US Pat. No. 10,138,991

BICYCLE SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:a sprocket body including a radially outer periphery provided about a rotational center axis of the bicycle sprocket;
a shifting facilitation area to facilitate a shifting operation of the bicycle chain, the shifting facilitation area having a shifting facilitation recess; and
a plurality of chain-driving teeth provided on the radially outer periphery to engage with a bicycle chain, the plurality of chain-driving teeth comprising:
a reference tooth provided in the shifting facilitation area, the reference tooth having a reference radial length defined radially outward from a root circle of the bicycle sprocket, the reference tooth including a reference downstream tooth bottom, a reference upstream tooth bottom, a reference downstream circumferential surface extending from the reference downstream tooth bottom and facing in a driving rotational direction in which the bicycle sprocket is rotated about the rotational center axis during pedaling, and a reference upstream circumferential surface extending from the reference upstream tooth bottom and facing in a reversing rotational direction opposite to the driving rotational direction; and
a first tooth provided in the shifting facilitation area, the first tooth having a first radial length defined radially outward from the root circle of the bicycle sprocket, the first radial length being larger than the reference radial length, the first tooth being adjacent to the reference tooth in a circumferential direction defined about the rotational center axis without another tooth between the first tooth and the reference tooth, the first tooth being provided on a downstream side of the reference tooth in the driving rotational direction, the shifting facilitation recess extending at least from the reference tooth to the first tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,138,990

ROCK SHAFT AND STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rack shaft, comprising:a rack tooth portion including a plurality of rack teeth, the rack tooth portion being formed by plastic deformation of a shaft member;
a non-rack tooth portion having no rack tooth and being at an end of the rack tooth portion, wherein a closest one of the plurality of rack teeth to the non-rack tooth portion is an ineffective rack tooth that is configured to not mesh with a pinion, and remaining ones of the plurality of rack teeth form an effective rack tooth row that is configured to mesh with a pinion; and
a padding portion that extends in an axial direction of the rack shaft from an end of the non-rack tooth portion toward the ineffective rack tooth and that extends beyond the ineffective rack tooth in the axial direction, wherein
the ineffective rack tooth includes portions extending from opposite sides of the padding portion in opposite directions that are transverse to the axial direction, and
the padding portion is formed to extend to a side face of a first effective rack tooth, the first effective rack tooth being a first one of the effective rack tooth row that is adjacent to the ineffective rack tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,138,989

STEERING SYSTEM WITH LOW-BULK MECHANICAL DIFFERENTIAL

NEXTER SYSTEMS, Roanne (...

1. A differential steering system comprising:an input shaft comprising at an end a first bevel gear secured to the input shaft, and
wherein the input shaft also comprises:
an epicyclic gear train comprising:
a second sun gear secured to the input shaft,
at least three planet gears cooperating with the second sun gear and secured together by a planet carrier on which they are pivotably mounted, and
a ring gear cooperating with the at least three planet gears,
a third bevel gear freely rotatable about the input shaft,
located between the second sun gear and the first bevel gear,
the differential steering system also comprising:
 a first output shaft comprising:
a fourth bevel gear secured to the first output shaft and cooperating with the third bevel gear rotatably mounted about the input shaft, and
at an end a fifth bevel gear incorporated into the differential means and secured to the first output shaft,
 a second output shaft comprising:
at an end a sixth bevel gear secured to the second output shaft and incorporated into the differential means, and
a seventh bevel gear freely rotatable about the second output shaft, the seventh bevel gear cooperating with the first bevel gear secured to the input shaft, the seventh bevel gear being secured to a planet carrier cage of the differential means,
 the planet carrier cage of the differential means comprises at least one eighth bevel gear mounted secured to an axis perpendicular to the output shafts and cooperating simultaneously with the fifth and sixth bevel gears, the planet carrier cage of the differential means being mounted freely rotatable about the first output shaft and second output shaft,
wherein the ring gear is secured to the third bevel gear freely rotatable about the input shaft, rotation of the third gear modulating the relative speeds of rotation of the first and second output shafts which are also driven in rotation by the differential means.

US Pat. No. 10,138,976

VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A valve, comprising:a valve disc that partitions a chamber into one chamber and another chamber; and
annular-plate shaped leaf valves including first leaf valves laminated on one chamber side of the valve disc, and second leaf valves laminated on an other chamber side of the valve disc, wherein the valve disc includes:
a first annular boss formed at the one chamber side to support the first leaf valves, and a second annular boss formed at the other chamber side to support the second leaf valves;
a first seat for the first leaf valves formed on an outer peripheral side of the first annular boss on the one chamber side, and a second seat for the second leaf valves formed on an outer peripheral side of the second annular boss on the other chamber side;
an auxiliary seat formed on an outer peripheral side of the second seat on the other chamber side;
a first opening surrounded by the first seat, and a second opening surrounded by the second seat;
one passage that allows the one chamber to communicate with the second opening at the other chamber side; and
another passage that allows the other chamber to communicate with the first opening at the one chamber side,
at least one of the first and second seats being disposed to project past, in a direction parallel to an axial direction, a corresponding one of the first and second annular bosses,
an outer peripheral end of the first seat on the one chamber side being more radially outward than an outer peripheral end of the second seat on the other chamber side,
the auxiliary seat having a height equal to or greater than a height of the second seat on the other chamber side, and being disposed at a position farther radially outward than a position of an outer edge of the second leaf valve,
the first seat and the auxiliary seat being formed at positions overlapping with each other in a side view of the valve disc,
a length, in a direction parallel to the axial direction, from a surface of the first annular boss to a surface of the second annular boss being shorter than a length, in the direction parallel to the axial direction, from a surface of the first seat to a surface of the auxiliary seat.

US Pat. No. 10,138,964

ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An electromechanical brake device, comprising:a piston installed in a caliper housing so as to be movable forward and backward in an axial direction, the piston moving forward in the axial direction so as to press a friction pad for clamping a disc at a time of performing a braking operation, and the piston moving backward in the axial direction at a time of releasing the braking operation;
an actuator including a motor that provides rotational force for moving the piston;
a power converting mechanism that converts the rotational force transmitted from the actuator into translational force, and transmits the translational force to the piston so as to allow the piston to move forward and backward in the axial direction;
a reaction force generating mechanism installed between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the reaction force generating mechanism generating reaction force applied against straight moving force of the piston, which moves backward in the axial direction, in a direction in which the braking operation is released, and applying the reaction force to the piston;
a guide member which is fixedly installed integrally in the caliper housing so as to restrict rotation of a nut member and guide forward and backward axial movement of the nut member;
a sensor which detects a motor operating state; and
a controller which estimates a motor torque constant that represents a correlation between motor electric current and motor rotational torque, based on motor operating state information detected by the sensor when an operation of the motor is controlled so as to allow the piston to move backward in the axial direction,
wherein the reaction force generating mechanism is configured by installing an elastic member between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the elastic member being compressed by the piston that moves backward in the axial direction, and
wherein the elastic member is a spring installed between the piston and the guide member fixed to the caliper housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,961

DISC BRAKE COMPRISING A VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE WITH AN ADDITIONAL MASS, AND KIT WITH SUCH A DISC BRAKE

Lucas Automotive gmbH, K...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle comprising:at least one vibration-damping device with at least one additional mass arranged on a brake caliper or on a brake carrier,
wherein the at least one additional mass is embodied as a separate component and the at least one vibration-damping device further comprises a locating bolt fastened to the brake caliper or to the brake carrier by means of which the at least one additional mass is configured to be fixed to the brake caliper or to the brake carrier,
wherein the locating bolt is elongate and has on a lateral surface a groove structure aligned in a longitudinal direction and/or transverse to the longitudinal direction,
wherein the at least one additional mass is configured to be fixed by pressing to the locating bolt such that the groove structure engages in a surface of the at least one additional mass,
wherein an annular groove is embodied in the locating bolt at an end facing away from the brake caliper or the brake carrier in which a circlip engages around the locating bolt such that the circlip prevents the at least one additional mass from detaching from the locating bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,138,951

DUAL CLUTCH

1. A dual clutch for coupling an input shaft on an engine side with a first output shaft on a transmission side and/or a second output shaft on the transmission side, comprising:a first clutch, which has a first pressure plate that is axially movable relative to a first counterplate for coupling a first clutch disk that is connected to the first output shaft, the first counterplate including a first radially outward facing surface connected to a clutch cover, the clutch cover being a separate member from the first counterplate;
a second clutch, which has a second pressure plate that is axially movable relative to a second counterplate for coupling a second clutch disk that is connected to the second output shaft, the second counterplate including a second radially outward facing surface connected to the clutch cover; and,
a dual mass flywheel situated in a direction of flux of force between the input shaft and the first counterplate, the dual mass flywheel having:
an input flange non-rotatably connected to the input shaft, the input flange having an extension;
an output flange non-rotatably connected to the first counterplate; and,
a bow spring engaged with the input flange and the output flange and running in the circumferential direction to transmit torque, the bow spring arranged radially outward of the extension of the input flange;
a radial gap arranged:
radially outward of the first output shaft; and,
radially inward of the extension of the input flange, the output flange, and the first counterplate, wherein:
the input flange is arranged to receive the flux of force at a point at which the input flange is bolted to a flexible disk non-rotatably connected to the input shaft, the point on the input flange being radially outward from the bow spring; and,
the flux of force is introducible from the input shaft into the dual mass flywheel via the point at which the input flange is bolted to the flexible disk which is radially outside of the bow spring, the flux of force is dispersible from the dual mass flywheel to the first counterplate radially inside of the bow spring, and the flux of force is dispersible from the first counterplate to the clutch cover, and from the clutch cover to the second counterplate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,941

BEARING RING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A bearing ring for a rolling-element bearing including an axially extending outer surface;two radially extending side surfaces;
an inner surface comprising a rolling-element contact surface configured to at least partially contact a rolling element; and
at least two recesses, each recess formed extending inward from in the inner surface at a location proximate and inward from the respective radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and configured to work together with a lifting tool, each recess of the at least two recesses comprising a pair of generally radially extending, generally parallel, and opposing facing surfaces,
wherein at least one of the at least two recesses is formed between a first radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and the rolling-element contact surface,
wherein at least a second of the at least two recesses is formed between a second radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and the rolling-element contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,939

TAPER ROLLER BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A taper roller bearing comprising:an inner ring that includes a small flange that is positioned on a first side in an axial direction and that protrudes to an outer side in a radial direction, and a large flange that is positioned on a second side in the axial direction and that protrudes to the outer side in the radial direction;
an outer ring that is positioned on the outer side in the radial direction of the inner ring;
a plurality of taper rollers that are positioned between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
an annular cage that holds the plurality of taper rollers at an interval in the circumferential direction,
wherein:
the cage includes a small-diameter annular portion that is disposed on one side of the cage, a large-diameter annular portion that is disposed on an opposite side of the cage, and a plurality of column portions that link the small-diameter annular portion and the large-diameter annular portion with each other,
an inner circumferential surface of the small-diameter annular portion includes a first inner circumferential surface portion and a second inner circumferential surface portion having a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the first inner circumferential surface portion, the first inner circumferential surface portion and the second inner circumferential surface portion being continuous with each other via an annular surface such that the annular surface is disposed at an inner side of an end surface of the inner ring toward the axial direction, and
an outer circumferential surface of the small flange includes a first outer circumferential surface portion opposing to the first inner circumferential surface portion with a first fine clearance, and a second outer circumferential surface portion having a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the first outer circumferential surface portion and opposing to the second inner circumferential surface portion with a second fine clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,138,935

AGRICULTURAL ROLLING BASKET BEARING ASSEMBLY

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An assembly configured to rotationally couple a rotating element to a bearing hanger of an agricultural implement, the assembly comprising:the rotating element of the agricultural implement and the bearing hanger thereof, the rotating element including components which are required to flex during field operation;
a bearing with an opening formed therethrough;
a resilient spindle carried by a fastener, the fastener coupled to the bearing hanger, the resilient spindle positioned over the fastener and including a resilient shoulder positioned between the bearing hanger and the bearing,
wherein the bearing is positioned via the opening therein on the resilient spindle, and one side of the bearing is positioned next to the resilient shoulder,
wherein a gap is provided between the bearing and at least one component positioned on the resilient spindle such that movement of the bearing on the resilient spindle results in a shift of the gap from the one side of the bearing to an opposite side of the bearing,
wherein during field operations, the bearing is configured to dynamically misalign and tilt due to the resilient shoulder and the gap to accommodate flexing of the components of the rotating element, wherein the one side of the bearing contacts the resilient shoulder at least during dynamic misalignment, and
wherein during field operations, the resilient shaft is configured to flex to accommodate flexing of the components of the rotating element to prevent excessive dynamic misalignment of the bearing and excessive wear thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,934

THRUST BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A thrust bearing which is disposed to face a thrust collar provided in a rotation shaft, comprising:a top foil which is disposed to face the thrust collar;
a back foil which is disposed to face a surface opposite to a surface facing the thrust collar in the top foil and supports the top foil; and
an annular plate-shaped base plate which is disposed at the side opposite to the top foil in the back foil and supports the back foil;
wherein the back foil includes a plurality of back foil pieces which are arranged in a circumferential direction of the base plate,
wherein the top foil includes a plurality of top foil pieces which are disposed on the back foil pieces,
wherein an inner peripheral recessed portion is formed at a portion which supports an inner peripheral side end of the back foil piece in a surface supporting the back foil of the base plate, and
wherein the back foil piece at one side in at least a circumferential direction is divided into a plurality of divided pieces in a radial direction and comprises:
an innermost peripheral divided piece among the divided pieces that is not disposed inside the inner peripheral recessed portion, and
a divided piece among the divided pieces that is disposed at outer peripheral side than the innermost peripheral divided piece and is not supported by the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,932

AIR FOIL THRUST BEARING

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An air foil thrust bearing comprising:a base plate; and
a plurality of foils attached to the base plate,wherein each of the foils comprises a top foil section and a bump foil section, and wherein the top foil section extends as a continuous piece in a circumferential direction to form the bump foil.

US Pat. No. 10,138,929

ASSEMBLY STRUCTURE OF ROLLER

1. An assembly structure of a roller which includes: a shaft having a ring mounting unit and bearing units connected to both end portions of the ring mounting unit; a ring unit fit onto the shaft in the form that an inner circumferential surface of the ring unit comes into contact with the outer circumferential surface of the ring mounting unit; and a fixing unit for restraining separation of the ring unit from the ring mounting unit,wherein when the shaft and the ring unit are combined with each other, the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the outer circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the ring mounting unit of the shaft and the center of the inner circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit are spaced apart from each other,
the diameter of the bearing units is smaller than the diameter of the ring mounting unit, and
a distance between the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit is equal to or smaller than the distance between the diameter of the ring mounting unit and the diameter of the bearing units,
wherein the fixing unit is arranged inside the ring unit and is also arranged not to protrude to the side of the ring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,928

PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND CUP HOLDER COMPRISING PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A pivotally supporting structure for pivotally supporting a turning member in a base member, comprising:a pair of projecting shafts projected coaxially with each other in shaft wall members on right and left of one member of the turning member or the base member;
bearing holes closely facing the shaft wall members and provided in a bearing wall member on right and left of another member of the turning member or the base member to receive the projecting shafts; and
projecting portions projected on tip faces of the projecting shafts,
wherein the turning member and the base member collide with each other so as to restrict a turning range between the turning member and the base member, and
predetermined flexibility is provided in one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member so that when an external force beyond a limit of the turning range acts between the turning member and the base member, one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member having flexibility deforms, to disengage the projecting shaft out of the bearing hole, thereby engaging the projecting portion with the bearing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,138,923

SELF LOCKING SAFETY SPRING CLIP

Ferplast S.p.A., (IT)

1. A self locking safety spring clip, comprising:at least a main body provided with an opening designed to receive retaining means, wherein the main body houses:
a first locking element equipped at an end with a hook-shaped part or hook and rotatable about a first pin integral with the main body, the first locking element, comprising a first tooth on a side of the first locking element opposite the hook, and
a second locking element opposite the first locking element, rotatable about a second pin integral with the main body, the second element having a mechanical profile, comprising a second tooth operable with the first tooth of the first element, both the first tooth and the second tooth arranged outside the opening of the main body to move the first locking element from an open position to a closed position and vice versa,
wherein the second locking element being equipped with an element designed to magnetically attract the retaining means thus facilitating coupling and simultaneously locking to the hook-shaped part or hook.

US Pat. No. 10,138,918

FASTENING DEVICE

Jangpyoung Construction C...

1. A fastening device configured to couple a first object with a second object, comprising:a first coupling member shaped substantially like a bolt having a bolt head and a shaft, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member is inserted into a first through hole in the first object and a second through hole in the second object, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member has a first screw thread formed along an outer circumferential surface;
a second coupling member having a head portion and a cylindrical body portion, the cylindrical body portion having a first hanging jaw, wherein the first coupling member is coupled with second coupling member with the bolt head of the first coupling member opposed to the head portion of the second coupling member, wherein the second coupling member includes a coupling hole passing through the second coupling member and the cylindrical body portion has a second screw thread formed along an internal circumferential surface of the coupling hole, wherein the first screw thread is coupled with the coupling hole;
a rotating member having a first end and a second end, the first end of the rotating member having a second hanging jaw, wherein the first end is arranged nearest to the second coupling member and the second end is arranged nearest to the first coupling member, wherein the rotating member has a cylindrical hollow shape so that the shaft of the first coupling member passes through the rotating member; and
an expanding member having a cylindrical hollow shape and a first end seated on the first hanging jaw of the cylindrical body portion of the second coupling member and a second end seated on the second hanging jaw of the first end of the rotating member, wherein the expanding member is configured to expand outward, without being bent inward, as the expanding member is compressed by a compaction of the fastening device as a result of a movement of the rotating member toward the second coupling member to couple the first object and the second object between the head portion of the second coupling member and the expanding member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,914

SENSOR ATTACHMENT TOOL

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A sensor fixture configured to attach a sensor to an outer circumferential surface of a cylinder tube, the sensor fixture comprising:a rail-shaped sensor holder including a sensor insertion groove configured to house and hold the sensor so as to enable position adjustment of the sensor;
a band portion including end portions couplable to the sensor holder, the band portion being configured to be attached to the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube along a circumferential direction thereof; and
a fastening mechanism disposed at a circumferential position different from the sensor holder on the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube, the fastening mechanism being configured to fasten the band portion,
wherein the fastening mechanism includes:
a female screw portion provided on the band portion;
a fastening screw configured to be screwed into the female screw portion; and
an abutment plate provided inside the band portion at a position corresponding to the female screw portion and configured to be placed in abutment with the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube and pressed by the fastening screw.

US Pat. No. 10,138,912

HIGH OUTPUT HYDRAULIC CYLINDER AND PISTON ARRANGEMENT

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

5. A hydraulic piston and cylinder arrangement comprising:a force transfer member;
a first output rod coupled to a first side of the force transfer member to move with the force transfer member;
a second output rod coupled to a second side of the force transfer member to move with the force transfer member, the second side being opposite the first side;
a first piston and cylinder device coupled to the force transfer member, the first piston and cylinder device being configured to be operated only in compression, and the first piston and cylinder device being configured to move the force transfer member in a first direction when the first piston and cylinder device is operated in compression, wherein the first and second output rods move with the force transfer member; and
a second piston and cylinder device coupled to the force transfer member, the second piston and cylinder device being configured to be operated only in compression, and the second piston and cylinder device being configured to move the force transfer member in an opposite second direction when the second piston and cylinder device is operated in compression, wherein the first and second output rods move with the force transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,911

DEVICE FOR EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD TREATMENT

DEBIOTECH S.A., Lausanne...

1. A linear actuator comprising:a rotary electric motor,
a piston, and
an interposed device between the electric motor and the piston for transforming a rotation movement of the rotary electric motor into a linear displacement of the piston, the interposed device including,
a peripheral ramp arranged inside the piston,
a bearing configured to cooperate with the peripheral ramp,
a guide allowing the piston to guide the linear displacement,
wherein the peripheral ramp includes,
(i) a threshold located at a summit of the peripheral ramp, and
(ii) a passage configured to release the bearing from the peripheral ramp,
wherein the peripheral ramp is configured such that the piston transits from a first position in which the bearing is in the passage, to a second position in which the bearing is located on the threshold, and back to the first position, by a unidirectional rotation of the rotary electric motor, and
wherein the peripheral ramp forms a structure that is arranged on an inner surface of the piston, a circular side wall of the piston not having any openings that engage with the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,896

RECESSED MOTOR CEILING FAN

LAMPS PLUS, INC., Chatsw...

1. A ceiling fan assembly comprising:(A) a hub;
(B) a plurality of blades secured to said hub;
(C) a motor disposed a predetermined distance from said hub in a space between a ceiling and a roof of an enclosure where said fan is to be used;
(D) a hollow drive shaft connected between said motor and said hub for rotating said blades when said motor is activated;
(E) a stationary tube disposed internally of said hollow drive shaft extending from said motor and having a distal end positioned adjacent but not connected to said hub;
(F) a substrate having a plurality of LEDs mounted thereon coupled to said distal end of said tube and electrical wires extending through said tube to provide electrical energy to said LEDs from a source thereof; and
(G) a bar adapted to be secured between spaced apart beams disposed within said space as a part of the enclosure and a bracket secured to said motor and said bar for supporting said motor within said space above the ceiling of said enclosure in which said fan is to be utilized wherein said motor is disposed above said ceiling and said drive shaft and said hub are disposed below said ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,138,892

ROTOR AND ROTOR SHAFT FOR MOLTEN METAL

Molten Metal Equipment In...

1. A rotor shaft having a first end that is received in a coupling and a second end connected to a rotor having a rotor cavity, the second end having at least one outwardly-extending projection that is received and retained in the rotor cavity in order to connect the second end to the rotor; wherein the rotor shaft has an annular outer surface and the at least one outwardly-extending projection extends outward at least ½? from the annular outer surface; the rotor further having a top surface with a rotor opening through which the second end of the rotor shaft passes into the rotor cavity, the rotor opening having at least one elongated section through which the at least one outwardly-extending projection passes, wherein the rotor cavity has a diameter and the rotor opening has a width, the width of the rotor opening being less than the diameter of the rotor cavity, and the rotor cavity including at least one abutment against which the at least one outwardly-extending projection is positioned when the second end of the rotor shaft is in the rotor cavity and the rotor and rotor shaft are rotated relative one another.

US Pat. No. 10,138,885

EQUAL-WALLED GEROTOR PUMP FOR WELLBORE APPLICATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

11. A method for pumping and compressing a fluid, the method comprising:flowing a fluid through a region between an inner surface of an outer rotor and an outer surface of an inner rotor positioned in the outer rotor,
wherein the inner rotor comprises an outer surface defining a plurality of teeth, the inner rotor configured to rotate about a first longitudinal gerotor pump axis,
wherein the inner surface of the outer rotor is configured to engage with the plurality of teeth and wherein the outer rotor is configured to rotate about a second longitudinal gerotor pump axis,
wherein the inner rotor and the outer rotor are positioned within a pump housing, wherein an outer surface of the outer rotor defines a plurality of gaps between the pump housing and the outer rotor,
wherein the fluid in the region is compressed in response to the inner rotor and the outer rotor rotating relative to each other about the first longitudinal gerotor pump axis and the second longitudinal gerotor pump axis, respectively; and
spraying, by a plurality of nozzles, a cooling fluid from the plurality of gaps to the region in which the fluid is being compressed through a wall between the outer surface of the outer rotor and the inner surface of the outer rotor, wherein the cooling fluid reduces a temperature increase resulting from compressing the fluid in the region.

US Pat. No. 10,138,881

FLUID PUMP WITH PULSE REDUCTION

Piranha Plastics, LLC, S...

1. A system comprising:a pump comprising:
a pump head including one or more recesses configured to receive one or more corresponding roller elements; and
a pump body including an input port, and output port, a first fluid channel, and a second fluid channel, wherein the first fluid channel is defined in part by first rigid walls of the pump body and the second fluid channel is defined in part by second rigid walls of the pump body, wherein the first and second fluid channels form concentric arcs such that the first fluid channel substantially encircles the second fluid channel, and wherein the respective rigid walls of the first and second fluid channels being substantially in the same plane of the pump body; and
a semi-rigid membrane positioned on at least a portion of the pump body to enclose the first rigid walls to form the first fluid channel and to enclose the second rigid walls to form the second fluid channel, and wherein the input port is formed by an aperture in the pump body perpendicular to a path of the first fluid channel and the output port is formed by an aperture in the pump body perpendicular to a path of the second fluid channel;
wherein the pump head is rotatably coupled to the pump body such that the one or more roller elements interface with the semi-rigid membrane such that during rotation the roller elements compress the semi-rigid membrane to push fluid trapped within the first fluid channel, the fluid bounded within a region formed by the first rigid walls of the pump body and the semi-rigid membrane, in the direction of rotation and wherein fluid pushed through the first fluid channel passes to the second fluid channel, and wherein fluid in the second fluid channel passes to the output port.

US Pat. No. 10,138,871

AIRFLOW GENERATION DEVICE AND WIND POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An airflow generation device, comprising:a main body having a base formed of a dielectric, a first electrode and a second electrode, the first electrode and the second electrode being provided inside the base, the main body being disposed on a rotary body;
a rotation speed detecting unit for detecting a rotation speed of the rotary body; and
a voltage application unit for generating an airflow by applying a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode based on the rotation speed detected in the rotation speed detecting unit,
wherein the voltage application unit and the rotation speed detecting unit are disposed inside the rotary body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,868

ROTOR BLADE TRAILING EDGE

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. A method comprising:forming a rotor blade for a wind power installation, the rotor blade having radial positions with respect to an aerodynamic rotor when the rotor blade is attached to the aerodynamic rotor, the rotor blade having a local blade profile that is dependent on the radial positions with respect to the aerodynamic rotor and a trailing edge, the trailing edge including a jagged profile having a plurality of spikes, each spike having a spike height and a spike width, wherein at least one of the spike heights and spike widths are calculated as a function of at least one of a radial position of the respective spike and a local blade profile of a radial position of the respective spike, wherein calculating the spike height of a particular radial position is calculated from an associated coherence length scale ?p3, taking into account a constant factor c2, using the following formula, where H is spike height:
H=c2·?p3.

US Pat. No. 10,138,867

METHODS FOR ASSEMBLING ROTOR BLADES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for assembling a rotor blade, the method comprising:receiving a first portion of a rotor blade at an erection site, wherein the first portion is a root portion or a tip portion;
receiving a second portion of the rotor blade at the erection site;
aligning the first portion and the second portion at the erection site, the first portion and the second portion supported on a fixture system, the fixture system comprising a first cradle assembly supporting the first portion and a second cradle assembly supporting the second portion;
welding a spar cap of the first portion and a spar cap of the second portion together at the erection site, the spar cap of the first portion and the spar cap of the second portion each comprising a thermoplastic resin; and
connecting a blade segment of the first portion and a blade segment of the second portion together at the erection site, wherein at least one of the blade segment of the first portion or the blade segment of the second portion comprises a thermoset resin and a localized portion of a thermoplastic resin.

US Pat. No. 10,138,865

METHOD FOR MOVING WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS AND TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR MOVING WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS

1. A method of removing a wind turbine component from a wind turbine having a tower with a door for closing off an opening through the tower, the method comprising:providing a transport system comprising a track having a first end and a second end, one or more support frames configured to support the track and a carriage configured to be movably coupled to the track;
assembling the transport system, including positioning the first end inside the tower and positioning the second end outside of the tower such that the track extends through the opening in the tower;
raising the wind turbine component off a section of a platform located within the tower and above the door;
moving at least a part of the section of the platform to allow the wind turbine component to pass the platform;
lowering the wind turbine component onto the carriage;
moving the carriage along the track from inside the tower to outside the tower such that the wind turbine component is completely positioned outside the tower; and
removing the wind turbine component from the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,858

ENGINE CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An engine control method, comprising:determining an intention of a driver for acceleration during vehicle traveling;
stopping fuel supply to an engine when a determination is made that the driver does not have the intention for acceleration;
detecting a speed of the vehicle during inertial traveling, with fuel supply to the engine kept stopped;
permitting restart of the engine when a determination is made that the driver has the intention for acceleration after stopping the fuel supply to the engine;
prohibiting the restart of the engine until an engine rotational speed drops to or below a predetermined engine rotational speed threshold, even when the restart of the engine is permitted;
restarting the engine after the engine rotational speed drops to or below the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold; and
changing the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold depending on the detected vehicle speed,
wherein the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold increases with increase in the detected vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,857

ENGINE STARTER SYSTEM

MITSUBA CORPORATION, Gun...

1. An engine starter system for starting an engine using an SR motor, whereinthe SR motor includes a stator, which has a plurality of poles and coils wound around each of the poles, and a rotor, which is disposed in such a way as to share an axis with the stator;
the rotor is connected to a crank shaft of the engine and rotates in sync with the crank shaft;
the rotor and the crank shaft are connected together in such a way that when a piston of the engine is at a top dead center or slightly beyond the top dead center, a predetermined pole faces a predetermined location of the rotor,
the coils are phase coils of multiple phases through which currents of different phases are supplied; and
when the engine is stopped, electricity is supplied to only one phase of the phase coils so that the predetermined salient pole is stopped facing the predetermined pole, thereby letting the piston stop at a top dead center or slightly beyond the top dead center.

US Pat. No. 10,138,855

DUCTED FUEL INJECTION WITH IGNITION ASSIST

1. A fuel injection system, comprising:a fuel injector comprising a first plurality of openings, wherein a fuel is injected through the openings into a combustion chamber of an engine;
a plurality of ducts located in the combustion chamber, each duct formed from a hollow tube, wherein each duct is aligned with a respective opening in the openings such that the fuel exiting the openings of the fuel injector is injected through the hollow tubes and into the combustion chamber, wherein passage of the fuel through the hollow tubes causes charge-gas present in the combustion chamber to be drawn into the hollow tubes, thereby mixing the injected fuel with the charge-gas; and
an ignition assist component located at a discharge end of a duct in the ducts, wherein the ignition assist component is configured to ignite the fuel exiting the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,138,844

THRUST CONTROL VALVE AND FLYING OBJECT

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A thrust control valve comprising:a valve element in which a gas injection passage, through which an operating gas to be injected flows, is formed and a valve-seating surface is formed in the gas injection passage;
a valve stem that is provided inside the gas injection passage and has a valve-seated surface that makes contact with the valve-seating surface;
a guide surface that is formed at an outer circumferential surface of a tip of the valve stem located on the downstream side of the valve-seated surface in the gas flow direction of the operating gas and that makes contact with an inner circumferential surface of the gas injection passage of the valve element even in a case where the valve-seated surface has been separated from the valve-seating surface; and
a gas flow part, through which the operating gas flows, formed in the tip;
wherein
an area of the flow path between the gas flow part and an inner surface of the gas injection passage varies depending on a distance between the valve-seating surface of the valve element and the valve-seated surface of the valve stem, and
the thrust control valve is closed when the valve-seated surface of the valve stem comes in contact with the valve-seating surface of the valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,138,843

DRAG LINK ASSEMBLY FOR A THRUST REVERSER

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. A thrust reverser operable within a flowpath defined in-part by a surface carried by a fixed structure, the thrust reverser comprising:a translating sleeve constructed and arranged to move between first and second positions with respect to the surface;
a blocker door pivotally engaged to the translating sleeve for pivotal movement between a first state and a second state; and
a drag link assembly including a base joint, a mid joint, a distal joint, a base link extending between the base and mid joints, and a drag link extending between the mid and distal joints, and wherein the base joint operably connects the base link to the fixed structure, the mid joint operably connects the base link to the drag link, and the distal joint operably connects the drag link to the blocker door, wherein the base joint and the mid joint are disposed beneath the surface when the blocker door is in the first state, wherein the mid joint is spaced outward from the surface when the blocker door is in the second state, and wherein the base, mid, and distal joints are pivotal joints.

US Pat. No. 10,138,841

CAM COVER ASSEMBLY CAP PLUG FOR FLEXIBLE USE OF CYLINDER HEAD ACCESSORY DRIVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cam cover assembly cap plug comprising:a body having a front, a back, an arched top, and an underside;
a pair of spaced apart arms extending from said back of said body, said arms being connected by a reinforcing bridge; and
a fastener extending from each of said arms,
wherein at least one of said front and said back includes a recessed area.

US Pat. No. 10,138,833

DIESEL ENGINE COLD STARTING SYSTEM AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A diesel engine starting method, comprising:responsive to an engine start request, adjusting a supercharger having multiple drive ratios to a highest drive ratio, cranking an engine, and injecting fuel to the engine during cranking, where injecting fuel during engine cranking includes injecting an amount of fuel into engine cylinders during an engine cycle that provides for a greater percentage of the injected fuel participating in a first phase of two phase diesel fuel combustion than a percentage of the injected fuel participating in a second phase of the two phase diesel fuel combustion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,801

POWERPLANT AND RELATED CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

AeroVironment, Inc., Sim...

1. A powerplant, comprising:an engine configured to react a first reactant with a gaseous stream of second reactant to produce energy and an exhaust stream;
a first-stage turbocharger including a first-stage turbine driven by an exhaust stream of the engine and a first-stage compressor configured to compress the second stream of gaseous reactant for the engine;
a second-stage turbocharger including a second-stage turbine driven by the exhaust stream of the engine and a second-stage compressor configured to compress the second stream of gaseous reactant for the engine, wherein the second-stage compressor is intermediate the first-stage compressor and the engine, wherein the second-stage turbine is intermediate the first-stage turbine and the engine;
a first-stage afterburner in the exhaust stream intermediate the first-stage turbine and the second-stage turbine; and
a second-stage afterburner in the exhaust stream intermediate the second-stage turbine and the engine; and
a control system programmed to control the operation of the first-stage and second-stage afterburners.

US Pat. No. 10,138,775

HOLDING MATERIAL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND GAS TREATMENT DEVICE USING SAME

NICHIAS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A holding material comprising:a first mat comprising inorganic fibers of only a first type, the first type of inorganic fibers being alumina fibers that comprise 60 wt % or more of alumina and 40 wt % or less of silica; and
a second mat comprising inorganic fibers of only a second type, the second type of inorganic fibers being silica fibers that comprise 60 wt % or more of silica and 40 wt % or less of alumina, and having a surface pressure higher than that of the first mat as measured at a gap bulk density of 0.30 g/cm3,
wherein the holding material is configured to be placed in a gap between a processing structure and a casing in a gas treatment device with the processing structure disposed in the casing, such that the first mat of the holding material comes in contact with the processing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,138,739

PART CONSISTING OF A CERAMIC MATERIAL, COMPRISING A BASE AND A WALL

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A turbine blade made of ceramic material, comprising:a root; and
an airfoil,
wherein the root is made of ceramic material and the airfoil is obtained by ceramic powder sintering, and
wherein the airfoil includes an envelope and a core, the core being positioned within the envelope and a porosity of the core being greater than a porosity of the root, the porosity of the core increasing along the airfoil along an axis in a direction of centrifugal forces which the turbine blade is subjected to during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,737

ROTOR FOR TURBINE ENGINE COMPRISING BLADES WITH ADDED PLATFORMS

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A rotor for a turbine engine comprising:a disk with primary cavities around a periphery of the disk;
a plurality of blades, each blade comprising a root composed of a bulb in a lower part of the root locked in one of said primary cavities;
a plurality of platforms, each platform being located between two consecutive blades;wherein each platform is provided with:a straight plateau and a bulb extending radially under the plateau, said bulb extending radially under the plateau being locked in one of secondary cavities arranged at the periphery of the disk, the secondary cavities being positioned between two consecutive primary cavities, and
a retaining bracket extending along an axial direction of the rotor, said retaining bracket forming an annular sector arranged facing at least two consecutive bladeswherein said plurality of platforms are formed by:a first series of upstream platforms, each upstream platform comprising an upstream retaining bracket extending along an upstream axial direction, said upstream retaining bracket forming an angular sector placed facing at least two consecutive blades;
a second series of downstream platforms, each downstream platform comprising a downstream retaining bracket extending along a downstream axial direction, said downstream retaining bracket forming an angular sector placed facing at least two consecutive blades;the first and second series of platforms being positioned alternately in the secondary cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,138,736

TURBOMACHINE BLADE TIP SHROUD

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:a tip shroud, comprising:
a rail of a labyrinth seal, wherein the rail is crosswise to a mean camber line of a turbomachine blade;
a leading edge portion extending from a first side of the rail, wherein the leading edge portion comprises a first suction side portion and a first pressure side portion, the first suction side portion and the first pressure side portion are separated by the mean camber line, and the first pressure side portion has a surface area that is at least fifty percent greater than a surface area of the first suction side portion;
a trailing edge portion extending from a second side of the rail, wherein the trailing edge portion comprises a second suction side portion and a second pressure side portion, the second suction side portion and the second pressure side portion are separated by the mean camber line, and the second pressure side portion has a surface area that is at least fifty percent greater than a surface area of the second suction side portion;
wherein the trailing edge portion comprises a suction side surface extending from the second side of the rail at a first location along a length of the rail, a pressure side surface extending from the second side of the rail at a second location along the length of the rail, and a trailing edge surface extending from the suction side surface to the pressure side surface; and
wherein the trailing edge surface forms an angle of at least 80 degrees with the mean camber line at an intersection point of the trailing edge surface and the mean camber line.

US Pat. No. 10,138,725

HYDRAULIC DELAY TOE VALVE SYSTEM AND METHOD

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. A time delay injection valve comprising:a seating surface disposed within said time delay injection valve, said seating surface configured to seat a restriction plug element that seals a flowpath through said time delay injection valve; and
wherein the time delay injection valve further comprises a fluid that provides a delay to control a port opening time interval; and
wherein the time delay injection valve comprises dual pistons, wherein each said dual pistons are configured to be actuated by a different actuating device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,722

WELL PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

1. A method, comprising:tracking, automatically by a controller of a drilling rig, a position of a bit at a distal end of a bottom hole assembly coupled to a drill string of the drilling rig during a surge or swab operation through a wellbore environment of a wellbore;
determining, automatically by the controller at a first time during the surge or swab operation, the wellbore environment comprises a first wellbore environment from the tracked position of the bit based on at least one received drilling parameter relating to the drill string in the wellbore;
adjusting, dynamically by the controller during the surge or swab operation, a trip speed of the drill string to a first trip speed based on the determined first wellbore environment;
determining, automatically by the controller at a second time during the surge or swab operation, the wellbore environment comprises a second wellbore environment from the tracked position of the bit based on the at least one received drilling parameter relating to the drill string in the wellbore; and
adjusting, dynamically by the controller during the surge or swab operation, the trip speed of the drill string to a second trip speed based on the determined second wellbore environment.

US Pat. No. 10,138,715

WELL-BORE AND RESERVOIR MONITORING PROCESS BY LOGGING TEMPERATURE AND RESISTIVITY

King Fahd University of P...

1. A well-bore monitoring process, comprisinglogging the temperature of a soil, rock, and brine mixture present in a carbonate formation continuously, and
simultaneously logging the resistivity of the soil, rock, and brine mixture in the carbonate formation continuously,
interpreting the logged temperature and the logged resistivity to identify dissolution of rock into the mixture and precipitation of scale from the mixture by concurrent events in the logged temperature and the logged resistivity, and
injecting an antiscalant into the well-bore based on the interpreted temperature and resistivity logs,
wherein the simultaneous logging of the temperature and the resistivity is conducted in a well-bore in the carbonate formation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,709

HYDRAULIC DELAY TOE VALVE SYSTEM AND METHOD

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. A staged time delay system for removal of debris in a wellbore casing, said staged time delay system comprising:a first tool configured to be conveyed with said wellbore casing, wherein said first tool is positionable at a first location within said wellbore casing, and wherein said first tool is configured to open a first injection point in said first tool, said first injection point collecting debris from said wellbore casing for a predetermined time as pressurized fluid at a maximum pressure rated for said wellbore casing is injected into said wellbore casing; and
a second tool in fluid communication with said first tool, wherein said second tool is positionable at a second location within said wellbore casing, and is configured to open a second injection point in said second tool at the predetermined time after said first injection point is opened, said second injection point being configured to enable downhole operations after said debris is collected in said first tool leaving said second injection point free of said debris.

US Pat. No. 10,138,706

COMPLETING A MULTI-STAGE WELL

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

12. An apparatus comprising a seat assembly deployable downhole on a conveyance line inside a passageway of a tubing string previously installed in a well,the seat assembly adaptably attachable to an interior profile of the tubing string at a location in the well to form a seat adapted to receive an untethered object and thereby form a fluid barrier to divert fluid in the string,
wherein the seat comprises a surface inclined at an acute angle with respect to a cross-sectional plane that extends through a passageway of a face of the tubing string to produce a radially directed outward force tending to force the seat assembly against a wall of the tubing string in response to a pressure being exerted on the object due to fluid pumped into the string, and
wherein at least a portion of the seat assembly is made of a degradable material.

US Pat. No. 10,138,671

BARRIER OPERATOR FEATURE ENHANCEMENT

The Chamberlain Group, In...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing configured to mount in a garage, the housing containing:
a communication module configured to communicate with a plurality of barrier operator types that use different communication protocols, the communication module further configured to send and receive signals according to at least one of wireless and wired communication protocols;
control circuitry interfaced with the communication module to communicate with any of the plurality of barrier operator types, the control circuitry configured to control the communication module to communicate with at least one pre-installed barrier operator to control operation of at least one feature of the at least one pre-installed barrier operator; and
an input/output module interfaced with the control circuitry, the input/output module configured to receive a communication from at least one peripheral device, the communication including a command to effect closing of a barrier by the at least one pre-installed barrier operator;
wherein the input/output module is further configured to receive a communication from an obstacle detector;
wherein the control circuitry is further configured, in response to the communication from the obstacle detector, to refrain from sending a signal to the at least one pre-installed barrier operator to effect closing a barrier by the at least one pre-installed barrier operator despite receiving the command from the peripheral device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,668

POSITION ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS

HUNG CHIN ARCHITECTURAL H...

1. A position adjustment apparatus, comprising:a housing main body having an upper end surface, a lower end surface, a front end surface and a rear end surface; the housing main body having a first opening and a second opening formed in the front end surface; a separation portion formed between the first opening and the second opening; a fifth through hole and a sixth through hole respectively formed in the upper end surface and the lower end surface and communicating with the second opening; and circumferential edges of the fifth through hole and the sixth through hole having a first limiting portion and a second limiting portion respectively formed thereon;
a connecting shaft arranged inside the housing main body; the connecting shaft having one end formed with a first pivotal attachment hole and another end formed with a second pivotal attachment hole; the connecting shaft having a first retaining portion and a second retaining portion formed thereon, and a spring moveably disposed around an outer surface of the connecting shaft, and arranged between the first retaining portion and the second retaining portion, wherein the spring is a compression spring;
a guiding shaft having one end pivotally attached to a first roller and another end pivotally disposed in the second opening of the housing main body and attached to the second pivotal attachment hole of the connecting shaft; and
a rear shaft having one end pivotally attached to a second roller and another end pivotally disposed in the first opening of the housing main body and attached to the first pivotal attachment hole of the connecting shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,653

INSULATED TENT

1. A collapsible insulated tent structure comprising:a) a frame that comprises:
i) a roof formed with a centrally disposed roof hub at an apex, the hub having 3 or more hinged outwardly extending struts, with each adjacent pairs of strut supporting a portion of a flexible fabric cover member by forming a triangular downward sloping roof panel,
ii) three or more sides walls formed of the cover member, each sidewall extending downward from an upper side at an edge of the roof panel and supported by a centrally disposed sidewall hub having at least three hinged outwardly extending struts,
iii) wherein the cover member has a plurality of elongated pocket sets, the pockets in each set extending from a common proximal end to receive and secure the distal end of the approaching struts from the roof and sidewall hubs,
iv) wherein at least a portion of the flexible fabric cover member is a reflective fabric that has quilted pockets defined by seams having a linear sequence of adjacent weld points that bond an external fabric layer to one or more additional layers, wherein the weld points have a diameter of 0.5 to 1 mm are spaced apart by a gap of 1 to 5 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,138,651

WINTER TANNING TENT

1. A tent comprising:a shell, a frame, and a floor panel;
wherein the frame is a structure upon which the shell is mounted such that an interior space is created;
wherein the shell comprises a transparent material such that sunlight will pass through the shell into the interior space, wherein the interior space is warmed by solar energy;
wherein the frame is mounted on the floor panel;
wherein the shell comprises a first panel, a second panel, a third panel, a fourth panel, and a fifth panel;
wherein the tent is further defined with a length, a width and a height;
wherein the first panel is a sheeting that is cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein the second panel is a sheeting that is cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein the third panel is a sheeting that is cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein the fourth panel is a sheeting that is cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein the fifth panel is a sheeting that is cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein the first panel is further defined with a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge;
wherein the second panel is further defined with a fifth edge, a sixth edge, a seventh edge, and an eighth edge;
wherein the third panel is further defined with a ninth edge, a tenth edge, an eleventh edge, and a twelfth edge;
wherein the fourth panel is further defined with a thirteenth edge, a fourteenth edge, a fifteenth edge, and a sixteenth edge;
wherein the fifth panel is further defined with a seventeenth edge, an eighteenth edge, a nineteenth edge, and a twentieth edge;
wherein a first rectangular region of the second panel is blacked out;
wherein the first rectangular region of the second panel is bounded by: the sixth edge, the seventh edge, the eighth edge, from the seventh edge to a point one third of the distance of the span between the fifth edge and the seventh edge;
wherein a second rectangular region of the third panel is blacked out;
wherein the second rectangular region of the third panel is bounded by: the tenth edge, the eleventh edge, the twelfth edge, and from the eleventh edge to a point one third of the distance of the span between the ninth edge and the eleventh edge;
wherein a third rectangular region of the fourth panel is blacked out;
wherein the third rectangular region of the fourth panel is bounded by:
the fourteenth edge, the fifteenth edge, the sixteenth edge, and from the fifteenth edge to a point one third of the distance of the span between the thirteenth edge and the fifteenth edge;
wherein a fourth rectangular region of the fifth panel is blacked out;
wherein the fourth rectangular region of the fifth panel is bounded by:
the eighteenth edge, the nineteenth edge, the twentieth edge, and from the nineteenth edge to a point one third of the distance of the span between the seventeenth edge and the nineteenth edge.

US Pat. No. 10,138,648

TOWER AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING TOWER

Tindall Corporation, Spa...

6. An apparatus comprising:a foundation;
a plurality of lower staves located on the foundation;
a plurality of upper staves located above the lower staves, the upper staves having a poured in place concrete or grouted joint between each adjacent upper stave, wherein each upper stave has a bottom surface that is wider than a top surface thereof;
a second element disposed on the top surfaces of the plurality of upper staves;
a tube top element disposed on a top surface of the second element; and
a tower top adaptor disposed on a top surface of the tube top element,
wherein at least one tendon extends from the foundation to the tower top adaptor and passes through a passage defined in the tube top element and does not extend through the second element.

US Pat. No. 10,138,634

FLASHING CLIPS

1. An assembly, the assembly comprising:a projection extending upward from a roof;
a flashing material corresponding to the projection, the flashing material positionable around the projection; and
a flashing clip, the flashing clip comprising:
a rectangular base plate that is fastenable to the roof;
a plurality of folded edge clips along opposing edges of said rectangular base plate, the folded edge clips configured to further fold over to secure the flashing material in position within the assembly;
a plurality of folded end clips along a first end of said rectangular base plate, the folded end clips configured to further fold over to secure the flashing material in position within the assembly;
a pair of opposing tabs extended from each of said opposing edges of and adjacent a second end of said rectangular base plate, the pair of opposing tabs being fastenable to the roof; and
an aperture between said opposing edges, the aperture extending from said second end toward said first end, the aperture providing spacing for said rectangular base plate to extend beyond a dimension of the projection for lengthwise adjustability and to partially enclose the projection when said rectangular base plate is positioned on the roof;
wherein the flashing clip is attachable via fasteners to the roof so that the provides for securing placement of the flashing material around the projection without the use of fasteners that would protrude through the flashing material.

US Pat. No. 10,138,623

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR SINK

Moen Incorporated, North...

1. A sink mounting, comprising:a stud, the stud including a head and a shaft, the shaft including a first end and a second end, the shaft including a first longitudinal portion and a second longitudinal portion, the first longitudinal portion being circumferentially offset from the second longitudinal portion, the first longitudinal portion being different than the second longitudinal portion, the first longitudinal portion being threaded, the shaft having a twist between the first end and the second end, the shaft having a cross-sectional shape; and
a clip, the clip including a base and an arm extending from the base, the base including an opening, the opening having a shape that generally corresponds to the cross-sectional shape of the shaft of the stud;
wherein the opening in the clip is operable to receive the shaft of the stud;
wherein the clip is operable to be slid along the shaft of the stud; and
wherein, as the clip is slid along the shaft of the stud, the clip rotates from a first position below the twist to a second position above the twist.

US Pat. No. 10,138,622

INTEGRATED SOLENOID VALVE FOR AN ELECTRONIC FAUCET

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. An electronic faucet comprising:a valve assembly including a valve housing having an interior region for receiving a fluid, a solenoid valve positioned to control fluid flow through the interior region, the solenoid valve including a solenoid coil and a moveable valve member operably coupled to the solenoid coil;
a controller operably coupled to the solenoid valve, the controller including an electronic circuit board coupled to the valve assembly and a processor mounted to the electronic circuit board to control the solenoid valve, the solenoid coil being mounted to the electronic circuit board;
a temperature sensor mounted to the electronic circuit board; and
a heat transfer device extending between the temperature sensor and the interior region to transfer heat from fluid in the interior region to the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,616

INVERSE CONSTRUCTION METHOD FOR DEEP, LARGE AND LONG PIT ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE OF SUSPENSION-TYPE ENVELOPE ENCLOSURE

WUHAN ZHIHE GEOTECHNICAL ...

1. An inverse construction method for a deep, large and long pit assembling structure of a suspension-type envelope enclosure, comprising the following steps:(I) determining a pit size and depth of a pit enclosure according to a size of a basement to be constructed, and determining a thickness of a basement reinforced anti-seeping layer according to the depth of the pit enclosure and geological conditions;
(II) performing one-column-one-pile construction in the pit, wherein the one-column-one-pile refers to an integrated structure of a column pile and an engineering pile, the engineering pile is disposed below the column pile, the bottom of the engineering pile is embedded into a waterproof layer or a rock formation, the top of the column pile is constructed to the designed height at one time; during the construction, the verticality of the column pile is ensured, post grouting is carried out at the bottom and the lateral middle portion of the pile to ensure the bearing capability of the column pile and relieve sedimentation;
(III) before completing the construction of the pit enclosure and the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer, controlling the pressure of underground water to prevent bottom heaving and inrush;
(IV) digging a groove, forming a continuous wall by mutually assembling splicing-type prefabricated wall boards in the groove, grouting and reinforcing the wall after the assembling is completed such that the pit resists stressed deformation and maintains stability, wherein the depth of the splicing-type prefabricated wall boards is greater than a depth of the basement floor;
(V) modifying soil at the bottom of the basement by injecting a grouting material at a high pressure to form a waterproof layer, which is connected with the pit enclosure, as the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer, wherein the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer and the pit enclosure form a structure with an “H” longitudinal section, meaning that the depth of the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer is greater than the depth of the basement floor and smaller than the depth of the pit enclosure;
(VI) dividing the basement into floors B0-Bn+1 from the ground surface, digging the floor B0 first, setting up prefabricated framework beams in the space of the floor B0 after the digging is completed, then completing the digging of the floors B1-Bn and setting up of the prefabricated framework beams therein in sequence, and finally digging the floor Bn+1, and pouring the bottom face of the basement after digging to form the basement floor;
(VII) performing construction upward floor by floor from the floor Bn of the basement,
wherein prefabricated concrete superposed floor-slabs or profiled sheet combined floor-slabs are assembled with the corresponding prefabricated framework beams during the construction on each floor, and then concrete is poured onto the prefabricated framework beams to form integrated floor system and floor slabs, and when the floor strength reaches 80% of the designed strength, the construction is continued upward higher floors; and
wherein in step III, the pressure of the underground water is controlled by a method comprising steps of detecting the cover depth and water head height of the confined groundwater in a construction area, controlling the underground water using a dewatering well and recharge well combined technology in conjunction with the depth of the dug pit to prevent bottom heave and inrush, and during the soil excavation process and before the construction and strength formation of the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer, maintaining the pressure of the dewatering well on the confined water layer and keeping working state.

US Pat. No. 10,138,614

PILE INSERTION

MMI Engineering Limited, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a sub-aqua foundation comprising:simultaneously inserting one or more first helical piles and one or more second helical piles into the sub-aqua earth via a common inserting apparatus, wherein a first helical pile has one or more clockwise helices and wherein a second helical pile has one or more counter-clockwise helices,
wherein the common inserting apparatus comprises a body with apertures for receiving the one or more first helical piles and the one or more second helical piles, a drive carriage associated with each of the one or more first helical piles and the one or more second helical piles and configured to insert the associated helical pile into the sub-aqua earth via a respective body aperture, and guides configured to align each of the drive carriages with the respective body aperture and prevent rotation of the drive carriages relative to the respective body aperture, the method comprising: controlling operation of the drive carriages, the method comprising controlling dimensions of the body and relative positioning of the apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,138,613

GROUND ANCHOR AND METHOD OF USING A GROUND ANCHOR

8. A method of installing a ground anchor comprising the steps of:locating a support plate on a surface of the ground;
locating an anchor member having a generally constant diameter, a first end and an opposing second end, and a threaded portion at said second end and an unthreaded portion comprising a remainder of said anchor member so that said anchor member extends through an aperture in said support plate, with said first end of said anchor member located in the ground and said threaded portion and at least a portion of said unthreaded portion extending outwardly above said support plate;
placing at least one first spacer over said second end of said anchor member and along said anchor member so that at said least one first spacer extends over said portion of said unthreaded portion of said anchor member extending out of said ground with a first end of said at least one spacer engaging said support plate and a second end of said at least one first spacer or an end of a second spacer extends over at least a portion of said threaded portion of said anchor member;
engaging a threaded nut with said second end of said anchor member; and
tightening said threaded nut against said at least one first spacer to press said at least one first spacer downwardly along said anchor member against said support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,612

STATIONARY BOOM SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A containment boom system for use in containing an oil spill floating on a water surface, comprising:(a) a base support structure;
(b) a first elongated rod, having a proximal end and a spaced apart distal end, the proximal end hingedly attached to the base support structure and extending laterally therefrom;
(c) a containment boom, having a first side and an opposite second side, coupled to the first elongated rod and disposed in a portion of the water so that the oil spill is substantially contained by the first side of the containment boom;
(d) a first buoy coupled to the first elongated rod, the buoy having sufficient buoyancy so as to remain floating on the water surface while supporting the first elongated rod;
(e) a continuous rotatable reclamation loop including a hydrophobic material that adsorbs the oil and that does not to absorb water, the continuous rotatable reclamation loop including a first portion that is disposed on a first elongated side of the containment boom in the oil spill and a second portion that is disposed on the water surface on a second elongated side of the containment boom opposite from the first elongated side;
(f) a first pulley wheel affixed to the first elongated rod and disposed on the first elongated side of the containment boom, the first pulley wheel supporting the first portion of the continuous rotatable reclamation loop;
(g) a second pulley wheel affixed to the first elongated rod spaced apart from the first pulley wheel and disposed on a second elongated side of the containment boom opposite from the first side, the second pulley wheel supporting the second portion of the continuous rotatable reclamation loop;
(h) a reclamation station configured to remove oil from the reclamation loop as the loop passes therethrough;
(i) a loop driver that is configured to move the rotatable reclamation loop through the oil spill into the reclamation station and from the reclamation station into the water that is on the second elongated side of the containment boom;
(j) a second elongated rod, having a proximal end and a spaced apart distal end, the proximal end hingedly attached to the base support structure and extending laterally therefrom, the second elongated rod being spaced apart from the first elongated rod, the second elongated rod coupled to the containment boom;
(k) a second buoy coupled to the second elongated rod, the buoy having sufficient buoyancy so as to remain floating on the water surface while supporting the second elongated rod;
(l) a third pulley wheel affixed to the second elongated rod and disposed on the first elongated side of the containment boom, the first portion of the continuous reclamation loop being supported thereby; and
(m) a fourth pulley wheel affixed to the second elongated rod and spaced apart from the third pulley wheel and disposed on the second elongated side of the containment boom opposite from the first side, the second portion of the continuous reclamation loop being supported thereby.

US Pat. No. 10,138,609

CONTAINER FOR SPREADER MATERIAL AND A LIQUID TANK

1. A spreader, for service vehicles, for spreading out solid spreading materials, comprising:a spreading-material container for receiving the solid spreading materials to be spread out, and a conveying device in a floor surface of the spreading-material container for conveying the spreading materials out of the spreading-material container, and further comprising at least one liquid tank arranged within the spreading-material container laterally to the conveying device and having an at least partly flexible sheath and variable volume, wherein the floor surface of the spreading-material container is configured substantially horizontally, and that, when the at least one liquid tank is empty, the spreading-material container is configured to be filled with solid spreading materials to be spread out into a portion of volume of the spreading-material container which corresponds to a total volume of liquid materials contained in the at least one liquid tank when the at least one liquid tank is completely filled, wherein the spreader is configured to spread the solid spreading materials, including all those solid spreading materials present in all areas of the spreading-material container which are otherwise occupied by the at least one liquid tank when it is completely filled and corresponds in volume to said total volume of liquid materials, out of the spreading-material container by means of the conveying device, wherein the at least one liquid tank is arranged on or above the floor surface such that upon an at least partial filling of the liquid tank, a sliding surface inclined toward the conveying device relative to the floor surface exists for the solid spreading materials to be spread out.

US Pat. No. 10,138,604

RAIL TIE HAVING EMBEDDED AUTOMATIC DIFFERENTIAL SETTLEMENT COMPENSATION APPARATUS USING OIL PRESSURE FOR RAILROAD TRACKS

KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH I...

1. A sleeper having an embedded automatic track differential settlement compensation apparatus using oil pressure, comprising:a concrete sleeper (130), installed at a track bed gravel (120) or an asphalt roadbed (160) and configured to deliver a traveling load of a train (300) to the track bed gravel (120) or the asphalt roadbed (160);
a first automatic differential settlement compensation apparatus (200a), embedded and installed underneath one side of the concrete sleeper (130) and configured to automatically compensate for a differential settlement of the concrete sleeper (130) using oil pressure when a loose sleeper occurs due to the traveling load of the train (300); and
a second automatic differential settlement compensation apparatus (200b), embedded and installed underneath the other side of the concrete sleeper (130) so as to operate independently and separately from the first automatic differential settlement compensation apparatus (200a) and configured to automatically compensate for the differential settlement of the concrete sleeper (130) using oil pressure when the loose sleeper occurs,
wherein the first and second automatic differential settlement compensation apparatuses (200a, 200b) are separately installed at left and right sides of the concrete sleeper (130), respectively, thereby automatically compensating for a differential settlement of left and right rails (140) due to the traveling load of the train (300),
wherein each of the first and second automatic differential settlement compensation apparatuses includes:
a spring (260), having one end fixed to an oil hydraulic cylinder (240) and the other end fixed to a cylindrical rod (250) and configured to provide an expansion force enabling the cylindrical rod (250) to move forward when the loose sleeper occurs;
the cylindrical rod (250), configured to move forward by means of the oil pressure so as to come into contact with the track bed gravel (120) or the asphalt roadbed (160) which was settled when the loose sleeper occurs due to a differential settlement of the track bed gravel (120) or the asphalt roadbed (160) by the traveling load of the train (300);
an oil tank (210), embedded underneath the concrete sleeper (130) to store oil;
the oil hydraulic cylinder (240), configured to receive the oil from the oil tank (210) when a vacuum pressure, which is a negative pressure, is generated according to a forward movement of the cylindrical rod (250); and
a check valve (230), installed between the oil tank (210) and the oil hydraulic cylinder (240) so as to open and close an oil supply from the oil tank (210) to the oil hydraulic cylinder (240).

US Pat. No. 10,138,603

AUTONOMOUS BALLAST UNLOADING CONSIST

Herzog Railroad Services,...

1. A method for autonomously dumping material along a railway comprising:assembling a consist including a plurality of hopper cars containing a material to be dumped and at least one control car that includes a master controller and a navigation unit, the master controller controlling hopper doors on each of the hopper cars and including a track survey file indicating a location of a dump zone along a track in which to dump at least a portion of the material and indicating a quantity of the material to dump in the dump zone, and the navigation unit usable to determine a perceived geographic location of the control car;
selectively placing, by the master controller, each of the hopper cars in one of an active state in which the hopper doors can be opened to dump ballast on command, a wait state in which the hopper doors are restricted from opening until the master controller determines that a fault condition is remedied, and a disengaged state in which the hopper doors are restricted from opening until the master controller receives an input from an operator, the master controller placing each of the hopper cars in the active state, wait state, and disengaged state based on an operational status of the respective hopper car and a perceived geographic location of the respective hopper car and independent of the location of the respective hopper car relative to the dump zone;
querying each of the hopper cars by the master controller to determine the position of each hopper car in the consist;
moving the consist along the track;
determining that the geographic location of at least one of the hopper cars is within the dump zone and that the quantity of material is not fulfilled, the geographic location of the at least one of the hopper cars being determined based on the position of each hopper car in the consist relative to the perceived geographic location of the control car, the at least one hopper car being in the active state;
opening the hopper door on the at least one hopper car to dump the material in the dump zone; and
closing the hopper door when the at least one hopper car leaves the dump zone or when the quantity of material has been dumped.

US Pat. No. 10,138,596

MIXTURES OF FIBER-REACTIVE AZO DYES, THEIR PREPARATION AND THEIR USE

DyStar Colours Distributi...

1. A dye mixture comprisingone or more dye(s) of: formula (I)

and
one or more dye(s) of: formula (II)

and optionally
one or more dye(s) of: formula (IV)

wherein
D1 and D2 independent of one another is group of formula (1)

wherein
R1 and R2 independent of one another is hydrogen, (C1-C4)-alkyl, (C1-C4)-alkoxy, sulfo, carboxyl, amido or ureido,
X1 is hydrogen or —SO2—CH?CH2,
D3 and D4 independent of one another is a group of formula (1)
wherein
R1 and R2 independent of one another is hydrogen, (C1-C4)-alkyl, (C1-C4)-alkoxy, sulfo, carboxyl, amido or ureido,
X1 is hydrogen or a group of the formula: —SO2—Z, wherein
Z is hydroxyl, —CH?CH2 or —CH2CH2Z1, wherein
Z1 is hydroxyl or a group which can be eliminated under the action of alkali,
R200 is
i) hydrogen,
ii) C1-C6-alkyl, which is linear or branched and is unsubstituted or substituted by amino, (C1-C4)-alkylamino, hydroxyl, (C1-C4)-alkoxy, sulfo, halogen, carboxyl, acetamido or ureido,
iii) phenyl, which is unsubstituted or substituted by (C1-C4)-alkyl, (C1-C4)-alkoxy, sulfo, halogen, carboxyl, acetamido or ureido;
iv) amino, (C1-C4)-alkylamino, hydroxyl, (C1-C4)-alkoxy, sulfo, carboxyl, cyano, halogen, nitro, amido or ureido,
R201 is a group of the formula: —N?N-D3,
R* and R** independent of one another is hydrogen, (C1-C4)-alkyl, CO—(C1-C4-alkyl) or —CH2—SO3M,
M is hydrogen, an alkali metal or one equivalent of an alkaline earth metal,
and wherein the sum of weights of all dyes of formula (I) that are present in the dye mixture is at least 40% of the weight of the dye mixture—calculated on the basis of the sum of weights of all dyes according to formulae (I), (II) and (IV) that are present in the dye mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,138,585

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a cabinet having an introduction/discharge opening;
a drawer configured to withdraw from the cabinet through the introduction/discharge opening;
a through-hole formed in an upper surface of the drawer;
a tub that is located inside the drawer and that defines a space that is configured to receive water, the tub comprising a tub cover located vertically below the through-hole of the drawer;
an introduction aperture defined in the tub cover, the introduction aperture being located under the through-hole;
a drum rotatably provided inside the tub for receiving laundry supplied to the introduction aperture;
a door that is configured to open and close the introduction aperture, the door being configured to detachably couple to the tub cover that defines the introduction aperture; and
a door sensing unit that is configured to determine whether the door is opened in a state in which the drawer is inserted into the cabinet,
wherein the door sensing unit comprises a sensor that is located in the cabinet at a position vertically above the tub cover and that is configured to sense opening of the door based on the door contacting the cabinet in the state in which the drawer is inserted into the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 10,138,582

THERMOPLASTIC NON-WOVEN TEXTILE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A non-woven textile, comprising:a plurality of filaments at least partially formed of thermoplastic polymer material including a thermoplastic polyurethane, the plurality of filaments at least partially forming a layer of the non-woven textile having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the first and second surfaces each being at least partially exposed,
wherein the plurality of filaments form a first region and a second region,
wherein each of the first region and the second region having a continuous area of at least one square centimeter,
wherein the plurality of filaments of the second region are fused to a greater degree than the plurality of filaments of the first region;
wherein the plurality of filaments forms a third region of the non-woven textile,
wherein the plurality of filaments of the third region is fused to a greater degree than the plurality of filaments of the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,138,573

AUXILIARY HEATING DEVICE FOR ZONE MELTING FURNACE AND HEAT PRESERVATION METHOD FOR SINGLE CRYSTAL ROD THEREOF

1. An auxiliary heating device for a zone melting furnace, comprising:an auxiliary heater disposed below a primary heating coil in the zone melting furnace,
wherein said auxiliary heater is formed by winding a hollow metal circular pipe according to a spiral line type,
the winding start end of the auxiliary heater is positioned on the upper part,
the winding stop end thereof is positioned on the lower part,
an upper end part and a lower end part are horizontally guided out from the both ends respectively,
a hollow cylindrical heating load which is axially symmetrical is disposed on the inner side of the auxiliary heater,
a hollow cylindrical electrical insulation part is disposed between the heating load and the auxiliary heater,
the device also comprises hollow tubular electrodes each of which one end is provided with a water inlet and the other end is connected with the upper end part and the lower end part of the auxiliary heater respectively through metal sealing joints,
a cable connecting plate is welded to the side edge of each electrode and is connected with the power control cabinet through a water-cooled cable,
the power control cabinet is sequentially connected with a data analysis module and an infrared temperature measuring instrument through signal lines,
the auxiliary heater is independent of the primary heating coil,
when an alternating current is applied to the auxiliary heater through the power control cabinet, the auxiliary heater is configured to generate eddy current in the heating load to heat the heating load, and
the heating load is configured to apply thermal irradiation and thermal reflection to preserve heat.

US Pat. No. 10,138,570

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GROUP 13 NITRIDE CRYSTALS COMPRISED OF GROWTH VESSELS STACKED WITHIN INNER VESSELS PLACED OVER SUPPORT TABLES WITH A CENTRAL ROTATING SHAFT AND REVOLVING SHAFTS ATTACHED TO THE SUPPORT TABLES

NGK INSULATORS, LTD., Ai...

1. A crystal growth apparatus comprising:a pressure-resistant vessel;
a plurality of support tables arranged inside said pressure-resistant vessel;
inner vessels placed over said support tables, respectively;
growth vessels contained in said inner vessels, respectively;
a heating means for heating said growth vessels;
a central rotating shaft connected to said support tables and revolving shafts attached to said support tables, respectively,
wherein said central rotating shaft is distant from central axes of said inner vessels,
wherein a seed crystal, a raw material of a Group 13 element and a flux are charged in each of said growth vessels, and wherein said growth vessels are heated to form a melt and a nitrogen-containing gas is supplied to said melt to grow a crystal of a nitride of said Group 13 element on said seed crystal while said central rotating shaft is rotated,
wherein said revolving shafts are configured to revolve while said crystal of said nitride of said Group 13 element is grown,
wherein distances between said revolving shafts and said central rotating shafts are equal to one another,
wherein said central axes of said inner vessels are arranged at positions which are point symmetrical with respect to said central rotating shaft, and
wherein said growth vessels are stacked in each of said inner vessels.

US Pat. No. 10,138,554

METHOD OF PLASMA TREATMENT OF AN INTERNAL AND/OR EXTERNAL SURFACE OF A HOLLOW ELECTRICALLY NON-CONDUCTIVE BODY AND A DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THIS METHOD

MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA, B...

1. A method of plasma treatment of the internal and/or external surface of a hollow electrically non-conductive body wherein on the internal surface of the hollow electrically non-conductive body and/or on the external surface of the hollow electrically non-conductive body there acts a layer of electrical plasma of surface dielectric barrier discharge generated in a volume of gas by alternating or pulse voltage with an amplitude higher than 100 V from a pair of liquid electrodes formed by an internal electrically conductive liquid situated inside the hollow electrically non-conductive body and external electrically conductive liquid situated outside the hollow electrically non-conductive body, wherein the electrical plasma is generated above and in contact with the surface, of the internal electrically conductive liquid and/or of the external electrically conductive liquid, where in the volume of gas there forms a layer of electrical plasma forming a ring copying the shape of the surface of the hollow electrically non-conductive body, wherein the electrical resistance between the liquid electrodes is greater than 10 k?.

US Pat. No. 10,138,552

SUBSTRATE LOADING IN AN ALD REACTOR

PICOSUN OY, Espoo (FI)

1. A method comprising:loading a plurality of substrates into a substrate holder in a loading chamber of a deposition reactor, the loading chamber residing on top of a reaction chamber of the deposition reactor, to form a vertical stack of horizontally oriented substrates within said substrate holder, the loading chamber being in vacuum; and
turning the substrate holder within the loading chamber residing on top of the reaction chamber to form a horizontal stack of vertically oriented substrates and lowering the substrate holder from the loading chamber into the reaction chamber of the deposition reactor for deposition.

US Pat. No. 10,138,549

SCANNING OPTICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING REFLECTION MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a scanning optical apparatus including a deflection unit configured to deflect a light flux and scan a scanned surface in a main scanning direction, a condensing optical system configured to guide the light flux from the deflection unit to the scanned surface, and a reflection member configured to reflect the light flux from the deflection unit which is not incident on an effective image area of the scanned surface, and a light-receiving element configured to receive the light flux from the reflection member, the method comprising:cutting an optical substrate in a first direction to form a first optical member;
providing the first optical member with a light-chamfered portion which is parallel to the first direction;
applying a reflection coating to the first optical member to form a reflection surface;
cutting the first optical member on which the reflection coating is applied in a second direction to obtain the reflection member, the second direction being perpendicular to the first direction; and
arranging the reflection member such that the light flux from the deflection unit passes through the light-chamfered portion and a first end surface of the reflection member, the first end surface being parallel to the first direction and a sub-scanning direction,
wherein the sub-scanning direction is perpendicular to the main scanning direction,
wherein the first end surface has a higher degree of corrosion resistance than a second end surface of the reflection member, the second end surface being parallel to the second direction and the main scanning direction,
wherein the light-chamfered portion is provided between the reflection surface and the first end surface, and
wherein the reflection coating is applied to the light-chamfered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,545

PROCESS FOR THE REMOVAL OF CONTAMINANTS FROM SPUTTERING TARGET SUBSTRATES

SCI ENGINEERED MATERIALS,...

1. A method for the removal of chromium contaminants on a ruthenium sputtering target used in plasma vapor deposition including the steps ofsubjecting the ruthenium sputtering target to grit abrasion followed by an organic solvent cleaning to result in a pre-cleaned target,
subjecting the pre-cleaned target to an electric field in an acidic bath including a surfactant, followed by subsequent water and air rinse.

US Pat. No. 10,138,519

UNIVERSAL SANGER SEQUENCING FROM NEXT-GEN SEQUENCING AMPLICONS

Quest Diagnostics Investm...

1. A composition comprising:a first oligonucleotide that comprises, in 5? to 3? order,
(a) a first region suitable for use as a Sanger sequencing primer;
(b) a spacer that is between about 5 and about 15 nucleotides long; and
(c) a third region suitable for use as a next generation sequencing (NGS) primer, and
a second oligonucleotide that comprises, in 5? to 3? order,
(a) a first region that is substantially identical to the third region of the first oligonucleotide; and
(b) a second region that is suitable for use as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primer to amplify a target nucleotide sequence,
wherein the third region of the first oligonucleotide and the first region of the second oligonucleotide have a melting temperature (Tm) that is at least about 5° C. higher than the Tm of the second region of the second oligonucleotide,
wherein the total length of the spacer and the first and second regions of the second oligonucleotide is at least about 45 nucleotides (nt) long,
wherein the third region of the first oligonucleotide and the first region of the second oligonucleotide are selected from Table 2, and
wherein the third region of the first oligonucleotide and the first region of the second oligonucleotide do not include any sequence that is specific to the target nucleotide sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,138,515

ILLUMINATION OF INTEGRATED ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS

Pacific Biosciences of Ca...

1. A method for sequencing a nucleic acid comprising:providing an integrated analytical device comprising
an optically opaque cladding layer having a plurality of nanoscale apertures extending through the cladding layer into a transparent substrate below the cladding layer, the nanoscale apertures separated by regions of the substrate from any other nanoscale apertures, wherein the nanoscale apertures each define a reaction cell for receiving a set of sequencing reagents, the sequencing reagents comprising a plurality of fluorescently labeled nucleotides each having a different excitation spectrum;
a waveguide layer below the reaction cells comprising a plurality of waveguides that direct excitation illumination to the reaction cells; and
a detection layer below the waveguide layer comprising a plurality of sensor elements in optical communication with the reaction cells, wherein each reaction cell has at least one sensor element associated with it, wherein each sensor element comprises a pixel having multiple integrated storage elements;
carrying out nucleic acid sequencing reactions in the reaction cells while illuminating the reaction cells with a pulsed excitation light comprising pulses of at least two different excitation wavelengths iteratively over time, wherein each respective excitation wavelength in the at least two different excitation wavelengths of the pulsed excitation light corresponds to the excitation spectrum of a corresponding fluorescently labeled nucleotide in the plurality of fluorescently labeled nucleotides, and the excitation light at each respective excitation wavelength excites the corresponding fluorescently labeled nucleotide to emit a signal;
measuring emitted signals over time from each reaction cell while carrying out the sequencing reactions; and
correlating said emitted signals with the timing of the pulses of the pulsed excitation light to identify the fluorescently labeled nucleotides excited by the excitation light at each respective excitation wavelength in the at least two different excitation wavelengths, thereby sequencing the nucleic acid.

US Pat. No. 10,138,508

METHOD FOR MEASURING MODIFIED NUCLEOBASE USING GUIDE PROBE, AND KIT THEREFOR

FUJIREBIO INC., Shinjuku...

1. A method for measuring a modified nucleobase, the method comprising:(1) reacting a nucleic acid sample comprising a target nucleic acid containing the modified nucleobase, a capture probe, and a guide probe in a solution by incubation to form a hybrid including the target nucleic acid, the capture probe, and the guide probe;
(2) measuring the modified nucleobase using an antibody against the modified nucleobase in the solution comprising the hybrid obtained at (1),
wherein the capture probe is a nucleic acid molecule having the capability of hybridizing with the target nucleic acid,
wherein the guide probe hybridizes with the target nucleic acid in a second region different from a first region in the target nucleic acid with which the capture probe hybridizes,
wherein the guide probe is designed so as not to hybridize with the capture probe, wherein the capture probe and the guide probe are not bound to the antibody.

US Pat. No. 10,138,494

WHOLE EXPRESSED CELL AS ANTIGEN CARRIER, AND USE THEREOF IN PREPARING VACCINE OR DIAGNOSTIC AGENT, AND SCREENING MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES

FORMOSA BIOMEDICAL INC., ...

1. An animal cell expression system for a target antigen of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), comprising an animal cell co-transfected with:(a) an expression plasmid containing a T7 promoter and an open reading frame (ORF) for a FEDV viral antigen protein or its fragment; and
(b) a vT7 recombinant vaccinia virus (vT7FBI) expressing T7 polymerase comprising a coding nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID No.3.

US Pat. No. 10,138,439

LUBRICATION MATERIAL USING SELF-DISPERSED CRUMPLED GRAPHENE BALLS AS ADDITIVES IN OIL FOR FRICTION AND WEAR REDUCTION

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A method for forming a lubrication material, the method comprising:providing a lubricant base fluid;
adding crumpled graphene balls as additives in the lubricant base fluid;
sonicating the lubricant base fluid with the additives for a sonicating time period, so that the crumpled graphene balls are self-dispersed in the lubricant base fluid to improve friction and wear properties of the lubricant base fluid; and
adding a dispersing agent in the lubricant base fluid to enhance stability of dispersion of the crumpled graphene balls in the lubricant base fluid,
wherein the lubricant base fluid is a polyalphaolefin type-4 (PAO4) oil, and the dispersing agent is Triethoxysilane.

US Pat. No. 10,138,426

COMBINED HYDROTHERMAL LIQUEFACTION AND CATALYTIC HYDROTHERMAL GASIFICATION SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR CONVERSION OF BIOMASS FEEDSTOCKS

Battelle Memorial Institu...

1. A continuous process, comprising the steps of:providing a biomass conversion product comprising a bio oil fraction and an aqueous fraction, wherein each fraction is separable from the other fraction;
continuously separating the bio oil fraction from the aqueous fraction by coalescing bio oil droplets, wherein said coalescence takes place at a temperature from ambient to about 360° C. and a pressure between about 100 atm and 210 atm; and
converting at least a portion of the aqueous fraction to a product gas containing a fuel gas.

US Pat. No. 10,138,399

SEALANT COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF PREPARING THE SAME

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A method of preparing a sealant composition, wherein the sealant composition comprises:(a) from >75 wt % to 80 wt % of a low-viscosity epoxy acrylate conforming to the structure of Formula I;

wherein R1 and R2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl, and tert-butyl;
(b) 0.5-1 wt % of a photoinitiator;
(c) 5-15 wt % of silica microspheres having a diameter of 0.5-0.9 ?m;
(d) 5-15 wt % of resinous elastic microspheres; and
(e) 1-2 wt % of silane coupling agent,
based on a total weight of the sealant composition,
the method comprising: mixing and stirring all components, except the low-viscosity epoxy acrylate, at a temperature of 20-30° C. for 30-60 min; compounding the mixture at a temperature of 30° C.-50° C. twice, each time for 20-40 min; degassing the compounded mixture; and then adding the low-viscosity epoxy acrylate to adjust a viscosity of the degassed compounded mixture, to produce the sealant composition.

US Pat. No. 10,138,363

RUBBER COMPOSITION FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC THERMAL COLLECTOR

NISSHINBO MECHATRONICS IN...

1. An olefinic rubber compound,wherein the olefinic rubber compound adheres to an anti-light receiving side of a photovoltaic module, and
the olefinic rubber compound has a thermal conductivity of 0.3 W/mK or higher, a rubber hardness of Japanese Industrial Standards A in the range of 80 to 90, a mechanical strength of 10 MPa or higher, an elongation in the range of 150% to 700%, and an amount of acetone extract of 5% or smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,138,355

FLAME-RETARDANT RESIN COMPOSITION AND MOLDED ARTICLE PRODUCED FROM SAME

TEIJIN LIMITED, Osaka (J...

1. A flame retardant resin composition comprising:1 to 100 parts by weight of (B) an organophosphorus compound (component B) per 100 parts by weight of (A) a resin component (component A) containing at least 60 wt % of an acrylic resin,
wherein the organophosphorus compound (component B) is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds of the following formulas (1-a), (1-b), (1-c), and (1-d):

US Pat. No. 10,138,336

FLAME-RETARDANT POLY LACTIC ACID-CONTAINING FILM OR SHEET, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THEREOF

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a film or sheet, comprising:forming the film from a resin composition by melt film formation,
the resin composition comprising:
a poly lactic acid (A);
an acidic functional group-modified olefinic polymer (B) including an acidic functional group and having an acid value of 10 to 70 mg KOH/g and a weight average molecular weight of 10,000 to 80,000;
a tetrafluoroethylene polymer (C); and
an aromatic cyclic phosphazene-containing flame retardant (D) including a compound of Formula (I?),
the aromatic cyclic phosphazene-containing flame retardant (D) being included in an amount of 10 to 70 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of the poly lactic acid (A),

wherein each of X1 and X2 is independently an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; each of m1 and m2 is independently an integer of 0 to 4, and n is an integer of 3 to 6;
the resin composition during the melt film formation having a temperature between a temperature 15° C. higher than a crystallization temperature (Tc) of the resin composition in a temperature drop process and a temperature 5° C. lower than a melting temperature (Tm) in a temperature rise process or
the melt film formed resin composition being cooled and solidified after a crystallization accelerating step of keeping the resin composition between a temperature 25° C. lower than a crystallization temperature (Tc) of the resin composition in a temperature drop process and a temperature 10° C. higher than the crystallization temperature (Tc).

US Pat. No. 10,138,322

DIAMINE DIONE POLYALKYL AMINE SYNTHESIS

International Business Ma...

1. A compound, or mixture comprising a compound, of the formula:
wherein each instance of R is independently selected from the group consisting of aryl, alkyl, and polyether;
wherein each instance of R? is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, cycloalkyl, polyether, and alcohol;
wherein each instance of Q is independently a covalent bond or selected from the group consisting of alkyl and aralkyl; and
wherein x is a positive integer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,311

VINYL-BASED POLYMER AND METHOD OF PREPARING THE SAME

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A vinyl chloride-based copolymer as a secondary particle in which primary particles are assembled,wherein the vinyl chloride-based copolymer has an average pore diameter of 100 nm or less and a porosity of 40 vol % or less,
comprises 65 wt % to 97 wt % of a vinyl chloride monomer-derived repeating unit based on 100 wt % of the vinyl chloride-based copolymer; and 3 wt % to 35 wt % of cis and trans isomers of an unsaturated fatty acid ester-derived repeating units based on 100 wt % of the vinyl chloride-based copolymer, and
comprises the repeating units respectively derived from the cis and trans isomers of the unsaturated fatty acid ester in a weight ratio of 60:40 to 99:1.

US Pat. No. 10,138,289

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ANTIBODY USING “NAKED” EXPRESSION VECTOR EXPRESSING TYPE II TRANSMEMBRANE FUSION PROTEIN

Delphi Genetics S.A., Sh...

1. An expression vector for generating an antibody directed to an antigen in a subject animal, the expression vector comprising a polynucleotide in operable linkage with a promoter, wherein the polynucleotide encodes a fusion protein comprising:(i) a CD134L polypeptide that is orthologous to human CD134L or a polypeptide having at least 95% amino acid identity to a CD134L polypeptide that is orthologous to human CD134L which anchors in a cell membrane as the N-terminal moiety of the fusion protein; and
(ii) an antigenic protein or an antigenic fragment thereof as the C-terminal moiety of the fusion protein,
wherein the fusion protein further comprises a linker peptide interposed between (i) and (ii).

US Pat. No. 10,138,275

CRYSTALLINE POWDER OF CYCLIC PEPTIDE COMPOUND, PREPARATION METHOD FOR SAME, AND USES THEREOF

SHANGHAI TECHWELL BIOPHAR...

1. A crystalline powder of a cyclic peptide compound of formula I, wherein a bulk density of the crystalline powder is less than 0.7 g/mL;
and the crystalline powder has X-ray powder diffraction peaks at the following 2? angles: 4.4±0.2°, 5.2±0.2°, 8.5±0.2°, and 9.6±0.2°.

US Pat. No. 10,138,269

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AMINO ACID CRYSTALS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PROTEIN CRYSTALS

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A method for producing a single crystalline amino acid comprising:a step of irradiating a saturated solution of an amino acid with a circularly polarized optical vortex, and depositing the crystalline amino acid in said saturated solution of amino acid.

US Pat. No. 10,138,258

CYCLIC SILOXANE COMPOUNDS AND COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING THE SAME

1. A composition comprising a plurality of cyclic siloxane compounds, at least a portion of the cyclic siloxane compounds comprising a first siloxane moiety and a second siloxane moiety, wherein:(a) the first siloxane moiety is selected from the group consisting of moieties conforming to the structure of Formula (I)
where R1 is selected from the group consisting of alkyl groups, substituted alkyl groups, cycloalkyl groups, substituted cycloalkyl groups, alkenyl groups, substituted alkenyl groups, cycloalkenyl groups, substituted cycloalkenyl groups, heterocyclyl groups, substituted heterocyclyl groups, aryl groups, substituted aryl groups, heteroaryl groups, and substituted heteroaryl groups, and R2 is a group comprising a cyclic ether moiety;(b) the second siloxane moiety is selected from the group consisting of moieties conforming to the structure of Formula (X)
where R10 is a methyl group; R11 is a 2-methylethane-1,2-diyl group; and R12 is a phenyl group; and(c) about 35% or more of the cyclic siloxane compounds present in the composition comprise at least one first siloxane moiety and at least one second siloxane moiety.

US Pat. No. 10,138,251

SPIRO[3H-INDOLE-3,2?-PYRROLIDIN]-2(1H)-ONE COMPOUNDS AND DERIVATIVES AS MDM2-P53 INHIBITORS

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

1. A compound of formula (I)whereinR1 is C1-6alkyl, optionally substituted by a group selected from the group consisting of C3-6cycloalkyl, phenyl and 5-6 membered heteroaryl, wherein this C3-6cycloalkyl, phenyl and 5-6 membered heteroaryl is optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different substituents selected from the group consisting of —OC1-6alkyl, halogen, C1-6alkyl and C1-6haloalkyl;
one of R2 and R3 is hydrogen and the other is selected from the group consisting of phenyl and 5-6 membered heteroaryl, wherein this phenyl and 5-6 membered heteroaryl is optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different halogen(s);
R4 is hydrogen or a group, optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different Rb3 and/or Rc3, selected from the group consisting of C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl; or
R4 is selected from the group consisting of —CN, —C(O)Rc3, —C(O)ORc3, —C(O)NRc3Rc3, —S(O)2Rc3 and —S(O)2NRc3Rc3;
each Rb3 is independently selected from the group consisting of —ORc3, —NRc3Rc3, halogen, —CN, —C(O)Rc3, —C(O)ORc3, —C(O)NRc3Rc3, —C(O)NRg3ORc3, —S(O)2Rc3, —S(O)2NRc3Rc3, —NHC(O)Rc3 and —N(C1-4alkyl)C(O)Rc3;
each Rc3 independently of one another denotes hydrogen or a group, optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different Rd3 and/or Re3, selected from the group consisting of C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl;
each Rd3 is independently selected from the group consisting of —ORe3, —NRe3, halogen, —CN, —C(O)Re3, —C(O)ORe3, —C(O)NRe3Re3, —C(O)NRg3ORe3, —S(O)2Re3, —S(O)2NRe3Re3, —NHC(O)Re3 and —N(C1-4alkyl)C(O)Re3;
each Re3 independently of one another denotes hydrogen or a group, optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different Rf3 and/or Rg3, selected from the group consisting of C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl;
each Rf3 is independently selected from the group consisting of —ORg3, —NRg3Rg3, halogen, —CN, —C(O)Rg3, —C(O)ORg3, —C(O)NRg3Rg3, —C(O)NRg3ORg3, —S(O)2Rg3, —S(O)2NRg3Rg3, —NHC(O)Rg3 and —N(C1-4alkyl)C(O)Rg3;
each Rg3 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl;
R5 and R6, each independently, is hydrogen or a group, optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different Rb4 and/or Rc4, selected from the group consisting of C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl;
each Rb4 is independently selected from the group consisting of —ORc4, —NRc4Rc4, halogen, —CN, —C(O)Rc4, —C(O)ORc4, —C(O)NRc4Rc4, —C(O)NRg4Rc4, —S(O)2Rc4, —S(O)2NRc4Rc4, —NHC(O)Rc4 and —N(C1-4alkyl)C(O)Rc4;
each Rc4 independently of one another denotes hydrogen or a group, optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different Rd4 and/or Re4, selected from the group consisting of C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl;
each Rd4 is independently selected from the group consisting of —ORe4, —NRe4Re4, halogen, —CN, —C(O)Re4, —C(O)ORe4, —C(O)NRe4Re4, —C(O)NRg4ORe4, —S(O)2Re4, —S(O)2NRe4Re4, —NHC(O)Re4 and —N(C1-4alkyl)C(O)Re4;
each Re4 independently of one another denotes hydrogen or a group, optionally substituted by one or more, identical or different Rf4 and/or Rg4, selected from the group consisting of C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl;
each Rf4 is independently selected from the group consisting of —ORg4, —NRg4Rg4, halogen, —CN, —C(O)Rg4, —C(O)ORg4, —C(O)NRg4Rg4, —C(O)NRg4ORg4, —S(O)2Rg4, —S(O)2NRg4Rg4, —NHC(O)Rg4 and —N(C1-4alkyl)C(O)Rg4;
each Rg4 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C2-6alkynyl, C1-6haloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C4-6cycloalkenyl, C6-10aryl, 5-10 membered heteroaryl and 3-10 membered heterocyclyl;
each R7 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, C1-4alkyl, —CN, C1-4haloalkyl, —OC1-4alkyl and —OC1-4haloalkyl;
q denotes the number 0, 1, 2 or 3;
W, X and Y is each independently selected from —N? and —CH?
with the proviso that the hydrogen in each —CH? may be replaced by a substituent R7 if present and that a maximum of two of W, X and Y can be —N?;
V is oxygen or sulfur;
n denotes the number 1, 2 or 3;
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,238

PESTICIDALLY ACTIVE POLYCYCLIC DERIVATIVES WITH SULFUR CONTAINING SUBSTITUENTS

SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS A...

11. A pesticidal composition, which comprises at least one compound of formula I according to claim 1 or a tautomer thereof, in each case in free form or in agrochemically utilizable salt form, as active ingredient and at least one auxiliary.

US Pat. No. 10,138,227

HETEROARYL SUBSTITUTED PYRIDINES AND METHODS OF USE

Galapagos NV, Mechelen (...

1. A compound of Formula I, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,whereinX1 and X2 are independently selected
H;
halo;
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo;
C1-4 alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected
—OH;
C1-4 alkoxy; or
—NR8AR8B;
—NR9AR8B;
cyclopropyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups;
phenoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups; or
phenyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups;
R1 is
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected
—OH;
C1-4 alkoxy; or
4-6 membered monocyclic heterocycle comprising 1 or 2 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N;
phenyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R4 groups;
N-linked 4-6 membered monocyclic heterocycle comprising 1, 2, or 3 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of N, O, and S, wherein the monocyclic heterocycle is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups;
N-linked 4-6 membered monocyclic heterocycle comprising 1, 2, or 3 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of N, O, and S, fused to a phenyl, wherein the monocyclic heterocycle and the phenyl are optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups;
C3-7 cycloalkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups; or
—NR6R7;
R2 is 5-6 membered monocyclic heteroaryl comprising 1, 2, or 3 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N, wherein the monocyclic heteroaryl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R3 groups;
each R3 is independently selected from the group consisting of:
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected
C3-7 cycloalkyl; wherein the C3-7 cycloalkyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
4-6 membered monocyclic heterocycle comprising 1 or 2 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N; wherein the monocyclic heterocycle is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
phenyl; wherein the phenyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
C1-4 alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected C3-7 cycloalkyl, halo, or —OCH3;
—OR11
—OH;
halo;
—CN;
—OC(O)R10;
—OS (O)2OH;
—NHC(?S)R11; or
—OP(O)(OH)(OH);
—C(O)NH2;
phenyl; wherein the phenyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
5-6 membered monocyclic heteroaryl comprising 1, 2, or 3 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N; wherein the monocyclic heteroaryl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
C3-7 cycloalkyl; wherein the C3-7 cycloalkyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups; and
4-6 membered monocyclic heterocycle comprising 1 or 2 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N; wherein the monocyclic heterocycle is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
each R4 is independently selected from the group consisting of:
halo;
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo; and
C1-4 alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo;
each R5 is independently selected from the group consisting of:
—OH;
halo;
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected C1-4 alkoxy, halo or —OH; and
C1-4 alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo;
R6 is H, C3-7 alkyl, or C3-7 cycloalkyl wherein the C3-7 cycloalkyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups;
R7 is
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo;
phenyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo;
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo; or
C1-4 alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo;
C1-4 alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo; or
4-6 membered monocyclic heterocycle comprising 1 or 2 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N; wherein the monocyclic heterocycle is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected R5 groups;
each R8a and R8b is independently selected from the group consisting of
H; and
C1-4 alkyl;
R9a and R9b are independently selected from the group consisting of
H;
C1-4 alkyl; and
C3-7 cycloalkyl; and
each R10 is independently selected from the group consisting of
C1-6 alkyl; and
phenyl; wherein phenyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
each R11 is independently selected from the group consisting of
4-6 membered monocyclic heterocycle comprising 1 or 2 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N; wherein the monocyclic heterocycle is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
5-6 membered monocyclic heteroaryl comprising 1, 2, or 3 heteroatoms independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and N; wherein the monocyclic heteroaryl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups;
C3-7 cycloalkyl; wherein the C3-7 cycloalkyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups; and
phenyl; wherein phenyl is optionally substituted with one or more independently selected RA groups; and
each RA is independently selected from the group consisting of
—CN,
halo;
C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo; and
C1-4 alkoxy optionally substituted with one or more independently selected halo.

US Pat. No. 10,138,222

SUBSTITUTED BENZAMIDES AS RIPK2 INHIBITORS

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

22. A compound selected from the group consisting of:
or the pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,218

PROCESS FOR PREPARING FURFURAL FROM BIOMASS

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method for producing furfural from biomass material containing pentosane comprising:(a) providing a biomass comprising a polysaccharide containing C5 carbohydrate monomeric units;
(b) contacting the biomass with a solution containing at least one ?-hydroxysulfonic acid thereby hydrolyzing the biomass to produce a product stream containing at least one C5-carbohydrate compound in monomeric and/or oligomeric form, and ?-hydroxysulfonic acid, the at least one ?-hydroxysulfonic acid having the general formula

wherein R1 and R2 are individually hydrogen or hydrocarbyl with up to about 9 carbon atoms;
(c) separating at least a portion of the ?-hydroxysulfonic acid from the product stream containing at least one C5-carbohydrate compound to provide an acid-removed product stream containing the at least one C5-carbohydrate compound and recovering the ?-hydroxysulfonic acid in its component form;
(d) separating a liquid stream containing said at least one C5-carbohydrate compound and a wet solid stream containing remaining biomass from the acid-removed product;
(e) dehydrating the C5-carbohydrate compound in at least a first portion of the liquid stream in the presence of a heterogenous solid acid catalyst capable of catalyzing the dehydration of C5 carbohydrates to furfural and/or its derivatives, in a biphasic reaction medium comprising an aqueous phase and a water-immiscible organic phase, at a temperature in the range of from about 100° C. to about 250° C.;
(f) separating an organic phase stream containing furfural and an aqueous stream from the dehydration product stream;
(g) recycling at least a portion of the aqueous stream or a second portion of the liquid stream to step (b);
(h) recovering furfural from the organic phase stream.

US Pat. No. 10,138,212

AMINOQUINAZOLINE COMPOUNDS AS A2A ANTAGONIST

1. A compound of structural formula I:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:R represents hydrogen or —C1-6alkyl;
R1 is selected from the group consisting of —C1-6alkyl, —OC1-6alkyl, halogen, —C1-4 haloalkyl, —OC1-4haloalkyl, CN, —SC1-6alkyl, —SO2C1-6alkyl, and —(CH2)nC4-10 heteroaryl;
R2 and R3 when present are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, deuterium, C3-10cycloalkyl, and C1-6 alkyl, said alkyl optionally substituted with 1 to 3 groups of Rb; or
R2 and R3 can combine to form a 3 to 6 membered cycloalkyl ring;
R4 when present represents —(CH2)nC6-10 aryl, or —(CH2)nC4-10 heterocycle, said aryl and heterocycle optionally substituted with 1 to 3 groups of Ra; or
R2, R3 and R4 can combine to form a C4-10 heterocyclic group, said heterocyclic group optionally substituted with 1 to 3 groups of Ra; or
R5 represents hydrogen or halogen;
Ra is selected from the group consisting of —CN, halogen, —C1-4haloalkyl, —OC1-4haloalkyl, —C1-6alkyl, —(CH2)nOR, —(CH2)nC6-10aryl, —(CH2)nC4-10heterocycle,
—(CH2)nO(CH2)n C3-6cycloalkyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C(C3-6cycloalkyl)OR, —(CH2)nO(CH2)nC6-10 aryl, —(CH2)nO(CH2)nC4-10 heterocycle, —(CH2)nSC6-10 aryl, —(CH2)nSC4-10 heterocycle, ?O, C(O)OR, said alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl and heterocycle, wherein one or more hydrogen atoms therein are optionally replaced by an equal number of deuterium atoms, and optionally substituted with 1 to 3 groups of Rb;
Rb is selected from the group consisting of —C1-6alkyl, —C1-6alkylOR, OR, O(CH2)1-2OR, —C1-4haloalkyl, halogen, CN, —C6-10 aryl, —C4-10 heterocycle, C(CH3)2O(CH2)1-2OR, said alkyl, aryl and heterocycle optionally substituted with 1 to 3 groups of Rc;
Rc is selected from the group consisting of: (i) —C1-6alkyl; (ii) halogen; (iii) —C1-6alkylOR; (iv) O(CH2)1-2OR; and (v) OR; and
n represents 0-4.

US Pat. No. 10,138,203

ANTIBACTERIAL AGENTS

Rutgers, The State Univer...

1. A compound of formula II:wherein:R1 is a (C1-C6)alkyl that is substituted with one or more NRaRb;
R2 is a (C1-C6)alkyl that is substituted with one or more NRaRb;
each X is independently (C4-C12)alkyl;
Ra is each independently H or (C1-C6)alkyl;
Rb is each independently H, (C1-C6)alkyl or —C(?NH)NH2; and
n is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8;
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,193

METHODS FOR PRODUCING FUELS, GASOLINE ADDITIVES, AND LUBRICANTS USING AMINE CATALYSTS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of producing an ?,?-unsaturated ketone,comprising:
contacting a methyl ketone of Formula (A) with an amine catalyst; and
producing an ?,?-unsaturated ketone from at least a portion of the methyl ketone by a condensation reaction, wherein:
the methyl ketone of Formula (A) is:

wherein:
R1 is H, alkyl, carbocyclyl, or heterocyclyl;
wherein the alkyl, carbocyclyl, or heterocyclyl is unsubstituted or substituted with one or more substituents independently selected from the group consisting of hydroxyl, nitro, and halo; and
x is an integer greater than or equal to 1, and
the amine catalyst comprises an amine moiety, a solid support, and a linker, wherein the linker attaches the amine moiety to the solid support, and wherein the solid support comprises silica, alumina, silica-alumina, TiO2, ZrO2, or Nb2O5, or any combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,176

PRODUCTION AND SEPARATION OF 3,3?-, 3,4?- AND 4,4?-DIMETHYL BIPHENYL ISOMERS

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A process for producing one or more 3,3?-, 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers, the process comprising:(a) contacting a feed comprising toluene with hydrogen in the presence of a hydroalkylation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a hydroalkylation reaction product comprising (methylcyclohexyl)toluenes;
(b) dehydrogenating at least part of the hydroalkylation reaction product in the presence of a dehydrogenation catalyst under conditions effective to produce a dehydrogenation reaction product comprising said dimethyl biphenyl isomers;
(c) separating the dehydrogenation reaction product into at least a first stream comprising one or more 3,3?-, 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers and at least one second stream comprising one or more 2,X?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers (where X=2, 3 or 4); and
d) separating the 3,3?-, 3,4?- and 4,4?-dimethyl biphenyl isomers in the first stream, wherein said separation comprises at least one selective adsorption using an adsorbent comprising at least one zeolite, wherein the zeolite structure type comprises BEA, FAU, MFI, MEL, MTW, MOR, LTL, EMT, FER, MAZ, MEI, TON, MWW, EUO, MFS, IMF, MRE, ITN, MTT, MSE or IWV, wherein said zeolite has a largest diffuse along dimension of at least about 4 Angstroms (A).

US Pat. No. 10,138,165

HIGH STRENGTH, OPERATIONALLY ROBUST LOST CIRCULATION PREVENTATIVE PSEUDO-CROSSLINKED MATERIAL

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A method of drilling into a subterranean formation comprising:introducing into a wellbore passing at least partially through the subterranean formation a cement-forming aqueous fluid comprising:
water;
at least one viscoelastic surfactant (VES);
at least one monovalent or multivalent salt;
at least one magnesium powder comprising 30-80 wt % MgO and greater than 20 wt % dolomite, which magnesium powder works as cement; and
at least one retarder;
increasing the viscosity of the cement-forming aqueous fluid by the at least one VES forming elongated VES micelles; where the at least one monovalent salt or multivalent salt is present in an amount effective to pseudo-crosslink the elongated VES micelles to further increase the viscosity of the aqueous fluid;
forming a cement by reacting at least one magnesium powder and the water, where forming the cement is retarded from that which would otherwise occur but for the presence of the retarder; and
thereby inhibiting fluid loss of the fluid into the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,160

COATED ARTICLE INCLUDING LOW-EMISSIVITY COATING INSULATING GLASS UNIT INCLUDING COATED ARTICLE, AND/OR METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A method of making an insulated glass (IG) unit including a coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the method comprising:having a coated article comprising:
a first dielectric layer on the substrate;
a first layer comprising Ag over at least the first dielectric layer;
a second dielectric layer over at least the first layer comprising Ag;
a second layer comprising Ag over at least the second dielectric layer;
a first layer comprising Ni and Ti over and contacting the second layer comprising Ag;
a third dielectric layer over at least the first layer comprising Ni and Ti;
a third layer comprising Ag over at least the third dielectric layer;
a second layer comprising Ni and Ti over and contacting the third layer comprising Ag;
a fourth dielectric layer over at least the second layer comprising Ni and Ti; and
wherein each of the first and second layers comprising Ni and Ti has a metal content of from about 10-30% Ni and from about 70-90% Ti;
and making the IG unit via steps comprising:
positioning a second substrate in substantially parallel spaced apart relation to said coated article so as to form a gap therebetween;
coupling said coated article and the second substrate,
wherein the coating of the coated article is provided on surface 2 or surface 3 of the IG unit; and
wherein the IG unit has a LSG of greater than or equal to 2.15.

US Pat. No. 10,138,158

COATED ARTICLE HAVING LOW-E COATING WITH IR REFLECTING LAYER(S) AND HIGH INDEX NITRIDED DIELECTRIC LAYERS

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first high index dielectric layer comprising a nitride of Zr and Al on the glass substrate, wherein the first high index dielectric layer comprising the nitride of Zr and Al contains more Zr than Al;
a first dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the first high index layer comprising the nitride of Zr and Al;
a first infrared (IR) reflecting layer on the glass substrate, located over and directly contacting the first dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide;
a first contact layer on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the first IR reflecting layer;
a second dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the first contact layer;
a second high index dielectric layer comprising a nitride of Zr and Al on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the second dielectric layer comprising zinc oxide, wherein the second high index dielectric layer comprising the nitride of Zr and Al contains more Zr than Al; and
another dielectric layer on the glass substrate located over at least the first and second high index dielectric layers and the first IR reflecting layer, and wherein at least one of the first and second high dielectric layers further comprises Si.

US Pat. No. 10,138,145

AIR/WATER ADVANCED OXIDATION PURIFICATION DEVICE AND SPIRAL PARTITION PLATE THEREOF

1. A planar partition plate for an advanced oxidation purification device, the planar partition plate comprising;a central hole and a plurality of first miniature blades arranged intermittently around a circumference of and along a radius of the planar partition plate, wherein the planar partition plate is fixed on an output shaft of a motor through the central hole;
each of the first miniature blades includes a first planar protrusion arranged along the respective radius and protruding away from one side of the planar partition plate and arranged in a plane substantially parallel to the planar partition plate;
wherein the planar partition plate further comprises a plurality of second miniature blades formed from a planar portion of the planar partition plate, arranged intermittently around a circumference of and along a respective radius of the planar partition plate, each of the second miniature blades includes a second planar protrusion formed from a planar portion of the planar partition plate and, arranged along the respective radius of the planar partition plate and in the plane substantially parallel to the partition plate, and protruding away from an opposite side of the planar partition plate from the first protrusion,
wherein the first miniature blades and the second miniature blades are arranged in a staggered, alternating configuration;
wherein surfaces of each of the first and second miniature blades have a plurality of layers of photocatalyst films each having aqueous layers attached thereto,
wherein each of the photocatalyst films is configured to produce an advanced oxidation reaction with air flowing past the each of the photocatalyst films when the each of the photocatalyst films is irradiated by light; and
wherein the first and second miniature blades divide air flowing through the planar partition plate into multiple continuous air layers with a thickness less than 0.4 mm when the motor drives the planar partition plate to rotate;
wherein each of the first and second miniature blades includes an outer chord connecting to an outer edge of the partition plate and an inner chord connecting to an inner edge of the partition plate, and a length of the outer chord is in a range from 1.27 mm to 25.4 mm, and a length of the inner chord is greater than 1.1 times of a thickness of each of the first and second miniature blades.

US Pat. No. 10,138,143

SYSTEM FOR REMOVING AMMONIA FROM A FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENT

University of South Flori...

1. A system for removing ammonia from a water environment, comprising:a water environment containing ammonia;
a functionalized tectosilicate compound, the functionalized tectosilicate compound produced by the steps of:
obtaining a tectosilicate compound wherein the tectosilicate compound is chabazite;
functionalizing the tectosilicate compound, comprising soaking the tectosilicate compound in a synthetic freshwater solution and removing ions from the tectosilicate compound that have a lower ion selectivity than ammonium ions wherein the synthetic freshwater solution consists of:
0.075 g/L of sodium;
0.00312 g/L of potassium;
0.024 g/L of magnesium;
0.193 g/L of chloride
0.043 g/L of calcium;
0.0048 g/L of bicarbonate;
0.096 g/L of sulfate; and
0.310 g/L of alkalinity;
washing the functionalized tectosilicate compound in deionized water and then drying the compound; and
a pH buffer, wherein the pH buffer is K2HPO4 or KH2PO4 in a solid state wherein an amount of the pH buffer used is such that the pH buffer maintains a pH of 7 in the water environment; and
a container holding the functionalized tectosilicate compound and the pH buffer, the container comprising a porous material to allow water to flow through the material;
wherein the pH of 7 of the water environment shifts an equilibrium between ammonia and ammonium in the water environment towards ammonium, and the ammonium is adsorbed by the functionalized tectosilicate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,139

WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Babcock Power Environment...

1. A wastewater treatment system comprising:a circulating fluidized bed evaporator defining a longitudinal axis vertical with respect to gravity, the evaporator including:
a wastewater inlet to provide wastewater to the circulating fluidized bed evaporator;
a heat inlet axially below the wastewater inlet to provide heat to the circulating fluidized bed evaporator for evaporating the wastewater; and
an outlet axially above the wastewater inlet and the heat inlet;
a gas path extending between a steam generating electrical power plant and an air pre-heater downstream from the steam generating electrical power plant;
an inlet flow path between the gas path and the heat inlet, wherein the inlet flow path branches from the gas path at a position downstream from the steam generating electrical power plant and upstream from the air-preheater; and
an outlet flow path defined between the outlet and a portion of the gas path of the steam generating electrical power plant, wherein the portion of the gas path is positioned upstream from a plant particulate collection device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,135

SYNTHESIS OF TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES USING ORIGANUM MAJORANA HERBAL EXTRACTS

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A method of synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles using Origanum majorana herbal extracts, comprising:providing Origanum majorana plant material;
grinding the Origanum majorana to produce ground Origanum majorana;
soaking the ground Origanum majorana in boiled distilled water to produce an Origanum majorana extract;
mixing Titanium (IV) isopropoxide with the Origanum majorana extract to produce a paste;
heating and pounding the paste to produce a powder; and
calcinating the powder to produce O. majorana titanium dioxide nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,138,134

METHOD FOR FABRICATION OF SUPERLATTICES AND APERIODIC LAYERED STRUCTURES USING SOLUTION DEPOSITION

UChicago Argonne, LLC, C...

1. A method for forming inorganic structures, comprising:(a) transferring nanocrystals to a polar protic solvent using a chalcogenide precursor to produce a negatively-charged nanocrystal surface comprising negatively-charged chalcogen atoms bonded to metal atoms of the nanocrystal located on the nanocrystal surface;
(b) removing excess anions of the chalcogenide precursor;
(c) introducing a divalent metal salt to bind divalent metal cations to the negatively-charged chalcogen atoms bonded to the nanocrystal surface such that a metal chalcogenide monolayer is deposited on the nanocrystal surface; and
(d) removing excess divalent metal cations of the divalent metal salt.

US Pat. No. 10,138,119

WAFER-LEVEL PACKAGE WITH ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first thinned die comprising a first device layer, which is formed from glass materials and comprises a plurality of first die contacts at a bottom surface of the first device layer;
a second intact die comprising a second device layer and an intact silicon substrate over the second device layer, wherein the second device layer comprises a plurality of second die contacts at a bottom surface of the second device layer;
a multilayer redistribution structure comprising a plurality of package contacts on a bottom surface of the multilayer redistribution structure and redistribution interconnects that connect the plurality of package contacts to certain ones of the plurality of first die contacts and certain ones of the plurality of second die contacts, wherein connections between the redistribution interconnects and the plurality of first die contacts, and between the redistribution interconnects and the plurality of second die contacts are solder-free;
a first mold compound residing over the multilayer redistribution structure wherein:
the first mold compound surrounds the first thinned die, and extends beyond a top surface of the first thinned die to define an opening within the first mold compound and over the first thinned die, wherein the top surface of the first thinned die is at a bottom of the opening; and
the first mold compound encapsulates the second intact die; and
a second mold compound filling the opening and in contact with the top surface of the first thinned die.

US Pat. No. 10,138,118

STRUCTURE TO REDUCE BACKSIDE SILICON DAMAGE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) device comprising:a first die including a first substrate and including a plasma-reflecting layer on an upper surface of the first die, wherein the plasma-reflecting layer is configured to reflect a plasma therefrom;
a second die including a second substrate and bonded to the first die so as to form a cavity bounded by the first die and the second die, wherein a lower surface of the cavity is lined by the plasma-reflecting layer; and
a dielectric protection layer on a lower surface of the second die and lining the upper surface of the cavity, wherein a material of the second substrate has a first etch rate for the plasma and a material of the dielectric protection layer has a second etch rate for the plasma, the second etch rate being less than the first etch rate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,114

POWDER DISPENSING APPARATUS

Product Spring, LLC, New...

1. A powder dispensing apparatus comprising:(a) a base adapted for receiving a container;
(b) a dispenser including a slidable carriage translatable parallel to and below a hopper and disposed over a support element with an opening, said slidable carriage including at least one compartment, each said at least one compartment capable of dispensing a powder from said hopper through said opening into said container resting on said base, a wand rotatably operable within said hopper by a shaft, said shaft facilitates rotation of said wand via translational motion by said slidable carriage;
(c) a tower disposed between and attached to said base and said dispenser;
(d) a funnel disposed below said support element opposite of said slidable carriage, said funnel aligned with said container;
(e) a reservoir attached to said powder dispensing apparatus and adapted to store a liquid; and
(f) a pump communicating with said reservoir and said funnel, said pump configured to move said liquid from said reservoir into said funnel as said slidable carriage dispenses said powder into said funnel for mixing therein.

US Pat. No. 10,138,111

APPARATUS FOR REVERTING LIQUID FLOW BACK TO THE DEFAULT POSITION AFTER A SPECIFIC TIME

1. A mechanical system for calibration during a chemical feed process comprising:a ball valve having three openings, the three openings comprising:
a tote bin valve port, connected to a tote bin;
a pump valve port connected to a pump; and
a drawdown cylinder valve port connected to a drawdown cylinder;
a spring in communication with the ball valve, the spring biasing the ball valve to a start position;
a lever in communication with the ball valve, the tote bin valve port aligning with the tote bin, the pump valve port aligning with the pump, and the drawdown cylinder valve port aligning with the drawdown cylinder, allowing the drawdown cylinder to fill with a liquid to be calibrated, when the lever is rotated in a first direction to a first position from the start position against the bias of the spring, the lever rotating in a second direction to a second position from the first position due to the bias of the spring; and
a timer in communication with the lever, the timer automatically setting to a predetermined time when the lever rotates in the second direction to the second position, the lever and the ball valve rotating back to the start position when the predetermined time is complete due to the bias of the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,138,097

HOIST ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF LIFTING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A hoist assembly, comprising:a support structure configured to be releasably coupled to overhead structural beams;
a motor releasably coupled to and positioned above the support structure;
a hoist arm releasably coupled to the support structure, the hoist arm being rotatable and extendable with respect to the support structure; and
a cable supported by the hoist arm, the cable having a free end positioned proximate a distal end of the hoist arm and configured to couple to a load and a terminal end of the cable coupled to the motor such that the cable extends and retracts with respect to the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,095

MOBILE CRANE

1. A mobile crane comprising:a lattice boom comprising a plurality of lattice elements;
a detection device comprising a plurality of inductively operating transponders arranged at the lattice elements and a plurality of receiver units arranged at the lattice elements, each transponder of the plurality of inductively operating transponders configured to transmit information to a corresponding receiver unit of the plurality of receiver units, the corresponding receiver unit arranged at an adjacent lattice element and configured to sense the transponder;
a control device configured to control the crane in dependence on signals of the plurality of receiver units; and
a databus configured to transmit the information from the plurality of receiver units to the control device;
wherein each transponder of the plurality of inductively operating transponders is an RFID transponder configured to transmit back the information stored thereon as a modulated RF signal, and wherein each receiver unit of the plurality of receiver units is an RFID reader comprising a digital electronic system that controls the RFID transponder to transmit back the information.

US Pat. No. 10,138,094

CRANE AND METHOD FOR CRANE CONTROL

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing Gmb...

1. A system for a crane, comprising:at least one measuring device at the crane supplying one or more measured values; and
a crane controller having memory with instructions for control of the crane, the instructions comprising instructions for receiving the one or more measured values, calculating a position of at least one load lifting device based on the received one or more measured values and further based on a model of the crane stored in the memory of the crane controller in which an elasticity of a supporting device of an undercarriage of the crane is modeled via vertically oriented spring elements arranged at ends of the supporting device, and adjusting operation of the crane based on the calculated position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,086

PAPER SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS

FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED,...

1. A paper sheet handling apparatus, comprising:a feeding unit that feeds paper sheets by rotating;
a placement unit, on which the paper sheets are layered over one another and accumulated in a thickness direction, and which presses the paper sheets against the feeding unit by moving in a layering direction of the paper sheets; and
a detection unit that detects pressure applied on the feeding unit due to movement of the placement unit; and
a measuring unit that measures amount of movement of the placement unit, wherein
for each feeding process, in which the feeding unit feeds the paper sheets until the pressure detected by the detection unit becomes less than a predetermined set value, the placement unit presses the paper sheets against the feeding unit until the pressure detected by the detection unit reaches another set value, and
the feeding unit
operates at a feeding speed of a first speed if a calculated feeding value is less than a predetermined threshold for the calculated feeding value, and
operates at the feeding speed of a second speed that is slower than the first speed if the calculated feeding value is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold for the calculated feeding value,
the calculated feeding value being calculated based on:
the amount of movement of the placement unit measured by the measuring unit after the feeding process; and
the number of fed sheets that is the number of paper sheets fed by the feeding process.

US Pat. No. 10,138,080

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING SHEET MATERIAL

1. An apparatus for the continuous singling of loose sheet goods, having a singler for singling stacks of loose sheet goods and a feeding device having two feeding elements, which moves stacks of loose sheet goods to be singled into a position where sheet goods are grasped by the singler and transferred to a transport system, and an area for receiving sheet goods to be singled, having a first subarea and a second subarea,wherein the first and second subareas border on each other and the second subarea forms an input area for inputting sheet goods to be singled,
wherein the first feeding element is arranged in the area and moves within the total area, between the first and a third position, which forms an end position, but at least within the first subarea, between a second and the third position,
wherein the second position separates the first subarea from the second,
wherein a monitoring device for the first subarea, for ascertaining bank notes located in the first subarea underneath the first feeding element.

US Pat. No. 10,138,078

DE-STACKING DEVICE FOR DE-STACKING LAYERS OF TRANSPORT PALLETS WITH OR WITHOUT INTERMEDIARY LAYERS

1. A de-stacking device for layer de-stacking of stacking layers from standard transport pallets which include a multi-layer stack of stacking layers arranged on top of each other,wherein at least one spacer that is stiff against bending is arranged under at least one of the stacking layers,
wherein the stacking layers are formed by a plurality of stable standing transport goods that are stackable and arranged adjacent to each other,
the de-stacking device comprising:
a placement and separation table for a respective stacking layer that is removed from the stack of the transport pallet and includes the at least one spacer,
wherein the placement and separation table includes a fixation device for the at least one spacer,
a displacement device for displacing the transport goods arranged on the at least one spacer from the placement and separation table to a transport band extracting the transport goods,
an extraction device for extracting the at least one spacer from the placement and separation table, and
a band conveying device for conveying transport goods that are not supported by the at least one spacer from the placement and separation table to the extraction conveyor,
wherein the extraction device is formed by a pivotably supported table top of the placement and separation table,
wherein the pivotably supported table top supports the stacking layer that is transferred from the stack with the at least one spacer in a horizontal operating position,
wherein the pivotably supported table top is pivotable from the horizontal operating position into a vertical non-operating position to eject the at least one spacer in an empty condition,
wherein the fixation device and the band conveying device are integrated into the pivotably supported table top,
wherein the conveyor belt of the band conveying device protrudes beyond the table top and suction cavities of the vacuum fixation device are recessed between the conveyor belts or at an edge of the table top.

US Pat. No. 10,138,066

SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND RELATED PROCESSING SYSTEM

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A substrate transporting device, comprising:a drive shaft;
a drive motor, configured to drive the drive shaft;
a plurality of transporting belts, driven by the drive shaft and configured to transport glass substrates at an operating speed when the drive shaft is driven by the drive motor;
a rail, arranged between the plurality of transporting belts;
a pushing block, arranged on the rail and moving along a transporting direction of the glass substrates at a moving speed in accordance with the operating speed of the transporting belts, for pushing the glass substrate to shift horizontally along the transporting direction of the glass substrate to prevent the glass substrate from being crooked; and
wherein the pushing block comprises a cylinder, a first bump, and a second bump; the first bump is connected to a piston rod of the cylinder; the piston rod drives the first bump to move along a direction perpendicular to a plane of the glass substrate; the second bump is arranged on the first bump; the first bump extends along a direction parallel to the plane of the glass substrate; the second bump extends along the direction perpendicular to the plane of the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,065

MAGNETIC CONVEYOR BELT MODULE

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A conveyor belt, comprising:a magnetic conveyor belt module comprising
a module body extending in thickness from a first upper surface to a bottom surface, laterally from a first edge to a second edge, and longitudinally from a first end to a second end;
a magnetic insert coupled to the module body, the magnetic insert having a second upper surface that is above the first upper surface of the module body; and
a non-magnetic conveyor belt module connected to the magnetic conveyor belt module, the non-magnetic conveyor belt module having a third upper surface that is non-magnetic and higher than the first upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,061

AUTO-SORTING STORAGE/RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

TCTM (HONG KONG) LIMITED,...

1. An auto-sorting storage/retrieval system, comprising:a housing;
identification mechanism mounted on a surface of said housing for recognizing and sorting drill bits;
a first pick and place device mounted in said housing and disposed at one side relative to said identification mechanism;
a second pick and place device mounted in said housing and disposed at an opposite side relative to said identification mechanism; and
a feed and storage equipment mounted in said housing, said feed and storage equipment comprising a feed unit disposed near one side of said first pick and place device and a storage unit disposed near one side of said second pick and place device opposite to said feed unit, said feed unit comprising a feed three-dimensional rack and a feed lifter for moving said feed three-dimensional rack vertically up and down, said feed three-dimensional rack having mounted therein a plurality of feed trays that are arranged in Z-axis direction for carrying drill bits for identification by said identification mechanism, said storage unit comprising a storage three-dimensional rack and a storage lifter for moving said storage three-dimensional rack vertically up and down, said storage three-dimensional rack having mounted therein a plurality of storage trays that are arranged in Z-axis direction for holding drill bits that are size-identified by said identification mechanism; said feed unit further comprising a feed shell body and two feed sliding rails bilaterally mounted in said feed shell body in Z-axis direction, said feed three-dimensional rack being coupled between said two feed sliding rails, said feed lifter comprising a feed actuator, a feed transmission device and a feed guide rod, said feed transmission device having one end thereof connected to said feed actuator and an opposite end thereof connected to one end of said feed guide rod, said feed guide rod having an opposite end thereof disposed remote from said feed transmission device and connected to said feed three-dimensional rack so that when said feed actuator is activated, said feed transmission device drives said feed guide rod to rotate, causing movement of said feed three-dimensional rack in said feed shell body along said feed sliding rails, said storage unit further comprising a storage shell body and two storage sliding rails bilaterally mounted in said storage shell body in Z-axis direction, said storage three-dimensional rack being coupled between said two storage sliding rails, said storage lifter comprising a storage actuator, a storage transmission device and a storage guide rod, said storage transmission device having one end thereof connected to said storage actuator and an opposite end thereof connected to one end of said storage guide rod, said storage guide rod having an opposite end thereof disposed remote from said storage transmission device and connected to said storage three-dimensional rack so that when said storage actuator is activated, said storage transmission device drives said storage guide rod to rotate, causing movement of said storage three-dimensional rack in said storage shell body along said storage sliding rails;
wherein said feed three-dimensional rack is vertically movable up and down for allowing said first pick and place device to pick up and place said feed trays for storing drill bits for identification by said identification mechanism; said storage three-dimensional rack is vertically movable up and down for allowing said second pick and place device to pick up size-identified drill bits for sorting and place sorted drill bits in said storage trays.

US Pat. No. 10,138,060

MODULAR, MULTI-FUNCTION ROBOTIC POSITIONING SYSTEM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

21. A method comprising:receiving, at a robotic positioning system (RPS), location information from a management module of an inventory control system, the location information related to an inventory item;
activating a horizontal actuator to cause the RPS to traverse along a horizontal direction to a first location proximate to a shelving unit;
activating a vertical actuator of a control head of the RPS to cause the control head of the RPS to traverse along a vertical track in a vertical direction to a second location proximate to the shelving unit, wherein the second location coincides with the location information;
activating an extender coupled to the control head of the RPS to move the inventory item from a third location to a fourth location, wherein the third location is closer to a back of the shelving unit than the fourth location; and
determining an approximate weight of the inventory item based at least in part on a current draw of an actuator associated with the extender when moving the inventory item from the third location to the fourth location.

US Pat. No. 10,138,031

PIVOTING COVER FOR A CONTAINER

IPL INC., St-Damien (CA)...

1. A cover for a container, the cover comprising:a central web comprising a first web part having a base surface and a second web part having a base surface; and
a hinge pivotally connecting said first and second web parts;
wherein, on a first side of said hinge, a first one of said web parts comprises at least one rib extending along at least a part of a width of said first web part on an edge of said first web part facing the hinge, and, on a second side of said hinge, a second one of said web parts comprises at least one recess extending along at least a part of a width of said second web part on an edge of said second web part facing the hinge, said second web part further comprising a back wall separating said recess from a remaining portion of said second web part; said rib, said back wall and said recess being generally transverse to said base surface of their respective web parts; and
wherein, in a closed position of the cover, the first and second web parts lay on a respective side of the hinge, with the rib and the back wall projecting up from said base surface of their respective web parts;
said first web part being pivotable from the closed position to an open position by lifting up the first web part and tilting the first web part, about said hinge, towards the second web part until a top edge of the rib contacts the back wall and is thus made to slide down the recess by engagement with the back wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,024

FLEXIBLE LAMINATE STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRATED ONE-WAY VALVE

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A flexible laminate structure for a package including an integrated one-way valve feature, said flexible laminate structure comprising:an outer film layer;
an inner film layer laminated to the outer film layer via a permanent adhesive that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers, wherein the outer film layer includes a first cut line and the inner film layer includes a second cut line offset from the first cut line; and
a valve area defined in the laminate, the valve area including the first and second cut lines and being devoid of the permanent adhesive, wherein the valve area comprises a viscous medium that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers and is disposed between the outer and inner film layers so as to occupy at least a portion of the valve area,
wherein a coating is applied to an inner surface of the outer film layer, such that the coating is disposed between the outer and inner film layers and wherein the coating is configured to decrease an amount of surface energy between the outer and inner film layers.

US Pat. No. 10,138,023

WIRELESS ENABLED BAGS AND CONTAINERS

EMD Millipore Corporation...

1. A process for incorporating a wireless device permanently into a disposable plastic container comprising:selecting a read/write wireless device capable of having data written to the read/write wireless device including a memory, an antenna and a communications component;
providing a plastic component to be mated and permanently sealed to said container, the plastic component performing a function for the container, facilitating entry and/or exit of components or providing means for hanging or aligning the container in a desired arrangement;
disposing said wireless device between said plastic component and said container; and
attaching and permanently sealing said plastic component to said container such that said plastic component covers said wireless device, such that said plastic component is permanently sealed to said container, and said wireless device is sealed between said plastic component and said container and is isolated from both interior and exterior environments of said container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,015

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LABELING MACHINE, LABELING UNIT AND CONTAINER HANDLING SYSTEM

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a labeling machine for applying labels onto containers in a container flow, said labeling machine comprising a label-strip feed, a retainer, a labeling unit, an active strip-store, a dancer roller, a first controllable drive, a second controllable drive, and a third controllable drive, wherein said labeling unit transfers a label to a container located at a labeling position of said labeling machine, wherein said active strip-store is disposed between said labeling unit and said label-strip feed, wherein said first, second, and third controllable drives are controllable independently of each other, wherein said retainer retains a label-strip roll, wherein said first drive controls operation of said label-strip feed, wherein said second drive controls operation of said labeling unit, and wherein said third drive controls operation of said dancer roller, wherein said labeling machine is a constituent of a block-form container handling system, wherein said active strip-store is configured to transition between a first operating mode and a second operating mode, wherein, in said block-form container handling system, containers are transported via a transport stretch into an container inlet of said labeling system in a container flow that defines a particular spacing interval between containers in said flow, wherein said first operating mode is a labeling mode during which containers present at said labeling position are labeled, wherein said second operating mode is a non-labeling mode in which no container is present at said labeling position, and wherein said active strip-store is configured to transition between said first and second operating modes in response to a control signal that is generated in response to detecting a forthcoming gap in said container flow.

US Pat. No. 10,138,013

OPENING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPENING GUSSETED TUBE FED FROM TUBE SUPPLY IN FOLDED STATE

1. A method for opening a folded gusseted tube fed from a tube supply in a longitudinal direction in a flatly folded state, the folded gusseted tube contains opposing sides with outer faces normal to the longitudinal direction, the method is carried out by an opening apparatus comprising two pairs of suction cheeks, each of the two pairs arranged on one of two opposing sides of the folded gusseted tube;the suction cheeks of each of the two pairs are arranged on the outer faces of the gusseted tube opposite in a transverse direction (9) of the folded gusseted tube orthogonal with respect to the longitudinal direction;
the method comprising the steps of:
smoothing the outer faces of the folded gusseted tube by moving at least one of the suction cheeks of at least one of the pairs along the outer face of the folded gusseted tube away from another pair in a direction parallel to the outer faces;
thereafter attracting a region of the folded gusseted tube adjoining one of the suction cheeks by suction; and
subsequently opening the folded gusseted tube at least partially by displacing the at least one of the suction cheeks of at least one of the pairs away from one another in the transverse direction of the folded gusseted tube.

US Pat. No. 10,138,012

APPARATUS FOR FIXING AND RELEASING THE END OF A ROLL OF WRAPPING FILM

Signode Industrial Group ...

1. A fixing device to which an end of a wrapping film web in a wrapping machine may be removably attached, the fixing device comprising:a body defining a groove therethrough, wherein the groove is sized to receive the end of the wrapping film web;
a releaser supported by the body, wherein the releaser is movable relative to the body between a first position and a second position, wherein the releaser covers substantially all of the groove when the releaser is in the second position; and
an actuator supported by the body and configured to move the releaser from the first position to the second position to discharge the end of the wrapping film web from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,138,011

FILLING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FILLING A CONTAINER WITH PRODUCTS FLOATING AND/OR SUSPENDED IN AN AQUEOUS LIQUID

1. A filling device for filling a container with products floating and/or suspended in an aqueous liquid, the filling device comprising:a frame provided with a supply tank fillable with the aqueous liquid, and a vacuum chamber for realizing an underpressure in at least a part of the supply tank;
a lift connected to the frame for the purpose of placing the container into or removing the container from the supply tank;
a feeder configured to feed to the supply tank the aqueous liquid in which the floating and/or suspended products are entrainable, wherein the feeder comprise a flow tube or flow channel with which the floating and/or suspended products are carriable into the vacuum chamber;
wherein the vacuum chamber is provided with throughflow openings; and
wherein at least some of the throughflow openings are provided on a side of the vacuum chamber oriented laterally during use and lying opposite a side in which a feed opening is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,138,010

TENSIONER/CUTTER TOOL FOR HOSE CLAMPS AND/OR BANDS AND ATTACHMENTS FOR TENSIONER/CUTTER

SIGNODE INDUSTRIAL GROUP ...

1. A tool for tensioning, cutting and/or punching a band type clamp, the tool comprising:a tool body;
a nose piece connected to the tool body and configured to receive a tail of a band for tensioning the band around an object;
an operating lever includes a handle and a pivot end pivotably secured to the nose piece, the operating lever also having a camming portion at the pivot end; and
an attachment connected to the nose piece and comprising:
a main body having a band guide slot extending in a direction in which the band is receivable in the nose piece and a blade guide intersecting the band guide slot;
a blade having a contact surface and a cutting edge and movably positioned in the blade guide; and
a blade biasing element positioned in the blade guide between a portion of the blade and the main body to bias the blade in a predetermined direction,
wherein the operating lever is rotatable in a first direction to cause the camming portion to contact the contact surface of the blade and move the blade within the blade guide toward the band guide slot.

US Pat. No. 10,138,006

HIGH SPEED POUCHER

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. A poucher for producing pouches filled with a granular flowable material, said pouches having an approximately predetermined pouch length, comprising:a source of web;
a garniture operative to form the web into a hollow tube, with overlapping edge portions of the web establishing a longitudinal seam;
a cutter operative to initially cut the hollow tube into multi-pouch-length multiple open-ended tubes having opposite ends;
a transfer section operative to transfer an output of said cutter onto a receiving portion of a series of transfer drums;
said series of transfer drums operative to establish and move a procession of said multiple open-ended tubes along a path, said tubes of said procession being in a mutually spaced, side-by-side relation along said path and further cut said multi-pouch-length open-ended tubes into said approximately predetermined pouch lengths and arrange them into a procession of individual open-ended pouch-length tubes;
a first closure mechanism at a first location along said path operative to crimp-close one end of each of the individual open-ended pouch-length tubes to establish a procession of open-ended pouch structures;
a filling section at a second location along said path for flowing an approximately predetermined amount of the granular flowable material into each of said open-ended pouch structures to establish a procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures;
a second closure mechanism at a third location along said path operative to crimp-close the other end of each of said open-ended, filled pouch structures to establish a procession of completed pouches; and
a sensor operative to generate a signal indicative of the level of said granular material in at least some of said procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures as said procession of open-ended, filled pouch structures progresses toward said second closure mechanism and a controller operative to adjust a delivery rate of said filling section responsively to said signal, such that a trend in operation of said filling section away from delivering said approximately predetermined amount into each of said open-ended pouch structures is counteracted such that consistent operation of said filling section is maintainable on-line;
wherein said transfer section and said series of transfer drums maintain an approximately consistent location of said longitudinal seam between opposite sides of the completed pouches,
wherein said garniture cooperates with a brush, said brush operative to provide support to an inside portion of the web adjacent said garniture.

US Pat. No. 10,138,004

FLYWHEEL DEVICE FOR POSITION STABILIZATION OF A SPACECRAFT

Rockwell Collins Deutschl...

1. A flywheel device for position stabilization of a spacecraft, the flywheel device comprising:a carrier;
a rotor;
a magnetic drive configured to drive the rotor rotatingly relative to the carrier; and
a roller bearing arranged between the rotor and the carrier,
wherein the magnetic drive is configured to generate a magnetic force between the rotor and the carrier for pre-stressing the roller bearing,
wherein an outer diameter of the rotor is at most 2.5 times a diameter of the roller bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,998

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR REFUELING AIRCRAFT FROM A WATERCRAFT

1. A watercraft to aircraft refueling system, comprising:a first fuel tank configured to hold a first aircraft fuel;
a second fuel tank configured to hold a second aircraft fuel;
a fuel hose reel with a spool;
a fuel hose configured to connect to either the first fuel tank or second fuel tank to allow fuel to flow from the fuel tank through the fuel hose, wherein the connection is controlled by a valve;
a drogue attached to the fuel hose; and
an aerodynamic lift elevation mechanism operable to lift the fuel hose and drogue into the air by expelling water through a first nozzle and a second nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,994

HYBRID ACOUSTIC AND INDUCTION-HEATING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPEDING FORMATION OF ICE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An airfoil, comprising:a skin, comprising an external surface and an internal surface, opposite the external surface, wherein the skin is magnetically and electrically conductive, and wherein the skin has a controlled region;
an interior space, formed by the skin, wherein the internal surface of the skin faces the interior space;
a leading edge along the external surface of the skin; and
a hybrid acoustic induction-heating system, configured to impede formation of ice on the external surface of the skin and comprising:
induction coils, located within the interior space, wherein each one of the induction coils, in which a phase of an alternating electrical current is flowing, has a portion, arranged sufficiently close to the internal surface of the skin to produce an eddy current within the controlled region of the skin, and wherein the portion of one of the induction coils is adjacent to the portion of at least another one of the induction coils; and
a control system, configured to generate inductive heat and traveling-wave acoustic pressure in the controlled region of the skin by supplying the phases of the alternating electrical current to the induction cons based, at least in part, on an ambient temperature of a layer of fluid flowing over the external surface of the skin, and wherein supplying the phases of the alternating electrical current comprises supplying different ones of the phases of the alternating electrical current to those of the induction coils having the portions that are adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,992

REMOTE CONTROLLED AIR NOZZLES AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft comprising:a plurality of seats;
an input device coupled to each of said plurality of seats; and
a remotely-controlled nozzle positioned proximate each seat of said plurality of seats, said nozzle comprising an actuator assembly comprising:
a first ring;
a second ring spaced a distance from said first ring;
a plurality of legs coupled between said first ring and said second ring;
at least one actuator; and
an actuator shaft extending through said first ring and said second ring, wherein said at least one actuator is configured to translate said actuator shaft linearly through said first ring and said second ring between an open position, to allow airflow through said nozzle, and a closed position, to restrict airflow through said nozzle, in response to a signal received from a respective input device of said input devices, wherein said signal represents a position of said actuator shaft wherein said at least one actuator includes an external compression actuator and an internal tension actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,137,983

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) HAVING VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING (VTOL) CAPABILITY

SkyX Limited, Markham, O...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising:a fuselage;
left and right wings connected to the fuselage to generate lift in forward flight;
a left thrust-generating device supported by the left wing;
a right thrust-generating device supported by the right wing;
a vertical stabilizer;
a top thrust-generating device mounted to a top portion of the vertical stabilizer;
a bottom thrust-generating device mounted to a bottom portion of the vertical stabilizer;
an onboard power source comprising a battery for powering the left, right, top and bottom thrust-generating devices;
an inductive charging coil for inductively recharging the battery from an inductive charging pad of a battery-recharging station, wherein the inductive charging coil is displaceable relative to the fuselage toward the inductive charging pad for increasing a charging efficiency;
a hatch disposed on one of the wings or on the fuselage and wherein the hatch is opened to enable the coil to be displaced toward the inductive charging pad while the vehicle is stationary;
wherein a symmetrical pair of the left, right, top and bottom thrust-generating devices provide forward thrust during forward flight and wherein the left, right, top and bottom thrust-generating devices provide vertical thrust to enable the unmanned aerial vehicle to take-off and land vertically when the fuselage is substantially vertical and further enabling the unmanned aerial vehicle to transition between forward flight and vertical take-off and landing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,977

ARRANGEMENT FOR EFFECTING MOVEMENT OF A WING TIP DEVICE BETWEEN A FLIGHT CONFIGURATION AND A GROUND CONFIGURATION

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft comprising a wing having a span, a wing tip device at the tip of the wing and an actuator, wherein the actuator is arranged to effect movement of the wing tip device between:(i) a flight configuration for use during flight and
(ii) a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is moved away from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft wing is reduced,
characterised in that the aircraft comprises:
a carriage guide, fixed relative to the wing, and
a carriage arranged to move along the carriage guide as the wing tip device moves between the flight and ground configurations,
wherein the carriage carries the wing tip device on a pivot, such that the wing tip device is rotatable relative to the carriage, about the pivot, as the carriage moves along the carriage guide
the movement of the wing tip device, between the flight and the ground configurations, comprising both a rotational component of movement of the wing tip device about the pivot, and a translational component of movement, of the pivot, along the carriage guide.

US Pat. No. 10,137,971

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING ATTITUDE OF A MARINE VESSEL WITH TRIM DEVICES

Brunswick Corporation, M...

11. A method for automatically controlling a trim angle of a trimmable marine propulsion device with respect to a marine vessel, the method comprising:receiving a signal indicating a type of the propulsion device and thereafter retrieving a set of trim base profiles, as appropriate for the type of propulsion device, each base profile in the set of base profiles defining a unique relationship between a plurality of vessel speeds and respective trim angles of the propulsion device with respect to the marine vessel;
accepting a user selection of a base profile from the retrieved set of base profiles;
measuring a speed of the marine vessel;
with a controller, determining a setpoint trim angle that corresponds to the measured vessel speed according to the selected base profile; and
sending a control signal to position the propulsion device at the setpoint trim angle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,970

REGULATOR HAVING REMOVABLE FIRST STAGE ORIFICE BODY

Johnson Outdoors Inc., R...

1. A method of servicing a first stage pressure regulator; the method comprising:removing a removable high pressure orifice body from an inlet of a valve body;
modifying the removable high pressure orifice body;
reinserting the repaired orifice body into and on the inlet of the valve body; and
wherein the step of modifying the removable high pressure orifice body may include machining a new diameter of a flow restriction orifice of the removable high pressure orifice body that is of greater diameter than an original diameter of the flow restriction orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,137,968

STONE DUMPING VESSEL HAVING SYMMETRICAL STONE COMPARTMENTS

1. A stone dumping vessel having symmetrical stone compartments, comprising:a hull, having a control cabin, two sides of the control cabin being symmetrically provided with the stone compartments respectively, the stone compartments each have a compartment room to accommodate stones of various sizes and types, a bottom of the compartment room having a funnel shape for automatically unloading the stones, a midship portion of the hull being provided with conveyor systems respectively corresponding to the stone compartments for automatically conveying the stones of the stone compartments to the control cabin, the stone compartments being operated independently, the hull being provided with a pair of dynamic positioning (DP) system cabins symmetrically disposed at the two sides of the control cabin for positioning the hull;
a stone conveying unit, disposed in the control cabin and connected with the conveyor systems;
an oblique fallpipe unit, including a cannula compensating device, the cannula compensating device being disposed on a side of the hull, the oblique fallpipe unit further including a fallpipe, the fallpipe being mounted to the cannula compensating device, the cannula compensating device being able to position the fallpipe and connect the fallpipe with the stone conveying unit;
thereby, the conveyor systems cooperating with the stone conveying unit to automatically convey the stones to the fallpipe, the stone compartments being symmetrically disposed at the two sides of the control cabin and independently operated, and the dynamic positioning (DP) system cabins and the cannula compensating device being adapted to position the hull and the fallpipe respectively so that the stone dumping vessel can achieve high accuracy of stone dumping; and
the stone conveying unit including a first rail and a second rail, one end of each of the first rail and the second rail being connected to a corresponding one of the conveyor systems, another end of the first rail being connected to the second rail, and another end of the second rail being telescopic and selectively connectable to the fallpipe.

US Pat. No. 10,137,967

WINDLASS ASSEMBLY

LEWMAR LIMITED, Hampshir...

1. A windlass assembly for a marine craft anchoring system comprising an anchor and anchor rode, the assembly comprising, before attachment to the craft, a windlass portion and a bow roller portion connected to each other via a connection portion, the windlass portion comprising a gypsy adapted to haul the anchor rode for one turn or less around the gypsy, the connection portion being capable of providing a mechanical link between the windlass portion and the bow roller portion, capable of securing alignment between the windlass portion and the bow roller portion and capable of fixing the spacing between the gypsy and the bow roller portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,961

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a planetary gear mechanism comprising an input body, an output body and a plurality of transmission paths having different transmission ratios between the input body and the output body;
a switching mechanism configured to switch between the plurality of transmission paths;
a motor configured to transmit rotational force to the input body; and
a housing configured to rotatably support a crankshaft and on which are provided the planetary gear mechanism, the switching mechanism and the motor,
wherein a manual drive force that is input to the crankshaft is joined with a rotational force that is output from the output body of the planetary gear mechanism in a transmission path of a driving force from the output body of the planetary gear mechanism to a wheel, and the manual drive force input to the crankshaft does not pass through the planetary gear mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,137,959

ELECTRIC BICYCLE DRIVE ASSEMBLY WITH TORQUE DETECTION

1. An electric bicycle drive assembly with torque detection, which is applicable for combination with a vehicle frame of a bicycle, wherein the bicycle comprises a toothed wheel, the electric bicycle drive assembly comprising:a torque detection mechanism, which comprises a sensing section and a torque detection element, the torque detection element being electrically connected to the sensing section to allow the torque detection element to detect torque variation of the sensing section and generate a signal;
a clutch mechanism, which is combined with the toothed wheel and the torque detection mechanism, the clutch mechanism comprising a first bearing and a one-way ring, the first bearing being arranged inside the clutch mechanism and coupled to the torque detection mechanism such that the torque detection mechanism is coupled through the first bearing to the clutch mechanism and thus rotatable, the one-way ring being arranged inside the clutch mechanism and located at one side of the first bearing, the clutch mechanism being coupled to the toothed wheel such that the clutch mechanism and the toothed wheel are synchronously rotatable; and
a sleeve member, which is coupled to the one-way ring of the clutch mechanism, the sleeve member being coupled to a drive device such that the sleeve member is driven by an electric machine assembly to rotate;
wherein when the torque detection mechanism is rotated with human power, the torque detection mechanism drives the clutch mechanism to rotate and the clutch mechanism drives the toothed wheel to rotate; and when the torque detection element detects torque variation induced in the sensing section, the torque detection element generates and applies a signal to a controller module to allow the controller module to activate and control the electric machine assembly, such that the electric machine assembly drives the sleeve member and the clutch mechanism to rotate and thus driving the toothed wheel to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,957

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted to a bicycle body;
a cable control body pivotably mounted to the base member about a pivot axis to control a control cable;
an operating member movably mounted to the base member from a rest position to an operated position to move the cable control body;
a supporting structure to pivotably support the cable control body relative to the base member, the supporting structure being provided to the base member so as to at least partly intersect with the pivot axis; and
an adjusting structure to adjustably position the supporting structure relative to the base member about the pivot axis such that the rest position of the operating member is adjusted relative to the base member, wherein
the pivot axis about which the cable control body is pivotably mounted to the base member is provided at a stationary location with respect to the base member regardless of adjustment of the rest position of the operating member relative to the base member, and
the cable control body and the supporting structure are pivotable with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,955

KICK SCOOTER WITH A STEERING ANGLE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

1. A kick scooter, comprising:a steering tube;
a handlebar secured to a top of the steering tube;
a deck having a front portion attached to a bottom of the steering tube;
a rear wheel rotatably attached to a rear end of the deck;
an interconnecting member disposed at a bottom of the front portion of the deck;
two links pivotably attached to two ends of the interconnecting member respectively and pivotably secured to the front portion of the deck;
two front wheels rotatably secured to the links respectively;
two biasing members disposed in the interconnecting member and each having one end urging against one of the links;
a steering angle adjustment mechanism disposed in the front portion of the deck; and
a cap releasably secured to the bottom of the front portion of the deck for concealing the steering angle adjustment mechanism;
wherein the steering angle adjustment mechanism comprises a positioning member secured to a center of the interconnecting member, an internally threaded member secured to the deck, an adjustment screw adjustably secured to the internally threaded member, a first bifurcation member disposed through a compression spring, the first bifurcation member having one end secured to the positioning member and the other two hooked ends secured to one end of the compression spring, and a second bifurcation member disposed through the compression spring, the second bifurcation member having one end secured to an end of the adjustment screw and the other two hooked ends secured to the other end of the compression spring.

US Pat. No. 10,137,954

INTEGRATED ELECTRIC BICYCLE DRIVE SYSTEM

1. An integrated electric bicycle drive system comprising:an integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system for a bicycle having a frame, the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system for a bicycle having a frame comprising: an electric motor; a controller configured to electronically control the electric motor; and a drive system mechanically coupled with the electric motor and configured to receive from the electric motor rotational power about a first axis and to transmit said rotational power to a sprocket rotatable about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, the sprocket configured to be mechanically coupled with a rear wheel of the bicycle and to receive additional power from a rider of the bicycle pedaling the bicycle; wherein the electric motor and the controller portions of the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system are configured to slide into and be housed within a first tube portion of the frame through an open bottom portion of the frame, the drive system portion of the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system configured to attach with and cover the open bottom portion of the frame when the electric motor and the controller portions of the integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system are housed within the first tube portion of the frame;
a longitudinally-extending battery pack configured to be electrically connected with and to provide electrical power to the electric motor and the controller, the longitudinally-extending battery pack configured to slide into and be housed within a second tube portion of the frame, and
the first tube portion of the frame comprises a seat post tube configured to partially receive therein a post to support a seat for the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,953

SECURING DEVICE

1. A securing device (13) for securing a component to an object, in particular to a two-wheeler, comprisinga fastening element (23) having an engagement section (31) and a longitudinal axis (L), wherein the fastening element (23) is selectively connectable to a counter-element (15) by actuating the engagement section (31) in order to fasten the component to the object in a connected state and to release the component for removal from the object in a disconnected state;
and a cover sleeve (25) which is movably supported at the fastening element (23) between a closed position in which the cover sleeve (25) prevents an actuation of the engagement section (31) and an open position in which the cover sleeve (25) allows an actuation of the engagement section (31),
wherein at least one blocking element (33) is provided between the fastening element (23) and the cover sleeve (25), said blocking element being freely movable in the closed position of the cover sleeve (25) between a latched position in which it blocks the cover sleeve (25) in the closed position and an unlatched position in which it allows a movement of the cover sleeve (25) into the open position; and
wherein the blocking element (33) is supported between the fastening element (23) and the cover sleeve (25) such that, when the cover sleeve (25) is in the closed position, it adopts the latched position due to gravity in a normal alignment of the longitudinal axis (L) of the fastening element (23) and it adopts the unlatched position due to gravity in an installation alignment of the longitudinal axis (L) of the fastening element (23) perpendicular to the normal alignment,
wherein the blocking element (33) is supported between the fastening element (23) and the cover sleeve (25) such that it adopts the latched position and the unlatched position independently of a rotational alignment of the fastening element (23) relative to the longitudinal axis (L).

US Pat. No. 10,137,951

STEERABLE TRAILER

Salford Group Inc., Salf...

1. A steerable trailer comprising:a frame having frame-members for supporting a container;
at least a pair of opposed traction devices having an adjustable transverse distance therebetween rotatably mounted on stub axles mounted on a transverse axle bar mounted on the frame, the transverse axle bar having an adjustable height in relation to the ground;
a tongue pivotally mountable on a hitch tube of a transportation device or an implement being towed by a transportation device; and,
a steering mechanism for the traction devices, the steering mechanism comprising a 5-bar linkage assembly in which five linkage arms are connected at pivot points so that the five linkage arms are movable relative to each other, one of the linkage arms comprising the transverse axle bar and three of the five linkage arms, including the axle bar, being length adjustable,
the trailer further comprising stub axle assemblies, axle bar mounting plates and at least one axle insert,
each stub axle assembly comprising the stub axle and a stub axle mounting plate, the stub axle mounting plate comprising a first plurality of vertically separated connection structures,
the axle bar mounting plates situated proximate opposed ends of the transverse axle bar, each axle bar mounting plate comprising a second plurality of vertically separated connection structures, at least one of the vertically separated connection structures of the second plurality of connection structures alignable with and securable to any one of the first plurality of connection structures for mounting the axle bar at different heights with respect to the stub axle and the ground,
the at least one axle insert comprising
a first insert mounting plate, the first insert mounting plate comprising at least one connection structure alignable with at least one of the connection structures of the second plurality of connection structures for mounting the axle insert on the transverse axle bar, and
a second insert mounting plate, the second insert mounting plate comprising a third plurality of vertically separated connection structures, at least one of the vertically separated connection structures of the third plurality of connection structures alignable with and securable to any one of the first plurality of connection structures for mounting the axle insert at different heights with respect to the stub axle and the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,137,950

VEHICLE TRACK ASSEMBLY HAVING TAPERED WHEELS

ATI, Inc., Mt. Vernon, I...

1. In a vehicle track module mountable on a rotatable axle of a vehicle, the track module having a frame, a drive wheel rotatably mounted to the frame, leading and trailing idler wheels rotatably mounted to the frame, and at least one bogie wheel positioned between the leading and trailing idler wheels and in contact with a continuous flexible track extending about the drive wheel, the idler wheels and the at least one bogie wheel, the improvement wherein the at least one bogie wheel is a cylindrical wheel with an elastomeric tire therearound configured to give the wheel an elastomeric circumferential surface that is cross-sectionally tapered in a direction across the wheel such that the tapered circumferential surface has substantially full-width wheel contact with the track despite usage on crowned roads.

US Pat. No. 10,137,949

ENDLESS TRACK ASSEMBLY FOR SUPPORTING AN IMPLEMENT OR VEHICLE

1. A track assembly adapted to support an implement or vehicle and for accommodating uneven ground by improved contact with the ground, comprisingan elongated main frame supported for tilting movement on an axis transverse to the main frame,
the main frame having opposite end portions supporting a set of end wheels for rotation on parallel transverse axes,
an endless flexible belt extending around the set of end wheels and having an upper run and a lower run for engaging the ground,
a plurality of bogie wheels each having a transverse axis positioned below a plane defined by the axes of the end wheels, with the bogie wheels engaging the lower run of the endless belt,
a bogie frame supporting the bogie wheels on opposite sides of the main frame and including a transverse vertical guide plate extending under the main frame,
parallel spaced vertical guide plates supported by the bogie frame,
a set of rollers having horizontal axes and supported by the main frame on opposite sides of the vertical guide plate and between the parallel spaced guide plates and providing for vertical movement and universal tilting movement in all directions of the bogie frame and the bogie wheels, and
a plurality of compression spring members positioned to bias the bogie frame and the bogie wheels downwardly and for floating movement against the lower run of the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,137,948

VEHICLE TRACK ASSEMBLY HAVING TRACK ROTATION INDICATOR POLE

1. A vehicle track assembly comprising:a track framework comprising a frame structure, a drive drum configured to connect to a shaft on a vehicle, and a plurality of idler wheels supported by the frame structure;
a drive track arranged about and cooperatively engaging the plurality of idler wheels and the drive drum; and
an indicator pole connected to the frame structure approximately at a center of the drive drum and extending from the framework, wherein the indicator pole rotates with angular rotation of the track assembly with respect to the vehicle to provide an indication of the angle of rotation of the track assembly, wherein the indicator pole rotates forward or rearward as the track assembly rotates forward or rearward, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,137,947

VEHICLE SPARE TIRE AND TOWING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame defining a trunk;
a load floor and a subfloor each secured to the frame, disposed within the trunk, and defining a spare tire receptacle therebetween;
a spare tire and a jack each defining orifices and disposed within the receptacle; and
a tow-eye having a fastening portion extending therefrom, wherein the fastening portion extends through the orifices and engages the subfloor to secure the spare tire and jack to the subfloor, and wherein the tow-eye includes a ridge between an eyelet of the tow-eye and the fastening portion, the spare tire includes an outer surface, and a washer disposed between the spare tire and the tow-eye engages the ridge and the outer surface to secure the spare tire and jack to the subfloor when the fasting portion engages the subfloor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,946

VEHICLE UNDERBODY PANEL ASSEMBLY

FCA US LLC, Auburn Mills...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having an underside; and
a mesh underbody panel attached to the underside of the vehicle body and shielding vehicle components from a ground surface upon which the vehicle is situated such that the mesh underbody panel and the ground surface define a pathway through which air flows while the vehicle is in motion, the mesh underbody panel having apertures extending therethrough that allow airflow through the mesh underbody panel while the vehicle is stopped or traveling within a low-speed range and restrict airflow through the mesh underbody panel while the vehicle is traveling within a high-speed range,
wherein the apertures are angled such that the apertures extend toward a rear end of the vehicle as the apertures extend toward the ground surface upon which the vehicle is situated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,944

REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLE BODY WITH PENDULUM PACKER

Curbtender, Inc., Cedar ...

2. In a refuse collection vehicle having a vehicle body, a storage compartment and a tailgate assembly, wherein the tailgate assembly is pivotally mounted to one end of the storage compartment for movement between an open position and a closed position, the improvement comprising:a pneumatically controlled air lock mechanism associated with the tailgate assembly including a pair of sliding latch pin members and a pair of latch locking flange members, said latch pin members engaging said latch locking flange members when said tailgate assembly is in its closed position;
a first air bag associated with said air lock mechanism for providing air pressure to said latch pin members for holding said latch pin members in an engaged position with said latch locking flange members when said tailgate assembly is in its closed position; and
a second air bag associated with said air lock mechanism for providing air pressure to said latch pin members for disengaging said latch pin members from said latch locking flange members when said tailgate assembly is activated to move to its open position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,939

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT OF A RADIATOR TRIM AND A BUMPER ON A FRONT-END CARRIER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A radiator trim for a motor vehicle, comprising:a fastening part, wherein the radiator trim is fastenable to a front-end carrier of the motor vehicle by the fastening part and a fastening element; and
a connection element disposed in the fastening part, wherein the connection element projects downwards on a lower side from the fastening part and wherein the connection element is projectable into a receiver of a bumper fastening part to form a mutual fastening device of the radiator trim and of a bumper on the front-end carrier of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,933

LOAD MANAGEMENT ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A load management assembly, comprising:a frame rail;
a mounting bracket coupled to the frame rail, wherein the mounting bracket includes a first wall, a second wall opposite the first wall, and a third wall interconnecting the first wall and the second wall; and
a shield coupled to the frame rail, wherein the shield at least partially surrounds the mounting bracket in order to protect the mounting bracket from an external force and to redirect a load path of the external force;
a reinforcement bracket coupled to the frame rail, wherein the reinforcement bracket is disposed adjacent the mounting bracket such that the mounting bracket is disposed between the reinforcement bracket and the shield;
a bulkhead coupled to the frame rail and the mounting bracket, wherein the bulkhead extends through the frame rail; and
wherein the reinforcement bracket is in contact with the third wall of the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,137,932

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device which is configured to be capable of implementing automatic driving or providing an automatic driving assist, comprising:an external environment state detecting unit adapted to detect a state of external environment of a vehicle;
a lane information acquisition unit adapted to acquire lane information that is capable of specifying shape of a lane in which the vehicle intends to travel, on basis of a detection result by the external environment state detecting unit;
a state detecting unit adapted to detect a low speed traveling state in which speed of the vehicle is less than or equal to a predetermined value;
a target steering angle generating unit adapted to generate a target steering angle for the vehicle from a relationship between lane information acquired from the lane information acquisition unit and an attitude of the vehicle, during a period in which the low speed traveling state is being detected; and
a steering angle control unit adapted to control a steering angle of the vehicle so as to agree with the target steering angle generated by the target steering angle generating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,928

STEERING ASSIST DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering assist device, comprising:an electric motor that applies a steering driving force to a steering operation mechanism of a vehicle;
an information obtaining unit that obtains a lateral deviation of the vehicle from a target travel line and a lateral deviation change rate, or a rate of change in the lateral deviation per unit time;
a steering torque detector that detects steering torque;
a steering assist current value setting unit that sets a steering assist current value corresponding to a target value of steering assist torque;
a lane keep assist current value calculation unit that calculates a lane keep assist current value corresponding to a target value of lane keep assist torque that makes the lateral deviation and the lateral deviation change rate closer to zero, based on the lateral deviation and the lateral deviation change rate obtained by the information obtaining unit;
a final lane keep assist current value setting unit that sets a final lane keep assist current value to the lane keep assist current value calculated by the lane keep assist current value calculation unit when a steering direction obtained from the detected steering torque detected by the steering torque detector is different from a steered direction corresponding to the lane keep assist current value calculated by the lane keep assist current value calculation unit, and that sets the final lane keep assist current value to zero when the steering direction obtained from the detected steering torque is the same as the steered direction corresponding to the lane keep assist current value;
a target current value calculation unit that calculates a target current value by using the steering assist current value set by the steering assist current value setting unit and the final lane keep assist current value set by the final lane keep assist current value setting unit; and
a control unit that drivingly controls the electric motor based on the target current value calculated by the target current value calculation unit,
wherein the lane keep assist current value calculation unit includes:
a first calculation unit that calculates a first lane keep assist current value based on the lateral deviation obtained by the information obtaining unit,
a second calculation unit that calculates a second lane keep assist current value based on the lateral deviation change rate obtained by the information obtaining unit, and
a third calculation unit that calculates the lane keep assist current value by adding the first lane keep assist current value calculated by the first calculation unit and the second lane keep assist current value calculated by the second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,927

RACK GUIDE FOR RACK AND PINION STEERING DEVICE, RACK AND PINION STEERING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF RACK GUIDE FOR RACK AND PINION STEERING DEVICE

OILES CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A rack and pinion steering device comprising:a casing;
a pinion to be slidably supported by said casing;
a rack bar having a rack tooth meshed with said pinion;
a rack guide comprising an abutment portion having an abutment surface to which said rack bar is to be slidably abutted and a recessed portion, which is continued to said abutment portion, to be spaced from said rack bar;
a rack guide base member for receiving said rack guide; and
an urging unit for urging said rack guide against said rack bar through said rack guide base member,
wherein, in a cross sectional view along a central line of the rack guide, a thickness dimension of said recessed portion is different from that of said abutment portion, the abutment surface and an abutment portion outer surface to face the rack guide base member have a common center of curvature and each of the abutment surface and the abutment portion outer surface has a single curvature of radius.

US Pat. No. 10,137,922

STROLLER FRAME WITH A FOLDABLE TRAY

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A stroller frame comprising:a handle assembly having a first rotating end hub and a first distal end;
a front leg assembly having a second rotating end hub and a second distal end, said second rotating end hub being pivotably connected with said first rotating end hub about a hub axis to be rotated relative to said first rotating end hub so as to allow said stroller frame to transform between a folded state, where said first and second distal ends are close to each other, and an unfolded state, where said first and second distal ends are remote from each other;
a rear leg assembly pivotably connected with said front leg assembly;
a tray;
a tray mounting assembly coupled with said tray, and rotatably mounted on one of said first and second rotating end hubs such that said tray mounting assembly is rotated relative to said one of said first and second rotating end hubs when said second rotating end hub is rotated relative to said first rotating end hub to move said stroller frame to one of the folded and unfolded states, thereby converting said tray to one of a folded position and an unfolded position, said tray mounting assembly having a peripheral surface surrounding a central axis which is offset from and parallel to the hub axis and about which said tray mounting assembly is rotated, and a recess concaved from said peripheral surface toward the central axis;
a tray latching assembly having a latch end which is operatively engaged in said recess to retain and support said tray mounting assembly when said stroller frame is in the unfolded state so as to keep said tray in the unfolded position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,921

ELECTRIC STROLLER

1. An electric stroller, comprising:a stroller body part;
a stroller saddle part detachably attached to the stroller body part;
a left handle and a right handle;
a frame connected with the left handle and the right handle;
a holding unit connected to the frame and configured to fix the saddle part; and
an electric board connected with the body part,
wherein the electric board is provided to rotatably move upon the body part,
wherein the saddle part includes a first and a second protrusions disposed on a lateral surface thereof, and
wherein the holding unit includes:
a front groove and a rear groove having a longer length than that of the front groove;
a pressing member disposed in a front portion of the holding unit and having a front end, a rear end and an upper groove; and
an elastic part connected to the rear end of the pressing member such that the pressing member is configured to be movable inside the front portion of the holding unit in a front and rear directions of the holding unit, the upper groove of the pressing member is overlapped with the front groove, and the first protrusion is configured to be positioned at the front groove and the upper groove of the pressing member at a same time, and the second protrusion is configured to be positioned at the rear groove to fix the saddle part to the body part,
wherein the front groove is configured to be substantially closed by the pressing member when the first protrusion is locked in the upper groove of the pressing member to fix the saddle part to the body part, and is configured to be open when the front end of the pressing member is pressed in a rear direction of the holding unit to release the first protrusion from the upper groove and the front groove.

US Pat. No. 10,137,920

HAND TRUCK ASSEMBLY

1. A hand truck assembly being configured to transport an object over a curb or the like, said assembly comprising:a frame being configured to be manipulated, said frame having a central member extending between a pair of outward members such that said frame has a U-shape, each of said outward members having a distal end with respect to said central member, each of said outward members having a first bend thereon to define a lower half forming an angle with an upper half, said first bend corresponding to each of said outward members being centrally positioned between said central member and said distal end;
a plate being coupled to said frame wherein said plate is configured to support an object thereby facilitating the object to be lifted;
a pair of first wheels, each of said first wheels being rotatably coupled to said frame wherein each of said first wheels is configured to roll along the support surface thereby facilitating the object to be transported;
a second wheel being rotatably coupled to said frame such that said second wheel selectively supports said frame when one of said first wheels is damaged;
a pair of handles, each of said handles being coupled to said frame wherein each of said handles is configured to be manipulated;
a pair of mounts, each of said mounts having a first end, a second end and a second bend being centrally positioned between said first and second ends, each of said first and second ends corresponding to each of said mounts being coupled to an associated one of said outward members having each of said mounts extending rearwardly from said associated outward member, each of said mounts being positioned on said lower half of said associated outward member, each of said first wheels being positioned on said second bend of an associated one of said mounts; and
an axle extending between said second bend on each of said mounts, said second wheel is rotatably positioned on said axle wherein said second wheel is configured to roll along the supports surface, said second wheel being slidable between said pair of first wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,915

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING OPERATIONAL ANOMALIES IN TRAIN CONSISTS AND RAILCARS

AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC....

1. A system for detecting operational anomalies on a train consist or railcar comprising:(a) one or more communication management units mounted on one or more railcars;
(b) one or more sensors located on said one or more railcars configured to sense an operational parameter of said one or more railcars, said sensors being in communication with said one or more communication management units, wherein the one or more sensors comprise one or more sensors configured to measure accelerations of the railcar; and
(c) one or more filters configured to filter at least a portion of the accelerations,
wherein said communication management units perform the functions of:
(i) collecting data regarding said one or more railcar operational parameters;
(ii) analyzing said collected data for trends or events indicative of an anomalous operational condition; and
(iii) communicating a message to a remote receiver when said trend or event is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,137,914

TRAIN SAFETY WARNING SYSTEM

1. A train safety warning system comprising:a train vehicle including a transmitter, the train vehicle positioned on and movable along a track; and
a first warning device including an emitter that is positioned at a same elevation as the track, the first warning device in association with a receiving device that is in in signal communication with the train vehicle, the emitter configured to output an indication that the train vehicle is approaching at a time that is a function of a position along the track and a rate of motion of the train vehicle based on the signal communication with the train vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,913

METHOD FOR SWITCHING A TRAIN ON AND OFF, AND ROUTE AND TRAIN CONFIGURATION FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for switching a train off and on in a parking position, the method comprising the following steps:providing a train-side automatic train control device and a route-side train monitoring system;
A) moving the train into the parking position, establishing an electrical connection between a train-side train reclosing unit and a route-side coupling module being connected to the train monitoring system and supplying the train reclosing unit with power from the coupling module through the electrical connection;
B) switching-off train-side subsystems by using the train control device;
C) shutting-down and switching-off the train control device;
D) carrying out event-triggered reactivation of the train control device aided by the train-side train reclosing unit;
E) switching-on subsystems of the train by using the train control device; and
F) exiting the parking position and separating the electrical connection between the train reclosing unit and the coupling module.

US Pat. No. 10,137,912

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING OR MONITORING A VEHICLE SYSTEM ALONG A ROUTE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system comprising:a control system used to control operation of a vehicle system, the vehicle system including a plurality of system vehicles in which adjacent system vehicles are operatively coupled such that the adjacent system vehicles are permitted to move relative to one another, the vehicle system exhibiting system-handling metrics as the vehicle system moves along the route, the control system including one or more processors that are configured to:
(a) generate, as the vehicle system moves along the route, a plurality of different trial plans for an upcoming segment of the route, the trial plans including potential operational settings of the vehicle system along the route;
(b) select one of the trial plans as a selected plan or generate the selected plan based on one or more of the trial plans, the selected plan configured to improve one or more system-handling metrics as the vehicle system moves along the upcoming segment of the route; and
(c) communicate instructions to change at least one of the operational settings of the vehicle system based on the selected plan or decide to not change any operational settings;
wherein the adjacent system vehicles are physically connected by couplers; and
wherein the selected plan is configured to reduce along the upcoming segment, compared to the current trip plan, a risk of damage to the couplers that is caused by rope forces or dynamic forces being excessive.

US Pat. No. 10,137,909

AIR COMPRESSOR UNIT FOR VEHICLE

NABTESCO CORPORATION, To...

1. An air compressor unit configured to be mounted on a vehicle, the air compressor unit comprising:an air compressor for compressing sucked air;
an electric motor for driving the air compressor;
an after-cooler for cooling compressed air generated in the air compressor;
an after-cooler cooling fan for generating cooling air flow for the after-cooler; and
an air compressor cooling fan for cooling the air compressor;
wherein the after-cooler includes:
a first cooling unit having a first flow passage into which the compressed air generated in the air compressor flows and configured to be cooled by cooling air flow generated by the air compressor cooling fan flowing in contact with the first cooling unit; and
a second cooling unit having a second flow passage into which the compressed air cooled in the first cooling unit flows and configured to be cooled by the cooling air flow generated by the after-cooler cooling fan, wherein the second cooling unit is configured to cause direct heat exchange between the compressed air and the cooling air flow generated by the after-cooler cooling fan flowing in contact with the second cooling unit so as to further cool the compressed air,
wherein the air compressor cooling fan is configured as an axial fan, and
wherein the first cooling unit and the air compressor are arranged on an extension line of a rotary shaft of the air compressor cooling fan.

US Pat. No. 10,137,908

VEHICLE TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

3. A system comprising:one or more processors configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system and to determine, during movement of the vehicle system along a route, a tractive load demanded by the vehicle system to propel the vehicle system along the route, the vehicle system including a first propulsion-generating vehicle having a first plurality of individually controllable traction motors and a second propulsion-generating vehicle having a second plurality of individually controllable traction motors, the first and second vehicles being linked to travel together along the route, each of the traction motors in the first plurality and in the second plurality coupled with a different axle of the vehicle system such that each of the traction motors individually controls the corresponding axle of the vehicle system,
wherein the one or more processors also are configured to identify a first selected set of the first plurality of traction motors for deactivation during the movement of the vehicle system along the route based at least in part on the tractive load demanded by the vehicle system, and to deactivate the traction motors in the first selected set while at least one of the traction motors in a first remaining set of the first plurality of traction motors continues to generate tractive effort to propel the vehicle system, and
wherein the one or more processors also are configured to identify a second selected set of the second plurality of traction motors for deactivation during movement of the vehicle system along the route based at least in part on the tractive load demanded by the vehicle system, and to deactivate the traction motors in the second selected set while at least one of the traction motors in a second remaining set of the second plurality of traction motors continues to generate tractive effort to propel the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,907

STARTUP SUGGESTION DEVICE AND STARTUP SUGGESTION METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A startup suggestion device that is mounted on a vehicle together with a driving support device for assisting a driving operation of a driver or taking a wheel, and suggests a startup of the driving support device to the driver, the startup suggestion device comprising:a state value acquisition unit that acquires a state value indicative of a traveling state of the vehicle;
a preference value acquisition unit that acquires a preference value indicating a traveling state of the vehicle that is preferred by the driver; and
a startup suggestion unit that suggests the startup of operation of the driving support device to assist the driving operation of the driver or taking a wheel and to reduce a driving load of the driver according to a comparison between the state value and the preference value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,905

OPTIMIZATION OF A VEHICLE TO COMPENSATE FOR WATER CONTAMINATION OF A FLUID OF A VEHICLE COMPONENT

1. A method of modifying a performance of a vehicle component whose performance is affected by a vehicle fluid that is contaminated by water, the method comprising:recording sensor data describing refractometry measurements for the vehicle fluid;
determining contamination data for the vehicle fluid based on the sensor data and the refractometry measurements described by the sensor data, wherein the contamination data describes an amount of water present in the vehicle fluid and indicates that the vehicle fluid is contaminated by water; and
analyzing the contamination data to determine parameter data describing modifications for a set of parameters for an advanced driver assistance system (“ADAS system”) that control an operation of the ADAS system, wherein the parameter data is operable to update the set of parameters and thereby modify the operation of the ADAS system to compensate for the amount of water present in the vehicle fluid so that vehicle component performs as though the vehicle fluid is substantially not contaminated by water.

US Pat. No. 10,137,904

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM WITH SENSOR OFFSET CORRECTION

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, said driver assistance system comprising:a camera configured to be disposed at a vehicle equipped with said driver assistance system so as to have a forward field of view, said camera capturing image data;
a non-imaging sensor configured to be disposed at the equipped vehicle so as to sense forward of the vehicle, said non-imaging sensor sensing sensor data;
a control comprising an image processor that processes image data captured by said camera;
wherein captured image data and sensed sensor data are provided to said control;
wherein said control, responsive to processing of image data captured by said camera and responsive to processing of sensor data sensed by said non-imaging sensor, is operable to provide a driver assistance function;
wherein said control, responsive to processing of image data captured by said camera, is operable to detect the presence of a vehicle exterior of the equipped vehicle and in the forward field of view of said camera and to determine a vision-based angle of the detected vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle;
wherein said control, responsive to processing of sensor data sensed by said non-imaging sensor, is operable to detect the presence of the vehicle exterior of the equipped vehicle and to determine a sensor-based angle of the detected vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle;
wherein said control determines an angle difference between said vision-based angle and said sensor-based angle;
wherein said control disables the driver assistance function at least in part responsive to the determined angle difference being greater than a disable threshold level;
wherein, responsive at least in part to the determined angle difference being greater than a correction threshold level and less than the disable threshold level, said control provides a corrected angle of the detected vehicle relative to the equipped vehicle for use with the driver assistance function; and
wherein said control provides the corrected angle after a threshold period of time during which the determined angle difference is greater than the correction threshold level and less than the disable threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,137,902

ADAPTIVE INTERACTIVE VOICE SYSTEM

HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDU...

1. An apparatus for adaptively interacting with a driver via voice interaction, the apparatus comprising:a computational models block configured to:
receive driver related parameters, vehicle related parameters, and vehicle environment parameters from a plurality of sensors and employ modeling software with instructions that are executed on one or more devices to:
generate a driver state model based on the driver related parameters,
generate a vehicle state model based on the vehicle related parameter, and
generate a vehicle environment state model based on the vehicle environment parameters; and
an adaptive interactive voice system configured to:
generate a voice output based on a driver's situation and context as indicated on information included within at least one of the driver state model, the vehicle state model, and the vehicle environment state model;
determine, based on the information included within the at least one of the driver state model, the vehicle state model, and the vehicle environment state model, that the driver is engaged in a conversation with a person; and
refrain from outputting the voice output while the driver is engaged in the conversation with the person to avoid interrupting the conversation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,899

VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle driving system, the vehicle driving system including a continuously variable transmission mechanism, a transmission mechanism and a clutch mechanism, the continuously variable transmission mechanism and the transmission mechanism being provided in parallel with each other in a power transmission path between an input shaft and an output shaft, torque output from an internal combustion engine being transmitted to the input shaft, the output shaft being coupled to a drive wheel so as to transmit power, the transmission mechanism having at least one gear ratio, the clutch mechanism being configured to selectively change between a first power transmission path and a second power transmission path, the first power transmission path being configured to transmit the torque to the output shaft via the transmission mechanism, the second power transmission path being configured to transmit the torque to the output shaft via the continuously variable transmission mechanism, the control apparatus comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
(a) selectively change the power transmission path during traveling to one of the first power transmission path and the second power transmission path by controlling the clutch mechanism; and
(b) in changing the power transmission path by controlling the clutch mechanism, control an operating point of the internal combustion engine during a change of the power transmission path so that the operating point crosses over an optimum fuel consumption line of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,898

VEHICLE OPERATOR NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an ignition configured to start and shutdown the vehicle;
a selector configured to transition the vehicle between standard and economy driving modes;
a transmission having a gear selector; and
a controller programmed to,
in response to starting the vehicle after a prior shutdown with the economy mode selected, generate a notification that the vehicle was operating in the economy mode upon the prior shutdown, and
in response to the gear selector being shifted out of a parked position in the absence of an economy mode selection after starting the vehicle, automatically select the standard driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,137,887

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AT LEAST ONE SAFETY FUNCTION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling at least one safety function for a motor vehicle, comprising:determining that a selected seat of the vehicle is occupied by a child in response to at least one of (a) a first sensor signal originating from a first sensor indicating that a seat belt of the selected seat is buckled and (b) a second sensor signal originating from a weight sensor in the selected seat indicating presence on the selected seat of a weight that is within a predefined range, a boundary of which is a predefined threshold weight; and
in response to the determination of the child occupancy of the selected seat, applying a control signal to at least one vehicle safety device;
wherein at least one of:
the control signal includes a signal to an actuator that causes the actuator to automatically lock a door of the vehicle that is closest to the selected seat, the determination of the child occupancy of the selected seat is in response to a combination of both the first sensor signal indicating that the seat belt of the selected seat is buckled and the second sensor signal indicating the presence on the selected seat of the weight that is within the predefined range, and the application of the control signal is further conditioned upon a determination that the vehicle is moving;
the control signal includes a signal that disables at least one automatic transmission mode of the vehicle; and
the control signal includes a signal that prevents a manual disablement of an electronic stability program (ESP).

US Pat. No. 10,137,884

CONTROL APPARATUS OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle in which an engine, a first rotary electric machine, and a second rotary electric machine are connected to each other through a transmission mechanism including a gear train, the control apparatus configured to:determine whether or not a drive state of the hybrid vehicle satisfies an abnormal sound generation condition of the gear train;
execute a process to not apply a pressing torque for reducing rattling from the first rotary electric machine to the gear train of the transmission mechanism when the abnormal sound generation condition is not satisfied,
determine whether or not a retention time, which is a period in which the abnormal sound generation condition continues to be satisfied, exceeds a predetermined value when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied,
execute the process to not apply the pressing torque when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied and the retention time does not exceed the predetermined value, and
execute a pressing process to apply the pressing torque when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied and the retention time exceeds the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,882

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling launch of a hybrid electric vehicle provided with an engine clutch disposed between a first motor and an engine, the method comprising:determining whether the engine clutch is in a lock-up state;
maintaining running of the engine upon determining that the engine clutch is in the lock-up state;
executing slip launch of the hybrid electric vehicle using power of the engine; and
launching the hybrid electric vehicle using power of the first motor, if a first condition relating to the stalling of the engine is satisfied,
wherein execution of the slip launch of the hybrid electric vehicle includes charging a main battery using a second motor connected to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,881

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling regenerative braking in a hybrid vehicle, the system comprising:a driving information sensor detecting driving information according to driving of the hybrid vehicle;
a motor assisting a driving force of an engine in an acceleration interval of the hybrid vehicle and operating as a generator in a deceleration interval in which a brake operates;
a motor controller charging a battery using a regenerative energy generated by the motor;
a hybrid controller calculating braking forces generated by friction in the engine according to respective drivable gear stages of the hybrid vehicle, comparing a braking force in a gear stage currently used when a driver of the hybrid vehicle depresses a brake pedal during driving of the hybrid vehicle with a largest value among the calculated braking forces, setting a smaller value of the braking force in the gear stage currently used and the largest value among the calculated braking forces as a target regenerative braking force to control regenerative braking, and controlling a kick-down shifting to shift to a gear stage corresponding to a braking force that compensates for a limited regenerative braking force, among the drivable gear stages; and
a transmission controller performing the kick-down shifting based on control of the hybrid controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,877

BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

1. A brake system for motor vehicles, the brake system comprising:a brake master cylinder which can be actuated by a brake pedal and which comprises at least one first pressure chamber, wherein the brake master cylinder is separably hydraulically connected to a plurality of wheel brakes,
a pressure medium storage container assigned to the brake master cylinder, wherein the first pressure chamber of the brake master cylinder has a pressure balancing port for connecting to the pressure medium storage container and a first pressure chamber output port hydraulically connected to at least one of the wheel brakes, wherein the first pressure chamber output port is separate from the pressure balancing port,
a first electrically controllable pressurization device which can be connected to the wheel brakes,
a pressure regulating valve arrangement for regulating and controlling a wheel brake pressure that is set at the wheel brakes,
a first electronic control and regulating unit for controlling the first pressurization device and the pressure regulating valve arrangement,
a second electrically controllable pressurization device connected to the brake master cylinder and having a pressure output port and the second electrically controllable pressurization device is assigned to a second electronic control and regulating unit,
wherein the first and the second pressurization devices can build up brake pressures independently of each other,
wherein the pressure output port of the second pressurization device is connected to the pressure balancing port, wherein the second pressurization device builds up pressure in the at least one first pressure chamber via the pressure output port of the second pressurization device and the pressure balancing port,
wherein the at least one first pressure chamber is separably hydraulically connected to at least one of the wheel brakes via the first pressure chamber output port.

US Pat. No. 10,137,876

BRAKING CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A braking control device for vehicle which moves a brake fluid from a master cylinder to a wheel cylinder depending on an operation of a braking operation member for vehicle to generate braking force on a wheel comprising:a case member fixed to the master cylinder;
a first electric motor fixed to the case member;
a second electric motor fixed to the case member independently of the first electric motor;
an input rod mechanically connected to the braking operation member and linearly moving;
an output rod which presses pistons in the master cylinder and can linearly move in parallel with a central axis line of the input rod;
a differential mechanism which receives an output from the first electric motor and an output from the second electric motor, allows relative movement between the input rod and the output rod, and is built in the case member; and
a controller which controls the output from the first electric motor and the output from the second electric motor to independently control force acting on the input rod and displacement of the output rod.

US Pat. No. 10,137,874

BRAKE PEDAL EMULATOR OF A BRAKE-BY-WIRE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A brake pedal emulator extending and connected between a support structure and a brake pedal operatively engaged to the support structure, the brake pedal emulator comprising:a hydraulic cylinder including a magneto-rheological hydraulic fluid and an electrical element configured to carry an electrical current for controlling a viscosity of the magneto-rheological hydraulic fluid and thereby control a first force exerted by the hydraulic cylinder when actuated;
a coiled spring engaged between the support structure and the brake pedal, and concentrically disposed about the hydraulic cylinder, wherein the coiled spring is constructed and arranged to exert a second force upon the brake pedal that varies as a function of brake pedal travel, wherein the coiled spring and the hydraulic cylinder are compressible along a common centerline;
a base member directly engaged pivotally to the support structure at a first pivot axis and rigidly engaged to the hydraulic cylinder; and
a linking member directly engaged pivotally to the brake pedal at a second pivot axis and directly engaged to a reciprocating head of the hydraulic cylinder, and wherein the coiled spring is seated between the base member and the linking member for compression as the brake pedal is actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,873

SIDE-BY-SIDE ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE

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

1. An all-terrain vehicle comprising:a frame including a front frame part and a rear frame part, the rear frame part is separate from and connected to the front frame part via frame joints which are spaced laterally from one another in a width direction of the vehicle;
a seating surface supported by one of the front frame part and the rear frame part;
an engine supported by the rear frame part, the engine is positioned behind the seating surface;
left and right front wheels operably coupled to the front frame part and drivingly coupled to the engine via a front drive unit;
left and right rear wheels operably coupled to the rear frame part and drivingly coupled to the engine via a rear drive unit; and
a brake system mounted to the frame and including front wheel brakes for the respective left and right front wheels and rear wheel brakes for the respective left and right rear wheels, the brake system further including a brake modulator and a master brake cylinder operably connected to the brake modulator, the brake modulator mounted to the front frame part.