US Pat. No. 10,459,205

AUTO FOCUS AND OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION IN A COMPACT FOLDED CAMERA

Corephotonics Ltd, Tel A...

1. An optical path folding element (OPFE) actuation sub-assembly comprising:a) a voice coil motor (VCM) actuator for actuating the OPFE to tilt around a virtual hinge axis positioned externally to the OPFE, the VCM actuator including a magnet rigidly coupled to the OPFE and a coil rigidly coupled to a base; and
b) a Hall-bar co-located with the coil and used for measuring a magnetic field in the Hall-bar correlated with an amount of tilt of the OPFE, wherein the Hall-bar measurement has a sensitivity that is increased by an increase in a relative motion between the magnet and the Hall-bar, the increase in the relative motion enabled by the positioning of the virtual hinge axis externally to the OPFE.

US Pat. No. 10,459,200

OPTICAL IMAGING LENS

Genius Electronic Optical...

1. An optical imaging lens comprising a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element, a sixth lens element and a seventh lens element sequentially from an object side to an image side along an optical axis, the first lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refracting power in a first order from the object side to the image side, the second lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refracting power in a second order from the object side to the image side, the third lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refracting power in a third order from the object side to the image side, the fourth lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refracting power in a fourth order from the object side to the image side, the fifth lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refracting power in a fifth order from the object side to the image side, the sixth lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refracting power in a sixth order from the object side to the image side, the seventh lens element being arranged to be a lens element having refracting power in a last order from the object side to the image side, the first lens element to the seventh lens element each comprising an object-side surface facing toward the object side and allowing imaging rays to pass through and an image-side surface facing toward the image side and allowing the imaging rays to pass through, wherein:the first lens element has positive or negative refracting power;
the second lens element has negative refracting power and the image-side surface of the second lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of a periphery of the second lens element;
the third lens element has positive refracting power, the object-side surface of the third lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis;
the image-side surface of the fourth lens element comprises a concave portion in a vicinity of the optical axis;
the object-side surface of the fifth lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis;
the image-side surface of the sixth lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis;
the image-side surface of the seventh lens element comprises a concave portion in a vicinity of the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,459,195

IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

NANCHANG O-FILM OPTICAL-E...

1. An imaging lens consisting of, in order from an object side:a first lens having negative refractive power;
a second lens having negative refractive power;
a third lens having positive refractive power;
a fourth lens having positive refractive power;
a fifth lens; and
a sixth lens,
wherein the fifth lens has positive refractive power and the sixth lens has negative refractive power, and
the following conditional expressions (1) and (2) are satisfied;
?0.37 1.8 where
f?: a focal length of an entire system
f1: a focal length of the first lens
t3: a central thickness of the third lens.

US Pat. No. 10,459,194

FOUR-PIECE INFRARED SINGLE WAVELENGTH PROJECTION LENS SYSTEM

NEWMAX TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A four-piece infrared single wavelength projection lens system, in order from an image side to an image source side, comprising:a stop;
a first lens element with a positive refractive power, having an image-side surface being convex near an optical axis, at least one of the image-side surface and an image source-side surface of the first lens element being aspheric, the first lens element being made of glass;
a second lens element with a refractive power, having an image-side surface being convex near the optical axis and an image source-side surface being concave near the optical axis, at least one of the image-side surface and the image source-side surface of the second lens element being aspheric;
a third lens element with a negative refractive power, having an image-side surface being concave near the optical axis and an image source-side surface being concave near the optical axis, at least one of the image-side surface and the image source-side surface of the third lens element being aspheric; and
a fourth lens element with a positive refractive power, having an image-side surface being concave near the optical axis and an image source-side surface being convex near the optical axis, at least one of the image-side surface and the image source-side surface of the fourth lens element being aspheric;
wherein a focal length of the first lens element is f1, a focal length of the third lens element is f3, and they satisfy the relation: ?4.9

US Pat. No. 10,459,193

REAL-TIME AUTOFOCUS FOCUSING ALGORITHM

LEICA BIOSYSTEMS IMAGING,...

1. A digital scanning apparatus comprising:a stage configured to support a sample;
an objective lens positioned for viewing a portion of the sample, the objective lens defining an optical path;
an imaging sensor optically coupled with the objective lens, wherein the imaging sensor comprises a plurality of imaging-sensor pixels configured to capture image data via the optical path, and wherein all of the plurality of imaging-sensor pixels are within a single first image plane that is orthogonal to the optical path;
a focusing sensor optically coupled with the objective lens, wherein the focusing sensor comprises a plurality of focusing-sensor pixels configured to capture image data via the optical path, wherein the focusing sensor is logically tilted with respect to the optical path such that each of the plurality of focusing-sensor pixels is on a different image plane than all of the other focusing-sensor pixels, and wherein a parfocal position on the focusing sensor is parfocal with the first image plane; and
a processor configured to automatically adjust a distance between the objective lens and the sample, during scanning of the sample, by
receiving image data from each of the plurality of imaging-sensor pixels, and determining a contrast value for the image data for each of a plurality of imaging-sensor positions on the imaging sensor,
receiving image data from each of the plurality of focusing-sensor pixels, and determining a contrast value for the image data for each of a plurality of focusing-sensor positions on the focusing sensor,
for each of a plurality of pairs of corresponding imaging-sensor and focusing-sensor positions, calculating a contrast-value ratio of the contrast value for the image data for the focusing-sensor position in the pair to the contrast value for the image data for the corresponding imaging-sensor position in the pair,
identifying a peak value of the calculated contrast-value ratios,
identifying a contrast-value ratio associated with the parfocal position on the focusing sensor as a parfocal value,
determining a distance and direction between the peak value and the parfocal value, and
adjusting a distance between the objective lens and the sample, during scanning of the sample, in accordance with the determined distance and direction between the peak value and the parfocal value.

US Pat. No. 10,459,190

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to successively image a subject and sequentially generate image data;
a control circuit configured to clip a predetermined area that is set in advance from each of images corresponding to the image data sequentially generated by the image sensor,
analyze the predetermined areas sequentially clipped and generate an analysis result indicating an identified subject,
determine an AF target in the images based on the analysis result generated, and
select and determine an optimal AF mode from among a plurality of AF modes set in advance, based on the analysis result generated and a determination result of determination performed; and
a touch panel configured to detect a touch position of an external object and output a coordinate signal indicating the touch position, wherein the control circuit is further configured to
output an operation signal that is obtained by converting the coordinate signal output by the touch panel to a relative coordinate with an origin at the predetermined area, and
repeat, every time the touch panel outputs the coordinate signal in accordance with a change in the touch position, control of moving a position of the predetermined area to be clipped from the images by the image clipping unit based on the operation signal output, and thereafter, analyze the predetermined area of a latest image corresponding to latest image data generated by the image sensor, to determine the AF target, and to select and determine the optimal AF mode.

US Pat. No. 10,459,188

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND IMAGING DEVICE

IRISO ELECTRONICS CO., LT...

1. An electronic component comprising:a housing that accommodates an imaging component;
the housing including an external device connection that conductively connects the imaging component and an external device to each other; and
wherein the external device connection includes
an internal conductor that becomes conductively connected to the external device, and
an external conductor that is formed in a tubular shape and accommodates the internal conductor,
wherein a screw portion is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the external conductor,
wherein a screw hole is provided in the housing, the screw hole holding the external device connection in the housing by having the screw portion screwed to the screw hole, and
wherein a sealing portion, formed by filling a seal material, is provided on an internal surface of the housing so as to contact and seal the external device connection for waterproofing.

US Pat. No. 10,459,175

OPTICAL DEVICE, AND OPTICAL COMMUNICATION MODULE USING THE SAME

FUJITSU OPTICAL COMPONENT...

1. An optical device comprising:a photonic integrated circuit having a modulator block and a photodetector block for transmitting and receiving optical signals via multiple channels; and
a wiring board configured to transmit and receive electrical signals to and from the photonic integrated circuit, multiple electrical wirings formed on the wiring board being associated with the multiple channels,
wherein the photonic integrated circuit has a first optical waveguide set extending from an output end of the modulator block to an output port of the photonic integrated circuit, and a second optical waveguide set extending from an input port of the photonic integrated circuit to an input end of the photodetector block,
wherein in the first optical waveguide set and the second optical waveguide set, each of optical waveguides is provided in a shortest path for each of the multiple channels, and,
wherein lengths of the multiple electrical wirings are set so as to compensate for a difference in optical waveguide length among the multiple channels.

US Pat. No. 10,459,161

PHOTONIC WAVEGUIDE FORMED FROM CORE MATERIAL WITH TUNED INDEX OF REFRACTION

CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A photonic waveguide comprising:a layer of core material; and
a waveguide core extending through the core material;
wherein the core material surrounding the waveguide core is modified to simulate clad material and the photonic waveguide comprises a polymer waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,459,153

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF, ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A light guide plate for use in a liquid crystal display device, the liquid crystal display device comprising an array substrate with a gate driving circuit being fabricated in a pixel unit, the light guide plate comprising a light guide plate body and a plurality of net-dots disposed on the light guide plate body, the net-dots characterized by at least one of the following:a density of net-dots in a first region of the light guide plate body that is greater than a density of net-dots in a second region of the light guide plate body, wherein the first region corresponds to a first display region of the array substrate which is a region where the gate driving circuit is fabricated in the pixel unit, and wherein the second region corresponds to a second display region of the array substrate which is a region other than the first display region; and,
a diameter of net-dots in the first region of the light guide plate body is greater than a diameter of net-dots in the second region of the light guide plate body.

US Pat. No. 10,459,149

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO. LTD.,...

1. A backlight unit, comprising:a light source unit including a point light source;
a light guide plate including a coating layer and disposed on a path of light emitted from the light source unit, wherein a plurality of split patterns is defined in the light guide plate,
wherein
the plurality of split patterns transmits a part of the light emitted from the light source unit and reflects a remaining part thereof, and
the plurality of split patterns is concentrically arranged on the light guide plate and around the light source unit,
the coating layer is disposed to surround a light splitting portion, and
each of the plurality of split patterns include the light splitting portion having an incident surface on which the light emitted from the light source unit is incident.

US Pat. No. 10,459,147

DUAL SURFACE COLLIMATOR AND 3D ELECTRONIC DISPLAY EMPLOYING GRATING-BASED BACKLIGHTING USING SAME

LEIA INC., Menlo Park, C...

1. A dual surface collimator comprising:an entrance surface having a curved shape, the entrance surface being configured to refract incident light from a light source; and
a reflector surface opposite to the entrance surface and having another curved shape, the reflector surface being configured to reflect the refracted light back toward the entrance surface, the entrance surface being further configured to re-reflect the reflected light by total internal reflection toward an output aperture of the dual surface collimator,
wherein the curved shapes and a relative orientation of the entrance surface and the reflector surface, in combination, are configured to convert the incident light into dual-direction collimated light at the output aperture, the dual-direction collimated light having a non-zero propagation angle relative to a horizontal plane of the dual surface collimator.

US Pat. No. 10,459,144

DISPLAY MODULE

INNOLUX CORPORATION, Chu...

1. A display module, comprising:a display panel; and
a backlight module disposed on a side of the display panel, the backlight module comprising:
a light guide;
a light emitting diode having a light emitting surface, wherein the light emitting surface is adjacent to the light guide; and
a first optical film located between the light guide and the display panel, the first optical film comprising a first prism, the first prism extending along a first direction;
wherein the first prism has a first unit area and a second unit area;
wherein an edge of the first unit area is spaced apart from an outer edge of the first prism by 250 ?m, an edge of the second unit area is located at the outer edge of the first prism, sizes of the first unit area and the second unit area are 1 ?m*1 ?m respectively, a first part of the first prism in the first unit area has a first average height, a second part of the first prism in the second unit area has a second average height, and the first average height is larger than the second average height.

US Pat. No. 10,459,122

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ANTI GLARE LAYER AND DISPLAY PANEL

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A manufacturing method of an anti glare layer, comprises steps of:preparing a spray solution comprising transparent organic resin particles, each having a metal-oxide shell structure;
spraying the spray solution uniformly onto the glass substrate by a spraying device to form an arrangement structure on the glass substrate;
spraying an acidic liquid on the arrangement structure to remove the metal-oxide shell structures of the particles each having the metal-oxide shell structure to form gaps among the particles;
implementing an annealing treatment to the particles to form the anti glare layer.

US Pat. No. 10,459,120

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A WEATHER VOLATILITY INDEX

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:retrieving weather data collected from one or more weather sensors over a temporal domain, a spatial domain, or a combination thereof, wherein the one or more weather sensors provide the weather data for each of a plurality of geographic points;
calculating based on the weather data to determine how much at least one weather attribute changes per geographic point over the temporal domain, the spatial domain, or a combination thereof as volatility data for the at least one weather attribute;
generating a volatility index to represent the volatility data per geographic point over the temporal domain, the spatial domain, or a combination thereof; and
interpolating subsequent weather data collected from the respective geographic point or from a geographic area represented by the respective geographic point using a time limit, a distance limit, or a combination thereof per geographic point or area based on the respective volatility index, wherein the time limit, the distance limit, or a combination thereof vary for the geographic points or areas based on the respective volatility index.

US Pat. No. 10,459,113

USER SELECTABLE REMOTE PROGRAMMING FOR CASCADE-CONNECTED LIGHT CURTAINS

Banner Engineering Corp.,...

1. A cascadable light curtain apparatus arranged to receive requests from a remote request generator, the apparatus comprising:a housing extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end of a light curtain segment;
a distal electrical interface disposed at a distal end of the housing;
a proximal electrical interface disposed at a proximal end of the housing;
a processor system disposed in the housing and operatively coupled to send and receive communication signals via the distal electrical interface and the proximal electrical interface; and,
a data store coupled to the processor system and containing a program of instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations to control a programming mode of one or more cascadable light curtain segments that are connected in a cascade arrangement, the operations comprising:
receive a request signal via the distal electrical interface;
determine if the received request signal contains an initial predetermined programming mode request (PPMR);
retrieve status information that indicates whether the light curtain segment is a master or a slave in the one or more cascadable light curtain segments;
if the retrieved status information indicates that the light curtain segment is a slave in the string of cascade connected light curtain segments, and the request signal contains the initial PPMR:
generate a replica PPMR that substantially reproduces the initial PPMR, and,
transmit the replica PPMR via the proximal electrical interface;
if the retrieved status information indicates that the light curtain segment is a master in the string of cascade connected light curtain segments, and the request signal contains the initial PPMR:
select which segments of the one or more cascadable light curtain segments to program based on the request signal,
generate a cascade programming mode command signal (CPMCS) for the selected segments of the one or more cascadable light curtain segments, and,
transmit the CPMCS via at least one of the distal electrical interface and the proximal electrical interface to cause each of the one or more cascadable light curtain segments to enter a predetermined learn mode.

US Pat. No. 10,459,108

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MEASURE OR GENERATE AN ELECTRICAL FIELD DOWNHOLE

GroundMetrics, Inc., San...

1. A system for generation of an electrical field downhole comprising:a first pair of electrodes including a first electrode within a borehole having an axis, the first electrode being in electrical contact with the Earth via an operative capacitive coupling and an additional electrode disposed in the borehole opposite the first electrode, wherein the first electrode and the additional electrode are spaced in a direction orthogonal to the axis of the borehole;
a first amplifier connected to the first electrode and configured to apply a voltage to the first electrode and an additional amplifier connected to the additional electrode and configured to apply a voltage to the additional electrode wherein the first pair of electrodes and the amplifiers are configured to be a source that generates an electrical field in a direction substantially orthogonal to the axis of the borehole;
a second pair of electrodes each connected to an associated amplifier and spaced in a direction orthogonal to the axis of the borehole, wherein the second pair of electrodes is configured to be a second source that generates an electrical field in a direction substantially orthogonal to the axis of the borehole and different from the direction of the electrical field generated by the first pair of electrodes; and
a second electrode being part of a group of counter electrodes spaced from each other and disposed outside the borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,459,107

WELL MONITORING WITH AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC DIVER

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A monitoring apparatus for use in a well, the monitoring apparatus comprising:multiple segments, the segments comprising at least one buoyance control device, at least one communication device, and at least one well parameter sensor; and
a wheel disposed within each of the multiple segments and wherein the wheel includes a magnetic material, wherein the wheel is configured to retract in and out of each of the multiple segments, and wherein rotation of the wheel is configured to generate energy.

US Pat. No. 10,459,104

METAL AMMUNITION DETECTION DEVICE

1. A mobile ammunition detection device kit configured for locating foreign objects within a game or food item placed thereon comprising:a housing having a top surface and at least one handle operatively coupled to the housing, wherein the at least one handle is located laterally from and parallel with the top surface of the housing;
a metal detection device located within the housing and underneath the top surface configured to locate metal objects embedded within the game or food item that is located on the top surface;
a light emitting device located within the housing and under the top surface, wherein the light emitting device is configured to allow a user to visually locate non-translucent objects embedded within the food item that is located on the top surface;
a flat sheet translucent or transparent cover configured to be disposed over the top surface of the housing;
an alert selection switch device disposed on the housing and operatively coupled with the metal detection device to provide a user with an alert that a metal object has been detected; and
a power actuator switch device operatively coupled to the metal detection device and the alert selection switch, the power actuator switch configured to engage a power source.

US Pat. No. 10,459,103

MAGNETIC ENTRY PORTAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A system comprising:a magnet configured to produce a magnetic field within a three-dimensional volume;
an infrared proximity sensor comprising an infrared transmitter and an infrared receiver, the infrared proximity sensor configured to generate proximity data indicative of a user within the three-dimensional volume at a first time;
a receiver;
a memory, storing computer-executable instructions; and
a hardware processor to execute the computer-executable instructions to:
receive the proximity data;
determine presence of the user at the first time based on the proximity data;
receive, using the receiver, device data transmitted by a portable device, wherein the device data includes a device identifier and magnetometer data that was obtained at least in part at a second time;
determine the magnetometer data is indicative of the magnetic field;
determine the first time and the second time are within a threshold time of one another;
access user account information associated with the device identifier; and
generate entry data that indicates the user is associated with the user account information associated with the device identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,459,101

METHOD FOR NEAR-REAL-TIME, HIGH-RESOLUTIONSIGNAL FILTERING IN NOISY ENVIRONMENTS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for downhole signal filtering comprising:disposing a downhole tool into a wellbore, wherein the downhole tool comprises:
a transmitter configured to broadcast a plurality of signals; and
a receiver configured to record the plurality of signals;
broadcasting the plurality of signals from a transmitter;
recording the plurality of signals with a receiver to provide a data series;
providing bounds for the data series;
determining one or more outliers in the data series from the bounds;
computing a difference in the data series between adjacent pairs of values;
comparing the adjacent pairs of values to other values in the data series;
determining a difference between the adjacent pairs of values; and
filtering the data series, the filtering comprising removing the one or more outliers from the data series to produce a filtered data series.

US Pat. No. 10,459,095

FLAT-PLATE PET IMAGING DEVICE WITH WINDOW

RAYCAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A flat-plate PET imaging device with a window, wherein the flat-plate PET imaging device comprises:a first flat plate comprising a first array of PET detectors that are arranged sequentially in a plate shape side by side and at least one first window;
a second flat plate comprising a second array of PET detectors that are arranged sequentially in a plate shape side by side, the second flat plate being parallel to the first flat plate; and
a support device to which the first flat plate and the second flat plate are fixed,
wherein the at least one first window has an area that is of integral multiple of an area of one of the first array of PET detectors by omitting or removing at least one of the first array of PET detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,459,089

ADAPTIVE POSITIONING SYSTEM

AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES INTERN...

1. A method comprising:concurrently implementing, by a device comprising at least one processor, a first positioning system that generates first positioning information items and a second positioning system that generates second positioning information items;
buffering at least some of the first positioning information items generated by the first positioning system and at least some of the second positioning information items generated by the second positioning system;
determining a position estimation for the device based at least in part on at least one of the second positioning information items generated by the second positioning system;
detecting a degradation in a quality of the second positioning system;
in response to detecting the degradation in the quality of the second positioning system, determining a change from a prior environment to a current environment;
selecting the first positioning system based on the determined change and determining the position estimation for the device based at least in part on at least one of the buffered first positioning information items generated by the first positioning system; and
periodically updating the first positioning system based on the second positioning information items generated by the second positioning system when a signal strength of at least one positioning signal received via the second positioning system satisfies a signal strength threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,459,088

POSITIONING METHOD AND TERMINAL

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A notifying method, comprising:causing a processor to calculate an integer bias for a plurality of positioning signals received from satellites;
causing the processor to select a location candidate group that is acquired through the calculation of the integer bias, based on a float solution, the location candidate group indicating candidates of a location of a terminal; and
causing the processor to notify that the terminal is located at a predetermined point on a map, under a condition in which the location candidate group is included in a line-shaped area and the solution indicating the location of the terminal has not been acquired based on the calculated integer bias.

US Pat. No. 10,459,080

RADAR-BASED OBJECT DETECTION FOR VEHICLES

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A radar-based object detection component implemented in a vehicle, the radar-based object detection component comprising:at least one radar sensor positioned within an interior of the vehicle, the at least one radar sensor comprising at least one radar-emitting element and at least one antenna; and
a radar module implemented at least partially in hardware and configured to authenticate a driver of the vehicle by:
receiving, via the antenna, an incoming RF signal generated by an outgoing RF signal emitted by the radar-emitting element of the radar sensor reflecting off a portion of the driver that is performing at least one gesture;
determining the gesture based on the incoming RF signal;
comparing the determined gesture to stored gestures corresponding to known persons permitted to drive the vehicle; and
authenticating the driver as a known person permitted to drive the vehicle based on the determined gesture matching one of the stored gestures.

US Pat. No. 10,459,073

ACOUSTIC WAVE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An acoustic wave diagnostic apparatus comprising:an acoustic probe for transmitting acoustic waves toward a specimen and outputting an acoustic echo signal representing an acoustic echo from the specimen;
a velocity scale setting device for setting a velocity scale having a boundary value, the velocity scale being used to display a velocity of a moving body within the specimen;
a velocity calculation device for calculating the velocity of the moving body within the specimen using the acoustic echo signal output from said acoustic probe;
a display control device for displaying information, which indicates the calculated velocity of the moving body, on a display unit in accordance with the velocity scale set by said velocity scale setting device;
a brightness control device for creating pulses used in backlight control, the brightness of the display unit being adjusted by a backlight; and
a frequency setting device for setting the frequency of the pulses based on the set velocity scale for displaying the calculated velocity of the moving body, the frequency setting device configured to
if the velocity scale set by the user has a first boundary value which is less than a threshold value, set the frequency of the pulses for controlling the brightness of the display to a first frequency which is equal to or greater than the first boundary value, and
if the velocity scale set by the user has a second boundary value which is equal to or greater than the threshold value, set the frequency of the pulses for controlling the brightness of the display to a second frequency which is lower than any of the first frequency and the frequency corresponding to the first boundary value which is less than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,459,068

LOCATION SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A location system comprising:at least three fixed stations having known install locations;
at least one mobile station configured to transmit a radio signal to each of the fixed stations in each posteriori period of a location calculation; and
at least one processor configured to calculate a location of the mobile station based on an arrival time of the radio signal at each of the fixed stations, wherein:
each of the fixed stations is further configured to:
detect the arrival time of the radio signal in each posteriori period, and
detect a carrier wave phase of the radio signal, and
the at least one processor is further configured to:
predict, from the arrival time of the radio signal in a preceding posteriori period, the arrival time of the radio signal in a following posteriori period based on a carrier wave phase difference of the radio signal by using an error reduction algorithm that predicts a system state value by correcting an error included in a non-predicted system state value based on a system state measurement value, and
calculate the location of the mobile station by using the predicted arrival time of the radio signal,
wherein:
the mobile station is configured to transmit a plurality of radio signals at a plurality of times having a predetermined time interval in each posteriori period,
each of the fixed stations is configured to detect arrival times of at least one radio signal among the plurality of radio signals and carrier wave phases of two or more radio signals among the plurality of radio signals, and
the at least one processor is configured to:
calculate a difference of arrival times of the plurality of radio signals between the fixed stations from the arrival time of the at least one radio signal,
calculate a difference between a carrier wave phase difference of the plurality of radio signals between the fixed stations from a carrier wave phase of a radio signal among two or more radio signals,
calculate a carrier wave phase difference of the plurality of radio signals between the fixed stations from a carrier wave phase of an other-time radio signal, and
use the error reduction algorithm to increase reliability of the predicted arrival times of the plurality of radio signals in the following posteriori period, the arrival times being predicted from the difference of arrival times and the difference between the carrier wave phase differences.

US Pat. No. 10,459,067

CEILING-MOUNTED RFID-ENABLED TRACKING

QUAKE GLOBAL, INC., San ...

1. An apparatus for tracking a subject using radio-frequency identification (RFID), the apparatus comprising:an antenna array comprising a plurality of articulating brackets and a plurality of antennas, wherein each of the plurality of articulating brackets is configured to rotate a corresponding one of the plurality of antennas into a plurality of orientations within at least a subset of a range of 0° to 180° around at least one axis, and wherein each of the plurality of antennas is configured to receive an RFID signal from an RFID tag; and
at least one processor that
detects whether or not at least one tracking target is present, and,
when the presence of at least one tracking target is detected,
determines a distance between the at least one tracking target and the antenna array based on a strength of one or more signals received by the antenna array,
determines a trajectory of the at least one tracking target based on the determined distance, wherein determining the trajectory of the at least one tracking target comprises determining the trajectory of the at least one tracking target based on one or more of a strength, sampling rate, direction, phase, and time span of the one or more signals received by the antenna array, and,
based on the determined trajectory of the at least one tracking target, automatically controls a first articulating bracket of the antenna array to rotate a first antenna of the antenna array into a new orientation to continue tracking the at least one tracking target.

US Pat. No. 10,459,065

INDOOR LOCALIZATION USING RECEIVED SIGNAL QUALITY WEIGHTS

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A target device configured to determine the location of the target device by use of a set of multiple anchor nodes having known locations, wherein the target device comprising:an antenna configured to receive modulated radio frequency signals transmitted from the set of multiple anchor nodes, the radio frequency signals including information mapped to complex symbols;
a demodulator and equalizer configured to recover unequalized complex symbols and equalized complex symbols from the received radio frequency signals; and
a controller configured to:
determine, for each anchor node, based on the received radio frequency signal, an estimate of the distance between the target device and the anchor node or an estimate of the angle of arrival of the radio frequency signal to the target device;
assign a weight for each anchor node based on a pre-equalization spectral flatness determined based on the unequalized complex symbols, or a received symbol distortion or a post-equalization spectral flatness determined based on the equalized complex symbols; and
determine the position of the target device based on the estimates of the distances or the estimates of the angles of arrival for the multiple anchor nodes, the corresponding weights, and the locations of the multiple anchor nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,459,064

LOCATION SYSTEM

Sonitor Technologies AS, ...

1. A system for determining a location of a mobile receiver unit, the system comprising:a plurality of static transmitter units, each comprising a respective radio transmitter and a respective clock, and being configured to use the respective clock to transmit a respective positioning signal according to a respective transmission schedule;
one or more radio gateways for communicating with the static transmitter units by radio, each radio gateway comprising a respective clock;
a scheduling server, communicatively coupled to the plurality of static transmitter units and to the one or more radio gateways;
a mobile receiver unit configured to receive a positioning signal from any of the static transmitter units; and
a location-determining server, wherein the scheduling server is configured to:
use information representing a respective drift or offset of each of the respective clocks of the static transmitter units to generate the respective transmission schedules for the respective static transmitter units, each transmission schedule instructing a respective static transmitter unit to transmit the respective positioning signal at one or more scheduled times according to the clock of the static transmitter unit, by (i) determining information representing a device graph, the device graph comprising the one or more radio gateways and the static transmitter units, wherein a pair of devices is connected in the device graph when the scheduling server has received information representing the drift or offset of respective clocks of the pair of devices, satisfying one or more quality criteria, that enables the scheduling server to map time between the respective clocks of the pair of devices, and (ii) for each static transmitter unit, determining a respective shortest path through the device graph between a reference radio gateway of the one or more radio gateways and the static transmitter unit, and composing relative offset or drift information for devices along the respective shortest path in order to map a respective time or time period from the clock of the reference radio gateway to the clock of the respective static transmitter unit; and
send the respective transmission schedules to the respective static transmitters units;
wherein the mobile receiver unit is configured to send information derived from a positioning signal, received from any of the static transmitter units, to the location-determining server, and
wherein the location-determining server is configured to use the information sent by the mobile receiver unit to determine the location of the mobile receiver unit.

US Pat. No. 10,459,059

PHASE CORRECTED DIXON MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging system for acquiring magnetic resonance data from an imaging zone, wherein the magnetic resonance imaging system comprises:a processor for controlling the magnetic resonance imaging system;
a memory containing machine executable instructions and pulse sequence commands which cause the magnetic resonance imaging system to acquire the magnetic resonance data according to a Dixon magnetic resonance imaging method, wherein the pulse sequence commands cause the magnetic resonance imaging system to execute multiple pulse repetitions, wherein each of the multiple pulse repetitions causes the magnetic resonance imaging system to generate a Dixon readout gradient along a readout direction,wherein each of the multiple pulse repetitions further causes the magnetic resonance imaging system to sample Dixon magnetic resonance data during the Dixon readout gradient,wherein the pulse sequence commands further cause the processor to perform one or more first modified pulse repetitions, wherein the pulse sequence commands further cause the processor to perform one or more second modified pulse repetitions,wherein each of the one or more first modified pulse repetitions causes the magnetic resonance imaging system to generate a first modified readout gradient, wherein the pulse sequence commands further cause the magnetic resonance imaging system to acquire first calibration magnetic resonance data during the first modified readout gradient during at least one of the one or more first modified pulse repetitions, wherein the first modified readout gradient is the Dixon readout gradient with an amplitude reduced by a predetermined factor,wherein each of the one or more second modified pulse repetitions causes the magnetic resonance imaging system to generate a second modified readout gradient,wherein the pulse sequence commands further cause the magnetic resonance imaging system to acquire second calibration magnetic resonance data during the second modified readout gradient during at least one of the one or more second modified pulse repetitions, wherein the second modified readout gradient is the Dixon readout gradient with an amplitude reduced by said or a different predetermined factor, wherein the first or the second modified readout gradient has a reversed polarity with respect to the Dixon readout gradient and the other modified readout gradient,wherein execution of the machine executable instructions cause the processor to:acquire the Dixon magnetic resonance data, the first calibration magnetic resonance data, and the second calibration magnetic resonance data by controlling the magnetic resonance imaging system with the pulse sequence commands;
calculate first Fourier transformed data by Fourier transforming the first calibration magnetic resonance data in the readout direction;
calculate second Fourier transformed data by Fourier transforming the second calibration magnetic resonance data in the readout direction;
calculate a phase difference between the first Fourier transformed data and the second Fourier transformed data;
calculate a corrected phase difference by interpolating the phase difference along the Dixon readout gradient direction and by scaling the phase difference using the relevant predetermined factor;
calculate corrected Dixon magnetic resonance data from the Dixon magnetic resonance data and the corrected phase difference; and
calculate a water signal and a fat signal from the corrected Dixon magnetic resonance data.

US Pat. No. 10,459,048

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND GRADIENT COIL

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a gradient coil configured to generate a gradient magnetic field in an image taking space,
wherein
the gradient coil includes:
a first coil member formed by using a first metal that is non-magnetic; and
a second coil member connected to the first coil member and formed by using a second metal that is different from the first metal and is non-magnetic, wherein
the first coil member is a conductor pattern that forms a coil, and
the second coil member is a terminal that has connected thereto a power supply cable configured to supply an electric current flowing in the conductor pattern,
wherein the first coil member is connected to the second coil member by solder at a connection surface that is a part of a surface of the first coil member, the connection surface being connected to the second member after being plated with either tin or nickel.

US Pat. No. 10,459,042

MAGNETORESISTIVE RELAY

MultiDimension Technology...

1. A magnetoresistive relay, comprising:a substrate and a magnetic excitation coil, a magnetoresistive sensor, and a switch integrated circuit which is placed on the substrate, and
further comprising an excitation signal input electrode, an excitation signal output electrode, a switch circuit positive output electrode, a switch circuit negative output electrode, a power input electrode, and a ground electrode,
wherein the ends of the magnetic excitation coil are each connected with the excitation signal input electrode and the excitation signal output electrodes,
wherein the signal from the magnetoresistive sensor is sent to the switch integrated circuit,
wherein the switch circuit positive output electrode and the switch circuit negative output electrode are respectively connected with the switch integrated circuit, and the power input ends and the ground ends of the switch integrated circuit and the magnetoresistive sensor are respectively connected with the power input electrode and the ground electrode,
wherein, during operation, the magnetic field from the excitation coil provides an on/off signal, and the signal is used to change the magnetoresistance of the magnetoresistive sensor, and
wherein the switch integrated circuit receives the signal from the magnetoresistive sensor, and from this the external output switching action is realized.

US Pat. No. 10,459,041

MAGNETIC DETECTION SYSTEM WITH HIGHLY INTEGRATED DIAMOND NITROGEN VACANCY SENSOR

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

1. A system for magnetic detection, comprising:a housing comprising:
a top plate;
a bottom plate;
at least one side plate; and
a main plate provided between the side plate and the bottom plate;
a magneto-optical defect center material comprising at least one magneto-optical defect center that emits an optical signal when excited by an excitation light,
a radio frequency (RF) exciter system configured to provide RF excitation to the magneto-optical defect center material;
an optical excitation system configured to direct the excitation light to the magneto-optical defect center material; and
an optical detector configured to receive the optical signal emitted by the magneto-optical defect center material based on the excitation light and the RF excitation,
wherein the top plate, the bottom plate, the at least one side plate and a portion of the main plate form an enclosure that contains the magneto-optical defect center material, the RF exciter system, the optical excitation system, and the optical detector, and
wherein the magneto-optical defect center material, the RF exciter system, the optical excitation system, and the optical detector are mounted to the main plate and capable of being unattached and remounted to the main plate to change at least one of a location or an angle of incidence of the excitation light on the magneto-optical defect center material.

US Pat. No. 10,459,038

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ESTIMATING A CURRENT OPEN-CIRCUIT VOLTAGE CHARACTERISTIC OF A BATTERY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for estimating a current open-circuit voltage characteristic of a battery, the method comprising:acquiring, with a voltage sensor, a portion of an actual open-circuit voltage characteristic of the battery,
determining, with a computer, a significant point in the acquired portion of the actual open-circuit voltage characteristic, wherein the significant point is a maximum or a minimum in a slope or curvature of the actual open-circuit voltage characteristic or is a point of inflection of the actual open-circuit voltage characteristic,
identifying an identified point, with the computer, in a characteristic curve of an anode potential of the battery, in a characteristic curve of a cathode potential of the battery, or both that is associated with the significant point
shifting and scaling, with the computer, the characteristic curve of the anode potential and the characteristic curve of the cathode potential based on a position of the significant point with respect to the identified point until the acquired portion is simulated by combination of the shifted and scaled characteristic curves,
calculating, with the computer, the current open-circuit voltage characteristic based on the shifted and scaled characteristic curves, and
providing, with the computer, a battery capacity on the basis of the current open-circuit voltage characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,459,034

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING STATE OF HEALTH (SOH) OF BATTERY

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of estimating a state of health (SOH) of a battery performed by one or more microprocessors, comprising:the one or more microprocessors being configured to:
measure a first voltage of the battery at a first time and a second voltage of the battery at a second time, and wherein an interval between the first time and the second time corresponds to a partial discharge time;
acquire a normalized partial discharge time using a battery model normalized with respect to a time;
calculate a full discharge time of the battery based on a ratio between the partial discharge time and the normalized partial discharge time; and
estimate the SOH based on a ratio between a stored full discharge time of a reference battery and the full discharge time of the battery,
wherein the first time is a point in time at which the operation of the battery has started, and the second time is a point in time immediately after the operation of the battery is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,459,026

DAMAGE PREVENTING IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR CONDUCTORS AND COUPLING POINTS IN ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS WITH DATA ACQUISITION

EL-WATCH AS, Rindal (NO)...

20. An identification system for preventing damage to one or both of electrical conductors (50a-c) and coupling points (51), comprisingat least one identification unit (10) for arrangement to a surface, end cap or cable shoe of an electrical conductor (50a-c), the identification unit (10) having an encapsulation (11) for arrangement of the identification unit (10) to the electrical conductor (50a-c), and for housing at least one visual tag (12, 16) and electronic tag (13),
wherein the identification unit (10) further includes a ferrite core configured for both measuring temperature and current and for suppressing noise on the electrical conductor (50a-c).

US Pat. No. 10,459,023

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE STRESS LEVELS IN HARVESTING MACHINE CIRCUITS

1. An electrical power system configured to drive a plurality of devices of a work vehicle, the electrical power system comprising:a plurality of electrical power circuits, wherein each one of the electrical power circuits is operatively connected to a different one of the plurality of devices;
a plurality of controllers, wherein each one of the controllers is operatively connected to a different one of the plurality of devices and includes an output operatively connected to the operatively connected one of the plurality of devices;
a plurality of input current sensors, each one of which is operatively connected to an input of a different one of the controllers, wherein each of the plurality of input current sensors is configured to determine an input current being supplied to the controller;
a plurality of output current sensors, each one of which is operatively connected to an output of a different one of the controllers and is configured to determine an output current being drawn by the operatively connected device through the operatively connected controller, wherein at least one of the plurality of controllers is configured to store sensed input current data and sensed output current data in a memory configured to store data and program instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,459,020

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR AUTOMATIC SIGNAL DETECTION BASED ON POWER DISTRIBUTION BY FREQUENCY OVER TIME WITHIN A SPECTRUM

DGS GLOBAL SYSTEMS, INC.,...

1. A method for automatic alarm management in a radio-frequency (RF) environment, comprising:learning the RF environment for a period of time based on statistical learning techniques, including power level measurements of the RF environment;
creating a baseline based on the power level measurements of the RF environment for the period of time;
calculating a power distribution by frequency of the RF environment in real time or near real time, including a first derivative and a second derivative of fast Fourier transform (FFT) data of the RF environment;
identifying at least one alarm situation based on a multiplicity of alarm triggering conditions by comparing the power distribution to the baseline of the RF environment;
identifying at least one signal based on the first derivative and the second derivative of FFT data in the at least one alarm situation; and
sending at least one alarm comprising data relating to the at least one signal identified in the at least one alarm situation.

US Pat. No. 10,459,018

METHOD TO REMOVE THE EFFECTS OF LO DRIFT FROM VECTOR NETWORK ANALYZER MEASUREMENTS

1. A method comprising:determining a local oscillator phase drift occurring in between two measurements of reciprocal networks as made with a vector network analyzer via a calculation of an equation:

where:
Am is a wave cascading matrix that comprises results of a measurement from a first reciprocal network of the reciprocal networks; and
Bm is a wave cascading matrix that comprises results of a measurement from a second reciprocal network of the reciprocal networks; and
? represents a complex argument, and vertical brackets (?) represent matrix determinants.

US Pat. No. 10,459,017

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING ELECTRICAL CONDUCTANCE INCLUDING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING COMPRESSIVE FORCE APPLIED TO AN OBJECT BY AN ACTUATOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for detecting an electrical conductance of an object, the method comprising:causing, via a control system, an actuator to apply a compressive force to the object, wherein the compressive force pushes a first electrode against a first end of the object and causes a second end of the object to push against a second electrode;
detecting, via a load cell, an initial magnitude of the compressive force;
in response to determining that the initial magnitude of the compressive force is outside of a predetermined range of magnitude, causing, via the control system, the actuator to adjust the compressive force applied to the object;
detecting, via the load cell, a magnitude of the adjusted compressive force; and
in response to determining that the magnitude of the adjusted compressive force is within the predetermined range of magnitude, detecting a conductance of the object via the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,459,016

ELECTRICAL NETWORK TOPOLOGY DETERMINATION

Itron, Inc., Liberty Lak...

1. A method, comprising:sending a broadcast timing signal to a plurality of meters;
receiving a first difference value and a second difference value, from a first meter and a second meter, respectively, wherein the first difference value and the second difference value are based on elapsed time between the broadcast timing signal and a first zero-crossing time of the first meter and a second zero-crossing time of the second meter, respectively;
determining a phase of a power line to which each of the first meter and the second meter are connected, using the first difference value and the second difference value, respectively;
receiving data describing a first voltage event and receiving data describing a second voltage event, occurring at the first meter and the second meter, respectively;
comparing the data describing the first voltage event and the data describing the second voltage event; and
determining, based at least in part on the comparing, and based at least in part on the phase of the power line to which each of the first meter and the second meter are connected, if the first voltage event and the second voltage event are the same event.

US Pat. No. 10,459,013

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROVIDING MEASUREMENTS OF UNCERTAINTY IN RESPECT OF A TRANSFER FUNCTION

Analog Devices Global, H...

1. A transfer function measurement circuit for estimating a transfer function of an electronic system, the transfer function measurement circuit comprising:a measurement circuit coupled to a sensor, wherein the transfer function measurement circuit estimates a value of a measurand or a correction factor associated with the electronic system, the transfer function measurement circuit being configured to:
provide a perturbation signal to the sensor using the measurement circuit,
measure a resulting signal through the sensor;
estimate, at different first and second points in time, respective first and second transfer functions of the electronic system based on the perturbation signal and the resulting signal;
compute a difference between the first and second transfer functions;
determine a level of confidence or uncertainty in at least one of the first and second transfer functions; and
perform an action associated with the electronic system based on the difference and the level of confidence or uncertainty, the action comprising at least one of adjusting operation of the electronic system or flagging a fault condition for attention.

US Pat. No. 10,459,011

METHOD FOR MULTIPLEXING WHEATSTONE BRIDGE MEASUREMENTS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method for determining signals, the method comprising:receiving a bridge output from a Wheatstone bridge sensing a slow signal with slow sensors and a fast signal with fast sensors, an operational amplifier connected to the Wheatstone bridge configured to receive the bridge output and generate an output, and an analog-to-digital converter connected to the operational amplifier and configured to convert the output to a single digital output; and
demultiplexing the single digital output to determine a slow output associated with the slow signal and a fast output associated with the fast signal from the bridge output utilizing a microcontroller, wherein the microcontroller generates an offset signal in response to only the single digital output, wherein the offset signal ensures that the fast output is not clipped by an operational amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,459,000

ENCODER WHEEL FOR WHEEL-HUB UNIT

1. A speed measuring device for a wheel-hub unit provided with a rolling bearing, the measuring device comprising:an encoder wheel made of magnetized material and assembled on a rotating ring of the bearing;
mechanical supporting means that are directly placed between the encoder wheel and the rotating ring so that the encoder wheel and the ring are angularly constrained to each other; and
mechanical locking means for axially locking the encoder wheel inside a seat that is defined by the mechanical locking means together with the mechanical supporting means, wherein
the mechanical supporting means comprises two lateral flanges, and comprising
a first lateral flange having a radial dimension that is smaller than a second lateral flange, the second lateral flange is a pushing lateral flange for keying a measuring device onto the rotating ring.

US Pat. No. 10,458,999

CELL SUCTION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING SUCTION WORK OF INTRACELLULAR SUBSTANCE USING THE SAME

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. A cell suction system that supports suction work of a substance within a cell, the cell suction system comprising:a container configured to receive the cell;
a tubular tip configured to suction the substance from the inside of the cell received in the container;
an illumination lamp in which two or more light emitting elements are arrayed to surround the tubular tip;
a microscope having an objective lens and an imaging lens, the objective lens being arranged below the container and at a height that is as close to the container; and
a detection section configured to detect a position of a front end part of the tubular tip, the detection section comprising:
an optical component assembly comprising:
a pinhole array disk comprising a plurality of pinholes and configured to rotate:
a dichroic mirror configured to reflect at least a portion of light having passed through the objective lens and the pinhole array disk and entering into the dichroic mirror; and
a camera configured to detect the light reflected by the dichroic mirror,
the optical component assembly being configured to acquire an optical output signal of the front end part of the tubular tip from a light path connecting the objective lens and the imaging lens;
at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor coupled to the optical component assembly and programmed to execute the instructions to detect the position of the front end part of the tubular tip based on an optical output signal of the front end part of the tubular tip acquired from a light path connecting the objective lens and the imaging lens,
wherein a direction of an optical axis of the objective lens and a longitudinal direction including the front end part of the tubular tip are parallel, and
wherein the processor is programmed to execute the instructions to detect a position in a height direction where the front end part of the tubular tip is located at a focal point of the objective lens based on variation of the output signal when the front end part of the tubular tip is moved in the longitudinal direction, and
wherein the processor determines that the front end part of the tubular tip is located at the focal point of the objective lens when a contrast of the front end part of the tubular tip is high in the optical output signal of the front end part of the tubular tip.

US Pat. No. 10,458,997

SIGNAL OFFSET DETERMINATION AND CORRECTION

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A method for determining a background shift comprised in optical measurement signals of an analyzer for samples, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of sets of optical measurements of a sample taken by the analyzer at different points in time, wherein each set includes at least one measurement taken in a first channel (l1) and another measurement taken in a second channel (l2) different from the first channel;
dividing the plurality of sets of optical measurements into one group of sets (group A) and another group of sets (group B), wherein the measurements in the one group of sets (group A) are taken during a different period of time than the measurements in the other group of sets (group B) and wherein the measurements in the one group of sets (group A) show a larger signal change when compared to the measurements in the other group (group B);
determining a first background signal (bA) based on a relation of measurements in the first and second channels (l1, l2) in the one group (A) by determining a linear correlation between the measurements in the first and second channels (l1, l2) of the one group (A) and calculating an intercept (bA) and a slope (m) between the measurements in the first and second channels (l1, l2) of the one group (group A), wherein the first background signal corresponds to the intercept (bA);
determining a second background signal (bB) based on a relation of measurements in the first and second channels in the other group (B) by multiplying the measurements in the other group (B) taken in the first channel (l1) by the slope (m) and subtracting measurements in the other group (B) taken in the second channel (l2); and
determining a background shift based on whether the first and second background signals (bA, bB) deviate by more than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,971

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TESTING AND PREDICTING THE PERFORMANCE OF CONCRETE MIXTURES

QUIPIP, LLC, Pittsburgh,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first cylindrical wall having a first radius, the first cylindrical wall having an exterior surface;
a second cylindrical wall having a second radius greater than the first radius;
a first end portion having an interior surface, the first end portion being solid with no opening that passes therethrough; and
a second end portion, the second end portion being solid with no opening that passes therethrough;
wherein:
a first volume is defined by the first cylindrical wall, the first end portion and the second end portion, the first volume being adapted to hold a concrete test cylinder; and
a second volume is defined between the first and second cylindrical walls;
the apparatus further comprising:
a temperature sensor disposed on the interior surface of the first end portion, wherein the temperature sensor protrudes from the interior surface and does not penetrate the first end portion, the temperature sensor being adapted to:
penetrate an exposed surface of a concrete mixture in the concrete test cylinder; and
obtain a measurement of temperature of the concrete mixture; and
one or more heat flow sensors disposed on the exterior surface of the first cylindrical wall, in the second volume between the first and second walls, wherein each of the one or more heat flow sensors is separated from the concrete mixture disposed in the first volume by the first wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,970

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING CONTAMINANTS IN WATER

Sungyong In, Germantown,...

1. An apparatus for detecting one or more contaminants in water flowing in a pipe, the apparatus comprising:a first pipe and a second pipe configured to transport water;
a sensor assembly including a flow tube disposed between the first pipe and the second pipe joining the two pipes into a continuous section for transporting the water, the flow tube including a plurality of transparent windows,
wherein the sensor assembly is configured to include:
an optical sensor configured to detect one or more biological contaminants in the water flowing inside the flow tube; and
an electricity conductivity sensor disposed on the flow tube and configured to detect one or more metallic contaminants in the water flowing inside the flow tube;
wherein the optical sensor of the sensor assembly includes:
a light source configured to emit light through one of the plurality of transparent windows into the water flowing inside the flow tube; and
a photodetector configured to receive the emitted light from the light source through one of the plurality of transparent windows, the photodetector disposed and facing the light source inside the flow tube; and
wherein the electricity conductivity sensor includes:
a plurality of electrodes disposed inside the flow tube and including an anode and a cathode installed diametrically opposite in the flow tube; and
an electrical conductivity meter coupled to the plurality of electrodes and configured to measure a voltage or a current across the plurality of electrodes for determining a presence of the one or more metallic components in the water flowing inside the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,458,968

WATER QUALITY ANALYSIS DEVICE

Shimadzu Corporation, Ni...

1. A water quality analysis device configured to analyze a concentration of at least one analysis target component contained in sample water, comprising:at least one reactor configured to cause a reaction corresponding to an analysis target component in the sample;
a measuring cell for the analyzing of the concentration of least one analysis target of the sample water, wherein the concentration of the at least one analysis target component is obtained by performing at least one measurement with the measuring cell, the at least one measurement is chosen from the group consisting of: introducing a gas containing the at least one analysis target component generated by the reaction in the at least one reactor to a gas detection unit comprising the measuring cell and injecting the sample water into the measuring cell after the reaction in the at least one reactor;
control means configured to control a cleaning operation for individually cleaning the at least one reactor and the measuring cell according to at least one predetermined procedure, the at least one predetermined procedure selected from discharging analyzed sample water from the at least one reactor and/or the measuring cell, injecting wash water into the at least one reactor and/or the measuring cell, and discharging wash water from the at least one reactor and/or the measuring cell; and
a memory that is configured to retain stored content, the stored content being retained by the memory in the event of power loss to the memory,
wherein:
the memory stored content includes operation states of the at least one reactor and of the measuring cell as the stored content,
the control means is configured to read the stored content of the memory upon power activation, and
the at least one predetermined procedure includes a starting point that is based on the stored content of the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,458,963

QUANTITATIVE HPTLC CANNABINOID FIELD TESTING DEVICE AND METHOD

1. An analytical cartridge, comprising:a sample receptacle adapted to receive a volume of liquid sample;
a pump having an intake in fluid communication with the sample receptacle;
a development chamber adapted to contain a thin layer chromatography mobile phase;
a stationary phase disposed within the development chamber and suitable for conducting thin layer chromatography;
a sample deposit area of the stationary phase in fluid communication with an output of the pump;
a mobile phase reservoir adapted to contain a thin layer chromatography mobile phase; and
a casing combining, into the form of a cartridge, the sample receptacle, the pump, the development chamber, the stationary phase, the sample deposit area, and the mobile phase reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,458,950

METHOD FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVELY DETERMINING MATERIAL PROPERTIES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for non-destructive determining of material properties of electrically conductive components, comprising the acts of:moving an electromagnetic eddy current testing sensor at least one of on and near a surface of at least one sample cast component in a manner producing a varying magnetic field in the sample cast component;
sensing currents in the at least one sample cast component with the sensor;
displaying in human-readable form a measurement signal indicative of the eddy currents resulting in the at least one sample cast component from the varying magnetic field;
storing a reference eddy current measurement signal from a reference cast component with known impact-dynamic and/or crash-dynamic deformability;
displaying in human-readable form the reference measurement signal with a gain of the reference measurement signal adjusted to a reference location in the display; and
determining the relative impact-dynamic and/or crash-dynamic deformability of the at least one sample cast component relative to the impact-dynamic and/or crash-dynamic deformability of the reference cast component by comparing the displayed measurement signal of the at least one sample cast component to the displayed reference measurement signal,
wherein the electromagnetic eddy current testing sensor is a high-resolution eddy current sensor adapted to a conductivity of the at least one sample cast component.

US Pat. No. 10,458,937

ELECTROMAGNETIC DETECTOR FOR DETECTION OF INTERFACE CRACKS IN A PIEZOELECTRIC-PIEZOMAGNETIC LAMINATED STRUCTURE

1. An electromagnetic detector for detection of an interface crack in a piezoelectric-piezomagnetic laminated structure, comprising an eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1), an automatic scanning frame (2), a base (3), a carrier (4), a servomotor (5), an X-axis movable frame driving controller (6), a Y-axis movable frame driving controller (7), a power supply (8), and a main controller (9);the carrier (4) is located on the base (3) with a permanent magnet (10) arranged between the carrier (4) and the base (3), the automatic scanning frame (2) is located above the carrier (4), the power supply (8) is configured to supply power for the servo motor (5);
the automatic scanning frame (2) is provided on the upper part with a guide rail I (11), a guide rail II (12), an X-axis movable frame (13) and a Y-axis movable frame (14);
the servo motor (5) is connected to the X-axis movable frame (13) and the Y-axis movable frame (14) via the X-axis movable frame driving controller and the Y-axis movable frame driving controller, respectively;
each of the guide rails 1 (11) and the guide rails II (12) is arranged in two, with two guide rails I (11) are arranged respectively on two long sides of the automatic scanning frame (2), and two guide rails II (12) are respectively arranged on two short sides of the automatic scanning frame (2), the X-axis movable frame (13) is arranged perpendicular to the guide rails II (12) and two ends of the X-axis movable frame (13) are installed on the two guide rails II (12) respectively,
the Y-axis movable frames (14) are in two, each of which is arranged perpendicular to the X-axis movable frame (13), and two ends of the two Y-axis movable frames (14) are installed on the two guide rails I (12) respectively,
the eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1) is arranged at the intersection of the X-axis movable frame (13) and one of the Y-axis movable frames (14) and is movable as the X-axis movable frame (13) and Y-axis movable frames (14) move,
a high-speed CCD camera (15) is arranged at the intersection of the X-axis movable frame (13) and the other Y-axis movable frame (14),
the eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1) and the high-speed CCD camera (15) are both connected to the main controller (9),
the main controller (9) is communicatively connected to a computer host (17),
the main controller comprises a magnetic signal extraction unit (18), a magnetic signal processing unit (19), a magnetic signal output unit (20), an image extraction unit (21), an image processing unit (22), a two-dimensional image generating unit (23), and an image signal output unit (24),
the magnetic signal extraction unit (18) is connected with the eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1) through a lead wire,
the image extraction unit (22) is connected to a high-speed CCD camera (15) through a lead wire,
the magnetic signal processing unit (19) is configured to receive and process the magnetic information extracted by the magnetic signal extraction unit and then send the processed data to the host computer (17) through the magnetic signal output unit (20);
the image processing unit (22) is configured to receive and process the image information extracted by the image extraction unit (21), and then transmit the processed image information to the two-dimensional image generation unit (23) to generate a two-dimensional image of a structure and send data of the two-dimensional image to the computer host (17) through the image signal output unit (24),
a stress extraction sensor, an electric displacement sensor and a magnetic induction intensity sensor are all connected with the computer host (17) through the sensor control unit (16).

US Pat. No. 10,458,935

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING THERMAL MELT ANALYSES AND AMPLIFICATIONS

GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED, ...

31. A system for performing a nucleic acid diagnostic assay on a sample carried within a receptacle, comprising:a target isolation module configured to isolate a target nucleic acid within the sample and to separate the target nucleic acid from non-target components of the sample;
an incubation module configured to incubate the contents of a receptacle and perform an amplification procedure on the separated target nucleic acid within the receptacle;
a thermal melt analysis module configured to receive a receptacle and to apply thermal energy to the contents of the receptacle and to detect and record an optical signal emitted by the contents of the receptacle while thermal energy is being applied to the contents of the receptacle, wherein the thermal melt analysis module includes a thermal block, and wherein thermal energy is applied to the contents of the receptacle by placing a receptacle into operative proximity to the thermal block wherein the thermal melt analysis module is configured to hold the thermal block at a constant elevated temperature relative to ambient temperature for the duration of a thermal melt analysis; and
a receptacle transport mechanism under computer control and configured to:
(1) provide a receptacle containing a sample to the target isolation module,
(2) after the target nucleic acid has been separated from non-target components of the sample, remove the receptacle from the target isolation module;
(3) after removing the receptacle from the target isolation module, provide the receptacle to the incubation module;
(4) after the amplification procedure is complete, remove the receptacle from the incubation module; and
(5) after removing the receptacle from the incubation module, provide the receptacle to the thermal melt analysis module.

US Pat. No. 10,458,934

TOOL FOR CUTOFF VALUE DETERMINATION IN NET-PAY COMPUTATION WORKFLOW

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A computer implemented method for assessing porosity and water saturation cutoff values for hydrocarbon volume estimation, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of water saturation and porosity value pairs for a plurality of locations in at least one borehole;
plotting the plurality of water saturation and porosity value pairs on a graph, wherein the graph comprises a water saturation axis and a porosity axis;
estimating, based on the plurality of water saturation and porosity value pairs, an estimated maximal hydrocarbon volume for the at least one borehole;
representing a plurality of percentiles of the estimated maximal hydrocarbon volume on the graph; and
causing the graph to display a combined sensitivity to porosity and water saturation cutoffs values.

US Pat. No. 10,458,928

COLLIMATING DEVICE AND RAY INSPECTION DEVICE

Nuctech Company Limited, ...

1. A collimating device, mounted to a frame and configured to collimate a radiation beam from a source, the collimating device comprising:a beam guiding cylinder extended along a first direction such that the radiation beam enters the beam guiding cylinder from an inlet thereof in the first direction, passes along the beam guiding cylinder and is emitted out of an outlet of the beam guiding cylinder;
a first collimator mounted at an inlet end of the beam guiding cylinder;
a second collimator mounted at an outlet end of the beam guiding cylinder; and
a beam guiding cylinder adjusting device disposed adjacent to the inlet of the beam guiding cylinder to adjust a direction of the beam guiding cylinder such that the first collimator is aligned with the first direction;
wherein the outlet end of the beam guiding cylinder is fixed to the frame and the second collimator is aligned with an object to be irradiated by the radiation beam, and the beam guiding cylinder is configured to have flexibility to allow the beam guiding cylinder adjusting device to adjust a direction towards which the inlet end of the beam guiding cylinder is directed, in a direction transverse to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,927

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An image processing device comprising:a processor configured to
acquired a radiation image obtained by imaging a test object irradiated with radiation which transmitted the test object, wherein the test object is one of an industrial product and an industrial facility;
a standard image storage that stores a standard image which is a normal radiation image of the test object imaged under the same imaging condition as in the radiation image acquired by the processor;
the processor further configured to
detect differential values of pixel values between corresponding pixels of the radiation image acquired by the processor and the standard image stored in the standard image storage; and
cause a display unit to display a differential region between the radiation image and the standard image so that positive and negative of the differential values in the differential region can be determined on the basis of a detection result of the processor, and
wherein the radiation image is obtained by imaging the test object disposed between a radiation source and an imaging plate, and
wherein the imaging condition includes at least a distance between the radiation source and the test object, an intensity and an incident angle of radiation emitted to the test object from the radiation source, a geometrical position of the test object indicating a relative position or a posture of the test object with respect to the radiation source or the imaging plate, the kind or the shape of the imaging plate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,926

CALIBRATION HARDWARE PHANTOM FOR DIFFERENTIAL PHASE CONTRAST IMAGING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A phantom body for use in calibrating a phase contrast imaging system, comprising:at least three mutually distinct parts configured for causing a plurality of disturbances with respect to an X-ray beam when said X-ray beam passes through the phantom body, said plurality of disturbances including a phase shift, an absorption, and a de-coherence, wherein each disturbance of the plurality of disturbances is being caused by exactly one part of the at least three mutually distinct parts to a degree larger than other degrees with which said other disturbances are being caused by the respective two other parts of the at least three mutually distinct parts, and wherein at least one part of the at least three mutually distinct parts comprises at least three distinct sub-parts configured to graduate the respective degree of disturbance caused by said at least one part into three different sub-degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,458,925

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR INSPECTING BODIES HAVING A PLURALITY OF CHANNELS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. An inspection apparatus for inspecting a body comprising a structure comprised of walls extending in a longitudinal direction between a first end and a second end, the walls defining a plurality of longitudinal channels extending between first and second faces disposed at the first and second ends, respectively, the apparatus comprising:a translucent conveyor belt comprising a backlight surface and an opposing end supporting surface; and
a light source oriented to direct light onto the backlight surface;
wherein the light source and the belt are arranged to convey the body while directing diffuse light into the channels of the body in the longitudinal direction in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,919

MULTI-ANALYTE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

FLIR Detection, Inc., St...

1. An apparatus for detecting an analyte in a gas sample, the apparatus comprising:a flow system comprising at least a sensor head, a gas inlet providing gaseous fluid communication to a sample area within the sensor head, a gas outlet providing gaseous fluid communication from the sample area, and a module receiver;
a removable module positioned at least partially within the module receiver and comprising a substrate carrying at least two different reporters thereon, wherein the sample area is defined, at least in part, by a bottom of the sensor head and the substrate, the sample area is configured to isolate a portion of the substrate carrying the at least two different reporters thereon from a remainder of the substrate located outside the sample area, the portion of the substrate is exposed to the gas sample within the sample area, and the removable module comprises a substrate seal providing protection against premature exposure of the at least two different reporters and/or the portion of the substrate;
a substrate feeder capable of advancing the substrate through the sample area;
a plurality of optical ports in optical communication with the sample area, the optical ports providing optical communication for at least two optical illuminators and at least two optical detectors; and
a control system comprising a processor and a memory device configured to control operation of the optical illuminator, the optical detector, and the substrate feeder.

US Pat. No. 10,458,918

SUBSTANCE DETECTION DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A substance detection device comprising:a substrate comprising nanoimprinted chamber walls and nanostructures, the chamber walls defining a chamber and the nanostructures positioned within the chamber to react to a substance introduced into the chamber; and,
a two-dimensional (2D) orifice plate affixed to the chamber walls and forming a top side of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,917

METHOD OF MEASURING RAMAN SCATTERING AND RELATED SPECTROMETERS AND LASER SOURCES

MKS Technology, Inc., La...

14. A spectrometer, comprising:a first electromagnetic source adapted to provide a first beam having a first wavelength;
a first polarized device configured to convert the first beam to a first polarized beam polarized in a first direction;
a second electromagnetic source adapted to provide a second beam having a second wavelength;
a second polarized device configured to convert the second beam to a second polarized beam polarized in a second direction;
a half-wave plate configured to rotate one of the first beam or the second beam to have the same polarization direction as the other of the first beam or the second beam while allowing the other of the first beam or the second beam to pass therethrough without changing the polarization thereof;
a beam combiner configured to combine the first polarized beam and the second polarized beam to form orthogonal collinear polarized beams traveling along a common optical path and directed toward a test sample; and
a detector adapted to receive scattered radiation from the test sample and detect a spectroscopy signal from the scattered radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,914

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RAPID PARASITE DETECTION

Monash University, Clayt...

1. A method of detecting parasitemia with an ATR-FIR spectrometer comprising:(i) delivering an evanescent IR beam using an ATR substrate of an ATR-FTIR spectrometer in contact with a patient sample, wherein the patient sample is dried onto the ATR substrate;
(ii) detecting IR radiation transmitted from the AIR substrate to produce a spectrum of the patient sample;
(iii) processing one or more signals in the spectrum to identify any parasite; and
(iv) determining a parasitemia level of the patient sample using one or more signals in the spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,458,906

METHOD FOR THE NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING OF A CASING

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A method for non-destructive testing of a heating of a part made from polymer material, the method comprising:a) carrying out a measurement by infrared spectroscopy at a region of said part to be tested and extracting therefrom test values comprising at least one selected from the group of absorbance values and transmittance values according to a spatial frequency;
b) from test values, determining an interval of spatial frequencies relating to an oxidation of a polymer of said region of the part; and
c) from the test values in said interval of spatial frequencies, determining a period of time during which said region of the part to be tested has been subjected to a given heating temperature and determining said given heating temperature, using a reference database comprising sample values including at least one selected from the group of absorbance measurements and transmittance measurements, the sample values established over a plurality of reference samples made from polymer material that have been subjected to a given temperature during a given period of time, both the given temperature and the given period of time varying among the plurality of reference samples so as to cover a plurality of periods of time and a plurality of temperatures.

US Pat. No. 10,458,905

GAS LEAK EMISSION QUANTIFICATION WITH A GAS CLOUD IMAGER

Rebellion Photonics, Inc....

1. An infrared (IR) imaging system for quantifying one or more parameters of a gas cloud, the imaging system comprising:an optical system including an optical focal plane array (FPA) unit, the optical system having components defining at least two optical channels thereof, said at least two optical channels being spatially and spectrally different from one another, each of the at least two optical channels positioned to transfer IR radiation incident on the optical system towards the optical FPA unit; and
a data-processing unit comprising one or more processors, said data-processing unit configured to acquire spectral optical data from the IR radiation received at the optical FPA unit,
wherein said data-processing unit is configured to determine absorption spectra data at one or more given pixels of a given frame by comparing spectral data for said one or more pixels of said frame with spectral data from one or more prior frames.

US Pat. No. 10,458,904

DIFFERENTIAL ABSORPTION LIDAR

1. A sensor system, comprising:a first light source assembly, wherein the first light source assembly is operable to output light at a first wavelength;
a second light source assembly, wherein the second light source assembly is operable to output light at a second wavelength, wherein the first wavelength is different than the second wavelength;
a combiner, wherein the light output from the first light source assembly and the light output from the second light source assembly are directed along a common path;
and
transmit optics, wherein the first light source assembly includes a first laser, wherein the first light source assembly further includes a first volume Bragg grating (VBG), wherein the first VBG receives light from the first laser and outputs light at the first wavelength, wherein the second light source assembly includes a second laser, wherein the second light source assembly further includes a second VBG, and wherein the second VBG receives light from the second laser and outputs light at the second wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,458,899

METHOD AND OPTICAL DEVICE FOR MICROSCOPICALLY EXAMINING A MULTIPLICITY OF SPECIMENS

Leica Microsystems CMS Gm...

1. A method for microscopic investigation of a plurality of samples, characterized by the following steps:a. arranging the samples in a sample holder that is movable or is movable in a motorized or automatic fashion, relative to a sample illumination position in such a way that at least one of the samples is respectively successively positionable in the sample illumination position, a clearance for a deflection means respectively remaining adjacent to the sample that is currently located in the sample illumination position;
b. focusing a light stripe with an illumination objective;
c. deflecting the light stripe, once it has passed through the illumination objective, with the deflection means in such a way that the light stripe propagates at an angle different from zero degrees or at an angle greater than 10 degrees or at a right angle, with respect to the optical axis of the illumination objective, and has a focus in the sample illumination position; and
d. successively positioning the samples, retained with the sample holder, in the sample illumination position, and detecting a detected light emerging from the sample respectively located in the sample illumination position, wherein
e. the samples are held with the sample holder in at least one straight row; or
f. the samples are held with the sample holder in a curved row or in an annular row;
and wherein
g. a displacement apparatus is present with which the sample holder is displaceable in three different directions or in mutually orthogonal directions;
wherein the type of sample holder respectively being used is recognized automatically or in a software-controlled fashion; and the successive positioning of the samples in the illumination position is accomplished in consideration of the type that is recognized and/or using a position changing routine associated with the recognized type and/or stored in a software memory.

US Pat. No. 10,458,898

METHOD FOR PREDICTING FRICTIONAL RESISTANCE OF ROUGH SURFACE, AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING SURFACE PERFORMANCE

CHUGOKU MARINE PAINTS, LT...

1. A method for predicting frictional resistance of a rough surface having a variation in roughness wavelength and being in contact with a fluid flowing at varied velocities, the method comprising:measuring roughness of the rough surface with a surface roughness meter,
determining a prominent peak projected area A of the rough surface, which is a total projected area of all prominent peaks standing out above a viscous sublayer thickness per unit area, based on the measured roughness of the rough surface; and
calculating a friction increase ratio FIR (%) using Equation (1) or a frictional resistance increase ?? using Equation (2):

wherein in Equation (1), the coefficient C is a constant dependent on the prominent peak projected area A and is predetermined by performing a frictional resistance test beforehand in which frictional resistances are measured with respect to a plurality of rough surfaces having different degree of roughness while changing a flow velocity V and friction increase ratios FIR (%) of the plurality of rough surfaces are calculated, wherein the friction increase ratios FIR (%) are percentages of differences ?r??0 between frictional resistances ?rof the plurality of rough surfaces and a frictional resistance ?0of a smooth surface, divided by ?0, and
in Equation (2), the coefficient Cr is a constant dependent on a fluid density ?, the prominent peak projected area A and the flow velocity V, and is predetermined from the relation of Equation (2) using values of frictional resistance increase ?? obtained beforehand by a frictional resistance test in which frictional resistances are measured with respect to a plurality of rough surfaces having different degree of roughness while changing a flow velocity V, wherein the values of frictional resistance increase ?? are differences ?r??0 between frictional resistances ?r of the plurality of rough surfaces and a frictional resistance ?0 of a smooth surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,897

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING BIOLOGICAL PARTICLES USING STACKS OF DEFOCUSED HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGES

1. A method for identifying biological particles from a stack of holographic images obtained by means of an optical system, the method comprising;obtaining said holographic images for a plurality of defocusing deviations relative to a focus plane, the defocusing deviations being taken along an optical axis of the optical system;
selecting a reference holographic image in the stack of holographic images as being an image closest to the focus plane;
selecting an image block from the reference holographic image, the selected image block including a biological particle of interest;
extracting from the holographic images other than the reference holographic image, a stack of image blocks corresponding to a position of the selected image block within the reference holographic image;
identifying a type of the biological particle of interest from the extracted stack of image blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,458,861

NON-CONTACT TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT BY DUAL-WAVELENGTH SHIFT IN BREWSTER'S ANGLE

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A temperature monitoring system, comprising:a housing and a window defining an interior volume;
two or more light sources placed to project two or more light beams along substantially the same optical path and disposed in the interior volume, beneath the window, wherein a first light source of the two or more light sources has a first wavelength and a second light source of the two or more light sources has a second wavelength;
a camera disposed opposite the two or more light sources, wherein the camera is positioned to capture a plurality of frames of the two or more light beams from the two or more light sources, and the camera is coupled to a controller that determines a temperature of a substrate based on the wavelengths of the two or more light beams captured by the camera; and
a polarizer disposed in an optical path of the two or more light beams.

US Pat. No. 10,458,848

DENTAL IMAGING AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A dental imaging and illumination device, comprising:an optical interface for emitting light from the device and for receiving light into the device;
a first light source which is arranged within the device for emitting white light through the optical interface;
a camera;
a first beam splitter arranged in a first optical path between the camera and the optical interface, the first beam splitter being configured to pass light received via the optical interface toward the camera;
a color reference;
wherein the first beam splitter is further arranged in a second optical path between the camera and the color reference, the first beam splitter being configured to pass light from the color reference toward the camera; and
wherein the color reference and the first light source are optically coupled via a third optical path for the first light source to illuminate the color reference, which third optical path bypasses the first beam splitter.

US Pat. No. 10,458,833

BLOOD RESERVOIR WITH FLUID VOLUME MEASUREMENT BASED ON PRESSURE SENSOR

Sorin Group Italia S.r.l....

1. A system comprising:a blood reservoir that is non-pressurized, the blood reservoir having a bottom and being configured to hold blood;
a differential pressure sensor integrated into the bottom of the blood reservoir and in contact with the blood in the blood reservoir to sense hydrostatic pressure of the blood in the blood reservoir and to sense a pressure difference between the hydrostatic pressure exerted on the differential pressure sensor by the blood and pressure exerted on the blood in the blood reservoir and to provide at least one signal that is indicative of a blood level in the blood reservoir; and
a controller to receive the at least one signal and calculate a blood level value and a blood volume value in the blood reservoir based on the at least one signal, the controller to provide at least one of a blood level signal that indicates the blood level in the blood reservoir and a blood volume signal that indicates the blood volume in the blood reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,458,831

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACOUSTIC CONTAINER VOLUME CALIBRATION

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method of measuring an interior volume of a storage container containing a medium therein using a plurality of acoustic devices, the method comprising:deploying, with a robot that includes a drive system and one or more position sensors for monitoring a position of the robot, the plurality of acoustic devices into respective positions on an exterior surface of a circumferential wall of the container, the acoustic devices including an ultrasonic transducer and an ultrasonic sensor, wherein the transducer is acoustically coupled to the surface and is configured to transmit one or more ultrasonic signals through the wall of the container and across the interior volume of the container, and wherein the sensor is acoustically coupled to the surface and configured to detect the one or more ultrasonic signals;
transmitting one or more ultrasonic signals using the transducer, wherein each signal is transmitted at a respective impulse time;
detecting, using the sensor, an arrival of the one or more signals and recording a respective detection time;
calculating, by a computing device in electronic communication with the transducer and the sensor, respective times of flight (TOFs) for the one or more signals travelling between the respective positions of the transducer and the sensor based on the respective impulse times and respective detection times, wherein a respective TOF is an elapsed time for a signal to travel along a path between the respective positions of the transducer and the sensor;
aligning, with the computing device based on the respective TOFs, the one or more of the transducer and the sensor in one or more of a circumferential direction and a longitudinal direction relative to the circumferential wall of the container, wherein the step of aligning comprises:
adjusting the respective position of one or more of the transducer and the sensor on the surface in one or more of the circumferential direction and the longitudinal direction,
for each adjusted respective position, performing the steps of transmitting, detecting and calculating respective TOFs based on one or more acoustic signals traveling therebetween, and
determining based on the calculated TOFs, whether the transducer and sensor are aligned in one or more of a circumferential direction and a longitudinal direction relative to the surface of the container;
calculating, with the computing device, a distance between the respective positions of the aligned transducer and sensor based on the calculated respective TOF and a speed of sound through the medium; and
determining, with the computing device, the volume of the storage container based on the calculated distance and the respective positions of the aligned transducer and sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,825

THERMAL FLOW-RATE SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A thermal flow-rate sensor, comprising:a first temperature sensor that detects the temperature of a measurement medium that is flowing through a passageway inside a pipe by detecting the temperature at a specified location of an outer-wall surface of the pipe;
a heat-transfer element that is arranged on the outer-wall surface of the pipe in a state separated from the first temperature sensor, and that exchanges heat with the measurement medium by heating or cooling the outer-wall surface of the pipe;
a second temperature sensor that detects the temperature of a portion of the outer-wall surface of the pipe that is heated or cooled by the heat-transfer element; and
a control unit that performs specified processing; wherein
a heat-flux sensor is arranged between the heat-transfer element and the outer-wall surface of the pipe and detects heat flux between the heat-transfer element and the pipe;
the control unit detects a flow rate of the measurement medium based on the temperature that is detected by the first temperature sensor, the temperature that is detected by the second temperature sensor, and the heat flux that is detected by the heat-flux sensor; and
the heat-flux sensor is configured such that a plurality of first and second via holes that penetrate in a thickness direction being formed in an insulating substrate that is composed of a thermoplastic resin, first and second interlayer-connecting members formed of metals that are different from each other are embedded in the first and second via holes, a front-surface pattern being formed on a front surface of the insulating substrate, a rear-surface pattern being formed on a rear surface of an opposite side from the front surface, and the first and second interlayer-connecting members are alternately connected in series via the front-surface pattern and the rear-surface pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,458,823

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HEALTH MONITORING AND EARLY WARNING FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Fifth Electronics Researc...

1. A system for health monitoring and early warning for an electronic device, comprising:a sensor arranged in the electronic device; and
an embedded control device coupled to the sensor,
wherein sensor is configured to monitor a physical parameter of a circuit board of a host electronic system of the electronic device to acquire sensor data, and transmit acquired sensor data to the embedded control device, the sensor data including at least one of current data, vibration data, temperature data and voltage data,
wherein the embedded control device is configured to extract a feature from the sensor data to acquire a feature data, and perform real-time analysis and prediction based on the feature data to obtain and display a prediction result; and
wherein the embedded control device further performs real-time analysis and prediction based on the feature data to obtain the prediction result comprises:
filtering the feature data with Kalman filter to obtain filtered data, as follows:
xk?=Axk?1,
Pk?=APk?1AT+Q,
Kk=Pk?CT(CPk?CT+R)?1,
xk=xk?+Kk(yk?Cxk?),
Pk=Pk??KkCPk?,
where k=1, 2, . . . , N, N is a number of the feature data, P0 and x0 are known, A and C are preset matrixes, AT and CT are transposed matrixes of A and C respectively, Q and R are variances of irrelative process noise and irrelevant measurement noise respectively, yk is the feature data, and xk is the filtered data; and
performing Kalman prediction based on the filtered data to obtain the prediction result, as follow:
xN+k|N=AxN+k?1|N, k=1,2, . . . , p
where xN+1|N=AxN, xN is the filtered data, xN+k|N represents a prediction result at a k-th step, N is the number of feature data, and p is a number of prediction steps.

US Pat. No. 10,458,802

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATING DRIVERS TO DYNAMICALLY SELECTED DROP-OFF LOCATIONS FOR SHARED RIDES

GT GETTAXI LIMITED, Lima...

12. An apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processing device coupled to the memory, the processing device to:
receive, from a passenger computing device associated with a first passenger, a first shared ride request comprising a first pick-up location and a first desired drop-off location;
identify a drop-off area associated with the first desired drop-off location, wherein a plurality of prospective drop-off locations are within the drop-off area;
analyze a plurality of prospective routes to the plurality of prospective drop-off locations to determine, for each of the plurality of prospective routes, a corresponding likelihood of receiving an additional shared ride request comprising an additional pick-up location within a first limit of deviation from a corresponding prospective route;
select, based on the corresponding likelihood of each of the plurality of prospective routes, a first drop-off location corresponding to a first route for the first passenger from the plurality of prospective drop-off locations; and
transmit, to a driver computing device associated with a driver, navigational instructions to direct the driver to the first pick-up location and from the first pick-up location to the first drop-off location along the first route.

US Pat. No. 10,458,785

SAMPLE SHAPE MEASURING METHOD AND SAMPLE SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A sample shape measuring method comprising:a step of preparing illumination light passing through a predetermined illumination region;
a step of applying the illumination light to a sample; and
a predetermined processing step, wherein
the predetermined illumination region is set so as not to include an optical axis at a pupil position of an illumination optical system and is set such that the illumination light is applied to part of inside of a pupil and outside of the pupil at a pupil position of an observation optical system,
the illumination light is transmitted through the sample,
light emitted from the sample is incident on the observation optical system, and
the predetermined processing step includes:
a step of receiving light emitted from the observation optical system;
a step of obtaining a quantity of light of the received light;
a step of calculating a difference or a ratio between the quantity of light and a reference quantity of light; and
a step of calculating an amount of tilt in a surface of the sample from the difference or the ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,458,772

CMM APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CONFIRMING THE STYLUS

Hexagon Metrology, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method of operating a coordinate measuring machine to measure an object according to a criterion associated with the object, the criterion identifying a specific probe with which the object is to be measured, the method comprising:providing at least one available probe, each available probe having a corresponding indicium;
selecting a given probe of the at least one available probe, the given probe having an indicium that meets the criterion specified for the object to be measured, the given probe being a selected probe;
robotically mounting the selected probe to a movable arm of the coordinate measuring machine; and
controlling the coordinate measuring machine to measure the object with the selected probe.

US Pat. No. 10,458,771

TAPE MEASURE WITH COMPACT RETRACTION SYSTEM

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A tape measure comprising:a housing;
a tape reel rotatably mounted within the housing, the tape reel comprising a radially outward facing surface and a radially inward facing surface defining an interior reel cavity; and
an elongate tape blade wound around the radially outward facing surface of the tape reel;
wherein the tape reel comprises a diameter, D, measured across the radially outward facing surface of the tape reel, wherein the elongate tape blade has a total maximum extended length of TL, wherein TL/D is greater than 237.

US Pat. No. 10,458,765

PARACHUTE DEVICE FOR DIVISIBLE SHELL

BAE SYSTEMS BOFORS AB, K...

1. A parachute device and a divisible shell, the divisible shell comprising an active body and a shell base, and the parachute device comprising two parachutes, a first, main parachute connected to the active body by parachute lines and a second parachute connected to the shell base, wherein the main parachute is packed in the second parachute, wherein the second parachute comprises a front, open base, and a rear chute, wherein the chute is connected to the shell base by a fixing plate and a fixing screw arranged on an inside of the chute, wherein the fixing plate is fixed to an inside of the shell base by the fixing screw, so that the chute is clamped between the fixing plate and the shell base.

US Pat. No. 10,458,759

SHOOTING TARGET APPARATUS

1. A shooting target system comprising:a main housing comprising two walls facing each other, and a base connected to the two walls,
a meshing gear inside the main housing,
a camshaft connected to the meshing gear,
a target holder pivotally attached to the main housing through a target holder pin,
a target attached to a first end of the target holder,
a leaf spring connected to a second end of the target holder opposing the first end of the target holder,
a double torsion spring connected to the target holder and between the target and the leaf spring,
a first magnet on a first location of the main housing, a second magnet on the base of the main housing, the first location being spaced apart from the base,
a third magnet on a first location of the target holder and a fourth magnet on a second location of the target holder, the first and second locations of the target holder being spaced apart,
a remote control,
a power source, and
a gearbox on one of the two walls of the main housing,
wherein the shooting target system is to move the target between a concealed position and a ready position, wherein in the concealed position, the first magnet and the third magnet are engaged to hold the target holder in a horizontal position; and in the ready position, the first magnet and the third magnet are disengaged to hold the target holder in a vertical position,
wherein to change from the concealed position to the ready position:
the remote control is to send a signal,
the gearbox is to be activated by the power source upon receiving the signal,
the activated gearbox is to drive the meshing gear to rotate the camshaft, and the camshaft is to compress the double torsion spring to reach a first point, where a potential energy in the double torsion spring is to be converted to kinetic energy to disengage the first magnet and the third magnet and to release the target holder from the horizontal position, and
the target holder pin is to hold the target holder on the main housing when changing position to help the fourth magnet to engage with the second magnet located on the base, to thereby put the target in the ready position,
wherein to change from the ready position to the concealed position, while the target is still in the ready position, the camshaft is to rotate towards a second point and compress the leaf spring, where a potential energy in the leaf spring is to be converted to kinetic energy to cause the fourth magnet to disengage with the second magnet and to reunite the first magnet and the third magnet, thereby putting the target in the concealed position again.

US Pat. No. 10,458,758

ELECTRONIC AUDIBLE FEEDBACK BULLET TARGETING SYSTEM

1. An electronic audible feedback projectile targeting system, consisting of:a device for shooting projectiles;
a target with an impact sensor attached thereto;
said target is selected from the group consisting of a metallic target, a paper target, a target worn on by a paint ball player, and combinations thereof;
said impact sensor for sensing an impact of said projectile is with an impact sensor selected from the group consisting of a piezoelectric sensor, an electromagnetic sensor, a 3 axis accelerometer, a capacitive sensor, and an inductive sensor for detecting hits from a bullet, an air soft pellet, and air gun pellet, and an arrow;
a wireless transmitter electrically connected to said impact sensor, said wireless transmitter selected from the group consisting of radio frequency transmissions and infra-red transmissions transmitting a wireless message with impact describing data said wireless transmitter transmitting a pre-selected sound and/or visual signal to a receiver upon said projectile impacting said target transmitting impact describing audible and/or visual data therefrom;
a receiver selected from the group consisting of a smart phone, a tablet, a watch and combinations thereof including software and hardware receiving said wireless message with impact describing data from said transmitter providing an impact describing audible and/or visual message to a user, said impact describing audible message being interpreted from said impact describing data, said receiver comprising a radio frequency receiver receiving a wireless message comprising a radio frequency transmission with application software enabling said receiver to receive a target impact describing audible and/or visual data transmission from said wireless transmitter;
a hit detection algorithm software application enabling said receiver to interpret said target impact describing audible data containing target impact data, detecting a hits on said target, detecting a miss of said target, recording a hit data, accumulating hit data from single shots and multiple shots for calculating performance, and detecting most recent hits and previous hits;
means of inputting user preferences and interpreting hit or miss data with said hit detection algorithm, wherein said means is selected from a group of primary input devices consisting of a digital camera, digital camera with zoom lens, an accelerometer, a microphone, a touchscreen, and combinations thereof;
said user preferences and said hit or miss data selected from the group consisting of distance impact is from a center of said target, a sound which mimics an impact of a hit on a selected material, a sound which mimics a hit or miss of said target, a sound mimicking an exaggerated impact, a sound which is indicative of a distance said target is from a shooter;
said receiver providing an impact describing audible message to a user and interpreting the impact describing audible message and said user preferences providing a recognized audible sound selected from the group consisting of a sound made by a selected gun, a bullet, an arrow, a sound made in accordance of a distance the target is from the shooter, a sound made in accordance with the type of material comprising said target, a hit of said target, a miss or said target; and
said impact describing transmission being interpreted from said impact describing said hit or miss data showing or replaying said hit whereby said algorithm detects said hit on said target, said miss of said target, differentiate between a prior hit and a most recent hit with a selected color or different shade, and provide a sound and/or visual feedback which varies depending on where said projectile hits said target.

US Pat. No. 10,458,755

PACKAGE DELIVERY BLIND

1. A concealment apparatus comprisinga blind sheeting and a plurality of weights;
wherein the plurality of weights attach to the blind sheeting;
wherein the concealment apparatus further comprises the visual patterns and forms of camouflage appropriate for the outdoor environment;
wherein the concealment apparatus is a blind;
wherein the concealment apparatus is adapted for use in an outdoor environment;
wherein the concealment apparatus is configured for use with a package;
wherein the blind sheeting is draped over the package;
wherein the blind sheeting comprises a master sheeting, a first weight tab, a second weight tab, a third weight tab, and a fourth weight tab;
wherein the first weight tab, the second weight tab, the third weight tab, and a fourth weight tab attach to the master sheeting;
wherein the master sheeting is further defined with a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge;
wherein the master sheeting further comprises a first miter cut, a second miter cut, a third miter cut, and a fourth miter cut;
wherein the first weight tab further comprises a first seam, a second seam, a third seam, and a fourth seam;
wherein the first weight tab is further defined with a fifth edge, a sixth edge, a seventh edge, and an eighth edge;
wherein the second weight tab further comprises a fifth seam, a sixth seam, a seventh seam, and an eighth seam;
wherein the second weight tab is further defined with a ninth edge, a tenth edge, an eleventh edge, and a twelfth edge;
wherein the third weight tab further comprises a ninth seam, a tenth seam, an eleventh seam, and a twelfth seam;
wherein the third weight tab is further defined with a thirteenth edge, a fourteenth edge, a fifteenth edge, and a sixteenth edge;
wherein the fourth weight tab further comprises a thirteenth seam, a fourteenth seam, a fifteenth seam, and a sixteenth seam;
wherein the fourth weight tab is further defined with a seventeenth edge, an eighteenth edge, a nineteenth edge, and a twentieth edge;
wherein the first seam attaches the fifth edge of the first weight tab to the first edge of the master sheeting such that the first weight tab is centered between the fourth miter cut and the first miter cut;
wherein the fifth seam attaches the ninth edge of the second weight tab to the second edge of the master sheeting such that the second weight tab is centered between the first miter cut and the second miter cut;
wherein the ninth seam attaches the thirteenth edge of the third weight tab to the third edge of the master sheeting such that the third weight tab is centered between the second miter cut and the third miter cut;
wherein the thirteenth seam attaches the seventeenth edge of the fourth weight tab to the fourth edge of the master sheeting such that the fourth weight tab is centered between the third miter cut and the fourth miter cut;
wherein the blind sheeting is a sheeting formed in a rectilinear shape;
wherein the blind sheeting is an opaque structure;
wherein the blind sheeting has formed on it the visual patterns and forms required to create a camouflage that is appropriate for the outdoor environment;
wherein the master sheeting is a sheeting cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein the master sheeting forms the opaque structure of the blind sheeting;
wherein the first miter cut is a vent;
wherein the second miter vent is a vent;
wherein the third miter cut is a vent;
wherein the fourth miter cut is a vent.

US Pat. No. 10,458,754

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NETWORKING FIREARM-MOUNTED DEVICES

T-Worx Holdings, LLC, St...

18. A firearm system comprising:a power source;
an intelligent rail; and
one or more electrical conductors on the intelligent rail and connected to receive power from the power source, wherein the intelligent rail delivers through the one or more electrical conductors a static voltage to supply power, and superimposes on the static voltage a dynamic, time-varying voltage to encode and transfer data;
wherein the intelligent rail provides data communication via the dynamic, time-varying voltage across the one or more electrical conductors, wherein the data communication is packet-based utilizing a packet structure encapsulated with a preamble and a start byte for synchronization, and including a node address, packet length, and cyclic redundancy check bytes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,749

WAIST PROTECTING PLATE STRUCTURE OF CONNECTING A HOLSTER AND A BELT BUCKLE

CYTAC TECHNOLOGY LIMITED,...

1. A waist protecting plate structure of connecting a holster and a belt buckle, characterized by comprising a buckle-type waist protecting plate mounted inside the holster through a removable connection member;the buckle-type waist protecting plate is a two-layer structure with arc bending ends, wherein the layer close to the holster has a concave retaining portion matching with the connection member; the two-layer structure of the buckle-type waist protecting plate is provided a plurality of corresponding connection holes;
the connection member has a vertical through slot, wherein one side of the slot has a buckle bump, and the other side of the slot has multiple rows of mounting holes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,738

BLAST OVERPRESSURE REDUCTION FIREARM SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A firearm overpressure reduction system, the system comprising:an overpressure reduction muzzle; and
a suppressor;
wherein the suppressor is mated with the muzzle and wherein the suppressor further comprises a plurality of baffles within the suppressor with at least one baffle having a converging arrangement at a first end of the baffle through which a bullet passes and a parabolic shaped diverging arrangement at a second end through which the bullet exits the baffle; and
wherein the at least one baffle with the parabolic shaped diverging arrangement at the second end of the baffle has the second end of the baffle arranged with a part of the second end removed to provide for a gas exit port.

US Pat. No. 10,458,727

HEAT TRANSFER USING FLEXIBLE FLUID CONDUIT

1. A sheathed flexible conduit configured for use in heat transfer applications requiring custom in-situ manual layout comprising:a flexible tube of plastic or plastic composite material arranged to conduct a heat transfer fluid, said tube having a uniform wall thickness and smooth inner and outer surfaces;
a sheath of material with thermal conductivity greater than 15 W/m° C. surrounding said outer surface of said flexible tube, said sheath contiguous with said outer surface of said flexible tube;
said sheath being composed of a soft and malleable material that allows said sheath to be deformed in the course of said custom in-situ manual layout;
said deformation being bending and spreading and thinning and conforming to an adjacent surface;
said sheathed flexible conduit being arranged in a curved pattern and held in said curved pattern by fixing means;
said sheathed flexible conduit having an outer surface fixed in thermally conductive contact with at least one contiguous heat-conducting surface having a thermal conductivity greater than 15 W/m° C.;
said thermally conductive contact being made under pressure by means of compressive fastening, whereby said flexible tube and said sheath distort against said contiguous heat-conducting surface and said sheath deforms against said contiguous heat-conducting surface by bending, spreading and thinning, so increasing heat transfer area and conforms to said contiguous heat-conducting surface, so reducing thermal contact resistance;
said compressive fastening creating a thermal conductive path from all of the circumference of said flexible tube to said contiguous heat-conducting surface;
said compressive fastening being formed in the course of said custom in-situ manual layout;
said flexible tube having a longitudinal axis and said sheath comprising segments transverse to said longitudinal axis of said flexible tube and, when said sheathed flexible conduit is held straight, having spaces of uniform width between said segments of said sheath that are adjacent;
said uniform spaces being completely filled with a flexible adhesive;
said segments, in the absence of compressive deformation of said segments, having a uniform radial thickness and a uniform axial thickness;
said sheathed flexible conduit being as flexible as said flexible tube alone at a coverage exceeding 95% of said exterior surface of said flexible tube by said sheath;
said sheathed flexible conduit having a ratio of minimum bend radius to outer diameter of said flexible tube less than 10;
said sheathed flexible conduit having a modulus of elasticity of 2 GPa or less.

US Pat. No. 10,458,725

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH JOINTED FRAME

Dana Canada Corporation, ...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of stacked heat exchanger plates;
a plurality of frame members, wherein one frame member of the plurality of frame members is interposed between adjacent ones of the plurality of stacked heat exchanger plates such that the one frame member interposed between adjacent heat exchanger plates, spaces apart the adjacent heat exchanger plates, the plurality of frame members and the plurality of stacked heat exchanger plates together defining fluid channels therebetween;
corresponding pairs of openings formed in each of said heat exchanger plates, the corresponding pairs of openings in adjacent plates aligning so as to define respective inlet and outlet manifolds for inletting and discharging a first and a second fluid through corresponding ones of said fluid channels in said heat exchanger;
wherein each heat exchanger plate defines a perimeter, and each one of said plurality of frame members comprises:
a first frame portion; and
a second frame portion;
wherein the first frame portion and the second frame portion are identical, separate, unitary members disposed in mating relationship such that one of the first frame portion and the second frame portion is rotated 180 degrees with respect to the other one of the first frame portion and the second frame portion about an axis perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the one frame member of the plurality of frame members, the first frame portion and the second frame portion being cooperatively configured and disposed between adjacent heat exchanger plates such that the mating of the first and second frame portions is with effect that a first sealing member is disposed about the perimeter of each heat exchanger plate for sealingly joining the adjacent heat exchanger plates together at their perimeters defining the fluid channels therebetween, and a second sealing member is disposed within the perimeter of the heat exchanger plate fluidly isolating each opening in one of the corresponding pairs of openings from the fluid channel defined by the first sealing member and the heat exchanger plates, the other pair of corresponding openings remaining in fluid communication with the fluid channel; and
wherein:
the first frame portion and the second frame portion are each defined by a length of material selected from the group consisting of: wire, rod and bar, the length of material being bent to form a portion of the first sealing member and a portion of the second sealing member such that each first frame portion and each second frame portion has two free ends forming two separate joints;
the length of material has a substantially constant cross-sectional shape, such that a cross-sectional shape of an entirety of the first and second sealing members and a cross-sectional shape of an entirety of the first frame portion and the second frame portion, is constant throughout; and
the mating disposition of the first frame portion and the second frame portion is with effect that a pair of first joints is disposed in the first sealing member such that a first joint is disposed between the first frame portion and the second frame portion at each junction of the first frame portion and the second frame portion, each one of the plurality of frame members further defining a pair of second joints, such that a second joint is disposed at respective junctions between the second sealing member and the first sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,715

HEAT EXCHANGER

HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LIMI...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a first plurality of layers, each of the first plurality of layers including:
a corrugated sheet comprising a series of regular corrugations across its width for flow of liquid therethrough, the series of corrugations having a predetermined period; and
a de-congealing channel for flow of liquid across the width of the corrugated sheet in parallel with the corrugations, the de-congealing channel formed at least in part by two adjacent corrugations that are separated by greater than the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,458,708

TRANSFERRING MOLTEN METAL FROM ONE STRUCTURE TO ANOTHER

Molten Metal Equipment In...

1. A system for transferring molten metal from a vessel, the vessel comprising molten metal having a surface, at least a first chamber and a second chamber, each of which includes molten metal therein, the first chamber and second chamber being separated by a dividing wall including an opening beneath the surface, the system further comprising:a pump having a pump base fully submerged in the molten metal during operation, the pump base having a pump chamber and a top opening through which molten metal enters the pump chamber during operation, and an outlet through which molten metal exits the pump base; the pump configured to fit into the first chamber such that at least some molten metal exiting the outlet moves through the opening in the dividing wall and into the second chamber in order to raise the level of molten metal in the second chamber to a level at which molten metal flows out of the second chamber; and
a degasser in one or both of the first chamber and second chamber, wherein the degasser is operated to degas the molten metal.

US Pat. No. 10,458,706

COSMETIC MAKEUP SPONGE/BLENDER CONTAINER

NYC Designed Inspirations...

1. A cosmetic sponge drying and storage container comprising:a first component forming a first portion of said container;
a second component forming a second portion of said container, said second component being moveable with respect to said first component to position said container in at least an open condition and a closed condition;
wherein one or both of said first component and said second component includes apertures, said apertures providing cross-ventilation when said container is in said closed condition; and,
wherein said first component and said second component are shaped such that a cosmetic sponge may be placed within either when said container is in said open condition.

US Pat. No. 10,458,703

METHOD FOR LIQUID-VAPOR CONTACTING IN A MASS TRANSFER COLUMN USING MULTIPLE PASS, PARALLEL FLOW DOWNCOMER TRAYS

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method for liquid-vapor contacting in a mass transfer column, the method comprising the steps of:(a) directing a descending liquid to a plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays arranged in a stacked orientation within the mass transfer column, each multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer tray comprising:
(i) a tray surface defining a plurality of liquid receiving pans, and at least four mass transfer decks having a plurality of apertures, wherein each mass transfer deck being disposed adjacent to at least two other mass transfer decks; and
(ii) a plurality of downcomers configured for collecting and discharging the descending liquid, the plurality of downcomers each having an opening at a collection location for collecting the descending liquid from one or more of the mass transfer decks,
a ramp-like channel for discharging the collected descending liquid to one of the plurality of liquid receiving pans on another of the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays, wherein the collected descending liquid is discharged from each downcomer at a discharge location below the tray surface that is not vertically aligned with the collection location of the opening of the downcomer;
(b) directing an ascending vapor through the mass transfer column to the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays and through the plurality of apertures on the mass transfer decks;
(c) contacting the ascending vapor passing through the apertures and the descending liquid on the mass transfer decks of each of the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays;
wherein there are multiple liquid flows on the mass transfer decks of each of the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays and the liquid flows are in a parallel type flow path in vertically successive mass transfer decks of adjacent multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays to achieve a Lewis Case 2 type flow arrangement through the mass transfer column.

US Pat. No. 10,458,701

METHOD FOR FRACTIONATING A STREAM OF CRACKED GAS, USING AN INTERMEDIATE RECIRCULATION CURRENT, AND RELATED PLANT

TECHNIP FRANCE, Courbevo...

1. A method for fractionating a stream of cracked gas from a hydrocarbon pyrolysis plant to obtain an ethylene-rich cut and a C2+ hydrocarbon-lean fuel stream, the method comprising:compressing the stream of raw cracked gas in at least one compressor of a cooling and compression stage to form a compressed cracked gas stream;
upstream cooling and partial condensing, in at least one an upstream heat exchanger, of an upstream stream of cracked gas, obtained from the compressed cracked gas stream, and separation of an upstream liquid in at least one upstream balloon to form an intermediate stream of cracked gas pre-cooled at a first temperature;
intermediate cooling and partial condensing of the intermediate stream of cracked gas in an intermediate heat exchanger and separation of an intermediate liquid in an intermediate separating balloon to form a downstream stream of cracked gas cooled to a second temperature lower than the first temperature;
downstream cooling and partial condensing of the downstream stream of cracked gas in at least one downstream heat exchanger to a third temperature lower than the second temperature;
introducing the downstream stream of partially condensed cracked gas from the downstream heat exchanger in a downstream separator;
recovering, at the head of the downstream separator a gas stream of high-pressure fuel, lean in C2+ hydrocarbons, and recovering, at the bottom of the downstream separator, a downstream liquid, rich in C2+ hydrocarbons;
passing of the stream of high-pressure fuel through the downstream exchanger and the intermediate exchanger to form a heated high-pressure fuel stream;
expanding the heated high-pressure fuel stream in at least one first dynamic expansion device to obtain a stream of partially expanded fuel;
heating of the stream of partially expanded fuel through the downstream exchanger and the intermediate exchanger;
treating at least one liquid stream obtained during the upstream cooling, intermediate cooling and downstream cooling to form the ethylene-rich cut;
forming an expanded intermediate recirculation stream from a liquid obtained during the upstream cooling and/or intermediate cooling, upstream from the downstream cooling;
circulating the expanded intermediate recirculation stream at least in the upstream heat exchanger to cool the upstream stream of cracked gas;
reintroducing the reheated intermediate recirculation stream in the raw cracked gas upstream from at least one compressor of the at least one compressor of the cooling and compression stage, the upstream, intermediate and downstream cooling being carried out without heat exchange respectively of the upstream stream of cracked gas, the intermediate stream of cracked gas and the downstream stream of cracked gas with an external refrigeration cycle, wherein passing the stream of high-pressure fuel through the downstream exchanger and the intermediate exchanger includes passing the stream of high-pressure fuel through the downstream exchanger and the intermediate exchanger without passing the stream of high-pressure fuel through the upstream heat exchanger between the head of the downstream separator and the at least one first dynamic expansion turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,458,699

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet forming a storage compartment;
a rear panel forming a rear wall of the storage compartment and having at least one cooling air outlet hole which discharges cooling air toward the storage compartment;
a fan housing coupled to the rear panel and in which a fan configured to generate a circulation of the cooling air is installed;
an outlet port which is formed at the fan housing and discharges the cooling air supplied by driving of the fan; and
a drawer movable in a prescribed direction from inside of the storage compartment, wherein, the drawer includes:
a drawer body forming a storage space; and
a cooling air duct provided above the drawer body, the cooling air duct including:
a first cover;
a second cover which is coupled to a lower side of the first cover and shields at least a part of an open upper portion of the drawer body; and
a coupler extending from the first cover towards the second cover to divide an inner space between the first cover and the second cover into a first space and a second space;
wherein the first space comprises a cooling air path in communication with the outlet port; and the second space comprises an air layer, and
wherein the second cover includes:
a guide surface which forms a bottom of the first space and guides a flow of the cooling air which was discharged from the outlet port along the cooling air path;
a communication port which introduces the cooling air flowing through the cooling air path to the drawer body, the communication port being located between the guide surface and the coupler;
a step that is stepped from the guide surface toward the communication port; and
at least one rib provided at a side of the outlet port, the at least one rib protruding upward from the step.

US Pat. No. 10,458,688

FROST MANAGEMENT OF AN EVAPORATOR

Honeywell International I...

1. A controller for frost management of an evaporator, the controller comprising:a memory;
a processor configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to:
receive operating information of a heat pump;
determine a first set point of at least one of a number of components of the heat pump and a first operating temperature of the evaporator that corresponds to operation of the heat pump at a first operating energy efficiency based on the operating information of the heat pump and corresponds to a first heating interval length of the heat pump, wherein the first operating energy efficiency is a highest instantaneous energy efficiency of the heat pump;
receive a second operating temperature of the evaporator that is positively offset from the first operating temperature of the evaporator associated with the operating information of the heat pump;
determine a second set point of at least one of the number of components of the heat pump that corresponds to an operation of the heat pump at a second operating energy efficiency corresponding to the second operating temperature of the evaporator of the heat pump based on the operating information of the heat pump, wherein the second operating energy efficiency is lower than the first operating energy efficiency; and
modify a set point of at least one of the number of components of the heat pump to the second set point such that a heating mode of the heat pump is enabled for a second heating interval length of the heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,458,681

THERMAL INTEGRATION OF A CATALYTIC BURNER AND A CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL UNIT

The United States of Amer...

1. A heat-efficient catalytic adsorptive apparatus comprising a catalyst device, a sorbent device, an aftercooler, and at least two heat exchangers, wherein:a first said heat exchanger receives intake air from the environment, and raises the temperature of said intake air for delivery to said catalyst device;
a second said heat exchanger functions as a heat reservoir for effecting, in a temperature-swing manner, adsorption and desorption of said sorbent device;
air is conducted to said aftercooler from one of the first said heat exchanger and the second said heat exchanger;
catalyzed air is conducted from said catalyst device to the first said heat exchanger, reduced in temperature by the first said heat exchanger, conducted at a reduced temperature from the first said heat exchanger to the second said heat exchanger, conducted to said aftercooler, and reduced in temperature by said aftercooler for release into the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,458,680

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISCHARGING A HYDROGEN STORAGE SYSTEM IN PARABOLIC TROUGH RECEIVERS

SCHOTT AG, Mainz (DE)

1. A method for discharging a hydrogen storage system, wherein the hydrogen storage system is in the annular space of a receiver tube, wherein the annular space is defined at least by an outer-lying tubular jacket and an inner-lying absorber tube of the receiver tube, and wherein the outer-lying tubular jacket is connected by a wall to the absorber tube, the method comprising the steps of:producing an opening penetrating through the tubular jacket or the wall;
pumping free hydrogen in the annular space out through the opening; and
subsequently sealing the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,458,671

BUILDING CONTROL DEVICE HAVING PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTION BASED SENSING

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A building control device for estimating temperature of a space, the building control device comprising:a set of environmental sensors having a set of operational environmental states and configured to detect environmental conditions;
a memory configured to store the set of operational environmental states and a probability distribution for each of the operational environmental states; and
a controller operatively coupled to the user interface, the set of environmental sensors, and the memory and configured to:
receive detected environmental conditions from the set of environmental sensors;
identify a subset of the set of operational environmental states from the memory based on the detected environmental conditions;
obtain a probability distribution for each of the subset of operational environmental states from the memory;
determine, based on the probability distribution, a set of temperature estimates and a probability estimate for each temperature estimate for the subset of operational environmental states;
identify an operational environmental state, from the subset of operational environment states, at which the set of environmental sensors are likely operating based on the probability estimate for each temperature estimate;
select a temperature estimate, from the set of temperature estimates, for the operational environmental state at which the set environmental sensors are likely operating; and
generate the selected temperature estimate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,660

MAGNETIC APPLIANCE SHELF AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

1. A kit for forming a support structure adapted to be releasably secured to an appliance; the kit comprising:a support surface including at least one lip thereon;
a non-magnetic jig including at least one angle corresponding to an angle formed between the support surface and the at least one lip;
a first number of magnets securable to the jig; and
a second number of magnets securable to the support structure in alignment with the first number of magnets on the jig.

US Pat. No. 10,458,656

SWITCH ASSEMBLY AND COOKING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cooking apparatus comprising:a main body having a cooking chamber; and
a switch assembly mounted on the main body,
wherein the switch assembly includes:
a switch rotatably provided;
a switch holder coupled to the switch; and
a light guide disposed between the switch and the switch holder and having a light emitting surface to uniformly emit light from a light source to a periphery of the switch, the light source being arranged between the switch and the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,458,654

COMBUSTION CHAMBER IN A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An annular combustion chamber in a turbine engine, comprising:two coaxial walls of revolution comprising a radially internal wall and a radially external wall;
fuel injectors disposed between the internal wall and the external wall, each fuel injector engaged in a respective centring means which are moveable in the radial direction in a support means;
means of axial retention in the upstream direction of the centring means, with said means of axial retention in the upstream direction being removably fixed on at least one of the internal wall and external wall,
wherein the means of axial retention in the upstream direction comprise a radial annular crown radially fixed internally and/or externally the internal wall and/or the external wall and comprising a plurality of rings regularly spaced apart circumferentially disposed radially between the internal wall and the external wall, the plurality of rings delineating an annular row of openings, with each ring of the plurality of rings forming a passage for receiving a respective one of the fuel injectors and respective centring means, with an edge of each opening being adapted to form an axial stop in the upstream direction of a radial annular collar of the respective centring means of the respective one of the fuel injectors,
wherein the annular crown comprises a pattern that successively repeats circumferentially to form the annular crown, the pattern comprising:
at least one ring of the plurality of rings of the annular crown, the at least one ring having a radially internal lug extending radially inward from the at least one ring and a radially external lug extending radially outward from the at least one ring, the radially internal lug being connected to an internal rim that extends circumferentially and in an axially downstream direction, the radially internal rim and radially internal lug configured to fix the at least one ring on the internal wall, and the radially external lug being connected to a radially external rim that extends circumferentially and in the axially downstream direction, the radially external rim and radially external lug configured to fix the at least one ring on the external wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,653

MACHINABLE CMC INSERT

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. An assembly for use in a gas turbine engine, the assembly comprisinga ceramic matrix composite component comprising silicon carbide fibers in a silicon carbide matrix,
a ceramic insert adjacent to the ceramic matrix composite component, and
a ply at least partially covering the ceramic insert such that the ceramic insert is sandwiched between the ply and the ceramic matrix composite component,
wherein the ply extends beyond the ceramic insert in at least one direction so that the ply is joined to the ceramic matrix composite, and
wherein the ply comprises at least one layer of silicon carbide fibers or carbon fibers in a silicon carbide matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,458,643

BREATHING LIGHT ASSEMBLY

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A breathing light assembly of an air purifier, the breathing light assembly comprising:a front panel;
a cover comprising a light transmission panel and a curved surface mounted to the front panel;
a breathing light mounted to the curved surface and facing the light transmission panel;
a body cover, the body and the cover cooperatively defining an optical channel; and
a reflective strip; wherein:
a surface of the body cover comprises a light emitting zone within the optical channel, the light emitting zone facing the breathing light across the optical channel;
light emitted by the breathing light passes through the light transmission panel to the light emitting zone;
the reflective strip is mounted on the light emitting zone and positioned at an end of the optical channel; and
the reflective strip reflects the light emitted by the breathing light;
wherein: the body cover comprises a touch portion and a rear panel; the touch portion is located at a top of the body cover; the rear panel is located opposite the light emitting zone; a heat sink is mounted to the rear panel;
wherein: the heat sink is a radiating fin; the body cover transmits heat in the light emitting zone and the radiating fin disperses heat from the light emitting zone.

US Pat. No. 10,458,640

VENTILATION AND HUMIDITY-CONDITIONING UNIT AND APPARATUS

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A ventilation and humidity-conditioning unit comprising:a structure mounted on a housing including a space inside the housing that is separated from an outside thereof, the structure including a ventilation hole providing ventilation between an inside of the housing and the outside of the housing;
a humidity-conditioning member provided midway in the ventilation hole of the structure, the humidity-conditioning member absorbing water vapor; and
a ventilation member provided to the structure, the ventilation member being closer to the outside of the housing than the humidity-conditioning member is, the ventilation member being permeable to a gas, the ventilation member preventing a liquid and a solid from entering the inside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,636

BACKLIGHT SOURCE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, A BACKLIGHT MODULE, AND A DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A backlight source for use in a display device, comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of carriers with a shape of a frustum of a prism arranged on the substrate in an array, each said carrier comprising a bottom surface in contact with the substrate, a top surface parallel to the substrate and a plurality of side surfaces connected between the top surface and the bottom surface, wherein an area of the bottom surface is greater than an area of the top surface;
light emitting elements arranged on: each said carrier, comprising at least one first light emitting element arranged on the top surface of the carrier for emitting collimated light perpendicular to the substrate, and a plurality of second light emitting elements arranged in such a way to arrange at least one said second light emitting element on each of the plurality of side surfaces of the carrier for emitting scattered light to a plurality of angles;
a controller, configured to control said at least one first light emitting element to turn on and all second light emitting elements to turn off in response to a first display mode of the display device, and to control said at least one first light emitting element to turn on and at least one of said second light emitting elements to turn on in response to a second display mode of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,458,629

LIGHTING MODULE AND LIGHTING SYSTEM

OSRAM GMBH, Munich (DE)

1. A lighting module comprising:a base,
at least one electrically powered light radiation source carried by said base,
a plurality of lamina electrical contacts connected to said source of light radiation, wherein each of the plurality of lamina electrical contacts has a respective proximal end fixed to said base and a respective distal end including a contact area, wherein each contact area of the respective distal ends is elastically pressed against one face of said base, and wherein the contact areas are offset from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,458,625

LIGHT DIFFUSER SUPPORT

1. A light diffuser assembly for a light bulb fixture comprising:a retaining member including a collar and a plurality of arms, wherein said collar is substantially centered on a central axis, wherein said collar extends about an arcuate path less than three hundred and sixty degrees about said central axis between opposite first and second ends and thereby defines a collar gap whereby said collar is configured to be pushed over a socket of the light bulb fixture, wherein each of said plurality of arms extends away from said collar and said central axis to a respective distal end, wherein each of said plurality of arms includes a tab at said respective distal end, and wherein each of said plurality of tabs extends back towards said central axis;
a diffuser member including an annular lip that is received by each of said plurality of tabs whereby said diffuser member is suspended on the base of the light bulb fixture by said retaining member; and
wherein said retaining member further comprises first and second grips, one of said first and second grips respectively disposed at one of said first end and said second end of said collar, each of said first grip and said second grip extending away from said arcuate path and further away from said central axis, wherein each of said plurality of arms extend away from said central axis further than said first and second grips, and wherein said first and second grips are graspable and moveable closer together to deform said collar and tighten said collar about the socket of the light bulb fixture.

US Pat. No. 10,458,614

LAMP FOR VEHICLE

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

1. A lamp for a vehicle, comprising:a light source portion;
a first lens portion which includes a plurality of micro incident lenses onto which light generated by the light source portion is incident; and
a second lens portion which includes a plurality of micro exit lenses disposed adjacent to the plurality of micro incident lenses along an optical axis of the lamp,
wherein a micro incident/exit unit is defined by a combination of at least one of the plurality of micro incident lenses and at least one of the plurality of micro exit lenses,
wherein the lamp is configured to form a beam pattern using a combination of one or more micro incident/exit units,
wherein each of the micro incident/exit units includes one cylinder lens which extends in a first direction and a plurality of corresponding lenses that correspond to the one cylinder lens,
wherein any one of the micro incident lens and the micro exit lens is the cylinder lens and the other is the corresponding lens,
wherein when the cylinder lens is the micro incident lens, an incident surface thereof includes a refraction portion which is bent at both ends of the first direction,
wherein when the cylinder lens is the micro exit lens, an exit surface thereof includes a refraction portion which is bent at both ends of the first direction, and
wherein light which is incident onto or exits from the refraction portion is narrowed in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,607

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR A COMPONENT OF A VEHICLE WASH SYSTEM

Motor City Washworks, Inc...

1. A lighting device for attachment to a component defining an open area, the lighting device comprising:a mounting plate extending longitudinally, and configured to be operatively disposed within the open area;
wherein the mounting plate presents a first mounting surface and a second mounting surface, opposite the first mounting surface;
wherein the mounting plate extends longitudinally between a first plate end and a second plate end;
wherein the mounting plate extends laterally between a first plate edge and a second plate edge;
wherein the mounting plate defines a first mounting channel, proximate the first plate edge, and a second mounting channel, proximate the second plate edge;
wherein the first and second mounting channels are in generally facing relationship to one another such that the first mounting channel is defined between the first plate edge and the first mounting surface and the second mounting channel is defined between the second plate edge and the first mounting surface;
a light emitting diode (LED) assembly operatively attached to the first mounting surface, the LED assembly including:
a plurality of LEDs operatively attached to the first mounting surface of the mounting plate, such that the plurality of LEDs form at least two columns;
wherein each of the plurality of LEDs is configured to emit a respective field of light in response to being energized;
wherein the LED assembly is configured such that a field of light projected from the plurality of LEDs for one of the at least two columns is projected radially away from the field of light projected from the other of the at least two columns; and
a lens extending laterally between a first edge and a second edge;
wherein the first edge of the lens is operatively disposed within the first mounting channel and the second edge of the lens is operatively disposed within the second mounting channel, such that the lens is operatively attached to the mounting plate with the plurality of LEDs operatively disposed between the mounting plate and the lens; and
wherein the lens is configured such that the field of light projected from each of the plurality of LEDs passes therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,458,605

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE

NATIONAL CHUNG CHENG UNIV...

1. A light source module, comprising:a wiring board; and
an LED array electrically connected to the wiring board which is driven to emit a first group of emission peaks in 300 nm??max<450 nm, a second group of emission peaks in 450 nm??max<550 nm, and a third group of emission peaks in 550 nm??max<600 nm, wherein the LED array includes a plurality of LED elements for emitting the first group of emission peaks, the second group of emission peaks and the third group of emission peaks, respectively; and a peak intensity Ia of each emission peak in the first group is in a range of 0 wherein the LED array is selected from the group consisting of:
an array including at least two 390 nm LED elements, at least three 410 nm LED elements, at least three 430 nm LED elements for emitting the first group of emission peaks; at least one 450 nm LED element, at least six 470 nm LED elements at least eight 490 nm LED elements, at least seven 510 nm LED elements, at least nine 530 nm LED elements for emitting the second group of emission peaks; and at least seven 550 nm LED elements, and three 570 nm LED elements for emitting the third group of emission peaks;
an array including at least one 390 nm LED element, least two 410 nm LED elements, at least two 430 nm LED elements for emitting the first group of emission peaks; at least three 450 nm LED elements, at least four 470 nm LED elements, at least six 490 nm LED elements, at least five 510 nm LED elements, at least six 530 nm LED elements for emitting the second group of emission peaks; and at least eight 550 nm LED elements, and twelve 570 nm LED elements for emitting the third group of emission peaks;
an array including at least one 390 nm LED element, at least three 410 nm LED elements, and at least three 430 nm LED elements for emitting the first group of emission peaks; at least three 450 nm LED elements, at least six 470 nm LED elements, at least eight 490 nm LED elements, at least six 510 nm LED elements, and at least six 530 nm LED elements for emitting the second group of emission peaks; and at least six 550 nm LED elements, and at least seven 570 nm LED elements for emitting the third group of emission peaks; and
an array including at least one 390 nm LED element, at least two 410 nm LED elements, and at least four 430 nm LED elements for emitting the first group of emission peaks; at least two 450 nm LED elements, at least six 470 nm LED elements, at least nine 490 nm LED elements, at least seven 510 nm LED elements, and at least six 530 nm LED elements for emitting the second group of emission peaks; and at least six 550 nm LED elements, and at least six 570 nm LED elements for emitting the third group of emission peaks.

US Pat. No. 10,458,598

HIGH PRESSURE TANK

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

1. A high pressure tank comprising:a resin liner configured to contain a fluid; and
a cap including a supply/discharge hole, formed in the cap, configured to allow for supplying and discharging the fluid to and from the liner, wherein:
a cylindrical portion is formed with the liner in a protruding manner, in a state where the cylindrical portion is inserted in the supply/discharge hole, a direction from a distal end to a proximal end of the cylindrical portion is a supply direction of the fluid for the liner;
a seal groove is formed in an inner circumferential surface of the supply/discharge hole, a seal member configured to seal a gap between the inner circumferential surface of the supply/discharge hole and an outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical portion and a back-up member disposed on an upstream side of the seal member in the supply direction are provided in the seal groove;
the seal groove has a tapered groove surface facing toward the back-up member, the tapered groove surface being apart from the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical portion from an upstream side to a downstream side in the supply direction; and
the back-up member has a tapered member surface facing toward the tapered groove surface, the tapered groove surface having a diameter expanding from the upstream side to the downstream side in the supply direction, wherein:
an inclination angle of the tapered member surface with respect to an axial direction of the back-up member is larger than an inclination angle of the tapered groove surface with respect to the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole; and
in a state where the tapered member surface is aligned with the tapered groove surface, a distance between a first line and a second line is equal to or greater than half of a distance between the first line and a third line, the first line extending along the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole and passing through one end of the tapered member surface on the downstream side in the supply direction, the second line extending along the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole and passing through another end of the tapered member surface on the upstream side in the supply direction, the third line extending along the axial direction of the supply/discharge hole and passing through an end portion of the back-up member on the downstream side in the supply direction, facing toward the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,589

SOUND SUPPRESSION APPARATUS

AAF Ltd., Northumberland...

1. A sound suppression apparatus for installation inside a gas transport duct, the sound suppression apparatus comprising:a resistive sound-absorbing element; and
a housing providing a reactive sound-attenuating element communicating with a surrounding of the apparatus via an opening in an outer surface of the housing;
wherein:
the sound suppression apparatus has an elongate form in a longitudinal direction from a first end of the sound suppression apparatus to a second end of the sound suppression apparatus;
an outer surface of the sound suppression apparatus is shaped to provide aerodynamic gas flow from a first end to a second end of the sound suppression apparatus;
the housing has a profile in a plane including the longitudinal direction which tapers in the longitudinal direction towards the second end of the sound suppression apparatus;
the outer surface of the sound suppression apparatus comprises an outer surface of the resistive sound-absorbing element and the outer surface of the housing; and
the resistive sound-absorbing element is arranged relatively closer to the first end of the sound suppression apparatus than the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,586

METHOD OF MAKING A FLUID MANIFOLD

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A method of making a fluid manifold, the method comprising:placing a mandrel in a mold, the mandrel having a body with a proximal end and a distal end;
positioning the mandrel within the mold using a distal support at the distal end of the mandrel;
introducing a polymer into the mold;
allowing the polymer to solidify to form a fluid manifold;
removing the fluid manifold from the mold; and
removing the mandrel from the fluid manifold;
wherein the distal support is an integrated part of the fluid manifold,
wherein the fluid manifold comprises a body having a primary channel and a plurality of secondary channels exiting from the primary channel along a length thereof, including a distal flow channel passing through the distal support,
wherein the distal flow channel has an inner diameter, DDC and
wherein the primary channel is coterminous with the distal flow channel, wherein the primary channel extends to a distance of no more than 0.5*DDC beyond a distal edge of the distal flow channel, and wherein the primary channel and the distal flow channel intersect to form an elbow bend.

US Pat. No. 10,458,583

UNLOCKING TOOL FOR A QUICK CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

A. RAYMOND ET CIE, Greno...

1. A fluid connection assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore for receiving a male end form with a bead;
a locker which is movable relative to said housing between a locked position for locking the male end form within said inner bore of said housing and an unlocked position for allowing the male end form to be inserted into or removed from said inner bore of said housing;
said locker having a pair of outside legs which present tool engagement sections and wherein each of said tool engagement sections has a pair of spaced apart fingers;
a quick release tool body being generally U-shaped and presenting a base with a first side and a second side;
a pair of quick release tool legs spaced laterally from one another and extending away from said first side of said base to respective distal ends;
each distal end presenting a pair of ledges that are spaced longitudinally from one another to seat against said fingers of said tool engagement sections of said locker;
said base of said U-shaped quick release tool body having a living hinge which is spaced laterally between said quick release tool legs for pivoting said distal ends of said outside legs of said locker away from one another in response to the application of a force onto said second side of said base to allow movement of said locker from said locked position to said unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,582

SINGLE ACTION PUSH TO CONNECT CONDUIT FITTING WITH COLLETING

SWAGELOK COMPANY, Solon,...

1. A push to connect fitting assembly for a conduit having a longitudinal axis, the fitting assembly comprising:a first fitting component having an outboard end that is adapted to receive a conduit end;
a second fitting component joined to the first fitting component to define an interior cavity;
a seal device disposed in the interior cavity, wherein the seal device forms a non-polymeric seal between one of the first and second fitting components and an outer surface of a conduit end when the conduit end is inserted into the outboard end of the first fitting component;
a retainer assembled with at least one of the first and second fitting components, the retainer including a gripping portion that grips the inserted conduit end; and
a biasing member axially disposed between the retainer and the seal device, the biasing member applying a first axial load to the retainer to produce a gripping force between the gripping portion and the inserted conduit end.

US Pat. No. 10,458,568

TAMPER-RESISTANT OPERATING NUT FOR HYDRANTS

Mueller International, LL...

1. A hydrant comprising:an operating stem comprising a proximal operating nut engaging portion and a threaded distal end extending from the hydrant;
an operating nut comprising a first end facing the hydrant, an opposed second end, and a central bore defined in the operating nut and extending from the first end to the second end, wherein the operating nut is positioned on the operating stem such that a portion of the stem is positioned in the central bore and the threaded distal end of the stem extends beyond the second end of the operating nut, and wherein the central bore engages the operating stem at the operating nut engaging portion, the operating stem configured to rotate with the operating nut; and
a nut comprising a frustoconical portion configured to be rotatably secured to the distal end of the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,458,554

ADJUSTMENT VALVE WITH ENERGY RECOVERY

LOCLAIN S.R.L., Imola (I...

1. A control valve (1) comprising: a valve body (2) which has an inlet opening (3) and an outlet opening (4) for a fluid; recovery means (5) configured to transfer the kinetic and/or potential energy extracted from said fluid out of said valve body (2); a obturator (6) placed within said valve body (2) between said inlet and outlet openings (3, 4), said obturator (6) being configured to direct the fluid towards the recovery means (5) and to assume a closing configuration of the valve (1); wherein said recovery means (5) comprise a rotating element (7) placed within said valve body (2) downstream of the obturator (6) and configured to be put into rotation by said fluid; the inlet opening (3) defining a first fluid flow direction, the outlet opening (4) defining a second fluid flow direction, the first fluid flow direction being (a) in the same direction as, and (b) parallel to, the second fluid flow direction; wherein said obturator (6) comprises at least a first plate (10) and a second plate (11) placed transversally with respect to the axis of rotation (A) of the rotating element (7); said first plate (10) and second plate (11) each having at least one passage opening (12); said first plate (10) and said second plate (11) being mobile with respect to each other to pass reversibly from a closing configuration wherein said passage openings (12) are completely disaligned with respect to each other to prevent the passage of the fluid to at least an opening configuration wherein said passage openings (12) are at least partially overlapping to permit the passage of the fluid, each of said first and second plates (10, 11) having a central portion, the first plate central portion being unconstrained with respect to the second plate central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,541

MANUAL TRANSMISSION SHIFTLOCK INTERVENTION

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a manual transmission system of a vehicle comprising a torque generating system, the manual transmission system further comprising a shiftlock system, the control system comprising:a shaft speed sensor configured to measure an output shaft speed indicative of a rotational speed of an output shaft of the torque generating system, wherein the output shaft is coupled to a flywheel;
wheel speed sensors configured to measure wheel speeds indicative of rotational speeds of four wheels of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
determine a maximum measured wheel speed of the measured wheel speeds;
estimate a speed of an input shaft of the manual transmission system based on the measured output shaft speed, the maximum measured wheel speed, and a set of known parameters of components of the vehicle connected between the flywheel and the wheels; and
when the estimated input shaft speed of the manual transmission system is greater than a threshold speed for a threshold period, command the shiftlock system to restrict the engagement of a set of gear ratios of the manual transmission system.

US Pat. No. 10,458,536

GEARSHIFT ASSEMBLY FOR A TRANSMISSION OF A VEHICLE

1. A gearshift assembly for a transmission of a vehicle comprising:a shift lever mounted in a base for pivotal movement in a select direction between a shifting gate for automatic mode and a shifting gate for manual mode and for pivotal movement in a shift direction, perpendicular to said select direction in each of the shifting gates;
a return mechanism arranged to mechanically act on said shift lever, with said return mechanism comprising,
a push member,
an electric motor mechanically acting on said shift lever through said push member for returning said shift lever from said shifting gate for manual mode to said shifting gate for automatic mode,
a driven member connected to said push member with said driven member being driven by said electric motor by a connection which allows movement of said push member relative to said driven member in a direction of force transmission to said shift lever,
a spring acting between said push member and said driven member, which said spring is loaded in case said return mechanism is activated to return said shift lever and an external counter-force is acting on said shift lever preventing a return movement in which case a force of the electric motor is converted to preload said spring,
a blocking element which can be actuated to move out of a blocking position in which said blocking element blocks movement of said shift lever from said shifting gate for automatic mode to said shifting gate for manual mode, and
a wheel coupled to and drivable by said electric motor with said wheel having a helical cam surface for pushing the push member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,531

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train comprising:a first planetary gear set having first, second, and third rotational elements;
a second planetary gear set having fourth, fifth, and sixth rotational elements;
a third planetary gear set having seventh, eighth, and ninth rotational elements;
a fourth planetary gear set having tenth, eleventh, and twelfth rotational elements;
a first externally-engaged gear set having thirteenth and fourteenth rotational elements;
a second externally-engaged gear set having fifteenth and sixteenth rotational elements;
an input shaft disposed coaxial with the first, second, and third planetary gear sets; and
an output shaft disposed in parallel with the input shaft and coaxial with the fourth planetary gear set,
wherein the second rotational element is fixedly connected with the input shaft,
the fourth rotational element and the seventh rotational element are connected with the tenth rotational element through the second externally-engaged gear set,
the sixth rotational element is connected with the eleventh rotational element through the first externally-engaged gear set, and
the eleventh rotational element being fixedly connected with the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,529

LINEAR MOTION MECHANISM, VALVE DEVICE, AND STEAM TURBINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A linear motion mechanism, comprising:a drive portion;
a screw shaft which is rotationally driven about an axis by the drive portion and in which a first spiral screw groove is formed on an outer peripheral surface;
a nut in which a second spiral screw groove facing the first screw groove is formed on an inner peripheral surface, into which the screw shaft is inserted, and which moves forward or backward relative to the screw shaft in an axial direction, in which an axis of the screw shaft extends, according to a rotation of the screw shaft;
a plurality of load balls which are disposed in a transfer path formed by the first screw groove and the second screw groove and advance while rolling on the transfer path;
a plurality of retainer frames which are disposed between the plurality of load balls and advances on the transfer path along with the load balls; and
a lubricant supply portion which supplies a lubricant to a path surface of the transfer path,
wherein the retainer frame includes
a retainer main body portion in which recessed surfaces, on which outer peripheral ends are in contact with the adjacent load balls, are formed on both sides in an advancement direction and which is formed to be smaller than the load ball when viewed in the advancement direction, and
a lubricant contact portion which protrudes from the outer peripheral end of the recessed surface of the retainer main body portion toward the path surface side of the transfer path and is formed to come into contact with the lubricant which is supplied to the path surface of the transfer path, and
wherein the lubricant contact portion is formed such that a cross-sectional shape orthogonal to the advancement direction partially protrudes toward the path surface of the transfer path more than the load ball.

US Pat. No. 10,458,528

SYSTEM FOR OVERTURNING TANKS OF KNEADING MACHINES

1. A system for use in overturning tanks of kneading machines,said system comprising:
a supporting structure; and
an overturning unit mobile along said structure between a lowered position, in which it receives the tank to be overturned, and a raised position, in which it overturns said tank;
wherein said unit comprises:
a body for engaging said tank, which is mobile between an inoperative position and an operative position;
an elastic member, which can be activated into a loaded condition;
a rocker member pre-arranged for co-operating with a fixed surface during displacement of said unit from said raised position to said lowered position to bring said elastic member into said loaded condition and to move said body into said inoperative position;
said elastic member configured to move from said loaded condition to cause movement of said rocker member to move said body into said operative position to engage the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,458,522

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft for receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft for outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set as a single pinion planetary gear set including a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element;
a first connecting member fixedly connected with the first rotation element and directly connected with a transmission housing;
a second connecting member fixedly connected with the second rotation element and the seventh rotation element;
a third connecting member fixedly connected with the third rotation element and the sixth rotation element, selectively connectable with the transmission housing, and selectively connectable with the input shaft;
a fourth connecting member fixedly connected with the fourth rotation element and fixedly connected with the input shaft;
a fifth connecting member fixedly connected with the fifth rotation element and selectively connectable with the transmission housing;
a sixth connecting member fixedly connected with the eighth rotation element and the twelfth rotation element, and selectively connectable with the input shaft, and selectively connectable with the transmission housing;
a seventh connecting member fixedly connected with the ninth rotation element and the eleventh rotation element, and directly connected with the output shaft;
an eighth connecting member fixedly connected with the tenth rotation element, and selectively connectable with the input shaft;
a first clutch selectively connecting the input shaft and the third connecting member;
a second clutch selectively connecting the input shaft and the sixth connecting member;
a third clutch selectively connecting the input shaft and the eighth connecting member;
a first brake selectively connecting the third connecting member and the transmission housing;
a second brake selectively connecting the fifth connecting member and the transmission housing; and
a third brake selectively connecting the sixth connecting member and the transmission housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,520

DIRECTION CONTROLLED GEARBOX FOR APPLIANCE

SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC,...

1. A drive system for use in a piece of an appliance, comprising:a drive shaft; and
a first rotary coupling and a second rotary coupling, wherein when said drive shaft is rotated in a first direction, said first rotary coupling and said second rotary coupling rotate about an axis of said drive shaft at a same speed and when said drive shaft is rotated in a second opposite direction, said first rotary coupling and said second rotary coupling rotate about said axis of said drive shaft at different speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,458,515

FRICTIONAL POWER TRANSMISSION BELT AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd., ...

1. A method for producing a frictional power transmission belt, the method comprising:winding a first unvulcanized sheet around an inner mold, the inner mold having a flexible jacket provided around an outer periphery thereof, the first unvulcanized sheet having a rubber composition and corresponding to an extensible layer of the frictional power transmission belt;
helically winding a tension member on the first unvulcanized sheet;
winding a second unvulcanized sheet around the first unvulcanized sheet having the tension member wound thereon, the second unvulcanized sheet corresponding to a compressive rubber layer of the frictional power transmission belt;
forming a fiber/resin mixture layer comprising a resin component and heat-resistant fibers, the heat-resistant fibers having a softening point or a melting point higher than a vulcanization temperature for vulcanizing the first and second unvulcanized sheets;
winding the fiber/resin mixture layer around the second unvulcanized sheet to create a wound laminate sheet, wherein some of the heat-resistant fibers are embedded in the fiber/resin mixture layer so as to extend out from the fiber/resin mixture layer to make contact with the compressive rubber layer; and
vulcanizing the first and second unvulcanized sheets to respectively create first and second vulcanized sheets by pressing the wound laminate sheet against an outer mold at the vulcanization temperature,
wherein the fiber/resin mixture layer has a first surface in contact with the second unvulcanized sheet, and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein a portion of one or more of the heat-resistant fibers of the fiber/resin mixture layer extend out from the second surface of the fiber/resin mixture layer.

US Pat. No. 10,458,512

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A torsional vibration damper comprising:a rotary disc in which a plurality of chambers each individually having a predetermined length in a circumferential direction and that are formed circumferentially at predetermined intervals;
a plurality of masses held in each chamber of the plurality of chambers while being allowed to be oscillated by pulsation of torque applied to the rotary disc; and
a retainer that retains the masses in each chamber of the plurality of chambers while maintaining intervals between the masses, and that is allowed to be rotated relative to the rotary disc by an oscillating motion of each of the masses,
wherein each of the masses comprises a trunk and a pair of diametrically-larger flange plates formed on both sides of the trunk,
an outer diameter of the trunk is smaller than an opening width of each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers, and a diameter of each of the flange plates is larger than the opening width of at least one of the chambers of the plurality of chambers,
an insertion hole that allows at least one of the pair of flange plates of the masses there through is formed between each set of adjoining chambers of the plurality of chambers,
an opening width of each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers at a portion joined to the insertion hole is larger than the outer diameter of the trunk of each of the masses, and
the retainer comprises a restricting portion that restricts an oscillating range of each mass of the masses in each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers toward the insertion hole, and
an opening diameter of each of the insertion holes is larger than the outer diameter of at least one of the flange plates of the masses,
wherein the retainer comprises a ring portion that extends in a circular manner radially within an inner side of each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers, and a plurality of holder portions individually formed of a pair of stopper portions protruding radially outwardly from the ring portion to hold each of the masses,
each of the chambers of the plurality of chambers respectively includes a raceway surface formed on a radially outer side of an inner circumferential face to which each mass of the masses is pushed centrifugally,
wherein each raceway surface is curved inwardly so that a curvature radius of each raceway surface is shorter than that of a bottom between each pair of the stopper portions of each holder portion of the plurality of holder portions, and
the bottom serves as the restricting portion that restricts the oscillating range of each mass of the masses in each chamber of the plurality of chambers, each mass of the masses is clamped by the bottom and each raceway surface of the rotary disc so as to prevent further approach of each mass of the masses toward an outer end of each chamber of the plurality of chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,503

MOVABLE ELEMENT AND A DAMPING SYSTEM

SECO-E.P.B., Bouxwiller ...

14. A damping system comprising:a housing having an internal wall; and
at least one movable axial element, the movable element including an absorbent mass positioned in the housing of the damping system, the absorbent mass including at least two adapted portions arranged in a first area on a periphery of the absorbent mass and at least two adapted portions arranged in a second area on the periphery of the absorbent mass; and
elastic elements arranged in the at least two adapted portions in the first and second areas and bearing against the internal wall of the housing, each of the elastic elements in a same area having optimum damping properties in different variation ranges of at least one parameter, at least two elastic elements being arranged in the first area located on a first side of the absorbent mass and at least two elastic elements on a second side of the absorbent mass, a space between two of the elastic elements in the same area being not more than three times a cross-sectional dimension or diameter of one elastic element of the two elastic elements, wherein at least one of the elastic elements has different properties from another one of elastic elements in the same area, the elastic elements with different properties being arranged in each of the at least two adapted portions in each of the first and second areas such that the elastic elements are arranged symmetrically on the absorbent mass as a function of their respective properties.

US Pat. No. 10,458,495

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A BRAKE DISC, SUPPORT BELL FOR A BRAKE DISC AND BRAKE DISC

1. A method for manufacturing a composite brake disc, comprising:shaping a support bell through deep-drawing of a metal sheet, the support bell being shaped as a cup having a coupling portion, a tubular side wall, and a bottom wall coupled to the tubular side wall, wherein the bottom wall and the tubular side wall are formed by pushing a circular portion of the metal sheet in a drawing direction relative to an outer portion of the metal sheet, thereby forming the bottom wall, the tubular side wall, and the coupling portion, the bottom wall being formed as having a crowned shape, the coupling portion formed from the outer portion and configured to connect the support bell to a brake band;
modifying the bottom wall to reduce a crowning in the crowned shape to result in the bottom wall having a flat shape by:
forming at least one of: a groove or a cavity in a surface of the bottom wall through a mechanical chip removal machining process, wherein a thickness of the bottom wall is locally reduced by a depth of the groove or the cavity, the depth of the groove or the cavity being less than one third of the thickness of the bottom wall; and
pushing the bottom wall having the groove or the cavity on the surface relative to the outer portion of the metal sheet in a retro-forming direction to flatten the bottom wall and reduce the crowning, wherein the retro-forming direction is a direction opposite to the drawing direction; and
connecting the brake band to the coupling portion of the support bell.

US Pat. No. 10,458,491

CLUTCH SYSTEM

1. A clutch system comprising:a fixed housing;
a friction clutch for transmitting torque between a torque-introducing element and a torque-discharging element and comprising a pressure plate;
a ramp system for axially moving the pressure plate, comprising:
an input ramp; and,
an output ramp rotatable relative to the input ramp to change an axial extent of the ramp system;
a pilot clutch for initiating rotation of the input ramp relative to the output ramp in response to a speed differential between the torque-introducing element and the torque-discharging element; and,
an actuation element arranged radially on the inside relative to the friction clutch and at least partially covered by the friction clutch when viewed in a radial direction, wherein the actuation element comprises a coil housing connected for conjoint rotation to the fixed housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,490

CYCLE LOCK SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A lock system for a cycle comprising:a clutch system of the cycle including a forward lock system including at least one strut engageable with a stop and configured to alternatively prevent or allow operation of the cycle in a forward direction;
a shaft extending through the clutch system;
an actuator configured to move the forward lock system along the shaft between a lock position and a free position; and
a controller configured to shift the actuator, via a signal from a processor, between the lock position and the free position;
wherein the cycle is configured to be locked in a default state against operation in the forward direction by the clutch system.

US Pat. No. 10,458,485

SELF-SYNCHRONIZING CLUTCH

Warner Electric Technolog...

1. A clutch, comprising:a first inner race configured for rotation about a first rotational axis and defining a first plurality of teeth;
a first outer race disposed radially outwardly of the first inner race and defining a second plurality of teeth and a first plurality of cam surfaces;
a second inner race coupled to the first inner race for rotation therewith and configured for rotation about the first rotational axis, the second inner race defining a third plurality of teeth;
a second outer race disposed radially outwardly of the second inner race and defining a fourth plurality of teeth and a second plurality of cam surfaces;
a first pawl disposed between the first and second inner races and supported on the first inner race, the first pawl configured for rotation about a second rotational axis parallel to the first rotational axis;
a shift ring disposed radially outwardly of the first pawl and configured for rotation relative to the first and second outer races, the shift ring defining a plurality of pawl engagement surfaces on a radially inner perimeter and defining a third plurality of cam surfaces; and,
a plurality of pins, each of the plurality of pins configured for engagement with corresponding ones of the first, second and third pluralities of cam surfaces
wherein rotation of the first and second inner races in a first direction about the first rotational axis at a rotational speed greater than a rotational speed of the first and second outer races causes the first pawl to engage one of the plurality of pawl engagement surfaces in the shift ring thereby causing relative movement between the shift ring and the first and second outer races and moving the plurality of pins in a radially inward direction along the first, second, and third pluralities of cam surfaces to locate the pins between corresponding teeth from the first and second pluralities of teeth and between corresponding teeth from the third and fourth pluralities of teeth to couple the first and second inner races and the first and second outer races for rotation and rotation of the first and second outer races in the first direction at a rotational speed greater than the rotational speed of the first and second inner races causes relative movement between the shift ring and the first and second outer races thereby moving the plurality of pins in a radially outward direction along the first, second, and third pluralities of cam surfaces and away from the corresponding teeth to uncouple the first and second inner races and the first and second outer races and disengage the shift ring from the first pawl and allow the first and second outer races to overrun the first and second inner races.

US Pat. No. 10,458,482

SURFACE ROUGHENING OF POWDER METAL PARTS

Keystone Powdered Metal C...

1. A powder metal part having at least one rough surface thereon, wherein the rough surface has an Ra which is within the range of 10 to 100, as measured with a profilometer having a chisel tip, and wherein the rough surface has surface characteristics which are indicative of electrical discharge machining, wherein the rough surface has a surface texture which is axially oriented only in the z direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,478

HUB UNIT BEARING AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING HUB UNIT BEARING

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A hub unit bearing comprising:a hub spindle corresponding to an inner ring member, the hub spindle having an inner ring raceway surface have a taper convex shape and a back face rib;
an inner ring that is fitted onto and fixed to the hub spindle, the inner ring including a back face rib and a front face rib;
an outer ring member that is disposed around the hub spindle and the inner ring;
a plurality of tapered rollers that are rollably provided between outer circumferential surfaces of the hub spindle and the inner ring and an inner circumferential surface of the outer ring member;
a cage that retains the plurality of tapered rollers at an outboard side end at approximately regular intervals in a circumferential direction; and
a sealing device that blocks an opening of an end of a bearing internal space at the outboard side end, wherein:
the cage includes a large-diameter-side annular part, a small-diameter-side annular part that is disposed concentrically with the large-diameter-side annular part, a plurality of pillar parts that connect the large-diameter-side annular part and the small-diameter-side annular part in an axial direction and are provided at approximately regular intervals in a circumferential direction, and pockets that are formed between the pillar parts adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction and rollably retain the tapered rollers, wherein an outer circumferential surface of the pillar parts is disposed on an outside pitch circle of the row of the tapered rollers in a radial direction, and the large-diameter-side annular part of the cage extends toward the outboard side end in the axial direction;
the sealing device includes an annular metal insert that is fixed to an inner circumferential surface of the outer ring member and a seal member provided on an outboard side end face of the metal insert;
the metal insert includes a cylindrical part that is mounted on the inner circumferential surface of the outer ring member and a flange part that radially extends inward from one end of the cylindrical part;
an engaging projection is provided on an outboard side end face of the large-diameter-side annular part of the cage, and an engaging groove engaged with the engaging projection is provided on an inboard side end face of the flange part of the metal insert;
the engaging groove includes a bottom wall part, an inner tubular part that extends from an inner end of the bottom wall part in a radial direction, and an outer tubular part that extends from an outer end of the bottom wall part in the radial direction;
a tip of the inner tubular part supports an inside in the radial direction from the centers of large-diameter-side end faces of the tapered rollers; and
the inner tubular part and the outer tubular part of the engaging groove are each inclined to extend from each other in a radial direction toward the inside in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,477

SEAL FOR ROLLING BEARING AND ROLLING BEARING

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

2. The annular seal of claim 1, wherein the peripheral groove is formed at the inner peripheral portion of the seal portion and opens radially toward the inner ring.

US Pat. No. 10,458,475

OIL MIST CONCENTRATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, OIL MIST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND OIL MIST MANAGEMENT METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An oil mist concentration management apparatus comprising:a state quantity acquisition unit configured to acquire a state quantity regarding a running state of a machine provided in each of a plurality of areas;
a concentration acquisition unit configured to acquire a concentration of oil mist measured in each of the plurality of areas;
an identifying unit configured to identify whether distribution of the oil mist in the plurality of areas is normal or abnormal on an area-by-area basis, based on the state quantity of the machine in each of the plurality of areas and the concentration of the oil mist in each of the plurality of areas; and
a notification processing unit configured to notify a user of an abnormal area which has been identified as abnormal by the identifying unit,
wherein
the identifying unit uses, as the state quantity regarding the running state of the machine, a flow rate of coolant used at time of operating the machine,
the identifying unit includes
a concentration rank determination unit configured to determine a relative concentration rank regarding the concentration of the oil mist among the plurality of areas, based on the concentration of the oil mist in each of the plurality of areas,
a state quantity rank determination unit configured to determine a relative state quantity rank regarding the state quantity among the plurality of areas, based on the state quantity of the machine in each of the plurality of areas,
a rank comparison unit configured to compare the concentration rank and the state quantity rank to thereby extract an area having a match or a mismatch between the concentration rank and the state quantity rank, and determine that the area having the mismatch is the abnormal area.

US Pat. No. 10,458,474

BEARING ASSEMBLY FOR STEERING COLUMN

Koyo Bearings North Ameri...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:a steering column shaft;
an outer tube disposed around the steering column shaft; and
a radial support bearing assembly disposed between the outer tube and the steering column shaft, comprising:
a first annular groove defined in an outer surface of the shaft;
at least one inner ring defining an inner raceway, the at least one inner ring being disposed in the first annular groove;
an outer raceway; and
a plurality of roller elements disposed both between and in rolling contact with the inner raceway and the outer raceway,
wherein the at least one inner ring is in direct contact with the shaft and has a circular cross-section as taken in a plane parallel to a longitudinal center axis of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,472

FORCE SENSING SLIDING BEARING

University of Connecticut...

1. A sliding bearing system, comprising:a metal base plate;
one or more strain gauge pressure transducers, wherein each of the one or more strain gauge pressure transducers includes a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein a bottom surface of the metal base plate includes one or more diaphragms, and wherein the one or more strain gauge pressure transducers are attached to the metal base plate such that a given strain gauge pressure transducer of the one or more strain gauge pressure transducers is positioned over a top surface or a bottom surface of a given diaphragm of the one or more diaphragms; and
a first sliding surface coupled to the metal base plate and further coupled to the one or more diaphragms, wherein the first sliding surface comprises a non-rigid material that is configured to under pressure loading to thereby deform the one or more diaphragms where the deformation of the one or more diaphragms are measured by the strain gauge pressure transducers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,471

SLIDING MEMBER

DAIDO METAL COMPANY LTD.,...

1. A sliding member for a thrust bearing, comprising:a back metal layer; and
a sliding layer on the back metal layer,
wherein the sliding member has a partially annular shape,
wherein the sliding layer comprises at least one synthetic resin and fibrous particles dispersed in the at least one synthetic resin at a volume ratio of 10 to 35% of a volume of the sliding layer, and the fibrous particles have an average particle size of 5 to 25 ?m,
wherein fibrous particles having a major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m among the fibrous particles are included at a volume ratio of not less than 10% in relation to a volume of total fibrous particles, in a cross section of the sliding layer, and the cross section is parallel to a central axis of the sliding member and is perpendicular to a sliding surface of the sliding layer, and
wherein, when a sliding surface side area is defined as an area from the sliding surface toward an interface between the sliding surface and the back metal layer in the cross section, the sliding surface side area having a thickness of 25% of a sliding layer thickness; an interface side area is defined as an area from the interface toward the sliding surface, the interface side area having a thickness of 25% of the sliding layer thickness; and an intermediate area is defined as an area between the sliding surface side area and the interface side area,
(i) in the sliding surface side area, the fibrous particles having the major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have a dispersion index of 1.1 to 6,
(ii) in the intermediate area, the fibrous particles having the major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have the dispersion index of 0.1 to less than 1, and
(iii) in the interface side area, the fibrous particles having the major axis length of not shorter than 20 ?m have the dispersion index of 1.1 to 6,
where the dispersion index is defined as an average of ratios X1/Y1 of the fibrous particles, X1 being a length of a fibrous particle parallel to the sliding surface in the cross section, and Y1 being a length of the fibrous particle perpendicular to the sliding surface in a circumferential cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,458,467

CROSS ROLLER BEARING

NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD....

1. A cross roller bearing comprising:an outer ring having a first raceway surface having a V-shaped cross section and formed on a first inner circumferential surface thereof;
an inner ring having a second raceway surface having a V-shaped cross section and formed on a second outer circumferential surface thereof in such a manner as to face the first raceway surface of the outer ring, the inner ring being disposed concentrically with and rotatably in relation to the outer ring; and
a plurality of rollers disposed in a mutually orthogonal manner in a load-carrying race formed between the first raceway surface and the second raceway surface and a plurality of separators disposed between the rollers, the rollers and the separators being inserted into the load-carrying race through an insertion hole formed in the outer ring,
wherein the outer ring has a first mounting portion which is located axially away from the first raceway surface and to which a first mating member is mounted, and the inner ring has a second mounting portion which is located axially away from the second raceway surface and to which a second mating member is mounted,
wherein the first mounting portion of the outer ring extends axially toward a first side from a first track portion of the outer ring having the first raceway surface and is formed greater in radial wall thickness than the first track portion, and the second mounting portion of the inner ring extends axially, from a second track portion of the inner ring having the second raceway surface, toward a second side opposite the first side,
wherein the second mounting portion of the inner ring is greater in radial wall thickness than the second track portion of the inner ring having the second raceway surface formed thereon, and
a first outer circumferential surface of the outer ring and a second inner circumferential surface of the inner ring are flat, wherein the first mounting portion of the outer ring does not extend radially beyond the second inner circumferential surface of the inner ring, and the second mounting portion of the inner ring does not extend radially beyond the first outer circumferential surface of the outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,458,463

ROTARY JOINT, FRAMEWORK CONSTRUCTION KIT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROTARY JOINT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A rotary joint comprising:a socket rod having a socket rod flange with an at least partly spheroid concave bearing surface at a first end;
a housing nut encircling the socket rod and having a threaded wrenching head; and
a ball rod integrally formed to have an at least partly spheroid convex bearing surface with threaded side walls formed around the convex bearing surface,
wherein a diameter of the threaded side walls of the ball rod corresponds to a diameter of the threaded wrenching head of the housing nut.

US Pat. No. 10,458,459

PRECISION HOLDING AND LOCATING PIN

MITEE-BITE PRODUCTS LLC, ...

1. An expansion pin, comprising:a cylindrical body having a sidewall and an interior cavity extending from a top end towards a bottom end of the cylindrical body,
an internal thread defined in the interior cavity below the tapered surface portion;
a plurality of slots defined in a top end of the cylindrical body and radially emanating from the interior cavity through the sidewall, the plurality of slots defining a plurality of gripping fingers around a circumference of the sidewall;
the bottom end dimensioned to be received in an opening in a work holding surface;
a tapered surface portion converging inwardly along an interior face of the plurality of gripping fingers; and
a bolt having a frusto-conical head that converges inwardly from a top end of the bolt and terminates at a shank of the bolt, the shank having a plurality of external threads, wherein the frusto-conical head urges the plurality of griping fingers radially outwardly when the bolt is threadingly tightened to draw the frusto-conical head within the tapered surface portion of the cylindrical body, the shank having a length such that the plurality of external threads extend beyond the bottom end of the cylindrical body with the frusto-conical head positioned in abutment within the tapered surface portion of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,453

DOWEL BAR ASSEMBLY AND MECHANICAL CONNECTOR

Construction Materials, I...

1. A connecting device for a dowel bar and frame wherein the frame includes a U-shaped portion over the dowel bar and the frame has a horizontal cross-member, the connecting device comprising:a housing member;
the housing member having a cavity;
wherein the cavity is capable of receiving the dowel bar;
the connecting device further comprising a receiving member,
wherein the receiving member is capable of securing a first portion of the frame;
whereby the dowel bar and the frame are held in place;
a lip;
the lip on an outer edge of the connecting device;
the lip having an outer edge;
a second portion of the frame makes contact with the outer edge and the dowel bar;
the receiving member is located on a front of the device;
wherein the front faces away from a longitudinal axis of the dowel bar;
the outer edge on an opposite side of the receiving member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,451

DISPLAY CLIP AND OBJECT MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. A display clip for mounting an object having a mounting aperture to a surface having an outwardly extending edge, said display clip comprising:an edge engaging section having an elongated base and a hook, said base having a front surface, a back surface and one or more positioning apertures disposed therethrough between a first end and a second end of said base, said hook attached to or integral with said first end of said base and configured to extend outwardly from said back surface of said base to define an edge engaging gap that is sized and configured to receive the outwardly extending edge of the surface therein; and
an object engaging section having an engaging member and an engaging cap, said engaging member having an outwardly projecting member and a back panel, said outwardly projecting member having a proximal end attached to or integral with said back panel and a distal end extending outward from said back panel so as to dispose said distal end in spaced apart relation to a front surface of said back panel, said outwardly projecting member being sized and configured to pass through said one or more positioning apertures and the mounting aperture of the object, said engaging cap structured and arranged to removably engage said outwardly engaging member so as to place said display clip in a locked position, said object engaging section configured to support the object on the surface when said hook is placed on the outwardly extending edge of the surface, said display clip is in said locked position with said outwardly extending member through the mounting aperture of the object and the object positioned between said front surface of said base and said engaging cap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,448

SURFACE AFFIX-ABLE DEVICE INCORPORATING MECHANICALLY ACTUATED DRY ADHESIVE

THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER ...

1. A surface affixable device incorporating mechanically actuated dry adhesive, the device comprising:a body;
a plurality of tiles affixed to the body, each of the plurality of tiles including an array of dry adhesive material elements disposed on front faces thereof, a first of the plurality of tiles being movably affixed to the body;
an actuator constructed and arranged to displace the first of the plurality of tiles in a first direction relative to a second of the plurality of tiles; and
a biasing element that, upon displacement of the first of the plurality of tiles in the first direction, applies a bias to the first of the plurality of tiles in a second direction, the second direction being opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,442

BLOW DOWN ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

AERO CONTROLEX GROUP INC....

1. An actuator assembly, comprising:a drive assembly comprising a drive arm assembly configured to extend and retract in order to actuate a controlled member;
the drive arm assembly comprises an actuation member;
the drive arm assembly further comprises a release member; and
a source of pressurized gas;
wherein during a normal mode of operation, the actuation member and the release member are engaged with a securing mechanism to move in unison to extend the controlled member;
wherein during an emergency mode of operation, pressurized gas from the source of pressurized gas automatically decouples the actuation member from the release member to move separately in order for the actuation member to extend the controlled member; and
wherein the securing mechanism is configured to lock the actuation member in a fully extended position during the emergency mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,440

FLAPPER AND ARMATURE/FLAPPER ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A SERVOVALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A servovalve comprising a flapper, said flapper comprising:an elongated cylindrical component that extends along a longitudinal axis (114L) from a first end (217) to a second end (218), the elongated cylindrical component having a length (L1) extending between said first end (217) and said second end (218), the elongated cylinder component being formed of a first segment (215) comprising a first material and a second segment (216) comprising a second material,
wherein said first segment (215) and said second segment (216) extend longitudinally along at least a part (L2) of said length (L1),
wherein the first material has a first coefficient of thermal expansion and the second material has a second coefficient of thermal expansion, and
wherein the first and second coefficients of thermal expansion are different than each other;
further comprising a supply nozzle (15S) and a return nozzle (15R) and wherein said flapper (114) is positioned within said servovalve so that said first material (215) of the flapper faces said supply nozzle (15S) and said second material (216) of the flapper (114) faces said return nozzle (15R).

US Pat. No. 10,458,438

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A centrifugal compressor, comprising:a rotational shaft;
a main casing surrounding at least a part of the rotational shaft, the main casing having an inlet and an outlet separated from each other in an axial direction of the rotational shaft and an annular space surrounding a section of the rotational shaft at a side of the inlet and communicating with the inlet, wherein a fluid to be compressed before compression flows in the annular space;
at least one impeller disposed in a fixed state to the rotational shaft inside the main casing;
a flow guide member disposed inside the annular space and extending along the axial direction of the rotational shaft, the flow guide member having a flow guide element extending along a radial direction of the rotational shaft and having a predetermined blade width in the axial direction of the rotational shaft;
a plurality of injection holes disposed along the flow guide member and separated from one another along the axial direction of the rotational shaft; and
a flow path which extends inside the annular space and through which a cleaning fluid to be supplied to the plurality of injection holes is capable of flowing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,437

AIR BLOWER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An air blower, comprising:a casing having an intake port and a discharge port;
an air-blowing fan disposed inside the casing to take in air through the intake port and discharge air from the discharge port; and
a filter filtering the air taken in through the intake port, wherein
an insect trapper trapping an insect is disposed in a ventilation path between the intake port and the filter
the casing comprises:
a first casing holding the air-blowing fan; and
a second casing attached to the first casing in a detachable manner, and
the insect trapper is held in the second casing in a replaceable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,458,436

FAN ROTOR WITH FLOW INDUCED RESONANCE CONTROL

1. A fan for a gas turbine, the fan comprising fan blades circumferentially distributed around and extending a full span length from a central hub, the fan blades including alternating first and second fan blades, the first fan blades having a baseline profile and the second fan blades having a modified profile being the same as the baseline profile but for a leading edge cutback, the leading edge cutback extending from a first span position to a second span position, wherein the first span position is located radially outwardly of a span location corresponding to a maximum deflection point for a natural vibration mode of a fan blade having a baseline profile and wherein the second span position is located radially inwardly of the maximum deflection point, wherein the first span position is located at a distance away from the hub not exceeding 90% of the total span length, and the second span position is located at a distance away from the hub exceeding 50% of the total span length.

US Pat. No. 10,458,432

TURBOCHARGER COMPRESSOR ASSEMBLY WITH VANED DIVIDER

Garrett Transportation I ...

1. A compressor assembly of a turbocharger, the compressor assembly comprising:a compressor housing that comprises a compressor wheel space and a diffuser section that extends from the compressor wheel space to at least one volute;
a dual-faced compressor wheel disposed at least in part in the compressor wheel space wherein the dual-faced compressor wheel comprises a first compressor wheel face and a second compressor wheel face oriented back-to-back; and
a diffuser section divider disposed at least in part in the diffuser section wherein the diffuser section divider comprises a first side that defines a first diffuser that comprises a first set of vanes associated with the first compressor wheel face and a second side that defines a second diffuser that comprises a second set of vanes associated with the second compressor wheel face, wherein each of the vanes of the first set of vanes comprises a leading edge lean angle that exceeds a leading edge lean angle of each of the vanes of the second set of vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,430

CENTRIFUGAL-COMPRESSOR CASING AND CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A centrifugal-compressor casing comprising:a casing body configured to rotatably support a rotation shaft and an impeller fixed to the rotation shaft around an axis of the rotation shaft, the casing body in which an intake volute which has a ring shape centered on the axis and through which a fluid is caused to flow in a direction of the axis and is introduced into a flow channel of the impeller, and a discharge volute which has a ring shape centered on the axis and through which the fluid is discharged from the flow channel of the impeller are formed;
a plurality of intake nozzles which communicate with the intake volute and are able to cause the fluid to flow into the intake volute from the outside of the casing body and are provided at intervals in a circumferential direction around the rotation shaft; and
an outer casing which covers the casing body,
wherein the plurality of intake nozzles include a main intake nozzle that is provided in the outer casing at one part in the circumferential direction around the rotation shaft and an auxiliary intake nozzle that is provided in the outer casing apart from the main intake nozzle in the circumferential direction around the rotation shaft, and
wherein the centrifugal-compressor casing further includes a bypass line which connects the main intake nozzle and the auxiliary intake nozzle and through which the fluid is able to flow.

US Pat. No. 10,458,428

FAN BLADES AND MANUFACTURE METHODS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A airfoil member (100) comprising:a substrate (120) along at least a portion of an airfoil (102) of the airfoil member;
a sheath (122) having a channel (144) receiving a portion (160) of the substrate and wherein the sheath forms a leading edge (110) of the airfoil; and
a plurality of separate spacers (320; 380; 400) formed as separate pieces between the sheath and the substrate and having a plurality of gaps between the spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,425

CONICAL LOAD SPREADER FOR COMPOSITE BOLTED JOINT

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine fan blade platform comprising:a forward portion, an aft portion and a transition portion therebetween;
a mounting feature for securing the fan blade platform to a disk;
a platform air flow surface on an opposite side of the fan blade platform from the mounting feature;
the mounting feature having an increased section thickness in the transition portion;
one or more platform mounting holes extending through the increased section thickness in the transition portion;
one or more conical countersinks centered about one or more centerlines of the one or more platform mounting holes respectively extending into the transition portion;
a clamping means including a conical load spreader with a center bolt hole disposed in each of the one or more conical countersinks for securing the transition portion of the fan blade platform to the disk, the conical load spreader defining a counterbore extending into a top of the conical load spreader and a shoulder at a bottom of the counterbore;
a bolt having a bolthead disposed entirely within the counterbore; and
a filler disposed in the counterbore between the bolthead and a counterbore surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,423

IMPELLER AND FAN INCLUDING THE IMPELLER

Minebea Mitsumi Inc., Na...

1. An impeller comprising:a hub having a ring shape; and
a plurality of blades that are provided on an outer periphery of the hub,
wherein a blade of the plurality of blades has a trailing edge formed such that an inner side of a radial width of the blade is curved in a direction opposite to a rotation direction, in a plan view as viewed in a direction of a rotation axis,
wherein in the plan view as viewed in the direction of the rotation axis, the blade has a leading edge that is curved in the rotation direction, and
wherein in the plan view as viewed in the direction of the rotation axis, the leading edge is formed such that an outer end of the leading edge is located closer to a side in the rotation direction than a straight line connecting the rotation center and a hub-side end of the leading edge.

US Pat. No. 10,458,422

TURBINE ENGINE PROVIDED WITH A LUBRICATION UNIT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A turbine engine including two rotary shafts and a lubrication unit comprising at least one pump which comprises a casing inside of which a rotor is mounted and driven by one of said rotary shafts, the pump casing being rotated by the other of said rotary shafts such that the actuation of the pump depends on the difference between rotational speeds of the rotary shafts, wherein the rotary shafts are a drive shaft and a fan shaft, respectively, the fan shaft being driven by the drive shaft by an annular reduction gear which is lubricated by the lubrication unit, the pump axially passing through the reduction gear and the fan shaft, and wherein the casing of the pump is coupled by splines to the fan shaft and the rotor of the pump is coupled by splines or knucklebones to the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,419

TRANSMISSION DEVICE OF FAN

AIR COOL INDUSTRIAL CO., ...

1. A transmission device of a fan, the fan comprising a motor for swinging the fan back and forth and a connecting rod for swinging the fan back and forth, the motor being connected with a spindle through at least one gear, the spindle being fixedly connected to a central axis of the transmission device, the connecting rod being connected to an eccentric position of the transmission device, enabling the fan to be swung back and forth in a swing direction by the motor, the transmission device comprising:a first casing, having a first annular surface corresponding to an axial direction of the spindle, the first annular surface of the first casing being provided with a plurality of spaced and raised press portions and an engaging recess formed between every adjacent two of the press portions;
a second casing, pivotally connected to the first casing, the second casing having a second annular surface corresponding to the first annular surface of the first casing, the second annular surface being formed with at least one accommodation hole corresponding to the engaging recess;
at least one elastic member, disposed in the accommodation hole of the second casing; and
at least one press member, disposed in the accommodation hole of the second casing;
wherein when the fan is swung back and forth, the press member is biased by the elastic member so that one end of the press member is exposed out of the accommodation hole to engage with the engaging recess of the first casing, wherein the press member can be disengaged from the engaging recess of the first casing by an applied force from the adjacent two press portions, the applied force is at least equal to a force exerted by a user to change the angle of the fan in the swing direction, wherein the first casing is provided with a first axial hole corresponding to the spindle, the spindle is pivotally connected to the first axial hole, the second casing is provided with a second axial hole corresponding to the spindle, and the spindle is fixed to the second axial hole.

US Pat. No. 10,458,416

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A PUMP

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

11. A non-transitory computer program product including a computer program executing on a processing device to monitor a pump, said program comprising:software code portions for receiving at least one signal representing an operational parameter of the pump;
software code portions for estimating an estimated output quantity data value of the pump based on a signal of the operational parameter;
software code portions for receiving the estimated output quantity data value from a control module;
software code portions for processing the received estimated output quantity data value by the support vector machine based module to provide a processed estimated output quantity data value based on a combined H-Q-SVM model via the support vector machine based module;
software code portions for supplying the processed received estimated output quantity data value instead of the estimated output quantity data value of the control module for subtraction;
software code portions for receiving the processed estimated output quantity data value from the support vector machine based module;
software code portions for receiving a measured output quantity data value of the pump provided by a sensor;
software code portions for providing a difference data value by subtracting the processed estimated output quantity data value from the received measured output quantity data value;
software code portions for comparing the difference data value with a predetermined threshold value and providing a corresponding comparison result;
software code portions for outputting an error status signal of the pump based on a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,458,415

THREADED CONNECTION FOR TANDEM MOTORS OF ELECTRICAL SUBMERSIBLE PUMP

Baker Hughes, a GE Compan...

1. An electrical submersible pump assembly, comprising:a plurality of modules including a pump, at least one motor, and a pressure equalizer coupled to the motor for reducing a pressure differential between lubricant in the motor and hydrostatic pressure of well fluid;
a drive shaft subassembly extending from the at least one motor into the pump along a longitudinal axis of the pump assembly;
a threaded connection between first and seconds ones of the modules, comprising:
a first adapter mounted to the first one of the modules and having threads;
a second adapter mounted to the second one of the modules, the second adapter having a tubular body, a neck of smaller diameter than the body extending from the body, an external shoulder at a base of the neck, a rim on the neck, and an external groove between the external shoulder and the rim;
a collar rotatably carried and axially movable on the neck, the collar being in threaded engagement with the threads of the first adapter, the collar having an internal groove axially spaced and separated from a portion of the collar having threads; and
a shoulder ring carried partly in the external groove and partly in the internal groove to retain the collar on the neck, the shoulder ring being split and biased into one of the internal or external grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,458,413

PUMPING APPARATUS

NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION,...

1. A pumping apparatus, comprising: an impeller; a rotor, installed with the impeller and having a driving magnet; a stator, formed in a tubular shape and disposed on an outer circumference side of the rotor, and having a driving coil; a pump chamber, disposed with the impeller and the rotor, and allowing a fluid to pass through; a partition wall member, disposed between the stator and the pump chamber, and preventing the fluid in the pump chamber from flowing into a position where the stator is disposed; a circuit board, disposed outside the pump chamber, and secured on the partition wall member; and a resin sealing member made by a resin, covering the stator and the circuit board, andthe stator comprising: an insulation member; a stator core, having a plurality of salient poles, wherein the driving coil is wound on the plurality of salient poles through the insulation member; and a plurality of terminal pins, electrically connected to an end portion of the driving coil, and disposed in parallel to an axial direction of the stator formed in the tubular shape,
wherein the stator has a first side and a second side opposite to the first side, one direction of the axial direction is set as a first direction and an opposite direction of the first direction is set as a second direction, the first side of the stator that faces the first direction is set as a first direction side and the second side of the stator that faces the second direction is set as a second direction side,
the circuit board is secured on a portion of the partition wall member on the first direction side and disposed closer to the first direction side than the stator core and the insulation member,
a portion of the terminal pin on the first direction side is secured to the circuit board,
a portion of the terminal pin on the second direction side is secured to the insulation member,
a first contact surface facing the first direction side is formed on the insulation member,
a second contact surface is formed on the partition wall member, the second contact surface faces the second direction side, and the first contact surface is in contact with the second contact surface to restrict a movement of the stator in the first direction,
wherein a third contact surface facing the second direction side is formed on the insulation member,
a fourth contact surface is formed on the partition wall member, the fourth contact surface faces the first direction side, and the third contact surface is in contact with the fourth contact surface to restrict a movement of the stator in the second direction,
the stator core comprises an outer circumference ring formed in a ring shape and a plurality of the salient poles protruding from the outer circumference ring to an inner side of a radial direction of the stator,
the third contact surface is formed on an axial covering portion, and the axial covering portion covers a part of the outer circumference ring in a circumferential direction of the stator from the second direction side,
the partition wall member comprises a cylindrical portion disposed between the rotor and the stator, a bottom for sealing an end of the cylindrical portion in the first direction, and a flange portion expended from an end of the cylindrical portion in the second direction to an outer side of the stator in the radial direction,
wherein the first contact surface is formed on the axial covering portion, and
the second contact surface and the fourth contact surface are formed on the flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,412

HERMETIC COMPRESSOR HAVING A THERMAL ACTIVATED VALVE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

9. A hermetic compressor, comprising:a casing having a hermetic inner space;
an orbiting scroll provided in the inner space of the casing and performing an orbiting motion;
a non-orbiting scroll engaged with the orbiting scroll to form compression chambers;
a high/low pressure dividing plate that divides the inner space of the casing into a high pressure portion and a low pressure portion; and
an overheat preventing unit coupled to a surface of the high/low pressure dividing plate at the high pressure portion, the overheat preventing unit having a communication hole formed through the high/low pressure dividing plate to communicate the high pressure portion and the low pressure portion with each other, wherein the communication hole is selectively opened and closed according to a temperature variation of the high pressure portion, wherein the overheat preventing unit includes:
a body coupled to the high/low pressure dividing plate, the body provided with the communication hole;
a valve stopper coupled to the body and forming a valve space therebetween; and
a valve accommodated in the valve space to open and close the communication hole, wherein the body includes:
a mounting portion having the valve mounted thereon;
a side wall extending from an edge of the mounting portion into an annular shape to form the valve space together with an upper surface of the mounting portion and to which the valve stopper is coupled;
a coupling portion that protrudes from a valve accommodating portion and coupled to the high/low pressure dividing plate in an insertion manner, wherein the communication hole is formed through the coupling portion, wherein the valve stopper is formed with a first gas hole communicating with the high-pressure portion so that a first side of the valve is in contact with a refrigerant of the high-pressure portion, and wherein the mounting portion is formed with a second gas hole communicating with the high-pressure portion so that a second side of the valve contacts the refrigerant of the high-pressure portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,405

SYSTEMS AND METHODS UTILIZING A GROOVELESS FLUID END FOR HIGH PRESSURE PUMPING

Strom, Inc., Houston, TX...

1. A system for a pressure pumping structure, the system comprising:a spring retainer with a stem;
a keeper being configured to stabilize a cylinder head, the keeper including a body with a planar rear face positioned on a first face of the keeper and a projection positioned on a second face of the keeper, the planar rear face being configured to be positioned adjacent to the cylinder head, and the projection extending in a direction perpendicular to the body of the keeper is being configured to be inserted into the stem, wherein a first axis of rotation associated with the keeper is not coaxial with a second axis of rotation associated with the cylinder head, the keeper being positioned between the stem and the cylinder head, the first face of the keeper and the second face of the keeper being positions on opposite sides of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,458,403

SERVO PUMP CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A servo pump control system for a physical model including an electric motor and a hydraulic pump connected to a load and actuated by the electric motor, the system comprising: a pressure sensor installed at an output of the hydraulic pump and detecting an output pressure of the hydraulic pump; a pressure controller for commissioning a plurality of parameters including: a PID controller receiving the output pressure of the hydraulic pump and generating a first parameter; and a torque controller receiving a second parameter and a third parameter; the pressure controller configured to receive a first control signal, the first control signal including a pressure command signal set by a user; and directly or indirectly provide a second control signal to the electric motor to control the electric motor, the second control signal including a torque control signal generated by the torque controller; and the pressure controller further configured to automatically commission the plurality of parameters without any manual adjustment, based at least in part on an elastic modulus of the physical model calculated as a ratio of a first derivative of the output pressure of the hydraulic pump to a rotation speed of the electric motor, the the plurality of parameters being automatically commissioned by: receiving the output pressure of the hydraulic pump and generating the first parameter as an output of the PID controller calculating the second parameter by dividing the output of the PID controller by the elastic modulus; obtaining the third parameter by multiplying the output pressure of the hydraulic pump by a ratio of a torque command received by the physical model to the output pressure of the pump; and generating the torque control signal based at least in part on the second parameter and the third parameter received by torque controller.

US Pat. No. 10,458,402

MICRO WATER PUMP CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING FLOW PRECISELY

XIAMEN CONJOIN ELECTRONIC...

1. A micro water pump for controlling flow, comprising an upper cover, a valve seat, a water capsule seat, a base casing, a water capsule, a crank lever, a drive shaft, an eccentric wheel, a motor, a photoelectric switch, and an output circuit board;the motor and the photoelectric switch being installed on the base casing, the motor comprising a motor shaft, the motor shaft being inserted into the base casing and directly connected with the eccentric wheel in the base casing, the motor shaft and the eccentric wheel constituting a transmission member, the transmission member being radially provided with a photoelectric shelter corresponding to the photoelectric switch, the photoelectric shelter cooperating with the photoelectric switch for detecting a revolution of the motor, the photoelectric switch being electrically connected with the output circuit board, the output circuit board being electrically connected with an external motor controller and transmitting information of the revolution of the motor to the exterior motor controller;
the eccentric wheel being formed with an oblique eccentric hole, one end of the drive shaft being obliquely inserted in the eccentric hole, another end of the eccentric wheel being connected with the crank lever, an upper end of the crank lever being provided with at least two supports extending outward, the crank lever swinging to bring the supports to compress and swing repeatedly;
the water capsule seat being sealedly installed on the base casing, the water capsule seat being formed with at least two installation holes corresponding to the supports, each installation hole being sealedly installed with the water capsule, an upper portion of the water capsule being open, a lower portion of the water capsule being installed on a corresponding one of the supports, the supports bringing the water capsule to compress and swing repeatedly;
the valve seat being sealedly installed on the water capsule seat, the valve seat being formed with an inlet hole and an outlet hole corresponding to the water capsule, the inlet hole and the outlet hole being provided with one-way valves which are opened in different directions;
the upper cover being sealedly installed on the valve seat, the upper cover being formed with a water outlet and a water inlet, the water inlet communicating with the inlet hole, the water outlet communicating with the outlet hole,
wherein an upper surface of the valve seat is formed with an outer annular inlet passage and an inner annular outlet passage, the outer annular inlet passage and the inner annular outlet passage are separated from each other, the inlet hole is disposed in the outer annular inlet passage, and the outlet hole is disposed in the inner annular outlet passage;
wherein the one-way valve used for the outlet hole is a diaphragm unit, the diaphragm unit comprises a central post and at least two diaphragms extending outward and radially, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a central hole for insertion of the central post, the outlet hole is disposed around the central hole, and each diaphragm corresponds to the outlet hole; and
wherein the diaphragm unit is formed with a positioning rib disposed between the diaphragms, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a pair of stop boards corresponding to the positioning rib, the positioning rib is located between the pair of stop boards, an outer end of the positioning rib is formed with a positioning protrusion, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a positioning hole corresponding to the positioning protrusion, the positioning protrusion is inserted in the positioning hole, the stop boards and the positioning hole are adapted to limit movement of the positioning rib, and the diaphragm unit is formed with a recess at a junction of each diaphragm and the central post.

US Pat. No. 10,458,394

TURBINE WITH FLOW DIVERTER AND FLOW DIVERTER FOR TURBINES

MEDITERRANEAN DESIGN NETW...

1. A turbine (1) with flow diverter (2) for a flow of operating fluid, comprising:a support frame (25) adapted to be anchored to a fixed or movable structure;
an impeller (3) rotatably mounted about a rotation axis (R) to said support frame (25) and having a front inlet section for receiving the flow and a plurality of blades (4, 4?, 4?, . . .) adapted to move continuously upon the rotation produced by the flow between a pushing position and an advancing position in correspondence of said front inlet section;
a main flow diverter (2) adapted to be anchored to said support frame (25) and having a peripheral wall (7) adapted to at least partially blind said front section with respect to the flow;
an auxiliary diverter (13) extending from a first section (14) facing one or more blades (4?) of said plurality in said advancing position to a second section (15) facing different one or more blades (4) of said plurality in said pushing position;characterized in that said auxiliary diverter (13) comprises a plurality of curvilinear conduits (16) in reciprocal side by side position along a radial direction, each of said conduits (16) having a first opened end (16?) facing the one or more blades (4?) of said plurality in the advancing position and a second opened end (16?, 16??) placed in correspondence of a conveying duct (8).

US Pat. No. 10,458,392

WIND POWER PLANT HAVING FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT

SENVION GmbH, Hamburg (D...

1. A method for controlling a wind turbine which is connected to an electrical grid comprising measuring a grid frequency present in the grid and regulating the power output of the wind turbine based on the measured grid frequency, wherein regulating the power output comprises:detecting a change in the measured grid frequency over time,
determining a rate of change of the measured grid frequency,
determining whether the measurement of grid frequency is erroneous by comparing the rate of change of the measured grid frequency with a rate of change limit value that is based on a range of grid frequency rates of change that is associated with confidence in grid frequency measurements,
in response to determining that the measurement of grid frequency is erroneous based on the rate of change of the measured grid frequency exceeding the rate of change limit value, regulating the power output using a modified frequency value, wherein the modified frequency value has a lower rate of change in comparison with the measured grid frequency and is calculated using an increase value or an increase function, and
in response to determining that the measurement of grid frequency is not erroneous based on the rate of change of the measured grid frequency not exceeding the rate of change limit value, regulate the power output using the measured grid frequency unmodified.

US Pat. No. 10,458,389

PROFILE WEDGE FOR ATTACHMENT OF AN AEROSHELL EXTENDER PIECE

1. A wind turbine blade assembly comprising a wind turbine blade having a tip end and a root end, and a leading edge and a trailing edge with a chord length extending therebetween,wherein the wind turbine blade assembly further comprises an aeroshell extender piece comprising:
a body for attachment to a trailing edge side of a profile of a wind turbine blade, the body having a first end for attachment to the trailing edge side of the profile, and a second trailing edge end to form an extended airfoil trailing edge profile for a portion of the profile of the wind turbine blade,
wherein the aeroshell extender piece is attached to the wind turbine blade at least partly using at least one profile wedge, the at least one profile wedge having an inner attachment surface and an outer attachment surface, the inner attachment surface being attached to a surface of the wind turbine blade and being contoured to mate therewith, and the outer attachment surface being attached to the aeroshell extender, the outer attachment surface having a larger surface area than a surface area of the inner attachment surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,386

MODULAR HYDROKINETIC TURBINE

Power Development Interna...

1. An apparatus comprising:a pre-fabricated, floating, scalable, modular hydrokinetic vertical axis cross-flow turbine comprising floating devices and vertically oriented blades in power optimized arrays comprising counter-rotating pairs.

US Pat. No. 10,458,383

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE ARRANGEMENT

1. A drive system for an engine arrangement, the drive system comprising a gear reduction mechanism having at least three separate and rotatable junction elements, the rotation speeds of the junction elements being interdependent but not having a fixed ratio the ones relative to the others, and wherein, in the mounted position, among the junction elements:a first junction element is connected to an engine crankshaft;
a second junction element is connected to an accessory pulley which is drivingly connected to an electric machine and at least one accessory;
a third junction element;
a free wheel which is connected to a non-rotating part of the engine arrangement in the mounted position, and in that the third junction element is configured to be coupled to the free wheel in a first operating phase of the drive system,
wherein, in the first operating phase, the free wheel is configured such that when the third junction element exerts torque on the free wheel in one direction, the free wheel is in an engaged state and stops the rotation of the third junction element, and when the third junction element exerts torque on the free wheel in the opposite direction, the free wheel is in a free state and allows rotation of the third junction element, and wherein the third junction element is further configured to be coupled to the accessory pulley, in a second operating phase.

US Pat. No. 10,458,378

WATER SEPARATOR AND WATER SEPARATING SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED WATER DISCHARGE DEVICE

1. A water separator for water contained in fuel or oil, comprising:a water outlet for the water separated from the fuel or oil; and
a water discharge device having
an inlet opening; and
an outlet opening for the water conveyed out of the water separator;
wherein the inlet opening is eccentric to a longitudinal axis of the water separator;
wherein an axial direction is a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis and a radial direction is a direction traverse to the longitudinal axis;
wherein the inlet opening is arranged on the water separator and spaced axially away from the water outlet; and
wherein the outlet opening is arranged on the water separator coaxially to the longitudinal axis of the water separator;
wherein the water separator includes:
a support tube;
a screen tube arranged inside of the support tube; and
wherein the support tube is spaced apart radially outwardly away from the screen tube, such that annular space between the support tube and the screen tube forms an annular water separating gap positioned radially between the support tube and the screen tube;
wherein the inlet opening and the outlet opening of the water discharge device are fluidically connected to each other by, in combination:
a first water discharge pipe, which is arranged centrally in the water separator, the first water discharge pipe arranged within a radial interior of the screen tube and within a radial interior of the support tube;
wherein the first water discharge pipe extends in a direction of the longitudinal axis of the water separator;
a second water discharge pipe forming the inlet opening of the water discharge device,
wherein the second water discharge pipe is arranged on the water separator and offset in the radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the water separator;
a base plate forming a connection channel arranged running in a radial direction, the connection channel fludicially connecting the first water discharge pipe (38) to the second water discharge pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,458,376

AIR CLEANER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. An air cleaner for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a first housing including an inlet and an opening;
a second housing including an outlet and an opening; and
a filter element arranged between the opening of the first housing and the opening of the second housing, wherein
at least one of the first housing and the second housing includes a sound reducing wall portion, and
the sound reducing wall portion includes
a sound absorbing layer made of an air permeable material, and
an inner covering layer, which is fixed to an inner surface of the sound absorbing layer and made of a material having a lower air permeability than that of the sound absorbing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,458,373

SYSTEM INCLUDING OXYGEN SEPARATION DEVICE

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. A system comprising:an internal combustion engine including a combustion gas inlet;
an oxygen separation device positioned to be heated with heat generated by the internal combustion engine during operation of the internal combustion engine;
the oxygen separation device including a casing and a module in the casing;
the casing having an air inlet, a retentate outlet, and a permeate outlet, the permeate outlet being in fluid communication with the combustion gas inlet of the internal combustion engine;
the module including an oxygen ion transport membrane separating the retentate outlet and the permeate outlet; and
a heat absorber between the casing and the module.

US Pat. No. 10,458,369

SUPERCHARGED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH COOLED EXHAUST-GAS RECIRCULATION ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A supercharged internal combustion engine comprising:an intake system for supplying air to the engine, an exhaust-gas discharge system for discharging exhaust gases, and an exhaust-gas recirculation arrangement which comprises at least one recirculation line, with at least one cooler and at least one control element being provided in the at least one recirculation line for the purposes of setting a predefinable exhaust-gas flow rate for recirculation, wherein at least two recirculation lines are provided, in which there is arranged in each case one cooler, the coolers being arranged in parallel and being usable independently of one another for cooling exhaust gas for the purposes of energy recovery, wherein a first recirculation line is provided comprising at least a first cooler, the first recirculation line fluidly coupled to the exhaust-gas discharge system upstream of the first cooler, the first recirculation line further fluidly coupled to the intake system downstream of the first cooler, where a first control element is arranged at a junction between the first recirculation line and the intake system;
a second recirculation line is provided comprising at least a second cooler, the second recirculation line fluidly coupled to the exhaust gas discharge system upstream of the second cooler, and where the second recirculation line further comprises a second control element selectively fluidly coupling the second recirculation line to the first recirculation line or to an exhaust-gas-conducting line configured to return exhaust gas to the exhaust-gas discharge system, where the second control element is downstream of the second cooler; and
the first and second coolers comprise at least one coolant-conducting jacket configured to allow coolant flowing therethrough to thermally communicate with exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 10,458,366

FUEL TANK PRESSURE REGULATOR

Stant USA Corp., Conners...

1. A tank venting system comprisinga valve housing formed to include a tank passageway having a tank-side inlet adapted to be coupled in fluid communication to a fuel tank and a canister passageway having a canister-side outlet adapted to be coupled in fluid communication to a fuel-vapor recovery canister, the valve housing also being formed to include a valve seat at a fluid-conducting interface to intercept fluid flowing through the valve housing between the tank-side inlet and canister-side outlet,
a pressure-controlled valve having a first side exposed to fuel vapor flowing into the valve housing through the tank-side inlet and the canister-side outlet and an opposite second side exposed to fuel vapor extant in the fuel tank that is communicated to the opposite second side via a valve-pressurization feed passageway exposed to fuel vapor extant in the fuel tank, the pressure-controlled valve being mounted for movement relative to the valve housing to a closed position wherein the first side engages the valve seat to block flow of fuel vapor between the tank and canister passageways and an opened position wherein the first side disengages the valve seat to allow flow of fuel vapor between the tank and canister passageways, and
a valve opener configured to selectively lower pressure of fuel vapor exposed to the opposite second side of the pressure-controlled valve by venting pressurized fuel vapor that has been communicated via the valve-pressurization feed passageway to the opposite second side of the pressure-controlled valve into the canister passageway through a pressurized-vapor bleed passageway for discharge into the atmosphere in response to an electrical input so that the pressure-controlled valve moves from the closed position away from the valve seat to the opened position to allow pressurized fuel vapor to flow from the tank passageway into the canister passageway through the fluid-conducting interface provided between the tank and canister passageways at the valve seat,
wherein the valve housing is formed to include a valve compartment containing the pressure-controlled valve, the pressure-controlled valve is arranged to divide the valve compartment into a lower chamber bounded in part by the first side of the pressure-controlled valve and arranged to provide the tank passageway and a separate upper chamber bounded in part by the second side of the pressure-controlled valve that is exposed to pressurized fuel vapor discharged from the valve-pressurization feed passageway, and the pressure-controlled valve is formed to include the pressurized-vapor bleed passageway to allow pressurized fuel vapor to flow from the separate upper chamber of the valve compartment into the canister passageway for discharge into the fuel-vapor recovery canister when the valve opener is activated by the electrical input to vent pressurized fuel vapor from the separate upper chamber of the valve compartment through the pressurized-vapor bleed passageway into the canister passageway, and
wherein the valve opener includes a bleed-passageway stopper, a stopper mover arranged to apply a force to yieldably to urge the bleed-passageway stopper to a bleed-blocking position engaging the pressure-controlled valve to block discharge of pressurized fuel vapor from the separate upper chamber of the valve compartment into the canister passageway, and a test-condition valve opener configured to move the bleed-passageway stopper in opposition to the force applied by the stopper mover from the bleed-blocking position away from the pressure-controlled valve to a bleed-allowing position and moving the pressure-controlled valve away from the closed position to hold the pressure-controlled valve in the opened position during a pressurized onboard diagnostics test condition.

US Pat. No. 10,458,363

THRUST REVERSER FOR A NACELLE OF AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET ENGINE

1. A thrust reverser for a nacelle of an aircraft turbojet engine, the thrust reverser comprising:a thrust reverser cowl movable in translation along a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis (A) of the nacelle between a direct jet position and a reverse jet position;
a variable-section outlet nozzle arranged in a downstream extension of said thrust reverser cowl and movable between at least one reduced-section ejection position and one increased-section ejection position;
an actuator comprising a body mounted on a fixed structure of the thrust reverser and an actuating rod, said actuating rod being adapted to drive the variable-section outlet nozzle and the movable thrust reverser cowl in displacement;
a first device for locking the thrust reverser cowl in the direct jet position on the fixed structure of the thrust reverser, the first locking device comprising a locking hook pivotally mounted about a transverse axis (B), between a closed cowl locking position in which the locking hook cooperates with a locking pin secured to the thrust reverser cowl, and an unlocking open position of the thrust reverser cowl in which the locking hook releases said locking pin;
a second device for locking the variable-section outlet nozzle on the thrust reverser cowl, the second locking device adapted to alternately occupy a position of locking the variable-section outlet nozzle on the cowl and a position of unlocking the variable-section outlet nozzle; and
a reset lever pivotally driven by the locking pin about a transverse axis (B) from a rest position to a reset position, the reset lever being pivotally linked on the locking hook in a direction of closure of the locking hook, such that pivotal driving of the reset lever by the locking pin towards the rest position drives the locking hook towards the locking position,
wherein the reset lever includes an actuating arm movably mounted on the thrust reverser cowl between the locking position of the variable-section outlet nozzle in which said arm actuates the second locking device to lock the variable-section outlet nozzle on the thrust reverser cowl, and the unlocking position of the variable-section outlet nozzle in which said arm unlocks the nozzle, said arm being driven in the locking position by the locking hook during pivoting of the locking hook towards the unlocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,353

ENGINE CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method of controlling an engine, comprising:setting a target torque of the engine;
controlling an engine torque based on the target torque;
setting an allowable torque that is greater than the target torque;
detecting a plurality of differing operating state parameters as indicators indicating an actual operating state of the engine;
individually calculating actual torques that are actual engine torques based on the plurality of detected operating state parameters;
selecting a largest value among the calculated actual torques as a final actual torque;
comparing the selected final actual torque to the allowable torque; and
generating a control signal according to a result of comparison between the selected final actual torque and the allowable torque.