US Pat. No. 10,190,678

TWIN-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION

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

1. A twin-clutch transmission comprising:a gear change mechanism wherein an odd-stage main shaft pivotally supports drive-side transmission gears of odd stages and an even-stage main shaft pivotally supports drive-side transmission gears of even stages being disposed on a same axis line, and a countershaft that pivotally supports driven-side transmission gears that constantly mesh with the drive-side transmission gears, respectively, being disposed in parallel to the odd-stage main shaft and the even-stage main shaft;
a twin clutch to which power is transmitted through selective connection of an odd-stage clutch that connects and disconnects power transmission between a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine and the odd-stage main shaft and an even-stage clutch that connects and disconnects power transmission between the crankshaft and the even-stage main shaft; and
synchromesh in which ring teeth formed in a synchronizer ring are interposed between gear dog teeth formed in a first transmission gear pivotally supported relatively rotatably by at least one rotating shaft among the odd-stage main shaft, the even-stage main shaft, and the countershaft and sleeve teeth formed in a synchronizer sleeve that is a second transmission gear or a moving sleeve pivotally supported by the rotating shaft in such a manner so as to be restricted from relative rotation and be movable in axial direction, and the sleeve teeth come into contact with and mesh with the ring teeth and then come into contact with and mesh with the gear dog teeth due to movement of the synchronizer sleeve and thereby the synchronizer sleeve and the first transmission gear are joined to each other while synchronizing with each other,
a gear shift drive mechanism in which driving of an actuator is transmitted for movement of the synchronizer sleeve via a plurality of drive transmitting elements, sequentially;
a gear shift drive displacement detecting unit that detects gear shift drive displacement of the drive transmitting element of the gear shift drive mechanism;
an odd-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit that detects rotational speed of the odd-stage main shaft;
an even-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit that detects rotational speed of the even-stage main shaft; and
a control unit that executes calculation processing on a basis of an odd-stage main shaft rotational speed detected by the odd-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit, an even-stage main shaft rotational speed detected by the even-stage main shaft rotational speed detecting unit, and gear shift drive displacement detected by the gear shift drive displacement detecting unit, and controls the actuator;
wherein the control unit calculates a rotational speed difference (|Na?Nb|) between the odd-stage main shaft rotational speed (Na) and the even-stage main shaft rotational speed (Nb) and learns synchronization start gear shift drive displacement (?s) detected by the gear shift drive displacement detecting unit at timing at which the rotational speed difference (|Na?Nb|) reaches a predetermined synchronization start determination rotational speed difference from gear shift start, and the control unit controls the actuator on a basis of the learned synchronization start gear shift drive displacement (?s).

US Pat. No. 10,190,677

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING STARTING TENDENCY OF DRIVER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system of determining starting tendency of a driver, comprising:a vehicle speed sensor detecting a vehicle speed;
an accelerator pedal position sensor detecting an accelerator pedal position; and
a controller receiving information on input variables including the accelerator pedal position, the vehicle speed from the accelerator pedal position sensor or the vehicle speed sensor, determining a short term driving tendency which is represented by a short term driving tendency index, a long term driving tendency which is represented by a long term driving tendency index, and a starting tendency of the driver which is represented by a starting tendency index, based on the information, and controlling operation of an engine or a shift-pattern of a transmission according to the short term driving tendency index, the long term driving tendency index, and the starting tendency index,
wherein the controller continuously determines the short term driving tendency index of the driver for a predetermined time and determines the starting tendency index of the driver from a predetermined number (n) of short term driving tendency indexes of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,190,675

SHIFTER ASSEMBLY

Kongsberg Power Products ...

1. A method of operating a shift lever of a vehicle transmission with the shift lever coupled to a housing having an exterior surface and the shift lever having a body having a first body end and a second body end with the second body end adjacent the exterior surface of the housing such that the body is located outside of the housing, a cap coupled to the body adjacent the first body end, a toggle device coupled to the cap, an element mounted to the toggle device, and a sensor system mounted in the body adjacent the toggle device and configured to interact with the element to detect rotation of the cap between first and second orientations, said method comprising the steps of:rotating the cap relative to the body to at least one of the first orientation to select a first mode of the transmission and the second orientation to select a second mode of the transmission;
actuating at least a portion of the toggle device from a rest position corresponding to an automatic mode of the transmission to a depressed position corresponding to a manual mode of the transmission;
sensing the rotating of the cap and the toggle device by the sensor system mounted in the body detecting rotation of the element mounted to the toggle device between the first and second orientations; and
pivoting the body, cap and toggle device relative to the housing to select a specific gear of the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,190,674

DRIVE APPARATUS

DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE A...

1. A drive apparatus, comprising:a housing;
an electric motor arranged in the housing; and
a worm gear mechanism arranged in the housing, wherein the worm gear mechanism includes a worm gear arranged on a rotor shaft of the electric motor and a gearwheel in engagement with the worm gear and fixedly connected to an output shaft so as to rotate with the output shaft,
wherein the electric motor is axially mounted in the housing with one axial end via a stop element and with the opposite axial end via an axial clamping element,
wherein the axial clamping element has a spring element, a separate floating holding element, and a separate elastomer element,
wherein the holding element is arranged axially between the spring element and the elastomer element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,670

TORQUE ABSORBER FOR WIND TURBINE GEARBOXES

1. A torque absorber for coupling a protrusion of a wind turbine gearbox to a main frame, the torque absorber comprising:(a) a torque absorber frame comprising first and second ridges connected by a central part;
(b) a first absorbing element;
(c) a second absorbing element; and
(d) means for securing the torque absorber frame to the main frame;the torque absorber being configured and arranged to couple the protrusion of the gearbox to the main frame with the first absorbing element sandwiched between a bottom of the central part and a top of the protrusion, with the second absorbing element sandwiched between a bottom of the protrusion and a surface of the main frame, and with the torque absorber frame and main frame encircling the first and second absorbing elements and the protrusion while leaving visible an unobstructed side view of the protrusion and the first and second absorbing elements, wherein the first and second ridges are parallel to each other and the central part is disposed transverse to the first and second ridges, and wherein the second absorbing element comprises at least one centering pin disposed on a bottom of the second absorbing element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,669

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmission device for a vehicle, the power transmission device comprising:a first rotary shaft;
a second rotary shaft;
a spline fitting portion configured to spline-fit the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft in a part of a power transmission path from a power source to a drive wheel; and
a tolerance ring provided at a place at which the first rotary shaft is inserted into the second rotary shaft and which is different from the spline fitting portion,
the tolerance ring including an annular portion formed in a substantially annular shape and a plurality of protrusions protruding from the annular portion,
the annular portion being configured to come into contact with one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft, and the one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft being provided with a groove, oil supply holes, and an axial direction oil passage,
the protrusions being configured to come into contact with other one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft,
the axial direction oil passage being configured to supply a lubricant from outside of the one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft to the oil supply holes,
the oil supply holes are configured to supply the lubricant to the groove,
the groove being configured to supply the lubricant to a region of the tolerance ring where the annular portion comes into contact, and
the tolerance ring has at least one notch in a part in the circumferential direction for discharging the lubricant supplied to the region of the tolerance ring where the annular portion comes into contact.

US Pat. No. 10,190,668

VEHICLE DIFFERENTIAL LOCK DISENGAGEMENT BYPASS

Brandt Road Rail Corporat...

1. A bypass system for use with a disengagement system for a differential lock in a vehicle having a selectively lockable differential, the differential lock powered by a power fluid selectively allowed by a disengagement control valve, the bypass system comprising:a bypass valve for receiving the power fluid alternatively from the disengagement control valve in a first position and a power fluid source in a second position;
a biasing member for biasing the bypass valve in the first position;
a bypass valve actuator for switching the bypass valve from the first position to the second position; and
power fluid transfer lines for supplying the power fluid to the disengagement control valve and the bypass valve;
such that in the first position, the bypass valve allows unimpeded flow of the power fluid between the disengagement control valve and the differential lock; and
in the second position, the bypass valve blocks flow of the power fluid between the disengagement control valve and the differential lock and thereby prevents disengagement of the differential lock by the disengagement control valve while allowing flow of the power fluid directly from the power fluid source to the differential lock.

US Pat. No. 10,190,666

DIFFERENTIAL DEVICE

Musashi Seimitsu Industry...

1. A differential device that distributes rotational power of an input plate between a first output shaft and a second output shaft relatively rotatably arranged on a first rotational axis via a cycloid reduction mechanism or a trochoid reduction mechanism,wherein the reduction mechanism comprises a first differential plate that is disposed so as to be adjacent to one side of the input plate rotating around the first rotational axis, a second differential plate that is disposed so as to be adjacent to one side, on the side opposite to the input plate, of the first differential plate, and an eccentric shaft that supports the first differential plate so as to be able to rotate around a second rotational axis that is eccentric from the first rotational axis, the eccentric shaft being connected to the first output shaft so as to be able to rotate as a unit, and the second differential plate being connected to the second output shaft so as to be able to rotate as a unit,
a first hypo groove part that extends in a peripheral direction along a hypocycloid curve or a hypotrochoid curve of a first wave number is formed in one side face, opposing the first differential plate, of the input plate, a first epi groove part that extends in the peripheral direction along an epicycloid curve or an epitrochoid curve of a second wave number is formed in one side face, opposing the input plate, of the first differential plate, a plurality of first rolling bodies are held between the first hypo groove part and the first epi groove part in an area where the first hypo groove part and the first epi groove part overlap one on another, a second hypo groove part that extends in the peripheral direction along a hypocycloid curve or a hypotrochoid curve of a third wave number is formed in the other side face, opposing the second differential plate, of the first differential plate, a second epi groove part that extends in the peripheral direction along an epicycloid curve or an epitrochoid curve of a fourth wave number is formed in one side face, opposing the first differential plate, of the second differential plate, a plurality of second rolling bodies are held between the second hypo groove part and the second epi groove part in an area where the second hypo groove part and the second epi groove part overlap one on another, and
the first wave number is 8, the second wave number and the third wave number are both 6, and the fourth wave number is 4, or the first wave number and the fourth wave number are both 6, the second wave number is 4, and the third wave number is 8.

US Pat. No. 10,190,665

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE

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

1. First and second drive systems provided respectively for first and second vehicles that have different power capacities, the drive systems comprisingthe first drive system comprising a first drive motor in a first drive motor housing; a first axle; a first gear chain disposed in a first gear chain housing that has opposite first and second sides, the first side of the first gear chain housing being connected to the first drive motor housing; and a first planetary transmission disposed in a first planetary transmission housing that is connected to the second side of the first gear chain housing, the first gear chain and the first planetary transmission being connected to one another for transmitting a driving torque generated by the first drive motor to the first axle of the first vehicle,
the second drive system comprising a second drive motor in a second drive motor housing; a second axle; a second gear chain disposed in a second gear chain housing that has opposite first and second sides, the first side of the second gear chain housing being connected to the second drive motor housing; and a second planetary transmission disposed in a second planetary transmission housing that is connected to the second side of the second gear chain housing, the second gear chain and the second planetary transmission being connected to one another for transmitting a driving torque generated by the second drive motor to the second axle of the second vehicle, wherein
the first axle and the second axle are identical to one another, the first gear chain and the second gear chain are identical to one another, the first gear chain housing and the second gear chain housing are identical to one another, the first drive motor and the second drive motor are different from one another in that the second drive motor has a different power capacity than the first drive motor and the first planetary transmission and the second planetary transmission are different from one another, and wherein
the first planetary transmission is coordinated with the first drive motor to determine a first overall transmission ratio for the first vehicle, and
the second planetary transmission is coordinated with the second drive motor to determine a second overall transmission ratio for the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,652

DAMPED AUTOMOTIVE DRIVELINE COMPONENT

GKN Driveline North Ameri...

1. A damped automotive driveline component, comprising:a housing;
a dampener carried by said housing, said dampener including a plurality of metal wire strands; and
a vibration-transmitting attachment holding said dampener to said housing, wherein, when said housing experiences vibrations during use of the automotive driveline component, the vibrations are transmitted to said plurality of metal wire strands via said vibration-transmitting attachment and relative movement among said plurality of metal wire strands damps the vibrations experienced by said housing, wherein said housing includes a wall and said vibration-transmitting attachment includes a casing carried by said wall and in which said wire strands are received, and wherein said casing has at least one pinched depression, and said plurality of metal wire strands having at least one squeezed section situated at said at least one pinched depression of said casing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,651

MULTI-STAGE DAMPING ASSEMBLY

BeijingWest Industries Co...

11. An assembly for multi-stage damping comprising;a decoupler (36) having a radius extending between a center point (C) and an outer ring (38) and having a first surface (40) opposite a second surface (42),
a central elastomer membrane (62) extending about said center point (C),
said decoupler (36) defining a circular zone (68) extending about said center point (C) and an annular zone (70) including a plurality of rings (38, 46, 54) extending axially from said first surface (40) and extending axially from said second surface (42) and extending annularly about said central elastomer membrane (62) and separated by grooves (50, 52, 56, 58) in said first surface (40) and said second surface (42) between said outer ring (38) and said central elastomer membrane (62), and
wherein said annular zone (70) flexes between a first mode and a second mode with said first mode being defined as said annular zone (70) flexing with said circular zone (68) to maximize the potential volume of displacement and said second mode being defined as said annular zone (70) flexing independently of said circular zone (68) to decrease the potential volume of displacement of said decoupler (36) between said first chamber (30) and said second chamber (32).

US Pat. No. 10,190,650

COMPENSATING OSCILLATION DEVICE

AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GMBH,...

1. A linear piston system comprising:a piston supported to be linearly displaceable within a housing of the linear piston system; and
a compensating oscillation device configured to compensate vibrations generated by the piston, wherein the compensating oscillation device comprises:
a housing having an inside,
at least two coupling elements, wherein the at least two coupling elements are directly attached to the inside of the housing, and
an inertial mass coupled to the housing by the at least two coupling elements, such that the inertial mass is deflectable along an axis, wherein each coupling element comprises at least one attachment region and at least one connection region, wherein each coupling element is attached to the inside of the housing through the at least one attachment region and is connected to the inertial mass through the at least one connection region,
wherein on the at least two coupling elements, the respective at least one connection region lies radially closer to the axis than the respective at least one attachment region, and wherein in the rest state, the inertial mass is disposed between two coupling elements of the at least two coupling elements in the axial direction,
wherein the inertial mass is only provided within the housing of the compensating oscillation device and the piston is only provided within the housing of the linear piston system, wherein the housing of the compensating oscillation device and the housing of the linear piston system axially abut each other, such that the inertial mass and the piston are not directly coupled to each other,
wherein the compensating oscillation device is a passive compensating oscillation device that works only with restoring forces generated by the at least two coupling elements,
wherein the axial length of the inertial mass decreases monotonically and radially away from the axis, such that the mass distribution of the inertial mass is concentrated toward the axis,
wherein the piston is linearly displaceable within the housing of the linear piston in the axial direction,
wherein the piston comprises a working piston of a compressor, and
wherein each coupling element of the at least two coupling elements is connected to both the inertial mass and the housing of the compensating oscillation device by elastic pretension.

US Pat. No. 10,190,648

ACTUATING DEVICE FOR AN ELECTROMECHANICALLY ACTUATABLE VEHICLE BRAKE

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

1. An actuating device for an electromechanically actuatable vehicle brake, comprisinga multi-stage transmission unit, which is arranged between a driving electric motor and a driven drive element of the vehicle brake, wherein
at least one stage of the transmission unit is embodied as a spur-gear transmission, and at least two stages of the transmission unit are coupled by means of a double gearwheel, a rotational axis of the double gearwheel extends parallel to a rotational axis of the electric motor, and wherein
the transmission unit has at least one intermediate stage which is embodied as a spur-gear transmission and into which at least one stage, embodied as a spur-gear transmission, of the transmission unit is integrated, wherein
the intermediate stage which is embodied as a spur-gear transmission has two intermediate gearwheels; wherein
rotational axes of the intermediate gearwheels extend parallel to the rotational axis of the electric motor; and
wherein a plane formed by the rotational axes of the intermediate gearwheels extends perpendicularly with respect to the plane formed by the rotational axis of the electric motor and the rotational axis of the double gearwheel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,647

BRAKE DISC

1. A brake disk, including:an outer disk, being substantially ring-shaped, a through hole being defined in a center thereof, the through hole defining a central axis, the central axis defining an axial direction, a first plane being defined as a plane perpendicular to the axial direction, the outer disk having an inner annular flange, the inner annular flange surrounding the through hole, the inner annular flange of the outer disk being formed with a plurality of connecting bridges arranged in intervals, each said connecting bridge extending radially toward the central axis of the through hole, an end of the connecting bridge remote from the inner annular flange of the outer disk having a protruding portion, a disposing hole being disposed axially through the protruding portion, the protruding portion and the inner annular edge of the outer disk having a predetermined distance radially therebetween;
an inner disk, coaxially disposed in the through hole of the outer disk and located on a same plane with the outer disk, a central portion of the inner disk having a hub connecting portion, the inner disk further having an outer annular flange, the outer annular flange being formed with a plurality of recessed portions arranged in intervals, the recessed portions corresponding to the protruding portions respectively, the recessed portion being disposed through the inner disk axially, a shape of the recessed portion substantially corresponding to a shape of the protruding portion so that the protruding portion is fittingly engaged with the recessed portion to prevent the inner disk from rotating relative to the outer disk, the recessed portion and the protruding portion having a gap therebetween, wherein the gap extends continuously along a whole inner fringe of the recessed portion, the protruding portion having a contour completely inside a contour of the recessed portion so that the protruding portion is movable in the recessed portion on the first plane;
a plurality of positioning members, each said positioning member disposed through the disposing hole to restrain the outer disk and the inner disk from moving axially relative to each other;wherein the outer disk and the inner disk are axially non-overlapping;wherein the inner disk includes an outer annular portion, a plurality of bridge portions and the hub connecting portion, each said bridge portion extends from an inner annular flange of the outer annular portion relative to the recessed portion toward the hub connecting portion and is connected with and between the outer annular portion and the hub connecting portion, a number of the bridge portions is twice a number of the recessed portions, a portion of the outer annular portion corresponding to each recessed portion is divergently extended with two of the bridge portions toward the hub connecting portion so that two of the bridge portions between any two adjacent recessed portions convergently extend to a specific position of the hub connecting portion, the connecting bridge includes two foot portions which are connected with the inner annular flange of the outer disk and the protruding portion, the two foot portions divergently extend from the protruding portion toward the inner annular flange of the outer disk so that the connecting bridge is substantially Y-shaped;
wherein each recessed portion has an opening toward the outer disk wherein the opening has a width larger than a maximum width of each protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,646

SERVICING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERVICING A BRAKE DEVICE OF A BRAKE SYSTEM HAVING A HORIZONTALLY ARRANGED BRAKE DISC

S.B. Patent Holding ApS, ...

1. A servicing system (30 or 300) for servicing a brake device (24) of a wind turbine yaw brake system comprising the brake device (24) and a horizontally arranged brake disc (22), wherein the servicing system (30 or 330) includes a frame (32 or 302), and wherein the servicing system (30 or 330) comprises:means (34 or 318) for mounting the frame (32 or 302) in a fixed position on the brake disc (22);
means (48 or 338) for supporting the brake device (24) which are adapted to allow the brake device (24) to be moved on the frame (32 or 302) relative to the brake disc (22); and,
means (46 or 304, 306) for lifting the brake device (24) which are adapted to allow the brake device (24) to be raised or lowered relative to the brake disc (22).

US Pat. No. 10,190,645

HYDRAULIC CIRCUIT FOR CLUTCH ACTUATION

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A hydraulic circuit for a transmission including at least one clutch, the hydraulic circuit comprising:a hydraulic fluid source supplying pressurized hydraulic fluid;
a clutch actuator operatively associated with a clutch, the clutch actuator including an actuator chamber and an actuator piston movably disposed in the actuator chamber, the clutch actuator in fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid source;
a reference actuator disposed in parallel to the clutch actuator and in fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid source; and
a compensation valve disposed in fluid communication with and responsive to hydraulic pressure in the clutch actuator and the reference actuator, the compensation valve arranged to selectively direct pressurized hydraulic fluid to and from the clutch actuator in response to a relative hydraulic pressure between the clutch actuator and the reference actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,190,644

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM

LOGAN CLUTCH CORPORATION,...

1. Apparatus comprising:a fluid coupling, wherein the fluid coupling is configured to deliver fluid pressure to a fluid pressure actuated clutch,
wherein the fluid coupling is in operative connection with a rotatable shaft, wherein the shaft includes
an annular shaft outer face,
an actuation fluid (AF) shaft fluid passage extending within the shaft, wherein the AF shaft fluid passage includes a shaft AF inlet opening in the shaft outer face,
wherein AF fluid pressure is deliverable to the clutch through the shaft AF inlet opening,
a rotationally stationary annular body,
wherein the body is configured to extend in surrounding relation of the shaft,
wherein the body includes an annular body outer face and an annular body inner face,
wherein the body includes a generally radially extending body AF passage that extends between the body outer face and the body inner face,
wherein the body outer face includes a body AF outer opening in fluid communication with the body AF passage, and the body inner face includes a body AF inner opening in fluid communication with the body AF passage,
an annular sleeve, wherein the annular sleeve is configured to extend in surrounding relation of the shaft and to rotate therewith,
wherein the sleeve includes an annular sleeve inner face and an annular sleeve outer face,
wherein the sleeve includes a sleeve AF passage, wherein the sleeve AF passage extends generally radially between the sleeve inner face and the sleeve outer face,
wherein the sleeve inner face includes a sleeve AF inner opening, wherein the sleeve AF inner opening is in fluid communication with the sleeve AF passage and the shaft AF inlet opening,
wherein the sleeve outer face includes a sleeve AF outer opening, wherein the sleeve AF outer opening is in fluid communication with the sleeve AF passage,
an AF pair of annular resilient AF seals, wherein each AF seal of the AF pair extends sealingly between the shaft outer face and the sleeve inner face,
wherein one AF seal of the AF pair is positioned on a first axial side of the shaft AF inlet opening and the sleeve AF outlet opening, and the other AF seal of the AF pair is positioned on a second axial side of the shaft AF inlet opening and the sleeve AF outlet opening,
at least one bearing, wherein the at least one bearing extends operatively between the body and the sleeve and enables the body and the sleeve to be relatively rotatably movable,
wherein application of AF pressure to the body AF outer opening causes AF fluid pressure to be delivered to the shaft AF passage of the relatively rotatably movable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,642

TOOTHING FOR OPERATION AT A DEFLECTION ANGLE AND PRODUCTION METHOD

SMS SIEMAG AG, Duesseldo...

1. Spline spur toothing for force transmission from a drive shaft to a driven member arranged at angle to each other, comprising a first spur toothing (1) engaging in a second spur toothing provided on the driven member,wherein the first spur toothing (1) has a plurality of spur teeth (2), wherein a flank line (12) of each spur tooth (2) has a curvature, and a deflection angle (?) is formed between a rotational axis of the second spur toothing and a rotational axis of the first spur toothing, and
wherein a flank of the spur tooth (2) is formed with a twist in form of a profile angle deviation (?) in direction of the flank of the spur tooth (2) in a vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 10,190,641

FLANGED COMPONENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

Solar Turbines Incorporat...

1. A flanged component for a gas turbine engine, the flanged component comprising:a flange body including a flange mating surface that mates with a second mating surface of a second flanged component;
a threaded feature including
a threaded portion with threads for receiving a threaded fastener, the threaded portion extending into the flange body from the flange mating surface along a feature axis, and
a relief portion extending into the flange body from the flange mating surface located outward from the threaded portion relative to the feature axis forming a rim portion therebetween, the rim portion including an upper rim surface having an annular shape parallel to the flange mating surface, and the relief portion including an inner surface on the rim portion extending from the upper rim surface and away from the flange mating surface, the inner surface having a frustoconical shape that tapers outward from the upper rim surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,640

BEARING WITH INTEGRATED SHUNT

1. A bearing comprising:an outer ring having a first raceway;
an inner ring having a second raceway;
rolling elements disposed between the first and second raceways; and
a closure element fixedly assembled to one of the inner ring or outer ring and extending in a direction of the other of the inner ring or the outer ring, the closure element having:
at least one conductive filament having a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion positioned between the first end and the second end,
the at least one conductive filament assembled to the closure element, the first end contacting the outer ring, the intermediate portion contacting the inner ring to form an electrically conductive path between the outer ring and the inner ring, and the second end positioned away from the inner ring and fixed to the closure element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,639

SENSOR UNIT FOR A BEARING

1. A sensor unit for a bearing, comprisinga main body,
a sensor holder, and
one or more mounting brackets, wherein
the sensor holder has a measurement surface in a first plane and includes at least one sensor for measuring an operating parameter of the bearing when the measurement surface is in contact with a component of the bearing, wherein each mounting bracket provides an attachment portion having an attachment surface, wherein the sensor unit, is configured to be in contact with a component of the bearing or a component of a bearing assembly that includes the bearing,
the sensor holder includes one or more extendable legs, which are extendable in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the first plane, such that the measurement surface is adjustable in longitudinal direction relative to the main body; and
the one or more mounting brackets are linearly movable and pivotably relative to the main body, such that:
the sensor unit has a first attachment position, in which the measurement surface and the attachment surface lie on parallel planes and the attachment surface is adjustable in longitudinal direction relative to the main body; and has a second attachment position in which the measurement surface and attachment surface lie in perpendicular planes and the attachment surface is adjustable in a transverse direction relative to the main body of the sensor unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,638

ROLLING BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rolling bearing comprising:an inner ring;
an outer ring;
a plurality of rolling elements provided between the inner ring and the outer ring;
a cage that holds the rolling elements;
a first seal that is provided on one side of an annular space between the inner ring and the outer ring in an axial direction of the rolling bearing and has a first lip portion which forms a first labyrinth clearance with the inner ring to prevent spill of grease; and
a second seal that is provided on the other side of the annular space in the axial direction and has a second lip portion which forms a second labyrinth clearance with the inner ring to prevent spill of the grease,
wherein the rolling bearing is configured such that the grease in the annular space flows from one side in the axial direction to the other side in the axial direction, and
the second lip portion is larger than the first lip portion such that a path length of the second labyrinth clearance is longer than a path length of the first labyrinth clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,190,637

SEALED BEARING ASSEMBLY

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A sealed bearing assembly comprising:a bearing defining a bearing interior space;
a seal member separating the bearing interior space from an exterior of the bearing, and including a seal lip;
a seal sliding surface configured to slide relative to the seal lip in a circumferential direction; and
a protrusion on one circumferential portion of the seal lip, the protrusion at least partially defining an oil passage extending between the seal sliding surface and the seal lip, and communicating with the bearing interior space and the exterior of the bearing;
wherein the protrusion is shaped and positioned such that a fluid lubricating condition can be created between the seal lip and the seal sliding surface, and
wherein the protrusion extends in a direction perpendicular to the circumferential direction, and has a rounded shape such that a distance between the protrusion and the seal sliding surface decreases from respective ends of the protrusion toward a center of the protrusion, with respect to a circumferential width of the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,635

ELECTRIC MACHINE WITH IMPROVED BEARING LUBRICATION

1. An electric machine, comprising:a rotatable hollow shaft having a first side and an opposite second side, said hollow shaft including an oil collecting area in which an internal diameter of the hollow shaft is greater than an internal diameter of the hollow shaft on the second side of the hollow shaft; and
a first bearing arranged on the first side of the hollow shaft, said first bearing having a fluid connection to the oil collecting area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,634

TURBO-CHARGER BEARING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A partial admission turbocharger, comprising:a housing;
a rotary assembly disposed within the housing and including a turbine wheel and a compressor wheel attached to one another by a shaft, the housing defining a partial admission inlet to the turbine wheel over only a portion of an annulus of the turbine so that the rotary assembly is subject to aero-load in a lateral direction; and
a bearing disposed in the housing and rotatably supporting the shaft, the bearing including an inner bearing surface that engages the shaft and an outer bearing surface that engages the housing, the outer bearing surface having a cylindrical outer surface and a pair of axially extending grooves recessed relative to the cylindrical outer surface and extending from one end of the bearing surface and at least partially along the bearing, the pair of axially extending grooves being located perpendicular to the aero-load direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,633

ROLLING BEARING

NTN Corporation, Osaka (...

1. A rolling bearing comprising one or more bearing members, which form the rolling bearing, having a rust prevention film formed in a predetermined region of a surface of a base material of the bearing member,wherein:
the rust prevention film is formed by a porous film with a sacrificial anode action against the base material, the porous film being formed in the whole of the predetermined region;
the porous film in at least a part of the predetermined region is subjected to sealing treatment which impregnates the porous film with a sealing treatment agent from a surface of the porous film, and a surface of a sealing treatment body obtained from the porous film subjected to the sealing treatment is subjected to first coating treatment which coats the surface of the sealing treatment body with epoxy resin coating; and
the sealing treatment agent is formed by diluting the epoxy resin coating.

US Pat. No. 10,190,632

MACHINED CAGE FOR THRUST BALL BEARING, DESIGN METHOD OF THE SAME, AND THRUST BALL BEARING INCLUDING THE CAGE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A copper alloy machined cage for a thrust ball bearing, the machined cage comprising a plurality of pockets which are configured to rollably hold balls and arranged in a circumferential direction,wherein an inner surface of a pocket includes a cylindrical surface, and a support surface which is continuous with the cylindrical surface and is configured to contact a ball in an axial direction,
wherein the cylindrical surface is formed with two protruding portions at an equal interval in a circumferential direction of the pocket, the two protruding portions protruding from the cylindrical surface at a ball insertion side of the pocket which is opposite to the support surface in the axial direction,
wherein the protruding portions are configured to prevent falling out of the ball from a ball insertion side opening of the pocket and are either elastically deformable or elastic-plastically deformable by the ball during insertion of the ball into the pocket, and
wherein if an inner diameter of a virtual circle which is formed by circular arc surfaces of the protruding portions is denoted as X, a diameter of the ball is denoted as Da, and a total interference amount of the two protruding portions with the ball in a radial direction is denoted as ?=Da?X, 0.001 Da wherein each of the protruding portions protrudes toward a center of the pockets by a predetermined amount to form a partial cylindrical circular arc surface, and the partial cylindrical circular arc surface extends from a ball insertion side end surface of the cage in an axial inward direction by a predetermined axial length.

US Pat. No. 10,190,630

TIN-BASED SLIDING BEARING ALLOY

1. A tin-based plain bearing alloy suitable for producing a plain bearing coating in a casting process, comprising at least one principal alloying element, a principal structural element, and a tin proportion of 25 to 98% by weight, wherein the at least one principal alloying element is selected from the group consisting of0 to 25% by weight antimony,
0 to 20% by weight copper, and
2 to 14% by weight zinc,
and wherein the principal structural element is a tin-zinc eutectic having a ?Sn solid solution and an ?Zn solid solution as two phases, wherein said principal structural element has an icosahedral short-range order in the form of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,190,629

ROTATING FORM

1. An apparatus, comprising:a base with an inner cavity, an outer surface, and at least one hole that passes from the inner cavity through the outer surface;
a form with an inner opening and an inner surface, and with at least one hole that passes through the inner surface, wherein at least a portion of the base extends into at least a portion of the inner opening; and
pressurized air passing into the inner cavity, out the holes through the outer surface and into the holes in the inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,626

THRUST ROLLER BEARING CAGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A thrust roller bearing cage included in a thrust roller bearing and including a plurality of pockets accommodating rollers, comprising:a radially outer area bent portion formed by bending a radially outer edge part of an area located radially outside the pockets obliquely inward in a radial direction, the radially outer area bent portion formed to extend continuously in an annular shape; and
projecting portions that are formed in a tip end of the radially outer area bent portion and project inward in the radial direction from an inner peripheral edge of the radially outer area bent portions so as to contact end faces of the rollers accommodated in the pockets, wherein
radially outer edges of the pockets are located radially outside a boundary formed by the radially outer area bent portion and the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,625

THRUST ROLLER BEARING CAGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A thrust roller bearing cage included in a thrust roller bearing and including a plurality of pockets accommodating rollers, comprising:a radially outer area bent portion formed by bending an area located radially outside the pockets inward in a radial direction; and
projecting portions that are formed in a tip end of the radially outer area bent portion at positions aligned with the pockets and project arcuately such that a tip part as an innermost part of the projecting portion in the radial direction projects inward in the radial direction beyond radially outer edges of the pockets so as to contact end faces of the rollers accommodated in the pockets, the projecting portions having a root part with a width, wherein
the width of the root part of the projecting portion is ? or more and ? or less of a width of the pockets.

US Pat. No. 10,190,624

SPACER DEVICE, TOROIDAL ROLLER BEARING AND METHOD

13. A method for inserting at least one of a final roller element or a final spacer device into a toroidal roller bearing comprising:providing an inner ring, an outer ring, and a plurality of roller elements,
wherein the toroidal roller bearing allows for axial and angular displacement between the inner ring and the outer ring;
providing a plurality of spacer devices for insertion between adjacent roller elements, each spacer device comprising a first roller element-contacting surface and a second roller element-contacting surface on an opposite side thereof and end members that have projections that extend outwards from first and second roller-contacting surfaces, the first roller-contacting surface and the second roller-contacting surface are arranged to separate two adjacent roller elements in a tangential direction of the toroidal roller bearing, wherein each of the first roller element-contacting surface and the second roller element-contacting surface has a concave shape adapted to conform to a respective convex contacting surface of the roller elements, wherein the projections are arranged to extend at least partly over the ends of two adjacent roller elements when the plurality of spacer devices are in use, and wherein, when the plurality of spacer devices are in use, the only solid element of the toroidal roller bearing that the end members contact are the roller elements such that the end members allow the inner ring and the outer ring to displace at least one of axially and angularly without the end members contacting either of the outer ring, the inner ring, or any fixed extensions thereof that would impede the at least one of the axial and angular displacement of the inner ring and the outer ring, the spacer device is configured to not contact the inner ring and to not contact the outer ring,
tilting the inner ring of the toroidal roller bearing with respect to the outer ring whereby the distance between rolling elements is increased; and
one of:
a) inserting a roller element between two spacer devices, or
b) inserting a spacer device between two roller elements.

US Pat. No. 10,190,622

WEAR RESISTANT COATING APPLIED TO CONNECTING ROD SURFACES

Tenneco Inc., Lake Fores...

1. A method of manufacturing a connecting rod for connecting a crankshaft to a piston of an internal combustion engine, comprising the steps of:providing a body formed of metal extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end, the body including a first thrust portion adjacent the first end and a second thrust portion adjacent the second end and a stem connecting the first thrust portion to the second thrust portion, the first thrust portion including a pair of first thrust surfaces facing opposite one another and encircling a first bore for receiving a crankshaft, the first thrust portion including a joint, and the second thrust portion including a pair of second thrust surfaces facing opposite one another and encircling a second bore for receiving a wrist pin;
sand blasting the joint and at least one of the first thrust surfaces; and
spraying a wear resistant coating onto at least the joint of the first thrust portion and at least one of the first thrust surfaces along the joint of the body which are sand blasted, the wear resistant coating including polymer, solid lubricant, and particles formed of Fe2O3, and further including ultrasonic cleaning and drying the joint and the at least one first thrust surface prior to the sand blasting step, ultrasonic cleaning the joint and the at least one first thrust surface after the sand blasting step, and wherein the spraying step includes spraying the wear resistant coating in liquid form onto the joint and the at least one first thrust surface, the spraying step includes applying the wear resistant coating to a thickness of 5 to 50 microns, drying the wear resistant coating after the spraying step, repeating the spraying step, drying the wear resistant coating after repeating the spraying step, and curing the wear resistant coating in an oven.

US Pat. No. 10,190,621

OUTER CASING FOR CONTROL CABLE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CONTROL CABLE

NHK Spring Co., Ltd., Yo...

1. An outer casing for a control cable for vehicles, the outer casing comprising:an inner tube, which includes a crystalline resin; and
an outer tube, which includes an outer resin layer covering an outer periphery of the inner tube and, in the outer resin layer, includes a plurality of metal wires buried in parallel with an axial direction of the inner tube and at equal intervals in a circumferential direction of the inner tube, wherein a primer applied to a surface of the metal wires adheres the plurality of metal wires to the outer resin layer so as to inhibit relative movement between the plurality of metal wires and the outer resin layer, a thickness of the inner tube is from 50 to 1,000 ?m, and a thickness of the outer resin layer is from 0.2 to 2.0 mm, and the outer resin layer includes a resin having a storage elastic modulus according to dynamic viscoelasticity of not more than 3,000 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,190,617

BLIND FASTENER

PRECISION TOWER PRODUCTS,...

1. A blind fastener, comprising:a sleeve (100) having a sleeve proximal end (120), a sleeve distal end (130), a sleeve length (155), a sleeve outer diameter (140), a sleeve inner diameter (150) and a structural region (170);
an expander (400) having an expander proximal end (410), an expander distal end (420), a tensioning section (450), a locking section (430), and an expansion section (440) between the tensioning section (450) and the locking section (430), wherein the expansion section (440) has an expansion section diameter (442) and an expansion section transition (444), and a portion of the sleeve (100) has the sleeve inner diameter (150), in an initial state, less than the maximum expansion section diameter (442), wherein the locking section (430) has a locking section diameter (432), and the tensioning section (450) has a tensioning section diameter (452), wherein the expansion section diameter (442) is at least 7.5% greater than the tensioning section diameter (452), and the locking section diameter (432) is at least 15% greater than the expansion section diameter (442); and
a nut (500);
wherein a portion of the expander (400) passes through the sleeve (100) to cooperate with the nut (500) so that relative rotation of the expander (400) and nut (500):
(i) draws the expander distal end (420) toward the sleeve proximal end (120);
(ii) thereby drawing a portion of the expansion section (440) of the expander (400) into the structural region (170) of the sleeve (100) and expanding at least a portion of the structural region (170) of the sleeve (100) from the initial state to an expanded state; and
(iii) thereby drawing a portion of the locking section (430) past the sleeve distal end (130) toward the sleeve proximal end (120) and deforming at least a portion of the sleeve distal end (130) to a locked state.

US Pat. No. 10,190,616

ROOF COVER FASTENER

CELCORE INCORPORATED, Bl...

1. A roof cover fastener that attaches roof materials to lightweight insulating concrete and other roof deck materials, the fastener comprisinga. a cover plate, the cover plate comprising:
a planar body having a perimeter,
a central aperture disposed centrally in the body,
a first annular rib formed into the body and encircling the central aperture,
a second annular rib formed into the body and encircling the first annular rib,
a first channel separating the first annular rib from the second annular rib, wherein the first annular rib and second annular rib extend above the first channel and wherein the first channel has a flat planar first contact surface, the flat planar first contact surface configured to contact a roof material without penetrating the roof material,
a first circular shaped medial aperture and a second circular shaped medial aperture disposed in the first channel between the first annular rib and the second annular rib;
b. a first auger element, the first auger element comprising:
a first end and a second end,
a head coupled to the first end,
a tip coupled to the second end, and
a thread crest with a thread root extending from the second end towards the first end; andwherein the first circular shaped medial aperture and the second circular shaped medial aperture are both configured to receive an auger element as it is driven into the roof material.

US Pat. No. 10,190,614

FIXING DEVICE

1. A fixing device adapted to be mounted on a wall for connection with an object holder, said fixing device comprising:a fixing member adapted to be mounted on the wall;
a hollow shell body made of metal, having first and second end surfaces, and being formed with a through groove that has a first groove portion extending through said first end surface in a first direction, and a second groove portion extending through said second end surface in a second direction which is substantially perpendicular to the first direction;
a first connecting member made of a plastic material, securely connected to said fixing member, and having a linking portion that extends in the first direction, and that is inserted into said first groove portion of said through groove;
a second connecting member made of a plastic material, adapted to be connected to the object holder, and having a connecting portion that extends in the second direction, that is inserted into said second groove portion of said through groove, and that is securely connected to said linking portion of said first connecting member;
wherein said linking portion of said first connecting member has two engaging grooves; and
wherein said connecting portion of said second connecting member has two hooks engaging respectively said engaging grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,190,613

REMOVABLE BLIND FASTENER FOR JOINING COMPONENTS

Kwikbolt Limited, Kingst...

1. A removable blind fastener, comprising:a) a first tubular element with a head portion at one end and a guide portion at the other end, wherein the guide portion has a plurality of guides extending away from the head end of the first tubular element in a direction parallel to the central axis of the first tubular element, the space between the guides defining guide channels, and wherein parts of the first tubular element between the guides define sills;
b) a second tubular element having a threaded portion and an arm portion, the threaded portion having an internally threaded aperture along the central axis of the second tubular element, and the arm portion having a plurality of outwardly biasable resilient arms extending away from the threaded portion in a direction parallel to the central axis of the second tubular element, wherein the number of arms is equal to the number of guide channels provided on the first tubular element, and wherein the end portions of the arm portions of the second tubular member are thicker than the rest of the arm portion, to define a recess behind the end portions of the arm portion, wherein the thickness in a direction perpendicular to the central axis of the second tubular element of the ends of the arm portions determines the distance that the end portions are biased away from the central axis of the second tubular element in use; the removable blind fastener further comprising;
c) an elongate screw member having a head portion and a threaded portion, wherein, in use, the screw member is located within the first tubular element and the second tubular element in such a way that the first tubular element, second tubular element and screw member are co-axial, and whereby the head portion of the screw member is located within the head portion of the first tubular element, and the threaded portion of the second tubular element is threaded onto the threaded portion of the screw member, such that the arms of the second tubular element can engage with the guide channels of the first tubular element, and wherein the removable blind fastener is arranged so that:
(i) rotation of the screw member in a first direction causes movement of the second tubular element towards the first tubular element in a clamping direction, this movement causing the arms of the second tubular element to move along the guide channels of the first tubular element and engage with the sills of the first tubular element, whereby continued rotation of the screw member causes the arms of the second tubular element to bias outwardly, away from the central axis of the second tubular element against the sills of the first tubular element; and
(ii) rotation of the screw member in a second direction causes movement of the second tubular element away from the first member in a releasing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,612

PLUG INSERT

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A plug insert comprising:a shank removably receivable in a fastener hole in a panel, in a position where an outer end of the plug insert is disposed adjacent an outer surface of the panel;
a longitudinal cavity disposed within the shank;
a head that extends integrally and radially outward from around the shank and that has a frustoconical circumferential side wall shaped to complement a frustoconical outer portion of a fastener hole into which the plug is to be inserted, the head being formed with the shank as a single unitary piece;
an annular cap molded in-place on an outer end of the shank and having an axial through-hole axially aligned with the longitudinal cavity; and
a web extending across and sealing off the longitudinal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,190,611

PANEL

1. A method of simultaneously locking a new quadrangular panel provided with two longitudinal edges and two transverse edges to a previous panel row already assembled from identical panels and to an identical panel already assembled in the same panel row with the proviso that a first longitudinal edge is connected to the previous panel row in positively locking relationship by pivoting the new panel into the plane of the assembled panels, wherein at the same time a first transverse edge of the new panel is brought by a scissor-like movement into positively locking engagement with a second transverse edge of the assembled panel in the same panel row, with the further proviso that the first transverse edge of the panels respectively has a first transverse joining surface and the second transverse edge of the panels respectively has a second transverse joining surface, wherein the first transverse joining surface is brought into contact at that end which is towards the first longitudinal edge with the second transverse joining surface of the assembled panel in the same panel row, wherein the positively locking connection of the longitudinal edge and the transverse edge of the new panel is produced by a wedge-shaped longitudinal join gap and a wedge-shaped transverse join gap being produced between the new panel and the previous panel row, a wedge tip of the wedge-shaped transverse join gap points in the direction of the previous panel row and a wedge tip of the wedge-shaped longitudinal join gap points in the direction of the free second transverse edge of the new panel, and the new panel is finally pivoted into the plane of the assembled panels, wherein the positively locking engagement of the transverse edges and longitudinal edges is completely brought together and the wedge-shaped join gaps are removed.

US Pat. No. 10,190,610

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR REARVIEW DEVICE

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A mounting assembly for a rearview device, the mounting assembly comprising:a windshield bracket having a body that includes ledges disposed about the body;
a mount operably coupled with said rearview device, the mount including pre-loading posts; and
a spring clip including a base and a plurality of legs, each leg including:
an upright portion extending from the base;
a connecting portion extending inwardly from the upright portion;
an engagement portion extending upward away from the base; and
at least one loading lever extending laterally from the connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,609

ACCESSORY CLAMP HAVING A ROD CLAMP AND AN ACCESSORY INTERFACE

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. An accessory clamp for use with a rod, comprising:an accessory interface;
a universal rod clamp that is operably coupled to the accessory interface and having:
a main body;
a selectively movable gripping surface that moves selectively inwardly towards the main body and outwardly away from the main body for accommodating a variety of rod diameters;
a latch that is separate and discrete from the selectively movable gripping surface and that is configured to selectively lock the universal rod clamp in place on the rod and to release the universal rod clamp from that place on the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,190,608

ACTUATOR

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An actuator, comprising:an inner cylinder received in an outer cylinder having a closed end, and a piston received in the inner cylinder that extends from the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder, the piston being slideable relative to the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder in response to the application of fluid pressure to cause the piston to extend further from the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder; and
an auxiliary drive mechanism operable to cause the inner cylinder to extend from the outer cylinder, wherein the piston moves together with the inner cylinder relative to the outer cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,604

PISTON AND MAGNETIC BEARING FOR HYDRAULIC HAMMER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A hydraulic hammer, comprising:a power cell;
a work tool partially received in, and movable with respect to, the power cell;
a sleeve positioned in the power cell and defining a centerline;
a piston with a plurality of hydraulic surfaces, the piston concentrically positioned in the sleeve and movable in the sleeve between a first position in contact with the work tool and a second position out of contact with the work tool; and
a magnetic guide system including at least one of a first magnetic guide component disposed in the piston and at least one of a second magnetic guide component disposed in the sleeve that interact to produce magnetic repellent forces therebetween to urge the radial position of the piston towards the centerline, wherein one of the first guide component or the second guide component includes a first ring magnet and a second ring magnet disposed in an axially spaced apart configuration in the piston, one of the first magnetic guide component or the second magnetic guide component includes a first conductive cylinder and a second conductive cylinder, the first and second conductive cylinders disposed adjacent and extending concentrically around respective ones of the first and second ring magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,190,603

POWER GENERATION FROM ATMOSPHERIC AIR PRESSURE

Spar Energy LLC, Montval...

1. An apparatus comprising:a chamber including an inlet that receives injected air and an outlet through which a mixture of the injected air and drawn-in ambient air exits, the chamber being defined by an enclosure having an exterior surface and an interior surface defining a substantially constant thickness;
an internal cone within the chamber between the inlet and the outlet, wherein the internal cone gradually increases in size from the inlet to the outlet, wherein a first end of the internal cone proximate to the inlet is narrower in size than a second end of the internal cone proximate to the outlet; and
a flow channel formed by space between the interior surface of the chamber and the internal cone, wherein a first interior surface of the flow channel is the interior surface of the chamber and a second interior surface of the flow channel is an exterior surface of the internal cone,
wherein the flow channel comprises:
an aperture, created by a slit extending through the substantially constant thickness of the chamber, through which ambient air external to the chamber is drawn into the flow channel; and
a velocity airfoil at a position on the second interior surface of the flow channel, the velocity airfoil spaced between the aperture and the inlet and along a longitudinal length of the flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,602

COOLING FAN WITH MOVING BAFFLE

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A cooling fan with a moving baffle, provided for discharging dust in the cooling fan, the cooling fan comprising:a frame base, including a frame wall, combined to a bottom plate and a cover plate which are disposed on upper and lower sides of the frame wall respectively, and a containing space enclosed and defined by the frame wall, the bottom plate and the cover plate;
a vane wheel, installed in the containing space and forming a flow channel with the frame wall in the containing space, and provided for producing a cooling forced airflow when the vane wheel is in a forward rotation status and forming a strong wind area, and producing a dust discharging forced airflow when the vane wheel is in a reverse rotation status;
a moving baffle module, rotatably installed in the strong wind area of the flow channel and located between the frame wall and the vane wheel, the moving baffle module comprising a shaft extending into the strong wind area in a direction away from a surface of the bottom plate extending from the frame wall to the vane wheel, a baffle axially installed to the shaft, and a limit plate installed on a side of the baffle, the limit plate having a first lateral side and a second lateral side for limiting the rotating angle of the baffle, the baffle being configured to be driven by the dust discharging forced airflow to rotate with respect to the shaft such that the baffle sways between the first lateral side and the second lateral side of the limit plate to change the airflow distribution of the dust discharging forced airflow; and
a fin module, wherein an air outlet is enclosed and defined by the frame wall, the bottom plate and the cover plate, the air outlet is communicated with the containing space, and the fin module is installed at the air outlet,
wherein the baffle of the moving baffle module has a fixed end axially installed to the shaft and a free end extending with respect to the shaft, and the free end of the baffle is configured to sway at a side of the fin module, and
wherein the frame base has at least one dust discharging opening configured to be corresponsive to the periphery of the strong wind area, and the dust discharging forced airflow is guided by the moving baffle module to discharge the dust from the dust discharging opening to the outside;
wherein the baffle has a first side surface and a second side surface located oppositely; the cooling forced airflow is guided to the air outlet through the first side surface and the second side surface; one part of the dust discharging forced airflow flows back to a periphery of the vane wheel through the first side surface, and another part of the dust discharging forced airflow flows to the dust discharging opening through the second side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,600

PRESSURE INCREASING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INCREASING GAS PRESSURE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A pressure increasing system comprising:a plurality of stages of compressors configured to compress a gas to a target pressure higher than a critical pressure;
intermediate coolers that are provided between the plurality of stages of compressors and cool the gas discharged from a compressor in a preceding stage;
a subcooler that is provided between the final stage compressor and a compressor in a stage before the final stage and cools the gas;
a bypass line which is connected to an inlet of the final stage compressor and through which the gas in the inlet of the final stage compressor is extracted and supplied to the subcooler as a refrigerant;
a flow rate adjusting valve which is provided on the bypass line and by which the extracted gas is depressurized upstream from the subcooler; and
a control unit configured to regulate a degree of opening of the flow rate adjusting valve so that at least one of a temperature and a pressure of the gas in the inlet of the final stage compressor remains constant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,599

DRIVE SHAFT FOR REMOTE VARIABLE VANE ACTUATION

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine, comprising:an actuator;
a harmonic drive driven by the actuator;
an engine case containing a multiple of variable vanes;
a firewall transverse to the engine case; and
a drive shaft driven by the harmonic drive at a single input, the drive shaft extends through the firewall to drive a multiple of outputs, each of the multiple of outputs operable to drive one stage of the multiple of variable vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,598

INTERMITTENT SPIGOT JOINT FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINE CASING CONNECTION

1. A gas turbine engine casing apparatus having a first case including at least a first annular wall integrated with and supported by a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart and radially extending struts and a second case including at least a second annular wall, the first and second annular walls being axially connected by a spigot joint, the spigot joint comprising: an annular projection having outer-diameter and inner-diameter surfaces co-axially projecting from an end of the at least a first annular wall and an annular recess having outer-diameter and inner-diameter surfaces axially extending into an end of the at least a second annular wall, the annular projection being received in the annular recess such that the two outer-diameter surfaces mate with each other or the two inner-diameter surfaces mate with each other, and a plurality of circumferentially extending and spaced apart grooves formed on one of the surfaces, the plurality of grooves being located circumferentially adjacent the respective struts to reduce a local contact area between the projection and the recess, wherein at least one of the plurality of grooves is circumferentially symmetrical about a radial central axis of one of the plurality of struts.

US Pat. No. 10,190,595

GAS TURBINE ENGINE BLADE PLATFORM MODIFICATION

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine compressor blade comprising:an airfoil and a root section connected to a blade platform therebetween,
the airfoil extending in a chordwise direction between airfoil leading and trailing edges, and
an at least partially curved cropped corner of the blade platform, the at least partially curved cropped corner having a shape and size that avoids resonance of the blade during operation of the gas turbine engine, and the at least partially curved cropped corner is a J-shaped cropped corner including a straight section extending from and perpendicular to a pressure side edge towards a suction side edge of the blade platform and a curved section extending from the straight section to an uncropped portion of a platform trailing edge of the blade platform.

US Pat. No. 10,190,590

BATTERY-OPERATED BLOWER FILTER SYSTEM FOR USE IN POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE AREAS

1. A blower filter system comprising:a blower unit comprising an electric motor for driving a blower impeller, a control unit for controlling the electric motor and blower unit contacts; and
a battery pack comprising a plurality of secondary cells with energy density and battery pack contacts for connection with the blower unit, wherein:
the blower unit is detachably coupled with the battery pack;
the battery pack is electrically connected with the blower unit via at least the blower unit contacts and the battery pack contacts;
the battery pack is provided with protective circuits;
the protective circuits comprise electronic components, which are designed to cut off electrically at least one of the plurality of secondary cells of the battery pack when excessively high currents build up and/or when excessively high temperatures build up;
the electronic components comprise a shunt connected to the plurality of secondary cells, a first excess-current cutoff device, a second excess-current cutoff device, a first power circuit breaker and a second power circuit breaker;
the first excess-current cutoff device is connected to the first power circuit breaker and the second excess-current cutoff device is connected to the second power circuit breaker;
the first excess-current cutoff device is arranged on one side of the shunt and the second excess-current cutoff device is arranged on another side of the shunt;
the first power circuit breaker is configured to switch from a first power circuit breaker closed state to a first power circuit breaker open state and the second power circuit breaker is configured to switch from a second power circuit breaker closed state to a second power circuit breaker open state when current flowing through the shunt is greater than a predetermined maximum current such that the at least one of the plurality of secondary cells of the battery pack is electrically shut off; and
the battery pack and the blower unit are cast at least partially in a casting compound.

US Pat. No. 10,190,589

POTHEAD CABLE SEAL FOR ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE MOTORS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An electric submersible motor pothead system, comprising:a pothead that couples a power cable to an electric submersible motor, the electric submersible motor operable in well fluid, the pothead comprising:
a finger seal comprising a finger around each phase of the power cable and a radial flange;
a compression plate that exerts a radial force on each phase from an axial load provided by the compression plate against the radial flange;
a seal seat comprising sockets that receive each finger;
a space extending between a portion of an outer diameter of each finger and a flared inner diameter of the socket of the seal seat; and
a seal ring extending circumferentially around an outer diameter of each finger and tangent to the radial flange, the seal ring contacting the flared inner diameter of the seal seat and closing the space to the ingress of well fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,190,588

COMPRESSOR HAVING A CHECK VALVE IN THE INJECTION PASSAGE

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A compressor, comprising:a housing member having an injection passage formed therein, the injection passage communicating with a compression chamber where refrigerant is compressed and which is in the middle of compression;
a check valve arranged in the injection passage; and
an injection pipe arranged and configured to supply refrigerant to the injection passage;
the check valve having
a valve body slidably arranged in the injection passage, and
a valve supporting member arranged on an injection pipe side relative to the valve body,
the valve supporting member being arranged and configured to restrict movement of the valve body toward the injection pipe side when the check valve checks a flow of refrigerant from the compression chamber to the injection pipe,
a center hole being formed in a center part of the valve body,
a peripheral hole being formed in the valve supporting member, the peripheral hole opposing a rim part of the valve body located on a rim side relative to the center hole, with refrigerant passing through the peripheral hole and the center hole and being supplied to the compression chamber when refrigerant is supplied from the injection pipe to the compression chamber,
the center hole being arranged and configured to be closed by the valve supporting member, and the peripheral hole being arranged and configured to be closed by the rim part of the valve body when the check valve checks the flow of refrigerant from the compression chamber to the injection pipe,
the housing member having a valve restricting face arranged on an opposite side of the valve supporting member relative to the valve body, the valve restricting face being arranged and configured to restrict movement of the valve body in a direction of flow of refrigerant when refrigerant is supplied from the injection pipe to the compression chamber,
the injection passage including an injection port arranged downstream of the valve restricting face in the direction of flow of refrigerant when refrigerant is supplied from the injection pipe to the compression chamber, and the injection port directly communicating with the compression chamber, and
a flow passage area of the center hole formed in the valve body being larger than a flow passage area of the injection port, and a total flow passage area of the peripheral hole formed in the valve supporting member being larger than the flow passage area of the injection port.

US Pat. No. 10,190,587

MOTOR-DRIVEN COMPRESSOR

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A motor-driven compressor comprising:an electric motor including a rotor;
a housing including a suction port that draws in a fluid;
a compression unit driven by the electric motor, wherein the compression unit compresses an intake fluid, which is the fluid drawn in from the suction port, and discharges a compressed fluid, which is the compressed intake fluid;
a drive circuit that drives the electric motor; and
a controller that controls the drive circuit to control rotation of the rotor, wherein
the compression unit includes
a fixed scroll fixed to the housing,
a movable scroll engaged with the fixed scroll and configured to orbit the fixed scroll, and
a compression chamber defined by the fixed scroll and the movable scroll,
when the rotor rotates in a predetermined forward direction, the movable scroll orbits in the forward direction, and the compression unit thereby compresses the intake fluid drawn into the compression chamber,
the motor-driven compressor further comprises an injection port that draws an intermediate pressure fluid into the compression chamber, wherein the intermediate pressure fluid has a pressure that is higher than the intake fluid and lower than the compressed fluid,
the controller includes
a deceleration controller that performs a deceleration control, which decelerates the rotor, during a first period in response to the rotor being rotating in a direction opposite to the forward direction, and
a continuation controller that performs a continuation control, which continues the rotation of the rotor, during a second period that is longer than the first period after the deceleration control is performed, and
a fluctuation difference of a rotational frequency of the rotor during the continuation control is less than a deceleration rotational frequency difference, which is a difference between a rotational frequency of the rotor when the deceleration control is started and a rotational frequency of the rotor when the deceleration control is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,190,585

MULTI-STAGE PUMP ASSEMBLY HAVING A PRESSURE CONTROLLED VALVE FOR CONTROLLING RECIRCULATION OF FLUID FROM THE PUMP STAGE OUTLET TO THE PUMP STAGE INLET

BP EXPLORATION OPERATING ...

13. A method of pumping a fluid from a first location to a second location comprising:providing a multiple stage pump assembly having an intake end and an discharge end opposite the intake end, wherein the multiple stage pump assembly includes a plurality of pumps in series, wherein the plurality of pumps include a first pump disposed at the intake end, a second pump is disposed at the discharge end, and a third pump positioned between the first pump and the second pump, wherein each pump includes a pump inlet and a pump outlet;
positioning the intake end of the multiple stage pump assembly at or near the first location;
activating the multiple stage pump assembly to pump the fluid from the first location to the second location;
recirculating fluid from the outlet of the second pump to the inlet of the second pump while pumping the fluid from the first location to the second location; and
recirculating fluid from the outlet of the third pump to the inlet of the third pump while pumping the fluid from the first location to the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,190,581

CONTROLLING FLUID OPERATIONS FOR MACHINE SYSTEMS

RPM INDUSTRIES, LLC, Was...

1. A fluid control system, comprising:a control module including at least one processor, wherein the control module is programmed to:
receive at least one first signal that comprises information indicative of at least one of a triggering condition or a machine condition; and
transmit at least one second signal, wherein the at least one first signal comprises information indicating that at least one of a temperature of a component of the machine exceeding a certain threshold, at least a portion of the machine being in a powered down state, or a combination thereof;
a fluid maintenance system operatively associated with the control module, wherein the fluid maintenance system comprises a processor configured for:
accessing machine data associated with the machine;
accessing a fluid service operation schedule including at least one fluid maintenance operation associated with the machine data; and
directing the control module to transmit the at least one second signal; and
at least one fluid control circuit configured for receiving the at least one second signal from the control module, wherein the at least one second signal comprises at least one command instruction for initiating a post-lubrication fluid operation in accordance with the fluid service operation schedule, wherein the at least one second signal received by the fluid control circuit further comprises at least one command instruction for causing at least a portion of a prelubrication fluid system to perform the post-lubrication fluid operation, and wherein the post-lubrication fluid operation comprises operating a pump of the machine to perform a circulating fluid operation or a recycling fluid operation for the machine, wherein the circulating fluid operation or the recycling fluid operation is performed until the component of the machine is at a predetermined temperature level or a predetermined time period has expired.

US Pat. No. 10,190,580

SOLAR DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR OIL PUMP JACKS

Raptor Lift Solutions, LL...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a regenerative variable frequency drive configured to generate energy from vertical reciprocating motion of a pump jack during normal operation of the pump jack, the regenerative variable frequency drive comprising a DC buss; and
a DC capacitor bank configured to be electrically connected to the DC buss of the regenerative variable frequency drive,
wherein when the DC capacitor bank is electrically connected to the DC buss of the regenerative variable frequency drive, at least a portion of energy required to operate the pump jack to produce petroleum hydrocarbons is obtained from the generated energy from the vertical reciprocating motion of the pump jack, further wherein said generated energy is stored in the DC capacitor bank, and removed from the DC capacitor bank to the DC buss of the regenerative variable frequency drive.

US Pat. No. 10,190,579

RECIPROCATING COMPRESSOR

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A reciprocating compressor comprising:a crank case;
a cylinder attached to this crank case;
a piston reciprocatably fittedly inserted in this cylinder;
a connection rod extending from this piston;
a crank shaft inserted through one side of this connection rod via a bearing;
a rotational shaft configured to be rotationally driven by a motor; and
a balance weight attached to this rotational shaft with the crank shaft also attached thereto, the balance weight being configured to be usable to balance a moment generated when this rotational shaft rotates,
the balance weight including
a main weight portion extending over a range defined by a circular-arc circumferential edge shaped like a circular arc centered, at one side where the rotational shaft is located, and a pair of virtual end surfaces located on this circular-arc circumferential edge on both sides of the rotational shaft,
a pair of extension weight portions extending from the pair of virtual end surfaces of this main weight portion to an opposite circular-arc side from the circular-arc circumferential edge,
a rotational shaft hole provided at the main weight portion so as to be located on a central side of the circular arc of the circular-arc circumferential edge of the main weight portion, the rotational shaft hole being attached to the rotational shaft,
a crank shaft attachment protrusion provided so as to protrude from this rotational shaft hole to the opposite circular-arc side,
a crank shaft hole provided at this crank shaft attachment protrusion radially eccentrically with respect to the rotational shaft hole, and
a pair of spaces formed between positions on both sides of the crank shaft attachment protrusion and the pair of extension weight portions, respectively, for guiding cooling wind to the bearing of the crank shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,578

MINIATURE PUMP

KOGE MICRO TECH CO., LTD,...

1. A miniature pump, comprising:a cylinder having a first end and a second end opposite to each other along a first direction, the cylinder further having a cylinder plate;
a piston module accommodated in the cylinder, the piston module comprising:
a plate portion stacked on a side of the cylinder plate, the side of the cylinder plate facing the first end, the plate potion further comprising a plurality of installation components, adjacent installation components having a first recessed portion formed therebetween on an outer periphery of the plate portion, each of the installation components comprising a first installation portion and a second installation portion, wherein the first installation portion and the second installation portion are disposed at intervals on the outer periphery of the plate portion;
a pumping chamber structure located on a side of the plate portion facing the second end and protruded towards the second end;
a piston portion connected to a side of the pumping chamber structure facing away from the plate portion; and
a connecting portion connected to a side of the piston portion facing away from the pumping chamber structure;
a driving module located at the second end, the driving module having a wobble plate and a driving rod connected to the wobble plate, and the connection portion being connected to the wobble plate, and the driving module being configured to drive the pumping chamber structure to extend or retract along the first direction; and
a ledge projecting outwardly from an outer surface of the pumping chamber structure along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, so as to contact an inner surface of the cylinder,
wherein the cylinder comprises:
a plurality of circular holes, wherein a portion of the pumping chamber structure of the piston module is respectively positioned in each hole; and
a plurality of supporting portions that extend in the first direction toward the piston module from an upper surface of the cylinder plate forming said side of the cylinder plate, each of the supporting portions extending circumferentially along an outer periphery of the cylinder plate adjacent to a corresponding one of the holes for a distance that exceeds a diameter of the corresponding hole to extend past the corresponding hole on both sides of the corresponding hole, the supporting portions being separated from each other, each of the supporting portions extending also inwardly from the outer periphery of the cylinder plate to surround a part of the corresponding hole while maintaining a distance from the corresponding hole, wherein said side of the cylinder plate is monolithically formed with the upper surface of the cylinder;
wherein a shape of each of the supporting portions is complementary to a shape of the plate portion of the piston module which is stacked on said side of the cylinder to thereby fix a relative position of the piston module and the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,577

HOISTABLE INDUCTION AND COOLING UNIT FOR WIND TURBINE MAINTENANCE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for detaching mechanically-connected components of a drive train in a wind turbine, comprising;positioning a maintenance tool below a hoist, the maintenance tool comprising a nested configuration of a transport frame portion, an isolation assembly portion, and a lift assembly portion;
hoisting only the lift assembly portion of the maintenance tool into a nacelle of a wind turbine;
connecting the lift assembly portion to a power source in the nacelle;
extending at least two induction cables from an induction generator disposed on the lift assembly portion, and wrapping the at least two induction cables proximate at least a portion of a component of the mechanically-connected components;
operating the induction generator to pass alternating current through the at least two induction cables and inductively heat the wrapped component such that thermal expansion creates a clearance between the mechanically-connected components; and,
separating the mechanically-connected components.

US Pat. No. 10,190,576

ROLLER BEARING, RETAINER SEGMENT, SPACER AND MAIN SHAFT SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF WIND-POWER GENERATOR

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A roller bearing comprising:an outer ring;
an inner ring;
a plurality of rollers arranged between said outer ring and said inner ring; and
a plurality of retainer segments having a plurality of column parts extending in a direction along a shaft so as to form a pocket for holding said roller, and a connection part extending in a circumferential direction so as to connect the plurality of column parts, and continuously lined with each other in the circumferential direction between said outer ring and said inner ring, in which a corner of a circumferential end face of each retainer segment is chamfered; and
a spacer arranged between a circumferentially arranged first retainer segment and last retainer segment, the spacer having a circumferential spacer end face, the circumferential spacer end face having a chamfered part at a corner thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,575

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING OUTPUT POWER OF WIND TURBINE GENERATOR SET

1. A method for compensating an electrical output power of a wind turbine, comprising:acquiring average values of first ambient temperatures of environments where the wind turbine is located, in respective periods;
collecting electrical output powers of the wind turbine at end time instants of the respective periods; and
if both an average value of the first ambient temperatures in a current period and an average value of the first ambient temperatures in a previous period are greater than a preset temperature threshold, compensating an electrical output power of the wind turbine collected at an end time instant of the current period based on a difference between the average values of the first ambient temperatures in the current period and the previous period, to ensure a stable electrical output power of the wind turbine, wherein the temperature threshold is an ambient temperature value when the wind turbine is in a full power state; and wherein in the full power state, the wind turbine has a grid-connected power equal to a rated power of the wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,574

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING GENERATION OUTPUT QUANTITY OF A WIND POWER PLANT USING DUST DETECTOR

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A method of controlling a wind power plant that includes a plurality of wind power generators, the method comprising:monitoring a generation state of the wind power plant to detect a reduced output wind power generator, among the plurality of wind power generators, having a generation quantity smaller than a reference value;
in response to detecting the reduced output wind power generator having the generation quantity smaller than the reference value, capturing an image of a blade of the reduced output wind power generator using a camera disposed at a specific distance from the reduced output wind power generator in order to determine a size and area of contamination of the blade and analyze a generation quantity reduction factor of the detected wind power generator; and
individually controlling the generation output quantity of the reduced output wind power generator based on the analyzed generation quantity reduction factor so that the generation output quantity is increased,
wherein monitoring a generation state of the wind power plant includes
detecting a reduction of the generation output quantity of the detected wind power generator using a plurality of first sensors respectively installed in each of the wind power generators, each first sensor including a dust detector configured to
check a state of dust accumulation on the blade of a corresponding wind power generator of the plurality of wind power generators and
output dust detection data and location information of a corresponding wind power generator in order to determine a contamination state around the corresponding wind power generator; and
partitioning the wind power plant into zones and detecting a reduction of the generation output quantity of the detected wind power generator using a plurality of second sensors respectively installed in a representative wind power generator of each of the zones to detect the reduction of the generation output quantity of the corresponding zone.

US Pat. No. 10,190,573

BLADE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIND POWER GENERATOR, AND WIND POWER GENERATOR USING THE SAME

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A wind power generator comprising:a blade formed of carbon fiber material and comprising a conductive region having electrical conductivity in the carbon fiber material;
a detector configured to detect a change in an electrical resistance of a section of the conductive region of the carbon fiber; and
a determination unit configured to receive the detected change in the electrical resistance that has been transmitted from the detector, compare the detected change in the electrical resistance to a predetermined value, and determine the blade is in a normal state when the detected change is less than or equal to the predetermined value and the blade is in an abnormal state when the detected change is more than the predetermined value,
wherein the blade comprises a skin, a spar cap, and a shear web,
the shear web and the spar cap are entirely formed of the carbon material so that the conductive region is formed in the shear web and in the spar cap, and the conductive region encompasses, the shear web, the spar cap, and an interface between the shear web and the spar cap.

US Pat. No. 10,190,572

ROTATABLE BLADE APPARATUS WITH INDIVIDUALLY ADJUSTABLE BLADES

Energyield LLC, Carlsbad...

1. A wind turbine blade assembly comprising:at least first and second blades coupled to a rotor, the first blade defining a first pitch at a first time, the second blade defining a second pitch at the first time, at least one of the pitches being established by a pressure signal from at least one pressure sensor disposed on at least one blade to provide the pressure signal;
at least one controller receiving input from the pressure sensor;
at least one actuator comprising at least one motor coupled to at least the first blade and controlled by the at least one controller responsive to input from the pressure sensor to change a pitch of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,190,571

RING INSERT FOR A WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADE

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor blade assembly for a wind turbine, comprising:a rotor blade having a pressure side and a suction side, the pressure side and suction side extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge;
a cylindrical blade root section comprising an end face configured to attach the rotor blade assembly to a hub, the blade root section comprising a span-wise end portion defined by an inner circumferential component and an outer circumferential component, the inner and outer circumferential components separated by a radial gap, the radial gap comprising a first laminate material embedded between the inner and outer circumferential components at a first span-wise depth and a second laminate material embedded between the inner and outer circumferential components at a second span-wise depth;
one or more blade bolts for securing the blade root section to a hub of the wind turbine; and,
a rigid ring insert disposed in the radial gap and embedded between the first and second laminate materials, the ring insert further comprising one or more bolt holes configured to receive the one or more blade bolts, the one or more bolt holes extending from a first end of the ring insert and terminating before an opposing, second end of the ring insert, the ring insert comprising a first segment and a second segment, wherein a chord-wise thickness of each of the first and second segments tapers from a first thickness at a first terminal end to a lesser, second thickness at a midpoint of the first and second segments, respectively, and then increases back to the first thickness at an opposing second terminal end of the first and second segments, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,190,570

TRAVELING WAVE PROPELLER, PUMP AND GENERATOR APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Pliant Energy Systems LLC...

1. An articulated mechanism for imparting kinetic energy into a fluid or harnessing energy from a fluid comprising—a first article comprised of a sheet-like flexible material to which force is applied to create strained deformations expressing the internal energy state of the article,
at least two coupling members connected to the same edge of the first article and to a common member by way of an intermediate transmission assembly,
wherein the coupling members, common member and transmission assembly together constitute a physical restraint that maintains the persistence of strained deformations in the first article,
wherein the transmission assembly allows the first article three degrees of freedom of motion relative to the common member.

US Pat. No. 10,190,569

DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING ENERGY

NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UN...

1. A device for automatically generating energy arranged in a water tank, said water tank containing a liquid, and said device for automatically generating energy comprising:a buoy located in said water tank and sinking in said liquid, and said buoy has an accommodation space therein filled with said liquid, and sides of said buoy are provided with a water inlet and a water outlet, and said water inlet and said water outlet connect with said accommodation space;
a tube body with an end connecting with said water inlet of said buoy;
a three-way tube provided with a bottom through hole, a top through hole and a side through hole, and said bottom through hole connects with said water outlet of said buoy, and said side through hole connects with a drain pipe, and an outlet of said drain pipe is located outside said water tank;
two valves, and one of said valves located on an end of said tube body opposite to said water inlet, and another of said valves is located on said top through hole of said three-way tube, and each of said valves connects with a floating ball, and when said buoy is filled with said liquid and sinks in said liquid of said water tank, each said floating ball floats to close said valves, so as to prevent said liquid from flowing into said buoy, and said liquid within said buoy is drained from said side through hole of said three-way tube to raise said buoy to a water level of said liquid, and each said floating ball looses said valves, and said liquid flows into said buoy through said water inlet to fill said accommodation space, and said buoy sinks in said water tank again; and
a potential-energy power generation device provided with a connecting rod to connect with said buoy, and when said buoy moves in said water tank, said buoy tows said connecting rod to provide potential energy for said potential-energy power generation device to generate power.

US Pat. No. 10,190,568

WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER

1. A wave energy converter comprising:a. a positively buoyant axi-symmetric vessel fully submerged in an ocean;
b. said vessel being moored to a reaction mass by a vertical mooring line;
c. said reaction mass being selected from the group consisting of: a seabed; a submerged floating platform, whereby said vessel can react directly with said seabed at depths of said ocean that characterize a continental shelf and can react with said platform at depths of said ocean greater than depths that characterize said continental shelf;
d. said vessel being tethered axi-symmetrically to said reaction mass by at least three non-vertical tethers;
e. said tethers being held under tension by tensioning means and connected to a power take off system whereby orbital and omnidirectional motion of said vessel driven by orbital and omnidirectional motion of swell can be converted to useful power;
f. a control system comprising radio input of predicted wave height and swell period, radio input of a required depth of submersion of said vessel, input from local sensors measuring wave height and swell oscillation period and input from local sensors measuring motion and depth of submersion of said vessel, said inputs being applied to means for control of said depth of submersion of said vessel and to means for control of said vessel's natural period of oscillation, outputs of said means for control being said depth of submersion this being varable according to said wave height and said natural period of oscillation, this being variable according to said swell oscillation period;
g. said mooring line having at least one elastically extensible section enabling said vessel to follow an orbital path, responding to both heave and surge vectors of said swell from any direction;
h. said mooring line being connected to a lower locking winch, whereby said depth of submersion of said vessel can be varied dynamically between a near-surface position and a position in quiet water in response to varying wave heights so that high energy conversion rates can be sustained in differing wave climates and so that storm damage can be avoided;
i. said vessel being connected by a non-slidable connection to an upper line that is attached to a surface-piercing float of positive buoyancy;
j. said upper line having at least one elastically extensible section enabling said vessel to follow an orbital path responding to both heave and surge vectors of said swell from any direction;
k. said upper line being connected to an upper locking winch, whereby said depth of-submersion of said vessel can be varied and tension of said upper line and of said mooring line can be varied so that said vessel's natural period of oscillation can be dynamically varied to match said swell oscillation period over a range that characterizes energetic ocean swell;
l. said tethers having means for said tethers to be neutrally buoyant uniformly along the length of said tethers, whereby gravitational flexing can be made insignificant over depths that characterize the continental shelf and so power losses from gravitational flexing can be made insignificant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,567

HEAVY HAMMER TYPE WAVE POWER GENERATION METHOD AND DEVICE

Changchun University of S...

1. A heavy hammer type wave power generation method, characterized by comprising:connecting a floating box (1) to an anchor seat (12) by a cable (11);
arranging a rotating shaft (9) in the middle of the floating box (1);
connecting a shifting rod (8) to the rotating shaft (9), the shifting rod (8) rotates around the rotating shaft (9);
fixing a heavy hammer (10) to a lower end of the shifting rod (8);
fixedly connecting a chain ring (6) meshed with a plurality of driving sprockets (4) and guiding sprockets (5) to an upper end of the shifting rod by a chain fixing seat (7);
under the action of wave power, when the floating box (1) swings leftwards or rightwards, the chain ring (6) is restrained by the heavy hammer (10) at the lower end of the shifting rod (8) without turning with the leftward or rightward swinging of the floating box (1);
the driving sprockets (4) and the guiding sprockets (5) turn leftwards or rightwards along the chain ring (6), and the driving sprockets (4) turn leftwards or rightwards by means of a speed increaser for converting bidirectional swinging to unidirectional rotation (2) fixed to a framework of the floating box (1), so that a spindle of a generator (3) rotates in one direction to generate power;
an external-rotor wind driven generator (3) is adopted to increase power generating efficiency, when an energy storage flywheel (22) fixedly connected to the external-rotor enables the floating box (1) to turn leftwards or rightwards, the driving energy driving the spindle of the generator (3) is still constant, so that a voltage waveform of the generator (3) is smooth;
fixing a first ratchet gear (15) with a pawl structure and a second ratchet gear (18) with a pawl structure to a driving sprocket shaft (I);
the bidirectional swinging of the driving sprocket shaft (I) coverts to unidirectional rotation of a speed-increasing shaft (II);
an outer ring of the first ratchet gear (15) idles counter clockwise, and an outer ring of the second ratchet gear (18) idles clockwise;
meshing a first speed-increasing gear (17) fixed to the speed-increasing shaft (II) with the first ratchet gear (15) on the driving sprocket shaft (I) by a medium gear (16) on a medium gear shaft (III);
directly meshing a second speed-increasing gear (19) fixed on the speed-increasing shaft (II) with the second ratchet gear (18) on the driving sprocket shaft (I);
when the driving sprocket shaft (I) of the driving sprockets (4) rotates counter clockwise, the outer ring of the first ratchet gear (15) idles without transferring a torque to the medium gear (16) and the first speed-increasing gear (17); the outer ring of the second ratchet gear (18) turns counter clockwise without transferring a torque to the second speed-increasing gear (19), so that the speed-increasing shaft (II) turns clockwise;
when the driving sprocket shaft (I) rotates clockwise, the outer ring of the second ratchet gear (18) idles without transferring the torque to the second speed-increasing gear (19); the outer ring of the first ratchet gear (15) transfers the torque to the medium gear (16) and the first speed-increasing gear (17), so that the speed-increasing shaft (II) turns clockwise;
the speed-increasing shaft (II) always turns clockwise, so that a third speed-increasing gear (20) on the speed-increasing shaft (II) enables a generator shaft gear (21) on the speed-increasing shaft (II) to always rotate in one direction for converting bidirectional swinging to unidirectional rotation for normal power of the generator (3); and
a rated speed of the generator (3) is determined by a gear number of each gear.

US Pat. No. 10,190,566

MODULARIZED OCEAN ENERGY GENERATING DEVICE AND BUILT-IN MODULE THEREOF

HANGZHOU LINDONG NEW ENER...

1. A built-in module for a modularized ocean energy generating device, the modularized ocean energy generating device comprising an outer frame, the built-in module comprising:an inner frame detachably disposed in the outer frame;
at least one hydraulic generator module generating power from water flow, disposed in the inner frame, an axis of the hydraulic generator module being parallel to a horizontal plane;
at least one mounting shaft, the at least one hydraulic generator module being mounted at the at least one mounting shaft, the at least one mounting shaft being rotatably mounted at the inner frame;
at least one driving unit, directly connected to the mounting shaft and driving the mounting shaft to rotate about a vertical axis; and
at least two barriers disposed at the inner frame or the outer frame and located at upstream and downstream sides of the hydraulic generator module along a water flow direction, respectively,
wherein the at least one driving unit is located above a water surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,565

METHOD OF REFURBISHING AN ENERGY CONVERSION FACILITY AND REFURBISHED ENERGY CONVERSION FACILITY

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method of refurbishing an existing Francis pump-turbine used in an existing facility for converting hydraulic energy into electrical or mechanical energy and vice versa into a refurbished Francis pump-turbine for use in the existing facility,the existing Francis pump-turbine including:
a volute,
an existing runner configured to be rotatable about an axis of rotation,
a flange ring attached to the volute, the flange ring including an upper flange ring and a lower flange ring,
an existing pre-distributor including first water passage channels having an existing first respective height,
and an existing distributor in water flow communication with the existing pre-distributor and the existing runner, the existing distributor including second water passage channels having an existing second respective height that is different from the existing first respective height of the first water passage channels,
the method comprising:
a) modifying the existing pre-distributor of the existing Francis pump-turbine to have a reduced first respective height of the first water passage from the existing first respective height of the first water passage channels;
b) removing the existing distributor from the existing Francis pump-turbine;
c) replacing the removed existing distributor with a replaced distributor on the existing Francis pump-turbine that is different from the existing distributor, the replaced distributor including guide vanes defining second water passage channels having a respective height, the second water passage channels having water flow communication with the first water passage channels of the modified existing pre-distributor having the reduced first respective height, wherein the respective height of the second water passage channels of the replaced distributor is the same as the reduced first respective height of the first water passage channels of the modified existing pre-distributor; and
d) completing steps a), b), and c) to form the refurbished Francis pump-turbine so that the refurbished Francis pump-turbine can be used in the existing facility instead of the existing Francis pump-turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,564

METHOD FOR ACTUATING A SPARK GAP

BORGWARNER BERU SYSTEMS G...

1. A method for actuating a spark gap in an internal combustion engine in which the spark gap is assigned a first ignition coil and a second ignition coil, each of which has a primary winding and a secondary winding that are inductively coupled to one another, the method comprising the following steps:(a) triggered by a start signal, charging the primary winding of the first ignition coil and with a delay D, for which 0?D, charging the primary winding of the second ignition coil by supplying a direct current, wherein, whilst each primary winding is charged, the respective secondary winding is blocked;
(b) measuring a primary current supplied to each of the primary windings;
(c) after a period T, abruptly discharging the primary winding of the first ignition coil, and with the delay D abruptly discharging the primary winding of the second ignition coil, whereby secondary currents are induced in the respective secondary windings, which lead to an electrical discharge between two electrodes of the spark gap;
(d) measuring the secondary current flowing through each of the ignition coils;
(e) thereafter alternately starting a charging of the primary winding of the first ignition coil and a charging of the primary winding of the second ignition coil whenever the strength of the secondary current flowing through the first or second ignition coil falls below a threshold;
(f) abruptly discharging the primary winding of the first ignition coil whenever the strength of the primary current flowing through the primary winding of the first ignition coil rises to an upper threshold and/or whenever the secondary current flowing through the secondary winding of the second ignition coil falls below an upper threshold, and abruptly discharging the primary winding of the second ignition coil alternately with the primary winding of the first ignition coil whenever the strength of the primary current flowing through the primary winding of the second ignition coil rises to an upper threshold and/or whenever the secondary current flowing through the secondary winding of the first ignition coil falls below an upper threshold;
(g) repeating steps (e) and (f) until the duration of the discharge process between two electrodes of the spark gap reaches a predefined value Z; and
(h) thereafter both primary windings remain separated from the supply of direct current until there occurs a further start signal and the above sequence of steps is restarted with step (a).

US Pat. No. 10,190,562

ENGINE START DETERMINING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. An engine start determining apparatus comprising:an engine;
a clutch disposed in a power transmission path connecting between the engine and drive wheels, dividing the power transmission path into an engine-side path and a wheel-side path;
a motor connected to the wheel-side path; and
a dynamo-electric machine connected to the engine-side path, rotating the engine while the clutch is disconnected and generating electric power when rotated by the engine;
a calculator programmed to:
control the dynamo-electric machine to rotate the engine so that a rotating speed of the dynamo-electric machine for spontaneous revolution of the engine becomes a predetermined speed, and
calculate an increment in a crank angular acceleration of the engine every certain period from a base time after rotating the engine by the dynamo-electric machine, the base time being after start of fuel injection; and
a determiner programmed to determine that the engine has started by the dynamo-electric machine rotating the engine when the increment in the crank angular acceleration calculated by the calculator exceeds a standard value after the dynamo-electric machine starts to rotate the engine, and after the crank angular acceleration decreases as a rotational speed of the engine approaches a rotational speed of the dynamo-electric machine,
the determiner is programmed to further determine that the engine has started when the increments in the crank angular acceleration until an end of said certain period and until the end of a preceding certain period both exceed the standard value.

US Pat. No. 10,190,560

CAMERA BASED VEHICLE START-STOP FEATURE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A stop-start control system for a vehicle, said stop-start control system comprising:a camera disposed at a vehicle and having a field of view exterior and forward of the vehicle;
a control comprising an image processor operable to process image data captured by said camera;
wherein, responsive to image processing by said image processor of image data captured by said camera, said control determines the presence of a stopping area ahead of the vehicle and being approached by the vehicle; and
wherein, responsive to determination of the presence of the stopping area ahead of the vehicle and being approached by the vehicle, and responsive to determination that the driver of the vehicle releases the accelerator pedal of the vehicle, and while the vehicle is moving toward the determined stopping area, said control shuts off the engine so the vehicle coasts toward the determined stopping area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,559

HYBRID VEHICLE ENGINE STARTER CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A system comprisingan engine;
an electric machine coupled to the engine and configured to start the engine from an inactive state; and
a controller in communication with the electric machine and programmed to execute:
a first control strategy while an output speed of the electric machine is less than a first speed threshold, including operating the electric machine using a trapezoidal current control algorithm with pulse width modulation;
a second control strategy while the output speed of the electric machine is greater than the first speed threshold and less than a second speed threshold, including operating the electric machine using a six-step voltage control strategy with a variable phase advance angle; and
a third control strategy while the output speed of the electric machine is greater than the second speed threshold, including operating the electric machine using a six-step voltage control strategy with a predetermined fixed phase advance angle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,557

FUEL INJECTOR MOUNTING DEVICE AND FUEL RAIL

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An injector mounting device comprising:a cup in a bottomed tubular shape and configured to receive an injector along an injector axis;
a bracket extended from a sidewall of the cup, wherein
the bracket includes at least one arm and a body,
the at least one arm connects the body with the cup,
the body forms a screw opening configured to receive a screw along a screw axis,
the body has a pivot end on an opposite side of the screw axis from the injector axis; wherein the body and the screw opening are asymmetric relative to the screw axis and the body is elongated on a side of the pivot end away from the injector axis, the body has an arm-side end connected with the at least one arm, the screw axis is at a distance L1 from the arm-side end, the screw axis is at a distance L2 from the pivot end, and the distance L2 is greater than the distance L1,
the bracket is in a U-shape,
the at least one arm includes two arms defining a gap therebetween,
the body is in a C-shape having two arm-side ends connected with the arms respectively,
the cup has a bottom end and the sidewall,
the sidewall has at least one key slot receiving one end of the at least one arm,
the at least one key slot is dented radially inward from a surface of the sidewall,
the at least one key slot is in a rectangular shape corresponding to a shape of one end of the at least one arm; and
a dampener is located in a gap between the arms.

US Pat. No. 10,190,556

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LUBRICATING A CRYOGENIC PUMP

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A cryogenic LNG fuel system comprising:a tank for storing LNG, the tank defining a chamber;
a LNG fill system including a LNG inlet passage in communication with the tank for directing a flow of LNG into the chamber;
a cryogenic pump in fluid communication with the chamber, the cryogenic pump including a pumping element at least partially immersed in the LNG, the pumping element including a plunger adapted for reciprocating movement in a barrel chamber adapted to receive LNG so as to produce a pumping action that directs the LNG from the barrel chamber out of the tank, the pumping element including a seal arranged between the plunger and an inside wall of the barrel chamber; and
a lubricant system including a lubricant reservoir for storing a supply of a lubricant, the lubricant reservoir being arranged external to the tank and the cryogenic pump, and a lubricant inlet passage in communication with the lubricant reservoir and the LNG inlet passage, the lubricant system being adapted to introduce the lubricant via the lubricant inlet passage into the flow of LNG in the LNG inlet passage such that at least a portion of the lubricant is entrained in the LNG in the LNG inlet passage and carried into the tank wherein the lubricant lubricates the pumping element and the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,190,555

ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An electromagnetic valve, comprising:a coil;
a valve body;
a projection part;
a fixed core; and
a movable core configured to open the valve body, wherein
a surface treatment having a predetermined thickness is disposed on each facing surface of the fixed core and the movable core,
an outer peripheral flat part, an outer peripheral taper part, an R-shaped part having a curved surface, a flat part, and an inner peripheral taper part are formed, in that order, from an outer peripheral side on the movable core,
the flat part is tangentially connected to the curved surface of the R-shaped part, and
a further taper part, which:
is immediately adjacent to the inner peripheral taper part,
is inclined at a larger angle than the inner peripheral taper part,
is provided at an inner diameter side of the inner peripheral taper part.

US Pat. No. 10,190,554

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

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

1. A fuel supply device, comprising:a fuel tank for storing fuel, wherein the fuel comprises components with different octane numbers;
a separator provided inside the fuel tank to separate the fuel into high-octane fuel that contains a greater amount of components with high octane numbers than the fuel and low-octane fuel that contains a greater amount of components with low octane numbers than the fuel; and
a high-octane fuel tank provided inside the fuel tank to store the high-octane fuel separated from the fuel by the separator, wherein the separator has two chambers partitioned by a separation membrane, such that the high-octane fuel in a gas state included in the fuel supplied to one of the chambers is caused to pass through the separation membrane by pervaporation to be collected in the other of the chambers,
the fuel supply device further comprising a condenser provided inside the fuel tank to condense the high-octane fuel in the gas state separated by the separator.

US Pat. No. 10,190,553

PUMPING UNIT FOR FEEDING FUEL, PREFERABLY DIESEL FUEL, FROM A STORAGE TANK TO AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pumping unit for feeding fuel from a storage tank (2) to an internal combustion engine (3), the pumping unit comprising:a high-pressure pump (6) for feeding the fuel to the internal combustion engine (3);
a pre-feed pump (7) for feeding the fuel from the storage tank (2) to the high-pressure pump (6);
a transmission shaft (36, 42) for actuating operation of the high-pressure pump (6) and the pre-feed pump (7), the transmission shaft (36, 42) comprising a first portion (36) extending through a pump body (8) of the high-pressure pump (6) and a second portion (42) extending through a pump body (37) of the pre-feed pump (7); and
a hydraulic circuit (46) for connecting together the storage tank (2) and the internal combustion engine (3), the hydraulic circuit (46) comprising a first branch (47) for connecting together the storage tank (2) and the pre-feed pump (7), a second branch (48), which connects together the pre-feed pump (7) and the high-pressure pump (6), and extends through the pump body (8) of the high-pressure pump (6) so as to lubricate the first portion (36) of the transmission shaft (36, 42), a third branch (49) for connecting together the high-pressure pump (6) and the internal combustion engine (3), and a fourth branch (55) for discharging into the storage tank (2) fuel leaks resulting from lubrication of the first portion (36) of the transmission shaft (36, 42); wherein the fourth branch (55) is also connected to an intake (37a) of the pre-feed pump (7) so as to lubricate the second portion (42) of the transmission shaft (36, 42) with the fuel of the fourth branch (55);
wherein the pump body (37) of the pre-feed pump (7) comprises a tubular support bush (41) engaged rotatably by the second portion (42) of the transmission shaft (36, 42); the fourth branch (55) extending through the pump body (8) of the high-pressure pump (6) so as to be connected to the tubular support bush (41).

US Pat. No. 10,190,552

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE PROVIDED WITH A DEVICE FOR THE AMPLIFICATION OF THE INTAKE SOUND

FERRARI S.P.A., Modena (...

1. An internal combustion engine (4) comprising:a plurality of cylinders (8);
at least one intake manifold (9), which receives fresh air from the outside;
a plurality of intake channels (14), each connecting a cylinder (8) to the intake manifold (9); and
an intake sound amplification device (26), which is provided with an amplification pipe (27) and with an insulating element (29), which seals the amplification pipe (27) in a tight manner;
the internal combustion engine (4) is characterized in that the amplification device (26) comprises:
a plurality of amplification channels (30), each originating from a corresponding intake channel (14); and
an amplification manifold (31), which, on one side, is connected to all amplification channels (30) and, on the other side, is connected to the amplification pipe (27).

US Pat. No. 10,190,550

CONDENSATE DISPERSION ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A condensate dispersion assembly comprising:an intake manifold operatively configured to transfer air from an intake passage to a combustion chamber;
a throttle body actuated by a throttle actuator, the throttle body being affixed to the intake manifold at an intake opening of the intake manifold;
a dispersion device affixed to the intake manifold and having an outlet disposed within the intake manifold and an inlet disposed outside of the intake manifold;
a movable valve disposed within the dispersion device; and
a charge air cooler coupled to the throttle body via the intake passage and coupled to the intake manifold via a hose and the dispersion device;
wherein the movable valve is configured to move from a first closed position to a second open position when the intake manifold pressure falls below the atmospheric pressure due to the atmospheric pressure urging the movable valve to the second open position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,549

CHECK VALVES AND VENTURI DEVICES HAVING THE SAME

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A check valve comprising:a housing defining an internal cavity having a first port and a second port both in fluid communication therewith and having a first seat and a second seat, the first seat being proximate the first port;
a seal disk within the internal cavity, wherein the seal disk is translatable between a closed position against the first seat and an open position against the second seat; and
an outlet conduit extending from the second port, wherein the outlet conduit defines an outlet passageway and an outlet end, wherein the outlet passageway has a restrictor profile;
wherein the restrictor profile has a first portion more proximate the second port and a second section more proximate the outlet end, wherein as viewed in a transverse cross-section both the first portion and the second portion are circular;
wherein the first portion narrows according to a parabolic or hyperbolic function along a length of the first portion in the downstream direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,548

HEAT SHIELDING STRUCTURE FOR INTAKE SYSTEM FOR ENGINE OF MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A heat shielding structure for an intake system for an engine of a motorcycle in which a cylinder is tilted frontward, the heat shielding structure comprising:a throttle unit provided above the cylinder; and
a heat shielding sheet provided between the cylinder and the throttle unit,
the heat shielding sheet protecting the throttle unit from radiation heat of the cylinder, wherein
the throttle unit includes: a throttle body having a throttle valve therein; a sensor provided to the throttle body; and an intake pipe configured to connect the throttle body and an intake port of the engine,
the heat shielding sheet includes an intake pipe insertion hole through which the intake pipe is inserted, and
the heat shielding sheet extends between the cylinder and the throttle unit, and is configured to block the radiation heat from the cylinder to the throttle unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,546

INTAKE MANIFOLD

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An intake manifold comprising:a surge tank;
a plurality of branch pipes branching off from the surge tank;
an EGR gas distribution part for distributing EGR gas to each of the branch pipes;
an EGR cooler configured to cool the EGR gas to be introduced into the EGR gas distribution part, the EGR cooler and the EGR gas distribution part being provided adjacent to and integral with each other outside the surge tank and the plurality of branch pipes; and
an EGR valve configured to regulate a flow rate of the EGR gas to be introduced into the EGR gas distribution part through the EGR valve after the EGR gas having flowed in the EGR cooler passes through the EGR cooler,
wherein the EGR cooler includes a gas passage through which the EGR gas flows and a water passage through which cooling water in an engine flows to cool the gas passage, and
the intake manifold is configured to allow the EGR gas to pass through the EGR cooler and then flow in the EGR gas distribution part through the EGR valve, and distribute the EGR gas into the plurality of branch pipes so that the EGR gas merges with intake air that flows through the branch pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,545

FUEL-SAVING DEVICE

1. A fuel-saving device for treating a fuel, comprising:at least one pyroelectric element that is to be in contact with the fuel and that includes a polymer substrate and a plurality of polarized pyroelectric particles dispersed in said polymer substrate, said polarized pyroelectric particles having infrared absorption peaks at wavenumber ranging from 430 cm?1 to 980 cm?1 and from 1600 cm?1 to 2700 cm?1.

US Pat. No. 10,190,544

SUPERCHARGER WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

19. A supercharger system comprising:a supercharger intake section to receive intake air;
an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) port to receive exhaust gas from an engine;
a supercharger outlet to port at least one of the intake and the exhaust gas to the engine; and
a flap delimited circumferentially by an edge, and pivotable about an axis running transversely with respect to the supercharger intake section;
wherein the flap has a first position to block flow from the supercharger intake section, and a second position to cover the EGR port and open the supercharger intake section, the flap having a flow modification element on one &de thereof to add a transverse flow component to an intake flow at least when in the second position, the flow modification element extending into the supercharger intake section and engaging the supercharger intake section when the flap is in the first position, the flow modification element outside of the supercharger intake section when the flap is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,543

METHOD OF OPERATING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING INCREASED RICH LIMIT FOR DEDICATED EGR CYLINDER

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTIT...

1. A method of operating an engine having at least one dedicated EGR cylinder, with the remaining cylinders being main cylinders, comprising:operating the main cylinders at a first air-fuel ratio;
determining a rich operating limit of the dedicated EGR cylinder operating without internal EGR;
operating the dedicated EGR cylinder at a second air-fuel ratio that is at or below the rich operating limit;
controlling the intake and/or exhaust valves of the main cylinders such that the main cylinders retain exhaust gas, thereby providing internal EGR to only those cylinders, during all or some operating conditions of the engine; and
controlling the intake and/or exhaust valves of the dedicated EGR cylinder independently of the intake and/or exhaust valves of the dedicated EGR cylinder, such that the dedicated EGR cylinder never receives internal EGR at any load of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,541

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE WATER INJECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:injecting water into distinct engine locations responsive to each of an engine dilution demand and an engine cooling demand; and
correcting a total water injection amount based on feedback from an exhaust oxygen sensor operating in a variable voltage mode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,540

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM, SCRAMJET ENGINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A fuel supply system, comprising:a fuel reforming section configured to pyrolyze a hydrocarbon fuel by heat of a combustion chamber of a scramjet engine to generate a reformed fuel and cool the combustion chamber,
wherein the fuel reforming section comprises:
a preheat vaporization section including a first fuel channel which is provided along an upper surface of the combustion chamber and configured to heat the hydrocarbon fuel with heat from the combustion chamber; and
a decomposition reaction section, including a second fuel channel containing a reforming catalyst for pyrolysis, the second fuel channel being configured to pyrolyze the heated hydrocarbon fuel received from the first fuel channel of the preheat vaporization section with the reforming catalyst to generate the reformed fuel,
wherein the second fuel channel of the decomposition reaction section is in parallel to the first fuel channel of the preheat vaporization section,
wherein an upper surface of the first fuel channel of the preheat vaporization section contacts a lower surface of the second fuel channel of the decomposition reaction section,
wherein the fuel reforming section supplies the reformed fuel to the combustion chamber, and
wherein the reforming catalyst includes a zeolitic catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,190,539

INLET FLOW RESTRICTOR

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

11. An air-breathing engine for a hypersonic vehicle, the engine comprising:a converging inlet having a fixed cowling, a throat in fluid communication with the cowling, and a conformal restrictor recess formed in the cowling; and
a flow restrictor movable between a stowed position and a fully deployed position; wherein
a consistent gap is formed around an entire circumference of a periphery of the flow restrictor between the periphery of the flow restrictor and an inner surface of the cowling such that a difference between a first cross-sectional area of the cowling and a third cross-sectional area of the flow restrictor is approximately equal to a second cross-sectional area of the throat and the inlet has an internal contraction ratio of approximately 1:1 with the flow restrictor in the fully deployed position; and
the flow restrictor is stowed within the conformal restrictor recess in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,537

ENGINE AND BAND CLAMP

MRA Systems, Inc., Balti...

1. A turbofan engine comprising:a fan assembly;
a fan casing surrounding the fan assembly and having a first radial flange;
a thrust reverser having a second radial flange; and
a band clamp coupling the first and second radial flanges to connect the thrust reverser and the fan casing;
wherein the band clamp comprises at least one latch for tightening the band clamp relative to the first and second radial flanges to generate a compressive force and a band, the band is formed of cables which include redundant cable sets that are configured to prevent asymmetrical loading, and a body having grooves to retain the redundant cable sets; and
wherein the redundant cable sets comprise inner and outer cable sets that are both centered relative to the band body.

US Pat. No. 10,190,536

TURBINE EXHAUST CASE MIXER OF GAS TURBINE WITH VARIABLE THICKNESS

1. A mixer of a bypass turbine aeroengine for mixing exhaust gases discharged from a turbine exhaust case with a bypass air stream, the mixer defining a central axis and extending between an upstream end of the mixer and a downstream end of the mixer and comprising: a circumferentially endless upstream portion of a sheet metal including the upstream end, the sheet metal of the circumferentially endless upstream portion having a first thickness being constant along an entire length of the circumferentially endless upstream portion, a circumferentially endless downstream portion of a sheet metal including the downstream end, the sheet metal of the circumferentially endless downstream portion having a second thickness being constant along an entire length of the circumferentially endless downstream portion and being less than the first thickness, circumferential inner and outer flow surfaces extending between the upstream and downstream ends of the mixer, the circumferential inner and outer flow surfaces having a wavy configuration to form a plurality of lobes extending downstream from a location in the circumferentially endless upstream portion and terminating at the downstream end, each of the plurality of lobes defining an internal passageway along the circumferential inner flow surface for the exhaust gases flowing through the mixer and each adjacent pair of the plurality of lobes defining therebetween an external passageway along the circumferential outer flow surface for the bypass air stream flowing through the mixer, and a weld joint located within the wavy configuration and extending circumferentially between the circumferentially endless upstream and downstream portions and joining an upstream section and a downstream section of each of said plurality of lobes.

US Pat. No. 10,190,534

TWO-CYCLE ENGINE

MARUYAMA MFG. CO., INC., ...

1. A two-cycle engine comprising:a cylinder having a bore section of a cylindrical shape and a combustion chamber connected continuously to one side of the bore section in an axial direction;
a crankcase arranged on the other side of the cylinder in the axial direction and having a crank chamber connected continuously to the other side of the bore section; and
a piston arranged in the bore section and being reciprocally movable along the axial direction between the combustion chamber and the crank chamber,
wherein the piston has a crown portion opposed to the combustion chamber and a peripheral wall portion of a cylindrical shape provided continuously from the crown portion and extending along a bore surface of the bore section, wherein an interior space of the piston is at least partially formed by an inner side of the crown portion and the peripheral wall, the peripheral wall being provided with at least one through hole penetrating completely through the peripheral wall portion into the interior space of the piston,
wherein the cylinder is provided with at least one scavenging passage having a first opening being open in the bore surface and configured to make the bore section and the crank chamber communicate with each other, and at least one communication passage having a second opening being open in the bore surface on the other side with respect to the first opening and configured to make the bore section and the scavenging passage communicate with each other,
wherein the second opening is located at a position corresponding to the through hole of the piston in a circumferential direction of the bore section,
wherein the cylinder and the piston are configured so that the through hole overlaps the second opening to communicate with the communication passage at least in a partial interval of a scavenging stroke in which the first opening becomes open in the bore surface on the one side of the piston with reciprocal motion of the piston, the scavenging passage additionally in communication with the interior space of the piston via the through hole and the communication passage, when the through hole overlaps the second opening via the through hole and the communication passage, when the through hole overlaps, and
wherein the scavenging passage includes a pair of suction-side scavenging passages arranged away from each other in the circumferential direction of the bore section, and a pair of exhaust-side scavenging passages arranged away from each other in the circumferential direction of the bore section and arranged on an exhaust port side with respect to a suction-side scavenging passages.

US Pat. No. 10,190,531

WATER JACKET FOR A CYLINDER HEAD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A water jacket for a cylinder head, the water jacket comprising: a coolant inlet provided near exhaust port holes of a cylinder head to concentrate a flow of a coolant to the coolant inlet; a coolant passage configured to allow the coolant flowing in through the coolant inlet to flow around the exhaust port holes; a first partition wall provided between exhaust port holes of a cylinder and neighboring exhaust port holes of a neighboring cylinder; a second partition wall provided between intake port holes of the cylinder and neighboring intake port holes of the neighboring cylinder; and a passageway communicating with the coolant passage, the passageway provided between an end portion of the first partition wall and an end portion of the second partition wall such that the coolant flows through the passageway, wherein the first and second partition walls begin along a border of the cylinder head and extend towards each other and towards a middle of the water jacket in which the passageway is only a space in between the two partition walls and is in the middle of the cylinder head; and wherein the end portion of the first partition wall is formed in a shape being bent toward a coolant outlet of the coolant passage.

US Pat. No. 10,190,529

MARINE ENGINES HAVING CYLINDER BLOCK COOLING JACKET WITH SPACER

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A marine engine comprising:a cylinder block having a plurality of cylinders;
a cooling jacket formed in the cylinder block and defining a cooling jacket passage configured to convey cooling fluid alongside the plurality of cylinders, the cooling jacket having a top end and a bottom end;
a ledge formed in the cylinder block, the ledge radially extending the cooling jacket passage at a location closer to the bottom end than the top end; and
a spacer disposed in the cooling jacket passage and supported by the ledge so that the spacer remains spaced apart from the bottom end, thereby maintaining a lower cooling passage between the spacer and the bottom end;
wherein the spacer comprises an elongated body and a plurality of legs that extend upwardly from the elongated body and maintain the elongated body in a seated position with respect to the ledge; and
wherein the body comprises a series of cylindrical sections that are inwardly curved so as to follow an outer curvature of the plurality of cylinders, and wherein the plurality of legs are interdigitated amongst the series of cylindrical sections and extend only towards the top end of the cooling jacket from a juncture between adjacent cylindrical sections in the series of cylindrical sections.

US Pat. No. 10,190,528

OPPOSED PISTON ENGINE CYLINDER WITH CARBON SCRAPER

Fairbanks Morse LLC, Cha...

1. A cylinder for an opposed piston engine, comprising:a cylinder body including:
first and second piston bores extending along a central axis for reciprocation of corresponding first and second opposed pistons therein, wherein the first and second piston bores have a piston bore diameter;
a chamber bore located between the first and second piston bores, wherein the chamber bore has a chamber diameter smaller than the piston bore diameter; and
first and second open annular scraper grooves located on opposite ends of the chamber bore.

US Pat. No. 10,190,527

CONTROL SYSTEM OF COMPRESSION IGNITION TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control system of a compression ignition type internal combustion engine comprising a fuel injector arranged in a combustion chamber and an electronic control unit controlling a fuel injection action from the fuel injector, a main injection fuel injected from the fuel injector being ignited by a premixed charge compression ignition, whereinsaid electronic control unit is configured to start an injection of the main injection fuel from the fuel injector within a range of crank angle from 10 degree before the compression top dead center to 10 degree after the compression top dead center and make a smaller amount of auxiliary injection fuel than the main injection fuel be injected from the fuel injector before the main injection fuel to ignite the auxiliary injection fuel by the premixed charge compression ignition,
said electronic control unit is further configured to control an injection timing of the auxiliary injection fuel to an injection timing whereby the premixed charge compression ignition of the main injection fuel is caused by a heat generated by the premixed charge compression ignition of the auxiliary injection fuel after a start of injection of the main injection fuel,
wherein a target compression ignition timing of the auxiliary injection fuel for causing the premixed charge compression ignition of the main injection fuel at a predetermined timing is set in advance between a time of the completion of injection of the main injection fuel and the compression top dead center or between a time of the start of injection of the main injection fuel and a time of the completion of injection of the main injection fuel, and
said electronic control unit is configured to determine the injection timing of the auxiliary injection fuel so that a time period from when the auxiliary injection fuel is injected to when a crank angle reaches said target compression ignition timing becomes constant.

US Pat. No. 10,190,526

ALTERNATING CURRENT DRIVE FOR ACTUATORS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. Method for providing consistent actuator events for each of a plurality of consecutive actuator events of an electromagnetic actuator, comprising:applying a first bi-directional current waveform for a first actuator event, the first bi-directional current waveform applying current in a first direction when the actuator is commanded to an actuated position and applying current in a reversed second direction when the actuator is commanded to a rest position comprising applying current in the reversed second direction until a respective peak current effective to cancel out effects of induced eddy currents is achieved whereafter the current in the reversed second direction is reduced and maintained to a respective value effective to counter residual magnetic flux; and
applying a second bi-directional current waveform for an immediately subsequent second actuator event to the first actuator event, the second bi-directional current waveform applying current in the reversed second direction when the actuator is commanded to an actuated position and applying current in the first direction when the actuator is commanded to a rest position comprising applying current in the first direction until a respective peak current effective to cancel out effects of induced eddy currents is achieved whereafter the current in the first direction is reduced and maintained to a respective value effective to counter residual magnetic flux.

US Pat. No. 10,190,525

METHOD OF CALCULATING AN ANGULAR POSITION OF A CRANKSHAFT DURING A FUEL INJECTION EVENT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of controlling an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:calculating an angular position of a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine at the occurrence of a previous fuel injection event, with an engine controller, from the equation

wherein ?inj is the angular position of the crankshaft at the occurrence of the previous fuel injection event, L2=?02?P(?)·(3?2?4??)d?, L1=?02?P(?)·(2??2?)d?, P(?) is a fuel pressure data stream within a fuel rail of the internal combustion engine relative to the angular position of the crankshaft during the previous fuel injection event, and ? is the angular position of the crankshaft; and
adjusting a fuel injection timing of a future fuel injection event, with the engine controller, based on the calculated angular position of the crankshaft at the occurrence of the previous fuel injection event, so that the future fuel injection event occurs at a desired angular position of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,524

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING TWO FUEL INJECTORS PER CYLINDER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A method for controlling a two-stroke internal combustion engine, the engine having at least one combustion chamber, at least one direct fuel injector for injecting fuel directly in the at least one combustion chamber, and at least one port fuel injector for injecting fuel upstream of the at least one combustion chamber, the method comprising:determining a first fuel quantity to be supplied to the at least one combustion chamber;
determining a ratio of the first fuel quantity to be injected by the at least one direct fuel injector;
determining a ratio of the first fuel quantity to be injected by the at least one port fuel injector;
injecting a second fuel quantity in the at least one combustion chamber using the at least one direct fuel injector;
injecting a third fuel quantity upstream of the at least one combustion chamber using the at least one port fuel injector,
a sum of the second and third fuel quantities being initially greater than the first fuel quantity; and
decreasing at least one of the second and third fuel quantities over time such that the sum of the second and third fuel quantities equals at least the first fuel quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,190,523

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING PARTICULATE MATTER PRODUCED BY AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine fueling method, comprising:increasing a fraction of port injected fuel injected to a cylinder of an engine at an engine speed and load, and decreasing a fraction of fuel directly injected to the cylinder at the engine speed and load in response to an increase in particulate matter stored in a particulate filter; and
adjusting a port fuel injection abort angle in response to the increase in particulate matter stored in the particulate filter, the abort angle a crankshaft angle where an end of a port fuel injection window occurs, the fuel port injection window having a different crankshaft angle duration than that of a port injected fuel pulse width supplying fuel to the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,522

HYBRID PARTIAL AND FULL STEP QUADRATIC SOLVER FOR MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF DIESEL ENGINE AIR PATH FLOW AND METHODS OF USE

The Regents Of The Univer...

1. A method for controlling an internal combustion engine having, within an air path of the engine, a variable geometry turbine (VGT), an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, and an EGR throttle, the method comprising:formulating a constrained optimization problem for a model predictive control (MPC) controller controlling the air path based on a linear model, one or more constraints, and associated pre-computed dual space and primal space matrix arrays, the linear model comprising a convex, quadratic, time-varying cost function in dual and primal space, and each array associated with a unique active set list comprising a first combination of the one or more constraints;
solving the constrained optimization problem to determine a solution;
updating the constrained optimization problem with an updated active set list;
repeating the solving and formulating steps until all possible active set lists of the one or more constraints are satisfied to generate a requested optimized VGT lift and a requested optimized EGR valve flow rate, each of which meets the one or more constraints, to control the air path, wherein:
the requested optimized VGT lift responsive to an engine intake manifold pressure is generated by controlling the VGT, and
the requested optimized EGR valve flow rate responsive to an EGR rate is generated by controlling the EGR valve and the EGR throttle; and
implementing the solution with respect to the air path.

US Pat. No. 10,190,521

DETERMINATION OF NITROGEN OXIDE CONCENTRATION IN ENGINE EXHAUST GAS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of operating an internal combustion engine having a turbocharger configured to pressurize an intake airflow and an exhaust after-treatment (AT) system including an AT device configured to reduce a concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOX) in an exhaust gas generated by the engine, comprising:operating the engine with a variable high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and low-pressure EGR split in the intake airflow;
determining the concentration of NOX in the exhaust gas;
determining a current high-pressure EGR to low-pressure EGR split in the intake airflow;
determining an EGR corrective factor using the determined current high-pressure EGR to low-pressure EGR split;
applying the determined EGR corrective factor to the determined concentration of NOX in the exhaust gas to generate a corrected concentration of NOX; and
regulating operation of the AT system to treat the exhaust gas via the AT device in response to the generated corrected concentration of NOX.

US Pat. No. 10,190,519

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine that includes a turbocharger, and an actuator that is configured to change a turbocharging pressure by regulating exhaust energy for use in drive of the turbocharger, and can select a stoichiometric operation by a theoretical air-fuel ratio, and a lean burn operation by a lean air-fuel ratio that is larger than the theoretical air-fuel ratio, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory including at least one computer program, the at least one memory and the at least one computer program configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the control device at least to operate as:
switching means for switching an operation mode of the internal combustion engine from the lean burn operation to the stoichiometric operation when a target torque increases during execution of the lean burn operation;
determination means for determining whether the increased target torque is within a range of a torque that is realizable under the lean air-fuel ratio, when operation mode switching is performed by the switching means in a turbocharging state in which the turbocharging pressure is higher than an atmospheric pressure; and
operation means for operating the actuator to keep the turbocharging pressure at a magnitude that is equal to or larger than a magnitude at a time point at which the operation mode is switched by the switching means, until the operation mode is switched to the lean burn operation again after the operation mode switching is performed, when the determination means determines that the increased target torque is within the range.

US Pat. No. 10,190,518

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING THE CURRENT STATE OF THE BATTERY AND FOR CONTROLLING THE START-STOP FUNCTION ACCORDINGLY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus, comprising:a current sensor that detects a current value of a battery; and
a processing device that suppresses initiation of idling stop control in a vehicle non-stop state with a vehicle speed higher than 0, in the case where an abnormal state of the battery is detected based on an output signal of the current sensor in the vehicle non-stop state, wherein
the processing device initiates the idling stop control in the case where predetermined initiation conditions, including the vehicle speed being at or lower than a predetermined vehicle speed, are satisfied, and the processing device sets the predetermined vehicle speed as a first value in the case where the abnormal state of the battery is not detected, and sets the predetermined vehicle speed as a second value smaller than the first value in the case where the abnormal state of the battery is detected, and
the processing device, during stop of the engine by the idling stop control, restarts the engine in the case where predetermined termination conditions are satisfied, and the processing device sets the predetermined vehicle speed, which has been set as the second value when the abnormal state of the battery is detected, as the first value following the restart of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,517

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. An exhaust gas purifying apparatus for an internal combustion engine, in which a NOx absorbing catalyst and a NOx concentration sensor for detecting a NOx concentration in exhaust gases of said engine, are provided in an exhaust passage of said engine, wherein said NOx absorbing catalyst absorbs NOx in the exhaust gases when the exhaust gases are in an oxidizing state while said NOx absorbing catalyst reduces the absorbed NOx when the exhaust gases are in a reducing state, and said NOx concentration sensor is disposed downstream of said NOx absorbing catalyst,said exhaust gas purifying apparatus comprising enriching means for performing a rich spike in which an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture supplied to said engine is temporarily enriched to make the exhaust gases be in the reducing state, said enriching means determining an execution timing of the rich spike based on a detected output from said NOx concentration sensor,
wherein said enriching means includes change tendency determining means for determining a change tendency of the detected output;
determines that it is unnecessary to perform the rich spike during a reducing state period from the time the rich spike ends to the time a preset time period has elapsed;
begins the determination by said change tendency determining means at an end timing of a period of the reducing state; and
determines that it is unnecessary to perform the rich spike when the change tendency is determined to be an output decreasing state where the detected output is decreasing,
wherein said enriching means determines the execution timing of the rich spike using the detected output when the change tendency is determined to be an output staying/increasing state where the detected output is staying at a constant value or increasing after the end timing of the reducing state period.

US Pat. No. 10,190,516

METHOD OF FEEDFORWARD TURBOCHARGER CONTROL FOR BOOSTED ENGINES WITH MULTI-ROUTE EGR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. Method to control an exhaust gas recirculation system having a high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop and a low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, an air throttle system, and an air charging system in an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:monitoring desired operating target commands for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the air throttle system, and the air charging system;
monitoring operating parameters of the air charging system;
determining a feedback control signal for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the air throttle system and the air charging system based upon the corresponding desired operating target commands and the operating parameters of the air charging system;
determining a high pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow in the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, low pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow in the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, an air flow in the air throttle system and a turbine power transfer ratio in the air charging system based upon the corresponding feedback control signals for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop the air throttle system and the air charging system;
determining a system control command for each of the high pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the low pressure exhaust gas recirculation loop, the air throttle system, and the air charging system based on said high pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow, said low pressure exhaust gas recirculation flow, said air flow and said turbine power transfer ratio; and
controlling the air charging system based on said system control commands.

US Pat. No. 10,190,515

FUEL VAPOR FLOW ESTIMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A control system of a vehicle, comprising:a fuel vapor canister that traps fuel vapor from a fuel tank of the vehicle;
a purge valve that, when open, allows fuel vapor flow into an intake system of an engine at a first location and that, when closed, prevents fuel vapor flow to the intake system of the engine;
a boost device of the intake system is configured to receive air from an air filter and pump air into the engine of the vehicle,
wherein the first location is between the air filter and the boost device;
an electrical pump configured to receive fuel vapor from the fuel vapor canister and to pump fuel vapor to the purge valve; and
a purge control module configured to control opening of the purge valve and to determine a fuel vapor flow into cylinders of the engine based on: (i) a first pressure at the first location, (ii) a second pressure at a second location between the purge valve and the electrical pump, and (iii) at least one delay period between opening of the purge valve and fuel vapor reaching cylinders of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,509

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DUAL FUEL ENGINE

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of signals from a plurality of sensors coupled to a dual fuel engine; and
altering an actual speed of the dual fuel engine to obtain a predetermined air-fuel ratio in response to a changed operating condition of the dual fuel engine determined based on the plurality of signals, so as to maintain operation of the dual fuel engine between knock and misfire conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,493

EVALUATION OF THE DELIVERY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ENGINE PERFORMANCE CHEMICALS AND PRODUCTS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A system for evaluating the delivery and effectiveness of engine performance products in removing carbon deposits from a test specimen with pre-defined carbon content, the system comprising:a test stand adapted for use with said test specimen, said test specimen in the form of a flat metallic surface that simulates an intake valve;
a motor driven shaft attached to said flat metallic surface, said shaft rotated by a motor within an airstream, the airstream introduced into a duct of a housing containing said flat metallic surface;
a heating source to heat said flat metallic surface;
a vacuum source that draws the airstream through said duct configured to simulate an engine intake manifold past said rotating flat metallic surface and out through an exhaust;
a set of electrical controls to control a set of system parameters of said test stand, where said set of system parameters simulate intake valve and combustion chamber conditions of an engine combusting gasoline; and
a graphical user interface and a set of computerized controls to configure and monitor the set of system parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,190,475

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A DOUBLE PIPE

NAKAGAWA SANGYO CO., LTD....

1. A method for manufacturing a double pipe having a curved inner pipe disposed within a curved outer pipe, the method comprising:drawing a plate, which has a predetermined shape that at least substantially corresponds to a final shape of the curved outer pipe, into a curved, substantially U-shape in cross-section, thereby producing a curved U-shaped intermediate part;
disposing the curved inner pipe, which has a curved shape that is at least substantially similar to the final shape of the curved outer pipe, in an interior space of the curved U-shaped intermediate part;
welding together the curved inner pipe and the curved U-shaped intermediate part at one longitudinal end thereof;
then bending longitudinally-extending edges of the curved U-shaped intermediate part so that the longitudinally-extending edges come into abutment and an at least substantially circular cross-section is formed, thereby forming the curved outer pipe that encloses the inner pipe; and
welding together the abutting longitudinally-extending edges of the curved outer pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,433

SHAFT SEALING MECHANISM

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A shaft sealing mechanism that, by being disposed in an annular space formed between a fixed part and a rotating shaft, partitions the annular space into a high-pressure-side region and a low-pressure-side region to prevent fluid from flowing from the high-pressure-side region toward the low-pressure-side region in the annular space in a direction of the rotating shaft, characterized in that the shaft sealing mechanism comprises:an annular seal housing disposed at an inner circumferential portion of the fixed part;
a plurality of thin-plate seal pieces stacked and disposed annularly in a circumferential direction of the rotating shaft, each of which has an outer-circumferential-side proximal end fixed to the seal housing, an inner-circumferential-side distal end being a free end and forming an acute angle with an outer circumferential surface of the rotating shaft, and a width dimension in the direction of the rotating shaft;
an annular high-pressure-side plate disposed between high-pressure-side side edges of the thin-plate seal pieces facing the high-pressure-side region and the seal housing so as to form a gap between the high-pressure-side plate and the seal housing in the direction of the rotating shaft, an inner-circumferential-side distal end of the high-pressure-side plate being positioned outward of the inner-circumferential-side distal ends of the thin-plate seal pieces in the radial direction of the rotating shaft; and
an annular low-pressure-side plate held between the seal housing and low-pressure-side side edges of the thin-plate seal pieces facing the low-pressure-side region so as to form a gap between the low-pressure-side side edges and the seal housing in the direction of the rotating shaft, an inner-circumferential-side distal end of the low-pressure-side plate being positioned outward of the inner-circumferential-side distal end of the high-pressure-side plate in the radial direction of the rotating shaft, wherein
each of the thin-plate seal pieces has a thick part circumferential-side distal end of the low-pressure-side plate in the radial direction of the rotating shaft and also outward of the inner-circumferential-side distal end of the high-pressure-side plate in the radial direction of the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,413

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR EVALUATING THE CONTENTS OF MATERIALS

Michael P. Smith, Tulsa,...

1. A method for analyzing the mechanical strength of a geologic formation comprising:a. Placing a plurality of separated samples of material obtained from the geologic formation into a container, the container comprising a top, bottom, and two or more sides,
b. Subjecting the container to one or more compression forces, wherein at least one of the one or more compression forces are applied to at least two sides of each container, and the samples interact with at least two sides of the container,
c. Determining the amount of compression of the container, and
d. Assessing the mechanical strength of the geologic formation by evaluating the compression of the container comprising the samples.

US Pat. No. 10,190,400

SOLVENT INJECTION RECOVERY PROCESS

STATOIL ASA, Stavanger (...

1. A process for the recovery of hydrocarbons from a hydrocarbon bearing formation in which are situated an upper injection well and a lower production well, the method comprising the steps:preheating the region between the wells by circulating hot solvent through at least part of both of the wells until hydraulic communication between both wells is achieved;
injecting solvent into the upper injection well at or above its critical temperature, wherein the solvent is pentane or a mixture of butane and pentane, thereby:
i) creating a hot solvent chamber consisting of solvent vapour and liquid,
ii) mixing of the bitumen and the solvent at the boundary of the solvent chamber so formed, and
iii) causing a mixture of the hydrocarbon and solvent to drain downwards by gravity and sideways by pressure gradient towards the lower production well; and
producing the mixture to the surface through the lower production well.

US Pat. No. 10,190,393

DRILL STRING MOUNTABLE WELLBORE CLEANUP APPARATUS AND METHOD

Odfjell Well Services Nor...

9. A method of cleaning a well comprising the steps of:a) providing drill pipe joint having first and second connector end portions and a shaped portion in between the connector end portions;
b) mounting a support sleeve to the drill pipe joint in between the connector end portions;
c) attaching centralizers to the opposing ends of the support sleeve, each centralizer overlapping a portion of the support sleeve;
d) carrying one or more debris cleaning tools on the sleeve in between the centralizers, each tool enabling debris removal from a wellbore;
e) locking one or more clamps to the drill pipe joint, wherein the one or more locking clamps restricts the support sleeve from moving longitudinally along the drill pipe joint;
f) adding the drill pipe joint to a drill string; and
g) cleaning the wellbore with the drill pipe joint of steps “a” through “e”.

US Pat. No. 10,190,392

LANDFILL GAS WELLHEAD MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM

OptiRTC, Inc., Boston, M...

10. A method of managing landfill gases in a landfill, the method comprising:(a) receiving a first set of wellhead parameter values associated with a first wellhead;
(b) receiving a second set of wellhead parameter values associated with a second wellhead, the first and second wellheads being separate and distinct wellheads within the landfill;
(c) receiving external parameter values;
(d) receiving information regarding positions of first and second control valves of the first and second wellheads, respectively, wherein the positions of the first and second control valves have been set as a function of the external parameter values and a comparison of at least one of the first and second sets of wellhead parameter values to a respective wellhead threshold value; and
(e) determining whether the position of one of the first and second control valves should be changed to a new position as a function of the position of the other of the first and second control valves and, if so, sending a control signal comprising the new position to the respective control valve, and selectively modifying the position of the one of the first and second control valves based on the control signal,
wherein the external parameter values comprise data from at least one external resource predictive of weather conditions at the landfill.

US Pat. No. 10,190,391

VALVE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPLETION, STIMULATION AND SUBSEQUENT RE-STIMULATION OF WELLS FOR HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION

TRICAN COMPLETION SOLUTIO...

1. A valve for inclusion or insertion in a tubular, the valve comprising:a substantially cylindrical outer valve housing having radially extending side ports;
an inner sliding sleeve mounted axially movable inside the valve housing; and
a seat arranged for receiving a drop ball, dart or falling device for operating the valve,
wherein the seat is built in such a way that it can partially or completely be removed or drilled out from the valve by a drilling tool providing for restrictionless passage through the valve,
wherein the inner sliding sleeve further comprises a first or upper profile arranged at a first or upper end of the inner sliding sleeve and a second or lower profile arranged at a second or lower end of the inner sliding sleeve,
wherein the first or upper profile of the inner sliding sleeve and the second or lower profile of the inner sliding sleeve are configured to be engaged with an activating or shifting tool inserted and run in the tubular after the seat has been partially or completely removed or drilled out from the valve in order to operate the valve from an open to a closed position and/or vice versa,
wherein an inner wall of the valve housing comprises a first shoulder configured to retain the valve in an open position,
wherein the inner wall of the valve housing comprises a second shoulder configured to retain the valve in a closed position,
wherein the first or upper profile of the inner sliding sleeve is configured to be pulled or pushed by the activating or shifting tool in order to operate the valve from an open to a closed position, after the seat has been partially or completely removed or drilled out from the valve, and
wherein the second or lower profile of the inner sliding sleeve is configured to be pulled or pushed by the activating or shifting tool in order to operate the valve from a closed to an open position, after the seat has been partially or completely removed or drilled out from the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,190,386

ZONE ISOLATION METHOD AND ANNULAR BARRIER WITH AN ANTI-COLLAPSING UNIT

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. An annular barrier to be expanded in an annulus between a well tubular structure and a wall of a borehole downhole for providing zone isolation between a first zone having a first pressure and a second zone having a second pressure of the borehole, the annular barrier comprising:a tubular metal part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, the tubular metal part having an outer face,
an expandable sleeve surrounding the tubular metal part and having an inner face facing the tubular metal part and an outer face facing the wall of the borehole, each end of the expandable sleeve being connected with the tubular metal part, and
an annular space between the inner face of the expandable sleeve and the tubular metal part, the annular space having a space pressure,
wherein the annular barrier comprises an anti-collapsing unit comprising an element movable at least between a first position and a second position, the anti-collapsing unit having a first inlet which is in fluid communication with the first zone, and a second inlet which is in fluid communication with the second zone, and the anti-collapsing unit having an outlet which is in fluid communication with the annular space, and in the first position, the first inlet is in fluid communication with the outlet, equalising the first pressure of the first zone with the space pressure, and in the second position, the second inlet is in fluid communication with the outlet, equalising the second pressure of the second zone with the space pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,190,381

VARIABLE RATIO ROTARY ENERGY CONTROL DEVICE FOR A BLOWOUT PREVENTER SAFETY DEVICE

HilFlo, LLC, Conroe, TX ...

7. A method of controlling the operation of a safety device of a blowout preventer, the safety device being operated by hydraulic fluid under pressure comprising:providing a source of fluid under pressure;
providing a variable ratio rotary energy controller connected between the source of fluid under pressure and the safety device; and
initiating the flow of fluid under pressure to the safety device of the blowout preventer through the variable ratio rotary energy controller,wherein the variable ratio rotary control device includes a variable displacement hydraulic motor having an input port and an outlet port, an output shaft connected to an input shaft of a variable displacement hydraulic pump, the pump including an inlet port and an outlet port, anddirecting fluid from the variable displacement hydraulic motor outlet port to the fluid inlet port of the variable displacement hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,190,376

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DOWNHOLE DEVICE

NXG Technologies Limited,...

26. A method of controlling a downhole device in an oil, gas or water well, the method comprising providing an apparatus comprising a body having a control slot and a pin on separate relatively movable components so that the slot engages the pin and the pin and slot are configured to be movable relative to one another, and moving the pin relative to the slot to switch the downhole device between active and inactive states,wherein the method comprises moving the pin in at least one loop of the slot wherein the at least one loop had a blind ended axial portion and defines different idling configurations of the pin and slot in which the device is inactive, and moving the pin in at least one elongated axial track of the slot,
wherein the at least one elongated axial track of the slot is arranged in the axial direction of the body and has a length in the axial direction longer than the blind ended axial portion,
wherein the at least one elongated axial track defines different configurations of the pin and slot which correspond to active and inactive configurations of the downhole device,
wherein the method comprises moving the pin from one of the at least one elongated axial track to one of the at least one loop via a deviate branch track,
wherein the slot has no separate, dedicate return path for returning the pin from the deviate branch track to the elongated axial track, and
wherein the method includes cycling the pin between the different configurations within the at least one loop without switching the pin from the at least one loop to one of the at least one elongated axial track.

US Pat. No. 10,190,373

BOTTOM-HOLE FEEDING MECHANISM

SCIENTIFIC AND PRODUCTION...

1. A bottom-hole feeding mechanism comprising:a cylinder (1),
a screw spindle (2) coupled to the cylinder (1) by a non-stopping splined screw pair (3) and movable within the cylinder (1) during a drilling process;
a first piston (6) received within the cylinder (1) and coupled with the screw spindle (2) and a hollow rod (8);
an axial spindle (4) arranged along the cylinder (1) axis, coupled to the cylinder (1) by an axial splined pair (5) and movable within the cylinder (1) during a drilling process; and
a second piston (7) rigidly coupled with the axial spindle (4) and engaging the inner surface of the cylinder (1) and the outer surface of the hollow rod (8), wherein
the hollow rod (8), the first piston (6), the second piston (7) and the cylinder (1) form a closed chamber (9) comprising a throttle (10), a check valve (12) and hydraulic channels (11) on a body (21) of the check valve (12).

US Pat. No. 10,190,371

SUCKER ROD

Sigma Lift Solutions, Cor...

1. A sucker rod comprising:(a) an elongate threaded fiberglass rod having an outer surface portion from which fiberglass material has been removed to define a screw thread:
(b) an elongate sleeve defining an axial cavity to receive said rod, said axial cavity having a surface defining;
i. an axially extending frustoconical first portion having a minor dimension proximate a first end of said sleeve and a major dimension axially distal of said first end of said sleeve, said rod initially received in said cavity at said first end of said sleeve; and
ii. a threaded portion proximate a second end of said sleeve;
(c) an elongate threaded insert having a frustoconical outer surface with a minor dimension and a major dimension, said outer surface of said insert in wedged engagement with said frustoconical portion of said axial cavity of said sleeve, said insert defining an axial cavity having a cavity surface defining a screw thread in threaded engagement with said screw thread of said rod; and
(d) a connector having a surface defining a first threaded portion extending axially proximate a first end of said connector and a second threaded portion extending axially proximate a second end of said connector, said first threaded portion in threaded engagement with said threaded portion of said sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,190,370

COMPOSITE WELLBORE SEAL SYSTEM WITH SENSING AND SELF-HEALING CAPABILITIES

STC.UNM, Albuquerque, NM...

1. A wellbore seal system comprising: a casing, a fiber reinforced polymer layer, and layer of polymer cement;said layers bonded together and configured to create a low permeable and ductile seal at discrete locations of the wellbore or along the wellbore;
said polymer layer is chemically bonded to said casing and inhibits the formation of a microannulus at said casing; and
said polymer layer is an aramid fiber reinforced polymer or is a glass reinforced polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,365

HEADER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING RETRACTABLE SCREENS

MDM Enterprises, Inc., E...

1. A method for installing a built-in retractable screen unit in a structure being built by a builder, wherein the structure being built by the builder includes a building frame and interior and exterior wall surfaces installed over the building frame, wherein the screen unit comprises a retractable screen panel deployable from a roll inside a housing, the housing having first and second ends, the screen panel having first and second side edges and a leading bottom edge, the screen unit including first and second side tracks to receive the first and second side edges of the screen panel when the screen unit is installed in the structure, the method comprising:after the builder has constructed the building frame and before the builder installs the interior and exterior wall surfaces over the building frame, installing a header assembly, the header assembly comprising first and second end boxes, each of the end boxes having a bottom with track receiving opening;
installing a first header having first and second ends, each of the first and second ends sized to be received inside the first or second end box;
installing the side tracks of the screen unit so that one end of each of the side tracks opens into the track receiving openings in the bottoms of the end boxes and so that the side tracks will be positioned between the interior and exterior wall surfaces when the interior and exterior wall surfaces are installed by the builder;
wherein the installed header assembly and side tracks form a screen cavity sized to receive the retractable screen unit;
after the builder has completed the interior and exterior wall surfaces over the frame around the screen cavity, installing the screen unit inside the header assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,190,354

ACTUATOR DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATING THE VEHICLE DOOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

U-SHIN DEUTSCHLAND ZUGANG...

1. An actuator device for automatically activating a vehicle door of a motor vehicle, comprising:an electromotive drive and an arm attached to either the vehicle door or a vehicle bodywork and wherein the arm is configured to be set in motion by the electromotive drive to open or close the vehicle door,
wherein the arm extends radially with respect to a rotation axis of the electromotive drive, said electromotive drive comprising an electrical motor and a gearbox driven by the motor,
wherein the gearbox comprises a wobble mechanism,
wherein the gearbox is coupled directly to an overload shaft,
wherein the overload shaft is rotationally attached to an output shaft via a friction ring inserted between the output shaft and the overload shaft, the output shaft being coupled directly to the arm, and
wherein when torque values of the actuator device, which are exerted on either the overload shaft or the output shaft, are beyond a predetermined value, the friction ring slides in rotation with one of the overload shaft and the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,190,353

AUTOMATIC DOOR INSTALLATION

Ensota (Guangzhou) Techno...

17. An automatic door installation configured to determine the presence of an obstacle in one or more detection zones remote from a door opening, said automatic door installation comprising:at least a first door slidable in a door opening along a horizontal axis between an open position to a closed position;
at least one transmitter for transmitting electromagnetic energy along a transmitter axis such that an intensity of the electromagnetic energy is greatest along the transmitter axis and reduces at angles away from the transmitter axis;
at least one receiver for receiving electromagnetic energy along a receiver axis such that a sensitivity of the receiver to electromagnetic energy is greatest along the receiver axis and reduces at angles away from the receiver axis;
wherein the transmitter axis and the receiver axis are angularly disposed to each other;
wherein the transmitter and the receiver are not positioned at the same height;
wherein at least one of the transmitter and receiver is coupled to the first door such that the transmitter and the receiver move away from each other when the first door is being opened; and
wherein during closing of the first door the transmitter axis and the receiver axis overlap to define a detection zone that includes area not directly between the transmitter and the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,190,342

DOOR LOCK MECHANISM FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR INDIA ENGIN...

1. A door lock mechanism for a vehicle, comprising:an outside handle lever;
a lock pin which is movable between an unlocked position and a locked position in a radial direction from a rotation axis of a pawl lever rotatable by a rotating displacement of the outside handle lever, wherein at the unlocked position, the rotating displacement of the outside handle lever is transmitted to the pawl lever, and at the locked position, the rotating displacement of the outside handle lever is not transmitted to the pawl lever;
a lock lever which is selectively rotated to allow the lock pin to be moved in the radial direction;
a safety lever engaged with the lock lever, the safety lever receiving a manipulation force of a safety knob and rotating the lock lever; and
an interlinking unit which allows a rotating displacement of the pawl lever to be partly transmitted to the safety lever,
wherein the interlinking unit comprises: an elongated element, a first end of which is rotatably fixed to the safety lever and a second side of which protrudes towards the pawl lever so that, in a returned state where the pawl lever is not subjected to the manipulation force, but is only applied with an elastic force of a return spring, the elongated element is separated from the pawl lever, and wherein the pawl lever is configured to allow the rotating displacement of the pawl lever to transmit to the safety lever via the elongated element,
wherein a pawl which is rotated in cooperation with the pawl lever is elastically supported by the return spring such that the pawl receives the elastic force of the return spring and thus restricts a rotation of a claw,
wherein the lock lever is rotated along with a rotation of the safety lever by the interlinking unit, to move the lock pin into the unlocked position,
wherein the pawl lever is provided, on an end side thereof, with a bent part which is bent perpendicularly from a rotating surface of the pawl lever,
wherein the elongated element is mounted to protrude towards and thus come into contact with the bent part of the pawl lever,
wherein an inside handle lever is mounted to, upon rotation, transmit a manipulation force of an inside handle to the pawl lever via the bent part of the pawl lever,
wherein the elongated element is provided, on a lower end thereof, with a protrusion which is faced with the bent part such that the protrusion come into direct contact with the bent part of the pawl lever upon rotation of the pawl lever, and the protrusion is integrally formed with the elongated element,
wherein the pawl lever is rotated in cooperation with the pawl;
wherein the pawl restricts or allows a rotation of the claw which has engaged with a striker by rotation thereof; and
wherein the claw engages with and disengages from the striker by rotation thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,340

SMART HANDCUFFS AS PART OF A PERSONAL-AREA NETWORK

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A device for preventing detained persons from escaping public-safety officers, the device comprising:handcuffs for securing a detained person;
a transceiver integrated with the handcuffs and configured to scan for a first plurality of personal-area network (PAN) system identifications from a plurality of PANs;
a database, stored in a computer-readable memory integrated with the handcuffs, comprising a plurality of permissible PAN system identifications;
logic circuitry integrated with the handcuffs and configured to determine if any of the first plurality of PAN system identifications are within the plurality of permissible PAN system identifications stored in the database; and
an alarm integrated with the handcuffs and configured to sound when no system identification is detected by the transceiver or when none of the first plurality of PAN system identifications detected by the transceiver are determined to be within the plurality of permissible PAN system identifications stored in the database.

US Pat. No. 10,190,330

SHADING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Shibumi Shade, LLC, Rale...

1. A system for providing shade onto a surface, comprising:a canopy configured for engagement with, and complete aerial suspension by, a single, continuous frame,
wherein the frame consists essentially of a plurality of sections configured for end-to-end alignment from a left end to a right end, wherein each section is configured to engage with any adjacent sections,
wherein the left end and the right end are configured to be secured to the surface for aerially supporting the frame and completely suspending the canopy aerially, and
a container for housing and transporting all of the other components of the system, wherein the container is also an anchor for housing weight,
a cord selectively engaged or coupled to an interior of the container for inverting the container to serve as the anchor for housing weight, the cord selectively engageable or coupled to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,190,329

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND ASSEMBLIES FOR COVERING AN END OF A POST

Jacob Kobelt, Langley (C...

12. An apparatus for covering an end of a post, the apparatus comprising:a cover body defining a recess and comprising a means for aligning the cover body relative to the post when the end of the post is received in the recess, wherein the means for aligning comprises a plurality of means, in the recess and surrounding a central axis of the cover body, for guiding respective ones of a plurality of vertex regions adjacent respective ones of a plurality of vertices at the end of the post, wherein each of the plurality of means for guiding comprises two generally parallel and spaced-apart members defining a respective channel extending obliquely relative to the central axis of the cover body, wherein the cover body defines sufficient clearance in the recess to receive, in the recess, a generally planar end surface at the end of the post when the plurality of vertex regions are received in respective ones of the channels, the generally planar end surface extending between corner edges of the post extending between respective pairs of the plurality of vertices at the end of the post; and
a means for fastening the cover body to the end of the post.

US Pat. No. 10,190,321

MOUNTING SYSTEM OF A PANEL AND CLIP OF THE SYSTEM

Hunter Douglas Architectu...

1. A mounting system for a panel, mounting system comprising:a clip, comprising:
a body;
a positioning feature disposed on the body for securing the clip relative to a sub-frame of the mounting system, the positioning feature comprising at least one hole; and
an upper side extending from the body, the upper side comprising:
at least one first upper flange protruding upwardly, and a second upper flange parallel to the first upper flange and spaced a distance towards the body;
at least one first lower flange protruding downwardly, and a second lower flange extending from the first lower flange towards the body; and
a baffle perpendicular to the first upper flange, the baffle secured to and protruding from the body;
the sub-frame comprising:
a substantially C-shaped cross-section;
a bottom face with mounting holes so as to connect with a base frame of the mounting system; and
a front face forming a rail of the mounting system;
a spacer comprising a substantially C-shaped cross-section, a mounting groove formed at an opening portion for clipping into the baffle of the mounting system; and
a resilient washer formed by two substantially O-shaped cross-sections, a mounting groove disposed at one of the two cross-sections for fitting onto the clip of the mounting system;
wherein the clip and the sub-frame are secured by a fastener extending through the at least one hole of the clip and a portion of the sub-frame.

US Pat. No. 10,190,314

ANCHORING ASSEMBLY FOR ANCHORING A LINER OF A CURED LINING MATERIAL, A FERRULE SUITABLE FOR USE WITH THE ANCHORING ASSEMBLY, AN ANCHORING MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FURTHER COMPRISING A FERRULE HOLDER AND THE USE OF THE ANCHORING ASSEMBLY

SILICON HOLDING B.V., Wa...

1. An anchoring assembly comprising an elongated mounting pin and a ferrule provided at a first end of the elongated mounting pin, wherein the elongated mounting pin is arranged to be mounted by a welding process at the first end to a metal object, the anchoring assembly further comprising a plurality of spaced anchor fins connected to the elongated mounting pin at a second end and extending radially outwardly relative to the elongated mounting pin, wherein the ferrule has an enclosed or partially enclosed cylindrical shape that is configured to contain mounting residue within the ferrule during the welding process, the ferrule comprising a radially outwardly extending place holder part having a protrusion arranged thereon that is removably received within a ferrule holder during the welding process of the elongated mounting pin at the first end to the metal object, the ferrule holder being removable after concluding the welding process.

US Pat. No. 10,190,313

CONSTRUCTION BLOCK SYSTEM

1. A construction block system comprising:A) a plurality of primary blocks each having first and second longitudinal walls with upper and lower surfaces and kept at parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other and further including first, second and third transversal walls each having upper and lower surfaces and extending perpendicularly to said first and second longitudinal walls to define first and second cavities, and each of said first and second longitudinal walls including first and second rectangular walls, respectively, extending outwardly and having smaller dimensions than said first and second longitudinal walls thereby defining first, second, third and fourth peripheral edge walls perpendicular to said first and second longitudinal walls and each of said first, second and third transversal walls upper and lower surfaces further including each a pair of aligned channels and said primary blocks abuttingly coacting with each other to form a structure;
B) a plurality of primary half blocks each having third and fourth longitudinal walls kept at a parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other and fourth and fifth transversal walls extending perpendicularly to said third and fourth longitudinal walls defining a third cavity and each of said third and fourth longitudinal walls including third and fourth rectangular walls, respectively, extending outwardly and having smaller dimensions than said third and fourth longitudinal walls thereby defining fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth peripheral edge walls perpendicular to said third and fourth longitudinal walls, each of said fourth and fifth transversal walls having upper and lower surfaces that include a pair of aligned channels each and said primary half blocks coacting with said primary blocks to complement said structure;
C) at least one base alignment and leveling tool that includes two rails mounted on a plurality of transversal members walls and said rails kept at a parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other, said rails being cooperatively received by said channels of said transversal walls lower surfaces resting on a supporting substantially horizontal surface, said transversal members include a centrally located through hole for cooperatively receiving a location fastening member that passes through penetrating and engaging said supporting surface and said transversal members thereby securing said base alignment and leveling tool at a predetermined location, said transversal members further including at least two threaded openings and corresponding leveling bolts that are matingly passed therethrough to coact with the supporting surface to level said base alignment and leveling tool and the abutting primary and primary half blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,190,310

WATERPROOF STORAGE UNIT

Duffield Marine, Inc., C...

1. A storage unit for storing items, the unit comprising:a) a shell having a top wall, a rear side wall, a left side wall, a right side wall and a front side wall which define respective lower edges, the front side wall having an aperture for moving items in and out of the unit the outer periphery of the aperture defined by a first side, a second side, a top, and a bottom; the outer periphery of the aperture including a water diverting shield formed thereof, the water diverting shield being configured to run along the first side, the top, and the second side of the outer periphery to divert water away from the aperture;
b) a base having a top surface defining a substantially level interior cavity portion, a substantially level outer perimeter portion, a first groove, and a second groove, the first groove being positioned between the interior cavity portion and the outer perimeter portion, the first groove defining a u-shaped configuration in a transverse cross section being formed within the base and extending into the base from the top surface, the first groove being sized and configured to receive the respective lower edges of the rear side wall, the left side wall, the right side wall, and the front side wall to form a substantially water proof barrier between the rear side wall, the left side wall, the right side wall, the front side wall, and the base, the outer perimeter portion being at a substantially lower level than the interior cavity portion; and
c) a door having a door body defining a bottom edge, the door traverseable between a closed position wherein the door body covers the aperture and the bottom edge is inserted into the second groove to prevent water from entering into the storage unit under the door body and an opened position wherein the door body is disposed away from the aperture and the bottom edge is removed from the second groove to allow items to be moved in and out of the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,305

DRAINAGE SYSTEM

Elfblend Pty Ltd, (AU)

1. A method of installing a drainage system having a central axis, said drainage system comprising:(1) an outer drainage conduit adapted to extend within a subfloor of a wet area, said outer drainage conduit comprising:
a rim adapted to be secured to an upper surface of the subfloor, wherein the rim has an inlet for liquid and extends substantially laterally relative to the central axis; and
a pipe body extending from the rim and having an outlet for liquid adapted to be connected to a waste pipe riser extending beneath the subfloor, wherein the central axis extends within the pipe body; and
(2) an inner drainage conduit comprising:
a rim having an inlet for liquid and extending substantially laterally relative to the central axis; and
a pipe body having an outlet for liquid and extending from the rim of the inner drainage conduit, and the central axis extends within the rim and pipe body of the inner drainage conduit, wherein:
the rim and pipe body of the inner drainage conduit are nestable within the outer drainage conduit such that the pipe bodies are in direct contact with each other,
when nested, the pipe bodies are adapted to be connectively sealed together using sealant, and
when nested, the rims are adapted to hold a waterproofing membrane in the form of a liner between the rims and to be connectively sealed in a water-tight manner to the waterproofing membrane using sealant,
said method comprising the steps of:
(1) positioning the outer drainage conduit such that it extends through a subfloor of a wet area requiring drainage;
(2) securing the rim of the outer drainage conduit to an upper surface of the subfloor;
(3) connecting the pipe body of the outer drainage conduit to a waste pipe riser extending beneath the subfloor;
(4) installing a cement bedding floor to the height of the rim of the outer drainage conduit and allowing the bedding floor to set;
(5) installing a waterproofing membrane in the form of a liner over the bedding floor and outer drainage conduit but so as to not obstruct the inlet for liquid of the outer drainage conduit;
(6) connectively sealing the waterproofing membrane between and to the rims of the outer and inner drainage conduits by applying sealant to both said rims; and
(7) connectively sealing the pipe bodies together in a water-tight manner using sealant, wherein steps (1) to (7) need not be carried out in the order listed.

US Pat. No. 10,190,298

PRESSURE TESTING DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS

PRESS-CISION CO., Falmou...

1. A device for pressure testing a plumbing installation, the device comprising:a pressure testing line for coupling with the plumbing installation;
a pressure sensor fluidly connected with the pressure testing line;
a tamper-resistant memory; and
a control system coupled with the pressure sensor and the tamper-resistant memory, the control system configured to:
obtain a command to initiate a pressure test of the plumbing installation;
compare an initial pressure measured at the pressure sensor with a threshold pressure for a pressure test on the plumbing installation;
prevent the pressure test of the plumbing installation in response to the initial pressure being less than the threshold pressure;
initiate the pressure test of the plumbing installation over a prescribed period in response to the initial pressure meeting or exceeding the threshold pressure; and
store a test record of the pressure test in the tamper-resistant memory upon completion of the pressure test.

US Pat. No. 10,190,297

MOBILE SINK ASSEMBLY

SMART SINKS PTY LTD., Qu...

1. A mobile sink assembly includinga container with one or more wheels, said container is partitioned into two compartments with an overflow aperture in a dividing wall providing fluid communication between an upper compartment and a lower compartment;
a first trap mounted within the upper compartment and supported adjacent a top opening in the upper compartment by a rail a lip or a plurality of lugs surrounding an outer perimeter of the first trap, the rail, lip or plurality of lugs are positioned on a ledge, channel or protrusion on the inner surface of the upper compartment, said first trap has a draining aperture, said first trap has one or more discharge apertures on or near a top of the first trap where an overflow of fluid can discharge into the upper compartment;
a second trap positionable below the first trap and in fluid communication with the first trap via the draining aperture;
a third trap, said third trap contains the second trap positioned there-within,
a riser and valve assembly coupled to the draining aperture in the first trap and configured to control a flow of liquid from the first trap into the second trap, the height of an opening in the riser and valve assembly is lower than the height of the top of the first trap to allow fluid to pass through the riser and valve rather than overflow the first trap, and a valve of the riser and valve assembly automatically closing off flow through the first trap draining aperture when an actuator portion of the riser and valve assembly is removed; and
a pump operatively connected to pump fluid from the lower compartment to the first trap; wherein in use fluid is pumped from the lower compartment to the first trap, passes through the draining aperture into the second trap and from the second trap to the third trap and from the third trap via the overflow aperture to return to the lower compartment, while particulate matter is retained in the first and second traps.

US Pat. No. 10,190,281

SECTIONAL MODULAR LARGE-DEFORMATION-RESISTANT IMPACT-RESISTANT COMPOSITE ROCK BOLT AND ITS ASSEMBLING METHOD

1. A sectional modular large-deformation-resistant impact-resistant composite rock bolt, wherein the composite rock bolt is divided into an outer anchor module and an inner anchor module; whereinsaid outer anchor module comprises
a set of anchor tubes,
anchor piers between the anchor tubes, and
an outer anchor end, wherein
the set of anchor tubes include a head anchor tube, several central anchor tubes and a tail anchor tube;
each of said anchor piers is connected with the anchor tubes at two ends through threads, and an assembly between two adjacent anchor piers is called an anchorage section;
said outer anchor end includes
an anchor plate,
a preloading spring,
an anchor ring and a nut; wherein
said anchor ring is connected with the tail anchor tube through threads;
the preloading spring is disposed on a shaft portion of the anchor ring having a smaller diameter than a head portion of the anchor ring and secured against an outer surface of the anchor plate;
under pressure of the preloading spring, an inner surface of the anchor plate is pressed tightly against a surface of a surrounding rock and an outer end surface of the anchor ring is secured against the nut;
said inner anchor module, located inside enclosed space formed by the outer anchor module, includes
a threaded rod,
anchor piers,
inner anchor springs and
baffle rings, wherein
said anchor piers and inner anchor springs are disposed the threaded rod;
one end of the inner anchor spring is set in a spring groove on an edge of a center hole of the anchor piers, and the other end of the inner anchor spring is retained on the threaded rod by said baffle rings, the baffle rings and the threaded rod are connected through threads; a locking rubber ring is set at one end of each said baffle ring and nut, respectively, to prevent them from moving in the direction of spring extension;said outer anchor module and inner anchor module are connected through the outer anchor end.

US Pat. No. 10,190,279

PILE FOR AN OFFSHORE MONOPILE TYPE FOUNDATION STRUCTURE

INNOGY SE, Essen (DE)

1. A pile for an offshore monopile type foundation structure comprising:an elongate cylindrical steel tube comprising a first length with a first wall thickness, and a second length with a second wall thickness, wherein the first wall thickness is different from the second wall thickness, and
wherein the second length comprises several reinforcement ribs extending longitudinally and equally spaced apart from each other over the entire second length.

US Pat. No. 10,190,278

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A JACK UP VESSEL

Electronic Power Design, ...

1. A jack up rig control system comprising:a jack up processor in data communication with each one of a plurality of gear_box motors over a first unidirectional data link for sending speed reference data to the plurality of gear box motors on a jack up rig leg to raise and lower the jack up rig leg;
a second unidirectional data link for receiving load data from a sensor on each one of the gear box motors at the jack-up rig processor from the plurality of gear_box motors on the jack up rig leg;
a computer program stored in a computer readable medium comprising instructions that are executed by the jack-up rig processor, the computer program comprising:
instructions to determine that one of the plurality of gear box motors on the jack-up rig leg is not working; and
instructions to distribute a load on the jack-up rig leg, between the remaining gear_box motors on the jack-up rig leg.

US Pat. No. 10,190,276

DOCKING SYSTEM WITH JOINT SUPPORTS

Wahoo Docks LLC, Richmon...

1. A dock construction system comprising:one or more fascia components, each fascia component comprising a main vertical wall, a lower horizontal member and an upper horizontal support member cooperatively defining an interior channel that is open at its ends and open opposite the main vertical wall, wherein:
the upper horizontal support member comprises a first horizontal component extending perpendicularly outward from the main vertical wall, a vertical component extending perpendicularly downward from the first horizontal component, and a second horizontal component extending perpendicularly outward from the vertical component in a plane that is substantially parallel to a plane defined by the first horizontal component thereby defining an upper lip that is configured to receive and support an end of one or more cross beams; and
the lower horizontal member comprises a first lower horizontal component extending perpendicularly outward from the main vertical wall, a lower vertical component extending perpendicularly upward from the first lower horizontal component, and a second lower horizontal component defining a lower lip by extending perpendicularly outward from the lower vertical component in a plane that is substantially coplanar with a plane defined by the first lower horizontal component; and
one or more cross beams with opposing ends supported by the upper lips of a first and second fascia component when the first and second fascia components are positioned such that the interior channels of the first and second fascia components are facing each other.

US Pat. No. 10,190,274

CONNECTING DEVICES

Lindsay Transportation So...

1. A roadway barrier apparatus comprising, in combination:a first barrier section having a first barrier section end including a first barrier section upper protrusion with an upper connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion and a first barrier section lower protrusion with a lower connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion, said first barrier section upper protrusion and said first barrier section lower protrusion being spaced from one another with the connecting device receiving portion of said upper connecting region of the first barrier section upper protrusion positioned above the connecting device receiving portion of said lower connecting region of the first barrier section lower protrusion, said connecting device receiving portions being openings;
a second barrier section having a second barrier section end including a second barrier section upper connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion and a second barrier section lower protrusion with a lower connecting region defining a connecting device receiving portion, said second barrier section upper protrusion and said second barrier section lower protrusion being spaced from one another with the connecting device receiving portion of said upper connecting region of the second barrier section upper protrusion positioned above the connecting device receiving portion of said lower connecting region of the second barrier section lower protrusion, said connecting device receiving portions of the first and second barrier sections being openings, the upper protrusion of said first barrier section and the upper protrusion of the second barrier section being in overlapping relationship and the lower protrusion of said first barrier section and the lower protrusion of said second barrier section being in overlapping relationship, with the openings of said overlapping first and second barrier sections upper and lower protrusions located along a common vertical axis; and
a connecting device including an elongated member and engaging elements attached to said elongated member, projecting outwardly therefrom in substantially the same direction and spaced from one another, said connecting device positionable in said openings and movable between a lower position wherein said engaging elements engage the openings of the overlapping upper and lower protrusions of both said first barrier section and said second barrier section to maintain said first and the second barrier sections in alignment and an upper position wherein said engaging elements are removed from said openings whereby said first barrier section and said second barrier section may be pivoted about the elongated member;
the openings in the upper and lower protrusions of the first and second barrier sections each comprising a slot having a bulbous semi-circular end for receiving the elongated member and wherein the openings in the upper protrusions enable a lower one of the engagement elements to be inserted and pass therethrough, said slot of the upper and lower protrusions of the first barrier section extending from said bulbous semi-circular end thereof being narrower than said bulbous semi-circular end thereof and terminating at an open mouth portion end, the slot of the upper and lower protrusions of the second barrier section extending from said bulbous circular end thereof being narrower than the bulbous semi-circular end thereof and terminating at a closed end, said slots of the the lower position.

US Pat. No. 10,190,273

MANHOLE GUARD AND ATTACHABLE HOIST DEVICE

1. A manhole guard comprising:a plurality of sections connected for movement, the sections including a center section, a first wing, and a second wing, wherein the center section comprises a first post and a second post, the first wing comprises a first wing post connected to the first post by at least one first wing rail, and the second wing comprises a second wing post connected to the second post by at least one second wing rail;
a first arm connected to the center section and capable of locking the first wing into a fixed position relative to the center section; and
a second arm connected to the center section and capable of locking the second wing into a fixed position relative to the center section;
wherein the first arm and the second arm operate independently of each other;
wherein at least one of the first arm or the second arm comprises a spring-loaded latch mechanism configured to accept either the first wing or the second wing;
wherein the first wing post is connected to the first post by at least an upper first wing rail and a lower first wing rail, and the second wing post is connected to the second post by at least an upper second wing rail and a lower second wing rail, and wherein the manhole guard further comprises:
a first mounting bracket connected to the first wing, and a second mounting bracket connected to the second wing;
the first mounting bracket having a first top recess, a first middle recess, and a first lower recess, wherein the first lower recess is configured to accept the first lower wing rail in an interference fit, and the first middle recess is configured to accept the first upper wing rail in an interference fit; and
the second mounting bracket having a second top recess, a second middle recess, and a second lower recess, wherein the second lower recess is configured to accept the second lower wing rail in an interference fit, and the second middle recess is configured to accept the second upper wing rail in an interference fit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,272

VEHICLE DISTANCE ADVISE SYSTEMS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle distance advise system, comprising:a first housing section including a first reflective strip and a first warning device connected to the first reflective strip; and
a second housing section removably connected to the first housing section and including a second reflective strip and a second warning device connected to the second reflective strip.

US Pat. No. 10,190,271

ADJUSTABLE MODULES FOR VARIABLE DEPTH STRUCTURES

University of Notre Dame ...

1. A structural plane for forming a variable depth structure having a first end and a second end comprising:a plurality of adjustable modules, each module comprising:
a first link with a first end and a second end;
a second link with a first end and a second end operably connected to the first end of the first link with an upper revolute joint;
a third link with a first end and a second end operably connected to the first end of the second link with a first lateral revolute joint;
a fourth link with a first end and a second end operably connected to the first end of the third link with a lower revolute joint and operably connected to the first link at a second lateral revolute joint;
an upper chord connecting the upper revolute joint of one of the plurality of adjustable modules to the upper revolute of an adjacent one of the plurality of adjustable modules;
a lower chord connecting the lower revolute joint of the one of the plurality of adjustable modules to the lower revolute of the adjacent one of the plurality of adjustable modules;
wherein the second lateral revolute joint of the one of the plurality of adjustable modules is operably connected to the first lateral revolute joint of the adjacent one of the plurality of adjustable modules;
wherein the first and second ends of the structural plane are restrained;
wherein the first lateral revolute joint of one of the plurality of adjustable modules nearest a first end of the structural plane is a first ultimate lateral revolute joint;
wherein the second lateral revolute joint of one of the plurality of adjustable modules nearest a second end of the structural plane is a second ultimate revolute joint; and
wherein the first end is operably connected to the first ultimate lateral revolute joint, and the second end is operably connected to the second ultimate lateral revolute joint.

US Pat. No. 10,190,269

HIGH SPEED STEREOSCOPIC PAVEMENT SURFACE SCANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FUGRO ROADWARE INC., Mis...

1. A mobile vehicle mounted pavement condition assessment system, comprising:one or more light sources mounted on the mobile vehicle for illuminating a pavement;
one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices mounted on the mobile vehicle for capturing sequential images of the illuminated pavement;
a plurality of positioning sensors mounted on the mobile vehicle, the positioning sensors adapted to encode movement of the mobile vehicle and provide a synchronization signal for the sequential images captured by the one or more stereoscopic image capture devices; and
one or more processors adapted to:
synchronize the images captured by each camera in the one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices;
calculate a 3D elevation for each point on the pavement using stereoscopic principles; and
assess the condition of the pavement using the 3D elevation data.

US Pat. No. 10,190,267

ARTIFICIAL TURF FOR LANDSCAPE AND SPORTS

BFS EUROPE NV, Kruishout...

1. An artificial turf comprising:a mechanically bounded layer of fibers consisting of non-woven matting comprising one or more natural and/or synthetic fibers, and
pile yarn inserted through the mechanically bounded layer of fibers, the pile yarn being anchored to the mechanically bounded layer of fibers,
wherein the mechanically bounded layer of fibers has a density that decreases from the bottom to the top of the mechanically bounded layer of fibers, and
wherein the mechanically bounded layer of fibers is on top of a backing, and the mechanically bounded layer of fibers includes a lower layer an an upper layer, the lower layer being positioned at the bottom of the mechanically bounded layer of fibers and the upper layer being positioned on top of the lower layer, and the upper layer having a higher fiber coarseness than the lower layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,266

REINFORCED RUBBER GROUND COVER MAT

Champagne Edition, Inc., ...

1. A ground cover mat comprising:(a) a slab made of a slab material comprising rubber, the slab defining a horizontally extending lower major surface of the ground cover mat and a horizontally extending upper major surface of the ground cover mat; and
(b) a core assembly encased by the slab and disposed vertically between the lower major surface and the upper major surface of the ground cover mat, the core comprising:
(i) a plurality of boards extending horizontally along a majority of the length of the slab and disposed in horizontally spaced apart side-by-side relation with each other; and
(ii) a rebar mesh disposed on top of and in contact with the plurality of boards, the rebar mesh comprising a first plurality of horizontally extending rebars disposed in horizontally spaced apart side-by-side relation with each other, and a second plurality of horizontally extending rebars disposed in horizontally spaced apart side-by-side relation with each other, wherein the rebars of the second plurality of rebars are oriented transversely to and in contact with the rebars of the first plurality of rebars;
wherein the first plurality of rebars are in contact with the boards and disposed vertically between the boards and the second plurality of rebars, or the rebars of the second plurality of rebars are in contact with the boards and disposed vertically between the boards and the first plurality of rebars: and
wherein the rubber of the slab material fills spaces between the rebars of the rebar mesh and the boards.

US Pat. No. 10,190,265

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR PELLETIZED RECYCLED ASPHALT SHINGLES

1. An asphalt pavement comprising:a first stage mix comprising:
recycled asphalt shingles material; and
a softening agent; wherein the softening agent is selected from the group consisting of biofuels, bio-oils, and combinations thereof;
a second stage mix comprising:
virgin recycled asphalt shingles material;
hydrated lime; and,
a water-resistant modified lignin sulfate binder; and
a performance grade neat asphalt,wherein the performance grade neat asphalt is combined with a combination of the second stage mix with the first stage mix.

US Pat. No. 10,190,264

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL RAILWAY FASTENING COMPONENT ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM

MOW Equipment Solutions, ...

1. A multi-functional railway fastening component adjustment system comprising:a railway component adjuster comprising:
a tool bracket;
one or more adjustment tools pivotally coupled with the tool bracket;
one or more tool actuators coupled with the one or more adjustment tools and the tool bracket, the one or more tool actuators adapted to cause pivotal movement of the one or more adjustment tools with respect to the tool bracket; and
a main bracket comprising one or more attachment components to couple the railway component adjuster to a frame structure;
the railway component adjuster configured to selectively engage each railway fastening component of a plurality of railway fastening components from a plurality of different addressing positions of the one or more adjustment tools at least in part by pivoting to a selected addressing position of the plurality of different addressing positions, wherein:
the plurality of railway fastening components comprises a railway anchor and a railway tie plate;
the railway component adjuster is adapted to hold the one or more adjustment tools in the selected addressing position to make a component adjustment to the railway fastening component with the one or more adjustment tools; and
the component adjustment comprises movement of the railway fastening component along a rail of a railway.

US Pat. No. 10,190,263

SOFT THROUGH AIR DRIED TISSUE

First Quality Tissue, LLC...

1. A system for making tissue, comprising:a mixing section that provides a pulp mix, the mixing section including a wet-end adding section that delivers a wet-end additive to the pulp mix at a first point in a process for manufacturing tissue;
a forming section that forms after the first point in the process a wet web from the pulp mix provided by the mixing section;
a drying section that dries the wet web into a basesheet of tissue;
a winding section that winds the basesheet tissue onto a roll; and
a sensor that detects a break in the basesheet tissue;
wherein operation of the wet-end adding section is controlled by the sensor so that delivery of the wet-end additive to the pulp mix is prevented at the first point in response to the sensor detecting a break in the basesheet tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,190,262

OPTICAL BRIGHTENING AGENT COMPOSITION

TEH FONG MIN INTERNATIONA...

1. An optical brightening agent composition for optical brightening of surfaces of paper or cardboards consisting of: water, a compound as shown in chemical formula (1), and sodium methylene dinaphthalene sulfonates:
wherein the sodium methylene dinaphthalene sulfonates are chemical compounds, as shown in chemical formula (2), chemical formula (3) or chemical formula (4):

R1 is a functional group, as shown in chemical formula (6), or chemical formula (7):

and R2 is a functional group, as shown in chemical formula (8), chemical formula (9), or chemical formula (10):

US Pat. No. 10,190,260

FLUFF PULP AND HIGH SAP LOADED CORE

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPA...

1. A fluff pulp composition, comprising:softwood fibers;
8 to 23% by weight of hardwood fibers; and
one or more superabsorbent polymer (SAP),
wherein the fluff pulp composition has a SAP retention value greater than 75%.

US Pat. No. 10,190,259

PNEUMATIC DUST HOOD WITH PLUG PREVENTER

Brunn Air Systems, Inc., ...

1. A pneumatic hood, comprising:a hood body having an outlet;
an elongate, open inlet provided in one face of the hood body and extending substantially the entirety of a width of the hood body, the inlet being much wider than it is high;
an inlet flap hingedly connected to and contiguous with the hood body to define a central portion of the inlet, the inlet flap extending over only a portion of the width of the inlet;
one or more actuators coupled to the inlet flap to move the inlet flap so as to selectively and temporarily increase the size of the central portion of the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,190,257

WIRE CABLE AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCTION OF SAID WIRE CABLE

CASAR DRAHTSEILWERK SAAR ...

1. A method for producing a wire cable, comprising the steps of: precompacting a core cable and afterwards compacting the core cable by hammering to smooth an outer surface of the core cable and increase flexibility and bending strength of the wire cable; applying a plastic layer to the core cable; softening the plastic layer; subsequently twisting multiwire strands onto the core cable covered by the softened plastic layer and pressing the multiwire strands into the softened plastic layer; and hammering the wire cable after the multiwire strands are twisted on the core cable and pressed into the plastic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,256

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A STRAND OR A CABLE

CASAR DRAHTSEILWERK SAAR ...

1. A device for producing a strand or cable, the device comprising: a rotatable feed arrangement for feeding cords to a twisting point, at which the cords are to be twisted around a core strand of the strand or a core cable for forming the strand or the cable, and an installation for heating the core strand or the core cable, wherein the heating installation is rotatable together with the feed arrangement, the heating installation being arranged to apply heat to the core strand or the core cable in an area in which the cords are guided from the rotatable feed arrangement to the twisting point, wherein the heating installation is arranged in free spaces between the cords leading to the twisting point so as to focus heat on the core strand or the core cable, so that the core strand or the core cable is heated more strongly than the cords and strong heating of the cords is avoided.

US Pat. No. 10,190,254

SKIN MATERIAL

Seiren Co., Ltd., Fukui ...

1. A skin material comprising a closed cellular heat-insulating layer and a coloring layer which are sequentially stacked on a fibrous substrate, wherein the skin material has unevennesses on a front face, the closed cellular heat-insulating layer has a softening temperature of 110° C. to 250° C., and a contact cool feeling (Qmax) of the front face of the skin material is 0.30 W/cm2 or less both before and after a heat treatment for 2400 hours at 70° C., and wherein the closed cells of the closed cellular heat-insulating layer consist of closed cells obtained by mixing a resin serving as a matrix with hollow particles forming the closed cells of the cellular heat-insulating layer, the hollow particles consist of expanded polymeric microcapsules, and each of closed cells consists of a respective one of the expanded polymeric microcapsules, and the matrix has a softening temperature of 110° C. to 250° C., and a glass transition point of ?100° C. to 50° C., and a resin that forms outer shells of the hollow particles has a softening temperature of 110° C. to 250° C., and a glass transition point of 50° C. to 150° C.

US Pat. No. 10,190,253

NANOPARTICLE TREATED FABRICS, FIBERS, FILAMENTS, AND YARNS AND RELATED METHODS

ATTOSTAT, INC, Salt Lake...

1. A nanoparticle treated fibrous article, comprising:a fibrous article selected from a fabric, fiber, filament, or yarn; and
a plurality of exposed, nonionic, spherical-shaped metal nanoparticles free of angled edges or external bond angles,
the metal nanoparticles being formed through a laser-ablation process,
at least a portion of the metal nanoparticles being silver nanoparticles that provide effective microbial control without significant release of toxic silver ions, and
the metal nanoparticles being non-covalently affixed to the fibrous article through Van der Waals forces, without electrostatic forces, without being embedded within a fiber, filament, or yarn of the fibrous article, and without being encapsulated within a polymer or adhesive coating,
wherein the metal nanoparticles remain affixed to the fibrous article when exposed to one or more of water, soap, a surfactant, or a solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,190,251

LAUNDRY TREATING APPARATUS HAVING A DETERGENT SUPPLY MODULE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A front-loading laundry treating apparatus, comprising:a cabinet provided with a laundry introduction port for introduction of laundry;
a tub arranged in the cabinet to provide a space to store washing water, wherein the tub communicates with the introduction port;
a detergent supply module positioned under the laundry introduction port and adjacent to a periphery of the laundry introduction port to supply a detergent to the tub, wherein the detergent supply module is detachably provided to the cabinet; and
a water supply channel arranged to connect a water supply source to the tub, wherein the detergent supply module is provided in a space defined between the tub and a door configured to open the introduction port.

US Pat. No. 10,190,250

DRIVING APPARATUS FOR WASHING MACHINE

NEW MOTECH CO., LTD., Gw...

1. A driving apparatus for a washing machine, comprising:a clutch housing comprising a washing shaft and a dewatering shaft penetrating the inside;
an annular clutch holder installed in the lower part of the clutch housing;
a clutch lever hinge-coupled to the clutch holder, including an upper rotation part and a coupler receiving part;
a driving lever having a lever arm interlocking with the upper rotation part of the clutch lever;
a clutch coupler laid on the upper part of the coupler receiving part performing up and down spline movement by the coupler receiving part;
a motor assembly coupled to the lower part of the clutch holder, comprising a stator assembly and a rotor assembly; and
a waterproof cover covering the upper part of the motor assembly;
wherein the waterproof cover comprises a cavity formed in the inside, and at least one coupling protrusion formed being protruded towards the inside of the cavity,
wherein at least one waterproof cover coupling hole is formed in the clutch holder so that the waterproof cover is coupled to the lower part of the clutch housing by coupling the coupling protrusion with the waterproof cover coupling hole.

US Pat. No. 10,190,248

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING RESTORATION QUALITY TO A THIRD PARTY CERTIFIED STANDARD OF SOFT OBJECTS BEING WASHED REMOTELY

1. A remote monitoring system comprising:a volume of consumables independently pre-certified to clean and restore an item to a pre-determined certification standard of cleanliness;
at least one washing machine for washing wash items;
at least one container configured to hold the volume of the consumables, the at least one container being removably couplable to the at least one washing machine and configured to provide a portion of the volume of the consumables to the washing machine during a washing cycle;
a wash processor comprising a tracking mechanism configured to track wash environment data, wherein the wash processor is adapted to communicate over the internet;
at least one container identifier associated with the at least one container for identifying a characteristic of the consumables;
an administrator processor, remote from said at least one washing machine, adapted to communicate over the internet with each said wash processor and to receive data from each said wash processor on a repeating, short-time interval, the administrator processor configured to, for each of the at least one washing machine, track the portion of the volume of the consumables used by the washing machine, track the level of the volume of the consumables in the at least one container, and when the stored volume of the consumables decreases below a pre-determined refill threshold in the at least one container automatically begin resupply procedures to provide additional consumables to the system.

US Pat. No. 10,190,246

TUFTING MACHINE DRIVE SYSTEM

Card-Monroe Corp., Chatt...

1. A tufting machine for forming tufted articles, comprising:backing feed rolls feeding a backing material through the tufting machine;
at least one needle bar having a plurality of needles mounted therealong, each of the needles carrying a yarn for forming tufts of yarns in the backing material as the needles are reciprocated into and out of the backing material;
a first directional drive component including a series of push rods for driving the at least one needle bar in a first direction along its reciprocating motion, and a series of needle bar support brackets coupled to the push rods, the needle bar support brackets including linear motion bearing guides each having a series of linear motion bearings arranged therealong and configured to slidably receive a guide track mounted to the at least one needle bar as the at least one needle bar is moved in a second direction and the at least one needle bar is reciprocated in the first direction; and
a second directional drive component including at least one shift mechanism connected to the at least one needle bar by at least one connecting arm assembly, the at least one connecting arm assembly comprising a guide arm mounted to the at least one needle bar and a linear bearing assembly bracket having linear motion bearings therealong and defining a channel through which the guide arm is received during the reciprocating movement of the at least one needle bar in its first direction while the at least one needle bar is moved in its second direction substantially transverse to the first direction by the at least one shift mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,190,245

CATHEDRAL WINDOW QUILT KIT

1. A cathedral window quilt kit comprising:a transparent template having a top side, a bottom side, a north side, a south side, an east side, a west side, a northeast corner, a northwest corner, a southwest corner, a southeast corner, a center, an L-shaped ruler, a plurality of cut lines, a plurality of first holes, and a plurality of second holes, wherein a circumference of each of the plurality of second holes is less than a circumference of each of the plurality of first holes;
wherein the L-shaped ruler has a plurality of demarcations disposed within the top side of the transparent template;
wherein the plurality of cut lines is disposed from the top side of the transparent template to the bottom side thereof, and each of the plurality of cut lines is a color;
wherein a first four of the plurality of cut lines are disposed in a first square shape proximal the northwest corner of the transparent template, wherein the first four cut lines are configured to make a quilt window frame;
wherein a second four of the plurality of cut lines are disposed in a second square shape proximal the southwest corner of the transparent template, wherein the second square shape is smaller than the first square shape, wherein the second four cut lines are configured to make a quilt window pane;
wherein the remainder of the plurality of cut lines is disposed proximal the southeast corner of the transparent template, wherein the remainder of the plurality of cut lines is configured to make a quilt trim;
wherein the plurality of first holes is disposed from the top side of the transparent template to the bottom side thereof, and the plurality of first holes is disposed in a square grid pattern, wherein the plurality of first holes is configured to mark a fabric to ensure precision of the quilt window frame;
wherein the plurality of second holes is disposed from the top side of the transparent template to the bottom side thereof proximal the center of the transparent template, and the plurality of second holes is disposed in a first line from the southwest corner of the transparent template to the northeast corner thereof or a second line from the southeast corner of the transparent template to the northwest corner thereof, wherein the plurality of second holes is configured to mark a fabric to create a miniature quilt window for a scrapbook or a piece of jewelry;
a plurality of silk pins;
a plurality of T-pins;
a cut-and-press pad;
a rotary cutter;
a snap wrist ruler;
a friction marker; and
a case with a plurality of indentations, wherein one of the transparent template, the plurality of silk pins, the plurality of T-pins, the cut-and-press pad, the rotary cutter, the snap wrist ruler, and the friction marker is selectively receivable within one of the plurality of indentations.

US Pat. No. 10,190,241

LINKING DEVICE AND MACHINE COMPRISING SAID DEVICE

1. A linking device comprising:a first bowed needle mounted on a first shaft;
a second bowed needle mounted on a second shaft; wherein the first shaft and the second shaft are mutually inclined to each other and are controlled in order to pivot reciprocatingly around a pivoting axis of the first shaft and a pivoting axis of the second shaft, respectively;wherein: the first shaft is rigidly coupled to a first pin pivoting therewith; the second shaft is rigidly coupled to a second pin pivoting therewith; and a slider is slidingly mounted on the first pin and on the second pin.

US Pat. No. 10,190,234

CONTINUOUS SYSTEM FOR FABRICATING MULTILAYER HETEROSTRUCTURES VIA HYDRIDE VAPOR PHASE EPITAXY

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A system for fabricating multilayer heterostructures via hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE), the system comprising:a deposition assembly comprising:
a plurality of deposition chambers and a plurality of separation chambers mounted together, each separation chamber having two opposing ends, each end mounted to a deposition chamber of the plurality of deposition chambers and in fluid communication with the deposition chamber via a fluid pathway, wherein each deposition chamber of the plurality of deposition chambers defines a deposition zone having a height hd, each separation chamber defines a separation zone having a height hs and a length ls, and each fluid pathway has a height hfp, wherein hfp, hs and ls are selected to provide a predetermined interfacial transition region value between different material layers of a multilayer heterostructure; and
a moveable belt configured to continuously convey a substrate mounted thereon through the plurality of deposition chambers and the plurality of separation chambers; and
a gas delivery assembly configured to deliver reactant gas mixtures to the deposition assembly for deposition on the substrate via HVPE.

US Pat. No. 10,190,233

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A GROUP 13 ELEMENT NITRIDE CRYSTAL USING A SHIELDING OBJECT

NGK INSULATORS, LTD., Ai...

1. A method of producing a crystal of a nitride of a group 13 element, said method comprising:placing a group 13 element source, a flux comprising at least one of an alkali metal and an alkaline earth metal, and an additive being liquid at an ambient temperature in a crystal growing vessel; and
heating and pressurizing said crystal growing vessel under a nitrogen atom-containing gas atmosphere to form a melt containing said group 13 element source, said flux and said additive,
wherein evaporation of said additive is prevented by a shielding object consisting essentially of said flux until said flux is melted and then said crystal of said nitride of said group 13 element is grown in said melt,
wherein said additive is hydrocarbon or a dopant of said crystal;
wherein said additive is contained in a container; and
wherein the whole of said container is composed of said shielding object and is dissolved into said melt, or wherein said container comprises a main body having a storage part storing said additive and a lid composed of said shielding object, and said lid is dissolved into said melt and said main body is left in said melt.

US Pat. No. 10,190,232

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR MAINTAINING PH IN NICKEL ELECTROPLATING BATHS

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. An electroplating system for electroplating nickel onto a semiconductor substrate comprising:an electroplating cell configured to hold an electrolyte solution during electroplating, the electroplating cell comprising:
(a) a cathode chamber;
(b) an anode chamber configured to hold a soluble nickel anode during electroplating;
(c) the soluble nickel anode positioned in the anode chamber, wherein the soluble nickel anode is configured to generate nickel ions during electroplating;
(d) a porous separator between the anode chamber and the cathode chamber permitting passage of ionic current during electroplating, but inhibiting the passage of electrolyte solution; and
(e) a semiconductor substrate holder for holding the semiconductor substrate during electroplating; and
an oxygen removal device arranged to reduce oxygen concentration in the electrolyte solution as it is flowed to the anode chamber during electroplating and during idle times when the system is not electroplating; and
a pH meter configured to measure the pH of the electrolyte solution and logic for operating the oxygen removal device in response to values output by the pH meter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,231

NI-PLATED STEEL SHEET, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING NI-PLATED STEEL SHEET

1. A Ni-plated steel sheet, comprising:a steel sheet;
a first Ni-plated layer which is formed at least on a one-sided surface of the steel sheet and contains Ni; and
a second Ni-plated layer which is formed on the first Ni-plated layer and contains Ni, wherein an average central-line roughness Ra at an interface between the first Ni-plated layer and the second Ni-plated layer is less than 0.1 ?m,
an average central-line roughness Ra of a surface of the second Ni-plated layer is 0.1 ?m to 100 ?m, and
a coating amount of Ni in an entirety of the first Ni-plated layer and the second Ni-plated layer is 20 mg/m2 to 2500 mg/m2 per one-sided surface in terms of metal Ni.

US Pat. No. 10,190,230

CROSS FLOW MANIFOLD FOR ELECTROPLATING APPARATUS

Novellus Systems, Inc., ...

1. A method for electroplating a substrate, the method comprising:(a) receiving the substrate in a substrate holder, the substrate being substantially planar, wherein a plating face of the substrate is exposed, and wherein the substrate holder is configured to hold the substrate such that the plating face of the substrate is separated from an anode during electroplating;
(b) immersing the substrate in electrolyte, wherein a gap of about 10 mm or less is formed between the plating face of the substrate and an upper surface of an ionically resistive element, wherein the ionically resistive element is at least coextensive with the plating face of the substrate, and wherein the ionically resistive element is adapted to provide ionic transport through the ionically resistive element during electroplating;
(c) flowing electrolyte in contact with the substrate in the substrate holder from a side inlet, into the gap, and out a side outlet, wherein the side inlet and side outlet are positioned proximate azimuthally opposed perimeter locations on the plating face of the substrate, and wherein the side inlet and side outlet are designed or configured to generate cross-flowing electrolyte in the gap during electroplating;
(d) rotating the substrate holder; and
(e) electroplating material onto the plating face of the substrate while flowing the electrolyte as in (c).

US Pat. No. 10,190,229

INTERIOR PLATING AND AUTOMATED SURFACE-DEPOSITION SYSTEM

OCEANIT LABORATORIES, INC...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of modular segments flexibly attached to one another; and
sources of electrical power and plating and coating solutions;
wherein the plurality of modular segments comprise:
a drive stage configured to push the plurality of modular segments along a surface;
a plating stage configured to apply the plating solution to the surface; and
a surface treatment application stage configured to apply the coating solution to the surface, which will cure to form a final coating on the surface that is resistant to corrosion and buildup.

US Pat. No. 10,190,228

COPPER ELECTROPLATING BATHS AND ELECTROPLATING METHODS CAPABLE OF ELECTROPLATING MEGASIZED PHOTORESIST DEFINED FEATURES

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

1. A method comprising:a) providing a substrate comprising a layer of photoresist, wherein the layer of photoresist comprises a plurality of apertures;
b) providing a copper electroplating bath comprising one or more sources of copper ions, one or more electrolytes, wherein the electrolytes comprise an acid or a mixture of acids and, optionally, a source of halide ions; one or more accelerators; one or more suppressors; one or more first reaction products consisting of a bisepoxide and an aromatic amino acid compound having a formula:

wherein R1 and R2 are independently chosen from hydrogen, —NH2 and —OH; E is nitrogen or CR3; G is nitrogen or CR4 and Z is nitrogen or CR5 with the proviso that only one of E, G and Z is a nitrogen at the same time and R3, R4 and R5 are independently chosen from hydrogen, —NH2 and —OH with the proviso that at least one of R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 is —NH2; and one or more second reaction products consisting of an imidazole with an epoxide;
c) immersing the substrate comprising the layer of photoresist with the plurality of apertures in the copper electroplating bath; and
d) electroplating a plurality of copper photoresist defined megapillars in the plurality of apertures, wherein the megapillars have aspect ratios of 3:1 to 1:1, and the plurality of copper photoresist defined megapillars comprise an average % TIR of ?5% to +15%.

US Pat. No. 10,190,227

ARTICLES COMPRISING AN ELECTRODEPOSITED ALUMINUM ALLOYS

Xtalic Corporation, Marl...

1. An article comprising:an electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy, wherein the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy comprises an average grain size less than approximately 1 micrometer, wherein at least a portion of the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy has a thickness that is greater than approximately 40 micrometers, wherein a ductility of the entire portion of the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy is between approximately 2% and 40%, and wherein the electrodeposited aluminum manganese alloy comprises between approximately 1 atomic percent manganese to approximately 20 atomic percent manganese.

US Pat. No. 10,190,225

ELECTRODEPOSITED COPPER FOIL WITH LOW REPULSIVE FORCE

CHANG CHUN PETROCHEMICAL ...

1. A method for manufacturing electrodeposited copper foil comprising:(a) preparing a copper sulfate electrolyte solution with a chlorine ion concentration of 20 ppm or less;
(b) performing an electrochemical reaction on the copper sulfate electrolyte solution using a current density of about 80 A/dm2 or less to yield a bare copper foil; and
(c) processing the bare copper foil to yield the electrodeposited copper foil, so that the electrodeposited copper foil has:
(i) a lightness L* value of a nodule untreated side, based on the L*a*b color system, in the range of 75 to 90;
(j) a normal tensile strength in the range of 40 kgf/mm2 to 55 kgf/mm2; and
(k) a degree of curl, as measured by the lamination curl test, is in the range of 0.45 mm to 3.0 mm;
wherein the processing comprises a surface treatment process.