US Pat. No. 10,113,687

TELEVISION SAFETY MOUNT

1. A device for preventing movement of a television and a dresser, the device comprising,a. at least one wall bracket, said wall bracket having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein said distal end of said wall bracket connects to a wall, and said proximal end of said wall bracket connects to the dresser;
b. at least one television bracket, said television bracket having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end of the television bracket connects to a television, and the proximal end of the television bracket connects to the dresser;
c. wherein said distal end of the wall bracket comprises a wall mount and means for connecting the distal end of the wall bracket to the wall, and wherein the proximal end of the wall bracket comprises a dresser mount and means for connecting the proximal end of the wall bracket to the dresser;
d. wherein said wall mount having a wall mounting plate comprises:
i. at least one traversing hole and a wall connection selected from a group consisting of at least one screw, key, pin, peg, rivet, cotter pin, nail, spike, bolt, stud, staple, boss, clamp, clip, dowel, stake, hook, anchor, tie, ring, band, crimp, wedge, adhesive, shackle of a padlock, and shank of a padlock; and
ii. at least one arm with a traversing hole and a wall bracket connection selected from a group consisting of at least one screw, key, pin, peg, rivet, cotter pin, nail, spike, bolt, stud, staple, boss, clamp, clip, dowel, stake, hook, anchor, tie, ring, band, crimp, wedge, adhesive, shackle of a padlock, and shank of a padlock;
e. wherein said dresser mount having a dresser mounting plate comprises:
i. at least one traversing hole and a dresser connection selected from a group consisting of at least one screw, key, pin, peg, rivet, cotter pin, nail, spike, bolt, stud, staple, boss, clamp, clip, dowel, stake, hook, anchor, tie, ring, band, crimp, wedge, adhesive, shackle of a padlock, and shank of a padlock; and
ii. at least one arm with a traversing hole and a bracket connection selected from a group consisting of at least one screw, key, pin, peg, rivet, cotter pin, nail, spike, bolt, stud, staple, boss, clamp, clip, dowel, stake, hook, anchor, tie, ring, band, crimp, wedge, adhesive, shackle of a padlock, and shank of a padlock;
f. wherein a dresser plate is used between the dresser mounting plate and the dresser for connecting the dresser mounting plate to the dresser.

US Pat. No. 10,113,686

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE FOOT ARRANGEMENT

Mettler-Toledo (Albstadt)...

1. A device for adjusting a relationship of a housing to a surface on which the housing stands, while protecting against inadvertent changes of an adjustment setting, the device comprising:a foot piece, arranged in a recess on a surface of the housing that faces the surface on which the housing stands, the foot piece having an internal thread that defines a displacement axis, the foot piece further having a cross-sectional profile, perpendicular to the displacement axis, that coacts with the recess to prevent rotation of the foot piece about the displacement axis;
a spindle with an external thread that cooperates with the internal thread of the foot piece;
a levelling wheel;
a snap connection that releasably connects the levelling wheel to an end of the spindle, limiting the spindle to co-rotation with the levelling wheel about the displacement axis; and
a top that covers the housing, and which, when installed, completely covers the levelling wheel, preventing rotation thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,685

DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel;
a back cover onto which the display panel is seated; and
a bending member, the bending member comprising:
a fixing member coupled to a back surface of the back cover to change curvatures of the display panel and the back cover;
a pair of holder members coupled to the back cover and spaced apart from the left and right sides of the fixing member;
a pair of support members respectively hinge-coupled to the pair of holder members such that one end of each of the pair of support members respectively supports left and right sides of the back cover; and
a sliding member slidably coupled to the fixing member to rotate the support members,
wherein the sliding member comprises a front inclined surface, the front inclined surface supporting the support members while sliding vertically,
wherein the front inclined surface of the sliding member is located on a top surface of the support member at a maximum vertical sliding position, and
wherein the front inclined surface of the sliding member is located directly between the support members and the fixing member at a vertical sliding position below the maximum vertical sliding position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,684

BRACKET FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTER OR TABLET COMPUTER

SHENZHEN XGEAR TECHNOLOGY...

1. A bracket for a notebook computer or a tablet computer, comprising:a first support rod comprising a guide rail;
a second support rod comprising another guide rail;
a third support rod defining a first groove; and
a fourth support rod defining a second groove;
wherein a front end of the first support rod is rotatably connected to the third support rod;
wherein a front end of the second support rod is rotatably connected to the fourth support rod;
wherein the third support rod is rotatably connected to a fifth support rod, one end of the fifth support rod is rotatably connected to the first groove of the third support rod, and the other end of the fifth support rod is rotatably connected to the guide rail of the first support rod;
wherein the fourth support rod is rotatably connected to a sixth support rod, one end of the sixth support rod is rotatably connected to the second groove of the fourth support rod, and the other end of the sixth support rod is rotatably connected to the guide rail of the second support rod;
wherein a first stopper clip is defined on the first support rod, or on the third support rod, or on a connecting shaft between the first support rod and the third support rod;
wherein a second stopper clip is defined on the second support rod, or on the fourth support rod, or on a connecting shaft between the second support rod and the fourth support rod;
wherein a first synchronization rod is connected between the first support rod and the second support rod, a second synchronization rod is connected between the first support rod and the second support rod;
wherein two ends of the first synchronization rod are rotatably connected to the first support rod and the second support rod, respectively;
wherein two ends of the second synchronization rod are rotatably connected to the first support rod and the second support rod, respectively; and
wherein the first synchronization rod and the second synchronization rod are rotatably coupled to each other, the intersection between the first synchronization rod and the second synchronization rod is in the middle of the first synchronization rod and is also in the middle of the second synchronization rod.

US Pat. No. 10,113,683

TRANSFER LINE FOR CRYOGENIC LIQUID

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. A transfer line for cryogenic liquid comprising:a first conduit through which cryogenic liquid flows;
a first insulation part surrounding the first conduit and having a multi-layered film structure in which film layers are spaced apart from each other;
a first protective shield formed with a predetermined thickness and a predetermined diameter to surround an exterior of the first insulation part;
a second conduit through which a coolant for cooling the first protective shield flows, the second conduit being in contact with the first protective shield;
a second insulation part surrounding the first protective shield and the second conduit and having a multi-layered film structure in which film layers are spaced apart from each other; and
a second protective shield formed with a predetermined thickness and a predetermined diameter to surround the exterior of the second insulation part,
wherein each of the first insulation part and the second insulation part comprises an insulation member including the multi-layered film structure, and
wherein the film layers are spirally wound and lengths of the film layers in a longitudinal direction of the first conduit are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,682

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THERMALLY INSULATING A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT

ARIANEGROUP SAS, Paris (...

1. A method of thermally insulating a piece of equipment, the method comprising:a) supplying at least one block of thermal insulation presenting a shape complementary to an outside face of a portion of said equipment;
b) making a first hole in said block of insulation presenting a first end opening out facing the outside face of said equipment and a second end opening out away from the outside face of said equipment;
c) placing said block of thermal insulation in a deformable cover made of a gastight material such that a wall of said first hole is covered by said gastight cover while leaving the first end and the second end of said first hole open, and the cover defines, at the second end, a first opening that communicates with the first hole and a second opening that communicates with the space situated between the insulating block and the cover;
d) fastening the block of insulation covered in the cover against the outside face of said portion of equipment by gastight and deformable connection means so that a space defined between the block of insulation and said portion of equipment presents a closed outline;
e) connecting the first opening and the second opening to suction means;
f) activating said suction means whereby an inside of the cover is partially evacuated and the cover is pressed against the block of insulation and against said portion of equipment; and
g) closing the first opening and the second opening of the cover in gastight manner.

US Pat. No. 10,113,681

PRESSURE COMPENSATED ENCLOSURES FOR SUBMERGED JOINTS

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A method of protecting a joint between a first structure and a second structure, the joint being submerged in water, the method comprising:disposing an enclosure over the joint to define a watertight enclosed space surrounding the joint, the enclosure including a flexible material that is exposed to the watertight enclosed space and is exposed to an outside pressure;
introducing a protective liquid within the watertight enclosed space through a sealable fill port on the flexible material in an amount sufficient to cover the joint; and
closing the sealable fill port;
wherein the flexible material can deflect to result in the pressure inside the watertight enclosed space being substantially equal to the outside pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,680

COVERING SPACER FOR PROTECTING THE INTERNAL SURFACE OF A PIPE JOINING ELEMENT

MPR S.R.L., Trento (IT)

1. A covering spacer suited to be interposed between two facing ends of two pipes connected to each other through a joining element, comprising:a first annular element having a first end, an opposing second end, and an external surface with a constant diameter extending therebetween;
a second annular element having a first end, an opposing second end, and an internal surface with a constant diameter extending therebetween; and
yielding connection points connecting the first end of said first annular element to the first end of said second annular element so that the second end of the first annular element and second end of the second annular element are disposed on opposing sides of the connection between the first ends of the first and second annular elements,
wherein the first and second annular elements are configured so that when the first end of the first annular element is pushed toward the second end of said second annular element with a pre-established minimum pressure, the yielding connection points break and the first end of the first annular element moves toward the second end of the second annular element so as to produce an interference coupling between the internal surface of the first annular element and the external surface of the second annular element;
wherein, at the level of its second end opposite said first end, said first annular element is provided with a first shoulder whose diameter is smaller than the diameter of said internal surface, said first shoulder being suited to be placed in contact with the end of a first one of said pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,113,679

FLUID LINER WEAR INDICATOR FOR SUCTION MANIFOLD OF RECIPROCATING PUMP ASSEMBLY

S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC....

1. A manifold through which a fluid is adapted to flow, the manifold comprising:an elongated member at least partially defining a fluid chamber through which the fluid is adapted to flow, a longitudinal axis, and an interior surface, the elongated member comprising: one or more inlets via which the fluid flows into the fluid chamber; and one or more outlets via which the fluid flows out of the fluid chamber;
a fluid liner disposed within the fluid chamber and adapted to dynamically respond to pressure fluctuations within the fluid chamber as the fluid flows therethrough, the fluid liner being subject to at least one of wear and erosion due to the flow of the fluid therethrough and the dynamic response of the fluid liner to the pressure fluctuations; and
a wear indicator positioned radially between the interior surface of the elongated member and the longitudinal axis, the wear indicator comprising a wear groove formed in the fluid liner and devoid of any component of the manifold;
wherein the wear indicator is adapted to indicate the degree to which the fluid liner has been subjected to the at least one of wear and erosion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,678

QUICK-COUPLING SLIDING JOINTS

Roberto Messana, Porcia,...

1. A sliding quick-coupling joint, comprising:a tubular coupling element having an elongated shape, in which an inner duct extends longitudinally, the inner duct forming:
a cylindrical chamber having a first diameter (D1), with one end open outwardly at one end of the coupling element;
an intermediate cylindrical section having a second diameter (D2) narrower than the first diameter (D1);
a central duct section;
an inner transverse shoulder surface which connects the intermediate cylindrical section to the central duct section; and
a transverse surface which connects the cylindrical chamber to the intermediate cylindrical section;
an annular movable shoulder slidingly received in the cylindrical chamber;
an annular locking element slidingly received in the cylindrical chamber and having radially protruding inner engagement portions defining together a diameter smaller than the second diameter (D2), the annular locking element being axially interposed between the transverse surface and the movable shoulder;
a closing element stably connectable to the end of the coupling tubular element, so as to occlude at least partly the end of the cylindrical chamber; and
a fluid sealing device received in the cylindrical chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,113,677

CONNECTING ENDPIECE OF A FLEXIBLE PIPE WITH A SPACING MEMBER, ASSOCIATED FLEXIBLE PIPE AND METHOD

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. A connection endpiece of a flexible pipe for conveying a fluid, the flexible pipe comprising at least one tubular sheath and at least one layer of tensile armors positioned externally with respect to the tubular sheath, the armor layer comprising a plurality of wire-shaped armor elements, the endpiece including:at least one end segment of each armor element,
an end vault and a cover attached on the end vault, the end vault and the cover delimiting between them a chamber for receiving the at least one end segment;
a material for filling the receiving chamber, in which the at least one end segment is embedded;
at least one spacing member positioned so as to internally bear upon the end segments of the armor elements of at least one armor layer, the at least one spacing member defining, on at least one end segment of an armor element of said armor layer, contact areas axially spaced apart along said end segment, the contact areas delimiting between them intermediate contact spaces between the filling material and the at least one end segment; and
the endpiece includes at least one external collar radially surrounding the end segments of the outmost armor layer, the external collar preventing contact between the cover and the end segments of the outmost armor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,676

CLIP FOR ADJUSTABLE PIPE FITTING

SDB IP Holdings, LLC, Ov...

1. A pipe connector comprising:a clip comprising a cross member having a first end and a second end and a leg extending from each of the first end and the second end of the cross member;
a first pipe fitting comprising a connecting portion having a circular cross-section and comprising a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending therebetween, the sidewall comprising two slots and two extension portions, each extension portion defining one of the two slots, each slot having at least one opening; and
a second pipe fitting comprising a connecting portion having a circular cross-section and comprising a first end, a second end, a sidewall extending therebetween, and a first circumferential groove in an outer diameter of the sidewall, wherein the sidewall of the second pipe fitting has an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the first pipe fitting and the connecting portion of the second pipe fitting is adapted to be inserted into the connecting portion of the first pipe fitting, and wherein the first circumferential groove in the connecting portion of the second pipe fitting aligns with the two slots in the first pipe fitting when the second pipe fitting is inserted into the first pipe fitting, and wherein the legs of the clip engage the first circumferential groove in the connecting portion of the second pipe fitting when the second pipe fitting is inserted into the first pipe fitting and the legs of the clip extend through the two slots, thereby allowing the first pipe fitting and the second pipe fitting to rotate with respect to one another,
wherein a width of the legs of the clip is greater than a depth of the first circumferential groove,
wherein the legs each comprise an arcuate portion, and wherein the arcuate portions engage the first circumferential groove.

US Pat. No. 10,113,675

DEVICE FOR CONNECTING TWO FLUID-CONDUCTING LINES

Eugen Forschner GMBH, Sp...

1. A device (1) for connecting two fluid-conducting lines (10, 20) having a first end and a second end, wherein the device (1) has a continuous drilled hole (2) that leads from one end of the device to the other end of the device for passing on the fluid,characterized in that the device (1) has two line receptacles (11, 21) lying opposite one another in the direction of a longitudinal axis (3), which line receptacles (11, 21) end at a distance (4) from one another within the device (1), wherein each of the line receptacles (11, 21) lying opposite one another is embodied in such a way that each line receptacle (11, 21) is provided with a first part (12, 22) through which the continuous drilled hole (2) leads, and a second part (13, 23) which surrounds the first part (12, 22), with the result that an annular space (14, 24) whose bottom (15, 25) defines the end of the respective line receptacle (11, 21) is formed between the first part (12, 22) and the second part (13, 23), and a first of the fluid-conducting lines (10, 20) is arranged in one of the line receptacles (11, 21) in such a way that the first of the fluid-conducting lines (10, 20) is arranged with an inner cross section (16, 26) in a seal-forming fashion against the first part (12, 22) of the device (1), and with an outer cross section (17, 27) in the annular space (14, 24) and is secured there and not contacting the second part, and a second of the fluid-conducting lines (10, 20) is arranged in the other of the line receptacles (11, 21) in such a way that it is arranged with an inner cross section (16, 26) in a seal-forming fashion against the first part (12, 22) of the device (1) and with an outer cross section (17, 27) in the annular space (14, 24) and is secured there and not contacting the second part, characterized in that the first of the fluid-conducting lines (10, 20) is designed for use in a relatively high temperature range T2, and in that each of the fluid-conducting lines (10, 20) is manufactured at least partially from a different material, wherein the two different lines (10,20) are connected in a sealed and compact fashion by a single component and a heating wire is wound around each fluid conducting line (10,20).

US Pat. No. 10,113,674

ASSEMBLY FOR PRODUCING A THREADED CONNECTION FOR DRILLING AND OPERATING HYDROCARBON WELLS, AND RESULTING THREADED CONNECTION

VALLOUREC OIL AND GAS FRA...

1. An assembly for producing a threaded connection, comprising:a first and a second tubular component with an axis of revolution and each respectively including at one of their ends at least a first continuous threaded zone following a first helix on an outer or inner circumferential surface of the component depending on whether the threaded end is male or female in type, and configured to cooperate together upon makeup,
the first threaded zones of the ends including a variable width dovetail thread profile viewed in longitudinal section passing through the axis, the ends respectively finishing in a terminal surface,
at least one of the ends including a lip provided between the threaded zone and the terminal surface, the lip carrying a sealing surface configured to cooperate in a sealing interference fit with a corresponding sealing surface disposed facing the other end when the connection is in the made up state,
wherein the lip is hollowed out by a groove adjoining the threaded zone and the sealing surface, the length of the groove being calculated as follows:

in which:
LFL is a value for pitch of load flanks;
SFL is a value for pitch of stabbing flanks;
TL is a threading length;
RLP is a reference position length;
n is a number of helixes in threading, wherein viewed in a longitudinal section passing through the axis of revolution, the groove includes an annular portion linked to the threaded zone via a first inclined portion and linked to the zone comprising the sealing surface via a second inclined portion, and wherein thickness of the groove is less than thickness of the lip by an amount of 0.2 to 2.5 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,673

REINFORCEMENT ELEMENT FOR AN UNBONDED FLEXIBLE PIPE

1. An elongate reinforcement element for reinforcing an unbonded flexible pipe, the reinforcement element comprises a plurality of elongate armor strips and an elongate support element comprising an elongate body, a channel defined by the elongate body, and an opening through a side of the elongate body that extends longitudinally along a side of the channel, wherein the plurality of elongate armor strips are arranged to be superimposed in the channel of the elongate support element, and wherein the plurality of superimposed elongate armor strips are displaceable in relation to each other upon bending of the elongate reinforcement element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,672

MULTILAYER TUBE HAVING A TUBULAR INNER FILM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND USE THEREOF

Jurgen Hartenstein, (DE)...

1. A method of using a multilayer tube for repairing a pipeline,said multilayer tube comprising a first layer of a tubular innermost film of synthetic polymer, and at least a further sheet layer, characterized in that the tubular innermost film forms a layer that is continuous in a lengthwise direction of the multilayer tube and consists of a modified polytetrafluoroethylene wherein the modified polytetrafluoroethylene has a melt flow index between 0.25 and 50 g/10 min, a strain at break of at least 10%, a crystallinity of 1 to 55%, and a proportion of comonomers of less than 1 weight % and less than 0.5 mol %, and the multilayer tube comprises at least a further fibrous sheet layer which is impregnated with a curable resin and a UV-light impermeable outer foil or film which is arranged on one said fibrous sheet layer,
said method comprising steps of:
locating the multilayer tube in a pipeline or pipeline section to be repaired;
pressing the multilayer tube with the aid of fluid pressure toward an inner wall of the pipeline or pipeline section to be repaired; and thereafter
curing the resin in order that the tube adheres firmly to the inner wall of the pipeline or pipeline section to be repaired.

US Pat. No. 10,113,670

SINGLE USE WALL PASS-THROUGH SYSTEM

NewAge Industries, Inc., ...

1. A single use wall pass-through system, comprisinga tube assembly that is attachable through an opening in a wall, including a tubular body,
a clamping flange connected to each end of the tubular body,
a hose or tube is arranged through the tubular body and passes through a hose opening in an integral one-piece isolating gasket and end cap formed of an elastomer that extends in one piece from the hose or tube to the clamping flange at one end of the tubular body,
a clamp ring that clamps the one-piece isolating gasket and end cap to one of the clamping flanges forming a seal between the clamping flange and the one-piece isolating gasket,
the tube or hose and the one-piece isolating gasket and end cap are single use, and
the one-piece isolating gasket and end cap includes reinforcing ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,113,669

PASS-THROUGH BULKHEAD SEAL FITTING

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A pass-through bulkhead seal fitting, comprising:a male fitting comprising a tubular body having a first portion and a second portion that are separable from one another to receive existing wiring, wherein each of the first portion and the second portion of the tubular body comprises a plurality of sealant exit ports that extend from an inner surface of the respective first and second portions of the tubular body to an outer surface of the respective first and second portions of the tubular body; and
a nut having a first nut portion and a second nut portion that are separable from one another to receive existing wiring, the nut being rotatable in a single direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the male fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,113,668

SUBSEA FORTIFIED ZONE MODULE

5. A method for conveying fluids at an underwater subsea location, comprising:positioning a module at the underwater subsea location, the module having a flow line for flowing fluids in a serial fashion from a single inlet to a single outlet, the flow line being shaped to reverse flow of the fluids a plurality of times along each plane of a plurality of planes, and wherein the flow line conforms to a flow pattern that reverses flow along non-parallel planes; and
flowing fluids from a high-integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS) to a subsea production system via the module.

US Pat. No. 10,113,667

PIPE STAND

Pipesak, Inc., London (C...

1. A pipe support for supporting a pipe section off a generally flat ground surface, the pipe support comprising:an outer support wall having a ground engaging first bottom end for engaging the ground surface and a first pipe supporting top end for supporting the pipe section;
an inner support wall spaced inwardly from the outer support wall, the inner support wall having a ground engaging second bottom end for engaging the ground surface, and a pipe supporting second top end for supporting the pipe section, the second bottom end being spaced apart from the first bottom end; and
a connecting portion for maintaining the outer support wall and the inner support wall in a fixed, spaced apart relationship;
at least the first top end forming a pipe saddle for supporting the pipe section above the ground surface when the first and second bottom ends engage the ground surface;
wherein the pipe support is shaped to be nestable with another like pipe support.

US Pat. No. 10,113,666

MARINE PIPELAYING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOWERING AND/OR RAISING AN OFFSHORE PIPELINE AND INCLUDING ONE OR MORE ACCESSORIES THERETO

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

1. A marine pipelaying system to be mounted on a vessel for lowering and/or raising an offshore pipeline and including one or more accessories thereto, the system comprising:a pipeline launch device for lowering/raising the offshore pipeline along a firing line defined by the pipeline launch device;
a pipeline clamp adapted to clamp and support the weight of a lowered portion of the offshore pipeline in the firing line;
an accessory handling device comprising an accessory transport track supported by the pipeline launch device above the pipeline clamp, extending horizontally and providing an engagement position and a pipeline connecting position, the accessory handling device further comprising a cart, movable along the accessory transport track via an associated cart drive, the cart being adapted to engage and support one of the one or more accessories, such that the accessory handling device is adapted to:
engage said accessory at the engagement position;
position said accessory in the pipeline connecting position in the firing line above the pipeline clamp, wherein the accessory can be connected to the pipeline; and
support and allow displacement of the accessory between the engagement position and the pipeline connection position;
an accessory connecting device, adapted to connect the one or more accessories to the offshore pipeline; and
a controlled load hoisting device adapted to be releasably secured to one of the one or more accessories and lower/raise said accessory and a lowered portion of the offshore pipeline connected thereto,
wherein the accessory handling device further comprises:
an elongated hoist beam, supported by the cart, extending horizontally and perpendicular to the accessory transport track, comprising trolley rails in the longitudinal direction of the hoist beam;
a travelling trolley displaceable along the trolley rails, and an associated trolley drive to displace the travelling trolley along the trolley rails;
an object suspension device, adapted to engage and support at least one of the one or more accessories; and
a hoist assembly comprising a hoist winch and an associated hoisting cable, the hoisting cable extending from the hoist winch via the travelling trolley to the object suspension device, such that upon actuation of the hoist winch the object suspension device can be raised and lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,113,665

LOW HYSTERESIS DIAPHRAGM FOR A VALVE

VistadelTek, LLC, Yorba ...

1. A valve housing for use with a valve seat, the valve housing comprising:a valve housing body;
a valve diaphragm integral with the valve housing body, the valve diaphragm having a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, one of the first surface and the second surface having a plastically deformed concentric strain hardened region having a concave shape; and
a control element attached to the valve diaphragm, the control element having a control surface offset from the first surface of the valve diaphragm, the control surface being configured to selectively engage the valve seat;
wherein the plastically deformed concentric strain hardened region biases the control surface one of towards and away from the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,113,664

CONTROL VALVE FOR CONTROLLING A FLUID FLOW

1. A control valve for controlling a fluid flow, comprising a valve housing, a valve element that is equipped with an opening and is movable relative to the valve housing, wherein, by moving the valve element, the opening is movable to overlap a line cross section defined by the valve housing, in order to allow a flow of fluid, a sealing element on the valve housing radially surrounding the line cross section that is brought into contact via a sealing surface thereof with a surface of the valve element while bridging a gap that extends between the surface of the valve element and the valve housing in an area of the sealing element, wherein an extent of the gap changes as a function of a movement of the valve element relative to the valve housing and in an area of the overlap of the opening with the line cross section, the gap reaches a maximum extent at which the sealing surface of the sealing element is extended from the surface of the valve element,wherein the extent of the gap decreases and increases during movement of the valve element relative to the valve housing in a first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,663

WATER METER LOCKING DEVICE

1. A valve lock assembly useful in securing access to the valves of a valve system, the valve lock assembly comprisinga) a housing defined by a top and a skirt, the skirt extending down from the top forming a vacuous area within the housing, the housing having a dual-sided corner brace affixed to the housing top, wherein the corner brace is defined by a pair of adjacent side walls and a top, to form a space with limited accessibility, and wherein the housing top and the brace top have aligned apertures; and
b) a removable lock assembly, wherein the removable lock assembly comprises a coil rod positioned to be received in the aligned apertures of the housing top and the brace top, and further rotationally supports a plurality of dowel pins.

US Pat. No. 10,113,662

LIQUID DISPENSING FAUCET WITH PULL-TO-OPEN VALVE ELEMENT

The Meyer Company, Cleve...

1. A faucet for dispensing liquid, said faucet comprising:a body including an inner end adapted to be connected to an associated liquid container and including an outer end comprising a liquid spout for dispensing liquid, said body including a flow passage that extends from an inlet located in said inner end of said body to an outlet located in said spout;
said body comprising a valve chamber therein and defined by part of said flow passage, said valve chamber located between said inlet and said outlet such that said valve chamber separates said flow passage into an inlet portion located between said inlet and said valve chamber and an outlet portion located between said valve chamber and said outlet;
said body further comprising a valve seat located in said valve chamber and a valve chamber access opening that communicates with the valve chamber;
a bonnet connected to the body and covering the access opening, said bonnet comprising a bonnet aperture therein;
a valve assembly that controls flow of liquid through the valve chamber, said valve assembly comprising: (i) a valve element selectively movable between a seated position in which the valve element is engaged with the valve seat to block liquid flow past the valve seat, and an unseated position in which the valve element is disengaged from the valve seat to allow liquid flow past the valve seat; (ii) a valve stem that extends through the bonnet aperture and that comprises an inner end operably connected to the valve element and an outer end located external to the body;
a handle operably connected to the outer end of the valve stem, said handle movable linearly in a first direction from a retracted position to an extended position;
a spring operably engaged with the valve element and biasing the valve element toward its seated position;
a reaction structure located adjacent the handle and adapted to be engaged by a user during movement of the handle from its retracted position toward its extended position, wherein said reaction structure comprises an exposed end of a shaft that projects outwardly from said bonnet;
wherein said valve element is selectively moved from its seated position to its unseated position by manual linear movement of the handle in a first direction from its retracted position toward its extended position, said movement of said handle in said first direction inducing movement of the valve stem and valve element in the first direction; and
wherein said handle comprises a handle bore and said shaft extends through said handle bore such that said exposed end of said shaft defines a button that extends outwardly from the handle bore.

US Pat. No. 10,113,661

FLOW CONTROL VALVE

Griswold Controls, LLC, ...

1. A valve comprising:a valve body having a substantially straight bore extending through the valve body and defining a longitudinal axis of the valve body;
a rotatable valve component, rotatable relative to the valve body, rotatably disposed within the bore of the valve body, said rotatable valve component having a first aperture;
a fixed valve component, fixed relative the valve body, and disposed within the bore proximate to the rotatable valve component, said fixed valve component having a second aperture;
a motor disposed within the bore, connected to the rotatable valve component and operable to rotate the rotatable valve component within the valve body, said motor having a longitudinal axis, wherein said longitudinal axis of the motor is aligned parallel with the longitudinal axis of the valve body; and
a motor well, disposed within the bore, wherein said motor well provides a volume within the bore of the valve isolated from the water flow around the motor, with the motor disposed within the motor well, wherein
the motor well is open to the outside of the valve through a wall of the valve, such that the motor is insertable into the motor well through the wall of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,113,660

FLOW METER

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A method for adjusting a flow rate of a fluid line, the method comprising:capturing an image of a drip chamber using an image sensor;
subtracting the image from a background image to thereby generate a difference image;
converting each pixel of the difference image to a first value where an absolute value of a respective pixel is beyond a predetermined threshold or to a second value where the absolute value of the respective pixel is less than the predetermined threshold to generate a converted difference image;
summing each row of the converted difference image to generate a plurality of summation values, wherein each summation value of the plurality of summation values corresponds to a respective row of the converted difference image;
examining a plurality of contiguous summation values within the plurality of summation values; and
adjusting a flow rate of fluid flowing through the fluid line in accordance with the examination of the plurality of contiguous summation values.

US Pat. No. 10,113,659

FRICTION-WELDED PIPE REPAIR

Forge Tech, Inc., Kemah,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a curved structure having an exterior surface, having an interior surface and having a defect;
a gasket positioned over the defect in the curved structure, the gasket having a length, a width and a thickness;
a rigid patch positioned over the gasket, the rigid patch having a length, a width and a thickness, the length of the rigid patch being greater than the length of the gasket, the width of the rigid patch being greater than the width of the gasket; and
a plurality of studs and nuts positioned near an outer perimeter of the rigid patch, the plurality of studs being friction welded to the exterior surface of the curved structure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,658

PRESSURE LIMITING VALVE FOR A CRYOSTAT CONTAINING A CRYOGEN AND A SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET

Siemens Healthcare Limite...

1. A pressure limiting valve for a cryostat that contains a cryogen and a superconducting magnet, said cryostat having a vent tube with a vent tube opening, said pressure limiting valve comprising:a quench valve comprising a single valve plate seated in a valve seat that surrounds said vent tube opening, and a first spring arrangement comprising a spring that produces a spring bias that urges said single vent plate against said valve seat so as to allow a cryogen gas, produced upon occurrence of a quench, to escape through said vent opening when a cracking pressure of said cryogen gas exceeds said spring bias produced by said spring of said first spring arrangement;
a cracking-pressure-raising assembly temporarily fitted over said quench valve;
said cracking-pressure-raising assembly comprising a main body that is non-destructively removably attached, by manually removable fastener elements, to said quench valve or to said cryostat; and
said cracking-pressure-raising assembly comprising a second spring arrangement, comprised of a plurality of spring elements that together produce a further spring bias applied to said single valve plate in addition to said spring bias produced by said spring of said first spring arrangement, with said main body forming a counter bearing for said plurality of spring elements of said second spring arrangement, so as to temporarily raise the cracking pressure needed to allow said cryogen gas to escape through said vent opening as long as the cracking-pressure-raising assembly is fitted over said quench valve.

US Pat. No. 10,113,657

MULTIPLE VALVE REFRIGERANT LEAK PROTECTION DEVICE

PRESCOTT, INC., Twin Fal...

1. A multiple valve refrigerant leakage protection device comprising:(a) a ball valve section having an interior portion and exterior portion, including a ball valve housing and a rotatable handle located on said ball valve exterior portion, and a ball valve and a refrigerant flow-through channel located within said ball valve interior portion; and
(b) a Schrader valve section having an interior portion and an exterior portion, including a Schrader valve fitting and a spring-loaded pin located on said Schrader valve exterior portion, and an air chuck and a refrigerant flow-through channel located within said Schrader valve interior portion;
wherein said Schrader valve section further includes a threaded male pipe connection, and further wherein said ball valve section further includes a female threaded connection coupler, an adapter, a gasket having a pin depression section and flow through orifices, whereby said Schrader valve section threaded male pipe connection mates with said ball valve section female threaded connection coupler, and thereby integrating said ball valve section and said Schrader valve section into a single unit;
wherein said ball valve section and said Schrader valve section are integrated into a single combined unit, and when in use as a single combined unit prevent leakage of refrigerant during refrigerant drainage and fill operations.

US Pat. No. 10,113,655

ROTARY DISTRIBUTOR

GIMA S.p.A., Zola Predos...

1. A rotary distributor for distributing a pressurised fluid to a plurality of movable user devices, comprising:a first element associated with a fixed frame and comprising a through hole to which is connected a source of pressurised fluid;
a selector having a plurality of openings connected to corresponding ducts for the passage of fluid connected to the corresponding movable user devices, the selector being connected integrally to the movable user devices and movable in rotation relative to the fixed frame;
a manifold with a first surface positioned in front of the first element and with a second surface positioned in front of the selector; the manifold being associated with the first element, and having an opening for connection and passage of fluid between the first element and the selector; the opening having a dimensional extension which is able to simultaneously touch a predetermined number of openings of the selector in movement to allow the passage of fluid from the source of pressurised fluid towards the openings of the selector in movement; the manifold being shaped in such a way that the pressurised fluid fed through the through hole exerts on the manifold a total force directed towards the selector.

US Pat. No. 10,113,654

WATER DIVERTER ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHING APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwashing appliance, comprising:a tub defining a wash chamber, the tub including a top wall, a bottom wall and sidewalls extending between the top and bottom walls;
a first spray-arm assembly housed within the wash chamber;
a second spray-arm assembly housed within the wash chamber;
a pump configured to deliver fluid into the wash chamber;
a machinery compartment disposed below the bottom wall of the tub; and
a diverter assembly in fluid communication with the pump, the diverter assembly including:
a diverter head having a body portion and first and second outlets, the body portion and the first and second outlets forming a single unitary component, the first outlet being configured to be directly coupled to the first spray-arm assembly, the second outlet being configured to be directly coupled to a conduit in fluid communication with the second spray-arm assembly; and
a valve housing configured to be coupled to the diverter head, the valve housing defining an inlet in fluid communication with the pump and at least partially housing a diverter valve configured to divert the fluid received via the inlet to either the first outlet or the second outlet,
wherein the diverter assembly is mounted directly to the bottom wall of the tub, and
wherein the diverter head further comprises at least one mounting tab projecting outwardly from the body portion for mounting the diverter assembly to the bottom wall of the tub, the at least one mounting tab abutting against an outer surface of the bottom wall when the diverter head is inserted at least partially through an opening defined through the bottom wall, the outer surface of the bottom wall facing the machinery compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,113,653

CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY MODULE FOR HIGH PRESSURE FLUID SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD OF USE

PSI Pressure Systems LLC,...

1. A cartridge assembly module for a pressure fluid end system comprising:a valve seat assembly defining a discharge passageway;
a seal cartridge assembly fixedly secured to the valve seat assembly with a fastener so as to form a single piece cartridge that is adapted for installation relative to and removal from a fluid end frame, with both the valve seat assembly and seal cartridge assembly remaining secured to one another during the installation and the removal, the valve seat assembly and the seal cartridge assembly inseparable without removing the fastener; and
a registration feature associated with the single piece cartridge, the registration feature adapted to engage a corresponding registration feature of a loading chamber within which the cartridge assembly module is loaded so as to align and register the discharge passageway of the valve seat assembly in a preselected, configuration relative to another passageway of the high pressure fluid end system,
whereby fluid communication between the discharge passageway of the valve seat assembly and the other passageway is established.

US Pat. No. 10,113,652

TOP-ENTRY FLOATING BALL VALVE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A method comprising:inserting a first body bushing through an opening in a body, into a first bore, and into a first counterbore of a second bore of the body, wherein the first bore extends from a first flange of the body along a first axis, and the second bore extends from the first bore to a second flange of the body along a second axis, transverse to the first axis;
inserting a second body bushing through the opening in the body, into the first bore, and into a second counterbore of a third bore of the body, wherein the third bore of the body extends along the second axis, opposite the second bore from the first bore to a third flange;
assembling a ball subassembly, comprising:
coupling a first seat to a first seat retainer, wherein the first seat is disposed at least partially within a first recess of the first seat retainer;
coupling a second seat to a second seat retainer, wherein the second seat is disposed at least partially within a second recess of the second seat retainer;
positioning the first seat and the second seat such that each of the first seat and the second seat contact the ball at respective annular interfaces; and
wherein the first seat retainer and the second seat retainer are substantially rectangular in shape; and
inserting the ball subassembly through the opening of the body and into the first bore of the body, between the first and second body bushings, and such that the first seat retainer and the second seat retainer are in contact with a bottom end of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,651

SLIT VALVE ASSEMBLY HAVING A SPACER FOR MAINTAINING A GAP

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A slit valve assembly comprising:a slit valve body having a slit valve opening and a facing surface surrounding the slit valve opening;
a slit valve door for use in a slit valve assembly moveable between open and closed positions to respectively permit and block flow through the slit valve opening, the slit valve door having a facing surface for sealing against the facing surface of the slit valve body;
an actuation device that effectuates movement of the slit valve door;
an annular seal disposed in a first groove in one of the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door, and interposed between the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door to effectuate the sealing; and
a spacer interposed between the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door for maintaining a minimum gap between the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door when the door is in a closed position;
wherein the spacer is formed integral with the annular seal, extending radially outward therefrom and disposed at least partially in a second groove in said one of the facing surface of the slit valve body and the facing surface of the slit valve door; and
wherein the annular seal is made of a first material and the spacer is made of second material having relatively less elasticity than the first material; and
wherein the first and second grooves are radially separated by a land having a radially inner side surface forming a radially outer side of the first groove and a radially outer side surface forming a radially inner side of the second groove, and wherein the land has a relatively planar surface between the radially inner side surface and the radially outer side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,650

DUAL SEAT VALVE

Engip, LLC, Conroe, TX (...

1. A dual seat valve assembly comprising:a) a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet,
b) a first valve seat and an axially movable plunger having a first valve surface located within the housing together forming a first valve,
c) a second valve seat concentric with the first valve seat and an axially movable second valve surface adapted to engage the second valve seat thereby together forming a second valve, and
d) a rupture disc quick disconnect assembly attached to the housing, and having first and second quick disconnect couplings that are connectable to first and second fittings on the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,649

MAGNETIC SEAL DEVICE AND FISHING REEL INCLUDING THE SEAL DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A magnetic seal device comprising:a magnetic sleeve having a cylindrical body and fitting on an outer peripheral surface of a rotatable shaft,
a ring shaped magnet being arranged radially outwardly from an outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve with a gap, and forming a magnetic circuit between the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve and the ring shaped magnet, and
a magnetic fluid being maintained at the gap,
wherein the magnetic sleeve includes
a groove arranged circumferentially around the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, and
a flange extending radially outwardly from and circumferentially around the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, wherein the flange has a diameter that is larger than a diameter of the outer peripheral surface of the magnetic sleeve, and
a ring shaped absorbing member that is arranged to face the groove or the flange, wherein the absorbing member is configured to absorb the magnetic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,113,648

SLIDING COMPONENT

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A sliding component comprising a stationary sliding member and a rotary sliding member Forming a pair of sealing faces, and a mechanism to generate dynamic pressure resulting from-relative sliding of the pair of sealing faces, wherein one sealing face of the pair of sealing faces is provided with multiple lands along a circumferential direction for generating dynamic pressure facing a high-pressure fluid side and a seal area facing a low-pressure fluid side,wherein each land and the seal area are positioned away from each other in a radial direction and areas of the sealing face other than the lands and the seal area are formed lower than the lands and the seal area to constitute fluid communication paths open to the high-pressure fluid side,
wherein the fluid communication paths are constituted by (i) multiple radial fluid communication paths which extend in straight paths in the radial direction and which form contours of the lands, and (ii) a circumferential fluid communication path which is formed between the seal area and the lands and which is connected to each of the radial fluid communication paths,
wherein at least one spiral groove is provided in surfaces in both the radial fluid communication paths and the circumferential fluid communication path for discharging fluid, and
wherein the at least one spiral groove is inclined with respect to the radial direction, at least one of the plurality of grooves includes at least a a first end abutting onto a first end of one of adjoining two lands and a second end abutting onto a second end of the adjoining two lands, and the at least one of the grooves has a first end abutting onto any one of the lands and a second end abutting onto the seal area.

US Pat. No. 10,113,647

SEALING STRIP FOR A SEALING DEVICE IN A MACHINE FOR PROCESSING A PAPER, CARDBOARD, OR TISSUE WEB

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A sealing strip for a sealing device for sealing a pressure or vacuum zone of a suction roll, the sealing strip comprising:an upper side with a sealing face and a lubricant channel adjoining said sealing face, said lubricant channel being at least one groove-type depression formed in said sealing strip and extending in a longitudinal direction of said sealing strip;
wherein, on installation of said sealing strip in the roll, said sealing face and an opening of said groove-type depression face toward an inner side of a roller sleeve;
at least one supply line hooked up to said lubricant channel, said at least one supply line, at least in portions thereof, running within said sealing strip and delivering lubricant to between the inner side of the roller sleeve and said sealing face; and
said sealing strip having a length delimited by two ends and a respective wall integrally formed at each of said two ends delimiting a length of said lubricant channel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,646

FIRE RETARDANT HIGH TEMPERATURE DRYER SEALS AND RELATED METHODS

Felters of South Carolina...

1. A fire retardant dryer seal comprising:at least one friction-reducing outer base substrate having a first end and a second end, the at least one outer base substrate forming a friction-reducing outer surface of the dryer seal for contacting with portions of a dryer;
at least one interior base substrate having a first surface and an opposing second surface, the at least one interior base substrate secured to the at least one outer base substrate;
the first end and the second end of the at least one outer base substrate secured together so that the at least one outer base substrate forms at least a portion of an annular shape; and
a heat resistant coating disposed on at least one of the first surface or second surface of the at least one interior base substrate in an amount that, upon exposure to sufficient heat, expands to a size that limits airflow into the drum of the dryer by an amount that does not permit sufficient oxygen to enter the drum to create a combustion event that will exceed a temperature of 800° F., the heat resistant coating comprising particles of an inorganic mineral material dispersed within a binder.

US Pat. No. 10,113,645

SEALING SYSTEM FOR TANK ROTARY SHAFT

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. A seal arrangement for sealing a rotary shaft and a shaft opening defined in a wall of a tank configured for containing a flowable material, comprising a primary seal mounted with the rotary shaft in an extractable cartridge to provide sealing around the rotary shaft, the seal arrangement further comprising a secondary seal operational for closing the shaft opening when removing the primary seal for maintenance or replacement, characterized in that the extractable cartridge is removably insertable in sealing engagement within a housing projecting outwardly from the tank around the shaft opening, and in that the secondary seal comprises an isolation valve mounted to the housing outside of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,113,644

SELF-LUBRICATING AND DRAINING, CONTACTING FACE, ROTATING SHAFT SEAL

PARKER-HANNIFIN CORPORATI...

1. A shaft seal assembly comprising:a stator;
a rotor that rotates relative to the stator;
a rotating seal that rotates with the rotor; and
a static seal disposed in the stator, the static seal having an end face in sealing engagement with an end face of the rotating seal, wherein the end face of the static seal and the end face of the rotating seal are in contacting engagement during rotation of the rotating seal; and a spring that is adjacent the static seal and directly engages the static seal to bias the static seal against the rotating seal to maintain sealing engagement of the end faces by preventing axial movement of the rotating seal and the static seal during rotation of the rotating seal; wherein the static seal includes a first drain passage located at the contacting end faces, the drain passage being defined by at least one axial passage extending through the respective static seal and an annular passage defined in the respective end face, allowing a lubricant to drain and fill through the at least one axial passage and the annular passage at the sealing surfaces of the end faces, the end faces maintaining sealing engagement during rotation of the rotating seal; and
a second drain passage defined by a labyrinth formed in the rotor and an external drain port formed in the stator in communication with the labyrinth that maintain sealing engagement of the end faces by allowing contaminants to fall out of the shaft seal assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,113,643

COMPRESSION PISTON RING FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A compression ring for an engine piston comprising:an upper face and a lower face;
an inner face positioned between the upper and lower faces along an inner diameter of the ring, wherein the upper face, the lower face, and the inner face cooperate with an annular groove in the piston; and
an outer face positioned between the upper and lower faces along an outer diameter of the ring for cooperation with a bore in a cylinder, the outer face formed by a smooth continuous curve along an axial direction of the ring, the curve having first and second convex surfaces connected by a concave surface;
wherein a first radius of the first convex surface is equal to a second radius of the second convex surface; and
wherein the concave surface has a third radius, the third radius being less than half of the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,113,642

ROTATION DETECTING DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A rotation detecting device comprising:a rotation sensor including a rotor spaced from a rotation member in an axial direction of the rotation member and rotatable about a rotational axis of the rotation member, a detector detecting a rotating position of the rotor, and a housing supporting the rotor and the detector; and
a junction body separatable from the rotation member and the rotation sensor, rotatable about the rotational axis, and transmitting the rotative movement of the rotation member to the rotor,
wherein the junction body is supported by the rotation member on a first side in the axial direction extending along the rotational axis, and is supported by the rotor on a second side in the axial direction, and
wherein the junction body includes:
a supported portion fitted on an inner peripheral face of a tubular section disposed on the first side and formed into a tubular shape to prevent movement in the radial direction with respect to the rotation member; and
a rotation prevention portion fitted on a rotation prevention section formed on an end face of the tubular section to prevent relative movement in the circumferential direction with respect to the rotation member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,641

SHIFT DEVICE OF DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION

Hyundai Dymos Incorporate...

1. A shift device of a dual clutch transmission, comprising:a select motor;
a select guide block moving in a straight direction by a driving of the select motor;
a pair of odd-stage and even-stage control shafts arranged parallel to one another and at opposite sides of the select guide block, each shaft moving in an axial select direction by the straight movement of the select guide block;
a pair of odd-stage and even-stage shift motors each providing a shaft rotating force to the pair of control shafts in a shift direction; and
a lead screw rotating by the select motor to provide a straight moving force to the select guide block, said select guide block having internal threads mating with external threads of the lead screw;
wherein the lead screw is configured to interlock with the select motor through a reducer,
wherein the select guide block is provided with a pair of guide grooves for providing a shaft moving force to the pair of control shafts, respectively, in the select direction and the guide grooves are formed on opposing side surfaces of the select guide block, the grooves facing and engaged with the control shafts and
wherein each guide groove continuously forms a flat surface and an inclined surface having a multi-stage structure to adjust a shaft moving displacement of the pair of control shafts in the select direction as determined by a straight moving distance of the select guide block.

US Pat. No. 10,113,640

SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLES

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A shifting control method for hybrid vehicles, the method comprising:performing an entering step, by a controller, wherein a torque hand over control is entered in response to a power off down shifting; and
performing a rising control step, by the controller, wherein an engagement side clutch torque is increased to correspond to a changed input torque of a transmission when a change rate in an input torque of the transmission is equal to or greater than a reference value during the torque hand over control.

US Pat. No. 10,113,639

TRANSMISSION WITH L1-L2 SHIFT METHOD WHILE ENGINE BRAKING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A transmission for use with an engine, the transmission comprising:a stationary member;
an input member connectable to the engine;
a plurality of gear sets each having a plurality of nodes, including a ring gear, a sun gear, and a carrier member;
a first clutch that, when applied, connects a node of one of the gear sets to the stationary member to establish a 1st gear low (L1) mode;
a second clutch that, when applied, connects a node of another one of the gear sets to the stationary member to establish a 2nd gear low (L2) mode;
a selectable one-way clutch (SOWC) connected between nodes of two of the gear sets; and
a controller programmed, in response to a requested shift from the L1 mode to the L2 mode during an engine braking maneuver, to release the first clutch and thereby enter a neutral mode of the transmission, release the SOWC when a slip level across the first clutch exceeds a first calibrated slip threshold, reapply the first clutch when a slip level of the SOWC exceeds a second calibrated slip threshold to thereby enter a 1st gear freewheeling mode, and apply the second clutch to enter the L2 mode and resume the engine braking maneuver.

US Pat. No. 10,113,638

CONTROL DEVICE OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control device of an automatic transmission mounted on a vehicle,the control device comprising:
a predetermined friction engaging element;
an oil pressure supply portion configured to supply oil pressure to the predetermined friction engaging element at a predetermined change gear ratio;
an abnormality diagnosis oil pressure supply portion configured to supply the oil pressure to the predetermined friction engaging element through an oil pressure supply passage that is different from an oil pressure supply passage through which the oil pressure supply portion supplies the oil pressure to the predetermined friction engaging element; and
an abnormality diagnosis portion configured to switch from a normal state to an abnormality diagnosis state at the predetermined change gear ratio to diagnose whether or not there is an abnormality in the automatic transmission, the normal state being a state where the oil pressure supply portion supplies the oil pressure to the predetermined friction engaging element, the abnormality diagnosis state being a state where the abnormality diagnosis oil pressure supply portion supplies the oil pressure to the predetermined friction engaging element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,637

INTEGRATED POWERTRAIN SYSTEM

Cummins, Inc., Columbus,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a predetermined shift schedule for a transmission of a vehicle from a remote source;
interpreting vehicle operation data regarding operation of the vehicle;
interpreting a desired operating characteristic of a vehicle operating parameter;
determining a predicted impact of a scheduled shift event of the predetermined shift schedule on the vehicle operating parameter based on the vehicle operation data; and
selectively adjusting the scheduled shift event in response to the desired operating characteristic and the predicted impact on the vehicle operating parameter,
wherein selectively adjusting the scheduled shift event includes at least one of a delay of the scheduled shift event, an early implementation of the scheduled shift event, and a skipping of the scheduled shift event, and implementing the adjusted shift event with the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,113,636

POWER ACTUATOR WITH INTEGRAL DECOUPLING MECHANISM

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A method for manually controlling a system comprising:activating a manual engagement device;
engaging a manual control to couple a first lever and a movable component;
disengaging an automatic control coupling the first lever and the movable component, wherein the automatic control further comprises: a sensor for detecting a position of the first lever; a motor responsive to a signal from the sensor; and a coupling mechanism for transmitting rotation of the motor to the movable component; and
moving the movable component by moving the first lever.

US Pat. No. 10,113,635

DEVICE REDUCING DRAG LOSS IN AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A drag torque reduction device for an automatic transmission, comprising:a plurality of multi-disk shift elements;
a hydrodynamic torque converter;
a converter clutch; and
a hydraulic controller with a radiator, the hydraulic controller operable to control the plurality of multi-disk shift elements, the hydrodynamic torque converter and the converter clutch, the hydraulic controller comprising a parallel connection of a pressure relief valve, a constant aperture and a temperature-dependent, switchable aperture that is positioned upstream of the radiator relative to a flow of fluid to the radiator, the pressure relief valve configured to open against a spring force above a pressure threshold, the constant aperture configured to permit a minimum flow through the parallel connection to the radiator, the temperature-dependent, switchable aperture configured to open above a temperature threshold, the parallel connection providing a minimum lubrication and cooling at low temperatures below the temperature threshold and low system pressures below the pressure threshold by closing the temperature-dependent, switchable aperture at temperatures below the temperature threshold and closing the pressure relief valve at pressures below the pressure threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,113,634

DEVICE INCLUDING ONE FIRST AND AT LEAST ONE SECOND BEARING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A device comprising:a first bearing,
a second bearing,
a first bearing-attachment element holding a first bearing and configured to exert a first force on an outer ring of first bearing,
a second bearing-attachment element holding the second bearing and configured to exert a second force on an outer ring of the second bearing,
a convex annular surface region on a circumferential portion of the outer ring of the second bearing,
and
a formation in the first bearing attachment element, the formation including a stepped cross-section having a convex annular underside surface that contacts and extends above the convex annular surface region of the outer ring of the second bearing and abuts the second bearing-attachment element at a first surface region and a second surface region, and
the formation is configured to exert a third force on the outer ring of the second bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,633

GEARBOX PLANET SQUEEZE FILM DAMPER

General Electric Company,...

1. A planet gearbox for connection to a carrier of an epicyclic gearing arrangement that has only a single input and a single output and that includes a ring gear surrounding planet gears and a sun gear, the planet gearbox comprising:a support pin is configured to be fixed to the carrier, the support pin includes a hollow body that is defined by a cylindrical outer surface that is radially equidistant from a virtual central axis that extends in an axial direction, the support pin is further defined by an inner surface disposed opposite the cylindrical outer surface;
an inner ring is non-rotatably connected to the support pin and defines an inner surface opposed to the outer surface of the support pin, the inner ring defining an outer surface that defines at least one track, said at least one track defined in the outer surface being configured to receive and rotatably guide therein a plurality of cylindrical rollers; wherein the inner ring is defined by a forward end and an aft end that is spaced axially apart from the forward end, the squeeze film damper includes a forward grove defined in the forward end of the inner ring and extending circumferentially with respect to the virtual central axis; an outer ring defines;
an inner cylindrical surface that is disposed facing toward the at least one track, the outer ring defining an outer cylindrical surface that defines a gear tooth surface that is disposed facing toward the ring gear and that is configured to mesh with both the sun gear and the ring gear;
the respective plurality of cylindrical rollers rotatably disposed within said at least one track of the inner ring, and each of the plurality of cylindrical rollers rotatably contacting the inner cylindrical surface of the outer ring; and
a squeeze film damper disposed between the outer surface of the support pin and the inner surface of the inner ring.

US Pat. No. 10,113,632

BICYCLE SPROCKET WHEEL UNIT AND MOUNTING UNIT FOR COOPERATING WITH SPROCKET WHEELS

1. A mounting unit comprising:an integral ring-shaped plate which is made by way of pressing, the mounting unit including a hub connection hole defined in a center thereof, and comprising a first disk, a second disk and a third disk, the first, second and third disks sharing a center of the hub connection hole, an outer periphery of the second disk connected to the inner periphery of the third disk, an inner periphery of the second disk connected to the outer periphery of the first disk, the inner periphery of the second disk being shorter than the outer periphery of the second disk, the second disk being a cone-shaped face and protruding from a front face of the mounting unit, a first fixing portion formed on a front face of the third disk, a second fixing portion formed on a rear face of the third disk, the third disk having multiple fixing apertures defined therethrough which are evenly spaced apart from each other, the second disk having multiple third fixing portions formed on the outer periphery thereof, and the second disk having multiple fourth fixing portions formed on the inner periphery thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,631

AXLE ASSEMBLY HAVING RING GEAR WITH UNITARILY AND INTEGRALLY FORMED PORTION OF A BEARING RACE

1. An axle assembly comprising:a housing assembly;
an input pinion mounted to the housing assembly for rotation about a first axis;
a ring gear received in the housing and meshingly engaged with the input pinion;
a ring gear bearing that supports the ring gear for rotation relative to the housing assembly about a second axis, the ring gear bearing having an outer bearing race, an inner bearing race and a plurality of first bearing elements, the outer bearing race comprising a first race member and a second race member, the first race member being unitarily and integrally formed with the ring gear, the second race member being received into a circumferentially extending groove formed in the ring gear, the inner bearing race of the ring gear bearing being abutted against a shoulder formed on the housing assembly that is positioned along the second axis at a location that is between the first axis and the first bearing elements, the first bearing elements being engaged to the inner bearing race and the first and second race members of the outer bearing race; and
a differential assembly having a differential case and a pair of output members, the differential case being fixedly coupled to the ring gear such that the second race member of the outer bearing race is disposed along the second axis between the differential case and the ring gear;
wherein power transmission between the input pinion and the ring gear that drives the ring gear about the second axis in a first rotary direction generates a first thrust load that is directed along the second axis in a first direction, wherein power transmission between the input pinion and the ring gear that drives the ring gear about the second axis in a second rotary direction opposite the first rotary direction generates a second thrust load that is directed along the second axis in a second direction that is opposite the first direction, and wherein each of the first and second thrust loads is transmitted through the first bearing elements when the first and second thrust loads are transmitted between the ring gear and the housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,113,630

DRIVE UNIT FOR SHIFTING A TORQUE BALANCE

Dana Automotive Systems G...

1. A drive unit for a vehicle, comprising:a motor;
a differential caging having a double planetary differential gear arrangement disposed therein, wherein the double planetary differential gear arrangement is in driving engagement with two output shafts;
a planetary carrier supporting the double planetary differential gear arrangement and in driving engagement with a first output shaft;
a first gear in driving engagement with the motor;
a second gear in driving engagement with the motor and planetary gears of the double planetary differential gear arrangement, wherein the first gear is capable of being over driven by the motor with respect to the second gear;
a first pinion coupled with a second pinion, wherein the first and second pinions are positioned between the motor and the first and second gears;
wherein the second pinion is in simultaneous driving engagement with the first and second gears;
a first variably engageable clutch disposed between the first gear and a second output shaft to selectively transfer torque from the first gear to the second output shaft; and
a second variably engageable clutch disposed between the first gear and the planetary carrier to selectively transfer torque from the first gear to the first output shaft via the planetary carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,113,629

SIDE PINION DIFFERENTIAL LOCKING MECHANISM

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A differential assembly comprising:a housing forming an interior space of the differential assembly;
a shaft extending into a portion of the interior space of the housing;
a side gear including an aperture, the side gear arranged within the interior space such that an end portion of the shaft is aligned with and extends through the aperture;
a sliding sleeve including a flat flange portion, the sliding sleeve configured to extend through the aperture and slide over the end portion of the shaft;
a pinion gear including a flat face portion and a plurality of pinion gear teeth circumferentially arranged around the pinion gear, the plurality of pinion gear teeth configured to mesh with a plurality of side gear teeth circumferentially arranged around the side gear;
a pinion gear cam portion extending axially away from the flat face portion; and
an actuator configured to actuate the sliding sleeve between a sleeve first position and a sleeve second position and the flat flange portion configured to interact with the pinion gear cam portion as the sliding sleeve moves between the sleeve first position and the sleeve second position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,628

AXLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A CLUTCH COLLAR ACTUATOR MECHANISM

ArvinMeritor Technology, ...

1. An axle assembly comprising:a differential carrier;
a cover disposed on the differential carrier;
an input shaft that extends through the cover and is rotatable about an axis;
an interaxle differential unit disposed on the input shaft;
a clutch collar moveably disposed on the input shaft;
a piston housing that is disposed in the differential carrier on the cover, wherein the piston housing has a first piston bore that receives a first piston and a second piston bore that receives a second piston;
a yoke that connects the first piston and the second piston to the clutch collar; and
a first yoke slide and a second yoke slide that are disposed on the cover and extend through the piston housing to the yoke, wherein the yoke slides along the first yoke slide and the second yoke slide, and the clutch collar moves to an extended position to lock the interaxle differential unit when pressurized fluid is provided to the first piston bore and the second piston bore to actuate the first piston and the second piston.

US Pat. No. 10,113,627

DIFFERENTIAL ASSEMBLY WITH MULTI-PIECE CROSS-PIN

1. A differential assembly comprising:a case adapted to be supported for rotation about an output axis, the case defining a cavity;
a first side gear and a second side gear, the first and second side gears being disposed within the cavity and rotatable about the output axis relative to the case;
a first pinion gear, a second pinion gear, and a third pinion gear, the first, second, and third pinion gears being disposed within the cavity and meshingly engaged with the first and second side gears; and
a cross-pin assembly disposed within the cavity and coupled to the case for common rotation about the output axis with the case, the cross-pin assembly including:
a center spider;
a first pin disposed about a first axis and coupled to the center spider for axial translation relative to the center spider, the first pinion gear being supported by the first pin for rotation relative to the case about the first axis;
a second pin disposed about a second axis and coupled to the center spider for axial translation relative to the center spider, the second pinion gear being supported by the second pin for rotation relative to the case about the second axis; and
a third pin disposed about a third axis and coupled to the center spider for axial translation relative to the center spider, the third pinion gear being supported by the third pin for rotation relative to the case about the third axis;
wherein a proximal end of the first pin includes a first chamfered surface and a proximal end of the second pin includes a second chamfered surface, the first chamfered surface contacting the second chamfered surface to inhibit rotation of the first pin relative to the second pin.

US Pat. No. 10,113,626

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A transmission device for connecting an input shaft, which is connected at least indirectly to a drive unit, to an output shaft, which is connected at least indirectly to a work machine, the device comprising:a hydrodynamic converter formed with a working space to be filled with an operating medium and having at least one pump wheel disposed for rotation in a pump wheel shell, at least one turbine wheel and at least one stator with blading;
a superposition gear unit including at least one planetary gear unit, said at least one planetary gear unit having first, second and third elements including an annulus wheel, a sun wheel and a planet carrier with a plurality of planet wheels;
wherein one or both of said at least one pump wheel or the input shaft is coupled to said first element of said planetary gear unit, said second element of said planetary gear unit is coupled at least indirectly to said at least one turbine wheel, and the output shaft is connected to said third element of said planetary gear unit;
wherein said blading of said pump wheel has at least one adjustable blade and/or at least one multi-element blade with at least one adjustable blade segment;
an actuating device for actuating said at least one adjustable blade or adjustable blade segment, said actuating device including an actuator disposed axially outside said pump shell and a transmission mechanism connecting said actuator to said adjustable blade or at least one adjustable blade segment of said multi-element blade inside said pump wheel shell, wherein an adjusting force applied by said actuator is introduced into said transmission mechanism in accordance with one of the following possibilities or with a combination thereof:
in an axial direction, based on an axis of rotation of said pump wheel or said turbine wheel;
in a circumferential direction, about the axis of rotation of said pump wheel or said turbine wheel; and
said actuator being a single actuator having ring elements, which are arranged axially outside said pump wheel shell and coaxially with respect to the axis of rotation of said pump wheel, wherein a first ring element of said ring elements is connected to said at least one adjustable blade and/or at least one adjustable blade segment to transmit an actuating force or an actuating torque by way of said transmission mechanism, and said first ring element is rotatable relative to a second ring element of said ring elements in a circumferential direction of said input shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,625

SHIFT POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND TRAVEL POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A travel power transmission apparatus comprising:a shift power transmission device including a hydrostatic continuously variable shift section and a planetary power transmission section; the hydrostatic continuously variable shift section receiving drive force from an engine and outputting the drive force after changing speed of the drive force along an HST shift line by the continuously variable shift section; and the planetary power transmission section receiving and combining the drive force from the engine and the speed-changed drive force from the continuously variable shift section, and outputting the combined drive force after changing speed of the combined drive force along an HMT shift line by the continuously variable shift section;
the shift power transmission device further including a clutch mechanism switchable between an HST setting state in which HST power transmission is set for outputting the speed-changed drive force from the continuously variable shift section to a travel apparatus, and an HMT setting state in which HMT power transmission is set for outputting the combined drive force from the planetary power transmission section is outputted to the travel apparatus; and
a shift control module for performing shift control on a hydraulic pump of the continuously variable shift section and switch control on the clutch mechanism, based on a shift instruction from a shift operation device,
wherein the travel power transmission apparatus further comprises:
a swash plate angle sensor detecting a swash plate angle of the hydraulic pump; and
a shift swash plate angle setting module for setting, as a set shift swash plate angle of the hydraulic pump, the swash plate angle between a no-load swash plate angle and a load swash plate angle, wherein the no-load swash plate angle is achieved by the hydraulic pump in a shift state for outputting speed-changed drive force at a speed corresponding to an in-unison rotation achievement speed at which the continuously variable shift section achieves in-unison rotation of a sun gear, a carrier and a ring gear of the planetary power transmission section during the HST power transmission and no-load driving, and wherein the load swash plate angle is achieved by the hydraulic pump in a shift state for outputting the speed-changed drive force at a speed corresponding to the in-unison rotation achievement speed of the continuously variable shift section during the HST power transmission and set load driving; and
wherein the shift control module is configured to control the clutch mechanism to be switched from the HST setting state to the HMT setting state when the swash plate angle sensor detects the swash plate angle equal to the set shift swash plate angle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,624

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER AND LOCK-UP CLUTCH FOR HYDROKINETIC TORQUE-COUPLING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A hydrokinetic torque-coupling device for coupling a driving shaft and a driven shaft together, comprising:a casing rotatable about a rotational axis and having a locking surface;
a torque converter including an impeller wheel rotatable about the rotational axis and a turbine wheel disposed in the casing coaxially with the rotational axis, the turbine wheel disposed axially opposite to the impeller wheel and hydro-dynamically rotationally drivable by the impeller wheel;
a lock-up clutch including a locking piston axially moveable along the rotational axis to and from the locking surface of the casing, the locking piston having an engagement surface configured to selectively frictionally engage the locking surface of the casing to position the hydrokinetic torque-coupling device into and out of a lockup mode in which the locking piston is mechanically frictionally locked to the casing so as to be non-rotatable relative to the casing; and
a torsional vibration damper comprising
a torque input member including a radially oriented first retainer plate and at least one supporting member mounted thereto; and
a unitary radially elastic output member pivotable relative to and elastically coupled to the torque input member;
the radially elastic output member including an annular output hub coaxial with the rotational axis and rotatable relative the torque input member, and at least one curved elastic leaf integral with the output hub and configured to elastically and radially engage the at least one supporting member and to elastically bend in the radial direction upon rotation of the first retainer plate with respect to the radially elastic output member;
the at least one curved elastic leaf having a proximal end non-moveably connected to the output hub, a free distal end and a curved raceway portion disposed between the proximal and free distal ends of the at least one elastic leaf for bearing the at least one supporting member;
the annular output hub of the radially elastic output member being configured for directly and non-rotatably engaging the driven shaft; and
the locking piston of the lock-up clutch non-rotatably connected to the torque input member of the torsional vibration damper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,623

ORBITUAL CRANKSHAFT WITH EXTENDED CONSTANT VOLUME COMBUSTION CYCLE

1. An internal combustion engine comprising: a crankcase; a rotating crankshaft held by the crankcase and having at least two main journals in the crankcase; an orbiting body having an orbiting body axis and being rotatably affixed to the rotating crankshaft and offset from a central longitudinal axis of the crankshaft; at least one orbiting rod journal on the orbiting body and offset from the orbiting body axis, the at least one orbiting rod journal being rotatably affixed by a connecting rod to a piston within a cylinder; and at least two meshed gears in a 1:1 ratio linking the orbiting body to the crankcase such that rotation of the crankshaft causes orbiting of the at least one orbiting rod journal around the orbiting body axis and orbiting of the orbiting body around the central longitudinal axis of the crankshaft, wherein the orbiting of the at least one orbiting rod journal around the orbiting body axis combined with the orbiting of the orbiting body around the main journal, results in a period of substantially constant volume of a combustion chamber through the rotation of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,622

INTEGRALLY DRIVEN LINKAGE FOR INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT

Nor-Tech Industrial Corp....

1. An integrally driven linkage having a longitudinal axis comprising:a plurality of link members,
a plurality of substantially cylindrical axles interconnecting the link members, the link members being arranged along the longitudinal axis of a carrier into inner link members that are flanked on each side by outer link members, the outer link members extend between adjacent link members, a pair of apertures defined in each of the link members, the inner and outer link members being arranged such that they partly overlap with respective apertures in alignment, the inner and outer link members being interconnected by the transverse axles that are received in the aligned apertures, the inner link members each include a pair of opposed link plates that are received in the apertures of the inner link plates and serve to join together the opposed inner links, the axles being arranged so as to receive bearings upon which double sheaves may freely rotate, the axles being rotatable on the link members so as to allow the inner link members to articulate relative to the outer link members, the outer link members being configured so articulation is limited to one direction only.

US Pat. No. 10,113,621

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BALL SCREW AND BALL SCREW

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a ball screw, the method comprising:a seal fixing step of fixing a ring shaped seal to an attachment portion disposed in an end portion of a nut of the ball screw in an axis direction using a screw having a head; and
a concave portion forming step of forming a concave portion extending in a radial direction from an outer circumferential surface of the ring shaped seal,
wherein the attachment portion has an inner circumferential surface having a diameter larger than a diameter of an inner circumferential surface on which a spiral groove of the nut is formed,
a through hole is formed in the attachment portion, the through hole penetrating the attachment portion in the radial direction from an outer circumferential surface of the attachment portion to the inner circumferential surface of the attachment portion and having a bearing face for bearing the head of the screw,
the through hole includes a large-diameter portion on an outer circumference side, a small-diameter portion on an inner circumference side, and a conical portion communicating between the large-diameter portion and the small-diameter portion,
a diameter of the large-diameter portion is larger than a diameter of the head of the screw,
a diameter of the small-diameter portion is larger than an outer diameter of a male screw portion of the screw,
an inclined surface of the conical portion serves as the bearing face for bearing the head,
the concave portion forming step includes:
disposing the ring shaped seal in the attachment portion;
using a drill having a bit portion at a tip of a shank portion of the drill and an inclined surface formed in a boundary portion between the shank portion and the bit portion, the inclined surface corresponding the inclined surface of the through hole, a diameter of the bit portion being smaller than a diameter of the shank portion, the diameter of the shank portion being larger than the diameter of the small-diameter portion of the through hole and smaller than the diameter of the large-diameter portion; and
forming the concave portion in the ring shaped seal by inserting the drill into the through hole until a position where the inclined surface of the shank portion comes in contact with the inclined surface of the through hole, and
the seal fixing step includes matching positions of the attachment hole and the through hole with each other, and passing the screw through the through hole to engage the screw with the attachment hole to exert an outward-directed force in the radial direction on the ring shaped seal because of a force of the head pressing the bearing face to fix the ring shaped seal to the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,113,620

BALL RETURNING CIRCULATOR OF BALL SCREW

PMI PRECISION MOTION INDU...

1. A ball returning circulator of a ball screw having a nut, a screw and a plurality of balls, the ball returning circulator comprising:at least one ball access port, each of the at least one ball access port at one end of the circulator for releasing balls to come into or out from the circulator; and
at least one curved section having at least one opening distanced from the ball access port and at least one cover plate for closing the at least one opening;
wherein the ball returning circulator comprises two circulation tubes, each of the circulation tubes has one said ball access port, a connecting section, one said curved section and a ball engaging section, each said curved section having the opening is between the connecting section and the ball engaging section, and the connecting section of the circulation tube has at least one positioning wing frame on at least one side thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,619

LOCKING DEVICE AND LOCKING METHOD FOR THE TOOL HOLDER OF A DRILLING SYSTEM

1. A locking device (1) for locking a tool to a tool holder (3) of a rotary drilling rig, the locking device comprising a sleeve (10), a locking pin (9), a movement system, and a control system (2), the sleeve (10) and the locking pin (9) being configured such that the sleeve (10) engages around the locking pin (9) with positive locking such that the locking pin (9) can rotate in the sleeve (10) about a longitudinal axis of the locking pin (9) and can be displaced laterally parallel to the longitudinal axis, the locking pin (9) comprising at least one radially outwardly extending guide pin (12) which is guided in a slide in the sleeve (10), and the movement system having at least one electric motor (4) and at least one shaft, wherein the at least one shaft effects a relative rotation of sleeve (10) and locking pin (9) by force of the at least one electric motor (4), the locking device (1) further comprising a position monitoring system designed to monitor a position of the locking pin (9), the position monitoring system comprising at least one sensor or at least one pair of sensors (13) for measuring a position of the guide pin (12), and the position monitoring system being designed such that the position of the locking pin (9) is determined indirectly by measuring the position of the guide pin (12) via the at least one sensor or at least one pair of sensors (13).

US Pat. No. 10,113,618

COMPOUND PLANETARY FRICTION DRIVE

Technische Universiteit D...

1. A compound planetary friction drive comprising a first sun wheel, wherein said first sun wheel engages planetary wheels, which planetary wheels are arranged with a first part having a first radius and a second part having a second radius, wherein the second radius differs from the first radius and a transition region is provided between the first part and the second part, and wherein at least one ring annulus is provided that is driven by the planetary wheels, wherein the first sun wheel is in frictional engagement with the first part of the planetary wheels, said first part of the planetary wheels is in frictional engagement with a first ring annulus and a second ring annulus is in frictional engagement with the second part of the planetary wheels, and wherein the planetary wheels are both hollow and compressible uninterruptedly along their entire length spanning the first part, the transition region and the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,113,617

PROPULSION SYSTEM

Perkins Engines Company L...

1. A propulsion system for providing a power output, said propulsion system comprising:a transmission configured to provide the power output, the transmission comprising at least one planetary gearbox;
at least one first energy conversion machine;
at least one power unit operable to selectively drive at least one of the transmission and the at least one first energy conversion machine;
at least one second energy conversion machine operable to selectively drive or be driven by the transmission;
a power transfer arrangement for transferring power between the first and second energy conversion machines; and
at least one coupling operable to selectively connect and disconnect the at least one power unit and the transmission such that the at least one power unit is operable to drive the at least one first energy conversion machine independently of the transmission,
wherein the at least one power unit is operable to selectively drive the transmission via at least one drive shaft, at least one transmission coupling, and at least one first kinematic connection element,
wherein the at least one power unit is operable to selectively drive the at least one first energy conversion machine via the at least one drive shaft and at least one second kinematic connection element, and
wherein the first and second kinematic connection elements are gears, and the propulsion system further comprises:
a first gear mounted on a power unit output shaft;
a second gear interconnected with the first gear and providing a rotatable input to the transmission;
a third gear mounted on the power unit output shaft; and
a fourth gear mounted on a first machine shaft and interconnected with the third gear, said first machine shaft providing an input or output to the at least one first energy conversion machine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,616

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION IN PLANETARY DESIGN FOR A VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A multi-speed transmission in planetary design for a vehicle, comprising:a transmission housing (10);
a first shaft (1), the first shaft (1) being a drive (An);
a second shaft (2), the second shaft (2) being an output (Ab);
at least five planetary gear sets (RS1, RS2, RS3, RS4, RS5);
at least seven additional shafts (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9); and
five shift elements (SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5), wherein through actuation of the shift elements, at least nine forward gears (G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8, G9) and at least one reverse gear (R) are realized; and
wherein for the realization of each gear, two of the shift elements are open and at least three of the shift elements (SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5) are closed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,615

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:an input;
an output;
a first simple planetary gear set having a first sun gear, a first ring gear, and a first planet carrier;
a second simple planetary gear set having a second sun gear fixedly coupled to the first ring gear, a second ring gear, and a second planet carrier fixedly coupled to the input;
a third simple planetary gear set having a third sun gear coupled to the second ring gear, a third ring gear, and a third planet carrier;
a fourth simple planetary gear set having a fourth sun gear coupled to the third ring gear, a fourth ring gear fixedly coupled to the first planet carrier, and a fourth planet carrier fixedly coupled to the output;
a first brake configured to selectively hold the first sun gear against rotation;
a second brake configured to selectively hold the second sun gear against rotation; and
a first clutch configured to selectively couple the input to the fourth sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,113,614

DOOR OPENING/CLOSING DEVICE

Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corpor...

1. A door opening/closing device comprising:a motor; and
an output shaft arranged on a line extending from an axial center of the motor, power of the motor being transmitted to the output shaft via a gear train for deceleration, the door opening/closing device opening and closing a door via the output shaft by driving the motor, wherein
an eccentric distance between a position of center of gravity when the motor, the gear train, and the output shaft are assembled and an axial center of the output shaft is set smaller than two-tenths of a diameter of the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,613

PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM AND POWER TRANSMISSION MEMBER THEREOF

Hiedkazu Atari, Tokyo (J...

1. A power transmission member provided as a power transmission member of a planetary gear mechanism configured to support, in a freely turnable manner, a planetary gear to be engaged with a sun gear and an internal gear, comprising:a planetary gear holding portion in which a planetary gear attachment portion to attach the planetary gear in a freely turnable manner is formed in a rotary shaft direction, a bearing portion to support, in a freely turnable manner, one end of the planetary gear attached to the planetary gear attachment portion is formed in a rotary shaft direction and communicates with the one end of the planetary gear attachment portion, and an open window is formed on a peripheral surface such that a tooth portion of the planetary gear attached to the planetary gear attachment portion projects from an outer peripheral surface;
a substantially cylindrical-shaped rotary shaft portion configured to communicate with the other end of the planetary gear holding portion, and having a rotation support hole that is formed in the rotary shaft direction and supports, in a freely turnable manner, the other end of the planetary gear attached to the planetary gear attachment portion; and
a sun gear holding portion having a sun gear insertion hole that is formed in a rotary shaft direction and is adapted to insert a shaft portion of the sun gear into a center shaft of the planetary gear holding portion in a freely turnable manner,
wherein the planetary gear holding portion, the rotary shaft portion, and the sun gear holding portion are formed as an integrated body, and
the planetary gear is inserted from an opening end portion of the rotary shaft portion, and is attached to the planetary gear attachment portion via the rotation support hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,612

LINE TENSIONER

1. A method of tensioning a line using a line tensioner, the line tensioner comprising:a first attachment portion for releasably fixing to a line, the first attachment portion having a slot with two opposing surfaces extending in a first direction from a throat towards a mouth, the line being receivable via the mouth into releasable gripping engagement with the two opposing surfaces;
a bearing portion, the line being slidably engagable with the bearing portion for tensioning the line; and
a second attachment portion for releasably fixing to the line, the second attachment portion having a slot with two opposing surfaces extending in a second direction from a throat towards a mouth, the line being receivable via the mouth into releasable gripping engagement with the two opposing surfaces, the second direction being opposite to the first direction, the method comprising:
releasably fixing a first portion of the line to the first attachment portion;
engaging a second portion of the line with the bearing portion;
pulling a third portion of the line, the second portion of the line being between the first and third portions of the line, such that the second portion of the line slides along and bears against the bearing portion to tension the line; and
releasably fixing the third portion of the line to the second attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,611

TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER AND ENGINE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A torsional vibration damper mounted at a crankshaft of an engine, comprising:a hub including:
a first mounting surface,
a second mounting surface opposite to the first mounting surface,
a first mounting hole configured to receive the crankshaft, and
at least one slot spaced apart from the first mounting hole;
an inertia ring; and
an elastomer element disposed between the hub and the inertia ring;
wherein the at least one slot is configured such that a center-of-gravity of the torsional vibration damper is offset from a central axis of the crankshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,610

METHOD FOR IMPROVED SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING EQUIPMENT TOOL PEDESTAL / PAD VIBRATION ISOLATION AND REDUCTION

1. A method for eliminating or substantially reducing process-inhibiting vibrations within a high-precision semiconductor device fabrication facility, comprising the steps of:supporting a high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment on a hybrid tool pedestal system within a building having a building structure susceptible to vibration transmission and that may be exposed to and susceptible to transmitting process inhibiting vibrations to said high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment, wherein said hybrid tool pedestal system comprises a multi-layered material construction formed of materials selected for isolating varying vibration frequencies by virtue of the combined isolation of said multi-layered material construction;
positioning said hybrid tool pedestal system on a raised floor, said raised floor for structurally separating a building floor from said hybrid tool pedestal system for providing a first portion of vibration isolation between the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment and the building floor, said hybrid tool pedestal system comprising a plurality of base structures for positioning said hybrid tool pedestal system on said raised floor and an elevated structure for providing structural support and separating a high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment positioned on said elevated structure from said plurality of base structures;
separating said plurality of base structures from said raised floor using a plurality of first vibration isolation pads, said plurality of first vibration isolation pads comprising an adhesive pad, caulking, or a combination of adhesive pads and caulking;
positioning a plurality of first vertical support structures as a portion of said elevated structure and separating an upper structure of said elevated structure from at least selected ones of said plurality of base structures, said selected ones of said plurality of first vertical support structures further comprising a hollow portion capable of being filled;
filling at least a subset of said hollow portions with a vibration absorbing foam, said vertical support structure separating said base from said upper surface and further comprising concrete mix to reduce/isolate vibration and improve stiffness thereby absorbing vibrations transmitted to said first vertical support structures;
separating said plurality of first vertical support structures from said upper structure using a second vibration isolation pad comprising an adhesive pad, caulking, or a combination of adhesive pads and caulking;
wherein said first vibration isolation pads, said vibration absorbing foam, and said second vibration isolation pad coordinate to eliminate or substantially reduce the ability of vibrations from the building floor to reach high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment operating on said upper structure; and
further separating said second isolation pad from said upper structure using a vertical structural beam, said vertical structural beam connecting to said upper structure at a first joint and to said second isolation pad at a second joint; and
applying a vibration frequency isolation structure in the form of either an adhesive pad, caulking, or a combination of adhesive pad and caulking at said first joint for vibration isolating said upper structure from said vertical structural beam and at said second joint for vibration isolating said vertical structural beam from said second isolation pad for further preventing vibration isolating said semiconductor device fabrication process inhibiting vibrations at the building floor from affecting precision operation of the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment on said upper structure, and
associating a heavy mass block between said plurality of base structures and said raised floor for vibration and sound reduction said heavy mass block comprising a first layer of sound dampening adhesive, a reinforced concrete block connecting to said first layer of sound dampening adhesive, a second layer of sound dampening adhesive position on said reinforced concrete block opposite said first layer of sound dampening adhesive, and a block of porous high strength metal connecting to said second layer of sound dampening adhesive, said first layer of sound dampening adhesive positioned between a clean room floor and said reinforced concrete block for first reducing in the vibration induced deflection from the clean room floor to said concrete block, said second layer of sound dampening adhesive for further reducing deflection transmitted from said reinforced concrete block to said porous high strength metal block, wherein deflection and vibration carried from a waffle concrete floor to the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment becomes effectively isolated; and
further providing on said heavy mass block an electromagnetic interference (EMI) barrier for insulating or absorbing EMI for preventing EMI frequencies from adversely affecting operation of the high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment and further performing a degaussing step on said high-precision semiconductor device fabrication equipment for removing magnetic arc blow associated with said EMI barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,113,609

VIBRATION ISOLATING DEVICE FOR AN ELASTIC COUPLING OF TWO COMPONENTS

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A vibration isolating device that is adapted for an elastic coupling of a first component to a second component and for vibration isolation in predetermined frequency ranges between the first and second components, the vibration isolating device comprising at least a first and a second elastically deformable plate that are attached to each other in at least two separate connecting points, the first elastically deformable plate comprising a first curvature located in a region between the at least two separate connecting points and the second elastically deformable plate comprising a second curvature located in a region between the at least two separate connecting points, wherein the first and second curvatures are arranged such that a gap is defined between the first and second elastically deformable plates in the regions between the at least two separate connecting points, and wherein the first and second curvatures are adapted to be reduced in operation if a tension force that moves the at least two separate connecting points away from each other is applied to the vibration isolating device, and wherein the first and second curvatures are adapted to be increased in operation if a compression force that moves the at least two separate connecting points towards each other is applied to the vibration isolating device; wherein at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates comprises an associated vibration isolation mass and in that the at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates comprises an associated lever that is mounted to the at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates, in the region of at least one of the first and second curvatures, of the at least one of the first and second elastically deformable plates, at least one associated lever being provided with a vibration isolation mass.

US Pat. No. 10,113,608

MOVABLE AXIAL ELEMENT FOR A ROTARY TOOL DAMPENING SYSTEM

SECO-E.P.B.(SOCIETE PAR A...

1. A movable axial element for a damping system, the axial element comprising:a rectilinear absorbent mass positionable in a housing;
a plurality of annular grooves arranged on a periphery of the absorbent mass, each of the grooves housing an elastic element, each of the elastic elements being arranged to bear against an internal wall of the housing, each of the plurality of grooves including a base formed by a shoulder of the absorbent mass, the grooves having variable widths along a portion of the shoulder of the absorbent mass, wherein an edge formed by a structure bearing an annular lip is mounted in a sliding manner on at least one part of the shoulder along at least one axis of the movable axial element to form an adjusting device integrated into the movable axial element to enable the control of a prestressing exerted by the annular lip on at least one of the elastic elements mounted on the periphery of the absorbent mass, the prestressing being generated without rotation of the annular lip relative to elastic element; and
at least one movable edge formed by a sliding washer separating two juxtaposed grooves, the sliding washer having internal dimensions corresponding to dimensions of the shoulder of the portion of absorbent mass.

US Pat. No. 10,113,607

ACTIVE VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE AND ACTIVE VIBRATION DAMPING METHOD

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

1. An active vibration damping device, comprising:an actuator disposed between a drive source and a vehicle body; and
a computer configured to suppress transmission of vibrations from the drive source to the vehicle body by causing the actuator to actively generate vibrations;
wherein the computer comprises:
an internal temperature estimating unit configured to calculate an internal temperature of the actuator;
a command value calculating unit configured to calculate an operation command value for the actuator from rotation information of the drive source;
a command value correction unit configured to correct the operation command value in accordance with the internal temperature;
a drive control unit configured to apply a drive voltage to the actuator using a voltage duty ratio based on the corrected operation command value; and
a point number calculating unit configured to obtain an integer value point number which is set so as to become larger as a period of rotation of the drive source becomes longer; and
wherein the internal temperature estimating unit comprises:
an output average duty ratio calculating unit configured to calculate an output average duty ratio, which is an average of target values or actually measured values of the voltage duty ratios that are used for realizing the operation command value, when the period of rotation of the drive source is a predetermined period;
a reference average duty ratio calculating unit configured to calculate, on basis of the operation command value and the point number, a reference average duty ratio, which is an average of the voltage duty ratios that realize the operation command value when the internal temperature is a reference temperature and the period of rotation of the drive source is the predetermined period;
an average duty ratio rate-of-change calculating unit configured to calculate, from the operation command value and the point number, an average duty ratio rate of change, which indicates a relationship between an amount of change of the internal temperature and an amount of change of an average duty ratio which is an average of the voltage duty ratios, when the period of rotation of the drive source is the predetermined period; and
an internal temperature calculating unit configured to calculate as the internal temperature a value obtained by adding the reference temperature to a product of the average duty ratio rate of change and a deviation between the output average duty ratio and the reference average duty ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,113,605

OVERTRAVEL RELIEF ASSEMBLY FOR A GAS SPRING

DADCO, Inc., Plymouth, M...

1. A gas spring for forming equipment, comprising:a casing with an axially extending side wall, an open end, a transversely extending closed end wall axially spaced from the open end, and a pressure chamber defined in part by the side and end walls to receive a gas under pressure;
a bearing assembly received in the casing;
a piston rod slidably received in the bearing assembly for reciprocation between extended and retracted positions;
a piston rod seal received in the casing generally axially between the bearing assembly and the open end of the casing;
a piston retainer received in the casing and separate from and normally carried by the piston rod adjacent an end of the piston rod received in the casing and normally having at least a portion thereof extending circumferentially continuously around the piston rod;
a deforming member in the casing adjacent to the closed end wall of the casing, and having at least two circumferentially spaced apart legs projecting generally axially toward the retainer and underlying and at least slightly spaced from the retainer when the piston rod is forced into the pressure chamber to the maximum extent of its design intended normal operating retracted position of the piston rod; and
when the piston rod is forced into the casing into an overtravel position beyond its design intended maximum retracted position the retainer engages the legs and is plastically deformed; and
after such overtravel and the piston rod returns to its extended position the deformed retainer engages the bearing assembly and is fractured and separated from the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,113,604

SUSPENSION DAMPER

Fox Factory, Inc., Scott...

1. A vehicle damper comprising:a fluid filled cylinder;
a piston for movement within the cylinder, wherein said piston isolates a first volume in said cylinder from a second volume in said cylinder;
at least two compression ports formed in said piston;
at least two rebound ports formed in said piston;
at least one compression shim at least partially blocking said at least two compression ports;
at least one rebound shim at least partially blocking said at least two rebound ports; and
a compression bleed valve disposed within said piston, said compression bleed valve defining a one-directional compression bleed valve flow path disposed within said piston and fluidically coupling said first volume in said cylinder to said second volume in said cylinder, said one-directional compression bleed valve flow path fluidically coupled to said second volume at a location upstream of said at least one compression shim, with respect to fluid flow during a compression movement of said piston, said one-directional compression bleed valve flow path is not encumbered by said at least one compression shim.

US Pat. No. 10,113,603

GAS SPRING END MEMBER AS WELL AS GAS SPRING AND DAMPER ASSEMBLY AND SUSPENSION SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

Firestone Industrial Prod...

1. A gas spring and damper assembly comprising:a damper assembly having a longitudinally-extending axis and including:
a damper housing including a housing wall extending axially between opposing first and second ends, said housing wall at least partially defining a damping chamber containing a quantity of damping fluid; and,
a damper rod assembly including an elongated damper rod and a damper piston secured along said elongated damper rod, said damper rod assembly operatively interengaged with said damper housing for reciprocal displacement relative thereto with said damper piston disposed within said damping chamber and at least a portion of said elongated damper rod projecting axially-outwardly from said first end of said damper housing; and,
a gas spring assembly including:
a first end member supported on said elongated damper rod in substantially fixed axial relation thereto;
a second end member supported on said damper housing in substantially fixed relation thereto, said second end member including at least one securement feature;
a flexible spring member secured between said first and second end members to at least partially define a spring chamber; and,
at least one securement device operatively engaging said damper housing, said at least one securement device operatively connected with said at least one securement feature of said second end member to retain said at least one securement device in operative engagement with said damper housing and thereby removably secure said second end member in said substantially fixed axial relation with said damper housing;
wherein said gas spring assembly includes a sealing element sealingly disposed between said second end member and said damper housing to fluidically isolate said spring chamber from an external atmosphere;
wherein said at least one securement feature and said at least one securement device are disposed in axially spaced relation to said sealing element such that said at least one securement feature and said at least one securement device are fluidically isolated from said spring chamber by said sealing element;
wherein said second end member includes an end member wall, and said at least one securement feature includes a threaded passage extending through said end member wall; and
wherein a wall thickness of said end member wall is greater proximate said sealing element than proximate said at least one securement feature.

US Pat. No. 10,113,602

LOAD CONTROLLING BOLTED FLANGE DEFORMABLE SPACERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A deformable spacer for absorbing energy for a flange bolt, the deformable spacer comprising:a hollow cylindrical body having a first body end, a second body end, a body outer surface having a body outer diameter, a body inner surface having a body inner diameter and a body longitudinal axis;
a plurality of elongated slots extending through the hollow cylindrical body from the body inner surface to the body outer surface, wherein the plurality of elongated slots are circumferentially spaced about the hollow cylindrical body;
a first flange disposed at the first body end and having a first flange outer diameter that is greater than the body outer diameter; and
a second flange disposed at the second body end and having a second flange outer diameter that is greater than the body outer diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,601

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:an electric motor;
a brake rotor;
a friction pad configured to come into contact with the brake rotor to generate a braking force;
a transmission mechanism configured to convert a rotary motion of the electric motor into a motion with which the friction pad generates the braking force;
a braking force command section configured to generate a command value of a target braking force by using an operation amount of a brake operation portion;
a braking force estimation section configured to obtain an estimated value of a braking force that presses the friction pad against the brake rotor;
a motor rotation angle detector configured to detect a rotation angle of the electric motor; and
a controller configured to control the electric motor according to the command value and the estimated value of the braking force,
wherein the controller is provided with a pad wear amount estimation section configured to estimate a wear amount of the friction pad,
wherein the pad wear amount estimation section estimates the wear amount of the friction pad at a present time by comparing a correlation between the motor rotation angle detected by the motor rotation angle detector and the braking force obtained by the braking force estimation section with a defined correlation between a motor rotation angle and a braking force when the friction pad is unworn, and
wherein the pad wear amount estimation section includes
a linearity determination section configured to determine a strength of linearity of the correlation between the braking force and the motor rotation angle from a change in a rate of change of one of the braking force and the motor rotation angle with respect to a rate of change of the other of the braking force and the motor rotation angle; and
a wear amount estimation section configured to estimate the wear amount of the friction pad from the braking force or the motor rotation angle at which the strength of linearity of the correlation that is determined by the linearity determination section is greater than or equal to a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,113,600

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A LAYER ONTO A SURFACE OF A SOLID SUBSTRATE AND PRODUCTS FORMED THEREBY

ATS MER, LLC, Tucson, AZ...

1. A method for forming a vehicular brake rotor comprising a friction surface layer bonded to a surface of a solid metal substrate, the method comprising the steps of:(A) providing a solid metal substrate;
(B) employing a scanning plasma torch to direct a high temperature are plasma stream onto a surface of the substrate; said plasma stream comprising a metal selected from the group consisting of aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, titanium, vanadium and zinc, or a metal alloy comprising two or more metallic elements, selected from the group consisting of aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, titanium, vanadium, zinc, chromium, magnesium, manganese, niobium and silicon, a ceramic material in powder form selected from the group consisting of a metal carbide, a metal nitride, a metal silicide and an intermetallic composition, and an ionizable gas, said substrate forming an electrode and completing an electrical circuit with said plasma arc and a torch power supply, said plasma having sufficient energy to ionize the gas so as to heat and melt an area on a surface of the substrate; and
(C) causing a reaction between a melted metal in the area of the substrate and a metal or metal alloy in the plasma steam whereby to form a composite surface area incorporating the ceramic material in powder form on the substrate without any intervening layer; and
(D) moving the scanning plasma touch and repeating steps (B) and (C) to form a surface layer across a surface of the metal substrate, whereupon the ceramic material in powder form is directly bonded to the surface of the metallic substrate whereby to increase friction and enhance wear resistance of the surface of the metal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,599

RETAINING BRACKET FOR DISC BRAKE CALIPER AND KIT INCLUDING THE SAME

1. A kit of retaining brackets for disc brakes, comprising:a first retaining bracket comprising:
a pair of substantially arcuate, parallel rods;
a pair of crossbeams extending between, and secured to, said pair of substantially arcuate, parallel rods; and
extending members extending from opposing ends of each of said parallel rods, the extending members adapted for securing said pair of substantially arcuate, parallel rods to a disc brake caliper; and
a second retaining bracket comprising:
a substantially trapezoidal plate having opposed first and second ends, a recess being formed in the first end adapted for receiving a rotor axle;
a flange secured to the second end of the substantially trapezoidal plate and extending substantially orthogonal thereto, the flange being adapted for positioning against an underside of the disc brake caliper; and
a pair of openings formed through the first end of the substantially trapezoidal plate for receiving a pair of threaded bolts for interconnection with the disc brake caliper.

US Pat. No. 10,113,598

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SENSORIZED BRAKING ELEMENT, IN PARTICULAR A BRAKE PAD AND A SENSORIZED BRAKE PAD OBTAINED THEREBY

ITT Italia S.r.l., (IT)

11. A sensorized brake element comprising:a supporting metal element, a damping and a thermally insulating layer arranged on the supporting metal element on the side of a first surface of the supporting metal element intended in use to face an element to be braked, including a disk or a drum of a vehicle, and a friction material block integrally supported by the supporting metal element on the side of the first surface and above the damping and thermally insulating layer;
at least one piezoceramic sensor below the damping and electrically insulating layer and fixed directly over the first surface of the supporting metal element, the at least one piezoceramic sensor designed to emit an electric signal when subjected to a mechanical stress wherein the at least one piezoceramic sensor is made from a piezoceramic material having a Curie temperature that is higher than 200° C.; and
an electric circuit configured to capture the electric signal and process the captured signal, wherein the electric circuit is made as an electrically insulated unit including at least one branching ending with respective electric contacts for the at least one piezoceramic sensor;
the at least one piezoceramic sensor being electrically and mechanically connected to the electric contacts arranged at the end of the at least one branching;
wherein the electric circuit and the at least one piezoceramic sensor are mechanically and integrally fixed to the first surface and said branching being made so as to position the at least one piezoceramic sensor at a predetermined point of the first surface in such a manner that the least one piezoceramic sensor is directly and completely embedded within the friction material block arranged onto and supported by the first surface with the interposition of the damping and thermally insulating layer; and
wherein the at least one piezoceramic sensor has an operating temperature equal to or higher than 200° C., and the at least one piezoceramic sensor self-generates the electric signal in response to the mechanical stress without the need of electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,113,597

CASSETTE DRIVER FOR A FREEWHEEL HUB

Christianson Systems, Inc...

1. A cassette driver comprising:a cylindrical body portion;
a plurality of axially extending raised splines spaced apart on the cylindrical body portion;
a drive end portion connected to the cylindrical body portion, the drive end portion including a plurality of coaxial cylindrical surfaces, wherein the drive end portion and cylindrical body portion are integrally formed;
wherein at least one of the splines is integrally formed on the surface of the cylindrical body portion of the cassette driver; and
wherein the at least one spline includes a drive side, the drive side including a reinforcement engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,596

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power transmission device that transmits a rotational driving force outputted from a driving source to a target device to be driven, the power transmission device comprising:a driving rotor rotated by the rotational driving force;
a driven rotor rotated with a rotary shaft of the target device;
an electromagnet that generates an electromagnetic force connecting the driven rotor and the driving rotor; and
a buffer member that dampens a shock caused when the driven rotor and the driving rotor are connected to each other, wherein:
the drive rotor has
an armature connected to the driving rotor by the electromagnetic force, and
a plate that applies a load to the armature in an axial direction of the rotary shaft,
the armature has a driven-side through hole passing through the armature in an axial direction of the rotary shaft;
the plate has a plate-side through hole passing through the plate in the axial direction of the rotary shaft; and
the buffer member has an overlapping portion disposed overlapping with the driven-side through hole when viewed in the axial direction of the rotary shaft in a state where the overlapping portion extends over an entire region of the plate-side through hole and covers the plate-side through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,113,595

CONCENTRIC V-GROOVE COUPLING

Ker-Train Holdings Ltd., ...

1. A coupling comprising:at least two inter-connected torque couplings, each comprising:
a pair of clutch end members, each said end member including a set of concentric V-grooves disposed on a respective face thereof;
a clutch centre member disposed between the respective clutch end members, the centre member being axially movable between the respective end members and including a pair of opposing surfaces, one of the opposing surfaces including a plurality of concentric V-grooves configured to mesh with the set of V-grooves of one of the respective end members, another of the opposing surfaces including a plurality of concentric V-grooves configured to mesh with the set of V-grooves of another of the respective end members; and
an actuator coupled to one of the end members and being configured to simultaneously couple the end members to the centre member by engaging the V-grooves of both of the respective end members with the V-grooves of the centre member,
wherein the centre member of one of the torque couplings comprises one of the opposing surfaces of the one torque coupling, another of the opposing surfaces of the one torque coupling and one of the end members of another of the torque couplings.

US Pat. No. 10,113,594

SAFETY DEVICE FOR CURTAIN CONTROLLER

Chen Tian Co., Ltd., Tai...

1. A safety device for a curtain controller, comprising:a base having a through hole;
a shaft sleeve disposed in the through hole and fixedly connected to a terminal end of a shaft adapted to extend from the curtain controller;
a sleeved shaft disposed on a surface of the shaft sleeve opposite to the connection of the shaft sleeve's connection to the terminal end of the shaft, wherein a diameter of the sleeved shaft is decreased along a direction away from the shaft to form a tapered cylinder having a first inclined surface;
at least one inserted slot disposed on the first inclined surface;
a first buckle part disposed on a bottom part of the base;
a bead chain wheel having a plurality of equiangularly disposed concave holes for accommodating beads of a bead chain;
a sleeving hole disposed on a surface of the bead chain wheel and facing the shaft sleeve, wherein a diameter of the sleeving hole fits the diameter of the sleeved shaft, a peripheral wall of the sleeving hole forming an oblique cone and having a second inclined surface to fit the first inclined surface;
at least one inserting block disposed on the second inclined surface of the sleeving hole to be corresponding to the at least one inserted slot;
a central bump disposed on a central shaft of the bead chain wheel;
a cover, wherein an upper part of the cover pivotally connects to an upper part of the base;
a second buckle part disposed on a lower part of the cover to correspondingly buckle with the first buckle part; and
a central concave hole disposed on an inner wall of the cover facing the bead chain wheel, wherein the central concave hole is disposed in correspondence with and in contact with the central bump,
wherein the sleeving hole of the bead chain wheel sleeves with the sleeved shaft of the shaft sleeve in the through hole of the base, and the second buckle part of the cover buckles with the first buckle part of the base for assembling of the safety device to prevent a neck of a user from being wound by the bead chain.

US Pat. No. 10,113,593

ENCODER WITH OIL GAS PREVENTION STRUCTURE

HIWIN MIKROSYSTEM CORP., ...

1. An encoder with oil gas prevention structure, comprising:a base, comprising a body and a through hole configured on the body;
a shaft, disposed within the though hole, and comprising a first section, a second section, and a shoulder wherein the shoulder is configured between the first section and the second section, and corresponding to the first section;
a bearing, holding the shaft and disposed within the through hole, and comprising an inner ring and an outer ring wherein the inner ring is set against the first section, and the outer ring is set against a circumference of the through hole;
a cover, holding the shaft and adjacent to the bearing, and comprising a sheet, a circular groove and a plurality of indentations wherein the circular groove is configured on one side of the sheet, and the circular groove is configured on the sheet and corresponds with the bearing; and
an encoding device, holding the shaft and the shaft is inserted through the cover, and comprising a code disc rotatably disposed on the shaft wherein the cover is located between the bearing and the code disc.

US Pat. No. 10,113,592

ROLLER BEARING MODULE, A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROLLER BEARING MODULE, AND A METHOD FOR FORMING A VEHICLE HUB ASSEMBLY

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A roller bearing module for a vehicle hub module, the roller bearing module comprising:an outboard roller bearing;
an inboard roller bearing;
a spacer coupling the outboard roller bearing to the inboard roller bearing, the spacer arranged in an axial direction between the outboard roller bearing and the inboard roller bearing, the spacer having a first distal end and a second distal end, the second distal end is connected to an inner ring of the outboard roller bearing and the first distal end is axially aligned with, adjacent to, free-floating relative to, and not permanently affixed to an inner ring of the inboard roller bearing;
a first sealing structure arranged at an outwards facing side of the outboard roller bearing, and
a second sealing structure arranged at an inwards facing side of the inboard roller bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,591

MAGNETIC FLUID SEALING STRUCTURE FOR HIGH-SPEED ROTATION

RAILWAY TECHNICAL RESEARC...

1. A magnetic fluid sealing structure for high-speed rotation for sealing a gap between a shaft member and a housing member disposed around the shaft member, which are rotatable, comprising:magnetic force generating means which is fixed to the housing member and generates a magnetic force;
magnetic pole members disposed on both sides in an axial direction of the magnetic force generating means; and
a magnetic fluid which is magnetically held between the magnetic pole members and the shaft member by the magnetic force of the magnetic force generating means and seals the gap therebetween,
wherein the shaft member has a plurality of different material layers concentrically laminated in a radial direction,
an outermost diameter layer of the shaft member, which holds the magnetic fluid, is made of a magnetic material,
the shaft member has a three-layer structure including the outermost diameter layer, an innermost diameter layer made of a good thermal conductive material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the outermost diameter layer, and an intermediate layer provided between the innermost diameter layer and the outermost diameter layer,
the intermediate layer is made of a good thermal conductive material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the outermost diameter layer, and
the innermost diameter layer is made of a high strength material having a higher strength than that of the intermediate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,113,590

BALL BEARING UNIT FOR TURBOCHARGER

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A ball bearing unit for a turbocharger, the ball bearing unit comprising:an outer ring that has a cylindrical shape, and that has an inner peripheral surface provided with an outer ring raceway surface at one end side and an outer ring raceway surface at another end side formed separately from each other in an axial direction;
a first inner ring that has a first inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side;
a second inner ring that has a second inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side;
a first machined retainer that holds a plurality of balls disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side and the first inner ring raceway surface; and
a second machined retainer that holds a plurality of balls disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side and the second inner ring raceway surface,
wherein the first machined retainer and the second machined retainer only rotates in one direction with the rotation of a turbine of the turbocharger,
at least one of the first machined retainer and the second machined retainer includes a plurality of pockets that hold the plurality of balls in a rollable manner in a circumferential direction, and each of the plurality of pockets has a diameter equal to or more than 1.03 times and equal to or less than 1.07 times of a diameter of a ball in the plurality of balls,
a groove is formed in an inner peripheral surface of a pocket included in the at least one of the first machined retainer and the second machined retainer, on a part of the inner peripheral surface located at a rotation direction side of the corresponding machined retainer in relation to a center position of the pocket, and is not formed at a side opposite from the rotation direction side of the corresponding machined retainer in relation to the center position of the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,113,589

AXIALLY SELF-POSITIONING RADIAL SUPPORT BEARING

KOYO BEARINGS NORTH AMERI...

1. A radial support bearing assembly for use with a shaft defining an annular groove in its outer surface, comprising:a substantially cylindrical cage including a central portion extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the central portion defining a plurality of roller pockets, a first projection and a second projection extending radially outwardly from the outer surface of the cage, and at least one projection extending radially inwardly from an inner surface of the cage;
a plurality of rollers, each roller being disposed in a respective roller pocket; and
a substantially cylindrical outer sleeve having an inner surface and an outer surface, the outer sleeve being disposed about an outer surface of the cage so that the inner surface of the outer sleeve is adjacent the plurality of rollers, and the outer sleeve being axially retained between the first projection and the second projection,
wherein the at least one projection is operatively engaged with the annular groove in the shaft so that the cage is axially fixed with respect to the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,587

TURBOCHARGER THRUST BEARING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An improved turbocharger assembly comprising:a turbocharger housing;
a rotary assembly including a turbine and a compressor attached to one another by a shaft, said rotary assembly including a thrust surface; and
a thrust bearing disposed in the housing for opposing the thrust surface of the rotary assembly, said thrust bearing having a shaft aperture there through for receiving the shaft and defining a primary pad and a plurality of secondary pads that each define a land region being perpendicular to the rotational axis of the shaft and a slope region, the thrust bearing further defining a first bearing surface and a second bearing surface;
wherein the primary pad defines a primary surface area which is greater than a secondary surface area of each secondary pad in the plurality of secondary pads.

US Pat. No. 10,113,586

HYDRODYNAMIC AXIAL PLAIN BEARING

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A system comprising:a connecting rod comprising a thrust bearing at an interface between the connecting rod and a crankshaft, and where the thrust bearing is ring-shaped with a larger bevel having a larger angle located radially interior to a smaller bevel with a smaller angle relative to a surface of the crankshaft, and a plurality of lubricating grooves extending from an innermost circumference to an outermost circumference of the thrust bearing such that each bevel extends completely around an entire inner circumference of the thrust bearing except at locations of the plurality of lubricating grooves; and where a height of the larger bevel and the smaller bevel is uniform along a circumference of the thrust bearing between adjacent lubricating grooves of the plurality of lubricating grooves, and where the circumference is any circumference between the innermost and outermost circumferences.

US Pat. No. 10,113,585

CABLED BEARING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A rolling element bearing comprising,a first bearing ring,
a second bearing ring,
at least one row of rolling elements disposed between raceway surfaces of the bearing rings,
a sensing element provided on a sensing surface of the first bearing ring, and a signal cable connected to the sensing element, wherein
the signal cable includes a cable connector that fits into a socket, and wherein the socket is at least partly integrated in a recess provided in an external surface of the first bearing ring, wherein
the recess is in communication with the sensing surface, and wherein
a signal coupling is arranged between the sensing element and the socket; and
one of the cable connector and the socket has an angled body section that is angled with a first angle ? relative to a longitudinal axis of the recess, such that the cable is guided out of the recess at an angle to a normal of the external surface in a substantially circumferential direction of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,584

ROLLER FINGER FOLLOWER HAVING A BEARING SLEEVE FOR A FLOATING AXLE

1. A roller finger follower, comprising:a housing including a pair of sidewalls connected by a transverse wall, the pair of sidewalls including a first sidewall including a first hole and a second sidewall including a second hole; and
a roller assembly including:
a roller positioned between the pair of sidewalls;
an axle extending through the first hole, the second hole, and the roller rotatably mounted on the axle; and
a first bearing sleeve positioned in the first hole and a second bearing sleeve positioned in the second hole,
wherein ends of the axle are respectively positioned in and rotatable relative to the first bearing sleeve and the second bearing sleeve such that the axle is rotatable relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,583

ROLLING BEARING AND ANTI-ROTATION MECHANISM FOR TURBOCHARGER

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A rolling bearing for a turbocharger, the rolling bearing comprising:an outer ring that has a cylindrical shape and that has an outer ring raceway surface at one end side and an outer ring raceway surface at another end side, the outer ring raceway surfaces being separately formed on an inner peripheral surface in an axial direction;
a first inner ring that has a first inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side;
a second inner ring that has a second inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side;
a first retainer that holds a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side and the first inner ring raceway surface; and
a second retainer that holds a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side and the second inner ring raceway surface, wherein an outer peripheral surface at one end of the outer ring has a first plane extending in the axial direction, and a groove is formed from the first plane along a radial direction perpendicular to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,113,582

HYDRODYNAMIC BEARING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

Regal Beloit Australia PT...

1. A hydrodynamic bearing assembly comprising:a first member comprising a first engaging surface, wherein said first member is stationary in a non-operating mode of said bearing assembly and wherein said first member rotates about an axis in an operational mode of said bearing assembly;
a second member comprising a bore and a second engaging surface positioned adjacent said first engaging surface, wherein said second member is stationary in both the non-operating mode and the operational mode of said bearing assembly; and
a spacer member positioned within said bore and configured to engage said first member to define a first gap between said first engaging surface and said second engaging surface in the non-operational mode, wherein said spacer member extends into said first gap.

US Pat. No. 10,113,581

BODY ISOLATOR AND BOLT RETENTION ASSEMBLY

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A body isolator and bolt retention assembly for a body on a frame vehicle, the body isolator bolt retention assembly comprising:a body isolator including an outer sleeve, an inner sleeve, and a resilient material extending between and coupling the inner and outer sleeves together, the inner sleeve including a body coupling aperture extending therethrough and having a proximal end and a distal end;
internal bolt retention threads adjacent the proximal end of the body coupling aperture;
a bolt including a head and a shaft, the shaft having a proximal end adjacent the head and an opposite distal end, the bolt having cooperating external bolt retention threads adjacent the proximal end of the shaft and having external body coupling threads adjacent the distal end of the shaft, the external body coupling threads have a major diameter that is smaller than a minor diameter of the internal bolt retention threads to permit the external body coupling threads to pass through the internal bolt retention threads without requiring threaded engagement therebetween;
wherein the internal and cooperating external bolt retention threads are axially positioned relative to each other to enable the entirety of the external bolt retention threads to be threaded completely through the internal bolt retention threads to capture the bolt within the body coupling aperture in a captured floating configuration in which the external body coupling threads and the distal end of the shaft extend out of the distal end of the body coupling aperture and the bolt is allowed to float laterally within the body coupling aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,113,580

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR MANIPULATING SWAGING COLLARS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for delivering a collar concentrically in line with a central axis of a fastener and a working axis of a swager, the apparatus comprising:a collar feeder comprising a first end, a second end, an inlet at the first end, an outlet at the second end, and a through cavity in communication with the inlet and the outlet;
a contact element located at the second end of the collar feeder;
a cam surface configured to be stationary relative to the swager;
a cam follower coupled to the collar feeder, wherein:
the cam surface is configured to guide the cam follower, and
the cam follower is configured to be moveable along the cam surface;
a slider pivotally coupled to the collar feeder, wherein the slider is movable relative to the swager along the working axis of the swager;
means for biasing the slider relative to the swager along the working axis of the swager; and
at least one resilient flexure coupled to the collar feeder at the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,579

HYBRID COMPOSITE-METAL BREAKAWAY NUT FASTENER

NMC GROUP, INC., Pomona,...

1. A hybrid composite-metal breakaway nut fastener comprising:a head portion having a proximal end and a distal end defining a central axis, said head portion made of plastic and having a shape so as to mate to a tool so as to be rotated;
a nut portion including an exterior shell and a nut insert, said exterior shell made of plastic and having an annular shape so as to include a proximal end and a distal inlet coaxial to said central axis, said nut insert made of metal, having a circumferential exterior surface, proximal and distal ends, and a female threaded bore, said nut insert being concentrically affixed within said exterior shell so as to be able to receive a male threaded fastener through said distal inlet of said exterior shell into said female threaded bore of said nut insert; and
a thin walled section connecting and affixing said distal end of said head portion to said proximal end of said exterior shell; and
wherein said head portion, thin walled section, and exterior shell of said nut portion are a one piece construction of plastic.

US Pat. No. 10,113,578

BOLT FOR CLAMPING ADJOINING PARTS

1. A bolt for clamping adjoining parts, comprising:a bolt body adapted for insertion in openings of the adjoining parts from one side of the adjoining parts;
an actuator received in the bolt body and actuatable from one end of the bolt body;
a clamping mechanism mounted in the bolt body and interacting with the actuator, said clamping, mechanism including tilting elements which are configured to tilt out of the bolt body in opposition to a restoring force, when the actuator is actuated; and
an anti-rotation mechanism configured to prevent the tilting elements from rotating,
wherein the clamping mechanism includes balls, said actuator engaging the tilting elements via the balls, said anti-rotation mechanism being realized by providing each of the tilting elements with a notch for engagement by the balls.

US Pat. No. 10,113,577

LOCKING PIN AND GROMMET FASTENER ASSEMBLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener assembly comprising:a pin including at least one locking member or at least one reciprocal retaining feature; and
a grommet including the other of the at least one locking member or the at least one reciprocal retaining feature,
wherein the at least one locking member is configured to be securely retained by the at least one reciprocal retaining feature in a locked state in which the fastener assembly is configured to be inserted into an opening formed through a component, and wherein the at least one locking member is removed from the at least one reciprocal retaining feature in a securing state in which the fastener assembly is secured within the opening formed through the component,
wherein the at least one locking member comprises a column including at least one projection and having a T-shaped axial cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,576

CONNECTOR AND CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR USE IN TOY WEAPONRY

Alex Brands Buzz Bee Toys...

1. A connector system for use in toy weaponry, the system comprising:at least a first connector and a second connector of substantially identical configuration, the first and the second connectors being adapted to connect with a respective one of at least a first weapon and a second weapon; each of the connectors comprising:
a first end adapted to connect with a handle portion of the respective weapon; and
a second end having at least one engaging means;
wherein the at least one engaging means of the first connector is configured to be releasably engageable with the at least one engaging means of the second connector, such that the first and the second weapons are connectable to form substantially a single weapon assembly operable at one common handle;
wherein at least one of the first and the second connectors comprises a switch triggerable to electrically connect one or more signalling means provided at one or more of the first and the second weapons with a power source; and
wherein the one or more signalling means are provided at one or more blade portions of the one or more weapons.

US Pat. No. 10,113,575

CONNECTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING TWO PARTS

Franz Baur, Oberstaufen ...

1. A connecting device for connecting two parts, comprising:a first connecting element which is arrangeable on a first part and a second connecting element which is arrangeable on a second part,
wherein at least one of the first connecting element and the second connecting element comprises one or more non-self-cutting retaining projections, each of which has a curved supporting surface that is in the form of an arc of a circle in longitudinal section,
wherein the one or more retaining projections are introducible into a groove having a curved undercut surface and is in the form of an arc of a circle in longitudinal section,
wherein the one or more retaining projections are configured to engage in the groove,
wherein the first connecting element and the second connecting element are configured to provide a connection plane between the two parts to be connected when the first connecting element is engaged with the second connecting element;
wherein the connecting device forms a guidance device configured for guiding the two parts relative to each other, wherein the first connecting element comprises a guidance groove and wherein the second connecting element comprises a guidance element, wherein the guidance element is linearly displaceable along the guidance groove,
wherein the guidance groove comprises a camming guide for the guidance of the guidance element along a predetermined guide path, wherein the guide path is at varying spacings from the connection plane;
wherein the guide path has two maximum regions having an at least local maximum spacing from the connection plane.

US Pat. No. 10,113,574

WORKBENCH PANEL HOLDER CLAMP FIXTURE AND SYSTEM

1. A clamp fixture for affixing panels to a workbench, said clamp fixture comprising:a lower fixture portion that adjustably mates with an upper fixture portion and a lower end portion, wherein said upper fixture portion further comprises an upper end portion;
a biasing member connecting said upper end portion with said lower fixture portion, wherein said biasing member comprises a spring;
a lower clamp disposed on said lower end portion, wherein said lower clamp is operable to engage a bottom area of a workbench;
a first middle clamp and a second middle clamp disposed on said upper fixture portion, wherein said first middle clamp is operable to engage a top area of a workbench; and
an upper clamp disposed on said upper end portion;
wherein said lower clamp and said first middle clamp are adjustably separable relative to each other via said lower fixture portion to affix said clamp fixture to a workbench, and wherein said second middle clamp and said upper clamp are configured to hold a panel there between, wherein said upper end portion is separate from said upper fixture portion whereby said upper clamp and said second middle clamp are adjustably separable relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,573

SEQUENCING LOCKING MECHANISM FOR TELESCOGING STRUCTURES

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A passive locking mechanism for a telescoping structure, comprising:a stud fixed to a first panel section;
a lower pawl coupled to a second panel section;
an upper pawl coupled to the second panel section, the upper pawl operable to engage the lower pawl; and
a lock wedge coupled to a third panel section, the lock wedge being operable to engage the upper and lower pawls,
wherein, in a retracted position of the telescoping structure, the lower pawl is engaged with the lock wedge, such that the second panel section is locked in place relative to the third panel section, and
wherein the first panel section is free to move relative to the second panel section.

US Pat. No. 10,113,572

DEVICE HAVING TWO PARTS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device comprising:a first part that comprises a first fastening tool (FT1) and a first receptor (R1); and
a second part that comprises a second receptor (R2) for engaging with the first fastening tool (FT1), and a movable latch (L) for engaging with the first receptor (R1),
wherein said first and second parts are arranged for being connected together by a single act of engaging the first fastening tool (FT1) with the second receptor (R2) to establish a first connection between the first and second parts, and to make the movable latch (L) engage with the first receptor (R1) to establish a second connection between the first and second parts, the second connection being spaced apart from the first connection, wherein both said first and second connections are completed in response to operating only said first fastening tool (FT1), wherein the first fastening tool (FT1) includes a bolt (B) locked by a clip ring (CR) in its construction to prevent the bolt (B) from becoming loose from the first fastening tool (FT1), wherein the first fastening tool (FT1) further includes a spring (S1), wherein the bolt (B) is spring-loaded via the spring (S1) and the clip ring (CR) so that the bolt (B) has no interference when the first part is positioned on top of the second part, and wherein the second receptor (R2) includes a nut (N), and further wherein the bolt (B) can be fastened to the nut (N) after the bolt (B) is pushed against the spring-loading of the spring (S1).

US Pat. No. 10,113,571

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR JOINING PANELS

1. A cabinet comprising:a plurality of cabinet panels coupled together to form a cabinet, at least two adjoining panels of said plurality of cabinet panels joined together by a rail lock and cleat tab joining structure comprising:
a flange strip extending from an adjoining side edge of each of said at least two adjoining panels, said flange strip comprising a plurality of cleat tabs along an edge of said flange strip, and
a rail lock having a plurality of taper locks, said rail lock comprising about a right angle bend along a rail lock center longitudinal axis, each cleat tab of a first panel of said at least two adjoining panels substantially aligned with each cleat tab of a second panel of said at least two adjoining panels to form a pair of aligned cleat tabs, said pair of aligned cleat tabs captured together by an interference fit with tapered edges of each corresponding taper lock to form a seam joining said first panel to said second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,113,570

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-SITU STATE MONITORING OF A HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

Mera AS, Haugesund (NO)

1. A monitoring system for in-situ monitoring of a state of a hydraulic oil system, the monitoring system comprising:a hydraulic oil inlet configured to couple to the hydraulic oil system;
a hydraulic oil outlet configured to couple to the hydraulic oil system;
a hydraulic circuit disposed between the hydraulic oil inlet and the hydraulic oil outlet, such that, during operational use of the hydraulic oil system, hydraulic oil of the hydraulic oil system flows from the hydraulic oil system via the hydraulic oil inlet to the monitoring system, and then through the hydraulic circuit of the monitoring system and then back to the hydraulic oil system via the hydraulic oil outlet;
at least one sensor unit disposed in the hydraulic circuit, wherein the at least one sensor unit is configured for measuring at least one property of the hydraulic oil within the hydraulic circuit in operational use of the monitoring system, and
a processor unit configured to read out at least one output of the at least one sensor unit and to determine a condition of the hydraulic oil running through the hydraulic circuit, wherein the processor unit is further configured to determine a representative of a state of the hydraulic oil system based upon the condition of the hydraulic oil and further configured to couple to a display device for displaying the representative.

US Pat. No. 10,113,569

SENSOR MOUNTING DEVICE FOR HYDRAULIC CYLINDER

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A sensor mounting device for mounting, on an outer periphery of a cylindrical cylinder tube, a position sensor that detects a position of a piston of a hydraulic cylinder, the sensor mounting device comprising:a fitting band; and
a fastening screw that fastens the fitting band and that fixes the position sensor onto the cylinder tube,
wherein the fitting band includes an annular portion wound and attached around the outer periphery of the cylinder tube, and first and second sensor holding portions formed on a first end and a second end of the annular portion so as to oppose each other, the first and second sensor holding portions pinching the position sensor from both sides,
wherein the annular portion is formed of a metal belt-shaped band main body, the first and second sensor holding portions are formed by being provided with metal reinforcing plates in a superposed manner on an outer surface of first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions formed at a first end and a second end of the band main body so as to oppose each other, screw insertion holes for inserting the fastening screw are formed in the first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions and a first reinforcing plate provided on the first reinforcing plate attaching portion in a superposed manner, and a screw hole for screwing the fastening screw thereto is formed in a second reinforcing plate provided on the second reinforcing plate attaching portion in a superposed manner,
wherein tip edges of the first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions of the band main body are formed in straight lines parallel to an axis of the annular portion, and
wherein shapes of the first and second reinforcing plates in front view are rectangular, an inclined portion is at least formed at a distal end portion of the second reinforcing plate among the first and second reinforcing plates by inwardly bending the distal end portion along a folding line parallel to the axis of the annular portion, the tip edge of the reinforcing plate attaching portion among the first and second reinforcing plate attaching portions of the band main body including the reinforcing plate having the inclined portion provided in a superposed manner extends along the folding line of the inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,568

RAM AIR TURBINE HYDRAULIC RELEASE MECHANISM

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A ram air turbine actuator release device to release a ram air turbine actuator, the ram air turbine actuator release device comprising:a lock bolt releasably engaged to the ram air turbine actuator;
a toggle comprising a toggle roller to engage the lock bolt, and a toggle pivot to couple the toggle to the ram air turbine actuator;
a hydraulic toggle actuator, comprising:
a housing;
a piston defining a first surface of a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber within the housing;
a solenoid valve disposed immediately adjacent to the housing and the first hydraulic chamber and in fluid communication with the first hydraulic chamber to define a second surface of the first hydraulic chamber, which is opposite the first surface of the first hydraulic chamber; and
a plunger coupled to the piston, wherein a pressure differential between the first hydraulic chamber and the second hydraulic chamber causes the piston to translate within the housing to thereby displace the plunger such that the plunger rotates the toggle to disengage the toggle roller from the lock bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,113,567

HYDRAULIC CYLINDER WITH TAPER LOCK PISTON ASSEMBLY

1. A hydraulic cylinder, comprising:a cylinder assembly defining a cavity;
a piston rod having an inboard end and a rod axis;
a taper lock piston assembly including a piston head with a central bore and a head axis, and wherein the inboard end includes a first exterior tapered portion having a first non-zero cylinder taper angle and a second exterior tapered portion having a second non-zero cylinder taper angle that is different than the first cylindrical taper angle and the central bore defines a piston tapered portion having a non-zero bore taper angle that is the same as the first cylinder taper angle; and
wherein the piston head is received on the inboard end with the first exterior tapered portion in circumferential abutment with the piston tapered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,565

ENGINE NOZZLE SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM

Moog Inc., East Aurora, ...

1. An actuator synchronization system comprising:a control valve in fluid communication with a plurality of actuators, each of said actuators comprising:
an input stage element in fluid communication with said control valve and having an input member movably mounted along an input axis, and configured to be moved from a first input position to a second input position along said input axis by said control valve;
a main valve having a valve member movably mounted in a valve chamber along a main valve axis, and configured to be moved from a null position to an off-null position along said main valve axis to selectively meter fluid flow from at least one port defined between said valve member and said valve chamber;
an output stage element in fluid communication with said port of said main valve and having an output member moveably mounted along an output axis, and configured to be moved from a first output position to a second output position along said output axis by a pressure differential applied on said output member by said main valve;
said main valve and said output member configured such that said output member is at a pressure equilibrium and does not move when said valve member is in said null position;
a feedback linkage acting between said valve member and said output member;
an eccentric drive link acting between said input member and said feedback linkage and configured to rotate about a fixed drive axis;
said drive link rotationally connected to said feedback linkage at a first pivot that is off-set a distance from said fixed drive axis and configured such that selective motion of said input member between said first input position and said second input position along said input axis causes said pivot of said feedback linkage to rotate about said drive axis;
said feedback linkage and said drive link configured such that selective movement of said input member from said first position to said second position causes said drive link and said feedback linkage to move said valve member from said null position to said off-null position;
said movement of said valve member from said null position to said off-null position causes said pressure differential on said output member and said output member to thereby move from said first output position to said second output position; and
said movement of said output member to said second output position causes said feedback linkage to move said valve member from said off-null position back to said null position; and
a mechanical connector between each of said input stage elements and/or said drive links configured such that rotational motion of each of said respective drive links about said respective fixed drive axis is substantially the same and thereby synchronized.

US Pat. No. 10,113,564

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic system comprising:a pressure-driven actuator operable to provide a mechanical output in response to a pressure input;
a single hydraulic circuit communicating with the pressure-driven actuator;
a vibratory actuator in the single hydraulic circuit and operable to generate a first component of the mechanical output at a first frequency; and
a hydraulic supply apparatus separate from the vibratory actuator, in the single hydraulic circuit, and operable to generate a second component of the mechanical output at a second frequency less than the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,113,563

HYDRAULIC DRIVE AND METHOD FOR DISCREETLY CHANGING THE POSITIONAL OUTPUT OF SAID DRIVE

Linz Center of Mechatroni...

1. Method for discrete changing of a position output on a hydraulic drive, in which methodat least one displacer cylinder incrementally either supplies to or discharges from the drive its displacer volume, as a function of at least one input signal, via relocation of its piston element from a starting position into an end position, wherein the piston element of the displacer cylinder is relocated multiple times from the starting position into the end position and from this end position back again, in order to discretely change the position output on the drive in accordance with the displacer volume supplied or discharged,
wherein during relocation of the piston element from the starting position into the end position, the displacer cylinder is hydraulically connected with a feed line or return line of a pressure medium source,
and in a subsequent step, the changed position output on the drive is reset again,whereinwhen the piston element is relocated from the end position into the starting position, cylinder chambers of the displacer cylinder are hydraulically short-circuited by way of a short-circuit line that is hydraulically separated from the feed line or return line of the pressure medium source.

US Pat. No. 10,113,562

AIR MOVER CIRCUITRY AND COMPLIANT MEMBER

GENTHERM AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. A blower comprisinga. a rotor,
b. a stator, and
c. an oblong-shaped printed circuit board including:
i. one or more electrical feeds,
ii. a plurality of circuitry,
iii. a through hole that receives a portion of the stator,
iv. a primary dimension that is centered between edges defining an overall width of the oblong-shaped printed circuit board, and
v. a secondary dimension that is perpendicular to the primary dimension, the secondary dimension is centered between edges defining an overall length of the oblong-shaped printed circuit board;
wherein a center of the through hole is located off center on the printed circuit board relative to both the primary dimension and the secondary dimension so that a plane bisecting the through hole in a direction parallel to the secondary dimension, creates a short side on one side of the plane and a long side on another side of the plane, and substantially all of the plurality of circuitry is located on the long side in a region of the printed circuit board that includes the one or more electrical feeds.

US Pat. No. 10,113,561

SECONDARY FLOW BAFFLE FOR TURBOMACHINERY

1. A stage of a fan for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a rotor blade;
a stator vane disposed aft of the rotor blade; and
a baffle extending radially inward from the stator vane, the baffle defining a secondary airflow path from a higher pressure zone aft of the stator vane to a lower pressure zone forward of the stator vane,
wherein the secondary airflow path is disposed between a forward surface of an inner case structure and an aft surface of the baffle, between a forward surface of the baffle and an aft surface of a disk, and forward of a forward surface of the disk, and
wherein the baffle has at least one of a curve or slant defining a cavity configured to direct airflow around the baffle and to disk cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,113,560

GAS GUIDING DEVICE AND FACILITY INCLUDING THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A gas guiding device which is connected to an axial-flow rotary machine supported by at least one support leg, the axial-flow rotary machine including a rotating shaft rotating around an axis, an inner casing having a tubular shape around the axis, and an outer casing having a tubular shape around the axis and forming a gas flow passage for gas between the outer casing and an outer peripheral side of the inner casing, and which guides the gas between the gas guiding device and the axial-flow rotary machine, the gas guiding device comprising:a first connection part connected at an end of the tubular outer casing and having an annular shape around the axis;
a second connection part connected at an end of the tubular inner casing and having an annular shape around the axis;
a first wall plate connected to the first connection part;
a second wall plate connected to the second connection part;
side wall plates that couple the first wall plate and the second wall plate;
a main body part configured of the first wall plate, the second wall plate, and the side wall plates, the main body part having an opening formed on the radially outside relative to the axis; and
a support part supporting the main body part, wherein
the first connection part has a first joint which has an annular shape around the axis and allows movement of the main body part relative to the outer casing,
the second connection part has a second joint which has an annular shape around the axis and allows movement of the main body part relative to the inner casing,
a flow passage having an annular shape around the axis is provided inside the main body part by a combination of the first connection part and the second connection part, and
the support part supporting the main body part is configured to support the main body part independently from the axial-flow rotary machine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,559

GAS TURBINE ENGINE IMPACT LINER

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An impact liner for a gas turbine engine, comprising:a base sheet;
a perforated sheet spaced a distance from the base sheet;
a plurality of stanchions extending from the base sheet; and
a plurality of supports, each of the supports being operatively connected to one of the plurality of stanchions at a first end of the support, each support extending from a stanchion and coupled to the perforated sheet at a second end of the support opposite the first end, each support including a chamber formed therein interactive with the perforated sheet to act as a Helmholtz resonator.

US Pat. No. 10,113,558

FAN AND COMPRESSOR HOUSING

Hamilton Sunstrand Corpor...

1. A fan housing for an air cycle machine, the fan housing comprising:an outer ring disposed around a center axis of the fan housing;
at least one strut extending radially inward from the outer ring; and
an inner ring disposed radially inward from the outer ring and connected to the at least one strut opposite the outer ring; wherein the inner ring further comprises:
a first end disposed axially opposite a second end;
a guide surface facing radially inward relative the center axis and formed between the first end and the second end;
a shelf disposed radially inward from the guide surface, wherein the shelf comprises:
a stop surface extending radially and disposed axially between the second end and the guide surface; and
a shelf surface facing radially outward relative the center axis and extending axially between the first end and the stop surface; and
a recess formed in the first end, wherein the recess extends axially between the first end and the guide surface, and wherein the recess extends radially inward to the guide surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,557

FURNACE BLOWER ASSEMBLY WITH A DIVERTER

REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC...

1. A furnace blower assembly comprising:a fan housing;
a fan within the housing, the fan being adapted to rotate relative to the housing about a fan axis, the fan axis defining mutually perpendicular axial and radial directions relative to the housing;
a motor operatively coupled to the fan;
a tubular diverter;
the housing defining an interior compartment, at least one air inlet, and a diverter receiving opening, the diverter receiving opening being adapted to receive a portion of the diverter, the fan and housing cooperating in a manner such that rotation of the fan about the fan axis causes air to be drawn into the interior compartment via the air inlet and to exit the interior compartment via the diverter receiving opening;
the diverter having an air directing ramp and a discharge port;
the diverter receiving opening and the diverter being adapted such that at least a portion of the air directing ramp is within the interior compartment of the housing, at least a portion of the air directing ramp within the interior compartment of the housing extending obliquely from a plane perpendicular to the fan axis, the air directing ramp being adapted to change direction of air flowing through the diverter receiving opening.

US Pat. No. 10,113,556

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A TURBINE ENGINE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A centrifugal compressor assembly for use in a turbine engine, said assembly comprising:an impeller that comprises a plurality of rotor blades; and
a stationary assembly circumscribing said impeller such that a clearance is defined therebetween, wherein said stationary assembly comprises:
at least one articulating seal member positioned adjacent said plurality of rotor blades;
a biasing mechanism configured to cause said at least one articulating seal member to selectively translate relative to said plurality of rotor blades based on an operating condition of the turbine engine; and
wherein said at least one articulating seal member comprises a first articulating seal member and a second articulating seal member, said first articulating seal member extending along an inner radial portion of said impeller and said second articulating seal member extending along an outer radial portion of said impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,113,555

COMPRESSOR

1. A turbocharger unit for an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine having at least one exhaust line for evacuation of exhaust gases from a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine and at least one inlet line for supply of air to the combustion chamber, the turbocharger unit comprising:a turbine and a compressor, the turbine interacting with the compressor in order to extract energy from an exhaust-gas flow of the internal combustion engine and to pressurize inlet air of the internal combustion engine, wherein the compressor is a radial compressor and the radial compressor includes:
an impeller having an axis of rotation, and,
a diffuser disposed downstream from the impeller in a direction of fluid flow through the radial compressor, and
the impeller includes:
a central hub disposed along the axis of rotation of the impeller and including backswept full blades and splitter blades both of which are symmetrically spaced about the hub, and each of the backswept full blades and each of the splitter blades being attached to the hub and respectively extending in an outward manner away from the hub, and only one splitter blade of the splitter blades is disposed between each pair of adjacent backswept full blades symmetrically spaced about the hub, and each of the backswept full blades has an inlet edge and each of the splitter blades has an inlet edge,
the backswept full blades in which a blade angle, between an imaginary extension of a center line of at least one backswept full blade of the backswept full blades, between a root section and a tip section of the at least one backswept full blade, in a direction of an outlet tangent and a line connecting the rotation axis of the impeller to an outer tip of the at least one backswept full blade of the backswept full blades, is at least 40 degrees, and a ratio between an inlet diameter of the impeller and an outlet diameter of the impeller lies within a range of 0.50-0.62, the inlet edge of each backswept full blade of the backswept full blades extending outwardly from the hub so as to be generally disposed along a plane positioned transverse to the rotation axis of the impeller, and
the splitter blades, the inlet edge of each splitter blade of the splitter blades being disposed axially downstream of the inlet edge of each of the backswept full blades, the inlet edge of each splitter blade extending between a radially innermost end disposed adjacent the hub and a radially outermost end spaced apart from the hub and the innermost end, wherein the radially outermost end is located axially upstream of the radially innermost end, a tangent to the inlet edge of each splitter blade defining a non-zero angle relative to a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the impeller at all points along the entire length of the inlet edge of each splitter blade, and
the diffuser being provided with diffuser blades, a ratio of a length of the diffuser blades to a distance between the diffuser blades, along a periphery in a blade inlet, being within a range of 0.7-1.5, for diminishing velocity difference between flow of fluid flowing along a pressure side and a suction side of each of the diffuser blades for increasing efficiency of the radial compressor during operation of the radial compressor of the turbocharger unit in the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,113,554

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF COMPRESSOR IMPELLER AND COMPRESSOR IMPELLER

1. A manufacturing method of a compressor impeller formed of a single workpiece which is cut so that a plurality of vane sections are formed with intervals between one another in a circumferential direction of the workpiece, the manufacturing method comprising:a workpiece-fixing step of placing the workpiece on a supporting pedestal and fixing the workpiece on the supporting pedestal by pressing the placed workpiece; and
a cutting step of cutting an inter-vane region delimited by adjacent two of the vane sections and forming the plurality of vane sections with intervals between one another in the circumferential direction of the workpiece while pressing the workpiece,
wherein the cutting step includes
a second cutting step of cutting, when simultaneously cutting a part of the plurality of inter-vane regions which includes more than one of the inter-vane regions disposed continuously in the circumferential direction of the workpiece, the part of the plurality of inter-vane regions so that at least one of the part of the plurality of inter-vane regions being cut simultaneously is positioned away from a remainder of the part of the plurality of inter-vane regions being cut simultaneously by a distance of one or more inter-vane regions, and
wherein, when the second cutting step is selected in the cutting step and the inter-vane regions, which has five or more, disposed continuously in the circumferential direction of the workpiece are divided into two groups and all of the inter-vane regions in each group are cut simultaneously, the inter-vane regions in said each group are positioned away from one another by a distance of one inter-vane region in the circumferential direction of the workpiece, and when there are an odd number of inter-vane regions, within the group having a greater number of inter-vane regions, two adjacent inter-vane regions are paired together for purposes of defining the inter-vane region.

US Pat. No. 10,113,553

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR WITH HOT GAS INJECTION

DAIKIN APPLIED AMERICAS I...

1. A centrifugal compressor adapted to be used in a chiller, the centrifugal compressor comprising:a casing having an inlet portion and an outlet portion;
an inlet guide vane disposed in the inlet portion;
an impeller disposed downstream of the inlet guide vane, the impeller being attached to a shaft rotatable about a rotation axis;
a motor arranged and configured to rotate the shaft in order to rotate the impeller;
a diffuser disposed in the outlet portion downstream from the impeller with an outlet port of the outlet portion being disposed between the impeller and the diffuser;
a hot gas injection passage arranged and configured to inject hot gas refrigerant between the inlet guide vane and the impeller; and
a controller programmed to control an amount of hot gas refrigerant injected between the inlet guide vane and the impeller,
the controller being further programmed to inject the hot gas refrigerant between the inlet guide vane and the impeller when an evaporator outlet water temperature is less than a predetermined value and a position of the inlet guide vane is less than a predetermined position value.

US Pat. No. 10,113,552

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR COMPRESSOR HEALTH

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A computer-implemented method for onboard monitoring of health of a gas compressor, the method comprising:generating, onboard the gas compressor, a virtual performance model of the gas compressor in a first state;
receiving, onboard the gas compressor, data corresponding to sensed operating conditions of the gas compressor from one or more sensors;
determining, onboard the gas compressor, based on frequency domain analysis, whether the gas compressor is leaking by comparing output signals of the virtual performance model of the gas compressor in the first state to the data corresponding to sensed operating conditions of the gas compressor;
outputting, from the gas compressor, health information corresponding to the health of the gas compressor, the health information including a leak indication regarding whether the gas compressor is leaking based on the determining whether the gas compressor is leaking based on frequency domain analysis;
generating, onboard the gas compressor, a virtual structure model of the gas compressor; and
determining a remaining useful life of the gas compressor based on outputs of the virtual structure model, the data corresponding to sensed operating conditions of the gas compressor, and saved historical health data of the gas compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,113,551

AXIAL FLOW FAN

MINEBEA CO., LTD., Kitas...

1. An axial flow fan comprising:an impeller having a hub and a plurality of blades disposed on an outer circumference of the hub;
a motor arranged to rotate the impeller;
a casing accommodating the impeller and the motor, wherein the casing comprises:
a cylindrical housing having upper and lower edges,
flanges formed at the upper and lower edges of the cylindrical housing,
a motor base configured to hold the motor, the motor base being disposed on a bottom side of the cylindrical housing, and
four spokes disposed on an outlet side of the casing, and connecting the motor base and the cylindrical housing, wherein one of the four spokes has a straight shape and the remaining three spokes have a curved shape that is convex toward a rotational direction of the impeller and
a lead wire for supplying electric power to the motor disposed on the spoke having the straight shape, wherein:
when viewed from the outlet side of the casing, the flange at the lower edge of the cylindrical housing has a tetragonal outer periphery and has an inner periphery that has four arc-shaped corners connected by four linear sides;
each of the four spokes is coupled to one of the arc-shaped corners of the flange at the lower edge of the cylindrical housing; and
the spoke having the straight shape and the spokes having the curved shape are provided so that when a radial length of the spoke having the straight shape is defined as L and an amount of the curvature of the spokes having the curved shape is defined as X, a displacement of the curved shape (X/L) is more than 0 and less than 0.2.

US Pat. No. 10,113,550

VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Broan-NuTone LLC, Hartfo...

1. A ventilation apparatus, comprising:an upgrade cartridge insertable into a previously installed ventilation apparatus housing having at least one wall and defining an aperture, the upgrade cartridge comprising:
a motor plate dimensioned to be capable of fitting into a previously installed ventilation apparatus housing;
a motor secured to the motor plate and configured and arranged to not extend past some dimensions of the motor plate;
a scroll including a blower outlet defining an outlet opening and configured to interface with the aperture in the main housing and including at least one locating rib configured and arranged to engage the at least one wall to guide the upgrade cartridge into the previously installed ventilation apparatus housing, and a downwardly open hook;
a blower wheel coupled to the motor and positioned within the scroll so as to be capable of generating a fluid flow;
a capacitor electrically connected to the motor, and mechanically coupled to the scroll; and
a motor harness including at least one plug, the at least one plug being capable of coupling with at least one plug receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,549

MONITORING AN ELECTRIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMP FOR FAILURES

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for monitoring an electric submersible pump, comprising:acquiring a baseline signature for the electric submersible pump in a first environment while the electric submersible pump is confirmed to be healthy;
acquiring a downhole signature for the electric submersible pump in a downhole environment while the electric submersible pump is confirmed to be healthy;
applying an operator to the baseline signature and the downhole signature that results in a downhole noise component;
acquiring a vibration signature for the electric submersible pump in the downhole environment while the electric submersible pump is in an operating mode;
removing the downhole noise component from the vibration signature to produce an isolated electric submersible pump signature; and
determining a health status of the electric submersible pump based on the isolated electric submersible pump signature.

US Pat. No. 10,113,548

COMBINATION OF MOTOR AND VACUUM PUMP WITH AN EXHAUST FLOW

Gebr. Becker GmbH, Wuppe...

1. A vacuum device for generating a vacuum, the vacuum device comprising:a vacuum pump comprising:
a pump housing enclosing a pump shaft,
an air intake device connected with the pump housing, and
an air exhaust device connected with the pump housing, and
a motor acting upon the pump shaft for driving the vacuum pump,
wherein operation of the vacuum pump sucks in air via the air intake device for generating the vacuum,
wherein operation of the vacuum pump discharges exhaust air via the air exhaust device,
wherein the air exhaust device comprises a discharge valve,
wherein the exhaust air is, downstream of the discharge valve, divided into two partial flows that are respectively associated with a first pipe section and a second pipe section,
wherein the discharge valve is arranged above the motor and the vacuum pump relative to a normal operating state of a combination of the motor and the vacuum pump,
wherein the first pipe section conveys the exhaust air from a region above the motor and the vacuum pump into a region underneath the motor and the vacuum pump and is connected to the discharge valve, and
wherein the first pipe section is partially or completely arranged within an outside contour of at least one of the motor and the vacuum pump relative to a cross section perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of at least one of the motor and the pump shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,547

PUMP PROVIDED WITH A SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING THE INTERNAL PRESSURE

FLUID-O-TECH S.R.L., Cor...

1. A pump comprising a casing enclosing a pumping group, at least one inlet conduit for inletting a fluid and at least one outlet conduit for outletting said fluid being obtained on said casing, said pumping group comprising a pair of mutually coupled gears, each mounted on a respective support shaft, wherein the relative movement of a first gear with respect to a second gear defines a pumping chamber having variable volume inside the pumping group, so as to suck the fluid from the inlet conduit and to eject it through the outlet conduit, a first support shaft being operatively connected to an actuator assembly so that the first gear operates as driving gear to set the second gear in rotation, the pump comprising at least one deformable element for compensating at least one of an increase in volume of the fluid and an increase in the pressures inside said pump, the pump being characterized in that said deformable element for compensating the pressure/volume is at least partially manufactured from a shape memory metal alloy having superelastic properties.

US Pat. No. 10,113,546

PUMP FOR AN ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A pump for an engine, comprising:a drive gear rigidly mounted on a rotatable drive shaft;
an idle gear mounted on a shaft and being engaged with the drive gear;
a suction chamber and a discharge chamber;
a piston at least partly received within a relief chamber, the piston having first and second passageways provided therein, wherein the second passageway is closer to a face of the piston than the first passageway; and
a fluid passageway connecting the discharge chamber and the relief chamber,
wherein the piston is movable within the relief chamber according to a pressure in the relief chamber, and
wherein the first and second passageways form fluid paths between the suction chamber and the discharge chamber at a first and second pressure in the relief chamber, respectively, the first pressure being less than the second pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,545

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SCREW PUMP WITHOUT UNDERCUT AND/OR SCREW PUMP WHICH CAN HAVE LUBRICATION CHANNELS ON AT LEAST ONE OF THE DRIVE SCREW AND RUNNING SCREWS

SKF Lubrication Systems G...

1. A method for manufacturing a screw pump for transporting a fluid, the method comprising the steps of:providing a drive spindle having a drive spindle profile,
providing a running spindle,
rolling a running spindle profile into the running spindle such that the running spindle profile is formed without undercut,
simultaneously with the rolling of the running spindle profile into the running spindle also forming a lubricant groove in the running spindle, and
wherein the running spindle engages with its running spindle profile at least partially in the drive spindle profile of the drive spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,544

LONG-STROKE PUMPING UNIT

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A pumping unit, comprising:a prime mover for reciprocating a rod string;
a tower;
a counterweight assembly movable along the tower;
a crown mounted atop the tower;
a belt having a first end connected to the counterweight assembly and having a second end connectable to the rod string; and
a dynamic control system for controlling a speed of the prime mover and comprising:
a load cell for measuring force exerted on the rod string;
a sensor for detecting position of the rod string, wherein the sensor is operable to detect a position of the rod string by detecting a position of the counterweight assembly;
an accelerometer for measuring vibration of the rod string or of a production string;
a meter for measuring power consumed by the prime mover; and
a controller operable to:
determine position of and load on a downhole pump connected to the rod string and the production string;
determine acceptability of two or more parameters of the pumping unit;
select a prime objective based on a hierarchy of the parameters and the acceptability of the parameters;
determine an upstroke speed, a downstroke speed, and turnaround accelerations and decelerations for the prime objective; and
monitor for failure of the rod string or belt and control descent of the counterweight assembly in response to detection of the failure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,543

FINGER TYPE PERISTALTIC PUMP COMPRISING A RIBBED ANVIL

Q-CORE MEDICAL LTD., Pet...

1. An interface configured to be placed in conjunction with a finger-type peristaltic pump including a plurality of fingers, said pump having a pumping cycle of alternating linear motion of each finger, said interface comprising:a conduit having a compressible segment and positioned within said interface such that when said interface is mounted on the pump the alternating linear motion of the fingers causes fluid to flow through the conduit by applying a series of compressive forces on said conduit, thereby defining a set of contact points on the conduit where fingers of the pump contact the conduit during the alternating linear motion of the fingers;
a conduit accommodation configured to receive said conduit and removably mount said interface to the finger type peristaltic pump;
and
a ribbed anvil positioned within said interface so as to contact a first surface of said conduit opposite a second surface of the conduit contacted by the fingers and having a longitudinal dimension perpendicular to the linear motion of the fingers, said ribbed anvil comprising:
(i) a first set of protruding ribs positioned directly across from each of the contact points, each of said first set of ribs having a flat surface perpendicular to the linear motion of the fingers configured to provide a counterforce to a compressive force produced by each of the plurality of fingers, when said interface is mounted to the pump; and
(ii) a second set of protruding ribs positioned such that the ribs of said second set of ribs alternate with the ribs of said first set of ribs, and such that the ribs of said second set of ribs are positioned to interface with the first surface of said conduit opposite the second surface of the conduit contacted by the fingers in between said contact points wherein said second set of ribs is configured to support the conduit when compressed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,542

PERISTALTIC PUMP TUBING SECURING SYSTEM

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A peristaltic pump, comprising:a rotor assembly and a mounting arrangement associated with the rotor assembly;
said mounting arrangement having a first mounting area and a second mounting area;
said first mounting area being mateable with a first mating member having a fluid-carrying tube extending therethrough such that a length of the fluid-carrying tube extends beyond opposing sides of the first mating member;
said second mounting area being mateable with a second mating member having the fluid-carrying tube extending therethrough such that a length of the fluid-carrying tube extends beyond opposing sides of the second mating member; and
at least one sensor positioned within at least one of said mounting areas and arranged to detect a sensor detectable feature of at least one of said mating members;
wherein said first mounting area is arranged to prevent said first mounting area from mating with the second mating member;
wherein said first mounting area includes a locking surface arranged to contact a catch of a deflectable tab member of the first mating member and resist withdrawal of the first mating member from the first mounting area when the catch is engaged with the locking surface; and
wherein the first mating member is advanced along a first direction when mating the first mating member with the first mounting area and wherein the locking surface is transverse to said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,541

VALVES AND PUMPS USING SAID VALVES

SILGAN DISPENSING SYSTEMS...

1. A valve for a pump, comprising:a valve stem;
an outlet valve at a first end of the valve stem;
a valve disc at a second end of the valve stem, the valve disc having a substantially flexible semispherical shape configured to collapse; and
at least one longitudinal rib running a portion of the length of the valve stem between the outlet valve and the valve disc,
wherein proximate the second end, the at least one longitudinal rib tapers inward towards the valve stem as the rib extends in a direction from the first end towards the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,113,540

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A linear compressor, comprising:a cylinder defining a chamber;
a piston slidably received within the chamber of the cylinder;
a driving coil;
an inner back iron positioned in the driving coil, the inner back iron having an outer surface;
a magnet mounted to the inner back iron at the outer surface of the inner back iron such that the magnet faces the driving coil;
a flex mount positioned within the inner back iron and coupled to the inner back iron;
a coupling extending between the flex mount and the piston;
a compliant bellows coupled to the flex mount and the piston; and
a muffler mounted to the flex mount within the inner back iron, one end of the compliant bellows mounted to the muffler within the inner back iron.

US Pat. No. 10,113,539

CONTROL VALVE FOR VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT COMPRESSOR

TGK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A control valve for a variable displacement compressor, for varying a discharging capacity of the compressor for compressing refrigerant introduced into a suction chamber and discharging the compressed refrigerant from a discharge chamber, by regulating a flow rate of refrigerant introduced from the discharge chamber to a control chamber, the control valve comprising:a body having a main passage through which the discharge chamber and the control chamber communicate with each other, and a sub-passage through which the control chamber and the suction chamber communicate with each other;
a main valve seat provided in the main passage;
a main valve element configured to touch and leave the main valve seat to close and open a main valve;
a sub-valve seat provided in the sub-passage;
a sub-valve element configured to touch and leave the sub-valve seat to close and open a sub-valve;
a solenoid configured to generate a drive force in a valve closing direction of the main valve;
an actuating rod for transmitting the drive force of the solenoid to the main valve element and the sub-valve element;
a first biasing member for applying a biasing force to the main valve in a valve opening direction; and
a second biasing member for applying a biasing force to the sub-valve in a valve closing direction;
wherein the sub-valve is configured to open when a pressure difference between a control pressure in the control chamber and a suction pressure in the suction chamber becomes a preset pressure difference or larger.

US Pat. No. 10,113,538

IMPULSE PUMP

The United States of Amer...

1. A pump for generating impulse energy in the form of a water jet, said pump comprising:a base plate positioned perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of said pump, said base plate including an inner surface, an outer surface, a central aperture collinear to the longitudinal axis and at least one aperture at a radial distance from the central aperture;
a first bearing positioned within the central aperture;
a pusher shaft collinear with the longitudinal axis, said pusher shaft having a plurality of axial sections of ascending diameter adjacent to each other and extending away from the inner surface of said base plate, a smallest diameter section centered within and engaging said first bearing, a second section of increased diameter compared to said first section, a third section of increased diameter compared to said second section, a fourth section of increased diameter compared to said third section, a fifth section of increased diameter compared to said fourth section, a sixth section of increased diameter compared to said fifth section and a seventh section of increased diameter compared to said sixth section;
an idler rotor press-fit to encompass said second section with a plane of said rotor perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, said idler rotor having uniformly spaced markings around a circumference;
a sensor attached to the inner surface of said base plate and in proximity to said idler rotor, said sensor capable of detecting and reading the uniformly spaced markings of said idler rotor;
a first brake caliper including a hydraulic cylinder, said first brake caliper attached to said base plate and bracketing said idler rotor such that when said first brake caliper is actuated, a restraining force is applied by said hydraulic cylinder to said idler rotor and onto said pusher shaft;
a second bearing encompassing said third section;
a flywheel radially affixed to said second bearing;
a positioning plate positioned at an axial location coincident with said sixth section such that rotational motion is capable between said pusher shaft and said positioning plate;
a third bearing positioned within the radially distanced aperture of said base plate;
a drive motor having an attached drive shaft with said motor spaced apart from the outer surface of said base plate and with said drive shaft rotationally positioned within and extending through said third bearing;
a motor drive gear attached coaxially to an end of said drive shaft opposite to the attachment of said drive shaft to said motor, wherein said drive gear is capable of rotating at a predetermined speed;
a flywheel rim gear parallel to and mechanically affixed to said flywheel on a face of said flywheel facing said base plate wherein a rotational speed is capable of being transmitted from said motor drive gear and said flywheel rim gear onto said flywheel;
a ring gear mechanically attached to said flywheel and positioned collinear with the longitudinal axis at a position coincident with said fourth axial section, said ring gear annularly shaped with teeth on an inner rim;
a sun gear positioned collinear with the longitudinal axis and at a same position along the longitudinal axis as said ring gear, with teeth on an outer rim, and secured to said pusher shaft on said fourth axial section;
a plurality of planetary gears distributed circumferentially in an annular space between said sun gear and said ring gear at a same position along the longitudinal axis as said ring gear and said sun gear, each of said planetary gears having a diameter equal to a difference in radii of said ring gear and said sun gear, with teeth on an outer rim to simultaneously mate with said ring gear and said sun gear, and each of said planetary gears having a central aperture;
a fourth bearing surrounding said fifth axial section;
a disk shaped planetary gear carrier affixed to said fourth bearing, said planetary gear carrier having a central aperture, and multiple attachment points distributed circumferentially at a radial offset equal to an average radius of an outer diameter of said sun gear and an inner radius of said ring gear;
a plurality of planetary gear shafts with each of said planetary gear shafts rigidly attached perpendicular to a surface of said planetary gear carrier at each of said multiple attachment points with each of said planetary gear shafts supporting each of said planetary gears;
a plurality of planetary gear bearings, each of said planetary gear bearings positioned in each of said central apertures of said planetary gears to allow rotation of said planetary gears about said planetary gear shafts;
a tubular gear box housing coaxial with the longitudinal axis, said tubular gear box housing attached to said base plate on one end and said positioning plate on another end and enclosing said flywheel, said idler rotor, said sensor, said first brake caliper, said motor drive gear, said flywheel rim gear, said ring gear, said sun gear, said planetary gears, said planetary gear bearing, said planetary gear carrier and said planetary gear shafts;
a second brake caliper with hydraulic cylinder within said tubular gear box housing, said second brake caliper attached to said positioning plate and bracketing said planetary gear carrier such that when said second brake caliper is actuated, said hydraulic cylinder is capable of applying a restraining force to said planetary gear carrier and when said second brake caliper is inactivated, said hydraulic cylinder removes the restraining force thereby allowing said planetary gear carrier and said flywheel to rotate;
a thrust bearing positioned coaxially to the longitudinal axis at a position along the longitudinal axis coincident and secured to said seventh section of said pusher shaft wherein said thrust bearing is capable of allowing said pusher shaft to rotate under axial loads while dampening longitudinal loads toward said positioning plate;
a tubular cam assembly housing, said tubular cam assembly housing coaxial with the longitudinal axis and attached at a first end to said positioning plate on a side of said positioning plate opposite to said tubular gear box housing;
a cam assembly within said tubular cam assembly housing, with said cam assembly attached to said pusher shaft at an end opposite to an end of said pusher shaft at said first bearing with said cam assembly having a contoured cam race-way on a second end;
a cam follower arm extending laterally from the longitudinal axis to an offset radial location, said cam follower arm having a cam roller in rotational contact with said cam race-way at the offset radial location;
a plunger positioned coaxially with the longitudinal axis, said plunger having a square cross-section portion attached to said cam follower arm and a cylindrical portion extending away from said square cross-section portion along the longitudinal axis;
a head block positioned coaxially with the longitudinal axis and encompassing said head plunger, said head block have a central bore divided into three sections; a shallow circular bore at a flanged end of said head block, a square section of a smaller cross sectional area than said first circular bored section extending axially from an end of said first circular bored section to a second axial location, and a second circular section extending from an end of said square section to an unflanged end of said head block wherein said second circular section is a reservoir for said pump;
a plurality of sleeve bearings positioned between a surface of said square section of said head block and said plunger;
a compression spring positioned coaxially with the longitudinal axis between said shallow circular bore at the flanged end of said head block and said cam follower arm wherein contact between said plunger and said cam follower arm is maintained by said compression spring; and
a circular plate positioned at an unflanged end of said head block with an aperture at a center of said circular plate to form a nozzle;
wherein said drive motor is capable of accelerating the flywheel to a predetermined speed as said pusher shaft is held stationary such that energy is stored in said flywheel as rotational kinetic energy and the rotational kinetic energy is applied as an accelerating torque from said flywheel to said pusher shaft when said flywheel decelerates;
wherein rotating said pusher shaft in a first direction results in movement along the longitudinal axis for rolling said cam way wherein the fluid is drawn into said reservoir by movement of said plunger to said base plate;
wherein rotating said pusher shaft in a second direction results in movement along the longitudinal axis for rolling said cam way wherein the fluid forced from said reservoir and said nozzle by movement of said plunger away from said base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,537

VARIABLE STIFFNESS DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDER...

1. A variable stiffness device, comprising:a core including a low melting point alloy;
an encapsulation surrounding the core, the encapsulation made of an elastic material and sealing the core; and
a heating device arranged around the encapsulation, configured to heat the core to transition the variable stiffness device from a stiff state to a soft state,
wherein the elastic material of the encapsulation is subject to a tensile stress in a direction along a longitudinal extension of the variable stiffness device, and
wherein upon the transition from the stiff state to the soft state, the encapsulation is configured to recover an original shape as a longitudinal tube that entirely encapsulates the core, the core shaped as a longitudinal rod.

US Pat. No. 10,113,536

MODULAR MOLTEN SALT SOLAR TOWERS WITH THERMAL STORAGE FOR PROCESS OR POWER GENERATION OR COGENERATION

1. A solar thermal energy generation and storage system, comprising:(A) a plurality of heliostat fields surrounding a central location, wherein each heliostat field comprises:
(i) a solar receiver comprising a plurality of tube panels arranged on an exterior of a support structure, the tube panels being fluidly connected to form at least one flow path; and
(ii) a first plurality of heliostats arranged around the solar receiver;
(B) a first set of cold storage tanks configured to supply heat transfer fluid to at least one solar receiver in the plurality of heliostat fields; and
(C) a first set of hot storage tanks configured to receive heat transfer fluid from at least one solar receiver in the plurality of heliostat fields;
wherein the first set of cold storage tanks comprises at least one cold fluid storage tank and at least one cold fluid pump tank, the at least one cold fluid pump tank having at least one pump to send the heat transfer fluid to the first solar receiver, and wherein the at least one cold fluid storage tank does not have a pump and is fluidly connected only to the at least one cold fluid pump tank.

US Pat. No. 10,113,535

DISPATCHABLE COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT

1. A combined cycle electric power plant comprising:a combustion turbine generator that combusts fuel to generate electricity and produce hot exhaust gases;
a second heat source other than the combustion turbine;
a thermal energy storage system that stores heat transferred from the second heat source;
a steam turbine generator that expands superheated steam across a steam turbine to generate electricity;
a first boiler; and
a superheater;
wherein the combined cycle electric power plant has a first mode of operation in which the superheated steam is produced by heating condensate from the steam turbine generator primarily with heat from the combustion turbine exhaust gases to produce hot liquid feedwater, boiling the hot liquid feedwater in the first boiler with heat primarily from the second heat source, from the thermal energy storage system, or from the second heat source and the thermal energy storage system to produce steam, and superheating the steam in the superheater primarily with additional heat from the combustion turbine exhaust gases.

US Pat. No. 10,113,534

POWER GENERATING WINDBAGS AND WATERBAGS

1. A system for generation of electrical power comprising:an aerial drone having an inner frame covered by an external airframe having layers of airbags stacked on top of each other, the aerial drone has at least one tether line attached to the aerial drone;
a driven unit having a body that includes a generator, the driven unit attached to the aerial drone by the at least one tether line; and
a computer in communication with the aerial drone and configured to control the inflation and deflation of the airbags of the aerial drone;
wherein computerized sequential manipulation of the plurality of said airbag's inflation and deflation controls the aerial drone's external shape and contours and enables generation of electrical power from captured wind currents so that the driven unit 500a is lofted by the aerial drone; and
wherein inflation of the airbags creates kinetic energy that is captured within the air bag and transmitted to the driven unit generator to generate electrical power.

US Pat. No. 10,113,533

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING WIND TURBINE OSCILLATIONS CAUSED BY GRID FAULTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for operating a wind turbine in response to one or more grid events occurring in a power grid, the method comprising:monitoring, via one or more sensors, a grid voltage of the power grid so as to detect one or more grid events occurring in the power grid;
in response to detecting one or more grid events occurring in the power grid, determining, via a controller, an operating catch point for a wind turbine component as a function of an inverse of a natural frequency of the wind turbine component after the one or more grid events occurred such that the operating catch point equals an operating condition of the wind turbine at a predetermined moment in time before the one or more grid events occurred in the power grid, the operating catch point comprising at least one of a generator speed, a rotor speed, a torque demand, a torque output, or a generator position demand; and
applying a torque demand to the wind turbine component when the operating catch point is reached so as to reduce oscillations of the wind turbine component, wherein the torque demand is equal to an initial torque demand acting on the wind turbine component before the one or more grid events occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,113,532

PRE-CURED COMPOSITES FOR ROTOR BLADE COMPONENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A rotor blade component for a rotor blade of a wind turbine, the rotor blade component comprising:a plurality of pre-cured composites stacked atop each other, each of the plurality of pre-cured composites comprising:
a continuous base portion comprising a first side and an opposing second side, the first side having a plurality of integral protrusions extending therefrom, wherein adjacent protrusions are separated by a gap, and
a fabric layer attached to the second side of the continuous base portion opposite the plurality of integral protrusions,
wherein, when the pre-cured composites are stacked together, a plurality of gaps are defined in the rotor blade component between at least one of the fabric layers of the plurality of pre-cured composites and the plurality of integral protrusions of an adjacent pre-cured composite.

US Pat. No. 10,113,531

METHODS FOR REPAIRING WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for repairing a rotor blade of a wind turbine, the method comprising:identifying at least one defect on one or more surfaces of the rotor blade, the one or more outer surfaces of the rotor blade constructed, at least in part, of a thermoplastic material reinforced with at least one fiber material;
shaping at least one layer of thermoplastic material using at least one of a temperature-resistant non-stick surface, an insulative material, or a conductive material;
arranging the at least one layer of thermoplastic material with the defect; and,
welding the at least one layer of thermoplastic material to the thermoplastic material of the one or more surfaces of the rotor blade at the at least one defect for a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,113,530

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING AND/OR INSTALLING WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for installing a blade sock onto a rotor blade of a wind turbine, the method comprising:positioning the blade sock adjacent to a blade tip of the rotor blade, the blade sock comprising a sock strap forming a closed-shape;
moving the blade sock relative to the rotor blade such that the blade tip is received within the closed-shape formed by the sock strap; and,
moving the blade sock spanwise along the rotor blade towards a blade root of the rotor blade until the blade sock is positioned at an intermediate location defined between the blade root and the blade tip,
wherein the sock strap is a closed-shape with a fixed perimeter length defining an internal area generally corresponding to a cross-sectional area of the rotor blade at the intermediate location such that the blade sock is prevented from being moved further towards the blade root when it reaches the intermediate location, and
wherein the intermediate location is defined at an outboard location on the rotor blade that is spaced apart from the blade root by a spanwise distance greater than 50% of a blade span of the rotor blade such that the entirety of the blade sock is located at least the spanwise distance from the blade root.

US Pat. No. 10,113,529

APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING WAVE ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY

1. Apparatus for converting wave energy into electrical energy, comprising:a float element excited by a wave at a defined frequency,
a power-extraction system collaborating with the float element in order to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, said mechanical energy coming from the movement of the float element excited by said wave,wherein said power-extraction system is in the form of a frequency amplifier composed of:at least two piezoelectric motors each composed of at least one piezoelectric post excited at a frequency higher than that of said float,
a member for activating said piezoelectric motors, said member acting on the piezoelectric motors so as to squash said piezoelectric posts,each piezoelectric motor comprising a mechanical amplification device, said device being connected to rollers and comprising:a) jaws which, when they are acted on, apply a mechanical stress to said posts,
b) a lever acting on the jaws so as to stress them, said lever comprising a proximal end attached to said jaws and a distal end attached to a roller, said roller being in contact with the member so as to activate said piezoelectric motor,and wherein said power extraction system comprises an oscillating arm composed of a first end attached to said member and a second end attached to said float, so that said arm transfers the mechanical energy coming from the movement of said float to said member.

US Pat. No. 10,113,528

METHOD AND PROCESSING SYSTEM OF SENSED IONIZATION CURRENT DATA FOR REAL TIME ESTIMATE OF COMBUSTION CHAMBER PRESSURE IN A SPARK IGNITION ENGINE

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A method of operating a spark plug ignition system, the method comprising:monitoring an ionization current flowing through a spark plug, the spark plug coupled in series with an ignition coil; and
estimating a pressure of a combustion chamber comprising a first sensor, wherein the pressure is estimated based on the monitored ionization current, an output of the first sensor and a mathematical model comprising a set of time-invariant coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,113,527

SPARK PLUG TESTING KIT

John Leeson, Castle Hill...

1. A spark plug testing kit comprising:a spark observation device having a transparent observation chamber for viewing a spark gap of a spark plug installed therein in use;
positive and earth leads for electrically connecting the spark observation device at respective proximal ends thereof; and
a spark plug opening engaging device, wherein:
the spark plug opening engaging device is
elongate;
defines threading at a first end thereof for turning into a spark
plug opening of an engine block; and
defines an elongate electrical connector nut at a second end thereof, opposite the first end, where a side member spans between the first end and the second end;
a distal end of the earth lead comprises an electrical connector configured for engagement over the elongate electrical connector nut and having an insulative sheath thereabout; and
the spark plug opening engaging device defines at least one engine depressurisation exhaust port through the side member of the spark plug opening engaging device, the depressurisation exhaust port permitting flow of fluid from inside the spark plug opening engaging device to outside the spark plug opening engaging device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,526

IGNITION APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An ignition apparatus for an internal combustion engine comprising:a spark plug that performs electric discharge for igniting a combustible air-fuel mixture inside a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine;
a first ignition coil and a second ignition coil that include a primary coil and a secondary coil and apply a voltage to the spark plug by the secondary coil;
a voltage applying means for applying a predetermined voltage to the primary coil included in the first ignition coil;
a voltage boosting means for boosting the voltage supplied by the voltage applying means;
a first switching element that conducts and interrupts a primary current flowing to the primary coil included in the first ignition coil;
a second switching element that applies the voltage boosted by the voltage boosting means to the primary coil included in the second ignition coil;
a discharge starting means for starting the electric discharge by the spark plug by controlling the first switching element; and
a discharge maintaining means for applying the voltage boosted by the voltage boosting means by the second switching element so that electric discharge is maintained after the discharge starting means starts the electric discharge by the spark plug.

US Pat. No. 10,113,525

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A STARTER-GENERATOR

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A method for controlling a starter-generator during a startup phase of a motor intended to be driven in rotation in a predetermined nominal direction by the starter-generator, said starter-generator comprising a stator comprising at least one polyphase stator winding and a rotor comprising at least one rotor winding coupled magnetically to the stator winding,comprising a step of starting up the motor, during which said at least one polyphase stator winding and said at least one rotor winding are supplied with electric power so as to start up the motor, said startup step being preceded, when the motor is initially rotating in the direction opposite to the nominal direction, by a braking step, during which a current is drawn from said at least one polyphase stator winding and said at least one rotor winding is supplied with electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,113,524

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FUEL INJECTOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for producing a fuel injector, comprising:providing a valve insert with a first alignment device for aligning the valve insert;
introducing the valve insert into an injection molding die, the valve insert being aligned in the injection molding die using the first alignment device; and
molding the valve insert with a plastic to produce a plastic extrusion coating in such a way that the plastic extrusion coating has a second alignment device,
wherein based on the alignment using the first alignment device, a jet path of the fuel injector is aligned relative to the second alignment device
wherein (i) the fuel injector is aligned during assembly in an internal combustion engine, and (ii) for assembly of the fuel injector in the internal combustion engine, only an alignment of the second alignment device is necessary.

US Pat. No. 10,113,523

INJECTOR

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. An injector comprising:an actuator chamber,
an actuator arranged in the actuator chamber,
a piston guide having a bore,
a piston arranged in the bore of the piston guide,
a first face side of the piston facing toward the actuator, wherein the first face side delimits a first chamber arranged in the bore,
a second face side of the piston located opposite the first chamber, wherein the second face side delimits a second chamber in the bore,
a high-pressure bore extending from the second chamber of the bore to a high-pressure region, and
a nozzle needle disposed in the high-pressure region for controlling a flow of fuel from the injector into an internal combustion engine, wherein the nozzle needle and the piston are hydraulically coupled through the high-pressure bore but without a mechanical linking member,
wherein the piston is arranged between the first chamber and the second chamber, and a lengthening of the actuator moves the piston away from the actuator, increasing a volume of the first chamber and reducing a volume of the second chamber,
wherein a gap extends around a circumference between the piston and the bore, the gap having a gap width allowing fuel to flow between the first chamber and the second chamber,
wherein the piston includes a first material and the piston guide includes a second material,
wherein the first material, when heated, exhibits a first thermal expansion rate, and the second material, when heated, exhibits a second thermal expansion rate that differs from the first thermal expansion rate, and
wherein the first material is selected relative to the second material such that, as a temperature of the piston guide and the piston increases, the gap width decreases as a result of the differing thermal expansion rates to thereby limit fuel flow between the first chamber and the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,113,522

END SEAL STRUCTURE OF A FUEL RAIL FOR A GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE

USUI KOKUSAI SANGYO KAISH...

1. An end seal structure of a fuel rail for a gasoline direct injection engine, comprising:a rail body composed of a pipe having a pressing surface formed at least at one end of the rail body and defining a spherical seat surface, and external threads formed on the rail body; and
an end cap that has a cap-nut shape with a closed end, an open end and an inner wall surface extending from the open end to the closed end, internal threads formed in the inner wall surface, and a pressure receiving surface formed on the inner wall surface of the end cap, the pressure receiving surface defining a concave tapered seat surface and being disposed so that the internal threads are between pressure receiving surface and the open end of the end cap; wherein
the end cap is screwed and fixed to the rail body
so that the concave tapered pressure receiving surface of the end cap is brought into pressure contact with the spherical pressing surface of the rail body by an axial force created by tightening the internal threads of the end cap to the external threads of the rail body to seal the end of an opening of the rail body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,521

AIR INTAKE SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

CUMMINS INC., Columbus, ...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising: an intake manifold; a plurality of jumper tubes coupled to the intake manifold and at least one cylinder head, the plurality of jumper tubes each having a passageway, and a central axis; wherein at least one of the plurality of jumper tubes further includes a fin portion and a rib portion, wherein the fin portion traverses a distance between two points along the interior surface of the jumper tube to define a first transverse airflow passage and a second transverse airflow passage, wherein the fin is positioned at or near an interface where the jumper tube and the intake manifold are coupled, and wherein the rib portion comprises a plurality of ribs extending radially inward from the interior surface of the jumper tube toward the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,520

INTAKE MANIFOLD RETENTION BRACKET FOR LONG-SHORT RUNNER CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus for rotating a shaft extending through an intake manifold, comprising:a bracket adaptor including a fastener portion and a shaft portion;
an actuating arm including a pin end, a shaft end, and a main arm positioned between the pin end and the shaft end, the shaft end receiving a portion of the shaft and extending into the shaft portion of the bracket adapter; and
a positioning bracket including a body portion and an ear portion extending from the body portion, the body portion defining a body aperture to interface the fastener portion of the bracket adaptor, and the ear portion including an ear aperture to receive partially therethrough a pin at the pin end of the actuating arm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,519

INTAKE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An intake apparatus comprising:an intake apparatus body including a plurality of intake pipes provided for respective cylinders of a multi-cylinder engine; and
a distribution passage distributing an external gas to the plurality of intake pipes,
the distribution passage including:
a gas passage before branching including a first gas passage through which the external gas flows in a first gas flow direction and a second gas passage through which the external gas flows in a second gas flow direction, the second gas passage curving relative to the first gas passage at a downstream of the first gas passage; and
a gas passage after branching including a third gas passage branched in the first gas flow direction relative to the second gas passage and a fourth gas passage branched in an opposite direction from the first gas flow direction relative to the second gas passage,
an angle formed between the second gas passage and the third gas passage is smaller than an angle formed between the second gas passage and the fourth gas passage.

US Pat. No. 10,113,518

AIR INTAKE DUCT FOR MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An air intake duct for a motorcycle, which air intake duct supplies air taken in through an air inlet in a front portion of a vehicle body to an engine located at a center portion, in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, the air intake duct comprising:a duct body extending in the longitudinal direction so as to pass through a lateral side, in a vehicle widthwise direction, of the engine and removably connected at a rear end portion thereof to the engine; and
a duct front removably coupled to a front end portion of the duct body, the duct front having the air inlet and being supported by a vehicle body frame, wherein
the duct front is covered from an outer lateral side by a fairing located at the front portion of the vehicle body, and the duct body is exposed to the outer lateral side from the fairing, and
in a state in which the duct body is removed from the engine, at least a portion of an inner device located inward of the duct body in the vehicle widthwise direction is exposed to enable the inner device to be attached and removed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,517

AIR CLEANER FOR STRATIFIED SCAVENGING TWO-STROKE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Yamabiko Corporation, To...

1. An air cleaner for a stratified scavenging two-stroke internal combustion engine, wherein the air cleaner is connected to a carburetor with an air passage and an air-fuel mixture passage to supply clean air filtered by the air cleaner to the air passage and the air-fuel mixture passage of the carburetor, the air cleaner comprising:an element member provided with a cleaner element for filtering air, an outer circumferential surface of the cleaner element forming an outer circumferential surface of the air cleaner;
an air cleaner base having a first inlet and a second inlet;
a ceiling plate member opposed to the air cleaner base to define a ceiling wall of the air cleaner and;
an air cleaner clean space formed by the air cleaner base, the ceiling plate member and the cleaner element;
a passage forming member forming an extended passage leading to the second inlet,
wherein the passage forming member is shaped to surround a periphery of the first inlet, and
wherein the passage forming member forms a blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region leading to the first inlet,
wherein the blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region is closed by the air cleaner base and the ceiling plate member, and defined by the air cleaner base, the ceiling plate member and a peripheral wall surface of the passage forming member,
wherein the passage forming member has an entrance opening at one end in a longitudinal direction of the passage forming member and an exit opening at another end of the passage forming member,
wherein the entrance opening is opened to the air cleaner clean space, and the exit opening is connected to the second inlet,
wherein the blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region is opened to an air cleaner clean space that is defined by the cleaner element and outside of the passage forming member, and the blown-back fuel diffusion preventing region is opened to the air cleaner clean space through a clearance gap between the entrance opening and the exit opening,
wherein the first inlet is connected to one of the air passage and the air-fuel mixture passage, the second inlet is connected to the other of the air passage and the air-fuel mixture passage.

US Pat. No. 10,113,516

EXTENDED GASKET PROFILE

1. A filter element unit for an air filter of a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, comprising:a filter element, including
a filter medium;
and a one-piece gasket, including:
a first circumferentially closed gasket part of the one-piece gasket, the first circumferentially closed gasket part circumferentially surrounding the filter element and adapted to seal the filter element against a first channel of a filter housing of the air filter;
a second circumferentially closed gasket part of the one-piece gasket formed unitary with the first circumferentially closed gasket part and spaced apart from the first circumferentially closed gasket part and spaced apart from the filter medium, the second circumferentially closed gasket part adapted to seal a second channel of the filter housing;
at least two bridges arranged between and spacing apart the first circumferentially closed gasket part and the second circumferentially closed gasket part, the at least two bridges connected at a first end to the first circumferentially closed gasket part, the at least two bridges connected at an opposite end to the second circumferentially closed gasket part;
wherein the at least two bridges are spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,515

WATER COOLED EGR COOLER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler apparatus, comprising:a plurality of tubes disposed within a housing at a predetermined interval, which forms an exhaust gas passage in which exhaust gas passes therethrough, and a tube bonded portion that internally and externally seals the tube is provided at a first side thereof; and
a plurality of supporters interposing the tubes to define a predetermined interval between the tubes and disposed within the housing wherein a coolant passage, in which a coolant flows between the tubes, is formed,
wherein an external surface of a first side of the supporter is bonded to an external surface of the tubes, forming a reinforcing bonded portion wherein the supporter covers and seals the tube bonded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,113,514

VALVE DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A valve device forming a portion of a ventilation flow channel of a fuel tank, comprising:a float valve;
a case housing the float valve, and including a first through hole on a top portion of the case;
an outside member housing at least the top portion of the case and including
an attachment portion to a fuel tank, and
a second through hole on a top portion of the outside member to communicate an inside of the tank to an outside of the tank; and
a cylindrical seal member fitted in the first through hole and including
an inner portion to communicate with the second through hole,
an outer flange portion formed at an upper end of the cylindrical seal member and having an outer diameter greater than a diameter of the first through hole, the outer flange portion being pinched between the top portion of the case and the top portion of the outside member,
a lower end of the cylindrical seal member, which becomes a valve seat of the float valve,
a circular rising portion arranged between the outer flange portion and the lower end, the circular rising portion having a diameter greater than that of the lower end and less than that of the outer flange portion, and
an interval between the outer flange portion and the circular rising portion has a diameter less than that of the circular rising portion so that the top portion of the case is sandwiched between the outer flange portion and the circular rising portion to attach the cylindrical seal member to the case.

US Pat. No. 10,113,513

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

HYDRO-JECT, LLC, Wilming...

1. A method of operating an internal combustion engine that comprises a variable volume combustion chamber containing a catalyst, said method comprising:at a first pressure in said combustion chamber, admitting an intake gas comprising an aspirant into said combustion chamber;
reducing the volume of said combustion chamber to compress said intake gas to raise pressure in said combustion chamber from said first pressure to a second pressure that is greater than said first pressure;
admitting an aqueous fluid and a steam reforming fuel into said combustion chamber when the pressure in said combustion chamber reaches a predetermined pressure intermediate said first and second pressures so that said aqueous fluid and steam reforming fuel absorb heat generated by said compression of said intake gas and said catalyst promotes a steam reformation process by which hydrogen is separated from said steam reforming fuel or said aqueous fluid;
when the pressure in said combustion chamber is at least at said second pressure, admitting a combustible fuel into said chamber and combusting said combustible fuel and hydrogen; and
wherein the volume of said combustion chamber is varied by moving a body in said combustion chamber and combustion of said fuel and hydrogen causes movement of said body to increase the volume of said combustion chamber and said movement of said body provides an energy output of said combustion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,113,512

GAS MIXER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

Caterpillar Energy Soluti...

1. A gas mixer for mixing gaseous fuel and air for an internal combustion engine, the gas mixer comprising:a housing defining an air path for mixing the gaseous fuel and the air within the air path, the housing comprising a narrowed portion;
a displacement body axially displaceable and coaxially arranged within the air path, the displacement body and the housing defining an air passage disposed at the narrowed portion;
a fuel inlet fluidly connected to the air passage and configured to supply gaseous fuel to the air passage; and
an adjusting unit disposed at least partially within the air path and connected to the displacement body, the adjusting unit being configured to axially displace the displacement body,
wherein the housing comprises a first pipe section and a second pipe section inserted into the first pipe section, the first pipe section and the second pipe section defining a circumferential gap between each other, the circumferential gap being fluidly connected to the air passage for providing gaseous fuel into the air path and
wherein the second pipe section is axially displaceable by the adjusting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,113,511

PRESSURE REGULATOR

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A pressure regulator including:a body having an inlet, an outlet, and a flow passage extending therebetween;
a valve seat supported in the body for movement relative to the body for allowing the position of the valve seat to float relative to the body, the valve seat being resiliently biased downward in a first direction and movable upward in a second direction as a function of inlet pressure of fluid flowing through the flow passage;
a poppet movable relative to the valve seat in the second direction from a first position to a second position;
wherein the valve seat is supported in a nozzle retainer secured to the body and movable relative to the nozzle retainer; and
a poppet guide secured to the nozzle retainer and configured to move in the first and second directions with the poppet while resisting lateral motion of the poppet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,510

VALVE FOR METHANE IN AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS WITH BY-PASS SYSTEM OF THE EXCESS FLOW BLOCKING DEVICE

OMB SALERI S.p.A., Bresc...

1. Valve for controlling flow of methane in automotive systems, the valve being adapted for a tank and comprising:a valve body including a tank duct ending in at least one main aperture, an entry duct, a delivery duct and a discharge duct;
a thermal safety device, operating between the tank duct and the discharge duct and normally closed to obstruct passage of methane between the tank duct and the discharge duct, adapted to switch to an open configuration if external temperature exceeds a predefined threshold value;
a blocking device, operating upstream of the delivery duct, adapted to switch to a closed configuration in which the blocking device chokes the passage of methane towards the delivery duct if the flow of methane exceeds a predefined threshold value, and normally open, the blocking device being positioned upstream of the main aperture of the tank duct;
a feed duct fluidically separate from the tank duct, connectable downstream with the delivery duct;
wherein the blocking device is operative upstream of the feed duct and is responsive to the flow of methane through the feed duct, and
wherein the feed duct comprises a by-pass duct inside the tank duct.

US Pat. No. 10,113,509

CARBURETOR FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

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

1. A carburetor for an internal combustion engine, comprising,a throttle body internally defining an intake passage;
a throttle valve provided in the intake passage for controlling a flow rate of air conducted by the intake passage, the throttle valve including a throttle shaft rotatably supported by the throttle body;
a fuel passage including a fuel nozzle for supplying fuel to the intake passage;
a first air passage communicating with the fuel passage to supply air to the fuel passage;
a variable communication unit provided in a part of the first air passage and moveable between an open position for communicating the first air passage and a closed position for shutting off the first air passage, the variable communication unit including an air passage shaft received in a retaining hole provided in an intermediate part of the first air passage in a rotatable manner around an axial line extending in parallel with the throttle shaft, the air passage shaft having a communication passage defined therein and being rotatable between the open position where the communication passage forms a part of the first air passage and the closed position where the communication passage forms no part of the first air passage; and
a switch mechanism for rotating the air passage shaft between the open position and the closed position in dependence on a load of the engine,
wherein the switch mechanism comprises a link mechanism coupled between the throttle shaft and the air passage shaft to rotate the air passage shaft such that the first air passage is communicated when an opening angle of the throttle valve is a first angle, and is shut off when the opening angle of the throttle valve is a second angle greater than the first angle,
wherein the first air passage includes an upstream portion extending in parallel with the intake passage to the retaining hole of the air passage shaft, and a downstream portion extending from a bottom end of the retaining hole along an axis of the retaining hole and then is bent to extend to the fuel passage, and
wherein the communication passage is bent in the air passage shaft and has an upstream end opening out in an outer circumference of the air passage shaft and a downstream end opening out in an inner end face of the air passage shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,113,508

GAS TURBINE ENGINE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine having a centerline axis, said gas turbine engine comprising:a variable pitch fan configured for generating reverse thrust;
a fan cowl assembly surrounding said fan to define a bypass duct configured to channel airflow for said fan, wherein said fan cowl assembly comprises a stationary cowl and a transcowl; and
a plurality of actuators are circumferentially spaced apart from one another, alternatingly skewed in different directions relative to the centerline axis of the engine and configured for displacing said transcowl relative to said stationary cowl to form an auxiliary inlet into said bypass duct when said fan is generating reverse thrust.