US Pat. No. 10,113,576

CONNECTOR AND CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR USE IN TOY WEAPONRY

Alex Brands Buzz Bee Toys...

1. A connector system for use in toy weaponry, the system comprising:at least a first connector and a second connector of substantially identical configuration, the first and the second connectors being adapted to connect with a respective one of at least a first weapon and a second weapon; each of the connectors comprising:
a first end adapted to connect with a handle portion of the respective weapon; and
a second end having at least one engaging means;
wherein the at least one engaging means of the first connector is configured to be releasably engageable with the at least one engaging means of the second connector, such that the first and the second weapons are connectable to form substantially a single weapon assembly operable at one common handle;
wherein at least one of the first and the second connectors comprises a switch triggerable to electrically connect one or more signalling means provided at one or more of the first and the second weapons with a power source; and
wherein the one or more signalling means are provided at one or more blade portions of the one or more weapons.

US Pat. No. 10,113,569

SENSOR MOUNTING DEVICE FOR HYDRAULIC CYLINDER

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A sensor mounting device for mounting, on an outer periphery of a cylindrical cylinder tube, a position sensor that detects a position of a piston of a hydraulic cylinder, the sensor mounting device comprising:a fitting band; and
a fastening screw that fastens the fitting band and that fixes the position sensor onto the cylinder tube,
wherein the fitting band includes an annular portion wound and attached around the outer periphery of the cylinder tube, and first and second sensor holding portions formed on a first end and a second end of the annular portion so as to oppose each other, the first and second sensor holding portions pinching the position sensor from both sides,
wherein the annular portion is formed of a metal belt-shaped band main body, the first and second sensor holding portions are formed by being provided with metal reinforcing plates in a superposed manner on an outer surface of first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions formed at a first end and a second end of the band main body so as to oppose each other, screw insertion holes for inserting the fastening screw are formed in the first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions and a first reinforcing plate provided on the first reinforcing plate attaching portion in a superposed manner, and a screw hole for screwing the fastening screw thereto is formed in a second reinforcing plate provided on the second reinforcing plate attaching portion in a superposed manner,
wherein tip edges of the first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions of the band main body are formed in straight lines parallel to an axis of the annular portion, and
wherein shapes of the first and second reinforcing plates in front view are rectangular, an inclined portion is at least formed at a distal end portion of the second reinforcing plate among the first and second reinforcing plates by inwardly bending the distal end portion along a folding line parallel to the axis of the annular portion, the tip edge of the reinforcing plate attaching portion among the first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions of the band main body including the reinforcing plate having the inclined portion provided in a superposed manner extends along the folding line of the inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,566

HYDRAULIC VALVE IN PARTICULAR CARTRIDGE VALVE

Hilite Germany GmbH, Mar...

1. A hydraulic valve, comprising:a valve piston that is supported axially movable in a valve bushing and by which one or two operating connections are alternatively connectable with a supply connection or a tank drain,
wherein the one or two operating connections and the supply connection are each configured with respect to a longitudinal axis of the valve bushing as a slotted hole that extends over a portion of a circumference of the valve bushing and which is protected by a screen element configured as a metal band which covers the slotted hole with a filter portion,
wherein the screen element is arranged in a first groove enveloping the slotted hole and the screen element envelops the valve bushing in a second groove that extends from the first groove on two sides,
wherein the screen element includes a filter mask which includes a filter portion and includes a welding portion at a first end,
wherein the filter mask including the filter portion and the welding portion is arranged in the first groove and has a constant width with respect to the longitudinal axis of the valve bushing,
wherein the welding portion is arranged in a groove portion of the first groove outside of the slotted hole and a support band extends from a second end of the filter mask,
wherein the support band has a constant width and is narrower than the filter mask with respect to the longitudinal axis of the valve bushing and extends from a second end of the filter mask,
wherein the support band is arranged in the second groove and envelops the valve bushing, and
wherein an end portion of the support band at least partially covers the welding portion of the filter mask and is welded together with the welding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,565

ENGINE NOZZLE SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM

Moog Inc., East Aurora, ...

1. An actuator synchronization system comprising:a control valve in fluid communication with a plurality of actuators, each of said actuators comprising:
an input stage element in fluid communication with said control valve and having an input member movably mounted along an input axis, and configured to be moved from a first input position to a second input position along said input axis by said control valve;
a main valve having a valve member movably mounted in a valve chamber along a main valve axis, and configured to be moved from a null position to an off-null position along said main valve axis to selectively meter fluid flow from at least one port defined between said valve member and said valve chamber;
an output stage element in fluid communication with said port of said main valve and having an output member moveably mounted along an output axis, and configured to be moved from a first output position to a second output position along said output axis by a pressure differential applied on said output member by said main valve;
said main valve and said output member configured such that said output member is at a pressure equilibrium and does not move when said valve member is in said null position;
a feedback linkage acting between said valve member and said output member;
an eccentric drive link acting between said input member and said feedback linkage and configured to rotate about a fixed drive axis;
said drive link rotationally connected to said feedback linkage at a first pivot that is off-set a distance from said fixed drive axis and configured such that selective motion of said input member between said first input position and said second input position along said input axis causes said pivot of said feedback linkage to rotate about said drive axis;
said feedback linkage and said drive link configured such that selective movement of said input member from said first position to said second position causes said drive link and said feedback linkage to move said valve member from said null position to said off-null position;
said movement of said valve member from said null position to said off-null position causes said pressure differential on said output member and said output member to thereby move from said first output position to said second output position; and
said movement of said output member to said second output position causes said feedback linkage to move said valve member from said off-null position back to said null position; and
a mechanical connector between each of said input stage elements and/or said drive links configured such that rotational motion of each of said respective drive links about said respective fixed drive axis is substantially the same and thereby synchronized.

US Pat. No. 10,113,564

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic system comprising:a pressure-driven actuator operable to provide a mechanical output in response to a pressure input;
a single hydraulic circuit communicating with the pressure-driven actuator;
a vibratory actuator in the single hydraulic circuit and operable to generate a first component of the mechanical output at a first frequency; and
a hydraulic supply apparatus separate from the vibratory actuator, in the single hydraulic circuit, and operable to generate a second component of the mechanical output at a second frequency less than the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,113,563

HYDRAULIC DRIVE AND METHOD FOR DISCREETLY CHANGING THE POSITIONAL OUTPUT OF SAID DRIVE

Linz Center of Mechatroni...

1. Method for discrete changing of a position output on a hydraulic drive, in which methodat least one displacer cylinder incrementally either supplies to or discharges from the drive its displacer volume, as a function of at least one input signal, via relocation of its piston element from a starting position into an end position, wherein the piston element of the displacer cylinder is relocated multiple times from the starting position into the end position and from this end position back again, in order to discretely change the position output on the drive in accordance with the displacer volume supplied or discharged,
wherein during relocation of the piston element from the starting position into the end position, the displacer cylinder is hydraulically connected with a feed line or return line of a pressure medium source,
and in a subsequent step, the changed position output on the drive is reset again,whereinwhen the piston element is relocated from the end position into the starting position, cylinder chambers of the displacer cylinder are hydraulically short-circuited by way of a short-circuit line that is hydraulically separated from the feed line or return line of the pressure medium source.

US Pat. No. 10,113,562

AIR MOVER CIRCUITRY AND COMPLIANT MEMBER

GENTHERM AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. A blower comprisinga. a rotor,
b. a stator, and
c. an oblong-shaped printed circuit board including:
i. one or more electrical feeds,
ii. a plurality of circuitry,
iii. a through hole that receives a portion of the stator,
iv. a primary dimension that is centered between edges defining an overall width of the oblong-shaped printed circuit board, and
v. a secondary dimension that is perpendicular to the primary dimension, the secondary dimension is centered between edges defining an overall length of the oblong-shaped printed circuit board;
wherein a center of the through hole is located off center on the printed circuit board relative to both the primary dimension and the secondary dimension so that a plane bisecting the through hole in a direction parallel to the secondary dimension, creates a short side on one side of the plane and a long side on another side of the plane, and substantially all of the plurality of circuitry is located on the long side in a region of the printed circuit board that includes the one or more electrical feeds.

US Pat. No. 10,113,560

GAS GUIDING DEVICE AND FACILITY INCLUDING THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A gas guiding device which is connected to an axial-flow rotary machine supported by at least one support leg, the axial-flow rotary machine including a rotating shaft rotating around an axis, an inner casing having a tubular shape around the axis, and an outer casing having a tubular shape around the axis and forming a gas flow passage for gas between the outer casing and an outer peripheral side of the inner casing, and which guides the gas between the gas guiding device and the axial-flow rotary machine, the gas guiding device comprising:a first connection part connected at an end of the tubular outer casing and having an annular shape around the axis;
a second connection part connected at an end of the tubular inner casing and having an annular shape around the axis;
a first wall plate connected to the first connection part;
a second wall plate connected to the second connection part;
side wall plates that couple the first wall plate and the second wall plate;
a main body part configured of the first wall plate, the second wall plate, and the side wall plates, the main body part having an opening formed on the radially outside relative to the axis; and
a support part supporting the main body part, wherein
the first connection part has a first joint which has an annular shape around the axis and allows movement of the main body part relative to the outer casing,
the second connection part has a second joint which has an annular shape around the axis and allows movement of the main body part relative to the inner casing,
a flow passage having an annular shape around the axis is provided inside the main body part by a combination of the first connection part and the second connection part, and
the support part supporting the main body part is configured to support the main body part independently from the axial-flow rotary machine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,558

FAN AND COMPRESSOR HOUSING

Hamilton Sunstrand Corpor...

1. A fan housing for an air cycle machine, the fan housing comprising:an outer ring disposed around a center axis of the fan housing;
at least one strut extending radially inward from the outer ring; and
an inner ring disposed radially inward from the outer ring and connected to the at least one strut opposite the outer ring; wherein the inner ring further comprises:
a first end disposed axially opposite a second end;
a guide surface facing radially inward relative the center axis and formed between the first end and the second end;
a shelf disposed radially inward from the guide surface, wherein the shelf comprises:
a stop surface extending radially and disposed axially between the second end and the guide surface; and
a shelf surface facing radially outward relative the center axis and extending axially between the first end and the stop surface; and
a recess formed in the first end, wherein the recess extends axially between the first end and the guide surface, and wherein the recess extends radially inward to the guide surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,557

FURNACE BLOWER ASSEMBLY WITH A DIVERTER

REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC...

1. A furnace blower assembly comprising:a fan housing;
a fan within the housing, the fan being adapted to rotate relative to the housing about a fan axis, the fan axis defining mutually perpendicular axial and radial directions relative to the housing;
a motor operatively coupled to the fan;
a tubular diverter;
the housing defining an interior compartment, at least one air inlet, and a diverter receiving opening, the diverter receiving opening being adapted to receive a portion of the diverter, the fan and housing cooperating in a manner such that rotation of the fan about the fan axis causes air to be drawn into the interior compartment via the air inlet and to exit the interior compartment via the diverter receiving opening;
the diverter having an air directing ramp and a discharge port;
the diverter receiving opening and the diverter being adapted such that at least a portion of the air directing ramp is within the interior compartment of the housing, at least a portion of the air directing ramp within the interior compartment of the housing extending obliquely from a plane perpendicular to the fan axis, the air directing ramp being adapted to change direction of air flowing through the diverter receiving opening.

US Pat. No. 10,113,556

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A TURBINE ENGINE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A centrifugal compressor assembly for use in a turbine engine, said assembly comprising:an impeller that comprises a plurality of rotor blades; and
a stationary assembly circumscribing said impeller such that a clearance is defined therebetween, wherein said stationary assembly comprises:
at least one articulating seal member positioned adjacent said plurality of rotor blades;
a biasing mechanism configured to cause said at least one articulating seal member to selectively translate relative to said plurality of rotor blades based on an operating condition of the turbine engine; and
wherein said at least one articulating seal member comprises a first articulating seal member and a second articulating seal member, said first articulating seal member extending along an inner radial portion of said impeller and said second articulating seal member extending along an outer radial portion of said impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,113,555

COMPRESSOR

1. A turbocharger unit for an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine having at least one exhaust line for evacuation of exhaust gases from a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine and at least one inlet line for supply of air to the combustion chamber, the turbocharger unit comprising:a turbine and a compressor, the turbine interacting with the compressor in order to extract energy from an exhaust-gas flow of the internal combustion engine and to pressurize inlet air of the internal combustion engine, wherein the compressor is a radial compressor and the radial compressor includes:
an impeller having an axis of rotation, and,
a diffuser disposed downstream from the impeller in a direction of fluid flow through the radial compressor, and
the impeller includes:
a central hub disposed along the axis of rotation of the impeller and including backswept full blades and splitter blades both of which are symmetrically spaced about the hub, and each of the backswept full blades and each of the splitter blades being attached to the hub and respectively extending in an outward manner away from the hub, and only one splitter blade of the splitter blades is disposed between each pair of adjacent backswept full blades symmetrically spaced about the hub, and each of the backswept full blades has an inlet edge and each of the splitter blades has an inlet edge,
the backswept full blades in which a blade angle, between an imaginary extension of a center line of at least one backswept full blade of the backswept full blades, between a root section and a tip section of the at least one backswept full blade, in a direction of an outlet tangent and a line connecting the rotation axis of the impeller to an outer tip of the at least one backswept full blade of the backswept full blades, is at least 40 degrees, and a ratio between an inlet diameter of the impeller and an outlet diameter of the impeller lies within a range of 0.50-0.62, the inlet edge of each backswept full blade of the backswept full blades extending outwardly from the hub so as to be generally disposed along a plane positioned transverse to the rotation axis of the impeller, and
the splitter blades, the inlet edge of each splitter blade of the splitter blades being disposed axially downstream of the inlet edge of each of the backswept full blades, the inlet edge of each splitter blade extending between a radially innermost end disposed adjacent the hub and a radially outermost end spaced apart from the hub and the innermost end, wherein the radially outermost end is located axially upstream of the radially innermost end, a tangent to the inlet edge of each splitter blade defining a non-zero angle relative to a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the impeller at all points along the entire length of the inlet edge of each splitter blade, and
the diffuser being provided with diffuser blades, a ratio of a length of the diffuser blades to a distance between the diffuser blades, along a periphery in a blade inlet, being within a range of 0.7-1.5, for diminishing velocity difference between flow of fluid flowing along a pressure side and a suction side of each of the diffuser blades for increasing efficiency of the radial compressor during operation of the radial compressor of the turbocharger unit in the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,554

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF COMPRESSOR IMPELLER AND COMPRESSOR IMPELLER

1. A manufacturing method of a compressor impeller formed of a single workpiece which is cut so that a plurality of vane sections are formed with intervals between one another in a circumferential direction of the workpiece, the manufacturing method comprising:a workpiece-fixing step of placing the workpiece on a supporting pedestal and fixing the workpiece on the supporting pedestal by pressing the placed workpiece; and
a cutting step of cutting an inter-vane region delimited by adjacent two of the vane sections and forming the plurality of vane sections with intervals between one another in the circumferential direction of the workpiece while pressing the workpiece,
wherein the cutting step includes
a second cutting step of cutting, when simultaneously cutting a part of the plurality of inter-vane regions which includes more than one of the inter-vane regions disposed continuously in the circumferential direction of the workpiece, the part of the plurality of inter-vane regions so that at least one of the part of the plurality of inter-vane regions being cut simultaneously is positioned away from a remainder of the part of the plurality of inter-vane regions being cut simultaneously by a distance of one or more inter-vane regions, and
wherein, when the second cutting step is selected in the cutting step and the inter-vane regions, which has five or more, disposed continuously in the circumferential direction of the workpiece are divided into two groups and all of the inter-vane regions in each group are cut simultaneously, the inter-vane regions in said each group are positioned away from one another by a distance of one inter-vane region in the circumferential direction of the workpiece, and when there are an odd number of inter-vane regions, within the group having a greater number of inter-vane regions, two adjacent inter-vane regions are paired together for purposes of defining the inter-vane region.

US Pat. No. 10,113,553

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR WITH HOT GAS INJECTION

DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS I...

1. A centrifugal compressor adapted to be used in a chiller, the centrifugal compressor comprising:a casing having an inlet portion and an outlet portion;
an inlet guide vane disposed in the inlet portion;
an impeller disposed downstream of the inlet guide vane, the impeller being attached to a shaft rotatable about a rotation axis;
a motor arranged and configured to rotate the shaft in order to rotate the impeller;
a diffuser disposed in the outlet portion downstream from the impeller with an outlet port of the outlet portion being disposed between the impeller and the diffuser;
a hot gas injection passage arranged and configured to inject hot gas refrigerant between the inlet guide vane and the impeller; and
a controller programmed to control an amount of hot gas refrigerant injected between the inlet guide vane and the impeller,
the controller being further programmed to inject the hot gas refrigerant between the inlet guide vane and the impeller when an evaporator outlet water temperature is less than a predetermined value and a position of the inlet guide vane is less than a predetermined position value.

US Pat. No. 10,113,551

AXIAL FLOW FAN

MINEBEA CO., LTD., Kitas...

1. An axial flow fan comprising:an impeller having a hub and a plurality of blades disposed on an outer circumference of the hub;
a motor arranged to rotate the impeller;
a casing accommodating the impeller and the motor, wherein the casing comprises:
a cylindrical housing having upper and lower edges,
flanges formed at the upper and lower edges of the cylindrical housing,
a motor base configured to hold the motor, the motor base being disposed on a bottom side of the cylindrical housing, and
four spokes disposed on an outlet side of the casing, and connecting the motor base and the cylindrical housing, wherein one of the four spokes has a straight shape and the remaining three spokes have a curved shape that is convex toward a rotational direction of the impeller and
a lead wire for supplying electric power to the motor disposed on the spoke having the straight shape, wherein:
when viewed from the outlet side of the casing, the flange at the lower edge of the cylindrical housing has a tetragonal outer periphery and has an inner periphery that has four arc-shaped corners connected by four linear sides;
each of the four spokes is coupled to one of the arc-shaped corners of the flange at the lower edge of the cylindrical housing; and
the spoke having the straight shape and the spokes having the curved shape are provided so that when a radial length of the spoke having the straight shape is defined as L and an amount of the curvature of the spokes having the curved shape is defined as X, a displacement of the curved shape (X/L) is more than 0 and less than 0.2.

US Pat. No. 10,113,550

VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Broan-NuTone LLC, Hartfo...

1. A ventilation apparatus, comprising:an upgrade cartridge insertable into a previously installed ventilation apparatus housing having at least one wall and defining an aperture, the upgrade cartridge comprising:
a motor plate dimensioned to be capable of fitting into a previously installed ventilation apparatus housing;
a motor secured to the motor plate and configured and arranged to not extend past some dimensions of the motor plate;
a scroll including a blower outlet defining an outlet opening and configured to interface with the aperture in the main housing and including at least one locating rib configured and arranged to engage the at least one wall to guide the upgrade cartridge into the previously installed ventilation apparatus housing, and a downwardly open hook;
a blower wheel coupled to the motor and positioned within the scroll so as to be capable of generating a fluid flow;
a capacitor electrically connected to the motor, and mechanically coupled to the scroll; and
a motor harness including at least one plug, the at least one plug being capable of coupling with at least one plug receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,547

PUMP PROVIDED WITH A SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING THE INTERNAL PRESSURE

FLUID-O-TECH S.R.L., Cor...

1. A pump comprising a casing enclosing a pumping group, at least one inlet conduit for inletting a fluid and at least one outlet conduit for outletting said fluid being obtained on said casing, said pumping group comprising a pair of mutually coupled gears, each mounted on a respective support shaft, wherein the relative movement of a first gear with respect to a second gear defines a pumping chamber having variable volume inside the pumping group, so as to suck the fluid from the inlet conduit and to eject it through the outlet conduit, a first support shaft being operatively connected to an actuator assembly so that the first gear operates as driving gear to set the second gear in rotation, the pump comprising at least one deformable element for compensating at least one of an increase in volume of the fluid and an increase in the pressures inside said pump, the pump being characterized in that said deformable element for compensating the pressure/volume is at least partially manufactured from a shape memory metal alloy having superelastic properties.

US Pat. No. 10,113,544

LONG-STROKE PUMPING UNIT

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A pumping unit, comprising:a prime mover for reciprocating a rod string;
a tower;
a counterweight assembly movable along the tower;
a crown mounted atop the tower;
a belt having a first end connected to the counterweight assembly and having a second end connectable to the rod string; and
a dynamic control system for controlling a speed of the prime mover and comprising:
a load cell for measuring force exerted on the rod string;
a sensor for detecting position of the rod string, wherein the sensor is operable to detect a position of the rod string by detecting a position of the counterweight assembly;
an accelerometer for measuring vibration of the rod string or of a production string;
a meter for measuring power consumed by the prime mover; and
a controller operable to:
determine position of and load on a downhole pump connected to the rod string and the production string;
determine acceptability of two or more parameters of the pumping unit;
select a prime objective based on a hierarchy of the parameters and the acceptability of the parameters;
determine an upstroke speed, a downstroke speed, and turnaround accelerations and decelerations for the prime objective; and
monitor for failure of the rod string or belt and control descent of the counterweight assembly in response to detection of the failure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,543

FINGER TYPE PERISTALTIC PUMP COMPRISING A RIBBED ANVIL

Q-CORE MEDICAL LTD., Pet...

1. An interface configured to be placed in conjunction with a finger-type peristaltic pump including a plurality of fingers, said pump having a pumping cycle of alternating linear motion of each finger, said interface comprising:a conduit having a compressible segment and positioned within said interface such that when said interface is mounted on the pump the alternating linear motion of the fingers causes fluid to flow through the conduit by applying a series of compressive forces on said conduit, thereby defining a set of contact points on the conduit where fingers of the pump contact the conduit during the alternating linear motion of the fingers;
a conduit accommodation configured to receive said conduit and removably mount said interface to the finger type peristaltic pump;
and
a ribbed anvil positioned within said interface so as to contact a first surface of said conduit opposite a second surface of the conduit contacted by the fingers and having a longitudinal dimension perpendicular to the linear motion of the fingers, said ribbed anvil comprising:
(i) a first set of protruding ribs positioned directly across from each of the contact points, each of said first set of ribs having a flat surface perpendicular to the linear motion of the fingers configured to provide a counterforce to a compressive force produced by each of the plurality of fingers, when said interface is mounted to the pump; and
(ii) a second set of protruding ribs positioned such that the ribs of said second set of ribs alternate with the ribs of said first set of ribs, and such that the ribs of said second set of ribs are positioned to interface with the first surface of said conduit opposite the second surface of the conduit contacted by the fingers in between said contact points wherein said second set of ribs is configured to support the conduit when compressed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,542

PERISTALTIC PUMP TUBING SECURING SYSTEM

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A peristaltic pump, comprising:a rotor assembly and a mounting arrangement associated with the rotor assembly;
said mounting arrangement having a first mounting area and a second mounting area;
said first mounting area being mateable with a first mating member having a fluid-carrying tube extending therethrough such that a length of the fluid-carrying tube extends beyond opposing sides of the first mating member;
said second mounting area being mateable with a second mating member having the fluid-carrying tube extending therethrough such that a length of the fluid-carrying tube extends beyond opposing sides of the second mating member; and
at least one sensor positioned within at least one of said mounting areas and arranged to detect a sensor detectable feature of at least one of said mating members;
wherein said first mounting area is arranged to prevent said first mounting area from mating with the second mating member;
wherein said first mounting area includes a locking surface arranged to contact a catch of a deflectable tab member of the first mating member and resist withdrawal of the first mating member from the first mounting area when the catch is engaged with the locking surface; and
wherein the first mating member is advanced along a first direction when mating the first mating member with the first mounting area and wherein the locking surface is transverse to said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,541

VALVES AND PUMPS USING SAID VALVES

SILGAN DISPENSING SYSTEMS...

1. A valve for a pump, comprising:a valve stem;
an outlet valve at a first end of the valve stem;
a valve disc at a second end of the valve stem, the valve disc having a substantially flexible semispherical shape configured to collapse; and
at least one longitudinal rib running a portion of the length of the valve stem between the outlet valve and the valve disc,
wherein proximate the second end, the at least one longitudinal rib tapers inward towards the valve stem as the rib extends in a direction from the first end towards the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,113,539

CONTROL VALVE FOR VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT COMPRESSOR

TGK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A control valve for a variable displacement compressor, for varying a discharging capacity of the compressor for compressing refrigerant introduced into a suction chamber and discharging the compressed refrigerant from a discharge chamber, by regulating a flow rate of refrigerant introduced from the discharge chamber to a control chamber, the control valve comprising:a body having a main passage through which the discharge chamber and the control chamber communicate with each other, and a sub-passage through which the control chamber and the suction chamber communicate with each other;
a main valve seat provided in the main passage;
a main valve element configured to touch and leave the main valve seat to close and open a main valve;
a sub-valve seat provided in the sub-passage;
a sub-valve element configured to touch and leave the sub-valve seat to close and open a sub-valve;
a solenoid configured to generate a drive force in a valve closing direction of the main valve;
an actuating rod for transmitting the drive force of the solenoid to the main valve element and the sub-valve element;
a first biasing member for applying a biasing force to the main valve in a valve opening direction; and
a second biasing member for applying a biasing force to the sub-valve in a valve closing direction;
wherein the sub-valve is configured to open when a pressure difference between a control pressure in the control chamber and a suction pressure in the suction chamber becomes a preset pressure difference or larger.

US Pat. No. 10,113,536

MODULAR MOLTEN SALT SOLAR TOWERS WITH THERMAL STORAGE FOR PROCESS OR POWER GENERATION OR COGENERATION

1. A solar thermal energy generation and storage system, comprising:(A) a plurality of heliostat fields surrounding a central location, wherein each heliostat field comprises:
(i) a solar receiver comprising a plurality of tube panels arranged on an exterior of a support structure, the tube panels being fluidly connected to form at least one flow path; and
(ii) a first plurality of heliostats arranged around the solar receiver;
(B) a first set of cold storage tanks configured to supply heat transfer fluid to at least one solar receiver in the plurality of heliostat fields; and
(C) a first set of hot storage tanks configured to receive heat transfer fluid from at least one solar receiver in the plurality of heliostat fields;
wherein the first set of cold storage tanks comprises at least one cold fluid storage tank and at least one cold fluid pump tank, the at least one cold fluid pump tank having at least one pump to send the heat transfer fluid to the first solar receiver, and wherein the at least one cold fluid storage tank does not have a pump and is fluidly connected only to the at least one cold fluid pump tank.

US Pat. No. 10,113,534

POWER GENERATING WINDBAGS AND WATERBAGS

1. A system for generation of electrical power comprising:an aerial drone having an inner frame covered by an external airframe having layers of airbags stacked on top of each other, the aerial drone has at least one tether line attached to the aerial drone;
a driven unit having a body that includes a generator, the driven unit attached to the aerial drone by the at least one tether line; and
a computer in communication with the aerial drone and configured to control the inflation and deflation of the airbags of the aerial drone;
wherein computerized sequential manipulation of the plurality of said airbag's inflation and deflation controls the aerial drone's external shape and contours and enables generation of electrical power from captured wind currents so that the driven unit 500a is lofted by the aerial drone; and
wherein inflation of the airbags creates kinetic energy that is captured within the air bag and transmitted to the driven unit generator to generate electrical power.

US Pat. No. 10,113,532

PRE-CURED COMPOSITES FOR ROTOR BLADE COMPONENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor blade component for a rotor blade of a wind turbine, the rotor blade component comprising:a plurality of pre-cured composites stacked atop each other, each of the plurality of pre-cured composites comprising:
a continuous base portion comprising a first side and an opposing second side, the first side having a plurality of integral protrusions extending therefrom, wherein adjacent protrusions are separated by a gap, and
a fabric layer attached to the second side of the continuous base portion opposite the plurality of integral protrusions,
wherein, when the pre-cured composites are stacked together, a plurality of gaps are defined in the rotor blade component between at least one of the fabric layers of the plurality of pre-cured composites and the plurality of integral protrusions of an adjacent pre-cured composite.

US Pat. No. 10,113,530

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING AND/OR INSTALLING WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for installing a blade sock onto a rotor blade of a wind turbine, the method comprising:positioning the blade sock adjacent to a blade tip of the rotor blade, the blade sock comprising a sock strap forming a closed-shape;
moving the blade sock relative to the rotor blade such that the blade tip is received within the closed-shape formed by the sock strap; and,
moving the blade sock spanwise along the rotor blade towards a blade root of the rotor blade until the blade sock is positioned at an intermediate location defined between the blade root and the blade tip,
wherein the sock strap is a closed-shape with a fixed perimeter length defining an internal area generally corresponding to a cross-sectional area of the rotor blade at the intermediate location such that the blade sock is prevented from being moved further towards the blade root when it reaches the intermediate location, and
wherein the intermediate location is defined at an outboard location on the rotor blade that is spaced apart from the blade root by a spanwise distance greater than 50% of a blade span of the rotor blade such that the entirety of the blade sock is located at least the spanwise distance from the blade root.

US Pat. No. 10,113,526

IGNITION APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ignition apparatus for an internal combustion engine comprising:a spark plug that performs electric discharge for igniting a combustible air-fuel mixture inside a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine;
a first ignition coil and a second ignition coil that include a primary coil and a secondary coil and apply a voltage to the spark plug by the secondary coil;
a voltage applying means for applying a predetermined voltage to the primary coil included in the first ignition coil;
a voltage boosting means for boosting the voltage supplied by the voltage applying means;
a first switching element that conducts and interrupts a primary current flowing to the primary coil included in the first ignition coil;
a second switching element that applies the voltage boosted by the voltage boosting means to the primary coil included in the second ignition coil;
a discharge starting means for starting the electric discharge by the spark plug by controlling the first switching element; and
a discharge maintaining means for applying the voltage boosted by the voltage boosting means by the second switching element so that electric discharge is maintained after the discharge starting means starts the electric discharge by the spark plug.

US Pat. No. 10,113,525

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A STARTER-GENERATOR

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A method for controlling a starter-generator during a startup phase of a motor intended to be driven in rotation in a predetermined nominal direction by the starter-generator, said starter-generator comprising a stator comprising at least one polyphase stator winding and a rotor comprising at least one rotor winding coupled magnetically to the stator winding,comprising a step of starting up the motor, during which said at least one polyphase stator winding and said at least one rotor winding are supplied with electric power so as to start up the motor, said startup step being preceded, when the motor is initially rotating in the direction opposite to the nominal direction, by a braking step, during which a current is drawn from said at least one polyphase stator winding and said at least one rotor winding is supplied with electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,113,524

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FUEL INJECTOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for producing a fuel injector, comprising:providing a valve insert with a first alignment device for aligning the valve insert;
introducing the valve insert into an injection molding die, the valve insert being aligned in the injection molding die using the first alignment device; and
molding the valve insert with a plastic to produce a plastic extrusion coating in such a way that the plastic extrusion coating has a second alignment device,
wherein based on the alignment using the first alignment device, a jet path of the fuel injector is aligned relative to the second alignment device
wherein (i) the fuel injector is aligned during assembly in an internal combustion engine, and (ii) for assembly of the fuel injector in the internal combustion engine, only an alignment of the second alignment device is necessary.

US Pat. No. 10,113,523

INJECTOR

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. An injector comprising:an actuator chamber,
an actuator arranged in the actuator chamber,
a piston guide having a bore,
a piston arranged in the bore of the piston guide,
a first face side of the piston facing toward the actuator, wherein the first face side delimits a first chamber arranged in the bore,
a second face side of the piston located opposite the first chamber, wherein the second face side delimits a second chamber in the bore,
a high-pressure bore extending from the second chamber of the bore to a high-pressure region, and
a nozzle needle disposed in the high-pressure region for controlling a flow of fuel from the injector into an internal combustion engine, wherein the nozzle needle and the piston are hydraulically coupled through the high-pressure bore but without a mechanical linking member,
wherein the piston is arranged between the first chamber and the second chamber, and a lengthening of the actuator moves the piston away from the actuator, increasing a volume of the first chamber and reducing a volume of the second chamber,
wherein a gap extends around a circumference between the piston and the bore, the gap having a gap width allowing fuel to flow between the first chamber and the second chamber,
wherein the piston includes a first material and the piston guide includes a second material,
wherein the first material, when heated, exhibits a first thermal expansion rate, and the second material, when heated, exhibits a second thermal expansion rate that differs from the first thermal expansion rate, and
wherein the first material is selected relative to the second material such that, as a temperature of the piston guide and the piston increases, the gap width decreases as a result of the differing thermal expansion rates to thereby limit fuel flow between the first chamber and the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,113,522

END SEAL STRUCTURE OF A FUEL RAIL FOR A GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE

USUI KOKUSAI SANGYO KAISH...

1. An end seal structure of a fuel rail for a gasoline direct injection engine, comprising:a rail body composed of a pipe having a pressing surface formed at least at one end of the rail body and defining a spherical seat surface, and external threads formed on the rail body; and
an end cap that has a cap-nut shape with a closed end, an open end and an inner wall surface extending from the open end to the closed end, internal threads formed in the inner wall surface, and a pressure receiving surface formed on the inner wall surface of the end cap, the pressure receiving surface defining a concave tapered seat surface and being disposed so that the internal threads are between pressure receiving surface and the open end of the end cap; wherein
the end cap is screwed and fixed to the rail body
so that the concave tapered pressure receiving surface of the end cap is brought into pressure contact with the spherical pressing surface of the rail body by an axial force created by tightening the internal threads of the end cap to the external threads of the rail body to seal the end of an opening of the rail body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,520

INTAKE MANIFOLD RETENTION BRACKET FOR LONG-SHORT RUNNER CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus for rotating a shaft extending through an intake manifold, comprising:a bracket adaptor including a fastener portion and a shaft portion;
an actuating arm including a pin end, a shaft end, and a main arm positioned between the pin end and the shaft end, the shaft end receiving a portion of the shaft and extending into the shaft portion of the bracket adapter; and
a positioning bracket including a body portion and an ear portion extending from the body portion, the body portion defining a body aperture to interface the fastener portion of the bracket adaptor, and the ear portion including an ear aperture to receive partially therethrough a pin at the pin end of the actuating arm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,517

AIR CLEANER FOR STRATIFIED SCAVENGING TWO-STROKE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Yamabiko Corporation, To...

1. An air cleaner for a stratified scavenging two-stroke internal combustion engine, wherein the air cleaner is connected to a carburetor with an air passage and an air-fuel mixture passage to supply clean air filtered by the air cleaner to the air passage and the air-fuel mixture passage of the carburetor, the air cleaner comprising:an element member provided with a cleaner element for filtering air, an outer circumferential surface of the cleaner element forming an outer circumferential surface of the air cleaner;
an air cleaner base having a first inlet and a second inlet;
a ceiling plate member opposed to the air cleaner base to define a ceiling wall of the air cleaner and;
an air cleaner clean space formed by the air cleaner base, the ceiling plate member and the cleaner element;
a passage forming member forming an extended passage leading to the second inlet,
wherein the passage forming member is shaped to surround a periphery of the first inlet, and
wherein the passage forming member forms a blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region leading to the first inlet,
wherein the blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region is closed by the air cleaner base and the ceiling plate member, and defined by the air cleaner base, the ceiling plate member and a peripheral wall surface of the passage forming member,
wherein the passage forming member has an entrance opening at one end in a longitudinal direction of the passage forming member and an exit opening at another end of the passage forming member,
wherein the entrance opening is opened to the air cleaner clean space, and the exit opening is connected to the second inlet,
wherein the blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region is opened to an air cleaner clean space that is defined by the cleaner element and outside of the passage forming member, and the blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region is opened to the air cleaner clean space through a clearance gap between the entrance opening and the exit opening,
wherein the first inlet is connected to one of the air passage and the air-fuel mixture passage, the second inlet is connected to the other of the air passage and the air-fuel mixture passage.

US Pat. No. 10,113,516

EXTENDED GASKET PROFILE

1. A filter element unit for an air filter of a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, comprising:a filter element, including
a filter medium;
and a one-piece gasket, including:
a first circumferentially closed gasket part of the one-piece gasket, the first circumferentially closed gasket part circumferentially surrounding the filter element and adapted to seal the filter element against a first channel of a filter housing of the air filter;
a second circumferentially closed gasket part of the one-piece gasket formed unitary with the first circumferentially closed gasket part and spaced apart from the first circumferentially closed gasket part and spaced apart from the filter medium, the second circumferentially closed gasket part adapted to seal a second channel of the filter housing;
at least two bridges arranged between and spacing apart the first circumferentially closed gasket part and the second circumferentially closed gasket part, the at least two bridges connected at a first end to the first circumferentially closed gasket part, the at least two bridges connected at an opposite end to the second circumferentially closed gasket part;
wherein the at least two bridges are spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,514

VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A valve device forming a portion of a ventilation flow channel of a fuel tank, comprising:a float valve;
a case housing the float valve, and including a first through hole on a top portion of the case;
an outside member housing at least the top portion of the case and including
an attachment portion to a fuel tank, and
a second through hole on a top portion of the outside member to communicate an inside of the tank to an outside of the tank; and
a cylindrical seal member fitted in the first through hole and including
an inner portion to communicate with the second through hole,
an outer flange portion formed at an upper end of the cylindrical seal member and having an outer diameter greater than a diameter of the first through hole, the outer flange portion being pinched between the top portion of the case and the top portion of the outside member,
a lower end of the cylindrical seal member, which becomes a valve seat of the float valve,
a circular rising portion arranged between the outer flange portion and the lower end, the circular rising portion having a diameter greater than that of the lower end and less than that of the outer flange portion, and
an interval between the outer flange portion and the circular rising portion has a diameter less than that of the circular rising portion so that the top portion of the case is sandwiched between the outer flange portion and the circular rising portion to attach the cylindrical seal member to the case.

US Pat. No. 10,113,512

GAS MIXER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

Caterpillar Energy Soluti...

1. A gas mixer for mixing gaseous fuel and air for an internal combustion engine, the gas mixer comprising:a housing defining an air path for mixing the gaseous fuel and the air within the air path, the housing comprising a narrowed portion;
a displacement body axially displaceable and coaxially arranged within the air path, the displacement body and the housing defining an air passage disposed at the narrowed portion;
a fuel inlet fluidly connected to the air passage and configured to supply gaseous fuel to the air passage; and
an adjusting unit disposed at least partially within the air path and connected to the displacement body, the adjusting unit being configured to axially displace the displacement body,
wherein the housing comprises a first pipe section and a second pipe section inserted into the first pipe section, the first pipe section and the second pipe section defining a circumferential gap between each other, the circumferential gap being fluidly connected to the air passage for providing gaseous fuel into the air path and
wherein the second pipe section is axially displaceable by the adjusting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,113,511

PRESSURE REGULATOR

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A pressure regulator including:a body having an inlet, an outlet, and a flow passage extending therebetween;
a valve seat supported in the body for movement relative to the body for allowing the position of the valve seat to float relative to the body, the valve seat being resiliently biased downward in a first direction and movable upward in a second direction as a function of inlet pressure of fluid flowing through the flow passage;
a poppet movable relative to the valve seat in the second direction from a first position to a second position;
wherein the valve seat is supported in a nozzle retainer secured to the body and movable relative to the nozzle retainer; and
a poppet guide secured to the nozzle retainer and configured to move in the first and second directions with the poppet while resisting lateral motion of the poppet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,510

VALVE FOR METHANE IN AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS WITH BY-PASS SYSTEM OF THE EXCESS FLOW BLOCKING DEVICE

OMB SALERI S.p.A., Bresc...

1. Valve for controlling flow of methane in automotive systems, the valve being adapted for a tank and comprising:a valve body including a tank duct ending in at least one main aperture, an entry duct, a delivery duct and a discharge duct;
a thermal safety device, operating between the tank duct and the discharge duct and normally closed to obstruct passage of methane between the tank duct and the discharge duct, adapted to switch to an open configuration if external temperature exceeds a predefined threshold value;
a blocking device, operating upstream of the delivery duct, adapted to switch to a closed configuration in which the blocking device chokes the passage of methane towards the delivery duct if the flow of methane exceeds a predefined threshold value, and normally open, the blocking device being positioned upstream of the main aperture of the tank duct;
a feed duct fluidically separate from the tank duct, connectable downstream with the delivery duct;
wherein the blocking device is operative upstream of the feed duct and is responsive to the flow of methane through the feed duct, and
wherein the feed duct comprises a by-pass duct inside the tank duct.

US Pat. No. 10,113,508

GAS TURBINE ENGINE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine having a centerline axis, said gas turbine engine comprising:a variable pitch fan configured for generating reverse thrust;
a fan cowl assembly surrounding said fan to define a bypass duct configured to channel airflow for said fan, wherein said fan cowl assembly comprises a stationary cowl and a transcowl; and
a plurality of actuators are circumferentially spaced apart from one another, alternatingly skewed in different directions relative to the centerline axis of the engine and configured for displacing said transcowl relative to said stationary cowl to form an auxiliary inlet into said bypass duct when said fan is generating reverse thrust.

US Pat. No. 10,113,503

COMBUSTION BOWL OF A PISTON FOR AN ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A piston for an engine, the piston comprising:a piston body including a piston crown, the piston crown disposed symmetrically about a central longitudinal axis of the piston;
a combustion bowl recessed into the piston body and offset axially inwardly with respect to the piston crown, the combustion bowl disposed symmetrically about the central longitudinal axis;
a central bowl apex protruding axially from the combustion bowl, the central bowl apex disposed symmetrically about the central longitudinal axis and offset axially inwardly with respect to the piston crown;
a first bowl apex protruding axially from the combustion bowl and disposed symmetrically about the central longitudinal axis, the first bowl apex disposed radially inwardly with respect to the piston crown; and
a second bowl apex protruding axially from the combustion bowl and disposed symmetrically about the central longitudinal axis, the second bowl apex disposed radially inwardly with respect to the first bowl apex and radially between the first bowl apex and the central bowl apex, the second bowl apex offset axially inwardly with respect to the central bowl apex,
wherein the first bowl apex includes a first bowl apex radius of curvature in the range of 0 mm to 4 mm, the second bowl apex includes a second bowl apex radius of curvature in the range of 0 mm to 4 mm, the central bowl apex includes a central apex radius of curvature in the range of 0 mm to 20 mm and a central apex angle in the range of 100° to 140°, and a depth of the central bowl apex is in the range of 4 mm to 6 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,502

CYLINDER HEAD FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cylinder head for an internal combustion engine comprising:an inner structural metal member having a first plate forming a deck face of the cylinder head and forming a series of dished cylinder roofs, the inner structural member having cylinder head bolt columns extending from the first plate, exhaust valve guides connected to the first plate by first support arms, intake valve guides connected to the first plate by second support arms, and a second plate configured for mounting an exhaust manifold and extending at an angle to the first plate; and
an outer composite member supported by and surrounding the inner structural member and forming a body of the cylinder head including an intake side wall, first and second end walls, and a top wall opposed to the deck face, the outer composite member defining a cooling jacket, intake ports, and exhaust ports, the outer composite member encapsulating the cylinder head bolts columns and the intake and exhaust valve guides of the inner structural member;
wherein fluid passages of the cooling jacket defined by the outer composite member are lined with metal walls in contact with and encapsulated by the composite material of the outer composite member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,500

FUEL-PRESSURE CONTROLLER FOR DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel-pressure controller for a direct injection engine having a low-pressure pump and a high-pressure pump, the low-pressure pump pumping up a fuel in a fuel tank and supplying the fuel to the high-pressure pump, the high-pressure pump pressurizing the fuel and discharging a high-pressure fuel toward a fuel injector, the fuel-pressure controller comprising:a low pressure fuel control means for controlling the low-pressure pump in such a manner that a fuel pressure in a low pressure fuel passage agrees with a target low fuel pressure;
a pressure regulator returning the fuel in the low pressure fuel to the fuel tank when the fuel pressure in the low pressure fuel passage becomes greater than or equal to a specified value;
an open-valve detection sensor detecting that the pressure regulator returns the fuel to the fuel tank;
a learning means for executing the low pressure fuel control in a case that a specified learning execution condition is satisfied when the target low fuel pressure is set to the specified value, the learning means for gradually correcting a control amount of the low pressure fuel control so that a fuel pressure in the low pressure fuel passage is increased from a value lower than the specified value, the learning means for learning a control error in the low pressure fuel control based on a correction amount at a time when the open-valve detection sensor detects that the pressure regulator returns the fuel to the fuel tank; and
a correction means for correcting the control amount of the low pressure fuel control based on the control error learned by the learning means, wherein
the low pressure fuel control means varies the target low fuel pressure within a fuel pressure range which is lower than the specified value according to a driving condition of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,499

FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel injection control device for an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders and a plurality of fuel injectors, the fuel injectors performing a divided injection to the cylinders, respectively, the fuel injection control device comprising:an accumulator that supplies accumulated fuel to each of the plurality of fuel injectors;
a fuel pressure sensor that detects a fuel pressure inside of the accumulator, and
an electronic control unit that receives a first fuel pressure at a first timing and a second fuel pressure at a second timing which are detected by the fuel pressure sensor at regular time intervals,
wherein:
the electronic control unit calculates a drop amount between the first fuel pressure and the second fuel pressure;
the electronic control unit acquires a fluctuation amount of a fuel injection amount between each of the fuel injectors from the drop amount and learns an injection characteristic of each of the fuel injectors, the injection characteristic indicating a correlation between the fuel injection amount and the fluctuation amount;
the electronic control unit calculates a correction parameter for correcting the fuel injection amount of each of the fuel injectors based on the injection characteristic of each of the fuel injectors;
the electronic control unit disallows a learning of the injection characteristic which is based on the first fuel pressure and the second fuel pressure when at least one of the first fuel pressure and the second fuel pressure is detected during a fuel injection period of one of the plurality of fuel injectors, and
when the fluctuation amount of the fuel injection amount is calculated based on the drop amount, the electronic control unit changes the fuel injection amount which will be associated with the fluctuation amount of the fuel injection amount, based on a number of the fuel injections performed by the predetermined fuel injector during a time period between the first timing and the second timing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,498

METHOD TO CONTROL A FUEL PUMP FOR A DIRECT INJECTION SYSTEM

MAGNETI MARELLI S.p.A., ...

1. A method to control a high pressure pump (4) for a direct injection system provided with a common rail (3) comprising the steps of:calculating an objective fuel flow rate (Mref) to be fed by the high pressure pump (4) to the common rail (3) instant by instant to have the desired pressure value inside the common rail (3);
comparing the objective fuel flow rate (Mref) with the maximum flow rate (Mmax) that can be delivered by the high pressure pump (4); and
based on the comparison between the objective fuel flow rate (Mref) and the maximum flow rate (Mmax) that can be delivered by the high pressure pump (4), controlling the high pressure pump (4) so as to alternate exclusively operating cycles of the high pressure pump (4) with the maximum flow rate (Mmax) that can be delivered and idle operating cycles of the high pressure pump (4).

US Pat. No. 10,113,497

METHOD OF OPERATING A DRIVE DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING DRIVE DEVICE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a drive device, the drive device comprising an internal combustion engine and an exhaust gas tract having a storage catalytic converter for purifying exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine, a first lambda probe disposed upstream of the storage catalytic converter and a second lambda probe disposed downstream of the storage catalytic converter, the method comprising:determining a lambda value for controlling a mixture composition for the internal combustion engine based on a measurement signal from the first lambda probe and a lambda offset value,
wherein the lambda offset value is determined by way of a trim control designed to adjust the mixture composition when a measurement signal of the second lambda probe is in a normal operating range of values, and
adjusting the lambda offset value in a regeneration period, during which the storage catalytic converter is regenerated, with a predetermined correction value when the measurement signal of the second lambda probe is outside the normal operating range of values.

US Pat. No. 10,113,496

CONNECTED ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING STRATEGY FOR ENGINE CYLINDER DEACTIVATION

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A connected energy management cylinder deactivation system, comprising:an engine having a plurality of cylinders;
a powertrain controller operable for controlling operation of the engine;
an autonomous driving vehicle controller in electrical communication with the powertrain controller;
at least one parameter received by the autonomous driving vehicle controller, the at least one parameter used to determine which of the plurality of cylinders are to be activated and deactivated, the at least one parameter being communicated to the powertrain controller from the autonomous driving controller;
a plurality of data points representing the at least one parameter;
a current time, at least one of the plurality of data points representing a magnitude of the at least one parameter at the current time; and
at least one future time, another of the plurality of data points representing a magnitude of the at least one parameter at the at least one future time;
wherein the powertrain controller activates or deactivates one or more of the plurality of cylinders based on the plurality of data points at both the current time and the at least one future time.

US Pat. No. 10,113,495

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) device for an internal combustion engine, the EGR device comprising:an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) control valve provided in an EGR gas passage connecting an exhaust passage and an intake passage in order to control an EGR gas amount; and
an EGR control device that controls the opening and closing of the EGR control valve;
wherein the EGR control device is configured to:
output an opening command signal in relation to the EGR control valve on the basis of an operating condition of the internal combustion engine;
separate the valve opening command signal into a basic component and a variation component generated to be superimposed on the basic component;
determine whether the EGR control valve is in a steady state or a transient state on the basis of a magnitude of the variation component, the EGR control device determining the EGR control valve is in the steady state when the variation component within a threshold is continued for a fixed time;
calculate the valve opening deviation based on the valve opening command signal input into the EGR control valve and an actual measured opening signal relating to the EGR control valve when the EGR control valve is determined to be in the steady state; and
provide the basic component separated from the valve opening command signal to an input of the EGR control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,113,491

AIR-INTAKE SHUTOFF VALVES FOR ENGINES

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. An actuation system for a swing gate valve, comprising:a housing having an end wall;
a first piston slidably positioned within the housing;
a second piston slidably positioned within the housing, between the first piston and the end wall;
a piston rod coupled to the first piston and slidably extending through the second piston and the end wall, and configured to be coupled with the swing gate valve;
a first spring arranged between the first piston and the second piston; and
a second spring arranged between the second piston and the end wall, wherein the first spring and the second spring are configured to bias the swing gate valve to a closed position, wherein a spacer is connected to the piston rod and is arranged between the first piston and the second piston to limit a compression of the first spring to a predetermined length, wherein the first spring includes a different spring force than the second spring.

US Pat. No. 10,113,490

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine that includes a variable intake cam phase mechanism of a hydraulically-driven type for changing an intake cam phase which is a phase of an intake cam for opening and closing an intake valve with respect to a crankshaft, and a variable exhaust cam phase mechanism of a hydraulically-driven type for changing an exhaust cam phase which is a phase of an exhaust cam for opening and closing an exhaust valve with respect to the crankshaft, the control apparatus controlling the intake cam phase and the exhaust cam phase via the variable intake cam phase mechanism and the variable exhaust cam phase mechanism, comprising:intake-side cleaning control means for performing intake-side cleaning control that controls the intake cam phase to be advanced such that a valve overlap period of the intake valve and the exhaust valve is increased;
exhaust-side cleaning control means for performing exhaust-side cleaning control that controls the exhaust cam phase to be retarded such that the valve overlap period of the intake valve and the exhaust valve is increased; and
selection inhibition means for selecting one of the intake-side cleaning control by said intake-side cleaning control means and the exhaust-side cleaning control by said exhaust-side cleaning control means so as to cause the one to be performed, and inhibiting the other thereof, according to an operating state of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,489

AIR SHUTOFF SWING GATE VALVE

AMOT Controls Corp., Hou...

1. An air shutoff swing gate valve, comprising:a valve body having an air passage therein for conveying an air flow therethrough;
a valve swing gate, pivotable on a swing arm that is pivotally disposed adjacent to the valve body, the swing gate pivotable from an open position wherein the swing gate is positioned adjacent to the air passage to provide for free flow of air through the air passage, to a closed position wherein the swing gate is positioned within the air passage to substantially close off the air passage;
a pivotable shaft having a longitudinal axis, the shaft extending generally perpendicular to the swing arm, the swing arm disposed on the shaft such that rotation of the shaft about the longitudinal axis causes rotation of the swing arm, to move the swing gate between the open and closed positions; and
an actuation housing for controlling said shaft rotation, said actuation housing being separate from said valve body and sealed against the environment and thermally-isolated from said valve body, said actuation housing comprising:
a trigger assembly for securing the swing gate in the open position and for triggering said pivotable shaft to rotate due to biasing from a spring, which biases said shaft towards said closed position, to cause the swing gate to move from the open position to the closed position,
wherein said trigger assembly comprises:
an actuator having a displaceable actuator shaft,
a pivotable cam that is coupled to one end of the pivotable shaft such that rotation of the pivotable shaft causes rotation of the pivotable cam, and
a rocker arm having a first end pivotably coupled to the displaceable actuator shaft, a second end pivotably coupled within the actuation housing, and a curved surface located between the first and second ends and adjacent the second end,
wherein the pivotable cam is configured to contact the curved surface of the rocker arm when the pivotable cam rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,113,488

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling fuel injection comprising:a driving information detector for detecting driving information including a fresh air amount flowing into an intake manifold through a throttle valve, a recirculation gas amount supplied to the intake manifold through an exhaust gas recirculation apparatus, a fuel vapor amount supplied to the intake manifold through a canister purge system, a gas amount supplied to a cylinder from the intake manifold, an internal pressure of the intake manifold, an internal temperature of the intake manifold, a pressure of a recirculation gas and a temperature of the recirculation gas;
an injector for injecting fuel into the cylinder; and
a controller for calculating a gas amount supplied to the cylinder at a next intake stroke from the driving information and controlling a fuel amount injected by the injector at the next intake stroke to be a target air-fuel ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,113,485

DEVICE FOR THE EXTRACTION OF BLEED AIR AND AIRCRAFT ENGINE WITH AT LEAST ONE DEVICE FOR THE EXTRACTION OF BLEED AIR

1. A device for extraction of bleed air from flowing air in an aircraft engine, comprising:an adjustable air inlet positioned at or in an area of a wall of the aircraft engine;
an adjustment mechanism including an actuator for adjusting an inlet cross section of the adjustable air inlet, and
a flow guide separator for separating and diverting a boundary layer flow away from the adjustable air inlet regardless of a size of the inlet cross section, the flow guide separator including a wedge shaped portion with a rounded nose directed into the boundary layer flow;
a first element and a second element which are configured to be moveable with respect to one another, so that the first element and the second element form the inlet cross section in a first position, and the first element and the second element close or substantially close the inlet cross section in a second position;
wherein the first element is moveable;
wherein the second element is fixed and positioned adjacent the flow guide separator;
wherein both the first element and the second element are positioned directly radially outwardly from the flow guide separator in a direction away from the wall into the flowing air and transverse to a direction of the flowing air such that all of the first element, the second element and the flow guide separator intersect a same radial plane that is normal to a main axis of the aircraft engine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,480

TRUNNION FOR HIGH-PRESSURE TURBINE, AND TURBOJET ENGINE INCLUDING SUCH A TRUNNION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A trunnion for high-pressure turbine, intended to be arranged between a low-pressure turbine shaft and an inner surface of a seal support of a low-pressure turbine, the trunnion comprising a drop-launching extension extending facing a flared portion of the inner surface of the seal support, such that when the trunnion is driven in rotation around the low-pressure turbine shaft, oil is projected by centrifugal effect from the drop-launching extension towards the flared portion of the inner surface of the seal support, the trunnion further comprising a recess arranged in an outer surface of the trunnion, the recess stopping penetration of the oil between the trunnion and the seal support and causing detachment of the oil towards the inner surface of the seal support by centrifugal effect, wherein the drop-launching extension has an outer surface tilted relative to an axis of rotation of the trunnion, to guide the oil towards the recess by centrifugal effect when the trunnion is driven in rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,479

VALVE MOTION MEASUREMENT ASSEMBLY FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A valve motion measurement assembly for a cylinder valve of an internal combustion engine having a valve stem and a valve head, the assembly comprising:a valve position sensor;
a supporting bracket having a sensor seat for the valve position sensor, the supporting bracket having a tab seat; and
a sensor target element configured to be coupled to the valve stem to follow the motion of the cylinder valve, the sensor target element including a retainer tab provided with a target surface, the tab seat configured to partially surround the retainer tab for limiting relative rotation between the supporting bracket and the sensor target element;
wherein the valve position sensor interacts with the target surface of the sensor target element for determining the position of the cylinder valve.

US Pat. No. 10,113,478

TURBOCOMPOUND ASSEMBLY, IN PARTICULAR IN THE FIELD OF INDUSTRIAL VEHICLES

FPT MOTORENFORSCHUNG AG, ...

1. A turbocompound assembly, in particular in the field of industrial vehicles comprising a power turbine paired with an engine crankshaft, wherein said paring is carried out through said turbocompound assembly, the assembly comprising:a differential arrangement, wherein the pinion of said power turbine defines a sun gear meshing into two or more planet gears, which in turn mesh into a ring gear coupled with the engine crankshaft;
a hydrodynamic clutch so that said ring gear is coupled with the engine crankshaft through said hydrodynamic clutch; and
a body encloses said hydrodynamic clutch and said ring gear and said body are formed from a single piece of material.

US Pat. No. 10,113,476

HYDRAULIC TURBOCHARGED ENGINE WITH AUTOMATIC START-STOP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a vehicle, comprising:in response to the vehicle coming to a stop:
supplying pressure to a hydraulic braking system of the vehicle from an accumulator coupled to a hydraulic pump coupled to a shaft of a turbocharger of an engine installed in the vehicle; and
automatically shutting down the engine while the vehicle is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,113,472

EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT DEVICE

1. An exhaust gas treatment device for an exhaust system of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle, the exhaust gas treatment device comprising:a housing elongated in a direction of a housing longitudinal axis and with an axially open axial end area;
an exhaust gas treatment unit arranged in the housing; and
an exhaust gas guiding device in flow connection with the axially open axial end area of the housing, wherein the exhaust gas guiding device comprises a first flow path area extending along an outer side of the housing and a second flow path area connecting the first flow path area to the axially open axial end area of the housing, the first flow path area having a first axial end area arranged in an axial area of the axially open axial end area of the housing, the exhaust gas guiding device further comprising a hood flow guide element, which hood flow guide element closes the axially open axial end area of the housing and defines the second flow path area in at least some areas, wherein the hood flow guide element projects radially outwardly over the housing in a circumferential area of the housing and connects the second flow path area to the first axial end area of the first flow path area, the exhaust gas guiding device further comprising an exhaust gas guide element arranged on an outer side of the housing and the first flow path area being defined by the first exhaust gas guide element in at least some areas, the hood flow guide element radially overlapping the exhaust gas guide element and overlapping the axially open axial end area of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,471

MULTILAYER COMPOSITE PANEL

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A multi-layered composite panel, comprisingat least two sheets of thin plates, wherein the two sheet of thin plates include continuous waveform patterns having the same pitch and different heights in one direction and are overlapped, and an adiabatic layer is formed between the overlapping thin plates;
diagonal pressing portions, which divide the waveform patterns on the top and the bottom of the thin plates into the unit of triangle-patterned cell by being pressed diagonally to cross each other on the top and the bottom of the thin plates overlapping in the diagonal direction crossing the direction of the waveform patterns, are formed; and
an undercut portion is formed by pressing the centers of both sides connecting a groove and a ridge of each cell on the top and the bottom of the thin plates with opposite diagonal pressing portions.

US Pat. No. 10,113,470

AFTER TREATMENT DEVICE OF EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An after treatment device of an exhaust system for a vehicle connected to an exhaust pipe and including a canning main body in which a catalyst is received, comprising:a heat insulation coating layer formed on an inner wall surface of the canning main body,
wherein the canning main body encloses an outer side surface of a catalyst support member that supports the catalyst and has the heat insulation coating layer formed on a corresponding inner wall surface thereof at a predetermined distance from the outer side surface of the catalyst support member,
wherein the heat insulation coating layer includes an inorganic binder that includes two or more silicon-based compounds and aerogel dispersed therein, such that the inorganic binder comprises 5 to 50 parts by weight of the aerogel for 100 parts by weight of the inorganic binder,
wherein the two or more silicon-based compounds are silanols and silicates with a weight ratio of 2 to 10, respectively,
wherein the inorganic binder exhibits a heat conductivity of 1.0 W/mK or less.

US Pat. No. 10,113,468

MIXER ASSEMBLY FOR EXHAUST SYSTEMS AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

1. A mixer assembly of a vehicle exhaust system, said mixer assembly comprising:a base tube section having a plurality of notches formed in an intake end of the base tube section and spaced around a periphery of the intake end;
a blade assembly comprising a plurality of mixing blades disposed in an interior volume of the base tube section;
wherein each blade of the plurality of mixing blades spans across the interior volume of the base tube section and includes a tab at each of the opposing ends of the respective blade that engages a notch of the plurality of notches;
wherein each blade of the plurality of mixing blades includes a pair of fins that extend toward an outlet end of the base tube section and that are spaced apart to define a central channel;
wherein the pair of fins on each blade of the plurality of mixing blades are interconnected by an alignment rib that spans across the central channel; and
wherein the alignment rib of each blade is arranged at a different location from the other blades for the plurality of mixing blades to sequentially engage the base tube with the central channels each receiving at least one alignment rib of the plurality of mixing blades.

US Pat. No. 10,113,467

CATALYST STORAGE CASE, EXHAUST DUCT, AND ENGINE

Yanmar Co., Ltd., Osaka-...

1. An engine comprising:a cylinder block having a cylinder;
a cylinder head attached to the cylinder block, the cylinder head having an exhaust port communicating with an interior of the cylinder; and
a catalyst storage case attached to the cylinder head, wherein the catalyst storage case comprises:
a case body having an inlet, an outlet, and an exhaust passage extending from the inlet to the outlet for allowing exhaust gas to pass therethrough; and
a plurality of oxidation catalysts disposed in the exhaust passage of the case body, wherein
the plurality of oxidation catalysts are arrayed in a direction intersecting a direction along which the exhaust passage extends,
the inlet of the catalyst storage case is in communication with the exhaust port of the cylinder head,
the cylinder block has a piston disposed in the cylinder and a crankshaft coupled to the piston,
the cylinder block has a load-side end face from which a load-side end of the crankshaft protrudes,
the catalyst storage case is disposed toward the load-side end face of the cylinder block, and
the plurality of oxidation catalysts in the catalyst storage case are arrayed in a direction intersecting a shaft center of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,466

SYSTEM FOR TREATING THE EXHAUST GASES FOR A VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

SDF S.p.A., Treviglio (I...

1. Vehicle (12) in combination with an internal combustion engine (14), the internal combustion engine (14) comprising:a fly-wheel (24) placed at a rear part with respect to the internal combustion engine (14);
a cooling system (28) placed at a front part with respect to the internal combustion engine;
a forced induction group consisting of a turbine (22), placed on the same side of the fly-wheel (24), and of a compressor (30), placed on the same side of the cooling system (28); and
a system (10) for treating exhaust gases provided with a conduit (18) for the inlet of exhaust gases, operatively connected to an exit door of the turbine (22), a conduit (20) for the outlet of exhaust gases and a main body or shell (38) internally hollow for containing a substrate (44) through which the exhaust gases are conveyed so that they are subject to predefined chemical reactions,wherein said system (10) for treating exhaust gases is placed on a head of the internal combustion engine (14), wherein said main body or shell (38) has a cross-sectional shape, with respect to the driving direction of the vehicle (12), an ellipsoid the larger axis of which is oriented according to a substantially horizontal direction and the smaller axis of which is oriented according to a substantially vertical direction, so that said main body or shell (38) has a widened and compressed shape that allows it to occupy the least height-wise possible space with respect to the head of the internal combustion engine (14), and wherein said conduit (18) for the inlet of exhaust gases and said conduit (20) for the outlet of exhaust gases are placed in fluid communication with a same transverse side wall (46), with respect to the driving direction of the vehicle (12), of said main body or shell (38).

US Pat. No. 10,113,465

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO REDUCE REDUCTANT CONSUMPTION IN EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEMS

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A system, comprising:an internal combustion engine operable to produce an exhaust gas;
an exhaust conduit fluidly coupled to the internal combustion engine to receive the exhaust gas;
an oxidation catalyst connected to the exhaust conduit to receive the exhaust gas;
a particulate filter and a first selective catalytic reduction (SCR) device fluidly coupled to the exhaust conduit downstream of the oxidation catalyst;
a second SCR device fluidly coupled to the exhaust conduit downstream of the particulate filter and the first SCR device, wherein the second SCR device is located in a lower temperature operating region than the first SCR device;
a controller operably connected to a first reductant injector and a second reductant injector;
wherein the first reductant injector is upstream of the first SCR device and is controlled by the controller to inject a reductant into the exhaust gas during a first temperature range of operation of the first SCR device to reduce NOx primarily over the first SCR device, and the first reductant injector is disabled by the controller in response to a temperature of the first SCR device being above a reductant oxidation conversion threshold; and
wherein the second reductant injector is downstream of the first SCR device and upstream of the second SCR device and is controlled by the controller to inject the reductant into the exhaust gas to reduce NOx over the second SCR device in response to the temperature of the first SCR device being above the first temperature range and the second SCR device being above a minimum temperature threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,113,464

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING REDUCTANT INJECTION INTO AN EXHAUST GAS FEEDSTREAM FROM AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An exhaust aftertreatment system configured to purify an exhaust gas feedstream for an internal combustion engine, comprising:first and second selective catalytic reduction devices (SCRs), wherein the first SCR is disposed upstream relative to the second SCR;
a reductant injection system disposed to inject reductant into the exhaust gas feedstream upstream relative to the first SCR;
a first temperature sensor disposed to monitor a first temperature of the exhaust gas feedstream upstream relative to the first SCR;
a second temperature sensor disposed to monitor a second temperature of the exhaust gas feedstream upstream relative to the second SCR; and
a controller operatively connected to the reductant injection system and in communication with the first and second temperature sensors and the internal combustion engine,
wherein the controller includes an instruction set that is executable to:
determine a total ammonia storage capacity for the first and second SCRs;
determine an ammonia storage level on the first SCR and an ammonia storage level on the second SCR;
determine a total SCR ammonia storage level for the first and second SCRs based upon the ammonia storage level on the first SCR and the ammonia storage level on the second SCR;
determine a first storage error based upon the total ammonia storage capacity for the first and second SCRs and the total SCR ammonia storage level for the first and second SCRs;
determine a second storage error based upon an ammonia storage level for the second SCR and an ammonia storage capacity for the second SCR;
determine a first reductant dosing rate based upon the first storage error;
determine a second reductant dosing rate based upon the second storage error; and
control the reductant injection system to inject reductant into the exhaust gas feedstream based upon the second reductant dosing rate when the second storage error indicates an imbalance between the ammonia storage on the first SCR and the ammonia storage on the second SCR.

US Pat. No. 10,113,462

ADVANCED EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. An exhaust aftertreatment system configured to reduce nitrous oxide formation, comprising:a reductant doser;
a first selective catalytic reduction catalyst positioned downstream of the reductant doser, the first selective catalytic reduction catalyst configured for low nitrous oxide formation and low ammonia storage capacity;
a second selective catalytic reduction catalyst positioned downstream of the first selective catalytic reduction catalyst, the second selective catalytic reduction catalyst configured for high ammonia storage capacity; and
a hydrolysis catalyst positioned between the first selective catalytic reduction catalyst and the second selective catalytic reduction catalyst, the hydrolysis catalyst structured to hydrolyze isocyanic acid formed from reductant injected by the reductant doser so as to improve nitrogen oxide reduction performance of the second selective catalytic reduction catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,113,461

DELIVERY MODULE FOR USE IN A SYSTEM FOR PURIFYING THE EXHAUST GASES OF A COMBUSTION ENGINE

PLASTIC OMNIUM ADVANCED I...

1. A liquid delivery module comprising:a base plate positioned through an opening made in a wall of a liquid tank;
a pump assembly configured to pump liquid from the base plate and to deliver the liquid to a supply line, via a hydraulic connector; and
a cover adapted to be fixed to the base plate;
wherein the pump assembly is mounted outside the tank and at least a part of the hydraulic connector is attached to or mounted inside the cover,
wherein the hydraulic connector is molded from one piece with the cover, by injection-molding of a plastic, and
wherein the pump assembly is mounted within a dry area defined between the cover and the base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,460

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE TEMPERATURE OF AN EXHAUST GAS AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A method for adjusting a temperature of an exhaust gas after treatment device connected to an internal combustion engine having an electric heating element, an oxidation catalytic converter connected downstream of the electric heating element, and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalytic converter connected downstream of the oxidation catalytic converter, comprising the steps of:determining continuously temperature values for a current temperature of the oxidation catalytic converter and of the SCR catalytic converter;
adjusting injection parameters of injection processes for fuel injections into combustion chambers of the internal combustion engine and a heat energy of the electric heating element according to the determined temperature values;
assigning a characteristic temperature value which is assigned to a prespecified conversion threshold to the oxidation catalytic converter and the SCR catalytic converter;
assigning a first characteristic temperature value for an oxidative carbon monoxide conversion and a second characteristic temperature value for an oxidative hydrocarbon conversion to the oxidation catalytic converter, and a third characteristic temperature value for a reductive NOx conversion to the SCR catalytic converter, wherein different respective values for the injection parameters and the heat energy are set upon reaching the first and the second characteristic temperature value and upon reaching the third characteristic temperature value; and
operating the internal combustion engine and the electric heating element according to the set different respective values for the injection parameters and the heat energy.

US Pat. No. 10,113,458

OIL STRAINER

DaikyoNishikawa Corporati...

1. An oil strainer, comprising:a plate-like shaped filter which strains oil; and
a casing which houses the filter, the casing is formed in an elongated shape extending in a longitudinal direction, and
the oil strainer being configured to strain, through the filter, the oil which has flowed into the oil strainer from an oil inlet hole formed in the casing at an upstream end portion along the longitudinal direction, and discharge the oil from an oil outlet hole formed in the casing at a downstream end portion along the longitudinal direction, wherein
the filter is formed in a shape extending in the longitudinal direction, having an upstream end portion and a downstream end portion in the longitudinal direction,
the filter has a mesh portion through which the oil passes, and a frame which surrounds a periphery of the mesh portion, and
the frame is provided with a notch at the downstream end portion of the frame where the frame and the oil outlet hole overlap each other when viewed along an oil flow direction,
the notch is formed such that a cross-sectional area of an oil inlet path increases toward the oil inlet hole, and such that a cross-sectional area of an oil outlet path increases toward the oil outlet hole, and
the notch is shaped such that the upstream side of the oil outlet hole is larger than the cross-sectional area of the oil outlet hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,456

ENGINE OIL SUPPLY SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine oil supply system comprising:an oil pan connected with an oil pump at a first side and connected with an oil cooler at a second side;
an oil passage through which oil pressurized by the oil pump flows;
an oil filter disposed in the oil pan to filter impurities in the oil supplied from the oil pump; and
a bypass valve disposed in the oil passage to selectively supply the oil in the oil passage to at least one of the oil cooler and the oil filter,
wherein the bypass valve includes a wax portion configured to expand at a reference temperature, a moving member with a neck, and an elastic member, and
wherein the wax portion of the bypass valve includes a plurality of wax members having different reference temperatures, for a plurality of reference temperatures to be set for the oil.

US Pat. No. 10,113,455

REGULATOR ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A regulator assembly comprising:a main body including:
a first end;
a second end distal with respect to the first end;
a first passage extending from the first end at least partially towards the second end;
a second passage axially aligned with, connected to, and extending from the first passage towards the second end, the second passage having a diameter greater than a diameter of the first passage; and
a seat defined at an intersection of the first passage and the second passage,
wherein the main body is configured to be coupled to a fluid line at the first end and the second end;
a valve element configured to be disposed within the second passage of the main body, the valve element configured to move within the second passage, the valve element including:
a head portion configured to engage with the seat of the main body, the head portion further including a projection having a first surface and a second surface, the projection including a plurality of apertures provided through the first surface;
a tail portion distal with respect to the head portion; and
an internal channel extending between the head portion and the tail portion, the internal channel configured to provide fluid communication between the head portion and the tail portion, the internal channel provided in fluid communication with the plurality of apertures; and
a spring element provided within the second passage and in contact with the second surface of the projection of the head portion, the spring element configured to move the valve element within the second passage,
wherein direct fluid communication between the plurality of apertures of the valve element and the first passage of the main body is discontinued when the head portion is in contact with the seat, and
wherein the plurality of apertures of the valve element are in direct fluid communication with the first passage of the main body when the valve element is not in contact with the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,113,453

MULTI-FUEL COMPRESSION IGNITION ENGINE

1. A method of improving operational efficiency of an engine comprising the steps of:a. delivering an amount of input power to a shaft rotationally journaled in the engine;
b. generating three hundred and sixty degrees of rotation of the shaft during the engine's operating cycle, the operating cycle comprising:
i. a combustion period commencing at or about zero degrees of rotation of the shaft and terminating at or about 90 degrees of rotation of the shaft, wherein fuel is injected into a combustion chamber at or about zero degrees of rotation of the shaft, and wherein the fuel mixes with air within the combustion chamber, wherein combustion of the air-fuel mixture within the combustion chamber causes an accelerated expansion of high pressure gases, moving one or more pistons connected to the shaft from top dead center of one or more corresponding cylinder chambers toward bottom dead center of the one or more cylinder chambers, wherein a power stroke commences upon ignition of the air-fuel mixture at the commencement of the combustion period and continues through the termination of the combustion period, wherein a rate of the rotation of the shaft coincides with the amount of input power, wherein the input power is generated during the combustion period;
ii. an exhaust period commencing at or about 90 degrees of rotation of the shaft with an opening of one or more exhaust valves, and terminating at or about 255 degrees of rotation of the shaft with a closing of the one or more exhaust valves;
iii. a scavenging period commencing at or about 135 degrees of rotation of the shaft, concurrent with opening of one or more intake ports in a cylinder wall, and terminating with a closing of the one or more intake ports at or about 225 degrees of rotation of the shaft, wherein during the scavenging period air flows into the cylinder chamber through the intake port and out of the cylinder chamber through the exhaust port, wherein the airflow displaces burnt fuel from the combustion chamber; and
iv. a compression period commencing at or about 255 degrees of rotation of the shaft, concurrent with the closing of the exhaust valve, wherein as the one or more pistons travel upward toward top dead center of one or more corresponding cylinder chambers, the air introduced into the combustion chamber during the scavenging period is compressed, increasing the temperature of the air, wherein the heat of compression is sufficient to ignite fuel introduced into the combustion chamber to initiate a successive combustion period,
wherein the engine is a twostroke engine delivering power on every downward movement of the piston;
c. rotating one or more cams, each having a camming surface having a fixed orientation which begins lift and ends lift within the combustion period;
d. engaging one or more cam followers to the camming surface, wherein the one or more cam followers drive one or more pumps during the combustion period, wherein the one or more pumps generate a flow of one or more fluids;
e. accumulating the one or more fluids in one more fluid accumulators during the combustion period, wherein the one or more fluids are accumulated based on power generated during the combustion period, wherein the one or more fluids are stored under pressure within the one or more fluid accumulators;
f. releasing the one or more fluids from the one or more fluid accumulators, wherein the one or more fluids are released outside of the combustion period;
g. the one or more fluids transferring stored pressure as energy, wherein the release of the one or more fluids provides power outside of the combustion period, wherein the power from the released one or more fluids provides all power to operate a lubrication system, a fuel injection system, and for engine valve actuation, wherein springs that are compressed during the combustion period provide power to transfer fuel and circulate coolant outside of the combustion period.

US Pat. No. 10,113,452

EXHAUST VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A TWO-STROKE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CLEANING SAME

1. An exhaust valve assembly for a two-stroke internal combustion engine comprising:a valve actuator movable between a first actuator position, a second actuator position and a third actuator position, the second actuator position being intermediate the first and third actuator positions; and
a two-part valve having a primary valve and a secondary valve, the primary valve being operatively connected to the valve actuator,
the primary valve defining a first valve decompression passage,
the secondary valve defining a second valve decompression passage,
the primary valve being in a first primary valve position when the valve actuator is in the first actuator position,
the primary valve being in a second primary valve position when the valve actuator is in the second actuator position,
the primary valve being in a third primary valve position when the valve actuator is in the third actuator position,
the second primary valve position being intermediate the first and the third primary valve positions,
the secondary valve being in a first secondary valve position when the valve actuator is in any one of the first and second actuator positions,
the secondary valve being in a second secondary valve position when the valve actuator is in the third actuator position,
the first valve decompression passage fluidly communicating with the second valve decompression passage when the valve actuator is in the second actuator position, and
the first valve decompression passage being fluidly separate from the second valve decompression passage when the valve actuator is in any one of the first and third actuator positions.

US Pat. No. 10,113,451

HYDRAULIC VALVE FOR A CAM PHASER

ECO Holding 1 GmbH, Mark...

1. A hydraulic valve for a cam phaser, the hydraulic valve comprising:a housing;
a hollow cylindrical piston which is supported axially movable in a central opening extending along a longitudinal axis of the housing;
a supply connection feeding a hydraulic fluid; and
at least a first operating connection, a second operating connection and a tank connection,
wherein one of the first operating connection or the second operating connection is connectable through an interior space of the piston with the supply connection and another of the first operating connection or the second operating connection is connectable with the tank connection as a function of a position of a position of the piston along the longitudinal axis of the housing,
wherein the piston includes a first flow through opening and a second flow through opening connecting the interior space of the piston with the first operating connection and the second operating connection,
wherein the first flow through opening is associated with the first operating connection and the second flow through opening is associated with the second operating connection,
wherein the piston includes a third flow through opening arranged between the first flow through opening and the second flow through opening,
wherein the third flow through opening is configured for hydraulic fluid to flow from the first operating connection into the interior space of the piston and from the second operating connection into the interior space of the piston, and
wherein the third flow through opening is closable by a check valve arranged in the interior space of the piston to stop a flow of the hydraulic fluid from the interior space of the piston to the first operating connection and the second operating connection.

US Pat. No. 10,113,450

VALVE OPENING AND CLOSING TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve opening and closing timing control apparatus comprising:a driving side rotor that synchronously rotates with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven side rotor that is disposed at a coaxial core with a rotary shaft core of the driving side rotor and integrally rotates with a camshaft for a valve opening and closing;
a connecting bolt that is disposed at the coaxial core with the rotary shaft core to connect the driven side rotor to the camshaft, and on which an advance angle port communicating with an advance angle chamber partitioned between the driving side rotor and the driven side rotor and a retard angle port communicating with a retard angle chamber partitioned between the driving side rotor and the driven side rotor are formed on an outer peripheral surface; and
a spool that is disposed in a spool chamber of the inside of the connecting bolt, and controls the feeding and discharging of working fluid to the advance angle port or the retard angle port from a pump port formed on the connecting bolt,
wherein the connecting bolt is configured to include a bolt body to be connected to the driven side rotor and a sleeve externally fitting to the bolt body,
wherein the pump port is formed as a through hole over the spool chamber and the outer peripheral surface on the bolt body, and the advance angle port and the retard angle port are formed as a through hole over the bolt body and the sleeve,
wherein an inside space of the camshaft to which the working fluid is supplied from a fluid pressure pump is formed in the camshaft, and one end portion of the sleeve of the connecting bolt to be connected to the camshaft is exposed to the inside space of the camshaft,
wherein an introduction flow passage for supplying the working fluid from the inside space of the camshaft to the pump port is formed to a region avoiding the advance angle port and the retard angle port on at least any one of an inner peripheral surface of the sleeve and the outer peripheral surface of the bolt body,
wherein a regulation mechanism is provided which regulates a posture of rotation around the rotary shaft core of the bolt body and the sleeve, while allowing movement to abut on a portion of the driven side rotor in a direction along the rotary shaft core of the sleeve to the bolt body,
wherein the regulation mechanism includes a first engagement portion formed on the bolt body, a second engagement portion formed on the sleeve, and a engagement member engaged with the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion, and
wherein a gap to allow relative movement in a direction along the rotary shaft core of the bolt body and the sleeve is formed between the first engagement portion and the engagement member or between the second engagement portion and the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,449

CAM FOLLOWER ROLLER DEVICE WITH INSERT

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A cam follower roller device comprising:a tappet body,
an insert mounted in the tappet body and provided with a central core and with at least two side tabs,
a pin mounted at least on the tabs of the insert,
a roller mounted on the pin, and
at least one buttress extending from the core to each tab,
wherein the at least two side tabs comprises a first side tab and a second side tab and wherein the at least one buttress comprises a first buttress and a second buttress separated from the first buttress by a first gap and wherein the first buttress and the second buttress extend from the first side tab to the core.

US Pat. No. 10,113,448

ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE BASED CONVERSION OF GAS PROCESSING PLANT WASTE HEAT INTO POWER

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system comprising:a waste heat recovery heat exchanger positioned in a crude oil associated gas processing plant, the waste heat recovery heat exchanger configured to heat a heating fluid stream by exchange with a heat source in the crude oil associated gas processing plant;
an Organic Rankine cycle energy conversion system including:
a pump configured to pump a working fluid to a pressure of between 11 Bar and 12 Bar, the working fluid comprising iso-butane;
an energy conversion heat exchanger configured to heat the working fluid by exchange with the heated heating fluid stream;
a turbine and a generator, wherein the turbine and generator are configured to generate power by expansion of the heated working fluid;
a cooling element configured to cool the expanded working fluid after power generation; and
an accumulation tank, wherein the heating fluid flows from the accumulation tank, through the waste heat recovery heat exchanger, through the Organic Rankine cycle energy conversion system, and back to the accumulation tank,
wherein the crude oil associated gas processing plant is configured to process at least one of a gas that is associated with crude oil from an oil well and natural gas from a gas well to produce a sales gas comprising methane.

US Pat. No. 10,113,447

FAN CASING ARRANGEMENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A fan casing arrangement for a gas turbine engine of a type having a propulsive fan, the fan casing arrangement being configured to circumscribe the fan, the fan casing comprising:a fan case;
a fan track liner provided around the inside of the fan case so as to adopt a radial position between the fan and the fan case, the fan track liner including a liner ring having two opposing axially extending end faces spaced apart and forming a gap there between, the two opposing axially extending end faces being angled to each make an acute angle to a radial direction such that a circumferential thickness of the gap is narrower at an external surface than an internal surface of the liner ring; and
a wedge shaped member extending axially within the gap, the wedge shaped member including a radial taper with sloped wedge surfaces corresponding to and in contact with the two opposing axially extending end faces, wherein
the liner ring is radially outwardly biased against the inside of the fan case.

US Pat. No. 10,113,443

FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A failure detection device comprising:an input module that receives values measured by a plurality of sensors that are failure detection targets;
an accumulated data storage unit that stores a plurality of sensor values that were acquired in past as accumulated data;
a unit space generating module that extracts sensor values of a unit space that are used in an MT system from the accumulated data storage unit, for extracted sensor values, uses values as they are for condition sensor values defined as sensor values that affect other sensor values and sensor values that are not affected by the condition sensor values, uses values nondimensionalized by the condition sensor values or values adjusted by the condition sensor values for the other sensor values affected by the condition sensor values, and thereby generates a unit space;
a signal space generating module that, upon inputting a plurality of sensor values that are the failure detection targets to the input module, uses values as they are for the condition sensor values and the sensor values that are not affected by the condition sensor values, uses values nondimensionalized by the condition sensor values or values adjusted by the condition sensor values for the other sensor values, and thereby generates a signal space that is an aggregate of diagnosis data that are used in the MT system; and
a determining module that compares a distance that represents a relationship between the unit space generated by the unit space generating module and the signal space generated by the signal space generating module with a predetermined threshold value, and determines presence/absence of a possibility of a failure of any of the sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,113,441

THERMALLY DRIVEN SPRING VALVE FOR TURBINE GAS PATH PARTS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A thermally driven spring valve comprising:a metallic sheet comprising a base, the sheet having cutouts forming a first finger portion extending from the base and a second finger portion extending from the base, the first finger portion having a first curvature vector and the second finger portion having a second curvature vector,
wherein the first finger portion, the second finger portion, and the base are monolithic,
wherein an exterior surface extends from the base through the first finger portion and the second finger portion and an interior surface extends from the base through the first finger portion and the second finger portion,
wherein the exterior surface of the first finger portion is disposed proximate the interior surface extending from the base,
wherein the exterior surface of the second finger portion is disposed proximate the interior surface extending from the base.

US Pat. No. 10,113,438

STATOR VANE SHIPLAP SEAL ASSEMBLY

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A stator vane shiplap seal assembly, comprising:a first shiplap stator cluster coupled to a second shiplap stator cluster, each shiplap stator cluster comprising:
an outer shiplap stator shroud having an axially outward surface and an axially inward surface, and a female end opposite a male end,
wherein the female end comprises a female forward shiplap surface and a female outward shiplap surface, wherein the female forward shiplap surface comprises a first female forward recess located proximate the axially outward surface, a second female forward recess located proximate the axially inward surface, and a first female forward protrusion located between the first female forward recess and the second female forward recess, and wherein the female outward shiplap surface comprises a first female outward protrusion and a first female outward recess, and
wherein the male end comprises a male forward shiplap surface and a male outward shiplap surface, wherein the male forward shiplap surface comprises a first male forward protrusion located proximate the axially outward surface, a second male forward protrusion located proximate the axially inward surface, and a first male recess located between the first male forward protrusion and the second male forward protrusion, and wherein the male outward shiplap surface comprises a first male outward recess and a first male outward protrusion, and
wherein the female forward shiplap surface is complimentary to the male forward shiplap surface, forming an axial shiplap seal in response to the first shiplap stator cluster being coupled to the second shiplap stator cluster, and
wherein the female outward shiplap surface is complimentary to the male outward shiplap surface, forming a radial shiplap seal in response to the first shiplap stator cluster being coupled to the second shiplap stator cluster; and
at least one stator vane coupled to the axially inward surface of the outer shiplap stator shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,113,436

CHORDAL SEAL WITH SUDDEN EXPANSION/CONTRACTION

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A static component for a gas turbine engine comprises:an axially extending body comprising a forward end and an aft end disposed axially downstream from the forward end, wherein the axially extending body further comprises a plurality of platform segments;
a rib formed on the aft end of the axially extending body and extending axially from the axially extending body, wherein the rib further comprises a flat surface disposed at an aft end of the rib; and
a recess formed in the rib, wherein the recess extends axially from the flat surface toward the aft end of the axially extending body,
wherein an aft end of each of the plurality of platform segments extends circumferentially between a first side and a second side of the platform segment, wherein the rib extends on the aft end of the platform segment in a straight line from the first side to the second side, and wherein the recess extends on the rib from the first side to the second side in a straight line.

US Pat. No. 10,113,434

TURBINE BLADE DAMPER SEAL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A damper seal received in a cavity of a turbine blade located between a platform and a retention shelf, the damper seal comprising:a central body portion having a first end region, an opposing second end region, and a width;
a first portion extending from the first end region of the central body portion, wherein the first portion includes first outwardly extending tabs that define a first enlarged portion that has a first width greater than the width of the central body portion, wherein the first portion includes a first another tab that extends substantially perpendicularly to the first outwardly extending tabs, and the first another tab extends away from the central body portion such that the first outwardly extending tabs are located between the central body portion and the first another tab; and
a second portion extending from the opposing second end region of the central body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,432

ROTOR SHAFT WITH COOLING BORE INLETS

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A rotor shaft adapted to rotate about a rotor axis of the rotor shaft, the rotor shaft comprising: a rotor cavity configured concentrically or quasi-concentrically to the rotor axis inside the rotor shaft, a plurality of cooling bores extending outward from the inside to an outside of the rotor shaft and towards a direction of rotation of the rotor shaft, each of the plurality of cooling bores having a bore inlet and a bore outlet, wherein the each of the plurality of cooling bores comprises a constant cooling bore diameter extending from the bore inlet to the bore outlet, the respective bore inlet being adapted to abut on the rotor cavity, and wherein at least one side or part-side of the circumferential area of the bore inlet is provided with an edge fillet in order to maximize a wall thickness downstream of the edge fillet between two adjacent cooling bores, and wherein the edge fillet of each of the plurality of cooling bores has a radius of 0.3 to 0.7 of the cooling bore diameter and an opposite side of the bore inlet is without an edge fillet, and wherein the edge fillet of each of the plurality of plurality of cooling bores is arranged on a front of the bore in the direction of rotation of the rotor shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,431

FLUIDFOIL

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A fluidfoil comprising:a leading edge; and
a leading edge zone behind the leading edge and extending spanwise over a full span of the fluidfoil,
wherein:
the leading edge zone comprises one or more deflected regions, which locally reduce an angle of attack of the fluidfoil, each of the one or more deflected regions being an upwardly-oriented ramp for fluid passing the leading edge on a suction surface of the fluidfoil, and
each of the one or more deflected regions comprises a depression in the leading edge zone and tapers in a chordwise direction to a point from a maximum spanwise width at the leading edge, through the leading edge zone, to no spanwise width at an interface of the leading edge zone with a main body of the fluidfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,113,430

GROUP OF BLADE ROWS

1. A blade row group arrangeable in a main flow path of a fluid-flow machine, comprising:a quantity (N) of adjacent member blade rows arranged relative to one another in both a meridional direction (m) and a circumferential direction (u), with the quantity (N) of the member blade rows being greater than or equal to 2 and (i) designating a running index with values between 1 and the quantity (N), the quantity (N) of adjacent member blade rows including a front member blade row with front blades (i) each having a leading edge and a trailing edge and a rear member blade row with rear blades (i+1) each having a leading edge and a trailing edge,
where the blade row group has two main flow path boundaries (HB),
a plurality of meridional flow line sections through the blade row group on m-u planes, where in each meridional flow line section, a chord (Se(i)) of one of the front blades and a chord (Se(i+1)) of one of the rear blades are defined as tangents lying on respective profiles on a pressure side of the one of the front blades and a pressure side of the one of the rear blades,
where a profile depth (I(i)) of the one of the front blades and a profile depth (I(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades are provided in a direction of the respective chord,
where values of the profile depths (I(i)) and (I(i+1)) on a mean meridional flow line are identified as (I(i)SLM) and (I(i+1)SLM),
where a standardized profile depth (In(i)) of the one of the front blades and a standardized profile depth (In(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades are defined as In(i)=I(i)/I(i)SLM and In(i+1)=I(i+1)/I(i+1)SLM,
where a profile depth ratio (PTV) of the one of the front blades and the one of the rear blades is defined as: PTV=I(i)/I(i+1),
where a value of the profile depth ratio (PTV) on the mean meridional flow line is identified as PTVSLM, and a relative profile depth ratio (PTVr) is defined as: PTVr=PTV/PTVSLM,
where an additive profile depth (Iadd) of the one of the front blades and the one of the rear blades is defined as: Iadd=I(i)+I(i+1),
where a value of the additive profile depth (Iadd) on the mean meridional flow line is identified as IaddSLM,
where a standardized additive profile depth (Iaddn) is defined as Iaddn=Iadd/IaddSLM,
where a stagger angle (lambda(i)) of the one of the front blades and a stagger angle (lambda(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades are defined as angles of inclination of the respective chords relative to the meridional direction (m),
where a mean stagger angle (lambdam) is defined as a mean value of the stagger angle (lambda(i)) of the one of the front blades and the stagger angle (lambda(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades, in accordance with: lambdam=(lambda(i)+lambda(i+1))/2,
where at each position on a trailing edge of the one of the front blades (i) an auxiliary coordinate system having a first, a second and a third coordinate direction (s, q, or) is provided, with the first coordinate direction (s) facing downstream at the mean stagger angle (lamdam) relative to the meridional direction (m), the second coordinate direction (q), perpendicular to the first coordinate direction (s), facing away from the pressure side of the one of the front blades (i), and the third coordinate direction (or) being perpendicular to the first coordinate direction (s) and to the second coordinate direction (q),
where an effective profile depth (Ieff) is measured as a distance between the leading edge of the one of the front blades (i) and the trailing edge of the one of the rear blades (i+1) parallel to the first coordinate direction (s),
where a value of the effective profile depth (Ieff) on the mean meridional flow line is identified as IeffSLM,
where a standardized effective profile depth (Ieff) of the one of the front blades and rear blades is defined in accordance with: Ieffn=Ieff/IeffSLM, and
where, in an area between the mean meridional flow line (SLM) and one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB), at least one standardized profile depth (In) chosen from a first group including the standardized profile depth (In(i)) of the one of the front blades, and the standardized profile depth (In(i+1)) of the one of the rear blades and the standardized additive profile depth (Iaddn) increases at least locally in a direction of the one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB);
wherein the standardized effective profile depth (Ieffn) in the area between the mean meridional flow line (SLM) and the one of the two main flow path boundaries (HB) is constant within a tolerance between +2% and ?2% of a value on the standardized effective profile depth on the mean meridional flow line (IeffnSLM).

US Pat. No. 10,113,428

FLOW ROTOR, IN PARTICULAR TURBINE WHEEL

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A radial flow exhaust gas turbocharger turbine wheel (1) having a turbine wheel hub (2, 3) and turbine wheel blades (7), the turbine wheel hub (2, 3) having a wheel hub axis,wherein said turbine wheel is adapted for receiving a radially directed flow of exhaust gas and converting exhaust energy into rotational energy for driving a compressor wheel,
wherein the turbine wheel hub includes a turbine wheel hub core (2) and a turbine wheel hub outer part (3) which radially surrounds the turbine wheel hub core (2)
the turbine wheel hub core (2) being coaxial with said wheel hub axis, having a bell-shaped cross-section having a base and a peak,
and
the turbine wheel outer part (3) shaped for redirecting radially directed inflow to axial outflow the turbine wheel blades (7) extending outward from the hub outer part (3) and axially located between said base and said peak,
wherein the turbine wheel hub core (2) is made of a nickel-based alloy and the turbine wheel hub outer part (3) and turbine blades (7) are made of titanium aluminide or ceramic.

US Pat. No. 10,113,426

STATOR FOR AN ECCENTRIC SCREW PUMP

1. A stator for an eccentric screw pump, the stator comprises:a stator body, the stator body comprising:
an accommodation hole configured for accommodating a rotor;
a tubular elastomer body reinforced at least in sections with a thread inlay and having an axial first end and an axial second end opposite the axial first end;
a first end piece; and
a second end piece,
wherein:
the tubular elastomer body forms an outer surface of the stator body;
the first axial end is secured to the first end piece; and
the second axial end is secured to the second end piece.

US Pat. No. 10,113,424

MILLING TOOL HOLDER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A tool holder configured to be coupled to a tool mounting block of a milling drum comprising:a cylindrical body defining a first end configured to be received within the tool mounting block of the milling drum and the cylindrical body defining a second end, the second end configured to receive a cutting bit;
a flange located between the first end and the second end with respect to an axial direction;
a first bore with a first opening defined by the second end, the first bore extending along the axial direction towards the first end;
a frustoconical portion located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction;
an elliptical portion located between the flange and the first end with respect to the axial direction; and
a recessed region in a wall of the cylindrical body located between the frustoconical portion and the elliptical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,423

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING A FLUID SYSTEM OF A MINING MACHINE

Joy Global Surface Mining...

1. A method of monitoring a lubricant system of a mining machine, the mining machine having an upper zone and a lower zone, the method comprising:initiating an upper lubricant cycle having an upper lubricant cycle time period, the upper lubricant cycle corresponding to the upper zone;
initiating a lower lubricant cycle having a lower lubricant cycle time period, the lower lubricant cycle corresponding to the lower zone;
sensing, at a predetermined time period after initiation of the upper and lower lubricant cycles, a upper pressure level of the lubricant in the upper zone and a lower pressure level of the lubricant in the lower zone;
determining when the upper pressure level is below an upper threshold for the entire duration of the upper lubricant cycle time period;
determining when the lower pressure level is below a lower threshold for the entire duration of the lower lubricant cycle time period; and
outputting an alert in response to at least one selected from a group consisting of:
the upper pressure level being below the upper threshold for the entire duration of the upper lubricant cycle time period, and
the lower pressure level being below the lower threshold for the entire duration of the lower lubricant cycle time period.

US Pat. No. 10,113,422

DETERMINING SPOTTING FLUID PROPERTIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method, comprising:positioning a member of a test apparatus into a prepared mudcake sample at a specified depth of the mudcake sample, the mudcake sample associated with a drilling fluid and comprising a specified thickness;
pressurizing a spotting fluid in a feeder tank with a pressurized gas stored in a gas tank in fluid communication with the feeder tank;
circulating a pressurized flow of the spotting fluid from the feeder tank to a test cell of the test apparatus to contact the prepared mudcake sample in the test cell of the test apparatus;
soaking the prepared mudcake sample in the spotting fluid for a specified time duration;
subsequent to the specified time duration, detecting, with the test apparatus, a force exerted on the member relative to a displacement distance of the member from the specified depth in the mudcake sample during removal of the member from the mudcake sample;
recording, with the test apparatus, the detected force relative to the displacement distance; and
determining, with the test apparatus, one or more properties associated with the mudcake sample based on the recorded force relative to the displacement distance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,420

ROTARY PULSERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

GEO TREND CORPORATION, H...

1. A rotary pulser for a downhole telemetry system configured to be positioned in a drill string within a wellbore, the rotary pulser configured to generate pressure pulses in a drilling fluid, the rotary pulser comprising:a housing,
a stator disposed within the housing,
a rotor disposed adjacent to the stator within the housing, and
an electrohydraulic drive disposed within the housing for rotating the rotor relative to the stator, the electrohydraulic drive comprising:
a pump with a regulator mechanism,
an actuation mechanism,
an electric motor, and
a control unit,
wherein, based on a parameter or condition associated with the rotary pulser, the regulator mechanism adjusts a parameter of the pump to control rotation of the rotor; and
wherein the actuation mechanism comprises a cylinder block, a valve disposed within the cylinder block, pistons and a cam, the cam defines ramp profiles including rolling surfaces along which piston heads of the pistons move, and the ramp profiles of the cam impart varying degrees of forces on the piston heads as the pistons move along the rolling surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,113,406

PULSED HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WITH NANOSILICA CARRIER FLUID

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of fracturing a reservoir, the method comprising:providing a pad fluid to the reservoir via a wellbore in a well to create fractures in the reservoir;
providing a fracturing fluid to the fractures via the wellbore;
providing a nanosilica carrier fluid to the fractures via the wellbore, wherein the nanosilica carrier fluid comprises nanosilica particles, and providing the nanosilica carrier fluid to the fractures comprises pulsing quantities of the nanosilica carrier fluid into a continuous flow of the fracturing fluid or alternately pulsing quantities of the nanosilica carrier fluid and the fracturing fluid, and an elapsed time between pulsing the quantities of the nanosilica carrier fluid is between 2 seconds and 10 minutes;
activating the nanosilica particles with an activator to yield a nanosilica gel; and
shutting in the wellbore at a wellbore pressure, thereby allowing the nanosilica gel to form proppant pillars in the fractures.

US Pat. No. 10,113,404

IGNITING UNDERGROUND ENERGY SOURCES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An underground gasification system comprising:a recovery system;
a supply line; and
a downhole ignition device operable to ignite an underground energy source, wherein the downhole ignition device is connected to the supply line and the supply line is connected to the recovery system, wherein the downhole ignition device comprises a piezoelectric igniter system, wherein the piezoelectric igniter system comprises a motor, a lance, a shaft, a cam, and a piezoelectric igniter, wherein the lance is a hollow tube, wherein the shaft is disposed within the lance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,402

FORMATION FRACTURING USING HEAT TREATMENT

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method for treating a geologic formation, comprising:positioning, in a wellbore, a downhole heating device that is coupled to a downhole conveyance that extends from a terranean surface to a subterranean zone that comprises a geologic formation;
generating, with the downhole heating device, an amount of heat power at a specified temperature between 400° C. and 600° C. and a specified time duration between 30 minutes and an hour to transfer to a portion of the geologic formation in the wellbore;
reducing a static Young's modulus of the geologic formation by about 10 percent based on the generated amount of heat power at the specified temperature; and
generating one or more fractures in the geologic formation based on the generated amount of heat power at the specified temperature and specified duration.

US Pat. No. 10,113,401

APPARATUS AND METHOD EMPLOYING PERFORATING GUN FOR SAME LOCATION MULTIPLE RESERVOIR PENETRATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of sequentially performing a plurality of perforations at a predetermined downhole interval of a wellbore in a tight reservoir rock formation in order to produce successively deeper penetrations into the rock, the method comprising:a. securing a latch coupling to a stationary length of casing at a predetermined fixed position above and proximate to the interval to be perforated;
b. providing a perforating gun comprised of a plurality of sections where each section contains a plurality of shaped charges positioned in a predetermined array, where the array is the same for each section, and the arrays are axially and radially aligned with each other;
c. securing the perforating gun to the downhole end of a supporting member;
d. securing to the supporting member a plurality of latching tools that correspond in number to the plurality of sections comprising the perforating gun, the latching tools being spaced apart axially on the supporting member of a distance that corresponds to the axial distance between the shaped charge arrays in the sections comprising the perforating gun;
e. lowering the first section of the plurality of sections comprising the perforating gun into position adjacent the predetermined interval to be perforated;
f. releasably engaging with the latch coupling a first latching tool of the plurality of latching tools that is closest to the perforating gun;
g. firing a first series of charges from the first section of the gun to penetrate the reservoir rock along the predetermined interval with a first series of openings;
h. releasing the first latching tool to disengage the tool from the latch coupling and lowering the gun to engage the adjacent latching tool with the latch coupling to position a second section of the plurality of sections of the perforating gun adjacent the first series of penetrations;
i. firing a subsequent series of charges from the second section of the gun into the formation at the same locations as the first series to provide openings penetrating deeper into the formation than the first series of openings, and
j. repeating steps (h) and (i) until all of the charges in the sections comprising the perforating gun have been fired.

US Pat. No. 10,113,397

PROPULSION GENERATOR AND METHOD

Coil Solutions, Inc., Ca...

1. A propulsion generator for use in a downhole tool to urge movement of a string of pipe within a well bore, said string of pipe comprising a bottom end portion, comprising:an outer tubular housing mountable to said bottom end portion of said string of pipe, said outer tubular housing including:
a plurality of fly wheel housings, wherein each fly wheel housing defines a fluid flow path through each fly wheel housing to permit a fluid to flow through a downhole tool, wherein the fluid flow path includes at least one of a chamber and a tubular configured to provide a laminar flow to the fluid therethrough;
at least one fly wheel positioned within said each fly wheel housing, said at least one fly wheel comprising a center of mass;
a plurality of fins operatively connected to said at least one fly wheel and positioned within said fluid flow path and configured to receive energy from the fluid flowing through said flow path whereby said at least one fly wheel is rotated, said plurality of fins being rotatable as said at least one fly wheel rotates; and
a mounting for said at least one fly wheel which constrains a center of rotation of said at least one fly wheel, whereby said center of mass of said at least one fly wheel is offset from the center of rotation, which results in vibrations being created during rotation of said at least one fly wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,394

MULTI-STAGE FLOW DEVICE

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A multi-stage flow sub, comprisinga housing having a first axial bore;
a sleeve within the first axial bore of the housing, the sleeve defining a second axial bore, the sleeve further including:
a ball seat;
a first flow passage extending radially through a body of the sleeve, the first flow passage proximate to and uphole of the ball seat; and
a second flow passage extending radially through the body of the sleeve, the second flow passage being axially offset from the first flow passage;
a first burst disc in fluid communication with the first flow passage, the first burst disc obstructing radial fluid flow through the first flow passage; and
a second burst disc in fluid communication with the second flow passage, the second burst disc obstructing radial fluid flow through the second flow passage, the second burst disc further having a burst pressure higher than a burst pressure of the first burst disc.

US Pat. No. 10,113,393

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES FOR SEPARATING WELLBORE FLUIDS AND SOLIDS DURING PRODUCTION

Heal Systems LP, Calgary...

1. A process for producing reservoir fluids from a reservoir disposed within a subterranean formation, comprising:producing gas-depleted reservoir fluid from the reservoir via a production string disposed within a producing wellbore, wherein the producing comprises, via a flow diverter:
receiving reservoir fluid flow from a downhole wellbore space,
conducting the received reservoir fluid flow uphole,
discharging the received reservoir fluid flow into an uphole wellbore space such that, while the discharged reservoir fluid flow is disposed within the uphole wellbore space, gaseous material is separated from the discharged reservoir fluid flow in response to at least buoyancy forces, such that a gas-depleted reservoir fluid flow is obtained,
receiving and conducting the gas-depleted reservoir fluid flow, and
discharging the conducted gas-depleted reservoir fluid flow,
wherein:
the flow diverter comprises an insert-receiving part and a flow diverter-effecting insert,
the insert-receiving part comprises a passageway, and
the flow diverter-effecting insert is disposed within the passageway and releasably coupled to the insert-receiving part via a coupler disposed within the production string;
conducting the discharged gas-depleted reservoir fluid to a pump;
pressurizing the gas-depleted reservoir fluid with the pump such that the gas-depleted reservoir fluid is conducted to the surface;
uncoupling the flow diverter-effecting insert from the coupler;
displacing the flow-diverter-effecting insert, relative to the insert-receiving part, such that the coupler becomes disposed for coupling to a plug; and
after the displacing, deploying a plug downhole, and coupling the plug to the coupler such that a flow of material uphole of the plug is prevented, or substantially prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,113,389

CRACK-RESISTANT CEMENT COMPOSITION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of cementing in a subterranean formation comprising:introducing a cement composition into the subterranean formation, wherein the cement composition comprises:
(A) cement;
(B) water; and
(C) an additive comprising zirconium dioxide, wherein at least 60% of the zirconium dioxide is in a metastable tetragonal phase during the step of introducing, and wherein some or all of the zirconium dioxide that is in the metastable tetragonal phase transforms to a stable monoclinic phase after a stress is applied to the cement composition;
allowing or causing to allow the cement composition to set;
allowing or causing to allow the stress to induce a crack in the set cement composition; wherein the stress further induces at least a portion of the zirconium dioxide that is in the metastable tetragonal phase to transform to the stable monoclinic phase; wherein this transformation reduces the size of at least one dimension of the crack.

US Pat. No. 10,113,387

TESTABLE ISOLATION PACKER

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for testing an isolation packer in a wellbore casing, comprising:(a) running at least one testable isolation packer system into the wellbore casing on a completion string, the testable isolation packer system comprising:
upper and lower packer elements;
a bypass system, comprising (i) a lower element port in fluid communication with an annulus space between the upper and lower packer elements, (ii) a release port for releasing fluid to a space downhole of the lower packer element, and (iii) a channel for directing fluid from the lower element port to the release port, wherein when the bypass system is in by-pass mode, fluid trapped between the upper and lower packer elements enters the lower element port, travels through the channel, and exits at the release port downhole of the lower packer element;
a testing subassembly comprising a flow path extending from inside of the completion string to the annulus space between the upper and lower packers elements, the flow path controlled by an external moveable element positioned circumferentially around an inner mandrel, the external movable element comprising (i) an outer port in fluid communication with the annulus space between the upper and lower packer elements and (ii) a sealing element, wherein the moveable element is movable with respect to the inner mandrel, wherein the inner mandrel comprises an inner port that is in fluid communication with the inside of the completion string, wherein movement of the external movable element moves the outer port and the sealing element uphole or downhole relative to the inner port;
wherein when the testing subassembly is in a non-test mode, the outer port is positioned on a first side of the inner port and the flow path is closed via the sealing element, and
wherein when the testing subassembly is in a test mode, movement of the external movable element causes the outer port and the sealing element to move past the inner port, opening the flow path;
(b) starting to set the upper packer element between the wellbore casing and the completion string;
(c) starting to set the lower packer element between the wellbore casing and the completion string;
(d) allowing bypass of fluid from the annulus space between the upper packer element and the lower packer element to a location downhole of the lower packer element through the bypass system; and
(e) causing the movable element to travel and (i) close the bypass system and (ii) open the testing subassembly.

US Pat. No. 10,113,386

APPARATUS FOR USE IN WELL ABANDONMENT

BiSN Tec Ltd., Lymm (GB)...

1. A plugging system for plugging wells, and in particular oil and gas wells, said plugging system comprising a plug body formed from an outer metal tube and an inner metal tube, wherein the tubes are concentric;reinforcement means, attached to an inner surface of the outer tube and attached to an outer surface of the inner tube, thereby connecting the inner and outer tubes and thereby providing cross-sectional structural strength to the plug body; and
wherein an upper end of the plug body has a central heater receiving void located along the axis of the plug, wherein the void is defined by an inner surface of the inner tube; and a lower end of the plug body having a base extending across the entire plug body and to which both the inner and outer tubes are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,113,384

MULTI-METAL SEAL SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a first tubular;
a second tubular, wherein the first and second tubulars are configured to be disposed one inside another about an axis;
a multi-metal seal system configured to seal an annular space between a first surface of the first tubular and a second surface of the second tubular, wherein the multimetal seal system comprises:
a first metal seal portion with a first angled surface and a second angled surface;
a second metal seal portion with a third angled surface; and
a third metal seal portion with a fourth angled surface;
wherein the first angled surface selectively engages the third angled surface at a first angled interface and the second angled surface selectively engages the fourth angled surface at a second angled interface, and wherein the first and second angled interfaces are configured to drive the first metal seal portion only in a first radial direction relative to the axis and seal radially against the first surface, drive the second metal seal portion only in a second radial direction relative to the axis and seal radially against the second surface, and drive the third metal seal portion only in the second radial direction relative to the axis and seal radially against the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,382

ENHANCED HYDROCARBON WELL BLOWOUT PROTECTION

1. An apparatus to protect from accidental blow out from a hydrocarbon well, the apparatus comprising:a sealable pipe adaptor mounted directly on a hydrocarbon well head, the sealable pipe adaptor including:
a central branch used for a drilling operation, the central branch having a first valve that is normally open and controllable during the drilling operation, the first valve containing a first sensor that is a shut-off sensor that shuts the first valve when a gush of oil or gas flow above a first preset safety threshold is detected,
a first side branch, having a second valve that is controllable during the drilling operation and during a production mode, the second valve having a second sensor that opens the second valve when detecting a rogue hydrocarbon flow so that the rogue hydrocarbon flow is directed through the first side branch the first side branch being connected to storage, and
a second side branch connected to a production pipe, the second side branch having a third valve controllable from a production collection terminal, the third valve being normally closed during the drilling operation and being normally open during the production mode, the third valve containing a third sensor that is a shut-off sensor that shuts the third valve when a gush of oil or gas flow that is above a second preset safety threshold is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,113,381

DOWNHOLE AMPLIFICATION TOOL

Coil Tubing Technology, I...

1. An amplification device, comprising:a knocker bit having a hammer surface proximate its lower end;
a bottom sub having an anvil surface proximate its upper end;
an outer amplification spring;
an inner amplification spring, wherein the inner amplification spring is smaller in diameter than the outer amplification spring and wherein the inner amplification spring is disposed, at least partially, within the outer amplification spring; and
wherein the outer amplification spring and the inner amplification spring extend at least partially between the hammer surface and the anvil surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,379

METHOD OF ASSEMBLY OF A STRING OF ELEMENTS FOR DEEPWATER DRILLING AND ULTRADEEP OBSTRUCTION ELEMENT AND CORRESPONDING USE OF THE SAME IN SAID DRILLING STRING

DRILLMEC S.P.A., Gariga ...

1. A method of assembly of a string of drilling elements for deep water drilling, wherein a depth of a body of water is at least 550 meters;each drilling element including at least one axial through hole, through which drilling mud can flow in at least a first direction, and two connection portions for connecting the drilling element in series in said string;
the method comprising the following steps:
a) assembling a lower portion of the string as a bottom hole assembly;
b) providing at least one first drilling element;
c) assembling said at least one first drilling element with another one of said at least one first drilling element to begin the assembly of first drilling elements to create a first section of the string directed towards a bottom or bed of the body of water, where a blowout preventer is located;
d) repeating said steps b)-c) to create the first section of the string until said lower portion is in proximity of the blowout preventer or until said lower portion is in proximity of the bottom or bed, and the string having a length of at least 550 meters;
e) beginning the assembly of second drilling elements while a drilling apparatus is carrying out a drilling cycle, for creating at least a second section of the string used in conjunction with the first section of the string during the drilling cycle;
f) repeating said step e) until the second section of the string has reached an extension length at least equal to a desired drilling depth of a drilling well;
g) assembling at least one third drilling element, the at least one third drilling element comprising at least one obstruction element for preventing a backflow from being generated against the first direction of drilling mud in said string;
wherein said step g) of assembling at least one third drilling element is carried out after said step a) of assembling a lower portion of the string and before said step b) of providing at least one first drilling element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,378

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PRESSURE WHEN DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A pressure management device of a drilling system comprising:a housing;
a primary bearing package coupled to the housing such that the primary bearing package is not removable from the housing and configured to rotate with respect to the housing;
a secondary bearing package uphole from the primary bearing package, the secondary bearing package configured to rotate with respect to the housing and be installed without removing the primary bearing package, the secondary bearing package including an engagement assembly extending into the primary bearing package; and
a sealing package configured to automatically seal between a drill pipe and the secondary bearing package in response to an insertion of the drill pipe through the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,377

DRIVE SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH LONG LATERAL COMPLETION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

12. A method for preventing rotational movement of a drive mechanism in a rig carrier during operation thereof, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining the rig carrier comprising a mast assembly and a Y-base comprising a support plate, wherein the mast assembly is pivotally mounted to the rig carrier on an upper end of a first rail of the Y-base, wherein the mast assembly comprises a first guide rail and a second guide rail, wherein the mast assembly is movable between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein the mast assembly is supported by the support plate in the raised position, wherein a plurality of crown sheaves are mounted to a top of the mast assembly, wherein the mast assembly further comprises a top drive and a pipe arm comprising a clamp, and wherein the clamp is operable to transfer at least one tubular member from the pipe arm to the top drive;
securing the drive mechanism to a top drive fixture within the mast assembly, wherein the drive mechanism comprises a drive shaft that is on a lower end of the drive mechanism and that is configured to extend toward the rig carrier, and comprises a swivel part on an opposite, upper end of the drive mechanism, wherein the top drive fixture comprises a first guide frame configured to engage the first guide rail at a first location above the drive mechanism, a second guide frame configured to engage the second guide rail at a second location above the drive mechanism, at least one extension that holds the drive mechanism below the first location and the second location, and a first flange that attaches the at least one extension to the first guide frame continuously along a length of the at least one extension from a top connection point at a base of a traveling block frame and above a top-most end of the swivel part to a bottom connection point below the swivel part;
moving the top drive fixture by using a plurality of traveling sheaves mounted within the traveling block frame and operably connected to the top drive fixture with the plurality of crown sheaves to move the top drive fixture;
engaging the at least one extension of the traveling block frame with the first guide frame;
engaging the drive mechanism secured to the top drive fixture; and
operating the drive mechanism to provide a rotational force to the tubular member, wherein contact between the drive mechanism, the first guide frame, the second guide frame, the first guide rail, the second guide rail, or combinations thereof prevents rotation of the drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,113,375

THREAD COMPENSATION APPARATUS

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

37. A method of threading tubulars, comprising:coupling a thread compensation apparatus having a drive connection interface with an outer portion and an inner rotating portion to a drive apparatus having an outer body and a rotating drive shaft, wherein the inner rotating portion is coupled to the rotating drive shaft;
coupling a tubular gripping apparatus to the thread compensation apparatus;
inserting an extending tubular into the tubular gripping apparatus, wherein the tubular gripping apparatus grips the extending tubular;
retracting an actuator of the thread compensation apparatus so as to cause the thread compensation apparatus to be in a first retracted position;
repositioning the drive apparatus in order to position the extending tubular such that an end of the extending tubular is proximal an exposed end of a top tubular of a string of tubulars;
rotating the drive shaft of the drive apparatus which imparts rotation to the inner rotating portion of the drive connection interface which thereby imparts rotation to a sleeve and the lower shaft, wherein the lower shaft further imparts rotation to the tubular gripping apparatus and the extending tubular;
threading the extending tubular to the top tubular, wherein the actuator is caused to extend to displace the lower shaft relative to the sleeve to compensate for threading displacement as the extending tubular is threaded to the top tubular; and
displacing the drive apparatus such that the weight of the string of tubulars is supported by the drive apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,113,374

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR HANDLING DRILL STRING COMPONENTS IN A DRILL RIG AND DRILL RIG

12. A method for handling drill string components in respect of a drill rig, the method comprising:gripping with a gripper, a first drill string component, to be threaded on to or off from a second drill string component being part of a drill string which is partly drilled into a rock formation,
maneuvering a handling unit which is movably connected to a support, and which includes said gripper, between a drill string position, in which a gripped first drill string component is positioned for threading on to and off from said second drill string component and a loading position, wherein the first drill string component can be brought into or taken out from said gripper,
bringing an auxiliary engagement unit included in the handling unit to engage said second drill string component in the drill string position,
guiding said gripped first drill string component through said auxiliary engagement unit and aligning the gripped first drill string component to be essentially in line with a longitudinal axis direction defined by said second drill string component, and
allowing said gripper and thereby said gripped first drill string component said alignment through allowing variation of angle of said gripped first drill string component in respect of said support in order to allow alignment of the first drill string component in the drill string position,
wherein said auxiliary engagement unit engages portions of the second drill string component, said portions being positioned at a longitudinal axial distance from each other, and
wherein play or flex or yieldingness between parts of a divided support arm being positioned between said support and said gripper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,373

CENTRALISER

INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTION...

1. A composite centraliser comprising:an elongate non-cylindrical housing having an arcuate surface, wherein first and second recesses are defined in an inside of the arcuate surface, the first and second recesses being axially spaced on the elongate non-cylindrical housing, and
an elongate resilient member having first and second ends, wherein the first and second ends are located in the respective first and second recesses of the elongate non-cylindrical housing, such that the first end is retained in the first recess at least partially by engagement with the inside of the arcuate surface in the first recess, and wherein a surface of the elongate resilient member is outwardly spaced from the elongate non-cylindrical housing,
wherein the elongate non-cylindrical housing has a longitudinal slot extending through the arcuate surface and between the first and second recesses, wherein, as proceeding from the first end, the elongate resilient member extends outward through the slot, projects outwardly from the elongate non-cylindrical housing, and extends inward through the slot to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,113,370

FLUID FLOW CONTROL DEVICE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A downhole fluid flow control apparatus comprising:a substantially tubular housing having an inner diameter and an outer diameter;
the inner diameter having a profile defined by one or more contour lines; and
a plurality of circular orifices defined on the tubular housing, wherein a first contour line of the one or more contour lines is operable to direct a fluid into the plurality of circular orifices and a second contour line of the one or more contour lines is operable to direct a fluid away from the plurality of circular orifices.

US Pat. No. 10,113,366

INTERGLAND GREASE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A roller cone drill bit comprising:a bit body having at least one support arm extending therefrom;
a cone assembly containing bearings or retaining balls and rotatably mounted on a journal extending from each support arm;
at least two seals disposed in grooves formed in the cone assembly and each preventing debris and well fluids from entering an annular gap formed radially between the cone assembly and the journal;
a lubricant chamber disposed in each support arm and fluidly coupled to at least one seal;
a floating bead defining an exterior section and an interior section of a bore and in sealing engagement with the bore such that the exterior section and interior section of the bore are not in fluid communication; and
an intergland grease disposed at least in an annular gap between the seals, wherein the intergland grease comprises a base grease and a lubricating intergland grease additive, but comprises no extreme pressure additive, and wherein the interior section of the bore is included as part of the lubricant chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,113,364

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ISOLATING AND SWITCHING LOWER VOLTAGE PULSES FROM HIGH VOLTAGE PULSES IN ELECTROCRUSHING AND ELECTROHYDRAULIC DRILLS

SDG LLC, Minden, NV (US)...

1. A method of providing a high voltage pulse to an electrocrushing or electrohydraulic drill bit, the method comprising:providing a transformer comprising a core comprising a saturating high relative permeability magnetic material;
the transformer delivering a high voltage pulse to an electrocrushing or electrohydraulic drill bit to initiate arc formation in a substrate being drilled;
isolating lower voltage electrical components from the high voltage pulse;
saturating the transformer core, thereby lowering its relative permeability; and
the lower voltage components delivering a lower voltage high current pulse through the transformer and to the electrocrushing or electrohydraulic drill bit for powering the arc in the substrate and saturating the transformer core.

US Pat. No. 10,113,362

OFFSET SHAFT BEARING ASSEMBLY

TURBO DRILL INDUSTRIES, I...

1. An offset shaft bearing assembly for a downhole tool comprising:an outer housing, the outer housing having a housing centerline;
a drive shaft, the drive shaft extending through the outer housing, the drive shaft being generally tubular and having a shaft centerline; and
two or more radiused conical bearings positioned to couple the drive shaft to the outer housing, each radiused conical bearing having:
an outer surface, the outer surface being generally cylindrical, the outer surface coupled to the outer housing and aligned with the housing centerline;
an inner surface, the inner surface being generally cylindrical, the inner surface coupled to the drive shaft and aligned with the shaft centerline;
a first bearing surface, the first bearing surface coupled to the outer surface of the bearing; and
a second bearing surface, the second bearing surface coupled to the inner surface of the bearing, the bearing surfaces radiused such that the bearing surfaces remain in contact despite angular misalignment between the outer surface and the inner surface;
wherein at least one radiused conical bearing is offset from the housing centerline in a direction perpendicular to the housing centerline such that the shaft centerline is at an angle to the housing centerline.

US Pat. No. 10,113,359

STEADY-STATE GEAR STRUCTURE FOR ROLLER SHADE

My Home Global Company, ...

1. A gear structure comprising:at least one return wheel unit (1); and
a power transmission unit (2) connected with the at least one return wheel unit;
wherein:
the at least one return wheel unit includes a housing (11), a first wheel (12) mounted in the housing, a second wheel (13) mounted in the housing, and a spring (14) wound around the first wheel and having a distal end (141) secured to the second wheel;
the housing has an interior defining a receiving space (110) which has a bottom provided with two fitting portions (111);
the housing has a first side provided with a first passage (113) and a second side provided with a second passage (112);
the first wheel has a center provided with a first shaft (121) rotatably mounted on one of the two fitting portions and has a periphery provided with a first annular groove (122);
the first wheel is provided with a first gear (123) protruding outward from the first passage of the housing;
the second wheel has a center provided with a second shaft (131) rotatably mounted on the other one of the two fitting portions and has a periphery provided with a second annular groove (132);
the second wheel is provided with a second gear (133) protruding outward from the second passage of the housing;
the spring is wound around the first annular groove of the first wheel;
the distal end of the spring is secured to the second annular groove of the second wheel;
the power transmission unit includes a side bracket (21) juxtaposed to the housing of the at least one return wheel unit, a first driven gear set (22) mounted in the side bracket, a second driven gear set (23) mounted in the side bracket, a driving member (25) mounted on the side bracket, and a transmission member (24) connected between the driving member and the second driven gear set;
the side bracket has an interior defining a receiving chamber (210) which has a bottom provided with a first mounting portion (213) and has a side provided with a second mounting portion (214);
the side bracket has a surface provided with an opening (211);
the side bracket is provided with an extension (212);
the first driven gear set has a center provided with a first spindle (221) rotatably mounted on the first mounting portion of the side bracket;
the first driven gear set includes a third gear (222) and a first bevel gear (223) connected with the third gear;
the third gear of the first driven gear set meshes with the second gear of the second wheel;
the second driven gear set has a center provided with a second spindle (231) rotatably mounted on the second mounting portion of the side bracket;
the second driven gear set includes an engaging portion (233) and a second bevel gear (232) connected with the engaging portion;
the second bevel gear of the second driven gear set meshes with the first bevel gear of the first driven gear set;
the driving member is rotatably mounted on the extension of the side bracket;
the driving member has a first end provided with a driving portion (251) engaging the transmission member and a second end provided with a connecting portion (252);
the transmission member is mounted on the extension of the side bracket and extends through the opening of the side bracket; and
the transmission member engages the engaging portion of the second driven gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,113,358

WINDOW BLINDS WITH EXTENDABLE EDGES

Ristal, Inc., Tempe, AZ ...

1. A window shade comprising:a top rail;
a shade body extending down from the top rail and comprised of a plurality of collapsible tubular cells stacked to form a vertical shade, each of the tubular cells having at least one open distal end;
an insert comprised of a second plurality of collapsible cells and separable from the shade body, the second plurality of collapsible cells freestanding at one end and comprising connections at a distal end between adjacent cells of the second plurality of collapsible cells, each of the second plurality of collapsible cells configured to extend into a respective one of the plurality of collapsible tubular cells, wherein the insert extends a distance beyond the distal end of the shade body to increase an effective width of the window shade, and wherein the second plurality of collapsible cells is configured to be moved independently of and in unison relative to the shade body to vary the distance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,356

INSERTS FOR HOLLOW STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

Arconic Inc., Pittsburgh...

1. A structure for a building envelope dividing an exterior environment from an interior environment, comprising:a composite member having a pair of metal extrusions having a first thermal conductivity, the pair of extrusions connected by a thermal break formed from a material having a lower thermal conductivity than the metal extrusions, a first of the pair of extrusions being an exterior extrusion and a second of the pair being an interior extrusion, the composite member having a portion with an open, C-shaped cross-sectional shape, the hollow of the C-shaped cross-sectional shape communicating with a space exterior to the composite member, the hollow supporting heat transfer by convection between the pair of metal extrusions;
a monolithic insert formed independently of the composite member having stable free-standing dimensions, the insert inserting into the hollow and extending at least partially across the hollow, the insert being made from a material with a thermal conductivity less than the thermal conductivity of the metal extrusions and having a cross-sectional shape which at least partially subdivides the hollow into a plurality of sub-areas, the insert having an open U-shaped cross-sectional shape with a first wall extending at least partially across the open C-shape, the first wall defining the bottom of the U-shape and joining to a first side wall at one end and to a second side wall at another end, the first side wall and the second sidewall defining the side walls of the U-shape, the insert reducing the Nusselt number of the composite member relative to the Nusselt number of the composite member without the insert present in the hollow.

US Pat. No. 10,113,355

SOUNDPROOF DOOR FOR USE IN REDUCTION OF SOUND TRANSMITTED FROM ONE SIDE OF THE DOOR TO THE OTHER SIDE

NAN YA PLASTICS CORPORATI...

9. A soundproof door assembly for use in reduction of sound transmitted from one side of the door to the other side, having an STC number greater than of STC 30 determined in accordance with ASTM E413-10 and E90-09, comprising a soundproof door having a thickness of 30-70 mm, which comprisingtwo door skins, one formed as a front door skin and the other formed as a rear door skin for the soundproof door respectively;
a quadrilateral frame, constituted by a top rail member, a bottom rail member, a left stile member and a right stile member to seal the perimeter of the door skins; one or more reinforced members in parallel set up alongside one or more inner sides of the quadrilateral frame; and
a multiple-layered core to form a concrete inner portion of the door, which comprising; two spaced hard-soundproofing cores, to block sound with high frequency over 500 Hz, each formed as a single-layered soundproofing core having a thickness of 3-12 mm and made of calcium silicate board, silicon magnesium board, glass fiber composite board or ceramic composite board; and
a soft-soundproofing core, to block sound with high frequency beneath 500 Hz, interleaved in between the spaced hard-soundproofing cores to constitute with a sandwich structure, and the soft-soundproofing core is made of rock wool fiber board, glass fiber board, closed cell polyurethane foaming board, opened cell polyurethane foaming board, expandable polystyrene foaming board or expandable polyethylene foaming board;
a reinforced member positioned adjacent and extending parallel to a side of the soft-soundproofing core, and disposed and extending between the hard-soundproofing cores;
a doorframe, being a stationary quadrilateral door frame positioned proximately the soundproof door to support the soundproof door; and
one or more door hinges used to control the soundproof door capably to swing relative to the doorframe; and
a loop of soft packing strip, mounted on the quadrilateral door frame of the doorframe to tightly contact onto the door skin of the soundproof door if closed;
wherein the quadrilateral door frame of the doorframe is made from hard polyvinyl chloride (PVC) board, foamed PVC board, PVC composite extrusion board.

US Pat. No. 10,113,354

MULTIPLE-PANE INSULATING GLAZING UNIT ASSEMBLY, GAS FILLING, AND PRESSING MACHINE

Cardinal IG Company, Ede...

1. A system for producing multiple-pane insulating glazing units, the system comprising: a conveyor and a machine that assembles two or more glazing panes and one or more glazing spacers into a multiple-pane insulating glazing unit, the conveyor comprising a longitudinally extending conveyor line configured to transport the two or more glazing panes to the machine, the machine comprising a plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations, each processing station being movable transversely, along a transverse axis, relative to the longitudinally extending conveyor line to provide one of the plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations that is aligned with the longitudinally extending conveyor line while at least one other of the plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations is out of alignment with the longitudinally extending conveyor line, said at least one other of the plurality of laterally spaced-apart processing stations when out of alignment with the longitudinally extending conveyor line being operable to process the two or more glazing panes and one or more glazing spacers therein to fabricate the multiple-pane insulating glazing unit, wherein each of the plurality of laterally spaced apart processing stations comprises a processing zone located between two platens, wherein each processing zone is configured to receive the two or more glazing panes and one or more glazing spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,113,352

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DOCKING STATION

Rite-Hite Holding Corpora...

1. A dock control system comprising:a camera for mounting on a docking station, the camera configured to obtain at least one image of a vehicle restraint system of the docking station;
a graphical user interface configured to display the at least one image of the vehicle restraint system to an operator of the docking station to verify if a vehicle has been restrained; and
a controller configured to:
automatically activate the camera once the vehicle restraint system is engaged with a vehicle;
receive the at least one image of the vehicle restraint system from the camera; and
transmit the at least one image of the vehicle restraint system to the graphical user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,351

INTELLIGENT VEHICLE ACCESS POINT OPENING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:detecting a presence of an object in a vicinity of a cover of an access point of a vehicle and inside the vehicle;
receiving a command to open the cover;
activating a mechanism to open the cover responsive to receiving the command;
determining whether the object is likely to fall after the cover has been at least partially opened by:
measuring a relative distance between the object and a sensor on the cover as the cover is being opened; and
determining, based on the relative distance, whether the object is stationary and whether the object is non-stationary and moving toward the cover as the cover is being opened; and
pausing opening of the cover responsive to a determination that the object is likely to fall based on determining that the object is non-stationary and the object is moving toward the cover as the cover was being opened.

US Pat. No. 10,113,348

MAGNETIC LEVITATING DOOR

1. A door assembly with a door disposable in front of a door opening and traversable between an open position and closed position, the door assembly comprising:the door being slidable to the open and closed positions, the door defining a length;
two brackets attached to the door, the two brackets being positioned equidistantly on opposed sides of a vertical plane which intersects a center of gravity of the door;
a first magnet attached to each of the first and second brackets, the first magnet having a length less than the length of the door;
a track disposed adjacent to the door opening, the track defining a length about two times the length of the door, the first and second brackets being slidably mounted to the track, the track having opposed inwardly directed fingers;
a second magnet attached to the track, the second magnet having a length greater than a length of the door, the first and second magnets vertically aligned to each other and disposed vertically above stabilizing rollers;
the stabilizing rollers attached to the first and second brackets and disposed within the track, the stabilizing rollers having upper and lower ridges which collectively form grooves that receive the inwardly directed fingers in the grooves for maintaining a vertical position of the door and a vertical gap between the first and second magnets as the door is traversed between the open and closed positions, wherein each stabilizing roller extends horizontally and an axis of rotation of each stabilizing roller extends vertically through the first magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,345

COVER OF INSPECTION CHAMBER

ROMBA DRYWALL CZ S.R.O., ...

1. A cover system for an inspection chamber, the system comprising:a door comprising a magnetically conductive material;
a fixture that comprises at least one of an “L” shaped and a “U” shaped object, the at least one of the “L” shaped object and the “U” shaped object each comprising a front arm; and
a magnet that is coupled to and disposed on the front arm,
wherein the fixture is configured to couple to a wall at an opening in the wall,
wherein a perimeter of the door is at least partially defined by a welt, which extends from a portion of the door by a distance that is substantially equal to a sum of a height of the front arm and the magnet, and
wherein the magnet on the front arm is configured to magnetically couple to, and to selectively decouple from, the door in a plurality of different locations disposed within the perimeter defined by the welt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,344

STAY

Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd....

1. A stay comprising:a first member;
a second member connected to the first member so as to be capable of rotating around a rotation axis in two opposing directions relatively;
a disk joined to the first member through a friction plate; and
a cam base capable of rotating around the rotation axis in an integrated manner with the second member, and capable of moving in a direction of the rotation axis through relative rotation of the second member with respect to the first member;
one of the second member and the cam base further comprising a convex part protruding to the other of the second member and the cam base; and
the other of the second member and the cam base further comprising a concave part which fits with the convex part;
wherein, when the second member rotates relative to the first member in one direction, the convex part fits with the concave part deeper, the cam base moves away from the disk in the direction of the rotation axis, and the second member and the cam base rotate relative to the first member and the disk; and
when the second member rotates relatively to the first member in the other direction, an inclined surface of the convex part and an inclined surface of the concave part come into contact, the cam base moves towards the disk in the direction of the rotation axis, and the second member, the cam base and the disk rotate relative to the first member with resistance force.

US Pat. No. 10,113,343

THERMALLY ISOLATED HIGH INTENSITY LIGHT SOURCE

Surna Inc., Boulder, CO ...

1. A high intensity discharge light source comprising:a bulb having:
a first end;
a second end;
a central region extending between said first end and said second end in a longitudinal direction; and
an outer surface extending between said first end and said second end;
a thermally insulative and optically transparent sleeve having an inner surface, said sleeve longitudinally aligned with and separated from said bulb outer surface by an insulating distance;
a first spacer positioned adjacent to said bulb first end and between said bulb outer surface and said sleeve inner surface;
a second spacer positioned adjacent to said bulb second end and between said bulb outer surface and said sleeve inner surface; wherein:
said first spacer and said second spacer provides said insulating distance between said bulb outer surface and said sleeve inner surface, thereby forming an insulative volume around said bulb; and
during use said bulb and surrounding insulative volume reach an elevated steady state operating temperature to maintain or enhance a spectral performance parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,338

MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR LOCK STATUS SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of monitoring door lock status of a motor vehicle, comprising:monitoring, by controller, the door lock status of multiple doors of said motor vehicle; and
indicating, by indicator carried on a driver's door of said motor vehicle, the door lock status of said multiple doors of said motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,337

LOCKSET

SINOX CO., LTD, New Taip...

1. A lockset, comprising:a first body, including:
a lock body disposed in the first body, wherein the lock body includes a combination lock;
a first upper face having a lock hole; and
a first side face having a positioning hole, wherein there is a first angle between the first upper face and the first side face; and
a second body, including:
a second upper face, wherein the first upper face and the second upper face both face the same direction, wherein a rotatable buckle having a rotating unit and a lock unit is disposed on the second upper face, wherein one end of the rotating unit is pivotally connected with the second upper face and the side of the other end of the rotating unit facing the second upper face is connected with the lock unit; and
a second side face facing the first side face, wherein a positioning unit is disposed in a position on the second side face corresponding to the positioning hole, wherein there is a second angle between the second upper face and the second side face;
when the first side face is in a lock position adjacent to the second side face, the positioning unit inserts into the positioning hole, and the rotatable unit is rotated to insert the lock unit into the lock hole, wherein the lock body restricts the lock unit from leaving the lock hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,335

LATCH APPARATUS WITH INDEPENDENT IDENTICAL OPPOSING LATCHES

Carlson Pet Products, Inc...

1. A latch apparatus between a first object and a second object, the latch apparatus having a length direction, a width direction and a height direction, the latch apparatus comprising:a) a first keeper, the first keeper engaged to the first object, the first keeper extending in the length direction from the first object toward the second object;
b) a second keeper, the second keeper engaged to the second object;
c) the first keeper comprising a first under slide face portion, the first under slide face portion having a first proximal under slide end and a first distal under slide end, the first under slide face portion defining a first under slide direction;
d) the first keeper comprising a second under slide face portion, the second under slide face portion having a second proximal under slide end and a second distal under slide end, the second under slide face portion defining a second under slide direction;
e) a swinging piece having a distal end, the swinging piece pivotally engaged to the first object, the distal end of the swinging piece releasably engaged to the second keeper of the second object to permit the first object to be opened relative to the second object, the swinging piece having an open position where the swinging piece is disengaged from said second keeper of the second object, the swinging piece having a closed position where the distal end of the swinging piece is engaged to said second keeper of the second object;
f) the swinging piece comprising a first slot, the first slot having a first proximal slot end and a first distal slot end, the first proximal slot end being adjacent to the first proximal under slide end when the swinging piece is in the closed position, the first distal slot end being adjacent to the first distal under slide end when the swinging piece is in the closed position;
g) the swinging piece comprising a second slot, the second slot having a second proximal slot end and a second distal slot end, the second proximal slot end being adjacent to the second proximal under slide end when the swinging piece is in the closed position, the second distal slot end being adjacent to the second distal under slide end when the swinging piece is in the closed position;
h) the swinging piece comprising a first slider, the first slider engaged in the first slot, the first slider slidingly engaging the first under slide face portion from below the first under slide face portion, the first slider preventing the swinging piece from pivoting when the first slider is engaged with the first under slide face portion, the first slider being slideable beyond the first under distal slide end to permit the swinging piece to pivot and disengage from the second object; and
i) the swinging piece comprising a second slider, the second slider engaged in the second slot, the second slider slidingly engaging the second under slide face portion from below the second under slide face portion, the second slider preventing the swinging piece from pivoting when the second slider is engaged with the second under slide face portion, the second slider being slideable beyond the second distal under slide end to permit the swinging piece to pivot and disengage from the second object;
j) such that the swinging piece is locked in the closed position until each of the first and second sliders has been slid beyond the first and second distal under slide ends, whereupon the swinging piece may be swung to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,334

ELECTRIC STRIKE LOCK

1. An electric strike lock, comprising:a strike body engaged with a cover plate;
a latch having a latch bolt and a deadlatch, said latch engaging a spring and being rotatably disposed inside the strike body together with said spring;
a keeper having a screw hole and a stop block displaceably disposed within the keeper, the stop block being connected to a solenoid which has a movable rod passing through the keeper and engaging the stop block, the stop block being displaced by the solenoid to move between a first position aligned with the deadlatch to block rotation of the latch and a second position unaligned with the deadlatch to allow rotation of the latch; and
an adjusting section including an elliptical adjusting hole formed through the cover plate in correspondence to the screw hole of the keeper, and an elliptical adjusting piece shaped in correspondence to the elliptical adjusting hole, said elliptical adjusting piece having an eccentrically-positioned through hole and an adjusting screw passing therethrough and to threadedly engage the screw hole of the keeper, a major axis of said elliptical adjusting hole extending in correspondence with an operating axis of the solenoid;
the elliptical adjusting piece being inserted into the elliptical adjusting hole in one of two orientations to locate the eccentrically-positioned through hole in a selected one of two locations for correspondingly locating the keeper relative to the solenoid and therewith disposing the stop block initially in either the first position or the second position and thereby set the electric strike lock as being fail-safe or fail-secure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,333

BOLT TO PIN WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COMBINATION

1. A bolt lock consisting of:a housing having:
a base end;
a shaft crossing through the housing, the shaft has a pin on an edge of the shaft, the pin including sections with ridges and sections without ridges;
a top end;
a plurality of cuts located on the top end;
a plurality of dividing walls inside the housing, the main shaft crossed through the dividing walls;
an external roller placed on each one of the cuts, the external rollers are separated by the dividing walls, the external rollers including an internal face and an external face having a plurality of segments separated by slots;
an internal roller placed inside each one of the external rollers, each one of the internal rollers having an internal face, an external face having a faceted edge, a borehole including a groove, the main shaft crossing through each one of the external rollers and the internal rollers;
a support placed on an extension of the base end of the housing, the support has a pivoting movement with a locking device located outside the housing;
a strap located at each one of the slots, the straps are fixed into a strap base anchored to the housing;
wherein when the edge pin of the main shaft coincides with groove of the internal roller, the main shaft slips and unlocks the bolt lock; and
wherein when the edge pin of the main shaft does not coincide with groove of the internal roller, the bolt lock is locked.

US Pat. No. 10,113,332

METHOD FOR INSTALLING DOOR LOCKS

PUNCH POINT TOOLS, L.L.C....

1. A method of installing a latch or bolt plate on a door frame having a door attached to the frame with an extendable and retractable deadbolt with a deadbolt cross sectional shape, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a marking apparatus, the marking apparatus including a marking apparatus shape;
(b) placing the marking apparatus on the latch or deadbolt and aligning the marking apparatus shape with the latch or deadbolt cross sectional shape;
(c) while the marking apparatus is on the latch or deadbolt, closing the door in the door frame;
(d) while the door is closed, causing the latch or deadbolt to extend causing the marking apparatus to be transposed from attachment to the latch or deadbolt to attachment to the door frame;
(e) opening the door and exposing the marking apparatus now attached to the door frame at a location;
(f) using the location of the transposed marking apparatus on the door frame to install a plate on the door frame for receiving the latch or dead bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,329

EAVE STRUCTURE AND TENT FRAME HAVING SAME

Campvalley (Xiamen) Co., ...

1. An eave structure of a tent frame, wherein the tent frame comprises a supporting pole, a first upper pole, and a second upper pole, the eave structure comprising:a sleeve member configured to be disposed at a first connector of the tent frame;
an eave pole slidably coupled with the sleeve member;
a connecting pole having a first end portion pivotally connected with a first end portion of the eave pole and a second end portion pivotally connected with a sliding connector; and
the sliding connector slidably coupled with the first upper pole and movable along the first upper pole,
wherein:
the first connector is fixedly coupled with an upper end portion of the supporting pole,
a first end portion of the first upper pole is pivotally connected with a hub of the tent frame,
a second end portion of the first upper pole is pivotally connected with a first end portion of the second upper pole, and
a second end portion of the second upper pole is pivotally connected with the first connector.

US Pat. No. 10,113,328

CANOPY ASSEMBLY FOR PROVIDING PRIVACY

1. A canopy assembly structured to provide privacy adjacent to a vehicle, said canopy assembly comprising:a support assembly,
a screen connected to at least a portion of said support assembly,
an attachment assembly comprising at least one attachment structure connected to a portion of said support assembly, said at least one attachment structures disposed and structured to support said screen in an operative orientation,
at least two openings disposed on said screen each extending substantially along a height of said screen,
said screen and said support assembly collectively disposable into an expanded orientation and a collapsed orientation,
each of said at least two openings configured and dimensioned to allow passage therethorugh of an individual, when in said expanded orientation,
said operative orientation comprising said screen disposed in said expanded orientation and in depending relation from said support assembly, adjacent an interior of a vehicle door, concurrent to one of said at least two openings disposed in direct communication with a vehicle interior, and
said expanded orientation further comprising a privacy enclosure at least partially defined by said screen having a closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,113,326

MODULAR HEAT EXCHANGE TOWER AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING SAME

SPX Cooling Technologies,...

1. A modular heat exchange tower that extends vertically along a longitudinal axis, comprising:a first module comprising a first basin disposed therein;
a second module comprising a second basin disposed therein;
a plenum;
a first heat exchange section;
an air current generator having at least one blade;
a second heat exchange section;
a third module; and
a fourth module,
wherein the first heat exchange section is disposed in the first module and the third module,
wherein the second heat exchange section is disposed in the second module and the fourth module,
wherein the third module is positioned vertically adjacent to the first module along the longitudinal axis,
wherein the fourth module is positioned vertically adjacent to the second module along the longitudinal axis,
wherein the first heat exchange section disposed in the first module and the third module is further disposed vertically adjacent to the first basin along the longitudinal axis,
wherein the second heat exchange section disposed in the second module and the fourth module is further disposed vertically adjacent to the second basin along the longitudinal axis; and
a fifth module, wherein the fifth module comprises at least a portion of the air current generator and wherein said at least one blade extends from said fifth module into said first module.

US Pat. No. 10,113,323

CONCRETE FORMING STAKE APPARATUS

Stego Industries, LLC, S...

1. A concrete forming stake apparatus, comprising:a base member having a planar side and a stake mounting port disposed opposite the planar side;
a stake attachment unit including:
a tubular portion that engages with the stake mounting port, and
a joint connected to the tubular portion;
a stake that attaches to the joint; and
an adhesive layer disposed against the planar side of the base member, the adhesive being configured to secure the apparatus to a surface without penetrating fasteners.

US Pat. No. 10,113,322

VERTICALLY LAPPED FIBROUS FLOORING

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. A flooring assembly comprising:a) at least one thermoformable short fiber nonwoven material layer;
b) at least one pressure sensitive adhesive layer including a flexible substrate, a mesh and an adhesive located along the flexible substrate; and
c) at least one moisture impermeable membrane layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,321

DECKING SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A decking support system including:a plurality of decking support elements, each decking support element including a first decking support engagement feature and a second decking support engagement feature,
a plurality of connection elements, wherein at least one of the plurality of connection elements includes a first side including a first connection element engagement structure and a second side including a second connection element engagement structure, wherein the first connection element engagement structure includes a first connection feature adapted to co-operate with said first decking support engagement feature of a decking support element, and a second connection feature adapted to co-operate with said second decking support engagement feature of a decking support element, wherein the first connection feature includes at least one wall extending outwardly and away from said first side, and a groove positioned in said at least one wall; and
wherein a first of said plurality of decking support elements is adapted to be engaged with a second of said plurality of decking support elements by the at least one of said plurality of connection elements.

US Pat. No. 10,113,320

RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR ELEVATED FLOORING TILES

United Construction Produ...

1. An elevated flooring surface assembly, comprising:a plurality of support apparatuses spacedly disposed upon a fixed surface;
a plurality of flooring units disposed over upper surfaces of the support apparatuses to create an elevated flooring surface, wherein each flooring unit includes:
a support plate including:
a base having a top surface, a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, a plurality of corner portions, a plurality of outer edge segments disposed between adjacent corner portions, and an outer periphery formed by the plurality of outer edge segments and the plurality of corner portions, wherein the top surface resides in a first reference plane; and
at least a first attachment member interconnected to the base adjacent a first of the outer edge segments, wherein the first attachment member is disposed outside of the outer periphery of the base, wherein the first attachment member includes a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, and wherein the top surface of the first attachment member is disposed between the first reference plane and the bottom surface of the first attachment member; and
a building surface component positioned over the support plate, wherein the building surface component includes a top surface, a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, a plurality of corner portions, and a plurality of outer edge segments disposed between adjacent corner portions, wherein the bottom surface of the building surface component is disposed over the top surface of the base of the support plate; and
a plurality of restraint apparatuses, wherein each restraint apparatus includes a base having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, wherein each restraint apparatus includes a spacer member extending upwardly away from the top surface of the restraining apparatus base, wherein the base of each restraint member is disposed over the top surfaces of the first attachment members of at least first and second of the flooring units and secured to the upper surface of at least one of the support apparatuses, and wherein the spacer of each of restraint member spaces the first and second flooring units from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,319

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR PANELS AND METHOD OF INSTALLING SAME

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set comprising a first panel and second panel, wherein the first and second panel are mechanically connectable to each other along at least one pair of adjacent edges, said panels each being provided with a tongue and groove formed in one piece with the panels, wherein the tongue and groove are configured to cooperate for mechanically locking together said adjacent edges at right angles to the principal plane of the panels, thereby forming a mechanical connection between the panels, said panels being provided with a first locking element at one first edge formed in one piece with the panel and a locking groove at an opposite second edge, the locking groove being open towards a rear side or a front side of the panel,each panel being provided with a second locking element, formed of a separate material and connected to the locking groove,
the first and second locking elements are configured to cooperate for locking the panels to each other in a direction parallel to the principal plane and at right angles to the joint edges,
the second locking element has a groove portion located in the locking groove and a projecting portion located outside the locking groove,
the second locking element is flexible and resilient such that the panels, are configured to be mechanically joined by displacement of the panels towards each other, wherein the projecting portion is configured to pivot towards the groove portion when the panels are displaced until said adjacent edges of the panels are brought into engagement with each other at the joint plane, and the second locking element at said second edge is displaced towards its initial position against the first locking element at the first edge.

US Pat. No. 10,113,317

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HANGING ARCHITECTURAL PANELS WITH CONCEALED ATTACHMENT POINTS

Gordon Sales, Inc., Boss...

9. A panel anchoring system comprising:a) a latching assembly comprising:
i) a base bracket, the base bracket comprising first and second projecting walls; and
ii) a resilient beam movably coupled to the base bracket so as to allow the resilient beam to deflect, wherein the resilient beam is a sinusoidal-shaped wire spring comprising a first leg and a second leg, wherein the first leg of the sinusoidal-shaped wire spring is movably coupled to a first elongated hole in the first projecting wall, and wherein the second leg of the sinusoidal-shaped wire spring is movably coupled to a first elongated hole in the second projecting wall; and
b) a panel comprising a keyed flange, the keyed flange comprising:
i) first and second locking slots configured for releasable attachment to the first and second legs of the sinusoidal-shaped wire spring; and
ii) first and second ramps, with the first ramp being positioned adjacent to the first locking slot, and with the second ramp being positioned adjacent to a second locking slot.

US Pat. No. 10,113,316

POST MOUNT CABLE RAIL INSTALLATION SYSTEM

Vinylast, Inc., Lakewood...

1. A post mount system, comprising:a mounting pipe, wherein the mounting pipe comprises a first plurality of holes, each hole of the first plurality of holes including a plurality of threads to secure a hardware item that attaches to an end of a cable rail;
a support pipe for fitting over the mounting pipe, wherein the support pipe comprises a first end, a second end, and a second plurality of holes that are aligned with the first plurality of holes of the mounting pipe;
a post for fitting snugly over the support pipe;
the hardware item, wherein the hardware item includes a threaded portion, wherein the threaded portion is for attaching the hardware item to the mounting pipe by engaging the plurality of threads of a first hole of the first plurality of holes, and wherein the hardware item comprises an anchor for the cable rail; and
the cable rail, wherein the cable rail comprises a cable that is sized for passing substantially unhindered through the second plurality of holes of the support pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,113,314

LIQUID RELEASE AGENT AND ASSOCIATED METHODS OF APPLICATION

TAMKO Building Products, ...

1. An asphalt shingle comprising:a substrate sheet having a top surface and a bottom surface, the substrate sheet being coated with asphalt on at least one of the top surface or the bottom surface;
a first dispersed solid release layer on the bottom surface resulting from the dispersion and evaporation of a first liquid release layer, wherein said first liquid release layer is applied to the bottom surface;
a second dispersed solid release layer on the bottom surface resulting from the dispersion and evaporation of a second liquid release layer applied to said bottom surface, wherein the first dispersed release area only partially covers the bottom surface at the time the second dispersed release layer is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,113,313

SHEATHING RETENTION CAPSULE

1. A method of coupling a tension member to an anchor to form a post-tensioning tendon comprising:a) providing a tension member comprising a strand and a sheath, the sheath positioned about the strand;
b) providing an anchor, the anchor including:
a sheathing retention capsule having a tapered inner surface defining a forcing surface; and
one or more holding wedges, at least one of the one or more holding wedges having an inner wall and a tapered outer surface, the tapered outer surface abutting the forcing surface;
c) removing a portion of the sheath from a first end of the tension member;
d) inserting the first end of the tension member into the anchor,
e) inserting the sheath into the one or more holding wedges,
f) forming a press-fit between the sheath and the inner wall of the one or more holding wedges; and
g) coupling the strand to the anchor,
wherein step f) comprises applying a tensile force to the sheath and tightening the press-fit between the generally cylindrical sheath and the one or more holding wedges.

US Pat. No. 10,113,310

COATING MATERIAL FOR ACHIEVING SOUND-DAMPENING AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Blue Angel Paint and Coat...

1. A sound-dampening coating material comprising:a base coat material having an applied thickness in the range of from about 25 to about 30 mil, the base coat material having the following formula:
20 to 40 percent by weight of a rubber emulsion; about 10 to about 20 percent by weight of a carbonate filler; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of a fire retardant; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of an opacity filler; and
about 10 to about 64 percent by weight of other components for affecting characteristics of the base coat material;
a top coat material applied over the base coat material to a thickness in the range of from about 7 to about 10 mil, the top coat material having the following formula:
about 40 to about 80 percent by weight of a rubber emulsion; about 10 to about 20 percent by weight of a carbonate filler; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of a fire retardant; about 3 to about 10 percent by weight of a opacity filler; and
about 0 to about 44 percent by weight of other components for affecting characteristics of the top coat material.

US Pat. No. 10,113,309

FLOOD VENT BARRIER SYSTEMS

Smart Vent Products, Inc....

1. A vent barrier system comprising:an insert comprising side faces extending between a first end and a second end of the insert, wherein the insert is dimensioned to be inserted within a flood vent duct through a first opening such that the side faces contact sidewalls of the duct and provide an insulative seal between the first opening and a second opening of the duct when inserted therein;
a cover having a first side and a second side configured to be attached to the first face of the insert, wherein the cover is dimensioned to be selectively securable to the duct at the first opening, wherein the cover is manipulatable to selectively remove the insert from the duct; and
a door positioned at the second opening of the duct;
wherein the insert is dimensioned to extend within the duct and prevent the door positioned at the second opening of the duct from opening in a first direction when inserted therein, wherein the insert is dimensioned such that a second face is located adjacent to the door when inserted within the duct to prevent the door from moving from a closed position to an open position, wherein the door is configured to open in a second direction when the insert is inserted therein.

US Pat. No. 10,113,307

ROLLING BLOCK RESTRAINT CONNECTOR

1. A rolling block restraint connector for forming a moment resisting connection at a joint intersection between a continuous column and at least a first continuous beam that intersects the continuous column, the connector comprising:a first restraint assembly including (i) a first beam_pressure block, (ii) a first column pressure block, and (iii) a first tubular shaft that passes through tubular channels of the first beam_pressure block and the first column pressure block;
a second restraint assembly including (i) a second beam_pressure block, (ii) a second column pressure block, and (iii) a second tubular shaft that passes through tubular channels of the second beam_pressure block and the second column pressure block, wherein the second restraint assembly is configured to be located diagonally across the joint intersection from the first restraint assembly;
a first linkage that couples the first restraint assembly with the second restraint assembly, wherein the first linkage passes through a first end of the first tubular shaft and a first end of the second tubular shaft, wherein the first linkage is configured to be located on an exterior of the first continuous beam relative to the joint intersection; and
a second linkage that couples the first restraint assembly with the second restraint assembly, wherein the second linkage passes through a second end of the first tubular shaft and a second end of the second tubular shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,304

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AGENT-BASED CONTROL OF SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE

EMNET, LLC, South Bend, ...

1. A control system to control fluid flow through a sewer system having a plurality of supplying assets, said control system comprising:a first supplying agent associated with a first supplying asset of said plurality of sewer supplying assets, wherein said first supplying agent assigns a first virtual cost to any fluid flow incoming to said first supplying asset, wherein said first virtual cost is based on a state of said first supplying asset;
a second supplying agent associated with a second supplying asset of said plurality of sewer supplying assets, wherein said second supplying agent assigns a second virtual cost to any fluid flow incoming to said second supplying asset, wherein said second virtual cost is based on a state of said second supplying asset;
a control agent associated with a control asset, wherein said control asset is adapted to direct said fluid flow from said control asset to said first supplying asset and/or said second supplying asset;
a computer network configured to accept said first virtual cost from said first supplying agent and said second virtual cost from said second supplying agent and to provide said first virtual cost and said second virtual cost to said control agent; and
wherein said control agent directs flow from the said control asset to said first supplying asset and/or said second supplying asset by minimizing a cost based on the said first virtual cost, said second virtual cost and a forecasted time delay of fluid flow from said control asset to one or both of said first supplying asset and said second supplying asset.

US Pat. No. 10,113,303

COVER ASSEMBLY FOR A FLOOR DRAIN

Drain Dome LLC, Roanoke,...

1. A cover assembly for a drain comprising:a saucer-shaped cover body having a first side for facing toward a drain opening in a surface having a drain pipe and a second side for facing away from the drain opening, the saucer-shaped cover body defining a plurality of flow passages extending between said first side and said second side so as to allow a liquid to pass through the cover body to the drain opening, at least a portion of the second side of the saucer-shaped cover body having a corrugated configuration formed by adjacent grooves and ridges, said grooves and ridges cooperating to facilitate reduction in blockage of said flow passages by debris on said second side of said saucer-shaped cover body; and
an anchor having a stem and deformable insert structure having a width diameter greater than the internal diameter of said drain pipe, said stem being removably attachable to said saucer-shaped cover body so as to depend from said first side thereof, and said insert structure including a pair of split fork loops at a distal end thereof sized to deform inwardly when inserted into the drain pipe and cause the insert structure to exert pressure on and frictionally engage the internal wall of the drain pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,113,302

TOOL RETENTION SYSTEM HAVING POCKETED WEDGE

Catepillar Inc., Deerfie...

1. A wedge for a tool retention system, comprising:a body having a tip end and an opposing base end that is wider than the tip end;
a channel formed in the body and extending from the base end to the tip end;
an elongated pocket formed in the body at the tip end that is open to the channel; and
a ramp located in the body and extending between the channel and an end of the elongated pocket, the ramp being inclined relative to an axis of the channel, wherein the ramp is located at the tip end of the body and protrudes inward from a channel inner surface toward the elongated pocket, and wherein the ramp is a first ramp; and the wedge further includes a second ramp located at a point between the base end of the body and the first ramp, the second ramp protruding outward from a curved surface of the channel toward the elongated pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,113,301

ARRANGEMENT FOR THE REMOVABLE COUPLING OF A TOOL WITH A MANOEUVRABLE ARM OF A WORKING MACHINE

BROKK AKTIEBOLAG, Skelle...

1. An arrangement for removing coupling of a tool with a working machine, the arrangement comprising:a first part that is supported by the tool and that comprises a first and a second indentations in essentially U-shaped located opposite to and at a distance from each other,
a second part that is supported by a maneuverable arm that is a component of the working machine and that comprises a first shaft and a second shaft that are introduced into the first and second indentations, respectively in the coupled condition of the arrangement,
a lever with which the first and the second shafts are coupled in such a manner that they are allowed to move towards and away from each other, and
a locking mechanism located between the first and the second shafts for the displacement thereof towards and away from each other, and for introduction of the first and the second shafts into the respective indentations,
wherein the first shaft is coupled with a rigid first arm section that is a component of the maneuverable arm, the second shaft is united at a joint with a second arm section of the maneuverable arm that is mobile relative to the first arm section, the lever comprises at least one pair of knee lever joints, each knee lever joint comprising a first lever and a second lever, the first lever and the corresponding second lever are coupled at their opposing ends with the first shaft and the second shaft respectively,
a central intermediate region of the first and the second shafts form bearing points that are jointed with the first and second arm sections of the maneuverable arm, while external elements of the first and the second shafts are located in the first and the second indentations, respectively in the coupled condition of the arrangement, and
the locking mechanism comprises one or several control and actuator means that can be activated through remote control and that operate between the first lever and the corresponding second lever for the displacement of the first and the second shafts from each other to have a tension-based interaction with the bottom of the respective indentations.

US Pat. No. 10,113,300

WORK VEHICLE AND RIPPER DEVICE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A ripper device attached to a work vehicle, comprising:a first cylinder including a tube and a rod, the first cylinder being disposed to extend and retract in a forward and backward direction in a plan view of the ripper device;
a single shank disposed in alignment with the first cylinder in the forward and backward direction in the plan view such that, in the plan view, the first cylinder and the shank are disposed on a same line extending in the forward and backward direction; and
an arm supporting the shank, the arm overlapping the tube of the first cylinder in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,113,299

EXCAVATING APPARATUS AND EXCAVATING METHOD

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. An excavating apparatus for forming a continuous trench below a ground surface, comprising:an apparatus body disposed on the ground surface;
a support member suspended from the apparatus body and disposed below the ground surface;
an endless-shaped chain supported by the support member in such a manner as to be movable on an outer periphery of the support member along a given circulating movement plane in a given circulating movement direction;
a plurality of excavation blade plates fixed to an outer peripheral surface of the chain at intervals along the circulating movement direction of the chain, each of the excavation blade plates including: a plate body extending longer than the chain in a width direction of the chain orthogonal to each of the circulating movement plane of the chain and the circulating movement direction of the chain, and having an obverse surface and a reverse surface; and a plurality of excavation blades arranged on the obverse surface of the plate body at least at opposite ends thereof in the width direction, in opposed relation to a ground below the ground surface, the excavation blade plates being circulatingly movable integrally together with the chain to thereby excavate the ground;
a plurality of fastening members fastening the chain and the excavation blade plates together in a direction parallel to the circulating movement plane and orthogonal to the width direction, in such a manner that the outer peripheral surface of the chain and the reverse surface of the plate body come into press contact with each other;
a chain drive section which circulatingly moves the chain in the circulating movement direction; and
a support member drive section which moves the support member in a given forward movement direction,
wherein:
the support member has a pair of restraining surfaces disposed in spaced-apart relation to each other in the width direction and each continuously extending in the circulating movement direction; and
each of the excavation blade plates includes a pair of restraint members disposed on both sides of and across the chain in the width direction to extend from the reverse surface of the plate body, the pair of restraint members having, respectively, a pair of restraint-target surfaces each contactable with a corresponding one of the restraining surfaces of the support member at an arbitrary position in the circulating movement direction, in such a manner as to enable each of the excavation blade plates to be restrained from being rotated about an axis extending in the circulating movement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,298

REAR ATTACHMENT

1. A rear attachment device to connect an implement attachment to a rear of a vehicle comprised of a first plate assembly, a second plate assembly and an arm assembly;a front of the vehicle is adapted to temporarily connect to the implement attachment with full functionality of the implement attachment;
the implement attachment is any commercial attachment that is adapted to be full functioning when attached to a hydraulic power at a front of the vehicle;
the first plate assembly is affixed to a predetermined first surface at a rear of a vehicle;
the second plate assembly is affixed to a predetermined second surface at the rear of a vehicle;
the arm assembly on a first lower edge articulably attaches with a hinge to a lower edge of the first plate assembly;
the arm assembly on a second lower edge articulably attaches with a hinge to a lower edge of the second plate assembly;
a first hydraulic actuator is articulably affixed at a first end to an upper edge of the first plate assembly and on a second end is articulably affixed to a first upper edge of the arm assembly;
a second hydraulic actuator is articulably affixed at a first end to an upper edge of the second plate assembly and on a second end is articulably affixed to a second upper edge of the arm assembly;
a bracket on the arm assembly is adapted to removably connect to the implement attachment by maneuvering a hook on the implement attachment over a top edge of the arm assembly bracket and lifting the implement attachment without connecting a hydraulic power to the implement attachment;
the hook held over the arm assembly bracket supports a weight of the implement attachment;
when the first hydraulic actuator and the second hydraulic actuators are selectively simultaneously retracted, the relative angle between the arm assembly and the first and second plate assemblies decreases sufficiently to use or carry the implement attachment;
the arm assembly includes a lock to selectively secure the attachment to the bracket on the arm assembly;
wherein the implement attachment is located behind the vehicle when it is affixed to the rear attachment device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,296

DRAGLINE BUCKET RIGGING SYSTEM

Bright Technologies, L.L....

1. A dragline bucket assembly, comprising:(a) a bucket having a first lateral side and a second lateral side;
(b) a spreader bar having a first end and a second end;
(c) a first lower tensile member connecting said first lateral side of said bucket to said first end of said spreader bar;
(d) a second lower tensile member connecting said second lateral side of said bucket to said second end of said spreader bar;
(e) a yoke;
(f) a first upper tensile member connecting said first end of said spreader bar to said yoke;
(g) a second upper tensile member connecting said second end of said spreader bar to said yoke;
(h) wherein said first upper tensile member includes,
(i) a flexible stranded core, having a first end, a second end, and a stranded core outer diameter,
(ii) an armor layer, having a first end, a second end, an inner armor layer diameter, an outer armor layer diameter, and an armor layer cross sectional area,
(iii) wherein said armor layer inner diameter is substantially greater than said stranded core outer diameter,
(iv) wherein said armor layer cross sectional area is at least 25% of an area of a circle having a diameter equal to said outer armor layer diameter,
(v) a first anchor connected to said first end of said stranded core by a first potted region,
(vi) a second anchor connected to said second end of said stranded core by a second potted region,
(vii) wherein said first end of said armor layer is connected to said first anchor by a first armor layer connection that is separate from said first potted region, and
(viii) wherein said second end of said armor layer is connected to said second anchor by a second armor layer connection that is separate from said second potted region.

US Pat. No. 10,113,295

WORK MACHINE FOR DRAGLINE BUCKET OPERATION

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing Gmb...

1. A work machine for dragline bucket operation, comprising a dragline bucket taken up by a hoist rope, wherein the bucket is retractable by at least one dragline for carrying out a dragging movement and a dragline guide comprising a plurality of pulleys and roller bodies for guiding the dragline is arranged at the work machine,wherein the dragline guide is linearly movable in a horizontal direction, transverse to a dragline pulling direction,
wherein an electronic controller is provided for controlling one or more drive elements, with the electronic controller taking account of a deflection angle of the dragline on a dragline winch; and
wherein a roller head of the dragline guide comprising the plurality of pulleys and roller bodies is pivotable about a pivot angle of 360° relative to a tubular receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,113,293

BUCKET FOR CABLE SHOVEL

ESCO Group LLC, Portland...

1. A cable shovel bucket comprising a shell and a door collectively defining a cavity for gathering material during operation of the cable shovel, the shell including a front wall, an opposite back wall and sidewalls extending between the front wall and the back wall, the back wall having an exterior surface that faces the cable shovel when the bucket is in a dumping position, the door being pivotally secured to the shell for gravity activated movement between an open position and a closed position about a pivot axis extending through the cavity between the exterior surface of the back wall of the shell and the front wall and including a restraint to selectively hold the door in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,292

QUICK COUPLER CONTROL DEVICE FOR WORKING MACHINE

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A quick coupler control device for a working machine comprising:a quick coupler that allows a work tool to be removably installed on a working arm of the working machine;
a lock cylinder attached to the quick coupler and having a lock-side chamber that is pressurized when the work tool installed on the quick coupler is actuated in a lock direction in which the work tool is fixed and an unlock-side chamber that is pressurized when the work tool is actuated in an unlock direction in which the work tool is unfixed;
a solenoid-operated first direction control valve having an unexcited position where a working fluid fed under pressure from a fluid pressure source is guided to a lock-side chamber of the lock cylinder and an excited position where the working fluid fed under pressure from the fluid pressure source is guided to an unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder and where a return fluid discharged from the lock-side chamber is discharged to a low pressure side of the fluid pressure source;
a pilot-operated first check valve that sets a forward direction, in which a working fluid is fed under pressure from the first direction control valve to the lock-side chamber of the lock cylinder, a check function of the pilot-operated first check valve being cancelled by a working fluid fed under pressure to the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder;
a pilot-operated second check valve that sets a forward direction, in which a working fluid is fed under pressure to the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder, a check function of the pilot-operated second check valve being cancelled by a working fluid fed under pressure to the lock-side chamber of the lock cylinder;
a solenoid-operated second direction control valve having an unexcited position where a return fluid flowing out from the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder via the second check valve is discharged to the low pressure side of the fluid pressure source and where a working fluid fed via the first direction control valve is blocked and an excited position where a working fluid fed via the first direction control valve is guided to the unlock-side chamber of the lock cylinder;
a tool cylinder that pivots the work tool that is removably installed on the working arm of the working machine via the quick coupler;
a mode selector switch that switches between a lock mode where the lock cylinder is actuated in the lock direction and an unlock mode where the lock cylinder is actuated in the unlock direction;
a first sensor that detects whether a state of operation where the tool cylinder is actuated in a predetermined direction is established or whether a state of no operation where the tool cylinder is not actuated in the predetermined direction is established;
a second sensor that detects whether a loaded state where load is applied to the tool cylinder is established and a unloaded state where load is not applied to the tool cylinder is established; and
a controller having a function to control the first direction control valve and the second direction control valve to the unexcited position when the mode selector switch is in the lock mode and to control the first direction control valve and the second direction control valve to the excited position when the mode selector switch is in the unlock mode and the first sensor and the second sensor detect the operation state and the loaded state, respectively, and otherwise to control the first direction control valve and the second direction control valve to the excited position and the unexcited position, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,113,290

METHOD OF INSTALLING A FOUNDATION IN THE SEA BED AND SUCH FOUNDATION

1. A sea bed foundation for an offshore facility, said sea bed foundation having a circumferential side wall substantially defining a cylinder, which cylinder is closed in one end and provided with an opening in the opposite end, thereby defining a primary chamber, said sea bed foundation is hollow, downwardly open and where said side wall defines a skirt, said primary chamber being connected to a primary pump, and wherein said sea bed foundation further comprises one or more secondary chambers, said secondary chambers being separate from the primary chamber, and being downwardly open, but otherwise closed by the sea bed foundation, where said one or more secondary chambers are connected to one or more secondary pumps wherein said primary pump is a suction pump and said secondary pump is a pressure pump, and where an over-pressure created by the one or more secondary pumps increases a resistance against penetration adjacent the one or more secondary chambers, allowing a rest of the foundation to penetrate a bottom at a normal resistance, thereby rectifying an orientation of the foundation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,289

FORMS AND SUBSURFACE STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS THAT REDIRECT SOIL FORCES

V-Forms, LLC, Cedar Park...

1. A form for constructing at least a portion of a structural foundation, the form comprising:one or more wall forming portions configured to shape a foundation material to form one or more respective walls of at least one subsurface structural element of the at least a portion of the structural foundation; and
one or more termination forming portions configured to shape the foundation material to form a corresponding termination portion of the at least one subsurface structural element such that the termination portion is adjacent to a bottom portion of at least one of the one or more respective walls, wherein the termination portion and the at least one wall meet at a non-zero angle greater than or less than 90 degrees,
wherein the termination portion is a lower most portion of the structural foundation; and
wherein the form is configured to shape, based at least in part on the one or more wall forming portions, the foundation material to form the at least one subsurface structural element such that:
the at least one subsurface structural element extends from a surface-level base of the structural foundation to a subsurface level; and
the at least one subsurface structural element is configured to redirect soil forces to vertically displace the structural foundation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,287

TWO-WIRE CONTROLLING AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR IN PARTICULAR IRRIGATION OF LOCALIZED AREAS OF SOIL

2. A two-wire controlling and monitoring system for irrigation of localized areas of soil and comprising:a water pipeline configured for providing water to said localized areas of soil;
a plurality of controllable irrigation valves, each positioned at a specific area of said localized areas of soil, each connected to said water pipeline for providing watering or non-watering of said specific area of said localized areas of soil and each having a pair of valve control inputs;
a plurality of field sensors, positioned at specific areas of said localized areas of soil, and configured for providing specific irrigation parameters, each of said field sensors having a pair of sensor outputs;
a plurality of localized irrigation control units, each comprising at least one of (a) a sensor decoder having a pair of sensor inputs connected to said pair of sensor outputs of a specific field sensor of said plurality of field sensors and configured for providing power to said plurality of field sensors and recording said specific irrigation parameters from said plurality of field sensors and (b) a line decoder having a pair of valve control outputs connected to said pair of valve control inputs of a specific controllable irrigation valve of said plurality of controllable irrigation valves for providing valve control signals to said first plurality of controllable irrigation valves, said sensor decoder and said line decoder further each having a pair of control and power supply inputs;
a controller and power supply unit having a first set of schedules of instructions according to a first communications protocol and a second set of schedules of instructions according to a second communications protocol, said controller and power supply unit having a pair of control and power outputs supplying power by applying, respectively, in accordance with each of said first communications protocol and said second communications protocol, a first alternating DC voltage signal defining a voltage maximum having a first pulse width and defining a voltage minimum having a second pulse width to one of said pair of control and power outputs, simultaneously applying a second alternating DC voltage signal similarly shaped, but of inverted polarity as compared to said first alternating DC voltage signal to another of said pair of control and power outputs and applying an alternating DC current defining a current maximum having a third pulse width and defining a current minimum having a fourth pulse width to said pair of control and power outputs, wherein the first pulse width and second pulse width of the first communications protocol are different from the first pulse width and second pulse width of the second communications protocol;
a two-wire cable interconnecting said controller and power supply unit and said plurality of localized irrigation control units and connecting said pair of control and power outputs of said controller and power supply unit to said control and power inputs of said plurality of localized irrigation control units and providing said power from said controller and power supply unit to each of said plurality of localized irrigation control units;
said controller and power supply unit being configured for transmitting a type declaration to said plurality of localized irrigation control units through said two-wire cable using said first communications protocol, said type declaration providing communication under said second communications protocol;
said controller and power supply unit being configured for transmitting said second set of schedules of instructions to said plurality of localized irrigation control units through said two-wire cable using said second communications protocol; and
said controller and power supply unit being configured for transmitting said first set of schedules of instructions to said plurality of localized irrigation control units through said two-wire cable using said first communications protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,113,286

FLOOD VENT

SMART VENT PRODUCTS, INC....

1. A flood vent, comprising:a frame forming a fluid passageway through an opening in a structure;
a door pivotally mounted to the frame in the fluid passageway for allowing a fluid to flow through the fluid passageway, the door comprising an outer perimeter defined by a top edge, a bottom edge, and two side edges; and
one or more pieces of foam insulation extending at least substantially along an entire length of an inner perimeter of the frame, the one or more pieces of foam insulation being positioned on the inner perimeter of the frame in a location that is exterior to the door;
wherein the one or more pieces of foam insulation comprise a first piece of foam insulation positioned on a top interior edge of the frame, a second piece of foam insulation positioned on a bottom interior edge of the frame, a third piece of foam insulation positioned on a first side interior edge of the frame, and a fourth piece of foam insulation positioned on a second side interior edge of the frame, and
wherein the second piece of foam insulation positioned on the bottom interior edge of the frame includes one or more angled portions that are substantially parallel to one or more angled portions of the bottom edge of the door, wherein the angled portions of the second piece of foam insulation are dimensioned to prevent the door from contacting the second piece of foam insulation when the door is pivoted between an open position and a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,284

BLADE FOR REMOVING SNOW

GILETTA S.P.A., Revello ...

1. A blade for removing snow from a road surface, the blade comprising:a shield defining a shield cavity oriented to deflect the snow;
at least one cutting edge coupled to a bottom part of said shield and adjacent to the road surface when in use, the at least one cutting edge including two walls defining an edge cavity within the at least one cutting edge, the two walls facing one another and being substantially parallel to one another; and
at least one fluid circuit comprising at least one nozzle, said at least one nozzle spreading a de-icing liquid and being positioned within the edge cavity or at least partially defined by the two walls of the edge cavity,
wherein the at least one nozzle is carried by said cutting edge to spread said de-icing liquid on the snow in an area selected from the group consisting of in front of and beneath said at least one cutting edge,
wherein said at least one cutting edge compresses snow mixed with said de-icing liquid during passage of said blade over said road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,280

AUTONOMOUS ROBOT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Michael Todd Letsky, Boc...

1. An autonomous robot apparatus comprising:a chassis;
a plurality of wheels mounted to the chassis;
a drive system mounted to the chassis and operably coupled to the plurality of wheels;
a control module operably coupled to the drive system;
a precipitation sensing module comprising an accumulation cavity, wherein a floor of the accumulation cavity comprises at least one drainage aperture, an accumulation level sensor configured to generate and transmit, to the control module, a first signal upon a predetermined initial accumulation level of precipitation being detected, and wherein the predetermined initial accumulation level is an adjustable parameter that can be modified by an end user, wherein the accumulation level sensor comprises a plurality of sensors mounted on a wall of the accumulation cavity;
the control module configured to activate the autonomous robot apparatus to perform a first instance of a work routine upon receipt of the first signal;
the precipitation sensing module further configured to generate and transmit, to the control module, a second signal upon a predetermined secondary accumulation level of the precipitation being detected, the predetermined secondary accumulation level of the precipitation being a greater accumulation of the precipitation than the predetermined initial accumulation level of the precipitation;
the control module further configured to cause the autonomous robot apparatus to perform a second instance of the work routine, after completion of the first instance of the work routine, upon receipt of the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,278

MODULE FOR DEICING A CABLE SHEATH AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

American Bridge Maintenan...

1. A module for placement inside a sheath having a longitudinal axis and for vibrating the sheath comprising a body having:a) a mass;
b) a vibrator attached to the mass;
c) a base supporting the mass and vibrator and adapted to contact an inner wall of the sheath; and
d) wherein the body has a tether attached thereto adapted for towing the body along the longitudinal axis of the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,113,277

DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC RE-STRIPING OF HORIZONTAL ROAD MARKINGS

1. A device for automatic re-striping of horizontal road markings and which can be attached to a vehicle, the device comprising:a marker unit with a linear actuator which is configured to position paint guns secured to a movable carriage over previous marking lines to be restriped, the linear actuator comprising a linear displacement transducer configured to determine coordinates of the paint guns;
an electronic control unit (14) electrically connected to the linear actuator (7), wherein the electronic control unit (14) comprises:
an electronic gyroscope (19) configured to determine an angular speed of the vehicle on curved road sections,
an electronic computation module configured to process signals received from said gyroscope and to generate signal values to be sent to a monitoring and control module,
said monitoring and control module being configured to process signals received from said linear displacement transducer, said monitoring and control module comprising drivers configured to control said linear actuator and drivers configured to control a position of solenoid valves, said solenoid valves being configured to enable and disable the paint guns, and
a near-sighting system comprising a laser scanner mounted in front of the marker unit and electrically connected to the electronic computation module, wherein the laser scanner emits a modulated beam and is configured to automatically identify coordinates of marking lines close to the paint guns, wherein the electronic computation module receives the coordinates of marking lines from the laser scanner, the electronic computation module being configured to automatically calculate a displacement between coordinates of the paint guns and coordinates of marking lines close to the paint guns, and based on said displacement, automatically send signal values to the monitoring and control module, said signal values controlling the position of said linear actuator and the position of said solenoid valves such that the paint guns automatically become positioned over corresponding marking lines,
wherein the electronic control unit is further configured to calculate and automatically offset, based on the angular speed of the vehicle, for an additional deviation of the paint guns from the coordinates of any of the marking lines when the vehicle moves on curved road sections.

US Pat. No. 10,113,276

COLD IN-PLACE RECYCLING MACHINE WITH SURGE TANK

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. A CIR-modified milling machine comprising:(a) a milling drum that is adapted to mill material from a roadway;
(b) a milling drum housing that contains the milling drum;
(c) an additive spray assembly that is located within the milling drum housing and adapted to dispense an asphalt additive therein;
(d) an additive flow system:
(i) which includes an inlet pipe that is adapted to be operatively connected to an external supply line;
(ii) comprising a surge tank for asphalt additive that is in fluid communication with the additive spray assembly;
(iii) comprising an additive pump for pumping asphalt additive from the surge tank to the additive spray assembly;
wherein the additive flow system includes piping and associated valves that permit operation of the additive flow system in a first mode in which the additive pump is adapted to draw asphalt additive from an external supply into the surge tank by means of the external supply line, and to pump the asphalt additive out of the surge tank to the additive spray assembly, and alternatively in a second mode in which the additive pump is adapted to draw asphalt additive from an external supply by means of the external supply line and to pump the asphalt additive out to the additive spray assembly while bypassing the surge tank.

US Pat. No. 10,113,273

INTERLOCKING HEATED PATIO STONES AND SYSTEM

1. A heated patio stone system comprising:a first patio stone interconnected to a second patio stone, wherein each patio stone comprises:
a load-supporting thermally-conductive upper layer;
an insulating lower layer;
an electrical heating cable positioned between the load-supporting thermally-conductive upper layer and the insulating lower layer;
an interconnection having a receptacle interconnected to the electrical heating cable positioned within said each patio stone; and
a bridging connector comprising:
an expandable and retractable articulated section containing an electrical wire connected to the electrical heating cable of each of the first patio stone and the second patio stone to electrically connect the first patio stone to the second patio stone:
a first basin on a first side of the expandable and retractable articulated section, closed by a first cap having a first electrical plug, the first electrical plug electrically connected to the electrical wire; and,
a second basin on a second side of the expandable and retractable articulated section, closed by a second cap having a second electrical plug, the second electrical plug electrically connected to the electrical wire;
wherein:
a length of the electrical wire from the first basin to the second basin is similar to a length of the bridging connector when the articulated section is in a fully expended state;
at least a portion of the electrical wire is contained in between the first basin and the second basin of the bridging connector when the expandable and retractable articulated section is in a fully retracted state; and,
the expandable and retractable articulated section of the bridging connector allows for limited movement of the first patio stone relative to the second patio stone.

US Pat. No. 10,113,271

DECORATION AND ADORNMENT METHODS FOR THERMOFORMED PULP

VARDEN PROCESS PTY LTD, ...

1. A method of forming a molded and printed product from pulp material including the steps of:a) forming a wet pulp pre-form from the pulp material;
b) applying a dry or cured printing decoration ink membrane bespoke coating to said wet pulp pre-form using an intermediate transfer surface, being separate and distinct from said pre-form, to form a printed pre-form;
c) transferring the printed pre-form to a mold; and
d) molding or re-molding said printed pre-form to form said molded and printed product.

US Pat. No. 10,113,268

INSTALLATION FOR DRYING A DAMP NON-WOVEN WEB

ANDRITZ PERFOJET SAS, Mo...

1. An installation for drying a non-woven web which comprises:a fan (6) with a delivery and an intake,
a heating oven (3) having an inlet and an outlet,
an inlet conduit (C1) which has a branch and which connects the delivery of the fan (6) with the inlet of the oven (3) and sends delivered air to the inlet of the oven,
a heat source (4) arranged in such a way that the air delivered in the inlet conduit (C1} is heated,
an outlet conduit (C2) which connects the outlet of the oven (3) with the intake of the fan (6),
a branch conduit (C3), in the branch of the inlet conduit (C1) upstream of the heat source (4), connecting the inlet conduit (C1) with an inlet of a drying device (10, 11),
a means of transport (2) which displaces a web in the drying device (10, 11) and in the oven (3), the drying device (10, 11) being upstream of the oven (3) in a direction of displacement of the web,
a conduit (C4) for extracting the air from the drying device (10, 11),
wherein the drying device comprises a diffusion chamber (10) having an outlet fitting (21) in which there is mounted a perforated sheet (24) which is mounted in a movable drawer (22) which has a handle (23) outside of the fitting (21),wherein downstream of the perforated sheet (24) is mounted in the outlet fitting (21) or in a channel which is clamped to the fitting (21) a honeycombed bundle (28), the dimension of whose cells is greater than that of the perforations of the perforated sheet (24).

US Pat. No. 10,113,267

TENSIONING APPARATUS FOR SYNTHETIC SLING MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

SlingMax, Inc., Aston, P...

1. A sling manufacturing apparatus for constructing a synthetic sling having a cover and a core with the core constructed of synthetic yarns, the apparatus comprising:a frame defining a longitudinal frame axis;
a yarn feeder assembly associated with the frame;
a drive roller connected to the frame, the drive roller being drivable to draw yarn from the yarn feeder assembly;
a tailstock movably mounted to the frame, the tailstock movable relative to the frame parallel to the longitudinal frame axis;
an idler roller movably mounted to the tailstock, the idler roller movable relative to the tailstock parallel to the longitudinal frame axis; and
an idler actuator comprised of a hydraulic actuator having a first cylinder, a first shaft, a second cylinder and a second shaft, the first shaft connected to a first end of the idler roller and the second shaft connected to a second end of the idler roller, the idler actuator secured to the tailstock and the idler roller, the idler actuator configured to move the idler roller from a loading position spaced at a first distance from the tailstock to a tensioned position spaced at a second distance from the tailstock, the first distance being greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,113,264

DEVICE ADAPTED TO MAINTAIN FORM AND ASSIST IN DRYING OF A GLOVE

1. A device for substantially maintaining the full form of a glove while facilitating drying of the glove, said device comprising a hand-shaped form having:a palm portion comprising a substantially planar flange having a first side and a second side; and
a plurality of finger flanges comprising: an index finger flange, a middle finger flange, a ring finger flange, and a pinky finger flange; each of said finger flanges configured to extend from said first end of said substantially planar flange of said palm portion;
a first peripheral flange configured to extend away from and be in continuous proximity to, a periphery formed by said first side of said palm portion and said plurality of finger flanges;
a second peripheral flange configured to extend away from and be in continuous proximity to, a periphery formed by said second side of said palm portion and said plurality of finger flanges;
a first transverse flange for each of said finger flanges, each configured to extend away from a first side thereof, and to be substantially centered on the finger flange;
a second transverse flange for each of said finger flanges, each configure to extend away from a first side thereof, and to be substantially centered on the finger flange; and
a thumb portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,263

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH IMAGING CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to an automatic treating cycle of operation, comprising:a laundry treating chamber receiving laundry for treatment;
at least one component operable to implement at least part of the automatic treating cycle of operation;
an imaging device mounted to the laundry treating appliance and having a sensor operably coupled with at least a portion of the laundry treating chamber during execution of the automatic treating cycle of operation and outputting data representative of at least a portion of the laundry in the laundry treating chamber;
an indicator configured to output a signal; and
a controller receiving the data and operably coupled to the indicator, the controller comprising analysis software that is configured to determine a motion condition of the laundry based on the data and the controller configured to determine a condition of concern of the laundry based on the data and to activate the indicator to emit a signal based on the determined condition to notify a user of the determined condition of concern.

US Pat. No. 10,113,262

DRYER APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING RESTRICTIONS IN DRYER APPLIANCES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for diagnosing a restriction in a dryer appliance, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of temperature readings at a controller of the dryer appliance during each operation of the dryer appliance by intermittently measuring a temperature of inlet air to the dryer appliance from a temperature sensor mounted within a cabinet of the dryer appliance;
obtaining a heater status for a heater of the dryer appliance at the controller during each measurement of the temperature;
estimating an effective opening size equal to or smaller in relation to an actual opening size of an outlet assembly in the dryer appliance at the controller during each operation of the dryer appliance based on the temperature and heater status for each of the plurality of temperature readings, the estimating comprising
calculating a heater contribution rate for temperature and a decay rate for temperature for the plurality of temperature readings at the controller utilizing the temperature and heater status for each of the plurality of temperature readings, and
utilizing at least one of the heater contribution rate for temperature and the decay rate for temperature to estimate the effective opening size; and
transmitting a restriction signal from the controller when the effective opening size is less than a predetermined minimum size threshold,
wherein the effective opening size is correlated to the at least one of the heater contribution rate for temperature or the decay rate for temperature,
wherein the heater contribution rate for temperature includes a rate of temperature increase at an active status of the heater, and
wherein the decay rate for temperature includes a rate of temperature decrease at an inactive status of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,113,260

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance configured to implement a cycle of operation to treat a load of laundry, comprising:a basket defining a treating chamber and rotatable about an axis of rotation;
a motor having a rotor and a stator;
a shifter within an interior diameter of the stator and having an energizable clutch coil at least partially enveloped in a magnetically permeable housing and a magnetically permeable slidable drive mechanism radially spaced from the housing and configured to selectively couple the basket with the rotor; and
a concentric magnetically permeable ring located on the rotor, radially spaced and axially aligned with a portion of the magnetically permeable housing, and radially aligned and axially spaced from the slidable drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,113,258

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a housing;
a tub that is located inside the housing and that is configured to receive water;
a drum that is configured to rotate, that is located inside the tub, and that is configured to receive laundry; and
three or more tub support units that are each configured to connect the tub and the housing and that includes:
a first support member that is located at the housing;
a second support member that is located at the tub; and
a connector that is configured to connect the first support member and the second support member,
wherein the first support member of at least one of the three or more tub support units includes a first bracket that is detachably coupled to the housing and that is located adjacent to a first side of the tub, and
wherein the first support member of one or more remaining of the three or more tub support units includes a second bracket that is integrated with the housing and that is located adjacent to a second side of the tub that is opposite the first side of the tub.