOLING

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A component for a gas turbine engine, comprising:an airfoil having a tip portion;
a tip shelf located in the tip portion;
a first plurality of cooling openings located in an edge of the tip shelf that is defined by a pressure side wall that terminates at the tip shelf and extends along at least a portion of a pressure side of the airfoil; and
a second plurality of cooling openings located in an edge of a tip wall portion extending radially from the tip shelf, the edge of the tip wall portion being radially separated from the tip shelf and the edge of the tip wall portion defines a portion of a surface of the tip portion radially separated from the tip shelf that extends along at least a portion of a pressure side of the tip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,615

FIRST STAGE TURBINE BLADE

Chromalloy Gas Turbine LL...

1. A turbine blade comprising:a blade root;
a platform extending from the blade root; and,
an airfoil extending from the platform, the airfoil having an airfoil shape, the airfoil having a nominal profile substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y, and Z set forth in Table 1 wherein the Z values are non-dimensional values from 0 to 1 convertible to Z distances in inches by multiplying the Z values by a height of the airfoil in inches, and wherein the X and Y are distances in inches which, when connected by smooth continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each distance Z, the profile sections at the Z distances being joined smoothly with one another to form a complete airfoil shape.

US Pat. No. 10,711,601

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO AUTOMATE DATA ACQUISITION IN A WIRELESS TELEMETRY SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method of acquiring data in a wireless telemetry network that includes a plurality of wireless communication nodes in communication with a data acquisition system and with equipment that observes a parameter of interest, the method comprising:storing, in a wireless communication node of the telemetry network, a produced data set that corresponds to observations of a parameter of interest by equipment that is in communication with the telemetry network;
defining communication characteristics associated with the telemetry network; and
based on the communication characteristics, adapting acquisition of an actual data set from the produced data, wherein the actual data set is a subset of the produced data set.

US Pat. No. 10,711,600

METHODS OF NETWORK PEER IDENTIFICATION AND SELF-ORGANIZATION USING UNIQUE TONAL SIGNATURES AND WELLS THAT USE THE METHODS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of communication using a wireless network, comprising: precedingat a first node, receiving a wireless transmission of a signal, the received signal having a frequency signature and/or an amplitude signature;
comparing the frequency signature and/or the amplitude signature of the received signal with a frequency signature and/or an amplitude signature of a previously received signal from a second node; and
if the frequency signature and/or the amplitude signature of the received signal and the frequency signature and/or the amplitude signature of the previously received signal are within a predetermined range of similarity, accepting the received signal and the previously received signal as having been transmitted by the second node and defining the received signal and the previously received signal as a unique signal identifying a communication link between the first node and the second node;
wherein the receiving step comprises receiving, with a decoding node of an acoustic wireless network and from the tone transmission medium, a received acoustic tone for a tone receipt time, and wherein the comparing step comprises:
estimating a frequency of the received acoustic tone, as a function of time, during the tone receipt time, wherein the estimating includes estimating a plurality of discrete frequency values received at a corresponding plurality of discrete times within the tone receipt time;
separating the tone receipt time into a plurality of time intervals, wherein each time interval in the plurality of time intervals includes a subset of the plurality of discrete frequency values received during the time interval;
calculating a frequency variation within each subset of the plurality of discrete frequency values;
selecting a subset of the plurality of time intervals within which the frequency variation is less than a threshold frequency variation; and
averaging the plurality of discrete frequency values within the subset of the plurality of time intervals to determine major frequency of the received acoustic tone.

US Pat. No. 10,711,595

HYDROCARBON WELLS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING PRODUCTION FROM A REGION OF A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of monitoring production of fluids from a subterranean formation, the method comprising:producing a produced stream via a hydrocarbon well that extends within a region of the subterranean formation, wherein the region of the subterranean formation includes formation fluid and an added tracer material, wherein the produced stream includes a produced fluid and a produced tracer material, wherein the produced fluid includes a fraction of the formation fluid, wherein the produced tracer material includes a fraction of the added tracer material, and further wherein the produced tracer material includes a particulate tracer that defines a tracer electrical capacitance that differs from a fluid electrical capacitance of the produced fluid;
electromagnetically exciting the produced tracer material with an input electromagnetic signal that varies through an input frequency range;
responsive to the electromagnetically exciting, generating an output electromagnetic signal, with the produced tracer material, that varies through an output frequency range;
receiving the output electromagnetic signal from the produced tracer material; and
calculating a phase shift as a function of frequency between the input electromagnetic signal and the output electromagnetic signal, and further wherein the identifying includes identifying based, at least in part, on a critical frequency of the phase shift as a function of frequency;
identifying the region of the subterranean formation based, at least in part, on the output electromagnetic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,578

UMBILICAL END TERMINATION

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. An umbilical end termination comprising one end to fit at an end of a subsea umbilical; a functional transfer end opposite the one end; and a cavity located between the one end and the functional transfer end; a plurality of functional elements from the umbilical including at least one fluid line extending into the cavity, and the functional transfer end to transfer the functionality of the plurality of functional elements in the umbilical to a next apparatus, device or installation, wherein the umbilical end termination includes within the cavity a pressure boosting system in line with the at least one fluid line in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,711,577

MULTI-ORIENTED HYDRAULIC FRACTURING MODELS AND METHODS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:modeling a simulated wellbore penetrating a simulated subterranean formation with a multi-oriented hydraulic fracturing (MOHF) model having (1) static inputs that comprise wellbore properties and subterranean formation properties and (2) dynamic inputs that comprise pseudo-plastic properties of one or more rocks that comprise the subterranean formation;
simulating the creation of a first fracture in the simulated subterranean formation with the MOHF model;
calculating formation stresses with the MOHF model after the first fracture;
simulating the creation of a second fracture in the simulated subterranean formation with a plurality of operational parameters with the MOHF model;
calculating a simulated fracture network characteristic for each of the plurality of operational parameters with the MOHF model, thereby producing a plurality of simulated fracture network characteristics; and
performing a MOHF operation in a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation with preferred operational parameters having the simulated fracture network characteristic as calculated with the MOHF model within a top 20% of the plurality of simulated fracture network characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,711,572

TUBING ASSEMBLY FOR HYDRAULIC SHIFTING OF SLEEVE WITHOUT TOOL MOVEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A completion string comprising:an outer surface and an inner surface, a completion string opening extending between the outer surface and the inner surface, the inner surface defining an inner region of the completion string and having a recess in the inner surface that is sized to receive a sleeve that is moveable between an open position and a closed position, the inner region being sized to receive a work string at a position at which an outer surface of the work string cooperates with the sleeve and the inner surface of the completion string to define a first chamber on a side of the sleeve, the first chamber being hydraulically sealed by a plurality of seals, the work string defining a first fluid passageway positioned between an inner surface and the outer surface of the work string to provide fluid communication with the first chamber, and
wherein the outer surface of the work string cooperates with the sleeve and the inner surface of the completion string to define a second chamber on an opposite side of the sleeve, the second chamber being hydraulically sealed by a second plurality of seals and wherein the work string defines a second fluid passageway to provide fluid communication with the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,711,564

USE OF DEGRADABLE METAL ALLOY WASTE PARTICULATES IN WELL TREATMENT FLUIDS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of treating a well, comprising:providing a well treatment fluid, said well treatment fluid including:
a base fluid; and
a plurality of degradable metal alloy milling waste particulates, wherein said degradable metal alloy milling waste particles are provided by milling a degradable metal alloy work piece to obtain a wellbore component and said degradable metal alloy milling waste particles;
introducing said well treatment fluid into said well and allowing said well treatment fluid to treat the well; and
allowing said degradable metal alloy milling waste particulates to degrade.

US Pat. No. 10,711,562

ANNULAR BARRIER WITH EXPANSION UNIT

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. An annular barrier to be expanded in an annulus between a well tubular structure and a wall of a borehole downhole for providing zone isolation between a first zone having a first pressure and a second zone, the annular barrier comprising:a tubular metal part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, the tubular metal part having a first expansion opening, an axial extension and an outer face,
an expandable sleeve surrounding the tubular metal part and having an inner face facing the tubular metal part and an outer face facing the wall of the borehole, each end of the expandable sleeve being connected with the tubular metal part, and
an annular space between the inner face of the expandable sleeve and the tubular metal part, the annular space having a space pressure,
wherein fluid inside the tubular metal part has a tubular pressure, and
wherein the annular barrier comprises an expansion unit having a first inlet in fluid communication with the first expansion opening, a second inlet in fluid communication with the first zone and an outlet in fluid communication with the annular space, and the expansion unit comprising an element movable at least between a first position and a second position, in the first position the first expansion opening being in bilateral fluid communication with the outlet to equalize pressure in the tubular metal part with the space pressure when the tubular pressure is higher than the first pressure, and in the second position the outlet being in bilateral fluid communication with the first zone via the second inlet to equalize the first pressure in the first zone with the space pressure when the first pressure is higher than the tubular pressure, wherein the tubular metal part comprises at least one second expansion opening being fluidly connected with the first inlet, and wherein the space pressure is equalized with the greater momentary pressure of the first pressure and the tubular pressure at a first time, even if the space pressure at a second time later than the first time is less than the greater momentary pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,553

DESTRUCTIBLE CASING SEGMENTATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USE

1. A casing segmentation device, comprising:a body having a forward end, an aft end, a plug seat, and an internal passage, wherein the plug seat is configured to receive a mating plug, and which plug seat is disposed between the forward end and the aft end, and wherein the internal passage extends between the forward end and the aft end and through the plug seat; and
a fracture mechanism including an amount of energetic material and a trigger mechanism, which trigger mechanism is configured to selectively cause a detonation of the amount of energetic material;
wherein the body includes at least one void and the energetic material is disposed within the at least one void.

US Pat. No. 10,711,548

TRAVERSING ACROSS A WASH-OUT ZONE IN A WELLBORE

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wellbore tool system comprising:a wellbore tractor configured to be positioned in a wellbore comprising a cased section, a first uncased section downhole of the cased section, and a second uncased section downhole of the first uncased section, the wellbore tractor configured to self-propel through the wellbore; and
an anchoring system connected to the wellbore tractor, when the wellbore tractor is in the cased section, the anchoring system configured to:
extend from a distal end of the wellbore tractor and the cased section through the first uncased section into the second uncased section;
secure an anchor in the second uncased section; and
guide the wellbore tractor from the cased section past the first uncased section and into the second uncased section;
wherein the anchoring system comprises:
an extension tool coupled to the anchor, the extension tool configured to extend the anchor when activated; and
the anchor coupled to the extension tool, the anchor configured to attach to a wall in the second uncased section, wherein the anchor is coupled to the extension tool by a rod configured to cross a wash-out zone in a wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,711,538

SLIDE CARTRIDGE

The Charles Machine Works...

8. A machine comprising:a carriage comprising:
a carriage frame;
a first slide mounted on the carriage frame, the slide comprising at least one downwardly-facing wall, and further comprising a wear member disposed on the downwardly-facing wall; and
a roller mounted on the carriage frame;
a machine frame comprising:
a rail having opposed first and second ends, the downwardly-facing wall being positioned directly above the rail;
a spindle supported on the carriage and configured to impart rotational force to a drill string; and
a means for translating the carriage relative to the machine frame;
in which the carriage is supported on the machine frame by the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,711,532

PROTECTION OF DOWNHOLE COMPONENTS FROM SHOCK AND VIBRATION

STAG ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC...

1. A device for mitigating shock and vibration in downhole tools, the device comprising:a body including a cavity;
an insert having a first part located within the cavity and a second part located outside the cavity, the insert being spaced apart from the internal surface of the body to define a gap therebetween; and
an elastomer disposed within the gap such that the elastomer surrounds and bonded to the outer surface of the first part of the insert and the internal surface walls of the body defining the cavity, the elastomer being configured to inhibit direct metal-to-metal contact between the body and the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,711,525

HEAVY EQUIPMENT CONCRETE CORE DRILL BIT STABILIZER

8. A method of stabilizing a round drill bit while the round drill bit is coring a hole in asphalt or concrete comprising the step of:applying a low-friction polymer layer of a frame member to an outer surface of the round drill bit, wherein the frame member is formed so that the round drill nests within the frame member, wherein the low-friction polymer layer engages the outer surface of the round drill bit slowing rotation of the round drill bit.

US Pat. No. 10,711,514

MALE AND FEMALE GASKET COUPLING FOR A WINDOW FRAME

MATREX WINDOW SYSTEM INC....

1. A coupling system comprising:a male gasket comprising:
a proximal male end; and
a distal male end comprising a seal portion and a head portion; and
a female gasket comprising:
a proximal female end; and
a distal female end comprising a first cavity into which the head portion is received, thereby providing a seal, wherein:
when the male and female gaskets move toward each other, the distal female end collapses on itself and engages the seal portion of the male gasket, thereby maintaining the seal, and
when the male and female gaskets move away from each other, at least one rib disposed on an outer surface of the head portion engages an inner surface of the distal female end, thereby maintaining the seal, and wherein:
the proximal male end operatively couples with a first window frame jamb, wherein the first window frame jamb comprises a first extrusion extending outwardly from an outer surface of the first window frame jamb, wherein the first extrusion defines a second cavity into which the proximal male end is received, and wherein at least one rib disposed on an outer surface of the proximal male end engages at least one ridge disposed on an inner surface of the second cavity, and
the proximal female end operatively couples with a second window frame jamb, wherein the second window frame jamb comprises a second extrusion extending outwardly from an outer surface of the second window frame jamb, wherein the second extrusion comprises a third cavity into which the proximal female end is received, and wherein at least one rib disposed on an outer surface of the proximal female end engages at least one ridge disposed on an inner surface of the third cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,711,502

WIRE TYPE WINDOW REGULATOR

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A wire window regulator fixed to a door panel of a vehicle, comprising:a guide rail that guides a slider base to freely move up and down, a window glass being fixed to the slider base;
a wire driving mechanism that moves up and down the slider base along the guide rail via a drive wire; and
a wire guide member disposed on at least one of an upper end and a lower end of the guide rail, the wire guide member changing a routing direction of the drive wire wound around the wire guide member, wherein:
the wire guide member includes a guide rail insertion portion, the wire guide member supporting a fixing member,
the guide rail is inserted into the guide rail insertion portion, the fixing member being inserted through the guide rail,
the fixing member fixes the guide rail and the wire guide member to the door panel of the vehicle,
wherein when the fixing member fixes the guide rail and the wire guide member to the door panel of the vehicle, the fixing member, the guide rail and the door panel come into contact with each other in the stated order along a fixing direction of the fixing member, and
wherein the guide rail defines a slit having an open end opening to at least one of the upper end and the lower end of the guide rail, and the fixing member is inserted into the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,711,496

REFRIGERATOR

QINGDAO HAIER JOINT STOCK...

1. A refrigerator, comprising a refrigerator body and a door body configured to open and close the refrigerator body, wherein the refrigerator body comprises a fixed hinge and a movable hinge; a first end of the fixed hinge is secured to the refrigerator body, and a second end of the fixed hinge protrudes outwards and stretches out of the refrigerator body and is provided with a guide shaft, facing the door body, in a protruding manner; a guide groove configured to match the guide shaft is formed in the door body and comprises a first groove; the first groove has a first position and a second position and obliquely extends inwards from the first position to the second position in a width direction and a thickness direction of the refrigerator; a first end of the movable hinge is pivotally connected to the refrigerator body by a first rotating shaft and a first rotating groove, and a second end of the movable hinge protrudes outwards and stretches out of the refrigerator body and is pivotally connected to the door body by a second rotating shaft and a second rotating groove; andthe guide shaft is located in the first position of the first groove when the door body is in an initial closed state; the door body rotates by taking the second rotating shaft as a rotation axis of the door body when opened; and meanwhile, the second rotating shaft rotates by taking the first rotating shaft as a rotation axis of the second rotating shaft, the door body moves outwards by a certain distance in the width direction of the refrigerator, and the guide shaft slides in the guide groove from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,495

LATCH FOR AN ANIMAL HOUSE

HEBE STUDIO LIMITED, Oxf...

1. A latch for an animal house, the latch comprising;a body;
a first arm extending from the body; and
a second arm extending from the body;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are each independently able to flex with respect to the body, the first arm and the second arm each extending along a longitudinal axis of the latch from a fixed end proximate to the body to a free end distal to the body,
wherein the first arm and the second arm each define (i) an outer side and (ii) an inner side that is positioned between the outer side and the longitudinal axis;
wherein a wall is provided on the first and/or second arm toward the free end thereof and on the inner side thereof, the wall dividing the first and second arms, and
wherein the latch comprises a restoring resilient bias, the restoring resilient bias being configured to restore the latch to a rest condition in which the first and second arms are substantially aligned with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,711,488

ELECTRIC DOOR LOCK CONTROLLER AND MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A monitoring and control system for an electric door lock, the system comprising:a processor controlling operation of the electronic door lock;
a memory in communication with the processor, the memory having stored thereon location-based rules data;
a graphical interface in communication with the processor, the graphical interface visually displaying information relating to operation of the electronic door lock;
a user interface in communication with the processor, the user interface adapted to receive data from a user device;
a wireless access device reader in communication with the processor, the wireless access device reader adapted to detect the presence of a wireless access device and transmit data indicative thereof to the processor;
a speaker in communication with the processor, the processor causing the speaker to generate audible alarms in at least some situations, the audible alarms comprising spoken word alarms in at least one language;
wherein the processor controls the electronic door lock at least in part based on a selected subset of the location-based rules data, the subset of location-based rules data being automatically selected by the processor at least in part based on data indicative of a geographic location of the electronic door lock;
wherein the spoken word alarms increase in frequency and/or in sound pitch over time to portray increased urgency; and
wherein the spoken word alarm comprises a countdown toward zero, and wherein the spoken word alarm increases in frequency and/or in sound pitch as the countdown approaches zero to portray increased urgency.

US Pat. No. 10,711,475

SWIMMING POOL CLEANER WITH PLEATED MEDIUM FILTER

1. A filter holder for holding an open ended filter having an open proximal end and a distal end in an operative position on a swimming pool cleaner having a pipe stub for receiving an open end of the open ended filter, the filter holder comprising:a cap for covering the distal end of the open ended filter;
a coupler configured to cooperate with and engage the pipe stub of the swimming pool cleaner; and
a spanning connector configured to span and connect the cap and the coupler outside the open ended filter, wherein the spanning connector comprises a plurality of brackets abutting the pipe stub when the filter holder is installed on the pip stub, and a spanning member engaging each one of the brackets when the filter holder is installed on the pipe stub.

US Pat. No. 10,711,469

INTERLOCKING AND SHOCK ATTENUATING TILING SYSTEMS

COMBITILE PTY LTD, Long ...

1. A shock attenuating ground covering including:a plurality of interconnected shock attenuating tiles each said tile comprising a plate having an upper side for bearing a load and a plurality of shock absorbing modules integrally formed with and depending from an underside of the plate, wherein each of the shock absorbing modules comprises a plurality of resilient membranes depending downward from the underside of the plate, the plurality of resilient membranes of each shock absorbing module comprises remote ends such that respective remote ends are joined together; and
a cover supported by an upper surface of the interconnected shock attenuating tiles, the cover having a first repeating array of spaced apart first tiles interconnected by first bridge portions wherein the first tiles and the first bridge portions define first spaces therebetween extending entirely through the first repeating array of the first tiles; anda second repeating array of spaced apart second tiles interconnected by second bridge portions wherein the second tiles and the second bridge portions define second spaces therebetween extending entirely through the second repeating array of the second tiles;wherein the second tiles are received in the first spaces and the first tiles are received in the second spaces such that top and bottom surfaces of the first and second tiles form top and bottom surfaces of the cover; andwherein the first tiles and the second tiles are of the same thickness;
whereby the ground covering presents a weight bearing surface for traffic thereon and the interconnected shock attenuating tiles provide cushioning thereunder.

US Pat. No. 10,711,446

TRENCHLESSLY INSTALLED SUBTERRANEAN COLLECTOR DRAIN FOR SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE WATER

TRENCHLESS GROUNDWATER MO...

1. A method for installing a collection and drainage pipe system configured to drain surface fluids and subsurface fluids to a designated reception location, comprising:identifying a target collection area and the designated reception location;
installing a drain pipe at the target collection area without excavating by introduction of the drain pipe through horizontal directional drilling, wherein the drain pipe extends from the target collection area to the designated reception location;
detecting an underground location of the installed drain pipe;
determining where to create one or more drawdown points based on the detected underground location of the installed drain pipe, surface fluids and subsurface fluids;
creating a borehole for accessing the installed drain pipe at the one or more drawdown points; and
connecting a lower end of a collection pipe to the installed drain pipe with a pipe attachment, the collection pipe extending upward from the installed drain pipe through the borehole and having an upper end with an opening terminating at the surface for venting to atmosphere; for drawing subsurface fluids and surface fluids from the target collection area into the collection pipe and the installed drain pipe for draining at the designated reception location for controlling elevation of a localized water table at the target collection area.

US Pat. No. 10,711,416

ROADWAY SWEEPER WITH MULTIPLE SWEEPING MODES

Schwarze Industries, Inc....

1. A sweeper vehicle for moving in a direction of travel to remove debris from a roadway surface being swept, comprising:at least a first and a second side-broom mounted to the vehicle, each side-broom movable between a retracted position and an extended position, each of the side-brooms having a motor for rotating its respective side-broom in a direction of rotation to sweep at least a portion of the debris on the surface being swept into an area between the first and second side-brooms;
a first suction-inlet at or adjacent a first side of the vehicle and a second suction-inlet at or adjacent a second side of the vehicle, each suction-inlet connected through a respective air-flow valve to a debris hopper, each air-flow valve operable between a substantially open position and a substantially closed position;
a fan for creating an air flow through the debris hopper and at least one of the suction-inlets when the valve associated with the at least one suction-inlet is in its substantially open position;
a primary material-transfer broom having a respective motor for rotating the primary material-transfer broom about an axis of rotation;
a first secondary material-transfer broom having a respective motor for rotating the first secondary material-transfer broom about an axis of rotation in a first direction of rotation for transferring at least a portion of the debris in a direction for pickup by the first suction-inlet as the sweeper vehicle moves in the direction of travel;
a second secondary material-transfer broom having a respective motor for rotating the second secondary material-transfer broom about an axis of rotation in a second direction of rotation for transferring at least a portion of the debris in a direction for pickup by the second suction-inlet as the sweeper vehicle moves in the direction of travel;
the primary material-transfer broom rotatable in a selected one of a first direction of rotation to transfer at least a portion of the debris to the first secondary material-transfer broom and a second direction of rotation to transfer at least a portion of the debris to the second secondary material-transfer broom.

US Pat. No. 10,711,415

HIGHWAY CRASH BARREL

1. A safety crash barrel, comprising:a lower barrel half providing with an open interior; and
an upper barrel half sitting atop a lower barrel half, said lower barrel half and said upper barrel half are joined together by a twist lock fitting, said upper barrel half and said lower barrel half utilizing tapered sides that facilitate stacking when empty
wherein an upper portion of said lower barrel half is provided with a male flange which interlocks with said upper barrel half;
wherein three male locking tabs are provided on said upper surface of said male flange to facilitate interlocking;
wherein said three male locking tabs are arranged at one-hundred-twenty degrees from each other;
wherein each said male locking tab includes a male open slot and a male locking arm.

US Pat. No. 10,711,414

EARTH WORKING MACHINE HAVING A CONVEYING DEVICE QUICKLY DISTANCEABLE FROM THE MILLING UNIT, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)

1. An earth working machine, comprising:a machine frame;
a milling unit carried on the machine frame and including a milling tool and a milling tool housing configured to shield the milling tool with respect to an external environment of the earth working machine; and
a receiving conveyor configured to convey earth material, removed by the milling tool, away from the milling unit;
the receiving conveyor, both in an operationally ready operating state and in a non-operationally-ready installation state, being mounted on the earth working machine movably relative to the machine frame;
such that in the operating state of the receiving conveyor, a portion of the receiving conveyor located closer to the milling tool is coupled by a first motion coupling with a part of the milling tool housing movable relative to the machine frame, the receiving conveyor and the part of the milling tool housing being movable together;
such that in order to establish the installation state, the first motion coupling is disengageable, and the portion of the receiving conveyor located closer to the milling tool is swingably suspendable on the machine frame;
wherein the receiving conveyor, in addition to swingable suspension on the machine frame, is couplable by a second motion coupling, different from the first motion coupling, to a component arrangement of the earth working machine which is drivable to move relative to the machine frame, in such a way that a driven motion of the component arrangement, from an initial position into a final position different from the initial position, brings about a displacement of the swingably suspended receiving conveyor away from the milling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,711,411

ELECTRO-ACTIVE VITREOUS ENAMEL COATED DOWEL BAR

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid dowel bar having a protective coating covering the entirety of the dowel bar, the method comprising:drilling a first bole at a first end of an axis of the solid dowel bar;
drilling a second hole at a second end of the axis of the solid dowel bar;
holding said solid dowel bar with at least one pin inserted into said first hole or said second hole, and
applying a protective coating covering the entirety of the dowel bar.

US Pat. No. 10,711,409

TRESTLE MAT CONSTRUCTION PANEL CONFIGURED FOR USE WITH BUILDING EQUIPMENT AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURE AND/OR USE THEREOF

1. A construction panel, comprising:a core body of the panel comprising a first major surface and a second major surface, the first and second major surfaces being spaced apart and generally parallel to each other, the core body defining a plurality of voids therein;
a first plurality of anchors disposed on the first major surface and extending generally outwardly from the core body;
a second plurality of anchors disposed on the second major surface and extending generally outwardly from the core body;
a first strengthening layer secured to the first major surface of the core body with the first plurality of anchors embedded therein; and
a second strengthening layer secured to the second major surface of the core body with the second plurality of anchors embedded therein, wherein the first major surface of the core body is formed by a first plurality of sub-plates each having an L-shape with a base section and a flange section which extends generally perpendicularly to the base section, the first plurality of sub-plates being positioned generally side-by-side with an overlap between the base section of adjacent sub-plates to form the first major surface, the first plurality of anchors being formed by the flange section of at least some of the first plurality of sub-plates.