US Pat. No. 10,458,950

METHOD FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVELY DETERMINING MATERIAL PROPERTIES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for non-destructive determining of material properties of electrically conductive components, comprising the acts of:moving an electromagnetic eddy current testing sensor at least one of on and near a surface of at least one sample cast component in a manner producing a varying magnetic field in the sample cast component;
sensing currents in the at least one sample cast component with the sensor;
displaying in human-readable form a measurement signal indicative of the eddy currents resulting in the at least one sample cast component from the varying magnetic field;
storing a reference eddy current measurement signal from a reference cast component with known impact-dynamic and/or crash-dynamic deformability;
displaying in human-readable form the reference measurement signal with a gain of the reference measurement signal adjusted to a reference location in the display; and
determining the relative impact-dynamic and/or crash-dynamic deformability of the at least one sample cast component relative to the impact-dynamic and/or crash-dynamic deformability of the reference cast component by comparing the displayed measurement signal of the at least one sample cast component to the displayed reference measurement signal,
wherein the electromagnetic eddy current testing sensor is a high-resolution eddy current sensor adapted to a conductivity of the at least one sample cast component.

US Pat. No. 10,458,941

ELECTROCHEMICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND ELECTROCHEMICAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH ELECTROCHEMICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electrochemical measurement apparatus comprising:a base part;
a placement part on which an object to be measured is placed, the placement part being provided to the base part;
an electrode part provided near the placement part on the base part;
a wiring part provided to a surface of the base part and electrically connected to the electrode part;
an insulator that covers the electrode part;
a protruding part provided on an upper surface of the base part so as to protrude above an upper surface of the insulator; and
a peripheral wall part that surrounds the placement part;
wherein
the protruding part has an upper surface, an inner side surface connected to the upper surface of the protruding part, and an outer side surface connected to the upper surface of the protruding part and being opposite to the inner side surface, the inner surface facing the electrode part,
the upper surface of the base part has a portion extending beyond the outer side surface of the protruding part,
the peripheral wall part is provided on the portion of the upper surface of the base part,
the electrode part is exposed through an opening formed in the insulator,
the upper surface of the protruding part has an inner portion and an outer portion, wherein the inner portion is connected to the inner side surface and the outer portion is connected to the outer side surface,
the peripheral wall part protrudes over the upper surface of the protruding part, and is disposed directly on the outer portion of the upper surface of the protruding part, and
the inner portion of the upper surface of the protruding part is exposed from the peripheral wall part.

US Pat. No. 10,458,937

ELECTROMAGNETIC DETECTOR FOR DETECTION OF INTERFACE CRACKS IN A PIEZOELECTRIC-PIEZOMAGNETIC LAMINATED STRUCTURE

1. An electromagnetic detector for detection of an interface crack in a piezoelectric-piezomagnetic laminated structure, comprising an eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1), an automatic scanning frame (2), a base (3), a carrier (4), a servomotor (5), an X-axis movable frame driving controller (6), a Y-axis movable frame driving controller (7), a power supply (8), and a main controller (9);the carrier (4) is located on the base (3) with a permanent magnet (10) arranged between the carrier (4) and the base (3), the automatic scanning frame (2) is located above the carrier (4), the power supply (8) is configured to supply power for the servo motor (5);
the automatic scanning frame (2) is provided on the upper part with a guide rail I (11), a guide rail II (12), an X-axis movable frame (13) and a Y-axis movable frame (14);
the servo motor (5) is connected to the X-axis movable frame (13) and the Y-axis movable frame (14) via the X-axis movable frame driving controller and the Y-axis movable frame driving controller, respectively;
each of the guide rails 1 (11) and the guide rails II (12) is arranged in two, with two guide rails I (11) are arranged respectively on two long sides of the automatic scanning frame (2), and two guide rails II (12) are respectively arranged on two short sides of the automatic scanning frame (2), the X-axis movable frame (13) is arranged perpendicular to the guide rails II (12) and two ends of the X-axis movable frame (13) are installed on the two guide rails II (12) respectively,
the Y-axis movable frames (14) are in two, each of which is arranged perpendicular to the X-axis movable frame (13), and two ends of the two Y-axis movable frames (14) are installed on the two guide rails I (12) respectively,
the eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1) is arranged at the intersection of the X-axis movable frame (13) and one of the Y-axis movable frames (14) and is movable as the X-axis movable frame (13) and Y-axis movable frames (14) move,
a high-speed CCD camera (15) is arranged at the intersection of the X-axis movable frame (13) and the other Y-axis movable frame (14),
the eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1) and the high-speed CCD camera (15) are both connected to the main controller (9),
the main controller (9) is communicatively connected to a computer host (17),
the main controller comprises a magnetic signal extraction unit (18), a magnetic signal processing unit (19), a magnetic signal output unit (20), an image extraction unit (21), an image processing unit (22), a two-dimensional image generating unit (23), and an image signal output unit (24),
the magnetic signal extraction unit (18) is connected with the eddy current magnetic probe assembly (1) through a lead wire,
the image extraction unit (22) is connected to a high-speed CCD camera (15) through a lead wire,
the magnetic signal processing unit (19) is configured to receive and process the magnetic information extracted by the magnetic signal extraction unit and then send the processed data to the host computer (17) through the magnetic signal output unit (20);
the image processing unit (22) is configured to receive and process the image information extracted by the image extraction unit (21), and then transmit the processed image information to the two-dimensional image generation unit (23) to generate a two-dimensional image of a structure and send data of the two-dimensional image to the computer host (17) through the image signal output unit (24),
a stress extraction sensor, an electric displacement sensor and a magnetic induction intensity sensor are all connected with the computer host (17) through the sensor control unit (16).

US Pat. No. 10,458,930

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF SOIL CHLORINE AND/OR NITROGEN CONTENT AND FOR DETECTING SUB-SURFACE CHLORINE OR NITROGEN-CONTAINING OBJECTS

The United States of Amer...

1. A detection system for determining the presence of chlorine on, or below, a testable surface, comprising:a neutron generator assembly, for generating pulsed neutron beams;
a moderator, positioned between the neutron generator assembly and the testable surface;
a gamma ray detector, positioned to detect a gamma ray response from materials on or below the testable surface when the neutron beams impinge the materials; and
a gamma ray detector processor/controller comprising a split electronics processing system that separates gamma spectra acquired during a neutron pulse from the gamma spectra acquired between neutron pulses, the gamma ray detector processor/controller being in communication with the gamma ray detector and the neutron generator assembly, the gamma ray detector processor/controller is being structured to collect thermal neutron capture (TNC) gamma spectra data between neutron beam pulses;
wherein, the gamma ray detector processor/controller is structured so that the presence of chlorine is indicated when the TNC gamma ray spectra data indicates a count rate peak with a centroid at about 1164 keV.

US Pat. No. 10,458,929

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MATERIALS ANALYSIS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for the characterization of micro-textured regions in a sample containing more than one crystalline phase, comprising:providing an x-ray diffraction system, the system having a base, a tube arm rotatably associated with the base, a detector arm rotatably associated with the base, and a sample stage that includes three axes of translation and three axes of rotation, an x-ray source capable of emitting a non-collimated beam of x-rays, and a collimator operatively associated with the x-ray source, the collimator capable of converting the non-collimated beam of x-rays into a collimated beam of x-rays having a quasi-rectangular shape with a divergence less than one degree in all directions, wherein the collimated beam of x-rays is directed towards a surface of a sample on the sample stage at an angle of incidence relative to the surface of the sample;
activating the pixelated area detector operatively coupled to the detector arm, the detector continuously creating an output signal, wherein the detector has a detector surface and the detector arm is an automated detector arm capable of varying the distance between the detector surface and the sample and an angle between the collimated beam of x-rays and the detector surface, wherein the detector captures quasi-parallel x-rays diffracted off the surface of the sample at an angle of reflection relative to the surface of the sample, wherein the angle of reflection is different from the angle of incidence, and wherein the detector is located at the angle of reflection;
turning on the X-ray source;
moving the sample stage, the X-ray source and the detector until a portion of the collimated beam of X-rays is diffracted from the sample into the detector; and
sending the output signal to a computer.

US Pat. No. 10,458,922

METHOD OF DETECTING DEFECTS OF A MOVING SHEET OF FLEXIBLE FIBROUS MATERIAL

PFNONWOVENS CZECH S.R.O.,...

1. A method of detecting defects of a moving sheet of pliable fibrous material created by fibres falling onto a carrying belt, said method comprising the following steps:a. while a primary detection array is used to scan the moving sheet of fibrous material in at least one primary detection area, which the fibres, after falling onto the carrying belt, reach within a time shorter than 15 minutes, and information about identified defects is sent for assessment, where it forms a basis for assessing the need to adjust production parameters, and
b. a secondary detection array scanning the sheet of fibrous material in at least one secondary detection area, which the fibres, after falling onto the carrying belt, reach later than the primary detection area, whereupon information about identified defects including the defects as identified by the primary detection array is sent to an assessment system, wherein, based on information about at least some defects identified by the primary detection array, areas of the sheet of fibrous material are determined for which an assessment of defects identified by the secondary detection array shall be performed, and this assessment is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,458,918

SUBSTANCE DETECTION DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A substance detection device comprising:a substrate comprising nanoimprinted chamber walls and nanostructures, the chamber walls defining a chamber and the nanostructures positioned within the chamber to react to a substance introduced into the chamber; and,
a two-dimensional (2D) orifice plate affixed to the chamber walls and forming a top side of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,910

MICRO-LENS IMAGING MULTI-WELL TEST PLATE

1. A micro-lens imaging multi-well test plate that detects a refractive index n1 of at least one kind of fluid, comprising: a transparent plate with a thickness of 3 to 5 millimeters; one or more trapezoidal concave wells locating in the middle of the plate; and a micro-lens having an upper portion being a hemisphere and a lower portion being a cylinder attaching on the bottom of each trapezoidal concave well; said at least one kind of fluid is dropped to each trapezoidal concave well to submerse the respective micro-lens in the fluid in each trapezoidal concave well; said micro-lens is made of homogeneous optical transparent material having a refractive index n2 greater than the refractive index n1 of the fluid immersing the micro-lens, when an incident light illuminates the micro-lens, the micro-lens projects a round image with a black ring at an outer edge of the round image, wherein the black ring has an inner radius and an outer radius; said micro-lens is 0.1-1.0 mm in radius, 0.2-2.5 mm being a height of the cylinder of the micro-lens; with transparency >90%, optical finish; Ra 0.01-0.05; the refractive index n1 is obtained by calculation in which the inner radius of the black ring, the outer radius of the black ring, an angle of the incident light with respective to a spherical surface of the micro-lens, the height of the cylinder of the micro-lens, and a constant k being n1/n2, are variables.

US Pat. No. 10,458,905

GAS LEAK EMISSION QUANTIFICATION WITH A GAS CLOUD IMAGER

Rebellion Photonics, Inc....

1. An infrared (IR) imaging system for quantifying one or more parameters of a gas cloud, the imaging system comprising:an optical system including an optical focal plane array (FPA) unit, the optical system having components defining at least two optical channels thereof, said at least two optical channels being spatially and spectrally different from one another, each of the at least two optical channels positioned to transfer IR radiation incident on the optical system towards the optical FPA unit; and
a data-processing unit comprising one or more processors, said data-processing unit configured to acquire spectral optical data from the IR radiation received at the optical FPA unit,
wherein said data-processing unit is configured to determine absorption spectra data at one or more given pixels of a given frame by comparing spectral data for said one or more pixels of said frame with spectral data from one or more prior frames.

US Pat. No. 10,458,899

METHOD AND OPTICAL DEVICE FOR MICROSCOPICALLY EXAMINING A MULTIPLICITY OF SPECIMENS

Leica Microsystems CMS Gm...

1. A method for microscopic investigation of a plurality of samples, characterized by the following steps:a. arranging the samples in a sample holder that is movable or is movable in a motorized or automatic fashion, relative to a sample illumination position in such a way that at least one of the samples is respectively successively positionable in the sample illumination position, a clearance for a deflection means respectively remaining adjacent to the sample that is currently located in the sample illumination position;
b. focusing a light stripe with an illumination objective;
c. deflecting the light stripe, once it has passed through the illumination objective, with the deflection means in such a way that the light stripe propagates at an angle different from zero degrees or at an angle greater than 10 degrees or at a right angle, with respect to the optical axis of the illumination objective, and has a focus in the sample illumination position; and
d. successively positioning the samples, retained with the sample holder, in the sample illumination position, and detecting a detected light emerging from the sample respectively located in the sample illumination position, wherein
e. the samples are held with the sample holder in at least one straight row; or
f. the samples are held with the sample holder in a curved row or in an annular row;
and wherein
g. a displacement apparatus is present with which the sample holder is displaceable in three different directions or in mutually orthogonal directions;
wherein the type of sample holder respectively being used is recognized automatically or in a software-controlled fashion; and the successive positioning of the samples in the illumination position is accomplished in consideration of the type that is recognized and/or using a position changing routine associated with the recognized type and/or stored in a software memory.

US Pat. No. 10,458,884

VEHICLE CLOSURE CYCLING DEVICE AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle closure cycling device, comprising:a stationary fixture;
a control line extending between a latch handle of a vehicle closure and a pulley;
a first actuator mounted on said fixture in a vertical orientation with the control line passing over the pulley, said first actuator displaceable to open the vehicle closure;
a second actuator mounted on said fixture and displaceable to close the vehicle closure at a predetermined closing speed;
a controller configured to cycle said first actuator and said second actuator in sequence to repeatedly open and close the vehicle closure; and
a fluid source providing fluid pressure to the first actuator through a first flow control valve and said fluid source providing fluid pressure to the second actuator through a second flow control valve, said second control valve responsive to said controller whereby fluid pressure to said second actuator is adjusted as necessary in order to close the vehicle closure at said predetermined closing speed.

US Pat. No. 10,458,872

ELECTRONIC PRESSURE SENSOR FOR MEASUREMENT OF PRESSURE IN A FLUID MEDIA

FLO TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. An electronic pressure sensor, comprising:a housing comprising a distal end configured to be exposed to a flow of a fluid media to be measured, the distal end opposite a proximal end, wherein the proximal end is configured not to be exposed to the fluid media;
a chamber disposed within the housing, a chamber volume defined by a chamber cross sectional area extending along a chamber length;
a passageway disposed within the housing, a passageway volume defined by a passageway cross sectional area extending along a passageway length, the passageway length connected at one end to the chamber and connected at another end to an opening disposed at the distal end of the housing, wherein the opening is configured to be in fluidic communication with the fluid media;
wherein the chamber cross sectional area is larger than the passageway cross sectional area;
a pressure sensor disposed within the chamber;
a first temperature sensor disposed within the chamber; and
a viscous gel disposed within the chamber, the viscous gel separating on a first side both the pressure sensor and the first temperature sensor apart from the passageway on a second side of the viscous gel.

US Pat. No. 10,458,869

PROCESS PRESSURE TRANSMITTER WITH SEAL HAVING DIAMOND LIKE CARBON COATING

ROSEMOUNT INC., Chanhass...

1. A process pressure transmitter system, comprising:a process pressure transmitter housing;
a process pressure sensor in the process pressure transmitter housing;
a flange face in the process pressure transmitter housing;
an isolation diaphragm on the flange face;
a first capillary passageway which carries a first fill fluid from the isolation diaphragm to the process pressure sensor;
a process seal diaphragm configured to couple to a process fluid of the industrial process;
a second capillary passageway which carries a second fill fluid from the process seal diaphragm to the isolation diaphragm;
a diamond like carbon (DLC) coating applied to an interior surface of the diaphragm which coats the process seal diaphragm; and
an intermediary layer between the diamond like carbon coating and the process seal diaphragm which provides a transition layer having a coefficient of thermal expansion which is between a coefficient of thermal expansion of the diamond like carbon coating and a coefficient of thermal expansion of the process seal diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,866

METHODS OF MANUFACTURING DEVICES FOR STATIC AND DYNAMIC BODY MEASUREMENTS

Nextiles Inc., Culver Ci...

1. A method of fabricating a sensor for static and dynamic body measurements, comprising:providing a first layer serving as a flexible support material;
disposing a second layer on the first layer, the second layer serving as a sensing material;
disposing a third layer on the second layer, the third layer comprising an insulating material;
coupling the second layer and the third layer using a first electrode comprising a first conductive thread and a first non-conductive thread, the first conductive thread embedded in the second layer, wherein the first conductive thread and the first non-conductive thread are used together in a spool, sewing needle, top thread, bobbin, and/or combinations thereof to form the first electrode; and
coupling the first layer and the second layer using a second electrode comprising a second conductive thread and a second non-conductive thread, the second conductive thread embedded in the second layer, wherein the second conductive thread and the second non-conductive thread are used together in a spool, sewing needle, top thread, bobbin, and/or combinations thereof to form the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,458,865

MULTI-AXIS PIEZORESISTIVE FORCE SENSOR

KOC Universitesi, Istanb...

1. A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensor device comprising: a microelectromechanical system sensor to characterize intracellular dynamics and behavior of a living biological cell so as to quantitatively measure a mechanical stiffness and a strength thereof, said microelectromechanical system sensor responsive to mechanical force changes during said living biological cell's contraction, migration, proliferation and differentiation;said microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensor comprising an interaction platform in a form of a mechano-sensitive platform configured to have direct contact with said living biological cell and to measure forces generated by said living biological cell by way of measuring displacements of said interaction platform, wherein said interaction platform is a rectangular planar surface medium, an edge of which is connected with at least two strain-sensitive nanoscale elements in the form of piezoresistive nanowires, wherein said interaction platform is suspended by retaining springs extending between the edge of the interaction platform and a respective anchor associated with said edge; and,
said microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensor comprises strain-sensitive nanoscale elements in a form of electromechanical transducer elements configured to sense mechanical force applied by said cell in direct contact with said mechano-sensitive platform.

US Pat. No. 10,458,863

HYBRID VIRTUAL LOAD MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method for monitoring loads in a system having a plurality of components including a target component, the method comprising:obtaining an input state parameter of the system;
receiving a physical sensor signal from a physical sensor monitoring at least one of the components in the system, wherein the physical sensor signal varies more quickly than the input state parameter, and contains more dynamic content than the input state parameter; and
providing during equipment operation the physical sensor signal and the input state parameter as inputs to a hybrid virtual sensor estimation model after a model training phase in which the hybrid virtual sensor estimation model is created and trained utilizing at least one training physical sensor, the at least one training physical sensor not being utilized during the equipment operation;
wherein the hybrid virtual sensor estimation model outputs a plurality of virtual sensor signals based on the inputs, and each of the virtual sensor signals represents an estimate of a load or response being experienced at a different respective location on one or more of the plurality of components, including the target component.

US Pat. No. 10,458,862

FIBER GRATING SENSOR INSERT, IMPLANTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INTELLIGENT PLASTIC PIPE

SHANDONG UNIVERSITY, Jin...

1. A system for implanting a strip-shaped insert of fiber grating sensors, the system comprising:a barrel body with an accommodating cavity arranged therein;
a rotary propulsion component sleeved in the accommodating cavity;
a drive motor connected to the rotary propulsion component;
an extrusion head arranged on one side of the barrel body and having an extrusion die cavity formed therein that communicates with the accommodating cavity, the extrusion die cavity also communicating with a conveying passage that is arranged on the extrusion head and obliquely extends outward; and
a conveying element that is for conveying the strip-shaped insert of fiber grating sensors and that is arranged on an outer side of the conveying passage so that the strip-shaped insert of fiber grating sensors is subjected to extrusion molding together with a plastic raw material in the extrusion die cavity, wherein
the strip-shaped insert of fiber grating sensors comprises (a) a temperature fiber grating sensor, (b) a strain fiber grating sensor, (c) reinforcing fibers, and (d) matrix resin; and
an extrusion opening die is arranged at a front end of the extrusion head.

US Pat. No. 10,458,860

CAPACITIVE TEMPERATURE SENSING FOR ELECTRICAL CONDUCTOR

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A temperature-sensing apparatus for sensing a temperature of an electrical conductor enclosed in at least a (semi)conductive layer, the apparatus comprising:a temperature sensitive capacitor, the temperature sensitive capacitor comprising a capacitor body and at least two electrodes arranged in an interdigitated configuration and supported by the capacitor body, at least a portion of the capacitor body comprising one or more temperature-sensitive dielectric materials that have a dielectric constant varying with temperature, and the electrodes being disposed in proximity to the temperature-sensitive dielectric materials,
wherein the capacitor body is disposed in thermal contact with the electrical conductor, and the capacitance of the temperature sensitive capacitor is variable with the temperature of the electrical conductor,
wherein the capacitor body has a ring-shape structure with an inner surface and an outer surface, and
wherein the capacitor body surrounds the electrical conductor, and the capacitor body comprises an elastic material that is flexible and deformable to have the inner surface thereof compress against and be in thermal contact with a circumferential surface of the electrical conductor, and the electrodes are disposed on the outer surface of the capacitor body or embedded into the capacitor body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,843

SPECTROMETRY APPARATUS AND SPECTROMETRY METHOD

GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIE...

1. A spectroscopic apparatus comprising:an optical filter device comprising at least two filters to filter incident light;
an optical sensor device comprising at least two optical sensors corresponding to the at least two filters to convert the filtered light into a charge and to output the charge; and
a digital signal processing unit that digitally processes an output signal from the optical sensor device to recover spectrum information of the incident light,
wherein at least one of the at least two filters is a random transmittance filter,
wherein the at least two filters are uncorrelated,
wherein the output signal is expressed by insufficient linear equation,
wherein the digital signal processing unit recovers the spectrum information of the incident light by applying a L1 norm minimizing algorithm to the output signal expressed by insufficient linear equation,
wherein the random transmittance filter has an autocorrelation function which represents a similarity degree between the intensities of lights detected by the random transmittance function at two different wavelengths,
wherein if the autocorrelation functions represent narrow widths in the random transmittance filter, wavelengths spaced apart from each other beyond the width are independently detected.

US Pat. No. 10,458,834

RADIATION DETECTOR

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. A nucleonic instrument for measuring a characteristic of one or more material phases within a container, comprising:at least one source of ionising radiation comprising alpha particles, beta particles, gamma radiation and/or neutrons;
at least one detector probe configured for detecting said ionising radiation comprising a linear array of radiation detectors spaced apart along a heat pipe for cooling the detectors, the detectors being mounted in thermal contact with and physically supported on the heat pipe;
a power source; and
an electronic apparatus comprising a control unit and a signal and data processing means for calculating a characteristic of the material phases using signals generated by the detectors in response to radiation received from the radiation sources,
wherein the nucleonic instrument is a level gauge or a density profiler.

US Pat. No. 10,458,833

BLOOD RESERVOIR WITH FLUID VOLUME MEASUREMENT BASED ON PRESSURE SENSOR

Sorin Group Italia S.r.l....

1. A system comprising:a blood reservoir that is non-pressurized, the blood reservoir having a bottom and being configured to hold blood;
a differential pressure sensor integrated into the bottom of the blood reservoir and in contact with the blood in the blood reservoir to sense hydrostatic pressure of the blood in the blood reservoir and to sense a pressure difference between the hydrostatic pressure exerted on the differential pressure sensor by the blood and pressure exerted on the blood in the blood reservoir and to provide at least one signal that is indicative of a blood level in the blood reservoir; and
a controller to receive the at least one signal and calculate a blood level value and a blood volume value in the blood reservoir based on the at least one signal, the controller to provide at least one of a blood level signal that indicates the blood level in the blood reservoir and a blood volume signal that indicates the blood volume in the blood reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,458,814

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A POSITION OF AN ELEMENT

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A device for inductive positioning determination, comprising:a coil;
an element for influencing a magnetic field in an area of the coil, wherein the element is selectively movable relative to the coil between a plurality of positions;
a signal generator for providing a digital signal;
a delay element with an input and an output, wherein the delay element includes the coil and a delay period between a signal edge at the input of the delay element and a corresponding signal edge at the output of the delay element is dependent on an inductance of the coil;
a comparator for providing a digital differential impulse, the digital differential impulse having a length dependent on a time difference of corresponding signal edges at the input and the output of the delay element;
an integrator for providing a voltage depending on the length of the digital differential impulse; and
an evaluator configured to provide an analog determination of the distance between the element and the coil based on the voltage provided by the integrator.

US Pat. No. 10,458,811

CALIBRATION FIXTURE FOR RANGE FINDING SENSORS ON A VEHICLE

Hunter Engineering Compan...

1. A calibration fixture for use in the alignment, calibration, or inspection of a sensor onboard a vehicle having an external field of view into which the sensor is configured to project an emitted signal and from which the sensor is configured to receive a return signal, comprising:a support structure for positioning at a first calibration distance from said vehicle within the field of view of said sensor; and
at least one calibration component disposed on said support structure, said calibration component configured to transform an emitted signal from said sensor into a return signal by conveyance along a non-linear signal pathway from a signal entry to a signal exit, said non-linear signal pathway comprising only passive elements altering a travel direction of said emitted signal such that said return signal appears to said sensor as if said at least one calibration component was positioned at a predetermined linear calibration distance from said vehicle which is greater than said first calibration distance.

US Pat. No. 10,458,810

TRAFFIC LIGHT STATE ASSESSMENT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An autonomous driving system, comprising:a controller comprising at least one processor and memory, the memory comprising:
a guidance system configured to receive semantic map data and to calculate route data using the semantic map data, via at least one processor;
wherein the semantic map data includes traffic light location data, wherein the semantic map maps an intersection using a plurality of labelled intersection lanes defining paths for traversing the intersection, wherein each labelled intersection lane includes a traffic light label defining traffic light location data, and wherein traffic light labels of at least some of the labelled intersection lanes identify different traffic lights from each other;
a computer vision system configured to view and assess a state of a traffic light based on the traffic light location data, via the at least one processor; and
a vehicle control system configured to control driving of an autonomous vehicle based at least on the route data and the state of the traffic light, via the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,805

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, K...

1. Driver assistance system (120) of a motor vehicle, to be connected with a navigation system (130) and a road sign display system (110), wherein the navigation system (130) is adapted to(i) access map data representing road segments of a road network in the geographic proximity of the motor vehicle and road signs located on the road segments,
(ii) determine and provide a current position of the motor vehicle located on a road segment to the driver assistance system (120), and
(iii) provide first information of at least one road sign to the driver assistance system (120), which road sign is located on a road segment to be traveled by the motor vehicle based on the current position of the motor vehicle;the road sign display system (110) is adapted to(i) detect, based on environment information in front of and/or sideways of the motor vehicle captured via a camera unit, at least one road sign in regard to its position at a road segment and/or its meaning, and
(ii) provide this second information to the driver assistance system (120); and whereinthe driver assistance system is further adapted to(i) compare the first and second information with each other,
(ii) if the first and second information do not coincide, output the first information provided by the navigation system (130) for an associated signalling for the driver of the motor vehicle or a velocity affecting unit of the motor vehicle, and
(iii) in the case of routes in which a secondary route runs close beside a main route for a relatively long distance, and in which a different road sign applies on the secondary route than on the main route, and wherein the road sign display system allocates the road sign of a road section of the secondary route, on which the motor vehicle is not to travel, to the main route on which the motor vehicle is to travel, evaluate this incorrect allocation as a non-coincidence when comparing the first information with the second information.

US Pat. No. 10,458,800

DISFAVORED ROUTE PROGRESSIONS OR LOCATIONS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method performed by a mobile device, the method comprising:identifying a destination for a user to travel to;
computing one or more routes for traveling to the destination, each route including associated route progressions, and each route progression indicating a discrete length of a road that is part of its associated route;
examining historical data associated with the user's previous route guidance to the destination;
based on the examination of the historical data, identifying one or more of a route progression or location avoided by the user previously as a disfavored route progression or disfavored location, respectively; and
selecting a route from the one or more routes based on an aggregate number of disfavored route progressions or disfavored locations included in each route.

US Pat. No. 10,458,794

MICROMECHANICAL DETECTION STRUCTURE FOR A MEMS SENSOR DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR A MEMS GYROSCOPE, WITH IMPROVED DRIVING FEATURES

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A micromechanical detection structure, comprising:a substrate including semiconductor material;
a driving-mass arrangement configured to be driven in a driving movement;
a first anchorage unit coupled to said driving-mass arrangement and configured to elastically couple said driving-mass arrangement to said substrate at first anchorages;
a driven-mass arrangement;
a second anchorage unit coupled to said driven-mass arrangement and configured to elastically couple said driven-mass arrangement to said substrate at second anchorages;
a coupling unit configured to elastically couple said driving-mass arrangement to said driven-mass arrangement and to drive the driven-mass arrangement in a driven movement responsive to the driving movement of the driving-mass arrangement, the coupling unit further configured, in response to the driving movement of the driving-mass arrangement and the driven movement of the driven-mass arrangement, to provide forces and torques at the first and second anchorages that result in zero forces and torques acting on said substrate due to the provided forces and torques;
a planar element in a horizontal plane defined by a first horizontal axis and by a second horizontal axis;
wherein said driving-mass arrangement includes a first driving mass and a second driving mass configured to be driven in opposite directions along said second horizontal axis;
wherein said driven-mass arrangement includes a first driven mass arranged between said first driving mass and said second driving mass along said first horizontal axis, and wherein said first driven mass is configured to be driven in a movement of rotation in said horizontal plane in response to said first and second driving masses being driven in opposite directions along said second horizontal axis; and
wherein said coupling unit includes a first coupling element which elastically couples said first driven mass to the first driving mass and a second coupling element which elastically couples said first driven mass to the second driving mass, said first coupling element and said second coupling element being constrained to said substrate and being configured to exert on said substrate a torque equal and opposite to a torque exerted on said substrate by said second anchorage unit in response to rotation of said driven mass.

US Pat. No. 10,458,791

LEVEL WITH QUICK-DISCONNECT END CAP

1. A level, comprising:a level body supporting a level vial; and
an end cap releasably connected to the level body;
wherein the end cap includes an actuator and a detent;
the detent is operatively associated with the level body to releasably retain the end cap on the level body;
the level body defines a level volume; and
wherein the actuator is disposed outside the level volume.

US Pat. No. 10,458,772

CMM APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CONFIRMING THE STYLUS

Hexagon Metrology, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method of operating a coordinate measuring machine to measure an object according to a criterion associated with the object, the criterion identifying a specific probe with which the object is to be measured, the method comprising:providing at least one available probe, each available probe having a corresponding indicium;
selecting a given probe of the at least one available probe, the given probe having an indicium that meets the criterion specified for the object to be measured, the given probe being a selected probe;
robotically mounting the selected probe to a movable arm of the coordinate measuring machine; and
controlling the coordinate measuring machine to measure the object with the selected probe.

US Pat. No. 10,458,769

SHEAR-BASED INERTIA IGNITERS WITH PRESET NO-FIRE PROTECTION FOR MUNITIONS AND THE LIKE

OMNITEK PARTNERS L.L.C., ...

1. An inertial igniter for igniting a thermal battery upon a predetermined acceleration event, the inertial igniter comprising:a base having a first projection;
a striker mass rotatably connected to the base through a rotatable connection, the striker mass having a second projection aligned with the first projection such that when the striker mass is rotated towards the base, the first projection impacts the second projection;
a rotation prevention mechanism for preventing impact of the first and second projections unless the predetermined acceleration event is experienced; and
a spring, separate from the rotation prevention mechanism, for biasing the striker mass in a biasing direction away from the base, the spring being disposed between a portion of the striker mass and a portion of the rotation prevention mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,458,761

FLUTED LINEAR SHAPED CHARGE WITH SIMULTANEOUS INITIATION

12. A method for removing of at least a portion of an oil well casing, the removed casing being disposed of within the oil well, the method comprising:cutting an oil well casing at a first location to a desired length and arc length using a casing cutter;
cutting the oil well casing at second location to a desired length and arc length using the casing cutter;
placing a fluted linear shaped charge device between the first location and the second location, wherein the fluted linear shaped charge device includes:
a containment body, wherein
the containment body includes:
a closed end;
one or more initiation ports, wherein the one or more initiation ports each include an aperture through the closed end of the containment body;
one or more curved surfaces adjacent the closed end; and
an open end opposite the closed end;
the closed end and the one or more curved surfaces create an enclosure;
one or more dual line initiation cups, wherein each dual line initiation cup:
passes through one of the one or more initiation ports from the exterior of the enclosure to the interior of the enclosure; and
includes:
a first branch; and
a second branch;
a simultaneous initiation plate on the exterior of the enclosure, the simultaneous initiation plate:
configured to ensure that each dual line initiation cup detonates simultaneously; and
including a very low sound speed material;
a shock attenuator, wherein the shock attenuator includes a low sound speed material placed between the first branch and the second branch of each dual line initiation cup;
a fluted liner, wherein the fluted liner includes:
one or more flutes, wherein:
a portion of the one or more flutes:
includes a frusto conical shape;
match the curvature of the one or more curved surfaces in the containment body at the open end; and
are in contact with the containment body at the open end;
each flute includes a liner; and
a high explosive billet, wherein the high explosive billet:
is in contact with a portion of the first branch and the second branch of each dual line initiation cup; and
is placed between the shock attenuator and the fluted liner; and
initiating the detonation of the fluted linear shaped charge device.

US Pat. No. 10,458,760

STEP AUTO CLAY THROWER

1. A step auto clay thrower, comprising:a base;
a stepping rod having a front end thereof pivotally connected to a front side of said base by a first pivot member, an opposing rear end thereof connected with a pedal, said pedal being connected to one end of a first connecting member that has an opposite end thereof connected to one end of a first spring, said stepping rod having a front part thereof connected with a tilting bracket, said tilting bracket being connected to one end of a second spring through a second connecting member, said second spring having an opposite end thereof connected to one end of a link;
a support affixed to a front top side of said base;
a throwing arm holder mounted on a top side of said support, said throwing arm holder comprising a first bearing block located at a front side thereof, a shaft movably coupled to said first bearing block with a bottom end thereof connected with a first linking member, said first linking member being pivotally connected to an opposite end of said link by a second pivot member, said throwing arm holder having a back side thereof pivotally connected with a trigger arm by a third pivot member, said trigger arm having a bottom end thereof connected to an opposite end of said first spring;
a throwing arm having a coupling groove located on a front side thereof and connected with a third connecting member that is fixed connected with a top side of said shaft by welding, a rear top side configured for the placement of a clay, a rear side of a sidewall thereof for stopping by a top side of the trigger arm; and
a mini motor having a motor shaft coupled with said shaft for rotating said shaft to return said throwing arm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,758

ELECTRONIC AUDIBLE FEEDBACK BULLET TARGETING SYSTEM

1. An electronic audible feedback projectile targeting system, consisting of:a device for shooting projectiles;
a target with an impact sensor attached thereto;
said target is selected from the group consisting of a metallic target, a paper target, a target worn on by a paint ball player, and combinations thereof;
said impact sensor for sensing an impact of said projectile is with an impact sensor selected from the group consisting of a piezoelectric sensor, an electromagnetic sensor, a 3 axis accelerometer, a capacitive sensor, and an inductive sensor for detecting hits from a bullet, an air soft pellet, and air gun pellet, and an arrow;
a wireless transmitter electrically connected to said impact sensor, said wireless transmitter selected from the group consisting of radio frequency transmissions and infra-red transmissions transmitting a wireless message with impact describing data said wireless transmitter transmitting a pre-selected sound and/or visual signal to a receiver upon said projectile impacting said target transmitting impact describing audible and/or visual data therefrom;
a receiver selected from the group consisting of a smart phone, a tablet, a watch and combinations thereof including software and hardware receiving said wireless message with impact describing data from said transmitter providing an impact describing audible and/or visual message to a user, said impact describing audible message being interpreted from said impact describing data, said receiver comprising a radio frequency receiver receiving a wireless message comprising a radio frequency transmission with application software enabling said receiver to receive a target impact describing audible and/or visual data transmission from said wireless transmitter;
a hit detection algorithm software application enabling said receiver to interpret said target impact describing audible data containing target impact data, detecting a hits on said target, detecting a miss of said target, recording a hit data, accumulating hit data from single shots and multiple shots for calculating performance, and detecting most recent hits and previous hits;
means of inputting user preferences and interpreting hit or miss data with said hit detection algorithm, wherein said means is selected from a group of primary input devices consisting of a digital camera, digital camera with zoom lens, an accelerometer, a microphone, a touchscreen, and combinations thereof;
said user preferences and said hit or miss data selected from the group consisting of distance impact is from a center of said target, a sound which mimics an impact of a hit on a selected material, a sound which mimics a hit or miss of said target, a sound mimicking an exaggerated impact, a sound which is indicative of a distance said target is from a shooter;
said receiver providing an impact describing audible message to a user and interpreting the impact describing audible message and said user preferences providing a recognized audible sound selected from the group consisting of a sound made by a selected gun, a bullet, an arrow, a sound made in accordance of a distance the target is from the shooter, a sound made in accordance with the type of material comprising said target, a hit of said target, a miss or said target; and
said impact describing transmission being interpreted from said impact describing said hit or miss data showing or replaying said hit whereby said algorithm detects said hit on said target, said miss of said target, differentiate between a prior hit and a most recent hit with a selected color or different shade, and provide a sound and/or visual feedback which varies depending on where said projectile hits said target.

US Pat. No. 10,458,753

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING AIMING POINT INFORMATION

HVRT CORP., Orofino, ID ...

1. A method for shooting a target, comprising:a) providing a target acquisition device comprising a reticle,
b) comprising:
i) a first horizontal cross-hair;
ii) a first vertical cross-hair that intersects said first horizontal cross-hair;
iii) two or more evenly spaced horizontal cross-hairs on said first vertical cross-hair below said first horizontal cross-hair;
iv) two or more vertical cross-hairs on said evenly spaced horizontal cross hairs on said first vertical cross-hair below said first horizontal cross-hair; and
v) one or more slanted non-perpendicular wind lines that intersect at least one of said two or more evenly spaced horizontal cross-hairs, and
c) selecting an aiming point on said reticle that accounts for the relation of the shooter to the target; and
d) using said aiming point to aim the firearm so as to hit the target.

US Pat. No. 10,458,752

FOLDED RELAY SPRING FOR OPTICAL SIGHT

Trijicon, Inc., Wixom, M...

1. An optical sight comprising:a housing;
a relay assembly having at least one optical element, a main tube, a track tube having at least one track, and a reticle assembly, said track tube selectively rotatable relative to and about said main tube to adjust an axial position of said at least one optical element within said main tube along an axis that is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of said main tube, and said reticle assembly having at least one optical element; and
a biasing element including a mounting strap and a spring, wherein the mounting strap is fixed to an inner surface of said housing and said spring has an engagement surface that contacts said relay assembly, said engagement surface being on a radially inner side of said spring opposite a radially outer side facing said mounting strap and said biasing element exerting a force on said relay assembly when said relay assembly is installed in said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,749

WAIST PROTECTING PLATE STRUCTURE OF CONNECTING A HOLSTER AND A BELT BUCKLE

CYTAC TECHNOLOGY LIMITED,...

1. A waist protecting plate structure of connecting a holster and a belt buckle, characterized by comprising a buckle-type waist protecting plate mounted inside the holster through a removable connection member;the buckle-type waist protecting plate is a two-layer structure with arc bending ends, wherein the layer close to the holster has a concave retaining portion matching with the connection member; the two-layer structure of the buckle-type waist protecting plate is provided a plurality of corresponding connection holes;
the connection member has a vertical through slot, wherein one side of the slot has a buckle bump, and the other side of the slot has multiple rows of mounting holes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,741

PISTOL SOCK

19. A gun sock adapted to partially engage a pistol having a height and width, a handle or magazine well, a slide or hammer positioned towards the rear of the pistol, a trigger guard area, a barrel, a muzzle positioned at the front of the pistol, and a silhouette, the gun sock comprising:a first layer having a first shape with a first perimeter comprised of edges, wherein the first shape substantially conforms to the pistol silhouette, such that when the gun sock engages the pistol, the pistol handle or magazine well is engaged;
a second layer having a second shape with a second perimeter comprised of edges that substantially matches the first shape and the first perimeter of the first layer, wherein the first layer and the second layer are at least partially joined along the first perimeter and the second perimeter such that the edges of the first layer and the edges of the second layer are divided into two groups comprised of joined edges and un-joined edges, and further wherein the first layer and second layer have at least one material of construction selected from the following group consisting of leather, neoprene, cotton, wool, fleece, woven synthetic fibers, hide, rubber, silicone, microfiber cloth, silk, velvet, and satin;
an interior space formed between the at least partially joined first layer and second layer that is configured to receive and engage with the pistol handle or magazine well, wherein the interior space has a depth, as measured from the un-joined edges to the joined edges of the opposing perimeter of the first shape and second shape, that exceeds the width of the pistol grip but does not exceed the distance from the trigger guard area to the rear of the pistol, wherein the rear of the pistol is the end opposite the muzzle of the pistol, and further wherein the interior space has an internal width that at least partially exceeds the sum of the pistol's height plus width;
a first opening to the interior space formed by the un-joined edges of the first layer and the second layer, wherein the first opening is positioned near the trigger of the pistol when the gun sock has received and engaged with the pistol;
a pull tab positioned along the perimeter of the first layer such that the pull tab is substantially opposite the first opening, and further wherein the pull tab is substantially aligned with the pistol slide or hammer when the gun sock is engaged with the pistol, and further wherein the pull tab is formed by a protruding extension of the first layer and the second layer; and
a second opening positioned on the first layer such that a section of the pistol is exposed, wherein the section of the pistol that is exposed is comprised of one or more of the following group consisting of the pistol trigger area, pistol cartridge (or case) ejection port, pistol safety, and pistol slide.

US Pat. No. 10,458,728

TURBULENCE MEMBER AND HEAT EXCHANGER USING SAME, AND WATER HEATER

Rinnai Corporation, Nago...

1. A turbulence member made of a flat plate member configured to be inserted into a heat-transfer tube having a substantially elliptical cross-sectional shape in a flow passage direction, and to generate turbulence in a fluid flowing inside the heat-transfer tube by a plurality of projected pieces projected on both front and back surfaces of the flat plate member, whereina rotation preventing piece configured to prevent rotation of the flat plate member inside the heat-transfer tube is provided in at least one of both side edges along the flow passage direction in the flat plate member,
the rotation preventing piece is provided to project from the flat plate member and have a forefront that is bent in a direction toward a tube wall inner circumferential surface of the heat-transfer tube so that the forefront comes into contact with the tube wall inner circumferential surface of the heat-transfer tube, and
a space through which the fluid can circulate is formed between the rotation preventing piece and the tube wall inner circumferential surface by bringing the forefront of the rotation preventing piece into contact with the tube wall inner circumferential surface, wherein
the rotation preventing piece comprises erecting pieces formed by bending the first side edge and the second side edge of the flat plate member, and
the erecting pieces are provided on the at least one of the first side edge and the second side edge so that a front erecting piece bent on a front side and a back erecting piece bent on a back side are located alternately along a longitudinal direction of the at least one of the first side edge and the second side edge.

US Pat. No. 10,458,727

HEAT TRANSFER USING FLEXIBLE FLUID CONDUIT

1. A sheathed flexible conduit configured for use in heat transfer applications requiring custom in-situ manual layout comprising:a flexible tube of plastic or plastic composite material arranged to conduct a heat transfer fluid, said tube having a uniform wall thickness and smooth inner and outer surfaces;
a sheath of material with thermal conductivity greater than 15 W/m° C. surrounding said outer surface of said flexible tube, said sheath contiguous with said outer surface of said flexible tube;
said sheath being composed of a soft and malleable material that allows said sheath to be deformed in the course of said custom in-situ manual layout;
said deformation being bending and spreading and thinning and conforming to an adjacent surface;
said sheathed flexible conduit being arranged in a curved pattern and held in said curved pattern by fixing means;
said sheathed flexible conduit having an outer surface fixed in thermally conductive contact with at least one contiguous heat-conducting surface having a thermal conductivity greater than 15 W/m° C.;
said thermally conductive contact being made under pressure by means of compressive fastening, whereby said flexible tube and said sheath distort against said contiguous heat-conducting surface and said sheath deforms against said contiguous heat-conducting surface by bending, spreading and thinning, so increasing heat transfer area and conforms to said contiguous heat-conducting surface, so reducing thermal contact resistance;
said compressive fastening creating a thermal conductive path from all of the circumference of said flexible tube to said contiguous heat-conducting surface;
said compressive fastening being formed in the course of said custom in-situ manual layout;
said flexible tube having a longitudinal axis and said sheath comprising segments transverse to said longitudinal axis of said flexible tube and, when said sheathed flexible conduit is held straight, having spaces of uniform width between said segments of said sheath that are adjacent;
said uniform spaces being completely filled with a flexible adhesive;
said segments, in the absence of compressive deformation of said segments, having a uniform radial thickness and a uniform axial thickness;
said sheathed flexible conduit being as flexible as said flexible tube alone at a coverage exceeding 95% of said exterior surface of said flexible tube by said sheath;
said sheathed flexible conduit having a ratio of minimum bend radius to outer diameter of said flexible tube less than 10;
said sheathed flexible conduit having a modulus of elasticity of 2 GPa or less.

US Pat. No. 10,458,722

LATENT HEAT STORAGE MODULE AND LATENT HEAT STORAGE APPARATUS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A latent heat storage apparatus comprising:at least one latent heat storage module comprising a plurality of film packs configured to accommodate a phase change material, the phase change material configured to use phase change latent heat as a heat medium of room temperature (0° C. or more);
a heat storage tank configured to accommodate the at least one latent heat storage module, the heat storage tank having water flowing therein; and
a plate disposed in the heat storage tank and configured to form a channel in which the water flows,
wherein the at least one latent heat storage module further comprises:
a guide configured to fix the plurality of film packs;
a ballast configured to be fixed to the guide and prevent the film packs from floating on water; and
a hot plate disposed on a surface of at least one of the plurality of film packs and configured to suppress deformation of the at least one of the plurality of film packs,
wherein the guide has a hollow into which the ballast is inserted, and
wherein the hot plate has a plurality of hills and valleys formed thereon, so as to form channels between the plurality of hills and valleys of the hot plate and the plurality of film packs.

US Pat. No. 10,458,719

HIGH PERFORMANCE TWO-PHASE COOLING APPARATUS

PiMEMS, Inc., Santa Barb...

1. A thermal ground plane, comprising:a metal substrate comprising a plurality of microstructures formed in the metal substrate, forming a wicking structure having the plurality of microstructures;
a vapor cavity, in communication with the wicking structure and the plurality of microstructures;
at least one intermediate substrate with a plurality of protrusions, wherein the plurality of protrusions are directly coupled to each other by at least one cross-member disposed internal to the vapor cavity on the opposite side of the at least one intermediate substrate relative to the metal substrate, and wherein the plurality of protrusions is shaped to increase the effective aspect ratio of the wicking structure by fitting into the plurality of microstructures of the wicking structure in at least one region of the wicking structure; and
a fluid contained within the thermal ground plane for transporting thermal energy from at least one region of the thermal ground plane to another region of the thermal ground plane, wherein the fluid is driven by capillary forces in at least two orthogonal directions, along the microstructures and along the at least one cross member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,716

CONFORMAL THERMAL GROUND PLANES

Roccor, LLC, Longmont, C...

1. A conformal heat pipe system comprising:a circuit board;
a plurality of components on the circuit board, wherein the plurality of components include:
a first component with at least a first height with respect to the circuit board or a first shape;
a second component with a second height with respect to the circuit board or a second shape, wherein at least the second height or the second shape is different from at least the first height or the first shape; and
a third component with at least the second height with respect to the circuit board or the second shape;
a first conformal containment layer;
a second conformal containment layer, wherein the first conformal containment layer and the second conformal containment layer each includes a plurality of kinked portions forming a plurality of angled corners such that a first portion of the second conformal containment layer makes contact with the first component with at least the first height or the first shape and a second portion of the second conformal containment layer makes contact with the second component with at least the second height or the second shape and a third portion of the second conformal containment layer makes contact with the third component with at least the second height or the second shape, wherein the plurality of kinked portions include at least four kinked portions that each form 90 degree angles such that at least a first kinked portion from the plurality of kinked portions of the second conformal containment layer and a second kinked portion from the plurality of kinked portions of the second conformal containment layer separate the first portion of the second conformal containment layer and the second portion of the second conformal containment layer and at least a third kinked portion from the plurality of kinked portions of the second conformal containment layer and a fourth kinked portion from the plurality of kinked portions of the second conformal containment layer separate the first portion of the second conformal containment layer and the third portion of the second conformal containment layer;
a conformal vapor cavity disposed between the first conformal containment layer and the second conformal containment layer; and
a conformal liquid cavity disposed between the first conformal containment layer and the second conformal containment layer, wherein the conformal liquid cavity includes a working fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,458,708

TRANSFERRING MOLTEN METAL FROM ONE STRUCTURE TO ANOTHER

Molten Metal Equipment In...

1. A system for transferring molten metal from a vessel, the vessel comprising molten metal having a surface, at least a first chamber and a second chamber, each of which includes molten metal therein, the first chamber and second chamber being separated by a dividing wall including an opening beneath the surface, the system further comprising:a pump having a pump base fully submerged in the molten metal during operation, the pump base having a pump chamber and a top opening through which molten metal enters the pump chamber during operation, and an outlet through which molten metal exits the pump base; the pump configured to fit into the first chamber such that at least some molten metal exiting the outlet moves through the opening in the dividing wall and into the second chamber in order to raise the level of molten metal in the second chamber to a level at which molten metal flows out of the second chamber; and
a degasser in one or both of the first chamber and second chamber, wherein the degasser is operated to degas the molten metal.

US Pat. No. 10,458,703

METHOD FOR LIQUID-VAPOR CONTACTING IN A MASS TRANSFER COLUMN USING MULTIPLE PASS, PARALLEL FLOW DOWNCOMER TRAYS

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method for liquid-vapor contacting in a mass transfer column, the method comprising the steps of:(a) directing a descending liquid to a plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays arranged in a stacked orientation within the mass transfer column, each multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer tray comprising:
(i) a tray surface defining a plurality of liquid receiving pans, and at least four mass transfer decks having a plurality of apertures, wherein each mass transfer deck being disposed adjacent to at least two other mass transfer decks; and
(ii) a plurality of downcomers configured for collecting and discharging the descending liquid, the plurality of downcomers each having an opening at a collection location for collecting the descending liquid from one or more of the mass transfer decks,
a ramp-like channel for discharging the collected descending liquid to one of the plurality of liquid receiving pans on another of the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays, wherein the collected descending liquid is discharged from each downcomer at a discharge location below the tray surface that is not vertically aligned with the collection location of the opening of the downcomer;
(b) directing an ascending vapor through the mass transfer column to the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays and through the plurality of apertures on the mass transfer decks;
(c) contacting the ascending vapor passing through the apertures and the descending liquid on the mass transfer decks of each of the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays;
wherein there are multiple liquid flows on the mass transfer decks of each of the plurality of multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays and the liquid flows are in a parallel type flow path in vertically successive mass transfer decks of adjacent multiple pass, parallel flow downcomer trays to achieve a Lewis Case 2 type flow arrangement through the mass transfer column.

US Pat. No. 10,458,696

OPENING SYSTEM FOR A STORAGE BIN ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A storage bin assembly for a refrigerator comprising:a base portion having opposed first and second outer end sidewalls upwardly extending from the base portion to define a storage space therebetween;
a flap having a front face and an inner surface and first and second hinge arms outwardly extending from the inner surface of the flap, wherein one of the first hinge arm and the second hinge arm includes a receiving member, and further wherein the first and second hinge arms further include first and second arm flaps, respectively, extending orthogonally from the first and second hinge arms, wherein the first and second arm flaps are pivotally coupled to the first and the second outer end sidewalls, respectively, such that the flap rotates between open and closed positions relative to the storage space, wherein the flap is positioned beneath the base portion when the flap is in the open position;
a top cover coupled to a receiving slot portion of the first and the second outer end sidewalls, wherein the top cover includes a holding member extending outwardly from an inner surface of the top cover;
a first magnetic member received in the holding member; and
a second magnetic member positioned in the receiving member to selectively engage the first magnetic member to define a magnetic connection therebetween when the flap is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,683

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MITIGATING HEAT REJECTION LIMITATIONS OF A THERMOELECTRIC MODULE

Phononic, Inc., Durham, ...

1. A method of operating a thermoelectric module to cool a cooling chamber, comprising:providing a first amount of power to the thermoelectric module;
determining that a temperature of a hot side of the thermoelectric module is above a first threshold;
providing a second amount of power to the thermoelectric module that is less than the first amount of power, wherein the second amount of power is at least an amount of power such that a temperature of the cooling chamber does not increase;
determining that the temperature of the hot side of the thermoelectric module is below a second threshold; and
providing a third amount of power to the thermoelectric module.

US Pat. No. 10,458,681

THERMAL INTEGRATION OF A CATALYTIC BURNER AND A CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL UNIT

The United States of Amer...

1. A heat-efficient catalytic adsorptive apparatus comprising a catalyst device, a sorbent device, an aftercooler, and at least two heat exchangers, wherein:a first said heat exchanger receives intake air from the environment, and raises the temperature of said intake air for delivery to said catalyst device;
a second said heat exchanger functions as a heat reservoir for effecting, in a temperature-swing manner, adsorption and desorption of said sorbent device;
air is conducted to said aftercooler from one of the first said heat exchanger and the second said heat exchanger;
catalyzed air is conducted from said catalyst device to the first said heat exchanger, reduced in temperature by the first said heat exchanger, conducted at a reduced temperature from the first said heat exchanger to the second said heat exchanger, conducted to said aftercooler, and reduced in temperature by said aftercooler for release into the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,458,677

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH DUAL CONCENTRIC TUBE RINGS

Lochinvar, LLC, Lebanon,...

1. A water heater apparatus, comprising:an upper header including a water inlet and a water outlet;
a lower header;
an inner ring of inner fin tubes concentrically disposed about a longitudinal central axis of the inner ring and extending between the upper and lower headers and communicated with the upper and lower headers to flow water through the inner fin tubes, each inner fin tube including a plurality of annular inner fin tube fins with circumferentially lateral portions of the inner fin tube fins bent along lines extending substantially radially outward from the central axis of the inner ring to reduce a lateral cross-section dimension of the inner fin tube fins, the inner fin tubes being close packed so that the bent circumferentially lateral portions of the inner fin tube fins of each inner fin tube contact the bent circumferentially lateral portions of the inner fin tube fins of each adjacent inner fin tube;
an outer ring of outer fin tubes concentrically disposed about the longitudinal central axis of the inner ring and extending between the upper and lower headers and located radially outward of the inner ring of inner fin tubes and communicated with the upper and lower headers to flow water through the outer fin tubes, each outer fin tube including a plurality of annular outer fin tube fins with circumferentially lateral portions of the outer fin tube fins bent along lines extending substantially radially outward from the central axis of the inner ring to reduce a lateral cross-section dimension of the outer fin tube fins, there being a larger number of outer fin tubes than inner fin tubes, the outer fin tubes being close packed so that the bent circumferentially lateral portions of the outer fin tube fins of each outer fin tube contact the bent circumferentially lateral portions of the outer fin tube fins of each adjacent outer fin tube; and
a burner tube located radially inward of the inner ring of inner fin tubes and configured to combust a fuel and air mixture and radially project heated gases past the inner and outer rings of fin tubes to heat water flowing through the fin tubes; and
wherein the inner fin tube fins each have a radially outer bent portion, the radially outer bent portion being located on a radially outer portion of each inner fin tube fin relative to the longitudinal central axis of the inner ring, at least some of the radially outer bent portions of the inner fin tube fins of at least some of the inner fin tubes contacting the outer fin tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,458,670

HVAC CONTROLLER WITH CHECKOUT UTILITY

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A zone control panel for controlling a zoned HVAC system that includes two or more zones, an HVAC unit for delivering conditioned air to the two or more zones, two or more zone dampers for controlling delivery of conditioned air to the two or more zones, and a thermostat in each of the two or more zones, the zone control panel comprising:a first set of two or more wiring terminals, each of the first set of two or more wiring terminals providing a connection point for a corresponding wire from a first thermostat in a first one of the two or more zones;
a second set of two or more wiring terminals, separate from the first set of two or more wiring terminals, each of the second set of two or more wiring terminals providing a connection point for a corresponding wire from a second thermostat in a second one of the two or more zones;
an output for providing control signals to the HVAC unit and to each of the two or more zone dampers, wherein the output includes two or more wiring terminals, wherein each of the two or more wiring terminals of the output provide a connection point for a corresponding wire from the HVAC unit or a corresponding one of the two or more zone dampers;
a user interface, the user interface includes:
a display;
a bank of HVAC status indicators remote from the display that each indicate an operational status of at least one of two or more pieces of HVAC equipment of the HVAC unit;
a bank of zone indicators remote from the display that each indicate an operational status of at least one of the two or more zones dampers; and
a controller operatively coupled to the first set of two or more wiring terminals, the second set of two or more wiring terminals, the output and the user interface, the controller configured to receive calls from the first thermostat in the first one of the two or more zones and calls from the second thermostat in the second one of the two or more zones, and in response, provide control signals to the HVAC unit and to the two or more zone dampers via the output; and
the controller further configured to display two or more configuration menu screens on the display of the user interface that facilitate a user in setting two or more configuration parameters for configuring the zone control panel, wherein the two or more configuration parameters comprise one or more of a number of heating stages, a number of cooling stages, a heat fan control parameter, a purge time parameter, a fan control in purge parameter, a number of zones in the zoned HVAC system, a DAT parameter that indicates if a discharge air temperature sensor is present or not, a discharge air temperature low limit, and a discharge air temperature high limit.

US Pat. No. 10,458,660

MAGNETIC APPLIANCE SHELF AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

1. A kit for forming a support structure adapted to be releasably secured to an appliance; the kit comprising:a support surface including at least one lip thereon;
a non-magnetic jig including at least one angle corresponding to an angle formed between the support surface and the at least one lip;
a first number of magnets securable to the jig; and
a second number of magnets securable to the support structure in alignment with the first number of magnets on the jig.

US Pat. No. 10,458,659

SNAP SPRING CLIP FOR BURNER UNIT MOUNTING

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A spring clip for attaching a radiant burner unit to a cooktop, comprising:a retention tab having a portion extending in a first direction;
a retention arm defining a lever portion projecting away from the retention tab to an end displaced from the tab in a second direction generally normal to the first direction, the retention arm further defining a resiliently deformable section facilitating movement of the lever toward and away from the retention tab; and
a snap tab extending from the retention arm and having a first portion extending away from the retention arm in the second direction and away from the retention tab in the first direction, the snap tab having a second portion that is resiliently deflectable toward and away from the retention tab.

US Pat. No. 10,458,656

SWITCH ASSEMBLY AND COOKING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cooking apparatus comprising:a main body having a cooking chamber; and
a switch assembly mounted on the main body,
wherein the switch assembly includes:
a switch rotatably provided;
a switch holder coupled to the switch; and
a light guide disposed between the switch and the switch holder and having a light emitting surface to uniformly emit light from a light source to a periphery of the switch, the light source being arranged between the switch and the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,458,654

COMBUSTION CHAMBER IN A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An annular combustion chamber in a turbine engine, comprising:two coaxial walls of revolution comprising a radially internal wall and a radially external wall;
fuel injectors disposed between the internal wall and the external wall, each fuel injector engaged in a respective centring means which are moveable in the radial direction in a support means;
means of axial retention in the upstream direction of the centring means, with said means of axial retention in the upstream direction being removably fixed on at least one of the internal wall and external wall,
wherein the means of axial retention in the upstream direction comprise a radial annular crown radially fixed internally and/or externally the internal wall and/or the external wall and comprising a plurality of rings regularly spaced apart circumferentially disposed radially between the internal wall and the external wall, the plurality of rings delineating an annular row of openings, with each ring of the plurality of rings forming a passage for receiving a respective one of the fuel injectors and respective centring means, with an edge of each opening being adapted to form an axial stop in the upstream direction of a radial annular collar of the respective centring means of the respective one of the fuel injectors,
wherein the annular crown comprises a pattern that successively repeats circumferentially to form the annular crown, the pattern comprising:
at least one ring of the plurality of rings of the annular crown, the at least one ring having a radially internal lug extending radially inward from the at least one ring and a radially external lug extending radially outward from the at least one ring, the radially internal lug being connected to an internal rim that extends circumferentially and in an axially downstream direction, the radially internal rim and radially internal lug configured to fix the at least one ring on the internal wall, and the radially external lug being connected to a radially external rim that extends circumferentially and in the axially downstream direction, the radially external rim and radially external lug configured to fix the at least one ring on the external wall.

US Pat. No. 10,458,653

MACHINABLE CMC INSERT

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. An assembly for use in a gas turbine engine, the assembly comprisinga ceramic matrix composite component comprising silicon carbide fibers in a silicon carbide matrix,
a ceramic insert adjacent to the ceramic matrix composite component, and
a ply at least partially covering the ceramic insert such that the ceramic insert is sandwiched between the ply and the ceramic matrix composite component,
wherein the ply extends beyond the ceramic insert in at least one direction so that the ply is joined to the ceramic matrix composite, and
wherein the ply comprises at least one layer of silicon carbide fibers or carbon fibers in a silicon carbide matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,458,647

ADAPTOR FOR PROVIDING ELECTRICAL COMBUSTION CONTROL TO A BURNER

CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORP...

1. A combustion system, comprising:a combustion chamber wall defining a combustion chamber;
a burner assembly configured to operatively couple to an exterior of the combustion chamber wall and to support a combustion reaction inside the combustion chamber;
an adaptor accessory mounted between the burner assembly and the combustion chamber wall; and
at least one fastener configured to fasten the adaptor accessory to the burner assembly and to the combustion chamber wall;
wherein the adaptor accessory includes an adaptor body defining an aperture configured to pass an electrical conductor therethrough; and
wherein the electrical conductor is configured to carry a voltage electrical signal from outside the combustion chamber wall to inside the combustion chamber through the adaptor body aperture;
whereby the adaptor accessory retrofits the combustion system.

US Pat. No. 10,458,643

BREATHING LIGHT ASSEMBLY

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A breathing light assembly of an air purifier, the breathing light assembly comprising:a front panel;
a cover comprising a light transmission panel and a curved surface mounted to the front panel;
a breathing light mounted to the curved surface and facing the light transmission panel;
a body cover, the body and the cover cooperatively defining an optical channel; and
a reflective strip; wherein:
a surface of the body cover comprises a light emitting zone within the optical channel, the light emitting zone facing the breathing light across the optical channel;
light emitted by the breathing light passes through the light transmission panel to the light emitting zone;
the reflective strip is mounted on the light emitting zone and positioned at an end of the optical channel; and
the reflective strip reflects the light emitted by the breathing light;
wherein: the body cover comprises a touch portion and a rear panel; the touch portion is located at a top of the body cover; the rear panel is located opposite the light emitting zone; a heat sink is mounted to the rear panel;
wherein: the heat sink is a radiating fin; the body cover transmits heat in the light emitting zone and the radiating fin disperses heat from the light emitting zone.

US Pat. No. 10,458,641

HOT STICK LIGHT

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A light for use with a hot stick, the light comprising:an elongate body including a first connector on a first end of the elongate body and a second connector on a second end of the elongate body, the first connector configured to connect to the hot stick, the second connector configured to connect to a tool associated with the hot stick, the elongate body defining a longitudinal axis extending through the first connector and the second connector;
a first light source supported by the elongate body and including a first light emitting diode configured to emit light in a first direction relative to the longitudinal axis;
a second light source supported by the elongate body and including a second light emitting diode configured to emit light in a second direction relative to the longitudinal axis that is different than the first direction:
a power source positioned within the elongate body and electrically coupled to the first light source and the second light source; and
a user interface supported on the elongate body to control operation of the first and second light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,458,640

VENTILATION AND HUMIDITY-CONDITIONING UNIT AND APPARATUS

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A ventilation and humidity-conditioning unit comprising:a structure mounted on a housing including a space inside the housing that is separated from an outside thereof, the structure including a ventilation hole providing ventilation between an inside of the housing and the outside of the housing;
a humidity-conditioning member provided midway in the ventilation hole of the structure, the humidity-conditioning member absorbing water vapor; and
a ventilation member provided to the structure, the ventilation member being closer to the outside of the housing than the humidity-conditioning member is, the ventilation member being permeable to a gas, the ventilation member preventing a liquid and a solid from entering the inside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,627

THIN FILM SHEET INCLUDING POWER LINES, LIGHTS, AND SENSORS

Grote Industries, LLC, M...

1. A lighting and detection system for cargo of a tractor trailer interior, comprising:a wiring harness configured to attach to the tractor trailer interior; and
a dome light electrically couplable to the wiring harness and configured to attach to the tractor trailer interior,
a nose box electrically couplable to the wiring harness and configured to receive a cargo load sensor signal from at least one of the wiring harness and the dome light, wherein
at least one of the wiring harness and the dome lighting includes a thin film sheet configured to light and monitor the tractor trailer interior and transmit the cargo load sensor signal to the nose box, the thin film sheet comprises:
a substrate;
a first electrical connector attached to the substrate;
a second electrical connector different from the first electrical connector that is attached to the substrate and that extends substantially parallel to the first electrical connector;
a plurality of light sources that are each connected directly to the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector, the plurality of light sources extend substantially parallel to the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector on the substrate; and
a plurality of sensors attached to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,626

LIGHT SYSTEMS INCLUDING FIELD REPLACEABLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING AND OPERATING THE SAME

Heraeus Noblelight Americ...

1. A light system comprising:(a) a lamp head assembly, the lamp head assembly including (i) driver circuits, and (ii) a cooling system; and
(b) a replaceable assembly connected to the lamp head assembly, the replaceable assembly including (i) a plurality of light producing elements, (ii) a cooling structure for receiving a cooling fluid from the cooling system, the plurality of light producing elements being supported by the cooling structure, and (iii) a reflector for receiving light from the plurality of light producing elements,
wherein the replaceable assembly is separable, as a single assembly, from the lamp head assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,458,625

LIGHT DIFFUSER SUPPORT

1. A light diffuser assembly for a light bulb fixture comprising:a retaining member including a collar and a plurality of arms, wherein said collar is substantially centered on a central axis, wherein said collar extends about an arcuate path less than three hundred and sixty degrees about said central axis between opposite first and second ends and thereby defines a collar gap whereby said collar is configured to be pushed over a socket of the light bulb fixture, wherein each of said plurality of arms extends away from said collar and said central axis to a respective distal end, wherein each of said plurality of arms includes a tab at said respective distal end, and wherein each of said plurality of tabs extends back towards said central axis;
a diffuser member including an annular lip that is received by each of said plurality of tabs whereby said diffuser member is suspended on the base of the light bulb fixture by said retaining member; and
wherein said retaining member further comprises first and second grips, one of said first and second grips respectively disposed at one of said first end and said second end of said collar, each of said first grip and said second grip extending away from said arcuate path and further away from said central axis, wherein each of said plurality of arms extend away from said central axis further than said first and second grips, and wherein said first and second grips are graspable and moveable closer together to deform said collar and tighten said collar about the socket of the light bulb fixture.

US Pat. No. 10,458,607

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR A COMPONENT OF A VEHICLE WASH SYSTEM

Motor City Washworks, Inc...

1. A lighting device for attachment to a component defining an open area, the lighting device comprising:a mounting plate extending longitudinally, and configured to be operatively disposed within the open area;
wherein the mounting plate presents a first mounting surface and a second mounting surface, opposite the first mounting surface;
wherein the mounting plate extends longitudinally between a first plate end and a second plate end;
wherein the mounting plate extends laterally between a first plate edge and a second plate edge;
wherein the mounting plate defines a first mounting channel, proximate the first plate edge, and a second mounting channel, proximate the second plate edge;
wherein the first and second mounting channels are in generally facing relationship to one another such that the first mounting channel is defined between the first plate edge and the first mounting surface and the second mounting channel is defined between the second plate edge and the first mounting surface;
a light emitting diode (LED) assembly operatively attached to the first mounting surface, the LED assembly including:
a plurality of LEDs operatively attached to the first mounting surface of the mounting plate, such that the plurality of LEDs form at least two columns;
wherein each of the plurality of LEDs is configured to emit a respective field of light in response to being energized;
wherein the LED assembly is configured such that a field of light projected from the plurality of LEDs for one of the at least two columns is projected radially away from the field of light projected from the other of the at least two columns; and
a lens extending laterally between a first edge and a second edge;
wherein the first edge of the lens is operatively disposed within the first mounting channel and the second edge of the lens is operatively disposed within the second mounting channel, such that the lens is operatively attached to the mounting plate with the plurality of LEDs operatively disposed between the mounting plate and the lens; and
wherein the lens is configured such that the field of light projected from each of the plurality of LEDs passes therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,458,589

SOUND SUPPRESSION APPARATUS

AAF Ltd., Northumberland...

1. A sound suppression apparatus for installation inside a gas transport duct, the sound suppression apparatus comprising:a resistive sound-absorbing element; and
a housing providing a reactive sound-attenuating element communicating with a surrounding of the apparatus via an opening in an outer surface of the housing;
wherein:
the sound suppression apparatus has an elongate form in a longitudinal direction from a first end of the sound suppression apparatus to a second end of the sound suppression apparatus;
an outer surface of the sound suppression apparatus is shaped to provide aerodynamic gas flow from a first end to a second end of the sound suppression apparatus;
the housing has a profile in a plane including the longitudinal direction which tapers in the longitudinal direction towards the second end of the sound suppression apparatus;
the outer surface of the sound suppression apparatus comprises an outer surface of the resistive sound-absorbing element and the outer surface of the housing; and
the resistive sound-absorbing element is arranged relatively closer to the first end of the sound suppression apparatus than the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,583

UNLOCKING TOOL FOR A QUICK CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

A. RAYMOND ET CIE, Greno...

1. A fluid connection assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore for receiving a male end form with a bead;
a locker which is movable relative to said housing between a locked position for locking the male end form within said inner bore of said housing and an unlocked position for allowing the male end form to be inserted into or removed from said inner bore of said housing;
said locker having a pair of outside legs which present tool engagement sections and wherein each of said tool engagement sections has a pair of spaced apart fingers;
a quick release tool body being generally U-shaped and presenting a base with a first side and a second side;
a pair of quick release tool legs spaced laterally from one another and extending away from said first side of said base to respective distal ends;
each distal end presenting a pair of ledges that are spaced longitudinally from one another to seat against said fingers of said tool engagement sections of said locker;
said base of said U-shaped quick release tool body having a living hinge which is spaced laterally between said quick release tool legs for pivoting said distal ends of said outside legs of said locker away from one another in response to the application of a force onto said second side of said base to allow movement of said locker from said locked position to said unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,577

GROOVED FORGED CARBON STEEL FITTING APPARATUS

US Groove and Fittings, L...

1. A forged carbon steel fitting comprising:an at least partially tubular structure, a tubular portion of the at least partially tubular structure being defined by a first radius that runs from a center of the tubular portion towards a circumference of the tubular portion;
two or more peripheral openings disposed within the tubular portion of the at least partially tubular structure with at least one of the peripheral openings comprising a roll grooved feature that facilitates coupling of the forged carbon steel fitting with other roll grooved apparatus via a mechanical joining apparatus;
wherein the roll grooved feature comprises a grooved portion disposed on an exterior surface of the forged carbon steel fitting, the grooved portion comprised of a first wall portion that extends along the first radius and a second wall portion that extends along a second radius that is longitudinally offset from the first radius, the first radius and the second radius being identical, the first wall portion being disposed between the at least one of the peripheral openings and the second wall portion, the roll grooved feature further comprising a deformed portion disposed on an opposing interior surface of the forged carbon steel fitting from the exterior surface, the deformed portion comprising a curved surface that projects inward from the opposing interior surface towards the center of the tubular portion; and
one of the two or more peripheral openings comprising a butt weld peripheral opening, the butt weld peripheral opening enabling the forged carbon steel fitting to be joined with other forged carbon steel fittings or forged carbon steel pipe via a welding process;
wherein the forged carbon steel fitting does not include any intermediate welds between the two or more peripheral openings; and
wherein a thickness between a bottom of the exterior surface of the grooved portion and an inward most portion of the deformed portion enables the grooved portion of the tubular structure to have greater mechanical strength than an equivalent cast or machined pipe fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,458,537

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device, comprising:a shift body having one end side that is movably operable in a first direction and in a second direction, a shift position of the shift body being changed by the shift body being moved at least one of in the first direction and in the second direction;
a moving body that is movable by the shift body being moved in the second direction; and
a single detection section that is disposed at another end side of the shift body, that is actuated by the shift body when the shift body is moved in the first direction such that the shift position of the shift body is detected, and that is actuated by the moving body when the shift body is moved in the second direction such that the shift position of the shift body is detected,
wherein a first communicating portion and the shift body are monolithic, and a second communicating portion and the moving body are monolithic,
the first communicating portion is communicated with the single detection section, and the second communicating portion is communicated with the single detection section,
a rotating portion and the shift body are monolithic,
a moving portion and the moving body are monolithic, the moving portion being communicated with the rotating portion,
when the shift body is moved in the first direction, the first communicating portion is moved in the first direction, and the single detection section is actuated by the first communicating portion such that the shift position of the shift body in the first direction is detected, and
when the shift body is moved in the second direction, the second communicating portion is moved in the second direction by the moving portion communicated with the rotating portion of the shift body being moved in the second direction, and the single detection section is actuated by the second communicating portion such that the shift position of the shift body in the second direction is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,458,536

GEARSHIFT ASSEMBLY FOR A TRANSMISSION OF A VEHICLE

1. A gearshift assembly for a transmission of a vehicle comprising:a shift lever mounted in a base for pivotal movement in a select direction between a shifting gate for automatic mode and a shifting gate for manual mode and for pivotal movement in a shift direction, perpendicular to said select direction in each of the shifting gates;
a return mechanism arranged to mechanically act on said shift lever, with said return mechanism comprising,
a push member,
an electric motor mechanically acting on said shift lever through said push member for returning said shift lever from said shifting gate for manual mode to said shifting gate for automatic mode,
a driven member connected to said push member with said driven member being driven by said electric motor by a connection which allows movement of said push member relative to said driven member in a direction of force transmission to said shift lever,
a spring acting between said push member and said driven member, which said spring is loaded in case said return mechanism is activated to return said shift lever and an external counter-force is acting on said shift lever preventing a return movement in which case a force of the electric motor is converted to preload said spring,
a blocking element which can be actuated to move out of a blocking position in which said blocking element blocks movement of said shift lever from said shifting gate for automatic mode to said shifting gate for manual mode, and
a wheel coupled to and drivable by said electric motor with said wheel having a helical cam surface for pushing the push member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,531

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train comprising:a first planetary gear set having first, second, and third rotational elements;
a second planetary gear set having fourth, fifth, and sixth rotational elements;
a third planetary gear set having seventh, eighth, and ninth rotational elements;
a fourth planetary gear set having tenth, eleventh, and twelfth rotational elements;
a first externally-engaged gear set having thirteenth and fourteenth rotational elements;
a second externally-engaged gear set having fifteenth and sixteenth rotational elements;
an input shaft disposed coaxial with the first, second, and third planetary gear sets; and
an output shaft disposed in parallel with the input shaft and coaxial with the fourth planetary gear set,
wherein the second rotational element is fixedly connected with the input shaft,
the fourth rotational element and the seventh rotational element are connected with the tenth rotational element through the second externally-engaged gear set,
the sixth rotational element is connected with the eleventh rotational element through the first externally-engaged gear set, and
the eleventh rotational element being fixedly connected with the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,458,528

SYSTEM FOR OVERTURNING TANKS OF KNEADING MACHINES

1. A system for use in overturning tanks of kneading machines,said system comprising:
a supporting structure; and
an overturning unit mobile along said structure between a lowered position, in which it receives the tank to be overturned, and a raised position, in which it overturns said tank;
wherein said unit comprises:
a body for engaging said tank, which is mobile between an inoperative position and an operative position;
an elastic member, which can be activated into a loaded condition;
a rocker member pre-arranged for co-operating with a fixed surface during displacement of said unit from said raised position to said lowered position to bring said elastic member into said loaded condition and to move said body into said inoperative position;
said elastic member configured to move from said loaded condition to cause movement of said rocker member to move said body into said operative position to engage the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,458,517

INTERNAL LUBE TANK LUBE LEVEL CONTROL SYSTEM

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A mechanical device lubrication level control system, comprising:a differential axle housing, with a sump cavity having an axle gear set disposed therein, capable of containing a lubricant therein;
a lubricant director comprising a lube tank capable of containing the lubricant therein, wherein the lubricant director is disposed at the bottom of the differential axle housing, wherein the lube tank is disposed within the differential axle housing and wherein the lube tank is separate from the sump cavity; and
a reversible pump disposed within the lube tank that is in hydraulic communication with the sump cavity, by way of a pump tube that is connected to the reversible pump, which in turn is in hydraulic communication with a pick-up/return tube.

US Pat. No. 10,458,514

FEED CONVEYOR BELT AND COUPLER

1. A belt and coupler arrangement for a feederhouse feed conveyor of an agricultural harvester, the arrangement comprising:an elongate belt having an elongate web with a first end and a second end, wherein the first end and the second end are thicker than the elongate web; and
a coupler comprising:
a first elongate recess to receive and enclose the first end, wherein the first elongate recess has a first elongate gap defined by first and second lips that are opposed;
a second elongate recess to receive and enclose the second end, wherein the second elongate recess has a second elongate gap defined by third and fourth lips that are opposed, the second elongate gap being separate from the first elongate gap;
a first plate having the first and third lips;
a second plate having the second and fourth lips;
a first pin positioned in the first elongate gap for maintaining the first end of the elongate belt in the first elongate gap; and
a second pin positioned in the second elongate gap for maintaining the second end of the elongate belt in the second elongate gap.

US Pat. No. 10,458,507

FRONT FORK

KYB MOTORCYCLE SUSPENSION...

1. A front fork comprising:a fork main body having an annular outer tube and an annular inner tube that is inserted into the outer tube such that the inner tube can freely move in an axial direction of the inner tube;
a damper cartridge having:
a cylinder which is provided in the fork main body and in which a fluid chamber filled with hydraulic fluid is formed;
a piston rod that freely moves in the axial direction through the inside of the cylinder;
a piston that is mounted on the piston rod and partitions the inside of the cylinder into an extension-side chamber and a contraction-side chamber; and
a rod guide which is mounted on an end of the cylinder and guides the piston rod, the rod guide including a fluid filling port through which the hydraulic fluid passes between an outside of the cylinder and the fluid chamber; and
a closing member that is provided on the rod guide and maintains the fluid filling port in a closed position while the front fork is in operation so that the hydraulic fluid is not allowed to pass the fluid filling port.

US Pat. No. 10,458,494

BUSHING FOR BRAKE CALIPER GUIDE ROD FASTENERS

Kelsey-Hayes Company, Li...

1. A vehicle disc brake assembly comprising:an anchor bracket configured to be secured to a vehicle, the anchor bracket having a pair of spaced apart non-threaded bores formed therein, the pair of spaced apart non-threaded bores each defining an axial centerline of the respective bore, the axial centerlines of the pair of spaced apart non-threaded bores being spaced apart by a first distance; and
a brake caliper configured to be slidably supported relative to the anchor bracket by a pair of spaced apart guide rod members, the pair of spaced apart guide rod members each defining an axial centerline, the axial centerlines of the pair of spaced apart guide rod members being spaced apart by a second distance which is different from the first distance;
wherein each guide rod member includes a guide rod and a fastener, the guide rod configured to be disposed in each of the spaced apart non-threaded bores of the anchor bracket, the fastener configured to be disposed in a bore of a lug of the brake caliper and having a threaded portion configured to extend through the bore of the lug of the brake caliper and be threadably secured to the guide rod to thereby slidably support the brake caliper relative to the anchor bracket; and
in which there is a first axial clearance between the lug and the guide rod and a second axial clearance between the lug and the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,458,493

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

FUJITSU TEN Limited, Kob...

1. A control device comprising:a storage configured to store information of a hysteresis area of an actuator, the hysteresis area being a performance region of the actuator within which a driving amount of the actuator is maintained at a predetermined target driving amount of the actuator and a driving current supplied to the actuator is changed; and
a processor configured to:
select a control mode from a plurality of control modes based on a state of an apparatus within which the actuator is disposed;
determine a value of the driving current based on a target current value such that the driving amount of the actuator corresponds to the predetermined target driving amount;
supply the determined driving current according to the target current value to the actuator based on the control mode while maintaining the driving amount of the actuator at the predetermined target driving amount; and
upon determining that the driving amount of the actuator equals the predetermined target driving amount based on a detected driving amount detected by a sensor, determine the target current value based on the selected control mode and the driving amount of the actuator performing within the hysteresis area associated with the predetermined target driving amount.

US Pat. No. 10,458,492

POWER TRANSFER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD OF POWER TRANSFER DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transfer device for a vehicle, the power transfer device comprising:a friction clutch configured to adjust a transmission torque to be transmitted from an input rotary member to an output rotary member;
a motor;
a worm speed-reduction gear mechanism including a worm that is provided on a shaft of the motor and a worm wheel that meshes with the worm;
a conversion mechanism configured to generate a pressing force in the friction clutch by converting a rotary motion of the worm wheel into a linear motion; and
an electronic control unit configured to control a rotation angle of the motor, the electronic control unit being configured to repeatedly execute rapid increase control and gradual reduction control when the friction clutch is to be maintained in a fully engaged state such that the input rotary member and the output rotary member rotate integrally,
the rapid increase control being a control mode in which the rotation angle of the motor is increased to a first rotation angle at a first speed gradient, the first rotation angle being larger than a required rotation angle that is required to maintain the friction clutch in the fully engaged state,
the gradual reduction control being a control mode in which the rotation angle of the motor having been increased by the rapid increase control is reduced to a second rotation angle at a second speed gradient, the second rotation angle being larger than or equal to the required rotation angle and smaller than the first rotation angle, the second speed gradient being smaller than the first speed gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,458,480

CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A constant velocity joint comprising:a bottomed cylindrical outer joint member having an opening at one side in an axial direction and having a concave spherical inner circumferential surface provided with a plurality of outer ball grooves;
an inner joint member located inside the outer joint member and having a convex spherical outer circumferential surface provided with a plurality of inner ball grooves;
a plurality of balls that roll in the plurality of outer ball grooves and the plurality of inner ball grooves; and
a cage located between the inner circumferential surface of the outer joint member and the outer circumferential surface of the inner joint member to accommodate the plurality of balls, wherein
each of the plurality of outer ball grooves includes a first ball groove and a second ball groove, the first ball groove allowing a corresponding one of the plurality of balls to roll therein when the constant velocity joint operates, the second ball groove located closer to the opening than the first ball groove and having a ball groove radius larger than a ball groove radius of the first ball groove,
the second ball groove has a curved line and a connecting line in an axial cross section passing through a bottom of a corresponding one of the plurality of outer ball grooves, the curved line connected to a groove bottom end of the first ball groove and curved radially outward in a concave manner, the groove bottom end being an end of a bottom of the first ball groove located closer to the opening than to a bottom of the outer joint member, the connecting line connecting the curved line and the opening, and
the curved line is curved with a center of curvature that is located closer to the opening than the groove bottom end of the first ball groove and that is located radially inside the outer joint member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,475

OIL MIST CONCENTRATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, OIL MIST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND OIL MIST MANAGEMENT METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An oil mist concentration management apparatus comprising:a state quantity acquisition unit configured to acquire a state quantity regarding a running state of a machine provided in each of a plurality of areas;
a concentration acquisition unit configured to acquire a concentration of oil mist measured in each of the plurality of areas;
an identifying unit configured to identify whether distribution of the oil mist in the plurality of areas is normal or abnormal on an area-by-area basis, based on the state quantity of the machine in each of the plurality of areas and the concentration of the oil mist in each of the plurality of areas; and
a notification processing unit configured to notify a user of an abnormal area which has been identified as abnormal by the identifying unit,
wherein
the identifying unit uses, as the state quantity regarding the running state of the machine, a flow rate of coolant used at time of operating the machine,
the identifying unit includes
a concentration rank determination unit configured to determine a relative concentration rank regarding the concentration of the oil mist among the plurality of areas, based on the concentration of the oil mist in each of the plurality of areas,
a state quantity rank determination unit configured to determine a relative state quantity rank regarding the state quantity among the plurality of areas, based on the state quantity of the machine in each of the plurality of areas,
a rank comparison unit configured to compare the concentration rank and the state quantity rank to thereby extract an area having a match or a mismatch between the concentration rank and the state quantity rank, and determine that the area having the mismatch is the abnormal area.

US Pat. No. 10,458,470

COMPACT BEARING ASSEMBLIES INCLUDING SUPERHARD BEARING SURFACES, BEARING APPARATUSES, AND METHODS OF USE

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

14. A power generation unit, comprising:a shaft;
a housing defining a recess;
a bearing apparatus including:
a first bearing assembly connected to or integrally formed with the shaft, the first bearing assembly including:
a first support structure substantially centered about an axis and including a top surface;
a first substrate;
wherein the first support structure defines a recess positioned about the axis that includes at least a portion of the first substrate secured therein, the recess extending inwardly from the top surface;
a first superhard body substantially centered about the axis and bonded to the first substrate at an interface therebetween, the first superhard body protruding above the top surface of the support structure, the first superhard body defining a convex radial-bearing surface and a top surface that intersects the axis, at least a portion of the first superhard body exhibiting a thickness of about 0.25 inches to about 0.50 inches; and
a second bearing assembly including:
a second support structure that is distinct from the housing and at least partially disposed in the recess of the housing;
a second superhard body secured to the second support structure, the second superhard body including an opening defined by a concave radial-bearing surface, the concave radial bearing surface sized and configured to engage the convex radial-bearing surface of the first superhard body.

US Pat. No. 10,458,469

BEARING UNIT

1. A large sized bearing unit, comprising,a rolling bearing having a first ring element and a second ring element and a plurality of rolling elements interposed radially in-between the first and the second ring elements such that the first and the second ring elements can rotate relative each other in relation to a rotational axle, wherein
the first ring element provides at least two separate ring elements that are located adjacently in a row along the rotational axle,
at least one ring-formed support element that is at least partly embedding the at least two separate ring elements and includes a seat surface onto which the at least two separate ring elements are located, wherein
the at least one ring-formed support element further provides two axially opposite side surfaces extending radially from the seat surface to thereby partly enclose the at least two separate ring elements, wherein
at least one of the axially opposite side surfaces is located on a separate ring-formed element of the at least one ring-formed support element, the separate ring-formed element providing an L-shape as seen in an axial cross section that coincides with the rotational axis, and wherein
the side surfaces are in pressurized contact with corresponding axially outer side surfaces of the at least two separate ring elements in order to press them together to thereby set a specific preload or clearance to the rolling bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,463

ROTARY JOINT, FRAMEWORK CONSTRUCTION KIT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROTARY JOINT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A rotary joint comprising:a socket rod having a socket rod flange with an at least partly spheroid concave bearing surface at a first end;
a housing nut encircling the socket rod and having a threaded wrenching head; and
a ball rod integrally formed to have an at least partly spheroid convex bearing surface with threaded side walls formed around the convex bearing surface,
wherein a diameter of the threaded side walls of the ball rod corresponds to a diameter of the threaded wrenching head of the housing nut.

US Pat. No. 10,458,450

OPTICAL PROBE WITH CRASH PROTECTION AND PROBE CLIPS

Hexagon Metrology, Inc., ...

1. A probe head for a coordinate measuring machine, the probe head comprising:a mount;
a probe platform configured to support at least one probe, the probe platform movably suspended from the mount;
a housing movably suspended from the mount and at least partially surrounding the probe platform, or a probe suspended from the probe platform; and
a sensor operably coupled between the mount and the probe platform such that displacement of the probe platform relative to the mount is transmitted to the sensor,
the mount, the sensor, and the probe platform configured so that contact between: A) the probe platform or a probe coupled to the probe platform, and B) an object causes a change in an electrical property of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,448

SURFACE AFFIX-ABLE DEVICE INCORPORATING MECHANICALLY ACTUATED DRY ADHESIVE

THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER ...

1. A surface affixable device incorporating mechanically actuated dry adhesive, the device comprising:a body;
a plurality of tiles affixed to the body, each of the plurality of tiles including an array of dry adhesive material elements disposed on front faces thereof, a first of the plurality of tiles being movably affixed to the body;
an actuator constructed and arranged to displace the first of the plurality of tiles in a first direction relative to a second of the plurality of tiles; and
a biasing element that, upon displacement of the first of the plurality of tiles in the first direction, applies a bias to the first of the plurality of tiles in a second direction, the second direction being opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,445

DEVICE FOR RELIEVING PRESSURE IN HYDRAULICS LINES

1. A device for relieving pressure in hydraulic lines of attachments having hydraulically actuatable actuators and working implements, the device comprising:a control block with a first line coupler connectable to a hydraulic line to be relieved of pressure therein;
an openable non-return valve in said control block operable as a pressure relief valve, said non-return valve having a movable closing body;
a pressure accumulator in said control block and having a relief volume in an accumulator housing configured to hold fluid from said first line coupler when said non-return valve is open to provide fluid communication between said first line coupler and said relief volume, said pressure accumulator having an axially movable accumulator piston in said accumulator housing, said closing body and said accumulator piston being independently movable; and
a manually movable actuating member coupled to said non-return valve and movable in said accumulator housing to open said non-return valve.

US Pat. No. 10,458,431

VOLUTES FOR ENGINE MOUNTED BOOST STAGES

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A volute for a jet engine mounted boost pump comprising:a circumferentially extending volute defining a plurality of cross sections defined in a housing, wherein the cross sections are defined by a set of dimensions set out in at least one of TABLES 1-3, wherein Alpha is an angular measure circumferentially around the volute starting from a point where a diffuser section is tangent to a main volute section, h is a radial channel span distance in the volute, h_0 is a radial span in an exit bend of the volute, rbase is a radius from an axis of rotation of an impeller that rotates within the pump housing to a radially inward extreme of the volute, b is a volute thickness measured in a direction parallel to the axis, R is an inner radius of the exit bend of the volute measured from a point C having Cartesian coordinates O1_X, O2_Y, and O3_Z, and Beta is an angle angular measure circumferentially around the point C of radius R measured starting from an angle 10° from being parallel to alpha equals 0°.

US Pat. No. 10,458,428

FAN BLADES AND MANUFACTURE METHODS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A airfoil member (100) comprising:a substrate (120) along at least a portion of an airfoil (102) of the airfoil member;
a sheath (122) having a channel (144) receiving a portion (160) of the substrate and wherein the sheath forms a leading edge (110) of the airfoil; and
a plurality of separate spacers (320; 380; 400) formed as separate pieces between the sheath and the substrate and having a plurality of gaps between the spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,458,426

AIRCRAFT FAN WITH LOW PART-SPAN SOLIDITY

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of operating a fan of the type including a disk disposed inside an annular casing, the disk rotatable about an axial centerline and carrying a row of fan blades, wherein each of the fan blades includes an airfoil having spaced-apart pressure and suction sides extending radially in span from a root to a tip, and extending axially in chord between spaced-apart leading and trailing edges, the row including no more than 21 and no less than 13 of the fan blades, wherein each of the fan blades has a solidity defined by a ratio of the airfoil chord to a circumferential pitch of the fan blades, measured at 90% of a radial distance from the axial centerline, to the tip, of no greater than about 1.2 and no less than about 1.0, the method comprising:powering the fan to propel an aircraft in level cruise flight, such that a relative Mach number at the tips of the fan blades is greater than 1.0, and such that a ratio of the solidity measured at 90% of the radial distance from the axial centerline to the tip, to the relative Mach number at the same radial location, is less than about 0.90.

US Pat. No. 10,458,419

TRANSMISSION DEVICE OF FAN

AIR COOL INDUSTRIAL CO., ...

1. A transmission device of a fan, the fan comprising a motor for swinging the fan back and forth and a connecting rod for swinging the fan back and forth, the motor being connected with a spindle through at least one gear, the spindle being fixedly connected to a central axis of the transmission device, the connecting rod being connected to an eccentric position of the transmission device, enabling the fan to be swung back and forth in a swing direction by the motor, the transmission device comprising:a first casing, having a first annular surface corresponding to an axial direction of the spindle, the first annular surface of the first casing being provided with a plurality of spaced and raised press portions and an engaging recess formed between every adjacent two of the press portions;
a second casing, pivotally connected to the first casing, the second casing having a second annular surface corresponding to the first annular surface of the first casing, the second annular surface being formed with at least one accommodation hole corresponding to the engaging recess;
at least one elastic member, disposed in the accommodation hole of the second casing; and
at least one press member, disposed in the accommodation hole of the second casing;
wherein when the fan is swung back and forth, the press member is biased by the elastic member so that one end of the press member is exposed out of the accommodation hole to engage with the engaging recess of the first casing, wherein the press member can be disengaged from the engaging recess of the first casing by an applied force from the adjacent two press portions, the applied force is at least equal to a force exerted by a user to change the angle of the fan in the swing direction, wherein the first casing is provided with a first axial hole corresponding to the spindle, the spindle is pivotally connected to the first axial hole, the second casing is provided with a second axial hole corresponding to the spindle, and the spindle is fixed to the second axial hole.

US Pat. No. 10,458,417

CENTRIFUGAL FAN WITH AXIAL-FLOW WIND

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A centrifugal fan with axial-flow wind, comprising:a centrifugal fan wheel having:
a rotating core structure comprising a fan hub, an axle and a bottom plate, the axle being mounted on an internal side of the fan hub and installed in an axial direction of the fan hub, the bottom plate being extended in a radial direction of the fan hub; and
a plurality of centrifugal vanes arranged around the fan hub, each of the centrifugal vanes comprising a root portion installed on the bottom plate and a distal end extending from the root portion outwardly away from the axle and beyond an external periphery of the bottom plate;
a cover shell over an exterior of the centrifugal fan wheel, an internal side of the cover shell having a circular wind guide surface disposed around the rotating core structure and over the centrifugal vanes, and a wind inlet formed at a top of the cover shell; and
a fixed base provided for installing the centrifugal fan wheel and being coupled to the cover shell, a gap formed between a bottom of the cover shell and an external periphery of the fixed base defining a wind outlet,
wherein
the distal end is exposed to the wind outlet so that air is fed in the axial direction from the wind inlet and exited from the axial direction and along an external periphery of the centrifugal fan wheel,
the fan hub is connected to the bottom plate along a substantially circular connection line by a plurality of legs, the fan hub and the bottom plate comprise corresponding sidewalls that define a plurality of broken holes, the broken holes of the plurality of broken holes are separated from one another by the plurality of legs, and the broken holes of the plurality of broken holes are arranged around the fan hub along the substantially circular connection line, and
the distal end is twisted toward a forward direction of the centrifugal fan wheel so as to guide wind from a centrifugal direction to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,414

AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRIC LIQUID PUMP

PIERBURG PUMP TECHNOLOGY ...

1. An automotive electric liquid pump comprising:a separation can comprising a radial inside which comprises a first static bearing ring;
a pump rotor;
a motor rotor configured to rotate in the separation can, the motor rotor comprising a radial outside which comprises a cylindrical rotor bearing ring, the first static bearing ring of the separation can being configured to correspond to the cylindrical rotor bearing ring of the motor rotor;
a first radial slide bearing defined by the cylindrical rotor bearing ring and the first static bearing ring;
motor coils configured to drive the motor rotor, the motor coils being arranged on a radial outside of the separation can; and
a separate rotor shaft configured to support the motor rotor, the separate rotor shaft being at least one of disposed radially inside the motor rotor and disposed along the axial length of the motor rotor,
wherein,
the first static bearing ring of the separation can and the cylindrical rotor bearing ring of the motor rotor are each arranged to at least partially overlap axially with the motor coils.

US Pat. No. 10,458,412

HERMETIC COMPRESSOR HAVING A THERMAL ACTIVATED VALVE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

9. A hermetic compressor, comprising:a casing having a hermetic inner space;
an orbiting scroll provided in the inner space of the casing and performing an orbiting motion;
a non-orbiting scroll engaged with the orbiting scroll to form compression chambers;
a high/low pressure dividing plate that divides the inner space of the casing into a high pressure portion and a low pressure portion; and
an overheat preventing unit coupled to a surface of the high/low pressure dividing plate at the high pressure portion, the overheat preventing unit having a communication hole formed through the high/low pressure dividing plate to communicate the high pressure portion and the low pressure portion with each other, wherein the communication hole is selectively opened and closed according to a temperature variation of the high pressure portion, wherein the overheat preventing unit includes:
a body coupled to the high/low pressure dividing plate, the body provided with the communication hole;
a valve stopper coupled to the body and forming a valve space therebetween; and
a valve accommodated in the valve space to open and close the communication hole, wherein the body includes:
a mounting portion having the valve mounted thereon;
a side wall extending from an edge of the mounting portion into an annular shape to form the valve space together with an upper surface of the mounting portion and to which the valve stopper is coupled;
a coupling portion that protrudes from a valve accommodating portion and coupled to the high/low pressure dividing plate in an insertion manner, wherein the communication hole is formed through the coupling portion, wherein the valve stopper is formed with a first gas hole communicating with the high-pressure portion so that a first side of the valve is in contact with a refrigerant of the high-pressure portion, and wherein the mounting portion is formed with a second gas hole communicating with the high-pressure portion so that a second side of the valve contacts the refrigerant of the high-pressure portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,409

COMPRESSOR HAVING A SLEEVE GUIDE ASSEMBLY

Emerson Climate Technolog...

12. A compressor comprising:a shell;
a bearing housing fixed within the shell, the bearing housing including a central body and a plurality of arms extending radially outward from the central body, each of the plurality of the arms having a first aperture;
a non-orbiting scroll including a plurality of second apertures;
an orbiting scroll supported on the bearing housing and meshingly engaged with the non-orbiting scroll;
a plurality of bushings each having a third aperture, each of the plurality of second apertures in the non-orbiting scroll receiving at least two of the plurality of bushings; and
a plurality of fasteners rotatably securing the non-orbiting scroll relative to the bearing housing, each of the plurality of fasteners extending through the third apertures of the plurality of corresponding bushings and are received in a corresponding one of the first apertures in the bearing housing,
wherein an axial end of a first one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings inside each of the plurality of second apertures abuts an axial end of a second one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings inside each of the plurality of second apertures such that the first one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings is stacked upon the second one of the at least two of the plurality of bushings.

US Pat. No. 10,458,408

ROTARY COMPRESSOR HAVING COMMUNICATION PATH HOLE OVERLAP WITH DISCHARGE CHAMBER CONCAVE PORTION

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. A rotary compressor, comprising:a sealed vertically-placed cylindrical compressor housing in which a discharge pipe for discharging refrigerant is provided in an upper portion thereof and an upper inlet pipe and a lower inlet pipe for sucking refrigerant are provided in a side surface lower portion thereof; an accumulator which is fixed to a side portion of the compressor housing and is connected to the upper inlet pipe and the lower inlet pipe; a motor which is disposed in the compressor housing; and a compressing unit which is disposed in a lower side of the motor in the compressor housing, is driven by the motor to suck and compress refrigerant from the accumulator via the upper inlet pipe and the lower inlet pipe, and discharges the compressed refrigerant from the discharge pipe,
wherein the compressing unit includes
an annular upper cylinder and an annular lower cylinder,
an upper end plate which closes an upper side of the upper cylinder and a lower end plate which closes a lower side of the lower cylinder,
a intermediate partition plate which is disposed between the upper cylinder and the lower cylinder and closes a lower side of the upper cylinder and an upper side of the lower cylinder,
a rotation shaft which is supported by a main bearing unit provided on the upper end plate and a sub-bearing unit provided on the lower end plate and which is rotated by the motor,
an upper eccentric portion and a lower eccentric portion which are provided to the rotation shaft with a phase difference of 180° with respect to each other,
an upper piston which is fitted in the upper eccentric portion and revolves along an inner circumferential surface of the upper cylinder to form an upper cylinder chamber in the upper cylinder,
a lower piston which is fitted in the lower eccentric portion and revolves along an inner circumferential surface of the lower cylinder to form a lower cylinder chamber in the lower cylinder,
an upper vane which protrudes from an upper vane groove provided in the upper cylinder into the upper cylinder chamber and abuts on the upper piston to divide the upper cylinder chamber into an upper inlet chamber and an upper compression chamber,
a lower vane which protrudes from a lower vane groove provided in the lower cylinder into the lower cylinder chamber and abuts on the lower piston to divide the lower cylinder chamber into a lower inlet chamber and a lower compression chamber,
an upper end plate cover which covers the upper end plate, forms an upper end plate cover chamber between the upper end plate and the upper end plate cover, and includes an upper end plate cover discharge hole for communicating the upper end plate cover chamber and an inside portion of the compressor housing with each other,
a lower end plate cover which covers the lower end plate and forms a lower end plate cover chamber between the lower end plate and the lower end plate cover,
an upper discharge hole which is provided in the upper end plate and communicates the upper compression chamber and the upper end plate cover chamber with each other,
a lower discharge hole which is provided in the lower end plate and communicates the lower compression chamber and the lower end plate cover chamber with each other, and
a refrigerant path hole which passes through the lower end plate, the lower cylinder, the intermediate partition plate, the upper end plate and the upper cylinder and communicates the lower end plate cover chamber and the upper end plate cover chamber with each other, and
the rotary compressor, further comprising:
an upper discharge valve accommodation concave portion which is provided in the upper end plate and extends in a groove shape from a position of the upper discharge hole;
a lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion which is provided in the lower end plate and extends in a groove shape from a position of the lower discharge hole;
a reed valve type upper discharge valve of which a rear end portion is fixed by an upper rivet in the upper discharge valve accommodation concave portion and a front portion opens and closes the upper discharge hole and an upper discharge valve cap of which a rear end portion is overlapped with the upper discharge valve and is fixed in the upper discharge valve accommodation concave portion by the upper rivet and a front portion is warped to regulate opening degree of the upper discharge valve; and
a reed valve type lower discharge valve of which a rear end portion is fixed by a lower rivet in the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion and a front portion opens and closes the lower discharge hole and a lower discharge valve cap of which a rear end portion is overlapped with the lower discharge valve and is fixed in the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion by the lower rivet, a front portion is warped to regulate opening degree of the lower discharge valve, and is accommodated in the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion,
wherein the lower end plate cover is formed in a flat plate shape,
wherein a lower discharge chamber concave portion is formed in the lower end plate so as to overlap the lower discharge hole side of the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion, and the lower discharge chamber concave portion is formed in a fan-like range between a diametrical line which passes through a center of the sub-bearing unit and a midpoint of a line segment which connects a center of the lower discharge hole and a center of the lower rivet to each other and a diametrical line which is opened by a pitch angle 90° in a direction of the lower discharge hole about a center of the sub-bearing unit,
wherein at least a portion of the refrigerant path hole overlaps with the lower discharge chamber concave portion and is disposed at a position communicating with the lower discharge chamber concave portion, and
wherein the lower end plate cover chamber is configured by the lower discharge chamber concave portion and the lower discharge valve accommodation concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,405

SYSTEMS AND METHODS UTILIZING A GROOVELESS FLUID END FOR HIGH PRESSURE PUMPING

Strom, Inc., Houston, TX...

1. A system for a pressure pumping structure, the system comprising:a spring retainer with a stem;
a keeper being configured to stabilize a cylinder head, the keeper including a body with a planar rear face positioned on a first face of the keeper and a projection positioned on a second face of the keeper, the planar rear face being configured to be positioned adjacent to the cylinder head, and the projection extending in a direction perpendicular to the body of the keeper is being configured to be inserted into the stem, wherein a first axis of rotation associated with the keeper is not coaxial with a second axis of rotation associated with the cylinder head, the keeper being positioned between the stem and the cylinder head, the first face of the keeper and the second face of the keeper being positions on opposite sides of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,458,402

MICRO WATER PUMP CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING FLOW PRECISELY

XIAMEN CONJOIN ELECTRONIC...

1. A micro water pump for controlling flow, comprising an upper cover, a valve seat, a water capsule seat, a base casing, a water capsule, a crank lever, a drive shaft, an eccentric wheel, a motor, a photoelectric switch, and an output circuit board;the motor and the photoelectric switch being installed on the base casing, the motor comprising a motor shaft, the motor shaft being inserted into the base casing and directly connected with the eccentric wheel in the base casing, the motor shaft and the eccentric wheel constituting a transmission member, the transmission member being radially provided with a photoelectric shelter corresponding to the photoelectric switch, the photoelectric shelter cooperating with the photoelectric switch for detecting a revolution of the motor, the photoelectric switch being electrically connected with the output circuit board, the output circuit board being electrically connected with an external motor controller and transmitting information of the revolution of the motor to the exterior motor controller;
the eccentric wheel being formed with an oblique eccentric hole, one end of the drive shaft being obliquely inserted in the eccentric hole, another end of the eccentric wheel being connected with the crank lever, an upper end of the crank lever being provided with at least two supports extending outward, the crank lever swinging to bring the supports to compress and swing repeatedly;
the water capsule seat being sealedly installed on the base casing, the water capsule seat being formed with at least two installation holes corresponding to the supports, each installation hole being sealedly installed with the water capsule, an upper portion of the water capsule being open, a lower portion of the water capsule being installed on a corresponding one of the supports, the supports bringing the water capsule to compress and swing repeatedly;
the valve seat being sealedly installed on the water capsule seat, the valve seat being formed with an inlet hole and an outlet hole corresponding to the water capsule, the inlet hole and the outlet hole being provided with one-way valves which are opened in different directions;
the upper cover being sealedly installed on the valve seat, the upper cover being formed with a water outlet and a water inlet, the water inlet communicating with the inlet hole, the water outlet communicating with the outlet hole,
wherein an upper surface of the valve seat is formed with an outer annular inlet passage and an inner annular outlet passage, the outer annular inlet passage and the inner annular outlet passage are separated from each other, the inlet hole is disposed in the outer annular inlet passage, and the outlet hole is disposed in the inner annular outlet passage;
wherein the one-way valve used for the outlet hole is a diaphragm unit, the diaphragm unit comprises a central post and at least two diaphragms extending outward and radially, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a central hole for insertion of the central post, the outlet hole is disposed around the central hole, and each diaphragm corresponds to the outlet hole; and
wherein the diaphragm unit is formed with a positioning rib disposed between the diaphragms, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a pair of stop boards corresponding to the positioning rib, the positioning rib is located between the pair of stop boards, an outer end of the positioning rib is formed with a positioning protrusion, the inner annular outlet passage is formed with a positioning hole corresponding to the positioning protrusion, the positioning protrusion is inserted in the positioning hole, the stop boards and the positioning hole are adapted to limit movement of the positioning rib, and the diaphragm unit is formed with a recess at a junction of each diaphragm and the central post.

US Pat. No. 10,458,401

HOUSING FOR A MOTOR OR COMPRESSOR

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A housing for a motor or compressor, comprising:an elongate crank chamber, which has two end surfaces, for accommodating a crankshaft; and
at least one cylinder chamber for accommodating a piston, wherein
the crank chamber has, in a first end surface, an opening through which the crankshaft is insertable into said crank chamber,
an inner diameter of the crank chamber narrows monotonously from the first end surface to the second end surface,
the housing is cast in one piece, and
the crank chamber tapers in the shape of a cone or frustum from the first end surface to the second end surface such that a shell of the cone or frustum is inclined with respect to its axis of symmetry by an angle of between 0.5 and 10 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,458,394

TURBINE WITH FLOW DIVERTER AND FLOW DIVERTER FOR TURBINES

MEDITERRANEAN DESIGN NETW...

1. A turbine (1) with flow diverter (2) for a flow of operating fluid, comprising:a support frame (25) adapted to be anchored to a fixed or movable structure;
an impeller (3) rotatably mounted about a rotation axis (R) to said support frame (25) and having a front inlet section for receiving the flow and a plurality of blades (4, 4?, 4?, . . .) adapted to move continuously upon the rotation produced by the flow between a pushing position and an advancing position in correspondence of said front inlet section;
a main flow diverter (2) adapted to be anchored to said support frame (25) and having a peripheral wall (7) adapted to at least partially blind said front section with respect to the flow;
an auxiliary diverter (13) extending from a first section (14) facing one or more blades (4?) of said plurality in said advancing position to a second section (15) facing different one or more blades (4) of said plurality in said pushing position;characterized in that said auxiliary diverter (13) comprises a plurality of curvilinear conduits (16) in reciprocal side by side position along a radial direction, each of said conduits (16) having a first opened end (16?) facing the one or more blades (4?) of said plurality in the advancing position and a second opened end (16?, 16??) placed in correspondence of a conveying duct (8).

US Pat. No. 10,458,388

WIND TURBINE BLADE, WIND TURBINE ROTOR, WIND TURBINE POWER GENERATING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MOUNTING VORTEX GENERATOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A wind turbine blade, comprising:a blade body; and
a vortex generator mounted to a surface of the blade body,
wherein the vortex generator includes a plurality of fin sets, each fin set including a plurality of fins disposed so as to protrude from the surface of the blade body at different positions from one another in a blade spanwise direction, and
wherein the plurality of fin sets is positioned so that, in a planar development view of the surface of the blade body, an angle ? formed by a center axis of a blade root of the blade body with a line connecting two of the fin sets which are adjacent in the blade spanwise direction increases toward the blade root, at least in a part of a region of the blade body between a position of the blade root and a maximum chord-length position of the blade body in the blade spanwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,458,382

AUTO STOP PARAMETER THRESHOLD ADJUSTMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle stop-start system comprising:a controller programmed to adjust a threshold, defining a specified range of values for a geographic location, according to learned information derived from vehicle data collected in a vicinity of the geographic location to alter a frequency or duration of engine auto stops at the geographic location, and to initiate an auto stop of an engine responsive to a parameter value falling within the specified range.

US Pat. No. 10,458,379

INJECTOR ARRANGEMENT

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LI...

1. A fuel injector for use in an internal combustion engine, the fuel injector comprising:an injector body comprising a bore;
an injector needle located within the bore and engageable with a needle seat to control fuel injection through an injector outlet, the injector needle comprising an armature seat;
an armature member which is hollow, thereby defining an internal surface of the armature member, the armature member being engageable with the armature seat on the injector needle, the injector needle in part and the internal surface of the armature member in part defining a control chamber;
an actuator arrangement arranged to control fuel pressure within the control chamber such that fuel pressure variations within the control chamber controls movement of the injector needle relative to the needle seat;
wherein the actuator arrangement is arranged to be capable of moving the armature member from a seated position in which it engages the armature seat to an unseated position in which the armature member has moved relative to the armature seat in order to bring the control chamber into fluid communication with a low pressure drain which circumferentially surrounds the control chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,370

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:an exhaust-gas recirculation device that recirculates exhaust gases of the internal combustion engine into an intake region of the internal combustion engine, wherein the exhaust-gas recirculation device comprises:
(a) at least one exhaust-gas cooler through which a first flow path for recirculation of exhaust gas runs and which has at least one first cooling stage and at least one additional cooling stage;
(b) at least one flap arrangement by which the at least one additional cooling stage is activatable;
(c) a bypass line through which a second flow path for the recirculation of exhaust gas runs and by which the exhaust-gas cooler can be bypassed during the recirculation of exhaust gas; and
(d) an EGR valve having at least three possible positions:
(1) a rest position, in which the exhaust-gas recirculation device is closed,
(2) a first position, in which the first flow path through the exhaust-gas cooler is open, and
(3) a second position, in which the second flow path through the bypass line is open.

US Pat. No. 10,458,366

FUEL TANK PRESSURE REGULATOR

Stant USA Corp., Conners...

1. A tank venting system comprisinga valve housing formed to include a tank passageway having a tank-side inlet adapted to be coupled in fluid communication to a fuel tank and a canister passageway having a canister-side outlet adapted to be coupled in fluid communication to a fuel-vapor recovery canister, the valve housing also being formed to include a valve seat at a fluid-conducting interface to intercept fluid flowing through the valve housing between the tank-side inlet and canister-side outlet,
a pressure-controlled valve having a first side exposed to fuel vapor flowing into the valve housing through the tank-side inlet and the canister-side outlet and an opposite second side exposed to fuel vapor extant in the fuel tank that is communicated to the opposite second side via a valve-pressurization feed passageway exposed to fuel vapor extant in the fuel tank, the pressure-controlled valve being mounted for movement relative to the valve housing to a closed position wherein the first side engages the valve seat to block flow of fuel vapor between the tank and canister passageways and an opened position wherein the first side disengages the valve seat to allow flow of fuel vapor between the tank and canister passageways, and
a valve opener configured to selectively lower pressure of fuel vapor exposed to the opposite second side of the pressure-controlled valve by venting pressurized fuel vapor that has been communicated via the valve-pressurization feed passageway to the opposite second side of the pressure-controlled valve into the canister passageway through a pressurized-vapor bleed passageway for discharge into the atmosphere in response to an electrical input so that the pressure-controlled valve moves from the closed position away from the valve seat to the opened position to allow pressurized fuel vapor to flow from the tank passageway into the canister passageway through the fluid-conducting interface provided between the tank and canister passageways at the valve seat,
wherein the valve housing is formed to include a valve compartment containing the pressure-controlled valve, the pressure-controlled valve is arranged to divide the valve compartment into a lower chamber bounded in part by the first side of the pressure-controlled valve and arranged to provide the tank passageway and a separate upper chamber bounded in part by the second side of the pressure-controlled valve that is exposed to pressurized fuel vapor discharged from the valve-pressurization feed passageway, and the pressure-controlled valve is formed to include the pressurized-vapor bleed passageway to allow pressurized fuel vapor to flow from the separate upper chamber of the valve compartment into the canister passageway for discharge into the fuel-vapor recovery canister when the valve opener is activated by the electrical input to vent pressurized fuel vapor from the separate upper chamber of the valve compartment through the pressurized-vapor bleed passageway into the canister passageway, and
wherein the valve opener includes a bleed-passageway stopper, a stopper mover arranged to apply a force to yieldably to urge the bleed-passageway stopper to a bleed-blocking position engaging the pressure-controlled valve to block discharge of pressurized fuel vapor from the separate upper chamber of the valve compartment into the canister passageway, and a test-condition valve opener configured to move the bleed-passageway stopper in opposition to the force applied by the stopper mover from the bleed-blocking position away from the pressure-controlled valve to a bleed-allowing position and moving the pressure-controlled valve away from the closed position to hold the pressure-controlled valve in the opened position during a pressurized onboard diagnostics test condition.

US Pat. No. 10,458,361

COATING FOR METAL COMPONENTS, METHOD FOR COATING A METAL COMPONENT, PISTON FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising at least one piston of an internal combustion engine, the piston having a coating comprising:an inner layer which is applied to the piston;
an intermediate layer; and
a covering layer, wherein
the inner layer comprises at least one layer selected from among: a metal layer, a metal carbide layer, a metal nitride layer, a metal carbonitride layer and a metal-containing hydrocarbon layer,
the intermediate layer comprises an a-C:H layer and an a-C:H* layer, wherein the a-C:H* layer has a higher proportion of graphite-like parts than in the a-C:H layer,
the covering layer comprises a W C:H layer or an a-C:H* layer,
a maximum layer thickness of the coating is not more than 5 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,458,355

ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE AND ENGINE CONTROL METHOD

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An engine control device comprising:various sensors to detect operating state information of an engine, the operating state information including an engine temperature, an engine rotation speed, and a throttle opening degree;
an oxygen sensor, the output voltage value of which changes in response to a concentration of oxygen in exhaust gas of the engine; and
air-fuel ratio feedback controller to adjust an amount of fuel injected into the engine, on the basis of the operating state information and the output voltage value, wherein
the air-fuel ratio feedback controller calculates, in accordance with the operating state information based on detection results from the various sensors, an oxygen sensor output voltage correction coefficient, which is a coefficient for correcting the output voltage value, implements air-fuel ratio feedback control on the basis of an air-fuel ratio feedback control correction amount calculated using a corrected oxygen sensor output voltage value calculated on the basis of the oxygen sensor output voltage correction coefficient, and adjusts the amount of fuel injected into the engine, and
wherein the air-fuel ratio feedback controller includes a correction coefficient calculator to calculate the oxygen sensor output voltage correction coefficient in accordance with the operating state information, by determining, on the basis of the operating state information, an operating state of a vehicle among a plurality of predetermined operating states, and calculating an oxygen sensor output voltage correction coefficient corresponding to the determined current operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,458,344

THROTTLE FILTER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Spartan Motors, Inc., Ch...

1. A method of filtering a targeted frequency from a pedal input signal, the method comprising the steps of:sampling the pedal input signal at a sampling frequency;
calculating a moving average of the pedal input signal from samples of the pedal input signal; and
outputting a filtered signal based on the moving average.

US Pat. No. 10,458,342

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF A GAS TURBINE BASED POWER PLANT

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for controlling a gas turbine, comprising:a plurality of sensors, each sensor being configured to sense and communicate a signal indicative of an operating parameter of the gas turbine;
a control system including a computing device in electronic communication with each sensor of the plurality sensors, wherein the control system is configured to:
receive the signals from the sensors, at least one of the signals being indicative of a fuel parameter;
compute cumulative wear for one or more hardware components of the gas turbine based at least in part on the fuel parameter and a combustor type of the gas turbine via the computing device;
receive input instructions selecting a desired operating mode for the gas turbine;
compute a hardware consumption rate based at least in part on the cumulative wear and the desired operating mode via the computing device;
display the hardware consumption rate to an operator via a display device that is in electronic communication with the control system; and
adjust the desired operating mode of the gas turbine based at least in part on the hardware consumption rate and a cost of fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,458,340

TURBINE SHAFT POWER TAKE-OFF

1. A multi-spool gas turbine engine comprising: a low pressure (LP) spool and a high pressure (HP) spool independently rotatable of one another about an engine axis, the LP spool comprising an LP turbine, an LP compressor and an LP shaft, the HP pressure spool comprising an HP turbine, an HP compressor and an HP shaft; the LP turbine being in fluid flow communication with the HP turbine and disposed downstream therefrom, the HP compressor being in fluid flow communication with the LP compressor and disposed downstream therefrom, the LP shaft having an upstream shaft portion extending upstream of the LP turbine to a location upstream of the LP compressor to provide a first power take-off at an upstream end of the engine and a downstream shaft portion extending downstream of the LP turbine to provide a second power take-off at a downstream end of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,458,335

MINIMUM PRESSURE SHUT-OFF VALVE

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A minimum pressure valve comprising:a sleeve defining a bore that extends along an axis and includes at least a first window, a second window and a third window, with only the third window including a notch and the first window and the second window including an identical size and shape;
a spool movable within the bore that restricts flow through the first window and the second window;
a cap received within a chamber holding the sleeve against an inner surface of the chamber and a spring against the spool; and
a spring seat received within the cap that is movable for adjusting a minimum force exerted by the spring on the spool.

US Pat. No. 10,458,334

MOBILE POWER GENERATION SYSTEM INCLUDING CLOSED CELL BASE STRUCTURE

On-Power, Inc., Lebanon,...

1. A mobile power generation system comprising:a trailer including a rear end, a front end, a bottom end, and a top end defining therebetween an interior space;
a gas turbine housed inside the trailer in the interior space;
an electrical generator coupled to the gas turbine to generate electricity and housed inside the trailer in the interior space; and
one or more support jacks configured to support a base at the bottom end of the trailer with respect to a ground;
the base including a closed cell base structure, the closed cell base structure including a rigid surface to be mounted on top of the one or more support jacks, the closed cell base structure configured to include a sufficient amount of torsional stiffness to provide torsional stability and assist with distribution of uneven loads due to variance of forces from the one or more support jacks against the rigid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,458,332

COOLED GAS TURBINE ENGINE COOLING AIR WITH COLD AIR DUMP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a compressor section including a low pressure compressor and a high pressure compressor, with a downstream most end defined in said high pressure compressor;
a core engine housing surrounding said compressor section and a turbine section, and there being a high pressure turbine and a low pressure turbine, and said low pressure turbine having a downstream most end;
a first tap for tapping high pressure cooling air from a location downstream of said downstream most end in said high pressure compressor and passing said high pressure cooling air through a heat exchanger, and there being a second tap for tapping compressed air from a location upstream of said downstream most end in said high pressure compressor, and said second tap air connected to pass over said heat exchanger, cooling said high pressure cooling air, with a chamber defined between said core engine housing and a nacelle airflow wall, and said second tap air flowing through said chamber;
said second tap air connected to move from said chamber into a core engine flow at a location downstream of said downstream most end of said low pressure turbine;
wherein a high pressure valve is positioned on said first tap for said high pressure cooling air to control the flow of high pressure cooling air to said heat exchanger; and
wherein the high pressure valve selectively bypassing the high pressure cooling air around said heat exchanger and into said core engine housing to provide cooling air.

US Pat. No. 10,458,326

VEE ENGINE DUAL INBOARD CAMSHAFT SYSTEM

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:a cylinder case rotatably supporting a crankshaft having a front end and a rear end;
a first geartrain disposed on a front end of the cylinder case, the first geartrain being meshably connected with a first driving gear connected to the front end of the crankshaft;
a second geartrain disposed on a rear end of the cylinder case, the second geartrain being meshably connected with a second driving gear connected to the rear end of the crankshaft;
a first camshaft rotatably supported relative to the cylinder case, the first camshaft having a first rotational axis and having a first driven gear connected to a front end of the first camshaft, the first driven gear being meshably connected to the first geartrain, wherein the first camshaft operates intake and exhaust valves associated with cylinders formed in the cylinder case;
a second camshaft rotatably supported relative to the cylinder case, the second camshaft having a second rotational axis and having a second driven gear connected to a rear end of the second camshaft, the second driven gear being meshably connected to the second geartrain, wherein the second camshaft operates unit fuel injectors associated with the cylinders formed in the cylinder case;
wherein the first rotational axis and the second rotational axis are parallel, and wherein the intake and exhaust valves operate independently from the unit fuel injectors.

US Pat. No. 10,458,324

ROTARY PISTON ENGINE

9. A rotary piston engine comprising:a rotatable cylindrical rotor having a plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bores disposed on the perimeter of the cylindrical rotor which are mutually parallel to each other and to an output shaft axially extending through the cylindrical rotor;
slidable pistons;
wherein each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bores has one of the slidable pistons disposed therein;
an engine housing encompassing the rotatable cylindrical rotor;
means interconnecting the engine housing and one of the slidable pistons for causing rotation of the rotatable cylindrical rotor;
wherein said each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bore include a front portion and a rear portion;
wherein the rotary piston engine further includes:
means for inhaling ambient aft into the rear portion of a first half of said each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bore in response to sliding movement of one of the slidable pistons in the first half of said each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bores toward the front portion of said each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bores and an angular position of the rotatable cylindrical rotor;
means for injecting fuel;
means for causing combustion of fuel-air mixture; and
means for exhausting combustion gas from the front portion of a second half of said each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bores in response to sliding movement of one of the slidable pistons in the second half of said each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bores toward the rear portion of said each of the plurality of longitudinally extending cylinder-forming bores and the angular position of the rotatable cylindrical rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,458,320

TURBOCHARGER WASTEGATE ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A wastegate actuator assembly comprising:a regulating rod having a proximate end region and a distal end region, the proximate end region of the regulating rod being connected to an actuator; and
an arm having a first end region and a second end region, the first end region being pivotally coupled to the distal end region of the regulating rod via a crank pin, a first cup spring and a second cup spring retaining a solid lubricant substantially around the crank pin; and
a shaft configured to rotate about a shaft axis disposed in a turbine housing and rotationally fixed to the second end region of the arm;
wherein the regulating rod is configured to move in a linear fashion relative to the actuator causing the arm and the shaft to rotate about the shaft axis proximate to the second end region of the arm so as to move a wastegate cover connected to the shaft toward and away from a wastegate duct.

US Pat. No. 10,458,318

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING EXHAUST GAS TEMPERATURE AND TURBINE WITH BYPASS ARRANGEMENT

1. A turbocharger, comprising:a turbine comprising
a scroll passage comprising at least first and second portions,
a gas outlet extending axially from the scroll passage,
a turbine wheel comprising one or more blades disposed in the gas outlet, and means for establishing a bypass flow between the first and second portions of the scroll passage,
wherein the means for establishing the bypass flow comprises a nozzle ring arranged between the scroll passage and the gas outlet, the nozzle ring comprising a plurality of vanes fixed relative to tire nozzle ring and adapted to direct a flow of gas from the scroll passage against the one or more blades of the turbine wheel in the gas outlet, the first and second portions of the scroll passage being disposed radially outward of the nozzle ring, the nozzle ring comprising at least one sealing vane that seals the first portion of the scroll passage from the second portion of the scroll passage, and means for moving the sealing vane relative to the scroll passage to establish a bypass flow between the first and second portions of the scroll passage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,314

HYBRID INTERCOOLER SYSTEM INTEGRATED WITH AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A hybrid intercooler system integrated with an air conditioning system, comprising:an air cooling unit configured to exchange heat between outside air passing through outer walls of a plurality of compressed intake air passages and compressed intake air flowing in the plurality of compressed intake air passages so as to cool the compressed intake air;
a water cooling unit configured to exchange heat between a water-cooling-unit refrigerant surrounding the outer walls of the plurality of compressed intake air passages and the compressed intake air cooled by the air cooling unit,
wherein the water cooling unit comprises:
a water-cooling-unit refrigerant tank configured to surround the plurality of compressed intake air passages, and
a bypass line branched from a receiver drier, and configured to communicate with a compressor through the water-cooling-unit refrigerant tank; and
a first bypass valve and a second bypass valve mounted on the bypass line at locations upstream and downstream of the water-cooling-unit refrigerant tank, respectively, so as to open or close the bypass line.

US Pat. No. 10,458,303

UREA PUMP MODULE FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicular urea pump module, comprising:a case including a separation plate having a urea discharge port and a plurality of pipes formed in an upper surface thereof, and upper and lower protective plates integrally formed on upper and lower surface rims of the separation plate respectively;
a cylindrical heater including a first sealing material molded over a surface of a cylindrical heat sink coupled with a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) element, the heater having a first fastening hole formed in an outer-diameter portion thereof, into which each pipe is inserted and fastened;
a motor including a second sealing material molded over a surface of a hollow stator having a coil wound around an outer-diameter portion thereof and a terminal assembled to a top thereof, the motor having a second fastening hole formed in the outer-diameter portion so that a tip end portion of the pipe, which has passed through the first fastening hole, is inserted into and fastened to the second fastening hole; and
a pump including a rotor rotatably mounted on a top thereof so as to be inserted into the hollow stator of the motor, a suction port and a discharge port formed in a bottom portion thereof, and a pair of gears rotatably mounted therein so as to rotate forwards or in reverse,
wherein, in a state in which the motor and the pump are inserted and disposed in a hollow portion of the heater, heat of the heater is transferred to the motor and the pump and also transferred to urea inside a urea tank.

US Pat. No. 10,458,290

LOW AXIAL LENGTH HIGH TORQUE SHAFT PHASING DEVICE WITH SPEED REDUCTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An internal combustion engine phasing system, comprising:an engine structure including a plurality of cylinders;
a plurality of pistons each disposed in a corresponding one of the plurality of cylinders;
a plurality of connecting rods each connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of cylinders;
a plurality of trunnion assemblies each including a first portion connected to the corresponding one of the plurality of connecting rods and each being disposed on a crankshaft; and
a phasing device, comprising:
a rotary input gear drivingly engaged with an output gear of the crankshaft;
a planetary gear assembly having a sun gear defining a first rotary component connected for rotation with the rotary input gear, a second rotary component connected to an actuator device including an actuator motor drivingly connected to a drive mechanism for activating an actuator link, and a third rotary component connected to a control shaft, the control shaft being drivingly connected to a second portion of the trunnion assemblies, wherein the actuator device is disposed laterally to a side of the planetary gear assembly and the planetary gear assembly has an axial length defined by an entire length of each of the first rotary component, the second rotary component and the third rotary component wherein the actuator device is disposed within the axial length.

US Pat. No. 10,458,281

RESILIENT MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An assembly for a turbine engine, comprising:a turbine engine case;
a duct of an active clearance control system, the duct extending circumferentially about the turbine engine case and configured to direct impingement air onto the turbine engine case;
a first mounting bracket;
a second mounting bracket; and
a first resilient mount attaching the second mounting bracket to the first mounting bracket, the first resilient mount including a first isolator support, a second isolator support, a first isolator, a second isolator and a fastener;
the first isolator support and the second isolator support arranged on opposing sides of the second mounting bracket, wherein the first isolator support is between the second mounting bracket and the first isolator, and the second isolator support is between the second mounting bracket and the second isolator;
the first isolator is between the first isolator support and the first mounting bracket; and
the fastener projecting through the first mounting bracket, the second mounting bracket, the first isolator support, the second isolator support, the first isolator and the second isolator;
wherein the first mounting bracket is attached to the turbine engine case; and
wherein the second mounting bracket is attached to the duct.

US Pat. No. 10,458,272

INSULATING TEST ENGINE HOOD FOR A TURBINE ENGINE ON A TEST BENCH

SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS SA, ...

1. A turbine engine comprising:a combustion chamber; and
a test engine hood including an annular duct for an annular flow, and being intended to replace a flight engine hood of the turbine engine during a test of the turbine engine on a test bench, the test engine hood extending axially of such a length that it surrounds the combustion chamber, the test engine hood comprising:
a wall made of composite material with an organic matrix, the wall having an outer surface delimiting the annular flow and an inner surface opposite the outer surface; and
a silicone layer covering the inner surface of the wall and able to insulate the wall thermally, the silicone layer having a thickness comprised between 3.0 and 6.0 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,458,266

FORWARD FACING TANGENTIAL ONBOARD INJECTORS FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A turbine comprising:a stator section having a plurality of vanes;
a rotating section having a plurality of blades, the rotating section being axially adjacent the stator section along an axis of the turbine, the stator section being aftward of the rotating section along the axis of the turbine; and
a primary tangential onboard injector located radially inward from the stator section and configured to direct an airflow from the stator section in a forward direction toward the rotating section, the primary tangential onboard injector turning the airflow in a direction of rotation of the rotating section,
wherein a leakage flow passes between the stator section and the rotating section and into a gaspath flowing from the blades toward the vanes, the turbine further comprising a secondary tangential onboard injector positioned in a flow path of the leakage flow,
wherein the secondary tangential onboard injector has a first wall and a second wall, wherein the first wall is fixed to a vane element surface that is part of the stator section and the second wall is fixed to the first wall by a fixed airfoil meant to turn the leakage air in the flow direction of the gaspath flow,
wherein the rotating section includes a rotating seal that forms a seal between a rotating surface of the rotating section and the second wall, and
a restrictive flow seal is arranged downstream from the secondary tangential onboard injector along the flow path of the leakage flow.

US Pat. No. 10,458,249

BONDED MULTI-PIECE GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPONENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An airfoil component comprising:a first segment including a first piece of a mount and a first piece of an airfoil, the first segment formed of a first ceramic-based material;
a second segment including a second piece of the mount and a second piece of the airfoil, the second segment formed of a second ceramic-based material, the first and second segments being bonded together along a bond joint such that the first and second pieces of the mount are bonded to each other and the first and second pieces of the airfoil are bonded to each other; and
a third segment including at least one of a third piece of the mount and a third piece of the airfoil, the third segment being bonded with at least one of the first segment and the second segment along another bond joint.

US Pat. No. 10,458,239

OIL PUMP HAVING PLURALITY OF OUTER ROTOR PIECES

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An oil pump comprising:a rotatable inner rotor including a vane-housing unit that houses a plurality of vanes such that the plurality of vanes is slidable in a radial direction;
a rotatable annular outer rotor including a plurality of vane-connecting parts connected with tip ends of the plurality of vanes located radially outward;
a first volume-changing part, which is provided between the rotatable inner rotor and the rotatable annular outer rotor, a first volume of which is changed in response to eccentricity of the rotatable inner rotor with respect to the rotatable annular outer rotor, thereby providing a pumping function; and
a second volume-changing part, which is provided in the rotatable annular outer rotor, a second volume of which is changed by a change in a distance between the plurality of vane-connecting parts adjacent to each other in a circumferential direction in response to the eccentricity of the rotatable inner rotor with respect to the rotatable annular outer rotor, thereby providing a pumping function, wherein
the rotatable annular outer rotor includes a plurality of outer rotor pieces annularly connected to each other,
each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces includes a first engaging part provided in a first end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in an axial direction and a second engaging part provided in a second end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction and being engageable with the first engaging part of an adjacent one of the plurality of outer rotor pieces,
the plurality of outer rotor pieces is circumferentially arranged in a state where the first engaging part and the second engaging part of the plurality of outer rotor pieces being adjacent to each other engage with each other such that a distance therebetween in the circumferential direction is variable,
the first engaging part is provided in the first end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in an arcuate manner,
the second engaging part is provided in the second end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in the arcuate manner,
the first engaging part and the second engaging part engage with each other such that the same are slidable in the circumferential direction with respect to each other in an engaging state,
the first engaging part is formed by one of a convex part and a concave part provided in the first end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in the arcuate manner, and
the second engaging part is formed by the other of the convex part and the concave part provided in the second end surface of each of the plurality of outer rotor pieces in the axial direction to extend in the arcuate manner and being engageable with the first engaging part of the adjacent one of the plurality of outer rotor pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,458,237

SEALING SLEEVE FOR GEARED SHAFT OF GEARMOTOR ASSEMBLY

Nidec Motor Corporation, ...

1. A motor comprising:a shaft rotatable about an axis;
an engaged component engaged by the shaft;
a sleeve fixed to the shaft to rotate therewith; and
a seal at least partly circumscribing the shaft,
said shaft including an engagement region presenting a substantially variable outer shaft surface that at least in part engages the engaged component,
said sleeve including a first section that at least partly circumscribes and engages the engagement region of the shaft,
said first section of the sleeve presenting an outer seal-engaging surface,
said seal at least partly circumscribing the engagement region of the shaft and the first section of the sleeve to sealingly engage the seal-engaging surface of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,458,232

FORMATION FLUID SAMPLE CONTAINER APPARATUS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a downhole tool having a body including an opening and a cavity extending into the body from the opening; and
a sample container comprising:
an elongated container for holding a formation fluid sample, wherein the elongated container comprises an annular wall defining a chamber configured to receive fluids; and
a sheath coupled to at least a portion of an outer surface of the annular wall of the elongated container such that the sheath abuts the portion of the outer surface along a length of the annular wall and at least partially surrounds the elongated container, wherein the sample container is fixed in the cavity and the sheath is configured to increase the mechanical integrity of the elongated container in a downhole environment.

US Pat. No. 10,458,229

DOWNHOLE COMMUNICATIONS USING VARIABLE LENGTH DATA PACKETS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A system that is positionable in a wellbore, the system comprising:a transceiver that is positionable external to a casing string and programmable to vary how many data packets are to be wirelessly transmitted by the transceiver for communicating an amount of data about an environment in the wellbore, wherein the transceiver comprises:
a processing device; and
a memory device in which instructions executable by the processing device are stored for causing the processing device to:
receive a control signal from a computing device that is remote from the transceiver;
select, based on the control signal, a transmission mode from among at least three different transmission modes comprising a low data mode, a medium data mode, and a high data mode;
select, based on the control signal, a data transmission rate from among a plurality of data transmission rates, wherein the data transmission rate is selected separately from the transmission mode; and
wirelessly transmit the data packets to another transceiver in accordance with the selected transmission mode and the selected data transmission rate.

US Pat. No. 10,458,223

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MITIGATING STICK-SLIP

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

1. A method of rotating a drill string driven by a drive system using a control system, comprising:measuring torque values of the drive system with a torque sensor;
determining a frequency of stick-slip oscillations at the drive system based on the torque values using the control system;
determining an estimated instantaneous rotational speed of the drive system with the control system;
adjusting the estimated instantaneous rotational speed based on changes in the torque values to define an adjusted estimated instantaneous rotation speed with the control system;
providing an output signal representing the adjusted estimated instantaneous rotational speed to the drive system; and
controlling rotation of a quill of the drive system based on the output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,458,210

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF RIB SUPPORT FOR SCREEN/FILTER CARTRIDGE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A screen assembly comprising:a first sleeve including a radially inwardly facing surface and a radially outwardly facing surface;
a second sleeve including a radially inwardly facing surface and and a radially outwardly facing surface;
a plurality of ribs extending between the first and second sleeves, each of the plurality of ribs being joined to one of the radially inwardly facing and radially outwardly facing surfaces of the first sleeve and one of the radially inwardly facing and radially outwardly facing surfaces of the second sleeve; and
a screen cartridge extending between and coupled to the first and second sleeves, the screen cartridge being formed from multiple diffusion bonded layers and including a substantially continuous outer surface and a substantially continuous inner surface that abuts and is decoupled from the plurality of ribs, wherein the screen cartridge includes a first screen layer defined by a first perforated tube that abuts the plurality of ribs and a second screen layer defined by a second perforated tube that extends about and is bonded to the first screen layer, the first perforated tube including a first plurality of openings having a first dimension and the second perforated tube including a second plurality of openings having a second dimension that is greater than the first dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,458,200

FRAC PLUG SYSTEM HAVING BOTTOM SUB GEOMETRY FOR IMPROVED FLOW BACK, MILLING AND/OR SETTING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A frac plug for plugging a wellbore, the frac plug having an internal passage extending therethrough, the frac plug comprising:a bottom sub positioned at a bottom end of the frac plug, the bottom sub defining a portion of the internal passage, the bottom sub having a plurality of raised edges extending in an axial direction and spaced circumferentially about the internal passage, wherein each of the plurality of raised edges is configured to rotationally lock the frac plug to a subsequent frac plug positioned below the frac plug in the wellbore,
wherein the raised edges are configured to receive a frac ball without substantially preventing fluid flow through the internal passage.

US Pat. No. 10,458,198

TEST DART SYSTEM AND METHOD

10. A system for isolating regions of a wellbore, the system comprising:a unidirectional valve positioned in the wellbore, the unidirectional valve permitting a fluid flow in a downstream direction into the wellbore and restricting the fluid flow in an upstream direction out of the wellbore;
a test dart non-rotationally coupled to the unidirectional valve via a gravitational force acting on the test dart, the test dart arranged upstream of the unidirectional valve and positioned to block the fluid flow in the downstream direction toward the unidirectional valve; and
a removal tool, the removal tool non-rotationally coupling to the test dart and positioned to remove the test dart in a non-controlled wellbore environment via a linear force.

US Pat. No. 10,458,196

DOWNHOLE CASING PULLING TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A downhole casing pulling tool, comprising:a tubular housing having a bore therethrough;
a packer assembly configured to isolate an annulus between a casing and the tool;
a slip assembly configured to engage the casing;
an actuator configured to actuate at least one of the packer assembly and the slip assembly, and
a piston assembly disposed in the bore of the tubular housing, the piston assembly including:
a piston having a piston bore;
a first wall and a second wall axially spaced in the piston bore;
one or more first flow paths formed through the first wall; and
one or more second flow paths formed through the second wall;
wherein the piston assembly is configured to:
operate the actuator; and
modify a fluid pressure in the bore of the tubular housing.

US Pat. No. 10,458,192

DRILLING MACHINE

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

1. A drilling machine comprising:a string of telescopic rods provided with an excavation tool;
a winch comprising a drum associated with a motor arranged to actuate in rotation said drum;
a flexible pulling element connected, on the one hand, to said drum and on the other hand, to said string of telescopic rods, said flexible pulling element being able to be unwound or wound on said drum in order to move said string of telescopic rods;
a manual control element of said winch that can assume at least a first position, a second position and a third position; and
a control system of said motor associated with said manual control element, said control system being configured for controlling said motor, in a first operating mode, so as to unwind said flexible pulling element from said drum in order to lower said string of telescopic rods when said manual control element is in said first position, to wind said flexible pulling element on said drum in order to raise said string of telescopic rods when said manual control element is in said second position, to stop said drum when said manual control element is in said third position;
said drilling machine further comprising a first manual selector associated with said control system and adapted to select at least a second operating mode, and in that said control system is configured for controlling said motor, in said second operating mode, so as to wind said flexible pulling element on said drum in order to tension said flexible pulling element without raising said string of telescopic rods when said manual control element assumes said third position.

US Pat. No. 10,458,187

SEAL ASSEMBLIES FOR EARTH-BORING TOOLS, EARTH-BORING TOOLS SO EQUIPPED, AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body;
a rotating member disposed over a protrusion from the body and configured to rotate relative to the body;
a bearing assembly disposed within a cavity of the rotating member, the bearing assembly comprising:
an annular-shaped inner bearing race member coupled with the protrusion;
an annular-shaped outer bearing race member coupled with the rotating member; and
at least one roller disposed between the inner bearing race member and the outer bearing race member, the at least one roller contacting each of the inner bearing race member and the outer bearing race member;
a bearing retainer affixed within the cavity of the rotating member and configured to retain the bearing assembly within the cavity of the rotating member; and
a seal assembly comprising:
an annular sealing element rotationally coupled with the bearing retainer and defining a first sealing surface;
a second sealing surface defined by the inner bearing race member; and
an energizing element disposed between the bearing retainer and the annular sealing element and creating a sealing engagement between the first sealing surface of the annular sealing element and the second sealing surface of the inner bearing race member.

US Pat. No. 10,458,176

VACUUM INSULATED GLASS (VIG) WINDOW UNIT WITH GETTER STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC., Au...

1. A vacuum insulated glass (VIG) window unit comprising:first and second substantially parallel substrates comprising glass,
a plurality of spacers and a seal provided between the first and second substrates,
a space, defined at least by the seal, located between the first and second substrates and being at a pressure less than atmospheric pressure,
a first getter recess defined in the first substrate for receiving an originally positioned getter,
a getter structure on the second substrate, located substantially opposite the first getter recess in the first substrate, said getter structure on the second substrate configured to increase getter material surface area provided on the second substrate after getter activation,
wherein the getter structure on the second substrate comprises a second getter recess defined in the second substrate that is at least partially opposite the first getter recess,
wherein a pump-out aperture is defined in one of the first and second glass substrates, and wherein neither the first getter recess nor the second getter recess is provided in the pump-out aperture, and wherein neither the first getter recess nor the second getter recess is provided opposite the pump-out aperture; and
wherein after getter activation material from the getter is provided on both the first and second substrates, but does not extend entirely across the space between the first and second substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,458,168

FURNITURE HINGE

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A furniture hinge comprising:a first hinge portion to be fixed to a furniture carcass;
a second hinge portion having a hinge cup to be fixed to a movably-mounted furniture part;
a hinge axis connecting the first hinge portion and the second hinge portion;
a bearing portion inserted into the hinge cup, the bearing portion including a cavity;
a spring device configured to move the furniture hinge from a predetermined angular position into a fully closed position and/or into a fully open position, wherein a first end region of the spring device is supported on the bearing portion when the bearing portion is inserted into the hinge cup, the cavity being configured to accommodate the spring device;
a convex control curve configured to interact from the predetermined angular position towards the fully closed position and/or fully open position via the spring device; and
a pressure portion having a counter contour configured to be pressed against the convex control curve by the spring device, wherein the counter contour has a concave section complementary to the convex control curve.

US Pat. No. 10,458,150

KEY AND ASSOCIATED LOCK

EVVA Sicherheitstechnolog...

1. A key (1) for locking a lock, comprisinga. at least one first surface (2) and at least one second surface (2?),
b. with a plurality of sensing positions (4) provided along a longitudinal extent of the key (1),
c. at which plurality of sensing positions on the first surface (2) at least one first code (3) is provided for reading in the lock and at least one second code (3?) is provided on the second surface (2?) for reading in the lock,
wherein the at least one first code (3) of the first surface (2) differs, at least at one sensing position, (4) from the at least one second code (3?) at the same sensing position (4),
wherein the at least one first and second codes (3, 3?) are configured, at least at a first sensing position of the plurality of sensing positions (4), so that to lock the lock, the codes at said at least a first sensing position must be read on both surfaces (2, 2?),
wherein, at at least a second sensing position (4) of the plurality of sensing positions, the at least one first code (3) of the first surface (2) is identical to the at least one second code (3?) on the second surface (2?), so that to lock the lock, the codes (3, 3?) at the at least a second sensing position only have to be read on one surface (2, 2?) of the key.

US Pat. No. 10,458,144

SOLAR GRAVESTONE DISPLAY

1. A gravesite marker comprising:a memorial structure and an epitaph device;
wherein the memorial structure contains the epitaph device;
wherein the memorial structure houses a reliquary;
wherein the epitaph device is an electric circuit;
wherein the gravesite marker is a funerary structure;
wherein the gravesite marker contains the reliquary;
wherein the reliquary stores one or more relics;
wherein the reliquary displays the one or more relics;
wherein the epitaph device detects a person's presence at the gravesite marker;
wherein the epitaph device illuminates the one or more relics contained within the reliquary;
wherein the epitaph device initiates an audible presentation;
wherein the epitaph device extinguishes the illumination of the reliquary after a predetermined period;
wherein the epitaph device terminates the audible presentation after the predetermined period;
wherein the audible presentation is selected from the group consisting of an encomium and music;
wherein the memorial structure comprises a pedestal and a headstone;
wherein the pedestal is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the headstone is a hollow prism-shaped structure;
wherein the headstone rests on the pedestal such that the pedestal and the headstone forms a composite prism;
wherein the pedestal forms a platform that raises the headstone above a ground;
wherein the headstone is the structure of the memorial structure that contains the epitaph device;
wherein the headstone further comprises the reliquary, a transparent barrier, and a door;
wherein the headstone contains the reliquary;
wherein the transparent barrier and the door attach to the reliquary;
wherein the reliquary is a chamber formed within the headstone;
wherein the reliquary contains the one or more relics for display;
wherein the reliquary further comprises a reliquary cavity;
wherein the reliquary cavity is a negative space formed within the headstone;
wherein the reliquary cavity is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the interior of the reliquary is visible from the exterior of the headstone;
wherein the transparent barrier is a window formed through the headstone such that the reliquary is viewable from an exterior of the headstone;
wherein the transparent barrier forms a gas impermeable barrier between the exterior of the headstone and the reliquary;
wherein the door is a barrier that encloses the reliquary cavity;
wherein the door controls access into the reliquary cavity;
wherein the door further comprises a lock;
wherein the lock is a mechanical device used to secure the door in a closed position;
wherein the epitaph device comprises a power circuit, a master switch, a timing device, and a reliquary circuit;
wherein the power circuit, the master switch, the timing device, and the reliquary circuit are electrically interconnected;
wherein the power circuit is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the master switch is a maintained switch;
wherein the master switch is further defined with a first lead and a second lead;
wherein the timing device is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the reliquary circuit is an electrical sub-circuit of the epitaph device;
wherein the power circuit provides the electrical power required to operate the epitaph device;
wherein the master switch controls the flow of electricity from the power circuit into the balance of the epitaph device;
wherein the functions of the timing device are to: a) detect the presence of a visitor to the site; b) initiate the operation of the reliquary circuit; and, c) to discontinue the operation of the reliquary circuit after the predetermined period;
wherein the functions of the reliquary circuit are to: a) illuminate the one or more relics contained within the reliquary; b) initiate an audible presentation;
wherein the power circuit comprises a rechargeable battery, a photovoltaic cell, and a diode;
wherein the rechargeable battery, the photovoltaic cell, and the diode are electrically interconnected;
wherein the rechargeable battery is further defined with a first positive terminal and a first negative terminal;
wherein the photovoltaic cell is further defined with a second positive terminal and a second negative terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,458,136

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING WAVES SUITABLE FOR SURFING USING WAVE-FORMING CAISSONS WITH FLOATING WAVE ATTENUATOR

1. A wave generator for a wave pool comprising:a caisson associated with a body of water within said wave pool, wherein a column of water within said caisson communicates with said body of water;
a fan, blower or pump mechanism which introduces air into and out of said caisson and has the effect of causing said column of water to move up and down within said caisson;
a floating attenuator positioned on top of said column of water, wherein said attenuator is adapted to remain substantially in contact with the surface of said column of water as it moves up and down within said caisson; and
a substantially vertically oriented post positioned inside said caisson which is extended through a hole in said attenuator, wherein the movable association between said hole and said post helps to keep said attenuator in a substantially horizontal orientation as it travels up and down within said caisson.

US Pat. No. 10,458,114

MODULAR BUILDING STRUCTURE

EMMEALLAENNE S.R.L., Rom...

1. A modular building structure having a complex frame, obtained by assembling a plurality of module frames, and comprising walls and floors implemented by cladding panels,wherein the module frames have a substantially parallelepiped-like shape and are identified by longitudinal, vertical and transversal beams which join at respective angles,
comprising a plurality of connecting knots joining adjacent module frames at said angles, and provided to connect the module frames either to a flat basement or to a roof structure,
wherein each connecting knot has a box-like structure with a hollow parallelepipedal inner core having six walls facing two by two and identifying planes orthogonal to each other, each wall having an opening so that the openings form together three orthogonal channels intersecting at the inner core, and wherein, at each opening, the knot comprises corresponding supporting plates, each lying on the respective plane, and extending beyond the planes identified by at least one or more walls, thereby defining a respective corner or side rest.

US Pat. No. 10,458,110

DRIVE-OVER TILE INTAKE GUARD

1. A drive-over tile intake guard configured to protect an inlet into a longitudinally extensive drain tile pipe, comprising:a drain tile inlet coupler configured for earth insertion adjacent to said drain tile pipe inlet; and
a plurality of inlet guard rods, each one of said plurality of inlet guard rods terminating at a first end affixed with and protruding interiorly from said drain tile inlet coupler and terminating at a second end distal to said first end, and having a downward sloping portion between said first end and said second end;
said downward sloping portion of each one of said plurality of inlet guard rods configured to displace said second end relatively more interior within a drain tile inlet; and
said downward sloping portion of each one of said plurality of inlet guard rods additionally angularly offset from extending toward a longitudinal center line within said drain tile inlet coupler;
each one of said plurality of inlet guard rod downward sloping portions having an offset angle relative to a radial axis of a like direction and magnitude.

US Pat. No. 10,458,107

DROP-ACTUATED FLUSH MECHANISM FOR A TOILET

1. A drop-actuated flush mechanism for a toilet comprises:a cistern;
a lax hose;
a filling inlet;
a flush initiation mechanism;
a drop-and-retraction mechanism;
an external water supply line;
a fill valve;
a float-actuated trigger;
said cistern comprises a receiving opening and a drainage opening;
said lax hose comprises a first open end, a second open end, and a bight;
said filling inlet being integrated into said cistern, adjacent to said receiving opening;
said drainage opening being in fluid communication with said first open end;
said flush initiation mechanism being operatively coupled to said drop-and-retraction mechanism, wherein said flush initiation mechanism is used to actuate said drop-and-retraction mechanism;
said drop-and-retraction mechanism being operatively coupled to said bight, wherein said drop-and-retraction mechanism is used to lower said bight in order to flush said cistern and is then used to raise bight in order to refill said cistern;
said external water supply line being in fluid communication with said filling inlet through said fill valve;
said float-actuated trigger being in fluid communication with said cistern, adjacent to said drainage opening; and
said float-actuated trigger being operatively coupled to said fill valve, wherein said float-actuated trigger is used to open said fill valve while said cistern is refilling with new water and is used to close said fill valve after said cistern is refilled with said new water.

US Pat. No. 10,458,094

VERSATILE CONNECTOR FOR EXCAVATOR TOOLS

1. A mounting system for attaching implements on a boom, the mounting system comprising:a. a universal rectangular mounting plate comprising:
i. first and second upright attachment portions with openings defined therein constructed and arranged to be selectively secured to the boom;
ii. a first elongate coupling flange disposed on a first side of the mounting plate; and
iii. a second elongate coupling flange disposed on an opposite side of the mounting plate;
b. a first rectangular attachment plate coupled to an excavator bucket for securement of the excavator bucket to the universal planar mounting plate, the first attachment plate comprising first attachment plate receiving segments disposed in parallel so as to accommodate passage of the universal rectangular coupling flanges and at least one opening for receiving a pin; and
c. a second rectangular attachment plate directly physically integrated into a second implement for securement of the second implement to the universal planar mounting plate, the second attachment plate comprising second attachment plate receiving segments disposed in parallel so as to accommodate passage of the planar mounting plate coupling flanges, a hollow housing disposed opposite the mounting plate, the hollow housing defined by a plurality of walls and at least one opening for receiving a pin,
wherein the second implement is selected from a group consisting of a grapple and a blade.

US Pat. No. 10,458,093

ON-SITE MANHOLE CASTING SYSTEM

1. An on-site manhole casting system comprising a top component, a main barrel component, and a base component, each component consisting of:a. a ribbed plastic outer barrel;
b. a ribbed plastic inner barrel;
c. a plurality of plastic tie strips used to connect the said outer and inner barrels;
d. a coupling mechanism consisting of a plastic outer coupling ring and a plastic inner coupling ring, both said coupling rings welded to the coupling ends of the top component, main barrel component and base component which connects the top, main barrel and base components; and
e. a concrete mixture that is poured into the space between the coupled outer and inner barrels, where the poured concrete is allowed to set, and the filled manhole casting system is then completely buried.

US Pat. No. 10,458,091

PILE DRIVING MACHINE

IHC HOLLAND IE B.V., Sli...

1. A pile measuring system suitable for determining one or more parameters of a pile during pile driving of the pile, said pile drivable into ground by a pile driver, said pile driver comprising a hammer and a sleeve, said hammer and said sleeve placed at a top of the pile, said pile measuring system comprising:at least one positioning sensor, wherein the at least one positioning sensor is attached or attachable to a location on the sleeve and configured to measure position coordinates of the respective location on the sleeve during pile driving of the pile; and
a parameter calculator configured to determine the one or more parameters of the pile from the position coordinates measured by the at least one positioning sensor during pile driving of the pile.

US Pat. No. 10,458,083

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A RISING FLOODWALL SYSTEM

RSA PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGI...

1. A retractable floodwall system comprising:an underground housing unit enclosing a floodwall panel and an actuation mechanism that is connected with the floodwall panel;
an access panel that engages the underground housing unit at a top surface of the underground housing unit, the access panel being capable of supporting vehicles passing over the underground housing unit; and
a plumbing system connected with the housing unit and adapted to deliver or remove a fluid from the housing unit, the plumbing system comprising a sparge pipe arranged within the underground housing unit;
wherein, in a stowed position, the underground housing unit, the floodwall panel, and the actuation mechanism are not above a grade level, and
wherein the floodwall panel is configured to be raised by the actuation mechanism along a plurality of vertical guides.

US Pat. No. 10,458,076

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A ROAD PAVER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A control system for a road paver, the control system comprising:a camera system configured to generate image data of an environment of the road paver, and
a controller electronically connected to the camera system, and configured to:
receive the image data from the camera system; and
apply an object recognition process on the received image data to:
identify an edge line serving as a reference line for a mat to be laid by the road paver;
determine a three dimensional position of the identified edge line;
modify a paving width of the road paver to lay the mat bound by the reference line by automatically retracting or extending a screed assembly of the road paver based on the determined position of the identified edge line, and
automatically steer the road paver based on the determined position of the identified edge line, wherein the controller is configured to simultaneously steer the road paver and modify the paving width,
wherein the simultaneous steering of the road paver and modifying of the paver width includes adjusting a screed width of a screed assembly of the road paver simultaneously with the steering of the road paver based on the determined position of the identified edge line such that the road paver maintains a position centered between edges of the mat to be laid.

US Pat. No. 10,458,071

METHOD OF INSTALLING INTERFACE PAD ON CONCRETE TIES

voestalpine Nortrak Inc.,...

1. A method of manufacturing a concrete tie having an embedded interface pad, comprising the steps of:providing at least one interface pad comprising a tubular body having opposed first and second ends separated by a sidewall and a contact pad on said second end;
providing a template comprising at least one opening;
placing said interface pad into said opening such that said second end abuts said template and said contact pad fits within said opening;
placing said template and said interface pad in a concrete tie form;
casting said concrete tie around said template and said interface pad such that said contact pad protrudes from said tie; and
removing said template from said tie once said concrete has hardened.

US Pat. No. 10,458,063

CABLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CABLE

NIPPON STEEL ENGINEERING ...

1. A method for manufacturing a cable, comprising:a filling step of filling a tube hole of a socket main body which is formed in a tubular shape and in which first end portions of wire rods are disposed with a mixture obtained by mixing a thermosetting resin into a preliminary mixture obtained by mixing ceramic particles and fly ash in advance,
wherein the ceramic particles are formed in non-fibrous particles.

US Pat. No. 10,458,055

GARMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING GARMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A laundry treating apparatus comprising:a drum in which laundry is stored, the drum having a drum inlet provided at a first end of the drum;
a tub for rotatably supporting the drum, the tub having a tub inlet communicating with the drum inlet;
a driving unit for rotating the drum;
a magnetic force generator that includes at least one permanent magnet provided in any one of the drum and the tub to generate a magnetic force;
a signal generator provided in the other one of the drum and the tub to generate different signals based on the magnetic force varied depending on a position of the magnetic force generator;
a first balancer having a ring shape and fixed to one of the first end or the second end of the drum and including a plurality of storage chambers arranged to form the ring shape;
a second balancer having a ring shape and fixed to the other of the first and second end of the drum and including a plurality of storage chambers arranged to form the ring shape; and
a controller for controlling an operation of the driving unit and a supply and a discharge of water to the first balancer and the second balancer independently in accordance with a signal provided by the signal generator while the drum is being rotated,
wherein the storage chambers of the first balancer and the second balancer are configured to receive and store water, and the water held in the plurality of storage chambers corrects an unbalanced state of the drum, and
wherein the first balancer and the second balancer are spaced apart by a constant vertical distance regardless of a rotation of the drum, and wherein each of the first and second balancers further include:
an inlet for allowing the water to enter each of the storage chambers;
an outlet for discharging the water inside each of the storage chambers to the drum; and
a housing water supply unit for supplying the water to the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,458,047

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECYCLING FIBERS FROM TEXTILES WASTE

Novetex Textiles Limited,...

1. A system for recycling fibers from textiles waste, comprising:a first sanitization device;
a pre-processing device;
a fabric sorting device;
a storage device;
a fiber processing device; and
a second sanitization device mounted in the fiber processing device;
wherein the first sanitization device, the pre-processing device, the fabric sorting device, the storage device and the fiber processing device are arranged along a transmission path of the textiles waste.

US Pat. No. 10,458,046

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GRAPHENE FIBER

IUCF-HYU (Industry-Univer...

1. A method for producing a graphene composite fiber, the method comprising:a) dispersing graphene and a surfactant in a solvent to prepare a dispersion,
b) spinning the dispersion into a coagulation bath containing polymer solution to form a graphene-gel fiber, and
c) drying the graphene-gel fiber to produce the graphene composite fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,458,044

METHOD FOR CLEANING EXHAUST PASSAGE FOR SEMICONDUCTOR CRYSTAL MANUFACTURING DEVICE

SUMCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method for cleaning an exhaust passage for a semiconductor crystal manufacturing device, the cleaning method by which dust that is accumulated in the exhaust passage is removed by sucking the dust from outside of a chamber, the exhaust passage provided in the chamber to discharge atmosphere gas in the chamber of the semiconductor crystal manufacturing device,wherein
an atmosphere introduction process in which an opening of the exhaust passage, the opening facing the chamber, is opened by an opening and closing valve for cleaning that is detachably attached to the opening, and the atmosphere gas is introduced into the exhaust passage and
an atmosphere discharge process in which the atmosphere gas in the exhaust passage is discharged by suction of the atmosphere gas in a state in which the opening is closedare performed in such a way that each process is performed once or are repeated more than once.

US Pat. No. 10,458,043

GALLIUM NITRIDE SUBSTRATE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A gallium nitride substrate comprising a surface with a diameter of not less than 100 mm,a difference being not less than 0.1 cm?1 and not more than 2 cm?1 between maximum and minimum values of wave numbers at a maximum peak of peaks corresponding to an E2H phonon mode in micro-Raman scattering mapping measurement at each of square regions having sides each having a length of 2 mm, the square regions being located at a total of five locations including a central location and four circumferential edge locations on the surface of the gallium nitride substrate,
a difference being not less than 0.93 cm?1 and not more than 2 cm?1 between maximum and minimum values of the wave numbers at the maximum peak of the peaks corresponding to the E2H phonon mode at all of measurement points in the five locations
wherein each of the square regions having the sides each having the length of 2 mm on the surface of the gallium nitride substrate includes: a first region and a second region, an oxygen concentration of the first region being higher than an oxygen concentration of the second region,
the first region includes a core portion being a region having dislocations intensively located therein, the second region being located away from the core portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,041

ALUMINA SUBSTRATE

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An alumina substrate comprising:an alumina substrate base;
an AlN layer formed on a surface of the alumina substrate base, and
a plurality of spaced rare earth element-containing regions and a plurality of spaced gaps in an interior of the AlN layer or at an interface between the AlN layer and the alumina substrate base;
wherein the plurality of spaced rare earth element-containing regions are spaced from each other in a direction of the interface between the AlN layer and the alumina substrate base and dispersed among the plurality of spaced gaps.

US Pat. No. 10,458,032

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY NICKEL ELECTROPLATING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

1. A nickel electroplating composition comprising one or more sources of nickel ions, one or more sources of acetate ions, sodium saccharinate and one or more N-benzylpyridinium sulfonate compounds having formula:wherein R1 and R2 are independently chosen from hydrogen, hydroxyl and (C1-C4) alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,458,026

METHOD OF PRODUCING GRAPHENE

Cambridge Enterprise Limi...

1. A method of producing graphene sheets comprising the steps of,(a) forming a carbonaceous powder by electrochemical erosion of a graphite electrode in a molten salt comprising hydrogen ions,
(b) recovering the resulting carbonaceous powder from the molten salt liquid, and
(c) thermally treating the carbonaceous powder by heating the carbonaceous powder in a non-oxidising atmosphere to produce a thermally treated powder comprising graphene sheets,
in which the molten salt is in contact with a moist gas during the electrochemical erosion of the graphite electrode, water from the moist gas either dissolving in the molten salt or reacting with the molten salt to introduce hydrogen ions into the molten salt.

US Pat. No. 10,458,020

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

Ebara Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A substrate processing method comprising:holding a first area of a lower surface of a substrate with a centering stage;
obtaining an amount of eccentricity and an eccentricity direction of a center of the substrate, when held on the centering stage, from a central axis of the centering stage;
calculating a distance by which the centering stage is to be moved and an angle through which the centering stage is to be rotated, based on an initial relative position of the central axis of the centering stage with respect to a central axis of a processing stage, the amount of eccentricity, and the eccentricity direction, the distance and the angle to be calculated being a distance and an angle necessary for the center of the substrate on the centering stage to be located on the central axis of the processing stage;
performing a centering operation of moving the centering stage by the calculated distance and rotating the centering stage through the calculated angle until the center of the substrate coincides with the central axis of the processing stage;
holding a second area of the lower surface of the substrate with the processing stage, while separating the centering stage from the substrate; and
processing the substrate while rotating the processing stage about its central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,458,012

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method for manufacturing a component, the method comprising:providing one or more notches on a surface of the component, such that each of the one or more notches has a predetermined length and a predetermined position on the surface of the component, such that each said predetermined position of the respective one or more notches is a respective predetermined distance from an end edge of the surface of the component, and such that no notch is at the end edge of the surface of the component;
depositing a coating on the surface, on the one or more notches, to provide a thickness of the coating on the surface; and
removing, at least partially, the coating from the surface, such that the thickness of the coating over each of the one or more notches is different from the thickness of the coating on the surface adjacent to the one or more notches,
wherein one or more fracture zones for controlled fracture of the coating are defined by a change in the thickness of the coating at each of the one or more notches, the one or more fracture zones being configured to fracture only at the change in the thickness, and
wherein the controlled fracture of the coating is such that a first predetermined portion of the coating, from a corresponding fracture zone of the one or more fracture zones to the end edge, breaks away from the surface of the component, while a second predetermined portion of the coating adjacent to the corresponding fracture zone remains intact on the surface, the second predetermined portion being greater in size than the first predetermined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,458,004

SILVER-BISMUTH POWDER, CONDUCTIVE PASTE AND CONDUCTIVE FILM

DOWA Electronics Material...

1. A silver-bismuth powder comprising metals, wherein the metals consist of silver and bismuth,wherein a mass ratio (silver:bismuth) of the silver to the bismuth is 95:5 to 40:60,
wherein a cumulative 50% point of particle diameter (D50) of the silver-bismuth powder in a volume-based particle size distribution thereof as measured by a laser diffraction particle size distribution analysis is 0.5 ?m to 4 ?m, and
wherein an oxygen content of the silver-bismuth powder is 5.5% by mass or less,
wherein the silver-bismuth powder is configured to form a conductive film when burned at 500° C. or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,457,987

KITS AND METHODS FOR MULTIPLEX ANALYSIS OF 13 MR Y-STRS

University of Central Lan...

7. A kit comprising a set of primers for the co-amplification of a group of rapidly mutating Y chromosome short tandem repeats (RM Y-STRs), wherein the set of primers comprises each of SEQ ID NOS: 1 to 26, and wherein at least one of the primers comprises a detectable label.

US Pat. No. 10,457,974

METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING INFECTIOUS DISEASES USING ADSORPTION MEDIA

ExThera Medical Corporati...

1. An in vitro method for removing a bacteria of genus Borrelia from a subject, the method comprising:(a) contacting a blood sample obtained from said subject with an adsorption media under conditions to form an adhering complex comprising the adsorption media and a cell present in the blood sample which is infected with the bacteria; and
(b) removing the adhering complex from the blood sample, to thereby remove the bacteria of genus Borrelia and treat Lyme disease.

US Pat. No. 10,457,935

PROTEIN ARRAYS AND METHODS OF USING AND MAKING THE SAME

Gen9, Inc., Boston, MA (...

1. A method for preparing a protein array having a plurality of proteins, the method comprising:(a) providing a plurality of nucleic acids each having a predefined sequence and each encoding a protein of interest, wherein the plurality of nucleic acids are immobilized on discrete features of a surface; and
(b) expressing in vitro a plurality of proteins of interest from the plurality of nucleic acids, wherein the plurality of proteins are each present in solution at the discrete features on the surface;
wherein each of the plurality of proteins of interest is expressed in a self-contained volume having a size of 1 picoliter to 1 nanoliter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,903

TANK FOR WINE FERMENTATION

1. A wine-making tank system, comprising:a cylindrical vessel;
a gas supply device for supplying gases within the cylindrical vessel;
an air-tight sealing device operably associated with a top portion of the cylindrical vessel;
a pressure control device adapted to define and maintain a pre-determined pressure level within the cylindrical vessel;
a first gas adduction nozzle operably associated with the gas supply device, wherein the first gas adduction nozzle is provided inside the cylindrical vessel and located proximate to a bottom portion of the cylindrical vessel;
a second gas adduction nozzle operably associated with the gas supply device, wherein the second gas adduction nozzle is provided inside the cylindrical vessel and located at an intermediate height of the cylindrical vessel, and wherein the second gas adduction nozzle is adapted to insufflate an inert gas or air, wherein the insufflated inert gas or air is operable to determine a micro-oxygenation of a liquid mass contained in the cylindrical vessel without disturbing any solid parts contained in the cylindrical vessel;
a third gas adduction nozzle operably associated with the gas supply device, wherein the third gas adduction nozzle is provided inside the cylindrical vessel and located proximate to an upper portion of the cylindrical vessel, and being above a pre-determined maximum level of a liquid contained in the cylindrical vessel, and wherein the third gas adduction nozzle is adapted to insufflate an inert gas or air into a free upper volume of the cylindrical vessel and over a liquid mass contained in the cylindrical vessel, wherein the insufflated inert gas or air is present in a mixture that is operable to slow down or accelerate a process of oxidation of any must contained in the cylindrical vessel;
a power and control device operably associated with the pressure control device and first, second and third gas adduction nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,457,889

LOW-TEMPERATURE TREATED PERILLA OIL FOR SUPPRESSING GENERATION OF COAGULATED SUSPENDED MATERIALS DURING LOW-TEMPERATURE COLD STORAGE AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREFOR

Soobook LIM, Busan (KR)

1. A method for preparing a low-temperature treated perilla oil for suppressing generation of coagulated suspended materials during low-temperature cold storage, the method comprising:a perilla washing step (S100) of inserting perilla into a washing machine to wash it for 5 to 20 minutes;
a drying step (S200) of drying the perilla washed through the perilla washing step ((S100)) with hot air of 30 to 60° C. for 3 to 5 hours such that the perilla has a moisture percentage of 4 to 7%;
an oil expression step (S300) of inserting the perilla dried through the drying step (S200) into an oil expression machine and expressing a perilla oil for 5 to 20 minutes by application of pressure at a temperature of 0 to 49° C., wherein when the pressure as an oil expression pressure is continuously increased to and then reaches 300 kgf/cm2, the oil expression pressure is increased per 5 minutes for each step in the range of 10 to 50 kgf/cm2 to be gradually increased to 700 kgf/cm2 over time;
a precipitation step (S400) of inserting the perilla oil expressed through the oil expression step (S300) into a precipitation tank to spontaneously precipitate it for 10 minutes or more;
a precipitate-excluded perilla oil extraction step (S410) of extracting only a perilla oil in an upper layer excluding a lower precipitation layer from the perilla oil precipitated through the precipitation step (S400);
a low-temperature treatment step (S500) of treating the perilla oil, extracted from the upper layer excluding the lower precipitation layer through the precipitate-excluded perilla oil extraction step (S410), at a low temperature ranging from ?5° C. to 5° C.;
a filtering step (S600) of filtering the perilla oil treated at a low temperature through the low-temperature treatment step (S500) using a food screen of 1 to 10 ?m; and
a container charging step (S700) of charging a container with the perilla oil filtered through the filtering step (S600),
wherein the perilla oil is provided without generation of suspended materials during low-temperature cold storage, and generation of carcinogens such as trans-fatty acids and benzopyrene is minimized.

US Pat. No. 10,457,886

CATALYTIC DEPOLYMERISATION OF POLYMERIC MATERIALS

GreenMantra Recycling Tec...

1. A process for depolymerizing polystyrene comprising catalytically depolymerizing molten polystyrene in the presence of a catalyst within a reaction zone to produce a reaction product, wherein said catalyst comprises [Fe—Cu—Mo—P]/Al2O3.

US Pat. No. 10,457,877

LUBRICANT BASESTOCK PRODUCTION WITH ENHANCED AROMATIC SATURATION

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A method for producing a lubricant boiling range product, comprising:hydroprocessing a feedstock comprising a portion having an initial boiling point of at least 650° F. (˜343° C.) under first hydroprocessing conditions to form a hydroprocessed effluent;
fractionating at least a portion of the hydroprocessed effluent to form at least a first fuels boiling range fraction and a second fraction, the second fraction comprising a lubricant boiling range portion;
hydrocracking the second fraction in the presence of a hydrocracking catalyst under hydrocracking conditions in a first reactor to form a hydrocracked effluent, the hydrocracking catalyst comprising USY zeolite having a unit cell size of 24.30 ? or less, a silica to alumina ratio of at least 50, and an Alpha value of 20 or less, the hydrocracking catalyst further comprising 0.1 wt % to 5.0 wt % of a Group 8-10 noble metal supported on the hydrocracking catalyst, the hydrocracking conditions comprising a hydrocracking reactor exit temperature;
dewaxing at least a portion of the hydrocracked effluent and a recycled portion of a dewaxed effluent under catalytic dewaxing conditions in a second reactor to form a dewaxed effluent, the catalytic dewaxing conditions comprising a dewaxing reactor inlet temperature that is at least 20° C. lower than the hydrocracking reactor exit temperature;
separating at least a portion of the dewaxed effluent to form at least the recycled portion of the dewaxed effluent and a product portion of the dewaxed effluent; and
fractionating the product portion of the dewaxed effluent to form at least:
a fuels boiling range product;
a first lubricant boiling range product having an aromatics content of 2.0 wt % or less and a kinematic viscosity (100° C.) of 4 to 6 cSt, wherein the first lubricant boiling range product comprises less than 35.7% 2+ ring cycloparaffins, less than 11.0% 3+ ring cycloparaffins, and less than 3.7% 4+ ring cycloparaffins, and
a second lubricant boiling range product having an aromatics content of 2.0 wt % or less and a kinematic viscosity (100° C.) of 10 to 14 cSt.

US Pat. No. 10,457,868

LIQUID CRYSTAL COMPOSITION AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A liquid crystal composition, comprising at least one of:a first compound represented by Chemical Formula 1; or
a second compound represented by Chemical Formula 2; and optionally
a third compound represented by Chemical Formula 2?:

wherein in the Chemical Formulae 1 or 2 or 2?,
R is one of an alkyl group of C1-5, a halogen, and a cyano group;
R? is an alkyl group of C1-5;
Z is one of (CO)O, O(CO), CF2O, OCF2, CH2O, OCH2, SCH2, CH2S, C2F4, CH2CF2, CF2CH2, (CH2)m, CH?CH, CF?CF, CH?CF, CF?CH, C?C, CH?CHCH2O, and a single bond;

 is one of

n is 0 to 3; and
m is 2 to 5.

US Pat. No. 10,457,858

DOUBLE EMULSIFIED ACIDS AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING AND USING THE SAME

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A double emulsified acid comprising:from 5 wt. % to 55 wt. % of a continuous aqueous phase, based on the total weight of the double emulsified acid;
a non-continuous invert emulsion phase, the non-continuous invert emulsion phase comprising:
from 10 wt. % to 30 wt. % of an exterior oil phase, based on the total weight of the double emulsified acid;
from 5 wt. % to 65 wt. % of an internal acid phase, based on the total weight of the double emulsified acid, the internal acid phase comprising:
from 1 wt. % to 99 wt. % of at least one acid, based on the total weight of the internal acid phase; and
from 1 wt. % to 99 wt. % water, based on the total weight of the internal acid phase; and
from 10 wt. % to 20 wt. % of a first emulsifying agent, based on the total weight of the double emulsified acid, the first emulsifying agent having a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) greater than 7; and
from 10 wt. % to 20 wt. % of a second emulsifying agent based on the total weight of the double emulsified acid, the second emulsifying agent having an HLB less than or equal to 7.

US Pat. No. 10,457,857

METHOD OF FRACKING USING SILICONE SURFACTANTS

General Electric Company,...

19. A method of fracking subterranean petroleum or gas formations, the method comprisingadmixing liquefied carbon dioxide with a solution of an oil and a surfactant of Formula III to obtain a substantially water-free foam; and
injecting the substantially water-free foam into a well formed in the subterranean petroleum or gas formation, at a pressure sufficient to create a fissure or to force open an existing fissure;
wherein the formula (III) is:
whereineach R1 is independently, at each occurrence, C1-C6 alkyl;
x ranges from 8 to 500;
y ranges from 0 to 10;
where 10 n ranges from 10 to 30;and further wherein from about 50 weight % to about 75 weight % liquefied carbon dioxide is admixed with from about 50 weight % to about 25 weight % of the solution of an oil and a surfactant, wherein said solution of an oil and a surfactant comprises about 0.1 weight % to about 3 weight % of the surfactant in the oil;and wherein the method is a substantially water-free fracking method.

US Pat. No. 10,457,856

METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TREATING SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS USING A THREE-PHASE EMULSION BASED FRACTURING FLUID

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of forming a water-in-oil-in-water emulsion for hydraulic fracturing of a formation, comprising:combining a water-in-oil emulsion and an oil-in-water emulsion to form the water-in-oil-in-water emulsion;
wherein the water-in-oil emulsion comprises:
an internal phase comprising water, a breaker, and an ester;
an external phase comprising a hydrocarbon; and
a hydrophobic emulsifier;
wherein the oil-in-water emulsion comprises:
an internal phase comprising the water-in-oil emulsion;
an external phase comprising water, a fracturing fluid, and a proppant;
a hydrophilic emulsifier; and
a plurality of polylactate particles, such that the water-in-oil-in-water emulsion is a solid-stabilized emulsion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,833

MATERIALS CONTAINING FLUOROPOLYMERS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPLICATIONS

STRATASYS, INC., Eden Pr...

1. A feedstock for making a three dimensional part using an additive manufacturing technique, the feedstock comprising one or more thermoplastic polymer selected from the group consisting of ABS, polyetherimide (PEI), polyamides, polyesters, polyether ketones, and combinations thereof and a processing aid comprising at least one fluorinated polymer selected from the group consisting of polyvinylidenedifluoride (PVDF), polyvinylidenedifluoride-co-Hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP), fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP), perfluoroalkoxy polymer (PFA), ethylene-tretrafluoroethylene (ETFE), ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene copolymer (ECTFE), polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE), polyvinyl fluoride (PVF), amorphous fluoropolymers (AF), their copolymers, or a combination thereof, wherein the amount of the fluorinated polymer in the material is between at least about 0.01% by weight of the thermoplastic polymer and about 1% by weight of the thermoplastic polymer, wherein the feedstock that has a density that is higher than a same thermoplastic polymer without the fluorinated polymer, wherein the feedstock is configured to be loaded into an additive manufacturing system and formed into the part in a layer-wise manner wherein the fluorinated polymer increases a z-strength of the part in a z direction relative to the part printed without the fluorinated polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,823

AQUEOUS INK COMPOSITION, INK SET, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND RESIN MICROPARTICLES

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An aqueous ink composition at least comprising:an aqueous medium; and
resin microparticles composed of a resin,
wherein the resin has a structural unit represented by General Formula (1) or (2), and
the content of the resin microparticles in the aqueous ink composition is 1% to 15% by mass,

in General Formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
A1 represents —O— or —NR3—;
R3 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
L1 represents an alkylene group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms; and
M1 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkali metal ion, or an ammonium ion, and
in General Formula (2), R2 has the same meaning as R1;
A2 represents a single bond, —COO—, or —CONH—;
L2 represents a divalent linking group having 6 to 23 carbon atoms; and
M2 has the same meaning as M1.

US Pat. No. 10,457,789

EXTRUSION OF POLYPROPYLENES WITH ORGANIC PEROXIDES

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A process to form a polypropylene composition comprising:combining at a temperature within a range from 190° C. to 320° C. a polypropylene resin and within the range from 0.01 wt % to 3 wt % of at least one organic peroxide by weight of the ingredients, and within a range from 100 to 4000 ppm each of phosphorous- and hindered phenol antioxidants, and isolating a polypropylene composition;
the polypropylene resin comprising at least 50 mol % propylene, and having a molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn) greater than 6, an Mz/Mw value of less than 3.6, a branching index (g?) of at least 0.97, and a melt strength greater than 10 cN determined using an extensional rheometer at 190° C.

US Pat. No. 10,457,775

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT POLYOXYALKYLENE POLYOLS

Covestro Deutschland AG, ...

1. A process for preparing a polyoxyalkylene polyol comprising reacting at least one H-functional starter compound with at least one alkylene oxide in the presence of a double metal cyanide catalyst in a reactor, by supplying the reactor continuously or discontinuously with the at least one alkylene oxide from a time t1 until a time t3, and by previously commencing supply of the reactor with a portion of the total amount of the at least one alkylene oxide to be fed in for preparation of the desired polyoxyalkylene polyol from an earlier time towherein
from a time t2 the mean metering rate rAO with which the at least one alkylene oxide is supplied to the reactor is not more than 42 h?1,
in which t3?t2?t1, and
wherein?t: represents a period of time from t2 until the time of ending of the alkylene oxide addition (t3) in h,
nAO: represents the molar amount n of alkylene oxide in mol added in total over the period of time ?t,
nOH: represents the total molar amount n of hydroxyl groups in the starter compound used in mol,

OHNS: represents the hydroxyl number of the at least one starter compound in mg KOH/g,
mS: represents the total mass of the at least one starter compound used in g,
mR: represents the total mass of all reactants supplied to the reactor after ending of the alkylene oxide addition in g,where the time t2 is chosen such that the polyoxyalkylene polyol present in the reactor at this time has a calculated equivalent molar mass M(t2)equiv.calc. in the range from 8000 g·mol?1 to 9500 g·mol?1,where, in addition, the at least one alkylene oxide from the time t1 andat least until the time corresponding to the attainment of a calculated equivalent molar mass M(t)equiv.calc. of 8000 g·mol?1 and
at most until the time corresponding to the attainment of a calculated equivalent molar mass M(t)equiv.calc. of 9500 g·mol?1 is supplied to the reactor so as to attain a total alkylene oxide metering time, defined as the period of time ?t30=t3?t0, of 0.5 h to 13 h,wherein whichmRt: represents the total mass of all reactants supplied to the reactor up to a given time t in g.

US Pat. No. 10,457,774

POLYMERIC MATERIALS

Victrex Manufacturing Lim...

1. An assembly or apparatus for use in relation to an assembly, wherein said assembly is subjected to a temperature of less than ?100° C. in use, wherein said assembly or apparatus includes a component which comprises a polymeric material (A) having a repeat unit of formula
wherein said polymeric material (A) includes at least 80 mol % of repeat units of formula II; and
wherein said polymeric material (A) has a melt viscosity of at least 0.50 kNsm?2.

US Pat. No. 10,457,772

PREPARATION OF ROBUST POLYTHIOAMINAL CARRIERS

International Business Ma...

1. A method, comprising:forming a polythioaminal block copolymer by polymerizing a reaction mixture including a hexahydrotriazine, a hydrophobic block precursor, a hydrophilic block precursor, and a particle stabilizing segment precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,761

POLYMER, RESIST COMPOSITION, AND PATTERN FORMING PROCESS

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

4. The method of claim 1 wherein the illumination is provided by an LED lamp or organic EL lamp.