US Pat. No. 10,508,764

COMPOSITE TUBE FOR REPAIRING LEAKY FLUID LINES, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH A COMPOSITE TUBE AND METHOD FOR REPAIRING LEAKY FLUID LINES WITH A COMPOSITE TUBE

Cuylits Holding GmbH, Be...

1. A composite tube for repairing leaky fluid lines, consisting of a knit tubular glass fiber textile and of a film fully and sealingly surrounding this glass fiber textile, which is a seamless tube, wherein the film, on its inner side facing the surface of the glass fiber textile, has a plurality of projections of hot melt adhesive which upon melting form a coating of hotmelt adhesive to cohesively bond the film to the glass fiber textile.

US Pat. No. 10,508,763

COMBINATION GAS PULSATION DAMPENER, CROSS AND STRAINER

Performance Pulsation Con...

8. A hybrid pulsation dampener, comprising:an inlet configured to receive a fluid;
a flow-through reactive dampener comprising an outer tube and an inner strainer tube with an annulus therebetween, the flow-through reactive dampener configured to dampen the received fluid;
a gas charged pulsation dampener configured to further dampen the dampened fluid as the received fluid flows through the flow-through reactive dampener, wherein the inner strainer tube within the flow-through reactive dampener is configured to additionally decrease pressure pulsations in the further dampened fluid; and
an outlet for discharging the further dampened fluid, wherein an inner diameter of the inner strainer tube is smaller than an inner diameter of the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,508,761

COUPLING FOR CONNECTING TWO CONDUITS OF A VACUUM CONVEYING DEVICE TO EACH OTHER AND VACUUM CONVEYING DEVICE

Motan Holding GmbH, Cons...

1. A coupling for connecting conduits of a vacuum conveying device with each other, the coupling comprising:a coupling piece configured to be disposed on a first conduit;
a counter coupling piece configured to be disposed on a second conduit, wherein the second conduit is flexible, wherein the counter coupling piece is configured to be inserted into said coupling piece;
a holding ring configured to be disposed on the second conduit so as to be freely rotatable on the second conduit about an axis of the counter coupling piece, wherein the holding ring is a flat annular disk;
a transponder supported on the holding ring;
a sensor configured to be disposed on the first conduit and operatively correlated with the transponder.

US Pat. No. 10,508,760

STRIP FOR REINFORCEMENT OF A HOSE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A reinforcement strip for reinforcement of a hose, said strip consisting of multiple steel wires and a hardened adhesive, said multiple steel wires being arranged in a single layer, parallel side-by-side configuration, wherein said steel wires are held to one another by means of said hardened adhesive, said hardened adhesive being dried or cured out of a waterborne dispersion, wherein said waterborne dispersion is a watery dispersion, emulsion or solution of a mixture comprisingone selected from the group consisting of acrylic polymers and copolymers, and
one selected from the group consisting of elastomeric polymers.

US Pat. No. 10,508,758

REINFORCEMENT ASSEMBLY FOR A BRACKET OF A SPENT FUEL POOL

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy...

1. A reinforcement assembly for a bracket configured to constrain a cooling pipe of a spent fuel pool of a nuclear reactor, comprising:a base structure defining a pair of back slots, a pair of angled slots, a pair of side slots, and a pair of front slots;
a pair of back boss structures configured to slidably engage with the pair of back slots of the base structure;
a pair of pipe boss structures configured to slidably engage with the pair of angled slots of the base structure;
a pair of side clamps configured to slidably engage with the pair of side slots of the base structure, each of the pair of side clamps defining a vertical slot;
a pair of vertical clamps configured to slidably engage with the vertical slot of each of the pair of side clamps; and
a pair of front clamps configured to slidably engage with the pair of front slots of the base structure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,756

WIRE GUARD DEVICE

1. A cable guard device configured to be driven into ground near a transition point on an edge line delineating a yard area from a hardscape, the cable guard device comprising:a pair of mirror image stake portions;
a pair of mirror image cable guard portions;
a pair of mirror image cable guard extension portions;
wherein when the cable guard device is folded along a single symmetry line, the pair of mirror image stake portions, the pair of mirror image cable guard portions, and the pair of mirror image cable guard extension portions cooperate to define a substantially smooth cable guard channel configured to receive a cable; and
wherein when the cable is received through the substantially smooth cable guard channel and the pair of mirror image stake portions are driven into ground near the transition point on the edge line delineating the yard area from the hardscape, a first section of the substantially smooth cable guard channel defined by the pair of mirror image stake portions and the pair of mirror image cable guard extension portions protects a first portion of the cable residing over the yard area and a second section of the substantially smooth cable guard channel defined by the pair of mirror image cable guard extension portions protects a second portion of the cable residing over the hardscape.

US Pat. No. 10,508,755

FLUID DELIVERY DEVICE WITH HYDROPHOBIC SURFACE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A liquid delivery apparatus comprising:a first substrate comprising a reservoir formed in the first substrate;
a membrane disposed on a first surface of the first substrate covering a first opening of the reservoir;
a second substrate bonded to a second surface of the first substrate, wherein the second substrate comprises a reservoir seal covering a second opening of the reservoir, the reservoir seal comprising a hydrophilic surface;
a hydrophobic layer disposed on an inside surface of the membrane;
electrodes in electrical contact with the membrane; and
a drop of solution disposed on the hydrophilic surface such that an air pocket is between the drop of solution and the hydrophobic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,508,754

VALVE DEVICE FOR THROTTLING A PRESSURE MEDIUM FLOW, AND DAMPING DEVICE FOR DAMPING PRESSURE PULSATIONS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve device, comprising:a valve body that forms a throttle cross-section surrounded by a valve seat;
a valve element that is received movably in the valve body, that sets the throttle cross-section in response to prevailing pressure conditions, and that includes:
a first flow-deflecting member, in the form of at least one groove formed in a body portion of the valve element, that causes a transverse force to act upon the valve element transversely to a throughflow direction of the valve device in response to a flow of pressure medium around the valve element; and
a second flow deflecting member in the form of at least one wing-like protrusion extending from the body portion, such that the flow of pressure medium flows around the second flow deflecting member; and
an elastic return element that loads the valve element against the throughflow direction of the valve device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,753

VALVE ASSEMBLY WITH ASSOCIATED MEASUREMENT DEVICE

ELBI INTERNATIONAL SPA, ...

1. A valve assembly for household appliances, said valve assembly comprising:a valve body comprising: one inlet duct; at least one outlet duct and at least one intermediate portion for joining said one inlet duct and said at least one outlet duct;
at least two electrovalves located proximal to said at least one intermediate portion, each of the electrovalves adapted to allow, when open, a fluid to flow from said one inlet duct towards a respective outlet duct;
at least one measurement device, directly connected to the valve body; said at least one measurement device comprises at least one sensor adapted to take a flow measurement of the fluid flowing in said valve assembly;
each of the electrovalves comprises a first electronic circuit at least adapted to conduct an electric control signal from a control unit to the respective electrovalve;
said at least one measurement device comprises a second electronic circuit at least adapted to conduct the electric signals exchanged between said control unit and said at least one sensor;
said first electronic circuits and said second electronic circuit are implemented on a single stripboard or printed circuit board;
said at least two electrovalves and said at least one measurement device are mechanically connected directly to said single stripboard or printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,508,752

VALVE ACTUATOR INDICATOR ARRANGEMENT

LB Bentley Limited, Stro...

1. A valve actuator comprising:a piston moveable within a cylinder,
an indicator pin support member movable with the piston, and
an indicator pin attached to the support member and extending through an opening provided in a housing,
wherein the indicator pin includes an attachment region held captive to the support member, the attachment region extending through an arcuate slot formed in the support member, wherein the piston is spring biased toward a rest position, the spring providing a biasing load engaging a spring abutment member associated with the piston, the spring abutment member also serving as the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,751

PILOT VALVE

NELSON IRRIGATION CORPORA...

1. A pilot valve comprising:a housing including a motor pocket;
a motor secured in the motor pocket and including a rotating output shaft;
a gear train disposed in the housing and connected to the output shaft, the gear train including a ring gear with a cam guide;
a cam member including a cam pin engaging the cam guide and a cam shaft;
a rocker coupled with the cam shaft and pivotable between a CLOSED position and an OPEN position by operation of the motor according to a position of the ring gear; and
cam stops positioned in a path of the cam shaft, the cam stops respectively defining the CLOSED and OPEN positions of the rocker,
wherein the cam stops comprise a left-side boss and a right-side boss on the rocker.

US Pat. No. 10,508,743

FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE

Nidec Copal Corporation, ...

1. A flow rate controlling device, provided in a pipe, controlling a flow rate of a fluid that flows through said pipe, comprising:a base, comprising an opening through which the fluid can flow;
a ring member, provided encompassing the opening, when viewed from a direction of flow of the fluid, and able to rotate around the opening;
a motor rotating the ring member;
a plurality of blade members, supported on the base and extending to the outside of the opening, in the radial direction, and able to rotate around rotary shafts that are parallel to an axis of the opening;
grooves are formed in at least one of the ring member or the blade members;
protrusions able to slide within the grooves are formed in at least one of the other of the ring member and the blade members;
a position detection system configured to detect respective positions of the individual blade members, the position detection system including:
a position detector, provided on one of the blade members, having a light-blocking portion that blocks light and a light-passing portion that passes light; and
a sensor detecting the light-blocking portion and the light-passing portion; and
a position detection sensor detecting a position of the ring member,
wherein the motor rotates the ring member to cause the protrusions to slide within the grooves to cause the plurality of blade members to rotate to open and close the opening,
wherein the position detection system comprises a positioning hole formed on a base side of the position detection system and an inserting hole for a screw for securing the position detection system, and wherein the positioning hole and the inserting hole adjust a position that is detected in the fully closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,508,742

VALVE CAGE ASSEMBLY

CIRCOR INTERNATIONAL, INC...

1. A cage assembly for a valve comprising:a hollow first member having a first end for operably connecting to a valve body and an opposed second end for receiving a hollow second member,
the second member having a third end for receiving a hollow third member, the second member including first openings formed through a sidewall;
the third member having a fourth end for operably connecting to the valve body;
wherein when assembled inside the valve body, the first member, the second member and the third member forming an aligned second opening therethrough, the second opening having a uniform cross section, for slidably receiving a valve closure element for controlling a flow of fluid through the first openings during operation of the valve; and
wherein the fourth end of the third member includes a base portion having at least two support portions extending therefrom for partially laterally surrounding the second member, the base portion includes an anti-rotation feature for engaging with a corresponding anti-rotation feature of the second member for preventing rotation of the second member relative to the third member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,739

MECHANICAL SEAL ASSEMBLY

EVENORT LTD, Sheffield (...

1. A mechanical seal assembly comprising:a first flange and a second flange, each flange comprising a flange body having first and second ends and a fluid bore of circular cross section extending between the first and second ends,
wherein a first end of the fluid bore is exposed at the first end of each flange body,
wherein the first end of each flange body is of larger diameter than the second end of each flange body and defines a flange connection face concentric with the fluid bore,
wherein a plurality of bolt holes are provided through the first end, off-set from the fluid bore and extending in a direction parallel with a central axis of the fluid bore,
wherein each flange body includes a shoulder orthogonal to said central axis and an annular metallic seal surface,
wherein each shoulder orthogonal to said central axis extends between an internal wall of said fluid bore and said annular metallic seal surface,
wherein each metallic seal surface extends at an angle to said central axis of the fluid bore,
wherein each flange body defines a recess adjacent the flange connection face,
wherein each recess includes a surface spaced axially from said flange connection face,
wherein each metallic seal surface extends from a first diameter at said shoulder orthogonal to said central axis, to a second diameter at said surface spaced axially from said flange connection face, wherein the second diameter is greater than the first diameter, and
wherein each shoulder orthogonal to said central axis is at a first depth within the flange body with respect to said flange connection face, wherein each surface spaced axially from said flange connection face is at a second depth within the flange body with respect to said flange connection face, and wherein the first depth is greater than the second depth,
the mechanical seal assembly further comprising a metallic seal element locatable between said first and second flanges, said metallic seal element comprising a circular band having first and second faces and a central bore,
wherein each of the first and second faces of said metallic seal element includes an annular seal surface concentric with said central bore, and
wherein the seal element is configured to be clamped between the two flange bodies, to create a metal-to-metal seal between the respective annular seal surface of the seal element and the annular metallic seal surface of a respective flange body, and
wherein each shoulder orthogonal to said central axis is located at a depth from the flange connection face of each respective flange suitable to ensure that the seal element is spaced from said shoulder orthogonal to said central axis when the seal element is arranged in sealing engagement between the first and second flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,508,738

SIDE RAIL

KABUSHIKI KAISHA RIKEN, ...

1. A side rail, in a sprit ring shape with an opening, to be mounted on a space expander in an annular shape and to constitute, together with the space expander, a multi-piece oil ring used in an internal combustion engine, the side rail comprising:an outer peripheral surface facing radially outward;
an inner peripheral surface facing radially inward;
a first axial surface facing one end of an axial direction; and
a second axial surface facing the other end of the axial direction and parallel to the first axial surface,
wherein the side rail has a planar shape,
wherein a bevelled portion is provided between the outer peripheral surface and the second axial surface, and
wherein the bevelled portion is formed in a tapered surface having a diameter gradually decreasing from a position on the outer peripheral surface at 0.05 mm or more from the first axial surface toward the second axial surface,
wherein the tapered surface comprising:
a main tapered surface;
a first tapered surface subportion provided between the main tapered surface and the outer peripheral surface and inclined at an angle with respect to the axial direction smaller than an angle of the main tapered surface with respect to the axial direction; and
a second tapered surface subportion provided between the main tapered surface and the second axial surface and inclined at an angle with respect to the axial direction larger than the angle of the main tapered surface with respect to the axial direction,
wherein the main tapered surface is provided between the first tapered surface subportion and the second tapered surface subportion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,737

MULTI-STEP TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL THEREOF

GKN Automotive Ltd., Red...

1. A multi-step transmission, comprising:an input shaft;
an output shaft;
a first transmission stage;
a second transmission stage;
a clutch which can be transferred into three clutch positions and which is configured to selectively drivingly connect the input shaft and the output shaft to each other via the first transmission stage or the second transmission stage, or to disconnect the input shaft and the output shaft from each other; and
an actuating assembly for operating the clutch, wherein the actuating assembly comprises a movable setting element which is movable into three setting positions and which is connected to a movable clutch part of the clutch,
wherein the actuating assembly comprises a first electromagnetically operable actuator and a second electromagnetically operable actuator that are operable independently of each other into individual positions and that jointly act on the control element such that depending on the individual position of the first and second actuator the setting element is transferrable by the first and second actuator into the three setting positions.

US Pat. No. 10,508,735

CONTROLLER OF TOROIDAL CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A controller of a toroidal continuously variable transmission in which a transmission ratio is continuously changed depending on a roller position of a power roller, the controller comprising:a hydraulic actuator which changes the roller position; and
a position control unit which outputs a driving signal to the hydraulic actuator to control the roller position,
wherein the hydraulic actuator includes a biasing mechanism which forcibly keeps the roller position at a predetermined position in a case where the driving signal meets a predetermined condition,
wherein the position control unit is configured to perform a start-up control during start-up of the toroidal continuously variable transmission, and
wherein during the start-up control, the position control unit is configured to
output the driving signal to reciprocate a spool of the hydraulic actuator in a case where a temperature of hydraulic oil supplied to the hydraulic actuator is lower than a reference temperature, and
output the driving signal which meets the predetermined condition to keep the roller position at the predetermined position in a case where the temperature of the hydraulic oil has become equal to or higher than the reference temperature thereafter.

US Pat. No. 10,508,731

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PINCH LOADS ON A GEAR

General Electric Company,...

1. A planet gear comprising:a pin having a pin radius, said pin comprising a pin outer surface;
a fluid film disposed circumferentially about said pin;
an annular planet gear rim disposed circumferentially about said fluid film and said pin, said annular planet gear rim having an inner radius, a diameter, and an outer radius, said annular planet gear rim comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, said inner surface and said pin outer surface defining a clearance therebetween, wherein the clearance is greater than 0 when a radial force is applied to said planet gear, wherein said fluid film allows said annular planet gear rim to rotate around said pin and allows said annular planet gear rim to deform when the radial force is applied to said planet gear.

US Pat. No. 10,508,730

METHOD FOR AN OPEN-LOOP AND/OR CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL OF A HYDRAULIC SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A method for at least one of an open-loop control and a closed-loop control of a hydraulic system of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:providing a main oil pump driven by an internal combustion engine;
providing an additional oil pump driven by an electric motor;
providing a high-pressure branch, wherein the high-pressure branch is at least partially fed by the main oil pump;
providing a low-pressure branch;
feeding one of the high-pressure branch and the low-pressure branch through use of the additional oil pump depending on a switch position of a switching valve, wherein the additional oil pump is used for feeding one of the high-pressure branch and the low-pressure branch depending on a total volume flow demand and a volume flow available from the main oil pump; and
determining a nominal rotation speed of the electric motor based on a volume flow balance, a valve status of the switching valve, and one of a low-pressure pump map and a high-pressure pump map, wherein, depending on the valve status of the switching valve, either the low-pressure pump map or the high-pressure pump map is used for determining the nominal rotation speed of the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,508,726

FASTENING STRUCTURE FOR FLEXIBLE EXTERNALLY TOOTHED GEAR OF STRAIN WAVE GEARING AND SHAFT MEMBER

Harmonic Drive Systems In...

1. A fastening structure for a flexible externally toothed gear of a strain wave gearing and a shaft member, the fastening structure comprising:an annular or circular boss-side fastening surface formed on an end surface of a rigid boss in the flexible externally toothed gear;
a shaft-side fastening surface formed on an end surface of the shaft member to be fastened to fix to the boss coaxially; and
a fastener for fixedly fastening the boss and the shaft member along a direction of a center axis line in a state in which the boss-side fastening surface is in coaxial contact with the shaft-side fastening surface,
wherein one fastening surface which is either one of the boss-side fastening surface and the shaft-side fastening surface is a convex-side fastening surface defined by first and second inclined surfaces, the first and second inclined surfaces being intersected at a prescribed angle to form a ridge line on a diameter line of the one fastening surface, and the first and second inclined surfaces being symmetrical with each other with respect to a plane including the ridge line and the center axis line;
the other fastening surface of the boss-side fastening surface and the shaft-side fastening surface is a concave-side fastening surface defined by third and fourth inclined surfaces, the third and fourth inclined surfaces being intersected at a prescribed angle to form a trough line on a diameter line of the other fastening surface, and the third and fourth inclined surfaces being symmetrical with each other with respect to a flat plane including the trough line and the center axis line; and
an inclination angle of each of the first to fourth inclined surfaces with respect to an axis-orthogonal plane has a value in a range between 2° and 16°, where the axis-orthogonal plane is a plane orthogonal to the center axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,508,725

GEARED TRANSMISSION UNIT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A geared transmission unit that transmits torque through a plurality of gears, comprising:at least one pair of pinion gears having different teeth numbers that are disposed coaxially to rotate integrally;
a carrier that rotates while supporting the pair of pinion gears in such a manner that the pinion gears are rotated and revolved;
a fixed gear that is fixed to a predetermined stationary member while being meshed with a first pinion gear of the pair of pinion gears;
a first transmission gear that is arranged on an inner circumferential side of the carrier and coaxially with the carrier while being meshed with a second pinion gear of the pair of pinion gears;
an external gear that is formed on an outer circumferential face of the carrier; and
a plurality of second transmission gears respectively meshing with the external gear.

US Pat. No. 10,508,724

SHIFT CONTROL METHOD FOR AN AUTOMATED RANGE-CHANGE TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for shift control of an automated auxiliary transmission, which is mounted in a drive train of a motor vehicle between a drive motor and a final drive and comprises at least one multi-step main gearing and one two-step front-mounted group upstream of the main gearing, and in which the main gearing is shiftable via unsynchronized clutches and the front-mounted group is shiftable via synchronized clutches, the method comprising:determining either a current transmission fluid temperature or a current ambient temperature;
comparing the determined current transmission fluid temperature or the current ambient temperature to a defined threshold;
if the determined current transmission fluid temperature or the determined current ambient temperature is lower than the defined threshold, changing a gear in the auxiliary transmission by changing a transmission ratio step of the main gearing while maintaining a currently engaged transmission ratio step in the front-mounted group;
if the determined current transmission fluid temperature or the determined current ambient temperature is higher than the defined threshold, determining a current driving resistance of the motor vehicle;
comparing the current driving resistance to first and second set thresholds; and
if the current driving resistance does not fall below the first set threshold and does not exceed the second set threshold, performing a gear change of the auxiliary transmission by changing the transmission ratio step of the main gearing while maintaining the currently engaged transmission ratio step in the front-mounted group.

US Pat. No. 10,508,723

REDUCER OF ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A reducer of an electric power steering apparatus, the reducer comprising:a worm shaft having a first portion connected to a motor shaft and a second portion that is opposite the first portion, a first worm shaft bearing and a second worm shaft bearing being coupled to the first end and the second end, respectively;
a gear housing in which the first worm shaft bearing, the second worm shaft bearing, and the worm shaft are housed; and
a moisture absorption compensation member which is disposed on an inner circumferential surface of the gear housing and supports the worm shaft in a direction opposite to a direction in which the worm shaft meshes with a worm wheel, wherein the moisture absorption compensation member comprises a first compensation member and a second compensation member having wedge shapes to be engaged with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,508,721

LOAD-ADJUSTABLE CONSTANT-FORCE MECHANISMS

University of South Flori...

1. A compliant, load-adjustable constant-force crank-slider mechanism, comprising:a compliant beam formed of a first link and a second link, wherein the first link extends away from a base,
the first link having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first link is linearly fixed;
a torsional spring disposed at the first end of the first link, such that the first link is rotatable about the torsional spring,
wherein the torsional spring is biased toward a stable position and upon being unstable, outputs a constant force to return to the stable position;
the second link having a first end and a second end;
a joint disposed between and coupling the second end of the first link and the first end of the second link, wherein the first link and the second link are rotatable with respective to each other about the joint, wherein the joint is positioned along the beam at a predetermined distance away from the base;
a slider disposed at the second end of the second link, wherein the slider traverses along an x-axis during compression and expansion of the torsional spring; and
a stepper motor that rotates the compliant beam about its longitudinal axis, wherein
a rotation of the beam about its longitudinal axis alters the constant force that the torsional spring outputs to return to its stable position,
wherein upon rotation of the beam, the crank-slider mechanism is constrained to its initial axis of bending.

US Pat. No. 10,508,715

MOTOR ASSEMBLY FOR DRAWWORKS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

CAMERON INTERNATIONAL COR...

1. A system, comprising:a first transmission, comprising:
a first planetary gearset;
a first drive shaft;
a first annular sleeve positioned circumferentially about the first drive shaft, wherein the first annular sleeve is configured to move axially relative to the first drive shaft and the first planetary gearset from a first axial position in which the first annular sleeve engages a first sun gear of the first planetary gearset to a second axial position in which the first annular sleeve engages a first ring gear of the first planetary gearset to adjust a gear ratio of the first transmission; and
a motor assembly comprising the first transmission and a first motor, wherein the first transmission is configured to adjust a first power output of the first motor, and the motor assembly is configured to drive rotation of a drum of a drawworks system of a mineral extraction system.

US Pat. No. 10,508,714

GEARED TURBOFAN ENGINE AND SUN SHAFT FOR DRIVING SUN GEAR OF PLANETARY GEARBOX

1. A geared turbofan engine, comprising:a sun shaft driving a sun gear of a planetary gearbox,
the sun shaft including a front section proximal to the planetary gearbox and a rear section distal from the planetary gearbox,
wherein an outer diameter (D1) of the front section is smaller than an outer diameter (D2) of the rear section, wherein the outer diameter of the rear section varies in an axial direction of the sun shaft, and
the front section including between two and four undulant sections, wherein each of the undulant sections includes at least one inner axial part extending in the axial direction of the sun shaft and two diaphragm parts on either side of the at least one inner axial part, the two diaphragm parts each extending in a direction having a radially outward component, the at least one inner axial part including an inner diameter (D3) smaller than the outer diameter (D1) of the front section;
wherein each of the undulant sections has same inner distances (W1, W2) between the diaphragm parts;
wherein the outer diameter (D2) of the rear section increases at least partially with a slope angle between 5° and 20°.

US Pat. No. 10,508,713

CORD LOCK

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A cord lock, comprising:a female member having a first opening, a second opening, an insertion path for a string therebetween, and female-side fastening portions formed in the insertion path;
a male member having one portion entering into the insertion path from a side of the first opening, and male-side fastening portions at the one portion adapted to be fastened to the string inserted to pass through the insertion path in cooperation with the female-side fastening portions; and
a spring member interposed between the female member and the male member,
wherein fastening relative to the string is released by a pulling operation of reducing an entering amount of the one portion of the male member into the insertion path, the spring member storing energy by the pulling operation,
a first contact portion of one spring end of the spring member is integrally formed with the female member, and a second contact portion of another spring end of the spring member is integrally formed with the male member,
the male member includes a main member portion having the second contact portion on a side opposite to a side where the male-side fastening portions are formed,
the female member includes a pair of leg portions extending from the first opening to form a housing space for the main member portion between the leg portions, and projecting portions each projecting to the housing space at an extending end of each leg portion,
the main member portion is housed in the housing space in such a way to face the projecting portions to the second contact portion by elastically deforming the pair of leg portions, and
a side facing the second contact portion in the projecting portion becomes the first contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,712

FRICTION TRANSMISSION BELT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd., ...

1. A frictional power transmission belt comprising a compression layer having a power transmission surface, at least a part of which is capable of coming into contact with a pulley, wherein the compression layer comprises a polymer component and a polyvinyl alcohol-based resin, wherein the polyvinyl alcohol-based resin is polyvinyl alcohol-based resin particles.

US Pat. No. 10,508,710

COOLED FLYWHEEL APPARATUS HAVING A STATIONARY COOLING MEMBER TO COOL A FLYWHEEL ANNULAR DRIVE SHAFT

BC NEW ENERGY (TIANJIN) C...

1. A cooled flywheel apparatus comprising:a flywheel having an annular drive shaft connected to a flywheel rotor, the annular drive shaft extending below the flywheel rotor such that an annulus of the annular drive shaft opens downwardly;
a stationary cooling member for directing a coolant into the annulus of the annular drive shaft; and
a first cooling fluid line in fluid communication with the cooling member;
a sump positioned below and enclosing the annulus of the annular drive shaft, the sump being configured to receive the coolant from the annulus;
a coolant pump having an inlet at the sump and an outlet in fluid communication with the first cooling fluid line for pumping the coolant into the cooling member, the pump being positioned below the sump to provide a pressure head at the pump inlet;
a second cooling fluid line fluidly connecting the outlet of the cooling pump to a cooling coil; and
a third cooling fluid line fluidly connecting the cooling coil to an inlet of a heat exchanger,
wherein the stationary cooling member is connected to an outlet of the heat exchanger by the first cooling fluid line,
wherein the entirety of each of the first cooling fluid line, the second cooling fluid line and the third cooling fluid line is provided outside of the annular drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,508,705

VIBRATION DAMPER ARRANGEMENT

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A vibration damper arrangement, in particular for damping compression and rebound forces on motor vehicles, which comprises a pressure medium cylinder, in which a piston with a piston rod is guided axially displaceably, which piston divides the pressure medium cylinder into a compression chamber and a rebound chamber, a gas pressure accumulator also being provided for volume compensation of the piston rod, which gas pressure accumulator is connected to the compression chamber by way of at least one first check valve which can open toward the compression chamber, and a second check valve which can open toward the rebound chamber and, parallel thereto, at least one first controllable operating valve being provided between the compression chamber and the rebound chamber, characterized in that a second controllable operating valve is connected in series with respect to the first operating valve, which second controllable operating valve is connected on one side to the first operating valve and on the other side to the rebound chamber, a pressure medium branch being provided between the two operating valves, which pressure medium branch is connected to the gas pressure accumulator and the outlet of the first check valve, the gas pressure accumulator having only a small pilot pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,702

LATERAL SUPPORT ELEMENT, GAS SPRING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Firestone Industrial Prod...

1. A gas spring assembly comprising:a flexible wall having a longitudinal axis and extending peripherally about said longitudinal axis between a first end and a second end spaced longitudinally from said first end, said flexible wall including an inner surface and an outer surface with said inner surface at least partially defining a spring chamber;
a lateral support element including an element wall with a first surface facing away from said flexible wall and a second surface facing toward said flexible wall, said lateral support element disposed along said first end of said flexible wall such that an interface is formed between said outer surface of said flexible wall and said second surface of said lateral support element, said interface operative to generate a lateral spring-rate profile that varies according to lateral displacement of said flexible wall and said lateral support element relative to one another; and,
a friction-reducing material disposed along said interface between at least a portion of said flexible wall and said lateral support element, said friction-reducing material including a quantity of free material in the form of at least one of a liquid, a semi-solid and a solid lubricant discontinuously applied to at least one of said flexible wall and said lateral support element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,700

HIGH FATIGUE ARCUATE SPRING

Barnes Group Inc., Brist...

1. An arcuate spring having a longitudinal length, a plurality of spring coils and a central axis that passes through said plurality of spring coils, said spring configured and dimensioned to provide an arcuate shape, at least a portion of said spring includes an arc-shape, a S-shape, a C-shape, a wave-shape or a U-shape, said central axis along said longitudinal length of said spring is a non-straight axis while said spring is in its free state and being substantially free of internal stresses, said spring including first and second ends, said first end including an end cap that is threadedly connected to said first end, said second end including an end cap that is threadedly connected to said second end, each of said end caps including a base portion and a nose, said nose configured to be at least partially inserted into an interior of said spring coils, said base portion having a cross-section size and shape such that said base portion cannot be fully inserted into said interior of said spring coils, said nose and said base portion of said end cap having a generally circular cross-sectional shape, said nose has a non-uniform cross-sectional size along a longitudinal length of said nose, said nose having an upper nose portion and a lower nose portion, said lower nose portion positioned closer to said base portion than said upper nose portion, said lower nose portion connected to said upper nose portion, said upper nose portion having a smaller cross-sectional area than a cross-sectional area of said lower nose portion, said upper nose portion and said lower nose portion each having a longitudinal length, a majority of said longitudinal length of said upper nose portion and a majority of said longitudinal length of said lower nose portion having a constant cross-sectional shape and size, said lower nose portion engaging an inner surface of said spring coils, an upper surface of said base portion includes a threading lip including a front narrow portion and a stop at an end of said threading lip, said threading lip configured to engage said inner surface of said spring coils so that said end cap can be threaded into said spring, said stop configured to limit further threading of said end cap into said spring, said threading lip resulting in said base portion having a non-uniform thickness along a longitudinal length of said base portion, said stop lying in a plane non-parallel to said upper surface of said base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,698

SLIP MECHANISM WITH SERIES TORQUE CAPACITY AND OVER DRIVE FUNCTION

1. A slip clutch, comprising:an output hub;
a first hub;
a second hub non-rotatably connected to the output hub;
an input hub arranged to receive rotational torque, the input hub including:
a first plurality of balls;
a first plurality of springs urging the first plurality of balls radially outwardly into contact with the first hub;
a second plurality of balls; and,
a second plurality of springs urging the second plurality of balls radially outwardly into contact with the second hub.

US Pat. No. 10,508,697

FREEWHEEL MECHANISM

Rotor Componentes Tecnolo...

1. A freewheel mechanism comprising:a first carrying member (1) rotatably mounted along a rotational axis (111);
a second carrying member (2) coaxial, rotatable and axially fixed regarding the first carrying member (1), wherein an axial direction (Da) corresponds to rotation direction of the second carrying member (2) when freewheeling regarding the first carrying member (1), therefore a tangential direction (Dt) corresponds to the second carrying member (2) sense of rotation when freewheeling regarding the first carrying member (1);
a toothed ring (4) coaxial along the rotational axis (111), non rotatably coupled to the second carrying member (2), and comprising a toothed member (47) radially disposed provided with a plurality of recesses (40) forming teeth (49) peripherally arranged and equally spaced, having a tangential slope and furthermore an axial slope;
said first carrying member (1) comprises a drum member (12) provided with at least one longitudinal cavity (10) for housing at least one longitudinal pawl (3) arranged to engage and disengage with the toothed member (47) for respectively force the toothed ring (4) to rotate jointly or separately with the first carrying member (1), wherein the longitudinal axis of each longitudinal cavity (10) is predominantly radial but having an axial tilt angle (cpa) and a tangential tilt angle (cpt), defining an interlocking direction (De);
wherein the longitudinal pawl (3) housed in the longitudinal cavity (10), has a longitudinal axis (37) coincident with the longitudinal axis of said longitudinal cavity (10), thus allowing the sliding of the longitudinal pawl (3) into the longitudinal cavity (10), biased towards the toothed member (47) by biasing means (5);
wherein the longitudinal pawl (3) comprises in one end an engage member (33), which faces outwardly from the longitudinal cavity (10) in order to come into contact with the toothed member (47), the engage member comprising a slip face (331) orthogonal to the pawl longitudinal axis (37) and a thrust face (332), laterally disposed;
wherein said slip face (331) is configured to slide contacting the toothed member (47) when freewheeling, and said thrust face (332) is configured to push on the recesses (40) of the toothed member (47) for transmitting torque between the first and the second carrying members (1, 2) when non freewheeling;
wherein said second carrying member (2) comprises a first torque load transmitting member (200) mating with a second torque load transmitting member (400) provided in the toothed ring (4), that force the second carrying member (2) and the toothed ring (4) to always rotate jointly;
characterized in that the first torque load transmitting member (200) and the second torque load transmitting member (400) allow bidirectional movement of the toothed ring (4) in the axial direction (Da), being declutching the axial movement from a first clutch position, corresponding to non-freewheeling, to a second declutch position, corresponding to freewheeling, and being clutching the axial movement of the toothed ring (4) from the second declutch position to the first clutch position, and being both opposite movements always forced by at least one longitudinal pawl (3), which engage member (33), via its slip face (331), biases the toothed ring (4) in the axial direction (Da) away from the drum member (12), and, via its thrust face (332), axially guides the toothed ring (4) screwing towards the drum member (12) when torque is applied and the engage member (33) engages with one of the recesses (40) till the engage member (33) is fully meshed at the bottom of the recess (40).

US Pat. No. 10,508,694

STARTING ELEMENT, GEARBOX AND DRIVE TRAIN WITH THE START ELEMENT

ZF Friedrichschafen AG, ...

1. A starting element comprising:a friction clutch;
a piston configured to actuate the friction clutch;
a piston space that is separated from a residual space of the starting element at least partially by the piston;
a first connection constructed such that the piston is acted upon by a hydraulic medium proceeding from one side of the residual space;
a second connection that is fluidically connected to the piston space,
wherein a maximum pressure present at the second connection is equal to or less than a pressure present at the first connection; and
a preloading structure configured to preload the piston against a direction in which the hydraulic medium acts on the piston via the first connection and configured to seal the piston space,
wherein the piston space is sealed radially outwardly via the preloading structure configured as the sealing element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,693

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY WITH FLUID EVACUATION

7. A clutched device comprising:an input member configured to receive rotational power and rotate about a first axis;
a first output member, a second output member, and a third output member, the first, second, and third output members configured to rotate about a second axis that is transverse to the first axis;
a differential including a differential case and a differential gearset, the differential case being drivingly coupled to the input member, the differential gearset being configured to transmit rotary power between the differential case and the first and second output members;
a lubricant fluid;
a housing having an inner wall disposed about the second axis, the housing defining a clutch sump and a reservoir, the lubricant fluid being received in the clutch sump and the reservoir being spaced apart from the clutch sump by the inner wall, the inner wall defining a first aperture being open to the clutch sump and the reservoir;
a clutch assembly including an inner carrier, an outer carrier, a plurality of first clutch plates, and a plurality of second clutch plates, the outer carrier being configured to rotate through the clutch sump and sling an amount of the lubricant fluid from the clutch sump through the first aperture, the outer carrier being coupled for rotation with the second output member and the inner carrier being coupled for rotation with the third output member, the first and second clutch plates being interleaved; and
a valve including a second aperture and a valve member, the second aperture fluidly coupling the clutch sump and the reservoir, the valve member being movable relative to the second aperture between a first position and a second position, wherein when the valve member is in the first position, the valve member is configured to inhibit fluid communication from the clutch sump to the reservoir through the second aperture, and wherein when the valve member is in the second position, the valve member is configured to permit fluid communication from the reservoir to the clutch sump through the second aperture;
wherein the lubricant fluid defines a static fluid level in the clutch sump, the static fluid level being a maximum level of the lubricant fluid in the clutch sump when the inner and outer carriers are not rotating, the first aperture being disposed above the static fluid level and the second aperture being disposed below the static fluid level.

US Pat. No. 10,508,691

LINEAR GUIDEWAY

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

1. A linear guideway comprising:a rail having two opposite pair of outer rolling grooves formed on an outer peripheral surface thereof;
a slide block having a first end surface, a second end surface opposite to the first end surface, and a slide groove extending through the first and second end surfaces, wherein the slide block is slidably disposed on the rail via the slide groove, and has two opposite pair of inner rolling grooves formed in an inner surface of the slide groove, each inner rolling groove of the slide block is aligned to and cooperate with a corresponding one of outer rolling grooves of the rail to form a load channel, the slide block further has two opposite non-load channels, and each non-load channel extends through the first and second end surfaces of the slide block;
a first end cover disposed on the first end surface of the slide block and having two opposite first return grooves each first return groove is connected to one end of the load channel and that of a corresponding one of the non-load channels;
a second end cover including: a cover body disposed on the second end surface of the slide block, and a return member disposed in the cover body and having two opposite second return grooves, wherein each second return groove is connected to another end of the load channel and that of the corresponding one of the non-load channels, so that the load channel, the non-load channel, one of the first return grooves and one of the second return grooves together form a circulation path, the cover body has two first electrode portions and two first connecting portions respectively connected to the first electrode portions, the return member further has two second electrode portions that are respectively in electric contact with the first electrode portions to form a close circuit, and two second connecting portions that are respectively connected to the second electrode portions;
a plurality of rolling elements disposed in the circulation path; and
a circuit board disposed in the cover body of the second end cover, and having a processing module for connecting the first and second connecting portions, when the second electrode portions are separated from the first electrode portions to form an open circuit, the processing module of the circuit board outputs an abnormal signal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,690

ROLLING-ELEMENT BEARING ASSEMBLY

Aktiebolaget SKF, Gothen...

1. A rolling-element bearing assembly comprising:a first rolled-on surface element;
a second rolled-on surface element; and
a plurality of rolling elements arranged between the first and second rolled-on surface elements such that the first and second rolled-on surface elements are rotatable relative to each other,
wherein a first one of the rolling elements comprises a first sensor module having a first sensor interface operably connected to a first communication interface of a first communication module, and
wherein a second one of the rolling elements comprises a second sensor module having a second sensor interface operably connected to a second communication interface of a second communication module,
wherein each of the first and second sensor interfaces comprise an electrical energy supply connecting point, an analog data transmission connecting point, a digital data transmission connecting point, and a ground connecting point.

US Pat. No. 10,508,689

THRUST BEARING FOR VEHICLE

OILES CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A thrust bearing for a vehicle, comprising:an upper case that abuts against a vehicle body-side attaching portion; and
a lower case on which the upper case is provided so that the lower case is rotatable with respect to the upper case about an axial center of a piston rod used in a shock absorber of a suspension of the vehicle, wherein
the thrust bearing further comprises a hydraulic load sensor for measuring a load vertically acting on the suspension,
wherein the hydraulic load sensor includes:
an annular liquid inclusion body for receiving the load vertically acting on the suspension; and
a pressure/signal converter connected to the annular liquid inclusion body for converting the pressure of a liquid within the annular liquid inclusion body to a signal, and
the annular liquid inclusion body is arranged concentrically with respect to an axial center of the thrust bearing; and
the hydraulic load sensor is located in an annular concave portion provided in a case top surface of the upper case.

US Pat. No. 10,508,688

BEARING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

OTICS CORPORATION, Nishi...

1. A bearing device comprising:a support having a bearing hole;
a shaft member received in the bearing hole as to be rotatably supported by the support, the shaft member having an axial end surface; and
a locking part provided on the axial end surface of the shaft member to protrude in an axial direction of the shaft member from an outer periphery of the axial end surface of the shaft member, the locking part bulging outward in a radial direction intersecting the axial direction, so that the bulging locking part is capable of being locked to a peripheral part of the bearing hole on an outer surface of the support,
wherein the axial protruding end of the locking part is disposed on the outer periphery of the axial end surface of the shaft member to be located axially higher than an inner periphery of the axial end surface of the shaft member the axial protruding end of the locking part having a horizontal geometry that is radially flat;
wherein the inner periphery of the axial end surface of the shaft member is provided with a recess having a circular cross section and a circumference defined by the locking part; and
wherein the recess has an equal depth across the inner periphery of the axial end surface of the shaft member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,686

SECURING DEVICE AND LINEAR GUIDING MECHANISM

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A linear guiding mechanism comprising:a guiding rail comprising two guiding grooves arranged on opposite sides of said guiding rail;
a movable unit; and
a securing device mounted to said movable unit, wherein the securing device is configured to be coupled to the movable unit and to secure the movable unit to the guiding rail, the securing device comprising:
a first securing portion and a second securing portion arranged at a predetermined distance from each other; and
a coupling portion comprising two support sections extending between and connecting the first and second securing portions, the coupling portion integrally formed with the first and second securing portions, and the coupling portion configured to couple the first and second securing portions to the movable unit;
wherein the first securing portion, the second securing portion, and the coupling portion define an accommodating space for accommodating the movable unit; and
wherein each of the first securing portion and the second securing portion is engageable with the guiding rail in case of a failure of the movable unit, to prevent the movable unit from coming off the guiding rail.

US Pat. No. 10,508,683

GIMBAL FOR IMAGE CAPTURING

SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO...

1. A carrier for stabilizing a payload, the carrier comprising:a first carrier component configured to permit rotation of the payload about a pitch axis;
a second carrier component that is (1) supported by the first carrier component and (2) configured to permit rotation of the payload about a yaw axis; and
a third carrier component that is (1) supported by the second carrier component, (2) configured to permit rotation of the payload about a roll axis and (3) connects to the payload.

US Pat. No. 10,508,679

WEDGE LOCKING WASHER WITH INCREASED CORROSION RESISTANCE AND METHOD FOR ITS MANUFACTURE

Nord-Lock AB, Mattmar (S...

1. A wedge locking washer comprising a central axis, a central through hole concentric with the central axis and defining an inner peripheral axial surface, an outer peripheral axial surface, a first side surface adapted to face and engage another wedge locking washer, said first side comprising a pattern of radially extending cams, each cam comprising a first surface inclined in relation to a central plane of a wedge cam locking surface and a second surface and wherein the first and the second surface of each cam meet in a radially extending cam edge and wherein the second surface of a first cam meet the first surface of an adjacent cam in an radially extending inner corner, each cam having a height h defined between a bottom plane in which the bottom of the inner corner is arranged and a top plane in which the top of the cam edge is arranged, wherein a zone of smooth transition of the inner corner has a horizontal length a, the inner corner has a height H of at least h/4 and at most h/2 defined as the height H in a vertical direction from the inner corner bottom to the end of the smooth transition zone, the cam edge having a smooth transition zone, which has a height H? that is equal to or larger than the height H of the inner corner of the smooth transition zone, and wherein at least the first surface is a surface hardened and electro-polished and/or pickled.

US Pat. No. 10,508,678

METHOD OF FORMING LINKING BLOCK

1. A method of forming a linking block, comprising the steps of:(i) providing a sheet material;
(ii) stamping said sheet material into a predetermined shape comprising a top panel having an outer edge, an inner perimeter wall having a bottom edge and downwardly extended from a middle part of said top panel, a bottom panel connected to the bottom edge of said inner perimeter wall and an outer perimeter wall downwardly extended from the outer edge of said top panel; and
(iii) stamping said bottom panel to create three holes in said bottom panel in a row with one said hole disposed in the center and the other two said holes disposed at two opposite lateral sides;
(iv) stamping said bottom panel to form a protruding barrel around one said hole disposed in the center, and
(v) creating an inner thread in said protruding barrel and the respective said hole within said protruding barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,676

CONNECTION ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING AT LEAST TWO WORKPLACES

1. Connection element for interconnecting at least two workpieces, havinga shaft;
a connection-element head, radially protruding beyond the external side of the shaft, at the one end of the shaft;
a rotary drive configuration on the connection-element head, wherein in a holding portion of the shaft that emanates from the lower side of the connection-element head at least one pair of closed annular protrusions are disposed thereon, of which
at least one annular protrusion is not completely disposed in a plane that runs perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the shaft; and
the spacings between the two annular protrusions of the pair along the circumference are of dissimilar size, or the two annular protrusions of the pair of annular protrusions are disposed so as to be mutually parallel;
wherein
a front end of the shaft is configured as a tapered hole-forming portion, wherein
a maximum external diameter of the hole-forming portion is between 3% and 10% smaller, in particular 5% smaller, than a maximum external diameter of the annular protrusions,
further wherein each closed annular protrusion forms a closed ring.

US Pat. No. 10,508,672

JOINT WITH CURVED TENON

1. A joint for furniture, comprising:a furniture surface, the furniture surface having a first hole that extends through a top of the furniture surface and out the furniture surface, and having a second hole with an opening in the furniture surface;
a leg fitted to the furniture surface, the leg including a hole; and,
a curved tenon piece, the curved tenon piece curving more than 90 degrees, wherein the curved tenon piece includes a head and wherein the curved tenon is shaped to enter the first hole through the top of the furniture surface, to exit the first hole, to extend through the hole in the leg and to enter into the second hole so that the head is flush with the top of the furniture surface.

US Pat. No. 10,508,669

REWORK SYSTEM FOR COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for reworking a composite structure comprising:a fastener having a post with a first diameter at a first temperature that is greater than a second diameter at a second temperature;
a bushing having a channel configured to receive the post, wherein the fastener and the bushing have a desired interference fit when the fastener is at the first temperature; and
a cooling system configured to cool the fastener from the first temperature to the second temperature, wherein the bushing with the fastener is positioned in a hole of the composite structure with a gap between the bushing and the composite structure to rework the composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,668

PIPE-CONNECTING CLAMP

MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC....

1. A pipe-connecting clamp for connecting pipes each having a flange at an end thereof, the clamp comprising:first and second clamping members including respective grooves into which a pair of flanges are fitted;
a connection member that connects the first and second clamping members in an openable/closable fashion;
a roller support member rotatably disposed on the second clamping member; and
a roller rotatably supported by the roller support member,
wherein the first clamping member has a concave portion, and the flanges are pressed and fixed by the first and second clamping members by rotating the roller support member and moving the roller to the concave portion,
the first clamping member includes a slope that is provided in continuation with the concave portion to guide the roller such that the roller rolls over the slope onto the concave portion, and
the concave portion is provided between an upper surface of the first clamping member and the slope.

US Pat. No. 10,508,666

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A hydraulic system for an automatic transmission of a motor vehicle, comprising: a high-pressure circuit, in which a pressure accumulator, at least one clutch, and gear selectors are connected, and comprising: a low-pressure circuit for cooling the at least one clutch, wherein the high-pressure circuit and the low-pressure circuit have at least one hydraulic pump, which can be driven by an electric motor, said hydraulic system also having a control unit, which activates the electric motor of the hydraulic pump when a requirement to charge the pressure accumulator is identified, wherein the high-pressure and low-pressure circuits are connected via a bypass line to an integrated accumulator charging valve, which in a non-charging position fluidically connects the hydraulic pump to the low-pressure circuit and in a charging position fluidically connects the hydraulic pump to the high-pressure circuit, wherein the accumulator charging valve switches automatically from the charging position to the non-charging position at a first switchover time if the accumulator pressure in the high-pressure circuit exceeds an upper pressure threshold value (p.sub.max), and switches automatically from the non-charging position to the charging position at a second switchover time if the accumulator pressure drops below a lower pressure threshold value, wherein the control unit has a diagnostic module, by which a valve spread diagnosis is performed, in which an actual valve spread between the lower and upper pressure threshold values can be determined, and the diagnostic module has an analysis unit, which compares the actual valve spread with a target valve spread and, if a significant deviation is found, diagnoses a fault, which can be stored in a valve spread fault memory.

US Pat. No. 10,508,665

CYLINDER DEVICE

KOSMEK LTD., Hyogo (JP)

5. A cylinder device comprising:a piston (10) inserted into a housing (1);
a guide hole (17) provided in the piston (10) so as to open downward;
a holding rod (18) provided to protrude upward from a lower wall (4a) of the housing (1) so that the holding rod (18) is held in the guide hole (17);
an electric or electronic switch (20) fixed to a middle-lower portion of a rod hole (19), which is provided in the holding rod (18) so as to extend in an up-down direction, the switch (20) including an operated component (20b) inserted into the rod hole (19) so as to be biased upward and so as to be movable in the up-down direction;
a detection rod (21) inserted ascendably and descendably into a middle-upper portion of the rod hole (19), the detection rod (21) provided to detect a position of the piston (10);
a spring (60) attached to an upper portion of the rod hole (19) and configured to bias the detection rod (21) downward against a force biasing the operated component (20b) upward;
a support hole (22) provided radially in the holding rod (18);
an engagement ball (30) inserted into the support hole (22) so as to be movable;
a cam surface (32) configured to be in contact with the engagement ball (30), the cam surface (32) provided at an outer periphery of the detection rod (21) so that a distance between the cam surface (32) and an axis of the detection rod (21) increases upward; and
a pushing portion (35) configured to be in contact with the engagement ball (30), the pushing portion (35) provided inside the guide hole (17) so that a distance between the pushing portion (35) and the axis decreases upward, wherein
the position of the piston (10) is detected by electrically or electronically detecting movement of the detection rod (21) by the switch (20); and
wherein the operated component (20b) is hermetically inserted into the rod hole (19) so as to be biased upward and so as to be movable in the up-down direction.

US Pat. No. 10,508,663

HYDRAULIC CIRCUIT FOR CONTROLLING A MOVABLE COMPONENT

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A hydraulic circuit for controlling a movable component using one or more of a plurality of fluid supplies, comprising:a plurality of check valves, each one of the plurality of check valves fluidly coupled to a corresponding one of the plurality of fluid supplies and oriented to prevent fluid backflow toward the corresponding fluid supply;
a first flowline in fluid communication between the plurality of fluid supplies downstream of the corresponding one of the plurality of check valves;
a function port fluidly coupled to the movable component;
a venting port;
a valve fluidly coupled between the function port and the venting port, the valve having a first position wherein the valve prevents flow between the function port and the venting port, and a second position wherein the valve allows flow between the function port and the venting port;
a pressure path between at least one of the plurality of fluid supplies and the valve; and
a second flowline fluidly coupling the valve and the first flowline,
wherein the valve is normally in the second position upon removing pressure in the pressure path, and
wherein the valve is shifted to the first position upon supplying pressure in the pressure path.

US Pat. No. 10,508,660

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING A VARIABLE VANE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A variable vane positioning apparatus for controlling the position of a variable vane of a stator in a compressor of a turbine engine, comprising:a unison ring, wherein the vane is coupled with the unison ring via a vane arm;
a torque tube;
a cam having one end secured to a torque tube and a terminal end opposite the one end;
a cam follower secured to the unison ring, the cam follower having a face with a non-circular profile in contact with the terminal end of the cam;
wherein rotation of the torque tube causes movement of the cam, and movement of the cam moves the cam follower, thereby moving the unison ring and the variable vane coupled thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,508,655

BLOWER FILTER SYSTEM

1. A blower filter system comprising a blower filter device, the blower filter device comprising:a blower;
a filter mount;
a tube port for connecting a respirator device by a tube, the filter mount being configured to receive a filter, on which a color coding with a color specific to a parameter of the filter is arranged;
an optical sensor device positioned relative to the filter mount for recognizing different colors of the color coding and determining the color of the color coding of the filter inserted in the filter mount; and
a control unit connected to the optical sensor and configured to compare the color determined by the optical sensor with a stored color chart, in which stored color chart an initial pneumatic resistance is assigned to each of a plurality of colors, to obtain the initial pneumatic resistance of the filter inserted in the filter mount and to calculate a residual capacity of the filter, wherein an initial pneumatic resistance of the filter obtained from the comparison, from the recognized color specific to the parameter of the filter, is used as the basis for the calculation of residual capacity of the filter, wherein the calculation of the residual capacity of the filter is based on a difference between the initial pneumatic resistance of the filter obtained from the comparison, from the recognized color specific to the parameter of the filter, and a maximum blower capacity of the blower.

US Pat. No. 10,508,653

MOTOR AND FAN INCLUDING THE MOTOR

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A motor comprising:a stationary portion; and
a rotary portion having a center axis, and rotatably supported with respect to the stationary portion so as to rotate about the center axis; wherein
the stationary portion includes:
an armature;
a circuit board below the armature; and
a base portion that supports the armature and the circuit board;
the armature includes:
a core;
a coil wound around the core; and
a coil end portion extending from the coil, and connected to the circuit board;
the base portion includes:
a bearing holder;
a central tower portion that supports the bearing holder; and
a wall portion surrounding the circuit board at a radial outer side such that a radial gap is defined between the circuit board and the wall portion;
the circuit board includes:
a through-hole passing through the circuit board in an axial direction at the center axis; and
at least one exhaust hole passing through the circuit board in the axial direction;
the central tower portion is radially inside of a wall of the through-hole;
a filler material is on upper and lower sides of the circuit board;
the radial gap and the at least one exhaust hole communicate with each other through an axial space between a lower surface of the circuit board and an upper surface of the base portion;
the at least one exhaust hole includes:
a first exhaust hole extending in a radial direction; and
a second exhaust hole extending in a circumferential direction from a radial end portion of the first exhaust hole;
the coil end portion is in the second exhaust hole; and
the second exhaust hole is continuously connected to and extends out from the first exhaust hole.

US Pat. No. 10,508,650

COOLANT PUMP FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

PIERBURG GMBH, Neuss (DE...

1. A coolant pump for an internal combustion engine, the coolant pump comprising:a delivery duct;a drive shaft;a coolant pump impeller arranged on the drive shaft so as to rotate jointly therewith, the coolant pump impeller being configured to covey a coolant into the delivery duct which surrounds the coolant pump impeller;
a control slide which is configured to be adjustable so as to control a throughflow cross-section of an annular gap arranged between an outlet of the coolant pump impeller and the delivery duct, the control slide comprising a first pressure chamber;a side channel pump comprising a side channel pump impeller arranged on the drive shaft so as to rotate jointly therewith, and a side channel which is configured so that a pressure can be generated by a rotation of the side channel pump impeller, the side channel comprising an outlet;a pressure duct comprising a throughflow cross-section, the pressure duct being configured to fluidically connect the outlet of the side channel to the first pressure chamber of the control slide;
a valve configured to open and to close the throughflow cross-section of the pressure duct; anda first housing part configured to have the side channel be formed therein and to have the control slide be slidingly guided thereon,wherein,
the coolant pump impeller is integrally formed with the side channel pump impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,508,649

MOTOR/PUMP UNIT HAVING A SINGLE ELASTIC DIAPHRAGM

1. A motor/pump unit for supplying pressure to a pneumatic brake booster, wherein:the motor/pump unit is constructed as a diaphragm pump having a single elastomer diaphragm, and
the diaphragm is moved by an electrically operated motor unit by an eccentric drive,
the motor/pump unit comprising a pump housing and an operating space cover and the diaphragm is clamped at a radial outer edge thereof between the pump housing and the operating space cover in a sealing manner so that between the diaphragm and the operating space cover an operating space with a variable volume is constructed,
the operating space cover is constructed in several parts with an upper cover and a lower cover and an inlet valve and outlet valve which are arranged between the upper cover and the lower cover and which control the air circulation through the operating space,
wherein a sound-damping unit for the noise-reducing discharge of the air from the operating space into the atmosphere is provided, the sound-damping unit arranged on the operating space cover, the sound-damping unit having a filter element of a porous material and a non-return valve, the non-return valve arranged in the air flow direction between the filter element and the atmosphere, the non-return valve clamped in the sound-damping unit between the filter element and a wall with an air outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 10,508,648

AUTOMATED CROSS-PHASE PUMP AND CONTROLLER

TREBOR INTERNATIONAL, We...

1. A fluid system, comprising:an air-operated fluid pump, comprising:
a pump body that includes a fluid inlet connection and a fluid outlet connection, and the pump body further including a first control fluid connection and a second control fluid connection;
a pump head connected to the pump body; and
a diaphragm positioned between the pump head and the pump body such that the first control fluid connection is in fluid communication with a first side of the diaphragm, and the second control fluid connection is in fluid communication with a second side of the diaphragm;
a control air system operably connected with the air-operated fluid pump by way of the first control fluid connection and the second control fluid connection; and
a pump controller operably connected with one or more components of the control air system, wherein the pump controller is configured to automatically control the operation of the air-operated fluid pump by way of the control air system, and wherein air-operated fluid pump parameters automatically controlled by the pump controller include a discharge flow rate of the fluid pump, and a pulsation value associated with the discharge of the air-operated fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,508,647

ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED DIAPHRAGM PUMP

Stobbe Pharma Tech GmbH, ...

1. A diaphragm pump for conveying fluids comprising:a pump housing comprising a first drive fluid chamber with a first chamber rigid wall and a first circumference flange and a second conveyed fluid chamber with a second chamber rigid wall and a second circumference flange, wherein the first and second fluid chambers are separated by a fluid tight elastic membrane,
wherein
(i) said first chamber is adapted to support a reciprocating drive fluid;
(ii) said second chamber is adapted to support a reciprocating conveyed fluid;
(iii) said first chamber fluid and second fluid chamber are separated by said elastic membrane secured fluid tight between said first and second flanges in the circumference of the first and second chambers;
(iv) said fluid tight elastic membrane is adapted to avoid mixing of the drive fluid and the conveyed fluid:
(v) the elastic membrane is free of any attachments, other than the first and second flanges, and is thus able to take any shape and any dynamic position possible within the first and second chamber rigid walls;
(vi) the first drive fluid chamber comprises a first drive fluid port in the first chamber rigid wall, and said first drive fluid port is adapted to provide at least one of:
(a) a drive fluid pressure above atmospheric pressure,
(b) a suction of drive fluid pressure out of said first drive fluid chamber from below atmospheric pressure, or
(c) a release of drive fluid from said first drive fluid chamber;
(vii) the second fluid chamber comprises a second conveyed fluid port in the second chamber rigid wall, and said port is adapted to exchange the conveyed fluid;
(viii) the first drive fluid port is adapted to be connected to a means for providing a drive fluid over-pressure in relation to atmospheric pressure and in response to a control signal;
(ix) said first drive fluid port is adapted to be connected to a means for providing a drive fluid under-pressure or suction of drive fluid or releasing of drive fluid pressure in relation to atmospheric pressure and in response to a control signal; and
(x) the dynamic position of said elastic membrane is adapted to be detected by a sensor for detecting in real-time the dynamic position of said elastic membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,508,646

MANUAL DUAL-DIRECTIONAL INFLATING DEVICE

1. An inflating device comprising:a body having
a first chamber defined in the body;
a foot step mounted on a bottom end of the body;
a top cap mounted on a top end of the body;
a first inlet defined in the top cap and communicating with the first chamber;
a first check valve mounted in the body and disposed between the first chamber and the first inlet;
a second inlet defined in the body and communicating with the first chamber; and
a second check valve mounted in the body and disposed between the first chamber and the second inlet;
a large cylinder mounted moveably in the first chamber of the body and having
a top end extending out of the top cap;
a second chamber defined in the large cylinder;
an upper input gap defined between an outer surface of a bottom end of the large cylinder and an inner surface of the first chamber;
an inner bottom base mounted on the bottom end of the large cylinder and having
a third inlet defined in the inner bottom base and communicating with the second chamber; and
a third check valve mounted in the third inlet;
a bottom base connected with the large cylinder, located below the inner bottom base, and having
an outer surface spaced from the inner surface of the first chamber to define a lower input gap between the outer surface of the bottom base and the inner surface of the first chamber;
an input passage defined between the inner bottom base and the bottom base and communicating with the third inlet;
a first annular holding recess defined around and communicating with the input passage; and
a first O-ring mounted moveably in the first annular holding recess;
a small cylinder mounted moveably in the second chamber of the large cylinder and having
a top end extending out of the top end of the large cylinder;
a third chamber defined in the small cylinder; and
a piston base being hollow, mounted on a bottom end of the small cylinder, and having
a bottom cover;
a second annular holding recess defined around the piston base;
a second O-ring mounted in the second annular holding recess;
a fourth inlet defined in the bottom cover and communicating with the second chamber and the third chamber; and
a fourth check valve mounted in the fourth inlet;
a handle mounted on the top end of the small cylinder and having an outlet defined in the handle and communicating with the third chamber of the small cylinder; and
a switching mechanism mounted on the top end of the large cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,508,645

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUSPENDING A ROTOR BLADE OF A WIND TURBINE UPTOWER

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for suspending a rotor blade of a wind turbine uptower, the method comprising:mounting a first end of a first support structure arm and a first end of a second support structure arm to opposing sides of a bedplate of the wind turbine via respective hinge points;
securing the rotor blade to second ends of the first and second support structure arms;
mounting at least one first pulley block on the bedplate and at least one second pulley block to each of the first and second support structure arms;
routing at least one pulley cable from at least one winch over the at least one pulley block assembly;
detaching the rotor blade from a hub of the wind turbine;
rotating the first and second support structures about their respective hinge points via coordinated winch operation so as to lower the rotor blade a predetermined distance away from the hub; and,
suspending the rotor blade at the predetermined distance away from the hub via the first and second support structure arms.

US Pat. No. 10,508,644

STAY CABLE FOR STRUCTURES

Ultimate Strength Cable, ...

7. A method, comprising:supporting a nacelle including a rotor assembly by a mast, the rotor assembly having blades outwardly extending from the nacelle that define a rotor disk, the blades a distance DTip from the mast and a height HB from earth, and the rotor disk substantially parallel to the mast at rest;
attaching an end of a stay cable to an attachment at an upper region at a height HS along the mast, the stay cable having a plurality of individually tensioned wires bundled in parallel;
anchoring an opposite end of the stay cable that extends uninterrupted from the end to earth;
orienting the stay cable to the mast within a radial distance of the blades from the mast according to a trigonometric relation
andtensioning the stay cable to a stressed condition to support the mast while a wind rotates the blades without a collision with the stay cable.

US Pat. No. 10,508,640

HINGE SYSTEM FOR AN ARTICULATED WAVE ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEM

Murtech, Inc., Glen Burn...

1. A hinge system that provides omni-directional stress relief to at least one piston pump positioned across a gap between at least two floating members that are hinged together, the at least two floating members pivoting about an axis perpendicular to a common longitudinal axis of said at least two floating members and said at least one piston pump positioned across the gap, aligned with the longitudinal axis, said hinge system comprising:a plurality of bracing assemblies, said plurality of bracing assemblies forming pairs such that a first portion of each pair is fixedly coupled to a first floating member and a second portion of each pair is fixedly coupled to a second floating member, and wherein said first portion and said second portion are hingedly coupled to each other using an axle segment to permit the first floating member to pivot with respect to the second floating member due to wave motion;
a first truss positioned transversely along a first end of said first floating member and to which each of said first portions is fixedly coupled and a second truss positioned transversely along a first end of said second floating member, opposite to said first end of said first floating member, and to which each of said second portions is fixedly coupled, said first and second trusses comprising at least one set of corresponding universal couplings between which the at least one piston pump is coupled, thereby providing omni-directional stress relief to the at least one piston pump by allowing movement of the piston pump in directions other than the longitudinal axis due to multi-axis forces imposed by the wave motion on said first and second floating members; and
wherein said at least one piston pump is a linear piston pump having an extendable/retractable piston for transforming wave motion into pump energy.

US Pat. No. 10,508,639

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AUTOIGNITIONS ON THE BASIS OF MEASURED AND ESTIMATED INTERNAL CYLINDER PRESSURE VALUES OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A method for detecting and responding to autoignition in a spark-ignited internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder which, together with a piston connected to a crankshaft, bounds a combustion chamber, a combustion chamber pressure sensor for measuring the pressure in the combustion chamber, a crankshaft angle sensor which supplies a signal which represents a crankshaft angle, and a control device for performing open-loop and/or closed-loop control of the internal combustion engine, the method comprising:during a compression stroke of the internal combustion engine, acquiring values for the combustion chamber pressure at defined crankshaft angles within an evaluation window,
determining filtered pressure values from the acquired values for the combustion chamber pressure,
determining, for the defined crankshaft angles, theoretical pressure values in the combustion chamber that would occur if no combustion were to take place in the combustion chamber based at least in part on geometric variables of the internal combustion engine including at least one of a cubic capacity and a compression ratio,
determining a value of a filtered pressure gradient between filtered pressure values for two defined crankshaft angles,
determining a value of a theoretical pressure gradient between theoretical pressure values for two defined crankshaft angles,
determining a difference between the value of the filtered pressure gradient and the value of the theoretical pressure gradient,
comparing the determined difference with a predefined threshold value,
identifying an autoignition in the combustion chamber in response to determining that the difference exceeds the predefined threshold value; and
initiating a measure that results in a temperature decrease in the combustion chamber if an autoignition is identified, wherein the measure comprises one or more of the following:
setting a rich air/fuel mixture,
closing a throttle valve of the internal combustion engine,
shutting off a fuel supply, or
opening a wastegate of an exhaust gas turbocharger of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,508,637

IGNITION CONTROL SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ignition control system applied to an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine including:an ignition plug which generates a spark discharge between a pair of discharge electrodes, the spark discharge ignites a combustible gas mixture in a cylinder of the internal combustion engine;
an ignition coil including a primary coil and a secondary coil, the ignition coil applies a secondary voltage to the ignition plug using the secondary coil;
a switching element which performs conduction and interruption of a primary current passing through the primary coil; and
a measurement detection part which detects a measured value of a primary voltage applied to the primary coil, a secondary current passing through the ignition plug and/or a secondary voltage applied to the ignition plug,
the ignition control system comprising:
a primary current control part that executes a discharge generation control for generating the spark discharge to the spark plug once or a plurality of times during one combustion cycle by causing the interruption of the primary current to the switching device after performing the energization of the primary current to the primary coil; and
a discharge short-circuiting determination part determining whether discharge short-circuiting has occurred or not based on the measured value detected from the measurement detection part, wherein,
when the discharge short-circuiting determination part determines that the discharge short-circuiting has occurred, the primary current control part causes the discharge generation control to be executed again by causing the switching element to conduct the primary current to the primary coil, and thereafter interrupts the primary current, and
the discharge short-circuiting determination part determines that the discharge short-circuiting has occurred during the one combustion cycle on the condition that a first instantaneous fluctuation larger than a predetermined value is detected in the measured value detected by the measurement detection part after conducting and interrupting the primary current to the primary coil by the switching element to generate the spark discharge.

US Pat. No. 10,508,636

EXHAUST HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An exhaust heat recovery system comprising:an exhaust heat recovery unit that is disposed in an exhaust pipe through which exhaust from an engine flows, the exhaust heat recovery unit recovering heat of the exhaust;
a distribution flow path that is equipped with an upstream flow path through which engine coolant flows from the exhaust heat recovery unit to the engine and a downstream flow path through which the engine coolant flows from the engine to the exhaust heat recovery unit, the distribution flow path allowing the engine coolant to circulate between the exhaust heat recovery unit and the engine;
a bypass flow path that communicates the upstream flow path to the downstream flow path in the distribution flow path and forms a short flow path by which the engine coolant that has exited the exhaust heat recovery unit returns to the exhaust heat recovery unit by way of a shorter flow path length than in a case where the engine coolant that has exited the exhaust heat recovery unit returns to the exhaust heat recovery unit via the engine;
a valve that is disposed in the distribution flow path and adjusts an amount of the engine coolant flowing to the bypass flow path; and
a pump that is disposed in the short flow path apart from the bypass flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,508,635

PIEZO INJECTOR

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A piezo injector of an internal combustion engine, the piezo injector comprising:an actuator chamber,
a piezo actuator arranged in the actuator chamber,
a control piston bore,
a control piston arranged in the control piston bore, the control piston having a face side and a perimeter in sliding contact with walls of the control piston bore,
a first control chamber delimited by the walls of the control piston bore having straight sides and the face side of the control piston, the first control chamber disposed between the face side of the control piston and the actuator chamber,
a rigid leakage pin sliding within an intermediate plate arranged between the piezo actuator and the face side of the control piston to transmit an increase in length of the piezo actuator to the control piston through direct physical contact with both the piezo actuator and the control piston,
a nozzle needle guided in a high-pressure region of the piezo injector by a nozzle needle sleeve,
a second control chamber formed within the nozzle needle sleeve and delimited by a face side of the nozzle needle,
a connection for fluid communication between the first control chamber and the second control chamber, and
a hydraulic throttle disposed in the connection for fluid communication,
wherein the control piston, the first control chamber, the second control chamber, and the connection are physically interrelated such that a movement of the control piston toward the nozzle needle increases a volume of the first control chamber to thereby reduce a fluid pressure in both the first control chamber and the second control chamber to thereby reduce a pressure exerted on the face side of the nozzle needle.

US Pat. No. 10,508,634

INJECTION NOZZLE FOR FUELS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An injection nozzle (1) for fuels, comprising a nozzle body (2) having therein a pressure chamber (4) which is configured to be filled with fuel under high pressure and in which a piston-shaped nozzle needle (3) is arranged in longitudinally mobile manner, the nozzle needle having at one end a sealing surface (6) and at an opposite end an end surface (9), said sealing surface (6) interacting with a nozzle seat (5) for opening and closing at least one injection port (8), and with the injection nozzle also comprising a control chamber (10) which is configured to be filled with fuel under variable pressure and which the nozzle needle (3) delimits with the end surface (9), so that a force is exerted on the nozzle seat (5) by a hydraulic pressure on the end surface (9), characterized in that the nozzle needle (3) has an elastic longitudinal portion (25) which has a longitudinal stiffness of less than 40,000 N/mm, wherein the elastic longitudinal portion has a diameter and a length, wherein the nozzle needle (3) includes guide portions (30; 31) formed on the nozzle needle (3) respectively upstream and downstream of the elastic longitudinal portion (25), wherein the guide portions limit radial movement of the nozzle needle, wherein the guide portions each have a diameter larger than the diameter of the elastic longitudinal portion and a length shorter the length of the elastic longitudinal portion, and wherein the guide portions include respective passages (33; 34) that ensure a throttle-free flow of fuel to the at least one injection port (8) within the pressure chamber (4).

US Pat. No. 10,508,633

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MODULE FOR HEATING A PLURALITY OF INJECTORS

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A device for controlling a module configured to heat a plurality of fuel injectors of an engine of a vehicle, said heating module including a plurality of electromagnetic induction devices, each of said electromagnetic induction devices being connected to an injector of the plurality of fuel injectors and being configured, when an electric excitation current passes through said electromagnetic induction devices, to heat said injector by induction, said device comprising:a power generator configured to generate an electric supply current; and
a phase shift system configured to generate, from the electric supply current generated by the power generator, a plurality of electric excitation currents phase shifted relative to one another and materialized by electric excitation current signals, each of said electric excitation currents supplying at least one of the electromagnetic induction devices of the plurality of electromagnetic induction devices, the phase shift system comprising
a number of H bridges equal to the number of injectors equipped with electromagnetic induction devices, and
a controller configured to control the delivery of n electric excitation current signals phase shifted

 via said H bridges, each H bridge enabling delivery of an electric excitation alternating current signal to an electromagnetic induction device at a moment determined by said controller,
wherein the phase shift system is configured to phase shift the electric excitation current signals such that, for each of a plurality of duty cycles, the sum of the absolute values of the amplitudes of said signals is equal to a constant value at any given time,
wherein an electric excitation current delivered by an H bridge is an alternating current of which the half-period is defined by one of the duty cycles, said duty cycle being selected from one of the values

 where p is natural number between 0 and n.

US Pat. No. 10,508,630

FUEL PUMP ASSEMBLY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fuel pump assembly, comprising:a fuel pump (2),
a fuel tank (3), in which the fuel pump (2) is at least partially arranged,
an intermediate component (4), which is arranged on an outside of the fuel tank (3) and has a fuel connection to the fuel tank (3),
a filter (5), which is arranged in a filter chamber (6) and is arranged on an outside of the intermediate component (4) or the fuel pump (2), and
a holding element (7), wherein the filter (5) is held exchangeably on the intermediate component (4) by the holding element (7), and the holding element (7) defines the filter chamber (6),
wherein fuel flow flows from an interior (30) of the fuel tank (3) through a first opening (40) of the intermediate component (4) outward into the filter chamber (6) and from the filter chamber (6) through the filter (5) and through a second opening (41) of the intermediate component (4) to an inlet (20) of the fuel pump (2), wherein the filter (5) and the fuel pump (2) are arranged in series on a common axis (M), wherein the axis extends through the fuel tank, the holding element, and the intermediate component, and wherein a portion of the fuel pump is at least partially surrounded by the intermediate component, the intermediate component is at least partially surrounded by the holding element, and the filter is at least partially surrounded by the holding element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,624

AIR FILTER WITH CANTILEVER TAB AND ENGINE AIR FILTER ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING SAME

Baldwin Filters, Inc., K...

1. An air filter, comprising:a tubular ring of an air filter media extending about a central filter axis and having a first end and a second end, the tubular ring defining an internal volume;
a first end cap sealingly coupled to the first end;
a second end cap comprising:
(a) an attachment portion sealingly coupled to the second end,
(b) a lock tab being carried by and resiliently movable relative to the attachment portion radially outward therefrom and circumferentially about the central filter axis;
wherein the lock tab comprises:
a support arm integrally connected to the support ring at an anchor base and extending in a circular arc direction around the support ring in a cantilever manner with a circular arc gap extending radially between the support ring and the support arm to facilitate spring resiliency in the support arm, and a lock member at an end of the support arm opposite the anchor base; and further comprising:
a ramp surface facing axially toward the first end cap and extending at an incline of between 5 degrees and 45 degrees relative to a plane perpendicular to the central filter axis;
a slot facing axially toward the first end cap and positioned circumferentially between the ramp surface and the anchor base; and
a tooth being formed at a juncture between the slot and the ramp surface to provide the lock member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,621

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

1. An exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler, comprising:a first section, arranged proximate to an exhaust gas inlet of the EGR cooler and including a first plurality of tubes and a first plurality of fins coupled to the first plurality of tubes, where at least one of the first plurality of tubes and the first plurality of fins are comprised of a first material that has a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE); and
a second section, arranged downstream of the first section and including a second plurality of tubes and a second plurality of fins coupled to the second plurality of tubes, where the second plurality of tubes and the second plurality of fins are comprised of a second material that has a second CTE, the second CTE greater than the first CTE.

US Pat. No. 10,508,620

EVAPORATED FUEL TREATMENT DEVICE

FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. An evaporated fuel treatment device which is provided in a canister,wherein the canister comprises: an inflow port; an outflow port; and an atmosphere port, the canister accumulating fuel vapor flowing in from a fuel tank via the inflow port and causing the accumulated fuel vapor to flow out to an internal combustion engine via the outflow port by air flowing in from the atmosphere port,
wherein the canister further comprises:
a first chamber having a first space which has disposed therein a first adsorbent material that is an adsorbent material for adsorbing the fuel vapor, the first chamber having a first end and a second end; a second chamber having a second space which- has disposed therein a second adsorbent material that is the adsorbent material, the second chamber having a first end and a second end; and
a communication passage connecting the first space to the second space at the first end of the first chamber and at the first end of the second chamber,
wherein the inflow port and the outflow port are provided in the second end of the first chamber, the inflow port and the outflow port connecting the first space to an external space,
wherein the evaporated fuel treatment device is configured as a third chamber having a third space which has disposed therein activated carbon for adsorbing the fuel vapor, the third chamber having a first end and a second end,
wherein the second space is connected to the third space via the first end of the third chamber and the second end of the second chamber,
wherein the atmosphere port is provided in the second end of the third chamber, the atmosphere port connecting the third space to the external space,
wherein the third space is provided with a highly adsorptive layer and a low adsorptive layer which are aligned from the first end of the third chamber to the second end of the third chamber, the highly adsorptive layer and the low adsorptive layer each having the activated carbon disposed therein,
wherein the third space is in a columnar or polygonal prism shape, has a constant width and is slenderer in width than the second space is,
wherein the highly adsorptive layer has stronger power for adsorbing the fuel vapor than that of the low adsorptive layer, and is positioned closer to the first end of the third chamber than the low adsorptive layer is,
wherein the activated carbon disposed in the highly adsorptive layer has a larger adsorption capacity than an adsorption capacity of the activated carbon disposed in the low adsorptive layer, and
wherein a length of the highly adsorptive layer in a direction from the first end of the third chamber to the second end of the third chamber is shorter than a length of the low adsorptive layer in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,508,618

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE FUEL SYSTEM AND EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS SYSTEM DIAGNOSTICS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:conducting a test for undesired evaporative emissions stemming from a fuel system of a vehicle via in a first operating mode, evacuating the fuel system to a variable vacuum level through an entirety of a fuel vapor canister configured to capture and store fuel vapors; and
in a second operating mode, evacuating the fuel system to the variable vacuum level through a portion of the fuel vapor canister.

US Pat. No. 10,508,617

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HYDRO-JECT, LLC, Wilming...

1. A method of operating an internal combustion engine that comprises a housing and a movable body that form a combustion chamber that has a single enclosed volume that is variable by movement of said movable body relative to said housing, and a catalyst contained in said single enclosed volume, said method comprising:at a first pressure in said single enclosed volume admitting an intake gas comprising an aspirant into said single enclosed volume;
moving said body relative to said housing to reduce the volume of said single enclosed volume to compress said intake gas to raise pressure in said single enclosed volume from said first pressure to a second pressure that is greater than said first pressure;
admitting an aqueous fluid and a steam reforming fuel into said single enclosed volume when the pressure in said single enclosed volume reaches a predetermined pressure intermediate said first and second pressures so that said aqueous fluid and steam reforming fuel absorb heat generated by said compression of said intake gas and said catalyst promotes a steam reformation process by which hydrogen is separated from said steam reforming fuel or said aqueous fluid; and
when the pressure in said single enclosed volume is at least at said second pressure, admitting a combustible fuel into said single enclosed volume and combusting said combustible fuel and hydrogen,
wherein combusting said combustible fuel and hydrogen causes movement of said movable body relative to said housing to increase the volume of said single enclosed volume and said movement of said movable body provides an energy output of said combustion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,508,614

ARBITRATION STRATEGY FOR SLOW RESPONSE AND FAST RESPONSE TORQUE REQUESTS

Cummins IP, Inc., Columb...

1. A system for managing engine output, comprising:a machine manager module programmed to receive at least one of a torque input and an acceleration input and, in response, generate a torque request for an engine;
a combustion module coupled to the machine manager module and programmed to receive the torque request, the combustion module comprising:
a slow response control pathway that at least partially controls torque of the engine based on the torque request, and
a fast response control pathway that at least partially controls torque of the engine based on the torque request, the fast response control pathway programmed to:
determine an amount of the torque request that can be provided by the fast response pathway based on a governed torque fraction value and a torque fraction value, the governed torque fraction value based on information indicative of existing operating conditions of the spark timing actuator of the engine, and the torque fraction value indicative of a total torque request value and an anticipated future torque demand value, and
manage a spark timing actuator of an engine to produce the amount of torque that can be provided by the fast response pathway; and
an arbitration module structured to determine a remaining amount of the torque request that cannot be provided by the fast response control pathway based on an existing operating condition of the engine, and to command the slow response control pathway to provide the remaining amount of the torque request.

US Pat. No. 10,508,613

DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A direct injection engine, comprising:a cylinder configured to accommodate a piston to be reciprocally movable;
a fuel injection valve configured to inject fuel containing gasoline into the cylinder;
a water injection valve configured to inject water into the cylinder;
an intake valve configured to open and close an intake port for introducing air into the cylinder;
an exhaust valve configured to open and close an exhaust port for discharging combusted gas from the cylinder;
a valve variable mechanism configured to change an operation timing of each of the intake valve and the exhaust valve;
a fuel injection control module configured to control the fuel injection valve;
a water injection control module configured to control the water injection valve;
a valve control module configured to control the valve variable mechanism; and
a calculation module configured to perform various calculations based on an operating condition of the engine, wherein
during an operation in a low load range where a load of the engine is lower than a predetermined load, the valve control module controls the valve variable mechanism in such a manner that a negative overlap period when both of the intake valve and the exhaust valve are closed across an exhaust top dead center is formed,
during the operation in the low load range, the calculation module determines an injection timing of fuel by the fuel injection valve and an injection timing of water by the water injection valve to thereby cause injected fuel and injected water to undergo a steam reforming reaction within the cylinder during the negative overlap period, the steam reforming reaction being such that at least a part of injected fuel and injected water turns to hydrogen and carbon monoxide,
during the operation in the low load range, the fuel injection control module and the water injection control module respectively control to inject fuel from the fuel injection valve and control to inject water from the water injection valve at the timing within the negative overlap period determined by the calculation module and in an order such that the injection of fuel is later than the injection of water,
water injection starts and ends during a former part of the negative overlap period, the former part being a period from a timing when the exhaust valve is closed during an exhaust stroke to the exhaust top dead center, and
fuel injection starts at a time which is closer to the exhaust top dead center than the closing timing of the exhaust valve in the time period from the end of the water injection to the exhaust top dead center.

US Pat. No. 10,508,612

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR OPERATING FUEL SYSTEM RESPONSIVE TO INFERRED FUEL TEMPERATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:adjusting operation of a low-pressure fuel pump based on a fuel temperature indicated from a rate of change in a pressure of a fuel passage between the low-pressure fuel pump and a high-pressure fuel pump during a first condition, including when the low pressure fuel pump is switched off.

US Pat. No. 10,508,610

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND FUEL INJECTIONS DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a peak value holding circuit including:
an input signal line through which an input signal is continuously inputted;
a peak value storage register which is coupled to the input signal line and stores a peak value of the input signal;
a peak determination circuit which is coupled to the input signal line, compares a value stored in the peak value storage register with a value of the input signal inputted from the input signal line, and determines based on a comparison result whether or not to update the value stored in the peak value storage register;
a threshold value storage register which stores a predetermined threshold value; and
an end timing determination circuit which is coupled to the input signal line, and determines an end timing of an operation of the peak determination circuit, based on the value of the input signal inputted from the input signal line, the value stored in the peak value storage register, and the threshold value stored in the threshold value storage register,
wherein the peak determination circuit
determines at least either a local maximum value or a local minimum value as a peak value,
outputs an update trigger signal for updating the value stored in the peak value storage register to the peak value storage register if the value of the input signal inputted from the input signal line is larger than the value stored in the peak value storage register, in the case of determining the local maximum value as the peak value,
outputs the update trigger signal to the peak value storage register if the value of the input signal inputted from the input signal line is smaller than the value stored in the peak value storage register, in the case of determining the local minimum value as the peak value, and
ends an operation if the end timing determination circuit determines that an end timing has arrived,
wherein if the update trigger signal is inputted from the peak determination circuit, the peak value storage register updates a storage value to the value of the input signal inputted from the input signal line, and
wherein the end timing determination circuit
determines that the end timing of the operation of the peak determination circuit has arrived if the value of the input signal inputted from the input signal line becomes smaller than a value obtained by decreasing the value stored in the peak value storage register by a value corresponding to the threshold value stored, in the threshold value storage register in the case of determining the local maximum value as the peak value, and
determines that the end timing of the operation of the peak determination circuit has arrived if the value of the input signal inputted from the input signal line becomes larger than a value obtained by increasing the value stored in the peak value storage register by the value corresponding to the threshold value stored, in the threshold value storage register in the case of determining the local minimum value as the peak value.

US Pat. No. 10,508,609

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE USING IMBALANCE DIAGNOSIS AND ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine being a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine including an in-cylinder injection valve configured to inject fuel into a cylinder of the internal combustion engine, the control device comprising:a fuel supply device including a high-pressure fuel pump configured to pressurize fuel from a fuel tank and to supply the fuel to a supply flow passage connected to the in-cylinder injection valve; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
control the high-pressure fuel pump such that fuel pressure in the supply flow passage becomes target fuel pressure,
execute imbalance diagnosis for determining whether or not imbalance of a fuel injection amount between cylinders occurs based on fluctuation of an air-fuel ratio, and
set a value of the fuel pressure to the target fuel pressure such that the imbalance diagnosis is executed based on a first threshold, the first threshold being based on a maximum value of fluctuation of an air-fuel ratio when an abnormality does not occur, wherein the first threshold is less than a first inclination, the first inclination being based on fluctuation of an air-fuel ratio when an abnormality occurs, the value of the fuel pressure being a value of the fuel pressure when the imbalance diagnosis is executed and being smaller than a value of the fuel pressure when the imbalance diagnosis is not executed.

US Pat. No. 10,508,606

METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR AIRFLOW CONTROL

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

1. A controller configured to respond to one or more of intake manifold air temperature (MAT), intake air flow rate, or a sensed or estimated intake oxygen fraction by changing an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) amount to maintain particulate matter (PM) and NOx within a range, and then further adjusting the EGR amount based on NOx sensor feedback by determining a brake-specific NOx concentration based on the NOx sensor feedback and adjusting the EGR amount based on a difference between the brake-specific NOx concentration and a reference NOx concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,508,605

METHOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A TURBOCHARGED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

MTU FRIEDRICHSHAFEN GMBH,...

10. A motor vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine having at least one turbocharger and including:
an engine block with a combustion chamber;
a fuel injection device; and
a control device having computer executable instructions stored on an electronic medium for:
preset/presetting a first predetermined relationship between an engine load requirement and a rated engine operating variable;
preset/presetting a second predetermined relationship between a given engine load requirement and a given rated engine operating variable;
wherein the quantity of fuel according to the second relationship of the given load requirement is greater than the quantity of fuel according to the first predetermined relationship;
in a steady state of the internal combustion engine, injecting a quantity of fuel to a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine based on the first predetermined relationship; and
in a transient state of the internal combustion engine, injecting the quantity of fuel fed to the combustion chamber based on an interpolated value of the rated variable obtained by interpolation between a value for the rated engine operating variable, resulting from the first predetermined relationship, and a value for the rated variable, resulting from the second predetermined relationship; and
wherein the control device carries out the interpolation as a function of a differential rotational speed;
wherein the differential rotational speed is calculated as a difference between a setpoint rotational speed and an instantaneous actual rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,508,604

FIRING FRACTION MANAGEMENT IN SKIP FIRE ENGINE CONTROL

Tula Technology, Inc., S...

1. A skip fire engine controller comprising:a firing fraction determining unit arranged to determine and output a commanded firing fraction;
a filter arranged to receive the commanded firing fraction and output an operational firing fraction, the filter being arranged to spread changes in the commanded firing fraction over multiple firing opportunities;
a firing controller arranged to direct firings in a skip fire manner that delivers the operational firing fraction; and
a filter bypass that causes the filter to be bypassed such that the commanded firing fraction is passed directly to the firing controller as the operational firing fraction in response to at least one predetermined type of circumstances.

US Pat. No. 10,508,602

CORNER FLOW REDUCTION SEALS

General Electric Company,...

1. A sealing arrangement for sealing between a first stage nozzle and a plurality of aft frames in a gas turbine, the gas turbine comprising a shaft extending along an axial direction, the gas turbine defining a radial direction perpendicular to the axial direction and a circumferential direction extending around the axial direction, comprising:a first seal which is circumferentially oriented, the first seal comprising a forward surface, an aft surface, and a wing extending radially inward at an oblique angle;
a second seal which is circumferentially oriented adjacent to the first seal, the second seal comprising a forward surface, an aft surface, and a wing extending radially inward at an oblique angle, the second seal radially and axially aligned with the first seal, the wing of the second seal opposing the wing of the first seal and circumferentially spaced from the wing of the first seal; and
a side seal radially disposed between the first seal and the second seal;
wherein the side seal comprises a forward face and an aft face, a first wing extending radially outward at an oblique angle and a second wing extending radially outward at an oblique angle;
wherein the first wing of the side seal sealingly interfaces with the wing of the first seal and the second wing of the side seal sealingly interfaces with the wing of the second seal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,601

AUXILIARY DRIVE BOWED ROTOR PREVENTION SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A bowed rotor prevention system for a gas turbine engine of an aircraft, the bowed rotor prevention system comprising:an engine accessory gearbox;
a gear train comprising an epicyclic gear set coupled to the engine accessory gearbox, wherein the epicyclic gear set is mounted to a manual crank pad of the engine accessory gearbox and a housing of the epicyclic gear set comprises an access port to engage a cranking tool with the manual crank pad while the engine accessory gearbox remains coupled to the epicyclic gear set; and
a bowed rotor prevention motor operable to drive rotation of a starting spool of the gas turbine engine through the gear train at a substantially constant speed upon engine shutdown, the bowed rotor prevention motor operable to be powered by an energy storage source.

US Pat. No. 10,508,595

ENGINE RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR ENGINE SYSTEM

Progress Rail Locomotive ...

1. An energy recovery system for an engine system that includes an engine, an exhaust conduit configured to receive exhaust gases discharged from the engine, and a first turbocharger, the energy recovery system comprising:a bypass conduit coupled to the exhaust conduit upstream of the first turbocharger,
the bypass conduit facilitating a portion of the exhaust gases from the exhaust conduit to bypass the first turbocharger;
a second turbocharger coupled to the bypass conduit,
the second turbocharger being driven by the portion of the exhaust gases bypassing the first turbocharger to compress air received from an ambient to a first pressure;
a bypass valve to control an amount of the portion of the exhaust gases passing through the bypass conduit to the second turbocharger,
the bypass valve being controlled based on a maximum capacity of the first turbocharger; and
an accumulator in fluid communication with the second turbocharger and configured to store air received from the second turbocharger at the first pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,592

VGT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) for a vehicle, the VGT comprising:a turbine wheel;
a turbine housing configured to rotatably support the turbine wheel, and provided with a space for forming a passage for receiving exhaust gas from a radially external side of the turbine wheel and discharging the exhaust gas in an axial direction of the turbine wheel;
a disk body provided in the space of the turbine housing, and provided therein with a bypass line wherein the exhaust gas bypasses the turbine wheel through the bypass line; and
a plurality of vanes mounted between the disk body and the turbine housing to form a variable nozzle and controlling a flow of the exhaust gas flowing radially inwardly of the turbine wheel,
wherein each of the vanes has a length such that a fore end portion thereof is brought in contact with an adjacent vane among the vanes, while fully closing the variable nozzle, and
wherein an inlet of the bypass line of the disk body is formed on a side of the disk body and configured to be opened by the vanes when the vanes are rotated to fully close the variable nozzle, to fluidically connect the bypass line to the space of the turbine housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,589

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A COOLING SYSTEM DELIVERING COOLANT TO HEAT EXCHANGER IN A VEHICLE

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method for controlling a cooling system delivering coolant to a heat exchanger in a vehicle, whereinthe cooling system comprises:
a radiator line configured to direct coolant to a radiator in which the coolant is cooled to a first temperature;
a radiator bypass line directing coolant past the radiator;
a heat exchanger line receiving coolant from the radiator line and from the radiator bypass line and directing the coolant to a heat exchanger;
a heat exchanger bypass line receiving coolant from the radiator line and the radiator bypass line and directing the coolant past the heat exchanger;
a thermostat receiving a coolant flow range (m) at a second temperature, wherein the thermostat in a closed position directs the entire coolant flow range (m) to the radiator bypass line, in a partly open position directs a first coolant flow range (m1) to the radiator line and a second coolant flow range (m2) to the radiator bypass line, and in a fully open position directs the entire coolant flow rate (m) to the radiator line; and
a flow regulating mechanism directing coolant from the radiator line and the radiator bypass line to the heat exchanger line and/or the heat exchanger bypass line, wherein;
during operating conditions when the thermostat is in the partly open position, the method comprises the steps of:
estimating a desired cooling temperature of a medium in the heat exchanger,
estimating a cooling effect of the coolant in the radiator from information about the cooling air flow through the radiator and from performance data of the radiator at varying air flows,
calculating the coolant flow rate (m1) through the radiator line from information of the cooling effect of the coolant in the radiator, temperature drop (t1-t2) of the coolant in the radiator and the specific heat capacity (cp) of the coolant,
calculating the coolant flow rate (m2) through the radiator bypass line;
calculating a coolant flow rate (m3) and coolant temperature combination at which the medium in the heat exchanger is cooled to the desired temperature; and
adjusting the flow regulating mechanism such that coolant at the selected flow rate (mb) and temperature combination is directed to the heat exchanger line and the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,508,588

COOLING DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cooling device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:an air blast passage in which an air blast for air-conditioning a vehicle compartment flows;
a heater core that is disposed in the air blast passage and heats the air blast using a coolant which is introduced from the internal combustion engine as a heat source;
an air blast volume adjusting member that is opened and closed to adjust an air blast volume which flows in the heater core and an air blast volume which flows without passing through the heater core in the air blast passage;
a flow rate adjuster that adjusts a flow rate of the coolant which is introduced into the heater core;
an air conditioner including the air blast passage and the air blast volume adjusting member; and
a controller configured to set the flow rate of the coolant which is adjusted by the flow rate adjuster,
wherein the controller is configured to perform coolant stop control by setting the flow rate of the coolant which is adjusted by the flow rate adjuster to be less than a lower limit value of an adjustable range of the flow rate of the coolant which is adjusted by the flow rate adjuster in a vehicle compartment air-conditioning state in which the air blast volume adjusting member allows an air blast to flow to the heater core when the air blast volume adjusting member fully closes the heater core side of the air blast passage, and
wherein when an operating state of the air conditioner during a warming-up operation of the internal combustion engine is a cool MAX state, the controller is configured to continuously perform the coolant stop control until a coolant temperature reaches a first predetermined temperature, and when the operating state of the air conditioner during the warming-up operation of the internal combustion engine is a state other than the cool MAX state, the controller is configured to release the coolant stop control at a time point at which the coolant temperature reaches a second predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,508,584

USE OF INSULATING PAINT ON EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a reductant injector assembly comprising a reductant injector, wherein the reductant injector comprises a leg; and
a ceramic thermal barrier coating coated on at least a surface of the leg of the reductant injector.

US Pat. No. 10,508,583

COMPOSITE EXHAUST ELEMENT

Bosal Emission Control Sy...

1. Composite exhaust tube comprising:a load carrying outer shell made of a fiber-reinforced composite material; and
an inner thermal protection comprising a layer of silica-based fibrous high temperature insulation material and an inner liner for abrasion protection of the high temperature insulation material, wherein the inner liner is a high temperature resistant textile arranged to directly contact an exhaust gas flowing through the composite exhaust tube, wherein the inner thermal protection further comprises an outer liner being a high temperature resistant textile made of silica-based fibrous high temperature insulation material, the layer of high temperature insulation material being arranged between the outer liner and the inner liner, wherein the outer liner, the layer of high temperature insulation material and the inner liner are fixed to each other by sewing with a high temperature resistant thread made of silica-based fibrous high temperature insulation material.

US Pat. No. 10,508,581

MULTI-STEP REGENERATION DEVICE OF DPF AND REGENERATION METHOD THEREFOR

Doosan Corporation, Seou...

1. A multi-step regeneration apparatus of a diesel particulate filter (DPF), which generates a load to an engine to remove soot, the apparatus comprising:an external air temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of external air;
a controller configured to compare an external air temperature value measured by the external air temperature sensor with a predetermined value and output a signal; and
a control valve unit, which is a hydraulic load device, including a first control valve and a second control valve receiving the signal from the controller, and a first spool operated by the first control valve and a second spool operated by the second control valve;
wherein the control valve unit further includes a first relief valve having a set pressure (P1) and a second relief valve having a set pressure (P2) positioned at rear ends of the first spool and the second spool;
wherein the control valve unit selectively applies the output signal to one or more of the first control valve and the second control valve based on whether the external air temperature value is greater than or less than the predetermined value so as to generate at least two different hydraulic load levels.

US Pat. No. 10,508,580

COMBINED HEAT EXCHANGER AND EXHAUST SILENCER

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A combined heat exchanger and exhaust silencer for a vehicle, comprising:an inlet and an outlet for an exhaust gas flow;
a housing arranged with a first end portion at said inlet and a second end portion at said outlet such that the exhaust gas can flow through said housing;
a bypass pipe arranged in said housing, said bypass pipe having a perforated wall portion, said bypass pipe defining a first flow channel for the exhaust gas through said housing;
a second pipe arranged in said housing, said second pipe having a perforated wall portion, said second pipe being arranged extend from said first end portion to said second end portion of said housing;
a third pipe arranged in said housing, said third pipe having a perforated wall portion, said third pipe being arranged extend from said first end portion to said second end portion of said housing, said third pipe having a larger inner diameter than an outer diameter of said second pipe, wherein said second pipe is arranged in said third pipe such that a space between an outer surface of said second pipe and an inner surface of said third pipe defines a second flow channel for the exhaust gas through said housing;
a heat exchanger pipe for defining a flow channel for a heat exchanging fluid, said heat exchanger pipe arranged as a spiral around the periphery of said second pipe, in said second flow channel,
a sound absorbing material arranged in said housing and surrounding said bypass pipe and said third pipe, said sound absorbing material further being arranged inside said second pipe;
a bypass valve configured to:
in a first state, allow a flow path for exhaust gas to be open from said inlet to said outlet via said flow channel of said bypass pipe, and
in a second state, close said flow path, whereby at least a main portion of said exhaust gas is forced through said second flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,578

ENGINE SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An engine system comprising:an engine including a plurality of combustion chambers generating driving torque by combustion of fuel;
an intake manifold distributing intake air supplied from an intake line to the plurality of combustion chambers;
a throttle valve installed at an upstream side of the intake manifold to adjust an amount of air supplied to the intake manifold;
an exhaust gas purification apparatus installed at an exhaust line in which exhaust gas exhausted from the combustion chambers flows;
a turbocharger including:
a turbine disposed at the exhaust line at an upstream side of the exhaust gas purification apparatus, the turbine rotating by the exhaust gas; and
a compressor disposed at an intake line and rotating together with the turbine;
an exhaust gas recirculation apparatus including an EGR line branched from the exhaust line between the exhaust gas purification apparatus and the turbine, the EGR line joining the intake line at an upstream side of the compressor and an EGR valve installed at the EGR line;
a bypass line branched from the EGR line and joined to the intake manifold at a downstream side of the throttle valve; and
a bypass valve disposed at the bypass line; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to operate the throttle valve and the bypass valve,
wherein, in a fuel-cut condition, the throttle valve is closed while the bypass valve is opened by the ECU so that the exhaust gas flows from the upstream side of the exhaust gas purification apparatus to the intake manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,508,575

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

9. A method for producing an exhaust gas purification catalyst comprising a substrate and a catalyst coating layer formed on the substrate,the catalyst coating layer having an upstream region extending by 40 to 60% of the entire length of the substrate from an upstream end of the catalyst in an exhaust gas flow direction and a downstream region corresponding to the remainder portion of the catalyst coating layer, the composition of the upstream region being different from that of the downstream region,
the method comprising the step of forming the upstream region of the catalyst coating layer using a catalyst slurry, wherein
the catalyst slurry comprises:
a noble metal particle having catalyst activity,
a metal oxide particle having a 50% cumulative size of 3 ?m to 10 ?m in a cumulative particle size distribution on a volume basis, and
a fibrous organic substance in an amount of 0.5 to 9.0 parts by mass based on 100 parts by mass of the metal oxide particle, and
the fibrous organic substance has an average fiber diameter in a range from 1.7 ?m to 8.0 ?m and an average aspect ratio in a range from 9 to 40.

US Pat. No. 10,508,573

BAFFLE ASSEMBLY FOR A DUCT

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A noise attenuation baffle assembly configured to be positioned inside a duct, the baffle assembly comprising:a plurality of baffles, wherein each baffle in the plurality of baffles is arranged in a spaced apart relation to one another, and each of the baffle including a first side and a second side;
a first bracket coupled to the first side of each baffle of the plurality of baffles;
a second bracket coupled to the second side of each baffle of the plurality of baffles, the first bracket and the second bracket being configured to be coupled to the duct;
a third bracket coupled to the first side of each baffle of the plurality of baffles; and
a fourth bracket coupled to the second side of each baffle of the plurality of baffles:
wherein a length of the first bracket and the second bracket is greater than a length of the third bracket and the fourth bracket respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,508,568

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT THROUGH THE ADDITION OF POWER RECOVERY TURBINE EQUIPMENT IN EXISTING PROCESSES

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for recovering energy in a petroleum, petrochemical, or chemical plant comprising:identifying a first fluid stream having a first control valve thereon in a process zone;
installing a first power-recovery turbine at the location of the first control valve;
directing at least a portion of the first fluid stream through the first power-recovery turbine to generate electric power therefrom; and
recovering the electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,508,567

AUXILIARY DRIVE BOWED ROTOR PREVENTION SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE THROUGH AN ENGINE ACCESSORY

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A bowed rotor prevention system for a gas turbine engine of an aircraft, the bowed rotor prevention system comprising:an engine accessory comprising a pump;
a gear train coupled through the engine accessory to an engine accessory gearbox that is further coupled to a starting spool of the engine, wherein the gear train comprises a transmission with an epicyclic gear set coupled to a drive portion of the engine accessory; and
a bowed rotor prevention motor operable to drive rotation of the starting spool of the gas turbine engine through the drive portion of the engine accessory and the gear train upon engine shutdown, wherein the transmission is interposed between the bowed rotor prevention motor and the engine accessory gearbox.

US Pat. No. 10,508,564

BEARING HOUSING AND AN EXHAUST GAS TURBOCHARGER WITH SUCH A HOUSING

1. A bearing housing for an exhaust gas turbocharger, comprising:a bearing housing cover arranged on a bearing housing wall;
the bearing housing cover including a penetrating rotation-symmetrical sealing recess with a centre axis;
a sealing bush arranged in at least one region of the sealing recess;
the sealing bush including a penetrating shaft recess disposed rotation-symmetrical relative to the centre axis, the shaft recess configured to receive a shaft;
the bearing housing cover having a locating surface facing the bearing housing wall and radially extending from the centre axis, the locating surface arranged opposite a stop surface of the sealing bush;
the bearing housing cover further including an at least partly circulating groove disposed on the locating surface radially spaced from the centre axis;
wherein the groove includes a drainage region arranged below the centre axis and extending from the centre axis radially to an outside such that the groove is one of egg shaped and tapers downwards to a point, the drainage region configured to allow lubricating oil accumulated in the groove to drain.

US Pat. No. 10,508,563

STATOR HEAT SHIELD SEGMENT FOR A GAS TURBINE POWER PLANT

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A stator heat shield segment for a gas turbine, the stator heat shield segment comprising:an inner surface for facing a hot gas main flow path of the gas turbine;
an outer surface opposite to the inner surface and configured for at least partial exposure to cooling air;
a first impingement cavity provided with a plurality of first impingement holes for being fluidly connected with cooling air supplied outside the outer surface;
a feeding cavity isolated from a path of cooling air to be supplied outside the outer surface and fluidly connected with first impingement cavity; and
a second impingement cavity provided with a plurality of second impingement holes and being fluidly connected to the feeding cavity, wherein the first impingement cavity and the second impingement cavity are laterally closed by lateral walls.

US Pat. No. 10,508,561

SHROUD ASSEMBLY FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A circumferential shroud assembly for mounting to a casing, the assembly comprising: a plurality of arcuate shroud segments collectively forming the circumferential shroud, each segment comprising a circumferentially extending wall and a channel extending radially outwardly from the wall, the channel configured to be receivable in a hole passing through the casing and having, at an end distal to the wall, a first connector; a fastener having a head and a shank, the shank configured to be received in the channel and having a second connector configured to engage with the first connector of the channel; a first spacer configured to receive the channel and a second spacer configured to receive the shank and sit adjacent the head of the fastener, the spacers to be arranged, in use, either side of the casing, and a retainer for holding the first spacer against a radially inwardly facing surface of the casing, the assembly further comprising a double skinned wall extending around the channel, radially outwardly of the circumferentially extending wall, and the double skinned wall defining a circumferentially extending cooling channel between a radially outer surface of the circumferentially extending segment wall and a radially inner wall of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,560

STATOR-VANE STRUCTURE AND TURBOFAN ENGINE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A stator-vane structure comprising:a plurality of stator vanes which are fixed to a case of a turbo fan engine at an end portion in a longitudinal direction and are disposed at an interval; and
a plurality of straightening plates which are disposed among the plurality of stator vanes to face the case at a side of the end portion,
wherein the plurality of stator vanes include two or more types of blades each having a different vane type,
wherein each of the plurality of straightening plates includes a ventral face side edge portion which follows a ventral face of a first stator vane at a first adjacent side, a dorsal face side edge portion which follows a dorsal face of a second stator vane at a second adjacent side, a first straightening plate side connection portion which is connected to the first stator vane, and a second straightening plate side connection portion which is connected to the second stator vane,
wherein each of the plurality of stator vanes includes a first stator vane side connection portion which is provided at a position corresponding to the first straightening plate side connection portion at a side of the ventral face and is connected to the first straightening plate side connection portion and a second stator vane side connection portion which is provided at a position corresponding to the second straightening plate side connection portion at a side of the dorsal face and is connected to the second straightening plate side connection portion,
wherein, when a combination of a vane type of the first stator vane and a vane type of the second stator vane for a first straightening plate is same as a combination of a vane type of the first stator vane and a vane type of the second stator vane for a second straightening plate, positions of the first straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate are same as each other and positions of the second straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate are same as each other, and
wherein, when the combination of the vane type of the first stator vane and the vane type of the second stator vane for the first straightening plate is different from the combination of the vane type of the first stator vane and the vane type of the second stator vane for the second straightening plate, at least one of the positions of the first straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate and the positions of the second straightening plate side connection portions of the first straightening plate and the second straightening plate are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,508,559

MONOBLOC PREFORM AND BLADE FOR TURBO MACHINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A fiber preform for a turbine engine blade or vane, the preform obtained by single-piece three-dimensional weaving, comprising:a first longitudinal segment suitable for forming a root;
a second longitudinal segment extending the first longitudinal segment and suitable for forming an airfoil portion;
a first transverse segment extending transversely from a junction between the first and second longitudinal segments and suitable for forming a first platform; and
a second transverse segment extending transversely from the junction between the first and second longitudinal segments extending the first transverse segment and going away therefrom, suitable for forming a second platform;
wherein the first transverse segment is formed by at least a portion of a free tail, said free tail and said second longitudinal segment being woven jointly in non-interlinked manner, said non-interlinking beginning at the junction between the first and second longitudinal segments; and
wherein the second transverse segment and said first longitudinal segment are woven jointly in non-interlinked manner, said non-interlinking terminating at the junction between the first and second longitudinal segments.

US Pat. No. 10,508,558

RAM AIR TURBINE BLADES

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A blade arrangement for a ram air turbine, comprising: a pitch rotation connector attachable to a pitch rotation device configured to control rotation of the blade about a pitch axis; and an airfoil rotationally fixed to the pitch rotation connector, wherein the pitch rotation connector is positioned on the airfoil to reduce pitch dependent moment about the pitch axis such that a maximum pressure moment about the pitch axis is less than a torque supplied to the blade arrangement via the pitch rotation device, wherein the pitch axis is located between a root center of pressure and a tip center of pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,557

GAS TURBINE

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A gas turbine comprising:a turbine disk including
a turbine disk body,
dovetail grooves formed in a circumferential surface of the turbine disk body,
protrusions provided on perimeters of front and rear surfaces of the turbine disk body, and
a first insert slot formed in the rear surface of the turbine disk body in a circumferential direction;
a first retainer unit having openings at positions corresponding to the respective protrusions provided on the front surface of the turbine disk to fix a plurality of turbine blades to the turbine disk, the plurality of turbine blades disposed in the respective dovetail grooves of the turbine disk body and each having a second insert slot in a surface of the turbine blade that faces the first insert slot;
a second retainer unit having a first end thereof disposed in the first insert slot and a second end thereof disposed in the second insert slot to fix the plurality of turbine blades to the turbine disk at the rear surface of the turbine disk; and
a plurality of fixing members provided to fix the first and second retainer units,
wherein the second retainer unit comprises a plurality of second unit retainers disposed in a circumferential direction along a concentric circle centered on the center of the turbine disk, and each of the second unit retainers comprises:
a second retainer body having a plate shape; and
fitting depressions formed in left and right sides of the second retainer body at positions facing away from each other and fitted over the corresponding respective protrusions provided on the rear surface of the turbine disk.

US Pat. No. 10,508,556

ROTOR BLADE ROOT SPACER WITH GRIP ELEMENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An assembly with an axis, comprising:a rotor disk including a slot that extends axially into the rotor disk;
a rotor blade including a blade root arranged within the slot; and
a root spacer arranged with the slot between the rotor disk and the blade root, the root spacer extending axially to a spacer end and including a grip element and a plurality of notches;
wherein the grip element is arranged at the spacer end circumferentially between the notches, and at least partially defines the notches;
wherein at least one of the notches has an open end at the spaces end positioned intermediate outbound edges of the root spacer and the at least one of the notches extends radially and axially into the root spacer and one of the notches extends circumferentially within the root spacer;
wherein the grip element includes a base and a flange that extends circumferentially from the base; and
wherein the base and the flange at least partially define a first one of the notches.

US Pat. No. 10,508,555

DOUBLE WALL TURBINE GAS TURBINE ENGINE BLADE COOLING CONFIGURATION

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An airfoil comprising:pressure and suction side walls extending in a chord-wise direction between leading and
trailing edges, the pressure and suction side walls extending in a radial direction to provide an exterior airfoil surface, a core cooling passage is arranged between the pressure and suction walls in a thickness direction and extends radially toward a tip, a skin passage is arranged in one of the pressure and suction side walls to form a hot side wall and a cold side wall, the hot side wall defines a portion of the exterior airfoil surface, and the cold side wall defines a portion of the core passage, the core passage and the skin passage are configured to have a same direction of fluid flow, and a resupply hole cluster in the cold side wall including first and second resupply holes that each fluidly interconnect the core and skin passages, the first and second resupply holes intersect one another and terminate in an exit at the skin passage.

US Pat. No. 10,508,551

ENGINE COMPONENT WITH POROUS TRENCH

General Electric Company,...

1. A component for a turbine engine, which generates a hot flow and provides a cooling fluid flow, the component comprising:an outer wall defining an interior and separating the hot flow from the cooling fluid flow and having a hot surface facing the hot flow and a cooling surface facing the cooling fluid flow;
at least one trench disposed in the hot surface;
at least one hole including an inlet and an outlet in the outer wall fluidly coupling the interior to the trench;
a porous material at least partially filling the at least one trench and located at the outlet of the at least one hole; and
a solid non-porous element provided within the porous material.

US Pat. No. 10,508,549

GAS TURBINE ENGINE AIRFOIL WITH LARGE THICKNESS PROPERTIES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section and a turbine section; and
a circumferential array of airfoils provided in one of the compressor and turbine sections, each of the airfoils including pressure and suction sides joined at leading and trailing edges, each of the airfoils extends a span from a support to an end in a radial direction, 0% span and 100% span positions respectively correspond to an exterior wall at the support and the end, the leading and trailing edges are spaced apart from one another an axial chord in an axial direction, a cross-section of each of the airfoils at a span location has a diameter tangent to the pressure and suction sides, the diameter corresponds to the largest circle fitting within the cross-section, a ratio of the diameter to the axial chord is at least 0.45 at a 50% span location or greater, and an airfoil pitch defined as a circumferential distance between adjacent airfoils at the 50% span location or greater, wherein a ratio of the airfoil pitch to the axial chord is between 1.5 and 1.9.

US Pat. No. 10,508,548

TURBINE ENGINE WITH A PLATFORM COOLING CIRCUIT

General Electric Company,...

1. An airfoil assembly for a turbine engine comprising:a platform having first and second opposing surfaces;
an airfoil extending from the first surface;
a base extending from the second surface;
an airfoil cooling circuit passing through the base, platform and into an interior of the airfoil; and
a platform cooling circuit comprising first and second branches supplied by a common feed tube, with a flow divider comprising an apex confronting the feed tube and dividing fluid from the feed tube between the first and second branches.

US Pat. No. 10,508,547

RADIAL TIE-BOLT SUPPORT SPRING

General Electric Company,...

1. A tie-bolt support assembly, comprising:an axial flow compressor having a plurality of rotor disks and a plurality of rotor blades extending from said plurality of rotor disks;
a tie-bolt extending axially through said axial flow compressor, said tie-bolt having a circumferential groove extending about an outer diameter of said tie-bolt;
a spring disposed in said groove and capable of axial movement within said groove;
said spring engaging at least one rotor disk of said plurality of rotor disks to maintain a radial force on said at least one rotor disk,
wherein said spring has a radial height which is greater than a depth of said circumferential groove.

US Pat. No. 10,508,546

TURBOMACHINE WITH ALTERNATINGLY SPACED TURBINE ROTOR BLADES

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbomachine defining a radial direction and an axial direction, the turbomachine comprising:a spool; and
a turbine section comprising a turbine, the turbine having a plurality of turbine rotor blades spaced along the axial direction, each turbine rotor blade extending generally along the radial direction between a radial inner end and a radial outer end, the plurality of turbine rotor blades comprising
a first turbine rotor blade, wherein the first turbine rotor blade is coupled to the spool at the inner end of the first turbine rotor blade through a first support member assembly;
a second turbine rotor blade spaced from the first turbine rotor blade along the axial direction, the radial outer end of the first turbine rotor blade coupled to the radial outer end of the second turbine rotor blade; and
a third turbine rotor blade spaced from the second turbine rotor blade along the axial direction, the radial inner end of the second turbine rotor blade coupled to the radial inner end of the third turbine rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,508,545

AXIAL IMPELLER WITH ROTATING HOUSING AND POSITIONABLE BLADES

1. An axial impeller comprising:a housing of round tubular construction extensive between proximal and distal ends, said housing having exterior and interior continuous surfaces;
turbine blades secured to said interior continuous surface, said turbine blades movable between retracted and extended positions;
actuators mounted on said exterior surface in positions radially opposite said turbine blades;
linear actuator rods communicate radially between said actuators and said turbine blades through holes in said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,543

SCROLL DEVICE HAVING A PRESSURE PLATE

Air Squared, Inc., Broom...

8. A scroll device comprising:a housing having a fixed scroll plate and an orbiting scroll plate mounted therein on an idler shaft, the fixed scroll plate having a side having a fixed interleaved involute scroll and an outward facing side, the orbiting scroll plate having a side that has an orbiting interleaved involute scroll;
an inlet port for the introduction of a working fluid into the scroll device in the case of an expander;
an O-ring located around the idler shaft; and
a pressure plate positioned adjacent to the outward facing side of the fixed scroll plate.

US Pat. No. 10,508,541

MILLING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MILLING MACHINE

Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)

19. A method of operating a milling machine operated with different machine parameter settings and with different milling drums depending on the milling task to be carried out, the method comprising:detecting at least one characteristic feature of an installed milling drum;
ascertaining one or more of a value to be set and a setting range for at least one machine parameter, based on the at least one characteristic feature of the milling drum; and
controlling operation of the milling machine based at least in part on the at least one machine parameter,
wherein the at least one machine parameter are selected from a group comprising one or more of: a milling depth; a milling drum rotation speed; an advance speed; a drive power transferred to the milling drum; a torque transferred to the milling drum; and a rotation speed of a motor driving the milling drum.

US Pat. No. 10,508,540

PLOW GUIDE ASSEMBLY FOR PLOW GUIDES

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A plow guide assembly of a plow guide for guiding a mining plow used in underground mining applications, the mining plow having at least one top guide member and at least one bottom guide member, the plow guide assembly comprising:a base member defining a bottom chain guide duct and a top chain guide duct disposed above the bottom chain guide duct, the base member including:
a top guide rail extending along an entire length of the base member, and having a substantially solid, rectangular cross-section configured to guide the at least one top guide member of the mining plow;
a first guide beam extending along a first axis, and being configured to guide the at least one bottom guide member of the mining plow; and
a second guide beam spaced apart from the first guide beam for defining a service clearance therebetween, the second guide beam extending along a second axis axially aligned to the first axis and being configured to guide the at least one bottom guide member;
a removable insert element configured to be inserted into the service clearance and to be attached to the base member, the insert element having a third guide beam extending along a third axis and being configured to guide the at least one bottom guide member, wherein, in an assembled state of the insert element, the third axis is axially aligned to the first and second axes to form a bottom guide rail extending along an entire length of the plow guide and configured to guide the at least one bottom guide member; and
a supporting device configured to support and position the insert element relative to the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,539

LOGGING FRACTURE TOUGHNESS USING DRILL CUTTINGS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method for logging fracture toughness of a geologic subsurface formation:drilling, into a subsurface formation, a wellbore, the drilling comprising circulating a drilling fluid to capture drill cuttings generated by a drill bit cutting into the sub surface formation;
collecting, from the drilling fluid, samples of the drill cuttings captured by the drilling fluid, a first subset of the drill cuttings being associated with a first depth in the subsurface formation, and a second subset of the drill cuttings being associated with a second depth in the subsurface formation;
preparing, from the first subset of the drill cuttings, a first set of drill cutting specimens, each drill cutting specimen of the first set of drill cutting specimens comprising a miniature single edge notch beam (SENB) having a specified length, the specified length in the range of 1 millimeter (mm) to 100 mm, wherein a first subset of drill cutting specimens of the first set of drill cutting specimens are prepared to comprise a bedding plane having a first orientation, and wherein a second subset of drill cutting specimens of the first set of drill cutting specimens are prepared to comprise a bedding plane having a second orientation that is different than the first orientation;
preparing, from the second subset of the drill cuttings, a second set of drill cutting specimens, each drill cutting specimen of the second set of drill cutting specimens comprising a miniature SENB having the specified length, wherein a first subset of drill cutting specimens of the second set of drill cutting specimens are prepared to comprise a bedding plane having the first orientation, and wherein a second subset of drill cutting specimens of the second set of drill cutting specimens are prepared to comprise a bedding plane having the second orientation;
conducting three-point bend testing of the first set of drill cutting specimens to generate a first set of load-displacement measurements;
determining, based on the first set of load-displacement measurements, a first fracture toughness for the first depth in the subsurface formation;
conducting three-point bend testing of the second set of drill cutting specimens to generate a second set of load-displacement measurements;
determining, based on the second set of load-displacement measurements, a second fracture toughness for the second depth in the subsurface formation; and
generating a fracture toughness log for the subsurface formation comprising a mapping of fracture toughness versus depth in the formation, the mapping comprising a mapping of the first fracture toughness to the first depth in the subsurface formation, and a mapping of the second fracture toughness to the second depth in the subsurface formation.

US Pat. No. 10,508,538

FLUID PRESSURE PULSE GENERATOR FOR A DOWNHOLE TELEMETRY TOOL

EVOLUTION ENGINEERING INC...

36. The downhole telemetry tool of claim 17, wherein the rotor flow diverter comprises a rotor disc with the one or more than one rotor flow channel extending therethrough and a plurality of turbine projections spaced around a circumference of the rotor disc, whereby adjacently spaced turbine projections define the turbine flow channels therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,508,536

DISCRETE WELLBORE DEVICES, HYDROCARBON WELLS INCLUDING A DOWNHOLE COMMUNICATION NETWORK AND THE DISCRETE WELLBORE DEVICES AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCLUDING THE SAME

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A system for using a discrete wellbore device, the system comprising:a wellbore tool configured to perform a downhole operation within a wellbore conduit that is defined by a wellbore tubular, wherein the wellbore tubular extends within a subterranean formation and the wellbore tool is configured to be conveyed and operated within the wellbore in an untethered manner;
an acoustic downhole communication network comprising a plurality of acoustic transmission nodes that extends along the wellbore tubular and at least one of the plurality of acoustic transmission nodes is in electronic communication with an acoustic receiver at a known location along the wellbore tubular for receiving acoustic signals from within the wellbore tubular, wherein the plurality of downhole transmission nodes comprise a series of nodes provided on the wellbore tubular, each node includes an acoustic transmission receiver, an acoustic transmission transmitter, and utilizes the wellbore tubular to transmit an acoustic transmission signal from one of the plurality of nodes to another of the plurality of nodes;
performing the downhole operation with the wellbore tool, wherein performance of the downhole operation produces an acoustic signal within the wellbore in response to the performance;
receiving the produced acoustic signal from the wellbore tool by the acoustic receiver; and
communicating another acoustic signal related to the received acoustic signal from the wellbore along the wellbore tubular using the plurality of acoustic transmission nodes and the wellbore tubular as an acoustic transmission medium between nodes;
receiving the communicated another acoustic signal at a surface location; and
performing another downhole operation within the wellbore in response to the received acoustic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,534

PLANNING AND REAL TIME OPTIMIZATION OF ELECTRODE TRANSMITTER EXCITATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for downhole ranging within a formation, the method comprising:requesting one or more collected parameters, wherein the one or more collected parameters are requested based on a predicted operating condition for an operation;
receiving one or more collected parameters, wherein the one or more collected parameters comprise one or more ranging parameters, a frequency of a signal, a power level, a voltage level, a current level, a formation resistivity, a mud resistivity, and a borehole diameter;
determining a first configuration of a ranging tool positioned in a borehole, wherein the ranging tool comprises one or more modules, wherein each of the one or more modules are selectable and activatable, wherein the one or more modules are modular, and wherein determining the first configuration comprises:
selecting at least one of the one or more modules for the first configuration while the ranging tool is positioned in the borehole based, at least in part, on at least one of the one or more collected parameters, wherein the one or more modules comprise at least one of a transmitter module, a return module, a receiver module, a spacer module, a gap sub module, and a tool module;
activating at least one of the one or more modules of the first configuration of the ranging tool while the ranging tool is positioned in the borehole;
receiving a first measurement associated with the first configuration of the ranging tool;
determining a second configuration of the ranging tool, wherein determining the second configuration comprises:
selecting at least one of the one or more modules for the second configuration while the ranging tool is positioned in the borehole based, at least in part, on the one or more collected parameters and one or more operational conditions;
activating the at least one of the one or more modules of the second configuration of the ranging tool while the ranging tool is position in the borehole;
receiving a second measurement associated with the second configuration of the ranging tool;
analyzing operational efficiency for each of the first configuration and the second configuration based, at least in part, on the one or more collected parameters;
selecting a configuration from one of the first configuration or the second configuration based, at least in part, on the analyzed operational efficiency for each of the first configuration and the second configuration;
calculating a ranging parameter based, at least in part, on the first measurement and the second measurement; and
adjusting at least one operational parameter based, at least in part, on the calculated ranging parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,508,532

EFFICIENT RECOVERY OF PETROLEUM FROM RESERVOIR AND OPTIMIZED WELL DESIGN AND OPERATION THROUGH WELL-BASED PRODUCTION AND AUTOMATED DECLINE CURVE ANALYSIS

QRI GROUP, LLC, Houston,...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a material production estimate using a quantile regression, the method being performed at a computer system including at least one processor, to increase petroleum recovery from a specified reservoir by implementing one or more reservoir production controls based on the material production estimate, the method comprising:the at least one processor accessing one or more portions of material production history data for a specified reservoir;
analyzing the accessed portions of material production history data to determine how the material production history data are to be fit to a material production decline curve, wherein the accessed portions of material production history data are fit to the material production decline curve at a determined break point, the determined break point identifying an occurrence of a sharp change in production decline behavior during the material production history of the specified reservoir;
the at least one processor fitting the accessed portions of material production history data to the material production decline curve using quantile regression,
wherein for an exponential model:
Yi=Y0 exp(?D(Xi?X0)+?i,i=1,2, . . . ,n
and for a hyperbolic model:

where,

is a pth quantile of Y when X=Xi and ?i is a random error in prediction and Qp(?i)=0;
generating a production rate estimate for a specified percentile, the production rate estimate providing an indication of whether the specified reservoir's production rate will be at or above the specified percentile, wherein estimates of Y0 and D (Y0, D and b) are obtained by minimizing an objective function given by:

generating one or more reservoir production controls based on the production rate estimate; and
implementing the one or more reservoir production controls at the specified reservoir, wherein the implemented one or more reservoir production controls increases petroleum recovery from the specified reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,508,531

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MOVING A COILED TUBING STRING

Premier Coil Solutions, I...

1. A control system for moving a bottom hole assembly at an end of a coiled tubing string in a wellbore, the control system comprising:a controller configured to move the bottom hole assembly at an initial drilling rate that has been entered, unless the controller determines that moving the bottom hole assembly at the initial drilling rate causes a predetermined threshold parameter to be reached,
whereupon the controller is configured to default to moving the bottom hole assembly at a safe drilling rate within a range of safe drilling rates calculated by the controller based upon the properties of a man-made object or natural formation being drilled.

US Pat. No. 10,508,530

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AN ADJUSTED IDEAL DRILLING PATH

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

1. A method of directing operation of a drilling system, comprising:drilling with a drilling apparatus comprising a bottom hole assembly (BHA) disposed at an end of a drill string to create a drilled bore substantially following an original drill plan;
receiving sensor data relating to geological formations from one or more sensors adjacent to or carried on the bottom hole assembly;
receiving a drilling instruction that is different than the original drill plan;
generating, with a controller, an adjusted ideal drilling path in response to the drilling instruction;
determining, with the controller, a position of the bottom hole assembly based on the received sensor data;
displaying, on a display device, the position of the bottom hole assembly relative to the adjusted ideal drill path; and
generating one or more drilling windows around the adjusted ideal drilling path, the one or more drilling windows representing a drilling tolerance at a portion of the adjusted ideal drilling path around which the one or more drilling windows are generated, the one or more drilling windows being assigned one or more of a vertical offset and a horizontal offset with respect to the adjusted ideal drilling path.

US Pat. No. 10,508,529

REVERSE EMULSIONS FOR CAVITY CONTROL

The Mosaic Company, Plym...

1. An injection fluid for forming an oil pad that occupies a cavern roof in solution mining, comprising:a reverse emulsion comprising consisting essentially of an emulsifier, a brine solution, and oil, wherein the injection fluid is configured to form an oil pad that occupies a cavern roof in solution mining.

US Pat. No. 10,508,526

FRACING PLUG

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. An apparatus for use in forming a plug during hydraulic fracturing of a subterranean soil formation comprising:a top tubular retaining body extending between top and bottom ends and having a frustoconical outer surface extending from said bottom end thereof and
a plurality of slip arms located around said outer surface of said retaining body, each slip arm extending between top and bottom ends and having an inner surface extending from said slip arm top end corresponding to said outer surface of said retaining body and an exterior surface adapted to engage a wellbore; and
a seal element located around said outer surface of said retaining body above said plurality of slip arms adapted to be displaced towards said top end of said retaining body by said plurality of slip arms so as to seal an annulus between said retaining body and said wellbore,
wherein said plurality of slip arms extend from a ring surrounding said retaining body adjacent to said seal element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,525

DEGRADABLE DOWNHOLE TOOLS AND\OR COMPONENTS THEREOF, METHOD OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING USING SUCH TOOLS OR COMPONENTS, AND METHOD OF MAKING SUCH TOOLS OR COMPONENTS

Bubbletight, LLC, Needvi...

36. A method of using a lapped tool or component in a downhole application, comprising:providing a lapped tool or component in a downhole environment, wherein the lapped tool or component is exposed to fluid, and wherein the lapped tool or component is at least partially coated with a lapped coating.

US Pat. No. 10,508,524

RADIO FREQUENCY ANTENNA ASSEMBLY FOR HYDROCARBON RESOURCE RECOVERY INCLUDING ADJUSTABLE SHORTING PLUG AND RELATED METHODS

HARRIS CORPORATION, Melb...

1. A method of adjusting a balun for a radio frequency (RF) antenna assembly positioned within a wellbore in a subterranean formation for hydrocarbon resource recovery, the RF antenna assembly comprising an RF transmission line and an antenna coupled thereto, the method comprising:slidably moving an adjustable shorting plug within a space between a tubular balun housing surrounding the RF transmission line coupled to the antenna, the adjustable shorting plug contacting the tubular balun housing and the RF transmission line at an adjustable shorting position.

US Pat. No. 10,508,522

AUTOMATIC SUCKER ROD SPACING DEVICE AND METHODS OF USING SAME

TRC Services, Inc., The ...

27. A method of controlling a downhole pump in a well having a plunger reciprocated on a rod string by a surface pumping unit in a barrel of the downhole pump, the method comprising:connecting an adjustable spacing with a first connection to the rod string and a second connection to the surface pumping unit;
measuring, with a sensor, a parameter in relation to the reciprocation of the rod string;
determining an automatic adjustment to a depth of the plunger in the barrel based on the measured parameter; and
actuating the adjustable spacing between the first and second connections automatically in response to the determined adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,508,521

ITERATIVE METHOD FOR ESTIMATING PRODUCTIVITY INDEX (PI) VALUES IN MAXIMUM RESERVOIR CONTACT (MRC) MULTILATERAL COMPLETIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method for determining the productivity of a multilateral completion having a plurality of laterals, comprising:determining a plurality of initial productivity indices associated with the plurality of laterals and a plurality of well tests, each of the plurality of well tests associated with a set of well test conditions, the well test conditions comprising a wellhead pressure and a well test flowrate;
determining a respective plurality of intermediate productivity indices associated with the plurality of laterals, wherein determining the intermediate productivity index associated with a selected lateral of the plurality of laterals comprises:
determining, for each of the plurality of well tests, a modeled flowrate for the selected lateral using the well test conditions associated with a first selected well test; and
iteratively modifying, for each of the plurality of well tests, the initial productivity index associated with the selected lateral until the well test flowrate of the first selected well test matches the modeled flowrate;
determining the intermediate productivity index associated with the selected lateral from an average of the modified initial productivity index for each of the plurality of well tests;
determining a respective plurality of final productivity indices associated with the plurality of laterals, wherein determining the final productivity index for the selected lateral comprises:
determining, for each of a second plurality of well tests, a modeled commingled flowrate using the respective plurality of intermediate productivity indices associated with the plurality of laterals and the well test conditions associated with a second selected well test;
iteratively reducing, for each of the second plurality of well tests, the respective intermediate productivity index for each of the plurality laterals by an identical percentage until a well test commingled flowrate of the second selected well test matches the modeled commingled flowrate; and
determining the final productivity index for the selected lateral from an average of the reduced intermediate productivity index for each of the plurality of well tests.

US Pat. No. 10,508,519

FLOW THROUGH TREATMENT STRING FOR ONE TRIP MULTILATERAL TREATMENT

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A one trip treating method for a first bore and at least one interconnected second bore through a diverter, comprising:passing a nose assembly at a string leading end through a first diverter opening and into the first bore with said nose assembly in a smaller diameter configuration;
performing a first treatment through an open central axial passage defined within the nose assembly and an axial end opening in said nose assembly;
retracting said nose assembly through said first diverter opening;
providing an object on a seat in said passage of said nose assembly to change configuration of said nose assembly with pressure in said string, said object being a ball;
reconfiguring said nose assembly to a larger diameter configuration such that passage of said nose assembly through a second diverter opening in the second bore.

US Pat. No. 10,508,518

CONNECTION SYSTEM FOR SUBSEA FLOW INTERFACE EQUIPMENT

OneSubsea IP UK Limited, ...

1. A subsea assembly for control of fluid flow from and to a subsea manifold having an outlet and an inlet, the assembly comprising:a frame configured to engage the subsea manifold, the frame configured to support a flow interface device having an inlet, an outlet, and a flow passage therebetween;
the flow interface device supported by the frame;
a first flow hub mounted on the frame;
a second flow hub mounted on the frame;
a first flexible conduit connected between the outlet and the first flow hub; and
a second flexible conduit connected between the inlet and the second flow hub;
wherein the inlet and the outlet of the flow interface device are connectable to the first and second flow hubs to allow fluid to flow between the manifold outlet, the first flexible conduit, the first flow hub, the flow passage of the flow interface device, the second flow hub, the second flexible conduit, and the manifold inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,508,515

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FILLING AN ANNULUS BETWEEN CASING AND ROCK IN AN OIL OR GAS WELL

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A process for plugging an annulus between casing and formation in a hydrocarbon wellbore, comprising:substantially equalizing pressure between the annulus and the interior of the casing;
placing the well in an underbalanced state without cycling;artificially promoting or inducing creep in the formation surrounding the casing; and plugging the annulus between casing and formation in a hydrocarbon wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,508,514

ARTIFICIAL LIFT METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HORIZONTAL WELL

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. An artificial lifting system for bringing a formation fluid from a horizontal well to the surface, the system comprising:an outer production tubing that extends into the well, from a head of the well to a lateral portion of the well;
a hybrid valve attached to a distal end of the outer production tubing; and
an extraction support mechanism extending in a bore of the outer production tubing,
wherein the hybrid valve has two orientations, a first orientation for which the hybrid valve acts as a one-way valve, and a second orientation for which the hybrid valve acts as a conduit, and
wherein the extraction support mechanism is an inner production tube that does not contact the hybrid valve.

US Pat. No. 10,508,511

ROTARY ACTUATOR FOR ACTUATING MECHANICALLY OPERATED INFLOW CONTROL DEVICES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

13. A method of adjusting an inflow control device in a tubing string with a rotary actuator, the method comprising:conveying the rotary actuator to a predetermined location in the tubing string, wherein the rotary actuator comprises:
(A) a stationary member;
(B) a drive member;
(C) a locator device with engagement members; and
(D) an inner sleeve, wherein the inner sleeve is positioned radially inward from the stationary member, wherein a first magnetic device in the stationary member is magnetically coupled to a second magnetic device in the inner sleeve;
engaging the engagement members with a profile in at least one of the inflow control device and the tubing string, wherein the engagement prevents further longitudinal movement of the rotary actuator into the tubing string;
engaging the stationary member with a first recess in at least one of the inflow control device and the tubing string, and preventing relative rotation between the stationary member and the tubing string when the stationary member abuts a wall of the first recess; and
rotating the drive member relative to the stationary member, thereby adjusting the inflow control device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,505

FLOW-BY HOLES WITH GALLERY AND CHANNEL ARRANGEMENT ON WELLHEAD AND TUBULAR HANGER

VETCO GRAY, LLC, Houston...

1. A wellhead assembly comprising:a tubular wellhead housing having a bore and an annular gallery slot, the annular gallery slot defined by an enlarged inner diameter of the bore;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced flow-by slots formed in the tubular wellhead housing and extending radially upward from the gallery slot and axially outward from the bore, wherein portions of the wellhead housing circumferentially between the flow-by slots include a downward facing surface at least partially defining the annular gallery slot, and a notch above the downward facing surface, the downward facing surface and the notch forming a locking profile;
a tubular hanger selectively landed in the bore of the wellhead housing defining an annular cavity between the bore and an outer diameter of the tubular hanger, the tubular hanger supported by the wellhead housing with a hanger support located in the annular cavity; and
a flow-by passage in fluid communication with the annular cavity at locations above and below the hanger support, and that intersects with the gallery slot and intersects an outer radial surface of the tubular hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,508,504

REDUNDANT, ADAPTABLE SLIP RING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A slip-ring interface, comprising:a first section;
a first controller coupled to the first section;
a second section rotationally independent from the first section;
a second controller coupled to the second section;
a first conductor path between the first section and the second section, the first conductor path selectively associated with a first signal type by the first and second controllers;
a second conductor path between the first section and the second section, the second conductor path selectively associated with a second signal type by the first and second controllers;
a third conductor path between the first section and the second section, the third conductor path selectively associated with the first signal type by the first and second controllers; and
a fourth conductor path between the first section and the second section, the fourth conductor path selectively associated with the second signal type by the first and second controllers.

US Pat. No. 10,508,503

CUTTING ELEMENTS, EARTH-BORING TOOLS INCLUDING THE CUTTING ELEMENTS, AND METHODS OF FORMING THE EARTH-BORING TOOLS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A cutting element, comprising:a three-dimensional, laterally elongate supporting substrate exhibiting at least one vent flat in a sidewall thereof, a lateral cross-sectional shape of the three-dimensional, laterally elongate supporting substrate comprising:
opposing semicircular regions separated from one another by a distance less than or equal to a radius of each of the opposing semicircular regions;
a rectangular region intervening between the opposing semicircular regions; and
a cutting table of a polycrystalline hard material attached to the supporting substrate and comprising a non-planar cutting face.

US Pat. No. 10,508,500

EARTH BORING TOOLS HAVING FIXED BLADES AND ROTATABLE CUTTING STRUCTURES AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

19. A method of forming an earth-boring tool, comprising:forming a first set of at least five blades on a body of the earth-boring tool, and forming each blade of the first set of at least five blades to extend from a nose region of the earth-boring tool to at least a gage region of the earth-boring tool;
forming a second set of at least three blades on the body, and forming each blade of the second set of at least three blades to extend from a center longitudinal axis of the earth-boring tool to at least the nose region of the earth-boring tool; and
coupling at least one rotatable cutting structure assembly to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,508,499

REAMER

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A reaming tool for enlarging an underground borehole, comprising:a plurality of cutter assemblies distributed azimuthally around a longitudinal axis of the tool;
wherein each cutter assembly includes a supporting structure bearing a sequence of cutters with leading surfaces facing in a direction of rotation of the tool,
the sequence of cutters extends axially along the tool from an axial end of the tool with the cutters positioned at radial distances from the tool axis which progressively increase as the sequence extends away from the axial end of the tool, the radially outer edges of the cutters and the supporting structure defining a cutting outline; and
wherein at least one trailing cutter assembly includes guiding structure which is positioned on an outer surface of the at least one trailing cutter assembly and which is circumferentially ahead of the leading faces of one or more cutters of the sequence of the at least one trailing cutter assembly, and which is configured such that an outline of the guiding structure on the at least one trailing cutter assembly is shaped and dimensioned to be a replica of at least part of an axially aligned portion of the cutting outline of the cutter assembly that rotationally precedes the at least one trailing cutter assembly, such that the guiding structure on the at least one trailing cutter assembly does not project radially beyond the at least part of the axially aligned portion of the cutting outline of the at least one preceding cutter assembly, while the cutters following the guiding structure on the at least one trailing cutter assembly project radially beyond the at least part of the axially aligned portion of the cutting outline of the preceding cutter assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,495

LINEAR AND VIBRATIONAL IMPACT GENERATING COMBINATION TOOL WITH ADJUSTABLE ECCENTRIC DRIVE

1. A method of directional drilling through shale with coil tubing, comprising:attaching a combination impact tool, said combination impact tool attached to a drilling tool, to one end of a length of coil tubing which is wound around a drum to form a drilling combination;
drilling a non-vertical well-bore in shale by providing linear and vibrational impacts to drilling equipment through the combination impact tool, wherein both the linear hammering impacts and vibrational impacts are generated by pressurized fluid flowing from above and through the combination impact tool, wherein
an upper section of the combination impact tool includes a poppet valve which continuously opens and closes a fluid pathway through the combination impact tool as pressurized fluid flows through the upper section, and closing of the fluid pathway causes compression of a main spring, and opening of the fluid pathway allows decompression of the main spring such that said decompression carries upwardly a hammer bit and generates linear hammering impacts, and wherein frequency of said linear hammering impacts is controlled by varying pressure of the pressurized fluid flowing through the upper section which thereby controls the rate of opening and closing of the poppet valve, and
flow of pressurized fluid through a lower section of said combination impact tool induces an eccentric arm included in the lower section to rotate and cause vibrational impacts, wherein the frequency and amplitude of said vibrational impacts can be controlled by varying weight of the eccentric arm and by varying pressure of the pressurized fluid flowing through the lower section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,494

MANIPULATOR FOR A MAST AND SUBSTRUCTURE RAISING CYLINDER

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. An actuator assembly for a drilling rig, comprising:a cradle actuator coupled to a substructure of a rig;
an actuator bracket having a first end pivotally coupled to the substructure, the actuator bracket being coupled to the cradle actuator;
a cradle having a first end that is pivotally coupled to the actuator bracket and to a first end of a rig-up actuator, wherein the rig-up actuator is receivable at least partially in the cradle; and
a front bracket pivotally coupled to the cradle and to the substructure, wherein extending the cradle actuator pivots the actuator bracket, the cradle, and the front bracket so as to raise a second end of the rig-up actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,508,487

DIMMING SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light adjustment system, comprising:a light transmissive member;
a light adjustment device disposed so as to face the light transmissive member, the light adjustment device applying a voltage so as to cause a change in transmittance of light;
a drive device that drives the light adjustment device; and
a support having a frame shape in conformity with an outer shape of the light transmissive member, the support supporting the light transmissive member and the light adjustment device,
a part of the support including (i) a containing section that contains at least a part of the drive device, the containing section having an opening and (ii) an opening and closing section that openably and closably covers the opening,
the opening and closing section being provided on a part of a surface of the support,
the light adjustment system being a light adjustment window, the light transmissive member being a window main body, and the support being a frame,
the light adjustment window being a movable window having meeting stiles which are in contact with each other when the light adjustment window is closed,
the frame including a first frame and a second frame each of which is in a frame shape,
the first frame and the second frame being each slidable inside the window frame, the first frame and the second frame having the respective meeting stiles,
the window main body including a first window main body supported by the first frame and a second window main body supported by the second frame,
the light adjustment device including (i) a first light adjustment device disposed so as to face the first window main body and (ii) a second light adjustment device disposed so as to face the second window main body,
the opening and closing section being provided on a part of a surface of one of the meeting stiles of the first and second frames which surface is opposite to a surface of the one of the meeting stiles which surface is in contact with the other of the meeting stiles,
the meeting stiles of the first and second frames including respective connection sections which are connected to each other,
the connection section of the one of the meeting stiles, on which one the opening and closing section is provided, being connected to the drive device, and
when the light adjustment window is closed, the connecting sections being electrically connected to each other, so that the first light adjustment device and the second light adjustment device are driven by the drive device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,485

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPENING OF A VEHICLE ACCESS POINT USING AUDIO OR VIDEO DATA ASSOCIATED WITH A USER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a system on a vehicle, audio or video data indicating a user approaching the vehicle;
determining, by the system, an intention of the user with respect to accessing an interior of the vehicle based on the audio or video data and one or more types of business in a vicinity of the vehicle; and
opening, by the system, an access point of the vehicle responsive to the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,508,484

AUTO-LOCK FOLDING PROP ROD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An auto-lock folding prop rod comprising:a folding rod having a first rod section having a first end pivotally connected to a location on a body structure near a forward or outboard perimeter of a compartment opening and a second rod section having a first end pivotally connected to a forward or outboard perimeter of a compartment cover panel;
at least one pivotable joint with a joining member pivotally connected to a second end of the first rod section and a second end of the second rod section, wherein the at least one pivotable joint is configured to align the first rod section and the second rod section to form a straight line when the compartment cover panel is moved from a closed position to an fully open position; and
further comprising an axially rotatable tube covering the joining member, the second end of the first rod section, and the second end of the second rod section and configured to rotate axially to lock the at least one pivotable joint and the first and second rod sections in a straight aligned position when the compartment cover panel is in the fully open position by preventing the first rod section and the second rod section from pivoting.

US Pat. No. 10,508,483

EJECTION DEVICE FOR A MOVABLE FURNITURE PART

Julius Blum GmbH, Hoechs...

1. An ejection device for moving a movable furniture part, the ejection device comprising:a carrier,
an ejection element for ejecting the movable furniture part from a closed position into an open position along an ejection path,
an ejection force storage member force-actuating the ejection element in the opening direction of the movable furniture part, the ejection force storage member engaging both the carrier and the ejection element, and
a tensioning device for tensioning the ejection force storage member, the tensioning device including a tensioning element to be coupled to the movable furniture part, and a movement transmission element between the tensioning element and the ejection element, the tensioning element and the ejection element being configured to be moved in opposite directions in a coupled manner by the movement transmission element when the ejection force storage member is tensioned,
the ejection element, the movement transmission element, and the tensioning element being moveable together relative to the carrier at least over a first part of the ejection path,
a retrieving device for moving the tensioning element in a retrieved position, the retrieving device including a retrieving element configured to be coupled to the tensioning element, and a retrieving force storage member force-actuating the retrieving element, and
wherein the retrieving element is integrally formed with the movement transmission element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,482

DOORSTOP FOR RESTRICTING ENTRY

1. A doorstop, comprising:a housing having:
an attachment plate with a rearward surface configured for attachment proximate to a bottom edge of a pull side of a door; and
a bracket attached to the attachment plate and extending away from a forward surface of the attachment plate;
a stop cylinder rotatably coupled to the bracket about a rotational axis that is substantially parallel to a plane defined by the attachment plate, the stop cylinder including an arcuate contact surface, wherein a distance between a periphery of the arcuate contact surface and the rotational axis increases over at least a portion of the length of the arcuate contact surface;
a latch configured to move relative to a pivot point between a latched position and an unlatched position to affix the stop cylinder and release the stop cylinder, respectively, wherein the latch is pivotally attached to the stop cylinder about the pivot point; and
wherein the stop cylinder is configured to rotate between a first position where the arcuate contact surface is retracted relative to a lower edge of the doorstop and a second position where the arcuate contact surface deploys below the lower edge of the doorstop to contact a floor surface.

US Pat. No. 10,508,481

ENERGY EFFICIENT AND POWER VERSATILE ELECTRO-PERMANENT MAGNET SYSTEM FOR USE IN A DOOR HOLDER UNIT

1. An energy efficient and power versatile electro-permanent magnet system for use in a door holder unit for maintaining a door in an open position under no power by magnetically attracting and holding an attractive plate in a plate fixture attracted to said door with said attractive plate and said door released by application of a pulsed current, comprising:an electro-permanent magnet containing:
a core having an inner and outer pole piece, and an end piece that connects the inner and outer pole pieces to close one end, leaving the other open;
a permanent magnet inside said core that is radially poled from said inner to said outer pole piece; wherein the magnetic flux from said permanent magnet can follow a first direction toward said end piece of said core, or in a second direction toward the open end of said core
a control coil inside said core between said inner and said outer pole pieces, and wound about said inner pole piece;
and a pulsed capacitor power and control method for sending a pulsed current to said control coil with said method being power versatile;
where when said attractive plate in the plate fixture is near said open end of said core, the magnetic force from the magnetic flux of said permanent magnet toward the said open end of said core attracts said attractive plate and magnetically latches said attractive plate to said open end of said core with a first magnetic force; or
when said attractive plate in the plate fixture is near the open end of said core and said pulsed capacitor power and control method sends a pulsed current to said control coil in a first direction, the magnetic force from the magnetic flux of said permanent magnet toward the open end of said core is increased to attract said attractive plate and magnetically latch said attractive plate to said open end of said core with a second magnetic force higher than said first magnetic force;
where when said attractive plate in the plate fixture is magnetically latched to said core, when said pulsed capacitor power and control method sends a pulse current to said control coil in a second direction, the magnetic flux from the permanent magnet is directed away from said attractive plate and toward the closed end of said core, to reduce the magnetic force that is latching said attractive plate in the plate fixture, whereby said attractive plate in the plate fixture maybe pulled away from said core with little force;
thus to produce an energy efficient and power versatile electro-permanent magnet system by holding open said door under no power and releasing said door with said pulsed current.

US Pat. No. 10,508,479

HOOD LATCH ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A hood latch assembly for a vehicle, the hood latch assembly comprising:a housing comprising an insert recess, the housing configured to allow a striker coupled to a hood of the vehicle to be retracted into and withdrawn from the insert recess;
a latch, with one end portion thereof being pivotably coupled to an inner side portion of the housing, the latch comprising a fitting recess in other end portion thereof, the fitting recess configured to allow the striker to be retracted into and withdrawn from the fitting recess, and a support protrusion formed on one end portion of the fitting recess; and
a safety hook comprising a hinge disposed on one end portion of the safety hook and configured to be pivotably coupled to an outer side portion of the housing and a sliding protrusion disposed on other end portion of the safety hook, the sliding protrusion configured to allow the striker to slide when in contact with the striker, wherein, when the hood of the vehicle is in a closed position, the safety hook is supported by the support protrusion such that the safety hook is not pivoted,
wherein, in response to the hood being popped up, the latch is configured to pivot so as to detach the support protrusion from the safety hook, wherein action of the detaching allows to cause the safety hook to pivot in a left and right direction of the vehicle and be in contact with the striker, and
wherein the sliding protrusion extends away from the housing at a predetermined angle to form a slope, along which the striker slides to enter the insert recess when the hood is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,508,478

CONTROL UNIT FOR A CLOSING DRIVE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE LOCK

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...

1. An actuator unit comprising:an actuating element for a closure drive of a motor vehicle latch; housing; and
a spindle for moving the actuating element, wherein the housing has at least two recesses that have different profiles, and wherein the actuating element has at least three elevations having different profiles that correspond to the different profiles of the at least two recesses for guiding the actuating element in the housing, so that distortion of the actuating element around a movement axis can be prevented,
wherein the at least three elevations includes at least one elevation having a rectangular profile and at least two elevations that each have an involute profile, and
wherein the at least two elevations and the at least one elevation are equidistantly spaced along a circumference of the actuating element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,476

ELECTRIC VEHICLE DOOR LOCK WITH INCREASED OPERATING RELIABILITY

Kiekert Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A motor vehicle door latch comprising:a locking mechanism,
an opening actuator to unlock the locking mechanism,
an actuating mechanism to unlock the locking mechanism, wherein the opening actuator can assume a normal position and an emergency position, whereby the opening actuator deactivates the actuating mechanism in the normal position and activates the actuating mechanism in the emergency position; and
a control unit to control the opening actuator, wherein the control unit is set up in such a way that the opening actuator is moved in a prescribed cycle comprising movement from the normal position to the emergency position wherein the prescribed cycle corresponds to an n-fold number of occurrences of a non-emergency event where n is a whole number.

US Pat. No. 10,508,475

MOTOR VEHICLE LOCK

1. A motor vehicle lock for a motor vehicle door arrangement, comprising a catch, a pawl, a pawl actuation lever, and a switchable lock arrangement, wherein the pawl is assigned to the catch, wherein the catch can be brought into an opening position and into a closed position, wherein the catch, which is in the closed position, is or may be brought into holding engagement with a lock striker, wherein the pawl may be brought into an engagement position, in which the pawl is in blocking engagement with the catch, wherein the pawl may be deflected into at least one release position, in which the pawl releases the catch, wherein the pawl actuation lever is coupled to the pawl establishing an actuation drive train for deflecting the pawl into the at least one release position in a driving motion of the actuation drive train components,wherein the switchable lock arrangement is located in the actuation drive train, the switchable lock arrangement comprising a first mechanism and a second mechanism, the switchable lock arrangement is configured to transition between a locked state and an unlocked state, wherein in the unlocked state, an actuation of the pawl actuation lever deflects the pawl, and wherein in the locked state, the pawl actuation lever is either decoupled from the pawl for letting an actuation of the pawl actuation lever run free without deflecting the pawl, or physically blocked to block an actuation of the pawl actuation lever,
wherein a predetermined crash condition causes the switchable lock arrangement to be in the locked state such that during the crash condition a crash induced actuation of the pawl actuation lever runs free or is physically blocked,
wherein in the locked state, in addition to decoupling or physically blocking the pawl actuation lever by the first mechanism of the switchable lock arrangement, the switchable lock arrangement physically blocks a driving motion of a second drive train component by the second mechanism of the switchable lock arrangement, wherein the second drive train component is located in the actuation drive train offset from the pawl actuation lever towards the pawl,
wherein the second mechanism comprises a moveable blocking element, which, in the locked state of the switchable lock arrangement, is in a blocking position, in which the moveable blocking element is in or may come into direct blocking engagement with a counter blocking element for blocking of the second drive train component, and which, in the unlocked state of the switchable lock arrangement, is in a non-blocking position, in which the moveable blocking element releases the second drive train component, and
wherein the second drive train component is blocked by the moveable blocking element and the second chive train component is a component within the force chain to physically transfer an actuating force to actuate the pawl from the pawl actuation lever.

US Pat. No. 10,508,474

LOCK CHARGING APPARATUS

1. A lock charging apparatus, comprising:a case having a plurality of walls that, together, form an enclosure having a shape indicative of a padlock, said enclosure defining an interior area;
a locking mechanism situated in said interior area of said case and that includes a shackle assembly;a battery situated in said interior area of said case;a USB port in electrical communication with said battery and configured to receive and transfer AC power from an external power source to said battery;
an auxiliary USB port in electrical communication with said battery and configured to transfer current from said battery to an electronic device connected to said auxiliary USB port;
a processor situated in said interior area of said case and electrically connected to said battery;
a non-volatile member electrically connected to said processor and including data structures and programming;
a global positioning module situated in said interior area and in data communication with said processor and operable to generate position data indicative of a global position of said case;
a software application stored on a computing device remote from said casing that, when executed, transmits to said processor a request for said position data indicative of a global position of said case;
a phone locator module in data communication with said processor;
programming in said memory that, when executed by said processor, causes said phone locator module to transmit a request for phone position data to a communications device remote from said casing and associated with said processor.

US Pat. No. 10,508,473

COMPACT OPERATING UNIT FOR A SAFE LOCK

Mitteldeutsche Tresorbau ...

1. Control unit (1) for a lock of a safe comprising a multipart housing (2) that has a front housing part (3) and a rear housing part (4) detachably coupled to the lock of the safe, wherein a controller (6) is integrated in the control unit (1) that, when a correct combination is entered in a keypad (5), through a motor (11) rotates a module having a transmission board (8) arranged in the housing (2) of the control unit (1) and a bolt (9) for actuating the lock of the safe by the number of turns corresponding with this combination, wherein the front housing part must be pulled outward or pushed inward to turn the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,508,471

MULTIPLE-LATCH-LOCKING LOCK STRUCTURE

1. A multiple-latch-locking lock structure, comprising:a casing, which is provided with a rectangular lock tongue, a triangular lock tongue, a lock latch, a lock core shaft, and a handle shaft;
a lock tongue control unit comprising an operation-linking member, which is in a rotatable condition and is provided with a pushing section; a positioning member, which is arranged on the operation-linking member and in a rotatable condition and is provided with a point projection; a arresting member, which is arranged on the operation-linking member and in a rotatable condition and is provided with a push bar; a swinging member, which has an end overlapping the positioning member and in a rotatable condition and an opposite end provided with a constraining section; a slide block, which is provided, in an upper portion thereof, with a positioning hole and a second positioning hole and is provided, in a lower portion thereof, with a fitting hole, such that the point projection of the positioning member is fit in and received in the fitting hole to drive the slide block to move up and down, so that when the lock core shaft is rotated, the operation-linking member is caused to move downward and drive the positioning member and the swinging member and the arresting member to operate so as to have the arresting member push the rectangular lock tongue out of the casing and also have the swinging member push the triangular lock tongue out of the casing to achieve latch-locking; and
a lock latch control unit comprising a rotating member, which is provided with a first push bar and a second push bar that defines an angle of substantially 90 degrees with respect to the first push bar; a slide plate, which is arranged under the rotating member and is provided with a cutoff and the elongate hole, such that the elongate hole is fit over a projecting pillar provided on the casing and the first push bar of the rotating member is set in the cutoff; a slide bar, which has an end provided with a projecting pillar fit into and received in an elongate hole formed in the casing and an opposite end having an upper portion and a lower portion that are respectively provided with an engagement bar and a positioning rod, the positioning rod being provided with a positioning hole; and a positioning plate, which is rotatably mounted to the casing and is provided with a projecting rod, such that the projecting rod is fit into and received in the positioning hole of the positioning rod of the slide bar, wherein when the handle shaft is rotated, the slide bar is pushed forward to push the lock latch out to achieve security latch-locking.

US Pat. No. 10,508,468

DOOR LOCK CHASSIS ASSEMBLY

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. An apparatus for a door lock chassis assembly, comprising:a housing;
an actuation mechanism rotatably mounted to the housing and configured to be coupled with a handle;
a biasing element engaged between the actuation mechanism and the housing, the biasing element configured to provide a biasing force urging the actuation mechanism toward a neutral position corresponding to an unactuated position of the handle; and
a damper engaged between the biasing element and at least one of the actuation mechanism and the housing, wherein the damper is configured to absorb an impact force imparted against the damper by the biasing element as the actuation mechanism is rotatably displaced from a rotated position that corresponds to an actuated position of the handle to the neutral position and thereby provide a cushion between the biasing element and the at least one of the actuation mechanism and the housing; and
wherein the biasing element includes a first arm and a second arm, wherein the actuation mechanism is positioned to press against and displace the first arm as the actuation mechanism is rotatably displaced from the neutral position to the rotated position, and wherein the first arm and the second arm are shaped and positioned to be displaced into direct contact with the damper as the biasing element returns the actuation mechanism to the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,508,467

ENGINEERED FLOOR AND SCAFFOLD SYSTEMS

biljax, inc., Archbold, ...

6. An apparatus comprising a modular platform system with scaffold understructure for supporting a tent and a tent frame wherein the apparatus comprises more than one assembly of:a scaffold leg having a ground end and a supporting end;
a saddle connected to the supporting end of a scaffold leg, wherein the saddle engages and supports a first beam and a second beam;
wherein the first beam and the second beam have a flange attached to each end of the first beam and each end of the second beam;
wherein the flanges of the first beam and the second beam are oriented such that the flanges of the first beam can be inserted into the second beam, without creating a left beam and right beam;
wherein the first beam and the second beam are joined together at the saddle by inserting the flange of the first beam into the second beam and inserting the flange of the second beam into the first beam, resulting in the flange of the first beam and the flange of the second beam being adjacent;
wherein one of the flanges of the second beam is inserted into the first beam adjacent to the flange of the first beam; and
an upright connector, having a flange, capable of engaging a beam;
wherein the apparatus transfers the load from the tent to the ground through the upright connector, the beams, the saddle, and the scaffold leg.

US Pat. No. 10,508,466

TENT RACK WITH A LINKED TOP

XIAMEN ROADZUP OUTDOOR PR...

1. A tent rack having a linked top, comprising:a scissor mechanism that comprises a scissor set including two connecting poles having respective central portions which are rotatably connected to one another and having respective pairs of connecting ends with one connecting end of each respective pair of connecting ends disposed at an upper position with a first upper connecting base disposed thereon and another connecting end of the respective pair of connecting ends disposed at a lower position with a first lower connecting base disposed thereon so that, in both an unfolded state and a folded state, each respective first upper connecting base is disposed vertically above one respective first lower connecting base and the scissor mechanism vertically folds and unfolds;
two pairs of sub-tent top poles, each pair of sub-tent top poles of the two pairs of sub-tent top poles having two sub-tent top poles that both have one end rotatably connected to a respective first lower connecting base so that rotating to fold each respective pair of sub-tent poles upwardly to a position above the scissor mechanism draws the scissor mechanism upwards towards a folded position and so that the scissor mechanism, the first lower connecting bases, and the two pairs of sub-tent top poles comprise said linked top;
two pairs of support poles, each pair of support poles of the two pairs of support poles having two support poles that both have one end rotatably connected to the first upper connecting base and that each have another end that is connected to a central portion of one respective sub-tent top pole; and
two pairs of leg poles, each pair of leg poles of the two pairs of leg poles having two leg poles that both have one end rotatably connected to another end of each sub-tent top pole of the two pairs of sub-tent top poles of the tent rack.

US Pat. No. 10,508,465

DETACHABLE BASE

ZHEJIANG YOTRIO GROUP CO....

1. A detachable base, comprising:a pedestal;
a counterweight box, mounted on the pedestal and used for increasing a downward pressure of the pedestal, the counterweight box including a rotatable box cover and a box body, an outer side edge of the box cover is provided with an engaging portion, an edge corresponding to the box body is provided with an engaged portion, and the engaging portion fits with the engaged portion so that the box cover hermetically covers the box body; and
a shell, detachably covered on the counterweight box and the pedestal; the shell comprising an edge, a comer having a smooth transition camber surface, and a cover;
the edge being detachably connected to the cover; a side edge vertical to the corner being provided with a first fitting portion of a fastening part; a vertical side edge of the edge corresponding to the corner being provided with a second fitting portion of a fastened part, and the first fitting portion fitting with the second fitting portion through socketing so that the fastening part is pressed against the fastened part to implement fixation.

US Pat. No. 10,508,463

SWIMMING POOL DEBRIS SCREENING ASSEMBLY

1. A swimming pool debris screening assembly comprising:a bracket sized for partially inserting into an inlet of a pool skimmer of a pool such that a first section of the bracket is frictionally coupled to the inlet and a second section of the bracket extends from the inlet into the pool, the bracket comprising
an upper bar,
a pair of side bars, each side bar being coupled to and extending perpendicularly from a respective opposing end of the upper bar, and
a pair of recesses, each recess being positioned longitudinally in an inner face of a respective side bar, the recesses being positioned in the second section of the bracket; and
a grate selectively couplable to the second section of the bracket such that the grate is configured for screening debris from water entering the inlet, the grate comprising
a frame comprising a lower bar and a pair of edge bars, each edge bar being coupled to and extending perpendicularly from a respective opposing terminus of the lower bar wherein each edge bar is positioned for slidably inserting into an associated recess for removably coupling the frame to the bracket, and
a mesh coupled to and extending between the edge bars, the mesh being coupled by a lower edge to the lower bar such that an upper edge of the mesh extends between the edge bars distal from the lower bar wherein the mesh is configured for screening the debris from the water entering the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,508,460

WALL REPAIR APPARATUS

Amy Louise Frederick, Ma...

1. A wall repair apparatus comprising a body having a top surface, a bottom surface having an adhesive applied thereto for adhering the apparatus to a wall, and a perimeter surrounding the body, wherein the perimeter comprises a plurality of irregularly spaced protrusions of variable length and variable depth and the plurality of irregularly spaced protrusions overlap and form pockets in the perimeter, holes through the perimeter, or both pockets in and holes through the perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,508,453

SOUND-ABSORBING ELEMENT AND SYSTEM

ELEDA S.R.L., Milan (IT)...

1. A sound-absorbing element comprising a fibrous material having the following properties:a specific airflow resistance between 527 and 1552 [Pa s/m]; and
a mass porosity between 66% and 79%.

US Pat. No. 10,508,452

PRIVACY SCREEN

Judith A. Hooper, Big Ra...

1. A privacy structure comprising:a panel privacy assembly, whereby said panel privacy assembly comprises a rigid flat bar having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite said first end portion, said rigid flat bar having a first slot at said first end portion and a second slot at said second end portion; each said slot having a cap-and-post on a first side of a respective said slot connected to a socket on a second side of a respective said slot, said second side of said respective said slot being opposite said first side of said respective said slot;
a panel made of a flexible fabric material and having a top hem forming a pocket, whereby said pocket receives said rigid flat bar, whereby said first end portion and said second end portion extend beyond a perimeter of said panel;
said privacy structure further comprising a frame comprising a first square side tube and a second square side tube parallel to said first square side tube, each said square side tube having a screw stud attached thereto, each said screw stud receiving a respective said socket in an interlocking relationship, wherein respective said sockets are releasably connected to respective said screw studs.

US Pat. No. 10,508,451

HIP AND RIDGE VENT

1. A roof ridge and hip ridge vent system for contoured roofs, comprising:a vent slot located through a roof structure along at least one of a roof ridge or hip ridge, the roof ridge having a ridge length and the hip ridge having a hip length, the vent slot defining a first side of the roof structure and a second side of the roof structure;
a contoured roofing material having upwardly directed projections that forms a roof surface;
a first vent strip located on the roof surface on the first side of the roof structure extending along the vent slot for the ridge length or the hip length, and a second vent strip located on the roof surface on the second side of the roof surface and extending along the vent slot for the ridge length or the hip length, the first and second vent strips having respective top and bottom surfaces and comprising synthetic fibers that are randomly aligned into an open web by an air flow and then joined by a phenolic or latex binder that is heat cured to form an air permeable mesh material having a generally uniform thickness, a density of about 0.08 to 0.1 grams per cubic centimeter (1.3 to 1.6 grams per cubic inch), and a crush recovery of at least 80%, each of the first and second vent strips comprising a respective first longitudinally extending groove, arranged parallel to the roof ridge or hip ridge, extending for the roof length or the hip length and from the respective bottom surface to about 40% to 60% of a height of the respective vent strip in an uninstalled state, the respective first longitudinally extending groove being located a distance of at least about 1 inch from a downslope side of the respective vent strip, each of the first and second vent strips resiliently compressible such that a space between the respective projections in the contoured roofing material is filled with the respective vent strip, and a portion of the respective strip is compressed into contact with and extends over the respective projections, with some of the fibers being moved or compressed into the respective first longitudinally extending groove in an area of the respective projections; and
a cap overlying the slot and the first and second vent strips.

US Pat. No. 10,508,450

KICK OUT FLASHING

American Flashings and Ac...

1. A kick out flashing comprising:a base configured to be placed adjacent a structural roof deck;
a sidewall configured to be placed adjacent a structural wall angled relative to the structural roof deck;
a first kick out wall, disposed at a first obtuse angle relative to, and transitioning to, the sidewall;
an intermediate wall joined with the first kick out wall, distal from the sidewall; and
a second kick out wall disposed at a second obtuse angle relative to the intermediate wall, the second kick out wall distal from the sidewall and downstream from the first kick out wall,
wherein the sidewall transitions to the base at a sidewall corner,
wherein the intermediate wall transitions to the base at an intermediate corner,
wherein the first kick out wall transitions to the base at a first kick out wall corner, wherein the second kick out wall transitions to the base at a second kick out wall corner.

US Pat. No. 10,508,449

GUTTER ASSEMBLY UTILIZING A LATCH ACTUATED BOTTOM DEBRIS RELEASE DOOR

1. A gutter assembly, comprising:a gutter body comprising a rear portion, a bottom portion, a front portion, and a top portion, wherein the rear portion of the gutter body comprises a rear wall member, the front portion of the gutter body comprises a front wall member, and the top portion is open such that water, debris, and/or snow can pass into the gutter body;
a pivotable door member disposed in one or more of all or a portion of the bottom portion of the gutter body and a portion of the front portion of the gutter body;
a hinge mechanism coupled between the door member and the rear wall member of the rear portion of the gutter body; and
a latch mechanism coupled to the front wall member of the front portion of the gutter body and operable for releasably engaging the door member;
wherein the door member is configured to be opened such that the debris and/or snow are released from the gutter body.

US Pat. No. 10,508,446

BRIDGE CLIP

Telling Industries, LLC, ...

1. A bridge clip (100) comprising:a web (200) having a web length (210) and a web width (220) defining a web plane with a web axis (230) in a direction of the web length, a web first edge (240) substantially parallel to the web axis, and a web second edge (250) substantially parallel to the web axis;
a first flange (300), extending from the web first edge and substantially perpendicular to the web plane having a first tab (310) having a first vertical tab (315) having a first vertical tab face (320) in a first vertical tab plane (330) substantially perpendicular to the web axis and oriented in a first vertical tab face direction (340) substantially parallel to the web axis;
a second flange (400), extending from the web second edge and substantially perpendicular to the web plane;
an end bridge clip tab (610) having an end bridge clip vertical tab (615) having an end bridge clip vertical tab face (620) in an end bridge clip vertical tab plane (630) which is the same plane as the first vertical tab plane and substantially perpendicular to the web axis with the end bridge clip vertical tab oriented in an end bridge clip vertical tab face direction (640) substantially parallel to the web axis facing the same direction as the first vertical tab face direction;
and
the bridge clip does not have a second tab having a second vertical tab having second vertical tab face in a second vertical tab plane substantially perpendicular to the web axis and oriented in a second vertical tab face direction substantially parallel to the web axis and opposing the first vertical tab face direction; wherein there is a distance value between the first vertical tab face and the second vertical tab face measured along the web axis, and the distance value is a positive real number
wherein the bridge clip is nested into a channel of a horizontal bracing member, the bridge clip is fastened to the horizontal bracing member, and the bridge clip is fastened to a stud.

US Pat. No. 10,508,445

HOUSING APPARATUS FOR INSTALLATION OF CEILING OR WALL-MOUNTED ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

1. An apparatus for facilitating the installation of an electrically powered appliance comprising:a housing having a top and a plurality of sides extending downwardly at an angle away from a bottom surface of said top; the distal edges of said sides being flared outward at an angle away from said housing, thereby forming a lip that extends about a perimeter of said housing;
a plurality of bendable securing fins disposed about and affixed to the perimeter of said housing, said securing fins extending downwardly from the intersection of said top and said sides, thereby forming an acute angle between an outer surface of said sides and an inner surface of said securing fins;
and
at least one securing flange with an inner face and an outer face, said inner face of said securing flange having a first section and a second section, said first section including a plurality of engagement teeth in parallel relation to one another for engaging a tip of said securing fins; and said securing flange having an angled foot portion with a top surface and a bottom surface;
whereby said angled foot portion extends at a generally right degree angle from a lower portion of said securing flange; and whereby said outer face of said securing flange buts against a vertical mounting surface, and said top surface of said angled foot portion buts against a horizontal mounting surface during installation.

US Pat. No. 10,508,444

CEILING BAFFLE APPARATUS AND CEILING BAFFLE SYSTEM FOR A DYNAMIC ACOUSTIC CEILING AND METHODS THEREOF

TURF DESIGN, INC., Elgin...

1. A dynamic acoustic ceiling baffle, comprising:a plurality of sheets of material laminated together to create a ceiling baffle;
at least one locking mechanism, said at least one locking mechanism being located on the top end of the ceiling baffle, said at least one locking mechanism being integral with the ceiling baffle, said at least one locking mechanism configured to fit into a standard ceiling hanger configured with a recessed portion and two J-shaped ends, said at least one locking mechanism comprising a double arrow design configured with an arrow recess, such that said ceiling baffle can be attached to a ceiling hanger using the at least one locking mechanism;
wherein, when the at least one locking mechanism is slid into a recessed portion of said standard ceiling hanger, said double arrow design compresses toward the arrow recess, allowing said at least one locking mechanism to fit past the J-shaped ends and into the recessed portion of said standard ceiling hanger, thereby allowing said double arrow design to rebound inside the recessed portion of the standard ceiling hanger,
wherein, once said ceiling baffle is attached to said ceiling hanger, the ceiling baffle will provide an aesthetically pleasing image along with a reduction in unwanted noise or room acoustics.

US Pat. No. 10,508,443

SECURING CLIP AND SYSTEM FOR INSTALLATION OF FLOORING ELEMENTS COMPRISING SUCH A SECURING CLIP

SALAG SP. Z O.O. SP. K, ...

1. A securing clip for installation of flooring elements on a supporting element having a guiding groove for engagement with the securing clip, the securing clip having a cross section of a double-flange T type with an upper flange, a web and a lower flange, the upper flange being adapted to be engaged on its both sides with neighboring flooring elements, wherein the upper flange (2?) comprises at least two parts (2a?, 2b?) located on the opposite sides of the web (3?) and the lower flange (4?) comprises lips (5?) extending beyond each end the web (3?) in the direction along the web (5?), the lips (5?) being blocked in the guiding groove (6), characterized in that the securing clip is made of a single piece of an elastic sheet material that has been repeatedly bent so that:the lower flange (4?) consists of a lower wall (4d?), two side walls (4b?) and two upper walls (4g?) that are parallel to the lower wall (4d?), and
the lower wall (4d?) is formed by a central section of the sheet material,
the side and upper walls (4b?, 4g?) are formed by the sections of the sheet material adjoining the central section on its both sides,
the web (3?) consists of two sections of the sheet material adjoining on both sides the sections of the upper walls (4g?), with the sections forming the web (3?) being shorter than the sections forming the lower flange (4?), and
the parts of the upper flange (2?) being formed by the two opposite border sections of the sheet material.

US Pat. No. 10,508,442

FLOOR AND CEILING PANEL FOR SLAB-FREE FLOOR SYSTEM OF A BUILDING

Innovative Building Techn...

1. A pre-assembled floor-ceiling panel, comprising:a panel frame comprising a plurality of spaced apart joists disposed between and connected to first and second opposing end members;
a ceiling panel disposed below and attached to the panel frame, wherein the ceiling panel comprises at least one pre-fabricated board of non-combustible material;
a floor panel disposed over and attached to the panel frame, wherein the floor panel comprises a plurality of stacked layers that include:
a first layer disposed above and attached to the panel frame;
a second layer disposed above and spaced apart from the first layer, wherein the first layer, the second layer, or both comprise one or more pre-fabricated boards of non-combustible material; and
a shaped substrate between the first and second layers, wherein the shaped substrate comprises a radiant heat member in a channel defined by an upper surface of the shaped substrate; and
a mounting component attached to the panel frame, wherein:
the mounting component is configured to join the floor-ceiling panel to a structural frame of a building, and
the mounting component includes at least one bracket arranged vertically with respect to a horizontal member of the structural frame of the building.

US Pat. No. 10,508,440

SECURITY AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR BORDER BARRIER

1. A border barrier system, comprising:(a) a plurality of columns extending vertically and situated periodically along or substantially near an international border;
(b) a plurality of beams extending horizontally between tops of the columns, thereby producing a continuous horizontal surface along the tops of the columns;
(c) a plurality of metallic based walls extending between each pair of columns;
(d) a power line extending within the plurality of beams, wherein the power line supplies power from a power generating station or a power relay station;
(e) at least one continuous electric railway located on top of the horizontal surface, wherein the electric railway is coupled to the power line;
(f) a plurality of electric rail cars powered by the electric railway, wherein the electric rail cars run along the electric railway;
(g) a plurality of sensor arrays located periodically along the border barrier system, wherein each sensor array is coupled to the power line, and wherein each sensor array comprises a vertical shaft, a video sensor, an audio sensor, an infrared sensor, a heat sensor, a motion sensor, a light sensor, a seismic sensor, and at least one light for providing illumination;
(h) a plurality of stations located periodically along the border barrier system, each station comprising:
1) a housing structure configured for housing personnel;
2) a power generating station or power relay station coupled to the power line and the electric railway for powering the electric railway; and
3) a tunnel that allows the electric railway to enter one end of the housing structure and exit another end of the housing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,438

FIRE BARRIER BUILDING PRODUCT AND METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAKING SAME

Louisiana-Pacific Corpora...

1. A method for coating an I-joist with a fire resistant coating, comprising the steps of:conveying an I-joist past a first delivery unit comprising at least one delivery orifice;
delivering a first coating of a cementitious material on a first side of a web of the I-joist using the delivery orifice, the first coating filling valley regions defined by beveled edges of the first side of the web and adjoining inner walls of flanges of the I-joist to reinforce or strengthen the I-joist, the cementitious material exhibiting a viscosity of about 200 centipoise to about 1,000 centipoise;
curing the first coating;
rotating the I-joist to expose a second side of the web of the I-joist;
conveying the I-joist past the first delivery unit such that the second side of the web faces the delivery orifice;
delivering a second coating of a cementitious material on the second side of the web using the delivery orifice, the second coating filling valley regions defined by beveled edges of the second side of the web and adjoining inner walls of the flanges of the I-joist to reinforce or strengthen the I-joist; and
curing the second coating,
wherein at least one of:
delivering a first coating of a cementitious material on a first side includes forming the first coating to exhibit a U-shape that reinforces the I-joist by delivering a larger amount of the cementitious material from the first delivery unit to an outer region of the first side to fill in the valley regions, delivering a smaller amount of the cementitious material from the first delivery unit to a middle region of the first side, and delivering the cementitious material from the first delivery unit at a line pressure of about 20 to about 45 pounds per square inch at a distance between the delivery orifice and the first side of the web of about 12 to about 18 inches, the first coating exhibiting a thickness of about 0.08 inches to about 0.2 inches; or
delivering a second coating of a cementitious material of the second side includes forming the second coating to exhibit a U-shape that reinforces the I-joist by delivering a larger amount of the cementitious material from the first delivery unit to an outer region of the second side than to fill in the valley regions, delivering a smaller amount of the cementitious material from the first delivery unit to a middle region of the second side, and delivering the cementitious material from the first delivery unit at a line pressure of about 20 to about 45 pounds per square inch at a distance between the delivery orifice and the second side of the web of about 12 to about 18 inches, the second coating exhibiting a thickness of about 0.08 inches to about 0.2 inches;
wherein the I-joist is conveyed so that a time between depositing the first coating on a portion of the web and curing the first coating is sufficient for at least a portion of the first coating to flow and even out; and
wherein the I-joist is conveyed so that a time between depositing the second coating on a portion of the web and curing the second coating is sufficient for at least a portion of the second coating to flow and even out.

US Pat. No. 10,508,433

VACUUM INSULATING MATERIAL PROVIDING ASSEMBLY AND VACUUM INSULATING MATERIAL PROVIDING METHOD USING SAME

Soon-Bok Jeon, Gyeonggi-...

1. A vacuum insulation panel providing assembly for installing a vacuum insulation panel on an inner corner, an outer corner or a window edge of a building,wherein the vacuum insulation panel providing assembly comprises a corner member positioned on the inner corner, the outer corner or the window edge of the building, a longitudinal member supported by an upper guide member and a lower guide member, and fasteners for fastening interior materials to a second plate of the longitudinal member;
wherein the corner member comprises a base plate, a first cantilever plate extending from one end of the base plate in a perpendicular direction, and a second cantilever plate extending in a direction parallel to the first cantilever plate from an intermediate point of the base plate,
wherein a first end of the second cantilever plate which is opposite to the base plate extends beyond a first end of the first cantilever plate which is opposite to the base plate in a same direction,
wherein the longitudinal member comprises:
a first plate and a second plate extending parallel to each other; a connecting plate connecting the first plate and the second plate; a first partition plate extending from one side of the connecting plate to the outside in the width direction of the first and second plates; and a second partition plate extending from the other side of the connecting plate to the outside in the width direction of the first and second plates;
a first fitting place and a second fitting place in which one end of the set of vacuum insulation panels are provided between the first plate and the first partition plate and between the first plate and the second partition plate, respectively;
a first accommodating space and a second accommodating space for accommodating fasteners are provided between the second plate and the first partition plate and between the second plate and the second partition plate, respectively; and
an outer surface of the first plate is in contact with the inner side wall of the building, an outer surface of the second plate is in contact with the interior materials, and the interior materials are fixed to the second plate by the fasteners.

US Pat. No. 10,508,432

CONNECTION FOR STACKING POST SYSTEM FOR MULTISTORY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

SS-20 BUILDING SYSTEMS, I...

1. A stacking support post system for constructing a multistory building, comprising:at least one first post having a lower portion and an upper portion, the lower portion for positioning at a first floor of the building, the upper portion for positioning at a second floor of the building, the upper portion having a bore defined therein;
at least one second post having a lower portion and an upper portion, the lower portion for positioning at the second floor of the building, the lower portion having a bore defined therein, the upper portion for positioning at a third floor or a top structure of the building; and
a connection including a cap plate and a telescopic member extending upward from the cap plate, the cap plate configured to cover the bore of the upper portion of the first post when mounted atop the first post to form a barrier to prevent water from draining from the second-post lower-portion bore into the first-post upper-portion bore, and the telescopic member configured to engage the second-post lower portion in an overlapping, telescopic arrangement, wherein the connection mounts the second post to the first post.

US Pat. No. 10,508,428

DRAIN CLEARING DEVICE

TTI (MACAO COMMERCIAL OFF...

1. A drain clearing device comprising:an elongated shaft having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the elongated shaft having a first set of barbs spaced apart along a length of the shaft on a first side of the shaft between the first and second ends and a second set of barbs spaced apart along the length of the shaft on a second side of the shaft between the first and second ends; and
a collecting member having a fixed end and a free end, the fixed end coupled to the elongated shaft proximate the first end, the free end movable relative to the fixed end from a collapsed position to an extended position, in which the elongated shaft is substantially surrounded by the collecting member,
wherein the collecting member includes a plastic bag that is freely movable between the collapsed position and the extended position, and wherein the collecting member configured to contain debris from a drain.

US Pat. No. 10,508,423

AUTOMATIC FAUCETS

1. An automatic faucet, comprising:a housing forming partially an internal barrel and a faucet head and being constructed to include at least one water inlet conduit extending into said barrel and a water outlet for delivering water from a spout;
a faucet crown removably mounted on said faucet head;
a valve module including an electromagnetic actuator for controlling the water flow from the water outlet;
a sensor module constructed to provide sensor data influenced by a user; and
a control module located on a circuit board inside the housing of the faucet and constructed to receive said sensor data from said sensor module; said circuit board being mounted inside said faucet head and extending below said faucet crown and being removable after removing said faucet crown from said faucet head;
wherein said internal barrel and said faucet head are constructed and arranged to releasably enclose and retain said valve module, said sensor module and said control module;
wherein said control module includes a controller constructed to receive said sensor data from said sensor module and execute a self-calibration and initialization algorithm and execute a sensing algorithm, wherein said self-calibration and initialization algorithm determines a noise signal level and a signal threshold for different power supply sources.