US Pat. No. 10,557,644

ADJUSTABLE DRIP PAN

1. An adjustable drip pan comprising:a bottom pan comprising a reservoir, a first wall, a second wall, a third wall, a fourth wall, a first ridge, a second ridge, a third ridge, a fourth ridge, and a bottom floor; and
a top pan comprising a top floor and a lip; and
wherein said first ridge connects to a top of said first wall, said second ridge connects to a top of said second wall, said third ridge connects to a top of said third wall, and said fourth ridge connects to a top of said fourth wall;
wherein said first ridge, said second ridge, said third ridge, and said fourth ridge connect to said bottom floor, and said reservoir connects to said third ridge, said fourth ridge, and said bottom floor;
wherein said first ridge, said second ridge, said third ridge, said fourth ridge, said bottom floor, and said reservoir create a water-impermeable basin for collecting water;
wherein said first ridge, said second ridge, said third ridge, and said fourth ridge form a single member raised above and surrounding said bottom floor;
wherein said top floor slopes downward towards said lip, said bottom floor slopes downward toward said reservoir; and
wherein said bottom pan and said top pan are slidably adjustable in a plane along an axis, and adjustment of said bottom pan and said top pan is limited, in a first direction of said axis, by touching of said lip and said first ridge, and in a second direction of said axis, by touching of said first wall and said top pan.

US Pat. No. 10,557,643

DEMAND VENTILATION HVAC SYSTEM COMPRISING INDEPENDENTLY VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW (VRF) AND VARIABLE AIR FLOW (VAF)

Addison HVAC LLC, Orland...

1. A dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) comprising a plurality of evaporator coils each with independent refrigerant control configured to independently vary refrigerant flow for each of the evaporator coils to maintain a desired evaporator coil temperature; independent activation of evaporator coil surface for each of the plurality of evaporator coils; and, at least one block-off element disposed for independent adjustment of airflow for each of the plurality of evaporator coils, wherein the system is configured to obtain free cooling by positioning the block-off element to direct ventilation air to bypass active evaporator coil surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,637

FACILITATING SCHEDULING OF COMFORT CONTROLLERS

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A comfort controller operable to control one or more configurations of a climate control system for providing climate control in a structure in accordance with a user-selected one of a plurality of stored weekly schedules for operation of the one or more configurations, where each of the plurality of stored weekly schedules provides a plurality of daily time slots and temperature set points and is based on user-specifications, and where the user-selected weekly schedule is wirelessly received by and completely replaces a current operating weekly schedule on the comfort controller; wherein the comfort controller is operable to receive the user-selected weekly schedule from a computing device configured to:retrieve a previously stored weekly schedule;
receive a user specification modifying the retrieved previously stored weekly schedule; and
store the modified weekly schedule as the previously stored weekly schedule or as a third weekly schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,557,636

OVEN

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An oven, comprising:a cooking compartment comprising side surface panels;
a shelf member disposed at an inside of the cooking compartment to allow food to be mounted thereon;
a plurality of guide rails configured to support both sides of the shelf member to guide a withdrawal of the shelf member from the cooking compartment, each of the plurality of guide rails including a first rail and a second rail; and
a fixing wire detachably coupled to the first rail of each of the plurality of guide rails to couple the plurality of guide rails to each other,
the fixing wire having a plurality of contact units configured to contact the plurality of guide rails, respectively,
wherein at least one contact unit of the plurality of contact units includes a plurality of mounting units and an insertion unit provided between the plurality of mounting units,
wherein the insertion unit is further protruded toward the side surface panels than the plurality of mounting units so that at least one portion of the insertion unit is inserted between the first and the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,557,632

INTELLIGENT OXYGEN LEVEL CONTROLLER FOR BIOFUEL-FIRED BURNER

Biomass Controls PBC, Pu...

1. An intelligent controller for monitoring an exhaust path that is disposed downstream of a fire box for containing a bio-fuel fire, and for controlling an air handler that supplies air to the fire box, the exhaust path, the fire box and the air handler being components of a bio-fuel fired device, the bio-fuel fired device further including a catalytic converter disposed within the exhaust path downstream of the fire box and configured to combust unburned material from the bio-fuel fire, a first oxygen level sensor disposed in the exhaust path upstream of the catalytic converter, and a second oxygen level sensor disposed in the exhaust path downstream of the catalytic converter, the intelligent controller comprising:a first port configured to be coupled to the first oxygen level sensor in order to receive from the first oxygen level sensor a first signal indicating a level of oxygen in exhaust gas upstream of the catalytic converter;
a second port configured to be coupled to the second oxygen level sensor in order to receive from the second oxygen level sensor a second signal indicating a level of oxygen in the exhaust gas downstream of the catalytic converter;
a third port configured to send command signals to the air handler that supplies air to the fire box; and
a processor coupled to the first, second, and third ports and configured to automatically:
repeatedly receive, via the first port, the first signal,
thereby receiving a series of first oxygen level values via the first port; and
for each first oxygen level value of at least some of the series of first oxygen level values:
compare the first oxygen level value to a first predetermined value; and
when, as a result of the comparison, the first oxygen level value is found to be less than the first predetermined value:
generate a first control signal configured to cause the air handler to increase the rate at which the air handler supplies air to the fire box; and
send, via the third port, the first control signal to the air handler;
the processor being further configured to automatically:
repeatedly receive, via the second port, the second signal, thereby receiving a series of second oxygen level values via the second port; and
for each second oxygen level value of at least some of the series of second oxygen level values:
compare the second oxygen level value to a second predetermined value that is less than the first predetermined value; and
when, as a result of the comparison, the second oxygen level value is found to be less than the second predetermined value:
generate a second control signal configured to cause the air handler to increase the rate at which the air handler supplies air to the fire box; and
send, via the third port, the second control signal to the air handler.

US Pat. No. 10,557,626

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A system for controlling temperatures of a plurality of light source portions, the system comprising:the plurality of light source portions;
a plurality of temperature adjustment units configured to adjust the temperatures of the plurality of light source portions; and
a drive control unit configured to:
adjust a temperature of a first light source portion of the plurality of light source portions; and
adjust a temperature of a second light source portion of the plurality of light source portions based on the temperature of the first light source portion that is within a threshold range, wherein the second light source portion is different from the first light source portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,621

SOCKET ASSEMBLY FOR RECEIVING A LAMP HAVING A PINCH SEAL

BLV Licht- und Vakuumtech...

1. A socket assembly for receiving a lamp having a pinch seal and a connecting pin led out therethrough, comprising:an outer housing part with an essentially cylindrical cavity which is accessible from outside via a slotted opening extending in a longitudinal direction of the outer housing part,
an inner part mounted for rotation about a rotation axis (R) inside the outer housing part and including a free space which is configured for receiving the pinch seal and the connecting pin and which is accessible from outside, and
two opposed leaf springs for fixation of the pinch seal in the free space,
wherein each of the leaf springs is bent from a metal strip such that a linear resting face is formed which is adjoined on both sides by leg portions that are angled relative to the resting face and that are adjoined, at their ends distant from the resting face, by base portions running towards one another, said base portions turning into shaft portions that extend away from the resting face, wherein said leaf springs are attached to the inner part in the region of the shaft portions and the resting faces face each other and are essentially parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,557,619

LIGHTING FIXTURE WITH MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS FOR DIFFERENT JUNCTION BOX CONFIGURATIONS

USAI, LLC, New Windsor, ...

1. A light fixture for use with a junction box having a base, a circumferential side wall with a circumferential edge, and a height as measured between the base and the circumferential edge, and adapted to be mounted to a mounting surface, the light fixture comprising:a lighting element;
a mounting bracket adapted to mount to the junction box, the mounting bracket having a base adapted to abut the circumferential edge of the junction box, having a plurality of engagement portions, and having a height as measured between the base of the mounting bracket and the engagement portions;
a first housing adapted to be fixed to the mounting bracket, the first housing having a bottom wall and a circumferential side wall connected to the bottom wall, and the circumferential side wall of the first housing having a circumferential edge lying on a first plane, and the bottom wall and circumferential side wall of the first housing forming an enclosure having an open top defined by the circumferential edge of the first housing;
the first housing having a plurality of contact surfaces disposed within an interior of the enclosure formed by the first housing, and the contact surfaces are adapted to closely abut the engagement portions of the mounting bracket when the first housing is mounted to the mounting bracket, and the first housing being adapted to be fixed to the engagement portions of the mounting bracket;
a contact spacing being a distance between each contact surface and the first plane, and the contact spacing being greater than the height of the junction box; and
the circumferential edge of the first housing being adapted to be in contact with the mounting surface when the first housing is fixed to the mounting bracket mounted to the junction box, such that the first housing surrounds and conceals the junction box and the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,557,618

RETENTION SYSTEM FOR LIGHT SOURCE LAMPS IN RECESSED LUMINAIRES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A recessed luminaire comprising:a light source holding bracket comprising a sidewall and a shoulder that defines a light emitting through opening and extends substantially perpendicular to the sidewall, the light source holding bracket configured to hold a light source lamp therein such that the light source lamp rests on the shoulder; and
a retention device that is pivotally coupled to the light source holding bracket, the retention device comprising:
a retention spring portion that is pivotally coupled to the sidewall of the light source holding bracket; and
a retention arm portion that extends from and is formed integrally with the retention spring portion,
wherein the retention spring portion is configured to force the retention arm portion towards the light source holding bracket such that the retention arm portion engages and applies an active load on the light source lamp when disposed in the light source holding bracket to clamp the light source lamp between the retention arm portion and the shoulder of the light source holding bracket and thereby securely retain the light source lamp within the recessed luminaire.

US Pat. No. 10,557,614

PROJECTOR LIGHT SOURCE INCLUDING WAVELENGTH CONVERSION MEMBER HAVING POROUS CERAMIC SUBSTRATE

NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO....

1. A wavelength conversion member comprising:a first porous ceramic layer having a porosity of 20% by volume or more; and
a phosphor layer formed on a first principal surface of the first porous ceramic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,557,613

LIGHT GUIDE WITH MEANS TO COMPENSATE FOR GRADUAL LOSSES OF LIGHT ALONG THE GUIDE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A light guide comprising:a transparent body which is generally elongate in a principal direction with an outer surface forming a diopter with the environment of said body; and
ray exit means extending along the outer surface of the body adapted to cause light rays propagating in the body to exit it transversely;
wherein the ray exit means include:
(i) a first row of means disposed consecutively, and
(ii) a second row of means disposed consecutively and adjacent to the first row of means, and
(iii) a third row of means disposed consecutively and adjacent to the first row of means on an opposite side of the first row of means with respect to the second row of means, the distance separating two consecutive means of the first, the second row, and/or the third row being variable along said row or rows, the first row of means, the second row of means, and the third row of means including inclined reflecting facets configured to reflect light towards an exit side, the reflecting facets of the second row of means and the reflecting facets of the third row of means having a height smaller than the reflecting facets of the first row of means.

US Pat. No. 10,557,612

LAMP FOR VEHICLE

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

1. A vehicular lamp comprising:a lamp housing;
a bracket installed on one side of the lamp housing; and
a lamp attachable to and detachable from the bracket so as to be capable of being fastened,
wherein the lamp comprises:
a light source module;
a guide portion to which the light source module is slidably coupled; and
a socket portion installed within the guide portion and to which the light source module is slidably coupled to allow electrical conduction,
wherein the light source module comprises:
a substrate on which a circuit is printed; and
one or more light emitting diode (LED) light sources arranged on at least one surface of the substrate,
wherein terminals, which come into contact with and are gripped by the socket portion, are formed on one end of the substrate, and
wherein a first holding groove snap-fit-coupled to the socket portion and a second holding groove snap-fit-coupled to the guide portion are formed on at least one of both sides of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,611

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING OUTPUT LIGHT COLOR OF VEHICULAR HEADLAMP UNIT

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A method for adjusting output light color of a vehicular headlamp unit, the vehicular headlamp unit including:a light source;
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on an area in front of a vehicle on which the vehicular headlamp unit is installed;
an irradiation pattern calculation unit configured to determine an irradiation pattern selective to the area in front of the vehicle on a basis of the information acquired by the information acquisition unit;
a voltage application unit configured to apply a voltage to a liquid crystal element on a basis of the irradiation pattern determined by the irradiation pattern calculation unit;
the liquid crystal element configured to have light control regions and change a transmittance of each of the light control regions on a basis of the voltage from the voltage application unit; and
a projection optical system configured to perform light distribution control of light emitted from the light source and controlled to be transmitted by the liquid crystal element,
the method for adjusting output light color comprising adjusting the color of light emitted from the vehicular headlamp unit by the voltage applied to the liquid crystal element.

US Pat. No. 10,557,610

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A lighting apparatus for a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a light source emitting light of a first predetermined color;
a reflector reflecting the light emitted from the light source to project the light externally, the reflector configured to change the first predetermined color of the light of the light source when the light of the light source is reflected by the reflector; and
a light transmittance variable portion disposed between the light source and the reflector such that the light emitted from the light source is incident thereupon prior to the reflector, the light transmittance variable portion being configured to vary in light transmittance,
wherein, when the light transmittance variable portion is set to have a light transmittance lower than a predetermined light transmittance, the light emitted from the light source is reflected off the light transmittance variable portion and thus is projected in a second predetermined color,
wherein when the light transmittance variable portion is set to have a light transmittance higher than the predetermined light transmittance, the light emitted from the light source is transmitted through the light transmittance variable portion and reflected by the reflector to be changed in color and thus is projected in a changed color different from the second predetermined color,
wherein the reflector has a parabolic shape having a curvature,
wherein the light source is disposed at a parabolic focus of the reflector, and
wherein the light transmittance variable portion is integrally coupled to the reflector and has a same curvature as the curvature of the reflector.

US Pat. No. 10,557,608

LUMINOUS LIGHTING AND/OR SIGNALING MODULE OF AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

Valeo Vision, Bobigny (F...

1. A luminous lighting or signaling module of an automotive vehicle, said luminous lighting or signaling module comprising:a first submodule arranged to produce a first cut-off beam; and
a second submodule arranged to produce at least two selectively activatable luminous segments,
wherein said at least two selectively activatable luminous segments form a second beam that is complementary to said first cut-off beam, when they are activated simultaneously,
wherein the first submodule is positioned above the second submodule as viewed in a travel direction of the automotive vehicle,
wherein in said second submodule, at least two selectively activatable second light sources are able to emit, simultaneously or alternatively, light rays,
wherein said second submodule includes a light guide device arranged to interact with said at least two selectively activatable second light sources so as to form images of said at least two selectively activatable second light sources level with a focal zone of a projecting device, said images being intended to be projected by said projecting device in order to form said at least two selectively activatable luminous segments, and
wherein said first submodule includes a reflective shield that cuts off a beam of rays emitted by a first light source, the reflective shield positioned above the light guide device of the second submodule.

US Pat. No. 10,557,607

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND VEHICLE HEADLAMP USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle headlamp, comprising:a light source module disposed at a central portion of an aspheric lens,
wherein the light source module includes:
a circuit board; and
first and second light emitting modules disposed on the circuit board,
wherein the first and second light emitting modules are separated by a partition wall,
wherein each of the first and second light emitting modules includes a blue light emitting diode (LED) light source and a phosphor disposed on the blue LED light source and the phosphor is configured to be activated by the blue LED light source to emit first light,
wherein the first light emitting module includes a phosphor film disposed at an exterior of the first light emitting module, and the phosphor film is configured to emit a second light,
wherein the first light and the second light have different wavelengths,
wherein a dominant wavelength of the first light is equal to or greater than about 540 nm and equal to or less than about 560 nm, and
wherein a dominant wavelength of the second light is equal to or greater than about 585 nm and equal to or less than about 595 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,557,606

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE USING POLARITY OF MATERIAL AND VEHICLE LAMP HAVING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A light source device using a polarity of a material, the light source device comprising:a transparent frame forming an inner space accommodating a nonpolarity material and a polarity material;
a light source portion irradiating light through the nonpolarity material or the polarity material accommodated in the transparent frame; and
an electromagnet configured to switch respective positions of the nonpolarity material and the polarity material by a magnetic force generated according to the polarity of the material, wherein the magnetic force is generated as a current is applied from outside of the light source device.

US Pat. No. 10,557,605

ELECTRIC LIGHTING DEVICES

1. An electronic lighting device, comprising:a flame element comprising a hollow interior and an aperture disposed on a sidewall of the flame element;
a housing comprising an internal cavity;
an arm that extends horizontally from the housing and has a first end disposed in a central area of the internal cavity;
wherein the arm is sized and dimensioned to extend into the aperture to suspend the flame element within the cavity and to allow the flame element to move with respect to the arm; and
a pin that is sized and dimensioned to extend through a second aperture and into the hollow interior to secure the flame element on the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,557,604

IMITATION CANDLE DEVICES WITH MOVING LIGHTS

1. An imitation candle device, comprising:a flame sheet having a shape;
a support member, extending along an axis, having an end portion with a tip, and where the tip is narrower in cross section than other portions of the support member;
a light casing including a light emitter that is energized to produce an output light, said light casing having internal surfaces defining an opening, where the tip of the support member fits in the opening, and wherein the tip of the support member extends into the opening and where the light casing is held on the support member, in a way that allows movement of the light casing relative to the support member;
a movement limiting structure that limits an amount of the movement of the light casing;
where the support member holds the light emitter at an angle to face the flame sheet and to emit light onto the flame sheet; and
a drive engine coupled to the light casing to cause the light casing to move on the support member and to move the light emitted from the light emitter on the flame sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,557,602

ILLUMINATED STROLLER ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated stroller assembly having an integrated heating a cooling fan wherein said assembly is configured to enhance comfort for a child riding in said assembly, said assembly comprising:a stroller having a frame, a plurality of front wheels, a plurality of rear wheels, a seat and a handle, said seat being positionable between and upright position for sitting and a reclined position for sleeping, said frame being collapsible into a stored position and expandable into a deployed position;
a control circuit being coupled to said handle;
a heating element being coupled to said handle, said heating element being electrically coupled to said control circuit;
a cooling unit being coupled to said handle, said cooling unit being electrically coupled to said control circuit;
a blower being coupled to said handle, said blower being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said blower urging air into said seat when said blower is turned on wherein said blower is configured to enhance comfort to the child in said stroller;
a receiver being coupled to said handle, said receiver being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said receiver being in remote electrical communication with an audio source for receiving an audio signal; and
a pair of speakers, each of said speakers being coupled to said handle for emitting audible sounds outwardly therefrom, each of said speakers being electrically coupled to said control circuit, each of said speakers receiving the audio signal from said receiver, each of said speakers being positioned on a respective one of said rod sections of said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,601

HALO LIGHTING UNIT

Disruptive Marketing Limi...

1. A light unit, comprising:a housing having a central symmetry axis;
a support located in the housing;
a main lamp located axially on the support; and
a multiplicity of secondary lamps located on the support and arranged in an array around the main lamp;
a front casing defining a central aperture to which light from the main lamp passes to the exterior in use, the front casing preventing light from the secondary array from entering the central aperture;
the front casing and housing defining a light guide channel;
a light guide located in the channel, the light guide having a first end comprising a light inlet proximate the array of secondary lamps and a second end comprising a light outlet proximate a periphery of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,600

IN-GROUND CHANNEL SYSTEMS FOR LINEAR LIGHTING

Elemental LED, Inc., Ren...

1. An in-ground channel for linear lighting, comprising:two upright sidewalls spaced apart by a bottom, each of the sidewalls having an inwardly-extending upper support flange proximate to an upper end thereof, the inwardly-extending upper support flanges being aligned with one another on respective sidewalls;
a shelf mounted between the two upright sidewalls at a position below the inwardly-extending support flanges, the shelf dividing the in-ground channel into an upper section and a lower section, the upper section adapted to house linear lighting and the lower section providing a raceway; and
only a single mounting flange attached to one of the two sidewalls at a position level with the bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,557,599

LIGHTING APPARATUS

MODULEX INC., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:a light source;
a reflector having a first reflection surface with a shape of a surface of revolution, and a downward light emission outlet through which direct light from the light source and reflection light from the first reflection surface being emitted; and
a cone having a substantially truncated conical second reflection surface, an upper opening directly opposing the light emission outlet, and a lower opening having a diameter greater than a diameter of the upper opening,
wherein the cone is disposed outside an optical path of controlled reflection light from the first reflection surface,
in a cross section cut along a plane including an optical axis of the light source, an inner periphery edge of the upper opening is defined as a first inner periphery edge, and an inner periphery edge of the lower opening is defined as a second inner periphery edge, and a line connecting the first inner periphery edge and the second inner periphery edge on one side of the optical axis is defined as a first reference line, and a line connecting the first inner periphery edge and the second inner periphery edge on the other side of the optical axis is defined as a second reference line,
wherein the light source comprises a planar light-emitting surface, and the light-emitting surface is disposed in a region interposed between the first reference line and the second reference line, after the first reference line and the second reference line extend from a cone side to a reflector side and intersect with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,557,598

FLOOR LAMP WITH INTEGRATED PLANT GROWTH SYSTEM

Evolution Lighting, LLC, ...

1. A luminaire comprising:three or more substantially rigid legs each having an upper end and a lower end, said three or more legs being arranged in a frustum shape forming a central area, said upper ends of the three or more legs at least partially converging and being fixed with respect to each other, and said lower ends of the three or more legs at least partially diverging and being substantially coplanar to support the luminaire in an upright position on a ground surface;
a first lamp fixed to the top ends of the three or more legs and operable to emit light in a substantially upward direction;
a second lamp fixed to the top ends of the three or more legs and operable to emit light in a substantially downward direction;
three or more suspension members each having an end that is removably secured to a respective leg, each of said three or more suspension members having individually adjustable lengths, said three or more suspension members being configured to maintain a suspended planter substantially level with respect to the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,592

CORNER STRUCTURE OF LNG STORAGE TANK

KC LNG TECH CO., LTD., B...

1. A corner structure of an LNG storage tank installed at a corner of the LNG storage tank comprising a sealing wall, the corner structure comprising:a securing member secured to a hull of a ship;
a movable member supported on the securing member to be linearly movable;
a stop member attached to the securing member to prevent the movable member from being separated from the securing member; and
a heat insulating member interposed between the sealing wall and the hull,
wherein the securing member comprises a guide groove, the movable member comprises a guide projection inserted into the guide groove, and the guide projection is movable in the guide groove,
wherein the guide projection has a smaller length than the guide groove such that the movable member is supported on the securing member to be movable in a longitudinal direction,
wherein the guide projection has a smaller width than the guide groove such that the movable member is supported on the securing member to be movable in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,591

SMART POWER OVER ETHERNET LIFT

CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method comprising:providing power to a device, the device being supported by a lift apparatus which includes a first part, a second part, and an actuator, wherein the device is coupled to the second part and arranged to obtain power through the second part when the first part and the second part are arranged in a first orientation, wherein the device is in a first position when the first part and the second part are in the first orientation;
determining when the device is to be moved to a second position;
diverting the power from the device to the actuator when it is determined that the device is to be moved to the second position; and
moving the device to the second position using the actuator, wherein moving the device is moving from the second position using the actuator includes causing the first part and the second part to be arranged in a second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,590

CLAMP-TYPE MOUNT CAPABLE OF BEING CLAMPED TO OBJECTS OF A WIDE RANGE OF SIZES

ARKON RESOURCES, INC., A...

1. A clamp-type mount capable of being clamped to objects of a wide range of sizes, wherein the clamp-type mount is applicable to a mobile electronic device so that the mobile electronic device can be securely positioned on a fixing member through the clamp-type mount, the clamp-type mount comprising:a first clamping member having an inner side concavely provided with a curved clamping groove; wherein the first clamping member is formed with an enclosed passage hole;
a second clamping member having an inner side concavely provided with a curved clamping groove corresponding to the clamping groove concavely provided in the inner side of the first clamping member;
a clamping-member pivot shaft for pivotally connecting the first clamping member and the second clamping member at a position adjacent to a first end of the first clamping member and a first end of the second clamping member such that each of the first clamping member and the second clamping member is rotatable about the clamping-member pivot shaft to bring a free end of the first clamping member and a free end of the second clamping member either close to each other into a clamping state or away from each other into a releasing state, wherein when the second clamping member is rotated about the clamping-member pivot shaft toward the first clamping member, the free end of the second clamping member is able to extend through the enclosed passage hole and be exposed on an outer side of the first clamping member to render the clamp-type mount into a minimum height;
a tightening pivot shaft transversely and pivotally connected to the second clamping member at a position adjacent to a middle section of the second clamping member, wherein the tightening pivot shaft has a middle section formed with a fixing hole, and the fixing hole extends along a diameter of, and thus penetrates, the tightening pivot shaft;
a tightening threaded rod having a first end extending through, and exposed on the outer side of, the first clamping member and an opposite second end fixedly connected to the fixing hole;
a tightening knob threadedly connected to the first end of the tightening threaded rod so as to be displaced along an axial direction of the tightening threaded rod when rotated, wherein when a bottom end of the tightening knob is pressed against the outer side of the first clamping member, the tightening knob applies a tightening force through the tightening threaded rod to the tightening pivot shaft and the second clamping member sequentially, thereby driving the second clamping member toward the first clamping member, in order for either the free end of the first clamping member and the free end of the second clamping member or a surface of the clamping groove of the first clamping member and a surface of the clamping groove of the second clamping member to clamp the fixing member tightly therebetween and thus position the clamp-type mount securely on the fixing member; and
a spherical coupling head fixedly provided on the outer side of the first clamping member at a position adjacent to the first end of the first clamping member, wherein the spherical coupling head is configured to couple with an adapter in order for the adapter to link a supporting base to the spherical coupling head, and the mobile electronic device is mounted on the supporting base.

US Pat. No. 10,557,587

PIPE REPLACEMENT TOOL AND METHOD

1. A method for removing an underground asbestos-containing pipe, comprising:forming holes downwardly from a ground surface to the pipe;
pulling a cutting tool through the pipe, the tool having a guide head, a reamer head, and a hollow shaft extending between the guide head and the reamer head;
supplying liquid to the hollow shaft and ejecting the liquid outwardly through ports in the hollow shaft into the pipe;
breaking the pipe into pieces with the reamer head as the cutting tool is pulled through the pipe to form a slurry of the liquid and the pipe pieces;
removing the slurry through the holes;
adding a drying agent to the slurry to form a mass; and
allowing the mass to dry to a hardened state.

US Pat. No. 10,557,586

INVERTED FILAMENT WINDER FOR PIPELINE REHABILITATION

SIPP TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, ...

1. An inverted filament winder apparatus adapted to apply pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments to the interior wall of a pipe or pipe liner having a longitudinal central axis, said apparatus comprising:a non-rotating carriage comprising a rotating assembly and a transport assembly, wherein said rotating assembly comprises a central shaft and a motor, said central shaft having an axis oriented parallel to the longitudinal central axis of the pipe or pipe liner when the apparatus is applying pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments to the interior wall of the pipe or pipe liner, said central shaft axis defining an axial direction;
a plurality of spools circumferentially mounted to said rotating assembly, each of said spools comprising an axis oriented parallel with said central shaft axis, each of said spools adapted to retain one of said pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments thereon;
a plurality of applicator arms, each said applicator arm associated with one of said spools, whereby one of said pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments is passed through each said applicator arm to be applied to the interior of a pipe;
wherein each of said spools and each of said applicator arms rotate circumferentially about said rotating assembly when said rotating assembly is rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,557,581

ERGONOMIC SAFETY LOCK FOR CAM LOCK FITTING

1. An ergonomic cam lock fitting, comprising:a) a male and a female conduit, said male and female conduits adapted for being connected to each other, said male conduit having an end thereon and an external peripheral groove adjacent said end, said female conduit having an end thereon and an internal seal disposed therein adjacent said end, wherein said end of said male conduit contacts said seal of said female conduit thereby preventing leakage when said male and female conduits are connected to each other;
b) a first and a second pair of cam members, each pair having first and second cam members, a pair of said cam members being pivotally disposed on opposite sides of said female conduit, each said cam member having a lever portion and a cam portion, wherein each said cam portion is adapted to pivot through an opening in a wall of said female conduit and into said external peripheral groove so as to removably join said male conduit to said female conduit, wherein each said cam member has a closed position when said male and female conduits are connected to each other and an open position when said male and female conduits are disconnected from each other;
c) wherein said cam portions of said second cam members have a forked portion, said forked portion having a first and second prong portion with a space thereinbetween, wherein said cam portions of said first cam members are pivotally disposed in a respective said space;
d) each said second cam member having an inner lever portion and each said first cam member having an outer lever portion;
e) a first pull ring member disposed on said outer lever portion and a second pull ring member disposed on said inner lever portion for moving said first and second cam members from said closed position to said open position, wherein said first pull ring member is larger than said second pull ring member as would be seen in a top view so that said inner lever portion is more difficult to open than said outer lever portion; and
f) wherein when each said cam member is in said closed position, said inner lever portion is configured to mechanically cooperate with a retaining member disposed on said female conduit and said outer lever portion is configured to mechanically cooperate with said inner lever portion to prevent unintentional movement of each said cam member from said closed position to said open position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,580

SECURE FLUID CONNECTION

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A biopharmaceutical fluid connection device for connecting a first fluid conduit to a second fluid conduit, comprising:a female plug, made of plastic and joined to the first fluid conduit;
a male plug, made of plastic, joined to the second fluid conduit and configured for insertion, parallel to an axial direction, into the female plug and thereby place the male plug and the female plug into a final coupling position;
a primary locking device, having a locked position in which the primary locking device prevents the male and female plugs from being released from the final coupling position, the primary locking device being a part of the female plug and movable transversely between two positions, the movable primary locking device including a plate arranged transversely to the axial direction; and
a movable secondary lock, having an active position adapted to prevent the primary locking device from being moved from the locked position,
wherein the secondary lock is configured to be irreversibly clipped into place in the active position, whereby the fluid connection device can establish a permanent connection of the first and second conduits,
wherein the secondary lock is a separate part from the female plug and the male plug, so that the locked position is obtained in absence of the secondary lock by assembling the female plug and the male plug together with the primary locking device trapped in the female plug, and
wherein the primary locking device is arranged on the female plug and is movable in a sliding manner perpendicularly to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,578

PIPE CONNECTOR SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

QuickHub, LLC, Tacoma, W...

18. A gasket for connecting two pipe ends, the gasket comprising:a rounded sidewall defining a channel therethrough in a first direction, the sidewall comprising a top end, a middle portion, and a bottom end opposite the top end,
wherein the top and bottom ends each have a smaller width and circumference in a contracted configuration compared to an expanded configuration, due to clamping of the gasket about the two pipe ends to force the gasket from the expanded configuration into the contracted configuration, and
wherein in the expanded configuration the top and bottom ends each have a larger width than the middle portion;
the top and bottom ends each comprising a first sidewall portion at least partially separated from a second sidewall portion by a gap formed circumferentially therebetween, wherein the sidewall at the gap is thinner than each of the first and second sidewall portions, the gaps configured to collapse upon contraction of the respective top and bottom ends to bring the first and second sidewall portions closer together to form the contracted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,557,577

SUBSEA HYDRAULIC COUPLING WITH METAL BORE LINER

National Coupling Company...

1. A female hydraulic coupling member for coupling with a probe of a corresponding male hydraulic coupling member, the female member comprising:a generally cylindrical body having a central axial bore;
a receiving chamber in the central axial bore configured for receiving the probe of the corresponding male hydraulic coupling member;
a pressure-energized C-seal having an internal cavity and positioned to seal between the body and the probe of the corresponding male hydraulic coupling member inserted in the receiving chamber and configured such that the sealing force of the pressure-energized seal increases with an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure; and
a sleeve lining at least a portion of the receiving chamber, the sleeve having an inside diameter (i.d.) and an outside diameter (o.d.) with a first end of the sleeve abutting a shoulder in the central axial bore and an opposing second end of the sleeve having an annular, axial projection with a larger i.d. and a smaller o.d. than the sleeve and with at least a portion of the extension projecting into the internal cavity of the pressure-energized C-seal.

US Pat. No. 10,557,576

FULL-ROOT-RADIUS-THREADED WING NUT HAVING INCREASED WALL THICKNESS

S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc....

1. A hammer union, the hammer union comprising:a threaded female sub;
a male sub;
a plurality of retainer segments concentrically disposed about the male sub; and
a threaded wing nut that is concentrically disposed about each of the threaded female sub, the male sub, and the plurality of retainer segments to couple the threaded female sub to the male sub;
wherein the threaded wing nut comprises:
a body having an axial length defined between first and second end surfaces, the body having an exterior surface extending between the first and second end surfaces;
a passage axially extending through the body from the first end surface to the second end surface, wherein the passage defines an interior surface of the body;
a first internal shoulder formed by the interior surface of the body that defines a portion of the passage;
an internal threaded connection formed by the interior surface that extends from the first end surface and towards the first internal shoulder; and
a plurality of circumferentially-spaced lugs extending radially from the exterior surface of the body;
wherein the plurality of retainer segments is radially positioned between the male sub and the threaded wing nut such that the threaded wing nut is concentrically disposed about the male sub but the interior surface of the body of the wing nut is spaced radially from the male sub;
wherein the body has a variable wall thickness defined between the interior surface of the body and the exterior surface of the body, with the variable wall thickness at the first internal shoulder being greater than the variable wall thickness at the first end surface;
wherein the internal threaded connection includes a first slanted surface; a second opposing slanted surface; and a curved surface that extends from the first slanted surface and to the second opposing slanted surface; and
wherein a first lug of the plurality of lugs extends along the entirety of the axial length of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,567

FLUIDIC MICRO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluidic micro electromechanical system comprising:a substrate;
a first layer supported by the substrate, the first layer forming:
sides of a chamber;
a passage through one of the sides and a chamber; and
a check valve leaf, the check valve leaf being pivotable about an axis nonparallel to the substrate to open and close the passage;
a second layer over the chamber;
an opening into the chamber; and
a resistor supported within the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,557,566

CUSHIONED RELIEF VALVE

Kennedy Valve Company, E...

1. A cushioned relief valve, comprising:a housing having an inlet, an interior, an outlet channel, and an outlet, the interior being a hollow cylinder with a first end in fluid communication with the inlet, a second end opposite the first end, and a cylindrical side between the first end and the second end, the cylindrical side in fluid communication with the outlet channel, the outlet channel extending from the cylindrical side of the hollow cylinder adjacent the first end to the outlet, the outlet opening outside the housing;
a piston located within the hollow cylinder and slidable between a first position adjacent the first end of the hollow cylinder and a second position adjacent the second end of the hollow cylinder, the piston comprising a piston chamber inside the piston having an opening adjacent the first end of the hollow cylinder and a central aperture passing through an end of the piston opposite the opening, such that, when the piston is at the first position, the piston blocks the inlet and the outlet channel, and when the piston is in the second position, a path is opened for fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet channel;
a cylinder cover defining a compressible gas volume in fluid communication with the second end of the hollow cylinder; and
a flexible diaphragm separating the compressible gas volume of the cylinder cover from the second end of the hollow cylinder, the diaphragm being biased toward the first end of the hollow cylinder and defining a fluid volume in the hollow cylinder between the diaphragm and the end of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,557,564

LOCALLY-ACTUATED PARTIAL STROKE TESTING SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A locally-actuated partial stroke testing system for testing a single acting emergency isolation valve, comprising:a mechanically-operated valve;
a flow control valve coupled to a vent port of the mechanically-operated valve, the flow control valve being operable to regulate air flow from the vent port;
an air supply line coupled to an input port of the mechanically-operated valve, the air supply line having an air filter regulator to filter and regulate air supplied to the input port;
a 3/2 solenoid valve with a first port coupled via an air flow line to a working port of the mechanically-operated valve;
a working flow line coupled between a second port of the 3/2 solenoid valve and a port of the single acting emergency isolation valve, the working flow line providing bidirectional air flow; and
a valve position indicator to convey position of the single acting emergency isolation valve, the valve position indicator and the mechanically-operated valve being in visual proximity to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,557,563

VALVE TOP

Fluehs Drehtechnik GmbH, ...

1. A valve top comprising:a head piece;
a spindle axially extending through the head piece and having a first side, an end side, and a mantle surface with a curved track in the mantle surface on the first side;
an inlet disk;
a valve activatable by the spindle and comprising a control disk rotatable relative to the inlet disk and disposed opposite the first side of the spindle; and
a control sleeve on the end side of the spindle, axially movable along the spindle, and comprising at least one cam engaging into the curved track in a torque-proof manner;
wherein the curved track is configured in such a manner that an axial displacement of the control sleeve along the spindle causes a defined rotation of the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,562

VALVE

GOODWIN PLC, Stoke-on-Tr...

1. An actuatable axial piston valve comprising: a piston rod, a valve piston and a gear system to transform linear movement from an actuator to linear movement of the valve piston, wherein:said gear system comprises racks and at least one idler pinion;
the actuator is arranged to provide longitudinal movement of a first rack in a generally radial direction with respect to the valve;
linear movement of said first rack is arranged to provide rotational movement of said at least one idler pinion;
rotation of said at least one idler pinion is arranged to provide longitudinal movement of a second rack operably connected to said piston thereby providing movement of said piston in an axial direction with respect to the valve;
the second rack forms part of the piston rod; and
the valve piston is attached to one end of the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,557,561

PRESSURE-COMPENSATION DEVICE FOR A HOUSING

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A pressure-compensation device for a housing, the pressure-compensation device comprising:an inner side;
an outer side; and
a lattice-like cage having a gas opening,
wherein the gas opening connects the inner side and the outer side in a flow-conducting manner and is restricted, in a through-flow direction of the gas opening, by an inner edge and an outer edge,
wherein the gas opening is covered by a gas-permeable membrane, and
wherein the membrane comprises a nonwoven-fabric composite part and has at least one nonwoven-fabric layer,
the pressure-compensation device further comprising a pressure-relief valve assigned to the membrane in a functional parallel connection with the gas opening.

US Pat. No. 10,557,560

FLOW REGULATOR

FLUIDMASTER, INC., San J...

1. A flow regulator, comprising:a main body dimensioned to be received within a flow passageway, the main body including at least one inlet and an outer surface;
an inner volume positioned within the main body and extending from the at least one inlet along at least a partial length of the main body;
a first spiral positioned spiraled around at least a partial length of the main body, the first spiral including a first spiral edge extending a first distance from the outer surface;
a second spiral positioned spiraled around at least a partial length of the main body, the second spiral including a second spiral edge extending a second distance from the outer surface, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance;
a fluid flow space extending between the first spiral and the second spiral, and between the outer surface and at least the first and second spiral edges, the fluid flow space configured to receive fluid from at least a portion of the flow passageway, wherein the fluid comprises a fluid flow rate and a fluid pressure; and
wherein the fluid flow space is configured and arranged to change based on the fluid pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,557,556

VARIABLE ORIFICE ROTARY VALVES FOR CONTROLLING GAS FLOW

Origin Medical Devices In...

1. A gas flow control system comprising:a blower type medical ventilator for ventilating patients; and
a control valve for use in the ventilator, the control valve comprising:
a valve housing comprising a hollow cylindrical open-ended interior passage, and a housing opening formed in a wall of said housing, and a cylindrical valve element comprising a valve element opening in a wall thereof;
wherein said housing opening and/or said valve element opening is tapered; and
wherein the cylindrical valve element is rotatably received within the interior passage of the valve housing, such that an area of overlap of the housing opening and the cylindrical valve element opening of the cylindrical valve element forms an overlapped opening, the size of which is varied by rotation of the cylindrical valve element within the interior passage of the valve housing, wherein no more than one overlapped opening is formed at any point of rotation of the cylindrical valve element within the valve housing, thereby obtaining a proportional flow valve.

US Pat. No. 10,557,555

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED VALVE ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. An additively manufactured valve assembly defining a vertical direction, the valve assembly comprising:a valve housing defining a substantially cylindrical channel, a first mounting feature, and a second mounting feature, the first mounting feature and the second mounting feature being positioned at opposite sides of the cylindrical channel to define a hinge axis perpendicular to the vertical direction;
a first valve flap comprising a first hinge member, the first hinge member extending along the hinge axis and defining a first complementary feature for engaging the first mounting feature of the valve housing and a first coupling member; and
a second valve flap comprising a second hinge member, the second hinge member extending along the hinge axis and defining a second complementary feature for engaging the second mounting feature of the valve housing and a second coupling member for engaging the first coupling member, wherein the valve housing, the first valve flap, and the second valve flap are simultaneously additively manufactured on a build platform along the vertical direction as distinct, but inseparable monolithic components.

US Pat. No. 10,557,550

FLEXIBLE JOINT

Mide Technology Corporati...

1. A constant volume flexible joint system comprising:a flexible membrane for coupling across a joint;
spaced radial support ribs fitted to the membrane;
at least one axial support structure coupled to the spaced radial support ribs preventing a pressure differential from axial deformation of the joint; and
the axial support structure including pivoting portions having convex faces moveably mated to pivoting portions having concave faces for preventing the flexible membrane from contracting axially and enabling the joint to flex and the flexible membrane to contract on the inside of a bend and expand on the outside of the bend resulting in a constant volume joint.

US Pat. No. 10,557,549

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device comprising:a shift body that is rotated to change a shift position; and
an operation mechanism that is provided with a driver, the driver being driven to perform at least one of restricting or releasing restriction of rotation of the shift body, and the driver being driven to change a shift position of the shift body to a specific shift position, wherein the operation mechanism includes:
a rotary unit that includes: the driver, which is disposed at one side in a rotation axis direction of the shift body with respect to the shift body;
a transmission mechanism that transmits drive force of the driver to the shift body, and
a restricting mechanism that is displaced by drive force of the driver being transmitted so as to perform at least one of restricting or releasing restriction of rotation of the shift body, the restricting mechanism including
a cam gear that is configured to rotate about a rotation axis which is different from the rotation axis of the shift body;
a cam element that is configured to rotate integrally with the cam gear, and
a restricting body that is engaged with the cam element, and that is displaced by the cam element being rotated so as to perform at least one of restricting or releasing restriction of rotation of the shift body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,547

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A hydraulic control device which controls hydraulic pressure supplied to an automatic transmission provided with a fluid coupling that has a lockup clutch, the hydraulic control device comprising:a pressure regulation valve configured to regulate a hydraulic pressure of oil supplied from an oil pump and supply the oil to the fluid coupling;
a discharge oil passage through which the oil discharged from the fluid coupling flows when the lockup clutch is disengaged;
a lubrication oil passage that supplies the oil from the discharge oil passage to a location to be lubricated in the automatic transmission;
a return oil passage that returns the oil drained from the pressure regulation valve during pressure regulation to a suction port of the oil pump;
a connection oil passage that connects the lubrication oil passage and the return oil passage; and
a flow direction regulation valve that is provided in the connection oil passage, and that allows communication between the lubrication oil passage and the return oil passage when hydraulic pressure on the return oil passage side is higher than hydraulic pressure on the lubrication oil passage side by a pressure that is equal to or higher than a set differential pressure, and blocks communication between the lubrication oil passage and the return oil passage when differential pressure between hydraulic pressure on the return oil passage side and hydraulic pressure on the lubrication oil passage side is lower than the set differential pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,557,546

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI TRANSYS INCORPORA...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a speed sensor for measuring an actual driving speed of the vehicle;
a memory unit for storing first final reduction gear ratio data and second final reduction gear ratio data; and
a control unit for setting a final reduction gear ratio corresponding to an installed transmission by comparing a difference between the actual driving speed of the vehicle received from the speed sensor and a driving speed of the vehicle calculated through a first final reduction gear ratio with a difference between the actual driving speed of the vehicle and a driving speed of the vehicle calculated through a second final reduction gear ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,557,545

CONTROL APPARATUS

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A control apparatus of an automatic transmission,wherein the automatic transmission includes:
an input shaft to which a driving force is input from a driving source through a torque converter;
an output member;
a plurality of planetary gear mechanisms configured to transmit the driving force input to the input shaft to the output member; and
a plurality of engaging mechanisms capable of establishing a plurality of gears by switching a transmission path of the driving force in the plurality of planetary gear mechanisms,
one of the plurality of engaging mechanisms is a mechanical engaging mechanism functioning as a brake,
the mechanical engaging mechanism can be switched to a first state in which only rotation of a predetermined rotational element of a plurality of rotational elements provided in the plurality of planetary gear mechanisms in a first direction is restricted and a second state in which the rotation of the predetermined rotational element in both the first direction and a second direction reverse to the first direction is restricted,
the plurality of gears include:
a lowest forward speed gear in which the mechanical engaging mechanism can be established in both the first state and the second state;
a forward gear in which a gear ratio is higher than in the lowest forward speed gear, and the mechanical engaging mechanism cannot be established in the second state; and
a reverse gear in which the mechanical engaging mechanism is established in the second state,
the control apparatus comprises:
a determination unit configured to, when a selected gear is the lowest forward speed gear, and the mechanical engaging mechanism is in the second state, determine whether to switch the mechanical engaging mechanism to the first state; and
a switching processing unit configured to switch the mechanical engaging mechanism to the first state based on a determination result of the determination unit,
the determination unit determines to switch the mechanical engaging mechanism to the first state at least on both of a first condition and a second condition, the first condition is that a vehicle in which the automatic transmission is mounted travels downhill, and the second condition is that the driving force is larger than a predetermined driving force, and
the predetermined driving force is set based on: an oil temperature of hydraulic oil of the automatic transmission; a vehicle speed of a vehicle in which the automatic transmission is mounted; and/or a down gradient of a traveling road on which the vehicle travels.

US Pat. No. 10,557,544

FLUID EXPANSION TANK

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A hydraulic drive device for a vehicle, the hydraulic drive device comprising:a drive housing forming a sump containing hydraulic fluid;
a transmission comprising a center section disposed in the sump;
a reduction gear train comprising a final output gear, the final output gear mounted on an axle disposed in the sump and driven by the transmission;
an expansion tank forming an internal expansion volume capable of receiving hydraulic fluid from the sump and discharging hydraulic fluid to the sump, wherein the expansion tank is disposed adjacent to the final output gear and separate from the drive housing;
a first valve and a second valve located in the expansion tank, wherein both the first valve and the second valve separately permit fluid communication between the sump and the internal expansion volume.

US Pat. No. 10,557,542

FINAL DRIVE

GKN Driveline Japan Ltd.,...

1. A final drive mountable on a vehicle to be opposed to a road, the final drive being of use to transmit torque from a propeller shaft to a pair of axles, comprising:a differential gear set so structured as to distribute the torque from the propeller shaft to the pair of axles;
a clutch rotatable about a rotational axis and combined with the differential gear set;
a cam mechanism comprising a cam plate fixed from rotation about the rotational axis and so disposed as to move along the rotational axis to exert a fastening force on the clutch, and a cam gear rotatable about the rotational axis, the cam mechanism arranged to convert rotation of the cam gear into a pressure force along the rotational axis of the cam plate;
a gear set meshed with the cam gear to rotate the cam gear;
a casing defining a single chamber and housing the differential gear set, the clutch, the cam mechanism and the gear set in the single chamber; and
a motor disposed outside and above the casing so as to hide behind the casing from the road and combined with the gear set to drive the gear set;
wherein the casing includes a passage extending along a wall of the casing and having an entrance positioned to receive oil splashed by the differential gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,557,540

FLEET ANGLE TOLERANT SHEAVE

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A sheave, comprising:a body portion with a circular circumference and defining a center plane;
a bore extending through the body portion and configured for receiving a shaft and allowing the body portion to rotate in the center plane; and
a rope groove arranged on the circular circumference, comprising:
a radiused bottom with a first end and a second end and being concave out relative to the bore, the radiused bottom defining an included angle ranging from approximately 20 degrees to approximately 40 degrees;
a pair of opposing sidewalls each extending away from the radiused bottom and directly and tangentially away from one of the first and second end to respective upper ends and having a first curved profile with a first curvature, the first curved profile being a radiused profile defined by a radius ranging from approximately 4 inches to approximately 25 inches, the first curved profile further being concave in a direction opposite the radiused bottom; and
a pair of upper lips each extending directly and tangentially away from respective upper ends of the sidewalls and upward and to an outermost peripheral surface of the sheave, the pair of upper lips having a second curved profile with a second curvature greater than the first curvature and being concave in a direction opposite the radiused bottom,wherein, the radiused bottom, sidewalls and upper lips define an overall height of the rope groove and the sidewalls comprise 50% to 80% of the height.

US Pat. No. 10,557,538

TORQUE CONVERTER

1. A hydrodynamic torque converter, comprising:a pump wheel and a turbine wheel mounted to be rotatable about an axis of rotation;
a fluid in a region between the pump wheel and the turbine wheel;
wherein a first axial contact surface is formed on the pump wheel and a second axial contact surface is formed on the turbine wheel;
wherein a frictional connection between the pump wheel and the turbine wheel can be produced when the pump wheel and the turbine wheel are pressed axially against one another;
wherein one of the contact surfaces is configured to be flexible in order to lie against the other contact surface under an axial pressure load;
wherein the contact surface configured to be flexible comprises a metal sheet that is folded over circumferentially; and
wherein the metal sheet is thinned out in a region of a bending edge of the metal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,557,536

MULTI-AXIS FINAL DRIVE ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A final drive assembly for a vehicle drive axle having first and second axle-shafts that are configured to rotate about a common first axis, the final drive assembly comprising:a first gear-set configured to be operatively connected to the first axle-shaft;
a second gear-set configured to be operatively connected to the second axle-shaft;
an electric motor configured to provide an electric motor torque input to each of the first and second gear-sets and arranged on a second axis that is parallel to the first axis;
a first differential shaft operatively connected to the first gear-set and a second differential shaft operatively connected to the second gear-set;
a differential third gear-set operatively connecting the electric motor to the first and second differential shafts; and
first and second axle gear members arranged to rotate about the first axis and operatively connected to the respective first and second axle-shafts;
wherein:
the first and second gear-sets are configured as first and second parallel-shaft transfer gear-sets, respectively;
the first parallel-shaft transfer gear-set is operatively connected to the first differential shaft and the second parallel-shaft transfer gear-set is operatively connected to the second differential shaft;
each of the first and second parallel-shaft transfer gear-sets includes respective first and second intermediate gears arranged to rotate about a third axis that is parallel to each of the first and second axes; and
the first and second intermediate gears transfer torque from the respective first and second differential shafts to the respective first and second axle-shafts via the respective axle gear members.

US Pat. No. 10,557,535

REVERSIBLE CONTINUOUSLY SPINNING TRANSMISSION FOR ELECTRIC MOTORS

1. A reversible torque transfer device, comprising:an input shaft comprising a center disc;
an output shaft comprising a first output gear and a second output gear;
a first outer disc on a first side of the center disc, the first outer disc concentrically surrounding the input shaft and being configured to move translationally along the input shaft, the first outer disc being configured to rotate a first input gear, the first input gear being mechanically connected to the first output gear, wherein the center disc drives a rotational movement of the first outer disc based on a translational position of the first outer disc along the input shaft and magnetic force; and
a second outer disc on a second side of the center disc, the second outer disc concentrically surrounding the input shaft and being configured to move translationally along the input shaft, the second outer disc being configured to rotate a second input gear, the second input gear being mechanically connected to the second output gear, wherein the center disc drives a rotational movement of the second outer disc based on a translational position of the second outer disc along the input shaft and magnetic force, wherein one of the first outer disc, the second outer disc, or the center disc comprises a magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,557,534

LINEAR-ROTARY ACTUATOR

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A linear-rotary actuator, comprising:a base;
a first linear motor disposed on the base and including a first coil assembly and a first magnet backplane, wherein the first coil assembly is fixed and the first magnet backplane is movable;
a second linear motor disposed on the base and including a second coil assembly and a second magnet backplane, wherein the second coil assembly is fixed and the second magnet backplane is movable;
a first linear rail located on the base, wherein the first linear motor, the second linear motor, and the first linear rail are arranged parallel to each other; and
a ball screw including a screw and a nut screwed together, wherein the screw is connected to the first magnet backplane and coupled to the first linear rail, and the nut is connected to the second magnet backplane and coupled to the first linear rail;
wherein when the screw and the nut are respectively driven by the first and second linear motors to move along the first linear rail in a synchronized manner, the linear-rotary actuator provides linear motion output, whereas when the nut is driven by the second linear motor to move along the first linear rail in an asynchronous manner with respect to the screw, the linear-rotary actuator provides rotary motion output, and
wherein the first coil assembly and the second coil assembly are located between the first magnet backplane and the second magnet backplane, and when viewed from a direction that is perpendicular to the linear first rail, the first magnet backplane and the second magnet backplane overlap the first coil assembly and the second coil assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,533

LINEAR MOTION MECHANISM FORMED INTEGRALLY

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A linear motion mechanism comprising:an elastic elliptical ring, wherein one end of a major axis of the elastic elliptical ring is fixed and the other end of the major axis is movable, the elastic elliptical ring transforming a displacement in a direction of a minor axis of the elastic elliptical ring to an output displacement in a direction of the major axis;
an operating member arranged to deform the elastic elliptical ring in the direction of the minor axis, the operating member comprising a pair of spring members sandwiching the elastic elliptical ring in the direction of the minor axis; and
a movable member fixed to the elastic elliptical ring to move in the direction of the major axis by the output displacement, wherein
when the pair of spring members are pressed or stretched in mutually opposite input directions by an input displacement, the elastic elliptical ring is deformed by the displacement in the direction of the minor axis,
a ratio between the input displacement and the output displacement of the movable member is determined by a combination of a spring constant of the elastic elliptical ring and a different spring constant of the pair of spring members, and
the different spring constant of the pair of spring members is smaller than the spring constant of the elastic elliptical ring.

US Pat. No. 10,557,532

MOVABLE LATCH HOUSING APPARATUS

8. A movable latch housing apparatus for enhancing security of an existing latch mechanism, wherein said movable latch housing apparatus is adapted to attach to said latch mechanism, said latch mechanism is in the form of a garage door opener with the latch mechanism having a slidable channel engagement structure, a channel guide, a pivotal attachment shoulder, an extension arm having a pivotal attachment to the shoulder and the extension arm oppositely pivotally attached to a garage door, a disengagement lever that has a pivotal attachment to the shoulder and the lever is removably engaged to a linear drive in the channel guide with the lever having an engaged state wherein the linear drive opens and closes the garage door and the lever having a disengaged state allowing the garage door to be manually opened and closed freely without the linear drive, said movable latch housing apparatus comprising:(a) a base having a longitudinal axis with a first margin and an opposing second margin with said longitudinal axis spanning therebetween, said base also having a first border and an opposing second border that are positioned about said longitudinal axis in a straddle manner and juxtapose to said longitudinal axis;
(b) a pair of opposing sidewalls each defined by a first end and an opposing second end and in a perpendicular manner defined by a first boundary and an opposing second boundary, said sidewalls extending from an affixed junction of said first boundary from said first border and said second border respectively in a same direction forming a base section of said sidewalls, said sidewalls extending parallel to a longwise axis that is oriented in a perpendicular manner to said longitudinal axis, said sidewalls each have an elongation section beyond said first margin forming an open ended slot that is defined by said first margin and said first boundaries that the extension arm has pivotal movement within, said pair of sidewalls and said base defining a housing interior, said sidewall elongation sections each have an aperture disposed therethrough, wherein the pivotal attachment is secured therethrough each said aperture to affix each said sidewall to opposite sides of the latch mechanism, wherein operationally a combination of said base and said pair of sidewalls substantially enclose the disengagement lever through its pivotal movement from the engaged state to the disengaged state to help prevent a device in the form of a hooked rod that is external to said housing from placing the lever from the engaged state to the disengaged state, which would undesirably enable the hooked rod device to allow the latch mechanism to be manually moved to open the garage door via the hooked rod device only, thereby bypassing the security of the latch mechanism; and
(c) a flexible sleeve that is sized and configured to have a slidable engagement to a pull cord that is attached to the disengagement lever, wherein structurally said sleeve fully circumferentially encloses the pull cord, said sleeve having a primary end portion and an opposing secondary end portion wherein the pull cord emerges from each of said primary and secondary ends, said sleeve primary end portion is affixed to said base such that said sleeve primary end portion is disposed within said housing interior, further said sleeve is also affixed to the extension arm, wherein operationally said sleeve protects the pull cord from the hooked rod device thus helping to shield the lever from being manually moved from the engaged state to the disengaged state, thus preventing the device from allowing the latch mechanism to be manually moved to open the garage door via the device only.

US Pat. No. 10,557,530

BELT TENSIONER

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A belt tensioner comprising:a body configured to move along two or more axes; and
at least two idler rollers individually rotatably installed on the body and spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,557,528

HYBRID VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A hybrid vehicle transmission comprising:an output shaft disposed in parallel to an input shaft;
first and second motor/generators;
a first planetary gear train in which a first rotary element of three rotary elements is connected to the input shaft and a second rotary element thereof is connected to the first motor/generator;
a second planetary gear train in which a first rotary element of three rotary elements is connected to the output shaft and a second rotary element thereof is connected to the second motor/generator;
a first external gear pair consisting of a first gear, connected to a third rotary element of the first planetary gear train, and a second gear, connected to the first rotary element of the second planetary gear train and externally engaged with the first gear, the first external gear pair being disposed between the first planetary gear train and the second planetary gear train with respect to an axial direction of the input and output shafts; and
a second external gear pair consisting of a third gear, selectively connected to the input shaft, and a fourth gear directly connected to one of the three rotary elements of the second planetary gear train and externally engaged with the third gear,
wherein the first motor/generator is positioned between the first external gear pair and the second external gear pair with respect to the axial direction,
wherein the second planetary gear train is positioned between the first external gear pair and the second external gear pair with respect to the axial direction, and
wherein the second motor/generator is positioned between the first external gear pair and the second external gear pair with respect to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,527

WIDE-NODE DRIVE SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An electro-mechanical drive unit connectable with multiple power sources including first and second motor/generators for launching and propelling a vehicle, comprising:an output member;
a stationary member;
a gear-train;
a torque-transmitting device;
a compound planetary gear arrangement having a ring gear structure, a first sun gear member, a second sun gear member, a carrier structure, and a double-pinion assembly having a first pinion gear in mesh with the first sun gear member and a second pinion gear in mesh with the first pinion gear and with the ring gear structure; and
a first hydraulic pump and a second hydraulic pump;
wherein:
the compound planetary gear arrangement includes a first junction point, a second junction point, a third junction point, and a fourth junction point;
the compound planetary gear arrangement is configured to be operatively connected to the second motor/generator at the first junction point via the gear-train and to the first motor/generator at the fourth junction point;
the output member is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear arrangement at the second junction point;
the torque-transmitting device is engageable to ground the third junction point to the stationary member; and
the first pump is operatively connected to the third junction point and the second pump is operatively connected to the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,526

MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION

1. A mechanical transmission, comprising an input shaft (1), a first engagement sleeve (2), a second engagement sleeve (3), a clutch (4), an odd gear output shaft (5) and an even gear output shaft (6), a transmission mechanism I (11), a transmission mechanism II (12), a transmission mechanism III (13) and a transmission mechanism IV (14), wherein:the driving parts of the first engagement sleeve (2) and the second engagement sleeve (3) are connected with the input shaft (1);
the driven part of the first engagement sleeve (2) is connected with the odd gear output shaft (5) on one hand through the transmission mechanism I (11), and is connected with the even gear output shaft (6) through the transmission mechanism II (12), the clutch (4), the transmission mechanism III (13) and the transmission mechanism IV (14) in sequence on the other hand on the other hand; and
the driven part of the second engagement sleeve (3) is connected with the even gear output shaft (6) through the transmission mechanism IV (14) on one hand, and is connected with the odd gear output shaft (5) through the transmission mechanism III (13), the clutch (4), the transmission mechanism II (12) and the transmission mechanism I (11) in sequence on the other hand.

US Pat. No. 10,557,525

COAXIAL OUTPUT MOTOR

GEYUAN POWER CO., LTD., ...

1. A coaxial output motor, comprising:a motor subassembly, the motor subassembly comprising a motor housing, a rear cover disposed on one end of the motor housing, a front cover disposed on another end of the motor housing, and a rotor shaft which is a hollow structure and rotatably disposed on the rear cover and the front cover;
a transmission mechanism, the transmission mechanism consisting of an input gear fixedly disposed on the rotor shaft and a countershaft gear rotatably fixed on the front cover; and
a gear shift mechanism, the gear shift mechanism consisting of a speed change gear rotatably fixed on a front end of the rotor shaft;wherein:the countershaft gear is a double gear;
the input gear is coaxial with the rotor shaft;
the speed change gear is coaxial with the rotor shaft;
one end of the double gear meshes with the input gear;
another end of the double gear meshes with the speed change gear;
when in use, rotation of the input gear is transmitted to the speed change gear via the countershaft gear;
the speed change gear is disposed on the front end of the rotor shaft via a coaxial locating bearing; and
one side surface of the coaxial locating bearing butts against an end surface of the input gear; another side surface of the coaxial locating bearing is provided with a spacer sleeve and a retaining ring; the retaining ring is disposed in a shaft hole of the speed change gear; and the spacer sleeve is disposed on one side of the retaining ring.

US Pat. No. 10,557,520

AUTOMATIC DISPENSER FOR BALANCING WEIGHTS

1. An automatic dispenser configured to separate balancing weight segments contained in a belt of balancing weights, the dispenser comprising:a transport section and a cutting section, wherein
the transport section is configured to transport the belt of balancing weights towards the cutting section and includes a transport roller with a circumferential outer surface, wherein the circumferential outer surface has a plurality of teeth dimensioned to generate friction with the belt of balancing weights;
the cutting section has an arc shaped belt guide configured to conform the belt of balancing weights to a curve to open at least one gap between neighboring balancing weight segments,
the cutting section further having a knife configured to move along a cutting path from a first side of the belt of balancing weights to a second side of said belt to cut the belt of balancing weights between two individual balancing weight segments at the at least one gap.

US Pat. No. 10,557,518

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration isolation device for isolating vibrations during movement of an electronic device mounted on a moving body, comprising:a lower plate facing the moving body and serving as a base;
an upper plate supporting the electronic device;
elastic members interposed between the lower plate and the upper plate and each fixed to the lower plate and the upper plate; and
a regulating member that regulates horizontal vibrations of the electronic device, wherein
fixing positions between the upper plate and the elastic members are at higher positions than a bottom face of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,557,514

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd., ...

1. A suspension system for a vehicle, comprising:a housing;
a damper part disposed within the housing and to extend through the housing;
a transfer part surrounding the damper part and coupled to the damper part;
a damper mount coupled to the transfer part, disposed between an inner wall of the housing and the transfer part, and configured to absorb a vibration of the transfer part;
a fixing part stacked over the damper mount and fixed to the inner wall of the housing;
an anti-leakage part coupled to the fixing part and configured to prevent air leakage between the fixing part and the damper mount; and
a second sealing member installed between an outer wall of the fixing part and the inner wall of the housing while surrounding the fixing part, the second sealing member being configured to prevent the air leakage.

US Pat. No. 10,557,513

DAMPERS

Titus d.o.o. Dekani, Dek...

1. A piston and cylinder damper having a cylinder with a piston assembly mounted for reciprocal movement therein, and dividing the cylinder into separate chambers with a restricted flow path for passage therebetween of oil contained within the cylinder, and apiston rod mounted for reciprocal movement with respect to the cylinder and acting via a first chamber of said separate chambers on the piston assembly in at least a first direction, with a seal assembly sealing between the piston rod and the cylinder, or a part attached thereto, in order to retain damping fluid in said first chamber, the damper further including one or more relief channels in a bore of the cylinder arranged to a bleed off of air bubbles from within the oil in said first chamber, wherein said one or more relief channels are arranged to be closed off in normal use by the seal assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,512

VIBRATION DAMPER AND VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A vibration damper (1) for a motor vehicle comprising:tube elements (2, 3);
a hydraulic unit (9); and
two valves constructed (7, 8) for controlling a volume flow to the hydraulic unit (9) during one of a compression stroke and a rebound stroke; and wherein the two valves (7, 8) and the hydraulic unit (9) are arranged in series outside of the tube elements (2, 3) of the vibration damper (1) so that a fluid flow path proceeds through one of the two valves through the hydraulic unit and through the other of the two valves and vice versa; and
wherein each of the two valves comprises a bypass path which can be at least partially released through a respective valve (7, 8) and wherein a bypass path (24, 30) of one valve (8, 7) at least partially overlaps with the bypass path (30, 24) of the other valve (8, 7).

US Pat. No. 10,557,508

MODULAR VISCOUS CLUTCH

Horton, Inc., Roseville,...

1. A viscous clutch comprising: an input member; an output member; a working chamber defined by and between the input member and the output member;a reservoir to hold a supply of a shear fluid, the reservoir fluidically connected to the working chamber by a fluid circuit;
a valve, wherein the valve is electromagnetically actuatable to selectively control a flow of the shear fluid between the reservoir and the working chamber along the fluid circuit such that a torque coupling between the input member and the output member can be created as a function of a volume of the shear fluid present in the working chamber;
a control coil assembly that includes: a modular center hub removably attached to the input member; an electromagnetic coil; and a coil bearing rotatably supporting the electromagnetic coil on the modular center hub; and
a securing mechanism removably attached to the input member radially inward of the working chamber and the reservoir, wherein the securing mechanism includes a radially outwardly extending flange.

US Pat. No. 10,557,507

PLATE CARRYING DEVICE, MULTIPLATE CLUTCH OR BRAKE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PLATE CARRYING DEVICE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A plate carrying device (2), for a multiplate clutch or brake, havinga plate carrier (4), which has a tubular section (24), and
a supporting ring (6), which surrounds the tubular section (24) and on which the tubular section (24) can be supported or is supported outwardly in a radial direction (12),
wherein a cross section of the supporting ring (6) has at least one radial leg (30) extending substantially in a radial direction (12, 14), and
wherein the cross section has a further radial leg (38) extending substantially in the radial direction (12, 14).

US Pat. No. 10,557,506

DOG CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A dog clutch comprising:a rotating member including first dog teeth;
an annular dog ring including second dog teeth, the second dog teeth configured to be engaged with the first dog teeth; and
an annular dog sleeve that is fitted to the dog ring such that the dog sleeve is not able to rotate relative to the dog ring and is relatively movable in an axial direction of the dog clutch, wherein:
the rotating member includes first protrusions protruding radially outwardly from outer circumferences of crests or troughs of the first dog teeth;
the dog sleeve includes second protrusions that are configured to come into contact with the first protrusions in a circumferential direction of the dog clutch when the dog sleeve moves toward the rotating member in the axial direction;
a circumferential length of each of the first protrusions is shorter than a circumferential length of each of the crests or the troughs of the first dog teeth on which the first protrusions are located; and
the first dog teeth and the second dog teeth are disposed at positions at which the first dog teeth and the second dog teeth are configured to be engaged with each other in the circumferential direction in a state in which the first protrusions and the second protrusions are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,557,505

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING BEARING UNIT

NSK LTD., Shinagawa-ku, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a rolling bearing unit in which an end surface of an inner ring is pressed in an axial direction with a caulking section formed by plastically deforming a cylindrical section, which is formed on an end portion of a hub main body in the axial direction, outward in a radial direction in order to apply a coupling force, which is directed toward one side of the hub main body in the axial direction, with respect to the inner ring fitted onto the hub main body,the method of manufacturing the rolling bearing unit comprising:
a process of processing the cylindrical section into the caulking section by plastically deforming the cylandrical section, which is formed on the end portion of the hub main body in the axial direction, outward in the radial direction by rolling each of a plurality of rollers in a circumferential direction about a central axis of the hub main body, by pressing a rolling surface of each of the rollers against a plurality of forming die elements of a forming die in sequence, and by sequentially pressing each of the forming die elements against the cylindrical section in the axial direction, the forming die for forming the caulking section being formed by combining the plurality of forming die elements that are disposed side by side in the circumferential direction about the central axis of the hub main body and that are arranged to be displaceable in the axial direction independently of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,557,504

LINEAR GUIDEWAY CAPABLE OF DETECTING ABNORMAL CIRCULATION STATE

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

1. A linear guideway comprising:a rail which is provided on a peripheral surface thereof with two external roll grooves opposite to each other;
a slider having a slide groove, the slider being slidably disposed on the rail through the slide groove, the slide groove being provided on an inner wall thereof with two internal roll grooves opposite to each other, the internal roll grooves of the slider being located correspondingly to the external roll grooves of the rail so that the internal roll grooves of the slider and the external roll grooves of the rail form two load passages, the slider further having two non-load passages opposite to each other, each of the non-load passages penetrating through two opposite end surfaces of the slider;
two end caps disposed on said two opposite end surfaces of the slider and each provided with two circulation grooves, two ends of each of the circulation grooves of each of the end caps being communicated with one said load passage and one said non-load passage respectively in a way that two circulation channels are formed and each of the circulation channels is formed by two said circulation grooves, one said load passage and one said non-load passage collectively;
a plurality of balls disposed in the two circulation channels; and
a plurality of force sensors disposed at two ends of each of the non-load passages.

US Pat. No. 10,557,502

ROLLING BEARING DEVICE AND OIL SUPPLY UNIT

JKTEKT CORPORATION, Osak...

11. An oil supply unit that supplies oil to a rotary portion, the oil supply unit comprising:a pump that has a pressure chamber portion that stores lubricating oil and a piezoelectric element that is deformable by application of a voltage to vary a volume of the pressure chamber portion, the pump ejecting lubricating oil in the pressure chamber portion as the volume is reduced;
a tank that is connected to the pump and that stores lubricating oil to be supplied to the pump for replenishment;
a sensor that detects a pressure in an oil region which extends from the pressure chamber portion to the tank and in which lubricating oil is present, or a state of the rotary portion;
a pressure adjustment portion that selectively adjusts a pressure of lubricating oil in the oil region which extends from the pressure chamber portion to the tank and in which lubricating oil is present; and
a control portion that controls at least one of the pressure adjustment portion and the piezoelectric element on the basis of a detection result from the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,557,501

NONCONTACT FLUID BEARING AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

1. A noncontact fluid bearing comprising:a carrier having a housing and a cavity recessed on the housing, the housing has a fluid feeding hole; and
a flow controller disposed in the cavity to form a pressure chamber communicating with the fluid feeding hole within the cavity and including a porous layer and a sealing layer, the sealing layer is formed on a first surface of the porous layer and located between the pressure chamber and the porous layer, the sealing layer has a plurality of micro through holes communicating with the pressure chamber and a plurality of pores of the porous layer, a second surface of the porous layer is exposed by the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,498

FULL-FLOATING BEARING AND TURBOCHARGER INCLUDING THE SAME

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A turbocharger for receiving exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine and for delivering compressed air to the internal combustion engine, said turbocharger comprising:a turbine wheel;
a shaft coupled to and rotatable by said turbine wheel, with said shaft extending along a shaft axis;
a compressor wheel coupled to said shaft and rotatable by said shaft for delivering compressed air to the internal combustion engine;
a bearing housing extending along said shaft axis between said turbine wheel and said compressor wheel, with said bearing housing defining a bearing housing interior, and with said bearing housing disposed about said shaft such that said shaft is disposed at least partially in said bearing housing interior; and
a full-floating bearing disposed about said shaft and in said bearing housing interior, with said full-floating bearing having a central axis and comprising,
an outer surface facing said bearing housing away from said central axis, and
an inner surface facing said shaft and radially spaced from said outer surface with respect to said central axis such that said inner surface is disposed between said central axis and said outer surface,
with said full-floating bearing defining an aperture between said outer surface and said inner surface configured to allow lubricant to flow between said outer surface and said inner surface, and
with said inner surface having a surface profile for reducing vibration of said shaft, with said surface profile defined by an equation Ro=Rb+A Sin(3?+?) where,
Ro is a distance from said central axis to said inner surface for a given angle ?,
Rb is an average distance from said central axis to said inner surface,
A is a difference between a maximum Ro and Rb,
? is from 0 to 2? radians about said central axis with respect to a reference line extending perpendicularly from said central axis through said aperture, and
? is a phase shift from 0 to 2? radians.

US Pat. No. 10,557,490

TREATMENT ELEMENT ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

THERAGUN, INC., Beverly ...

1. A treatment assembly for securing a treatment member to a shaft, the treatment assembly comprising:the treatment member, wherein the treatment member defines a longitudinal axis and has a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the proximal end includes an attachment recess defined therein,
a female attachment member having a distal end, a proximal end, and a shaft recess defined in the proximal end, wherein the female attachment member is secured in the attachment recess of the treatment member, wherein the shaft recess is defined by an interior surface that includes first and second opposing flat surfaces, wherein the first flat surface includes a first detent defined therein and the second flat surface includes a second detent defined therein, whereby when the shaft is received in the shaft recess, the first flat surface is operatively engaged with a first opposing flat surface on a male attachment member and a first ball is biased into the first detent and the second flat surface is operatively engaged with a second opposing flat surface on a male attachment member and a second ball is biased into the second detent.

US Pat. No. 10,557,488

SPACER NUT

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A spacer nut for connecting spaced-apart fastening portions of two components (5, 12),having a threaded part (1) forming an internal thread (6) for a screw (8),
having an intermediate piece (3) forming a thread (15) and a through-passage opening, wherein:
the threaded part (1) and the intermediate piece (3) are connected to one another such that
an accommodating space (11) for the fastening portion of a first component (5) is formed between them and
the internal thread (6) and the through-passage opening in the intermediate piece (3) are arranged in alignment,
and having a spacer piece (17) with
a thread (16), which can be screwed together with the thread (15) of the intermediate piece (3),
a through-passage opening (21), which is in alignment with the internal thread (6), and
a contact surface (18), which incorporates the one end of the through-passage opening (21) of the spacer piece (17) and is provided for abutment against the fastening portion of the second component (12);
wherein the threaded part (1) and the intermediate piece (3) are connected to one another by a clamp (2), which is provided for engaging around the fastening portion of the first component (5), wherein the clamp includes a first clamp leg and a second clamp leg that are spaced apart to form the accommodating space (11), wherein the first clamp leg and the second clamp leg are interconnected by a closed clamp end (14);
wherein the accommodating space (11) has an open introduction end (13) with a first height, and the accommodating space (11) has at least one other portion, toward the closed clamp end (14), having a second height that is greater than the first height.

US Pat. No. 10,557,475

RADIALLY COMPRESSIBLE AND EXPANDABLE ROTOR FOR A FLUID PUMP

ECP ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCH...

1. A radially compressible and expandable rotor for a percutaneous blood pump, comprising:a hub; and
a first conveying element comprising a first group of struts coupled to the hub, the first conveying element having a compressed state and an expanded state;
wherein each strut in the first group of struts has a base which overlaps with at least one base of at least one other strut in the first group of struts.

US Pat. No. 10,557,468

FUEL PUMP

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel pump comprising:an outer gear that includes a plurality of internal teeth;
an inner gear that includes a plurality of external teeth and is eccentric relative to the outer gear in an eccentric direction to be engaged with the outer gear; and
a pump housing that defines a gear accommodation chamber, which rotatably accommodates the outer gear and the inner gear, wherein:
the outer gear and the inner gear expand and contract volumes of a plurality of pump chambers formed between both the gears, and rotate to suction fuel into the gear accommodation chamber and then discharge fuel from the gear accommodation chamber;
the pump housing includes:
a pair of sliding surfaces that clamp the outer gear and the inner gear from both their sides to allow both the gears to slide on the pair of sliding surfaces;
a suction port part that suctions fuel from outside into inside of the gear accommodation chamber; and
a discharge port part that discharges fuel from the inside into the outside of the gear accommodation chamber;
at least one of the suction port part and the discharge port part includes:
an elongated groove that is depressed from a corresponding one of the pair of sliding surfaces and extends along a circumferential direction of the pump housing in a region opposed to the plurality of pump chambers;
a plurality of opening bores that open on the elongated groove from the outside of the gear accommodation chamber; and
a plurality of ribs each of which is arranged between corresponding adjacent two of the plurality of opening bores; and
the plurality of opening bores and the plurality of ribs are arranged alternately along an extending direction of the elongated groove;
each of the plurality of opening bores
opens inward of a contour of the elongated groove on the corresponding one of the pair of sliding surfaces and
opens outward of a contour of the elongated groove on surfaces of the plurality of ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,557,467

CERAMIC PUMP AND CASTING THEREFOR

1. Casing for a volumetric pump,said casing comprising a wall being in ceramic defining a cylindrical volumetric chamber inside said casing, wherein said wall comprises:
at least one opening means comprising a recess,
a through-hole through the ceramic wall to connect the volumetric chamber to the outside of said casing in the bottom of said recess and
a nozzle inside said recess, said nozzle protruding from the bottom of said recess toward an outside of the casing, said nozzle being concentric around said through-hole and having a length inferior to the depth of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,557,461

TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A hydraulic drive device, comprising:a housing forming an internal sump;
a center section mounted in the internal sump and having a pump running surface, a motor running surface, a hydraulic porting system disposed therein to hydraulically connect the pump running surface to the motor running surface, and a pair of ports formed therein that hydraulically connect the hydraulic porting system to the internal sump;
a hydraulic pump rotatably disposed on the pump running surface;
a hydraulic motor rotatably disposed on the motor running surface;
a pair of check plugs disposed in the pair of ports and connected to hydraulic porting formed in the center section, each check plug having a closed position and an open position, the pair of check plugs permitting fluid flow from the hydraulic porting to the internal sump when in the open position; and
a rotary bypass mechanism comprising:
a shaft disposed in the housing and having a longitudinal axis;
a pair of engagement fingers, each engagement finger located along the longitudinal axis of the shaft adjacent to one of the pair of check plugs, and
a bypass arm engaged to one end of the shaft and disposed external to the housing, the bypass arm capable of rotating the shaft along the longitudinal axis between a first position in which each engagement finger is not in contact with a respective one of the pair of check plugs and a second position in which each engagement finger contacts the respective one of the pair of check plugs to cause each of the pair of check plugs to move to the open position,
wherein the housing comprises a projection formed thereon adjacent the bypass arm, wherein a first surface of the bypass arm contacts the projection when the bypass arm is in the first position to limit rotation of the bypass arm relative to the housing in a first direction and a second surface of the bypass arm contacts the projection when the bypass arm is in the second position to limit rotation of the bypass arm relative to the housing in a second different direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,459

VERIFICATION OF WIND TURBINE NACELLE YAW POSITION SENSOR

1. A method of verifying a nacelle yaw position sensor associated with a first wind turbine in a wind farm including a plurality of other wind turbines, the method comprising:determining a first absolute wind direction signal associated with the first wind turbine;
determining a second absolute wind signal direction signal associated with the plurality of other wind turbines;
comparing the first absolute wind direction signal to the second absolute wind direction signal; and
in the event that the first absolute wind direction signal is beyond a predetermined error range of the second absolute wind direction signal, triggering a reset of the nacelle yaw position sensor by yawing the nacelle to a reset-position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,458

INTEGRATED TETHER AND MOORING WITH FLOATING PLATFORM FOR ENERGY KITE

Makani Technologies LLC, ...

1. An offshore airborne wind turbine system, comprising:an aerial vehicle;
an underwater anchor;
a tether comprising:
an insulated electrical conductor,
an upper portion secured to the aerial vehicle, and
a lower portion secured to the underwater anchor; and
a floating platform configured as a landing platform for the aerial vehicle, wherein the tether passes through the floating platform along a reference axis and is captured by the floating platform such that the tether is constrained in movement relative to the floating platform in a plane perpendicular to the reference axis and the tether can freely move through the floating platform along the reference axis.

US Pat. No. 10,557,447

FUEL INJECTION VALVE FOR COMBUSTION ENGINES

GANSER HYDROMAG AG, Ober...

1. A fuel injection valve for intermittent injection of fuel into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, the injection valve having:a housing which has a housing body and a nozzle body with an injection valve seat,
a high-pressure space which is arranged in the housing and extends from a high-pressure fuel inlet to the injection valve seat,
an injection valve member which is arranged movably in the housing and interacts with the injection valve seat,
a compression spring which is supported on one side on the injection valve member and subjects the latter to a closing force directed toward the injection valve seat and is supported on another side in a fixed manner relative to the housing,
a guiding part in which a control plunger of the injection valve member is guided with a sliding fit,
an intermediate part, which, together with the guiding part and the control plunger, delimits a control space,
a control device for controlling an axial movement of the injection valve member by varying the pressure in the control space, having an intermediate valve, a mushroom-shaped intermediate valve member which has a stem which is guided with a sliding fit in a guide passage of the intermediate part, and a head, a sealing surface which extends at a radial distance around the stem, resting in the closed position of the intermediate valve member against an annular intermediate valve seat formed on the intermediate part, thereby forming an annular sealing surface,
an annular space, which is delimited by the intermediate part, the stem and the head and has a hollow-cylinder-shaped inner annular space extending around the stem, into which inner annular space a high-pressure fuel feed connected to the high-pressure fuel inlet directly opens,
wherein the intermediate valve cuts off the high-pressure fuel feed and the annular space from the control space in the closed position of the intermediate valve member and otherwise opens the connection from the annular space and the high-pressure fuel feed to the control space, and the intermediate valve member continuously cuts off the control space from a valve space apart from a restrictor passage, and
an electrically actuated actuator arrangement for connecting the valve space to and cutting the valve space off from a low-pressure fuel return,
wherein the annular space has an annular gap space which adjoins the inner annular space and which is formed by a constant gap between the intermediate part and the head, in the closed position of the intermediate valve member, wherein the annular gap space is located radially outward of the inner annular space and is smaller than the inner annular space in a longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,446

LIQUID PUMP WITH CAVITATION MITIGATION

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A valve assembly for a liquid pump comprising:a valve body having each of a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet formed therein, and including a valve stack forming an inlet valve seat and an outlet valve seat each positioned fluidly between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet;
an inlet check valve, separate from the valve body, positioned at least partially within the valve stack and movable relative to the valve stack between a closed position blocking the inlet valve seat, and an open position;
an outlet check valve positioned at least partially within the valve stack and movable between a closed position blocking the outlet valve seat, and an open position;
a plunger movable within the valve body between a retracted position and an advanced position;
the inlet check valve, the outlet check valve, and the plunger defining a common axis that extends through the valve stack, and the inlet check valve being located axially between the outlet check valve and the plunger;
the valve body further having formed therein a pumping chamber receiving the plunger, an inlet chamber within the valve stack, and an outlet chamber within the valve stack, and each of the pumping chamber, the inlet chamber, and the outlet chamber being centered on the common axis; and
a plurality of flow channels formed in the valve body for transitioning a pumped liquid between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet, and being arranged in a first parallel group, defined by the valve stack, fluidly connecting the inlet chamber to the pumping chamber and having a first circumferential distribution about the common axis, and a second parallel group, defined by the valve stack, fluidly connecting the inlet chamber to the outlet chamber and having a second circumferential distribution about the common axis.

US Pat. No. 10,557,442

PURGE EJECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR AN ENGINE

1. A purge ejector assembly for an engine, comprising:a first fluid passage defining a fluid connection between an engine manifold port and air inlet channel port;
a nozzle device disposed in said first fluid passage and configured to raise the flow velocity of the air flowing in said first fluid passage;
a first valve disposed in said first fluid passage at a position in-between said engine manifold port and said nozzle device, said first valve being configured to permit fluid to flow through said first valve from said engine manifold port toward said nozzle device, while restricting fluid to flow through said first valve from said nozzle device toward said engine manifold port;
a second fluid passage defining a fluid connection between a purge flow port connectable to a canister purge passage and said engine manifold port;
a second valve disposed in said second fluid passage at a position in-between said engine manifold port and said purge flow port, said second valve being configured to permit fluid to flow through said second valve from said purge flow port toward said engine manifold port, while restricting fluid to flow through said second valve from said engine manifold port toward said purge flow port, thereby enabling evaporated fuel to flow in said second fluid passage from said canister purge passage to said engine manifold port when said assembly is subjected to a negative pressure via said engine manifold port;
a third fluid passage defining a fluid connection between said purge flow port and said air inlet channel port, and extending from a second fluid passage position located between said purge flow port and said second valve to a first fluid passage position located between said nozzle device and said air inlet channel port;
a third valve disposed in said third fluid passage and configured to permit fluid to flow through said third valve from said purge flow port toward said air inlet channel port, while restricting fluid to flow through said third valve from said air inlet channel port toward said purge flow port, thereby enabling evaporated fuel to flow in said third fluid passage from said canister purge passage to said air inlet channel port when said assembly is subjected to a positive pressure via said engine manifold port forming a negative pressure in said third fluid passage,
wherein the purge ejector assembly is an assembled single unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,441

EVAPORATED FUEL PROCESSING DEVICE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An evaporated fuel processing device comprising: a canister configured to adsorb fuel evaporated in a fuel tank; a purge passage that is connected between the canister and an intake passage of an engine, and through which a purge gas sent from the canister to the intake passage passes; a control valve provided on the purge passage, an aperture of the control valve being variable, and the control valve configured to control an introduction amount of the purge gas to the intake passage by changing the aperture; a pump provided on the purge passage between the control valve and the canister, the pump is configured to discharge the purge gas from the canister to the intake passage; and a concentration sensor configured to detect a purge gas concentration of the purge gas passing through the purge passage based on a pressure difference between an upstream side and a downstream side of the control valve anda solenoid valve provided on the purge passage on an intake passage side relative to the control
valve, and configured to switch between a communication state and a cutoff state, the communication state being a state in which the canister and the intake passage communicate with each other via the purge passage, and the cutoff state being a state in which communication between the canister and the intake passage is cut off on the purge passage; and a branch passage including one end connected to the purge passage between the control valve and the solenoid valve, and another end connected to the purge passage on a canister side relative to the pump, wherein the evaporated fuel processing device is configured to circulate the purge gas through the control valve in a case where the pump is driven with the solenoid valve being in the cutoff state.

US Pat. No. 10,557,440

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ricardo UK Limited, (GB)...

1. A method of operating an internal combustion engine comprising a cylinder and a piston, the method comprising injecting into the cylinder, as a liquid in the form of a spray of droplets, a fuel which has been condensed into its liquid phase via a refrigeration process, such that the fuel vaporises into its gaseous phase during a compression stroke of the piston and before combustion such that a rise in temperature caused by the compression stroke is limited by the absorption of heat by the fuel, wherein the injection of fuel is controlled to provide a selected amount of heat absorption in the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,557,428

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREDICTIVE CONTOL OF AN ELECTRIALLY HEATED AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

10. An aftertreatment system of an internal combustion engine for a vehicle comprising: an engine control unit in communication with the engine and configured to control an operating state thereof;an exhaust system including an aftertreatment device having an electrical heating element;
an exhaust sensor network in communication with the exhaust system, the sensor network configured to measure an exhaust temperature, an exhaust flow rate, and an exhaust oxygen level; and
an electrical system in communication with the electrical heating element and configured to supply electric power to the electrical heating element,
a heater control module in communication with the electrical system and the engine control unit, wherein the heater control module is configured to:
determine an optimized electrical heat input for the electrical heating element and an optimized engine heat input from post-combustion injection of fuel into the exhaust gas based on a system operating mode including a target temperature for an aftertreatment device and a weighting coefficient for the system operating mode;
control the electric power supplied to the electrical heating element for generating an electrical heat input to the aftertreatment device based on the optimized electrical heat input; and
instruct an engine control unit to control post-combustion injection of fuel based on the optimized fuel heat input.

US Pat. No. 10,557,424

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF AIR CHARGING FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of controlling the operation of an air charging system of an internal combustion engine, wherein the air charging system comprises, and wherein the method comprises:monitoring, by a plurality of sensors, a plurality of output parameters of the air charging system;
calculating, by a processor, an error between each one of the output parameters and a target value thereof;
applying, by the processor, each one of the calculated errors to a linear controller that yields a virtual input;
calculating, by the processor, a plurality of input parameters for the air charging system using the virtual input with a non-linear mathematical model of the air charging system configured such that each one of the virtual inputs is in a linear relation with only one of the output parameters, wherein each one of the input parameters affects all of the output parameters; and
operating a plurality of actuators of the air charging system including an electric motor of an air compressor, wherein each of the actuators using a corresponding one of the input parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,557,420

FRESH AIR SUPPLY DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A fresh air supply device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a housing and a flap arrangement arranged in the housing, the flap arrangement including at least one flap for controlling a fresh air flow through a fresh air path to a respective cylinder of the internal combustion engine;
the flap arrangement including a common actuator shaft connected to the at least one flap in a torque-proof manner and mounted rotatably about an axis of rotation in a plurality of bearings of the flap arrangement; and
the actuator shaft having at least one actuator shaft section in which the actuator shaft has a right-angle bend configured to interact with a stop present on the housing for limiting a rotational movement of the actuator shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,557,416

FLOW MODULATING AIRFOIL APPARATUS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan;
a compressor downstream of the fan;
a combustor downstream of the fan;
a turbine downstream of the fan;
a bypass duct downstream of the fan and radially outward of the compressor;
a cooling system comprising:
an inlet for receiving air from the bypass duct;
an outlet for returning the air to the bypass duct;
a cooling duct extending between the inlet and the outlet;
a heat exchanger positioned in the cooling duct; and
a fluid modulator positioned in the cooling duct, wherein the fluid modulator includes a plurality of dividers extending parallel to each other and arranged across the cooling duct, wherein each divider comprises:
a first flap that is rotatable about an axis;
a second flap that is rotatable about the axis;
a first actuator, comprised of a first motor and a first linkage, wherein the first actuator is disposed to rotate the first flap; and
a second actuator, comprised of a second motor and a second linkage, wherein the second actuator is disposed to rotate the second flap;
wherein the first actuator and the second actuator are mechanically independent.

US Pat. No. 10,557,412

SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING DEFLECTION OF A SHROUD THAT RETAINS FAN EXIT STATORS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A system for retaining stators of a gas turbine engine having an axis, the outer diameter shroud comprising:an annular body positioned around the axis, extending in an axial direction, and defining a plurality of slots each configured to receive a portion of one of a plurality of stators;
a shroud flange coupled to the annular body, extending in a direction perpendicular to a tangent of the annular body, and configured to be fastened to a case of the gas turbine engine; and
a stator being double potted and having an outer diameter end configured to be received by one of the plurality of slots defined by the annular body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,410

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENGINE CLEANING

1. A cleaning machine to clean an engine, where the engine has an oil pump to circulate oil therethrough and an oil drain from which to drain the circulated oil therefrom, said cleaning machine comprising:a source of engine cleaning fluid;
a cleaning fluid pump lying in fluid communication with said source of engine cleaning fluid to pump the engine cleaning fluid from said source;
a cleaning fluid inlet line extending between said cleaning fluid pump and the engine to supply the engine cleaning fluid being pumped by said cleaning fluid pump from said source thereof to the engine to flow therethrough;
a cleaning fluid outlet line extending between the engine and said cleaning fluid inlet line such that a first portion of the engine cleaning fluid flowing through the engine is recycled by way of said cleaning fluid outlet line and said cleaning fluid inlet line to the engine by means of the engine oil pump; and
an oil drain outlet line extending between the engine oil drain and said cleaning fluid inlet line by way of said cleaning fluid pump such that a second portion of the engine cleaning fluid flowing through the engine is recycled by way of said oil drain outlet line and said cleaning fluid inlet line to the engine by means of said cleaning fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,557,406

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGULATING COOLANT FLOW THROUGH A CHARGE AIR COOLER OF A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:a charge air cooler (CAC) efficiency module configured to determine a maximum efficiency of a charge air cooler that avoids condensation in the charge air cooler;
a coolant flow request module configured to determine a coolant flow request based on:
an outlet temperature of a compressor disposed upstream of a heat exchanger of the charge air cooler; and
the maximum efficiency of the charge air cooler; and
a pump control module configured to control an output of a pump based on the coolant flow request, wherein the pump circulates coolant through a radiator of the charge air cooler and through the heat exchanger of the charge air cooler when the pump is activated, and the heat exchanger is disposed upstream of an intake manifold of an engine.

US Pat. No. 10,557,402

NOISE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A generator set comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an enclosure comprising a plurality of exterior side walls defining a perimeter and an internal space, the engine disposed in the internal space; and
an openable cover attached to the enclosure that provides access to the internal space;
at least one exterior side wall of the plurality of exterior side walls comprises a micro-perforated exterior barrier;
wherein the micro-perforated exterior barrier of the at least one exterior side wall comprises a micro-perforated panel including a micro-perforated sheet and an outermost wall of the at least one exterior side wall defining a boundary wall spaced apart from the micro-perforated sheet by an empty gap.

US Pat. No. 10,557,401

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, COOLANT VALVES AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR VEHICLE POWERTRAINS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A thermal management system for a vehicle powertrain, the vehicle powertrain including an oil heater and an engine assembly with an engine block, a cylinder head, and an exhaust manifold, the thermal management system comprising:an electronic heat exchanger configured to actively transfer heat from a coolant fluid to an ambient fluid;
a coolant pump configured to circulate the coolant fluid emitted from the electronic heat exchanger;
a first set of fluid conduits fluidly connecting the coolant pump and the electronic heat exchanger;
a second set of fluid conduits configured to fluidly connect the coolant pump to the engine block, the cylinder head, and the exhaust manifold;
a third set of fluid conduits configured to fluidly connect the engine block, the cylinder head, and the exhaust manifold to the electronic heat exchanger, the coolant pump, and the oil heater;
a first valve assembly interposed within the first set of fluid conduits and operable to regulate coolant fluid flow between the coolant pump and the electronic heat exchanger; and
a second valve assembly interposed within the third set of fluid conduits and operable to regulate coolant fluid flow, individually and jointly, between the engine block, the cylinder head, the exhaust manifold, the electronic heat exchanger, the coolant pump, and the oil heater, the second valve assembly including a second body with a first inlet port configured to fluidly connect to the exhaust manifold, a second inlet port configured to fluidly connect to the cylinder head, and a third inlet port configured to fluidly connect to the engine block.

US Pat. No. 10,557,399

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A VENTILATING ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A liquid-cooled internal combustion engine comprising at least one cylinder head comprising at least one cylinder; an intake system shaped to supply air, the intake system comprising an inlet manifold laterally adjoining the at least one cylinder head and comprising a plenum chamber, from which at least one cylinder intake line branches off for each cylinder; and a liquid-type cooling arrangement comprises a cooling circuit equipped with a pump for conveying a coolant and with a ventilation vessel, the ventilation vessel is fluidly coupled to the cooling circuit of the internal combustion engine via a ventilation line and a return line, and the return line directly connects the ventilation vessel to a pump; wherein the ventilation vessel is arranged above the inlet manifold and between the inlet manifold and the at least one cylinder head, a virtual connecting line extending from the plenum chamber and the at least one cylinder head intersects the ventilation vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,557,394

EXHAUST HEAT RECOVERY DEVICE HAVING AN IMPROVED TIGHTNESS

1. A recovery device to recover exhaust heat, the recovery device extending between an exhaust gas inlet and a gas outlet, and including:a valve defining a direct gas passage between the exhaust gas inlet and the gas outlet, the valve comprising a valve body including the gas outlet and housing a gate movable around a pivot link between a closing off position and a released position of the direct gas passage; and
a heat exchanger comprising an exchanger inlet communicating with the valve upstream from the gate, and an exchanger outlet communicating with the valve downstream from the gate, wherein:
the valve includes a tube comprising the exhaust gas inlet, the tube extending partially inside the valve body up to a distal end mouth edge of the tube, the distal end mouth edge extending in a plane,
the gate has a planar contact surface intended to come into direct contact with the distal end mouth edge of the tube when the gate is in the closing off position,
the gate includes a riser, and
wherein the riser is configured to obstruct the exchanger outlet when the gate is in the released position, the exchanger outlet being provided with an adjusted ring reducing a space available for the exhaust gas at the exchanger outlet when the gate is in the released position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,389

GASKET FOR A VALVE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

FREUDENBERG SEALING TECHN...

1. A gasket for a valve of an internal combustion engine; said valve comprising a guide element defining a through seat, and a mobile stem sliding in said seat; said gasket having a central axis and comprising:an elastically deformable sealing element, having an annular shape with respect to said axis (A) and adapted to be arranged externally on said valve to cooperate both with said guide element and with said stem; and
a support element having an annular shape with respect to said axis (A), coaxially arranged on at least part of said sealing element so that said sealing element is radially pressed between said support element and said valve;
wherein said support element comprises:
a first annular component, internally cooperating with at least one portion of said sealing element;
a second annular component, distinct from said first component, mounted coaxially and in a radially outermost position on said first component and configured to arrange said gasket to be used on said engine; and
snap coupling means between said first and second components;
wherein said second component comprises a substantially cylindrical or frustoconical main body surrounding said first component, and an annular flange radially projecting outwards from one end of said main body and adapted to be mounted in a fixed position with respect to said valve;
wherein said main body of said second component has, in a position axially spaced from said flange, an annular edge radially projecting towards said axis (A) and defining an axial abutment for an interaction portion of said first component; and wherein said snap coupling means comprises two or more hooking projections angularly equidistant about said axis (A), cantileverly extending from said annular edge towards said flange within respective windows of said main body and cooperating in contact with said first component to abuttingly keep it against said annular edge.

US Pat. No. 10,557,388

ENGINE EXHAUST VALVE FOR LARGE SHIP AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

DAIDO STEEL CO., LTD., N...

1. A method for manufacturing an exhaust valve of a diesel engine for a ship, the exhaust valve comprising a shaft part and an umbrella part that are integrated with each other and include an Ni—Cr—Al system Ni-base age-precipitated alloy, wherein the method comprises:vacuum melting a raw material to obtain a steel ingot;
obtaining a billet for a forge working from the steel ingot;
subjecting the billet to an aging heat treatment to form an overaged state so as to give a layered structure containing a layer including an ?-Cr phase having a thickness of 150 nm or more;
forge-working the billet in an integrated state of the shaft part and the umbrella part; and
an adjusting heat treatment to provide a hardness of 600 HV or less as a whole while maintaining the thickness of the layer formed of the ?-Cr phase,
wherein the vacuum melting, the obtaining the billet, and the aging heat treatment are conducted while maintaining a temperature to at least 600° C. or higher, and
wherein the alloy includes a component composition comprising, in mass %:
essential elements of:
Cr: 32% to 50%,
Al: 0.5% to 10.0%; and
Fe: 0.1% to 20.0%;
optional elements of:
Si: 5% or less;
B: 0.01% or less;
C: 0.1% or less;
Cu: 5% or less;
Ti: 0.1% or less;
Nb: 0.1% or less;
Ta: 0.1% or less; and
V: 0.1% or less,
with a proviso that Ti+Nb+Ta+V is 0.1% or less; and
a balance being unavoidable impurities and Ni.

US Pat. No. 10,557,386

VALVE TIMING CONTROLLER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A valve timing controller provided in a power transmission path between a driving shaft and a driven shaft of an internal combustion engine to control a valve timing of an intake valve or an exhaust valve, the valve timing controller comprising:a drive unit outputting a rotational power;
a first rotating body provided on a rotation axis of one of the driving shaft and the driven shaft to rotate synchronously with another of the driving shaft and the driven shaft;
a second rotating body provided to an end portion of the one of the driving shaft and the driven shaft to rotate along with the one of the driving shaft and the driven shaft;
a relative rotating portion provided in the first rotating body between the drive unit and the second rotating body, the relative rotating portion configured to move relative to the first rotating body in an axial direction, the relative rotating portion transmitting the rotational power between the first rotating body and the second rotating body, the relative rotating portion varying a relative rotation phase between the first rotating body and the second rotting body; and
a joint connecting the drive unit and the relative rotating portion; wherein
the joint includes:
a rotation transmitting portion which abuts on the relative rotating portion in a circumferential direction, and
a stopper portion which abuts on the relative rotating portion in the axial direction to restrict an axial position of the relative rotating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,378

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGULATING CONDENSATION OF FLUE GAS IN A STEAM GENERATOR

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. A system for regulating condensation of a flue gas in a steam generator, the system comprising:a temperature controller configured to control a temperature of a component of the steam generator, the temperature controller comprising a heater in heating contact with a working medium of the steam generator, the component being in heating-contact with the flue gas;
a flue gas analyzer configured to communicate with the temperature controller and to obtain a measurement of an amount of an acid-forming compound in the flue gas, wherein the flue gas analyzer is further configured to obtain the measurement of the amount of the acid-forming compound at a predetermined location where the flue gas has a temperature between 400° C. and 800° C.; and
wherein the temperature controller adjusts the temperature of the component based at least in part on the measurement such that the temperature of the component is above an acid dew point of the flue gas when the component is in heating-contact with the flue gas.

US Pat. No. 10,557,375

SEGREGATED COOLING AIR PASSAGES FOR TURBINE VANE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An airfoil for a gas turbine engine comprising:a cavity including an internal surface of an outer wall, the outer wall includes a plurality of film cooling holes communicating air from the first passage to an outer surface of the outer wall;
a baffle disposed within the cavity and spaced apart from the internal surface, the baffle includes a plurality of impingement openings communicating airflow into the first passage, wherein the impingement openings direct airflow from the baffle against the internal surface; and
a partition disposed between the baffle and the internal surface to divide a space between the baffle and the internal surface into at least a first passage and a second passage, wherein the partition extends from a root of the airfoil to a tip and air within the first passage is not communicated to the second passage, wherein the baffle includes at least one bleed air opening communicating airflow into the second passage and is without impingement cooling openings that communicate airflow into the second passage.

US Pat. No. 10,557,374

GAS TURBINE AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING A GAS TURBINE IN CASE OF A SHAFT BREAK

13. A method for protecting a gas turbine in case of a main shaft break, wherein the gas turbine includes a turbine, a compressor arranged upstream of the turbine, and the main shaft extending in an axial direction and connecting the turbine to the compressor, comprising:providing a first shaft section that is connected to the compressor and a second shaft section that is connected to the turbine, the first shaft section and the second shaft section extending coaxially with respect to the main shaft and being separated from each other by a gap at mutually facing ends thereof, and, at their mutually facing ends, having mutually corresponding structures, and wherein
upon breaking of the main shaft, providing that the mutually corresponding structures of the mutually facing ends of the first and second shaft sections come into interaction with each other as a result of differing rotational speeds of the first and second shaft sections that cause application of a force in the axial direction to the turbine and a force counter to the axial direction to the compressor such that the first and second shaft sections are moved away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,557,368

GAS TURBINE ENGINE RAPID RESPONSE CLEARANCE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE VOLUME TURBINE CASE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An active clearance control system of a gas turbine engine comprising:a radially adjustable blade outer air seal system disposed radially inside of an engine case of the gas turbine engine, the radially adjustable blade outer air seal system defining an annular space between the radially adjustable blade outer air seal system and the engine case, the radially adjustable blade outer air seal system movable between a radially contracted Blade Outer Air Seal position that defines a first air volume of the annular space and a radially expanded Blade Outer Air Seal position that defines a second air volume of the annular space, the second air volume different than the first air volume;
an actuator in communication with the radially adjustable blade outer air seal system and configured to move the radially adjustable blade outer air seal system between the radially contracted Blade Outer Air Seal position and the radially expanded Blade Outer Air Seal position; and
an accumulator system comprising a pneumatic cylinder and a piston disposed within the pneumatic cylinder, the piston in fluid communication with the annular space and movable between a first position corresponding to the first air volume and a second position corresponding to the second air volume;
wherein the accumulator system accommodates a difference in air volume between the first air volume and the second air volume.

US Pat. No. 10,557,366

BOAS HAVING RADIALLY EXTENDED PROTRUSIONS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A blade outer air seal, comprising:a plurality of arcuate segments, wherein a first arcuate segment of the plurality of arcuate segments comprises:
a first wall located at an aft end of the first arcuate segment, the first wall comprising a first radially extending protrusion located at a first circumferential end of the first wall, a second radially extending protrusion located at a second circumferential end of the first wall opposite the first circumferential end, and a plurality of third radially extending protrusions disposed between the first radially extending protrusion and the second radially extending protrusion, wherein a radial height of the first radially extending protrusion and the second radially extending protrusion as measured from a radially inward surface of the first arcuate segment is greater than a radial height of the third radially extending protrusions as measured from the radially inward surface of the first arcuate segment;
a first hook extending aft from the first wall, wherein a radially outward surface of the first hook is radially inward of a midpoint of the first wall, the midpoint of the first wall being located halfway between the radially inward surface of the first arcuate segment and a radially outward surface of the third radially extending protrusions; and
a first gusset extending from the first radially extending protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,364

TWO PIECES STATOR INNER SHROUD

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

8. An inner shroud, comprising:an inner shroud segment with a radial curve centered about an axis, comprising,
an inner housing, and
an outer housing disposed within the inner housing and defining a channel facing away from the inner housing and an enclosed cavity between outer housing and the inner housing, wherein the channel is filled by a compliant material;
a vane at least partially retained within the channel of the outer housing; and
wherein the compliant material is coupled to the vane, the inner housing, and the outer housing, wherein the compliant material retains the inner housing relative to the outer housing, and
wherein the channel and the cavity extend parallel to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,557,363

SEALING STRUCTURE AND ROTARY MACHINE

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A sealing structure configured to seal a space between an outer peripheral surface of a rotor, the rotor being configured to rotate around an axis of the rotor and an inner peripheral surface of a stator surrounding the rotor from an outer peripheral side of the rotor in a radial direction, the sealing structure comprising:a plurality of step portions on a first surface which is one of the outer peripheral surface of the rotor and the inner peripheral surface of the stator, the plurality of step portions being arranged in an axial direction, each of the plurality of step portions having a stepped surface which faces an upstream side in the axial direction, and protrudes from the first surface toward a second surface which is the other of the outer peripheral surface of the rotor and the inner peripheral surface of the stator; and
a plurality of seal fins on the second surface, each of the plurality of seal fins extending toward a peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the plurality of step portions such that a clearance is defined between each of the plurality of seal fins and the peripheral surface of the corresponding one of the plurality of step portions,
wherein each of the plurality of seal fins includes a tip, a bent point at a position apart from the second surface in the radial direction toward the first surface by a predetermined distance, and a bent portion which is inclined toward the upstream side from the bent point toward the tip on a first surface side,
wherein a cavity is defined between each adjacent pair of the plurality of seal fins and a cavity is defined between one of the plurality of seal fins which is furthest upstream and a side surface of one of the stator and the rotor, the side surface facing toward a downstream side, and
wherein a vertical to horizontal ratio D/W, which is a ratio of a radial size D of each cavity to an axial size W of each cavity, is 1.0.

US Pat. No. 10,557,357

SEAL STRUCTURE

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A seal structure comprising:a first member facing a combustion gas flow passage defined around a rotor axis;
a second member facing the combustion gas flow passage and being adjacent to the first member;
a third member on an outer side of the combustion gas flow passage between a first end face of the first member facing downstream and a second end face of the second member facing the first end face, the third member being configured to engage with the first member and the second member;
a heat-resistant coating on at least one of the first end face and the second end face, both of the first end face and the second end face being closer to the combustion gas flow passage with respect to the third member; and
a contact part in each of the first end face and the second end face, further on the outer side of the combustion gas flow passage than the heat-resistant coating, the contact part being configured to, when the first member and the second member move relatively toward each other, restrict relative movement of the first member and the second member by directly coming into contact with the first member and the second member, or indirectly coming into contact with the first member and the second member through the third member, in a state where a clearance is left between the heat-resistant coating and at least one of the first end face and the second end face facing the heat-resistant coating,
wherein the first member is a combustor,
wherein the second member is a vane on a downstream side in a rotor axis direction relative to the combustor,
wherein the third member is a seal member on the outer side of the combustion gas flow passage, and
wherein the seal member includes:
cooling channels defined in a region extending in a circumferential direction based on the rotor axis, at positions including a position on an upstream side in the rotor axis direction relative to a leading edge of the vane facing the upstream side in the rotor axis direction; and
a third end face having a plurality of openings defined in the circumferential direction and configured to discharge cooling air from the cooling channels, the third end face facing downstream.

US Pat. No. 10,557,355

TURBINE ROTOR ASSEMBLY, TURBINE, AND ROTOR BLADE

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A turbine rotor assembly comprising:a rotor shaft on which a blade groove extending along a circumferential direction is defined; and
a rotor blade, the rotor blade including:
a blade section on an outer side of the rotor shaft in a radial direction of the rotor shaft; and
a blade root section integrally formed with the blade section and configured to be fitted in the blade groove,
wherein the rotor shaft includes:
two protrusions which are separated from each other in an axial direction of the rotor shaft and define a first part of a wall surface of the blade groove and an opening of the blade groove, the two protrusions each protruding outward from an outer circumferential surface of the rotor shaft in the radial direction of the rotor shaft;
two bearing surfaces on an inner side of the outer circumferential surface of the rotor shaft in the radial direction of the rotor shaft, the two bearing surfaces facing inward in the radial direction of the rotor shaft, the two bearing surfaces being separated from each other in the axial direction of the rotor shaft and the two bearing surfaces defining a second part of the wall surface of the blade groove;
two first facing surfaces which face each other in the axial direction of the rotor shaft and define a third part of the wall surface of the blade groove, the two first facing surfaces being between the two bearing surfaces and outer circumferential surfaces of the two protrusions in the radial direction of the rotor shaft; and
two second facing surfaces between the two bearing surfaces and the outer circumferential surfaces of the two protrusions in the radial direction of the rotor shaft, on an outer side of the two first facing surfaces, the two second facing surfaces facing each other in the axial direction of the rotor shaft with a gap therebetween which is larger than a gap between the first facing surfaces, the two second facing surfaces defining a fourth part of the wall surface of the blade groove, and
wherein the blade root section includes:
two contact surfaces which are separated from each other in the axial direction of the rotor shaft, and are contactable with the two bearing surfaces in the radial direction of the rotor shaft, respectively;
two first side surfaces each facing a corresponding one of the two first facing surfaces;
two second side surfaces each facing a corresponding one of the two second facing surfaces with a gap therebetween that is smaller than a distance between a corresponding one of the two first facing surfaces and a corresponding one of the two first side surfaces facing the corresponding one of the two first facing surfaces; and
two flange sections which are each positioned, when the blade root section is fitted in the blade groove, adjacent to the outer circumferential surface of a corresponding one of the two protrusions in the radial direction of the rotor shaft, the two flange sections defining a part of a platform section continuing to a blade profile section of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,557,346

METHODS FOR DETERMINING SATURATION PARAMETERS OF A FORMATION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method of determining a saturation parameter of a formation traversed by a borehole, comprising:locating a borehole tool at a location in the formation, said borehole tool having a probe connected thereto, the probe including a fluid sampling tool;
activating the fluid sampling tool thereby drawing formation fluid into a sample chamber of the fluid sampling tool, and measuring
a fractional flow rate of the fluid in the borehole tool, and thereby generating fractional flow rate data;
based on said fractional flow rate data, by way of computer processing, calculating
indication of fluid mobility data proximate to the probe; and
based on said fractional flow rate data and said indication of fluid mobility data, by way of computer processing, calculating a saturation parameter of the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,342

SURFACE EXCITATION RANGING METHODS AND SYSTEMS EMPLOYING A CUSTOMIZED GROUNDING ARRANGEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A surface excitation ranging method that comprises:estimating grounding impedance for a target well based at least in part on one or more testing operations that measure the grounding impedance;
installing a customized grounding arrangement for a power supply located at earth's surface, wherein the customized grounding arrangement is based at least in part on the estimated grounding impedance for the target well;
conveying an electrical current output from the power supply along the target well with a metal casing;
sensing electromagnetic (EM) fields emitted from the target well due to the electrical current; and
using distance or direction information obtained from the sensed EM fields to guide drilling of a new well relative to the target well.

US Pat. No. 10,557,341

METHODS OF EVALUATING CEMENT ISOLATIONS AND QUALITY

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method comprising:preparing a map of cement quality for one or more intervals of a wellbore;
determining anticipated regions of fluid communication and anticipated regions of zonal isolation from the map of cement quality;
designing a stimulating treatment based on the presence of regions of fluid communication based on the map of cement quality created from one or more cement logs,
wherein the designing the stimulating treatment comprises using diversion techniques at anticipated regions of fluid communication; and
performing the stimulation treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,557,335

GAS FRACTURING METHOD AND SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for treating a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore, comprising:injecting into a fracture in the formation a gas treatment fluid stage above a fracturing pressure, wherein the gas treatment fluid stage is substantially free of proppant and wherein the gas treatment fluid stage is a mist that comprises a continuous gas phase and a mist phase, wherein the continuous gas phase is present at a concentration above 95 percent by volume, and the mist phase comprises particles in an amount below 5 percent by volume;
depositing the mist phase particles onto a face of a fracture within the formation to inhibit fluid loss into a formation matrix; and
reducing the pressure in the fracture to form a network of flow paths in the formation,
wherein the mist phase particles are smaller than 100 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,557,328

THERMAL LOAD BASED AUTOMATIC VALVE ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A thermal load based automatic valve arrangement comprising:an actuator responsive to fluid temperature flowing through the arrangement;
a closure member operably connected to the actuator; and
a seat configured to receive the closure member when actuated such that fluid flow through the arrangement is prevented or restricted in a first direction while fluid flow through the arrangement is still allowed in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,326

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STUCK PIPE MITIGATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system for moving a tubular string within a subterranean well, the system having:a ring assembly including:
a structural ring sized with a ring inner diameter to circumscribe the tubular string and a ring outer diameter to fit within a bore of the subterranean well, where the structural ring includes an internal cavity and a fluid flow path extending from the internal cavity to an exterior of the ring assembly;
a rotatable blade extending from the structural ring, the blade rotatable in a path that circumscribes the tubular string; and
wheels spaced around an inner diameter surface of the structural ring.

US Pat. No. 10,557,325

CUTTING TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A method of cutting a casing and a formation, comprising:providing a rotatable cutting tool in a casing disposed in a wellbore, wherein the rotatable cutting tool includes a first portion having a first plurality of blades configured for cutting the casing and a second portion having a second plurality of blades configured for cutting the formation;
engaging the first plurality of blades with a whipstock and an initial engagement point of the casing, wherein the second plurality of blades does not contact the whipstock or the casing; and
engaging the second plurality of blades with the casing after engaging the first plurality of blades with the casing, wherein engaging the second plurality of blades with the casing occurs after the first plurality of blades experiences uninterrupted cutting, wherein uninterrupted cutting includes at least one of the first plurality of blades of the first portion engages the casing throughout each rotation of the rotatable cutting tool.

US Pat. No. 10,557,318

EARTH-BORING TOOLS HAVING MULTIPLE GAGE PAD LENGTHS AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body comprising a shank and a crown adjacent the shank;
at least one first blade extending outward from the body, the at least one first blade comprising:
an upper surface;
a first gage region having a first longitudinal length; and
a recess extending at least partially into the at least one first blade from the upper surface;
at least one second blade extending outward from the body, the at least one second blade comprising:
a second gage region having a second longitudinal length that is greater than the first longitudinal length; and
an upper external surface of the crown between the shank and each of the at least one first blade and the at least one second blade, the upper external surface being tapered radially outward in a longitudinally upward direction relative to a central axis of the earth-boring tool, wherein the upper external surface tapers radially outward to a maximum diameter substantially equal to an outer diameter of the shank.

US Pat. No. 10,557,317

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PIPE CONCENTRICITY, ZONAL ISOLATION, AND STUCK PIPE PREVENTION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

10. A method for moving a tubular string within a subterranean well, the method including:positioning a ring assembly around the tubular string, the ring assembly including:
a structural ring sized with a ring inner diameter to circumscribe the tubular string and a ring outer diameter to fit within a bore of the subterranean well;
a plurality of individual openings spaced around an outer diameter surface of the structural ring, each individual opening associated with an inflatable member; and
wheels spaced around an inner diameter surface of the structural ring;
repeatedly inflating and deflating the inflatable member to vibrationally impact an internal surface of the subterranean well with the inflatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,314

RIG FLOOR FOR A DRILLING RIG

National Oilwell Varco No...

1. A system for moving items on a rig floor, the system comprising a plurality of skids and a network of rails for guiding the plurality of skids, each skid of said plurality of skids for supporting an item, and each skid of said plurality of skids having a plurality of skid shoes engaging at least one rail of said network of rails, wherein the network of rails comprises at least one predetermined parking spot, and wherein the system further comprises a master computer control system, a parking sensor for obtaining parking location information to indicate that a first skid of said plurality of skids is parked at the predetermined parking spot and relaying the parking location information to the master computer control system, and an item sensor for identifying if the item is present aboard the first skid and relaying the item presence information to the master computer control system.

US Pat. No. 10,557,313

EARTH-BORING BIT

1. An earth-boring bit, comprising:a bit body threaded at its upper extent for connection to a drill string;
a plurality of blades on the bit body, each blade having a leading edge and a trailing edge;
a plurality of cutting elements arranged on the leading edge of each blade;
a junk slot defined between pairs of adjacent blades, the junk slot defining at least one surface;
at least one nozzle in the bit body, the nozzle spraying drilling fluid from an interior of the bit body; and
a plurality of protrusions raised relative to the junk slot, each protrusion extending at least partially across the junk slot.

US Pat. No. 10,557,310

CONVERTIBLE FRAMEWORK FOR POST HOLE DIGGER

Frictionless World, LLC, ...

1. A method for use with a post hole digger, comprising:receiving a package that includes a framework made up of a plurality of framework pieces connected together in a first configuration, wherein the plurality of framework pieces includes a plurality of primary framework pieces, wherein each of the primary framework pieces includes a longitudinal axis, wherein the plurality of framework pieces includes a plurality of secondary framework pieces, wherein each of the secondary framework pieces includes a longitudinal axis, wherein the longitudinal axes of first and second secondary framework pieces of the plurality of secondary framework pieces are parallel in the first configuration of the framework, and wherein the longitudinal axes of the first and second secondary framework pieces of the plurality of secondary framework pieces are perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of first and second primary framework pieces of the plurality of primary framework pieces in the first configuration of the framework;
removing a plurality of pieces of a post hole digger from an internal space inside of the plurality of framework pieces in the first configuration of the framework;
disassembling the plurality of framework pieces in the first configuration of the framework;
assembling the plurality of framework pieces into a second configuration different than the first configuration, wherein the longitudinal axis of the first secondary framework piece is non-perpendicular and non-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the first primary framework piece of the plurality of primary framework pieces in the second configuration of the framework; and
attaching the plurality of pieces of the post hole digger to the plurality of framework pieces in the second configuration of the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,557,307

DRILLING TOOL

20. A drilling tool for drilling openings in a cement ballast tank of an oil rig in order to gain access to an internal space in the ballast tank, the drilling tool comprising:an electrical motor driving a first shaft,
a pump driven by the motor for pumping well fluid in through an inlet and out through an outlet,
a gear, driven by the first shaft extending through the pump, for reducing rotation of a second shaft, and
a drilling head having bits and at least one drilling head fluid channel and being driven by the second shaft, the outlet of the pump being fluidly connected with the fluid channel to pump well fluid out through the fluid channel,
wherein the gear is arranged in a gear housing, the gear housing arranged in a tool housing, the gear housing and the tool housing defining a gear fluid channel providing fluid communication between the pump and the drilling head fluid channel to prevent well fluid from entering the gear,
wherein the drilling tool further comprises a compensator in fluid communication with the gear housing for pressurising the gear housing with a compensator fluid, and wherein, in use, a gear housing pressure in the gear housing is controlled so as to be greater than a tool housing pressure thus ensuring the well fluid does not contact the gear,
wherein the pump is configured to transport both the well fluid and the compensator fluid, and
wherein the well fluid has a serpentine path through the pump, and the compensator fluid passes through the first shaft within the pump in linear fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,302

REPLACEMENT WINDOW CLADDING METHOD AND SYSTEM

Pigott Agency, LLC, Mech...

1. A replacement window cladding system comprising:a) a window unit including a jamb assembly having a head jamb and a pair of side jambs, a sill assembly, and an exterior window casing structure, said head and side jambs each having aligned outer and inner balance system channels, a slot aligned with and extending between the outer and inner balance system channels, and a first outer sash guide;
b) a head adapter having opposed clip members for securing the head adapter in the slot between the balance system channels in the head jamb, a sash parting stop, and a second outer sash guide;
c) an inside trim member having a first leg including a reduced end portion and a longitudinal notch located on a surface of the reduced end portion for securing the inside trim member to the jamb assembly, and a first inner sash guide;
d) a frame adapter having opposed clip members for securing the frame adapter in the slot between the balance system channels of the side jambs, and second inner and outer sash guides;
e) said jamb assembly and sill assembly configured to be secured directly to an already existing window frame structure.

US Pat. No. 10,557,299

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING MOVEMENT OF A BARRIER

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

1. A computer-implemented method for automatically controlling movement of a barrier, comprising:determining at least one status zone associated with the barrier, wherein a current status of the barrier is determined when a vehicle travels through at least one portion of a boundary of the at least one status zone;
modifying a size of the at least one status zone by modifying the at least one portion of the boundary to be located at an extended distance from the barrier to allow the status of the barrier to be determined during at least one of: a first opportunity at which it is possible for a barrier controller to receive radio frequency signals from the vehicle during arrival of the vehicle towards the barrier and a last opportunity at which it is possible for the barrier controller to receive radio frequency signals from the vehicle during departure of the vehicle away from the barrier, wherein the size of the at least one status zone is modified based on a reception of a predetermined number of communication signals by the barrier controller from the extended distance;
sending a barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier, wherein the barrier control signal is based on the current state of the barrier and is sent when the vehicle travels through at least one barrier control zone associated with sending of the barrier control signal to control movement of the barrier, wherein a size of the at least one barrier control zone is based on the size of the at least one status zone;
controlling movement of the barrier to traverse the barrier from at least one of: an opened state to a closed state and the closed state to the opened state based on a receipt of the barrier control signal; and
presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is updated based on controlling the movement of the barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,557,297

MULTI PANEL COMPONENTS

ASSA ABLOY NEW ZEALAND LI...

1. A panel carriage hanger configured to travel along a track, the panel carriage hanger comprising:a body;
rollers attached to the body;
a cylindrical bore in the body, the axis of the cylindrical bore configured to be substantially vertical when the carriage hanger is secured to a track, the cylindrical bore having first and second ends, the cylindrical bore having a lip substantially at a first end, the lip having a plurality of castellations;
an anti-rotating sleeve having:
first and second ends; and
a lip at the second end with a plurality of castellations;
the anti-rotating sleeve inserted into the cylindrical bore such that the first end passes through the first end of the cylindrical bore and the castellations of the anti-rotating sleeve mateable with the castellations of the cylindrical bore, the interior of the anti-rotating sleeve having a keyed portion, the anti-rotating sleeve movable substantially upwards from a first position in the bore where the castellations of the anti-rotating sleeve and the castellations of the cylindrical bore mate such that the anti-rotating sleeve cannot rotate into a second position in the bore where the anti-rotating sleeve can rotate in the bore;
a biasing mechanism providing a substantially downwards force to the anti-rotating sleeve to mate the castellations of the anti-rotating sleeve with the castellations of the cylindrical bore;
a panel attachment mechanism; and
a rod having first and second ends, the rod passing through the anti-rotating sleeve, the second end of the rod supported at the second end of the cylindrical bore by a rod support member, the rod further having a keyed portion, the keyed portion of the rod mating with the keyed portion of the anti-rotating sleeve, such that the anti-rotating sleeve and the rod rotate together, the first end of the rod connected to the panel attachment mechanism, wherein rotating the rod when the anti-rotating sleeve is in the second position adjusts the distance between the rod support member and the panel attachment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,557,296

WEIGHT COMPENSATION DEVICE OF A LIFTING DOOR WITH AT LEAST ONE COMPRESSION SPRING

1. A weight compensation device for a drive of a lifting door for position-dependent compensation of a weight force of a door leaf of the lifting door comprising a drive shaft, which is configured to be coupled to the drive in order to carry out an opening movement which raises the door leaf and a closing movement which lowers the door leaf, wherein at least one compression spring is provided and arranged such that the compression spring supports the opening movement, and the compression spring is arranged in a hollow-cylindrical guide element, characterized in that the hollow-cylindrical guide element is rotatably attached to a mount for supporting a rotary motion of the drive shaft, and wherein the compression spring is supported on a rotatable base part and on an adjusting element, in a force transmitting manner, wherein the rotatable base part is fixed with respect to the hollow-cylindrical guide element such that the base part and the hollow-cylindrical guide element rotate together, and the adjusting element is translationally movable relative to the hollow-cylindrical guide element.

US Pat. No. 10,557,295

SELF LOCATING TIE BAR GUIDE FOR SASH LOCK TIE BARS

Truth Hardware Corporatio...

1. A self locating tie bar guide for use with a tie bar of a locking mechanism having prelocated openings located thereon, the tie bar guide comprising:a unitary body comprising a tie bar receiving portion, a locator engaging portion and a fastener receiving portion;
the tie bar receiving portion being shiftable between an open orientation in which the tie bar can be inserted transversely into the tie bar receiving portion and a closed orientation in which the tie bar is held transversely in the tie bar receiving portion; the tie bar receiving portion defining a longitudinal tie bar passage therethrough, the passage being sized and shaped, when in the closed orientation, to engage the tie bar in close apposition while permitting longitudinal movement of the tie bar therein;
the locator engaging portion including a resilient tie bar engaging member that engages at least one of the prelocated openings when the tie bar receiving portion is in the open orientation and that is resiliently biased toward and into the tie bar passage when the tie bar receiving portion is in the open orientation and is shifted away from the tie bar passage and disengaged from the at least one of the prelocated openings when the tie bar receiving portion is in the closed orientation; and
the fastener receiving portion defining at least one aperture therethrough and being oriented such that a received fastener passing therethrough abuts at least part of the fastener receiving portion and urges the tie bar receiving portion toward the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,294

MULTIPOINT DOOR LOCKING SYSTEM

1. A multipoint door lock system for a door having on its edge a deadbolt and a secondary bore separated from the deadbolt, comprising:a door frame comprising a subframe, the subframe having a strike jamb, a bolt opening provided in the strike jamb being adapted to receive the deadbolt, the strike jamb having a secondary opening positioned to face the secondary bore of the door when the door is closed in the door frame;
a pivotable latch having a locking recess, a door-actuated tip and a door-locking tip, the pivotable latch being mounted in the subframe so that the door-actuated tip can protrude through the secondary opening of the strike jamb as the pivotable latch rotates, the pivotable latch being configured to rotate when the edge of the door pushes the door-actuated tip into the subframe, causing the door-locking tip to enter in the secondary bore of the door;
a lever mounted in the subframe and movable between a resting position facing the bolt opening when the deadbolt is not inserted in the bolt opening and a locking position adjacent to the resting position when the deadbolt is inserted in the bolt opening; and
a translating member having a proximal end operatively connected to the lever and a distal end extending toward the locking recess of the pivotable latch, the translating member taking a retracted position when the lever is in the resting position, leaving the distal end of the translating member outside the locking recess of the pivotable latch, the translating member taking an extended position when the lever is in the locking position, inserting the distal end of the translating member in the locking recess to lock the pivotable latch, whereby the pivotable latch is placed in a pre-armed position when the door-actuated tip enters the secondary bore of the door and when, concurrently, the distal end of the translating member is not inserted in the locking recess, the pivotable latch being placed in a locked position by the insertion of the distal end of the translating member in the locking recess.

US Pat. No. 10,557,292

DOOR CLOSER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A door closer device for a vehicle, the door closer device being mounted to a door of the vehicle, the door closer device comprising:a latch being rotatable in a first direction in which the latch is configured to be at least incompletely engaged with a striker provided at a vehicle body of the vehicle, the latch being rotatable in a second direction in which the latch is configured to be released from the striker, the latch being configured to be at least incompletely engaged with the striker and rotating in the first direction in response to a closing of the door;
a drive force transmission mechanism being configured to transmit a drive force of an actuator to the latch for a closing operation, during the closing operation, the drive force transmission mechanism rotates the latch in the first direction from a half-latched position, in which the latch is configured to be incompletely engaged with the striker, to a fully-latched position, in which the latch is configured to be completely engaged with the striker; and
a cancellation mechanism cancelling the closing operation of the drive force transmission mechanism; wherein
the drive force transmission mechanism includes a drive force transmission portion, the drive force transmission portion being provided on a drive force transmission passage being configured to be formed between the actuator and the latch, the drive force transmission portion being rotatable between a transmission position, in which the latch is configured to receive the drive force of the actuator and a non-transmission position, in which the latch is configured not to receive the drive force of the actuator, the drive force transmission portion being set at the transmission position in during the closing operation; and
the cancellation mechanism includes a contact piece of the drive force transmission portion, a first operation portion, and a second operation portion, the first operation portion being engaged with the drive force transmission portion to be rotated irrespective of the second operation portion, the second operation portion being engaged with the drive force transmission portion to be rotated irrespective of the first operation portion, the contact piece of the drive force transmission portion being configured to be independently engaged by each of the first operation portion and the second operation portion such that the drive force transmission portion is independently rotated from the transmission position to the non-transmission position by each of the first operation portion and the second operation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,288

HOOP LOCK WITH BENT FOOT ENGAGEMENT

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A lock assembly having a longitudinal axis defining a proximal direction and a distal direction, the lock assembly comprising:a shackle comprising:
a proximal leg comprising a proximal foot extending in a direction of a lateral axis of the lock assembly, the proximal foot including a proximal foot groove; and
a distal leg connected to the proximal leg, the distal leg comprising a distal foot, wherein the distal foot includes an angled portion extending away from the proximal foot in the distal direction, and wherein the distal foot further includes a narrowed section including at least one distal foot groove extending parallel to the longitudinal axis, the at least one distal foot groove extending into the angled portion of the distal foot; and
a crossbar extending along the longitudinal axis, wherein the proximal foot and the distal foot are received in the crossbar, the crossbar comprising:
a deadbolt having a first locking position in which the deadbolt extends into the proximal foot groove; and a first unlocking position in which the deadbolt does not extend into the proximal foot groove, wherein the deadbolt has a first lateral thickness, and wherein the deadbolt defines a longitudinally-extending channel;
a locking plate including a plate opening, the plate opening including an elongated portion and a locking slot extending from the elongated portion, the elongated portion extending to a longitudinal length that is larger than a maximum transverse width of the elongated portion such that the elongated portion has a generally non-circular configuration, the locking plate having a second locking position in which the narrowed section is received in the locking slot, and a second unlocking position in which the narrowed section is received in the elongated portion, wherein the locking plate has a second lateral thickness less than the first lateral thickness, wherein the locking plate further comprises a longitudinally-extending arm received in the longitudinally-extending channel, and wherein the arm is coupled to the deadbolt via a pin; and
a lock cylinder including a cam, wherein the lock cylinder is operable to rotate the cam between a first cam position defining a locking state and a second cam position defining an unlocking state;
wherein, in the locking state, the deadbolt is in the first locking position and prevents removal of the proximal foot from the crossbar, and the locking plate is in the second locking position and prevents removal of the distal foot from the crossbar;
wherein, in the unlocking state, the deadbolt is in the first unlocking position and does not prevent removal of the proximal foot from the crossbar, and the locking plate is in the second unlocking position and does not prevent removal of the distal foot from the crossbar;
wherein each of the first locking position and the second locking position is a proximal position;
wherein each of the first unlocking position and the second unlocking position is a distal position; and
wherein the locking plate is coupled to the deadbolt for joint longitudinal movement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,557,286

DOOR LOCK BOLT PLATE PIVOT SYSTEM, AND ASSOCIATED STRUCTURES AND METHODS

LEVEL HOME, INC., Redwoo...

1. A door lock bolt plate pivot system, comprising:a bolt housing for a deadbolt pivot plate assembly, wherein the bolt housing has an exterior surface and includes a rear end and a front end opposite the rear end, and a pair of vertically-aligned pivot mounting pins located on the exterior surface of the bolt housing at the front end;
a back plate having an outer surface and an inner surface opposite the outer surface, wherein the inner surface and the outer surface extend from an upper end to a lower end, the back plate including:
a central deadbolt hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, through which the rear end of the bolt housing can pass,
an upper door fastener hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole is located between the central deadbolt hole and the upper end,
a lower fastener hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole is located between the central deadbolt hole and the lower end, and
a plurality of assembly fastener holes defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface;
a front plate having an outer surface and an inner surface opposite the outer surface of the front plate, wherein the inner surface and the outer surface of the front plate extend from an upper end to a lower end of the front plate, the front plate including:
a central hole defined through the front plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, through which a bolt of the deadbolt assembly can extend,
an upper door fastener hole defined through the front plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole of the front plate is located between the central hole and the upper end of the front plate,
a lower fastener hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole is located between the central hole and the lower end of the front plate, and
a plurality of threaded fastener holes defined on the inner surface;
a pair of plastic plate hinges pivotably located on the vertically-aligned pivot mounting pins; and
a plurality of assembly fasteners extending from the outer surface of the back plate, through the assembly fastener holes, and threadably attached to the plurality of threaded fastener holes on the inner surface;
wherein the plastic plate hinges are confined between the back plate and the front plate, to define the deadbolt pivot plate assembly;
wherein the deadbolt pivot plate assembly is affixed to the front end of the bolt housing through the plate hinges; and
wherein the deadbolt pivot plate assembly is vertically pivotable.

US Pat. No. 10,557,284

FASTENING A PORTABLE SHADE APPARATUS TO A FENCE TO PROVIDE SHADE

1. A portable shade apparatus, comprising:a sheet of material;
a set of cables; and
a set of flexible rods coupled to the sheet of material and the set of cables, each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods having (i) a first end section which projects from the sheet of material, (ii) a second end section which fastens to a respective cable of the set of cables, and (iii) an inner section between the first end section and the second end section, the inner section providing support to the sheet of material;wherein the inner section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods bends in an arc to prop up the sheet of material as a shade when the first end section of that flexible rod fastens to a fence and the second end section of that flexible rod is pulled under tension by a respective cable of the set of cables;wherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods projects from the sheet of material in a cantilevered manner to fasten to the fence;wherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods projects from the sheet of material by at least 12 inches while propping up the sheet of material as the shade;wherein the fence is a chain link fence; andwherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods is bendable to permit weaving of the first end section of that flexible rod through openings in the chain link fence to attach that flexible rod to the fence.

US Pat. No. 10,557,279

ROTATING LIGHT TOWER ASSEMBLY

BOSS LTG, INC., Baton Ro...

1. A light tower assembly including:(a) a primary boom extending vertically from a base;
(b) a light array boom supporting a light section on a frame rotatively mounted to said primary boom wherein said light array boom rotates around an axis of rotation;
(c) a mounting assembly rotatively mounting said light array boom to said primary boom;
(d) a linear actuator assembly connected to said primary boom and said light array boom being configured to rotate said light array boom in one direction when said linear actuator assembly extends and configured to rotate said light array boom in an opposite direction when said linear actuator assembly retracts; and
(e) a power assembly operatively connected to the linear actuator assembly to power said extension and retraction of said linear actuator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,270

RAILING SYSTEM

1. A railing system comprising:a railing;
a railing panel frontage extending continuously along the course of the railing the railing panel frontage comprising a plurality of mutually adjacent railing panels vertically embedded with their lower marginal region in a holding profile fastened to a structural body or in a recess defined in a structural body;
a handrail profile mounted on an upper marginal region of the railing panel frontage; and
a securing element extending between the handrail profile and the structural body or the holding profile;
wherein the securing element connects the handrail profile to the structural body or the holding profile,
wherein the securing element is guided in one or more tubular sleeves.

US Pat. No. 10,557,268

SEALING APPARATUS FOR CORRUGATED ROOFING AND SIDING AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A method of sealing a transition vessel extending through a corrugated material used for at least one of roofing and siding, the steps comprising:obtaining at least one of a roof and wall structure;
creating an opening in the at least one of the roof and wall structure operable to pass a transition vessel;
installing a transition vessel in the opening and securing it in place;
obtaining a corrugated material and determining position, shape, and size of a transition barrier hole to be made through the corrugated material sufficient to pass the transition vessel;
cutting the transition barrier hole in the corrugated material;
obtaining one or more elongate gasket plugs having a generally planar ground facing surface and a metal facing surface opposite the ground facing surface and wherein the profile of the metal facing surface generally complements the profile of the corrugated material;
applying sealant to the generally planar ground facing surface and metal facing surface of the one or more elongate gasket plugs;
positioning the one or more elongate gasket plugs to mate with corrugations on the corrugated barrier;
placing the corrugated sheet metal material over the transition vessel; and
positioning the one or more gasket plugs assuring a seal around the circumference of the barrier hole.

US Pat. No. 10,557,266

GIRDERS, JOISTS AND ROOF SYSTEM

AUSTIN BUILDING AND DESIG...

1. A joist comprising a top chord, a bottom chord and a plurality of web members connecting the top chord to the bottom chord, the top chord being hollow, having a rectangular lateral cross section with a flat top and having a first end sealed via a first plate and a second end sealed via a second plate, the bottom chord being hollow and having a first end sealed via a third plate and a second end sealed via a fourth plate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,262

MODULAR PANELS AND RELATED ELEMENTS TO FORM A VARIETY OF WALL SEGMENTS AND ENCLOSURES

McCain Manufacturing, Inc...

1. A modular panel and component system from which a variety of structures with shapes characteristic of wall segments and enclosures may be rapidly assembled, the system comprising:a plurality of elongated wall panels having rearwardly projecting flanges along the edges of the wall panels;
a plurality of elongated interior finish panel rails, each said interior finish panel rail having a plurality of tapered cutouts having a first length;
a plurality of elongated interior finish panels, each having a finish surface and a flange projecting rearwardly away from the finish surface along each edge of the finish panel, each flange having a plurality of hook elements projecting rearwardly away from the finish surface, each said hook having a length which is less than the first length of said cutout; and
a multiplicity of connecting elements for connecting adjacent rearwardly projecting flanges of adjacent elongated wall panels and for connecting the interior finish panel rails to said wall panels.

US Pat. No. 10,557,252

FIRE HYDRANT VALVE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WATER FLOW IN A FIRE HYDRANT CONDUIT

1. A fire hydrant valve insertable in a fire hydrant conduit defined by a conduit peripheral wall, the fire hydrant valve comprising:a fixed valve body having a peripheral wall and defining a longitudinal passageway with a downstream end, and having at least one upstream port and a downstream port in fluid communication with the longitudinal passageway, the longitudinal passageway being opened at the downstream end with the downstream port being located at the downstream end of the longitudinal passageway;
a displaceable valve body having a peripheral wall and defining a longitudinal passageway with a downstream end and being inserted into the longitudinal passageway of the fixed valve body and being linearly displaceable into the longitudinal passageway of the fixed valve body between a closed configuration, preventing water from flowing into the longitudinal passageways through the at least one upstream port, and at least one open configuration allowing water to flow into the longitudinal passageways through the at least one upstream port and towards the downstream ends of the longitudinal passageways of the fixed valve body and the displaceable valve body, wherein the downstream port is open in the closed configuration and the at least one open configuration; and
a valve actuator assembly operatively engageable with the displaceable valve body, the valve actuator assembly being operable to linearly displace the displaceable valve body along the longitudinal passageway of the fixed valve body between the closed configuration and the at least one open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,557,251

WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A work machine comprising:an engine;
a hydraulic pump driven by the engine;
a hydraulic actuator driven by hydraulic fluid discharged from the hydraulic pump;
an engine speed instructing device for an operator to instruct a target engine speed for the engine;
an operation device for operating the hydraulic actuator; and
a control device for controlling an engine speed of the engine,
wherein the control device includes:
a target engine speed computing section for detecting an operation amount of the engine speed instructing device and computing the target engine speed based on target engine speed characteristics preset from the detected operation amount of the engine speed instructing device; and
a target pump flow rate computing section for receiving an operation amount of the operation device and the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device and computing a target flow rate for the hydraulic pump based on the received operation amounts of the operation device and the engine speed instructing device,
wherein the target engine speed characteristics are such that the target engine speed can be set excluding a range between a first engine speed and a second engine speed, the first engine speed being higher than a minimum speed of the engine and lower than a maximum speed of the engine, the second engine speed being higher than the first engine speed and lower than the maximum speed of the engine,
wherein a ratio of a change in the target engine speed to a change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from an operation amount for instructing the minimum speed to an operation amount for instructing the first engine speed is larger than a ratio of a change in the target engine speed to a change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from an operation amount for instructing the second engine speed to an operation amount for instructing the maximum speed, and
wherein the target pump flow rate computing section computes the target flow rate of the hydraulic pump such that a ratio of a change in the discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump to the change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from the operation amount for instructing the minimum speed to the operation amount for instructing the first engine speed becomes equal to a ratio of a change in a discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump to the change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from the operation amount for instructing the second engine speed to the operation amount for instructing the maximum speed.

US Pat. No. 10,557,248

POST-GROUTING METHOD FOR IMMERSED TUBE JOINT BASE

CCCC Highway Consultants ...

1. A method for grouting a base of a joint between immersed tubes, the method comprising:disposing a grouting tube in a furrow between gravel mattresses on an underwater geologic structure, wherein the grouting tube is configured to output a solidifiable slurry;
after disposing the grouting tube, implanting the immersed tubes on the gravel mattresses;
simultaneously backfilling the immersed tubes; and then
grouting the base of the joint between the immersed tubes using the grouting tube.

US Pat. No. 10,557,241

PILING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT METHOD

Oak Co., Ltd., (JP)

1. A piling construction management method, comprising:providing a penetration testing device including a knocking block integrated with a penetration shaft projecting downward, a drive hammer that strikes the knocking block in free-fall, and a lifting mechanism that lifts the drive hammer after falling and releases the drive hammer at a prescribed height;
wherein the penetration testing device is configured such that a cylindrical hammer casing incorporating the lifting mechanism and the drive hammer is held movably up and down inside a vertical cylindrical outer casing, the knocking block is fixed to a lower end of the hammer casing, and the penetration shaft penetrates through a lower end side of the outer casing and projects downward to an outside of the outer casing;
after forming a piling hole with a set depth in the ground and before erecting a piling in the piling hole, disposing the penetration shaft of the penetration testing device inside the piling hole such that the penetration shaft reaches a hole bottom, and determining a support strength of the hole bottom based on the required number of impacts by the drive hammer for the penetration shaft to penetrate to a prescribed depth from the hole bottom;
when the support strength is equal to or more than a prescribed value, erecting a piling in the piling hole; and
when the support strength is less than the prescribed value, digging the piling hole deeper to form a deeper hole bottom and determining a support strength of the deeper hole bottom based on the required number of impacts by the drive hammer for the penetration shaft to penetrate to a prescribed depth from the deeper hole bottom until the support strength of the deeper hole bottom reaches the prescribed value or more, and erecting a piling in the piling hole with a length corresponding to a depth of the deeper piling hole.

US Pat. No. 10,557,230

IRONING MACHINE

Electrolux Laundry System...

1. An ironing machine comprising: an axially-rotatable ironing drum; a motor assembly adapted to drive the ironing drum into rotation about a drum longitudinal axis; an ironing chest arranged adjacent to the ironing drum, locally substantially parallel to a peripheral surface of said ironing drum; a supporting assembly adapted to keep the ironing drum and the ironing chest adjacent to one another; and an induction device located adjacent to the ironing chest and adapted to heat up, via electromagnetic induction, the ironing chest;said ironing chest comprising a platelike member which extends beside the ironing drum, and is substantially C-bent so as to extend locally substantially parallel to the peripheral surface of said ironing drum;
wherein said platelike member has a multilayer structure that includes: a main supporting sheet which is substantially C-bent and is made of a first metal material having a given thermal conductivity; and a ferromagnetic layer which covers a convex face of said main supporting sheet, and is made of a ferromagnetic second metal material having a thermal conductivity lower than that of said first metal material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,228

ADDITIVE DELIVERY ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An additive delivery assembly for an appliance, the appliance defining a chamber in which an airflow is configured to flow, the additive delivery assembly comprising:a tank defining a tank volume configured for receipt of an additive; and
a roller configured for rotation about an axis of rotation, the roller comprising a surface that defines a reference point that is exposed to the additive disposed within the tank when the roller is in a first position and the reference point of the surface is exposed to the chamber when the roller is in a second position, and wherein when the roller is rotated about the axis of rotation from the first position to the second position, the additive disposed on the surface of the roller at the reference point is exposed to the airflow flowing in the chamber of the appliance;
a motor mechanically coupled with the roller for driving the roller about the axis of rotation;
a controller communicatively coupled with the motor, and wherein the controller is configured to:
receive a request to deliver an amount of the additive to the chamber of the appliance;
receive one or more signals indicative of a liquid level of the additive within the tank;
determine an angular distance in which to rotate the roller about the axis of rotation based at least in part on the one or more signals; and
activate the motor to rotate the roller about the axis of rotation the determined angular distance.

US Pat. No. 10,557,220

SMART YARN AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A YARN CONTAINING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SIREN CARE, INC., San Fr...

1. A method for producing a smart yarn, the method comprising:providing a set of sensing elements comprising a first sensing element and a second sensing element, each sensing element in the set of sensing elements comprising:
a respective sensor module; and
a respective conductive lead extending from the sensor module along a longitudinal axis;
wrapping a set of fibers into a yarn within a wrapping field;
feeding a leading end of the first sensing element into the wrapping field;
releasing the first sensing element into the wrapping field;
encasing the first sensing element between the set of fibers within the yarn;
following release of the first sensing element into the wrapping field, feeding a leading end of the second sensing element into the wrapping field;
releasing the second sensing element into the wrapping field; and
encasing the second sensing element between the set of fibers and longitudinally behind the first sensing element within the yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,557,215

CDTE-BASED COMPOUND SINGLE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A CdTe based compound single crystal comprising:a precipitate consisting essentially of particles having a particle size of less than 0.1 ?m obtained from an analysis by a light scattering tomography method, andan n-type impurity being Ga, In or Cl, whereina concentration of Ga is 1.8 ppmwt or more and 2.2 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound,
a concentration of In is 0.3 ppmwt or more and 6.3 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound, and
a concentration of Cl is 40 ppmwt or more and 300 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound.

US Pat. No. 10,557,213

CRYSTAL GROWING SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCLUDING A TRANSPARENT CRUCIBLE

GLOBALWAFERS CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of growing a crystal ingot from a melt, the method comprising:providing a susceptor and a crucible assembly, the crucible assembly comprising a crucible and a plurality of weirs;
supporting the crucible with the susceptor, the crucible configured to contain the melt, wherein the crucible is substantially transparent; and
generating thermal energy via a heating system and supplying the thermal energy to the susceptor via thermal radiation,
the susceptor enabling transfer of thermal energy to the melt via radiation through the transparent crucible wherein a percent of the total thermal radiation supplied to the susceptor and transferred through the crucible is between approximately 80% and approximately 92%, each weir being substantially transparent such that a percent of the total thermal radiation transferred through the plurality of weirs is between approximately 80% and approximately 92%.

US Pat. No. 10,557,211

SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, DISPLACEMENT COMPENSATION METHOD FOR SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM THAT RECORDS PROGRAM

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A substrate transporting apparatus comprising:a plurality of substrate holders configured to hold substrates;
a holder gripper configured to grip each substrate holder;
a substrate transporting section that includes a horizontal guide, a vertical guide, and an arm on which the holder gripper is mounted, the arm configured to move along the horizontal guide and the vertical guide;
a rotation mechanism configured to rotate the holder gripper about a vertical direction axis;
a linear motion mechanism configured to linearly move the holder gripper in a direction perpendicular to a plane defined by the horizontal guide and the vertical guide;
a plurality of processing tanks configured to process the substrates;
a controller;
a memory that stores a first angular displacement compensation value and a first linear displacement compensation value relating to each of the plurality of processing tanks;
wherein the controller controls the rotation mechanism and the linear motion mechanism based on the first angular displacement compensation value and the first linear displacement compensation value so as to compensate for displacement of each of the plurality of the processing tanks;
wherein the memory further stores a second angular displacement compensation value and a second linear displacement compensation value relating to each of the plurality of substrate holders; and
wherein the controller controls the rotation mechanism and the linear motion mechanism based on the second angular displacement compensation value and the second linear displacement compensation value so as to compensate for displacement of each of the plurality of substrate holders.

US Pat. No. 10,557,208

METHOD OF PRODUCING REINFORCED CONTAINER

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method for manufacturing at least a portion of a reinforced container, comprising:forming, with a first material via an additive manufacturing process, a shaped substrate having mutually opposed first and second substrate surfaces;
disposing, within the substrate, a plurality of transverse members each of which includes mutually opposed first and second member ends exposed at least partially at the first and second substrate surfaces, respectively;
applying a coating of a second material to the first and second substrate surfaces to form first and second substrate coatings bonded to the first and second member ends, respectively;
removing substantially all of the first material such that the first and second substrate coatings remain in a mutually opposed disposition and define an interior region among the plurality of transverse members between the first and second substrate coatings; and
filling substantially all of the interior region with a third material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,205

ORGANIC RESIN-COVERED SURFACE-TREATED METAL SHEET

TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDING...

1. An organic resin-covered surface-treated metal sheet forming, on at least one surface of a metal sheet, a surface-treatment coating and an organic resin film on said surface-treatment coating, wherein:said surface-treatment coating contains a polycarboxylic acid polymer and a polyvalent metal compound;
said polycarboxylic acid polymer comprises a constituent unit in an amount of not less than 60 mol % derived from at least one polymerizable monomer selected from the group consisting of acrylic acid, maleic acid, methacrylic acid, and itaconic acid; and
said surface-treatment coating exhibits an infrared-ray absorption spectra having a peak height ratio (?/?) of a maximum absorption peak height (?) in a wave number range of 1660 to 1760 cm?1 and a maximum absorption peak height (?) in a wave number range of 1490 to 1659 cm?1 of from 0.37 to 2.35.

US Pat. No. 10,557,201

VAPOR-PHASE GROWTH APPARATUS

TAIYO NIPPON SANSO CORPOR...

1. A gas-phase growth apparatus in which an upper part of a circular susceptor on the upper surface of which a substrate is arranged is provided into a circular opening formed at a bottom wall of a flow channel, while rotating the susceptor, the substrate is heated by a heater provided under the susceptor through the susceptor, a reaction gas is supplied into the flow channel, and a thin film is produced on the substrate,wherein a rotation driving device for rotating the susceptor including a cylindrical rotation member, and the cylindrical rotation member which is configured to support the circumferential edge of the susceptor by the top end thereof is arranged in a state of surrounding the heater
the heater is covered and sealed with the cylindrical rotation member,
the cylindrical rotation member includes a cylindrical main body, a susceptor supporting member having a short cylindrical shape provided at the top end of the cylindrical main body, and a plate ring-shaped support base provided at the top end of the susceptor supporting member, and a mounting part for carrying the circumferential edge of the susceptor is provided at the inner wall of the ring-shaped support base, and
the susceptor supporting member and the ring-shaped support base are made of boron nitride or silicon boron nitride.

US Pat. No. 10,557,199

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A heat treatment apparatus, comprising:a substantially-cylindrical reaction tube extending in a vertical direction, and configured to accommodate a substrate holder in which a plurality of substrates is stacked in the vertical direction;
a gas supply duct integrally formed with the reaction tube on an outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube to extend in a longitudinal direction of the reaction tube;
gas supply holes configured as pipe lines to bring an interior of the gas supply duct and an interior of the reaction tube into communication with each other, the pipe lines being oriented parallel to one another to supply a gas to the substrates in a mutually-parallel relationship;
a preheating duct integrally formed with the reaction tube on the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube, and installed so as to extend along the longitudinal direction of the reaction tube up to a predetermined position of a predetermined height existing in a vicinity of an upper end of the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube;
a connection duct configured to connect the preheating duct and the gas supply duct; and
a pressure-resistant container configured to cover the reaction tube, the gas supply duct and the preheating duct from the outside,
wherein the gas supply holes are formed in a region of the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube covered with the gas supply duct, and not formed in a region of the reaction tube covered with the preheating duct,
wherein a closed space is formed by the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube and the preheating duct, and
wherein the gas supply duct and the gas supply holes are formed to cover a mounting region of the substrates mounted on the substrate holder along the longitudinal direction of the reaction tube.

US Pat. No. 10,557,197

MONOLITHIC GAS DISTRIBUTION MANIFOLD AND VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND USE CASES THEREFOR

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a surface mount gas flow component having one or more gas flow ports;
obtaining a ceramic substrate having a first side and second side opposite the first side and including a surface-mount valve interface, the surface-mount valve interface configured to receive the surface-mount gas flow component and located on the first side, wherein the surface-mount valve interface includes a) two or more mounting holes in the ceramic substrate for receiving mounting fasteners for fixedly mounting the surface-mount gas flow component and b) one or more drop-holes, each drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes extending into the ceramic substrate and fluidically connected within the ceramic substrate with a corresponding gas flow channel that is located within the ceramic substrate and that follows a path that includes one or more segments that extend along one or more directions parallel to the first side, wherein each drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes has a corresponding seal region immediately adjacent thereto;
lapping or polishing at least each seal region of the one or more seal regions such that the surface roughness of that seal region is less than or equal to 5 ?in Ra;
placing, after the lapping or polishing, a crushable metal seal around each drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes such that the crushable metal seal is in contact with the seal region immediately adjacent to that drop-hole;
placing the surface-mount gas flow component against the first side with the one or more crushable metal seals interposed between the first side and the surface mount valve component and such that each gas flow port of the one or more gas flow ports of the surface-mount gas flow component aligns with a corresponding drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes;
compressing each crushable metal seal of the one or more crushable metal seals against a corresponding seal region of the one or more seal regions.

US Pat. No. 10,557,196

METHOD FOR REDUCING THE ADHESION OF DIRT TO A SUBSTRATE

1. A method for reducing the adhesion of dirt to a substrate, the method comprising:depositing a thin, incompletely closed layer of a material on at least one surface area of the substrate by a reactive vacuum coating process, the incompletely closed layer of the material comprising a plurality of islands of the material on the substrate, wherein the thin, incompletely closed layer is deposited by a sputtering magnetron, and wherein an oxygen-containing gas is used as a reactive gas in the reactive vacuum coating process; and
ion etching the at least one surface area after the thin, incompletely closed layer is deposited, wherein during the ion etching, ions adhere to the islands of the material, and surface subareas of the substrate on which the material is not present are affected to a varying degree by the ion etching, and wherein the ion etching results in a surface structure required for a Lotus effect, wherein the substrate includes an optical component, wherein optical transmission of light through the substrate is affected by an amount of dirt on the surface structure, and wherein ions causing the ion etching come from a plasma that is generated by the sputtering magnetron.

US Pat. No. 10,557,195

SPUTTERING TARGET AND/OR COIL, AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A method of providing a sputtering target and/or a coil, comprising the steps of:heating a finished-processed sputtering target and/or a coil for being disposed at a periphery of a plasma-generating region for confining plasma to 500° C. or more under a vacuum atmosphere or an inert gas atmosphere to regulate the hydrogen content of a surface to be eroded of the target and/or the coil to a depth of 8 mm beneath the surface to 500 ?L/cm2 or less; and
installing the target and/or coil in a vacuum chamber within 5 hours after said heating step to prevent adsorption or occlusion of hydrogen; and
determining the hydrogen content by cutting out a sample of 20×10×8 mm=1.6 cm3 of the target or the coil including the surface, heating the sample to 800° C., and quantitatively measuring hydrogen gas released from the surface of the sample by means of mass spectrometry.

US Pat. No. 10,557,186

WROUGHT ALUMINUM ALLOY

KOREA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLO...

8. A wrought aluminum alloy comprising:0.01 to 0.15 wt % of Ti;
5.5 to 6.0 wt % of Zn;
more than 2.0 wt % but not more than 2.25 wt % of Mg;
0.4 to 0.8 wt % of Cu;
0.1 to 0.2 wt % of Cr;
at most 0.2 wt % (and more than 0 wt %) of Fe;
at most 0.2 wt % (and more than 0 wt %) of Mn; and
at most 0.2 wt % (and more than 0 wt %) of Si, with the remainder being Al,
wherein a change in volume change ratio along the solidus is in the range of 0.11% to 0.27%, wherein extrusion is possible at an extrusion speed in the range of 1.0 mm/s to 1.4 mm/s, and wherein the yield strength is greater than 508 MPa but not greater than 515 MPa when T6 heat treatment is performed after the extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,182

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TAILORING COEFFICIENTS OF THERMAL EXPANSION BETWEEN EXTREME POSITIVE AND EXTREME NEGATIVE VALUES

1. A method of manufacturing a metallic material with a tailored thermal expansion coefficient in a selected range, comprising:plastically deforming said metallic material comprising a first phase and a first thermal expansion coefficient;
transforming, in response to said plastic deforming, at least some of said first phase into a second phase; and
orienting said metallic material in at least one selected orientation;
wherein:
said metallic material comprises an alloy with a mixture of phases;
said mixture of phases comprises at least one phase capable of a martensitic transformation that is embedded in another phase or phases that may or may not be capable of martensitic transformation;
said second phase comprises martensite;
said plastic deforming comprises mechanical deformation;
said metallic material, subsequent to said plastic deformation, comprises a second thermal expansion coefficient;
said second thermal expansion coefficient is within a selected range; and
said second thermal expansion coefficient quantifies thermal expansion of said metallic material in at least one selected direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,150

AUTOMATED NUCLEIC ACID ASSEMBLY AND INTRODUCTION OF NUCLEIC ACIDS INTO CELLS

Inscripta, Inc., Boulder...

1. An automated instrument comprising:a housing configured to house all of some modules;
one or more receptacles configured to receive nucleic acids and cells;
a growth module configured to grow the cells;
a cell concentration module configured to concentrate and render the cells electrocompetent;
a flow-through electroporation (FTEP) module configured to introduce the nucleic acids into the cells;
a selection module configured to select for transformed cells; and
a processor configured to operate the automated instrument based on user input and/or selection of a pre-programmed script; and
an automated liquid handling system to move liquids from the one or more receptacles to the growth module, from the growth module to the cell concentration module, from the cell concentration module to the FTEP module, and from the FTEP module to the selection module, all without user intervention.

US Pat. No. 10,557,146

MODIFIED PLANTS

THE INSTITUTE OF GENETICS...

1. A mutant wheat plant or plant part comprising a loss of function mutation in a TaMLO-A1, TaMLO-B1 and a TaMLO-D1 nucleic acid sequence, wherein said mutation has been introduced into SEQ NO. 13, SEQ ID NO. 14, SEQ ID NO. 15, SEQ ID NO. 16 or SEQ ID NO. 17 by using targeted genome modification, and wherein said mutation confers resistance to powdery mildew.

US Pat. No. 10,557,100

HIGH VISCOSITY BASE STOCK COMPOSITIONS

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A base stock composition comprising a Group III base stock having a number average molecular weight (Mn) of 2500 g/mol to 10000 g/mol, a weight average molecular weight (Mw) of 4000 g/mol to 30000 g/mol, a polydispersity (Mw/Mn) of at least 1.6, a sulfur content of 0.03 wt % or less, an aromatics content of 10 wt % or less, a kinematic viscosity at 100° C. of at least 350 cSt, a kinematic viscosity at 40° C. of at least 2500 cSt, and a viscosity index of 120 to 180.

US Pat. No. 10,557,092

RAFFINATE HYDROCONVERSION FOR PRODUCTION OF HIGH PERFORMANCE BASE STOCKS

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A method for making a base stock, comprising:performing solvent extraction on a feedstock to form a raffinate comprising a solvent dewaxed viscosity index (VI) of 80 to 105 at a pour point of ?18° C., the feedstock comprising at least 50 wt % of a mineral feedstock;
hydroconverting at least a portion of the raffinate under hydroconversion conditions to form a hydroconverted effluent, the hydroconversion conditions being effective for conversion of at least 15 wt % of the at least a portion of the raffinate relative to a conversion temperature of 370° C., the hydroconverted effluent comprising a VI at least 20 greater than the solvent dewaxed VI of the raffinate, a 343° C.+ portion of the hydroconverted effluent comprising a sulfur content of 50 wppm or less;
separating at least a portion of the hydroconverted effluent to form at least a lower boiling fraction and a lubricant boiling range fraction having a T10 distillation point of at least 343° C.;
dewaxing at least a portion of the lubricant boiling range fraction under catalytic dewaxing conditions to form a dewaxed effluent; and
fractionating at least a portion of the dewaxed effluent to form a base stock comprising a viscosity index of greater than 120, a sulfur content of less than 300 wppm, and a saturates content of at least 90 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,557,091

PROCESS FOR INCREASING HYDROCARBON YIELD FROM CATALYTIC REFORMER

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for increasing a C5+ hydrocarbon yield in a reforming reactor unit, the processing comprising:passing a catalyst through a conduit in a non-reactive zone of a reactor to a reaction zone of the reactor, the non-reactive zone comprising a first portion and a second portion, the first portion and the second portion separated by a baffle;
injecting a hydrocarbon feed stream into the first portion of the non-reactive zone of the reactor;
injecting a purge gas into the second portion of the non-reactive zone of the reactor to generate a positive differential pressure between the first portion and the second portion of the non-reactive zone; and
passing the feed stream from the first portion of the non-reactive zone to the reaction zone, wherein the catalyst in the conduit is isolated from the feed stream in the non-reactive zone.

US Pat. No. 10,557,090

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING TRANSPORT FUEL BLENDSTOCK

Patrick James Cadenhouse-...

1. A process for producing transport fuel blendstocks, the process comprising:providing a first feedstock comprising butane and propane, and a second feedstock comprising benzene;
dehydrogenating the first feedstock in a first reactor to produce a C4 product comprising butane and butene and a C3 product comprising propane and propylene;
splitting, via a C3/C4 splitter, the C4 product from the C3 product that are produced in the first reactor;
oligomerizing the C4 product in a second reactor to produce a first transport fuel blendstock; and
alkylating the C3 product with the second feedstock in a third reactor to produce a second transport fuel blendstock.

US Pat. No. 10,557,087

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING MATERIALS OF DIFFERING THERMAL PROPERTIES TO INCREASE FURNACE RUN LENGTH

AMEC FOSTER WHEELER USA C...

1. A method of manufacturing a heater process coil, the method comprising:forming a plurality of straight tubes from a first material;
forming a plurality of return bends from a second material;
joining the plurality of straight tubes to the plurality of return bends;
orienting the plurality of straight tubes and the plurality of return bends within a furnace such that the plurality of straight tubes are at least partially disposed within a heated portion of the furnace and the plurality of return bends are disposed within an unheated portion of the furnace;
wherein the first material exhibits a design-maximum tube-metal temperature greater than the second material; and
wherein the second material is harder than the first material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,086

RESVERATROL-BASED FLAME RETARDANT MATERIALS

International Business Ma...

1. A process of forming a resveratrol-based flame retardant polymer, the process comprising:forming a resveratrol-based flame retardant small molecule via a chemical reaction of a resveratrol molecule with a phosphorus-containing molecule that includes a chloride group and a terminal functional group, the terminal functional group selected from the group consisting of: an allyl group; an epoxide group; a lactone group; an amine group; and a carboxyl group; and
utilizing the resveratrol-based flame retardant small molecule to form a resveratrol-based flame retardant polymer via a chemical reaction of the terminal functional group.

US Pat. No. 10,557,083

LIQUID CRYSTAL MEDIUM

MERCK PATENT GMBH, Darms...

1. A liquid crystal (LC) medium comprisingone or more polymerisable compounds having two polymerisable groups at a concentration of 0.1 to 0.5% by weight, and
one or more polymerisable compounds having three polymerisable groups at a concentration of 0.01 to 0.1% by weight, which are selected from the following trireactive polymerisable compounds

in which
Sp1, Sp2, Sp3 each, independently of one another, denotes a spacer group or a single bond,
P1, P2, P3 each, independently of one another, denotes a polymerisable group,
and
one or more compounds of the following formulae

wherein
a denotes 1 or 2,
b denotes 0 or 1,

 denotes

R1 and R2 each, independently of one another, denotes alkyl having 1 to 12 C atoms, in which one or two non-adjacent CH2 groups are optionally replaced by —O—, —CH?CH—, —CO—, —OCO— or —COO— in such a way that O atoms are not linked directly to one another,
Zx and Zy each, independently of one another, denotes —CH2CH2—, —CH?CH—, —CF2O—, —OCF2—, —CH2O—, —OCH2—, —CO—O—, —O—CO—, —C2F4—, —CF?CF—, —CH?CH—CH2O— or a single bond,
L1-4 each, independently of one another, denotes F, Cl, OCF3, CF3, CH3, CH2F, or CHF2,
wherein the concentration of the compounds having two polymerisable groups is higher than the concentration of the compounds having three polymerisable groups, and
wherein the LC medium does not contain any unpolymerisable compounds having a terphenyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,557,081

LIGHT-CONVERTING MATERIAL

Merck Patent GmbH, Darms...

1. A light-converting material comprising semiconductor nanoparticles and an unactivated crystalline material, where the semiconductor nanoparticles are located on the surface of the unactivated crystalline material,where the unactivated crystalline material is a matrix material of an inorganic phosphor selected from the list consisting of: unactivated crystalline phosphates and halophosphates, unactivated crystalline borates and borosilicates, unactivated crystalline aluminates, gallates and alumosilicates, unactivated crystalline molybdates and tungstates, unactivated crystalline sulfides, selenides and tellurides, unactivated crystalline nitrides and oxynitrides, unactivated crystalline SiAlONs and other unactivated crystalline materials selected from unactivated crystalline complex metal-oxygen compounds, unactivated crystalline oxysulfides or oxychlorides and unactivated crystalline silicates or halosilicates selected from the list consisting of M2+SiO3, M2+2SiO4, M2+2(Si,Ge)O4, M2+3SiO5, M3+2SiO5, M3+M+SiO4, M2+Si2O5, M2+2Si2O6, M2+3Si2O7, M2+2M+2Si2O7, M3+2Si2O7, M2+4Si2O8, M2+2Si3O8, M2+3M3+2Si3O12, M+M3+M2+4Si4O10, M+M2+4M3+Si4O14, M2+3M3+2Si6O18, M3+SiO3X, M2+3SiO4X2, M2+5SiO4X6, M+2M2+2Si4O10X2, M2+5Si4O10X6, M+2SiX6, M2+3SiO3X4 and M2+9(SiO4)4X2; where M+ is one or more alkali metals; M2+ is Zn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cd, Cu and/or one or more alkaline-earth metals; M3+ is Al, Sc, Y, La and/or one or more rare-earth metals selected from Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu; and X is one or more halogens.

US Pat. No. 10,557,079

METHOD OF MAKING ROD-SHAPED PARTICLES FOR USE AS PROPPANT AND ANTI-FLOWBACK ADDITIVE

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A method for forming rod-shaped particles, comprising:(i) inducing flow of a slurry comprised of particles and a reactant through one or more orifices, forming a continuous uninterrupted stream;
(ii) allowing the continuous uninterrupted stream to become submerged in a coagulation solution, wherein the continuous uninterrupted stream forms a continuous rod;
(iii) at least partially coagulating the reactant of the continuous rod in the coagulation solution, wherein the continuous rod is pre-sintered; and
(iv) applying mechanical vibration or using a rotating cutting mechanism to break the pre-sintered continuous rod into rods of reduced length.

US Pat. No. 10,557,073

DRILLING FLUID FOR DOWNHOLE ELECTROCRUSHING DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

21. An electrocrushing drilling system comprising:a drill string;
an electrocrushing drill bit attached to a distal end of the drill string for fracturing rock in a formation, the electrocrushing drill bit comprising electrodes through which a voltage may be discharged that are at least 0.4 inches apart at their closest spacing; and
an electrocrushing drilling fluid that circulates downhole through the drill string and then moves the fractured rock uphole,
wherein the electrocrushing drilling fluid comprises:
a polar oil, a non-polar oil, or a combination thereof; and
water;
wherein a ratio of oil:water is between 50:50 and 90:10 (v:v), and
wherein the electrocrushing drilling fluid has a dielectric strength of at least 100 kV/cm at 10 microseconds rise time.

US Pat. No. 10,557,072

DRILLING FLUID FOR DOWNHOLE ELECTROCRUSHING DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An electrocrushing drilling fluid comprising a electrocrushing drilling base fluid comprising:a polar oil, a non-polar oil or a combination thereof; and
glycerine carbonate;
wherein the electrocrushing drilling base fluid has a dielectric constant of at least 6 at 100 kHz frequency; and
wherein the electrocrushing drilling base fluid has an electric conductivity of less than 10?5 mho/cm.

US Pat. No. 10,557,058

POLISHING AGENT, POLISHING AGENT SET, AND SUBSTRATE POLISHING METHOD

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

6. A polishing method for a base substrate, comprising a step of polishing a surface to be polished of a base substrate using a polishing agent obtained by mixing the first liquid and the second liquid of the polishing agent set according to claim 5.

US Pat. No. 10,557,056

ABS/POLYCARBONATE/POLY(STYRENE-CO-MALEIMIDE) PART MATERIAL FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Evolve Additive Solutions...

1. A part material for printing three-dimensional parts with an electrophotography-based additive manufacturing system, the part material comprising:a composition comprising:
a grafted polymer comprising acrylonitrile units, butadiene units, aromatic units, polycarbonate and poly(styrene-co-maleimide);
a charge control agent; and
a heat absorber;
wherein the part material is provided in a powder form having a D50 particle size ranging from about 5 micrometers to about 30 micrometers; and
wherein the part material is configured for use in the electrophotography-based additive manufacturing system having a layer transfusion assembly for printing the three-dimensional parts in a layer-by-layer manner.

US Pat. No. 10,557,050

METALLIC IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A metallic image forming method for forming an image having a metallic hue derived from an organic coloring agent, the method comprising:preparing a metallic ink containing the organic coloring agent,
preparing a recording medium provided with an undercoat layer thereon having (i) a black color for absorbing diffusion light of the metal particles or (ii) an opposite color to the color of diffused light from the organic coloring agent for cancelling the diffusion light of the organic coloring agent, and
printing with the metallic ink onto the recording medium so as to cover at least part of the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer has the opposite color to the color of diffused light from the organic coloring agent, and
wherein the ink having the opposite color to the color of the diffusion light from the organic coloring agent contains a coloring material capable of exhibiting the opposite color to the color of diffused light from the organic coloring agent.

US Pat. No. 10,557,044

SLIPPERY ANTI-FOULING SURFACES FABRICATED FROM REACTIVE POLYMER MULTILAYERS

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

19. A slippery liquid-infused porous surface (SLIPS) multilayer film comprising:a) a multilayer film comprising one or more bilayers, wherein each bilayer comprises a first polymer layer in contact with a second polymer layer, where the multilayer film has nanoscale or microscale porosity and at least a portion of the multilayer film is functionalized to be hydrophobic; and
b) a hydrophobic oil selected from the group consisting of a silicone oil, a vegetable oil, a mineral oil, a thermotropic liquid crystal, and combinations thereof, wherein said oil coats at least the functionalized portion of the multilayer film and said oil at least partially fills the pores of at least the functionalized portion of the multilayer film.