US Pat. No. 10,429,557

OPTICAL FILTER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A multi-band pass filter comprising:a filter layer comprising a plurality of epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) material layers that are sequentially arranged, the plurality of ENZ material layers each comprising an ENZ material having an approximate zero value of a permittivity at a given wavelength, and the plurality of ENZ material layers having ENZ wavelengths different from each other; and
an aperture-defining layer that is disposed on the filter layer and comprises at least one aperture,
wherein the filter layer is directly exposed to incident light through the at least one aperture, and is configured to pass a plurality of wavelength regions of the incident light, and
wherein material and thickness of each of the plurality of ENZ material layers are configured such that the plurality of ENZ material layers have different resonant frequencies and the multi-band pass filter transmits light of the plurality wavelength regions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,554

HALF MIRROR, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND LIGHTING UNIT USING THE SAME

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A half mirror which receives light and reflects a part of the light while transmitting another part of the light from a base material, the half mirror comprising:the base material, which has a first surface and a second surface formed in a substantially planar shape, the base material being made from a transparent material and comprising a polycarbonate resin; and
a half mirror layer formed on at least one of the first surface and the second surface of the base material as a chromium oxide layer of only one layer having a layer thickness,
wherein a minimum of a ratio of oxygen to chromium in a thickness direction of the half mirror layer toward the base material is at least 0.55, and a maximum of the ratio of oxygen to chromium in the thickness direction of the half mirror layer toward the base material is at most 0.86, and
wherein a minimum amount of oxygen in the chromium oxide layer in the thickness direction of the half mirror layer toward the base material is at least 35 atomic percent, and a maximum amount of oxygen in the chromium oxide layer in the thickness direction of the half mirror layer toward the base material is at most 46 atomic percent.

US Pat. No. 10,429,553

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY HAVING MICROLOUVERS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. An optical assembly comprising:a transparent substrate having a first major surface and a second major surface substantially opposite the first major surface, the transparent substrate having a predetermined thickness measured as a distance between the first major surface and the second major surface, the transparent substrate including at least one damage layer substantially disposed between a first non-damage layer and a second non-damage layer, the first non-damaged layer substantially including the first major surface and the second non-damaged layer substantially including the second major surface; and
a plurality of elongated laser-induced damage tracks disposed within the at least one damaged layer to form at least one area pattern, wherein light directed toward the transparent substrate at an angle that exceeds a predetermined viewing angle (?) is scattered by the plurality of laser-induced damage tracks, and wherein light directed toward the transparent substrate at an angle that is less than the predetermined viewing angle (?) is transmitted by the transparent substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,429,552

OPTICAL SHEET HAVING A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE THEREON AND METHOD TO MAKE THE SAME

UBRIGHT OPTRONICS CORPORA...

1. A method of forming an optical sheet, comprising:providing a mold having a first surface;
forming a plurality of first concave shapes on the first surface of the mold such that the first surface of the mold is changed to a second surface of the mold, wherein each two adjacent first concave shapes overlap with each other;
forming a plurality of second shapes on the plurality of first concave shapes such that the second surface of the mold is changed to a third surface of the mold, wherein the average size of the plurality of first concave shapes is larger than the average size of the plurality of second shapes; and
using the third surface of the mold to emboss a film on a substrate to form a composite structure corresponding to a combination of the plurality of first concave shapes and the plurality of second shapes, wherein the average roughness (Ra) of the composite structure is in a range from 0.3 ?m to 0.8 ?m 0.3-0.8 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,429,551

MICROLENS ARRAY

NALUX CO., LTD., Osaka-S...

1. A microlens array provided with a plurality of microlenses,wherein each microlens contains N sides of a convex polygon, a microlens vertex that is away from a plane of the convex polygon, and N curved surfaces divided by lines connecting the microlens vertex and the N vertices of the convex polygon, and when the straight line that passes through the microlens vertex and is perpendicular to the plane of the convex polygon is defined as a z axis, the point of intersection between the z axis and the plane of the convex polygon is defined as the origin, the straight line in the plane of the convex polygon that passes through the origin and is perpendicular to a side of the convex polygon is defined as an x axis, a z coordinate of one of the N curved surfaces corresponding to the side is determined by an x coordinate alone and is represented by a function
z=f(x),a distance from the origin to the side is represented as t,refractive index of a material of the microlens is n0, A represents a nonnegative constant, C represents a positive constant, and g(x) is defined byf(x) is determined such thatis satisfied in 0.25·t<|x|?t, andwherein when an acute angle formed between the direction in which a ray that travels in the z axis direction and is orthogonally incident on the plane travels after exiting from the one of the N curved surfaces and the z axis is represented by ?, and ?c and ?e are defined such that
are satisfied,is satisfied at |x|=t, andf(x) is determined such that when values of relative illuminance are defined such that the value corresponding to the maximum illuminance is 1, the values are 0.65 or more in an area corresponding to the rays with ? in the range of ?c+0.1(?e??c)????e?0.1(?e??c).

US Pat. No. 10,429,550

POLARIZER HAVING ADHESIVE-COVERED POLARIZING LAYER, DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE POLARIZER, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE POLARIZER

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A polarizer, comprising:a polarizing layer;
a first protective film on a first surface of the polarizing layer, an area of a surface of the first protective film parallel to the first surface larger than an area of the first surface of the polarizing layer;
a second protective film on a second surface of the polarizing layer, an area of a surface of the second protective film parallel to the second surface larger than the area of the second surface of the polarizing layer; and
an adhesive between the first protective film and the second protective film, wherein the adhesive covers one or more edges of the polarizing layer,
wherein a lateral surface of the adhesive is in contact with and disposed on a same plane as both a corresponding lateral surface of the first protective film and a corresponding lateral surface of the second protective film, and extends continuously between the lateral surface of the first protective film and the lateral surface of the second protective film.

US Pat. No. 10,429,549

OPTICAL ELEMENT COMPRISING A REFLECTIVE COATING

1. An optical element comprising a reflective coating, the reflective coating comprising:a adhesion-promoting layer;
an at least partially reflective metal layer disposed on the adhesion-promoting layer; and
a protective layer system disposed on the reflective metal layer, the protective layer system containing a plurality of dielectric layers,
wherein the dielectric layers comprise at least one first layer and at least one second layer, wherein the first layer and the second layer have a different resistance to at least two different contamination substances,
wherein the dielectric layers have a thickness of not more than 20 nm,
wherein a number of the dielectric layers amounts to at least five,
wherein the first layer is an aluminum oxide layer,
wherein the second layer is a silicon oxide layer, and
wherein the protective layer system contains at least two layer pairs made up in each case of the first layer and the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,548

POLARIZING PLATE

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A single side protective film-bearing polarizing plate comprising:a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer;
a polarizer having a thickness d1 less than or equal to 10 ?m;
a first adhesive layer having a thickness d2 less than or equal to 2.0 ?m; and
a protective film having a thickness d3 less than or equal to 50 ?m, in this order,
the thicknesses d1, d2, and d3 satisfying the following expression
100×d2/(d1+d3)?1.1, and
the first adhesive layer being a layer of a cured product of a photo-curable adhesive,
wherein the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer is laminated on an outer surface of the polarizer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,545

SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR EVALUATING AND RANKING GEOBODIES USING A EULER CHARACTERISTIC

Landmark Graphics Corpora...

1. A computer-implemented method to evaluate a geobody, the method comprising:receiving an earth model comprising a plurality of cells;
receiving entry of one or more filters directed to one or more characteristics of a desired geobody;
determining porosity and/or permeability values for each pair of cells of the earth model;
identifying pairs of cells with porosity and/or permeability values above a threshold value;
generating a plurality of first generation geobodies, each of the first generation geobodies comprising at least one pair of cells with a porosity and/or permeability value above the threshold value;
filtering the plurality of first generation geobodies to remaining first generation geobodies by eliminating first generation geobodies with a cell count lower than a threshold cell count;
calculating a connectivity score for each of the remaining first generation geobodies by using a Euler Characteristic, wherein the Euler Characteristic is associated with the porosity and/or permeability values of the first generation geobodies;
ranking the remaining first generation geobodies in relation to one another based on their connectivity scores; and
outputting the ranked remaining first generation geobodies.

US Pat. No. 10,429,539

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROL AND DATA PROCESSING IN FIELD OPERATION WITH GROUND ELECTROMAGNETIC INSTRUMENT

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND ...

1. A system for control and data processing in field operation with a ground electromagnetic instrument, comprising:a ground electromagnetic instrument, an autonomous aircraft, and a monitoring terminal,
wherein the ground electromagnetic instrument comprises a first wireless communication module and a first processing module;
wherein the autonomous aircraft comprises a second wireless communication module configured to establish wireless communication with the first wireless communication module, a storage device, a satellite positioning and inertial navigation module, and a second processing module;
wherein the monitoring terminal comprises a third wireless communication module configured to establish wireless communication with the second wireless communication module, and a third processing module configured to transmit position coordinate parameters and working configuration parameters of the ground electromagnetic instrument to the second processing module by means of wireless communication;
wherein the second processing module stores the position coordinate parameters in the storage device, and controls the autonomous aircraft to fly to a location of the ground electromagnetic instrument according to a positioning data from the satellite positioning and inertial navigation module and the position coordinate parameters,
wherein the second wireless communication module establishes a first wireless communication link with the first wireless communication module, and the second processing module configures the working configuration parameters to the first processing module through the first wireless communication link, so that the ground electromagnetic instrument acquires data according to the working configuration parameters,
wherein the ground electromagnetic instrument is a magnetotellurics (MT) instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,429,529

ADAPTIVE FAULT TRACKING

Foster Findlay Associates...

1. A method for producing a visual representation of a subterranean environment, the method comprising the steps of:transmitting, via a seismic source, an acoustic signal that propagates into an area of substrate to be evaluated;
receiving, via at least one seismic receiver, reflections of the acoustic signal corresponding to geological survey data, the geological survey data being proximate the area of substrate to be evaluated;
(a) generating, via a computer processor, at least one attribute volume comprising a plurality of attributes from said geological survey data;
(b), receiving from an operator an identification of at least one region of interest on a predetermined cross-section of said at least one attribute volume;
(c) receiving from the operator an addition of at least one seed to said at least one region of interest, the at least one seed being at least one of a point, a line, a polygon, and an area defined within the at least one region of interest;
(d) receiving from the operator a definition of at least one representative area having at least similar characteristics as said region of interest;
(e) starting, via the computer processor, an initial generation of at least one basic geological object by adapting said at least one seed and/or representative area, wherein said at least one basic geological object is generated by applying a mesh propagation algorithm adapted to generate a surface mesh from said at least one seed, and which includes at least on predetermined constraint, including at least one external force, obtained from empirical geological data, and at least one internal force adapted to maintain a surface shape of said surface mesh;
(f) determining, via the computer processor, growth confidence levels for any of said at least one basic geological object based on a realistic geological principles;
constructing a map of said at least one basic geological object with colour-coded data of said growth confidence levels to provide the operator with an instant indication of confidence;
(g) monitoring a visual representation of said at least one basic geological object during said initial generation;
(h) selectively stopping said initial generation of said at least one basic geological object, responsive to at least one boundary condition constraint associated with the at least one basic geological object;
(i) generating, via the computer processor, at least one optimized geological object through manipulation of at least part of said at least one basic geological object; and
(j) constructing a visual representation of the subterranean environment, the visual representation including an optimized fault object representation based at least in part on the at least one geological object;
utilizing the visual representation in the detection and identification of stratigraphic features during hydrocarbon exploration; and
(k) responsive to the identified stratigraphic features from the optimized fault representation, providing an indication to a user with points for manipulation according to geological feasibility.

US Pat. No. 10,429,524

X-RAY DETECTOR WITH NON-TRANSPARENT INTERMEDIATE LAYER

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. An X-ray detector comprising:a direct-converting converter element;
an evaluation unit; and
an intermediate layer arranged flat between the direct-converting converter element and the evaluation unit, the intermediate layer being non-transparent for visible, infrared, or ultraviolet light.

US Pat. No. 10,429,504

DEVICE FOR PREVENTING VEHICLE ACCIDENT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vehicle comprising:a radar module configured to receive emergency situation notification information indicating a deteriorating weather condition and an accident occurrence state from a front vehicle positioned ahead;
an output unit configured to output the received emergency situation notification information; and
a controller configured to:
control the radar module to transmit the emergency situation notification information including additional information, which is obtained through the radar module, to a rear vehicle positioned behind,
increase an intensity of a transmission signal including the emergency situation notification information if a distance between the vehicle and the rear vehicle is longer than a reference distance, and
reduce the intensity of the transmission signal, if the distance is less than the reference distance,
wherein a data frame constituting the emergency situation notification information comprises a black box image field indicating a black box image at the time when at least one of the deteriorating weather condition or the accident occurrence state is sensed, and a vehicle operation control field including a command for controlling a velocity of the vehicle as at least one of the deteriorating weather condition or the accident occurrence state is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,429,499

SENSOR SYSTEM

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A sensor system for measuring a parameter of a target in a gas turbine engine, the sensor system comprising:a diaphragm mounted in a second temperature environment of the gas turbine engine;
a sensor mounted in a first temperature environment of the gas turbine engine, the second temperature environment of the gas turbine engine being hotter than the first temperature environment, the sensor comprising temperature sensitive electronics for measuring an axial spacing between the sensor and the diaphragm, the sensor being connected to a support so that the sensor is spaced from the diaphragm to the extent that the sensor is located in a first temperature environment of the gas turbine engine, whereby there is an unencumbered path between the sensor in the first temperature environment of the gas turbine engine and the second temperature environment of the gas turbine engine; and
an axially adjustable mount located in the second temperature environment that is hotter than the first temperature environment, the axially adjustable mount having a first axial end for mounting the diaphragm which is axially movable relative to the sensor and an opposing, second axial end which is axially fixed relative to the sensor, the diaphragm and the axially adjustable mount defining a chamber for opening to the target or for extending within the target;
wherein, in use, a change in a differential of the parameter across the diaphragm results in a change in a volume of the chamber and a change in the axial spacing between the first axial end and the second axial end of the axially adjustable mount and thus a change in the axial spacing between the diaphragm and sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,496

HYBRID FLASH LIDAR SYSTEM

Analog Devices, Inc., No...

1. A flash optical detection system having a field-of-view configured to encompass at least a portion of a target object, the system comprising:a flash illuminator including a plurality of illuminators;
a flash detector array including a plurality of light detectors, the flash detector array being divided into a plurality of subsets of light detectors, the subsets of light detectors mapped to correspond with respective segments of the field-of-view; and
a signal processor,
wherein the plurality of illuminators are operative to illuminate the respective segments of the field-of-view, the plurality of illuminators being further operative to transmit, in turn, one or more light beam pulses toward corresponding segments, respectively, of the field-of-view,
wherein the plurality of subsets of light detectors are operative, in response to the one or more light beam pulses transmitted, in turn, by the respective illuminators, to receive one or more reflected light beam pulses from the plurality of segments, respectively, of the field-of-view, and
wherein the signal processor is operative to determine an elapsed time between transmission of the one or more light beam pulses by the respective illuminators and reception of the one or more reflected light beam pulses at the respective subsets of light detectors in order to obtain a range to the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,429,494

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING TARGET OBJECT

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An apparatus for detecting a target object, the apparatus comprising:a signal transmitting unit configured to transmit a transmission signal for detecting a target object;
a signal receiving unit configured to receive a reception signal generated by a reflection of the transmission signal;
a signal analyzing unit configured to calculate frequency spectrum information of the reception signal, and to extract periodicity information for determining periodicity of the frequency spectrum information;
a determining unit configured to determine whether a clutter structure exists; and
a target detecting unit configured to detect a target object by suppressing a peak value component of the periodicity information when it is determined that a clutter structure exists,
wherein the signal analyzing unit is configured to calculate binary frequency spectrum information obtained by converting the frequency spectrum information into a value of 0 or 1 based on a predetermined binary reference value, and to extract the periodicity information by executing fast Fourier Transform (FFT) on the binary frequency spectrum information.

US Pat. No. 10,429,492

APPARATUS FOR CALCULATING MISALIGNMENT QUANTITY OF BEAM SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A misalignment quantity calculating apparatus for calculating and correcting a misalignment quantity of an electromagnetic wave sensor relative to a vehicle upon which the electromagnetic wave sensor is mounted, the misalignment quantity calculating apparatus comprising:an identity determining means for determining whether a first object detected by the electromagnetic wave sensor is identical to a second object detected by an image sensor, the electromagnetic wave sensor transmitting a probing beam and receiving an echo based on the probing beam to detect the first object, the image sensor capturing an image and processing the image to detect the second object;
a misalignment quantity calculating means for calculating, as a misalignment quantity of the electromagnetic wave sensor, an angle between a first line segment and a second line segment when it is determined that the first object is identical to the second object, the first line segment connecting a predetermined reference point of the misalignment quantity calculating apparatus and a first feature point of the first object, the second line segment connecting the predetermined reference point and a second feature point of the second object, wherein the predetermined reference point comprises a front edge point of the vehicle;
a determining means for determining whether the calculated angle between the first line segment and the second line segment is equal to or more than an angular detection threshold value; and
a correcting means for correcting the probe beam of the electromagnetic wave sensor to cancel the calculated angle between the first line segment and the second line segment.

US Pat. No. 10,429,490

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH DEPLOYABLE TRANSMIT/RECEIVE MODULE APPARATUS WITH RAMJET

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for bistatic radar target detection comprising:launching an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and navigating the UAV with a ramjet engine at supersonic cruise to beyond a radar range limit of a mothership aircraft;
maintaining the mothership aircraft on a flight profile outside the radar range limit;
extending antenna arms to act as air brakes reducing speed and providing boresight orientation of Tx/Rx modules for bistatic RF pulse reception;
employing a high power radar system on the mothership aircraft to emit radar pulses;
employing receive (Rx) modules on the UAV as a bistatic receiver to receive reflected radar pulses from targets; and,
transmitting target data from the UAV via a communications data link to the mothership aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,429,488

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GEO-LOCATING AND DETECTING SOURCE OF ELECTROMAGNETIC EMISSIONS

NOKOMIS, INC., Charleroi...

1. A network for identifying a real-world geographic location of an emission source emitting electromagnetic energy, said network comprising:(a) at least a pair of platforms disposed in a spaced apart relationship with each other and configured for a movement independently from each other;
(b) at least a pair of apparatuses, each apparatus being disposed on one of said at least pair of platforms and comprising an antenna and a receiver, said each apparatus being configured to at least collect, in a passive manner and during said movement of said platforms, at least one sample of the electromagnetic energy emission collected at said antenna and received at said receiver; and
(c) a means for determining a relative position of one platform from said at least pair of platforms relative to another platform from said at least pair of platforms;
(d) wherein at least one of said at least pair of apparatuses comprises a processor configured to define angular and spatial coordinates of the emission source based on an extraction of phase information from each sample of the electromagnetic energy emission collected at a respective antenna within said each apparatus and further based on a determination of phase information differences between antennas, a calculation, with a reference to said relative position, of direction of arrival (DoA) of the electromagnetic energy emission, a determination of a distance to the emission source and an estimation of a position of the emission source.

US Pat. No. 10,429,486

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LEARNED COMMUNICATIONS SIGNAL SHAPING

DeepSig Inc., Arlington,...

1. A method performed by one or more processor configured to train one or more machine-learning networks to process information transmitted through a communication channel, the method comprising:determining first information for transmission through a communication channel;
generating a first RF signal for transmission through the communication channel by processing the first information using an encoder machine-learning network;
determining a second RF signal that represents the first RF signal having been altered by transmission through the communication channel;
determining a first property of at least one of the first RF signal or the second RF signal;
calculating a first measure of distance between a target value of the first property and an actual value of at least one of the first RF signal or the second RF signal;
generating second information as a reconstruction of the first information by processing the second RF signal using a decoder machine-learning network;
calculating a second measure of distance between the first information and the second information; and
updating at least one of the encoder machine-learning network or the decoder machine-learning network based on (i) the first measure of distance between the actual value and the target value of the first property and (ii) the second measure of distance between the first information and the second information,
wherein updating at least one of the encoder machine-learning network or the decoder machine-learning network comprises:
determining an objective function comprising the first measure of distance and the second measure of distance,
calculating a rate of change of the objective function relative to variations in at least one of the encoder machine-learning network or the decoder machine-learning network, and
determining a goal value of the objective function by using the rate of change of the objective function relative to the variations in at least one of the encoder machine-learning network or the decoder machine-learning network, wherein the goal value corresponds to a value that is within a predetermined range from a minimum of the objective function.

US Pat. No. 10,429,483

INTERNAL INTEGRATED CIRCUIT RESISTANCE CALIBRATION

Analog Devices Global, H...

8. A sensor interface integrated circuit (IC) for measuring a resistance value of a target resistor using an excitation current that is subject to reduction by an external sensor leakage current of a sensor coupled to the IC, the sensor interface IC including:a current sensor circuit, including at least one target resistor for sensing the response current produced by the sensor; and
a resistance value measurement circuit, coupled to the target resistor to measure a resistance value of the target resistor, the resistance value measurement circuit including:
a voltage excitation circuit to apply one or more specified excitation voltages to a calibration resistor having a specified calibration resistance value to generate, in response, a different respective excitation current for each specified excitation voltage;
a voltage measurement circuit to measure a different respective response voltage across the target resistor respectively in response to each corresponding different excitation current; and
a computation circuit to determine the resistance value of the target resistor using a difference between the measured different respective response voltages, a difference between the one or more specified excitation voltages, and the specified calibration resistance value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,481

CALIBRATING A MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for calibrating at least one operating parameter of a magnetic resonance apparatus, wherein the at least one operating parameter comprises a constant component and a variable component, the method comprising:starting up at least one part of the magnetic resonance apparatus, wherein starting up comprises providing a power supply to the at least one part of the magnetic resonance apparatus, and wherein the starting up leads to a change in the at least one operating parameter;
determining, by a processor, the variable component of the at least one operating parameter and providing the constant component of the at least one operating parameter; and
calibrating, by the processor, the at least one operating parameter using the constant component and the variable component.

US Pat. No. 10,429,478

PUSH-BUTTON VESSEL WALL MRI WITH 3D SCOUT SCAN

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON,...

5. A medical method for imaging a vessel wall, said medical method comprising:automatically performing a single scout scan of a patient for localizing a target vessel of the patient using magnetic resonance (MR), the scout scan generating a three-dimensional (3D), isotropic scout MR data set;
automatically reconstructing the scout MR data set of the scout scan into 2D foot-to-head (FH) projection image, a 2D left-to-right (LR) projection image, and a 2D posterior-to-anterior (PA) projection image;
determining a 3D diagnostic imaging volume encompassing the target vessel from the 2D foot-to-head, left-to-right, and posterior-to-anterior projection images;
performing a diagnostic scan of the 3D diagnostic imaging volume using MR to generate a diagnostic MR data set; and
reconstructing the diagnostic MR data set into a diagnostic image including the target vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,429,477

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLIP ANGLE DETERMINATION IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system comprising: an MRI scanner, a control unit, and a processing unit,the processing unit performing operations comprising:
a) selecting an initial condition relating to a first phase of an echo train, the initial condition including initial values of a first flip angle, a last flip angle, and a first characteristic parameter;
b) providing a first function corresponding to the first phase echo train, the first function relating to at least one of the first flip angle, the last flip angle, or the first characteristic parameter;
c) calculating, based on the first function, one or more flip angles corresponding to one or more spin echoes of the first phase;
d) assessing the one or more flip angles of the first phase according to a first criterion; and
e) if the first criterion is not satisfied,
revising the first function by adjusting at least one of the first flip angle, the last flip angle, or the first characteristic parameter, and repeating (c) and (d);
wherein the first function provides a flip angle schedule corresponding to the first phase of the echo train for MRI, and
the control unit controlling the MRI scanner according to the flip angle schedule,
wherein the first function includes:

where ?0 is the first flip angle of the first phase, ?N-1 is the last flip angle of the first phase, N is a number of echoes in the first phase, P is the characteristic parameter of the first phase, ?n is the one or more flip angles of the first phase, n=0, 1, . . . , N?1;
where M=0 if ?N-1??0, or M=N?1 if ?0>?N-1.

US Pat. No. 10,429,474

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for generating a magnetic resonance (MR) image using an MR tomography apparatus, having an array comprising a number n of single coils Ei, in order to acquire reception signals Ii, with i=1, . . . , n, respectively with said n single coils said method comprising:for each single coil Ei, determining in a processor or providing a processor with, an individual reception sensitivity profile in the spatial domain r B1i?(r):
B1i?(r)=|ai(r)|*ei??i(r)
with amplitude ai(r) and phase ?i(r);
using the processor to operate the MR tomography apparatus in order to scan an examination subject introduced into the MR tomography apparatus so as to acquire reception signals Ii(k) in the frequency domain with wave number k via the n reception coils Ei;
in said processor, determining Fourier-transformed signals IFi(r) from the reception signals Ii(k), wherein:
IFi(r)=?(r)·ei?(r)·B1i?(r)+N
with N:=noise term, ?(r)·ei?(r):=proton density;
in said processor, determining complexly corrected signals ?Fi(r) on the basis of the signals IFi(r) and the individual reception sensitivity profiles B1i?(r);
in said processor, determining a sum signal MR(r) via complex addition of the corrected signals ?Fi(r);

in said processor, reconstructing image data of the examination subject on the basis of the sum signal MR(r), and making the image data available at an output of the processor as an electronic data file; and
at a display monitor in communication with said processor, displaying an image, corresponding to said image data, of the examination subject.

US Pat. No. 10,429,472

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING WITH COPYING AND SETTING OF PARAMETER VALUES

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus comprising MRI system components configured to carry out plural imaging processes using respectively corresponding sets of imaging conditions for at least one patient image study which produces at least one series of MR images for a patient, the magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to memory, a user input port and a user display that have been configured to:group a plurality of types of MRI parameters defining some of the plural imaging conditions to be used for carrying out plural imaging processes into a plurality of stored parameter groups;
cause the user display to display a list of the plural stored parameter groups such that one of the plural stored parameter groups can be designated by a user;
accept a user-specified designation of a stored parameter group from the displayed list of the plural stored parameter groups to be used as at least a portion of imaging conditions for a first series of imaging processes; and
copy the user-specified stored parameter group from said first series into imaging conditions to be used for a second series different from the first series,
wherein the imaging conditions of the first and second series are both used in main scans for generating diagnostic images.

US Pat. No. 10,429,465

METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A SHIM SETTING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for determining a shim setting for a shim element situated in a magnetic resonance (MR) data acquisition scanner, in order to increase a homogeneity of a basic magnetic field generated in the scanner, said method comprising:providing information in a processor that describes a dependence of an induced field produced by the shim element on a set shim setting;
operating the scanner, with said shim element driven by said set shim setting, to record a first field map of said basic magnetic field;
providing said first field map to said processor and, in said processor using said first map to determine a first shim setting for said shim element;
operating the scanner, with said shim element driven by said first shim setting, to record a second field map of said basic magnetic field;
providing said second field map to said processor and, in said processor, using said first field map and said second field map to determine a field induced by said shim element in said scanner by said first shim setting;
in said processor, using the determined induced field and said information to determine a second shim setting for said shim element; and
emitting an electronic signal from said processor, corresponding to said second shim setting, in a form configured to drive said shim element with said second shim setting.

US Pat. No. 10,429,452

ROTATION DETECTION DEVICE

Melexis Technologies SA, ...

1. A rotation detection device comprising:a rotatable body made of a soft magnetic material and having a tooth tip and a tooth bottom on planes normal to a direction of a rotation axis, the tooth tip being provided in a range of a first rotation angle, the tooth bottom being provided in a range other than the range of the first rotation angle;
a magnet configured to form a magnetic field toward tooth surfaces of the tooth tip and the tooth bottom of the rotatable body;
a magnetic detection element disposed at a position between the rotatable body and the magnet and other than on the rotation axis of the rotatable body, and configured to detect magnetic flux densities in the direction of the rotation axis of the rotatable body at at least two positions; and
a magnetic sensor having a signal processor configured to calculate a rotation angle of the rotatable body in accordance with a difference between magnetic flux densities in the direction of the rotation axis of the rotatable body, detected at the at least two positions and a difference between magnetic flux densities in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the rotation axis and a radial direction of the rotatable body, detected at the at least two positions by the magnetic detection element;
wherein the signal processor of the magnetic sensor is configured to set a first correction value based on a signal output from the magnetic detection element when a distance between the tooth surfaces of the rotatable body and the magnetic detection element is infinite,
to make correction of an output value of the magnetic detection element by using the first correction value,
to set a second correction value based on an amplitude of the output value when one or more revolutions of the rotatable body are made after the correction of the output value,
to make correction of the difference between the magnetic flux densities in the direction of the rotation axis of the rotatable body, detected at the at least two positions by the magnetic detection element, by using the first correction value,
to make correction of the difference between the magnetic flux densities in the direction perpendicular to the direction of the rotation axis and the radial direction of the rotatable body, detected at the at least two positions, by using the second correction value, and
to calculate the rotation angle of the rotatable body in accordance with a value obtained by the correction of the difference by using the first correction value and a value obtained by the correction of the difference by using the second correction value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,450

BATTERY SENSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Navitas Solutions, Inc., ...

1. A sensing system for a battery pack which includes a multiplicity of battery cells, comprising:a multiplicity of single cell sensing modules (SCSM), each SCSM respectively configured to facilitate both a current measurement and a voltage measurement exclusively with respect to one of the multiplicity of battery cells in the battery pack;
each SCSM comprising
an analog switching multiplex;
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC);
a signal conditioner which conditions an input signal received at the analog switching multiplex and communicates the input signal after conditioning to the ADC;
a reference voltage generator which generates a plurality of reference voltages; and
a calibration engine which is configured to use the plurality reference voltages to improve a measurement accuracy with respect to the input signal;
wherein each SCSM is configured to facilitate the current measurement of a particular battery cell by determining a voltage drop between first and second locations spaced apart a predetermined distance along an output terminal of the battery cell.

US Pat. No. 10,429,448

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING A ROUTE RESISTANCE OF A BATTERY SYSTEM

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

9. A system for calculating a route resistance of a battery system having a battery, comprising:a capacity measurement circuit responsive to the battery, comprising:
a charge capacity circuit comprising a first count register and configured to measure a charge capacity for the battery; and
a discharge capacity circuit comprising a second count register and configured to measure a discharge capacity for the battery;
a voltage sensor responsive to an output voltage of the battery;
a memory unit, wherein the memory unit stores:
baseline characteristic data of the battery;
a rated full charge capacity of the battery;
a remaining capacity;
the charge capacity; and
the discharge capacity; and
a logic circuit having access to the memory and responsive to the voltage sensor,
wherein the logic unit calculates:
the remaining capacity of the battery according to the output voltage and the baseline characteristics;
an ideal reference-to-full capacity based on the rated full charge capacity and the remaining capacity;
an actual reference-to-full capacity based on the charge capacity and the discharge capacity; and
a route resistance based on the ideal reference-to-full capacity, the actual reference-to-full capacity, and the baseline characteristic data of the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,429,440

DESIGN-FOR-TEST FOR ASYNCHRONOUS CIRCUIT ELEMENTS

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A circuit comprising:a data input coupled to a scan multiplexer and a path select multiplexer;
a scan-in input coupled to the scan multiplexer, wherein the scan-in input is to receive a value of a scan pattern;
a scan latch to store the value and having an input coupled to the scan multiplexer and an output coupled to the path select multiplexer, wherein:
the scan multiplexer is to select a first signal from a group consisting of the data input and the scan-in input and to provide the first signal to the input of the scan latch; and
the path select multiplexer is to select a second signal from a group consisting of the data input and the output of the scan latch and to provide the second signal to a data output of the circuit; and
a scan inhibitor coupled between the output of the scan latch and the path select multiplexer, wherein the scan inhibitor is to inhibit the output of the scan latch while the value is being stored in the scan latch.

US Pat. No. 10,429,434

ON-CHIP RELIABILITY MONITOR AND METHOD

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. An integrated circuit chip comprising:a substrate; and
a reliability monitor on the substrate and comprising: a test circuit comprising a test device; a reference circuit comprising a reference device; and a comparator circuit connected to the test circuit and the reference circuit,
wherein, when the integrated circuit chip is powered on, the reliability monitor is alternatingly operable in stress and test modes,
wherein, during each stress mode, the test device is subjected to stress conditions that emulate operating conditions of a functional device and the reference device is unstressed, and
wherein, during each test mode, the stress conditions are removed from the test device and the comparator circuit compares a test parameter of the test device to a reference parameter of the reference device and outputs a status signal based on a difference between the test parameter and the reference parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,430

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CAPACITIVE SENSOR ARRANGEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

16. A sensor system of a motor vehicle having at least one capacitive sensor arrangement for determining a distance to a measurement object and having a control unit for controlling the sensor arrangement, the sensor arrangement having at least one electrode and a connection arrangement which is assigned to the electrode and has a connecting line and, in a manner coupled to the latter, a connection on the electrode side and a connection on the control unit side, the control unit controlling the electrode during a measurement routine and determining the resulting distance values on the basis of a measurement capacitance formed by the electrode with respect to a reference potential, the control unit checking the electrical connection state of the electrode with regard to the connection to the control unit during a diagnostic routine, wherein the control unit checks the connection state during the diagnostic routine on the basis of the input capacitance between the connection on the control unit side and the reference potential.

US Pat. No. 10,429,429

DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION METHOD, DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION DEVICE AND DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A differential protection method for monitoring a line of a power grid, the method comprising:measuring current phasor values in each case with measuring devices at ends of the line, the current phasor values indicating an amplitude and a phase angle of a phase current flowing at a respective end of the line, the measuring devices having local timers and allocating a timestamp to the current phasor values indicating a time of a measurement thereof;
transmitting at least the current phasor values measured at one end via a communication connection to an evaluation device;
forming a differential current value through vectorial addition in the evaluation device with current phasor values from the end of the line temporally allocated to one another, using time delay information that is being calculated continuously indicating a time delay between the local timers of the measuring devices for the temporal allocation of the current phasor values measured at different ends of the line;
generating a fault signal indicating a fault affecting the line when the differential current value exceeds a predefined threshold value;
carrying out a check using measured electrical quantities temporally allocated to one another which have been measured at the different ends of the line and a line-specific parameter relating to the line running between the ends in order to determine whether the time delay information indicates an actual time delay between the respective local timers, wherein the measured electrical quantities are selected from the group consisting of: amplitudes of current phasor values temporally allocated to one another and voltage phasor values temporally allocated to one another;
determining a comparative phase angle in order to check the time delay information using the measured electrical quantities and the line-specific parameter, wherein the comparative phase angle is determined by extending the measured electrical quantities temporally allocated to one another by an amount of the line specific parameter and using an angle between extended amplitudes as the comparative phase angle;
using the comparative phase angle to check the time delay information;
when erroneous time delay information is detected in the check, generating a time error signal; and
in response to generating the time error signal, blocking the fault signal and thereby, preventing shutdown of the line.

US Pat. No. 10,429,419

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ITERATIVE CONDITION MONITORING AND FAULT DIAGNOSIS OF ELECTRIC MACHINES

The University of Akron, ...

1. A method of detecting a fault comprising the steps of:providing a 3-phase AC (alternating current) motor coupled to a voltage source inverter;
coupling a control feedback module to said voltage source inverter including:
a motor controller;
a stationary frame module to convert voltage output signals of said motor controller into frame voltage signals; and
a SVPWM (space vector pulse width modulation) generator to receive said frame voltage output signals, said SVPWM generator configured to generate a 3-phase signal for supplying to said 3-phase AC motor, and wherein said motor controller monitors 2 phases of said 3-phase signal;
detecting said 2 phases of said 3 phase signal to identify a motor current spectrum signature;
identifying n fault characteristic frequency signatures from said motor current spectrum signature, wherein n is a positive integer value;
identifying m random noise frequency signatures from said motor current spectrum signature, wherein m is a positive integer value equal to n;
comparing an amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures with an amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures;
generating at least one initial detection matrix including at least one matrix element, such that each said matrix element is associated with said comparison of an amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures and an amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures;
assigning a first binary number to said matrix element if said amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures is greater than said amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures to identify the presence of a fault, or assigning a second binary number different from said first binary number to said matrix element if said amplitude of said fault characteristic frequency signatures is less than said amplitude of said random noise frequency signatures to identify the presence of a non-fault;
generating a probability distribution based on said at least one initial detection matrix;
applying a predetermined threshold value to said probability distribution of said at least one initial detection matrix to generate a binary decision element;
generating an intermediate detection matrix that includes said binary decision element, wherein said second generating step and said applying step are performed for said intermediate decision matrix to generate a final binary decision value, and wherein said threshold value applied to said intermediate decision matrix is different from said threshold value applied to said at least one initial detection matrix; and
determining whether a fault is present in the 3-phase AC motor based on said final binary decision value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,409

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMALLY REGULATING SENSOR OPERATION

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A thermal regulation system for maintaining stable operation of a sensor, the system comprising:the sensor;
one or more temperature adjusting devices that are in thermal communication with the sensor, the one or more temperature adjusting devices including at least one of a heater or a cooling device; and
one or more processors in communication with the sensor and the one or more temperature adjusting devices, the one or more processors programmed to:
in a calibration step, instruct the one or more temperature adjusting devices to adjust a temperature of the sensor from an initial temperature to a predetermined temperature at a predetermined rate of temperature change entered by a user through a user interface, and record a sensor bias at the predetermined temperature and one or more intermediate temperatures between the initial temperature and the predetermined temperature,
during operation of the sensor, instruct the one or more temperature adjusting devices to change the temperature of the sensor from a starting temperature to an operating temperature at an operating rate of temperature change, and
correct a sensor measurement from the sensor based on the sensor bias at the one or more intermediate temperatures between the initial temperature and the predetermined temperature and the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,429,404

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING IMPACT DETECTING FUNCTION

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. An electronic device installed in a machine where there is a possibility of occurrence of vibration or impact, comprising:an acceleration sensor configured to detect acceleration in a predetermined time interval;
a processor for controlling an operation of the machine, the processor configured to:
1) compare an acceleration value of acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor to a predetermined first acceleration threshold value,
2) in response to determining that the acceleration value detected by the acceleration sensor exceeds the predetermined first acceleration threshold value, calculate a second acceleration threshold value as a fraction of a maximum acceleration value among acceleration values of plural accelerations detected by the acceleration sensor over the predetermined time interval,
3) compare subsequent acceleration values detected by the acceleration sensor to the second acceleration threshold value,
4) in response to determining that a number of the subsequent acceleration values exceeding the second acceleration threshold value is a predetermined number or less, determine the impact as a single-type impact, and
5) in response to determining that the number of the subsequent acceleration values exceeding the second threshold value exceeds the predetermined number, determine the impact as a multiple-type impact; and
an audio output device or a visual output device outputting a signal in response to the processor determining that the impact is the multiple-type impact.

US Pat. No. 10,429,383

SIGNAL AMPLIFICATION IN SOLUTION-BASED PLASMONIC SPECIFIC-BINDING PARTNER ASSAYS

Abaxis, Inc., Union City...

1. A method of detecting a target analyte in a sample comprising:(a) mixing the sample with a first detection conjugate and a second detection conjugate in the presence of a salt and polyethylene glycol, wherein the polyethylene glycol is present at a concentration of between about 0.1 mg/mL to about 200 mg/mL, wherein the first and second detection conjugates comprise composite metallic nanostructures coupled to binding partners that are capable of specifically binding to the target analyte if present in the sample to form a complex between the first detection conjugate, the analyte, and the second detection conjugate, wherein the target analyte is a pathogenic antigen or antibody to a pathogenic antigen, wherein the pathogenic antigen is a viral or bacterial antigen;
(b) exposing the complex to a light source at a wavelength range within the ultraviolet-visible-infrared spectrum; and
(c) measuring an optical signal from the complex, wherein a change in the optical signal indicates the presence of the target analyte in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,429,376

MICROFLUIDIC ISOLATION OF TUMOR CELLS OR OTHER RARE CELLS FROM WHOLE BLOOD OR OTHER LIQUIDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF L...

1. A microfluidic device for capturing or isolating circulating tumor cells from a liquid, the microfluidic device comprising:a substrate comprising a common fluid input and a common fluid output, a plurality of parallel channels configured to capture or isolate circulating tumor cells and fluidically connected to the common fluid input and the common fluid output, wherein the circulating tumor cells have a mean diameter, and wherein:
a. a cross-section of each of said plurality of parallel channels has a height and width taken in direction perpendicular to a length of the channels, and the length extends longitudinally from the common fluid input to the common fluid output;
b. the width of each of said plurality of parallel channels is at least about the mean diameter of the circulating tumor cells, and is not greater than about twice the mean diameter of the circulating tumor cells;
c. the height of each of said plurality of parallel channels is at least about three times the width of each respective channel;
d. at least part of the surface within each of said plurality of parallel channels is covalently linked to one or more capture elements; wherein said capture elements comprise antibodies or aptamers that selectively bind molecules on the membranes of the circulating tumor cells; and
e. each of said plurality of parallel channels has a sinusoidal or quasi-sinusoidal shape.

US Pat. No. 10,429,367

MULTI-PARAMETRIC ENVIRONMENTAL DIAGNOSTICS AND MONITORING SENSOR NODE

Qatar University, Doha (...

1. A multi-parametric environmental diagnostics and monitoring sensor node, comprising:a base having opposed upper and lower faces and an opening formed therein;
a plurality of environmental air quality sensors, each of the sensors having opposed upper and lower surfaces;
a connector engaging each of the lower surfaces of the environmental sensors, wherein each of the connectors are mounted on at least one auxiliary harvesting module;
a microcontroller mounted on the upper face of the base, the environmental air quality sensors being in communication with the microcontroller;
a power storage module in communication with the environmental air quality sensors and the microcontroller;
an external photovoltaic cell mounted within the base, the external photovoltaic cell being exposed through the opening in the base;
a cover attached to the upper face of the base, the cover having an opening defined therein;
the at least one auxiliary harvesting module in communication with the power storage module;
an internal photovoltaic cell mounted on the cover, the internal photovoltaic cell being exposed through the opening in the cover; and
a power management circuit connected to the power storage module, the power management circuit having a plurality of switches configured for selectively controlling communication between the power storage module and the external photovoltaic cell, the internal photovoltaic cell, and the at least one auxiliary harvesting module to charge the power storage module either separately or simultaneously from multiple sources, the internal and the external photovoltaic cells each being in communication with the power storage module for electrical charging thereof, the base being adapted for mounting on a support surface such that the external photovoltaic cell is selectively exposed to light from an external source and the internal photovoltaic cell is selectively exposed to light from an internal source.

US Pat. No. 10,429,360

LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH CONTROL SYSTEM AND LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH CONTROL METHOD

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A liquid chromatograph control method in which a sample is analyzed using a liquid chromatograph provided with a function of switching columns, according to a schedule table in which analysis conditions and execution order of a plurality of analyses are described, the control method comprising the steps of:a) reading out two analysis conditions consecutively executed in the schedule table;
b) comparing columns used in the two read-out analysis conditions;
c) creating an insertion method file to the effect that a flow rate of a mobile phase sent to the column used in later one of the two analyses is increased in stages from a flow rate lower than a target flow rate determined for the later analysis toward the target flow rate, in a case where the compared columns are different from each other; and
d) inserting the insertion method file into immediately before the later analysis in the schedule table.

US Pat. No. 10,429,357

MODEL CREATION METHOD AND DEVICE, AND INSPECTION DEVICE USING THE SAME

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A model creation method executed by a processing device to create a model of an analysis region used in numerical analysis, the method comprising:a step of designating a crystal growth direction for a region including crystallinity having acoustic anisotropy in the analysis region;
a step of selecting partial image data to which the crystallinity of the region is reflected; and
a step of rotating and operating the partial image data along the crystal growth direction; and
a step of creating image data covered in the region designated using the rotated partial image data.

US Pat. No. 10,429,348

DETECTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION METHOD

Nuctech Company Limited, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:a sampling device for collecting a sample to be detected;
a sample pre-processing device configured to pre-process the sample from the sampling device; and
a sample analyzing device for separating the sample pre-processed by the sample pre-processing device and analyzing the separated sample;
wherein the sample pre-processing device comprises:
a piston-type absorber having an absorption cavity that is configured to communicate with the sampling device and is configured to absorb the sample collected by the sampling device;
a piston cylinder defining a piston chamber that is for accommodating the piston-type absorber and is in communication with the absorption cavity;
a thermal desorption chamber that is in communication with the absorption cavity and the piston chamber and is configured to thermally desorb the sample absorbed by the absorption cavity; and
a pump that is in communication with the piston chamber via a conduit and is configured to pump the sample which is leaked into ambient gas into the absorption cavity by a sample collecting structure;
wherein the piston-type absorber is configured to be movable between a sample collecting position where the absorption cavity is located outside the thermal desorption chamber and is in communication with the sample collecting structure so that the sample collected by the sample collecting structure is absorbed, and a sample desorbing position where the absorption cavity is located inside the thermal desorption chamber so that the sample absorbed by the thermal desorption chamber is thermally desorbed.

US Pat. No. 10,429,341

METHOD OF USING INTEGRATED ELECTRO-MICROFLUIDIC PROBE CARD

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method for testing a partially fabricated bio-sensor device wafer, the method comprising:aligning the partially fabricated bio-sensor device wafer on a wafer stage of a wafer-level bio-sensor processing tool;
mounting an integrated electro-microfluidic probe card to a device area on the partially fabricated bio-sensor device wafer, wherein the electro-microfluidic probe card has a first major surface and a second major surface and at least one minor surface between the first and second major surfaces, and the electro-microfluidic probe card comprises a transparent portion;
creating a seal between fluidic probes on the integrated electro-microfluidic probe card and the device area;
electrically connecting one or more electronic probe tips disposed on the first major surface of the integrated electro-microfluidic probe card to conductive areas of the device area;
flowing a test fluid from a fluid supply through the first major surface to the integrated electro-microfluidic probe card; and,
electrically measuring via the one or more electronic probe tips a first electrical property of one or more bio-FETs of the device area based on the test fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,429,338

GAS SENSOR AND GAS CONCENTRATION MEASURING METHOD USING THE SAME

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A mixed-potential type gas sensor for sensing a predetermined gas component in a measurement gas, said sensor comprising a sensor element composed of an oxygen-ion conductive solid electrolyte, said sensor element including:a measurement gas introduction space having an open end at a distal end of said sensor element and extending in a longitudinal direction of said sensor element to an opposite end of said measurement gas introduction space which is opposite to said open end;
a sensing electrode including a cermet of a noble metal and a first oxygen-ion conductive solid electrolyte and provided in said measurement gas introduction space at a position closer to said opposite end of said measurement gas introduction space than said open end;
a reference electrode including a cermet of Pt and a second oxygen-ion conductive solid electrolyte; and
a heater configured to heat said sensor element,whereinsaid gas sensor is configured to determine a concentration of said predetermined gas component based on a potential difference between said sensing electrode and said reference electrode, and
when said gas sensor determines the concentration of said predetermined gas component, said heater heats said sensor element so that a high temperature region exists between said open end and said sensing electrode and a temperature decreases from said high temperature region toward said sensing electrode in the longitudinal direction of said sensor element toward said sensing electrode, said high temperature region having a temperature higher than a temperature of said sensing electrode and higher than a melting point of a predetermined poisoning substance.

US Pat. No. 10,429,333

RELATIVE HUMIDITY SENSOR AND METHOD

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A relative humidity sensor, comprising:a first electrode and a second electrode disposed above a dielectric substrate;
a sensitive layer disposed above at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode, the sensitive layer is formed from a composition including a polyimide and a hydrophobic filler dispersed among the polyimide; and
a dust protection layer disposed above the sensitive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,327

SAMPLE-ANALYZING SYSTEM

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A sample-analyzing system for identifying a target sample from measurement data of the target sample obtained using a plurality of analyzing devices including a fluorescent X-ray analyzer as well as at least one device selected from an infrared spectrophotometer and a Raman spectrophotometer, the system comprising:a) a storage section in which measurement data obtained for each of a plurality of reference objects using each of the analyzing devices are stored;
b) a measurement data comparator for comparing, for each of the analyzing devices, the measurement data of the target sample with the measurement data of the plurality of reference objects and for determining a degree of matching of the target sample with each of the plurality of reference objects;
c) an integrated degree-of-matching calculator for calculating an integrated degree of matching for each of the plurality of reference objects by integrating the degrees of matching determined for the plurality of analyzing devices;
d) a comparison result output section for outputting information concerning a predetermined number of reference objects in descending order of the integrated degree of matching,
e) a scattered radiation intensity ratio calculator for calculating an intensity ratio between Compton scattered radiation and Rayleigh scattered radiation from the measurement data of the target sample obtained using the fluorescent X-ray analyzer; and
f) a coefficient determiner for determining, based on the intensity ratio, a coefficient for weighting degrees of matching related to the fluorescent X-ray analyzer and the infrared spectrophotometer or the Raman spectrophotometer,wherein the integrated degree-of-matching calculator calculates the integrated degree of matching after applying the coefficient to the degrees of matching related to the fluorescent X-ray analyzer and the infrared spectrophotometer or the Raman spectrophotometer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,325

X-RAY SMALL ANGLE OPTICAL SYSTEM

RIGAKU CORPORATION, Akis...

1. An X-ray small angle optical system for use with a sample, comprising:an X-ray source having a microfocus;
a multilayer mirror having an elliptical reflection surface, and being configured to collect X-rays emitted from the X-ray source and to irradiate the sample;
a sample stage configured to support the sample; and
an X-ray detector configured to detect scattered X-rays generated from the sample,
wherein the elliptical reflection surface of the multilayer mirror has a focal point A and a focal point B which are determined by a shape of the elliptical reflection surface,
wherein the X-ray source is arranged such that the microfocus includes the focal point A, and
wherein the X-ray detector is interposed between the sample stage and the focal point B.

US Pat. No. 10,429,319

INSPECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING PARALLEL IMAGING PATHS WITH MULTIPLE AND SELECTABLE SPECTRAL BANDS

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A system for inspecting a sample with multiple wavelengths of illumination, comprising:one or more illumination sources configured to illuminate at least a selected portion of a sample with at least a first wavelength of illumination selectable from a first spectral band and a second wavelength of illumination selectable from a second spectral band, wherein the second wavelength of illumination is different from the first wavelength of illumination, wherein the first wavelength of illumination is reflected, scattered, or radiated by at least a first layer comprised of a first material of the sample and is transmitted by at least a second layer comprised of a second material of the sample, wherein the second wavelength of illumination is reflected, scattered, or radiated by the at least the second layer of the sample;
a first detector including one or more imaging sensors configured to detect illumination reflected, scattered, or radiated along a first imaging path from the selected portion of the sample in response to the first wavelength of illumination;
a second detector including one or more imaging sensors configured to detect illumination reflected, scattered, or radiated along a second imaging path from the selected portion of the sample in response to the second wavelength of illumination; and
a computing system communicatively coupled with the one or more imaging sensors of the first detector and the one or more imaging sensors of the second detector, wherein the computing system is configured to:
receive imaging data from the first detector for a first inspection pass and a second inspection pass;
receive imaging data from the second detector for the first inspection pass and the second inspection pass;
align the imaging data received from the first detector for the first inspection pass and the second inspection pass, wherein the imaging data received from the second detector for the first inspection pass and the second inspection pass is utilized as a reference for the alignment; and
compare the imaging data received from the first detector for the first inspection pass and the second inspection pass to differentiate a portion of the imaging data received from the first detector for the first inspection pass and the second inspection pass that is attributable to nuisance from a portion of the imaging data received from the first detector for the first inspection pass and the second inspection pass that is attributable to a sample defect of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,429,317

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN INTERNAL FLAW OF A TRANSPARENT SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. An optical device for detecting an internal flaw of a transparent substrate, comprising:a first detection unit configured to detect the substrate at a predetermined low resolution, wherein the first detection unit comprises a first photosensitive element and a first lens between the substrate and the first photosensitive element, and the first photosensitive element and the first lens are disposed such that an object plane is inclined relative to the substrate;
a second detection unit configured to detect the substrate at a predetermined high resolution, wherein the second detection unit comprises a second photosensitive element and a second lens between the substrate and the second photosensitive element; and
a processor configured to: determine a portion of the flaws detected by the first detection unit as flaws to be detected by the second detection unit, and determine a type of the flaw based on an image for the substrate imaged by the second detection unit, the processor is further configured to determine a position of the flaw in the substrate in a thickness direction based on a position of a pixel where the flaw is imaged on the first photosensitive element when the image for the flaw imaged by the first detection unit has an optimum sharpness, so as to determine whether the flaw is a flaw to be detected by the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,315

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a stage to position a sample in an object plane and to move the sample in a predetermined transfer direction;
an illumination light source to output an illumination light;
a first diffraction grid positioned at a first conjugate focal plane that is within an illumination optical system, the first diffraction grid configured to transmit the illumination light received from the illumination light source toward a sample on the stage;
a second diffraction grid positioned at a second conjugate focal plane that is within an imaging optical system, the second diffraction grid configured to transmit light reflected from the sample; and
an image sensor to receive the light reflected from the sample transmitted by the second diffraction grid,
wherein the first conjugate focal plane, the second conjugate focal plane and the object plane are elements of the same conjugate set of focal planes of the imaging apparatus, and
wherein the image sensor is configured to operate repetitively at a timing in synchronization with a movement of the stage to obtain a time delay integration image.

US Pat. No. 10,429,314

EUV VESSEL INSPECTION METHOD AND RELATED SYSTEM

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method, comprising:providing a panoramic camera adapted for use within an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) vessel, wherein the panoramic camera includes two opposing fish-eye camera lenses;
capturing, by way of a single shot of the panoramic camera, an image of an interior of the EUV vessel; and
based on the image of the interior of the EUV vessel, quantifying a level of contamination within the EUV vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,429,308

CARRIER FOR RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVE...

1. A carrier for Raman spectroscopy comprising:a substrate having a first metal surface;
a plurality of graphene islands disposed on the substrate,
wherein parts of the neighboring graphene islands are not connected and thereby form a plurality of gaps between the graphene islands; and
a plurality of second metal particles disposed at the gaps between the graphene islands.

US Pat. No. 10,429,301

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INVESTIGATING A SAMPLE BY MEANS OF OPTICAL PROJECTION TOMOGRAPHY

Leica Microsystems CMS Gm...

12. An apparatus for investigating a sample by means of optical projection tomography, the apparatus comprising:a light source that generates an illuminating light bundle that illuminates the sample to be investigated,
a transmission detector for detecting a transmitted light bundle that contains light of the illuminating light bundle transmitted through the sample, and
an objective having an optical axis,
wherein the illuminating light bundle and the transmitted light bundle proceed in opposite propagation directions through the objective, and wherein an illuminating light deflecting means deflects the illuminating light bundle, after the illuminating light bundle has passed through the objective, in such a way that the illuminating light bundle propagates such that a central axis of the illuminating light bundle defining a propagation direction of the illuminating light bundle is at an angle different from zero degrees with respect to the optical axis of the objective.

US Pat. No. 10,429,299

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSKIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for determining a type of a recording medium, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a characteristic value indicating a physical characteristic of a recording medium;
a measurement unit configured to measure information regarding a moisture content contained in the recording medium; and
a control unit configured to determine the type of the recording medium,
wherein the control unit is configured to convert the characteristic value into a detected value, correct the detected value based on the information measured by the measurement unit, and determine the type of the recording medium based on the corrected detected value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,294

OPTICAL PAINTING AND FLUORESCENCE-ACTIVATED SORTING OF ADHERENT CELLS

University of Washington,...

1. A method of optically marking and sorting adherent cells, the method comprising:providing a plurality of adherent cells attached to a substrate, each adherent cell of the plurality of adherent cells comprising an optical marker comprising a chromophoric polymer particle in a first optical state, the optical marker being convertible from the first optical state to a second optical state upon application of light energy, wherein an emission intensity of the optical marker at a peak emission wavelength in the first optical state is at least 10-fold different than an emission intensity of the optical marker at the peak emission wavelength in the second optical state, and wherein the optical marker has a time constant of reversion rate of at least 3 hours at 25° C.;
selectively applying the light energy to a subset of the plurality of adherent cells while attached to the substrate, thereby selectively converting the optical markers of the subset from the first optical state to the second optical state;
detaching the plurality of adherent cells from the substrate; and
sorting the plurality of adherent cells based on the emission intensity of the optical marker.

US Pat. No. 10,429,293

CELL ANALYSIS APPARATUS USING PLURALITY OF LASERS

1. A cell analysis apparatus using a plurality of lasers, the cell analysis apparatus comprising:a plurality of laser generators installed around a flow conduit through which classification target cells are moved, the plurality of laser generators configured to irradiate first laser beams at a plurality of different angles and having a plurality of different frequencies directed to a measurement point along the flow conduit, the first laser beams irradiated from the laser generators are incident on the cells and are refracted, reflected, transmitted, or fluoresced by the target cells in three dimensions, wherein the plurality of laser generators are arranged in a common plane and include a first group of laser generators directing multiple first laser beams along a first axis and a second group of laser generators directing multiple first laser beams along a second axis;
a plurality of photodetectors directed at various different angles towards the measurement point of the flow conduit to which each one of the plurality of laser generators is directed, the plurality of photo detectors include a first group of photodetectors arranged in the common plane with the plurality of laser generators, a second group of photodetectors arranged above the common plane, and a third group of photodetectors arranged below the common plane to collect second laser beams of different frequencies and angles that have been refracted, reflected, transmitted, or fluoresced by the target cells in the common plane, above the common plane, and below the common plane; and
a cell analysis unit that classifies the classification target cells according to the second laser beams collected by the photodetectors.

US Pat. No. 10,429,291

MULTI-SPECTRAL FILTER PROFILING AND QUALITY CONTROL FOR FLOW CYTOMETRY

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

1. A method for determining filtering characteristics for one or more flow cytometry systems including a first flow cytometry system, the method comprising:emitting, at different first times, different spectral profiles of calibration light from a calibration light source installed in the first flow cytometry system, wherein each spectral profile of calibration light has one or more intensity peaks at different wavelengths, and wherein the calibration light source is different than a first sample illumination source of the first flow cytometry system, the first sample illumination source being configured to deliver light to one or more first sample locations of the first flow cytometry system, thereby producing first emitted or scattered sample light;
directing some of the calibration light emitted at the first times along at least a portion of one or more first optical paths of the first flow cytometry system, wherein each first optical path passes through a corresponding one or more first optical filter elements of the first flow cytometry system, and wherein each first optical path directs first emitted or scattered sample light from one of the one or more first sample locations to a corresponding first detector of the first flow cytometry system when the first sample illumination source is caused to deliver light to the one or more first sample locations;
measuring, for each different spectral profile of calibration light emitted at one of the first times, the light intensity at each of the one or more first detectors, wherein each of the one or more first detectors produces first output data that is indicative of the measured light intensity of the calibration light that reaches the first detector; and
analyzing the first output data from one of the one or more first detectors produced during the emission of at least two different spectral profiles of calibration light by the calibration light source in association with the corresponding first times to determine the first filtering characteristics of the first optical filter elements along the first optical path corresponding to that first detector.

US Pat. No. 10,429,290

PARTICULATE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND PARTICULATE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.,...

1. A particulate measurement apparatus for electrical connection to a particulate sensor for detecting particulates contained in a gas under measurement and which controls the particulate sensor so as to measure the amount of the particulates contained in the gas under measurement,wherein the particulate sensor comprises:
an ion generation section for generating ions by means of corona discharge;
an electrification chamber into which the gas under measurement is introduced and which electrifies the particulates contained in the gas under measurement by mixing with the ions generated by the ion generation section to thereby produce electrified particulates;
a trapping section which traps the ions generated by the ion generation section but not used for the electrification of the particulates; and
a metal support which supports the ion generation section, the electrification chamber, and the trapping section in a condition in which the metal support is electrically insulated from the ion generation section, the electrification chamber, and the trapping section,
wherein the particulate measurement apparatus comprises:
an isolation transformer for corona discharge which has a primary coil and a secondary coil and which performs voltage conversion;
a signal line which forms at least a portion of a signal path extending from the trapping section to a line of a secondary-side reference potential which is a reference potential of the secondary coil;
a particulate computation section which computes the amount of the particulates contained in the gas under measurement based on a current value of compensation current supplied to the signal line in accordance with the amount of the electrified particulates discharged from the particulate sensor; and
a corona discharge control section which controls the amount of electric power supplied to the primary coil, based on a secondary-side current flowing through the signal path, so as to control ion electric power generated at the secondary coil,
the particulate measurement apparatus being electrically connected to the particulate sensor through a corona cable which includes a corona core wire, an inner shield wire, and an outer shield wire,
the corona core wire forming at least a portion of a path for supplying electric power from the secondary coil to the ion generation section,
the inner shield wire being electrically insulated from the corona core wire and being electrically connected to the trapping section and the signal line,
the outer shield wire being electrically insulated from the corona core wire and the inner shield wire and being electrically connected to the metal support and a line of a primary-side reference potential which is a reference potential of the primary coil,
wherein the particulate measurement apparatus further comprises an anomaly determination section which determines, based on the secondary-side current, whether or not the corona core wire is in a wire-breakage anomaly state in which the corona core wire is broken.

US Pat. No. 10,429,289

PARTICLE DETECTION

GARRETT THERMAL SYSTEMS L...

1. A method of correcting light scattering measurements made by a particle detection system that emits a beam of light, the method including:providing a light receiver adapted to receive the beam of light at a terminal end thereof;
determining fractional light loss along the beam of light; and
correcting scattering measurements made in respect of a primary light source of the particle detection system on the basis of the determined fractional light loss;
wherein, determining fractional light loss along the beam, includes measuring fractional light loss with the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,429,283

FRUIT TESTING DEVICE

CREATIVE VIEWPOINT MACHIN...

1. A device for measuring a compressibility characteristic of a test object comprising:(a) at least one gravity assisted measuring station comprising:
(i) a riser;
(ii) a sampling arm associated with said riser;
(iii) at least one sensor element associated with said sampling arm;
(iv) a paddle associated with said sensor element;
wherein said sampling arm is attached to said riser in a manner that enables said sampling arm to move vertically upward in synchronicity with an upward movement of said riser;
wherein said sampling arm is attached to said riser in a manner that enables said sampling arm to decouple its downward movement from a downward vertical movement of said riser following an instance of first contact of said sensor element or said paddle with a test object to be measured by said sensor element;
(b) a turntable;
wherein said turntable is rotationally indexable with respect to the position of said measuring station; and
(c) a drive mechanism which operates to index said turntable to a position corresponding to said measuring station and which operates to raise and lower said riser during a measurement operation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,281

MOLD AND MOLDING APPARATUS FOR EMBEDDING BIOLOGICAL SPECIMEN IN A BLOCK AND RELATED METHODS

UC-CARE LTD., Yokneam (I...

1. A molding apparatus for producing a biological tissue embedded in a block of a liquid embedding material, said molding apparatus comprising a mold comprising a compartment configured for containing said liqud embedding material, said compartment having a compartment floor and at least one wall extending upwards from said compartment floor, and wherein said compartment comprises at least one depression extending downwards from said compartment floor, and wherein said at least one depression comprises a depression floor, and wherein said at least one depression is configured for accepting said biological tissue at least partially therein, the molding apparatus further comprising a press configured to press a biological tissue at least partially into said at least one depression, said press comprising a handle for gripping said press, and a foot comprising a non-planar foot surface, said foot being configured to enter at least partially into said at least one depression, thereby said molding apparatus being configured for producing said block of said liquid embedding material having at least one protrusion associated with said at least one depression, wherein said biological tissue is embedded at least partially in said protrusion, wherein the molding apparatus further comprises a cleaning device configured to heat up said press, wherein said cleaning device comprises a cleaning surface wherein said non-planar foot surface is curved, and said cleaning surface has a same curvature as said non-planar foot surface thereby fitting in shape, at least partially, to said non-planar foot surface of said press.

US Pat. No. 10,429,280

METHODS FOR HEATING MICROSCOPE SLIDES CARRYING SPECIMENS

Ventana Medical Systems, ...

1. A method for processing microscope slides carrying specimens, the method comprising:robotically delivering the microscope slides to a drying station, the microscope slides carrying transfer liquid and the specimens, which include tissue sections;
moving the microscope slides within the drying station such that the microscopic slides are positioned at an angle of inclination to promote draining of the transfer liquid from the microscope slides;
heating the microscope slides held at the angle of inclination such that a temperature along each of the microscope slides is higher than about 50 degrees Celsius to at least partially dry specimens carried by the microscope slides;
after at least partially drying the specimens,
robotically delivering the microscope slides from the drying station to a staining station;
delivering stains onto the microscope slides, carrying the at least partially dried specimens, using the staining station;
robotically transporting the microscope slides from the staining station to a cover-slipping station; and
robotically placing coverslips on the microscope slides using the cover-slipping station.

US Pat. No. 10,429,273

DEVICE FOR MEASURING TIRE GROUND STATE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A device for measuring a tire ground state comprising:a traveling surface;
a tire drive unit which grounds a tire on the traveling surface and rolls the tire;
a measuring sheet which is mounted to a partial area of the traveling surface and is provided for measuring the tire ground state;
a protection sheet which covers the measuring sheet; and
a backward and forward tensile force application mechanism which applies a tensile force along a tire forward traveling direction to the protection sheet,
wherein a space conducting the protection sheet to a portion below the traveling surface is formed in at least one of a delay side and an advance side of the measuring sheet in the tire forward traveling direction on the traveling surface, and
wherein the backward and forward tensile force application mechanism has a roller which is arranged within the space, and is structured such as to pull at least one end of the protection sheet fixed to the roller in the tire forward traveling direction from the below of the traveling surface by rotating the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,429,272

COMMAND-DRIVEN AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC MOBILE WEAR DETECTION

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a mobile device, first data associated with a part and indicative of a directive for the mobile device to provide an instruction for the mobile device to be situated in a specified position;
responsive to a determination, by the mobile device, that the mobile device is situated in the specified position, receiving, by a camera of the mobile device, visual data associated with the part;
receiving, by the mobile device, second data indicative of a directive for the mobile device to process the visual data;
determining, by the mobile device, a wear metric associated with the part, the wear metric based, at least, on the processed visual data;
identifying a user type of a user of the mobile device;
displaying the wear metric on the mobile device in a format selected based on the user type;
determining from inertial measurement unit (IMU) data of the mobile device, an amount of movement of the mobile device that the mobile device experienced during receiving the visual data associated with the part via the camera; and
outputting a confidence metric with the wear metric based on the amount of movement, the confidence metric indicative of confidence that the wear metric is accurate based on the amount of movement of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,271

CAMERA TESTING USING REVERSE PROJECTION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A computer-implemented method for computing a modulation transfer function or spatial frequency response of an imaging system, the method comprising:on a computing device, receiving a digital test image captured via the imaging system, the digital test image having a plurality of pixels;
determining a region of interest in the digital test image;
fitting a boundary delineation to a boundary between a light segment and a dark segment of the region of interest, the boundary delineation being non-parallel relative to an edge of the digital test image;
generating a plurality of accumulation cells running along an accumulation line perpendicular to the boundary delineation, the plurality of accumulation cells collectively comprising a one-dimensional accumulation array;
loading each accumulation cell of the one-dimensional accumulation array with an accumulated pixel value, the accumulated pixel value being based on pixel values sampled from each of a plurality of sampling locations along a projection ray extending through the accumulation cell and through the region of interest, such that each projection ray is parallel to the boundary delineation and non-parallel relative to the edge of the digital test image; and
deriving the modulation transfer function or the spatial frequency response of the imaging system from the one-dimensional accumulation array.

US Pat. No. 10,429,270

WIND TUNNEL FOR HUMAN FLIGHT

Inclined Labs AB, Bromma...

1. A wind tunnel for stable sustained human flight for research or recreation, comprising:a tunnel comprising a first portion having a first central axis and a second portion having a second central axis wherein the second portion is a test section, allowing humans to achieve sustained gliding flight therein,
said first central axis and said second central axis being arranged at a first angle with respect to each other,
at least one fan for creating an air flow in the test section, and
said second central axis is at a second angle with respect to a horizontal plane, said second angle being 15°-60°.

US Pat. No. 10,429,261

PRESSURE SENSOR DEVICE FOR UTILITY NETWORK

1. A pressure sensor device arranged for measuring a pressure in a fluid pipe system, the device comprising:a measurement system comprising a pressure sensor arranged for performing measurements of pressure at a position in the fluid pipe system;
a data processing unit arranged for processing data related to the measurements of pressure so as to determine at least one first statistical parameter selected from:
a second statistical moment,
a third statistical moment, or
a fourth statistical moment;
wherein the at least one first statistical parameter is calculated in response to a plurality of measurements of pressure as a measure of pressure transients in the fluid pipe system; and
a communication module arranged for transmitting data packets representing the at least one first statistical parameter to an associated receiver,
wherein the measurement system is arranged for performing the plurality of measurements of pressure according to a predefined measurement time sequence so that pressure is measured at a plurality of measurement times within a measurement time window, which is randomly spaced in time.

US Pat. No. 10,429,260

TIRE PRESSURE SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

ALLIGATOR VENTILFABRIK GM...

1. A tyre pressure sensing device for detecting a tyre pressure in a pneumatic tyre, comprising:a housing, comprising at least a contact surface for setting on a rim carrying the pneumatic tyre and containing a pressure sensor;
a retainer fastenable to the rim, carrying the housing; and
a spring element connected to the retainer and connected to the housing; whereby the spring element is embedded partially into the housing and the housing in the area in which the spring element is embedded, comprises at least one opening into the housing partially or completely sealed by a soft component, which surrounds the spring element partially, the soft component having a reduced hardness and higher elasticity than the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,259

PRESSURE SENSOR FOR MEASURING A PRESSURE OF A FLUID MEDIUM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pressure sensor for measuring a pressure of a fluid medium in a measuring chamber, comprising:a sensor housing;
a first pressure-sensor module for measuring at least one first pressure of the medium in a first measuring chamber; and
a second pressure-sensor module for measuring at least one second pressure of the medium in a second measuring chamber, the first pressure-sensor module and the second pressure-sensor module being situated inside the sensor housing;
at least one first pressure connection designed to be connected to the first measuring chamber; and
at least one second pressure connection designed to be connected to the second measuring chamber, wherein the first pressure connection differs from the second pressure connection,
wherein the second pressure-sensor module is designed to measure a third pressure of the medium in a third measuring chamber, and the pressure sensor further comprises:
a third pressure connection designed to be connected to the third measuring chamber, wherein the third pressure connection differs from the first pressure connection and the second pressure connection,
wherein each of the first pressure-sensor module and the second-pressure sensor module include a pressure sensor element in the form of a sensor diaphragm developed as a measuring bridge having at least one piezoresistive element or other sensitive elements and being connected to an evaluation and/or control circuit which is situated respectively on a circuit carrier developed as a circuit board,
wherein the sensor housing has a first housing chamber in which the first pressure prevails, a second housing chamber in which the second pressure prevails, and a third housing chamber in which the third pressure prevails, and the first housing chamber, the second housing chamber, and the third housing chamber are separated from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,429,256

MECHANISMS OF LOCAL STRESS SENSING IN MULTIFUNCTIONAL POLYMER FILMS USING FLUORESCENT TETRAPOD NANOCRYSTALS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A nanocomposite comprising:a polymer film comprising a polymer; and
a plurality of fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals disposed in the polymer film, the fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals comprising tetrapod quantum dots (tQDs), the plurality of fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals forming aggregates, and a volume ratio of the tQDs to the polymer defined by a tQD aggregate fill fraction or a packing density in the aggregates being approximately 40%-50%±5% for a compression-sensing nanocomposite and 20%-30%±2% for a tension-sensing nanocomposite.

US Pat. No. 10,429,255

PIEZOELECTRIC SENSOR AND DETECTING DEVICE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A piezoelectric sensor fixed to a detection object and detecting distortion of the detection object, the piezoelectric sensor comprising:a piezoelectric body that includes first and second principal surfaces and that extends in a lengthwise direction, a polarization axis direction of the piezoelectric body being parallel or substantially parallel to the lengthwise direction;
first and second detecting electrodes that are provided on a surface of the piezoelectric body and that extend in a direction parallel or substantially parallel to the lengthwise direction; and
a third electrode that is not connected to outside; wherein
the distortion of the detection object is detected based on electric output corresponding to shear stress applied to the piezoelectric body;
the third electrode is provided on the first principal surface of the piezoelectric body; and
the first and second detecting electrodes are provided on the second principal surface of the piezoelectric body to face each other with a gap interposed therebetween, and are provided with facing portions in which the first and second detecting electrodes face the third electrode in a thickness direction of the piezoelectric body.

US Pat. No. 10,429,249

THERMOCOUPLE TRANSITION BODY APPARATUS

Cleveland Electric Labora...

1. A thermocouple transition body apparatus comprising:a transition body, having at least one recess, a thermocouple conductor, and an extension wire conductor; wherein the transition body is formed of a non-conductive composite material;
a positive electrical terminal having at least one female thread for receiving a first screw;
a negative electrical terminal having at least one female thread for receiving a second screw; and,
at least one cap; wherein the at least one cap is formed of a non-conductive composite material;
wherein the positive and negative electrical terminals and corresponding first and second screws provide an electrical and mechanical connection from the thermocouple conductor to the extension wire conductors, and;
wherein the connection provided by the positive and negative electrical terminals from the thermocouple conductor to the extension wire conductor are configured without the use of epoxy or crimping;
wherein the transition body, positive electrical terminal, negative electrical terminal, and at least one cap are configured to attach to a hard line sheath and flexible extension wires;
wherein the positive electrical terminal and negative electrical terminal further comprise an alloy material, the positive electrical terminal has a first and second female thread for receiving corresponding screws, and the negative electrical terminal has a first and second female thread for receiving corresponding screws;
wherein the transition body further comprises:
tracks; and either:
female snap locks; or
at least one transition body hole operable to accept at least one locking pin; and,
wherein the at least one cap further comprises:
slides; wherein the slides correspond to the tracks on the transition body; and either:
male snap teeth; wherein the male snap teeth are operable to interlock with the female snap locks on the transition body thereby locking the at least one cap in a closed position; or
a cap hole operable to accept the at least one locking pin; wherein the position of the cap hole aligns with the at least one transition body hole when the at least one cap is in a closed position, wherein the alignment of the holes allows insertion of the at least one locking pin through both holes thereby locking the at least one cap in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,429,248

TEMPERATURE SENSOR

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A temperature sensor for measuring a temperature of a reference material, the temperature sensor comprising:a thermocouple configured to generate a signal that indicates the temperature of the reference material;
a spring coupled to the thermocouple;
a spring housing including a washer; and
a pin that is configured to retain the washer within the spring housing,
wherein the spring and the thermocouple are positioned within the spring housing,
wherein the spring housing is configured to attach to the reference material, and
wherein the spring is configured to apply a force to the thermocouple in a direction towards the reference material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,245

RANDOM WAVELENGTH METER

UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE U...

1. A stabilization system for stabilizing an output of a controllable light or laser source, the stabilization system comprising:a randomizer for randomizing light output from the controllable light or laser source to generate a speckle pattern;
a detector for detecting the speckle pattern;
a processor or analyzer for analyzing the detected speckle pattern to determine one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light source or laser source and incident on the randomizer or to determine changes in the one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light or laser source and incident on the randomizer; and
a controller for controlling the controllable light or laser source based on the determined one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light or laser source and incident on the randomizer or based on the determined changes in the one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light or laser source and incident on the randomizer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,238

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT METHOD AND OPTICAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Otsuka Electronics Co., L...

1. An optical measurement method using a detector having a detection sensitivity to at least a near-infrared region, a first time range of exposure in which an output value from the detector is proportional to an intensity of light incident on the detector, and a second time range of exposure in which the output value from the detector is not proportional to the intensity of the light incident on the detector being obtained in advance, the optical measurement method comprising:obtaining the output value by measuring a light sample with an exposure time length with the detector, the exposure time length including a first exposure time length within the first time range and a second exposure time length within the second time range;
correcting the output value with an amount of correction corresponding to the output value, when the second exposure time length with which the output value is obtained is within the second time range,
the amount of correction comprising a product of a coefficient and a square of the second exposure time length, the coefficient indicating a degree to which the output value obtained when the light sample is measured with the detector with the second exposure time length within the second time range deviates from output linearity obtained when the light sample is measured with the detector at the first exposure time length within the first time range, the coefficient being determined based on the output value, the exposure time length with which the output value is obtained, and a correction coefficient,
obtaining a plurality of output values by measuring a light sample having a prescribed light intensity at a plurality of exposure time lengths with the detector, the plurality of exposure time lengths comprising one first exposure time length within the first time range and a plurality of second exposure time lengths within the second time range;
determining a set of the coefficients that define an approximate equation for the obtained plurality of output values;
varying the intensity of the light incident on the detector, and repeating the step of obtaining the plurality of output values and the step of determining the set of the coefficients; and
determining the correction coefficient by regression analysis of the obtained sets of the coefficients for the respective light intensities.

US Pat. No. 10,429,235

OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR SYSTEM FOR STRAIN DETECTION

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical fiber sensor system, comprising:a light source that outputs measurement light;
a modulation unit that includes a looped optical path and a coil around which the optical path is wound, and modulates light passing through the optical path using stress applied to the coil;
an optical coupler that is optically coupled to the light source and both ends of the optical path, receives the measurement light, causes the measurement light to branch into first light and second light of which polarization states are different from that of the measurement light, outputs the first light from the one end of the optical path to the other end, outputs the second light from the other end of the optical path to the one end, combines the first light input to the other end with the second light input to one end, and outputs interference light;
a polarization separator that separates the interference light into a first component and a second component of which polarization states are orthogonal to each other and outputs the first component and the second component;
a first polarization controller optically coupled to the polarization separator; and
a first detection unit that includes a first optical detector that is optically coupled to the polarization separator and receives the first component output from the polarization separator, and converts the first component input to the first optical detector into a first electrical signal,
wherein the first polarization controller controls a polarization state of light input to the polarization separator so that the first electrical signal exhibits a first-order response to the stress.

US Pat. No. 10,429,233

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
an acoustic wave detecting unit configured to detect a photoacoustic wave generated in an object in response to irradiation with the light and output an electric signal in response to detection of the acoustic wave; and
an arithmetic unit configured to generate photoacoustic signal data based on the electric signal and generate image data based on the photoacoustic signal data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to:
cause a display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user,
perform image reconstruction processing specified by the user on the photoacoustic signal data configured to generate the image data; and
cause the display unit to display an image based on the image data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to cause the display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing including a time-domain image reconstruction processing, a Fourier-domain image reconstruction processing and a model base image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user, and to display a state of progress in the corresponding image reconstruction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,231

FLOWMETER TEST SYSTEM AND FLOWMETER TEST METHOD

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A flowmeter test system that tests a test target flowmeter by flowing fluid through the test target flowmeter and measuring the fluid having flowed through the test target flowmeter by a measurement part different from the test target flowmeter, the flowmeter test system comprising:a storage part, including a main storage part and a sub-storage part, configured to store fluid;
a distribution flow path, including a circulation path configured to circulate the fluid between the main storage part and the test target flowmeter and a sub-storage part introduction path configured to be connected to the circulation path and introduce the fluid into the sub-storage part, configured to distribute the fluid between the storage part and the test target flowmeter;
a measurement part introduction path configured to be connected to the distribution flow path and introduce the fluid into the measurement part; and
a flow switching part configured to switch between the circulation path, the distribution flow path, the measurement part introduction path, and the sub-storage part introduction path, wherein
a pressure loss in a flow path from the flow path switching part to the storage part and a pressure loss in a flow path from the flow path switching part to the measurement part are the same.

US Pat. No. 10,429,230

SMALL FLOW CAPACITY DISPLACEMENT PROVER FOR PROVING FLOW METER WITH LARGE FLOW CAPACITY

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method for verifying the accuracy of a first custody meter having a first custody flow capacity with a displacement prover having a prover flow capacity, the method including:providing a first master flow meter and a second master flow meter, the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter each being arranged in series with the first custody meter and the first master flow meter being arranged in parallel with the second master flow meter;
providing the displacement prover in series with the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter, wherein the prover flow capacity is less than the first custody flow capacity;
diverting a fluid flow through the first custody meter so that a portion of the fluid flow passes through each of the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter;
proving each of the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter individually with the displacement prover; and
proving the first custody meter with both of the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,429,220

MAGNETO-INDUCTIVE FLOW MEASURING DEVICE

1. A magneto-inductive flow measuring device, comprising:a measuring tube;
on which a magnet system and two or more measuring electrodes are arranged and/or secured, wherein:
said measuring tube has inlet and outlet regions with a first cross section;
said measuring tube has a middle segment located between said inlet and outlet regions and having a second cross section;
said measuring electrodes are arranged in said middle segment of said measuring tube;
said measuring tube is a plastic measuring tube;
said middle segment at least in the region of said measuring electrodes is surrounded by a tube holder, which guards against cross-sectional deformation of said second cross section; and
said tube holder is composed of at least two plates, which are connected with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,429,210

BIREFRINGENCE DEFORMATION SENSING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER TO INSTRUCT THE FUNCTION OF A TRANSMITTER AND A RECEIVER

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A deformation sensing apparatus comprising:a propagation channel that is deformable;
a transmitter coupled to a first end of the propagation channel;
a receiver coupled to a second end of the propagation channel; and
a controller configured to instruct the transmitter to transmit a signal, instruct the receiver to capture one or more measurements of the transmitted signal, and determine a bend in the propagation channel based on the one or more measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,429,209

POSITION DETERMINING UNIT

TDK-Micronas GmbH, Freib...

1. A position determining unit comprising:a current measuring unit;
a plurality of sensor units arranged at predetermined intervals on positions along a path; and
a transducer being movable along the path, the transducer having a first end and a length extending from the first end in parallel to the path, the transducer being formed of a ferromagnetic material,
wherein each sensor unit comprises a carrier, a first supply voltage connection, a second supply voltage connection, a measuring unit with a switching output, and a bias magnet,
wherein the measuring unit has at least one magnetic field sensor to provide a sensor signal as a function of a measuring signal of the at least one magnetic field sensor, the measuring unit being arranged with a lower side on a top side of the carrier,
wherein the bias magnet has a first pole and a second pole,
wherein the switching output is switched into an On-state or an Off-state as a function of the sensor signal exceeding or falling below a threshold value,
wherein the first supply voltage connection of each sensor unit is connected to a supply voltage, when each sensor unit is switched on by the switching output, the supply voltage flows to the sensor unit switched on,
wherein a first sensor unit is arranged at a beginning of the path,
wherein a last sensor unit is arranged at one end of the path opposite the beginning of the path,
wherein the second supply voltage connection of the first sensor unit is connected to a reference potential, and the first sensor unit has a power consumption,
wherein the second supply voltage connection of each further sensor is connected to the switching output of a preceding sensor unit, and the respective further sensor unit is switched on or off via the switching output of the preceding sensor unit, and the respective further sensor unit has a power consumption in the switched-on state,
wherein the current measuring unit is arranged before the first supply voltage connection of the first sensor unit or before the second supply voltage connection of the first sensor unit,
wherein the power consumption of all switched-on sensor units contribute to an aggregate current measured via the current measuring unit, and
wherein the aggregate current is a multiple of the power consumption of all switched-on sensor units and is proportional to a position of the first end of the transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,207

PITCH ANGULAR VELOCITY CORRECTION VALUE CALCULATION DEVICE, ATTITUDE ANGLE CALCULATION DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING PITCH ANGULAR VELOCITY CORRECTION VALUE

JVC KENWOOD Corporation, ...

1. A pitch angular velocity correction value calculation device comprising:a speed sensor that detects a speed of an object;
a triaxial acceleration sensor that detects an acceleration of the object;
a triaxial gyro sensor that detects at least a pitch angular velocity of the object;
a storage device that stores computer executable instructions and an offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity; and
a processor that executes the computer executable instructions to perform operations, comprising:
calculating a tilt angle ? of the object based on the detected speed and the detected acceleration with an equation

wherein G is gravitational acceleration, A1 is a differential value of the speed in a direction of an inclined road surface R detected by the speed sensor and A2 is the acceleration in the direction of the inclined road surface R detected by the triaxial acceleration sensor;
storing the calculated tilt angle of the object in the storage device;
determining a pitch angle ? of the object based on the pitch angular velocity and the offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity with an equation
q1=n1 sin ?/2
q2=n2 sin ?/2
q3=n3 sin ?/2
q4=cos ?/2
q12+q22+q32+q42=|q2|+q42=1  (3)
?1=2(q1q4+q2q3?q3q2?q4q1)
?2=2(q2q4+q3q1?q1q3?q4q2)
?3=2(q3q4+q1q3?q2q1?q4q3)  (9)


wherein q1, q2, q3, and q4 are quaternions, n1, n2, and n3 are unit vectors, ? is an pitch angular velocity, and q is a time differential of q in an object coordinate system;
modifying the offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity ? based on the current pitch angle ? calculated using the current correction value of the pitch angular velocity, the current tilt angle ? calculated, the previous pitch angle ? calculated in the past and stored in the storage device using the current correction value of the pitch angular velocity, and the previous tilt angle ? calculated at a time of calculating the previous correction value of the pitch angular velocity ? such that with respect to a difference between the calculated pitch angle ? and the calculated corresponding tilt angle ?, a correction value of the pitch angular velocity ? is modified so that an amount of a difference value between the current difference and the past difference becomes zero; and
correcting the pitch angle based on the detected pitch angular velocity and the modified offset correction value of the pitch angular velocity and to output the corrected pitch angle.

US Pat. No. 10,429,194

HIGH DEFINITION MAP UPDATES WITH VEHICLE DATA LOAD BALANCING

DeepMap Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method of a server comprising:sending, by an online system to a plurality of autonomous vehicles, a high definition map for a geographical region, wherein each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles requested the high definition map for a geographical region for driving on a route through the geographical region;
determining for each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles, an upload rate based on a frequency at which the autonomous vehicle uploads data collected via one or more sensors of the autonomous vehicle to the online system, the upload rate comprising a rate of data uploaded per time period;
ranking the plurality of autonomous vehicles based on an upload rate of each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles to balance burden of uploading data collected via the sensors across the autonomous vehicles, wherein autonomous vehicles with lower upload rates are ranked higher than autonomous vehicles with higher upload rates;
identifying autonomous vehicles of the plurality of autonomous vehicles with routes passing through a particular location about which the online system is requesting an upload of data from autonomous vehicle sensors;
selecting an identified autonomous vehicle based on the ranking;
sending to the selected autonomous vehicle a request for additional data about the particular location, wherein the additional data is based on sensor data captured by the selected autonomous vehicle;
receiving, from the selected autonomous vehicle, additional data about the particular location;
updating the high definition map for the geographical region using the additional data received from the selected autonomous vehicle; and
sending, to one or more autonomous vehicles driving on a route including the particular location, the updated high definition map.

US Pat. No. 10,429,192

GENERATING TRAIL NETWORK MAPS

Strava, Inc., San Franci...

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, wherein the memory is configured to provide the processor with instructions which when executed cause the processor to:
receive a plurality of GPS recorded activities associated with a geographic area;
determine a plurality of tiles associated with the geographic area;
determine respective activity types and respective equipment types of one or more GPS recorded activities that intersect a tile of the plurality of tiles, wherein to determine the respective activity types and the equipment types for the one or more GPS recorded activities that intersect the tile of the plurality of tiles includes:
for each of at least a subset of the plurality of tiles, determining cycling activity data that intersects that tile;
for each tile of the at least subset of the plurality of tiles, determining a portion of the cycling activity data that intersects that tile that is associated with mountain bike frames; and
for each tile of the at least a subset of the plurality of tiles, determining whether that tile is associated with a trail network based in part on the portion of the cycling activity data that intersects that tile that is associated with mountain bike frames;
determine a trail network region within the geographic area based in part on the respective activity types and the respective equipment types of the one or more GPS recorded activities that intersect the tile of the plurality of tiles;
identify a subset of the plurality of GPS recorded activities that is associated with the trail network region; and
generate a trail network map corresponding to the trail network region based in part on the subset of the plurality of GPS recorded activities.

US Pat. No. 10,429,180

VERSINE TROLLEY-TYPE EQUIPMENT FOR INSPECTING TRACK IRREGULARITY

KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH I...

1. A versine trolley-type equipment for inspecting track irregularity, which is capable of simultaneously measuring a height difference and direction misalignment of left and right rails, comprising:versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) on which front and rear trolley wheels (120a to 120d) are mounted, and hung on the left and right rails to move along the left and right rails for a versine inspection;
first and second vertical measurement wheels (130a and 130b) installed at outer side surfaces of the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) so as to be able to detect a height difference of each of the left and right rails;
first and second height difference sensors (140a and 140b) respectively engaged with the first and second vertical measurement wheels (130a and 130b) to detect the height difference of each of the left and right rails;
first and second direction misalignment sensors (150a and 150b) respectively installed at inner side surfaces of the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) to detect a direction misalignment of each of the left and right rails;
horizontal measurement wheels (210a and 210b) respectively connected to the first and second direction misalignment sensors (150a and 150b) and interposed at inner lower portions between the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) so as to allow the first and second direction misalignment sensors (150a and 150b) to detect the direction misalignment; and
a horizontal connection frame (200) interposed between the versine left and right measurement frames (110a and 110b) and configured to connect the versine left measurement frame (110a) to the right measurement frame (110b).

US Pat. No. 10,429,179

STYLUS HOLDER

CARL ZEISS 3D AUTOMATION ...

1. A stylus holder for a stylus, the stylus including a measuring machine adapter, a shaft, and a sensing end, the stylus holder comprising:a body which is configured to receive the stylus and has a movable securing element thereon, wherein the body has a base plate configured to receive the measuring machine adapter, and wherein the securing element has abutment surfaces which are movable relative to a plane of the base plate into a securing position resting on the measuring machine adapter provided in the body, and interaction areas for at least one of: (i) releasing the securing position of the abutment surfaces resting on the measuring machine adapter via the interaction areas, and (ii) ensuring the securing position by means of a hood or a carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,429,173

DETERMINING MOVING PROPERTIES OF A TARGET IN AN EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT SOURCE

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An apparatus comprising:a diagnostic system configured to diagnostically interact with a current target moving toward a target space prior to the current target entering the target space, the target space being within a chamber and positioned to receive a plurality of radiation pulses, each radiation pulse capable of interacting with a target in the target space to cause at least part of that target to be converted into plasma that emits light;
a diagnostic detection module configured to detect light that is produced from an interaction between the diagnostic system and the current target prior to the current target entering the target space and after an immediately preceding target has interacted with a prior radiation pulse in the target space, wherein the diagnostic detection module includes two or more detection apparatuses; and
a control system in communication with the diagnostic detection module and configured to:
receive output from the diagnostic detection module;
analyze the received output; and
determine one or more moving properties of the current target based on the analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,429,170

HIGH-SENSITIVE SWEPT-SOURCE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

1. A system, comprising:a light source configured to provide a plurality of electro-magnetic radiations to at least one of at least one sample or at least one reference structure;
a beam splitter configured to combine the at least one first radiation and the at least one second radiation, wherein at least one portion of the at least one second radiation is provided in an invisible spectrum;
at least one first non-linear optical crystal structure configured to upconvert one of the at least one first radiation or the at least one second radiation;
at one second non-linear optical crystal structure configured to upconvert another one of the at least one first radiation or the at least one second radiation; and
a detector configured to receive the unconverted at least one first and second radiations.

US Pat. No. 10,429,169

PHYSICAL PARAMETER ESTIMATING METHOD THAT DETERMINES A MATCHED ORDER OF AN INTENSITY DISTRIBUTION SIGNAL ACCORDING TO CALCULATED MAGNITUDE SPECTRUMS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Beijing Institute of Tech...

1. A physical parameter estimating method, comprising:reading a Newton's rings fringe pattern obtained by performing an interferometric measurement on a unit to be measured, the interferometric measurement including irradiating the unit to be measured with light;
calculating a magnitude spectrum of an intensity distribution signal of at least one first-direction pixel set in the Newton's rings fringe pattern under each fractional Fourier transform (FRFT) order in a searching range of FRFT orders, the first-direction pixel set including a line of pixels in a first direction, the first direction being one of a row direction and a column direction of the Newton's rings fringe pattern;
determining a matched order of the intensity distribution signal according to the calculated magnitude spectrums; and
estimating a physical parameter involved in the interferometric measurement according to at least the matched order.

US Pat. No. 10,429,163

RULER ASSEMBLY WITH MULTIPLE SCALES

1. A ruler assembly with multiple scales comprising:a ruler being an oblong plate with a top surface and a bottom surface and four lateral sides between the top surface and the bottom surface; at least two lateral sides of the top and bottom surfaces being formed with scales; and
an oblong hole penetrated through the ruler; at least one side of the oblong hole being formed with scales.

US Pat. No. 10,429,152

FIBER REINFORCED PLASTIC DOOR WITH POLYCARBONATE BALLISTIC CORE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

AADG, INC., Milan, TN (U...

1. A structural panel which may be used as a door comprising:a shell having spaced first and second FRP exterior panels and separate frame members adjacent edges of the panels;
at least one polymeric sheet between the first and second exterior panels, the at least one polymeric sheet being made of a thermoplastic material and having a plurality of openings through a thickness thereof, the openings being spaced apart by wall portions of the polymeric sheet; and
at least one blast- or ballistic-resistant core layer adjacent and in contact with the at least one polymeric sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,151

RECAPTURE OF REMOTELY-TRACKED COMMAND GUIDED VEHICLE INTO THE TRACKER'S FIELD-OF-VIEW

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

16. A remotely tracked command guided missile system, comprising:a missile including a motor and a plurality of actuators configured to maneuver the missile in first and second mutually orthogonal directions in a projectile coordinate system; and
a missile launcher comprising,
a platform for launching the missile,
a sight for placement of cross-hairs on a target;
a sensor having a tracker field of view (FOV) that includes the cross-hairs;
a communication link between the missile launcher and the missile;
a guidance computer including
a signal processor coupled to the sensor and configured to set a track valid flag if the missile is detected in the FOV and to generate a measured missile position in the FOV,
a first summing node configured to form a difference of the measured missile position and a desired missile position in the FOV as an error signal,
a controller configured to generate a new nominal actuator command based on the error signal if the track valid flag is true and hold a last valid nominal actuator command to place the missile on a straight-line path from a last known position of the missile towards the desired missile position in the FOV if the track valid flag is false;
a recapture module implemented by the signal processor configured to generate a delta actuator command including an orthogonal component orthogonal to the straight-line path as a next sample of a time-based alternating signal; and
a second summing node configured to sum the nominal actuator command and the delta actuator command to form a total actuator command; and
a transmitter configured to transmit the total actuator command from the missile launcher over the communication link to the missile in flight to the control surface actuator to control the plurality of actuators to command guide the missile to maneuver in the first and second orthogonal directions back and forth across the straight-line path to increase an area of missile motion relative to the tracker's FOV until the signal processor determines that the missile re-enters the tracker's FOV and valid track is re-established setting the track valid flag to true or track is lost setting the track valid flag to false.

US Pat. No. 10,429,141

COOLING TOWER FILL STRUCTURES

1. A splash bar for use in a cooling tower, comprising:a bottom portion having first and second edges and configured to be supported by horizontal hanger support members of a splash bar hanger grid along a width between the first and second edges;
a top portion having first and second edges and being arranged substantially parallel with the bottom portion;
a first side portion extending from the first edge of the bottom portion to the first edge of the top portion;
a second side portion extending from the second edge of the bottom portion to the second edge of the top portion;
wherein the first and second edges of the top portion are closer to one another than the first and second edges of the bottom portion; and
a plurality of openings formed through each of the bottom portion, the top portion, the first side portion and the second side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,139

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH A GLASS BODY

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

20. A heat exchanger for separating a hot end and a cold end of a cryogenic cooler, the heat exchanger comprising:a glass body having a first flat face and a second flat face on opposing ends and defining a longitudinal axis between the opposing ends, the glass body including:
a single, exterior, cylindrically-shaped surface continuously extending from the first flat face to the second flat face;
an interior surface surrounding a central aperture, the central aperture extending longitudinally from the first flat face to the second flat face, the interior surface being a single cylindrically-shaped surface that continuously extends from the first flat face to the second flat face; and
a plurality of holes surrounding the central aperture, the plurality of holes disposed within the glass body and extending longitudinally from the first flat face to the second flat face, the plurality of holes in the glass body including more than two holes, a length of each hole being greater than a diameter of that hole, an opening of each hole being circularly shaped,
wherein the glass body has an annular cross-section around the central aperture,
wherein the central aperture includes an opening on the first flat face that is configured to receive at least a portion of the cryogenic cooler,
wherein the holes are configured to receive and direct a gas through the holes to exchange heat between the gas and the glass body,
wherein the exterior and interior surfaces are solid surfaces that do not permit flow of the gas therebetween in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the glass body, and
wherein the heat exchanger is configured so that the gas flows between the hot end and the cold end through the plurality of holes in the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,429,138

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO GENERATE OSCILLATING FLUID FLOWS IN HEAT EXCHANGERS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A fluid flow apparatus comprising:a repeating pattern of fins arranged in rows, wherein fins of each row are separated from one another by channels, the fins having respective sub-channels extending therethrough to facilitate oscillation of fluid moving through the channels, wherein each of the sub-channels defines a sub-channel inlet and a sub-channel outlet of a respective fin of the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,429,137

HEAT SINK

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A heat sink comprising:a heat sink body made of a metal material which includes a plurality of heat radiating fins having a flat plate shape, the plurality of heat radiating fins being arranged parallel to each other on one surface side of a base having a flat plate shape at intervals in a direction along a surface of the base;
a bridge member made of a metal material which has a plurality of grooves parallel to each other, the plurality of grooves being formed at a pitch equal to an arrangement pitch of the plurality of heat radiating fins of the heat sink body, and the plurality of grooves accommodating distal ends of the respective heat radiating fins in a press-fitted state;
wherein the heat sink body includes a side plate extending parallel to the plurality of heat radiating fins from the base at both ends of the heat sink body in an arrangement direction of the plurality of heat radiating fins;
wherein the heat sink has a stepped portion on an inner side of a distal end of the side plate, the stepped portion accommodating an end edge of the bridge member; and
an upper surface of the bridge member is recessed from the surface of an upper end of the side plate in an extension direction of the side plate when the bridge member is mounted on the heat sink body by making the distal ends of the plurality of heat radiating fins press-fitted in the plurality of grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,429,133

HEAT EXCHANGER ELEMENT WITH THERMAL EXPANSION FEATURE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

11. A method of manufacturing a combination heat exchanger, the method comprising the steps of:providing a plurality of components of the combination heat exchanger, the plurality of components including a first end tank, a second end tank, a third end tank, a fourth end tank, a plurality of first heat exchanger tubes, a plurality of second heat exchanger tubes, and a first coupling including a first attachment portion, a second attachment portion, and a thermal expansion portion extending between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion;
locating the plurality of the components relative to each other, the locating including locating the first plurality of the first heat exchanger tubes to extend in a first direction between the first end tank and the second end tank, locating the plurality of the second heat exchanger tubes to extend in the first direction between the third end tank and the fourth end tank, locating the first end tank, the second end tank, the third end tank, and the fourth end tank to extend longitudinally in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction with the first end tank and the third end tank aligned longitudinally in the second direction and the second end tank and the fourth end tank aligned longitudinally in the second direction, locating the first attachment portion adjacent the first end tank, and locating the second attachment portion adjacent the third end tank, wherein the plurality of first heat exchanger tubes and the plurality of second heat exchangers are located to be arranged co-planar on a plane defined by the first direction and the second direction; and
coupling the plurality of the components to each other in a single manufacturing process following the locating step, the coupling of the plurality of the components including coupling the plurality of the first heat exchanger tubes to each of the first end tank and the second end tank, coupling the plurality of the second heat exchanger tubes to each of the third end tank and the fourth end tank, coupling the first attachment portion to the first end tank, and coupling the second attachment portion to the third end tank;
wherein following the coupling step the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion are spaced from each other in the second direction while the thermal expansion portion is arcuate in shape and curves around an axis extending in a third direction arranged perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction as the thermal expansion portion extends from the first attachment portion to the second attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,131

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR PREVENTING GAS FROM LEAVING AN OPENING OF A VESSEL

Glencore Technology Pty L...

1. A method for preventing egress of gas from a first opening of a vessel, the vessel including at least one other opening through which gas can leave the vessel, the method comprising supplying a flow of gas to an open passage extending substantially around the first opening and causing the flow of gas leaving the open passage to flow towards and into the vessel whereby a gas from an environment external to the vessel is caused to be drawn into the vessel, wherein a total flow of gas into the first opening substantially prevents gas from leaving the vessel through the first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,429,126

TOUCH SENSOR ASSEMBLY

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A touch sensor assembly comprising:a sensor printed circuit board (PCB) having a conductive material forming a printed circuit on a top surface of an insulating substrate;
a sensor support having a hole having a circular shape, the hole passing through the conductive layer and the insulating substrate of the sensor PCB;
a touch sensor including a circular metal plate provided at an upper side of the conductive layer to cover the sensor support, and a ceramic disc provided at a top surface of the metal plate and having a diameter less than that of the sensor support;
a conductive foil covering the conductive layer and the touch sensor; and
elastic members installed at a bottom surface of the sensor PCB corresponding to an outer side of the sensor support.

US Pat. No. 10,429,120

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet;
a storage compartment provided in the cabinet to form a single space in which a storage item is stored;
a single door for opening or closing the space formed by the storage compartment;
a first cold air supply duct and a second cold air supply duct provided respectively on left and right sides of the single storage compartment, the first cold air supply duct and the second cold air supply duct supplying different amounts of cold air; and
a storage unit for being pushed into or pulled from the storage compartment in a front-and-rear direction along with the door, the storage unit includes:
a first storage unit provided on the left side;
a second storage unit provided on the right side;
an insulator located between the first storage unit and the second storage unit for separating the first storage unit and the second storage unit from each other;
a first cover for opening or closing an opening formed in an upper side of the first storage unit; and
a second cover for opening or closing an opening formed in an upper side of the second storage unit, the second cover being movable separately from the first cover,
wherein the first storage unit and the second storage unit are maintained at different temperatures.

US Pat. No. 10,429,116

PORTABLE COOLER WITH ACCESSORY ATTACHMENT RAILS

1. A portable cooler apparatus comprising:a box portion having an exterior surface and an interior surface;
the interior surface of the box portion defining a food receptacle;
a lid operable between an open position and a closed position;
a first accessory mounting rail on the exterior surface of the box portion; and
a mounting assembly for attaching an accessory to the first accessory mounting rail;
wherein said mounting assembly comprises a clamp operable between a first position and a second position;
wherein said clamp is configured and dimensioned to securely clamp onto said first accessory mounting rail when operated to the second position;
wherein the clamp comprises a first lever and a second lever, wherein the first lever and the second lever are pivotally mounted together in a scissor-like configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,429,113

HEAT PUMP APPARATUS, AND AIR CONDITIONER, HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER, AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING THE HEAT PUMP APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A heat pump apparatus comprising:a compressor compressing a refrigerant;
a motor driving the compressor;
an inverter including a bridge circuit equal in number to a phase of the motor, the bridge circuit including plural pairs of switching elements formed of wide bandgap semiconductors, the switching elements being connected in series, the plural pairs of switching elements being connected in parallel, the inverter applying to the motor a high-frequency voltage of a frequency at which the motor does not rotate; and
an inverter control unit controlling the inverter,
wherein during a compressing-operation mode causing the compressor to compress a refrigerant, the inverter control unit causes the inverter to generate an AC voltage of a frequency at which the motor rotates, and during a heating-operation mode heating the compressor, the inverter control unit causes the inverter to generate the high-frequency voltage,
wherein in the heating-operation mode, the inverter control unit controls at least one pair of switching elements among the plural pairs of switching elements,
wherein the inverter control unit switches the pair of switching elements to be switching-controlled in accordance with a set sequence within a bridge circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,112

CONTROL METHOD FOR REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A control method for a refrigerator, comprising:driving a refrigerator compartment compressor that is configured to cool a refrigerator compartment;
determining whether a temperature in the refrigerator compartment is less than or equal to a first temperature;
driving, in response to the temperature in the refrigerator compartment being less than or equal to the first temperature, a freezer compartment compressor that is configured to cool a freezer compartment when the refrigerator compressor is driven;
stopping the refrigerator compartment compressor when the freezer compartment compressor is driven;
maintaining, after stopping the refrigerator compartment compressor, operation of the freezer compartment compressor;
in response to completion of operation of the freezer compartment compressor, restarting the refrigerator compartment compressor at a driving frequency to cool the refrigerator compartment to a second temperature; and
in response to restarting the refrigerator compartment compressor, varying the driving frequency of the refrigerator compartment compressor to correspond to a reduced capacity that is less than a full capacity of the refrigerator compartment compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,111

INTEGRATED SUCTION HEADER ASSEMBLY

Heatcraft Refrigeration P...

1. A refrigeration system, comprising:an evaporator assembly;
a suction header assembly comprising a reservoir and coupled to an outlet of the evaporator assembly, wherein the suction header assembly is configured to reduce the potential for slugging due to low superheat and to provide energy savings due to liquid sub-cooling;
a suction header heat exchanger disposed throughout a length of the reservoir of the suction header assembly and within the reservoir of the suction header assembly, wherein the suction header heat exchanger is configured to sub-cool a flow of refrigerant passing through the suction header heat exchanger with a counter flow of at least one evaporator flow from the evaporator assembly flowing through the reservoir, so as to reduce any superheat required by a load;
a hot gas diversion assembly comprising a diversion heat exchanger line extending downstream of one or more compressors, along the suction header assembly, and upstream of a condenser assembly;
a temperature sensor disposed within the reservoir of the suction header assembly and electrically coupled to at least one valve, the at least one valve controlling passage of refrigerant into the hot gas diversion assembly in response to temperature measured by the sensor; and
a liquid header configured to receive a direct refrigerant flow from the suction header heat exchanger, wherein the liquid header is functionally coupled between an inlet of the evaporator assembly and an outlet of the suction header heat exchanger, the liquid header configured to divide a received liquid into a plurality of flows.

US Pat. No. 10,429,103

REFRIGERATIVE SYSTEM INCLUDING A REFRIGERATIVE CONDENSER/COOLER

1. A refrigerative device comprising:an absorber section to contain a saturated strong solution;
a pump connected to an outlet of the absorber section to receive saturated strong solution therefrom;
a regenerator section connected to an outlet of the pump to receive a flow of pressurized saturated strong solution therefrom;
an expansion device connected to an outlet of the regenerator section to receive a flow of subcooled strong solution therefrom;
an evaporator section connected to an outlet of the expansion device to receive the subcooled strong solution therefrom, the evaporator section connected to the absorber section to return strong solution thereto; and
a condenser section connected to the evaporator section configured to receive a refrigerant evaporated from the subcooled strong solution in the evaporator, the condenser section connected to the absorber section to return liquid refrigerant thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,429,093

AIR TREATMENT SYSTEM

QINGDAO HAIER AIR CONDITI...

1. An air handling system, characterized by comprising a top cover, a base and at least one air handling device provided between the top cover and the base,wherein the top cover and the adjacent air handling device, the base and the adjacent air handling device, and the adjacent air handling devices are all connected to each other by means of magnetic attraction,
wherein at least one guide groove is provided on the bottom surface of the top cover and the bottom surface of the air handling device, respectively; at least one guide protrusion is provided on the top surface of the base and the top surface of the air handling device, respectively; and the guide groove and the guide protrusion which are provided on the adjacent two surfaces positionally correspond to each other such that the guide protrusion is inserted into the guide groove,
wherein an electrically conductive sheet is provided in the guide groove, and the guide protrusion is an electric conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,087

INDOOR UNIT FOR AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An indoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, the indoor unit comprising:a box-shaped casing having an air inlet in a top surface of the casing and an air outlet in a bottom surface of the casing;
an air-sending device disposed in the casing, the air-sending device being configured to suck in indoor air through the air inlet and blow conditioned air through the air outlet;
a heat exchanger disposed in the casing, the heat exchanger being configured to cause the indoor air to exchange heat with refrigerant to supply the conditioned air;
a vertical deflector; a first auxiliary vertical deflector; and a second auxiliary vertical deflector each rotatably arranged in the air outlet and configured to change an air flow direction in a vertical direction,
the second auxiliary vertical deflector including a support and a guide, the support being rotatably supported at an end, the guide being disposed at an other end of the support and protruding perpendicular to the support in side view,
during a cooling operation, the first auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned on a side of a front surface of the casing, a downstream end of the first auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned below the bottom surface of the casing, the second auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned below the first auxiliary vertical deflector, an upstream end of the second auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned above the vertical deflector,
during the cooling operation, the guide of the second auxiliary vertical deflector being positioned below the first auxiliary vertical deflector, an upstream end of the guide being positioned above the vertical deflector.

US Pat. No. 10,429,086

HEAT-PUMP EQUIPMENT

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. Heat-pump equipment comprising:a heat-pump apparatus of a variable operation capacity type including a compressor, a heat exchanger, an expansion valve, and an evaporator that are connected sequentially;
a heat medium circuit connected with the heat-pump apparatus via the heat exchanger;
a tank configured to store water in which heat is exchanged with the heat medium circuit;
a room heater connected with the heat medium circuit and configured to reject heat; and
a controller configured to control a rotation speed of the compressor, wherein
the controller is further configured to:
in response to receipt of a request for simultaneous hot water supply and room heating operation in which the water in the tank is heated and also the room heater is used,
when a temperature difference between a sensed outdoor air temperature and a sensed indoor temperature reaches a predetermined threshold, control the rotation speed of the compressor to a maximum rotation speed during a hot water supply time, and
when the temperature difference does not reach the predetermined threshold, set the hot water supply time to have an initial stage and a final stage, control the rotation speed of the compressor during the initial stage of the hot water supply time to the maximum rotation speed, and then control the rotation speed of the compressor during the final stage of the hot water supply time to a high-efficiency rotation speed,
wherein the high-efficiency rotation speed is the rotation speed of the compressor which is lower than the maximum rotation speed and is same as the rotation speed of the compressor when a request for hot water supply operation is made when the room heater is not in use.

US Pat. No. 10,429,082

HEATING COOKING DEVICE AND HEATING COOKING METHOD USING SUPERHEATED VAPOR

1. A heating cooking device configured to perform heating by use of superheated vapor, comprising:a casing accommodating a heating furnace allowing a heating target to be located therein;
a water storage tank accommodated in the casing, the water storage tank configured to store a liquid;
a hot vapor generation device connected with the water storage tank via a communication pipe, the hot vapor generation device configured to heat the liquid supplied from the water storage tank to generate hot vapor;
a superheated vapor generation device connected with the hot vapor generation device, the superheated vapor generation device configured to heat the hot vapor generated by the hot vapor generation device to generate superheated vapor;
the superheated vapor generation device is located in a bottom region of an interior of the heating furnace;
a fan configured to pull the superheated vapor and introduce the superheated vapor generated by the superheated vapor generation device into the heating furnace;
an introduction pipe having an end connected with the fan and another end connected with a top part of the heating furnace; and
a superheated vapor discharge portion connected with the introduction pipe, the superheated vapor discharge portion configured to discharge the superheated vapor into an interior of the heating furnace;
wherein
the hot vapor generation device includes,
a first electric heater configured to heat the liquid; and
a first housing accommodating the first electric heater and configured to hold the liquid;
the first housing and the water storage tank are connected with each other via the communication pipe to match a water level of the liquid in the first housing and a water level of the liquid in the water storage tank with each other;
the superheated vapor generation device includes,
at least one second electric heater configured to heat the hot vapor; and
at least one second housing accommodating the at least one second electric heater;
at least a part of the at least one second electric heater and at least a part of the at least one second housing are located in the interior of the heating furnace; and
the hot vapor generation device and the superheated vapor generation device are accommodated in the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,078

DOOR FOR APPARATUS TO COOK AND/OR HEAT FOOD AND CORRESPONDING PRODUCTION METHOD

1. A door for an apparatus to cook and/or heat food, wherein the door comprises a perimeter frame and two panels, said two panels including an internal panel and an external panel, said two panels located distanced and facing each other and delimited externally by said perimeter frame, so as to form a closed chamber, at least said internal panel being co-molded with the perimeter frame to form a hermetic perimeter seal between the internal panel and the perimeter frame configured to prevent penetration of steam between the internal panel and the perimeter frame into the closed chamber, wherein said internal panel is made of a material that is more resistant to heat than a material of the external panel, and wherein the closed chamber is hermetically sealed on both an internal side and an external side.

US Pat. No. 10,429,073

COMBUSTOR CAP MODULE AND RETENTION SYSTEM THEREFOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A retention system for a combustor cap face assembly, the retention system comprising:a support plate, the support plate having a radially inner panel and a first fuel nozzle opening defined within the inner panel for supporting a first fuel nozzle therethrough;
a retaining ring at least partially encircling an upstream end of a cylindrical coupling member, the cylindrical coupling member having a downstream end fixedly attached to a center fuel nozzle opening defined in a cooling plate of the combustor cap face assembly, the cylindrical coupling member extending from the cooling plate to upstream of the support plate; and
a spring plate encircling the retaining ring and engaging the coupling member, the spring plate being secured to the support plate at multiple locations.

US Pat. No. 10,429,071

FUEL INJECTOR

Rolls-Royce plc, (GB)

1. A staged fuel injector comprisinga pilot inner air swirler arranged along a centre axis of the injector, a pilot fuel swirler arranged radially outboard of the pilot inner air swirler, a main inner air swirler arranged radially outboard of the pilot fuel swirler and a main fuel swirler arranged radially outboard of the pilot fuel swirler;
a fuel tube arranged in fluid communication with the pilot fuel swirler and the main fuel swirler for delivering fuel to the pilot fuel swirler and the main fuel swirler and
a heat protective casing enclosing the fuel tube, the pilot fuel swirler and the main fuel swirler,
wherein the pilot inner air swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending pilot air swirler surface that faces radially outward, the pilot fuel swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending pilot fuel swirler surface that faces radially inward and is spaced apart radially from the pilot air swirler surface to define a first basin radially between the pilot air swirler surface and the pilot fuel swirler surface, and an axial and circumferentially extending first layer of braze is located in the first basin and contacts the pilot air swirler surface and the pilot fuel swirler surface, and
wherein the main inner air swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending main air swirler surface that faces radially outward, the main fuel swirler has an axially and circumferentially extending main fuel swirler surface that faces radially inward and is spaced apart radially from the main air swirler surface to define a second basin radially between the main air swirler surface and the main fuel swirler surface, and an axial and circumferentially extending second layer of braze is located in the second basin and contacts the main air swirler surface and the main fuel swirler surface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,068

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STARTING AN INTERMITTENT FLAME-POWERED PILOT COMBUSTION SYSTEM

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A method of igniting a pilot flame of a gas-powered appliance having a flame powered intermittent pilot ignition system, the method comprising:using power from a first power source to ignite the pilot flame of the gas-powered appliance in a first ignition following installation of the gas-powered appliance; and
using power from a second power source and not the first power source to ignite the pilot flame of the gas-powered appliance after the first ignition.

US Pat. No. 10,429,063

SMART ALGORITHM TO DETERMINE “STEAM BOILER WATER CONDITION”

Fluid Handling LLC, Mort...

1. A boiler controller for determining a boiler water condition comprising:a signal processor configured to
receive signaling containing information about sets of N consecutive probe data samples related to a boiler water condition;
determine stable average signaling containing information about a stable average by averaging a set of N consecutive probe data samples in the signaling received;
determine present stable average signaling containing information about a present stable average by averaging a present set of N consecutive probe data samples in the signaling received; and
determine corresponding signaling containing information about the boiler water condition, based upon whether the present stable average is within an allowable limit and a comparison of the present stable average signaling and the stable average signaling.

US Pat. No. 10,429,062

HIGH TEMPERATURE SUB-CRITICAL BOILER WITH STEAM COOLED UPPER FURNACE

1. A boiler, comprising:a lower furnace having water-cooled membrane walls;
an upper furnace having steam-cooled membrane walls and located above the lower furnace, wherein flue gas passes from the lower furnace to the upper furnace, and wherein the steam-cooled membrane walls of the upper furnace include a front wall, a rear wall, and side walls;
a convection pass downstream of the upper furnace, the convection pass having steam-cooled convection pass membrane walls and extending downwards, wherein the steam-cooled convection pass membrane walls of the upper furnace include a front wall, a rear wall, and side walls;
wherein the upper furnace and the convection pass share a common steam-cooled membrane wall, the common steam-cooled membrane wall being both the rear wall of the upper furnace and the front wall of the convection pass;
a baffle wall that divides the convection pass into a front convection pass and a rear convection pass;
a primary superheater in the rear convection pass;
a secondary superheater disposed inside the upper furnace;
a steam separator having a fluid inlet and a dry steam outlet;
a water-cooled circuit connected to the fluid inlet of the steam separator to deliver wet steam to the steam separator, the water-cooled circuit including the water-cooled membrane walls of the lower furnace; and
a steam-cooled circuit connected to the dry steam outlet of the steam separator to receive dry steam from the dry steam outlet, the steam-cooled circuit running sequentially from the dry steam outlet through the rear wall of the convection pass, the side walls of the convection pass, the baffle wall, through the primary superheater, through the upper furnace front wall and the common steam-cooled membrane wall, then through the upper furnace side walls, and through the secondary superheater.

US Pat. No. 10,429,059

COOLING FAN

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD, ...

1. A cooling fan, comprising:a fan base;
an impeller part comprising a rotating shaft and plural blades, wherein the plural blades are arranged around the rotating shaft, and the impeller part is rotated with the rotating shaft;
an illumination circuit board comprising a hollow portion, wherein the rotating shaft is penetrated through the hollow portion;
a driving part comprising a shaft seat, a driving circuit board and plural coils, wherein the driving circuit board is disposed on the fan base, the plural coils are arranged between the driving circuit board and the illumination circuit board and arranged around the shaft seat, and the rotating shaft is inserted into the shaft seat, wherein when the an electric current flows through the plural coils, the rotating shaft is rotated;
at least one light-emitting element disposed on the illumination circuit board, wherein when the electric current flows through the at least one light-emitting element, the at least one light-emitting element emits plural light beams; and
a projection plate, which is arranged in a travelling path of at least one light beam of the plural light beams and has a pattern, wherein after the at least one light beam passes through the pattern of the projection plate, the at least one light beam is projected to surroundings.

US Pat. No. 10,429,054

LIGHT BULB, A LIGHT BULB HOLDER, AND A COMBINATION OF A LIGHT BULB AND A LIGHT BULB HOLDER

1. A light bulb holder comprising:a coupling element defining a longitudinally extending central axis and being releasably engageable with a complementary coupling element of a light bulb for coupling the light bulb to the light bulb holder, the coupling element of the light bulb holder being configured to engage the coupling element of the light bulb for transferring heat from the light bulb to the light bulb holder through the coupling element of the light bulb holder,
a heat sink in heat conducting engagement with the coupling element of the light bulb holder for sinking and dissipating heat transferred from the light bulb, and at least one electrically conductive contact element adjacent the coupling element of the light bulb holder,
the at least one contact element being configured to electrically contact a corresponding electrically conductive contact element of the light bulb,
wherein
the heat sink comprises a heat exchanger comprising:
an elongated body member, and
a plurality of heat exchange fins extending outwardly from the body member,
the coupling element is formed in the body member, and
the heat exchange fins extend in a generally longitudinal direction along the body member substantially parallel to the central axis and radially therefrom spaced apart circumferentially around the body member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,053

LED LIGHT SOURCE

EPISTAR CORPORATION, Hsi...

1. A light source, comprising:a socket connection capable of connecting to a source of electricity;
a base connected to the socket connection;
a plurality of LED units;
a mount having a first top surface and a side surface;
a mounting structure disposed on the first top surface, comprising a width smaller than that of the mount, a second top surface, and a plurality of mounting surfaces connected to the second top surface, wherein the plurality of LED units is disposed on the plurality of mounting surfaces; and
a solid heat conductive material directly contacting the plurality of LED units, the mounting structure, and the side surface of the mount, and being substantially translucent or transparent such that light emitted from the plurality of LED units is able to pass through the solid heat conductive material,
wherein at least one of the plurality of mounting surfaces is not parallel to the first top surface,
wherein the second top surface is substantially parallel to the first top surface, the second top surface is devoid of the plurality of LED units,
wherein the mounting structure has a virtual central axis, the plurality of LED units surrounds the virtual central axis in a 360 degree orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,052

LED LIGHTING FIXTURE

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. A light emitting diode (LED) lighting fixture comprising:a lighting fixture body, the lighting fixture body comprising one or more metal parts configured to act as heat sinks; and
at least one LED module;
wherein:
each LED module comprises:
a raised base;
one or more LEDs;
an optical assembly consisting of only:
a lens,
a light spreader disk, and
a bulb,
wherein:
 the lens is securely fixed directly to the light spreader disk and positioned between the light spreader disk and the one or more LEDs, such that at least a portion of the light emitted by the one or more LEDs is directly incident upon the light spreader disk and the bulb is an envelope of the LED module, and
 the optical assembly is removably mounted to the raised base, such that the optical assembly is independently selectively replaceable with another optical assembly; and
a board, said one or more LEDs being operatively and fixedly mounted to said board and said board being mounted to a top surface of said raised base, wherein the mounting of the board having said one or more LEDs operatively mounted thereto on the top surface of said raised base places said one or more LEDs in a raised position within the LED module such that the optical assembly is removably mounted directly over and separate from said one or more LEDs;
said optical assembly is configured to give the LED module an appearance that emulates the appearance of an incandescent bulb; and
said one or more LEDs are further operatively and fixedly mounted into the lighting fixture body such that:
the one or more LEDs are hard-wired into the lighting fixture; and
the one or more LEDs are operatively and fixedly mounted into thermally conductive communication with at least one heat sink, said board providing at least a portion of a thermally conductive and electrically isolated path for said thermally conductive communication.

US Pat. No. 10,429,050

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS HAVING DIFFERENT PACKAGING DENSITIES

Citizen Electronics Co., ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a packaging substrate having a packaging area;
a first electrical conduction pattern and a second electrical conduction pattern arranged along the periphery of the packaging area;
a first element group having a plurality of light-emitting elements;
a second element group having a plurality of light-emitting elements;
a third element group having a plurality of light-emitting elements;
a sealing resin that seals at least the first element group, the second element group and the third element group, and
a lens on the packaging substrate, wherein
the first element group, the second element group and the third element group are connected in parallel between the first electrical conduction pattern and the second electrical conduction pattern,
the packaging area includes a first packaging area including central portion of the packaging area and a second packaging area surrounding about the first packaging area,
the first element group includes a first portion arranged in the first packaging area, a second portion arranged in the second packaging area, and a third portion arranged in second packaging area, the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first portion, the second portion and the third portion are series-connected to each other,
the second element group includes a fourth portion connected with the first electrical conduction pattern in the second packaging area, a fifth portion connected with the second electrical conduction pattern in second packaging area, and a sixth portion connected in zigzags between the fourth portion and the fifth portion, the plurality of light-emitting elements in the fourth portion, the fifth portion and the sixth portion are series-connected to each other,
the third element group includes a seventh portion connected with the first electrical conduction pattern in the second packaging area, an eighth portion connected with the second electrical conduction pattern in second packaging area, and a ninth portion connected in zigzags between the seventh portion and the eighth portion, the plurality of light-emitting elements in the seventh portion, the eighth portion and the eighth portion are series-connected to each other,
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first portion is shorter than the packaging intervals of plurality of light-emitting elements in the second portion, third portion, the fourth portion, the fifth portion, the sixth portion, the seventh portion, the eighth portion and the ninth portion,
the optical axis of the lens substantially coincides with the center of the packaging area,
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first packaging area is narrower than 0.25 times the length of one side of the light-emitting elements,
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the second packaging area is wider than 0.25 times the length of one side of the light-emitting elements, and
the packaging interval of the plurality of light-emitting elements in the first packaging area is equal or wider than 5 ?m and equal or narrower than 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,429,044

LIGHTING FIXTURE MOUNTING SYSTEMS

Feit Electric Company, In...

1. A mounting system for mounting a lighting fixture, the mounting system comprising a mounting frame comprising:a plate portion configured to be secured to a mounting surface;
one or more mounting tabs disposed on the plate portion and configured to secure the lighting fixture to the mounting plate and extending outwardly in a first direction from a plane defined by the plate portion; and
one or more indexing tabs extending outwardly from the plane defined by the plate portion, the one or more indexing tabs extending outwardly in the first direction from the plane defined by the plate portion by a larger distance than the one or more mounting tabs.

US Pat. No. 10,429,037

OPTICAL DEVICE INCLUDING SWITCHABLE DIFFUSER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An optical device, comprising:an electrically switchable diffuser capable of having at least a first state and a second state;
at least one light deflecting element disposed proximate the electrically switchable diffuser, the light deflecting element including a central portion, and the central portion including air; and
a light source disposed proximate to the electrically switchable diffuser and opposite the light deflecting element;
wherein the light source, in a powered state, is configured to produce an input light cone having a central optical axis and having an angular width of not more than 40 degrees;
wherein at least a portion of the light from the light source is incident on the light deflecting element when the electrically switchable diffuser is in the second state but not the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,429,036

THIN FLAT PANEL LED LUMINAIRE

KUNSHAN CHENGTAI ELECTRIC...

1. A thin LED flat luminaire, comprising:a LED bar having at least one light emitting diode disposed thereon;
a transformer provided between a power source and the at least one light emitting diode to reduce a voltage from the power source to a voltage required to operate the at least one light emitting diode;
an optical stack having an edge that abuts the LED bar, including, from top to bottom,
a flat baseboard,
a flat reflection panel for receiving light from the LED bar,
a flat acrylic panel having a top surface and a bottom surface, the top surface facing the flat reflection panel, the top surface having a mask pattern printed thereon, the mask pattern for filtering light transmitted from the flat reflection panel into the flat acrylic panel for providing a uniform transmission of the light from the acrylic panel across the bottom surface of the flat acrylic panel, and
a flat diffusion panel configured to receive the light from the bottom surface of the flat acrylic panel and emit the light into a space to be illuminated.

US Pat. No. 10,429,028

SOFT BOX WITH SMOOTH ROD FOLDING STRUCTURE

HYUNDAE PHOTONICS CO., LT...

1. In a soft box with a plurality of rods (2) arranged radially with respect to a speed ring (1) and a strobe mounted in the center, a soft box with a smooth rod folding structure, comprising:brackets (10) mounted on the edge of the speed ring (1) at uniform intervals so as to couple the rods (2);
a lever (20) mounted by a first hinge part on the upper end of each of the brackets (10);
a link (30) connected to the lever (20) by a second hinge part(H2), which is provided to the lever (20) so as to be located at the rear end side of the bracket (10) at the same height as the first hinge part (H1) when the lever (20) is fully lifted to the upper part of the bracket (10) and moved to the side surface of the bracket (10) when the lever (20) is moved reversely;
a rod support (40) provided by a third hinge part (H3) at the lower end of the bracket (10) such that the rod (2) is inserted thereinto and having a fourth hinge part (H4) so as to be connected to the link (30) such that, when the lever (20) is operated, the force of the lever (20) is transmitted to the rod support (40) through the link (30) and the rod support (40) rotates with respect to the third hinge part (H3).

US Pat. No. 10,429,019

LIGHT FIXTURE WITH SHIELDED OPTIC

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A light fixture comprising:at least one elongated strut, each strut including a first end, a second end, and an arcuate portion extending between the first end and the second end, an axis extending between the first end and the second end, the arcuate portion extending at least partially around the axis, wherein the arcuate portion of each strut extends in a helical manner between the first end and the second end;
at least one first socket, the first socket formed on one of the at least one strut and spaced apart from the second end of the strut by a first distance, the first socket supporting a first light-emitting element; and
at least one second socket, the second socket formed on one of the at least one strut and spaced apart from the second end of the strut by a second distance greater than the first distance, the second socket supporting a second light-emitting element, the second light-emitting element emitting light from a position that is offset in a direction parallel to the axis from the light emitted by the first light-emitting element, light emitted by the first and second light-emitting elements is generally directed toward the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,429,016

LED LIGHT STRING WITH STABLE CURRENT

1. A light emitting diode (LED) light string with stable current, comprising:a lighting string having a positive end and a negative end, wherein the lighting string comprises a plurality of light emitting diodes electrically connected between the positive end and the negative end;
a plug and a socket, wherein the plug is connected to the positive end or the negative end of the lighting string while the socket is alternatively connected to the negative end or the positive end of the lighting string;
a control circuit provided in either the plug or the socket, the control circuit comprising:
a power converting unit for converting an input power to a DC power; and
a power output end connected to the positive end of the lighting string; and
at least one current controller receiving the DC power and outputting a driving current from the power output end to the lighting string;
a first wire electrically connected between the plug and the socket; and
a second wire having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the second wire has an electrical connection to the negative end of the lighting string and the second end of the second wire is electrically connected to the plug or the socket that has the control circuit therein.

US Pat. No. 10,429,011

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A method of manufacturing a light emitting device comprising:mounting a plurality of light emitting elements on a base material;
joining a plurality of translucent members respectively on upper surfaces of the light emitting elements after the mounting of the plurality of light emitting elements on the base material;
covering side surfaces of the light emitting elements and side surfaces of the translucent members with a light reflecting member at once by arranging the light reflecting member to be in contact with at least a part of each of the side surfaces of the light emitting elements after the joining of the plurality of translucent members respectively on upper surfaces of the light emitting elements;
forming cuts in the light emitting device to provide grooves in the light reflecting member between adjacent ones of the light emitting elements, respectively after the covering of the side surfaces of the light emitting elements and the side surfaces of the translucent members with the light reflecting member; and
filling the grooves with a light blocking member after the forming of the cuts.

US Pat. No. 10,429,009

HIGH PRESSURE GAS CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING HIGH PRESSURE GAS CONTAINER

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A high pressure gas container with a container body having a plurality of layers, and a fusible plug valve and a boss portion arranged at a position different from the fusible plug valve, wherein:each of the fusible plug valve and the boss portion has a higher heat transfer rate than an outermost layer of the plurality of layers of the container body; and
the fusible plug valve and the boss portion are connected by a heat conductor, the heat conductor having a higher heat transfer rate than the outermost layer of the plurality of layers of the container body and being accommodated in the container body such that the heat conductor forms a heat transfer passage through a space inside of the container body,
wherein the container body has, inside the container body, a gas filling space structured to be filled with high pressure gas,
wherein the container body is structured to house the heat conductor within the gas filling space, and receive, in the gas filling space, gas that flows into the gas filling space in an axial direction of the container through the boss portion,
wherein the heat conductor includes a displacement absorber configured to absorb relative displacement that occurs between the fusible plug valve and the boss portion, and
wherein the displacement absorber is formed by a plurality of wires in a state slackened between the fusible plug valve and the boss portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,005

MOUNT FOR LUBRICANT DISPENSER

1. In combination:a generally cylindrical lubricant dispenser centered on an upright axis and having on the axis a downwardly open outlet fitting;
a bracket formed unitarily wholly from sheet metal with
an upright wall plate provided with formations for attachment to a support and having an upper edge and a lower edge,
an upper leg projecting horizontally from the upper edge and formed with a hole through which extends the dispenser with the outlet fitting projecting downward, and
a lower leg projecting horizontally from the lower edge and forming a protective part having an area equal to at least 80% of the hole, the upper and lower legs both having rounded outer corners remote from the plate extending arcuately toward the plate over at least a third of a horizontal projection of the respective leg from the plate, the lower leg and the upright wall plate being formed with a throughgoing aperture at the lower edge of the upright wall plate between the plate and the lower leg;
a feedthrough fitting in the lower leg engaged with the outlet fitting and supporting the dispenser by upward engagement with the outlet fitting; and
a protective casing forming a cavity adapted to hold the dispenser and having a lower end sitting on the lower generally horizontal leg of the bracket and inwardly oriented projections in the cavity for gripping the lubricant dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,429,001

STABLE MOBILE SCANNER

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A mobile scanner comprising:a base; and
an articulating boom assembly, including—
a proximal vertical boom section pivotably secured to the base;
a distal vertical boom section;
an intermediate horizontal boom section disposed between the proximal vertical boom section and the proximal vertical boom section,
wherein the proximal vertical boom section, the distal vertical boom section, and the intermediate horizontal boom section form a general inverted U-shape when in a deployed position,
wherein the general inverted U-shape presents an opening therethrough for the passing of an object to be scanned;
a scanning assembly disposed at least in part on the distal vertical boom section for scanning the object in the opening; and
a boom-power system configured to place the articulating boom assembly into the deployed position,
wherein the proximal vertical boom section is configured with a protrusion,
wherein a top edge of the protrusion is configured to support the intermediate horizontal boom section such that the articulating boom assembly remains in the deployed position without the boom-power system keeping the articulating boom assembly in the deployed position,
wherein an actuator side of the intermediate horizontal boom section rests against the top edge of the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,999

LIFT MECHANISM AND THIN-TYPE SUPPORTING DEVICE UTILIZING THE SAME

JARLLYTEC CO., LTD., New...

1. A thin-type supporting device having a lift mechanism, wherein the lift mechanism thereof is for lifting a display up and down, and the thin-type supporting device comprising:a flat-shaped support provided with a longitudinal long hole on a narrow side of a flat frame for communicating with a receiving space in the flat-shaped support, and the flat-shaped support comprising: a base plate, a case, and plural long and short connecting pieces, the long connecting pieces and short connecting pieces longitudinally bridge across and transversely line alongside the two opposite post ends of the post and each of which are fixed to inner walls of the case, so that the receiving space is formed in an upper part of the flat-shaped support, the case is formed by bending two long side plates of the same width and a short top plate, and the case is provided across the base plate with the two long side plates and forms an opening at a lower part of the flat-shaped support; and the flat-shaped support further comprises: a supporting plate and a base, a positioning groove is provided on a top of the base for embedding the base plate to make the flat-shaped support stand, a side of the supporting plate supports the display, and an opposite side of the supporting plate pin connects the first sliding element by a hinge device;
a post fixed to two opposite end parts of the receiving space respectively with its two post ends, so that a post body of the post forms a central post;
a first sliding element for supporting the display, one side of the first sliding element provided with at least one first rolling member for rolling contacting a post side of the post body, and the first sliding element traversing through and sliding along the longitudinal long hole;
a second sliding element, provided at an opposite another post side of the post body and connected and fixed to the first sliding element across the post body by at least one connecting structure, so that the two sliding elements that pull each other slide respectively along at least two post sides of the post body and move coherently; and
a constant force spring, provided at one post end of the post body, and extending an end to connect and fix to the at least one connecting structure, so that the two sliding elements that move coherently are stopped by a default elastic force.

US Pat. No. 10,428,992

CURED IN PLACE LINER SYSTEM AND INSTALLATION METHODS

INA Acquisition Corp., W...

1. A rehabilitated host pipe comprising:an existing host pipe extending along an axis;
a sleeve positioned at an end of the pipe; and
a cured in place pipe liner that is cured in place along an inside surface of the pipe, the liner extending along the axis into the sleeve, the liner being bonded to the sleeve to form a coupling section extending out of the end of the pipe along the axis, the coupling section having an inner surface formed by the liner and an outer surface formed by the sleeve, the inner surface and the outer surface being arranged so that a radial line extending from the axis passes through both the inner and outer surfaces;
a coupler mounted on the outer surface of the coupling section so that the radial line that passes through the inner surface and the outer surface of the coupling section also passes through the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,428,991

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAKING CUSTOM LENGTH PIPE NIPPLE

1. A method for making a custom length soldered copper pipe nipple, the method comprising:screwing a plumbing pipe thread on a first end of an elongate member into a threaded connection of a plumbing fixture, the elongate member having the first end and a second end;
using first length measurement markings on the elongate member, determining a first length that corresponds to a length between the threaded connection of the plumbing fixture and a mounting surface of the plumbing fixture, the first length measurement markings increasing from the first end toward the second end, a zero point on the first length markings spaced a first distance from the first end, the first distance the same as a distance between a threaded end of a threaded copper fitting and a shoulder in the threaded copper fitting;
screwing the plumbing pipe thread on the first end of the elongate member into a threaded plumbing connection located in a wall;
using the first length measurement markings on the elongate member, determining a second length that corresponds to a length between the threaded plumbing connection located in the wall and a mounting surface of the wall; and
adding the first length and the second length to determine a cut length.

US Pat. No. 10,428,990

TOOLING FRIENDLY ADAPTER FOR INSERTION PROBE ACCESS

Mustang Sampling, LLC, R...

1. A flanged adapter for mounting and demounting of a housing for a fluid insertion probe on a fluid conduit, comprising:a body incorporating a fluid conduit mounting flange defining a first flange surface and a second flange surface said first flange surface defining a first select cross-sectional area and a first perimetric surface generally orthogonal to said first flange surface, and said second flange surface defining a second cross-sectional area smaller than the first select cross-sectional area and defining an irregular second perimetric surface generally orthogonal to said second flange surface and coextensive in part with said first perimetric surface, a fluid conduit engaging stem projecting from the second flange surface for securing the body to the fluid conduit, a generally axially disposed feedthrough bore for removably retaining the insertion probe engaged therewith axially extending through the body, the first flange surface of said flange providing an engaging surface for the housing including at least one fastening member disposed thereon offset from the generally axially disposed feedthrough bore for receiving and retaining the housing for mounting the housing thereto and said second flange surface including at least one tool engageable flat formed by a cutout in said second perimetric surface along the perimeter thereof; where an insertion probe is removable from the body without disassembling the body from the fluid conduit and the housing from the body, by disengaging the insertion probe from the body while engaging a tool with said at least one tool engageable flat wherein the first flange surface includes a projecting shoulder defining an insertion probe receiving port coaxial with the generally axially disposed feedthrough bore and the shoulder is dimensioned to insert in a complementarily dimensioned opening in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,428,987

QUICK CONNECT ASSEMBLY

COOPER-STANDARD AUTOMOTIV...

1. A fluid quick connector assembly comprising:an endform having an annular bead;
a housing having a passage configured to receive the endform and slots that extend downwardly to lower surfaces; and
a retainer carried by the housing and translatable between a shipping position and an engaged position, the retainer including a bridge, a beam extending from the bridge, two retainer arms extending from the bridge to retain the endform in the passage of the housing when the retainer is in an engaged position, and two guiding legs extending from the bridge that guide the retainer during movement to the engaged position, the two guiding legs each comprising an upper detent near the bridge,
wherein the two guiding legs are elastically movable so as to permit passage of the bead of the endform and overlie the bead of the endform in the shipping position to provide a degree of protection against withdrawal of the endform in the shipping position,
wherein the slots receive the upper detents as the retainer is translated from the shipping position to the engaged position, and
wherein the beam contacts the bead of the endform when the retainer is moved from the shipping position to the engaged position and thereby provide a redundant latch to further prevent removal of the endform from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,428,978

WEBLESS CORRUGATED DUAL WALL FOUNDATION DRAIN AND RELATED METHOD

Prinsco, Inc.

1. A dual wall foundation drain, comprising:a section of hollow tubular pipe having a generally non-square polygonal cross-sectional configuration;
said tubular pipe having a corrugated inner wall formed of a flexible plastic material which is defined by spaced apart successive circumferentially extending radially inward protruding peaks with circumferentially extending valley-defining portions deposed therebetween;
said tubular pipe having a substantially smooth exterior wall formed of a relatively flexible plastic material which extends around said inner corrugated wall and is integrally formed therewith; and
said tubular pipe having sufficient vertical beam strength to support its own weight over 60 inches of length for at least one minute without deflection.

US Pat. No. 10,428,977

DUCT FABRICATED WITH ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AND HAVING ONE OR MORE CURVES

Arevo, Inc., Milpitas, C...

1. A duct with a duct axis d(t) described by the vector function:d(t)=,the duct comprising:a run of material having (i) a solid cross-section and (ii) a longitudinal axis r(s) running through the solid cross-section and described by the vector function:
r(s)=that forms a helix around the duct axis d(t);wherein the duct axis d(t) is characterized by a curvature ?(t) and a center of curvature p(t) described by the vector function:
p(t)=;
wherein the curvature ?(t)>0;
wherein the run of material is characterized by a conjoining axis j(t) at r(s) such that j(t)??r(s)?p(t)?; and
wherein t is a real number in the domain t: [t1, t2] and s is a real number in the domain s: [s1, s2].

US Pat. No. 10,428,974

SYSTEM FOR ROUTING AND SECURING ELONGATE ROUTED COMPONENTS OF A VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A system for routing and securing elongate routed components of a vehicle, the system comprising:a first base block disposed in a first plane, the first base block including an outer edge having a plurality of sides projecting in the first plane, wherein the outer edge defines first and second concave receptacles, wherein the first and second concave receptacles are configured to receive first and second elongate routed components, respectively, passing through the first plane and into a second plane adjacent to the first plane;
a first retainer disposed in the second plane, the first retainer having a retainer base providing an arm, wherein the first retainer is disposed in the second plane so that at least one of the retainer base and the arm is configured to secure the first elongate routed component to the first concave receptacle and at least one of the retainer base and the arm is configured to secure the second elongate routed component to the second concave receptacle;
a second base block disposed in a third plane, the second base block including an outer edge having a plurality of sides projecting in the third plane, wherein the outer edge defines first and second concave receptacles, wherein the first and second concave receptacles of the second base block are configured to receive the first and second elongate routed components, respectively, passing through the third plane and into a fourth plane adjacent to the third plane;
a second retainer disposed in the fourth plane, the second retainer having a retainer base providing an arm, wherein the second retainer is disposed in the fourth plane so that at least one of the retainer base and the arm of the second retainer is configured to secure the first elongate routed component to the first concave receptacle of the second base block and at least one of the retainer base and the arm of the second retainer is configured to secure the second elongate routed component to the second concave receptacle of the second base block; and
a mounting bracket interconnecting the first and second base blocks;wherein the mounting bracket is joined to the first base block by a fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,428,972

WATER HEATER GAS VALVE

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A gas valve assembly, comprising:a gas inlet;
a gas outlet;
a gas fluid path defined between the gas inlet and the gas outlet;
a first valve seat situated in the gas fluid path between the gas inlet and the gas outlet;
a second valve seat situated in the gas fluid path between the gas inlet and the gas outlet in series with the first valve seat;
a first diaphragm valve configured to be responsive to one or more pneumatic pressures to move between a closed position where the first diaphragm valve is sealed against the first valve seat and an open position wherein the first diaphragm valve is spaced away from the first valve seat, the first diaphragm valve being biased toward the closed position by a spring;
a second diaphragm valve positioned adjacent the second valve seat wherein the second diaphragm valve is spaced away from the second valve seat, wherein the second diaphragm valve is not biased toward the second valve seat by a spring; and
a servo valve that, when activated, controls one or more pneumatic paths to move the first diaphragm valve away from the first valve seat and to allow a flow of gas between the gas inlet and the gas outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,428,964

SPHERICAL AUTOMATIC FLOW EMERGENCY RESTRICTOR (S.A.F.E.R.) VALVE

1. A ball check valve, comprising:a sphere, the sphere having a flow passage therethrough;
a ball check contained within the flow passage;
a stem mated to the sphere and oriented to rotate about an axis perpendicular t the flow passage, a flat on a first end of said stem; and
a handle with a flat cavity that mates in proper orientation with the flat on said stem, said handle rotating both of said stem and said sphere in common about said axis such that each one of a plurality of different orientations of said handle corresponds to a different respective orientation of said sphere, the ball check valve having a respectively different mode of operation for at least three of said plurality of different orientations,
said stem has a tab which mates with a slot on the top of said sphere, said tab and said slot being offset from the common axis of said stem and sphere, said offset insures that said sphere, stem and handle can only be installed into said valve in one, correct, orientation,
wherein the valve further comprises a locking plate, the locking plate defining at least three different positions for the valve, wherein the locking plate can only be installed on the valve in one, correct, orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,428,962

VALVE DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A valve device for a gas tank, comprising:a body that is provided in the gas tank in which high-pressure gas is stored, and in which a gas flow channel communicating between an inside and an outside of the gas tank is provided; and
a check valve provided in an injection passage in the gas flow channel, the injection passage being provided to inject gas into the gas tank, wherein
the check valve includes a valve seat fixed in the injection passage, a case in a bottomed cylindrical shape fixed in the injection passage while a space is provided between an inner peripheral surface of the injection passage and the case to enable gas to flow through the space, and a valve element accommodated in the case to be brought into contact with and to be away from the valve seat,
the case includes a cylindrical portion into which the valve element is fitted to be axially movable, and a bottom of the cylindrical portion, provided at an axial end of the cylindrical portion, opposite to the valve seat, defines a range where the valve element is axially movable,
the valve element includes a head portion that can block a valve hole of the valve seat, and a sliding portion that is formed so as to have a zone of contact with the cylindrical portion, the zone being uniform throughout the range where the sliding portion is axially movable,
an outer peripheral surface of the valve element tapers from a first end of the sliding portion toward the head portion, the sliding portion having an axial length extending from the first end to a second opposite end,
the axial length of the sliding portion is within the cylindrical portion throughout the range where the sliding portion is axially movable, and
the case includes a lateral hole forming portion that forms a plurality of lateral holes.

US Pat. No. 10,428,956

PRESSURE REDUCER WITH CAP-SHAPED MOVABLE CHAMBER

LUXEMBOURG PATENT COMPANY...

1. A device for regulating the pressure and/or flow of pressurized gas, comprising:a body with a gas inlet, a gas outlet, and a gas passage connecting the outlet with the inlet;
a gas shut-off device comprising:
a seat in the passage, said seat being fixed, and a movable closure element cooperating with said seat; and
a piston carrying the closure element and delimiting with the body a low pressure chamber downstream of the shut-off device, the pressure in said chamber influencing the position of the piston and of the closure element relative to the seat, so as to control the flow and/or pressure of the gas;
wherein the body comprises:
a first portion with the seat and the inlet; and
a second portion housing the piston and delimiting the low pressure chamber; the second portion, as a whole, being movable relative to the first portion between a shut-off position where said portion urges the piston and the closure element against the seat in a shut-off state and an open position where the piston can move to control the flow and/or pressure of the gas.

US Pat. No. 10,428,950

VALVE PACKING ASSEMBLY HAVING SHAPE-MEMORY MEMBER

8. The packing assembly of claim 1, further comprising a guide sleeve for retaining the segments and the shape-memory member.

US Pat. No. 10,428,933

TRANSMISSION VALVE MANIFOLD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A TRANSMISSION VALVE MANIFOLD

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A transmission valve manifold comprising:a single, unitary, monolithic, manifold body, the manifold body having a plurality of fluid passageways, and a plurality of fluid chambers, each fluid chamber being configured to receive one of a cylinder body, a solenoid valve, or a spool valve;
wherein a first one of the fluid passageways follows a path that extends along three axes through an interior of the manifold body to connect at least one of the fluid chambers with at least one other one of the fluid chambers, the first one of the fluid passageways extending through a second one of the fluid passageways within the interior of the manifold body; and
wherein the first one of the fluid passageways is not in fluid communication with the second one of the fluid passageways at a location where the first one of the fluid passageways extends through the second one of the fluid passageways.

US Pat. No. 10,428,929

COMPOSITE PLANETARY STAKING PIN WITH LUBRICATION FEED FEATURE

12. A composite planetary staking pin comprising:an inner pin body having axial ends including circular grooves, the axial ends being configured for staking with a planetary carrier; and
an outer sleeve fixed to the inner pin body, the outer sleeve defining a circumferentially extending helical channel.

US Pat. No. 10,428,928

LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR HIGH SPEED GEARBOX OPERATING IN ZERO GRAVITY

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A system comprising:an input shaft driving a first gear and supported by at least one input shaft bearing, said first gear driving at least a second gear, and said second gear driving an output shaft, said output shaft being supported by at least one output shaft bearing, and a gear bearing supporting at least one of said first and second gears, and there being a lubricant movement structure associated with at least one of said first and second gears for moving lubricant in an axial and in a radial direction to drive the lubricant toward at least one of said shaft bearing and said gear bearing;
wherein a radial lubricant movement structure includes a curved surface with an upstream end in a direction of rotation, which is spaced further radially outwardly from an axis of rotation of said at least one gear than is a downstream end, such that lubricant is moved radially inwardly by said radial lubricant movement structure when said at least one gear rotates;
wherein an axial lubricant movement structure is formed on at least one of said gears and has a ramped surface on a face which is in an upstream direction when said at least one gear is rotating, such that lubricant is driven in an axial direction upon rotation on said at least one gear;
wherein said radial lubricant movement structure and said axial lubricant movement structure are both formed on a single one of said gears;
wherein there are a plurality of radial lubricant movement structures and a plurality of said axial movement structures in said system; and
wherein said first gear driving a third gear which is, in turn, engaged to drive said second gear and there being at least one of said radial lubricant movement structure or said axial movement structure associated with each of said first, second, and third gears.

US Pat. No. 10,428,921

TORQUE CONVERTER IMPELLER INCLUDING PROTRUSIONS FOR CENTERING THE STATOR

1. A torque converter comprising:a stator including a stator body, a plurality of stator blades on an outer circumferential surface of the stator body, and a one-way clutch held within the stator body; and
an impeller including an impeller shell, the impeller shell including a plurality of circumferentially spaced protrusions aligned for contacting an axially extending surface of the stator body to center the stator on the impeller during assembly, the plurality of circumferentially spaced protrusions being aligned radially inside of the stator blades and radially outside of the one-way clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,428,918

POSITIONING DEVICE

SCHNEEBERGER HOLDING AG, ...

1. A positioning device, comprising a base element, a carrier element to be positioned relative to the base element along a z-axis as well as at least one first and one second slide elements, wherein the first slide element is disposed displaceably by means of a first base guide device along a first base line on the base element and is disposed displaceably by means of a first ascent guide device along a first ascent line on the carrier element, wherein the second slide element is disposed displaceably by means of a second base guide device along a second base line on the base element and by means of a second ascent guide device along a second ascent line on the carrier element, wherein the first ascent line and the first base line run in a projection along the z-axis parallel to one another and are arranged relative to the z-axis so that each of the first ascent line and the first base line has a constant angle of inclination relative to the z-axis and the angles of inclination of the first ascent line and the first base line relative to the z-axis are different, wherein the second ascent line and the second base line run in a projection along the z-axis parallel to one another and are arranged relative to the z-axis so that each of second ascent line and the second base line has a constant angle of inclination relative to the z-axis and the angles of inclination of the second ascent line and the second base line relative to the z-axis are different, wherein the first and the second ascent guide devices are arranged with respect to one another in such a manner that in at least one projection perpendicular to the z-axis, the first and the second ascent lines are inclined opposite to one another relative to the z-axis so that a synchronous displacement of the first and the second slide elements relative to the base element causes a displacement of the carrier element relative to the base element exclusively along the z-axis, wherein for the synchronous displacement of the first and second slide elements the positioning device comprises at least one drive device which comprises a rotary drive having an axis of rotation parallel to the z-axis and a coupling element, wherein the coupling element couples the rotary drive to the first and second slide elements in such a manner that a rotational movement of the rotary drive causes a synchronous displacement of the first and second slide elements along the respective base lines.

US Pat. No. 10,428,917

SHAFT ASSEMBLIES SUITABLE FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND RELATED CIRCUIT BREAKERS

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A shaft comprising:an elongate shaft body having first and second longitudinally opposing tubular segments with an intermediate segment residing therebetween, wherein the intermediate segment comprises a plurality of closely spaced apart circumferentially extending external notches with wall segments having a greater outer diameter than an outer diameter of the notches residing therebetween, and wherein the notches have a width that is between about 0.010 inches to about 0.020 inches, on average, and a depth that is between about 0.001 inches to about 0.010 inches, on average, and wherein the closely spaced apart notches are longitudinally spaced apart so that centerlines of adjacent notches reside within 0.050 inches of each other, and wherein adjacent ones of the wall segments are parallel and have an outer diameter that is co-planar.

US Pat. No. 10,428,913

ORIFICE FLOW VALVE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A product comprising:an orifice flow valve comprising:
a disk body having a top surface, bottom surface, and a wall extending around the disk body, wherein the disk comprises at least one orifice which is constructed and arranged to direct a forward flow of a fluid through the at least one orifice and to impede a backflow of the fluid through the at least one orifice, the at least one orifice extending from the top surface of the disk body to the bottom of the disk body, and wherein the at least one orifice is define by one or more surfaces including a tapered surface, wherein the at least one orifice comprises a plurality of linear tapered surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,428,908

MULTI-STAGE TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A multi-stage transmission for vehicles comprising:an input shaft and an output shaft;
a first planetary gear set, a second planetary gear set, a third planetary gear set, and a fourth planetary gear set configured to transmit rotary force between the input shaft and the output shaft, each of the planetary gear sets has three rotary elements; and
six gear shift elements each connected to at least one of the three rotary elements of the first to fourth planetary gear sets,
wherein a first rotary element of the first planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a first rotary element of the second planetary gear set and to a first rotary element of the third planetary gear set, a second rotary element of the first planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a third rotary element of the third planetary gear set, and a third rotary element of the first planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a second rotary element of the second planetary gear set,
wherein the second rotary element of the second planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a third rotary element of the fourth planetary gear set,
wherein a second rotary element of the third planetary gear set is selectively connected to a transmission case via one of the six gear shift elements, and
wherein a first rotary element of the fourth planetary gear set is selectively connected to the transmission case via another one of the six gear shift elements and a second rotary element of the fourth planetary gear set is fixedly connected to the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,428,907

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train apparatus of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element;
a fifth planetary gear set having a thirteenth rotation element, a fourteenth rotation element and a fifteenth rotation element;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element and the eleventh rotation element, and fixedly connected to the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the second rotation element and one rotation element of the fifth planetary gear set, selectively connectable to the input shaft, and selectively connectable to a transmission housing;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the eighth rotation element and fixedly connected to the output shaft;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the third rotation element and the fifth rotation element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotation element, the seventh rotation element, the tenth rotation element, and other rotation element of the fifth planetary gear set which is not connected to the second shaft;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the twelfth rotation element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to a remaining rotation element of the fifth planetary gear set which is not connected to the first shaft and the second shaft; and
a plurality of shafts each of which is selectively connectable to the transmission housing and fixedly connected to rotation elements of the second and third planetary gear sets which is not fixedly connected to any of the first to seventh shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,428,900

WHEEL BALANCING WEIGHTS, AND METHODS AND DEVICES FOR USING SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A ballasting weight having a length, width, thickness, first side, second side, top, and bottom, and a cross-sectional profile comprising a notch forming a groove extending uninterrupted longitudinally along the entire length of the first side of said ballasting weight and a curved surface of the first side between the notch and the bottom, with said ballasting weight being backed by an adhesive, wherein said groove facilitates the automatic dispensing and applying of said ballasting weight, and said adhesive is suitable for bonding said ballasting weight to a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,428,894

RESIN-MADE IMPACT ABSORPTION MEMBER AND VEHICULAR COMPONENT

Teijin Limited, Osaka-Sh...

1. A resin-made impact absorption member comprising:an impact absorption portion which has a hollow structure including an outer tubular portion and a hollow portion, the impact absorption portion including a plurality of resin shaped products including a fiber-reinforced resin material containing reinforcing fibers and a thermoplastic resin, the resin shaped products having flange portions that come into contact with each other to form a boundary portion of combined resin products; and
impact absorption auxiliary portions including a resin material, the impact absorption auxiliary portions being formed to cover the boundary portion,
wherein the reinforcing fibers have an average fiber length of 1 mm to 100 mm, the thermoplastic resin has a fracture elongation of equal to or greater than 10%, the fiber-reinforced resin material has a compressive elastic modulus of equal to or greater than 10 GPa and a compressive strength of 150 MPa to 500 MPa,
wherein, in the impact absorption portion, a maximum value of a ratio (L1/t1) of a distance (L1) from a position of the center of gravity to the outer tubular portion on a same section in a sectional shape in a direction orthogonal to an impact absorption direction, to a thickness (t1) of the outer tubular portion, is equal to or less than 40, and
wherein the impact absorption auxiliary portions are formed as components that are independent from the impact absorption portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,890

VIBRATION-DAMPING DEVICE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A vibration-damping device comprising:a tubular first attachment member;
a second attachment member that is attached to any one of a vibration generating portion and a vibration receiving portion;
an elastic body that connects the first attachment member and the second attachment member with each other; and
a bracket that is connected to the remaining one of the vibration generating portion and the vibration receiving portion and is press-fitted into the first attachment member,
wherein the second attachment member includes a stopper wall portion which surrounds the first attachment member from radially outside,
wherein an outer stopper elastic body is installed on an inner circumferential surface of the stopper wall portion,
wherein a penetration hole which is open toward the stopper wall portion is formed in the first attachment member, and a stopper elastic body covering the penetration hole is installed on an inner circumferential surface of the first attachment member,
wherein, in the stopper elastic body, a recess portion is formed in a part positioned at a part in which no penetration hole is formed on the inner circumferential surface of the first attachment member,
wherein a covering elastic body integrally formed with the stopper elastic body is installed on an outer circumferential surface of the first attachment member,
wherein a portion of the covering elastic body covering the penetration hole from an outer circumferential surface side of the first attachment member protrudes and comes into contact with or comes close to the outer stopper elastic body by the stopper elastic body being elastically deformed by the bracket and protruding to the outer circumferential surface side of the first attachment member through the penetration hole,
wherein the portion of the covering elastic body covering the penetration hole from the outer circumferential surface side of the first attachment member protrudes towards the stopper wall portion and comes into contact with or comes close to the outer stopper elastic body when the bracket is press-fitted into the first attachment member, and
wherein the portion of the covering elastic body includes at least one protruding part that extends from a surface of the covering elastic body situated directly opposite the outer stopper elastic body in a direction toward the outer stopper elastic body.

US Pat. No. 10,428,889

TORSION SPRING

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A throttle valve device comprising:a torsion spring that is assembled and used in the throttle valve device for increasing and decreasing an opening degree of an intake passage or an exhaust passage of an internal-combustion engine, the torsion spring comprising:
two coil springs connected with each other so that torsion directions are opposite from each other; and
a hook disposed between the two coil springs, and
a valve object housed in the intake passage or the exhaust passage to be rotatable to increase and decrease the opening degree of the intake passage or the exhaust passage, wherein
of the two coil springs, one side spring arranged at one side in an axial direction biases the valve object to a closing side, and the other side spring arranged at the other side in the axial direction biases the valve object to an opening side,
at least one coil spring of the two coil springs and the hook connected with each other defines a clearance therebetween, and a dimension of the clearance is larger than an average value of clearances between coil turns of the at least one coil spring,
the throttle valve device further comprises:
one side bush arranged at an inner circumference of the one side spring, and having an outer periphery surface in contact with the inner circumference of the one side spring, and
the other side bush arranged at an inner circumference of the other side spring, and having an outer periphery surface in contact with the inner circumference of the other side spring, wherein a gap is defined between the one side bush and the other side bush in the axial direction,
a spring gap is defined in the axial direction between a first turn of coil turns of the one side spring located the most other side in the axial direction, and a first turn of coil turns of the other side spring located the most one side in the axial direction, in the state where the torsion spring is assembled to the one side bush and the other side bush,
the gap defined between the one side bush and the other side bush in the axial direction is defined as a bush gap, and
the spring gap is smaller than the bush gap, while turning along the first turn toward a second turn in the one side spring, up to a predetermined position in a circumferential direction, and becomes larger than the bush gap when passing the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,888

BRAKE SYSTEM

Akebono Brake Industry Co...

1. A brake system comprising:a brake piston extending along a longitudinal axis, the brake piston comprising a piston pocket;
a rotary to linear stage mechanism comprising a spindle and a nut, the nut is received in the piston pocket; and
a clutch comprising a first clip that is adapted to at least partially surround an outer surface of the nut, the first clip is received in a groove defined in the piston pocket;
wherein the brake system is operable in a first braking application and in a second braking application:
wherein:
i) during the first braking application, the clutch is adapted to provide for the nut to rotate; and
ii) during the second braking application, the clutch is adapted to restrict or prevent the nut from rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,428,887

HYBRID STRUCTURAL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE AIR BRAKING SYSTEM

Bendix Spicer Foundation ...

1. A hybrid structural apparatus for a vehicle air braking system, the hybrid structural apparatus comprising:a monolithic member including a non-pressure plate of a brake actuator and an arm portion that extends from the non-pressure plate, wherein the monolithic member is made of a first material, the first material comprising cast aluminum;
a first flange made of a second material fastened to the arm portion of the monolithic member, wherein the second material is steel;
a second flange for fastening to a brake spider, the second flange comprising the second material;
a camshaft support tube interconnecting the first and second flanges, the camshaft support tube comprising the second material;
a first steel weld between the first flange and the camshaft support tube to connect the first flange and the camshaft support tube together; and
a second steel weld between the second flange and the camshaft support tube to connect the second flange and the camshaft support tube together.

US Pat. No. 10,428,885

BRAKE CYLINDER DUST COVER AND WATERPROOF BRAKE CYLINDER USING SUCH DUST COVER

1. A brake cylinder dust cover for a brake cylinder, comprising: a cylindrical base having an axis, a cap having a boss in a center thereof, and a skirt having a first end and a second end that are connected by a slanted wall,wherein the first end of the skirt is connected to the cylindrical base and the slanted wall extends in a direction that is at an acute angle with the axis of the cylindrical base so that a circumference of the second end is larger than a circumference of the first end, and
wherein the boss is coaxial with the cylindrical base.

US Pat. No. 10,428,884

NOISE REDUCING BRAKE PADS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A brake pad comprising:a body having upper and lower edges, a friction surface extending between the upper and lower edges for engaging a rotor, and a notch located along a section of the upper edge,
wherein the notch has an arc length of about ¼ to about ½ of an arc length of the brake pad and a depth of about ? to about ? of a height of the brake pad, and
wherein, during engagement with the rotor, the notch is configured to reduce squeal noise caused by tangential modes of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,428,881

BLOW BACK PREVENTION DEVICE, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

The Boeing Company, Hunt...

1. A blow back prevention device 100 for an aircraft flap, comprising:a first ball-ramp plate 200 engaged with an output coupling 150, the output coupling 150 being adapted to receive a rotatable output shaft 50, and rotatable therewith about a longitudinal rotation axis 75, the first ball-ramp plate 200 having a first ball-ramp surface 220 and an opposed first braking surface 240;
a second ball-ramp plate 300 having a second ball-ramp surface 320 and an opposed second braking surface 340, and being disposed adjacent to the first ball-ramp plate 200 such that the first and second ball-ramp surfaces 220, 320 are opposed to each other, and include a ball 400 disposed therebetween, and such that each of the first and second braking surfaces 240, 340 is opposed to a respective first and second stationary braking structure 260, 360;
a spring 500 biasing the first ball-ramp plate 200 toward the second ball-ramp plate 300, to space the first braking surface 240 apart from the first stationary braking structure 260; and
an input shaft 600 opposed to the output coupling 150 and extending along the rotation axis 75 through the first and second ball-ramp plates 200, 300, the first and second ball-ramp plates 200, 300, the ball 400, and the spring 500 being arranged such that an absolute value of a rotational torque applied to the output coupling 150 by blow back of the flap, greater than a rotational torque applied to the input shaft 600, causes the ball 400 to urge apart the first and second ball-ramp surfaces 220, 320, and overcome the biasing of the spring 500, such that the first and second braking surfaces 240, 340 are urged against the respective first and second stationary structures 260, 360 to cease rotation of the output coupling 150 due to the rotational torque applied thereto by blow back of the flap.

US Pat. No. 10,428,879

FRICTION CLUTCH

1. A friction clutch for coupling a drive shaft of a motor vehicle motor to at least one transmission input shaft, the friction clutch comprising:an input part couplable to the drive shaft to input a torque of the drive shaft;
an output part couplable to the transmission input shaft to output a torque;
at least one clutch plate;
a pressing part movable relative to the input part and to the output part to press the output part and the input part together frictionally via the at least one clutch plate; and
a return spring in the form of a leaf spring to position the pressing part relative to the input part in a defined initial position;
at least a part of the torque transferred by the input part being transferable via the return spring, the return spring extending between a torque input location and a torque output location in a tangential direction and extending with an angle of inclination inclined to a radial plane of the friction clutch, the return spring being radially inward of the at least one clutch plate,
wherein the output part is a rotor of an electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,428,878

WEDGE PLATE CLUTCH WITH DUAL FUNCTION SPRING

20. A wedge plate clutch, comprising:an axis of rotation;
a hub;
an outer ring located radially outwardly of the hub;
a plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments radially disposed between the hub and the outer ring;
a cage; and,
a dual function spring including:
an annular body portion;
a first plurality of resilient elements extending from the annular body portion and urging the cage in a first axial direction with respect to the plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments;
a second plurality of resilient elements:
extending from the annular body portion; and,
in contact with the plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments; and,
a plurality of protrusions, each protrusion in the plurality of protrusions circumferentially disposed between:
a respective first circumferentially adjacent wedge plate segment included in the plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments; and,
a respective second circumferentially adjacent wedge plate segment included in the plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments, wherein:
for a connect mode for the wedge plate clutch, the hub and the outer ring are non-rotatably connected; and,
to transition from the connect mode to a disconnect mode for the wedge plate clutch, in which the hub and the outer ring are rotatable with respect to each other, the second plurality of resilient elements is arranged to displace the plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,876

CLUTCH DISK WITH TORSIONAL ANGULAR-DEPENDENT FRICTION DAMPING DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A torsion damper comprising:at least one torque input disk (5);
at least one torque output disk (25; 27);
the at least one torque input disk (5) and the at least one torque output disk constructed to perform movement in circumferential direction relative to the at least one torque output disk (25; 27) against the force of at least one spring storage (11);
a driving connection (63-69);
a friction device (41) for damping the relative movement by generating a smaller friction torque in a first swivel angle range (71) than in a second swivel angle range (81), the friction device (41) comprising at least two friction rings (43-47; 59; 61) which are rotatable in opposite direction relative to one another and which are activated depending on the swivel angle by the driving connection (63-69) of the at least two friction rings with the torque input disk (5);
wherein the driving connection (63-69) comprises a spring element (73) arranged functionally in series with the friction device (41) and functionally in parallel with the spring storage (11);
wherein the driving connection (63-69) is formed by a driving pin (63; 65) which extends into a cutout (69) of one of the at least two friction rings (59; 61), and wherein the spring element (73) is arranged between the driving pan (63; 65) and the cutout (69); and
wherein at least one spring element (73) is arranged on both sides of the driving pin (63; 65) in the swivel angle direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,875

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR BEARING DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

5. A cooling structure for a bearing device, the bearing device including a rolling bearing having a stationary raceway ring and a rotating raceway ring opposing inside and outside of the rolling bearing, the cooling structure comprising:a stationary spacer adjacent to the stationary raceway ring;
a rotating spacer adjacent to the rotating raceway ring;
an annular recessed portion provided on a portion of a circumferential surface of the stationary spacer that confronts the rotating spacer; and
a nozzle hole configured to inject a compressed air from an outlet open to a bottom surface of the recessed portion toward a portion of a circumferential surface of the rotating spacer that confronts the stationary spacer, the nozzle hole being inclined forwardly in a rotation direction of the rotating spacer,
wherein the stationary spacer comprises:
a portion that constitutes the nozzle hole; and
another portion formed separately from the portion that constitutes the nozzle hole,
wherein the nozzle hole has a transverse cross section orthogonal to a flow direction of the compressed air and a longitudinal cross section along the flow direction of the compressed air, one or both of the cross sections having a non-uniform shape, and
wherein an air hole leading to outside of the bearing device is provided at an intermediate portion of the nozzle hole, positioned intermediate in the flow direction of the compressed air.

US Pat. No. 10,428,872

GUIDE APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT USING THE SAME

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A guide apparatus comprising:a first member;
a second member assembled to the first member in such a manner as to be relatively movable in a length direction;
an engagement body placed on the second member; and
a pair of plate spring portions placed on the first member in such a manner as to sandwich the engagement body, wherein
the pair of plate spring portions bends in such a manner that a minimum dimension between the pair of plate spring portions is smaller than a dimension of the engagement body, and
in a state where the engagement body has gone beyond a minimum dimension position between the pair of plate spring portions and the second member is being held at a predetermined position on the first member, the minimum dimension between the pair of plate spring portions is smaller than the dimension of the engagement body, and both end portions, in the length direction, of each said plate spring portion are supported by the first member,
a first said end portion, in the length direction, of each said plate spring portion is fixed to the first member,
a second said end portion, in the length direction, of each said plate spring portion is supported by a support surface of the first member in such a manner as to be movable in the length direction, and
the second said end portions of the pair of plate spring portions bend, in convex form, toward the support surfaces of the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,428,871

BEARING RING

16. A bearing ring, comprising:an elongated sensor element that runs along at least a part of a surface of the bearing ring, wherein the connection between the sensor element and the bearing ring is established by a metallic metal material that is connected by material bonding with the bearing ring as well as with the sensor element,
wherein the sensor element is arranged in a groove that is machined in the bearing ring, the groove extends from the surface of the bearing ring, wherein the metallic metal material is connected with a flat metallic strip, and wherein the flat metallic strip is arranged at or in the surface of the bearing ring and covers the groove,
wherein the flat metallic strip projects from the surface of the bearing ring by a predetermined height.

US Pat. No. 10,428,869

SUSPENSION THRUST BEARING DEVICE

1. A suspension thrust bearing device for use with a suspension spring in an automotive suspension strut, the thrust bearing device comprising:a bearing with an upper annular part and a lower annular part in relative rotation with respect to each other, the lower annular part having an axial hub and an outwardly projected radial flange extending from the axial hub, and the lower part having an exterior support surface that axially supports an upper end of a suspension spring by the intermediate of a damping device made from resilient material, the damping device providing an axial portion secured to the axial hub, and a radial portion secured to the radial flange, wherein
the axial hub of the lower annular part includes a plurality of radial through recesses that are axially open on axial lower end of the axial hub, the recesses each having a transverse wall with a portion flaring from outer face of the hub, and wherein
the axial portion of the damping device provides a plurality of pins that protrude radially inward from the axial portion, the pins are each of corresponding shape with and fit within the recesses of axial hub.

US Pat. No. 10,428,866

SLIDE BEARING AND STRUT-TYPE SUSPENSION

OILES CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A slide bearing for supporting a load of a support target, comprising:an upper case which is subjected to the load of the support target;
a lower case which is rotatably combined with the upper case and forms an annular space, in combination with the upper case; and
a center plate which is placed in the annular space and functions as a bearing body realizing rotation between the upper case and the lower case, wherein:
the center plate has a lip which is integrally formed with at least one of outer and inner peripheral edges of the center plate; and the lip comes in contact with the upper case or the lower case, in which a support-target surface that slides against a bearing surface formed in the center plate is formed, so as to cover a sliding area between the bearing surface and the support-target surface from an outer or inner periphery side;
the support-target surface is formed in the upper case;
the upper case has an annular protrusion formed on an outer periphery side of the support-target surface; and
the lip is integrally formed with the outer peripheral edge of the center plate and comes in contact, while being bent, with the annular protrusion formed on the outer periphery side of the support-target surface of the upper case.

US Pat. No. 10,428,864

CONSOLE FOR VEHICLE INTERIOR

Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao ...

1. A component for a vehicle interior comprising:(a) a base;
(b) an armrest configured to move relative to the base from a retracted position to an extended position;
(c) at least one roller coupled to the armrest configured to allow movement of the armrest relative to the base; and
(d) a rail coupled to the base;
wherein the rail is configured to allow movement of the armrest relative to the base along a non-linear path;
wherein the rail comprises at least one of (a) a curved rail, (b) a curved guide, (c) a curved track;
wherein the at least one roller comprises a first roller bearing, a second roller bearing and a third roller bearing;
wherein the component further comprises a spring configured to force the third roller bearing to contact the rail and prevent upward movement of the armrest relative to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,428,863

VARIABLE COMPRESSION RATIO ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A variable compression ratio (VCR) internal combustion engine having a compression stroke and an expansion stroke, the engine comprising:an engine block defining a cylinder;
a cylinder head mounted to the engine block and defining at least a part of a combustion chamber;
a reciprocating piston arranged inside the cylinder and configured to compress a mixture of air and fuel and receive a combustion force, wherein the compression stroke of the piston defines a compression ratio of the engine;
a six-bar linkage mechanism configured to operatively connect the piston to the engine block, articulate on seven distinct parallel axes, decouple the compression stroke from the expansion stroke, and continuously and selectively vary the compression stroke of the piston and the compression ratio of the engine;
wherein the six-bar linkage mechanism includes:
a primary crankshaft configured to be rotated about a first axis via the combustion force received by the piston;
a connecting rod pivotably connected to the piston at a second axis;
a multi-bar link rotatably connected to the connecting rod at a third axis and to the primary crankshaft at a fourth axis;
a control link pivotably connected to the multi-bar link at a fifth axis; and
a control crankshaft arranged in the engine block, connected to the control link at a sixth axis, and configured to rotate about a seventh axis, such that rotating the control crankshaft regulates the stroke of the piston and thereby continuously varies the compression ratio of the engine; and
a torque-transfer mechanism configured to operatively connect the control crankshaft to the primary crankshaft, for synchronized operation therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,428,847

TAPERED HEAD CLINCH FASTENER

PEM Management, Inc., Wi...

1. A clinch fastener, comprising from top to bottom:a frustoconical head adapted to frictionally lock into a receiving hole, said head having a bottom surface substantially perpendicular to a central vertical axis of the fastener adapted to displace material to which the fastener is thereby affixed;
an undercut located immediately below said head bottom surface and adapted to receive said material displaced by said head bottom surface; and
a shank at the bottom of the fastener located immediately below the undercut.

US Pat. No. 10,428,843

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM OF A TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A tool comprising:a hydraulic actuator cylinder;
a piston slidably accommodated within the hydraulic actuator cylinder, wherein the piston includes a piston head and a piston rod extending from the piston head along a central axis direction of the hydraulic actuator cylinder, wherein the piston head divides an inside of the hydraulic actuator cylinder into a first chamber and a second chamber, wherein the piston is partially hollow, and wherein the piston rod is disposed in the first chamber and configured to move one or more jaws of the tool;
a pump configured to provide pressurized fluid;
a sequence valve configured to block the pressurized fluid from flowing into the second chamber of the hydraulic actuator cylinder until pressure of the pressurized fluid exceeds a threshold pressure value, wherein when the tool is triggered:
the pump provides the pressurized fluid to a hollow portion of the piston, causing the piston to extend at a first speed until at least one of the one or more jaws reach an object placed therebetween, and
thereafter, pressure of the pressurized fluid increases until the pressure reaches the threshold pressure value, causing the sequence valve to open providing a path for the pressurized fluid to the second chamber, causing the piston to extend at a second speed; and
a high pressure check valve configured to prevent the pressurized fluid from flowing into the second chamber as the piston extends at the first speed.