US Pat. No. 10,191,023

GAS-MEASURING DEVICE

1. A sensor unit for detecting a gas, the sensor unit comprising:a measuring channel;
a gas inlet for introducing environmental gas into the measuring channel;
a gas outlet for removing the environmental gas from the measuring channel;
a shut off valve operatively connected to one of the gas inlet and the gas outlet and configured to close the measuring channel at said one of the gas inlet and the gas outlet;
a pump unit operatively connected to another of the gas inlet and the gas outlet and configured to evacuate environmental gas from the measuring channel by generating a vacuum therein and to close the measuring channel at said other of the gas inlet and the gas outlet, whereby with the shut off valve and the pump unit closing the gas inlet and the gas outlet, the measuring channel is pressure-tight with respect to environmental gas;
a gas sensor operatively connected to the measuring channel for detecting the gas in the environmental gas; and
a heating unit for heating the gas sensor, wherein the sensor unit is configured to be operated in a measuring mode and in a regeneration mode, wherein the measuring channel is evacuated and the gas sensor is heated in the regeneration mode; and
a control unit controlling an operation state of each of the shut off valve, the pump unit and the heating unit and switching over from the regeneration mode to the measuring mode including deactivating the pump unit and the heating element and opening the gas inlet and the gas outlet and switching over from the measuring mode to the regeneration mode including closing the gas inlet and the gas outlet and activating the pump unit and the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,191,022

GAS IMAGER EMPLOYING AN ARRAY IMAGER PIXELS WITH ORDER FILTERS

UVIA GROUP LLC, Humacao,...

1. A gas detector comprising:a plurality of lenslets for a set of wavelengths, each lenslet with a circular blazed grating for diffraction of radiation to a focal plane;
a detector at the focal plane receiving radiation passing through the at least one lenslet for detection at a predetermined diffraction order; and,
a plurality of order filters associated with the plurality of lenslets to pass radiation at wavelengths corresponding to the predetermined diffraction order to the detector, each filter blocking a selected set of higher orders wherein the plurality of order filters is equal in number to the plurality of lenslets, each order filter associated with one lenslet of the plurality of lenslets to pass radiation at wavelengths corresponding to the predetermined order to associated pixels of the detector;
a controller receiving input from associated pixels associated for each of the plurality of order filters in the detector and having
a module adapted to deconvolve intensity, In, at the associated pixels in the detector for each of the plurality of order filters where n equals the number of order filters and
a second module to determine a presence of gas by a slope between true intensities at wavelengths of any two of the order filters exceeding a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,191,021

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A TEMPERATURE OF A TRANSISTOR

1. A method for estimating junction temperature or die temperature of a transistor of an inverter system, the method comprising:measuring, by a detector, turn-off change in voltage with respect to change in time between a collector and emitter of a transistor in a phase of an inverter;
measuring, by the detector, peak voltage of the transistor between the collector and the emitter, where the measuring of peak voltage of the transistor between the collector and the emitter is triggered by a drop in a voltage applied to a base or a gate of the transistor in an active state; and where upon the triggering the peak voltage of a transient spike in a collector voltage of the transistor is measured via a series of cascaded multimode diodes and a resistive voltage divider;
determining, by an electronic data processor, intermediate parameters of turn-off current, the turn-on current and on-state voltage drop based on the turn-off voltage change and the peak voltage;
determining, by the data processor, the power loss or energy loss for one switching cycle of the transistor based on the turn-off current, the turn-on current and on-state voltage drop between the collector and emitter of the transistor; and
estimating, by the data processor, an associated average junction or die temperature for the transistor over the switching cycle based on the determined energy loss, observed inverter system temperature and thermal characteristic of the inverter system, where an inverter system temperature sensor measures a coolant temperature in a coolant system for cooling the inverter or a housing temperature of an inverter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,191,019

VACUUM-ASSISTED IN-NEEDLE CAPPLICARY ADSORPTION TRAP WITH MULTIWALLED POLYANILINE/CARBON NANOTUBE NANOCOMPOSITE SORBENT

1. A vacuum-assisted in-needle capillary adsorption trap (VA-INACT) system comprising:a first needle including a first end and a second end and a side aperture positioned between the first end and the second end, and the side aperture being configured to provide access to an interior space of the needle;
a second needle placed adjacent to the first needle and including a first end and a second end;
a sorbent coated between the second end and the side aperture within the interior space of the first needle and configured to entrap an analyte attached to a sample placed within a sample vial;
a vacuum flask including a first opening and a second opening and configured to house the sample vial;
a first cover configured to cover an opening of the sample vial;
a second cover configured to cover the first opening of vacuum flask and including three apertures, a first of the three apertures configured to receive the first needle within an interior space of the extraction vial, a second of the three apertures configured to receive the second needle within the interior space of the extraction vial, and a third of the three apertures configured to receive a wire for opening the first cover of the sample vial;
a peristaltic pump including an inlet and an outlet respectively coupled to the second ends of the first and second needles and configured to circulate the extracted analyte though the first needle and the second needle to improve analyte adsorption on the sorbent inside the first needle; and
a vacuum device configured to evacuate the interior space of the vacuum flask and improve the efficiency of the extracting the analyte, wherein:
the vacuum device includes a valve, a vacuum trap and a vacuum pump,
the vacuum flask is coupled to the vacuum trap via a connection tube,
the connection tube connect the vacuum trap to the second opening of the vacuum flask,
the vacuum pump is in communication with the vacuum trap and the vacuum flask and is configured to provide a vacuum within the interior space of the vacuum flask, and
the valve configured to operate between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the closed position the valve disables the communication between the vacuum pump and the vacuum flask and in the open position the valve enables the communication between the vacuum pump and the vacuum flask.

US Pat. No. 10,191,013

IMPLEMENTATION OF HETERODYNE EFFECT IN SHM AND TALKING SHM SYSTEMS

The Florida International...

1. A method for a structural health monitoring system, the method comprising:connecting a first signal generator to a first actuator;
connecting a second signal generator to a second actuator;
connecting the first actuator and the second actuator to a subject structure;
generating, by the first signal generator a first signal with a first frequency, and exciting the first actuator with the first signal;
generating, by the second signal generator, a second signal with a second frequency, and exciting the second actuator with the second signal;
retrieving an output signal from the subject structure; and
analyzing the output signal of a sensor to determine whether a structural defect exists by determining whether a third frequency has been created,
the third frequency being equal to the absolute value of the result of the subtraction of the second frequency from the first frequency,
a verbal message being embedded into the first signal, which is set to the first frequency, and the second signal being set to the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,191,012

MONITORING ENGINE COMPONENTS

Oxford University Innovat...

1. A method for monitoring local defects in one or more transmission gears of a gearbox during service, comprising:arranging one or more eddy current sensor(s) to interact with the transmission gear(s) as they are rotating during service, wherein the one or more eddy current sensor(s) are carried by a monitoring gear or part of a monitoring gear that is shaped so as to enmesh with the transmission gear(s) to be monitored thereby to pass the sensor(s) across a portion of a surface of the transmission gear(s) during relative movement therebetween;
measuring an amplitude of an output signal from the eddy current sensor(s) resulting from interaction with the rotating engine component; and
detecting a change in shape of the amplitude of the output signal indicative of a local defect, wherein the detecting of the change in shape of the amplitude of the output signal comprises processing the output signal to distinguish the change in shape of the amplitude of the output signal from a bulk change in amplitude of the output signal which indicates a misalignment of the one or more transmission gears, thereby distinguishing the local defect from the misalignment of the one or more transmission gears.

US Pat. No. 10,190,993

INSPECTION OF SEAL FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method for inspecting first translucent material, the method comprising:placing the first translucent material on a surface, the surface included a first layer of second translucent material and a second layer including a reflective surface;
arranging a movable light source over the first translucent material the movable light source includes a housing having an open end, a closed end, and one or more sidewalls arranged between the open end and the closed end, the closed end including an image sensor;
using the movable light source to provide light to the reflective surface such that light from the movable light source is reflected from the reflective surface and through the second translucent material in order to backlight the first translucent material; and
using the image sensor to capture the reflected light in order to inspect the first translucent material.

US Pat. No. 10,190,978

OPTICAL SENSING AND SEPARATION BASED ON ORDERED 3D NANOSTRUCTURED SURFACES

NUtech Ventures, Lincoln...

1. An apparatus comprising:a substrate; and
structures disposed on the substrate in which each of the structures has a functional layer configured to interact with a predetermined type of particles, and the structures have a birefringence that changes when the structures interact with the predetermined type of particles.

US Pat. No. 10,190,977

METHOD OF MEASUREMENT OF MULTILAYER STRUCTURES

LUMETRICS, INC., Rochest...

1. A method of identifying the material composition of each layer in a multilayer structure comprising m layers where m is an integer greater than 1, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing an interferometer apparatus with a low-coherence tunable light source;
b) aligning a portion of the multilayer structure with respect to a measurement region of the interferometer apparatus;
c) using the interferometer apparatus to observe layers in the multilayer structure, and to measure the optical thickness of each of the observed layers in the multilayer structure as a function of center wavelength of the low-coherence tunable light source;
d) determining the number of layers m in the multilayer structure by setting m equal to the maximum number of observed layers measured using the low coherence interferometer as a function of center wavelength of the low-coherence tunable light source;
e) calculating normalized group index of refraction dispersion curves for each of the m layers in the multilayer structure by selecting one center wavelength of the tunable light source as a reference wavelength and calculating the ratio of the measured optical thickness at each measurement wavelength to that measured at the selected reference wavelength for each of the m layers in the multilayer structure; and
f) for each of the m layers, identifying the material composition for that layer by comparing its calculated normalized group index of refraction dispersion curve to a reference data base of known materials group index of refraction dispersion curves and finding the best fit material for that layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,976

SCANNING IR SENSOR FOR GAS SAFETY AND EMISSIONS MONITORING

MultiSensor Scientific, I...

1. A method for characterizing the mass flow of hydrocarbon gas emissions of a hydrocarbon of interest from an aperture or surface, the hydrocarbon of interest being at a substantially known or measured pressure prior to being emitted from the aperture or surface, the method comprising:a. obtaining a differential absorption image of the gas emissions using a multispectral imaging sensor comprising
i. plural discrete photo-detectors, each responsive to light in a wavelength range of 1.0 to 2.6 microns, each photo-detector having a respective electronic read-out circuit for providing respective outputs,
ii. plural spectral filters, each spectral filter substantially covering a respective photo-detector and being transmissive to light of wavelengths spanned by a spectral feature of a hydrocarbon compound of interest,
iii. an optical element for gathering and focusing incident illumination at least in a wavelength range of 1.0 to 2.6 microns through each of the plural spectral filters and onto the respective discrete photo-detector for the discrete photo-detectors to sense the filtered incident illumination;
iv. a scanning actuator for causing the incident illumination to be received in a two-dimensional scan pattern,
v. at least one signal integration and conversion circuit in communication with the read-out circuits for selectively integrating, amplifying, and digitizing the read-out circuit outputs,
vi. at least one scan control circuit in communication with the scanning actuator for controlling the scanning actuator and the at least one signal integration and conversion circuit for generating, by the at least one signal integration and conversion circuit, a sequence of two-dimensional data elements from the integrated, amplified, and digitized read-out circuit outputs for each of multiple spectral bands in coordination with the scan pattern, and
vii. a processor in communication with the at least one signal integration and conversion circuit for
I. receiving the generated data elements and a value representative of a distance between the photo-detectors and a reflective calibration target for calibrating the data elements of each spectral band relative to data elements associated with a spectral feature of a hydrocarbon compound of interest, by determining calibration parameters comprising
a). a dark level offset for each spectral band,
b). a relative gain for data elements of interest between spectral bands, and
c). a relative absorption coefficient for each spectral band characterizing the local atmosphere across multiple spectral bands, and
II. adapting the relative gain across spectral bands, using the generated data elements and the calibration parameters, to spectral reflectivities of background materials within the environment, and determining a differential optical depth among spectral bands for assessing absorption by hydrocarbons along said scan pattern; and
b. estimating the diameter of a substantially round aperture from which the hydrocarbon gas is emitted or the mass flow rate of said hydrocarbon of interest based upon at least one of
i. a relationship between the average differential optical depth along the gas jet extrapolated to the vertex of the gas jet and the substantially known or measured pressure with respect to the diameter or area of the aperture from which the hydrocarbon gas is emitted,
ii. a relationship between the substantially known or measured pressure and the mass flow of the hydrocarbon gas emitted from the aperture of inferred diameter or area,
iii. a relationship between the differential optical depth and the mass flow per unit area of the hydrocarbon gas emitted from a surface of limited extent under a substantially steady wind of measured speed and direction,
iv. a relationship between the differential optical depth, a rate of change of the differential optical depth, and a mass flow per unit area of the hydrocarbon gas emitted from the surface of limited extent under a substantially steady wind of measured speed and direction following a wind gust, and
v. a relationship between the differential optical depth derived at a height H above a wide-area surface from which the hydrocarbon gas is emitted and the mass flow per unit area of the hydrocarbon gas emitted from the surface under the influence of buoyancy.

US Pat. No. 10,190,970

TILTED GRATING SENSOR

WEATHERFORD CANADA LTD, ...

1. A bending strain sensor comprising:an optical pathway; and
a tilted grating in the optical pathway, the tilted grating having one or more cladding mode resonances, each having a wavelength sensitive to bending strain on the tilted grating, such that a response conveying information on the bending strain acting on the sensor is generated when an optical signal is propagated in the optical pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,190,965

CELL CAPTURE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Celsee Diagnostics, Inc.,...

1. A system for isolating and analyzing a set of particles from a biological sample, comprising:a substrate defining a set of chambers defined at a broad surface, wherein each chamber in the set of chambers is configured to retain a single particle of the set of particles and comprises:
a set of walls defining a chamber volume, a chamber length, and a chamber cross-section;
an open surface permitting access of the single particle to the chamber volume from a direction perpendicular to the broad surface of the substrate; and
wherein each chamber of the set of chambers is fluidly isolated from an adjacent chamber by the set of walls of each chamber, and wherein fluid received at the inlet channel enters each chamber only by way of the open surface of each chamber;
an inlet channel positioned superior the set of chambers and directly fluidly coupled to the set of chambers, whereby fluid received at the inlet channel concurrently accesses each of the chambers in the set of chambers at the open surface of each chamber; and
a fluid delivery module fluidly coupled to the inlet channel operable and configured to distribute a reagent fluid in a direction substantially parallel to the broad surface through the inlet channel, permitting access of the reagent fluid to the set of chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,190,951

ASSEMBLY FOR PICKING AND TRANSPORTING NANOOBJECTS CONTAINED IN AEROSOLS, WITH A CASSETTE THE OPENING OF WHICH IS SECURED DURING THE PICKING

PARTICLEVER, Paris (FR)

1. An assembly for sampling and transporting of nano-objects present in an aerosol for analysis, comprising:a device comprising:
a porous sampling filter configured to trap nano-objects in suspension in the aerosol,
a cassette composed of a first piece and a second piece provided with means for holding the filter, the first and second pieces, in an assembled configuration, defining a cavity in which the filter is held, wherein:
the first piece comprises at least one elastically deformable foot extending from the first piece and comprising an opening, and
the second piece comprises at least one channel configured to receive the at least one elastically deformable foot, and a protrusion extending radially from the at least one channel and configured to engage the opening of the deformable foot when the first and second pieces are in the assembled configuration, and
at least one gasket configured to produce tightness between the cavity and an environment external to the cavity;
a sampling apparatus comprising means of aspiration and a seat defining a seat opening for receiving the cassette, wherein:
the cassette is secured in the seat opening in a removable manner when in the assembled configuration to accomplish sampling of contaminants by the means of aspiration, and
when in the assembled configuration and when the cassette is secured in the seat opening, the at least one elastically deformable foot extends at least partly in seat opening and the seat prevents disengagement of the opening of the at least one elastically deformable foot from the protrusion of the at least one channel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,948

TYPE OF MULTI-NOZZLE COMBINED ATOMIZING DUST SUPPRESSION EXPERIMENTAL EQUIPMENT UNDER THE EFFECT OF AIRFLOW DISTURBANCE

SHANGDONG UNIVERSITY OF S...

1. A multi-nozzle combined atomizing dust suppression experimental equipment under an effect of airflow disturbance, wherein the equipment comprises a simulated roadway device, water spray based dust suppression device and nozzle position adjustor;the simulated roadway device comprises an inlet portion, front divergent portion, simulated roadway body, rear convergent portion and outlet portion;
the water spray based dust suppression device comprises a dust generation and extraction system and spraying system,
the dust generation and extraction system comprises a dust generation device, exhaust air duct, exhaust fan and outlet air duct,
the dust generation device is located at an inlet portion of the simulated roadway device, the inlet portion is connected to the atmosphere, one end of the exhaust air duct is connected to an outlet portion of the simulated roadway device and the other end of the exhaust air duct is connected to the outlet air duct via the exhaust fan;
the spraying system comprises a water tank, high pressure water pump, confined water pipe, pressure water flow converter and multiple nozzles, the water tank is connected via the high pressure water pump and confined water pipe to the pressure water flow converter which is connected with multiple nozzles;
the nozzle position adjustor comprises a nozzle slide, slide fixing rod, nozzle sliding rack and electrically-controlled drive system, every nozzle is mounted on the nozzle slide,
all nozzle slides are mounted on the slide fixing rod which is located on the nozzle sliding rack arranged inside the simulated roadway body, a vertical slideway is located on the nozzle sliding rack and a horizontal slideway is located under the nozzle sliding rack,
the electrically-controlled drive system comprises a horizontal drive system which controls horizontal position change of the nozzle sliding rack on the horizontal slideway and a vertical drive system which controls vertical position change of the slide fixing rod on the vertical slideway.

US Pat. No. 10,190,946

MEASURING COMB FOR MEASURING PARAMETERS OF THE GASES EXITING A TURBOMACHINE WORKING SECTION

SAFRAN AIRCRAFTS ENGINES,...

1. A measuring comb for measuring at least one of temperature, pressure, or chemical composition of gases flowing at an outlet of a turbine engine flow path, said flow path extending around an axis of revolution of the flow path, said measuring comb comprising:a comb body with an elongated shape, facing the outlet of the flow path, said comb body comprising at least one measuring opening arranged along an axis, the at least one measuring opening being configured to tap gases flowing at the outlet of the flow path; and
adjusting means configured to adjust an angle between the axis of the at least one measuring opening and the axis of revolution, so as to allow orientation of the at least one measuring opening in a flow direction of the gases at the outlet of the flow path,
wherein the comb body is a rod forming a rotation line around which the at least one measuring opening is capable of pivoting, and
wherein the rod is equipped with a plurality of modules each accommodating a measuring opening, the modules being configured to pivot around the rod independently from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,190,945

PARTICULATE MATTER/NUMBER SYNCHRONIZATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE

3DATX Corporation, Buffa...

1. An emissions measurement system comprising:an emissions sample inlet;
at least three sensors connected to the emissions sample inlet, wherein the sensors are sequentially connected in a linear arrangement and wherein each of the at least three sensors is configured to perform a different measurement of a sample;
an emissions sample outlet connected to the at least three sensors;
a sensor cartridge defining the emissions sample inlet and the emissions sample outlet, wherein the sensors are disposed within the sensor cartridge between the emissions sample inlet and emissions sample outlet;
a sample probe that is fluidically connected to the emissions sample inlet; and
a battery disposed in the sensor cartridge that is configured to provide power to the sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,190,940

SPECTRALLY EFFICIENT OPTICAL FREQUENCY-DOMAIN REFLECTOMETRY USING I/Q DETECTION

DSIT Solutions Ltd., Giv...

1. A system for fiber-optic reflectometry, the system comprising:an optical source, which is configured to generate an optical interrogation signal that is transmitted into an optical fiber;
a beat detection module, which is configured to receive from the optical fiber an optical backscattering signal in response to the optical interrogation signal, and to mix the optical backscattering signal with a reference replica of the optical interrogation signal using In-phase/Quadrature (I/Q) mixing, so as to produce a complex beat signal having In-phase (I) and Quadrature (Q) components; and
a processor, which is configured to sense one or more events affecting the optical fiber by analyzing the I and Q components of the complex beat signal, including defining in the complex beat signal at least:
a first time interval, during which an instantaneous frequency of the optical backscattering signal is guaranteed to be lower than the instantaneous frequency of the reference replica; and
a second time interval, during which the instantaneous frequency of the optical backscattering signal is guaranteed to be higher than the instantaneous frequency of the reference replica.

US Pat. No. 10,190,933

CRANKSHAFT BALANCER MACHINE

Dominion Technologies Gro...

1. A crankshaft balancer machine for balancing a crankshaft, the crankshaft balancer machine comprising:a measurement station configured to rotate the crankshaft to obtain vibration-related data, the measurement station having a base structure, a measurement bridge support, a plurality of flexural support legs extending between the base structure and the measurement bridge support, and a drive system configured to rotate the crankshaft, the measurement station having at least one sensor for detecting an imbalance and outputting imbalance data;
a transfer station configured to transfer the crankshaft between the measurement station and a correction station, the transfer station having a least one lifting arm selectively engaging the crankshaft and supporting the crankshaft during transfer; and
the correction station configured to drill at least a portion of the crankshaft to correct an imbalance in response to the imbalance data, the correction station having a bridge support structure supporting the crankshaft and a drilling device, the drilling device being horizontally disposed to achieve a horizontal drill direction into the crankshaft, the correction station having a positioning system positioning the drilling device relative to the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,931

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSOR

COMETNETWORK CO., LTD., ...

1. A differential pressure sensor, comprising:a housing including a body and a cover, the housing having a first chamber and a second chamber defined in the housing and separated from each other;
a first pressure channel communicating with the first chamber;
a second pressure channel communicating with the second chamber;
a substrate on which an electronic component is mounted and on which a terminal is formed, the substrate including a first surface facing the first chamber and a second surface parallel to the first surface and facing the second chamber, the substrate configured to cover the second chamber;
a sensor element installed on the first surface of the substrate so as to generate an electric signal corresponding to a pressure difference between the first chamber and the second chamber;
a lead frame installed in the housing with one end thereof extending into the first chamber, the lead frame configured to transmit the electric signal of the sensor element to an external device;
a conductive wire configured to connect the terminal of the substrate and the lead frame so as to transmit the electric signal of the sensor element to the lead frame;
a first sealing member disposed in a region where the body and the cover make contact with each other, the first sealing member configured to seal the first chamber with respect to the outside; and
a second sealing member disposed in a region where the substrate and the body make contact with each other, the second sealing member configured to seal the second chamber with respect to the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,190,928

FLEXIBLE SENSOR FOR MEASURING FLEX OR TORQUE

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A sensor comprising:a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising a slot extending from an outer edge of the PCB to an inner portion of the PCB, the slot defining a first inner-slot surface and a second inner-slot surface facing, across the slot, the first inner-slot surface, the first and second inner-slot surfaces being separated by a gap when the PCB is in an unflexed state, the slot being configured to permit the PCB to flex so as to vary a relative position of the first inner-slot surface with respect to the second inner-slot surface;
a capacitive structure on the PCB comprising:
a first electrode on a portion of the first inner-slot surface of the PCB; and
a second electrode on a portion of the second inner-slot surface of PCB, the second electrode aligned with the first electrode across the slot; and
mechanical coupling sites arranged on the PCB such that mechanical variations in a structure to which the sensor is attached cause the PCB to flex and vary a relative position of the first electrode with respect to the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,913

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

ZEUS CO., LTD., Osan-si,...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:an emissivity setting unit to which emissivity at a liquid chemical which is brought into contact with a substrate or emissivity at an interface at which the substrate and the liquid chemical are in contact with each other is input;
a radiant energy input unit to which radiant energy radiating from the liquid chemical or the interface is input; and
a calculation unit that calculates a calculation temperature of the liquid chemical or the interface based on the emissivity and the radiant energy,
wherein the radiant energy input unit is provided to be spaced apart from the substrate on an opposite side in which the interface is positioned with respect to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,190,906

LIGHT SENSOR SENSING ILLUMINATION OF A PARTIAL AREA

CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY ...

1. A light sensor for sensing an illumination of a partial area, with the light sensor comprising:a first case comprising two holes, wherein one of the two holes is a vertical hole, another of the two holes is an oblique hole, and each of the two holes comprises an axis;
a second case fastened to the first case, wherein a containing space is formed between the first case and the second case;
a first light absorption layer located on the first case; and
two sensing modules located in the containing space; wherein positions of the two sensing modules are on the axes of the two holes, wherein the two sensing modules are respectively used for sensing a light from the partial area which passes through the vertical hole and the oblique hole to sense the illumination of the partial area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,900

METHOD OF FLUID FLOW MEASUREMENT USING NOZZLE BANK

Canada Pipeline Accessori...

1. A method for measuring fluid flow within a fluid flow pipe, comprising:partitioning a fluid flow within a pipeline with a nozzle bank comprising a plurality of stepped nozzles, wherein a predetermined number of stepped nozzles is open;
measuring the fluid flow in at least one partitioned fluid stream with at least one mass flow device; and
calculating a total fluid flow within the pipeline,
wherein each nozzle has a single step at about 1 throat diameter from an inlet plane of the nozzle, wherein the single step comprises an increase corresponding to about 10% of the throat diameter and has a length of about throat diameter/2.

US Pat. No. 10,190,882

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO FACILITATE HAVING ADEQUATE VEHICLE POWER

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A method, comprising:determining an estimated remaining power capacity of a vehicle source of electric power that will remain after travelling along an identified route to an identified destination for each of a plurality of driving modes including a current driving mode;
determining whether any of the estimated remaining power capacities will be sufficient for travelling from the identified destination to at least one known location where increasing the power capacity of the vehicle source of electric power is possible; and
providing an indication of at least one recommendation regarding the remaining power capacity of the vehicle source of electric power prior to reaching the identified destination when the estimated remaining power capacity for the current driving mode will not be sufficient for travelling from the identified destination to the at least one known location, the at least one recommendation including an indication prompting a driver to use one of the plurality of drive modes different from the current driving mode that results in an estimated remaining power capacity that is sufficient for travelling from the identified destination to the at least one known location.

US Pat. No. 10,190,880

ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic timepiece comprising:a first indicating hand;
a second indicating hand;
a receiver that receives position identification information for identifying a current position;
a magnetic sensor; and
a controller that determines a direction to a destination based on the position identification information received by the receiver, an output from the magnetic sensor, and destination information representing a position of the destination and determines a distance to the destination based on the position identification information and the destination information,
wherein the first indicating hand indicates the direction to the destination, and the second indicating hand displays the distance to the destination.

US Pat. No. 10,190,879

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING GROUND POSITION CHANGES

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A system for detecting localized ground position changes with an overall area, comprising:a plurality of lighting units each fixed to the ground and mounted within the overall area, wherein each lighting unit comprises a movement detection and/or positioning system and a transmitter for transmitting movement and/or positioning information to a remote central processing unit; and
the central processing unit for receiving the movement and/or positioning information from the plurality of fixed lighting units and adapted to process the received positioning information to identify local ground position changes;
wherein the central processing unit is adapted to identify a local around position change based on position and/or movement information from a plurality of lighting units in close proximity to each other having correlated ground position changes, and optionally wherein the correlated position changes correspond to position changes in the same direction or towards or away from a common point.

US Pat. No. 10,190,878

UNIVERSAL LIQUID ANGLE INDICATOR

1. A liquid angle indicator, consisting of the base with a graduated glass tube attached to it, which contains liquid and an indicator, i.e. an air bubble, differing by having an open loop semicircular glass tube, its ends are attached to the rectangular plate (base). (FIG. 1).

US Pat. No. 10,190,874

METROLOGY OF MULTIPLE PATTERNING PROCESSES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:providing a first amount of illumination light to a first plurality of measurement sites on a semiconductor wafer, wherein each of the first plurality of measurement sites includes at least one multiple patterned metrology target characterized by at least one parameter of interest generated by at least two patterning steps of a multiple patterning process, wherein a pitch of the at least one multiple patterned target fabricated by the multiple patterning process is a multiple of a pitch of a mask of a lithography system employed as part of the multiple patterning process, wherein the at least one parameter of interest is indicative of a geometric error that results from the multiple patterning process, wherein at least one of the multiple patterned metrology targets located at one or more of the first plurality of measurement sites is different from at least one of another of the multiple patterned metrology targets;
detecting an amount of light from each of the first plurality of measurement sites in response to the first amount of illumination light provided to each of the first plurality of measurement sites on the semiconductor wafer, the detected amount of light comprising a first amount of optical measurement data;
receiving the first amount of optical measurement data associated with the measurements of the first plurality of measurement sites on the semiconductor wafer;
determining a value of the at least one parameter of interest associated with each of the first plurality of measurement sites based on the first amount of measurement data and a signal response metrology (SRM) model, wherein the SRM model is an input-output model measurement model that directly relates the received optical measurement data to a value of the at least one parameter of interest; and
storing the value of the at least one parameter of interest in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,190,873

SHAPE MEASURING DEVICE AND SHAPE MEASURING METHOD

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. A shape measuring device that measures a shape of a measuring object, the shape measuring device comprising:a light projecting section configured to irradiate the measuring object with light;
a light receiving section configured to receive the light projected by the light projecting section and reflected from the measuring object;
an exposure control section configured to change an exposure time of the light receiving section stepwise;
a height image data generating section configured to obtain a light receiving amount output from the light receiving section at each exposure time, which is changed stepwise by the exposure control section, and to generate height image data, in which each pixel value indicates a height of each portion of a surface of the measuring object, based on the obtained light receiving amount;
a pixel determination section configured to obtain a light receiving amount received by the light receiving section at each exposure time, which is changed stepwise by the exposure control section, and to determine whether each pixel constituting each height image, which is generated by the height image data generating section, is valid or invalid based on the obtained light receiving amount; and
an exposure time setting section configured to set, as a set value, an exposure time, which corresponds to a height image in which the number of pixels determined to be valid by the pixel determination section satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,190,872

PHOTODETECTION DEVICE INCLUDING INTERFERENCE ELEMENT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A photodetection device, comprising:an image sensor that includes first pixels and second pixels;
an interference element that includes incident regions; and
illumination that emits light in a first wavelength band and light in a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band, wherein
the interference element:
causes first interference of part of the light in the first wavelength band incident on two incident regions that are included in the incident regions and that are adjacent to each other, and guides resultant light of the first interference to any of the first pixels and guides another part of the light in the first wavelength band incident on the two incident regions to any of the second pixels, and
causes second interference of part of the light in the second wavelength band incident on the two incident regions, and guides resultant light of the second interference to any of the first pixels and guides another part of the light in the second wavelength band incident on the two incident regions to any of the second pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,190,871

PRECISION POSITIONING SYSTEM USING A WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LASER

Zygo Corporation, Middle...

1. A method for determining a characteristic of a test cavity, the method comprising:for each of a plurality of optical frequencies within a bandwidth of a tunable laser, measuring interference signals from the test cavity and a reference cavity having a known characteristic;
determining values for the plurality of optical frequencies from the measured interference signals of the reference cavity and the known characteristic of the reference cavity, and
determining the characteristic of the test cavity using the determined values of the plurality of optical frequencies,
wherein measuring the interference signals comprises sweeping through the plurality of optical frequencies within the bandwidth of the tunable laser as a function of time and measuring the interference signals for both the test cavity and the reference cavity for each of multiple, different times during the sweeping so that the measured signals for the test and reference cavities at each of the multiple, different times correspond to different ones of the plurality of optical frequencies within the bandwidth of the tunable laser.

US Pat. No. 10,190,870

OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT SENSOR ELEMENT

Sintef TTO AS, Trondheim...

1. An optical displacement sensor comprising:a first at least partially reflective surface and a second surface having at least three diffractive patterns, the first and second surfaces being provided on elements, wherein at least one of said elements is moveable to change a distance between the elements, so that the elements have a variable distance between them, wherein the partially reflective surface defines respective pairs together with each diffractive pattern, each of said pairs defining a respective cavity between them, each cavity having a respective cavity length;
at least one light source transmitting light in at least one chosen wavelength range into said cavities; and
at least one light detector receiving light from the cavities, wherein each pair is adapted to provide a maximum diffractive efficiency at chosen wavelengths within said range, said diffractive patterns being adapted to direct light toward at least one detector provided in a known position relative to said diffractive patterns, the detector being adapted to measure the diffraction efficiency phase corresponding to each pair, thereby producing three or more signals which collectively allow measurement of a displacement between the first and second surfaces that is independent of an intensity of the light source;
wherein the pairs provide phase offsets of 0, 2?/3 and 4?/3, respectively at the chosen wavelengths.

US Pat. No. 10,190,868

METROLOGY SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT EMPLOYING AUTOMATIC TRANSITIONING BETWEEN UTILIZING A LIBRARY AND UTILIZING REGRESSION FOR MEASUREMENT PROCESSING

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

9. A metrology system, comprising:(1) a computer subsystem for:
operating the metrology system in a first mode to perform measurement processing utilizing a library, including:
(a) collecting, by the metrology system, signals from a fabricated semiconductor device by:
a light source of the metrology system directing light towards one or more areas of the fabricated semiconductor device, and
a detector of the metrology system receiving light reflected from the one or more areas of the fabricated semiconductor device, generating the signals responsive to the received light, and outputting the signals to a computer subsystem, and
(b) processing the signals utilizing the library to obtain measurements for the fabricated semiconductor device;
while operating the metrology system in the first mode, determining that a first predetermined condition has been met, including that a quality of a measurement is below a predefined threshold quality; and
in response to determining that the first predetermined condition has been met, automatically transitioning the metrology system from operating in the first mode to operating in a second mode to perform the measurement processing in association with the measurement, utilizing regression, the transitioning being performed by:
automatically selecting, by the metrology system, fixed parameters that are to be added as floating parameters for the measurement processing utilizing the regression, and
adding the selected fixed parameters as the floating parameters for the measurement processing utilizing the regression; and
(2) a dedicated regression processing cluster of the metrology system or the computer subsystem for:
operating the metrology system in the second mode to perform the measurement processing in association with the measurement, utilizing the regression, including:
performing the regression in association with the measurement utilizing the floating parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,190,865

VERIFYING END EFFECTOR FLATNESS USING ELECTRICAL CONTINUITY

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A system for measuring flatness of an end effector in a semiconductor processing tool, the system comprising:an end effector that is at least partially electrically conductive and is configured to move in a z-direction, an x-direction, and a y-direction, wherein the z-direction is in the vertical direction, the x-direction is orthogonal to the y-direction, and the x-direction and the y-direction are perpendicular to the z-direction;
a probe;
an electrical continuity detector configured to detect electrical continuity between the probe and the end effector when the probe and the end effector are in electrically conductive contact; and
a controller configured to:move the end effector in the z-direction to cause electrically conductive contact between the end effector and the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,863

METHOD FOR MEASURING THE THICKNESS OF A LAYER OF RUBBER-LIKE MATERIAL

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for measuring a thickness of a layer of rubber-like material that includes a free face in contact with air and a face joined to an adjacent reinforcement made of elements electrically insulated from one another, each of the elements containing at least one hysteretic material having a magnetic permeability greater than a magnetic permeability of air, the method comprising steps of:causing a sensitive element, which emits an alternating magnetic field, to be moved towards the layer of rubber-like material;
measuring hysteretic losses in the adjacent reinforcement, the hysteretic losses being measured at terminals of the sensitive element; and
evaluating a thickness of the layer of rubber-like material based on the hysteretic losses.

US Pat. No. 10,190,861

MEASURING DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS

Delcam Limited, Birmingh...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium encoding instructions for controlling a measuring device arranged to take measurements of a part using one or more probes, wherein the instructions, when executed by a processing apparatus, cause the processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:determining first positions along an edge region of the part, wherein each of the first positions is a position at which a surface touch measurement is to be performed by moving at least one probe tip of the one or more probes into contact with a surface of the part;
receiving surface touch measurements along the edge region of the part in response to the measuring device being instructed to move at least one probe tip of the one or more probes into contact with the surface of the part at each of the first positions;
calculating second positions along the edge region of the part based on the surface touch measurements along the edge region of the part, wherein each of the second positions is a position at which an edge measurement is to be performed by moving at least one probe tip of the one or more probes into contact with an edge of the part; and
providing the second positions to instruct the measuring device to move at least one probe tip of the one or more probes into contact with the edge of the part at each of the second positions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,859

LIGHTWEIGHT AMMUNITION BOX

PLASTPACK DEFENCE APS, R...

1. An ammunition box comprising:a molded box body of thermoplastic material with an open top, wherein the thermoplastic material is Polypropylene or Polyethylene,
the molded box body having four side walls, two of the four side walls being generally parallel to opposing side walls,
a fixed substantially rectangular bottom wall connecting all four side walls at a bottom of the molded box body, the fixed bottom wall being generally perpendicular to the four side walls,
said four side walls being connected to one another to form four corners of said molded box body that extend from said bottom of the molded box body to said open top,
said molded box body defining a generally rectangular storage space for ammunition on the inside of said four side walls and the fixed bottom wall, and
an integrally molded, hollow and collapsible projection provided on the outer side of said molded box body at or near each of said four corners,
wherein said projection has an elongated hollow shape that defines a lumen extending substantially at a right angle from said fixed bottom wall,
wherein said projection comprises two spaced projection walls that each project from said four side walls, said two spaced projection walls are connected by an impact wall that is spaced from a side wall by said two spaced projection walls, said impact wall together with said two spaced projection walls and a portion of a side wall defining said lumen,
wherein said two spaced projection walls project from said four side walls at a near right angle, but not at an exact right angle,
wherein said impact wall is a substantially planar wall that is substantially parallel with one of said side walls, with a transition between said impact wall and said two spaced projection walls being a round transition.

US Pat. No. 10,190,857

METHOD OF MAKING POLYMERIC SUBSONIC AMMUNITION

True Velocity IP Holdings...

1. A method of making polymeric subsonic ammunition having a primer insert comprising the steps of:providing a primer insert comprising a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole aperture positioned in the primer recess that extends through the bottom surface, and a flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface;
forming a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body by overmolding a polymer composition over the substantially cylindrical coupling element and into the primer flash hole aperture to form a flash hole and extending from the primer insert to form a polymeric coupling end, thereby forming a propellant chamber;
forming a propellant insert adapted to fit in the propellant chamber;
positioning the propellant insert in the propellant chamber to reduce the propellant chamber by at least 10 percent;
forming a polymeric nose component comprising the steps of forming a polymeric nose coupling end opposite a bullet aperture, wherein the polymeric nose component is formed from a second polymer composition;
adhering the polymeric nose coupling end to the polymeric coupling end;
inserting a primer into the primer recess;
at least partially filling the propellant chamber with a propellant; and
frictionally fitting a projectile in the bullet aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,190,856

COMPOSITE PROJECTILE AND CARTRIDGE WITH COMPOSITE PROJECTILE

EINSTEIN NOODLES, LLC, C...

11. A projectile comprising:a toughened polymer resin; and
a particulate filler distributed through the toughened polymer resin, the particulate filler having a density greater than a density of the toughened polymer resin;
wherein the particulate filler is 70 to 80 percent by weight of the total projectile composition.

US Pat. No. 10,190,855

BULLET COLLECTING BOX CAPABLE OF STACKING AND INSTALLING, AND BULLET COLLECTING SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING OCCURRENCE OF LEAD FUME IN INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE USING THE BULLET COLLECTING BOX

1. A bullet collecting system comprising:a gun firing position which fires bullets from a gun using a bullet in an indoor shooting range;
a target which is spaced apart by a first distance from the gun firing position;
a bullet collecting unit which is located in a rear side of the target and which collects bullets that are fired by the gun and flying, an internal space of which is filled with rubber powder filling materials having a particle size of 0.1-3 mm;
air suction ducts which are installed in at least two places on a bottom surface of the indoor shooting range between the gun firing position and the bullet collecting unit and which suck gunpowder smokes and dusts including lead fume generated when firing bullets from the gun; and
an induction blower which is connected with the air suction ducts, and which can discharge gunpowder smokes and dusts, including the lead fume, outside the indoor shooting range by moving air within the air suction ducts,
wherein the bullet collecting unit includes:
a beaten zone structure frame which is fabricated so as to occupy a three dimensional space by combining metal material-made square pipes in a lattice shape, in which a first inclined installation pipes located on the front is installed to be inclined at an angle of 45-90° with respect to the bottom surface of the indoor shooting range;
a pipe protective pad for protecting square pipes without damage when the bullets collide with the square pipes, by wrapping the square pipes forming the beaten zone structure frame;
a second inclined installation pipe which is installed in a lower side of the first inclined installation pipes so as to be inclined at an angle of 20-80° with respect to the bottom surface of the indoor shooting range;
a fire protection plate which is installed to be inclined with respect to the bottom surface by mounting to the second inclined installation pipe;
a front rubber plate which covers the front portion of the beaten zone structure frame and which is supported by the first inclined installation pipes;
a bullet collecting space which is formed by a space between the front rubber plate and the fire protection plate; and
a rubber powder filling material filled in the bullet collecting space,
whereby the bullet collecting system prevents occurrence of lead fume in the indoor shooting range.

US Pat. No. 10,190,854

SHOOTING TARGET SYSTEM

Smart Target Systems LLC,...

1. A shooting target system comprising:a target plate having a front face adapted to be struck by aimed projectiles without said aimed projectiles penetrating said front face;
an opposed rear face;
an orthogonal array of spatially equidistantly placed sensors applied to cover the major central portion of said opposed rear face of the plate where each sensor center is the same distance from each adjacent sensor center in both the X and Y directions;
each said sensor having an output connection and being responsive to projectile impact force and/or vibration on the target plate in response to a projectile strike to generate a strike signal on the output connection;
a processor connected to each of the sensors;
said processor operable, in response to the projectile strike, to determine which of said sensors is/are first activated by the projectile strike, the sequence of activation, and the time of activation during a limited time interval after the projectile strike, where said processor is operable to calculate a projectile strike location based on the location, sequence and timing of the activated sensors during said limited time interval;
said sensor activation determined upon a selected or preselected upper and lower threshold and the creation of a voltage above said lower threshold and below said upper threshold;
a timer;
said timer activated through processor interruption, via front face contact with said projectile, which in turn prompts said timer to activate and produce a picture of each said activated, and inactivated, sensor based on location, sequence and timing, assign each sensor a binomial number within said picture based on received impact and to calculate and produce an average of sensor signals' binomial number to determine a precise impact location; and
a real-time visual display capable of both informing the shooter of accuracy and allowing the shooter to adjust and correct his or her aim.

US Pat. No. 10,190,853

TEXTILE MADE FROM CHAINS AND PROCESS FOR ITS MANUFACTURE

1. A method for making a textile from a first and second pre-existing chain segments, said chain segments comprised of at least one chain link, said method comprising the steps of:placing the first and second chain segments of on a substrate, said substrate being substantially planar;
stitching the first and second chain segments together on the substrate using at least one thread where the at least one thread passes through the substrate and through a first link in the first of the chain segment and through a second link in the second chain segment;
and removing the substrate from the stitched chain segments without disturbing the threads.

US Pat. No. 10,190,851

WINDAGE MECHANISM

1. A sight comprising:a frame having an opening formed therein;
a boss, wherein a portion of the boss is positioned within the opening and selectively held by the frame;
a knob rotatably attached to a first end of the boss;
a sight pin mount having a stem, the stem located within a bore formed in the boss;
a sight pin attached to the sight pin mount and engaged with the boss and the knob; and
wherein movement of the boss within the frame moves the sight pin laterally; and
wherein the knob is in threaded engagement with the stem such that when the knob is rotated in a first direction the sight pin moves in first lateral direction; and when the knob is rotated in a second direction the sight pin moves in second lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,850

SNIPER DASHBOARD

1. A sniper dashboard comprising:a support arm including a clamping member configured to be removably mounted to a rail interface system of a firearm, the support arm comprising a raised mounting surface having two v-shaped grooves formed thereon, the two v-shaped grooves being disposed orthogonally, and a threaded bore defined at an intersection of the two v-shaped grooves;
a mounting block comprising a v-shaped protrusion shaped to selectively fit within either of the two v-shaped grooves and an unthreaded bore defined by the mounting block such that the unthreaded bore aligns with the threaded bore of the support arm when the v-shaped protrusion fits within either of the two v-shaped grooves;
a mounting screw configured to threadedly engage the threaded bore;
a compression spring disposed about a shaft of the mounting screw and between a head of the mounting screw and the mounting block;
a display panel rotatably mounted to the support arm; and
an attachment mechanism for removably attaching a ballistics data card or calculator to the display panel,
wherein the compression spring maintains engagement of the v-shaped protrusion with one of the two v-shaped grooves and upon a rotating force being applied to the mounting block, the compression spring yields to allow rotation of the v-shaped protrusion between the other of the two v-shaped grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,190,849

FINGER-ADJUSTABLE SCOPE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Tangent Theta Inc., Hali...

1. An adjustment mechanism for an optical scope, comprising:a first component comprising a first threaded surface configured to engage a second threaded surface of a second component, the first component configured to rotate and translate relative to the second component;
a detent assembly of the first component, the detent assembly configured to engage with a detent surface of the second component, the detent assembly comprising:
a detent element disposed in a radial channel defined by the first component; and
a flat spring disposed within a pocket defined by the first component, the pocket shaped to secure the flat spring within the pocket, the flat spring engaged with the detent element at an end of the radial channel, and the flat spring configured to bias the detent element radially outward through the radial channel and toward the detent surface of the second component; and
a plurality of evenly spaced detent structures configured as part of the detent surface to engage with the detent element as the first component is rotated relative to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,190,847

RECOIL SPRING GUIDE MOUNTED TARGET MARKER

Crosman Corporation, Blo...

1. An electronic device for use with a firearm, comprising:a circuit board having a first end and a second end;
a laser module having an outer surface;
a lead joined between the first end of the circuit board and the laser module to position the outer surface of the laser module in a longitudinal relation to the second end; and,
a first portion of a firearm component having an exterior surface and an interior with a first opening shaped to receive the laser module outer surface and a second opening longitudinally separated from the first opening;
wherein the first opening and the interior of the first portion of the firearm component are configured to allow the second end of the circuit board to be inserted through the first opening into the interior with the interior being shaped to interact with the outer surface of the laser module to position the second end at a predetermined longitudinal relation with respect to the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,190,846

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A WEAPON DETECTOR

AXON ENTERPRISE, INC., S...

1. A method performed by a detector for detecting at least one of removal and insertion of a firearm into and from a holster, the method comprising:responsive to detecting a first activation of a control, entering a test mode;
responsive to detecting a third activation of the control, entering a reset mode;
while in the test mode:
detecting a first characteristic of a signal provided by a sensor that indicates insertion of the firearm in the holster;
detecting a second characteristic of the signal provided by the sensor that indicates removal of the firearm from the holster; and
responsive to detecting a second activation of the control, entering a field mode;
while in the field mode:
responsive to detecting the second characteristic of the signal provided by the sensor, transmitting a message; and
while in the reset mode:
resetting an operation of the detector; and
entering the test mode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,845

PIN PUSHER FOR FIREARMS

1. A pin pusher for firearms, comprising:a finger ring having a resilient generally annular body adapted to encompass and resiliently compress about a periphery of at least one human phalange;
a pin punch affixed on a first end with, supported by, and protruding from said finger ring, said pin punch adapted to contact and transfer force to a removable firearm pin and thereby move said removable firearm pin relative to a firearm; and
a mirror adjacent to a junction between said finger ring and said pin punch.

US Pat. No. 10,190,844

SIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE IN SIMULATION GUN

TOKYO MARUI CO., LTD., T...

1. A sight adjustment device, which adjusts a shooting course of a bullet loaded in a cartridge portion of each of a plurality of barrels of a simulation gun, and the sight adjustment device comprising:an operation unit,
a link member and
a plurality of pressurization members;wherein the operation unit is provided on a main body of the gun and the operation unit adjusts a backspin amount for the bullet,wherein one end portion of the link member is disposed on the operation unit, the other end portion of the link member is disposed on at least one of the plurality of pressurization members, and the link member transmits the backspin amount to the plurality of pressurization members, andwherein each of the plurality of pressurization members is provided in each of cartridge portions of the plurality of barrels and adds pressure corresponding to the backspin amount to the bullet in each of cartridge portions of the plurality of barrels, thereby applying a rotational motion to the bullet at the time of shooting.

US Pat. No. 10,190,843

PROJECTILE MAGAZINE AND SIMULATED WEAPON HAVING SAME

1. A magazine for projectiles in a simulated weapon, the magazine comprising:a housing defining an internal chamber, the housing further including a gas inlet situated at an inlet portion of the internal chamber and an outlet situated at an outlet portion of the internal chamber, the internal chamber of the housing shaped to accommodate a series of projectiles; and
a restraining element positioned at the outlet portion of the internal chamber, the restraining element configured to restrain a leading projectile of the series of projectiles against pressure from pressurized gas applied to the gas inlet, the restraining element configured to release the leading projectile as pressure across the leading projectile rises;
a bypass passage for gas to flow past the leading projectile when the leading projectile is restrained by the restraining element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,841

FIXED AXLE COMPOUND CROSSBOW

AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES CO...

1. A crossbow, comprising:a stock assembly defining an arrow track configured to be in contact with an arrow prior to release, the stock assembly having a front end and a back end, the stock assembly being characterized by a length L between the front end and back end;
left and right flexible limbs extending laterally from the stock assembly respectively to a left limb tip and a right limb tip;
a left cam assembly and a mirror-image right cam assembly, each cam assembly being rotatably mounted on a respective end of a rigid cam support structure; each one of the left and right cam assemblies further including a respective bowstring cam, a synchronizing wheel, and a power cable cam;
the rigid cam support structure disposed adjacent and perpendicular to the front end of the stock assembly and fixed rigidly thereto, the cam support structure being disposed in a plane defined by the stock assembly and the first and second limbs or in a plane parallel thereto and extending left and right from the centerline of the stock;
a left bearing and a right bearing disposed in the cam support structure, configured to rotatably support the left and right cam assemblies on respective fixed axes of rotation;
a left limb cable and a right limb cable attached, respectively to the left limb tip and the right limb tip without any intervening wheel or cam;
wherein the left limb cable is attached to the left limb-cable cam, and the right limb cable is attached to the right limb-cable cam;
a synchronizing cable disposed between the left synchronizing wheel and the right synchronizing wheel, and configured to cross itself in a central medial portion; and
a bowstring extending between the left bowstring cam or wheel and the right bowstring cam or wheel, and being anchored to both;
wherein the bowstring, limb cables, and synchronizing cable are arranged so as to exert force only on an outer circumferential portion of any cam or wheel;
wherein the synchronizing cable extends freely in space between the left and right cam/wheel units; and
wherein force is exerted between any cable or string and any other cable or string only by way of axial torque exerted by the cam/wheel units.

US Pat. No. 10,190,840

FIREARM SUPPORT

1. A support for attachment to a firearm having a lower rail, the support comprising:a body member having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front, a rear, a first side, and a second side;
a pair of parallel rails extending across the top surface from the rear to the front to form a channel configured to receive and hold the lower rail;
a pair of first extensions extending from the front and terminating in a pair of forward-facing surfaces, wherein the pair of first extensions are symmetrical about a plane defined by a set of points equidistant from the first outer wall and the second outer wall;
a two-pronged claw extending from the bottom surface proximate the front, each prong of the claw terminating in a bottom edge, wherein the bottom edges and the forward-facing surfaces form a plane;
a second extension extending from the bottom surface proximate the rear and terminating in a rounded lip;
wherein the pair of first extensions and the two-pronged claw form a substantially concave surface configured to receive curved surfaces, and
wherein the two-pronged claw and second extension form a substantially concave surface configured to receive curved surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,190,837

ADJUSTABLE GUN LOCK

1. An adjustable gun lock for a gun with a trigger, wherein the trigger comprises a first side and a second side, comprising:a mounting device, comprising;
a rail adaptor,
a first side and a second side,
a first trigger guard, engaged with the first side of the rail adaptor, comprised of an extendable fan linkage, wherein the extendable fan linkage is comprised of a plurality of interconnected links that block the first side of the trigger in a fan-like manner when extended,
a second trigger guard, engaged with the second side of the rail adaptor, comprised of an extendable fan linkage, wherein the extendable fan linkage is comprised of a plurality of interconnected links that block the second side of the trigger in a fan-like manner when extended,
a first locking mechanism, further comprising;
at least one locking pin, wherein the locking pin, when in a locked position, engages the fan linkage of the first trigger guard and prevents the extendable fan linkage of the first trigger guard from extending,
an actuator, wherein the actuator moves the at least one locking pin into an unlocked position,
a second locking mechanism, further comprising;
at least one locking pin, wherein the locking pin, when in a locked position, engages the fan linkage of the second trigger guard and prevents the extendable fan linkage of the second trigger guard from extending,
an actuator, wherein the actuator moves the at least one locking pin into an unlocked position,
at least one locking electronic device, wherein the locking electronic device is engaged with the actuator of the first locking mechanism and the actuator of the second locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,190,836

LOADER

Ulbrich Schroeder Design ...

1. A firearm system comprising:a rifle having a butt, a muzzle, a receiver disposed between the butt and the muzzle, a magazine fixed to the rifle between the butt and the muzzle, wherein the magazine is in communication with the receiver, an ejection port in communication with the receiver; and
a loading device comprising a housing having a channel, a plunger slideably disposed within the channel, and a spout extending away from the housing, wherein the plunger includes an articulating arm extending away from one end of the plunger, wherein the arm has a first and a second opposing end, and wherein the arm includes a first plug disposed about the first end of the arm and a second plug disposed about the second end of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,190,835

AMMUNITION MAGAZINE BASEPAD EXTENSION

ZEV Technologies, Inc., ...

1. An improved ammunition magazine extension for attachment to an open bottom of a magazine tube having a pair of sidewalls, a pair of end walls, and a flange on at least each of the sidewalls at the bottom, the extension comprising:an extension body having open first and second ends and forward and rear walls, the first open end of the extension body slidably attachable to the sidewall flanges at the open bottom end of the ammunition magazine tube;
a bottom closure member removably slidably attached to the open second end of the body and movable between open and closed positions; and
a latch member slidably attached to a wall of the extension body to move toward and away from the magazine tube and first and second ends of the extension body, the latch member releasably securing the extension body to the magazine tube when moved toward the magazine tube and the first open end of the extension body.

US Pat. No. 10,190,833

MECHANICALLY CONFORMABLE MICRO-HEAT EXCHANGERS AND METHODS FOR USE IN THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF TARGET COMPONENTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger, for use in managing temperature of a subject component, comprising:a heat-transfer fluid including nanoparticles, the heat-transfer fluid being surface functionalized to, in operation, cool or heat a subject component in a predetermined manner;
a physically flexible substrate configured to change shape easily by manual manipulation; and
a physically flexible fluid tube being connected to the substrate and also configured to change shape easily by manual manipulation;
wherein:
the nanoparticles of the heat-transfer fluid have more particle dispersion, or are more isolated, than nanoparticles of the heat-transfer fluid if not surface functionalized;
the mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger can be changed manually from an initial shape to a first shape to conform to a first-subject-component shape of the subject component;
the fluid tube comprises a fluid-tube opening and a fluid-tube exit, and a heat-transfer tube section positioned between the fluid-tube opening and the fluid-tube exit;
the fluid tube is configured to receive the heat-transfer fluid via the fluid-tube opening and channel the heat-transfer fluid, from the fluid-tube opening, through the heat-transfer tube section, and to the fluid-tube exit; and
the heat-transfer fluid is configured to cool or heat the subject component when, in operation of the mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger, the heat-transfer fluid is channeled through the heat-transfer tube section.

US Pat. No. 10,190,832

INTEGRATED PRESSURE COMPENSATING HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD

Nuovo Pignone Tecnologie ...

1. A method for compensating for pressure and for cooling an external fluid with an integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger, the method comprising:flowing an internal fluid inside of the integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger, the internal fluid flowing sequentially through an inlet, a first conductive bellows, a first U-shaped adaptor, a second conductive bellows, and an outlet, wherein the heat exchanger comprises the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows;
flowing the external fluid outside of the integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger;
decreasing a volume of the integrated pressure compensating heat exchanger into a compressed configuration as a volume of the external fluid increases due to a temperature increase in the external fluid;
sliding a second guide along a smooth portion of the outlet as the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows compress simultaneously, the second guide mechanically coupling the smooth portion of the outlet to the first conductive bellows and to the second conductive bellows; and
actively controlling a pressure differential between an internal fluid and an external fluid using an active actuator by pushing and pulling the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows, wherein the active actuator is mechanically coupled to the first U-shaped adaptor communicatively located between the first conductive bellows and the second conductive bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,190,831

RADIATING FIN WITH BENT RADIATING PORTION AND ELECTROTHERMAL OIL HEATER USING SAME

Ningbo Singfun Electric A...

1. A radiating fin with a bent radiating portion, comprising a heating assembly and a main body with an oil guide groove formed therein, connecting sleeves extending in a horizontal direction being provided at an upper end and a lower end of the main body, characterized in that the bent radiating portion is formed within a region, a certain distance away from the middle, of an edge of at least one end of the main body; an upper end and a lower end of the bent radiating portion are located in different vertical planes, or the upper end and the lower end of the bent radiating portion are located in a same vertical plane, and at least one portion between the upper end and the lower end of the bent radiating portion is bent to form a side-raised structure wherein an included angle between a plane of the upper end and a plane of the lower end is 5° to 85° in the included angle of the plane of the upper end of one of the connecting sleeves and the included angle of the plane of the upper end of another one of the connecting sleeves enabling formation of a chimney radiation channel with a space between two adjacent radiating fins and making the radiating area of the radiating fin increased and the mechanical strength of the radiating fin strengthened and making the heat radiation of a radiator to the surrounding more uniform and the radiating efficiency of the radiator improved, and the area of the bent radiating portion is 10% to 80% of the total area of the main body is characterized in that the upper end having the one of the connecting sleeves and the lower end of the bent radiating portion having the another one of the connecting sleeves are located in a same vertical plane and connected to each other by a plurality of bent portions, the bent portions each comprising two bending portions in a same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,829

QUENCH-COOLING SYSTEM

BORSIG GMBH, Berlin (DE)...

1. A quench-cooling system comprising:a primary quench cooler as a double-tube heat exchanger; and
a tube bundle heat exchanger as a secondary quench cooler, the tube bundle heat exchanger comprising:
at least one tube bundle comprising bundle tubes;
a casing enclosing the at least one tube bundle;
a ring flange connected to the casing;
two tube sheets arranged at spaced locations from one another and forming a casing room with the casing, between the two tube sheets, with bundle tubes of the tube bundle being held between said two tube sheets at sides, wherein at least one of the two tube sheets is configured on the side of a bundle tube gas inlet or a bundle tube gas outlet as a membrane sheet or thin tube sheet;
parallel webs arranged on and connected to the membrane sheet or thin tube sheet; and
a covering sheet connected to the webs and provided with bundle tube openings for bundle tubes, wherein parallel cooling channels, in flow connection with one another and through which a cooling medium flows, are configured in a tunnel arrangement on the membrane sheet or thin tube sheet, the parallel cooling channels in the tunnel arrangement having a rectangular tunnel geometry in cross section defined by:
the membrane sheet or thin tube sheet, which separates a gas side from a water/steam side and is connected to the ring flange;
the parallel webs, which separate individual water/steam flows from one another; and
the covering sheet, the covering sheet defining a flow in the tunnel arrangement of the cooling channels and closing off flow into the casing room aside from a predetermined percentage, whereby the cooling channels bring about a directed flow from inlet openings to outlet openings of the cooling channels, wherein at least two cooling channels in the tunnel arrangement have a cross section change based on a continuous reduction of a tunnel height from the inlet opening to the outlet opening based on a predetermined angle between a vertical line of the outlet opening and of the covering sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,190,828

HEAT EXCHANGERS

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a first half defining a first inlet portion and a first outlet portion;
a second half defining a second inlet portion and a second outlet portion, wherein the first half and the second half are configured to mate and form an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber, wherein at least one of the first half or the second half includes one or more inlet transfer holes defined through a thickness of at least one of the first inlet portion and/or the second inlet portion, wherein at least one of the first half or the second half includes one or more outlet transfer holes defined through a thickness of at least one of the first outlet portion or the second outlet portion;
one or more transfer tubes including an inlet end and an outlet end, wherein each transfer tube is connected to the one or more inlet transfer holes at the inlet end thereof, wherein each transfer tube is connected to the one or more outlet transfer holes at the outlet end thereof, wherein the inlet chamber and outlet chamber are fluidly isolated from each other such that fluid cannot pass between first half and second half such that the inlet chamber and outlet chamber are only fluidly connected to each other through the one or more transfer tubes, wherein each half further comprises a plurality of fastener flanges extending therefrom configured to receive a fastener to secure the first half to the second half, wherein the first half and second half include double semicircular halves.

US Pat. No. 10,190,822

STAGED REACTION PLENUM PARTITION WALL FOR FURNACE

Blasch Precision Ceramics...

20. A method for controlling distribution of secondary flow in a high temperature reaction furnace, said method comprising the steps of:providing a plenum assembly comprising
a plurality of refractory brick members, each refractory brick member comprising a substantially tubular body having a first end, a second end opposed to said first end along a longitudinal length of said refractory brick member, a central bore extending from said first end to said second end along said longitudinal length thereof and defining an inner surface of said refractory brick member, and an outer surface extending from said first end to said second end along said longitudinal length thereof, wherein said outer surface of each said refractory brick member has a shape that transitions axially between a plurality of hexagonally-shaped portions and a plurality of non-hexagonally-shaped portions along the longitudinal length thereof, and wherein said plurality of refractory brick members are arranged and interlocked with one another in a vertical and horizontal manner via mating members provided on said hexagonally-shaped portions of said outer surfaces thereof, anda continuous plenum space defined by said non-hexagonally-shaped portions of said outer surfaces of said refractory brick members, wherein each said refractory brick member comprises at least one opening provided in a portion of said outer surface of said refractory brick members and in fluid communication with said plenum and at least one of an end face of said refractory brick members and said central bore of said refractory brick members; andinjecting secondary air directly into said plenum space of said plenum assembly via one or more injection ports provided in communication with said plenum space.

US Pat. No. 10,190,821

METHOD FOR DETECTION OF THE LOSS OF AN ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE MEASUREMENT REFERENCE

Showa Denko Carbon GmbH, ...

1. An AC electric arc furnace, comprising:a raw material container;
a set of electrodes configured to be controllably extended toward said raw material container;
a set of electrical potential transformers correspondingly coupled to said set of electrodes; and
a reference signal verification device directly electrically connected to said transformers, said reference signal verification device being configured to read a reference signal value coming from said raw material container, compare said reference signal value to an approximated value, and determine that there is a loss of the reference signal due to damage of the direct electrical connection or disconnection of the direct electrical connection if said reference signal value is not within a predetermined amount of said approximated value.

US Pat. No. 10,190,820

METHOD FOR DRYING WET PARTICULATE MATTER, WHEREIN THE DRIED PARTICULATE MATTER IS A WHITE MINERAL HAVING A BRIGHTNESS RY OF AT LEAST 65% THAT FORMS PARTICULATE MATTER THROUGH DRYING IN DIRECT SUPERHEATED STEAM DRYER

Omya International AG, O...

1. A method for drying wet particulate matter, wherein the dried particulate matter is a white mineral having a brightness Ry of at least 65% measured according to DIN 53163, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing at least one feed stream of wet particulate matter;
b) providing a recirculation circuit comprising at least one drying chamber, at least one circulation fan, and at least one heat exchanger, wherein the at least one drying chamber comprises a mixing system and mixed particulate matter, at least one inlet for the feed stream of wet particulate matter, at least one inlet for superheated steam, and at least one outlet for exhaust steam, wherein the recirculation circuit includes no fines/steam separator between the at least one outlet of the at least one drying chamber for exhaust steam, the at least one inlet of the at least one drying chamber for the feed stream of wet particulate matter, and the at least one inlet of the at least one drying chamber for superheated steam that is configured to separate particulate matter from the exhaust steam traveling along the recirculation circuit;
c) feeding, either continuously or discontinuously, the at least one feed stream of wet particulate matter into the mixed particulate matter in the at least one drying chamber via the at least one inlet for the feed stream;
d) feeding superheated steam into the at least one drying chamber via the at least one inlet for superheated steam;
e) directly contacting the mixed particulate matter with superheated steam within the at least one drying chamber to dry the mixed particulate matter and exhausting said steam via the at least one outlet for exhaust steam without separating from the exhaust steam any carried particulate matter;
f) feeding the exhaust steam carrying particulate matter from the step (e), without separating from the exhaust steam any carried particulate matter, into the at least one heat exchanger, in which the exhaust steam carrying particulate matter is reheated to provide superheated steam, wherein the exhaust steam carrying particulate matter passes the at least one circulation fan before or after the at least one heat exchanger, and feeding said superheated steam back into the at least one drying chamber via the at least one inlet for superheated steam;
g) splitting an excess steam from at least one position within the recirculation circuit;
h) feeding the excess steam into at least one mechanical compressor, wherein the excess steam is compressed to raise its saturated temperature, using said compressed excess steam as a source of heat in the at least one heat exchanger, and discharging the excess steam as a liquid condensate; and
i) discharging, either continuously or discontinuously, the dried particulate matter as at least one product stream via at least one outlet to obtain the dried particulate matter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,819

ARGON CONDENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of condensing argon reflux within an air separation unit having an argon column, a lower pressure column and a higher pressure column, said method comprising the steps of:extracting a crude argon feed stream from the lower pressure column;
distilling the crude argon feed stream in the argon column to produce an argon-rich vapor column overhead;
directing at least a portion of the argon-rich vapor column overhead to a plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
condensing the argon-rich vapor streams within condensation passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers such that argon-rich vapor streams composed of argon-rich vapor column overhead are condensed within condensation passages of the once-through heat exchangers to produce an argon-rich liquid product stream and argon-rich liquid reflux stream
returning the argon-rich liquid reflux stream to the argon column as reflux;
introducing one or more streams of crude liquid oxygen column bottoms from the higher pressure column into vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers to partially vaporize the crude liquid oxygen streams through indirect heat exchange with the argon-rich vapor streams to produce partially vaporized crude liquid oxygen streams
introducing the partially vaporized crude liquid oxygen streams into the lower pressure column;
sensing liquid flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen streams directed from the bottom of the higher pressure column to the vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
controlling the flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen streams to the plurality of once-through heat exchangers in response to the sensed liquid flow rates and the level of the crude liquid oxygen bottoms in the higher pressure column; and
controlling a feed stream flow rate of the crude argon feed stream in response to an air flow rate into the air separation unit and by controlling the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux by:
(i) decreasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is above a feed stream set point to thereby cause the argon-rich liquid reflux to back up into the condensation passages of the once-through heat exchanger causing an increase in pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column; and
(ii) increasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is below a feed stream set point to thereby cause a decrease in the pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column.

US Pat. No. 10,190,818

CONTAINER SPINNING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Spin Chill Corp., Gaines...

1. An apparatus used for accelerating heat transfer between a container and a surrounding medium accomplished by holding and rotating a container, the apparatus comprising:a first cylindrical sleeve having two ends, a first end being a closed end and a second end being an open end, said open end having an initial diameter less than the diameter of the cylindrical sleeve forming a can clip for engaging one end of the container;
a second cylindrical sleeve extending from said inner surface of said first cylindrical sleeve, said second cylindrical sleeve having an inner diameter less than the diameter of the first cylindrical sleeve, said second cylindrical sleeve having two ends, a first end being a closed end which extends from the inner surface of the closed end of said first cylindrical sleeve and a second open end, said second open end forming a bottle clip for engaging a portion of a neck of a bottle; and
a shaft centrally mounted to said first and second cylindrical sleeves, said shaft having two ends, a first end connected to said first and second cylindrical sleeves and a second end adapted to be connected to a rotating device.

US Pat. No. 10,190,817

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a refrigerator main body including a cooling space; and
a carbonated water production assembly provided in the refrigerator main body,
wherein
the carbonated water production assembly includes:
a production module, and
a carbon dioxide supply module connected to the production module to supply carbon dioxide, and
the production module includes:
an installation body to which a carbonated water container is attachable to and detachable from, and
an installation sensor which senses when the carbonated water container is attached to the installation body such that a carbonated water production capable state is established in which carbonated water is produceable in the carbonated water container.

US Pat. No. 10,190,816

DOOR FOR REFRIGERATOR AND REFRIGERATOR

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A door for a refrigerator, the door comprising:a door housing defining a front surface of the door;
a thermal insulation material disposed in said door housing, wherein said thermal insulation material is combined with said door housing;
a concave portion recessed backwards from said front surface of the door, wherein one end of said concave portion has a ramp extending forwards; and
a detachable member isolated from said thermal insulation material and connected to said door housing, at least one part of said ramp is formed by said detachable member, said at least one part of said ramp being inclined relative to said front surface of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,190,815

DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A domestic refrigeration appliance, comprising:a heat-insulated inner container delimiting a coolable interior for storing foodstuffs;
a refrigeration device for cooling said coolable interior;
a door leaf for opening and closing said coolable interior;
hinges mounting said door leaf along an axis in an articulated manner relative to said inner container, at least one of said hinges being a self-closing hinge acting on said door leaf up to a first opening angle of said door leaf for automatically closing said door leaf; and
an opening aid device including an actuator, a tappet being movable at least indirectly back and forth by said actuator between a first position and a second position, a sensor for identifying pushing on and pulling on said door leaf, and an electronic control device being activated by said sensor and being configured to operate said actuator:
to enable said door leaf to be closed if said tappet is in said first position,
to move said tappet from said first position to said second position to push open said closed door leaf through a second opening angle being smaller than said first opening angle by using said tappet,
to move said tappet automatically into said first position immediately or with a time delay after reaching said second position,
to automatically move said tappet immediately from said first position into said second position upon pulling on said closed door leaf, and
to automatically move said tappet from said first position into said second position with a time delay after said sensor identifies a pushing on said closed door leaf, in order to prevent said opening aid device from pushing said door leaf open during said pushing on said closed door leaf.

US Pat. No. 10,190,814

CONDENSATE EVAPORATOR FOR REFRIGERATION APPARATUS

Component Hardware Group,...

1. A condensate evaporator for refrigeration apparatus comprising:a pan having a floor, upstanding walls extending from said floor to define a cavity for receiving condensate therein and a first pair of posts on an underside of said floor for pivoting of said pan on a surface about a horizontal axis passing through said posts towards one end of said pan under the weight of condensate in said cavity;
a heating element integral with said floor for heating condensate in said cavity to a point of evaporation;
a plunger type push button switch mounted at said one end of said pan, said switch having a movably mounted plunger for movement between an extended position corresponding to a raised position of said end of said pan relative to said surface and a retracted position corresponding to a lowered position of said end of said pan relative to said surface; and
an electrical circuit electrically connecting said heating element and said switch to an electrical supply whereby electrical power is supplied to said heating element with said plunger in said retracted position thereof and electrical supply is interrupted to said heating element with said plunger in said extended position thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,813

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet including a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment provided at a lower section of the refrigerating compartment;
a refrigerating compartment door configured to selectively open or close the refrigerating compartment;
a freezing compartment door configured to selectively open or close the freezing compartment;
a partition wall provided between the refrigerating compartment and the freezing compartment;
an insulation material provided within the partition wall;
a compartment recessed from a top surface of the partition wall, wherein the compartment extends a predetermined length in a first direction, the first direction extending from a front of the refrigerator toward a rear of the refrigerator;
a compartment lid provided above the compartment and configured to selectively open or close the compartment;
a receiving portion formed in the insulation material;
a heater mounted on the receiving portion, wherein the heater extends a predetermined length in the first direction such that the heater is provided underneath a majority of the compartment;
a refrigerator temperature sensor detecting a temperature of the refrigerating compartment or the freezing compartment of the refrigerator; and
a control unit adjusting an operation factor or output of the heater on the basis of a temperature value detected by the refrigerator temperature sensor, wherein the insulation material includes:
a first insulation part provided between an upper portion of the heater and a bottom of the compartment; and
a second insulation part provided between a lower portion of the heater and a bottom of the partition wall.

US Pat. No. 10,190,812

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING THE POSSIBILITY OF VEHICLE HEAT EXCHANGER FREEZING

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A vehicle system, comprising:an evaporator including evaporator fins;
a compressor in fluidic communication with the evaporator;
a condenser in fluidic communication with the evaporator and the compressor;
grille shutters; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory for:
adjusting a temperature threshold in response to a grille shutter position of the grille shutters,
in response to a temperature of the evaporator fins being within a predetermined temperature of the temperature threshold and a rate of change of the temperature of the evaporator fins exceeding a threshold rate of change, performing an action to reduce a possibility of evaporator fin freezing; and
adjusting the temperature threshold in response to ambient temperature, where the adjustment based on the grille shutter position is a larger adjustment than the adjustment in response to the ambient temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,190,811

POSITIVE AIR PRESSURE ICE MAKING AND DISPENSING SYSTEM

1. A method for making ice in an ice maker having an ice producing subsystem and an ice storage device including a door, comprising:(a) receiving water from a water supply;
(b) creating ice, in the ice producing subsystem, using the received water;
(c) creating and maintaining, using a fan, a positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine, the positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine being an environment having an air pressure greater than an air pressure of ambient air outside the ice making machine;
(d) activating the fan, when a measured air pressure within the ice producing subsystem is below a predetermined air pressure, to maintain the positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine;
(e) providing an air shield between the ice producing subsystem and the ice storage device, the air shield having an open position and a closed position, the air shield being biased to the closed position, the air shield being in the closed position when the air pressure in the ice producing subsystem is equal to the air pressure in the ice storage device;
(f) maintaining, when the air shield is in the closed position, a positive air pressure environment within the ice producing subsystem, the positive air pressure environment within the ice producing subsystem being an environment having an air pressure greater than the air pressure of the ambient air outside the ice making machine;
(g) transferring the created ice from the ice producing subsystem to the ice storage device when the air shield is in the open position; and
(h) transitioning, when an air pressure in the ice producing subsystem is greater than an air pressure in the ice storage device is caused by the door of the ice storage device transitioning to an opened position, the air shield from the closed position to the open position to enable air flow from the ice producing subsystem to the ice storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,190,809

ACCUMULATOR

FUJIKOKI CORPORATION, To...

1. An accumulator comprising:a tank having an inflow port and an outflow port therein, the tank having a depth in an axial direction and being configured to store a liquid inside including liquid phase refrigerant and oil accumulated in the tank;
an outflow pipe arranged in the tank in alignment with the outflow port; and
lines of first protrusions formed to run spirally or straight in the axial direction around an outer peripheral surface of the outflow pipe within an axial range extensive along the outflow pipe within which a phase surface separating the liquid-phase refrigerant and the oil accumulated in the tank of the accumulator is located.

US Pat. No. 10,190,808

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WITH PURGE AND ACID FILTER

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A centrifugal chiller system, comprising:a compressor;
a condenser;
an expansion device;
an evaporator;
the compressor, the condenser, the expansion device, and the evaporator are fluidly connected to form a refrigeration circuit;
a purge fluidly connected to the condenser to receive a chiller refrigerant flowing through the centrifugal chiller system from the condenser, the purge configured to remove one or more non-condensable gases from the chiller refrigerant, the chiller refrigerant being a low pressure refrigerant that operates at less than atmospheric pressure; and
an acid filter operatively connected to the purge, the acid filter configured to remove one or more acids from the chiller refrigerant,
wherein the acid filter is disposed within the purge, or is located fluidly between the condenser and the purge.

US Pat. No. 10,190,806

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRONIC EXPANSION VALVE IN A REFRIGERANT CIRCUIT

RHEEM MANUFACTURING COMPA...

1. A method of controlling a refrigerant-based air conditioning circuit having a compressor, a condenser coil, an electronic expansion valve and an evaporator coil fluid coupled in series, said method comprising the steps of:providing an expansion valve control;
providing a unit control;
transmitting to said expansion valve control only signal information relating to operation of said compressor and operation of one of said condenser coil and said evaporator coil, wherein said compressor has a plurality of operational stages and wherein said step of transmitting to said expansion valve control is performed by causing said unit control to transmit to said expansion valve control only a first signal indicative of a run state of said compressor and a second signal indicative of an operational stage of the plurality of operational stages of said compressor; and
controlling said electronic expansion valve by transmitting from said expansion valve control to said electronic expansion valve a control signal related in a predetermined manner to said signal information.

US Pat. No. 10,190,805

EASY-OPENING SOLAR COLLECTOR HAVING TEMPERATURE-RESPONSIVE MOUNT FOR POLYMER ABSORBER

UMA Distributors, LLC, A...

1. A solar collector, comprising:a housing having a hollow interior;
said housing including a transparent cover, a frame for holding said transparent cover, and a base;
a polymer absorber disposed within said hollow interior between said transparent cover and said base;
a plurality of latches secured to an exterior of said frame about a perimeter thereof;
each latch of said plurality of latches having an open configuration and a closed configuration, said frame and base being at least partially unconnected to one another when one or more of said plurality of latches are in said open configuration and said frame and base being connected to one another when each of said latches are in said closed configuration;
whereby said housing is opened and closed in the absence of tools;
said frame having sidewalls;
said base having sidewalls;
said frame pivotally secured to the base through a first manifold pipe extending between apertures formed in said sidewalls of said frame and base; and
whereby when said latches are in their respective open configurations, said collector is opened or closed by rotating said frame with respect to said base about said first manifold pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,801

SOLAR HEATING APPARATUS

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A solar heating apparatus, comprising:a pair of longitudinally spaced apart brackets;
a pair of two-axis bearings respectively mounted on the pair of longitudinally spaced apart brackets;
a longitudinally extending shaft secured to, and extending between, the pair of two-axis bearings, the longitudinally extending shaft being selectively rotatable about a longitudinal axis;
a pair of laterally extending shafts respectively secured to the pair of two-axis bearings, each of the laterally extending shafts being selectively rotatable about a lateral axis, wherein each of the laterally extending shafts has first and second portions positioned symmetrically about a corresponding one of the two-axis bearings;
at least one reflector mount secured to each of the laterally extending shafts, wherein each of the at least one reflector mount is selectively rotatable with respect to the corresponding one of the laterally extending shafts;
at least one optical reflector mounted on the at least one reflector mount of each of the laterally extending shafts;
a pair of rotating members respectively secured to the pair of laterally extending shafts;
a plurality of continuous belts; each belt mounted on, and extending between, the pair of rotating members to selective drive simultaneous rotation of the pair of laterally extending shafts about their respective later axes;
each belt driving the successive belt through connection at a respective laterally extending shaft
at least one secondary laterally extending shaft secured to the longitudinally extending shaft, the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft being positioned between the pair of two-axis bearings and selectively rotatable about the lateral axis, wherein the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft has first and second portions positioned symmetrically about the longitudinally extending shaft;
at least one secondary reflector mount secured to the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft, wherein the at least one secondary reflector mount is selectively rotatable with respect to the at least one secondary laterally extending shaft;
at least one secondary optical reflector mounted on the at least one secondary reflector mount; and
at least one secondary rotating member secured to the at least one laterally extending shaft for engagement with the continuous belt.

US Pat. No. 10,190,800

HEATABLE FLUID BAG

1. A heatable fluid bag, comprising a bag body, a liquid inlet and a power access port being formed in the bag body, an extractable liquid inlet plunger being installed in the liquid inlet, and the power access port being electrically connected with an electrical heating component installed in the bag body, wherein the electrical heating component comprises a metal ceramic heating sheet, the metal ceramic heating sheet is encapsulated in a metal protection shell composed of an upper sheet and a lower sheet, a connection base is connected onto the upper sheet, a PVC protection shell is installed in the connection base, the PVC protection shell and the connection base are axially positioned through a threaded sleeve, an upper end of the threaded sleeve is positioned on the PVC protection shell through an annular boss on the PVC protection shell, and a lower end thereof is rotationally installed on a threaded section of the connection base; a power connector installation shell is installed in the PVC protection shell, a temperature control switch is installed in the power connector installation shell, a copper flat-core power input socket is installed in the power connector installation shell, and a rotary upper cover is installed on the power input socket; and a wire of the metal ceramic heating sheet penetrates through the metal protection shell and the connection base thereon, then penetrates through the PVC protection shell to enter the power connector installation shell, then is electrically connected with the temperature control switch and a thermal fuse, and then is electrically connected with the power input socket, and a power plug can be inserted into the power input socket by rotating the rotary upper cover to expose the power input socket.

US Pat. No. 10,190,799

HVAC DAMPER SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A forced air damper actuator assembly for applying a rotational bias force to a shaft of a damper blade that is disposed within an air duct in order to control a crack pressure of the air duct, the forced air damper actuator assembly comprising:a damper actuator configured to apply a rotational bias force to a shaft of a damper blade;
an actuator housing for housing the damper actuator;
a bias force adjuster positioned at least partially within the actuator housing that is adjustable from outside of the actuator housing, the bias force adjuster usable by a user to manually adjust a bias force setting along a range of bias force settings, the bias force setting sets the rotational bias force that is applied by the damper actuator to the shaft;
a pressure level indicator positioned at least partially within the actuator housing and visible from outside of the actuator housing to provide an indication of the current bias force setting; and
a standoff for spacing the bias force adjuster from the air duct by a distance that facilitates an application of insulation around the air duct while leaving the bias force adjuster exposed and available for manual adjustment by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,190,797

METHOD OF FORMING A REFLECTIVE LAMINATE INSULATING ASSEMBLY

1. A method comprising:(a) moving a plurality of sidewalls of a reflective laminate insulating assembly from a first transport configuration, wherein a majority of a base and a majority of each of the plurality of sidewalls are parallel to an installation configuration, wherein each of the plurality of sidewalls is inclined relative to the base; wherein the reflective laminate insulating assembly includes a base, a first sidewall extending from the base and a second sidewall extending from the base, at least one of the first sidewall and the second sidewall terminating at a free edge and a portion of the first sidewall is affixed to a portion of the second sidewall, independent of the base; and
(b) disposing the reflective laminate insulating assembly in the installation configuration adjacent a portion of an HVAC duct component.

US Pat. No. 10,190,796

SELF-SEALING CIRCULAR CROSS-SECTION SHEET METAL DUCT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SEALED CIRCULAR CROSS-SECTION DUCT

Ductmate Industries, Inc....

1. A self-sealing circular cross-section sheet metal duct comprising:(a) an unassembled circular sheet metal duct having a self locking longitudinal seam with a sealant that is applied as a liquid positioned within the longitudinal seam while the seam is being formed; the sealant solidifies and the sealant allows the self locking longitudinal seam to be engaged, disengaged and reengaged without the sealant stringing; and
(b) when the longitudinal seam is engaged and thereby simultaneously locking the seam the circular sheet metal duct is formed for installation with a sealed longitudinal seam without an installer applying a sealant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,794

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS ENVIRONMENTAL ZONE CONTROL

ARZEL ZONING TECHNOLOGY, ...

1. A control system to wirelessly control environmental parameters of a predefined zone in a forced air HVAC system, the control system comprising:a damper associated with the predefined zone, the damper comprising:
a rail for securing the damper on an air duct of the predefined zone,
a blade assembly connected to the rail, the blade assembly having a damper module and a blade coupled to the damper module, wherein the damper module is configured to move the blade between an open and closed state to regulate air flow through the air duct,
a supplemental power source configured to supply power to the damper module, and
a scavenger assembly having an impeller and a scavenger module that stores power generated by rotation of the impeller in the air duct and supplies power to the damper module,
wherein the damper operates in a first mode using power supplied only by the scavenger module when air flow is greater than or equal to a predefined rate, and wherein the damper operates in a second mode using combination of power supplied by both the scavenger module and the supplemental power source when air flow is less than the predefined rate;
a wireless temperature controller associated with the damper, configured to monitor a zone temperature and humidity in the predefined zone, to receive as input data representative of a desired temperature for the predefined zone, and to communicate data representative of the temperature in the predefined zone and the desired temperature and to request service at the predefined zone; and
a control box in wireless communication with the damper and the wireless temperature controller, the control box configured to adjust a position of the blade to regulate the flow of forced air inside the air duct of the predefined zone based on the data representative of the zone temperature and the data representative of the desired temperature received from the temperature controller, wherein the control box is further coupled to the forced air HVAC system and configured to control operation of the forced air HVAC system.

US Pat. No. 10,190,793

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE OPTIMIZATION BASED ON STATISTICAL ESTIMATES OF IBDR EVENT PROBABILITIES

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A building management system comprising:building equipment configured to consume electrical energy and generate thermal energy for use in satisfying a thermal energy load of a building;
thermal energy storage configured to store at least a portion of the thermal energy generated by the building equipment and to discharge the stored thermal energy;
electrical energy storage configured to store electrical energy purchased from a utility and to discharge the stored electrical energy; and
a controller configured to determine, for each time step within a time horizon, an optimal amount of electrical energy to allocate to an incentive-based demand response (IBDR) program by optimizing a value function that accounts for revenue predicted to result from participating in the IBDR program based on statistical estimates of IBDR event probabilities;
wherein the controller is configured to estimate the IBDR event probabilities based on a history of past IBDR events, each of the past IBDR events comprising an invitation to participate in the IBDR program in exchange for a monetary incentive.

US Pat. No. 10,190,792

THREE-DIMENSIONAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM VISUALIZATION

Crestron Electronics, Inc...

1. A method for rendering a three-dimensional building management system visualization of a building, the method comprising:storing geometry elements and spatial elements, wherein the geometry elements define three-dimensional geometrical representation of a building's structure, wherein the spatial elements define three-dimensional representation of spaces in the building, wherein the geometry elements are mapped to spatial elements, wherein the spatial elements are associated with respective space nodes that identify the spaces located within the building, wherein the space nodes are associated with respective electronic devices installed within the spaces in the building;
receiving a selection of a status-attribute view from a list of status-attribute views, wherein the list of status-attribute views comprises an electronic device on status-attribute view comprising logic including:
a first object property configured for indicating that an electronic device is turned on,
a second object property configured for indicating that an electronic device is off,
a third object property configured for indicating that an electronic device in an occupied space is on, and
a fourth object property configured for indicating that an electronic device in a vacant space is on;
storing logic for each status-attribute view, wherein the logic defines one or more object properties each corresponding to a status level and configured for modifying an appearance of a spatial element;
receiving status information of at least one electronic device;
filtering the received status information to select a subset of status information that corresponds to the selected status-attribute view;
determining status levels of respective space nodes based on the subset of status information;
determining object properties that apply to the determined status levels using the logic;
applying the determined object properties to respective spatial elements associated with the space nodes; and
rendering a three dimensional building visualization of the building for the selected status-attribute view via a user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,791

THREE-DIMENSIONAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM VISUALIZATION

Crestron Electronics, Inc...

1. A system for on-demand rendering of a three-dimensional building management system visualization of a building comprising:a database configured for storing a geometry data file comprising geometry elements and a separate spatial data file comprising spatial elements, wherein the geometry elements define three-dimensional geometrical representation of a building's structure, wherein the spatial elements define three-dimensional representation of spaces in the building, wherein the geometry elements are mapped to spatial elements, wherein the spatial elements are associated with respective space nodes that identify the spaces located within the building, wherein the space nodes are associated with respective electronic devices installed within the spaces in the building; and
at least one processor in communication with the one or more electronic devices comprising a memory encoding one or more processor-executable instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause acts to be performed comprising:
selectively recalling the geometry data file comprising the geometry elements and the spatial data file comprising the spatial elements from the database; and
rendering a three dimensional building visualization of the building via a user interface, wherein the three-dimensional building visualization comprises a status information visualization of at least one electronic device;wherein the user interface comprises:a structure selection field which upon being selected is configured for recalling the geometry elements from the geometry data file and visibly rendering at least a portion of the geometry elements;
a spaces selection field which upon being selected is configured for recalling the spatial elements from the spatial data file and visibly rendering at least a portion of the spatial elements; and
a structure and spaces selection field which upon being selected is configured for recalling the geometry elements from the geometry data file and the spatial elements from the spatial data file and visibly rendering at least a portion of the geometry elements and at least a portion of the spatial elements.

US Pat. No. 10,190,789

CENTRAL PLANT WITH COORDINATED HVAC EQUIPMENT STAGING ACROSS MULTIPLE SUBPLANTS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A controller for a central plant that includes at least a first subplant and a second subplant configured to serve a thermal energy load of a building, the controller comprising:a communications interface configured to communicate with the first subplant and the second subplant; and
a processing circuit communicably coupled to the communications interface and comprising a processor and memory, the memory comprising:
an equipment staging detector configured to detect a staging event for equipment of the second subplant and to determine when the staging event occurs;
a subplant staging evaluator configured to use input from the equipment staging detector to determine whether a predetermined time period has elapsed since the staging event for the equipment of the second subplant has occurred;
a subplant staging preventer configured to prevent the first subplant from staging equipment of the first subplant in response to a determination that the predetermined time period has not elapsed since the staging event for the equipment of the second subplant has occurred;
a central plant optimizer configured to perform an optimization process to determine a desired set of the equipment of the first subplant for use in serving the thermal energy load; and
a desired equipment drop detector configured to determine whether the desired set of the equipment of the first subplant has dropped to zero;
wherein the subplant staging preventer is configured to allow the first subplant to stage the equipment of the first subplant in response to a determination that the desired set of the equipment of the first subplant has dropped to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,190,788

MULTI-MODE AUTO CHANGEOVER SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A thermostat comprising:a cool mode and heat mode mechanism having a connection for controlling a building heating and cooling system for affecting a temperature of a space;
a temperature setpoint mechanism, having cool and heat setpoints that are adjustable, connected to the cool mode and heat mode mechanism; and
an auto changeover connected to the temperature setpoint mechanism; and
wherein:
the auto changeover is configured to switch the thermostat from one mode to another mode according to the temperature of the space for a set amount of time relative to the cool and heat setpoints and hystereses above and below the cool and heat setpoints, respectively;
the auto changeover is configured to occur at each of the cool setpoint is less than the heat setpoint, the cool and heat setpoints are the same, and the cool setpoint is greater than the heat setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,190,787

HUMIDIFICATION AND AIR CLEANING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A humidification and air cleaning apparatus comprising:a water tank to store water, the water tank comprising a bottom wall and a side wall extending upward from the bottom wall;
an air wash inlet formed at the side wall to communicate with the inside and outside of the water tank;
a water tank humidification medium housing located inside the wall or in the air wash inlet, the water tank humidification housing being detachably mounted to the water tank; and
a water tank humidification medium formed of a water absorbent material to humidify air passing through the air wash inlet, the water tank humidification medium being disposed in the water tank humidification medium housing,
wherein the water tank humidification medium covers the air wash inlet,
wherein the water tank humidification medium includes a lower end and an upper end, the lower end being spaced apart from a water surface of the water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,190,785

DUST REMOVING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING DUST

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A dust removing device comprising:a dust position estimator which estimates a position of a dusty area in which dust is present;
an air blow determiner which determines, based on the estimated position of the dusty area, an air blow mode which causes a predetermined airflow in the dusty area;
an air blower which performs an air blowing to cause airflow in the determined air blowing mode; and
an air intake which draws in air from a space in which the air blowing is performed,
wherein the air blowing mode includes a first air blowing mode, in which the air blower causes a first airflow to disperse dust, and a second air blowing mode, in which the air blower causes a second airflow, different from the first airflow, to lead the dispersed dust to the air intake,
in the first air blowing mode, the air blower causes the first airflow and the air intake does not draw in air, and
in the second air blowing mode, which is performed after the first air blowing mode is performed, the air blower causes the second airflow and the air intake draws in air, with the dispersed dust, from the space.

US Pat. No. 10,190,784

FLEXIBLE DUCT SYSTEM

Richard L. Rue, Dallas, ...

1. A flexible duct system for connecting between an air handling unit and one or more building spaces for passing building air between the air handling unit and the one or more building spaces, the flexible duct system comprising:a first fitting connected to the air handling unit, said first fitting having a first fitting longitudinal axis, a first end facing in a first direction and connected to the air handling unit for passing an air flow there-between, and a second end which is distally disposed from the air handling unit, said second end defining a second terminal end and having a second end profile;
a first flexible duct having a first end portion fitting over said second end profile of said first fitting, and said first flexible duct further having a second end portion which is distally disposed from said first end portion;
a first band extending around said first end portion of said first flexible duct and engaging against said second end profile to fixedly secure said first end portion of said first flexible duct to said first fitting;
a second fitting which is spaced apart from said first fitting, said second fitting having a second fitting longitudinal axis and a forward end which defines a third terminal end, said forward end having a third end profile;
said second portion of said first flexible duct section fitting over said third end profile of said second fitting;
a second band extending around said second end portion of said first flexible duct and engaging against said third end profile to fixedly secure said second end portion of said first flexible duct to said forward end of said second fitting; and
wherein said first flexible duct is pulled taut between said first fitting and said second fitting, and held in place by said first and second bands engaging respective ones of said second end profile and said third end profile.

US Pat. No. 10,190,783

CONVECTION COOKING APPLIANCE WITH CIRCULAR AIR FLOW SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of recirculating air in an oven cavity of a cooking appliance comprising:drawing a flow of air from adjacent one side wall of the oven cavity into an intake of a convection cover mounted to a rear wall of the oven cavity, wherein the convection cover spans at least a majority of the rear wall of the oven cavity and includes a first end portion that spans at least 75% of the overall height of the oven cavity and a second end portion that narrows relative to the first end portion to span less than 55% of the overall height of the oven cavity;
directing the flow of air through a tapering duct defined between the convection cover and the rear wall to a plurality of exhaust ports provided in the convection cover adjacent an opposing side wall of the oven cavity;
directing the flow of air out of the plurality of exhaust ports and along the opposing side wall toward a door of the oven cavity; and
re-directing the flow of air along the door and the one side wall back to the intake, thereby establishing a single, circular convection airflow pattern through the oven cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,190,782

GAS OVEN

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A gas oven comprising:a body;
a cooking space formed in the body;
a burner provided in the cooking space;
an inner wall configured to form the cooking space;
an air supply flow channel configured to connect the cooking space with an outside of the body to supply external air from the outside of the body to the cooking space; and
a distribution unit provided at an ejection portion of the air supply flow channel, the ejection portion of the air supply flow channel formed in the inner wall and the distribution unit formed within the cooking space on the inner wall and configured to distribute the external air supplied through the air supply flow channel,
wherein the distribution unit comprises:
a distribution guide portion configured to distribute the external air supplied through the air supply flow channel; and
a supply guide portion configured to guide the external air that passes through the distribution guide portion to be supplied to one of the cooking space and the burner,
wherein the supply guide portion is formed on the inner wall along a whole circumference of the distribution guide portion, so that the distribution unit is configured to bend a flow of the external air supplied through the air supply flow channel to supply the air to the cooking space along the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,190,781

REMOVABLE OVEN FOR GRILL

1. A removable oven for use on a cooking grill comprising:a cooking chamber formed in a high temperature housing sitting on the cooking grill, said high temperature housing comprising a closed top, an open bottom and at least one side wall;
a chimney positioned over a chimney opening formed in said closed top;
a shutterable perforated diffuser pan positioned on the cooking grill inside said open bottom;
at least one adjustable stand fixed to said shutterable perforated diffuser pan;
a cooking plate supported by said at least one adjustable stand;
a handle fixed to said high temperature housing to swing said high temperature housing up to expose said cooking plate and at least a portion of said shutterable perforated diffuser pan.

US Pat. No. 10,190,780

DOOR FOR A HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE, AND HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE HAVING A DOOR

1. A door for a household appliance, comprising:a plate-type base part,
a handle arranged on the base part and including a movable handle part,
a coupling apparatus connected to the handle part and configured to pivot the handle part relative to the base part as a function of a movement of the door, said coupling apparatus comprising a coupling rod arranged on the handle part, a return spring arranged on the coupling rod, and a single-run cable pull having an end which faces the handle part and is connected to the coupling rod, and
a locking mechanism configured to limit a movement of the coupling rod.

US Pat. No. 10,190,779

GAS BURNER, GAS BURNER ARRANGEMENT AND COOKING ZONE

1. A gas burner configured to be mounted on for a cooktop, comprising:a contact surface configured to come into surface contact with a cooktop plate of the cooktop;
a thermal element having a housing, the housing of the thermal element having a pair of flanges; and
a holding device having a thermal element receiving slot including a laterally facing opening for allowing the thermal element to be pushed into the thermal element receiving slot in a direction laterally parallel to the contact surface,
wherein the holding device of the gas burner includes a side flank on an inner vertical surface of the thermal element receiving slot and extending around the thermal element receiving slot from a first edge of the laterally facing opening to a second edge of the laterally facing opening such that the side flank directly contacts an inner surface of each flange of the pair of flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,190,778

COOKING HOB GAS BURNER

1. An improved gas burner, comprising:an injector holder (2) configured to be fixed to a sheet metal (8) of a cooking hob, the injection holder being provided on its base with an injector (10);
a burner body (14) resting on said injector holder (2), a circumferential passage being defined between said burner body and said injection holder for entry of primary air intended to form a combustion mixture with gas leaving said injector (10); and
a cover (28), formed from a single piece of drawn sheet metal, positioned on said burner body (14),
wherein said cover comprises a first circumferential flange (30) provided with a plurality of elongated apertures (32, 40) of essentially vertical extension, for passage of the combustion mixture which generates a ring of main flames (34),
wherein a radial venturi effect chamber (36) is defined in an interspace between said cover and an upper surface of said burner body, said radial venturi effect chamber having a wider end facing said elongated apertures,
wherein said burner body further comprises an annular band (22) extending upwardly from an outer circumferential edge of said burner body,
wherein a second circumferential flange extends downward from said first circumferential flange toward said burner body, said first circumferential flange extending radially more than said second circumferential flange so that the second circumferential flange is concentric to, and radially interior to, the annular band, and
wherein a plurality of first small apertures (24) are defined in said second circumferential flange for the passage of the combustion mixture to feed an annular stabilization flame (26) for the ring of main flames, said first small apertures being positioned axially below a lower surface of said first circumferential flange,
whereby said annular stabilization flame is formed in an annular space defined by said lower surface of said first circumferential flange, said second circumferential flange, and said annular band, and
whereby said plurality of first small apertures is hidden from view by said annular band.

US Pat. No. 10,190,777

HIGH EFFICIENCY SIDE BURNER AND OUTDOOR COOKER

W.C. BRADLEY CO., Columb...

1. A cooking burner apparatus comprising:a burner pan;
a burner head positioned in the burner pan, the burner head having a plurality of discharge ports which are provided around the burner head;
a guide element which is positioned in the burner head for receiving a combustible gas stream; and
the guide element comprising a solid cylindrical vertical wall having no openings therethrough except for either (a) a single series of guide element openings which extends around the cylindrical vertical wall for discharging the combustible gas stream into the burner head or (b) a lower series and an upper series of guide element openings which extend around the cylindrical vertical wall for discharging the combustible gas stream into the burner head, the upper series of guide element openings being positioned above the lower series of guide element openings,
wherein, when the guide element has the single series of guide element openings, the guide element openings of the single series have center points which are located in a single horizontal plane and
when the guide element has the lower series and the upper series of guide element openings, the guide element openings of the lower series have center points which are located in a lower horizontal plane and the guide element openings of the upper series have center points which are located in an upper horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,190,774

FUEL NOZZLE WITH FLEXIBLE SUPPORT STRUCTURES

General Electric Company,...

1. A fuel nozzle apparatus, comprising:an annular injection ring disposed coaxially along a centerline axis and having a circumferential fuel gallery therein, and including a radial array of fuel orifices communicating with the fuel gallery;
an annular ring support disposed coaxially along the centerline axis and radially inward of the annular injection ring;
and a support arm interconnecting the annular ring support and the annular injection ring,
wherein a forward portion of the support arm joins the annular ring support at a forward junction and an aft portion of the support arm extends axially aft of the forward portion to join the annular injection ring at an aft junction,
wherein the forward portion extends in a radially outward direction and the aft portion extends in a radially inward direction,
wherein the annular injection ring is cantilevered from the annular ring support by way of the support arm.

US Pat. No. 10,190,773

ATTACHMENT STUD ON A COMBUSTOR FLOATWALL PANEL WITH INTERNAL COOLING HOLES

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A combustor floatwall panel comprising:a stack of layers of a sintered material, which form in aggregate:
a panel having a first surface and a second surface parallel to the first surface;
an attachment stud projecting from the second surface; and
a cooling flow passageway that is made up of a series of apertures in adjacent layers, the cooling flow passageway includes:
a feeder hole extending through the attachment stud;
a plurality of effusion cooling holes extending to the first surface and fluidly connected to the feeder hole;
wherein the plurality of effusion cooling holes extend along non-parallel first axes to meet the first surface at a first angle relative to the first surface; the feeder hole extends along a second axis through the attachment stud at a second angle relative to the first surface; and the second angle is greater than the first angle; and
a manifold fluidly connecting the feeder hole to each of the plurality of effusion cooling holes, wherein the manifold has a first cross-sectional area and the feeder hole has a second cross-sectional area, and wherein the first cross-sectional area and the second cross-sectional area are measured normal to the second axis and wherein the first cross-sectional area is greater than the second cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,772

DUAL FUEL IGNITION DEVICE AND WORK METHOD THEREOF AS WELL AS SAFETY TYPE DUAL FUEL CONTROL SYSTEM BASED THEREON AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ZHEJIANG FUERJ ELECTRIC S...

1. A dual fuel ignition device, comprising:a high-heating value gas igniting end, comprising a first thermocouple having a first cathode and a first anode and an ignition burner adapted to high-heating value gas, wherein the ignition burner is connected with a branch of a gas inducing gas flow;
a low-heating value gas igniting end, comprising a second thermocouple having a second cathode and a second anode and an ignition burner adapted to low-heating value gas, wherein the ignition burner is connected with another branch of the gas inducing gas flow, wherein the first cathode is directly connected to the second cathode or the first anode is directly connected to the second anode to output electric potential according to heating condition of the thermocouples;
fire of the ignition burner heats up the corresponding thermocouple only to generate the electric potential when the igniting end correctly induces the gas due to position configuration of the two thermocouples, and when the igniting end induces the high-heating value gas into the low-heating value igniting end by mistake, the fire heats up the two thermocouples at the same time to offset or reduce the output electric potential.

US Pat. No. 10,190,771

EXHAUST DUCT AND BOILER

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An exhaust duct comprising:a flue gas passage in which flue gas can flow;
a hopper which is provided in the flue gas passage and can collect solid particles in the flue gas; and
resisting members which can block outflow of the solid particles from the hopper,
wherein the resisting members include a baffle plate which is disposed on an upper portion of the hopper along a horizontal direction intersecting a flow direction of the flue gas,
wherein the baffle plate includes a first baffle plate which is disposed on the upper portion of the hopper and a downstream side end portion in the flow direction of the flue gas, and a second baffle plate which is disposed on the upper portion of the hopper and at an intermediate position in the flow direction of the flue gas, and
wherein the second baffle plate is disposed such that a lower end portion in a vertical direction is inclined toward the downstream side in the flow direction of the flue gas, and the second baffle plate is disposed above a storage portion of the hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,190,768

GASIFICATION MELTING FACILITY

1. A gasification melting facility comprising:a fluidized bed gasification furnace that generates pyrolysis gas by thermally decomposing waste and discharges incombustibles;
a melting furnace into which the pyrolysis gas is fed;
a pyrolysis gas passage that connects the fluidized bed gasification furnace and the melting furnace;
a grinder that grinds the incombustibles discharged from the fluidized bed gasification furnace by passing the incombustibles through a plurality of rods;
a vibratory sifter that screens the incombustibles ground by the grinder;
a fixed amount feeder that feeds at a fixed amount the incombustibles that pass through the vibratory sifter, the fixed amount feeder including a plurality of transfer chambers rotatable between a position to receive the incombustibles from the vibratory sifter and a position to discharge the incombustibles; and
an airflow conveyor that conveys the fixed amount of the incombustibles from the fixed amount feeder together with airflow to the pyrolysis gas passage.

US Pat. No. 10,190,767

ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLED COMBUSTION FLUID FLOW

CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORP...

1. A system for electrically controlling combustion fluid flow, comprising:a charge generator configured to apply a charge or voltage to a combustion fluid flow corresponding to a combustion reaction;
a combustion fluid flow barrier defining at least one aperture therethrough;
at least one flow control electrode operatively coupled to the at least one aperture;
a voltage source operatively coupled to the flow control electrode; and
a controller configured to control an application of one or more voltages from the voltage source to the flow control electrode;
wherein the combustion fluid flow barrier comprises a perforated flame holder;
wherein the flow control electrode comprises a plate and a tube in electrical communication with the plate; and
wherein the tube defines the at least one aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,190,766

MODEL-BASED LOAD DEMAND CONTROL

1. A method of controlling a load generated by a power generating system, comprising:receiving, at inputs of a first dynamic matrix controller, a signal indicative of a current value of a first process variable used in a first section of the power generating system and a signal indicative of a target load demand, the first section of the power generating system corresponding to one of a turbine or a boiler;
determining, by the first dynamic matrix controller, a value of a first control signal by inputting a value of the target load demand and the current value of the first process variable into a model stored in a memory of the first dynamic matrix controller, the model being descriptive of a behavior of a process response at various values of load demands;
generating, by the first dynamic matrix controller, the first control signal; and
controlling the load generated by the power generating system based on the first control signal and a second control signal generated by a second dynamic matrix controller based on a current value of a second process variable used in a second section of the power generating system and the target load demand, the second section of the power generating system corresponding to the other one of the turbine or the boiler.

US Pat. No. 10,190,765

HEAT EXCHANGER

ConleyMax Inc., Calgary,...

1. A tank and heat exchanger apparatus, comprising:a tank comprising a through-hole formed in a tank flange attached to an exterior surface of said tank; and
a heat exchanger comprising:
a flange; and
at least one heat transfer tube directly mounted on a first surface of the flange, opposing ends of the at least one heat transfer tube arranged in fluid communication with a corresponding intake port and exit port extending through the flange, wherein
the at least one heat transfer tube is configured to extend into an interior of said tank through the through-hole formed in the tank flange,
the first surface of the flange is mounted against and attached to the tank flange,
the flange comprises a bolt pattern designed to overlap with a bolt pattern formed on the tank flange so that the flange can be attached to the tank flange, and
the at least one heat transfer tube is in direct contact with material stored in the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,190,764

INFRARED HYDROGEN/OXYGEN COMBUSTOR

XIAMEN YUANYIDA TECHNOLOG...

1. An infrared hydrogen/oxygen combustor in the field of combustion heating, comprising:an angle-shaped sinus ring (1) with a surrounding foot for passing water and producing gas; a surrounding foot (12) of the angle-shaped sinus ring (1) wraps a material-containing basin (14); a gas-gathering chamber (17) is formed between an outer wall of the material-containing basin (14) and an inner wall of a lower part of the surrounding foot (12); a primary energy gas inlet (18) is provided on one side of the gas-gathering chamber (17); a first small tube (16) and a second small tube (7) are connected with the material-containing basin (14) and the angle-shaped sinus ring (1) for exchanging water, water vapor and air; water solution (3) is contained in the material-containing basin (14); a first catalytic material barrier (15) is arranged in the water solution (3) at the lower part of the material-containing basin (14); a straight-hole ceramic water-absorbing board (5) is provided on an upper part of the water solution (3) matching with an inner wall of the material-containing basin (14); a middle lower part of the water-absorbing board (5) is soaked in the water solution (3), that is, full range of solution positioning; a spacing ring (6) is provided above the rim of the material-containing basin (14) and inside the upward ring of the angle-shaped sinus ring (1); an infrared radiation board (2) is provided in the inner surface of the spacing ring (6) having a same number of holes and facing the straight-hole ceramic water-absorbing board (5) in the material-containing basin (14); a two-stage material-containing box (9) with a separated brake is provide on one side of the angle-shaped sinus ring (1); a second catalytic material barrier (10) is provided in each of the separated brake of the material-containing box (9); the two-stage material-containing box (9) is communicated with the angle-shaped sinus ring (1) and material-containing basin (14) respectively by a third small tube (8) and a forth small tube (13), so that the original water and the added water be controlled separately; the original water in the material-containing basin (14) can be supplied on demand, and the original water is separated from the added water, the water capacity in the material-containing basin (14) is controlled, and it overcomes the negative effect produced by entering too much or too little water, and the concentration of catalyst in aqueous solution is increased by putting the catalytic material in the material-containing box, decomposition of the reaction is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,190,763

LED PURIFYING AND ENERGY-SAVING LAMP

1. An LED purifying and energy-saving lamp, comprising a lamp body, a heat radiator, a light source assembly and an air purifying device, wherein the lamp body comprises a main body portion, an overflow table and a plurality of connecting blocks; the heat radiator, the light source assembly and the air purifying device are provided in the main body portion; the air purifying device is provided above the heat radiator; the light source assembly is provided inside the heat radiator; the upper part of the main body portion is connected to the bottom edge of the overflow table via the plurality of connecting blocks; the main body portion, the overflow table and the connecting blocks define a plurality of air outlets; a shunting spur is convexly provided at the bottom of the overflow table toward the interior of the main body portion; the shunting spur comprises a shunting surface connected to the bottom of the overflow table and an installing surface connected to a free end of the shunting surface, the shunting surface being arranged obliquely; the shunting convex tip is provided above the air outlets; the heat radiator is configured to diffuse heat generated in a working process of the light source assembly, and meanwhile heat air to form heat convection to make air rise, thereby causing outside air to flow into the main body portion; and the air purifying device is configured to purify air inside the main body portion, and the shunting surface guides the purified air to be exhausted from the air outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,190,762

DEVICES FOR WORKSPACE ILLUMINATION HAVING A PANEL FORMING AN ENCLOSURE AND A PLURALITY OF LIGHT EMITTERS WITH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OPTICS

Quarkstar LLC, Las Vegas...

1. An illumination device comprising:a mount;
a panel comprising a first face and a second opposing face forming an enclosure, the first and second faces extending in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, wherein, when mounted to a floor, the mount supports the panel so that the first direction is a vertical direction and the second direction is a horizontal direction; and
a luminaire module arranged in the enclosure, the luminaire module configured and arranged to output light towards respective target areas proximate to the first and the second face of the panel,
the luminaire module comprising:
a plurality of light-emitting elements (LEEs) distributed along the second direction, the plurality of LEEs being configured to emit light;
one or more primary optics coupled with one or more corresponding LEEs of the plurality of LEEs and configured to redirect light emitted by the one or more corresponding LEEs as redirected light; and
a secondary optic elongated along the second direction and comprising two redirecting surfaces and two output surfaces corresponding to the respective redirecting surfaces, each of the two redirecting surfaces being arranged and configured to reflect the light received from the one or more primary optics as reflected light towards the corresponding output surface, and the corresponding output surface being arranged and configured to refract the reflected light and to output the refracted light towards the respective target area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,761

ADAPTERS FOR EXISTING LIGHT FIXTURES

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A retrofitted light fixture, comprising:a coupling feature of a power source that delivers primary power;
at least one light fixture component of an existing light fixture, wherein the at least one light fixture component comprises a power supply, wherein the at least one light fixture component, as part of the existing light fixture, was directly coupled to the power source; and
an adapter coupled to the coupling feature of the power source and the power supply of the at least one light fixture component, wherein the adapter comprises a controller and a communication module, wherein the adapter receives the primary power from the coupling feature of the power source, wherein the controller delivers power to the power supply of the at least one light fixture component based on instructions, wherein the communication module allows the controller to communicate with an external component that is external to the retrofitted light fixture,
wherein the existing light fixture, without the adapter, continues to operate but is unable to communicate with the external component.

US Pat. No. 10,190,760

LED LIGHT FIXTURE FOR USE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES

CLEAR-VU LIGHTING LLC, C...

1. An LED fight fixture for use in a public transportation facility having a high voltage power source having a voltage of 450 to 1000 Volts and at least a first standard voltage power source having a voltage of 110 to 277 Volts; the LED light fixture comprising:a plurality of LEDs;
an LED power supply having at least first and second power inputs;
the first power input adapted to be connected to the first standard voltage power source and the second power input adapted to be connected to the high voltage power source; and
a battery backup system connected to one of the plurality of LEDs and the LED power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,190,759

CIRCUIT BOARDS FOR LED-BASED LIGHT FIXTURES

HUBBELL INCORPORATED, Sh...

1. A light fixture comprising:a master board having an input to receive AC power, an AC-DC rectifier coupled to receive AC power and generate DC power, and a power output connector to supply DC power; and
a first light-emitting diode (LED) board having a first end and a second end, and coupled to receive the DC power, the first LED board comprising:
a first LED array;
a first linear AC driver coupled to receive the DC power and drive a current through the first LED array;
a power input connector connectable to the power output connector and connected to the first linear AC driver;
a first power input/output connector positioned at the first end, and connected to the power input connector; and
a second power input/output connector positioned at the second end, and connected to the power input connector and the first power input/output connector.

US Pat. No. 10,190,758

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE UNIT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

Sakai Display Products Co...

7. A light source device comprising:a substrate unit changeable from a first shape in which a length in a predetermined direction is a first length to a second shape in which a length in the predetermined direction is a second length longer than the first length, wherein the substrate unit comprises:
a plurality of light source substrates including a first light source substrate and a second light source substrate which are elongated light source substrates long in the predetermined direction on which light sources are mounted; and
a connection substrate which has a flexibility and connects a first edge part on one end side in the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate and a fourth edge part along the longitudinal direction of the second light source substrate,
wherein the connection substrate comprises:
a first extension part which is extended to the first edge part along the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate and to be connected to the first edge part,
a connection part which connects the first extension part and the fourth edge part,
a first bent part at which the first extension part can be bent along a direction orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate; and
a second bent part at which the connection part can be bent along the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate,
wherein the connection substrate connects the first edge part and the fourth edge part so that a third edge part along the longitudinal direction of the first light source substrate and the fourth edge part face each other, in the state of the first shape, and so that the first edge part and a second edge part on one end side in the longitudinal direction of the second light source substrate face each other, in the state of the second shape, and
wherein the substrate unit is deformed from the first shape into the second shape as the connection substrate is bent at the first bent part and the second bent part.

US Pat. No. 10,190,757

LED LIGHTING METHODS AND APPARATUS

WANGS ALLIANCE CORPORATIO...

1. An LED light fixture comprising:an upper fixture main body;
an LED light source secured in the upper fixture main body;
a lower fixture main body including support arms between which said upper fixture main body is mounted by pivots;
a first tilt position stop for holding said upper fixture main body at one of a plurality of user selectable tilt positions;
wherein said lower fixture main body includes a housing with a hollow cavity in which said upper fixture main body is tiltably mounted;
wherein a lower portion of said upper fixture main body extends into said hollow cavity of said lower fixture main body housing, said hollow cavity including room to allow said upper fixture main body to tilt; and
a waterproof housing in which said upper fixture main body, said LED light source, said lower fixture main body and said first tilt position stop are sealed after said upper fixture main body is set to one of the user selectable tilt positions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,756

FLEXIBLE SIGNALING DEVICE HAVING RUBBERLIKE ELONGATE DIFFUSER

9609385 CANADA INC., Bea...

1. A flexible signalling device comprising:a housing manufactured from a rigid material and comprising a flat bottom;
an electronic circuit positioned within said housing and comprising at least one LED arranged along a light emitting edge of said housing, a battery and a user actuatable switch for selectively energizing said at least one LED;
a lens covering said at least one LED; and
a solid elongate light diffuser manufactured from a non-opaque flexible rubberlike material comprising a flat bottom;
wherein said housing and said light diffuser combine to form a unitary elongate quasi-ellipsoid when viewed from above and further wherein said at least one LED is arranged to emit light through said lens and into said diffuser along a length thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,755

LED BOARD RETENTION

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A retention member for securing a light emitting diode (LED) board to a substrate, wherein the LED board comprises a width and at least one row of LEDs, and wherein the retention member comprises a width greater than the width of the LED board and:a. a retention member body configured to extend across the width of the LED board between LEDs within the at least one row of LEDs, wherein the retention member body comprises a recess formed on an underside of the retention member body configured to receive the LED board;
b. a first retention wing integral with the retention member body and comprising a first protrusion configured to engage a first aperture defined by the substrate; and
c. a second retention wing integral with the retention member body and comprising a second protrusion configured to engage a second aperture defined by the substrates wherein:
at least a portion of a bottom surface of each of the first retention wing and the second retention wing is positioned against a top surface of the substrate;
each of the first protrusion and the second protrusion is configured to extend through a respective one of the first aperture and the second aperture such that each protrusion contacts a bottom surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,190,752

LUMINAIRE MOUNTING SYSTEM

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A luminaire comprising:a frame that is configured to house a light source in a cavity defined by the frame;
wherein a rear end of the frame comprises:
an extension that is integrally formed with the frame and comprising a wire receiving aperture defined by a protrusion formed in the extension, the protrusion comprising two side walls extending on two sides of the wire receiving aperture and a top wall disposed between the two side walls and extending above the wire receiving aperture, and
wherein the extension is configured to secure the frame to a bracket-side connector of:
(a) a first bracket when the frame is mounted to a first mounting surface,
(b) a second bracket when the frame is mounted to a second mounting surface, and
(c) a third bracket when the frame is mounted to a third mounting surface, and
wherein the first mounting surface, the second mounting surface, and the third mounting surface are different from each other; and
wherein the protrusion is sized to seat in a corresponding groove defined by the bracket-side connector of: (a) the first bracket when the frame is mounted to the first mounting surface, (b) the second bracket when the frame is mounted to the second mounting surface, and (c) the third bracket when the frame is mounted to the third mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,751

MULTI-MODE ILLUMINATION DEVICE

MARTIN PROFESSIONAL APS, ...

1. An illumination device comprising:a number of light sources generating light, wherein said light sources are arranged into a first group of light sources and into a second group of light sources, wherein said second group of light sources is configured to generate light of at least two different colors and comprises multi-die light emitting diodes (LEDs);
a number of light collectors adapted to collect said generated light and to convert said collected light into a number of light beams, said light beams propagating along an optical axis; and
a number of optical mixers arranged between said second group of light sources and said light collectors, said optical mixers are adapted to collect light from said second group of light sources and to convert said collected light from said second group of light sources into a number of intermediate homogeneous light beams propagating towards said light collectors,
wherein said number of light sources and said light collectors are movable in relation to each other between a first position and a second position, and said first group of light sources and said second group of light sources are individually controllable,
wherein said light collectors can be fixed in said first position to collect at least a part of said light generated by said first group of light sources and convert said collected light from said first group of light sources into a number of first light beams, and can be fixed in said second position to collect at least a part of said intermediate homogeneous light beams and convert said intermediate homogeneous light beams into a number of second light beams,
wherein an aperture is positioned along said optical axis, wherein said number of light collectors concentrate said first light beams and said second light beams at said aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,190,750

TROFFER LUMINAIRE WITH AN ARCHED LENS

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A troffer luminaire comprising:an upper housing;
a door hinged to a side of the upper housing and defining an opening of the troffer luminaire, wherein the door comprises:
a first end plate and a second end plate disposed opposite to the first end plate;
a first reflector disposed between the first end plate and the second end plate, the first reflector comprising a first flange;
a second reflector disposed between the first end plate and the second end plate, the second reflector comprising a second flange; and
a flexible lens that is bound by a first edge, a second edge that is opposite to the first edge, a third edge that is disposed between a first end of the first edge and a first end of the second edge, and a fourth edge that is opposite to the third edge and disposed between a second end of the first edge and a second end of the second edge,
wherein the flexible lens is disposed between the first flange and the second flange of the door such that the first edge of the flexible lens engages the first flange, the second edge of the flexible lens engages the second flange, the third edge is disposed adjacent the first end plate, and the fourth edge is disposed adjacent the second end plate,
the flexible lens having a width between the first edge and the second edge that requires the flexible lens to bend when disposed between the first flange and the second flange such that the third edge and the fourth edge of the flexible lens are curved when the flexible lens is disposed between the first flange and the second flange,
wherein when the flexible lens is disposed in the door, a first gap exists between the first end plate and the third edge of the flexible lens and a second gap exists between the second end plate and the fourth edge of the flexible lens,
wherein the first end plate of the door comprises a first embossment that obstructs light from exiting the luminaire through the first gap and the second end plate of the door frame comprises a second embossment that obstructs the light from exiting the luminaire through the second gap,
wherein the first embossment and the second embossment protrude into the opening, and
wherein the first embossment and the second embossment are positioned such that when the flexible lens is disposed in the door, the first embossment and the second embossment are disposed above the flexible lens and follow a curve of the third edge and the fourth edge of the flexible lens, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,190,748

BACKLIGHT MODULE

AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION,...

1. A backlight module, comprising:a reflecting base;
a light source, disposed on the reflecting base;
at least one 3D optical control structure, disposed on the reflecting base and covering the light source, comprising a top portion and two sidewalls connected to the top portion, wherein the two sidewalls face the reflecting base obliquely and opposite to each other, and at least one of the sidewalls comprises a first through-hole; and
at least one illumination adjusting structure, adjacent to the sidewall having the first through-hole, wherein an orthogonal projection of the first through-hole to the reflecting base is projecting at a first position, and a normal line of the sidewall passing through the first through-hole intersects the reflecting base is projecting at a second position;
wherein an illumination adjusting section is between the first position and the second position, and the at least one illumination adjusting structure is disposed in the illumination adjusting section; wherein the illumination adjusting structure comprises a plurality of holes, a light-absorbing ink layer, a light-absorbing adhesive layer, a rough surface, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,746

OPTICAL LENS FOR BEAM SHAPING AND STEERING AND DEVICES USING THE OPTICAL LENS

ABL IP HOLDING LLC, Cony...

1. A lighting device comprising:a plurality of individually controllable illumination light sources configured to be driven by electrical power to emit light;
an optical lens positioned over the illumination light sources, the optical lens having a plurality of aspheric or spheric surfaces, including an input surface coupled to receive light from the illumination light sources and an output surface;
the input surface includes an input peripheral portion and an input central portion, wherein:
the input peripheral portion extends from the illumination light sources and curves from a region of the illumination light sources towards the input central portion, and
the input central portion curves towards the illumination light sources; and
the output surface includes an output lateral portion, an output shoulder portion, and an output body portion, wherein:
the output lateral portion extends away from the illumination light sources, curves away from the input peripheral portion, and intersects the output shoulder portion;
the output shoulder portion abuts the output body portion; and
the output body portion curves outwards from the illumination light sources and the output shoulder portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,744

VEHICULAR MARKER LAMP USING PLANAR LIGHT EMITTER

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A vehicular marker lamp comprising:a planar light emitter; and
a lens coupled to the planar light emitter and including an incident portion formed on a surface facing the planar light emitter,
wherein a plurality of cross-sectionally triangular prisms are arranged in the incident portion in a state where vertexes of the triangular prisms face the planar light emitter, and
each of the prisms includes an incident surface formed on one surface and arranged along the incident portion to make a light from the planar light emitter incident on the incident surface, and a light-shielding portion formed on a surface opposite to the incident surface to shield incidence of the light from the planar light emitter, wherein the light-shielding portion is formed at a substantially right angle with respect to the planar light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,743

ILLUMINATION SYSTEMS FOR REFLECTIVE DISPLAYS

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. A display device comprising:a processing unit configured to separate stored image information for a multi-color image consisting of a chromatic component and an achromatic component and convert the chromatic component into a first set of image signals and the achromatic component into a second set of image signals;
a first controller configured to receive the first set of image signals;
a reflective display controlled by the first controller and configured iv to display the achromatic component of the multi-color image;
a second controller configured to receive the second set of image signals; and
a projector controlled by the second controller and configured to project an image consisting of the chromatic component onto the reflective display to render the multi-color image.

US Pat. No. 10,190,742

ILLUMINATING VEHICLE WINDOW ASSEMBLIES FOR PROVIDING AUXILIARY BRAKE LIGHTS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An illuminating vehicle window assembly, comprising:a glass panel;
a metallic layer secured to the glass panel; and
a light source for illuminating the glass panel to produce an auxiliary brake light within the glass panel,
wherein the metallic layer is configured to reflect light from the light source toward an exterior surface of the glass panel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,741

LENS FOR LIGHTING DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A lens for a lighting device of a motor vehicle, the lens comprising:a rear face designed to be oriented toward a light source of the lighting device;
a front face designed to be oriented toward the roadway being illuminated; and
a median vertical plane designed to be substantially orthogonal to the roadway, the front face having a first zone of diffusion with microstructures adapted to diffuse the light emitted by the light source, the first zone of diffusion extending in the median vertical plane, the front face including at least two second zones of diffusion, each one of the at least two second zones of diffusion having microstructures adapted to diffuse the light emitted by the light source, the at least two second zones of diffusion being situated on either side of the median vertical plane, the microstructures of the at least two second zones of diffusion having a depth greater than a depth of the microstructures of the first zone of diffusion, wherein
the front face includes a third zone of diffusion extending substantially orthogonally to the median plane, the third zone of diffusion extending from one lower end of both the first zone of diffusion and the at least two second zones of diffusion toward an end of the front face of the lens, and
the third zone of diffusion has microstructures adapted to diffuse the light emitted by the light source, the microstructures of the third zone having a depth substantially identical to the depth of the microstructures of the first zone of diffusion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,740

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT AND VEHICLE FRONT LAMP USING THE LIGHT SOURCE UNIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A light source unit comprising:a light source module;
a heat sink including a light source arrangement portion on which the light source module is arranged and a plurality of heat dissipation fins that are plate-shaped and arranged in a first direction such that main surfaces thereof face each other;
a drive circuit for controlling driving of the light source module; and
a circuit cover configured to cover the drive circuit,
wherein the light source arrangement portion is provided on an anterior surface side of the heat sink,
the plurality of heat dissipation fins are provided on a posterior surface side of the heat sink, and
the circuit cover is attached to the heat sink such that at least two ventilation holes are present in a spatial region framed by a part of the heat sink that is on the posterior surface side and the circuit cover.

US Pat. No. 10,190,739

LAMP

HABITEX CORPORATION, Tai...

1. A lamp comprising:a base unit including
a case body that has an opening,
a first circuit board that is disposed in said case body,
a pushbutton switch that is disposed on said first circuit board,
a rotary switch that is disposed on said first circuit board and that corresponds in position to said opening, and
an elongate interconnect member that is co-rotatably connected to said rotary switch and that extends into said opening; and
a shade unit including
a shade body that is co-rotatably connected to said elongate interconnect member and that is slidable along said elongate interconnect member relative to said case body of said base unit,
a light module that is disposed in said shade body, and that is electrically connected to said pushbutton switch and said rotary switch, and
a connect member that extends from said shade body and that is movable toward and away from said pushbutton switch;
wherein said shade unit is slidable along said elongate interconnect member relative to said case body between a switch-on position, where said connect member is spaced apart from said pushbutton switch so that said light module is switched on and emits light and where said shade body is rotatable relative to said case body to rotate said elongate interconnect member and said rotary switch to adjust brightness of said light module, and a switch-off position, where said connect member abuts against said pushbutton switch so that said light module is switched off.

US Pat. No. 10,190,738

LUMINAIRES AND LIGHT SOURCE RETENTION COMPONENTS

Inter-Lux, Inc., Baltimo...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a housing having a receiving area with an internal surface;
first and second opposing teeth disposed on the internal surface and extending towards each other into the receiving area;
a light board disposed in the receiving area; and
a retention component disposed in the receiving area and holding the light board in the receiving area, the retention component has opposing first and second retention arms with respective ratcheting teeth adapted to engage the first and second opposing teeth to hold the light board in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,737

TROFFER LIGHT FIXTURE RETROFITTING KIT AND METHOD TO INSTALL THE SAME

Jiangmen POTOP Opto-Elect...

1. A retrofit kit for a lay-in troffer LED luminaire comprising:a first and a second set of connecting beams, the first set of connecting beams comprising two beams arranged in a parallel orientation, each beam of the first set of connecting beams further comprising a long wall, a short wall, each wall being perpendicular from the other, and at least one elongated edge depending from the short wall, pointing away from, and parallel to, the long wall;
the second set of connecting beams also comprising two beams, arranged in a parallel orientation and each connecting beam further comprising a long wall, a short wall, each wall being perpendicular from the other, and at least one elongated edge depending from the short wall, pointing away from, and parallel to, the long wall, each beam of the second set of connecting beams being oriented in a perpendicular manner with respect to each of the first set of connecting beams;
multiple engaging means consisting of coupling retainers and clamping hooks that engage each set of connecting beams to each other to form a quadrangular bracket capable of containing the troffer, wherein at least the elongated edges of the first set of connecting beams are supported by supporting plates of a frame engaging to a ceiling;
a body, and
compressible and extendable fastening means placed at the lateral sides of the troffer, wherein the first or second set of connecting beams further comprise connecting holes near four corners of the troffer, the fastening means are compressed and loosen into the connecting holes when the fastening means align with the holes to make the troffer connect to the ceiling through the allocation with the bracket, wherein the fastening means comprises a bar and a fixing base which is connected to the body, the fixing base comprising a guide portion that comprises internal first guide hole for the bar to slide through, the fixing base further comprising a retaining portion arranged along the sliding direction of the bar, a springing means being arranged between the bar and the retaining portion, the bar further comprising a first protrusion having a radial area less than the bar and oriented towards the connecting hole.

US Pat. No. 10,190,736

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING OFF-AXIS ILLUMINATION

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. A lighting system comprising:one or more light emitting diodes;
a secondary optic that extends along a secondary reference plane; and
a primary optic disposed between the secondary optic and the light emitting diode, the primary optic comprising:
a base region that is adjacent to the secondary optic, that extends along a primary reference plane, and that comprises a rim;
a projection that projects from the base region away from the secondary optic and towards the light emitting diode, the projection comprising:
a cavity that extends into the projection, along an axis, and towards the base region, the cavity comprising:
an aperture that is sized to receive light from one or more light emitting diodes;
a bottom; and
a sidewall that extends circumferentially about the axis and that tapers down between the aperture and the bottom;
a convex surface that is disposed at the bottom of the cavity and that is oriented to condense a portion of the received light that is incident upon the convex surface; and
a total internally reflective surface that extends circumferentially with respect to the cavity, that is tapered, and that is oriented to totally internally reflect another portion of the received light that passes through the sidewall, so that the another portion of the received light is reflected towards the base region,
wherein the axis is slanted so as to form an acute angle with the primary reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,190,735

LED DRIVER CIRCUIT AND METHOD

AMTAI MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, ...

1. An LED driver circuit, comprising:a voltage converter electrically connected to a power supply and an LED string, wherein the voltage converter provides a fixed voltage to the LED string; and
a current-based light-adjusting unit electrically connected to the voltage converter, wherein the current-based light-adjusting unit controls the amplitude of a current flowing through the LED string, in an analog manner and based on a duty cycle of a pulse width modulation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,731

LAMPHOLDER AND LUMINAIRE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A lampholder, comprisinga recess comprising a base and sidewalls, the base having a first side and a second side, the side walls being extending from the first side in a direction away from the second side, and the second side being a luminous unit installing side; and
a reflecting flank, extending from ends of the sidewalls of the recess far away from the base and having a reflecting face facing the luminous unit installing side,
the base of the recess is provided with at least one installing hole configured for fixing the lampholder and at least one wiring hole configured for running through of a wire.

US Pat. No. 10,190,730

LIGHT FLUX CONTROLLING MEMBER, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATING DEVICE

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A light flux controlling member that controls a distribution of light emitted from a light emitting element, the light flux controlling member comprising:an incidence surface including a first incidence surface that is disposed separately from a central axis of the light flux controlling member to surround the central axis, and a second incidence surface that is disposed to surround the first incidence surface, the incidence surface being configured to allow light emitted from the light emitting element to enter the light flux controlling member;
an upper total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the incidence surface such that a distance from the central axis gradually increases along the central axis toward an upper side, the upper total reflection surface being configured to reflect, in a direction away from the central axis, a part of light incident on the incidence surface;
a lower total reflection surface disposed between the central axis and the first incidence surface to surround the central axis, and configured to reflect, toward the upper total reflection surface, a part of light incident on the first incidence surface; and
an emission surface disposed outside relative to the upper total reflection surface to surround the central axis, and configured to mainly emit, to outside, light reflected by the upper total reflection surface,
wherein the incidence surface, the upper total reflection surface, the lower total reflection surface and the emission surface are rotationally symmetrical about the central axis as a rotation axis,
wherein the incidence surface further includes a third incidence surface disposed to intersect the central axis,
wherein the upper total reflection surface is disposed to intersect the central axis, and
wherein the lower total reflection surface is disposed between the first incidence surface and the third incidence surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,729

LED LAMP

ROHM CO., LTD., Kyoto (J...

1. An LED module comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface in a first direction;
an LED chip located on the first surface of the substrate; and
first and second terminals that are located on the second surface of the substrate,
wherein the first terminal has a first side and a second side opposite to the first side in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the second terminal has a third side and a fourth side opposite to the third side in the second direction,
the second side of the first terminal has first and second projections that project to a side opposite to the second terminal side,
the fourth side of the second terminal has third and fourth projections that project to a side opposite to the first terminal side,
the first projection comprises a first projection surface facing the second projection, and a second projection surface opposite to the first projection surface,
the second projection comprises a third projection surface facing the first projection, and a fourth projection surface opposite to the third projection surface,
the second projection surface is parallel to the fourth projection surface,
the third projection comprises a fifth projection surface facing the fourth projection, and a sixth projection surface opposite to the fifth projection surface,
the fourth projection comprises a seventh projection surface facing the third projection, and an eighth projection surface opposite to the seventh projection surface,
the sixth projection surface is parallel to the eighth projection surface,
the first terminal includes: a first end edge located in the first side of the first terminal, the first end edge including a first end point and a second end point that are spaced apart from each other; a second end edge located in the second side of the first terminal; a fifth end edge connected to both the second end edge and the first end point of the first end edge; a sixth end edge connected to the second end point of the first end edge,
the second terminal includes: a third end edge located in the third side of the second terminal, the third end edge including a first end point and a second end point that are spaced apart from each other; a fourth end edge located in the fourth side of the second terminal; a seventh end edge connected to both the fourth end edge and the first end point of the third end edge; a eighth end edge connected to the second end point of the third end edge,
each of the first end edge, the second end edge, the third end edge, the fourth end edge, the fifth end edge, the sixth end edge, the seventh end edge, the eighth end edge, the first projection surface, the second projection surface, the third projection surface, the fourth projection surface, the fifth projection surface, the sixth projection surface, the seventh projection surface, and the eighth projection surface is located on the first surface of the substrate,
the first end edge of the first terminal is a continuous linear edge that extends continuously from the first end point of the first end edge to the second end point of the first end edge and that overlaps the first projection, the second projection, the third projection, and the fourth projection as viewed in the second direction, and
the third end edge of the second terminal is a continuous linear edge that extends continuously from the first end point of the third end edge to the second end point of the third end edge and that overlaps the first projection, the second projection, the third projection, and the fourth projection as viewed in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,728

LAMP WITH OPTOELECTRONIC LIGHT SOURCE AND IMPROVED ISOTROPY OF THE RADIATION

1. A lamp comprising:an optoelectronic light source which has an anisotropic light radiation with a main radiation direction, wherein the radiated light intensity decreases with increasing aperture angle to the main radiation direction;
a reflector cap for reflection of light of the light source radiated in the solid angle, so that the angle of the propagation direction of the reflected light to the main radiation direction increases, said reflector cap more strongly reflects than transmits incident light of the light source;
an opening in the reflector cap; and
a diffuser for scattering light passing through the opening;
wherein the reflector cap is present in a larger aperture angle region relative to the main radiation direction and the light source than the opening, so that light reflected by the reflector cap is reflected out of a radiation direction with relatively more intense light radiation into a direction in which the light source radiates light relatively more weakly, and a shadow effect of the reflector cap in the radiation direction with the more intense light radiation is lessened as a result of the opening and the diffuse scattering of the light passing through the opening;
wherein the lamp comprises a bulb surrounding the light source in a solid angle;
wherein the diffuser is configured as a region of the bulb; and
wherein the reflector cap is arranged outside a wall of the bulb.

US Pat. No. 10,190,727

LIGHTING DEVICE

LEDVANCE GMBH, Garching ...

1. A lighting device comprising:a lamp tube having two open ends;
a light engine arranged in the lamp tube;
a carrier arranged in the lamp tube and supporting the light engine;
two end caps respectively closing the two open ends of the lamp tube; and
a diffuser arranged in the lamp tube, wherein:
the carrier supporting the light engine is held on the diffuser; and
the diffuser is held on an inner wall of the lamp tube such that the diffuser exerts a force on the inner wall which prevents the diffuser and the carrier from moving relative thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,190,726

CHECK VALVE

1. A valve for supplying fluid from a fluid source to a system, comprising:a housing having an axial conduit extending along a central axis from an inlet at one end for entry of fluid into the housing to an outlet at an opposite end for exit of fluid from the housing;
a check valve body disposed within the axial conduit of the valve housing; and
a fluid flow path through which fluid flows from the inlet through the check valve body to the outlet, wherein fluid is retained within a portion of the fluid flow path to prevent gas and debris from the outlet from entering the check valve body and wherein the fluid flow path includes a first spring biasing a first ball, a second ball, and a second spring between the first ball and the second ball and biasing the first ball and the second ball in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,723

INSULATING MOLDED PART AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

1. An insulating molded part, comprising:an upper part and a bottom part, the upper part and bottom part being respective portions of an injection molded or die-cast part;
wherein cavities in an interior of the injection molded or die-cast part are arranged as chambers separated from one another in an air-tight manner,
wherein the upper part and the bottom part are respectively formed in cuboid manners, and the upper part is offset in a diagonal direction in relation to the bottom part, and
wherein at least one of the upper part and the bottom part comprises a composite material including at least one of natural materials and recycling materials, and contains a matrix resin comprising fluid phenolic resin, a glycidyl-terminated epoxy diluent, and at least one latent cross-linking agent.

US Pat. No. 10,190,722

UNBONDED FLEXIBLE PIPE FOR TRANSPORTING AN ABRASIVE MATERIAL, ASSOCIATED METHOD AND ASSOCIATED USE

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. An unbonded flexible pipe for transporting an abrasive material, comprising:at least one tubular sheath delimiting a passage for circulation of the abrasive material;
at least one armor layer of tensile armors positioned externally with respect to the tubular sheath, the al least one armor layer comprising a plurality of filiform armor elements,
a protective internal layer positioned inside the at least one tubular sheath in the circulation passage, the protective internal layer including an elastomeric matrix and a longitudinal reinforcement assembly embedded in the matrix;
wherein the protective internal layer is an innermost layer of the pipe, and wherein the protective internal layer is deformable and locally deforms when the abrasive material makes contact with the protective internal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,721

POSITION ADJUSTING SPACER AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE POSITION OF A REHABILITATION PIPE USING SUCH

SHONAN GOSEI-JUSHI SEISAK...

1. A spacer insertable in a gap between an existing pipe and a rehabilitation pipe to adjust the position of the rehabilitation pipe inside the existing pipe, comprising:a first wedge-shaped member having an inclined surface provided with a guide groove having latching teeth thereon; and
a second wedge-shaped member having a surface inclined at an angle the same as the inclination angle of the inclined surface of the first wedge-shaped member, the inclined surface of the second wedge-shaped member being provided with a protruding part that is fitted to the guide groove of the first wedge-shaped member when the first and second wedge-shaped members are overlapped;
wherein the protruding part of the second wedge-shaped member is formed thinner at one end so as to be elastically deformable toward the inclined surface of the second wedge-shaped member to form an elastic deformable member;
wherein the elastic deformable member has latching teeth that engage with the latching teeth of the first wedge-shaped member so as to make the second wedge-shaped member movable relative to the first wedge-shaped member in an insertion direction to stepwise increase an overall height of the spacer in the gap between the existing pipe and the rehabilitation pipe, but disabling movement of the second wedge-shaped member in a reverse direction opposite the insertion direction; and
wherein, when the elastic deformable member is elastically deformed until the distal end thereof comes into contact with the inclined surface of the second wedge-shaped member, the latching teeth of the first and second wedge-shaped members are disengaged to enable movement of the second wedge-shaped member relative to the first wedge-shaped member in the reverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,720

REPAIR KIT

1. A repair kit for sealing at least one of thick-matter conveying lines or concrete conveying lines, said repair kit comprising at least one sealing element, wherein the sealing element further comprises a monolithic component having a dimensionally stable base body and a coating layer, wherein a fastening means is disposed adjacent to the both the base body and the sealing element so that the sealing element can be fastened to a coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,190,719

TUBING EVERTING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLIES, AND METHODS

Emagineered Solutions, In...

1. A tubing everting assembly, comprising:an apparatus for everting a flexible tube liner, the apparatus comprising:
a pressure chamber that defines an internal volume, wherein the pressure chamber is configured to be pressurized by a pressurizing fluid stream to provide a motive force for eversion of the flexible tube liner;
a liner inlet port associated with a first side of the pressure chamber and configured to receive the flexible tube liner into the internal volume;
an inlet sealing structure associated with the liner inlet port and configured to resist fluid flow therepast from the pressure chamber;
a lubricator, configured to apply a lubricant to the flexible tube liner, wherein the lubricator is operatively attached to the pressure chamber and is configured to apply the lubricant to decrease a frictional force on the flexible tube liner during eversion of the flexible tube liner, and further wherein the lubricator:
(i) is external to the pressure chamber; and
(ii) is configured to apply the lubricant to the flexible tube liner prior to the flexible tube liner being received into the pressure chamber via the liner inlet port and the inlet sealing structure; and
a liner outlet port associated with a second side of the pressure chamber and configured to permit the flexible tube liner to extend from the internal volume; and
a cart operatively attached to the apparatus, the cart comprising:
a cart body;
at least two wheels rotatingly coupled to the cart body; and
a lubricant reservoir configured to contain the lubricant utilized by the apparatus; wherein the cart is configured to supply a pressurized lubricant stream, which includes the lubricant, from the lubricant reservoir to the lubricator.

US Pat. No. 10,190,716

HEATED HOSE WITH IMPROVED POWER FEEDTHROUGH

AKURATE DYNAMICS, LLC, H...

1. A heated hose assembly comprising:a flexible fluid conduit having an inlet end and an opposing outlet end;
a first pressure housing connected to the inlet end of the flexible fluid conduit said first pressure housing comprising a fluid passageway extending from a first end of the housing to an opposing second end of the housing and a bore intersecting the fluid passageway and extending to a side of the housing;
a second pressure housing connected to the outlet end of the flexible fluid conduit said second pressure housing comprising a fluid passageway extending from a first end of the housing to an opposing second end of the housing and a bore intersecting the fluid passageway and extending to a side of the housing;
an electric heater within a flow channel of the flexible fluid conduit said heater having first and second electrical power contacts;
a first power feedthrough in the intersecting bore of the first pressure housing in electrical connection to the first electrical power contact of the electric heater and comprising
a generally cylindrical body having a central axial bore;
a conductor pin within the central axial bore connected at a first end thereof to the first electrical power contact of the electric heater; and
a seal in a wall of the intersecting bore of the first pressure housing in sealing engagement with an external surface of the generally cylindrical body of the first power feedthrough.

US Pat. No. 10,190,715

FLUID PIPE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A fluid pipe device, comprising:a pipe member forming a flow channel for flowing a fluid;
a heating member for generating heat to heat the pipe member;
a metal heat transfer member abutting against the heating member and conducting heat to the pipe member; and
a terminal member electrically connecting the heating member and the metal heat transfer member,
wherein the metal heat transfer member comprises a first heat transfer member and a second heat transfer member, and at least one of the first heat transfer member and second heat transfer member forms the terminal member at one portion, and the first heat transfer member is provided in the pipe member not to be exposed inside the flow channel of the pipe member, and
the first heat transfer member includes
a cylinder portion disposed in an axis line direction of the pipe member;
the terminal member provided in a state wherein one portion of the cylinder portion is cut and raised;
a horizontal slit provided in the cylinder portion and extending in the axis line direction; and
a concave-convex portion or a wave-shaped portion provided in an edge portion of the horizontal slit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,714

EXTENDED RANGE TAPPING SLEEVE AND GASKET

Total Piping Solutions, I...

1. A tapping sleeve assembly comprising:a sleeve configured to clamp a main fluid conduit oriented about a longitudinal axis;
said sleeve having a first member, a second member separate from said first member, and a connecting assembly between said first member and said second member;
said first member having a branch aperture configured to communicate with a branch fluid conduit;
said connecting assembly configured and arranged to tighten said first and said second members to said main fluid conduit;
a gasket disposed between said first member and said main fluid conduit;
said gasket comprising a flexible sheet and a thickened aperture seal configured to extend around said branch aperture between said sleeve and said main fluid conduit;
said gasket comprising an inwardly protruding circumferential seal bead extending substantially transverse to said longitudinal axis and intersecting an inwardly protruding portion of said aperture seal;
said circumferential seal bead having a main length portion;
said inwardly protruding portion of said aperture seal having a radial thickness and said main length portion of said circumferential seal bead having a radial thickness less than said radial thickness of said inwardly protruding portion of said aperture seal;
said circumferential seal bead having a junction end portion between said main length portion of said circumferential seal bead and said inwardly protruding portion of said aperture seal; and
said junction end portion of said circumferential seal bead having along its length a non-uniform radial thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,190,713

QUICK COUPLING ELEMENT WITH DISCHARGE MEMBER AND COUPLING MEMBER COMPRISING SUCH AN ELEMENT

STAUBLI FAVERGES, Faverg...

1. A quick coupling element for removably joining pressurized fluid pipes, said coupling element comprisinga tubular body defining an inner channel for the passage of a pressurized fluid and a longitudinal axis of the coupling element,
means for closing off the inner channel on a side of a front face of the coupling element,
a relief member of the inner channel, movable between a first position, in which it said relief member closes off a relief passage connecting the inner channel to the outside of the body, and a second forward position relative to the first position, in which said relief member does not close off the relief passage,whereinthe relief member is a relief ring that is part of the means for closing off the inner channel and that is mounted around a central member, which is also part of the closing off means, and inside a peripheral part,
a first surface of the relief ring is part of the front face,
the relief ring is movable, relative to the central member and parallel to the longitudinal axis, between its first and second positions,
the relief ring defines, at least in part, the relief passage with the central member or with the peripheral part, and
in its first position, the relief ring bears sealably against the central member, over a first sealing circumference, and bears sealably against the peripheral part, over a second sealing circumference,
a diameter of the second sealing circumference is strictly larger than a diameter of the first sealing circumference, and
the coupling element comprises an elastic return member for returning the relief ring toward its first position, said elastic member pushing the relief ring back toward the inside of the tubular body and/or toward the rear of the coupling element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,712

SLIDING DUCT CONNECTION

Westinghouse Electric Com...

1. A duct connection comprising:a first flange;
a second flange;
a middle portion having a first end coupled to the first flange and a second end coupled to the second flange;
an expandable duct section having a first end directly coupled to the second flange and a second end configured to couple with a first duct; and
a slip fit attached to the first flange, the slip fit having a first portion and a second portion, wherein, in cross-section, the first portion extends from the first flange substantially perpendicular with respect to the first flange and the second portion extends from the first portion of the slip fit substantially parallel with respect to the first flange,
wherein the slip fit and the first flange form a receiving area structured such that a portion of a corresponding flange included on a second duct can slide into the receiving area,
wherein the expandable duct section is structured to expand to permit the slip fit to move a limited amount in any direction, and
wherein, in cross-section, the first flange extends from the first end of the middle portion in a direction substantially perpendicular with respect to the middle portion, the second flange extends from the second end of the middle portion in the direction substantially perpendicular to the middle portion, and the first and second flanges are substantially parallel with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,190,711

LOW EMISSION FLUID COUPLER

Engineered Controls Inter...

1. A fluid coupler for controlling a flow of fluid therethrough, the fluid coupler comprising:an outer body;
an end connector being at least partially received inside the outer body and configured to receive fluid;
an inner body disposed inside the outer body, the inner body being moveable with respect to the outer body;
a plug holder located inside of the inner body;
a plug engaged to the plug holder, the plug being moveable between a closed position, where the plug engages an inner surface of the inner body to prevent flow through the fluid coupler, and an open position where the plug is disengaged from the inner surface of the inner body; and
a connector at least partially housed within the inner body, the connector comprising a first end secured to the plug holder;
wherein the fluid coupler defines a fluid flow path isolated from the outer body, the fluid flow path enabling fluid to flow through the end connector, the inner body, the plug holder, and the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,190,710

FOLDABLE DRAIN PIPE FOR A DECANTER IN A WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM

ClearCove Systems, Inc., ...

1. A decanter system for separating liquid from solids in an influent mixture in a tank, comprising:a) a decanter at least partially submersible in said influent mixture in said tank;
b) a tank outlet for said tank formed in a wall thereof;
c) a foldable drain pipe comprising a plurality of articulated sections of rigid pipe, connected rotatably end to end, and disposed between and connected to said decanter and said tank outlet, for draining separated liquid from said decanter, further comprising an apparatus for limiting unfolded extension of said foldable drain pipe to a predetermined extent, said apparatus including at least one non-rigid hobbling cable disposed between each adjacent of said articulated sections of rigid pipe;
d) wherein said plurality of articulated sections of rigid pipe comprises:
(i) a first pipe that is articulated at only one end and is modified at the other end to be attached to said decanter,
(ii) a last pipe that is articulated at only one end and is modified at the other end to be attached to said tank outlet, and
(iii) at least one intermediate pipe disposed between said first and last pipe that is articulated at both ends; and
e) wherein the influent mixture flows through the decanter to generate a separated out liquid from solids.

US Pat. No. 10,190,709

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF COUPLING PIPES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A coupling system, comprising:a coupling sleeve having opposing upper and lower ends, an intermediate portion disposed between the upper and lower ends, and a plurality of axially extending slots defined in each of the upper and lower ends, wherein the upper end is configured to receive a proximal end of a first pipe and is flared radially outwardly at a first angle relative to the intermediate portion, and wherein the lower end is configured to receive a proximal end of a second pipe and is flared radially outwardly at a second angle relative to the intermediate portion;
an upper sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a first direction from a first position to a second position distally located from the proximal end of the first pipe, in response to which the upper end is forced radially inward into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the first pipe, wherein the upper sliding ring has an inner surface tapered at an angle substantially corresponding to the first angle of the upper end;
a lower sliding ring disposed about the coupling sleeve and axially movable in a second direction opposite the first direction and away from the upper sliding ring, from a first position to a second position distally located from the proximal end of the second pipe, in response to which the lower end is forced radially inward into gripping engagement with an outer surface of the second pipe, wherein the lower sliding ring has an inner surface tapered at an angle substantially corresponding to the second angle of the lower end; and
wherein the proximal end of the first pipe is tapered or frustoconical in shape, wherein the proximal end of the second pipe is tapered or frustoconical in shape, and wherein the coupling sleeve exhibits an outer diameter that is substantially equal to or less than an outer diameter of the first pipe and an outer diameter of the second pipe when the upper end is in the gripping engagement with the outer surface of first pipe and the lower end is in the gripping engagement with the outer surface of the second pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,708

RESIN-MADE PIPE JOINT

Nippon Pillar Packing Co....

1. A resin-made pipe joint comprising:a joint body having: a body cylinder portion in which a flow path for a fluid is formed; an outer cylinder portion which is coaxially projected from the body cylinder portion in one axial direction; and an inner cylinder portion which is placed radially inside the outer cylinder portion, and which is coaxially projected from the body cylinder portion in a same direction as the outer cylinder portion so that a projection end is located on a side of the body cylinder portion with respect to a projection end of the outer cylinder portion, a groove portion which opens in one axial direction being formed while being surrounded by the body cylinder portion, the outer cylinder portion, and the inner cylinder portion;
a sleeve having: a cylindrical fitting portion which is detachably fitted to a radially inner side of the outer cylinder portion; a cylindrical coupling portion which is projected from the fitting portion in one axial direction, and which is press-inserted into a one longitudinal end portion of the tube; and a cylindrical inserting portion which is coaxially projected from the fitting portion in another axial direction, and which is inserted into the groove portion from an opening portion of the groove portion, the sleeve being connectable to or detachable from the joint body in a state where the sleeve is coupled to the tube; and
a fastening member which enables the tube to be fastened to the joint body through the sleeve, wherein
the joint body and the sleeve are produced by using a fluorine resin,
the inserting portion has a radial width which is larger than a radial width of the groove portion, and is configured to, when the fitting portion is to be fitted to the radially inner side of the outer cylinder portion, be press-inserted into the groove portion,
a sealing portion which seals between an inner circumferential surface of the inserting portion and an outer circumferential surface of the inner cylinder portion is formed by press-inserting the inserting portion into the groove portion, and,
when, with respect to the inserting portion and the groove portion, an insertion rate of the inserting portion to the groove portion is indicated by X, and a multiplying factor of the radial width of the inserting portion to the radial width of the groove portion is indicated by Y, the resin-made pipe joint has the insertion rate and multiplying factor which are within in a range that is defined by following Expressions (1) and (2):
Y=?0.218X+1.218,  (1)
Y=?0.67X+1.67.  (2)

US Pat. No. 10,190,707

COUPLING AND CIRCUMFERENTIAL GROOVE SHAPE

Victaulic Company, Easto...

1. A coupling for connecting pipe elements, said coupling comprising:a plurality of segments attached to one another end to end surrounding a central space;
adjustable attachment members positioned at opposite ends of each said segment for attaching said segments to one another;
first and second arcuate projections positioned respectively on opposite sides of each said segment, each said arcuate projection facing an axis extending through said central space and extending lengthwise along each said segment, each said arcuate projection having a semi-circular cross section taken parallel to said axis, said semi-circular cross section extending over at least a portion of said arcuate projection; and
a first and a second relief groove, said first relief groove positioned adjacent to said first arcuate projection, said second relief groove positioned adjacent to said second arcuate projection, each said relief groove extending lengthwise along each said segment and facing said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,190,706

FLAME RESISTANT HOSE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFORE

Kongsberg Actuation Syste...

1. A flame resistant hose assembly for use in motor vehicles comprising:a polymeric tubular inner layer having an interior radial surface and an exterior radial surface with said tubular inner layer defining a longitudinal axis,
a flame resistant layer disposed about and covering said exterior radial surface, said flame resistant layer formed from a flame resistant material comprising:
a polymeric binder comprising thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), said polymeric binder having a softening point of from about 170° C. to about 250° C.; and
expandable graphite in an amount of from about 5 to about 40 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of said flame resistant material, said expandable graphite having an expansion onset temperature of greater than about 210° C.;
wherein said flame resistant layer expands when heated to a temperature of about 220° C. or greater to form a char layer having a post-expansion coverage of said exterior radial surface of said tubular inner layer of greater than about 95%.

US Pat. No. 10,190,705

THERMOSETTING BAMBOO-WOOD COMPOSITE PIPE

ZHEJIANG XINZHOU BAMBOO-B...

1. A composite pipe, comprisingan inner liner layer;
a reinforcement layer;
a structural layer; and
an outer protection layer;whereinthe inner liner layer, the reinforcement layer, the structural layer, and the outer protection layer are arranged in that order along a radial direction of the pipe from the inside out;
the reinforcement layer comprises wound bamboo strips;
the structural layer comprises a wound wood planed board; and
the reinforcement layer and the structural layer are sandwiched between the inner liner layer and the outer protection layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,704

CONSTRUCTION OF PIPES

Long Pipes (Pty) Ltd., C...

1. A method of constructing an elongate hollow structure comprising a radially inner portion and a flexible radially outer portion, with the two portions adapted to be merged together to provide an integrated tubular wall structure, the method comprising:providing the inner portion,
providing the flexible outer portion about the inner portion, the flexible outer portion having less resilience than the inner portion so as to yieldingly resist radial expansion of the inner portion, wherein a space containing a gas therein exists between the inner and outer portions, and
expanding the inner portion, wherein the gas within the space is arranged to be expelled as the inner portion is expanded.

US Pat. No. 10,190,703

SUPPORT FOR A CONDUIT

Airbus Operations SAS, T...

1. A support for a pipe, the support comprising:a body delimited by a first face and a second face, the body having an orifice extending between the first face and the second face, wherein the body comprises a first part and a second part, wherein the first part of the body comprises a base which forms a portion of the orifice of the body, and wherein the first part and the second part together define the first face and the second face,
a first ring and a second ring which each have an eccentric orifice and which are configured so as to be fitted one into the other in the orifice of the body, wherein each ring comprises a flange, wherein the flange of the first ring is in direct contact with the first face of the body and the flange of the second ring is in direct contact with the second face of the body, and wherein the second face of the body is parallel to and opposite the first face of the body, and,
a system for retaining the first and second rings in the orifice of the body comprising a U-shaped cap, the U-shaped cap including a main body portion and two parallel arms, wherein the main body portion is arranged between the two parallel arms in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the orifice of the body, and wherein the U-shaped cap is configured to surmount the support so that the first and second rings are immobilized between the two parallel arms.

US Pat. No. 10,190,702

MEMS BASED SOLENOID VALVE

DunAn Microstaq, Inc., A...

1. An electronically switchable MEMS valve comprising:a housing formed from soft magnetic material and defining a fluid flow path therethrough;
a magnetic field generating member configured as a wire-wound coil and mounted within the housing and connected to a source of electrical power; and
a MEMS valve portion mounted within the magnetic field generating member, the MEMS valve portion including a cover layer having an inlet port formed therethrough, a base layer having an outlet port formed therethrough, an intermediate layer attached between the cover layer and the base layer, wherein the inlet port and the outlet port define a fluid flow path therethrough, a valve closing member movably mounted to the intermediate layer, the valve closing element movable between a closed position wherein the outlet port of the base layer is blocked, and an open position wherein the outlet port of the base layer is not blocked, a permanent magnet defining an armature attached to the valve closing member, a seal layer mounted within a cavity formed in an inner surface of the base layer, a first soft magnetic member mounted between the seal layer and the base layer, and a second soft magnetic member attached between an outer surface of the cover layer of the MEMS valve portion and the housing;
wherein when an electric current is removed from the magnetic field generating member, the valve closing element is configured to move to and remain in the one of the closed position and the open position to which the valve closing element is the closest when the electric current is removed;
wherein when in the closed position and when an electric current is passed through the wire-wound coil in a first direction, the soft magnetic material the second soft magnetic member and the soft magnetic material of the end wall portion is magnetized such that a strength of the magnetic force between the armature and the second soft magnetic member and the end wall portion is greater relative to a strength of the magnetic force between the armature and the first soft magnetic member and the end wall;
wherein the armature therefore moves toward the second soft magnetic member until the armature engages an inside surface of the cover layer and the MEMS valve portion is in the open position; and
wherein when in the open position and when the electric current is removed from the wire-wound coil, the magnetic force between the armature and the second soft magnetic member and the end wall portion is sufficient to cause the MEMS valve portion to remain in the open position against a pressure differential within the range of about 0.75 bar to about 2 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,190,701

CORROSION CONTROL FOR CHAMBER COMPONENTS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A bellows, comprising:a top mounting flange;
a bottom mounting flange;
a tubular accordion structure coupling the mounting flanges;
a bonding layer disposed on an exterior treated surface of at least the tubular accordion structure, the bonding layer of at least one of chromium, titanium nitride or titanium; and
a coating disposed on the bonding layer, the coating comprised of at least one of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), parylene C, parylene D, diamond-like carbon, yttria stabilized zirconia, alumina, nickel, or aluminum silicon magnesium yttrium oxygen compound.

US Pat. No. 10,190,700

ROTARY ACTUATOR, AND BEVERAGE FILLING SYSTEM

Evoguard GmbH, Nittenau ...

1. A rotary actuator for a disk valve, comprising a housing containing a linearly slidable piston and having a cover and a base, at least one thread-like guide groove in the piston, a shaft being rotatable about an axis of the rotary actuator, the shaft having a transverse axis which engages into the at least one guide groove in the piston, and at least one torque support engaging into a guide in the piston, wherein the at least one torque support is anchored in the housing parallel to the axis of the rotary actuator, wherein at least one end of the transverse axis comprises a bush contacting at least one raceway of the guide groove, wherein the bush is cambered and each raceway comprises an undercut corresponding to the cambering of the bush,wherein the guide groove comprises a bush assembly opening, which is at least accessible from an outer circumference of the piston, and
wherein, at the bush assembly opening, one side of the undercut in each raceway is arcuately removed up to a bottom of the undercut and corresponding to an outer circumference of the bush.

US Pat. No. 10,190,699

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR AND VALVE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. An electromagnetic actuator comprising:a first magnetic coil;
a first permanent magnet,
an anchor configured to be moved axially by the first magnetic coil and the first permanent magnet between a first position and a second position, wherein a spring device is connected to the anchor and acts in the axial direction on the anchor, wherein the spring device is configured to exert a return force on the anchor as soon as the anchor is moved from a middle position toward the first position or the second position, wherein the first position is a closed position and the second position is an open position, and
a second magnetic coil,
wherein the first and second magnetic coils as well as the first permanent magnet are disposed axially, such that the first permanent magnet is disposed axially between the first and second magnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,190,697

STUFFING BOX LUG

Mueller International, LL...

1. A valve assembly comprising: a valve body; a gate inside the valve body, the gate configured to control fluid flow; a stem configured to move the gate; a stem actuator connected to the stem, the stem actuator configured to rotate the stem; and a stuffing box attached to the valve body configured to form a seal around the stem, the stuffing box comprising a stuffing box body and a lifting lug extending from the stuffing box body, the lifting lug fixed in position relative to the valve body, and wherein the lifting lug defines a lifting bore defining a closed shaped profile configured to lift the valve assembly; wherein the stem actuator is positioned above the lifting lug.

US Pat. No. 10,190,694

FLOW CONTROL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR A VALVE

Ross Europa GmbH, Langen...

1. A valve mounting system comprising:an upper plate including an upper inlet, an upper outlet, and an upper exhaust;
a lower plate including a lower inlet, a lower outlet, and a lower exhaust that are aligned with the upper inlet, the upper outlet, and the upper exhaust, respectively to define an inlet, an outlet and an exhaust, respectively;
a spoon that pivots about an axis to control a flow of fluid through an opening, wherein the opening is one of the inlet, the outlet and the exhaust, wherein the spoon is located between the upper plate and the lower plate, the upper plate is located above the spoon, and the lower plate is located below the spoon.

US Pat. No. 10,190,693

DOOR SEAL FOR VACUUM CHAMBER

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A vacuum chamber comprising:a chamber body having a top, a bottom, and sidewalls, the sidewalls having at least a first slit valve opening formed therein;
a first inflatable seal sealingly coupled to a first sidewall of the sidewalls and circumscribing the first slit valve opening; and
a first slit valve door moveable between a close state that contacts the first inflatable seal to provide a vacuum seal between the first slit valve door and chamber body, and an open state that positions the first slit valve door clear of the first slit valve opening, the first inflatable seal having a base coupled to the first sidewall and a hollow tubular portion that can move laterally relative to the base when the first slit vale door is in the closed state wherein the hollow tubular portion of the first inflatable seal has a durometer of less than about 90 Shore A.

US Pat. No. 10,190,692

FLEXIBLE METAL SEAL ASSEMBLY

SENIOR IP GmbH, Schauffh...

1. A flexible metal seal assembly configured for use in hermetically isolating at least one fluid within an operative region of a machine, said flexible metal seal assembly comprising:a first flexible metal seal configured to be positioned within said operative region, said first flexible metal seal having an inner surface, an outer surface, a top end and a bottom end opposite said top end, a first diameter and a first spring constant; and
at least a second flexible metal seal configured to be positioned within said operative region, said second flexible metal seal having an inner surface, an outer surface, a top end and a bottom end opposite said top end, a second diameter and a second spring constant;
at least a first substantially rigid metallic coupler having a substantially cylindrical shape, said metallic coupler having an inner surface, an outer surface, a top end and a bottom end opposite said top end,
at least a first portion of said metallic coupler being restrainably and hermetically attached to the inner surface of said first flexible metal seal, and at least a second portion of said metallic coupler being restrainably and hermetically attached to the outer surface of said second flexible metal seal, said first portion of said metallic coupler being closer to the bottom end of said metallic coupler than said second portion of said metallic coupler,
said outer surface of said first flexible metal seal being configured to create an outer containment region for containing a first volume of fluid within said operative region of said machine,
said inner surface of said second flexible metal seal being configured to create an inner containment region for containing a second volume of fluid,
said first and second flexible metal seals being concentric about a common longitudinal axis, and cooperating with one another to alternatively extend and compress simultaneously, in series,
each of said first and second flexible metal seals being configured to serve as a biasing member, at least during operation, relative to the movement of a reciprocating actuator located within said operative region, said actuator being positioned substantially along said common longitudinal axis,
the compression of said first flexible metal seal occurring during the compression of said second flexible metal seal, and the extension of said first flexible metal seal occurring during the extension of said second flexible metal seal,
said first volume of fluid contained in said outer containment region being hermetically isolated from, and not in fluid communication with, said second volume of fluid contained in said inner containment region,
said first and second flexible metal seals jointly describing a dual seal configured to preclude the migration of a first fluid located within said operative region.

US Pat. No. 10,190,691

SEALING DEVICE

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A sealing device that seals between a shaft hole formed on a housing and a rotary shaft, comprising:a rotating seal member fixed to the rotary shaft that rotates integrally with the rotary shaft, and a fixed seal member fixed to an inner surface of the shaft hole;
wherein the fixed seal member has a lip contacting the rotary shaft, and an axial dust lip contacting the rotating seal member;
the rotating seal member is formed by a rigid body;
an opening is formed on the rotating seal member connecting to a space defined by the rotary shaft, the lip and the axial dust lip of the fixed seal member, and the rotating seal member; and
a deformation member formed from one of an elastomer or a bellows-shaped film is disposed on the opening of the rotating seal member, which blocks the opening, and deforms based on the pressure in the space.

US Pat. No. 10,190,690

PRELIMINARY SEAL, PRELIMINARY SEAL ARRANGEMENT AND SEALING RING COMPRISING THE PRELIMINARY SEAL

Carl Freudenberg KG, Wei...

1. A preliminary seal arrangement, comprising, a housing defining a shaft hole; a shaft received in the shaft hole; and a disc (1), which is configured so as to be substantially annular and is of an electrically conductive and air-permeable material (2), and a carrier body (3), wherein the disc (1)—in relation to the carrier body (3)—is configured as a separately produced individual part and is connected to the carrier body (3), wherein the disc (1) contacts both the housing and the shaft,wherein the carrier body is a radial shaft sealing ring (5) and the disc (1) displays an air permeability which corresponds to at least an air-conveying capability of the radial shaft sealing ring.

US Pat. No. 10,190,689

SEAL RING

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A seal ring that is attached to an annular groove provided on an outer periphery of a shaft and seals an annular gap between the shaft and a housing that rotate relative to each other, to maintain fluid pressure in a sealed region in which the fluid pressure is configured to change,the seal ring sliding on a lateral wall surface of the annular groove on a lower pressure side,
the seal ring comprising:
an abutment joint part provided at one portion in a circumferential direction thereof;
a plurality of dynamic pressure generation grooves provided at intervals in the circumferential direction on a side of a sliding surface thereof sliding on the lateral wall surface; and
foreign matter discharging holes that are provided between a region in which the plurality of dynamic pressure generation grooves is arranged and the abutment joint part in the circumferential direction on the side of the sliding surface sliding on the lateral wall surface, and that are capable of catching foreign matter intruding from the abutment joint part and discharging the caught foreign matter to a side of an inner peripheral surface of the seal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,190,688

ELASTOMERIC GEL BODY GASKET HAVING A SUBSTANTIALLY INCOMPRESSIBLE SKELETON, A METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

THE PATENT WELL LLC, For...

1. An assembly for use with an aircraft, the assembly comprising:an aircraft base;
a workpiece for removably engaging the base; and
a gasket or gasket tape for interposition between the aircraft workpiece and the aircraft base, the gasket or gasket tape comprising:
a pliable, elastomeric gel body having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a perimeter; and
a non-metallic, non-fibrous, non-conductive, non-woven molded or extruded skeletal web having an upper surface, a lower surface, a perimeter and a multiplicity of strands meeting at and integral with a multiplicity of joints, the strands and joints defining a multiplicity of open pores;
wherein the elastomeric gel body is the same size or thicker than and substantially encapsulates the skeletal web, including filling the pores thereof, and is integral therewith;
and wherein an x and y dimension is much greater than the z (thickness) dimension;
and wherein the skeletal web is crimped.

US Pat. No. 10,190,687

METHODS OF FORMING SUPERELASTIC SEALS

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. A method of forming a superelastic metal seal, comprising:forming an Ni—Ti alloy comprising from about 58 weight percent Ni to about 65 weight percent Ni and from about 35 weight percent Ti to about 42 weight percent Ti; and
treating the Ni—Ti alloy to form a superelastic Ni—Ti alloy that is not capable of shape memory behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,190,686

COVER MEMBER

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A cover member to cover an object and comprising:a plurality of peaks;
a plurality of valleys; and
coupling portions coupling the plurality of peaks to the plurality of valleys,
wherein the cover member is expandable and contractable in an alignment direction in which the plurality of peaks and the plurality of valleys are aligned,
wherein each peak of the plurality of peaks comprises a depression depressed from an apex of the peak in a direction toward the object, and each valley of the plurality of valleys comprises a protrusion protruding from a bottom of the valley in a direction opposite to the object, each of the coupling portions being connected at the depression and the protrusion,
wherein the depression has a U-shape in a cross-section, and includes edges of two sides of the U-shape in the direction opposite to the object, and the protrusion has a reverse U-shape in a cross-section, and includes bases of the reverse U-shape in the direction toward the object,
wherein when the cover member contracts in the alignment direction, the depression of the peak is deformed to enlarge an opening of the depression large enough to make the adjacent edges of adjacent two of the peaks touch each other, and the protrusion of the valley is deformed to enlarge a reverse opening of the protrusion large enough to make the adjacent bases of the adjacent two of the valleys touch each other, and
wherein connection of the coupling portion to the depression and the protrusion is thicker than a thickness of the coupling portion in a direction perpendicular to an outer surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,684

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL A CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for controlling a continuously variable transmission (CVT) of a powertrain system coupled to a driveline of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining minimum and maximum CVT input speeds in response to an accelerator pedal position;
monitoring vehicle speed and a CVT input speed;
determining magnitude of vehicle speed at which the monitored CVT input speed achieves the minimum CVT input speed;
determining a target CVT input acceleration rate based upon the vehicle speed;
determining an input speed trajectory based upon the target CVT input acceleration rate;
determining a desired speed ratio based upon the input speed trajectory and the magnitude of vehicle speed at which the monitored CVT input speed achieves the minimum CVT input speed; and
controlling the CVT based upon the desired speed ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,190,683

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device for a continuously variable transmission that steplessly changes a speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission mounted on a vehicle, the control device comprising:a controller that changes the speed ratio such that a stepwise upshift is performed, wherein
in the case where an accelerator depression amount is constant, the controller sets the speed ratio such that a number of allowable stepwise upshifts increases as the accelerator depression amount is larger, compared to when the accelerator depression amount is small.

US Pat. No. 10,190,682

ACTUATOR PROVIDED WITH A GEAR BOX, POSITION INDICATOR FOR A GEAR BOX, AND RELATED METHODS

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

19. A method of rotating a well bore blow out preventer input between a first position and a second position comprising the steps of:connecting a primary driver through a gear box to the blow out preventer input,
biasing the gear box to a high range default gear ratio and rotating the primary driver in one direction multiple turns to rotate the blow out preventer input from its first position toward its second position,
communicating a command signal to the gear box to shift the gear box from its high range default gear ratio to a lower gear ratio, and simultaneously maintaining the gear box in its lower gear ratio and rotating the primary driver in an opposite direction to rotate the blow out preventer input from its second position toward its first position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,681

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for a power transmission device for a vehicle, the power transmission device including a fluid coupling, the fluid coupling including a lockup clutch, an input member and an output member, the fluid coupling being configured such that the input member and the output member are directly coupled to each other when the lockup clutch is engaged, the control system comprising:an electronic control unit configured to
i) execute engagement control for controlling an engaging pressure of the lockup clutch such that the lockup clutch is half-engaged,
ii) calculate an integrated amount of heat that is generated in the lockup clutch during the engagement control, and
iii) when the integrated amount of heat generated becomes larger than or equal to a predetermined determination value, select one of first control for completely engaging the lockup clutch from a state of the engagement control and second control for releasing the lockup clutch from the state of the engagement control such that a smaller one of a first amount of heat that is generated in the lockup clutch in a period from when the integrated amount of heat generated becomes larger than or equal to the predetermined determination value after a start of the engagement control to when the lockup clutch is completely engaged and a second amount of heat that is generated in the lockup clutch in a period from when the integrated amount of heat generated becomes larger than or equal to the predetermined determination value after the start of the engagement control to when the lockup clutch is released is generated in the lockup clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,190,680

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An automatic transmission control apparatus comprising:a controller that generates a range switching command signal for switching ranges of the automatic transmission, based on a shift operation;
a motor to be driven based on the range switching command signal from the controller;
a deceleration mechanism that decelerates a rotation speed of the motor;
an output axle that is driven by the deceleration mechanism so as to drive a shift axle for switching the ranges of the automatic transmission;
a motor rotation angle detector that detects a rotation angle of a rotor of the motor and then inputs to the controller a first detection signal having information corresponding to the detected rotation angle of the rotor of the motor;
an output axle rotation angle detector that detects a rotation angle of the output axle and then inputs to the controller a second detection signal having information corresponding to the detected rotation angle of the output axle; and
a position sensor that detects a rotation position of the shift axle of the automatic transmission and then inputs to the controller a third detection signal having information corresponding to the detected rotation position of the shift axle,
wherein the controller monitors each of the inputted first, second, and third detection signals, determines that two detection signals having the respective information items that coincide with each other are normal and that another detection signal having information that does not coincide with the information items of the two detection signals is abnormal, and then controls switching of the ranges of the automatic transmission, based on the result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,190,679

FLOW OUTPUT DETERMINATION METHOD FOR A HYDRAULIC PUMP IN A TRANSMISSION HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for determining a conveying capacity of a hydraulic pump of a hydraulic system of a transmission, comprising:operating the hydraulic pump at a defined rotational speed;
after operating the hydraulic pump driven at the defined rotational speed, opening a blockable flow cross-section in order to connect a pressure side of the hydraulic pump to an area of the hydraulic system through the flow cross-section, the flow cross-section configured with the hydraulic pump such that an entire conveying volume flow provided by the hydraulic pump is guided in a direction of the area of the hydraulic system through the flow cross-section when the flow cross-section is open;comparing a change to an operating state of the transmission resulting from opening of the flow cross-section to a reference change to the operating state; anddetermining the conveying capacity of the hydraulic pump as a function of a deviation between the change to the operating state and the reference change to the operating state.