US Pat. No. 10,364,751

FUEL STAGING

Delavan Inc, West Des Mo...

1. A fuel injector comprising:a feed arm with an inlet end and a nozzle body extending from the feed arm at an end opposite the inlet end, wherein the nozzle body defines a prefilming chamber that opens into an annular outlet orifice for issuing a spray therefrom; and
a plurality of fuel circuits defined from the inlet end of the feed arm to the prefilming chamber of the nozzle body, wherein the plurality of fuel circuits includes at least three fuel circuits in fluid isolation from one another from the inlet end of the feed arm to the prefilming chamber, and wherein each of the fuel circuits includes a single respective conduit extending through the feed arm and nozzle body from the inlet end of the feed arm to a single respective outlet slot feeding into the prefilming chamber for allocating fuel to any single circuit in the plurality of fuel circuits for independent staging of flow through each outlet slot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,750

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining a radial direction and comprising:an outer nacelle;
a fan at least partially surrounded by the outer nacelle; and
a turbomachine drivingly coupled to the fan and at least partially surrounded by the outer nacelle, the outer nacelle defining a bypass airflow passage with the turbomachine, the turbomachine comprising
a compressor section defining in part a core air flowpath, the turbomachine further defining a core compartment outward of the core air flowpath along the radial direction;
a heat sink heat exchanger; and
a thermal management duct assembly defining a thermal management duct flowpath extending between an inlet and an outlet and positioned between the core air flowpath and the bypass airflow passage along the radial direction, the outlet selectively in airflow communication with the core compartment, and the heat sink heat exchanger positioned in thermal communication with the thermal management duct flowpath for transferring heat to an airflow through the thermal management duct flowpath during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,749

COOLING AIR HEAT EXCHANGER SCOOP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan section comprising a plurality of rotor cascades and a plurality of stator cascades, wherein the fan section defines a fan air stream;
a compressor section downstream of the fan section;
a combustor section downstream of the compressor section;
a first turbine section downstream of the combustor section, the first turbine section being connected to the compressor section;
a second turbine section downstream of the first turbine section, the second turbine section being connected to the fan section, wherein the compressor section, the combustor section, the first turbine section, and the second turbine section define a primary air stream;
a first cooling air scoop receiving a portion of the fan air stream and defining an inlet to a cooling air stream that is positioned upstream of and radially outward from a splitter, wherein the inlet divides the portion of the fan air stream into the cooling air stream and another portion of the fan air stream, the first cooling air scoop subtending only a first sector of a circumference of the gas turbine engine, wherein the first cooling air scoop comprises a leading edge nose that is radially aligned with or radially outward from a midspan of a downstream-most stator cascade of the plurality of stator cascades; and
the splitter positioned between the fan section and the compressor section dividing the another portion of the fan air stream into the primary air stream and a secondary air stream radially outward from the primary air stream;
a heat exchanger comprising:
a hot side that is fluidly connected to the compressor section; and
a cold side that is fluidly connected to the cooling air stream via the first cooling air scoop, wherein the cooling air stream combines with the secondary air stream downstream from the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,364,747

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR TREATING GASEOUS STREAMS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A system for managing the removing contaminants from gaseous streams, such as an exhaust stream, the system comprising:a combustion system producing an exhaust stream;
a tempering air system comprising:
a housing forming an interior region;
one or more cooling components disposed within the interior region, each of the one or more cooling components configured to:
receive at least a portion of the exhaust stream;
draw a cooling stream based on the at least the portion of the exhaust stream, wherein draw of the cooling stream relies on the Venturi effect and/or Bernoulli's principle based on a velocity of the at least the portion of the exhaust stream;
mix the cooling stream with the at least the portion of the exhaust stream to form a mixed stream, wherein a temperature of the mixed stream is lower than a temperature of the at least the portion of the exhaust stream; and
an exhaust treatment system configured to receive the mixed stream and to remove one or more contaminants from the mixed stream, and further comprising:
one or more sensors configured to measure temperature, wherein one of the one or more sensors is disposed between the one or more cooling components and the exhaust treatment system;
a regulator configured to adjust a volume of cooling stream drawn into one of the one or more cooling components;
a control unit in communication with the one or more sensors and the regulator; wherein the control unit is configured to:
obtain temperature measurements from the one or more sensors:
determine whether the temperature measurements are within a threshold; and
transmit a notification to the regulator to adjust the volume of cooling stream drawn into one of the one or more cooling components.

US Pat. No. 10,364,746

TURBOMACHINERY INLET SCREEN

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A turbomachinery inlet screen, comprising:a first screen including a first edge and a second edge, the first screen comprising an arched cross-sectional shape; and
a second screen including a third edge and a fourth edge, the second screen is planar and comprises a substantially flat cross-sectional shape;
wherein the first edge is secured to the third edge by a first flange and the second edge is secured to the fourth edge by a second flange,
wherein a first portion of the first screen is offset from the second screen; and
wherein at least a second portion of the first screen is disposed adjacent the second screen; and
wherein:
a cavity formed between the first screen and the second screen forms an annular ring with a hemisphere-shaped cross-section, an inner cylindrical surface, and an outer arcuate surface, and
the first screen forms the outer arcuate surface of the annular ring and the second screen forms the inner cylindrical surface of the annular ring.

US Pat. No. 10,364,745

AIR INTAKE ARRANGEMENT

1. An intake for channeling air flowing past a propeller to an inlet of an aircraft engine that drives the propeller with a drive shaft, the intake comprising:a static cowling that extends along an axis and that flares outward at an upstream end of the static cowling;
an intake slot that is formed in the static cowling, the intake slot connecting to a passage of the inlet of the aircraft engine, the intake slot opening over an arc that extends less than 360 degrees of a circumference of the static cowling having an axially rearward edge that blends into the static cowling through a curve having a vertex, wherein the vertex is radially inside a projected extension of the flared portion from an upstream portion of the flared cowling across the intake slot, and
a translating cowl having a stowed position axially aft of the intake slot and a deployed position axially aligned with the intake slot, and
wherein the translating cowl extends circumferentially over a shorter arc than the intake slot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,743

GRID SCALE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS USING REHEATED AIR TURBINE OR GAS TURBINE EXPANDERS

POWERPHASE LLC, Jupiter,...

1. A method of operating a compressed air energy storage system associated with a gas turbine power plant, the compressed air energy storage system having an air storage tank in fluid communication with a multi-stage compressor and a multi-stage air expander, the multi-stage compressor comprising a low pressure compressor having an intercooler associated therewith and a high pressure compressor, the method comprising:operating the compressed air energy storage system in an energy storage mode by:
compressing ambient air in the low pressure compressor, cooling the compressed air using the intercooler, and then compressing the compressed air in the high pressure compressor to generate a first compressed air flow; and
directing the first compressed air flow from the high pressure compressor directly to the air storage tank; and,
operating the compressed air energy storage system in an air injection mode by:
compressing ambient air in the low pressure compressor to generate a second compressed air flow, the second compressed air flow bypassing each of the intercooler and the high pressure compressor;
directing the first compressed air flow from the storage tank, through a first heater and into the multi-stage air expander;
mixing the first compressed air flow downstream of the multi-stage air expander with the second compressed air flow to form an injection air flow; and
injecting the injection air flow into a gas turbine;
wherein, a pressure of the second compressed air flow exiting the low pressure compressor is greater than a pressure of air in a compressor discharge plenum of the gas turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,364,742

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVE MECHANISM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control device for a vehicle drive mechanism including a moving body which is movably supported, two stoppers, each of which defines an end of a movability range of the moving body, an actuator which drives the moving body in a moving direction, and a sensor which senses a position of the moving body, the control device comprising:a learning unit that learns an output of the sensor corresponding to a contact state of each of the two stoppers,
wherein the learning unit executes learning for a first stopper of the two stoppers prior to learning for a second stopper of the two stoppers, the first stopper having a higher rigidity than the second stopper,
wherein, while the moving body is brought into contact with the first stopper, an operation variable of the actuator is limited so as not to exceed a first upper limit value,
wherein, while the moving body is brought into contact with the second stopper, the operation variable is limited so as not to exceed a second upper limit value, which is lower than the first upper limit value, and
wherein, while the moving body rebounds off the second stopper and moves toward the first stopper, the operation variable is limited so as not to exceed a third upper limit value, which is lower than the first upper limit value and greater than the second upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,364,741

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE PROVIDED WITH TURBOCHARGER

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

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:an engine main body;
a structural member disposed around the engine main body;
a bracket including a support plate and a plurality of leg pieces depending from the support plate and connected to the structural member;
a turbocharger including a turbine and a compressor, the turbine being connected to a side of the support plate opposite to the structural member;
an exhaust pipe connected to a central part of the turbine and extending in a direction away from the compressor; and
an engine auxiliary disposed between the structural member and the support plate,
wherein the leg pieces are arranged unevenly to shield heat to provide a higher heat shielding performance on a side of the exhaust pipe than on a side of the compressor with respect to the support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,740

FLUID DELIVERY PORT OF AN INTEGRAL CYLINDER HEAD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An engine additive fluid port comprising:a series of material layers arranged as a first oblong hollow member configured to seamlessly surround at least a portion of an exterior surface of an integrated cylinder head's intake port, the member penetrating into a cavity of the intake port via a plurality of nozzles featuring apertures configured to spray a first fluid into the cavity such that the member and the cylinder head form a unitary piece.

US Pat. No. 10,364,738

PRE-CHAMBER IGNITION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:a combustion chamber formed by a cylinder capped by a cylinder head;
a pre-chamber formed by the cylinder head, the pre-chamber extending away from the cylinder head and into the cylinder and including a bottom aperture shaped to receive a protrusion of a piston;
the piston disposed within the cylinder, the piston including the protrusion shaped to fit within the pre-chamber; and
a plurality of orifices formed in a sidewall of the pre-chamber positioned above the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,737

COOLING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

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

1. A cooling system for a vehicle that has a drive assembly and an exhaust gas turbocharger, comprising:a high temperature cooling circuit including at least one pump, the drive assembly, and the exhaust gas turbocharger, the at least one pump being configured to circulate a high temperature cooling water to the drive assembly and to the exhaust gas turbocharger;
a low temperature cooling circuit including a charge air cooler and at least one low temperature cooler, the at least one low temperature cooler having a low temperature coolant of the low temperature cooling circuit circulating therethough and exchanging heat with air, a low temperature cooling water pump configured to circulate the low temperature cooling water and being positioned between the at least one low temperature cooler and the charge air cooler; and
a coupling line coupling the high temperature cooling circuit and the low temperature cooling circuit, where a first end of the coupling line is connected at the charge air cooler, the coupling line having a nonreturn valve that is opened or closed depending on a pressure ratio between the high temperature cooling circuit and the low temperature cooling circuit;
wherein the high temperature cooling circuit is connected to a cooling water compensation tank that has a venting device so that the high temperature cooling circuit can be vented at the cooling water compensation tank, and the nonreturn valve connecting the low temperature cooling circuit to the high temperature cooling circuit so that the cooling water can be vented into flow through the high temperature cooling circuit and to the cooling water compensation tank for venting through the venting device of the cooling water compensation tank only in defined operating states when the nonreturn valve of the coupling line is open.

US Pat. No. 10,364,736

FLUID CONTROL VALVE ASSEMBLY

NIPPON THERMOSTAT CO., LT...

1. A fluid control valve assembly comprising:a valve unit configured to open and close a fluid flow path to control an amount of fluid flow, the valve unit comprising a piston fixed to the upstream chamber at a connection point; and
an upstream chamber disposed upstream of the valve unit, the upstream chamber formed of spherical walls and an inwardly protruding bulge separate from the connection point, the upstream chamber defined by the spherical walls, the inwardly protruding bulge, an opening of an upstream pipe configured to supply fluid to the valve unit, and the valve unit,
wherein the upstream pipe is disposed on a portion of the upstream chamber and configured to supply fluid to the valve unit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,735

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING VEHICLE GRILLE SHUTTERS BASED ON VEHICLE SPEED AND DIRECTION OF GRILLE SHUTTER ADJUSTMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating movable vehicle grille shutters, comprising:during a first condition when grille shutters are moving in an opening direction to a desired percentage opening, adjusting the grille shutters by increasing a commanded percentage opening of the grille shutters as vehicle speed increases and as the desired percentage opening decreases; and
during a second condition when the grille shutters are moving in a closing direction to a desired percentage closing, adjusting the grille shutters by increasing a commanded percentage closing of the grille shutters as vehicle speed increases and as the desired percentage closing decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,364,734

ASSEMBLY FOR AN EXHAUST SYSTEM

1. An assembly for an exhaust system, the assembly comprising:a housing having a jacket;
an insert arranged in an interior of the housing and having at least one exhaust pipe, wherein the jacket has an opening through which the exhaust pipe is connectable to the exhaust system; and
an adapter part that is connected to the exhaust pipe, wherein the adapter part has a contact section that contacts an inner side of the jacket around the opening, and the adapter part and the exhaust pipe are completely arranged in the interior of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,733

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:an exhaust channel that includes a manifold channel including a plurality of branch channels that are respectively connected to a plurality of cylinders and a collective portion where exhaust gases flowing through the plurality of branch channels are collected into one, and a common channel arranged on a downstream side of the collective portion; and
a catalytic device that is arranged in the common channel and configured to purify the exhaust gases,
wherein, with respect to a longest cylinder that is a cylinder whose flow channel length from the cylinder to the collective portion is the longest among the plurality of cylinders, the manifold channel includes a first hollow layer that covers a part or a whole of a first channel wall in a first flow channel direction of a corresponding branch channel that is connected to the longest cylinder,
wherein, with respect to a shortest cylinder that is a cylinder whose flow channel length from the cylinder to the collective portion is the shortest among the plurality of cylinders and other than the longest cylinder, the manifold channel does not include a second hollow layer that covers a corresponding branch channel that is connected to the shortest cylinder, and
wherein a wall that forms the first hollow layer is formed integrally and continuously with a same material as the first channel wall, and a plurality of support columns formed at predetermined intervals in the first flow channel direction connect the first channel wall and the wall that forms the first hollow layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,730

SENSOR

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. A particulate matter sensor for exhaust gas comprising:a filter member having a plurality of cells which are defined by a porous partition wall;
at least a pair of electrode members which are disposed to face each other with some of the plurality of cells sandwiched therebetween to form a condenser;
a heater member configured to heat the some of the plurality of cells to burn and remove particulate matter accumulated in some of the plurality of cells;
an electrostatic capacity detection circuit configured to detect an electrostatic capacity between the pair of electrode members; and
an estimation unit configured to estimate an amount of the particulate matter contained in the exhaust gas based on the electrostatic capacity between the pair of electrode members detected by the electrostatic capacity detection circuit,
wherein the filter member is a filter layer in which the plurality of cells are disposed in parallel in one direction,
wherein the pair of electrode members are first and second planar electrode plates which are disposed to face each other with the filter layer sandwiched therebetween, and
wherein the heater member is a planar heater substrate which is configured to be energized to be heated, and the planar heat substrate is interposed either between the first planar electrode plate and the filter layer or between the second planar electrode plate and the filter layer along a flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,364,729

DETERMINING AN AMMONIA MASS FLOW BETWEEN TWO SCR CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a mass flow of ammonia between a first SCR catalytic converter and a second SCR catalytic converter, the second SCR catalytic converter disposed downstream of the first SCR catalytic converter in an SCR catalytic converter system (20) in an exhaust system (11), the exhaust system further comprising a reduction agent dosing unit (21) upstream of the first SCR catalytic converter (22), the method comprising:receiving, with an electronic control unit, a first signal from a NOx sensor electrically coupled to the electronic control unit and disposed between the first SCR catalytic converter and the second SCR catalytic converter;
receiving, with the electronic control unit, a second signal from a second NOx sensor electrically coupled to the electronic control unit disposed downstream of the second SCR catalytic converter; and
determining, with the electronic control unit, a mass flow of ammonia between the first SCR catalytic converter and the second SCR catalytic converter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,728

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING AN EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A system for assembling an exhaust after-treatment assembly having a plurality of exhaust after-treatment blocks, each of the plurality of exhaust after-treatment blocks disposed adjacent to at least one other exhaust after-treatment block, and including one or more catalyst substrates, each of the catalyst substrates including a first face, a second face, and a plurality of side faces, the system comprising:at least one flange member configured to surround the one or more catalyst substrates in each of the plurality of exhaust after-treatment blocks, about the side faces; and
a locking arrangement comprising:
one or more clips on the at least one flange member and disposed in a plane parallel to at least one of the first face and the second face; and
a bracket member configured to engage with the one or more clips in the at least one flange member of each exhaust after-treatment block of the adjacent exhaust after-treatment blocks,
wherein the bracket member comprises a gasket attached to a back surface of the bracket member such that the gasket provides a seal joint when the bracket member is engaged with the one or more clips of the at least one flange member of each of the adjacent exhaust after-treatment blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,364,727

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust gas purification apparatus for an internal combustion engine comprising:an NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst that is arranged in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine and selectively reduces NOx in an exhaust gas by using ammonia as a reducing agent;
an addition valve that is arranged in said exhaust passage at the upstream side of said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst and adds an additive agent, which is ammonia or a precursor of ammonia, into the exhaust gas;
a temperature sensor configured to acquire a temperature of said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst;
an air fuel ratio sensor configured to acquire an air fuel ratio of the exhaust gas flowing into said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst; and
a controller configured to make an amount of the additive agent to be added into the exhaust gas from said addition valve smaller when the air fuel ratio acquired by said air fuel ratio sensor is larger than a predetermined air fuel ratio, than when it is equal to or less than said predetermined air fuel ratio, in cases where the temperature acquired by said temperature sensor is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature at which ammonia is oxidized.

US Pat. No. 10,364,726

METHOD FOR HEATING AN OPERATING AGENT, AND AN OPERATING AGENT HEATING SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for heating an operating agent for a rail vehicle, which comprises the steps of:pumping a coolant liquid just by means of a single pump through a coolant circuit of an internal combustion engine in an operating mode of an operating agent heating system;
pumping the coolant liquid by the single pump through a main heating circuit of the operating agent heating system for heating the operating agent in a reservoir in the operating mode;
dividing the main heating circuit into two sub-circuits of a preheating circuit though which the coolant liquid flows in a preheating mode of the operating agent heating system, wherein the coolant liquid heated by a preheating device will be pumped in the two sub-circuits through which the coolant liquid flows, by means of a pump of the preheating device through the two sub-circuits; and
performing a thawing mode with the operating agent heating system, where the coolant liquid heated by the preheating device is pumped by the pump of the preheating device through only a sub-circuit of the two sub-circuits of the preheating circuit which leads through the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,364,722

METHOD FOR REGULATING AN EXHAUST-GAS AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

FEV EUROPE GMBH, (DE)

1. A method for regulating an exhaust-gas aftertreatment device for an internal combustion engine, whereinat least one operating state of the internal combustion engine is detected,
respectively one loading state of a first SCR component and of a second SCR component which is arranged downstream of the first SCR component is detected, wherein the two SCR components are able to be loaded with a reducing agent,
an efficiency of the first and/or of the second SCR component is determined by way of an efficiency model in dependence on at least one of the two loading states,
a first target loading of the second SCR component is determined in dependence on the operating state of the internal combustion engine,
a first sensor upstream of the first SCR component and a second sensor downstream of the second SCR component are used in each case to detect a nitrogen oxide concentration and/or a concentration of the reducing agent in the form of a first sensor value of the first sensor and of a corresponding second sensor value of the second sensor,
the loading state of the second SCR component is regulated by way of a dosing system for dosing the reducing agent and at least in dependence on the first and the second sensor value and on the determined efficiency of the first SCR component and/or the second SCR component, wherein a first reference variable, which is equal to the first target loading, is used, and the dosing system is arranged upstream of the first SCR component.

US Pat. No. 10,364,720

METHODS FOR INSERTING WIRES INTO A GASEOUS EMISSIONS TREATMENT UNIT

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY EMISS...

1. A method for loading elongate wire lengths into elongate cells of a honeycomb ceramic substrate unit for a gaseous emissions treatment assembly, the method comprising, forming lengths of the wire with generally pointed profile tips, aligning axes of the wire lengths with axes of respective selected ones of the cells, moving the wire lengths so that the tips enter into ends of the respective selected cells, and pushing the wire lengths to desired positions within the respective cells;monitoring a reactive force acting on a wire length as it is inserted into a respective cell and, on the basis of the monitored reactive force, adjusting insertion conditions to limit or reduce the reactive force; and
wherein the monitoring of the reactive force is effected using a sensor mounted near a leading end of a wire length insertion arm or in a drive to the insertion arm.

US Pat. No. 10,364,719

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION SYSTEM, AND NOX PURIFICATION CAPACITY RESTORATION METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. An exhaust gas purification system comprising:a NOx storage-reduction catalyst that is provided on an exhaust passageway of an internal combustion engine to reduce and purify a nitrogen compound in exhaust gas; and
a control unit configured to:
estimate a degree of deterioration of the NOx storage-reduction catalyst;
execute a regeneration process in which the exhaust gas is enriched so as to restore a NOx storage capacity of the NOx storage-reduction catalyst;
set a target interval from an end of the regeneration process to a start of a subsequent regeneration process;
correct the target interval based on the estimated degree of deterioration; and
prohibit an end of a NOx regeneration control until an elapsing time counted from a start of the NOx regeneration control reaches a required minimum time that is longer than a time during which a control operation by an air system or a MAF (mass air flow) tracking control is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,718

ON-BOARD CO2 CAPTURE AND STORAGE WITH METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORK

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A method of capturing and storing CO2 on a vehicle, comprising:contacting an vehicle exhaust gas with a first metal organic framework (MOF) composition, sufficient to separate CO2 from the exhaust gas;
contacting the separated CO2 with a second MOF composition, sufficient to store the CO2; and
wherein the first MOF composition comprises one or more SIFSIX-n-M MOFs and wherein M is a metal and n is 2 or 3.

US Pat. No. 10,364,714

DEVICE FOR THE SEPARATION OF OIL DROPLETS AND/OR OIL MIST

Reinz-Dichtungs-GmbH, Ne...

1. A device for the separation of oil droplets and/or oil mist from blow-by gases of a combustion engine with a valve for the control of a gas flow from a pressure side to a suction side of the air-oil separator, where the valve comprises a valve body with at least two or more gas passage openings from the pressure side to the suction side of the valve as well as at least one valve closure for the suction-sided closure of gas passage openings of the valve body,wherein the at least one valve closure comprises resilient two tongues, wherein said tongues are realized in such a way that at least one of the gas passage openings cannot be closed by the resilient tongues, wherein said two tongues either face one another across a longitudinal axis located between two of said gas passage openings of said valve body or extend away from one another from said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,364,713

MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVETRAIN CONTROLLER

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

19. A system for controlling a drivetrain of a motor vehicle having a reciprocating engine and a vehicle wheel selectively coupled with the reciprocating engine, wherein the system comprises an electronic control unit configured to:actuate a driven mode of the drivetrain, wherein the vehicle wheel at least partially drives a crankshaft of the reciprocating engine such that a piston operably coupled to the crankshaft repeatedly cycles through a first expansion stroke, a first reduction stroke, a second expansion stroke and a second reduction stroke in an engine cylinder; and
actuate a resistance-reducing mode to reduce the compression work and pump loss of the reciprocating engine including:
opening a valve during the first reduction stroke following the first expansion stroke for at least one cycle of the reciprocating engine to intermittently open the engine cylinder; and
closing the valve through the first expansion stroke and the second reduction stroke for at least one cycle of the reciprocating engine to close the engine cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,364,712

SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE ACTUATION OF A VALVE OF AN INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE

C.R.F. Societa Consortile...

1. A system for variable actuation of an engine valve of an internal-combustion engine, comprising:a hydraulic apparatus, including:
a master piston,
a slave piston configured to be driven by said master piston by a volume of fluid set between said master piston and said slave piston, and
a solenoid valve configured for assuming a state in which said volume of fluid is set in communication with an outlet so as to render said slave piston independent from movement of said master piston;
a camshaft designed to drive said master piston in motion, said camshaft has a first cam profile for governing, through said master piston, said engine valve in a four-stroke engine operating mode;
said camshaft or a further camshaft has a second cam profile for governing said valve in a two-stroke engine operating mode;
a control unit configured for controlling said solenoid valve so as to govern said engine valve, within said four-stroke engine operating mode, according to a lift and/or opening and closing times that are variable as a function of one or more parameters indicative of operating conditions of the engine;
a rocker mechanism having:
a first rocker, which is pre-arranged for being actuated by said first cam profile,
a second rocker, which is pre-arranged for being actuated by said second cam profile,
a third rocker connected directly to said master piston to drive it in motion, and
a selector device for connecting selectively said third rocker and said master piston with said first rocker or said second rocker,
in such a way that actuation of the first rocker or the second rocker connected to the master piston via the third rocker determines movement of the master piston under control of the first cam profile or the second cam profile,
said control unit is configured for controlling said selector device so as to govern the engine valve selectively in one or the other of the two-stroke and four-stroke engine operating modes, and said control unit is configured for controlling said solenoid valve to open or close hydraulic connection between said volume of fluid, set between said master piston and said slave piston and said outlet, on the basis of the selected two-stroke or four-stroke engine operating mode, and
wherein said third rocker is associated to a further cam profile having an outer profile corresponding to a base circle of said first and second cam profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,364,699

CLEANING METHOD FOR JET ENGINE

Aerocore Technologies LLC...

1. A method for providing a gas-foamed water soluble liquid cleaning agent to a gas turbine engine installed on an airplane, the gas turbine engine having an inlet and a compressor, comprising:operating a source of a water soluble liquid cleaning agent, a liquid pump, a source of pressurized gas, a turbulent mixing chamber, and a non-atomizing nozzle;
mixing pressurized gas with pressurized liquid in the mixing chamber and creating a supply of foam;
streaming the supply of foam into the inlet or compressor of the installed engine from the non-atomizing nozzle;
rotating all spools of the engine during said streaming;
permitting the innermost spool to come to a stop and maintaining said streaming after the innermost spool has stopped; and
rerotating all spools of the engine after the innermost spool has stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,364,687

FAN CONTAINING FAN BLADES WITH A U-SHAPED SLOT HAVING A DECREASED LENGTH PLANAR SECTION

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A fan for a gas turbine engine comprising:a hub defining a plurality of grooves and a plurality of keys, one of the plurality of keys respectively disposed in each of the plurality of grooves;
an annular array of fan blades, each fan blade including a blade root, each blade root being receivably mounted in a corresponding groove of the plurality of grooves so as to be radially retained therein and fitted to a corresponding key of the plurality of keys;
each blade root having a bottom surface defining a generally U-shaped slot, the U-shaped slot extending along the bottom surface from a pressure side to a suction side of each blade root and opening out at the pressure side and the suction side of each blade root;
each key of the plurality of keys is formed in a U-shape so as to be at least partially fitted respectively in each generally U-shaped slot when the blade root is receivably mounted in the corresponding groove of the hub; and
each U-shaped slot being formed from a plurality of planar sections and a plurality of curved sections defined in the blade root, the plurality of planar sections including a first planar section, a second planar section and a third planar section, the second planar section being positioned at a deepest portion of each U-shaped slot intermediate the first planar section and the third planar section, and when each U-shaped slot is viewed in cross section along a length of each blade root in a chordwise direction of each blade root, each first planar section, second planar section and third planar section has a cross-sectional peripheral dimension being a length in the chordwise direction or a height generally perpendicular to the chordwise direction,
wherein, for each generally U-shaped slot, at least one of:
(i) the cross-sectional peripheral length in the chordwise direction of the second planar section is less than at least one of the cross-sectional peripheral height of the first planar section or the cross-sectional peripheral height of the third planar section, or
(ii) the plurality of curved sections each have a respective cross-sectional peripheral dimension having a radius of curvature, and the total cross-sectional peripheral dimension of the radius of curvatures of the plurality of curved sections is greater than the total cross-sectional peripheral dimension of the plurality of planar sections.

US Pat. No. 10,364,684

FASTBACK VORTICOR PIN

General Electric Company,...

1. A structure for disrupting a flow of a fluid, the structure comprising:a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall spaced apart from one another, yet joined, by a floor and a ceiling; and,
a vorticor pin extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall in a direction parallel to an X-axis, the vorticor pin concurrently rising above and extending away from the floor to a height, in a direction parallel to a Y-axis, to provide a gap between the vorticor pin and the ceiling, the vorticor pin comprising:
a front surface extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall, the front surface extending above the floor and having an arcuate portion that is transverse with respect to a Z-axis, which is perpendicular to the X-axis and the Y-axis, and having a vertex that extends perpendicular from the floor and parallel to the Y-axis,
a rear surface extending incompletely between the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall, the rear surface extending between the vertex of the front surface and the floor and meeting the floor at a linear line of termination parallel to the X-axis, the rear surface having an inclining section that tapers in height, taken parallel to the Y-axis, in a direction parallel to the Z-axis, and
opposing side surfaces continuous with the front surface and spaced apart from one another and are non-parallel to one another relative to the Z-axis along their full extent, wherein the front surface extends forwardly from the opposing side surfaces along the Z-axis forming the arcuate portion of the front surface, wherein the opposing side surfaces extend perpendicular to the floor and parallel to the Y-axis.

US Pat. No. 10,364,682

PLATFORM COOLING CORE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE ROTOR BLADE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A rotor blade, comprising:a platform;
an airfoil that extends radially from said platform;
a first cooling core that extends at least partially inside said airfoil;
a second cooling core inside of said platform;
a first cooling hole that extends circumferentially between a mate face of said platform and said second cooling core;
a second cooling hole that extends between a gas path surface of said platform and said second cooling core; and
wherein said second cooling core is radially disposed between said gas path surface and a non-gas path surface, and said second cooling core is circumferentially disposed between said first cooling core and said mate face; and
wherein said second cooling core is fed with a cooling fluid from a pocket located radially inboard from said platform.

US Pat. No. 10,364,674

CUTTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A cutting apparatus suitable for creating tunnels or subterranean roadways and the like comprising:a main frame having generally upward, downward and side facing regions;
at least one arm pivotally mounted via an arm pivot axis aligned in a direction extending transverse including perpendicular to a generally upright direction relative to the upward and downward facing regions to pivot the arm relative to the main frame in an upward and downward direction relative to the upward and downward facing regions;
at least one arm actuator arranged to actuate pivoting movement of the arm relative to the main frame;
a rotatable cutting head mounted at the arm rotatable about a head axis orientated to extend substantially transverse to the arm pivot axis;
a pair of crawler tracks or a set of wheels arranged to provide forward and rearward movement of the cutting apparatus over ground; and
a set of floor engaging members mounted at the main frame, wherein the floor engaging members are extendable to provide a cutting mode of the cutting apparatus, in which the cutting apparatus rests on the floor engaging members, and are retractable to provide a non-cutting mode of the cutting apparatus, in which the cutting apparatus rests on the pair of crawler tracks or set of wheels, the pair of crawler tracks or the set of wheels defining a plane inclined relative to the main frame such that upon changing from the cutting mode to the non-cutting mode the cutting head is raised away from the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,364,673

FLUID IMAGING IN A BOREHOLE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of radiation sources located circumferentially around a borehole to transmit radiation into a fluid in the borehole;
a plurality of radiation detectors located circumferentially around the borehole, the plurality of radiation detectors to detect the radiation transmitted by each of the respective ones of the plurality of radiation sources; and
a controller coupled to the plurality of radiation detectors to determine an attenuation of the radiation at the plurality of detectors and determine a chemical composition of the fluid in response to the attenuation of the radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,672

COMPLETION OPTIMIZATION PROCESS BASED ON ACOUSTIC LOGGING DATA IN THE LATERAL SECTION IN A HORIZONTAL WELL

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for performing a perforation cluster operation in a horizontal well for completion of said well, the method comprising:defining a preliminary first location for each of a plurality of perforation clusters based on a geometrical distribution;
conveying a carrier through a borehole into a horizontal section of the borehole, wherein the plurality of perforation clusters are positioned at the respective preliminary first locations;
obtaining acoustic data using one or more acoustic sensors, wherein the acoustic data comprises minimum horizontal stress (Shmin) along the horizontal section of the borehole;
identifying a minimum horizontal stress (Shmin) for each preliminary first location based on the acoustic data;
calculating a differential net pressure for each preliminary first location based on the minimum horizontal stress (Shmin) for each preliminary first location;
adjusting the location of each of the plurality of perforation clusters to a respective second location such that the differential net pressure of the second locations is less than the differential net pressure of the preliminary first locations; and
activating the plurality of perforation clusters at the respective second locations to perform a perforation operation such that fracturing of a formation at the second locations is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,364,671

DIAMOND TIPPED CONTROL VALVE USED FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE DRILLING APPLICATIONS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A control valve assembly for a downhole string configured to be at least partially filled with mud, the control valve assembly comprising:a body including a mud flow passage having a mud flow inlet and a mud flow outlet;
a valve seat arranged at one of the mudflow inlet and the mudflow outlet;
a plunger arranged within the body, the plunger abutting the valve seat covering the one of the mudflow inlet and the mudflow outlet, wherein the plunger includes a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, the first end portion including a tapered surface, at least one of the first end portion of the plunger and the valve seat is formed from diamond coated material;
a valve carrier supported in the body, the valve carrier extending about and supporting the plunger; and
a solenoid mounted at the body about the plunger, the solenoid being selectively energized to shift the plunger from the valve seat allowing a pulse of mud to flow through the mud flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,670

AZIMUTHALLY ACOUSTIC IMAGING LOGGING WHILE DRILLING (LWD) APPARATUS

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND ...

1. An azimuthally acoustic imaging logging while drilling (LWD) apparatus, comprising:a drill collar having a first section and a second section,
a low-frequency transmitting transducer, a high-frequency transmitting transducer, and a transmitting integrated circuit unit disposed on the first section of the drill collar;
a receiving transducer and a receiving integrated circuit unit disposed on the second section of the drill collar;
a sound insulator disposed between the first section and the second section;
a trace rod extending through the sound insulator, wherein a first end of the trace rod is connected with the transmitting integrated circuit unit, and a second end of the trace rod is connected with the receiving integrated circuit unit,
wherein, during operation, the low-frequency transmitting transducer and the high-frequency transmitting transducer both operate at their respective transducer resonance points.

US Pat. No. 10,364,669

METHODS OF ACOUSTICALLY COMMUNICATING AND WELLS THAT UTILIZE THE METHODS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of determining a major frequency for each of a plurality of received acoustic tones transmitted via a tone transmission medium for use in a wellbore acoustic wireless network, the method comprising:receiving, with a decoding node of an acoustic wireless network and from the tone transmission medium, the plurality of received acoustic tones, each for a tone receipt time;
for each received acoustic tone,
(i) estimating, during the tone receipt time, a plurality of discrete frequency values received at a corresponding plurality of discrete times within the tone receipt time;
(ii) separating the tone receipt time into a plurality of time intervals, wherein each time interval in the plurality of time intervals includes a subset of the plurality of discrete frequency values received during the respective time interval;
(iii) binning each subset of the plurality of discrete frequency values into bins, wherein a number of subsets in each bin in a given time interval is tabulated;
(iv) generating a histogram for each time interval, the plurality of time intervals corresponding to a respective plurality of histograms;
(v) for each histogram in the plurality of histograms, calculating a frequency variation that describes the histogram;
(vi) selecting a subset of histograms from the plurality of histograms based on a threshold frequency variation determined at least in part by a previously-selected histogram; and
(vii) averaging the subset of histograms to determine the major frequency of the received acoustic tone for use in the wellbore acoustic wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,364,668

MEASURING MICRO STALLS AND STICK SLIPS IN MUD MOTORS USING FIBER OPTIC SENSORS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method of measuring stick slips and micro stalls in a down-hole mud motor, the method comprising:positioning in a borehole a mud motor with an elastomeric stator and at least one fiber optic sensor within the elastomeric stator, the fiber optic sensor including a Bragg grating;
measuring a spectrum of light reflected from the Bragg grating with a spectrophotometer;
processing, via a down-hole computer, data from the spectrophotometer to compute time-domain samples of peak wavelength in the spectrum of light reflected from the Bragg grating;
receiving a measurement from the fiber optic sensor corresponding to a strain within the elastomeric stator; and
processing, via the down-hole computer, the received measurement to determine frequencies of micro stalls and stick slips of the mud motor by converting the time-domain samples of peak wavelength to the frequency domain.

US Pat. No. 10,364,667

DOWNHOLE MICROSEISMIC DETECTION FOR PASSIVE RANGING TO A TARGET WELLBORE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:measuring microseismic activity in a relief wellbore that is being drilled to intersect an existing target wellbore, thereby detecting a microseismic event in an earth formation that is produced in response to an influx into the target wellbore; and
determining a location of the influx into the target wellbore, based on the detected microseismic event.

US Pat. No. 10,364,665

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STRESS MAPPING OF PIPELINES AND OTHER TUBULARS

QUANTA ASSOCIATES, L.P., ...

1. A stress mapping system operable to determine and map stresses along a conduit, said stress mapping system comprising:a tool movable along a conduit and having at least one sensing device for sensing characteristics of the conduit;
wherein said tool includes a position determining device operable to determine the position of said tool as said tool moves along the conduit;
a processor operable to process an output of said at least one sensing device;
wherein, responsive to processing of the output by said processor, said processor is operable to determine stresses at a surface of the conduit;
wherein, responsive to determining the position of the tool, said processor determines a position of deformations of the conduit;
wherein, responsive to determining stresses at the surface of the conduit and determining the position of deformations of the conduit, said processor correlates determined stresses at the surface of the conduit with the determined position of deformations of the conduit;
wherein, responsive to correlating the determined stresses at the surface of the conduit with the determined position of deformations of the conduit, said processor affirms the determined stresses at the surface of the conduit;
wherein, responsive to said processing of said output of said at least one sensing device, and responsive to determination of the position of said tool along said conduit, said system generates a map of determined stresses along the conduit; and
wherein the map of determined stresses provides a visual representation of the stresses determined at and along the surface of the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,664

DOWNHOLE ACOUSTIC MAPPING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a downhole tool for operation within a wellbore, wherein the downhole tool comprises:
a first transmitter unit located at a first axial location of the downhole tool and operable to transmit a first acoustic signal at a first frequency that is less than 30 kilohertz;
a first receiver unit located at a second axial location axially offset from the first axial location and operable to measure amplitude of the first acoustic signal;
a second receiver unit located at a third axial location axially offset from the first and second axial locations and operable to measure amplitude of the first acoustic signal;
a second transmitter unit comprising a plurality of transmitters azimuthally distributed around a longitudinal axis of the downhole tool at a fourth axial location axially offset from the first, second, and third axial locations, wherein each transmitter of the second transmitter unit is operable to transmit a second acoustic signal at a second frequency that is greater than 50 kilohertz;
a third receiver unit comprising a plurality of receivers azimuthally distributed around the longitudinal axis and located at a fifth axial location axially offset from the first, second, third, and fourth axial locations, wherein each receiver of the third receiver unit is operable to measure amplitude of the second acoustic signal; and
a fourth receiver unit comprising a plurality of receivers azimuthally distributed around the longitudinal axis and located at a sixth axial location axially offset from the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth axial locations, wherein each receiver of the fourth receiver unit is operable to measure amplitude of the second acoustic signal,
wherein the downhole tool further comprises:
a sonde section comprising the first and second transmitter units and the first, second, third, and fourth receiver units; and
first and second cantilevered masses connected with corresponding first and second opposing ends of the sonde section and collectively operable to maintain the sonde section substantially centralized within a non-vertical portion of the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,364,663

DOWNHOLE OPERATIONAL MODAL ANALYSIS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for selecting drilling parameters for drilling a borehole penetrating the earth with a drill string, the method comprising:forming a mathematical model of the drill string;
measuring vibration-related amplitudes of the drill string during operation using one or more vibration sensors to provide amplitude measurements;
determining with a downhole processor one or more modal properties of the drill string based on the mathematical model and the amplitude measurements, the one or more modal properties comprising one or more eigenfrequencies of the drill string, the determination being made by including any excitation force as white noise term of the mathematical model of the drill string;
selecting an operational frequency of an excitation device that provides the excitation force to the drill string at a frequency that avoids a selected range of frequencies that bound the one or more eigenfrequencies using the processor; and
drilling the borehole with a drilling rig using the selected frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,364,661

SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR SEPARATING LIQUID AND GAS FLOWING THROUGH A MULTIPHASE PIPELINE

1. A system for separating liquid and gas flowing through a multiphase pipeline, said system comprising:a riser for connection to a sub-sea pipeline with an above sea-surface process facility, said riser having an upper end and a lower end, said riser being at its lower end configured to receive fluid from said multiphase pipeline and being configured at its upper end to receive gas which is delivered thereto, said riser further comprising a valve for adjusting the flow at which the gas is delivered through the upper end of said riser;
a pipe to be arranged outside or inside the riser, said pipe having an upper part and a lower part with the lower part being connected to or inserted into the riser, thereby creating a liquid flow path between the riser and the pipe, said pipe having a liquid intake configured to receive liquid from a liquid column in said riser during production operations, and said upper end of said pipe being configured to deliver said liquid, said pipe further comprising for a valve adjusting the flow at which said liquid is delivered through the upper end of said pipe;
one or more gauges configured to measure the position of a surface of said liquid column in said riser;
a controller configured to control said valve for adjusting the flow at which the gas is delivered through the upper end of said riser means such that the position of the surface of said liquid column can be adjusted by adjusting the flow at which gas is delivered through the upper end of said riser; and
wherein the one or more gauges include a first pressure gauge configured to measure the pressure at said upper end of said pipe and a second pressure gauge configured to measure the pressure in the liquid flow path between the riser and said pipe at the upper end of said pipe, wherein during production operations the controller is configured to compare the pressures measured by the first pressure gauge and the second pressure gauge to thereby estimate the position of the surface of said liquid column in said riser.

US Pat. No. 10,364,660

PROPPANT-FREE CHANNELS IN A PROPPED FRACTURE USING ULTRA-LOW DENSITY, DEGRADABLE PARTICULATES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:introducing a proppant-free fluid into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation to create or enhance one or more fractures, wherein the proppant-free fluid comprises a first base fluid;
introducing, in alternating order, a proppant-laden fluid and a spacer fluid into the one or more fractures,
wherein the proppant-laden fluid comprises a second base fluid and a binding agent-coated proppant comprising proppant coated with a binding agent, and,
wherein the spacer fluid comprises a third base fluid and degradable ultra-low density particulates, wherein the degradable ultra-low density particulates comprise expanded materials having a density of about 0.1g/cc or less, wherein the degradable ultra-low density particulates are present in the spacer fluid in an amount from about 1% to about 10% the weight of the third base fluid;
forming a proppant pack in the one or more fractures, wherein the proppant pack comprises the binding agent-coated proppant and the degradable ultra-low density particulates; and, producing hydrocarbons through the proppant pack; wherein the hydrocarbons degrade the degradable ultra-low density particulates to leave behind particulate-free channels.

US Pat. No. 10,364,659

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR RESTIMULATING A WELL COMPLETION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of stimulating a subterranean formation via a wellbore tubular conduit, the method comprising;a) pressurizing the tubular conduit to a pressure of at least 30 megapascals with stimulant fluid;
wherein the wellbore tubular conduit extends within the subterranean formation and includes at least one selective stimulation port (SSP);
wherein each of the at least one SSP includes:
(i) an SSP body having a conduit-facing region and a formation-facing region;
(ii) an SSP conduit that is defined by the SSP body and extends between the conduit-facing region and the formation-facing region;
(iii) an isolation device extending within the SSP conduit and configured to selectively transition from a closed state, in which the isolation device restricts fluid flow through the SSP conduit, and an open state, in which the isolation device permits fluid flow through the SSP conduit;
(iv) a retention device coupling the isolation device to the SSP body to retain the isolation device in the closed state prior to receipt of a shockwave that has greater than a threshold shockwave intensity; and
(v) a sealing device seat defined by the conduit-facing region of the SSP body;
during the pressurizing, retaining the isolation device in the closed state;
b) generating a shockwave within a wellbore fluid that extends within the tubular conduit;
wherein the generating includes generating within a region of the tubular conduit that is proximal the SSP such that a magnitude of the shockwave, as received by the SSP, is greater than a threshold shockwave intensity, responsive to receipt of the shockwave that has greater than the threshold shockwave intensity, transitioning the isolation device from the closed state to the open state to permit fluid communication, via the SSP conduit, between the tubular conduit and the subterranean formation;
c) responsive to the transitioning, flowing the stimulant fluid via the SSP conduit into a first portion of the subterranean formation for at least a threshold stimulation time to stimulate the portion of the subterranean formation;
d) subsequent to flowing the stimulant fluid, flowing a sealing device into contact with the sealing device seat;
wherein the sealing device includes;
(i) a primary sealing portion configured to seat upon the sealing device seat, at least partially restricting fluid flow through the SSP conduit with the primary sealing portion of the sealing device and
(ii) at least one secondary sealing portion that extends from the primary sealing portion, at least partially restricting fluid flow through a leakage pathway between the primary sealing portion and the sealing device seat;
e) repeating steps a)-d) for another portion of the subterranean formation, using another SSP including another sealing device on another sealing device seat;
f) removing the sealing device and the another device from their respective sealing device seats;
g) producing hydrocarbons through the fluid conduit via the SSP and the another SSP;
h) thereafter sealing each of the SSP's with yet another sealing device;
i) perforating the tubular conduit intermediate the first portion of the subterranean formation and the another portion of the subterranean formation with a perforating gun to create an intermediate perforation in the tubular conduit; and
j) flowing another stimulant fluid into the subterranean formation through the created intermediate perforation to stimulate a portion of the subterranean formation adjacent the intermediate perforation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,657

COMPOSITE DRILL GUN

Halliburton Energy Servic...

9. A method, comprising:triggering a percussion detonator of a drill gun in a downhole environment to generate an explosion, the drill gun including:
a carrier having an interior fluidly open to the downhole environment, the carrier being made of a composite material;
a plurality of encapsulated charges within the interior of the carrier;
a detonation housing coupled to the carrier and including the percussion detonator, the percussion detonator being entirely fluidly isolated from the downhole environment by a seal; and
a detonation train coupling the percussion detonator to the plurality of encapsulated charges, wherein the detonation train includes a detonation cord passing into an interior of the detonation housing through the seal;
propagating successive additional explosions down the detonation train in response to generating the explosion at the percussion detonator; and
detonating the plurality of encapsulated charges in response to propagating the successive additional explosions.

US Pat. No. 10,364,656

ANNULAR FLOW RINGS FOR SAND CONTROL SCREEN ASSEMBLIES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

9. A method, comprising:drawing a fluid through a sand screen and into a flow annulus defined between the sand screen and an outer surface of a base pipe;
flowing the fluid axially along the outer surface of the base pipe within the flow annulus and beneath an annular flow ring positioned about the base pipe and operatively coupled to the sand screen, the annular flow ring including a cylindrical outer sleeve, a cylindrical inner sleeve received within and coupled to the outer sleeve, and a plurality of radial projections extending radially inward from the inner sleeve and into the flow annulus; and
radially supporting the annular flow ring against the outer surface of the base pipe with the plurality of radial projections;
wherein a plurality of outer sleeve radial projections are provided on an inner wall of the outer sleeve at or near an end of the outer sleeve, the method further comprising radially supporting the annular flow ring against the outer surface of the base pipe with the plurality of radial projections and the plurality of outer sleeve radial projections.

US Pat. No. 10,364,655

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF PRODUCTION AND INJECTION WELLS IN A HYDROCARBON FIELD

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

17. A method comprising:in a hydrocarbon field comprising a plurality of production wells and a plurality of injection wells operated to produce hydrocarbons from the field:
at a hydrocarbon field level:
receiving, by a hydrocarbon field-level processor, a long-term field-level target and optional long-term well-level production targets for the hydrocarbon field, the long-term field-level target comprising a long-term field-level production target that indicates a quantity of hydrocarbons to be produced from the field through the plurality of production wells and a long-term field-level injection target that indicates a quantity of fluid to be injected into the field through the plurality of injection wells;
determining by the hydrocarbon field-level processor, short-term individual targets for the plurality of production wells and short-term individual fluid injection targets for the plurality of injection wells to achieve the long-term field-level target; and
at an individual well level:
controlling, by at least one individual well-level processor that is independent of the hydrocarbon field-level processor, individual hydrocarbon productions of the plurality of production wells or individual fluid injections of the plurality of injection wells to achieve the long-term field-level target for the hydrocarbon field, wherein controlling individual hydrocarbon productions of the plurality of production wells or individual fluid injections of the plurality of injection wells comprises:
manipulating a valve or an electrical submersible pump (ESP) associated with one of the plurality of production wells, and
manipulating, by an individual well MPC controller, the well-level manipulation variable based on an individual well-level model of the each of the one or more production wells,
wherein the individual well-level model represents an effect of change of the well-level manipulation variable on individual well-level control variables, based on a location of an operating point in an ESP operating envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,364,653

ACTUATION TOOL HAVING A NON-BALLISTIC FORCE GENERATING MECHANISM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

17. A method of actuating a downhole device comprising:activating a non-ballistic first actuator to deliver a first activation pressure having a first force defined by a first force profile to the downhole device by delivering electrical energy to an electromagnetic launcher that delivers the first activation pressure to the downhole device; and
activating a non-ballistic second actuator to deliver a second activation pressure having a second force profile including a second force, that is substantially greater than the first force, to the downhole device.

US Pat. No. 10,364,651

VALVE AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A valve comprising:a housing;
a body having an aperture radially therethrough fluidly connecting a volume radially inwardly of the body with a volume radially outwardly of the body;
a bulkhead sealedly disposed between the body and the housing, the bulkhead having a port therein;
a piston extending through the bulkhead and sealed thereto, the piston having a bias end and a carrier end;
a biasing member connected to the bias end of the piston, the piston exposed at a carrier end to fluid pressure from the volume radially inwardly of the body;
a port closure operably connected to the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,364,649

MULTI-ZONE FRACTURING WITH FULL WELLBORE ACCESS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A sleeve assembly for use in a wellbore, the sleeve assembly comprising:a magnetic sensor system for detecting a magnetic field output from a magnetic shifting device moving through the sleeve assembly;
a collapsible baffle that is moveable from a radially open position to a radially collapsed position in response to the magnetic sensing system detecting the magnetic field from the magnetic shifting device, wherein the radially collapsed position is sized for receiving an isolation component moving through the sleeve assembly;
a sliding sleeve disposed adjacent the collapsible baffle and moveable to expose ports for providing access to a formation from inside the wellbore, in response to force from the isolation component engaged with the collapsible baffle; and
a shifting sleeve to cover the collapsible baffle when the collapsible baffle is in the radially open position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,648

MULTI-STAGE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TOOL AND SYSTEM

2054351 ALBERTA LTD, Cal...

1. A system for controllably exposing selected locations along a wellbore to a pressurized fluid, the wellbore including an elongated casing disposed therein, the casing defining an internal borehole extending longitudinally with the wellbore, the casing having one or more ports extending through the casing, the system comprising:an actuation member configured for travelling down the borehole in a longitudinal direction, the actuation member including a wedged portion and a groove formed at least partially circumferentially around an outer surface of the actuation member, the groove having a first length in the longitudinal direction;
a first sliding sleeve member for disposal within the borehole and having an aperture for receiving the actuation member therein, the first sliding sleeve member configured to initially cover one of the one or more ports, and further configured to move downhole in response to force in the longitudinal direction to uncover the port;
one or more inward-facing protrusions connected to the first sliding sleeve member, the protrusions at least initially protruding radially into the aperture, the protrusions having a second length in the longitudinal direction, the second length being less than or equal to the first length, one or both of the protrusions and the groove configured, upon alignment of the protrusions and the groove, to move radially toward the other due to a biasing force so that the protrusions are received within the groove, whereupon the predetermined amount of force is transferred from the actuation member to the sleeve member, and
a release mechanism configured to disengage the actuation member from the sliding sleeve member after uncovering said one of the one or more ports;
wherein one or both of the actuation member and the first sliding sleeve have a deformation region, wherein the deformation region of the first sliding sleeve has the one or more inward facing protrusions; wherein the biasing force is generated by one or both of: resilient radial outward deformation of the deformation region of the first sliding sleeve member, and resilient radial inward deformation of the actuation member, said resilient radial outward and inward deformation occurring in response to action of the wedged portion on the protrusions during downhole motion of the actuation member past the protrusions, and
wherein the release mechanism comprises a wedge-shaped body configured to contact and radially inwardly deform a part of the actuation member upon which the groove is formed, to disengage the groove from the protrusions of the sliding sleeve member which are matingly engaged with the groove, the deformation occurring as the actuation member moves downhole.

US Pat. No. 10,364,646

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SWITCH OPERATED DOWNHOLE FLUID FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM

Floway, Inc., Plano, TX ...

1. A downhole fluid flow control system comprising:a fluid control module having an upstream side and a downstream side, the fluid control module including a main fluid pathway in parallel with a secondary fluid pathway each extending between the upstream and downstream sides;
a valve element disposed within the fluid control module, the valve element operable between an open position wherein fluid flow through the main fluid pathway is allowed and a closed position wherein fluid flow through the main fluid pathway is prevented;
a viscosity discriminator statically disposed within the fluid control module, the viscosity discriminator having a viscosity sensitive channel that forms at least a portion of the secondary fluid pathway; and
a differential pressure switch operable to shift the valve element between the open and closed positions, the differential pressure switch including a first pressure signal from the upstream side, a second pressure signal from the downstream side and a third pressure signal from the secondary fluid pathway, the first and second pressure signals biasing the valve element toward the open position, the third pressure signal biasing the valve element toward the closed position;
wherein, a magnitude of the third pressure signal is dependent upon the viscosity of a fluid flowing through the secondary fluid pathway; and
wherein, the differential pressure switch is operated responsive to changes in the viscosity of the fluid, thereby controlling fluid flow through the main fluid pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,364,645

FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM WITH INTERCHANGEABLE ACTUATORS

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a flow control system configured to couple to a wellhead system, wherein the flow control system comprises:
a flow control device comprising a housing, with a first flow path fluidly coupled to a second flow path through the housing from an inlet to an outlet, wherein the second flow path is angled with respect to the first flow path;
a flow control element comprising a threaded shaft configured to selectively couple to a manual actuator or a powered actuator, wherein the threaded shaft is configured to rotate along threads to move the flow control element between opened and closed positions, wherein the flow control element is substantially parallel with the first flow path and configured to control a flow of fluid through the housing by moving axially in and out of the first flow path; and
an actuator mounting assembly coupled to the flow control device, wherein the actuator mounting assembly is configured to selectively mount one of the manual actuator and the powered actuator to actuate the flow control element, wherein the actuator mounting assembly comprises a bonnet, a bonnet nut assembly coupling a first end portion of the bonnet to the housing, and an actuator retention assembly coupled to a second end portion of the bonnet, wherein the threaded shaft is configured to be threaded to the bonnet along a shaft bore of the bonnet such that the threaded shaft extends axially through the bonnet, the bonnet nut assembly, and the actuator retention assembly, wherein the actuator retention assembly and the bonnet are configured to selectively capture a mounting bracket of the powered actuator axially between axially opposing surfaces of the actuator retention assembly and the bonnet, wherein the bonnet nut assembly comprises internal threads configured to mate with external threads of the housing to secure the bonnet to the housing via interaction of an internal surface of the bonnet nut assembly and an external surface of a flange of the bonnet, and wherein the bonnet nut assembly comprises a lock screw selectively movable through an aperture of the bonnet against the threaded shaft to block movement of the flow control element during a change between the manual actuator and the powered actuator, wherein the aperture of the bonnet is crosswise to the shaft bore of the bonnet.

US Pat. No. 10,364,644

STAGE CEMENTING TOOL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system for use with operations in a wellbore comprising:a cementing sleeve having axial ends that selectively attach to tubulars;
a stationary block mounted to an outer surface of the cementing sleeve and that circumscribes a portion of an outer periphery of the cementing sleeve;
a space on the outer periphery of the cementing sleeve that is defined between circumferential ends of the stationary block; and
a sliding block on the outer surface of the cementing sleeve and that is selectively moveable into the space from a location spaced axially away from the space to substantially fill the space and form a seal along the outer periphery of the cementing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,643

METHODS FOR FORMULATING A CEMENT SLURRY FOR USE IN A SUBTERRANEAN SALT FORMATION USING GEOMETRIC MODELING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:designing a proposed cement slurry based on an experimentally determined salt creep profile for a single salt at a first location in a wellbore in a subterranean salt formation;
experimentally determining whether the proposed cement slurry is capable of forming a wellbore load resistant cement sheath at the first location based on actual thermal and thermo-mechanical properties of the proposed cement slurry;
theoretically determining whether the proposed cement slurry is capable of forming the wellbore load resistant cement sheath at the first location, the theoretical determination comprising: designing an electronic, cross-section geometric model of the subterranean salt formation at the first location, wherein the geometric model represents the subterranean salt formation, a casing, and the proposed cement slurry after curing, and
simulating a plane-strain condition of wellbore loads on the cured proposed cement slurry at the first location in the subterranean formation using the geometric model; and
establishing a final cement slurry capable of forming the wellbore load resistant cement sheath based on the experimental and theoretical determinations.

US Pat. No. 10,364,641

OPEN-HOLE MECHANICAL PACKER WITH EXTERNAL FEED THROUGH AND RACKED PACKING SYSTEM

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

13. A method comprising:positioning a line within a packer assembly through a cut completely through a packing element of the packer assembly, an interior surface of the packing element being positioned on an exterior of a mandrel;
actuating the packer assembly and isolating a first portion of the wellbore from a second portion of a wellbore, the packer assembly including a first ring, a second ring, and the packing element being positioned between the first ring and the second ring;
communicating through the line within the packer assembly, the line positioned between the interior surface of the packing element and the exterior of the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,640

PACKER SETTING DURING HIGH FLOW RATE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A packer for setting downhole in tubing subject to downhole flow at a first flow rate in an annulus between the packer and the tubing, the packer comprising:a setting element disposed on the packer toward an uphole end and being activated hydraulically to move in a downhole direction toward a downhole end of the packer;
a slip element disposed on the packer toward the downhole end and being moveable outward toward the tubing in a first stage in response to the movement of the setting element in the downhole direction;
a packing element disposed on the packer between the setting element and the slip element and being at least partially carried by the setting element, the packing element being compressible outward toward the tubing in a second stage, after the first stage, in response to the movement of the setting element in the downhole direction; and
a choke element disposed on the packer at least downhole of the packing element, the choke element being movable outward toward the tubing in response to the movement of the setting element, the choke element being configured to restrict the downhole flow in the annulus between the packer and the tubing to a second flow rate less than the first flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,639

APPARATUS FOR SEALING A BORE, A SYSTEM COMPRISING THE APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR USING APPARATUS

E Holstad Holding AS, So...

1. A sealing apparatus (1) for use in a well pipe (2), the sealing apparatus (1) comprises:a mandrel (44) arranged around a centre axis (22) through the apparatus (1);
a radially movable gripping device (4) arranged around the mandrel (44);
a radially movable packer element (6) arranged around the mandrel (44); and
an axially movable activation device (10) comprising an activator (24) rotatable around the centre axis (22), wherein the activator (24) is in threaded engagement with the mandrel (44) so that rotation of the activator (24) in a first direction provides axial movement of the mandrel (44) in a first direction, and also that a rotation of the activator (24) in a second direction opposite the first direction provides axial movement of the mandrel (44) in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
a radially movable centralizer (8) arranged around the mandrel (44) for centring the apparatus (1);
wherein the activation device (10) is operatively connected to the gripping device (4), the packer element (6) and the centralizer (8) for their respective activation and radial movement between retracted, passive positions and expanded, active positions relative to the centre axis (22) when the activator (24) is rotated in the first direction, and also for deactivation and radial movement of the gripping device (4), the packer element (6) and the centralizer (8) between the expanded, active positions and retracted, passive positions relative to the centre axis (22) when the activator (24) is rotated in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,638

ANNULAR BARRIER

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

5. An annular barrier to be expanded in an annulus between a well tubular structure and an inside wall of a borehole downhole, comprising:a tubular part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure,
an expandable sleeve of metallic material surrounding the tubular part and having an inner face facing the tubular part, each end of the expandable sleeve being connected with a connection part which is connected with the tubular part,
a space between the inner face of the sleeve and the tubular part configured to contain pressurized fluid or cement to expand the expandable sleeve under an expansion pressure, and
an element configured and arranged to be a first section of the sleeve having an increased thickness in relation to a second section of the sleeve when seen in cross-section along a longitudinal extension of the sleeve, causing the section having the increased thickness to be expanded less than another section during expansion of the sleeve, thereby increasing the collapse rating of the sleeve without materially affecting expansion properties of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,637

DOWNHOLE SUB WITH COLLAPSIBLE BAFFLE AND METHODS FOR USE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

12. An apparatus for treating a subterranean formation, comprising:a housing, wherein the housing is suitable for connection to a section of casing of a casing string;
a sleeve disposed within the housing and movable between a first position and a second position; and
a collapsible baffle disposed within the housing, wherein in the first position, the sleeve retains the collapsible baffle and in the second position, the collapsible baffle is permitted to collapse within the housing such that a fluid is permitted to flow through one or more perforations created downhole in the casing string and into a production zone and prevented from flowing within the casing string beyond the collapsible baffle due to a seal created by the collapsible baffle, wherein the collapsible baffle is actuated and the one or more perforations are created in a single run, and wherein the collapsible baffle comprises a split-ring that includes a split, wherein the collapsible baffle has a first diameter when in an uncollapsed position and a second diameter when in a collapsed position, and wherein the second diameter is smaller than the first diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,636

SWELLABLE CASING ANCHOR

TAM INTERNATIONAL, INC., ...

1. A method for anchoring a casing string within a wellbore, the method comprising:providing the casing string, the casing string being generally tubular, the casing string having a central axis and an exterior surface, the casing string being made up of a plurality of casing tubulars;
coupling a swellable elastomeric material on at least a portion of the exterior surface of the casing string; the swellable elastomeric material formed as individual swellable packer elements positioned on at least some of the casing tubulars coupled to the swellable elastomeric material, each swellable packer element coupled to the outer surface of a casing tubular, each casing tubular having a swellable packer element coupled thereto defining a swellable casing tubular, and each casing tubular not having a swellable packer element coupled thereto defining a bare casing tubular, wherein at least one swellable packer element includes a plurality of grooves formed in an outer surface of the swellable packer element, the plurality of grooves arranged longitudinally along the swellable packer element and parallel to the central axis;
positioning the casing string within a wellbore such that a density of swellable casing tubulars is higher at an end of the casing string than the density of swellable casing tubulars at the middle of the casing string or the density of swellable casing tubulars is higher at the middle of the casing string than the density of swellable casing tubulars at the end of the casing string;
exposing the swellable elastomeric material to a swelling fluid; and
sealing the swellable elastomeric material to the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,364,635

ADJUSTABLE ISOLATION SLEEVE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system for coupling to well equipment, comprising:a connector to couple to the well equipment, the connector comprising an internal bore; and
an isolation sleeve positioned at least partially within the internal bore of the connector and comprising a seal, the isolation sleeve and the seal axially movable together with respect to the internal bore of the connector so as to be positionable to extend into and engage the well equipment;
a nut coupled to the connector to secure the isolation sleeve within the internal bore of the connector; and
an outer sleeve sub positioned at least partially within the internal bore of the connector with the isolation sleeve positioned at least partially within the outer sleeve sub, the isolation sleeve axially movable with respect to the outer sleeve sub;
wherein the isolation sleeve and the nut are engaged with each other such that rotation of the nut with respect to the isolation sleeve moves the isolation sleeve and the seal axially with respect to the internal bore of the connector; and
wherein the nut is coupled to the outer sleeve sub and capable of securing the isolation sleeve within the outer sleeve sub.

US Pat. No. 10,364,632

DOWNHOLE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING DEGRADABLE-ON-DEMAND MATERIAL AND METHOD TO DEGRADE DOWNHOLE TOOL

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole assembly arranged within a borehole, the downhole assembly comprising:a downhole tool including a degradable-on-demand material, the degradable-on-demand material including:
a matrix material; and,
an energetic material configured to generate energy upon activation to facilitate the degradation of the downhole tool; and,
a triggering system including:
an electrical circuit;
an igniter in the electrical circuit arranged to ignite the energetic material;
a sensor configured to sense a target event or parameter within the borehole; and,
a control unit arranged to receive sensed signals from the sensor and to deliver a start signal to the electrical circuit in response to the sensed signals indicating an occurrence of the target event or parameter;
wherein, after the start signal is delivered from the control unit, the electrical circuit is closed and the igniter is initiated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,631

DOWNHOLE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING DEGRADABLE-ON-DEMAND MATERIAL AND METHOD TO DEGRADE DOWNHOLE TOOL

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole assembly comprising:a downhole tool including a degradable-on-demand material, the degradable-on-demand material including:
a matrix material; and,
an energetic material configured to generate energy upon activation to facilitate the degradation of the downhole tool; and,
a triggering system including:
an electrical circuit having an open condition and a closed condition, the electrical circuit configured to be in the closed condition after movement of an object downhole that engages directly or indirectly with the triggering system; and,
an igniter within the electrical circuit, the igniter arranged to ignite the downhole tool in the closed condition of the electrical circuit;
wherein, in the open condition of the electrical circuit the igniter is inactive, and in the closed condition of the electrical circuit the igniter is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,630

DOWNHOLE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING DEGRADABLE-ON-DEMAND MATERIAL AND METHOD TO DEGRADE DOWNHOLE TOOL

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

21. A frac plug comprising:at least one component formed of a degradable-on-demand material including:
a matrix material; and,
an energetic material configured to generate energy upon activation to facilitate the degradation of the at least one component; and,
a triggering system including an igniter arranged to ignite the energetic material, and an electrical circuit, wherein in an open condition of the circuit the igniter is not activated, and in a closed condition of the circuit the igniter is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,629

DOWNHOLE COMPONENT HAVING DISSOLVABLE COMPONENTS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

6. A method comprising:deploying a segmented seat assembly comprising a first set of dissolvable segments axially displaceable from a second set of dissolvable segments downhole in a well,
the segmented assembly being deployed in a radially contracted state in which the segments are radially contracted; and
transitioning the first and second sets of dissolvable segments from the radially contracted state to an expanded state in which the segments are radially expanded and longitudinally contracted downhole while in the well,
wherein a non-dissolvable component is attached to at least one of the segments.

US Pat. No. 10,364,626

COMPOSITE FRACTURE PLUG AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

25. A method of plugging a wellbore tubular, comprising:deploying a plug to a point in the wellbore tubular with a deployment tool temporarily holding a setting element on the plug in a retracted condition on the plug;
releasing the plug and the setting element from the deployment tool in the wellbore tubular;
at least temporarily supporting the plug at the point in the wellbore tubular by the released setting element in an extended condition on the deployed plug engaging the wellbore tubular;
engaging a downhole-facing shoulder of the extended setting element in a downhole direction against an uphole-facing shoulder near the point in the wellbore tubular; and
compressing a packing element on the plug against the engaged setting element by moving the plug in the downhole direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,625

MECHANICALLY COUPLING A BEARING ASSEMBLY TO A ROTATING CONTROL DEVICE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

14. A method comprising:coupling a bearing assembly to an outer mandrel of a latching assembly, wherein the latching assembly comprises:
a running tool coupling assembly positioned on the outer mandrel; and
a rotating control device (RCD) coupling assembly positioned on a side of the outer mandrel;
coupling a running tool to the running tool coupling assembly;
positioning, using the running tool, the latching assembly within an RCD; and
actuating the RCD coupling assembly to couple the latching assembly to the RCD.

US Pat. No. 10,364,624

APPARATUS FOR SWITCHING OFF AND DEVIATING A CIRCULATING LIQUID FLOW WITHOUT WATER HAMMERING

Schlumberger Technology C...

5. A method for applying or removing one or more drilling rods in a drilling system, the method comprising:providing an apparatus having an apparatus body comprising:
an inlet channel that is split into two outlet channels in which respective flow valves are arranged, wherein the two outlet channels are coupled to respective pressure measuring chambers;
a discharging channel coupled to the two outlet channels through respective discharging valves; and
a balancing valve communicating two middle zones respectively formed in the outlet channels;
radially connecting a hydraulic clamping unit to a valve assembly;
opening and pressurizing a radial channel through the balancing valve of the apparatus;
closing the balancing valve of the apparatus and opening at least one flow valve of the apparatus;
switching off the flow in an axial direction and releasing the pressure;
disconnecting a drilling battery or assembly while inserting or withdrawing a drilling rod string;
reconnecting the drilling battery or assembly and pressurizing by the balancing valve of the apparatus;
closing the balancing valve of the apparatus and opening at least one flow valve of the apparatus in an axial direction;
closing and releasing pressure in the valve assembly radial direction; and
resuming a withdrawing or drilling operations.

US Pat. No. 10,364,623

EXTENDED SHALE SHAKER SCREEN HANDLE(S)

United Wire Limited, Abe...

1. A system, comprising:a fastening portion having a total length defined between a first end and an opposite second end, a total width defined between a front surface and an opposite rear surface, and a total height defined between a bottom surface and an opposite top surface, wherein the total length is greater than the total width and the total height, the total width is less than the total length and the total height, and a cross-sectional shape of the fastening portion is rectangular;
a handling portion coupled to the opposite top surface of the fastening portion and comprising a plurality of grips adapted for handling by an operator, wherein the handling portion extends away from the opposite top surface of the fastening portion at an obtuse angle from a vertical plane defined by the total width of the fastening portion; and
a screen coupled to the fastening portion such that the plurality of grips of the handle portion is positioned directly above a top or a top surface of the screen and vertically overlaps a portion of the top or the surface of the screen and extends along a majority portion, at least 50%, of the total length of the fastening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,622

MANIFOLD ASSEMBLY FOR A MINERAL EXTRACTION SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a distribution manifold, wherein the distribution manifold couples directly to a bleed line;
a manifold assembly coupled to the distribution manifold, the manifold assembly comprising:
a first drilling fluid flow path configured to enable operation of a first drilling technique for a mineral extraction system, wherein the first drilling fluid flow path comprises a first inlet and a plurality of first outlets, and wherein the first inlet couples directly to a choke line of a wellbore and wherein the plurality of first outlets are fluidly coupled to a mud gas separator, a flare, a shaker or a combination thereof; and
a second drilling fluid flow path configured to enable operation of a second drilling technique for the mineral extraction system, different from the first drilling technique, wherein the second drilling fluid flow path comprises a second inlet and a second outlet, wherein the first drilling fluid flow path and the second drilling fluid flow path are different from one another, and wherein the second inlet fluidly couples to the distribution manifold, and wherein the second outlet is fluidly coupled to a flow meter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,621

PIPE HANDLING FOR A DRILL STRING AT GROUND EXIT

American Augers, Inc., W...

1. An apparatus comprising:an elongate frame having a frame axis;
first and second vise assemblies supported in side-by-side relationship on the frame, the first vise assembly configured to grip and rotate a first pipe section, and the second vise assembly configured to grip a second pipe section without rotation;
a retainer assembly supported on the frame in spaced relationship to the vise assemblies and configured to grip the first pipe section without rotation; and
a positioning assembly configured to move the retainer assembly in a direction transverse to the frame axis;
wherein the first vise assembly contacts the first pipe section at four distinct points on the first pipe section.

US Pat. No. 10,364,620

DRILL ROD CLAMPING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USING SAME

BLY IP INC., Salt Lake C...

1. A drill rod clamping system for securing a drill rod in a selected position, the drill rod clamping system having a longitudinal axis and comprising:a hollow spindle having a central bore, an inner surface, an outer surface, a base portion and an upper portion extending upwardly from the base portion relative to the longitudinal axis, wherein the upper portion defines a plurality of axial slots that extend between the inner and outer surfaces of the hollow spindle;
a plurality of jaws coupled to the spindle and being moveable radially inwardly to a closed drill rod gripping position and radially outwardly to an open drill rod releasing position, wherein each jaw is at least partially received within a respective axial slot of the plurality of axial slots of the upper portion of the hollow spindle;
an actuator configured to move the plurality of jaws between the closed drill rod gripping position and the open drill rod releasing position;
a compressed gas spring assembly configured to exert sufficient force on the actuator to close the jaws of the drill rod clamping system, wherein the compressed gas spring assembly comprises a plurality of compressed gas springs, and wherein each compressed gas spring comprises a cylinder containing compressed gas and a piston urged by the compressed gas outwardly of the cylinder to the end of its stroke; and
a hydraulic operator configured to exert force on the actuator to overcome the force of the compressed gas spring assembly to effect opening of the jaws of the drill rod clamping system.

US Pat. No. 10,364,619

INTEGRAL ELECTRICALLY ISOLATED CENTRALIZER AND SWELL PACKER SYSTEM

1. A field created integral electrically isolated centralizer and swell packer system as an integral assembly comprising:(i) a wellbore base tubular having a box end and a pin end;
(ii) a first end ring with a first end ring inner diameter smaller than a box end inner diameter, the first end ring mounted adjacent the box end around the wellbore base tubular;
(iii) a swell packer portion comprising:
(1) a first primer disposed on the wellbore base tubular adjacent the first end ring;
(2) a swell packer cured resin formed from a liquid phase injectable material disposed on the first primer; and
(3) a tubular swellable material disposed on the cured resin, the tubular swellable material having a swellable material inner diameter less than the first end ring inner diameter, the tubular swellable material selected to expand on exposure to at least one triggering fluid used in the wellbore forming a seal in the wellbore upon expansion; the tubular swellable material mounted to the first end ring over the first primer;
(iv) a second primer disposed on the wellbore base tubular as part of the swell packer portion;
(v) a second end ring disposed on the second primer and around the wellbore base tubular securing to the swell packer portion opposite the first end ring, wherein the first and second end rings inhibit axial movement of the swell packer portion on the wellbore base tubular;
(vi) an electrically isolating centralizer portion mounted over the wellbore base tubular, the electrically isolated centralizer portion configured to centralize the wellbore base tubular in a production liner in a wellbore, the electrically isolated centralizer portion comprising:
(1) a hollow tube with fill port and at least one exit port having an outer surface;
(2) a plurality of blades extending from the outer surface, each blade positioned over a thru-hole;
(3) a centralizer portion cured resin bonded to the wellbore base tubular filling all hollow spaces integrally forming a high strength bond between the wellbore base tubular and the hollow tube, while excluding the first and second end rings, the cured resin configured to cure to a hardness of at least 50 shore A and withstand temperatures and pressures within a wellbore for at least twenty-four hours without melting, the formed integral electrically isolated centralizer and swell packer system specifically excluding a sand screen in the field created integral formed system.

US Pat. No. 10,364,618

DRILL STRING COMPONENTS RESISTANT TO JAMMING

BLY IP INC., Salt Lake C...

1. A threaded drill string component that resists jamming and cross threading, comprising:a hollow body having a first end, an opposing second end, and a central axis extending through the hollow body; and
a thread positioned on the first end of the hollow body, the thread having a width, wherein:
the thread comprises a plurality of helical turns extending along the first end of the hollow body,
the thread comprises a leading end proximate the first end of the hollow body,
the leading end of the thread is orientated at an acute angle relative to the central axis of the hollow body,
the leading end of the thread faces toward an adjacent turn of the thread,
the leading end of the thread extends the full thread width from a leading edge of the thread to a trailing edge of the thread,
the leading end of the thread comprises a planar surface extending normal to the hollow body,
the thread is tapered relative to the central axis,
the leading edge of the thread defines a clearance flank oriented at an angle of at least 45 degrees relative to a transverse axis that is perpendicular to the hollow body, and
the trailing edge of the thread is oriented at a negative pressure flank angle relative to the transverse axis.

US Pat. No. 10,364,617

SLIP RING WITH A TENSIONED CONTACT ELEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

10. A method for assembling a slip ring comprising a ring assembly and a contact assembly, the method comprising:(a) providing the ring assembly, wherein the ring assembly comprises an electrically conductive ring, wherein the conductive ring has a perimeter, and wherein the conductive ring comprises a conductive ring engagement surface extending around the perimeter of the conductive ring;
(b) providing the contact assembly, wherein the contact assembly comprises a contact block and a contact element, wherein the contact element comprises a first contact element end, a second contact element end, and an electrically conductive contact element engagement surface;
(c) extending the contact element around the conductive ring so that the contact element forms a loop around the conductive ring between the first contact element end and the second contact element end and so that the contact element engagement surface is engaged with the conductive ring engagement surface along an electrical contact section of the loop, wherein the loop has a loop length;
(d) connecting both the first contact element end and the second contact element end with the contact block;
(e) tensioning the contact element against the conductive ring engagement surface, wherein tensioning comprises at least one of adjusting a distance between the contact block and the conductive ring using a device comprising one or more adjustable screws carried by the contact block, and adjusting the loop length of the contact element using a device comprising a contact block clamp carried by the contact block; and
(f) urging the contact element against the conductive ring engagement surface with a biasing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,364,616

ANCHOR SPOOL

1. A wellhead structural system comprising:(a) a wellhead stack extending upward from a land or subsea surface and having a central passage;
(b) an anchor assembly including a spool body with a central bore, (i) the spool body being positioned along the wellhead stack such that the central bore forms part of the central passage of the wellhead stack, and (ii) the spool body having a height that is greater than a diameter of the central bore;
(c) a plurality of support beams attached to the anchor assembly and extending outwardly therefrom in a substantially radial direction from the wellhead stack central passage;
(d) each support beam having (i) an upper guide member extending upward to attach to a structure above the anchor assembly, and (ii) a flexible lower guide member extending downward to attach to a well structure below the anchor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,364,613

POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND COMPACT INCLUDING A NON-UNIFORMLY LEACHED POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND TABLE AND APPLICATIONS THEREFOR

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

1. A method of fabricating a leached polycrystalline diamond compact, the method comprising:providing a polycrystalline diamond compact including:
a substrate; and
a polycrystalline diamond table bonded to the substrate, the polycrystalline diamond table defining an upper surface, at least one peripheral surface, and a chamfer extending between the upper surface and the at least one peripheral surface, the polycrystalline diamond table including a plurality of bonded diamond grains defining a plurality of interstitial regions, the polycrystalline diamond table further including a metallic constituent disposed interstitially between at least some of the plurality of bonded diamond grains thereof; and
leaching a region of the polycrystalline diamond table to deplete the region of the metallic constituent to form a leached region;
wherein the leached region includes:
a first portion having a first leach depth, the first portion adjacent to at least part of the chamfer; and
a second portion having a second leach depth that is different than the first leach depth, the second portion extending along and adjacent to at least part of the at least one peripheral surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,611

DRILL HEAD FOR EXPANDING A PILOT BORE IN ORDER TO CREATE A BOREHOLE

Herrenknecht, Schwanau (...

1. A drill head for expanding a pilot bore in order to create a borehole having a borehole wall as a result of loosening rock surrounding the pilot bore in the region of a working face, which extends in a substantially right-angled manner to the pilot bore for HDD operation, comprising;a basic body, with a connection element for a pilot bore string;
at least two tool holders for drilling tools, wherein at least one tool holder is on the basic body, wherein at least one tool holder is at a greater spacing radially from the basic body than the at least one other tool holder and at least one outer and one inner drilling tool are movable into engagement with the working face, and wherein the at least one inner drilling tool and the at least one outer drilling tool are each offset at an angle in relation to the working face;
at least a first receiving tool which comprises an additional drilling tool for engaging a region of the working face, wherein the receiving tool is configured to receive the drill cuttings loosened at the working face and removes them from the drilling region and stabilize the drill head from unwanted vertical movement in the horizontal bore; and
at least a second receiving tool for receiving drill cuttings which are located on the bottom horizontal wall of the borehole, the receiving tool comprising a receiving surface at an angle of <20° in relation to the alignment line of the borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,364,610

DURABLE ROCK BIT FOR BLAST HOLE DRILLING

VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND.,...

1. A rock bit for blast hole drilling, comprising:a bit body having a coupling formed at an upper end thereof, a plurality of lower legs, a dome formed between the legs, and a bore formed through the coupling and the dome;
a plurality of skirts, each skirt covering a gap formed between adjacent legs and each skirt mounted to edges of adjacent legs;
a plurality of roller cones, each rotary cone rotatably mounted to a respective bearing shaft of a respective leg;
a row of gage cutters mounted to each roller cone;
a row of inner cutters mounted to each roller cone;
one or more nose cutters mounted to each roller cone; and
a center jet secured in the bore and comprising:
an orifice plate having a plurality of ports or a single port with a plurality of branches, each port or branch aimed at an interface between adjacent roller cones; and
a back flow valve operable to open in response to injection of drilling fluid down the bore and to close for blocking upward flow through the bore,
wherein:
each cutter is an insert, and
inner and outer surfaces of each skirt extend straight across the respective gap.

US Pat. No. 10,364,608

ROTARY STEERABLE SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT ACTUATORS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

26. A drilling method, comprising:advancing a borehole with a drill bit on a drilling assembly coupled to a drillstring by transferring rotation of the drilling assembly to the drill bit;
independently operating actuators disposed to rotate with the drilling assembly, each of the actuators associated with one of a plurality of directors, each of the actuators having an associated one of a plurality of valves in fluid communication with flow through the drilling assembly, each of the associated valves comprising a valve member rotatable relative to an inlet port and an outlet port;
controlling at least some of the flow through the drilling assembly using the independently operated actuators by rotating the valve member of each of one or more of the independently operable actuators between first and second conditions relative to the inlet port and the outlet port, directing the controlled flow at the inlet port to the associated director with the each valve member in the first condition to extend the associated director toward an extended condition, and venting the controlled flow from the associated director to the outlet port with the each valve member in the second condition to at least permit the associated director to retract toward a retracted condition;
independently moving the associated directors disposed to rotate with the drilling assembly between the extended and retracted conditions using the controlled flow; and
deviating the advancing borehole with the drilling assembly using the independently moved directors.

US Pat. No. 10,364,607

WHIPSTOCK ASSEMBLIES WITH A RETRACTABLE TENSION ARM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

7. A method, comprising:conveying a whipstock assembly into a wellbore, the whipstock assembly including a whipstock having a ramped surface, a mill releasably coupled to the whipstock with a shear bolt and providing a mill profile, and a tension arm pivotably coupled to the whipstock and having an engagement head engaged with the mill profile, wherein the engagement head provides an engagement profile defining one or more arm profile features and the mill profile defines one or more mill profile features; and
assuming at least a portion of a tensile load applied to the shear bolt with the tension arm as the whipstock assembly moves within the wellbore, wherein assuming at least a portion of the tensile load applied to the shear bolt with the tension arm comprises:
mating the one or more arm profile features with the one or more mill profile features and thereby preventing relative movement between the engagement profile and the mill profile.

US Pat. No. 10,364,604

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE MOVEMENT AND MUTUAL ASSEMBLY OF SEGMENTS OF AN EXCAVATION BATTERY, FOR EXAMPLE AUGER OR ROD SEGMENTS

SOILMEC S.P.A, Cesena (F...

1. A device for the movement and mutual assembly of segments of an excavation battery, and for connecting said battery to a digging machine, said device comprising:an upper joint integrally connectable to a driving tube or to a rotary head of said digging machine;
a lower joint integrally connectable to one of said segments of said excavation battery to be made up,
said lower joint having an inner passing duct comprising an intermediate portion having a necking with a reduced diameter with respect to the remaining portions of said inner passing duct;
a flexible element that connects said upper joint with said lower joint,
said flexible element being constrained on an upper end to said upper joint and connected on a lower end to said lower joint so that said lower joint slides along said flexible element between
a disengaged extended position, in which said upper and said lower joints are separated, and
an engaged contracted position, in which said upper and said lower joints are adjacent to and engaged with one another to transfer torque and axial forces from said driving tube to said excavation battery being formed; and
a stop element that limits the sliding of said lower joint away from said upper joint along said flexible element,
said stop element comprising a ballast constrained to the lower end of said flexible element, and having a diameter less than a diameter of an inner duct of said one of said segments of said excavation battery to slide inside said one of said segments of said excavation battery,
said ballast being positioned below said necking of said lower joint and having a diameter greater than said necking,
wherein in said engaged contracted condition said stop element is at a height lower than said lower joint.

US Pat. No. 10,364,599

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet defining a storage compartment;
a refrigerator door configured to open and close the storage compartment;
a hinge assembly configured to couple the refrigerator door to the cabinet; and
a door opening device provided at the cabinet and configured to rotate the refrigerator door about the hinge assembly, the door opening device including:
a frame, and
a pushing member slidably provided at the frame and configured to protrude from the frame toward the hinge assembly to thereby open the refrigerator door,
wherein the pushing member is configured to push the hinge assembly, the pushing member including:
a first body that extends toward a front of the frame,
a connection body that extends from the first body toward the front of the frame and in a width direction of the frame and that is inclined with respect to the width direction by a predetermined angle relative to the first body, and
a second body that extends from the connection body toward the front of the frame, and
wherein the second body is configured to protrude outward from a center portion of the frame in the width direction to thereby open the refrigerator door, and the first body is configured, based on the second body protruding outward of the frame, to be located entirely within the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,364,598

HINGED DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A device, comprising:a first portion and a second portion; and,
a determinative hinge assembly that rotatably secures the first and second portions through a range of angles of rotation between a closed orientation and an open orientation, the first portion rotating around a first hinge axis and the second portion rotating around a second hinge axis in accordance with sub-sets of the range of angles, the determinative hinge assembly comprising:
a rotation-determining sub-assembly secured to the first portion and the second portion that controls whether the rotation occurs around the first hinge axis or the second hinge axis depending on a current sub-set of the range of angles, and
an angle-specific portion-spacing sub-assembly secured to the first portion and the second portion that forces the first and second portions apart from one another in accordance with particular angles of the rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,596

LEVER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A lever device for a vehicle door handle connecting a door handle to a cable operating a door latch device while being pulled by the door handle, comprising:a handle lever including:
a handle lever shaft rotatably mounted at a door;
a handle connection part mounted at a first side of the handle lever shaft and connected to the door handle; and
a handle body part mounted at a second other side of the handle lever shaft and provided with a coupling groove; and
a link lever including:
a link lever shaft rotatably coupled to a rotation pin and disposed between the handle lever and the door handle; and
a link body part connected to the link lever shaft and selectively rotatable with respect to the rotation pin, wherein a first end of the link body part is selectively inserted into the coupling groove of the handle body part according to rotation of the link body part and a second end thereof is connected to the cable,
wherein tire link body part has an extension part which extends from the link body part to the link lever shaft, and one end of the extension part is connected with the link lever shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,364,595

ACCESS-CONTROL FIXTURE LOCK

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A fixture security system comprisinga fixture lock unit operable to block access to a receptacle in a fixture, the fixture lock unit including a lock and an operative movable lock actuator coupled to the lock, and
a child-resistant access-control unit comprising
mask means for covering a portion of the fixture lock unit to conceal the operative movable lock actuator from a child that is observing the fixture, the mask means is configured to cover a portion of the fixture lock unit without blocking movement of the operative movable lock actuator relative to the fixture to actuate and unlock the lock, and
the mask means is further configured for transmitting an external force applied to an exterior surface of the mask means by a caregiver to the operative movable lock actuator to cause the concealed movable lock actuator to move relative to the fixture to actuate the lock, and
a non-operative decoy lock-actuator button mounted in a visible location on the mask means for movement relative to the mask means from a normal projected position to a temporary depressed position without causing movement of the operative movable lock actuator concealed by the mask means relative to the fixture sufficient to actuate the lock and unlock the fixture lock unit so that the operative movable lock actuator will not move to actuate the lock and unlock the fixture lock unit in response to movement of the decoy lock-actuator button from the normal projected position to the temporary depressed position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,592

SENSOR ASSEMBLIES FOR LOCKS

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A locking assembly, comprising:a case;
a first hub rotatably mounted in the case and having a first home position and a first rotated position;
a second hub rotatably mounted in the case and having a second home position and a second rotated position;
a locking member aligned with the first hub and having a locking position wherein rotation of the first hub is prevented, and having an unlocking position wherein rotation of the first hub is enabled; and
a sensor assembly, including:
a first sensor associated with the first hub and operable to transmit a first signal in response to one of the first home position and the first rotated position, wherein the first sensor comprises a first microswitch including a first body, at least one first terminal, and a first leaf spring associated with the first hub;
a second sensor associated with the second hub and operable to transmit a second signal in response to one of the second home position and the second rotated position, wherein the second sensor comprises a second microswitch including a second body, at least one second terminal, and a second leaf spring associated with the second hub;
a third sensor associated with the locking member and operable to transmit a third signal in response to one of the locking position and the unlocking position, wherein the third sensor comprises a third microswitch including a third body, at least one third terminal, and a third leaf spring associated with the locking member; and
a printed circuit board on which terminals of each of the first, second, and third sensors are mounted;
wherein each terminal is electrically connected to a controller of a control circuit;
wherein the third sensor is mounted on the printed circuit board between the first sensor and the second sensor to form a single unit; and
wherein the third leaf spring is bent about the third body such that an engaging segment of the third leaf spring extends longer than the first leaf spring and the second leaf spring and is positioned between the third body and the locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,591

POST-EXTRACTING TOOL

1. A post-extracting tool comprising:a first lever, a second lever, a first jaw, a second jaw, a first handle loop, a second handle loop, and a pivot point;
wherein the post-extracting tool comprises a pair of tongs that are used to pull a post from ground;
wherein a first end of the second jaw is placed on top of the distal end of the second lever and oriented to the same angle as the first lever and the first jaw, except in the opposite direction;
wherein the second jaw and the second lever are secured in that position;
wherein the positioning of the second jaw and the second lever is such that from an observation point at a proximal end of the second lever with the obverse face of the second lever resting on a surface and the reverse face of the second lever facing up, the second jaw curves to the left;
wherein the second lever and the second jaw are non co-planar;
wherein the second jaw is located above the second lever in a plane that is parallel to the plane of the second lever.

US Pat. No. 10,364,590

FENCE POST PULLER AND PULLER-DRIVER COMBINATION

1. A T-post puller for a T-post having a T-cross section including a stem and a pair of wings with a plurality of spaced apart studs along a head of the stem, said T-post puller comprising a body with a geometric channel configured such that the T-post puller may be slipped over an end of a T-post, said channel having first and second spaced apart stud engaging protrusions, said stud engaging protrusions configured such that when the body is rotated into stud engaging position one of said pair of wings is wedged against a shoulder of a first of the stud engaging protrusions while the second stud engaging protrusion is positioned below a stud, said T-post puller further having a retractable member engaging the stem of the T-post in stud engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY IN LARGE WATER BODIES

CRYSTAL LAGOONS (CURACAO)...

1. A system for maintaining water quality in a large water body comprising water contained in a container having a bottom, the system comprising:a container that contains a water body;
a chemical application system for dosing a flocculant into the water, wherein the chemical application system applies a flocculant to the water in the water body to maintain turbidity of the water below 2 NTU;
a mobile suctioning device capable of moving along the bottom of the container and suctioning a portion of the water containing settled solids at the bottom of the container, wherein the mobile suctioning device is configured to be activated before an increase in color black component of the bottom of the container exceeds 30% on a CMYK scale and wherein the mobile suctioning device comprises suction points distributed along a bottom of the suctioning device constructed to concentrate suctioning power at the suction points and not resuspend more than 30% of the settled solids in an area of the bottom of the container where the mobile suctioning device moves along;
a control system configured and arranged to activate the operation of the suctioning device based on a determination of the color of the bottom of the container;
a filtration system comprising a filtration unit in fluid communication with the mobile suctioning device, wherein the filtration unit receives the portion of water suctioned by the mobile suction device;
a degreasing system, separate from the filtration system, comprising:
(a) a separation unit, including a degreaser and a screen or coarse filter, and
(b) skimmers in fluid communication with the body of water and the separation unit, the skimmers arranged and configured to provide a surface water flow from the water body to the separation unit, andwherein the degreaser is an overflow apparatus for separating oils and greases from the water, the screen or course filter is arranged and configured for retaining large debris, and the degreasing system is capable of maintaining a top-most 1 cm surface water layer as having less than about 20 mg/L greases; andone or more return lines for returning filtered water from the filtration unit and the degreasing system to the water body,
wherein the system is a closed system capable of maintaining water quality suitable for recreational uses.

US Pat. No. 10,364,583

DEPLOYABLE SELF-SUSTAINING SHELTER

1. A structure comprising:an expandable structural frame adapted to expand to an expanded condition and retract to a retracted condition, wherein the expandable structural frame comprises a first frame member and a second frame member, said first and second frame members telescopically connected to one another for expansion and retraction of the structure;
a first electrical flow path adapted for providing electrical power to the structure in the expanded condition;
a second electrical flow path adapted for providing electrical power to the structure in the retracted condition, said second electrical flow path different from the first electrical flow path;
an electrically conductive switching device, said electrically conductive switching device comprising a caster carriage dongle, in a fixed position with respect to the first frame member and adapted to maintain moving contact with the second frame member during expansion and retraction of the structure; and
an expandable HVAC system including primary ductwork, secondary ductwork, and tertiary ductwork, wherein the primary ductwork, secondary ductwork, and tertiary ductwork are adapted to together define an expanded configuration and a retracted configuration;
wherein the expandable HVAC system defines a first fluid pathway in the expanded configuration and a second fluid pathway in the retracted conditions, said second fluid pathway being different from the first fluid pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,364,581

MASONRY CORNER JIG

1. A masonry corner jig comprising:a main elongate body including first and second portions extending from a midpoint, the main elongate body forming a plurality of apertures extending a length of the main elongate body at the midpoint;
first and second leg pegs each being sized and configured for selective attachment to the main elongate body on a respective one of the first and second portions;
first and second L-shaped plates each defining a central leg bracket including a first surface and a second surface; the central leg bracket being sized and configured for selective attachment to the main elongate body; the central leg bracket including a curved plate extending from the second surface, the curved plate forming a hole extending the length of the curved plate;
an adjustable grade stake sized and configured for engaged passage through the hole on each of the curved plates of the respective central leg brackets;
a metal plate defining a base, the base forming a body having a 90-degree cutout section wherein the point of the 90-degree cutout section is aligned with the center of the base; the base forming three holes along a perimeter zone of the base; a tube extending from the base and forming a channel sized for engaged receipt of the adjustable grade stake;
first and second legs each comprising:
a leg hinge having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the leg peg;
a leg rod having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the leg hinge;
an adjusting rod having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the leg rod; the adjusting rod having a hole through the center of the adjusting rod;
an adjusting pin that is sized and configured for engaged passage through the hole of the adjusting rod;
a cylinder defining an ankle rod, the ankle rod having a first end and a second end that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the adjusting rod; and
a foot plate that is sized and configured for attachment to the first end of the ankle rod.

US Pat. No. 10,364,580

GROUT INSTALLATION APPARATUS

1. A grout installation system including an apparatus having:a grout applying member, for applying grout to spaces between tiles comprised in a tiled area, the grout applying member comprising:
a grout tank having an internal space for storing grout, and
a grout dispensing head having an internal space in communication with the internal space of the grout tank for receiving grout therefrom; and
a grout removal member arranged rearward of the grout applying member, the grout removal member operable to remove grout from an outer surface of the tiles; wherein
the apparatus is operable to adopt a working position in which an outer edge of the grout dispensing head rests against the outer surface of the tiles, and in which the outer edge of the grout dispensing head defines a closed and planar perimeter encircling and delimiting an end opening of the grout dispensing head, the end opening in communication with the internal space of the grout dispensing head for receiving grout from the grout tank and dispensing said grout through the end opening to a portion of the tiled area delimited by the perimeter; wherein
the grout applying member further comprises a piston movable along the internal space of the grout tank and operable to force grout out of the internal space of the grout tank, into the internal space of the grout dispensing head, through the end opening of the grout dispensing head and into spaces between the tiles facing the end opening when said grout dispensing member is actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,577

RAPID DEPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION TILE

The United States of Amer...

13. A transmission tile, comprising:a channel comprising a data cable configured to transmit data and a power cable configured to transmit power; and
an outer layer configured to environmentally seal the data cable and the power cable,
where the outer layer is configured to interconnect with an outer layer of a supply tile in a keyed manner;
where outer layer is configured to interconnect with an outer layer of an access tile in a keyed manner,
where when the outer layer of the transmission tile interconnects with the outer layer of the supply tile, the channel proactively operatively couples with a channel of the supply tile, and
where when the outer layer of the transmission tile interconnects with the outer layer of the access tile, the channel proactively operatively couples with a channel of the access tile.

US Pat. No. 10,364,576

ANCHOR

1. An anchor comprising:a spring element sized to receive a portion of a component, the spring element comprising a first region, a second region and a third region, where
the second region comprising a coil spring having a plurality of coils for which adjacent coils are spaced apart, where the coil spring of the second region is coupled to the first region and the third region of the spring element; and
the third region comprises a coil spring having a plurality of coils for which adjacent coils are in contact with one another, where the coil spring of the third region has an external diameter less than an exterior diameter of the coil spring of the second region; and
a spring stop, configured to couple to the component and to contact the first region of the spring element, thereby preventing motion of the spring element along the component in at least a first direction, the spring stop having an exterior cross dimension smaller than the exterior diameter of the coil spring of the second region;
whereby the anchor is configured to couple the component through a hole in a support structure for which a cross dimension of the hole is greater than the exterior cross dimension of the spring stop, greater than the external diameter of the coil spring of the third region and less than the first exterior diameter of the coil spring of the second region, and
where the plurality of coils of the coil spring of the third region are sized to fit within the hole in the support structure to form a grommet when the component is coupled to the support structure via the anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,575

ELEVATION-TYPE STAIR STRUCTURE

1. An elevation-type stair structure, comprising:a first stair module, including a plurality of first treads, a first platform, a second platform and a first wall surface, wherein said first wall surface includes a first door and a second door;
a second stair module, disposed at one side of said first stair module and including a plurality of second treads, a third platform, a fourth platform and a second wall surface, wherein said second wall surface includes a third door and a fourth door; and
an elevator module, fastened above said first stair module or said second stair module for enabling said first stair module or said second stair module to be ascended or descended, wherein when said second stair module is descended for being below a location defined at said one side of said first stair module, said first door is aligned with said fourth door; and when said second stair module is ascended for being above a location defined at said one side of said first stair module, said second door is aligned with said third door.

US Pat. No. 10,364,573

LAYOUT STARTER AND FIELD SHINGLE FOR SLOPED ASPHALT ROOFING

1. An asphalt shingle designed to be laid up in courses on a roof comprising:an upper headlap portion, a lower tab portion, vertically spaced apart upper and lower edges, laterally spaced apart right and left edges, and top and bottom surfaces, having a lateral dimension or width and a vertical dimension or height; and
a plurality of parallel, laterally-spaced vertical markings disposed across said top surface;
wherein the lateral dimension of the shingle is greater than the vertical dimension of the shingle,
wherein said bottom surface is configured to be laid up on a roof facing the roof,
wherein said tab portion is configured to be substantially weather-exposed when laid up on a roof and wherein said upper headlap portion is configured to be substantially covered by the tab portion of asphalt shingles in a next-overlying course of asphalt shingles when laid up on a roof; and
wherein, when the shingle is run up a rake of a roof with said upper and lower edges running parallel to the rake with either said upper or lower edge abutting said rake, said vertical markings are configured to act as headlap alignment marks and run perpendicularly to the rake of the roof, defining the positions on which courses of shingles should be abutted, and
wherein, when the shingle is run along an eave of a roof with said upper and lower edges running parallel to the eave, the plurality of parallel, laterally-spaced vertical markings are also configured to act as sidelap alignment marks and run perpendicularly to the eave of the roof, defining the positions on which subsequent courses of shingles should be abutted.

US Pat. No. 10,364,572

PREFABRICATED WALL PANEL FOR UTILITY INSTALLATION

Innovative Building Techn...

1. A utility panel, comprising:an exterior panel that includes:
a core;
a first board coupled to an exterior-facing surface of the core;
a second board coupled to an interior-facing surface of the core, wherein:
the core includes a foam plastic core that has the exterior-facing surface and the interior-facing surface,
the first board includes a magnesium oxide board coupled to the exterior-facing surface of the foam plastic core, and
the second board includes a fiber cement board coupled to the interior-facing surface of the foam plastic core;
a weather resistive barrier coupled to the first board, wherein the first board is positioned between the weather resistive barrier and the core; and
a plurality of cladding panels coupled to the weather resistive barrier, wherein the weather resistive barrier is positioned between the plurality of cladding panels and the first board;
a plurality of studs coupled to the exterior panel, wherein the plurality of studs include a plurality of punched studs;
a hat channel coupled to the plurality of studs substantially opposite the exterior panel, wherein the hat channel is substantially perpendicular to the plurality of studs; and
an interior panel coupled to the hat channel opposite the plurality of studs.

US Pat. No. 10,364,571

LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURAL PANEL

1. A structural panel configured for use in building installation comprising:a three-dimensional space frame assembly, wherein the space frame assembly comprises:
at least two longitudinal sides;
at least one lateral side;
a plurality of sinusoidal support members arranged in a lateral direction; and
a plurality of opposing reinforcing elements arranged in a longitudinal direction;
a pair of truss members, wherein one truss member in the pair is attached to each longitudinal side of the space frame assembly;
a pair of stud members, wherein one stud member is attached to each longitudinal side of the space frame assembly and a corresponding said truss member as a bracing system, each stud member comprises a plurality of apertures located along a longitudinal length thereof;
a foam layer which is provided throughout the space frame assembly, truss members, and stud members;
a plurality of first cavities, wherein each first cavity lines up with a corresponding said aperture and extends in the lateral direction from the one stud member to the other stud member; and
a plurality of second cavities, wherein each second cavity extends in the longitudinal direction through a body of the panel;
wherein the structural panel possesses load bearing capacity and the truss members, sinusoidal support members, stud members, and reinforcing elements provide structural integrity and load bearing capacity independent of the foam layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,569

GUIDE DEVICE FOR RETAINING TIES IN MASONRY WALLS

1. An apparatus for reinforcement of masonry walls, the apparatus comprising:a tie member having an anchor end and a tension end, the tie member disposed in a vertical passageway in a wall of a structure, the vertical passageway comprising the vertical alignment of voids in a plurality of concrete masonry units; and
a bracing member disposed in one of the voids in the plurality of concrete masonry units that form the vertical passageway such that the bracing member retains the tie member in close proximity to the centerline of the vertical passageway, the bracing member disposed at an intermediate location between the anchor end and the tension end, the intermediate location being distal from the anchor end and distal from the tension end, the bracing member comprising a downwardly depending funnel connected to a reservoir such that the funnel is disposed below the reservoir, the funnel configured for receiving the tie member, and the reservoir comprising walls disposed in a rectangular orientation, the reservoir configured for receiving and retaining wet cured-in-place bracing material for curing within the reservoir, the bracing material selected from the group consisting of mortar, grout, self-consolidating grout, cured-in-place foam, epoxy, cement, and concrete;
wherein the tie member is laterally supported by the bracing member, and the tie member is laterally unsupported between the bracing member and the anchor end and between the bracing member and the tension end.

US Pat. No. 10,364,568

FABRICATED BUILDING

1. A fabricated building comprising:a wall structure defining an interior side and an exterior side;
a roof frame supported on the wall structure;
a roof skirt supported by the wall structure and including a skirt tongue with a leading edge located on the exterior side of the wall structure;
a roll up roof supported by the roof frame and including a roof tongue with a leading edge located on the exterior side of the wall structure; and
a roof lock that retains the roll up roof on the wall structure that is formed from the leading edge of the skirt tongue folded with the leading edge of the roof tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,364,567

CONNECTOR FOR FRAMING MATERIAL

1. A connector for framing material comprising:a limiting member having a plate member, the plate member provided with a through aperture, a first stopping plate provided at a side of the plate member and a second stopping plate provided at another side of the plate member, the plate member, the first stopping plate and the second stopping plate forming a containing space, each end of the first stopping plate and the second stopping plate respectively having an engaging portion and a pressing portion, the engaging portion of the first stopping plate facing the pressing portion of the second stopping plate, the pressing portion of the first stopping plate facing the engaging portion of the second stopping plate, the first stopping plate and the second stopping plate respectively further provided with two engaging slots facing the plate member and disposed among the engaging portion and the pressing portion;
a connecting member having a through hole; and
a first screw having a hexagon portion at an end, the first screw placed through the through aperture of the limiting member and the through hole of the connecting member, an end of the first screw passing through the through hole of the connecting member and screwed with a nut, the hexagon portion of the first screw limited between the first stopping plate and the second stopping plate, the containing space allowing the hexagon portion and the limiting member to rotate synchronously;
wherein the connecting member has a bottom plate and two opposing sidewalls, the two sidewalls perpendicularly connected with the bottom plate, the through hole disposed in the bottom plate, and both of the sidewalls are respectively provided with an elongate slot correspondingly engaged with a second screw and second nut.

US Pat. No. 10,364,566

SELF-LOCKING METAL FRAMING CONNECTIONS USING PUNCHED OUT TABS, LEDGES AND NOTCHES

1. A receiver support element used in connecting metal framing components, said receiver support element comprising:a substantially planar web having a first edge and a second edge opposite said first edge, said planar web defining a plane;
a first flange and a second flange defining web flanges, said second flange being substantially parallel to said first flange, said first flange extending from said first edge in a direction substantially normal to said plane and said second flange extending from said second edge in a direction substantially normal to said plane, said first flange having a first end distal with respect to said web and said second flange having a first end distal with respect to said web; a third flange and a fourth flange being receiver flanges, said fourth flange being substantially parallel to said third flange and to said first flange and to said second flange, said third flange being attached to said first end of said first flange and said fourth flange being attached to said first end of said second flange, said third flange and said fourth flange extending in a direction of said plane and terminating in a respective first distal end and a second distal end, said third flange and said fourth flange each having a portion proximate said respective first distal end of said third flange and said second distal end of said fourth flange extending away from said respective first flange and said second flange;
said first flange and said second flange defining a web flange gap, said first flange and said third flange defining a first receiver gap, said second flange and said fourth flange defining a second receiver gap; said third flange and said fourth flange each having at least one resilient tab, said resilient tab of said third flange extending toward said first end of said first flange and having a distal end terminating within said first receiver gap, and said resilient tab of said fourth flange extending toward said first end of said second flange and having a distal end terminating within said second receiver gap.

US Pat. No. 10,364,565

SUB-FLOOR BRACE FOR ABATING SQUEAKING FLOORS

1. A structural element comprising:a first support, a second support, and a fastener;
wherein the fastener attaches the first support to the second support;
wherein the structural element is configured for use with a supported flooring;
wherein the supported flooring is further defined with joists and a flooring;
wherein the supported flooring is further defined with a floor side and a ceiling side;
wherein the structural element is configured to support the supported flooring from the ceiling side of the supported flooring;
wherein the supported flooring refers to a horizontal surface upon which the structural element is placed in use;
wherein in use the horizontal surface receives the load from the supported flooring that is being distributed through the structural element;
wherein the structural element is a telescopic structure;
wherein the first support comprises a first stanchion and a first cantilever;
wherein the first cantilever attaches to the first stanchion;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first end, a second end, and a first center axis;
wherein the first cantilever is further defined with a third end, a fourth end, a second center axis, and an inner dimension;
wherein the first stanchion is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the first cantilever is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the first cantilever is formed from the same tube stock as the first stanchion;
wherein the second support comprises a second stanchion and a second cantilever;
wherein the second cantilever attaches to the first cantilever;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a fifth end, a sixth end, and a third center axis;
wherein the second cantilever is further defined with a seventh end, an eighth end, a fourth center axis, and an outer dimension;
wherein the second stanchion is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the dimensions of the second stanchion are identical to the dimensions of the first stanchion;
wherein the second cantilever is a hollow square metal perforated tube;
wherein the tube stock of the second cantilever is selected such that the outer dimension of the second cantilever is lesser than the inner dimension of the first cantilever such that the second cantilever can be inserted into the first cantilever;
wherein the fastener is a mechanical detent;
wherein the third end of the first cantilever attaches to the second end of the first stanchion such that the second center axis intersects perpendicularly with the first center axis;
wherein the third end of the first cantilever attaches to the second end of the first stanchion such that the face of the first cantilever is flush with the second end of the first stanchion;
wherein the seventh end of the second cantilever attaches to the sixth end of the second stanchion such that the fourth center axis intersects perpendicularly with the third center axis;
wherein the seventh end of the second cantilever attaches to the sixth end of the second stanchion such that the span of the distance between the fourth center axis and the fifth end of the second stanchion is sized such that the fourth center axis and the second center axis are aligned when the first end of the first stanchion and the fifth end of the second stanchion are placed upon the supporting flooring;
wherein this alignment will allow the eighth end of the second cantilever to be inserted into the fourth end of the first cantilever when the structural element is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,364,564

SUPER DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLOOD CONTROL

1. A drainage system configured for controlling flood during extreme weather and comprising a road for traffic during normal weather, said system comprising:a) an open channel having a first bank, a second bank and a riverbed;
b) a reinforced concrete conduit (RCC), said RCC has a bottom slab supported on said riverbed, a first wall for retaining said first bank, a top slab elevated above a predetermined level and a second wall and said RCC further comprising a number of RCC segments, each of said RCC segments having a male end and a number of RCC segments, each of said RCC segments having a male end and a female end;
c) an opening in said RCC for water communication with said open channel; and
wherein said RCC supports said road below the top of said first bank, and said traffic travels on said road along said first bank during normal weather.

US Pat. No. 10,364,563

RUNOFF WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A drywell apparatus for collecting and diverting runoff surface water or waste water, and controlling the flow and direction of subsurface water, comprising:a top having a large diameter, central, top port, opening into a drywell apparatus interior, said top port adapted to receive surface water;
an open bottom;
a cylindrical sidewall interconnecting the drywell top and bottom, said drywell top, bottom and sidewall defining the drywell apparatus interior, said sidewall having an exterior surface and an interior surface, said sidewall having a plurality of rectangular drain-type ports distributed about the sidewall;
a plurality of interior diverters attached to the sidewall interior, within the drywell interior, each interior diverter positioned about one of the plurality of drain-type ports, each interior diverter having a front, rear, open top, bottom, and two opposite, identical sides, said interior diverter front, rear, top, bottom and sides defining a hollow interior diverter interior, wherein the interior diverter rear is divided into two sections, a top section and a lower section, wherein said interior diverter rear top section is flat and extends vertically downward to a horizontal line, wherein the interior diverter rear lower section extends downward from the horizontal line and forward to a beginning of the interior diverter bottom, wherein a plurality of downwardly extending flanges are formed at a junction of the interior diverter rear lower section and the interior diverter bottom, wherein the interior diverter front has a plurality of holding tabs adjacent the interior diverter top and extending from the interior diverter sides toward each other, wherein the remainder of the interior diverter front is open;
wherein the interior diverter front engages one of the plurality of drain-type ports and the interior diverter bottom is seated on a drain-type port horizontal bottom, wherein the interior diverter downwardly extending flanges engage the side wall interior beneath one of the plurality of drain-type ports, wherein the interior diverter holding tabs are attached to the side wall interior above a one of the plurality of drain-type ports;
wherein water from the drywell apparatus interior enters the interior diverter top through the diverter interior, out through the diverter front, through one of the plurality of drywell drain-type ports, laterally dispersing into the surrounding soil, beginning at the top of a drywell, said interior diverter rear and sides preventing backfill soil from intruding into a drywell interior.

US Pat. No. 10,364,561

DRAIN VALVE FOR A FLUSHING CISTERN AND FLUSHING CISTERN HAVING A DRAIN VALVE

1. A drain valve for a sanitary flushing cistern, in particular a flush-mounted flushing cistern, comprising a valve housing and a valve body guided in the valve housing and configured as an overflow pipe having a seal assigned to a valve seat, wherein the valve body is provided with at least one pull tab for lifting the valve body, and one buoyant body, wherein the valve housing at its upper end is provided with a spacer for aligning and fixing the drain valve in the flushing cistern, wherein the pull tab is pivotably connected to the valve body and the spacer has an abutment assigned to the pull tab, which functions as a pivot point for the pull tab, so that the pull tab is movable from an upright position into a folded position and the valve body connected to the pull tab in the folded position of the pull tab is raised vis-à-vis the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,364,559

PLUMBING DEVICE

1. A connector comprisingan inlet connector,
a chamber having an open upper chamber and a lower closable chamber, and
an outlet connector formed in a floor of the lower chamber
wherein the inlet connector is supported above the open upper chamber by a plurality of horizontally spaced arms such that a vertical gap is formed between an inlet and the upper chamber, the arms being arranged so that the horizontal spacing between the arms and the vertical gap are sufficient to provide an air break to drain, and wherein the lower chamber is closable by a non-return valve which is arranged to open at a pre-selected pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,558

BOTTLE TRAP

1. A bottle trap for washbasin sink, the bottle trap comprising:a main body having an open end and a tapered closed end, the open end adapted to be coupled to a tailpiece pipe from a sink and the tapered closed end has at least one face inclined at a first angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the main body;
a cylindrical trap element received through the open end and extending axially into the main body up to at least half the length of the main body, the cylindrical trap element dividing the main body into an inner cylindrical portion and an outer cylindrical portion, the inner cylindrical portion and the outer cylindrical portion being fluidically coupled;
an outlet orifice provided on peripheral surface of the main body perpendicularly thereto, the outlet orifice is fluidically coupled to the outer cylindrical portion and is adapted to be coupled to a horizontal drain pipe;
a thread-less coupling provided at the open end and the outlet orifice, for connecting the tailpiece pipe and the drain pipe, respectively, thereto for ensuring a leakproof coupling, said thread-less coupling being based on a connecting seal having a cylindrical body with a circumferential groove on its outer cylindrical surface, and a complementary inward projecting first annular projection on the open end and the outlet orifice, the first annular projection being adapted to engage with the circumferential groove on the respective connecting seal; and
at least one sealable drain orifice provided at the at least one inclined face of the tapered closed end, the drain orifice being fluidically connected to the outer cylindrical portion for enabling draining out of blockage particles therein by opening the drain orifice,wherein the main body is a monolithic block and joint free, andwherein the at least one sealable drain orifice is adapted to be sealed by a removable closure, andwherein during operation liquid from the tailpiece pipe enters into the inner cylinder portion towards the outer cylinder portion for being directed out of the outlet orifice into the drain pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,364,557

FAUCETS PROVIDING MIXED WATER AND AIR FLOW

GLOBE UNION INDUSTRIAL CO...

1. A faucet comprising:a faucet base having a first and second end, the faucet base being adapted to be mounted to support the faucet near the first end and to regulate a water flow through the faucet;
a water hose coupled with the faucet base by extending through the first end and second end of the faucet base, the water hose being adapted to be flexible and movable through an opening in the first end and through an opening in the second end;
a faucet head movably coupled to the second end of the faucet base, the faucet head being adapted to be dismountable from the second end of the faucet base while remaining coupled to the water hose to direct a mixture of water-and-air flow to a location away from the faucet base and to be relocated back to the second end the faucet base to discharge the mixture of water-and-air flow while being coupled to the faucet base;
a chamber within the faucet head having a first end and a second end, the first end of the chamber being coupled with the water hose and being coupled, in a dismountable manner, to the second end of the faucet base, the second end of the chamber providing an outlet to discharge the mixture of water-and-air flow;
a water valve within the chamber and located between the first end and the second end of the chamber, the water valve comprising:
at least one air inlet and a water inlet to enable mixing air from the at least one air inlet with water from the water inlet, the water inlet being coupled with the water hose, the at least one air inlet being coupled with the chamber, and
a control valve movable within the water valve between a first position and a second position, the first position enabling mixing air from the at least one air inlet with water from the water inlet to provide the mixture of water-and-air flow, and the second position enabling shut-off of the mixture of water-and-air flow, a direction of the control valve's movement between the first position and the second position being substantially parallel to a direction of the water flow from the first end of the chamber to the second end of the chamber, the control valve using a water pressure supplied by the water hose to facilitate an operation of the control valve; and
a control member movably coupled with the faucet head, the control member being adapted to enable an operation of the control valve within the water valve by pressing the control member from a side of the faucet head to move the control valve between the first position and the second position, wherein
the chamber includes a cavity between the first end and the second end of the chamber for receiving the water valve, and the water valve is a pre-assembled assembly with the control valve inside the water valve and with a driving member protruding through one end of the water valve and coupled with the control valve to cause the control valve to move between the first and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,553

WEAR ASSEMBLY FOR EARTH WORKING EQUIPMENT

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A wear assembly for earth working equipment, the wear assembly comprising:a ground-engaging wear member including (i) a cavity having top, bottom and side walls for receiving a base on the earth working equipment, the base having an opening extending transversely through the base and a recess surrounding the opening on one wall of the base, (ii) a hole in each said sidewall, and (iii) a slot in at least one of the side walls of the cavity; and
a lock including a retainer received in the recess in the base, and a lock body, the retainer having a central opening generally aligned with the opening in the base and a key received into the slot, the lock body extending through the central opening in the retainer and into each hole in the wear member to hold the wear member to the base, and the lock body and central opening having fastening elements that engage each other to connect the lock body to the retainer and the fastening elements are engaging threads.

US Pat. No. 10,364,551

WORK MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work machine comprising:a prime mover;
a hydraulic pump configured to be operated by the prime mover and outputting an operation fluid;
a hydraulic device configured to operate via the operation fluid;
a measurement sensor configured to measure a first temperature and a second temperature, the first temperature being a temperature of the operation fluid at starting of the prime mover, the second temperature being a temperature of the operation fluid after the starting of the prime mover; and
a controller configured to:
utilize a predetermined starting upper limitation revolution speed as an upper limit revolution speed at the starting of the prime mover, the upper limit revolution speed being an upper limit of a revolution speed of the prime mover;
change, after the starting of the prime mover, the upper limit revolution speed to a changed upper limitation revolution speed obtained by adding a correction value to the starting upper limitation revolution speed, the correction value being obtained by multiplying a temperature difference between the first temperature and the second temperature by a predetermined correction revolution speed; and
the controller including a revolution controller configured to control the revolution speed of the prime mover based on the starting upper limitation revolution speed at the starting of the prime mover and to control the revolution speed of the prime mover based on the changed upper limitation revolution speed after the starting of the prime mover.

US Pat. No. 10,364,550

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM OF WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hydraulic drive system of a work machine comprising:an engine;
first and second hydraulic pumps driven by the engine;
first and second pump hydraulic lines to which a delivered hydraulic fluid from the respective first and second hydraulic pumps is supplied;
at least one first actuator driven by the hydraulic fluid supplied from the first pump hydraulic line;
a plurality of second actuators driven by the hydraulic fluid supplied from the second pump hydraulic line;
a first directional control valve provided in the first pump hydraulic line and controlling a flow rate of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the first actuator;
a plurality of second directional control valves provided in the second pump hydraulic line and each controlling the flow rate of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the plurality of second actuators;
a plurality of operation devices operating the first actuator and the plurality of second actuators by respectively switch-operating the first directional control valve and the plurality of second directional control valves;
an electric motor;
a third hydraulic pump driven by the electric motor;
a third pump hydraulic line to which a delivered hydraulic fluid from the third hydraulic pump is supplied;
a third directional control valve provided in the third pump hydraulic line, switch-operated by a specific operation device of the plurality of operation devices that operates a specific actuator of the plurality of second actuators, and controlling the flow rate of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the specific actuator from the third hydraulic pump;
a plurality of operation amount detection sensors detecting operation amounts of the plurality of operation devices; and
a control device that is configured to control the electric motor in accordance with operation amounts of the plurality of operation devices corresponding to the plurality of second actuators out of the operation amounts detected by the plurality of operation amount detection sensors,
wherein the control device is further configured to control the third directional control valve such that the third hydraulic pump supplies the hydraulic fluid to the specific actuator, with a hydraulic line that supplies the hydraulic fluid from the second hydraulic pump to the specific actuator being restricted, when a combined operation of two or more second actuators including the specific actuator out of the plurality of second actuators is detected by the plurality of operation amount detection sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,364,548

METHOD OF OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE OF MACHINES AT A WORKSITE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method of operations of machines at a worksite, the method comprising:receiving, by a control system, pre-construction terrain data associated with the worksite;
receiving, by the control system, design terrain data associated with the worksite;
receiving, by the control system, resource data associated with the machines;
defining a plurality of constraints associated with the operations based on the pre-construction terrain data, the design terrain data, and the resource data;
simulating the operations of the machines at the worksite based on the pre-construction terrain data, the design terrain data, and the resource data;
estimating process variables associated with the operations based on the simulation of the operations and the plurality of constraints;
providing an optimized operational level task to an operator of a machine based on the estimated process variables;
collecting real time data associated with the operations performed at the worksite using a communication medium;
updating the estimated process variables associated with the operations of the machines based on the collected real time data; and
providing a performance indicator to the operator based on the optimized task and the real time data.

US Pat. No. 10,364,547

HYBRID WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A hybrid work machine comprising an engine, a generator motor driven by the engine, an electrical storage device that supplies and receives electric power to and from the generator motor, a hydraulic pump driven by the engine and the generator motor, hydraulic actuators driven by a hydraulic oil delivered from the hydraulic pump, operating members used to operate the hydraulic actuators, and a controller that controls the hydraulic actuators in accordance with operating amounts of the operating members,wherein, when a plurality of specific operations defined as predetermined ones among a plurality of work operations performed by the hybrid work machine are performed under condition of a degree of tendency to deterioration of the electrical storage device becoming higher, the controller determines in accordance with the operating amounts of the operating members whether the specific operations are performed, and reduces, in accordance with a determination result, speeds of the hydraulic actuators corresponding to the specific operations at rates preset for the specific operations depending on the degree of tendency to deterioration of the electrical storage device, the rates being the same.

US Pat. No. 10,364,546

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR WORK VEHICLE, CONTROL METHOD, AND WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A control system for a work vehicle including a work implement, the control system comprising:an operating device configured to receive operations from an operator for driving the work implement and to output an operation signal in accordance with an operation amount of the operating device; and
a controller programmed to control the work implement based on the operation signal, the controller including
a storage unit for storing construction information defining a design terrain which represents a target shape of a work object;
a distance obtaining unit for obtaining a distance between the work implement and the design terrain;
a work aspect determining unit for determining whether or not a work aspect by the work implement is a surface compaction work based on the operation signal; and
a limit velocity deciding unit that executes a normal velocity limit control for limiting a velocity of the work implement to a limit velocity when the distance is equal to or smaller than a first distance and the work aspect is not the surface compaction work,
the limit velocity deciding unit executing a surface compaction control instead of the normal velocity limit control when the work aspect is the surface compaction work and the distance is within a first range, a largest distance of the first range being the first distance, the surface compaction control being executed such that the limit velocity of the work implement is larger than during the normal velocity control within the first range.

US Pat. No. 10,364,545

BRACKET ASSEMBLY FOR LINKAGE ASSEMBLIES OF MACHINES

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A bracket assembly for coupling an implement to an arm of a machine, the bracket assembly comprising:a bracket including a plate with an opening having an inner wall, the inner wall including a plurality of engagement structures arranged along an axial direction of the opening, and being longitudinally spaced apart from each other; and
a bushing adapted to be inserted into and positioned within the opening, the bushing including a cylindrical portion with an outer surface, an end, and a plurality of mating structures arranged on the outer surface and longitudinally spaced apart from each other along an axial direction of the cylindrical portion,
wherein an engagement between the plurality of engagement structures and the plurality of mating structures facilitates multiple positions of the end relative to the plate, and
wherein each engagement structure of the plurality of engagement structures includes a J-shaped protrusion defining a cavity to receive one mating structure of the plurality of mating structures.

US Pat. No. 10,364,544

POLYURETHANE FOAM IN FOUNDATION FOOTINGS FOR LOAD-BEARING STRUCTURES

23. A method of making a foundation footing system for a load-bearing structure, the method comprising:a) forming a hole in a ground, the hole having a top, a flat bottom surface, and sides;
b) placing a polyurethane composition into the hole, allowing the polyurethane composition to react and form a foam that is configured to fill in the hole and rise above the top of the hole, and then to cure to form a cured, polyurethane foam footing,
wherein the polyurethane foam footing comprises a polyurethane composition comprising isocyanate, and at least one active hydrogen compound, is a water-repellant, hydrophobic closed-cell foam; and
c) attaching a post to the top of, and generally centered on, the polyurethane foam footing, the post and the polyurethane foam footing forming a foundation footing system, wherein the polyurethane foam footing provides an adhesive bond strength of at least 12 pounds per square inch.

US Pat. No. 10,364,543

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PORTABLE STAKE MOUNTING

1. A stake assembly for providing an earth anchor, comprising:a concave portion arranged facing the earth, wherein the concave portion has a top wall and a depending sidewall below the top wall, the sidewall enclosing a perimeter and having an open bottom end;
a stake portion engaged to the concave portion comprising a shaft having a diameter, the shaft intended to be driven into the earth, wherein the stake portion has a stop carried on an upper part of the shaft, and the top wall has a hole, wherein the hole is sized having a hole diameter greater than the diameter to allow the shaft to pass through the hole from above but not sized to allow the stop to pass through the hole; and
the concave portion is arranged to capture earth therein when the concave portion is driven into the earth, the hole allowing the concave portion to be driven into the earth first and the stake portion be subsequently driven through the hole and into the earth;
wherein the concave portion includes a socket open into the hole and the stake portion includes a plug, wherein the plug fits into the socket when the stake is fully inserted into the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,541

TEMPORARILY COUPLING BETWEEN JACKET AND PILE AND METHOD OF COUPLING

IHC Holland IE B.V., Sli...

1. A method for coupling a jacket with a foundation pile, comprising;mounting a first flange with the jacket,
contacting a second flange with the foundation pile such that the second flange is supported by the foundation pile,
mutually positioning the first flange and the second flange such that the jacket is supported by the pile through the first flange and the second flange,
arranging an inflatable spacing member between the first flange and second flange such that the spacing member contacts both the first flange and second flange for supporting the jacket through the spacing member;
inflating the spacing member for increasing a spacing between the first flange and second flange; and
detaching the spacing member from at least one of the first flange and second flange.

US Pat. No. 10,364,540

SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER, PAVEMENT SLAB ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATING A SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER

Bombardier Primove GmbH, ...

1. A system for inductive power transfer to vehicles driving or standing on a surface of a route, comprising:a primary winding structure for generating an alternating electromagnetic field, wherein a field volume is assigned to the primary winding structure; and
at least a part of a first heating system, wherein elements of the first heating system which are arranged within the field volume are non-metallic elements,
wherein the system comprises at least a part of at least one other heating system, wherein all elements of the at least one other heating system are arranged outside the field volume.

US Pat. No. 10,364,538

APPARATUS FOR ABSORBING ENERGY RESULTING FROM VEHICLE IMPACT

Lindsay Transportation So...

1. Apparatus positioned at a guardrail lead end portion for absorbing energy resulting from vehicle impact, said guardrail having an elongated top edge, an elongated bottom edge spaced a predetermined substantially uniform vertical distance from said top edge and opposed side surfaces extending between said elongated top edge and said elongated bottom edge, said apparatus comprising:an impact terminal;
a support structure supporting said impact terminal at or adjacent to the guardrail lead end portion, said support structure extending from said impact terminal;
a guardrail engagement structure supported by said support structure, said guardrail engagement structure defining an interior, a guardrail receiving opening communicating with said interior receiving the guardrail lead end portion, and a guardrail discharge opening communicating with said interior, said support structure and said guardrail engagement structure operable upon vehicle impact on said impact terminal to move along said guardrail and cause said guardrail to pass through said guardrail engagement structure and exit said guardrail discharge opening, the guardrail engagement structure comprising a chute having inner chute surfaces defining said interior, said inner chute surfaces having a generally rectangular configuration along substantially the full length thereof whereby said interior has a generally rectangular cross sectional configuration along substantially the full length thereof, said chute twisted between said guardrail receiving opening and said guardrail discharge opening, said guardrail being in frictional engagement with said inner chute surfaces, and said chute applying torquing forces on said guardrail during passage of said guardrail through said guardrail engagement structure to cause twisting of said guardrail from a first guardrail orientation whereby said guardrail exits said guardrail discharge opening in a second guardrail orientation with said elongated top edge and said elongated bottom edge displaced sideways relative to one another and vehicle collision impact energy is absorbed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,536

COLLAPSIBLE ROTOR DRIVETRAIN

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

9. A cold planer, comprising:a frame;
a drive shaft mounted to the frame; and
a rotor system removably attached to the frame, the rotor system comprising:
a milling drum configured to rotate within a rotor chamber;
a drive train coupling the drive shaft and the milling drum; and
a connecting member configured to adjust the drive train,
wherein the connecting member is configured to adjust a width of the drive train from an operation position having a first width to a transport position having a second width less than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,364,534

PAVEMENT REPAIR SYSTEM

1. A method for providing an elastomer coating, comprising:applying an elastomer composition to a substrate; and
irradiating the elastomer composition with radiation having a preselected peak wavelength of from 1 nm to 5 mm, whereby the elastomer composition is cured to yield a protective and self-healing elastomer coating.

US Pat. No. 10,364,531

DUST HOOD

Brunn Air Systems, Inc., ...

1. A dust hood, comprising:a hood body having a roof and first and second long sidewalls that depend from opposite edges of the roof, the roof forming a peak line;
a first inlet extending substantially the entirety of the first long sidewall, the first inlet having a substantially constant height;
a second inlet extending substantially the entirety of the second long sidewall, the second inlet having a substantially constant height; and
an outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,364,530

BELOW-WEB DUST HOOD

Brunn Air Systems, Inc., ...

1. A dust hood, comprising:a hood body that tapers down in height from a first end face toward a second end face;
an outlet in the hood body;
an inlet provided in a top face of the hood body, the inlet increasing from a minimum width closest to the outlet to a maximum width farthest from the outlet, such that the inlet is broadest where the hood body is shortest and narrowest.

US Pat. No. 10,364,529

SPLITTING METHOD

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for manufacturing at least first and second assemblies of M1 filamentary elements and M2 filamentary elements, respectively, at least one of the first and second assemblies including a plurality of filamentary elements wound together in a helix, the method comprising steps of:assembling M filamentary elements together into a layer of the M filamentary elements around a temporary core, to form a temporary assembly; and
splitting the temporary assembly into at least the first and second assemblies of M1 filamentary elements and M2 filamentary elements, respectively,
wherein during the step of splitting the temporary assembly, the first assembly is separated from a temporary collection formed of the second assembly and the temporary core, and then the second assembly and the temporary core are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,364,528

ROPE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A rope including a yarn twisted by using a raw thread of a polyethylene fiber having an ultrahigh molecular weight and a strand twisted by the yarn and subjected to rope-making through the strand,wherein an oil content is removed from the yarn and an affinity enhancing treatment is performed over a surface of the yarn,
a resin coating layer for protecting the rope is formed on an external surface of the yarn, an external surface of the strand or an external surface of the rope,
the resin coating layer is configured to bind the raw thread in an inner part of the yarn, and
the affinity enhancing treatment includes a UV treatment method or an atmospheric plasma method to cause an oxidation reaction over an exposed surface of the polyethylene fiber of the yarn and thereby to cause introduction of an oxygen containing functional group, O, OH, or a combination thereof, to CH that is included in a chemical formula of the polyethylene fiber of the yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,364,527

BURN PROTECTIVE MATERIALS

1. A protective garment having resistance to a flame, and defining an enclosed inner area for a human subject and an exterior area outside the protective garment, said protective garment comprising:a thermally protective laminate comprising:
a flammable, meltable outer textile having an inner surface facing the inner area and an outer surface facing the exterior area;
a thermally stable convective barrier positioned directly on and bonded to said inner surface of said outer textile by a heat reactive material; and
said heat reactive material comprising:
a polymer resin-expandable graphite mixture of a crosslinked polymer and an expandable graphite,
a thermally stable textile backer bonded to said convective barrier on a side opposing said heat reactive material,
wherein said thermally protective laminate is oriented such that said flammable, meltable outer textile is exposed to the exterior area outside the protective garment and said polymer resin-expandable graphite mixture is positioned between the flammable, meltable outer textile and the enclosed inner area.

US Pat. No. 10,364,526

SYSTEM TO PRESSURIZE WATERIN A GARMENT CARE DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for a garment care device comprising:a steam generator;
a chamber for receiving water from a water supply system and for delivering the water towards the steam generator; and
an actuator cooperating with a retention member inside the chamber,
the actuator being configured to load the retention member when the water is received in the chamber, and
the retention member being configured to unload and apply a force to the actuator to pressurise the water received in the chamber, wherein the retention member has a stiffness coefficient (k) that varies as a function of displacement of the actuator from a loaded state of the retention member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,524

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH HELICAL CLUTCH

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance comprising:a rotatable basket with a spin tube;
a rotatable clothes mover located within the rotatable basket;
a motor having a drive shaft extending through the spin tube and operably coupled to the clothes mover;
a drive system selectively rotatably coupling the spin tube and the drive shaft and comprising:
a first threaded ring located about the spin tube;
a second threaded ring threaded about the first threaded ring wherein at least one of the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring is axially moveable relative to the other; and
a gear assembly rotationally coupled to the drive shaft;
wherein rotation of the drive shaft is configured to axially move the at least one of the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring and
when either the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring abuts a stop, continued rotation in a same direction results in the spin tube and drive shaft being locked together for coupled rotary motion of the clothes mover and the basket.

US Pat. No. 10,364,523

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a tub body that defines a space that is configured to receive water;
a tub cover that covers an upper surface of the tub body, the tub cover defining an introduction aperture;
a drum that is located inside the tub body and that defines a storage space that is configured to receive laundry;
a door that is configured to open and close the introduction aperture; and
a sealing unit that is located at the door and that is configured to seal the introduction aperture based on the introduction aperture being closed by the door,
wherein the sealing unit includes a sealing body that is configured to, based on the introduction aperture being closed by the door, be positioned between the door and the tub cover to thereby seal the introduction aperture, and a body fixing portion that extends from an upper portion of the sealing body toward a bottom surface of the door, that is coupled to the door, and that has a cross section in a beam shape that extends toward the bottom surface of the door, and
wherein a cross section of the sealing body has a C-shape having an open side.

US Pat. No. 10,364,522

WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A washing machine comprising:a tub configured to contain water;
a basket provided in the tub and rotatable about a vertical axis, the basket having an opening formed in a bottom thereof to allow the basket to communicate with the tub, and a plurality of through holes formed in a side wall thereof through which water flows laterally;
a pulsator rotatably provided at a lower portion of the basket;
a filter to filter water that flows from the tub to the basket through the opening during rotation of the pulsator;
a water supply valve to supply water to the tub;
a water discharge pump to discharge water from the tub;
a drive mechanism to drive at least one of the pulsator and the basket; and
a controller configured to control the water supply valve to be opened for water supply, controls the drive mechanism to rotate at least one of the pulsator and the basket so as to treat laundry introduced into the basket, controls the water discharge pump to discharge water used in the treatment of the laundry, and controls the drive mechanism to rotate the basket while the water is discharged by the water discharge pump.

US Pat. No. 10,364,521

OPERATING METHOD FOR WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of operating a washing machine having a pulsator rotatably provided in a tub, the method comprising:a divisional rotation mode having:
a first divisional rotation process of rotating the pulsator with a first end angle in one direction around a rotation shaft; and
a second divisional rotation process of rotating the pulsator with a second end angle in the other direction around the rotation shaft, wherein the first end angle is greater than the second end angle,
wherein the first divisional rotation process divides the first end angle into at least two angles to rotate the pulsator in the one direction, and
wherein the second divisional rotation process divides the second end angle into at least two angles to rotate the pulsator in the other direction,
wherein the first divisional rotation process includes suspending the pulsator between the two divided angles of the first end angle, and the second divisional rotation process includes suspending the pulsator between the two divided angles of the second end angle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,517

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING AN UPPER INCORPORATING A KNITTED COMPONENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper for an article of footwear, the upper comprising:a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction,
the knitted component comprising a first knitted layer and a second knitted layer that are at least partially coextensive with each other,
the first knitted layer comprising a first yarn comprising a thermoplastic polymer material, the second knitted layer comprising a second yarn comprising a second material,
wherein a melting temperature of the thermoplastic polymer material is at least five degrees celsius lower than a melting temperature of second material; and
a component secured to the knitted component.

US Pat. No. 10,364,516

3D WOVEN FIBER STRUCTURE, A FIBER PREFORM OBTAINED FROM SUCH A FIBER STRUCTURE, AND A COMPOSITE MATERIAL PART INCLUDING SUCH A PREFORM

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A fiber structure woven by three-dimensional weaving with a plurality of layers of warp yarns interlinked by weft yarns of a plurality of layers of weft yarns, the fiber structure comprising:a first portion and a second portion situated to be extending along and adjacent each other in a weft direction when not folded relative to each other, and the first portion and the second portion being foldable relative to each other to form an angle at a fold zone,
wherein, in the fold zone and in each weft plane of the fiber structure, two weft yarns situated in a region adjacent to an outside face of the fiber structure situated on an inside of the angle have paths that cross so that arrangements of said two weft yarns in the first and second portions are interchanged, and
wherein in each of the first portion and the second portion, all of the warp yarns are interlinked by three-dimensional weaving by the weft yarns so as to be free of a non-interlinked zone.

US Pat. No. 10,364,511

MAGNETO DIELECTRIC COMPOSITE MATERIALS AND MICROWAVE APPLICATIONS THEREOF

UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC, C...

1. A substrate for receiving microwave signals comprising:a base layer having tunable elements; and
a nanofiber layer comprising magnetic nanofibers;
wherein said nanofibers have an aspect ratio of length to diameter of each nanofiber is at least 50 to 1; and wherein said nanofiber layer is embedded in the base layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,508

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SINGLE CRYSTALLINE ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for producing single crystalline zinc oxide nanoparticles comprising:preparing a zinc oxide separating solvent by homogeneously mixing an acidic substance with a solvent containing at least alcohol;
mixing, between processing surfaces which are disposed facing each other so as to be able to approach and separate from each other and at least one of which rotates relative to the other, the prepared zinc oxide separating solvent and a raw material solution that is obtained by mixing a zinc oxide nanoparticle raw material with a basic solvent, or that is basic as a result of mixing and dissolving a zinc oxide nanoparticle raw material with and into a solvent; and
discharging a mixed fluid in which zinc oxide nanoparticles have separated out from between the processing surfaces, wherein
the zinc oxide separating solvent and the raw material solution are mixed between the processing surfaces so that the mixed fluid becomes basic, and
zinc oxide nanoparticles are generated under an acid-base reaction due to mixing of the acidic substance and the raw material solution.

US Pat. No. 10,364,506

ELECTROPLATING APPARATUS WITH CURRENT CROWDING ADAPTED CONTACT RING SEAL AND THIEF ELECTRODE

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. Apparatus for electroplating a workpiece having an irregularity, comprising:a vessel for holding an electrolyte;
at least one anode and at least one current thief electrode in the vessel;
a workpiece chuck having a contact ring including a seal, with the contact ring and/or the seal having a change in shape at the irregularity which increases the exposure of the irregularity to the current thief electrode, to reduce electric current crowding at the irregularity; and
a head adapted for holding and releasing the workpiece chuck, and for moving the workpiece chuck into and out of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,503

MEDICAL GAS-LIQUID SUPPLY SYSTEM

YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY, Taoy...

1. A medical gas-liquid supply system, comprising:an electrolytic gas generator;
a pure water supply system connected to the electrolytic gas generator for supplying water to the electrolytic gas generator;
a control unit electrically connected to the electrolytic gas generator, wherein the control unit controls the voltage value of the electrolytic gas generator for controlling the type of gases generated by the electrolytic gas generator;
a first gas storing unit communicated to the electrolytic gas generator for storing a first gas output by the electrolytic gas generator;
a second gas storing unit communicated to the electrolytic gas generator for storing a second gas output by the electrolytic gas generator; and
a gas output unit communicated to the first gas storing unit and the second storing unit, wherein the gas output unit has a first output end for outputting the first gas, a second output end for outputting a mixed gas and a third output end for outputting the second gas, wherein the mixed gas comprises the first gas and the second gas.

US Pat. No. 10,364,501

PROCESS FOR THE RAPID BLACKENING OF SURGICAL NEEDLES

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. A method of blackening surgical needles, comprising the steps of:A. placing at least one surgical needle having an outer surface into a pretreatment bath, wherein the pretreatment bath comprises:
about 10 wt. % to about 20 wt. % of water soluble chloride salt;
about 5% to about 15 wt. % of inorganic acid;
about 65 wt. % to about 80% of water,
wherein the pretreatment bath has a pH of about 0.5 to about 1.2; and,
B. then placing the surgical needle into a blackening bath, wherein the bath comprises:
about 3 wt. % to about 20 wt. % of a highly soluble nitric acid salt;
about 18 wt. % to about 38 wt. % of a strong base;
about 50 wt. % to about 75 wt. % of water;
about 0.2 wt. % to about 5 wt. % of a transition metal salt of a strong acid;
about 0.2 wt. % to about 5 wt. % of a sulfur-containing reducer compound; and,
C. maintaining the needle in the blackening bath for a sufficiently effective period of time to provide a blackened coating on the outer surface of the needle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,499

ROLL

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A roll to transfer a substrate, comprising:a) two ends without a central portion so that only the two ends are in contact with the substrate;
b) a protruding portion provided at each of the two ends of the roll at a surface that contacts the substrate, the protruding portion configured to fix the substrate during the transferring process, the protruding portion having a comb shape comprising lines that form an angle larger than 0° and less than 90° with respect to a transferring direction of the substrate to transfer the substrate while applying a tensile force to the substrate during the transferring process of the substrate; and
c) one or more spraying orifices configured to spray a precursor onto the substrate during a transferring process of the substrate, the spraying orifices located at an inner planar side surface of each of the two ends.

US Pat. No. 10,364,496

DUAL SECTION MODULE HAVING SHARED AND UNSHARED MASS FLOW CONTROLLERS

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A dual section module with mass flow controllers, for processing wafers, comprising:parallel-processing dual process sections integrated together to which different wafers are loaded simultaneously for parallel processing, each being adapted to process a wafer in its interior, wherein the interiors of the dual process sections are isolated and discrete from each other, and all gas lines for wafer-processing coupled gas-fluidically to one of the interior of the dual process sections and all gas lines for wafer-processing coupled gas-fluidically to the other of the interior of the dual process sections correspond to each other and are gas-fluidically coupled to sources of the same gases used in parallel processing, respectively;
a first shared mass flow controller (MFC) shared by the dual process sections and provided in a first gas line branching into two gas lines, at a first branching point, gas-fluidically coupled to the respective interiors of the dual process sections and arranged symmetrically between the dual process sections so that gas for wafer-processing passing through the first shared MFC can enter the dual process sections through the first gas line, said first shared MFC being disposed as a first MFC in said first gas line upstream of the dual process sections;
at least one mass flow controller (MFC) unshared by the dual process sections and provided in a fourth gas line directly coupled to, at a third gas mixing point, a second gas line gas-fluidically coupled to one of the interiors of the dual process sections so that all gas for wafer-processing passing through the unshared MFC can enter the one of the dual process sections through the fourth gas line and the second gas line without passing through the first shared MFC provided in the first gas line, said at least one unshared MFC being disposed as a first MFC in said fourth gas line upstream of said one of the dual process sections;
at least one mass flow controller (MFC) unshared by the dual process sections and provided in a fifth gas line directly coupled to, at a fourth gas mixing point, a third gas line gas-fluidically coupled to the other of the interiors of the dual process section so that all gas for wafer-processing passing through the unshared MFC can enter the other of the dual process sections through the fifth gas line and the third gas line without passing through the first shared MFC provided in the first gas line and without passing through the unshared MFC provided in the fourth gas line, said at least one unshared MFC being disposed as a first MFC in said fifth gas line upstream of said other dual process section;
a first passage-narrowing device which is an orifice gasket or filter, disposed on one of the two gas lines branched off at the first branching point from the first gas line, the first passage-narrowing device placed downstream of the first branching point and upstream of a first gas mixing point, wherein the second gas line is directly coupled to the one of the two gas lines branched off from the first gas line at the first gas mixing point;
a second passage-narrowing device which is an orifice gasket or filter, disposed on the other of the two gas lines branched off at the first branching point from the first gas line, the second passage-narrowing device placed downstream of the first branching point and upstream of a second gas mixing point, wherein the third gas line is directly coupled to the other of the two gas lines branched off from the first gas line at the second gas mixing point, wherein the two gas lines branched off at the first branching point from the first gas line, including the first passage-narrowing device and second passage-narrowing device and the first gas mixing point and second gas mixing point, are arranged symmetrically between the dual process sections,
wherein the second and third gas lines are gas lines branched off at a second branching point from a sixth gas line;
the fourth and fifth gas lines are gas lines branched off from a source gas line upstream of the respective unshared MFC's provided in the fourth and fifth gas lines; and
a controller configured to control operation of the first passage-narrowing device and the second passage-narrowing device, the controller causing the first passage-narrowing device and the second passage-narrowing device to evenly distribute the gas to the first gas mixing point and the second gas mixing point;
wherein the two gas lines branched off at the first branching point from the first gas line in which the first shared MFC is provided are gas-fluidically coupled to respective showerheads of the dual process sections.

US Pat. No. 10,364,495

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A THIN FILM

ADEKA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method for producing a thin film, the method comprising:introducing, into a deposition chamber in which a substrate is placed, a vapor that has been obtained by vaporizing a material for thin film formation comprising an aluminum compound represented by general formula (I):

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a branched alkyl group having 3 to 5 carbon atoms, and R3 represents a methyl group or an ethyl group; and
forming an aluminum-containing thin film on a surface of the substrate by decomposing and/or chemical reacting the aluminum compound.

US Pat. No. 10,364,492

FILM DEPOSITION USING PRECURSORS CONTAINING AMIDOIMINE LIGANDS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of depositing a metal-containing film, the method comprisingexposing a substrate surface to a metal precursor having a structure represented by formula (I):

wherein R1, R2? and R3 are each independently branched or unbranched, C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 allyl, or C6-C10 aryl, R2 is hydrogen, branched or unbranched, C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 allyl, or C6-C10 aryl, M is a metal selected from groups 7-10 on the periodic table and copper and L comprises one or more ligands; and
exposing the substrate surface to a co-reagent.

US Pat. No. 10,364,491

PROCESS TO CHEMICALLY MODIFY POLYMERIC MATERIALS BY STATIC, LOW-PRESSURE INFILTRATION OF REACTIVE GASEOUS MOLECULES

Georgia Tech Research Cor...

1. A method comprising:loading a substrate into a vacuum chamber of a chemical vapor infiltration reaction apparatus, the vacuum chamber having a first end and a second end with a high vacuum pump located proximate said second end;
pumping the vacuum chamber to a pressure of from 8 mTorr to 12 mTorr with said vacuum pump;
dosing the substrate with a metalorganic precursor by allowing the metalorganic precursor to flow inside the chamber;
dosing the substrate material with a co-reactant to trap the metalorganic precursor within the substrate material;
creating a static precursor atmosphere inside the chamber;
allowing the substrate to rest in the static precursor atmosphere from 30 seconds to 1 day to form a chemically modified substrate; and
extracting the chemically modified substrate from the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,364,489

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DEPOSITION OF MATERIALS ON INTERIOR SURFACES OF HOLLOW COMPONENTS

The Regents of the Univer...

15. A method comprising:(a) positioning an optical fiber and a target of a material to be deposited on a first region of an interior surface of a hollow component in the hollow component, a first end of the optical fiber coupled to a laser system, and a second end of the optical fiber proximate the target;
(b) depositing the material on the first region of the interior surface of the hollow component by directing a first laser pulse from the laser system through the optical fiber to impinge on the target;
(c) measuring a resistance between the hollow component and the target;
(d) repeating operation (b); and
(e) changing a position of the optical fiber, the target, or both the optical fiber and the target to decrease the resistance between the hollow component and the target when operation (b) is repeated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,488

LINEAR EVAPORATION SOURCE AND DEPOSITION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A linear evaporation source comprising:a crucible having a length in a length direction and a width in a width direction, the crucible comprising an internal space between at least two length sides, being open on one side thereof, and configured to store a deposition material;
a plurality of partitions dividing the internal space of the crucible into a plurality of internal spaces, wherein each of the partitions extends between the two length sides and has at least one opening substantially centered between the two length sides in a lower portion thereof and at least one stepped recess formed substantially above and separated from the at least one opening by a portion of the partition;
a nozzle section located on the open side of the crucible and comprising a plurality of nozzles;
a heater configured to heat the crucible; and
a housing configured to accommodate the crucible, the nozzle section, and the heater;
wherein the at least one stepped recess of each partition is facing the nozzle section located on the open side of the crucible, each partition includes a bottom surface, and the opening of each partition is separated from the bottom surface of each partition, wherein for each partition, a width of the at least one stepped recess in the width direction is greater than a width of the at least one opening in the width direction, and wherein an evaporated deposition material is sprayed through each nozzle of the plurality of nozzles, and each nozzle corresponds to each of the plurality of internal spaces divided by the plurality of partitions.

US Pat. No. 10,364,487

HIGH ENTROPY ALLOY HAVING TWIP/TRIP PROPERTY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

13. A manufacturing method for a high entropy alloy having TWIP (twin induced plasticity)/TRIP (transformation induced plasticity) property comprising:preparing a raw material; and
manufacturing the high entropy alloy by alloying the raw material,
wherein in the preparing of the raw material, the raw material is prepared to satisfy the following Chemical Formula, and
a free energy change (?Ghcp-fcc) when a ? austenite phase (fcc) in the manufactured high entropy alloy is phase-transformed into an ? martensite phase (hcp) is 1500 J/mol or less:
NiaCobFecMndCre  [Chemical Formula]
(a+b+c+d+e=100, 1?a?50, 1?b?50, 1?c?50, 17.5?d?50, 10?e?25, and 77a?42b?22c+73d?100e+2186?1500).

US Pat. No. 10,364,486

CARBON-BASED NANOTUBE/METAL COMPOSITE AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

The Penn State Research F...

1. A nanocomposite comprising metal and carbon-based nanotube (CNT), wherein the carbon-based nanotube comprises a doping element selected from the group consisting of boron (B), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), tin (Sn), antimony (Sb), Nitrogen (N) and the combination thereof, and wherein the nanocomposite comprises about 0.00001 wt % to about 40 wt % carbon-based nanotube.

US Pat. No. 10,364,484

METHOD AND ALLOYS FOR LOW PRESSURE PERMANENT MOLD WITHOUT A COATING

Brunswick Corporation, M...

11. A method for low pressure permanent mold casting of metallic objects, the method comprising:preparing a permanent mold casting die, said die devoid of die coating or lubrication along a die casting surface;
preparing a permanent mold casting alloy having 4.2-5.0% by weight copper; 0.005-0.45% by weight iron; 0.20-0.50% by weight manganese; 0.15-0.35% by weight magnesium; 0.045-0.110% by weight strontium; 0.05% by weight maximum nickel; 0.10% by weight maximum silicon; 0.15-0.30% by weight titanium; 0.05% by weight maximum tin; 0.10% by weight maximum zinc; and balance aluminum and wherein the alloy has a die soldering factor equivalent to or greater than 1.1, the die soldering factor defined as (10[Sr]+Mn+Fe);
pushing the alloy into the permanent mold casting die under pressure of 3-15 psi to create a permanent mold casting;
cooling the permanent mold casting; and
removing the permanent mold casting from the die without force;
wherein the permanent mold casting does not solder to the permanent mold die; and
wherein the surface roughness of the casting is ±500 microinches or less.

US Pat. No. 10,364,482

COPPER-ZINC ALLOY, BAND MATERIAL COMPOSED THEREOF, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A SEMIFINISHED PART COMPOSED OF A COPPER-ZINC ALLOY AND SLIDING ELEMENT COMPOSED OF A COPPER-ZINC ALLOY

WIELAND-WERKE AG, Ulm (D...

1. A copper-zinc alloy consisting of, in % by weight:from 67.5 to 68.3% of Cu,
from 0.43 to 0.46% of Si,
from 1.32 to 1.35% of Mn,
from 0.035 to 0.043% of P,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.5% of Al,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.15% of Ni,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.1% of Fe,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.1% of Pb,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.08% of Sn,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.1% of S,
balance Zn and unavoidable impurities,
characterized in that the alloy has a microstructure which consists of an ?-phase matrix in which inclusions of manganese silicides having a globular shape are present in a proportion of at least 2% by volume and not more than 5% by volume.

US Pat. No. 10,364,481

SINGLE-PHASE ALLOY OF GOLD AND TUNGSTEN

Centre National de la Rec...

1. A homogeneous single-phase alloy comprising, in weight %, N % of gold, M % of Tungsten, with N+M=100, M?8 and N?60.

US Pat. No. 10,364,477

PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING CONTINUOUS BULK FORMS OF IRON-SILICON ALLOYS AND BULK FORMS PRODUCED THEREBY

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A process comprising:deforming a solid body formed of an Fe—Si alloy with a cutting tool in a single step to continuously produce a continuous bulk form from material obtained from the solid body, the continuous bulk form having a longitudinal direction, a continuous cross-sectional form, and a microstructure characterized by a crystallographic texture having <111> and {110} fibers that are inclined relative to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,471

TUMOR SUPPRESSOR REC8 AS A BIOMARKER FOR GASTRIC CANCER

The Chinese University of...

1. A method for detecting the methylation status of REC8 gene, comprising the steps of:(1) treating genomic DNA obtained from a biological sample taken from a subject with a bisulfate;
(2) performing an amplification reaction to amplify the treated genomic DNA from step (1) using a primer comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:11 or 12;
(3) analyzing the product of the amplification reaction from step (2) to determine the methylation status of REC8 gene.

US Pat. No. 10,364,467

USING SIZE AND NUMBER ABERRATIONS IN PLASMA DNA FOR DETECTING CANCER

The Chinese University of...

1. A method of analyzing a biological sample of an organism, the biological sample including nucleic acid molecules originating from normal cells and potentially from cells associated with cancer, wherein at least some of the nucleic acid molecules are cell-free in the biological sample, the method comprising:identifying a plurality of chromosomal regions of the organism, each chromosomal region including a plurality of loci;
for each of a plurality of the nucleic acid molecules in the biological sample:
measuring a size of the nucleic acid molecule; and
identifying a location of the nucleic acid molecule in a reference genome of the organism;
for each of the plurality of chromosomal regions:
identifying a respective group of nucleic acid molecules as being from the chromosomal region based on the identified locations, the respective group including at least one nucleic acid molecule located at each of the plurality of loci of the chromosomal region;
calculating, with a computer system, a respective amount of the respective group of nucleic acid molecules; and
comparing the respective amount to a count reference value to determine a count classification of whether the chromosomal region exhibits an aberration, the count classification for a first chromosomal region of the plurality of chromosomal regions indicating a first aberration;
identifying a first group of nucleic acid molecules as being from the first chromosomal region based on the identified locations;
calculating, with a computer system, a first statistical value of a first size distribution of the first group of nucleic acid molecules;
comparing the first statistical value to a size reference value to determine a size classification of whether the first chromosomal region exhibits the first aberration;
determining a final classification of whether the first chromosomal region exhibits the first aberration using the count classification and the size classification of the first chromosomal region; and
determining whether cancer exists in the organism using the final classification.

US Pat. No. 10,364,463

COMPOSITIONS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DETECTING EVENTS USING TETHERS ANCHORED TO OR ADJACENT TO NANOPORES

Illumina, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A composition, comprising:a nanopore including a first side, a second side, and an aperture extending through the first and second sides; and
a permanent tether including a head region, a tail region, and an elongated body disposed therebetween,
wherein the head region is anchored to a polymerase disposed adjacent to the first side of the nanopore, the tail region extends freely toward the second side of the nanopore, and the elongated body comprises a reporter region movable within the aperture and responsive to a first event occurring adjacent to the first side of the nanopore, wherein the first event includes the polymerase acting upon a first nucleotide, wherein the first nucleotide includes an elongated tag including a moiety that interacts with the tether, wherein the interaction of the moiety with the tether translationally moves the reporter region.

US Pat. No. 10,364,460

REACTION CONTAINER, NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSIS DEVICE, AND NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSIS METHOD

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A reaction container, comprising:a base material;
an injection port arranged on the base material;
an analysis well in which a nucleic acid analysis reagent used for a nucleic acid analysis is contained, the analysis well being arranged on the base material and configured to analyze a sample containing a nucleic acid; and
a quantification well in which a quantification reagent configured to specifically detect the nucleic acid is contained, the quantification well being arranged on the base material and configured to quantify an amount of the nucleic acid contained in the sample before an amplification of the nucleic acid,
a flow path arranged on the base material configured to distribute the nucleic acid contained in the sample into the quantification well and the analysis well,
wherein the nucleic acid contained in the sample is directly distributed into the quantification well and the analysis well respectively by the flow path, and
wherein the quantification well is positioned to be closer to the injection port than the analysis well.

US Pat. No. 10,364,457

NANOSCALE IMAGING OF PROTEINS AND NUCLEIC ACIDS VIA EXPANSION MICROSCOPY

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for in situ genomic and transcriptomic assessment of target nucleic acids present in a biological sample comprising the steps of:a) treating the biological sample with a small molecule linker comprising a chemical reactive group capable of covalently binding at least one target nucleic acid and a chemical group that can be incorporated into the a swellable material;
b) permeating the biological sample with a composition comprising precursors of a swellable material;
c) initiating polymerization of the precursors to form a swellable material, wherein the small molecule linker is bound to the at least one target nucleic acid in the biological sample and to the swellable material;
d). subjecting the biological sample to a physical disruption method;
e). swelling the swellable material to form an expanded biological sample;
f). providing at least one oligonucleotide complementary to the at least one target nucleic acid, wherein the at least one oligonucleotide hybridizes to the at least one target nucleic acid; and
g). genomically or transcriptomically assessing the expanded biological sample.

US Pat. No. 10,364,456

METHOD FOR PROCESSING POLYNUCLEOTIDE-CONTAINING SAMPLES

HANDYLAB, INC., Franklin...

1. A method for processing polynucleotide-containing sample, the method comprising:retaining polynucleotides from a sample on a plurality of binding particles in a process chamber under a first set of conditions, wherein the retaining step comprises binding the polynucleotides to the surfaces of the plurality of binding particles comprising a poly-cationic substance, wherein the sample has a volume from 0.5 microliters to 3 milliliters;
wherein the first set of conditions includes a first pH of about 8.5 or less and a first temperature, wherein the first temperature is about 50° C.;
releasing the polynucleotide from the plurality of binding particles under a second set of conditions; and
wherein the second set of conditions includes increasing the pH to a second pH by addition of a hydroxide solution and increasing the temperature to a second temperature, wherein the second temperature is between about 80° C. and about 100° C.

US Pat. No. 10,364,452

STRIP-BASED ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSORS FOR QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF ANALYTES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An electrochemical sensor, comprising:a substrate formed of an insulative material;
an electrode contingent including a first electrode and a second electrode on the substrate, wherein the first electrode includes a coating of carbon nanotubes (CNTs); and
an entrapment layer formed on the first electrode to attach an enzymatic substance capable of causing a redox reaction in the presence of a target analyte of a fluid sample which produces a redox-active product, wherein the entrapment layer is structured to include a conductive polymer film that is reversibly dopable to conduct charge carriers across the entrapment layer and at the first electrode,
wherein the conductive polymer film includes poly(thionine).

US Pat. No. 10,364,448

METHOD FOR PRODUCING L-?-AMINO ACID COMPOUND

Sumitomo Chemical Company...

1. A method for producing a sulfur containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3):
wherein the method comprises:
(I) a step of reacting a protein with a sulfur-containing ?-hydroxycarboxylic acid compound of formula (1) to obtain the corresponding sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2):

wherein the protein is selected from the group consisting of:
(A1) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5,
(A2) a protein having an amino acid sequence having at least 95% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5, wherein the protein has the ability to oxidize and convert the sulfur-containing ?-hydroxycarboxylic acid compound of formula (1) into the corresponding sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2), and
(A3) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5 in which 1 to 10 amino acids are deleted, substituted, or added, wherein the protein has the ability to oxidize and convert the sulfur-containing ?-hydroxycarboxylic acid compound of formula (1) into the corresponding sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2); and
(II) a step of reacting the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) obtained in the step (I) with a protein having the ability to aminate and convert the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) into the corresponding sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3) to thereby obtain the sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3), wherein the protein is selected from the group consisting of:
(B1) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7,
(B2) a protein having an amino acid sequence having at least 90% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7, wherein the protein has the ability to aminate and convert the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) into the corresponding sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3), and
(B3) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7 in which 1 to 36 amino acids are deleted, substituted, or added, wherein the protein has the ability to aminate and convert the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) into the corresponding sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3),
wherein R1 in formula (1), formula (2), and formula (3) is a C1-C8 alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,364,413

LARGE SCALE DISPOSABLE BIOREACTOR

Protalix Ltd., Carmiel (...

25. A disposable device for culturing and harvesting plant tissue and/or cells comprising a non-rigid container having a volume of at least 400 liters and being configured with gas exchange ports and a harvesting port enabling said device to be used continuously for at least two consecutive culturing/harvesting cycles, wherein said gas exchange ports include a plurality of gas inlet ports positioned around the perimeter of the container in the lower half of the container, the outlets of said ports into the container having exits into the container that are spaced from an axis of the container; andwherein the device has neither mechanical agitation to mix medium in the container or a sparger to distribute gas bubbles when medium is present therein; and
the exits are adjacent the perimeter of the container at the position of the ports; and
wherein the container is generally cylindrically symmetrical and ports of a first plurality of said plurality of gas inlet ports are positioned at a same first distance from a bottom of the container and spaced from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,364,411

DISSOLUTION GUIDED WETTING OF STRUCTURED SURFACES

The University of North C...

13. A method of wetting a microfabricated device while inhibiting the entrapment of gas bubbles therein, comprising:(a) providing a microfabricated device comprising a substrate material comprising an array of microwells formed therein, wherein the array of microwells defines at least one gas-entrapping feature that entraps gas bubbles upon wetting said array of microwells with a solvent or solution, and a sacrificial residue in contact with said at least one gas-entrapping feature;
(b) priming the microfabricated device with a sacrificial residue in contact with said at least one gas-entrapping feature, wherein the sacrificial residue is soluble in a solvent or solution, and
(c) treating said microfabricated device with a solvent or solution sufficient to dissolve said sacrificial residue to cause dissolution guided wetting of the at least one gas-entrapping feature without entrapping gas bubbles.

US Pat. No. 10,364,410

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SHIFTED-WAVELENGTH PHOTOSYNTHETIC ENERGY HARVESTING AND BIOMASS PRODUCTION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising applying stimuli to a colony of organisms, such that:(a) the stimuli include illuminating the colony with visible light and with light that has a wavelength that is outside of the range of wavelengths of visible light; and
(b) the stimuli, taken together, tend to favor survival of organisms that are adapted to perform photosynthesis which involves absorbing energy from light that has a wavelength that is outside of the range of wavelengths of visible light, wherein the illuminating comprises:
(i) illuminating the entire colony of organisms with green light;
(ii) illuminating a first portion of the colony, but not a second portion of the colony, with ultraviolet light; and
(iii) illuminating the second portion of the colony, but not the first portion of the colony, with infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,364,406

HARD SURFACE CLEANERS

1. A liquid hard surface cleaning composition comprising:(a) A hydrophobically modified cationic polymer having the formula:

 wherein:
n, m, p, and s are the mole percent of the respective monomers, such that:
n is from about 80 to about 99.5;
m is from about 0 to about 10;
p is from about 0.25 to about 20;
s is from about 0 to about 10;
m+s is at least about 0.01;
with the proviso that the sum of the mole percentages add up to 100%;
R1, R2, R3, and R4 are independently H or CH3;
R5 is an alkyl group from C7 to C21;
R6, R7, R8, are independently selected from the group consisting of: hydrogen and C1 to C4 alkyl;
Y is independently O or NH;
Z is silicone or a derivative thereof;
k is independently from about 1 to about 18;
X? is an anion, preferably Cl?, Br?, I?, HSO4?, CH3SO4?, C2H5SO4?, or OH?;
and
(b) a detersive surfactant, solvent, or mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,398

METHOD OF PRODUCING PRODUCT GAS FROM MULTIPLE CARBONACEOUS FEEDSTOCK STREAMS MIXED WITH A REDUCED-PRESSURE MIXING GAS

ThermoChem Recovery Inter...

1. A method for producing product gas from a carbonaceous material, the method comprising:(a) splitting a source of bulk carbonaceous material into a plurality of carbonaceous material streams;
(b) providing a supply of pressurized mixing gas;
(c) reducing a pressure of the pressurized mixing gas by between 5 psig to 750 psig to form a reduced-pressure mixing gas;
(d) mixing the reduced-pressure mixing gas with each of the plurality of carbonaceous material streams to form a plurality of gas-laden carbonaceous material streams, each having a carbonaceous material to gas weight ratio that is less than about 50:1;
(e) transferring said plurality of gas-laden carbonaceous material streams to a first reactor via a plurality of inlets that are circumferentially spaced apart from one another; and,
(f) endothermically reacting the transferred carbonaceous material with steam in a first reactor to produce a first reactor product gas containing char.

US Pat. No. 10,364,397

MERCURY REMOVAL FROM LIQUID HYDROCARBONS BY 1,4-BENZENEDIAMINE ALKYLDIAMINE CROSS-LINKED POLYMERS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for removing mercury from a fluid hydrocarbon comprising contacting the fluid hydrocarbon with a 1,4-benzenediamine-co-alkyldiamine polymer for a time and under conditions sufficient for mercury to bind to the polymer, thereby removing the mercury from the fluid hydrocarbon.

US Pat. No. 10,364,393

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION OF DENSIFIED CHARCOAL

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC A...

1. An apparatus for the continuous autogenous thermal decomposition of organic material comprising:a reaction vessel for supporting a reaction bed of organic material, the reaction vessel defining a flow path along which the organic material undergoes a carbonisation process via an autogenous pyrolysis reaction as it progresses through the reaction vessel, wherein all of the heat required to sustain the pyrolysis reaction in the material is generated by exothermic pyrolysis reactions in the reaction bed; and
a feeder for supplying organic material to the reaction vessel through an inlet;
the reaction vessel comprising:
a pressure applicator to apply pressure to the reaction bed sufficient to compress and densify the reaction bed;
a reaction zone for autogenous pyrolysis reaction of organic material in the reaction bed to form pyroligneous gases and carbonized organic material;
at least one gas outlet from the reaction zone to extract pyroligneous gases directly from the reaction bed, wherein the at least one gas outlet from the reaction zone includes at least one lance which extends from the discharge end of the reaction vessel;
a heating zone in which the pyroligneous gases formed in the reaction zone are allowed to pass through and heat the organic material;
at least one gas outlet provided above the inlet for the removal of the gases; and
at least one discharge port for discharging the carbonised organic material from the reaction vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,392

LIQUID-CRYSTALLINE MEDIUM AND LIQUID-CRYSTAL DISPLAY COMPRISING THE SAME

MERCK PATENT GMBH, Darms...

1. Liquid-crystalline medium having a nematic phase and a dielectric anisotropy (??, at a temperature of 20° C. and a frequency of 1 kHz) of 0.5 or more which comprises:one or more compounds of formula I

in which

n denotes 0 or 1,
R11 denotes R1,
R12 denotes X1,
R1 denotes alkyl, alkoxy, fluorinated alkyl or fluorinated alkoxy alkenyl, alkenyloxy, alkoxyalkyl or fluorinated alkenyl having 2 to 7 C atoms, and
Xl denotes F, Cl, fluorinated alkyl, fluorinated alkenyl, fluorinated alkoxy or fluorinated alkenyoxy;andone or more compounds selected from the group of compounds of formulae II, III, IV and V:

in which
R2 denotes alkyl, alkoxy, fluorinated alkyl or fluorinated alkoxy having 1 to 7 C atoms, alkenyl. alkenyloxy, alkoxyalkyl or fluorinated alkenyl having 2 to 7 C atoms,

on each appearance, independently of one another,

L21 and L22 denote H or F,
X2 denotes halogen, halogenated alkyl or alkoxy having 1 to 3 C atoms or halogenated alkenyl or alkenyloxy having 2 or 3 C atoms,
m denotes 0, 1, 2 or 3,
R3 denotes alkyl, alkoxy, fluorinated alkyl or fluorinated alkoxy having 1 to 7 C atoms, alkenyl, alkenyloxy, alkoxyalkyl or fluorinated alkenyl having 2 to 7 C atoms and

on each appearance, independently of one another, are

L31 and L32, independently of one another, denote H or F,
X3 denotes halogen, halogenated alkyl or alkoxy having 1 to 3 C atoms or halogenated alkenyl or alkenyloxy having 2 or 3 C atoms, F, Cl, —OCF3, —OCHF3, —O—CH2CF3, —O—CH?CF2,—O—CH?CH2 or —CF3,
Z3 denotes —CH2CH2—, —CF2CF2—, —COO—, trans-CH?CH—, trans-CF?CF—, —CH2O— or a single bond, and
n denotes 0, 1, 2 or 3,

in which
R41 and R42, independently of one another, denote alkyl, alkoxy, fluorinated alkyl or fluorinated alkoxy having 1 to 7 C atoms, alkenyl, alkenyloxy, alkoxyalkyl or fluorinated alkenyl having 2 to 7 C atoms,

independently of one another and, if

 occurs twice,
also these independently of one another, denote

Z41 and Z42, independently of one another and, if Z41 occurs twice, also these independently of one another, denote —CH2CH2—, —COO—, trans -CH?CH—, trans-CF?CF—, -CH2O—, —CF2O—, —C?C— a single bond,
P denotes 0, 1 or 2, and
R51 and R52, independently of one another, have one of the meanings given for R41 and R42,

if present, each, independently of one another, denote

z51 to Z53 each, independently of one another, denote —CH2—CH2—, —CH2—O—, —CH?CH—, —C?C—, —COO— a single bond, and
i and j each, independently of one another, denote 0 or 1;
with the condition that the ratio of the dielectric constant perpendicular to the director (??) to the dielectric anisotropy (??), i.e. (??/??) of the medium, is 2.0 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,364,389

FLUORESCENT DIAMOND PARTICLES

1. A method of processing diamond particles to form color centers, comprising:a) providing diamond particles having a surface and having a diamond lattice and containing at least one dopant;
b) creating vacancies in the diamond particles by irradiating the diamond particles with high energy radiation;
c) after irradiating the diamond particles, annealing the irradiated diamond particles in at least one of an inert environment and vacuum at a temperature high enough to cause the vacancies to diffuse and combine with the at least one dopant to form color centers;
d) after annealing the irradiated diamond particles, purifying the irradiated and annealed diamond particles to remove sp2 carbon from the surface of the diamond particles;
e) repeating steps b), c) and d) at least once such that the resulting diamond particles with color centers produced using the accumulated irradiation dose have brighter fluorescent intensity than diamond particles with color centers that have been produced by irradiating in a single irradiation run followed by a single annealing and purification sequence; and
f) functionalizing the purified diamond particles with at least one functional group selected from the groups consisting of carboxylic, hydroxyl, amino, epoxy, polyethylene glycol, hydrocarbon chain, hydrocarbon, aromatic, nucleophile, thiol, sulfur, acid, base, and fluoro-containing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,386

MICROEMULSION TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF HEAVY HYDROCARBONS, ITS PREPARATION AND USE

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DEL PE...

1. A process for the secondary recovery of heavy crude oil having an ° API gravity of 10-12 from a well consisting of the steps ofproducing a micellar solution consisting of a surfactant, a primary alcohol, and about 15 by weight of a brine solution containing 70,000 ppm sodium chloride salt;
injecting the micellar solution into the well in an amount of about 0.5 to 1 wt % based on the weight of the crude oil in said well to mix with the crude oil in the well, forming a crude oil microemulsion in the well of said crude oil and said micellar solution, and reducing the viscosity and surface tension of the crude oil in the well to about 0.001 dyne/cm, and
recovering said crude oil;
wherein said surfactant is nonyl phenol ethoxylate, and said primary alcohol co-surfactant is selected from the group consisting of methanol, ethanol, propan-1-ol, butan-1-ol, pentan-1-ol, hexan-1-ol, heptan-1-ol, octan-1-ol, nonan-1-ol, decan-1-ol, undecan-1-ol, dodecan-1-ol, tridecan-1-ol, tetradecan-1-ol, and pentadecan-1-ol;
a ratio of said surfactant to said primary alcohol co-surfactant is between 7:2 and 4:3.