US Pat. No. 10,481,321

CANTED AUGMENTED REALITY DISPLAY FOR IMPROVED ERGONOMICS

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A system comprising:a source that generates light for an augmented-reality and/or virtual-reality system;
a waveguide display, the waveguide display comprising:
an input coupler, to in-couple light from the source;
an output coupler, to out-couple light to an eye of a user, wherein the output coupler has a field of view, and the field of view is non-rectangular; and
a waveguide to guide light from the input coupler to the output coupler; and
a frame, wherein:
the frame supports the waveguide display at a wrap angle in relation to a face of the user of the augmented-reality and/or virtual-reality system;
the wrap angle is measured from a flat, vertical plane with a normal of the flat, vertical plane directed to a centerline of the face of the user; and
the wrap angle is non-zero.

US Pat. No. 10,481,318

LED PANEL LIGHT AND FRAME COMPONENT FOR LED PANEL LIGHT

ZOPOISE TECHNOLOGY (ZHUZH...

1. A frame component, comprising:a frame and a moving plate, wherein the frame comprises a bottom portion and an edge portion, the moving plate is movably assembled at the inner side of the edge portion of the frame,
an extrusion space is formed between the opposite faces of the moving plate and the edge portion of the frame, an expansion piece is assembled in the extrusion space, the side face of the moving plate in the face of a light guide plate is provided with a light source assembling area for assembling a light source component, and the moving plate is close to the light guide plate located at the inner side of the moving plate due to an extrusion counterforce of the expansion piece, thereby eliminating the clearance between the light guide plate and the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,481,314

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND POLARIZER THEREOF

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

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a substrate;
a light emitting element on the substrate, the light-emitting element being configured to emit visible light; and
a polarizer comprising:
a polarizing object on the substrate, the polarizing object being configured to absorb ultraviolet light and visible light having wavelengths of 380 nm to 420 nm of the visible light emitted from the light emitting element and configured to transmit the visible light emitted from the light emitting element, where a supporting film is present on at least one surface of the polarizing object, a first adhesive layer is present on one surface of the supporting film, a phase retardation layer is present on one surface of the first adhesive layer, and a second adhesive layer is present on one surface of the phase retardation layer;
wherein the supporting film is directly contacted with the polarizing object,
wherein the supporting film includes any one of a polyester-based film and an acryl-based film formed of an acryl-based resin,
wherein the first adhesive layer absorbs ultraviolet light and visible light having wavelengths of 380 nm to 425 nm emitted from the light emitting element, and transmits the visible light emitted from the light emitting element,
wherein the polarizing object has a 3D stereographic structure in which OH groups present in a polymer polymerized from the monomer represented by Chemical Formula 1
form a center circle around an iodine atom, and carbon (C) atoms attached to the OH groups are positioned outward from the iodine atom, andwherein the polarizing object includes a first dye that absorbs ultraviolet light and visible light having wavelengths shorter than the blue light of the visible light emitted from the light emitting element and that transmits the visible light emitted from the light emitting element.

US Pat. No. 10,481,310

HARD CANDY OPTICS

1. A method of manufacturing a hard candy optic comprising:coating a depression comprised in a mold with a lubricant, wherein the lubricant comprises vegetable oil, wherein the lubricant is configured to improve an optical quality of the hard candy optic, wherein the depression comprises an inverse prism shape;
heating a mixture comprising either:
sucrose, light corn syrup, and water; or
isomaltitol and water;
pouring the mixture into the depression; and
cooling the mixture, wherein the cooling cures the mixture into the hard candy optic comprising a resulting hard candy material;
preventing, via the lubricant, bubbles from forming along a mold-candy interface during the cooling the mixture, thus improving the optical quality of the hard candy optic, wherein the hard candy optic comprises an optically-functional prism having desired optical properties that separates white light into a rainbow due to each wavelength of the rainbow experiencing a different refractive index in the optically-functional prism; and
removing the hard candy optic from the mold,
wherein the hard candy optic comprises an optics component and a hard candy handle protruding from the optics component, and
wherein the optics component and the hard candy handle both comprise the hard candy material, such that the optics component and the hard candle handle are a single unitary component.

US Pat. No. 10,481,308

OPTICAL FILM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FILM, AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY INCLUDING OPTICAL FILM

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

1. An optical film, comprising:a polarizer comprising a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) core layer;
an ultraviolet (UV) adhesive layer under a bottom surface of the PVA core layer;
a diffusion sheet adhered to a bottom surface of the polarizer, the diffusion sheet comprising:
a first diffusion member comprising a first convex portion, the first diffusion member being adhered to the UV adhesive layer such that the UV adhesive layer is between and directly contacts both of the PVA core layer and the first diffusion member;
a second diffusion member adhered to the first diffusion member, the second diffusion member comprising a second convex portion; and
a first adhesive layer between the first diffusion member and the second diffusion member, the first diffusion member and the second diffusion member being adhered together by the first adhesive layer, the first diffusion member and the second diffusion member contacting the same first adhesive layer; and
a prism sheet adhered to a bottom surface of the diffusion sheet, the prism sheet comprising:
a first prism pattern having a plurality of points at a first height; and
a second prism pattern having a plurality of points at a second height less than the first height, at least one of the plurality of points of the second prism pattern being between at least two of the plurality of points of the first prism pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,481,306

DISPLAY PANEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A display panel, comprising:a base material that transmits light and that is formed in a plate shape;
a groove portion defined in a back surface of the base material and defined corresponding to a display pattern that is displayed on a front surface side of the base material;
a light-blocking film, formed on the back surface where the groove portion is not defined and on a side surface of the groove portion, that blocks light through the back surface;
a light-transmissive region that comprises a region on an upper surface of the groove portion where the light-blocking film is not formed and that transmits light; anda metal film formed in at least the light-transmissive region,wherein the metal film overlies the light-blocking film, and is of such a thickness that it transmits light,
wherein the light-blocking film is configured to reduce an intensity of light transmitted therethrough, and
wherein the light-blocking film is configured to have a light transmittance of not more than 1%.

US Pat. No. 10,481,303

LENS ARRAY, LENS ARRAY LAMINATE BODY , LENS ARRAY MANUFACTURING METHOD, LENS ARRAY LAMINATE BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND LENS UNIT MANUFACTURING METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A lens array comprising:a plurality of lens portions, each having an optical axis;
a support portion integrally connecting the plurality of lens portions in a state of being two-dimensionally aligned;
a reference surface for joining provided at the support portion; and
a convex fitting portion which is not optical and is surrounded by the plurality of lens portions on a side opposite to the reference surface to protrude from the support portion and which is specifically configured for positioning with respect to a non-mold holding device,
wherein the lens array is formed by receiving a droplet of melting glass in a die and performing pressing, and
wherein the reference surface is a plane having a normal vector parallel to each optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,481,302

APPARATUS FOR COATING LENSES INCLUDING ADVANCED DRYING TECHNIQUES

Jelight Company, Inc., I...

17. A coating apparatus comprising an enclosed area, the coating apparatus comprising:a mechanical arm configured to receive and maintain a lens in a desired orientation;
a loading station comprising a loading platform configured to receive the lens and maintain the lens within the enclosed area;
a washing and drying station configured to wash and dry the lens while the lens is oriented in the desired orientation, wherein the washing and drying station comprises:
a spraying mechanism that directs an upward spray toward a bottom surface of the lens;
a plurality of blower arrangements configured to direct airflow toward the lens after the lens has been coated;
a linear track configured to receive and guide the mechanical arm in a linear path; and
a programmable controller configured to control the mechanical arm to:
collect the lens from the loading station without operator handling of the lens;
move along the linear track between the loading station and the washing and drying station; and
expose the lens to the coating and curing station for a coating procedure and a curing procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,481,300

MIRROR SURFACE DECORATIVE SHEET HAVING CRACK ELONGATION AND SPECIFIED SURFACE ROUGHNESS, AND MIRROR SURFACE DECORATIVE PLATE USING SAME

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A mirror surface decorative sheet comprising at least a base sheet and a surface-protecting layer, and having a crack elongation as measured by the following method of 10 to 20%,the base sheet being formed of a polypropylene resin, the base sheet having a thickness of 150 to 500 ?m, the base sheet having a ten-point mean roughness (Rzjis) of a surface that is on the surface-protecting layer side as measured according to JIS B 0601: 2001 of 5 ?m or less,
the surface-protecting layer being a cured product of an ionizing radiation-curable resin composition, the surface-protecting layer having a thickness of 7 to 17 ?m:
Measurement of crack elongation:
a rectangular test sample is prepared according to JIS K 7127 using a decorative sheet, placed in a temperature environment of 70° C., and pulled at an arbitrary elongation using a tensile tester at a tensile rate of 20 mm/min, an 80-mm distance between chucks, and a width of 25 mm; thereafter, the test sample between the chucks is colored with a whiteboard marker, the colored portion is wiped off with cloth, and the degree of elongation at which the color cannot be wiped off due to the occurrence of cracking is determined as a crack elongation.

US Pat. No. 10,481,292

STATISTICAL METHODS FOR ASSESSING DOWNHOLE CASING INTEGRITY AND PREDICTING CASING LEAKS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system for predicting downhole casing leaks of hotspots, comprising:a memory; and
at least one hardware processor interoperably coupled with the memory and configured to:
obtain, from corrosion logs generated by an electromagnetic (EM) logging tool, raw EM corrosion data for a hotspot, wherein the raw EM corrosion data includes a metal thickness loss value for the hotspot;
determine a corrosion parameter based on the raw EM corrosion data, wherein the corrosion parameter includes a corrosion rate that is calculated based on an original thickness value, a remaining thickness value, and a number of years;
generate a probability distribution curve for the corrosion parameter;
generate a corrosion severity classification matrix based on the probability distribution curve, wherein the corrosion severity classification matrix includes a plurality of corrosion severity classes and cutoff values for each of the plurality of corrosion severity classes;
assign the hotspot into one of the plurality of corrosion severity classes based on a comparison of the cutoff values for the plurality of corrosion severity classes in the corrosion severity classification matrix and the corrosion parameter of the hotspot; and
generate a service alert for the hotspot based on the assigned corrosion severity class.

US Pat. No. 10,481,290

GENERALIZED DIRECTIONAL MEASUREMENTS AND USING SYMMETRIZED AND ANTI-SYMMETRIZED ANGLES TO INDICATE ORIENTATION OF ANISOTROPY AND FORMATION BOUNDARIES

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for determining orientation of an electrical resistivity boundary in a wellbore, comprising:accepting as input to a computer measurements of an electromagnetic property of formations traversed by the wellbore (i) at least one axial spacing between a multiaxial electromagnetic transmitter and a multiaxial electromagnetic receiver or (ii) at least two axial spacings using a single axis transmitter and multiaxial receivers or a multiaxial transmitter and single axis receivers;
in the computer, determining a symmetrized angle using measurements of the electromagnetic property made using cross coupled component measurements;
in the computer, determining at least a relative orientation of the electrical boundary with respect to an orientation of the well logging instrument using the symmetrized angle; and
in the computer, at least one of displaying and storing the relative orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,481,285

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINATION OF DEPTH OF INTERACTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A radiation detector assembly comprising:a semiconductor detector having a surface;
plural pixelated anodes disposed on the surface, each pixelated anode configured to generate a primary signal responsive to reception of a photon by the pixelated anode and to generate at least one secondary signal responsive to an induced charge caused by reception of a photon by at least one surrounding anode; and
at least one processor operably coupled to the pixelated anodes, the at least one processor configured to:
acquire a primary signal from one of the anodes responsive to reception of a photon by the one of the anodes;
acquire at least one secondary signal from at least one neighboring pixel of the one of the anodes responsive to an induced charge caused by the reception of the photon by the one of the anodes, the at least one secondary signal defining a plot of energy against detector depth, wherein at least a portion of the plot has a negative value; and
determine a depth of interaction in the semiconductor detector for the reception of the photon by the one of the anodes using the negative value of the at least one secondary signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,282

RADIATION IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A radiation image capturing apparatus that generates a plurality of frame images by consecutively repeating generation of electric charge in a radiation detecting device and reading of image data using a data reading part, the radiation image capturing apparatus comprising:a plurality of radiation detecting devices that are arranged on a substrate to be distributed in a two-dimensional shape and can generate electric charge by receiving radiation;
a voltage applying part that applies a reverse bias voltage to each of the plurality of radiation detecting devices;
the data reading part that reads image data on the basis of electric charge generated by each of the plurality of radiation detecting devices; and
a noise detector that detects a voltage noise of the reverse bias voltage and outputs data on the basis of the voltage noise in accordance with the reading of the image data,
wherein the data reading part includes:
an estimator that estimates an offset component of the noise detector on the basis of data corresponding to a prior frame image output by the noise detector in accordance with reading of image data of the prior frame image of one frame image among the plurality of frame images;
a noise data calculator that calculates noise data on the basis of the data output by the noise detector in accordance with the reading of the image data of the one frame image and the offset component of the noise detector estimated by the estimator on the basis of the data corresponding to the prior frame image output by the noise detector in accordance with the reading of the image data of the prior frame image;
an image correcting part that generates image data after correction by eliminating the noise data calculated by the noise data calculator in accordance with the reading of image data of the one frame image from the image data of the one frame image; and
a hardware processor including:
an offset variation amount calculator that calculates an offset variation amount of the noise detector caused by horizontal crosstalk of the data output by the noise detector by multiplying a sum or an average value of image data of the radiation detecting devices corresponding to each scanning line read by reading circuits of reading ICs by a predetermined coefficient; and
a data correcting part that corrects a plurality of pieces of data corresponding to each scanning line output by the noise detector on the basis of the offset variation amount of the noise detector calculated by the offset variation amount calculator.

US Pat. No. 10,481,279

STAGGERED DETECTOR ARRAY FOR LOCATING RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

1. A detector array for locating a radioactive source, comprising:at least ten slab-shaped detectors configured to detect particles from the radioactive source, each detector being positioned parallel to an aiming plane that runs centrally from the back to the front of the detector array, wherein the detectors are stacked face-to-face and arranged in an alternating sequence of frontward and rearward detectors, and wherein each rearward detector is offset from one or more adjacent frontward detectors by a distance at least equal to the thickness of each of the detectors; and
a processor configured to be communicatively coupled to each detector respectively, and to determine whether a source is present by calculating a sum of detection data from all of the detectors and comparing the sum to a predetermined background value.

US Pat. No. 10,481,266

MULTI-RANGE THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING SYSTEMS

Cepton Technologies, Inc....

1. A system for performing three-dimensional imaging of a scene, the system comprising:a first lidar sensor having a first optical axis oriented at a first angle toward the scene, the first lidar sensor including:
a first laser source configured to emit a first plurality of laser pulses;
a first emission lens configured to collimate and direct the first plurality of laser pulses at a first plurality of corresponding incidence angles with respect to the first optical axis toward one or more first objects in the scene, wherein the first emission lens has a first focal length so that the first plurality of corresponding incidence angles forms a first angular field of view, and wherein a portion of each of the first plurality of laser pulses is reflected off of the one or more first objects;
a first receiving lens configured to receive and focus the portion of each of the first plurality of laser pulses reflected off of the one or more first objects; and
a first photodetector configured to receive and detect the portion of each of the first plurality of laser pulses focused by the first receiving lens;
a second lidar sensor having a second optical axis oriented at a second angle toward the scene, the second lidar sensor comprising:
a second laser source configured to emit a second plurality of laser pulses;
a second emission lens configured to collimate and direct the second plurality of laser pulses at a second plurality of corresponding incidence angles with respect to the second optical axis toward one or more second objects in the scene, wherein the second emission lens has a second focal length different from the first focal length so that the second plurality of corresponding incidence angles forms a second angular field of view different from the first angular field of view, and wherein a portion of each of the second plurality of laser pulses is reflected off of the one or more second objects;
a second receiving lens configured to receive and focus the portion of each of the second plurality of laser pulses reflected off of the one or more second objects; and
a second photodetector configured to receive and detect the portion of each of the second plurality of laser pulses focused by the second receiving lens; and
a processor including one or more processing units coupled to the first lidar sensor and the second lidar sensor, the processor configured to:
determine a time of flight for each of the first plurality of laser pulses and each of the second plurality of laser pulses from emission to detection; and
construct a three dimensional image of the scene based on the determined time of flight for each of the first plurality of laser pulses and each of the second plurality of laser pulses, the first angle of the first optical axis, the first plurality of incidence angles, the second angle of the second optical axis, and the second plurality of incidence angles.

US Pat. No. 10,481,261

DEPTH FIELD IMAGING APPARATUS, METHODS, AND APPLICATIONS

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Itha...

1. A depth field imaging apparatus for imaging a scene, comprising:a time-of-flight (TOF) imager comprising:
a light source configured to emit light to illuminate the scene; and
a plurality of TOF sensors configured to acquire a depth field image of the scene by detecting return light returned from the scene in response to the emitted light;
light field (LF) optics disposed in a path of the return light and configured to spatially modulate the return light prior to detection of the return light by the plurality of TOF sensors,
wherein the plurality of TOF sensors and the LF optics are implemented in a single on-chip architecture; and
wherein the depth field image acquired by the plurality of TOF sensors contains LF information, encoded by the spatial modulation applied to the return light by the LF optics, and TOF information.

US Pat. No. 10,481,259

TRACKING TARGETS ON A SONAR IMAGE

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A method for tracking one or more targets on a sonar image, the method comprising:receiving first sonar data from a sonar system of a vessel at a first time, wherein the first sonar data is generated from a plurality of sonar returns from an underwater environment relative to the vessel based on a first sweep of the underwater environment by the sonar system, wherein at least one transducer of the sonar system is configured to mechanically rotate 360 degrees during the first sweep;
processing the first sonar data from the first sweep to form a first sonar image that shows a representative plan view of the underwater environment relative to the vessel, wherein the first sonar image is formed using pixel coordinates for each of the plurality of sonar returns of the first sonar data, wherein each pixel coordinate defines a color value that directly correlates to at least an amplitude of a corresponding sonar return;
displaying the first sonar image on a computer screen;
identifying one or more targets in the first sonar image by determining that a contrast between the color value of one or more pixel coordinates of the first sonar image and a background color value of the first sonar image is greater than a predetermined threshold;
receiving user input to a user interface associated with the screen, wherein the user input indicates a desire to track the one or more targets on the first sonar image;
determining a first location of the one or more targets based on the pixel coordinates of the first sonar image associated with the one or more targets;
receiving second sonar data from the sonar system of the vessel at a second time following the first time, wherein the second sonar data is generated from a plurality of sonar returns from the underwater environment relative to the vessel based on a second sweep of the underwater environment by the sonar system, wherein the at least one transducer of the sonar system is configured to mechanically rotate 360 degrees during the second sweep;
processing the second sonar data from the second sweep to form a second sonar image that shows a representative plan view of the underwater environment relative to the vessel, wherein the second sonar image is formed using pixel coordinates for each of the plurality of sonar returns of the second sonar data, wherein each pixel coordinate defines a color value that directly correlates to at least an amplitude of a corresponding sonar return;
displaying the second sonar image on the computer screen;
re-identifying the one or more targets within the second sonar image based on at least a contrast between the color value of one or more pixel coordinates of the second sonar image and a background color value of the second sonar image by identifying at least one of shape, size, color, or speed associated with one or more pixel coordinates that substantially matches one or more predetermined shapes, speeds, colors or sizes of the one or more targets;
determining a second location of the one or more targets based on the pixel coordinates of the second sonar image associated with the one or more targets; and
tracking the one or more targets by at least storing the first location and the second location of the one or more targets in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,481,258

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

6. A vehicle control apparatus which is applied to a vehicle equipped with a target detection section for detecting at least one target around an own vehicle, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:a memory;
a processor communicable to the memory; and
a set of computer-executable instructions stored on the memory that cause the processor to implement:
performing collision avoidance control with respect to the at least one target on a basis of a result of detection performed by the target detection section;
acquiring, at a predetermined cycle, angle deviation information on angular deviation of the target detection section in a vertical direction, the angle deviation information being calculated on a basis of a detection position where the at least one target has been detected by the target detection section;
calculating an axis deviation angle by performing statistical processing of a history of the angle deviation information acquired after activation of the vehicle control apparatus, the axis deviation angle being an amount of deviation of a mounting angle of the target detection section in the vertical direction; and
until a predetermined initial time period elapses after the activation of the vehicle control apparatus, imposing a limitation on the collision avoidance control which is performed with respect to, among the at least one target detected by the target detection section, a stationary target which is a target corresponding to a stationary object and imposing no limitation on the collision avoidance control which is performed with respect to a target other than the stationary target.

US Pat. No. 10,481,249

RADAR APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A radar apparatus comprising:a transmitting portion including a plurality of transmitter elements that emits a transmitting signal as a radar wave toward an object;
a receiving portion including a plurality of receiver elements receiving a reflection signal that is a reflection of the transmitting signal by the object; and
an estimation portion,
wherein:
the estimation portion generates a virtual receiving array including virtual receiver elements whose number corresponds to a total number of receiver elements multiplied by a total number of transmitter elements;
the estimation portion divides the virtual receiving array into a plurality of identical sub-arrays;
the estimation portion generates covariance matrix data for each of the sub-arrays based on the reflection signal;
the estimation portion averages the covariance matrix data for each of the sub-arrays to decorrelate a direct reflection signal from the object and multipath reflection signal among the reflection signal and spatially smooths the reflection signal;
the estimation portion resolves the direct reflection signal from the object and the multipath reflection signal based on the result of spatial smoothing of the reflection signal; and
the estimation portion determines the direction of the object based on the direct reflection signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,242

METHOD FOR JOINT ANTENNA-ARRAY CALIBRATION AND DIRECTION OF ARRIVAL ESTIMATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method comprising:determining, for a radar system having an antenna array with L antenna elements, an initial array response to K objects within a field of view of the radar system, wherein L is an integer ?1, K is an integer ?2, and the initial array response is a function of a first matrix that is an initial coupling matrix, a second matrix that includes for each of the L antenna elements an initial value based on a gain value and a phase value of the antenna element, a third matrix that includes an initial direction of arrival (DOA) estimate for each of the K objects, and a fourth matrix that includes a complex signal amplitude value for each of the K objects;
determining a covariance matrix based on the initial array response;
performing eigen-decomposition of the covariance matrix to determine an updated DOA estimate for each of the K objects;
updating the third matrix based at least partially on the updated DOA estimates;
updating the second matrix based at least partially on a fifth matrix that is a diagonal matrix based on the updated DOA estimates and a sixth matrix that includes eigenvectors corresponding to the covariance matrix;
updating the first matrix in accordance with a cost function that is a function of the updated second matrix, the updated third matrix, and the sixth matrix; and
using the updated first matrix and the updated second matrix when processing signals received by the antenna array to determine additional direction of arrival (DOA) estimates for each of the K objects.

US Pat. No. 10,481,236

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING ANGLE OF ARRIVAL IN A WIRELESS DEVICE

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A method of a wireless device, the method comprising:determining a phase difference between a first offset introduced by a first oscillator of a transceiver of the wireless device and a second offset introduced by a second oscillator of a receiver of the wireless device;
using the transceiver coupled to a first antenna, determining a first attribute value of a first radio frequency (RF) signal received from a source through the first antenna during a first period;
using an attribute estimator of the receiver, determining a second attribute value of the first RF signal received from the source through a second antenna during the first period;
switching the attribute estimator from being coupled to the second antenna to being coupled to a third antenna;
using the transceiver coupled to the first antenna, determining a first attribute of a second RF signal received from the source through the first antenna during a second period;
using the attribute estimator, determining a second attribute of the second RF signal received from the source through the third antenna during the second period; and
compensating for the determined phase difference prior to estimating an angle of arrival associated with the first and second RF signals based on the first and second attributes of the first RF signal and the first and second attributes of the second RF signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,234

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING OF PHANTOMS FOR MEDICAL IMAGING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for three-dimensional printing of a medical imaging phantom, the method comprising:receiving, using a database, a selection of an organ phantom from a library of organ phantoms;
three-dimensionally printing, with a three-dimensional printer, the selected organ phantom; and
calibrating a medical imaging system with the three-dimensionally printed organ phantom.

US Pat. No. 10,481,228

LIGHT DATA COMMUNICATION LINK DEVICE FOR USE IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE EXAMINATION SYSTEMS

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A light data communication link device for use in a magnetic resonance examination system including a scanning unit that comprises an enclosure having an outer enclosure surface defined by maximum spatial dimensions of the scanning unit, the light data communication link device comprising:a first light emitter and receiver unit and a second light emitter and receiver unit, each of the first and second light emitter and receiver units comprising:
a light generating member that is configured to generate light depending on an electrical signal applied to an electrical input port of the light generating member;
a light receiving member that is configured to generate an electrical signal at an electrical output port as a function of received light;
a light diffuser comprising a hollow semi-sphere;
a converging lens, wherein, in each of the first and second light emitter and receiver units, the light generating member is optically connected to the light diffuser by a first optical waveguide, and the light receiving member is optically connected to the converging lens by a second optical waveguide of the respective first and second light emitter and receiver units;
a first optical pathway for data communication existing along first distance between the light diffuser of the first light emitter and receiver unit and the converging lens of the second light emitter and receiver unit, and the converging lens, the second optical waveguide and the light receiving member of the second light emitter and receiver unit; and
a second optical pathway existing along a second distance between the light diffuser of the second light emitter and receiver unit and the converging lens of the first light emitter and receiver unit, and the converging lens, the second optical waveguide, and the light receiving member of the first light emitter and receiver unit, wherein at least the light generating member of the first light emitter and receiver unit is configured to be arranged outside a volume having an outer boundary surface comprising the outer enclosure surface, and the second light emitter and receiver unit is configured to be at least partially arranged inside the volume.

US Pat. No. 10,481,227

TRANSMISSION OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE SIGNALS BY DIFFERENTIAL CABLE ROUTING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A transmission apparatus for transmitting an intermediate frequency signal and an oscillator signal for mixing down of the intermediate frequency signal, the transmission apparatus comprising:a symmetrical transmission line for transmission of the oscillator signal and the intermediate frequency signal; and
a symmetrizing element configured to adapt an unsymmetrical signal source, a signal sink, or the unsymmetrical signal source and the signal sink to the symmetrical transmission line,
wherein the symmetrizing element has only ferrite-free inductances, and
wherein the transmission apparatus has a local attenuation minimum in a frequency range of the oscillator signal and in a frequency range of the intermediate frequency signal, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,481,221

TUNNEL MAGNETO-RESISTIVE (TMR) SENSORS EMPLOYING TMR DEVICES WITH DIFFERENT MAGNETIC FIELD SENSITIVITIES FOR INCREASED DETECTION SENSITIVITY

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A tunnel magneto-resistive (TMR) sensor, comprising:a first TMR device comprising:
a first pinned layer, a first free layer, and a first tunnel barrier disposed between the first pinned layer and the first free layer;
the first TMR device having a first magnetic sensitivity and a first resistance as a function of the first magnetic sensitivity;
a second TMR device comprising:
a second pinned layer, a second free layer, and a second tunnel barrier disposed between the second pinned layer and the second free layer;
the second TMR device having a second magnetic sensitivity different from the first magnetic sensitivity of the first TMR device, and having a second resistance as a function of the second magnetic sensitivity;
a first bottom electrode electrically coupled to the first pinned layer of the first TMR device;
a first top electrode electrically coupled to the first free layer of the first TMR device;
a second bottom electrode electrically coupled to the second pinned layer of the second TMR device; and
a second top electrode electrically coupled to the second free layer of the second TMR device;
the first TMR device configured to carry a first current between the first bottom electrode and the first top electrode in response to a first voltage differential applied between the first bottom electrode and the first top electrode based on the first resistance of the first TMR device; and
the second TMR device configured to carry a second current between the second bottom electrode and the second top electrode in response to a second voltage differential applied between the second bottom electrode and the second top electrode based on the second resistance of the second TMR device; and
a first access transistor comprising a first gate, a first electrode, and a second electrode, wherein:
the first gate of the first access transistor is electrically coupled to a word line;
the first bottom electrode of the first TMR device is electrically coupled to the first electrode of the first access transistor; and
the first top electrode of the first TMR device is electrically coupled to a source line;
the first TMR device configured to receive the first current between the first top electrode and the first bottom electrode based on the first resistance of the first TMR device, in response to a control signal on the word line activating the first access transistor and a first voltage applied to the source line; and
a second access transistor comprising a second gate, a first electrode, and a second electrode, wherein:
the second gate of the second access transistor is electrically coupled to the word line;
the second bottom electrode of the second TMR device is electrically coupled to the first electrode of the second access transistor; and
the second top electrode of the second TMR device is electrically coupled to the source line;
the second TMR device configured to receive the second current between the second top electrode and the second bottom electrode based on the second resistance of the second TMR device in response to the control signal on the word line activating the second access transistor and a second voltage applied to the source line.

US Pat. No. 10,481,213

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN OVERCHARGING OF AN ACCUMULATOR OF A BATTERY

DCNS, Paris (FR)

1. An overcharge detection method for detecting an overcharging of an accumulator of a battery comprising a set of parallel branches, each branch comprising accumulators disposed in series, wherein the said method includes the following steps:(i) collecting the measurements of the currents flowing through the branches of the battery;
(ii) identifying at least one variation in current in one branch of the said set of branches with respect to at least one other branch of the said set of branches as a function of the measurements of current collected;
(iii) determining a level of state of charge of the said branch; and
(iv) detecting an overcharging of an accumulator in the said branch as a function of at least the said variation in current identified and of the level of state of charge determined.

US Pat. No. 10,481,208

METHOD FOR WELDING ELECTRODE LEADS OF SECONDARY BATTERY MODULE AND COMPACT SECONDARY BATTERY MODULE USING THE SAME

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

1. A compact secondary battery module, comprising:a plurality of cartridges configured to accommodate cells, respectively, the plurality of cartridges stacked in a first direction;
a first battery cell accommodated in a first cartridge of the plurality of cartridges, the first battery cell having a first lead extending from the first cartridge;
a second battery cell accommodated in a second cartridge of the plurality of cartridges, the second battery cell having a second lead extending from the second cartridge; and
a sensing housing arranged at a side of a cartridge assembly in which the cartridges are stacked, the sensing housing having a plurality of bus bars,
wherein corresponding electrode leads of adjacent cells are arranged to be coplanar in a first plane and one of the plurality of bus bars in a second plane overlaps the first lead and second lead and then is welded to the first lead and second lead at two welding points, the second plane being parallel to the first plane, and
wherein the corresponding electrode leads of adjacent cells are spaced from one another in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,206

AUTOMATIC TEST EQUIPMENT (ATE) PLATFORM TRANSLATION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A system comprising:a computer device, upon implementing a host test program, is configured to generate compiled host test instructions based on a non-host test program code prepared in accordance with performance characteristics of a non-host automatic test equipment (ATE) and based on calibration data and/or offset data associated with a host ATE; and
a hardware adapter configured to generate non-host test signals based on host test signals generated by the host ATE and with substantially similar characteristics as test signals generated by the non-host ATE, wherein the host test signals are generated by the host ATE based on the compiled host test instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,204

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO MEASURE A SIGNAL ON AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DIE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a first pad;
a second pad; and
a measurement circuit having:
a first input node to receive a test signal;
a second input node to receive an adjustable reference signal from the first pad; and
an output node to provide an indication of a relation between the test signal and the reference signal to the second pad,
wherein the measurement circuit is to protect the first input node from the second pad to preserve signal fidelity of the test signal; and
a multiplexer coupled to the measurement circuit, wherein the multiplexer is to selectively provide an output from multiple measurement circuits including the measurement circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,481,202

IN-FIELD SELF-TEST CONTROLLER FOR SAFETY CRITICAL AUTOMOTIVE USE CASES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A self-test controller, comprising:a memory configured to store a first test pattern that includes test subpatterns such that each of the test subpatterns includes test vectors and the test vectors in each of the test subpatterns correspond to a different test core of a plurality of test cores;
configuration registers configured to store configuration parameters that indicate a subset of the plurality of the test cores that are test enabled; and
a memory data component configured to upload the first test pattern and decode the test vectors in a subset of the test subpatterns that correspond to the subset of the plurality of the test cores that the configuration parameters indicate are test enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,481,195

DISTRIBUTED IOT BASED SENSOR ANALYTICS FOR POWER LINE DIAGNOSIS

MachineSense, LLC, Balti...

1. A method of predicting electrical line issues, the method comprising:a) collecting through a processor, data associated with at least one electrical line reading from one or more sensors capable of local computation of time series data of electrical sensors transmitted over a communication network;
i) wherein the data collected is over a finite time period and transmitted to a machine learning engine, and
ii) wherein the machine learning engine is associated with a computer database hosting real time and historical data;
b) visualizing, through a processor, at least one electrical line issue based on an analysis through a big data engine;
c) determining the at least one electrical line issue based on one or more computations;
d) indicating the at least one electrical line issue through a user interface dynamic; and,
e) setting an alarm, through a processor, for the at least one electrical line issue;
wherein a computation engine enables the one or more computations;
wherein the alarm is set through at least one of a rule based engine and multi-classification machine learning engine;
wherein the user interface dynamic is a predictive maintenance circular gauge; and
wherein the electrical line issue includes at least one of swell, surge, harmonics, sag and flickering.

US Pat. No. 10,481,189

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING VARIABLE IMPEDANCE ELEMENTS IN A WIRELESS SENSOR

Philips I.P. Ventures B.V...

1. A wireless remote sensor for sensing a first external parameter and a second external parameter comprising:a receiver coil configured to receive power wirelessly from a wireless power transmitter;
an oscillating circuit coupled to said receiver coil whereby oscillations of said oscillating circuit are communicated to the wireless power transmitter by reflected impedance, said oscillating circuit having a first variable impedance element that is configured to vary in response to changes in a value of a sensed first external parameter and a second variable impedance element that is configured to vary in response to changes in a value of a sensed second external parameter, wherein the first and second variable impedance elements are capable of varying independently of power received wirelessly from the wireless power transmitter; and
wherein a duty cycle of said oscillations varies based on variations in said first and second variable impedance elements, whereby said duty cycle of said oscillations is affected by sensed variations in the value of the sensed first and sensed second external parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,481,182

OPTICAL SENSOR WITH SPUN BIREFRINGENT SENSING FIBER

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. An optical fiber current sensor having an opto-electronic module part for detecting a magneto-optic phase shift induced in a sensing fiber by a magnetic field of the current, and a sensor head including the sensing fiber, wherein the sensing fiber is a spun highly-birefringent fiber having a length L=? ds defined by the line integral along the space curve described by the sensing fiber,wherein a sensing length is defined as L?=L for a transmission optical sensor and as L?=2L for a sensing fiber being terminated by a reflector and

with

 and x being the spinning ratio of the spun highly-birefringent fiber,

 the ratio of center wavelength ? over the spectral width ?? of the light in the sensing fiber, and LLB being the linear beat length which is a length section of equivalent unspun highly-birefringent fiber that produces a birefringent phase shift of 2?, and
wherein

with Dmax being 50 cm or smaller and Dmax being a length characterising the available volume for the sensor head, and a and b being the two largest edge lengths of a cuboid of minimal size enclosing the sensing fiber, wherein
the magneto-optic phase shift accumulated in the fiber is reduced by having at least one of the following features:
(i) one or more sections of the sensing fiber forming loops enclosing the current but being counter-wound with respect to other sections of the sensing fiber forming loops enclosing the current,
(ii) one or more sections of the sensing fiber being at least partly magnetically shielded, and
(iii) one or more sections of the sensing fiber forming loops not enclosing the current.

US Pat. No. 10,481,175

CONTACTOR WITH ANGLED DEPRESSIBLE PROBES

ESSAI, INC., Fremont, CA...

1. A contactor for providing electrical contact between an array of contacts of an IC device under test (DUT) and a test board, said contactor comprising:a body portion having substantially parallel top and bottom faces defining a contactor interface wall which lies in an x-y plane and which has a perpendicular z-axis, the top face of said contactor interface wall receiving a DUT which is placed contacts down on said top face, and
a plurality of depressible probes extending through said contactor interface wall, said depressible probes having probe tips and being angled relative to the z-axis of said interface wall such that the probe tips of said depressible probes emerge at an angle from the top and bottom faces thereof, and wherein the depressible probes are arranged in different arrays of depressible probes, the depressible probes of one array of depressible probes being angled oppositely from the depressible probes of another array of depressible probes, and wherein the oppositely angled arrays of depressible probes exert equally opposing forces in the x-y plane on the DUT thereby self-aligning and self-centering the DUT with respect to the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,481,171

AUTOMATED SAMPLE STORAGE SYSTEM HAVING STORAGE CONSUMABLE WITH SUB-OPTIMAL STORAGE DENSITY

BROOKS AUTOMATION, INC., ...

1. An automated sample specimen storage system comprising:a tube holding microplate including
a plate frame;
a predetermined array of tube holding receptacles formed in the plate frame, the tube holding receptacles of the predetermined array having a SBS standard pitch corresponding to the predetermined array, and being configured for holding therein sample store and transport tubes that are separate and distinct from the predetermined array of tube holding receptacles, each tube holding receptacle being disposed so as to contain sample specimen in a sample storage array, of the automated sample specimen storage system and to effect, with the sample store and transport tube, delivery of the sample specimen from the sample storage array to a workstation, the predetermined array of tube holding receptacles defining a volume capacity of the tube holding microplate;
each of the tube holding receptacles being shaped to engage walls of the sample store and transport tubes and hold a respective one of the sample store and transport tubes, wherein the tube holding receptacles of the predetermined array are sized and spaced from one another so that the tube holding microplate volume capacity defined by the predetermined array of tube holding receptacles is an under optimum volume capacity; and
an automated storage and retrieval system configured for the automated storage and retrieval of sample store and transport tubes from a sample storage with a predetermined throughput capacity to the sample storage array, wherein the sample storage array is balanced with the predetermined throughput capacity of the automated storage and retrieval system so that the sub-optimal density of the predetermined array effects increased throughput of the sample store and transport tubes from the sample storage to the sample storage array relative to a storage area with optimal volume capacity arrayed tube holding receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,481,170

TEST TUBE RACK OF ANALYZER PIPELINE, SHIFT DETECTION METHOD AND DEVICE USING THE SAME

Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medi...

1. A detecting device for shift detection, comprising:a test tube rack including a plurality of test tube holders for holding test tubes;
a drive component for driving the test tube rack;
a light blocker arranged on a surface of the test tube rack, the light blocker comprising a first feature area and a second feature area alternated with the first feature area, the first feature area and the second feature area optically blocking the test tubes, the second feature area having a depth different from the first feature area in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the test tube rack;
a reflective optical sensor for detecting a reflected signal from the first feature area and the second feature area of the light blocker to output a detection signal during a shifting process of the test tube rack by the drive component, a single test tube is shifted during the shifting process of the test tube rack;
a processor configured to acquire a stop voltage from the detection signal and a limit voltage from the detection signal during the shifting process, wherein the stop voltage is detected upon the test tube rack ending the shift, and the limit voltage is the maximum absolute value of voltage from the beginning to the end of the shift of the test tube rack; and the processor is further configured to determine whether a ratio of the limit voltage and the stop voltage satisfies a first condition; upon the determination that the first condition is satisfied, the shifting process of the test tube rack is determined as correct; otherwise, the shifting process of the test tube rack is determined as false.

US Pat. No. 10,481,156

DETECTION OF AUTOANTIBODIES REACTIVE WITH PANCREATIC ISLET CELL ANTIGENIC MOLECULES AND/OR INSULIN

RSR LIMITED, Cardiff (GB...

1. A method of screening a diluted sample of serum or plasma obtained from an animal subject for analyte autoantibodies reactive with one or more antigenic molecules selected from glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) antigens or the protein tyrosine phosphatase-like islet cell antigen (IA-2), said method comprising:(a) immobilizing antigenic molecules from one or more first sources to a solid support in an amount so as to form a monovalent intermediate complex comprising [antigenic molecule of said first source]-[analyte autoantibody] capable of forming a divalent complex with antigenic molecules of a second source, wherein said antigenic molecules from the one or more first sources are capable of interacting with analyte autoantibodies in a sample of serum or plasma from said subject, or a calibrator and comprises molecules selected from the group consisting of glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65), glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 (GAD67), and IA-2;
(b) contacting said immobilized antigenic molecules from the one or more first sources with:
(1) a diluted sample of serum or plasma from said subject, wherein the sample is diluted 32-fold or less; or said calibrator; and
(2) antigenic molecules from one or more second sources comprising a direct or indirect label, wherein said antigenic molecules from the one or more second sources are capable of interacting with analyte autoantibodies in a sample of serum or plasma from said subject, or said calibrator and comprises molecules selected from the group consisting of GAD65; GAD67; IA-2,
whereby analyte autoantibodies when present in said sample or calibrator interact with said antigenic molecules from the one or more first and second sources to form one or more divalent complexes comprising [antigenic molecule of said first source]-[analyte autoantibody]-[antigenic molecule of said second source]; and
(c) detecting the presence of complexes formed in (b) to provide an indication of analyte autoantibodies present in said sample;wherein said antigenic molecules from the one or more first and second sources comprises at least one GAD antigenic molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,481,151

ISOLATION OF PULMONARY ARTERIAL ENDOTHELIAL CELLS FROM PATIENTS WITH PULMONARY VASCULAR DISEASE AND USES THEREOF

Allegheny-Singer Research...

1. A method of culturing a population of pulmonary arterial endothelial cells from a patient, comprising:introducing an inflatable balloon catheter into a vein of the patient and advancing the catheter through the right heart of the patient and into a branch of the pulmonary artery of the patient;
inflating the balloon catheter to a pressure consistent with that of a pulmonary artery catheter;
removing the balloon catheter from the patient;
collecting a total cell population that adheres to the balloon catheter after removal from the patient;
purifying the population of pulmonary endothelial cells away from the total cell population; and
expanding the population of pulmonary endothelial cells in a growth medium.

US Pat. No. 10,481,150

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE FOR CELL-BASED ASSAYS

THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF ...

1. A microfluidic device for assaying cells, the microfluidic device comprising:a well block comprising a plurality of microwells;
a first cell culture layer comprising a plurality of microchannels, each microchannel being aligned with one of the plurality of microwells and being in fluid communication with the aligned microwells; and
a base block, the base block being in fluid communication with the plurality of microchannels, wherein the first cell culture layer is coupled between the well block and the base block to form a liquid tight seal, thereby allowing fluid communication between the plurality of microwells in the well block, the aligned microchannels in the first cell culture layer and the base block.

US Pat. No. 10,481,138

CHROMATOGRAM DATA PROCESSING DEVICE AND PROCESSING METHOD

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A system, comprising:a chromatograph including a column that separates components of a target sample and a detector that detects the separated components;
a chromatogram data processing device configured to process three-dimensional chromatogram data collected on the detected separated components of the target sample in which dimensions are made up of time, wavelength, and absorbance, and generate an absorbance spectrum representing a relation of the wavelength and the absorbance;
a display configured to display a window of the absorbance spectrum;
an operating unit configured to receive a wavelength designated on the absorbance spectrum displayed by an operator,
wherein the chromatogram data processing device is configured to act as:
a computing unit configured to calculate a specific wavelength closest to the wavelength designated by the operator, the specific wavelength being either one of a local maximum absorption wavelength and a local minimum absorption wavelength of the target sample at which a differential coefficient reaches zero on the absorbance spectrum;
a differential chromatogram generating unit configured to calculate a differential coefficient at the specific wavelength of the absorbance spectrum obtained at each time and configured to generate a differential spectrum at each time that represents a change in the differential coefficient at the specific wavelength; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not one or plural other components are included a peak of a target component, based on the change in the differential coefficient at each time, and whether or not the target sample includes impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,481,136

CHROMATOGRAPHIC SYSTEM TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Valco Instruments Company...

1. A method for controlling at least two chromatographic components in a chromatographic system, comprising:determining a power/temperature relationship for a first component;
determining a power/temperature relationship for a second component;
receiving a time/temperature profile for the first component;
receiving an input identifying whether a time/temperature profile for the second component will track an actual time/temperature profile of the first component;
applying power to the first component to alter a temperature of the first component according to the power-temperature relationship for the first component;
obtaining a temperature measurement of the first component;
constructing the actual time-temperature profile of the first component;
adjusting a first component power supplied to the first component to alter the temperature of the first component according to the power-temperature relationship for the first component as determined by the temperature measurement of the first component;
applying a second component power to the second component to alter the temperature of the second component according to one of the power-temperature relationship for the first component and the actual time-temperature profile of the first component;
obtaining a temperature measurement of the second component;
adjusting the first component power supplied to the first component to alter the temperature of the second component according to one of the group of relationships consisting of the power-temperature relationship for the first component and the actual time-temperature profile of the first component as determined by the temperature measurement of the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,481,134

UNDERWATER VEHICLES WITH INTEGRATED SURFACE CLEANING AND INSPECTION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. An integrated probe suitable for performing cleaning, cathodic protection voltage readings, and ultrasonic testing thickness measurements at an underwater surface, comprising:a housing having a front surface and a rear surface;
a cleaning jet tool having an orifice extending through the front surface of the housing;
an ultrasonic probe disposed within the housing, the ultrasonic probe having a transducer crystal and a flexible membrane arranged about the transducer crystal; and
a cathodic inspection tool having one or more legs, each having an electrically conductive tip and a subsea housing containing a reference electrode, each leg extending longitudinally away from the housing and arranged about the cleaning jet tool and ultrasonic probe,
wherein the one or more legs are passively adjustable in response to a force imparted when the one or more legs contact the underwater surface, and
wherein the one or more legs extend away from the housing at a distance such that in a condition in which the conductive tip of the one or more legs is in contact with the underwater surface, the cleaning jet tool and ultrasonic probe are at a distance for effective cleaning and ultrasonic measuring, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,481,133

INLINE CYCLE FUSE

Hexagon Technology, AS, ...

1. A method of predicting impending failure of a pressure vessel, the method including:fluidly connecting the pressure vessel to a source of pressurized fluid via a line;
fluidly connecting an apparatus to the line between the pressure vessel and the source, the apparatus including:
a conduit having a conduit wall, wherein the conduit is configured for fluid connection to the line; and
a containment structure including a cavity separated from an interior of the conduit by a portion of the conduit wall;
determining a first value of a physical property in the cavity of the containment structure;
experiencing a failure of the conduit wall that permits the fluid to flow from the interior of the conduit into the cavity;
determining a second value of the physical property in the cavity;
detecting a difference between the first and second values; and
calibrating the failure of the conduit wall to occur at a pre-determined percentage of an estimated useful life of the pressure vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,481,131

ULTRASONIC TEST SYSTEM, ULTRASONIC TEST METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AIRCRAFT PART

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

2. An ultrasonic test system comprising:at least one ultrasonic transducer that transmits a first ultrasonic wave and a second ultrasonic wave toward a test region, the first ultrasonic wave having a relatively low frequency, the second ultrasonic wave having a frequency higher than the frequency of the first ultrasonic wave;
at least one sensor that detects a reflected wave of the first ultrasonic wave and the second ultrasonic wave which has passed through the test region, the reflected wave being from the test region; and
damage detection circuitry configured to detect a damage in the test region, based on the reflected wave of the first ultrasonic wave and the second ultrasonic wave which has passed through the test region;
and where the at least one ultrasonic transducer comprises:
a first ultrasonic transducer that transmits the first ultrasonic wave toward the test region; and
a second ultrasonic transducer that transmits the second ultrasonic wave toward the test region from a direction different from a direction of the first ultrasonic wave; and wherein the at least one sensor comprises:
at least one optical fiber sensor that detects the reflected wave of the first ultrasonic wave and the second ultrasonic wave which has passed through the test region.

US Pat. No. 10,481,129

OIL RECOVERY SENSOR

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. A system for measuring oil content of a fluid, comprising:a dielectric sensor, comprising:
a first resonance circuit formed by a first capacitor, a first inductor, and a pair of electrodes adapted to be attached to an associated cavity through which the fluid can flow; and
a first standing wave ratio (SWR) analyzer configured to measure a resonance frequency of the first resonance circuit;
an eddy current sensor, comprising:
a second resonance circuit formed by a second capacitor, and a second inductor configured to produce a magnetic field within the associated cavity; and
a second SWR analyzer configured to measure a height of a peak of a resonance frequency of the second resonance circuit; and
one or more processors configured to:
determine if the oil content is above or below a threshold;
if the oil content is above the threshold, report the oil content using the dielectric sensor; and
if the oil content is below the threshold, report the oil content using the eddy current sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,127

APPARATUS FOR, SYSTEM FOR AND METHODS OF MAINTAINING SENSOR ACCURACY

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A method comprising:contacting an industrial water stream at an industrial water stream pressure with a plurality of surfaces utilized for measuring a plurality of parameters of an industrial water in an industrial water system;
isolating a first subset of the surfaces from the industrial water stream while a second subset of the surfaces maintains contact with the industrial water stream;
cleaning at least one surface of the first subset of surfaces while the second subset of surfaces maintains contact with the industrial water stream; and
restoring contact of the industrial water stream with the first subset of surfaces;
wherein the first subset of the surfaces comprises at least one of a wetted surface of a pH sensor, a wetted surface of an oxidation-reduction potential sensor, and a wetted surface of a light transference medium; and
wherein the second subset of the surfaces comprises at least one of a wetted surface of a corrosion detection sensor and a wetted surface of a conductivity sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,125

BIOMOLECULE MEASURING DEVICE

HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A biomolecule measuring apparatus comprises a semiconductor sensor for detecting ions generated by a reaction between a biomolecular sample and a reagent,wherein the semiconductor sensor comprises:
a semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of cells arranged in an array form on the semiconductor substrate, each of the plurality of cells is configured to detect ions; and
a plurality of readout wires arranged in the array formed by the plurality of cells,
wherein each of the plurality of cells comprises:
an ISFET comprising a floating gate and configured to detect a change in ion concentration;
a first MOSFET comprising a gate configured to receive an output from the ISFET and amplify the output from the ISFET;
a second MOSFET in series to the first MOSFET, configured to selectively transmit an output from the first MOSFET to a corresponding readout wire of the plurality of readout wires; and
a third MOSFET in series to the ISFET, configured to generate hot electrons in the ISFET and to inject a charge to the floating gate of the ISFET,
wherein the third MOSFET is controlled based on the output received from the ISFET, and wherein the second MOSFET and the third MOSFET are separately controlled; and
wherein the biomolecule measuring apparatus is configured to transmit the output from the ISFET to the corresponding readout wire and determine whether a threshold voltage of the ISFET is within a predetermined range, by controlling the second MOSFET.

US Pat. No. 10,481,123

ION-SENSING CHARGE-ACCUMULATION CIRCUITS AND METHODS

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of detecting an ion concentration of a fluid, comprising:passing the fluid over an ion-sensitive passivation surface above an electrically floating gate structure of a charge accumulation device of an ion sensitive circuit, wherein the floating gate includes a plurality of conductors electrically coupled to one another and separated by dielectric layers;
applying a control signal to a first charge control electrode disposed on a gate oxide layer and formed over a first electrode semiconductor region of the charge accumulation device to control entry of charge from the ion concentration of the fluid to form a packet of charge in a gate semiconductor region below the electrically floating gate structure;
applying a control signal to a second charge control electrode disposed on the gate oxide layer and formed over a second electrode semiconductor region of the charge accumulation device to control transmission of the charge packet out of the gate semiconductor region and into a drain diffusion region;
accumulating a plurality of charge packets at the drain diffusion region of the charge accumulation device as a function of the ion concentration in the fluid at a selectable charge packet accumulation frequency; and
generating an output signal using at least one control and readout transistor as a function of the accumulated plurality of charge packets at the drain diffusion region at a selectable output signal generation frequency, wherein the output signal represents a measure of the ion concentration in the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,481,120

DROPLET BASED MEASUREMENT OF SPECIFIC CAPACITANCE AND INTERFACIAL TENSIONS

University of Tennessee R...

1. A method of determining a plurality of physical properties of an artificial cellular membrane, wherein the method comprises:(a) preparing an artificial cellular membrane comprising a bilayer of amphiphilic molecules at an interface between a first droplet and a second droplet, wherein the first and second droplets each comprise an aqueous solution, wherein the first droplet is attached to a first electrode and the second droplet is attached to second electrode, and wherein the first and second droplets are suspended in a hydrophobic liquid medium;
(b) determining a specific capacitance of the artificial cellular membrane, wherein the determining comprises determining a nominal capacitance and an artificial cellular membrane area for the artificial cellular membrane at each of a plurality of artificial cellular membrane areas, wherein the area of the artificial cellular membrane is varied by changing the position of the first or second droplet relative to the other of the first or second droplet, and wherein the specific capacitance is calculated from the nominal capacitance and artificial cellular membrane area data, optionally from the slope of a linear least squares regression of nominal capacitance versus area data; and
(c) determining an artificial cellular membrane tension, wherein the determining comprises fixing the positions of the first and the second droplets relative to each other, measuring a contact angle between the droplets at a plurality of applied bias voltages, and calculating monolayer tension and bilayer tension.

US Pat. No. 10,481,112

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MEASURING PERIODIC STRUCTURES USING MULTI-ANGLE X-RAY REFLECTANCE SCATTEROMETRY (XRS)

NOVA MEASURING INSTRUMENT...

1. A metrology method of measuring a sample having a periodic structure by X-ray reflectance scatterometry, the method comprising:forming an incident converging X-ray beam having a central axis;
impinging the converging X-ray beam on the sample such that the central axis forms a non-zero incidence angle relative to a horizontal plane defined by an uppermost surface of the sample, and the central axis forms a non-zero azimuthal angle relative to an orthogonal to the periodic structure;
performing one measurement by collecting only a first order diffraction from the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,481,109

METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING A SAMPLE COMBINING AN X-RAY CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUE AND A SECONDARY IONIZATION MASS SPECTROMETRY CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUE

1. A method for characterizing a sample combining an X-ray tomography characterization technique and a secondary ionization mass spectrometry characterization technique, the method comprising:a step of providing a tip, the tip comprising a first end surface, a second end surface, a first cylindrical region bearing the first end surface and a second region in contact with the first cylindrical region and becoming slimmer towards the second end surface;
a step of machining the second region so as to obtain a sample holder comprising a flat surface, the flat surface forming an end surface of the sample holder, an area of said flat surface being less than an area of the first end surface;
a step of placing the sample on the flat surface of the sample holder;
a first step of characterization of the sample using an X-ray characterization technique;
a second step of characterization of the sample using a secondary ionization mass spectrometry characterization technique.

US Pat. No. 10,481,104

UTILIZING RESONANCE INSPECTION OF IN-SERVICE PARTS

Vibrant Corporation, Alb...

1. A method of evaluating new production parts, wherein a resonance inspection comprises exciting a part at a plurality of input frequencies and obtaining a frequency response of the part at said plurality of input frequencies, wherein said method comprises the steps of:performing said resonance inspection on a first new production part using a new production part sort functionality of a resonance inspection tool;
performing said resonance inspection on a first in-service part after said resonance inspection has been performed on said first new production part;
identifying a first manufacturing defect in said first in-service part;
selecting resonance inspection data from said resonance inspection on said first in-service part that corresponds with said first manufacturing defect and that defines selected resonance inspection data;
generating an updated new production part sort functionality of said resonance inspection tool based upon said selected resonance inspection data, wherein said updated new production part sort functionality is adjusted based upon said selected resonance inspection data from said resonance inspection of said first in-service part and where said selected resonance inspection data corresponds with said first manufacturing defect; and
performing said resonance inspection on a second new production part, wherein said resonance inspection of said second new production part uses said updated new production part sort functionality of said resonance inspection tool after said generating step, wherein said first and second new production parts are in a common part class, and wherein said first in-service part is in a different part class from said common part class of said first and second new production parts.

US Pat. No. 10,481,103

INSPECTION DEVICE, INSPECTION FACILITY AND INSPECTION DEVICE FAILURE CONFIRMATION METHOD

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An inspection device that inspects whether or not there is a foreign matter or dirt adhered to a surface of a workpiece or whether or not there is a scratch on the surface of the workpiece, the inspection device comprising:a mounting part on which the workpiece is mounted;
a light source part that irradiates the surface of the workpiece; and
a cover part that covers the mounting part and the light source part and blocks light coming from an outside light source from entering the inspection device, the outside light source being positioned outside the inspection device, wherein:
a first polarizing plate having a polarizing axis in a first direction is attached to an open window provided in the cover part, and a second polarizing plate having a polarizing axis in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction is attached to the open window so that the second polarizing plate is able to open and close; and
the second polarizing plate overlaps the first polarizing plate in a state where the second polarizing plate is closed, and the first polarizing plate and the second polarizing plate are present on a straight line that connects the outside light source and the workpiece in a state where the second polarizing plate is open.

US Pat. No. 10,481,098

LUMINOMETER APPARATUS

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A luminometer apparatus inside a light-shielded room shielded from external light, the luminometer apparatus comprising:a container rack that is loaded with holding containers, each discretely accommodating at least one selected from a sample and a luminescent reagent which produces a luminescent reaction when mixed with the sample;
a rotary plate that turns, while holding a plurality of reaction containers which accommodate a mixture liquid of the sample and the luminescent reagent along an outer circumference of the rotary plate, wherein the rotary plate includes a centrally positioned support configured to support the container rack, wherein the rotary plate includes a gap formed between at least a pair of adjacent reaction containers of the plurality of reaction containers, and wherein the rotary plate is provided with a transporter configured to transport the container rack to the centrally positioned support through the gap;
a dispensation mechanism configured to dispense said sample or luminescent reagent into a reaction container of the plurality of reaction containers held by the rotary plate; and
a photodetector disposed below an opening of the rotary plate and facing a bottom surface of a reaction container of the plurality of the reaction containers held by the rotary plate, the photodetector is configured to perform luminescence measurements in a state where the light-shielded room is closed,
wherein the light-shielded room has an insertion opening having a width allowing for insertion of the container rack and configured to be openable and closable, and
the rotary plate configured to be turnable in a state where the light-shielded room is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,481,095

METHODS AND MEANS FOR MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING

1. A method for acquisition of fluorescence and reflectance images of an object comprising the steps ofalternatingly illuminating the object with at least a first light having at least two spectral regions of high intensity, wherein the first light has regions of low intensity that are of longer wavelengths to a region of high intensity, and at least a second light having at least one spectral region of high intensity,
wherein the ratio of the light intensity between regions of high intensity at shorter wavelength and regions of low light intensity of longer wavelength for the first light is ?1×102,
recording a first image of the object during illumination of the object with the first light and a second image of the object during illumination of the object with the second light using a common sensor array,
wherein the light recorded by the sensor array is attenuated in at least said two of the spectral regions in which the first light has high intensities,
wherein the sensor array is a multichannel array where each channel has a distinct spectral sensitivity,
wherein the light recorded by the sensor array is attenuated by a multiple-bandpass filter with transmission characteristics, which are complementary to the first light, so as to attenuate at least said two spectral regions in which the first light has high intensities, and
wherein at least one of
(a) the attenuation ratio between the intensity of the unattenuated to the attenuated spectral regions is ?1×102, and
(b) the amount of attenuation of the light recorded by the sensor array in at least one of the spectral regions in which the first light has high intensities is such that the intensity of the light recorded in unattenuated spectral regions is higher than the intensity of the light recorded in the sum of the attenuated spectral regions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,089

OPTICAL DETECTION SYSTEM WITH TILTED SENSOR

INTEGRATED PLASMONICS COR...

1. A detection system comprising:a planar plasmonic element for analyzing an analyte, the plasmonic element having dielectric and metallic regions, the plasmonic element emitting light that carries detected information, said light having an optical axis along which said light propagates, said optical axis being perpendicular to a plane of the planar plasmonic element; and
a planar two-dimensional image sensor positioned in non-parallel angled relationship with respect to a plane perpendicular to said optical axis of said light that enters the planar two-dimensional image sensor so as to enhance a spatial image resolution for said light that carries detected information with respect to at least a portion of said light,
wherein the planar two-dimensional image sensor is a CMOS sensor and is positioned directly below the planar plasmonic element without any other intervening optical elements between the planar plasmonic element and the CMOS sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,087

SIMULATED INTEGRATED COMPUTATIONAL ELEMENTS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An optical measurement system comprising:a light source to provide an input light, the light source having a source controller circuit;
a sample containment area;
a detector configured to detect a sample light and produce a detector signal;
a spectral profile for an integrated computational element; and
a detector controller circuit configured to synchronize the input light and the detector and configured to implement the spectral profile, wherein the detector controller circuit is configured to provide and adjust in-situ a light signal to simulate the integrated computational element in a period of time with the input light,
wherein the light signal is adjusted in-situ by way of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,481,085

SIMPLE SUGAR CONCENTRATION SENSOR AND METHOD

K Sciences GP, LLC, San ...

1. A noninvasive system for measuring glucose, the system comprising:a light source;
a first polarizer illuminated by the light source and providing a first polarized light;
a second polarizer illuminated by the light source and spaced apart from the first polarizer and providing a second polarized light;
a first detector positioned to detect at least some or all of the first polarized light; and
a second detector positioned to detect at least some or all of the second polarized light;
one or more of the first detector and the second detector configured to determine a relative intensity of the first polarized light relative to the second polarized light or the second polarized light relative to the first polarized light.

US Pat. No. 10,481,077

CELL CAPTURE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Celsee Diagnostics, Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:providing a fluidic network comprising an inlet channel at an upstream end, one or more outlet channels at a downstream end, and a set of structures in fluid communication with the inlet channel and the one or more outlet channels, wherein flow from the inlet channel is configured to reach at least one of the one or more outlet channels only by way of the set of structures;
receiving a fluid sample comprising a set of target cells into the fluidic network;
capturing and partitioning the set of target cells in single-cell format, by way of the set of structures, wherein capturing and partitioning comprises isolating a target cell of the set of target cells in single-cell format with an isolation material within at least a portion of the fluidic network; and
transmitting material associated with the set of target cells from the fluidic network.

US Pat. No. 10,481,074

SYSTEMS AND USER INTERFACE FOR COLLECTING A DATA SET IN A FLOW CYTOMETER

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A system comprising:a light source for irradiating a sample in a flow stream;
a light dispersion component configured to disperse a spectrum of light from the sample; and
a light detection component comprising:
a plurality of detectors; and
a plurality of detector channels, wherein each detector channel corresponds to a user-configurable group of one or more detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,481,066

SOOT SENSOR

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A soot sensor comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode defining an internal cavity having a longitudinal extent and radially surrounded by material of the second electrode;
wherein the first electrode is disposed at least partially within the internal cavity of the second electrode;
an insulation body electrically separating the first electrode and the second electrode from one another, the insulation body in physical contact with both the first electrode and the second electrode, projecting into the internal cavity, and configured to allow soot particles to pass with a gas flow into the internal cavity between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a meter evaluating a current between the first electrode and the second electrode resulting from an electrical voltage applied between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
elements concentrating the electric field strength formed on at least one of a surface of the first electrode or a surface of the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,481,062

METHOD FOR IMPROVING IDENTIFICATION DEGREE OF LOW-LUMINOSITY DISPERSED-PHASE PARTICLES IN MULTIPHASE SYSTEM

INSTITUTE OF PROCESS ENGI...

1. A method for improving an identification degree of low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles in a multiphase system, comprising: adding additive particles into a multiphase system containing low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles before photographing the multiphase system to obtain an image including the low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles, wherein the refractivity of the additive particles is greater than that of the low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles, and wherein the low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles are particles with a refractivity that meets the following conditions: the real part is less than 1.5, and the imaginary part is more than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,481,061

SENSOR FOR DETECTING AN EMISSION AMOUNT OF PARTICULATE MATTER

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. A sensor comprising:a collection part in which a plurality of filter members, which are for collecting particulate matter in exhaust gas and have different porosities from each other, are arranged in descending order of the porosity from an exhaust upstream side to an exhaust downstream side of the exhaust gas;
a plurality of pairs of electrodes, each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes being arranged to one of the plurality of filter members, and the electrodes of each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes facing each other such that the one of the plurality of filter members is interposed between the each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) which estimates a particulate matter amount collected on each of the plurality of filter members having the different porosities from each other based on a capacitance change amount between the each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes;
wherein the ECU estimates a particulate matter amount in the exhaust gas in real time by sequentially adding up the particulate matter amounts collected on the each of the plurality of filter members based on the capacitance change amounts thereof, during a regeneration interval period from an end of a filter regeneration to a start of a next filter regeneration by the ECU.

US Pat. No. 10,481,059

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE MONITORING OF SOLID CONTAMINANT IN FLUIDS

Parker Hannifin Filtratio...

1. A pipeline contaminant monitoring apparatus comprising:i) a filter housing and a sampling probe configured to isokinetically sample a portion of a pipeline gas stream, the filter housing having a filter configured to trap solid contaminants within the gas stream;
ii) a first pressure sensor located upstream of the filter and a second pressure sensor located downstream of the filter; and
iii) a processor coupled to the first and second pressure sensors, the processor configured to determine a solid contaminant concentration level in the gas stream based on a rate of change of the pressure drop sensed across the filter;
wherein the processor is configured to compare the pressure drop sensed across the filter to empirically-derived data for contaminant concentration, the comparison resulting in a real-time determination of solid contamination concentration in the pipeline gas stream, based on a scaling of a mass of solids, measured at two different differential pressures, in the pipeline filter; and
further comprising a liquid collection chamber attached to a gravitational bottom of the filter housing, the liquid collection chamber positioned to collect liquid droplets from the filter,
iv) wherein the liquid collection chamber includes a float switch configured to generate an electrical signal when a predefined amount of liquid is collected in the liquid collection chamber; and
v) wherein the processor is configured to determine a level of liquid contaminant concentration in the gas stream based on a time required for the float switch to generate the electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,054

METHOD AND AUTOMATIC MACHINE FOR EMBEDDING A TISSUE SAMPLE INTO AN EMBEDDING MEDIUM

Leica Biosystems Nussloch...

1. A method for embedding a tissue sample (1) into an embedding medium, comprising:a. holding the tissue sample (1) in an intended orientation in a container (2) by means of a holding element (3) that presses the tissue sample (1) against a base (4) of the container (2);
b. pouring into the container (2) a liquid embedding medium (5) that has a temperature above 64 degrees Celsius;
c. cooling the base (4) of the container (2);
d. executing a separating motion by way of which the tissue sample (1) and the holding element (3) move away from each other, the embedding medium (5) through which the holding element (3) moves during the separating motion having, during the separating motion, temperatures in the range from 54 degrees Celsius to 64 degrees Celsius, and/or those portions of the embedding medium (5) which are directly adjacent to the holding element (3) having, during the separating motion, a temperature in the range from 54 degrees Celsius to 64 degrees Celsius; wherein
e. the separating motion begins automatically when a predefined or predefinable activation temperature of the embedding medium (5) or of the container (2) or of the holding element (3) is reached: and/or
f. the separating motion is automatically activated when a predefined or predefinable activation temperature of the embedding medium (5) or of the container (2) or of the holding element (3) is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,481,048

SOIL SAMPLING COLLECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A soil sampling collection system comprising:a. a blade mounted on a front of a utility vehicle, wherein the utility vehicle is powered to move through a designated area and configured to automatically collect soil samples as the utility vehicle moves through the designated area, wherein the blade is configured to move up and down via power hydraulics;
b. a blade guard mounted to the blade;
c. a soil collection reservoir mounted on or near the blade guard; and
d. a conveyor mounted in between the soil collection reservoir and the front of the utility vehicle, wherein the conveyor comprises a plurality of soil bags configured to receive individual soil samples from the soil collection reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,481,047

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TESTING A LINEAR ACUATOR

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. An apparatus for in-situ testing of a linear actuator configured to exert an actuation force in an actuation direction by movement of a first part of the linear actuator relative to a second part of the linear actuator, wherein the apparatus comprises:a test device comprising a first surface configured to contact the first part of the linear actuator during operation of the apparatus, and a second surface configured to contact the second part of the linear actuator during operation of the apparatus, wherein the second surface is moveable relative to the first surface to alter a distance between the first surface and the second surface;
a test actuator coupled to the test device and configured to exert a test force in a direction opposite to the actuation direction when the apparatus is in use to test the linear actuator, the test force being to drive movement of the second surface away from the first surface; and
a measurement device for detecting a change in the distance between the first surface and the second surface, wherein the measurement device is integrated with the test device and/or the test actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,481,044

PERCEPTION SIMULATION FOR IMPROVED AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROL

TuSimple, San Diego, CA ...

1. A system comprising:a data processor; and
a perception simulation module, executable by the data processor, the perception simulation module being configured to perform a perception simulation operation for autonomous vehicles, the perception simulation operation being configured to:
receive perception data from a plurality of sensors of an autonomous vehicle;
configure the perception simulation operation based on a comparison of the perception data against ground truth data;
generate simulated perception data by simulating errors related to the physical constraints of one or more of the plurality of sensors, and by simulating noise in data provided by a sensor processing module corresponding to one or more of the plurality of sensors, wherein simulating errors related to the physical constraints of one or more of the plurality of sensors includes applying an occlusion beyond which the one or more of the plurality of sensors cannot detect objects; and
provide the simulated perception data to a motion planning system for the autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,481,038

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TESTING A CHARGING SOCKET TO SUPPLY ELECTRIC ENERGY TO AN ENERGY RESERVOIR OF A VEHICLE

Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH, V...

1. A tightness test device for a charging socket to supply electric energy to an energy reservoir of a vehicle, the tightness test device comprising: a test adapter for contacting a first sealed plug connector of a wiring network comprising the sealed plug connector, a charging socket for mounting to an at least partially electrically powered vehicle, and a first cable connecting the first sealed plug connector and the charging socket, wherein the cable includes at least one electrical conductor and an insulator surrounding the at least one electrical conductor, and the test adapter contacts a second sealed plug connector that is connected to the charging socket via a second cable; a fluid supply connected to the test adapter to provide a fluid to the test adapter; and a measuring device for detecting a tightness of the charging socket and/or of the wiring network based on the fluid provided by the fluid supply.

US Pat. No. 10,481,035

METHOD FOR MEASURING PRESSURE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIFFERENT PREMISES IN A BUILDING

SI-TECNO OY, Helsinki (F...

1. A method for measuring pressure differences in a building, comprising:establishing, in a premise of the building, at a first instant of time, a first pressure with a ventilation device of the building,
measuring, at said first instant of time, a pressure in the premise by one sensor that measures absolute pressure,
adjusting and changing an efficiency of the ventilation device and establishing in the premise, at a second instant of time, a second pressure,
measuring, at said second instant of time, a pressure in the premise with said one sensor, and
combining the pressure measured at said first instant of time and the pressure measured at said second instant of time, with information on the change of the efficiency of the ventilation device of the building at the first and second instants of time, respectively, to obtain pressure difference information as response to the change of the efficiency of the ventilation device.

US Pat. No. 10,481,028

PRESSURE DETECTION DEVICE

Surpass Industry Co., Ltd...

1. A pressure detection device comprising:a pressure detection unit configured to detect a pressure transmitted to a pressure detecting portion;
a flow passage unit in which a flow passage for introducing a fluid is formed; and
a mounting mechanism configured to detachably mount the flow passage unit on the pressure detection unit, wherein
the pressure detection unit includes:
a pressure sensor including the pressure detecting portion; and
a first connection portion joined to the pressure detecting portion,
the flow passage unit includes:
a pressure receiving portion configured to be displaced by receiving a pressure of the fluid flowing through the flow passage; and
a second connection portion joined to the pressure receiving portion,
one of the first connection portion and the second connection portion is formed of a magnet, and the other of the first connection portion and the second connection portion is formed of a magnet or a magnetic body,
the mounting mechanism comprises a first fastening member mounted on the flow passage unit and a second fastening member mounted on the pressure detection unit,
the first connection portion that is joined to the pressure detecting portion of the pressure detection unit and the second connection portion that is joined to the pressure receiving portion of the flow passage unit are brought into contact with each other by fastening the first fastening member to the second fastening member, and
in a state where the flow passage unit is mounted on the pressure detection unit by the mounting mechanism, the first connection portion and the second connection portion are disposed in a state where the first connection portion and the second connection portion are attracted to and brought into contact with each other by a magnetic force,
the second connection portion is disposed in an inner space defined by the pressure receiving portion and the pressure detecting portion,
the first connection portion is joined to a surface of the pressure detecting portion which is not in contact with the inner space, and
in the state where the flow passage unit is mounted on the pressure detection unit by the mounting mechanism, the first connection portion and the second connection portion are disposed in the state where the first connection portion and the second connection portion are attracted to each other by the magnetic force with the pressure detecting portion interposed between the first connection portion and the second connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,481,026

PIEZORESISTIVE PRESSURE SENSOR PROVIDED WITH A CALIBRATION RESISTOR OF THE OFFSET

Kolektor Microtel S.P.A.,...

1. A piezoresistive pressure sensor (1) comprising:a rigid flat support (2) having a flat internal support face (7),
a flat flexible membrane (3) having a flat external membrane face (4) exposed to a pressure of a fluid and a flat internal membrane face (5) delimiting, in cooperation with the flat internal support face (7), a chamber (9) accommodating a deformation of said flat flexible membrane (3),
an electrical measuring circuit comprising a resistive Wheatstone bridge (10) applied on the flat internal membrane face (5) for detecting the deformation of said flat flexible membrane (3), and
an electrical calibration resistor (Rc) for compensating an output signal value when said fluid is at a reference pressure,
wherein:
the calibration resistor (Rc) is applied on said flat internal membrane face (5);
the electrical measuring circuit comprises a bypass (19) of the calibration resistor (Rc);
the calibration resistor (Rc) is formed by a series of compartments (20) selectively excludable due to discrete variation of a calibration resistive value supplied;
for calibration, the bypass (10) is configured to include one or more laser cuts to exclude one or more compartments (20) of said calibration resistor (Rc); and
the one or more laser cuts of the bypass (10) occur at points between electrically conductive compartmentalization tracks (21), to exclude the one or more compartments (20), where a number of cuts are configured to vary, from sensor (1) to sensor (1), to individually quantify a value of a resistance added in series to each of both branches of the resistive Wheatstone bridge (10).

US Pat. No. 10,481,023

MECHANICAL QUANTITY MEASURING DEVICE AND SENSOR UNIT

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A mechanical quantity measuring device comprising:a sensor chip having a strain detector formed on a surface of a semiconductor substrate and a plurality of electrodes;
a stem having a seat that protrudes from an adjacent peripheral portion and has an upper surface that is attached to a lower surface of the sensor chip by a bonding material formed from a metallic material or a glass material;
a lead-out wiring part including a plurality of wires that are electrically connected to the plurality of electrodes; and
a fixing part configured to fix the stem, wherein:
the stem and the fixing part are metallically bonded to one another,
the stem is a rectangular-shaped plate member,
the seat has a rectangular shape larger than the sensor chip, and
the sensor chip is bonded to the stem via the bonding material, the bonding material including solder containing Sn-3.5 wt %, Ag-0.5 wt %, or Au-20 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,481,020

OPTICAL METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MEASURING RESIDUAL STRESSES, IN PARTICULAR IN COATED OBJECTS

1. A method for determining residual stresses of an object comprising:applying, by a laser exposure system, laser light to a surface of the object;
creating a pattern of holes or a pattern of locally heated points in the object;
after applying the laser light to the object, using an optical deformation measurement to determine one or more surface deformations;
determining, based on the one or more surface deformations, one or more residual stresses in the object; and
adapting a shape of the pattern of holes or of the pattern of locally heated points to at least one of: a topography of the surface of the object, the determined one or more residual stresses, or a gradient of the one or more residual stresses in the object.

US Pat. No. 10,481,015

TEMPERATURE SENSORS

SK hynix Inc., Icheon-si...

1. A temperature sensor comprising:a drive voltage generator suitable for generating a drive voltage signal having a substantially constant voltage level regardless of the variation in temperature;
a reference voltage generator suitable for generating the reference voltage signal in response to the drive voltage signal;
a first driver comprising first and second temperature elements and suitable for generating a pre-temperature voltage signal in response to the drive voltage signal; and
a second driver comprising third and fourth temperature elements and suitable for generating a temperature voltage signal from the pre-temperature voltage signal; and
a temperature code generator suitable for comparing a voltage level of the temperature voltage signal with a voltage level of the reference voltage signal to generate a plurality of temperature code signals including information on the variation in temperature based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,481,008

RADIANT HEAT SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A radiant heat sensor comprising:a plate-shaped member that has a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite the first surface, the plate-shaped member including a plurality of first thermoelectric members and a plurality of second thermoelectric members that are made of differing thermoelectric materials, in which the plurality of first thermoelectric members and the plurality of second thermoelectric members are alternately arrayed one by one in a direction along the first surface so as to be separated from each other, and each of the plurality of first thermoelectric members and plurality of second thermoelectric members configure a portion of the first surface;
a plurality of first conductor patterns that extend along the first surface, disposed on the first surface of the plate-shaped member so as to span one of the plurality of first thermoelectric members and one of the plurality of second thermoelectric members that are adjacent to each other, among the plurality of first thermoelectric members and the plurality of second thermoelectric members, and configure hot contact portions between the plurality of first thermoelectric members and the plurality of second thermoelectric members;
a plurality of second conductor patterns that extend along the first surface, disposed on the first surface of the plate-shaped member so as to span one of the plurality of first thermoelectric members and one of the plurality of second thermoelectric members that are adjacent to each other, among the plurality of first thermoelectric members and the plurality of second thermoelectric members, and configure cold contact portions between the plurality of first thermoelectric members and the plurality of second thermoelectric members;
a heat-receiving member that is made of a material having higher emissivity of radiant heat than that of the plurality of first conductor patterns and transmits heat generated as a result of absorption of radiant heat irradiated onto the first surface to the plurality of first conductor patterns; and
a first insulating layer that is disposed on the first surface of the plate-shaped member and covers the plurality of first conductor patterns, wherein
when radiant heat is irradiated onto the first surface side of the plate-shaped member, the plurality of first conductor patterns and the plurality of second conductor patterns receive heat due to the radiant heat, a temperature difference occurs between the plurality of first conductor patterns and the plurality of second conductor patterns as a result of quantities of heat received by the plurality of first conductor patterns and the plurality of second conductor patterns differing, and the plurality of first thermoelectric members and the plurality of second thermoelectric members generate electrical output based on the temperature difference,
when radiant heat is irradiated onto the first surface side, the quantities of heat received by the plurality of first conductor patterns and the plurality of second conductor patterns differ as a result of the plurality of first conductor patterns receiving heat from the heat-receiving member,
the heat-receiving member is formed in direct contact with the plurality of first conductor patterns,
the heat-receiving member is formed on a surface of the first insulating layer on a side opposite the plurality of first conductor patterns side, and
a thickness dimension of a section of the first insulating layer positioned between the plurality of first conductor patterns and the heat-receiving member is smaller than an interval between one of the plurality of first conductor patterns and one of the plurality of second conductor patterns that are adjacent to each other among the plurality of first conductor patterns and the plurality of second conductor patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,481,007

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION

1. An electromagnetic-radiation detection system comprising:a casing defining an enclosure in which a partial vacuum prevails, comprising a window transparent to said electromagnetic radiation;
a cold finger having a side wall closed at one end by an end wall situated in line with the window;
a sensor, mounted on the end wall, having a flat top surface disposed facing the window comprising detectors sensitive to electromagnetic radiation and cooled by the cold finger, said sensor defining an optical axis perpendicular to the flat top surface and centred with respect thereto;
a cold screen surrounding the sensor, substantially in the form of a dome, mounted on the cold finger and generated by rotation about the optical axis, and comprising a top end, disposed between the window and the sensor, defining a circular-shaped diaphragm centred on the optical axis and a side wall connecting a base of the cold screen to the top end having an internal face with its concavity turned towards the optical axis;
at least one bandpass electromagnetic-radiation filter having a predefined transmission coefficient, each filter being movable and being able to adopt a first position in which it is placed outside the casing facing the window and a second position in which it is placed so as to not filter any electromagnetic radiation received by the system, in said first position each filter has in cross section in any secant plane containing the optical axis a concave form turned towards the sensor having a profile with a conical and/or aspherical base and reflects the focal plane inside the casing; and
processing means for evaluating, for each detector of the sensor, a gain and an offset value using a first value supplied by said detector when each filter is in the second position and at least one second value supplied by said detector when a filter among the at least one filter is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,481,004

LIGHT WAVELENGTH MEASUREMENT METHOD AND LIGHT WAVELENGTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

OSAKA UNIVERSITY, Osaka ...

2. A spectrum measurement apparatus that measures a spectrum of input light, the spectrum measurement apparatus comprising:a dispersion device that separates the input light into a plurality of beams having a predetermined interval, and disperses each beam of the plurality of beams in accordance with a wavelength of the beam;
a main-scale device having graduations, the main-scale device configured to allow at least part of the plurality of beams to pass through the main-scale device, and an interval of the graduations is different from the predetermined interval; and
an image sensor that is arranged separately from the main-scale device, and measures the spectrum of the input light by measuring an intensity distribution of the at least part of the plurality of beams having passed through the main-scale device.

US Pat. No. 10,481,003

INTERFERENCE SPECTROPHOTOMETER AND TWO-BEAM INTERFEROMETER

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A Fourier transform spectrophotometer, comprising:a) a two-beam interferometer configured to produce interference light from multiwavelength light generated from a multiwavelength light source, the two-beam interferometer including a beam splitter configured to split the multiwavelength light into two light beams, a fixed mirror and a movable mirror configured to respectively reflect the two light beams back to the beam splitter, as well as a movable mirror driver configured to make the movable mirror reciprocally move at a given moving speed;
b) a detector configured to detect an intensity of the interference light and to output an intensity signal for each predetermined amount of change in an optical path length difference between the two light beams produced by the beam splitter;
c) a speed changer configured to change, by a predetermined amount, the value of the moving speed of the movable mirror using the movable mirror driver at each completion of an operation cycle during which a reciprocal motion or one-way motion of the movable mirror is performed one or more times;
d) a signal storage section configured to store the intensity signals of the interference light obtained by a plurality of detection operations and relating each of the intensity signals to a value of the optical path length difference, where each of the detection operations includes a series of detecting operations performed by the detector corresponding to the reciprocal motion or one-way motion of the movable mirror performed one or more times; and
e) an information extractor configured to extract speed-dependent information from the intensity signals of the interference light obtained by the plurality of detection operations and stored in the signal storage section, where the speed-dependent information represents a change in the intensity signal depending on the moving speed of the movable mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,481,002

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELF-REFERENCED DETECTION AND IMAGING OF SAMPLE ARRAYS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system for detecting an array of samples, comprising:an electromagnetic radiation source;
a sensing surface comprising a two dimensional array having a plurality of rows in a x-direction and a plurality of columns in an orthogonal y-direction, wherein each row comprises a plurality of detectable sample fields each having a detectable sample disposed therein and at least one reference field each having a reference sample disposed therein, wherein a radiation resulting from the plurality of detectable sample fields and the at least one reference field arranged in each respective row interfere to form an interference spectra;
a phase difference generator configured to introduce differences in path lengths of the radiation emitable from the electromagnetic radiation source incident on or resulting from the sensing surface, the phase difference generator introduces the phase difference between the detectable samples and the reference sample disposed in each respective row in the x direction; and
an imaging spectrometer configured to acquire the interference spectra, wherein the imaging spectrometer is a 2D spectrometer comprising a detector and a grating element; and wherein for the detectable samples disposed in each respective row, the detector detects the phase difference introduced in the x direction of each respective row and the grating element is selected to spatially separate images of the detectable samples in the orthogonal y-direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,999

SPECTROSCOPE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SPECTROSCOPE

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A spectrometer comprising:a light detection unit having a substrate made of a semiconductor material;
a support having a base wall part opposing the light detection unit through a space, and a side wall part to which the light detection unit is fixed; and
a dispersive part configured to disperse and reflect light entering the space to a light detection part of the light detection unit,
wherein a first slit and a second slit are formed in the substrate,
the first slit is configured to allow light entering the space to pass therethrough,
the second slit is configured to allow a part of light reflected by the dispersive part to pass therethrough,
in the first slit, an end part on an entrance side of light widens toward the entrance side of the light, and
in the second slit, an end part on the opposite side from an entrance side of light widens toward the opposite side from the entrance side of the light.

US Pat. No. 10,480,998

COMPACT SPECTROMETER WITH HIGH SPECTRAL RESOLUTION

Wavefront Research, Inc.,...

1. A spectrometer comprising:at least one slit element located at an object plane;
a first optical subassembly having at least one optical element;
said first optical subassembly configured to substantially collimate, at a plane, light emanating from said at least one slit element; said plane being located between said first optical subassembly and a second optical subassembly; said plane referred to as a center plane;
at least one dispersive element located at substantially the center plane;
at least one light bending element located substantially optically proximate to the center plane; said at least one light bending element configured to bend collimated light incident on said at least one light bending element;
said second optical subassembly having at least one optical element;
said second optical subassembly configured to image substantially collimated light from the center plane onto an image plane;
an optical axis of said second optical subassembly being at a substantially non-parallel angle to the optical axis of said first optical subassembly; and
said substantially non-parallel angle and bend from said at least one light bending element being balanced to substantially reduce spectral smile distortion of the spectrometer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,991

DEVICE FOR THE QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF DEBRIS PRODUCED WHILE DRILLING A WELL

Geolog Americans Inc., H...

1. A device comprising:a frame;
a tray supported by said frame;
a measurement device configured to weigh debris loaded on said tray;
wherein the tray has a front end and a rear end;
wherein the tray has a first side and a second side each extending from said front end to said rear end;
wherein said first side has a first protrusion and a second protrusion;
the device further comprising a movement member configured to make the first protrusion follow a first trajectory;
the device further comprising a guide configured to make the second protrusion follow a second trajectory while the first protrusion is moved along said first trajectory;
wherein said movement member is configured to act on said first protrusion so as to roto-translate said tray between a first position, wherein the tray is configured to carry debris to be weighted, and a second position wherein said tray is configured to discharge said debris,
wherein said movement member comprises:
a shaft, rotatably mounted on said frame;
an arm, having a first end mounted on said shaft and a second end hinged to said first protrusion; and
an actuator configured to rotate said shaft around its longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,989

DEVICE FOR CREATING A LOAD PROFILE OF A VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

9. A method comprising:determining an overall weight of a vehicle with a control device based on a torque in a transmission shaft of the vehicle, the control device having a first counter and a second counter; and
incrementing one of the first counter and the second counter when the overall weight falls respectively within a first range or a second range,
wherein a measurement device mechanically coupled to a vehicle transmission shaft measures the torque in the transmission shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,980

HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE FOR A REMOTE TERMINAL UNIT

Relevant Solutions, LLC, ...

1. A petrochemical measurement system, comprising:a remote terminal unit comprising a network data server and configurable using Modbus registers;
a human machine interface (HMI) comprising an autonomous network data client in communication with the remote terminal unit, the HMI including:
a memory having configuration parameter software stored thereon; a user interface configured to receive configuration parameter input using the configuration parameter software;
a processor configured to send configuration parameters received from the user interface of the HMI to the remote terminal unit; and
a monitoring and/or control system that maintains a configuration library for a plurality of flow meters, wherein the monitoring and/or control system is a supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA) or a distributed control system (DCS) coupled to the remote terminal unit, and wherein the remote terminal unit is coupled to the plurality of flow meters;
wherein the human machine interface is integrated in a housing with the remote terminal unit and there is at least one other human machine interface located remotely from the housing;
wherein the human machine interface and the at least one other human machine interface comprise a plurality of human machine interfaces that are simultaneously connected to the remote terminal unit;
wherein the plurality of human machine interfaces are coupled in a client-server fashion with the remote terminal unit;
wherein the monitoring and/or control system configures a new flow meter using information stored in the configuration library;
wherein the monitoring and/or control system configures the new flow meter using contents copied from of a specific block of the Modbus registers in a database of the monitoring and/or control system to the new flow meter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,978

METHOD FOR INSPECTING FLOW RATE CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING WORKPIECE

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method for inspecting a flow rate controller which adjusts a flow rate of gas to be supplied to a chamber of a substrate processing apparatus,wherein the substrate processing apparatus comprises:
a chamber body providing the chamber,
a pressure gauge configured to measure a pressure in the chamber,
an exhaust device configured to depressurize the chamber,
a valve provided between the chamber body and the exhaust device, and
a gas supply system configured to supply gas to the chamber, the gas supply system including the flow rate controller which outputs gas at a flow rate corresponding to a designated set flow rate,
the method comprising:
a first step of performing a continuous output of gas at the flow rate corresponding to the set flow rate from the flow rate controller, in a state where a control valve of the flow rate controller is opened, after the chamber is depressurized by the exhaust device;
a second step of closing the valve, in a state where the continuous output of gas is performed;
a third step of obtaining a first pressure rise characteristic representing a temporal change of a pressure value in the chamber due to the continuous output of gas after the valve is closed in the second step;
a fourth step of performing an intermittent output of gas from the flow rate controller by alternately repeating a first period of opening the control valve for a first time length and a second period of closing the control valve for a second time length such that gas is to be output at a flow rate corresponding to the set flow rate, the fourth step being performed after the chamber is depressurized by the exhaust device;
a fifth step of closing the valve, in a state where the intermittent output of the gas is performed;
a sixth step of obtaining a second pressure rise characteristic representing a temporal change of a pressure value in the chamber due to the intermittent output of the gas after the valve is closed in the fifth step;
a seventh step of obtaining a third pressure rise characteristic representing a temporal change of a pressure value obtained by subtracting a temporal change of a pressure value of the chamber when the valve and the control valve are closed, from a temporal change of a pressure value specified by the first pressure rise characteristic;
an eighth step of obtaining a fourth pressure rise characteristic representing a temporal change of a pressure value obtained by subtracting a temporal change of a pressure value of the chamber when the valve and the control valve are closed, from a temporal change of a pressure value specified by the second pressure rise characteristic;
a ninth step of obtaining a first required time required from a start of the continuous output of gas by the flow rate controller until a predetermined pressure is reached, from a temporal change of a pressure value specified by the third pressure rise characteristic;
a tenth step of obtaining a second required time required from a start of the intermittent output of the gas by the flow rate controller until the predetermined pressure is reached, from a temporal change of a pressure value specified by the fourth pressure rise characteristic;
an 11th step of obtaining an estimated time from a start of the intermittent output of the gas by the flow rate controller until the predetermined pressure is reached, in a case where the intermittent output of the gas is performed in the fourth step assuming that there is no delay time for intermittent supply of gas by the flow rate controller; and
a 12th step of obtaining a parameter representing a difference between the estimated time and the second required time.

US Pat. No. 10,480,971

COMPACT WIDE ANGLE ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER

GWF MESSSYSTEME AG, Luce...

1. A transducer for emitting and receiving acoustic waves, the transducer comprising a casing, the casing forming a cavity, the casing comprising:an excitation surface and an emitting surface which is arranged opposite to the excitation surface,
a transducer element, the transducer element being provided at the excitation surface,
an acoustic diffuser, the acoustic diffuser being provided at the emitting surface of the casing, wherein a diffusing structure of the acoustic diffuser faces the cavity, and
a second acoustic diffuser, the second acoustic diffuser being provided at the excitation surface, wherein a diffusing structure of the second acoustic diffuser faces the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,480,961

HYBRID ENCODER SYSTEM FOR POSITION DETERMINATION

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. An industrial control system for moving objects, comprising:a track having curved and linear sections;
a stator disposed along the track, the stator having a plurality of teeth;
a cart for moving objects along the track, the cart having a mover portion having a plurality of teeth, wherein the teeth of the mover portion are arranged to face the teeth of the stator across a gap, and wherein the teeth of the mover portion have a curvilinear profile with first and second harmonics;
an excitation coil surrounding teeth of the stator, wherein an excitation signal provided to the excitation coil is operable to produce an electromagnetic (EM) field; and
a pick-up coil surrounding teeth of the stator, wherein presence of the cart in the EM field induces a pick-up signal in the pick-up coil with first and second harmonics caused by the first and second harmonics of the curvilinear profile of the teeth of the mover portion in the EM field for determining a fine position of the mover portion with respect to the stator from the first harmonic and a coarse position of the mover portion with respect to the stator from the second harmonic.

US Pat. No. 10,480,950

DATA GATHERING, ANALYSIS, SCORING, AND RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM FOR COMMUTING

1. A method for improving one or more commutes, the method comprising:gathering data about one or more metrics of at least one user's commute,
wherein the one or more metrics comprises each of:
information about a mode of transportation; and
information about a monetary cost of the at least one user's commute:
analyzing one or more alternate types of commutes available to the at least one user;
creating, based on the data about one or more metrics and the analysis of the one or more alternate types of commutes available, a commuter score for the at least one user;
displaying one or more recommendations to the at least one user for improving the commuter score.

US Pat. No. 10,480,948

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ESTIMATING A BOUNDARY OF A ROAD

VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, G...

15. A computer program product comprising a computer program including computer program code stored on a non-transient computer-readable medium and executable by a computer or a processor of a boundary estimation system on-board a vehicle to cause the boundary estimation system to:monitor surroundings of the vehicle;
detect one or more positions of at least a first lane marking of a road on which the vehicle is positioned, wherein the at least first lane marking is arranged to form a straight and/or curved intermittent or continuous line on a road surface along the road;
approximate a geometrical representation of the at least first lane marking based on one or more of the detected positions of the at least first lane marking;
detect one or more positions of a road boundary of the road;
approximate a relative lateral offset between the geometrical representation of the at least first lane marking and the detected one or more positions of the road boundary; and
define a fictive outer boundary of at least a section of the road, based on laterally shifting at least a section of the geometrical representation of the at least first lane marking by the relative lateral offset, so that an approximation is provided of an outer boundary of the at least a section of the road which is represented by a replica of the at least a section of the geometrical representation of the at least first lane marking, positioned offset in a lateral direction based on the relative lateral offset, and so that a shape of the at least a section of the geometrical representation of the at least first lane marking is utilized to estimate a shape of the outer boundary of the at least a section of the road.

US Pat. No. 10,480,944

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL GYROSCOPE WITH COMPENSATION OF QUADRATURE SIGNAL COMPONENTS

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A device, comprising:a supporting body;
a sensing mass coupled to the supporting body and movable with respect to the supporting body according to a driving axis and a sensing axis;
a driving circuit that separately outputs a driving signal, a compensation conversion signal, and a reading conversion signal, the sensing mass receives the driving signal to maintain the sensing mass in oscillation according to the driving axis, the driving circuit including:
a phase-lock loop (PLL) circuit that generates a master clock signal and a quadrature clock signal, the quadrature clock signal being phase-shifted by 90° with respect to the master clock signal;
a controller that generates a control signal based on the quadrature clock signal, the driving circuit configured to generate the driving signal based on the control signal;
an oscillator; and
a clock generator coupled to the PLL circuit and the oscillator, the clock generator configured to generate the compensation conversion signal and the reading conversion signal based on an output of the oscillator and the master clock signal;
a reading circuit coupled to the sensing mass, the reading circuit generates an internal transduction signal representative of a position of the sensing mass according to the sensing axis, receives the reading conversion signal, and generates an output signal representative of an angular speed of the supporting body based on the transduction signal and the reading conversion signal; and
a compensation circuit coupled to the reading circuit in a feedback loop, the compensation circuit receives the transduction signal and the compensation conversion signal, and generates a compensation signal based on the received transduction signal and the compensation conversion signal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,941

RECONFIGURABLE SENSOR UNIT FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

STMicroelectronics, Inc.,...

1. A sensor chip mounted on a printed circuit board (PCB) and electrically coupled to a system on chip (SoC) mounted on the PCB via at least one conductive trace, the sensor chip comprising:configuration registers configured to store and output configuration data;
a programmable logic device (PLD) configured to receive digital data, the PLD further configured to perform an extraction of features of the digital data in accordance with the configuration data, the configuration data comprising changeable parameters of the extraction;
a classification circuit configured to process the extracted features of the digital data so as to generate a context of an electronic device into which the sensor chip is incorporated relative to its surroundings, the processing being performed using a processing technique operating in accordance with the configuration data, wherein the configuration data further comprises changeable parameters of the processing technique; and
data registers, wherein the classification unit is configured to output the context to the data registers for storage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,939

HIGH SPEED STEREOSCOPIC PAVEMENT SURFACE SCANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FUGRO ROADWARE INC., Mis...

1. A mobile pavement surface scanning system for detecting pavement distress, comprising:one or more light sources mounted to a mobile vehicle for illuminating a pavement surface;
one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices mounted to the mobile vehicle for capturing sequential images of the illuminated pavement surface;
a plurality of positioning sensors mounted to the mobile vehicle, the positioning sensors adapted to encode movement of the mobile vehicle and provide a synchronization signal for the sequential images captured by the one or more stereoscopic image capture devices; and
one or more computer processors configured to:
synchronize the sequential images captured by each camera of the one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices;
generate intensity image pairs from the synchronized sequential images;
perform a 3D reconstruction of the illuminated pavement surface from the intensity image pairs using stereoscopic principles;
generate a depth image and an intensity image pair from the 3D reconstruction; and
process at least one of the depth image and the intensity image utilizing one or more distress detection modules to detect a type of pavement distress.

US Pat. No. 10,480,935

THICKNESS MAPPING USING MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING

Alliance for Sustainable ...

1. A system comprising:a transport system configured to transport a material through a monitoring zone, the material being substantially planar;
a light configured to illuminate a portion of the material that is within the monitoring zone;
a sensor configured to receive, for a plurality of points across a first axis positioned in the illuminated portion of the material, multispectral light intensity data for each point; and
a processing system configured to receive the multispectral light intensity data, wherein:
the processing system:
for each point, determines a discrete Fourier transform corresponding to the multispectral light intensity data,
from the discrete Fourier transform, identifies a characteristic peak,
from the characteristic peak, estimates a thickness of the material, and
from each thickness for each point along the first axis, produces a first thickness profile.

US Pat. No. 10,480,934

EFFECTIVE SEARCH FOR A SILHOUETTE CONE TO RECONSTRUCT A THREE DIMENSIONAL SHAPE OF AN OBJECT

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to:
sequentially acquire, from a plurality of reference imaging devices for imaging a silhouette imaged with a base imaging device from viewpoints different from a viewpoint of the base imaging device, silhouette existing position information based on the reference imaging devices, the silhouette existing position information indicating an existing position of the silhouette, and transform the silhouette existing position information into a common coordinate system,
detect a silhouette absence range in which the silhouette does not exist, based on a result of comparison of the silhouette existing position information acquired this time and the silhouette existing position information acquired last time, and
search a range in which the silhouette exists, based on the silhouette absence range.

US Pat. No. 10,480,933

CONTROL SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROL SYSTEM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A control system, comprising:a displacement sensor configured to obtain one-dimensional information about an object;
a drive configured to change a relative position of the displacement sensor relative to the object;
a controller configured to control the displacement sensor and the drive to obtain information about a two-dimensional shape or a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the one-dimensional information obtained by the displacement sensor; and
a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:
operation as a measurement data obtaining unit configured to obtain measurement data comprising a plurality of pieces of one-dimensional information from the displacement sensor and a plurality of pieces of positional information from the drive that are read at each measurement recording position determined based on a measurement range and a measurement resolution comprising one or more measurement intervals; and
operation as a shape data generation unit configured to generate two-dimensional shape data or three-dimensional shape data based on the measurement data obtained by the measurement data obtaining unit, wherein
the processor is configured with the program to perform operations such that operation as the shape data generation unit comprises operation as the shape data generation unit that generates the two-dimensional shape data or the three-dimensional shape data as one-dimensional arrangement information for every measurement interval of the one or more measurement intervals from a combination measurement data combining the plurality of pieces of one-dimensional information and the plurality of pieces of positional information.

US Pat. No. 10,480,932

AUTOMATED COMPUTATION OF A DIMENSION OF A MOVING PLATFORM

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A method of automatically computing a radial dimension of a moving ship, said radial dimension being a length dimension or a width dimension of the ship, the method comprising:sending, by a radar system, electromagnetic radio waves toward said ship along a predetermined transmission axis,
acquiring at least one digital power profile signal representative of a received reflected signal power as a function of a radial distance along said transmission axis relative to a reference point of said radar system,
filtering the acquired digital power profile signal by a filtering operator to obtain a filtered digital signal, the obtained filtered digital signal being recorded in a memory unit,
determining, by computation by a processor, a first radial distance corresponding to a first variation peak of the recorded filtered digital signal and a second radial distance corresponding to a second variation peak of the recorded filtered digital signal, and
computing, by the processor, the radial dimension of the ship as a function of said first and second radial distances.

US Pat. No. 10,480,926

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING 3-D DATA FOR AN ANATOMICAL TARGET USING OPTICAL FIBER SHAPE SENSING

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A method of operating an interferometric system to use multiple shape-sensing optical cores and a single optical core in a fiber housing to generate a three-dimensional data set for at least a portion of a target based on distance measurements of multiple points of the target from a distal end of the fiber housing and measurements of respective three-dimensional positions of the distal end, the multiple shape-sensing cores located alongside the single optical core, the method comprising:(a) projecting, over a first range of multiple frequencies, collimated light from the single optical core to a current point of the target while the distal end of the fiber housing is directed toward the current point;
(b) using optical frequency domain reflectometry to detect reflected light scattered from the current point and to process the reflected light to determine a distance of the distal end to the current point;
(c) projecting, over a second range of multiple frequencies, light through the multiple shape-sensing optical cores to the distal end of the fiber housing;
(d) using optical frequency domain reflectometry to obtain a measurement of light reflected from the distal end of the fiber housing back through the multiple shape-sensing optical cores and to process the measurement to determine a position in three-dimensional space of the distal end of the fiber housing and a pointing direction of the distal end of the fiber housing;
(e) using the determined position in three-dimensional space of the distal end of the fiber housing, the pointing direction of the distal end of the fiber housing, and the determined distance to determine a position in three-dimensional space of the current point; and
repeating (a)-(e) multiple times for multiple additional current points of the target to generate the three-dimensional data set for at least the portion of the target,
wherein, to generate the three-dimensional data set, the single optical core is used only to determine distances of the distal end to the multiple points of the target, and wherein generating the three-dimensional data set requires combining the distances with the respective three-dimensional positions of the distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,480,924

POLARIZATION SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY USING MULTIPLE POLARIZATION SENSITIVE SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL AMPLIFIERS

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

1. An optical coherence tomography (OCT) apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to provide broadband light;
a first polarization sensitive semiconductor optical amplifier (PS-SOA) to receive a portion of the broadband light and to output a first polarized optical signal having a first polarization state; and
a second PS-SOA to receive another portion of the broadband light and to output a second polarized optical signal having a second polarization state, the first and second polarization states being different.

US Pat. No. 10,480,923

SENSOR APPARATUS AND ROBOT SYSTEM HAVING THE SENSOR APPARATUS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor system comprising:a main body;
a counter body that is movable relative to the main body;
a plurality of sensor devices, wherein, with respect to each of the plurality of sensor devices, the respective sensor device includes a respective target area on one of the main and counter bodies and a respective sensor, that is configured to detect the target area, on the other of the main and counter bodies; and
a processor configured to determine a relative position, with respect to three translational directions and three rotational degrees of freedom, between the counter body and the main body from sensor signals output by the sensor devices.

US Pat. No. 10,480,921

COUNTING DEVICE OF DISTANCE MEASURING WHEEL

1. A counting device for distance measuring wheel, comprising:a housing, having a top surface, a bottom surface, two side surfaces, a resetting surface, and a linking surface, the top surface has a measuring window, the bottom surface is corresponding to and parallel to the top surface, the two side surfaces are respectively connected to two sides of each of the top surface and the bottom surface, the resetting surface is connected with the top surface, the bottom surface, and the two side surfaces, the resetting surface has a fixing hole, a notch, and a first sliding slot, the notch is arranged toward the top surface, the first sliding slot is arranged toward one of the two side surfaces, the linking surface is opposite to the resetting surface and connected to the top surface, the bottom surface, and the two side surfaces, the linking surface has a through hole and a second sliding slot, the second sliding slot is corresponding to the first sliding slot;
a transmission assembly, having a first shaft, a driving wheel, a second shaft, and a plurality of transmission wheels, the first shaft is arranged in the through hole of the linking surface and the fixing hole of the resetting surface, one end of the first shaft is protruded from the through hole, the driving wheel is fastened to the first shaft and rotated with the first shaft, the second shaft is elastically reset and slidably arranged in the first sliding slot of the resetting surface and the second sliding slot of the linking surface, the transmission wheels are respectively pivoted on the second shaft, and one of the transmission wheels is engaged with the driving wheel;
a counter wheel assembly, disposed in the housing and toward the measuring window, the counter wheel assembly has a plurality of counter wheels, the counter wheels are respectively pivoted on the first shaft, and each of the counter wheels is engaged with each of the transmission wheel; and
a reset control assembly, having an elastic support unit, a push unit, and a dial unit, the elastic support unit is arranged at one of the two side surfaces and supports the second shaft, the push unit is movably arranged at the notch of the resetting surface and abutted against the second shaft, and the dial unit is arranged on the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,917

PROJECTILE WITH ENHANCED BALLISTIC EFFICIENCY

Brown Dog Intellectual Pr...

1. A projectile for use with a firearm having a rifled barrel including helical grooves extending longitudinally along an inner surface thereof, the projectile comprising:a substantially cylindrical projectile body having at a front end an ogival nose section and at a rear end a tail section;
a driving band section formed on the projectile body between the nose section and the tail section;
a bore rider section formed on the projectile body between the nose section and the tail section; and
a pilot band section formed on the projectile body forward of the driving band section,
wherein the pilot band section is formed having an LD-Haack profile.

US Pat. No. 10,480,908

ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEM AND DEVICE

ST ENGINEERING LAND SYSTE...

1. An energy absorption device comprisinga plurality of pillars mountable to a ceiling of a hull, each pillar having a fixed portion and a movable portion, the movable portion housed within the fixed portion and slidable relative to the fixed portion;
a deformable material housed within each pillar, the deformable material disposed between the fixed portion and movable portion such that the deformable material resist the sliding movement of the movable portion in one direction when no blast energy is present; the deformable material further adapted to permanently deform when a blast energy directed towards the ceiling is present; and
a seat assembly attached to the movable portion of each pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,480,903

RIFLE SCOPE AND METHOD OF PROVIDING EMBEDDED TRAINING

TrackingPoint, Inc., Aus...

1. A method comprising:in a first mode:
capturing optical data using optical sensors of a rifle scope;
providing the optical data to a display within the rifle scope that is viewable through a viewing lens of the rifle scope; and
in a second mode:
providing a visual representation of a targeting environment to the display of the rifle scope using a processor within the rifle scope, the visual representation including a target and including a reticle;
receiving a trigger pull signal at the processor;
determining an impact location of a virtual shot in response to receiving the trigger pull signal using the processor; and
dynamically adjusting the target within the visual representation in response to determining the impact location using the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,899

TRITIUM HOUSING

CAMMENGA COMPANY, LLC, D...

1. A tritium housing comprising:a body extending along an axis A from a first end to a second end to define a hollow extending therebetween;
a lens disposed adjacent and surrounded by said first end of said body;
a sleeve disposed within said hollow and extending from a closed end disposed adjacent said second end of said housing to an open end disposed adjacent said lens;
a tritium vial disposed within said sleeve to produce illumination visible through said lens; and
said body comprised of a colored plastic material for magnifying and brightening said tritium illumination during a daylight use of said tritium housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,897

HANDGUARD SYSTEM FOR FIREARMS

1. A free-floating handguard system for a rifle comprising:a rear sight block including a lower portion that has a bore extending therethrough, the bore is configured to fit about a barrel of a rifle; and
a handguard including a first end portion and an opposed second end portion, the first end portion of the handguard can be removably secured to the lower portion of the rear sight block;
wherein a front end of the rear sight block receives a first end of a gas tube and holds the gas tube in place on the rifle.

US Pat. No. 10,480,895

WEAPON VIBRATION DAMPENING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Barnett Outdoors, LLC, T...

18. A crossbow stock comprising:a forward end;
a rearward end;
one or more body plates interconnecting the forward and rearward ends;
a first axis member operatively secured to the one or more body plates at the rearward end;
a first component dampener operatively secured to the first axis member, the first component dampener being configured to accommodate a butt plate of a crossbow configured with the crossbow stock, the first component dampener reducing a vibration transmitted through the one or more body plates to the butt plate when the crossbow is fired.

US Pat. No. 10,480,892

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TIMING FIREARM PRACTICE DRILLS

1. A system for conducting practice drills using a firearm, the firearm having a factory barrel and a firing pin, said system comprising:a practice barrel assembly configured and dimensioned to interchangeably replace the factory barrel of the firearm;
the practice barrel assembly having a barrel body;
a cavity formed in the barrel body of the practice barrel assembly;
a processor located within the cavity in the barrel body of the practice barrel assembly;
a radio transmitter located within the cavity and in communication with the processor; and
a firing pin strike sensor in communication with the processor;
wherein the processor is programmed to cause the radio transmitter to transmit a wireless signal to a remote electronic device in response to the firing pin strike sensor detecting a dry fire of the firing pin.

US Pat. No. 10,480,885

SOUND SUPPRESSOR

SPECTRE ENTERPRISES, INC....

10. A sound suppressor for a firearm, the firearm having a barrel defining a muzzle, the sound suppressor comprising:a tubular housing defining a central axis and an interior surface, the housing having an entrance end cap and an exit end cap, the entrance end cap defining a mounting structure for securing the sound suppressor to the muzzle;
a plurality of separate tubular baffles disposed within the housing, each tubular baffle defining a baffle wall, each tubular baffle being structured to abut each adjacent tubular baffle to form a baffle assembly, the baffle walls each defining a first aperture and a second aperture opposite the first aperture, each of the baffle walls defining a first baffle wall edge and second baffle wall edge, each baffle wall edge being structured to abut the interior surface of the housing around substantially the entire periphery of the baffle wall edge, the first aperture and second aperture of each tubular baffle being substantially coaxial with the first aperture and second aperture of the other tubular baffles within the sound suppressor, each second aperture of each baffle being sufficiently large to abut the baffle wall surrounding the first aperture of an adjacent baffle around substantially the entire periphery of the second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,480,883

SILENCER WITH IMPROVED MOUNT

RA Brands, L.L.C., Madis...

1. A noise suppressor configured for mounting over a flash hider attached to a barrel of a host firearm, the noise suppressor comprising:a body having a proximal end and a distal end, the body defining an internal chamber positioned between the proximal and distal ends;
a series of baffles mounted along the internal chamber of the body; and
a mounting system comprising:
a proximal mount positioned proximate the proximal end of the body for at least partially mounting the noise suppressor to the flash hider, and
a stabilizing ring mounted along the body of the noise suppressor and having a central opening positioned in the internal chamber and configured to receive at least part of a distal end region of the flash hider therein, so as to engage and apply a compressive force to at least one outermost surface of the distal end region of the flash hider sufficient to substantially dampen any vibration of at least one of the noise suppressor and the flash hider created during firing of the host firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,480,879

AUTOMATIC MAGAZINE EJECTION FOLLOWER

Evolusion Concepts, Inc.,...

1. A follower for a firearm magazine comprisinga) a top side shaped to support a cartridge;
b) an internal cavity disposed below said top side;
c) a flexible elongated arm integral to said follower and having a first end and a second end;
i) wherein said first end has a lateral protrusion extending to a side of said follower,
ii) wherein said second end is connected to an inner portion of said follower, wherein said inner portion of said follower is disposed below said top side of said follower;
d) wherein said flexible elongated arm flexes between a first position and a second position;
e) wherein when in said first position said lateral protrusion engages an internal side wall of said firearm magazine and said flexible elongated arm is disposed within said internal cavity; and
f) wherein when in said second position said flexible elongated arm is disposed outside of said internal cavity and said lateral protrusion is disposed in an aperture in a wall of said firearm magazine when said follower is disposed at a top position in said magazine.

US Pat. No. 10,480,866

HEAT PIPE WITH NON-UNIFORM CROSS-SECTION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A heat pipe comprising:a tube having an internal surface, an external surface, and a length running from a first end to a second end;
a first planar flange located proximal to the first end relative to the second end, wherein a central axis for the tube is positioned between a plane of a first surface of the first planar flange and a plane of a second surface of the first planar flange, wherein the first surface and the second surface of the first planar flange extend from the external surface;
a second planar flange located proximal to the second end relative to the first end, wherein the central axis is positioned between a plane of a third surface of the second planar flange and a plane of a fourth surface of the second planar flange, wherein the third surface and the fourth surface of the second planar flange extend from the external surface, and wherein the second planar flange is out of plane with the first planar flange; and
protrusions continuously extending along the internal surface in a direction of the length of the tube, wherein at least one of a spacing, a size, or a shape of the protrusions changes continuously along the length between the first end of the tube and the second end of the tube, wherein the tube and the protrusions are monolithic.

US Pat. No. 10,480,862

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE IN WELDING PIPE SEGMENTS OF A PIPELINE

CRC-Evans Pipeline Intern...

1. A pipe cooling system, comprising:a frame configured to reside within at least one pipe of a plurality of welded pipes that are secured together via a weld joint;
a plurality of rollers configured to rotatably support the frame;
a drive motor that drives the plurality of rollers to move the frame within the at least one pipe;
a brake system that secures the frame from movement at a desired location within the at least one pipe;
one or more battery cells carried by the frame, the one or more battery cells configured to power the drive motor and the brake system;
a cooler carried by the frame, the cooler comprising a blower configured to blow a cooling gas within the at least one pipe and in a direction towards the weld joint to facilitate cooling of the welded pipes; and
one or more processors operatively connected with the drive motor, the brake system and the cooler, the one or more processors operating the cooler to reduce the temperature of the welded pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,480,861

PROCESS OF MAKING ELECTRIC STOVES

1. A process for making movable Tyrolean electric stoves,including:
making a hollow stove body from a thermoplastic polymer, the hollow stove body having a basement, a heating body and a cap covering the heating body,
coating an outer surface of the heating body with a layer of adhesive material, which includes at least one raised thread having a thread top, and insulating grooves contiguous to the thread top, the raised thread of adhesive material extending in a spiral arrangement all along the outer surface of the heating body,
applying around the outer surface of the hollow body an electric resistor comprising a constant-power heating cable with low power consumption the electric resistor being applied on and along the thread top and being arranged in one or more coil loops following the spiral arrangement of the thread,
subsequently applying a final coating layer comprising a fire-resistant material over the hollow body, the fire-resistant material covering the electrical resistor and filling the insulating grooves, the final coating layer provided with decorative designs, finishes or ornaments similar to those formed on the outer surfaces of traditional Tyrolean stoves,
wherein the heating body, basement and covering cap are formed from blocks of expanded polystyrene, having inner cavities and joined together one on top of the other to form a single block or bearing structure whose diameter and height may vary according to desired heating requirements.

US Pat. No. 10,480,858

HYDRAULIC-BINDER ROTARY-FURNACE OPERATION

1. A method of limiting a thickness of rings formed in a rotary furnace for the production of a hydraulic binder and/or limiting speed of rings formed in a rotary furnace for the production of a hydraulic binder, comprising the steps of:providing a furnace having a substantially cylindrical shape with a longitudinal axis which is inclined, an upper end, a lower end and a substantially cylindrical wall, the length of the furnace being at least 9 times the diameter of the furnace, the furnace comprising a burner assembly at its lower end;
rotating the furnace around the longitudinal axis;
feeding a material to be pyroprocessed to the furnace at its upper end, the material to be pyroprocessed thereby traveling downwards through the furnace under the effect of gravity and being pyroprocessed in the furnace by heat generated by combustion of a main fuel in the furnace and leaving the furnace at its lower end as pyroprocessed hydraulic binder material;
transferring the pyroprocessed material from the furnace to an air-cooled material cooler, to produce cooled pyroprocessed hydraulic binder material and heated air;
injecting the main fuel and primary combustion oxidizer into the furnace with the burner assembly so as to generate partial combustion of the main fuel with the primary combustion oxidizer, feeding the heated air from the material cooler to the furnace at its lower end as secondary oxidizer so as to substantially complete combustion of the main fuel, directing a flame generated by combustion of the main fuel with the primary oxidizer and the secondary oxidizer substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the furnace;
evacuating flue gas from the upper end of the furnace; and
varying a longitudinal temperature profile within the furnace during furnace operation by injecting, into the furnace, at least one fluid other than the main fuel, the primary oxidizer and the secondary oxidizer, said at least one fluid being selected from the group consisting of oxygen, air, CO2, recycled flue gas, and mixtures thereof, wherein variation of the longitudinal temperature profile is achieved by continuously or discontinuously varying at least one injection parameter of the injection of the at least one fluid other than the main fuel, the primary oxidizer and the secondary oxidizer that is injected into the furnace so as to limit a thickness of rings formed in the rotary furnace and/or a speed of ring formation in the rotary furnace.

US Pat. No. 10,480,856

DEVICE FOR DRYING AND SANITISING ORGANIC WASTE MATERIAL

CRI-MAN S.P.A., Correggi...

1. A device for drying and sanitizing organic waste materials, comprising:a container body for housing the waste materials to be dried and comprising an inlet for the materials to be dried and an outlet for the dried and sanitized materials,
mixing elements located in the container body and provided with at least a blade able to mix the materials to be dried and sanitized, projectingly supported by a rotating shaft,
a ventilation circuit configured to generate a forced ventilation of air internally of the container body, and comprising an air flow generator located externally of the container body communicating with at least a dispenser nozzle located internally of the container body, wherein the at least a dispenser nozzle is associated with the at least a blade configured to mix the waste materials located in the container body,
at least a temperature sensor configured such as to measure a temperature internally of the container body, and
a control system which receives a signal from the at least a temperature sensor and is able to control an air flow injected into the container body by the ventilation circuit as a function of the signal received from the at least a temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,845

ICE-MAKING DEVICE FOR REFRIGERATOR

DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS...

1. An ice-making device for a refrigerator, the ice-making device comprising:an upper frame;
a lower frame coupled to the upper frame at a lower side thereof;
an ice tray disposed between the upper frame and the lower frame;
a water supply port formed in a rear wall of the upper frame and configured to supply water to the ice tray, the water supply port being opened in a lengthwise direction of the ice tray;
an upper sidewall protruding downward from an edge of an upper surface of the upper frame; and
a first water-blocking rib protruding from the rear wall along the lengthwise direction of the ice tray,
wherein an end of the first water-blocking rib protrudes beyond an end of the water supply port along the lengthwise direction of the ice tray.

US Pat. No. 10,480,843

ICE-MAKING MACHINE THAT UTILIZES CLOSED-LOOP HARVEST CONTROL WITH VIBRATIONAL FEEDBACK

MANITOWOC FOODSERVICE COM...

13. A storage device that is non-transitory and comprises instructions that are readable by a processor to cause said processor to perform a method that includes operations of:controlling a vibrator in an ice-making system to produce an acoustic wave in accordance with a signal having a pattern that includes (i) an on-time during which a packet of pulses is generated, followed by (ii) an off-time during which no pulses are generated, and thus includes (iii) a frequency component, wherein said pattern is differentiable from machine noise frequencies and vibrations in said ice-making system, and wherein said on-time is recurring, and said off-time is reduced in duration as said method progresses;
receiving an electrical representation of said acoustic wave that has been detected from a body of water that is being frozen on a structure in said ice-making system;
extracting, from said electrical representation, (i) said frequency component, and (ii) a magnitude of said frequency component;
recognizing that said magnitude of said frequency component exceeds a threshold value, thus yielding a recognition; and
issuing a command to remove said body of water from said structure, in response to said recognition.

US Pat. No. 10,480,840

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF POWERING A REFRIGERATION UNIT OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

Thermo King Corporation, ...

1. A power system, the power system comprising:a first connection configured to receive power from a first power source;
a second connection configured to receive power from a second power source;
a third connection configured to receive power from a third power source; and
a power converter configured to supply power to a load, wherein the power converter includes a PWM rectifier configured to receive AC power and DC power and convert the received AC power and the received DC power to a second DC power,
wherein the power system is configured to couple the first power source to the power converter when power is received at the first connection, couple the second power source to the power converter when power is received at the second connection, and couple the third power source to the power converter when power is received at the third connection,
wherein the PWM rectifier includes:
a bridge rectifier that converts the received AC power to the second DC power, wherein the bridge rectifier includes a plurality of diodes,
a voltage control circuit that boosts a voltage of the second DC power, wherein the voltage control circuit includes a plurality of electronic switches, one of the plurality of electronic switches coupled across each of the plurality of diodes, and
a pre-charging circuit that maintains power to the power converter when switching between the first power source, the second power source, and the third power source, and
wherein the power converter includes a frequency inverter configured to receive the second DC power from the PWM rectifier and convert the second DC power to a third AC power, the third AC power supplied to the load.

US Pat. No. 10,480,834

REFRIGERANT COOLING AND LUBRICATION SYSTEM

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) unit for an HVAC system comprising:a compressor having a motor and a drive;
a condenser fluidly connected to the compressor;
a unit controller; and
a refrigerant cooling and lubrication assembly that comprises:
a condenser source line fluidly connected to the condenser,
a refrigerant pump line fluidly connected to the condenser source line, the condenser source line feeds into the refrigerant pump line, the refrigerant pump line is fluidly connected to at least one of the motor and the drive of the compressor,
a refrigerant pump located on the refrigerant pump line, the refrigerant pump having an inlet and an outlet fluidly connected with the refrigerant pump line, and
a flow control device disposed on the condenser source line, the flow control device disposed on the condenser source line having an open state and a closed state,
wherein the unit controller is configured to receive an input from a sensor to determine whether an appropriate pressure differential is present in the refrigerant pump line, in order to activate the flow control device disposed on the condenser source line to direct refrigerant to the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,833

HEAT-TRANSFERRING AND ELECTRICALLY CONNECTING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

STMicroelectronics (Croll...

1. A heat-transferring device, comprising a stack, said stack including:a plurality of heat-conducting layers having a first length, the plurality of heat-conducting layers including:
at least one heat-collecting section of a first face of a given one of the plurality of heat-conducting layers and configured to be placed facing a heat source; and
at least one heat-evacuating section of the first face of the given one of the plurality of heat-conducting layers and configured to be placed facing a heat sink; and
a plurality of heat-absorbing layers having a second length, each heat-conducting layer being between two of the plurality of heat-absorbing layers, each heat-absorbing layer including a phase-change material;
wherein the second length is less than the first length:
wherein the plurality of heat-conducting layers and plurality of heat-absorbing layers are physically arranged such that first and second opposing ends of each heat-conducting layer extend beyond each heat-absorbing layer, and such that the first and second opposing ends of each of the heat-conducting layers are pinched so that the first ends of each of the heat-conducting layers make contact with one another and so that the second ends of each of the heat-conducting layers make contact with one another:
wherein the at least one heat-collecting section of the first face of the given one of the plurality of heat-conducting layers is located at the first end of the given one of the plurality of heat-conducting layers: and
wherein the at least one heat-evacuating section of the first face of the given one of the plurality of heat-conducting layers is located at the second end of the given one of the plurality of heat-conducting layers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,827

SOLAR HEAT COLLECTOR

TOYO ENGINEERING CORPORAT...

1. A solar heat collector comprising:a reflective mirror group including a single-axial tracking solar type reflective mirror group and a dual-axial tracking solar type reflective mirror group;
a heat collection collector configured to collect light from the reflective mirror group to obtain heat, and
a heating medium is caused to move from a first end of the heat collector on an upstream to a second end on an opposite side on a downstream,
wherein:
the heat collector comprising a continuous heating medium flow passage including a combination of a first heat collection pipe and a second heat collection pipe, the first heat collection pipe having a small amount of heat collection per unit area, the second heat collection pipe having an amount of heat collection per unit area larger than the first heat collection pipe,
the first heat collection pipe and the second heat collection pipe have a double-pipe structure including an inner metal pipe, a glass pipe, and a vacuum space, the heating medium flowing through the metal pipe, the glass pipe being disposed outside the metal pipe, the vacuum space being disposed between the metal pipe and the glass pipe,
the first heat collection pipe receives reflected light only from the single-axial tracking solar type reflective mirror group to collect heat, and
the second heat collection pipe receives reflected light from both the single-axial tracking solar type reflective mirror group and the dual-axial tracking solar type reflective mirror group to collect heat.

US Pat. No. 10,480,823

MULTI-BURNER HEAD ASSEMBLY

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A multi-burner head assembly comprising:a mixing body operable to mix air and gas;
a venturi inlet coupled to the mixing body and configured to receive air and gas;
a plurality of burner heads coupled to the mixing body and comprising a single row, wherein the burner heads comprise a first burner head comprising a first height and a second burner head comprising a second height different than the first height, and wherein the second burner head is proximate the first burner head, and a third burner head with a third height different than the first and second heights;
wherein a first distance between the first and second burner head is different than a second distance between the second and third burner head;
wherein the first burner head is immediately adjacent to the second burner head and the second burner head is immediately adjacent to third burner head;
wherein the first burner head, second burner head, and third burner head are not coaxial; and
wherein the first, second, and third heights and the first and second distances are configured to cause the first, second, and third burner heads to have a similar flame profile.

US Pat. No. 10,480,822

CONDENSATE NEUTRALIZER DEVICE

Intellihot, Inc., Galesb...

1. A condensate neutralizer device for treating a condensate flow, said condensate neutralizer device comprising a compartment adapted to receive condensate neutralizing materials therein, said compartment having an inlet end and an outlet end, a plurality of apertures disposed only on a bottom surface of each of said inlet end and said outlet end of said compartment, wherein said compartment is configured to receive the condensate flow traversing upwardly through said plurality of apertures at said inlet end in a direction from said inlet end to said outlet end through the condensate neutralizing materials before allowing a treated flow of the condensate flow to traverse downwardly through said plurality of apertures at said outlet end to exit said compartment as an effluent.

US Pat. No. 10,480,820

HEAT EXCHANGER UNIT

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A heat exchanger unit, comprising:a vertical axis;
a frame comprising a top region, a bottom region, and a plurality of side regions;
a plurality of coolers, each of the plurality of coolers coupled with the frame proximate to a respective side region of the plurality of side regions, and each of the plurality of coolers having an outer surface and an inner surface;
an airflow region within the heat exchanger unit; and
a first set of baffles, each baffle of the first set of baffles mounted at a first angle relative to the vertical axis;
wherein the first angle is between a horizontal axis and the vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,819

HEATING APPARATUS

Munster Simms Engineering...

1. A heating apparatus comprising:a tank, the tank having a tank inlet, a tank outlet, a heat exchanger inlet and heat exchanger outlet;
a heat exchanger located in the tank, the heat exchanger comprising a hollow body having a mouth coupled to the heat exchanger inlet and a flue outlet coupled to the heat exchanger outlet;
a burner device, the burner device having:
an air intake;
a burner head including an ignition device;
a gas injection; and
a burner body providing a fluid flow channel between said air intake and said burner head, wherein said gas injector is configured to inject combustible gas into said fluid flow channel such that said burner body supplies a mixture of combustible gas and air to the burner head in use, and wherein said burner body is located outside of said tank and said burner head, including said ignition device, is located in the mouth inside the hollow body; and
a plurality of pipes extending transversely through the body across the fluid path between the mouth and the flue outlet, the pipes being open to the interior of the tank so that in use they are filled by the contents of the tank, and the pipes defining on one side an internal body region that narrows in a direction from the mouth towards the opposite end of the body, and an internal body region on the other side that widens in a direction from the mouth towards the opposite end of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,817

DUCT-TYPE INDOOR UNIT OF AIR CONDITIONER

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A duct-type indoor unit of an air conditioner, comprising:a casing including
a front plate in which an inlet duct connection part is formed and defines outer edges of an inlet and to which an inlet duct is connected,
a rear plate in which an outlet duct connection part is formed and defines outer edges of an outlet and to which an outlet duct is connected,
an upper plate,
a lower plate,
a first side plate, and
a second side plate,
the front plate and the rear plate being spaced apart from each other in a longitudinal direction of the casing,
the upper plate and the lower plate being spaced apart from each other in a first direction which is orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the casing,
the first side plate and the second side plate being spaced apart from each other in a second direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction and the first direction of the casing,
the upper plate, the lower plate, the first side plate and the second side plate being connected with the front plate and the rear plate;
a partition member partitioning interior of the casing into a first space on an inlet side and a second space on an outlet side, the partitioning member having a first part extending in a direction orthogonal to the front plate and including an opening that communicates the first space with the second space, a second part that extends in a direction parallel to the front plate, and an inclined part connecting the first and second parts, the first, second; and inclined parts being continuous;
a heat exchanger arranged inside the first space; and
a centrifugal fan having an impeller with a plurality of backward curved blades, the impeller being positioned inside the second space to suck in air in the first space through the opening, wherein
the impeller as a rotating shaft parallel to the front plate, the inclined part of the partition member inclines with respect to the direction parallel to the front plate from the second part to the first part,
the partition member is connected to the first side plate and the rear plate,
the partition member, the upper plate, the lower plate and the first side plate function as a fan casing of the centrifugal fan,
the heat exchanger is constituted by a first heat exchanger unit and a second heat exchanger unit, the first heat exchanger unit and the second heat exchanger unit being arranged to separate from each other gradually toward the inlet of the casing so as to have an open V-shaped cross section,
the first heat exchanger unit is along a first imaginary plane,
the second heat exchanger unit is along a second imaginary plane intersecting the first imaginary plane, and
an imaginary intersection line by the first imaginary plane and second imaginary plane extends parallel to the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,813

PLIABLE-WALL AIR DUCTS WITH INTERNAL EXPANDING STRUCTURES

Right-Hite Holding Corpor...

1. An air duct system comprising:an air duct including a pliable sidewall; and
a shaft including a first end and a second end, the shaft extending in a longitudinal direction along a length of the air duct with the first end coupled to a first point of the air duct and the second end coupled to a second point of the air duct, the first point being downstream of the second point, the pliable sidewall to be held in tension in the longitudinal direction between the first and second points in response to compression in the shaft between the first and second points.

US Pat. No. 10,480,812

DAMPER ACCESS ASSEMBLY, CLAMP ASSEMBLY, AND CLAMP MEMBER

Langdon Incorporated, Ci...

1. A clamp assembly for joining a first outwardly directed flange of a first duct with a second outwardly directed flange of a second duct, the outwardly directed flanges being configured to confront one another and define a gap therebetween to form a joint, the assembly comprising:a circumferential clamp member including a base portion defining an annular periphery of the member and first lateral portions and second lateral portions each extending inwardly from the base portion to define a channel therebetween for receiving the first and second flanges, the first lateral portions and second lateral portions including longitudinal extensions that extend away from the channel to increase rigidity of the joint,
wherein each of the first outwardly directed flange and the second outwardly directed flange includes a leg extending transversely therefrom, the transverse legs being configured to form a generally T-shaped joint when the first flange confronts the second flange, wherein the channel of the clamp member is configured to receive the T-shaped joint therein.

US Pat. No. 10,480,809

CUSTOMIZED CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AIR CONDITIONER OPERATION MODE

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. A control method for air conditioner operation mode customization, comprising:providing a setting interface for operation mode customization for an air conditioner in response to receiving a setting command for air conditioner operation mode customization;
receiving, via the setting interface, input to customize one or more operation parameters of the air conditioner, the one or more operation parameters including at least one of a humidity, a blowing direction, or a sleeping temperature curve;
generating and displaying a virtual key corresponding to the customized one or more operation parameters; and
in response to receiving a trigger command through the virtual key, controlling the air conditioner to operate according to the customized one or more operation parameters corresponding to the virtual key.

US Pat. No. 10,480,800

AIR CONDITIONER

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a compressor having a discharge port and a return port;
a reversing assembly comprising a first port, a second port, a third port and a fourth port, wherein the first port is communicated with one of the second port and the third port, and the fourth port is communicated with another one of the second port and the third port, the first port is connected to the discharge port and the fourth port is connected to the return port;
an outdoor heat exchanger and an indoor heat exchanger, wherein a first end of the outdoor heat exchanger is connected to the second port and a first end of the indoor heat exchanger is connected to the third port;
a heat sink assembly comprising an electrical control element and a heat dissipation subassembly for heat dissipation of the electrical control element, wherein the heat dissipation subassembly is in series connection between a second end of the indoor heat exchanger and a second end of the outdoor heat exchanger;
a one-way throttle valve comprising a first valve port and a second valve port, wherein the first valve port is connected to the second end of the outdoor heat exchanger and the second valve port is connected to the heat dissipation subassembly, in a flowing direction from the first valve port to the second valve port, the one-way throttle valve is fully turned on, and in a flowing direction from the second valve port to the first valve port, the one-way throttle valve is a throttling valve; and
a throttling element in series connection between the heat dissipation subassembly and the second end of the indoor heat exchanger;
wherein the heat dissipation subassembly comprises:
a heat dissipation pipe in series connection between the indoor heat exchanger and the outdoor heat exchanger; and
a heat dissipation casing, wherein the heat dissipation pipe is disposed to the heat dissipation casing, and the heat dissipation casing is in contact with the electrical control element for the heat dissipation of the electrical control element;
wherein the heat dissipation casing comprises:
a heat dissipation substrate in contact with the electrical control element; and
a fixed baffle disposed on the heat dissipation substrate, wherein an end surface of the heat dissipation substrate facing the fixed baffle is provided with a first groove, an end surface of the fixed baffle facing the heat dissipation substrate is provided with a second groove, the first groove and the second groove together define an accommodating space accommodating the heat dissipation pipe, and the first groove and the second groove completely encircle the heat dissipation pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,480,798

RECIRCULATING DOWNDRAFT SYSTEM FOR A COOKING APPLIANCE

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:an oven cavity;
an oven door pivotally mounted to a front surface and configured to selectively provide access to an interior of the oven cavity;
a cooktop including at least one heating element and a single inlet of a downdraft system, the cooktop defining a top surface of the cooking appliance;
an air duct system comprising a first air path for the air to flow between the single inlet and a first outlet and a separate, second air path for the air to flow between the single inlet and a second outlet; and
a blower configured to draw air from an ambient environment of the cooking appliance adjacent to the cooktop into the single inlet and through the air duct system to the first outlet and the second outlet, and to exhaust the air through a main outlet back into the ambient environment.

US Pat. No. 10,480,793

COMBINATION OUTDOOR FIREPLACE AND PIZZA OVEN

ROUND GROVE PRODUCTS, LLC...

1. A combination outdoor fireplace and pizza oven system, comprising:a main body including a framework assembly having a fireplace firebox, an oven firebox, a smokebox, and a chimney flue disposed therein, each of the fireplace firebox and the oven firebox in communication with the smokebox, and the smokebox in communication with the chimney flue, the framework assembly covered by a refractory heat resistant mortar, the main body further including a base disposed beneath the fireplace firebox and configured to facilitate a transport of the combination outdoor fireplace and pizza oven system,
wherein the oven firebox is suspended above the fireplace firebox and configured for baking pizza, and the smokebox and the chimney flue are disposed in the framework assembly above both the fireplace firebox and the oven firebox,
wherein the base includes a pair of holes formed in a front wall of the base, the pair of holes configured to receive at least one of forklifts, slings, and straps for lifting and positioning the combination outdoor fireplace and pizza oven system, and
wherein the holes are defined by a pair of box-iron channels connected to the framework assembly and projecting outwardly from the main body to define a step of the combination outdoor fireplace and pizza oven system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,792

FUEL STAGING IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine system comprising:a turbine combustor, comprising:
one or more first fuel injectors coupled to a head end of the turbine combustor and configured to deliver a first portion of a fuel to a first axial position of a combustion section of the turbine combustor; and
one or more second fuel injectors coupled to the turbine combustor axially downstream of the head end, wherein the one or more second fuel injectors are configured to deliver a second portion of the fuel to a second axial position of the combustion section of the turbine combustor, the second axial position being downstream of the first axial position;
an oxidant supply system configured to provide an oxidant to the head end of the turbine combustor;
a fuel supply system configured to supply the fuel to the one or more first and second fuel injectors;
a sensor configured to measure a parameter of soot and/or ammonium in an exhaust gas from the turbine combustor; and
a controller configured to cause the one or more first fuel injectors to deliver the first portion of the fuel such that combustion of the fuel and oxidant at the first axial position is oxidant-rich, and to cause the one or more second fuel injectors to deliver the second portion of the fuel such that combustion of the fuel and oxidant within the overall combustion section of the turbine combustor is at a defined equivalence ratio between 0.95 and 1.05, wherein the second portion of the fuel corresponds to between 5% and 30% of a total amount of the fuel provided to the turbine combustor by the first portion and the second portion, and the controller is configured to adjust a ratio of the first portion to the second portion of the fuel based on the measured parameter of the soot and/or ammonium.

US Pat. No. 10,480,791

FUEL INJECTOR TO FACILITATE REDUCED NOX EMISSIONS IN A COMBUSTOR SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

16. A combustor assembly comprising:a combustion liner comprising a center longitudinal axis, a forward end and an aft end: and
an annular fuel injection nozzle, coupled adjacent to the forward end of the combustion liner, the annular fuel injection nozzle comprising:
a fuel injector housing comprising an upstream face, an opposite downstream face, and a peripheral wall extending therebetween, the fuel injector housing defined about the center longitudinal axis;
an inner oxidizer flow path, about the center longitudinal axis, having an inner swirler therein;
an intermediate oxidizer flow path radially outward of the inner oxidizer flow path, concentric with the center longitudinal axis, having an intermediate swirler therein;
an annular fuel manifold radially outward of the second oxidizer flow path, concentric with the center longitudinal axis; and
an outer oxidizer flow path radially outward of the annular fuel manifold, concentric with the center longitudinal axis, having an outer swirler therein,
wherein an oxidizer stream enters the fuel injector housing through the upstream face of the fuel injector housing,
wherein a first portion of the oxidizer stream is diverted to the inner oxidizer flow path and through a centerbody of the fuel injection nozzle via the inner swirler as an inner oxidizer flow stream,
wherein a second portion of the oxidizer stream is diverted to the Intermediate oxidizer flow path via the intermediate swirler as an intermediate oxidizer flow stream, and
wherein a third portion of the oxidizer stream is diverted to the outer oxidizer flow path via the outer swirler as an outer oxidizer flow stream, and
the annular fuel manifold comprising:
a forward portion and an aft portion including an aft face; and
a plurality of fuel injector outlets defined in the aft portion, downstream of the inner swirler and the outer swirler,
wherein the plurality of fuel injector outlets are configured to inject a fuel flow in a downstream direction along a mid-plane of the annular fuel manifold, wherein the mid-plane is defined as a radial median between an innermost and outermost radius of the annular fuel manifold,
wherein the fuel flow exiting the annular fuel manifold undergoes initial interaction with the intermediate oxidizer stream and the outer oxidizer stream, downstream of the intermediate swirler and the outer swirler, thereby providing a mixed stream,
wherein the mixed stream remains separated from the inner oxidizer stream until the mixed stream undergoes circumferential and radial mixing upon interaction with the inner oxidizer stream downstream of the inner swirler and the plurality of fuel injector outlets, and
wherein the plurality of fuel injector outlets comprises a plurality of fuel exit orifices, wherein at least one orifice of the plurality of fuel exit orifices is fitted with an injector tip, wherein the injector tip comprises an additional fuel manifold that operates over a limited power range and is selectively operable such that the additional fuel manifold is switched off during operation beyond the limited power range.

US Pat. No. 10,480,782

FIRE CONSTRUCTIONS

1. A fire construction comprising a firebox defining a combustion chamber in which a fuel can be burnt, a front opening for access to the combustion chamber for the placement of said fuel configured to be closable by a door, a first air supply means for delivering air into the combustion chamber to support combustion of the fuel therein, and a second air supply means for supplying additional air to further support combustion of particulates and other pollutants rising up within the combustion chamber as by-products of primary combustion, the second air supply means comprising a supply conduit connecting the combustion chamber with an air supply, the supply conduit having a cross section that increases as the supply conduit opens into the combustion chamber to have a generally frustoconical flared region at a location above the fuel in the firebox, wherein the fire construction is a residential fireplace.

US Pat. No. 10,480,781

REMOVAL OF CARBONACEOUS MICROBEADS

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A method for mitigating fouling in a once-through steam generator train comprising:obtaining foulant samples from the once-through steam generator train;
obtaining water samples from one or more locations along the once-through steam generator train;
recovering filtered solids from the water samples from the one or more locations;
characterizing at least one physical property of the foulant samples and the filtered solids;
determining locations along the once-through steam generator train that include foulant precursor based on a matching of the at least one physical property between the foulant samples and the filtered solids; and
installing an absorbent at locations that include the foulant precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,774

LIGHT EMITTER WITH COMMUNICATION OR POWER CONNECTOR

McKeon Products, Inc., W...

1. A light bulb fixture comprising:a base body defining a female light bulb socket configured to receive a light bulb;
a base electrical connector disposed directly on the base body opposite the female light bulb socket;
at least one support having a first end disposed on the base body, the at least one support and extending away from the base body in a direction from the base electrical connector to the female light bulb socket and around the received light bulb to a second end; and
a receptacle body disposed on the second end of the at least one support, the receptacle body defining at least one of a power receptacle and/or a communication receptacle, the at least one of the power receptacle and/or the communication receptacle defined by the receptacle body facing away from the base body and electrically connected to the base electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,480,773

CANOPY LIGHT HAVING MOISTURE CONTROL

Jarvis Corp., Elk Grove ...

1. A canopy light comprising:a frame having a cavity defined by a base and an upstanding structure defining an upper perimeter edge, and a component cavity venting system including a drainage chamber in communication with the cavity through a communicating port, the drainage chamber having a ingress opening, a drain opening isolated from the communicating port, to allow drainage from the drainage chamber, while substantially preclude the passage of a fluid through the drain opening, into the drainage chamber and through the communicating port into the cavity;
a venting cap extending over and substantially sealing the ingress opening of the drainage chamber;
an electrical assembly including a power supply and at least one LED light assembly, positionable within the cavity; and
a light transcending cover extending over the cavity of the frame about the upper perimeter edge, and structurally configured to permit at least some of the light generated by the LED light assembly to be directed therethrough;
wherein the upstanding structure defines a polygonal configuration, with a corner incline surface positioned in each corner of the polygonal configuration, each corner incline surface angled between 10° and 80° relative to a projection of the base, with the at least one LED light assembly mounted on each of the corner inclined surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,480,768

PLASTIC HEAT SINK FOR LUMINAIRES

SABIC Global Technologies...

1. A luminaire comprising:a plastic heat sink body that defines a first end, and a second end opposite the first end along a central axis,
a first driver cover that at least substantially closes the first end;
a driver configured to receive input electrical power from an electrical power source, and output electrical power;
a second driver cover attached to the heat sink body, such that the driver is contained between the first driver cover and the second driver cover; and
an LED panel including a substrate supported by the heat sink body at a location such that the first driver cover is disposed between the LED panel and the driver, and at least one LED carried by the substrate, wherein the at least one LED is in electrical communication with the driver so as to receive the output electrical power and, in response, produce illumination; and
a lens assembly supported by the heat sink body at the second end so as to at least substantially close the second end, such that at least a portion of the illumination passes through the lens assembly and out the luminaire,
wherein one of the first driver cover and the lens assembly is monolithic with the heat sink body at a respective one of the first and second ends, such that the LED panel is configured for insertion into the heat sink body at the other of the first and second ends,
wherein the lens assembly further comprises a diffuser and a bezel that is supported by the heat sink body at the second end, wherein an outer periphery of the diffuser is supported by bezel, and the diffuser is monolithic with the bezel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,762

LIGHTING FIXTURE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A lighting fixture, comprising:a fixture body including an elongated shape, a first end, and a second end;
a first body mount connected to the fixture body and configured to be mounted on a first lighting duct;
a second body mount connected to the fixture body and configured to be mounted on a second lighting duct;
a light source accommodated in the fixture body and configured to emit laser light;
a power supply accommodated in the fixture body and electrically connected to the light source;
a light guide including an entrance end and an exit end, the entrance end being optically connected to the light source, the light guide configured to guide the laser light from the light source to the exit end; and
a lamp attached to the fixture body and optically connected to the exit end of the light guide,
wherein the first body mount includes a mounting shaft extending from an opposite side of the fixture body than the lamp, and
the mounting shaft includes a pair of electrode plates extending perpendicular to a central axis of the mounting shaft in opposite directions from the mounting shaft, a pair of locking portions, and an operating member configured to pivot the pair of electrode plates and the locking portions about the central axis of the mounting shaft and to move the pair of electrode plates and the locking portions relative to the fixture body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,760

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A lighting source module comprising:a plurality of first light emitting devices having a first light emitting chip and first phosphor and emitting white light having a first color temperature;
a plurality of second light emitting devices having a second light emitting chip and second phosphor, and emitting white light having a second color temperature; and
a plurality of circuit boards having the first and second light emitting devices thereon,
wherein columns of the first light emitting devices and columns of the second light emitting devices are alternately disposed on the circuit boards,
wherein column of light emitting devices emitting white light having the same color temperature are disposed at both ends of the circuit boards,
wherein the plurality of circuit boards is disposed in a first direction,
wherein each of the plurality of circuit boards has a different length from each other in the first direction,
wherein the plurality of first light emitting devices disposed on the plurality of circuit boards are electrically connected to each other, and
wherein the plurality of second light emitting devices disposed on the plurality of circuit boards are electrically connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,480,759

LANTERN

1. A lantern, comprising a top support ring, a bottom support ring and a plurality of wires, the plurality of wires disposed around the top support ring and the bottom support ring, two ends of the wires extending towards the top support ring and the bottom support ring respectively,wherein a top end and a bottom end of the wire each are fixedly connected with an elastic component, the top support ring and the bottom support ring are configured with fixing rods each extending from a corresponding one of the top support ring and the bottom support ring outwardly, the amount of the fixing rods is corresponding to the amount of the wires, a top end of the elastic component on top of the wire accommodates an end of a corresponding one of the fixing rods away from the top support ring therein, a bottom end of the elastic component on bottom of the wire accommodates an end of a corresponding one of the fixing rods away from the bottom support ring therein;
wherein the lantern is at a folded state when the elastic components for more than one of the plurality of wires are bent in the circumferential direction of the top support ring, and the lantern is capable of recovering from the folded state to an unfolded state by elastic force deriving from the bent elastic components after removing external force from the elastic components.

US Pat. No. 10,480,753

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Saturn Licensing LLC, Ne...

1. A display device comprising:a light source configured to emit blue light;
a luminescent body comprising quantum dot material provided in a cured resin and positioned to receive the blue light, and configured to convert some of the blue light into each of green light and red light;
a wavelength selective filter provided outside the cured resin and positioned on one side of the luminescent body, the wavelength selection filter position to receive the green light and the red light, and configured to transmit the blue light and to reflect the green light and the red light; and
a display panel positioned on another side of the luminescent body,
wherein the luminescent body is configured such that a portion of the blue light entering the luminescent body transmits through the luminescent body without colliding with luminescent material that comprises the quantum dot material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,751

WAVELENGTH CONVERSION LAMINATED FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A wavelength conversion laminated film comprising:a laminate which has a wavelength conversion layer containing a phosphor and a gas barrier layer laminated on both the main surfaces of the wavelength conversion layer; and
an end face sealing layer which covers at least end faces of the wavelength conversion layer among end faces of the laminate,
wherein the end face sealing layer includes, from the side of the end faces of the laminate, a first metal layer coming into contact directly with the end faces of the laminate, a resin layer, and a second metal layer in this order.

US Pat. No. 10,480,744

LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A motor-vehicle lighting system comprising:a device for projecting a low beam into a projection zone, wherein the projecting device is configured so that the low beam comprises an interior zone within the projection zone having an average luminance lower than that of a remainder of the projection zone located in an interior of the projection zone, and
a device for projecting an additional beam configured to at least partially cover the interior zone.

US Pat. No. 10,480,738

ELECTRICAL DEVICE

1. An article of manufacture including:a lighting element that includes two interconnects, two supports, and a housing, each said interconnect including a set of two or more terminals for wiring connections, each said terminal located on a solder pad, each said solder pad soldered to an electrical connection of a strip of light-emitting diodes and located on one of said supports, each said support configured so that there is an interconnect-proximate plane, adjacent the solder pads of one of said sets of terminals, and an interconnect-distal plane that is larger than the interconnect-proximate plane, so that different lengths of the interconnect-proximate plane and the interconnect-distal plane proscribe a sloping, tapering, or curving region of the support and indicate a direction inward to ends of the housing, and
wherein the housing that contains the interconnects with their supports within the ends of the housing, the housing including a hole adjacent each said end and located to surface anchor the housing by the ends, wherein the strip of light-emitting diodes is in contact with the housing and the interconnect-proximate planes and the regions of the support, between the solder pads and between walls of the housing, and is operably connected intermediate the sets of the terminals and substantially intermediate the directions, so as to receive power for the strip of light-emitting diodes from one said set of the terminals and communicate the power to another said set of the terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,480,737

LAMP APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A lamp apparatus for a vehicle, the lamp apparatus comprising:a light source that radiates light;
a polarizing filter that receives the light radiated from the light source and reflects forward a first incident light of a first-directional polarized beam and transmits a second-directional polarized beam, depending on polarizing directions of the polarizing filter;
a reflecting mirror that receives the second-directional polarized beam that has passed through the polarizing filter, and reflects a second incident light of the second-directional polarized beam forward thereof;
a wavelength plate which is mounted ahead of the reflecting mirror, receives the second incident light of the second-directional polarized beam reflected by the reflecting mirror, and converts the second incident light of the wavelength plate into a third-directional polarized beam which is a same as the first-directional polarized beam reflected by the polarizing filter; and
a reflector which is mounted ahead of the polarizing filter and the reflecting mirror, receives the first-directional polarized beam reflected by the polarizing filter and the third-directional polarized beam converted by the wavelength plate, and changes a course of the first-directional polarized beam and the third-directional polarized beam so that the first-directional polarized beam and the third-directional polarized beam are sent out to a road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,733

FLAME SIMULATING LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A light-emitting system for simulating a flame comprising:a plurality of disjointed sets of light-emitting elements,
a controller configured to dynamically generate a plurality of control signals,
wherein the light-emitting elements of a given set of the disjointed sets of light-emitting elements are configured to adjust corresponding intensities of emitted light in accordance with a respective control signal of the plurality of control signals, and
wherein at least one parameter of the respective control signal is an independent variable with respect to the at least one parameter of another control signal with which the light-emitting elements of another set of the disjointed sets adjust respective emitted light intensities,
wherein the light-emitting elements within the given set adjust the corresponding intensities of the emitted light in accordance with a plurality of light-emission signals that are based on the respective control signal such that the at least one parameter of each light-emission signal of the plurality of light-emission signals is a dependent variable with respect to the at least one parameter of each other light-emission signal of the plurality of light-emission signals.

US Pat. No. 10,480,724

LIGHTING DEVICE HAVING A PUMPING LIGHT UNIT AND LUMINESCENT ELEMENT

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A lighting device havinga pump light unit for the emission of pump light,
a phosphor element for the generation of conversion light in response to excitation by the pump light,
and a wavelength-dependent beam splitter which is reflective to the pump light and transmissive to the conversion light,
wherein a first portion of the pump light is incident on a light incidence surface of the beam splitter and is reflected from the beam splitter to the phosphor element,
the phosphor element emitting the conversion light in response to the excitation by the pump light,
the conversion light being incident on the light incidence surface of the beam splitter, but being transmitted by the beam splitter and exiting at a light exit surface of the beam splitter opposite the light incidence surface,
and wherein at the same point in time, a second portion of the pump light is directed onto the light exit surface of the beam splitter and is reflected from the beam splitter and is superposed with the conversion light transmitted from the beam splitter, so that downstream of the beam splitter, mixed light made up of the pump light and the conversion light is available for lighting purposes
a reflector arranged in a beam path containing the second portion of the pump light, upstream of the light exit surface of the wavelength-dependent beam splitter, and from which the second pump light portion is reflected to the wavelength-dependent beam splitter; wherein the reflector comprises a convex reflection surface from which the second portion of the pump light is bundled onto the light exit surface of the wavelength-dependent beam splitter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,718

METHODS FOR REDUCING TRANSMIX PRODUCTION ON PETROLEUM PIPELINES

Texon LP, Houston, TX (U...

16. An automated method for reducing transmix production on a pipeline comprising:a) providing a flow of hydrocarbon in a transmission pipe comprising first and second hydrocarbon subtypes in sequence separated by transmix;
b) providing a transmix pipe in fluid communication with the transmission pipe separated from the transmission pipe by a transmix valve under the control of a central processing unit;
c) receiving a subtype sequence identification signal at the central processing unit identifying the first and second subtypes and the location of the first and second subtypes in the transmission pipe;
d) receiving physical property measurements of the flow passing through the valve at the central processing unit;
e) executing programmed logic in the central processing unit to:
i) determine the subtype flowing through the valve based on the subtype sequence identification signal;
ii) when the first subtype is flowing through the valve, accessing a dataset comprising a first cut-point for the first subtype and comparing the physical property measurements to the first cut-point of the first subtype;
iii) diverting the flow to the transmix pipe when a physical property measurement reaches the first cut-point of the first subtype;
iv) accessing a dataset comprising the first cut-point of the second subtype, comparing the physical property measurements to the first cut-point of the second subtype; and
v) resuming the flow through the transmission pipe when a physical property measurement reaches the first cut-point of the second subtype.

US Pat. No. 10,480,716

CRYOGENIC STORAGE VESSEL

WESTPORT POWER INC., Van...

1. A cryogenic storage vessel comprising:an inner vessel defining a cryogen space;
an outer vessel spaced apart from and surrounding the inner vessel, defining a thermally insulating space between the inner vessel and the outer vessel;
a receptacle defining passages for delivery of liquefied gas from the cryogen space to outside the cryogenic storage vessel; the receptacle comprising:
an elongated outer sleeve intersecting opposite sides of the inner vessel and defining an interior space that is fluidly sealed from the cryoqen space and in fluid communication with the thermally insulating space;
an elongated inner sleeve with an open end supported from the outer vessel, the elongated inner sleeve extending into the interior space defined by the elongated outer sleeve, the elongated inner sleeve having a closed end opposite the open end, thereby defining a receptacle space that is fluidly isolated from the thermally insulating space; and
a fluid communication channel extending between the elongated outer sleeve and the elongated inner sleeve and fluidly connecting the cryogen space to the receptacle space.

US Pat. No. 10,480,709

ADJUSTABLE SUPPORT ARM

Humanscale Corporation, ...

1. An adjustable support arm, comprising:a first bracket;
a second bracket;
an upper arm having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the upper arm is pivotally connected to the first bracket and the second end of the upper arm is pivotally connected to the second bracket;
a lower arm having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the lower arm is pivotally connected to the first bracket and the second end of the lower arm is pivotally connected to the second bracket;
a linkage comprising:
a first link having a first end pivotally connected to the upper arm to define a first pivot point in the upper arm about which the first link pivots;
a second link having a first end to define a second pivot point in the lower arm about which the second link pivots;
wherein a second end of the second link is pivotally connected to a second end of the first link to define a vertex, a vertex angle and a reflex angle; and
a biasing member intersecting the vertex angle and connecting to the linkage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,705

HEATSHIELD FOR A BAND CLAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A heatshield for a band clamp, the heatshield comprising:an attachment member configured to be inserted axially into the clamp; and
a thermal insulator secured to the attachment member, the thermal insulator being configured to at least partially extend over an outer surface of the clamp when the attachment member is inserted into the clamp, wherein the attachment member comprises one or more openings arranged circumferentially around a periphery of the attachment member, wherein the thermal insulator is secured to the attachment member by virtue of the one or more openings.

US Pat. No. 10,480,704

PULSATION DAMPER

FUJIKOKI CORPORATION, To...

1. A pulsation damper comprising:an upper diaphragm;
a lower diaphragm configured to form a sealed space having a predetermined pressure with the upper diaphragm, in which an inert gas is filled; and
a deformation suppressing member formed of an elastic material, and comprising an annular ring having a radially inner surface and a radially outer surface, and an extension portion extending from a center portion of the radially outer surface of the annular ring such that the extension portion extends radially outward from a center axis of the annular ring,
wherein the deformation suppressing member is arranged inside the sealed space such that a radially outer portion of the extension portion abuts against inner walls of the upper diaphragm and the lower diaphragm, and
wherein on a radially outer peripheral portion of the extension portion is formed a first passage that communicates a first space surrounded by a radially outer peripheral surface of the extension portion, the upper diaphragm and the lower diaphragm, with a second space on an upper-diaphragm side of the extension portion and a third space on a lower-diaphragm side of the extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,700

NOZZLE ARRANGEMENT FOR FLOWABLE SUBSTANCES

AGROTOP GMBH, (DE)

1. A nozzle device for dispensing flowable substances, having a support and a nozzle element arranged at least in part within this support, which element is suitable and intended for dispensing the flowable substance, and having a first coupler, in order to arrange the nozzle device detachably to a supply for the flowable substance, wherein the nozzle device has a second coupler in order to fasten the nozzle device detachably to a further nozzle device, andwherein the nozzle element is set back with respect to the support.

US Pat. No. 10,480,698

TUBE CONNECTOR

Kongsberg Automotive AS, ...

1. A tube connector (1) for attachment to a tube (7) of a pressurized fluid system, wherein the tube connector (1) comprises:a housing (3), a main sealing element (9), a gripping element (11) and a cone element (13),
the housing (3) comprising a receptacle (5) for receiving the tube (7), the receptacle (5) being delimited by an insertion end (21) for which the tube (7) can be inserted into the receptacle (5), and an abutment end (23) for delimiting a maximum insertion of the tube (7) into the housing (3),
the main sealing element (9) being provided for preventing a fluid from flowing out of a pressurized fluid system at a connection of the tube (7) and the tube connector (1),
the gripping element (11) comprising a passage (12) for receiving the tube (7), the gripping element (11) being arranged in the receptacle (5) and comprising a gripping edge (25) for engaging with an outer surface (24) of the tube (7) received in the passage (12) of the gripping element (11), wherein the gripping element contacts the main sealing element,
the cone element (13) being arranged in the receptacle (5) for delimiting a movement of the gripping element (11) towards the insertion end (21),
the tube connector (1) further comprising an integrated release element (15) arranged at least partially in the receptacle (5) and movable along a direction pointing from the insertion end (21) to the abutment end (23), the release element (15) comprising a passage (36) for the tube (7), a tubular part (31) and an environmental sealing element (35),
a release edge (37) of the tubular part (31) being adapted for engaging with the gripping element (11) and moving the gripping element (11), such that the gripping element (11) releases the tube (7) inserted into the passage (12) of the gripping element (11),
the environmental sealing element (35) providing a sealing of the receptacle (5) from an environment, and
the environmental sealing element (35) being adapted for sealing the release element (15) towards an inner surface (19) of the housing (3) and towards the outer surface (24) of the tube (7) inserted into the passage (36) of the release element (15), wherein:
the integrated release element (15) comprises a top part (33) providing an actuation surface for pushing the release element (15) towards the abutment end (23),
the top part (33) of the release element (15) forms a collar (39) extending at least partly between the cone element (13) and the inner surface (19) of the housing (3), a first protrusion (41) is formed at the top part (33) and a second protrusion (43) is formed at the cone element (13), and
the first protrusion (41) and the second protrusion (43) are adapted to engage for delimiting a maximum movement of the release edge (37) in a direction away from the abutment end (23) to a first predefined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,480,686

CORD MANAGEMENT KIT

1. A cord management kit, comprising:a base member having a lower side and an upper side;
the lower side of the base member comprising a fastener configured to removably secure the base member to a surface;
a clip disposed on the upper side of the base member having a pair of opposing arms composed of a padded material forming a gap therebetween having a diameter less than that of a cord;
a planar member configured to retain one or more base members thereon, such that the base members are removably affixed to the planar member;
wherein the arms are flexible such that that the gap is configured to receive the cord therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,480,683

VALVE AND CLOSURE MEMBER

METSO FLOW CONTROL OY, V...

1. A valve having an inlet and an outlet, and a closure member which is rotatably arranged in the valve to be moved between a fully closed position and a fully open position so as to control flow of a fluid from the inlet to the outlet of the valve; said closure member comprising: a flow inlet area and a flow outlet area; the flow inlet area comprising: an initial flow inlet area having at least one initial opening which is first subjected to fluid from the inlet of the valve when the closure member is rotated from the fully closed position towards an initial open position, and a main inlet flow area having at least one main opening which is subjected to fluid from the inlet after the at least one initial opening has been subjected to fluid and the closure member is rotated further from the initial open position towards the fully open position of the closure member; the flow outlet area comprising: an initial flow outlet area which is arranged to first discharge flow to the outlet of the valve when the closure member is rotated from the fully closed position towards the initial open position, and a main outlet flow area which is arranged to discharge flow when the closure member is rotated further from the initial open position towards the fully open position; at least one main flow channel extending from the main inlet flow area to the main flow outlet area allowing flow from the inlet of the valve through the closure member to the outlet of the valve; and at least one initial flow channel, different from the at least one main flow channel, having a helical shape, located within the closure member and extending closest to an outer periphery of the closure member for guiding flow from the initial flow inlet area to the initial flow outlet area.

US Pat. No. 10,480,682

STRAINER ASSEMBLY FOR INTERNAL VALVE

EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMEN...

1. An internal valve for connection to a fluid container, the fluid container having an opening surrounded by a mounting flange, the internal valve comprising:a valve body having an upper portion having a diameter and sized to extend through the opening in the fluid container, the valve body including an inlet and an outlet;
the valve body including a flange arranged to permit the valve body to be mounted to the mounting flange of the container via flange fasteners;
a valve stem slidably disposed in the valve body;
a poppet valve including a poppet body, the poppet body operatively coupled to the valve stem by a first spring and including a poppet inlet and a poppet outlet, the poppet valve arranged to open and close the inlet of the valve body; and
a bleed valve operatively coupled to the valve stem and comprising a bleed disc movable between an open bleed position, in which the bleed disc opens the poppet inlet, and a closed bleed position, in which the bleed disc closes the poppet inlet,
wherein the diameter of the upper portion of the valve body is smaller than a diameter of the opening of the fluid container thereby forming a clearance space between the upper portion of the valve body and the opening of the fluid container,
wherein the upper portion of the valve body includes a mounting area, and including a strainer sized to surround at least a portion of the poppet valve and the bleed valve, the strainer including an extended portion sized to be positioned in the clearance space and arranged for securement to the mounting area by at least one fastener, and
wherein the valve stem extends through the poppet body, and wherein, when the bleed disc is in the open bleed position, the bleed disc is disposed outside of the poppet body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,681

PARTIAL STROKE TESTS FOR SHUTDOWN VALVES

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. A method for executing partial-stroke tests of valves, the method comprising:generating a setpoint signal to stroke a valve during a partial-stroke test, including:
determining a first target for the setpoint signal based at least on a travel displacement threshold, the travel displacement threshold corresponding to a desired extent of travel of the valve during the partial-stroke test, wherein the first target corresponds to a larger extent of valve travel than the travel displacement threshold,
ramping the setpoint signal from an initial value to the first target, during a first time interval,
subsequently to the first time interval, maintaining the setpoint signal at the first target during a second time interval,
determining a second target for the setpoint signal based at least on the initial value, and
during a third time interval subsequent to the second interval, ramping the setpoint signal from the first target to the second target in a direction opposite to the ramping of the setpoint signal during the first time interval;
applying the setpoint signal to the valve; and
determining whether the valve passes the partial-stroke test using a response to the setpoint signal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,672

FLOW RATE ADJUSTING DEVICE

SURPASS INDUSTRY CO., LTD...

1. A flow rate adjusting device comprising:an ultrasonic flow metering portion configured to measure a propagation time difference between ultrasonic waves transmitted by a pair of oscillators disposed at an upstream side and a downstream side of a straight tube-shaped measurement flow channel to obtain a flow rate of a fluid, the fluid flowing from an inflow port and being circulated through the measurement flow channel;
a flow rate adjusting portion configured to adjust the flow rate of the fluid flowing out to an outflow port from the downstream side of the measurement flow channel;
a control portion configured to control the flow rate adjusting portion in such a manner that the flow rate of the fluid measured by the ultrasonic flow metering portion matches a set value preliminarily set;
a pressure measuring portion configured to measure a pressure of the fluid flowing into the upstream side of the measurement flow channel from the inflow port; and
a storage portion configured to store information that associates the flow rate of the fluid obtained from the propagation time difference measured by the ultrasonic flow metering portion, the set value, and the pressure measured by the pressure measuring portion with each other when the control portion controls the flow rate adjusting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,668

TANK OVERHEAD LINE LIQUID BACKFLOW RESTRICTION DEVICE

1. A device for restricting liquid backflow through an overhead line on a tank, said device comprising a tubular housing and a plurality of baffle plates disposed within an interior of the housing, wherein each baffle plate has at least one aperture therethrough, wherein the device has flexible supports configured to removably secure the device in a fixed position within an interior of a pipe, wherein the supports are attached to an exterior surface of the tubular housing, and wherein the supports are resiliently biased in an outward radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,655

INTERMEDIATE PLATE

ElringKlinger AG, Dettin...

1. An intermediate plate for mounting between housing parts of a fluid-operated control unit, the intermediate plate including a central unit that is constructed in the shape of a plate and, on either side of the central unit, a respective sealing system for sealing between the central unit and the housing part opposed thereto, the sealing system having sealing elements which are arranged on the respective side of the central unit and provide sealing around passages, provided in the intermediate plate;wherein the sealing element comprises an adhesive and resilient elastomer material; and
wherein the elastomer material has an adhesive effect which, when the central unit is moved away from the respective housing part, results in a draw-off tension of 0.1 kPa or more.

US Pat. No. 10,480,647

TECHNIQUES FOR CONTROLLING PEDAL-OFF DOWNSHIFTS OF A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a transmission of a vehicle, the system comprising:a turbine shaft speed sensor configured to measure a rotational speed of a turbine shaft of the transmission;
an output shaft speed sensor configured to measure a rotational speed of an output shaft of the transmission; and
a controller configured to:
determine a shift time modifier based on the turbine shaft speed and a gradient of the output shaft speed;
modify a shift time for a pedal-off downshift of the transmission based on the shift time modifier to obtain a modified shift time; and
control the pedal-off downshift of the transmission based on the modified shift time,
wherein the control of the pedal-off downshift based on the modified shift time achieves a smoother and consistent pedal-off downshift operation compared to other transmission downshift operations of the vehicle without such control.

US Pat. No. 10,480,643

HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH IDLE STOP AND GO SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A hydraulic control system of an automatic transmission for a vehicle provided with an idle stop and go (ISG) system, the hydraulic control system configured to supply hydraulic pressure to at least one friction member of friction members operated at a gear stage where starting control is performed, the hydraulic control system comprising:a mechanical hydraulic pump driven by torque of an engine and configured to pump a fluid stored in an oil pan;
a regulator valve configured to regulate hydraulic pressure fed from the mechanical hydraulic pump to be stable;
a manual valve configured to receive the hydraulic pressure from the regulator valve through a first hydraulic line and to supply the hydraulic pressure to a second hydraulic line by manipulation of a shift lever;
a linear solenoid valve configured to control the hydraulic pressure supplied from the manual valve through the second hydraulic line and to supply the controlled hydraulic pressure to a third hydraulic line;
a first switch valve configured to selectively supply the hydraulic pressure supplied from the linear solenoid valve through the third hydraulic line to the at least one friction member through a fourth hydraulic line; and
an electric hydraulic pump driven by electric energy and configured to pump the fluid stored in the oil pan through a fifth hydraulic line and to feed the pumped fluid to a second switch valve through a sixth hydraulic line,
wherein the second switch valve is configured to supply the hydraulic pressure of the electric hydraulic pump supplied through the sixth hydraulic line to a seventh hydraulic line connected to the fourth hydraulic line, or to the second hydraulic line at an upstream side of the linear solenoid valve through an eighth hydraulic line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,642

MULTI SPEED TRANSMISSION DEVICE WITH HYDRAULICALLY ACTUATED SHIFT RODS

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A multi-speed transmission, comprising:a plurality of hydraulically actuated shift rods (7 to 11);
a plurality of piston units (2 to 6) with a plurality of piston chambers (2A to 6B), the plurality of piston units (2 to 6) configured for adjusting the plurality of hydraulically actuated shift rods (7 to 11) to change a transmission ratio of the multi-speed transmission;
a valve device (15);
a plurality of shuttle valves (2C to 6D), each of the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) having a spring assembly (2E to 6F); and
a plurality of valves (16, 17),
wherein an actuating pressure (p_B) is applicable by the valve device (15) and the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) to the piston chambers (2A to 6B) of the piston units (2 to 6), the actuating pressure being freely adjustable by the valves (16, 17), the piston chambers (2A to 6B) of the piston units (2 to 6) configured to be brought into operative connection with a low-pressure region (52) either by the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) and a prefilling valve (32, 33) or by the shuttle valves (2C to 6D), the valve device (15) and the valves (16, 17), and
wherein the spring assemblies (2E to 6F) of the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) hold the shuttle valves (2C to 6D) in an operating state that connects the piston chambers (2A to 6B) to the low-pressure region (52) by the prefilling valve (32, 33) when the actuating pressure (p_B) is less than a pressure threshold of the actuating pressure (p_B).

US Pat. No. 10,480,640

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Honda Lock Mfg. Co., Ltd....

1. A power transmission device which transmits power to an operation portion, comprising:a motor having a motor case disposed in a housing,
a worm connected to a rotating shaft of the motor, and
a worm wheel engaged with the worm and disposed at an operation portion side with respect to the worm,
wherein a biasing member is disposed at the one side with respect to engagement portions of the worm and the worm wheel; said biasing member being operable to bias one side of a worm wheel side and a worm side in a direction in which the worm and the worm wheel come in contact with each other when the motor is driven;
wherein said housing comprises a first restriction wall located on one end side in a rotating shaft direction with respect the motor case, and a second restriction wall located on the other side in the rotating shaft direction with respect to the motor case;
wherein the biasing member is located between the first restriction wall and the motor case at a position spaced away from the worm such that one end of the biasing member is in direct contact with the first restriction wall and the other end of the biasing member is in direct contact with the motor case;
wherein the biasing member is separate from the motor; and
wherein the biasing member is arranged around the rotating shaft such that a gap is formed between periphery of the rotating shaft and the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,633

ELECTRIC ACTUATOR WITH A FAIL-SAFE MODE OF OPERATION

METSO FLOW CONTROL USA IN...

1. An electric actuator, comprising:a first driving source coupled to an output through a first pathway created by a transmission;
a second driving source coupled to the output though a second pathway created by the transmission that, upon loss of electrical power to the electric actuator, causes the output to be positioned at a fail-safe position;
a differential coupled to the first driving source and the second driving source through a third pathway created by the transmission to store energy from the first driving source in the second driving source, the differential including a carrier having three or more bevel gears arranged inside the carrier, wherein a first bevel gear of the differential is coupled to the first driving source, and a second bevel gear is coupled to the output, and a carrier gear fixed external to the carrier that is coupled to the second driving source;
a switching controller that is configured to control switching the transmission between the first pathway, the second pathway, and the third pathway;
a mechanical stop coupled to the output through the transmission; and
a brake coupled to the second driving source through the transmission, the brake being engaged to establish the first pathway through the transmission between the first driving source and the output, the brake being disengaged to establish the second pathway through the transmission between the second driving source and the output, and the mechanical stop being engaged to restrict the output from rotating beyond the fail-safe position and the brake being disengaged to establish the third pathway through the transmission between the first driving source and the second driving source.

US Pat. No. 10,480,629

BALL SCREW WITH A DUSTPROOF MEMBER

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

1. A ball screw with a dustproof member, comprising:a screw including an axis, a circumferential surface surrounding the axis, and an outer helical groove helically formed in the circumferential surface to surround the axis;
a nut sleeved along the axis onto the screw, and including: an inner helical groove helically defined in an inner surface of the nut to surround the axis, and an annular receiving groove formed at one end of the nut and concaved along the axis, wherein the inner helical groove and the outer helical groove form a load path for receiving a plurality of rolling balls;
the dustproof member being inserted along the axis into the annular receiving groove and sleeved onto the screw, and including an annular first dustproof portion and an arc-shaped second dustproof portion, wherein the annular first dustproof portion includes a dustproof hole for insertion of the screw, the dustproof hole has a dustproof inner surface defining an clearance relative to the circumferential surface of the screw, the arc-shaped second dustproof portion protrudes from the dustproof inner surface, and includes an arc-shaped dustproof section contacting the outer helical groove;
the clearance between the dustproof inner surface of the dustproof member and the circumferential surface of the screw is 0.05 mm to 0.3 mm, the arc-shaped dustproof section of the second dustproof portion has a radian larger than 180 degrees, the second dustproof portion includes an arc-shaped first side surface and an opposite arc-shaped second side surface, and a distance between the arc-shaped first side surface and the arc-shaped second side surface along the axis is 0.5 mm to 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,480,628

ELECTRIC ACTUATOR

SOUCY INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. An electric actuator for changing the orientation of an implement relative to a frame of a vehicle, the electric actuator comprising:a stator assembly having a hollow cylindrical body with an open end, the stator assembly having a first attachment device connected to the cylindrical body for attaching the electric actuator to one of the frame of the vehicle and the implement, the stator assembly having a cylindrical inner wall defining a first helical groove; and
a motor assembly movably engaged to the stator assembly for extending or retracting the electric actuator, the motor assembly including:
a cylindrical enclosure inserted in the open end of the hollow cylindrical body of the stator assembly, the cylindrical enclosure having a second attachment device for attaching the electric actuator to another one of the frame of the vehicle and the implement,
an electric motor received inside the cylindrical enclosure, the electric motor being at least indirectly connected to the cylindrical enclosure,
a rotatable drive shaft at least indirectly connected to the electric motor;
a sleeve at least partially received inside the cylindrical enclosure;
a mobile counterpart received in the hollow cylindrical body of the stator assembly and at least indirectly connected to the drive shaft, the mobile counterpart being rotatable inside the hollow cylindrical body of the stator assembly when the electric motor is activated, the mobile counterpart having a cylindrical outer wall defining a second helical groove complementary to the first helical groove of the stator assembly;
a plate disposed at least in part between the mobile counterpart and the sleeve, the plate being connected to the cylindrical enclosure and to the electric motor; and
an assembly of rolling balls disposed radially between the mobile counterpart and the stator assembly, the assembly of rolling balls being received in the first and second helical grooves defined by the stator assembly and the mobile counterpart;
whereby rotation of the mobile counterpart moves the assembly of rolling balls in the first and second helical grooves, and moves the motor assembly relative to the stator assembly, thereby extending or retracting the electric actuator, the plate limiting the movement of the mobile counterpart with regard to the cylindrical enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,480,626

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND BICYCLE

NIDEC SHIMPO CORPORATION,...

1. A continuously variable transmission comprising:an input rotor arranged to rotate about a main axis at a rotation rate before a speed change;
an output rotor arranged to rotate about the main axis at a rotation rate resulting from the speed change;
a plurality of planetary rollers arranged around the main axis, each planetary roller including a rotation shaft and being capable of rotating about the rotation shaft;
a guide member arranged to restrict positions of both end portions of the rotation shaft;
an annular movable ring capable of rotating about the main axis between the main axis and the planetary rollers, and capable of moving in an axial direction; and
an elastic member capable of expanding and contracting in the axial direction; wherein each planetary roller includes:
a first slanting surface being conical and arranged to make contact with the input rotor;
a second slanting surface being conical and arranged to make contact with the output rotor; and
an annular recessed portion or annular projecting portion arranged to be engaged with the movable ring;
the guide member is arranged to hold the end portions of the rotation shaft at different circumferential positions such that each end portion of the rotation shaft is capable of shifting a position thereof in a radial direction with respect to the main axis; and
the elastic member is arranged to apply a pressure to the movable ring in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,625

EMERGENCY STEERING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An emergency steering system for a vehicle, comprising:a planetary gear apparatus mounted in an inlet space of a gear box for a steering apparatus wherein the planetary gear apparatus is operated at a gear ratio of 1:1 in a condition of normal operation and has an increased gear ratio in an event of failure of a main steering device; and
a gear ratio increasing device mounted to an upper plate portion of the gear box to increase the gear ratio of the planetary gear apparatus,
wherein the planetary goy apparatus includes:
a small sun gear connected to a steering wheel;
a plurality of first pinions engaged with the small sun gear;
a large sun gear coaxially disposed behind the small sun gear;
a plurality of second pinions engaged with the respective first pinions and the large sun gear;
a ring gear inscribed and engaged with the second pinions; and
a carrier connected to rotation centers of the first and second pinions while being restrainedly connected to the large sun gear, the carrier being mounted to the upper plate portion of the gear box, and
wherein the large sun gear is separated from the carrier by operation of the gear ratio increasing device in the event of failure of the main steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,615

VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DESIGNING THE SAME

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

1. A vibration damping device disposed in an oil chamber and comprising:a support member that rotates together with a rotary element, to which torque from an engine is transferred, about a center of rotation of the rotary element;
a restoring force generation member that is coupled to the support member and that is swingable along with rotation of the support member; and
an inertial mass body coupled to the support member via the restoring force generation member and swung about the center of rotation in conjunction with the restoring force generation member along with rotation of the support member, the inertial mass body has a swing center that is the same as a center of rotation of the support member, wherein
an order of the vibration damping device is larger than a sum of an excitation order of the engine and an offset value determined in consideration of an effect of oil in the oil chamber; and
a reference order, which is a convergent value of the order of the vibration damping device which operates in the oil chamber when an amplitude of vibration of input torque transferred to the rotary element becomes smaller, is higher than the excitation order.

US Pat. No. 10,480,609

PNEUMATIC ACTUATOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ACTIVE VIBRATION ISOLATION SYSTEM

Integrated Dynamics Engin...

1. A pneumatic actuator for a stationary vibration isolation system, comprising a working space with a piston that divides the working space into a first pressure chamber and a second pressure chamber, wherein the piston is spaced apart from an inner surface of the working space by a gap so that the piston is not guided by the inner surface of the working space, wherein the piston is movable only in an axial direction, and wherein the piston is guided axially by at least two leaf springs that are spaced apart from each other.