US Pat. No. 10,480,428

VALVE CONTROL DEVICE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A valve control device configured to perform feedback control of a drive mechanism for a wastegate valve provided for a supercharger of an engine on the basis of a sensor signal indicating a real degree of opening of the wastegate valve and a target degree of opening of the wastegate valve, the valve control device comprising:a gain setting unit configured to set different control gains when the wastegate valve is closed and when the wastegate valve is opened,
wherein the gain setting unit sets the control gain to be relatively large when the wastegate valve is closed, and sets the control gain to be relatively small when the wastegate valve is opened,
wherein the gain setting unit sets the control gain to be higher in a transitional section of the target degree of opening when the wastegate valve is closed than in a steady section of the target degree of opening,
wherein the gain setting unit determines the steady section and the transitional section in the target degree of opening on the basis of at least one of a deviation between the target degree of opening of the wastegate valve and the real degree of opening thereof and a differential value of the target degree of opening of the wastegate valve, and a differential value of the real degree of opening of the wastegate valve.

US Pat. No. 10,480,418

GAS TURBINE ENERGY SUPPLEMENTING SYSTEMS AND HEATING SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

POWERPHASE LLC, Jupiter,...

7. A method of increasing output of a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:operating the gas turbine engine on natural gas;
operating an auxiliary air injection system coupled to a reciprocating engine, the reciprocating engine fueled with a supply of off-take gas from a waste facility; and,
injecting air from the auxiliary air injection system into the gas turbine engine to increase the power output from the gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,480,413

INERTIAL PARTICLE SEPARATOR FLOW AND PARTICLE BOUNCE CONTROL

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. An intertial particle separator comprising:an intake air duct having a first end and a second end downstream the first end, the intake air duct configured to pass a flow of intake air from the first end to the second end;
a scavenge duct proximate the second end of the intake air duct, wherein the intake air duct and the scavenge duct share an interior common wall;
a clean air duct proximate the second end of the intake air duct;
a splitter configured to split the flow of intake air into a flow of scavenge air to pass through the scavenge duct and a flow of clean air to pass through the clean air duct; and
a plurality of valleys on the intake air duct, the plurality of valleys having a plurality of troughs and peaks along the interior common wall, wherein each trough of the plurality of valleys extends along a direction of the flow of intake air;
wherein each of the plurality of valleys only increases in height in the direction of flow from a first end of the respective valley to a second end of the respective valley.

US Pat. No. 10,480,398

CONTROLLING TURBOCHARGER COMPRESSOR CHOKE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A turbocharger comprising a radial compressor including a compressor wheel, a diffuser and a compressor volute (5), the compressor volute (5) having a compressor volute tongue (3) disposed therein, and a redirecting device in the form of a vane (1) in a volute outlet upstream of the compressor volute tongue (3) and configured to redirect air over a suction side of the compressor volute tongue (3).

US Pat. No. 10,480,393

HEATER FOR ELECTRONIC THERMOSTAT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC THERMOSTAT

WOO JIN IND. CO., LTD., ...

1. A heater for electronic thermostats, comprising:a hollow tube open at one end thereof and closed at the other end thereof;
a heating coil disposed inside the tube and generating heat by electrical resistance;
lead wires supplying electric power to the heating coil, the lead wires including first and second lead wires being disposed in the tube and spaced apart from each other;
an insulation cap disposed inside an entrance of the tube, the insulation cap being made of an insulation material and sealing off the entrance of the tube; and
an insulation spacer disposed between the insulation cap and the heating coil within the tube and holding the first and second lead wires in a separated state, the insulation spacer having an outer surface spaced apart from an inner surface of the tube to allow the tube to be filled with the insulation material,
wherein the tube is directly inserted into a fastening hole of a wax case through interference fitting such that the heater is mounted on the wax case,
wherein the first lead wire is a positive terminal having a first end exposed outside the tube and a second end disposed inside the tube to receive external electric power through the one end thereof exposed outside the tube, and the second lead wire is a negative terminal having a first end exposed outside the tube and a second end disposed inside the tube to be separated from the first lead wire, and
wherein the heating coil includes:
a main coil having a predetermined diameter;
a first coil connected to an lower end of the main coil and having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the main coil; and
a second coil connected to upper end of the main coil and having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the main coil, wherein the second end of the first lead wire is inserted into the first coil disposed at the lower end of the main coil, and the second end of the second lead wire is inserted into the second coil disposed at the upper end of the main coil.

US Pat. No. 10,480,381

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a filter configured to collect particulate matter contained in exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine;
a heater configured to be able to heat up a vehicle cabin by using exhaust heat of the internal combustion engine; and
an electronic control unit configured to execute regeneration cut control and heating control, the regeneration cut control being a control for regenerating the filter by stopping a fuel supply to the internal combustion engine and supplying oxygen to the filter in a state where an output shaft of the internal combustion engine rotates, and the heating control being a control for bringing the internal combustion engine into a combustion state and heating by the heater using exhaust heat of the internal combustion engine, the electronic control unit being configured to execute the heating control when the heating control is requested and not to execute the heating control but to execute the regeneration cut control when the heating control is requested and the regeneration cut control is requested.

US Pat. No. 10,480,374

DOSING MODULE

J.C. BAMFORD EXCAVATORS L...

1. A method of operating a dosing module for an emissions abatement system, the dosing module including an armature, a coil for moving the armature and a valve body having an outlet, wherein in normal operation the armature is moveable between a first position, in which the outlet is closed by the armature, and a second position, in which the armature is spaced apart from the outlet, and wherein, in use, application of electricity to the coil at a first level of energy causes the armature to move from the first position to the second position, the method comprising:(a) determining that the dosing module is in a blocked condition;
(b) increasing the temperature of the dosing module by applying electricity at a second level of energy that is greater than the first level of energy to the coil; and
(c) heating the dosing module until the dosing module is in an unblocked condition, in which liquid can flow through the dosing module, the method further comprising at least one or more of:
(d) operating the dosing module to pass liquid through the dosing module, and/or wherein the step of determining that the dosing module is in a blocked condition includes determining that flow of a liquid through the dosing module is prevented and/or wherein the step of determining that the dosing module is in a blocked condition includes:
(i) determining a first pressure of a liquid to be supplied by the dosing module prior to actuation of the dosing module;
(ii) determining a second pressure of a liquid to be supplied by the dosing module during actuation of the dosing module; and
(iii) comparing the first pressure and the second pressure, for example wherein, in step (iii) the second pressure is greater than the first pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,480,366

THROTTLED PCV SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system for an internal combustion engine, the PCV system comprising:a forced air induction system configured to supply air to the engine;
a PCV line configured to fluidly couple between a crankcase of the engine and a clean side air duct of the forced air induction system;
a make-up air (MUA) line configured to fluidly couple between the crankcase and the clean side air duct, wherein the MUA line does not include a flow control valve thereon; and
an inlet valve disposed in the forced air induction system, the inlet valve configured to be controlled to selectively move between an open position and a closed position to vary an air restriction in the forced air induction system and generate a vacuum, wherein the generated vacuum is configured to draw blow-by gases from the crankcase through the PCV line and into the air induction system when the engine is under either naturally aspirated or boosted conditions, thereby facilitating preventing a reverse flow of blow-by gases into the MUA line and eliminating a need for an oil separator in the MUA line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,362

INDUCTIVE COUPLING TO ROCKER ARM ASSEMBLIES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A valvetrain for an internal combustion engine of a type that has a combustion chamber, a moveable valve having a seat formed in the combustion chamber, and a camshaft, the valvetrain comprising:a rocker arm assembly comprising a rocker arm and a cam follower configured to engage a cam mounted on a camshaft as the camshaft rotates; and
a first coil that is mounted to the rocker arm; and
a second coil mounted to a component distinct from the rocker arm;
wherein the first and second coils form a system of magnetically coupled inductors at least while the cam is on base circle, whereby an alternating current in the second coil induces a voltage in the first coil.

US Pat. No. 10,480,360

CAM PHASER

ECO Holding 1 GmbH, Mark...

1. A cam phaser, comprising:a stator that is driven by a crank shaft of an internal combustion engine; and
a rotor that is connectable torque proof with a cam shaft of the internal combustion engine and that includes plural blades that protrude radially outward from a rotor hub,
wherein operating chambers arranged between the stator and the rotor are divided into pressure cavities by the blades,
wherein the stator and the rotor are configured as sintered components,
wherein displacement recesses are provided on axially configured faces of the stator or the rotor wherein material is configured to flow into the displacement recesses during a deforming finishing of the axially configured faces.

US Pat. No. 10,480,356

CAMSHAFT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CAMSHAFT DEVICE

KOREA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLO...

1. A camshaft device comprising:a main shaft elongated in a lengthwise direction thereof;
at least one cam lobe assembled to the main shaft and eccentrically formed with respect to a rotation axis of the main shaft;
at least one journal bearing assembled to the main shaft and provided to rotatably support the main shaft; and
at least one guide shaft assembled to the main shaft and installed between the cam lobe and another neighboring cam lobe so as to align assembled positions of the cam lobe and the journal bearing,wherein the main shaft comprises:a hollow hole formed on an inner portion thereof so as to have a reduced weight; and
a polygonal surface formed on an outer portion thereof corresponding to a direction of an eccentric axis of the cam lobe,wherein the guide shaft comprises:a first polygonal hole formed on an inner portion thereof corresponding to the polygonal surface of the main shaft,
a guide surface formed on an outer portion thereof,
a plurality of blade parts constituting the first polygonal hole; and
a bridge part configured to connect the blade part and another neighboring blade part.

US Pat. No. 10,480,353

CRYOGENIC POWER EXTRACTION

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RES...

1. A system for cryogenic power extraction, comprising:a first heat exchanger configured to heat a cryogenic working fluid using exhaust heat from a heat source, wherein the cryogenic working fluid is liquid nitrogen (LN2);
a second heat exchanger configured to heat the cryogenic working fluid using coolant heated by residual heat of the heat source after operation of the heat source has been stopped, the coolant circulated through the second heat exchanger and the heat source by a pump; and
a turbine configured to generate power from the heated cryogenic working fluid, wherein the pump continues to circulate of the coolant after the operation of the heat source has been stopped using power generated by the turbine from the residual heat of the heat source.

US Pat. No. 10,480,342

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A gas turbine engine comprisinga turbine case arranged around a central axis of the gas turbine engine and formed to include an outer keyway extending in a radial direction through the turbine case,
an annular carrier formed to define a radially inwardly-opening carrier channel, the annular carrier including an outer pin receiver that extends through the annular carrier to allow pressurized cooling air to pass through the annular carrier into the radially inwardly-opening carrier channel,
a one-piece annular runner aligned axially with the annular carrier to block access into the radially inwardly-opening carrier channel and to cooperate with the radially inwardly-opening carrier channel to define a buffer chamber configured to receive the pressurized cooling air and to route the pressurized cooling air around the one-piece annular runner, and
a health monitoring system including a conduit configured to direct the pressurized cooling air through the turbine case and the annular carrier into the buffer chamber, a valve connected to the conduit, a pressure sensor configured to measure an air pressure in the buffer chamber, and a controller coupled to the valve to open and close the valve in response to signals received from the pressure sensor to modulate the pressurized cooling air directed into the buffer chamber,
wherein the pressure sensor includes a transducer located outside of the buffer chamber and a pressure tube having a first end coupled to the transducer and a second end in fluid communication with the buffer chamber and located in the buffer chamber such that the second end terminates in the buffer chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,480,341

RUN-IN COATING FOR AN OUTER AIR SEAL OF A TURBOMACHINE

MTU AERO ENGINES AG, Mun...

1. A run-in coating for an outer air seal of a turbomachine, wherein the run-in coating comprises a substrate of segmented form which carries a honeycomb structure with a run-in surface to face rotor blades of a rotor of the turbomachine, and wherein a radial thickness of the honeycomb structure varies in circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,332

ROTORS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of making a rotor for a turbomachine, the method comprising:forming a first rotor wheel comprising an oxide dispersion strengthened alloy material, the first rotor wheel defining a radius length along a radial direction;
applying a cladding on a downstream face of the first rotor wheel by solid state joining a layer of a second material distinct from the oxide dispersion strengthened alloy material to the downstream face of the first rotor wheel, the cladding defining a width extending along the radial direction, the width of the cladding is less than the radius length of the first rotor wheel; and
joining the first rotor wheel to a second rotor wheel by welding the cladding to a portion of an upstream face of the second rotor wheel without welding the first rotor wheel;
wherein the method does not alter the grain structure of the oxide dispersion strengthened alloy material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,323

GAS TURBINE ENGINE TURBINE BLADE AIRFOIL PROFILE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A turbine blade for a gas turbine engine comprising:an airfoil including leading and trailing edges joined by spaced apart pressure and suction sides to provide an exterior airfoil surface extending from a platform in a radial direction to a tip; and
wherein the external airfoil surface is formed in substantial conformance with multiple cross-sectional profiles of the airfoil described by a set of Cartesian coordinates set forth in Table 1, the Cartesian coordinates provided by an axial coordinate scaled by a local axial chord, a circumferential coordinate scaled by a local axial chord, and a span location, wherein the local axial chord corresponds to a width of the airfoil between the leading and trailing edges at the span location.

US Pat. No. 10,480,317

CLUSTER-TYPE DEEP-SEA SUBMARINE MINING EQUIPMENT BASED ON VORTEX HYDRODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS

SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVER...

1. A piece of deep-sea submarine mining equipment based on vortex hydrodynamic characteristics, comprising:an equipment body, a plurality of adaptive submarine mining collectors and mineral delivery pipes;
wherein the equipment body and the adaptive submarine mining collectors are connected through the mineral delivery pipes, wherein each of the mineral delivery pipes has an adjustable length;
wherein the adaptive submarine mining collectors are provided with tracked traveling mechanisms and are capable of autonomously traveling under control,
wherein a plurality of guide plates are disposed around an interior of each of the adaptive submarine mining collectors, at least two adjacent guide plates of each of the adaptive submarine mining collector are provided with a water spray head therebetween, wherein the water spray head sprays water to generate vortexes in the adaptive submarine mining collectors;
wherein an enclosing cover is disposed around a bottom of each of the adaptive submarine mining collectors, and wherein the enclosing cover is provided with guide grooves for guiding outside seawater into the adaptive submarine mining collectors.

US Pat. No. 10,480,310

DETECTING A MOVEABLE DEVICE POSITION USING ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION LOGGING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for detecting a position of a downhole moveable device, the method comprising:emitting an electromagnetic (“EM”) field into a wellbore using a logging tool transmitter, thereby inducing current in a moveable device which produces secondary electromagnetic fields that emits from the moveable device;
using a receiver of the logging tool to detect the secondary electromagnetic fields as response signals; and
determining an operational position of the moveable device using the response signals, wherein determining the operational position comprises azimuthally determining the operational position of the moveable device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,300

FRACTURING SYSTEM WITH FLEXIBLE CONDUIT

Cameron International Cor...

1. A method comprising:coupling a fluid conduit having an outer body and a liner inside the outer body to one of a fracturing manifold or a fracturing tree;
bending the outer body and the liner at a flexible portion of the fluid conduit to facilitate alignment of the fluid conduit between the fracturing manifold and the fracturing tree;
coupling the fluid conduit to the other of the fracturing manifold or the fracturing tree, wherein the fluid conduit completes a fluid connection between the fracturing manifold and the fracturing tree so that fracturing fluid can be routed between the fracturing manifold and the fracturing tree through the fluid conduit;
disconnecting the fluid conduit from the fracturing tree and from the fracturing manifold;
removing the liner from the outer body of the fluid conduit;
installing a replacement liner in the outer body in place of the removed liner; and
coupling the fluid conduit with the replacement liner between an additional fracturing tree and either the fracturing manifold or an additional fracturing manifold so as to place the additional fracturing tree in fluid communication with either the fracturing manifold or the additional fracturing manifold via the fluid conduit with the replacement liner.

US Pat. No. 10,480,294

METHODS FOR PRESERVING ZONAL ISOLATION WITHIN A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

Suncor Energy Inc., Calg...

1. A method for effecting at least partial interference of a fluid passage extending between a subterranean formation and a casing disposed within an open-hole or cased-hole completed wellbore penetrating the subterranean formation, comprising:after zonal isolation material disposed between the casing and the subterranean formation has set, and in response to detecting of the fluid passage, effecting an operative displacement of a section of the casing to a displaced position, wherein, upon the casing section becoming displaced, the zonal isolation material becomes disposed opposite to the subterranean formation and effects at least partial interference of the fluid passage; and
effecting opposition to an elastic contraction of the displaced casing section for mitigating reversion of the displaced casing section towards its original position prior to the operative displacement,wherein the opposition to the elastic contraction of the displaced casing section is effected and maintained by a tool that is deployed and remains within the section of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,293

TUBING SYSTEM HAVING ALTERNATE PATH

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A system for use in a well, comprising:a gravel packing system deployed in a wellbore and comprising:
a base pipe having a first base pipe joint and a second base pipe joint coupled at a base pipe joint connection;
a screen disposed around the base pipe; and
a first alternate path tube disposed along the first base pipe joint and a second alternate path tube disposed along the second base pipe joint, the first and second alternate path tubes being positioned for alignment with each other when the first base pipe joint and the second base pipe joint are coupled via cooperating box and pin ends;
a connector movably coupled with at least one of the first or second alternate path tubes, the connector being movable to join the first alternate path tube with the second alternate path tube once the first base pipe joint is coupled with the second base pipe joint,
wherein the alternate path tubes are approximately ? to ? of an inch shorter than a length of the corresponding base pipe, as measured from a base of the pin end to an end of a coupling shoulder at the box end; and
a connection cap attachable into the gravel packing system at a location which covers the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,480,291

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYDROCARBON RECOVERY TOOLS

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

20. A tubular handling system, comprising:a first tool; and
a first control device mounted on the first tool and configured to operate the first tool, the first control device comprising:
an explosion-proof housing;
a processor disposed in the housing; and
a plurality of cable connections configured to provide at least one of fluid communication, data, and signals between the first control device and the first tool.

US Pat. No. 10,480,285

ENERGY SAVING DOWNHOLE AND SUBSEA VALVE

HANSEN DOWNHOLE PUMP SOLU...

1. A pressure operated wellbore valve, comprising:a valve body having a bore therein for a shuttle, the shuttle comprising a piston having a longitudinal flow port for a power fluid to move through the shuttle longitudinally, the valve body comprising a power fluid inlet port at one longitudinal end and a power fluid flow port at another longitudinal end;
a biasing device disposed in a chamber on one side of the shuttle; and
wherein the shuttle comprises a first seal proximate the power fluid inlet port in the valve body such that when the biasing device urges the shuttle to one end of the bore, the power fluid is in communication between the power fluid inlet and the power fluid flow port, and wherein when a pressure of the power fluid at the power fluid inlet port urges the shuttle away from the power fluid inlet port, the first seal stops flow of the power fluid through the shuttle, and wherein a second seal between the shuttle and the bore is opened such that a flow path between the power fluid flow port and the exterior of the valve body is opened.

US Pat. No. 10,480,283

ELECTRIC SUB-SURFACE SAFETY VALVE (ESSSV)

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An electric sub-surface safety valve (eSSSV) system comprising:a master control system;
a subsea control module; and
an electric sub-surface safety valve comprising dual, redundant electronic modules consisting of a first downhole electronics unit and a second downhole electronics unit that are configured to control power to a first electromagnetic actuator and a second electromagnetic actuator that move a single valve;
wherein at least one electronic module comprises a feed-through switch;
wherein the switch enables the modules to either communicate independently or in tandem with the downhole electronics units.

US Pat. No. 10,480,281

NANOPARTICLE-BASED SHEAR-THICKENING MATERIALS

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method comprising:introducing an aqueous colloidal dispersion to a subterranean zone, wherein the aqueous colloidal dispersion is a shear thickening material, and the aqueous colloidal dispersion comprises a plurality of silica nanoparticles, each of the plurality of silica nanoparticles comprising:
a first coupling agent disposed on a surface of the silica nanoparticle, the first coupling agent comprising silane and a functional group comprising an amino acid; and
a second coupling agent disposed on the surface of the silica nanoparticle, the second coupling agent comprising silane and a polymer with a molecular weight between 1,000 and 20,000; and
applying shear to the aqueous colloidal dispersion, thereby causing (i) the second coupling agent on each of the silica nanoparticles to collapse and (ii) the first coupling agent on each of the silica nanoparticles to bond with the first coupling agent on the neighboring silica nanoparticles, resulting in an increase in a viscosity of the aqueous colloidal dispersion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,279

METHOD OF SEALING A WELL

STATOIL PETROLEUM AS, St...

1. A method of sealing a well comprising:creating one or more openings in a tubing installed in a wellbore in a location for a well seal;
using a wireline to locate a stinger in said location;
setting the stinger in said location by hanging the stinger from said tubing using a wireline attachment tool;
removing the wireline and the wireline attachment tool from the wellbore; and
after said step of removing, forming a seal in the well in said location by injecting sealant through said stinger such that the sealant flows upwardly around the stinger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,276

WELLBORE PLUG ISOLATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. A wellbore plug isolation system comprising:a first restriction sleeve configured for fitting inside a well casing and having first interlocking features at a first end thereof, wherein the first end is opposite to a second end of the first restriction sleeve;
a second restriction sleeve configured for fitting inside the well casing and having second interlocking features at a first end thereof, wherein the first end of the second restriction sleeve is opposite to a second end of the second restriction sleeve, the first and second interlocking features configured such that the first restriction sleeve is configured to interlock with a third restriction sleeve and the second restriction sleeve is configured to interlock with a fourth restriction sleeve;
whereby, when deployed in the well casing, the first and second restriction sleeves are configured to engage to each other at the second ends and seal against and grip an inner surface of the well casing; and
whereby, after completing downhole functions requiring the restriction sleeves, the first and second restriction sleeves are removable as interlocked sleeves, wherein the first and second interlocking features are protruding fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,274

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS

Enpro Subsea Limited, Ab...

1. A flow access apparatus for a flow system in communication with a subsea well of a subsea oil and gas production installation, the flow access apparatus comprising:a body comprising a single flow access interface for connecting at least one of an inlet and an outlet of a subsea process apparatus to the flow access apparatus so as to provide at least one intervention path from the subsea process apparatus to the flow system via the flow access apparatus; and
a plurality of connectors configured to connect the flow access apparatus to the flow system;
wherein the body defines a plurality of flow paths;
wherein each flow path is configured to fluidly connect one of the plurality of connectors to the single flow access interface to provide the at least one intervention path from the subsea process apparatus to the flow system;
wherein the flow access apparatus is configured to be connected to the flow system between a flow line connector for a jumper flow line, and the jumper flow line of the flow system, the flow line connector for the jumper flow line being an external flow line connector of any: Christmas tree; subsea collection manifold system; subsea Pipe Line End Manifold (PLEM); subsea Pipe Line End Termination (PLET); and subsea Flow Line End Termination (FLET) of the flow system;
wherein a first connector of the plurality of connectors is configured to be connected to the flow line connector; and
wherein a second connector of the plurality of connectors is configured to connect the flow access apparatus to the jumper flow line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,272

ISOLATION FLANGE ASSEMBLY

Cameron International Cor...

1. An isolation flange assembly, comprising:a body including a receptacle disposed therein and a passage extending from the receptacle;
a first seal assembly disposed in the receptacle of the body, wherein the first seal assembly is configured to sealingly engage an inner surface of the receptacle of the body and an outer surface of a tubular member extending into the receptacle of the body, and wherein a passage of the tubular member is in fluid communication with the passage of the body; and
a second seal assembly disposed in a receptacle of a spool that is coupled to the body, wherein the second seal assembly is configured to sealingly engage an inner surface of the receptacle of the spool and the outer surface of the tubular member;
wherein the first seal assembly comprises an annular radially outer seal, and an annular radially inner seal in engagement with the outer seal;
wherein the first seal assembly is configured to increase a sealing pressure between the inner seal and the outer surface of the tubular member in response to a fluid pressurization of the passage of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,271

MAT FOR WELLHEAD CELLAR

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

10. A wellbore production facility comprising:a wellhead assembly mounted over and in fluid communication with a wellbore;
a cellar circumscribing an upper portion of the wellbore and that is intersected by a portion of the wellhead assembly;
covering over the cellar comprising an elastomeric mat having an upper surface facing the wellhead assembly, a lower surface facing the cellar, and a thickness and rigidity to self supportingly span between the wellhead assembly and an outer periphery of the cellar when liquid spillage is on the upper surface, and for providing an interface with the cellar to form a barrier to isolate leaks of fluid in the cellar;
a means for avoiding a pressure differential across the covering that comprises a vent line that intersects the covering, and that provides fluid communication between a fluid source outside of the collar and a space inside the cellar; and
a fluid discharge system coupled with the covering and that is in fluid communication with the cellar and which selectively discharges fluid collected in the cellar.

US Pat. No. 10,480,269

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLEARING A WELL BORE

QUANTUM DOWNHOLE SYSTEMS ...

1. An apparatus for clearing a material from within a wellbore comprising:a milling component for milling the material within the wellbore, the milling component comprising a mill or a drill bit; and
a suctioning component for suctioning the milled material out from the wellbore, the suctioning component comprising a venturi component or a pump,
wherein the milling component and the suctioning component are coupled together and deployed within multiple conduit coiled tubing as a bottomhole assembly to form a closed loop system, the multiple conduit coiled tubing having a first conduit configured for delivering fluid to the milling component and a second conduit configured for removing the fluid and the material from the wellbore, and a bridge between the conduits proximate the milling component for fluid communication between the first and second conduits, and
wherein the material can be cleared from within the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,480,268

METHOD FOR SEALING AN OPENING OF A WELLBORE EQUIPMENT

Blue Spark Energy Inc., ...

1. A method for sealing at least one opening of a wellbore equipment arranged in a wellbore of a subterranean formation, the method comprising:positioning a circular plate between the wellbore equipment and a shock wave generation device, the plate facing the at least one opening to be sealed;
generating, using the shock wave generation device, at least one electrical discharge into the wellbore in a transmitting liquid that is at least partially delimited by a membrane being made of a fluoro elastomer, said membrane having a length and a relative elongation that is at least 150% of the length when operable between the temperatures of ?35° C. and 250° C., to propagate at least one shock wave through the membrane toward the plate to deform the plate and fix the plate onto the wellbore equipment to seal the at least one opening.

US Pat. No. 10,480,266

SHIFTING TOOL RESETTABLE DOWNHOLE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

8. A method of operating a shifting tool in a subterranean well, the method comprising:engaging the shifting tool with a component of a well tool in the well; and
applying a first force in a first direction from the shifting tool to the well tool component, thereby causing one or more reset dogs to extend into engagement with the well tool component, in which the reset dogs are urged radially outward by an inclined surface which displaces longitudinally relative to the reset dogs.

US Pat. No. 10,480,255

SHEARABLE TUBULAR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Mitchell Z. Dziekonski, ...

1. A method for accessing subterranean horizons, comprising:assembling a first tubular string comprising multiple sections of first tubular material to extend beneath a subterranean level to a horizon of interest;
assembling a second tubular string comprising multiple sections of a second tubular material attached above the first tubular string, the second tubular string extending along a length that will traverse a blow out preventer during accessing of the horizon of interest; and
assembling a third tubular string comprising multiple sections of the first tubular material attached above the second tubular string;
wherein during accessing the horizon of interest, except during placement and removal of the first tubular string, only the second tubular string traverses the blow out preventer; and
wherein the second tubular string comprises a single wall material, and the first tubular material has a ratio of yield strength to tensile strength of at most approximately 0.85 and the second tubular material has a ratio of yield strength to tensile strength of at least approximately 0.90, whereby the second tubular material is more favorable to shear than the first tubular material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,249

HYBRID MECHANICAL-LASER DRILLING EQUIPMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system, comprising:a laser-mechanical hybrid drill bit, comprising:
first mechanical cutters for selectively applying mechanical force to a subterranean formation to drill a wellbore through the subterranean formation; and
a first laser cutting mechanism for selectively directing a first laser beam toward the subterranean formation to drill the wellbore;
a laser-mechanical hybrid hole-opener, comprising:
second mechanical cutters for selectively applying mechanical force to a wall of the wellbore through the subterranean formation to shape the wellbore; and
a second laser cutting mechanism for selectively directing a second laser beam toward the wall to shape the wellbore;
and a controller communicatively coupled to the laser-mechanical hybrid drill bit and the laser-mechanical hybrid hole-opener,
wherein the controller is configured to perform an engineering analysis and to control the relative amounts of energy output to the subterranean formation by the first and second mechanical cutters and the first and second laser cutting mechanisms all at the same time based on the engineering analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,245

TELESCOPIC LADDER ASSEMBLY

Lampe Holding B.V., Benn...

1. A telescopically extendable and collapsible ladder assembly having a top ladder section, a bottom ladder section, and one or more intermediate ladder sections;wherein the top ladder section and each of the one or more intermediate ladder sections have two tubular stile members arranged parallel to each other and interconnected at a top end by a ladder rung to form a U-shaped ladder section, and wherein the bottom ladder section has two tubular stile members arranged parallel to each other and interconnected by a top ladder rung and a bottom ladder rung;
wherein the ladder rungs are made from an aluminum tubular profile, the profile including a top wall, a bottom wall, as well as a front and a back wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall;
wherein each ladder section includes a connector at each end of the rung, each connector having a rung portion connected to the end of the rung and a stile member portion connected to one of the stile members of the ladder section;
wherein the stile members of the top ladder section and of the one or more intermediate ladder sections are telescopically inserted into the stile members of an adjacent lower ladder section of the ladder sections, so that the one or more intermediate ladder sections and the top ladder section can be collapsed in a collapsing direction towards the bottom ladder section;
wherein the top rung of the bottom ladder section and the rung of each of the one or more intermediate ladder sections are provided at each end with a spacer for, when the ladder assembly is in a collapsed condition, supporting an adjacent upper ladder rung of the ladder rungs at a predetermined anti-finger pinching distance from the top wall of the ladder rung on which the spacer has been provided;
wherein the top rung of the bottom ladder section and the rung of each of the one or more intermediate ladder sections are provided at each end with an automatic latch mechanism, the automatic latch mechanisms being adapted for automatically locking the stile members of an adjacent higher ladder section of the ladder sections in a fully extended position of said adjacent higher ladder section;
wherein the automatic latch mechanisms of the intermediate ladder sections each comprise a locking pin, which locking pins are each moveably supported for movement along the rung in a longitudinal direction thereof, between a locking position, in which an end of the locking pin is inserted in an opening provided in the stile member of the adjacent upper ladder section to lock the stile members relative to each other, and an unlocking position, in which said end of said locking pin is retracted from said opening, and wherein each locking pin is biased towards the stile member, i.e. towards the locking position;
wherein the automatic latch mechanisms of the intermediate ladder sections each comprise an automatic release actuator, which automatic release actuators are coupled with the locking pin of the automatic latch mechanisms, for unlocking the stile member of the adjacent higher ladder section by moving the automatic release actuator from its passive position into its actuated position, and thus moving the locking pin from its locking position into its unlocking position, in order to allow for collapsing of the ladder assembly;
wherein the automatic latch mechanisms of the bottom ladder section each comprise a manually operable release actuator, which manually operable release actuators are coupled with the locking pin of the automatic latch mechanisms, for unlocking the stile member of the adjacent higher ladder section by moving the locking pin into its unlocking position, in order to allow for collapsing of the ladder assembly;
wherein the spacers are each located at a top side of their ladder rung and against the stile member of the adjacent upper ladder section, and each extend along said stile member in an upward direction between a base, which base is located at the top side of the rung, and a top end, which top end is provided with a slanted actuating surface, which actuating surface is at its top end located adjacent the stile member and veers away from the stile member in the downward direction;
wherein the ladder rung of the intermediate ladder section is at its bottom side at both ends provided with a slanted support surface, extending parallel to and vertically above the actuating surface of the spacer of the adjacent lower ladder section, such that when the ladder assembly is in its collapsed positon, the support surfaces rest against the actuating surfaces of the spacers of the adjacent lower ladder section, to keep the ladder rungs at the predetermined anti-finger pinching distance;
wherein the automatic release actuators are sliding actuators moveably supported for movement along the rung in a longitudinal direction thereof, and wherein the automatic release actuators are each provided with a slanted actuating surface extending parallel to the actuating surface of the spacer of the adjacent lower ladder section, and wherein said actuating surface of the release actuator, when the release actuator is in its rest position, is located vertically above the actuating surface of the spacer of the adjacent lower ladder section; and
wherein, when the ladder rung is moved towards the ladder rung of the adjacent lower ladder section, the activation surfaces of the spacers of the ladder rung of the adjacent lower ladder section first contacts the actuating surfaces of the sliding automatic release actuators, pushing the sliding automatic release actuators into their unlocking position, and subsequently contact the support surfaces of the ladder rung, positioning the ladder rung at the predetermined anti-finger pinching distance from the ladder rung of the adjacent lower ladder section.

US Pat. No. 10,480,241

DOORS INCLUDING CUSTOMIZABLE AND REMOVABLE STORAGE

1. A door storage system useful for storing one or more objects within a door, the door comprising a front panel, a back panel, and means to hingedly affix the door to a door frame, wherein a plurality of cavities extend from the front panel through the depth of the door to the back panel, each cavity having an interior wall to which a top panel is hingedly affixed, the top panel moving between an open and a closed position, and when in the closed position is coplanar with the front panel of the door, wherein each cavity further comprises an internal frame affixed to the door and forming the cavity, the internal frame having a depth less than the depth of the cavity, the reduction in depth being at least equal to a thickness of the corresponding top panel, and wherein each of the cavities is sized to receive a modular insert, the modular insert comprising a frame having a plurality of walls and a back panel, forming a plurality of sides and the back of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,480,238

DOOR OPERATING APPARATUS WITH ENHANCED DURABILITY

1. A door operating apparatus for use with a door pivotably mounted to a door frame, the door operating apparatus configured to permit the door to swing from a closed position to an open position in one of a manual operation and an automatic operation, the door operating apparatus comprising:a housing;
a first rotatable sprocket disposed in the housing and coupled to the door;
a second rotatable sprocket disposed in the housing and operably connected to the first rotatable sprocket by a roller chain, the second sprocket comprising a bottom face and a top face with a protrusion coupled thereto;
a drive assembly disposed in the housing and comprising a motor operably connected to a drive arm located proximate the second rotatable sprocket;
wherein a force applied to the door in the manual operation of the door operating apparatus permits the first and second rotatable sprockets to rotate simultaneously to enable the door to swing to the open position, wherein activation of the motor in the automatic operation of the door operating apparatus allows the drive arm to engage in pivotal movement to contact the protrusion and drive the second sprocket, thereby permitting the drive arm to rotate the first and second rotatable sprockets simultaneously to enable the door to swing to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,237

DOOR COMPONENT COMPRISING A CONTROLLABLE DAMPER DEVICE

INVENTUS Engineering GmbH...

1. A door component, comprising:a controllable, magnetorheological damper device containing a magnetorheological fluid forming a working fluid;
two connector units movably disposed relative to one another, said two connector units including a first connector unit to be connected to a supporting structure and a second connector unit to be connected to a movable door device for controllably damping a movement of the movable door device between a closed position and an open position;
said magnetorheological damper device including a piston unit and a cylinder unit surrounding said piston unit, said piston unit dividing a cylinder volume into a first chamber and a second chamber;
said piston unit having two piston rods, including a first piston rod extending through said first chamber and a second piston rod extending through said second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,480,236

METHOD OF OPERATING A SWING DOOR, DEVICE FOR OPERATING A SWING DOOR AND A SWING DOOR OPERATED BY SUCH A METHOD AND/OR HAVING SUCH A DEVICE

ASSA ABLOY ENTRANCE SYSTE...

1. A method of operating a door leaf of a swing door, the swing door comprising a control unit, a sensor connected with the door leaf and the control unit, the sensor communicating a current position of the door leaf and an applied torque on the door leaf to the control unit, and a drive connected with the control unit and the door leaf, and wherein the control unit computes a drive torque and controls the drive unit to apply the drive torque to the door leaf based on the communication from the sensor, the method comprising the steps of:(a) setting, by the control unit, the drive torque to a first torque and energizing the drive unit to apply the first torque to the door leaf, wherein the first torque moves the current position of the door leaf from a predetermined closed position to a predetermined open position;
(b) setting, by the control unit, the drive torque to a second torque and energizing the drive unit to apply the second torque, wherein the second torque maintains the door leaf in the open position;
(c) detecting, by the sensor, that the current position of the door leaf has moved away from the open position and that the door leaf is subject to the applied torqued by an external force;
(d) calculating, by the control unit based on the current position of the door leaf and the applied torque detected by the sensor, a third torque as a difference between the second torque and the applied torque; and
(f) setting the drive torque to the third torque and energizing the drive unit to maintain the current position of door leaf in the open position while it is subject to the external force.

US Pat. No. 10,480,235

LEAF UNIT OF A SCISSOR MECHANISM OF A FITTING AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SUCH A LEAF UNIT

SAPA AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A leaf unit of a scissor mechanism of a fitting for a leaf of a window or of a door, insertable into a C-shaped leaf groove in a rebate of a leaf profile of the leaf, comprising a scissor guide fastenable on the leaf, and a scissor rod movable relative to the scissor guide in an operating state; wherein the scissor rod is movable between a closed position and a tilt position relative to the scissor guide in the operating state; and wherein the scissor guide and the scissor rod are pre-fixed for insertion into the leaf groove in a pre-installation position which is between the closed position and the tilt position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,233

HIDDEN SLIDING DOOR ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A sliding door assembly, comprising:a door body including a track;
a link arm connected to a support surface;
a track guide carried on said link arm, said track guide having a roller mechanism including a first roller engaging in said track and a second roller engaging an inner face of said door body outside of said track;
said track of said door body slides over said track guide as the door body is moved between open and closed positions; and
wherein said door body includes an arm rest and said track is provided in said arm rest.

US Pat. No. 10,480,231

GARAGE DOOR SAFETY DEVICE

Buena Vista Investments L...

1. A garage door assembly comprising a torsion spring counterbalance apparatus mounted on a header wall above a garage door, the apparatus comprising at least one spring wound on a shaft, and a safety device, the safety device comprising:a capture device mounted on the header wall above the garage door; and
a shackle attached by way of a pin to a clamp device attached to the torsion spring counterbalance shaft at a location proximate to the capture device on the header wall, wherein the shackle is configured to be repositionable along an axis of the torsion spring counterbalance shaft,
wherein the shackle rotates with the torsion spring counterbalance shaft, and
wherein the shackle is capable of extending away from the counterbalance shaft under centrifugal force to engage the capture device and thereby stop the garage door from further free-falling.

US Pat. No. 10,480,230

HINGE FOR REVOLVING SHUTTERS, ESPECIALLY OF SHOWER BOX

Mypro Research S.R.L., T...

1. Improved hinge for revolving shutters A, especially of shower boxes, comprising a structural assembly which includes:a strike block defining a substantially vertical main axis Y and suitable to be made integral with a fixed or bearing auxiliary structure A?
a pair of shaped flanges opposite, facing and coupled each other through fastening means in such a way as to define at least:
a side recess in which said strike block is substantially housed;
a side groove which communicates with the outside and develops for at least part of the perimeter of each of said shaped flanges and is suitable to receive a peripheral portion of a revolving shutter A of a shower box;
an inner seat hidden from view in which rotation means are stably housed defining an auxiliary axis Y? parallel to said main axis Y of said strike block and cooperating, on one side, with said strike block in such a way as to define a first operative position, in which said revolving shutter A closes totally, remaining stable in position, a room of said shower box, and at least one second operative position, in which said rotating shutter A, as a result of rotation around said main axis Y imparted by a user, opens fully, remaining stable in position, said room of said shower box, and, on the other side, with elastic means suitable to retain said rotation means stably against said strike block at each of said operative positions,characterized in that said elastic means comprise an elastically yielding laminar body shaped in such a way as to substantially embed in its own overall encumbrance said rotation means that include a single idle roller which extends for the entire height H, defined parallel to said main axis Y, of a head portion of said strike block, opposite to a base portion associated with said fixed or bearing auxiliary structure A?.

US Pat. No. 10,480,227

HINGE DEVICE WITH DUAL SHAFT

LIANHONG ART CO., LTD., ...

1. A hinge device, comprising:a base comprising a main body having a top surface and two opposite lateral surfaces, two fixing seats disposed on the lateral surfaces with one of the fixing seats misaligned with the other one of the fixing seats, and two stopping bars disposed on the lateral surfaces with one of the stopping bars misaligned with the other of the stopping bars, wherein each of the stopping bars has a top plane lower than the top surface;
a first rotatable plate connected to one of the lateral surfaces and comprising a first semi-circular portion at one end thereof, a first surface and a plurality of first teeth disposed on the first semi-circular portion, wherein a plurality of first through holes are formed on the first surface near another end thereof;
a second rotatable plate connected to the other of the lateral surfaces and comprising a second semi-circular portion at one end, a second surface and a plurality of second teeth disposed on the second semi-circular portion, wherein a plurality of second through holes are formed on the second surface;
a first rotatable rod extending through the main body and comprising a plurality of first gear teeth disposed on an outer periphery thereof and near one end thereof, wherein the first gear teeth meshing with the first teeth of the first rotatable plate;
a second rotatable rod extending through the main body and comprising a plurality of second gear teeth disposed on an outer periphery thereof and near one end thereof, wherein the second gear teeth meshing with the second teeth of the second rotatable plate;
an even number of gear rods disposed in the main body and mutually meshed, wherein one of the gear rods meshes with the first rotatable rod and another one of the gear rod meshes with the second rotatable rod; and
a plurality of lateral plates connected to the lateral surfaces of the main body to position the first rotatable rod, the second rotatable rod and the gear rods.

US Pat. No. 10,480,226

HINGE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME

Shin Zu Shing Co., Ltd., ...

1. A hinge comprising:a connecting bracket provided with a first restriction block and a second restriction block;
a first revolving axle pivotally disposed on the connecting bracket, the first revolving axle being provided with a first cam and a second cam, the first cam cooperating with the first restriction block in restricting a revolving stroke of the first revolving axle;
a second revolving axle parallel with the first revolving axle and pivotally disposed on the connecting bracket, the second revolving axle being provided with a third cam and a fourth cam, the third cam cooperating with the second restriction block in restricting a revolving stroke of the second revolving axle, wherein peripheries of the first to the fourth cams are respectively provided with a convex portion and a concave portion, the concave portion has a first end and a second end;
a first latch slidably disposed between the first cam and the third cam, the first latch having a first end and a second end respectively corresponding to the first cam and the third cam; and
a second latch slidably disposed between the second cam and the fourth cam, the second latch having a first end and a second end respectively corresponding to the second cam and the fourth cam;
wherein while the hinge is unfolded from 0 degrees to 360 degrees, the first latch and the second latch are pushed in sequence to slide from one side to another side to abut against the second revolving axle and the first revolving axle respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,480,219

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UPGRADING INK STAIN ANTITHEFT TAGS WITH RFID COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTION

All-Tag Corporation, Boc...

1. A device for deterring theft of an article, comprising:a plurality of ampules;
a permanent staining substance to be contained in said ampules, said permanent staining substance is of the type that changes the composition of the article;
a housing which encloses said ampules, said housing comprising a base component supporting said ampules and a cover component to cover said base component;
a means to allow said permanent staining substance to escape if said ampules are fractured;
an elongated pin type connecting unit extending from the housing; and
an RFID circuit within said housing, said RFID circuit comprising
an integrated chip and an antenna;
wherein said device is adapted to be attached to a locking unit to secure said device to said article.

US Pat. No. 10,480,209

NON-INJURIOUS RESTRAINT TYPE FORM OF FENCING

1. A fencing system comprised of hollow polymer tubes arranged in horizontal rows affixed to vertical fence posts, the hollow polymer tubes contain fibers which are coated with a moisture cured adhesive where said fibers are secured at end to an end cap of the tubes, where said tubes are constructed of a brittle material or a material which will become brittle upon treatment with ultra violet radiation or heat and said tubes containing the adhesive coated fibers are sealed and pressurized with a dry inert gas, such that said adhesive coated fibers are expelled out of the tube upon breakage of said tube.

US Pat. No. 10,480,207

POST GUARD

1. A post guard comprising:a first upright portion, a first edge of the first upright portion hingedly connected to a first edge of a second upright portion by a living hinge; and
a locking mechanism, a first section of the locking mechanism located on a second edge of the first upright portion, the second edge of the first upright portion distal from the first edge of the first upright portion; and a second section of the locking mechanism located on a second edge of the second upright portion, the second edge of the second upright portion distal from the first edge of the second upright portion;
wherein the locking mechanism secures the post guard to a post and once the locking mechanism is locked, the post guard remains on the post until the post guard is broken;
wherein the post guard has a size and a shape to conform and fit closely around the post: and
wherein the post guard is a unitary structure of single-piece construction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,197

MASONRY SUPPORT

Columbia Insurance Compan...

1. A facade support system for attachment to a wall of a structure for supporting a veneer on the wall of the structure, the system comprising:a bracket configured for attachment to the wall, the bracket comprising a connecting plate and a mounting member;
a support attached to the connecting plate of the bracket and configured to be disposed in a mortar bed joint of the veneer; and
a standoff positioned for engagement with the wall and selectively attachable to the connecting plate in different locations on the standoff to orient the bracket relative to the wall for maintaining a substantially horizontal position of the support;
wherein the connecting plate interconnects the support and the mounting member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,196

BUILDING PANEL WITH A MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. Building panels provided with a mechanical locking system comprising a tongue, at an edge of a first panel, cooperating with a tongue groove, at an edge of an adjacent second panel, for vertical locking of the building panels whereinthe tongue comprises a resilient and displaceable tongue part,
the edge of the first panel is provided with a displacement groove to obtain the resilient and displaceable tongue part, said displacement groove is downwardly open, and comprises an inner wall, an outer wall and a planar upper wall,
the tongue is formed out of the edge of the first panel,
the resilient and displaceable tongue part is configured to be displaced into the displacement groove by a lower lip of the tongue groove during assembling of the first and the second panel by a vertical displacement of the second panel toward the first panel,
the outer wall of the displacement groove at a first and upper part of the displacement groove, at the upper surface of the tongue, is sidewardly open, such that, in a stress-free state before the resilient and displaceable tongue part is displaced into the displacement groove, the resilient and displaceable tongue part is entirely located vertically lower than the planar upper wall of the displacement groove, and
the outer wall of the displacement groove at a second part of the displacement groove, below the resilient and displaceable part of the tongue, is sidewardly open.

US Pat. No. 10,480,194

GUTTER COVER

1. A gutter cover that prevents leaves and debris from entering a gutter with an open top and the gutter has a width, has a lip with a back and attaches to a fascia board on a house, consisting of:a. a single layer fiber material, shaped in an initial flat plane with a width with a first and second edge, that is permeable to water and air but with openings that will not allow debris and leaves to flow through; and,
b. said width of the single layer fiber material is wider than a width of the open top of the gutter; and,
c. the single layer fiber material in the initial flat plane is installed over over the open top of the gutter, and the first edge is positioned against the back of the lip of the gutter and the second edge is positioned against the fascia board and the single layer fiber material friction and stiffness against the back of the lip of the gutter and the fascia board hold the single layer fiber material in position with no other support or attachment means making contact only with the back of the lip of the gutter and the fascia board forming an arc over the open top of the gutter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,188

INSULATION AND VENTILATION SYSTEMS FOR BUILDING STRUCTURES

Ross Power Investments In...

1. An insulation and ventilation system for a building envelope, the system comprising:one or more interior building envelope layers;
an insulation panel having an interior side abutting against at least one of the one or more interior building envelope layers and an exterior side having a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously vertically extending grooves interspaced between a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously vertically extending projections, the continual vertical extension of the grooves and the projections orthogonal to the transverse spacing of the grooves and the projections; and
one or more exterior building envelope layers located exterior to the insulation panel to provide a plurality of longitudinally extending and transversely localized venting channels defined at least in part by an interior surface of the one or more exterior building envelope layers and the grooves of the exterior side of the insulation panel;
wherein the insulation panel comprises a transversely and outwardly extending protrusion located at one of upper and lower, transversely extending, faces of the insulation panel and contiguously formed with a corresponding one of upper faces and lower faces of the transversely spaced and continuously vertically extending projections to thereby form a plurality of blocking surfaces having normal vectors parallel to the continual vertical extension of the grooves and the projections, the blocking surfaces at least partially blocking the channels at the transversely extending face;
wherein the insulation panel is fabricated from a fluid-impermeable material; and
wherein the insulation panel is mounted in a manner that does not permit fluid flow through the panel from an exterior side of the panel to an interior side of the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,185

SUPPORT WALL FRAME SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED USE THEREOF

10. A support wall frame system for providing increased shear strength thereby preventing twisting and racking of a support wall, said support wall frame system comprising:at least one end track;
a frame member including a plurality of ribs and a plurality of stiffeners spaced therefrom, respectively;
wherein said plurality of ribs are statically affixed to said at least one end track;
wherein said plurality of stiffeners are abutted against said at least one end track;
wherein said frame member includes an elongate stud having a stud base with a first stud side wall extending upwardly from a first end of said stud base and a second stud side wall extending upwardly from an opposing second end of said base, said first stud side wall and said second stud side wall being coextensive and parallel with each other and each being oriented in perpendicular fashion with respect to said stud base;
wherein said at least one end track comprises a bottom end track and a top end track, each including a track base having a first track side wall extending upwardly from a first side of said track base and a second track side wall extending upwardly from a second side of said track base, said first track side wall having an inwardly directed first detent and said second track side wall having a second inwardly directed detent, wherein each detent extends the entire width of each respective side wall;
wherein said ribs comprise
an inwardly directed first rib extending along a first length of said first stud side wall,
an inwardly directed second rib extending along a second length of said second stud side wall, and
wherein a third end of said stud is adapted to be received within said at least one end track such that said stud is disposed between said first track side wall and said second track side wall and such that said first detent is received within said first rib and said second detent is received within said second rib.

US Pat. No. 10,480,184

SOUND-PERMEABLE LINING FOR ACOUSTIC PLASTERBOARDS

Knauf Gips KG, Iphofen (...

1. A sound-permeable lining (1) for covering perforations (21) shaped in an acoustic plasterboard (2), the sound-permeable lining (1) comprisinga first ply (12) of a fleece material having an inner structure so that the first ply (12) has a first air flow resistivity RS1 which allows for the penetration of air so that sound can propagate via the first ply (12) and attached thereto and
a second ply (14) which is arranged in between of the first ply (12) and the acoustic plasterboard (2) to which the sound-permeable lining (1) is to be applied, the second ply (14) being of a foil material having a second opacity O2 and a plurality of through-holes (141) formed therein which are of a size and shape so that the second ply (14) has a second air flow resistivity RS2 which allows for the penetration of air so that sound can propagate via the second ply (14),
wherein
the first ply (12) has a first opacity O1 so that the through-holes (141) formed in the second ply (14) are invisible through the first ply (12) and so that the applied sound-permeable lining (1) has an overall opacity O12 to allow for optically covering the perforations (21) shaped in the acoustic plasterboard (2) and an overall air flow resistivity RS12 to allow for the penetration of air so that sound can propagate via the sound-permeable lining (1) and
the second ply (14) comprises a light reflective surface (142) at the side to be attached to the first ply (12) to allow for optically reflecting the first ply (2) thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,480,178

REINFORCED BUILDING WALL

CETRES HOLDINGS, LLC, Ja...

1. A reinforced building wall, comprising:a) a first stud wall including a bottom plate and a top plate;
b) a first threaded rod extending through the bottom plate, the first threaded rod having a first end operably anchored to a foundation and a second end;
c) a first tie rod having a first end with a first threaded bore and a second end with a second threaded bore, the first tie rod being one piece including a solid first portion extending between the first threaded bore and the second threaded bore, the solid first portion having a length longer than a length of the first threaded bore or the second threaded bore, the solid first portion having a cross-sectional size equal to a cross-sectional size of the first end and the second end, the first threaded bore is threaded to the second end of the first threaded rod;
d) a second tie rod having a third end with a third threaded bore and fourth end with a fourth threaded bore, the second tie rod being one piece including a solid second portion extending between the third threaded bore and the fourth threaded bore, the solid second portion having a length longer than a length of the third threaded bore or the fourth threaded bore, the solid second portion having a cross-sectional size equal to a cross-sectional size of the third end and fourth end;
e) a second threaded rod threaded to the second threaded bore and the third threaded bore to attach the first tie rod to the second tie rod; and f) a third threaded rod threaded to the fourth threaded bore, the third threaded rod extending through the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,169

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TOILET ODOR SHIELDING

1. An electronic toilet odor shielding device comprising:a main body comprising a sensing device, a controller, and a pump;
a container comprising an odor shielding compound;
wherein the electronic toilet odor shielding device is configured to be placed and attached to a toilet water tank of a toilet;
wherein the sensing device is configured to sense a toilet water tank flush event and communicate the toilet water tank flush event to the controller;
wherein the controller is programmed to trigger the pump to draw the odor shielding compound from the container upon receipt of the toilet water tank flush event and subsequently to dispense the odor shielding compound into a toilet bowl of the toilet, after a delay time;
wherein the sensing device comprises one or more pins that change electrical conductivity based on a medium they are embedded in.

US Pat. No. 10,480,166

WATER DRAINER

1. A drainer, comprising a downcomer (1), a connecting pole (2), a connecting seat (4) having a sewer outlet (3), and a sewer lid (5) to close or open the sewer outlet (3), wherein the connecting seat (4) is connected to the downcomer (1), wherein the connecting pole (2) is inside the downcomer (1), wherein the sewer lid (5) is connected to an upper end of the connecting pole (2), wherein a fixing seat (6) is arranged on a side wall of the downcomer (1), wherein a mounting housing (7) is fixed to the fixing seat (6), wherein a sliding block (8) is slidably arranged in the mounting housing (7), wherein a tilted block (9) to support the connecting pole (2) is arranged on end of the sliding block (8) facing the connecting pole (2), wherein a driving component to actuate the sliding motion of the sliding block (8) is arranged within the mounting housing (7), wherein the tilted block (9) pushes the connecting pole (2) and the sewer lid (5) upwards to open the sewer outlet (3) when the sliding block (8) slides towards the connecting pole (2), and wherein a pulley (11) rotatably connected to the tilted block (9) is rotatably connected to a lower end of the connecting pole (2).

US Pat. No. 10,480,161

IMPLEMENT TIP ASSEMBLY HAVING TIP WITH WEAR INDICATOR

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A ground engaging tip of a tip assembly for a base edge of a ground engaging implement, wherein the tip assembly includes an adapter configured for attachment to the base edge of the ground engaging implement and having a forwardly extending adapter nose, the ground engaging tip comprising:a rear edge;
a top outer surface;
a bottom outer surface, wherein the top outer surface and the bottom outer surface extend forward from the rear edge of the ground engaging tip and converge at a front edge of the tip; and
a nose cavity, within the ground engaging tip and defined between the converging top and bottom outer surfaces, for receiving the adapter nose therein, the nose cavity including a wear indicator at a front end of the nose cavity and extending from an inner surface of the nose cavity, into the ground engaging tip, toward the bottom outer surface of the ground engaging tip;
wherein the nose cavity further includes bottom and front inner surfaces, and the wear indicator is located at an intersection of the bottom and front inner surfaces of the nose cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,480,159

KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR A MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) for a machine having a prime mover, a swing motor and an actuator therein, the KERS comprising:a KERS selection valve fluidly connected to a hydraulic motor/pump via a hydraulic motor/pump conduit, the KERS selection valve operated to:
selectively receive hydraulic energy from the swing motor via a swing-motor conduit and the actuator via an actuator conduit, the actuator conduit being separate from the swing-motor conduit, when the hydraulic motor/pump is actuated as a hydraulic motor; and
selectively supply hydraulic energy to the swing motor via the swing-motor conduit and to the actuator via the actuator conduit when the hydraulic motor/pump is actuated as a hydraulic pump;
the hydraulic motor/pump disposed in fluid communication with a fluid source via a fluid source conduit, the hydraulic motor/pump configured to output pressurized fluid via the hydraulic motor/pump conduit to the KERS selection valve for selectively operating the swing motor or the actuator based on the selective operation of the KERS selection valve, wherein a first shaft operably and mechanically attached to the hydraulic motor/pump is configured to be operatively rotated by a flow of fluid returning, via the KERS selection valve, from the swing motor or the actuator back to the fluid source via the hydraulic motor/pump;
a flywheel configured to selectively couple with the first shaft of the hydraulic motor/pump with the help of a first clutch, the flywheel configured to store drive power generated by the hydraulic motor/pump from the return flow of fluid when the first clutch couples the flywheel with the first shaft of the hydraulic motor/pump; and
a gearing arrangement coupled to the flywheel and configured to selectively engage with a second shaft associated with the prime mover of the machine, the gearing arrangement being selectively engaged to the second shaft with the help of a second clutch, wherein the first clutch is selectively operable for facilitating a transfer of drive power from the first shaft of the hydraulic motor/pump to the flywheel, and wherein the second clutch is selectively operable for transferring stored drive power from the flywheel to the second shaft associated with the prime mover.

US Pat. No. 10,480,155

EXCAVATOR IMPLEMENT TEETH GRADING OFFSET DETERMINATION

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. An excavator comprisinga machine chassis,
an excavating linkage assembly,
an excavating implement, and
control architecture, wherein:
the excavating linkage assembly comprises an excavator boom and an excavator stick;
the excavating linkage assembly is configured to swing with, or relative to, the machine chassis;
the excavator stick is mechanically coupled to the excavator boom and is configured to curl relative to the excavator boom;
the excavating implement is mechanically coupled to a terminal point of the excavator stick and is configured to curl relative to the excavator stick;
the excavator boom, the excavator stick, and the excavating implement collectively define a variable implement angle ?Bucket(t) that is indicative of a current position of the excavating implement relative to horizontal as a function of time t;
the excavating implement comprises a plurality of implement teeth extending a tooth height h from an internal leading edge JI of the excavating implement to an external leading edge JE of the excavating implement;
the plurality of implement teeth are spaced along the internal leading edge JI and define an active raking ratio r;
the control architecture comprises one or more linkage assembly actuators and one or more architecture controllers programmed to execute an implement teeth grading offset determination process, the implement teeth grading offset determination process comprising
determining a variable implement offset angle ?Delta(t) at least partially based on a difference between an original target design angle ?Tgt(t) and the variable implement angle ?Bucket(t), the original target design angle ?Tgt(t) indicative of a target implement slope relative to horizontal as a function of time t,
determining an implement offset IO based on the tooth height h, the active raking ratio r, and the variable implement offset angle ?Delta(t), and
determining a new target design elevation ElvTgt,New(t) based on the implement offset IO and an original target design elevation ElvTgt,Orig(t); and
the one or more architecture controllers are further programmed to operate the excavator to grade a terrain using the plurality of implement teeth at least partially based on the new target design elevation ElvTgt,New(t).

US Pat. No. 10,480,151

MANHOLE REMOVAL DEVICE FOR USE WITH A MANHOLE CUTTING AND REMOVING TOOL

1. A manhole alignment, locking and removal tool assembly for selective and independent engagement within a manhole comprises,a main support housing, a pair of offset parallel guide and retainment slots in said housing,
a pair of leg engagement supports slidably positioned within said guide and retainment slots,
engagement and lifting legs adjustably disposed within and extending from said leg engagement supports through said support housing,
a dual rack and pinion gear assembly within said slots and said housing, said leg engagement supports secured to said racks,
a guide and extraction key-way in said housing for receiving an extraction drive shaft, key-way engagement tabs extending from said extraction drive shaft for selective engagement therewith and removal thereof,
means for moving said tool assembly independently of said extraction drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,150

RETAINING WALL METHOD OF PRECAST BLOCK TO PREVENT LANDSLIDE

1. A method for retaining a wall of precast blocks to prevent landslide, said method comprising the steps of:placing a plurality of precast blocks in a layered interlocking relation with each other to form said wall based on configuration of the plurality of precast blocks, wherein each precast block of said plurality of precast blocks has a pin hole located at center of a side wall of the precast block and extending there through;
passing a wire rope through said pin hole of each precast block of said plurality of precast blocks and securing said wire rope to earth adjacent to said each of the plurality of precast blocks for strengthening said wall, wherein said wire rope is secured to the earth by attaching said wire rope to a threaded pile being inserted horizontally inside the earth; and
passing the wire rope, of each precast block of a first set of precast blocks selected from the plurality of precast blocks, across a road from underneath the road to insert the threaded pile attached with said wire rope, of each precast block of a first set of precast blocks, vertically inside the earth.

US Pat. No. 10,480,143

PILE BRIDGE ASSEMBLY

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. A pile bridge assembly comprising:a first pile bracket configured to be rigidly mounted onto a first pile of a pier;
a second pile bracket configured to be rigidly mounted onto a second pile of the pier;
a cap bracket sub-assembly configured to be rigidly mounted onto a beam of the pier supported by the first and second piles; wherein the cap bracket sub-assembly comprises first and second cap brackets, configured to be mounted side-by-side onto the beam; wherein the first cap bracket comprises:
a mounting plate;
two clevis plates rigidly connected to the mounting plate and having corresponding clevis pin holes;
two lifting loops rigidly connected to the mounting plate; and
a mounting flange rigidly connected to the mounting plate and configured to enable the first cap bracket to be bolted to the second cap bracket;
the first end of the first compression arm is rotatably connected to the first cap bracket; and
the first end of the second compression arm is rotatably connected to the second cap bracket
a first compression arm rotatably connected (i) at a first end to the first pile bracket and (ii) at a second end to the cap bracket sub-assembly; and
a second compression arm rotatably connected (i) at a first end to the second pile bracket and (ii) at a second end to the cap bracket sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,108

CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE COMPONENTS REINFORCED FOR MANAGING MULTI-AXIAL STRESSES AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION, ...

1. A ceramic matrix composite component, the ceramic matrix composite component comprising:a ceramic matrix composite body comprising a layer-to-layer weave of ceramic fibers and at least one layer of 1-directional and/or 2-directional (1D/2D) fabric of ceramic fibers disposed adjacent to the layer-to-layer weave, the ceramic matrix composite body including a relatively high through-thickness stress region and a relatively high in-plane bending stress region, the layer-to-layer weave is disposed through the relatively high through-thickness stress region and the at least one layer of 1D/2D fabric is disposed through the relatively high in-plane bending stress region,
wherein the ceramic matrix composite body includes an inside-facing outer surface section and an interior mid-section surrounding the inside-facing outer surface section, and wherein the at least one layer of 1D/2D fabric is disposed in the inside-facing outer surface section and the layer-to-layer weave is disposed in the interior mid-section.

US Pat. No. 10,480,104

SMART YARN AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A YARN CONTAINING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SIREN CARE, INC., San Fr...

1. A method for producing a smart yarn, the method comprising:advancing a set of wires into an assembly field along a longitudinal direction, the set of wires comprising a first wire parallel and laterally offset from a second wire by a wire offset distance approximating a terminal offset distance;
at each sensor site in a series of sensor sites longitudinally offset along the set of wires extending in the longitudinal direction by a sensor offset distance and sequentially entering the assembly field as the set of wires is advanced into the assembly field:
depositing a first volume of solder paste onto a first terminal location, on the first wire, coincident the sensor site;
depositing a second volume of solder paste onto a second terminal location, on the second wire, coincident the sensor site;
placing a sensor onto the set of wires at the sensor site, the sensor comprising a first terminal in contact with the first volume of solder paste on the first wire and comprising a second terminal offset from the first terminal by the terminal offset distance and in contact with the second volume of solder paste on the second wire; and
heating the set of wires within the assembly field to reflow the first volume of solder paste and the second volume of solder paste; and
wrapping fibers around the set of wires and sensors arranged along the set of wires to form a continuous length of smart yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,480,103

SELF-WARMING INSULATION

PRIMALOFT, INC., Latham,...

1. An insulation material comprising:exothermic fibers;
heat capturing fibers capable of retaining heat, said heat capturing fibers having a density of at least 1.17 g/cm3 or 2.0 Dtex linear density; and
synthetic fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,088

ELECTROLYTIC SYSTEM FOR PRECIPITATING METALS AND REGENERATING THE OXIDISING AGENTS USED IN THE LEACHING OF METALS, SCRAP METAL, METAL SULPHURS, SULPHIDE MINERALS, RAW MATERIALS CONTAINING METALS FROM SOLUTIONS FROM LEACHING, INCLUDING A PROCESS FOR COMBIN

PROTECH SPA, Santiago (C...

1. A combined electrolytic system for precipitating metals of interest and to regenerate oxidising agents used in the leaching of metals, scrap metals, metal sulphurs, sulphide minerals and raw materials containing metals from solutions from leaching that allows precipitation and oxidation in a single step, wherein the system comprises:a membrane cell device comprised of a cathode compartment and an anode compartment with a respective cathode and anode, wherein the cathode compartment is separated from the anode compartment by a selective and unidirectional ion exchange membrane;
a rich solution flow line coming from said metal leaching, connected to a cathodic solution feed tank;
a rich solution entry flow line from the cathodic solution feed tank to the cathode compartment for electrolytically precipitating therein the metal of interest as cathode metal;
a cathodic solution exit flow line from the cathode compartment to a distribution valve;
a cathodic solution exit flow line from said valve to an anodic solution feed tank;
a cathodic solution recirculation flow line from said valve back to the cathodic solution feed tank;
an anodic solution entry flow line from the anodic solution feed tank to the anode compartment;
an anodic solution exit flow line from the anode compartment to a product solution tank of oxidising agents;
an oxidising agent replenishment flow line from the product solution tank of oxidising agents to the anodic solution feed tank;
an oxidising agent exit flow ne from the product solution tank of oxidising agents to a conveying valve; and
a flow line from said conveying valve to an oxidising leaching process which provides said rich solution from leaching.

US Pat. No. 10,480,074

APPARATUS FOR RADICAL-BASED DEPOSITION OF DIELECTRIC FILMS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A dual-channel showerhead, comprising:a first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface and spaced from the first surface, wherein an internal volume and one or more channels are defined between the first surface and the second surface, and wherein the one or more channels surround the internal volume;
a plurality of tubes extending from the first surface to the second surface through the internal volume, wherein the plurality of tubes is fluidly isolated from the internal volume;
a first inlet connected to the one or more channels; and
a second inlet positioned to direct radicals to the internal volume bypassing the one or more channels, wherein the first inlet is positioned to provide a gas to a location upstream of the one or more channels, and the second inlet is positioned to provide radicals to a location downstream of the one or more channels.

US Pat. No. 10,480,070

DELIVERY CONTAINER WITH FLOW DISTRIBUTOR

VERSUM MATERIALS US, LLC,...

1. A container for delivering a chemical precursor to a process tool, comprising:a sidewall;
a base,
a lid having a flat surface,
an inlet tube,
a hollow flow distributor comprising a plurality of small openings as jets, and
an outlet passing through the lid;
wherein
the inlet tube passes through the lid and extended into the flow distributor, and is in fluid communication with the flow distributor,
the jets are facing the base at an angle ranging from 60 to 90 degrees to the lid,
each jet has an equivalent diameter ranging from 0.01 inches (0.025 cm) to 0.25 inches (0.64 cm); and
the hollow flow distributor has hollow bars and a hollow showerhead, the hollow showerhead is centered in the hollow flow distributor with the hollow bars extended from the hollow showerhead parallel to the lid, the hollow showerhead is in fluid communication with the hollow bars.

US Pat. No. 10,480,065

GAS DISTRIBUTION FOR CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION/INFILTRATION

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A gas distribution plate for a chemical vapor deposition/infiltration system, the gas distribution plate comprising:a body comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the body is hollow and defines an internal cavity;
a plurality of pass-through tubes extending through the internal cavity, wherein each pass-through tube of the plurality of pass-through tubes extends from a first opening defined in the first side of the body to a second opening defined in the second side, wherein a reaction gas is configured to flow through the plurality of pass-through tubes; and
a cavity inlet defined in the first side of the body, wherein a gaseous mitigation agent is configured to flow into the internal cavity of the body via the cavity inlet; and
a plurality of cavity outlets defined in the second side of the body, wherein the gaseous mitigation agent is configured flow out the internal cavity via the plurality of cavity outlets;
wherein the body comprises a conical distribution feature having a base and an apex, wherein the base is flush with and extends from the second side of the body and the apex protrudes into the internal cavity directly opposite the cavity inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,480,048

METHOD FOR RECOVERING RHENIUM, METHOD FOR SELECTIVELY RECOVERING RHENIUM FROM SOLUTION INCLUDING RHENIUM AND OTHER METALS, AND METHOD FOR INCREASING CONTENT RATIO OF RHENIUM IN SOLUTION INCLUDING RHENIUM AND OTHER METALS

KANAGAWA UNIVERSITY, Yok...

1. A method of recovering rhenium, comprising:(A) adding an electron donor and a ketone compound to a solution containing perrhenate ions, the electron donor being an aliphatic secondary alcohol or an aliphatic secondary thioalcohol,
(B) irradiating the solution after the addition with ultraviolet light to precipitate a reduced species of the perrhenate ions contained in the solution, and
(C) separating the reduced species of the perrhenate ions from the solution, the reduced species being precipitated during the ultraviolet light irradiation,
wherein the pH of the solution is 6.3 or higher during step (B).

US Pat. No. 10,480,033

MIRNA-BASED PREDICTIVE MODELS FOR DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS OF PROSTATE CANCER

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A method for treating a subject based on a high biochemical recurrence risk score following post-prostatectomy salvage radiation therapy, comprisinga) determining a miRNA expression profile from a sample from the subject of at least 1 miRNA selected from the group consisting of hsa-miR-628-3p, hsa-miR-1193, hsa-miR-601, hsa-miR-4516, hsa-miR-320e, hsa-miR-508-3p, hsa-miR-598, hsa-miR-626, hsa-miR-563; and
b) calculating a-miRNA-based recurrence risk score from the miRNA expression profile; wherein a high recurrence risk score when compared to Gleason score and lymph node status alone, wherein a high recurrence risk score is based on a regression value of about 0.5 or greater, is an indication of biochemical recurrence within 1 to 5 years; and
c) treating the subject with a high recurrence risk score with adjuvant therapy, radiation therapy, palliative care, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,479,996

ANTISENSE ANTIVIRAL COMPOUND AND METHOD FOR TREATING SS/RNA VIRAL INFECTION

Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc...

1. A morpholino subunit of formula:or a salt or isomer thereof, wherein:B is a base-pairing moiety;
Ri is C1-C12 alkylcarbonyl;
R2 is C7-C30 aralkyl; and
Z is halo.

US Pat. No. 10,479,976

BUOYANCY ENABLED SEPARATION METHOD AND SYSTEM

Diagnologix, LLC, San Di...

1. A buoyancy enabled separation method for isolation from a sample including a variety of different cells a sparse subset of cells that is differentiated by a plurality of different cell surface markers, comprising:a) placing the sample in a container;
b) adding first flexible shell microbubbles having a flexible shell with an inner bubble wall enclosing a gas and an outer bubble wall conjugated to a first antibody capable of binding to a first cell surface marker of a first subset of cells encompassed in the sample;
c) incubating over a time span sufficient to allow an interaction between the first antibody and the first cell surface marker binding the first antibody to the first cell surface marker;
d) allowing the first flexible shell microbubbles with the first subset of cells bound to the first flexible shell microbubbles to separate by flotation from a remainder of the sample;
e) removing waste from the container, including cells within the sample other than the first subset of cells;
f) disrupting the first flexible shell microbubbles such that the first set of isolated cells are no longer buoyant;
g) adding second flexible shell microbubbles having a flexible shell with an inner bubble wall enclosing a gas and an outer bubble wall conjugated to a second antibody capable of binding to a second cell surface marker of a second subset of cells encompassed within the first subset of cells;
h) incubating over a time span sufficient to allow an interaction between the second antibody and the second cell surface marker binding the second antibody to the at least one second cell surface marker;
i) allowing the second flexible shell microbubbles with the second subset of cells bound to the second flexible shell microbubbles to separate by flotation from a remainder of the sample; and
j) removing waste from the container, including cells within the first subset of cells other than the second subset of cells.

US Pat. No. 10,479,970

CONTAINER WITH INSPECTION OPENING

1. A container with a container wall laterally encircling the container, comprising:a mixer provided with a motor and a joint propeller, the container being provided with a mixer mount configured for carrying the mixer and moving it in different positions within the container, wherein, in the container wall, a sealable inspection opening is formed, through which the mixer can be removed, and the mixer mount is configured for moving the mixer in a position horizontally next to the inspection opening, wherein, either outside or inside to the container wall adjacent to the inspection opening, a boom mounting for a boom is attached, and wherein, in the boom mounting, a boom is installed that has a crossbeam extending at least partly over the inspection opening, and wherein the boom is arranged to swing around a vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,958

OLIVE POMACE PRODUCTS, METHOD OF PRODUCTION AND THEIR USES

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO, O...

1. An olive pomace or an olive pomace solid substrate, comprising:up to 1% (m/m) of olive fat material; and
up to 0.06% (m/m) of phytotoxic compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,479,953

EMULSIFIER FOR USE IN LUBRICATING OIL

AFTON CHEMICAL CORPORATIO...

1. A lubricating oil composition comprisinga major amount of a base oil;
about 0.001 to about 0.15 weight percent of an emulsifying agent including a compound of Formula I
whereineach X is independently a polyalkylene oxide group of the formula —[OA]p-;
Y is a hydroxyl group or a polyalkylene oxide group of the formula —[OA]p-OH;
each A is independently an alkylene selected from the group consisting of ethylene, propylene, and butylene, and mixtures thereof;
Rb is H or a chemical moiety having the structure

R is a linear or branched aliphatic group having a number average molecular weight of about 750 to about 2500; and
p is an integer to independently provide each X and/or each Y with a number average molecular weight of about 150 to about 250; and
m is an integer to provide a weight average molecular weight of the compound of Formula I from about 7,000 to about 50,000.

US Pat. No. 10,479,933

EXTREME SYNTHESIS OF CRYSTALLINE AEROGEL MATERIALS FROM AMORPHOUS AEROGEL PRECURSORS

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method, comprising:positioning a porous structure in a pressure cell;
injecting an inert pressure medium within the pressure cell; and
pressurizing the pressure cell to a pressure that thermodynamically favors a crystalline phase of the porous structure over an amorphous phase of the porous structure to transition the amorphous phase of the porous structure into the crystalline phase of the porous structure.

US Pat. No. 10,479,928

WATER TREATMENT SCHEMES FOR INJECTION WATER FLOODING RECOVERY PROCESSES IN CARBONATE RESERVOIRS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A water treatment apparatus for generating injection water from seawater and produced water, comprising:a reverse osmosis (RO) unit operable to receive seawater and produce an RO permeate and an RO reject;
a pretreatment unit operable to receive produced water and output the pretreated produced water;
a carrier gas extraction (CGE) unit or a dynamic vapor recompression (DyVaR) unit operable to receive the pretreated produced water and the RO reject and produce fresh water, the dynamic vapor compression (DyVaR) unit comprising a cyclone in an evaporation stage; and
a mixer operable to mix the fresh water with the RO permeate and a portion of the seawater to generate injection water, such that the injection water comprises a salinity in the range of 5,000 parts-per-million (ppm) TDS to 6,000 ppm TDS.

US Pat. No. 10,479,922

SET ON DEMAND COMPOSITIONS

M-I Drilling Fluids U.K. ...

1. A cement composition consisting essentially of:a cement component;
an oil-immiscible solvent present in an amount ranging from 10 to 80 vol %, wherein the oil-immiscible solvent is one or more selected from a group consisting of ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, glycerol, diethylene glycol, triethylene glycol, 1,3-butanediol, and hexylene glycol;
a surfactant;
one or more hydration retarders selected from a group consisting of polycarboxylate polymers, polysuccinimide, polycarboxylic acids and polyaspartate; and
one or more additives selected from the group consisting of a particulate, one or more ionic polymers, water, one or more non-ionic polymers, and a latent curing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,479,901

MAGNETIC MULTILAYER PIGMENT FLAKE AND COATING COMPOSITION

Viavi Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. A symmetric pigment flake, comprising:a plurality of semi-transparent absorbing magnetic layers;
a plurality of dielectric layers; and
a plurality of opaque reflecting magnetic layers; and
wherein two opaque reflecting magnetic layers of the plurality of opaque reflecting magnetic layers have a larger physical thickness than that of two other opaque reflecting magnetic layers.

US Pat. No. 10,479,867

METHOD OF PRODUCING SUPER SOFT POLYACRYLATE-URETHANE (PAU) CORE-SHELL COPOLYMER DISPERSIONS BY SOLVENT FREE PROCESS

HO YU TEXTILE CO., LTD, ...

1. A method of producing dispersions from acrylate monomers by a solvent free process comprising:(a) synthesizing a solvent free polyurethane dispersion (PUD) in the amount of 40.0 wt % of the acrylate monomers as a seed emulsion;
(b) taking an initiator in the amount of 0.20 wt. %-0.60 wt. % of the acrylate monomers to dissolve in deionized water to obtain an initiator solution which is equally distributed into first, second and third parts;
(c) taking an emulsifier in the amount of 0.20 wt %-0.30 wt % of the acrylate monomers, polyoxyethylene alkyl ether ammonium sulfate in the amount of 0.20-0.30 wt. % of the acrylate monomer, and n-butyl acrylate (n-BA) as a soft monomer in the amount of 3.0-8.0 wt. % of the acrylate monomers to emulsify in the deionized water to obtain a first pre-emulsion acrylate;
(d) taking the emulsifier in the amount of 0.20 wt %-0.30 wt % of the acrylate monomers, the polyoxyethylene alkyl ether ammonium sulfate in the amount of 0.13 wt %-0.30 wt % of the acrylate monomers, the n-BA in the amount of 43.3 wt %-86.7 wt % of the acrylate monomers, and methyl methacrylate (MMA) as a hard monomer in the amount of 8.0 wt %-52.0 wt % of the acrylate monomers to emulsify in the deionized water to obtain a second pre-emulsion acrylate;
(e) pouring the solvent free PUD into a reaction vessel having a reaction temperature set at 70-90° C. and a rotational speed set at 300-500 rpm for reaction;
(f) adding the first pre-emulsion acrylate and the first part of the initiator solution to the reaction vessel for one to two hours;
(g) adding the second pre-emulsion acrylate and the second part of the initiator solution into the reaction vessel;
(h) after adding more than half of the second pre-emulsion acrylate, adding the third part of the initiator solution into the reaction vessel;
(i) increasing the reaction temperature up to 90-95° C.;
(j) maintaining the reaction temperature for one to two hours and turning off heating; and
(k) cooling the reaction vessel for one hour to produce a solid content of 40.0 wt % of solvent free super soft polyacrylate-urethane (PAU) core-shell copolymer dispersions, wherein a weight percentage ratio of polyacrylate (PA) and polyurethane (PU) is 25 wt %:100 wt % -100 wt %:100 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,479,851

PREPARATION OF N-VINYL CARBOXAMIDES IN A SERIES OF REACTOR UNITS

BASE SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for producing a polymer of an N-vinyl carboxamide, the process comprising:flowing a reaction mixture comprising an aqueous liquid comprising at least one polymerisation initiator, N-vinyl carboxamide monomer or a monomer mixture comprising N-vinyl carboxamide into a reactor system; and
polymerising the monomer or monomer mixture to produce the polymer of N-vinyl carboxamide,
wherein:
the reactor system comprises a series of reactor units comprising a combination of at least one mixed flow reactor and at least one single pass tubular reactor, in which
i) the at least one mixed flow reactor comprises at least one vessel comprising an internal mixer, an external mixer, or both, and
ii) the at least one single pass tubular reactor comprises a tubular section disposed between two ends, at least one inlet and at least one outlet in which the reaction mixture flows through the single pass tubular reactor only once; and
substantially none of the reaction mixture exits the single pass tubular reactor less than 50% of a mean residence time of the reaction mixture in the single pass tubular reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,811

PROCESS FOR PREPARING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE, INTERMEDIATES, AND MONOHYDRATE THEREOF

PHARMACORE BIOTECH CO., L...

1. A process for preparing cyclophosphamide monohydrate, comprising the steps of:(a) providing bis (2-chloroethyl) amine hydrochloride;
(b) converting bis (2-chloroethyl) amine hydrochloride into cyclophosphamide monohydrate represented as formula I, and

wherein the converting comprises the step of reacting bis (2-chloroethyl) amine hydrochloride with phosphorus oxychloride in the presence of a base in toluene at a temperature ranging from 20° C. to 60° C. to form bis-(2-chloroethyl)-phosphoramidic dichloride represented as formula II:

wherein the bis-(2-chloroethyl)-phosphoramidic dichloride represented as formula II is converted into the cyclophosphamide represented as formula I by reacting with 3-amino-1-propanol in the presence of the base in a solvent and purifying and isolating to yield a crystalline of cyclophosphamide monohydrate represented as formula I.

US Pat. No. 10,479,809

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ALKENYL PHOSPHORUS COMPOUND

MARUZEN PETROCHEMICAL CO....

1. A method for producing an alkenyl phosphorus compound; comprisingreacting a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 represents OR3 or R3, R2 represents OR4 or R4, and R3 and R4 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and R3 and R4 together may form a ring structure,
with a compound represented by formula (2):

wherein R5 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, or a substituted or unsubstituted silyl group,
to produce an alkenyl phosphorus compound represented by at least one formula represented by (3a) or (3b):

wherein R1 and R2 the same meaning as defined in formula (1), and R5 has the same meaning as defined in formula (2),
wherein the compound represented by the formula (1) and the compound represented by the formula (2) are reacted using a transition metal catalyst, and a phosphorus oxo acid compound having an intramolecular P—H bond.

US Pat. No. 10,479,806

HYDRIDOSILAPYRROLES, HYDRIDOSILAAZAPYRROLES, THIASILACYCLOPENTANES, METHOD FOR PREPARATION THEREOF, AND REACTION PRODUCTS THEREFROM

Gelest Technologies, Inc....

1. A silicon nitride or silicon carbonitride film produced from a hydridosilapyrrole or hydridosilaazapyrrole having formula (I):
wherein R is a substituted or unsubstituted organic group having a carbon or silicon bonded to the ring nitrogen and R? is an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,479,805

BETA-LACTAMASE INHIBITOR

WUHAN VISION PHARMACEUTIC...

1. A compound having a formula of:

US Pat. No. 10,479,794

CYCLIC ETHER DERIVATIVES OF PYRAZOLO[1,5-A]PYRIMIDINE-3-CARBOXYAMIDE

Boehringer Ingelheim Inte...

1. A method of inhibiting PDE2 in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal an effective amount of a compound of formula (I)whereinA is selected from the group Aa consisting of

wherein above mentioned groups are substituted with one R5 and one R6;
R1 is selected from the group R1a consisting of
halogen, C1-3-alkyl- and C3-6-cycloalkyl- wherein the above mentioned C1-3-alkyl-, and C3-6-cycloalkyl- groups may optionally be substituted with 1 to 5 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, NC— and HO—;
R2 is selected from the group R2a consisting of
aryl and heteroaryl,
wherein the above mentioned aryl and heteroaryl-groups may optionally be substituted with 1 to 5 substituents R4;
R3 is selected from the group R3a consisting of
H— and C1-3-alkyl-,
wherein the above mentioned C1-3-alkyl-groups may optionally be substituted with 1 to 7 substituents independently from each other selected from the group consisting of halogen;
R4 is independently from each other selected from the group R4a consisting of
halogen, NC—, HO—, C1-4-alkyl- and C1-3-alkyl-O—
wherein the above mentioned C1-4-alkyl- and C1-3-alkyl-O-groups may optionally be substituted with 1 to 5 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of HO— and F—;
R5 is selected from the group R5a consisting of
H—, halogen, NC—, HO— and C1-3-alkyl-,
wherein the above mentioned C1-3-alkyl-group may optionally be substituted with 1 to 5 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of HO— and F—
or R5 and R6 together form an group O?;
R6 is selected from the group R6a consisting of
H—, halogen, NC—, HO— and C1-3-alkyl-,
wherein the above mentioned C1-3-alkyl-group may optionally be substituted with 1 to 5 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of HO— and F—
or R5 and R6 together form a group O?;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,479,781

PEPTIDYL NITRIL COMPOUNDS AS DIPEPTIDYL PEPTIDASE I INHIBITORS

1. A compound of the formula (I)
wherein n is 0, 1 or 2 and m is 0, 1 or 2; such that the sum of m and n is 1, 2, 3 or 4;
F is fluoro;
X1 represents

wherein y represents 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8;
wherein Z represents O (oxygen);
when y is 1 or 2, then R1 independently represents deuterium; halogen; hydroxyl; cyano;
oxo (?0); mercapto; or C1-3-alkyl; which C1-3-alkyl is optionally substituted with at least one substituent selected from halogen, hydroxyl, cyano and mercapto;
or when y represents 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8, then R1 represents deuterium;
wherein R2 represents —C3-6-cycloalkyl, —C1-3-alkyl-C3-6-cycloalkyl or —C1-6-alkyl, which —C1-6-alkyl is optionally substituted with at least one substituent selected from hydroxyl, cyano or amino; as well as pharmaceutically-acceptable salts, solvates and hydrates thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,479,768

PROCESS FOR THE PREPARATION OF AMPHIPHILIC IMIDAZOLINIUM COMPOUNDS

Bayer Animal Health GmbH,...

1. A process for preparing a compound of Formula (I)
wherein R is a straight-chain, aliphatic, saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbyl group of 11 to 29 carbon atoms, the process comprising: reacting a compound of Formula (II) with a hydrogen halide (HX) to provide a compound of Formula (III), wherein X is Cl, Br, or I;

reacting the compound of Formula (III) with a carboxylic acid halide [RC(O)Y], wherein R is as defined above for formula (I) and wherein Y is selected from the group consisting of Cl, Br, F, and I, or a carboxylic acid anhydride [RC(O)OC(O)R2], wherein R is as defined above for Formula (I) and R2 is a straight-chain or branched, aliphatic, saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbyl group of 1 to 29 carbon atoms, to provide a compound of Formula (IV); and

heating the compound of Formula (IV) to provide a compound of Formula (I)

US Pat. No. 10,479,762

ZWITTERIONIC SURFACTANT CONTAINING ETHOXYLATE UNITS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A surfactant of formula (I)
or a tautomer thereof, or a stereoisomer thereof;
wherein:
R1 and R2 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl, and an optionally substituted cycloalkyl;
R3 and R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of an optionally substituted alkyl, and an optionally substituted cycloalkyl;
n is an integer in a range of 1-15;
x is an integer in a range of 5-21;
y is an integer in a range of 2-5; and
z is an integer selected from 3 and 4.

US Pat. No. 10,479,755

TERMINALLY SELECTIVE METATHESIS OF POLYENES DERIVED FROM NATURAL OIL

Elevance Renewable Scienc...

1. A method for forming a dimer by olefin metathesis, the method comprising:providing a reactant composition comprising a terminally unsaturated diene, which is methyl 9,12-tridecadienoate; and
self-metathesizing the terminally unsaturated diene, methyl 9,12-tridecadienoate, in the presence of a metathesis catalyst at the terminal double bond of the terminally unsaturated diene to form a product composition comprising 1,24-dimethyl 9,12,15-tetracosatriendioate;
provided that the terminally unsaturated diene, methyl 9,12-tridecadienoate, is derived from a natural oil.

US Pat. No. 10,479,753

SACUBITRIL INTERMEDIATE AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

SUNSHINE LAKE PHARMA CO.,...

1. A method of preparing sacubitril,
comprising the following steps:
a) preparing a compound of Formula (VI) by an enzymic catalytic reaction of a compound of Formula (V) in the presence of ?-transaminase and phosphopyridoxal,

b) optionally, preparing a compound of Formula (VII) from the compound of Formula (VI):

c) preparing sacubitril from the compound of Formula (VII),
wherein:
R1 is phenyl, methoxy, hydroxy, chloro, bromo, iodo, mesylate, triflate or 4-methylbenzenesulfonate;
R2 is

R3 is H, —(C1-C4)alkyl or —(C1-C4)alkyl-aryl; and
R4 is H, —(C1-C4)alkyl, —(C3-C6)heterocyclyl, —(C1-C4)alkyl-aryl, trimethylsilyl, triethylsilyl or t-butyldimethylsilyl.

US Pat. No. 10,479,750

METHOD OF PRODUCING DIALDEHYDE COMPOUND

KURARAY CO., LTD., Kuras...

1. A method of producing a dialdehyde compound represented by the following general formula (2):
wherein R1 represents an alkyl group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms,
the method comprising a step of hydroformylating an aldehyde compound represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1 has the same definition as above.

US Pat. No. 10,479,741

PROCESSES AND APPARATUS FOR ISOMERIZING HYDROCARBONS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for isomerizing a hydrocarbon feed stream comprising at least one of C4 to C7 hydrocarbons, wherein the process comprises:isomerizing a first portion of the hydrocarbon feed stream in the presence of an isomerization catalyst and hydrogen in an isomerization reactor under isomerization conditions to produce an isomerized stream;
stabilizing the isomerized stream in a stabilizer unit to provide a stabilizer off-gas stream comprising chlorides and a liquid isomerate stream;
cooling a second portion of the hydrocarbon feed stream to a temperature of about ?40° F. to about 20° F. to provide a chilled hydrocarbon feed stream;
contacting a first portion of the stabilizer off-gas stream with the chilled hydrocarbon feed stream in an absorber column to provide an absorber overhead stream and an absorber bottoms stream comprising chlorides; and
passing the absorber bottoms stream to the isomerization reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,740

PROCESS TO PREPARE PROPYLENE

GASOLFIN B.V., Amersfoor...

1. A process to prepare propylene from a mixture of hydrocarbons by performing the following steps:(a) extracting aromatics from the mixture of hydrocarbons thereby obtaining a resulting mixture of hydrocarbons poor in aromatics,
(b) contacting the resulting mixture obtained in step (a) with a mixture of a heterogenous cracking catalyst and a heterogeneous dehydrogenation catalyst in a fixed bed thereby obtaining a cracked effluent,
(c) separating propylene from the cracked effluent thereby also obtaining a higher boiling fraction, and
(d) recycling a first recycle stream comprising between 10 and 30 wt % of the higher boiling fraction to step (a) and a second recycle stream comprising a portion of the higher boiling fraction to step (b), wherein the first recycle stream and the second recycle stream each comprise aromatic compounds originating from the higher boiling fraction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,728

STRUVITE-K AND SYNGENITE COMPOSITION FOR USE IN BUILDING MATERIALS

CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.,...

1. A process for the continuous manufacture of a building product comprising:a) providing a mixer reaction chamber;
b) continuously combining together constituent materials into the mixer reaction chamber; wherein the constituent materials comprise the following compounds in specified ranges by weight percent:
MgO: 3.33 to 70.00%
KH2PO4: 4.67 to 70.00%
stucco hemihydrate (CaSO4.½H2O): 10.5 to 90.0%
and addition of water: 15 to 60% of the constituent solid materials;
c) continuously mixing the constituent materials within said mixing reaction chamber for a length of time sufficient to produce a slurry;
d) withdrawing the slurry from the mixer reaction chamber; and
e) utilizing said slurry in the manufacture of the building product.

US Pat. No. 10,479,722

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING STRUCTURED COATINGS

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A process for producing a structured coating, comprising:applying
a. a coating composition comprising
i. at least one inorganic binder,
ii. at least one oxide pigment which, after addition of a mixture consisting of 15 ml of 1 M oxalic acid and 15 ml of 20% aqueous hydrochloric acid based on 1 g of substance, under standard conditions, leads to a temperature rise of at least 4° C., and
iii. at least one solvent
to a substrate, to obtain a coating composition film on the substrate,
b. partially coating the resulting coating composition film with a photoresist, and
c. treating the substrate coated with the coating composition film and the photoresist with an acid resulting in a leaching out of said at least one oxide pigment from said coating composition film leaving a leached layer.

US Pat. No. 10,479,718

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SEPARATING A GLASS RIBBON

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A glass manufacturing apparatus configured to facilitate a process of separating a glass ribbon along a separation path extending across a width of the glass ribbon, the glass manufacturing apparatus comprising:an elongated anvil member including an elongated support surface configured to engage a first major surface of the glass ribbon along the separation path; and
at least one elongated nose provided with an engagement device comprising at least one of a nonmetallic bumper and a roller recessed with respect to the elongated support surface of the elongated anvil member,
wherein the elongated nose and the elongated anvil member define at least one anvil-side vacuum port including an elongated length and a width extending perpendicular to the elongated length between the elongated nose and the elongated anvil member, and wherein the anvil-side vacuum port is configured to remove glass debris during the process of separating the glass ribbon.

US Pat. No. 10,479,713

NON-STRIPPING BIOREACTOR FOR BIOLOGICAL SULFIDE OXIDATION FROM WASTEWATERS AND GROUNDWATERS CONTAINING HYDROGEN SULFIDE

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for removing sulfides from a feed water stream in a bioreactor wherein the feed water stream contains from about 1 mg/L to about 2500 mg/L of sulfur compounds on an elemental sulfur basis, the process comprising:(a) passing the feed water stream through a fixed film bioreactor containing an effective quantity of autotrophic obligate chemolithotrophic bacteria immobilized on a packing material within said bioreactor;
(b) recycling a portion of a recycle water from a bioreactor effluent to the bioreactor;
(c) passing air to the said recycle water to saturate the recycle water with dissolved oxygen to produce oxygenated recycle water;
(d) mixing the oxygenated recycle water with the feed water stream to provide a mixed water stream that is passed through the bioreactor;
(e) oxidizing the sulfides in said mixed water stream in the bioreactor to form sulfates; and
(f) removing a purified water stream comprising less than about 0.5 mg/L sulfides from said bioreactor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,712

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR NITROGEN REMOVAL USING FEAMMOX MICROORGANISMS

The Trustees of Princeton...

1. A composition comprising: an Acidimicrobiaceae Feammox bacterium A6 having Accession Deposit Number PTA-122488, a carrier and at least one of soil or water, wherein the bacterium is capable of oxidizing ammonium coupled with reduction of Fe(III) to Fe(II), the carrier comprises a medium for culturing the bacterium, the at least one of soil and water comprises an ammonium containing contaminant, and the water comprises any water adversely affected in quality by anthropogenic influence.

US Pat. No. 10,479,709

WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

BIONEST TECHNOLOGIES INC....

1. A water treatment system comprising:a first reactor and a second reactor arranged to be placed in series in a body of water between an inlet of the body of water and an outlet of the body of water, at least one of the first and second reactor comprising at least one cell for housing biomedia,
at least one baffle extending from at least one of the first reactor and the second reactor for preventing water flow around the at least one of the first reactor and the second reactor, and
a mid-settling zone between the first reactor and the second reactor for separating solids in the water.

US Pat. No. 10,479,706

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESALINATING WATER

Katz Water Tech, LLC, Ho...

1. An offshore water purification apparatus comprising:a. an inlet device having a tubular section that is at least partially submerged into a body of water, the inlet device has at least one filter to prevent any objects larger than 10 millimeters from flowing inside the tubular section;
b. a plurality of pumps located on a skid for moving the water through the tubular section on the inlet device to water purification equipment located on a plurality of skids;
c. a plurality of filters located on a skid that is connected to the inlet device, the plurality of filters are connected to the inlet device to selectively filter particles in the water;
d. a plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid for separating contaminates from the water;
e. a plurality of energy recovery devices located on a skid for recapturing pressure energy from water running through the reverse osmosis system and returning the pressure energy to move additional water through at least a portion of the plurality of skids, at least one energy recovery housing device for holding the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid, wherein the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid can be removed and inserted and attached to connections on the housing that align and correspond to connections on the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid, and wherein at least one connection on the housing that align and correspond to connections on the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid is a fluid line connecting the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid with the energy recovery housing device;
f. at least one reverse osmosis housing device for holding the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid, wherein the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid can be removed and inserted and attached to connections on the reverse osmosis housing that align and correspond to connections on the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid, and wherein at least one connection is a fluid line connecting the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid with the reverse osmosis housing device; and
g. a discharge device for discharging the brine from the plurality of reverse osmosis filters into the body of water and mixes the discharge brine with water from the body of water prior to discharge into the body of water.

US Pat. No. 10,479,705

ILLUMINATED VENTILATION RING FOR A UV-LIGHT WATER SANITIZER

Custom Molded Products, L...

1. An ultraviolet light sanitation apparatus comprising:a housing;
a ventilation ring incorporated into the housing for allowing heated air to exhaust from the housing, the ventilation ring comprising downwardly facing ventilation openings whereby the ventilation openings are shielded from sources of overhead moisture while preventing intrusion of moisture from outside of the apparatus into the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,698

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AUTOMATED WATER TESTING DEVICE

1. A method of testing a fluid sample comprising the steps of:receiving at least one instruction from a first computing system to schedule a test of a fluid;
operating an input device for importing at least a quantity of the fluid from a source;
filling a vial with a pre-determined amount of the imported fluid;
operating a drawing device for drawing a pre-determined amount of a reagent;
activating the drawing device for adding the pre-determined amount of the reagent to the vial;
mixing the fluid and reagent in the vial;
reading an output of a photocolorimeter, the output indicating a result of the reaction of the pre-determined amount of the imported fluid and the pre-determined amount of the reagent;
transmitting the result of the reaction to a second computing system; and
sending an order to another device to dose and correct for a missing chemical.

US Pat. No. 10,479,693

ELECTRO-THERMOCHEMICAL LI CYCLING FOR NH3 SYNTHESIS FROM N2 AND H2O

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. An electro-thermochemical cycling system for producing ammonia, comprising:a) a reaction chamber comprising a metal compound input port, wherein a metal compound is input to said reaction chamber through said metal compound input port;
b) an anode and a cathode comprising an ON electrical state and an OFF electrical state, wherein said anode is in contact with said metal compound for oxidation of anions;
c) a reactive metal formed on said cathode when said anode and said cathode are in said ON electrical state, wherein said cathode is in contact with said metal compound to reduce metal ions of said metal compound to form said reactive metal on said cathode, wherein said anode and said cathode are separated by a porous diffusion barrier disposed in said reaction chamber, wherein said porous diffusion barrier separates anodic products from said cathode and said reactive metal;
d) a voltage source, wherein said voltage source connects said cathode to said anode to establish said electrical ON state and said electrical OFF state;
e) a nitrogen port to said reaction chamber containing said electrolyzed reactive metal, wherein nitrogen from said nitrogen port combines with said electrolyzed reactive metal to form a metal-nitrogen compound proximal to said nitrogen input;
f) an atomic hydrogen port to said reaction chamber containing said metal-nitrogen compound, wherein atomic hydrogen from said atomic hydrogen port combines with said metal-nitrogen compound to form ammonia; and
g) an ammonia output port from said reaction chamber containing said ammonia, wherein said metal compound input port is configured to input said metal compound to said reaction chamber according to a depletion rate of said metal compound in said reaction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,479,684

ENHANCEMENT OF CLAUS TAIL GAS TREATMENT BY SULFUR DIOXIDE-SELECTIVE MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY AND SULFUR DIOXIDE-SELECTIVE ABSORPTION TECHNOLOGY

Saudi Arabian Oil Compnay...

1. A system for recovering sulfur from an acid gas feed, the system comprising:a Claus process, the Claus process configured to convert a combined Claus feed to produce a Claus outlet gas stream and a recovered sulfur stream, wherein the combined Claus feed comprises the acid gas feed and an absorption process outlet stream, wherein the acid gas feed comprises hydrogen sulfide such that the acid gas feed has a hydrogen sulfide concentration, wherein the absorption process outlet stream comprises sulfur dioxide, wherein the Claus outlet gas stream comprises sulfur-containing compounds, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide; wherein the recovered sulfur stream comprises elemental sulfur,
a thermal oxidizer fluidly connected to the Claus process, the thermal oxidizer configured to convert sulfur-containing compounds and hydrogen sulfide in the Claus outlet gas stream to sulfur dioxide to produce a thermal oxidizer outlet stream, wherein the thermal oxidizer outlet stream comprises the sulfur dioxide and water vapor;
a gas treatment unit fluidly connected to the thermal oxidizer, the thermal oxidizer configured to cool the thermal oxidizer outlet stream to produce a process condensed water stream and a dehydrated stream, wherein the dehydrated stream comprises sulfur dioxide;
a membrane sweeping unit fluidly connected to the gas treatment unit, the membrane sweeping unit configured to separate sulfur dioxide in the dehydrated stream to produce a sweep membrane residue stream and a sulfur dioxide enriched air feed, wherein the membrane sweeping unit comprises a membrane, wherein the sulfur dioxide permeates through the membrane of the membrane sweeping unit to a permeate side of the membrane, wherein the sweep membrane residue stream comprises sulfur dioxide; and
a sulfur dioxide absorption process fluidly connected to the membrane sweeping unit, the sulfur dioxide absorption process is configured to produce the absorption process outlet stream and a stack feed, the sulfur dioxide absorption process configured to separate sulfur dioxide from the sweep membrane residue stream, wherein the stack feed is below an allowable sulfur dioxide emission limit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,676

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATED MEMS DEVICES

mCube, Inc., San Jose, C...

1. A method comprising:receiving in a receiving stage, a diced wafer having a plurality of integrated devices comprising CMOS and MEMS devices disposed upon an adhesive substrate, wherein the diced wafer is associated with a known good device data associated with the plurality of integrated devices;
removing with a first pick and place device, a first set of integrated devices from the plurality of integrated devices from the adhesive substrate in response to the known good device data;
placing with the first pick and place device, the first set of integrated devices into a plurality of sockets within a socket substrate;
testing with the testing platform, the first set of integrated devices comprising:while physically stressing with the testing platform, the first set of integrated devices, providing with the plurality of sockets, electrical power to the first set of integrated devices and receiving with the plurality of sockets, electrical response data from the first set of integrated devices;determining with a processing unit coupled to the testing platform, a second set of integrated devices from the first set of integrated devices, in response to the electrical response data;
removing with a second pick and place device, the second set of integrated devices from the plurality of sockets within the first substrate; and
disposing the second set of integrated devices into a transport tape media.

US Pat. No. 10,479,675

METHOD OF PRODUCTION OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING SEMICONDUCTOR LAYER AND SUPPORT SUBSTRATE SPACED APART BY RECESS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A semiconductor device production method, comprising:performing trench etching to form a trench in a thickness direction of a semiconductor layer so that both of a first pattern portion and a second pattern portion whose side walls face each other across the trench are formed, wherein
in the trench etching, the semiconductor layer is etched and removed while a protective film is formed on a surface of the semiconductor layer, and
the trench etching is performed so that the first pattern portion and the second pattern portion are configured to have a same potential during the trench etching,
the first pattern portion and the second pattern portion are made in a state of having the same potential during the trench etching by performing the trench etching so that the first pattern portion and the second pattern portion, after the trench is formed, are connected to each other by a coupling portion as a portion of the semiconductor layer other than the first and second pattern portions,
in the trench etching, a semiconductor substrate in which a surface of the semiconductor layer opposite to a surface on a starting side of the trench etching is joined to a support substrate through an insulating film and having a recessed portion is used, and
the semiconductor substrate has, before the trench etching, the recessed portion in a surface of the semiconductor layer adjacent to the support substrate or in a surface of the support substrate adjacent to the semiconductor layer at a portion of the semiconductor layer corresponding to a trench forming portion of the semiconductor layer so that the semiconductor layer and the support substrate are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,479,665

GOODS MOVEMENT APPARATUS

William Mark Adams, Sutt...

1. Apparatus for the movement of goods, said apparatus comprising:at least one goods storage area having a floor for the location of goods thereon, said goods storage area having an opening through which goods can be moved, said opening selectively closed by a door assembly;
lifting apparatus including a frame and a platform movable in relation thereto and on which goods can be located,
when the goods storage area and the lifting apparatus are in an abutting relationship and the said floor and the said platform are at the same height, an edge of the platform and an edge of the said floor are spaced apart by a gap and
wherein the apparatus includes a bridging assembly including first and second bridge portions selectively movable to form a bridge across the said gap to allow goods to be moved between the said floor and the platform across said bridge and
said first and second portions are relatively movable to allow the bridging assembly to be provided in
a storage position in which the said bridge portions are provided in an upstanding position substantially perpendicular to a support surface of the platform,
an in-use position in which the said bridge portions are substantially in line with the platform surface, and
a position intermediate the in-use and storage positions and in which the first bridge portion is substantially in line with the platform support surface and the second bridge portion is in the upstanding position and
when in the in-use position, the free end of the second bridge portion of the bridging assembly extends to and over the edge of the floor of the goods storage area to form a continuous goods movement path between the platform and the floor of the goods storage area and
wherein when the bridging assembly is in the intermediate position, the gap between the edge of the first bridge portion and the edge of the floor of the goods storage area is less than the gap between the edge of the platform and the edge of the floor of the goods storage area, and
the goods storage area is provided with a tail lift at the opening into the goods storage area and powered movement apparatus for the tail-lift is located towards the opposing end of the goods storage area from the said opening and is connected to the tail-lift by one or more elongate drive members in the form of chains or cables.

US Pat. No. 10,479,663

FORKLIFT TRUCKS AND MASTS THEREFORE

HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC., ...

1. A hydraulic arrangement for an extensible mast comprising:a hydraulic pump fluidly communicating with a hydraulic reservoir;
a hydraulic feed-through cylinder connected to a first mast column such that extension of the feed-through cylinder moves a section of the mast;
a first valve arrangement fluidly interposed between the pump and the reservoir on one side of the first valve arrangement and via a first hydraulic line to the feed-through cylinder on another side of the first valve arrangement such that the first valve arrangement controls fluid communication between the pump and the feed-through cylinder and also controls fluid communication between the feed-through cylinder and the reservoir;
a hydraulic free-lift cylinder fluidly communicating with the feed-through cylinder such that hydraulic fluid is communicated to and from the free-lift cylinder via the feed-through cylinder;
a hydraulic lift cylinder connected to a second mast column such that extension of the lift cylinder moves the section of the mast;
a second valve arrangement fluidly interposed between the pump and via a second hydraulic line to the lift cylinder such that the second valve arrangement controls fluid communication between the pump and the lift cylinder;
a balance pipe fluidly connecting the feed-through cylinder with the lift cylinder; and
a controller operably connected with the first valve arrangement and with the second valve arrangement wherein the controller operates the first valve arrangement and the second valve arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,479,658

TELESCOPIC DEVICE OF SINGLE-CYLINDER LATCH TYPE AND CRANE

Xuzhou Heavy Machinery Co...

1. A telescopic device of single-cylinder latch type for a telescopic boom system, comprising:a telescopic cylinder, for driving telescopic boom sections of the telescopic boom system to execute a telescopic action relative to a basic boom section;
double boom pin structures, arranged on both sides of tails of the telescopic boom sections to lock and unlock the telescopic boom sections;
a boom pin pulling and plugging mechanism, arranged on the cylinder barrel of the telescopic cylinder to execute pulling and plugging operations on the double boom pin structures; and
a cylinder pin structure and a cylinder pin cylinder, both arranged on the cylinder barrel of the telescopic cylinder and configured to lock and unlock the cylinder barrel of the telescopic cylinder and the telescopic boom sections, wherein the boom pin pulling and plugging mechanism comprises:
a boom pin cylinder, a reset mechanism, a double boom pin pulling device and a transmission mechanism;
the boom pin cylinder, the reset mechanism and the double boom pin pulling device are connected with the transmission mechanism; and
the transmission mechanism is configured to convert a linear telescopic motion of the boom pin cylinder into a linear pin pulling or releasing action of the double boom pin pulling device on the double boom pin structures;
wherein the transmission mechanism is a link mechanism, comprising a first link, a second link, a third link and a fourth link; one end of the boom pin cylinder and one end of the reset mechanism are respectively hinged with both ends of the first link; the second link is fixedly connected with the first link; the first link is configured to convert the linear telescopic motion of the boom pin cylinder into a rotary motion of the second link; one end of the third link and one end of the fourth link are respectively hinged with both ends of the second link; the other end of the third link and the other end of the fourth link are respectively hinged with the double boom pin pulling device; and the third link and the fourth link are configured to convert the rotary motion of the second link into the linear pin pulling or releasing action of the double boom pin pulling device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,656

MODULAR, ADAPTABLE AND FOLDABLE APPARATUS FOR A CLIMBING CRANE

1. A crane-support apparatus for mounting a tower crane onto a side of a high-rise building under construction, enabling ascending of the tower crane according to the upwards progression of the building construction, the crane-support apparatus comprising:a chassis configured to support a climbing frame of the tower crane mast;
at least one reinforcement element, wherein a distal end of said chassis is hingedly attached to a distal end of said reinforcement element, and
at least one lifting cable for pulling said chassis and said reinforcement element;
wherein said crane-support apparatus is operational in a deployed, support mode, in which said chassis is aligned in a horizontal position, and is removably attachable at its proximal end to a first predetermined location of said building, such that said chassis is configured to support the climbing frame of the tower crane mast, and in which said reinforcement element is aligned in a slanted position and is removably attachable at its proximal end to a second predetermined location of said building, such that said reinforcement element is configured to provide reinforcement to said chassis, thereby allowing securing of said tower crane mast to said building in said support mode, and
wherein said crane-support apparatus is operational in a folded, mobilization mode, in which said chassis and said reinforcement element are configured to be pulled by said lifting cable at the distal end of said chassis and the distal end of said reinforcement element with said chassis and said reinforcement element are hingedly folded and aligned in vertical positions when said chassis and said reinforcement element are unattached from said building, thereby allowing displacement, by said lifting cable, of said chassis and said reinforcement element when so folded in said mobilization mode.

US Pat. No. 10,479,653

MONITORING SYSTEM OF A PASSENGER CONVEYOR, A PASSENGER CONVEYOR, AND A MONITORING METHOD THEREOF

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A monitoring system of, comprising:an imaging sensor configured to sense a lighting device of the passenger conveyor to acquire image data;
a microcontroller configured to process the image data to monitor whether the lighting device is in a normal state, the microcontroller having a plurality of modules, wherein the plurality of modules includes:
a background acquisition module configured to acquire a background model based on the image data sensed when the lighting device is in a normal state or in an abnormal state;
a foreground detection module configured to compare image data sensed in real time with the background model to obtain a foreground object; and
a working condition judgment module configured to perform data processing at least based on the foreground object to judge whether the lighting device is in a normal state.

US Pat. No. 10,479,650

ARRANGEMENT FOR REDUCING DISPLACEMENT OF AN ELEVATOR CAR CAUSED BY A CHANGE IN LOADING

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement for reducing the displacement of an elevator car caused by a change in loading, comprising:the elevator car configured to move up and down in an elevator hoistway;
one or more counterweights;
at least one rope element essentially above the elevator car;
at least one rope element essentially below the elevator car; and
at least one pretensioner of the rope elements,
wherein the elevator car and one or more counterweights are configured to be supported and to be moved via the rope elements and the at least one pretensioner, and a plurality of rope pulleys, of which rope pulleys the first part are diverting pulleys, and the second part are traction sheaves or corresponding,
wherein the arrangement comprises at least two hoisting machines,
wherein the arrangement includes a locking mechanism configured to lock at least two rope pulleys to be non-rotating at least during loading of the elevator car,
wherein a first end of the at least one rope element below the elevator car is fixed to, via the pretensioner, a bottom end of one of the one or more counterweights or a bottom part of the elevator hoistway, a second end of the at least one rope element below the elevator car is led to pass around one or more of the plurality of rope pulleys, and the pretensioner is configured to provide a constant tensioning force to the at least one rope element below the elevator car, and
wherein the pretensioner includes:
a roll rotating around an axis of rotation;
an adjustment element fixed to the roll, the adjustment element rotating along with the roll and being eccentric with respect to the axis of rotation of the roll; and
a tensioning rope is configured to rotate the adjustment element under a tensioning force,
wherein the at least one rope element below the elevator car is fixed to an outer rim of the roll such that the first end of the at least one rope element below the elevator car can be coiled onto the roll when the roll rotates around the axis of rotation as the at least one rope element loosens.

US Pat. No. 10,479,647

DEPTH SENSOR BASED SENSING FOR SPECIAL PASSENGER CONVEYANCE LOADING CONDITIONS

Otis Elevator Company, F...

1. A passenger conveyance special loading system, comprising:a depth-sensing sensor for capturing 3D depth map data of an object within a field of view that comprises a passenger conveyance door and a waiting area adjacent to the passenger conveyance door;
a processing module in communication with the depth-sensing sensor to receive the 3D depth map data, the processing module uses the 3D depth map data to calculate passenger data associated with the object to determine a special loading condition; and
a passenger conveyance controller to receive the passenger data from the processing module, wherein the passenger conveyance controller controls a passenger conveyance dispatch control function in response to the special loading condition to assign a passenger conveyance with sufficient free space to accommodate the special loading condition.

US Pat. No. 10,479,644

ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH ELEVATOR LINK HAVING INTEGRATED CONTROL LINES

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. An elevator system for supporting a tubular member, comprising:an elevator;
a first elevator link connected to the elevator for supporting the elevator, comprising:
a shaft having an upper shaft end and a lower shaft end;
an upper eye coupled to the upper shaft end and having an upper eye body defining an upper eye opening;
a lower eye coupled to the lower shaft end and having a lower eye body defining a lower eye opening;
a first upper port and a first lower port disposed on the first elevator link;
a first internal passage extending through at least a portion of the shaft and in communication with the first upper port and the first lower port;
a first control line having an upper line section coupled to and in communication with the first upper port and a lower line section coupled to and in communication with the first lower port, wherein the first internal passage and the first control line form a first fluid flowpath; and
a second elevator link connected to the elevator for supporting the elevator.

US Pat. No. 10,479,641

ADJUSTMENT AND REPOSITIONING OF COILED TUBING TENSIONING DEVICE WHILE DEPLOYED

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. An adjustable coiled tubing deployment system, comprising:a tubing guide for receiving a coiled tubing;
a tensioning device for maintaining the coiled tubing in tension, where the coiled tubing is directed into the tensioning device from the tubing guide; and
a tower frame having a moveable platform supporting the weight of the tensioning device, the moveable platform comprising an upper carriage section, a lower carriage section, and one or more vertical actuators coupled between the upper carriage section and the lower carriage section, the moveable platform adjustable vertically to raise and lower the tensioning device with respect to the tower frame, wherein:
the tower frame comprises at least two longitudinal support rails each having a plurality of apertures spaced along a longitudinal length of each of the longitudinal support rails; and
the upper carriage section and the lower carriage section each contain two or more pegs which are horizontally actuatable to engage at least one aperture of the plurality of apertures of each of the longitudinal support rails, thereby forming the moveable platform for supporting the tensioning device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,635

STRETCH FILM DISPENSER WITH TENSION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

1. A stretch film dispenser with a tension adjustment device, the stretch film dispenser comprising a frame, the film being provided with a film mounting unit and a film dispensing unit, characterized by:the frame including a coupling seat and a bottom seat, the coupling seat having a first through hole and a positioning hole in the vicinity of the first through hole, the positioning hole being provided with a positioning member;
an adjustment rod having a first end connected to the frame and a second end positioned at the first through hole, the second end of the adjustment rod being provided with a first threaded portion;
an adjustment unit disposed on the coupling seat of the frame, the adjustment unit including an adjustment seat, the adjustment seat being located at the first through hole, a bottom surface of the adjustment seat being provided with a plurality of positioning recesses corresponding to the positioning member, the positioning member being pressed against one of the plurality of positioning recesses, the adjustment seat being provided with a first screw hole, the first screw hole being threadedly connected with an adjustment member, a first end of the adjustment member being screwed to the first threaded portion of the adjustment rod;
an elastic unit connected to the film dispensing unit and the coupling seat.

US Pat. No. 10,479,629

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a reading section configured to read a medium being transported;
feeding means configured to feed the medium toward the reading section; and
a medium detection section provided along a medium transport path between the feeding means and the reading section and configured to include a transmitting portion configured to emit an ultrasonic wave and a receiving portion configured to receive the ultrasonic wave emitted from the transmitting portion, and output an output value equivalent to a magnitude of the received ultrasonic wave,
wherein, in a case where the output value of the receiving portion satisfies a first condition, a transport of the medium is continued,
wherein, in a case where the output value of the receiving portion satisfies either a second condition different from the first condition or a third condition different from the second condition, the transport of the medium is brought to a halt,
wherein a lower limit value and an upper limit value are set in accordance with a kind of the medium,
wherein the first condition is satisfied in a case where the output value falls within a reference range prescribed by the lower limit value and the upper limit value,
wherein the second condition is satisfied in a case where the output value is lower than the lower limit value,
wherein the third condition is satisfied in a case where the output value is higher than the upper limit value,
wherein the receiving portion is disposed in a concave portion provided on a side of one transport path face among a pair of transport path faces between which the medium being transported is interposed, and
wherein the concave portion includes a shutter portion configured to slide from a downstream side toward an upstream side to adjust an open state of an opening of the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,622

STACKER-RECLAIMER APPARATUS

1. A stacker-reclaimer apparatus for handling bulk material at a storage site comprising:a central tower having a vertical axis;
an infeed conveyer;
a stacker boom rotatably mounted to the central tower about the vertical axis, the stacker boom receiving the bulk material from the infeed conveyer;
a reclaimer boom rotatably mounted to the central tower about the vertical axis;
a first conveyer screw mounted on the reclaimer boom, the first conveyer screw extending along a first longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a second conveyer screw mounted on the reclaimer boom, the second conveyer screw extending along a second longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a first harrow extending upwardly and angularly away from the first longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a second harrow extending upwardly and angularly away from the second longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a reclaim hopper, the reclaim hopper receiving the bulk material from the reclaimer boom; and
an outfeed conveyer, the outfeed conveyer receiving the bulk material from the reclaim hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,479,618

TANK PRESSURIZATION CONTROL FOR AIR CARTS

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A pneumatic distribution system configured to distribute a granular product to an agricultural implement, wherein the pneumatic distribution system comprises:a first pressure sensor configured to be fluidly coupled to a storage tank configured to store the granular product, wherein the first pressure sensor is configured to output a first signal indicative of a first static pressure in the storage tank;
a second pressure sensor configured to be fluidly coupled to a meter housing, wherein the second pressure sensor is configured to output a second signal indicative of a second static pressure in the meter housing;
a valve configured to be fluidly coupled between the storage tank and a primary line, wherein the valve is configured to selectively enable an air stream to flow from the primary line to the storage tank, wherein the valve is fluidly coupled to a secondary line, and the secondary line is fluidly coupled between a first section of the primary line and the storage tank; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the first pressure sensor, to the second pressure sensor, and to the valve, wherein the controller is configured to instruct the valve to enable the air stream to flow from the primary line into the storage tank until the first static pressure is greater than the second static pressure by a threshold amount.

US Pat. No. 10,479,609

CONVEYOR SYSTEM WITH SELECTIVE CARRIAGE VACUUM SUPPLY

KHS USA, INC., Sarasota,...

1. A conveyor system comprising:a track extending along a conveying path;
at least one carriage having a mounting section slidably engaging the track, a vacuum connection being formed in the mounting section;
a driving mechanism for moving the at least one carriage along the conveying path;
a plurality of vacuum valves connected to the track along the conveying path; and
a vacuum source connected to the plurality of vacuum valves to supply vacuum thereto;
wherein the conveyor system is configured to selectively supply vacuum to the vacuum connection of the least one carriage via the plurality of vacuum valves based on a proximity of the at least one carriage thereto;
wherein the track includes opposed first and second track surfaces extending along the conveying path, opposed first and second section sides of the mounting section respectively slidably engaging the first and second track surfaces; and
wherein the vacuum connection includes opposed first and second vacuum inlets, the first and second vacuum inlets being respectively arranged on the first and second mounting section sides.

US Pat. No. 10,479,605

ARTICLE STORAGE FACILITY

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

2. The article storage facility according to claim 1, wherein:the conveying apparatus includes a transfer apparatus configured to transfer an article between the conveying apparatus and one of the storage sections,
each of the plurality of storage sections includes a support surface that supports an article from below, and
the transfer apparatus is configured to, when an article is to be transferred between the conveying apparatus and one of the storage sections, slide the article in the depth direction on the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,603

CONTROL SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A control system of an article, the control system comprising:a first transmitter having a first radio signal range, being mounted at a first location, and transmitting first position information relating to the first location;
a second transmitter having a second radio signal range, being mounted at a second location, and transmitting second position information relating to the second location, the second radio signal range being narrower than the first radio signal range;
an acquirer acquiring at least one of the first position information and the second position information;
a first identifier including first identification information and being attached to the article; and
a memory part, the first identification information being associated with the first position information or the second position information and stored in the memory part,
wherein the acquirer is configured to associate the first identification information with at least one of the first position information and the second position information based on the acquired at least one of first and second position information and the association stored in said memory part, thereby to identify the location of the article as being within the range of at least one of the first transmitter or the second transmitter based on the acquired first or second position information and the association stored in the memory part.

US Pat. No. 10,479,602

MODULAR BASE FOR FORMING INSTALLATIONS AND METHOD FOR STORAGE BY MEANS OF STACKING AND MOVEMENT OF CASES

1. Modular base for creating a storage installation for stacking and handling of boxes, comprising:a vertically elongated structural module having along its height a lower ground floor, an intermediate first floor and an upper support level, said lower ground floor and said intermediate first floor are each provided with four rail segments, wherein at least one lifting robot operates on the four rails of said lower ground floor and at least one movement robot, different from said at least one lifting robot, operates on the four rails of said intermediate first floor;
said at least one movement robot is configured to support at least one box, wherein the at least one lifting robot passes unblocked through a center of the at least one movement robot;
said upper support level has two opposing edges provided with support locks, wherein said at least one box has a flap that drives and releases a support lock during vertical movement of said at least one box;
the at least one lifting robot and the at least one movement robot are each provided with a trolley having a running system on each of four sides of said robot, wherein the running systems move upward and downward so that the running systems of two opposing sides are moved upward while the other two opposing running systems remain placed over a corresponding pair of opposing rail segments allowing said at least one lifting robot and said at least one movement robot to move in four directions and a 90° change of direction over said corresponding pair of opposing rail segments;
said structural module being configured to be coupled with other structural modules so that the rail segments of said lower ground floor and said intermediate first floor of a structural module are aligned with the rail segments of said lower ground floor and said intermediate first floor of another structural module so that the at least one lifting robot and the at least one movement robot move in four directions inside the coupled structural modules to move said at least one box only between said intermediate first floor and said upper support level.

US Pat. No. 10,479,591

AUTOMATED TIP JAR PRODUCING A COMPENSATING ACTION

Good Fortune Industries, ...

1. An apparatus for dispensing a coupon upon receiving a tip, said apparatus comprising:a housing having an inlet positioned for receiving said tip and an outlet positioned for dispensing said coupon;
wherein said housing has at least one switch positioned within a recess in said housing, wherein said at least one switch is enabled for testing operation of said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,479,584

MICROWAVE PACKAGING

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A container for heating a plurality of food items with microwave energy, the container comprising:a tray comprising a sidewall extending at least partially around an interior of the tray;
an insert disposed at least partially in the interior of the tray, the insert comprising a plurality of lateral ribs, a plurality of longitudinal ribs, and a central panel extending over at least one lateral rib of the plurality of lateral ribs and at least one longitudinal rib of the plurality of longitudinal ribs, wherein the central panel contacts the at least one lateral rib and the at least one longitudinal rib along respective portions of respective top edges of the at least one lateral rib and the at least one longitudinal rib, and the portions of the top edges of the at least one lateral rib and the at least one longitudinal rib are recessed to at least partially accommodate the central panel; and
a plurality of receptacles at least partially defined by the insert, each receptacle of the plurality of receptacles being for at least partially receiving at least one food item of the plurality of food items;
wherein each lateral rib of the plurality of lateral ribs engages each longitudinal rib of the plurality of longitudinal ribs to at least partially form the plurality of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,479,583

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR KEEPING INSECTS OUT OF SHIPMENT LOADS

Rengo Packaging, Inc., K...

1. An apparatus for preventing insects and other pests from entering a load of goods comprising:a shipping pallet;
a freely transportable shipping enclosure formed of separate connected panels releasably joined;
said panels having at least one section of porous venting material characterized by a small pore size that prevents the entry of small insects, with the pore size being large enough and said venting section(s) suitably positioned to allow the flow of ambient air into and out of said enclosure;
said panels joined such that there are no openings to said load larger than said pore size of said venting material;
said enclosure fully encapsulating said load and resting on top of said pallet;
said pallet, said enclosure, and said load of goods being freely transportable together as a unit, with said load encapsulated and protected by said enclosure; and
said unit having no securement to the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,479,579

PACKAGING SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING THEREOF

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A method of packaging a product comprising:heating a first film of plastic material to a forming temperature at a thermoforming station until it is thermoformable;
positioning a plurality of products to be packaged in the thermoforming station along with the heated first film;
moving at least one of the heated first film and the plurality of products to be packaged in relation to each other until the plurality of products deforms the heated first film and forms a plurality of pockets in the heated first film, each of the pockets at least partially encapsulating at least one of the products in the plurality;
forming flange portions in the heated first film around each of the pockets;
curing the deformed first film with the plurality of products at least partially encapsulated in the pockets in the first film;
attaching security tags to a first side of a packaging panel;
covering the security tags with a second plastic film, the second film being placed over each of the security tags and attached to the first side of the packaging panel around each of the security tags;
securing the flange portions of the first film to a second side of the packaging panel; and
singulating the cured first film and the packaging panel to form a plurality of packaging assemblies, each of the packaging assemblies including a portion of the first film and a portion of the packaging panel, the portion of the first film having a pocket in which at least one of the products is retained and a flange which surrounds the pocket, the flange being secured to the portion of the packaging panel, the portion of the packaging panel of each of the packaging assemblies including one of the security tags covered by the second film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,570

BOTTLE AND CAP ASSEMBLY FOR SELECTIVELY DISPENSING ONE BEVERAGE INTO ANOTHER BEVERAGE

1. A beverage container and cap assembly for selectively dispensing a first beverage or a powder into a second beverage, comprising:a beverage container configured to contain the second beverage; and
a cap assembly coupled to the beverage container, wherein the cap assembly comprises:
a base member coupled to the beverage container and defining a fluid flow channel from the base member into the beverage container;
a reservoir member configured to contain the first beverage or the powder disposed within the base member;
wherein the reservoir member comprises a piercing member disposed therein having a first end that is coupled to a deformable first surface of the reservoir member and a second piercing end that is disposed adjacent to an opposed pierceable second surface of the reservoir member; and
a cap structure disposed partially within the base member that is configured to be selectively depressed, thereby contacting the deformable first surface of the reservoir member and first end of the piercing member and biasing the second piercing end of the piercing member through the opposed pierceable second surface of the reservoir member, thereby allowing the first beverage or the powder to flow from the reservoir member through a portion of the base member and into the second beverage contained within the beverage container;
wherein the base member comprises an internal funnel structure configured to selectively direct the first beverage or the powder flow from the reservoir member through the portion of the base member and into the second beverage contained within the beverage container.

US Pat. No. 10,479,568

REUSABLE POURING SPOUT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF IMPROVING THE POURING AND STORAGE OF PARTICULATE MATERIAL HOUSED IN BULK PACKAGING

1. A reusable dispensing system, comprising:a reusable spout having an end configured for attaching to a first container, the end including a flanged base;
a solid coupler having a flanged base facing surface and a container facing surface, the coupler further having an opening that extends between the flanged base facing surface and the container facing surface, the coupler including a first adhesive on the flanged base facing surface and a second adhesive on the container facing surface, the first adhesive being configured to attach to the flanged base and the second adhesive being configured for attachment to the container; and
a cap configured to seal an end of the reusable spout,
wherein the first adhesive is configured so that the reusable spout is removable from the first container by a hand of a user and thereafter attached to a second container.

US Pat. No. 10,479,560

CONVERTIBLE BAG

1. A bag, said bag comprised of:a flexible material including
a floor and
a plurality of upstanding walls projecting from the floor,
wherein each two adjacent walls meet one another at a corner of the bag, and
there is at least one perforated section near the opening of the bag such that a user may rip the bag along said at least one perforated section to reveal one or more straps
wherein said one or more straps includes a first strap and a second strap, and said first strap has a set of perforations extending downwardly from an upper edge of said strap and said second strap has a set of perforations extending upwardly from a lower edge of said strap.

US Pat. No. 10,479,545

DOUBLE CONTAINER

KYORAKU CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A double container comprising:an outer layer as an outer shell; and
an inner layer as an inner bag, wherein
the inner bag contracts in association with a decrease in a content housed in the inner bag,
the outer layer is provided with a recessed portion and the recessed portion is provided with an atmospheric air introduction hole, and
a hydrophobic filter configured to allow air penetration and block water is provided to close the atmospheric air introduction hole.

US Pat. No. 10,479,542

BOTTLE WITH OFFSET SPOUT AND COUNTER-BALANCED BASE

1. A bottle, comprising:a first side and a second side, the second side spaced from and parallel to the first side, each of the first and second sides being generally circular in shape;
a base having a toe portion and a heel portion spaced from the toe portion;
an edge connecting the first side and the second side, the edge extending from the toe portion to the heel portion;
a spout extending from the edge, the spout offset from the vertical centerline of the bottle;
the edge having a curved leading portion extending from the spout to the toe portion, and a curved trailing portion extending from the spout to the heel portion, and wherein the radius of curvature of the trailing portion of the edge is constant from the spout to the heel portion and the radius of curvature of the leading portion of the edge changes between the spout and the toe portion;
wherein, when the bottle is supported on a generally flat horizontal surface by the leading portion of the edge, the bottle will roll to a position resting on the base under the influence of the heel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,536

SYSTEM, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR URINE COLLECTION AND STORAGE

PORTLAND OUTDOORS, LLC, ...

1. A system for collecting and storing animal urine comprises,a funnel, a valve, and a collection container, the valve positioned between a discharge end of the funnel and an inlet end of the collection container, the valve controlling flow of the animal urine entering the funnel into the collection container, the collection container having a side portion and a bottom portion with an outlet therein, the collection container in communication with a discharge end of the funnel,
a sensor positioned with respect to the funnel to detect a presence and absence of the animal urine flowing into the funnel, and
means for opening the valve when urine flow begins in the funnel and closing the valve when the urine flow in the funnel stops,
means for determining a period of time of urine flow at least into the funnel, and
means for removing air in the collection container at least prior to opening of the valve and entry of urine into the collection container, and optionally after filling supplying inert gas to the collection container containing the urine.

US Pat. No. 10,479,532

STRESS RELIEVED WELDS IN POSITIVE EXPULSION FUEL TANKS WITH ROLLING METAL DIAPHRAGMS

Keystone Engineering Comp...

1. A metallic positive expulsion fuel tank comprising:a first hemispherical shell having a first circumferential edge;
a hemispherical rolling metal diaphragm with a circumferential edge attached to the first circumferential edge of the first hemispherical shell;
a second hemispherical shell having a first circumferential edge attached to the first circumferential edge of the first hemispherical shell by a first weld seam forming two interior chambers separated by the hemispherical rolling metal diaphragm, the first and second hemispherical shells each having a localized post-weld heat-treated stress-relieved region confined within a distance of 2 inches (5.08 cm) from the first weld seam;
a pressurized gas inlet attached to the first hemispherical shell; and
a fuel outlet fixture attached to the second hemispherical shell.

US Pat. No. 10,479,531

SHELL ROTOR ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A CONTROL MOMENT GYROSCOPE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A shell rotor assembly for use in a control moment gyroscope, the shell rotor assembly comprising:a first shell member having a first wall portion and a first rim portion formed integrally in one piece;
a second shell member having a second wall portion and a second rim portion formed integrally in one piece; and
a shaft assembly disposed at an approximate center of the shell rotor assembly and extending between the first shell member and second shell member;
wherein the first rim portion is attached to the second rim portion by an electron beam welding process, whereby a heat-affected area, formed by the electron beam welding process, joins the first rim portion to the second rim portion, the heat-affected area is located over only a portion of lateral surfaces of the first rim portion and the second rim portion wherein the lateral surfaces are configured in a direction which is perpendicular to the shaft assembly wherein the first rim portion includes a first alignment feature and wherein the second rim portion includes a second alignment feature configured to engage the first alignment feature whereby the first shell member and the second shell member are arranged concentrically with one another as a result of engagement between the first alignment feature and the second alignment feature wherein the first alignment feature serves as a backstop to limit the extent of the electron beam welding process.

US Pat. No. 10,479,529

COMPOSITE PANEL TOOL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a carrier comprising a first frame and a plurality of cross members within the first frame, each cross member contoured along a leading edge;
a rigid second frame sized to accommodate the carrier, wherein the rigid second frame comprises:
first and second opposing sides that include contact elements configured as contact points for the rigid second frame against a surface, wherein the first and second opposing sides of the rigid second frame each comprise a first alignment device, a second alignment device, and a third alignment device, wherein said adjustment devices in first and second sides of the rigid second frame are configured to allow the carrier to move with six degrees of freedom within the rigid second frame; and
third and fourth opposing sides; and
a mounting system associated with the third and fourth sides of the rigid second frame, wherein the mounting system is configured to removably hold the carrier within the rigid second frame, and wherein the mounting system further comprises an adjustment mechanism configured to move the carrier about a plurality of axes within the rigid second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,479,522

INTERNAL RECYCLE REACTOR FOR CATALYTIC INERTING

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. An internal recycle reactor for catalytic inerting that is a monolithic body comprising:a motive fluid duct having a motive fluid outlet;
a suction chamber comprising a suction chamber inlet;
a reactant fluid inlet;
a mixing region configured to receive separate gaseous fluids from the motive fluid outlet, the suction chamber inlet, and the reactant fluid inlet to produce a gaseous mixture;
a reactor section comprising a catalyst, wherein the reactor section is configured to receive the gaseous mixture from the mixing region;
an outlet configured to deliver an exhaust gas from the reactor section; and
a recycle passage fluidly connecting the outlet to the suction chamber and configured to deliver a portion of the exhaust gas to the suction chamber though the suction chamber inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,479,513

HELICOPTER ROTOR ICING DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a UAV controller to control flight operations of the UAV; and
an icing detector to monitor a time rate of change of a revolution per minute (RPM) trim signal received from an RPM command path with respect to a predetermined threshold for the time rate of change, the icing detector notifies the UAV controller to initiate corrective actions for the UAV if the time rate of change of the RPM trim signal exceeds the predetermined threshold for the time rate of change.

US Pat. No. 10,479,506

DEPLOYABLE PARTITION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEAT ASSEMBLIES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A partition system that is configured to be secured to a seat assembly, the partition system comprising:a barrier that is configured to be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position, the barrier being moveably coupled to an armrest of the seat assembly, wherein the stowed position is proximate to a rear end of the armrest, and wherein the deployed position extends towards a front end of the armrest, wherein the barrier comprises:
a first panel;
a second panel, wherein the first panel is moveably coupled to the second panel, and
a third panel, wherein the third panel is moveably coupled to the second panel,
wherein the first panel, the second panel, and the third panel are configured to linearly translate over a length of the armrest between the stowed position and the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,505

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPOSING OF FLUID FROM A GALLEY SINK

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A system for disposing of fluid from a galley sink, comprising:a galley sink for a galley cabin monument of a vehicle;
a self-regulating valve;
a control unit;
a sensor; and
a first signal connection between the sensor and the control unit,
wherein the input of the self-regulating valve is connected to a first fluid line, which is connected to a drainage opening of the galley sink at least indirectly,
wherein the self-regulating valve is arranged underneath the drainage opening of the galley sink, such that fluid from the galley sink can flow through the associated drainage opening into the first fluid line,
wherein the output of the self-regulating valve is configured to be couplable with a source of negative pressure at least indirectly, and
wherein the self-regulating valve is configured to automatically open at a predetermined first amount M1 of fluid in the first fluid line, such that the self-regulating valve is in an opening state and that fluid can flow out of the first fluid line through the self-regulating valve, and to automatically close at a predetermined second amount M2 of fluid in the first fluid line, such that the self-regulating valve is in a closing state and that the predetermined second amount M2 of fluid remains in the first fluid line as a residual fluid amount,
wherein the sensor is configured to detect the opening state or the closing state of the self-regulating valve,
wherein the sensor is configured to transferring a sensor signal, which represents the state of the self-regulating valve to the control unit, and
wherein the control unit is configured to provide at least one control signal based on the transferred sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 10,479,498

SIX DEGREE OF FREEDOM AERIAL VEHICLE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An aerial vehicle apparatus, comprising:a lifting propulsion mechanism configured to generate a lift sufficient to maintain the aerial vehicle apparatus at an altitude;
a first maneuverability propulsion mechanism;
a second maneuverability propulsion mechanism;
a third maneuverability propulsion mechanism;
a fourth maneuverability propulsion mechanism;
a fifth maneuverability propulsion mechanism;
a sixth maneuverability propulsion mechanism; and
wherein:
the first maneuverability propulsion mechanism, the third maneuverability propulsion mechanism, and the fifth maneuverability propulsion mechanism are aligned in a plane and oriented in a first direction; and
the second maneuverability propulsion mechanism, the fourth maneuverability propulsion mechanism, and the sixth maneuverability propulsion mechanism are aligned in the plane and oriented in a second direction that is approximately perpendicular to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,493

DAMPER DEVICE AND AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A damper device provided with a first connection member and with a second connection member that are suitable for connecting the damper device respectively to a first mechanical member and to a second mechanical member, the damper device including a resilient member and a hydraulic system that are interposed between the first connection member and the second connection member, wherein the hydraulic system includes a sealed outer casing containing a hydraulic fluid, the hydraulic fluid being contained solely in the hydraulic system, the hydraulic system including a rod movable in translation relative to the outer casing, the rod extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end along a longitudinal axis, the rod having a projecting portion that projects longitudinally from the outer casing, the first connection member being fastened in reversible manner to the outer casing in order to be constrained to move in translation with the outer casing, the resilient member being arranged around the projecting portion of the rod, the resilient member including at least one resilient means interposed between a first strength member and a second strength member, the resilient member and the hydraulic system being two distinct modules, the first strength member being fastened in reversible manner to the outer casing in order to be constrained to move in translation with the outer casing, the second strength member being constrained to move in translation with the projecting portion, the second resilient member being fastened in reversible manner to the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,491

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTORCRAFT COLLECTIVE POWER HOLD

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A rotorcraft, comprising:a collective control;
a collective position sensor connected to the collective control, wherein the collective position sensor is operable to generate collective position signals indicating a position of the collective control;
a flight control computer (FCC) in signal communication with the collective position sensor and operable to provide a power hold for the rotorcraft in response to a power hold activation signal and further in response to a first one of the collective position signals indicating that the collective control is overdriven, wherein the FCC is further operable to determine a power setting for the power hold and one or more operational limits associated with the power hold;
a collective trim motor connected to the collective control and in signal communication with the FCC; and
one or more flight control devices connected to the FCC and operable to control flight of the rotorcraft in response to a flight control device control signal received from the FCC;
wherein the FCC is operable to determine a flight parameter for the one or more flight control devices according to a relationship between the one or more operational limits and one or more operational parameters indicated by one or more sensor signals received at the FCC, wherein the FCC is further operable to determine a pilot control setting according to the flight parameter and generate a collective set command according to the pilot control setting;
wherein the collective trim motor is operable to move the collective control according to the collective set command; and
wherein the FCC is operable to generate the flight control device control signal according to a second one of the collective position signals, and to send the flight control device control signal to the one or more flight control devices.

US Pat. No. 10,479,487

LANDING GEAR FOLDING BRACE WITH LOCKING ACTUATOR

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A locking actuator arrangement for a landing gear comprising:a housing link extending from a pivot in a first direction and extending along a first longitudinal axis;
an actuator housing extending from the pivot in a second direction, the second direction is opposite the first direction, the actuator housing defining a retaining cavity;
a receiving link pivotally coupled to the housing link and defining a receiving cavity, the receiving link comprises a second longitudinal axis; and
an actuator piston comprising a piston head and a piston rod extending from the piston head;
wherein the receiving cavity is configured to receive at least a portion of the piston rod, and
the piston rod is configured to be received by the receiving cavity in response to a pre-determined alignment of the housing link and the receiving link.

US Pat. No. 10,479,484

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROL SURFACES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a flight control surface controller to move a control surface of an aircraft to a target position via at least one of a first actuator or a second actuator associated with the control surface based on a command input received by the flight control surface controller, the flight control surface controller to:
obtain a flight characteristic of the aircraft;
compare the flight characteristic to a flight characteristic threshold;
in response to a first comparison result, cause the first actuator to move the control surface to the target position based on the command input without moving the second actuator; and
in response to a second comparison result, cause the first actuator and the second actuator to move the control surface to the target position based on the command input.

US Pat. No. 10,479,480

FOLDABLE WING FOR AN AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT HAVING A FOLDABLE WING

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

15. An aircraft having a foldable wing comprising:a base wing having a base wing end region;
a wing tip having a connection region;
a first engagement means integrated into the base wing;
a second engagement means integrated into the wing tip; and
a drive mechanism coupled with the wing tip for moving the wing tip relative to the base wing,
wherein the first engagement means and the second engagement means are adapted for engaging each other along a sliding course from a first position, in which the connection region of the wing tip and the base wing end region are in a flush contact to form a continuous wing, up to a second position, in which the first engagement means and the second engagement means disengage,
wherein the drive mechanism comprises a first movement element and a second movement element at least partially extending in a spanwise direction, wherein the first movement element and the second movement element are supported in a first linear guide and a second linear guide, respectively, an outboard end of the first movement element being coupled with the wing tip in a first lateral position and an outboard end of the second movement element being coupled with the wing tip in a second lateral position, and
wherein the drive mechanism is configured to move the first movement element and the second movement element at the same time to move the wing tip relative to the base wing at least along the sliding course between the first position and the second position, and wherein the first and second linear guides are aligned parallel to one another such that the first and second movement elements are supported parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,479,479

FOLDING WING TIP AND BIASED LOCKING DEVICE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft comprising an aircraft wing, the aircraft wing comprising:a fixed wing and a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is configurable between:
(i) a locked 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,
the aircraft wing comprising a locking mechanism for locking the folding wing tip device in the locked flight configuration,
the locking mechanism comprising a locking hook associated with one of the folding wing tip device and the fixed wing, and
a locking pin associated with the other of the folding wing tip device and the fixed wing, and
a first biasing device at one end of the locking pin and a second biasing device at the opposite end of the locking pin,
wherein in the locked configuration the locking hook is engaged with the locking pin and the first and second biasing devices act to preload the locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,479,478

COMPOSITE MATERIAL SUITABLE FOR A MORPHING SKIN

MBDA UK Limited, Stevena...

1. A morphing skin for an air vehicle structure, the skin comprised of a composite material comprising:a multiplicity of fibers coated with a thermo-sensitive material which is reversibly transitionable in response to a change in temperature, between: (i) an ambient temperature mode in which the thermo-sensitive material will transfer loads in the composite material, and (ii) a heated mode in which an ability of the thermo-sensitive material to transfer loads is reduced, and
a matrix material that incorporates said fibers coated with a thermo-sensitive material, the matrix material remaining stiff when the thermo-sensitive material is heated;
wherein:
the thermo-sensitive material reduces skin stiffness in the heated mode, allowing a change in shape of the skin in the heated mode and maintaining a changed shape of the skin in the ambient mode.

US Pat. No. 10,479,476

AEROFOIL BODY WITH INTEGRAL CURVED SPAR-COVER

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. An aerofoil shaped body comprising a plurality of longitudinal spars, an upper aerofoil cover, and a lower aerofoil cover, the spars and the covers comprising composite laminate material, wherein at least one of the spars is integrally formed with one of the covers to form a spar-cover such that the composite laminate material of the spar extends continuously into the cover through a fold region created between the spar and the cover, and wherein the fold region has a fold axis extending substantially in the longitudinal direction, and the fold axis projected onto two orthogonal planes has curvature in both those planes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,475

COMPOSITE STRINGER BEAM JOINT STRUCTURE OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A stringer beam joint structure of an aircraft formed from fiber-reinforced composites comprising:a wing and a wing box, the wing joined to the wing box at a side of a joint structure, the wing and the wing box each including a lower skin; and
a plurality of stringers coupled to the lower skin and all made of fiber-reinforced composites,
wherein:
each stringer has a first end and a second end, where the first and second ends extend in a spanwise direction, and each stringer comprises a cap flange, a base flange, and a web between the cap flange and the base flange;
the cap flange, the base flange, and the web are elongate in each respective stringer's spanwise direction;
the first end of at least one of the plurality of stringers at the side of the joint structure features a web cutout with a taper, formed in the base flange along the respective stringer, the taper located at the first end of each respective stringer, where the taper runs from a knife edge distal end of the base flange to a proximal end that coincides with a full height of the base flange, the taper oriented at an angle between 10 and 15 degrees;
the taper of the base flange is contiguous with an edge of the web cutout;
the base flange comprises an overwrap layer on the taper of the base flange;
the overwrap layer is made of sheet metal or plies of reinforcing fibers that are pre-impregnated with resin; and
the overwrap layer is bonded to the taper of the base flange and configured to constrain an end of the base flange from peeling off a mated skin.

US Pat. No. 10,479,472

COVER PANEL FOR AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR WHEEL WELL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A landing gear door rotatably secured to an aircraft undercarriage adjacent a wheel well; the landing gear door comprising:a cover panel defining a plane oriented substantially parallel to the aircraft undercarriage, the cover panel configured to close and open the landing gear wheel well;
wherein movement of the cover panel is substantially limited to rotation of the cover panel within the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,479,471

FUSELAGE SKIN PANEL CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING SKIN PANELS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft comprising:a plurality of truss elements configured to form a space frame fuselage;
a plurality of skin panels connected with said truss elements and configured to form a skin over said space frame fuselage, said skin panels movable relative to one another so as to prevent loading of said space frame fuselage from inducing loading in the skin; and
a fitting, wherein said fitting comprises a first intermediate portion, wherein said fitting comprises a first outer portion and a first inner portion, wherein said first outer and inner portions are spaced apart from each other and interconnected by said first intermediate portion, wherein said skin panels comprise first and second skin panels that are adjacent to each other, wherein said first skin panel has a first end portion, where said second skin panel has a second end portion adjacent said first end portion, wherein said fitting is positioned on said first and second skin panels such that said first and second end portions extend between said first inner and outer portions, wherein said fitting is configured to enable said first and second skin panels to move towards each other along a first plane of first outer and inner surfaces of said first and second skin panels while constraining non-planar movement of said skin panels with respect to said first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,479,468

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:an engine;
a drive shaft that extends downwardly from the engine and that is rotated by the engine;
a gearing connected to a lower end of the drive shaft;
a propeller shaft to which a propeller is attached and to which rotation of the drive shaft is transmitted via the gearing;
an upper case located below the engine and that houses the drive shaft;
a lower case including an oil reservoir chamber housing the gearing and lubrication oil, the lower case being located below the upper case and being attachable to and detachable from the upper case;
an oil flow passage including an upper oil flow passage provided in the upper case and a lower oil flow passage provided in the lower case and that is connected to the oil reservoir chamber, the oil flow passage guiding lubrication oil when lubrication oil in the oil reservoir chamber is replaced, the oil flow passage being separated into the upper oil flow passage and the lower oil flow passage when the lower case is detached from the upper case; and
an oil flow passage shutoff valve that opens the lower oil flow passage in a state in which the lower case has been attached to the upper case, and that closes the lower oil flow passage in a state in which the lower case has been detached from the upper case.

US Pat. No. 10,479,464

WATER RESCUE SYSTEM

1. A water rescue system, comprising:a pole comprised of one or more sections;
a first length of line forming a sling made from a portion of the first length of line forms a loop having a perimeter, wherein the perimeter of the loop can be adjusted to accommodate a torso of a victim to be rescued from a body of water; and wherein the first length of line has a first float at a first end attached to the pole and a second float at a second end of the portion of line forming the loop.

US Pat. No. 10,479,460

ACCESSORY MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR A STAND UP PADDLE BOARD

Pau Hana Surf Supply Comp...

15. An accessory mounting system for a watercraft, the accessory mounting system comprising:a) a disk-shaped accessory plate having at least one threaded aperture and having a surface opposite the at least one threaded aperture that is coated with an adhesive, the adhesive being for securing the accessory plate to the watercraft; and
b) an accessory mounted to the threaded aperture of the accessory plate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,457

SMALL FLAT-BOTTOMED FLOATING CRAFT, PREFERABLY SWIMMING BOARD CONFIGURED TO OBSERVE UNDERWATER SPACE

AUTEX LTD., Moscow (RU)

1. A swimming board comprising a flat surface which faces a user for providing foot support to a user while the user is standing on the flat surface, characterized in that an information display is mounted in a central zone of the flat surface, wherein the central zone is the zone in which the user maintains balance while the swimming board is in motion, the information display enables the user to maintain balance on the swimming board and view the information display while the swimming board is in motion, the swimming board includes a tilt sensor, the flat surface of the swimming board and the surface of the information display are covered with a transparent insulating layer, said information display is configured to display information from an underwater video recorder or video camera attached to the swimming board in order to survey underwater objects and means for transmitting images from the video camera or video recorder to the information display, wherein information from a tilt sensor provided on the swimming board enables images to be stabilized in a horizontal plane so a user may view the flat surface of the swimming board and simultaneously observe underwater objects without shifting sight.

US Pat. No. 10,479,443

ENERGY HARVESTING POWER-ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIGHT VEHICLES

1. An energy harvesting power-assist system for a light vehicle having a required user energy input, the power-assist system comprising:an energy splitter unit configured to split a user energy into a first split energy and a second split energy;
a high capacity energy storage unit configured to store and release electrical energy, the high capacity energy storage unit comprising:
a plurality of ultra-capacitors for providing energy for higher power demands of a short duration, and having multiple rapid charge/discharge cycles; and,
a plurality of high capacity battery cells for providing energy for lower power demands of a long duration;
a motor/generator assembly configured to convert the first split energy to electrical energy for storage in the high capacity energy storage unit, and to produce a motor mechanical energy by drawing electrical energy from the high capacity energy storage unit;
a control unit;
an energy combiner assembly configured to provide a user power-assist by combining the second split energy and the motor mechanical energy thereby providing a driving energy for driving a driven wheel of the light vehicle, and further configured to harvest a harvested kinetic energy from the driven wheel for conversion to electrical energy by the motor/generator assembly and storage in the high capacity energy storage unit;wherein the energy splitter unit, the motor/generator assembly, and the energy combiner assembly are integrated into a drive assembly having a drive assembly axis mounted coaxially with a pedal crank axle connected to pedals for input of the user energy; and,wherein the high capacity energy storage unit does not require re-charging by an external energy source.

US Pat. No. 10,479,437

ACCESSORY STEM

Trek Bicycle Corporation,...

1. A stem apparatus for a bicycle, comprising:a stem body that includes a cavity, a pair of handlebar clamping surfaces configured to clamp to a handlebar, and a mount clamping surface located between the pair of handlebar clamping surfaces; and
a mount configured to be placed in a hidden position and a deployed position, wherein the mount includes:
a mounting surface that in the hidden position is configured to nest in the cavity of the stem body, wherein the mounting surface extends outward from the pair of handlebar clamping surfaces to support a bicycle accessory in the deployed position; and
a deployed clamping surface that is configured to mate with the mount clamping surface of the stem body in the deployed position, wherein the deployed clamping surface stows in the cavity of the stem body in the hidden position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,434

SADDLE-RIDING-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE FUEL CELL STACK FIXATION STRUCTURE

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

1. A fuel cell stack fixation structure for a saddle riding electric vehicle, the fuel cell stack fixation structure comprising:a fuel cell stack; and
a vehicle body frame that supports the fuel cell stack, wherein
the vehicle body frame includes:
a pair of right and left main frames that extend rearward from a head pipe and that are arranged on an outer side in a vehicle width direction of the fuel cell stack;
a pair of right and left downward frames that extend rearward from the head pipe and that are arranged below the pair of right and left main frames; and
a cross member that bridges a space in a vehicle width direction between at least the right and left downward frames and that fixes the fuel cell stack thereto, the cross member comprising a lower cross member including:
a pair of spaced apart front and rear connection plates that extend in a vehicle width direction between the right and left downward frames, and
a fuel cell support plate that is disposed on top of the connection plates and which fixes a position of a lower part of the fuel cell stack.

US Pat. No. 10,479,433

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

Minjal, Inc., New York, ...

1. A toy vehicle apparatus, comprising:a vehicle body, comprising:
an upper surface molded in a shape of a seat comprising a saddle having a laterally widened rear end portion and a narrow front end portion, the upper surface of the body configured to vertically receive a detachable handle projecting upwardly from the upper surface of the body when mounted in the upper surface of the body and configured to form a grip for a rider; and
a bottom surface having four corners and defining a hole at each of the four corners of the bottom surface; and
four wheel assemblies, each of the four wheel assemblies inserted in a respective one of the holes defined by the bottom surface at each of the four corners of the bottom surface, each of the four wheel assemblies comprising:
a rotatable wheel wholly covered by a core circumferentially;
two discs each covering a complete inner radius of the wheel of each side of the wheel;
a cover to receive the rotatable wheel while radially covering half of the wheel;
a bush assembly to receive the cover of the wheel;
the cover comprising of a member protruding upwardly from the cover, the member receiving an upper part of the bush assembly placed on upper portion of the wheel, the bush assembly including two mounts to enable the wheel assembly to be rotatably fitted in one of the holes at the four corners of the bottom surface of the toy vehicle;
a circumference of a first cylindrical end of a first mounting means having an identical circumference of the cover;
a second cylindrical end of the first mounting means circumferentially receiving the first cylindrical end of a second mounting means;
one second cylindrical end of the second mounting means being covered with a circular cap after the wheel assembly is received at corner of the bottom surface of the toy vehicle; and
a means to independently fasten each wheel assembly on the four corners of the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,431

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT SEAT POST

CRANK BROTHERS, INC., La...

1. An adjustable height seat post for being used in a bicycle comprising a frame including a saddle tube, a handlebar and a saddle including rails, said adjustable height seat post comprising:supporting means connectable to the bicycle frame,
a quill associated with said supporting means and having a head suitable to clamp the rails of the saddle of a bicycle, in the desired position,
hydraulic adjusting means, associated with said supporting means, for lifting or lowering said quill in a desired position selected by the user,
said hydraulic adjusting means comprising a cylindrical chamber inside which a piston assembly is foreseen, and
valve means, suitable to selectively open or close a hydraulic path through said piston assembly for selectively lock or unlock the position of said piston assembly relative to said cylindrical chamber,
said valve means comprising at least a valve body, associated with said piston assembly, which is selectively rotatable from an open position, in which the hydraulic path through said piston assembly is open, to a closed position in which the hydraulic path through said piston assembly is closed,
said hydraulic adjusting means comprising a valve cartridge assembly comprising a piston shaft connected to said piston assembly which, in use, is installed facing downwards and rigidly connected to said supporting means,
said seat post further comprising valve actuation means associated with said supporting means and suitable to selectively rotate said valve body between said open position and said closed position, and
wherein said valve actuation means comprise an actuation rod passing through an axial cavity of said piston shaft, and suitable to selectively rotate said valve body between said open position and said closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,428

PATIO FOR RAMP DOOR

1. A patio for a ramp door being movable from a closed position to an open extended position fixable substantially parallel to a ground surface, said patio comprising:a first wall affixed to a hinge for being fixed with respect to said ramp door, said hinge supporting said first wall for pivoting above said ramp door in its extended position, said first wall having a lower edge for being adjacent to and overlying said ramp door in its extended position, a catch plate located adjacent to said lower edge and said catch plate having an opening extending into a first slot;
a first kingpin for being secured to said ramp door, said first kingpin having a major diameter, an undercut, and having a shoulder near a distal end, said shoulder being spaced from said ramp door when said kingpin is affixed to said ramp door, said catch plate being movable to said kingpin so that said slot receives said undercut of said kingpin and said catch plate being retained between said shoulder of said kingpin and said ramp door when said undercut is in said first slot.

US Pat. No. 10,479,427

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MODULAR COMPONENTS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Rivian IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A modular system for an automotive vehicle configured to permit removal of a removable structural module from and reattachment to an automotive vehicle, the modular system comprising:a vehicle body configured as a unitary body from the most forward end of the body to the most rearward end of the body;
a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels connected to the vehicle body;
a removable structural module; and
a support structure configured to receive and support the removable structural module and to permit the removable structural module to be releasably attached to an automotive vehicle;
a sensing arrangement configured to permit confirmation of secure attachment of the removable structural module to the vehicle and configured to permit identification of a predetermined type of the removable structural module; and
a computer configured to identify the predetermined type of the removable structural module from among multiple possible predetermined types of removable structural modules;
wherein the removable structural module comprises multiple connecting structures that permit the removable structural module to be releasably secured to the automotive vehicle,
wherein the computer is configured to automatically set at the automotive vehicle a predetermined first feature set from among a plurality of predetermined feature sets corresponding to the multiple possible predetermined types of removable structural modules based on the identification of the predetermined type of the removable structural module,
the first predetermined feature set including one or more features selected from a limitation on a maximum permissible acceleration, a firmness of ride of the vehicle, braking sensitivity, a suspension height of a variable suspension, and sport handling.

US Pat. No. 10,479,423

UNDERBODY PANEL FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR PASSENGER VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING AN UNDERBODY PANEL

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. An underbody panel for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first underbody panel element which is disposed in a region of a pivotable vehicle wheel and which is movable with the pivotable vehicle wheel during a first pivoting movement of the pivotable vehicle wheel in a first direction; and
a second underbody panel element which is disposed in the region of the pivotable vehicle wheel and which is movable with the pivotable vehicle wheel during a second pivoting movement of the pivotable vehicle wheel in a second direction, wherein the second direction is opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,422

SIDE-BY-SIDE VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a plurality of ground-engaging members;
a frame supported by the ground-engaging members;
a drivetrain supported by the frame;
the drivetrain comprising a power source, a rear final drive, a front final drive, a rear coupling between the rear final drive and rear wheels and a front coupling between the power source and the front wheels, the drive train having a defined break point, wherein in the presence of an excessive torque on the drive train, the drive train breaks at the defined break point to permanently interrupt power being transmitted from the power source to the front wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,479,411

STRUCTURALLY REINFORCED VEHICLE BODY

1. A vehicle, comprising:a body defining a front door opening, the body including an A-pillar framing the front door opening, and a front door over the front door opening, the front door including an inner door panel and an outer door panel defining an interior door cavity therebetween;
an impact beam housed in the interior door cavity, the impact beam having a forward end laterally overlapping the A-pillar; and
a transfer member housed in the interior door cavity, the transfer member laterally overlapping the A-pillar in common with the forward end of the impact beam, facing the inner door panel from laterally between the forward end of the impact beam and the inner door panel, and having substantially at least as much capacity to transfer side impact energy in compression as the impact beam has in bending at the forward end thereof; whereby
when the vehicle experiences a side impact event, the A-pillar assumes side impact energy via transfer from the forward end of the impact beam through the transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,409

VEHICLE-BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle-body front structure comprising:a pair of left and right side frames extending in a front-rear direction;
a cross member that is coupled to a lower side of the pair of left and right side frames and that extends in a left-right direction;
a pair of sub-frames that are coupled to a lower side of the cross member and that extend in the front-rear direction;
projections each of which is disposed on a front end side of the corresponding sub-frame and projects from the corresponding side frame outward in the left-right direction in a plan view; and
buckling structures each of which is formed in the corresponding sub-frame and causes the sub-frame to buckle such that the corresponding projection comes into contact with the cross member when an impact load is applied to the projection from a front side.

US Pat. No. 10,479,405

MOUNTING BRACKET FOR A COMPOSITE TRUCK BODY FLOOR

WABASH NATIONAL, L.P., L...

1. A cargo vehicle comprising:a chassis having at least one longitudinal rail coupled to a motorized truck;
a cargo body coupled to the chassis and including a floor for supporting cargo, the floor of the cargo body having at least one longitudinal composite support beam that extends from a lower surface of the floor; and
at least one mounting apparatus coupling the longitudinal rail of the chassis to the longitudinal composite support beam of the floor of the cargo body, the mounting apparatus comprising:
a support beam coupler adhesively bonded to the longitudinal composite support beam;
at least one connector comprising a plurality of legs and coupled to the support beam coupler, at least a portion of the connector being positioned between a bottom surface of the longitudinal composite support beam and an inner surface of the support beam coupler; and
a chassis rail bracket coupled to the at least one connector beneath the longitudinal rail of the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,404

BACKUP SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WITH A TRAILER HITCH

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:upright sides;
a hitch point between the upright sides;
an interior display; and
a control module communicatively connected with the display, the control module configured to, in response to a backup event, operate the display during the backup event to display:
an area behind the vehicle;
general-purpose steering guidelines, the general-purpose steering guidelines leading from the upright sides, indicating a projected locus of the vehicle, and having a lengthwise reach that is maintained regardless of changing steering angles; and
a trailer-hitching steering guideline, the trailer-hitching steering guideline leading from the hitch point, indicating a projected path of the hitch point, and having a lengthwise reach that is adjusted based on changing steering angles.

US Pat. No. 10,479,403

VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle driving assistance system for assisting a driver in driving a vehicle, comprising:a sensor positioned to acquire forward information for an own vehicle;
a turning intention receiver comprising one of a turn signal lever, a switch, or a voice recognition device to receive an intention of the driver to turn the own vehicle to the right or the left;
a steering-force motor coupled to a steering shaft of the vehicle to apply a steering force to a wheel of the vehicle; and
an assistance processing executing device comprising a computer programmed to function as:
a traveling track identifying portion that identifies a traveling track of a preceding vehicle that travels ahead of the own vehicle, based on the forward information acquired by the sensor;
a preceding vehicle turning recognizing portion that recognizes turning of the preceding vehicle to the right or the left;
an own vehicle turning recognizing portion that recognizes turning of the own vehicle and a direction of the turning of the own vehicle, based on the intention of the driver received by the turning intention receiver; and
a steering-force control portion that executes a steering-force control in turning in which the steering-force motor applies, to the wheel, the steering force for assisting the turning of the own vehicle along the traveling track of the preceding vehicle identified by the traveling track identifying portion, when the turning of the preceding vehicle recognized by the preceding vehicle turning recognizing portion is turning at an intersection that is present on a traveling path of the own vehicle and a direction of the turning of the preceding vehicle at the intersection coincides with the direction of the turning of the own vehicle recognized by the own vehicle turning recognizing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,389

COLLAPSIBLE SEAT ASSEMBLY AND A STROLLER WITH THE SAME

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A collapsible seat assembly mounted on a frame of a stroller which is operable between folded and unfolded states, comprising:a joint member;
a backrest support member having a backrest pivot portion which is pivotably mounted on said joint member;
a leg support member having a leg pivot portion which is pivotably mounted on said joint member such that said collapsible seat assembly is operable between a folded position, where said backrest support member is proximate to said leg support member, and an unfolded position, where said backrest support member is distal from said leg support member;
a locking mechanism disposed between said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion, and operable between a locking position, where said backrest pivot portion is retained to said leg pivot portion so as to hold said collapsible seat assembly in the unfolded position, and an unlocking position, where said backrest pivot portion is movable relative to said leg pivot portion so as to permit movement of said collapsible seat assembly to the unfolded position, said locking mechanism being actuated to move from the locking position to the unlocking position by changing the frame of the stroller from the unfolded state to the folded state, said locking mechanism including a first locking member which is slidable relative to said joint member and which is disposed to retainingly engage both said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion in the locking position, and to be disengaged from one of said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion in the unlocking position, said locking mechanism further including a second locking member which is disposed to be slidable relative to said backrest pivot portion, said second locking member having a plurality of retaining grooves which are angularly displaced from each other about a central axis; and
an angle adjusting mechanism which includes a retaining member that is disposed to be engaged in a selected one of said retaining grooves so as to retain an angular position of said backrest support member relative to said second locking member.