US Pat. No. 10,711,829

SLEEVE JOINT, IN PARTICULAR FOR A VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A sleeve joint comprising:an outer sleeve which accommodates a ball socket, made of a plastic material, for an inner ball joint body and secures the inner ball joint body in an axial direction, and
the ball socket extending radially as far as an inside wall of the outer sleeve so that the ball socket is supported directly by the outer sleeve; and
the ball socket extends axially over the outer sleeve and has a holding groove for a sealing bellows.

US Pat. No. 10,711,826

CABLE ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cable assembly comprising:a sheath;
a cable guided in said sheath;
a retention element connected to said sheath, said retention element having a cylindrical body portion having a cavity and a resiliently deformable side portion having an inner face and an outer face, an opening in said side portion extending between said inner face and said outer face, said cable extending through said opening; and
a stop element connected to said cable and movable between a first position in said cavity, nearest to said inner face, and a second position out of said cavity, nearest said outer face, by a pulling force exerted on said cable.

US Pat. No. 10,711,824

LOCKING NUT AND WASHER

1. A locking nut and washer for use with a threaded bolt, where the locking nut has a tool engaging portion, a threaded aperture, and a washer engaging portion in the form of a collar; andthe washer has a locking nut engaging portion in the form of a channel of size and dimension that may securely receive the collar and an aperture, the locking nut engaging portion further having a bonded elastomer attached thereto, the bonded elastomer acting to seal the washer against a surface;
where, the collar passes through an opening in the channel in order to be received therein, the opening in the channel being able to be closed off by a first retaining means and thereby securely retain the collar within the channel, and where, when so securely retained, the threaded aperture and the aperture align to be at least substantially concentric so as to receive the threaded bolt, and where, when torque is applied to the tool engaging portion, an axial force is applied by the collar to a portion of the channel, the axial force thereby causing the washer to move along the threaded bolt in the same direction as the locking nut, the washer capable of disengagement from the locking nut when not in receipt of the threaded bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,711,822

NUT INTEGRATED WITH BRACKET AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of manufacturing a nut integrated with a bracket, the method comprising:a pre-drawing step of forming a reference hole and a processing cross section in a plate material supplied between a punch and a die, forming a beading portion by processing the processing cross section through multiple steps, and piercing a center of the beading portion to form a through hole;
a forging step of forming a pipe portion having a tube shape by gradually widening the through hole in the beading portion and decreasing an inner diameter and an outer diameter of the pipe portion from the processing cross section to a tip of the beading portion, and then processing an outer circumferential surface of the pipe portion so as to form the tube shape through multiple steps so that a thickness is increased from the tip of the pipe portion to the processing cross section, subsequent to the pre-drawing step;
a precision forging step of precisely correcting dimensions of the inner diameter and the outer diameter of the pipe portion formed in the tube shape, and forming a protruding end from the tip of the pipe portion, subsequent to the forging step; and
a post-processing step of cutting the processing cross section to a final product shape, forming bent ends at both end portions of the cut processing cross section, and forming a threaded tap on an inner circumferential surface of the pipe portion, subsequent to the precision forging step,
wherein the precision forging step includes:
an upsetting step of precisely correcting the dimensions of the inner diameter and the outer diameter of the pipe portion by compressing the pipe portion, which is formed in the tube shape, in a longitudinal direction through multiple steps, subsequent to the forging step;
a cam upsetting step of forming an increased thickness portion, which protrudes at an outer circumference of the tip of the pipe portion, and further forming the protruding end which protrudes in a longitudinal direction from a tip surface of the increased thickness portion, by compressing the inner and outer circumferential surfaces and a tip portion of the pipe portion, which have the corrected dimensions, to predetermined shapes, subsequent to the upsetting step; and
a cam rest burring step of removing residual burrs on the pipe portion by compressing the inner and outer circumferential surfaces and the tip portion of the pipe portion, which has the increased thickness portion and the protruding end, to predetermined shapes, subsequent to the cam upsetting step.

US Pat. No. 10,711,821

MODULAR LOCKING PIN

MITEE-BITE PRODUCTS LLC, ...

1. A locking pin, comprising:an elongate body having an interior channel extending through the elongate body;
a plurality of bores radially extending from the interior channel through an outer surface of the elongate body;
a locking ball captively received in each of the plurality of radial bores; and
a first drive ball and a second drive ball carried within the interior channel, the first drive ball disposed above the plurality of bores and the second drive ball disposed below the plurality of bores, the first drive ball and the second drive ball configured to be selectively urged against the locking ball so that the locking ball may protrude from the outer surface of the elongate body.

US Pat. No. 10,711,818

ONE-TIME ONLY SNAP CONNECTION SYSTEM MOUNTING TWO PARTS AND A SENSOR MOUNTING SYSTEM USING THE SNAP CONNECTION SYSTEM

1. An enforced one-time snap connection system, comprising:an elongated first component including
a circumferentially extending groove formed into an exterior surface of the elongated first component;
a second component including
an annular mounting adapter having an internal bore;
an annular retainer secured on an end of the second component at the internal bore, the annular retainer including
an axially extending annular portion having a radially inwardly projecting annular locking rib, or
axially extending legs having radially inwardly projecting locking tabs;
wherein the radially inwardly projecting annular locking rib or the radially inwardly projecting locking tabs are lockably received into the circumferentially extending groove during installation of the first component into the second component;
wherein the annular locking rib or locking tabs and/or the circumferentially extending groove are critically damaged or destroyed if the first component is removed from the second component, thereby preventing re-assembly and re-locking of the components together again such that the snap connection system is an enforced one-time snap connection system.

US Pat. No. 10,711,817

ROD FOR USE IN RACK AND HOLDING DEVICE FOR USE IN COOPERATION WITH RACK

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. Electronic equipment for a data center or storage system, comprising:an electronic hardware rack having a set of walls, a bottom surface, and a generally rectangular holding device, the set of walls defining an interior space therebetween, the holding device being disposed at a fixed position within the interior space and including a nut having trapezoidal threading;
a machine unit that mounts to the electronic hardware rack within the interior space; and
a rod assembly including a bolt at a first end of the rod assembly, a handle portion at a second end of the rod assembly that is opposite the first end, and an elongated mid-section that extends between the bolt portion and the handle portion, the bolt having trapezoidal threading, wherein the rod assembly extends through the machine unit and the bolt is received within the holding device to secure the machine unit to the electronic hardware rack with the machine unit residing within the interior space and enhance shock resistance performance; wherein the bolt having the trapezoidal threading engages with the nut having the trapezoidal threading in response to rotation of the handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,812

HOLDER FOR MOBILE PHONES

1. A mobile device holder, comprising a clamping arm, a lower supporting arm and a link mechanism, the link mechanism linking the clamping arm and the lower support arm in a rotatable manner, wherein the mobile device holder further comprises a lock mechanism, which acts on the link mechanism and causes the link mechanism to enable one-way linkage and wherein the link mechanism is provided as a link gear, the lock mechanism is provided as a snap projection which is fixed relative to a gear shaft of the link gear, and the snap projection and the link gear are in snap-fit connection of one-way rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,711,807

GAS LIFT PUMP APPARATUS WITH ULTRASONIC ENERGY GENERATOR AND METHOD

COLDHARBOUR MARINE LIMITE...

1. A system, comprising:a ballast tank for a marine vessel, the ballast tank containing a liquid; and
a gas lift pump apparatus comprising:
a hollow tube member mounted in a substantially upright orientation within the ballast tank and at least partially submerged within the liquid in the ballast tank, wherein the hollow tube member comprises a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet arranged such that the liquid in the ballast tank can flow upwardly through the hollow tube member and thereby circulate within the ballast tank, wherein the liquid in the ballast tank recirculates within the ballast tank from the liquid outlet of the hollow tube member to the liquid inlet of the hollow tube member;
a fluid delivery device within the hollow tube member, the fluid delivery device comprising a resonance chamber; and
a conduit extending from the fluid delivery device to a gas supply external to the ballast tank, wherein the resonance chamber generates ultrasonic energy therein by a flow of gas via the conduit through the resonance chamber, wherein the fluid delivery device launches the ultrasonic energy into the liquid in the hollow tube member, wherein the ultrasonic energy kills aquatic nuisance species (ANS) present in the liquid;
wherein the flow of gas through the resonance chamber causes pumping of the liquid upwardly through the hollow tube member and recirculation of the liquid within the ballast tank.

US Pat. No. 10,711,804

AIR PURIFIER

QINGDAO RANDALL AERODYNAM...

1. An air purifier comprising:a fan mounted for rotation on a shaft, the shaft has a shaft-axis, the fan is substantially surrounded by a fan housing, and the fan is an axial fan
a motor to rotate the fan on the shaft for causing air to flow;
a filter supported downstream of the fan, the filter is substantially surrounded by a filter housing; and
a diffuser supported between the fan housing and the filter, the diffuser has a filter end and a fan housing end, the ends are connected by a wall, the filter end is substantially polygonal or substantially circular in shape and the fan housing end is substantially circular in shape, and the wall tapers inwardly relative to the shaft-axis from the filter end to the fan housing end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,801

LIFT OUT DISCONNECT

AK Industries, Inc., Ply...

1. An adjustable disconnect and rail system adapted to affix to a basin having a floor and a sidewall, said system adapted to removably connect a submersible pump to a discharge pipe extending through said sidewall, said system comprising:a first rail being an elongate member, a second rail being parallel to said first rail, said first and second rails adapted to be fixed with respect to said basin;
a receiver body slidably affixable to said first and second rails having a first and second ear portion and a coupling portion affixed therebetween, said first ear portion receiving said first rail and said second ear portion receiving said second rail, each said ear portion having a set screw for impinging and affixing said receiver body to said rails;
said coupling portion having a coupling mating surface located between a first guide adjacent said first ear portion and a second guide adjacent said second ear portion, said coupling mating surface having a hole extending therethrough, each said guide having an offsetting portion extending from said coupling mating surface, said offsetting portion extending upwardly into a clamping guide portion having a corresponding clamping ramped surface facing and obliquely angled with respect to said coupling mating surface, said clamping ramped surface of said first guide being aligned with said clamping ramped surface of said second guide, each said clamping guide portion having an alignment surface extending into a centering surface located on said offsetting portion, said alignment surface of said first guide obliquely angled with respect to said alignment surface of said second guide;
an outlet body having an outlet fluid aperture extending therethrough, said outlet body having an outlet sealing surface, said outlet body having first and second side surface, said first side surface parallel to said second side surface and spaced therefrom, said outlet body having a first tab extending outwardly from said first side surface and a second tab extending outwardly from said second side surface, each said tabs having a biasing surface parallel to said outlet sealing surface, said outlet sealing surface having an annular groove and a seal retained therein;
when said outlet body is coupled to said receiver body, said clamping ramped surface of first guide urges said first tab toward said coupling mating surface and said clamping ramped surface of said second guide urges said second tab toward said coupling mating surface, said outlet sealing surface faces and overlays said coupling mating surface; and
an upper guide plate affixed to said outlet body, said guide plate having arcuate portions, each said arcuate portion having a guide arm portion with an opening larger than a diameter of each said rail.

US Pat. No. 10,711,791

DUAL MODE TURBOFAN ENGINE

United States as represen...

1. A dual mode turbofan engine system, the engine system comprising:a jet engine portion having a compressor, a turbine disposed aft of the compressor, and a shaft coupled to the compressor and the turbine, wherein the jet engine portion is configured to produce an exhaust;
an auxiliary turbine having a plurality of auxiliary turbine blades, wherein the auxiliary turbine is disposed aft of the turbine and decoupled from the shaft;
a diverter disposed between the turbine and the auxiliary turbine, wherein the diverter is configured to selectively direct the exhaust to an inner flow path bypassing the plurality of auxiliary turbine blades or to an outer flow path engaging the plurality of turbine blades; and
a plurality of propeller blades hingedly connected to the auxiliary turbine;
wherein the diverter is an adjustable frustoconical structure, and the diverter includes a plurality of overlapping plates.

US Pat. No. 10,711,788

INTEGRATED SUMP PUMP CONTROLLER WITH STATUS NOTIFICATIONS

1. A back-up pump system comprising:a primary AC pump and a secondary DC pump, the primary AC pump having a primary switch for operating at least one of the pumps, the primary switch being a solid state switch, and the secondary DC pump having a secondary switch for operating at least one of the pumps;
a back-up battery for powering the secondary DC pump when regular power conditions are interrupted;
a primary controller electrically connected to and configured to operate both the primary AC pump and the secondary DC pump;
a secondary controller, discrete from the primary controller, and electrically connected to at least one of the pumps to operate the at least one of the pumps when the primary controller malfunctions or fails; and
a connector for connecting the primary AC pump to the secondary DC pump so that the pumps may be moved or placed together as an assembly,
wherein the connector is a coupling that has a first interface for aligning with a first AC pump outlet and a second interface for aligning with a second DC pump outlet so that the pumps may be connected to one another and moved or placed together as an assembly;
wherein the first interface is connected to the first AC pump outlet via a first fastener and the second interface is connected to the second DC pump outlet via a second fastener; and
wherein the first AC pump outlet and second DC pump outlet each have internal female pipe threading (FPT) and the first fastener and second fastener are threaded sleeves each having male pipe threading (MPT) on one end that mates with the FPT of the first AC pump outlet and second DC pump outlet, the fasteners further each having a flange portion that engages respective portions of the coupling to secure the coupling to the pumps and the pumps to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,711,785

OIL FLOODED COMPRESSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ingersoll-Rand Industrial...

1. A method comprising:measuring a discharge pressure of compressed working fluid discharged from a compressor;
determining a dew point temperature of the compressed working fluid discharged from the compressor;
controlling a discharge temperature of the compressed working fluid discharged from the compressor;
controlling an inlet temperature of a lubricant entering the compressor; and
wherein controlling the discharge temperature of the compressed working fluid includes:
transferring heat from lubricant discharged from the compressor to working fluid in a heat exchanger prior to entering the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,711,774

MEMBRANE PUMP, IN PARTICULAR FOR USE IN THE EXHAUST GAS SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE COMPRISING A MEMBRANE PUMP

1. A membrane pump for use in an exhaust gas tract of a combustion engine, comprising a pressure housing, the internal volume of which is subdivided by a one or more resiliently deformable membranes into an exhaust-side sub-volume into which exhaust is permitted to pass and a fresh gas-side sub-volume through which a gas flows, wherein a biasing force is applied to the one or more membranes in such a way that in a pressure-free state the exhaust-side sub-volume has a minimum volume in relation to a deformability of the one or more membranes, and wherein a leaf spring is provided as a restoring spring for applying the biasing force to the one or more membranes.

US Pat. No. 10,711,771

ELECTROHYDRAULIC PROPORTIONAL PRESSURE CONTROL FOR OPEN CIRCUIT PUMP

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A pump control assembly for controlling a variable displacement hydraulic pump, the pump control assembly comprising:a valve block defining a spool bore having a central bore axis, the valve block also defining a pump output port, a pump displacement control port, and a tank port;
a spool mounted within the spool bore, the spool having a first end and an opposite second end, the spool being movable within the spool bore along the central bore axis between a first position where the tank port is in fluid communication with the pump displacement control port and a second position in which the pump output port is in fluid communication with the pump displacement control port, the spool moving in a first direction along the central bore axis when moving from the first position toward the second position, and the spool moving in a second direction along the central bore axis when moving from the second position toward the first position, the first and second directions being opposite from one another;
a first chamber positioned at the first end of the spool, the first chamber being in fluid communication with the pump output port so as to be configured to receive a pump output pressure from the variable displacement pump when the pump control assembly is installed on the variable displacement pump, wherein when the pump output pressure is applied to the first chamber, the pump output pressure applies a pump output pressure force to the spool in the first direction;
a second chamber positioned at the second end of the spool;
a piston positioned within the second chamber so as to divide the second chamber into a first section and a second section, the first section being positioned between the piston and the second end of the spool, the piston being movable within the second chamber along the central bore axis;
a first spring positioned within the first section of the second chamber for transferring a piston force in the second direction from the piston to the spool;
a second spring positioned within the second section of the second chamber for applying a pre-load force to the piston for biasing the piston in the second direction;
a proportional pressure reducing valve mounted within the valve block, the proportional pressure reducing valve being operable in a first state where the tank port is in fluid communication with the second section of the second chamber and a second state where the pump output port is in fluid communication with the second section of the second chamber, the proportional pressure reducing valve being configured to convert the pump output pressure into a reduced pressure that is provided at the second section of the second chamber, wherein the reduced pressure at the second section of the second chamber acts on the piston to apply a reduced pressure force to the piston in the second direction, and the magnitude of the reduced pressure output from the proportional pressure reducing valve being directly proportional to a current provided to a solenoid of the proportional pressure reducing valve; and
a stop structure having a positive stop that stops movement of the piston in the second direction along the central bore axis at a stop position that defines a maximum threshold for the piston force transferred by the first spring in the second direction from the piston to the spool, the stop position being adjustable along the central bore axis to adjust the maximum threshold of the piston force.

US Pat. No. 10,711,769

ACTUATOR DEVICE BASED ON AN ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An actuator device comprising:an active matrix array comprising a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns,
wherein each intersection of one of the plurality of rows and one of the plurality of columns comprises at least one electroactive polymer actuator,
wherein each electroactive polymer actuator comprises a switching circuit,
wherein each of the switching circuits comprises a drive transistor, a first capacitor and a second capacitor,
wherein the drive transistor comprises a gate, a source and a drain,
wherein the drive transistor is arranged to drive a current through the electroactive polymer actuator, and
wherein the first capacitor and the second capacitor are connected in series between the gate and the source,
a data input to each of the switching circuit, wherein the data input is electrically connected to a junction,
wherein the junction is an electrical connection between the first capacitor and the second capacitor, and
wherein the second capacitor is arranged to charge to a voltage derived from a drive voltage for the electroactive polymer actuator and
a voltage derived from a drive transistor threshold voltage stored on the first capacitor; and
an isolation switch electrically connected between all of the electroactive polymer actuators of a row and a reference terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,767

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF A WIND ENERGY INSTALLATION FROM A GROUP OF WIND ENERGY INSTALLATIONS

Senvion GmbH, Hamburg (D...

1. A method for the maintenance of a first wind energy installation (15) from a group of wind energy installations (14, 15) comprising the following steps:a. identifying a future maintenance time period (26) in which a boost power of the group of wind energy installations (14, 15) is greater than a prescribed threshold value, wherein the boost power results from a wind speed (23) predicted for the future maintenance time period (26), said wind speed being greater than a rated wind speed (24);
b. reducing the power of the first wind energy installation (15) after the start of the maintenance time period and drawing a boost power from a plurality of wind energy installations (14) from the group of wind energy installations (14, 15);
c. carrying out a maintenance process at the first wind energy installation (15).

US Pat. No. 10,711,766

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMAL OPERATION OF WIND FARMS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of operational parameters corresponding to a plurality of wind turbines;
obtaining a plurality of source sound power values corresponding to sound power values generated by the plurality of wind turbines at the plurality of wind turbines;
obtaining a plurality of receptor sound pressure measurements corresponding to a plurality of receptor locations in a far-field location at least one kilometer away from the plurality of wind turbines;
estimating a physics-based attenuation model based on the plurality of source sound power values and the receptor sound pressure value, wherein the attenuation model comprises a plurality of attenuation coefficients;
determining, via the attenuation model, a plurality of receptor sound pressure estimates based on the plurality of source sound power values;
determining at least one difference value between the plurality of receptor sound pressure measurements and the plurality of receptor sound pressure estimates;
re-estimating the plurality of attenuation coefficients based on the plurality of difference values when at least one of the plurality of difference values exceeds a predetermined threshold;
determining at least one turbine set-point corresponding to at least one wind turbine among the plurality of wind turbines based on the plurality of attenuation coefficients and the plurality of turbine operational parameters; and
modifying a power output value of the at least one wind turbine by modifying at least one of the plurality of operational parameters and the at least one turbine set-point of the at least one wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,711,765

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WIND TURBINE

Nordex Christian, Hambur...

1. A method for controlling a wind turbine that has a generator that is controlled via a converter in a boost operation, in which an electrical power that is fed into an electrical transmission network is increased by a generative deceleration of the generator, the method comprising:using a control to determine a set point value for a generator torque (N*) depending on an actual value of a rotational speed (nmeas);
applying the determined set point value for the generator torque (N*) to a generator via a limiter with a predefinable upper and lower limit (Nup, Nlow);
determining the set point value for the generator torque (N*boost) in boost operation that leads to an increased fed-in electrical power (Pinc) in response to a boost signal (flagboost); and
limiting a temporal change of the set point value for the generator torque (dN*/dt) in a recovery operation in response to a recovery signal (flagrec),
wherein a maximum permissible temporal change of the set point value of the generator torque (dN*/dt) is determined depending on an actual value of the power (Pmeas) that is fed in when the recovery signal occurs and on an actual value of the rotational speed (nmeas) with the recovery signal (flagreco) set.

US Pat. No. 10,711,761

HYDROKINETIC POWER SOURCE

1. A system, comprising:a body having at least two surfaces, the body configured to be located at least partially below a surface of a body of water moving in a first direction; and
a mechanical system connected to the body;
wherein:
the mechanical system is configured to allow the movement of the body of water in the first direction to move the body back and forth in a plane parallel to the surface of the body of water in a second direction and a third direction;
the second and the third directions are substantially perpendicular to the first direction;
the mechanical system is configured to translate the movement of the body to a rotor of an electrical generator;
an angle of the body is substantially parallel to a flow of the body of water in the first direction as the body reaches a first end point or a second end point of a traverse between the second direction and the third direction;
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction varies as the body traverses between the second direction and the third direction;
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction increases as the body moves from the first endpoint to a midpoint of the traverse between the second direction and the third direction;
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction decreases as the body moves from the midpoint to the second endpoint of the traverse between the second direction and the third direction; and
the angle of the body relative to the flow of the body of water in the first direction is greater than 0 degrees as the body traverses between the second direction and the third direction to generate lift;
wherein the body further comprises a control pin extending from a side surface of the body;
wherein the mechanical system further comprises a tie arm including a first control point and a second control point; and
wherein the control pin is configured to swing between the first control point and the second control point of the tie arm as the body traverses between the second direction and the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,758

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AN IGNITION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for monitoring a spark plug, comprising:charging an ignition coil supplying electrical energy to the spark plug; and
adjusting engine operation via a controller in response to a voltage of a primary ignition coil at a time where the voltage of the primary ignition coil is an adjustable percentage of a peak voltage resulting from discharging the ignition coil during a cycle of a cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,711,755

ELECTRIC STARTER BATTERY FOR LARGE ENGINES

1. A starting circuit for providing electric power to a starter motor to start an internal combustion engine of outdoor power equipment, comprising:a battery receptacle mounted on the outdoor power equipment and electrically connected to the starter motor; and
a starter battery configured for receipt in the battery receptacle, the starter battery comprising:
an outer housing;
a plurality of battery cells contained within the outer housing;
a printed circuit board including a battery controller mounted to the printed circuit board; and
an array of connector pins accessible through the outer housing, wherein the array of connector pins includes at least three high current pins and a plurality of low current pins, wherein a first one of the high current pins is connectable to the starter motor and a second one of the of the high current pins is connectable to power auxiliary devices of the outdoor power equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,711,754

VALVE ASSEMBLY HAVING ELECTRICAL ACTUATOR WITH STEPPED ARMATURE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a valve member;
an electrical actuator including a stator, and an armature coupled to the valve member;
the armature including an armature plate defining an armature center axis, and being movable between a rest position and an activated position to vary a position of the valve member, in response to a change to an energy state of the electrical actuator;
the armature plate including a top armature surface facing the stator, a bottom armature surface, and an outer perimetric surface extending circumferentially around the armature center axis and axially between the top armature surface and the bottom armature surface; and
the top armature surface having an inwardly stepped-up profile forming a raised surface at a radially inward location that is adjacent to the stator at the activated position, and a lower, gap-forming surface at a radially outward location that forms a gap between the armature and the stator at the activated position, and
further comprising a housing defining a longitudinal housing axis, and the armature center axis is tilted relative to the longitudinal housing axis at the activated position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,753

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:two intake openings facing a combustion chamber, and opened and closed by intake valves;
exhaust openings facing the combustion chamber, and opened and closed by exhaust valves;
a fuel injector having a plurality of nozzle holes; and
mask parts having wall surfaces extending along outer edges of the intake openings toward the inside of the combustion chamber at the opposite sides to the exhaust opening sides,
wherein the fuel injector is arranged so that the nozzle holes are positioned between the two intake openings at the opposite sides to the exhaust opening sides from the intake openings,
the plurality of nozzle holes include a first nozzle hole, among the plurality of nozzle holes, injecting fuel in a direction with the smallest angle from a plane perpendicular to the axial direction of the cylinder, and
the wall surfaces are formed so that a height in a first nozzle hole ejection region positioned in a range of injection of a fuel spray from the first nozzle hole, when viewed in the axial direction of the cylinder, is lower than a height in regions other than the first nozzle hole ejection region.

US Pat. No. 10,711,750

VALVE FOR METERING A FLUID

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve for metering a fluid, the valve being a fuel injection valve for an internal combustion engine, the valve comprising:an electromagnetic actuator; and
a valve needle actuatable by the electromagnetic actuator, used to actuate a valve closing body that interacts with a valve seat surface to form a sealing seat, an armature of the electromagnetic actuator being guided on the valve needle so as to be movable along a longitudinal axis of the valve needle, the movement of the armature relative to the valve needle being limited by at least one stop surface, situated on the valve needle, of a stop element, the armature having at least one passage channel;
wherein the stop element and/or the armature are configured such that during operation there always remains an intermediate space, adjoining the valve needle, between the stop element and an end face of the armature facing the stop element, and the stop surface lies, at least in a contact region, on the end face of the armature facing the stop element when the armature and the stop surface come into contact during operation, the contact region being situated between the intermediate space and an opening of the passage channel when the armature and the stop surface come into contact during operation, and
wherein the stop element on which the stop surface is formed is connected to the valve needle or is formed on the valve needle, and the stop element is configured such that a fluid provided in the intermediate space is pressed out from the intermediate space during operation, at least partly via the throttle gap, due to a dynamic deformation of the stop element enabled by an impact of the armature on the stop surface.

US Pat. No. 10,711,745

WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:an engine;
an intake passage through which combustion air flows from an ambient air inlet to the engine;
an air cleaner for removing dust contained in the combustion air;
a throttle valve for adjusting an intake amount of the combustion air by the engine;
a blowby gas returning passage for returning blowby gas discharged from the engine to a mid portion of the intake passage; and
an inclined passage portion that assumes a progressively downwardly inclined posture to be located at a lower position on downstream side in a flow direction, the inclined passage portion having a water draining portion at its lowermost end, the inclined passage portion being provided at a flow direction downstream portion at a returning passage connecting portion of the intake passage to which the blowby gas returning passage is connected;
wherein the blowby gas returning passage is connected to the intake passage on a more downstream side in the flow direction than the air cleaner; and
wherein the throttle valve is provided at a position that is on a downstream side in flow direction of the inclined passage portion and that is at a height that is approximately equal to or greater than a height of the returning passage connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,742

VEHICLE AIR INTAKE HOUSING

Element 1 Engineering Ltd...

1. An assembly, comprising:a housing having a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end for attaching to an engine air inlet, a diameter of the proximal end having a smaller diameter than a diameter of the distal end;
a filter positioned within the housing and having a proximal end for transmitting filtered air to the engine air inlet and a distal end for receiving unfiltered air, the filter proximal end having a smaller diameter than the filter distal end, and
wherein the housing gradually decreases in diameter from the housing distal end to the housing proximal end, such that the cross-sections of the filter and the housing are progressively smaller along the direction of airflow from the distal to proximal ends of the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,711,733

CLOSED CYCLE ENGINE WITH BOTTOMING-CYCLE SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A system, comprising:a closed cycle engine defining a cold side and a hot side;
a heater loop positioned at least in part in a heat exchange relationship with the hot side of the closed cycle engine for recovering hot combustion gases therefrom, wherein the heater loop has a heat recovery loop along which recovered hot combustion gases are movable;
a chiller loop having a bottoming-cycle loop;
a pump positioned along the bottoming-cycle loop and operable to move a working fluid along the bottoming-cycle loop;
a cold side heat exchanger positioned along the bottoming-cycle loop in fluid communication with the pump and positioned in a heat exchange relationship with the cold side of the closed cycle engine, wherein the working fluid exits the cold side heat exchanger at a first temperature and a first pressure;
a constant density heat exchanger positioned along the bottoming-cycle loop and downstream of the cold side heat exchanger, wherein the constant density heat exchanger is operable to hold a volume of the working fluid flowing therethrough at constant density during heat application via a heat source such that a temperature and a pressure of the volume of the working fluid is increased to a second temperature and a second pressure, wherein the second temperature is greater than the first temperature and the second pressure is greater than the first pressure, and wherein the heat recovery loop is positioned at least in part in a heat exchange relationship with the constant density heat exchanger such that recovered hot combustion gases, acting as the heat source, impart thermal energy to the volume of working fluid held at constant density within the constant density heat exchanger;
an expansion device in fluid communication with the constant density heat exchanger, the expansion device operable to extract thermal energy from the working fluid to produce work; and
a third heat exchanger positioned along the bottoming-cycle loop and having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the third heat exchanger in fluid communication with the expansion device and the outlet of the third heat exchanger in fluid communication with the pump, wherein the third heat exchanger is operable to decrease the working fluid to a third temperature that is less than the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,711,730

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A internal combustion engine including a combustion chamber constituted by a wall surface on which a heat shielding film is formed, wherein:the heat shielding film includes a heat shielding layer and an oil repellent layer;
the heat shielding layer is formed on the wall surface and also is composed of a material having thermal conductivity lower than a base material of the combustion chamber;
the oil repellent layer is formed on a surface of the heat shield layer and also is composed of polyalkoxysiloxane; and
a contact angle of the oil repellent layer with engine oil is at least 40 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,711,729

DIESEL ENGINE DUAL FUEL INJECTION STRATEGY

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A diesel fuel injection method, comprising:during a cycle of a cylinder, via a controller, providing main fuel injections via a first diesel fuel injector and a second diesel fuel injector that overlap in time, the first diesel fuel injector and the second diesel fuel injector positioned in the cylinder, the first diesel fuel injector a low fuel flow diesel fuel injector and the second diesel fuel injector a high fuel flow diesel fuel injector; and
alternating pilot fuel injections between the first diesel fuel injector and the second diesel fuel injector.

US Pat. No. 10,711,725

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A DUEL FUEL SYSTEM OF A VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for fueling an engine, comprising:selecting between operating a lift pump in a pressure relief mode and a variable pressure mode based on whether the engine is fueled via port fuel injectors; and
adjusting an output of the lift pump while operating in the variable pressure mode based on a fractional volume loss of a high pressure pump measured while operating the lift pump in the pressure relief mode.

US Pat. No. 10,711,724

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, in which fuel is injected with a fuel injection unit and a shift transmission operation is performed with an automatic transmission, the control apparatus comprising:an engine control unit configured to:
perform fuel-cut torque-down control to stop the fuel injection with the fuel injection unit so that torque generated by the internal combustion engine is reduced during upshift transmission with the automatic transmission;
acquire a requested injection amount parameter representing a requested injection amount, which is an amount of fuel injection from the fuel injection unit required in the internal combustion engine, on the basis of an operation state parameter representing an operation state of the internal combustion engine;
acquire a minimum injectable amount parameter representing a minimum injectable amount, which is a minimum value of the amount of fuel injection actually injectable from the fuel injection unit; and
stop the fuel-cut torque-down control and perform the fuel injection with the fuel injection unit if the minimum injectable amount represented by the minimum injectable amount parameter exceeds the requested injection amount represented by the requested injection amount parameter while the fuel-cut torque-down control is being performed during the upshift transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,711,719

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING CATALYST ACTIVATION DURING COLD START OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling activation of light off time of a catalyst which controls exhaust emission from an engine of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether the vehicle is in a cold start condition;
determining a deterioration level of the catalyst by use of a temperature sensor; and
retarding a spark timing according to the determined deterioration level of the catalyst and increasing a temperature of exhaust gas,
wherein, when the deterioration level of the catalyst is higher than a predetermined value, a spark ignition timing retard value is configured to be increased.

US Pat. No. 10,711,714

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AVL List GmbH, Graz, UT ...

1. A method for operating an internal combustion engine during a defined cycle, wherein engine raw emissions of the internal combustion engine are adjustable via at least one emission control parameter and wherein the defined cycle has at least one monitoring window (F1, F2, F3) with a starting point (A1, A2, A3) and an endpoint (B1, B2, B3), and the at least one monitoring window includes a first monitoring window (F1) of the cycle defined by a first starting point (A1) and a first endpoint (B1), the method including the following steps:defining, at the time of the first endpoint (B1), at least one sub-monitoring window (F2) including a partial window starting point (A2) lying before the first endpoint (B1) and a sub-window endpoint (B2) coinciding with the first endpoint (B2),
performing a predictive and quantitative estimation of at least one observed emission amount (E) for a second monitoring window (F3) based on the at least one observed emission amount (E) of the at least one sub-monitoring window (F2) before reaching a second endpoint (B3) of the second monitoring window (F3), where a second starting point (A3) lies before the first endpoint (B1),
comparing the estimated at least one observed emission amount for the second monitoring window (F3) with a defined maximum emission amount, and
upon reaching or exceeding the defined maximum emission amount, adaptively modifying at least one emission control parameter of the internal combustion engine to lower the at least one observed emission amount (E).

US Pat. No. 10,711,713

FUEL TANK VENTING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A method for diagnosing a fuel tank venting system, wherein the fuel tank venting system includes an intake manifold configured to supply air to a cylinder of an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle, the intake manifold including a throttle valve and an air filter; a fuel tank; a tank vent valve having an inlet side and an outlet side; a cutoff valve; an electronic control device configured to actuate the throttle valve, the tank vent valve, and the cutoff valve; a first vent line having a first check valve with a first closing element; and a second vent line having a second check valve with a second closing element, wherein the cutoff valve is indirectly or directly connected to the inlet side of the tank vent valve, and the outlet side of the tank vent valve is connected to an inlet side of the first vent line and to an inlet side of the second vent line, wherein an outlet side of the first vent line is connected to the intake manifold upstream from the throttle valve and downstream from the air filter, and an outlet side of the second vent line is connected to the intake manifold downstream from the throttle valve, the method comprising the steps of:performing a regeneration operation by simultaneously opening the tank vent valve and the cutoff valve;
determining, during the regeneration operation, whether a full load regeneration operation or a part-load regeneration operation is present as a function of a degree of opening of the throttle valve; and
(i) detecting a position of the first closing element of the first check valve via a position sensor and (ii) determining a position of the second closing element of the second check valve based on the detected position of the first closing element, or (i) detecting the position of the second closing element of the second check valve via the position sensor and (ii) determining the position of the first closing element of the first check valve based on the detected position of the second closing element,
wherein a piece of error information is stored in the electronic control device when a closed position of the first closing element is determined by the position sensor and a full load regeneration operation is present, and
wherein a piece of error information is stored in the electronic control device when an open position of the first closing element is determined by the position sensor and no full load regeneration operation is present.

US Pat. No. 10,711,712

FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE ETHANOL OCTANE ENHANCEMENT OF GASOLINE ENGINES

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A fuel management system for a spark ignition engine, comprising:a first fueling system that uses direct injection; and
a second fueling system that uses port fuel injection,
wherein the fuel management system is configured to provide fueling in a first torque range, the first torque range being a first range of torque values at which both the first fueling system and the second fueling system are operable throughout the first range of torque values,
wherein the fuel management system is further configured such that a fraction of fueling provided by the first fueling system is higher at a highest value of torque in the first torque range than in a lowest value of torque in the first torque range,
wherein the fuel management system is further configured to provide fueling in a second torque range, the second torque range being a second range of torque values at which the second fueling system is operable throughout the second range of torque values and the first fueling system is not operable throughout the second range of torque values,
wherein the fuel management system is further configured such that when the system provides fueling at a torque value that exceeds the second range of torque values, the spark ignition engine is operated in the first torque range, and
wherein the fuel management system is further configured to use a stoichiometric air/fuel ratio at all values of torque in the first and second torque ranges.

US Pat. No. 10,711,709

CONTROLLING AN AIR CHARGE PROVIDED TO AN ENGINE

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A method of controlling an air charge provided to a vehicular engine comprising:determining a target valve lift of an inlet valve in a continuously variable valve lift system based, at least in part, on:
a required air charge for a given torque request; and
an estimate of a variable pressure of an engine intake manifold for a time when the inlet valve is to be actuated in accordance with the target valve lift;
controlling actuation of the inlet valve in the continuously variable valve lift system in accordance with the determined target valve lift,
wherein the estimate of the variable pressure of the engine intake manifold for the time when the inlet valve is to be actuated in accordance with the target valve lift is determined at least a first time period before a time when the inlet valve is to be actuated in accordance with the target valve lift, wherein a duration of the first time period is greater than or equal to a delay between output of a control signal to command actuation of the inlet valve in accordance with the target valve lift and actuation of the inlet valve in accordance with the target valve lift, wherein the estimate is based, at least in part, on an output of a model of a predicted change in a pressure of the engine intake manifold as a function of time; and
applying a correction to the output of the model of the predicted change in the pressure of the engine manifold as a function of time, wherein the correction is based, at least in part, on a difference between the output of the model for a given time and a measurement of the variable pressure of the engine intake manifold at the given time.

US Pat. No. 10,711,708

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENGINE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control device for an engine including a cylinder, a piston, a cylinder head, and a combustion chamber formed by the cylinder, the piston, and the cylinder head, comprising:a fuel injector attached to the engine;
a spark plug disposed to be oriented into the combustion chamber and configured to perform a forced ignition;
a swirl control valve provided in an intake passage connected to an intake port; and
a controller connected to the fuel injector, the spark plug, and the swirl control valve and configured to output a control signal to the fuel injector, the spark plug, and the swirl control valve, respectively, the controller including:
a processor configured to execute:
a swirl control valve controlling module configured to output the control signal to the swirl control valve to close in a given operating state of the engine;
a first fuel injection controlling module configured to output the control signal to the fuel injector to perform a first fuel injection at a predetermined first timing after the swirl control valve is closed and between intake stroke and an intermediate stage of compression stroke;
a second fuel injection controlling module configured to output the control signal to the fuel injector to perform a second fuel injection at a predetermined second timing set on a retarding side of the first fuel injection; and
a spark plug controlling module configured to output the control signal to the spark plug to perform the forced ignition at a given ignition timing after the second fuel injection so that a mixture gas starts combustion by flame propagation and then an unburned mixture gas self-ignites, the given ignition timing being stored in memory.

US Pat. No. 10,711,703

FLUTTER SENSING AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan section including a fan;
a fan casing surrounding the fan section;
a compressor section defining an engine axis;
a gear train that reduces a rotational speed of the fan relative to a shaft;
a low pressure turbine coupled to the shaft;
a nacelle extending along the engine axis and surrounding the fan casing;
a bypass ratio of greater than 10;
a variable area fan nozzle defining a discharge airflow area; and
a flutter sensing system including a controller programmed to move the variable area fan nozzle to vary the discharge airflow area in response to detecting an airfoil flutter condition associated with adjacent airfoils of the fan;
wherein the discharge airflow area extends between the variable area fan nozzle and a core engine casing that surrounds the compressor section;
wherein the flutter sensing system includes a sensor in communication with the controller, and the controller is programmed to move the variable area fan nozzle between a first position having a discharge airflow area and a second position having a second discharge airflow area greater than the first discharge airflow area in response to the airfoil flutter condition;
wherein the sensor detects the airfoil flutter condition;
wherein the sensor detects a time of arrival of the adjacent airfoils, and the controller is programmed to differentiate between airfoil arrival times of the adjacent airfoils that correlate to flutter conditions and other airfoil arrival times of the adjacent airfoils that correlate to non-flutter conditions;
wherein the second position is radially outward from the first position relative to the engine axis; and
wherein the variable area fan nozzle includes a synchronizing ring, a static ring and at least one flap assembly, the at least one flap assembly pivotally mounted to the static ring and linked to the synchronizing ring.

US Pat. No. 10,711,700

GAS TURBINE START SYSTEM TO ENABLE ROTOR THERMAL STABILIZATION WITH BACKUP BLEED BYPASS COOLING MODE

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A system comprising:a starter air valve in fluid communication with an air turbine starter to drive motoring of a gas turbine engine responsive to a compressed air flow from a compressed air source;
a manual override operably connected to the starter air valve, the manual override is operable to open the starter air valve a select percentage by moving the manual override to a detent engaged position; and
a pressure regulating bleed valve in fluid communication with the starter air valve, the pressure regulating bleed valve operable to bleed a portion of the compressed air flow to regulate a motoring speed of the gas turbine engine in response to detection of the manual override in a detent engaged position,
wherein the manual override further comprises a detent plate having a detent hole and a detent ball opposite the detent plate, the detent ball is operable to engage the detent hole when the manual override is pushed downward and rotated to the detent engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,686

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR STARTING AN ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device for pressure-charging a combustion engine, which comprises:at least one compressor, at least one charge air cooler, at least one inlet, and a charger, which are connected to one another in terms of flow by flow ducts, wherein the charge air cooler is arranged downstream of the at least one compressor, and the inlet is arranged downstream of the at least one compressor and of the charge air cooler in the flow direction, and the charger is connected to the inlet via a bypass flow duct arranged between the at least one compressor and the inlet, wherein the charger is arranged lower than the inlet in the vertical direction with respect to gravity, and a moisture sensor is arranged in the bypass flow duct upstream of the charger.

US Pat. No. 10,711,685

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a mechanism configured to generate a swirl in a combustion chamber; and
a piston having an intake-side valve recess, which is a recessed surface formed to avoid interference with an intake valve and an exhaust-side valve recess, which is a recessed surface formed to avoid interference with an exhaust valve, wherein
when an amount of a backward tumble flow, which is a tumble flow flowing along a lower surface in the combustion chamber from the intake port toward the exhaust port is smaller than an amount of a forward tumble flow, which is a tumble flow flowing along an upper surface in the combustion chamber from the intake port toward the exhaust port, the intake-side valve recess is used as a first valve recess and the exhaust-side valve recess is used as a second valve recess,
when the amount of the backward tumble flow is larger than the amount of the forward tumble flow, the exhaust-side valve recess is used as a first valve recess and the intake-side valve recess is used as a second valve recess, and
when the piston is cut along a cross-section parallel to a central axis of the piston passing through the first valve recess and the second valve recess adjacent thereto, an inclination angle of the first valve recess is larger than an inclination angle of the second valve recess when comparing the inclination angle such that a height of the recess decreases gradually toward an inner side of the cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,711,681

TWO-CYCLE DIESEL ENGINE CONFIGURED FOR OPERATION WITH HIGH TEMPERATURE COMBUSTION CHAMBER SURFACES

DeltaHawk Engines, Inc., ...

1. An engine, comprising:an aluminum engine block, comprising:
a cylinder comprising an intake port proximate to a first side of the cylinder and an exhaust port proximate to a second side of the cylinder opposite the first side; and
a first fluid flow channel located adjacent at least one of the intake port and the exhaust port to cool the cylinder of the engine block;
a composite sleeve located within the cylinder;
a head assembly comprising a second fluid flow channel to cool the head assembly engaged with the engine block;
a fuel injector assembly coupled to the head assembly, the injector assembly comprising:
a fuel flow channel between a fuel source and an injector tip;
a return fuel channel between the injector tip and the fuel source; and
a cooling fuel channel between the injector tip and the fuel source;
a fire plate fixed between the sleeve and the head assembly; and
a piston having a crown and located within the sleeve and configured to oscillate within the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,680

METHOD OF FORMING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH A FLUID JACKET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of forming an engine block comprising:forming a set of inserts, each insert having a lost core material coated in a metal shell, the lost core material shaped to form a fluid jacket, each insert having a first member shaped to form an inlet passage, a second member shaped to form an outlet passage, and a plurality of cylindrical members extending between the first and second members and shaped to form liner cooling passages;
positioning a plurality of cylinder liners adjacent to one another on a casting tool;
stacking the set of inserts about the plurality of liners with each insert spaced apart from an adjacent insert, each cylindrical member of each insert positioned about a respective cylinder liner, and the liners positioned between the first and second members of each insert;
casting the engine block about the plurality of liners and the set of inserts; and
removing the lost core material of each insert of the set of inserts from the cast engine block to form the fluid jackets.

US Pat. No. 10,711,678

ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS DEVICE FOR REDUCING AGENT ADDING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An abnormality diagnosis device applied to a reducing agent adding device comprising:an addition valve configured to add a reducing agent to an exhaust gas flowing through an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine;
an electric pump configured to pump up the reducing agent stored in a reducing agent tank;
a reducing agent passage configured to introduce the reducing agent discharged from the pump to the addition valve;
a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure in the reducing agent passage; and
a controller comprising at least one processor, the controller configured to:
control a voltage to be applied to the pump to a diagnostic voltage which is a voltage at which the pressure detected by the pressure sensor becomes a predetermined pressure, in a state where the addition valve is closed;
switch the addition valve from a valve closed state to a valve open state in a state where the voltage to be applied to the pump is maintained at the diagnostic voltage;
obtain a diagnostic parameter, which is a parameter correlated with an amount of decrease in pressure in the reducing agent passage, based on the pressure detected by the pressure sensor after the addition valve is switched from the valve closed state to the valve open state;
carry out an abnormality diagnosis of the reducing agent adding device by making a comparison between the diagnostic parameter and a predetermined threshold value;
obtain a pump discharge capacity which is an amount of discharge per revolution of the pump; and
correct either one of the obtained diagnostic parameter and the predetermined threshold value, based on the obtained pump discharge capacity,
wherein the controller carries out the abnormality diagnosis of the reducing agent adding device by using the corrected diagnostic parameter or the corrected predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,711,676

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING REDUCTANT DELIVERY PERFORMANCE

Cummins, Inc., Columbus,...

1. A system comprising:a pump;
an injector in fluid communication with the pump; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the pump and the injector, the controller structured to:
interpret, via a pump diagnostic circuit, first and second pump parameters indicative of first and second pump rates;
interpret, via a dosing diagnostic circuit, first and second dosing parameters indicative of first and second reductant flows;
determine, via a delivery diagnostic circuit, a delivery status based on a change of reductant flow based on the first and second reductant flows relative to a change of pump rate of the pump; and
generate, via the delivery diagnostic circuit, a status command indicative of at least one of an under-restricted injector or an over-restricted injector in response to the determination of the delivery status.

US Pat. No. 10,711,675

METHOD OF DETERMINING OPERATION OF AN SCR REDUCTANT DOSER

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LI...

1. In a selective catalytic reductant dosing system including a reductant injector adapted to inject liquid reductant into an exhaust line, a method of analyzing flow of reductant through the reductant injector comprising:i) determining a measure of the temperature of the reductant injector prior to activation of the reductant injector;
ii) activating the reductant injector;
iii) determining a measure of the temperature of the reductant injector subsequent to activation of the reductant injector;
iv) analyzing the flow of reductant through the reductant injector consequential to activation of the reductant injector by analyzing a change in the measure of temperature prior to activation of the reductant injector and the measure of temperature of the reductant injector subsequent to activation of the reductant injector.

US Pat. No. 10,711,672

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CATALYST TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for expediting activation of an exhaust catalyst coupled to an engine, comprising:during a cold-start of the engine,
closing an exhaust throttle, disposed downstream of the exhaust catalyst, and an EGR valve while diverting at least a portion of throttled exhaust gas through an EGR cooler and then through a bypass passage joined to an EGR passage at a junction; and
opening and closing the exhaust throttle a plurality of times in response to an exhaust back-pressure estimated upstream of the throttle and downstream of the catalyst being higher than a threshold pressure while a temperature of the exhaust catalyst is below a threshold temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,711,667

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH TUBULAR VALVES AND BRAKING SYSTEM

1. A valve for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a completely hollow tube;
at least one port in the hollow tube, the at least one port being configured to access an air inlet or an exhaust of a cylinder in an engine block;
a completely hollow tubular outer insulator outside of the hollow tube, the outer insulator being fixed to a cylinder head; and
a completely hollow tubular inner insulator inside of the hollow tube,wherein the valve is configured such that air or exhaust passes through a length of the hollow tubular inner insulator parallel to a wall of the hollow tubular inner insulator.

US Pat. No. 10,711,666

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CYLINDER VALVE DEACTIVATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:while operating an engine in a first condition,
sending a lower command signal to a cylinder deactivation valve control (CDVC) system without actuating a cylinder valve transition;
determining an impedance of a solenoid of the CDVC system while sending the lower command signal; and
actuating the cylinder valve transition responsive to the determined impedance by sending a higher command signal to the CDVC system.

US Pat. No. 10,711,664

VALVE TRAIN HAVING A SLIDING CAM ELEMENT

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCE...

1. A valve drive comprising:a sliding cam element that is disposed on a carrier shaft so as to be axially displaceable along an axis of rotation of the carrier shaft, wherein the sliding cam includes a first cam profile group with first cam profile sections of mutually different form and a second cam profile group with second cam profile sections of mutually different form, wherein the first cam profile sections have a same configuration as the second cam profile sections; and
a pick-off element by way of which a control movement is picked off from the first and second cam profile sections and transmitted to a valve, wherein the two cam profile groups interact with the pick-off element to jointly control the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,662

SYSTEM COMPRISING A PUMPING ASSEMBLY OPERATIVELY CONNECTED TO A VALVE ACTUATION MOTION SOURCE OR VALVE TRAIN COMPONENT

JACOBS VEHICLE SYSTEMS, I...

1. A system for supplying hydraulic fluid in an internal combustion engine comprising at least one engine valve operatively connected to a valve actuation motion source via a valve train, the system comprising:a pumping assembly disposed within a housing, wherein the housing is a rocker arm or a valve bridge, the pumping assembly comprising a pumping piston bore formed in and integral to the housing and a pumping piston disposed in the pumping piston bore;
a hydraulic circuit disposed within the housing, in fluid communication with the pumping piston bore, and comprising a supply pressure hydraulic fluid input and an increased pressure hydraulic fluid output, wherein the increased pressure hydraulic fluid output does not directly convey valve actuation motions to the at least one engine valve;
a one-way valve disposed within the hydraulic circuit between the supply pressure hydraulic fluid input and the pumping assembly, and configured to prevent fluid flow from the hydraulic circuit toward the supply pressure hydraulic fluid input; and
a source of pumping motions operatively connected to the pumping assembly, wherein the pumping motions applied to the pumping assembly cause the pumping assembly to transmit hydraulic fluid received via the supply pressure hydraulic fluid input to the increased pressure hydraulic fluid output.

US Pat. No. 10,711,655

ROCKER ARM ASSEMBLY HAVING A HYDRAULIC LASH ADJUSTER

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

17. A method for retrofitting a rocker arm assembly for an engine, the method comprising:removing a first rocker arm assembly from the engine such that a camshaft of the engine remains in the engine;
providing a second rocker arm assembly that comprises:
a rocker shaft;
a rocker arm connected to the rocker shaft such that the rocker arm can pivot relative to the rocker shaft, the rocker arm having a first end, a second end, and a first oil passage;
a pushrod having a top end and a bottom end, the top end being connected to the second end of the rocker arm and the bottom end configured for engaging the camshaft of the engine;
a hydraulic lash adjuster comprising:
a housing;
a first body member disposed in the housing such that a first radial clearance exists between an outer surface of the first body member and an inner surface of the housing, where the first body member comprises a first bore and an opening in fluid communication with the first oil passage of the rocker arm;
a second body member disposed in the first bore of the first body member such that a second radial clearance exists between the inner surface of the first bore of the first body member and an outer surface of the second body member, wherein the second radial clearance is less than the first radial clearance, wherein the second body member comprises a second bore;
a check valve configured to allow oil to flow through the opening of the first body member when the check valve is in an open position and configured to prevent the flow of oil through the opening when the check valve is in a closed position; and
a biasing member disposed in the second bore of the second body member; and
inserting the second rocker arm assembly into the engine such that the bottom end of the pushrod engages the camshaft of the engine and the front end of the rocker arm engages a valve assembly of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,711,654

VALVE TIMING CONTROLLER

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve timing controller comprising:a driving side rotation member that synchronously rotates with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven side rotation member which is disposed coaxially with a rotary shaft center of the driving side rotation member and rotates integrally with a valve opening/closing cam shaft;
an advancing chamber and a retarding chamber which are formed between the driving side rotation member and the driven side rotation member;
a valve unit that is disposed coaxially with the rotary shaft center and controls feeding and discharging of a fluid to and from the advancing chamber and the retarding chamber; and
a tubular valve case which has an internal space that extends in a direction along the rotary shaft center, accommodates the valve unit in the internal space, has an opening that is open to an outside at one end in the direction along the rotary shaft center, and has a bottom portion at an other end,
wherein the valve unit includes
a fluid supply pipe having a base end portion accommodated on a bottom portion side of the valve case, and a pipeline portion, wherein the pipeline portion extends along the rotary shaft center from the base end portion toward an opening side of the valve case, has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the base end portion, and has a bottom surface, and
a spool which is disposed slidably in the direction along the rotary shaft center in a state of being guided on an inner peripheral surface of the valve case and an outer peripheral surface of the pipeline portion of the fluid supply pipe,
the valve case includes an advancing port and a retarding port which are formed across the internal space from the outer peripheral surface and respectively communicate with the advancing chamber and the retarding chamber,
the spool includes a plurality of land portions formed at an outer periphery of the spool, and an intermediate hole portion that is formed in an intermediate position of a pair of adjacent land portions of the plurality of land portions and configured to communicate with the advancing port or the retarding port from an inside of the spool by a sliding movement of the spool,
the fluid supply pipe includes a supply port that is provided at an outer periphery of a distal end portion of the pipeline portion and is configured to supply the fluid from an inside of the fluid supply pipe to the intermediate hole portion, and to receive the supply of the fluid from a side of the base end portion opposite the pipeline portion to the pipeline portion, and
the valve case has a first check valve that is provided on the bottom portion side of the valve case, and is configured to allow at least a part of the fluid discharged from the advancing chamber or the retarding chamber to a space between the valve case and the spool to flow from the space to a space further on the bottom portion side than on the base end portion side in the internal space.

US Pat. No. 10,711,651

ROTATING DEVICE FOR A GAS TURBINE AND METHOD FOR ROTATING A COMPONENT

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A rotating device for rotating a rotor of a partially opened gas turbine, the partially opened gas turbine comprising a rotor, a lower half of a guide apparatus, and a lower half of an outer casing, the rotating device comprising:a frame configured to be installed on parting joints of the lower half of the outer casing of the partially opened gas turbine,
a collar comprising support arms configured to be connected to parting joints of the lower half of the guide apparatus, the collar further configured to be connected in a force-fitting manner to the rotor of the gas turbine such that a semi-circular receiving section of the collar is adapted to a cross-sectional circumferential shape of the rotor so that rotation of the collar is imparted to the rotor via the collar, and
a force-transmitting connection comprising a cable configured to be connected between the frame and the collar to impart a force on the collar when tensioned to rotate the collar, thereby simultaneously rotating the lower half of the guide apparatus and the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,711,649

COMPRESSOR CASING REPAIR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power ...

1. A method for repairing a compressor casing of a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:positioning an arcuate track within the casing;
mounting the track within the casing on a plurality of position adjustable mounts;
adjusting a radial position of the track relative to the casing using the plurality of position adjustable mounts such that the track is spaced radially inward of the casing and in a substantially concentric arrangement from an inner surface of the casing;
machining the inner surface of the casing along a first path by moving a carrier along the track with a machining device positioned in at least a first axial position and a first angle relative to the track;
adjusting the machining device from the at least the first axial position and the first angle to at least a second axial position and a second angle relative to the track with the track remaining in a same position relative to the casing; and
machining the inner surface of the casing along a second path by moving the carrier along the track with the machining device positioned in the second axial position and the second angle.

US Pat. No. 10,711,644

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO ENSURE FULL OIL TUBES AFTER GAS TURBINE ENGINE SHUTDOWN

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a bearing compartment having an inlet;
a supply line that splits into a supply conduit and a reservoir conduit that are fluidly parallel to one another for a length, the reservoir conduit fluidly rejoining the supply conduit at a junction, the supply conduit fluidly connected to the inlet, the junction upstream of the inlet, and the reservoir conduit including a flow restrictor upstream from the junction; and
a main pump fluidly connected to the supply line and configured to supply a lubricant to the bearing compartment through the supply line and supply and reservoir conduits in an operating state, the main pump having a non-operating state in which the reservoir conduit is configured to more slowly refill the supply conduit through the flow restrictor with the reservoir conduit than the lubricant can evacuate from the supply conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,711,643

TURBINE ENGINE WITH AN OIL GUIDING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISASSEMBLING THE TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A turbine engine provided with a longitudinal rotation axis, the turbine engine comprising a radial shaft with a radial axis said radial shaft forming part of a pitch change system for blades of a propeller, said radial shaft traversing a radial passage of a cylindrical case around the longitudinal rotation axis, andwherein the turbine engine further comprises an annular oil guiding device that extends around the radial shaft, said annular oil guiding device comprising a first annular part and a second annular part nested in one another and secured to one another by hooping, the first part being secured by hooping to the radial shaft and the second part being configured to be separated from the first part by a force oriented along the radial axis and exerted on the second part by a member of the turbine engine forming a stop during a radial movement of the radial shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,711,640

COOLED COOLING AIR TO BLADE OUTER AIR SEAL PASSING THROUGH A STATIC VANE

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section, a combustor, and a turbine section;
said turbine section including a high pressure turbine first stage blade having an outer tip, and a blade outer air seal positioned radially outwardly of said outer tip;
a tap for tapping air having been compressed by said compressor, said tapped air being passed through a heat exchanger; and
there being a vane section having vanes downstream of said combustor, but upstream of said first stage blade, and said air downstream of said heat exchanger passing radially inwardly of said combustor, along an axial length of said combustor, and then radially outwardly through a hollow chamber in said vanes, and then across said blade outer air seal, to cool said blade outer air seal;
wherein said vane section includes a plurality of vanes, with some of said vanes being static and other vanes being variable pitch; and
wherein said air passing to cool said blade outer air seal passes through said static vanes, but does not pass through said variable pitch vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,711,637

TURBINE COMPONENT ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

19. A turbine nozzle assembly, comprising:a nozzle end wall arranged to be disposed adjacent to a hot gas path, the nozzle end wall including a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) composition;
a nozzle outer wall adjacent to the nozzle end wall and arranged to be disposed distal from the hot gas path across the nozzle end wall; and
an interface shield disposed on a contact region of the nozzle end wall, the interface shield being in non-transitory direct contact with the nozzle outer wall,
wherein the interface shield is free of spring coils, elastomers, and woven metal meshes,
wherein the turbine nozzle assembly including the interface shield includes a higher wear resistance than a comparative nozzle assembly not including the interface shield disposed between the nozzle end wall and the nozzle outer wall, and
wherein the interface shield reduces thermal binding relative to the comparative nozzle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,635

FAN CASING WITH ANNULAR SHELL

General Electric Company,...

1. A turbine engine comprising:a fan having a plurality of circumferentially spaced blades rotatable about a rotational axis;
a multiple layer fan casing surrounding the fan to define a circumferential direction and extending axially to define a fan casing axial length and having a sub-portion axially extending region defining a blade impact zone, the multiple layers comprising:
an inner composite fiber layer co-extensive with the fan casing extending an axial length equal to the fan casing axial length and confronting the blades,
an outer composite fiber layer overlying the inner composite fiber layer; and
a woven glass layer sandwiched between the inner and outer composite fiber layers made from fibers having a higher puncture resistance than the fibers used in the inner composite fiber layer or the outer composite fiber layer;
wherein the inner composite fiber layer, outer composite fiber layer, and the woven glass layer overly the blade impact zone, and the outer composite fiber layer abuts the inner composite fiber layer beyond the blade impact zone.

US Pat. No. 10,711,633

MAIN STOP VALVE

ELLIOTT EBARA TURBOMACHIN...

1. A main stop valve comprising:a hydraulic cylinder;
a piston arranged in the hydraulic cylinder;
a valve rod connected to the piston; and
a valve body connected to the valve rod and configured to block a steam passage,
wherein the main stop valve further comprises:
a pilot cylinder having a communication port in fluid communication with the hydraulic cylinder;
a rod connected in parallel with the valve rod and configured to be inserted from one end of the pilot cylinder;
a sliding ring provided on the rod; and
a pilot sleeve configured to be slidably fitted into an inner surface of the pilot cylinder and slidably fitted into an outer peripheral surface of the sliding ring in a section between the one end of the pilot cylinder and the communication port.

US Pat. No. 10,711,631

TURBINE ENGINE WITH GUIDE VANES FORWARD OF ITS FAN BLADES

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

10. A turbine engine comprising:a nacelle with a bypass flowpath;
a pusher fan rotor rotatable about an axial centerline of the turbine engine, the pusher fan rotor including a plurality of fan blades within the bypass flowpath, and the pusher fan rotor configured to propel air axially aft out of the bypass flowpath along the axial centerline; and
a plurality of guide vanes within the bypass flowpath and configured to direct the air to the pusher fan rotor;
a turbine engine core including a compressor rotor, a combustor and a turbine rotor, the combustor arranged axially forward of the pusher fan rotor along the axial centerline; and
a free turbine rotor aft of the turbine engine core and connected to the pusher fan rotor through a shaft;
wherein a portion of the bypass flowpath, within which the plurality of fan blades are arranged, is configured fluidly in parallel with a core flowpath into which the compressor rotor, the turbine rotor and the free turbine rotor extend;
wherein the plurality of guide vanes are pitched in a substantially equal but opposite direction from the fan blades; and
wherein the plurality of guide vanes structurally tie the nacelle and the turbine engine core together to transfer radial, axial and/or tangential loads between the nacelle and the turbine engine core.

US Pat. No. 10,711,630

RETENTION AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR TURBINE SHROUD RING

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A retention and control system comprising:a rotor configured to rotate about an axis;
a shroud ring having a peripheral groove and surrounding the rotor with a clearance defined between the rotor and the shroud ring;
a support ring engaging the shroud ring in the peripheral groove and configured to axially locate the shroud ring, and the support ring including a series of tabs projecting radially outward from the support ring, each tab having an aperture;
a retention spring engaging the support ring radially outward from the shroud ring, the retention spring including a series of openings, where each opening in the series of openings registers with a corresponding one of the apertures; and
an alignment pin extending through one of the openings and one of the apertures, the alignment pin configured to locate the support ring and the engaged shroud ring concentrically with the turbine about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,711,629

METHOD OF CLEARANCE CONTROL FOR AN INTERDIGITATED TURBINE ENGINE

Generl Electric Company, ...

1. A method of operating an active clearance control system for an interdigitated turbine engine, the method comprising:flowing air from a compressor section to a rotatable outer shroud of an interdigitated turbine section; and
adjusting the flow of air to the outer shroud based at least on an engine condition of the turbine engine;
flowing air from a pressure plenum at a combustion section to a turbine bearing, the turbine bearing comprising an outer air bearing and an inner air bearing;
flowing air between the outer air bearing of the turbine bearing and a turbine rotor hub, the turbine rotor hub connected to the interdigitated turbine section;
flowing air between the inner air bearing of the turbine bearing and a shaft; and
flowing air from the turbine bearing to a pressure regulating valve.

US Pat. No. 10,711,628

SEALING FIN HAVING AN AXIALLY ASYMMETRIC TIP PORTION

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A rotor member for a gas turbine adapted for rotating about a central axis, the rotor member comprising:a blisk having a blisk rotor blade row extending around the central axis or a rotor disk having a mounting portion for installing rotor blades of a rotor blade row extending around the central axis; and
at least one annular sealing fin axially offset from the blisk rotor blade row or the rotor blade row or the mounting portion and extending coaxially therewith, and having a radially outer tip portion having a front flank facing the blisk rotor blade row or the rotor blade row or the mounting portion, and an opposite flank facing away from the front flank, the front flank being less steep than the opposite flank.

US Pat. No. 10,711,627

OPTIMIZED AERODYNAMIC PROFILE FOR AN ARM OF A STRUCTURAL CASING OF A TURBINE, AND STRUCTURAL CASING HAVING SUCH AN ARM

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. An arm of a structural casing of a turbine having a central hub and a shroud, the arm connecting the central hub and the shroud, the arm presenting an aerodynamic profile that, when cold and in a non-coated state, is substantially identical to a nominal profile determined by Cartesian coordinates X,Y,Zadim given in Table 1, in which the coordinate Zadim is a quotient D/H, where D is a distance of a point under consideration from a first reference X,Y plane situated at a base of the nominal profile, and H is a height of said nominal profile measured from said first reference plane that is an intersection of a stacking axis of the arm and an axisymmetric surface of the central hub, out to a second reference plane that is an intersection of said stacking axis with an axisymmetric surface of the shroud, the measurements D and H being taken radially relative to an axial direction of the turbine, while the coordinate X is measured in the axial direction of the turbine, wherein the coordinates X and Y are expressed in millimeters (mm), andwherein: (1) said aerodynamic profile is defined within an envelope of ±1 mm in a direction normal to a surface of the nominal profile, (2) the coordinates X,Y of said aerodynamic profile lie within a range of ±5% relative to the coordinates X,Y of the nominal profile, or (3) the aerodynamic profile is positioned within ±10° with respect to the stacking axis.

US Pat. No. 10,711,626

GUIDE VANE RING AND TURBOMACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A guide vane ring for a turbomachine comprising,a plurality of rotatable guide vanes that are borne radially outward in a radial direction, and
an inner ring configured and arranged to stabilize the guide vanes,
wherein each of the plurality of rotatable guide vanes has an inner platform plate, and by a cylindrical surface of the inner platform plate, each of the plurality of guide vanes are guided by sliding in an uptake of the inner ring,
wherein a journal extends radially inward from the inner platform plate in each case, the journal having a minimum length that is greater than a minimum depth of the uptake, and being disposed without contact in a journal borehole without relative axial offset, between the inner ring and each of the plurality of guide vanes, the journal borehole passing through a bottom segment of a respective uptake,
wherein the minimum length of the journal and the minimum depth of the respective uptake each extend in the radial direction,
wherein the inner ring has two axially separated ring segments, one of the axially separated ring segments has a radially inward axial projection, which forms a contact region with the other of the axially separated ring segment, and at least one seal in contact with the radially inward axial projection, and
wherein the inner ring further has a plurality of cavities, radially inward relative to the uptakes, at least one of the plurality of cavities receiving a plurality of the journals, and a plurality of separating walls which separate the plurality of cavities from one another in a peripheral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,624

AIRFOIL WITH GEOMETRICALLY SEGMENTED COATING SECTION

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A gas turbine engine article comprising:an article body having a geometrically segmented coating section, the geometrically segmented coating section including
a wall having an outer side, the outer side including a series of at least three polygonal cells that are consecutively conjoined by common cell walls, each said polygonal cell defining a cell volume, and
a coating disposed in the array of cells, wherein the series of at least three polygonal cells includes:
(a) each said polygonal cell defining a flat cell floor, a sloped cell top plane, and a cell height from the flat cell floor to the sloped cell top plane, the cell height continuously decreasing across each said polygonal cell, and the cell volumes decreasing across the series, or
(b) each said polygonal cell defining a flat cell floor, a cell top plane, and a cell height from the flat cell floor to the cell top plane, the cell height being constant across each said polygonal cell, and the cell volumes decreasing across the series.

US Pat. No. 10,711,623

GAS TURBINE ENGINE AIRFOIL FREQUENCY DESIGN

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A turbofan engine comprising: a fan section, wherein the fan section includes a hub: a core section includes a turbine section arranged fluidly downstream from the compressor section, a combustor arranged fluidly between the compressor and turbine sections, the fan and core sections configured to produce a thrust in a range 27,000-35,000 pounds-f (120,102-156,688 N); and an airfoil is fixedly supported in the hub in a dovetail arrangement, wherein the fan section has a circumferential array of the airfoil, the array providing a fan diameter in a range of 77-85 inches (1.8-2.2 m), the airfoil having first and second modes each having a frequency, the first mode has the lowest frequency, the second mode has an easywise bending component and has the second lowest frequency, the hub and the airfoil providing the first and second modes, and the second mode frequency is configured to be in a range of 100-140 Hz at a redline fan speed of 3100-3500 rpm, wherein the airfoil comprises an aluminum-based alloy with a density of 0.103 lb/in3 (2.85 g/cm3) and with a modulus of elasticity of 10.4 Mpsi (71 GPa) at room temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,711,622

CUTTING BLADE TIPS

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A blade, comprising:a blade body extending towards a blade tip surface along a longitudinal axis, the blade body defining a pressure side and a suction side;
a cutting edge integrally formed with the blade tip surface of the blade body; and
a coating disposed over the cutting edge, wherein the coating comprises abrasive particles.

US Pat. No. 10,711,620

INSERT SYSTEM FOR AN AIRFOIL AND METHOD OF INSTALLING SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. An insert system for an airfoil, wherein the airfoil includes a plenum that extends into an aft portion of the airfoil, wherein the plenum includes a plenum inlet, and wherein an entirety of the plenum inlet is defined axially forward of the aft portion, said insert system comprising:a first insert comprising a first neck portion, said first insert sized for insertion into the plenum radially through the plenum inlet, wherein said first insert is movable aftward within the plenum into an installed position such that said first neck portion is positioned aftward in the plenum inlet; and
a second insert sized for insertion into the plenum radially through the plenum inlet forward of said first neck portion in the installed position, wherein said first insert and said second insert comprise a plurality of impingement openings defined therein.

US Pat. No. 10,711,619

TURBINE AIRFOIL WITH TURBULATING FEATURE ON A COLD WALL

1. A turbine airfoil comprising:an outer wall delimiting an airfoil interior, the outer wall extending span-wise along a radial direction of a turbine engine and being formed of a pressure sidewall and a suction sidewall joined at a leading edge and a trailing edge,
at least one partition wall positioned in the airfoil interior connecting the pressure and suction sidewalls along a radial extent so as define a plurality of radial cavities in the airfoil interior,
an elongated flow blocking body positioned in at least one of the radial cavities so as to occupy an inactive volume therein, the flow blocking body extending in the radial direction and being spaced from the pressure sidewall, the suction sidewall and the partition wall, whereby a first near-wall cooling channel is defined between the flow blocking body and the pressure sidewall, a second near-wall cooling channel is defined between the flow blocking body and the suction sidewall, and a connecting channel is defined between the flow blocking body and the partition wall, the connecting channel being connected to the first and second near-wall cooling channels along a radial extent to define a flow cross-section for radial coolant flow, and
turbulating features located in the connecting channel and being formed on the flow blocking body and/or on the partition wall, the turbulating features being effective to produce a higher coolant flow rate through the first and second near-wall cooling channels in comparison to the connecting channel,
wherein the turbulating features are configured to deflect coolant flow in the connecting channel toward the first and second near-wall cooling channels.

US Pat. No. 10,711,611

FAN BLADE REPAIR FIXTURE AND METHOD OF REPAIR

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A fixture for repairing a fan blade, comprising:a base having a first side, a second side, a tip end, and a foot end;
a first support coupled at the first side and perpendicular to the base;
a second support coupled at the second side and perpendicular to the base; and
a footboard, perpendicular to the base, coupled orthogonally between the first support and the second support at the foot end of the base, wherein the footboard comprises a chuck adapted to receive a foot of the fan blade;
wherein the first support comprises a first rail and the second support comprises a second rail, and
wherein the first rail comprises a first channel and the second rail comprises a second channel, a crossbar coupled to the first rail at a first end by a first fastener and to the second rail at a second end by a second fastener, wherein the first end comprises a third channel, wherein the first fastener is disposed through the first channel and the third channel and wherein the second fastener is disposed through the second channel.

US Pat. No. 10,711,610

FACETED FASTENER DRIVER BUMPER WITH COOLING SLOTS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener-driving tool bumper comprising:a body at least partially positionable in a cylinder of a fastener-driving tool, the body having an inner peripheral surface, an outer peripheral surface, an upper force-receiving end configured to be contacted by a piston slidably disposed in the cylinder, and a lower end opposite the upper force-receiving end,
wherein the inner peripheral surface defines a central opening,
wherein multiple spaced apart cooling slots defined in the body are in fluid communication with the central opening through the body and terminate within the body,
wherein the multiple cooling slots are adjacent to the lower end,
wherein the multiple cooling slots each comprise a first portion and a second portion transverse to and in fluid communication with the first portion, and wherein the second portion has a greater length than the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,609

VIBRATION AND STRAIN MONITORING METHOD FOR KEY POSITIONS OF TUNNEL BORING MACHINE

DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECH...

1. A vibration and strain monitoring method for key positions of a tunnel boring machine (TBM), comprising the following steps:the arrangement of sensor nodes:
step 1, overall safety layout
the monitoring method is used to measure a cutterhead, a front shield, drive electric motors, a main beam and gripper shoes of tunnel boring machine; a monitored component requires that a measurement point reflects a motion state and is relatively safe; and a specific layout is as follows:
cutterhead sensor nodes are arranged in two manholes and two water pipe passages of the cutterhead; only vibration sensors are arranged in the manholes, and a vibration and a strain sensor are arranged in the water pipe passages;
vibration sensor nodes are arranged on the top and the inner surface of the front shield;
a vibration sensor node is arranged on the side surface of a motor box of the drive electric motor;
a vibration sensor node is arranged on the upper surface of the front end of the main beam;
a vibration sensor node is arranged on the inner side surface of the gripper shoe;
step 2, local strengthening protection and connection
metal protection covers are added for sensor nodes and industrial batteries to provide impact resistance and water and moisture resistance; all the metal protection covers are fixed by welding; the sensor nodes and the metal protection covers are connected through a powerful magnetic connector, and a groove corresponding to the magnetic connector is formed in the bottom of the metal protection cover; wireless signal transmitting and receiving antennas are provided; and the strain sensor for collecting strain information is connected and fixed with the detected positions through threads;
step 3, power supply
the sensors in the cutterhead are powered by industrial batteries; and the sensors in other monitoring positions are powered directly by a power line;
step 4, signal transmission and monitoring
a wireless gateway is arranged in an operator's console of the TBM, and accepts vibration and strain signals of the cutterhead and vibration signals of the front shield, the main beam, the drive electric motor and the gripper shoe; the wireless gateway gives an early warning for detected strain and vibration signals which are higher than normal values, and displays the detected strain and vibration signals on a computer of the operator's console to generate a work log of the tunnel boring machine;
establishment of an equivalent mapping measuring model:
an evaluated value of an equivalent mapping to-be-measured point S0 is as follows:

in the formula: ?0 is the strain of a to-be-measured point S0;
?i is the strain of measurement points S1, S2, S3 and S4;
?i is a position parameter of each measurement point; ?1=1˜10; the shorter the distance from each measurement point to the point S0, the larger the corresponding ?1 is;
P is a local structural parameter of a measured position formed by the measurement points S1, S2, S3 and S4; if no reinforcing rib is arranged, P=1; and if reinforcing ribs are arranged, P=1?10; the more the reinforcing ribs are, the larger the P is;
? is a sudden change coefficient; when reinforcing ribs are arranged at the to-be-measured point S0, ?=0.3˜0.7; when sudden change of the strain occurs at the to-be-measured point S0, ?=1.1˜1.6; and when no special structure is arranged at the to-be-measured point S0, ?=1.

US Pat. No. 10,711,608

FORMATION PRESSURE TESTING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

17. An apparatus comprising:a pressure testing module comprising:
a first chamber with a first piston assembly slidably disposed within the first chamber dividing the first chamber into a first chamber portion and a second chamber portion; and
a second chamber with a second piston assembly slidably disposed within the second chamber dividing the second chamber into a third chamber portion and a fourth chamber portion; and
a tool base configured to be coupled along a downhole tool string to be conveyed within a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation, wherein:
the pressure testing module is separable from and coupled to the tool base; and
the tool base comprises:
a probe assembly operable to engage a sidewall of the wellbore and receive formation fluid from the subterranean formation; and
a hydraulic pump operable to pump hydraulic fluid; and
wherein the pressure testing module and the tool base are operable to selectively convey the hydraulic fluid pumped by the hydraulic pump (i) into the first chamber portion to move the first piston assembly to draw the formation fluid into the second chamber portion and (ii) into the third chamber portion to move the first piston assembly to draw the formation fluid into the fourth chamber portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,607

FORMATION TESTING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:(a) collecting data pertaining to at least one of a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore and a fluid in the subterranean formation;
(b) determining initial threshold values of test operating parameters for a test to be performed utilizing a testing tool positioned in the wellbore proximate the subterranean formation, wherein determining the initial threshold values is based on the collected data and a testing tool configuration to be utilized to perform the test;
(c) predicting wellbore fluid pressures along an open hole portion of the wellbore by performing a thermo-hydraulic simulation of the test utilizing the determined initial threshold values and the testing tool configuration;
(d) analyzing the predicted wellbore fluid pressures and, based thereon, determining that the predicted wellbore fluid pressures along the open hole portion of the wellbore are indicative of a well integrity problem, and then updating the test by adjusting at least one of:
a value of at least one of the test operating parameters; and
the testing tool configuration;
(e) iteratively repeating (c) and (d) until analysis of the predicted wellbore fluid pressures along the open hole portion of the wellbore is not indicative of a well integrity problem; and then
(f) performing the updated test via operation of the testing tool in the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,711,603

FORMATION EVALUATION WHILE DRILLING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

5. A method, comprising:operating a retainer to detachably couple a sample container within a cavity in an outer surface of a drill string, wherein the drill string comprises a passage with at least one lobe to enable the passage of drilling mud through the drill string and past the sample container, wherein the sample container comprises a hydraulic stabber and the retainer is configured to isolate the hydraulic stabber from lateral loading of the sample container, and wherein the retainer is configured to be disposed within the cavity of the outer surface of the drill string;
positioning the drill string in a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation;
extending a fluid communication device from the drill string, thereby establishing fluid communication with the formation;
withdrawing fluid from the formation via the fluid communication device; and passing the withdrawn formation fluid into the detachable sample container.

US Pat. No. 10,711,598

METHODS TO SYNCHRONIZE SIGNALS AMONG ANTENNAS WITH DIFFERENT CLOCK SYSTEMS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for synchronizing signals among transmitters and receivers of a logging tool positioned in a borehole, the method comprising:acquiring, by a plurality of receivers, measurement signals generated from operating a transmitter at an input frequency in the borehole;
determining, by a processing unit, an operating frequency drift of each of the plurality of receivers, and a resulting operating frequency of each receiver, the resulting operating frequency being different from an operating frequency of the transmitter;
determining, by the processing unit, a sampling frequency of each of the plurality of receivers based on the resulting operating frequency of each of the plurality of receivers;
determining, by the processing unit, a phase delay of each of the plurality of receivers; and
adjusting, by the processing unit, the acquired measurement signals relative to each other based on the determined sampling frequency and the phase delay of each of the plurality of receivers.

US Pat. No. 10,711,594

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING FLOW RATE OF WATER IN A GAS PRODUCTION SYSTEM BY INCORPORATING CHARACTERISTICS OF WATER

ONESUBSEA IP UK LIMITED, ...

14. A system configured to determine water flow rates in a gas production system from a gas well penetrating a subterranean formation comprising:a flow meter positioned at a measurement location within the gas production system, the flow meter configured to measure a flow rate of gas;
a processing system configured to calculate a flow rate of condensed liquid water that has condensed from vapor originating from the subterranean formation; and
a sensor configured to measure electromagnetic properties of the produced fluid from which salinity of total liquid water flowing past the device can be determined, the processing system further configured to combine the determined salinity of the total liquid water and knowledge about the salinity of water residing in the formation with the calculated flow rate of condensed liquid water to derive a flow rate of water produced as a liquid by the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,711,592

DOWNHOLE TOOL FOR MEASURING ANGULAR POSITION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A downhole tool for measuring angular positions at a location within a subterranean borehole, the downhole tool being configured to be rotatable around a longitudinal direction of the borehole, the downhole tool comprising:two or more magnetometers configured to obtain measurements of the Earth's magnetic field along respective magnetometer axes, wherein each magnetometer is arranged such that the measurements of the Earth's magnetic field include a component of the Earth's magnetic field normal to the longitudinal direction of the borehole, and wherein the magnetometers are arranged such that the normal components are at an angle to each other around the longitudinal direction;
a device configured to measure a rotational speed of the tool or a time derivative thereof; and
a processor unit configured to combine the measurements of the Earth's magnetic field and the tool rotational speed or time derivative thereof to calculate angular positions of the downhole tool around the longitudinal direction relative to the direction of the Earth's magnetic field by finding the angular positions that minimize weighted errors of the measurements of the Earth's magnetic field and the rotational speed of the tool or the time derivative thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,711,589

SAND SEPARATOR

A.S.A.P. Industries Manuf...

1. An apparatus for separating particulate matter from a hydrocarbon production stream, said apparatus comprising:an upper cylindrical body having an upper end and a first wall, a lower cylindrical body having a lower end and a second wall, a hydrocarbon inlet pipe extending through said first wall, a hydrocarbon outlet port on said upper end, a collection port on said lower end, and a separator plate,
wherein a bottom of said upper cylindrical body is connected to said separator plate forming an upper cavity inside said upper cylindrical body, and a top of said lower cylindrical body is connected to said separator plate forming a lower cavity inside said lower cylindrical body,
wherein said separator plate has a plurality of collection channels providing a fluid connection between said upper cavity and said lower cavity and an outlet channel providing a fluid connection between said upper cavity and said lower cavity,
wherein said outlet channel is located at a center of said separator plate,
wherein each of said plurality of collection channels comprises an upper opening located immediately adjacent to said first wall of said upper cylindrical body; and
wherein each of said plurality of collection channels further comprises an upper passage, a corner, a lower passage, and a lower opening;
said upper opening is fluidly connected to said upper passage, said upper passage is fluidly connected to said corner, said corner is fluidly connected to said lower passage, and said lower passage is fluidly connected to said lower opening; and
said first wall of said upper cylindrical body has an inner diameter, and said upper passage extends from said upper opening outwardly beyond said inner diameter of said first wall to said corner.

US Pat. No. 10,711,587

OXIDIZING AGENT INJECTION EQUIPMENT FOR UNDERGROUND COAL GASIFICATION PROCESS AND APPLICATION THEREOF

ZHONGWEI (SHANGHAI) ENERG...

1. An oxidant injection device used in an underground coal gasification process comprising an oxidant flow path, and gas tight connected components of the oxidant flow path in connection order: a swivel joint, a coiled tubing, a mechanical shear off device, and an oxidant nozzle, wherein the mechanical shear off device provides the capability to shear off the oxidant nozzle in the event of the oxidant nozzle becoming stuck in a subsurface well, which allows the coiled tubing to be pulled back to surface, during which the swivel joint connects a coiled tubing reel central shaft with a gas tight seal to a surface oxidant source, therefore allowing continuous oxidant injection during oxidant nozzle retraction by rotating a coiled tubing reel to enable movement of the coiled tubing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,586

MULTI-INLET FRACK HEAD SYSTEM

1. A multi-inlet fracturing head (MIFH) for directing a high pressure fracturing fluid into a wellbore, the MIFH comprising:a first inlet channel extending through a body of the MIFH for directing fluid into a first flow passage;
a second inlet channel extending through the body of the MIFH for directing fluid into the first flow passage;
a second flow passage downstream of the first flow passage when the high pressure fluid is directed from the first flow passage into the wellbore; and
a transition between the first flow passage and the second flow passage, the transition gradually reducing a difference in diameter between the first flow passage and the second flow passage;
wherein the first and second inlet channels intersect a longitudinal axis of the MIFH at different vertical heights, and are arranged at different angles with respect to the longitudinal axis of the MIFH.

US Pat. No. 10,711,585

COMPLETIONS FOR TRIGGERING FRACTURE NETWORKS IN SHALE WELLS

UTI Limited Partnership, ...

1. A method of inducing a complex fracture network within a zone of a shale hydrocarbon reservoir, wherein the zone comprises a wellbore servicing a plurality of spaced apart fracturing intervals, wherein the reservoir rock has a permeability of from 10-100 nD, the method comprising:introducing in a fracturing stage contemporaneous fractures into a first fracturing interval and a third fracturing interval, and subsequently introducing during the fracturing stage a fracture into a second fracturing interval, wherein the second fracturing interval is between the first fracturing interval and the third fracturing interval;
wherein fracturing at the first, second and third fracturing intervals is initiated and extended by injection of a fracturing fluid into the intervals through the respective first, second and third perforation clusters in fluid communication through the wellbore and spaced apart along a wellbore casing;
controlling a fracture initiation stage and a hydraulic fracture propagation stage for each of the first, second and third perforation clusters by adjusting an injection rate of the fracturing fluid so as to modulate wellbore bottom pressure;
wherein during the fracture initiation stage:
pb?pfr
where pb is the bottom hole treating pressure, and pfr is the perforation cluster initiation pressure; and wherein during
the hydraulic fracture propagation stage pb is adjusted so as to cross, open and shear natural fractures, with:

where ?h is the horizontal minimum principal stress, MPa; pnet is the HF net pressure, MPa; pfef is a pressure drop across perforations, MPa; E is Young's modulus of reservoir rock, MPa; ?r is the injection fluid viscosity, mPa·s; q is the injection rate, m3/min; Lf is the fracture half-length, m; ? is the rock Poison's ratio, dimensionless; ?f is the injection fluid viscosity, mPa·s; HHF is the hydraulic fracture height, m; t is the injection time, s; ? is the fracturing fluid density, 10?3 kg/m3; Np is the perforation number; d is the perforation diameter, 10?2 m; Cd is a flow rate coefficient, dimensionless;
 wherein, for fracture initiation at perforation clusters 1 and 3, the bottom hole treating pressure is controlled by modulating the injection rate of the fracturing fluid so that:
pfr2>pb>pfr1=pfr3
pb=pb1=pb2=pb3
 wherein subscript 1, 2, 3 represent parameters respectively for perforation clusters 1, 2 and 3;
 wherein following the hydraulic fracture propagation stage at perforation clusters 1 and 3, the bottom hole treating pressure is increased to initiate the fracture initiation stage at perforation cluster 2, with the fracture initiation pressure for perforation cluster 2, Pfr2, being adjusted to account for the induced stress from hydraulic fracture propagation in the first and third fracturing intervals, so that:
pfr2?pb
pb=pb1=pb2=pb3
 and wherein perforations in the perforation clusters are arranged and configured so that:
pfr2>pfr1=pfr3.

US Pat. No. 10,711,583

GREEN BOILER—CLOSED LOOP ENERGY AND POWER SYSTEM TO SUPPORT ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY THAT IS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

GTHERM ENERGY, INC., Hou...

1. A method comprising:extracting crude oil, natural gas, or crude oil and natural gas from an underground reservoir through a production well,
burning crude oil or natural gas extracted from an underground reservoir, or burning both crude oil and natural gas extracted from an underground reservoir, for providing thermal energy,
transferring the thermal energy to brine separated from the extracted oil, gas, or both, for providing heated brine, or converting the thermal energy to mechanical work, or both transferring the thermal energy to the separated brine and converting the thermal energy to mechanical work, and
injecting the heated brine into the underground reservoir through an injection well separate from the production well;
wherein the method further comprises:
stimulating the underground reservoir with pressure waves propagated into the underground reservoir by stimulating the heated brine during injection while in the injection well; and
stimulating the underground reservoir with additional pressure waves propagated into the underground reservoir by stimulating the oil, gas, and brine while in the production well during extraction from underground, wherein the additional pressure waves are controlled such that the additional pressure waves propagate in phase with the pressure waves propagated into the underground reservoir by stimulating the heated brine during injection.

US Pat. No. 10,711,581

INJECTION FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

23. A method of stimulating a well bore comprising:discharging a fluid from an in-flow control device through a screen while interposing a check valve assembly between the in-flow control device and the screen; and
operating the check valve assembly disposed at an intermediate location along a housing channel distinct from a disposition of a flow restriction device and the check valve assembly disposed by a concentric support positioned within the housing channel and the check valve assembly adapted to control a direction of flow along the housing channel, to allow the fluid to flow in a first axial direction to the screen through the in-flow control device and to close fluid flow responsive to differential pressure across the valve assembly created by perturbations in fluid flow tending to redirect fluid flow through the check valve assembly in a direction opposite of the first axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,580

HIGH POWER LASER DECOMMISSIONING OF MULTISTRING AND DAMAGED WELLS

Foro Energy, Inc., Houst...

1. A method of servicing a damaged well, the method comprising:a. advancing a high power laser delivery tool to a damaged section of the well, the damaged section of the well comprising a pinched casing and inner tubular; and,
b. directing a high power laser beam from the high power laser delivery tool toward the damaged section of the well in a predetermined laser delivery pattern, the predetermined laser delivery pattern intersecting the pinched casing;
c. whereby the laser beam removes the pinched casing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,576

POWER SYSTEM AND METHOD

MGB OILFIELD SOLUTIONS, L...

1. A power system including:a platform supporting a primary power source, a hydraulic power supply system, an electric power supply system and a pneumatic power supply system thereon, wherein the primary power source is an exclusive source of power for the hydraulic power supply system, the electric power supply system and the pneumatic power supply system and wherein the power system includes one or more hydraulic fluid outlets for the transmission of pressurized hydraulic fluid out from the power system and one or more hydraulic fluid inlets for re-entry of the pressurized hydraulic fluid back into the power system.

US Pat. No. 10,711,571

INJECTION DEVICE

TCO AS, Bergen (NO)

1. An injection device, comprising:a housing comprising an inlet and an outlet;
an outlet sleeve mounted within the housing and comprising at least one radial flow port therethrough for permitting fluid communication between the inlet and the outlet;
a flow sleeve mounted over the outlet sleeve and arranged to move between a first position in which the at least one radial flow port is at least partially closed and a second position in which the at least one radial flow port is opened;
a flow sleeve actuator operable by a biasing arrangement biasing the flow sleeve to the first position and inlet pressure at the inlet of the housing to permit the flow sleeve to be selectively moved between the first and second positions to vary flow through the at least one radial flow port between the inlet and the outlet; and
wherein the biasing arrangement operates to permit the flow sleeve to move towards the first position in which the at least one radial flow port is at least partially closed such that the injection device is normally closed, and an increase in inlet pressure acts to operate the actuator to permit the flow sleeve to move towards the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,570

VALVE WITH PUMP ROTOR PASSAGE FOR USE IN DOWNHOLE PRODUCTION STRINGS

1. Equipment situated to produce oil from a downhole location comprising:an oil well with a casing and a production string inserted in the casing;
a rotatable rod passing through the production string and a valve;
a pump between an oil reservoir and the production string;
the pump operated by the rotatable rod;
a bobbin slidable along the rotatable rod for blocking a flow through the valve; and,
a production string operation wherein the rotatable rod is passed through the valve such that a pump rotor connected to the rotatable rod is removed from the pump, enters the valve at one end, and leaves the valve at an opposite end.

US Pat. No. 10,711,559

DOWNHOLE EXPANDABLE METAL TUBULAR

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. A downhole expandable metal tubular having an axial extension, to be expanded in a well downhole to abut an inner face of a casing or a borehole, comprising:a first section of a metal material having a first outer diameter,
two circumferential projections of said metal material having a second outer diameter which is larger than the first outer diameter, and
a second section of said metal material arranged between the two projections, each projection having an inclined face tapering from the second outer diameter towards the second section,
wherein the first section, the projections and the second section form a one piece construction of said metal material, and
wherein the second section has a third outer diameter which is smaller than the first outer diameter in an unexpanded condition, and a sealing element is arranged between the projections opposite the second section so that during expansion, the second section bulges more radially outwards than the first section, forcing the sealing element radially outwards in an expanded condition.

US Pat. No. 10,711,551

MILLING DOWNHOLE TUBULARS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

6. A method comprising:centering a downhole-type milling tool onto a downhole tubular with a tapered mill positioned on a downhole end of the downhole-type milling tool;
milling the downhole tubular located in a wellbore with a downhole-type milling tool; and
receiving pieces of the milled tubular with a junk basket positioned uphole of a set of milling blades within the downhole-type milling tool, the pieces being retained within the downhole-type milling tool, wherein the junk basket comprises:
a plurality of spring-loaded fingers extending from an inner surface of a washover pipe to retain milled tubular pieces from moving in a downhole direction, the plurality of spring-loaded fingers hingably attached to the inner surface of the washover pipe;
a central support shoulder mounted to the central shaft positioned to limit a downhole motion of the spring-loaded fingers; and
a screen uphole of the plurality of spring-loaded fingers to allow fluid passage and to prevent particles greater than a specified size from passing through the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,711,547

PARAMETER MONITORING AND CONTROL FOR AN ELECTRIC DRIVEN HYDRAULIC FRACKING SYSTEM

1. An electric driven hydraulic fracking system that positions a single variable frequency drive (VFD), a single shaft electric motor, and a single hydraulic pump mounted on a single pump trailer to pump a fracking media into a well to execute a fracking operation to extract a fluid from the well, comprising:a pump configuration that includes the single VFD, the single shaft electric motor, and the single hydraulic pump mounted on the single pump trailer, wherein:
the single VFD is configured to convert the electric power at the power generation voltage level distributed from a power distribution trailer to a VFD voltage level and drive the single shaft electric motor that is positioned on the single pump trailer with the single VFD at the VFD voltage level to control the operation of the single shaft electric motor and the single hydraulic pump, wherein the VFD voltage level is a voltage level that is required to drive the single shaft electric motor, and
a controller associated with the single VFD and mounted on the single pump trailer is configured to:
monitor a plurality of operation parameters associated with an operation of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system as each component of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system operates to determine whether at least one operation parameter deviates beyond at least one corresponding operation parameter threshold, wherein each of the operation parameters provides an indicator as to an operation status of a corresponding component of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system, and
initiate at least one corrected action when each operation parameter deviates beyond the at least one corresponding operation threshold, wherein initiating the at least one corrected action when each operation parameter deviates beyond the at least one corresponding operation threshold maintains the operation of the electric driven hydraulic fracking system.

US Pat. No. 10,711,545

SHALE SHAKER WITH STAIR-STEPPED ARRANGEMENTS OF SCREENS AND METHODS OF USING SAME, AND METHODS OF RETROFITTING SHALE SHAKERS

Elgin Separation Solution...

1. A shale shaker comprising:a base;
a basket supported by the base;
a vibrator interconnected with the basket; and,
first and second shaker screen assemblies releasably mounted to the basket by a deck frame, the deck frame including a discharge shield and a channel, the discharge shield forming at least a portion of the channel, with the first shaker screen assembly having a first discharge end, with the second shaker screen assembly having a receiving end with a seal abutted thereto, with the discharge shield located between an end of the first discharge end of the first shaker screen assembly and an end of the receiving end of the second shaker screen assembly, with the second shaker screen assembly positioned such that the seal is positioned below the first shaker screen assembly and the discharge shield and within the channel, and positioned so that discharge from the first shaker screen assembly will not discharge onto the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,544

GRAPHENE OXIDE COATED MEMBRANES TO INCREASE THE DENSITY OF WATER BASE FLUIDS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of servicing a wellbore extending from a surface of the earth and penetrating a subterranean formation, comprising:recovering an aqueous-based drilling fluid from the wellbore;
removing water from the aqueous-based drilling fluid by contacting the aqueous-based drilling fluid with a porous substrate coated with a hydrophilic and oleophobic coating, whereby the water is removed from the aqueous-based drilling fluid via passage through the porous substrate, and whereby a water concentration and a volume of the aqueous-based drilling fluid are reduced and a density of the aqueous-based drilling fluid is increased; and
adding a weighting material to the aqueous-based drilling fluid after the removing of the water therefrom, and
further comprising a mud pit containing the aqueous-based drilling fluid, and maintaining a target volume of the aqueous-based drilling fluid in the mud pit by controlling an amount of the water removed by the contacting of the aqueous-based drilling fluid with the porous substrate and an amount of the weighting material added to the aqueous-based drilling fluid after the removing of the water therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,711,539

MODULAR DRILLING RIG HAVING PIPE LIFTING CAPABILITY AND VENTILATION THEREIN

13. A drilling system for use at a wellhead, the drilling system comprising:a plurality of modules each containing a rig component, said plurality of modules being connected or interconnected together so as to form a drilling rig, each of said plurality of modules having a size adapted to be lifted by a forklift or a front end loader; and
a pipe handling system positioned adjacent to one end of said plurality of modules, said pipe handling system comprising:
a base having a plurality of sections telescopically connected together so as to be movable between a retracted position and an extended position; and
a plurality of supports extending upwardly from said base, each of said plurality of supports having a pipe-receiving cradle at an end opposite said base.

US Pat. No. 10,711,536

SELECTIVE STIMULATION OF RESERVOIR TARGETS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system for use in a wellbore through a formation containing hydrocarbons, comprising:a coiled tubing;
a distributed sensor array disposed within and integral with the coiled tubing, the distributed sensor array configured to measure hydrocarbon production parameters along the distributed sensor array;
a selective fracturing apparatus coupled to the coiled tubing, the selective fracturing apparatus to fracture selected areas of the formation; and
a controller, coupled to the distributed sensor array, operable to identify the selected areas for fracturing and control operation of the selective fracturing apparatus based on the measured hydrocarbon production parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,711,527

DRILL BIT AND METHOD FOR CASING WHILE DRILLING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

16. A method drilling a borehole in a formation, the method comprising:inserting a nested drill bit assembly downhole, the drill bit assembly including:
an outer drill bit having an opening; and
a first inner drill bit nested within the opening of the outer drill bit, the first inner drill bit releasably coupled to the outer drill bit, operable to extend beyond a bottom portion of the outer drill bit upon release from the outer drill bit, and retrievable upon release through an upper portion of the outer drill bit; then
rotating the nested drill bit assembly to drill the borehole at a first diameter;
decoupling the first inner drill bit from the outer drill bit; and then
rotating the first inner drill bit to extend the borehole at a second diameter that is smaller than the first diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,711,520

DUAL ROD DIRECTIONAL DRILLING SYSTEM

Vermeer Manufacturing Com...

1. A drill head configured for directional drilling, the drill head comprising:an uphole portion comprising:
a main casing with a main casing axis and an inner diameter;
a substantially solid drive shaft having a downhole end that includes drive features that are torque transmitting and radial load bearing, the drive shaft having a drive shaft axis and an outer diameter, wherein the drive shaft axis is parallel with the main casing axis; and
a drive shaft fluid flow passage between the inner diameter of the main casing and the outer diameter of the drive shaft;
a downhole portion comprising:
an end casing connected to the main casing, the end casing having an end casing axis that is not parallel to the main casing axis; and
a drill bit shaft having a drill bit shaft axis and an inner fluid flow cavity, the drill bit shaft having an uphole end that includes drive features that are torque transmitting and radial load bearing, wherein the drill bit shaft axis is not parallel with the drive shaft axis; and
a coupling engaged with, and positioned between, the drill bit shaft and the drive shaft, the coupling having drive features that are torque transmitting and radial load bearing, the drive features of the coupling being sized and shaped to mate with the drive features of both the drive shaft and the drill bit shaft, the coupling having a coupling fluid flow passage including a radial fluid flow passage communicating with the drive shaft fluid flow passage, and an axial fluid flow passage communicating between the drive features of the coupling, wherein fluid flows from the drive shaft fluid flow passage, through the radial fluid flow passage, and between the drive features of both the drive shaft and the coupling via the axial fluid flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,711,518

SELF-CENTERING END CAPS FOR ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURE COVERINGS

HUNTER DOUGLAS, INC., Pe...

1. An end cap for an architectural structure covering, the architectural structure covering having a head rail, a bottom rail and a covering extending between the head rail and the bottom rail, the end cap comprising:an outer surface;
an inner surface;
a side surface disposed between the outer and inner surfaces;
an upper portion;
a lower portion; and
a self-centering feature including a flange extending upwardly from the upper portion of the end cap and inwardly away from the outer surface of the end cap, the flange being configured to contact the head rail of the architectural structure covering during retraction of the covering to horizontally center the bottom rail within the head rail.

US Pat. No. 10,711,517

LIFTING DEVICE OF CORDLESS COVERING

NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO.,...

1. A lifting device for a cordless covering, wherein the cordless covering comprises a headrail, a bottom rail, and a covering material between the headrail and the bottom rail; comprising:a cord reel, which has a spiral groove provided thereon, and comprises a cone section, wherein a diameter of the cone section decreases from a large diameter end thereof to a small diameter end thereof; the cord reel is pivotally mounted on the headrail to be rotated in a first direction or in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a car, which is movably received in the headrail to be moved toward or away from the cord reel;
a driving module received in the headrail to drive the cord reel to rotate in the first direction;
a connecting cord which comprises opposite ends connected to the car and the cord reel, wherein the connecting cord is reeled in the cord reel along the spiral groove when the cord reel rotates in the first direction; the connecting cord is reeled out from the cord reel when the cord reel rotates in the second direction; and
a lifting cord running around the car and extending out of the headrail, wherein the lifting cord comprises an end fastened to the bottom rail; the car moves away from the cord reel to drive the cord reel to rotate in the second direction while the bottom rail is moved away from the headrail;
wherein the end of the connecting cord connected to the cord reel is connected to the large diameter end of the cone section; and
when the car is located at a position nearest to the cord reel, a segment of the connecting cord between the cord reel and the car is substantially parallel to a moving direction of the car.

US Pat. No. 10,711,512

GLAZED ELEMENT WITH IMPROVED TIGHTNESS

AGC GLASS EUROPE, Louvai...

1. A glazed element for a building comprising a fixed frame, at least one gasket Ga and at least one frameless inwardly openable casement,wherein
the casement comprises a multiple glazing comprising an external glass pane configured to face an exterior of the building comprising at least one thermally treated glass sheet,
the gasket Ga extends along a periphery of the casement and is located between an external face of the glass pane and the fixed frame,
the glass pane has an overall bow on a bottom edge of the glass pane of at most 3.0 mm/m, measured according to EN 1863-1:2011, and
the gasket Ga is such that the gasket Ga is in continuous contact with the bottom edge of the glass pane and a portion of the fixed frame contiguous to the bottom edge of the glass pane, when the glazed element is in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,511

METHODS OF FORMING A LEADING END ASSEMBLY FOR A MOVABLE PARTITION

Won-Door Corporation, Sa...

1. A method of forming a leading end assembly for a movable partition, comprising:coupling a leading member to a frame member;
coupling two opposing side members to the frame member;
coupling a first extension member of two opposing extension members to a first side member of the two opposing side members;
coupling a second extension member of the two opposing extension members to a second side member of the two opposing side members;
forming a coupling portion of the first extension member of the two opposing extension members for coupling with a first plurality of hingedly coupled panels of the movable partition such that the entirety of the first extension member and the entirety of the first plurality of hingedly coupled panels is positioned and configured to be suspended from an overhead track at a location directly behind the leading member in a direction along an intended direction of travel of the leading end assembly along the overhead track; and
forming a coupling portion of the second extension member of the two opposing extension members for coupling with a second plurality of hingedly coupled panels of the movable partition such that the entirety of the second extension member and the entirety of the second plurality of hingedly coupled panels is positioned and configured to be suspended from the overhead track at the location directly behind the leading member in the direction along the intended direction of travel of the leading end assembly along the overhead track.

US Pat. No. 10,711,508

WINDOW ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A vehicular window assembly, said vehicular window assembly comprising:a frame configured to fixedly mount to a vehicle, said frame comprising a pair of opposite side frame members, an upper frame member and a lower frame member;
a fixed window panel disposed at a lower portion of said side frame members and at said lower frame member;
a movable window panel movably disposed at said side frame members and movable relative to said fixed window panel and said frame between an opened position and a closed position;
wherein each of said side frame members includes a lower channel for receiving a respective side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel and a respective end region of said lower frame member;
an elastomeric seal overmolded along and in said lower channel of each of said side frame members;
wherein said elastomeric seal comprises a sealing channel that receives and seals against (i) the respective side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel and (ii) the respective end region of said lower frame member; and
wherein a lower end portion of said sealing channel of said elastomeric seal that receives the respective end region of said lower frame member has a greater width dimension than the width dimension of the portion of said sealing channel that receives the respective side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel.

US Pat. No. 10,711,504

POWER DOOR PRESENTER WITH LATCHING FEATURE

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. A power door presenter system for a motor vehicle having a vehicle door moveable relative to a vehicle body between a closed position, a presented position, and a fully-open position, the system comprising:a presenter assembly mounted to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door, the presenter assembly including an extensible member moveable between a retracted position and an extended position, and a motor driven mechanism operable for powered movement of the extensible member, wherein powered movement of the extensible member between its retracted and extended position results in corresponding movement of the vehicle door between the closed position and the presented position;
a primary latch assembly mounted to the vehicle door and operable to releasably hold a primary striker mounted to the vehicle body when the vehicle door is located in the closed position, wherein the primary latch assembly is operable to release the primary striker prior to powered movement of the extensible member causing movement of the vehicle door from the closed position to the presented position; and
an auxiliary latch assembly operably mounted to one of the extensible member and the other one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door and having a latch mechanism and a latch release mechanism, and an auxiliary striker engageable with the latch mechanism and operably mounted to the other one of the extensible member and the other one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door for preventing movement of the vehicle door from the presented position to the fully-open position when the latch mechanism is engaged with the auxiliary striker,
wherein the latch release mechanism is actuatable for releasing the latch mechanism from the auxiliary striker so as to permit subsequent manual movement of the vehicle door by a user from the presented position to the fully-open position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,501

ACTIVE ANTI-FLUTTER SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An active anti-flutter system for a motor vehicle, comprising:an electromagnet on a first component;
a ferromagnetic target fixed to a second component; and
a controller configured to energize said electromagnet to generate a magnetic flux that attracts said ferromagnetic target toward said electromagnet thereby reducing vibration of one of said first component and said second component.

US Pat. No. 10,711,500

PERMANENT MAGNET DAMPING AND GENERATED LIGHT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for damping and generating light, the method comprising:actuating, a permanent magnet (PM) damper connected to a panel, by opening the panel,
wherein the PM damper comprises a conductive coil and at least one permanent magnet, and the actuating of the PM damper causes the conductive coil and the at least one permanent magnet to move relative to each other;
damping, by the actuating of the PM damper, a speed of the opening of the panel;
generating, by the actuating of the PM damper, electrical power by converting kinetic energy from the actuating of the PM damper into the electrical power, during the opening of the panel;
storing the electrical power; and
powering lighting by using the electrical power.

US Pat. No. 10,711,497

SLIDING PANEL WHEEL ASSEMBLY

MAMMOTH INDUSTRIES PTY LT...

1. A wheel assembly comprising:(i) an elongate housing configured to engage with and support a sliding panel element, the housing comprising first and second inclined support surfaces that are inclined in the same direction and in spaced relation to each other along the elongate housing,
(ii) an elongate carriage at least partially located inside the housing,
(iii) a first support member supporting a first wheel subassembly within the elongate carriage and configured to rest on the first inclined support surface,
(iv) a second support member supporting a second wheel subassembly within the elongate carriage and configured to rest on the second inclined support surface,
wherein the first and second support members are movable along the first and second inclined surfaces respectively so as to raise and lower the elongate housing with respect to the elongate carriage,
and wherein the first and second support members are positionable along the first and second inclined surfaces respectively so as to allow a long axis of the elongate carriage to form an angle with the long axis of the elongate housing such that wheels of the first and second subassemblies are independently vertically adjustable with reference to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,711,494

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR

ADAC Plastics, Inc., Gra...

1. A handle assembly for a vehicle door, comprising:a body defining an opening dimensioned to at least partially receive therein a hand of a user, the opening communicating with a chamber defined in the body anterior of the opening;
at least one pivot arm pivotally mounted on to the body for pivotal movement of the at least one pivot arm relative to the body;
a closure for the opening, the closure pivotally connected directly to the at least one pivot arm for pivotal movement of the closure relative to the at least one pivot arm, the closure selectively moveable via pivotal movement of the at least one pivot arm relative to the body between a first position, in which the closure occupies the opening, and a second position, in which the closure is moved into the chamber so that the hand of the user may be at least partially received through the opening; and
a motor operatively coupled to the at least one pivot arm for pivotally moving the at least one pivot arm relative to the body to effect-selective movement of the closure between the first and second positions thereof;
wherein, in movement from the first position to the second position of the closure, the at least one pivot arm pivotally moves relative to the body in a first direction and the closure pivotally moves relative to the at least one pivot arm in a second direction which is opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,711,492

VEHICULAR LATCH WITH DOUBLE PAWL ARRANGEMENT

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. A vehicle latch, comprising:a ratchet movable between a striker release position whereat the ratchet is positioned to receive a striker and a striker capture position whereat the ratchet is positioned to retain the striker, the ratchet being biased towards its striker release position;
a primary pawl movable between a ratchet checking position whereat the primary pawl is positioned to keep the ratchet in its striker capture position and a ratchet release position whereat the primary pawl permits movement of the ratchet out of its striker capture position, the primary pawl being biased towards its ratchet checking position;
an auxiliary ratchet operatively connected to the primary pawl, the auxiliary ratchet being movable between an enabling position whereat the primary pawl is enabled to move to its ratchet checking position and a disabling position whereat the auxiliary ratchet positions the primary pawl in its ratchet release position;
a secondary pawl movable between an auxiliary ratchet holding position whereat the secondary pawl is positioned to hold the auxiliary ratchet in its enabling position and an auxiliary ratchet release position whereat the secondary pawl is positioned to permit movement of the auxiliary ratchet to its disabling position, the secondary pawl being biased towards its auxiliary ratchet holding position;
a drive mechanism operable in a first operative direction to open the latch by causing the secondary pawl to move to its auxiliary ratchet release position which permits the auxiliary ratchet to move to its disabling position such that the primary pawl is moved to its ratchet release position and the ratchet is permitted to move to its striker release position, the drive mechanism operable in a second operative direction to reset the latch by causing the auxiliary ratchet to move to its enabling position and causing the secondary pawl to move to its auxiliary ratchet holding position; and
a controller for controlling operation of the drive mechanism, the controller causing the drive mechanism to operate in the second operative direction to reset the latch in response to the ratchet being located in its striker release position.

US Pat. No. 10,711,489

ELECTROMECHANICAL MULTI-DIRECTIONAL LOCK

Digilock Asia Ltd., Kowl...

1. A convertible, multi-directional lock for a door, cabinet, panel, or drawer in a cabinet, locker, furniture, or other storage device, the lock comprising:a main housing;
a circuit board disposed within the main housing;
a microprocessor disposed on the circuit board;
a plurality of receivers disposed on the circuit board and in communication with the microprocessor;
a lock housing mountable to the main housing, wherein the lock housing is selectively mountable to the main housing in at least two orientations;
a locking element disposed in the lock housing and configured to translate between a locked position and an unlocked position;
an actuator disposed in the lock housing and configured to translate the locking element;
a connector carried by the lock housing and in electrical communication with the actuator;
wherein when the lock housing is mounted to the main housing in any of the at least two orientations, the connector engages one of the receivers, such that the microprocessor can signal the actuator to translate the locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,711,487

AIRCRAFT WITH A PLURALITY OF AIRCRAFT DOORS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A vehicle door comprising:a door structure;
at least one lock lever moveably mounted to the door structure;
a counterpart mounted to the door structure and engageable with the at least one lock lever in an engaged state for locking the vehicle door of an associated vehicle, and
a real-time monitoring device configured for generating a real-time representation of the at least one lock lever and the counterpart, the real-time representation being suitable for determining whether the at least one lock lever is in the engaged state;
wherein the real-time monitoring device comprises an image formation device attached to the door structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,483

COLLAPSIBLE CHANGING TENT ASSEMBLY

1. A collapsible changing tent assembly, comprising:a first circular ring;
a second circular ring having a smaller diameter than the first circular ring;
a plurality of supporting rods of a flexible construction having a first end perpendicularly connected to the first circular ring and a second end perpendicularly connected to the second ring;
wherein the flexible construction of the supporting rods allows for the collapsible changing tent assembly to be folded flat such that the first and second circular rings occupy the same plane when the collapsible changing tent assembly is in a collapsed configuration;
a covering fabric material attached to the first circular ring and the second circular ring wherein channels within the flexible fabric material allow the supporting rods to pass through and define an interior volume between the circular rings;
a plurality of fasteners attached to the fabric material around the first circular ring;
wherein the plurality of fasteners is configured to secure the assembly in a collapsed position, the collapsed position defined by the first and second circular rings occupying the same plane;
an opening disposed on the fabric material wherein a pair of overlapping flaps affixed to the opening are configured to selectively move between an open position and a closed position, whereas an open position allows a user to selectively access the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,711,479

AIRFOIL AS WIND MITIGATION SYSTEM FOR SECURING BUILDING ROOFTOPS EXPOSED TO ELEVATED WINDS

1. A wind mitigation system comprising:at least one upright airfoil post having a length extending upward from a peripheral edge of a roof of a building and having a cross-sectional shape of an airfoil;
wherein the airfoil post has a blunt leading edge facing away from a center of a roof and a pointed trailing edge facing toward the center of the roof;
wherein the leading edge and the trailing edge both extend the entire length of the upright airfoil post; and,
wherein the leading edge and the trailing edge are both aligned parallel to a vertical axis of the upright airfoil post.

US Pat. No. 10,711,473

ARENA APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USING AND CONSTRUCTING SAME

KOKO SPORTS MANAGEMENT, L...

2. An arena apparatus for staging a sport comprising:at least one wall, a bottom end of the at least one wall located proximal to a perimeter of a floor area, the at least one wall extending upwardly and outwardly from a vertical plane of the perimeter at an angle of greater than or equal to fifteen degrees and less than sixty degrees; and
at least one second covering for covering a gap in or between the at least one first covering, the at least one second covering, the at least one floor area, the at least one wall, and combinations thereof,
wherein the second covering includes two second covering walls angled at a same angle as an adjacent one of the at least one wall, the two second covering walls intersecting along respective distal, vertical edges of the two second covering walls.

US Pat. No. 10,711,472

PASS-THROUGH HEAD ASSEMBLY FOR A GRID SHORING SYSTEM

Bond Formwork Systems, LL...

1. A platform support comprising:a first pass-through head assembly comprising:
a first central shaft extending between a first top end plate and a first bottom end plate, each of the first top end plate and the first bottom end plate defining an aperture that aligns with an interior cavity of the first central shaft,
a first plurality of support bars extending from an exterior surface of the first central shaft and a surface of the first bottom end plate, each support bar of the first plurality of support bars extending along a portion of an axial length of the first central shaft,
a first seat circumferentially disposed about the first central shaft and configured to support at least a first beam, the first seat defining an aperture sized to allow the first seat to pass over the first central shaft and the first plurality of support bars, and
a first seat support plate circumferentially disposed about the first central shaft between the first seat and the first bottom end plate, and defining an aperture sized to allow the first seat support plate to pass over the first central shaft and the first plurality of support bars, the first seat support plate configured to rest on the first plurality support bars in a first position and pass over the first plurality of support bars in a second position;
an adjustable shaft assembly supported by the first top end plate and extending into the interior cavity of the first central shaft; and a prop coupled to the first bottom end plate axially opposite the first central shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,711,471

SUPPORT DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING BEAMS OF FORMWORK FOR FLOOR SLABS

FARESIN FORMWORK S.P.A., ...

1. A support device for supporting beams of formwork for floor slabs, which comprises an upright, the end of which can be fixed to a supporting prop that rests on the ground; a supporting head for at least one supporting beam of floor slab formwork, wherein the at least one supporting beam has a first end opposed to a second end along the length of the at least one supporting beam, which is arranged to be coupled slideably along said upright; andmeans for reversibly locking said supporting head on a preset position defined along said upright,
said supporting head in turn comprising:
two plates which are arranged mirror-symmetrically, are laterally adjacent to opposite sides of said upright and are suitable to laterally delimit a region for accommodating the first end of said at least one supporting beam,
at least two recesses, for guiding insertion and for containment for a resting portion of the at least one supporting beam, each one of which is provided on a respective one of said plates,
wherein each one of said at least two recesses has a substantially flat bottom with a breadth such as to define a variable resting point for said at least one supporting beam along said bottom as a function of the inclination of said at least one supporting beam, wherein said upright comprises a central axis, wherein said bottom is delimited, on the side for association with the respective said at least one supporting beam, by a vertical shoulder that is substantially parallel with said central axis of said upright.

US Pat. No. 10,711,462

FRICTION FIT COMPOSITE COLUMN

1. A composite assembly adapted for use in a building structure, the composite assembly comprising:a lower assembly comprising a connection bracket comprising:
a bottom plate having first, second, third, and fourth edges; and
first and second connection blades secured to the bottom plate and extending away from the bottom plate, the first and second connection blades extending between the first and second edges and positioned interior of the third and fourth edges; and
an upper assembly comprising:
a first elongated layer comprising a first elongated member and a second elongated layer comprising a second elongated member, wherein the first and second elongated members are secured to each other along respective lengthwise faces of the first and second elongated members;
a first dual sided connector arranged between the first elongated member and the second elongated member such that the first dual sided connector simultaneously engages the first elongated member and the second elongated member and the first dual sided connector comprises:
a unitary base plate having a first surface and a second surface;
first and second tooth pairs extending outwardly from the first surface of the base plate, the first and second tooth pairs each comprising a first tooth and a second tooth, the first tooth and the second tooth each having an axis perpendicular to the first surface of the base plate, the first tooth being twisted about the axis of the first tooth and the second tooth being twisted about the axis of the second tooth; and
third and fourth tooth pairs extending outwardly from the second surface of the base plate, the third and fourth tooth pairs each comprising a third tooth and a fourth tooth, the third tooth and the fourth tooth each having an axis perpendicular to the second surface of the base plate, the third tooth being twisted about the axis of the third tooth and the fourth tooth being twisted about the axis of the fourth tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,711,444

TOILET INLET CONFIGURATION

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

16. A method of flushing a toilet comprising:providing a pedestal having an inlet chamber comprising:
an inlet portion comprising an upstream end defining an upstream inner diameter, and a downstream end defining a downstream inner diameter less than the upstream inner diameter;
an elbow extending downstream from the inlet portion, the elbow defining an elbow diameter substantially the same as the downstream inner diameter;
a leg extending downstream from the elbow; and
a splitter portion extending downstream from the leg, wherein the splitter portion divides water flow between a rim of the pedestal and a bowl of the pedestal; and
providing a stream of water from a water source, through a valve outlet, to the downstream end of the inlet portion;
wherein the stream forms a water column having a substantially constant diameter extending between valve outlet and the downstream end of the inlet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,711,435

FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A frame assembly for a machine, the frame assembly comprising:a main frame including a first pair of rails and a second pair of rails laterally spaced from the first pair of rails, each of the first pair of rails and the second pair of rails having a first rail and a second rail vertically spaced from the first rail; and
a one-piece, load-bearing crossmember having a first flange, a second flange, and a central portion between the first flange and the second flange,
wherein the first flange is directly connected to both the first rail and the second rail of the first pair of rails, and the second flange is directly connected to both the first rail and the second rail of the second pair of rails,
wherein the first flange includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end and the second end being directly attached to the first rail and the second rail of the first pair of rails, respectively, the first and second ends of the first flange respectively forming upper-most and lower-most surfaces of the first flange,
wherein the second flange includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end and the second end being directly attached to the first rail and the second rail of the second pair of rails, respectively, the first and second ends of the second flange respectively forming upper-most and lower-most surfaces of the second flange,
wherein the first flange is welded to the first rail and the second rail of the first pair of rails, and the second flange is welded to the first rail and the second rail of the second pair of rails,
wherein the central portion of the one-piece, load-bearing crossmember extends inward and downward from the first and second flanges,
wherein the one-piece, load-bearing crossmember has a maximum height less than a vertical spacing between the first and second rails of the first pair of rails and a vertical spacing between the first and second rails of the second pair of rails, such that no part of the one-piece, load-bearing crossmember extends in a vertical spacing direction past any of the first rails and the second rails of the first and second pairs of rails, and
wherein the first flange and the second flange each have a uniform height at all times between the upper-most and lower-most surfaces thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,711,424

FOUNDATION ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FOUNDATION ELEMENT

BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH...

1. A foundation element in the ground, which is formed of a hardenable mass, wherein, prior to hardening, at least one heat exchanger element is inserted into the foundation element, the foundation element comprising:a defined transition region towards the surrounding ground, the transition region being formed of a mixture of a hardening suspension and crushed ground material of the surrounding ground, the crushed ground material being produced when a borehole in the ground for the foundation element is produced, wherein
the foundation element has a cross-sectional shape corresponding to a shape of the borehole or a shape of a cut slit,
the transition region is provided within the cross-sectional shape,
at least one metal reinforcing element is disposed within a center region of the foundation element, the at least one metal reinforcing element being in contact with the at least one heat exchanger,
a material consistency of the foundation element varies over the cross-sectional shape,
the transition region consists of at least 30% of crushed ground material, and
the transition region amounts to at least 10% of a wall thickness of the foundation element.

US Pat. No. 10,711,421

FLAP GATE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS FOR COUPLING TO A WALL

1. A flap gate comprising:a first door coupled with a first hinge;
a second door coupled with a second hinge, wherein the first door and the second door together form a continuous concave surface,
wherein the first hinge and the second hinge couple with an interior wall of a cylindrical structure,
wherein, when in a closed position, the first door and the second door rest against the interior wall to cover an opening thereof, and wherein the continuous concave surface has a radius of curvature configured to be substantially similar to a radius of curvature of the interior wall of the cylindrical structure thereby enabling the first door and the second door, when in the closed position, to couple with the interior wall, wherein the doors and the hinges are circumscribed by the interior wall of the cylindrical structure.

US Pat. No. 10,711,417

PORTABLE ANIMAL WASTE COLLECTION AND STORAGE APPARATUS

1. A portable animal waste collection and storage container, comprising:a main body defining an inner space therein, an upper mouth of the main body defining convex side edges, the main body having bag retainers located below the upper mouth on both front and rear walls thereof, the bag retainers adapted to secure upper edges of a disposable bag so as to suspend a main portion of a bag within the inner space;
a control handle arranged to pivot forward and rearward about a horizontal axis extending laterally through the main body; and
an arcuate upper lid having a concave lower contour which matches the convex side edges such that the upper lid may slide smoothly over the upper mouth, the upper lid having a pair of cam pins extending laterally outward therefrom into inwardly-facing channels formed in the control handle so that pivoting movement of the control handle causes commensurate sliding movement of the upper lid over the upper mouth, and wherein
pivoting movement of the control handle displaces the upper lid between open and closed positions over the upper mouth of the main body, and wherein the upper lid is spaced from a rear edge of the upper mouth when in the fully open position to facilitate removal and replacement of a disposable bag within the container held by the bag retainers.

US Pat. No. 10,711,413

METHOD FOR THE HIGH SPEED INDENTATION OF A RECYCLABLE HEAT EXCHANGER IN A LAND-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE

EUROVIA, Rueil Malmaison...

1. A method for manufacturing a road surfacing comprising on the surface the pipes of a heat exchanger device, comprising the following steps:a) spreading at a temperature below 160° C. asphalt mix to form an integration layer, wherein,
the asphalt mix comprises a granular fraction and a hydrocarbon-based binder,
the asphalt mix has a workability from 50 N to less than 400 N and,
the workability is measured according to the 98-258-1 Standard of 2013 with a Nynas workability meter at the working temperature of the asphalt mix;
b) depositing the pipes on said integration layer, wherein,
the pipes are made of polymer,
the pipes have a crushing strength greater than 3000 N per linear metre of pipe at 100° C.,
the pipes have a thermal expansion less than 200·10?6 K?1 at 20° C. in such a way as to enable the indentation of the pipes in the integration layer even in the absence of cooling means or pressure application means;
c) indenting the deposited pipes into said integration layer by compacting said asphalt mix during the workability period of said asphalt mix to form an integration layer comprising the pipes of a heat exchanger device; and
d) applying a surface layer there above for the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,711,412

PAVER LOCKING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A paver edge restraint system for reducing shifting of paver units making up a paved surface, the paver edge restraint system, comprising:at least one peripheral edging member;
at least one edging securement member configured to hold the at least one peripheral edging member to an underlying surface;
at least one paver retention strap that extends underneath a plurality of the paver units constituting a portion of the paved surface; and
at least one clamping unit engaged with the at least one peripheral edging member, the at least one clamping unit configured to secure and tighten the at least one strap to maintain joint integrity of the plurality of paver units installed above and adjacent to the at least one strap.

US Pat. No. 10,711,404

PULP MOLDING APPARATUS AND MOLDS FOR USE THEREIN

1. A pair of metal mold halves suitable for pulp molding by compression and heating, comprising:a first metal mold half for application of a pulp slurry, said first metal mold half having a metal surface and comprising an elastomeric material spray coated or cast on the metal surface; and
a second conforming metal mold half.

US Pat. No. 10,711,402

SANITARY TISSUE PRODUCTS

1. A creped sanitary tissue product comprising a plurality of pulp fibers, wherein the creped sanitary tissue product comprises a surface softening agent, but is void of other surface chemistries and is void of permanent wet strength, wherein the creped sanitary tissue product exhibits a GM Tear Value as measured according to the Tear Strength Test Method and a GM Tensile Value as measured according to the Dry Tensile Test Method such that the creped sanitary tissue product falls above a line having the following equation: y=0.0122x+18.05 graphed on a plot of GM Tear Value (y-axis) to GM Tensile Value (x-axis).

US Pat. No. 10,711,395

TEXTURED FIBROUS STRUCTURES

1. A pre-moistened textured co-formed fibrous structure comprising a co-form layer comprising a plurality of filaments and fibers commingled together and a scrim layer, wherein the co-formed fibrous structure comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein the first surface comprises a plurality of deformations comprising protrusions such that the first surface exhibits an average absolute surface height value (Sa) of greater than 250 ?m as measured according to the Surface Height Test Method and wherein the second surface comprises at least one depression that is registered with at least one of the protrusions of the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,711,388

SUPPORT FOR HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE, AND HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MAC...

1. A support arrangement for a household appliance, comprising:at least two supports, each support including:
a hydraulic plate;
a sheath, fixedly connected with the hydraulic plate;
a regulating element, arranged in the sheath and axially movable relative to the sheath for leveling, the regulating element configured to be driven by a hydraulic medium; and
an accommodation chamber formed by the hydraulic plate, the sheath and the regulating element for containing the hydraulic medium, wherein
the at least two supports for fluidically communicate with each other for allowing the hydraulic medium to flow between the supports,
the hydraulic plate is provided with a one-way flow stop mechanism configured to conduct the hydraulic medium in one direction,
the hydraulic plate is provided with a liquid flow passage for allowing the hydraulic medium to flow therein,
the one-way flow stop mechanism includes a one-way valve plate and a baffle plate installed on the hydraulic plate,
the one-way valve plate is arranged at the hydraulic plate to cooperate with an inlet of the liquid flow passage for controlling the hydraulic medium to flow out in one direction or flow into the accommodation chamber in one direction, and
the baffle plate is located on one side of the one-way valve plate in an opening direction and blocks excessive deformation of the one-way valve plate.

US Pat. No. 10,711,383

WATER REUSE CONTROL METHOD OF A MULTI-DRUM WASHING MACHINE

QINGDAO HAIER DRUM WASHIN...

1. A water reuse control method of a multi-drum washing machine, the multi-drum washing machine at least comprising a first washing drum and a second washing drum, wherein:when the first washing drum and the second washing drum are both in a working state at the same time, the water reuse control method is as follows:
when the first washing drum reaches a drainage process, it is compared a time T12, for reaching a water supply process of the second washing drum and a time for reaching a next drainage process of the first washing drum,
if T12 if Ti2?T11, water in the first washing drum is drained directly.

US Pat. No. 10,711,382

SELF LAUNDRY SYSTEM

wash-plus Co., Ltd., Ura...

1. A self laundry system, comprising:a plurality of laundry apparatuses, disposed in a laundry store, having at least one of a washing function and a drying function, and each having an inherent identification mark; and
a control device, communicating with a portable terminal of a user and controlling operation of the laundry apparatuses according to a communication result between the control device and the portable terminal of the user, wherein the control device has:
an association means, associating the portable terminal with one of the laundry apparatuses based on an identification signal from the portable terminal; and
an operation command output means, outputting an operation command to the laundry apparatus associated with the portable terminal based on an operation request signal from the portable terminal,
wherein each one of the laundry apparatuses has a locking means for locking a cover, and the control device has a locking command means for outputting a cover locking command to one of the laundry apparatuses based on a cover locking request from the portable terminal; and
each one of the laundry apparatuses has a glass window that can be switched transparent/opaque, and the control device switches the glass window to opaque based on a request for the window to be opaque from the portable terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,711,380

ARTICLE WITH EMBROIDERED TAPE SEGMENTS

Under Armour, Inc., Balt...

1. An upper for an article of footwear, comprising:a substrate material layer; and
a continuous embroidered lattice structure overlaid on the substrate material layer, the embroidered lattice structure comprising a plurality of tape segments attached to one another by stitches; and
wherein the plurality of tape segments are disposed in a stacked arrangement, including a first plurality of tape segments in a first layer and a second plurality of segments in a second layer overlaid on the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,711,379

EMBROIDERY WORKPIECE HOLDING DEVICE

1. An embroidery hoop, comprising:an outer loop defining a closed loop having an inner perimeter surface and an outer perimeter surface, and having a front face and a rear face, wherein the outer loop is rigid;
a receiving groove defined by a closed-loop recess in the inner perimeter surface, the receiving groove having a cross-sectional shape of predetermined depth and width;
an inner retaining loop dimensioned to mate with the receiving groove of the outer loop in a predetermined fit, wherein the retaining loop is substantially rigid about a longitudinal axis, and elastically flexible transverse to the longitudinal axis; and
a pull tab in tensile communication with the inner retaining loop transverse to the longitudinal axis of the inner retainer loop.

US Pat. No. 10,711,377

KNITTING NEEDLES AND CROCHET HOOKS AND SYSTEMS

1. A knitting needle with fully integrated electronic counting system, comprising:a cylindrical shaft comprising a body with a first end and a second end, wherein the first end comprises a point, and wherein the second end comprises a blunt end, wherein the body defines an outer wall; and
an electronic counting system fully integrated within the outer wall of the body of the cylindrical shaft of the knitting needle, the counting system comprising:
a depressible button;
an activatable sensor, wherein an activation of the activatable sensor comprises an object covering or passing over the activatable sensor; and
an electronic display and speaker,
wherein the depressible button and activatable sensor are in electrical communication with the electronic display and speaker and configured to advance the counting system by sending an electrical signal to the electronic display and speaker upon an activation of the depressible button or activatable sensor,
wherein the counting system is fully integrated within the outer wall of the body of the cylindrical shaft of the knitting needle.

US Pat. No. 10,711,376

CIRCULAR WEAVING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A HOLLOW PROFILE-LIKE FABRIC

1. A circular weaving machine for weaving a weaving core, wherein the weaving machine comprises (i) at least one shuttle comprising a weft yarn bobbin and being movable along a circular continuous track around the weaving core and (ii) warp coil devices each of which comprises a warp yarn bobbin, the warp coil devices being configured to be movable, with a travel path of the warp coil devices with a warp yarn bobbin extending through a weaving plane enclosed by the circular continuous track.

US Pat. No. 10,711,369

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SILICON CARBIDE SINGLE CRYSTAL AND SILICON CARBIDE SINGLE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE

SHOWA DENKO K.K., Tokyo ...

1. A method for producing a silicon carbide single crystal, comprising placing a seed crystal composed of silicon carbide on a crucible lid body of a crucible having a crucible container body and the crucible lid body, placing a silicon carbide raw material in the crucible container body, and sublimating the silicon carbide raw material to grow a bulk silicon carbide single crystal on the seed crystal, whereinthe seed crystal has an off angle in an off orientation from a {0001} plane,
wherein in advance of a growth main step of performing crystal growth to form a facet {0001} plane in a crystal peripheral part on a crystal end face having grown thereon the bulk silicon carbide single crystal and obtain more than 50% of a thickness of the obtained SiC single crystal, said method comprises a growth sub-step of growing the crystal at (i) a higher nitrogen concentration than in the growth main step, (ii) a growth atmosphere pressure of 3.9 to 39.9 kPa, (iii) a seed crystal temperature of 2,100° C. to less than 2,300° C., and (iv) a crystal growth rate of 0.1 mm/h or less,
wherein the nitrogen concentration in the crystal in the growth sub-step is from 2×1019 to 1×1020 cm?3, and
wherein in the growth main step, the nitrogen concentration in the crystal is from 1×1018 to 1×1020 cm?3.

US Pat. No. 10,711,365

PLATING APPARATUS AND PLATING METHOD

Murata Manufacturing Co.,...

1. A plating apparatus comprising:a plating tank in which a plating solution is stored; and
a plating unit provided in the plating tank to perform electrolytic plating on an object to be plated; wherein
the plating unit includes:
a workpiece passage region in which at least a portion of the workpiece passage region is surrounded by a partition wall that allows passage of the plating solution but does not allow passage of the object to be plated, the object to be plated being passed from above toward below in the workpiece passage region;
an injector that injects the plating solution from below toward above;
a mixer above the injector and below the workpiece passage region to mix the plating solution injected by the injector and the object to be plated passing through the workpiece passage region;
an anode outside the workpiece passage region;
a cathode inside the workpiece passage region and including a hollow region through which a mixed fluid of the plating solution and the object to be plated mixed by the mixer passes from below toward above; and
a guide that guides the mixed fluid passing through the hollow region of the cathode to the workpiece passage region;
the guide includes a plating solution passage that allows the passage of the plating solution but does not allow the passage of the object to be plated; and
the guide is structured such that a top opening of the guide is larger than a bottom opening of the guide and side surfaces of the guide extend from the top opening to the bottom opening of the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,711,335

BUBBLE PUMP RESISTANT TO ATTACK BY MOLTEN ALUMINUM

1. A bubble pump comprising:a plurality of hollow parts, each part having a protective lining; and
at least one compression flange joint connecting at least two of the plurality of hollow parts and maintaining the protective lining under compression.

US Pat. No. 10,711,228

SUBSTRATE TREATING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE TREATING METHOD

SEMES CO., LTD., Chungch...

1. A substrate treating apparatus comprising:a support member configured to support a substrate;
a treatment liquid discharging member configured to discharge a treatment liquid containing a monomeric substance to the substrate located in the support member;
a light irradiator configured to irradiate light to the treatment liquid discharged to the substrate; and
cleaning film removers configured to remove a cleaning film formed when the treatment liquid is cured by the light from the substrate,
wherein the cleaning film removers are clips arranged at locations corresponding to an outer circumference of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,711,208

PROCESS SCHEME FOR THE PRODUCTION OF OPTIMAL QUALITY DISTILLATE FOR OLEFIN PRODUCTION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of producing a feedstock for olefin pyrolysis, comprising:hydrotreating a gasoil feed with a hydrotreating catalyst in the presence of hydrogen to produce an ultralow sulfur distillate (ULSD) stream comprising less than 10 parts-per-million weight (ppmw) sulfur, less than 10 ppmw nitrogen, and maximum aromatic saturation as compared to the gasoil feed such that greater than 95% by weight of the aromatics in the ULSD stream are monoaromatics;
separating, via a tray distillation column, the ULSD stream into a light distillate stream and a heavy bottom stream, wherein aromatics in the light distillate stream comprise at least 50% by weight monoaromatics and aromatics in the heavy bottom stream comprise no more than 15% by weight monoaromatics;
extracting, in an extraction section, an extract phase and a raffinate phase from the light distillate stream, the raffinate phase comprising at least 50% by weight saturated hydrocarbons and no more than 15% by weight aromatics, the extraction section comprising a liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) column, secondary re-extract column, an extract and raffinate wash column, a distillation column, and a solvent recovery column; and
mixing the raffinate phase with the heavy bottom stream produced from the separation of the ULSD stream to produce the feedstock for olefin pyrolysis, wherein a Bureau of Mines Correlation Index (BMCI) of the feedstock for olefin pyrolysis is less than the BMCI of the gasoil feed and the BMCI of the ULSD stream.

US Pat. No. 10,711,207

INTEGRATED HYDROTREATING AND SLURRY HYDROCRACKING PROCESS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

12. A slurry hydrocracking process comprising:hydrotreating a fresh, heavy residual, asphaltene-containing hydrocarbon feed in a fixed bed reactor, hydrotreating zone under hydrotreating conditions including a temperature in a range of about 330° C. to about 440° C., a pressure of about 13 MPa to about 28 MPa, a liquid hourly space velocity of about 0.1 hr?1 to about 2 hr?1, and a gas to oil ratio of 4,000-10,000 SCFB to provide a conversion of 975+° F. hydrocarbons of from about 20 to about 50 wt % in the presence of a hydrotreating catalyst to hydrogenate multi-ring aromatics including asphaltenes and form a hydrotreated effluent, wherein the hydrotreating catalyst comprises at least one Group VIII metal selected from cobalt and nickel and at least one Group VI metal selected from molybdenum and tungsten on an alumina support;
separating the hydrotreated effluent in a first separator to form an overhead vapor stream and a bottoms liquid stream;
hydrocracking the bottoms liquid stream directly from the first separator in a slurry hydrocracking zone under slurry hydrocracking conditions including a temperature of about 432° C. (810° F.) to about 476° C. (890° F.) and a pressure in a range of about 10 MPa to about 25 MPa in the presence of a slurry hydrocracking catalyst;
fractionating at least a portion of the effluent from the slurry hydrocracking zone in a fractionation zone into at least two streams; and
wherein an overall conversion of 975+° F. hydrocarbons in the heavy residual, asphaltene-containing hydrocarbon feed is at least about 93%.

US Pat. No. 10,711,182

PHOTOCHROMIC ARTICLES CONTAINING A POLYOXOMETALATE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A photochromic article comprising:a structural component, wherein the structural component comprises a porous material, a plurality of cavities, or a combination thereof;
a fluid in contact with the structural component; and
a polyoxometalate complex comprising a counter cation complexed with either a polyoxometalate anion or a polyoxometalate derivative anion, wherein the polyoxometalate complex is in contact with the fluid, wherein at least a portion of the polyoxometalate complex is dissolved or dispersed in the fluid, and wherein the article is photochromic.

US Pat. No. 10,711,160

SLURRY COMPOSITIONS FOR POLISHING A METAL LAYER AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A slurry composition for polishing a metal layer, the slurry composition comprising:polishing particles including a metal oxide;
an oxidizer including hydrogen peroxide; anda first polishing regulator including at least one selected from a group consisting of phosphate, phosphite, hypophosphite, and metaphosphate, wherein a content of the first polishing regulator is 1 wt % to 6 wt % with respect to 100 wt % of the slurry composition for polishing the metal layer,wherein a content of the oxidizer is 0.01 wt % to 0.09 wt % with respect to 100 wt % of the slurry composition for polishing the metal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,711,036

MALT1 INHIBITORS AND USES THEREOF

Cornell University, Itha...

1. A compound of Formula (I):or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, stereoisomer, or tautomer thereof, wherein:R3 is hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl;
R4 is hydrogen, halogen, or optionally substituted alkyl;
RN is hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted acyl, or a nitrogen protecting group;
or RN and either R3 or R4 are joined to form an optionally substituted heterocyclic ring, or R3 and R4 are joined to form an optionally substituted carbocyclic or optionally substituted heterocyclic ring;
R5 is hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl;
R6 is hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl;
or R5 and R6 are joined to form an optionally substituted carbocyclic or optionally substituted heterocyclic ring;
R8 is optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, —C(?O)R8b, —C(?O)N(R8a)2, —S(?O)2R8a, or of formula
wherein each instance of RA is independently hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, cyano, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, or optionally substituted acyl;each occurrence of R8a and R8b is independently hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted acyl, an oxygen protecting group when attached to an oxygen atom, or a nitrogen protecting group when attached to a nitrogen atom, or two R8a are joined to form an optionally substituted heterocyclic or optionally substituted heteroaryl ring;
L1 is a bond, an amino acid, or a dipeptide;
each of Rc and Rd is independently hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted acyl, or a nitrogen protecting group;
RA1 is hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted acyl, optionally substituted sulfonyl, or a nitrogen protecting group; and
each of RA2, RA3, and RA4 is independently hydrogen, unsubstituted methyl, methyl substituted with one or more halogen, optionally substituted C2-10 alkyl, —C(?O)Rf, —C(?O)NH(Rf), —C(?O)N(Rf)2, optionally substituted sulfonyl, or a nitrogen protecting group selected from the group consisting of formamide, acetamide, chloroacetamide, trichloroacetamide, trifluoroacetamide, phenylacetamide, 3-phenylpropanamide, picolinamide, 3-pyridylcarboxamide, N-benzoylphenylalanyl derivative, benzamide, p-phenylbenzamide, o-nitrophenylacetamide, o-nitrophenoxyacetamide, acetoacetamide, (N?-dithiobenzyloxyacylamino)acetamide, 3-(p-hydroxyphenyl)propanamide, 3-(o-nitrophenyl)propanamide, 2-methyl-2-(o-nitrophenoxy)propanamide, 2-methyl-2-(o-phenylazophenoxy)propanamide, 4-chlorobutanamide, 3-methyl-3-nitrobutanamide, o-nitrocinnamide, N-acetylmethionine derivative, o-nitrobenzamide, o-(benzoyloxymethyl)benzamide, methyl carbamate, ethyl carbamate, 9-fluorenylmethyl carbamate (Fmoc), 9-(2-sulfo)fluorenylmethyl carbamate, 9-(2,7-dibromo)fluorenylmethyl carbamate, 2,7-di-t-butyl-[9-(10,10-dioxo-10,10,10,10-tetrahydrothioxanthyl)]methyl carbamate (DBD-Tmoc), 4-methoxyphenacyl carbamate (Phenoc), 2,2,2-trichloroethyl carbamate (Troc), 2-trimethylsilylethyl carbamate (Teoc), 2-phenylethyl carbamate (hZ), 1-(1-adamantyl)-1-methylethyl carbamate (Adpoc), 1,1-dimethyl-2-haloethyl carbamate, 1,1-dimethyl-2,2-dibromoethyl carbamate (DB-t-BOC), 1,1-dimethyl-2,2,2-trichloroethyl carbamate (TCBOC), 1-methyl-1-(4-biphenylyl)ethyl carbamate (Bpoc), 1-(3,5-di-t-butylphenyl)-1-methylethyl carbamate (t-Bumeoc), 2-(2?- and 4?-pyridyl)ethyl carbamate (Pyoc), 2-(N,N-dicyclohexylcarboxamido)ethyl carbamate, t-butyl carbamate (BOC or Boc), 1-adamantyl carbamate (Adoc), vinyl carbamate (Voc), allyl carbamate (Alloc), 1-isopropylallyl carbamate (Ipaoc), cinnamyl carbamate (Coc), 4-nitrocinnamyl carbamate (Noc), 8-quinolyl carbamate, N-hydroxypiperidinyl carbamate, alkyldithio carbamate, p-methoxybenzyl carbamate (Moz), p-nitrobenzyl carbamate, p-bromobenzyl carbamate, p-chlorobenzyl carbamate, 2,4-dichlorobenzyl carbamate, 4-methylsulfinylbenzyl carbamate (Msz), 9-anthrylmethyl carbamate, diphenylmethyl carbamate, 2-methylthioethyl carbamate, 2-methylsulfonylethyl carbamate, 2-(p-toluenesulfonyl)ethyl carbamate, [2-(1,3-dithianyl)]methyl carbamate (Dmoc), 4-methylthiophenyl carbamate (Mtpc), 2,4-dimethylthiophenyl carbamate (Bmpc), 2-phosphonioethyl carbamate (Peoc), 2-triphenylphosphonioisopropyl carbamate (Ppoc), 1,1-dimethyl-2-cyanoethyl carbamate, m-chloro-p-acyloxybenzyl carbamate, p-(dihydroxyboryl)benzyl carbamate, 5-benzisoxazolylmethyl carbamate, 2-(trifluoromethyl)-6-chromonylmethyl carbamate (Tcroc), m-nitrophenyl carbamate, 3,5-dimethoxybenzyl carbamate, o-nitrobenzyl carbamate, 3,4-dimethoxy-6-nitrobenzyl carbamate, phenyl(o-nitrophenyl)methyl carbamate, t-amyl carbamate, S-benzyl thiocarbamate, p-cyanobenzyl carbamate, cyclobutyl carbamate, cyclohexyl carbamate, cyclopentyl carbamate, cyclopropylmethyl carbamate, p-decyloxybenzyl carbamate, 2,2-dimethoxyacylvinyl carbamate, o-(N,N-dimethylcarboxamido)benzyl carbamate, 1,1-dimethyl-3-(N,N-dimethylcarboxamido)propyl carbamate, 1,1-dimethylpropynyl carbamate, di(2-pyridyl)methyl carbamate, 2-furanylmethyl carbamate, 2-iodoethyl carbamate, isoborynl carbamate, isobutyl carbamate, isonicotinyl carbamate, p-(p?-methoxyphenylazo)benzyl carbamate, 1-methylcyclobutyl carbamate, 1-methylcyclohexyl carbamate, 1-methyl-1-cyclopropylmethyl carbamate, 1-methyl-1-(3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethyl carbamate, 1-methyl-1-(p-phenylazophenyl)ethyl carbamate, 1-methyl-1-phenylethyl carbamate, 1-methyl-1-(4-pyridyl)ethyl carbamate, phenyl carbamate, p-(phenylazo)benzyl carbamate, 2,4,6-tri-t-butylphenyl carbamate, 4-(trimethylammonium)benzyl carbamate, 2,4,6-trimethylbenzyl carbamate, p-toluenesulfonamide (Ts), benzenesulfonamide, 2,3,6-trimethyl-4-methoxybenzenesulfonamide (Mtr), 2,4,6-trimethoxybenzenesulfonamide (Mtb), 2,6-dimethyl-4-methoxybenzenesulfonamide (Pme), 2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-4-methoxybenzenesulfonamide (Mte), 4-methoxybenzenesulfonamide (Mbs), 2,4,6-trimethylbenzenesulfonamide (Mts), 2,6-dimethoxy-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide (iMds), 2,2,5,7,8-pentamethylchroman-6-sulfonamide (Pmc), methanesulfonamide (Ms), ?-trimethylsilylethanesulfonamide (SES), 9-anthracenesulfonamide, 4-(4?,8?-dimethoxynaphthylmethyl)benzenesulfonamide (DNMBS), benzylsulfonamide, trifluoromethylsulfonamide, phenacylsulfonamide, phenothiazinyl-(10)-acyl derivative, N?-p-toluenesulfonylaminoacyl derivative, N?-phenylaminothioacyl derivative, N-benzoylphenylalanyl derivative, N-acetylmethionine derivative, 4,5-diphenyl-3-oxazolin-2-one, N-phthalimide, N-dithiasuccinimide (Dts), N-2,3-diphenylmaleimide, N-2,5-dimethylpyrrole, N-1,1,4,4-tetramethyldisilylazacyclopentane adduct (STABASE), 5-substituted 1,3-dimethyl-1,3,5-triazacyclohexan-2-one, 5-substituted 1,3-dibenzyl-1,3,5-triazacyclohexan-2-one, 1-substituted 3,5-dinitro-4-pyridone, N-methylamine, N-allylamine, N-[2-(trimethylsilyl)ethoxy]methylamine (SEM), N-3-acetoxypropylamine, N-(1-isopropyl-4-nitro-2-oxo-3-pyrrolin-3-yl)amine, quaternary ammonium salts, N-benzylamine, N-di(4-methoxyphenyl)methylamine, N-5-dibenzosuberylamine, N-triphenylmethylamine (Tr), N-[(4-methoxyphenyl)diphenylmethyl]amine (MMTr), N-9-phenylfluorenylamine (PhF), N-2,7-dichloro-9-fluorenylmethyleneamine, N-ferrocenylmethylamino (Fcm), N-2-picolylamino N?-oxide, N-1,1-dimethylthiomethyleneamine, N-benzylideneamine, N-p-methoxybenzylideneamine, N-diphenylmethyleneamine, N-[(2-pyridyl)mesityl]methyleneamine, N—(N?,N?-dimethylaminomethylene)amine, N,N?-isopropylidenediamine, N-p-nitrobenzylideneamine, N-salicylideneamine, N-5-chlorosalicylideneamine, N-(5-chloro-2-hydroxyphenyl)phenylmethyleneamine, N-cyclohexylideneamine, N-(5,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-1-cyclohexenyl)amine, N-borane derivative, N-diphenylborinic acid derivative, N-[phenyl(pentaacylchromium- or tungsten)acyl]amine, N-copper chelate, N-zinc chelate, N-nitroamine, N-nitrosoamine, amine N-oxide, diphenylphosphinamide (Dpp), dimethylthiophosphinamide (Mpt), diphenylthiophosphinamide (Ppt), dialkyl phosphoramidates, dibenzyl phosphoramidate, diphenyl phosphoramidate, benzenesulfenamide, o-nitrobenzenesulfenamide (Nps), 2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfenamide, pentachlorobenzenesulfenamide, 2-nitro-4-methoxybenzenesulfenamide, triphenylmethylsulfenamide, and 3-nitropyridinesulfenamide (Npys), wherein each occurrence of Rf is independently hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted acyl, or a nitrogen protecting group when attached to a nitrogen atom, or two Rf are joined to form an optionally substituted heterocyclic or optionally substituted heteroaryl ring;
or any two of RA1, RA2, RA3, and RA4 are joined to form an optionally substituted heterocyclic or optionally substituted heteroaryl ring;provided the compound is not of formula:

US Pat. No. 10,711,018

PROCESS FOR PREPARING TRIS[3-(ALKYLDIALKOXYSILYL)PROPYL]ISOCYANURATES

Evonik Operations GmbH, ...

1. A process for preparing a tris[3-(alkyldialkoxysilyl)propyl]isocyanurate of the formula:
comprising the following steps:
(A) preparing a mixture comprising at least one carboxylic acid, a platinum catalyst and 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione of the formula:

(B) heating the mixture prepared in step (A) to a temperature in the range of 40° C.-140° C.;
(C) adding a hydrosilane of the formula:

to the mixture prepared in step (B);
(D) adding at least one alcohol to the mixture prepared in step (C); and
(E) isolating the tris[3-(alkyldialkoxysilyl)propyl]isocyanurate of the formula above.

US Pat. No. 10,711,014

MUTANT KRAS INHIBITORS

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Cen...

1. A method for treating cancer in a subject, comprising administering to the subject a compound having formula IwhereinR1 is an alkyl group;
R2 is a phenyl group optionally substituted with amino, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxyl, aryl, carboxylate, cyano, guanidinyl, halogen, haloalkyl, heteroaryl having 2-8 carbon atoms and 1-3 heteroatoms, hydroxyl, nitrile, nitro, sulfinyl, sulfanyl, or mercapto, wherein a heteroatom is O, N, or S; and
R3 is H or an alkyl group;or a pharmaceutical acceptable salt thereof,wherein the cancer has an oncogenic mutated KRas.

US Pat. No. 10,710,961

METHOD FOR PREPARING INTERMEDIATE OF 4-METHOXYPYRROLE DERIVATIVE

Daewoong Pharmaceutical C...

1. A method for preparing a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1, comprising the steps of:1) reacting a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-1 with a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-2 to prepare a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-3;
2) reacting a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-3 with acetic anhydride in the presence of any one base selected from the group consisting of potassium carbonate, potassium hydrogen carbonate, sodium carbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, and cesium carbonate to prepare a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-4;
3) reacting a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-4 in the presence of a base to prepare a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-5; and
4) reacting a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1-5 with dimethyl sulfate in the presence of a base to prepare a compound represented by the following Chemical Formula 1:

US Pat. No. 10,710,956

PROCESS FOR THE PREPARATION OF ACRYLATE ESTERS FROM ALKYL LACTATES

REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY...

1. A process for the preparation of an alkyl 2-(propionyloxy)propanoate of formula I:
or a salt thereof, the process comprising contacting an alkyl lactate of formula II:

or a salt thereof, with carbon monoxide, ethylene, a phosphine reagent, and a palladium compound under conditions sufficient to form an alkyl 2-(propionyloxy)propanoate of formula I;
wherein R1 is selected from H, C1-C12 alkyl, and C6-C20 aryl, where alkyl and aryl are optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from F, Cl, Br, I, —CN, —NH2, —NHCH3, —N(CH3)2, —NHS(O)2CH3, —NO2, —OH, —OCH3, —OCH2CH3, —OCH2CH2OCH3, —OCH2CH2OH, —OCH2CH2N(CH3)2, —OP(O)(OH)2, —S(O)2N(CH3)2, —SCH3, —S(O)2CH3, and —S(O)3H;
the palladium compound is selected from Pd(OAc)2, Pd(OTs)2(MeCN)2, Pd(OCOCF3)2, Pd(BF4)2(MeCN)2, Pd(BArF4)2(MeCN)2, Pd(PF6)2(MeCN)2, PdX2 where X is Cl, Br, or I, and Pd(OTf)2(MeCN)2; and
the phosphine reagent is selected from the group consisting of triphenylphosphine, P(t-Bu)3, P(o-Tol)3, dppf, and dppe.

US Pat. No. 10,710,897

FLUID DECONTAMINATION APPARATUS

Pontic Technology, LLC, ...

1. A fluid decontamination apparatus, comprising:a body defining an enclosure that enables fluid flow therethrough, the body having opposing ends;
an inlet aperture coupled to a contaminated fluid source and coupled to the body for introducing a fluid flow into the enclosure, the inlet aperture configured to generate hydrodynamic cavitation upon exiting the inlet aperture within the enclosure;
a three dimensionally open structured (3DOS) substrate disposed within the enclosure proximate to the inlet aperture such that the hydrodynamic cavitation generated by the inlet aperture enters the 3DOS substrate and extends in a continuous manner therein, the 3DOS substrate having an openness ranging from 10 pores per inch (ppi) to 50 ppi and having a relative density between 2% and 20%, the 3DOS substrate is structured such that the hydrodynamic cavitation is maintained and hydrodynamic cavitation continues through the 3DOS substrate, to enable destruction of toxic species and unwanted organic compounds contained in the contaminated fluid; and
an outlet aperture for discharging the fluid flow from the enclosure, the inlet and the outlet apertures configured to direct the fluid flow through the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,895

NANOLOG AND NANOPARTICLES AND METHOD OF FORMATION

NANOTECH INDUSTRIAL SOLUT...

1. A nanostructure comprising:a cluster of substantially cylindrical bodies, the substantially cylindrical bodies in said cluster are directly in contact with one another along their lengths and are substantially aligned with one another so that their lengths are substantially parallel, the composition of the cylindrical bodies comprising tungsten (W) and sulfur (S), and each of the cylindrical bodies has a geometry with at least one dimension that is in the nanoscale, wherein each cluster of cylindrical bodies has a width dimension ranging from 0.2 microns to 5.0 microns, and a length greater than 5.0 microns, wherein each of the cylindrical bodies include externally concentric crystalline regions comprised of said tungsten (W) and said sulfur (S) and crystalline core regions comprised of an oxide containing material, wherein folds of said tungsten (W) and said sulfur (S) are present between said externally concentric crystalline regions and said crystalline core regions comprised of said oxide containing material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,880

METHOD FOR UPLIFTING CARBON NANOTUBE STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CARBON NANOTUBE STRUCTURE, AND CARBON NANOTUBE STRUCTURE

HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION...

1. A method for uplifting a carbon nanotube structure,the carbon nanotube structure including a fixture sheet and a carbon nanotube array,
wherein in the carbon nanotube array, a plurality of carbon nanotubes removed from a growth substrate are aligned in a predetermined direction, and at least a portion of the plurality of carbon nanotubes is embedded in or bonded to the fixture sheet,
the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a carbon nanotube structure, in which at least a portion of the plurality of carbon nanotubes is fallen down so as to lie one above another relative to the fixture sheet,
attaching an adhesive tape to the carbon nanotube array,
and removing the adhesive tape from the carbon nanotube array to uplift the plurality of carbon nanotubes relative to the fixture sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,710,831

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING AT LEAST ONE NOTE OF VALUE

Wincor Nixdorf Internatio...

1. An apparatus for aligning at least one note of value along a transport path, comprising:at least one bank note reader, which has at least one scanning line with at least first and second detection areas along the scanning line for scanning the at least one note of value,
wherein each of the at least first and second detection areas scans respective scanning areas in a transport plane of the transport path,
wherein the first detection area detects a first point along a leading edge of the at least one note of value, and
wherein the respective scanning areas are arranged along the at least one scanning line orthogonally with respect to a central axis of the transport path;
a first transport element and at least one second transport element for transporting the at least one note of value along the transport path in a first transport direction along the central axis,
wherein the first and the at least one second transport elements each contact the at least one note of value in respective contact areas,
wherein the first and the at least one second transport elements include respective first and second contact elements, each of the first and second contact elements being a roller, and
wherein the first and the at least one second transport elements are downstream of the at least one scanning line along the transport path;
at least one aligning apparatus for aligning the at least one note of value, which at least one aligning apparatus is arranged between the first transport element and the at least one second transport element along the transport path and forms a section of the transport path;
wherein the at least one bank note reader detects a trailing edge of the at least one note of value in a first scanning area of the respective scanning areas and in a second scanning area of the respective scanning areas, the first scanning area is on a first side of the central axis the same lateral distance to the central axis of the transport path as a first contact area of the contact areas of the second transport element;
wherein the second scanning area is on a second side of the central axis opposite the first side the same lateral distance to the central axis of the transport path as a second contact area of the contact areas of the second transport element;
wherein that commencing with the detection of the exit of the trailing edge of the at least one note of value from the first scanning area and the second scanning area, a control unit controls the transport of the at least one note of value in the first transport direction and the at least one aligning apparatus in such a way that the at least one aligning apparatus commences an aligning process only after the at least one note of value has been transported across a preset first path length in the first transport direction;
wherein the control unit controls the at least one aligning apparatus to execute an aligning process on the at least one note of value over a first distance along the transport path, the first distance equal to a distance between the respective contact areas of the first and at least one second transport elements less a first safety distance equal to a radius of the roller of the first contact element and also less a second safety distance equal to a radius of the roller of the second contact element; and
wherein that during transport of the at least one note of value in the first transport direction along the first distance, the at least one note of value is additionally transported in a second transport direction extending transversely with respect to the first transport direction across the transport path, the at least one note of value transported a second distance by the at least one aligning apparatus whereby the displacement of the at least one note of value transversely to the first transport direction results in alignment of a second point of the leading edge of the at least one note of value with the first detection area and the roller of the second contact element and the second point being a third distance along the central axis from the roller of the second contact element when the first point has traveled the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,710,767

CARTON AND BLANK THEREFOR

WestRock Packaging System...

1. A package comprising a carton and a plurality of articles disposed therein, the carton comprising a plurality of panels forming walls of a tubular structure including a top wall, a first side wall, a base wall, and a second side wall, the carton comprises a display window defined at least in the first side wall for display of a display article disposed immediately adjacent to the display window, the display article being at least partially visible through the display window from an exterior of the carton, a top opening defined, at least, in the top wall for receiving an upper portion of said display article and a bottom opening defined at least in the base wall to access said display article at a first position in which the display article is disposed entirely within an interior of the carton and a second position in which an upper portion of said display article extends through the top opening, wherein the display article comprises a neck portion having a first diameter, a main body portion having second diameter, the second diameter being greater than the first diameter and a transition region disposed between the neck portion and the main body portion, wherein the top opening is dimensioned so as to allow at least a portion of the neck portion to pass therethrough and to inhibit at least the main body portion from passing through, wherein the top wall is otherwise free of any openings positioned and dimensioned so as to allow a neck portion of any one of the plurality of articles other than the display article to pass therethrough and to inhibit at least a main body portion of said any one of the plurality of articles other than the display article from passing through.

US Pat. No. 10,710,766

CAN LID AND BEVERAGE CAN

SHOWA ALUMINUM CAN CORPOR...

1. A can lid comprising:a panel attached to a can barrel, the panel is in the shape of a disk having a center point and a circumference defined by an outer peripheral edge of the panel;
a first score line formed in a U-shape on the panel, the first score line including one end section comprising a first terminating end of the first score line and another end section comprising a second terminating end of the first score line, the first score line defining an inside region enclosed by a concave side of the first score line and a first virtual line, the first virtual line is a straight line extending between the first and second terminating ends of the first score line, and the first score line facilitating breakage of the panel;
a second score line formed on the panel at a position within the inside region, the second score line connected to and extending from the first score line, the second score line having a straight line segment extending inward from the first score line towards a protruding section and a curved segment extending around at least partially around a periphery of the protruding section, and the second score line facilitating breakage of the panel; and
a tab connected to the protruding section, the tab configured to press a portion of the panel at a position within the inside region, the tab configured to cause breakage of the panel along the second score line and the first score line,
wherein the center point of the panel is within the inside region,
wherein at the one end section of the first score line, a curvature that brings the first score line closer to the another end section side of the first score line is imparted, and at the another end section of the first score line, a curvature that brings the first score line closer to the one end section side of the first score line is imparted, and
wherein a center line, which is a straight line passing through both the center point and the protruding section, passes through the first score line at two different positions along the first score line, and also passes through the curved segment of the second score line.

US Pat. No. 10,710,765

BASE FOR HOT-FILL PLASTIC CONTAINERS

GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY,...

1. A base structure for a blow-molded container having an annular sidewall and a central longitudinal axis, the base structure comprising:a bottom portion, having a flat outer surface;
a wedge-shaped annular support heel positioned between the sidewall and the bottom portion, wherein the wedge-shaped annular support heel is angled linearly and inwardly at an angle ? of from about 45° to about 65° relative a plane extending from the sidewall;
a plurality of partial sphere structures extending from the wedge-shaped annular support heel and beyond the bottom portion thus forming a spherical contact surface supporting the container; and
a rounded edge between the wedge-shaped annular support heel and the bottom portion, wherein the rounded edge has a radius of curvature of from about 1.0 mm to about 14.0 mm,
wherein the blow-molded container comprises a material selected from the group consisting of a polyester resin and polypropylene.

US Pat. No. 10,710,763

LABELING MACHINE FOR LABELING CONTAINERS

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A labeling machine for labeling containers, the labeling machine comprising:at least one machine unit which is operable to treat containers; and
a movable protective element which separates at least part of the at least one machine unit from an environment, the protective element comprising a handle for moving the protective element, wherein the handle comprises a pushbutton for locking and/or unlocking, the pushbutton being actuatable to selectively release and/or block movement of the protective element, wherein the pushbutton comprises a first button which, when actuated, blocks operation of the labeling machine, wherein the pushbutton further comprises a second button which, when actuated, releases operation of the labeling machine, wherein the pushbutton is configured such that the second button is only actuatable when the protective element is closed to release the operation of the labeling machine, and wherein the second button, when actuated as a release input, releases operation of the labeling machine upon receipt of a confirmation input.

US Pat. No. 10,710,761

LABELLING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR ITS OPERATION

VIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES INC...

1. A gap sensor assembly for a labelling machine, the labelling machine configured to convey label stock along a web path, the gap sensor assembly comprising:a roller configured to guide the label stock along the web path:
a sensor arrangement configured to produce a sensor signal which is a function of a property of a portion of label stock, wherein the sensor arrangement comprises:
a transmitter portion configured to produce a detection signal; and,
a receiver portion configured to detect the detection signal and to produce the sensor signal which is a function of a property of the label stock; and wherein
the roller comprises the transmitter portion and/or the receiver portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,760

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PACKAGE FOR CIGARETTES

1. A method of producing packs for cigarettes (10), the packs comprising a dimensionally stable outer pack (12) and an inner pack (11) configured in the form of a sealed block and having an inner wrapper (14) made of preferably aroma-tight and moisture-tight, thermally sealable or cold sealable sheet material for wrapping a cigarette group (13) and having an inner collar (46) partially enclosing the cigarette group (13), wherein the inner wrapper (14) has on two mutually opposite narrow surfaces, namely on inner side walls (43, 44), edge closure seams (37, 38) configured as sealing seams in a fin seam configuration and running in the longitudinal orientation of the cigarettes (10), wherein the inner wrapper (14) has a continuous connecting seam (36) that runs transversely to the edge closure seams (37, 38) and that extends over the entire width of the inner wrapper (14), comprising the steps of:applying the edge closure seams (37, 38) and the continuous connecting seam (36) to the inner wrapper (14);
after the edge closure seams (37, 38) and the continuous connecting seam (36) are applied to the inner wrapper (14), venting the inner pack (11) via venting openings (78, 92) by means of pressure being transmitted to at least one surface of the inner pack (11), wherein the venting openings (78, 92) are provided in a region outside of the contents of the inner pack (11), namely outside of a region of the cigarette group (13) and the inner collar (46);
following venting the inner pack (11), closing the venting openings (78, 92) by applying additional sealing seams (96, 97) in the region between a respective one of the edge closure seams (37, 38) and the cigarette group (13), wherein each of the additional sealing seams (96, 97) is positioned offset relative to the respective one of the edge closure seams (37, 38); and
after the additional sealing seams (96, 97) have been applied, severing edge strips (98) comprising the complete regions of the closure seams (37, 38) from the inner pack (11).

US Pat. No. 10,710,755

PACKAGING APPARATUS

Ishida Co., Ltd., Kyoto ...

1. A packaging apparatus configured to package an object to be packaged by covering the object to be packaged with a film, a peripheral portion of the film being held and stretched, the packaging apparatus comprising:a delivering unit configured to deliver the film from a film roll onto which the film is wound;
a first conveyance unit including a first feeder portion and a first clamp unit, the first feeder portion being configured to convey the film delivered from the delivering unit in a first direction that is a direction in which the film is paid out, the first clamp unit being configured to clamp the film conveyed by the first feeder portion;
a second conveyance unit including a second feeder portion and a second clamp unit, the second feeder portion being configured to convey the film delivered from the delivering unit in the first direction, the second clamp unit being configured to clamp the film conveyed by the second feeder portion;
a first moving unit configured to move the first conveyance unit in a second direction intersecting the first direction;
a second moving unit configured to move the second conveyance unit in the second direction;
a cutting unit configured to cut the film between the delivering unit and the first and second conveyance units; and
a controller programmed to control operation of the first conveyance unit, the second conveyance unit, the first moving unit, the second moving unit, and the cutting unit;
wherein the controller, after causing the cutting unit to cut the film, is programmed to cause one of the first clamp unit and the second clamp unit to clamp the cut film and is programmed to control operation of at least one of the first moving unit and the second moving unit so that a distance between the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance unit in the second direction becomes greater than a maximum width of the film in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,745

ENGINE DRIVEN AIR COMPRESSOR SYSTEM FOR A MOBILE AVIATION SUPPORT CART

VOLTAIRE INCORPORATED, O...

1. An engine-driven compressor system for use in a ground-based aviation support cart, the compressor system comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first air compressor and a second air compressor providing two stages of air compression along an air flow path;
a heat exchanger provided in the air flow path between the first air compressor and the second air compressor;
a generator configured to convert rotational movement into electric energy;
a transmission driven by the engine and having gears configured to increase a rotational speed output by the engine; and
a discharge port configured to connect to ducting connected to an aircraft to provide pressurized air to the aircraft during ground operations;
wherein the first air compressor, the second air compressor, and the generator are coupled to and driven by the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,710,744

LEVELING MECHANISM FOR PASSENGER BOARDING BRIDGE, AND PASSENGER BOARDING BRIDGE

CHINA INTERNATIONAL MARIN...

1. A passenger boarding bridge leveling mechanism mounted on a passenger boarding bridge, wherein the passenger boarding bridge leveling mechanism comprises:a four-bar linkage mechanism comprising a mounting base and three bars, in which the mounting base may be fixedly mounted on the passenger boarding bridge; in which one of the three bars extends outwards, and a leveling wheel and a first detection switch are mounted at an end of the outwardly extending bar, the first detection switch being used for detecting a vertical displacement of the leveling wheel on an aircraft fuselage;
a preload apparatus having an end connected to the mounting base, and the other end connected to one of the three bars, the preload apparatus further comprising a preload to make the outwardly extending bar maintain a tendency of extending outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,710,743

LANDING LIGHT SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A landing light system for an aircraft, comprising:a source of airport features data;
a source of navigation data;
a source of an intended travelpath;
a source of aircraft state data;
a source of air traffic control commands;
a landing lights assembly configured to project light; and
a control module comprising a processor and a memory programmed with a landing lights program, the control module operationally coupled to the source of airport features data, the source of navigation data, the source of the flight plan, the source of aircraft state data, and the source of air traffic control commands, the control module configured to execute the landing lights program to:
determine that landing lights in the landing lights assembly are on;
identify each of the following relevant contexts: landing, taxi, and takeoff; and
when in a relevant context,
identify an actual travelpath;
determine whether the actual travelpath matches an intended travelpath;
when the actual travelpath matches the intended travelpath, generate guidance information and begin projecting the guidance information onto a landing surface; and
when the actual travelpath does not match the intended travelpath, generate a guidance alert and begin projecting the guidance alert onto the landing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,722

PAYLOAD-RELEASE DEVICE POSITION TRACKING

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. A system comprising:a payload having a light source arranged thereon;
a tether coupled to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), wherein the tether suspends the payload below the UAV, and wherein the payload is configured to releasably couple to the tether;
a retraction system operable to use the tether to lower the payload from the UAV;
an imaging system arranged on the UAV such that while the payload is suspended from the UAV via the tether, the imaging system detects light emitted from the light source on the payload; and
a control system configured to:
(i) while the payload is suspended from the UAV via the tether, receive image data from the imaging system;
(ii) identify, based on the received image data, an image coordinate associated with the light source situated on the payload;
(iii) determine a position of the payload based at least in part on the identified image coordinate;
(iv) determine, based at least in part on the position of the payload, flight-control commands to navigate the UAV so as to cause the payload to become closer to a path of descent associated with a delivery location; and
(v) cause the UAV to operate in accordance with the determined flight-control commands.

US Pat. No. 10,710,720

APPARATUSES FOR RELEASING A PAYLOAD FROM AN AERIAL TETHER

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing;
a first swing arm coupled to the housing proximate to a first end of the first swing arm, wherein the first swing arm is operable to toggle between a first open position and a first closed position, wherein the first closed position locates a second end of the first swing arm within the housing, wherein the first open position exposes the second end of the first swing arm outside the housing at an acute angle with respect to a first sidewall of the housing such that the first swing arm is positioned to secure a payload to the housing;
a second swing arm coupled to the housing proximate to a first end of the second swing arm, wherein the second swing arm is operable to toggle between a second open position and a second closed position, wherein the second closed position locates a second end of the second swing arm within the housing, wherein the second open position exposes the second end of the second swing arm outside the housing at an acute angle with respect to a second sidewall of the housing such that the second swing arm is positioned to secure the payload to the housing;
a spring mechanism coupled between the first and second swing arms, wherein the spring mechanism is in a rest state when the first and second swing arms are in the first and second closed positions;
a receiving system adapted to receive the housing, wherein the receiving system contacts a cam of one of the first or second swing arms when receiving the housing, thereby causing the other of the first or second swing arms to be arranged in its respective open position, and wherein the receiving system is further adapted to be coupled to an aerial vehicle; and
a spool operable to unwind and wind a tether coupled to the housing, wherein unwinding the tether causes a descent of the housing from the receiving system, and wherein winding the tether causes an ascent of the housing to the receiving system.

US Pat. No. 10,710,719

DEPLOYABLE NAVIGATION BEACONS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:an airframe;
a plurality of propulsion units coupled to the airframe to cause propulsion of the UAV;
a deployment mechanism to uncouple a plurality of beacons from a storage repository, each beacon outputting at least one of a light signal, a sound signal, or a radio signal;
a beacon detection component to receive from the plurality of beacons at least a first signal from a first beacon, a second signal from a second beacon, and a third signal from a third beacon;
a localization and mapping component to detect locations of at least the first beacon, the second beacon, and the third beacon based at least in part on the first signal, the second signal, and the third signal; and
a flight controller to output control signals for the plurality of propulsion units in response to the locations of the at least the first beacon, the second beacon, and the third beacon.

US Pat. No. 10,710,708

LANDING GEAR AND AN AERIAL VEHICLE USING THE SAME

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A landing gear comprising:a holder;
a driver disposed on the holder;
a translation block connected to the driver and driven to move relative to the holder by the driver;
two supporting feet disposed opposite to each other, the two supporting feet being pivotally connected to the holder and movably connected at two ends of the translation block; and
sliding nuts each connected to one of the two supporting feet,
wherein:
the translation block includes at least one guiding groove,
each of the sliding nuts is inserted in one of the at least one guiding groove and has a linear movement along the one of the at least one guiding groove, and
the driver is connected to the two supporting feet through the translation block and drives the two supporting feet to rotate relative to the holder, rotations of the two supporting feet being based on positions of the sliding nuts relative to the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,710,706

SELF-ADJUSTING SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT CONTROL

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. A flight control system, comprising:an input interface configured to receive an input signal generated by an inceptor based at least in part on a position of an input device comprising the inceptor, wherein the input device is configured to receive manual input in the form of manual movement of the input device from a neutral position to which the input device returns when no manual input is being provided, and wherein the inceptor is configured to provide the input signal as an inceptor output signal representative of a position of the input device relative to the neutral position as a result of the manual input; and
a processor coupled to the input interface and configured to:
determine dynamically a mapping to be used to map input signals received from the inceptor to corresponding output signals associated with flight; control, comprising to:
determine the mapping at least in part by:
computing a value based on the output signal as observed over an observation period;
comparing the computed value and a previously computed value to obtain a difference between the computed values;
comparing the difference between the computed values with a computed value threshold; and
in response to a determination that the difference between the computed values satisfied the computed value threshold, adjusting the mapping at least in part to associate a neutral position of the input device comprising the inceptor with a corresponding output level that is determined at least in part by the computed value, wherein the adjusting of the mapping includes remapping output signals for a plurality of input signals; and
use the determined mapping to map the input signal to a corresponding output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,702

SHAPE ADAPTIVE AIRFOIL

Aviation Partners, Inc., ...

1. A shape adaptive airfoil configured to be coupled with a tip of an airplane wing, the shape adaptive airfoil comprising:a base section including a first leading edge control structure and a first trailing edge control structure;
a blade section projecting in a vertical direction above the base section and comprising a second leading edge control structure and a second trailing edge control structure; and
a radius section separating the first leading edge control structure of the base section from the second leading edge control structure of the blade section.

US Pat. No. 10,710,700

AIRFRAME FOR AN AIR VEHICLE

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. An airframe for an air vehicle comprising an outer skin layer and a support layer defining said airframe of said air vehicle, wherein said outer skin layer is magnetically coupled during flight to said support layer;wherein said support layer is provided with a plurality of support columns extending outwardly from the support layer, the outer skin layer being both supported by the plurality of support columns and magnetically coupled to the support layer thereby; and
wherein said plurality of support columns are provided with one or more electromagnets located in or on the plurality of support columns and said outer skin layer comprises a magnetically susceptible material, the outer skin layer being magnetically coupled to the support layer by the one or more electromagnets and the magnetically susceptible material.

US Pat. No. 10,710,697

AIRCRAFT INTERIOR LINING COMPONENT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN AIRCRAFT INTERIOR LINING COMPONENT, AND AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An aircraft interior lining component comprising:a pressure molded thermoplastic foam material that is formed and shaped to comprise:
a first surface facing an interior of an aircraft cabin when the aircraft interior lining component is mounted in an aircraft; and
a second surface facing away from the interior of the aircraft cabin when the aircraft interior lining component is mounted in the aircraft, the second surface comprising a supporting section and at least one surface section adjacent to the supporting section and recessed relative to the supporting section, the supporting section being dimensioned and arranged to be parallel to a longitudinal axis of the aircraft and to be supported, when the aircraft interior lining component is mounted in the aircraft, on a stringer element of a primary structure of the aircraft when a predetermined load acts on the first surface of the aircraft interior lining component, the stringer element extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,710,683

VESSEL

KILOBRAVO LIMITED, Auckl...

1. A vessel comprising:a. a plurality of demi-hulls each having a bow, each bow formed of an inboard wave piercing surface and an outboard wave piercing surface, that meet at a forward edge,
b. a ramp arrangement extending between the demi-hulls,
i. the ramp arrangement having a ramp middle surface and ramp outer surfaces that are angled with respect to the ramp middle surface;
ii. the ramp arrangement being moveable at least between a retracted position and a deployed position in which the ramp arrangement facilitates ingress and egress from the vessel, and
c. a deck extending between the inboard wave piercing surfaces of the demi-hulls, wherein in the retracted position the outer surfaces of the ramp arrangement extend from the ramp middle surface and engage with the demi-hulls so that the ramp outer surfaces form a section of the inner wave-piercing surface of each of the demi-hulls, and the ramp middle surface forms a section of the deck, the ramp arrangement presenting a pathway for ingress and egress from the vessel in the deployed position, where the width of the pathway provided by the ramp arrangement in the deployed position is wider than the deck.

US Pat. No. 10,710,678

SNOW BIKE TRACK ASSEMBLY

1. A snow bike track assembly, comprising:a frame assembly configured to connect to a frame of a motorcycle in place of a rear wheel of the motorcycle;
at least one strut connected to the frame assembly and configured to connect to the motorcycle frame in place of a rear shock of the motorcycle;
an endless track;
a plurality of top rollers mounted to the frame assembly and arranged to support the endless track;
a skid rail assembly;
a plurality of lower rollers mounted to the skid rail assembly and arranged to support the endless track;
a drive assembly configured to drive the endless track, the drive assembly being mounted to the frame assembly and configured to be driven by an engine of the motorcycle, the drive assembly including an idler pulley having an eccentric mounting structure;
a swing arm assembly coupled between the frame assembly and the skid rail assembly, the swing arm assembly comprising:
a swing arm member connected to the frame assembly;
a connector connected to the skid rail assembly;
a dampening member interposed between the swing arm member and the connector and operable to dampen relative rotation between the swing arm member and the connector.