US Pat. No. 10,890,119

LOCALE SPECIFIC VEHICLE REGULATION COMPLIANCE

International Business Ma...

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory including computer readable instructions, which, when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform a method comprising:
monitoring location information of a vehicle;
detecting a location change of the vehicle based on the monitoring, wherein the location change is between a first regulation area and a second regulation area;
generating instructions for the vehicle based on the location change, wherein the instructions place the vehicle in compliance with a regulation of the second regulation area; and
transmitting the instructions to the vehicle, wherein the instructions are configured to adjust an operation of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,890,118

EXHAUST CONTROL VALVE OF SADDLE-RIDING VEHICLE

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

1. An exhaust control valve of a saddle-riding vehicle in which an engine exhaust pipe of the saddle-riding vehicle has a main pipe portion and a branch pipe portion which are connected to an exhaust muffler at a downstream side, and a branching portion, where the branch pipe portion is branched sideward from the main pipe portion, the exhaust control valve being provided to perform a full-open to full-closed control of the main pipe portion at a downstream side of the branching portion, the exhaust control valve comprising:a valve shaft disposed in the main pipe portion, at a position facing a branch opening of the branch pipe portion, to extend in a manner intersecting a center axis of the main pipe portion;
a valve plate mounted on the valve shaft to be rotatable about the valve shaft in and along an inner peripheral surface of the main pipe portion;
a valve rotational drive portion mounted on one end of the valve shaft, penetrating the inner peripheral surface of the main pipe portion;
a drive motor for driving the valve rotational drive portion; and
a control unit for controlling the drive motor,
wherein protruding portions are provided on an inner peripheral surface of the main pipe portion, the protruding portions being formed so as to be brought into contact with outer peripheral edges of the valve plate at a rotational limit of the valve plate of the exhaust control valve in a closing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,117

FLUID SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR TURBINE ENGINE, INCLUDING AN ADJUSTABLE FLOW PUMP AND A FLUID METERING DEVICE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

11. A regulation method for regulating the flow rate of fluid in a fluid supply system for aircraft turbine engine, including:an electronic regulation system,
a main circuit including:
a high pressure volumetric pump with adjustable flow rate, wherein the flow rate of the high pressure volumetric pump is commanded by the electronic regulation system of the turbine engine, and
a fluid metering device which is located downstream of the high pressure volumetric pump,
wherein the supply system further includes:
a fluid bypass circuit which is connected to the main circuit by an input which is situated downstream of the high pressure pump and by an output which is situated upstream of the high pressure volumetric pump, and
a control valve which is arranged in the bypass circuit, wherein the control valve is connected to the main circuit both upstream and downstream of the metering device so as to be subjected to a pressure difference between an input pressure upstream of the metering device and an output pressure downstream of the metering device,wherein the control valve includes a variable position obturator, wherein the position of the obturator of the control valve depends of said pressure difference between the input pressure and the output pressure,wherein the control valve is configured to vary the flow rate of fluid in the bypass circuit by the position of the obturator, so as to regulate said pressure difference between the input pressure and the output pressure in order to maintain said pressure difference substantially equal to a predetermined value,wherein the control valve includes a sensor for measuring the position of the obturator, wherein the sensor is connected to the electronic regulation system, so that the electronic regulation system is able to elaborate the command of the flow rate of the high pressure volumetric pump by comparing the measured position of the obturator with a position set-point of the obturator corresponding to a fluid flow rate set-point in the bypass circuit, wherein said fluid flow rate set-point is capable of taking different values determined depending of a flight condition of the aircraft and/or depending of a measured fluid temperature, wherein the electronic regulation system is configured to command the flow rate of the high pressure pump, so that the position of the obturator corresponds to a position set-point which can vary between an extreme opening position and an extreme closing position,
wherein the method includes a step of measuring the position of the obturator by the sensor,
wherein the measured position of the obturator is used by the electronic regulation system to calculate a corrected value of the pressure difference between the input pressure and the output pressure in order to compensate a droop error of the control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,890,116

FUEL INJECTOR, A COMBUSTION CHAMBER COMPRISING A FUEL INJECTOR AND A METHOD OF DETECTING COKING IN A COMBUSTION CHAMBER FUEL INJECTOR

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A fuel injector comprising a fuel feed arm and a fuel injector head, the fuel injector head having a fuel passage, the fuel feed arm having a fuel supply passage in fluid communication with the fuel passage in the fuel injector head, a first light guide extending through the fuel feed arm and having a distal end arranged to direct light into the fuel passage in the fuel injector head, a second light guide extending through the fuel feed arm and having a distal end arranged to receive light in the fuel passage in the fuel injector head, in operation a proximal end of the first light guide being connectable to a light source arranged to supply light and a proximal end of the second light guide being connectable to a light receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,890,115

LOW TORQUE ENGINE STARTING WITH DUAL SPOOL POWER EXTRACTION WITH SUPERPOSITION GEARBOX

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A turbofan engine comprising:a first spool including a first turbine;
a second spool including a second turbine disposed axially forward of the first turbine;
a first tower shaft engaged to the first spool;
a second tower shaft engaged to the second spool;
a superposition gearbox including a sun gear, a plurality of intermediate gears engaged to the sun gear and supported in a carrier and a ring gear circumscribing the intermediate gears, wherein the second tower shaft is engaged to drive the sun gear;
a starter selectively coupled to the sun gear through a starter clutch;
a first clutch for selectively coupling the first tower shaft to the ring gear;
a second clutch for selectively coupling the ring gear to a static structure of the engine; and
an accessory gearbox driven by an output of the superposition gearbox.

US Pat. No. 10,890,114

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STABILIZING TRANSCRITICAL AIR-TO-FUEL HEAT EXCHANGE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

8. A gas turbine engine comprisinga fuel system adapted to provide fuel to a combustor of the gas turbine engine in an amount ranging between a minimum and a maximum value according to engine operating parameters,
a compressor for providing pressurized air to the combustor of the gas turbine engine,anda stabilizing heat exchanger system comprising a stabilizing heat exchanger and a computer controller, the stabilizing heat exchanger including a fuel side passage fluidly coupled with the fuel system to conduct the fuel therethrough, an air side passage fluidly coupled with the compressor to receive at least a portion of the pressurized air therethrough as cooling air, the fuel side passage and the air side passage being arranged in thermal communication with each other, and a bypass valve arranged fluidly between the compressor and the air side passage, the computer controller governs positioning of the bypass valve to selectively divert the cooling air from entering the air side passage, wherein the computer controller is configured to determine a desired position of the bypass valve which maintains the fuel within the fuel side passage in a stable region of a transcritical stability profile based on current operating conditions of the fuel within the fuel side passage, the transcritical stability profile comprising a comparison between a dimensionless relationship of thermal energy transport and kinetic energy transport (?e) and a dimensionless relationship of mean fuel pressure and dynamic fuel pressure (?f) within the fuel side passage.

US Pat. No. 10,890,113

SYSTEM, APPARATUSES, AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING THE OPERATION OF A TURBINE BY USING ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATION

AIRTECH INNOVATIONS, LLC,...

1. A system, comprising:a first array of substantially parallel tubular elements having a substantially round cross-section, wherein each tubular element includes a substantially centrally positioned elongate first electrode and a second electrode formed on an inner wall of each tubular element, the first array positioned to permit an airflow to enter a first end of the first array, flow through the tubular elements, and to exit a second end of the first array opposite the first end, wherein the first electrode of each tubular element of the first array includes a plurality of radially extending disks with a center of each disk mounted along a length of the first electrode, and further wherein an outer edge of each disk is serrated with a plurality of notches distributed along the circumference of each disk;
a second array of substantially parallel tubular elements having a substantially round cross-section, wherein each tubular element of the second array includes a substantially centrally positioned elongate first electrode and a second electrode formed on an inner wall of each tubular element, the second array positioned to receive the airflow at a first end of the second array after the airflow exits the second end of the first array and to provide the airflow at a second end of the second array opposite the first end;
a source of energy operable to generate an electric field within each tubular element of the first array and the second array by applying a potential difference across the first and second electrodes of each tubular element, the potential difference being sufficient to generate an electric field between the electrodes in a range from substantially equal to 25 kV/inch to an electric field strength at which sparkover occurs between the electrodes;
a particle retention chamber positioned to receive particulate matter removed by the first array of tubular elements before the airflow enters the second array of tubular elements; and
a gas turbine positioned to receive the airflow after it has exited the second end of the second array of tubular elements, the gas turbine including a compressor for the airflow, a fuel combustion chamber, and a turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,890,112

METHOD OF INCREASING THE SAFETY OF A POWER PLANT, AND A POWER PLANT SUITABLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

Airbus Helicopters, Mari...

1. A power plant provided with a heat engine and with a gearbox and a reserve, the heat engine driving the gearbox, wherein the reserve is hydraulically connected via a hydraulic connection to the gearbox and to the heat engine to lubricate the gearbox and to increase a power of the heat engine without increasing a temperature of the heat engine or to reduce the temperature of the heat engine without reducing the power of the heat engine, the power plant including at least one main closure means between the heat engine and the reserve, and at least one secondary closure means between the gearbox and the reserve, the power plant including a control member for controlling the main and secondary closure means, the power plant including a mixer;wherein the reserve comprises a first bottle configured to contain pure water and a second bottle configured to contain an intermediate solution;
wherein the control member is configured to control the mixer to only inject fluid from the first bottle into the heat engine; and
wherein the control member is configured to control the mixer to inject fluid from the first bottle and the second bottle as a fluid mixture into the gearbox.

US Pat. No. 10,890,111

ACOUSTIC INSULATION SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An acoustic insulation system for an internal combustion engine mounted on a vehicle, the acoustic insulation system comprising:an acoustic insulation cover configured to cover the internal combustion engine with a gap between the acoustic insulation cover and the internal combustion engine;
a radiator;
a first fan configured to introduce air through the radiator toward an interior of the acoustic insulation cover; and
a second fan configured to discharge air through the radiator from the interior of the acoustic insulation cover, wherein
the first fan and the second fan are attached to the radiator on a vehicle rear side of the radiator and between the acoustic insulation cover and the radiator, and are arranged so that a direction of a flow of air by the first fan and a direction of a flow of air by the second fan are parallel but opposite directions, and
a bulkhead attached to the radiator between the first fan and the second fan protrudes toward the internal combustion engine and separates the flow of air by the first fan from the flow of air by the second fan.

US Pat. No. 10,890,110

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH A ROTATING PISTON AND UNI-DIRECTIONAL ROLLING BEAR

ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSIT...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:a motor body block having an interface, wherein a front cover and a back cover are connected on the interface by means of bolts, and the motor body block includes a hollow circular volume for engine's combustion, compression, intake and exhaust strokes,
a sparking-plug connected on the motor body block enabling combustion of a fuel-air mixture,
an exhaust discharge pipe for discharging exhaust gases is connected on the motor body block,
a fuel-air mixture pipe for supplying the fuel-air mixture to combustion rooms, and
an output shaft for collecting movements of a first rotor and a second rotor on a single shaft, and the output shaft is configured to turn at different angular speeds in different periods,wherein;the first rotor is supported with an inner ring of a first unidirectional rolling bearing supported with the output shaft to the back cover,
the first rotor has two blades rotating in the hollow circular volume of the motor body block with a variable angular speed,
a second rotor is supported with an inner ring of a second unidirectional rolling bearing supported with the output shaft to the front cover,
the second rotor has two blades rotating in the hollow circular volume of the motor body block with the variable angular speed,
a rolling bearing is provided between the first rotor and the second rotor, a third unidirectional rolling bearing enables rotation and bearing of the first rotor and the second rotor on each other,
the first unidirectional rolling bearing and the second unidirectional rolling bearing enables rotation of the first rotor and the second rotor at different times and at different extents,
the third unidirectional rolling bearing is provided on an inner collar of the second rotor and is configured to transfer a rotational movement of the second rotor to the output shaft, and
a fourth unidirectional rolling bearing is provided on an internal collar of the first rotor and is configured to transfer a rotational movement of the first rotor to the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,890,109

TURBOCHARGER

1. A turbocharger comprising:a rotating shaft extending along an axis;
a turbine wheel disposed on a first end portion side of the rotating shaft;
a compressor wheel disposed on a second end portion side of the rotating shaft;
a turbine housing accommodating the turbine wheel;
a scroll flowpath formed in the turbine housing, continuing in a circumferential direction on a radially outer side of the turbine wheel, and guiding gas to the turbine wheel;
a nozzle flowpath guiding the gas radially inwards from the scroll flowpath and supplying the gas to the turbine wheel;
a vane disposed in the nozzle flowpath and adjusting an amount of the gas introduced in the nozzle flowpath;
a bearing housing rotatably supporting the rotating shaft; and
a nozzle mount disposed on a bearing housing side with respect to the nozzle flowpath and having an outer circumferential end portion sandwiched and held between the bearing housing and a mount fixing portion formed in the turbine housing, and directly supporting the vane,
wherein the scroll flowpath is formed such that an inner circumferential inside wall surface on a side close to the turbine wheel is gradually displaced radially outwards downstream in the circumferential direction in which the gas flows and the cross-sectional area of the flowpath gradually decreases and the scroll flowpath is formed such that an offset dimension of a cross-sectional center position of the scroll flowpath with respect to a radially outer position of the nozzle flowpath in a direction along the axis gradually decreases as the cross-sectional area of the flowpath gradually decreases along the flow direction of the gas, and
wherein the turbine housing includes a cover portion extending radially inwards from the mount fixing portion toward the nozzle flowpath and covering at least a part of the nozzle mount, and
wherein a space is formed between the cover portion and the nozzle mount.

US Pat. No. 10,890,108

EXHAUST GAS BYPASS DEVICE AND SUPERCHARGER

11. An exhaust gas bypass device comprising:an actuator which reciprocates a driving rod in an axial direction;
a connection rod which is connected to a distal end portion of the driving rod;
a support shaft which is rotatably supported by a support tube;
a connection link whose one end portion is rotatably connected to a distal end portion of the connection rod via a connection shaft and the other end portion is fixed to one end portion of the support shaft; and
a waste gate valve which is connected to the other end portion of the support shaft,
wherein when an axial length of the support tube is defined as L3, a radial gap between an outer peripheral surface of the support shaft and an inner surface of the support tube is defined as d, an axial gap of the connection shaft between the connection link and the connection rod is defined as S, and a length of the connection link from a center position of the connection shaft to an end portion in a longitudinal direction of the connection rod is defined as L1, d/L3>S/L1 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,890,107

EXHAUST-GAS TURBO CHARGER FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN EXHAUST-GAS TURBOCHARGER

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

13. A method for producing an exhaust gas turbocharger for an internal combustion engine, said method comprising:providing a cross section adjustment element configured as a ball valve, said cross section adjustment element being adapted for adjusting a flow cross section of a bypass line of the exhaust gas turbocharger, said bypass line being arranged fluidly parallel to a turbine of the exhaust gas turbocharger;
providing two fixed bearing shells in a valve housing of the cross section adjustment element;
floatingly supporting a valve element in the valve housing; and
arranging the valve element with a tolerance between the two bearing shells such that the valve element always contacts at most one of the bearing shells while spaced apart from the respective other bearing shell when the cross section adjustment element is at least partially closed and exhaust gas pressure acting on the valve element urges the valve element in a direction of one of the bearing shells or the valve element does not contact either of the bearing shells;
wherein the two bearing shells each have a flow passage with a first flow cross section and a receiving opening into which the valve element partially engages to provide a valve seat when the valve element contacts one of the bearing shells;
wherein the valve element has a flow channel having a second flow cross section which equals the first flow cross section so that in at least one rotary angular position of the valve element the flow passage of the two bearing shells aligns with the flow channel of the valve element; and
wherein the valve element does not contact either of the bearing shells when there is either no exhaust gas pressure acting on the valve element or the flow passage of the two bearing shells aligns with the flow channel of the valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,890,106

DUAL FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING FUEL USAGE AND MINIMIZING SLIP FOR DIESEL ENGINES

Dynamic Fuel Systems, Inc...

1. A liquid and gaseous fuel system for an engine comprising:an engine control module in electrical communication with a plurality of diesel engine sensors, a liquid fuel system, and an exhaust system;
said liquid fuel system including a liquid fuel tank, a liquid fuel pump and at least one liquid fuel injector, said liquid fuel system configured to deliver more than a pilot amount of liquid fuel to said engine in accordance with a liquid fuel map stored in said engine control module and feedback from said engine sensors;
a gaseous fuel controller in bi-directional communication with said engine control module, said gaseous fuel controller also in electrical communication with a gaseous fuel system for supplying gaseous fuel to said engine in accordance with a gaseous fuel map stored in said gaseous fuel controller and feedback from said engine sensors, said sensor readings communicated electrically to said gaseous fuel controller from said engine control module;
said engine control module and said gaseous fuel controller communicating bi-directionally to determine said more than a pilot amount of liquid fuel to be injected with respect to an amount of gaseous fuel to injected into said engine based upon said sensor readings to complete a combustion cycle utilizing said liquid fuel to cause combustion of said gaseous fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,890,105

EXHAUST GAS TURBOCHARGER

1. An exhaust gas turbocharger comprising:a turbine wheel attached to a rotating shaft and having a plurality of turbine blades in a circumferential direction;
respective scroll passages formed in a spiral shape outside the turbine wheel, divided into a plurality of pieces in the circumferential direction, and communicating with each other at a position of the turbine wheel located between mutual tongue sections; and
a thread disposed on a back facing surface located to face a back surface axially opposite to a turbine blade side of the turbine wheel, the back facing surface including a flat portion extending from an outer periphery of the turbine wheel to an inner periphery of the turbine wheel, and the thread extending toward a rotating shaft side from a starting point in a vicinity of the respective tongue sections so as to suppress a passage of a fluid between the back surface and the back facing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,890,104

CONTROL METHOD OF COOLING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle cooling system that includes an engine, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler, an oil cooler, a heater, a radiator, and a controller, wherein the engine, the EGR cooler, the oil cooler, the heater, and the radiator are respectively connected through a coolant line and coolant circulates through the engine, the EGR cooler, the oil cooler, the heater, and the radiator by operation of a water pump, and the controller for controlling a control valve that receives the coolant from the engine and is connected to the oil cooler, the heater, and the radiator, respectively, the method comprising:sensing, by the controller, a plurality of driving conditions; and
operating, by the controller, the control valve when a cooling mode is required to decrease a temperature within the vehicle based on the sensed driving conditions,
wherein the control valve is operated based on a plurality of modes that are adjusted depending on a coolant temperature,
wherein one of the plurality of modes is iteratively performed, and
wherein in the mode that is iteratively performed, the coolant circulating by operation of the water pump circulated to the EGR cooler without passing through the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,890,103

CONTROL METHOD OF COOLING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle cooling system that includes an engine, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler, an oil cooler, a heater, a radiator, and a controller, wherein the engine, the EGR cooler, the oil cooler, the heater, and the radiator are respectively connected through a coolant line and coolant circulates through the engine, the EGR cooler, the oil cooler, the heater, and the radiator by operation of a water pump, and the controller for controlling a control valve that receives the coolant from the engine and is connected to the oil cooler, the heater, and the radiator, respectively, the method comprising:sensing, by the controller, a plurality of driving conditions; and
operating, by the controller, the control valve when a warm mode is required to increase a temperature within the vehicle based on the sensed driving conditions,
wherein the control valve is operated based on a first mode, a second mode, and a third mode based on a coolant temperature, and
wherein, in the operation of the control valve, the first mode, the second mode, and the third mode are executed sequentially.

US Pat. No. 10,890,102

COOLING APPARATUS OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A cooling apparatus of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a head water passage formed in a cylinder head of the internal combustion engine, through which cooling water for cooling the cylinder head flows;
a block water passage formed in a cylinder block of the internal combustion engine, through which the cooling water for cooling the cylinder block flows;
a pump for supplying the cooling water to the head and block water passages;
a flow rate changing valve for changing a cylinder head water flow rate proportion and a cylinder block water flow rate proportion, the cylinder head water flow rate proportion being a proportion of a flow rate of the cooling water supplied to the head water passage relative to a total water flow rate which is a sum of the flow rate of the cooling water supplied to the head water passage and the flow rate of the cooling water supplied to the block water passage, and the cylinder block water flow rate proportion being a proportion of the flow rate of the cooling water supplied to the block water passage relative to the total water flow rate; and
an electronic control unit for controlling an activation of the flow rate changing valve on the basis of an engine output corresponding to an output of the internal combustion engine,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to:
control the activation of the flow rate changing valve such that the block water flow rate proportion is relatively larger when the engine output is relatively larger in a range of the engine output equal to or larger than a predetermined engine output, as compared to the block water flow rate proportion when the engine output is relatively smaller in the range of the engine output equal to or larger than the predetermined engine output, and
control the activation of the flow rate changing valve such that the block water flow rate proportion is relatively smaller when the engine output is relatively larger in a range of the engine output smaller than the predetermined engine output, as compared to the block water flow rate proportion when the engine output is relatively smaller in the range of the engine output smaller than the predetermined engine output.

US Pat. No. 10,890,101

VEHICLE THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM APPLYING AN INTEGRATED THERMAL MANAGEMENT VALVE AND A COOLING CIRCUIT CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle thermal management system, comprising:an Integrated Thermal Management Valve (ITM) for receiving coolant through a coolant inlet connected to an engine coolant outlet of an engine, and distributing the coolant flowing out toward a radiator through a coolant outlet flow path connected to a heat exchange system comprising at least one among a heater core, an oil warmer, and an Auto Transmission Fluid (ATF) warmer and the radiator;
a water pump positioned at the front end of an engine coolant inlet of the engine;
a coolant branch flow path branched from the front end of the engine coolant inlet to be connected to an EGR cooler together with the coolant outlet flow path; and
a Smart Single Valve (SSV) for adjusting a coolant flow in a coolant outlet flow path direction and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler flow path direction on the coolant branch flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,890,100

INTEGRATED FLOW CONTROL VALVE AND ENGINE SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An integrated flow control valve comprising:a valve housing having an inlet into which fluid flows and a plurality of first outlets from which fluid is discharged;
a cam part provided in the valve housing and configured to be rotated by receiving rotational force generated by a driving means;
a plurality of pivot arm portions disposed below the cam part, each of the plurality of pivot arm portions being configured to allow one end portion to be moved in a vertical direction by rotation of the cam part; and
a plurality of first valves provided at the one end portion of each of the plurality of pivot arm portions, respectively, the first valves being configured to be moved together according to movement of the pivot arm portions,
wherein the plurality of first outlets are selectively opened and closed, respectively, according to vertical movements of each of the plurality of first valves caused by rotation of the cam part,
wherein a second valve is integrally formed with at least one of the plurality of first valves, and the second valve is configured to be moved upward and downward in response to vertical movement of the corresponding first valve to open and close a second outlet,
wherein the pivot arm portion comprises an extended pivot arm portion which extends downward from a lower end of at least one of the plurality of first valves, and the second valve is provided at a lower end portion of the extended pivot arm portion,
wherein the valve housing is provided with an inflow chamber formed therein and configured to allow fluid to flow thereinto through the inlet,
wherein the plurality of first outlets are arranged on a first side of the inflow chamber to enable outflow of fluid from the inflow chamber, and the second outlets are arranged on a second side of the inflow chamber to enable outflow of fluid from the inflow chamber,
wherein the plurality of first valves are provided to control outflow of fluid through the plurality of respective first outlets and at least one second valve, which is formed attached to the lower end portion of the extended pivot arm portion of the respective first valve, is provided to control outflow of fluid through the plurality of respective second outlets,
wherein movement of the plurality of first valves away from the first side of the inflow chamber towards the second side of the inflow chamber opens the plurality of respective first outlets and causes the at least one second valve to close at least one corresponding second outlet, and
wherein a valve spring holder portion is provided above the second outlet, and a valve return spring is provided in a state where both end portions in a vertical direction are in contact with the second valve and the valve spring holder portion, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,890,099

CLOSURE ELEMENT FOR CLOSING A HOUSING IN A HEAT-TRANSFER-FLUID PUMP CONTAINED IN AN ENGINE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A closure element for closing a recess of a heat-transfer-fluid pump included in a cylinder block of a heat engine of a vehicle, the closure element comprising:an element for guiding a flow of heat transfer fluid toward an inlet port of the heat-transfer-fluid pump;
a first part having a first surface;
a second part having a second surface, the first surface of the first part being spaced from the second surface of the second part to define a first chamber therebetween; and
a third part, the first part and the second part being connected together at the first and second surfaces by the third part,
the element for guiding extending into the first chamber defined between the first surface of the first part and the second surface of the second part, and the element for guiding extending from the first surface of the first part toward the second surface of the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,890,098

MARINE ENGINE FLUSHING AND LUBRICATING ACCESSORY

1. A flushing system accessory comprising:a connector housing having a first intake port securable to a source of pressurized water, a second intake port, and an outlet port securable to a marine engine;
a bottle containing lubricating fluid threadingly coupled to said second intake port, said bottle having a single threaded opening;
a directional wall forming a first passageway for bleeding a predetermined amount of pressurized water into said threaded opening of said bottle, a second passageway drawing lubricating fluid from said bottle into a mixing chamber, and a third passageway directing the remaining amount of said pressurized water into said mixing chamber;
wherein lubricating fluid from said bottle and pressurized water is admixed in said mixing chamber and directed through said outlet port to the marine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,890,097

COOLING SYSTEMS FOR MARINE ENGINES HAVING OFFSET TEMPERATURE-RESPONSIVE DISCHARGE VALVES

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A marine engine comprising:first and second banks of piston-cylinders;
first and second cooling water passages that convey cooling water in parallel alongside the first and second banks of piston-cylinders, respectively;
a cooling water pump that pumps the cooling water through the first and second cooling water passages;
a first temperature-responsive valve configured to discharge the cooling water from both of the first and second cooling water passages when the cooling water reaches a first temperature threshold;
a second temperature-responsive valve configured to discharge the cooling water from both of the first and second cooling water passages when the cooling water reaches a second temperature threshold that is greater than the first temperature threshold; and
a cross-over conduit coupled to the first and second temperature-responsive valves, the cross-over conduit permitting flow of cooling water from the first cooling water passage to the second temperature-responsive valve and alternately from the second cooling water passage to the first temperature-responsive valve.

US Pat. No. 10,890,096

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NICHIAS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A water jacket spacer set in a groove-like coolant passage of a cylinder block of an internal combustion engine including cylinder bores and set in an entire circumferential direction or a part in a circumferential direction of the groove-like coolant passage when viewed in the circumferential direction, the groove-like coolant passage has a first wall surface on the cylinder bore side and a second wall surface on the side opposite to the first wall surface, whereina coolant passage opening through which coolant flowing on a rear surface side of the water jacket spacer passes to flow to an inner side of the water jacket spacer is formed on at least one place of upper portions of inter-bore portions,
a guide wall for guiding the coolant is formed in a vicinity of the coolant passage opening and projected from the rear surface toward the second wall surface, such that the coolant flows into the coolant passage opening; and
an inclined wall projected from the rear surface of a position where the coolant is supplied into the groove-like coolant passage toward the second wall surface, the inclined wall is continuous with the guide wall and extending with an upward inclination to create a flow of the coolant toward the coolant passage opening.

US Pat. No. 10,890,095

AFTER MARKET EXHAUST ADAPTER FOR DRYING COURTS

1. A removable aftermarket exhaust adapter for a walk behind blower, comprising:a housing with a top-side, a left-side, a right-side, a front-side, a rear-side, and a bottom-side, the rear-side defining a rear-side opening and the bottom-side defining a bottom-side opening,
wherein the bottom-side is parallel to the top-side,
wherein the right-side is parallel to the left-side,
wherein the front-side is rounded to form a truncated j-shape from the top-side to the bottom-side;
wherein the left-side and right-side define a triangular shape void where the rear-side meets the bottom-side, and
wherein the rear-side opening is in fluid communications with the bottom-side opening.

US Pat. No. 10,890,094

VORTEX GENERATING APPARATUS FOR USE WITH MARINE EXHAUST SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVED EXHAUST COOLING

1. A vortex generating apparatus for use in a marine exhaust system having exhaust duct defining an interior volume through which exhaust and entrained cooling water flow, said vortex generating apparatus comprising:a plurality of tabs projecting into the interior volume;
said tabs being circumferentially spaced thereby defining gaps;
said tabs projecting relative to the exhaust duct in a radially inward and downstream orientation; and
whereby turbulent flow is increased in exhaust gas and entrained cooling water flowing through said exhaust component thereby enhancing mixing of water and gas resulting in increased exhaust gas cooling.

US Pat. No. 10,890,093

EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

FEV Europe GmbH, Aachen ...

1. An exhaust gas treatment system for a motor vehicle, comprising a first catalytic converter for selective catalytic reduction;a second catalytic converter for selective catalytic reduction;
a first nitrogen oxide sensor upstream of the first catalytic converter detecting a first nitrogen oxide value (NOx-1);
a second nitrogen oxide sensor between the first and the second catalytic converter detecting a second nitrogen oxide value (NOx-2);
a third nitrogen oxide sensor downstream of the second catalytic converter detecting a third nitrogen oxide value (NOx-3);
an electronic evaluation device including electronic data memory and a processor calculating a first efficiency of the first catalytic converter on the basis of the first and the second nitrogen oxide value (NOx-1; NOx-2), a second efficiency of the second catalytic converter on the basis of the second and the third nitrogen oxide value (NOx-2; NOx-3) and a total efficiency of the exhaust gas treatment system on the basis of the first and the third nitrogen oxide value (NOx-1; NOx-3); and
a fault determination unit ascertaining a cause of a fault in any one of the first, second or third nitrogen oxide sensor, or any one of the first and/or second catalytic converter, or all of the first, second or third nitrogen oxide sensor and the first and/or second catalytic converter on the basis of an assignment matrix which assigns the cause of the fault on the basis of the first efficiency, the second efficiency and the total efficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,890,092

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:an exhaust gas cleaning catalyst provided in an exhaust passage to clean exhaust gas;
a temperature detector detecting a temperature of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst;
an additives-supply device supplying additives to the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst; and
an electronic control unit configured to cause the additives supply device to supply the additives to the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst when the temperature of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst, detected by the temperature detector, is not more than a first predetermined temperature,
wherein:
the electronic control unit is configured to execute abnormality diagnosis of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst based on an ability for cleaning exhaust gas of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst, and
when executing abnormality diagnosis of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst, the electronic control unit is configured to:
determine whether the temperature of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst is greater than a lower limit temperature, and less than the first predetermined temperature;
reduce an amount of the additives supplied to the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst to less than an amount of the additives supplied when abnormality diagnosis of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst having the temperature greater than the lower limit temperature and less than the first predetermined temperature is not executed;
calculate a NOx removal rate of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst;
determine whether the NOx removal rate of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst is greater than or equal to a threshold value; and
diagnose the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst is abnormal if the NOx removal rate of the exhaust gas cleaning catalyst is less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,890,091

DOSING MODULE HAVING REMOVABLE DOSING TRAY

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. A dosing module, comprising:a frame assembly comprising a plurality of panels;
a first manifold coupled to one of the plurality of panels, the first manifold being configured to separately receive air and reductant, and the first manifold comprising a first connector extending from the first manifold;
a first dosing tray, the first dosing tray comprising:
a first base panel;
a second manifold coupled to the first base panel, the second manifold being configured to separately receive air and reductant from the first manifold and to provide the air and the reductant back to the first manifold;
a second connector extending from the second manifold, the second connector being configured to be selectively coupled to the first connector;
a first valve coupled to the second manifold and configured to receive at least one of the air or the reductant from the first manifold;
a second valve coupled to the second manifold and configured to receive at least one of the air or the reductant from the first manifold;
a first rail assembly comprising:
a first member coupled to one of the plurality of panels; and
a second member coupled to the first base panel and slidably coupled to the first member such that the first dosing tray is selectively movable relative to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,890,090

ENGINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An engine comprising:a DPF having an exhaust inlet;
a catalyst having an exhaust exit, an exhaust temperature sensor, and an exhaust throttle device that are disposed on an exhaust upstream side of the DPF, the exhaust exit of the catalyst being spaced from the exhaust inlet of the DPF on the exhaust upstream side of the DPF and the exhaust throttle device being positioned between the exhaust exit of the catalyst and the exhaust inlet of the DPF; and
a control device configured to control the exhaust temperature sensor and the exhaust throttle device to cooperate with each other and configured to control catalyst activation processing and thereafter DPF regeneration processing,
wherein:
in the catalyst activation processing, a target temperature of the exhaust at the exhaust exit of the catalyst is set to be in a first temperature region, and then an opening degree of the exhaust throttle device is controlled, and
in the beginning of the DPF regeneration processing, the target temperature of the exhaust at the exhaust exit of the catalyst is set to be in a second temperature region, then an opening degree of the exhaust throttle device is controlled, and unburned fuel is supplied into the exhaust, based on the target temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,890,089

POSITIVE CRANKCASE EVACUATION DEVICE

1. A positive crankcase evacuation device, comprising:an outer can having at least one side wall;
an upper lid having at least one upper lid intake aperture and at least one upper lid exhaust aperture;
a lower lid having at least one lower lid exhaust aperture;
an internal frame;
a first baffle, attached to the frame top, and having at least one first baffle aperture; and
a second baffle, attached to the frame bottom, and having at least one second baffle aperture, and an intake conduit, extending through the first baffle aperture, and having a first conduit end in communication with the upper lid intake aperture, and a second conduit end in communication with a first chamber defined by said internal frame sidewall, the first baffle, and the second baffle, and wherein the conduit includes a cylindrical conduit having at least one radial perforation.

US Pat. No. 10,890,088

INTAKE MANIFOLD FOR ENGINE

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

1. An intake manifold for an engine, comprising:a surge tank having a longitudinal direction which defines upstream and downstream sides of said surge tank and connected at the upstream side thereof to a throttle valve, said surge tank comprising a plurality of branch pipes that are arranged side by side in the longitudinal direction of said surge tank and respectively connected to cylinders; and
a PCV chamber provided with a PCV joint for communicating with an internal space of the PCV chamber, said PCV chamber being disposed in said surge tank on the upstream side, which is upstream of a central part of said surge tank in the longitudinal direction, said PCV chamber comprising
a blowby gas introduction port configured to introduce blowby gas from said PCV joint into said PCV chamber, and
a blowby gas exhaust port configured to discharge the blowby gas from said PCV chamber into said surge tank, wherein
said PCV joint communicates with said PCV chamber from a position higher than said blowby gas introduction port in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction,
said blowby gas introduction port is opened toward a lower side of said PCV chamber, and
said blowby gas exhaust port is located at a position higher than said blowby gas introduction port in the direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,087

VARIABLE VALVE TRAIN

1. A variable valve train for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a camshaft;
a gas exchange valve;
a cam carrier which is arranged rotationally fixedly and axially displaceably on the camshaft and has a first cam and a second cam;
a force transmission device with a force transmission element, which, depending on an axial position of the cam carrier, creates an active connection either between the first cam and the gas exchange valve or between the second cam and the gas exchange valve; and
a first actuator for axial displacement of the cam carrier, wherein the first actuator is received at least partially in the force transmission device;
furthermore comprising a control fluid supply device for the first actuator, and including:
a bearing block which mounts the camshaft rotatably and has a first control fluid supply channel and a second control fluid supply channel arranged downstream of the first control fluid supply channel,
wherein the first control fluid supply channel and the second control fluid supply channel can be brought selectively into fluidic connection depending on a rotary angle of the camshaft via a channel.

US Pat. No. 10,890,086

LATCH INTERFACE FOR A VALVE ACTUATING DEVICE

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A method for manufacturing a switching rocker arm assembly for an internal combustion engine, the method comprising:assembling a switching rocker arm assembly including an outer arm having a first flat surface assembled to an inner arm having a latch bore onto a manufacturing fixture, the manufacturing fixture comprising: a base, a ball plunger post extending upward from the base, the ball plunger post having a size and a shape of a hydraulic lift adjuster (HLA) of the internal combustion engine, and a valve stem post extending upward away from the base, the valve stem post having a size and a shape of a valve stem of the internal combustion engine, the valve stem post having a position, a height, and an orientation relative to the ball plunger post corresponding to a relation between the valve stem of the internal combustion engine to the HLA of the internal combustion engine, and a support shelf;
placing a latch rod into the latch bore;
placing the manufacturing fixture into a press;
applying a deforming load onto a surface opposite the first flat surface of the outer arm; and
measuring a latch lash of the switching rocker arm assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,890,085

ANTI-ROTATION FEATURE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A blade track assembly of a gas turbine engine, the assembly comprising:a blade track for guiding flow of high pressure exhaust flow including a ceramic track plate that defines a radial flow boundary for the high pressure exhaust flow, a carrier connected with the ceramic track plate and including a number of hangers supporting the ceramic track plate in position to define the radial flow boundary,
a support casing for supporting the blade track in position to guide the high pressure exhaust flow, the support casing including an annular body having a forward flange for connection with an upstream casing, the annular body engaged with the number of hangers to provide support to the blade track, and
an anti-rotation device for providing circumferential support to the blade track to block against rotation, the anti-rotation device including an arcuate body secured with the support casing and at least one engagement tab extending radially inward from the arcuate body to engage the blade track,
wherein the anti-rotation device is secured to and in contact with the forward flange of the support casing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,084

EXHAUST GAS GUIDE SECTION FOR AN EXHAUST GAS TURBOCHARGER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN EXHAUST GAS TURBOCHARGER

IHI Charging Systems Inte...

1. An exhaust gas turbocharger, comprising:an inlet duct (3);
a turbine chamber;
a first spiral channel (4) arranged between the inlet duct (3) and the turbine chamber;
a second spiral channel (5) arranged between the inlet duct (3) and the turbine chamber, the first spiral channel (4) and the second spiral channel (5) being part of an exhaust gas guide section (1);
a through-flow opening (10) between the first spiral channel (4) and the second spiral channel (5);
a bypass duct (31) for bypassing the turbine chamber connecting the exhaust gas guide section (1) to an outlet duct downstream of the turbine chamber;
an inlet opening (32) connecting both the first spiral channel (4) and the second spiral channel (5) to the bypass duct (31), the inlet opening (32) and the through-flow opening (10) being arranged in planes which are perpendicular to each other; and
a valve (9) for opening and closing the through-flow opening (10) and the inlet opening (32), the valve (9) being movable between a completely closed position in which the first spiral channel (4), the second spiral channel (5), and the bypass duct (31) are separated from one another and a completely opened position in which the first spiral channel (4), the second spiral channel (5), and the bypass duct (31) are in flow communication with one another,
wherein the valve (9) moves within the plane of the through-flow opening (10) and perpendicular to the plane of the inlet opening (32),
wherein the through-flow opening (10) and the inlet opening (32) are closed when the valve (9) is in the fully closed position,
wherein a first flow cross section of the through-flow opening (10) is greater than a second flow cross section of the inlet opening (32) when the valve is in an intermediate position, and
wherein the first flow cross section of the through-flow opening (10) is smaller than the second flow cross section of the inlet opening (32) when the valve is in an opened position in which the valve is further pivoted into the bypass duct than in the intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,890,083

TURBINE TIP CLEARANCE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method of controlling turbine tip clearance comprising steps to:measure parameters indicative of current operating conditions including a turbine speed and a turbine temperature;
determine maximum permissible limits for the turbine speed and the turbine temperature;
calculate target tip clearance from the turbine speed, the turbine temperature and parameters, to optimise turbine efficiency within the turbine speed limit and the turbine temperature limit; and
control turbine tip clearance apparatus to the calculated target tip clearance,
wherein the turbine tip clearance is controlled only when the turbine speed and turbine temperature are within a predetermined amount of the turbine speed limit and the turbine temperature limit during take-off operations.

US Pat. No. 10,890,082

ASPIRATING FACE SEAL TOOTH CONFIGURATION

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A turbomachine aspirating face seal assembly comprising:an aspirating face seal operable for restricting leakage of high pressure air from a relatively high pressure region of the turbomachine to a relatively low pressure region of the turbomachine at a juncture between a non-rotatable member of the turbomachine and a rotatable member of the turbomachine, the rotatable and non-rotatable members including gas bearing rotatable and non-rotatable face surfaces respectively,
a primary seal tooth mounted on the non-rotatable member,
a starter seal tooth mounted on a seal teeth carrier on the rotatable member,
an annular slider slidingly mounted in an axial orientation on the non-rotatable member; wherein the starter seal land and the non-rotatable face surface are mounted on the slider;
a pull-off biasing means for urging the annular slider away from the rotatable member, the non-rotatable face surface away from the rotatable surface, and the primary seal tooth away from the primary seal land during low or no power conditions of the turbomachine, wherein the pull-off biasing means is located at a radial position of the annular slider in the high pressure region, and
a secondary seal in sealing engagement with an annular, radially-inner slider surface of the annular slider in the low pressure region.

US Pat. No. 10,890,081

TURBINE DISK WITH PLATFORMS COUPLED TO DISK

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A turbine wheel for a gas turbine engine, the turbine wheel comprisinga disk that includes a body arranged about a central axis and a disk lug that extends radially outward away from the body to define a portion of a first slot and a second slot, and each of the first slot and the second slot extends axially through the disk from a forward side to an aft side of the disk and radially inwardly from an outer diameter of the disk toward the central axis,
a plurality of blades comprising ceramic matrix composite materials, the plurality of blades includes a first blade and a second blade, the first blade includes a root located in the first slot to couple the first blade with the disk and an airfoil that extends radially outwardly away from the root of the first blade, and the second blade includes a root located in the second slot to couple the second blade with the disk and an airfoil that extends radially outwardly away from the root of the second blade, and
a platform comprising metallic materials, the platform coupled to a surface of the disk lug, the platform includes an outer wall that extends circumferentially between the first blade and the second blade to resist hot gases that interact with the airfoils of the first and second blades from radially inward movement into contact with the disk, and the outer wall spaced apart radially from the disk lug to define an air gap between the outer wall and the disk lug to minimize thermal transfer between the platform and the disk,
wherein the disk lug is formed to define a lug channel that extends radially into the disk lug toward the central axis, the platform includes a support wall that extends radially inward away from the outer wall so that the platform is T-shaped, and a portion of the support wall is located in the lug channel defined by the disk lug,
further comprising a bi-cast clip located between the platform and the disk lug.

US Pat. No. 10,890,080

GAS TURBINE ENGINE AFT SEAL PLATE GEOMETRY

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A seal plate for a gas turbine engine comprising: an annular wall provided about an axis extending in an axial direction, the annular wall extending between first and second ends that are radially spaced from one another in a radial direction with respect to the axis, the first end includes an axially extending pilot, the second end included an axially extending flange and an adjacent annular seal seat, the wall including a portion between the first and second ends extending substantially in the axial direction and configured to permit the second end to move axially relative to the first end in response to thermal growths;wherein the portion includes first, second and third portions, wherein the first portion is transverse to the second portion and the second portion is transverse to the third portion, the second portion is arranged between the first and second ends and extends substantially in the axial direction and is configured to permit the second end to in the axial direction relative to the first end in response to thermal growth, wherein the third portion extends from the second portion to the flange on the second end, the flange extends in the axial direction, and the third portion extends radially away from the second portion and is canted in the axial direction toward the first end, and the first portion extends to the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,890,079

GAS TURBINE ENGINE ARC SEGMENTS WITH ARCED WALLS

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

13. A seal for a gas turbine engine comprising:a feather seal adapted for use between first and second arc segments of a gas turbine engine, the feather seal being flat, of uniform-thickness, and defining first and second feather seal circumferential sides, at least the first feather seal circumferential side having a convex arced edge, wherein the feather seal is oval or elliptical.

US Pat. No. 10,890,078

FLEXIBLE SEAL ASSEMBLY

Technetics Group LLC, Ch...

1. A flexible seal assembly comprising:one or more layers of metal matrix material, wherein the one or more layers of metal matrix material comprise a plurality of wire segments randomly oriented and sintered together to form the layer of metal matrix material; and
a casing comprising:
an upper casing; and
a lower casing;
wherein the one or more layers of metal matrix material are sandwiched between the upper casing and the lower casing; and
wherein the upper casing and the lower casing each include slanted ends, the slanted ends being angled towards the one or more layers of metal matrix material sandwiched therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,890,077

ANTI-FRET LINER

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A vane assembly of a gas turbine engine, the assembly comprisinga ceramic vane shell including a pair of endwalls defining a radial gas flow path extent and a vane body extending radially between the pair of endwalls and defining an internal cavity extending radially between the pair of endwalls, the vane shell including at least one extension portion projecting radially from one of the pair of endwalls beyond the radial gas flow path extent,
a support carrier for supporting the vane shell, the support carrier including a spar extending radially through the internal cavity of the vane shell, and
an anti-wear device for blocking against fretting between the vane shell and the support carrier, the anti-wear device including a body secured to remain stationary with one of the vane shell and the support carrier and an engagement leg extending from the body to engage the other of the vane shell and the support carrier to interface between the vane shell and the support carrier,
wherein the at least one extension portion includes a thickened radial end corresponding to a shape of the body of the anti-wear device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,076

TURBINE VANE ASSEMBLY HAVING CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE COMPONENTS WITH EXPANDABLE SPAR SUPPORT

Rolls-Royce plc

11. A turbine vane assembly adapted to be mounted around a central reference axis, the assembly comprisinga turbine vane that includes (i) an airfoil shaped to interact with hot gases, (ii) an outer vane mount arranged radially outward of the airfoil, and (iii) an inner vane mount arranged radially inward of the airfoil, and
a spar support that extends radially through a passageway formed through the turbine vane, the spar support including an outer support member fixed to the outer vane mount and an inner support member fixed to the inner vane mount, wherein the inner support member is coupled to the outer support member to slide relative to the outer support member in a radial direction toward and away from the central reference axis.

US Pat. No. 10,890,075

TURBINE BLADE HAVING SQUEALER TIP

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A turbine blade comprising:a blade part having an airfoil in a cross section including a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a pressure surface and a suction surface connecting the leading edge and the trailing edge, the blade part extending radially from a platform part to a tip portion as a free end in the turbine blade,
wherein a cavity through which cooling air flows is formed inside the turbine blade,
wherein a squealer tip having a predetermined thickness protrudes along an edge of the tip portion so that a squealer pocket is formed on an inner side of the tip portion by the squealer tip,
wherein the squealer tip is provided with at least one cooling hole communicating with the cavity along a radial direction of the turbine blade,
wherein an undercut is formed around the at least one cooling hole of the squealer tip by cutting a part of the squealer tip in a circumferential direction, and
wherein the at least one cooling hole formed on the suction surface is formed in an inclined manner to discharge the cooling air in a direction toward the squealer pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,890,074

CORIOLIS OPTIMIZED U-CHANNEL WITH PLATFORM CORE

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A gas turbine engine component comprising:an airfoil having pressure and suction side walls extending in a chord-wise direction between a leading edge and a trailing edge, the pressure and suction side walls extending in a radial direction between a platform and a tip to provide an exterior airfoil surface;
a cooling passage arranged between the pressure and suction side walls having a first passage along the pressure side wall and a second passage along the suction side wall; the first passage configured to receive cooling air from a cooling air source, and the second passage configured to receive cooling air from the first passage near the tip; and
a platform passage arranged in the platform, the platform passage is configured to purge all of the cooling air from the second passage aft of the trailing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,890,073

TURBINE BLADE AND GAS TURBINE

MITSUBISHI POWER, LTD., ...

1. A turbine blade, comprising a blade main body having a leading edge and a trailing edge, and having a positive pressure surface and a negative pressure surface between the leading edge and the trailing edge, whereinthe blade main body comprises a cooling passage where a cooling medium flows, demarcated and formed by an inner peripheral wall extending along the positive pressure surface and the negative pressure surface of the blade main body,
the cooling passage comprises:
a first cooling passage portion provided near the leading edge;
a second cooling passage portion provided near the trailing edge; and
a pillar portion provided between the first cooling passage portion and the second cooling passage portion,
the first cooling passage portion comprises:
a leading edge-side cooling passage provided near the leading edge; and
a first middle cooling passage demarcated by a partition wall from the leading edge-side cooling passage and provided near the pillar portion,
the second cooling passage portion comprises:
a trailing edge-side cooling passage provided near the trailing edge; and
a second middle cooling passage demarcated by a partition wall from the trailing edge-side cooling passage and provided near the pillar portion,
a first mechanism that hinders a flow of a cooling medium flowing through the first middle cooling passage is provided such that the flow velocity of a cooling medium flowing through the leading edge-side cooling passage is higher than the flow velocity of the cooling medium flowing through the first middle cooling passage,
a second mechanism that hinders a flow of a cooling medium flowing through the second middle cooling passage is provided such that the flow velocity of a cooling medium flowing through the trailing edge-side cooling passage is higher than the flow velocity of the cooling medium flowing through the second middle cooling passage,
a flow channel cross-sectional area of the leading edge-side cooling passage is smaller than a flow channel cross-sectional area of the first middle cooling passage, and
a flow channel cross-sectional area of the trailing edge-side cooling passage is smaller than a flow channel cross-sectional area of the second middle cooling passage.

US Pat. No. 10,890,072

ENDWALL CONTOUR

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. An airfoil array comprising:an endwall;
a first airfoil and a second airfoil each extending radially from the endwall and having a pressure side and an opposite suction side extending along an axial chord between a leading edge and a trailing edge;
a first profiled region protruding from the endwall along the pressure side of the first airfoil, wherein the first profiled region includes a first surface peak located axially forward relative to a 50% location of the axial chord from the leading edge of the first airfoil;
a second profiled region protruding from the endwall along the leading edge of the suction side of the second airfoil adjacent the leading edge of the second airfoil, wherein the second profiled region includes a second surface peak located axially forward relative to a 50% location of the axial chord from the leading edge of the second airfoil and the first surface peak is located axially upstream of the second surface peak; and
a third profiled region recessed into the endwall approximately equidistant from the pressure side of the first airfoil and the suction side of the second airfoil, wherein an axially upstream most end of the third profiled region is located axially aft relative to a 50% location of the axial chord of one of the first or second airfoils.

US Pat. No. 10,890,071

ROTARY ENGINE WITH ITS PASSIVE PISTON RUNNING AT VARIABLE SPEED

Guangzhou Yunshun Mechani...

1. A rotary engine comprising:a doughnut-shaped cylinder; wherein the doughnut-shaped cylinder has at least one air inlet port and at least one exhaust gas outlet port;
at least one pair of pistons with one power piston and one passive piston; wherein the at least one pair of pistons are disposed inside the doughnut-shaped cylinder, and rotate along the doughnut-shaped cylinder; wherein a space between the one power piston in front and the one passive piston at back forms a working chamber surrounded by inner wall of the doughnut-shaped cylinder; wherein the working chamber receives fuel from the at least one air inlet port and emits exhaust gas from the at least one exhaust gas outlet port;
a passive disk, wherein the one passive piston is fixed at edge of the passive disk;
a passive disk bushing being fixed perpendicularly at center of the passive disk;
a power disk, wherein the one power piston is fixed at its edge of the power disk;
a power-output shaft, wherein the power-output shaft is fixed perpendicularly at center of the power disk; wherein the power-output shaft is inserted through the passive disk bushing and placed at the center of doughnut-shaped cylinder; and wherein an axis of the power-output shaft is coaxial with an axis of doughnut-shaped cylinder and an axis of the passive disk bushing; and
an intermittent driving system, wherein the one power piston drives the one passive piston through the intermittent driving system, and wherein the intermittent driving system is configured so as to enable the one power piston to drive the one passive piston in a way that, within one revolution of the power-output shaft's rotation, the one passive piston is driven by the one power piston in some periods but not in other periods, so that the one passive piston rotates at a speed in an intermittent pattern;
wherein the one power piston and the one passive piston rotate around the axis of the power output shaft; wherein within one revolution of the power-output shaft's rotation, the one power piston rotate continuously at a substantially constant speed and the one passive piston rotates at a speed in an intermittent pattern; thereby volume of the working chamber varies in an intermittent pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,890,070

FREE PISTON DEVICE

1. A free piston apparatus comprising:an apparatus housing having an upper wall, a lower wall and a circulating side wall defining an outer contour;
a piston receptacle defining an axis and comprising or forming a combustion chamber delimited by a wall arrangement with at least one inlet opening for the supply of fresh gas and, spaced apart therefrom in the axial direction, at least one outlet opening for the removal of exhaust gas being formed in the wall arrangement;
at least one piston device having a piston being arranged so as to be reciprocable along the axis;
a supply conduit for supplying fresh gas;
a housing which is connected to the supply conduit in flow direction of the fresh gas being supplied, the housing forming a settling chamber for fresh gas which surrounds at least in sections the piston receptacle in the region of the at least one inlet opening in circumferential direction of the axis, the settling chamber opening into the combustion chamber via the at least one inlet opening; and
an energy coupling device which is coupled to the piston device and by way of which energy is able to be decoupled from the piston device or by way of which energy is able to be coupled into the piston device, the energy coupling device being accommodated in the apparatus housing,
wherein the housing is arranged entirely or substantially entirely within the outer contour defined by the apparatus housing, with the apparatus housing being a flat housing, and the energy coupling device being positioned laterally next to the piston receptacle and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,069

REFUGE SHELTER, COUPLER AND METHOD

STRATA PRODUCTS WORLDWIDE...

1. A refuge shelter for miners in a mine to protect the miners from the external environment, the shelter comprising:a container; and
a tent that is disposed in the container in an undeployed state which is expandable to a deployed state and extends from the container to provide a protected atmosphere for the miners, the container accessible from inside the tent, the tent having a test port having a gasket in the tent's wall to which a sample of the external environment can be obtained from inside the tent.

US Pat. No. 10,890,068

AUTOMATED SUPPORT OF A GATE ENTRY FOR UNDERGROUND FULL EXTRACTION MINING

1. A method comprising:gathering entry data for a condition of a gate entry by way of a gate entry support;
determining, by way of the gate entry support, the condition of the gate entry;
advancing the gate entry support, by way of a drive unit of the gate entry support, in response to the gate entry support determining that the condition satisfies an entry condition threshold;
signaling a halt condition for a production cycle, in response to determining that the condition fails to satisfy the entry condition threshold; and
wherein the production cycle comprises a cycle of a mining operation in which mining equipment extracts a mineral in cooperation with the gate entry support.

US Pat. No. 10,890,067

METHOD TO USE A BUOYANT BODY TO MEASURE TWO-PHASE FLOW IN HORIZONTAL WELLS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of determining properties of a downhole fluid in a well, comprising:using a pressure drop device in the well, in combination with a moveable device configured to move between a first position and a second position, the first position responsive to a first water cut for a downhole fluid and the second position responsive to a second water cut for the downhole fluid, the first water cut greater than the second water cut;
determining a first pressure drop across the pressure drop device associated with the first position;
determining a second pressure drop across the pressure drop device associated with the second position; and
determining an instantaneous water cut value in a time period using an instantaneous pressure drop at a time in the time period, the first pressure drop, the second pressure drop, the first water cut value, and the second water cut value.

US Pat. No. 10,890,066

DETERMINATION OF A ROCK TESTABILITY INDEX FOR FORMATION TESTING

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computer system, petrophysical data of a geological formation at a particular rate, the petrophysical data measured at each depth of a plurality of depths from a surface of the Earth;
for each depth of the plurality of depths, determining, using the computer system, a rock testability index (RTI) for the geological formation, the RTI indicating a probability of success for performing a hydrocarbon fluid formation test at the each depth, the determining of the RTI comprising:
generating, using the computer system, the RTI, the generating comprising normalizing a rock type of the geological formation; and
adjusting, using the computer system, the RTI based on a correspondence of the petrophysical data to hydrocarbon productivity;
generating, using a display device of the computer system, a visual representation of the RTI at the particular rate, the visual representation indicating a potential hydrocarbon productivity of the geological formation; and
performing the hydrocarbon fluid formation test at the each depth within the geological formation responsive to the RTI determined at the each depth exceeding a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,890,065

WELL INFILTRATION AREA CALCULATION USING LOGGING WHILE DRILLING DATA

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A method to define a filtration area of a reservoir around a wellbore comprising:obtaining a directional measurement set for a measured depth interval along a length of the wellbore;
selecting, based at least in part on the directional measurement set, a plurality of locations corresponding to a portion of the wellbore exposed to reservoir rock at the measured depth interval;
calculating the filtration area of the reservoir based at least in part on the selected locations in the measured depth interval; and
presenting the filtration area as part of an image display of the wellbore, wherein the presentation includes:
displaying a plurality of pixels representing values of the directional measurement set at locations along the wellbore, wherein one or more of the plurality of pixels represent the selected locations that contribute to the filtration area.

US Pat. No. 10,890,064

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A MATERIAL AND/OR A DEVICE IN A BORE HOLE USING A FIBER OPTIC MEASURING CABLE

1. A method for monitoring borehole integrity by monitoring a support material (3) introduced into the borehole and an introduced device using at least one fiber optic measurement cable (1), comprising:a) introduction of the at least one fiber optic measurement cable (1) into the borehole, and connecting the measurement cable (1) by at least one of a physical connection or a mechanical connection to at least one of the support material (3) or to the introduced device to achieve the monitoring of support material (3) or the introduced device;
b) performance of at least one of relative vibration or strain measurements within the borehole, wherein, as measurement signal, a time series of a strain and a strain change of at least one area of the fiber optic measurement cable (1) is used for the determination of a strain and of a strain change of the support material (3) surrounding the fiber optic measurement cable (1) in this area and of the introduced device surrounding the fiber optic measurement cable (1) in this area;
c) analysis of at least one of strain amplitudes or of a strain amplitude distribution by time series comparisons for different areas and different times for the determination of an at least area-by-area spatially resolved and time resolved distribution of information on the state of the support material (3) and of the introduced device; characterized in that,
as distribution of information on the state, a distribution of the information on an acoustic impedance and on a mechanical coupling between support material (3), the introduced device and borehole surroundings are used, so that ambient noise amplitude is analyzed, which is defined by a superposition of acoustic impedance and mechanical coupling in order to determine areas in the borehole where an increased probability of the occurrence of material fatigue of the support material (3) and of the introduced device exists,
wherein
the information on at least one of the acoustic impedance and on a mechanical coupling is determined by comparison of measured strain amplitudes of different areas and times with a reference measurement, and
wherein the reference measurement comprises one or more measurements under known conditions and is also used as a calibration method.

US Pat. No. 10,890,063

METHODS AND SYSTEMS EMPLOYING A CONDUCTIVE PATH WITH A SEGMENTATION MODULE FOR DECOUPLING POWER AND TELEMETRY IN A WELL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method that comprises:deploying a tool in a well;
providing a conductive path with a segmentation module in the well; and
conveying power and telemetry signals from a surface or uphole interface to the tool via the conductive path, wherein the conveying comprises the segmentation module:
decoupling the power and telemetry signals from the surface or uphole interface from each other;
separately conveying the decoupled power signals and the decoupled telemetry signals;
coupling the separately conveyed decoupled power and telemetry signals; and
conveying the coupled power and telemetry signals along the conductive path to the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,890,062

INFERRING ORIENTATION PARAMETERS OF A STEERING SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A DRILL STRING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method to steer a drill bit of a rotary steerable system within a wellbore, the method comprising:introducing the rotary steerable system into the wellbore, the rotary steerable system comprising:
an upper portion coupled to a drill string;
a lower portion coupled to the upper portion via a flexible collar, the lower portion having the drill bit coupled thereto;
a first survey instrument package and a second survey instrument package disposed within the upper portion, wherein the second survey instrument package is axially offset from the first survey instrument package; and
a third survey instrument package disposed within the lower portion, wherein the third survey instrument package is axially offset from the drill bit;
establishing a magnetic model associated with the drill bit with an initial source position;
measuring a respective plurality of magnetic field parameters at the first, second, and third survey instrument packages;
determining an initial azimuth of the magnetic model based on the plurality of magnetic field parameters of the third survey instrument package;
determining a magnetic gradient tensor from the magnetic field parameters of the first and second survey instrument packages;
solving for a calculated tool-face angle, a calculated bend angle, and a calculated azimuth with respect to the magnetic model based on the magnetic gradient tensor, the initial azimuth and the initial source position; and
steering the drill bit via the rotary steerable system based on the calculated tool-face angle, the calculated bend angle, and the calculated azimuth.

US Pat. No. 10,890,061

RIG MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING A PUMP VALVE OF A HYDRAULIC FRACTURING SYSTEM

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method, comprising:gathering, by a device and from a set of sensors, data that includes:
vibration data related to vibration of a valve associated with a pump of a hydraulic fracturing rig during operation of the pump, and
pump speed data related to a speed of the pump during operation of the pump;
processing, by the device, the data to identify a trend related to the vibration data,
wherein the vibration data has been normalized based on the pump speed data;
determining, by the device, a remaining useful life of the valve based on the trend and threshold data that identifies a set of thresholds related to the vibration of the valve;
determining, by the device, that the remaining useful life satisfies a threshold after determining the remaining useful life; and
scheduling, by the device, an operation to be performed on the valve after determining that the remaining useful life of the valve satisfies the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,890,060

ZONE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND EQUIPMENT INTERLOCKS

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of monitored objects, each having physical characteristics, the monitored objects being deployed in a workspace;
a computation component configured to establish zones pertaining to one or more of the monitored objects, wherein size and shape of each zone is based on the physical characteristics of a corresponding one of the monitored objects;
a memory configured to store a coordinate system for the workspace and for the monitored objects and to store information describing the zones;
wherein:
the zones extend beyond a physical extremity of the monitored object in at least one direction;
the computation component is configured
to identify that zones for two or more monitored objects will intersect,
to initiate preventive measures in response to the zones intersecting, and
to establish a first zone and a second zone for the monitored objects, the first zone being smaller than the second zone, wherein the preventive measures initiated by the computation component in response to identifying that the second zone has intersected with another zone comprise expanding the first zone.

US Pat. No. 10,890,059

LAYERED WATER INJECTION SYSTEM AND LAYERED WATER INJECTION METHOD

PETROCHINA COMPANY LIMITE...

1. A layered water injection system, comprising:a ground water injection valve group configured with an intelligent control valve, for receiving a water injection control instruction sent by a remote control center, and for converting the water injection control instruction into a switching action of the intelligent control valve to control water flow pressure fluctuation in a water injection string, so as to form a first pressure wave code in the water injection string; and
a water distributor for collecting the first pressure wave code, interpreting the first pressure wave code as a corresponding water outlet switch instruction, and performing layered water injection control according to the water outlet switch instruction,
wherein converting the water injection control instruction into a switching action of the intelligent control valve to control water flow pressure fluctuation in the water injection string comprises:
converting the water injection control instruction into the switching action of the intelligent control valve, and collecting flow data in the water injection string, and
establishing a flow fluctuation waveform according to the flow data, and determining whether the flow fluctuation waveform satisfies the preset waveform requirements, and when the flow fluctuation waveform does not satisfy the preset waveform requirement, adjusting the switching action according to the difference between the flow fluctuation waveform and the preset waveform requirement, so as to establish the first pressure waveform code satisfying the preset requirement in the water injection string.

US Pat. No. 10,890,058

LOW-FREQUENCY DAS SNR IMPROVEMENT

ConocoPhillips Company, ...

1. A method of optimizing production of a hydrocarbon-containing reservoir comprising:a) collecting Low-Frequency Distributed Acoustic Sensing (LF-DAS) data from at least one well in a hydrocarbon-containing reservoir comprising:
i) recording one or more reflected datasets;
ii) converting said one or more reflected datasets into a continuous record;
iii) transforming the continuous record with a low-pass filter transform with a range of greater than 0 to 50 millihertz (mHz) to provide a transformed record;
iv) down sampling the transformed record;
v) interpreting the down-sampled transformed record to provide LF-DAS data;
b) applying at least one processing technique to said LF-DAS data to form a corrected data set
c) analyzing said corrected data set; and,
d) optimizing a production plan for producing hydrocarbons from said reservoir based on said analysis; and
e) implementing said optimized production plan to produce hydrocarbons.

US Pat. No. 10,890,057

METHOD FOR INJECTING FLUID INTO A FORMATION TO PRODUCE OIL

NCS Multistage, LLC, Hou...

1. A method for petroleum production from a well in a formation, the method comprising:providing a string in the well having a production conduit, an injection conduit and seals about the string in an annulus of the well, thereby creating a plurality of injection zones and a plurality of production zones in the well, wherein the infection zones alternate with the production zones and are fluidly sealed from communication through the annulus to the plurality of production zones, wherein the production conduit includes fracturing ports configured to provide flow from the production conduit to each of the injection zones and fluid ports configured to provide flow from the production conduit to each of the production zones and wherein the injection conduit extends parallel to the production conduit and is fluidly separated from the production conduit and the injection conduit includes injection ports configured to provide flow from the injection conduit into each of the injection zones;
injecting fracturing fluid through the production conduit (i) out through the fracturing ports into each of the plurality of injection zones and (ii) out through the fluid ports into each of the plurality of production zones, to fracture the formation;
after injecting fracturing fluid, closing the fracturing ports to restrict fluid communication between the production conduit and the injection zones while the fluid orts remain open;
after closing the fracturing ports, selectively injecting injection fluid through the injection conduit into the formation via the injection ports and the plurality of injection zones; and
collecting reservoir fluid from the formation into the production conduit through the fluid ports.

US Pat. No. 10,890,056

DOWNHOLE-TYPE TOOL FOR ARTIFICIAL LIFT

Upwing Energy, LLC, Cerr...

16. A method, comprising:receiving a flow of well fluid at a seal disposed in a wall of a housing, the housing encasing an electric stator and flooded with an incompressible fluid, the housing affixed to a tubing of a well, wherein an inner, circumferential wall of the housing is continuous with an inner, circumferential wall of the tubing, and the seal prevents ingress of the well fluid into the incompressible fluid within the housing, wherein the seal comprises a flexible membrane, and the housing comprises a non-metallic sleeve forming at least a portion of the inner, circumferential wall of the housing continuous with the inner wall of the tubing;
isolating, with the non-metallic sleeve, the electric stator from the flow of well fluid; and
in response to receiving the flow of well fluid, transmitting pressure through the seal to equalize pressure between the incompressible fluid and the well fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,890,055

METHOD FOR INVERTING OIL CONTINUOUS FLOW TO WATER CONTINUOUS FLOW

STATOIL PETROLEUM AS, St...

1. A method for inverting oil continuous flow to water continuous flow and reaching one or more desired production parameters in a well producing fluid containing oil and water wherein there is a pump having a pump frequency in a well, comprising the following steps:(a) reducing the pump frequency until either inversion from oil continuous flow to water continuous flow is achieved, a minimal frequency is reached, or a minimal flow is reached;
(b) if inversion has not been achieved in step (a), adjusting wellhead pressure in the well to achieve the inversion; and
(c) stabilising the flow at the condition reached in steps (a) or (b).

US Pat. No. 10,890,054

SHAPED CHARGE WITH SELF-CONTAINED AND COMPRESSED EXPLOSIVE INITIATION PELLET

DynaEnergetics Europe Gmb...

17. An exposed perforating gun carrier system comprising:a shaped charge carrier tube configured for receiving a shaped charge;
the shaped charge comprises:
a case defining a hollow interior, an internal surface and an external surface,
a liner housed within the case
an explosive load disposed within the hollow interior and situated between the case and the liner,
an initiation point chamber extending along an external surface of the case and
at least one self-contained, compressed explosive initiation pellet within the initiation point chamber, wherein the at least one self-contained, compressed explosive initiation pellet comprising a mixture of an explosive material and at least one hydrophobic substance, wherein the mixture is compressed at a pressure of about 10,000 to about 30,000 psi.

US Pat. No. 10,890,053

SCREENS

WEATHERFORD U.K. LIMITED,...

1. A downhole screen, comprising a pipe and a plurality of ceramic discs stacked on each other around the pipe,wherein the pipe comprises a plurality of first ports,
wherein at least one spacer is provided between each two adjacent ones of the discs such that the adjacent discs are spaced from one another, and
wherein each of the at least one spacer is aligned with a respective one of the first ports of the plurality of first ports in the pipe and shaped to diffuse fluid flow exiting the respective first port in the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,890,052

DOWNHOLE POWER GENERATION DEVICE AND SEPARATE-ZONE WATERFLOODING DEVICE

PETROCHINA COMPANY LIMITE...

1. A downhole power generation device, comprising:a housing having an axis, wherein the housing extends along the axis; and
a rotating wheel provided in the housing, a striking mechanism provided in the housing and a piezoelectric bimorph provided in the housing, wherein the piezoelectric bimorph is axially extended and circumferentially distributed around the axis of the housing, a first end of the piezoelectric bimorph is fixed, the rotating wheel is in transmission connection with the striking mechanism, the rotating wheel is rotated by fluid to drive the striking mechanism to rotate, and the striking mechanism touches a second end of the piezoelectric bimorph during rotation so that the piezoelectric bimorph vibrates back and forth,
further comprising a lower guide vane mechanism sleeving a shaft of the rotating wheel and located downstream of the rotating wheel, wherein the lower guide vane mechanism comprises a plurality of radially extended lower guide vane portions which are fixedly connected to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,051

HANDLING HEAVY SUBSEA STRUCTURES

Subsea 7 Norway AS, Stav...

1. A subsea processing center, comprising: a towable frame; production fluid processing equipment supported by the frame; pipework in fluid communication with the production fluid processing equipment; at least one ballast tank attached to the frame or incorporated into the frame; flooding and filling valves for, respectively, flooding the or each ballast tank for ballasting or injecting gas into the or each ballast tank for de-ballasting; a buoyancy control system that acts on the flooding and filling valves and is configured to control buoyancy and/or trim of the frame during towing; and a tilt-compensating mounting acting between the production fluid processing equipment and the frame for leveling the production fluid processing equipment relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,890,050

SELF-CALIBRATING DEVICE FOR ACTIVATING DOWNHOLE TOOLS AND/OR OPERATIONS

TCO AS, Bergen (NO)

17. A method of activating a downhole tool with a tool activation device comprising:a pressure inlet port;
a housing comprising,
a counter mechanism with a first end and a second end, wherein the counter mechanism comprises a closed chamber filled with a fluid having a pressure, and a ratchet system comprising a ratchet and a ratchet piston with a first end in pressure communication with the pressure inlet port and a second end in communication with the closed chamber, a valve mechanism interconnecting the pressure inlet port and the closed chamber, the method comprising the steps of;
a) increasing wellbore pressure at the pressure inlet port to push the ratchet means towards an activation pin whereby the ratchet piston compresses the fluid in the closed chamber, and to move the ratchet to a new position,
b) retaining the ratchet in the new position by the retaining mechanism; and
c) continue increasing wellbore pressure in such that the wellbore pressure is a predetermined pressure difference greater than the pressure in the closed chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,890,049

DOWNHOLE COMMUNICATION VALVE AND METHOD OF USE

COLT PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY...

1. A downhole valve comprising:a tubular housing;
a tubular mandrel disposed radially inward of the tubular housing and partially defining an annular volume therebetween;
a tubular sleeve movably disposed within the annular volume and having a first end and a second end;
a sealed chamber within the annular volume and adjacent to the first end of the tubular sleeve; and
a passageway adjacent to the second end of the tubular sleeve and selectively fluidly coupling the annular volume with a central bore,
wherein the tubular sleeve is movable between a closed position and a test position when a pressure in the central bore is less than a pre-determined pressure of the sealed chamber, and the tubular sleeve is movable to an open, locked position upon a pressure in the central bore reaching a pre-determined pressure that exceeds a pressure of the sealed chamber, and
wherein the closed position restricts communication between the central bore and an exterior of the valve, the test position selectively permits communication between the central bore and the exterior of the valve, and the open, locked position permanently permits communication between the central bore and the exterior of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,890,048

SIGNAL OPERATED ISOLATION VALVE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

16. A method of operating a downhole power tool, comprising:inserting a shifting tool having a plurality of ribs into the downhole power tool, the downhole power tool having a latch, a lock, a sleeve, and a mandrel having a plurality of collet fingers; and
releasing the lock in response to an instruction signal, wherein the release of the lock allows the latch to disengage from a profile of the sleeve causing the sleeve to move from a first position to a second position, wherein the plurality of collet fingers engage the plurality of ribs of the shifting tool when the sleeve is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,890,047

WELLBORE STAGE TOOL WITH REDUNDANT CLOSING SLEEVES

1. A stage tool for stage treatment of a lined wellbore, comprising:a body with a longitudinal inner bore enclosed by a tubular wall with an outer surface, an inner surface and a fluid port;
a primary closing sleeve, moveable on the outer surface from a port open position to a port closed position to seal the fluid port on the outer surface;
a secondary closing sleeve, movable on the inner surface of the body from a port uncovered position to a port covering position to seal the fluid port on the inner surface, the secondary closing sleeve having attaching means adapted to be engaged by a shifting tool so as to move the secondary closing sleeve on the inner surface of the tubular wall from the port uncovered position to the port covering position; and
a port opening sleeve, axially moveable on the inner surface of the tubular wall downwards from a port closing position to a port opening position,
wherein the primary and secondary closing sleeves are movable independently of each other, along the outer surface and the inner surface respectively, to redundantly seal the fluid port.

US Pat. No. 10,890,046

MANAGED PRESSURE REVERSE CEMENTING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:providing a pipe string extending through a wellhead and into a wellbore, wherein an annulus is formed between the pipe string and the wellbore;
closing, with an isolation device, the wellbore in a closed pressure loop;
introducing a cement composition for a reverse cementing process to an interior of the pipe string;
diverting, with a crossover tool, the cement composition from the interior of the pipe string to the annulus;
measuring, with a pressure sensor, pressure of the interior of the pipe string at the crossover tool; and
based at least partly on the measured pressure of the interior of the pipe string at the crossover tool, manipulating fluid flow through an outlet port of the wellhead using a choke valve to maintain an equivalent circulating density of fluids in the wellbore between a pore pressure of a subterranean formation into which the wellbore is formed and a fracture gradient of the subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,890,045

PLUGS FOR ISOLATING PORTIONS OF WELLBORES

Cerca Downhole Technologi...

1. A plug for isolating a portion of a wellbore, the plug comprising:a tubular conduit having a first end and a second end;
a cap disposed over the first end of the tubular conduit and coupled thereto, the cap configured to mate with a wireline adapter kit of a perforating string;
a guide shoe disposed over the second end of the tubular conduit and coupled thereto, the guide shoe configured to move along the tubular conduit from an unset position, away from a cap, to a set position, toward the cap;
a gripping assembly disposed around the tubular conduit between the cap and the guide shoe and coupled to the guide shoe, the gripping assembly configured to expand outward from the tubular conduit in response to the guide shoe moving into the set position; and
a sealing assembly disposed between the cap and the gripping assembly and comprising:
a first sealing band disposed around the tubular conduit and having an annular lip,
a second sealing band disposed around the first sealing band and defining an angled channel with a tapered end of the cap, the annular lip of the first sealing band extending through the angled channel, the second sealing band configured to expand outward from the tubular conduit in response to the guide shoe moving into the set position.

US Pat. No. 10,890,044

TUBULAR WELLHEAD ASSEMBLY

ONESUBSEA IP UK LIMITED, ...

10. A wellhead assembly of a well system for installation in a wellbore, the wellhead assembly having a longitudinal axis and comprising:a wellhead housing comprising an outer surface and a central passage defined by an inner surface;
a hanger comprising a central passage, the hanger configured to be received within the passage of the wellhead housing and couple to the inner surface of the housing;
a tubular string configured to be received in the passage of the wellhead housing and extend from the hanger, wherein the tubular string comprises a passage;
a first choke coupled to the tubular string below the hanger and configured to control a fluid flow through the passage of the tubular string, wherein the first choke is selectively adjustable between a fully open position and a partially closed position; and
a wellhead connector configured to releasably couple to the outer surface of the wellhead housing and stab into the central passage of the hanger, wherein the wellhead connector comprises a first passage in fluid communication with the passage of the tubular string when the wellhead connector is coupled to the wellhead housing, and a hydraulic control line extending through the wellhead connector and configured to transmit a control signal to the first choke; and
further comprising a first valve coupled to the tubular string below the hanger and comprising an open position and a closed position configured to seal fluid flow through the passage of the tubular string in both a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction, wherein the first valve and the first choke are each positioned within the central passage of the wellhead housing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,043

SYSTEM FOR REMOTE OPERATION OF DOWNHOLE WELL EQUIPMENT

FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, ...

1. A system for remote operation of downhole well equipment through a marine riser extending between a surface vessel and a BOP attached to a wellhead, the system comprising:a local control module located inside one of the marine riser or the BOP, said local control module including a local energy storage device for operation of the downhole well equipment;
a remote control unit external of the BOP, said remote control unit being in communication with the vessel;
said BOP comprising at least one passage extending generally laterally therethrough in a direction generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the BOP;
a communication device positioned within said passage, said communication device being in communication with said local control module;
wherein the local energy storage device comprises:
at least one hydraulic energy source;
at least one liquid divider for segregation of contaminated liquid from said downhole well equipment from clean liquid from the hydraulic energy source;
at least one control valve in fluid communication with said liquid divider and said hydraulic energy source to control the flow of clean liquid between said hydraulic energy source and said liquid divider;
at least one local electrical control module in communication with said control valve to operate said control valve; and
at least one electrical energy source which supplies said local electrical control module with electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,890,042

SECTION MILL AND METHOD FOR ABANDONING A WELLBORE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

9. A milling tool comprising:a tubular housing having an outer surface, an upper end, a lower end, and a central flow bore continuous from the upper end to the lower end;
a plurality of circumferentially aligned openings formed in the outer surface;
a plurality of arms, each arm:
located within a corresponding one of the plurality of openings,
having a body portion between a first end and a second end, the body portion including an actuation profile comprising inclined grooves, and
movable with respect to the corresponding opening between retracted and extended positions, wherein when in the retracted position, the first and second ends are closer to the central flow bore than when in the extended position; and
a plurality of blades, each blade associated with a corresponding one of the plurality of arms;
wherein:
the milling tool is movable between a deployment configuration and a casing cutting configuration, and
when the milling tool is in the casing cutting configuration, the arms are in the extended position and a lateral blade sweep dimension is more than fifty percent greater than a nominal outer diameter of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,041

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MANAGED PRESSURE WELL BORE OPERATIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:placing a tubular casing string into a well bore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation, wherein an outer surface of the casing string and an inner wall of the well bore define an annulus in a closed pressure loop and in communication with at least one choke valve that is coupled to a controller;
pumping a cementing fluid through the inside of the tubular casing string and into the annulus in the well bore; and
while pumping the cementing fluid into the annulus in the well bore:
determining a setpoint for the choke valve corresponding to a setpoint for a bottomhole pressure in the annulus, wherein determining the setpoint for the choke valve comprises using an information handling system to generate or update a model of one or more conditions in the well bore that includes at least the setpoint for the bottomhole pressure in the annulus, wherein the model calculates and outputs the setpoint for the choke valve,
determining an actual bottomhole pressure in the annulus using data from at least one downhole sensor disposed in the annulus,
determining, via the information handling system, if the actual bottomhole pressure in the annulus is greater than, less than, or equal to the setpoint for the bottomhole pressure in the annulus, and
if the actual bottomhole pressure in the annulus is greater or less than the setpoint for the bottomhole pressure in the annulus, manipulating the choke valve using the controller to decrease or increase the bottomhole pressure in the annulus, wherein manipulating the choke valve comprises causing the information handling system to send one or more signals to the controller for manipulating the choke valve.

US Pat. No. 10,890,040

ROTARY HEAD GUIDE SYSTEM FOR DRILLING MACHINE

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A rotary head guide system for a mobile drilling machine, comprising:a drilling mast including a mast frame having an opening along substantially an entire length of the mast frame, the mast frame including edges forming flanges on each side of the opening, the flanges forming a part of the mast frame and extending along the length of the mast frame; and
a rotary head movably coupled to the drilling mast by a support structure including at least two guide assemblies engaging the flanges of the mast frame, the guide assemblies each include a first bracket and a second bracket slidable on respective flanges,
wherein the first bracket slides on a first side of a respective flange and second bracket slides on a second side of the respective flange opposite of the first side of the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,890,039

DECK BUSHING SYSTEM FOR DRILLING MACHINES

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A deck bushing system for a drilling machine having a mast deck including a deck hole, comprising:a deck bushing sized to be received in the deck hole, the deck bushing including a tubular member having a generally square shaped flange; and
a deck bushing housing fixedly secured to the mast deck, the deck bushing housing forming a generally V-shape opening toward the deck hole,
wherein the tubular member is an outer tubular member, and the deck bushing further includes an inner tubular member rotatable relative to the outer tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,890,038

DOUBLE LAYER RACKING BOARD AND METHODS OF USE

NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOG...

1. A land-based drilling apparatus, comprising:a drill floor including a well center bore and a mousehole;
a mast extending above the drill floor;
a double layer racking board connected to the mast, the double layer racking board comprising:
a drill pipe racking board including a first plurality of fingers and configured to receive drill pipe tubulars, wherein the drill pipe racking board is disposed at a first height with respect to the drill floor to define a first level of the double layer racking board; and
a casing racking board including a second plurality of fingers and configured to receive casing tubulars, wherein a first portion of the casing racking board is disposed at the first height with respect to the drill floor, wherein a second portion of the casing racking board is disposed at a second height with respect to the drill floor to define a second level of the double layer racking board, wherein the first height is greater than the second height, such that the drill pipe racking board and the first portion of the casing racking board define the first level of the double layer racking board above the second level of the double layer racking board.

US Pat. No. 10,890,037

SLIPS POSITIONING APPARATUS FOR A WELL OPERATION

PROSTAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGI...

7. A method for positioning slips relative to a well center of a wellbore, the method comprising:operating a positioning apparatus for the slips including:
a slips-mounting stricture for accepting connection of the slips;
an installation structure for mounting the positioning apparatus rigidly relative to the well center, the installation structure having an upper surface defining a first plane;
a first linear guide positioned between the slips-mounting structure and the installation structure, the first linear guide configured for movement. of the slips-mounting structure relative to the installation structure along a first direction in a plane substantially parallel with the first plane;
a second linear guide positioned between the slips-mounting structure and the installation structure, the first linear guide configured for movement of the slips-mounting structure relative to the installation structure along a second direction in a plane substantially parallel with the first plane;
a first linear actuator for moving the slips-mounting structure along the first linear guide; and,
a second linear actuator for moving the slips-mounting structure along the second guide; and
actuating the first linear actuator to position the slips along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,036

DOWNHOLE TOOL AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

REPEAT PRECISION, LLC, H...

1. A downhole tool for a wellbore, comprising:a mandrel having a stem portion and a hub portion at an end of the stem portion;
a load member mounted on the stem portion of the mandrel, the load member having opposing ends;
at least one compression member mounted on the stem portion of the mandrel, the compression member having a body with a compression end configured to compress a sealing element;
at least one slip member mounted on the stem portion of the mandrel between one of the opposing ends of the load member and the body of the compression member, the slip member being configured for axial movement with respect to the mandrel; and
a bonding agent disposed between an outer surface of the mandrel and an inner surface of the load member and disposed between an outer surface of the stem portion of the mandrel and an inner surface of the compression member,
wherein the bonding agent has a predetermined shear strength that fixes the load member and the compression member to the mandrel, thereby isolating and preventing axial movement of the at least one slip member with respect to the mandrel between the load member and the compression member.

US Pat. No. 10,890,035

SUCKER ROD ROLLING CENTRALIZER GUIDE

1. A sucker rod guide for use on a rod string extending through a bore of a wellbore tubular, comprising:an elongate, generally cylindrical body having first and second connection means located at respective first and second ends; and
a plurality of wheels rotatably fastened to the outside of the cylindrical body and configured to roll along the wellbore tubular;
wherein the plurality of wheels comprise pairs of radially opposing wheels each fastened to opposite sides of the body and are angularly offset from each other; and
wherein the wheels of each pair have a common axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,890,034

COMBINATION OF A DRILLING INSTALLATION AND A CONTROL AND SIGNAL LINES DEPLOYMENT MODULE AND METHOD OF USE

ITREC B.V., Schiedam (NL...

1. A combination of a drilling installation for drilling a well and a control and signal lines deployment module, wherein the drilling installation comprises:a drilling tower; and
a rig floor having a well centre opening and a rig floor surface, wherein the control and signal lines deployment module is adapted to deploy a tubulars string to which one or more control and/or signals lines are externally secured through said well centre opening into the well,
wherein the control and signal lines deployment module comprises:
a support structure adapted to be positioned over the well centre opening in an operative position;
a work platform supported by the support structure, the work platform being at a height above the rig floor surface in the operative position of the control and signal lines deployment module;
a module slip device supported by the support structure, the module slip device being at a height above the rig floor surface in the operative position of the control and signal lines deployment module and being adapted to suspend the tubulars string through the well centre opening; and
one or more line guides below said work platform and adapted to guide one or more control and/or signal lines from one or more supply spools along a path to a securing level below said module slip device allowing an operator to secure said one or more control and/or signals lines externally to said tubulars string suspended from said module slip device,
wherein the control and signal lines deployment module in an operative position is provided heave compensated above the well centre opening.

US Pat. No. 10,890,033

KELLY BAR WITH LOCKING FEATURE, RELATED SYSTEM AND METHOD

Watson, Incorporated, Fo...

1. A Kelly bar apparatus comprising:an outer tube that forms an inner surface and a plurality of keys arranged into one or more key groups, wherein each key group is characterized at least such that:
the keys are arranged into a plurality of key sets, each key set comprising at least two keys circumferentially adjacent but spaced apart from one another, and each key extending longitudinally along a portion of the outer tube and radially inwardly from an inner surface of the outer tube, and
the key sets are arranged into two or more key sub-groups disposed at different longitudinal positions respectively along the length of the outer tube, each key sub-group being comprised of at least two key sets, the key sets within a given one of the key sub-groups being disposed at the same longitudinal position along the outer tube and being circumferentially spaced apart from one another; and
a first inner tube sized and configured to at least partially nest and rotate within and telescopically slide relative to the outer tube, the first inner tube forming an outer surface, wherein the first inner tube further comprises a plurality of flute-like splines circumferentially spaced apart and extended along a longitudinal axis of a portion of the first inner tube and extending radially outwardly from the outer surface of the first inner tube, so as to define at least two fillet-like gaps between respective pairs of the splines; andwherein each key set of the outer tube is sized and configured to slidably engage with a respective one of the gaps between the splines of the first inner tube when the first inner tube is nested within the outer tube and the outer tube is rotationally disposed in an unlocked position permitting telescopic extension of the first inner tube relative to the outer tube, and wherein each key set of the outer tube is sized and configured to fit within a respective notch formed within a respective one of the splines of the first inner tube when the first inner tube is nested within the outer tube and the outer tube is rotationally disposed in a locked position inhibiting telescopic extension of the first inner tube relative to the outer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,890,032

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STRIPPING TUBULARS AND THE LIKE COMPRISING FRUSTOCONICAL AIR BLADE

13-Edge, Ltd.

1. An apparatus for stripping mud and produced substances from a tubular being removed from a well, the apparatus comprising:a) a toroidal upper ring half defining an interior passageway therethrough;
b) a toroidal lower ring half configured to mate with the upper ring half, the combination of the upper and lower ring halves further configured to form a plenum therebetween, the combination further configured to form an orifice disposed at least partially around a circumference of the passageway, wherein the lower ring half further comprises a convex lip surface curving downwardly from the plenum towards the passageway, the convex lip surface configured to provide a Coand? effect on gas or fluid flowing through the orifice;
c) at least one inlet disposed through a sidewall of one of the upper and lower ring halves configured to provide communication to the plenum; and
d) at least one shim configured for fitment between the upper and lower ring halves for adjusting the height of the orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,890,031

AUTOMATIC HANDHELD SHOVEL WITH AUGER

Richard Goren Enterprises...

30. A digging system, comprising:a handheld shovel including a handle and a shovel portion attached to the handle, wherein the shovel portion includes a blade and an auger bit;
wherein the handheld shovel includes a motor configured to rotate the auger bit;
wherein the shovel includes a gearbox coupled to the motor;
wherein the gearbox and the motor are housed inside the handle;
wherein the auger hit is configured to rotate relative to the blades; and
wherein the blade is fixed to the handle to prevent relative movement.

US Pat. No. 10,890,030

METHOD, APPARATUS BY METHOD, AND APPARATUS OF GUIDANCE POSITIONING MEMBERS FOR DIRECTIONAL DRILLING

XR Lateral LLC, Houston,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:acquiring a model of a directional drilling assembly that includes multiple guidance positioners located along a length of the directional drilling assembly;
performing a first simulation of the model of the directional drilling assembly in a first wellbore section to identify at least one engagement point where at least one guidance positioner of the multiple guidance positioners contacts a sidewall of the first wellbore section;
generating a first modified model of the directional drilling assembly by removing stock from the at least one guidance positioner determined to have contacted the sidewall of the first wellbore section during the first simulation;
performing a second simulation of the first modified model of the directional drilling assembly in a second wellbore section to identify at least one engagement point where the at least one guidance positioner contacts a sidewall of the second wellbore section;
generating a second modified model of the directional drilling assembly by removing additional stock from the at least one guidance positioner determined to have contacted the sidewall of the second wellbore section during the second simulation; and
generating an instructional file to be used to manufacture the directional drilling assembly in accordance with the second modified model;
wherein one of the first wellbore section and the second wellbore section is a straight wellbore section, and wherein the other of the first wellbore section and the second wellbore section is a curved wellbore section.

US Pat. No. 10,890,029

FALL ARREST LADDER SYSTEM

1. A fall arrest ladder system, comprising:a housing assembly comprising a retractable lanyard, an internal spool for the retractable lanyard, and a braking system; wherein the housing assembly is configured to be mounted at a pre-determined height on a ladder rung;
a first eye bolt assembly, a second eyebolt assembly, and a safety line assembly comprising a cable safety line capable of decelerating a user in the event of a fall from an elevated position; wherein the first and second eyebolt assemblies are each mountable to ladder rung;
an adjustable webbing belt having an affixed anchor ring, wherein the belt is configured to be releasably secured to the user; and
a releasably affixed carabiner configured to secure the webbing belt to the safety line at the anchor ring.

US Pat. No. 10,890,028

BRAKE ASSEMBLY FOR A COVERING FOR AN ARCHITECTURAL OPENING

Hunter Douglas Inc., Pea...

1. A brake assembly for a covering for an architectural opening, the covering including a rotatable member and a shade member configured for movement in an extension direction and a retraction direction, said brake assembly comprising:a brake driver arranged and configured to couple with the rotatable member; and
a spring driver selectively engageable with said brake driver;
wherein:
said spring driver is arranged and configured to be resistively rotatable upon moving the shade member in the extension direction and non-rotatable when moving the shade member in the retraction direction;
said brake driver is arranged and configured to rotate freely with respect to said spring driver when the shade member is moved in the retraction direction; and
said brake driver is arranged and configured to rotate with said spring driver when the shade member is moved in the extension direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,027

CORNER KEY COMPOSITE MEMBER

FIBER COMPOSITES, LLC, N...

1. A corner key for a window assembly comprising:a first body portion comprising:
a first body inner edge;
a first body outer edge; and
a first body face defined by the first body inner edge and the first body outer edge and comprising a first raised portion disposed proximate to the first body outer edge and extending along a length of the first body outer edge,
wherein the first body portion extends in a first direction;
a second body portion comprising:
a second body inner edge;
a second body outer edge; and
a second body face defined by the second body inner edge and the second body outer edge and comprising a second raised portion disposed proximate to the second body outer edge and extending along a length of the second body outer edge,
wherein the second body portion extends in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction of the first body portion, and wherein the first body inner edge and the second body inner edge form a gap therebetween;
a channel formed in the gap between the first body inner edge and the second body inner edge;
at least one port in fluid communication with the channel;
a first adhesive bonding area comprising a portion of the first body face defined by an inner edge of the first raised portion and the channel, wherein the first adhesive bonding area is in fluid communication with the channel;
a second adhesive bonding area comprising a portion of the second body face defined by an inner edge of the second raised portion and the channel, wherein the second adhesive bonding area is in fluid communication with the channel; and
a flange disposed orthogonal to both of the first body face and the second body face, wherein the flange comprises:
a top surface;
a bottom surface;
a first outer edge proximate to the first body outer edge;
a second outer edge proximate to the second body outer edge;
a first top surface raised portion proximate to the first raised portion of the first body; and
a second top surface raised portion proximate to the second raised portion of the second body, and
wherein a top portion adhesive bonding area is defined by an inner edge of the first top surface raised portion and an inner edge of the second top surface raised portion and is in fluid communication with the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,890,026

AUTOMATIC MACHINE FOR ALTERNABLE APPLICATION OF A PLURALITY OF FLEXIBLE SPACER PROFILES ON A GLASS SHEET

FOR.EL S.P.A., Roncade (...

1. An automatic machine (1000) for applying a flexible spacer profile (3) on at least a first glass sheet (2) mateable with at least a second glass sheet (2) so as to constitute an insulating glazing (1), the machine (1000) comprising:a plurality of reels (401), each reel (401) containing a respective flexible spacer profile (3);
a conveyor (100) supportingly engageable with a lower edge (2a) of the first glass sheet (2) and able to move the first glass sheet (2) along a horizontal axis (x);
a carriage (201) movable in translational motion along a vertical axis (y); and
an application head (300) coupled to and movable with the carriage (201) and rotatable about a rotational axis (?) perpendicular to the vertical axis (y) of the carriage (201), the application head (300) having a belt drive (304a, 304b) engageable with the flexible spacer profile (3) and free rollers (303a-303d) arranged to guide the flexible spacer profile (3) arriving from one reel (401) of the plurality of reels (401) towards a wheel of the application head (300);
wherein each reel (401) of the plurality of reels (401) is provided with a respective feeder assembly (400, 500, 600) for each of the respective flexible spacer profiles (3), each feeder assembly comprising a reel unwinding unit (400), a take-up unit (500), and a transfer unit (600),
wherein the transfer unit (600) guides the flexible spacer profile (3) to and from the belt drive (304a, 304b) of the application head (300) by way of jaws (601, 602) which constitute grippers moved by a pneumatic or electric actuator, (604)
wherein the feeder assembly of each reel (401) of the plurality of reels (401) is disposed on a magazine (700) comprising a footing (701) having movable sliders (702a, 702b) on which the feeder assembly is couplable and uncouplable and guidable to the application head (300), and
wherein the application head (300) is engageable with a selected one of the feeder assemblies of the respective reel, and the respective flexible spacer profile (3) is fed to the first glass sheet (2) along a path that winds around the rotational axis (?) of the application head (300).

US Pat. No. 10,890,025

BANKNOTE HANDLING SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED CASINO ACCOUNTING

Japan Cash Machine Co., L...

1. A document handling and transportation system for use in a casino counting room environment, the system comprising:a first mechanical arm configured to unlock and open a storage container lid;
a second mechanical arm configured to:
remove a document from an interior volume of a storage container exposed after the storage container lid is opened by the first mechanical arm; and
grasp the document in the storage container;
a conveyor system configured to transport the storage container from a first initial position relative to the first mechanical arm to a second initial position relative to the second mechanical arm;
a document sorter configured to receive the document from the second mechanical arm, and further configured to sort the document into a document stack;
a third mechanical arm configured to grasp the document stack from the document sorter; and
a document bundler configured to receive the document stack from the third mechanical arm, the document bundler configured to bind the document stack with a strap; wherein:
the storage container comprises a memory; and
the conveyor system is configured to access the memory to receive information describing the document contained in the storage container.

US Pat. No. 10,890,024

AUTOMATIC SMOKE/CARBON MONOXIDE EVACUATION METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A GARAGE

COEVAC, LLC, Southlake, ...

1. An automatic smoke/carbon monoxide evacuation system for a garage equipped with a garage door and garage door opener with a motor, the system comprising:a microprocessor;
a smoke/carbon monoxide sensor incorporated in a garage door reverse sensor of the garage door opener and coupled to the microprocessor, and configured to detect presence of smoke/carbon monoxide and send a trigger signal to the microprocessor in response to detecting smoke/carbon monoxide;
a power switch coupled to the motor and configured to automatically connect the motor to a power source in response to the trigger signal to automatically open the garage door to ventilate the detected smoke/carbon monoxide in response to the trigger signal;
an alarm device communicably coupled to the microprocessor and configured to issue an alarm in response to the trigger signal; and
a transceiver coupled to the microprocessor configured to automatically transmit a wireless notification message to a central monitor in response to the trigger signal.

US Pat. No. 10,890,023

SAFE ENCLOSURE HINGE INTEGRATED STOP

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a safe comprising a safe door and a safe body;
the safe door comprising at least one door hinge;
the safe body comprising at least one body hinge;
the at least one door hinge having a first hole with a first diameter extending through the door hinge and a first counterbore with a second diameter greater than the first diameter extending coaxially with the first hole, the first counterbore includes a partial obstruction in a first portion of the first counterbore; and
the at least one body hinge having a second hole through the body hinge that includes a partial protrusion that extends from a bottom of the second hole;
wherein the first hole and second hole are aligned with the partial protrusion fitting inside a second portion of the first counterbore and a range of circular motion of the safe door having the at least one door hinge is restricted by the partial obstruction when the partial protrusion abuts with ends of the partial obstruction;
wherein a pin is adapted to be inserted through the first hole, the first counterbore, and the second hole after the partial protrusion is inserted into the second portion of the first counterbore to secure the safe door to the safe body;
wherein the at least one door hinge is offset from a top surface of the safe door and extends vertically along a side surface of the safe door;
wherein the safe door is adapted to swing to a fully opened position of 130 degrees for the range of circular motion without a stay bar.

US Pat. No. 10,890,022

ICE-BREAKING HINGE ASSEMBLIES FOR VEHICLE CLOSURE MEMBERS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle closure member hinge assembly, comprising:a vehicle body mounting plate;
a closure member mounting plate pivotally connected to the vehicle body mounting plate; and
an icebreaker flange configured to break an ice formation as the closure member mounting plate is pivoted relative to the vehicle body mounting plate,
wherein the icebreaker flange and the closure member mounting plate together establish a single piece, monolithic part.

US Pat. No. 10,890,021

DOORLOCK SAFETY CHAIN RELEASE MECHANISM

1. A doorlock safety chain release mechanism comprising:a chain having a first end and a second end;
an anchor fixture mountable to a frame of a door; said anchor fixture being attached to said first end of said chain;
a door plate assembly mountable to a door; said door plate assembly comprising a release connector removably mounted thereto; said release connector comprising a stem being connected to said second end of said chain;
said door plate assembly comprising an embossed cover plate and a backing plate mounted to said embossed cover plate; said embossed cover plate and said backing plate defining an elongated channel;
said channel having an elongated straight slot along said embossed cover plate, and
said backing plate having a hole there through aligning with one end of said slot;
said release connector also comprising:
a slider mounted in said channel and being configured for movement along said slider having a cylindrical cavity there through extending at a right angle from a plan of said slot; and
said stem of said release connector extending through said slot and through said cylindrical cavity of said slider; said stem and said slider jointly comprising a ball-detent mechanism; said slider and said stem being configured for movement along said slot for positioning said stem over said hole such that said stem being extendable into said hole; said stem, said hole and said slider being configured for releasing said ball-detent mechanism when said stem is extended into said hole and for allowing a withdrawal of said stem and said second end of said chain from said slider and from said door plate assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,890,020

DOUBLE LATCH LOCKSET

Townsteel, Inc., City of...

1. A double latch lockset comprising:a retractable latch configured to be retracted by a handle;
a first spring to bias the retractable latch to a projected position;
a deadbolt configured to be activated by a deadbolt actuator;
a second spring configured to bias the handle, when assembled to the lockset, to an intermediate position between opposing first and second limits of handle travel that correspond, respectively, to unlocked and locked states; and
a fully mechanical, non-electrical transmission, including a drive cam operatively connected to the handle and a follower assembly, to interconnect the drive cam with the retractable latch and the deadbolt;
wherein when the lockset and the handle are assembled and installed:
the handle is mounted to the lockset and biased to an intermediate position between the first and second limits, and the retractable latch is biased to a projected position;
when the deadbolt is in a retracted position, movement of the handle from the intermediate position to the second limit causes the transmission to move the deadbolt to a projected position, setting the double latched lockset into a locked state;
wherein, after the deadbolt is in the locked state and the handle is biased by the second spring to the intermediate position, the follower assembly creates a lost motion that allows movement of the handle from the second limit back to the intermediate position, without retracting the deadbolt or the retractable latch, maintaining the double latch lockset in the locked state;
movement of the handle from the intermediate position to the first limit causes the transmission to retract the deadbolt, setting the double latch lockset into the unlocked state.

US Pat. No. 10,890,019

REVERSIBLE ELECTRIC DOOR LOCK

WFE Technology Corp., Ta...

1. A reversible electric door lock comprising:a housing unit having first and second base plates spaced apart from each other in an axial direction to define a receiving space therebetween, and a lock plate disposed normal to said first and second base plates and interconnecting lateral sides of said first and second base plates, said first and second base plates respectively having first and second through holes which are aligned with each other in the axial direction, said lock plate having a bolt hole;
a clutch unit having an external driving member which is disposed in said receiving space and rotatable relative to said housing unit about an axis that extends through said first and second through holes and in the axial direction and which has two mounting sides that are opposite to each other along the axis, two driving plates which are respectively mounted on said two mounting sides of said external driving member and each of which has a pivot portion that is rotatably disposed in a respective one of said first and second through holes, and an internal driving member which is disposed in and rotatable relative to said external driving member about the axis, each of said two driving plates having an external spline hole which extends therethrough along the axis, said internal driving member having an internal spline hole which extends therethrough along the axis and which has a cross-section less than that of said external spline holes, said clutch unit further having a clutch pin which is disposed in and movable radially relative to said external driving member between an engaged position, where said clutch pin is engaged with said internal driving member so as to allow synchronous rotation of said external driving member with said internal driving member, and a disengaged position, where said clutch pin is disengaged from said internal driving member so as to allow an idle rotation of said internal driving member relative to said external driving member;
a dead bolt unit having a dead bolt member which is disposed in said receiving space and movable through said bolt hole, and a transmitting module which is disposed to transmit a torque generated as a result of rotation of said external driving member to move said dead bolt member;
an internal operating handle having an internal driving section which is configured to be in spline engagement with said external spline hole of one of said two driving plates so as to rotate said one of said two driving plates about the axis, and an operating section which is connected with said internal driving section to be manually operable;
an external operating handle having an external driving section which is configured to extend through said external spline hole of the other one of said two driving plates and to be in spline engagement with said internal spline hole of said internal driving member so as to rotate said internal driving member about the axis, and an operating section which is connected with said external driving section to be manually operable; and
an electric driving unit having a motor which is disposed in said receiving space, and an actuating member which is driven by said motor to actuate movement of said clutch pin between the engaged position and disengaged position,
each of said two driving plates being disposed to be adjustable relative to said external driving member in a circumferential direction around the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,890,018

DOUBLE PULL HOOD LATCH WITH INTERLOCK DEVICE

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., Ont...

1. A hood latch system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a latch assembly having a release lever, a pawl assembly, and a ratchet, the release lever being pivotable from a home position, wherein the pawl assembly is maintained in locked engagement with the ratchet to maintain a striker fixed to a hood of the motor vehicle in a fully latched state in the ratchet, to a neutral position wherein the pawl assembly is selectively movable to a release position out of locked engagement with the ratchet, whereupon the ratchet, while released from locked engagement from the pawl assembly, releases the striker from the ratchet; and
an interlock device configured in operable communication with the release lever, the interlock device capable of recognizing a parked state and a non-parked state of the motor vehicle, the interlock device capable of maintaining the release lever in the home position to prevent unintended release of the striker from the ratchet when the interlock device recognizes the non-parked state of the motor vehicle, and automatically moving the release lever to the neutral position when the interlock device recognizes the parked state of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,890,017

MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR LOCKING SYSTEM

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...

1. A motor vehicle door latch on a motor vehicle door, the motor vehicle door latch comprising:a latch holder;
an inlet opening;
a latch plate having a mounting leg connected to an internal door panel of the motor vehicle door; and
a retaining element that is connected to the latch plate and keeps the inlet opening for the latch holder in the motor vehicle door latch free during accident-induced deformities of the motor vehicle door, whereby the inlet opening is kept free using the retaining element by a shaping of the retaining element,
wherein the retaining element has a first portion that extends along the mounting leg and a deflected portion that is deflected away from the mounting leg and under the internal door panel to extend along an edge of the inlet opening, wherein during an accident, the internal door panel is deflected along the deflected portion of the retaining element outside of the inlet opening, and wherein the deflected portion is angled relative to the first portion under the internal door panel by an angle that is greater than 90 degrees whereby the deflected portion is deflected relative to the first portion without a sharp corner.

US Pat. No. 10,890,016

SLIDING ENTRY DOOR WITH INTEGRATED VENT AND LATCH

ProVia Holdings, Inc., S...

1. A sliding door assembly comprising:a frame having at least one inward facing track;
a movable panel cooperating with the inward facing track to allow the panel to move between closed and open positions;
an actuator mechanism carried on the movable panel, the actuator mechanism including a lever;
a ratcheted rack comprising a plurality of teeth, the ratcheted rack attached to the inward facing track; and
wherein the actuator mechanism lockingly engages at least one of the teeth when the lever is rotated to a lever closed position and the actuator mechanism disengages the at least one of the teeth when the lever is moved to a lever open position.

US Pat. No. 10,890,015

ELECTRONIC LOCK STATE DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Knox Associates, Inc., P...

1. A method for detecting a lock state of an electronic lock, the method comprising:in an electronic key comprising:
a housing;
a power source disposed within the housing;
a partial capacitor comprising a first capacitive metal plate, the first capacitive metal plate of the partial capacitor configured to form a capacitor with a corresponding second capacitive metal plate of an electronic lock when brought into proximity with the second capacitive metal plate of the electronic lock; and
a processor in communication with the power source and with the partial capacitor, the processor programmed to transfer data signals to an electronic lock through the first capacitive metal plate to the second capacitive metal plate in the electronic lock,
the method comprising:
mating the electronic key with the electronic lock;
transmitting an unlock signal from the electronic key to the electronic lock;
receiving, at the electronic key, a confirmation signal from the electronic lock, the confirmation signal indicating that the electronic lock has unlocked;
recording, in a memory device of the electronic key, a first time at which the electronic lock has unlocked;
transmitting a first heartbeat signal from the electronic key to the electronic lock;
receiving, at the electronic key, a first response to the first heartbeat signal from the electronic lock;
determining, by virtue of receiving the first response, that the electronic lock is still unlocked;
transmitting one or more second heartbeat signals from the electronic key to the electronic lock;
determining, after not receiving a second response to the one or more second heartbeat signals, that the electronic lock has relocked;
recording, in a memory device of the electronic key, a second time at which the electronic lock has relocked; and
outputting from the electronic key the first time at which the electronic key has unlocked and the second time at which the electronic key has relocked.

US Pat. No. 10,890,014

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR

AXTUATOR OY, Oulu (FI)

1. A system comprising:a magnetic actuator comprising a semi-hard magnet, a hard magnet, and an axle, wherein the magnetic actuator is configured to position a notch of the axle in place for the hard magnet to enter the notch;
a processor; and
a memory storing a program, which, when executed on the processor, performs an operation, the operation comprising:
receiving an input from a user interface;
authenticating the input received from the user interface;
controlling a power source to power a magnetization coil to change magnetization polarization of the semi-hard magnet, in response to successful identification of a user, wherein identification information for the user is stored in a database; and
inducing mechanical movement of the hard magnet based on the magnetization of the semi-hard magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,890,013

CABLE LOCK WITH DUAL UNLOCKING MECHANISM

THE SUNLOCK COMPANY, LTD....

1. A lock operable in a locked mode and in an unlocked mode, comprising:a lock body having a first end and an opposing end;
a fixed cam having a fixed cam slot, the fixed cam located near the first end of the lock body;
a shaft comprising a shaft body and a top portion adjacent to the first end of the lock body, the top portion having a shaft slot;
a first unlocking mechanism operatively coupled to the shaft;
a second unlocking mechanism operatively coupled to the fixed cam; and
a cable comprising a first cable end and a second cable end, the first cable end having a first end neck removably engaged with the shaft slot, the second cable end having a second end neck removably engaged with the fixed cam slot of the fixed cam, wherein the first unlocking mechanism comprises a stack of clutches and a plurality of dials, each dial associated with a different one of the clutches, and wherein the shaft further comprises a plurality of shaft protrusions on the shaft body, each shaft protrusion associated with one of the clutches, and wherein the second unlocking mechanism comprises a blocking plate positioned in relationship to the fixed cam, the blocking plate locatable at a first plate position to prevent the second end neck from disengaging from the fixed cam slot, and a second plate position to allow the second end neck to remove from the fixed cam slot;
wherein the lock body comprises:
a plurality of dial slots dimensioned to receive the dials, and
a body channel dimensioned to receive the stack of clutches and the shaft, and wherein each of the clutches has an extended fin on an outer surface of the clutch and an inner ring extended inward from an inner surface of the clutch, the inner ring having an opening gap made thereon, the opening gap dimensioned to receive the associated shaft protrusion, the inner ring having a lower surface, and an upper surface facing the first end of the lock body, and wherein each of the dials has a plurality of teeth dimensioned to receive the extended fin of the associated clutch, wherein when
the lock is operated in the locked mode, the blocking plate is located at the first plate position; and each of the shaft protrusions is located below the lower surface of the inner ring of the associated clutch, and the opening gap of at least one of the clutches is misaligned with the associated shaft protrusion, preventing the shaft from moving upward relative to the lock body, and when
the lock is caused to change from the locked mode to the unlocked mode by the first unlocking mechanism, the opening gap of each of the clutches is aligned with the associated shaft protrusion, allowing the shaft to move upward to release the first end neck of the first cable end from the lock body, and when
the lock is caused to change from the locked mode to the unlocked mode by the second unlocking mechanism, the block plate is caused to move from the first plate position to the second plate position.

US Pat. No. 10,890,012

LOCK AND KEY THEREFOR

Integrated Lock Systems A...

1. A lock cylinder comprising:a barrel having a locking cam pivotally mounted therein, the locking cam including at least one recess on an outer periphery thereof, and an opening or a hole through which a mounting pin extends such that the locking cam pivots about the mounting pin;
a lock housing including a housing recess formed on an inner wall of the lock housing;
a bearing that bears upon the locking cam; and
a locking member that, in a locking position, is positioned at least partly in the housing recess formed on the inner wall of the lock housing;
wherein the at least one recess on the locking cam including a first recess on the locking cam, the first recess being sized to enable the locking member to move out of the housing recess;
wherein the barrel having a key slot for receiving a key, the key including a projection, the bearing being configured for contacting with the projection of the key to thereby cause the locking cam to rotate to bring the first recess on the locking cam adjacent to or into alignment with the locking member such that the locking member moves out of the housing recess and into the first recess of the locking cam to thereby enable rotation of the barrel in the lock housing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,011

CYLINDER LOCK AND KEY SYSTEM

ASSA ABLOY OPENING SOLUTI...

1. A cylinder lock and key system including,cylinder locks of the kind comprising
a housing having a cylindrical bore; and
a cylindrical plug which is rotatably journaled in the housing about a rotational axis and which exhibits a front end and a keyway which extends axially from an entrance opening at the front end; and
keys of the kind comprising
a key bow; and
a key blade which is insertable in a forward direction to a fully inserted position in the keyway of corresponding locks and rotatable about the rotational axis when inserted;
wherein the keys are provided with a code and the plugs are provided with code sensing members for detecting the code of an inserted key;
wherein the plugs and keys are provided with cooperating stop surfaces for defining the fully inserted position of the keys in the keyways, which cooperating stop surfaces comprise
at least two first stop surfaces arranged at each key, each first stop surface facing forward in the insertion direction and being positioned at a selected one of a predetermined number of selectable axial positions (a, b), and
at least two second stop surfaces arranged at the front end of each plug, each second stop surface facing forward relative to the plug and being positioned at a selected one of the predetermined number of selectable axial positions (A, B); and
wherein the first and second stop surfaces are arranged such that at least one first stop surface is in contact with a corresponding second stop surface when a correct key is fully inserted in the keyway of a corresponding lock,
the code exhibits a code cut angle ? and code surfaces which are radially separated by an integer multiple of a code surface pitch, p, and in that
the selectable axial positions for the first and second stop surfaces are axially separated by a stop separation distance x, wherein x?0.5*p*tan ?.

US Pat. No. 10,890,010

THREE-FOLD VEHICLE TOP TENT

1. A three-fold vehicle top tent, comprising:a fixing bed board, wherein a back surface of the fixing bed board is provided with a profile frame connected to a top of a vehicle;
a first folding bed board, hinged with a limited rotation on a side of the fixing bed board, wherein the first folding bed board is capable of being rotated to be flush with the fixing bed board, or be folded on the fixing bed board;
a second folding bed board, hinged with a limited rotation on another side of the fixing bed board, wherein the second folding bed board is capable of being rotated to be flush with the fixing bed board, or be folded on the fixing bed board, when the second folding bed board is folded, the second folding bed board is layered on the first folding bed board and is fixed via a fastening component, a back of the second folding bed board is provided with a mounting rack; and
a tent component, wherein the three-fold vehicle top tent is formed after the tent component is set up;
wherein front surfaces of the first and the second folding bed board are provided with a supporting post, respectively, when the first and the second folding bed board are folded, the supporting posts abut on the adjacent bed board.

US Pat. No. 10,890,009

MODULAR CRYPT AND MODULAR CRYPT SYSTEM WITH NICHE SIDE WALL

Matthews International Co...

1. A modular crypt structure comprising:a first frame comprising a first side, a second side, and a first end transverse to the first side and the second side;
one or more module inserts positioned within the first frame, each module insert comprising a plurality of walls defining a chamber having at least one open end, wherein the chamber is adapted to receive non-cremated, full body remains;
a closure panel, the closure panel being attached to the first end of the first frame adjacent to the at least one open end of said chamber; and
one or more niche inserts positioned within the first frame, each niche insert defining a niche insert open end and a plurality of niches adapted to receive cremated remains.

US Pat. No. 10,890,008

POOL CLEANING ROBOT WITH BYPASS MECHANISM

MAYTRONICS LTD., Kibbutz...

1. A pool cleaning robot comprising:a housing comprising at least one inlet and an outlet;
a filtering unit for filtering fluid;
a bypass mechanism for bypassing the filtering unit; wherein the bypass mechanism is configured to be opened in response to at least one of (a) a suction level developed within an internal space of the pool cleaning robot, (b) an intensity of flow of fluid at a point within the pool cleaning robot, (c) a rotational speed of a hydraulic movement mechanism of the pool cleaning robot, or (d) a tilt angle of the pool cleaning robot; and
a fluid suction unit that is arranged to direct towards the outlet fluid that (a) passes through the at least one inlet and (b) passes through at least one of the filtering unit and the bypass mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,890,007

SWIMMING POOL LIGHT

9213-4550 QC inc., Quebe...

1. A light assembly for a swimming pool having a stair assembly and a water return duct comprising:a solar panel (46) for generating electricity, said solar panel being located exteriorly of said swimming pool;
a battery (52) electrically connected to said solar panel;
a low voltage light (36) mounted in said swimming pool;
electrical wires (68) extending between said battery (52) and said low voltage light (36) to supply power thereto, said batter and said low voltage light being mounted on one of said stair assembly and said water return duct, said solar panel being mounted on said stair assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,890,006

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MATCHING POOL STEP PATTERNS WITH LINER PATTERNS

1. A method of matching a pattern on a pool step with a pattern on a pool liner comprising:selecting a decorative pattern for a pool liner from a group of decorative patterns;
selecting a pool liner for installation into a swimming pool, wherein the pool liner has the decorative pattern thereon;
selecting a sheet of moldable material having an outside surface and an inside surface; wherein the sheet of moldable material is transparent;
applying the selected decorative pattern to the inside surface of the sheet of moldable material;
placing the sheet of moldable material on a pool step mold;
molding the sheet of moldable material with the pool step mold into a pool step;
installing the pool step into a swimming pool such that the decorative pattern is spaced a distance inwardly from the outside surface and is visible through the outside surface; and
installing the pool liner adjacent the pool step.

US Pat. No. 10,890,005

ALERT-ENABLED SKIMMER BASKET

1. A skimmer basket assembly, comprising:an outer perforated cylindrical basket;
an inner, vertically-translatable, circular platform supported on a spring mechanism above a bottom of the basket, having a magnetically-permeable ring proximate an outer periphery of the circular platform;
a guide tube affixed to an inner wall of the cylindrical basket, having a lowermost end of the guide tube positioned above an uppermost position of the circular platform; and
a flag assembly within the guide tube, the flag assembly comprising a central stem, a flag at an uppermost end of the stem, a magnetic tip at a lowermost end of the stem, and a float affixed to the stem at a position between the magnetic tip and the flag;
wherein, with the cylindrical basket placed in a skimmer housing, with water flowing through the housing and the cylindrical basket, and the circular platform at an uppermost position, the magnetic tip of the flag assembly contacts the magnetically permeable ring, and retains the flag assembly submerged in the guide tube, and wherein, with debris collected in the cylindrical basket, increased force from water passing through the basket compresses the spring mechanism, separating the magnetic tip from the magnetically-permeable ring, allowing the flag mechanism to float upward, as an alert that there is debris in the skimmer basket.

US Pat. No. 10,890,004

SURFACE GRAVITY WAVE GENERATOR AND WAVE POOL

Kelly Slater Wave Company...

1. A wave pool comprising:a pool for containing water, the pool having a bottom with a contour that slopes upward from a deep area toward a sill;
a track positioned in the pool substantially parallel to the sill;
a moving vehicle that moves on the track;
at least one foil coupled with the moving vehicle and at least partially submerged in the water of the pool, each of the at least one foil having a curvilinear cross-sectional geometry that includes a leading surface that is concave about a vertical axis to provide drag and being adapted for movement by a moving mechanism in a direction along the track for generating at least one wave in the water near the sill, and a trailing surface that narrows from a maximum width of the foil adjacent the leading surface to a point at an end of the foil, the trailing surface to decrease the drag of the foil and to minimize oscillatory waves that trail the primary wave from the water moving past the leading surface of the foil; and
one or more immovable passive flow control mechanisms positioned in the pool proximate the sill and formed to counter a mean flow of the water induced by the movement of the at least one foil in the direction along the track to mitigate the mean flow of the water in the pool.

US Pat. No. 10,890,003

LINER REMOVAL APPARATUS

International Chimney Cor...

1. A chimney liner removal apparatus, comprising:a main chassis;
a first telescoping front arm fixedly connected to the main chassis and comprising a first hollow member and a first extendible member within the first hollow member;
a second telescoping front arm fixedly connected to the main chassis and comprising a second hollow member and a second extendible member within the second hollow member;
a rear telescoping arm fixedly connected to the main chassis and comprising a third hollow member and a third extendible member within the third hollow member;
a movable balance mass arranged on the third hollow member; and,
an extendible excavator assembly pivotally connected to the main chassis opposite the rear telescoping arm.

US Pat. No. 10,890,002

BINDING MACHINE

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A binding machine comprising:a feeding unit configured to feed a wire and pull back the wire after winding the wire around an object to be bound;
a binding unit which includes a gripping part configured to grip the wire wound around the object to be bound, a twisting motor and a rotary shaft configured to rotate the gripping part with the rotary shaft rotating about a rotary shaft axis, wherein the gripping part is configured to grip the wire wound around the object with the feeding unit and the twisting motor is configured to twist the wire;
a feeding motor configured to rotatively drive the feeding unit;
a binding machine main body configured to accommodate therein the binding unit and the feeding motor, wherein the binding machine main body includes a front side at which the object is bound and a rear side at an opposite end; and
a handle part which is provided with a trigger to be pressed by an operator and which extends from the binding machine main body in a direction intersecting with the rotary shaft of the binding unit;
wherein the feeding motor is arranged such that when viewed from a side direction, which is perpendicular to the rotary shaft axis with the binding machine oriented such that the handle part extends downwardly, the feeding motor overlaps with the binding unit such that the feeding motor is in front of or behind the binding unit in said side direction, and
wherein the trigger is positioned closer to the rear side of the binding machine main body than the feeding motor, and the twisting motor is positioned closer to the rear side of the binding machine main body than the trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,890,001

FORMWORK PANEL FOR CONCRETE-WORK SHUTTERINGS

Polytech GmbH, Bozen (IT...

1. A formwork panel having a length, a width, and a thickness, comprising:a supporting structure comprising a plastic material, the supporting structure having:
a first face side and a second face side, wherein the second face side is disposed opposite the first face side;
a first peripheral wall, a second peripheral wall, a third peripheral wall, and a fourth peripheral wall, each said peripheral wall extending in a thickness direction between the first face side and the second face side, and wherein the first, second, third, and fourth peripheral walls form a periphery of the supporting structure;
a plurality of first intermediate walls, spaced apart from one another and extending between the first peripheral wall and the second peripheral wall, and each said first intermediate wall extending in the thickness direction, and wherein at least one of said first intermediate walls has a double wall configuration defined by a pair of first side wall portions spaced apart from one another, and a material portion extending between the first side wall portions at the second face side, wherein the material portion closes the double wall configuration at the second face side, and the double wall configuration is open at the first face side;
a plurality of second intermediate walls, spaced apart from one another and extending between the third peripheral wall and the fourth peripheral wall, and each said second intermediate wall extending in the thickness direction;
wherein the plurality of first intermediate walls intersects with the plurality of second intermediate walls, thereby defining openings disposed between adjacent first intermediate walls and adjacent second intermediate walls, which openings extend between the first face side and the second face side; and
at least one formwork skin comprising a plastic material, the formwork skin having a front side surface and a rear side surface, which rear side surface is opposite the front side surface, wherein the formwork skin is releasably attached to the supporting structure, with the formwork skin rear side surface facing the supporting structure first face side.

US Pat. No. 10,890,000

FLOOR OPENING SAFETY SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A floor opening safety system comprising:a contact pad positioned in a floor opening adjacent a first floor panel, the contact pad being configured to contact a second floor panel positioned over the floor opening adjacent the first floor panel;
a flagpole operatively connected by a pivot connection to the first floor panel, the flagpole having a distal end and a proximal end, the flagpole being rotatable about the pivot connection between a first position of the flagpole in which the flagpole is oriented horizontally relative to the first floor panel and a second position of the flagpole in which the flagpole is oriented vertically relative to the first floor panel and the distal end of the flagpole is positioned above the first floor panel where the distal end of the flagpole provides a visual indication of the floor opening adjacent the first floor panel;
the flagpole being rotated about the pivot connection to the first position of the flagpole oriented horizontally relative to the first floor panel in response to the second floor panel being positioned over the floor opening and engaging with the contact pad; and,
the flagpole being rotated about the pivot connection to the second position of the flagpole in response to the second floor panel being removed from over the floor opening and disengaging from the contact pad.

US Pat. No. 10,889,999

METHOD FOR APPLYING GRAPHIC PRODUCT TO HARDWOOD FLOOR

GameTime Wraps, L.L.C., ...

1. A method for installing a graphic design on a flooring surface, the method comprising the steps of:a. prepping the flooring surface to provide a raw surface;
b. applying a first coat of a sealer to the raw surface;
c. drying the first coat of the sealer to create a first sealed surface;
d. applying a second coat of the sealer to the first sealed surface;
e. drying the second coat of the sealer to create a second sealed surface;
f. abrading the second sealed surface with an abrasive pad to create an abraded second sealed surface;
g. applying a vinyl decal comprising the graphic design on a first portion of the abraded second sealed surface, wherein the first portion of the abraded second sealed surface corresponds to an area of the abraded second seal surface to be covered by an entirety of the vinyl decal;
h. applying a third coat of the sealer to the first portion of the abraded second sealed surface and to a second portion of the abraded second sealed surface, wherein the second portion of the second sealed surface corresponds to all areas of the abraded second sealed surface not covered by the vinyl decal thereby applying the third coat of sealer both on the entirety of the vinyl decal and beyond a border of the entirety of the vinyl decal;
i. drying the third coat of the sealer to create a third sealed surface covering the entirety of the vinyl decal and an area beyond the border of the entirety of the vinyl decal;
j. abrading the third sealed surface with an abrasive pad;
k. applying a first coat of a finish to the abraded third sealed surface thereby covering the entirety of the vinyl decal and an area beyond the border of the entirety of the vinyl decal with the first coat of the finish; and
l. drying the first coat of the finish.

US Pat. No. 10,889,998

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. Panel, wherein said panel is selected from the list consisting of a floor panel, a wall panel and a ceiling panel, said panel comprising:a substrate having a top side and a bottom side; said substrate comprising a mineral board and having a density of at least 450 kilograms per cubic meter; and
a top layer provided on said substrate; said top layer comprising a print and a translucent or transparent layer based on synthetic material provided over said print;
wherein said substrate at least at two opposite edges includes mechanical coupling means consisting of milled profiles, which, for at least 70 percent of their circumference are provided in said mineral board;
wherein said panel has a minimum thickness of 5 mm, and the translucent or transparent layer has a thickness of 0.25 to 0.7 mm generally corresponding to at least 25 percent of an overall thickness of the top layer;
wherein said mechanical coupling means offer a locking in horizontal direction perpendicular to the coupled edges and in the plane of the coupled floor panels, as well as in vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of coupled panels, and wherein said mechanical coupling means are performed substantially as a tongue and a groove having locking parts, said groove being flanked by an upper lip and a lower lip, wherein said lower lip in a coupled condition of two such panels is bent;
wherein said substrate comprises a first glass fiber layer for increasing the bending stiffness of the substrate, said first glass fiber layer being embedded in the mineral board proximate to the bottom side and extending in said lower lip.

US Pat. No. 10,889,997

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

14. A floor panel comprising a substrate and coupling parts on a pair of opposite edges allowing to couple two of such floor panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one floor panel with respect to the other, wherein the coupling parts include a first locking system configured to effect a locking in a direction perpendicular to a plane of coupled floor panels and a second locking system configured to effect a locking in a direction perpendicular to coupled edges and in the plane of coupled floor panels;wherein the coupling parts substantially are formed of the material of the substrate and are realized in one piece with the substrate;
wherein the second locking system includes a downward-directed upper hook-shaped part situated on one of the edges and an upward-directed lower hook-shaped part situated on the other edge, the hook-shaped parts being engageable behind each other by means of the downward movement;
wherein the upper hook-shaped part includes a lip with a downward-directed locking element and the lower hook-shaped part includes a lip with an upward-directed locking element;
wherein the first locking system comprises locking parts situated at the distal extremity of the upper hook-shaped part and at the proximal extremity of the lower hook-shaped part respectively;
wherein the lip of the upper hook-shaped part has an underside including a first surface and a second, more inwardly and lower situated second surface;
wherein the upward-directed locking element has an upper side running inclinedly downward in a direction towards the distal extremity of the lower hook-shaped part;
wherein the lip of the lower hook-shaped part has an incision on a lower side of the lip extending inwardly from the distal extremity of the lower hook-shaped part but not extending further inwardly than the location of the locking part at the proximal extremity of the lower hook-shaped part, and
wherein the incision has an upper side that is situated substantially parallel to the plane of coupled floor panels.

US Pat. No. 10,889,996

ENGINEERED FLOORING PRODUCT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

Core Innovations Limited,...

1. A method of manufacturing an engineered flooring product comprising a core layer, the core layer comprising a first hydrate compound comprising magnesium hydroxide and magnesium chloride, one or more second hydrate compounds each comprising magnesium hydroxide and magnesium sulfate, and one or more stabilizing agents, the method comprising:(a) mixing at least magnesium oxide, magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate, the one or more stabilizing agents, and water in a mixer, thereby forming a raw material slurry;
(b) spreading a first layer of the raw material slurry onto a cull plate;
(c) laying at least one sheet of stabilizing material on the first layer of the raw material slurry;
(d) spreading a second layer of the raw material slurry on the sheet of stabilizing material, thereby forming said core layer;
(e) curing said core layer;
(f) after said step (e), releasing said cured core layer from said cull plate;
(g) after said step (f), trimming said cured core layer released from said cull plate; and
(h) after said step (g), cooling said cured core layer released from said cull plate for at least about 24 hours at a temperature ranging from about 10° C.-30° C. to release internal stress within the cured core layer, thereby forming said engineered flooring product, said engineered flooring product having a thickness ranging from about 4 mm to about 20 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,889,995

TILED WALL ASSEMBLY

1. A wall assembly comprising a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a rear wall, whereina plurality of non-porous tiles are affixed to the first sidewall, the second sidewall, and the rear wall of the wall assembly, said wall assembly thereby comprising first sidewall tiles, second sidewall tiles, and rear wall tiles, each tile having upper and lower edges,
each first sidewall tile, second sidewall tile and rear wall tile is positioned such that a longest dimension of the tile extends in a horizontal direction across a full length of said first sidewall, said second sidewall or said rear wall respectively,
both upper and lower edges of the first sidewall tiles, second sidewall tiles and rear wall tiles comprise a chamfer optionally terminating short of a first end and a second end of the first sidewall tiles, second sidewall tiles, and rear wall tiles,
each rear wall tile comprising a dado located at each end of the rear wall tile that provides a hidden connection with the first sidewall tiles and second sidewall tiles, and the first sidewall tiles, second sidewall tiles and
the rear wall tiles are of a synthetic or natural material,
and wherein the wall assembly is free of grout between adjacent tiles.

US Pat. No. 10,889,994

STEP CLIP FASTENING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Barrette Outdoor Living, ...

1. A step clip fastening device, the step clip fastening device comprising:an elongated base strip having a first end and a second end, wherein a female locking part is attached to the first end and a male locking part is attached to the second end;
a plurality of step clip sets extending substantially perpendicularly upwards from the base strip, wherein each of the step clip set comprising at least two step clips arranged in a back-to-back configuration, wherein a step clip is attached at each of the first end and the second end of the base strip;
an anchor protruded at a center of each of the step clip; and
one or more tabs extending substantially perpendicularly downwards from the base strip between two corresponding step clips facing each other.

US Pat. No. 10,889,993

RETRACTABLE STAIRCASE

1. A retractable staircase comprising:a first side stringer and a second, substantially parallel, side stringer connected by a plurality of steps, the first side stringer being fixedly attachable to a wall and the second side stringer being pivotally movable about the first side stringer between an extended position, where the steps lie substantially horizontally between the stringers, and a retracted position where the steps lie substantially vertically between the stringers,
wherein each side stringer comprises a plurality of discrete modular sections, wherein the modular sections are detachably connected to one another such that a height and length of each side stringer is configured to be varied to enable selecting a desired length of the staircase.

US Pat. No. 10,889,992

ROOF HEADWALL AND SLOPED WALL FLASHING WITH LEDGE

Roofers Advantage Product...

1. Headwall flashing comprising:a base portion configured to rest flatly against a roof surface along substantially an entire bottom surface thereof following installation on a building envelope;
a wall portion extending directly from said base portion wherein said wall portion is configured to abut and be secured to a wall, prior to the installation of siding thereon, following installation on the building envelope;
a closed hem integrated into said wall portion and extending away from said wall portion, forming a ledge; and
an upper wall portion extending vertically from said closed hem integrated into said wall portion and configured to abut and be secured to a wall following installation on the building envelope,
wherein said closed hem integrated into said wall portion is downwardly-angled relative to said wall portion and said upper wall portion and substantially parallel with said base portion, forming an acute angle with said wall portion and an obtuse angle with said upper wall portion, and
wherein the angle between said base portion and said wall portion is obtuse.

US Pat. No. 10,889,991

RAKE GUTTER, GUTTER CUTTING EDGE, AND GUTTER AND SHINGLE

Roofers Advantage Product...

1. A drip edge, the drip edge comprising:a nail flange; and
a gutter extending from said nail flange, wherein said gutter is configured to extend below a rake edge of a roof when the nail flange is fixed to a portion of a roof substrate adjacent the rake edge,
a top section connected to an outermost, top edge of the gutter and extending towards said nail flange, the top section comprising a cutting guide configured to allow an installer to run a cutting device along to cut roofing shingles to a predetermined length and a extension extending from the cutting guide toward the nail flange on the side of the cutting guide closest the nail flange;
wherein at least a portion of said nail flange is planar,
wherein at least a portion of said top section is planar,
wherein said planar portion of said top section is parallel to said planar portion of said nail flange,
wherein said cutting guide comprises a groove,
wherein said extension is configured to cover a portion of a shingle cut using the cutting guide and extending off of the edge of the roof and thereby help secure the shingle to the roof on which the drip edge is installed, and
wherein said drip edge is configured to be installed parallel and adjacent to a rake edge.

US Pat. No. 10,889,990

SKYLIGHT COVER WITH ADVANTAGEOUS TOPOGRAPHY

1. A skylight cover, comprising:a light transmitting body defining a longitude and having an upward side and a downward side, the downward side defining a concavity, the upward side comprising:
a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being parallel to the second surface
a third surface and a fourth surface, the third surface being parallel to the fourth surface;
a fifth surface and a sixth surface, the fifth surface being parallel to the sixth surface;
a seventh surface and an eighth surface, the seventh surface being parallel to the eighth surface; and
a first corrugation; wherein none of the first, third, fifth, and seventh surfaces are parallel;
wherein the third surface is directly adjacent to the first surface and the fifth surface is directly adjacent to the first and third surfaces, and wherein the first corrugation resides traverse to the longitude of the body and the first corrugation bisects the seventh surface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,989

ROOF MONITORING SYSTEM

V2T IP, LLC, Charlotte, ...

1. A roof monitoring system comprising:a roof vent having a housing;
said housing having an upper dome connected to a lower dome by at least two hollow legs connecting an interior space of the upper dome to an interior space of the lower dome so that air is capable of move freely though out the housing;
said lower dome having an open bottom that is securable to a roof membrane via a flange that extends outward from a lower perimeter of the lower dome and allows air from under the roof membrane to enter the lower dome, travel through the at least two hollow legs and into the upper dome of the housing of the roof vent; and
at least one sensor located inside the housing in a position that allows air flowing through the housing to make direct contact with the at least one sensor; and
said at least one sensor capable of collecting data from air passing through the lower dome, at least two hollow legs, and the upper dome of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,889,988

CORROSION-PROTECTED TENSION MEMBER AND PLASTICALLY DEFORMABLE DISC OF CORROSION PROTECTION MATERIAL FOR SUCH A TENSION MEMBER

DYWIDAG-SYSTEMS INTERNATI...

1. A method for providing a corrosion-protected tension member, the method comprising:providing tension elements and an anchor device including an anchor element, at least one resiliently compressible sealing ring arranged on a side of the anchor element facing away from free ends of the tension elements after the tension elements have been passed through the anchor device, a support device arranged on a side of the at least one sealing ring facing away from the anchor element, and at least one plastically deformable disc made of an anti-corrosion material and arranged between the anchor element and the at least one sealing ring;
passing the tension elements through the anchor element, the at least one resiliently compressible sealing ring, the support device and the at least one plastically deformable disc while the tension member is in a first state in which the tension member is pre-assembled but not yet under tensile stress such that the anchor element is in contact with the tension elements to absorb tensile forces therefrom when the tension member is in a second state in which the tension member is fully assembled and stressed; and
exerting a tensile force on the tension elements in a longitudinal extension direction of the tension elements which compresses the sealing ring and the at least one plastically deformable disc resulting in the anti-corrosion material being pressed into gaps and cavities in the tension member,
wherein providing the tension elements and the anchor device further includes providing the at least one plastically deformable disc having no through-holes, and
passing the tension elements through the anchor element, the at least one resiliently compressible sealing ring, the support device and the at least one plastically deformable disc further includes penetrating the at least one plastically deformable disc resulting the tension elements being wetted with the anti-corrosion material on a surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,889,987

FELT BAFFLE WITH SNAP ENDS

3FORM, LLC, Salt Lake Ci...

1. A sound-dampening baffle and lighting apparatus, comprising:a structural frame that provides support for a sound-dampening outer layer and at least one light source;
the sound-dampening outer layer, which is disposed around at least a portion of the structural frame, the sound-dampening outer layer comprising sound-dampening material;
the at least one light source disposed on the structural frame, the light source being directionally switchable such that light emanating from the light source points upward, downward or both; and
a diffuser, wherein the diffuser is snap fit into the structural frame and held in place via one or more protruding nubs affixed to the structural frame that protrude into corresponding recesses in the diffuser.

US Pat. No. 10,889,986

CUPOLA BODY FABRICATED FROM EXTRUSIONS

PLYCO CORPORATION, Elkha...

1. A cupola body fabricated from extrusions, comprising:four side rails;
a bottom frame includes four bottom rails, a bottom of said four side rails are attached to a top of said bottom frame; and
a top frame includes four top rails, a top of said four side rails are attached to a bottom of said top frame, a plurality of horizontal outer ribs are formed on an outer surface of said top frame, each one of said plurality of horizontal outer ribs includes an outer sloped surface and an outer retention surface to form an outer saw tooth pattern; and
a cupola roof includes four cupola rails, a plurality of horizontal inner ribs are formed on an inside surface of said four cupola rails, each one of said plurality of horizontal inner ribs includes an inner sloped surface and an inner retention surface to form an inner saw tooth pattern, wherein said cupola roof is pushed on to said top frame, said plurality of inner retention surfaces engage said plurality of outer retention surfaces and retain said cupola roof relative to said cupola body.

US Pat. No. 10,889,985

DIVIDER ASSEMBLY

NAN YA PLASTICS CORPORATI...

1. A divider assembly for dividing a space into physically separated sub-spaces, comprising:a support structure for fixing a divider in an upstanding orientation thereby dividing said space in which said divider is placed, the support structure includes:
a body defining a main axis, the body includes first, second and third sides, the first and third sides extend at right angle to each other,
a first holder integrally formed with the first side of the body and includes a first groove for holding a first divider in an upstanding orientation,
a second holder integrally formed with the third side of the body and includes a second groove for holding a second divider in an upstanding orientation, the first and second grooves are arranged at right angle to one another,
a coupler, integrally formed on the second side of the body and extending away from the first and second holders, for direct interconnection with another said support structure, and
an auxiliary holder integrally formed with the body, the auxiliary holder is located between the first and third sides of the body and opposite to the second side of the body, the auxiliary holder extends into the body from the exterior of the body, the auxiliary holder is configured to provide a support in the body for a third divider that is then within the auxiliary holder, and the auxiliary holder is configured for holding the third divider in an upstanding orientation such that all of the dividers radiate from the body in respective directions away from the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,889,984

BUILDING ASSEMBLY

NewAge Products Inc., Va...

1. A building assembly comprising:a floor frame;
a roof spaced from said floor frame;
a plurality of walls extending between said floor frame and said roof and interconnected to define an interior and an exterior of said building assembly with at least one of said plurality of walls defining an opening and each of said plurality of walls including a plurality of panels with each panel defining a longitudinal axis and each panel having:
first and second ends;
opposing top and bottom surfaces; and
an upper notch formed through said top surface and an opposing lower notch formed through said bottom surface with each of said upper and lower notches spaced inwardly along said longitudinal axis from at least one of said first and second ends,
wherein said plurality of panels includes first and second panels and said lower notch of said first panel mates with said upper notch of said second panel to form an interlocking joint between said first and second panels to interconnect said first and second panels and form adjacent interconnected walls of said plurality of walls of said building assembly; and
a post extending between and coupled to said floor frame and said roof, said post enclosing a space defined by respective portions of said first and second panels extending outwardly from said interlocking joint with said post defining a corner of said exterior of said building assembly, said post further having a slot with said first and second ends of each of said first and second panels extending outwardly from said interlocking joint and received within said slot.

US Pat. No. 10,889,983

RECYCLABLE BUILIDNG BLOCK AND BUILDING SYSTEM USED FOR CONSTRUCTING BUILDING

SHENZHEN NEW TENON CO., L...

1. A building system for constructing a building, comprising:a first block, a corner block and a connection block interlocking with each other for constructing the building;
wherein, dimensional relations between the first block, the corner block and the connection block satisfies the following conditions:
Lco=L+W;
Wco=½L+W;
Lci=L;
Wci=½L;
Lcb=½L;
Wcb=W;
Wherein,
L is a length of the first block;
W is a width of the first block;
Lco is an outer length of the corner block;
Wco is an outer width of the corner block;
Lci is an inner length of the corner block;
Wci is an inner width of the corner block;
Lcb is a length of the connection block;
Wcb is a width of the connection block;
wherein, each of the first block, corner block and connection block includes a block body, a core embedded into the block body, and a waterproof layer disposed between the block body and the core, a thermal insulating layer disposed between the waterproof layer and the core, and a supporting member fixedly connected with the waterproof layer, wherein the supporting member is embedded in the block body.

US Pat. No. 10,889,982

TRANSLATION-ROTATION HYBRID VIBRATION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR BUILDINGS

Qingdao University of Tec...

1. A translation-rotation hybrid vibration control system for buildings, comprising a translation control unit and a rotation control unit;wherein the translation control unit is provided on an external building structure; and the rotation control unit is provided above the translation control unit;
the translation control unit comprises a fixed base, a first track plate, a first movable plate, a second track plate and a second movable plate;
a first main guide rail is provided on the first track plate; a first auxiliary guide rail and a third auxiliary guide rail are respectively provided at two sides of the first main guide rail; a second main guide rail is provided on the second track plate; and a second auxiliary guide rail and a fourth auxiliary guide rail are respectively provided at two sides of the second main guide rail;
a first slider is provided on a bottom surface of the first movable plate to cooperate with the first main guide rail; and a second slider is provided on a bottom surface of the second movable plate to cooperate with the second main guide rail;
the first track plate is provided on the fixed base; and the first track plate and the first movable plate cooperate with each other through the first slider;
the second track plate is fixed on the first movable plate; the second main guide rail is perpendicular to the first main guide rail; and the second track plate and the second movable plate cooperate with each other through the second slider;
the rotation control unit comprises a force-transfer base, a drive, a reducer, an output shaft, a rotary plate and a flange; and
the force-transfer base is fixed above the second movable plate; the drive is fixed on the force-transfer base; and the drive is a stepping motor or a servo motor; the reducer is fixed on the drive, and is connected to the output shaft; and the output shaft is connected to the rotary plate via the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,889,981

FOUNDATION WATERPROOFING AND INSULATION FORM SYSTEM AND METHOD

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A waterproofed concrete wall assembly, comprising:a vertical wall of hardened concrete, the wall having a first side and a second side; and
a plurality of boards, each of the plurality of boards comprising opposite first and second major surfaces and comprising perimeter edges between the major surfaces, and each of the plurality of boards comprising a polymer foam layer and a fibrous facer joined to the polymer foam layer;
wherein the first major surface of each of the plurality of boards is disposed in contact the first side of the vertical wall of hardened concrete;
and wherein at least some of the perimeter edges of the boards are shaped to overlap with shaped perimeter edges of one or more adjacent boards;
and wherein some of the concrete is infused into the fibrous facer, the fibrous facer having been present during pouring of the concrete.

US Pat. No. 10,889,980

METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A MULTI-STAGE BLOCK WALL

Dean Holding Corporation,...

1. A method for building a multistage wall comprising:a. providing:
i. a plurality of first blocks, each of the first blocks having first and second spaced apart side walls defining a hollow core therebetween and at least one groove is formed in a top surface of the first side wall of the first blocks;
ii. a plurality of second blocks, each of the second blocks having first and second spaced apart side walls defining a hollow core therebetween, the first blocks being taller than the second blocks; and
iii. a plurality of bridges to connect between first and second blocks, wherein each bridge has a bridge body and two ends, a first clip contiguous to one end of the bridge, the first clip being shaped to snugly fit onto the first side wall of one of the first blocks in the groove formed therein, a second clip contiguous to the other end of the bridge, the second clip being shaped to snugly fit onto the first side wall of the second block, wherein the second clip overlies a top surface of the first side wall of the second block;
b. positioning a portion of the plurality of first blocks to form a course of a first wall, the first side walls of each such block being on the same side of the first wall;
c. positioning a portion of the plurality of second blocks to form a course of a second wall such that the first side wall of each second block is facing the side of the first wall with the first side walls of each first block, the second blocks being spaced by a pre-determined distance from the first wall; and
d. placing the first clip of one of the plurality of bridges snugly into the groove of each first block and the second clip of each such bridge snugly onto the top surface of the first wall of the adjacent second block, the pre-determined distance being such as to enable the clips to be positioned in this manner, and wherein the combined height of first side wall of the second block and the second clip when in position on the first side wall of the second block matches the height of the first side wall of the corresponding first block.

US Pat. No. 10,889,979

HABITATION BLOCK AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMAL INSULATION

WERK eins GmbH, Wassenbe...

1. A method for producing a thermal insulation between a dry wall room wall of a cuboid interior space and an exterior wall that is parallel to the room wall,wherein the cuboid interior space has an edge length of at least 2 m respectively and the exterior wall is configured at the cuboid container which envelopes the interior space, the method comprising the steps:
initially attaching an interior surface of the dry wall room wall that is oriented towards the interior space at a core by a vacuum and positioning the interior surface together with the core parallel to the exterior wall before injecting a curing foam,
supporting an exterior surface of the exterior wall that is oriented towards an exterior ambient of the container by a support device perpendicular to the interior surface,
thereafter injecting the curing foam between the dry wall room wall and the exterior wall while the dry wall room wall is attached at the core by the vacuum and while the exterior surface of the exterior wall is supported by the support device, and
after curing the foam removing the core from the interior surface and removing the support device from the exterior surface, and
wherein the thermal insulation forms a substructure that stabilizes the dry wall.

US Pat. No. 10,889,978

METHOD OF CONNECTING AND INSTALLING A BUILDING MEMBER

Studco Australia Pty Ltd....

1. A method of connecting an elongate first building member to a pair of second building members separated by a distance, the method including the steps of:providing first and second brackets, wherein each of said first and second brackets includes: a) a respective back plate having opposing first and second side edges, wherein each said respective back plate is configured to fix a respective bracket to a respective second building member, and b) a respective side plate coterminous with a respective first side edge of said first and second brackets and extending orthogonally to said respective back plate, wherein said each said respective side plate includes a first elongated slot oriented perpendicularly to a second elongated slot;
fixing said first bracket to one of said second building members via said back plate of said first bracket and fixing said second bracket to the other one of said second building members via said back plate of said second bracket;
loosely connecting a first end of said first building member to said first bracket using said first elongated slot in said first bracket;
positioning and fitting a second end of the first building member to said second bracket using said second elongated slot in said second bracket;
adjusting the first building member relative to said pair of second building members to a desired position; and
securing the first building member to each of said first and second brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,889,977

BORDER SECURITY BARRIER

A.H. Beck Foundation Co. ...

14. A river border security barrier of modular construction comprising:a plurality of H-piles, each H-pile having a bottom end and a top end, the bottom end being embedded into a riverbed of a river and the top end extending generally vertically upward;
an open security grid comprising a pre-formed panel juxtaposed between and secured to two piles of said plurality of H-piles, the grid having a bottom end, a top end and a pair of sides, each side being secured within one of the two piles, the top end extending upwardly above a surface of the river and the bottom end extending downwardly below the surface of the river;
at least one pre-cast rigid wall panel having a first vertical edge and a second vertical edge, the panel being juxtaposed between and secured to the same two H-piles to which the open security grid is secured, the first vertical edge secured within one of the two H-piles and the second vertical edge secured within another of the two H-piles, said rigid wall panel being proximate to the top end of said open security grid and extending generally vertically upward therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,889,976

DRAIN CABLE DECOUPLER TOOLS

RIDGE TOOL COMPANY, Elyr...

1. A decoupler tool comprising:a handle;
a first pin extending from the handle;
a second pin extending from the handle;
wherein a distal end of the first pin is tapered;
a third pin extending from the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,975

DRAIN PIPE DEBRIS REMOVER AND RELATED METHODS

1. A method of removing hair from a drain comprising:obtaining a drill 1;
obtaining an apparatus for unclogging drains comprising:
a drill 1 attachment with a drill shank 2, a cap 3, a cam collar 4, a snap collar 5, a feed tip 6, a plastic tube 7, and a wire 8 coaxially positioned in the plastic tube 7;
wherein the apparatus for unclogging drains further comprises:
the drill shank 2 that is coaxially coupled to the cap 3, wherein the cap is defined by a threaded tip with three prongs 32;
the cam collar 4 with female threads 42 and a cam collar bore 43 with a protruding edge 41, wherein the threaded tip with three prongs 32 of the cap 3 is coaxially threaded into the cam collar 4;
the snap collar 5 that coaxially receives the cam collar bore 43, snaps over the protruding edge 41, and coaxially receives the feed tip 6, wherein the feed tip 6 has a recess 61 that allows it to snap into the snap collar 5 so that a feed tip bore 63 is presented at a distal end of the feed tip 6;
the tube 7 secured to the distal end of the feed tip 6 via an indentation; and,
wherein the wire 8 is inserted into tube, through the feed tip bore 63, into the feed tip 6, through the snap collar 5, through the cam collar bore 43, into the cam collar, into the threaded tip between the three prongs 32, and into the drill shank, wherein the wire 8 is secured into the prongs 32 of the cap 3 by screwing the cap 3 into the cam collar 4 to tighten the three prongs 32 around the wire 8 so that the wire 8 is allowed to spin within the tube 7;
wherein the wire is passed through the cam collar 4 and the feed tip 6, wherein the wire 8 is disposed within the tube 7 and protrudes from the tube 7;
attaching the drill 1 attachment to the drill 1 by inserting the drill shank 2 into a chuck of the drill 1;
inserting the portion of the wire 8 that extends from the plastic tube 7 into the clogged drain;
directing and feeding the plastic tube 7 and wire 8 through the clogged drain while the plastic tube 7 supports a portion of the wire 8 disposed therein;
turning on the drill 1 to cause a spinning wire 8 that has rotation;
confining the spinning wire 8 and the wire's rotation to a coaxial position within the tube 7;
allowing the portion of wire 8 that is disposed in the plastic tube 7 and secured by the prongs 32 of the cap 3 to spin within the plastic tube 7 while the portion of the wire 8 that protrudes from the plastic tube 7 spins freely;
grasping hair with the spinning wire 8;
removing the wire 8, plastic tube 7 and grasped hair out of the drain;
turning the cap 3 to loosen the prongs 32 from the wire 8; and,
removing the wire 8 from the plastic tube 7.

US Pat. No. 10,889,974

TOOL FOR CLEARING A CLOG

Core Pacific LLC, Housto...

1. A tool for clearing a clog, comprising:a tool shaft being comprised of an outer tube, an inner tube coaxially aligned within said outer tube, and a plurality of radial supports between said inner tube and said outer tube within said outer tube, said tool shaft having a distal end and a proximal end opposite said distal end;
a nozzle body mounted to said distal end of said tool shaft, said nozzle body being comprised of:
a nozzle connector being connected to said distal end of said tool shaft, being in fluid connection with said inner tube, and being comprised of a first material with a first hardness;
a sealing member being positioned around said nozzle connector and being comprised of a second material with a second hardness, said first hardness being greater than said second hardness, said sealing member having a diameter greater than said nozzle connector; and
a nozzle tip being comprised of a nozzle outlet 36 and a means for attaching to said nozzle connector, said sealing member being between said nozzle tip and said nozzle connector, said nozzle outlet being in fluid connection with said inner tube through said nozzle connector; and
a handle portion mounted to said proximal end of said tool shaft, said handle portion being comprised of:
a handle body being connected to said outer tube;
a plurality of handles extending outward from said handle body;
a handle chamber being positioned within said handle body and being in fluid connection with said inner tube;
a pin member being mounted within said handle chamber;
an air cartridge being positioned within said handle chamber and having a loaded position with said pin member puncturing said air cartridge so as to release air from said air cartridge to said handle chamber;
a button member connected to said handle chamber and having a sealed position and a released position relative to said inner tube, said handle chamber and said air cartridge,
wherein said button member is in said sealed position so as to close the fluid connection between said air cartridge and said inner tube, and
wherein said button member is in said released position so as to open the fluid connection between said air cartridge and said inner tube and so as to release air from said air cartridge in said handle chamber to said inner tube and through said nozzle outlet; and
a handle body cover being attached to said handle body opposite said proximal end of said tool shaft in a locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,973

SANITARY INSTALLATION ELEMENT

NEOPERL GMBH, Mullheim (...

1. A sanitary installation element (106), which is arranged in a water line, embodied as a jet regulator, comprising a body portion; a funnel-shaped filter sieve (14) having filter openings; a jet splitter (2), arranged downstream from the filter sieve (14), having a plurality of openings which divide an inflowing water flow into a multiplicity of individual jets, and having an admixing device (4) with at least one throttling or closing element (5), the at least one throttling or closing element (5) moves, under pressure of the inflowing water, from a first position to a second position counter to a restoring force, wherein under a first water pressure, the at least one throttling or closing element (5) is in the first position, providing a clear throughflow cross section defined by a central funnel opening (13) at a base portion of the funnel-shaped filter sieve, the funnel opening leading to a bypass duct (12) of the jet splitter thereby bypassing the filter openings and the jet splitter openings, and wherein under a second water pressure, greater than the first and greater than the restoring force, the at least one throttling or closing element (5) moves to a second closed position, closing off the clear throughflow cross section, thereby creating a flow path through the filter openings and the jet splitter openings, wherein the at least one throttling or closing element (5) is connected to a center portion of the jet splitter (2) and the sanitary installation element further comprises a flow straightener (3) which is positioned downstream of the jet splitter (2) and the bypass duct (12).

US Pat. No. 10,889,972

BRACKET FOR HAND SHOWER

PURITY (XIAMEN) SANITARY ...

1. A bracket for a hand shower, comprising:a pipe having a pipe body, an inlet opening and an outlet opening, the inlet opening being at one end of the pipe body, the outlet opening being at another end of the pipe body, the inlet opening and the outlet opening communicating with each other; and
a bracket assembly connected to the pipe body of the pipe, the bracket assembly comprising a main body and a flexible member, the main body comprising a first arm, a second arm, and a recess formed by the first arm and the second arm, both of the first arm and the second arm having a connected end and a pivoted end, the connected end of the first arm being connected to the connected end of the second arm, the pivoted end of the first arm being separated from the pivoted end of the second arm the flexible member comprising a girdle portion, a first pivoting portion and a second pivoting portion, one end of the girdle portion being connected to the first pivoting portion, another end of the girdle portion being connected to the second pivoting portion the first pivoting portion of the flexible member being pivotably connected to the pivoted end of the first arm, the second pivoting portion of the flexible member being pivotably connected to the pivoted end of the second arm;
when the hand shower is positioned on the bracket, one part of the hand shower being girdled by the girdle portion of the flexible member, the first pivoting portion and the second pivoting portion of the flexible member being pivoted toward the recess, thereby moving the hand shower toward the recess to girdle the hand shower by the bracket assembly;
when the hand shower is moved away from the bracket, the hand shower being moved away from the recess, thereby pivoting the first pivoting portion and the second pivoting portion of the flexible member away from the recess to not girdle the hand shower by the girdle portion of the flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,970

SINK TAP STRUCTURE MOVING UP AND DOWN THROUGH COOPERATIVE OPERATION WITH SHELF MOVING UP AND DOWN

1. A sink tap comprising:a cupboard;
a pair of shelf frames coupled a panel which, in turn, is coupled to a screw bar in the form of male/female screws in such a manner as to move up and down along rails attached to the inner surface of the cupboard by means of the rotation of the screw bar;
a first servo motor disposed inside a cupboard frame and coupled to the screw bar;
sliding members coupled directly to the pair of shelf frames, wherein the sliding members are movable up and down with the panel;
a first stage shelf coupled to the sliding members, wherein the first stage shelf is movable forward and backward relative to the pair of shelf frames by means of the sliding members, wherein the first stage shelf is movable up and down with the panel, and wherein the first stage shelf is movable to a position outside the cupboard;
a second stage shelf coupled directly to the pair of shelf frames and above the sliding members, wherein the second stage shelf is movable up and down with the panel;
an upper stage shelf coupled directly to the pair of shelf frames and above the second stage shelf, wherein the upper stage shelf is movable up and down with the panel;
a sink located below the cupboard;
a tap extending through a hole formed through the sink, wherein the tap is coupled to an elevating bar in such a manner as to move up and down relative to the sink by means of the up and down movements of the elevating bar; and
a second servo motor located under the sink, wherein the second servo motor includes a gear of a rotary shaft that moves up and down the elevating bar, and wherein the second servo motor automatically lowers the tap relative to the sink in response to the motion of the first stage shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,889,969

SINK AND FAUCET ASSEMBLY

Components Hardware Group...

1. A sink comprisinga tub;
a splash board connected to and extending upwardly from a rear of said tub, said splash board having a pair of openings therein;
a faucet assembly mounted on said splash board for delivering water into said tub, said faucet assembly including a body having a first inlet port for connection to a source of cold water, a second inlet port for connection to a source of hot water, a spigot in communication with said first inlet port and said second inlet port for delivering water therefrom, and a pair of connectors received in said openings of said splash board, each said connector having a nut threaded onto a respective inlet port for securing said respective inlet port to a respective source of hot water and cold water;
a housing removably mounted over said body to enclose said body therein with said spigot projecting therethrough; and
a gasket disposed in sealing relation between said housing and said splash board.

US Pat. No. 10,889,967

VACUUM BREAKER WITH BACK FLOW PREVENTER

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A dual purpose valve assembly, comprising:a conduit comprising a first port, a second port, and a third port;
a first valve configured to have a first open position and a first closed position with the first port, the first valve being configured to close the third port when it is in the first open position, and the first valve being configured to open the third port when it is in the first closed position;
a second valve configured to have a second open position and a second closed position with the second port, wherein the first valve comprises a flapper having a first arm, a second arm, and a fulcrum portion disposed between the first arm and the second arm, the flapper being hingedly coupled to the conduit between the first port and the third port.

US Pat. No. 10,889,966

DRAFTED TOOL BIT AND BLADE ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A tool bit for use with a blade assembly of a grading machine, the tool bit comprising:a shank portion defining a longitudinal axis; and
a working portion extending downwardly axially from the shank portion;
wherein the working portion includes a rear region, a front working region, a first side region and a second side region, and the first side region and the second side region define an angle of extension measured in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, forming a wider front working region than the rear region in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis; and
the front working region includes a first angled surface and a second angled surface forming a first included angle with the first angled surface projected along the longitudinal axis onto a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis ranging from 150 to less than 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,889,965

ARTICULATION SYSTEM FOR AN EARTHMOVING MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A hydraulic circuit for a pair of cylinders associated with an articulation system of an earthmoving machine, the hydraulic circuit comprising:a pump;
a reservoir;
a directional control valve fluidly coupled to the pump and the reservoir via a supply line and a fluid return line respectively, the directional control valve disposed in fluid communication with the pair of cylinders via a pair of cylinder supply lines, the cylinder supply lines having a pair of load check valves disposed therein; and
a pair of actuator valves disposed in fluid communication with the pump via a pilot supply line and the directional control valve, each actuator valve configured to selectively actuate movement of the directional control valve; and
an articulation charge circuit associated with the pilot supply line and the pair of cylinder supply lines downstream of the pair of load check valves, the articulation charge circuit having:
a pilot feed line branched-off from the pilot supply line at a point located downstream of the pair of actuator valves, the pilot feed line having an orifice disposed therein and configured to branch into a pair of pilot feed branch lines downstream of the orifice, the pair of pilot feed branch lines fluidly coupled with the pair of cylinder supply lines downstream of the pair of load check valves, wherein:
the pair of pilot feed branch lines are provided with a pair of check valves disposed therein such that each check valve operably charges a corresponding cylinder supply line downstream of the pair of load check valves with fluid from the pilot supply line, via the pilot feed line and the orifice, for increasing a pressure in the corresponding cylinder supply line downstream of the pair of load check valves when the pressure in the corresponding cylinder supply line falls below the pressure of fluid associated with the pilot feed branch line coupled thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,889,964

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A work machine comprising:a work device including a plurality of work members;
a single rod-type hydraulic cylinder that drives one of the plurality of work members;
a bottom-side line connected to a bottom chamber of the single rod-type hydraulic cylinder;
a rod-side line connected to a rod chamber of the single rod-type hydraulic cylinder;
a bidirectional-type first hydraulic pump of which a delivery port on one side is connected to the bottom-side line through a first control valve and a delivery port on another side is connected to the rod-side line through the first control valve;
a bidirectional-type second hydraulic pump of which a delivery port on one side is connected to the bottom-side line through a second control valve and a delivery port on another side is connected to the rod-side line through the second control valve;
an operation lever device having an operation lever for operating the single rod-type hydraulic cylinder to extend and contract;
a working fluid tank;
a flushing valve that is connected to the bottom-side line and the rod-side line, and that discharges a surplus flow rate of a lower-pressure side one of the bottom-side line and the rod-side line into the working fluid tank when a differential pressure between the bottom-side line and the rod-side line exceeds a predetermined pressure; and
a controller that controls opening/closing of the first and second control valves and controls tilting amounts of the first and second hydraulic pumps, wherein
the work machine further includes
a bottom pressure sensor that detects a pressure in the bottom chamber;
a rod pressure sensor that detects a pressure in the rod chamber;
a rod-side discharge line that connects a portion of the rod-side line between the rod chamber and the first control valve and the working fluid tank; and
a rod-side proportional valve provided in the rod-side discharge line, and
the controller is configured to, when the operation lever is operated to a side of extending the single rod-type hydraulic cylinder in a state in which the pressure in the rod chamber is higher than the pressure in the bottom chamber, open the rod-side proportional valve such that the differential pressure between the pressure in the rod chamber and the pressure in the bottom chamber is reduced below the predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,963

WORKING MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A working machine comprising:a hydraulic pump;
a first traveling device to be driven by a first traveling hydraulic actuator;
a second traveling device to be driven by a second traveling hydraulic actuator;
a first output tube to connect a first output port of the hydraulic pump to the first traveling hydraulic actuator;
a second output tube to connect a second output port of the hydraulic pump to the second traveling hydraulic actuator;
a first operation device to operate the first traveling device;
a second operation device to operate the second traveling device;
a correction mechanism to equalize a driving force of the first traveling hydraulic actuator and another driving force of the second traveling hydraulic actuator when the first operation device and the second operation device are operated each at same operation extents to perform a straight-traveling operation; and
a traveling bypass valve to be switched between:
a blocking position blocking, in the straight-traveling operation, supply of a pressured fluid between the first output tube and the second output tube;
a first switching position, in a right-turning operation, allowing the pressured fluid to flow from the second output tube to the first output tube and blocking the pressured fluid from flowing from the first output tube to the second output tube; and
a second switching position, in a left-turning operation, allowing the pressured fluid to flow from the first output tube to the second output tube and blocking the pressured fluid from flowing from the second output tube to the first output tube.

US Pat. No. 10,889,962

INTELLIGENT MECHANICAL LINKAGE PERFORMANCE SYSTEM

1. A work machine having an intelligent mechanical linkage performance system, the work machine comprising:a frame and a ground-engaging mechanism, the ground-engaging mechanism configured to support the frame on a surface;
a boom assembly coupled to the frame wherein the boom assembly comprises
a first section pivotally coupled to the frame and moveable relative to the frame by a first actuator, a first boom position sensor coupled to the first section, and
a second section pivotally coupled to the first section and moveable relative to the first section by a second actuator, a second boom position sensor coupled to the second section;
a load measuring device coupled to the boom assembly, the load measuring device configured to generate a load signal indicative of a payload;
a pin coupled to the second section at a location distal from the first section, the pin having an envelope of movement throughout which the pin is moveable by the first section and the second section; and
a controller configured to receive a first position signal from the first boom position sensor, a second position signal from the second boom position sensor, and the load signal from the load measuring device,
wherein the controller is further configured to calculate a map of hydraulic capacities within the envelope of movement for one or more of the first and the second actuators based on the first position signal, the second position signal, and the load signal, and generate a movement envelope of movement of the pin through at least a portion of
the envelope based on the hydraulic capacities, the movement envelope being smaller than the envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,889,961

AUTOMATIC WALKING FOR A LOAD TRANSPORTING APPARATUS

ENTRO INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A control system for controlling a walking apparatus to move a load in a commanded travel direction, the control system comprising:a computer configured to:
store a reset height;
store a moving height;
perform reset operations that move support feet of the walking apparatus vertically and away from a base surface to the stored reset height and move the support feet horizontally while raised above the base surface;
perform moving operations that move the load vertically and away from the base surface to the stored moving height and move the load horizontally in the commanded travel direction while raised above the base surface; and
repeat the reset operations at the stored reset height and repeat the moving operations at the stored moving height.

US Pat. No. 10,889,960

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A mounting assembly for a blade of a motor grader, the mounting assembly comprising:a mounting bracket adapted to be mounted to a frame of the motor grader, the mounting bracket including a mounting channel, the mounting channel extending along a longitudinal axis of the mounting bracket;
an adjustment block disposed in the mounting channel, the adjustment block including:
a mounting groove extending along a longitudinal axis of the adjustment block; and
at least one slot extending along a first lateral axis of the adjustment block, the at least one slot disposed spaced apart with respect to the mounting groove;
at least one retention plate disposed on the mounting bracket, the at least one retention plate adapted to engage with the at least one slot provided on the adjustment block, wherein the at least one retention plate is adapted to limit movement of the adjustment block along the longitudinal axis of the adjustment block; and
a wear element disposed in the mounting groove provided in the adjustment block, wherein the wear element is adapted to slidably receive a portion of the blade thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,889,959

ADAPTER BOARD BOLTED JOINT SURFACE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A blade assembly including a moldboard defining an upper moldboard free end and a lower moldboard free end, the lower moldboard free end defining a lower curved mounting surface for use with a grading machine, the blade assembly comprising:an adapter board defining an upper adapter board attachment portion, terminating in an upper adapter board free end, and a lower tool bit attachment portion, terminating in a lower adapter board free end,
wherein the upper adapter board attachment portion comprises a rear surface that defines a first peak surface and a second peak surface, the first peak surface and the second peak surface forming a first valley between the first peak and the second peak, and the upper adapter board contacts the lower curved mounting surface with the first peak surface being disposed adjacent the upper adapter board free end and the second peak surface being disposed adjacent the lower moldboard free end with the first valley being empty.

US Pat. No. 10,889,958

DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A display system for displaying image data of an environment of a machine, the display system comprising:an imaging device configured to:
generate image data of the environment of the machine;
store the image data in an uncompressed form; and
compress the image data, and generate signals containing the compressed image data;
a display screen communicably coupled to the imaging device, the display screen configured to:
receive the signals containing the compressed image data from the imaging device; and
display the compressed image data on the display screen;
wherein at least one of the imaging device and the display screen is configured to identify a region of interest in the image data of the environment of the machine;
wherein the imaging device is configured to transmit uncompressed image data for the identified region of interest to the display screen when the region of interest is identified by at least one of the imaging device and the display screen; and
wherein the display screen displays the uncompressed image data corresponding to the identified region of interest in an overlay manner on the compressed image data on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,889,957

TEMPORARY SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Osmose Utilities Services...

1. A temporary support structure comprising:a pile temporary support system comprising a plurality of piles, each of the plurality of piles comprising a base portion that is configured to be installed into the ground; and
a temporary tower support assembly comprising a beam support structure and a lifting system, the beam support structure being configured to be installed on top of and supported by the pile temporary support system and the lifting system being configured to (i) be installed on top of the beam support structure and (ii) attach to a portion of a transmission tower to transfer a load of the transmission tower to the beam support structure and onto the pile temporary support system.

US Pat. No. 10,889,956

SEA TUNNEL

1. A sea tunnel, comprising a body, wherein the body has a hollow cavity extending from one end to the other end, the cavity is divided into mutually independent first cavity and second cavity by a passage pavement, the first cavity is wholly or partly protruded out of a sea surface, the second cavity is immersed in the seawater, water holes are formed in the second cavity, the second cavity is communicated with the seawater through the water holes, and the bottom end of the body is connected with the seabed through anchor rods; andwherein an outer wall of a shell of the body has a bilayer solid structure, and the water holes simultaneously penetrate the bilayer solid structure and communicate the second cavity with the seawater.

US Pat. No. 10,889,955

CUTTING TOOL ADAPTER AND METHOD OF UNDERPINNING STRUCTURES USING CUTTING TOOL ADAPTER FOR SOIL MIXING

Schnabel Foundation Compa...

1. A method of underpinning an existing structure, comprising:creating an approach pit in an area adjacent to soil below the existing structure;
inserting a mechanical cutting tool into the approach pit, the mechanical cutting tool including at least a drum and plurality of cutting blades attached thereto;
rotating the mechanical cutting tool to a substantially horizontal position, rotating the mechanical cutting tool including rotating the drum and plurality of cutting blades;
cutting and dislodging soil below the existing structure by rotating the drum and plurality of cutting blades relative to a remaining portion of the cutting tool, wherein the cutting and dislodging soil further includes contacting a bottom surface of the existing structure with the cutting tool to remove soil in contact with the bottom surface of the existing structure;
introducing an additive to the soil below the existing structure;
using the mechanical cutting tool, mixing the soil and the additive in an area below the existing structure; and
allowing the mixed soil and additive to harden forming an underpinning structure below the existing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,954

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VIBRATING PILE DRIVER

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing Gmb...

1. A method for controlling a vibrating pile driver when driving a pile element (4) into a ground (6), wherein the vibrating pile driver includes a vibration unit (2) connected with the pile element (4) and is attached to a carrier machine (5, 1), the method comprising the following steps:detecting at least one first status parameter of the carrier machine (5, 1);
detecting at least one second status parameter of the vibration unit (2);
generating a statistical ground model based on the at least one first status parameter of the carrier machine (5, 1) and the at least one second status parameter of the vibration unit (2);
adapting individual operating parameters of the carrier machine (5, 1) and of the vibration unit (2) to the generated statistical ground model; and
optimizing energy consumption of the carrier machine (5, 1) with respect to an advance rate when driving the pile element (4), based on the adaptation of the individual operating parameters,
wherein the statistical ground model is stored and used for generating a further statistical ground model, and
the smaller the influence of the stored statistical ground model on the further statistical ground model, the greater a spatial distance between a location associated with the stored statistical ground model and a location associated with the further statistical ground model to be generated.

US Pat. No. 10,889,953

DRILL STAKE AND ACCESSORIES FOR CONCRETE FORM CONSTRUCTION

IDIZ Limited, Condon, OR...

1. A securing stake suitable for setting in compacted earth or gravel surfaces, comprising:a tubular steel body having a lower end, an upper end, and a plurality of fastener holes along its length, said plurality of fastener holes formed perpendicularly to an axis of the tubular steel body;
a concrete drill structure coupled to the lower end, said concrete drill structure having helical twisted flutes along its length and a plurality of tough cutters at its lower end;
a polygonal prism having a threaded hole therethrough coupled to the upper end, an axis of the threaded hole aligning with an axis of the tubular steel body; and
a threaded bolt having a head and a shank, said shank screwed into the threaded hole, wherein
the plurality of fastener holes are spaced apart along a length of the tubular steel body, at radially varying angles therethrough, between the polygonal prism and the concrete drill structure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,952

BAR SCREEN FILTER APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus for removing debris from channeled water, comprising:a) a bar screen assembly including:
i) a plurality of spaced apart, elongate bars arranged in a parallel relationship, each bar having an leading edge and a trailing edge;
ii) each bar having distal ends to which support clips are attached;
iii) each of said clips having a bar engaging portion and a cross member engaging portion, the cross member engaging portion being receivable by a complementally-shaped opening in an associated cross-member, said clips being operative to space the trailing edge of said bar a predetermined distance from associated cross members;
iv) clamping members for maintaining engagement of said bars with said associated cross members;
b) a continuous conveyor for carrying a plurality of rakes, each rake, including:
i) a plurality of spaced apart tines, the spacing of said tines related to the spacing of said plurality of bars such that said tines can fit between said bars as said rake is moved along said bars by said conveyor, thereby removing debris from said bar screen assembly;
ii) the tines of said rake having a length such that the tines span a distance between said leading edge and trailing edge of a bar so that tips of said rake tines extend to at least the trailing edge of an associated bar as said rake is moved along said plurality of bars.

US Pat. No. 10,889,951

STRUCTURE SUPPORTED CONTAINMENT DIKE

P.V. Flood Control Corp.,...

1. An apparatus for mitigating flood damage, the apparatus comprising:a first flexible containment tube configured to be filled with a first filling fluid;
a first rigid supporting structure disposed within an interior of the first flexible containment tube;
a second flexible containment tube configured to be filled with a second filling fluid;
a second rigid supporting structure disposed within an interior of the second flexible containment tube; and
a water-tight sleeve that spans at least a first end of the first flexible containment tube and a first end of the second flexible containment tube.

US Pat. No. 10,889,950

PORTABLE FLOOD BARRIER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

ENVIRONMENT SOLUTIONS APS...

1. A flood protection system comprising at least one elongated flexible tube arranged for containing a liquid, wherein the at least one elongated flexible tube comprises a number of position means, wherein at least two position means placed at different positions on the same elongated flexible tube are connected along a side of the same elongated flexible tube by fastening means, and wherein the same elongated flexible tube is placed in a desired position selected from the group consisting of a coiled position, a curved position, a U-shaped position, and a S-shaped position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,949

FLEXIBLE SNOWPLOW CUTTING EDGE

1. A snow plow cutting edge, comprising:at least one elongate backing plate coupled to a lower edge of a snow plow moldboard or to a cutting edge trip mechanism proximate the lower edge of the snow plow moldboard or integrally formed with the cutting edge trip mechanism or integrally formed with snow plow moldboard, the elongate backing plate having a long axis and the elongate backing plate presenting a plurality of biasing member engaging structures each of the plurality of biasing member engaging structures having a second long axis parallel to the long axis of the elongated backing plate;
a plurality of slide bars engageable to the elongate backing plate in slidable relation, the slide bars presenting a narrowed central portion located horizontally between two broader end portions and being arranged proximate one another along the long axis of the elongate backing plate and being slidable generally perpendicular to the long axis;
a plurality of replaceable cutting edge sections, each being operably engageable to the plurality of slide bars, the replaceable cutting edge sections being arranged proximate one another along the long axis of the elongate backing plate and being slidable generally perpendicular to the long axis, each of the replaceable cutting edge sections being removably operably attached to the plurality of slide bars and being located adjacent at least one of the other replaceable cutting edge sections; and
a plurality of biasing members compressibly engaged between the biasing member engaging structures and the narrowed central portion of the slide bars such that the replaceable cutting edge sections secured to the plurality of slide bars are biased generally perpendicular to the long axis toward a surface to be cleared of snow.

US Pat. No. 10,889,948

PLOW BLADE

Winter Equipment Company,...

1. A plow blade edge system, comprising;a plurality of wear bars mounted to a rear side of a plow blade section body;
a first channel extending below each of the plurality of wear bars and partially defined by the plow blade section body;
wherein each wear bar includes a weldment of carbide matrix along a bottom edge of the each wear bar and forming a first wear surface, the weldment of carbide matrix being retained in the first channel; and
the plow blade section body including a second channel formed in and extending along a bottom edge of the plow blade section body, the second channel being operative to receive at least one carbide insert and forming a second wear surface;
wherein a total surface area of the first wear surface exposed to an associated road surface is greater than a total surface area of the second wear surface exposed to the associated road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,947

THERMOPLASTIC PAVEMENT MARKING TAPES

1. A pavement marking tape comprising:a backing comprising an ionic copolymer and having a first major surface and an opposite second major surface, the backing having a thickness of at least 300 microns; and
an adhesive layer adjacent to the second major surface of the backing;wherein the pavement marking tape is heat-moldable and non-conformable.

US Pat. No. 10,889,946

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNTHETIC TURF INFILL REMOVAL DEVICE

1. A system for separating the infill from an area of synthetic turf:a first winch having a first cable, the first cable configured to be extended and retracted from the first winch;
a comb frame, the comb frame positioned rearward from the first winch; and
a pull bar, the pull bar positioned initially rearward from the comb frame, the pull bar configured to move over the comb frame, the pull bar removably connected to the first cable, the pull bar having one or more fasteners removably connected to an end of the area of synthetic turf;
wherein the comb frame has one or more agitating members configured to separate the infill from the area of synthetic turf when the first cable is retracted forward to the winch and the area of synthetic turf is pulled over the comb frame in an inverted position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,945

EMULSION HEATING CONTROL FOR A PAVING MACHINE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A paving machine, comprising:an engine;
a material conveying system;
a screed system including a plurality of screed heaters;
an emulsion sprayer system, the emulsion sprayer system including
an emulsion tank, and
one or more emulsion heaters
an engine load sensing system; and
a control system configured to:
receive information from the engine load sensing system to determine a load on the engine the received information includes a number of the plurality of screed heaters that are active and a number of the one or more emulsion heaters that are active, and
limit the operation of the one or more emulsion heaters or the number of the plurality of screed heaters that are active when the received information indicates the load on the engine is above a value.

US Pat. No. 10,889,944

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF COMPACTION SYSTEMS OF A PAVING MACHINE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A control system for controlling operation of a vibratory system and a tamper system of a paving machine, the control system comprising:a first input device operable to provide a first operating signal for operating the vibratory system according to a desired first operating speed;
a second input device operable to provide a second operating signal for operating the tamper system according to a desired second operation speed; and
a controller coupled in communication independently with each of the first and second input devices and the vibratory and tamper systems, the controller configured to:
receive the first operating signal and the second operating signal from corresponding ones of the first and second input devices,
compare the desired first operating speed and the desired second operating speed associated with the first operating signal and the second operating signal, respectively,
determine, based on the comparison, whether the desired first and second operating speeds lie within a pre-defined range from each other, and
modulate, when it is determined that the desired first and second operating speeds lie within the pre-defined range from each other, at least one of the first and second operating signals to operate the vibratory system according to a first operating speed and to operate the tamper system according to a second operating speed separated from one another by at least the pre-defined range such that undesirable harmonic oscillations are prevented in at least a screed of the vibratory system.

US Pat. No. 10,889,943

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A PAVING MACHINE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A method for operating a paving machine, the paving machine including a screed assembly, a washdown system for washing the paving machine and the screed assembly, and a ventilation system, the method comprising:receiving, by a controller, operational data associated with the paving machine,
the operational data including a machine speed of the paving machine, an operating mode of the paving machine, and a speed of an engine of the paving machine;
determining, by the controller, an operational state of the washdown system of the paving machine; and
controlling, by the controller, an operation state of the ventilation system based on the operational data associated with the paving machine and the operational state of the wash down system of the paving machine,
wherein said controlling the operational state of the ventilation system includes switching the operation state of the ventilation system, based on whether the speed of the engine is above a predetermined value, whether the operating mode of the paving machine is a maneuver mode or a paving mode, and whether the machine speed of the paving machine is less than or equal to a threshold value, and
wherein said controlling the operational state of the ventilation system includes automatically switching the operational state of the ventilation system to an OFF state, using the controller, responsive to the speed of the engine being above the predetermined value, the operating mode of the paving machine being one of the maneuver mode or the paving mode, and the machine speed of the paving machine being less than or equal to the threshold value.