US Pat. No. 10,459,059

PHASE CORRECTED DIXON MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,054

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPLEMENTING A DIFFUSION-WEIGHTED MAGNETIC RESONANCE MEASUREMENT

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for acquiring diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) data from a subject, comprising:operating an MR data acquisition scanner, while a subject is situated therein, in order to execute an MR data acquisition sequence that is specified by an examination protocol, said MR data acquisition sequence comprising a diffusion module containing at least one diffusion gradient, and an acquisition module comprising at least one radio-frequency (RF) pulse and at least one phase-encoding gradient that has a required gradient strength specified by said examination protocol;
operating said MR data acquisition scanner in said MR data acquisition sequence to (a) activate said diffusion module and to thereafter (b) activate said acquisition module, in which MR data are readout by repetitions of respective RF excitation pulses and phase-encoding gradients that spatially encode the MR data wherein, for at least one of said repetitions, the respective RF excitation pulse thereof is radiated only when the phase-encoding gradients in said acquisition module have reached said required gradient strength;
repeating (a) and (b) until all required MR data are acquired; and
providing said MR data to a computer and, from said computer, entering the acquired MR data in a memory organized as k-space.

US Pat. No. 10,459,044

TEMPERATURE CONTROL OF AN NMR-MAS ROTOR

BRUKER BIOSPIN GMBH, Rhe...

1. A method for operating a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) probehead having a Magic-Angle-Spinning (MAS) stator configured to receive a substantially circular-cylindrical hollow MAS rotor with an outer jacket of external diameter D and with a sample substance in a sample volume, comprising:mounting the MAS rotor on pressurized gas in a measuring position within the MAS stator via a gas supply device having a bearing nozzle, and
rotating the MAS rotor about a cylinder axis of the MAS rotor with a pneumatic drive at a rotation frequency f?30 kHz,
during an NMR-MAS measurement, blowing a temperature control gas with a temperature control nozzle onto an outer jacket of the MAS rotor at an angle ?<90° with respect to a longitudinal axis of the cylinder-symmetrical MAS rotor, and
regulating a flow speed of the temperature control gas blown through the temperature control nozzle onto the MAS rotor to correspond in the nozzle cross section to at least half a circumferential speed of the outer jacket of the rotating MAS rotor and to at most an upper limit of the circumferential speed of the outer jacket of the rotating MAS rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,459,033

METHOD FOR PROTECTING A NONMOBILE WORK MACHINE DRIVEN BY AN ELECTRIC MOTOR, AND NONMOBILE WORK MACHINE DRIVEN BY AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

KRIWAN INDUSTRIE-ElEKTRON...

1. A method for protecting a nonmobile work machine driven by an electric motor, at least one measured value of a time-critical parameter of the work machine being determined via a measuring unit, the work machine being switched off when the determined measured value of the time-critical parameter is outside a predefined setpoint range, and the determined measured value of the time-critical parameter being quantized in a level signal (i1, i2, i3, i4) and transmitted as a first signal to an evaluation unit via an interface, wherein a second signal for further information concerning the work machine, to be transmitted from the measuring unit to the evaluation unit, is modulated to the first signal at an amplitude that is smaller than the smallest difference between all provided levels of the first signal.

US Pat. No. 10,459,032

TEST SWITCH SIGNAL ANALYZER

FISCHER BLOCK, INC., Roy...

1. A test switch signal analyzer comprising:an analyzer hub operably couplable to a test switch base that includes a plurality of test switch conductors;
at least one signal probe operatively couplable to the analyzer hub and to at least one of the plurality of test switch conductors when the analyzer hub is coupled to the test switch base, each of the at least one signal probes being configured to receive electrical signals from one of the plurality of test switch conductors and to generate one or more probe signals that corresponds to the received electrical signals;
a signal processing unit couplable to the analyzer hub and configured to receive the one or more probe signals from the at least one signal probe, the signal processing unit configured to determine a plurality of electrical signal values based on the probe signals received from the at least one signal probe;
the signal processing unit, the analyzer hub, and at least a portion of the at least one signal probe being positionable within a test switch cover configured and dimensioned to mate with the test switch base when the at least one signal probe is coupled to the at least one of the plurality of test switch conductors and the test switch cover is secured to the test switch base;
wherein the signal processing unit is configured to sample each of the one or more probe signals and configured to generate a plurality of sampled signal values.

US Pat. No. 10,459,026

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,023

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE STRESS LEVELS IN HARVESTING MACHINE CIRCUITS

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,020

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

DGS GLOBAL SYSTEMS, INC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,017

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

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,016

ELECTRICAL NETWORK TOPOLOGY DETERMINATION

Itron, Inc., Liberty Lak...

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,013

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

Analog Devices Global, H...

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,008

OCCUPANCY MEASUREMENT AND TRIGGERING IN FREQUENCY DOMAIN BITMAPS

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A method of measuring an occupancy of an input signal by a test and measurement instrument, comprising:accumulating the input signal into a frequency domain bitmap during a measurement period, the frequency domain bitmap including a grid, each cell of the grid including an indication of how many hits occurred in the cell of the accumulated input signal;
outputting the frequency domain bitmap for display to a user;
receiving an input from the user indicating a region of the frequency domain bitmap;
defining a region of interest of the frequency domain bitmap based on the indicated region;
calculating the occupancy of the input signal within the region of interest, wherein the occupancy is indicative of a percentage of hits or time that the input signal occurs within the region of interest, wherein calculating the occupancy of the input signal comprises dividing an amount of time that the input signal is present in the region of interest by the total time of the measurement period; and
outputting the occupancy for additional processing;
wherein the occupancy is continuously calculated and output during the measurement period.

US Pat. No. 10,459,000

ENCODER WHEEL FOR WHEEL-HUB UNIT

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,999

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

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,997

SIGNAL OFFSET DETERMINATION AND CORRECTION

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,975

CALIBRATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE

1A Smart Start, LLC, Gra...

1. An interlock calibration system comprising:an ignition interlock device including a computer processor and a computer memory storing a program; and
a calibration station including a device computer and a gas sample delivery system that includes a first cylinder of compressed alcohol sample gas and a second cylinder of compressed alcohol sample gas, the first cylinder of compressed alcohol sample gas providing a first sample gas to the ignition interlock device, and the second cylinder of compressed alcohol sample gas providing a second sample gas to the ignition interlock device, the first sample gas having a different alcohol concentration than the second sample gas,
wherein the computer processor of the ignition interlock device is configured to execute the program and cause the ignition interlock device to use the first sample gas to calibrate the ignition interlock device, and to use the second sample gas to determine whether the calibration of the ignition interlock device was successful.

US Pat. No. 10,458,970

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING CONTAMINANTS IN WATER

Sungyong In, Germantown,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,968

WATER QUALITY ANALYSIS DEVICE

Shimadzu Corporation, Ni...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,958

ULTRASONIC THROUGH-THICKNESS MODULUS EVALUATION OF MATERIALS

United States of America ...

1. An apparatus for performing non-destructive evaluation of the through-thickness modulus of a specimen comprises:a first low-frequency ultrasonic longitudinal wave transducer configured to be coupled to a first surface of a specimen to be tested with a first delay line, the specimen having a layer of fibers perpendicular to the first surface and the second surface;
a second low-frequency ultrasonic longitudinal wave transducer configured to be coupled to a second surface of the specimen with a second delay line, the second contact point at a predetermined distance from the first contact point, the predetermined distance corresponding to the distance between the first surface and second surface, wherein the first low-frequency ultrasonic longitudinal wave transducer is configured to transmit a guided wave into the specimen in plane with layer of fibers, and the second low-frequency ultrasonic longitudinal wave transducer is configured to receive the guided wave from the first ultrasonic longitudinal wave transducer; and
a first high-frequency longitudinal wave transducer and a second high-frequency longitudinal wave transducer configured to generate and receive both in-plane and out-of-plane ultrasonic signals in the specimen.

US Pat. No. 10,458,951

CYLINDER BLOCK INSPECTION METHOD AND SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system for inspecting thermal spray coated cylinder bores of aluminum alloy cylinder blocks, the system including:a failure detection apparatus including at least one acoustic detection device disposed in contact with the cylinder block proximate at least one of the cylinder bores;
a heating apparatus;
a cooling apparatus, and
a control unit in electronic communication with each of the failure detection apparatus, the heating apparatus, and the cooling apparatus, and wherein the control unit includes a memory and a control logic sequence for operating the system.

US Pat. No. 10,458,947

THINNING DETECTION SYSTEM AND THINNING DETECTION METHOD

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. A thinning detection system comprising:a current applying apparatus configured to apply an AC current to electrodes installed on metal equipment which is a monitoring object;
a magnetic-field measuring apparatus including an array of magnetic sensors configured to measure a magnetic field distribution of a surface side of the metal equipment; and
a measurement managing apparatus configured to estimate a thinning distribution of the metal equipment on the basis of a magnetic field distribution difference which is a difference between a reference magnetic-field distribution which is obtained in a case where thinning has not occurred in the metal equipment and a measurement magnetic-field distribution which is an actual measurement result,
wherein the measurement managing apparatus calculates a virtual current distribution of the metal equipment from the magnetic field distribution difference, and estimates the thinning distribution of the metal equipment on the basis of a virtual eddy current represented by the virtual current distribution,
wherein the virtual eddy current is a difference between a first current distribution which is obtained in a case in which thinning has not occurred in the metal equipment and a second current distribution which is obtained in a case in which thinning has occurred in the metal equipment, and
wherein the measurement managing apparatus is configured to:
estimate a thinning shape on the basis of a spiral shape of the virtual eddy current; and
estimate a thinning depth on the basis of a density of the virtual eddy current.

US Pat. No. 10,458,927

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,926

CALIBRATION HARDWARE PHANTOM FOR DIFFERENTIAL PHASE CONTRAST IMAGING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,925

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR INSPECTING BODIES HAVING A PLURALITY OF CHANNELS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,923

PRINT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, PRINT DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREIN PRINT DATA PROCESSING PROGRAM

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A print data processing method for processing print data obtained by performing a rasterization process on vector data, the method comprising:a matching processing step of performing pattern matching between a streak detection pattern including a streak pattern having a width of one pixel and extending in a first direction or a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and the print data;
a length measurement step of determining, when matching is established in the matching processing step, a length of a streak candidate part including a part corresponding to a streak pattern in a region where matching is established and a part continuous in an extending direction of the streak pattern and having a same value as a data value of the streak pattern, in the print data;
a determination step of determining whether or not the streak candidate part is streak data that possibly results in a streak, by comparing the length determined in the length measurement step against a predetermined threshold; and
a correction step of correcting a data value of each pixel constituting the streak data, based on a data value of a neighboring pixel, wherein
the print data is binary bitmap data, and
in the correction step, each pixel constituting the streak data is made a target pixel in turn, and a data value of a target pixel is corrected to a value different from a data value of the streak pattern, when data values of two pixels that are adjacent to the target pixel in a direction perpendicular to the extending direction of the streak data are different from the data value of the streak pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,458,919

MULTI-ANALYTE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

FLIR Detection, Inc., St...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,917

METHOD OF MEASURING RAMAN SCATTERING AND RELATED SPECTROMETERS AND LASER SOURCES

MKS Technology, Inc., La...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,914

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RAPID PARASITE DETECTION

Monash University, Clayt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,906

METHOD FOR THE NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING OF A CASING

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,904

DIFFERENTIAL ABSORPTION LIDAR

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,901

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY MEASURING CHARACTERISTICS OF MOLECULAR JUNCTIONS AND REFRACTIVE INDEX OF BUFFER SOLUTION

Korea Research Institute ...

1. An apparatus for simultaneously measuring the characteristics of molecular junctions and the refractive index of a buffer solution comprising:a microchannel structure unit provided with
a substrate made of a support and one of a semiconductor or a dielectric material formed on the support, and
a cover of a prism structure fitted on the support, the prism structure having a bottom including a plurality of septums forming a microchannel;
a sample injector that injects a buffer solution containing a biomaterial sample into the microchannel to form an adsorption layer of the biomaterial sample on one of the semiconductor or dielectric material formed on the support;
a polarized light generator that irradiates incident light polarized through an incident surface of the prism structure onto the adsorption layer at an incident angle of a P-wave anti-reflection condition; and
a polarized light detector comprising a light detector and a polarizer that detects a change in polarization of reflected light off the adsorption layer,
wherein the irradiated incident light being configured to exit through a first boundary surface on the bottom of the prism structure through the microchannel and onto the adsorption layer, and the reflected light off the adsorption layer through the microchannel being configured to enter through a second boundary surface of the bottom of the prism structure for detection by the polarized light detector,
wherein the first and second boundary surfaces being substantially parallel to the adsorption layer of the biomaterial sample on one of the semiconductor or the dielectric material formed on the support.

US Pat. No. 10,458,894

METHODS FOR MONITORING FLUID FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN SHALE GAS RESERVOIRS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for analyzing a reservoir in a formation containing hydrocarbon fluid, comprising:collecting information characterizing the formation, said information collected from data obtained by at least one tool having interacted with the formation and processed to provide the information;
providing the information to a reservoir simulator incorporating a computational model of the formation that represents geological and fluid properties of the formation, the computational model including at least one equation representing transport of the hydrocarbon fluid through the formation using a permeability based on pore size and change in flow velocity over time; and
running the reservoir simulator to generate a solution for exploiting the formation, wherein the solution includes indications of at least one of the state of the reservoir and the state of the production of hydrocarbon fluid from the reservoir in the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,892

MICROFLUIDIC-BASED REAL-TIME DETECTOR FOR FINE PARTICULATE MATTER

The University of British...

1. An apparatus for monitoring particulate matter, the apparatus defining a fluid flow passage having an inlet and an outlet, a particle size selector in the fluid-flow passage between the inlet and the outlet, the particle size selector comprising a curve section in the fluid flow passage wherein a direction of flow of fluid flowing in the fluid flow passage is changed and an impact surface extending transversely to the fluid flow passage on an outside of the curve section and an accelerating nozzle immediately upstream from the curve section wherein the width of the fluid flow passage is reduced in the accelerating nozzle;a particle counter located downstream from the particle size selector; and
a pump connected to drive a flow of a fluid containing the particulate matter through the fluid flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,881

PIPE EVALUATION METHOD, MEASUREMENT DEVICE, AND PIPE EVALUATION SYSTEM

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. An evaluation method for evaluating a remaining strength of a pipe, the evaluation method comprising:applying a load to an inner face of the pipe in a first direction;
detecting a deformation amount of the pipe in a second direction which is different from the first direction; and
evaluating a remaining strength of the pipe on the basis of relationship between the load and the deformation amount, wherein
the remaining strength of the pipe is evaluated in a state where the pipe is buried in soil.

US Pat. No. 10,458,848

DENTAL IMAGING AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,831

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACOUSTIC CONTAINER VOLUME CALIBRATION

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,827

THERMAL TYPE AIR FLOW METER HAVING A REINFORCING STRUCTURE PROVIDED ON THE BASE MEMBER BETWEEN THE BOARD FIXING PART AND THE SECONDARY PASSAGE CONSTITUTING PART

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A thermal type air flow meter for being placed in an intake passage of an internal combustion engine, the thermal type of air flow meter comprising:a resin component having a secondary passage into which part of air passing through the intake passage can flow; and
a circuit board configured to output a signal according to an air flow rate based on a signal from a flow rate detecting element disposed on the circuit board, the circuit board on which the flow rate detecting element is disposed being installed so that the flow rate detecting element is placed in the secondary passage,
wherein the resin component comprises:
a board fixing part to which the circuit board is fixed,
a secondary passage constituting part that is a part of the secondary passage, and
ribs provided on a rear surface which is a side opposite to a surface of the board fixing part, wherein the ribs are provided on the rear surface in a grid pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,458,825

THERMAL FLOW-RATE SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,824

ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER ARRANGEMENT AND ULTRASONIC WATER METER

Diehl Metering GmbH, Ans...

1. An ultrasonic transducer configuration, comprising:a housing in a form of a pocket, for mounting the ultrasonic transducer configuration in a through-hole in a further housing of an ultrasonic water meter in a mounting plane, the further housing of the ultrasonic water meter containing an ultrasonic measuring section along which a transit time measurement can be carried out using the ultrasonic transducer configuration;
a transducer body disposed in said housing for at least one of generating or receiving an acoustic signal;
a housing wall assigned to said transducer body through which the acoustic signal runs;
an electrical contact for connecting said transducer body to a voltage or current source;
said transducer body being positioned in said housing at an oblique angle with respect to the mounting plane of the ultrasonic transducer configuration on the further housing of the ultrasonic water meter;
said housing wall which is assigned to said transducer body and through which the acoustic signal runs also runs at an oblique angle with respect to the mounting plane of the ultrasonic transducer configuration on the further housing of the ultrasonic water meter;
a holding device oriented at an oblique angle with respect to the mounting plane of the ultrasonic transducer configuration and disposed inside said housing and exerts a holding force oriented towards said housing wall on said transducer body;
a molded part;
said holding device containing an elastic element which acts on said transducer body and said molded part which holds said elastic element on said transducer body under clamping pressure; and
said housing containing moldings, which interact with said molded part for latching and/or guiding and/or pivoting said molded part.

US Pat. No. 10,458,786

METHOD FOR COUNTING CORDS IN RUBBER SHEET

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A cord counting method for counting a number of cords from one end in a widthwise direction of a rubber sheet, in which a number (n) of the cords are embedded at intervals, and in an outer surface of the rubber sheet, convex portions at which the cords are located and concave portions positioned between the cords are alternately repeated,said cord counting method comprising:
1) a step (S1) in which, by use of a displacement sensor, the outer surface of the rubber sheet is scanned in the widthwise direction, and raw waveform data on convexoconcave of the outer surface is acquired,
2) a step (S2) in which a moving average processing is carried out on the raw waveform data so as to reduce noise, whereby first corrected data of a smoothed waveform is obtained from the raw waveform data,
3) a step (S3) in which second corrected data is obtained from the first corrected data by converting an amplitude center (j) of the waveform of the first corrected data into a straight line,
4) a step (S4) in which widthwise-direction concave-center-position data is obtained wherein concave-center-positions in the widthwise direction between the cords are defined by positions of lowest points of valleys of the waveform of the second corrected data,
5) a step (S5) in which, with respect to said concave-center-position data, intervals K between the concave-center-positions adjacent in the widthwise direction are sequentially compared with a predetermined upper interval threshold K max, and
if K>K max, then a concave-center-position for correction is added at a midpoint of an interval K, and
said intervals K are sequentially compared with a predetermined lower interval threshold K min, and if K whereby first corrected concave-center-position data is obtained,
6) a step (S6) in which, with respect to the first corrected concave-center-position data, a total number (m) of the concave-center-positions is compared with said number (n), and when m<(n?1), in order from a largest interval K, a concave-center-position for correction is added at the midpoint of the interval K, until becoming m=(n?1),
when m>(n?1), from the concave-center-positions on both sides of the interval K, the concave-center-position on the front side in the scanning direction is deleted in order from a smallest interval K, until becoming m=(n?1),
whereby second corrected concave-center-position data is obtained, and
7) count from one end in the widthwise direction, of the concave-center-positions in said second corrected concave-center-position data is considered as the number of the cords from said one end in the widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,785

SAMPLE SHAPE MEASURING METHOD AND SAMPLE SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,784

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE OF DIMENSIONAL OR GEOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF A MEASUREMENT OBJECT

CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE M...

16. A measuring apparatus for determining at least one of dimensional or geometric characteristics of a measurement object, comprising:a first measurement arrangement for determining 3D coordinates at first selected measurement points of the measurement object,
a second measurement arrangement for determining surface normals at second selected measurement points of the measurement object, wherein the second measurement arrangement includes a number of light sources and a first camera which is directed to the measurement object, and
an evaluation and control unit comprising a calibration data set that represents individual direction dependent radiation patterns of the light sources and a computer processor configured for—
determining the 3D coordinates at the first selected measurement points using the first measurement arrangement, the 3D coordinates defining first measurement results,
determining the surface normals at the second selected measurement points using the second measurement arrangement and using the calibration data set and the first measurement results, the surface normals thus determined defining second measurement results,
determining the at least one of dimensional or geometric characteristics of the measurement object using the first and second measurement results.

US Pat. No. 10,458,776

ABRASION INSPECTION APPARATUS, ABRASION INSPECTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An abrasion inspection apparatus comprising:a first imaging unit that is installed on a side of a track, a vehicle traveling along the track, a guide wheel being installed on a side of the vehicle, the first imaging unit imaging an inside of the track via a telecentric lens;
a second imaging unit that is installed in a vehicle traveling direction with respect to the first imaging unit on the side of the track and images the inside of the track via a telecentric lens;
an image acquisition unit that acquires an image which is an image of a boundary of the guide wheel captured by the first imaging unit and is an image of a boundary on a first direction side in the vehicle traveling direction and an image which is an image of the boundary of the guide wheel captured by the second imaging unit at the same time as the capturing of the image by the first imaging unit and is an image of a boundary on an opposite side to the first direction side; and
a guide wheel detection unit that detects an abrasion situation of the guide wheel according to a position of a boundary indicated in the images acquired by the image acquisition unit, wherein
a rotation mechanism is in contact with the guide wheel and rotates the guide wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,458,759

SHOOTING TARGET APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,755

PACKAGE DELIVERY BLIND

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,754

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NETWORKING FIREARM-MOUNTED DEVICES

T-Worx Holdings, LLC, St...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,750

THERMAL WEAPON SIGHT

Seek Thermal, Inc., Gole...

1. A method for displaying visual content in a weapon sight attached to a weapon, the weapon sight comprising a thermal imager with a processor executing an image processing chain including a contrast equalization element, and a display for displaying thermal images to a user of the weapon, the method comprising:providing a reticle overlaid at a reticle location on the thermal image in the display, wherein the reticle location relative to the thermal image is determined based on an aiming point of the weapon;
providing a digital zoom capability to magnify the displayed image beyond an optical magnification;
applying a contrast equalization, by the contrast equalization element, only to the portion of the image displayed when the image is zoomed; and
displaying the reticle at the reticle location in the display corresponding to the aiming point by at least one of:
when the magnification is at a level where the magnified image is less than or equal in size to the displayed image, the reticle location is the same in both images; and
when the magnification is at a level where the magnified image is greater in size than the displayed image, the reticle location in the displayed image is offset to the center as closely as possible while maintaining all of the displayed image corresponding to valid pixels from the magnified image.

US Pat. No. 10,458,748

HOLSTER

Vista Outdoor Operations ...

8. A holster for a handgun, the handgun having an ejection port, the holster comprising:a holster body with opposing sides defining a cavity for receiving and holding the handgun, the holster having a longitudinal axis extending parallel to an insertion/withdrawal direction;
a movable U-shaped member that is slidably engaged with the holster body and movable axially within the cavity of the holster body, the U-shaped member positioned to extend over a slide of a handgun when the handgun is holstered in the holster, the U-shaped member coupled to a thumb push button;
an ejection port catch member configured as a leaf spring attached to the holster body and that engages with the handgun at the ejection port of the handgun, the catch member having a normal obstructing position with respect to the handgun ejection port, the catch member movable to a non-obstructing position, the catch member cooperating with the U-shaped member to move the catch member to the non-obstructing position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,745

WEAPONS EMBEDDED IN A WEARABLE ITEM

1. A weapon disposed within an enclosure, the weapon comprising a firearm and a blade both disposed within an enclosure:the firearm comprising:
a barrel through which a bullet passes to exit the firearm;
a shell comprising a charge proximate a rear surface of the shell, the shell for receiving the bullet;
a primer safety component in a location of which relative to the charge is controlled by a primer safety handle, the primer safety component moveable to a firing position exposing the rear surface of the shell by operation of the primer safety handle;
a firing pin moveable to a firing position by operation of a firing pin control;
a firing pin lock retaining the firing pin in the firing position when in a locked position;
a first biasing member for applying a first force to the firing pin, movement of the firing pin restrained against the first force by the locked position of the firing pin lock;
a trigger for releasing the firing pin lock from the locked position such that when the primer safety component is in the firing position, the first force causing the firing pin to strike the rear surface of the shell, igniting the charge, thereby causing the bullet to be ejected from the barrel;
the blade comprising:
a sharp instrument concealed within the enclosure;
a blade lock for retaining the sharp instrument within the enclosure when in a locked position;
a second biasing member for applying a second force to the sharp instrument, the sharp instrument restrained against the second force by the locked position of the blade lock; and
a release pin for releasing the sharp instrument from the locked position, the second force causing the sharp instrument to emerge from a concealed location within the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,738

BLAST OVERPRESSURE REDUCTION FIREARM SYSTEM AND METHOD

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,723

EVAPORATOR

BORGWARNER EMISSIONS SYST...

1. An evaporator for the evaporation of a first fluid by means of the heat provided by a second fluid, the second fluid being a hot gas, wherein said evaporator comprises:a first plate (1) and a second plate (2) facing one another and arranged spaced from one another, wherein each plate has a first face and a second face, wherein the first face of the first plate faces the first face of the second plate; wherein each of the plates has a length and a width and the length is along a longitudinal direction X-X?, wherein the first plate (1) comprises a plurality of cavities and the second plate (2) comprises a plurality of cavities, wherein each cavity is open through the second face of their respective plates, said cavities being defined by inner walls (1.1.1, 2.1.1); wherein at least one of said first and second plates is formed by stacking a plurality of flat elemental plates, the plurality of elemental plates including a first elemental plate having perforations to allow for the passage of heat exchange tubes and a second elemental plate having perforations including said inner walls and defining said cavities, the first elemental plate and the second elemental plate being attached to one another;
an intake manifold (4) of the first fluid and an exhaust manifold (5) of the first fluid;
a plurality of heat exchange tubes (3) wherein each of the heat exchange tubes (3) extends between one of the cavities of the first plate (1) and one of the cavities of the second plate (2), wherein each cavity of the first plate (1) is in fluid communication with two cavities of the second plate (2) via the heat exchange tubes (3), and each cavity of the second plate (2) is in fluid communication with two cavities of the first plate (1) via the heat exchange tubes (3), with the exception of one of the cavities of the first plate (1) which is in fluid communication with the intake manifold (4) and only one cavity of the second plate (2) via the heat exchange tubes (3) and one of the cavities of the second plate (2) which is in fluid communication with the exhaust manifold (5) and only one cavity of the first plate (1) via the heat exchange tubes (3);
there being a path of fluid communication from the intake manifold (4) to the exhaust manifold (5) passing through the interior of said heat exchange tubes (3) and the cavities of the first and second plates;
two side walls (6) extending between the first plate (1) and the second plate (2) housing the plurality of heat exchange tubes (3) and establishing between the two side walls and the first and second plate a space for the passage of the second fluid, wherein the second fluid enters through an inlet (I2) and exits through an outlet (O2) along the longitudinal direction X-X?; and
wherein each cavity that is not associated with the manifolds (4, 5) is closed by means of a dedicated cap (7) to define a plurality of chambers (1.1, 2.1) in the first and second plates, wherein each cap (7) has cap walls (7.1) such that following insertion of each of the dedicated caps into the corresponding cavity, the cap walls (7.1) are attached to the inner walls of said cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,458,717

FLEXIBLE HEAT SINK THERMOELECTIVE DEVICE

Magna Seating Inc, Auror...

1. A flexible heat sink comprising:a flexible base having a first side configured to engage a heat generating component, and a second side opposite the first side;
a plurality of groups of fins, each fin extending from the second side of the base; and
the groups of fins positioned in an array and spaced apart lengthwise and width wise across the base, enabling the heat sink to flex lengthwise and width wise between the groups of fins; wherein
each fin comprises first and second walls extending from the second side of the base and parallel to each other, a first panel parallel to the base, the first panel connecting an outer end of the first wall to an outer end of the second wall to define a rectangular shaped channel, a plurality of second panels parallel and adjacent to the second side of the base, each second panel connecting an inner end of the second wall of one fin to an inner end of the first wall of an adjacent fin, and wherein each lengthwise section of groups comprises fins constructed from a single piece of material and wherein the second panel connecting fins of adjacent groups is longer than the second panels connecting adjacent fins within each group.

US Pat. No. 10,458,715

HEAT EXCHANGER

HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LIMI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,712

THERMOCHEMICAL REGENERATION WITH OXIDANT PREHEATING

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of carrying out combustion in a furnace, comprising(A) combusting fuel in a furnace to produce gaseous combustion products, and
(B) alternately (1) (i) passing a first amount of gaseous combustion products from the furnace into and through a cooled first regenerator that has been cooled in step (B)(2)(iv) to heat said first regenerator and cool said first amount of gaseous combustion products that is passed into said first regenerator,
(ii) passing a second amount of gaseous combustion products from the furnace into and through a cooled second regenerator that has been cooled in step (B)(2)(v) to heat said second regenerator and cool said second amount of gaseous combustion products that is passed into said second regenerator,
(iii) passing reforming fuel with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said first regenerator, with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said second regenerator, or with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said first regenerator and with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said second regenerator, into a heated third regenerator that has been heated in step (B)(2)(i),
(iv) reacting the gaseous combustion products and the reforming fuel that have been passed into said third regenerator in step (B)(1)(iii) in said third regenerator in an endothermic reaction under conditions effective to form syngas comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide, and thereby cooling said third regenerator,
(v) passing gaseous oxidant into and through a heated fourth regenerator that has been heated in step (B)(2)(ii) to heat the gaseous oxidant that is passed into said heated fourth regenerator and cool said fourth regenerator, and
(vi) passing said syngas that is formed in step (B)(1)(iv) from said third regenerator into said furnace, passing said heated gaseous oxidant that is heated in step (B)(1)(v) from said fourth regenerator into the furnace, and combusting said syngas and said heated gaseous oxidant in the furnace;
while maintaining the difference in temperatures of the combustion products passing out of said first and second regenerators at 300 F or less; and
(2) (i) passing a first amount of gaseous combustion products from the furnace into and through a cooled third regenerator that has been cooled in step (B)(1)(iv) to heat said third regenerator and cool said first amount of gaseous combustion products that is passed into said third regenerator,
(ii) passing a second amount of gaseous combustion products from the furnace into and through a cooled fourth regenerator that has been cooled in step (B)(1)(v) to heat said fourth regenerator and cool said second amount of gaseous combustion products that is passed into said fourth regenerator,
(iii) passing reforming fuel with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said third regenerator, with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said fourth regenerator, or with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said first regenerator and with cooled gaseous combustion products that have been cooled in said fourth regenerator, into a heated first regenerator that has been heated in step (B)(1)(i),
(iv) reacting the gaseous combustion products and the reforming fuel that have been passed into the first regenerator in step (B)(2)(iii) in said first regenerator in an endothermic reaction under conditions effective to form syngas comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide, and thereby cooling said first regenerator,
(v) passing gaseous oxidant into and through a heated second regenerator that has been heated in step (B)(1)(ii) to heat the gaseous oxidant that is passed into said heated second regenerator and cool said second regenerator, and
(vi) passing said syngas that is formed in step (B)(2)(iv) from said first regenerator into said furnace, passing said heated gaseous oxidant that is heated in step (B)(2)(v) from the second regenerator into the furnace, and combusting said syngas and said heated gaseous oxidant in the furnace;
while maintaining the difference in temperatures of the combustion products passing out of said third and fourth regenerators at 300 F or less.

US Pat. No. 10,458,706

COSMETIC MAKEUP SPONGE/BLENDER CONTAINER

NYC Designed Inspirations...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,699

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,688

FROST MANAGEMENT OF AN EVAPORATOR

Honeywell International I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,687

VAPOR COMPRESSION SYSTEM

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) system comprising:a refrigerant loop;
a compressor disposed along the refrigerant loop and configured to circulate refrigerant through the refrigerant loop, wherein the compressor comprises an inlet extending from an external surface of a housing of the compressor; and
an evaporator disposed along the refrigerant loop and configured to place the refrigerant in thermal communication with a cooling fluid, wherein the refrigerant surrounds a tube bundle disposed in the evaporator, the tube bundle is configured to flow the cooling fluid, the evaporator comprises a discharge extending from an exterior surface of a shell of the evaporator, wherein the discharge is configured to direct the vapor refrigerant from the evaporator to the inlet of the compressor, and an interface between the discharge and the inlet, wherein the interface, the discharge, and the inlet are without a bend.

US Pat. No. 10,458,669

THERMOSTAT WITH INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION FEATURES

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A thermostat for controlling heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment via one or more control wires, the thermostat comprising:an enclosure comprising a body and a removable cover;
a user interface configured to display output to a user while the removable cover is removed from the body;
a wiring terminal comprising one or more connection points, wherein the removable cover covers the one or more connection points; and
a processing circuit configured to:
determine one or more wiring connections to the one or more connection points; and
cause the user interface to display the one or more wiring connections while the removable cover is removed from the body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,666

AIR DIFFUSING AND WATER MISTING APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

A-NIKS, LLC, Tampa, FL (...

15. A method for delivering cooling water mist into an open non-confined environment, the method comprising:situating an apparatus for cooling water mist dispersion in an open non-confined environment;
channeling a stream of cooling water mist through the apparatus via a nozzle disposed within the apparatus at a circular egress of the apparatus,
directing the stream of cooling water mist in a particular manner such that the air in the environment is cooled by the evaporative action of the cooling water mist,
diverting outflow by one or more arms angularly disposed relative to the nozzle, the one or more arms providing for a non-linear outflow of mixed air and water as a cooling water mist and evaporatively-cooled gaseous air stream into the surrounding open non-confined environment, the non-linear flow defined by the one or more arms as one or more of circular, spiral, cyclone or rotational; and, the non-linear flow providing for moving the air into better contact with water exiting at the circular egress to mix with the air with the water to generate mist;
the apparatus comprising a mounting bracket with a first end and a second end, said mounting bracket being fixed to opposing ends of an outer perimeter of the apparatus at the first end and the second end of the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,458,652

SHELL AND TILED LINER ARRANGEMENT FOR A COMBUSTOR

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A combustor for use in a gas turbine engine, the combustor comprisingan annular metallic shell forming an annular cavity around a central axis, and
a liner arranged in the annular cavity of the annular metallic shell, the liner including a first ceramic tile and a second ceramic tile,
wherein the first tile includes a body and a tab offset radially from the body, a first fastener extends through the tab to couple the first tile to the annular metallic shell, the second ceramic tile is arranged to extend between the first fastener and the annular combustion chamber to shield the first fastener from the annular cavity, and wherein the first fastener is formed to include a passage configured to receive active cooling air and the passage is shaped to direct the cooling air onto the body of the second ceramic tile.

US Pat. No. 10,458,639

LIGHTING DEVICE AND LUMINAIRE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A tubular LED lighting device comprising:an LED, a driver for driving the LED, and an electrical connector;
the lighting device further comprising a thermally triggered switch for prevention of overheating of the electrical connector, wherein
the thermally triggered switch is connected in series between the electrical connector and the driver, and
the thermally triggered switch is configured to interrupt current in the event of the temperature of the electrical connector meeting a triggering condition;
wherein the thermally triggered switch is configured to sense the temperature of the electrical connector via a main body or a probe of the thermally triggered switch.

US Pat. No. 10,458,636

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

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,624

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR COLLIMATION OF LIGHT

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. An optical system for collimation of incoming light, comprising:a body;
a recess formed on a first side of the body, the recess having a central light entry surface and a side light entry surface;
a central light exit surface provided on at least a portion of a second side of the body, said central light entry surface being arranged in relation to the central light exit surface such that incoming light falling on the central light entry surface is directed to the central light exit surface;
a total internal reflection surface provided at a side surface of the body, which is arranged such that incoming light falling on the side light entry surface of the recess is directed towards the total internal reflection surface so as to be subject to total internal reflection towards the second side of the body; and
a rejection area surrounding at least a portion of said central light entry surface, said rejection area being configured to prevent incoming light incident on the rejection area to exit said body outside of the central light exit surface, wherein the rejection area comprises a light-deflecting portion being arranged such that incoming light entering the light-deflecting portion is deflected.

US Pat. No. 10,458,614

LAMP FOR VEHICLE

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,605

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE

NATIONAL CHUNG CHENG UNIV...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,597

INSULATION PANEL FOR CORNER AREA OF LNG CARGO CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., L...

1. A corner panel of an LNG cargo, comprising:a main body formed integrally as a single body and arranged at a corner area of the cargo and comprising an external face and an internal face, the external face having a corner corresponding to the corner area, the internal face is formed with a curved surface having a first curvature;
a stress diverging part including a curvature member, is configured to rest against the curved surface of the curvature of the main body in order to reduce convergence of stress of the main body, wherein the curvature member having a second curvature corresponding to the internal face of the main body such that an external face of the curvature member rest against the internal face of the main body; and
a primary barrier is arranged over an internal face of the curvature member,
a secondary barrier is arranged over the internal face of the main body, wherein the secondary barrier is interposed between the internal face of the main body and the external face of the curvature member, and wherein the secondary barrier having a same curvature corresponding to the internal face of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,579

SPRUNG COUPLING

Victaulic Company, Easto...

1. A preassembled combination for connecting a captured pipe element to a second pipe element, the captured pipe element defining an axis, the combination comprising:a coupling assembly comprising
first and second segments connected end to end such that first and second ends of the first segment are connected to first and second ends, respectively, of the second segment, such that the first and second segments surround a central space for axially receiving said second pipe element, wherein said first and second segments are shaped and configured to be drawn toward one another and into engagement with said pipe elements,
first and second shoulders positioned on opposite sides of each of said segments, said shoulders of the segments extending along said segments and projecting radially-inwardly toward said central space,
a first arcuate surface positioned on and extending along each of said first shoulders, said first arcuate surface having two ends and a midpoint therebetween,
a second arcuate surface positioned on and extending along each of said second shoulders, of the first and second arcuate surfaces facing said central space,
a channel positioned between said first and second shoulders in each of said segments, said channels extending between said ends of said segments and facing said central space, and
an annular ring seal positioned within said channels, said ring seal having inner surfaces sized to receive said pipe elements, said ring seal supporting said segments in spaced apart relation sufficient to permit insertion of said second pipe element into said central space while said segments are attached to one another; and
the captured pipe element, wherein the captured pipe element comprises an annular body, said annular body having
an end face located within said central space,
a sealing surface extending around said captured pipe element for engagement with the said inner surface of said ring seal,
a bead projecting outwardly from said sealing surface and extending circumferentially therearound,
a groove axially spaced from said end face, said groove for engagement with said first arcuate surfaces of the first shoulders of the segments, and
a pipe shoulder positioned distal from said end face and adjacent to said groove,
wherein said end face of said captured pipe element is retained within the central space by engagement between said bead and said coupling assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,458,569

POSITIONER

Azbil Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A positioner, comprising:an air circuit comprising a magnetism generator that generates magnetism based on an electric current in accordance with a difference between a valve opening setpoint for a regulator valve that is to be controlled and a measured valve opening value for the regulator valve, the air circuit generating a pneumatic signal adjust air pressure
wherein the pneumatic signal is generated based on the magnetism produced by the magnetism generator, and is supplied to an operating device of the regulator valve, and
the magnetism generator includes a plurality of separate coils that are connected in parallel electrically and that are additively coupled magnetically, wherein the magnetism generator further comprises:
a main interconnection to supply the electric current;
a plurality of branch interconnections, provided for each of the plurality of coils, branching from the main interconnection; and
a plurality of Zener diodes, provided for each of the plurality of coils, wherein a corresponding coil and corresponding Zener diodes are connected in parallel with each of the branch interconnections.

US Pat. No. 10,458,568

TAMPER-RESISTANT OPERATING NUT FOR HYDRANTS

Mueller International, LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,565

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUALLY OVERRIDING A SOLENOID VALVE OF A FAUCET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A system for a faucet, comprising:a solenoid operated valve comprising:
a valve body including a sealing surface, a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and a longitudinal passage having a non-fluid passage and a fluid passage fluidly connecting the fluid outlet and the fluid inlet;
a sealing element that is movable relative to the sealing surface to fluidly connect and disconnect the fluid inlet from the fluid passage and the fluid outlet; and
a solenoid configured to selectively couple and decouple the sealing element to the sealing surface to fluidly disconnect and connect the fluid inlet from the fluid passage and the fluid outlet such that water flows through the fluid passage when the sealing element is decoupled from the sealing surface; and
a lifter for manually overriding the solenoid operated valve during a power failure, the lifter comprising:
a threaded portion that threads to the solenoid operated valve;
a shoulder adjacent the threaded portion that is disposed within the longitudinal passage and seals against part of the valve body to separate the non-fluid passage and the fluid passage; and
an elongated member extending from a side of the shoulder opposite the threaded portion, the elongated member extending longitudinally through the fluid passage and having a tip located within the fluid passage;
wherein a rotation of the lifter in a first direction moves the lifter through the threads relative to the valve body to decouple the sealing element from the sealing surface by displacing the sealing element with the tip, and
wherein the valve body includes a longitudinal wall that is unitary and defines the longitudinal passage having the non-fluid passage and the fluid passage, wherein the fluid outlet is disposed in and extends transverse to the longitudinal wall, and the longitudinal wall has threads in the non-fluid passage, and wherein the threaded portion of the lifter is disposed within the longitudinal wall and threads to threads of the longitudinal wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,560

PILOT CHECK VALVE

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A pilot check valve comprising:a flow passage body including a first port and a second port;
a movable body which is at least partly disposed slidably in the flow passage body and configured to move in an axial direction thereof under action of a pilot pressure;
a packing mounted on the movable body and configured to be displaced between a valve closed position and a valve open position integrally with the movable body, the packing including an inclined lip which is elastically deformable radially, the lip being configured to make sliding contact with an inner circumferential surface of the flow passage body;
a detector configured to detect whether or not the movable body is placed at a position that causes the packing to be positioned at the valve closed position; and
a packing support member configured to be fixed to the movable body so as to be displaced integrally with the movable body in the axial direction, to surround the packing, and to prevent the lip from being deformed radially outwardly by a predetermined amount or more,
wherein, in the valve closed position, the packing allows a working fluid to flow from the first port toward the second port, and blocks flow of the working fluid from the second port toward the first port, and in the valve open position, the packing allows the first port and the second port to communicate with each other,
and wherein, when the packing is at the valve closed position, the lip is able to be pressed and elastically deformed in a radially inward direction by the working fluid supplied from the second port, and separated away from the inner circumferential surface of the flow passage body, whereby the lip allows the working fluid to flow from the first port toward the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,458,557

HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR FORCE FIGHT MITIGATION MECHANISM

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

7. A rotorcraft, comprising:a flight control device;
a multi-stage hydraulic actuator operably connected to the flight control device;
a control valve assembly having first and second control valves in fluid communication with the multi-stage hydraulic actuator through independent fluid conduits, each of the first and second control valves comprising:
a valve body defining a translation axis;
a spool disposed within the valve body and movable along the translation axis; and
a flange connected to the spool and having an aperture disposed externally of the valve body, wherein the flange is fixed relative to the spool to removably fix the spool to a spool of a redundant control valve that is independently connected to the multi-stage hydraulic actuator,
wherein the valve body of the first control valve is fixed relative to the valve body of the second control valve, wherein the flange of the first control valve overlaps the flange of the second control valve between the valve body of the first control valve and the valve body of the second control valve;
a tandem pin seated in at least one of the aperture of the flange of the first control valve and the aperture of the flange of the second control valve, wherein the tandem pin has an engaged position wherein the flange of the first control valve and the flange of the second control valve are fixed relative to one another and a disengaged position where the flanges are movable relative to one another; and
a solenoid or linear motor carried by the flange of the first control valve, the solenoid or linear motor electromagnetically coupled to the tandem pin to displace the tandem pin between engaged and disengaged positions.

US Pat. No. 10,458,554

ADJUSTMENT VALVE WITH ENERGY RECOVERY

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,543

POWER SPLIT TRANSMISSION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH POWER SPLIT TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A power-split transmission device for a vehicle, the transmission device connecting a drive engine, arranged on an input side, to a drive output, arranged on an output side, and the transmission device comprising:a hydrostatic unit for continuous adjustment of a transmission ratio;
at least one range clutch for coupling the transmission device to the drive output;
the transmission device being designed to be operated with a first and a second deceleration logic, the first and the second deceleration logic having a deceleration dynamic which corresponds to a gradient of transmission ratio change, the second deceleration logic having a higher gradient of transmission ratio change than a gradient of transmission ratio change of the first deceleration logic, and such that the second deceleration logic being designed so as to immediately disengage the at least one range clutch, when the at least one range clutch is engaged, in order to reduce the transmission ratio of the hydrostatic unit with a maximum gradient of transmission ratio change;
the transmission device being configured to monitor various vehicle parameters while the vehicle is operated with the first deceleration logic;
the transmission device further being configured to detect that at least one set limit value has been exceeded while the vehicle is operated with the first deceleration logic;
the at least one range clutch being configured to immediately disengage upon activation of the second deceleration logic;
the hydrostatic unit being configured to maximally reduce the transmission ratio with a maximum dynamic; and
the at least one range clutch being configured to engage and the first deceleration logic being configured to activate as soon as either an actual reciprocal transmission ratio reaches a first limit value, or a rotational speed difference reaches a second limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,542

BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERFACE PIN ASSEMBLY

ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A shifter system assembly for a steering column, the shifter system assembly comprising:a shifter mechanism that receives a shift lever, the shifter mechanism selectively movable between a “Park” position and an out of “Park” position;
a brake transmission shift interface (BTSI) assembly comprising:
a BTSI pin assembly comprising:
a blocking pin;
a solenoid pin that is separate and distinct from the blocking pin; and
a coupler that couples the blocking pin and the solenoid pin wherein the coupler includes a coupler body having an outer diameter greater than corresponding diameters of the blocking pin and the solenoid pin; and
a solenoid coil, wherein the BTSI pin assembly moves between an extended position and a retracted position, wherein (i) in the extended position, the blocking pin inhibits movement of the shifter mechanism out of the “Park” position and (ii) in the retracted position, the blocking pin allows movement of the shifter mechanism to the out of “Park” position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,541

MANUAL TRANSMISSION SHIFTLOCK INTERVENTION

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,529

LINEAR MOTION MECHANISM, VALVE DEVICE, AND STEAM TURBINE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,522

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,515

FRICTIONAL POWER TRANSMISSION BELT AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,512

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,503

MOVABLE ELEMENT AND A DAMPING SYSTEM

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,499

MULTI-CALIPER BRAKE ASSEMBLY PER ROTOR

Akebono Brake Industry Co...

1. A brake system comprising:a. a rotor; and
b. two or more brake assemblies in communication with the rotor, the two or more brake assemblies each including:
i. a caliper;
ii. a piston assembly located within the caliper; and
iii. a motor gear unit in communication with the caliper and configured to move the piston assembly to create a braking force;
wherein one or both of the piston assemblies are moved during a service brake apply or release;
wherein one or both of the piston assemblies are moved during a parking brake apply or release; and
wherein a controller powers a first and a second of the two or more brake assemblies and the controller powers both the first and the second of the two or more brake assemblies until brake pads of the two or more brake assemblies contact a rotor and then the controller alternates power between the first and the second of the two or more brake assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,458,496

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR VEHICLE BRAKE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A braking apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a wheel suspension attached to the vehicle, a wheel hub attached to the wheel suspension, and a brake disk rotatably attached to the wheel suspension;
an air flow gap between a radial end side of the brake disk and an inner side of a wheel rim of a vehicle wheel;
a protective cover partially covering the brake disk and fastened to the wheel suspension, the protective cover has an air flow opening feeding cooling air to the brake disk, the air flow opening spaced from the air flow gap; and
an airflow control mechanism opening and closing the air flow opening and, reducing and increasing a size of the air flow gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,490

CYCLE LOCK SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,485

SELF-SYNCHRONIZING CLUTCH

Warner Electric Technolog...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,482

SURFACE ROUGHENING OF POWDER METAL PARTS

Keystone Powdered Metal C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,478

HUB UNIT BEARING AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING HUB UNIT BEARING

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,477

SEAL FOR ROLLING BEARING AND ROLLING BEARING

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,474

BEARING ASSEMBLY FOR STEERING COLUMN

Koyo Bearings North Ameri...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,465

CAM FOLLOWER ROLLER DEVICE

1. A cam follower roller device comprising:a tappet extending along a longitudinal axis and including a cylindrical tappet body defining a bore,
a rolling assembly arranged within the bore, and having:
a support body including a base and two longitudinal flanges that are diametrically opposed and that extend longitudinally from the base in the bore of the cylindrical tappet body,
a pin centered on a transverse axis and including two opposite ends, each adapted to be supported by the two longitudinal flanges of the support body, and
a roller rotatably mounted on the pin around the transverse axis, wherein
each of the two longitudinal flanges of the support body is provided with an outwardly protruding portion that extends transversally from each of the two longitudinal flanges towards the cylindrical tappet body, and wherein
the cylindrical tappet body provides a support diametrically opposed and having each a transverse surface that cooperates with the outwardly protruding portion of the support body to longitudinally block the support body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,462

STEERING COLUMN ENGINEERED TAPE

ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ...

1. A steering column assembly for a motor vehicle, the steering column assembly comprising:a box rocker having a rocker body including a box rocker inner surface that defines a box rocker bore, the box rocker configured to be fixed relative to the motor vehicle in an assembled position;
a column jacket configured to be slidably received into the box rocker bore, the column jacket having a column jacket outer diameter including an outer surface that opposes the box rocker inner surface the column jacket being translatable within the box rocker bore between first and second positions; and
a first section of tape disposed between the box rocker inner surface and the column jacket outer surface wherein the first section of tape mitigates wear between the column jacket and the box rocker during translation of the column jacket within the box rocker bore.

US Pat. No. 10,458,456

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING A FITTED CAP FOR APPLYING A SHAPED SEALANT SHROUD TO A PORTION OF A FASTENER

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for applying a shaped sealant shroud to a portion of a fastener, the system comprising:a fitted cap, comprising a wall and positionable over the portion of the fastener such that a uniform gap is formed between the wall and the portion of the fastener, wherein the fitted cap further comprises:
an inlet opening, fully penetrating the wall, such that the inlet opening is configured to be communicatively coupled with the uniform gap; and
a vent, fully penetrating the wall, such that the vent is configured to be communicatively coupled with the uniform gap, wherein the inlet opening and the vent are spaced apart from each other along the wall; and
a cap-manipulation tool, comprising a shaft, wherein:
the shaft has a longitudinal central axis and comprises a through, circumferentially closed, channel, configured to receive sealant and to communicate the sealant therethrough; and
the cap-manipulation tool is configured to couple to the fitted cap such that:
the through, circumferentially closed, channel of the shaft is capable of communicating the sealant through the inlet opening of the fitted cap into the uniform gap;
the vent is oriented to purge gas from the uniform gap as the sealant is communicated through the through, circumferentially closed, channel into the uniform gap; and
the fitted cap is rotatable together with the shaft about the longitudinal central axis of the shaft to distribute the sealant in the uniform gap to form the shaped sealant shroud around the portion of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,458,453

DOWEL BAR ASSEMBLY AND MECHANICAL CONNECTOR

Construction Materials, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,451

DISPLAY CLIP AND OBJECT MOUNTING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,443

ACTUATOR HAVING AN INTERNAL CONDUCTIVE PATH

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An actuator comprising:a piston including a piston shaft;
a housing, wherein the piston is configured to reciprocate within a chamber of the housing;
a gland electrically coupled to the housing and surrounding the piston shaft;
a conductor that at least partially encircles the piston shaft, the conductor electrically coupled to the piston and the gland to electrically couple the piston to the housing via the gland as the piston reciprocates within the chamber, wherein the conductor comprises a plurality of spring fingers arranged in a ring around the piston shaft; and
a retainer coupled to the gland and surrounding the piston shaft, the retainer configured to retain the conductor in electrical contact with the gland.

US Pat. No. 10,458,442

BLOW DOWN ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

AERO CONTROLEX GROUP INC....

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,440

FLAPPER AND ARMATURE/FLAPPER ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A SERVOVALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,436

FAN ROTOR WITH FLOW INDUCED RESONANCE CONTROL

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,430

CENTRIFUGAL-COMPRESSOR CASING AND CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,427

COMPRESSOR AEROFOIL

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A compressor aerofoil comprising:a suction surface wall comprising a suction surface and a pressure surface wall comprising a pressure surface, the suction surface wall and the pressure surface wall meet at a leading edge and a trailing edge and define a tip comprising a tip surface, the compressor aerofoil comprises a maximum thickness Tmax,
a mean camber line defined as passing through the leading edge and the trailing edge, and
a winglet at the tip and which extends from the suction surface, the winglet comprises an overhang W that comprises a perpendicular extent from the suction surface in a range 0.1Tmax to 1.99Tmax,
the winglet comprises a maximum overhang Wmax that occurs within 50% of a length of the mean camber line from the leading edge,
wherein the winglet comprises a leading portion and a trailing portion, and
wherein the trailing portion comprises a step back from the suction surface towards the pressure surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,423

IMPELLER AND FAN INCLUDING THE IMPELLER

Minebea Mitsumi Inc., Na...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,422

TURBINE ENGINE PROVIDED WITH A LUBRICATION UNIT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,416

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A PUMP

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,415

THREADED CONNECTION FOR TANDEM MOTORS OF ELECTRICAL SUBMERSIBLE PUMP

Baker Hughes, a GE Compan...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,403

SERVO PUMP CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,393

WIND-POWERED RECHARGING FOR A WEIGHT-SHIFTING COAXIAL HELICOPTER

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. An unmanned helicopter comprising:a propulsion system comprising:
a first rotor assembly comprising a first motor coupled to a first rotor, the first rotor comprising a plurality of first fixed-pitch blades; and
a second rotor assembly comprising a second motor coupled to a second rotor, the second rotor comprising a plurality of second fixed-pitch blades, wherein:
the second rotor is coaxial to the first rotor; and
the second motor is in stacked assembly with the first motor;
a fuselage comprising:
a power source; and
a controller; and
a gimbal assembly coupling the fuselage to the propulsion system, the gimbal assembly comprising:
a first gimbal motor configured to control pitch of the unmanned helicopter; and
a second gimbal motor being in stacked assembly with the first gimbal motor, the second gimbal motor being configured to control roll of the unmanned helicopter;
wherein the controller is communicably coupled to the first and second gimbal motors and is configured to provide instructions to at least one of the first or second gimbal motors in order to orient the plurality of first fixed-pitch blades and second fixed-pitch blades into a position that permits wind to rotate the first fixed-pitch blades and second fixed-pitch blades and thereby charge the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,458,389

PROFILE WEDGE FOR ATTACHMENT OF AN AEROSHELL EXTENDER PIECE

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,377

FUEL PRESSURE REGULATOR

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LI...

1. A fuel pressure regulator for regulating fuel pressure in a fuel system, said fuel pressure regulator comprising:a housing having a housing bore which extends along a housing bore axis, said housing also having a housing inlet which allows fuel into said housing bore;
a piston located within said housing bore such that said piston and said housing bore define an accumulation chamber and such that said piston slides along said housing bore axis between 1) a first piston position in which said accumulation chamber is minimized in volume and 2) a second piston position in which said accumulation chamber is maximized in volume, said piston having a piston bore extending therethrough from a piston inlet to a piston outlet such that a valve seat is defined between said piston inlet and said piston outlet, such that said piston inlet allows fuel into said piston bore from said housing inlet, and such that said piston outlet provides a path out of said fuel pressure regulator from said piston bore;
a piston spring which biases said piston toward said first piston position;
a valve closure within said piston bore which moves between 1) a seated position such that said valve closure mates with said valve seat, thereby preventing fluid communication from said piston inlet to said piston outlet and 2) an unseated position such that said valve closure is separated from said valve seat, thereby providing fluid communication from said piston inlet to said piston outlet; and
a valve closure spring which biases said valve closure toward said seated position;
wherein said housing bore defines a housing bore inner peripheral surface which surrounds and faces toward said housing bore axis; and
wherein said piston defines a piston outer peripheral surface which faces toward said housing bore inner peripheral surface and is sealed to said housing bore inner peripheral surface such that fuel is prevented from passing out of said fuel pressure regulator from radially between said housing bore inner peripheral surface and said piston outer peripheral surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,376

AIR CLEANER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,375

AIR SHUTOFF VALVE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. An air shutoff valve for use on an internal combustion engine, comprising:a body having an inlet portion forming an inlet opening, an outlet portion forming an outlet opening, a gate portion and an actuator portion;
the body forming an air passage that fluidly connects the inlet opening and the outlet opening;
a gate slidably disposed in the gate portion of the body, the gate being selectively moveable between an armed position and a triggered position, in which triggered position the gate is disposed in the air passage and fluidly blocks the outlet opening from the inlet opening;
a lift rod connected to the gate, the lift rod including a transverse opening;
a retention pin slidably disposed in the actuator portion of the body, the retention pin having a tip extending through the transverse opening in the lift rod when the gate is in the armed position;
a roller rotatably mounted to the retention pin;
a cam rod having a cam surface in contact with the roller such that axial motion of the cam rod causes a corresponding axial motion on the retention pin;
an actuator connected to the cam rod and operating to move the cam rod from the extended position to a retracted position, in which the tip of the retention pin is clear of the transverse opening;
at least one spring disposed between the body and the retention pin, the at least one spring disposed to urge the retention pin in a direction towards the lift rod such that contact is maintained between the roller and the cam surface; and
at least one lift spring disposed between the body and the gate, the at least one lift spring disposed to urge the gate towards the triggered position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,373

SYSTEM INCLUDING OXYGEN SEPARATION DEVICE

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,369

SUPERCHARGED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH COOLED EXHAUST-GAS RECIRCULATION ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,363

THRUST REVERSER FOR A NACELLE OF AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET ENGINE

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,358

FUEL MICROINJECTION VOLUME CORRECTION METHOD AND COMMON-RAIL FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE

Bosch Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A fuel microinjection volume correction method in a common-rail fuel injection control device configured to correct deviations in a fuel injection volume resulting from deviations in an injection characteristic of a fuel injection valve and having a microcomputer that controls fuel injection, the fuel microinjection volume correction method comprising:performing, via the microcomputer, microinjection as fuel injection in a microinjection volume,
acquiring, via the microcomputer, an energizing time for the microinjection on the basis of a fluctuation amount of an engine speed generated at the time,
storing, via the microcomputer, a difference from a reference energizing time that is acquired in advance for the fuel injection valve as a learning value in an updatable manner in a non-injection state of the fuel injection valve,
setting, via the microcomputer, a value that is acquired by correcting the reference energizing time by the learning value as the energizing time at the time of the microinjection, and
correcting the fluctuation amount of the engine speed on the basis of a gear ratio and the engine speed so as to eliminate an unnecessary change that occurs to the fluctuation amount of the engine speed due to a gear shift operation of a transmission when acquiring the energizing time for the microinjection on the basis of the fluctuation amount of the engine speed.

US Pat. No. 10,458,353

ENGINE CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,458,352

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A control system for an engine, the control system comprising:an operational data sensor configured to generate signals indicative of operational data of the engine; and
a controller communicably coupled with the engine and the operational data sensor, the controller configured to:
operate the engine based on a baseline engine model, wherein the baseline engine model defines at least one operational parameter based on which the engine operates;
receive the signals indicative of the operational data of the engine;
generate a dynamic engine model of the engine based on the received operational data, wherein the dynamic engine model defines at least one operational parameter based on which the engine operates;
compare the baseline engine model to the dynamic engine model;
determine a difference between the at least one operational parameter defined by the baseline engine model and the at least one operational parameter defined by the dynamic engine model, wherein the difference is determined based on comparing the baseline engine model to the dynamic engine model;
compare the determined difference to a threshold difference value; and
operate the engine based on the at least one operational parameter defined by the dynamic engine model, if the determined difference exceeds the threshold difference value.

US Pat. No. 10,458,343

EXHAUST GAS FLAP

1. An exhaust gas flap, for an exhaust gas stream of an internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas flap comprising:a flap tube;
a pivot shaft rotatable about a pivot axis;
a flap diaphragm comprising at least one flap wing mounted on the pivot shaft;
a wing stop associated with the at least one flap wing on an inner circumferential area of the flap tube, wherein:
the at least one flap wing has a mounting area having an essentially uncurved wing mounting surface; and
the pivot shaft, in association with the at least one flap wing, has an opposite mounting area with an essentially uncurved opposite mounting surface, the uncurved opposite mounting surface being located opposite the essentially uncurved wing mounting surface;
the wing stop associated with the at least one flap wing has a stop surface oriented essentially in the direction of a flap tube longitudinal axis, and when the flap diaphragm is positioned in a closed position, the at least one flap wing is in contact with the stop surface of the wing stop and the opposite mounting surface located opposite the mounting surface of the at least one flap wing is set back in the direction of the flap tube longitudinal axis in relation to the stop surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,339

GAS TURBINE ENGINE CASE FLOW BLOCKING COVERS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine component comprising:an engine case structure surrounding an engine center axis;
a plurality of holes formed in the engine case structure, wherein the plurality of holes are circumferentially spaced apart from each other about the engine center axis, and wherein the plurality of holes includes at least one balance hole to balance stiffness of the engine case structure, at least one mount hole to attach a first engine component to the engine case structure, and at least one service hole that receives a second engine component that passes through the at least one service hole, and wherein the at least one balance hole, the at least one mount hole, and the at least one service hole are circumferentially spaced apart from each other; and
at least one cover that only covers the at least one balance hole such that air is prevented from passing through the at least one balance hole, and wherein the at least one cover is made from a flexible material and does not add any stiffness to the engine case structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,338

AERODERIVATIVE JET ENGINE ACCESSORY STARTER RELOCATION TO MAIN SHAFT—DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO HPC SHAFT

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine starting system, comprising:a shaft coupling a high pressure compressor and a turbine;
an annular housing extending circumferentially around the shaft, wherein the annular housing defines a compartment, and wherein the annular housing is located axially between the high pressure compressor and a low pressure compressor;
a flange extending radially outward from the annular housing for mounting the annular housing to a stationary wall;
an electric starter motor including a rotor and a stator, the rotor and stator positioned in the compartment; and
a collar rotatably coupled to the annular housing and selectively coupled to the electric starter motor such that the rotor and stator of the electric starter motor is positioned axially between the collar and the flange; the collar comprising a radially inner surface comprising a plurality of splines for engaging the shaft;
wherein the electric starter motor, when activated, rotates the collar, which rotates the shaft to start a gas turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,458,330

AUXILIARY OIL SYSTEM FOR GEARED GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan drive turbine, a fan rotor, and a gear reduction driven by said fan drive turbine to, in turn, drive said gear architecture, a main oil supply system for supplying oil to components within said gear reduction, and an auxiliary oil supply system;
said auxiliary oil system being operable to ensure that the gear reduction will be adequately supplied with lubricant for at least 30 seconds at power should the main oil supply system fail;
wherein said gear reduction includes a sun gear being driven by said fan drive turbine to drive intermediate gears that engage a ring gear;
wherein said sun gear, said intermediate gears and said ring gear are enclosed in a bearing compartment, which captures oil removed via a scavenge line connected to a main oil pump;
wherein said main oil pump has an oil gutter that directs scavenge oil to a main oil tank;
wherein said gear reduction is surrounded by said oil gutter that scavenges oil and directs it to an auxiliary oil tank; and
wherein said gutter is at least 70% efficient, defined as the volume of oil captured in said gutter being directed to said auxiliary oil tank compared to a volume of oil that falls out of said gutter and is scavenged by said main scavenge pump.

US Pat. No. 10,458,323

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

COX POWERTRAIN LIMITED, ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:at least one cylinder;
a pair of opposed, reciprocating pistons within the cylinder forming a combustion chamber therebetween, wherein the pair of opposed, reciprocating pistons comprise an inner piston and an outer piston, the outer piston having a crown with a central opening; and
at least one combustion igniter associated with the cylinder, a portion of the combustion igniter being exposed within the combustion chamber formed between the opposed pistons, wherein the combustion igniter moves back and forth through the central opening in the crown of the outer piston as the outer piston reciprocates with respect to the fixed combustion igniter,
wherein the combustion igniter is fixed at one end of the cylinder and projects into the cylinder from that end, along the central axis of the cylinder, to locate said portion of the combustion igniter in a fixed position that is within the combustion chamber throughout the engine cycle, wherein the combustion igniter extends through the outer piston, which is closest to the end of the cylinder from which the combustion igniter projects, and said outer piston is configured to reciprocate along a housing within which the combustion igniter is housed so that the outer piston reciprocates relative to the fixed position of the combustion igniter.

US Pat. No. 10,458,322

SURGE DETERMINATION DEVICE, SURGE DETERMINATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A surge determination device that determines a surge of a compressor that outputs compressed air to an engine, the surge determination device comprising:an airflow meter that detects an intake flow rate of air supplied to the engine;
a rotation speed meter that detects a rotation speed of the engine;
a processor and a storage unit that stores a program that causes the processor to:
obtain the rotation speed of the engine;
obtain the intake flow rate;
calculate a determination condition for determining whether there is the surge based on both the rotation speed and the intake flow rate;
apply a current rotation speed and a current intake flow rate to the calculated determination condition; and
determine whether there is the surge by comparing a result of the applying step with a predetermined threshold value,
wherein the compressor is disconnected from an intake air flow path of the engine that supplies intake air to the engine when the surge of the compressor is detected in the surge determining step.

US Pat. No. 10,458,315

COMPRESSOR STRUCTURE FOR TURBOCHARGERS

OTICS Corporation, Nishi...

1. A compressor structure for turbochargers configured to be able to accommodate an impeller, comprising:an intake port for drawing in air toward the impeller;
a scroll chamber formed in a circumferential direction on an outer circumferential side of the impeller in such a manner to flow air discharged from the impeller;
a discharge port for discharging air flowing through the scroll chamber to an outside; and
an intermediate part for communicating the discharge port and the scroll chamber,
wherein the compressor structure includes a scroll piece, a shroud piece and a seal plate assembled with each other in an axial direction as separate members,
wherein the scroll piece includes the intake port formed penetrating in the axial direction; an intake-side wall surface constituting a wall surface of the scroll chamber on an intake side on an outer circumferential side of the intake port; a penetration part formed penetrating in the axial direction and having an intake side end constituting the discharge port; and a first intermediate wall surface configured to constitute a part of the inner wall surface of the intermediate part, smoothly extending from the intake-side wall surface to the discharge port in such a manner that an extending direction of the first intermediate wall surface approaches a direction parallel to the axial direction by being bent toward the intake side,
wherein the shroud piece includes a cylindrical shroud press fitting part to be press-fitted into the intake port; an inner circumferential side wall surface constituting a wall surface on an inner circumference side of the scroll chamber; a shroud surface opposed to the impeller; and a diffuser surface extending from the shroud surface toward the scroll chamber,
wherein the seal plate includes an outer circumferential side wall surface constituting a wall surface on an outer circumferential side of the scroll chamber; and a protruding part protruding toward the intake side so as to be inserted into the penetration part in the axial direction,
wherein the protruding part includes a second intermediate wall surface configured to constitute a part of the inner wall surface of the intermediate part, the second intermediate wall surface extending from the outer circumferential side wall surface in such a manner that an extending direction of the second intermediate wall surface approaches a direction parallel to the axial direction by being bent toward the intake side,
wherein the second intermediate wall surface faces in a direction of the first intermediate wall surface, and each of the first intermediate wall surface and the second intermediate wall surface is formed to have a semicircular-arc shape in a cross-section of the intermediate part vertical to a flow path,
wherein the semicircular-arc shape of each of the first intermediate wall surface and the second intermediate wall surface form a circular shape in cross-section for the inner wall surface of the intermediate part, and
wherein each of the first intermediate wall surface and the second intermediate wall surface bend to a direction approaching parallel to the axial direction from a direction orthogonal to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,304

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A QUALITY SIGNAL, CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL DEVICE PROGRAM AND CONTROL DEVICE PROGRAM PRODUCT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for diagnosing a quality signal (26) provided by a quality sensor (24) used in a reagent metering system (10), wherein the reagent metering system (10) meters a urea/water solution (14) stored in a tank (12) the quality of the urea/water solution (14) is checked by the quality sensor (24), upstream of an SCR catalytic converter (20), wherein the quality sensor (24) includes a signal-processor (34) having a clock generator (36) which provides a clock signal (38), wherein the quality sensor (24) ascertains the quality signal (26) on the basis of a time-based measurement, the method comprising:transmitting the quality signal (26) to a controller (28) via an interface (40, 42);
ascertaining a measure (52, 56, 58) of the period duration of the clock signal (38) in the controller (28) based on the period duration of the clock signal (38);
comparing the period duration with at least one period duration threshold value (46, 48); and
providing a fault signal (50) when there is a deviation in a measure (52, 56, 58) of the period duration of the clock signal (38) from the period duration threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,458,296

CRANKCASE OIL CATCHER WITH AN APERTURE AND SEAL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A crankcase oil catcher configured to be provided above a crankshaft of an engine and below an associated piston, the crankcase oil catcher comprising:one or more surfaces configured to catch dispersed oil in a crankcase and direct the oil along the surfaces of the crankcase oil catcher away from a crankcase casing wall and towards a crank sump;
a first aperture for a connecting rod of the associated piston to pass through; and
a seal provided around the first aperture, wherein the seal is configured to seal against the crankcase casing wall around an opening into an engine cylinder in which the associated piston resides and provide a seal between the engine cylinder and a gap between the crankcase oil catcher and the crankcase casing wall,
wherein the crankcase oil catcher further comprises one or more fixing mounts that span the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,285

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE WORKING FLUID CIRCULATING IN A CLOSED CIRCUIT OPERATING ACCORDING TO A RANKINE CYCLE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A device for controlling the working fluid circulating in a closed circuit operating according to a Rankine cycle, said circuit comprising a heat exchanger for evaporation of said working fluid, swept by a hot fluid from a hot source, expansion means with an inlet and an outlet for discharging the working fluid in vapour form, a cooling exchanger swept by a cold fluid for condensation of the working fluid in vapour form, and a fluid circulation and compression pump for the fluid in liquid form, characterized in that the device comprises a pressurized working fluid storage tank comprising a preset cap providing a preset pressure in the pressurized working fluid storage tank, the pressurized working fluid storage tank being provided outside said circuit and connected to said circuit by selective working fluid circulation means between said tank and said circuit comprising two fluid circulation lines each controlled by a throttling means, one of the fluid circulation lines connecting a zone of said tank below a level of working fluid in said tank to an inlet of said fluid circulation and compression pump and the other fluid circulation line connecting a zone of said tank below a level of working fluid in said tank to said circuit between an outlet of said fluid circulation and compression pump and said heat exchanger for evaporation of said working fluid so as to feed working fluid into said circuit or to remove working fluid from said circuit in order to obtain a desired flow rate, as well as desired pressures at said inlet and at said outlet of said expansion means, and characterized in that the working fluid in the pressurized working fluid storage tank is water in liquid form.

US Pat. No. 10,458,284

VARIABLE PRESSURE INVENTORY CONTROL OF CLOSED CYCLE SYSTEM WITH A HIGH PRESSURE TANK AND AN INTERMEDIATE PRESSURE TANK

Malta Inc., Cambridge, M...

1. A method comprising:in a closed cycle system, circulating a working fluid through a closed cycle fluid path including, in sequence, a compressor, a hot side heat exchanger, a turbine, and a cold side heat exchanger, wherein the closed cycle fluid path comprises a high pressure leg and a low pressure leg, wherein the closed cycle system comprises: (i) a first fluid connection between the high pressure leg and a high pressure tank and connected to the high pressure leg between an outlet of the hot side heat exchanger and an inlet of the turbine, (ii) a second fluid connection between the high pressure leg and an intermediate pressure tank and connected to the high pressure leg between the outlet of the hot side heat exchanger and the inlet of the turbine, (iii) a third fluid connection between the low pressure leg and the intermediate pressure tank and connected to the low pressure leg between an outlet of the cold side heat exchanger and an inlet of the compressor, and (iv) a fourth fluid connection between the low pressure leg and the high pressure tank and connected to the low pressure leg between the outlet of the cold side heat exchanger and the inlet of the compressor, and wherein the closed cycle system is configured to cycle between a charge mode and a discharge mode;
operating the closed cycle system in the discharge mode, wherein a generator coupled to the turbine produces electrical power;
determining an operating condition of the closed cycle system;
defining a first threshold pressure value based on the determination of the operating condition of the closed cycle system;
removing a first quantity of working fluid from the closed cycle fluid path by opening the first fluid connection, such that pressure of the working fluid in the high pressure leg decreases and pressure of the working fluid in the high pressure tank increases;
closing the first fluid connection when pressure of the working fluid in the high pressure tank reaches the first threshold pressure value; and
removing a second quantity of working fluid from the closed cycle fluid path by opening the second fluid connection, such that pressure of the working fluid in the high pressure leg decreases and pressure of the working fluid in the intermediate pressure tank increases.

US Pat. No. 10,458,274

GEARED GAS TURBINE ENGINE AND A GEARBOX

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising a gearbox,the gearbox comprising: a sun gear; an annulus gear; a plurality of planet gears; and a carrier,
the sun gear meshing with the planet gears and the planet gears meshing with the annulus gear;
the carrier comprising a first ring, a second ring spaced axially from the first ring, and a plurality of circumferentially spaced axles extending axially between the first ring and the second ring;
each planet gear being rotatably mounted on a respective one of the plurality of circumferentially spaced axles;
each of the plurality of circumferentially spaced axles being arranged at a first radius;
at least one of the first ring and the second ring comprising a metal matrix composite material;
the metal matrix composite material comprising a ring of reinforcing fibres; and
the ring of reinforcing fibres having a second radius greater than the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,458,267

SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR COUNTER ROTATING TURBINE ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine, comprising:a turbine rotor comprising an inner shroud, an outer shroud, and at least one connecting airfoil coupling the inner shroud and the outer shroud, wherein the outer shroud comprises a plurality of outer shroud airfoils extended inward along a radial direction;
a turbine frame at least partially surrounding the turbine rotor; and
an outer diameter seal assembly comprising a sliding portion disposed between the turbine frame and the outer shroud of the turbine rotor, wherein the outer diameter seal assembly defines a secondary tooth at the outer shroud radially inward of a longitudinal face of the sliding portion, and a primary tooth defined axially adjacent to a radial face of the sliding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,265

INTEGRALLY BLADED ROTOR

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An integrally bladed rotor for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a radially inner hoop extending circumferentially about an axis;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced, axially extending slots, separated by respective blade supports;
a seal system that includes seal fingers extending axially through the slots, wherein the seal system is an annular ladder seal; and
wherein the seal fingers are configured to contact an annular wire seal.

US Pat. No. 10,458,264

SEAL ARRANGEMENT FOR TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A gas turbine engine, comprising:a first component including a first set of ridges protruding in a radial direction from a first cold side surface adjacent to a first mate face;
a second component including a second set of ridges protruding in the radial direction from a second cold side surface adjacent to a second mate face, the second mate face circumferentially adjacent to the first mate face to define a leakage gap; and
a seal member abutting the first set of ridges to define a first set of cooling channels, and abutting the second set of ridges to define a second set of cooling channels, the seal member spaced apart from the first cold side surface and the second cold side surface;
wherein the seal member includes a sealing surface that abuts the first set and the second set of ridges, and an outer surface spaced apart from the sealing surface;
wherein each ridge of the first and second sets of ridges includes an elongated body extending in a circumferential direction between a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end adjacent to the leakage gap and the distal end spaced apart from the leakage gap, a first surface of the elongated body abutting the seal member, and the seal member is contained in the circumferential direction within the distal ends of the first and second sets of ridges; and
wherein the distal ends are free of any retention features radially aligned with the seal member in the radial direction such that the seal member is moveable circumferentially past the distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,458,257

BLADE COMPRISING A SHANK, PROVIDED WITH A DEPRESSED PORTION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A blade comprising:a vane; and
a foot, the foot comprising successively, by moving away from the vane, a platform, a shank and a bulb, the shank being connected to the platform and to the bulb by junction lines, the shank comprising first and second main faces respectively directed in a suction side and a pressure side of the blade and parallel,
wherein the first main face is substantially plane or curvilinear, and the second main face is provided with a depressed portion extending over a depth of at least 25% of a thickness of the shank between the first and second main faces, and the depressed portion is limited by two main sides respectively parallel to the junction lines, said main sides being separated, along each line in a height direction of the blade which extends from the bulb to a tip edge of the vane, by a distance D1 which is at least 50% of a distance D2 separating the junction lines.

US Pat. No. 10,458,254

ABRADABLE COATING COMPOSITION FOR COMPRESSOR BLADE AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A coated compressor blade, the coated compressor blade comprising:a compressor blade having a blade tip with a blade tip surface, wherein the compressor blade comprises a base material, wherein the blade tip surface has a leading edge, a mid-chord, and a trailing edge; and
a coating system comprising an abradable material disposed along the blade tip surface, wherein the coating system has a larger thickness along the leading edge than the coating system, if present, along the trailing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,458,253

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENTS HAVING INTERNAL HYBRID COOLING CAVITIES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A component for a gas turbine engine, the component comprising:a hybrid skin core cooling cavity defined by a cold wall and a hot wall, wherein the hot wall is exposed to an exterior environment of the component; and
a hybrid skin core cooling cavity resupply hole formed in the cold wall and fluidly connecting a cold core cavity and the hybrid skin core cooling cavity,
wherein the hybrid skin core cooling cavity resupply hole extends between an inlet on a side of the cold wall exposed to the cold core cavity and an outlet on a side of the cold wall exposed to the hybrid skin core cooling cavity,
wherein the hybrid skin core cooling cavity resupply hole is angled relative to the cold wall at an injection angle such that air passing through the hybrid skin core cooling cavity resupply hole is injected into the hybrid skin core cooling cavity at the injection angle and at least partially parallel to a direction of flow within the hybrid skin core cooling cavity, and a segmented rib within the hybrid skin core cooling cavity, wherein a gap is formed between segments of the segmented rib and wherein at least one of the inlet and the outlet are at least partially positioned within the gap between two segments of the segmented rib.

US Pat. No. 10,458,240

HYBRID ELASTOMER/METAL ON METAL MOTOR

Roper Pump Company, Comm...

1. A stator for a hydraulic motor having an elongated and helically-lobed rotor rotatably disposed therein, said stator comprising:a cylindrical stator housing;
a first section within said cylindrical stator housing comprising a generally tubular configuration having elastically deformable elastomeric material defining a first helically convoluted chamber section; and
a second section adjacent said first helically convoluted chamber section and fixed within said cylindrical stator housing, said second section comprising:
a rigid section comprising a second helically convoluted chamber section matching said first helically convoluted chamber section, wherein the rigid section includes a saw tooth surface that creates a tortuous path for fluid flow between confronting surfaces of the rotor and the saw tooth surface, wherein said first and second helically convoluted chambers are rotationally aligned in a continuous helical relationship to form a helically convoluted chamber for supporting the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,228

LOW FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTED ACOUSTIC SENSING

ConocoPhillips Company, ...

1. A method for improving hydrocarbon production, where the method comprises:a) installing one or more fiber optic cables along a wellbore in a hydrocarbon formation;
b) installing one or more interrogators on at least one fiber optic cable;
c) interrogating at least one fiber optic cable with an interrogation signal;
d) obtaining one or more distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) datasets from the interrogator;
e) converting one or more DAS datasets from the interrogator into a continuous record;
f) transforming the continuous record with a low-pass filter to 1-50 milliHz while down sampling into a transformed well signal;
g) interpreting the transformed well signal; and
h) using the interpreted well signal to improve hydrocarbon production from said hydrocarbon formation.

US Pat. No. 10,458,221

PRESSURE ACTIVATED COMPLETION TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

INTERRA ENERGY SERVICES L...

1. A downhole tool for use in a tubing string, the downhole tool comprising:(i) a tubular body configured to be in fluid communication with the tubing string having an upstream and a downstream, the tubular body having at least one burst port configured to receive a burst plug wherein the burst plug is configured to burst at a threshold pressure;
(ii) a movable inner sleeve within the tubular body that can slide inside of the tubular body from a first position to a second position when exposed to hydraulic pressure; and
(iii) a fluid compartment positioned between the movable inner sleeve and the tubular body, the fluid compartment configured to receive a compartment fluid and operable for fluid communication of the compartment fluid from inside the fluid compartment to outside the burst port, the communication of the compartment fluid to outside the burst port being prevented by the burst plug when disposed in the burst port and the compartment fluid being able to pass to outside the burst port when the burst plug is not disposed in the burst port,
wherein in operation:
the burst plug that is disposed within the at least one burst port bursts in response to hydraulic pressure equal to or greater than the threshold pressure that is transferred from the pressurized fluid communicated down the tubing string to the movable inner sleeve through the compartment fluid that is received by the fluid compartment to the burst plug; and
upon bursting of the burst plug, the compartment fluid passes to outside the burst port and the movable inner sleeve slides from the first position to the second position such that the downhole tool is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,458,215

PRODUCING HYDROCARBONS FROM A FORMATION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of producing hydrocarbons from a formation, the method comprising:(a) drilling a wellbore in the formation, wherein the wellbore is approximately horizontal, receiving data obtained while drilling the wellbore, and analyzing the data obtained while drilling the wellbore to plan the location of two or more fractures formed by different types of fracturing methods;
(b) forming the two or more fractures in the formation from the wellbore;
(c) receiving fracture performance data about the two or more fractures;
(d) analyzing the fracture performance data;
(e) selecting one of the two or more fractures for production, and selecting another of the two or more fractures for injection or closing off based on the analysis of the fracture performance data;
(f) completing the wellbore such that injection into the one or more fractures selected for injection and production from the one or more fractures selected for production occurs simultaneously;
wherein completing the wellbore such that injection into the one or more fractures selected for injection and production from the one or more fractures selected for production occurs simultaneously comprises injecting differing flow rates into the two or more fractures selected for injection.

US Pat. No. 10,458,213

POSITIONING DEVICE FOR SHAPED CHARGES IN A PERFORATING GUN MODULE

1. A positioning device, comprising:a shaped charge holder comprising a plurality of shaped charge receptacles and a lumen extending along a central axis of the shaped charge holder, wherein the shaped charge receptacles extend radially from the central axis of the shaped charge holder and are in a first single axial plane, and each of the receptacles is configured for receiving one of the shaped charges;
a wireless push-in detonator is disposed in the lumen adjacent each of the shaped charge receptacles;
a plurality of retention mechanisms that fasten the shaped charges to the shaped charge holder; and
a plurality of shaped charge positioning blocks that guide the placement of the shaped charges,
wherein the retention mechanisms and the shaped charge positioning blocks outwardly extend from the shaped charge holder adjacent each of the shaped charge receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,458,207

REDUCED-PHYSICS, DATA-DRIVEN SECONDARY RECOVERY OPTIMIZATION

QRI GROUP, LLC, Houston,...

1. A method, implemented at a computer system that includes at least one processor, for modeling and controlling physical material flow relationships between injector wells and producer wells in a reservoir to improve performance of the reservoir, the method comprising:receiving, from one or more hardware-based sensors distributed in one or more locations within the reservoir, sensor data indicating a material flow rate currently present at each sensor location;
calculating pressure distribution within the reservoir using a stationary pressure algorithm to identify variations of pressure at the one or more locations within the reservoir using the received sensor data;
applying the calculated pressure distribution as an input to a tracer algorithm for at least one injector well and for at least one producer well to identify tracer flow values for materials flowing from a seed point in the injector well to the producer well, the tracer flow values providing an indication of material flow volume attributable to the seed point;
combining the identified tracer flow values to generate one or more well allocation factors representing relationships in material flow through inter-well connections between the injector well and the producer well, the well allocation factors providing a material flow strength measurement;
determining a current material flow efficiency level of each inter-well connection using a fractional flow model that incorporates as input the determined material flow strength measurement, the fractional flow model specifying the fraction of material flow in the producer well that originated from the injector well and traveled through a specified inter-well connection;
providing the determined current material flow efficiency levels of the inter-well connections to an injection and/or production controller, which regulates material flow through the injector well and/or the producer well according to the determined current material flow efficiency levels; and
controlling material flow through the injector well based on the determined current material flow efficiency levels of the inter-well connections to thereby improve performance of the reservoir,
wherein if the determined current efficiency is above a determined efficiency measurement, controlling material flow through the injector well comprises increasing an amount of flow material injected through the injector well, and
wherein if the determined current efficiency is below the determined efficiency measurement, controlling material flow through the injector well comprises decreasing the amount of flow material injected through the injector well.

US Pat. No. 10,458,202

ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WITH A SINGLE CONTROL LINE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

10. A method comprising:flowing a hydraulic fluid through a single hydraulic control line;
directing a flow of the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic control line into a fluid line;
regulating the flow of the hydraulic fluid through the fluid line with a flow controller;
communicating a selected flow of the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic control line to a piezoelectric device to actuate the flow controller;
generating electric power by converting hydraulic fluid power exerted by the selected flow of the hydraulic fluid to electric power; and
storing the electric power in a storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,458,194

MANDREL SUPPORTED FLEXIBLE SUPPORT RING ASSEMBLY

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. An assembly for supporting or positioning a mandrel with respect to a surrounding surface defining a borehole, comprising:at least one base comprising an opening for the mandrel;
at least one tapered segment extending from said base further comprising a plurality of slots defining fingers therebetween, said fingers having stiffened ends spaced from said base;
said fingers flexing independently of each other relative to said base to conform to a shape of the surrounding surface while exerting a force against the surrounding surface;
a tubular sealing element support which radially surrounds the at least one tapered segment, the tubular sealing element support presenting a plurality of alternating external peaks and valleys and a corresponding plurality of alternating internal valleys and peaks; and
wherein the tubular sealing element support is urged into contact with the surrounding surface as the ends of the fingers are urged into the internal valleys.

US Pat. No. 10,458,189

EARTH-BORING TOOLS UTILIZING SELECTIVE PLACEMENT OF POLISHED AND NON-POLISHED CUTTING ELEMENTS, AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body having a longitudinal axis;
blades extending longitudinally and generally radially from the body;
at least one polished superabrasive cutting element located on at least one blade in each of at least two regions selected from a nose region, a shoulder region, a flank region, a gage region, and a cone region of a face of the earth-boring tool; and
at least one non-polished superabrasive cutting element located on the at least one blade in the cone region of the face of the earth-boring tool.

US Pat. No. 10,458,185

MUD MOTORS WITH THRUST BEARING WITH ENHANCED TORQUE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

10. A method of assembling an apparatus for use in a wellbore, the method comprising:providing a unitary inner race member having a plurality of races around an outer surface thereof;
placing a first set of balls in a first inner race of the plurality of inner races;
enclosing the first inner race with the first set of balls placed therein with a first outer race member to secure the first set of balls in the first inner race, the first outer race member being made of at least two outer race pieces;
placing a first support member adjacent to the first outer race member;
placing a second set of balls in a second inner race in the plurality of inner races;
enclosing the second inner race with the second set of balls placed therein with a second outer race member to secure the second set of balls in the second inner race, the second outer race member being made of at least two outer race pieces, wherein the first support member is adjacent to the second inner race; and
placing a second support member adjacent to the second outer race member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,181

BARRIER

A-FAX LIMITED, Elland, W...

1. An impact barrier comprising:a first support;
a second support;
a first arm moveable about the first support to rotate about a substantially horizontal pivot axis;
a second arm moveable about the second support to rotate about a substantially horizontal pivot axis;
a coupling mounted to the first arm and arranged to slide relative to and along the first arm and the second arm, wherein:
the first and second supports are spaced across an opening, and the impact barrier is arranged between an open position and a closed position, such that in the closed position, the first and second arms are arranged in combination to traverse the opening; and
when in the closed position, the coupling is arranged to slide along and relative to the first and second arms, by a distance of at least 25% of a length of one of the first arm and the second arm, from a first position in which the coupling is mounted on only the first arm to a second position in which the coupling is mounted on both the first and second arms; and
a projection provided on the second arm, the projection arranged to abut the coupling to impede movement of the coupling along the second arm beyond the second position when the impact barrier is arranged in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,171

ANTI-PINCH LOGIC FOR DOOR OPENING ACTUATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle door system, comprising:a vehicle structure including adjacent front and rear door openings;
a front door having an edge comprising a front edge portion and a rear edge portion, wherein the front edge portion is rotatably mounted to the vehicle structure to close off the front door opening when the front door is in a closed position, the front door including a rear edge portion that is opposite the front edge portion;
a front anti-pinch sensor that is configured to detect a hand positioned adjacent the front door opening alone, adjacent the edge of the front door alone, or adjacent the front door opening and the edge of the front door taken together;
a front electrically-powered door actuator that moves the front door, wherein the electrically-powered door actuator can be actuated to partially open the front door by shifting the front door from a closed position to a partially open position to form a gap between the rear edge portion of the front door and the vehicle structure such that a user can grasp the rear edge portion and pull the front door to a fully open position, and wherein the front electrically-powered door actuator can be actuated to shift the front door from the fully open position towards the closed position;
a rear door rotatably mounted to the vehicle structure to close off the rear door opening when the rear door is closed;
a rear anti-pinch sensor;
a rear electrically-powered door actuator that can be actuated to move the rear door to an open position;
a controller configured to: 1) cause the front electrically-powered door actuator to generate a force tending to prevent the front door from closing if the anti-pinch sensor detects a hand; and 2) actuate the electrically-powered door actuator to shift the door from the fully open position towards the closed position; and wherein the controller is configured to cause the rear electrically-powered door actuator to generate a force tending to prevent closing of the rear door if the front anti-pinch sensor detects a hand.

US Pat. No. 10,458,165

ADJUSTABLE DOOR HINGE ASSEMBLY

1. A door hinge assembly 1 comprising:a first part having a first leaf and a first knuckle, the first knuckle formed with the first leaf and having a passage defined axially therethrough, a first inner threaded portion defined in the passage of the first knuckle, a slit defined between the first knuckle and the first leaf, an index area formed on the first leaf and located corresponding to the slit, the first leaf having multiple holes defined therethrough;
a second part having a second leaf and a second knuckle, the second knuckle formed with the second leaf and having a passage defined axially therethrough, a second inner threaded portion defined in the passage of the second knuckle, the second leaf having multiple apertures and a threaded hole respectively defined therethrough;
a pin pivotably extending through the first knuckle and fixedly extending through the second knuckle, the pin being pivotable relative to the first knuckle, and fixed to the second knuckle;
a first adjustment member having a first threaded section and a driving portion, the first threaded section threadedly connected to the first inner threaded portion in the first knuckle, the driving portion defined in a lower end of the first adjustment member and adapted to be driven by a tool, a head protruded from a top of the first adjustment member and in contact with a lower end of the pin;
a bottom piece having a second threaded section and a driving flange, the second threaded section threadedly connected to the first inner threaded portion in the first knuckle to prevent the first adjustment member from dropping from the first knuckle, the driving flange of the bottom piece adapted to be driven by a tool, a through hole defined axially through the bottom piece and adapted to accept a tool to extend through the through hole to reach the driving portion of the first adjustment member;
a sleeve including a top end, a slot defined axially through a wall of the sleeve, a length of the sleeve being longer than a sum of a length of the second knuckle and a length of the index portion;
a cover unit having a base and a cover which is connected to the base, the base having a room defined therein, a chamber defined in the base and the second leaf inserted into the base and received in the chamber, the chamber communicating with the room, multiple first holes and multiple second holes respectively defined in the base, multiple rods extending the apertures of the second leaf and connected to the first holes, the cover including an elongate hole located corresponding to the chamber, multiple positioning holes defined through the cover located corresponding to the second holes, and an adjustment hole defined through the cover located corresponding to the room, multiple bolts extending through the positioning holes of the cover and connected to the second holes;
a second adjustment member having outer threads defined in an outer surface thereof, a driving portion formed in one end of the second adjustment member and adapted to be driven by a tool, the second adjustment member threadedly extending through the threaded hole of the second leaf and contacts an inner bottom of the room of the base;
a top piece having outer threads defined in an outer surface thereof, a driving portion formed in one end of the top piece and adapted to be driven by a tool, the outer threads of the top piece threadedly connected to the second inner threaded portion of the second knuckle to position the sleeve between a top of the second knuckle and the top piece, a lower end of the sleeve inserted into the slit of the first part and located corresponding to the index area, when the first adjustment member is rotated, the second part is moved relative to the first part to adjust axial distance of the door hinge assembly, a gap between a lower end of the second knuckle and a top of the first knuckle is covered by the sleeve, when the second adjustment member is rotated, the second leaf is moved to adjust the door hinge assembly back and forth.

US Pat. No. 10,458,163

HINGE BRACE FOR PAINTING DOORS

1. A hinge brace comprising an elbow having two arms, each arm having a knuckle, a hinge pin hole formed in said knuckle, a recessed edge, and a tab extending from each recessed edge, wherein each tab further comprises a distal tab edge extending from said recessed edge and said tab is angled such that each distal tab edge braces against a door hinge when a pin from said door hinge is inserted through said hinge pin hole of said knuckle.

US Pat. No. 10,458,162

LATCHING DEVICE

1. A latching device for attachment to a door closer, said latching device comprising:a shaft having a first end and a second end;
wherein said first end of said shaft has a hook;
wherein said shaft and said hook are integral and in one piece;
wherein said door closer has an articulating arm;
wherein said hook curves around said articulating arm of said door closer;
wherein said second end of said shaft has a length of threading;
an end cap fixed to said second end of said shaft proximate said threading;
an exterior pressure plate having a first side and a second side encircling said shaft;
wherein said first end of said exterior pressure plate is capable of making contact with a posterior end of said door plate and preventing said articulating arm of said door closer from expanding;
a rear fastener secured to said shaft proximate said second side of said exterior pressure plate;
a front fastener secured to said shaft proximate said first side of said exterior pressure plate; and
wherein said front fastener and said rear fastener hold said exterior pressure plate in a fixed location along said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,158

VEHICLE DOOR LOCK APPARATUS

ANSEI CORPORATION, Obu (...

1. A vehicle door lock apparatus comprising:a housing fixed to a door, the door being openable and closable with respect to a vehicle frame, and the housing having an entry opening into which a striker fixed to the vehicle frame can enter;
a fork provided in the housing, the fork being pivotably displaceable to a latched position from an unlatched position and vice versa, the fork retaining the striker in the entry opening at the latched position, and allowing the striker to separate from the entry opening at the unlatched position;
a pawl provided in the housing, the pawl being configured to pivot so as to fix or release the fork;
a first lever provided in the housing, the first lever being pivotably displaceable in response to an opening operation being performed on a door handle, the opening operation causing the first lever to act on the pawl such that the pawl releases the fork;
a second lever provided in the housing, the second lever being displaceable to a locking position, where the second lever retains the first lever in a locked position where the first lever is unable to act on the pawl, and the second lever being displaceable to an unlocking position where the second lever does not retain the first lever in the locked position, wherein, in the unlocking position, the second lever enables displacement of the fork located in the latched position to the unlatched position and, in the locking position, the second lever disables displacement of the fork located in the latched position to the unlatched position;
a third lever provided in the housing, the third lever being configured to pivotably displace the second lever from the locking position to the unlocking position response to an unlocking operation being performed on a lock operator and the third lever being configured to displace the second lever from the unlocking position to the locking position in response to a locking operation being performed on the lock operator;
a fourth lever provided in the housing, the fourth lever being linked with the fork such that the fourth lever is displaceable to an unblocking position when the fork displaces to the latched position and the fourth lever is displaceable to a blocking position when the fork displaces to the unlatched position, wherein in the unblocking position, the fourth lever is spaced apart from the second lever, and, in the blocking position, the fourth lever contacts the second lever located in the unlocking position and blocks the second lever from being displaced to the locking position; and
a fifth lever provided in the housing and linked with the fourth lever, the fifth lever being configured to detect whether the fork is located in the latched position or the unlatched position via engagement or disengagement of the fifth lever with a switch, to turn ON and turn OFF the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,458,157

VEHICLE DOOR LOCK DEVICE

MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPOR...

1. A vehicle door lock device comprising:a connecting portion to which a connector for connection to an external device is connected;
a casing;
a latch mechanism that is arranged at a rear end portion of the casing in a vehicle front-rear direction and includes a latch and a ratchet;
a locking and unlocking mechanism arranged in the casing, the locking and unlocking mechanism including:
a lever lock that switches between transmitting or not transmitting a door opening operation to the latch mechanism according to a rotational position; and
a motor that drives the lever lock;
a first switch that detects a rotational position of the lever lock;
a second switch that detects a rotational position of the latch; and
a connecting unit that electrically connects the connecting portion to the motor, the first switch and the second switch, wherein
the connecting portion is arranged at a front portion in the vehicle front-rear direction on an outer surface of the casing,
the motor and the first switch are arranged at a front portion in the vehicle front-rear direction in the casing, and
the connecting unit includes:
a first connecting unit that is arranged at a front portion in the vehicle front-rear direction in the casing and connects the connecting portion to the motor and the first switch; and
a second connecting unit that is arranged at a rear portion in the vehicle front-rear direction in the casing and connects between the first connecting unit and the second switch.

US Pat. No. 10,458,154

RESTRAINT CONDITION DETECTION AND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, DEVICES, AND METHODS

Carl Caprino, Lakewood, ...

1. A system for restraint condition detection and notification comprising:a restraining device, configured to contain or be associated with a sensing element that selectively senses a condition of the restraining device,
a communication component that selectively communicates a sensed condition of the restraining device, and
an activation/deactivation component that selectively powers at least one of the restraining device, the sensing element, and the communication component, wherein the sensing element detects an interaction with a connecting element between a matching pair of limb restraints that indicates a sensed value above a threshold and that indication is at least one of vibration from a cutting action, excess torsion from a twisting action, and distance greater than a preset level.

US Pat. No. 10,458,149

LOCK APPARATUS

1. A lock apparatus for selectively securing and un-securing a first article to a second article, said lock apparatus comprising;(a) a first element including a primary end portion and an opposing secondary end portion with a longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said first element having a first element rotational engagement about said longitudinal axis that is adapted to attach to the first article;
(b) an extension beam including a first end portion and an opposing second end portion with a lengthwise axis spanning therebetween, said extension beam having an extension beam rotational engagement about said lengthwise axis that is adapted to attach to the first article, wherein said lengthwise axis and said longitudinal axis are coincident to one another, wherein said extension beam second end portion has a structure to selectively rotationally engage and disengage said first element secondary end portion, wherein said structure is constructed of a male portion that is received in a female portion that includes a means for urging said male and female portions apart from one another to operationally cause a default bias toward said extension beam second end portion and said first element secondary end portion not being rotationally engaged, wherein manual effort is required to overcome said default bias to rotationally engage said extension beam second end portion and said first element secondary end portion; and
(c) a means to selectively engage and disengage the second article that is driven from said extension beam, wherein operationally said extension beam selectively rotationally engages said first element and said extension beam selectively engages and disengages the first article to the second article, thus resulting in said extension beam always being able to selectively engage and disengage the first article to the second article and said first element only having an ability to selectively engage and disengage the first article to the second article when said first element and said extension beam are said selectively rotationally engaged to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,458,141

TORNADO SHELTER

Simpson Strong-Tie Compan...

1. A protective enclosure, comprising:a. a front wall having a left edge and a right edge;
b. a left end wall having a front edge and a back edge, the left end wall being attached to the front wall at a left, front edge of the enclosure;
c. a right end wall having a front edge and a back edge, the right end wall being attached to the front wall at a right, front edge of the enclosure;
d. a back wall having a left edge and a right edge, the back wall being attached to the left end wall at a left, back edge of the enclosure, and the back wall being attached to the right end wall at a right, back edge of the enclosure;
e. a roof having front, back and left and right boundary edges, the roof being attached to the front wall at the front boundary edge, the roof being attached to the back wall at the back boundary edge, the roof being attached to the left end wall at the left boundary edge, and the roof being attached to the right end wall at the right boundary edge;
f. a base for the enclosure with the front, back, left end and right end walls being attached to the base;
g. an opening in the enclosure large enough for a human to enter and exit the enclosure, the opening being able to be covered; wherein
h. the front, back, and left end and right end walls have a plurality of panels, each panel having a top end, a bottom end, and left and right side edges, the top end, bottom end and left and right side edges of each panel defining a diaphragm, the panels having side flanges attached to the left and right side edges of the panels, wherein each panel is connected to at least one adjacent panel by at least one fastener received by the panel and the adjacent panel through adjacent side flanges; and
i. each panel is formed with a corrugation in the diaphragm, and the diaphragm has a first front planar section adjacent the left side edge of the panel, and the diaphragm has a second front planar section adjacent the right side edge of the panel; and
j. at the left, front edge of the enclosure, the panel at the left edge of the front wall is attached directly to the panel at the front edge of the left end wall, with the side flange at the left side edge of the panel at the left edge of the front wall registering and overlapping with the second front planar section of the diaphragm of the panel at the front edge of the left end wall, and with the first front planar section of the diaphragm of the panel at the left edge of the front wall registering and overlapping with the right side flange of the panel at the front edge of the left end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,135

SUBMERGIBLE PUBLIC SANITARY DEVICE HAVING AT LEAST ONE CLOSABLE WALK-IN POSITION

URILIFT BEHEER B.V., Bee...

10. A public sanitary device, comprising a housing with one or more walk-in positions, each with a receptacle for human excrement and/or urine, wherein the housing comprises:a first housing part intended for placing underground,
a second housing part received movably in the first housing part, and
a third housing part received movably in the second housing part,
wherein the sanitary device comprises a drive for moving the second and third housing parts between an underground rest position and an above-ground position of use, characterized in that at least one of the walk-in positions is provided with a door for closing the walk-in position and that the door comprises a first and a second door segment, which door segments are movable in longitudinal direction relative to each other, wherein the second housing part comprises the first door segment and wherein the third housing part comprises the second door segment, wherein the housing comprises two or more walk-in positions, wherein at least one of the walk-in positions is provided with the door and at least one of the walk-in positions is not provided with the door, wherein the door is movable in the position of use in transverse direction of the housing between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the door is received at least partially in the housing, wherein the second door segment is mounted on to a rail extending along an inner surface of the third housing part and wherein the first door segment is mounted on to a rail extending over the bottom of the second housing part.

US Pat. No. 10,458,130

DEMOUNTABLE WALL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelop...

1. A demountable wall system comprising:a frame component defining a front channel; and
a leveling base within the front channel and comprising a support surface, wherein the leveling base is vertically positionable within the front channel through at least one adjustment mechanism such that a vertical position of the support surface within the front channel is controlled, and wherein the frame component is configured to support a panel within the front channel and on the leveling base.

US Pat. No. 10,458,127

WINDOW BRACING DEVICE

1. A window bracing device, said window bracing device configured to be used with a window having a glass pane, said window having been fitted into a window opening formed into a wall of a structure, wherein said window bracing device comprisesa bracing arm, said bracing arm being an elongate, rigid member having a first end, a second end, a length, and a midpoint located approximately midway between the first end and the second end;
a first foot located proximate to the first end of the bracing arm, said first foot configured to engage with the wall of the structure;
a second foot located proximate to the second end of the bracing arm, said second foot configured to engage with the wall of the structure, with the second foot being located on a same side of the bracing arm as the first foot;
a window engagement member, said window engagement member configured to directly engage with the glass pane of the window, such that the window engagement member is placed in direct contact with the glass pane of the window and removably secured thereto; and
an attachment component, said attachment component configured to attach the window engagement member to the bracing arm, with the attachment component attached to the bracing arm proximate to the midpoint of the bracing arm and the attachment component attached to the window engagement member such that the window engagement member is located on the same side of the bracing arm as the first foot and the second foot;
whereby the window engagement member of the window bracing device is placed onto the glass pane of the window and secured thereto, the first foot of the window bracing device is aligned with a portion of the wall of the structure, and the second foot of the window bracing device is aligned with a different portion of the wall of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,458,124

PANEL

1. A panel, comprising: a panel top side; a panel underside; and at least two mutually opposite panel edges, which respectively have an edge break formed as a bevel at the panel top side, wherein the edge breaks in a connected condition together form a joint in a covering surface, wherein a first of the edge breaks is at one of the panel edges and is larger than a second of the edge breaks that is at the opposite panel edge, and wherein a lower part of the first, larger edge break of the one panel edge in the connected condition is overlapped by the second edge break of the opposite panel edge, wherein the panel edge with the first, larger edge break has a projection with a free end that is rounded in cross-section, wherein the opposite panel edge has a recess that is rounded to match the projection so that in the connected condition the projection is engaged in the recess of an adjacent panel so that the panel edges are centered relative to one another and the panels are locked against movement in a direction perpendicular to the panel edges.

US Pat. No. 10,458,109

WATERLESS URINAL AND METHOD THEREFOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A waterless urinal for a vehicle, the waterless urinal comprising:a fluid bowl having a drain; and
a waterless urinal cartridge removably disposed within the drain, the waterless urinal cartridge including
a housing having
at least one wall,
a waste reservoir disposed within the housing, the waste reservoir being defined by the at least one wall and being configured to hold a predetermined volume of urine, and
a drainage aperture defined by the at least one wall and being configured so that an amount of urine exceeding the predetermined volume of urine flows through the drainage aperture to exit the housing, and
a cover coupled to the housing and forming part of a surface contour of the fluid bowl, the cover including
a sealing fluid reservoir having walls that are separate and distinct from the at least one wall of the housing that defines the waste reservoir and the drainage aperture, the walls of the sealing fluid reservoir form a containment perimeter with an open bottom so as to contain a sealing fluid floating on top of the predetermined volume of urine, and
a plurality of fluid passages for directing urine from the fluid bowl to the sealing fluid reservoir, the sealing fluid reservoir being in communication with an internal cavity of the housing,
wherein the waste reservoir includes at least one fluid flow control feature configured to restrain urine movement within the waste reservoir in response to a change in vehicle dynamics.

US Pat. No. 10,458,106

WATERLESS TRAP

ZURN INDUSTRIES, LLC, Mi...

1. A waterless trap comprising:a housing having an outer peripheral wall, the outer peripheral wall having a radially inward facing wall, the housing further having a central post and a plurality of blades extending from the outer peripheral wall to the central post in which the plurality of blades are integrally formed with the central post and the outer peripheral wall;
a seal member having a stem received on the central post of the housing and a skirt extending radially outward and downwardly from the stem in which the skirt contacts the radially inward facing wall of the housing to form a seal therebetween; and
a cap configured to receive a portion of the central post, the cap being a separate component from the housing;
wherein the central post has a central air passage defined by an aperture extending through the central post from a top surface of the central post to a lower extent of the central post and wherein the cap is positioned to inhibit liquid flow from a volume of the housing above the seal member to a volume of the housing below the seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,098

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE HAVING A MONITORING DEVICE

1. A construction machine having an undercarriage, at least one functional component, a chassis on which a cab for at least one driver's position is arranged, and having monitoring cameras which are mounted on the construction machine and are connected to at least one monitor which is arranged in the cab, in order to permit visual monitoring of operations to a side or rear of the construction machine, wherein at least three monitoring cameras are provided which each have wide-angle lenses with camera ranges, and wherein the camera ranges produce image fields for monitoring the outdoor areas around the construction machine, and which are determined in terms of their mounting position and their photographing direction wherein a first monitoring camera is a rear-mounted camera for monitoring a rear side of the construction machine, a camera range of the first monitoring camera has a photographing direction inclined with respect to an installation plane (X) of the construction machine, a second monitoring camera is a side camera for monitoring a left-hand side of the construction machine, and a third monitoring camera is for monitoring a right-hand side of the construction machine, the mounting position of which is located on an upper left-hand corner region or right-hand corner region of a front side of the construction machine, and wherein the camera ranges of the second and the third monitoring camera each have a photographing direction, being the camera's primary axis, pointing downwards in an angular range ±5° with respect to a vertical (Y) of the installation plane (X) of the construction machine, and the second monitoring camera and the third monitoring camera are mounted at different height levels with respect to the installation plane (X) of the construction machine, whereby their image fields are different with respect to their spatial extension, and the image fields of the at least three monitoring cameras are combinable by means of image processing to form one composite image, the composite image comprising a plurality of sections of overlapping portions of two of the image fields which are bounded by seam lines, wherein the image fields of the second and third monitoring camera overlap with each other in a direction of the front side of the construction machine and both overlap with the image field of the first monitoring camera, respectively, wherein the second monitoring and the third monitoring cameras create image fields as side cameras for monitoring the left-hand side and the right-hand side which are bounded by a seam line in front of the construction machine in a direction aligned with a driver's direct field of vision such that there are no blind spots in the direction aligned with the driver's direct field of vision, and wherein the second monitoring camera and the third monitoring camera have wide angle lenses with image angles of at least 135° vertically and at least 135° horizontally.

US Pat. No. 10,458,085

AUTOMATIC WATER CONTROL SYSTEM FOR OPEN DITCH DRAINAGE

Custom Water Management S...

1. A control system for controlling moisture conditions in a field adjacent a drainage ditch comprising:a drainage control apparatus configured to be disposed in the drainage ditch and including:
(1) a weir having a drainage opening;
(2) a gate moveably mounted adjacent the drainage opening for opening and closing the drainage opening;
(3) an actuator for moving the gate between open and closed positions;
(4) a controller operatively connected to the actuator for controlling the actuator and the movement of the gate;
(5) the controller including inputs for receiving signals representative of the water table level in the field and signals representative of the water level in the ditch; and
(6) wherein the controller is configured to control the actuator and the movement of the gate based on the signals representative of the water table level in the field or the signals representative of the water level in the drainage ditch.

US Pat. No. 10,458,084

WATER BARRIER FOOT ELEMENT, A WATER BARRIER SHIELD SUPPORT ELEMENT, A WATER BARRIER SHIELD SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A WATER BARRIER FOOT ELEMENT

Inero AB, Mansarp (SE)

1. A water barrier shield foot element for supporting a protective module of a water barrier shield configured to be positioned between a body of water and an area of land to be protected, wherein the water barrier foot element is configured to be arranged against a ground surface and extends in a longitudinal direction, wherein the foot element comprises a base element, a front end, a rear end and a first and a second longitudinal side portion, wherein the front end is configured to be arranged in a direction towards the protective module, characterized in that the base element at one of either the rear end or the front end of the foot element is wider than the other so that the base element has a trapezoidal shape, wherein the base element extends in a first plane and the first and second longitudinal side portions protrude downwardly towards the ground surface from said first plane and wherein the first and second longitudinal side portions comprise gripping structure, wherein the gripping structure are arranged to, when in use, provide friction against the ground surface in order to withstand shearing forces from the body of water.

US Pat. No. 10,458,048

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ELECTRONIC STRIP YARN

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSI...

1. A method of manufacturing carriers, each having at least one filament fibre and a plurality of electronic devices, said method comprising the steps of mounting said devices in series along a plurality of laterally spaced discrete lines on a sheet of non-conductive flexible planar support material; stripping the sheet between said lines to create at least two carriers, each in the form of a strip bearing a series of said devices, the width of the strip being no more than twice that of one of the devices; feeding at least one strip bearing the devices centrally through a channel with packing fibres around the sides thereof to form a fibre assembly around the strip; feeding the fibre assembly into a sleeve forming unit in which a sleeve is formed around the assembly to form a composite yarn; and withdrawing the composite yarn from the sleeve forming unit.

US Pat. No. 10,458,015

REACTIVE SPUTTERING PROCESS

1. Method for reactive sputtering in which, by means of ion bombardment, material is ejected from the surface of a first target and undergoes transition to a gas phase,wherein negative voltage is applied pulse-wise to the first target to generate a voltage pulse in such a way that an electric current having a current density of greater than 0.5 A/cm2 occurs at a first target surface of the first target, such that the material undergoing transition to the gas phase is at least partly ionized, and in which a reactive gas flow is established and reactive gas reacts with the material of the first target surface,
wherein a duration of the voltage pulse is chosen such that, during the voltage pulse, the first target surface is in a first intermediate state at the start of the voltage pulse and, in a second intermediate state at the end of the voltage pulse,
wherein the second intermediate state is more metallic and less poisoned than the first intermediate state, and
wherein interruption times between a first impulse and a later impulse at the first target are chosen in such a way that in this time, the reactive gas reacts with the first target surface to a point that at a beginning of the later impulse, the first target surface in terms of coverage has essentially the same intermediate state as at a beginning of the first impulse and the later impulse is an impulse directly following the first impulse, in such a way that no further impulse occurs in-between the first impulse and the later impulse.

US Pat. No. 10,458,014

THIN-FILM DEPOSITION METHODS WITH THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF EVAPORATION SOURCES

SIVA POWER, INC., San Jo...

1. A method of thin-film deposition, the method comprising:providing within a deposition chamber an evaporation source comprising (i) a source body containing a feedstock material, and (ii) an evaporation port fluidly coupling the source body with an interior of the deposition chamber;
disposing an insulation material around the evaporation source to reduce heat loss therefrom;
establishing a processing ambient within the deposition chamber by at least one of (i) evacuating at least a portion of gas disposed within the deposition chamber, thereby establishing a vacuum ambient therein, or (ii) introducing a process gas within the deposition chamber;
heating the evaporation source with the insulation material disposed around the evaporation source in a first position, whereby at least a portion of the feedstock material vaporizes, exits the source body through the evaporation port, and is deposited on a substrate within the deposition chamber, thereby forming at least a portion of a thin film;
after the at least a portion of the thin film is formed, and within the processing ambient, moving at least a portion of the insulation material away from the evaporation source to a second position during cooling of the evaporation source, thereby enhancing heat loss therefrom; and
while remaining in the processing ambient and after a temperature of the evaporation source has decreased by a desired amount, disposing the at least a portion of the insulation material proximate the evaporation source in the first position to reduce heat loss from the evaporation source.

US Pat. No. 10,458,008

ZIRCONIUM-COBALT-NICKEL-ALUMINUM GLASSES WITH HIGH GLASS FORMING ABILITY AND HIGH REFLECTIVITY

GlassiMetal Technology, I...

1. An alloy capable of forming a metallic glass having a composition represented by the following formula:Zr(100-a-b-c-d)TiaCobNicAld
where:
a is up to 10;
b ranges from 12 to 22;
c ranges from 8 to 20; and
d ranges from 8 to 18,
wherein the critical plate thickness of the alloy is at least 2 mm, and
wherein the CIELAB L* value of the metallic glass is at least 78.

US Pat. No. 10,458,006

POWDER COMPOSITION AND USE THEREOF

1. A powder composition containing Al, Cr, C and B and optionally at least one of the following: Fe, Mn, Ti and Zr,wherein the weight ratio between Cr and C is between 6.5 and 12 and the weight ratio of Ni/AI is between 4.2 and 9.5; the balance being Ni, and unavoidable impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,457,966

BIOSYNTHESIS OF CANNABINOID PRODRUGS AND THEIR USE AS THERAPEUTIC AGENTS

Teewinot Technologies Lim...

1. A method for producing a cannabinoid prodrug of Formula II or Formula III:comprising(i) contacting a compound according to Formula I
with a cannabinoid synthase to produce a compound according to Formula II or Formula III; and(ii) optionally decarboxylating the Formula II or Formula III compound;whereinin Formula I, R and R3 are each independently selected from the group consisting of —H, acetyl, propionyl, 3-hydroxy-2-methylpropionyl, trimethylsilyl (TMS), t-butyldimethylsilyl (TBDMS), benzyl, tetrahydropyran, —C(O)[CH2]x—C(O)OH, —C(O)[CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)[CHR4]x—C(O)OH, —C(O)[CHR4]x—OR5, —C(O)[CR4R5]x—OR6, —C(O)O[CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)—CH2—[OCH2CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)—C(O)—[OCH2CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)O[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)O[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5))(R6)X?, —C(O)O[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5)(R6)X?, —C(O)—NH—[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5))(R6)X?, a L-amino acid residue, a D-amino acid residue, a ?-amino acid residue, a ?-amino acid residue, —P(O)[OY](OZ), and —P(O)[NR4NR5][OY](OZ),
in Formula II, R is selected from the group consisting of acetyl, propionyl, 3-hydroxy-2-methylpropionyl, TMS, TBDMS, benzyl, tetrahydropyran, —C(O)[CH2]x—C(O)OH—, —C(O)[CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)[CHR4]x—C(O)OH, —C(O)[CHR4]x—OR5, —C(O)[CR4R5]x—OR6, —C(O)O[CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)—CH2[OCH2CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)—C(O)—[OCH2CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)O[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)—NH—[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5))(R6)X?, —C(O)O[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5)(R6)X?, —C(O)—NH—[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5))(R6)X?, a L-amino acid residue, a D-amino acid residue, a ?-amino acid residue, a ?-amino acid residue, —P(O)[OY](OZ), and —P(O)[NR4NR5][OY](OZ),
in Formula III, R and R3 are each independently selected from the group consisting of —H, propionyl, 3-hydroxy-2-methylpropionyl, TMS, TBDMS, benzyl, tetrahydropyran, —C(O)[CH2]x—C(O)OH, —C(O)[CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)[CHR4]x—C(O)OH, —C(O)[CHR4]x—OR5, —C(O)[CR4R5]x—OR6, —C(O)O[CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)—CH2[OCH2CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)—C(O)—[OCH2CH2]x—OR4, —C(O)[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)O[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)—NH—[CH2]x—NR4R5, —C(O)[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5))(R6)X?, —C(O)O[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5)(R6)X?, —C(O)—NH—[CH2]x—N+(R4)(R5))(R6)X?, a L-amino acid residue, a D-amino acid residue, a ?-amino acid residue, a ?-amino acid residue, —P(O)[OY](OZ), and —P(O)[NR4NR5][OY](OZ),
wherein R and R3 are not simultaneously H;
R1 is —H, —COOH, —COORa, or —(CH2)nCOOH;
R2 is selected from the group consisting of methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl, butyl, sec-butyl, tert-butyl, hexyl, isohexyl, and neohexyl;
R4, R5, and R6 are each independently selected from the group consisting of —H, —OH, formyl, acetyl, pivaloyl, —NH(CH3), —NH(CH2CH3), N(CH3)2, —NH[C(O)H], —NH[C(O)CH3], and (C1-C5)alkyl;
Ra is (C1-C10)alkyl;
“X” is a counter ion derived from a pharmaceutically acceptable acid;
“Y” and “Z” are each independently selected from the group consisting of —H, (C1-C5)alkyl, alkali metal cations, alkaline earth metal cations, ammonium cation, methyl ammonium cation, and pharmaceutically acceptable bases;
subscript “x” is selected from the group consisting of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and
subscript “n” is selected from the group consisting of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

US Pat. No. 10,457,912

STROMAL VASCULAR FRACTION PROCESSING DEVICES AND METHODS

FLEX PARTNERS

1. A tissue processing system comprising:a processing device including an outer housing that contains an inner compartment; and
a containment device that includes an outer body that releasably couples to the inner compartment of the processing device, the containment device comprising
a transfer line that includes a hollow passageway that extends a distance along a center axis of the outer body;
at least one chamber in fluid communication with the transfer line and positioned within the outer body;
a collection chamber releasably coupled to a collection port contained within the outer body, the collection chamber being in fluid communication with the transfer line; and
a shuttle valve including a transfer pathway that extends through the shuttle valve, the shuttle valve being moveable along the transfer line for creating, depending upon a position of the shuttle valve along the transfer pathway, a fluid pathway between two chambers of the at least one chamber or between a chamber of the at least one chamber and the collection chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,457,907

ELECTROCHEMICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electrochemical measurement device, comprising:a base;
a specimen placement portion disposed on the base, for placing a biological specimen;
a first electrode disposed on the base and surrounding the specimen placement portion; and
a first insulating layer covering the first electrode, wherein:
the first insulating layer has a plurality of openings,
the first electrode has a plurality of first electrode exposed portions which are portions of the first electrode that are exposed from the plurality of openings of the first insulating layer,
an area of each of the first electrode exposed portions is less than or equal to 500 ?m2,
a distance between each of the first electrode exposed portions and a center of the specimen placement portion is greater than 100 ?m, and
the plurality of first electrode exposed portions are arranged on a perimeter of a circle surrounding the specimen placement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,892

FATTY ACID ESTER-BASED WAX COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF MAKING THEREOF

Iowa State University Res...

1. A process for preparing a wax composition, comprising:providing one or more saturated free fatty acids having the formula of
wherein Ra is a substituted or unsubstituted C4 to C50 alkyl;providing a polyethylene glycol having the formula of
a diol having a formula ofor mixture thereof, wherein n1 is an integer from 2 to 10, and n2 is an integer from 2 to 24;reacting the polyethylene glycol, the diol, or mixture thereof with the one or more saturated free fatty acids in the presence of an esterification catalyst at a temperature of 60° C. to 120° C., to form one or more fatty acid monoester or diester compounds; and
removing the esterification catalyst from the formed fatty acid monoester or diester compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,457,882

METHODS OF PRODUCING SOLID FUEL USING LOW ASH, LOW SULFUR COAL REPLACEMENT FROM FAST PYROLYSIS OF BIOMASS

Iowa State University Res...

1. A method of producing a solid fuel, said method comprising:providing a bio-oil;
subjecting the bio-oil to an extraction procedure with an aqueous solution to produce a concentrated pyrolytic sugar-containing extract and a water insoluble raffinate comprising a lignin-derived phenolic oil; and
thermally curing the phenolic oil to form a carbonaceous solid.

US Pat. No. 10,457,875

H2 AND BIO-FUELS PRODUCTION FROM RENEWABLE FEEDSTOCKS

1. A catalytic process for obtaining hydrogen gas and hydrocarbons ranging from C1-C24 in a single reactor, the process comprising:a) mixing a renewable feedstock selected from the group consisting of plant, animal or algae oil, lipids, glycerides and fatty acids with hydrogen in a range of 300 to 3500 NL hydrogen/L of feed;
b) processing of renewable feedstocks obtained in step (a) in a single or multiple sulfided graded catalytic beds with single or multiple catalytic materials comprising of one or more active metal combinations or metal encapsulated inside sodalite cages or a combination thereof, at an average temperature of the catalytic bed from 250° C. to 500° C., at a pressure in the range of 10 to 150 atmosphere, at a space-velocity in the range of 0.5 h?1 to 8 h?1,
wherein the active metal combinations comprise the combination of metals selected from the group consisting of Mo, Ni, Co, and W, and wherein the metal encapsulated inside sodalite cage catalyst is selected from Pt or Pd.