US Pat. No. 10,364,787

DISCHARGE STOPPING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A discharge stopping device for stopping a spark discharge, during discharge, in an ignition device for an internal combustion engine, the discharge stopping device comprising:an ignition plug which has a first electrode and a second electrode opposing each other via a gap, and which ignites a combustible air mixture in a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine by generating a spark discharge in the gap;
an ignition coil including a primary coil and a secondary coil which is magnetically coupled with the primary coil;
a power source device which supplies current to the primary coil;
a first switch which is disposed between the primary coil and the power source device and which switches the current supplied from the power source device between a connected state and a disconnected state; and
a controller which causes the primary coil to be energized with current by switching the first switch to a connected state such that energy for causing the ignition plug to generate the spark discharge sufficient to ignite the combustible air mixture is accumulated in the primary coil, and switches the first switch to a disconnected state and shuts off the current when the energy has been accumulated in the primary coil, such that a high voltage is generated in the secondary coil and the spark discharge is generated in the gap of the ignition plug by the high voltage,
the discharge stopping device further comprising a second switch which is disposed in a current circulation path connecting both ends of the primary coil and which switches the current circulation path between a connected state and a disconnected state, wherein
the controller includes:
a re-energization control process unit which switches the first switch to a connected state and re-energizes the primary coil with current during occurrence of the spark discharge; and
a circulation control process unit which switches the second switch to a connected state and sets the current circulation path to a connected state during occurrence of the spark discharge, and
the discharge stopping device stops the spark discharge during discharge by using the re-energization control process unit and the circulation control process unit,
wherein the re-energization control process unit detects an amount of change in the current flowing in the primary coil, and switches the first switch to a disconnected state and ends the re-energization when the amount of change in the current is equal to or less than a preset threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,364,786

CONTROLLER AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM

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

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine including a supercharger and being connected to a multi-stage automatic transmission, the controller comprising:a first torque suppressor and a second torque suppressor that perform a torque-down control to decrease a torque of the internal combustion engine during shift-up by the automatic transmission in a supercharging operation,
the first torque suppressor including at least one of an ignition-timing retarding controller that performs control to retard an ignition timing and a throttle-valve closing controller that performs control to reduce an opening degree of a throttle valve,
the second torque suppressor being coupled to a compressor or turbine of the supercharger and including a regenerative device that regenerates rotational energy of the coupled compressor or turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,364,785

FUEL INJECTION NOZZLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel injection nozzle comprising:a nozzle body having a valve seat, which is in a conical shape and formed inside the nozzle body, a sac chamber, which is formed inside the nozzle body to collect a pressurized fuel which has passed through an inside of the valve seat, and an injection hole to inject the pressurized fuel supplied to the sac chamber to an outside of the nozzle body; and
a needle having a seat portion, which is to cut off a supply of the pressurized fuel into the sac chamber when seated on the valve seat, and a conical portion, which is in a conical shape with a boundary at the seat portion, the conical portion being inserted inside the sac chamber, the needle being driven in a linear direction inside the nozzle body, wherein
the needle is to move in a direction upward when starting fuel injection,
the needle is to move in a direction downward when stopping fuel injection,
an upward movement amount of the needle is a lift amount,
a direction along which the needle is to move is an axial direction,
an axial straight line passing a center of the sac chamber is a sac center line,
an opening area of a throttle portion defined between an upper end of the sac chamber and the conical portion is a throttle opening area S1,
a straight line drawn by extending a center axis of the injection hole into the sac chamber is an injection hole extended line,
a location where the injection hole opens in the sac chamber is an injection hole inlet,
a straight line passing a lower end of the injection hole inlet and parallel to the injection hole extended line is a lower end extended line,
a half of an area surrounded by the throttle portion, the needle, an inner wall of the sac chamber, and the lower end extended line in a cross section of the sac chamber taken along the sac center line is an injection hole upstream area S2,
a passage area of the injection hole is an injection area S3,
a lift amount, when the throttle opening area is equal to an area calculated by multiplying the injection hole area by the number of the injection hole, is a predetermined lift amount L,
a viscosity coefficient of the pressurized fuel is a coefficient ?,
an index value Sa is calculated in accordance with an equation as below, and

the index value Sa satisfies an inequality of Sa?0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,364,784

FUEL INJECTOR ARRANGEMENT

1. A fuel injector arrangement for supplying fuel into a cylinder of an internal combustion engine, the fuel injector arrangement comprising a fuel injector and a sealing ring which is arranged around the circumference of the fuel injector, the sealing ring being located between at least or one of:a fuel inlet of the fuel injector located nearest to an injector up of the fuel injector and the injector tip, and
an outlet of the fuel injector located nearest to an injector tip of the fuel injector and the injector tip,
wherein the fuel injector arrangement is adapted to be positioned in art opening of a housing part so that a gap is formed between a portion of the fuel injector around which the sealing ring is arranged and the housing part, and wherein the sealing ring has an asymmetrical cross section with a narrow end extending towards the injector tip and a wider end extending away from the injector tip wherein the wider end has a recess therein creating two legs with a space therebetween, such that an outer leg of the two legs is moveable from an abutment position, the outer leg of the two legs abutting the housing in the abutment position to seal the gap when the fuel injector arrangement is positioned in the opening in, the housing part, towards an inner leg of the two legs.

US Pat. No. 10,364,783

PULSATION REDUCER USING DOUBLE-SIDED MULTILAYER WAVEFORM SPRING

1. A pulsation reducer, comprising:an entrance-expanded fuel rail (40) configured such that a section-expanded fuel rail entrance (41) expanded to a size of a section of a high-pressure fuel line (31) is formed thereon;
a spring housing (61) configured such that a fuel storage space (611) and a low-pressure movement space (613) and high-pressure movement space (614) connected to the fuel storage space (611) via chimney holes (612a and 612b) are formed therein;
connection parts (62a, 62b and 62c) configured to connect the spring housing (61) with the entrance-expanded fuel rail (40);
a low-pressure reduction part (631) disposed in the low-pressure movement space (613), and configured to absorb mixed pulse waves in a low-pressure region; and
a high-pressure reduction part (64) disposed in the high-pressure movement space (614), and configured to absorb mixed pulse waves in a high-pressure region;
wherein the fuel storage space (611) is connected with an inside of the entrance-expanded fuel rail (40), and the mixed pulse waves reach the low-pressure reduction part (63) and the high-pressure reduction part (64) through the fuel storage space (611) inside the entrance-expanded fuel rail (40), along with fuel, and are reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,364,782

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A fuel injection device for an internal combustion engine, which is applied to a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine with an even number of cylinders including four or more cylinders, the fuel injection device comprising:a common rail to which pressurized fuel is to be supplied;
a plurality of fuel injection valves;
a plurality of fuel supply pipes; and
a plurality of injection-valve connection pipes,
each of said plurality of fuel injection valves having a first supply port and a second supply port that communicates to the first supply port, and being configured to inject the pressurized fuel, which is supplied to each of the first supply port and the second supply port, to a corresponding one of the even number of cylinders,
each of said plurality of fuel supply pipes directly connecting the first supply port of the each of said plurality of fuel injection valves and said common rail,
each of said plurality of injection-valve connection pipes directly connecting the second supply ports of a pair of said plurality of fuel injection valves provided to a pair of the cylinders, which are non-contiguous in an order of combustions.

US Pat. No. 10,364,781

QUICK FIT CONNECTOR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A quick fit connector for the return line of fuel injectors in an internal combustion engine, comprising:a connector body having at least one connection branch insertable in a fuel return port of a fuel injector;
a lower plate;
a spring clip; and
an upper plate, the upper plate being slidingly mountable on the spring clip and the connector body, wherein the upper plate is movable between an unlocked position, in which the spring clip is in an unloaded condition and free from engaging the fuel injector and a locked position in which the spring clip is in a loaded condition for engaging the fuel injector and the lower plate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,780

AIR INTAKE STRUCTURE FOR A MOTORCYCLE ENGINE

1. An air intake structure, feeding air to an engine of a motorcycle, the air intake structure comprising:a container divided by a main baffle into two distinct chambers: a first chamber communicating with outside and a second chamber communicating with a throttled body by means of a feeding duct; the two chambers being separated by a filter, positioned at said main baffle, providing for air cleaning, the first and the second chambers extending longitudinally side-by-side so as to define opposite sides of the air intake structure;
wherein the container is formed by two half-shells: a first half-shell configured to be exposed on an outer side of a motor vehicle, to which said first chamber corresponds, and a second half-shell configured to be arranged between the first half-shell and the motor vehicle, to which said second chamber corresponds
wherein the air intake structure further comprises a pre-chamber accessing said first chamber, separated therefrom by a cross wall and communicating therewith by means of an access duct crossing said wall, with an inlet end thereof arranged in said pre-chamber and an outlet end thereof arranged in said first chamber, said pre-chamber being arranged on the front side with respect to a forward direction of the vehicle; and
wherein the pre-chamber comprises a front access mouth, opened outside, the pre-chamber further comprises a diverting baffle interposed between said access mouth and the inlet end of said access duct, transversal to an air path, extending from a peripheral wall of said pre-chamber as far as a terminal end thereof which forms, with the peripheral walls of said pre-chamber, a passage opening staggered with respect to said access mouth and wherein the pre-chamber is formed by a removable portion which is fastened to the first half-shell, the access mouth being directed in an opposite direction with respect to the forward direction of the vehicle by a U-shaped joint connecting the access mouth to said passage opening of said removable portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,779

AIR CLEANER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

MAHLE FILTER SYSTEMS JAPA...

1. An air cleaner for an internal combustion engine, the air cleaner comprising:an air cleaner case of synthetic resin;
an air cleaner filter disposed in the air cleaner case and arranged to partition an inside space of the air cleaner case into a dirty side space and a clean side space, and
an intake noise reducing device disposed in the air cleaner case, the intake noise reducing device comprising
a case portion formed integrally with the air cleaner case and structured as a tube extending from a first end opening into the inside space of the air cleaner case to a second end formed with a communication hole opening to an outside of the air cleaner case,
an elastic member which is received in the case portion and which includes a bellows-shaped circumferential wall extending from a base end which is open to a forward end which is closed;
a base plate covering the first end of the case portion and holding the base end of the elastic member, and
a communication pipe extending through the base plate and connecting a volume chamber formed inside the elastic member to the inside space of the air cleaner case.

US Pat. No. 10,364,778

COMPOSITE INTAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF THE ROTARY ENGINE WITH VARIABLE INTAKE MANIFOLD

JIANGSU UNIVERSITY, (CN)...

1. A composite intake system of a rotary engine having a flywheel, said composite intake system comprising an air cleaner, an intake manifold, a primary intake switching tube, a variable intake manifold, a secondary intake switching tube, a side-intake manifold, a peripheral-intake manifold, a middle partition, a cylindrical body, a rotor, a speed sensor and controller (ECU); wherein a peripheral-intake port and a peripheral-exhaust port are distributed at a peripheral-wall of the cylindrical body, a side-intake port is arranged in the middle partition; the rotor is arranged in the cylindrical body; the middle partition, is fixed on a side face of the cylindrical body and located between the side face of the cylindrical body and the rotor; the primary intake switching tube is connected with the air cleaner via the intake manifold; the variable intake manifold includes a short intake manifold and a long intake manifold; the short intake manifold and the long intake manifold are connected with the primary intake switching tube at one end; first valve is arranged in the primary intake switching tube which is used to control the intake manifold to connect with the at least one of one end of the short intake manifold and the long intake manifold; the other end of short intake manifold and the long intake manifold is connected with the secondary intake switching tube; other end of the secondary intake switching tube is connected with the side-intake manifold and the peripheral-intake manifold, and another end of the side-intake manifold is connected with the side-intake port and another end of the peripheral-intake manifold is connected with the peripheral-intake port; the connection between the secondary intake switching tube and the side-intake manifold is controlled by a secondary valve and the connection between the secondary intake switching tube and the peripheral-intake manifold is controlled by a third valve; wherein the secondary valve and the third valve are arranged in the secondary intake switching tube; the speed sensor is mounted on the flywheel and it is connected with the ECU to detect a rotational speed of the rotor and transmit rotational speed signal to the ECU; and the ECU is connected with the first valve, the second valve and the third valve to control their opening and closing according to the rotational speed of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,777

INTAKE APPARATUS OF V-TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An intake apparatus of a V-type internal combustion engine in which a plurality of cylinders is arranged in a first bank and a second bank, the intake apparatus comprising:a surge tank arranged above the first and second banks;
an intake path connected to an air inlet of the surge tank; and
a plurality of branch paths, wherein each of the plurality of branch paths allows communication between the surge tank and a respective combustion chamber of each of the plurality of cylinders,
wherein the surge tank includes a plurality of first air outlets in which upstream ends of branch paths in communication with the combustion chambers of the cylinders in the first bank are open and which are arranged in a cylinder row direction of the first bank and a plurality of second air outlets in which upstream ends of branch paths in communication with the combustion chambers of the cylinders in the second bank are open and which are arranged in a cylinder row direction of the second bank,
the air inlet is arranged at one end in the cylinder row direction of the first and second banks, and
a protrusion unit for suppressing an air flow rate of air flowing out from two particular air outlets which are of the first and second air outlets and which are close to the air inlet is provided on a lower wall surface between the two particular air outlets, the protrusion unit extends to a height above a portion of each of the two particular air outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,364,776

AIR INTAKE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An air intake apparatus comprising:an air intake apparatus body including an intake air passage; and
an external gas passage portion provided as a structure separate from the air intake apparatus body inside the air intake apparatus body, the external gas passage portion through which an external gas can be introduced into the intake air passage,
wherein the external gas passage portion is arranged apart from an inner surface of the intake air passage by a heat-insulating layer inside the air intake apparatus body,
the intake air passage includes a plurality of intake air passages that distribute intake air to cylinders of an engine, respectively,
the external gas passage portion has a shape in which the external gas passage portion is hierarchically branched such that the external gas is guided to each of the plurality of intake air passages inside the air intake apparatus body,
a single external gas introduction portion that introduces the external gas is provided on one side end of the air intake apparatus body,
the external gas passage portion extends inward of the air intake apparatus body through the single external gas introduction portion, and has an asymmetrical shape with respect to a starting point for branching to be hierarchically branched,
the external gas passage portion includes a single first external gas passage portion connected to the single external gas introduction portion, a plurality of second external gas passage portions branching from the single first external gas passage portion, and a plurality of third external gas passage portions branching from each of the plurality of second external gas passage portions in the same number as the plurality of intake air passages, and
the plurality of third external gas passage portions connect to the plurality of intake air passages.

US Pat. No. 10,364,775

WATER-INJECTION ANTI-FREEZING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

13. A method, comprising:opening a first coolant valve responsive to a temperature of a first reservoir holding a fluid with water being less than a first threshold and a temperature of coolant at a heat recovery source being more than a second threshold, and flowing coolant through a first coolant line in heat exchange relationship with the first reservoir, the first reservoir only directly fluidically coupled to a second reservoir, wherein the second reservoir is positioned vertically below the first reservoir, and wherein the second reservoir is fluidically coupled to a fluid injector of an engine; and
closing the first coolant valve responsive to the temperature of the first reservoir being more than the first threshold, thus stopping coolant flow through the first coolant line.

US Pat. No. 10,364,774

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATED ANNULAR LOW PRESSURE GASEOUS FUEL INTRODUCTION

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A gaseous fuel introducer for an internal combustion engine comprising: a first mounting surface shaped and located to couple to a first wall of a charger; a first input, the first input being an air input; a second input, the second input being a gaseous fuel input; and a charge output, the charge output supplying a fuel-containing charge to an input of the charger; the introducer having a first mounting position that defines a first orientation of the second input relative to the charger, the introducer having a second mounting position that defines a second orientation of the second input relative to the charger that is different than the first orientation, wherein the second input is in communication with a fuel flow path at least partially defined within a housing of the gaseous fuel introducer, and the fuel flow path interfaces with the first input via an annular gap that encircles the first input, the annular gap being defined by a space between a second wall extending from the housing and an outer surface of the first input.

US Pat. No. 10,364,772

OIL FLOW CONTROL FOR AN ENGINE BY DEFLECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine component comprising a member having a deflector and forming an oil conduit intersecting an upper surface, the oil conduit defined by a tubular structure with an inner wall and an outer wall extending transversely to the upper surface, a component mating face extending between and connecting the inner and outer walls the inner wall defining an oil passage therein, the deflector having an arcuate deflector surface following the outer wall of the oil conduit and positioned adjacent to and radially outboard of the outer wall to redirect oil escaping the oil conduit and flowing towards a groove in an outer edge region of the member, the groove sized to receive a room temperature vulcanizing seal.

US Pat. No. 10,364,770

FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR DIAGNOSTIC DURING ENGINE STOPPING

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle capable of traveling using motive power of at least one of an engine and a motor generator, the vehicle comprising:a fuel pump;
an injection valve configured to inject fuel supplied from the fuel pump to the engine;
a fuel pressure sensor configured to detect a supply pressure of the fuel generated by the fuel pump; and
an electronic control unit configured to perform a fuel pressure increasing process of increasing the supply pressure of the fuel generated by the fuel pump to a second fuel pressure higher than a first fuel pressure, the electronic control unit conducts a fault diagnosis of the fuel pressure sensor by comparing the supply pressure of the fuel detected by the fuel pressure sensor to the second fuel pressure during the fuel pressure increasing process, and the electronic control unit determines a presence of a fault when the supply pressure detected by the fuel pressure sensor does not correspond to the second fuel pressure,
the electronic control unit being configured to conduct the fuel pressure increasing process and the fault diagnosis of the fuel pressure sensor in a case where
the engine is being stopped,
a vehicle speed is higher than a threshold value, the threshold value greater than zero, and
it is determined that the engine can be kept stopped longer than a time taken for the fault diagnosis of the fuel pressure sensor,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to stop the engine during the fault diagnosis of the fuel pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,769

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION FUEL INJECTOR COMBUSTION SEAL LEAKS

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A system for a vehicle having a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine, the system comprising:an injector coil driver configured to supply a current to an injector coil of a GDI fuel injector of the engine; and
a controller configured to:
perform a diagnostic routine for a combustion seal provided between the GDI fuel injector and a combustion chamber of a cylinder of the engine, the diagnostic routine comprising:
determining one of (i) a period for the injector coil current to reach a peak current and (ii) a resistance of the injector coil while the injector coil current is saturated,
determining whether the determined period or the determined injector coil resistance is greater than a respective threshold indicative of a predetermined temperature of the injector coil, and
when the determined period or the determined injector coil resistance is greater than its respective threshold, detecting a combustion seal leak fault; and
based on the combustion seal leak fault, modifying operation of the engine to prevent potential heat damage to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,364,767

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an engine connected via a damper with a driveshaft that is coupled with an axle;
a motor connected with the driveshaft; and
a control device configured to control the engine, wherein during idle operation of the engine, on satisfaction of a predetermined condition including a condition that a vehicle speed is not higher than a reference value, the control device controls the engine with adjusting a throttle position such that a rotation speed of the engine becomes equal to a target idle rotation speed or is in a predetermined rotation speed range including the target idle rotation speed, and on non-satisfaction of the predetermined condition, the control device controls the engine with setting the throttle position to a fixed value, wherein
the reference value is set such as to provide a larger value when the rotation speed of the engine becomes equal to or lower than a predetermined rotation speed that is lower than the target idle rotation speed and is higher than a resonance rotation speed of the vehicle, compared with a value provided when the rotation speed of the engine is higher than the predetermined rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,766

METHOD FOR DETECTING AN INCLINATION OF A WHEEL RELATIVE TO THE HORIZONTAL

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for detecting an inclination, relative to the ground considered as a horizontal plane defined as being perpendicular to the direction of the gravity vector defining the vertical, of a wheel of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:measuring two accelerations (x?, z?) by using two accelerometers mounted on the wheel and suitable for measuring the acceleration (x?, z?) at a point of said wheel along a first axis (x) and along a second axis (z), respectively, the first axis (x) and the second axis (z) being in the plane of said wheel and orthogonal, and
calculating the components (Gx, Gz) of a gravity (G) vector in a reference frame formed by the first axis (x) and the second axis (z) from the measurements of accelerations (x?, z?),
determining the modulus of the gravity (G) vector from the calculated components (Gx, Gz), and
determining a position of inclination of the wheel relative to the ground considered as a horizontal plane defined as being perpendicular to the direction of the gravity vector defining the vertical, by comparing the value of the modulus of the gravity (G) vector with a predetermined value (Gmax).

US Pat. No. 10,364,765

METHOD TO SELECT OPTIMAL MODE ON A MULTI-MODE ENGINE WITH CHARGING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A control method for selecting an optimal multiple-step operating mode for a motor vehicle engine system, comprising:providing at least two variable capacity modes of operation, the at least two variable capacity modes of operation including modes combining variable valve lift per cylinder and modes defining cylinder deactivation;
prioritizing the at least two variable capacity modes based on fuel efficiency by ranking the at least two variable capacity modes from a mode having a lowest predicted fuel flow to a mode having a highest predicted fuel flow;
applying torque constraint data and noise and vibration (NV) constraint data to the prioritized variable capacity modes; and
conducting a mode determination arbitration for the prioritized variable capacity modes having the torque constraint and the vibration constraint data applied to select the mode with the lowest predicted fuel flow allowed by the torque constraint data and the NV constraint data.

US Pat. No. 10,364,764

TECHNIQUES FOR MODELING AND ADAPTATION OF GAS PRESSURES IN A LOW PRESSURE EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION SYSTEM OF A TURBOCHARGED GASOLINE ENGINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a vehicle including a gasoline engine, a turbocharger, and a low pressure exhaust gas recirculation (LPEGR) system, the LPEGR system comprising an EGR cooler and connecting an exhaust system of the engine to an induction system of the engine, the control system comprising:a differential pressure (dP) valve disposed in the induction system downstream from an air filter and upstream from a compressor of the turbocharger and an EGR port of the induction system;
a dP valve outlet pressure sensor configured to measure pressure in the induction system at an outlet of the dP valve;
an EGR valve disposed upstream from the EGR cooler in the LPEGR system and configured to control a flow of exhaust gas produced by the engine from an EGR pickup in the exhaust system downstream from a turbine of the turbocharger to the EGR port;
an EGR valve delta pressure sensor configured to measure a delta pressure across the EGR valve; and
a controller configured to:
receive the measured dP valve outlet pressure and the measured EGR valve delta pressure;
based on the measured dP valve outlet pressure and the measured EGR valve delta pressure, determine (i) a modeled pressure at the EGR pickup and (ii) a modeled pressure at outlet of the EGR cooler;
based on the measured dP valve outlet pressure, determine (i) a modeled pressure at an outlet of the air filter and (ii) a modeled pressure at the dP valve outlet; and
control the dP valve and the EGR valve based on the modeled EGR pickup pressure, the modeled EGR cooler outlet pressure, the modeled air filter outlet pressure, and the modeled dP valve outlet pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,763

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIMITED EMISSIONS REFUELING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during a first condition, including an ongoing refueling event with a canister purge valve maintained closed, receiving an indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough from a fuel vapor canister; and
during the ongoing refueling event with the canister purge valve maintained closed, restricting flow of fuel vapor through a fuel vapor canister vent pathway responsive to the indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough by closing a valve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,760

ENGINE CONTROL UNIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An engine control unit comprising:at least one memory; and
at least one microcomputer coupled to the at least one memory and configured to
acquire a sound or vibration of an engine from external, the at least one microcomputer extracts vibration components of a plurality of frequency bands, each of the frequency bands including a resonant frequency of a vibration mode among resonant frequencies of plural vibration modes;
synthesize the vibration components of the frequency bands which are extracted to generate a synthesis vibration waveform;
calculate a time average value by executing a time average operation to average the synthesis vibration waveform in a predetermined time;
detect a peak strength of the vibration component of the frequency band including a lowest resonant frequency, wherein the frequency band including the lowest resonant frequency is a frequency band among the frequency bands which are extracted;
previously store, in a storage portion, a first threshold and a second threshold;
determine an existence of a knocking and determining whether a knock level of the knocking is a first knock level or a second knock level that is higher than the first knock level, by executing a first comparison operation to compare the time average value with the first threshold and a second comparison operation to compare the peak strength with the second threshold; and
output a determination result to an ignition timing control portion and control a driving of an igniter, after determining the existence of the knocking and determining whether the knock level is the first knock level or the second knock level.

US Pat. No. 10,364,759

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle traveling control method comprising:detecting a remaining fuel amount in a fuel tank including a fuel chamber in which a suction port of a fuel pump is disposed for sucking fuel to be supplied to an engine, the fuel tank being configured to generate negative pressure for sucking fuel to the fuel chamber by ejecting a part of fuel sucked by the fuel pump into the fuel chamber via a fuel line;
permitting, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, inertial traveling during which a vehicle travels, with the engine kept stopped;
operating, when the detected remaining fuel amount is less than a first threshold, the fuel pump despite the engine stopped owing to the inertial traveling; and
prohibiting stop of the engine when the detected remaining fuel amount is less than a second threshold smaller than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,364,757

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROL OF TURBINE-GENERATOR IN A SPLIT EXHAUST ENGINE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:delivering exhaust from a first exhaust valve of all cylinders of a first cylinder group to a first scroll of an exhaust turbine while delivering exhaust from a first exhaust valve of all cylinders of a second cylinder group to a second scroll of the exhaust turbine; and
delivering exhaust from a second exhaust valve of all cylinders of the first and second cylinder groups to an exhaust catalyst, while bypassing the exhaust turbine,
wherein, in response to a turbine speed of the exhaust turbine being greater than a threshold speed, selectively deactivating at least one first exhaust valve of at least one cylinder selected from the first and the second cylinder groups.

US Pat. No. 10,364,756

INTAKE AIR CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An intake air control device that controls a flow of intake air in an intake air passage of an internal combustion engine, the intake air control device comprising:a throttle valve that opens and closes the intake air passage through rotation of the throttle valve;
a valve shaft that includes:
a first rotatable shaft portion and a second rotatable shaft portion, which project from one side and another side, respectively, of the throttle valve in an axial direction; and
a fixing shaft portion that joins between the first rotatable shaft portion and the second rotatable shaft portion in the axial direction, wherein the fixing shaft portion is integrally rotatably fixed to the throttle valve;
a first fixing member that fixes the fixing shaft portion to the throttle valve at a first location, which is located on one side of a center point of the throttle valve where the first rotatable shaft portion is placed in the axial direction;
a second fixing member that fixes the fixing shaft portion to the throttle valve at a second location, which is located on another side of the center point of the throttle valve where the second rotatable shaft portion is placed in the axial direction;
a valve body that forms the intake air passage, which receives the throttle valve;
a first bearing that is held by the valve body and rotatably supports the first rotatable shaft portion; and
a second bearing that is held by the valve body and rotatably supports the second rotatable shaft portion, wherein:
the first bearing includes an inner race, which is fixed to the first rotatable shaft portion, and an outer race, which is fixed to the valve body;
the second bearing includes a slidable portion, which is axially slidably fitted to the second rotatable shaft portion, and a fixing portion, which is fixed to the valve body;
a linear expansion coefficient of the throttle valve and a linear expansion coefficient the valve body are set to be larger than a linear expansion coefficient of the valve shaft in the axial direction; and
a first distance, which is measured from the center point to the first location in the axial direction, is set to be larger than a second distance, which is measured from the center point to the second location in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,755

EXHAUST CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENGINE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. An exhaust control device for an engine configuring an exhaust system by joining exhaust pipes at a collecting pipe, the exhaust pipes being coupled to a plurality of respective cylinders, at least two types of exhaust valves being configured to perform an exhaust control at different parts in the exhaust system, the exhaust control device for the engine comprising:first exhaust valves mounted to a plurality of communicating pipes connecting predetermined exhaust pipes;
a second exhaust valve mounted to the collecting pipe;
an actuator configured to drive to open and close the second exhaust valve; and
a first exhaust valve lever and a second exhaust valve lever disposed coaxially with the second exhaust valve, the second exhaust valve lever being configured to be actuated synchronously with the second exhaust valve, the first exhaust valve lever being configured to actuate the first exhaust valves,
wherein the actuator is configured to actuate the second exhaust valve lever, and then the second exhaust valve lever is configured to actuate the first exhaust valve lever, and
wherein the first exhaust valves are configured to be driven to open and close corresponding to a high rotation region of the second exhaust valve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,754

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING OVERBOARD BLEED HEAT OF A TURBINE INLET FILTER

General Electric Company,...

1. A power generation system comprising:a filter;
a compressor fluidly coupled to the filter via an inlet of the compressor;
a first valve configured to fluidly couple a first fluid exiting the compressor to an inlet of the filter, wherein the inlet of the compressor is positioned downstream with respect to the filter, wherein the first fluid exits the compressor without mixing with exhaust from a turbine;
a second valve configured to fluidly couple the first fluid exiting the compressor to the inlet of the compressor and to an outlet of the filter;
a processor; and
memory storing instructions configured to cause the processor to:
receive a first set of sensor data indicative of one or more ambient conditions with respect to the power generation system;
determine whether one of the one or more ambient conditions is above a respective threshold; and
send a first signal to the first valve to open when the one of the one or more ambient conditions is below the respective threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,364,753

GEARED GAS TURBINE ENGINE AND A GEARBOX

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising a gearbox, the gearbox comprising a sun gear, an annulus gear, a plurality of planet gears and a carrier, the sun gear meshing with the planet gears and the planet gears meshing with the annulus gear, the carrier comprising a primary structure and at least one reinforcing structure, the primary structure comprising a first material and the at least one reinforcing structure comprising a second material, the primary structure comprising a first ring, a second ring spaced axially from the first ring and a plurality of circumferentially spaced axles extending axially between the first ring and the second ring, each planet gear being rotatably mounted on a respective one of the axles, the at least one reinforcing structure being secured to the primary structure, a first reinforcing structure of the at least one reinforcing structure being secured to the first ring, a second reinforcing structure of the at least one reinforcing structure being secured to the second ring, the first reinforcing structure and the second reinforcing structure each comprising an annular member, and the at least one reinforcing structure comprising a reinforced material, the reinforced material being selected from a group consisting essentially of a particulate reinforced material and a fiber reinforced material,wherein the reinforced material is selected from a group consisting essentially of a polymer matrix composite with long reinforcing fibers, a metal matrix composite with long reinforcing fibers and a ceramic matrix composite with long reinforcing fibers,
wherein the first and second rings have a plurality of circumferentially spaced bosses, each axle locating in a corresponding one of the bosses in the first ring and a corresponding one of the bosses in the second ring, and
wherein the long reinforcing fibers are arranged in a star shape, the long reinforcing fibers in the star shape are wound partially around each boss of the first ring.

US Pat. No. 10,364,752

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN INTEGRAL DRIVE ENGINE WITH A FORWARD MAIN GEARBOX

General Electric Company,...

4. A gas turbine engine assembly comprising:a low pressure spool comprising:
a low pressure compressor,
a fan assembly positioned axially forward of said low pressure compressor, and
a gearbox positioned axially forward of said fan assembly;
the gas turbine engine assembly further comprising:
a lubrication system in flow communication with said gearbox, wherein said lubrication system comprises a lubricant scavenge pump and a lubrication supply plump, said lubricant scavenge pump being positioned axially forward of said gearbox; and
a forward frame member positioned axially aft of said low pressure compressor, wherein said lubrication system is configured to direct lubricant to and from said gearbox through said forward frame member, and wherein said lubricant supply pump is positioned aft of said forward frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,751

FUEL STAGING

Delavan Inc, West Des Mo...

1. A fuel injector comprising:a feed arm with an inlet end and a nozzle body extending from the feed arm at an end opposite the inlet end, wherein the nozzle body defines a prefilming chamber that opens into an annular outlet orifice for issuing a spray therefrom; and
a plurality of fuel circuits defined from the inlet end of the feed arm to the prefilming chamber of the nozzle body, wherein the plurality of fuel circuits includes at least three fuel circuits in fluid isolation from one another from the inlet end of the feed arm to the prefilming chamber, and wherein each of the fuel circuits includes a single respective conduit extending through the feed arm and nozzle body from the inlet end of the feed arm to a single respective outlet slot feeding into the prefilming chamber for allocating fuel to any single circuit in the plurality of fuel circuits for independent staging of flow through each outlet slot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,750

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining a radial direction and comprising:an outer nacelle;
a fan at least partially surrounded by the outer nacelle; and
a turbomachine drivingly coupled to the fan and at least partially surrounded by the outer nacelle, the outer nacelle defining a bypass airflow passage with the turbomachine, the turbomachine comprising
a compressor section defining in part a core air flowpath, the turbomachine further defining a core compartment outward of the core air flowpath along the radial direction;
a heat sink heat exchanger; and
a thermal management duct assembly defining a thermal management duct flowpath extending between an inlet and an outlet and positioned between the core air flowpath and the bypass airflow passage along the radial direction, the outlet selectively in airflow communication with the core compartment, and the heat sink heat exchanger positioned in thermal communication with the thermal management duct flowpath for transferring heat to an airflow through the thermal management duct flowpath during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,749

COOLING AIR HEAT EXCHANGER SCOOP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan section comprising a plurality of rotor cascades and a plurality of stator cascades, wherein the fan section defines a fan air stream;
a compressor section downstream of the fan section;
a combustor section downstream of the compressor section;
a first turbine section downstream of the combustor section, the first turbine section being connected to the compressor section;
a second turbine section downstream of the first turbine section, the second turbine section being connected to the fan section, wherein the compressor section, the combustor section, the first turbine section, and the second turbine section define a primary air stream;
a first cooling air scoop receiving a portion of the fan air stream and defining an inlet to a cooling air stream that is positioned upstream of and radially outward from a splitter, wherein the inlet divides the portion of the fan air stream into the cooling air stream and another portion of the fan air stream, the first cooling air scoop subtending only a first sector of a circumference of the gas turbine engine, wherein the first cooling air scoop comprises a leading edge nose that is radially aligned with or radially outward from a midspan of a downstream-most stator cascade of the plurality of stator cascades; and
the splitter positioned between the fan section and the compressor section dividing the another portion of the fan air stream into the primary air stream and a secondary air stream radially outward from the primary air stream;
a heat exchanger comprising:
a hot side that is fluidly connected to the compressor section; and
a cold side that is fluidly connected to the cooling air stream via the first cooling air scoop, wherein the cooling air stream combines with the secondary air stream downstream from the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,364,748

FINGER SEAL FLOW METERING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A seal assembly comprising:a first layer comprising:
a first base; and
a first plurality of fingers extending from the first base wherein the first plurality of fingers are separated by a first plurality of slots and wherein each of the first plurality of fingers includes one of a first plurality of orifices having a first area;
a second layer adjacent to the first layer, the second layer comprising:
a second base; and
a second plurality of fingers extending from the second base wherein the second plurality of fingers are separated by a second plurality of slots and wherein each of the second plurality of fingers includes one of a second plurality of orifices having a second area smaller than the first area;
wherein each of the first plurality of slots is spaced apart laterally from each of the second plurality of slots; and
wherein the first plurality of orifices is overlapped by the second plurality of orifices such that the first area of each of the first plurality of orifices extends completely beyond the second area of each of the second plurality of orifices.

US Pat. No. 10,364,747

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR TREATING GASEOUS STREAMS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A system for managing the removing contaminants from gaseous streams, such as an exhaust stream, the system comprising:a combustion system producing an exhaust stream;
a tempering air system comprising:
a housing forming an interior region;
one or more cooling components disposed within the interior region, each of the one or more cooling components configured to:
receive at least a portion of the exhaust stream;
draw a cooling stream based on the at least the portion of the exhaust stream, wherein draw of the cooling stream relies on the Venturi effect and/or Bernoulli's principle based on a velocity of the at least the portion of the exhaust stream;
mix the cooling stream with the at least the portion of the exhaust stream to form a mixed stream, wherein a temperature of the mixed stream is lower than a temperature of the at least the portion of the exhaust stream; and
an exhaust treatment system configured to receive the mixed stream and to remove one or more contaminants from the mixed stream, and further comprising:
one or more sensors configured to measure temperature, wherein one of the one or more sensors is disposed between the one or more cooling components and the exhaust treatment system;
a regulator configured to adjust a volume of cooling stream drawn into one of the one or more cooling components;
a control unit in communication with the one or more sensors and the regulator; wherein the control unit is configured to:
obtain temperature measurements from the one or more sensors:
determine whether the temperature measurements are within a threshold; and
transmit a notification to the regulator to adjust the volume of cooling stream drawn into one of the one or more cooling components.

US Pat. No. 10,364,746

TURBOMACHINERY INLET SCREEN

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A turbomachinery inlet screen, comprising:a first screen including a first edge and a second edge, the first screen comprising an arched cross-sectional shape; and
a second screen including a third edge and a fourth edge, the second screen is planar and comprises a substantially flat cross-sectional shape;
wherein the first edge is secured to the third edge by a first flange and the second edge is secured to the fourth edge by a second flange,
wherein a first portion of the first screen is offset from the second screen; and
wherein at least a second portion of the first screen is disposed adjacent the second screen; and
wherein:
a cavity formed between the first screen and the second screen forms an annular ring with a hemisphere-shaped cross-section, an inner cylindrical surface, and an outer arcuate surface, and
the first screen forms the outer arcuate surface of the annular ring and the second screen forms the inner cylindrical surface of the annular ring.

US Pat. No. 10,364,745

AIR INTAKE ARRANGEMENT

1. An intake for channeling air flowing past a propeller to an inlet of an aircraft engine that drives the propeller with a drive shaft, the intake comprising:a static cowling that extends along an axis and that flares outward at an upstream end of the static cowling;
an intake slot that is formed in the static cowling, the intake slot connecting to a passage of the inlet of the aircraft engine, the intake slot opening over an arc that extends less than 360 degrees of a circumference of the static cowling having an axially rearward edge that blends into the static cowling through a curve having a vertex, wherein the vertex is radially inside a projected extension of the flared portion from an upstream portion of the flared cowling across the intake slot, and
a translating cowl having a stowed position axially aft of the intake slot and a deployed position axially aligned with the intake slot, and
wherein the translating cowl extends circumferentially over a shorter arc than the intake slot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,744

DEEP HEAT RECOVERY GAS TURBINE ENGINE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

5. A system comprising:an air compressor configured to compress a flow of intake air;
a combustor configured to receive the compressed flow of intake air and provide exhaust output gas to produce thrust for an aircraft;
a fluid compressor configured to compress a working fluid, the working fluid being carbon dioxide;
an expander coupled to the fluid compressor and configured to receive and expand the compressed working fluid to generate mechanical energy and output a decompressed working fluid, wherein a temperature of the working fluid is reduced as the compressed working fluid expands;
a compressed air heat exchanger positioned ahead of an inlet of the combustor and configured to recuperatively transfer heat from the decompressed working fluid to the compressed flow of intake air;
an exhaust output gas heat exchanger positioned after an outlet of the combustor and configured to recuperatively transfer heat from the exhaust output gas of the combustor to the compressed working fluid; and
an ambient air heat exchanger positioned to receive an ambient air flow and transfer heat from the decompressed working fluid into the ambient air flow to lower a temperature of the decompressed working fluid to within a temperature range of a transcritical mode of the working fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,743

GRID SCALE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS USING REHEATED AIR TURBINE OR GAS TURBINE EXPANDERS

POWERPHASE LLC, Jupiter,...

1. A method of operating a compressed air energy storage system associated with a gas turbine power plant, the compressed air energy storage system having an air storage tank in fluid communication with a multi-stage compressor and a multi-stage air expander, the multi-stage compressor comprising a low pressure compressor having an intercooler associated therewith and a high pressure compressor, the method comprising:operating the compressed air energy storage system in an energy storage mode by:
compressing ambient air in the low pressure compressor, cooling the compressed air using the intercooler, and then compressing the compressed air in the high pressure compressor to generate a first compressed air flow; and
directing the first compressed air flow from the high pressure compressor directly to the air storage tank; and,
operating the compressed air energy storage system in an air injection mode by:
compressing ambient air in the low pressure compressor to generate a second compressed air flow, the second compressed air flow bypassing each of the intercooler and the high pressure compressor;
directing the first compressed air flow from the storage tank, through a first heater and into the multi-stage air expander;
mixing the first compressed air flow downstream of the multi-stage air expander with the second compressed air flow to form an injection air flow; and
injecting the injection air flow into a gas turbine;
wherein, a pressure of the second compressed air flow exiting the low pressure compressor is greater than a pressure of air in a compressor discharge plenum of the gas turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,364,742

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVE MECHANISM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control device for a vehicle drive mechanism including a moving body which is movably supported, two stoppers, each of which defines an end of a movability range of the moving body, an actuator which drives the moving body in a moving direction, and a sensor which senses a position of the moving body, the control device comprising:a learning unit that learns an output of the sensor corresponding to a contact state of each of the two stoppers,
wherein the learning unit executes learning for a first stopper of the two stoppers prior to learning for a second stopper of the two stoppers, the first stopper having a higher rigidity than the second stopper,
wherein, while the moving body is brought into contact with the first stopper, an operation variable of the actuator is limited so as not to exceed a first upper limit value,
wherein, while the moving body is brought into contact with the second stopper, the operation variable is limited so as not to exceed a second upper limit value, which is lower than the first upper limit value, and
wherein, while the moving body rebounds off the second stopper and moves toward the first stopper, the operation variable is limited so as not to exceed a third upper limit value, which is lower than the first upper limit value and greater than the second upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,364,741

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE PROVIDED WITH TURBOCHARGER

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

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:an engine main body;
a structural member disposed around the engine main body;
a bracket including a support plate and a plurality of leg pieces depending from the support plate and connected to the structural member;
a turbocharger including a turbine and a compressor, the turbine being connected to a side of the support plate opposite to the structural member;
an exhaust pipe connected to a central part of the turbine and extending in a direction away from the compressor; and
an engine auxiliary disposed between the structural member and the support plate,
wherein the leg pieces are arranged unevenly to shield heat to provide a higher heat shielding performance on a side of the exhaust pipe than on a side of the compressor with respect to the support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,740

FLUID DELIVERY PORT OF AN INTEGRAL CYLINDER HEAD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An engine additive fluid port comprising:a series of material layers arranged as a first oblong hollow member configured to seamlessly surround at least a portion of an exterior surface of an integrated cylinder head's intake port, the member penetrating into a cavity of the intake port via a plurality of nozzles featuring apertures configured to spray a first fluid into the cavity such that the member and the cylinder head form a unitary piece.

US Pat. No. 10,364,739

SYNERGISTIC INDUCTION AND TURBOCHARGING IN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEMS

Bright Acceleration Techn...

1. An internal combustion engine system comprising:a first cylinder assembly comprising:
a first cylinder having a first cylinder displacement;
a first intake valve system comprising:
a first intake valve controlling admission of combustion air to the first cylinder from a first intake port; and
a second intake valve controlling admission of combustion air to the first cylinder from a second intake port; and
a first induction system comprising a first throttle mechanism affixed in close proximity to the first intake valve system, the first throttle mechanism comprising:
a first throttle operationally affixed to control combustion air flow into the first cylinder through the first intake port, wherein the first throttle and the first intake valve define a first throttle-to-intake volume in a first intake channel; and
a second throttle operationally affixed to control combustion air flow into the first cylinder through the second intake port, wherein the second throttle and the second intake valve define a second throttle-to-intake volume in a second intake channel;
wherein the sum of the first throttle-to-intake volume plus the second throttle-to-intake volume is not more than 80% of the first cylinder displacement;
a second cylinder assembly comprising:
a second cylinder having a second cylinder displacement;
a second intake valve system comprising
a third intake valve controlling admission of combustion air to the second cylinder from a third intake port; and
a fourth intake valve controlling admission of combustion air to the second cylinder from a fourth intake port; and
a second induction system comprising a second throttle mechanism affixed in close proximity to the second intake valve system, the second throttle mechanism comprising:
a third throttle operationally affixed to control combustion air flow into the second cylinder through the third intake port, wherein the third throttle and the third intake valve define a third throttle-to-intake volume in a third intake channel; and
a fourth throttle operationally affixed to control combustion air flow into the second cylinder through the fourth intake port, wherein the fourth throttle and the fourth intake valve define a fourth throttle-to-intake volume in a fourth intake channel;
wherein the sum of the third throttle-to-intake volume plus the fourth throttle-to-intake volume is not more than 80% of the second cylinder displacement;
a third cylinder assembly comprising:
a third cylinder having a third cylinder displacement;
a third intake valve system comprising
a fifth intake valve controlling admission of combustion air to the third cylinder from a fifth intake port; and
a sixth intake valve controlling admission of combustion air to the third cylinder from a sixth intake port; and
a third induction system comprising a third throttle mechanism affixed in close proximity to the third intake valve system, the third throttle mechanism comprising:
a fifth throttle operationally affixed to control combustion air flow into the third cylinder through the fifth intake port, wherein the fifth throttle and the fifth intake valve define a fifth throttle-to-intake volume in a fifth intake channel; and
a sixth throttle operationally affixed to control combustion air flow into the third cylinder through the sixth intake port, wherein the sixth throttle and the sixth intake valve define a sixth throttle-to-intake volume in a sixth intake channel;
wherein the sum of the fifth throttle-to-intake volume plus the sixth throttle-to-intake volume is not more than 80% of the third cylinder displacement; and
an air flow equalizing system comprising:
a first equalizing passage connecting the first intake port downstream of the first throttle to the third intake port downstream of the third throttle;
a second equalizing passage connecting the third intake port downstream of the third throttle to the fifth intake port downstream of the fifth throttle;
a first equalizing port valve configured to control air flow through the first equalizing passage; and
a second equalizing port valve configured to control air flow through the second equalizing passage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,738

PRE-CHAMBER IGNITION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:a combustion chamber formed by a cylinder capped by a cylinder head;
a pre-chamber formed by the cylinder head, the pre-chamber extending away from the cylinder head and into the cylinder and including a bottom aperture shaped to receive a protrusion of a piston;
the piston disposed within the cylinder, the piston including the protrusion shaped to fit within the pre-chamber; and
a plurality of orifices formed in a sidewall of the pre-chamber positioned above the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,737

COOLING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A cooling system for a vehicle that has a drive assembly and an exhaust gas turbocharger, comprising:a high temperature cooling circuit including at least one pump, the drive assembly, and the exhaust gas turbocharger, the at least one pump being configured to circulate a high temperature cooling water to the drive assembly and to the exhaust gas turbocharger;
a low temperature cooling circuit including a charge air cooler and at least one low temperature cooler, the at least one low temperature cooler having a low temperature coolant of the low temperature cooling circuit circulating therethough and exchanging heat with air, a low temperature cooling water pump configured to circulate the low temperature cooling water and being positioned between the at least one low temperature cooler and the charge air cooler; and
a coupling line coupling the high temperature cooling circuit and the low temperature cooling circuit, where a first end of the coupling line is connected at the charge air cooler, the coupling line having a nonreturn valve that is opened or closed depending on a pressure ratio between the high temperature cooling circuit and the low temperature cooling circuit;
wherein the high temperature cooling circuit is connected to a cooling water compensation tank that has a venting device so that the high temperature cooling circuit can be vented at the cooling water compensation tank, and the nonreturn valve connecting the low temperature cooling circuit to the high temperature cooling circuit so that the cooling water can be vented into flow through the high temperature cooling circuit and to the cooling water compensation tank for venting through the venting device of the cooling water compensation tank only in defined operating states when the nonreturn valve of the coupling line is open.

US Pat. No. 10,364,736

FLUID CONTROL VALVE ASSEMBLY

NIPPON THERMOSTAT CO., LT...

1. A fluid control valve assembly comprising:a valve unit configured to open and close a fluid flow path to control an amount of fluid flow, the valve unit comprising a piston fixed to the upstream chamber at a connection point; and
an upstream chamber disposed upstream of the valve unit, the upstream chamber formed of spherical walls and an inwardly protruding bulge separate from the connection point, the upstream chamber defined by the spherical walls, the inwardly protruding bulge, an opening of an upstream pipe configured to supply fluid to the valve unit, and the valve unit,
wherein the upstream pipe is disposed on a portion of the upstream chamber and configured to supply fluid to the valve unit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,735

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING VEHICLE GRILLE SHUTTERS BASED ON VEHICLE SPEED AND DIRECTION OF GRILLE SHUTTER ADJUSTMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating movable vehicle grille shutters, comprising:during a first condition when grille shutters are moving in an opening direction to a desired percentage opening, adjusting the grille shutters by increasing a commanded percentage opening of the grille shutters as vehicle speed increases and as the desired percentage opening decreases; and
during a second condition when the grille shutters are moving in a closing direction to a desired percentage closing, adjusting the grille shutters by increasing a commanded percentage closing of the grille shutters as vehicle speed increases and as the desired percentage closing decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,364,734

ASSEMBLY FOR AN EXHAUST SYSTEM

1. An assembly for an exhaust system, the assembly comprising:a housing having a jacket;
an insert arranged in an interior of the housing and having at least one exhaust pipe, wherein the jacket has an opening through which the exhaust pipe is connectable to the exhaust system; and
an adapter part that is connected to the exhaust pipe, wherein the adapter part has a contact section that contacts an inner side of the jacket around the opening, and the adapter part and the exhaust pipe are completely arranged in the interior of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,733

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:an exhaust channel that includes a manifold channel including a plurality of branch channels that are respectively connected to a plurality of cylinders and a collective portion where exhaust gases flowing through the plurality of branch channels are collected into one, and a common channel arranged on a downstream side of the collective portion; and
a catalytic device that is arranged in the common channel and configured to purify the exhaust gases,
wherein, with respect to a longest cylinder that is a cylinder whose flow channel length from the cylinder to the collective portion is the longest among the plurality of cylinders, the manifold channel includes a first hollow layer that covers a part or a whole of a first channel wall in a first flow channel direction of a corresponding branch channel that is connected to the longest cylinder,
wherein, with respect to a shortest cylinder that is a cylinder whose flow channel length from the cylinder to the collective portion is the shortest among the plurality of cylinders and other than the longest cylinder, the manifold channel does not include a second hollow layer that covers a corresponding branch channel that is connected to the shortest cylinder, and
wherein a wall that forms the first hollow layer is formed integrally and continuously with a same material as the first channel wall, and a plurality of support columns formed at predetermined intervals in the first flow channel direction connect the first channel wall and the wall that forms the first hollow layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,732

VALVE DEVICE FOR EXHAUST FLOW PASSAGE

FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. A valve device for an exhaust flow passage, the valve device comprising a toggle mechanism, the valve device comprising:a support body;
a valve body that is supported by the support body so as to be rotationally movable and that is configured to open and close an exhaust flow passage;
a support-side link member that is supported by the support body so as to be rotationally movable;
a valve-side link member that is supported by the valve body so as to be rotationally movable and that is coupled to the support-side link member so as to be rotationally movable to each other; and
a spring that is configured to bias the valve body in a valve closed direction,
wherein the support-side link member and the valve-side link member form a first stopper mechanism and a second stopper mechanism,
the first stopper mechanism being configured to limit a link angle formed by the support-side link member and the valve-side link member, by abutment of a first support-side stopper portion formed in the support-side link member and a first valve-side stopper portion formed in the valve-side link member against each other, and,
the second stopper mechanism being configured to limit the link angle by abutment of a second support-side stopper portion formed in the support-side link member and a second valve-side stopper portion formed in the valve-side link member against each other.

US Pat. No. 10,364,731

ASYNCHRONOUS REDUCTANT INSERTION IN AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEMS

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. A method for asynchronously delivering a reductant to a first selective catalytic reduction system and a second selective catalytic reduction system of an aftertreatment system via a reductant insertion assembly, the reductant insertion assembly comprising a first injector fluidly coupled to the first selective catalytic reduction system and a second injector fluidly coupled to the second selective catalytic reduction system, the method comprising:activating the first injector;
maintaining the first injector activated for a first delivery time, thereby inserting a first amount of reductant into the first selective catalytic reduction system;
deactivating the first injector;
activating the second injector; and
maintaining the second injector activated for a second delivery time, thereby inserting a second amount of reductant into the second selective catalytic reduction system.

US Pat. No. 10,364,729

DETERMINING AN AMMONIA MASS FLOW BETWEEN TWO SCR CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a mass flow of ammonia between a first SCR catalytic converter and a second SCR catalytic converter, the second SCR catalytic converter disposed downstream of the first SCR catalytic converter in an SCR catalytic converter system (20) in an exhaust system (11), the exhaust system further comprising a reduction agent dosing unit (21) upstream of the first SCR catalytic converter (22), the method comprising:receiving, with an electronic control unit, a first signal from a NOx sensor electrically coupled to the electronic control unit and disposed between the first SCR catalytic converter and the second SCR catalytic converter;
receiving, with the electronic control unit, a second signal from a second NOx sensor electrically coupled to the electronic control unit disposed downstream of the second SCR catalytic converter; and
determining, with the electronic control unit, a mass flow of ammonia between the first SCR catalytic converter and the second SCR catalytic converter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,728

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING AN EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A system for assembling an exhaust after-treatment assembly having a plurality of exhaust after-treatment blocks, each of the plurality of exhaust after-treatment blocks disposed adjacent to at least one other exhaust after-treatment block, and including one or more catalyst substrates, each of the catalyst substrates including a first face, a second face, and a plurality of side faces, the system comprising:at least one flange member configured to surround the one or more catalyst substrates in each of the plurality of exhaust after-treatment blocks, about the side faces; and
a locking arrangement comprising:
one or more clips on the at least one flange member and disposed in a plane parallel to at least one of the first face and the second face; and
a bracket member configured to engage with the one or more clips in the at least one flange member of each exhaust after-treatment block of the adjacent exhaust after-treatment blocks,
wherein the bracket member comprises a gasket attached to a back surface of the bracket member such that the gasket provides a seal joint when the bracket member is engaged with the one or more clips of the at least one flange member of each of the adjacent exhaust after-treatment blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,364,727

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust gas purification apparatus for an internal combustion engine comprising:an NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst that is arranged in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine and selectively reduces NOx in an exhaust gas by using ammonia as a reducing agent;
an addition valve that is arranged in said exhaust passage at the upstream side of said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst and adds an additive agent, which is ammonia or a precursor of ammonia, into the exhaust gas;
a temperature sensor configured to acquire a temperature of said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst;
an air fuel ratio sensor configured to acquire an air fuel ratio of the exhaust gas flowing into said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst; and
a controller configured to make an amount of the additive agent to be added into the exhaust gas from said addition valve smaller when the air fuel ratio acquired by said air fuel ratio sensor is larger than a predetermined air fuel ratio, than when it is equal to or less than said predetermined air fuel ratio, in cases where the temperature acquired by said temperature sensor is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature at which ammonia is oxidized.

US Pat. No. 10,364,726

METHOD FOR HEATING AN OPERATING AGENT, AND AN OPERATING AGENT HEATING SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for heating an operating agent for a rail vehicle, which comprises the steps of:pumping a coolant liquid just by means of a single pump through a coolant circuit of an internal combustion engine in an operating mode of an operating agent heating system;
pumping the coolant liquid by the single pump through a main heating circuit of the operating agent heating system for heating the operating agent in a reservoir in the operating mode;
dividing the main heating circuit into two sub-circuits of a preheating circuit though which the coolant liquid flows in a preheating mode of the operating agent heating system, wherein the coolant liquid heated by a preheating device will be pumped in the two sub-circuits through which the coolant liquid flows, by means of a pump of the preheating device through the two sub-circuits; and
performing a thawing mode with the operating agent heating system, where the coolant liquid heated by the preheating device is pumped by the pump of the preheating device through only a sub-circuit of the two sub-circuits of the preheating circuit which leads through the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,364,725

AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEMS FOR DUAL-FUEL ENGINES

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. A method of treating exhaust from a dual-fuel engine, comprising:determining an operating mode of the dual-fuel engine;
upon determining that the dual-fuel engine is operating in a dual-fuel mode or a natural gas mode:
operating the dual-fuel engine at or near a stoichiometric operating condition, and
receiving the exhaust into a three-way catalyst communicatively connected to a selective catalytic reduction catalyst, and operating the three-way catalyst at a temperature of 500 degrees Celsius or greater to facilitate desulfation of the selective catalytic reduction catalyst; and
upon determining that the dual-fuel engine is not operating in the dual-fuel mode or the natural gas mode, operating the engine in a lean operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,364,716

EXHAUST GAS CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND EXHAUST GAS CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust gas control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas control apparatus comprising:a first catalyst provided in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine, the first catalyst having an oxidation ability and an oxygen storage ability;
a filter provided in the exhaust passage downstream of the first catalyst and configured to trap particulate matters in exhaust gas, the filter supporting a second catalyst that is a catalyst having an oxidation ability and an oxygen storage ability; and
an electronic control unit configured to, in a case of regenerating the filter at a time of a start of the internal combustion engine, execute first control for increasing a temperature of the first catalyst to a predetermined temperature, wherein:
the electronic control unit is configured to execute second control after the first control;
the second control is control for alternately executing lean control and rich control multiple times;
the lean control is control for, over a period longer than a period from when a target air-fuel ratio of the internal combustion engine is set to a predetermined lean air-fuel ratio that is an air-fuel ratio greater than a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio until an air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas flowing out from the first catalyst becomes greater than the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio, setting the target air-fuel ratio to the predetermined lean air-fuel ratio; and
the rich control is control for, over a period longer than a period from when the target air-fuel ratio is set to a predetermined rich air-fuel ratio that is an air-fuel ratio smaller than the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio until the air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas flowing out from the first catalyst becomes smaller than the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio, setting the target air-fuel ratio to the predetermined rich air-fuel ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,364,713

MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVETRAIN CONTROLLER

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

19. A system for controlling a drivetrain of a motor vehicle having a reciprocating engine and a vehicle wheel selectively coupled with the reciprocating engine, wherein the system comprises an electronic control unit configured to:actuate a driven mode of the drivetrain, wherein the vehicle wheel at least partially drives a crankshaft of the reciprocating engine such that a piston operably coupled to the crankshaft repeatedly cycles through a first expansion stroke, a first reduction stroke, a second expansion stroke and a second reduction stroke in an engine cylinder; and
actuate a resistance-reducing mode to reduce the compression work and pump loss of the reciprocating engine including:
opening a valve during the first reduction stroke following the first expansion stroke for at least one cycle of the reciprocating engine to intermittently open the engine cylinder; and
closing the valve through the first expansion stroke and the second reduction stroke for at least one cycle of the reciprocating engine to close the engine cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,364,712

SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE ACTUATION OF A VALVE OF AN INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE

C.R.F. Societa Consortile...

1. A system for variable actuation of an engine valve of an internal-combustion engine, comprising:a hydraulic apparatus, including:
a master piston,
a slave piston configured to be driven by said master piston by a volume of fluid set between said master piston and said slave piston, and
a solenoid valve configured for assuming a state in which said volume of fluid is set in communication with an outlet so as to render said slave piston independent from movement of said master piston;
a camshaft designed to drive said master piston in motion, said camshaft has a first cam profile for governing, through said master piston, said engine valve in a four-stroke engine operating mode;
said camshaft or a further camshaft has a second cam profile for governing said valve in a two-stroke engine operating mode;
a control unit configured for controlling said solenoid valve so as to govern said engine valve, within said four-stroke engine operating mode, according to a lift and/or opening and closing times that are variable as a function of one or more parameters indicative of operating conditions of the engine;
a rocker mechanism having:
a first rocker, which is pre-arranged for being actuated by said first cam profile,
a second rocker, which is pre-arranged for being actuated by said second cam profile,
a third rocker connected directly to said master piston to drive it in motion, and
a selector device for connecting selectively said third rocker and said master piston with said first rocker or said second rocker,
in such a way that actuation of the first rocker or the second rocker connected to the master piston via the third rocker determines movement of the master piston under control of the first cam profile or the second cam profile,
said control unit is configured for controlling said selector device so as to govern the engine valve selectively in one or the other of the two-stroke and four-stroke engine operating modes, and said control unit is configured for controlling said solenoid valve to open or close hydraulic connection between said volume of fluid, set between said master piston and said slave piston and said outlet, on the basis of the selected two-stroke or four-stroke engine operating mode, and
wherein said third rocker is associated to a further cam profile having an outer profile corresponding to a base circle of said first and second cam profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,364,711

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC HYDRAULIC LOCKING AND RELEASING A CAM LOBE FROM A CAMSHAFT

Yelir, Inc., Fort Collin...

1. A dynamically locking cam lobe engagement system, said system comprising:a camshaft, said camshaft comprising a first key slot and a second key slot;
a cam lobe comprising a channel through said cam lobe and wherein said cam lobe fits over said camshaft and between said first key slot and said second key slot;
a first moveable disk comprising a first pin extension which engages said channel, wherein said first moveable disk fits over said camshaft, said first moveable disk comprises a slot on an interior portion of said first moveable disk which engages a first key in one of said first and second key slots;
a first axial movement limitation ring fitted onto said camshaft in a position to limit movement of said first moveable disk in a direction away from said cam lobe;
a second moveable disk comprising a second pin extension which engages said channel, wherein said second moveable disk fits over said camshaft, said second moveable disk comprises a slot on an interior portion of said second moveable disk which engages a second key in one of said first and second key slots;
a second axial movement limitation ring fitted onto said camshaft in a position to limit movement of said second moveable disk in a direction away from said cam lobe.

US Pat. No. 10,364,702

DE-ICING NOSE FOR LOW-PRESSURE COMPRESSOR OF AN AXIAL TURBINE ENGINE

Safran Aeroboosters SA, ...

1. An axial turbine engine splitter nose, said nose comprising:an annular separation surface with a circular leading edge, the annular separation surface being structured and operable to separate an upstream flow into two annular flows, the annular separation surface being axisymmetric around an axis; and
an electrical de-icing device with an electrical heating element; the electrical heating element comprises at least one electric heating strip which is structured and operable to prevent the formation of ice on the annular separation surface, the nose further comprising:
an annular partition with a variable-thickness portion forming an annular body, the annular body having a maximum thickness in a region of the circular leading edge; and
a layer of dielectric material,
wherein the annular body comprises an external annular step protruding radially outwardly so as to form a contact surface perpendicular to the axis, the annular body extending upstream and downstream of the external annular step, and
wherein the contact surface extends radially from an inner circular edge to an outer circular edge, and the layer of dielectric material axially abuts the contact surface between the inner circular edge and the outer circular edge.

US Pat. No. 10,364,699

CLEANING METHOD FOR JET ENGINE

Aerocore Technologies LLC...

1. A method for providing a gas-foamed water soluble liquid cleaning agent to a gas turbine engine installed on an airplane, the gas turbine engine having an inlet and a compressor, comprising:operating a source of a water soluble liquid cleaning agent, a liquid pump, a source of pressurized gas, a turbulent mixing chamber, and a non-atomizing nozzle;
mixing pressurized gas with pressurized liquid in the mixing chamber and creating a supply of foam;
streaming the supply of foam into the inlet or compressor of the installed engine from the non-atomizing nozzle;
rotating all spools of the engine during said streaming;
permitting the innermost spool to come to a stop and maintaining said streaming after the innermost spool has stopped; and
rerotating all spools of the engine after the innermost spool has stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,364,687

FAN CONTAINING FAN BLADES WITH A U-SHAPED SLOT HAVING A DECREASED LENGTH PLANAR SECTION

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A fan for a gas turbine engine comprising:a hub defining a plurality of grooves and a plurality of keys, one of the plurality of keys respectively disposed in each of the plurality of grooves;
an annular array of fan blades, each fan blade including a blade root, each blade root being receivably mounted in a corresponding groove of the plurality of grooves so as to be radially retained therein and fitted to a corresponding key of the plurality of keys;
each blade root having a bottom surface defining a generally U-shaped slot, the U-shaped slot extending along the bottom surface from a pressure side to a suction side of each blade root and opening out at the pressure side and the suction side of each blade root;
each key of the plurality of keys is formed in a U-shape so as to be at least partially fitted respectively in each generally U-shaped slot when the blade root is receivably mounted in the corresponding groove of the hub; and
each U-shaped slot being formed from a plurality of planar sections and a plurality of curved sections defined in the blade root, the plurality of planar sections including a first planar section, a second planar section and a third planar section, the second planar section being positioned at a deepest portion of each U-shaped slot intermediate the first planar section and the third planar section, and when each U-shaped slot is viewed in cross section along a length of each blade root in a chordwise direction of each blade root, each first planar section, second planar section and third planar section has a cross-sectional peripheral dimension being a length in the chordwise direction or a height generally perpendicular to the chordwise direction,
wherein, for each generally U-shaped slot, at least one of:
(i) the cross-sectional peripheral length in the chordwise direction of the second planar section is less than at least one of the cross-sectional peripheral height of the first planar section or the cross-sectional peripheral height of the third planar section, or
(ii) the plurality of curved sections each have a respective cross-sectional peripheral dimension having a radius of curvature, and the total cross-sectional peripheral dimension of the radius of curvatures of the plurality of curved sections is greater than the total cross-sectional peripheral dimension of the plurality of planar sections.

US Pat. No. 10,364,685

IMPINGEMENT SYSTEM FOR AN AIRFOIL

Gneral Electric Company, ...

1. An airfoil comprising:an exterior wall comprising an inner surface, an outer surface, and a plurality of exterior wall regions, said exterior wall defining a first interior space, said exterior wall further comprising:
a pressure sidewall; and
a suction sidewall coupled to said pressure sidewall, wherein said suction sidewall and said pressure sidewall define a leading edge and a trailing edge opposite said leading edge;
a root portion;
a tip portion opposite said root portion;
a trailing edge pin bank disposed within said first interior space; and
an impingement system disposed within said first interior space, said impingement system configured to channel a coolant stream to said exterior wall, said impingement system comprising:
an interior wall substantially parallel to said exterior wall, said interior wall defining a second interior space, said interior wall further defines a plurality of impingement holes configured to channel a flow of coolant from said second interior space to said first interior space, said interior wall having an impingement hole density having a varying hole density pattern; and
a plurality of dividing walls extending from said interior wall to said exterior wall, said interior wall, said exterior wall, and said plurality of dividing walls define a first zone and a second zone, said plurality of dividing walls comprises a first dividing wall coupled to said trailing edge pin bank, said first dividing wall separating said first zone and said second zone, wherein said impingement hole density is configured to separately meter flow to said first and second zones.

US Pat. No. 10,364,684

FASTBACK VORTICOR PIN

General Electric Company,...

1. A structure for disrupting a flow of a fluid, the structure comprising:a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall spaced apart from one another, yet joined, by a floor and a ceiling; and,
a vorticor pin extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall in a direction parallel to an X-axis, the vorticor pin concurrently rising above and extending away from the floor to a height, in a direction parallel to a Y-axis, to provide a gap between the vorticor pin and the ceiling, the vorticor pin comprising:
a front surface extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall, the front surface extending above the floor and having an arcuate portion that is transverse with respect to a Z-axis, which is perpendicular to the X-axis and the Y-axis, and having a vertex that extends perpendicular from the floor and parallel to the Y-axis,
a rear surface extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall, the rear surface extending between the vertex of the front surface and the floor and meeting the floor at a linear line of termination parallel to the X-axis, the rear surface having an inclining section that tapers in height, taken parallel to the Y-axis, in a direction parallel to the Z-axis, and
opposing side surfaces continuous with the front surface and spaced apart from one another and are non-parallel to one another relative to the Z-axis along their full extent, wherein the front surface extends forwardly from the opposing side surfaces along the Z-axis forming the arcuate portion of the front surface, wherein the opposing side surfaces extend perpendicular to the floor and parallel to the Y-axis.

US Pat. No. 10,364,682

PLATFORM COOLING CORE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE ROTOR BLADE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A rotor blade, comprising:a platform;
an airfoil that extends radially from said platform;
a first cooling core that extends at least partially inside said airfoil;
a second cooling core inside of said platform;
a first cooling hole that extends circumferentially between a mate face of said platform and said second cooling core;
a second cooling hole that extends between a gas path surface of said platform and said second cooling core; and
wherein said second cooling core is radially disposed between said gas path surface and a non-gas path surface, and said second cooling core is circumferentially disposed between said first cooling core and said mate face; and
wherein said second cooling core is fed with a cooling fluid from a pocket located radially inboard from said platform.

US Pat. No. 10,364,670

AZIMUTHALLY ACOUSTIC IMAGING LOGGING WHILE DRILLING (LWD) APPARATUS

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND ...

1. An azimuthally acoustic imaging logging while drilling (LWD) apparatus, comprising:a drill collar having a first section and a second section,
a low-frequency transmitting transducer, a high-frequency transmitting transducer, and a transmitting integrated circuit unit disposed on the first section of the drill collar;
a receiving transducer and a receiving integrated circuit unit disposed on the second section of the drill collar;
a sound insulator disposed between the first section and the second section;
a trace rod extending through the sound insulator, wherein a first end of the trace rod is connected with the transmitting integrated circuit unit, and a second end of the trace rod is connected with the receiving integrated circuit unit,
wherein, during operation, the low-frequency transmitting transducer and the high-frequency transmitting transducer both operate at their respective transducer resonance points.

US Pat. No. 10,364,667

DOWNHOLE MICROSEISMIC DETECTION FOR PASSIVE RANGING TO A TARGET WELLBORE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:measuring microseismic activity in a relief wellbore that is being drilled to intersect an existing target wellbore, thereby detecting a microseismic event in an earth formation that is produced in response to an influx into the target wellbore; and
determining a location of the influx into the target wellbore, based on the detected microseismic event.

US Pat. No. 10,364,658

DOWNHOLE PUMP WITH CONTROLLED TRAVELING VALVE

VLP LIFT SYSTEMS, LLC, R...

1. A fluid pump apparatus for an artificial lift system, the fluid pump apparatus comprising:a barrel having an interior and a lower end, said barrel having a first wide inner diameter section and a second wide inner diameter section and a reduced inner diameter section between said first wide inner diameter section and said second wide inner diameter section, said barrel having an opening at a top thereof and an opening at the lower end thereof;
a standing valve positioned at said lower end of said barrel, said standing valve movable between an open position and a closed position;
a plunger reciprocatingly mounted within said barrel, said plunger having a wide diameter section and a narrow diameter section positioned above said wide diameter section, said plunger having a first aperture at an upper portion of said plunger and a second aperture extending through a wall of said plunger so as to open to a channel extending longitudinally through said plunger, said plunger having a central chamber, said central chamber having a first shoulder located below said first aperture and above said second aperture;
a traveling valve positioned in an interior of said plunger so as to control fluid flow through said plunger, said traveling valve having a head portion and a body extending downwardly from said head portion, said body slidably movable within an interior of said plunger, said body having a fluid-passing channel therein that opens to an exterior of said body, said shoulder defining a seating area for said traveling valve; and
a spring mounted to said plunger and to said traveling valve so as to urge said traveling valve into sealing relation with said shoulder of said plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,364,654

INLET-OUTLET SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUBSEA STORAGE

NOV Subsea Products AS, ...

1. Method for emptying a gravity separated crude oil from a storage system comprisinga flexible bag for storing the crude oil, wherein the flexible bag is arranged within a protection structure with a structure volume, wherein the protection structure comprises a bottom element forming the lower section of the protection structure, the flexible bag is connected to a flange, wherein the flange is connected to the protection structure,
the flange comprises at least one fluid conduit providing fluid communication between a storage volume inside the flexible bag and a position outside the protection structure,
characterised in that
the method comprises
providing a first outlet pipe with an opening arranged inside the flexible bag near the bottom element wherein the first outlet pipe is connected to and in fluid communication with the at least one fluid conduit,
providing a perforated tube surrounding the outlet pipe providing an annulus fluid passage,
supplying water to the structure volume, and
emptying the crude oil from the storage volume through the at least one fluid conduit by allowing the crude oil to flow through the perforations in the perforated tube, through the annulus fluid passage to the opening of the first outlet pipe, thereby securing removal of a crude oil phase gravity separated within the flexible bag.

US Pat. No. 10,364,652

MISALIGNMENT IN COUPLING SHUNT TUBES OF WELL SCREEN ASSEMBLIES

Halluburton Energy Servic...

1. A well screen system, comprising:a first well screen assembly comprising a first base pipe, a first screen around the first base pipe and a first shunt tube arranged axially along the first base pipe;
a second well screen assembly comprising a second base pipe coupled to the first base pipe, a second screen around the second base pipe and a second shunt tube arranged axially along the second base pipe;
a jumper tube having a non-circular cross-section between and fluidically coupling the first and second shunt tubes; and
a tubular misalignment joint having a first end azimuthally or rotationally movable relative to a second end to compensate for misalignment of the first shunt tube and the jumper tube.

US Pat. No. 10,364,650

MULTI-STAGE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TOOL AND SYSTEM

2054351 ALBERTA LTD, Cal...

1. A system for controllably exposing selected locations along a wellbore to a pressurized fluid, the wellbore including an elongated casing disposed therein, the casing defining an internal borehole extending longitudinally with the wellbore, the casing having one or more ports extending through the casing, the system comprising:an actuation member configured for travelling down the borehole in a longitudinal direction, the actuation member including a wedged portion and a groove formed at least partially circumferentially around an outer surface of the actuation member, the groove having a first length in the longitudinal direction;
a first sliding sleeve member for disposal within the borehole and having an aperture for receiving the actuation member therein, the first sliding sleeve member configured to initially cover one of the one or more ports, and further configured to move downhole in response to force in the longitudinal direction to uncover the port; and
one or more inward-facing protrusions connected to the first sliding sleeve member, the protrusions at least initially protruding radially into the aperture, the protrusions having a second length in the longitudinal direction, the second length being less than or equal to the first length, one or both of the protrusions and the groove configured, upon alignment of the protrusions and the groove, to move radially toward the other due to a biasing force so that the protrusions are received within the groove, whereupon the predetermined amount of force is transferred from the actuation member to the sleeve member,
wherein one or both of the actuation member and the first sliding sleeve have a deformation region, wherein the deformation region of the first sliding sleeve has the one or more inward facing protrusions; wherein the biasing force is generated by one or both of: resilient radial outward deformation of the deformation region of the first sliding sleeve member, and resilient radial inward deformation of the actuation member, said resilient radial outward and inward deformation occurring in response to action of the wedged portion on the protrusions during downhole motion of the actuation member past the protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,364,648

MULTI-STAGE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TOOL AND SYSTEM

2054351 ALBERTA LTD, Cal...

1. A system for controllably exposing selected locations along a wellbore to a pressurized fluid, the wellbore including an elongated casing disposed therein, the casing defining an internal borehole extending longitudinally with the wellbore, the casing having one or more ports extending through the casing, the system comprising:an actuation member configured for travelling down the borehole in a longitudinal direction, the actuation member including a wedged portion and a groove formed at least partially circumferentially around an outer surface of the actuation member, the groove having a first length in the longitudinal direction;
a first sliding sleeve member for disposal within the borehole and having an aperture for receiving the actuation member therein, the first sliding sleeve member configured to initially cover one of the one or more ports, and further configured to move downhole in response to force in the longitudinal direction to uncover the port;
one or more inward-facing protrusions connected to the first sliding sleeve member, the protrusions at least initially protruding radially into the aperture, the protrusions having a second length in the longitudinal direction, the second length being less than or equal to the first length, one or both of the protrusions and the groove configured, upon alignment of the protrusions and the groove, to move radially toward the other due to a biasing force so that the protrusions are received within the groove, whereupon the predetermined amount of force is transferred from the actuation member to the sleeve member, and
a release mechanism configured to disengage the actuation member from the sliding sleeve member after uncovering said one of the one or more ports;
wherein one or both of the actuation member and the first sliding sleeve have a deformation region, wherein the deformation region of the first sliding sleeve has the one or more inward facing protrusions; wherein the biasing force is generated by one or both of: resilient radial outward deformation of the deformation region of the first sliding sleeve member, and resilient radial inward deformation of the actuation member, said resilient radial outward and inward deformation occurring in response to action of the wedged portion on the protrusions during downhole motion of the actuation member past the protrusions, and
wherein the release mechanism comprises a wedge-shaped body configured to contact and radially inwardly deform a part of the actuation member upon which the groove is formed, to disengage the groove from the protrusions of the sliding sleeve member which are matingly engaged with the groove, the deformation occurring as the actuation member moves downhole.

US Pat. No. 10,364,647

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW THROUGH A DOWN HOLE TOOL

TORSCH INC., Calgary (CA...

1. An apparatus for controlling fluid flow within a downhole tool comprising:an outer mandrel extending between a first end and a second end; and
a sleeve slidably located within said outer mandrel, wherein said sleeve and mandrel form first, second and third annular chambers located radially therebetween, wherein said sleeve includes an inner surface open to a passage through said apparatus along an entire length of the sleeve,
wherein said first annular chamber is in fluidic communication with an exterior of said mandrel and defined between a ridge on the outer surface of said sleeve and a ridge on the inner surface of said mandrel,
wherein said second annular chamber is in fluidic communication with an interior of said sleeve, and
wherein said third annular chamber is substantially sealed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,642

DEGRADABLE DOWNHOLE TOOLS AND COMPONENTS

Bubbletight, LLC, Needvi...

1. A tool, comprising:a body having an axial bore extending therethrough;
one or more slips arranged about the body and configured to extend radially to engage an interior wall of a wellbore conduit; and
a sealing member configured to form a seal between an outer surface of the body and the interior wall of the wellbore conduit,
wherein the one or more slips is formed from a first polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) that includes a fiberglass reinforcing material compound and the sealing member is formed from a second PVA compound that is different from the first PVA compound.

US Pat. No. 10,364,634

HYDRAULIC JAR WITH LOW RESET FORCE

Thru Tubing Solutions, In...

1. A hydraulic jarring tool for use with a well conduit in an oil or gas well, the tool comprising:a housing;
a mandrel;
wherein one of the mandrel and the housing is attachable to the well conduit and the other of the mandrel and the housing is attachable to a fixed object in the well;
wherein the housing and the mandrel have telescopically engaged portions that are axially movable relative to each other to fire and reset the tool;
wherein the telescopically engaged portions of the housing and the mandrel are configured to form a hydraulic chamber therebetween, the hydraulic chamber including a low pressure chamber, a high pressure chamber, and a narrow diameter seal bore therebetween;
wherein the seal bore has a smaller diameter section and a larger diameter section between the smaller diameter section and the high pressure chamber;
an impact surface formed on each of the housing and the mandrel;
a piston supported in the hydraulic chamber for relative movement between the high and low pressure chambers through the seal bore, wherein the piston comprises a cup with an open end terminating in a lip, the open end of the cup facing the high pressure chamber, the cup being deformable in response to fluid pressure, so that as the piston moves through the seal bore towards the high pressure chamber, the lip of the cup expands permanently to a diameter larger than the smaller diameter section of the seal bore;
an unrestricted flow path configured to allow hydraulic fluid to pass through the seal bore as the piston moves through the seal bore towards the low pressure chamber to reset the tool; and
a restricted flow path configured to restrict the flow of hydraulic fluid as the piston moves through the seal bore towards the high pressure chamber to fire the tool and create a jarring impact between the impact surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,364,633

METHOD AND MOBILE CUTTING TOOL FOR CUTTING A SUBSEA TUBULAR STRUCTURE

Smart Installations AS, ...

1. A mobile cutting tool for cutting a subsea tubular structure, the mobile cutting tool comprising:a tool body having an enclosure for receiving the subsea tubular structure;
a non-rotatable cutting element configured to carry out a translational cutting movement through the enclosure so as to cut the subsea tubular structure;
an actuator mounted on the tool body at one side of the enclosure and configured to actuate the non-rotatable cutting element;
a reaction member located at an opposite side of the enclosure, opposite to the cutting element, and configured to apply a reaction force on the subsea tubular structure during cutting; and
a further actuator comprising a hydraulic cylinder mounted at the opposite side of the enclosure of the tool body, the further actuator configured to actuate a piston rod or thread bar coupled to the reaction member so as to open and close the enclosure, for receiving and retaining the subsea tubular structure, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,364,628

USE OF PRE-STRESSED STEEL STRAND IN THE PROCEDURE OF MULTI-ANGLE DRILLING CORING

CHIFENG HAO FENG DRILLING...

1. A method for multi-angle core drilling using pre-stressed steel strand, comprising:A setting up a drilling machine with support on a drilling field; conducting a safety check; running the drilling machine; installing a first core internal pipe; drilling a hole;
B conveying a pre-stressed steel strand by a rolling wheel after the first core internal pipe is full with a core by drilling; wherein the pre-stressed steel strand enters a front part of a drill rod to obtain the core internal pipe; pulling out the first core internal pipe without taking out the drill rod; putting down the first core internal pipe;
C putting a second core internal pipe in the drill rod; pushing the second core internal pipe by the pre-stressed steel strand which is driven by the rolling wheel, such that the second core internal pipe is pushed into a front end of the drill rod; pulling out the pre-stressed steel strand; winding the pre-stressed steel strand on a winder; linking the drill rod; running a power head; keeping drilling; wherein the second core internal pipe is empty before drilling;
D when the drilling machine is drilling with the second core internal pipe, retrieving a core of the first core internal pipe; and when the drilling machine is drilling with the first core internal pipe, retrieving a core of the second core internal pipe;
E repeating the steps B, C, and D, till a predetermined drilling depth is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,364,627

SENSOR TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS AND GUIDE DEVICE

PETROMAC IP LIMITED, Auc...

1. A sensor transportation apparatus to convey an elongate sensor assembly through a wellbore, the sensor transportation apparatus comprising:at least one engagement structure to connect the sensor transportation apparatus to the sensor assembly, and
one or more wheels arranged to rotate about an axis of rotation substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the sensor assembly when the transportation apparatus is connected to the sensor assembly, and
an orientation structure defining a form having a transverse outline which has a rotational centre, wherein the rotational centre is offset from a centre of mass of the elongate sensor assembly so that, in use, the sensor transportation apparatus is oriented in a most stable position with the centre of mass of the elongate sensor assembly below the rotational centre.

US Pat. No. 10,364,615

BRAZED POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND COMPACT

Suzhou Superior Industria...

1. A process of manufacturing a thermally stable polycrystalline diamond compact comprising:(a) creating a substantially annular thermally stable plate that has an interface surface;
(b) machining a substantially cylindrical substrate that has an non-planar interface surface;
(c) applying a braze to the interface surfaces between the plate and the substrate such that the plate and the substrate are brazed together;
wherein the plate's interface surface is a bottom surface of the plate and the orthogonal inner annular surface, and the substrate's interface surface is a top surface of the substrate that comprises a projection that is substantially an inverted topology of plate's interface surface such that when the braze paste is applied, the two components become a mated pair with at least a portion of the substrate's top surface projecting into an inner annular region of the plate and not being mated with the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,609

METHOD FOR EXCAVATING MUD LINE CELLAR FOR SUBSEA WELL DRILLING

NOBLE DRILLING SERVICES I...

1. A method for excavating a well cellar, comprising:lowering an excavating apparatus having a cellar liner therein to a bottom of a body of water, the excavating apparatus comprising pads mounted to articulated arms, the arms extendable and retractable to selectively lock the excavating apparatus in place inside the cellar liner, a first motor coupled to a drill bit, the first motor mounted to the excavating apparatus by a pivoting element operable so that an angle of the first motor with respect to a longitudinal axis of the excavating apparatus is controllable during use, means to move the excavating apparatus upwardly and downwardly, and a second motor attached to excavating apparatus enable rotation of the first motor about the longitudinal axis;
excavating the well cellar by operating the excavating apparatus, while contemporaneously lowering the cellar liner into the well cellar until a top of the cellar liner is substantially level with the bottom of the body of water;
excavating a pilot well below a bottom of the cellar using the excavating apparatus; and
inserting a well head support pipe into the pilot well.

US Pat. No. 10,364,608

ROTARY STEERABLE SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT ACTUATORS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

26. A drilling method, comprising:advancing a borehole with a drill bit on a drilling assembly coupled to a drillstring by transferring rotation of the drilling assembly to the drill bit;
independently operating actuators disposed to rotate with the drilling assembly, each of the actuators associated with one of a plurality of directors, each of the actuators having an associated one of a plurality of valves in fluid communication with flow through the drilling assembly, each of the associated valves comprising a valve member rotatable relative to an inlet port and an outlet port;
controlling at least some of the flow through the drilling assembly using the independently operated actuators by rotating the valve member of each of one or more of the independently operable actuators between first and second conditions relative to the inlet port and the outlet port, directing the controlled flow at the inlet port to the associated director with the each valve member in the first condition to extend the associated director toward an extended condition, and venting the controlled flow from the associated director to the outlet port with the each valve member in the second condition to at least permit the associated director to retract toward a retracted condition;
independently moving the associated directors disposed to rotate with the drilling assembly between the extended and retracted conditions using the controlled flow; and
deviating the advancing borehole with the drilling assembly using the independently moved directors.

US Pat. No. 10,364,607

WHIPSTOCK ASSEMBLIES WITH A RETRACTABLE TENSION ARM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

7. A method, comprising:conveying a whipstock assembly into a wellbore, the whipstock assembly including a whipstock having a ramped surface, a mill releasably coupled to the whipstock with a shear bolt and providing a mill profile, and a tension arm pivotably coupled to the whipstock and having an engagement head engaged with the mill profile, wherein the engagement head provides an engagement profile defining one or more arm profile features and the mill profile defines one or more mill profile features; and
assuming at least a portion of a tensile load applied to the shear bolt with the tension arm as the whipstock assembly moves within the wellbore, wherein assuming at least a portion of the tensile load applied to the shear bolt with the tension arm comprises:
mating the one or more arm profile features with the one or more mill profile features and thereby preventing relative movement between the engagement profile and the mill profile.

US Pat. No. 10,364,606

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIRECTIONAL DRILLING

Savant Technologies, LLC,...

1. An underground directional drilling system, comprising:an inner segment assembly, and an outer segment assembly positioned around the inner segment assembly, such that the inner and outer segment assemblies are rotatable independently of one another;
wherein the outer segment assembly comprises a communication segment having a first electrode portion, a second electrode portion, and a gap portion between the first and second electrode portions that provides electrical insulation between the first and second electrode portions;
wherein the system produces a voltage difference between the first and second electrode portions of the communication segment sufficient to cause an electrical pulse to transfer from one of the first and second electrode portions, through the gap portion, and to the other of the first and second electrode portions;
wherein the system is configured to produce a plurality of such electrical pulses to wirelessly communicate drilling related data from an underground drilling location to an above ground location;
wherein one of the inner and outer segment assemblies comprises a magnet holding segment including one or more magnetic devices; and
wherein one of the inner and outer segment assemblies that does not include the magnet holding segment further comprises a magnetic sensor module configured to sense circumferential positioning of the one or more magnetic devices to determine a rotational orientation of the inner segment assembly relative to the outer segment assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,364,604

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE MOVEMENT AND MUTUAL ASSEMBLY OF SEGMENTS OF AN EXCAVATION BATTERY, FOR EXAMPLE AUGER OR ROD SEGMENTS

SOILMEC S.P.A, Cesena (F...

1. A device for the movement and mutual assembly of segments of an excavation battery, and for connecting said battery to a digging machine, said device comprising:an upper joint integrally connectable to a driving tube or to a rotary head of said digging machine;
a lower joint integrally connectable to one of said segments of said excavation battery to be made up,
said lower joint having an inner passing duct comprising an intermediate portion having a necking with a reduced diameter with respect to the remaining portions of said inner passing duct;
a flexible element that connects said upper joint with said lower joint,
said flexible element being constrained on an upper end to said upper joint and connected on a lower end to said lower joint so that said lower joint slides along said flexible element between
a disengaged extended position, in which said upper and said lower joints are separated, and
an engaged contracted position, in which said upper and said lower joints are adjacent to and engaged with one another to transfer torque and axial forces from said driving tube to said excavation battery being formed; and
a stop element that limits the sliding of said lower joint away from said upper joint along said flexible element,
said stop element comprising a ballast constrained to the lower end of said flexible element, and having a diameter less than a diameter of an inner duct of said one of said segments of said excavation battery to slide inside said one of said segments of said excavation battery,
said ballast being positioned below said necking of said lower joint and having a diameter greater than said necking,
wherein in said engaged contracted condition said stop element is at a height lower than said lower joint.

US Pat. No. 10,364,603

ACCESS CONTROL DEVICE

NOVOMATIC AG, Gumpoldski...

1. An access control device comprising modules including at least one side limit and a plurality of side panels interleaved into each other, and at least one barrier element (5), which is movably mounted on a barrier support and can be moved into a blocking position, in which the barrier element blocks access, and into an access position, in which the access is unblocked, the barrier support having a detachable base plate (22) in contact with a floor or ground, the detachable base plate (22) being anchorage-free and positionally adjustable, the at least one side limit, the plurality of side panels interleaved into each other, and the at least one barrier element (5) mounted on the barrier support having the detachable base plate (22) variably delimiting different spatial areas having varying structural spatial elements, said modules bounded by posts that define a portal (2).

US Pat. No. 10,364,602

SPRING PRE-TENSIONING DEVICE FOR ROLL BLIND

Jae-Suk KWAK, Paju-si, G...

1. A spring pre-tensioning device for a roll blind, the pre-tensioning device comprising:a rotation shaft including
a threaded part having a predetermined length and provided on an outer circumferential surface of a first side of the rotation shaft,
a locking groove provided at an end of a second side of the rotation shaft, and
a restraining protrusion provided on the outer circumferential surface of the rotation shaft and disposed at an end of the threaded part;
a restraining nut engaged with the threaded part of the rotation shaft, wherein the restraining protrusion provided at the end of the threaded part prevents the restraining nut from moving out of the threaded part toward the second side of the rotation shaft;
a restraining body fitted over the outer circumferential surface of the rotation shaft and including
a shaft insertion hole formed along a central axis of the restraining body,
a locking protrusion provided on an outer circumferential surface of a first side of the restraining body, and
a nut insertion hole formed in a second side of the restraining body along the central axis thereof such that the restraining nut is inserted in the nut insertion hole; and
a spring of which a first end is locked by the locking protrusion of the restraining body and a second end is coupled to the locking groove of the rotation shaft,
wherein the restraining body is configured to apply a predetermined pretension value to the spring, and the restraining nut is locked by the restraining protrusion to retain the predetermined pretension of the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,364,601

PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR SHADE

KARMA AUTOMOTIVE LLC, Ir...

11. A solar shade assembly for a vehicle, the solar shade assembly comprising:a solar shade including a continuous photovoltaic sheet configured to generate an electrical current using sunlight; and
a roller assembly including a housing for storing the photovoltaic sheet such that the photovoltaic sheet is capable of being unfurled from the roller assembly;
a pocket mounted on a surface of the photovoltaic sheet, wherein the pocket is configured to retain a mobile electronic device;
a power converter located in the roller assembly and configured to receive the electrical current;
wherein the power converter is configured to provide power to the pocket for charging a mobile device placed within the pocket; and
wherein the power converter is configured to provide power to the roller assembly to drive furling of the photovoltaic sheet into the roller assembly housing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,600

BELT TENSIONING DEVICE FOR A HOLLOW BLIND

INTIGRAL, INC., Walton H...

1. A belt tensioning device for a hollow blind comprising:a holder seat equipped with a lower belt gear on the top portion of the holder,
wherein the holder seat is in clearance fit with a lumen of a side frame of the hollow blind and is provided with a group of V-shaped slots from top to bottom therein and a plurality of clips, wherein each V-shaped slot is formed from two intersecting sloped sides that meet a vertex and wherein each V-shaped slot is equipped with one of the plurality of clips therein, the plurality of clips each having a width slightly larger than the width of the lumen of the side frame of the hollow blind when bent, and wherein opposite ends of each of the plurality of clips interact with the lumen of the side frame of the hollow blind, such that the holder seat is movable in a first direction along a longitudinal axis of the lumen, and the holder seat is prevented from moving in an opposite second direction along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,364,599

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining a storage compartment;
a refrigerator door configured to open and close the storage compartment;
a hinge assembly configured to couple the refrigerator door to the cabinet; and
a door opening device provided at the cabinet and configured to rotate the refrigerator door about the hinge assembly, the door opening device including:
a frame, and
a pushing member slidably provided at the frame and configured to protrude from the frame toward the hinge assembly to thereby open the refrigerator door,
wherein the pushing member is configured to push the hinge assembly, the pushing member including:
a first body that extends toward a front of the frame,
a connection body that extends from the first body toward the front of the frame and in a width direction of the frame and that is inclined with respect to the width direction by a predetermined angle relative to the first body, and
a second body that extends from the connection body toward the front of the frame, and
wherein the second body is configured to protrude outward from a center portion of the frame in the width direction to thereby open the refrigerator door, and the first body is configured, based on the second body protruding outward of the frame, to be located entirely within the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,364,598

HINGED DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A device, comprising:a first portion and a second portion; and,
a determinative hinge assembly that rotatably secures the first and second portions through a range of angles of rotation between a closed orientation and an open orientation, the first portion rotating around a first hinge axis and the second portion rotating around a second hinge axis in accordance with sub-sets of the range of angles, the determinative hinge assembly comprising:
a rotation-determining sub-assembly secured to the first portion and the second portion that controls whether the rotation occurs around the first hinge axis or the second hinge axis depending on a current sub-set of the range of angles, and
an angle-specific portion-spacing sub-assembly secured to the first portion and the second portion that forces the first and second portions apart from one another in accordance with particular angles of the rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,597

GESTURE ACCESS AND OBJECT IMPACT AVOIDANCE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ADAC Plastics, Inc., Gra...

1. A gesture access and object impact avoidance system for a motor vehicle, comprising:at least one radar signal transmitter configured to be mounted to the motor vehicle and responsive to activation thereof to emit radar signals,
at least one radar signal receiver configured to be mounted to the motor vehicle and to produce radar detection signals, the radar detection signals including at least one reflected radar signal in response to detection by the at least one radar signal receiver of at least one of the emitted radar signals reflected by an object toward the at least one radar signal receiver,
at least one processor operatively connected to the at least one radar transmitter and the at least one radar receiver, the at least one processor programmed to activate the at least one radar signal transmitter and to be operable in either of (i) a gesture access mode to control an actuator associated with an access closure of the motor vehicle to lock, unlock, open or close the access closure in response to an object within a sensing region of the at least one radar signal receiver exhibiting a predefined gesture, and (ii) an object impact avoidance mode to activate a warning device or control an actuator associated with an impact avoidance device of the motor vehicle in response to an object being within a predefined distance of the at least one radar signal receiver, and
at least one memory having instructions stored therein executable by the at least one processor to cause the at least one processor to be responsive to the motor vehicle disabled from moving to operate in the gesture access mode, and to be responsive to the motor vehicle moving or enabled to move to operate in the object impact avoidance mode.

US Pat. No. 10,364,596

LEVER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A lever device for a vehicle door handle connecting a door handle to a cable operating a door latch device while being pulled by the door handle, comprising:a handle lever including:
a handle lever shaft rotatably mounted at a door;
a handle connection part mounted at a first side of the handle lever shaft and connected to the door handle; and
a handle body part mounted at a second other side of the handle lever shaft and provided with a coupling groove; and
a link lever including:
a link lever shaft rotatably coupled to a rotation pin and disposed between the handle lever and the door handle; and
a link body part connected to the link lever shaft and selectively rotatable with respect to the rotation pin, wherein a first end of the link body part is selectively inserted into the coupling groove of the handle body part according to rotation of the link body part and a second end thereof is connected to the cable,
wherein tire link body part has an extension part which extends from the link body part to the link lever shaft, and one end of the extension part is connected with the link lever shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,364,595

ACCESS-CONTROL FIXTURE LOCK

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A fixture security system comprisinga fixture lock unit operable to block access to a receptacle in a fixture, the fixture lock unit including a lock and an operative movable lock actuator coupled to the lock, and
a child-resistant access-control unit comprising
mask means for covering a portion of the fixture lock unit to conceal the operative movable lock actuator from a child that is observing the fixture, the mask means is configured to cover a portion of the fixture lock unit without blocking movement of the operative movable lock actuator relative to the fixture to actuate and unlock the lock, and
the mask means is further configured for transmitting an external force applied to an exterior surface of the mask means by a caregiver to the operative movable lock actuator to cause the concealed movable lock actuator to move relative to the fixture to actuate the lock, and
a non-operative decoy lock-actuator button mounted in a visible location on the mask means for movement relative to the mask means from a normal projected position to a temporary depressed position without causing movement of the operative movable lock actuator concealed by the mask means relative to the fixture sufficient to actuate the lock and unlock the fixture lock unit so that the operative movable lock actuator will not move to actuate the lock and unlock the fixture lock unit in response to movement of the decoy lock-actuator button from the normal projected position to the temporary depressed position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,593

CLOSURE RELEASE DEVICE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A closure release device, comprising:a housing fixedly attached to a closure;
an actuating lever rotatably disposed on an axis of rotation on the housing;
a crank lever rotatably disposed on the axis of rotation;
a coupling member to selectively couple the actuating lever to the crank lever for rotation therewith;
a shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator to selectively cause the coupling member to selectively couple the actuating lever to the crank lever wherein the SMA actuator is electrically actuated, and the crank lever is to connect to a latch to selectively release or engage the latch in response to a coupling state of the actuating lever with the crank lever and an actuation state of the actuating lever;
an SMA actuator module attachable to the crank lever, the SMA actuator module including an enclosure having the SMA actuator arranged therein; and
a seal disposed on the SMA actuator module to seal against the actuating lever wherein the actuating lever presents a constant radius at an interface with the seal to maintain contact between the seal and the actuating lever during movement of the actuating lever,
wherein the coupling state has a coupled state corresponding to an unlocked state of the closure, and wherein the coupling state has an uncoupled state corresponding to a locked state of the closure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,592

SENSOR ASSEMBLIES FOR LOCKS

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A locking assembly, comprising:a case;
a first hub rotatably mounted in the case and having a first home position and a first rotated position;
a second hub rotatably mounted in the case and having a second home position and a second rotated position;
a locking member aligned with the first hub and having a locking position wherein rotation of the first hub is prevented, and having an unlocking position wherein rotation of the first hub is enabled; and
a sensor assembly, including:
a first sensor associated with the first hub and operable to transmit a first signal in response to one of the first home position and the first rotated position, wherein the first sensor comprises a first microswitch including a first body, at least one first terminal, and a first leaf spring associated with the first hub;
a second sensor associated with the second hub and operable to transmit a second signal in response to one of the second home position and the second rotated position, wherein the second sensor comprises a second microswitch including a second body, at least one second terminal, and a second leaf spring associated with the second hub;
a third sensor associated with the locking member and operable to transmit a third signal in response to one of the locking position and the unlocking position, wherein the third sensor comprises a third microswitch including a third body, at least one third terminal, and a third leaf spring associated with the locking member; and
a printed circuit board on which terminals of each of the first, second, and third sensors are mounted;
wherein each terminal is electrically connected to a controller of a control circuit;
wherein the third sensor is mounted on the printed circuit board between the first sensor and the second sensor to form a single unit; and
wherein the third leaf spring is bent about the third body such that an engaging segment of the third leaf spring extends longer than the first leaf spring and the second leaf spring and is positioned between the third body and the locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,591

POST-EXTRACTING TOOL

1. A post-extracting tool comprising:a first lever, a second lever, a first jaw, a second jaw, a first handle loop, a second handle loop, and a pivot point;
wherein the post-extracting tool comprises a pair of tongs that are used to pull a post from ground;
wherein a first end of the second jaw is placed on top of the distal end of the second lever and oriented to the same angle as the first lever and the first jaw, except in the opposite direction;
wherein the second jaw and the second lever are secured in that position;
wherein the positioning of the second jaw and the second lever is such that from an observation point at a proximal end of the second lever with the obverse face of the second lever resting on a surface and the reverse face of the second lever facing up, the second jaw curves to the left;
wherein the second lever and the second jaw are non co-planar;
wherein the second jaw is located above the second lever in a plane that is parallel to the plane of the second lever.

US Pat. No. 10,364,590

FENCE POST PULLER AND PULLER-DRIVER COMBINATION

1. A T-post puller for a T-post having a T-cross section including a stem and a pair of wings with a plurality of spaced apart studs along a head of the stem, said T-post puller comprising a body with a geometric channel configured such that the T-post puller may be slipped over an end of a T-post, said channel having first and second spaced apart stud engaging protrusions, said stud engaging protrusions configured such that when the body is rotated into stud engaging position one of said pair of wings is wedged against a shoulder of a first of the stud engaging protrusions while the second stud engaging protrusion is positioned below a stud, said T-post puller further having a retractable member engaging the stem of the T-post in stud engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,588

SHELTER SYSTEM

Go Papa, LLLP, Littleton...

1. A shelter system, comprising:a collapsible shelter comprising:
a number of vertical support legs extending substantially perpendicular to a collapsible truss section interconnecting the number of vertical support legs;
a canopy securable to the collapsible truss section of the collapsible shelter, wherein the canopy includes:
an arcuate interface spanning from a first vertical support leg to an adjacent second vertical support leg; and
an attachment mechanism to releasably engage the canopy and arcuate interface with the first vertical support leg; and
a connection member to connect the canopy to a separate self-supporting tent structure by engaging with the arcuate interface, wherein the connection member includes a flysheet portion separate from the separate self-support tent structure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,587

EMERGENCY SHELTER

Extremis Technology Ltd.,...

1. A building that is adaptable between a first normal configuration and a second wind-resistant configuration by relative movement of at least two space enclosing elements of the building, wherein the first configuration defines a first internal volume and the second configuration defines a second internal volume less than the first internal volume,wherein the first configuration comprises:
a first roof element moveable relative to at least one structurally supporting part of the building, said first roof element being one of the at least two space enclosing elements and which in the first configuration has a first roof angle to the horizontal; and
an adjacent first side wall element being one of the at least two space enclosing elements, at least a portion of which is moveable relative to at least one structurally supporting part of the building, said first side wall element in the first configuration having a first side wall angle to the horizontal; and
wherein the second configuration comprises a composite roof-wall arrangement having a roof component derived from at least a portion of the first roof element and a side wall component derived from at least a portion of the first side wall element, wherein the angle to the horizontal of each of the roof component and the wall component of the composite roof-wall arrangement in the second configuration are intermediate between the first roof angle of the first roof element in the first configuration and the first wall angle of the first wall element of the first configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,364,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY IN LARGE WATER BODIES

CRYSTAL LAGOONS (CURACAO)...

1. A system for maintaining water quality in a large water body comprising water contained in a container having a bottom, the system comprising:a container that contains a water body;
a chemical application system for dosing a flocculant into the water, wherein the chemical application system applies a flocculant to the water in the water body to maintain turbidity of the water below 2 NTU;
a mobile suctioning device capable of moving along the bottom of the container and suctioning a portion of the water containing settled solids at the bottom of the container, wherein the mobile suctioning device is configured to be activated before an increase in color black component of the bottom of the container exceeds 30% on a CMYK scale and wherein the mobile suctioning device comprises suction points distributed along a bottom of the suctioning device constructed to concentrate suctioning power at the suction points and not resuspend more than 30% of the settled solids in an area of the bottom of the container where the mobile suctioning device moves along;
a control system configured and arranged to activate the operation of the suctioning device based on a determination of the color of the bottom of the container;
a filtration system comprising a filtration unit in fluid communication with the mobile suctioning device, wherein the filtration unit receives the portion of water suctioned by the mobile suction device;
a degreasing system, separate from the filtration system, comprising:
(a) a separation unit, including a degreaser and a screen or coarse filter, and
(b) skimmers in fluid communication with the body of water and the separation unit, the skimmers arranged and configured to provide a surface water flow from the water body to the separation unit, andwherein the degreaser is an overflow apparatus for separating oils and greases from the water, the screen or course filter is arranged and configured for retaining large debris, and the degreasing system is capable of maintaining a top-most 1 cm surface water layer as having less than about 20 mg/L greases; andone or more return lines for returning filtered water from the filtration unit and the degreasing system to the water body,
wherein the system is a closed system capable of maintaining water quality suitable for recreational uses.

US Pat. No. 10,364,584

WAVE GENERATOR SYSTEM WITH A LATERAL MOVING WAVE BARRIER FOR THE GENERATION OF WAVES IN TWO AREAS OF WATER

INSTANT SPORT, S.L, Dono...

1. Wave generator system (1), characterised in that it comprises:a continuous and elongated barrier (4), arranged along a longitudinal direction (5), and having a front side (4a) and a rear side (4b) along a length (L) of the barrier (4), where the front side (4a) is facing a first mass of water (2) and the rear side (4b) is facing a second mass of water (3), wherein the barrier (4) prevents the passage of water between the first mass of water (2) and the second mass of water (3), through, above and under the barrier (4) and along the length (L);
a first reef (12) formed in a floor (6) beneath the first mass of water (2) and at a distance from the front side (4a), and a second reef (15) formed in a floor (8) beneath the second mass of water (3) and at a distance from the rear side (4b), wherein
the barrier (4) is movable along the whole of the length (L) with a serpentine movement, wherein the front side (4a) pushes water of the first mass of water (2) towards the first reef (12) for the formation of a wave (W) in the first mass of water (2), whilst the rear side (4b) pushes water from the second mass of water (3) towards the second reef (15) for the formation of a wave (W) in the second mass of water (3).

US Pat. No. 10,364,583

DEPLOYABLE SELF-SUSTAINING SHELTER

1. A structure comprising:an expandable structural frame adapted to expand to an expanded condition and retract to a retracted condition, wherein the expandable structural frame comprises a first frame member and a second frame member, said first and second frame members telescopically connected to one another for expansion and retraction of the structure;
a first electrical flow path adapted for providing electrical power to the structure in the expanded condition;
a second electrical flow path adapted for providing electrical power to the structure in the retracted condition, said second electrical flow path different from the first electrical flow path;
an electrically conductive switching device, said electrically conductive switching device comprising a caster carriage dongle, in a fixed position with respect to the first frame member and adapted to maintain moving contact with the second frame member during expansion and retraction of the structure; and
an expandable HVAC system including primary ductwork, secondary ductwork, and tertiary ductwork, wherein the primary ductwork, secondary ductwork, and tertiary ductwork are adapted to together define an expanded configuration and a retracted configuration;
wherein the expandable HVAC system defines a first fluid pathway in the expanded configuration and a second fluid pathway in the retracted conditions, said second fluid pathway being different from the first fluid pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,364,582

DEVICE FOR REPAIRING CRACK IN WALL

SAKAEGUMI CORPORATION, T...

1. A device for repairing a crack in a wall comprising:an injection nozzle that has a nozzle part, with a front end adapted to be positioned on a crack in a wall and adapted to inject filler into the crack, and an inflow pipe that is connected to the nozzle part and sends filler to the nozzle part,
an adsorption disk that is fixed to a supporting shaft in which a suction passage for sucking air is formed to be adsorbed to a wall surface by sucking air through the suction passage, and to be detached from the wall surface by releasing the suction,
an arm that has a front end part and a rear end part in the axial direction, and is supported by the supporting shaft through a first universal joint and supports an inflow pipe of the injection nozzle in the front end part through a second universal joint, and
a plurality of contact members that are attached to the rear end part of the arm, front ends of the plurality of contact members being adapted to contact the wall surface, and receiving a moment load generated in the arm when injecting the filler into the crack by means of the injection nozzle,
wherein the plurality of contact members are arranged in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction of the arm,
wherein the first universal joint comprises a spherical rotating member having a through hole through which the supporting shaft is inserted and a ring-like retention ring that rotatably retains the spherical rotating member,
a male screw is formed on an outer periphery of the supporting shaft,
a pressing coil spring is provided on the supporting shaft so that the pressing coil spring is loosely fitted to the supporting shaft in a compressed state between an upper surface of the adsorption disk and a lower surface of the arm, and
a regulation nut part that is screwed with the male screw on the supporting shaft on an upper surface side of the arm and regulates an upward movement of the arm is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,364,581

MASONRY CORNER JIG

1. A masonry corner jig comprising:a main elongate body including first and second portions extending from a midpoint, the main elongate body forming a plurality of apertures extending a length of the main elongate body at the midpoint;
first and second leg pegs each being sized and configured for selective attachment to the main elongate body on a respective one of the first and second portions;
first and second L-shaped plates each defining a central leg bracket including a first surface and a second surface; the central leg bracket being sized and configured for selective attachment to the main elongate body; the central leg bracket including a curved plate extending from the second surface, the curved plate forming a hole extending the length of the curved plate;
an adjustable grade stake sized and configured for engaged passage through the hole on each of the curved plates of the respective central leg brackets;
a metal plate defining a base, the base forming a body having a 90-degree cutout section wherein the point of the 90-degree cutout section is aligned with the center of the base; the base forming three holes along a perimeter zone of the base; a tube extending from the base and forming a channel sized for engaged receipt of the adjustable grade stake;
first and second legs each comprising:
a leg hinge having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the leg peg;
a leg rod having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the leg hinge;
an adjusting rod having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the leg rod; the adjusting rod having a hole through the center of the adjusting rod;
an adjusting pin that is sized and configured for engaged passage through the hole of the adjusting rod;
a cylinder defining an ankle rod, the ankle rod having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the adjusting rod; and
a foot plate that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the ankle rod.

US Pat. No. 10,364,580

GROUT INSTALLATION APPARATUS

1. A grout installation system including an apparatus having:a grout applying member, for applying grout to spaces between tiles comprised in a tiled area, the grout applying member comprising:
a grout tank having an internal space for storing grout, and
a grout dispensing head having an internal space in communication with the internal space of the grout tank for receiving grout therefrom; and
a grout removal member arranged rearward of the grout applying member, the grout removal member operable to remove grout from an outer surface of the tiles; wherein
the apparatus is operable to adopt a working position in which an outer edge of the grout dispensing head rests against the outer surface of the tiles, and in which the outer edge of the grout dispensing head defines a closed and planar perimeter encircling and delimiting an end opening of the grout dispensing head, the end opening in communication with the internal space of the grout dispensing head for receiving grout from the grout tank and dispensing said grout through the end opening to a portion of the tiled area delimited by the perimeter; wherein
the grout applying member further comprises a piston movable along the internal space of the grout tank and operable to force grout out of the internal space of the grout tank, into the internal space of the grout dispensing head, through the end opening of the grout dispensing head and into spaces between the tiles facing the end opening when said grout dispensing member is actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,579

VENTED AND WATER CONTROL CLADDING SYSTEM

Norwood Architecture, Inc...

1. A vented and water control system, consisting of:an exterior cladding panel configured to be mounted at a wall of a structure, the exterior cladding panel consisting of glass fiber reinforced plastic having a front surface, a back surface, and an omnidirectional relief pattern integral with the back surface and defined by a plurality of elements that form an omnidirectional ventilation and drainage plane between the wall and the back surface when the exterior cladding panel is mounted at the wall; and,
a non-structural finish layer located on the exterior cladding panel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,577

RAPID DEPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION TILE

The United States of Amer...

13. A transmission tile, comprising:a channel comprising a data cable configured to transmit data and a power cable configured to transmit power; and
an outer layer configured to environmentally seal the data cable and the power cable,
where the outer layer is configured to interconnect with an outer layer of a supply tile in a keyed manner;
where outer layer is configured to interconnect with an outer layer of an access tile in a keyed manner,
where when the outer layer of the transmission tile interconnects with the outer layer of the supply tile, the channel proactively operatively couples with a channel of the supply tile, and
where when the outer layer of the transmission tile interconnects with the outer layer of the access tile, the channel proactively operatively couples with a channel of the access tile.

US Pat. No. 10,364,576

ANCHOR

1. An anchor comprising:a spring element sized to receive a portion of a component, the spring element comprising a first region, a second region and a third region, where
the second region comprising a coil spring having a plurality of coils for which adjacent coils are spaced apart, where the coil spring of the second region is coupled to the first region and the third region of the spring element; and
the third region comprises a coil spring having a plurality of coils for which adjacent coils are in contact with one another, where the coil spring of the third region has an external diameter less than an exterior diameter of the coil spring of the second region; and
a spring stop, configured to couple to the component and to contact the first region of the spring element, thereby preventing motion of the spring element along the component in at least a first direction, the spring stop having an exterior cross dimension smaller than the exterior diameter of the coil spring of the second region;
whereby the anchor is configured to couple the component through a hole in a support structure for which a cross dimension of the hole is greater than the exterior cross dimension of the spring stop, greater than the external diameter of the coil spring of the third region and less than the first exterior diameter of the coil spring of the second region, and
where the plurality of coils of the coil spring of the third region are sized to fit within the hole in the support structure to form a grommet when the component is coupled to the support structure via the anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,575

ELEVATION-TYPE STAIR STRUCTURE

1. An elevation-type stair structure, comprising:a first stair module, including a plurality of first treads, a first platform, a second platform and a first wall surface, wherein said first wall surface includes a first door and a second door;
a second stair module, disposed at one side of said first stair module and including a plurality of second treads, a third platform, a fourth platform and a second wall surface, wherein said second wall surface includes a third door and a fourth door; and
an elevator module, fastened above said first stair module or said second stair module for enabling said first stair module or said second stair module to be ascended or descended, wherein when said second stair module is descended for being below a location defined at said one side of said first stair module, said first door is aligned with said fourth door; and when said second stair module is ascended for being above a location defined at said one side of said first stair module, said second door is aligned with said third door.

US Pat. No. 10,364,574

CONTINUOUS SCREW TIGHTENING MACHINE WITH WASHER STACKING SUPPLY MECHANISM

MURO CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A continuous screw tightening machine with washer stacking supply mechanism comprising:a tightening machine body on which a driving machine is mounted and connecting a bit for screw tightening rotated/driven by the driving machine detachably and rotatably,
a tightening machine body guide mechanism advancing/retreating the tightening machine body between a standby position and an advanced position where the bit is advanced so as to be arranged at a position capable of tightening a screw,
a tip-end block provided below the tightening machine body guide mechanism and provided with a washer temporary accommodating portion for accommodating one washer having a hole through which the screw is inserted, capable of being withdrawn downward and a base plate capable of placing a large number of the washers in stacked arrangement, and arranged on a tightening target spot,
a screw-and-washer supply mechanism body arranged between the tightening machine body guide mechanism and the tip-end block and having an accommodating region for a large number of the washers in stacked arrangement on a rear side,
a washer sequential supply mechanism interlocked with the tightening machine body and incorporated in the accommodating region of the screw-and-washer supply mechanism body from a side portion to a lower part and for automatically supplying the washer on a lowermost stage in a large number of the washers stacked on the base plate and accommodated in the screw-and-washer supply mechanism body to the washer temporary accommodating portion in conjunction with retreating of the tightening machine body to the standby position by sliding it on the base plate of the tip-end block by a washer feeding body provided with a concave portion corresponding to an outer shape of the washer and automatically returning the washer feeding body in conjunction with advancing of the tightening machine body to an advanced position to a supply preparation position of the subsequent one washer,
a screw rope magazine accommodating a screw rope to which a large number of the screws are connected at a constant interval by a band-shaped member, capable of being fed out and detachably arranged on a rear part side of the screw-and-washer supply mechanism body, and
a screw sequential supply mechanism interlocked with the tightening machine body and incorporated in the screw-and-washer supply mechanism body and in conjunction with advancing of the tightening machine body to a position capable of tightening the bit, automatically moving a feeding claw for feeding each screw of the screw rope supplied from the screw rope magazine to a supply preparation position of the one screw connected to the screw rope and in conjunction with retreating of the tightening machine body to the standby position, automatically supplying the screw in order by the feeding claw so as to be in concentric arrangement between a tip end of the bit and a hole of the washer, wherein
rotation/driving of the bit advanced to the tightening possible position by the driving machine, removes the screw downward from the washer temporary accommodating portion such that the screw together with the washer is tightened and fixed teat the tightening target spot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,573

LAYOUT STARTER AND FIELD SHINGLE FOR SLOPED ASPHALT ROOFING

1. An asphalt shingle designed to be laid up in courses on a roof comprising:an upper headlap portion, a lower tab portion, vertically spaced apart upper and lower edges, laterally spaced apart right and left edges, and top and bottom surfaces, having a lateral dimension or width and a vertical dimension or height; and
a plurality of parallel, laterally-spaced vertical markings disposed across said top surface;
wherein the lateral dimension of the shingle is greater than the vertical dimension of the shingle,
wherein said bottom surface is configured to be laid up on a roof facing the roof,
wherein said tab portion is configured to be substantially weather-exposed when laid up on a roof and wherein said upper headlap portion is configured to be substantially covered by the tab portion of asphalt shingles in a next-overlying course of asphalt shingles when laid up on a roof; and
wherein, when the shingle is run up a rake of a roof with said upper and lower edges running parallel to the rake with either said upper or lower edge abutting said rake, said vertical markings are configured to act as headlap alignment marks and run perpendicularly to the rake of the roof, defining the positions on which courses of shingles should be abutted, and
wherein, when the shingle is run along an eave of a roof with said upper and lower edges running parallel to the eave, the plurality of parallel, laterally-spaced vertical markings are also configured to act as sidelap alignment marks and run perpendicularly to the eave of the roof, defining the positions on which subsequent courses of shingles should be abutted.

US Pat. No. 10,364,572

PREFABRICATED WALL PANEL FOR UTILITY INSTALLATION

Innovative Building Techn...

1. A utility panel, comprising:an exterior panel that includes:
a core;
a first board coupled to an exterior-facing surface of the core;
a second board coupled to an interior-facing surface of the core, wherein:
the core includes a foam plastic core that has the exterior-facing surface and the interior-facing surface,
the first board includes a magnesium oxide board coupled to the exterior-facing surface of the foam plastic core, and
the second board includes a fiber cement board coupled to the interior-facing surface of the foam plastic core;
a weather resistive barrier coupled to the first board, wherein the first board is positioned between the weather resistive barrier and the core; and
a plurality of cladding panels coupled to the weather resistive barrier, wherein the weather resistive barrier is positioned between the plurality of cladding panels and the first board;
a plurality of studs coupled to the exterior panel, wherein the plurality of studs include a plurality of punched studs;
a hat channel coupled to the plurality of studs substantially opposite the exterior panel, wherein the hat channel is substantially perpendicular to the plurality of studs; and
an interior panel coupled to the hat channel opposite the plurality of studs.

US Pat. No. 10,364,571

LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURAL PANEL

1. A structural panel configured for use in building installation comprising:a three-dimensional space frame assembly, wherein the space frame assembly comprises:
at least two longitudinal sides;
at least one lateral side;
a plurality of sinusoidal support members arranged in a lateral direction; and
a plurality of opposing reinforcing elements arranged in a longitudinal direction;
a pair of truss members, wherein one truss member in the pair is attached to each longitudinal side of the space frame assembly;
a pair of stud members, wherein one stud member is attached to each longitudinal side of the space frame assembly and a corresponding said truss member as a bracing system, each stud member comprises a plurality of apertures located along a longitudinal length thereof;
a foam layer which is provided throughout the space frame assembly, truss members, and stud members;
a plurality of first cavities, wherein each first cavity lines up with a corresponding said aperture and extends in the lateral direction from the one stud member to the other stud member; and
a plurality of second cavities, wherein each second cavity extends in the longitudinal direction through a body of the panel;
wherein the structural panel possesses load bearing capacity and the truss members, sinusoidal support members, stud members, and reinforcing elements provide structural integrity and load bearing capacity independent of the foam layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,570

BUILDING FORMS AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING SAME

EZ PVC LLC, Las Vegas, N...

1. A building wall system including a plurality of forms for filling with concrete and constructing a building wall comprising:a corner form assembly including an inner corner form and an outer corner form for assembling from an unassembled condition to an assembled condition;
said outer corner form including a pair of outer walls angled to one another from a vertex to define a first angle extending between said outer walls;
each of said outer walls extending from said vertex to a respective outer form connector;
said outer corner form includes a corner web extending between said outer walls and disposed in spaced relationship with said outer form connectors;
said inner corner form including an inner wall extending from a first end to a second end and having a first pair of connectors disposed at said first end and a second pair of connectors disposed at said second end; and
said first pair of connectors disposed on opposite sides of said inner wall and at least one of said first pair of connectors interconnected with one of said outer form connectors to establish said assembled condition for assembling said corner form assembly around a preset rebar in a corner footing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,569

GUIDE DEVICE FOR RETAINING TIES IN MASONRY WALLS

1. An apparatus for reinforcement of masonry walls, the apparatus comprising:a tie member having an anchor end and a tension end, the tie member disposed in a vertical passageway in a wall of a structure, the vertical passageway comprising the vertical alignment of voids in a plurality of concrete masonry units; and
a bracing member disposed in one of the voids in the plurality of concrete masonry units that form the vertical passageway such that the bracing member retains the tie member in close proximity to the centerline of the vertical passageway, the bracing member disposed at an intermediate location between the anchor end and the tension end, the intermediate location being distal from the anchor end and distal from the tension end, the bracing member comprising a downwardly depending funnel connected to a reservoir such that the funnel is disposed below the reservoir, the funnel configured for receiving the tie member, and the reservoir comprising walls disposed in a rectangular orientation, the reservoir configured for receiving and retaining wet cured-in-place bracing material for curing within the reservoir, the bracing material selected from the group consisting of mortar, grout, self-consolidating grout, cured-in-place foam, epoxy, cement, and concrete;
wherein the tie member is laterally supported by the bracing member, and the tie member is laterally unsupported between the bracing member and the anchor end and between the bracing member and the tension end.

US Pat. No. 10,364,566

SELF-LOCKING METAL FRAMING CONNECTIONS USING PUNCHED OUT TABS, LEDGES AND NOTCHES

1. A receiver support element used in connecting metal framing components, said receiver support element comprising:a substantially planar web having a first edge and a second edge opposite said first edge, said planar web defining a plane;
a first flange and a second flange defining web flanges, said second flange being substantially parallel to said first flange, said first flange extending from said first edge in a direction substantially normal to said plane and said second flange extending from said second edge in a direction substantially normal to said plane, said first flange having a first end distal with respect to said web and said second flange having a first end distal with respect to said web; a third flange and a fourth flange being receiver flanges, said fourth flange being substantially parallel to said third flange and to said first flange and to said second flange, said third flange being attached to said first end of said first flange and said fourth flange being attached to said first end of said second flange, said third flange and said fourth flange extending in a direction of said plane and terminating in a respective first distal end and a second distal end, said third flange and said fourth flange each having a portion proximate said respective first distal end of said third flange and said second distal end of said fourth flange extending away from said respective first flange and said second flange;
said first flange and said second flange defining a web flange gap, said first flange and said third flange defining a first receiver gap, said second flange and said fourth flange defining a second receiver gap; said third flange and said fourth flange each having at least one resilient tab, said resilient tab of said third flange extending toward said first end of said first flange and having a distal end terminating within said first receiver gap, and said resilient tab of said fourth flange extending toward said first end of said second flange and having a distal end terminating within said second receiver gap.

US Pat. No. 10,364,565

SUB-FLOOR BRACE FOR ABATING SQUEAKING FLOORS

1. A structural element comprising:a first support, a second support, and a fastener;
wherein the fastener attaches the first support to the second support;
wherein the structural element is configured for use with a supported flooring;
wherein the supported flooring is further defined with joists and a flooring;
wherein the supported flooring is further defined with a floor side and a ceiling side;
wherein the structural element is configured to support the supported flooring from the ceiling side of the supported flooring;
wherein the supported flooring refers to a horizontal surface upon which the structural element is placed in use;
wherein in use the horizontal surface receives the load from the supported flooring that is being distributed through the structural element;
wherein the structural element is a telescopic structure;
wherein the first support comprises a first stanchion and a first cantilever;
wherein the first cantilever attaches to the first stanchion;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first end, a second end, and a first center axis;
wherein the first cantilever is further defined with a third end, a fourth end, a second center axis, and an inner dimension;
wherein the first stanchion is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the first cantilever is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the first cantilever is formed from the same tube stock as the first stanchion;
wherein the second support comprises a second stanchion and a second cantilever;
wherein the second cantilever attaches to the first cantilever;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a fifth end, a sixth end, and a third center axis;
wherein the second cantilever is further defined with a seventh end, an eighth end, a fourth center axis, and an outer dimension;
wherein the second stanchion is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the dimensions of the second stanchion are identical to the dimensions of the first stanchion;
wherein the second cantilever is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the tube stock of the second cantilever is selected such that the outer dimension of the second cantilever is lesser than the inner dimension of the first cantilever such that the second cantilever can be inserted into the first cantilever;
wherein the fastener is a mechanical detent;
wherein the third end of the first cantilever attaches to the second end of the first stanchion such that the second center axis intersects perpendicularly with the first center axis;
wherein the third end of the first cantilever attaches to the second end of the first stanchion such that the face of the first cantilever is flush with the second end of the first stanchion;
wherein the seventh end of the second cantilever attaches to the sixth end of the second stanchion such that the fourth center axis intersects perpendicularly with the third center axis;
wherein the seventh end of the second cantilever attaches to the sixth end of the second stanchion such that the span of the distance between the fourth center axis and the fifth end of the second stanchion is sized such that the fourth center axis and the second center axis are aligned when the first end of the first stanchion and the fifth end of the second stanchion are placed upon the supporting flooring;
wherein this alignment will allow the eighth end of the second cantilever to be inserted into the fourth end of the first cantilever when the structural element is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,364,564

SUPER DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLOOD CONTROL

1. A drainage system configured for controlling flood during extreme weather and comprising a road for traffic during normal weather, said system comprising:a) an open channel having a first bank, a second bank and a riverbed;
b) a reinforced concrete conduit (RCC), said RCC has a bottom slab supported on said riverbed, a first wall for retaining said first bank, a top slab elevated above a predetermined level and a second wall and said RCC further comprising a number of RCC segments, each of said RCC segments having a male end and a number of RCC segments, each of said RCC segments having a male end and a female end;
c) an opening in said RCC for water communication with said open channel; and
wherein said RCC supports said road below the top of said first bank, and said traffic travels on said road along said first bank during normal weather.

US Pat. No. 10,364,563

RUNOFF WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A drywell apparatus for collecting and diverting runoff surface water or waste water, and controlling the flow and direction of subsurface water, comprising:a top having a large diameter, central, top port, opening into a drywell apparatus interior, said top port adapted to receive surface water;
an open bottom;
a cylindrical sidewall interconnecting the drywell top and bottom, said drywell top, bottom and sidewall defining the drywell apparatus interior, said sidewall having an exterior surface and an interior surface, said sidewall having a plurality of rectangular drain-type ports distributed about the sidewall;
a plurality of interior diverters attached to the sidewall interior, within the drywell interior, each interior diverter positioned about one of the plurality of drain-type ports, each interior diverter having a front, rear, open top, bottom, and two opposite, identical sides, said interior diverter front, rear, top, bottom and sides defining a hollow interior diverter interior, wherein the interior diverter rear is divided into two sections, a top section and a lower section, wherein said interior diverter rear top section is flat and extends vertically downward to a horizontal line, wherein the interior diverter rear lower section extends downward from the horizontal line and forward to a beginning of the interior diverter bottom, wherein a plurality of downwardly extending flanges are formed at a junction of the interior diverter rear lower section and the interior diverter bottom, wherein the interior diverter front has a plurality of holding tabs adjacent the interior diverter top and extending from the interior diverter sides toward each other, wherein the remainder of the interior diverter front is open;
wherein the interior diverter front engages one of the plurality of drain-type ports and the interior diverter bottom is seated on a drain-type port horizontal bottom, wherein the interior diverter downwardly extending flanges engage the side wall interior beneath one of the plurality of drain-type ports, wherein the interior diverter holding tabs are attached to the side wall interior above a one of the plurality of drain-type ports;
wherein water from the drywell apparatus interior enters the interior diverter top through the diverter interior, out through the diverter front, through one of the plurality of drywell drain-type ports, laterally dispersing into the surrounding soil, beginning at the top of a drywell, said interior diverter rear and sides preventing backfill soil from intruding into a drywell interior.

US Pat. No. 10,364,562

SANITARY WASHING DEVICE

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushi-Sh...

1. A sanitary washing device comprising:a heating part;
a first temperature sensor configured to sense temperature of water heated by the heating part;
a second temperature sensor provided downstream of the first temperature sensor and configured to sense temperature of the water;
a nozzle provided downstream of the second temperature sensor and configured to jet the water toward human private parts; and
a controlling part configured to determine that the second temperature sensor is abnormal when change of the temperature sensed by the first temperature sensor is larger than a predetermined first value and change of the temperature sensed by the second temperature sensor is smaller than a predetermined second value.

US Pat. No. 10,364,561

DRAIN VALVE FOR A FLUSHING CISTERN AND FLUSHING CISTERN HAVING A DRAIN VALVE

1. A drain valve for a sanitary flushing cistern, in particular a flush-mounted flushing cistern, comprising a valve housing and a valve body guided in the valve housing and configured as an overflow pipe having a seal assigned to a valve seat, wherein the valve body is provided with at least one pull tab for lifting the valve body, and one buoyant body, wherein the valve housing at its upper end is provided with a spacer for aligning and fixing the drain valve in the flushing cistern, wherein the pull tab is pivotably connected to the valve body and the spacer has an abutment assigned to the pull tab, which functions as a pivot point for the pull tab, so that the pull tab is movable from an upright position into a folded position and the valve body connected to the pull tab in the folded position of the pull tab is raised vis-à-vis the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,364,560

TRAP WATER REMOVAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

Platypus Tools Inc., (CA...

1. A method for removing water from a trap of a drain of a plumbing device, comprising the steps of:a) providing an apparatus for removing water from said trap,
said apparatus comprising:
a housing comprising side walls defining an elongated reservoir, a first opening and a second opening;
a plunger assembly having a plunger member sealingly engaged with sidewalls of the elongate reservoir and movable within the elongate reservoir; and
a pliable and/or flexible hose coupled to the second opening of the housing in fluid communication with the reservoir, and including an open end;
b) positioning the hose open end into the trap of the plumbing device;
c) actuating said plunger assembly to draw water from said trap;
d) temporarily retaining said water within said reservoir prior to disposal of said water in a further portion of the drain downstream of the trap;
e) repositioning the hose open end for fluid communication with the further portion of the drain downstream of the drain trap; and
f) actuating said plunger assembly to expel said water from said reservoir through the hose open end downstream of the trap and out of the plumbing device.

US Pat. No. 10,364,559

PLUMBING DEVICE

1. A connector comprisingan inlet connector,
a chamber having an open upper chamber and a lower closable chamber, and
an outlet connector formed in a floor of the lower chamber
wherein the inlet connector is supported above the open upper chamber by a plurality of horizontally spaced arms such that a vertical gap is formed between an inlet and the upper chamber, the arms being arranged so that the horizontal spacing between the arms and the vertical gap are sufficient to provide an air break to drain, and wherein the lower chamber is closable by a non-return valve which is arranged to open at a pre-selected pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,558

BOTTLE TRAP

1. A bottle trap for washbasin sink, the bottle trap comprising:a main body having an open end and a tapered closed end, the open end adapted to be coupled to a tailpiece pipe from a sink and the tapered closed end has at least one face inclined at a first angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the main body;
a cylindrical trap element received through the open end and extending axially into the main body up to at least half the length of the main body, the cylindrical trap element dividing the main body into an inner cylindrical portion and an outer cylindrical portion, the inner cylindrical portion and the outer cylindrical portion being fluidically coupled;
an outlet orifice provided on peripheral surface of the main body perpendicularly thereto, the outlet orifice is fluidically coupled to the outer cylindrical portion and is adapted to be coupled to a horizontal drain pipe;
a thread-less coupling provided at the open end and the outlet orifice, for connecting the tailpiece pipe and the drain pipe, respectively, thereto for ensuring a leakproof coupling, said thread-less coupling being based on a connecting seal having a cylindrical body with a circumferential groove on its outer cylindrical surface, and a complementary inward projecting first annular projection on the open end and the outlet orifice, the first annular projection being adapted to engage with the circumferential groove on the respective connecting seal; and
at least one sealable drain orifice provided at the at least one inclined face of the tapered closed end, the drain orifice being fluidically connected to the outer cylindrical portion for enabling draining out of blockage particles therein by opening the drain orifice,wherein the main body is a monolithic block and joint free, andwherein the at least one sealable drain orifice is adapted to be sealed by a removable closure, andwherein during operation liquid from the tailpiece pipe enters into the inner cylinder portion towards the outer cylinder portion for being directed out of the outlet orifice into the drain pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,364,557

FAUCETS PROVIDING MIXED WATER AND AIR FLOW

GLOBE UNION INDUSTRIAL CO...

1. A faucet comprising:a faucet base having a first and second end, the faucet base being adapted to be mounted to support the faucet near the first end and to regulate a water flow through the faucet;
a water hose coupled with the faucet base by extending through the first end and second end of the faucet base, the water hose being adapted to be flexible and movable through an opening in the first end and through an opening in the second end;
a faucet head movably coupled to the second end of the faucet base, the faucet head being adapted to be dismountable from the second end of the faucet base while remaining coupled to the water hose to direct a mixture of water-and-air flow to a location away from the faucet base and to be relocated back to the second end the faucet base to discharge the mixture of water-and-air flow while being coupled to the faucet base;
a chamber within the faucet head having a first end and a second end, the first end of the chamber being coupled with the water hose and being coupled, in a dismountable manner, to the second end of the faucet base, the second end of the chamber providing an outlet to discharge the mixture of water-and-air flow;
a water valve within the chamber and located between the first end and the second end of the chamber, the water valve comprising:
at least one air inlet and a water inlet to enable mixing air from the at least one air inlet with water from the water inlet, the water inlet being coupled with the water hose, the at least one air inlet being coupled with the chamber, and
a control valve movable within the water valve between a first position and a second position, the first position enabling mixing air from the at least one air inlet with water from the water inlet to provide the mixture of water-and-air flow, and the second position enabling shut-off of the mixture of water-and-air flow, a direction of the control valve's movement between the first position and the second position being substantially parallel to a direction of the water flow from the first end of the chamber to the second end of the chamber, the control valve using a water pressure supplied by the water hose to facilitate an operation of the control valve; and
a control member movably coupled with the faucet head, the control member being adapted to enable an operation of the control valve within the water valve by pressing the control member from a side of the faucet head to move the control valve between the first position and the second position, wherein
the chamber includes a cavity between the first end and the second end of the chamber for receiving the water valve, and the water valve is a pre-assembled assembly with the control valve inside the water valve and with a driving member protruding through one end of the water valve and coupled with the control valve to cause the control valve to move between the first and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,556

TENSION-BASED MECHANICAL COUPLING DEVICE

Hunter Innovations, LLC, ...

1. A mechanical-coupling device comprising:a bolt having a bolt body and a bolt head attached to the bolt body, wherein at least a portion of the bolt body has threads and the bolt head includes a fixture configured to remateably mechanically couple to an attachment tool;
an anchor nut configured to rotatably mechanically couple to the bolt using the threads on the bolt body, wherein rotation of the anchor nut is about a symmetry axis of the bolt body; and
an anchor wing rotatably mechanically coupled to the anchor nut, wherein rotation of the anchor wing, between a deployed position and a retracted position, is about an axis approximately perpendicular to the symmetry axis of the bolt body,
wherein, in the absence of an external force, the anchor wings remain in the deployed position, extending substantially perpendicular to the symmetry axis of the bolt and radially outward from the bolt,
wherein, during mechanical coupling of the anchor nut to the bolt with a mounting material between the bolt head and the anchor nut, the fixture is configured to convey:
a pulling force, from the attachment tool, that results in fixing a position of the anchor nut with the anchor wing in the deployed position, and
a rotational torque, from the attachment tool, about the symmetry axis of the bolt body that rotates the bolt relative to the fixed position of the anchor nut so that a distance between the bolt head and the anchor nut decreases, and
wherein the bolt body comprises an axial bore therethrough defining an internal passage having an inner surface, the axial bore aligned with the symmetry axis of the bolt body.

US Pat. No. 10,364,555

THERMAL MONITOR CLAMP AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE TEMPERATURE OF A FLUID WITHIN A CONDUIT

Sentinel Hydrosolutions, ...

1. A noninvasive thermal monitor clamp for detecting the temperature of a fluid within a thermally-conductive fluid conduit to determine the fluid flow rate of the fluid, comprising:a heat sink;
a spring clip disposed to removably mount the heat sink to an outer surface of the fluid conduit, wherein the spring clip and the heat sink circumscribe the fluid conduit;
an electric temperature sensor attached to the heat sink, in thermal communication with the outer surface of the fluid conduit and capable of sensing heat energy of the fluid within the fluid conduit;
a heating element attached to the heat sink and thermally coupled to the temperature sensor, wherein the temperature sensor is capable of sensing heat energy of the heating element; and
monitoring the temperature when the heating element is active to determine the amount of time for the heat energy added by the heating element to propagate to the electric temperature sensor, wherein a propagation time of the heat energy from the heating element to the electric temperature sensor is a direct function of the fluid flow rate of the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,554

WEAR ASSEMBLY

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A wear member for attachment to earth working equipment to protect the equipment from wear during use, the wear member comprising a wear surface to contact the ground during operation of the earth working equipment, a mounting structure to effect mounting of the wear member on the earth working equipment, a hole defined by a wall extending through the wear member and opening in both the wear surface and the mounting structure to receive a lock to hold the wear member to the earth working equipment, the wall defining the hole including a retaining structure between the wear surface and the mounting structure, and the retaining structure having an upper shoulder and a lower shoulder for contacting corresponding bearing surfaces on the lock to positively hold the lock in the hole against inward and outward forces on the lock wherein the wall defining the hole defines a passage adjacent the retaining structure and extending along the length of the hole from the mounting structure toward the wear surface to permit a lock component of a unified construction to be installed in the hole and contact the upper shoulder and the lower shoulder.

US Pat. No. 10,364,552

EXCAVATOR LINKAGE ANGLE DETERMINATION USING A LASER DISTANCE METER

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. An excavator calibration framework comprising an excavator, a laser distance meter (LDM), and a laser reflector, wherein:the excavator comprises a machine chassis, an excavating linkage assembly, an excavating implement, and control architecture;
the excavating linkage assembly comprises an excavator boom, and an excavator stick, and a four-bar linkage that collectively define a plurality of linkage assembly positions;
the excavator stick is mechanically coupled to a terminal pivot point B of the excavator boom;
the four-bar linkage comprises a node D, a node F, a node G, and a node H, and linkages disposed therebetween, the linkage between the nodes D and F defining a dogbone linkage;
the LDM is configured to generate one or more measurement signals indicative of a distance and an angle between the LDM and the laser reflector;
an outer triangle BGF is defined between the node F, the terminal pivot point B, and the node G;
the outer triangle BGF comprises a first length BG, a second length BFi, a third length GFi;
the node D is positioned within the outer triangle BGF and defines, with the outer triangle BGF, three inner triangles DGB, DBF, and DFG within the outer triangle BGF;
the control architecture comprises one or more linkage assembly actuators and an architecture controller programmed to execute an iterative process, the iterative process comprising:
disposing the laser reflector at a position corresponding to the node F;
generating a measurement signal indicative of a distance and an angle between the LDM and the laser reflector;
determining a position of the node F based on the generated measurement signal;
determining the second length BFi and the third length GFi of the outer triangle BGF at least partially based on the position of the node F;
determining an angle BGD (?BGD) of the inner triangle DGB at least partially based on the second length BFi, and the third length GFi of the outer triangle BGF;
determining a position of the node D at least partially based on the angle BGD (?BGD);
determining a length BD along the excavator stick between the terminal pivot point B and the node D at least partially based on the position of the node D; and
determining a dogbone angle BDF (?BDF) of the inner triangle DBF based on the length BD along the excavator stick, a dogbone length DF of the dogbone linkage of the four-bar linkage, and the second length BFi of the outer triangle BGF, the dogbone angle BDF (?BDF) corresponding to an angular orientation of the dogbone linkage with respect to the length BD along the excavator stick; and
the architecture controller is further programmed to:
repeat the iterative process i times until i passes an iterative threshold;
generate an actual dogbone angle BDF (?BDFactual) based on a series of dogbone angles BDF determined from the iterative process; and
operate the excavator using the actual dogbone angle (?BDFactual).

US Pat. No. 10,364,551

WORK MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work machine comprising:a prime mover;
a hydraulic pump configured to be operated by the prime mover and outputting an operation fluid;
a hydraulic device configured to operate via the operation fluid;
a measurement sensor configured to measure a first temperature and a second temperature, the first temperature being a temperature of the operation fluid at starting of the prime mover, the second temperature being a temperature of the operation fluid after the starting of the prime mover; and
a controller configured to:
utilize a predetermined starting upper limitation revolution speed as an upper limit revolution speed at the starting of the prime mover, the upper limit revolution speed being an upper limit of a revolution speed of the prime mover;
change, after the starting of the prime mover, the upper limit revolution speed to a changed upper limitation revolution speed obtained by adding a correction value to the starting upper limitation revolution speed, the correction value being obtained by multiplying a temperature difference between the first temperature and the second temperature by a predetermined correction revolution speed; and
the controller including a revolution controller configured to control the revolution speed of the prime mover based on the starting upper limitation revolution speed at the starting of the prime mover and to control the revolution speed of the prime mover based on the changed upper limitation revolution speed after the starting of the prime mover.

US Pat. No. 10,364,550

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM OF WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hydraulic drive system of a work machine comprising:an engine;
first and second hydraulic pumps driven by the engine;
first and second pump hydraulic lines to which a delivered hydraulic fluid from the respective first and second hydraulic pumps is supplied;
at least one first actuator driven by the hydraulic fluid supplied from the first pump hydraulic line;
a plurality of second actuators driven by the hydraulic fluid supplied from the second pump hydraulic line;
a first directional control valve provided in the first pump hydraulic line and controlling a flow rate of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the first actuator;
a plurality of second directional control valves provided in the second pump hydraulic line and each controlling the flow rate of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the plurality of second actuators;
a plurality of operation devices operating the first actuator and the plurality of second actuators by respectively switch-operating the first directional control valve and the plurality of second directional control valves;
an electric motor;
a third hydraulic pump driven by the electric motor;
a third pump hydraulic line to which a delivered hydraulic fluid from the third hydraulic pump is supplied;
a third directional control valve provided in the third pump hydraulic line, switch-operated by a specific operation device of the plurality of operation devices that operates a specific actuator of the plurality of second actuators, and controlling the flow rate of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the specific actuator from the third hydraulic pump;
a plurality of operation amount detection sensors detecting operation amounts of the plurality of operation devices; and
a control device that is configured to control the electric motor in accordance with operation amounts of the plurality of operation devices corresponding to the plurality of second actuators out of the operation amounts detected by the plurality of operation amount detection sensors,
wherein the control device is further configured to control the third directional control valve such that the third hydraulic pump supplies the hydraulic fluid to the specific actuator, with a hydraulic line that supplies the hydraulic fluid from the second hydraulic pump to the specific actuator being restricted, when a combined operation of two or more second actuators including the specific actuator out of the plurality of second actuators is detected by the plurality of operation amount detection sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,364,548

METHOD OF OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE OF MACHINES AT A WORKSITE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method of operations of machines at a worksite, the method comprising:receiving, by a control system, pre-construction terrain data associated with the worksite;
receiving, by the control system, design terrain data associated with the worksite;
receiving, by the control system, resource data associated with the machines;
defining a plurality of constraints associated with the operations based on the pre-construction terrain data, the design terrain data, and the resource data;
simulating the operations of the machines at the worksite based on the pre-construction terrain data, the design terrain data, and the resource data;
estimating process variables associated with the operations based on the simulation of the operations and the plurality of constraints;
providing an optimized operational level task to an operator of a machine based on the estimated process variables;
collecting real time data associated with the operations performed at the worksite using a communication medium;
updating the estimated process variables associated with the operations of the machines based on the collected real time data; and
providing a performance indicator to the operator based on the optimized task and the real time data.

US Pat. No. 10,364,547

HYBRID WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hybrid work machine comprising an engine, a generator motor driven by the engine, an electrical storage device that supplies and receives electric power to and from the generator motor, a hydraulic pump driven by the engine and the generator motor, hydraulic actuators driven by a hydraulic oil delivered from the hydraulic pump, operating members used to operate the hydraulic actuators, and a controller that controls the hydraulic actuators in accordance with operating amounts of the operating members,wherein, when a plurality of specific operations defined as predetermined ones among a plurality of work operations performed by the hybrid work machine are performed under condition of a degree of tendency to deterioration of the electrical storage device becoming higher, the controller determines in accordance with the operating amounts of the operating members whether the specific operations are performed, and reduces, in accordance with a determination result, speeds of the hydraulic actuators corresponding to the specific operations at rates preset for the specific operations depending on the degree of tendency to deterioration of the electrical storage device, the rates being the same.

US Pat. No. 10,364,546

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR WORK VEHICLE, CONTROL METHOD, AND WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A control system for a work vehicle including a work implement, the control system comprising:an operating device configured to receive operations from an operator for driving the work implement and to output an operation signal in accordance with an operation amount of the operating device; and
a controller programmed to control the work implement based on the operation signal, the controller including
a storage unit for storing construction information defining a design terrain which represents a target shape of a work object;
a distance obtaining unit for obtaining a distance between the work implement and the design terrain;
a work aspect determining unit for determining whether or not a work aspect by the work implement is a surface compaction work based on the operation signal; and
a limit velocity deciding unit that executes a normal velocity limit control for limiting a velocity of the work implement to a limit velocity when the distance is equal to or smaller than a first distance and the work aspect is not the surface compaction work,
the limit velocity deciding unit executing a surface compaction control instead of the normal velocity limit control when the work aspect is the surface compaction work and the distance is within a first range, a largest distance of the first range being the first distance, the surface compaction control being executed such that the limit velocity of the work implement is larger than during the normal velocity control within the first range.

US Pat. No. 10,364,545

BRACKET ASSEMBLY FOR LINKAGE ASSEMBLIES OF MACHINES

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A bracket assembly for coupling an implement to an arm of a machine, the bracket assembly comprising:a bracket including a plate with an opening having an inner wall, the inner wall including a plurality of engagement structures arranged along an axial direction of the opening, and being longitudinally spaced apart from each other; and
a bushing adapted to be inserted into and positioned within the opening, the bushing including a cylindrical portion with an outer surface, an end, and a plurality of mating structures arranged on the outer surface and longitudinally spaced apart from each other along an axial direction of the cylindrical portion,
wherein an engagement between the plurality of engagement structures and the plurality of mating structures facilitates multiple positions of the end relative to the plate, and
wherein each engagement structure of the plurality of engagement structures includes a J-shaped protrusion defining a cavity to receive one mating structure of the plurality of mating structures.

US Pat. No. 10,364,544

POLYURETHANE FOAM IN FOUNDATION FOOTINGS FOR LOAD-BEARING STRUCTURES

23. A method of making a foundation footing system for a load-bearing structure, the method comprising:a) forming a hole in a ground, the hole having a top, a flat bottom surface, and sides;
b) placing a polyurethane composition into the hole, allowing the polyurethane composition to react and form a foam that is configured to fill in the hole and rise above the top of the hole, and then to cure to form a cured, polyurethane foam footing,
wherein the polyurethane foam footing comprises a polyurethane composition comprising isocyanate, and at least one active hydrogen compound, is a water-repellant, hydrophobic closed-cell foam; and
c) attaching a post to the top of, and generally centered on, the polyurethane foam footing, the post and the polyurethane foam footing forming a foundation footing system, wherein the polyurethane foam footing provides an adhesive bond strength of at least 12 pounds per square inch.

US Pat. No. 10,364,543

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PORTABLE STAKE MOUNTING

1. A stake assembly for providing an earth anchor, comprising:a concave portion arranged facing the earth, wherein the concave portion has a top wall and a depending sidewall below the top wall, the sidewall enclosing a perimeter and having an open bottom end;
a stake portion engaged to the concave portion comprising a shaft having a diameter, the shaft intended to be driven into the earth, wherein the stake portion has a stop carried on an upper part of the shaft, and the top wall has a hole, wherein the hole is sized having a hole diameter greater than the diameter to allow the shaft to pass through the hole from above but not sized to allow the stop to pass through the hole; and
the concave portion is arranged to capture earth therein when the concave portion is driven into the earth, the hole allowing the concave portion to be driven into the earth first and the stake portion be subsequently driven through the hole and into the earth;
wherein the concave portion includes a socket open into the hole and the stake portion includes a plug, wherein the plug fits into the socket when the stake is fully inserted into the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,542

OPEN END FRICTION PILE

BLACK BEAR INNOVATION, LL...

1. A friction pile, comprising:a plurality of pile plates each having a first distal end, a second distal end, and a center portion between the first and second distal ends, the first distal end of each of the pile plates connected to the second distal end of another pile plate such that the plurality of pile plates defines a three-dimensional structure having an open bottom end;
a plurality of brackets each connected to one of the plurality of pile plates; and
a driving head comprising:
a base plate connected to the plurality of brackets and covering a top end of the three-dimensional structure;
at least one end plate extending from the base plate in a direction opposite the plurality of pile plates; and
a webbing portion extending from the at least one end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,541

TEMPORARILY COUPLING BETWEEN JACKET AND PILE AND METHOD OF COUPLING

IHC Holland IE B.V., Sli...

1. A method for coupling a jacket with a foundation pile, comprising;mounting a first flange with the jacket,
contacting a second flange with the foundation pile such that the second flange is supported by the foundation pile,
mutually positioning the first flange and the second flange such that the jacket is supported by the pile through the first flange and the second flange,
arranging an inflatable spacing member between the first flange and second flange such that the spacing member contacts both the first flange and second flange for supporting the jacket through the spacing member;
inflating the spacing member for increasing a spacing between the first flange and second flange; and
detaching the spacing member from at least one of the first flange and second flange.

US Pat. No. 10,364,540

SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER, PAVEMENT SLAB ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATING A SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER

Bombardier Primove GmbH, ...

1. A system for inductive power transfer to vehicles driving or standing on a surface of a route, comprising:a primary winding structure for generating an alternating electromagnetic field, wherein a field volume is assigned to the primary winding structure; and
at least a part of a first heating system, wherein elements of the first heating system which are arranged within the field volume are non-metallic elements,
wherein the system comprises at least a part of at least one other heating system, wherein all elements of the at least one other heating system are arranged outside the field volume.

US Pat. No. 10,364,539

PET EXCREMENT COLLECTION APPARATUS

1. A pet excrement collection apparatus comprising:a handle having a cavity, a trigger aperture extending through said handle to the cavity, and an extension aperture extending through said handle to the cavity;
a hollow extension pole coupled to the handle, the extension pole having an open proximal end, an open distal end, a dorsal side, and a ventral side, the distal end being forked and having a left tine and a right tine, the distal end having a jaw rod aperture between the left tine and the right tine;
a trigger coupled to the handle, the trigger having an exposed portion and an internal portion, the internal portion being pivotably coupled within the cavity of the handle and the exposed portion extending through the trigger aperture, the trigger having a rest position and an alternate squeezed position;
a jaw rod coupled to the trigger, the jaw rod having a trigger end coupled to the trigger and the trigger spring, the jaw rod extending through the hollow extension pole and out the jaw rod aperture of the distal end, the jaw rod having a toothed end extending beyond the jaw rod aperture and between the right tine and the left tine, the toothed end having a plurality of jaw rod teeth, the jaw rod having a retracted position when the trigger is in the rest position and an alternate extended position when the trigger is in the squeezed position;
a pair of arms coupled to the distal end of the extension pole, the pair of arms comprising a right arm pivotably coupled to the right tine and a left arm pivotably coupled to the left tine, each of the right arm and the left arm having a pivot end and a bag end, each of the pivot ends having a toothed rotator wheel, each of the toothed rotator wheels having a plurality of rotator teeth engaged with the plurality of jaw rod teeth of the jaw rod, translational movement of the jaw rod from the retracted position to the extended position thus rotating the pair of arms from a closed position to an alternate open position;
a bag frame having a rear side, a front side, a pair of bag cable apertures, and a pair of bag rod apertures, each of the pair of bag cable apertures and each of the pair of bag rod apertures extending from the front side through to the rear side;
a pair of bag rods coupled to the bag frame, each of the pair of bag rods having a toothed portion and a smooth portion, the pair of bag rods being coupled within the pair of bag rod apertures having the toothed portion extending from the rear side of the bag frame and the smooth portion extending from the front side of bag frame, the toothed portion having a plurality of bag rod teeth and a release end, the smooth portion having a terminal end;
a waste bag coupled to the bag frame, the waste bag having a frame side, a pair of lateral sides, and a terminal side, the frame side being continuously coupled to the bag frame and the terminal side having a pair of terminal apertures, the pair of terminal apertures being slidingly coupled to the pair of bag rods;
a pair of bag rod receptacle mechanisms coupled to each of the pair of arms, the pair of bag rod receptacle mechanisms selectively receiving the pair of bag rods, each of the pair of bag receptacle mechanisms having a spring-loaded gear wheel and a release mechanism, the gear wheel engaging the plurality of bag rod teeth, the pair of bag rods winding a recoil spring of each of the gear wheels as it is inserted, the release mechanism engaging the release end of the pair of bag rods and alternatively releasing the pair of bag rods when activated, the gear wheels ejecting the pair of bag rods as the recoil spring unwinds;
an ejection lever cable coupled to each of the pair of bag rod receptacle mechanisms, the ejection lever having a split end and a lever end, the split end being coupled to the release mechanism of each of the pair of bag receptacle mechanisms; and
a bag eject lever coupled within the hollow extension pole, the bag eject lever having a cable end coupled to the lever end of the ejection lever cable and a button end extending through a lever channel of the hollow extension pole, the bag eject lever having a lock position and an alternate release position, the release position pulling on the ejection lever cable to activate the release mechanism of each of the pair of bag receptacle mechanisms, the bag eject lever having a lever spring coupled to the hollow extension pole, the lever spring automatically returning the bag eject lever from the release position to the lock position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,538

APPARATUS FOR ABSORBING ENERGY RESULTING FROM VEHICLE IMPACT

Lindsay Transportation So...

1. Apparatus positioned at a guardrail lead end portion for absorbing energy resulting from vehicle impact, said guardrail having an elongated top edge, an elongated bottom edge spaced a predetermined substantially uniform vertical distance from said top edge and opposed side surfaces extending between said elongated top edge and said elongated bottom edge, said apparatus comprising:an impact terminal;
a support structure supporting said impact terminal at or adjacent to the guardrail lead end portion, said support structure extending from said impact terminal;
a guardrail engagement structure supported by said support structure, said guardrail engagement structure defining an interior, a guardrail receiving opening communicating with said interior receiving the guardrail lead end portion, and a guardrail discharge opening communicating with said interior, said support structure and said guardrail engagement structure operable upon vehicle impact on said impact terminal to move along said guardrail and cause said guardrail to pass through said guardrail engagement structure and exit said guardrail discharge opening, the guardrail engagement structure comprising a chute having inner chute surfaces defining said interior, said inner chute surfaces having a generally rectangular configuration along substantially the full length thereof whereby said interior has a generally rectangular cross sectional configuration along substantially the full length thereof, said chute twisted between said guardrail receiving opening and said guardrail discharge opening, said guardrail being in frictional engagement with said inner chute surfaces, and said chute applying torquing forces on said guardrail during passage of said guardrail through said guardrail engagement structure to cause twisting of said guardrail from a first guardrail orientation whereby said guardrail exits said guardrail discharge opening in a second guardrail orientation with said elongated top edge and said elongated bottom edge displaced sideways relative to one another and vehicle collision impact energy is absorbed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,537

CONSTRUCTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF GUIDE LINE FOR ROAD

KOREA EXPRESSWAY CORP., ...

1. An apparatus for constructing a guide line for a road, the apparatus comprising:a painting apparatus part that stores a lane paint, is driven by receiving power, and supplies the lane paint;
a nozzle part that is installed in the painting apparatus part and sprays the lane paint supplied from the painting apparatus part to form a guide line for a road including at least one of a directional mark and a lane;
the nozzle part comprising
a first nozzle member that is installed at one side of the painting apparatus part and receives and sprays a first lane paint from the painting apparatus part to form the lane, and
a second nozzle member that is installed at the other side of the painting apparatus part and receives a second lane paint from the painting apparatus part and sprays the second lane paint on the lane to form the directional mark and form the guide line for the road; and
an adjustment part that is installed in the painting apparatus part and adjusts at least one of a location and an interval of the lane paint sprayed from the nozzle part;
the adjustment part presetting an interval and a time at which the second lane paint is sprayed from the second nozzle member so that the directional mark is formed at a predetermined interval.

US Pat. No. 10,364,536

COLLAPSIBLE ROTOR DRIVETRAIN

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

9. A cold planer, comprising:a frame;
a drive shaft mounted to the frame; and
a rotor system removably attached to the frame, the rotor system comprising:
a milling drum configured to rotate within a rotor chamber;
a drive train coupling the drive shaft and the milling drum; and
a connecting member configured to adjust the drive train,
wherein the connecting member is configured to adjust a width of the drive train from an operation position having a first width to a transport position having a second width less than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,364,534

PAVEMENT REPAIR SYSTEM

1. A method for providing an elastomer coating, comprising:applying an elastomer composition to a substrate; and
irradiating the elastomer composition with radiation having a preselected peak wavelength of from 1 nm to 5 mm, whereby the elastomer composition is cured to yield a protective and self-healing elastomer coating.

US Pat. No. 10,364,532

PROCESSES FOR CLAY EXFOLIATION AND USES THEREOF

Crop Enhancement, Inc., ...

1. A method for producing exfoliated clay platelets from a swellable clay material, comprising:providing an exfoliating formulation comprising an anionic extractant, wherein the exfoliating formulation has a basic pH, and wherein the anionic extractant is sodium phosphate monobasic dihydrate, and
contacting the swellable clay material with the exfoliating formulation, wherein the exfoliating formulation produces exfoliated clay platelets from the swellable clay material.

US Pat. No. 10,364,531

DUST HOOD

Brunn Air Systems, Inc., ...

1. A dust hood, comprising:a hood body having a roof and first and second long sidewalls that depend from opposite edges of the roof, the roof forming a peak line;
a first inlet extending substantially the entirety of the first long sidewall, the first inlet having a substantially constant height;
a second inlet extending substantially the entirety of the second long sidewall, the second inlet having a substantially constant height; and
an outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,364,529

SPLITTING METHOD

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for manufacturing at least first and second assemblies of M1 filamentary elements and M2 filamentary elements, respectively, at least one of the first and second assemblies including a plurality of filamentary elements wound together in a helix, the method comprising steps of:assembling M filamentary elements together into a layer of the M filamentary elements around a temporary core, to form a temporary assembly; and
splitting the temporary assembly into at least the first and second assemblies of M1 filamentary elements and M2 filamentary elements, respectively,
wherein during the step of splitting the temporary assembly, the first assembly is separated from a temporary collection formed of the second assembly and the temporary core, and then the second assembly and the temporary core are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,364,528

ROPE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A rope including a yarn twisted by using a raw thread of a polyethylene fiber having an ultrahigh molecular weight and a strand twisted by the yarn and subjected to rope-making through the strand,wherein an oil content is removed from the yarn and an affinity enhancing treatment is performed over a surface of the yarn,
a resin coating layer for protecting the rope is formed on an external surface of the yarn, an external surface of the strand or an external surface of the rope,
the resin coating layer is configured to bind the raw thread in an inner part of the yarn, and
the affinity enhancing treatment includes a UV treatment method or an atmospheric plasma method to cause an oxidation reaction over an exposed surface of the polyethylene fiber of the yarn and thereby to cause introduction of an oxygen containing functional group, O, OH, or a combination thereof, to CH that is included in a chemical formula of the polyethylene fiber of the yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,364,527

BURN PROTECTIVE MATERIALS

1. A protective garment having resistance to a flame, and defining an enclosed inner area for a human subject and an exterior area outside the protective garment, said protective garment comprising:a thermally protective laminate comprising:
a flammable, meltable outer textile having an inner surface facing the inner area and an outer surface facing the exterior area;
a thermally stable convective barrier positioned directly on and bonded to said inner surface of said outer textile by a heat reactive material; and
said heat reactive material comprising:
a polymer resin-expandable graphite mixture of a crosslinked polymer and an expandable graphite,
a thermally stable textile backer bonded to said convective barrier on a side opposing said heat reactive material,
wherein said thermally protective laminate is oriented such that said flammable, meltable outer textile is exposed to the exterior area outside the protective garment and said polymer resin-expandable graphite mixture is positioned between the flammable, meltable outer textile and the enclosed inner area.

US Pat. No. 10,364,526

SYSTEM TO PRESSURIZE WATERIN A GARMENT CARE DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for a garment care device comprising:a steam generator;
a chamber for receiving water from a water supply system and for delivering the water towards the steam generator; and
an actuator cooperating with a retention member inside the chamber,
the actuator being configured to load the retention member when the water is received in the chamber, and
the retention member being configured to unload and apply a force to the actuator to pressurise the water received in the chamber, wherein the retention member has a stiffness coefficient (k) that varies as a function of displacement of the actuator from a loaded state of the retention member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,524

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH HELICAL CLUTCH

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance comprising:a rotatable basket with a spin tube;
a rotatable clothes mover located within the rotatable basket;
a motor having a drive shaft extending through the spin tube and operably coupled to the clothes mover;
a drive system selectively rotatably coupling the spin tube and the drive shaft and comprising:
a first threaded ring located about the spin tube;
a second threaded ring threaded about the first threaded ring wherein at least one of the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring is axially moveable relative to the other; and
a gear assembly rotationally coupled to the drive shaft;
wherein rotation of the drive shaft is configured to axially move the at least one of the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring and
when either the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring abuts a stop, continued rotation in a same direction results in the spin tube and drive shaft being locked together for coupled rotary motion of the clothes mover and the basket.

US Pat. No. 10,364,523

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a tub body that defines a space that is configured to receive water;
a tub cover that covers an upper surface of the tub body, the tub cover defining an introduction aperture;
a drum that is located inside the tub body and that defines a storage space that is configured to receive laundry;
a door that is configured to open and close the introduction aperture; and
a sealing unit that is located at the door and that is configured to seal the introduction aperture based on the introduction aperture being closed by the door,
wherein the sealing unit includes a sealing body that is configured to, based on the introduction aperture being closed by the door, be positioned between the door and the tub cover to thereby seal the introduction aperture, and a body fixing portion that extends from an upper portion of the sealing body toward a bottom surface of the door, that is coupled to the door, and that has a cross section in a beam shape that extends toward the bottom surface of the door, and
wherein a cross section of the sealing body has a C-shape having an open side.

US Pat. No. 10,364,522

WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A washing machine comprising:a tub configured to contain water;
a basket provided in the tub and rotatable about a vertical axis, the basket having an opening formed in a bottom thereof to allow the basket to communicate with the tub, and a plurality of through holes formed in a side wall thereof through which water flows laterally;
a pulsator rotatably provided at a lower portion of the basket;
a filter to filter water that flows from the tub to the basket through the opening during rotation of the pulsator;
a water supply valve to supply water to the tub;
a water discharge pump to discharge water from the tub;
a drive mechanism to drive at least one of the pulsator and the basket; and
a controller configured to control the water supply valve to be opened for water supply, controls the drive mechanism to rotate at least one of the pulsator and the basket so as to treat laundry introduced into the basket, controls the water discharge pump to discharge water used in the treatment of the laundry, and controls the drive mechanism to rotate the basket while the water is discharged by the water discharge pump.

US Pat. No. 10,364,521

OPERATING METHOD FOR WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of operating a washing machine having a pulsator rotatably provided in a tub, the method comprising:a divisional rotation mode having:
a first divisional rotation process of rotating the pulsator with a first end angle in one direction around a rotation shaft; and
a second divisional rotation process of rotating the pulsator with a second end angle in the other direction around the rotation shaft, wherein the first end angle is greater than the second end angle,
wherein the first divisional rotation process divides the first end angle into at least two angles to rotate the pulsator in the one direction, and
wherein the second divisional rotation process divides the second end angle into at least two angles to rotate the pulsator in the other direction,
wherein the first divisional rotation process includes suspending the pulsator between the two divided angles of the first end angle, and the second divisional rotation process includes suspending the pulsator between the two divided angles of the second end angle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,519

SLIDE SPRING, SLIDE, SLIDE NEEDLE, GUIDE ARRANGEMENT, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AT LEAST ONE SLIDE SPRING

Groz-Beckert KG, Albstad...

1. A slider spring for a slider used with a slider needle, the slider spring comprising:a closing section for closing a hook opening of the slider needle;
a connection section for connecting to a slider body of the slider; and
a guide section for guiding the slider spring at a needle body;
wherein the slider spring extends in a spring longitudinal direction, in a spring transverse direction, and in a spring height direction; and
at least one groove-like shaped reinforcement bead with a concave bead interior and an oppositely disposed convex bead exterior;
the slider spring shaped and configured to be stacked against at least one other slider spring such that the convex bead exterior of the slider spring fits completely within the respective concave bead interior of the at least one other slider spring.

US Pat. No. 10,364,518

INTEGRALLY WOVEN OR KNITTED TEXTILE WITH POUCH AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

ATEX Technologies, Inc., ...

1. An integrally woven or knitted textile having a first end, a second end and a length there between, comprising:at least one longitudinal textile portion woven or knitted from a set of yarns; and
at least one pouch or flap woven or knitted from at least a portion of said set of yarns and integrally woven or knitted with the longitudinal textile portion;
wherein, if integrally woven, the set of yarns comprises at least one set of warp yarns or ends and at least one set of weft yarns or picks;
wherein, if integrally knitted, the set of yarns comprises at least one set of wale yarns and at least one set of course yarns;
wherein the at least one pouch is a first pouch having an outer wall, an inner tubular wall and an open inner space, positioned near the first end of the textile;
wherein the first pouch has a slit opening positioned parallel to a longitudinal axis of the textile; and
wherein the slit opening is woven or knitted in the outer wall of the first pouch and extends across the first pouch.

US Pat. No. 10,364,517

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING AN UPPER INCORPORATING A KNITTED COMPONENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper for an article of footwear, the upper comprising:a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction,
the knitted component comprising a first knitted layer and a second knitted layer that are at least partially coextensive with each other,
the first knitted layer comprising a first yarn comprising a thermoplastic polymer material, the second knitted layer comprising a second yarn comprising a second material,
wherein a melting temperature of the thermoplastic polymer material is at least five degrees celsius lower than a melting temperature of second material; and
a component secured to the knitted component.

US Pat. No. 10,364,516

3D WOVEN FIBER STRUCTURE, A FIBER PREFORM OBTAINED FROM SUCH A FIBER STRUCTURE, AND A COMPOSITE MATERIAL PART INCLUDING SUCH A PREFORM

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A fiber structure woven by three-dimensional weaving with a plurality of layers of warp yarns interlinked by weft yarns of a plurality of layers of weft yarns, the fiber structure comprising:a first portion and a second portion situated to be extending along and adjacent each other in a weft direction when not folded relative to each other, and the first portion and the second portion being foldable relative to each other to form an angle at a fold zone,
wherein, in the fold zone and in each weft plane of the fiber structure, two weft yarns situated in a region adjacent to an outside face of the fiber structure situated on an inside of the angle have paths that cross so that arrangements of said two weft yarns in the first and second portions are interchanged, and
wherein in each of the first portion and the second portion, all of the warp yarns are interlinked by three-dimensional weaving by the weft yarns so as to be free of a non-interlinked zone.

US Pat. No. 10,364,513

RADIATION PROTECTIVE MATERIAL

Ten Medical Design AB, O...

1. A radiation protective material, comprising:at least one layer of fibrous material with composite filaments, wherein the filaments are structured in a regular pattern to form the radiation protective material, wherein the filaments comprises a radiopaque composite material including a radiopaque substance, wherein the radiopaque substance is mixed within the composite material and substantially evenly distributed within the composite material, wherein the radiopaque substance is substantially evenly distributed over the entire cross section of the filament, from a center to a surface of the filament, and said filaments are made of a mixture of the radiopaque substance and an organic polymer matrix, such that radiopaque substance is embedded within the organic polymer matrix, wherein the radiopaque substance comprises at least one metal in oxidized form, elemental form, as an alloy, or in salt form in combination with the organic polymer matrix, and wherein the organic polymer matrix comprises at least one of polyvinyl, polyolefin, and polyacetate;
wherein the fibrous material is a woven regular pattern having 15-30 filaments per centimeter;
wherein an amount of the radiopaque substance of the filaments is more than 25% by weight less than 90% by weight of the total weight of the filaments;
wherein each filament forms a single filament yarn;
wherein the fibrous material comprises a first group of filaments and a second group of filaments, wherein the filaments of the first group are arranged in parallel in a first plane with gaps in-between the filaments of the first group, and the filaments of the second group are arranged in parallel in a second plane with gaps in-between the filaments of the second group, and wherein gaps are provided to permit airflow between a filament of the first group and neighboring filaments of the second group, and wherein each filament of the second group has a diameter sized to partially overlap two filaments of the first group along the length of the filaments and to cover the gap between the two filaments of the first group,
the filaments have a diameter in the range of 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm; and
wherein said combination of woven regular pattern, filaments per centimeter, amount of radiopaque substance and filament diameter together provide said at least one layer with a radiopacity that permits penetration of not more than about 60% of X-ray radiation when exposed at 100 kV and 10 mAs charge in combination with a water-vapor resistance of up to 25 Ret.

US Pat. No. 10,364,511

MAGNETO DIELECTRIC COMPOSITE MATERIALS AND MICROWAVE APPLICATIONS THEREOF

UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC, C...

1. A substrate for receiving microwave signals comprising:a base layer having tunable elements; and
a nanofiber layer comprising magnetic nanofibers;
wherein said nanofibers have an aspect ratio of length to diameter of each nanofiber is at least 50 to 1; and wherein said nanofiber layer is embedded in the base layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,510

SUBSTRATE FOR CRYSTAL GROWTH HAVING A PLURALITY OF GROUP III NITRIDE SEED CRYSTALS ARRANGED IN A DISC SHAPE

SCIOCS COMPANY LIMITED, ...

1. A substrate for crystal growth having a holding plate attached to a surface thereof, used for a vapor phase growth of a crystal,wherein a plurality of seed crystal substrates made of a group III nitride crystal are arranged in a disc shape, so that their main surfaces are parallel to each other and adjacent lateral surfaces are in contact with each other;
the plurality of seed crystal substrates constituting at least a portion other than a peripheral portion of the substrate for crystal growth respectively has a main surface whose planar shape is a regular hexagon; and
a surface of the seed crystal substrates are fixed on said holding plate through an adhesive agent, the holding plate has recessed grooves provided on a main surface of the holding plate and at positions facing positions where the lateral surfaces of the adjacent seed crystal substrates are in contact with each other, to allow the adhesive agent to escape.

US Pat. No. 10,364,509

ALKYL PUSH FLOW FOR VERTICAL FLOW ROTATING DISK REACTORS

Veeco Instruments Inc., ...

1. A method of treating substrates comprising:rotating a substrate support about an axis while supporting one or more substrates on said support so that one or more surfaces of the substrates to be treated lie substantially perpendicular to said axis; and
introducing a reactant gas and a carrier gas into said chamber so that said gases flow within said chamber toward said one or more surfaces in one or more streams having substantially uniform velocity at different radial distances from said axis so that different portions of said one or more surfaces at different radial distances from said axis receive substantially the same amount of said reactant gas per unit time per unit area; and,
mixing at least some of said reactant gas with said carrier gas so that gas flowing toward radially outward portions of said one or more surfaces has a higher concentration of said reactant gas than gas flowing toward radially inward portions of said one or more surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,364,508

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SINGLE CRYSTALLINE ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for producing single crystalline zinc oxide nanoparticles comprising:preparing a zinc oxide separating solvent by homogeneously mixing an acidic substance with a solvent containing at least alcohol;
mixing, between processing surfaces which are disposed facing each other so as to be able to approach and separate from each other and at least one of which rotates relative to the other, the prepared zinc oxide separating solvent and a raw material solution that is obtained by mixing a zinc oxide nanoparticle raw material with a basic solvent, or that is basic as a result of mixing and dissolving a zinc oxide nanoparticle raw material with and into a solvent; and
discharging a mixed fluid in which zinc oxide nanoparticles have separated out from between the processing surfaces, wherein
the zinc oxide separating solvent and the raw material solution are mixed between the processing surfaces so that the mixed fluid becomes basic, and
zinc oxide nanoparticles are generated under an acid-base reaction due to mixing of the acidic substance and the raw material solution.

US Pat. No. 10,364,507

NANOPORE FORMING METHOD AND USES THEREOF

Ecole Polytechnique Feder...

1. A method of forming a nanopore in a layer of transition metal dichalcogenide crystals residing between a first electrode on a first side of the layer of transition metal dichalcogenide crystals and a second electrode on a second side of the layer of transition metal dichalcogenide crystals, wherein a first liquid is disposed on the first side and a second liquid is disposed on the second side, the method comprising:applying a variable voltage across the first electrode and the second electrode such that an aperture is created in the layer of transition metal dichalcogenide crystals;
varying the variable voltage as the aperture widens such that a current having a constant average current level exists between the first electrode to the second electrode, the constant average current level corresponding to a specified diameter of the aperture to be formed in the layer of transition metal dichalcogenide crystals; and
maintaining the current at the constant average current level such that the aperture widens to have the specified diameter, thereby forming the nanopore.

US Pat. No. 10,364,506

ELECTROPLATING APPARATUS WITH CURRENT CROWDING ADAPTED CONTACT RING SEAL AND THIEF ELECTRODE

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. Apparatus for electroplating a workpiece having an irregularity, comprising:a vessel for holding an electrolyte;
at least one anode and at least one current thief electrode in the vessel;
a workpiece chuck having a contact ring including a seal, with the contact ring and/or the seal having a change in shape at the irregularity which increases the exposure of the irregularity to the current thief electrode, to reduce electric current crowding at the irregularity; and
a head adapted for holding and releasing the workpiece chuck, and for moving the workpiece chuck into and out of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,505

DYNAMIC MODULATION OF CROSS FLOW MANIFOLD DURING ELECROPLATING

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. An electroplating apparatus comprising:(a) an electroplating chamber configured to contain an electrolyte and an anode while electroplating metal onto a substantially planar substrate;
(b) a substrate holder configured to hold the substantially planar substrate such that a plating face of the substrate is separated from the anode during electroplating, the substrate holder comprising a cup that supports the substrate at its periphery;
(c) an ionically resistive element including a substrate-facing surface that is separated from the plating face of the substrate by a gap of about 10 mm or less, the gap forming a cross flow manifold between the ionically resistive element and the substrate,
wherein the ionically resistive element is at least coextensive with the plating face of the substrate during electroplating, and wherein the ionically resistive element is adapted to provide ionic transport through the ionically resistive element during electroplating;
(d) a side inlet to the cross flow manifold for introducing electrolyte to the cross flow manifold;
(e) a side outlet to the cross flow manifold for receiving electrolyte flowing in the cross flow manifold,
wherein the side inlet and side outlet are positioned proximate azimuthally opposing perimeter locations on the plating face of the substrate during electroplating, and wherein the side inlet and side outlet are adapted to generate cross flowing electrolyte in the cross flow manifold; and
(f) a sealing member for wholly or partially sealing one or more outlets to the cross flow manifold other than the side outlet, wherein the sealing member is positioned at least partially below the cup of the substrate holder, and wherein when the sealing member is engaged the apparatus is in a sealed state, and when the sealing member is not engaged the apparatus is in an unsealed state; and
(g) a controller configured to cause intermittently switching between the sealed state and the unsealed state during electroplating.

US Pat. No. 10,364,504

FABRICATION OF MULTILAYERED NANOSIZED POROUS MEMBRANES AND THEIR USE FOR MAKING NOVEL NANOSTRUCTURES

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, H...

1. A method for fabricating a nanostructure utilizing a multilayer porous membrane as a template, the method comprising:selecting a first layer for a multi-layer arrangement, wherein the first layer comprises a first material;
depositing a second layer on the first layer without bonding via inter-diffusion, wherein the first or second layer is mica, the second layer comprises a second material with an etch rate or an ionization potential that is different from the first material, and the multi-layer arrangement formed is freestanding;
irradiating the freestanding multi-layer arrangement once with high energy and subsequently etching the arrangement once via nuclear track processing to form one or more pores spanning through an entire thickness of both the first layer and second layer of said arrangement to form a multilayer porous template, wherein each of the one or more pores created by the irradiating and the etching steps provides cylinders or nanowires with more than one diameter; and
depositing a nano structure material in and through the one or more pores of the multi-layer template to form a nanostructure, wherein the nanostructure has a shape corresponding to the cylinders or nanowires with more than one diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,503

MEDICAL GAS-LIQUID SUPPLY SYSTEM

YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY, Taoy...

1. A medical gas-liquid supply system, comprising:an electrolytic gas generator;
a pure water supply system connected to the electrolytic gas generator for supplying water to the electrolytic gas generator;
a control unit electrically connected to the electrolytic gas generator, wherein the control unit controls the voltage value of the electrolytic gas generator for controlling the type of gases generated by the electrolytic gas generator;
a first gas storing unit communicated to the electrolytic gas generator for storing a first gas output by the electrolytic gas generator;
a second gas storing unit communicated to the electrolytic gas generator for storing a second gas output by the electrolytic gas generator; and
a gas output unit communicated to the first gas storing unit and the second storing unit, wherein the gas output unit has a first output end for outputting the first gas, a second output end for outputting a mixed gas and a third output end for outputting the second gas, wherein the mixed gas comprises the first gas and the second gas.

US Pat. No. 10,364,502

COMPOSITE HARDWARE FOR AN ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL

ITM POWER (RESEARCH) LIMI...

1. A composite cell plate comprising a polymer element laterally mated and interlocked, at a plurality of engagement points, with a tightly fitting resilient metal element,wherein the cell plate is circular,
wherein the polymer element is a hollow ring-shape, and
wherein the polymer element comprises a plurality of protrusions, which engage and interlock with corresponding apertures in the resilient metal element, at the engagement points.

US Pat. No. 10,364,501

PROCESS FOR THE RAPID BLACKENING OF SURGICAL NEEDLES

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. A method of blackening surgical needles, comprising the steps of:A. placing at least one surgical needle having an outer surface into a pretreatment bath, wherein the pretreatment bath comprises:
about 10 wt. % to about 20 wt. % of water soluble chloride salt;
about 5% to about 15 wt. % of inorganic acid;
about 65 wt. % to about 80% of water,
wherein the pretreatment bath has a pH of about 0.5 to about 1.2; and,
B. then placing the surgical needle into a blackening bath, wherein the bath comprises:
about 3 wt. % to about 20 wt. % of a highly soluble nitric acid salt;
about 18 wt. % to about 38 wt. % of a strong base;
about 50 wt. % to about 75 wt. % of water;
about 0.2 wt. % to about 5 wt. % of a transition metal salt of a strong acid;
about 0.2 wt. % to about 5 wt. % of a sulfur-containing reducer compound; and,
C. maintaining the needle in the blackening bath for a sufficiently effective period of time to provide a blackened coating on the outer surface of the needle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,499

ROLL

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

1. A roll to transfer a substrate, comprising:a) two ends without a central portion so that only the two ends are in contact with the substrate;
b) a protruding portion provided at each of the two ends of the roll at a surface that contacts the substrate, the protruding portion configured to fix the substrate during the transferring process, the protruding portion having a comb shape comprising lines that form an angle larger than 0° and less than 90° with respect to a transferring direction of the substrate to transfer the substrate while applying a tensile force to the substrate during the transferring process of the substrate; and
c) one or more spraying orifices configured to spray a precursor onto the substrate during a transferring process of the substrate, the spraying orifices located at an inner planar side surface of each of the two ends.

US Pat. No. 10,364,498

GAS SUPPLY PIPE, AND GAS TREATMENT EQUIPMENT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

4. Gas treatment equipment comprising:a treatment chamber containing a treatment target;
a gas supply pipe configured to supply a gas into the treatment chamber; and
a gas supply source connected to an inflow opening of the gas supply pipe, the gas supply pipe comprising
a first gas pipe having the inflow opening into which the gas flows and having first gas blow holes arranged apart from one another along a longitudinal direction, and
a second gas pipe provided coaxially with the first gas pipe, the second gas pipe having second gas blow holes arranged apart from one another along the longitudinal direction, and allowing the gas to flow in a direction opposite to the first gas pipe, wherein
each of the first gas blow holes corresponds to two or more of the second gas blow holes, forming a set of blow holes;
in each set of blow holes, the first gas blow hole is sandwiched by the two or more second gas blow holes;
two or more sets of blow holes are arranged apart from one another in the first gas pipe and the second gas pipe; and
the first gas blow holes and the second gas blow holes allow the gas to blow therefrom toward a center of the treatment target.

US Pat. No. 10,364,497

VAPOR BASED SITE-ISOLATED PROCESSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

INTERMOLECULAR, INC., Sa...

1. A method for processing a substrate, the method comprising:providing a substrate;
positioning a showerhead above the substrate, wherein the showerhead comprises a plurality of injection ports, at least one isolation channel, and at least one exhaust port on a bottom surface thereof, wherein the at least one isolation channel separates the plurality of injection ports into two or more sections, wherein at least one of the two or more sections is a planar surface including a plurality of injection ports disposed in an array along a first axis and a second axis of the planar surface, the at least one exhaust port is positioned within the at least one isolation channel, and the plurality of injection ports are not in fluid communication with the at least one exhaust port within the showerhead;
causing at least one processing fluid to be delivered from the plurality of injection ports onto the substrate;
causing at least some of the at least one processing fluid to be removed from the substrate through the at least one exhaust port;
wherein the at least one isolation channel comprises an isolation wall extending from the bottom surface of the showerhead, and wherein a distance between a lower end of the isolation wall and the substrate is less than a distance between the plurality of injection ports and the substrate; and
wherein the showerhead further comprises at least one processing fluid channel formed therein, each of the at least one processing fluid channels being in fluid communication with the injection ports of a respective one of the two or more sections of injection ports, and wherein the causing of the at least one processing fluid to be delivered from the plurality of injection ports onto the substrate comprising delivering the at least one processing fluid to the at least one processing fluid channel.