US Pat. No. 10,428,838

CENTRIFUGAL FAN

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A centrifugal fan comprising:a housing;
an impeller mounted inside the housing;
a hub provided inside the impeller, the hub being rotated by a driving force of a motor; and
a plurality of blades attached to the hub, each of the blades radially extending from the hub and having a leading edge and a trailing edge;
wherein each of the plurality of blades has a curved shape from the leading edge to the trailing edge in a rotational direction of the impeller,
wherein a peak point of each of the plurality of blades is located closer to the leading edge than the trailing edge, whereby the peak point is a point that is farthest from a plane connecting the leading edge and the trailing edge, and
wherein to increase efficiency of the impeller and reduce a flow noise, for each of the plurality of blades, an exit angle of air at the trailing edge is greater than or equal to 49.95° and less than or equal to 63.85°.

US Pat. No. 10,428,837

FAN

DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED,...

1. A fan for generating an air flow, comprising:a body comprising an air inlet; and
an annular nozzle connected to the body;
the annular nozzle comprising an annular interior passage and at least one air outlet from which the air flow is emitted from the fan, the annular interior passage extending about an opening through which air from outside the annular nozzle is drawn by air emitted from said at least one air outlet;
the body comprising a duct comprising an inner wall and an outer wall extending about the inner wall and having a first end defining an air inlet of the duct and a second end located opposite to the first end and defining an air outlet of the duct, an impeller located within the duct for drawing the air flow through the duct, a motor for driving the impeller, and a diffuser having an inlet and an outlet and located within the duct downstream from the impeller, wherein the second end of the duct protrudes from the body into a portion of the annular interior passage that extends about the opening of the annular nozzle, the outlet of the diffuser protrudes into the interior passage of the nozzle, the diffuser is located within a diffuser section of the air flow path that converges towards the second end of the duct, a portion of the inner wall of the duct which defines the diffuser section of an air flow path is perforated and lined internally with sound-absorbing material, and the perforated portion of the inner wall is frusto-conical in shape and tapers towards the outlet of the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,428,835

FAN AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A fan comprising:an impeller having a plurality of blades and rotating around a rotation axis; and
at least one balance weight having at least one claw portion and attached to the impeller to correct a center of gravity of the impeller, wherein
the impeller includes
a circumferential concave-convex portion formed along a circumferential direction, the at least one claw portion being engaged with the impeller such that the circumferential concave-convex portion restricts movement of the at least one balance weight in a radial direction of the impeller,
at least one radial concave-convex portion formed along the radial direction, the at least one claw portion being engaged with the impeller such that the at least one radial concave-convex portion restricts movement of the at least one balance weight in the circumferential direction of the impeller, and
the at least one claw portion comprises a plurality of claw portions,
the at least one radial concave-convex portion comprises a plurality of radial concave-convex portions,
the at least one balance weight has the plurality of the claw portions on a same surface, and
when an interval between centers of adjacent radial concave-convex portions of the plurality of radial concave-convex portions is D, and n is a natural number, a distance L between centers of two of the plurality of claw portions on the same surface satisfies L=(n+0.5)×D.

US Pat. No. 10,428,834

TURBINE ENGINE COOLER ASSEMBLY

Unison Industries, LLC, ...

1. A fan casing assembly comprising:a casing having a peripheral wall;
an annular fan cooler having a first surface confronting the peripheral wall and having a first end spaced from a second end and opposing forward and aft edges;
a first connection assembly having a location post configured to locate the first end of the annular fan cooler to the casing and prevent forward movement and aft movement of the casing; and
a second connection assembly having a positional locator that is configured to locate the second end of the annular fan cooler with respect to the casing and where the position locator allows for circumferential thermal growth;
wherein the positional locator comprises a bracket that is mounted to a portion of the casing and confines a portion of the second end of the annular fan cooler; and
wherein the bracket comprises a post that is received within a slot located on the second end of the annular fan cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,428,833

AXIAL TURBOMACHINE COMPRESSOR CASING

SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS SA, ...

1. An axial turbomachine stator, comprising:an outer annular casing with an inner annular surface; and
at least two one-piece groups of vanes, each one-piece group of vanes comprising:
several rows of stator vanes arranged along a circumference of the casing, the rows being axially offset from each other to define at least an upstream row of stator vanes, a downstream row of stator vanes, and at least one intermediate row of stator vanes; and
an outer shroud for attaching the vanes to the outer annular casing, the outer shroud extending axially over the entire length of the outer annular casing; wherein at least one outer shroud of the at least two one-piece groups of vanes comprises:
an outer surface in contact with the inner annular surface of the outer annular casing axially along at least two of the several rows of stator vanes, such that the stator is void of gap between the outer surface and the inner annular surface of the outer annular casing.

US Pat. No. 10,428,831

STEPPED LEADING EDGE FAN BLADE

WLC Enterprises, Inc., S...

1. A high-volume, low-speed fan comprising:a fan blade mount affixed to an electromagnetic motor wherein the electromagnetic motor rotates in a single direction around an axis of rotation;
a plurality of fan blades coupled to the fan blade mount each of the plurality of fan blades having a length measureable along a longitudinal edge of the fan blade and a width measurable along an end edge of the fan blade;
a leading edge attached to the longitudinal edge of the fan blade, the leading edge comprising a first step, a second step, and a third step extending along a length of the leading edge at predetermined intervals, wherein a width of the first step is narrower than a width of the second step, and a width of the third step is narrower than the width of the second step, and a leading edge of each of the first step, the second step, and third step includes a straight portion positioned parallel to the longitudinal edge of the fan blade, and:
the first step including a foremost edge surface, the second step including a foremost edge surface, and the third step including a foremost edge surface, wherein the foremost edge surface of the first step, the foremost edge surface of the second step, and the foremost edge surface of the third step are aligned in a plane formed by a chord direction of the fan blade and a non-axial transverse direction of the fan blade;
and the first step, the second step, and the third step are each configured to create a vortex.

US Pat. No. 10,428,828

CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS FOR MEDICAL USES

Terumo Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A centrifugal pump for pumping blood in an extracorporeal circuit, the centrifugal pump comprising:a housing defining an inlet port, an outlet port, and an internal space;
a spindle including a first end that is fixed to the housing and a second end that is a free end; and
an impeller disposed within the internal space, the impeller comprising a plurality of vanes extending from a plate member and one or more magnets coupled to the plate member,
wherein the impeller defines a central hole that receives the free end of the spindle such that the impeller is freely rotatable around the spindle in relation to the housing, and
wherein, between adjacent vanes of the plurality of vanes and on the same side of the plate member as the plurality of vanes, the plate member includes a main surface and an inclined surface that is non-parallel to the main surface.

US Pat. No. 10,428,827

CENTRIFUGAL FAN WITH A CASING INCLUDING STRUCTURE FOR ENGAGING WITH AN OBJECT TO WHICH THE CENTRIFUGAL FAN IS INSTALLED

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A centrifugal fan,wherein an impeller comprising a shroud is housed inside a casing that is formed by an upper casing and a lower casing,
air drawn in from a suction port formed on the casing by rotating the impeller is discharged from the casing to the outside of a blowing port that is formed over an entire side surface between the upper casing and the lower casing except for pillars intervened therebetween, and
multiple gap portions for engaging with an object in which the centrifugal fan is installed and multiple concavities are formed on an upper surface of the upper casing,
the multiple gap portions comprise a first gap portion composed by a circular protruded portion which protrudes upwardly in a shaft direction and is formed on a peripheral edge of the suction port, and a second gap portion formed outside in a radial direction of the circular protruded portion, and
the circular protruded portion protrudes upwardly from the second gap portion, wherein
the multiple concavities are located radially outside the second gap portion,
an upper surface of the shroud has a first step and a second step and the second gap portion of the upper casing faces the first step of the shroud,
the first step of the shroud is located closer to the suction port side in the shaft direction than the portion where the multiple concavities are provided.

US Pat. No. 10,428,812

DISC PUMP WITH ADVANCED ACTUATOR

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A pump comprising:a side wall substantially cylindrical in shape;
a first end wall and a second end wall closing the side wall for containing a fluid;
an actuator disposed between the first end wall and the second end wall;
an isolator extending from a periphery of the actuator to the side wall;
a first cavity adjacent the first end wall;
a second cavity adjacent the second end wall;
a first aperture disposed in the first end wall;
a second aperture disposed in the first end wall;
a first valve disposed in either one of the first aperture and the second aperture;
a third aperture disposed in the second end wall; and
a second valve disposed in the third aperture and configured to enable fluid to flow through the second cavity in both directions;
wherein the actuator is adapted to cause an oscillatory motion of the actuator to generate radial pressure oscillations of the fluid within the first cavity and the second cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,428,809

PUMPING SYSTEM

SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED, ...

1. A pumping system that pressurizes fluid and jets the fluid from a nozzle selected out of a plurality of nozzles, the pumping system comprising:a positive-displacement pump provided with a discharge opening for discharging the fluid;
a motor that drives the positive-displacement pump and has a rotational speed that is variable;
a selecting arrangement provided with an inlet of the fluid and a plurality of outlets, the selecting arrangement selecting the nozzle out of the plurality of nozzles and providing communication of the fluid between the inlet and an outlet among the plurality of outlets;
a discharge pipe providing communication of the fluid between the discharge opening and the inlet;
a storage that stores (i) control parameters used for control of the rotational speed and (ii) a target value of a discharge characteristic which is a discharge pressure or a discharge flow rate of the positive-displacement pump corresponding to each of the plurality of nozzles;
a sensor which is provided to the discharge pipe, the sensor measuring the discharge characteristic of the positive-displacement pump;
an exhaust valve provided to a pipe branched from the discharge pipe; and
a processor that is programmed to:
control the rotational speed of the motor using (i) the stored control parameters corresponding to the nozzle selected by the selecting arrangement and (ii) the measured discharge characteristic of the positive-displacement pump that is fed back, so as to match the measured discharge characteristic with the target value; and
keep the rotational speed of the motor at a preset idling rotational speed when the exhaust valve is open or when no nozzle is selected by the selecting arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,428,807

PUMP POWER CONSUMPTION ENHANCEMENT

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of reducing a power consumption of a first pump coupled directly to a vacuum chamber in a substrate processing system, the method comprising:measuring the power consumption of the first pump interposed directly between the vacuum chamber and a second pump;
comparing the power consumption that was measured to a first predetermined power consumption of the first pump, the first predetermined power consumption based on the power consumption of the first pump at idle; and
activating the second pump coupled directly to an exhaust port of the first pump upon the power consumption that was measured of the first pump falling below the first predetermined power consumption of the first pump such that the power consumption of the first pump is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,428,804

PROTEIN ARRAY FOR CONVERTING CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO MECHANICAL ENERGY

Toyota Research Institute...

18. A method for converting chemical energy to mechanical energy, comprising:attaching an array of ion-responsive microstructures to a first support structure and a second support structure;
delivering a plurality of ions to the array of ion-responsive microstructures, the plurality of ions causing a conformational shift in the ion-responsive microstructures;
directing the conformational shift to create a movement in the second support structure, moving at least a portion of the second support structure from a first pose to a second pose, the movement of the second support structure creating kinetic energy; and
transferring the kinetic energy from the second support structure to a mechanical energy transmission device, the mechanical energy transmission device converting the kinetic energy to mechanical work.

US Pat. No. 10,428,797

WIND FARM POWER REGULATION

INVENTUS HOLDINGS, LLC, ...

1. A wind farm power control system comprising:a first site controller configured to monitor a power characteristic at a high-side of a generator step-up (GSU) transformer, the high-side of the GSU transformer being coupled to a point-of-interconnect (POI) that provides power from a wind farm to a power grid, the first site controller comprising a single first automatic voltage regulator (AVR) per a plurality of first feeder groups, each of the plurality of first feeder groups comprising a plurality of first wind turbines; and
a second site controller comprising a single second automatic voltage regulator (AVR) per a plurality of second feeder groups configured to monitor a voltage of a power bus associated with a low-side of the GSU transformer, the power bus being provided power from the plurality of second feeder groups, each of the plurality of second feeder groups comprising a plurality of second wind turbines,
wherein the first site controller generates a cross-control signal directly provided to the second site controller to provide an indication of the power characteristic to the second site controller,
wherein the second site controller generates a cross-control signal directly provided to the first site controller to provide an indication of the voltage on the power bus, and
wherein the first AVR is further configured to regulate the power characteristic at the high-side of the GSU transformer to within a predetermined range of amplitudes based on the voltage of the power bus.

US Pat. No. 10,428,794

PITCH SYSTEM LOCKING ARRANGEMENT

1. A rotor of a wind turbine with a pitch system locking arrangement to lock the position of a wind turbine rotor blade, comprising: a rotor having a rotor hub and a rotor blade, wherein the rotor blade is connected to the hub via a bearing, to be rotatable with respect to the hub in a pitch movement, wherein the rotor blade includes a root section, and the root section includes a plate, that at least partially covers the cross section of the rotor blade, whereby a predetermined rotational position of the rotor blade with respect to the hub is a locked position, wherein the hub comprises a locking pawl, wherein the plate has an opening and the locking pawl is at least partially located in the opening of the plate, when the rotor blade is in the locked position, wherein the opening further comprises a ramp for the locking pawl to slide along, so that the locking pawl can slide out of the opening in one rotational direction of the rotor blade with respect to the hub, and wherein the plate directly abuts on the surface of the locking pawl such that forces from the locking pawl are applied directly to a side wall of the opening in the plate, the direction of application of the forces from the locking pawl being only in a plane defined by the plate such that the forces from the locking pawl applied to the plate do not cause any out-of-plane bending moments to occur in the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,428,783

COOLING SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR-VEHICLE

C.R.F. Societa Consortile...

1. A cooling system for an internal combustion engine of a motor-vehicle, comprising:a cooling circuit for a coolant of the engine, including an inner circuit portion internal to the engine and an outer circuit portion external to the engine, and
an expansion vessel connected to said outer circuit portion of the cooling circuit of the engine, wherein said expansion vessel has a thermally insulated containing body that constitutes a thermally insulated tank for a defined quantity of the coolant,
said thermally insulated tank being connected to said outer circuit portion of the cooling circuit, adapted for retaining the defined quantity of the coolant at a temperature above an ambient temperature when the engine is inactive, and provided for causing flowing of this defined quantity of the coolant, at the temperature above the ambient temperature, into the cooling circuit of the engine, after a subsequent start of the engine, during an engine warm up stage,
wherein:
said outer circuit portion also comprises a pump for actuating circulation of the coolant in the cooling circuit, a cooler for a lubrication oil of the engine, a heater for a passenger compartment of the motor-vehicle, a radiator for cooling the coolant and an electronically-controlled distribution valve for controlling flow of the coolant in the cooling circuit,
said electronically-controlled distribution valve has an inlet connected to a first duct, which feeds coolant leaving the engine, a first outlet connected to an inlet of the lubrication oil cooler of the engine, a second outlet connected to an inlet of said passenger compartment heater, and a third outlet connected to an inlet of said radiator,
an electronic control unit for controlling an operating condition of said electronically-controlled distribution valve as a function of one or more operating parameters, including at least one detected value of temperature of the coolant,
said expansion vessel is interposed in a second duct, which connects said first duct to an inlet for the coolant into said engine, said pump being interposed in a terminal portion of said second duct downstream of said expansion vessel and said expansion vessel being in a higher position compared to said pump,
said electronically-controlled distribution valve is selectively switchable between one of the following operating conditions:
a closed condition, wherein all of the first, second and third outlets are isolated with respect to said inlet of the distribution valve,
a first open condition, wherein only said first outlet communicates with the inlet of the distribution valve,
a second open condition, wherein only the first and second outlets communicate with the inlet of the distribution valve, and
a third open condition, wherein all the said first, second and third outlets communicate with said inlet of the distribution valve, and
said thermally insulated containing body includes a thermally insulated wall, comprising at least two layers spaced-apart from each other and a cavity between said layers, filled with air or an insulating material, said thermally insulated containing body having an inlet for communicating with an upstream part of said second duct located in an upper part of said containing body, and an outlet for communicating with a downstream part of said second duct located in a lower part of said thermally insulated containing body.

US Pat. No. 10,428,782

STARTING A MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVE UNIT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for starting a drive unit of a motor vehicle having a driving wheel, a clutch, a gearbox for coupling and decoupling the drive unit and the one or more driving wheels and brakes associated with the one or more driving wheels, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, a starting signal from a transmitter remote from the vehicle;
detecting, by the processor, whether the clutch is closed;
based on the detecting that the clutch is closed, detecting, by the processor, whether the brakes are closed such that the motor vehicle is at a standstill;
based on the detecting the brakes are closed, controlling, by the processor, a clutch actuator to move the clutch from closed to opened;
starting the drive unit, by the processor, in response to the starting signal based on the brakes being closed and the clutch being opened; and
starting, by the processor, a temperature control device a predetermined period of time after the starting the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,428,780

FUEL INJECTOR MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR MOUNTING AN INJECTOR TO AN ENGINE CYLINDER LINER

FAIRBANKS MORSE, LLC, Ch...

1. An injector mounting system for mounting an injector to an engine, the system comprising:an injector adapter, including:
a longitudinally extending adapter body, including:
a first end portion configured for connection to an engine;
an injector port formed in the adapter body opposite the first end portion to receive a proximal end portion of an injector;
a transverse passageway extending through a sidewall of the adapter body and intersecting the injector port; and
a flange extending from the adapter body; and
a collar connected to the flange and configured to engage a portion of the injector; and
a fitting disposed around at least a portion of the sidewall for fluid communication with the transverse passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,428,777

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel injection device injecting a liquefied gas fuel from an injection port to a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, the fuel injection device comprising:a passage forming member configured to define a fuel passage through which the liquefied gas fuel flows to the injection port;
a temperature regulating unit configured to adjust a temperature of the liquefied gas fuel flowing through the fuel passage according to an operation state of the internal combustion engine; and
a pressure regulating unit configured to adjust a pressure of the liquefied gas fuel flowing through the fuel passage according to the operation state of the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,428,773

SNORKEL SYSTEM

OMIX-ADA, INC., Ann Arbo...

1. A snorkel system comprising:a. a vehicle adapter configured to connect to a vehicle;
b. one or more air tubes configured to extend along an interior of an engine compartment of the vehicle; and
c. one or more angle adapters adapted to be located within the engine compartment of the vehicle, the one or more angle adapters fluidly connecting the vehicle adapter and the one or more air tubes together;wherein the one or more angle adapters include:an inlet opening located within a first plane, the inlet opening being located proximate to and in fluid communication with the vehicle adapter, and
an outlet opening being in communication with a first end of the one or more air tubes, the outlet opening being located within a second plane that is spaced apart from and extends substantially parallel to the first plane; and
wherein air flows into the inlet opening in a first direction and then turns and flows in a second direction towards the outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 10,428,769

FUEL VAPOR TREATMENT APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel vapor treatment apparatus applied to an engine which controls an injection quantity of a fuel injector so that an air-fuel ratio is kept at a target air-fuel ratio, the fuel vapor treatment apparatus treating a fuel vapor generated in a fuel tank by introducing the fuel vapor into the engine, the fuel vapor treatment apparatus comprising:a canister which adsorbs the fuel vapor;
a first pipe which defines a first passage fluidly connecting the fuel tank and the canister with each other;
a second pipe which defines a second passage fluidly connecting the canister and an intake passage of the engine with each other;
a purge valve which opens and closes the second passage;
a valve driving portion which drives the purge valve to be opened and closed;
an air-fuel-ratio obtaining portion which obtains the air-fuel ratio;
a clogging determining portion which determines an occurrence of clogging in a purge line or determines a clogging degree of the purge line based on the air-fuel ratio which the air-fuel-ratio obtaining portion obtains in a time period from when the purge valve is opened until when a specified time elapses, the purge line being defined by the first passage, the second passage and an inner passage of the purge valve.

US Pat. No. 10,428,767

LOW PRESSURE NATURAL GAS DIRECT INJECTION FUEL INJECTOR ASSEMBLY

CRAZY DIAMOND PERFORMANCE...

17. A method of injecting a compressed fuel into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, said method comprising:storing the compressed fuel in a fuel storage tank at a fuel storage pressure;
delivering the compressed fuel from the fuel storage tank to a fuel injector assembly through a fuel supply line at a fuel supply pressure that is less than the fuel storage pressure; and
injecting the compressed fuel from the fuel injector assembly directly into the combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine at a fuel injection pressure that is less than the fuel supply pressure,
wherein the fuel injector assembly includes an adapter valve having a housing and an outlet in communication with the combustion chamber, the housing includes a bullet chamber, and a bullet slidingly received within the bullet chamber, the bullet having an engagement portion, an internal cavity, and a plurality of passages that connect an exterior of the bullet to the internal cavity, the bullet moveable between an injection position and a closed position, in the injection position fuel injected by the fuel injector passes through the bullet via the plurality of passages to be discharged from the outlet into the combustion chamber in an injection direction, and in the closed position the engagement portion engages with the seat portion to prevent blowback gas from passing through the bullet in an ingress direction opposite the injection direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,764

DEFLECTION LIMITER FOR A CASCADE ASSEMBLY OF A THRUST REVERSER

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. A cascade assembly of a nacelle for a turbofan engine comprising:a cascade centered to and extending about a centerline;
a translating sleeve constructed and arranged to move between a forward position and an aft position along the centerline; and
a deflection limiter including a first surface facing at least in-part in a radial direction and carried by one of the cascade and the translating sleeve and a second surface facing at least in-part in an opposite radial direction and carried by the other of the cascade and the translating sleeve, and wherein the first and second surfaces oppose one-another for limiting deflection when the translating sleeve is in the aft position and are spaced axially apart when the translating sleeve is in the forward position;
wherein the cascade is a translating cascade constructed and arranged to move between a stowed state and a deployed state along the centerline, and wherein the deflection limiter is mated for transferring load when the translating sleeve is in the aft position and the translating cascade is in the deployed state, and is un-mated when the translating sleeve is in the forward position and the translating cascade is in the stowed state;
wherein the first surface is carried by a first catch of the deflection limiter fixed to the translating sleeve and the second surface is carried by a second catch of the deflection limiter fixed to the cascade, and wherein the first and second catches are constructed and arranged to mate when the translating sleeve is in the aft position and is un-mated when the translating sleeve is in the forward position; and
a fixed structure;
a hook device including a third catch fixed to the fixed structure and a fourth catch fixed to a forward portion of the cascade, and wherein the third catch is mated to the fourth catch for translating load when the translating cascade is in the deployed state and the translating sleeve is in the aft position; and
wherein the second surface is carried by an aft portion of the cascade disposed axially rearward of the forward portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,760

PISTON WITH THERMALLY INSULATING INSERT AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION THEREOF

Tenneco Inc., Lake Fores...

1. A piston for an internal combustion engine, comprising:an upper crown formed at least in part by a first metal material and a thermally insulating insert, said upper crown having an upper wall forming an upper combustion surface and having a ring belt region depending from said upper wall, said ring belt region having a plurality of ring grooves, said upper combustion surface being formed at least in part by said thermally insulating insert, said thermally insulating insert having a base surface with pores extending upwardly into said base surface toward said upper combustion surface, said first metal material being infused and solidified in said pores to bond said first metal material to said thermally insulating insert, said first metal material forming a first bonding surface; and
a body portion formed from a second metal material separate from said first metal material, said body portion forming pin bosses having coaxially aligned pin bores and diametrically opposite skirt portions, said body portion having a second bonding surface bonded to said first bonding surface of said first metal material.

US Pat. No. 10,428,759

FUEL CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A fuel control device for an internal combustion engine that at least comprises: a boost coil which is connected to a DC voltage source and boosts a voltage of the DC voltage source; a switching element which causes a boost current to flow to the boost coil; a boosting capacitor which stores energy generated by the boost coil; a boost voltage detection unit which detects a boost voltage of the boosting capacitor; and a boost circuit which performs a boosting operation of storing the energy stored in the boost coil in the boosting capacitor when the boost voltage detected by the boost voltage detection unit decreases to a prescribed value or lower using a boost control unit which performs control of repeating turning on and off of the switching element until the boost voltage reaches the prescribed value,wherein the boost control unit executes an intermittent measurement mode in which a boost voltage value detected when no current flows to the boosting capacitor at least during the boosting operation is taken as a legitimate boost voltage value, and compares the detected legitimate boost voltage value with the prescribed value to control the boosting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,428,756

POWER-ECONOMY MODE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

MAHINDRA AND MAHINDRA LIM...

1. A power-economy mode control system for a vehicle, comprising:a power train (110), an electronic control unit (103), a mode selection switch (102), an accelerator pedal input (104), and a mode indication lamp (109), wherein said power train (110) having an engine (105), an engine speed sensor (106), and a transmission unit (107); wherein said electronic control unit is operationally configured with said engine speed sensor, said engine, said accelerator pedal input and said mode selection switch;
said electronic control unit configured to:
receive a signal from said mode selection switch and inputs including an engine speed, a coolant temperature, an accelerator pedal position, an air mass flow, an air temperature, air conditioning, and a battery of said vehicle, wherein said received signal is regarding selection of at least one of a power mode (PWR) and an economy mode (ECO) based on at least one input from a user, wherein said power mode is a vehicle operation based on a 2D power map and said economy mode is said vehicle operation based on a 2D economy map; and
provide diagnostic functions that includes at least one of a high coolant temperature warning and a low battery voltage warning;
said mode indication lamp configured to provide visual indication of selected said at least one of said power mode and said economy mode, wherein said mode indication lamp is mounted on a dashboard of said vehicle; and
wherein said electronic control unit configured to provide an output signal to an actuate engine injector to supply selected quantity of fuel to said engine to operate in said at least one of said power mode and said economy mode.

US Pat. No. 10,428,744

FUEL PUMP HEALTH DETECTION

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A method comprising:initiating a ground-based health test of a fuel pump of a fuel control system of a gas turbine engine by a controller of the fuel control system;
determining, by the controller, a starter speed of the gas turbine engine while the ground-based health test is in progress;
initiating, by the controller, fuel flow from the fuel pump to an ignition system of the gas turbine engine with the starter speed set below a nominal ground-based engine starting speed, wherein the starter speed of the gas turbine engine is adjusted during the ground-based health test to modulate a metering valve position of a metering valve of the fuel control system and open a minimum pressure shutoff valve of the fuel control system;
monitoring, by the controller, a parameter of the gas turbine engine to verify light-off based on detecting a change in the parameter indicative of light-off; and
determining, by the controller, a health status of the fuel pump based on the starter speed at which light-off is achieved to identify degraded performance of the fuel pump.

US Pat. No. 10,428,737

GAS TURBINE DISASSEMBLY METHOD

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A method of disassembling a gas turbine having a combustor, a liner, a turbine vane carrier and an outer housing, the method comprising:attaching a support structure to support a portion of the liner proximate the turbine vane carrier prior to disengaging the liner from the turbine vane carrier,
disengaging the liner from the turbine vane carrier and removing the turbine vane carrier from the gas turbine,
wherein the liner is disengaged from the turbine vane carrier before the turbine vane carrier is removed, and
wherein the liner remains inside the outer housing and the combustor remains in the outer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,428,733

TURBOPROP AIR INTAKE

SNECMA, Paris (FR) SOCIE...

1. A turboprop engine comprising a rotary propeller upstream of an engine having an engine housing with an air intake that is not coaxial to the propeller, said air intake defining a main conduit for supplying air to the engine and further defining a bypass to said main conduit, said bypass comprising an outlet that is oriented axially in a downstream direction of the engine, the turboprop engine further comprising a nacelle surrounding the engine and the air intake, wherein the air intake comprises, at an end of the main conduit, a peripheral flange for fixing to a corresponding flange of the air intake and wherein the air intake is not rigidly connected to the nacelle so as to allow relative movements between the air intake and the nacelle during operation, said outlet being connected by means of a flexible link to an intake of an air system borne by the nacelle, wherein the turboprop engine comprises means for suspending the air intake from a housing of a gearbox.

US Pat. No. 10,428,732

ROTOR ASSEMBLY FOR AN OPEN CYCLE ENGINE, AND AN OPEN CYCLE ENGINE

Xeicle Limited, Central,...

1. A rotor assembly for an engine, comprising:a rotor, supported on one or more bearings configured to allow the rotor to rotate about a rotor axis, a portion of the rotor forming at least one compression passage that extends outwards from the rotor axis, wherein inlet gases entering the rotor through one or more rotor gas inlets at or near the rotor axis and flowing outwards from the one or more rotor gas inlets through the at least one compression passage undergoing compression as the rotor rotates;
one or more combustion chambers located and supported within the at least one compression passage at or near a maximum radius of the rotor from the rotor axis, the one or more combustion chambers having a closed radially outermost end and one or more combustion chamber gases inlets distributed around the one or more combustion chambers through which the inlet gases enter the one or more combustion chambers, the one or more combustion chambers further having at least one fuel inlet adapted to allow fuel to enter the one or more combustion chambers and therein mix and combust; and
one or more expansion passages in fluidic connection with and extending radially inwards from the one or more combustion chambers within the at least one compression passage and fluidically connecting at or near the rotor axis to a combustion gas outlet tube that extends along the rotor axis, in use combustion gases created by combustion of the fuel with the inlet gases within the one or more combustion chambers expanding and flow radially inwards through the one or more expansion passages;
the rotor assembly configured so that fuel is injected into the one or more combustion chambers at a smaller radius than the gases inlets of the one or more combustion chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,428,730

BILATERAL ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM

FAIRBANKS MORSE, LLC, Ch...

1. A bilateral engine control system for use on a multi-cylinder opposed piston engine, the system comprising:a first set of fuel injectors mountable on a first side of an engine, each in fluid communication with a corresponding cylinder of the engine;
a second set of fuel injectors mountable on a second side of the engine, each in fluid communication with one of the corresponding cylinders of the engine;
a first engine control unit connected to the first set of injectors for control thereof;
a second engine control unit connected to the second set of injectors for control thereof;
a first crankshaft speed sensor and a second crankshaft speed sensor connected to the first engine control unit and the second engine control unit, respectively; and
one or more communication lines connecting the first and second engine control units, whereby signals from the first and second crankshaft speed sensors are shared between the first and second engine control units;
wherein the first engine control unit independently controls the first set of injectors and the second engine control unit independently controls the second set of injectors.

US Pat. No. 10,428,729

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR AN ENGINE BYPASS VALVE

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

17. A system, comprising:an engine having a first group of cylinders and a second group of cylinders, the first group of cylinders coupled to a first exhaust manifold and the second group of cylinders coupled to a second exhaust manifold, both the first group of cylinders and the second group of cylinders coupled to an intake manifold;
an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system including an EGR passage coupling the first exhaust manifold to the intake manifold, an EGR metering valve to control flow of exhaust gas through the EGR passage, and an EGR bypass valve to control flow of exhaust gas from the first exhaust manifold to an exhaust passage;
a turbocharger including a turbine positioned in the exhaust passage and a compressor positioned in an intake passage;
an engine bypass passage having an inlet fluidically coupled to an outlet of the compressor and an outlet fluidically coupled to an inlet of the turbine;
an engine bypass valve to control flow through the engine bypass passage; and
a controller storing non-transitory instructions in memory executable to:
responsive to compressor operation at a surge margin, adjust a position of the engine bypass valve to prevent a surge event, the engine bypass valve selectively adjusted by an amount more than needed to prevent the surge event in order to move compressor operation to a region of greater efficiency, the region of greater efficiency including a region of a compressor map having a higher compressor efficiency than one or more neighboring regions of the compressor map, the compressor map defined by compressor mass flow and compressor pressure ratio;
adjust a position of the EGR metering valve based on a target intake oxygen fraction; and
adjust a position of the EGR bypass valve to maintain a pressure of exhaust gas in the EGR passage above a pressure of intake air downstream of the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,428,721

COOLING CONTROL DEVICE, FLOW RATE CONTROL VALVE AND COOLING CONTROL METHOD

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A cooling control device that controls a cooling state of an external device by controlling a flow rate of a refrigerant that flows in from one of a first communication portion or a plurality of second communication portions and causing the refrigerant to flow out from the other of the plurality of the second communication portions or the first communication portion, comprising:a first control valve provided so as to connect the first communication portion with the plurality of the second communication portions and controlling the flow rate of the refrigerant between the first communication portion and the plurality of the second communication portions; and
a second control valve disposed on a route different from that of the first control valve, provided so as to connect the first communication portion with a specific one of the plurality of the second communication portions, set so as to be able to supply a flow rate of the refrigerant required for cooling the external device when the first control valve is in an abnormal time, and controlling the flow rate of the refrigerant between both of the communication portions independently from the first control valve,
wherein a maximum flow rate of the refrigerant which can be supplied by the first control valve is set lower than a flow rate of the refrigerant required when the external device is in a high load, and
wherein the flow rate of the refrigerant which is supplied to the external device through the first communication portion and the specific one of the plurality of the second communication portions is controlled by cooperation of the first control valve and the second control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,428,718

COMPACT INLINE INLET WITH INTEGRATED CAST RING

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. An exhaust gas aftertreatment system for a vehicle comprising:a cylindrical inner shell configured to guide exhaust gas;
a cylindrical outer shell disposed around the inner shell, the outer shell forming a first gap to the inner shell;
an outer end cap enclosing an open end of the outer shell, the outer end cap comprising a central wall and a peripheral portion, the peripheral portion comprising an axially-extending radially-inner wall, a peripheral wall extending from the radially-inner wall, and an axially-extending radially-outer lip extending from the peripheral wall and opposite the radially-inner wall, wherein the radially-inner wall, the peripheral wall, and the radially-outer lip define a pocket;
a metal mounting member partially disposed within the pocket and configured to be in fluid communication with the exhaust gas, the mounting member comprising an annular body and a central aperture; and
an inner end cap having an axially-extending lip, the axially-extending lip being coupled to the mounting member to enclose the central aperture of the mounting member, wherein the mounting member and the inner end cap enclose an open end of the inner shell.

US Pat. No. 10,428,717

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING DEGRADATION IN CATALYST

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A method for diagnosing a degree of degradation in a catalyst that oxidizes a gas component contained in an exhaust gas discharged from an internal combustion engine, said catalyst being provided in an exhaust path of said internal combustion engine, said method comprising the steps of:a) providing a diagnostic sensor disposed downstream of said catalyst in said exhaust path, said diagnostic sensor being connected to a controller having a storage and being configured to output an electromotive force corresponding to an NO conversion rate as a diagnostic output; and
b) diagnosing, by said controller, whether said catalyst has degraded beyond an acceptable limit by comparing said diagnostic output with a threshold value stored in said storage that is predetermined depending on a temperature of said catalyst,
wherein said NO conversion rate is defined as a ratio of nitrogen monoxide that is oxidized by said catalyst and discharged downstream of said catalyst as nitrogen dioxide, with respect to nitrogen monoxide contained in said exhaust gas supplied upstream of said catalyst in said exhaust path; and
c) checking, by said controller, whether degradation diagnosing conditions hold, before performing said diagnosing by said controller in said step (b),
wherein said degradation diagnosing conditions include the following first to third conditions:
said first condition: said temperature of said catalyst falls within a predetermined temperature range;
said second condition: said internal combustion engine is in a predetermined operating state; and
said third condition: a concentration of nitrogen oxide upstream of said catalyst in said exhaust path falls within a predetermined range,
said degree of degradation in said catalyst being diagnosed by said controller in said step (b) based on a value of said threshold value and said diagnostic output, after checking by said controller in said step (c) that said degradation diagnosing conditions hold,
said threshold value being defined based on an acceptable limit of said NO conversion rate, and said threshold value being determined for said predetermined temperature range defined under said first condition, and
in said step (b):
said catalyst being diagnosed by said controller as not having degraded beyond said acceptable limit when said diagnostic output is smaller than or equal to said threshold value; and
said catalyst being diagnosed by said controller as having degraded beyond said acceptable limit when said diagnostic output is larger than said threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,428,713

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXHAUST HEAT RECOVERY AND HEAT STORAGE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An exhaust heat recovery system comprising:a heat exchanger configured to transfer heat from engine exhaust to a heat transfer fluid;
a reservoir in fluid communication with the heat exchanger; and
a pump configured to pump the heat transfer fluid out of the heat exchanger and into the reservoir, and in doing so displace air out of the reservoir to the heat exchanger, when temperature of the heat transfer fluid exceeds a predetermined temperature;
wherein the heat exchanger includes an outer chamber arranged outside a flow path of the engine exhaust, the outer chamber having: a first inlet for heat transfer fluid flowing from the engine; a second inlet separate from the first inlet for heat transfer fluid or air flowing from the reservoir; and an outlet separate from the first inlet and the second inlet for heat transfer fluid and air.

US Pat. No. 10,428,710

INJECTOR HAVING A REINFORCED SPRAY DISC

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. An injector (1) for adding a liquid additive (2) into an exhaust gas treatment apparatus (3), the injector (1) comprising:at least one nozzle (5) having a spray disc (4) configured to inject the liquid additive (2) into the exhaust gas treatment apparatus (3),
the spray disc (4) having:
at least one spray duct (6), through which flow of the liquid additive (2) can pass, the at least one spray duct (6) having an outlet opening (7) configured to shape a spray jet (8) of the liquid additive (2),
wherein the spray disc (4) has a reinforcing structure (9) arranged downstream of the outlet opening (7), the reinforcing structure (9) being configured such that it is not wetted by the spray jet (8), and
wherein the at least one spray duct (6) has, upstream of the outlet opening (7), a first duct section (13) and has, downstream of the outlet opening (7), a second duct section (14), the first duct section (13) having a first duct cross section (15), and the second duct section (14) having a second duct cross section (12) wider than the first duct cross section (15), the second cross section (12) widening from the first duct cross section (15) without graduation.

US Pat. No. 10,428,706

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR ENCODING AND DECODING VIDEO USING PERIODIC BUFFER DESCRIPTION

SUN PATENT TRUST, New Yo...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium having a computer program stored thereon, the computer program causing a processor to execute operations including:parsing a plurality of buffer descriptions from a sequence parameter set of a coded video bitstream;
parsing (i) a buffer description identifier which indicates a buffer description out of the plurality of buffer descriptions, (ii) a plurality of buffer element identifiers, each of the plurality of buffer element identifiers indicating each of a plurality of buffer elements within the buffer description indicated by the buffer description identifier, each of the plurality of buffer elements corresponding to each of a plurality of reference pictures and (iii) a plurality of picture identifiers, each of the plurality of picture identifiers for reassigning each of the plurality of reference pictures to be associated with each of the plurality of buffer elements within the buffer description indicated by the buffer description identifier;
selecting one buffer description indicated by the buffer description identifier from the plurality of buffer descriptions for decoding a slice included in the coded video bitstream;
parsing, from a picture parameter set, a flag which indicates whether reassigning the plurality of reference pictures to be associated with each of the plurality of buffer elements within the selected one buffer description is to be executed or not;
reassigning, using the plurality of picture identifiers, the plurality of reference pictures to be associated with each of the plurality of buffer elements within the selected one buffer description, all the plurality of reference pictures existing in the selected one buffer description when the flag indicates the reassigning is to be executed;
decoding the slice from the coded video bitstream using a slice header and the selected one buffer description which is reassigned when the flag indicates that the reassigning is to be executed;
not reassigning the plurality of reference pictures to be associated with each of the plurality of buffer elements within the selected one buffer description when the flag indicates that the reassigning is not to be executed; and
decoding the slice using the slice header and the selected one buffer description which is not reassigned when the reassigning is not to be executed.

US Pat. No. 10,428,705

ENGINE

POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC., ...

1. An engine, comprising:a crankcase having at least two cylinders;
a crankshaft supported by the crankcase;
at least two pistons coupled to the crankshaft and reciprocating within the cylinder;
a head positioned over a top of the crankcase being provided with separate chambers in which the crankshaft portions for each cylinder operates;
an oil pan coupled to the crankcase and positioned over the crankshaft and chambers; and
a reed valve for each of the chambers, and each reed valve allows blow-by gases to enter the oil pan during reciprocation of the pistons preventing communication between the chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,428,702

VALVE DRIVE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A valve drive for an internal combustion engine, the valve drive comprising:a camshaft including at least one cam group non-rotatably fixed on the camshaft, the at least one cam group including a first cam and a second cam axially adjacent to the first cam;
at least one cam follower drive-connected to the first cam when in a first position and to the second cam when in a second position;
at least one adjusting device including a first adjustable engagement element and a second adjustable engagement element;
the first engagement element comprising a pin that interacts with a first guide arranged on the camshaft and the second engagement element comprising a pin that interacts with a second guide arranged on the camshaft, the first engagement element and the second engagement element being alternately adjustable between a basic position and a switching position;
wherein, in the basic position, the first engagement element does not contact the first guide and, in the switching position, the first engagement element interacts with the first guide;
wherein, in the basic position, the second engagement element does not contact the second guide and, in the switching position, the second engagement element interacts with the second guide;
at least one control shaft including at least one control cam group, the at least one control cam group including a first control cam fixed on the at least one control shaft and a second control cam fixed on the at least one control shaft; and
wherein the at least one control shaft is rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis, the first control cam includes at least one idle region and at least one stop region corresponding to the first engagement element, the second control cam includes at least one idle region and at least one stop region corresponding to the second engagement element, and wherein when the at least one control shaft is rotated, the at least one stop region of the first control cam adjusts the first engagement element from the basic position into the switching position and the at least one stop region of the second control cam adjusts the second engagement element from the basic position into the switching position in succession.

US Pat. No. 10,428,701

VALVE DRIVE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A valve drive for an internal combustion engine, the valve drive comprising:a cam shaft including at least one cam group mounted to the cam shaft in a rotationally fixed manner, the at least one cam group including a first cam and a second cam axially adjacent to the first cam;
at least one cam follower, wherein, in a first position, the at least one cam follower is drivingly connected to the first cam and, in a second position, to the second cam;
at least one adjusting device, the at least one adjusting device including a first adjustable engagement element and a second adjustable engagement element;
wherein the first engagement element comprises a pin cooperating with a first guide arranged on the cam shaft and the second engagement element comprises a pin cooperating with a second guide arranged on the cam shaft;
wherein the first engagement element and the second engagement element are alternately adjustable between an initial position and a switching position;
wherein the first engagement element does not contact the first guide when in the initial position and cooperates with the first guide when in the switching position;
wherein the second engagement element does not contact the second guide when in the initial position and cooperates with the second guide when in the switching position;
at least one control shaft, the at least one control shaft including at least one control cam group, the at least one control cam group including a first control cam mounted to the at least one control shaft and a second control cam mounted to the at least one control shaft, the first control cam including a cam lobe corresponding to the first engagement element and the second control cam including a cam lobe corresponding to the second engagement element; and
wherein the at least one control shaft is rotatable about a longitudinal axis between a starting position and a rotational position such that in the rotational position the first engagement element adjusts into the switching position via the cam lobe of the first control cam, and the second engagement element adjusts into the switching position via the cam lobe of the second control cam in an alternating manner.

US Pat. No. 10,428,693

PUMPED THERMAL SYSTEMS WITH DEDICATED COMPRESSOR/TURBINE PAIRS

Malta Inc., Cambridge, M...

1. A system configured to operate in at least a heat pump mode and a heat engine mode, the system comprising:a first compressor;
a second compressor;
a first hot side heat exchanger;
a second hot side heat exchanger;
a hot thermal storage (“HTS”) medium;
a first HTS tank;
a second HTS tank;
a first turbine;
a second turbine;
a first cold side heat exchanger;
a second cold side heat exchanger;
a cold thermal storage (“CTS”) medium;
a first CTS tank;
a second CTS tank;
a working fluid;
a first working fluid path for operation of the system in the heat pump mode and configured to circulate the working fluid through, in sequence, the first compressor, the first hot side heat exchanger, the first turbine, the first cold side heat exchanger, and back to the first compressor;
a first HTS fluid path for operation of the system in the heat pump mode and configured to flow the HTS medium from the second HTS tank through the first hot side heat exchanger and to the first HTS tank;
a first CTS fluid path for operation of the system in the heat pump mode and configured to flow the CTS medium from the first CTS tank through the first cold side heat exchanger and to the second CTS tank;
a second working fluid path for operation of the system in the heat engine mode and configured to circulate the working fluid through, in sequence, the second compressor, the second hot side heat exchanger, the second turbine, the second cold side heat exchanger, and back to the second compressor;
a second HTS fluid path for operation of the system in the heat engine mode and configured to flow the HTS medium from the first HTS tank through the second hot side heat exchanger and to the second HTS tank; and
a second CTS fluid path for operation of the system in the heat engine mode and configured to flow the CTS medium from the second CTS tank through the second cold side heat exchanger and to the first CTS tank.

US Pat. No. 10,428,686

AIRFOIL COOLING WITH INTERNAL CAVITY DISPLACEMENT FEATURES

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A turbine airfoil including a central cavity defined by an outer wall including pressure and suction sides extending between and joined at leading and trailing edges, and a chordal axis extending generally centrally between the pressure and suction sides, the airfoil including: rib structures located in the central cavity and defining radial central channels, wherein each radial central channel extends across the chordal axis, wherein the rib structures include an enlarged main body extending across the chordal axis, wherein an axial dimension of the main body, parallel to the chordal axis, is greater than a circumferential dimension of the main body, perpendicular to the chordal axis; radial near wall passages defined between the rib structures and each of the pressure and suction sides of the outer wall, the near wall passages having an elongated dimension in a direction parallel to the chordal axis, the radial near wall passages are each open to an adjacent central channel along a radial extent of both the near wall passages and the adjacent central channel to define a radial flow pass associated with each central channel; the flow passes are connected in series to form a serpentine cooling path extending in the direction of the chordal axis, wherein at least one of the flow passes has a U-shaped flow cross-section defined by the respective near wall passages and the respective central channel.

US Pat. No. 10,428,678

DEVICE OF A TURBOMACHINE FOR ACTUATING A SETTING DEVICE AND TURBOMACHINE WITH SUCH A DEVICE

1. A device for actuating a setting device for varying a flow cross-section of a flow channel of a turbomachine, comprising:a displacement mechanism including a centrifugal force appliance and an adjustable actuation appliance that is connected between the centrifugal force appliance and the setting device,
a drive device including a rotational portion operatively connected to the centrifugal force appliance for rotationally driving the centrifugal force appliance at a rotational speed independently of a rotational speed of the turbomachine,
wherein the centrifugal force appliance is displaceable between a basic position and a maximally displaced working position depending on the rotational speed of the rotational portion,
wherein displacement of the centrifugal force appliance causes displacement of the actuation appliance and the setting device,
a reset device configured to apply a biasing force to the centrifugal force appliance, by which the centrifugal force appliance is biased in a direction of the basic position,
wherein the biasing force causes the centrifugal force appliance to return to the basic position upon a failure of the drive device and thereby move the setting device to a safe position corresponding to the basic position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,677

METHOD FOR MODELING A COMPRESSOR SPEED

1. A method for modeling the compressor speed of a turbocharger, comprising:determining an ambient pressure with a pressure sensor,
determining, with a controller, if the ambient pressure is below a preset ambient pressure corresponding to high altitude conditions, and if so, setting the ambient pressure as the preset ambient pressure,
determining, with the controller, a pressure ratio from a boost pressure and the ambient pressure,
estimating, with the controller, a compressor speed value using the pressure ratio as input, and
calculating, with the controller, a corrected compressor speed value as a dependent variable from the estimated compressor speed value and the ambient pressure as independent variables used to calculate the corrected compressor speed value.

US Pat. No. 10,428,676

TIP CLEARANCE CONTROL WITH VARIABLE SPEED BLOWER

ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION, ...

1. A system, comprising:a distribution manifold positioned along an outer surface of an engine case of a gas turbine engine, the distribution manifold including a plurality of outlets defined on the distribution manifold to direct a thermal fluid received by the distribution manifold onto an outer surface of the engine case of the gas turbine engine; and
a variable blower configured to blow the thermal fluid into the distribution manifold at a flow rate controlled by the variable blower, wherein the variable blower comprises a plurality of blower blades and the variable blower is configured to adjust a rotational speed of the plurality of blower blades to vary the flow rate of the thermal fluid, wherein the flow rate through the variable blower is adjustable over a range of non-zero target flow rates, wherein the flow rate adjusted by the variable blower is not adjusted by a physical valve, wherein the thermal fluid from the variable blower is applied to the plurality of outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,428,675

SYSTEM FOR THE ACTIVE SETTING OF A RADIAL CLEARANCE SIZE AND AIRCRAFT ENGINE WITH A SYSTEM FOR THE ACTIVE SETTING OF A RADIAL CLEARANCE SIZE

1. A system for an active setting of a radial clearance dimension between a blade tip of at least one chosen from a compressor stage and a turbine stage of an aircraft engine, and a housing surrounding the at least one chosen from the compressor stage and the turbine stage, the system comprising:a model-based setting device configured and programmed for:
approximating the radial clearance dimension using an influencing variable with a time-dependent deformation behavior equal to or slower than a time-dependent deformation behavior of the housing,
including:
a previously saved radial clearance proportion determined at a maximal thrust of the aircraft engine, and
a radial clearance dimension set point based on the radial clearance dimension in a cold state,
calculating a reduced radial clearance dimension from the radial clearance dimension set point using the previously saved radial clearance proportion,
calculating a control variable for controlling a cooling system of the at least one chosen from the compressor stage and the turbine stage based on the reduced radial clearance dimension, and
controlling the cooling system based on the control variable.

US Pat. No. 10,428,674

GAS TURBINE ENGINE FEATURES FOR TIP CLEARANCE INSPECTION

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A turbine assembly comprisinga turbine wheel assembly including a disk and a plurality of blades that extend outwardly from the disk in a radial direction away from an axis, and
a turbine shroud that extends around the blades of the turbine wheel assembly to block gases from passing over the blades during operation of the turbine assembly, the turbine shroud including a plurality of blade track segments arranged circumferentially adjacent to one another about the axis to form a ring, each blade track segment having a runner that forms a primary track surface facing the axis and spaced from the axis in the radial direction,
wherein (i) at least one of the plurality of blade track segments includes a first set of rub depth indicators spaced from one another and each having a first depth measured from the primary track surface and a second set of rub depth indicators spaced from one another and each having a second depth measured from the primary track surface, (ii) the first set of rub depth indicators and the second set of rub depth indicators are configured such that approximate rub depths of the turbine wheel assembly into the turbine shroud caused by turbine wheel assembly rotation within the turbine shroud during operation of the turbine assembly may be determined based on visual observation of the first set of rub depth indicators and the second set of rub depth indicators, (iii) the first set of rub depth indicators are arranged along a first pathway in a first direction such that the first depths successively increase as the first set of rub depth indicators are located adjacent to one another in the first direction, and (iv) the second set of rub depth indicators are arranged in the first direction along a second pathway such that the second depths successively decrease as the second set of rub depth indicators are located adjacent to one another in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,671

SEALING ATTACHMENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

1. A wall component for a gas turbine engine, the wall component comprising:a gas facing surface forming a boundary for a main gas path; and
a male part of a male-female sealing attachment, the male part including:
a main body having a first arm and a second arm, the first arm and the second arm extending from the main body in a common direction, the first arm being disposed on an opposite side of the second arm with respect to a mid-line plane, the first arm and the second arm each having a convex curve with respect to the mid-line plane, the first arm having a first contact portion and the second arm having a second contact portion each formed at a location of the respective first arm and the second arm that is a maximum distance from the mid-line plane, and
an end cap formed on a distal end of the first arm and on a distal end of the second arm with respect to the main body, the end cap having an end convex curve that is distinct from the convex curves of the first arm and the second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,428,661

TURBINE WHEEL ASSEMBLY WITH CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

Roll-Royce North American...

1. A turbine wheel assembly adapted for use in a turbine section of a gas turbine engine, the turbine wheel assembly comprisinga disk comprising metallic materials and arranged around a central axis,
a plurality of blades comprising ceramic matrix composite materials, each of the plurality of blades including a root received in a slot formed in the disk to couple the blade to the disk, an airfoil arranged radially outward of the disk, and a platform that extends circumferentially from the airfoil around a portion of the disk without extending axially forward or axially aft of the airfoil to define a portion of a primary gas path located radially outward of the platform, and
a first face plate coupled to the disk, the first face plate including a main ring arranged axially adjacent to the roots of the plurality of blades to block movement of the root out of the slots and a first seal flange that extends axially from the main ring adjacent to the platforms of the blades to resist movement of gas into and out of the primary engine gas path,
wherein the first seal flange of the first face plate has a radially-outwardly facing surface that is co-radial with an outer surface of the platforms of the blades so as to define another portion of the primary gas path,
wherein the main ring of the first face plate has a radially-outwardly facing surface that is co-radial with an outer surface of the platforms of the blades to define another portion of the primary gas path.

US Pat. No. 10,428,658

AIRFOIL WITH PANEL FASTENED TO CORE STRUCTURE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An airfoil comprising:a core structure including a first fastener comprising a hole; and
a panel fastened to the core structure, the panel having an exterior, gas path side and an opposed interior side, the interior side including a second fastener comprising a tab locked with the hole such that the core structure supports the panel, the tab including a retainer locking the tab with the hole, and the retainer is a cotter pin.

US Pat. No. 10,428,656

GAS TURBINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A gas turbine, comprising:a shaft and a bladed turbine rotor joined therewith;
a first rotor segment, which has a downstream rotating cascade of the bladed turbine rotor and bounds a first space in the radial direction, the first space communicating with a first gas passage disposed in the shaft; and
a second rotor segment axially adjacent to the first rotor segment, which has at least one second rotating cascade of the bladed turbine rotor and bounds a second space axially adjacent to the first space in the radial direction, this second space communicating with a second gas passage;
wherein the first rotor segment has at least one discharge opening for the discharge of gas from the first space upstream of the furthest downstream rotating cascade, and
wherein the first space is bounded downstream in the axial direction by a cover directly fastened to the rotor, this cover engaging over, at least partially, a downstream front side of the shaft in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,655

ENGINE WITH COMPRESSION AND MOMENTUM STROKE

Aquarius Engines (A.M.) L...

1. A linear reciprocating engine, comprising:a cylinder having a first combustion chamber at a first end thereof and a second combustion chamber at an opposing second end thereof;
a first cylinder head located at an end of the first combustion chamber;
a second cylinder head located at an end of the second combustion chamber;
a double-faced piston slidably mounted within the cylinder and configured to move in a first stroke from the first end of the cylinder to the second end of the cylinder, wherein the first stroke includes a first expansion stroke portion during which chemical energy from combustion in the first combustion chamber is converted into mechanical power of the piston, and a first momentum stroke portion during which the piston continues to move toward the second end of the cylinder and gases are exchanged between the first combustion chamber and a location outside the cylinder; and
wherein the cylinder and the double-faced piston are sized such that a total distance the piston is enabled to travel during the first stroke exceeds by at least a quarter width of the piston a distance the piston is enabled to travel during the first expansion stroke portion of the first stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,428,653

DECOUPLED SEAFLOOR MINING SYSTEM

Nautilius Minerals Singap...

6. A method of mining the seafloor, the method comprising the steps of:concentrating desirable seafloor materials by processing seafloor materials with a concentrating system;
collecting the processed seafloor materials with a reclaimer machine that is decoupled from the concentrating system; and
conveying collected seafloor materials to a surface vessel using a mechanical haulage system, that is decoupled from the reclaimer machine, that conveys discrete parcels of seafloor material collected by the reclaimer machine to the surface vessel;
wherein the step of conveying collected seafloor materials to a surface vessel comprises transferring collected seafloor material to at least one container located at or near the seafloor; and
wherein the method further comprises the step of towing the container to the surface by at least one line member.

US Pat. No. 10,428,652

STRIKE TIP FOR A PICK TOOL HAVING A FLAT APEX AREA

Element Six GmbH, Burgha...

1. A strike tip for a pick tool, comprisinga strike structure joined to a substrate at an interface boundary, the strike structure comprising polycrystalline diamond (PCD) material and the substrate comprising carbide material, the strike tip having a proximate strike end coterminous with the PCD material, a distal end defined by the substrate, and a side connecting the strike and distal ends;
the distal end having a diameter of between 10 to 20 millimeters and the strike end including a flat apex area and an outer area extending from the apex area to the side, the outer area defining a partial conical surface arranged concentrically with the side, the partial conical surface having a cone angle of 80° to 110°, wherein the thickness of the strike structure between the apex area and the interface boundary opposite the apex area is 2.5 to 10 mm, the apex area being less than the outer area and having a minimum diametrical dimension of 1 millimeter and a maximum diametrical dimension of 3 millimeters, wherein the apex area is at least partly bounded by an edge formed between the apex area and the outer area.

US Pat. No. 10,428,645

INTEGRATED METHOD OF DETERMINING AND REPAIRING DAMAGE IN A WELL CASING

King Fahd University of P...

1. An integrated method of determining and repairing damage in a casing of a well, comprising:logging thickness of the casing along the depth of the well to obtain a thickness profile using a thickness measurement device selected from the group consisting of an ultrasonic caliper and an electromagnetic caliper;
logging temperature along the depth of the well to obtain a temperature log;
logging sound frequency along the depth of the well to obtain a noise log;
determining a location of the damage by identifying a depth in the thickness profile where the thickness is less than a predetermined thickness threshold;
determining the type of the damage by comparing the temperature log to a geothermal temperature log, and the sound frequency at the damage with a frequency threshold; and
injecting a polymer gel to the vicinity of the damage to repair the damage,
wherein the damage is determined to be a leak, when the temperature of the temperature log is constant or decreases relative to the geothermal temperature log with increasing depth along the vicinity of the damage, and
wherein the damage is determined to be corrosion, when the temperature of the temperature log increases relative to the geothermal temperature lou with increasing depth along the vicinity of the damage.

US Pat. No. 10,428,641

DRAW-DOWN PRESSURE APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORA...

1. A method, comprising:building a global model of a field including an actual wellbore extending through geological formations, the global model accounting for the details of the geological formations included in the field around the wellbore;
determining, from the global model, stress components in the field;
building a sub-model accounting for a portion of the field at the location of the wellbore using a finite element modeling tool, the sub-model including a plurality of formation elements;
applying the stress components to the sub-model as boundary conditions;
modeling the wellbore by removing formation elements from the sub-model to define a well surface in the sub-model;
modeling a perforated portion of the wellbore by removing formation elements from the sub-model to define at least one perforation tunnel surface in the sub-model, the perforation tunnel surface intersecting the well surface in the sub-model and extending laterally from the well surface in the sub-model;
determining pressure values for a set of draw-down pressures of a fluid present downhole in the perforated portion of the wellbore;
determining a value of strain in the perforated portion of the wellbore by applying the pressure values determined for the set of draw-down pressures to the perforation tunnel surface in the perforated portion in the sub-model; and
operating a controlled device that is fluidly coupled to the wellbore to control a rate of hydrocarbon extraction from the wellbore, when the value of strain determined is greater than a selected threshold, wherein operating the controlled device adjusts the set of draw-down pressures of the fluid present downhole in the perforated portion of the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,428,639

DETERMINING DAMAGE TO A CASING STRING IN A WELLBORE

Landmark Graphics Corpora...

1. A system comprising:a processing device; and
a memory device including instructions that are executable by the processing device for causing the processing device to:
determine, using a stiff string model, a contact point between a casing string and a well tool positionable within the casing string for performing a wellbore operation;
determine, using the stiff string model, a force of the well tool against the casing string at the contact point;
determine, based on the force and the wellbore operation, a volume of damage to the casing string proximate to the contact point; and
determine, based on the volume of damage, a first depth of a first groove formed in the casing string proximate to the contact point; and
cause a graphical user interface to be output on a display device, wherein the graphical user interface comprises:
a virtual representation of the casing string;
a first virtual object positioned proximate to the virtual representation of the casing string to indicate a first location of the first groove within an area of interest;
a virtual indicator of the first depth of the first groove; and
a second virtual object indicating a second location of a second groove within the area of interest, the second virtual object having a visual characteristic indicating that the second groove has a second depth that is different than the first depth.

US Pat. No. 10,428,638

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DRILLING MACHINE

Epiroc Drilling Solutions...

1. A method for drilling a borehole using a drilling rig having at least one rotary drill bit, the method comprising:monitoring one or more drilling parameters;
determining whether the one or more monitored drilling parameters are within predetermined specifications for one or more of the monitored drill parameters; and,
executing a exception control procedure for control of a drilling parameter; the exception control procedure comprising:
receiving at least one input sensor value associated with at least one drilling parameter;
subtracting a target value from the at least one input sensor value to establish an error value;
dividing the error value by the range between a pre-determined maximum for the at least one input sensor value and the target value to establish a scaled error value;
multiplying the scaled error value by a proportional gain to give a first output value;
applying feedback control to the first output to minimize the first output value;
and adding 1 to the minimized first output value to give an adjusted minimized first output value;
subtracting a lower limit for the at least one input sensor value from a current setpoint for the at least one input sensor value to give an adjusted setpoint for the at least one input sensor value;
multiplying the adjusted setpoint for the at least one input sensor value by the adjusted minimized first output value and adding the result of the multiplying of the adjusted setpoint for the at least one input sensor value by the adjusted minimized first output value to the lower limit for the at least one input sensor value to give a setting value for the at least one drilling parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,428,636

SOLIDS CONTROL METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method, comprising:creating a tortuous fluid flow path in a section of a wellbore to increase the separation of solids from fluid within the section of the wellbore, wherein creating the tortuous fluid flow path comprises inserting a weir assembly into the section of the wellbore, the weir assembly comprising a plurality of weirs,
wherein each weir of the plurality of weirs is angularly offset from any adjacent weirs and comprises a first wing and a second wing, and
wherein a majority of the first wing is nonparallel to a majority of the second wing.

US Pat. No. 10,428,635

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVING SAND FROM A WELLBORE

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

17. A method of producing from a wellbore comprising:transporting connate fluid from the wellbore that is produced from a production zone that surrounds a portion of the wellbore; and
forming a slurry by combining the particulate matter with a motive fluid injected into the wellbore, and using the motive fluid to rotate a perturbation element, so that a pressure of the motive fluid lifts particulate matter separated from the connate fluid to outside of the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,428,634

WATER JET MINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Islander, LLC, Overland ...

1. A borehole mining system situated on a surface at a mining site for continuous in situ mining of a subterranean resource, comprising:a mining rig positioned in situ on the surface;
a mining string operatively connected to the rig and being positioned in a borehole extending from the surface through any overburden intermediate the surface and the subterranean resource and into the subterranean resource; the mining string including one or more mining pipe sections operatively connected to one another, each mining pipe section including a plurality of passages extending therethrough adapted to direct preselected fluids and gases from the surface through the mining string to the subterranean resource; at least one of the passages being a high pressure passage adapted to deliver high pressure mining fluid through the system;
a monitor pipe assembly operatively connected to a bottommost mining pipe section of the string, the monitor assembly having a first section which is structured and arranged to receive the high pressure mining fluid and to create laminar flow thereof, a second section in fluid communication with the first section, the second section being adapted to maintain and redirect the laminar flow of high pressure mining fluid;
a nozzle apparatus adapted to receive the redirected laminar flow of high pressure mining fluid, the nozzle apparatus including a nozzle orifice structured and arranged to form and deliver to the subterranean resource a high pressure, high volume stream of laminar mining fluid at supersonic velocity, whereby a slurry of disaggregated subterranean resource material and mining fluid is created;
an eductor apparatus adapted to transport the slurry from the in situ position of the subterranean resource via a slurry return line in the monitor pipe and mining string to the surface; and
an airlift system adapted to form a vacuum in the return line, whereby the transport of the slurry to the surface is accelerated.

US Pat. No. 10,428,633

ENHANCING COMPLEX FRACTURE GEOMETRY IN SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS, SEQUENTIAL FRACTURING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:(a) isolating a first treatment zone comprising a first opening through a wellbore and into a subterranean formation;
(b) introducing a high-viscosity treatment fluid (HVTF) into the subterranean formation through the first opening, the HVTF comprising a base fluid and a gelling agent, wherein the HVTF comprises a viscosity of about 20 cP to about 5,000 cP;
(c) applying incrementally increased fracturing rate steps (IIFRSs) to the HVTF to create or (c) enhance a dominate fracture, the IIFRSs each above a fracture gradient pressure, below a near-wellbore apparent fissure opening pressure, and below a far-field apparent fissure opening pressure,
wherein between each IIFRS a downhole pressure slope over time will increase, decline, or stabilize at a measured pressure slope;
(d) evaluating the measured pressure slope to determine whether an increasing pressure slope, a stabilizing pressure slope, or a declining pressure slope exists,
wherein if the stabilizing pressure slope or the declining pressure slope exists, a subsequent IIFRS is applied, wherein the stabilizing pressure slope exists when the measured pressure slope increases or decreases by about 50 psi/min or less at a stabilized rate, wherein the declining pressure slope exists when the measured pressure slope decreases by about greater than 50 psi/min at the stabilized rate, or
wherein if the increasing pressure slope exists, a decreased fracturing rate step (d1) or a constant rate is maintained until the stabilizing pressure slope exists, followed by applying the subsequent IIFRS, wherein the increasing pressure slope exists when the measured pressure slope increases by about greater than 50 psi/min at the stabilized rate;
(e) repeating one or more of steps (c) and (d) at the first treatment zone, thereby increasing a volume of the dominate fracture due to efficient dominate fracturing with generated back pressure until a maximum fracturing rate is reached;
(f) introducing a low-viscosity treatment fluid (LVTF) into the subterranean formation through the first opening at the first treatment zone at the maximum fracturing rate and at a pressure above the far-field apparent fissure opening pressure to create or enhance a secondary azimuth fracture extending from the dominate fracture, the LVTF comprising a second base fluid and particulates, wherein the LVTF comprises a viscosity of about 1 cP to about 20 cP,
and placing the particulates into at least one of the dominate fracture and/or the secondary azimuth fracture; and
(g) introducing a low-viscosity diversion fluid pill (LVDF pill) comprising a third base fluid and degradable particulates into the subterranean formation through the first opening at the first treatment zone to create a fluidic seal therein, wherein the LVDF pill comprises a viscosity of about 1 cP to about 20 cP.

US Pat. No. 10,428,632

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUE TO IMPROVE OIL RESERVOIR RECOVERY IN THE WATER-ALTERNATING-GAS INJECTION PROCESS BY USING DOWNHOLE CONTROL VALVES (WAG-CV)

LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORA...

1. A system for Water-Alternating-Gas (WAG) injection for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) comprising:a mechanical well to enable multi-point selective injection for water and gas via a plurality of injection points along the mechanical well, wherein the mechanical well includes a first system for delivery of water and a second system for delivery of gas, a horizontal section of the mechanical well includes perforations for the delivery of water and gas, and the horizontal section is divided into subsections corresponding to the plurality of injection points by isolation packers such that a first subsection of the subsections delivers water while a second subsection of the subsections adjacent to the first subsection delivers gas; and
an optimization engine to calculate reservoir flow dynamics and selectively inject at least one of water or gas via each of the plurality of injection points along the mechanical well according to the calculated reservoir flow dynamics.

US Pat. No. 10,428,631

SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION METHODS AND APPARATUS

HALLIBURTON MANUFACTURING...

1. A method comprising the steps of:determining a combination of a drawdown pressure at a wellbore and an exertive force to apply at the wellbore that a provide a particular permeability of a near wellbore formation in the wellbore;
selecting the drawdown pressure of the determined combination to modify operations at a subterranean formation; and
selecting the exertive force of the determined combination;
a selection of one or both of the exertive force and the drawdown pressure being based on a downhole environment at the wellbore;
applying the exertive force together with the drawdown pressure at the wellbore to modify operations at a subterranean formation;
applying a first pressure through a base pipe, prior to applying the exertive force, to a fluid pressure-responsive valve arrangement to provide fluid communication with an activation chamber arranged at the subterranean formation;
applying a second pressure, different than the first pressure, through the base pipe, to the fluid pressure-responsive valve arrangement to activate the activation chamber to apply the exertive force; and
applying a third pressure through the base pipe, while applying the exertive force, the third pressure force lower than the second pressure to the fluid pressure-responsive valve arrangement to thereby move a closure member of the valve arrangement under the bias of a biasing mechanism to position the closure member to both prohibit fluid communication between the base pipe and activation chamber, and also establish fluid communication from the subterranean formation to the base pipe through the valve arrangement;
wherein movement of the closure member under the bias of a biasing mechanism includes moving a sliding sleeve with a spring to cover at least one first port in fluid communication with the activation chamber to thereby prohibit fluid communication between the base pipe and activation chamber and additionally to uncover at least one second port in fluid communication with an exterior of the base pipe to thereby establish fluid communication from the subterranean formation to the base pipe through the valve arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,428,630

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIVE WELL ARTIFICIAL LIFT COMPLETION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of live well artificial lift completion comprising:hanging an umbilical on a wellhead of a live well, the umbilical fluidly coupling a production pump to a well surface and electrically coupling an electric motor to a surface power source, the electric motor powering the production pump, the umbilical comprising:
coiled tubing surrounded by a jacket; and
power cables extruded inside the jacket to form a smooth jacket outer surface;
creating a pressure seal inside the umbilical during deployment of the umbilical into the live well, the pressure seal inside the umbilical created using a blowout plug positioned to block a discharge of the production pump; and
forming an annular pressure seal during deployment of the production pump to obtain well control, the annular pressure seal formed using an annular bag coupled to the wellhead.

US Pat. No. 10,428,629

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIRECTLY DRIVING A BEAM PUMPING UNIT BY A ROTATING MOTOR

Yueli Electric (Jiangsu) ...

1. A method for controlling a rotating motor of a beam pumping unit that includes one or more cranks coupled to a walking beam enabling extraction of underground objects, comprising:receiving, at a control system, one or more input signals representing desired motor supply currents for operating the rotating motor;
providing, based on the input signals, one or more control signals to the rotating motor to enable the rotating motor to directly drive the one or more cranks for extracting the underground objects;
varying, based on the one or more control signals, a rotating speed of the rotating motor based on one or more conditions of the underground objects; and
enabling the extraction in a reciprocated manner based on the varying rotating speed of the rotating motor;
wherein providing the one or more control signals comprises determining at least one of a position or a rotating speed associated with the motor in absence of a position sensor; providing one or more motor voltage signals corresponding to the desired motor supply currents; and
generating one or more power voltage signals based on the one or more motor voltage signals, and
the method further comprises
obtaining a two-phase motor supply current signal based on the one or more power voltage signals, the two-phase motor supply current signals being analog signals;
generating digital representations of the two-phase motor supply current signal using the obtained two-phase motor supply current signal;
applying a DQ transformation to the digital representations of the two-phase motor supply current signals to obtain a transformed motor supply current signal;
generating a calculated motor supply current signal based on the one or more motor voltage signals;
obtaining a gap signal based on the calculated motor supply current signal and the transformed motor supply current signal, the gap signal representing the difference between calculated motor supply current signal and the transformed motor supply current signal; and
generating, based on the gap signal, a compensation signal that enables reducing the difference between calculated motor supply current signal and the transformed motor supply current signal.

US Pat. No. 10,428,628

SURFACE-DRIVEN PUMPING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING A FLUID FROM A SUBSURFACE HYDROCARBON DEPOSIT

Dalmation Hunter Holdings...

1. A surface-driven fluid recovery system for producing viscous fluids from a subsurface hydrocarbon deposit, comprising:a downhole pump situated downhole in a wellbore, and actuable by rotation;
an elongate shaft assembly extending from surface downwardly through in said wellbore, having a first uphole end and a second downhole end;
a speed-increasing transmission, interconnecting said second downhole end of the shaft assembly and said downhole pump, to increase rotational speed of said downhole pump;
a surface drive system, situated at said surface, for providing rotational energy to said first uphole end of said elongate shaft assembly, comprising:
(a) a primary mover for generating rotational power;
(b) a speed reducing transmission, for reducing rotational speed supplied by said primary mover directly or indirectly to said first uphole end of said shaft assembly; and
(c) a magnetic drive coupling, having an outer magnetic assembly and an inner magnetic assembly, each of which is magnetized or magnetizable;
wherein:
(i) said magnetic drive coupling is situated intermediate said primary mover and said speed-reducing transmission, and:
(a) said outer magnetic assembly is coupled to an input end of the speed-reducing transmission and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said primary mover; or
(b) said outer magnetic assembly is coupled to said primary mover and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said input end of the speed-reducing transmission; or
(ii) said magnetic drive coupling is situated intermediate said speed reduction transmission and said first uphole end of said shaft assembly, and:
(a) the outer magnetic assembly is coupled to an output end of the speed-reducing transmission and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said first uphole end of said shaft assembly; or
(b) said outer magnetic assembly is coupled to said first uphole end of said shaft assembly and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said output end of said speed-reducing transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,428,626

PRODUCTION ESTIMATION IN SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:performing a hydraulic fracturing operation to stimulate a reservoir; obtaining data that characterizes the stimulated reservoir or from which the stimulated reservoir can be characterized, wherein a tool for obtaining the data comprises a pore pressure measurement tool that measures pore pressure;
using a neural net that employs Bayesian statistics to predict the production of the stimulated reservoir, wherein the neural net uses a field scale 3-D reservoir model incorporating the obtained data and the pore pressure, wherein the obtained data are selected from a group consisting of attributes inverted from seismic data, regional geology, well logs, and microseismic data, wherein the inverted attributes include one or more of elastic properties, reservoir properties, and azimuthal anisotropy properties, and wherein the seismic data is prestack seismic data;
producing 3-D volumes of elastic properties, reservoir properties, and fracture densities of the stimulated reservoir;
inputting the 3-D volumes of elastic properties and reservoir properties into a stress model, and predicting a 3-D stress state of a formation using an output of the stress model;
inputting the 3-D volumes of elastic properties and the 3-D stress state of the formation into a network fracture propagation model, and predicting a propped fracture surface area using an output of the network fracture propagation model;
and performing additional hydraulic fracturing operations in new wells in the stimulated reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,428,625

EXTENDED POWER SYSTEM FOR DOWNHOLE TOOLS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

11. A method for actuating a downhole tool, comprising:detecting, by a sensor, a first triggering condition;
transmitting power, by a first battery, to actuate the downhole tool to perform a first wellbore operation in response to the first triggering condition in a wellbore;
detecting, by the sensor, a second triggering condition, the second triggering condition occurring after the first triggering condition;
activating, by the first battery, a heat source of a second battery to actuate the second battery in response to the second triggering condition in the wellbore; and
transmitting power, by the second battery, to actuate the downhole tool to perform a second wellbore operation.

US Pat. No. 10,428,624

DOWNHOLE COMPLETION SYSTEM

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. A downhole completion system comprising:an intermediate casing arranged in a borehole having a top,
an outer production casing arranged at least partly within the intermediate casing defining a primary annulus therebetween,
a main barrier configured to provide a primary seal between the intermediate casing and the outer production casing, and
an inner production casing arranged at least partly within the outer production casing defining a secondary annulus therebetween,wherein the outer production casing comprises a first outer inductive coupling arranged below the main barrier in relation to the top, a first inner inductive coupling is arranged on an outer face of the inner production casing positioned substantially in the same horizontal level as the first outer inductive coupling for wireless transfer of communication signals and/or power therebetween, the first inner inductive coupling being connected to the top via a first electrical conductor, a second outer inductive coupling is arranged on an outer face of the outer production casing below the first outer inductive coupling and connected with the first outer inductive coupling via a second electrical conductor, and a second inner inductive coupling is arranged on the outer face of the inner production casing positioned substantially in the same horizontal level as the second outer inductive coupling for wireless transfer of communication signals and/or power therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,428,623

BALL DROPPING SYSTEM AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A ball dropping system, comprising:a ball retention feature;
an ejection arrangement blocked from activating in a first condition of the ball dropping system, activatable in a second condition of the ball dropping system, and activated to eject a ball from the ball dropping system that is releasably secured by the ball retention feature in a third condition of the ball dropping system; and,
a setting sleeve movable from a first position to a second position with respect to the ejection arrangement, the setting sleeve having the first position to block the ejection arrangement from activating in the first condition of the ball dropping system, and the setting sleeve movable to the second position to render the ejection arrangement activatable in the second condition of the ball dropping system.

US Pat. No. 10,428,621

CHOKE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A choke adapted for downhole use in a subterranean well, the choke comprising:a conduit with a bore;
a first opening allowing fluid communication between an outside of the conduit and the choke;
a second opening allowing fluid communication between the choke and the bore of the conduit;
a flow path connecting the first and second openings;
a flow restrictor that is selectively adjustable to change a cross sectional area of the flow path through the choke, the flow restrictor comprising first and second cylindrical choke members, each of the first and second choke members incorporating a portion of the flow path;
wherein a first end of the first choke member abuts a second end of the second choke member;
wherein the first choke member is rotatable relative to the second choke member; and
wherein the first choke member is configured to be rotated by a shifting tool which is lowered into the bore of the conduit from a surface of the earth after the choke has been installed in the subterranean well.

US Pat. No. 10,428,620

REPLACEABLE DOWNHOLE ELECTRONIC HUB

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

8. A resource recovery and exploration system comprising:a surface system;
a downhole system including a string of tubulars, at least one of the string of tubulars including an outer surface and an inner surface defining a flow path, one of the inner surface and the outer surface including a hub receiving recess;
an electronics hub detachably mounted in the hub receiving recess, the electronics hub including an input conductor connector and at least one output conductor connectors and a control module that facilitates communication between a surface system and one or more downhole devices; and
a control line extending from the surface system to the input conductor connector of the electronics hub, wherein the control line comprises one of a hydraulic control line, an electrical conductor, a fiber optic and a digital communication conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,428,618

ROTATIONAL MOTION-INDUCING VARIABLE FLOW RESISTANCE SYSTEMS HAVING A SIDEWALL FLUID OUTLET AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF IN A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A variable flow resistance system comprising:a plurality of chambers connected in series fluid communication with one another, each chamber having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet coupled thereto, each fluid inlet and fluid outlet being disposed on a sidewall of a respective chamber of the plurality of chambers;
wherein at least a first one of the plurality of chambers is cylindrical to-induce rotational motion of a fluid flowing therethrough and has a top that provides a top interior surface and a top exterior surface, a bottom that provides a bottom interior surface and a bottom exterior surface, and the cylindrical-sidewall, the sidewall being non-porous and coupled to and extending from the top exterior surface and to the bottom exterior surface, the cylindrical sidewall forming a cone-shaped fluid exit extending between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet; and
wherein the fluid outlet of at least the first one of the plurality of chambers is coupled to the cone-shaped fluid exit to allow the fluid to exit of the chamber through the cylindrical sidewall via the cone-shaped fluid exit in a same direction as the fluid enters the fluid inlet, the fluid inlet of one or more of the plurality of chambers comprise a main flow pathway and a branch flow pathway; and
wherein the branch flow pathway is configured such that fluid entering the branch flow pathway does not undergo rotational motion or undergoes less rotational motion than fluid entering the main flow pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,428,617

PACKER

MORPHPACKERS LIMITED, Ab...

17. A method of setting morphable packer, comprising the steps:(a) locating a morphable packer in a string, the morphable, packer comprising a tubular member having a throughbore, the tubular member arranged to be run in and secured within a larger diameter generally cylindrical structure; the tubular member having first and second end sections and a central section therebetween; the central section including an anchoring arrangement, the anchoring arrangement comprising: a recess in the tubular body located circumferentially around an outer surface of the central section, the recess having opposing side walls which are each tapered from a bottom of the recess to the outer surface; and two gripping elements, each gripping element being substantially triangular in cross-section, comprising an outward facing surface adapted to grip, an inclined edge and an adjoining surface with the adjoining surfaces of each gripping element contacting each other; wherein the gripping elements are initially located within the recess and the inclined edges abuts one of the side walls of the recess;
(b) running the tubular string into a wellbore and positioning the morphable packer at a desired location within a larger diameter cylindrical structure;
(c) pumping fluid through the tubular string to cause the central portion of the tubular member to move radially outwardly and morph against an inner surface of the larger diameter structure; and
(d) using the morphing tubular member to move oppositely arranged abutting slips formed from the gripping elements in the anchoring arrangement radially outwardly by the morphing action to engage, grip and anchor to the larger diameter structure.

US Pat. No. 10,428,615

DEVICE FOR LINING OR OBTURATING A WELLBORE OR A PIPE

SALTEL INDUSTRIES, Bruz ...

1. A device for lining or obturating a wellbore or a pipe, said device comprising:a tubular radially expandable lining made of metal; and
at least one ring seal carried by said lining,
wherein the seal comprises at least one first part and second part each formed by a filament or a braid carried by said lining, the first and second parts being mounted spirally about the external surface of said lining on a single level, and being axially adjacent to one another along a longitudinal axis of the lining.

US Pat. No. 10,428,614

HORIZONTAL FRACTURING TREE

Cameron International Cor...

25. A method, comprising:routing fluid through a first branch passage in a first tree branch portion and a main passage in a tree portion of a fracturing tree between a main bore of a wellhead and at least one of a first plurality of fluid ports coupled to the first tree branch portion, wherein the main passage is mounted coaxial with the main bore of the wellhead, the first branch passage extends in a first lateral direction away from a central axis of the main passage toward the first plurality of fluid ports, the first plurality of fluid ports comprises a bottom fluid passage, the first tree branch portion is supported by a support structure at a position laterally offset away from the tree portion, the support structure is disposed at least partially directly under the bottom fluid passage and at least partially horizontally offset from the wellhead, and the support structure is configured to couple directly to the ground or to couple directly to the tree portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,612

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WITHDRAWING CORES FROM DRILLED HOLES

1. A core extracting device, comprising:a generally cylindrical outer casing;
a plurality of cutouts through the outer casing and spaced apart along a circumferential inner surface of the outer casing; and
an inner grabber snugly slidable along said circumferential inner surface between a release condition and a gripping condition engaging the core, the inner grabber comprising:
a spider plate;
a plurality of fingers perpendicularly extending downward from a periphery of the spider plate; and
a wedge provided along an outer surface of each finger of the plurality of fingers, wherein each wedge nests in a respective cutout of the plurality of cutouts in the release condition.

US Pat. No. 10,428,611

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IN-SITU STABILIZATION OF UNCONSOLIDATED SEDIMENT IN CORE SAMPLES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A core sampling apparatus comprising:a corer having an inner wall, an outer wall, and a plurality of impregnation tubes disposed between the inner and the outer wall,
wherein the impregnation tubes are parallel to a central axis of the corer,
wherein each of the plurality of impregnation tubes have a plurality of holes.

US Pat. No. 10,428,610

PASSIVELY MOTION COMPENSATED TUBING HANGER RUNNING TOOL ASSEMBLY

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A tubing hanger running tool assembly comprising:a pressure containing slip joint comprising an inner mandrel and an outer mandrel located concentrically such that the inner mandrel and the outer mandrel can slide relative to each other providing compression and extension along a linear axis and comprising pressure containing seals located between the inner mandrel and the outer mandrel;
a tubing hanger running tool coupled to the pressure containing slip joint; and
a tubing hanger in an unactuated state coupled to a first end of the tubing hanger running tool that is opposite a second end of the tubing hanger running tool that is coupled to the pressure containing slip joint, wherein the tubing hanger running tool is configured to actuate the tubing hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,428,605

UNIVERSAL INJECTION HEAD SYSTEM AND METHOD

Integral Oilfield Solutio...

10. A method of coupling an injector head to an injector head system, the system comprising an injector head platform, an injector head table supported above the injector head platform, a lift coupled to the injector head platform and the injector head table, an injector head adapter coupled to the injector head table, at least one locator arm coupled to the injector head adapter, a pin coupled to each locator arm, and a lock nut coupled to each pin, the method comprising:rotating the injector head adapter relative to the injector head to align the injector head adapter with the injector head, the at least one locator arm including a first locator arm;
moving a first pin relative to the first locator arm and aligning the first pin with the injector head;
coupling the first pin in a first position on the first locator arm with a first lock nut; and
coupling the injector head to the injector head adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,428,604

MOVEABLE JAW BIT BREAKER TECHNOLOGY

FALCON TOOLS, LLC, Fargo...

1. A bit breaker configured to embrace a pipe, tool section, tool or pipe joint for making or loosening a threaded joint, the bit breaker comprising a generally flat plate that bounds a pipe slot, the plate defining two fixed arms and a fixed base leg, the pipe slot located between the two fixed arms, the two fixed arms project respectively from opposed ends of the fixed base leg, the two fixed arms being non-adjustable in that relative positions of the two fixed arms and the fixed base leg are fixed, the bit breaker having two jaws that define two working surfaces located on opposite sides of the pipe slot, the two jaws being configured to move relative to the plate, the two working surfaces of the two jaws each being devoid of any concave recess configured to receive the pipe, tool section, tool or pipe joint, each of the two jaws having an engage position and a release position, the two working surfaces of the two jaws being parallel or substantially parallel to each other when the two jaws are in the engage position as well as when the two jaws are in the release position, and the bit breaker being devoid of a hydraulic, pneumatic, or other powered actuator configured to move either of the two jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,428,603

METHOD FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A DOWN-THE-HOLE DRILLING APPARATUS FOR PLASTIC PIPE DRILLING AND A DOWN-THE-HOLE DRILLING APPARATUS

OY EPIROC DRILLING TOOLS ...

1. Method for putting together a down-the-hole drilling apparatus for plastic pipe drilling, which apparatus has a drilling device for carrying out drilling by using a drilling unit with a plastic pipe, the method comprising:providing a drilling unit, which drilling unit includes a drilling head having a drilling arrangement with a first drilling means for drilling a center hole and a second drilling means for reaming the center hole for the plastic pipe, the drilling means being coupled at least during a drilling situation mutually in a power transmitting manner in order to carry out co-operation thereof for a rotational motion, a feeding motion and/or a hammering motion, and being removably in connection with the plastic pipe in order to enable at least removal of the first drilling means from a drilled hole, whereby the plastic pipe is arranged to be pulled into the hole to be drilled by a power influence directed thereto from the second drilling means or a casing shoe coupled with the second drilling means, in a manner transmitting power at least in the longitudinal direction of the drilling device,
coupling the drilling unit and the plastic pipe with each other by a skirt part that exists at an opposite end of the second drilling means or the casing shoe with respect to the drilling surface of the drilling unit, which skirt part has an internal protrusion assembly in radial direction, and
pressing the skirt part together in the radial direction to form a contact surface in the longitudinal direction along outer surface of the end of the plastic pipe, in order to pull the plastic pipe into the hole to be drilled by a power influence being transmitted from the contact surface,
wherein, in a prefabrication phase prior to pressing the skirt part together, the internal protrusion assembly has a larger internal diameter than an outer diameter of the plastic pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,428,595

QUICK CONNECT SYSTEM FOR SETTING TOOL

Hunting Titan, Inc., Pam...

1. A quick connect device for well tools comprising:a substantially cylindrical upper connection body about an axis having a first end and a second end;
a resilient member;
a pin grip insert having a substantially cylindrical body about an axis, a first end, a second end, an inclined outer surface having larger diameter proximate the first end and a smaller diameter proximate the second end, a continuously threaded inner bore, an upper shoulder orthogonal to the axis;
a pin capture socket having a substantially cylindrical body about an axis, a first end, a second end, an inclined inner surface about a conical bore along the axis having a larger diameter proximate the first end and a smaller diameter proximate the second end;
wherein the axes of the upper connection body, the pin grip insert, and the pin capture socket are aligned, the pin grip insert is constructed of a plurality of radial segments, the pin grip insert is captured within the conical bore of the pin capture socket, the resilient member is captured between the upper shoulder of the pin grip insert and the second end of the upper connection body, and the upper connection body is affixed to the first end of the pin capture socket.

US Pat. No. 10,428,593

THREADED END OF A TUBULAR COMPONENT FOR DRILLING OR WORKING HYDROCARBON WELLS, AND RESULTING CONNECTION

VALLOUREC OIL AND GAS FRA...

1. A threaded end of a steel tubular component suitable for drilling or working hydrocarbon wells, said threaded end comprising a threaded zone on an external or internal peripheral surface of the threaded end depending on whether the threaded end is male or female,wherein at least a portion of the threaded end is coated with a dry film comprising an organic matrix in which 10% to 15% by weight of calcium ion exchange amorphous silica pigments are dispersed,
wherein the organic matrix is a thermoplastic matrix comprising a thermoplastic selected from the group consisting of a polyethylene wax, a copolyamide based on an acid dimer, an esterified colophane, and a terpene resin.

US Pat. No. 10,428,586

REAMER ASSEMBLY

Inrock Drilling Systems, ...

9. A method of providing a reamer for horizontal directional drilling comprising:providing a base plate comprising:
one or more fluid conduits extending there through;
a central orifice extending there through; and
one or more receiving cavities disposed therein;
inserting a substantially tubular component, comprising at least one orifice in the exterior surface thereof, through said central orifice;
positioning said base plate at a location along the length of said tubular component;
installing one or more fluid chambers on said tubular component exterior surface, whereby at least one said fluid chamber is in fluid communication with the interior of said tubular component, via said tubular component exterior surface orifice, and whereby said fluid chamber is also in fluid communication with at least one fluid conduit of said base plate;
affixing one or more gussets to the exterior surface of one or both of said tubular component and said base plate;
whereby at least one said gusset is at least partially disposed proximate a bottom surface of the base plate;
providing one or more cutting assemblies, each comprising a leg segment, each leg segment comprising an insert section, each insert section having an exterior surface adapted and configured to be inserted into one said receiving cavity; and
inserting each insert section into one said receiving cavity of said base plate, via an opening of that said receiving cavity disposed on a top side of said base plate, and affixing each insert section therein.

US Pat. No. 10,428,582

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF CREATING PRESSURE PULSES FOR PULSE TELEMETRY FOR MWD TOOLS USING A DIRECT DRIVE HYDRAULIC RAM

Standard Directional Serv...

1. A method of creating pressure pulses within a drill string during drilling operations, the method comprising:moving a poppet of a pulser system within a measuring while drilling (MWD) tool, the moving of the poppet by:
activating, by a motor controller, an electric motor with a stator submerged in hydraulic fluid, and thereby turning a motor shaft;
turning a threaded shaft by rotation of the motor shaft;
translating a ball screw nut along the threaded shaft responsive to turning the threaded shaft the ball screw nut telescoped over the threaded shaft and the ball screw nut rigidly coupled to a linear positioner;
translating a piston rod within a cylinder housing by the linear positioner responsive to translating the ball screw nut; and thereby
moving the poppet coupled to the piston rod, the movement of the poppet relative to a valve seat;
counting, by the motor controller during the activating, electronic pulses from a sensor that senses full or partial rotations of the motor shaft, the counting creates a count value; and
ceasing activation of the electric motor when the count value meets or exceeds a set point count value proportional to a predetermined travel distance of the poppet;
wherein the electric motor, the ball screw nut, and the linear positioner all fluidly sealed within a linear actuation assembly of the pulser system.

US Pat. No. 10,428,580

SPRING OPERATED ROLLER BLIND SYSTEM WITH TENSION SPRING ADJUSTING MECHANISM AND LOCKING ELEMENT FOR SAID SYSTEM

Coulisse B.V., Enter (NL...

11. A locking element and a spring operated roller blind system, said spring operated roller blind system comprising:a roller blind provided with a roller shaft, wherein a central rod extends through the roller shaft and a flexible sheet member is attached to the roller shaft; wherein
the roller blind system is further provided with two bracket connectors attached at outer ends of the roller shaft, wherein each bracket connector is provided with a pin for connection to the shaft of the roller blind, an end plate is arranged by two spacers on the bracket connectors, wherein a space between the two spacers forms a slot and each bracket connector is provided with a controllable hook arranged on a tongue on the end plate,wherein the roller blind system is further provided with two mounting brackets for mounting the roller blind system on a surface, wherein each mounting bracket is provided with one locking tooth with a hole, wherein each of the bracket connectors is arranged for releasable coupling to one of the mounting brackets; and each of the bracket connectors can be locked to one of the mounting brackets by placing the locking tooth in the slot and dropping the hook in the hole, wherein each of the bracket connectors can be unlocked from each mounting bracket by operating the tongue, whereinthe roller blind is configured to be spring operated and comprises
a tension spring fixedly connected to the central rod and to the roller shaft, and
a tension adjusting mechanism for adjusting tension of the tension spring; wherein
the tension adjusting mechanism comprises an adjusting wheel and an adjusting spring for adjusting a rotational position of the central rod, wherein the adjusting wheel and the adjusting spring are arranged coaxially on the pin of one of the bracket connectors,
the tension adjusting mechanism further comprises first engaging means for pushing the adjusting spring in a relaxed configuration and second engaging means for pushing the adjusting spring in a tightened configuration;
the first engaging means is arranged on the adjusting wheel; and
the second engaging means is connected to the central rod by way of an adjusting rod; and wherein
the locking element comprises a lip and a tongue interconnected by a bridge part, the locking element is arranged for bridging the adjusting wheel, said adjusting wheel having two outer flat sides, and for locking onto one of the bracket connectors on both outer flat sides of the adjusting wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,428,578

DEVICE FOR PREVENTING FLOODING IN SLIDING PATIO DOORS

10. A method for preventing flooding under a sliding door, the method which comprises:providing a device having a base and a declined portion, said base being reshapeable to conform to at least one rail in a track, wherein the sliding door has an external surface and being configured to travel laterally within the track, and said declined portion being supported by and connected to said base, said declined portion having a declined outer surface;
placing said base in the track against the external surface of the sliding door, wherein an inner surface of said declined portion being configured to rest flush against the external face of the sliding door, while aligning said declined portion to decline from the external surface of the sliding door.

US Pat. No. 10,428,577

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR LOADING A CARGO SPACE AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A PROTECTIVE WALL IN THE CARGO SPACE

Actiw Oy, Naarajarvi (FI...

1. An arrangement for loading a cargo space, comprising:a transfer apparatus including a gate;
a transfer element as part of the transfer apparatus, the transfer element including a front part, and the transfer element being arranged to move, together with load units to be arranged on top of the transfer element, into the cargo space and back out of the cargo space leaving the load units in the cargo space;
at least one curtain element for forming a protective wall between a structure defining the cargo space and the load units, the protective wall being formed by the transfer apparatus between the gate and the front part;
at least one reel means for reeling in the curtain element to a reeled-in position and discharging the curtain element from the reeled-in position by means of a movement effect created by the transfer element; and
a support, arranged in connection with the front part of the transfer element, to which one end of the protective wall is attached.

US Pat. No. 10,428,573

STIFFENING ADD-ON PROFILE FOR WINDOW FRAME AND WINDOW FRAME COMPRISING SAME

Deceuninck NV, Roeselare...

1. A window profile made of polymeric material and defining an inner cavity, the window profile having an outer surface comprising unexposed side portions, defined between a pair of clamping brackets defining a drainage zone, and exposed side portions,a stiffening profile is provided external of said window profile in said drainage zone, the stiffening profile comprising two distinct longitudinal reinforcement edges extending parallel one to another and being connected by a web of polymeric material,
wherein said stiffening profile comprises a polymer material and a reinforcement material, the reinforcement material only present in the two distinct longitudinal reinforcement edges is selected from the group of metal rods, metal wires, metal cables, glass fibres, aramid fibres, carbon fibres, continuous natural fibres and mixtures thereof, and locally embedded in the polymer web,
the stiffening profile having a tensile (flexural) modulus in its length (L) direction of at least 5 GPa according to EN2561 and the polymer material having a lambda value of maximum 2 W/mK.

US Pat. No. 10,428,572

ADJUSTING DEVICE

Stabilus GMBH, Koblenz (...

1. Adjusting device for a vehicle part which is movable relative to a body of a vehicle, in particular a vehicle door or a vehicle tailgate, comprising:a drive arrangement
having a drive unit and
at least one movement state sensor for detecting a movement state of the drive unit and for outputting corresponding movement state signals,
an adjusting element, which is displaceable relative to the drive arrangement via the drive unit, and
a control unit, associated with the drive arrangement, for activating and deactivating the drive unit,
wherein the control unit has a signal input to which the at least one movement state sensor is connected for transmitting the movement state signals to the control unit, and in that the control unit is configured to actuate the drive unit according to the actual movement state if the movement state signals transmitted to the control unit by the movement state sensor indicate an actual movement state of the drive unit which deviates from a target movement state,
wherein the control unit is further configured to distinguish a movement pattern of a manual actuation of the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle from a movement pattern of a gravity-induced actuation of the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle, wherein as a distinguishing criterion an acceleration is used, with which the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle is set in motion, and
wherein the control unit is further configured to only actuate the drive unit according to the actual movement state if a movement pattern of the actual movement state fulfils at least one predetermined condition with regard to the acceleration, which indicates the manual actuation of the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,428,571

BOOT LID

Bentley Motors Limited, ...

1. An automobile comprising a boot lid and a panel, the panel separating an exterior side and an interior side, and having an exterior surface facing inboard into a boot cavity and exposed to an environment outside of the automobile when the boot lid is open and an opposite interior surface facing outboard into a region of the automobile body between an outer body shell and the boot cavity, wherein a rotatable shaft extends through the panel from the interior side to the exterior side and is mounted to the panel via a bearing, the rotatable shaft being operably connected to the boot lid on the exterior side and operably connected to a drive mechanism on the interior side, so as to transmit drive from the interior side to the exterior side, in order to move the boot lid between a closed position and an open position; wherein the drive mechanism on the interior side comprises a linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,428,570

WIND SAFE DOOR

ENTREMATIC BELGIUM NV, M...

1. A motorized door for closing an area at least partially defined by a frame, said motorized door comprising:(A) a motorized driving mechanism suitable for moving a leading edge of a shutter between an open position (z=1) and a closed position (z=0) in a first direction (a) to close said area defined within said frame and in a second direction (?) to open said area;
(B) a detection cell suitable for detecting an accidental event (eI), wherein I?, during a moving of the leading edge of the shutter in the first direction (a) to close said area, said accidental event a potential threat to a good functioning of the motorized door,
(C) a processing unit programmed to trigger the following operations upon reception of a signal from the detection cell that an accidental event has occurred, during the moving in the first direction (?) of the shutter from the open position (z=1) towards the closed position (z=0):
(a) define I=0 at t=0, wherein I is the number of accidental events (eI) detected by the detection cell during the moving of the leading edge of the shutter in the first direction (?) to close said area, and t=0 defines the time the shutter starts moving from the open position (z=1);
(b) in case of a detection of an (M+i)th accidental event (e(M+i)), wherein M?, i?, and i>0, memorize the number of accidental events, I=(M+i), and
(c) stop the movement of the leading edge in the first direction (?), and reverse said movement into the second direction (?); and
(i) if the number of accidental events, I=(M+N), wherein N is a predefined number of wind-related events and wherein N>0, continue the movement into the second direction (?) until the leading edge reaches its open position (z=1) and keep the shutter in the open position; or
(ii) if the number of accidental events, I<(M+N), after a brief reverse time, ?t, stop said movement in the second direction (?) and reverse the movement back into the first direction (?) towards the closed position (z=0) of the shutter; and
(d) after step (c)(ii), in case an (M+i+1)th accidental event (e(M+i+1)) is detected during the movement of the leading edge into the first direction (?), memorize the number of accidental events, I=M+i+1 and repeat step (c).

US Pat. No. 10,428,569

DOOR CLOSER

ARCTEK INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. A door closer pivoted on a door, comprising:a case including a piston accommodating chamber and a channel connecting module, wherein the channel connecting module includes a first communicating hole and a second communicating hole,
wherein the case further includes a driving module accommodating chamber, a spacer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate a spacer and a partition wall, the partition wall is located between the piston accommodating chamber and the spacer accommodating chamber for separating the piston accommodating chamber and the spacer accommodating chamber, the piston accommodating chamber and the spacer accommodating chamber communicate with the driving module accommodating chamber respectively, and the piston accommodating space communicates with the driving module accommodating chamber by the first opening space, wherein the channel connecting module is installed in the partition wall and includes a first primary channel, a second primary channel, a first tributary channel, a second tributary channel and a third tributary channel, the first tributary channel communicates with the first primary channel and the spacer accommodating chamber, the second tributary channel communicates with the first primary channel and the spacer accommodating chamber, the third tributary channel communicates with the first and second primary channels;
a piston installed in the piston accommodating chamber and dividing the piston accommodating chamber into a first oil storage space and a first opening space, wherein the channel connecting module communicates with the first opening space by the first communicating hole and communicates with the first oil storage space by the second communicating hole, and wherein the piston includes a main body and an oil sealing ring which is coupled to and moved together with the main body in the piston accommodating chamber, and the oil sealing ring is adapted to block the first communicating hole for holding the door in a predetermined position when the door is open;
a first flow regulating valve installed in the first tributary channel and adapted to selectively block the first tributary channel;
a driving module installed in the driving module accommodating chamber and adapted to drive the piston; and
a pressure valve installed in the second tributary channel and adapted to allow an oil to flow in one direction from the second tributary channel to the spacer accommodating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,428,567

MULTI-PANEL STACKING OVERHEAD DOOR

CORNELLCOOKSON, LLC, Mou...

1. A multi-panel stacking door system comprising:a first and second door retaining guide located at a respective first and second door end;
a door lifting apparatus; and
a plurality of panel stacks, each stack comprising a plurality of panels including a top panel and a bottom panel;
wherein the plurality of panel stacks includes a first and second end stack, each end stack plurality of panels comprising a plurality of end panels;
wherein a respective top horizontal extrusion affixed to the top of each panel; a respective bottom horizontal extrusion affixed to the bottom of each panel; and a respective first and a respective second individual vertical extrusion affixed to a respective first and a respective second side of each panel form a respective frame encasing each panel; the frame comprising a frame tab;
wherein;
at least one of the top panels is fixed in position to remain stationary;
each vertical extrusion extends from a distal edge surface of the panel in a direction substantially parallel a plane defined by the panel and comprises a first vertical extrusion slot and a second vertical extrusion slot separated by a nesting section;
each top and bottom horizontal extrusion comprises a horizontal extrusion shelf and a horizontal extrusion catching hook; and
at least one vertical extrusion of the first end stack is retained by a retaining member within the first door retaining guide and at least one vertical extrusion of the second end stack is retained by a different retaining member within the second door retaining guide.

US Pat. No. 10,428,566

FLEXIBLE UNITARY SANDWICH-LIKE PANEL OVERHEAD DOOR

1. A flexible panel door, comprising:a first elastic sheet (12),
a second elastic sheet (13) substantially opposite and parallel to said first elastic sheet,
a plurality of elongated hinges (15),
a plurality of substantially rigid elongated webs (14), each having at least two parallel elongated edges, and each of which is attached in a parallel manner, by a respective one of said hinges along respective said elongated edges, to said first and second elastic sheets, planes of said webs being initially at a 90 degree angle to said elastic sheets, thus sandwiching said webs between said elastic sheets,
a rectangular beam (17) which is connected to respective edges of said first elastic sheet (12) and said second elastic sheet (13), said respective edges being parallel to said webs and on opposing sides of said first elastic sheet and said second elastic sheet,
a plurality of support rollers (16), each of said rollers attached to a respective end of a respective said web or a respective end of the said beam,
a means of support (21) (22) of said rollers (16) so that transverse, at 90 degree angles to said elastic sheets, motion of the ends of said webs and said beam, and axial rotation of said beam, are prevented whereby said means of support enables said beam to be urged so as to elastically transition said flexible panel door from a closed vertical configuration to an open nearly horizontal configuration, or from said open configuration to said closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,428,565

HINGE AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

1. A connecting structure for connecting a first structure to a second in a pivotal manner, the structure comprising:a first assembly configured for mounting on a first structure and a second assembly configured for mounting on a second structure, the first assembly being pivotally mounted on the second assembly, the first assembly including a central post with an outer surface, the second assembly including a sleeve receiving the central post and having an inward surface adjacent to the outer surface of the central post and an outward surface, a first port on the sleeve defining a first passage between the inward and outward surfaces, a second port on the sleeve defining a second passage between the inward and outward surfaces of the sleeve; and
a braking element configured to apply a selectable amount of resistance to pivoting of the first and second assemblies with respect to each other, the braking element being mounted on the sleeve to act on the central post, the braking element comprising:
a first pressure element at least partially positioned in the first passage, the first pressure element being mounted on the first port so as to be adjustably movable toward and away from the outer surface of the central post;
a friction pad positioned in the first passage between the first pressure element and the outer surface of the central post;
wherein movement of the first pressure element in the first passage adjusts a degree of pressure applied to the friction pad by the first pressure element and by the friction pad to the outer surface of the central post to adjust a degree of pressure exerted on the outer surface of the central post by the friction pad to adjust a degree of resistance to pivoting of the sleeve and central post with respect to each other; and
a locking element configured to lock the first and second assemblies against pivoting with respect to each other in an infinite number of positions relative to each other, the locking element being mounted on the sleeve to act on the central post, the locking element comprising:
a second pressure element at least partially positioned in the second passage, the second pressure element being mounted on the second port so as to be adjustably movable toward and away from the outer surface of the central post to bring the second pressure element into and out of direct contact with the central post;
wherein movement of the second pressure element in the second passage adjusts a degree of pressure applied by the second pressure element directly to the outer surface of the central post.

US Pat. No. 10,428,564

STORAGE CONTAINER WITH LATCH FOR SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage container for a vehicle seating assembly, comprising: a base of the storage container affixed to a seatback;a panel coupled to the base;
a latch mechanism disposed in the base and adjacent to the panel, wherein the latch mechanism is selectively operable between locked and unlocked positions to move the panel between respective secured and unsecured positions;
wherein the latch mechanism comprises an actuator assembly and an arm assembly retained in a housing, and wherein linear movement of the actuator assembly from a rest position to an activation position causes rotation of the arm assembly from a first position to a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,563

POP-UP STRUCTURE OF TAIL GATE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A pop-up structure of a tail gate, the pop-up structure comprising:the tail gate disposed to open and close a passage of a vehicle body;
a striker to be fixed to the vehicle body;
a locking device mounted on the tail gate and locked to the striker to fix the tail gate to the vehicle body; and
a pop-up device disposed at the tail gate and pushing against the striker to lift the tail gate when the locking device is unlocked from the striker,
wherein the pop-up device includes:
a bracket mounted on the tail gate;
a pop-up lever rotatably disposed about a pop-up lever pin on the bracket;
a rotation lever disposed to rotate about a rotation lever pin which is disposed on an end portion extended to a first side from the pop-up lever, wherein a push home pushing the striker is formed on a front end portion of the rotation lever and is disposed to move along a guide slit formed on the bracket through a guide pin which is mounted on a rear end portion of the rotation lever and slidably engaged in the guide slit, to rotate in a first direction about the rotation lever pin; and
a pop-up lever spring elastically supporting the pop-up lever to rotate in the first direction such that the striker disposed on the push home of the rotation lever is separated outward from the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,428,562

DEVICE FOR DETECTING A USER'S INTENTION TO LOCK OR UNLOCK A MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A device (D?) to be integrated into a motor vehicle door handle for detecting a user's intention to lock or unlock a motor vehicle door, comprising:a casing (B?), that includes
a contact detection element (100) that detects a contact of a user's hand on the door handle (10),
a printed circuit (80) in electrical communication with the contact detection element,
and a voltage source (Vcc) connecting to the printed circuit to energize the printed circuit, and
an elastically deformable first part (52), which is elastically deformable along a predetermined axis (Y-Y?), the first part presenting an area (50) of contact with an interior surface of the door handle (10),
wherein the contact detection element (100) includes
a non-magnetic metal target (40), beneath the elastically deformable first part and adapted to move along the predetermined axis (Y-Y?) responsive to a deformation of said elastically deformable first part,
a coil (20), connected to a capacitance (C1), forming with said capacitance (C1) an oscillating circuit having a natural resonance frequency,
means (M1), provided on the printed circuit, for adjusting the frequency of the oscillating circuit to a predetermined frequency,
a prestressed compressible element (30), located between the non-magnetic metal target (40) and the coil (20),
means (51) for transmitting a movement of the first part (52) of the casing (B?) to the non-magnetic metal target (40),
means (M2), provided on the printed circuit, for measuring an inductance (L) of the coil (20),
means (M3), provided on the printed circuit, for comparison between the measured inductance (L) and a predetermined threshold value of inductance (Ls), for detecting the user's intention to lock or unlock the door, and
means (60?), provided on the printed circuit, for controlling the adjustment means (M1), the measurement means (M2) and the comparison means (M3).

US Pat. No. 10,428,560

ELECTRICAL DOOR LATCH

MAGNA CLOSURES S.P.A., G...

1. A method of operating an e-latch assembly comprising an actuation group and a control unit, the e-latch assembly coupled to a closure member and comprising the steps of:monitoring for a plurality of handle activation signals;
receiving one of the plurality of handle activation signals;
checking a vehicle speed;
determining whether the vehicle speed satisfies a preset speed setting;
releasing the closure member in response to the vehicle speed satisfying the preset speed setting and receiving the one of the plurality of handle activation signals;
monitoring for additional ones of the plurality of handle activation signals in response to the vehicle speed not satisfying the preset speed setting;
receiving at least one of the additional ones of the plurality of handle activation signals; and
releasing the closure member in response to receiving the at least one of the additional ones of the plurality of handle activation signals.

US Pat. No. 10,428,559

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROL SYSTEMS TO FACILITATE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS OF A VEHICLE

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. An automatic door-locking system for a vehicle comprising:a sensor adapted to detect the movement of objects in the immediate vicinity exterior to the vehicle while the vehicle is stationary;
a computer processor adapted to analyze the data from the sensor to determine if a movement threshold of an object has been reached;
a switch operatively coupled to the computer processor and adapted to send a signal to the computer processor to control an actuator to engage or disengage a door lock of a door of the vehicle; and
an automatic door-locking mechanism adapted to activate when an outcome of the data analysis is over the movement threshold resulting in the computer processor sending one or more signals to activate the actuator to lock the door and disable the switch associated with the door.

US Pat. No. 10,428,558

BAND-BASED LOCK

OTTO DesignWorks, LLC, W...

1. A flexible band for use in a band-based lock, comprising:an inner metal ribbon comprising three or more stacked layers of metal including a top metal layer, a bottom metal layer, and one or more middle metal layers, wherein each layer of the three or more stacked layers of metal has a width to thickness ratio between 10:1 and 200:1, wherein at least one middle layer of the one or more middle metal layers consists of a first hardness having a Rockwell hardness of between about 35 C and 45 C, and the top and/or bottom metal layers consist of a second, different hardness, and wherein the three or more stacked layers of metal are not bonded to each other to permit sliding of the three or more stacked layers of metal with respect to each other;
one or more inner jackets surrounding the three or more stacked layers of metal, wherein the one or more inner jackets comprise a tear resistant material; and
an outer jacket surrounding the one or more inner jackets, wherein the outer jacket comprises plastic, silicone, and/or rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,428,557

WIRELESS LOCK SYSTEM

1. A lock comprising: a motor driven pin; a first motor connected to the motor driven pin; a lock housing containing the first motor and the motor driven pin, the motor driven pin being moveable from an open position where it is inside the housing to a closed position where it is at least partially outside the housing; and a hook member having a first end and a second end, the hook member being connected to the housing via the first end, wherein when the motor driven pin is in the closed position, the hook member and the motor driven pin create a closed loop by the motor driven pin abutting the second end; wherein the hook member is non-moveably integral to the lock housing and the lock housing defines a passage for the motor driven pin to move vertically in and out of the lock housing to lock the system by being in the closed position, and to unlock the system by being in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,556

HIGH SECURITY LOCKING SYSTEM WHICH FORMS A DEVIATING PICKING PATH AND ASSOCIATED DEVIATED KEY

Bowley Lock Company Inc.,...

1. A high security locking system comprising:a deviated key;
a lock housing, wherein the lock housing comprises a face plate with a keyhole for receiving the deviated key, wherein the lock housing includes first pin slots formed in the lock housing;
a lock cylinder disposed within the lock housing so as to be selectively rotatable relative to the lock housing, wherein the lock cylinder includes second pin slots formed in the lock cylinder;
tumbler pins at least partially received within the second pin slots and being movable between a first position in which the lock cylinder is fixed relative to the lock housing and a second position in which a shear plane between the lock housing and the lock cylinder is not blocked to enable rotation of the lock housing relative to the lock cylinder;
an idler block disposed within the lock cylinder, wherein the idler block includes a channel receiving the deviated key therein such that the idler block is rotatable with the deviated key relative to the lock cylinder to align the deviated key with one or more of the second pin slots in the lock cylinder; and
a stationary block disposed within the lock cylinder in fixed relation to one of the lock cylinder or the lock housing, wherein the deviated key must rotate with the idler block relative to the stationary block without interference with the stationary block.

US Pat. No. 10,428,555

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VENDING SECURELY STORED PRODUCTS TO CONSUMERS

WIND CORPORATION, Danbur...

1. A lock mechanism, comprising:a rotary latch configured for rotation between a locked position and an unlocked position, the rotary latch rotating in a first plane and the rotary latch is retained in the locked position after it has been rotated into the locked position from the unlocked position, the rotary latch being spring biased into the unlocked position by a biasing member; and
a first locking mechanism for releasing the rotary latch from the locked position after rotation of the rotary latch into the locked position, the first locking mechanism having a planar member directly contacting a latch trigger of the rotary latch as it moves from a first position to a second position, wherein the rotary latch is only capable of being manipulated back into the unlocked position from the locked position only after movement of the planar member of the first locking mechanism into the second position, wherein movement of the planar member of the first locking mechanism from the first position to the second position is only in a second plane that is not parallel to the first plane and wherein the planar member of the first locking mechanism must be returned to the first position in order to subsequently re-release the rotary latch from the locked position, wherein the planar member is directly mounted to a plug via a cam that is rotated by a key inserted into the plug of the locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,428,554

POST MOUNTING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

ONESTEEL WIRE PTY LIMITED...

1. A post mounting system comprising:a post having an elongated flange, the flange comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the flange further comprising a plurality of elongated apertures therethrough, the plurality of elongated apertures extending lengthwise with respect to an elongate axis of the post, and the plurality of elongated apertures including a first aperture; and
an apparatus connected to the flange and secured with respect to the plurality of elongated apertures of the flange, the apparatus being at least partially flexible and comprising:
a body having a face, the face defining a plane perpendicular to the flange;
a plurality of projections including a first projection, the first projection extending from the face of the body at the first side of the flange, and the first projection extending to a distal end of the first projection;
a first lug having an elongate profile, the first lug projecting laterally from the distal end of the first projection, the first lug projecting into the first aperture; and
a first locator element and a second locator element, the first locator element extending from the face of the body at the first side of the flange, the second locator element extending from the face of the body at the second side of the flange, the first and second locator elements defining therebetween a space receiving the flange in a snug manner, the first locator element extending out to and terminating at a distal end thereof, with the first locator element located entirely at the first side of the flange and not projecting into or through the flange, the second locator element extending out to and terminating at a distal end thereof, with the second locator element located entirely at the second side of the flange and not projecting into or through the flange;
wherein the first lug nests in the first aperture such that the nesting prevents one or both of rotation of the first lug in the first aperture and sliding of the apparatus up or down the flange; and
wherein the plurality of elongated apertures include a second aperture, the first and second apertures being spaced out along a length of the flange, and wherein the plurality of projections include a second projection, the second projection extending from the face of the body at a location different from the first projection, the second projection extending to a distal end of the second projection, wherein a second lug projects laterally from the distal end of the second projection and projects into and nests in the second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,428,553

FENCE POST WITH METAL INSERT

1. A fence post assembly, including:a wood post member, having a longitudinal axis, a first end surface, and a second end surface; and
an elongated metal insert, having an insert longitudinal axis, a first end surface, and a second end surface, wherein the metal insert is positioned within a cavity in the wood post member, with the first end surface of the metal insert at least substantially aligned with the first end surface of the wood post member, and the insert longitudinal axis at least substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the wood post member;
wherein the metal insert is held within the cavity by friction; and
wherein the wood post member has a length L, along the longitudinal axis, and the elongated metal insert has a length P, along the insert longitudinal axis, and wherein L is greater than, or at least substantially equal to, 5 feet, and P is in the range (0.60) L

US Pat. No. 10,428,552

POST ANCHOR

1. A post anchor configured to be buried in a hole in the ground and to support a fence post in a vertical orientation in the hole and to maintain the fence post in the vertical orientation in the hole, comprising:a bottom-most generally planar base portion having a substantially flat bottom surface with no attachments or projections, and an upper surface, the bottom surface configured to contact a bottom of an associated hole in the ground,
a hollow tubular sleeve, a bottom-most edge of the sleeve contacting and adjoined to the upper surface of the base portion, the sleeve extending substantially perpendicular up from the upper surface of the base portion, the sleeve being configured to receive a portion of an associated 4×4 fence post therein such that the associated fence post rests on the upper surface of the base portion, and
a plurality of wings extending between the upper surface of the base portion and an outer surface of the sleeve,
wherein the base portion has a length and a width;
wherein the sleeve contacts and connects to the upper surface of the base portion at a location substantially off-center of the upper surface of the base portion; and
wherein the location is centered at 37.50%-43.75% of the length.

US Pat. No. 10,428,551

FENCE TRIM GUARD

1. A fence trim guard which is comprised of:a. a first base member;
wherein the first base member has a horizontal surface and a vertical surface;
wherein the vertical surface of the first base extends a predetermined distance above the horizontal surface of the first base;
b. a second base member;
wherein the second base member has a horizontal surface and a vertical surface;
wherein the vertical surface of the second base member extends a predetermined distance above the horizontal surface of the second base member;
c. an extension;
wherein the extension is provided on the first base member;
d. a slot;
wherein a lip is provided on the bottom of the second base member;
e. a plurality of spike holes—provided on the horizontal surface of the first base member and on the surface of the second base member;
f. a plurality of ribs;
wherein the plurality of ribs are placed on the underside of the horizontal surface of the first and second base members;
g. a plurality of expanders;
wherein the plurality of expanders is formed as part of the first base member;
wherein the expander is integral to the vertical surface of the first base member;
wherein the plurality of expanders is formed as part of the second base member;
wherein the plurality of expanders is integral to the vertical surface of the second base member;
wherein each expander permits its respective base member to bow.

US Pat. No. 10,428,550

TENT CLOTH CONNECTING STRUCTURE FOR A FOLD-UP TENT

XIAMEN ROADZUP OUTDOOR PR...

1. A tent cloth connecting structure for a fold-up tent, comprising:a leg pole that has a length which is adjustable and that is comprised of a first pole and a second pole that are slidable relative to one another to change the length of the leg pole; and
a tent cloth that has a lower portion that is disposed with a first connecting unit which tensions the tent cloth and which comprises a first flexible element; a second connecting unit that is disposed above the first connecting unit and that is connected to the first pole and that further tensions the tent cloth; and a sliding element which is attached to the tent cloth and which is slidably connected to the first pole,
wherein the sliding element and the lower portion of the first pole are disposed with a locking structure that retains the sliding element in position with the lower portion of the first pole,
wherein the first pole is disposed with a limit structure that limits passage of the second connecting unit through the limit structure and sliding up along the first pole, and that comprises a protruding portion that is fixedly connected to the first pole and that protrudes with respect to an external wall of the first pole, and
wherein the second connecting unit comprises a connecting base that is slidably connected to the first pole, that is located below the protruding portion which limits the passage of the connecting base through the protruding portion and sliding up along the first pole, and a second flexible element that connects the connecting base and the tent cloth.

US Pat. No. 10,428,549

AWNING APPARATUS

12. The awning arm joint of Claim 8, wherein the contact surfaces are disposed at an angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the second arm end member, the angle being between 0 and 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,428,548

UNDERGROUND EVACUATION SHELTER

SHELTER JAPAN CO., LTD., ...

1. An underground evacuation shelter, comprising:a shelter main body connected to a concrete foundation, said shelter main body having a frame of a columnar structure and a ceiling, and an internal space of said shelter main body having a columnar structure shape;
a hatch of a double structure including an outer hatch and an inner hatch, the inner hatch connected a to periphery of an opening provided in said ceiling via at least one hinge so that the inner hatch opens and closes the opening provided in said ceiling;
a movable floor capable of ascending and descending inside said internal space along rails arranged vertically on inner wall surfaces of said shelter main body,
wherein said internal space is partitioned into two floors by said movable floor; and
an inner hatch fixing rod arranged in a vertical direction for supporting said inner hatch, said inner hatch fixing rod having a structure capable of expansion and contraction, said inner hatch fixing rod passing through and penetrating a notch of said movable floor, an upper end portion of said inner hatch fixing rod supporting said inner hatch, and a lower end portion of said inner hatch fixing rod being in contact with a bottom surface of said shelter main body.

US Pat. No. 10,428,547

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES FOR CARPORT WITH INTEGRATED PRECIPITATION AND CABLE MANAGEMENT

SUNPOWER CORPORATION, Sa...

1. A carport, comprising:a casting;
a first brace and a second brace on a first side of the casting configured to support a canopy; and
a third brace and a fourth brace on a second side of the casting configured to support the canopy,
wherein one or more of the first brace and the third brace are configured to manage electrical cables, electrical cables disposed within the first brace extending from the canopy through the first side of the casting, and electrical cables disposed within the third brace extending from the canopy through the second side of the casting, and
one or more of the second brace and the fourth brace are configured to manage precipitation, a gutter system integrated into the canopy directing precipitation to the second brace and the fourth brace, the second brace and the fourth brace directing the precipitation from the canopy toward the casting.

US Pat. No. 10,428,545

POOL COVER SKIMMER ATTACHMENT

1. An automatic skimmer system for a swimming pool cover for cleaning the surface of a swimming pool, comprising:a skimming element holder;
an elongated skimming element operationally connected to the skimming element holder;
an elongated base member operationally connected to the swimming pool cover and to the skimming element holder, wherein the elongated base member is oriented substantially perpendicular to the skimming element holder and wherein pivot of the elongated base member also pivots the skimming element holder and the skimming element;
a skimmer guide operationally connected to the elongated base member; and
a guide assembly engaged by the skimmer guide, wherein the guide assembly further comprises:
a first guide member;
a second guide member oriented parallel to the first guide member;
a first transition element connecting the first guide member and the second guide member; and
a second transition element connecting the first guide member and the second guide member and spaced from the first transition element;
wherein the connected first guide member, first transition element, second guide member, and second transition element define a race circuit for guiding the movement of the skimmer guide;
wherein the surface defines a swimming pool plane;
wherein the elongated base member is adapted to automatically pivot to move the skimming element through the swimming pool plane and in a first direction to engage a surface substantially parallel to the swimming pool plane when the swimming pool cover moves thereover;
wherein the elongated base member is adapted to automatically pivot in a second, opposite direction to disengage the surface before the elongated base member ends traversal along the swimming pool plane;
wherein the first transition element extends between the first guide member and the second guide member at an angle inverse from the angle that the second transition element transitions between the first guide member and the second guide member;
wherein the skimmer guide engages the guide assembly for moving along the race circuit defined by the first guide member, the first transition element, the second guide member, and the second transition element.

US Pat. No. 10,428,544

HIGH FLOW INTERCHANGEABLE DRAIN COVER ASSEMBLY

1. A drain cover assembly comprising:a sump cover having a front surface and a back surface opposite the front surface, the back surface comprising a post extending therefrom, the sump cover further comprising a reversible insert adapted to be inserted into a center portion of the sump cover; and
a sump base comprising a top surface in fluid communication with an outflow portion, the top surface having a column extending therefrom, the top surface circumferentially surrounding the back surface of the sump cover, the post being axially aligned with the column.

US Pat. No. 10,428,542

METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING AN IN-GROUND SWIMMING POOL AND RELATED FORM SYSTEM

Jackson Pools, Inc., For...

1. A method of constructing an in-ground swimming pool comprising:positioning a plurality of outer form panels in side-by-side relation to define an outer form wall within an excavated area of ground corresponding to a desired in-ground swimming pool shape, each outer form panel having opposing inner and outer sides and comprising an outer smooth rigid panel, a plurality of spaced apart longitudinal outer ribs coupled to the outer smooth rigid panel defining the outer side of the outer form panel, and a support member bracket carried by a given one of the plurality of spaced apart longitudinal outer ribs;
positioning a plurality of inner form panels in side-by-side relation and in spaced relation from the inner side of the plurality of outer form panels to define an inner form wall, the inner and outer form walls defining a wall space therebetween, and each inner form panel having opposing inner and outer sides; and
coupling a plurality of tubular support members over the wall space and to the outer side of the plurality of inner form panels and to respective ones of the plurality of support member brackets, each tubular support member comprising a tubular base member and a plurality of tubular arms extending outwardly from the tubular base member, each tubular support member being coupled so that the tubular base member extends across the wall space adjacent an uppermost one of the plurality of longitudinal outer ribs and so that one of the tubular support arms extends across the uppermost longitudinal outer rib to be slidably received between adjacent portions of the corresponding support member bracket and the given longitudinal outer rib.

US Pat. No. 10,428,541

PORTABLE, PROTECTIVE SHELTER

1. A shelter comprising:at least two side walls;
a back wall; and
a roof,
wherein the side walls, the back wall, and the roof comprise a material that is rigid and weatherproof,
wherein the shelter is detachable and portable,
wherein the side walls, back wall, and roof are removably joined together via one or more magnetic fasteners,
wherein the material comprises:
a layer of a base material, wherein the base material is a PVC foam core;
at least one layer of a reinforcing material, wherein the reinforcing material is fiberglass;
a fabric layer, wherein the fabric layer is a fiber composite; and
a coating layer, wherein the coating layer is an epoxy resin, and wherein the coating layer completely surrounds the base material, reinforcing material, and fabric layer, and
wherein the magnetic fasteners are embedded within the PVC foam core near a perimeter of the PVC foam core and are positioned directly underneath the coating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,428,540

MODULAR COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE

Ardent Federal Credit Uni...

15. A financial institution unit for use on a floor in an area having an electric power source coupled thereto, comprising:(a) a first exterior module defining an interior space therein, the first exterior module having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, an opposite back side, an interior elongated side and an opposite exterior elongated side, the interior elongated side defining an opening configured to allow access to the interior space, the first exterior module including an electrical wiring system, consultant office furnishings being disposed in the interior space of the first exterior module;
(b) a second exterior module defining an interior space therein, the second exterior module having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, an opposite back side, an interior elongated side and an opposite exterior elongated side, the interior elongated side defining an opening configured to allow access to the interior space, the second exterior module including an electrical wiring system, teller office furnishings being disposed in the interior space of the second exterior module;
(c) an interior module, disposed between the first exterior module and the second exterior module, defining an interior space therein, the interior module having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, an opposite back side, a first elongated side and an opposite second elongated side, at least one of the first elongated side and the second elongated side defining an opening configured to allow access to the interior space, the interior module including an electrical wiring system, an adaptation for performance of a predefined human activity being disposed in the interior space of the interior module;
(d) a conveyance mechanism in communication with the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module that selectively facilitates movement of at least two of the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module so that the modular commercial structure has a first configuration in which the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module are brought together to prevent access to the interior spaces therein and so that the modular commercial structure has a second configuration in which the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module are spaced apart sufficiently to provide access to the interior spaces therein, the conveyance system including:
(i) at least two parallel tracks embedded in the floor; and
(ii) at least two pairs of aligned rollers affixed to the bottom sides of at least two of the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module so that the bottom side includes pairs of aligned rollers engaged in each of the two parallel tracks;
(e) a distribution system that receives power from the electric power source and that distributes electric power to the electrical wiring system of each of the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module while the modular commercial structure is in either the first configuration or the second configuration; and
(f) an automatic teller machine secured to a selected one of the front side and the back side of the at least one of the exterior modules and the interior module and facing outwardly therefrom so as to provide access thereto while the modular commercial structure is in either the first configuration or the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,428,539

MOUNTING UNIT FOR PARTITION MOUNT

Zipwall, LLC., Arlington...

1. A mounting unit of a partition mount system that removably secures a sheet of material comprising:a first portion having a first end and a second end opposite the first end and a pivot on a lower surface thereof; and
a second portion having a first end and a second end opposite the first end and configured to mate with the first portion, the first end of the second portion being wider than the second end of the second portion, the first end of the second portion having a width greater than a width of the first portion in a first horizontal direction and the second portion having a length greater than a length of the first portion in a second horizontal direction orthogonal to the first horizontal direction;
wherein the first portion and second portion are separable from each other and configured to secure a sheet of material therebetween, and
wherein the first end of the first portion has the same width as the second end of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,538

POOL STAIR FORMS

Imperial Pools, Inc., La...

1. A pool stair form for forming at least one stair in a pool, the pool stair form including:at least one stair form brace configured to couple to at least one pool wall panel of the pool and extend therefrom in a first direction, the at least one stair form brace including first fixation points; and
at least one elongate riser form including a front face,
wherein the at least one stair form brace and the at least one riser form are configured to couple at the at least one first fixation point such that the at least one riser form extends in a second direction substantially contrasting the first direction,
wherein the front face of the at least one riser form forms riser portions of the at least one stair when the at least one riser form is coupled to the at least one stair form brace and the at least one stair form brace is coupled to the at least one pool wall panel,
wherein the at least one riser form and the at least one stair form brace are configured to receive filling material between the at least one riser form and the at least one pool wall panel and about the at least one stair form brace when the at least one riser form is coupled to the at least one stair form brace and the at least one stair form brace is coupled to the at least one pool wall panel, the filling material forming tread portions of the at least one stair, and
wherein the at least one stair form brace includes at least one aperture that allows the filling material to extend through the at least one stair form brace along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,537

MODULAR SCAFFOLDING HORIZONTAL END CONNECTOR

Excel Modular Scaffold an...

1. A horizontal scaffold member comprising a pipe having two ends and an interior, and a scaffold end connector positioned on each of said pipe ends;each of said scaffold end connectors comprising a pair of substantially parallel plates defining a pair of opposing sidewalls and a front portion and a rear portion of said scaffold end connector;
each of said scaffold end connectors having a bottom end and a top end and two spaced apart engagement sections positioned on said front portion of said scaffold end connector;
each of said scaffold end connectors further comprising at least two lateral tabs extending between said opposing sidewalls, each of said lateral tabs extending from one of a respective said top end, said front portion or said rear portion of said scaffold end connector, each of said sidewalls fixedly joined to the other with at least one of said lateral tabs;
each of said scaffold end connectors having an interior located between said two sidewalls; each of said two sidewalls having an insertion tab extending from said rear portion on said top end of said scaffold end connector, and a bottom slot extending through said sidewall positioned below said insertion tab, said insertion tabs positioned in said pipe interior; and
each of said scaffold end connectors further having a movable latch member partially disposed in said end connector interior, and mounted in said connector interior for latching said scaffold end connector to a cup or annular ring positioned on a vertical scaffold member.

US Pat. No. 10,428,536

SCAFFOLD SYSTEM

International Chimney Cor...

1. A scaffold system adapted for securing to a structure and for vertical movement relative to the structure, the scaffold system comprising:first and second wall mounts, each of the wall mounts comprising a bar and at least one spring biasing the bar in a first direction;
a slide post comprising a slide hook, a slide arm and a hanging pad secured to the slide arm, the slide post arranged for vertical axial movement within at least one of the first and second wall mounts;
a main post comprising at least one post hook;
a first deck fixedly secured to the main post; and,
a ball screw jack comprising a mounting plate and a lifting screw, the mounting plate secured to the first deck and the lifting screw secured to the hanging pad, wherein when said ball screw jack is powered said lifting screw causes the entire slide post to move upward at the same rate as the lifting screw, wherein the main post is arranged to complementarily fit within the slide post, the slide hook is adapted for releasable engagement with the first wall mount bar or the second wall mount bar and the at least one post hook is adapted for releasable engagement with the first wall mount bar or the second wall mount bar.

US Pat. No. 10,428,535

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering including at least two such floor panels, wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and comprises: a first pair of opposite edges forming long edges of the floor panel, and a second pair of opposite edges forming short edges of the floor panel; wherein each of said edges of both pairs of the long and short edges comprises a coupling part for mutual coupling of a plurality of said floor panels; wherein the coupling parts, on both pairs of edges, form a first locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of said floor panels, effects a locking in a plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to respective edges, and form a second locking system, which, in the coupled condition of two of said floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the floor panels wherein the coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges substantially are realized in the material of the floor panel itself; wherein the coupling parts of at least the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of said floor panels can be coupled to each other at the first pair of opposite edges by means of a turning movement and the coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges consist of a tongue and a groove, and of locking parts, which, in the coupled condition, prevent shifting apart of the tongue and groove; wherein on the first pair of opposite edges the groove is bordered by a lower lip and an upper lip, of which the lower lip extends laterally further than the upper lip; wherein the coupling parts on the second pair of edges are configured such that two of said poor panels are arranged to be coupled to each other at theft edges by means of a downward movement of one of said two floor panels in respect to the other, said movement seen in cross section of these edges being substantially vertical such that a plurality of said floor panels are arranged to be coupled to each other by means of a “fold-down” technique; wherein the first locking system of the second pair of edges is at least formed of an upward-directed lower hook-shaped part, which is situated on one of said two edges and which comprises a distal extremity, and a downward-directed upper hook-shaped part, which is situated on the opposite edge and which comprises a distal extremity, wherein the lower hook-shaped part consists of a lip with an upward-directed locking element, whereas the upper hook-shaped part consists of a lip with a downward-directed locking element; wherein the second locking system of the second pair of edges is at least formed by a first vertical locking part, which is situated on said distal extremity of the lower hook-shaped part, and a second vertical locking part of the coupling part comprising the upper hook-shaped part, which cooperate together in the coupled condition of two of said floor panels; wherein the distal extremity of the upper hook-shaped part and a side of the coupling part comprising the lower hook-shaped part which, in the coupled condition, is opposite thereto, are free from mutually vertically locking portions; wherein the coupling parts on the first pair of edges are configured such that they allow a tensionless turning into each other up into a final coupled condition without building up a pre-tension, or without having to overcome a temporary elastic force; wherein the locking parts of the first locking system on the first pair of edges comprise a first contact surface on a lower side of the tongue and a second contact surface on said lower lip, the first and second contact surfaces being arranged to cooperate with each other to allow for said tensionless turning; and wherein cooperation of the first and second contact surfaces defines a tangent line, which, in respect to the horizontal, forms an angle of at least 40 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,428,534

PANEL, COVERING AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SUCH PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A panel for forming a floor covering, which, at least at two opposite edges comprises coupling parts arranged to couple two of such panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one panel in respect to the other;wherein these coupling parts form a first locking system, which effects a locking in the plane of the panels and perpendicularly to said edges, as well as form a second locking system, which effects a locking perpendicularly to the plane of the panels;
wherein the first locking system is formed at least of an upwardly directed lower hook-shaped portion which is situated at one of said two edges, as well as of a downwardly directed upper hook-shaped portion which is situated at the opposite edge;
wherein the lower hook-shaped portion consists of a lip with an upwardly directed locking element, whereas the upper hook-shaped portion consists of a lip with a downwardly directed locking element;
wherein the second locking system comprises locking parts consisting of only one single locking part situated next to the proximal end of the lower hook-shaped portion and a single locking part situated next to the distal end of the upper hook-shaped portion;
wherein at least one of said locking parts of the second locking system is made from soft PVC;
wherein said two opposite edges define respective upper panel edges located at the utmost top portion of the two opposite edges;
wherein the panel at each of said two respective upper panel edges is provided with a chamfered surface, such that when two panels are coupled to each other, the respective chamfered surfaces of said two panels located adjacent one another form a V-groove;
wherein the panel comprises a substrate of soft PVC and a top layer above said substrate, said top layer having a material thickness;
wherein the top layer comprises at least a printed PVC film, and a transparent wear layer located above the printed PVC film and including a layer of transparent vinyl;
wherein said chamfered surface forms a bevel that is located within the material thickness of the top layer only and completely above said substrate such that at least part of the chamfered surface is formed from the transparent vinyl, such that the substrate at the location of the bevel is fully covered by said PVC film;
wherein said bevel defines a tangent line which in respect to the plane of the panels is less inclined than a tangent line through a lower edge portion of the panel that adjoins at the lower end of the bevel; and
wherein the panel is rectangular, either oblong or square, and thus comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein both pairs of opposite edges comprise coupling parts allowing to mutually couple a plurality of such panels to each other;
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of edges form a first locking system which effects a locking in the plane of the panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, as well as form a second locking system which effects a locking perpendicular to the plane of the panels;
wherein the coupling parts at the second pair of edges are formed by the aforementioned coupling parts arranged to couple two of such panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one panel in respect to the other;
wherein the coupling parts at both pairs of edges substantially are realized from said substrate;
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of such panels can be coupled to each other at these edges by means of a turning movement;
wherein the coupling parts at the second pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of such floor panels as aforementioned can be coupled to each other by means of a downward movement, wherein this downward movement is obtained as a result of the turning movement at the first pair of edges.

US Pat. No. 10,428,533

WALL PANEL SYSTEM

9. The wall panel system of claim 8 further comprising an open space defined between the wall surface and the central portion of the third wall panel that consists of empty space.

US Pat. No. 10,428,532

CLADDING CLIP

1. A cladding clip comprising:a lateral base;
a head coupled to and upstanding from the lateral base; and
a flexible lip configured to hold a first cladding board, wherein the flexible lip is upstanding from the lateral base and laterally spaced from the head along the lateral base;
wherein an upstanding part of the flexible lip is hooked so that a lateral part of the flexible lip extends laterally, spaced from the lateral base;
wherein the flexible lip is configured to mate with a tongue and groove joint by partially surrounding a tongue of the tongue and groove joint of at least the first cladding board held by the cladding clip;
wherein the upstanding part of the flexible lip is a second upstanding part, and the flexible lip further comprises a first upstanding part which spaces the lateral part of the flexible lip from the lateral base and the second upstanding part upstanding from the lateral part of the flexible lip; and
wherein the lateral part of the flexible lip is configured to bias a portion of the first cladding board toward the lateral base when the second upstanding part of the flexible lip is engaged by a second cladding board.

US Pat. No. 10,428,531

FOLDABLE STAIRCASE

1. A foldable staircase comprises:a lower staircase;
an upper staircase;
the lower staircase and the upper staircase each comprise a series of steps;
the series of steps comprises a first step and a last step;
the series of steps each comprise a first lengthwise edge, a second lengthwise edge, and a riser;
the first step and the last step being positioned opposite to each other along the series of steps;
the first lengthwise edge and the second lengthwise edge being positioned opposite to each other across the riser;
the second lengthwise edge of the last step for the lower staircase being hingedly connected to the first lengthwise edge of the first step for the upper staircase;
the lower staircase and the upper staircase each further comprise a right-triangular prismatic body;
the right-triangular prismatic body comprises a first leg-related surface, a second leg-related surface, and a hypotenuse-related surface;
the series of steps being integrated across the hypotenuse-related surface;
the first leg-related surface being positioned coincident to the first step; and
the second leg-related surface being positioned coincident to the last step.

US Pat. No. 10,428,530

ENTANGLED MESH ROOF VENT WITH INTEGRATED EXTERNAL BAFFLE

AIR VENT, INC., Dallas, ...

1. A roof vent comprising:a continuous elongate mat composed of a mesh of randomly oriented fibers, wherein the mat has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a first longitudinally extending side surface connecting the top and bottom surfaces, wherein a portion of the mesh proximate to and forming the first longitudinally extending side surface is configured as a wind baffle, wherein the wind baffle includes a wind deflector lip, formed from the mesh, which extends above the top surface of the mat,
wherein the mat comprises a longitudinally extending center section having a first air permeability and a longitudinally extending edge section between the longitudinally extending center section and the first longitudinally extending side surface, wherein a venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section disposed adjacent to the longitudinally extending center section has a second air permeability, and wherein the longitudinally extending center section is more permeable than the venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section,
wherein the first longitudinally extending side surface is less permeable than the venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section,
wherein a portion of the top surface of the mat over the venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section is uncovered to allow for venting through the top surface of the mat, and
wherein the first longitudinally extending side surface is relatively impermeable to air flow such that venting is directed through the top surface of the mat.

US Pat. No. 10,428,529

ROOFTOP RAINWATER DRAINAGE ASSEMBLY

1. A rooftop rainwater drainage assembly, comprising:a first spout;
a first elongated pipe disposed behind an exterior wall and secured to the first spout, wherein the first elongated pipe comprises a first region disposed between a pair of vertical studs;
a substantially rigid plate, wherein the rigid plate is disposed over an exterior surface of the first elongated pipe at the first region, wherein the rigid plate is substantially parallel with the first elongated pipe, and wherein the rigid plate is disposed behind an interior wall;
the first elongated pipe having a second region that extends out of the exterior wall of the dwelling; and
a second spout secured to a roof deck region of a dwelling.

US Pat. No. 10,428,528

OVERFLOW DEVICE

DAM BUSTER IP PTY LTD, S...

1. An overflow device for enabling flow of water from a roof of a structure, along a box gutter of the structure, and into a downpipe, the overflow device comprising:a tub having a mounting wall, a front wall, two side walls, an internal wall positioned between the two side walls, and a base portion between the mounting wall and the internal wall and between the two sides walls;
a weir formed by an upper edge of the internal wall, the weir and the internal wall dividing an interior of the tub into an internal receptacle above the base portion between the mounting wall and the internal wall and a chute between the front wall and the internal wall;
a gutter receptor forming an inlet into the internal receptacle, the gutter receptor configured for receiving an end of the box gutter;
a chute outlet from the tub, the chute outlet between the front wall and the internal wall; and
a downpipe outlet within the base portion, the downpipe outlet configured for engaging the downpipe;
wherein the overflow device is configured and arranged for mounting to a wall of the structure adjacent the end of the box gutter, the mounting wall facing the wall of the structure, the downpipe outlet engaging with the downpipe, and the end of the box gutter engaging with the gutter receptor; and
wherein the overflow device is configured and arranged for water to flow from the roof of the structure, along the box gutter of the structure, pass through the inlet into the internal receptacle, and discharge through the downpipe outlet into the downpipe or, if either the internal receptacle or downpipe is blocked, the overflow device is configured and arranged for water to fill the internal receptacle, overflow the weir into the chute, and discharge to outside of the structure through the chute outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,428,527

ROOF VALLEY BATTEN

1. A roof valley batten comprising:a mounting surface, a plurality of pedestals and a plurality of channels;
wherein the plurality of pedestals attach to the mounting surface;
wherein the plurality of channels are formed within the plurality of pedestals;
wherein the roof valley batten is used with a roof;
wherein the roof is further defined with a roof valley, a metal valley and a plurality of shingles;
wherein the roof valley and the metal valley form a structure;
wherein the roof valley batten attaches the plurality of shingles to the structure formed by the roof valley and the metal valley;
wherein the plurality of shingles attach to the mounting surface;
wherein the mounting surface comprises a first rectangular block structure;
wherein the first rectangular block structure is further defined with an inferior face and a superior face;
wherein the first rectangular block structure is a solid rectangular block structure;
wherein the plurality of shingles attach to the superior face of the first rectangular block structure;
wherein the plurality of pedestals forms a pedestal structure that raises the mounting surface above the metal valley;
wherein the plurality of pedestals transfers the load path of the mounting surface and the plurality of shingles to the roof through the metal valley and the roof valley;
wherein each of the plurality of pedestals attaches to the inferior face of the mounting surface;
wherein each of the plurality of pedestals projects perpendicularly away from the mounting surface;
wherein the plurality of pedestals comprises a collection of individual pedestals;
wherein each individual pedestal comprises a second rectangular block structure, an adhesive coating, and a parchment cover;
wherein the adhesive coating attaches the parchment cover to the second rectangular block structure;
wherein the second rectangular block structure is further defined with a fixed face, a free face, and a center axis.

US Pat. No. 10,428,526

ROOFTOP SUPPORT SYSTEM

ZSI-Foster, Inc., Canton...

9. A method of supporting a structure on a rooftop, comprising:providing at least one support block to the rooftop; and
coupling the structure to the support block,
wherein the support block includes:
a base configured to rest on the rooftop, the base having a first base section and a second base section separated by an inverted U-shaped recess that is configured as a first gripping feature;
first and second sidewalls unitary with the base and extending along a length of the support block, the first and second sidewalls each defining a second gripping feature;
third and fourth sidewalls unitary with the base and extending along a width of the support block;
a pair of scallop-shaped recesses that are formed in the third sidewall and the first base section and the fourth side wall and the second base section, respectively, the scallop-shaped recesses defining a third gripping feature;
an upper surface defining an elongate channel formed therein;
a pair of apertures formed in the elongate channel; and
a coupling feature embedded in each of the apertures,
wherein each of the first base section, second base section, and the inverted U-shaped recess include a cavity formed therein, a depth of each cavity being selected to adjust a mass of the support block, and
wherein the apertures do not communicate with the cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,428,525

SHINGLE WITH REINFORCEMENT MEMBER

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A roofing shingle comprising:an asphalt-coated sheet including a shingle mat and an asphalt coating applied to front and rear surfaces of the shingle mat to define front and rear surfaces of the asphalt-coated sheet, the asphalt-coated sheet having a lower tab portion normally exposed on a roof and an upper headlap portion normally covered-up on a roof, wherein at least a portion of the asphalt-coated sheet is coated with granules; and
a reinforcement member having a thickness smaller than a thickness of the asphalt coated sheet and being adhered to and covering an exterior surface of the asphalt-coated sheet along an upper edge of the headlap portion, with the reinforcement member and the headlap portion together providing a nail pull-through value that is at least about 13 percent greater than an otherwise identical shingle having no such reinforcement material;
wherein the reinforcement member is spaced apart from a lower end of the headlap portion by a granule coated surface of the headlap portion;
wherein the reinforcement member includes one of a fabric, a woven material, a scrim material, a paper, a non-woven glass, and a polyester film.

US Pat. No. 10,428,524

LIGHTWEIGHT ROOFING SHINGLE AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

TAMKO Building Products L...

1. A lightweight roofing shingle comprising:a saturated mat having an exposed side and an unexposed side;
a top asphalt layer applied to the exposed side;
a layer of granular material applied to the top asphalt layer opposite the mat;
wherein the unexposed side of the saturated mat does not include a bottom asphalt layer;
a fabric reinforcing layer adhered directly to the unexposed side of the saturated mat,
a release tape applied directly to the unexposed side of the saturated mat proximate a mid-height position on said saturated mat; and
wherein the fabric reinforcing layer and the release tape in combination cover an entire area of the unexposed side of the saturated mat.

US Pat. No. 10,428,523

SHEATHING LOCK END CAP

2. A post-tensioning tendon comprising:a tension member including a strand and a sheath, the sheath having an outer surface;
an anchor coupled to an end of the tension member by wedges, the anchor including a tubular extension through which the tension member is passed; and
a sheathing retention assembly including:
an outer cap, the outer cap having an inner forcing surface, the outer cap coupled to the tubular extension; and
one or more sheath holding elements positioned at least partially within the outer cap, the one or more sheath holding elements each having a tapered outer surface engaging the forcing surface, the one or more sheath holding elements each including an inner surface that engages the outer surface of the sheath, wherein engagement of the tapered outer surface with the forcing surface biases holding elements radially inward into contact with the sheath thereby increasing normal force between the holding elements and the sheath and causing the holding elements to grip the sheath; and
a seal positioned between the outer surface of the sheath and the outer cap;
wherein the seal is positioned between the outer surface of the sheath and both the outer cap and the one or more sheath holding elements and is also positioned between the one or more sheath holding elements and the tubular extension.

US Pat. No. 10,428,520

THERMALLY BROKEN FRAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A thermal framing system comprised of:a structural apparatus portion,
an exterior retention framing portion,
and a thermal fastener system comprised of
at least one thermal fastener comprised of at least one thermal spacer and at least one structural fastener,
wherein the at least one structural fastener is capable of fitting within the at least one thermal spacer,
and wherein the structural apparatus portion is comprised of at least one T-shaped member capable of being secured to a wall,
wherein the at least one T-shaped member is comprised of
a portion capable of lying in a in a generally flattened configuration against the wall, and at least one structural tab,
wherein the at least one structural tab extends in generally perpendicular relative to the flattened portion,
and wherein the at least one structural tab is further comprised of at least one structural tab aperture,
and wherein the exterior retention framing portion is comprised of a retention face and at least one framing tab attached to, and generally perpendicular to, the retention face,
and wherein the at least one framing tab is comprised of at least one framing tab aperture,
and wherein the at least one respective framing tab aperture and the at least one structural tab aperture are each capable of accommodating the at least one thermal fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,428,519

WRAPS FOR STEEL LINTELS

Angle Armour Inc., Belle...

1. A wrap for a steel lintel positioned above a structural opening of a structure comprising:a plastic sheet member for placement on the steel lintel wherein the plastic sheet member is contoured to cover the steel lintel across a width of the structural opening;
wherein the plastic sheet member extends to cover a bottom surface of a lower flange of the steel lintel providing a flashing at an interior angle of the steel lintel;
wherein the wrap is fabricated from extruded plastic and maintains a uniform thickness and uniform profile across the width; and
wherein a top end of the plastic sheet member comprises a flap and a hinge bend that when installed forms a sealed air space at a location between the structure and the steel lintel.

US Pat. No. 10,428,518

FLOOR DOWEL SLEEVE FOR CONCRETE SLAB SEAMS

1. A floor dowel sleeve for receiving a dowel plate that spans between and vertically supports concrete slabs at a seam between the concrete slabs, said floor dowel sleeve comprising:a sleeve body portion having an upper wall, a lower wall, and a side wall that continuously connects between the upper and lower walls to form a cavity that is configured to receive a dowel plate at a front opening, wherein the upper and lower walls are configured to contact respective top and bottom surfaces of the dowel plate in the cavity;
a break-away interior wall disposed within the cavity and extending continuously between the upper and lower walls to define a transverse barrier surface that is generally perpendicular to the upper and lower walls and that forms a continuous void between an edge of the dowel plate and the side wall, wherein the break-away interior wall is configured to at least partially break-away from at least one of the upper or lower walls upon lateral movement of the dowel plate into the continuous void;
a collar portion have a planar shape disposed around the front opening and integrally connected to the upper wall, the lower wall, and the side wall; and
a stiffening flange that extends from the collar portion along an outer surface of the sleeve body portion to prevent the sleeve body portion from collapsing into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,428,517

ROOF ASSEMBLY RAKE PLATE RETAINER

Building Research Systems...

12. A rake plate retainer operably joining a floating rake plate, defining an elongated slot, to a stationary underlying building structural in a roof assembly, the rake plate retainer permitting a displacement of the rake plate relative to the building structural, the rake plate retainer comprising:a retention flange defining a fastener opening;
a standoff boss extending from the retention flange; and
a fastener passing through each of the fastener opening and the standoff boss to attach to the underlying building structural, the standoff boss surrounding the fastener inside the rake plate's slot and configured for a sliding clearance relationship with the rake plate portion defining the slot, permitting operable sliding movement of the rake plate relative to the building structural.

US Pat. No. 10,428,516

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPAIRING A TILT WALL CONSTRUCTION

PATENTS OF TOMBALL, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for supporting a wall of a tilt wall construction, the apparatus comprising:a pile having a head positioned at an upper end thereof, said pile comprising:
a plurality of pipe segments attached in end-to-end relationship;
a cable extending through said plurality of pipe segments and through said head, said cable extending through a plate positioned at a top surface of said head; and
a lock member secured to said cable at said top surface of said head, said plate being sandwiched between said lock member and said top surface of said head;
a support member having one end affixed to said head and extending upwardly therefrom;
a fixture of affixed to an opposite end of said support member; and
a means for attaching said fixture to the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,428,515

BIM-BASED MODULAR HOUSING BUILT WITH THIN-WALL CHANNEL STEELS

HENAN AUSPIC TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A building information modeling (BIM)-based modular housing built with workpieces made of thin-wall channel steel, the workpieces comprising:a butting connector having at least one C-section member having a base with two bilateral wing plates being coupled to an edge of at least two web members, each bilateral wing plate having an edge with a plurality of locating grooves parallel with the edge, an outside surface of the butting connector having clamping grooves at each end lateral of a corresponding web member;
at least two separate inward-flanging C-section members each having a support with two bilateral flanged plates that each have an inwardly bent inward flange and have a plurality of rear pressing members opposite of the inwardly bent inward flange, the at least two inward-flanging C-section members being coupled to opposite ends of the at least one corresponding butting connector by having the base on an inside surface of the support with the two bilateral wing plates on an inside surface of the two bilateral flange plates and with each edge of the two bilateral wing plates within each inward flange so that the plurality of rear pressing members are aligned and pressed into the plurality of locating grooves and so that the inwardly bent inward flange is located within a notch in the edge of the at least two web members;
at least two straps bounding an outside of the at least one inward-flanging C-section member, each strap being positioned within a strap recess, such that each strap is lateral to a corresponding clamping groove and web member so as to be bound there around; and
a BIM information locating piece on the workpiece, the BIM information locating piece including information with a unique name of the workpiece, a unique spatial location of the workpiece, a shape of the workpiece, and a material of the workpiece, the BIM information locating piece being readable.

US Pat. No. 10,428,513

CONNECTION DEVICE BETWEEN A GUTTER AND GULLY

1. A connection device for connecting a drainage gutter (1) to a functional element (10) comprising an adapter plate (20) to which a drainage gutter (1) is connected, wherein an inlet part (40) is connected on a wall (12) of the functional element (10) and which comprises attachment facilities (41, 41?; 44, 44?) with which the adapter plate (20) is attached to the inlet part (40) such that a flow space (2) of the drainage gutter (1) is connected via a transfer space (30) to an inner space (14) of the functional part (10), and the adapter plate (20) comprises a serration (22) along two ends of the adapter plate (20) that contacts and engages with an opposite serration (22) on the inlet part (40) to provide adjustability of the adapter plate (20) in a vertical direction relative to the inlet part (40), and wherein the adapter plate (20) comprising a higher seal (23) and a lower seal (24) disposed between the inlet part (40) and the adapter plate (20) to seal the inlet part (40) with the adapter plate (20), the higher seal (23) and the lower seal (24) being at different heights for connecting the drainage gutter (1) at different heights to the adapter plate (20).

US Pat. No. 10,428,511

APPARATUS FOR PIPELINE REHABILITATION WITH INTERNAL BYPASS

1. A system for the rehabilitation of underground sewer pipe, comprising: an internal bypass for a section of sewer pipe to be rehabilitated, the internal bypass constructed and arranged to divert the flow through the section of sewer pipe from an upstream location to a downstream location through a length of flexible bypass hose that is disposed within the sewer; and a sewer rehabilitation device having a length that is shorter than the length of the flexible bypass hose, the sewer rehabilitation device constructed and arranged to move through the section of sewer pipe along the flexible bypass hose, elevating the flexible bypass hose as it moves along the hose so as to position the hose between an invert and a crown of the sewer pipe so as to create an application area in which the flexible bypass hose is spaced from a surrounding inner wall of the sewer pipe, the application area allowing rehabilitation materials to be sprayed onto the inner wall of the sewer pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,428,509

PRE-PRIMED SIPHONIC TOILET

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method of flushing a siphonic toilet, comprising:retaining a first volume of water in a bowl and an up leg of a passageway that is upstream from a dam;
retaining a second volume of water in the passageway between a valve and the dam in a closed position of the valve;
activating a flush cycle of the siphonic toilet that introduces a third volume of water into the siphonic toilet; and
moving the valve from the closed position to an open position to affect a siphon during the flush cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,428,508

HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE TOILET ASSEMBLY

1. A height adjustable toilet assembly comprising:a commode comprising a bowl;
a plate coupled to a bottom of said bowl;
a base coupled to a floor of a structure;
a pump coupled to said base;
a hydraulic cylinder coupled to and extending perpendicularly between said base and said plate, said hydraulic cylinder being operationally coupled to said pump wherein said pump is positioned for actuating said hydraulic cylinder for selectively extending said commode from said base; and
a bellows coupled to and extending between a perimeter of said base and a circumference of said bottom of said bowl wherein said bellows is positioned for extending as said commode is extended from said base.

US Pat. No. 10,428,507

FLUSH TOILET

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A flush toilet, comprising:a main water guide channel configured to cause washing water supplied from a water supply source to flow through the main water guide channel;
a direction change water guide channel configured to change a flow direction of the washing water supplied from the main water guide channel;
a rim water guide channel configured to cause the washing water supplied from the direction change water guide channel to flow toward and spout from a water spout part, the water spout part being configured with an opening on a side of a bowl part; and
a retention part configured in at least the direction change water guide channel, the retention part being configured with a concave shape, the retention part retaining a part of the washing water supplied from the main water guide channel,
wherein an upper end of the retention part on a downstream side is horizontal to a bottom surface of the water spout part or higher than the bottom surface of the water spout part.

US Pat. No. 10,428,506

TOILET WASH IMPROVEMENT

1. A toilet wash system, comprising:a splitter having an inlet for being attached to a toilet shut off valve, and having a first outlet and a second outlet;
a first supply line attached to the first outlet of the splitter and an opposite end for being attached to a water inlet port of a toilet;
a second supply line attached to the second outlet of the splitter and an outlet end;
a single valve with an inlet port attached to the outlet end of the second supply line, and an opposite end;
an elongated cleaning tube having an inlet end attached to the opposite end of the single valve, and an outlet end, wherein the outlet end of the cleaning tube is used to flush waste away; and
a disposable removable tip for being attached to the outlet end of the cleaning tube, the removable tip includes an external end having longitudinal parallel slits that form fingers for use a cleaning brush.

US Pat. No. 10,428,505

FLUSHING TOILET COVER

Changtai Yike Technology ...

1. A flushing toilet cover, comprising a seating ring, a cover plate and a shell, wherein the rear portion of the seating ring and the rear portion of the cover plate are hinged to the shell; wherein a pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve, a heating assembly, a switch valve, a flushing assembly and a control panel are mounted in the shell, the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve is provided with a water inlet channel and a water outlet channel, the switch valve is provided with a water inlet and at least one water outlet, the flushing assembly comprises at least one flushing pipe, telescopic flushing spray heads are mounted on the flushing pipes, and water inlets are formed in the flushing pipes;the water inlet channel of the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve communicates with an external water inlet pipe, the water outlet channel of the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve communicates with a water inlet of the heating assembly through a pipeline, a water outlet of the heating assembly communicates with the water inlet of the switch valve, and the water outlets of the switch valve communicate with the water inlets of the flushing pipes;
the control panel controls the operating state of the heating assembly, and when the switch valve is in the closed state, the water inlet channel and the water outlet channel of the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve are blocked.

US Pat. No. 10,428,504

ELECTRONIC TOILET SWITCHABLE BETWEEN COLD WATER AND HOT WATER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

HANYU GROUP JOINT-STOCK C...

1. An electronic toilet switchable between cold-water and hot-water for treating hemorrhoids, comprising: a controller and a water spraying cleaner, comprising:a water chiller, having a cold-water outlet pipe and a cold-water electromagnetic valve disposed on the cold-water outlet pipe;
a water heater, having a hot-water outlet pipe and a hot-water electromagnetic valve disposed on the hot-water outlet pipe; and
a booster water pump, having a water inlet connected to a confluent water outlet pipe which is formed by the cold-water outlet pipe through the cold-water electromagnetic valve of the water chiller joining to the hot-water outlet pipe through the hot-water electromagnetic valve of the water heater, and a water outlet connected to the water spraying cleaner.

US Pat. No. 10,428,503

SUCTION DEVICE FOR WASTE DISCHARGE

1. A pumping drainage device is featured by, comprising:a cylindrical shell, arranged with a sewage draining outlet in the axial direction, and a sewer in the radial direction;
a stepped cylindrical cylinder cover, which is connected to the shell axially, arranged with a piston rod guide sleeve and two guide cylinders in the axial direction, = and the outer wall of the piston rod guide sleeve is arranged with a locking groove;
a cylindrical cylinder liner, arranged with a central locking sleeve seat in the axial direction, and a spring seat guide sleeve on both sides, sheathed in the cylinder cover, and the locking sleeve seat is arranged with a guide hole and a lock tongue hinge seat, and the end of the spring seat guide sleeve is arranged with an inner edge;
a piston, arranged with a piston rod and two spring guide seats in the axial direction, which is arranged in the cylinder liner, and the end of the spring guide seat is arranged with an outer edge;
a lock tongue component, which is arranged in the locking sleeve seat of the cylinder liner.

US Pat. No. 10,428,501

DRAINAGE ASSEMBLY FOR A BATHTUB

Kuang-Ming Kuo, New Taip...

1. A drainage assembly for a bathtub, comprising:a stopper unit detachably coupled to a base, the base having outer threads, the base defining a drain passage and having a lock hole defined through a bottom surface thereof;
a drain pipe having a tub shoe at one end thereof, the tub shoe communicating with the drain passage, the tub shoe including inner threads defined in an inner periphery thereof to engage the outer threads of the base, an extension extending from an inner bottom of the tub shoe to be disposed beneath the base, the extension having a bottom end closed by the inner bottom of the tub shoe; and
an elongate guide member including a rod having a diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the lock hole, a first connection portion formed at a first end of the rod, the first connection portion detachably connected to the extension of the tube shoe when the rod of the guide member is passed through the lock hole with the stopper unit detached from the base, the guide member being thereby connected to align the tub shoe with the base, and to connect the outer threads of the base with the inner threads of the tub shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,428,500

SELF-DISINFECTING DRAIN TRAP HAVING A COATING

Alexander Schluttig, Lau...

1. A self-disinfecting drain trap for providing a fluid barrier in wastewater drains, comprisinga drain trap body having an inner wall coated with a catalytic oxidizing, super-hydrophilic titanium dioxide nano-coating;
an electromagnetic oscillator for automatic disinfection and cleaning the drain trap body during use and without disruption of the fluid barrier;
a device for disinfecting the drain trap, the device selected from the group comprising heating elements, UV-C lamps, antibacterial coating, and ultrasonic transducers;
a light source arranged inside or outside the drain trap body,
where the catalytic oxidizing, super-hydrophilic titanium dioxide nano-coating may be activated by the light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,428,499

BACKFLOW PREVENTER FOR WATER DISTRIBUTION INSTALLATIONS

Caleffi S.p.A., (IT)

1. A backflow preventer for water distribution installations, comprises a body including at least one inlet conduit arranged along an inlet axis, at least one outlet conduit arranged along an outlet axis, and at least one discharge conduit arranged along a first discharge axis of the body, at least one check valve which prevents a backflow of fluid from the outlet conduit to the inlet conduit in the event of a low pressure upstream of the backflow preventer and/or high pressure downstream of the backflow preventer, a discharge valve arranged along the fit discharge axis of the body of the backflow preventer for discharging fluid in the aforesaid low and/or high pressure conditions, a discharge pipe connected with said discharge valve to discharge the fluid outside the backflow preventer along a second discharge axis of the discharge pipe, and a first coupling device for varying an angular position of the discharge pipe with respect to the body of the backflow preventer, said discharge pipe including a first tube portion connected with the body and arranged along the first discharge axis of the body and a second tube portion arranged along the second discharge axis of the discharge pipe, the two pipe portions being connected via two respective joining ports that are angled with respect to their respective axes and via a second coupling that retains the second tube portion on the first tube portion and enables the second tube portion to rotate with respect to the first tube portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,498

TOUCHLESS WATER AND LIQUID SOAP DISPENSING FAUCET

1. A faucet assembly, comprising:said faucet assembly having an inlet port connected to a water passageway for receiving water from a water supply line and a soap passageway for receiving liquid soap, said faucet assembly further including an upwardly extending stalk having a water discharge port connected to said water passageway and a soap discharge port connected to said soap passageway;
a soap cartridge for providing liquid soap to said soap passageway;
a water activation sensor attached to said stalk, said water activation sensor in electrical communication with a water control valve in said water passageway; and,
a soap activation sensor attached to said stalk, said soap activation sensor in electrical communication with a soap pump located between said soap cartridge and said soap passageway;
wherein said soap discharge port is below said water discharge port;
wherein said water activation sensor selectively causes water to flow from said water discharge port; and,
wherein said soap activation sensor selectively causes liquid soap to flow from said soap discharge port;
wherein said water activation sensor causes automatic water discharge from said water discharge port;
wherein said soap activation sensor automatically causes soap discharge from said soap discharge port;
wherein said water activation sensor is above said soap discharge port and wherein said soap activation sensor is below said soap discharge port;
wherein said soap discharge port extends away from the remainder of said stalk so as to block said water activation sensor from sensing a user's hands positioned below said soap discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,428,497

FAUCET HANDLE WITH ANGLED INTERFACE

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A faucet including:a spout assembly including:
a hub defining a vertical axis,
a liquid pathway extending within the hub,
a handle attachment base extending perpendicular to the hub and defining a horizontal axis, the handle attachment base including an end having a first mounting surface; and
a water parameter control handle coupled to the handle attachment base for rotation from a first position defining a first water parameter setting and a second position defining a second water parameter setting, water parameter control handle including an end having a second mounting surface;
wherein the first mounting surface and the second mounting surface define a handle movement plane angularly oriented intermediate the vertical axis of the hub of the spout assembly and the horizontal axis of the handle attachment base of the spout assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,428,496

KITCHEN FAUCET MOUNTING STRUCTURE

XIAMEN EASO CO., LTD., X...

1. A kitchen faucet mounting structure, comprising a faucet body, a pipe connector and a fixing assembly, the faucet body being connected to an upper portion of the pipe connector, a lower portion of the pipe connector having an external thread, characterized by: the fixing assembly including an upper casing, a press block, a return C-shaped ring and a lower casing, the upper casing having a central through hole for the pipe connector to pass therethrough, the upper casing further comprising at least one guide post, the guide post having a first inclined surface; the press block having at least one opening, the press block having an internal thread in cooperation with the external thread of the pipe connector, an upper portion of the press block having a second inclined surface in cooperation with the first inclined surface, the press block further having an annular engaging groove for mounting the return C-shaped ring, an upper portion of the lower casing being provided with a trough extending downwards from a top surface thereof, the press block being mounted in the trough, an inner wall of the trough being provided with at least one engaging post, the press block being provided with a guide hole corresponding to the engaging post.

US Pat. No. 10,428,494

WEAR PLATE ASSEMBLY WITH TWO-PART KEY ASSEMBLY

1. A wear plate assembly comprising:a base including a slot formed with an enlarged aperture;
a wear plate including a wear surface and a hold recessed below the wear surface, wherein the wear plate moves between a free condition off the base and an applied condition covering the base;
a nut and a key, the nut formed with a blind bore to receive the key;
the key includes an annular channel for carrying a gasket to prevent migration of debris into the bore; and
the nut is applicable through the aperture into the slot, and then moves between a first position registered in the aperture and a second position offset from the aperture where the nut is captured under the base;
wherein in the applied condition of the wear plate and the second position of the nut, the bore is registered with the slot and the hold to define a keyway, and the key is applicable to the keyway for engagement with the nut to secure the wear plate on the base.

US Pat. No. 10,428,493

AUTOMATIC BLADE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR GRADER

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A method for controlling a blade of a motor grader, the method comprising the steps of:with each of at least one global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna, receiving GNSS navigation signals from a constellation of GNSS satellites, wherein:
each of the at least one GNSS antenna is mounted on the motor grader;
each of the at least one GNSS antenna is not mounted on the blade; and
each of the at least one GNSS antenna is operably coupled to a corresponding GNSS receiver;
with each GNSS receiver:
processing the GNSS navigation signals received by the at least one GNSS antenna operably coupled to the GNSS receiver; and
computing first measurements, wherein the first measurements comprise a position of the at least one GNSS antenna operably coupled to the GNSS receiver;
with each of at least one inertial measurement unit, measuring second measurements, wherein:
each of the at least one inertial measurement unit is mounted on the motor grader;
each of the at least one inertial measurement unit has three corresponding orthogonal measurement axes; and
the second measurements comprise:
measurements of accelerations along the three orthogonal measurement axes; and
measurements of angular rotation rates about the three orthogonal measurement axes; and
with a stroke sensor installed on a blade side shift hydraulic cylinder of the motor grader, measuring third measurements comprising measurements of a blade side shift; and
with at least one processor:
computing a blade position and a blade orientation, wherein the blade position and the blade orientation are based at least in part on the first measurements, the second measurements, and the third measurements;
controlling a blade elevation and a blade slope angle, wherein the step of controlling the blade elevation and the blade slope angle is based at least in part on the computed blade position, the computed blade orientation, and a digital job site model; and
controlling the blade side shift based at least in part on the computed blade position, the computed blade orientation, and the digital job site model.

US Pat. No. 10,428,492

ASSISTED RIPPING

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

15. A method of performing ripping procedures using a plurality of work machines, comprising:aligning a rear portion of a first work machine directly behind a rear portion of a second work machine, the first work machine having a first ripping module with a first ripping device and the second work machine having a second ripping module with a second ripping device, the first and second ripping modules each including complementary shaped mounting heads;
coupling the first ripping device of the first work machine with the second ripping device of the second work machine by mounting the first ripping module on top of the second ripping module so as to engage the mounting head of first ripping module with the complementary shaped mounting head of the second ripping module;
performing a ripping procedure with the ripping devices in one direction by moving the first work machine and the second work machine in a same horizontal direction;
repositioning the first ripping device of the first work machine and the second ripping device of the second work machine; and
performing another ripping procedure with the ripping devices in another horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,491

FLOW RATE CONTROL APPARATUS OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Volvo Construction Equipm...

1. A flow rate control apparatus for construction equipment, the apparatus comprising:first and, second variable displacement hydraulic pumps and a pilot pump;
a boom cylinder driven by a hydraulic fluid of the first hydraulic pump;
a first control valve controlling a flow of the hydraulic fluid supplied from the first hydraulic pump to the boom cylinder;
an option actuator driven by a hydraulic fluid of the second hydraulic pump;
a second control valve controlling a flow of the hydraulic fluid supplied from the second hydraulic pump to the option actuator;
a boom cylinder manipulation lever for inputting a manipulation signal to control the first control valve, and an option actuator manipulation lever for inputting a manipulation signal to control the second control valve;
a confluence line connected at an inlet port thereof to a downstream side of a supply path of the first hydraulic pump, and connected at an outlet port thereof to a meter-in port of the second control valve;
a center bypass switching valve provided in the furthest downstream side of the supply path of the first hydraulic pump, and operated to close an opening port thereof by a pilot pressure applied thereto;
a confluence switching valve provided in the confluence line, and joining a part of the hydraulic fluid supplied from the first hydraulic pump to the boom cylinder with the hydraulic fluid of the option actuator when the confluence switching valve is operated to open an opening port thereof;
a confluence selection valve provided in a fluid path between the pilot pump and the confluence switching valve, and applying the pilot pressure to the confluence switching valve when the confluence switching valve is operated; and
a controller controlling the confluence selection valve to block the pilot pressure supplied from the pilot pump to the confluence switching valve so that the confluence line becomes closed when combined work of the boom cylinder and the option actuator is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,428,490

EXCAVATOR WITH RIGID FORCE TRANSFER LINK

Guangxi LiuGong Machinery...

1. An excavator comprising:an articulated boom; and
a balancing mechanism that assists a movement of the articulated boom from a lower position to an upper position by applying a pulling force on the articulated boom,
wherein the balancing mechanism comprises a balancing member that generates an assisting force and a force transfer mechanism that couples the balancing member with the articulated boom,
wherein the force transfer mechanism comprises a link mechanism,
wherein the link mechanism comprises a rigid force transfer link coupled to the articulated boom at one end thereof and a guiding link coupled to a platform of the excavator at one end thereof,
wherein the rigid force transfer link and the guiding link are connected at their respective other ends at a connecting portion of both links,
wherein the balancing member is coupled to the connecting portion, and
wherein the link mechanism transfers the assisting force from the balancing member to the articulated boom at a transmission ratio independent from a position of the articulated boom.

US Pat. No. 10,428,489

ARM FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. An arm to constitute a working attachment for a construction machine, comprising:an arm body to be attached to a distal end of a boom constituting the working attachment; and
an arm top attached to a distal end of the arm body, wherein:
the arm top includes: a pair of left and right side walls; a first connection portion disposed at a distal end of the arm top to span the pair of side walls so as to define a first pin hole for allowing a pin for connecting a working tool to the distal end of the arm top to be inserted into the first pin hole; a second connection portion disposed at a position closer to a proximal end of the arm top than the first connection portion to span the pair of side walls so as to define a second pin hole for allowing a pin for connecting a link for actuating the working tool to be inserted in the second pin hole; and connection walls formed on respective inner surfaces of the side walls, the connection walls having respective shapes to connect the pair of side walls to each other and connect the first and second connection portions to each other;
the arm top includes a left arm top piece and a right arm top piece that are individually formed by casting, the left arm top piece having a first left boss constituting the first connection portion, a second left boss constituting the second connection portion, and a left projecting wall portion constituting the connection wall, the right top piece having a first right boss constituting the first connection portion, a second right boss constituting the second connection portion, and a right projecting wall portion constituting the connection wall, the first left boss and the first right boss having respective surfaces opposed to each other in a left-right direction of the arm top, the second left boss and the second right boss having respective surfaces opposed to each other in the left-right direction of the arm top, and the left projecting wall portion and the right projecting wall portion having respective surfaces opposed to each other in the left-right direction; and
the left and right arm top pieces are joined together by welding at the opposed surfaces of the first left boss and the first right boss, at the opposed surfaces of the second left boss and the second right boss, and at the opposed surfaces of the left projecting wall portion and the right projecting wall portion, thereby being integrated to form the arm top.

US Pat. No. 10,428,488

SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF A COVER

1. A support structure of a cover, wherein the cover comprises a traversable surface and the support structure extends downwards under the cover into a structure, and the support structure comprises beam-shaped supports such that a lower support side of the beam-shaped supports facing away from the traversable surface is subject to a tensile stress when a load is applied to the traversable surface, the beam-shaped supports comprising radially-extending supports extending from an outer edge of the cover inwards, the radially-extending supports each comprising an inner end, the radially-extending supports interconnected at the inner ends by inner supports, each inner support comprising two ends and the each inner support extending from the inner end of one radially-extending support to the inner end of another radially-extending support,wherein between the ends of the inner supports a thickness (D) of the inner supports is configured to increase substantially symmetrically up to a maximum value and then decrease when viewing the inner supports of the cover from below such that the maximum value of the thickness (D) of the inner supports is in a central area (M) having a spherical shape between the two ends of each of the inner supports,
wherein the inner supports and the radially-extending supports comprise side surfaces, the side surfaces of the inner supports and the radially-extending supports comprising an inclination angle relative to a plane perpendicular to the traversable surface of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,428,487

LINER

NORTHSTONE (NI) LIMITED, ...

1. A stackable section used in a liner for a manhole chamber, comprising:at least four single pieces, each single piece having
a straight portion and a curved portion; and
a first arm and a second arm which are substantially perpendicular to one another, the first arm of each single piece being longer than the second arm of each single piece, wherein the first and second arms each comprise a connector to enable each arm to be connected to an adjacent piece,
wherein a length of the second arm of each single piece is substantially the same, and a length of the first arm of a first piece of the at least four single pieces is different from a length of the first arm of a second piece of the at least four single pieces,
wherein the at least four single pieces assemble to form an enclosed stackable section, and
wherein respective dimensions of the first arm and the second arm of each single piece are chosen such that, when each piece is incorporated into the stackable section, a further corresponding piece can fit within the stackable section along an axis substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first arm.

US Pat. No. 10,428,486

ANCHORING MEMBER FOR FACING ELEMENTS FOR USE IN STABILISED EARTH STRUCTURES, FORMER AND PROCEDURE FOR THE FABRICATION OF SUCH A FACING ELEMENT

OFFICINE MACCAFERRI S.P.A...

1. An anchoring member capable of being integrated into a facing element for creation of stabilized earth structures, comprising:a shell defining a recess with a mouth,
an anchoring bar extending transversely within the recess along a straight line and which is configured to receive an elongated stabilising member for stabilised earth structures inserted into the mouth, wherein the anchoring bar is tubular, so as to allow insertion of a straight rod element of a reinforcing grid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,428,483

ANCHOR SYSTEM

1. An anchor system for anchoring an object, the anchor system comprising:a base assembly having sidewalls defining a hollow interior, the base assembly comprising a lower section, and an upper section having a substantially planar top surface, said upper section being adjustably secured to the lower section for adjusting an overall height of the base assembly; and
a retractable anchoring member comprising an anchoring point, the retractable anchoring member being pivotally secured to the upper section and being pivotable about a pivot axis parallel to the top surface between an operating position in which the anchoring point extends above the top surface of the upper section, and a retracted configuration in which the anchoring point extends in the hollow interior of the base assembly and is concealed below the top surface of the upper section.

US Pat. No. 10,428,482

ARRANGEMENT FOR PROVIDING A PULSING COMPRESSIVE FORCE

AMMANN SCHWEIZ AG, Lange...

1. An arrangement for providing a pulsing compressive force, comprising:a) a first mass, which provides a contact surface for transferring the pulsing compressive force onto a ground surface to be compacted or with a solid body to be machined;
b) a second mass;
c) a first spring-damper-system via which the first mass and the second mass are coupled with each other to form a first vibrating system;
d) an unbalance exciter by means of which this first vibrating system can be excited to vibrate, in particular to vibrate in resonance;wherein in the static state of the first vibrating system the second mass exerts a static force on the first mass via the first spring-damper-system in a first direction,wherein the first mass and the second mass are coupled to one another via the first spring-damper-system in such a way that via the first spring-damper-system in the intended operation no forces can be transferred from the first mass in the first direction to the second mass and no forces can be transferred from the second mass in a second direction, which is opposite to the first direction, to the first mass,and wherein the arrangement is designed such that the coupling of the two masses via the first spring-damper-system can be temporarily suspended during the intended operation, in particular periodically, by a vibratory movement of the second mass in the second direction, the second mass can then execute a part of its oscillation path in the uncoupled state, and the coupling of the masses via the first spring-damper-system is then, following a reversal in direction of the vibratory movement of the second mass, re-established.

US Pat. No. 10,428,481

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELEVATING A MARINE PLATFORM

VERSABAR, INC., Houston,...

12. A method of elevating a marine platform that is supported by a plurality of hollow metallic leg sections that extend above and below a water line of a body of water, comprising the steps of:a) cutting one of the leg sections at a position next to the water line to provide a cut at a selected elevation;
b) attaching a plurality of hydraulic rams to the leg sections, each ram having a hollowed cylinder and an extensible push rod and first and second end portions, the rams being attached to the leg section at the end portions with first padeyes of a first height, one end portion being attached to the leg section above the cut and the other end portion being attached to the leg section below the cut, and wherein each ram is movable between retracted and an extended position;
c) repeating steps “a” and “b” for the other leg sections of the platform;
d) elevating the platform an initial distance by extending each ram to the extended position;
e) removing the first padeye for each ram in sequence and replacing each said first padeye with a second padeye having a second height that is greater than the first height, including shortening the length of the ram before placing the second padeye; and
f) elevating the platform deck an additional distance.

US Pat. No. 10,428,480

SNOW MELTER MACHINE

1. A snow and ice melting device comprising:An outer shell;
an insulated chamber located inside the outer shell having a proximal end and a distal end;
a heater located inside the insulated chamber;
a reservoir located at the distal end of the insulated chamber;
a pump operationally connected to the reservoir;
a snow port located at the proximal end of the insulated chamber;
the snow port comprising a body and a portal between the body and the insulated chamber;
at least one axel connected to the insulated chamber, each axel having at least two wheels connected thereto;
a power supply connected to the heater and the pump; and
the body of the snow port comprises an internal snow ramp, a first spring loaded flap that allows snow to travel to the internal snow ramp, a second spring loaded snow flap which forms a barrier between the snow port and the insulated chamber, and control circuitry for closing and opening the first and second spring loaded flaps.

US Pat. No. 10,428,479

SNOWTHROWER

CHERVON (HK) LIMITED, Wa...

1. A snowthrower, comprising:a motor;
an auger driven by the motor to rotate;
a handle device for a user to operate;
an auger housing for containing the auger, the auger housing made of at least two different materials;
a frame for connecting the handle device and the auger housing; and
a chute device for directing snow thrown out from the auger housing by rotation of the auger,
wherein the auger housing comprises a channel having a snow inlet allowing the snow to enter and a snow outlet for communicating the channel and the chute device, the channel further comprising a channel wall, the channel wall comprising:
a back plate portion for guiding at least a portion of the snow moved by rotation of the auger to the chute device;
a baffle plate portion at either end of the auger for directing the snow moved by rotation of the auger close to the ends of the auger; and
a side plate portion for connecting the back plate portion and the baffle plate portion, and
wherein the back plate portion comprises a back plate being formed with a guiding plane and, the guiding plane is substantially parallel to a rotation axis of the auger.

US Pat. No. 10,428,478

EXPANDABLE CONTAINMENT PLOW

Meyer Products, LLC, Cle...

1. A plow mounting apparatus for mounting a material handling box assembly on an associated vehicle having a chassis, such as a truck, comprising:a plow frame having at least a front portion and a rear portion;
a lift frame attached to the rear portion of the plow frame, wherein the lift frame has a first side member and a second side member;
a clevis frame attached to the rear portion of the plow frame;
a vehicle mounting frame consisting of an upper cross member and a lower cross member, wherein the vehicle mounting frame is semi-permanently attached to the chassis of the associated vehicle, the lift frame includes a pair of upper hooks which engage the upper cross member on the vehicle mounting frame, and wherein the clevis frame includes a pair of lower hooks which engage the lower cross member on the vehicle mounting frame;
a vertical pull structure attached to the lift frame, the vertical pull structure having an outer vertical sleeve and an inner vertical member slidingly engageable with the outer vertical sleeve;
a height adjustment mechanism operable to raise and lower the material handling box assembly relative to the ground, the height adjustment mechanism comprising a hydraulic cylinder having a top portion and a bottom portion; the top portion being attached to the lift frame and the bottom portion being attached to a foot member, and;
an adjustable auxiliary light mounting apparatus, comprising:
a cross member positioned between the first side member and the second side member of the lift frame, wherein the cross member has a first end and a second end having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, and the cross member having at least one aperture at a first end and at least one aperture at a second end of the cross member;
a first horn having a first end and a second end having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, wherein the outer diameter of the first end of the first horn is less than the inner diameter of the first end of the cross member, wherein the first end of the first horn is positioned within the first end of the cross member and wherein the first horn has at least one aperture positioned so as to overlap the at least one aperture at the first end of the cross member;
a second horn having a first end and a second end having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, wherein the outer diameter of the second horn is less than the inner diameter of the second end of the cross member, wherein the first end of the second horn is positioned within the second end of the cross member and wherein the second horn has at least one aperture positioned so as to overlap the at least one aperture in the second end of the cross member;
at least one first auxiliary light housing positioned at a top portion of the first horn and at least one second auxiliary light housing positioned at a top portion of the second horn;
at least one light positioned within the first and second auxiliary light housings; and
a pin inserted within the overlapping apertures of the first and second horns and the cross member so as to secure the horns within the cross member;
wherein the material handling box assembly further comprises:
a main blade consisting of a plate having a concave front surface opposite a convex rear surface; being elongated along its width to define a pair of lateral ends opposed to one another, the elongation defining an axis of elongation; and a plurality of substantially vertical, laterally spaced apart gussets engaged to the rear surface but absent from the lateral ends of the main blade;
a guide frame engaged directly to the rear surface to provide structural support thereto, elongated in the width direction, extending the width of the blade; having a C-shaped cross section having a pair of opposing lips engaged to the rear surface where each of said lips extends toward the other lip; the guide frame defining a first half of a first slidable engagement set having an operational axis substantially parallel to the axis of elongation; and a first half of a second slidable engagement set having an operational axis substantially parallel to the axis of elongation; and
a first wing blade assembly slidably engaged with the first half of a first slidable engagement set by a wing blade slide defining a second half of the first slidable engagement set; the state of being slidably engaged permitting the first wing blade assembly to be moved along the operational axis of the first slidable engagement set such that the width of the material handling box assembly may be adjusted; the first wing blade assembly comprising a wing blade having a front surface positioned behind and which is curved to conform with the rear surface; and a lateral edge plate defining a lateral containment surface.

US Pat. No. 10,428,477

CHUTE CONTROL ASSEMBLY FOR A SNOW THROWER

MTD PRODUCTS INC, Valley...

1. A chute control assembly for a snow thrower, said snow thrower having a housing, a handle operatively connected to said housing, a pair of wheels operatively connected to said housing, and a chute operatively connected to said housing, said chute control comprising:a control mechanism attached to said handle, said control mechanism includes a rotatable spool assembly positioned within a casing and a selectively rotatable actuator mechanism attached to said spool assembly, said spool assembly has a first circumferential distance;
a guide mechanism, wherein said guide mechanism includes a chute adapter rotatably connecting said chute to said housing, said chute adapter having a second circumferential distance; and
a connecting mechanism includes a pair of cables, wherein one end of each cable is connected to said control mechanism and another end is connected to said guide mechanism, wherein said connecting mechanism transfers rotation of said actuator mechanism to said guide mechanism to cause said chute to rotate relative to said housing;
wherein said first circumferential distance is smaller than said second circumferential distance, and wherein a ratio of said second circumferential distance relative to said first circumferential distance is about 8.5:3.

US Pat. No. 10,428,476

DEVICE FOR NON-IMPACT STOPPING OF VEHICLES

1. A device for non-impact stopping of a wheeled vehicle, the device comprising:(a) a net structure formed from a first plurality of flexible elements extending in a first direction interconnected with a second plurality of flexible elements extending in a second direction, non-parallel to said first direction;
(b) a plurality of tire-penetrating elements mechanically linked to a leading edge of said net structure;
(c) a plurality of irreversible energy absorbing elements integrated into the net structure in two non parallel directions,
so as to irreversibly absorb energy applied to deform said net structure.