US Pat. No. 10,480,800

AIR CONDITIONER

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,798

RECIRCULATING DOWNDRAFT SYSTEM FOR A COOKING APPLIANCE

Electrolux Home Products,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,797

DAMPER SUITABLE FOR LIQUID AEROSOL-LADEN FLOW STREAMS

OY HALTON GROUP LTD., He...

1. An exhaust system comprising:an exhaust hood having a recess constructed to capture fumes from a fume source;
a duct section coupled to the exhaust hood so as to receive captured fumes therefrom, the duct section having a cross-section and a flow direction perpendicular to said cross-section;
a flow control device having a plurality of damper blocking elements disposed in the duct section, each of the damper blocking elements having a major plane;
a fume load sensor configured to detect a fume load in the duct section;
a motor drive which positions the damper blocking elements;
a first bearing and a second bearing supporting a rotation axle of at least one of the plurality of damper blocking elements, the first bearing disposed outside the duct section and the second bearing disposed inside the duct section;
a seal surrounding at least a portion of the rotation axle that penetrates through a wall of the duct section; and
a controller coupled to the motor drive and configured to control the motor drive responsively to the fume load detected by the fume load sensor, wherein
each damper blocking element is movable in a respective range from a first position, where the duct section is substantially closed in the flow direction by the damper blocking elements, to a second position, where the duct section is substantially open in the flow direction,
the controller further being configured to detect, responsively to said fume load sensor, when the fume source is off and when the fume source is on and to substantially close the plurality of damper blocking elements when the fume source is off to prevent air from flowing through said flow control device when the fume source is off, the controller controlling the flow control devices such that it never fully closes when the fume source is on, and
each of the damper blocking elements has a rigid construction that maintains its shape.

US Pat. No. 10,480,793

COMBINATION OUTDOOR FIREPLACE AND PIZZA OVEN

ROUND GROVE PRODUCTS, LLC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,792

FUEL STAGING IN A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,791

FUEL INJECTOR TO FACILITATE REDUCED NOX EMISSIONS IN A COMBUSTOR SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,782

FIRE CONSTRUCTIONS

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,781

REMOVAL OF CARBONACEOUS MICROBEADS

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,774

LIGHT EMITTER WITH COMMUNICATION OR POWER CONNECTOR

McKeon Products, Inc., W...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,773

CANOPY LIGHT HAVING MOISTURE CONTROL

Jarvis Corp., Elk Grove ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,768

PLASTIC HEAT SINK FOR LUMINAIRES

SABIC Global Technologies...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,762

LIGHTING FIXTURE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,760

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,759

LANTERN

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,753

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Saturn Licensing LLC, Ne...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,751

WAVELENGTH CONVERSION LAMINATED FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,744

LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,738

ELECTRICAL DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,737

LAMP APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,733

FLAME SIMULATING LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,724

LIGHTING DEVICE HAVING A PUMPING LIGHT UNIT AND LUMINESCENT ELEMENT

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,718

METHODS FOR REDUCING TRANSMIX PRODUCTION ON PETROLEUM PIPELINES

Texon LP, Houston, TX (U...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,716

CRYOGENIC STORAGE VESSEL

WESTPORT POWER INC., Van...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,709

ADJUSTABLE SUPPORT ARM

Humanscale Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,705

HEATSHIELD FOR A BAND CLAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,704

PULSATION DAMPER

FUJIKOKI CORPORATION, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,700

NOZZLE ARRANGEMENT FOR FLOWABLE SUBSTANCES

AGROTOP GMBH, (DE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,698

TUBE CONNECTOR

Kongsberg Automotive AS, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,686

CORD MANAGEMENT KIT

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,683

VALVE AND CLOSURE MEMBER

METSO FLOW CONTROL OY, V...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,682

STRAINER ASSEMBLY FOR INTERNAL VALVE

EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMEN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,681

PARTIAL STROKE TESTS FOR SHUTDOWN VALVES

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,672

FLOW RATE ADJUSTING DEVICE

SURPASS INDUSTRY CO., LTD...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,668

TANK OVERHEAD LINE LIQUID BACKFLOW RESTRICTION DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,655

INTERMEDIATE PLATE

ElringKlinger AG, Dettin...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,647

TECHNIQUES FOR CONTROLLING PEDAL-OFF DOWNSHIFTS OF A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,643

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

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,642

MULTI SPEED TRANSMISSION DEVICE WITH HYDRAULICALLY ACTUATED SHIFT RODS

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,640

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,633

ELECTRIC ACTUATOR WITH A FAIL-SAFE MODE OF OPERATION

METSO FLOW CONTROL USA IN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,629

BALL SCREW WITH A DUSTPROOF MEMBER

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,628

ELECTRIC ACTUATOR

SOUCY INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,626

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND BICYCLE

NIDEC SHIMPO CORPORATION,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,625

EMERGENCY STEERING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,615

VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DESIGNING THE SAME

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,480,605

COMPRESSION-RESISTANT SHOCK ABSORBER PISTON SEAL

RIDE CONTROL, LLC, Farmi...

9. A shock absorber comprising:a cylinder having a first chamber and a second chamber, at least one of said first chamber and said second chamber including a fluid;
a piston having a valve body that separates said first chamber and said second chamber and being configured for reciprocal movement within said cylinder, said valve body defining at least one through-hole for enabling the fluid to move between the first and second chambers;
a floating disc and a floating retainer each being movably connected to said valve body and movable relative to each other, said floating disc and said floating retainer defining a space between said floating disc and said floating retainer, said space having a cross-sectional area; and
a compressible seal element having a non-compressed square cross-section seated in and filling said cross-sectional area of said space, said seal element being non-fixedly attached to and movable relative to said floating disc and said floating retainer, an entire first outer surface of said seal element engages an entire first inner surface of said floating disc and said floating retainer, an entire second outer surface of said seal element engages an entire second inner surface of said floating disc and said floating retainer, and a third outer surface of said seal element uniformly, slidingly engages and forms a seal with an inner wall of said cylinder during the reciprocal movement of said piston to enable continuous sliding reciprocal movement of the seal element relative to said inner wall of said cylinder while reducing wear on said seal element and increasing the life of said seal element during repeated reciprocal movement of said seal element.

US Pat. No. 10,480,604

SHOCK ABSORBER

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A base valve assembly able to be used in conjunction with a shock absorber of a type having an outer tube, an inner tube, and a piston reciprocally mounted in an interior of the inner tube, the base valve assembly regulating fluid flow between an annular outer replenishment chamber formed between the outer tube and the inner tube and an inner working chamber formed by the interior of the inner tube, the base valve assembly comprising:a base plate,
a base cage positioned on the base plate, the base cage having a first set of fluid passageways which fluidly connect the inner working chamber to the annular outer replenishment chamber upon a compression stroke of the piston, and a second set of fluid passageways which fluidly connect the annular outer replenishment chamber to the inner working chamber upon an extension stroke of the piston,
a first base valve mounted to the base cage, which first base valve opens the first set of fluid passageways during the compression stroke of the piston, and
a second base valve mounted to the base cage, which second base valve opens the second set of fluid passageways during the extension stroke of the piston,
wherein the second set of fluid passageways comprises a plurality of arcuate elongated slots formed through the base cage so that ends of the arcuate elongated slots are closely adjacent each other,
wherein the base cage has an upper end and a lower end, and forming a replenishment fluid passageway formed between the lower end of the base cage and the base plate to fluidly connect the second set of fluid passageways to the outer replenishment chamber,
wherein the second set of fluid passageways each include an outer wall and an inner wall extending downward from the upper end toward the lower end,
wherein the inner wall of the second set of fluid passageways extends downward farther than the outer wall, and is positioned to direct fluid flowing past a bottom of the outer wall upward through the second set of fluid passageways,
wherein the base plate comprises a frustoconical deflector wall aligned with the second set of fluid passageways,
wherein the frustoconical deflector wall slopes radially inwardly and upwardly toward a lower end of the inner wall and away from the annular outer replenishment chamber, and
wherein the frustoconical deflector wall is positioned proximately with respect to the lower end of the inner wall to direct fluid flowing from the annular outer replenishment chamber upward along the inner wall and toward the second set of fluid passageways.

US Pat. No. 10,480,601

HEAT DISSIPATING BRAKE ROTOR

SRAM, LLC, Chicago, IL (...

12. A brake rotor for a bicycle, the brake rotor comprising:a brake body formed of a first material and having a generally annular shape with a first axial surface and a second axial surface opposite the first axial surface;
a carrier formed of a second material and coupled to the brake body such that one or more first contact sections of a first cooling body of the carrier contact the first axial surface of the brake body, the cooling body including a protrusion formed of the second material; and
a second cooling body formed of a third material and coupled to the brake body such that one or more second contact sections of the second cooling body contact the second axial surface of the brake body, the protrusion of the cooling body configured to contact the second cooling body to transfer heat therebetween,
wherein at least one of the second material or the third material has a higher heat conductivity than the first material of the brake body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,600

DISC BRAKE AND SET OF BRAKE PADS

Bendix Spicer Foundation ...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle, comprising:a brake disc having a brake disc rotational axis;
a brake carrier configured to straddle the brake disc;
an application-side brake pad and a back-side brake pad with respective back plates configured to be supported directly on the brake carrier in respective brake carrier pad slots;
a brake caliper configured to straddle the brake disc while being supported on the brake carrier in a manner that enables sliding of the brake caliper relative to the brake carrier along a direction parallel to the brake disc rotational axis;
at least one pad-retaining spring coupled to the application side brake pad,
wherein
the brake carrier and at least the application side brake pad have form-fitting complementary contours configured such that the form-fitting complementary contours directly abut one another when at least the application side brake pad is in an installed position in the brake carrier to constrain the application-side brake pad against radial movement away from the brake disc rotational axis,
the at least one pad-retaining spring is configured to be supported at opposite ends directly on brake carrier horns adjacent to the application-side brake carrier pad slot and to exert a tensile force in a radially outward direction on the application-side brake pad,
the form-fitting complementary contours include opposing brake carrier projections into the application-side brake carrier pad slot and complementary recesses in opposite lateral sides of the application-side brake pad,
undercut surfaces of the contours of the brake carrier horns are configured to engage in a play-free manner undercut surfaces of projections of the pad back plate located radially inward of the brake pad recesses,
the at least one pad-retaining spring is located on an upper side of the application-side brake pad back plate,
the at least one pad-retaining spring includes a central section, arm sections adjacent to opposite ends of the central section, pressure sections adjacent to the arm sections, and intermediate sections between the central section and the adjacent arm sections, and
the central section is attached to the application-side pad back plate by at least one fastening element and the pressure sections extend laterally beyond the lateral sides of the application-side brake pad back plate a distance sufficient to be supported on the brake carrier horns.

US Pat. No. 10,480,594

MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL FLUID CLUTCH APPARATUS WITH CYLINDRICAL FLUID GAP

EXONETIK INC., Sherbrook...

1. A magnetorheological fluid clutch apparatus comprising:a stator adapted to be connected to a structure, the stator having at least an annular wall;
a first rotor rotatably mounted to the stator, the first rotor having at least one first shear surface;
a second rotor rotatably mounted to the stator for rotating about a common axis with the first rotor, the second rotor having at least one second shear surface opposite the at least one first shear surface, the shear surfaces separated by at least one annular space;
magnetorheological (MR) fluid in an MR fluid chamber including the at least one annular space, the MR fluid configured to generate a variable amount of torque transmission between the rotors when subjected to a magnetic field;
an inner magnetic core and an outer magnetic core with an annular cavity therebetween receiving the annular wall of the stator, the inner magnetic core and the outer magnetic core connected to at least one of the rotors to rotate therewith so as to be rotatably mounted to the stator;
outer and inner fluid gaps between the inner magnetic core and the annular wall, and between the outer magnetic core and the annular wall, the outer and inner fluid gaps filled with at least one fluid; and
at least one coil supported by the annular wall and actuatable to deliver a magnetic field through the MR fluid, the magnetic field following a path comprising the annular wall, the outer fluid gap, the outer magnetic core, the at least one first shear surface and the at least one second shear surface, the inner magnetic core and the inner fluid gap;
wherein one of the rotors is adapted to be coupled to a power input and the other of the rotors is adapted to be connected to an output whereby actuation of the at least one coil results in a variation of torque transmission between the rotors.

US Pat. No. 10,480,593

SPRAGUE CARRIER

1. A Sprague carrier for use in a front differential, the Sprague carrier comprising:a two piece armature plate comprising:
a fixed portion fixedly coupled to a bearing cage; and
a floating ring, wherein the fixed portion comprises teeth equally distributed around an outer circumference of the fixed portion, and the floating ring comprises corresponding teeth equally distributed around an inner circumference of the floating ring, wherein the fixed portion of the two piece armature plate is fixedly coupled to the bearing cage and the floating ring is moveable between an engaged position with the teeth of the floating ring engaged with the teeth of the fixed portion and a disengaged position with the teeth of the floating ring disengaged from the teeth of the fixed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,591

COUPLING ARRANGEMENT FOR THE POWERTRAIN OF A VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A coupling arrangement (1) for the powertrain of a vehicle (1) comprising:a clutch housing (3);
a feed arrangement (75) for feed medium contained in the clutch housing (3);
an input-side clutch unit carrier (10) connected so as to be fixed with respect to rotation relative to the clutch housing (3);
a clutch mechanism (90), wherein the clutch mechanism (90) comprising input-side clutch units (20) communicating with the input-side clutch unit carrier (10), an output-side clutch unit carrier (44) connected so as to be fixed with respect to rotation relative to a driven end (54), output-side clutch units (40) communicating with the output-side clutch unit carrier (44) and a pressing device (30) through which an operative connection between the input-side clutch units (20) and the output-side clutch units (40) can be produced or cancelled;
wherein the input-side clutch unit carrier (10) is part of the feed arrangement (75), and the feed arrangement (75) further comprising a feed device (38) associated with the input-side clutch unit carrier (10) and which is connected to the input-side clutch unit carrier (10) and/or to the pressing device (30) so as to be fixed with respect to relative rotation; and
additionally comprising at least one disconnecting device (17) for disconnecting the input-side from the output-side clutch units, and wherein the feed device (38) is constructed as a centering device for the at least one disconnecting device (17).

US Pat. No. 10,480,590

DUAL-MODE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM BASED ON TWISTED STRING ACTUATION

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. A twisted string actuator comprising:a first actuator;
a first coupler which is rotated by the first actuator;
a shaft which is coupled to and interlocked with the first coupler;
a second coupler which is selectively interlocked with the first coupler and comprises a plurality of string receiving portions; and
a string which has one end fixed to the first coupler and the other end fixed to a moving body through the string receiving portions of the second coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,480,587

SELF-ALIGNING DRIVESHAFT COUPLER

1. A self-aligning driveshaft coupler, comprising:an internally splined receiving clutch mounted on an externally splined tractor PTO output shaft and having a neck with a retaining groove, and a base with a plurality of holes;
a locking clutch assembly mounted to an implement and engaging the receiving clutch without contacting the external splines of the tractor PTO output shaft;
a locking pin attached to the locking clutch assembly and removably engaging the retaining groove;
a collar attached to the locking clutch assembly and slideable axially with respect to the locking clutch assembly while the locking pin is engaged; and
a plurality of drive pins extending axially from the collar, a plurality of springs biasing the drive pins into the holes in the receiving clutch base once the locking pin is in the retaining groove and the tractor PTO output shaft and receiving clutch are rotated together less than one revolution before rotating the locking clutch assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,583

VEHICLE WITH TRANSMISSION HAVING A SPLINE CONNECTION

VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, G...

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine operable to rotate a crank shaft of said internal combustion engine;
a transmission;
at least one driving wheel rotationally connected to said transmission; and
a damping system arranged between said internal combustion engine and said transmission for dampening irregular motions of said crank shaft, said damping system comprising an output splined portion;
wherein said transmission is arranged for controllably rotationally connecting the output splined portion of said damping system for providing torque from the internal combustion engine to said at least one driving wheel via said transmission, wherein
said output splined portion of said damping system is adapted to mate with a splined portion of a coupling shaft of said transmission for connecting the crank shaft to said transmission via said damping system,
wherein said transmission comprises a torque converter arranged for controllably rotationally connecting the output splined portion of said damping system to said transmission, wherein said splined portion of said coupling shaft is configured to connect said torque converter to said damping system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,571

SELF LOCKING BEARING PRELOAD ADJUSTER

The Hive Global, Inc, Ta...

1. A crank set for a bicycle comprising:a. a drive side crank arm comprising one or more chain rings;
b. a non-drive side crank arm;
c. a spindle;
d. an extendable bearing preload adjuster fit onto the non-drive side crank arm, wherein the bearing preload adjuster is slid over an adjuster boss of the bicycle crank arm to couple the bearing preload adjuster with the bicycle crank set and a bottom bracket assembly, the extendable bearing preload adjuster comprising:
i. an adjustment ring;
ii. a movable plunger comprising an external triple-start thread for rotatably coupling with the adjustment ring; and
iii. a detent spring, wherein the detent spring includes a spring detent feature that engages within one of a plurality of adjustment ring detent features,
iv. wherein each of the movable plunger and the detent spring includes a respective at least one anti-rotation feature that engages in an at least one anti-rotation feature of the adjuster boss,
wherein the adjustment ring is manually rotated to cause the movable plunger to extend along an axis of the bottom bracket assembly inward toward the bottom bracket assembly to apply pressure to a bottom bracket bearing inner race and eliminate a clearance in a bearing assembly of the bottom bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,480,569

HYBRID LINED TRUNNION BEARING FOR AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR

Schaublin SA, Delemont (...

1. A trunnion bearing comprising:an inner ring having a first exterior surface and a first interior surface, the first exterior surface having a spherical contour;
an outer ring having a second interior surface and a second exterior surface, the second interior surface having a spherical contour;
the inner ring being disposed at least partially in the outer ring;
a lubricious liner being disposed between the first exterior surface of the inner ring and the second interior surface of the outer ring; and
a bushing having a third exterior surface and a third interior surface, the third exterior surface having a contour complementary to that of the first interior surface of the inner ring, the third exterior surface engaging the first interior surface, the third interior surface being substantially cylindrical and having a least one first lubricant reservoir formed therein, the at least one first lubricant reservoir being configured to dispense a first lubricant therefrom;
at least one recess in the lubricious liner, the at least one recess being configured as a second lubricant reservoir for dispensing a second lubricant between the lubricious liner and the first exterior surface of the inner ring;
at least one seal that is in sealing engagement with the inner ring and the outer ring; and
wherein the first lubricant is different from the second lubricant.

US Pat. No. 10,480,567

BALL ELEMENT WITH RETRACTING STUD

1. A fixture element, comprising:a housing having a first portion and a second portion, the second portion defining a bore in which an abutment region is located;
a retracting stud having a first end and a second end, the second end including a flange, the retracting stud being configured for insertion in the bore such that the first end extends through the first portion to an extent defined by engagement of the flange with the abutment region;
a spring extending between the retracting stud and a disc, the disc being inserted in the bore at the end of the first portion opposite the abutment region, the spring biasing the retracting stud towards the abutment region; and
a ball element seated in the first portion and surrounding the retracting stud, the ball element being configured to swivel about the retracting stud.

US Pat. No. 10,480,562

SELF-TAPPING SCREW HEAD STRUCTURE

BI-MIRTH CORP., Kaohsiun...

1. A self-tapping screw head structure comprising a screw head, a rod connected to the screw head, a cone connected to one end of the rod away from the screw head, and a thread extending from the cone to the rod, a direction of the thread surrounding the cone and the rod determining a tapping direction surrounding the screw head and forming a circumferential path; wherein the improvement comprises:the screw head comprises a top portion, a first neck portion connected to the top portion and having a circumference gradually decreasing towards away from the top portion, a plurality of recesses recessed at a surface of the first neck portion and having recess depths gradually decreasing along the tapping direction, and a second neck portion connected to the first neck portion and having a circumference gradually decreasing towards away from the first neck portion;
wherein, each of the plurality of recesses comprises a crumb guiding end located at a position with a smallest of the recess depths, a cutting end away from the crumb guiding end and having the smallest of the recess depths, a first accommodating groove located between the cutting end and the crumb guiding end and adjacent to the top portion, and a second accommodating groove located between the cutting end and the crumb guiding end, adjacent to the first accommodating groove and away from the top portion, a recess depth of the first accommodating groove being greater than that of the second accommodating groove.

US Pat. No. 10,480,559

FASTENER WITH HEAD CUTTING STRUCTURE

Simpson Strong-Tie Compan...

1. A fastener, comprising:a shank having a first end and a second end, the shank having at least a first region having a first helical thread having a first effective diameter; and
a head positioned at the second end of the shank, the head having a top portion including a disk having a diameter, a top surface and a bottom surface, and having a cutting structure, the cutting structure comprising four walls, each wall comprising a first arcuate portion and a second arcuate portion, each wall engaging the shank at an angle, each wall engaging the bottom surface of the disk at a non-normal angle and a plurality of rounded edges, one of the plurality of rounded edges positioned between each of two adjacent walls.

US Pat. No. 10,480,553

SHAFT ASSEMBLY

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A shaft assembly, comprising:a yoke defining a first bore that extends from a first face towards a second face along a first axis, the first bore having an inner surface that defines a key that extends towards the first axis and a first bore first flat that extends along the first axis and is spaced apart from the key, and a second bore that extends from a third face towards a fourth face along a second axis that is disposed transverse to the first axis, the third face and the fourth face each extending between the first face and the second face, wherein the yoke defines a notch that extends from first face towards the second face and extends between the first bore and a fifth face that extends between the first face, the second face, the third face, and the fourth face; and
a shaft having an outer surface extending between a first shaft end and a second shaft end along the first axis, the first shaft end being at least partially received within the first bore, wherein the outer surface defines a first flat that extends from the first shaft end towards the second shaft end, wherein the first flat is disposed parallel to the fifth face.

US Pat. No. 10,480,546

HYDRAULIC CYLINDER

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A fluid pressure cylinder comprising:a cylinder main body in which a cylinder hole is formed;
a piston disposed in the cylinder hole and which is displaced along an axial direction under an action of a working fluid;
a piston rod connected to the piston; and
a rod cover in which a rod insertion hole is formed through which the piston rod is inserted;
wherein the piston rod and the rod cover are constituted from aluminum or an aluminum alloy;
an alumite film or a diamond-like carbon film is formed on at least a portion of an inner wall surface of the rod cover constituting the rod insertion hole;
in the case that the alumite film is formed on the inner wall surface of the rod cover, a diamond-like carbon film that slides in contact with the alumite film is formed on an outer wall surface of the piston rod, whereas in the case that the diamond-like carbon film is formed on the inner wall surface of the rod cover, an alumite film that slides in contact with the diamond-like carbon film is formed on the outer wall surface of the piston rod;
an annular groove provided in the inner wall surface of the rod cover;
a rod packing provided in a portion of the annular groove; and
a lubricant provided in another portion of the annular groove, said another portion of the groove not having the rod packing, whereby said another portion of the groove comprises a lubricant accommodating groove wherein a length of the lubricant accommodating groove in the axial direction is between ? and ? of a length of the alumite film that slides in contact with the diamond-like carbon film,
wherein said another portion of the annular groove is located at a side of the rod packing which is opposite the piston along the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,542

VALVE SYSTEM FOR PNEUMATIC CYLINDERS

Aladdin Engineering and M...

1. A valve system for use with a cylinder having an extensible rod, the valve system comprising:a first valve assembly including
a first inlet/outlet port,
a check valve biased toward a closed state, the check valve having a check valve body at least partially receivable within a first port of the cylinder,
a flow control valve positioned in series between the first inlet/outlet port and the check valve, and
a first pilot port selectively communicable with a source of pressurized gas for opening the check valve; and
a second valve assembly including
a second inlet/outlet port,
a second pilot port through which the pressurized gas must flow before being introduced to the first pilot port,
a valve body at least partially receivable within a second port of the cylinder, wherein the second inlet/outlet port and the second pilot port are integrally formed as a single piece as a portion of the valve body, and
an annular cavity defined within the valve body that provides a fluid path between the second pilot port and the second inlet/outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,480,539

ACCUMULATOR

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. An accumulator comprising:a pressure container including a liquid pressure port connected to a pressure pipe;
a tubular bellows arranged telescopically along an inner wall of the pressure container;
a bellows cap configured to close one end of the bellows to divisionally define, in cooperation with the bellows, a liquid chamber communicating with the liquid pressure port and a gas chamber in which a pressure gas is enclosed; and
a stay provided with a through hole, the stay partitioning the liquid chamber into a closed liquid chamber on a side of the bellows and an open liquid chamber on a side of the liquid pressure port wherein:
the bellows cap includes an elastic abutment part provided with an annular sealing part positioned around the through hole to face the through hole, and a buffering part positioned on a radially inner side of the sealing part;
communication passages always communicating with the through hole are formed in the buffering part of the elastic abutment part; and
the communication passages comprise a plurality of radial grooves extending in a radial direction and at least one circumferential groove coupled to the radial grooves and extending in a circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,536

FAN UNIT FIXING STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

7. Electronic equipment comprising:a fan unit having a fan device for rotating a fan, and an elastic holder for holding the fan device;
a housing to which the fan unit is fixed;
piece portions provided at positions at which the fan unit placed at a fixing position in the housing is sandwiched between the piece portions from both sides thereof;
first elastic engagement portions provided in an outer peripheral portion of the holder, the first elastic engagement portions corresponding to the piece portions;
second elastic engagement portions provided in the piece portions, and elastically engaged with the first elastic engagement portions in a state in which the fan unit is placed at the fixing position, to hold the fan unit at the fixing position;
a drawn portion provided so as to project toward an inside of the housing, serving as a base of the fan unit placed at the fixing position, and having a seat surface in which a hole is formed;
a second projecting portion provided so as to project from the outer peripheral portion of the holder, and fitted into the hole in a state in which the fan unit is placed at the fixing position;
a contact portion provided so as to project from the outer peripheral portion on a periphery of the holder which is opposite to the second projecting portion; and
a hitting portion provided so as to project from a top plate, and being in contact with the contact portion while applying pressure to the contact portion, in a state in which the top plate is mounted to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,532

COMPRESSOR STATOR VANE, AXIAL FLOW COMPRESSOR, AND GAS TURBINE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A compressor stator vane for an axial flow compressor comprising:a vane-shaped cross-section provided from a first side of the compressor stator vane to a second side of the compressor stator vane in a radial direction, the vane-shaped cross-section having, on a camber line, a camber reference point in which a ratio of an angle obtained by subtracting an exit metal angle from a metal angle to a camber angle is 50%, wherein
a distance from a leading edge to the camber reference point is set to a 26-38% chord,
the metal angle refers to an angle formed by a tangential direction of the camber line and an axial direction at an arbitrary position on the camber line,
the camber angle refers to an angle obtained by adding an entrance metal angle to the exit metal angle,
the entrance metal angle refers to an angle formed by the tangential direction of the camber line and the axial direction at an leading edge of the compressor stator vane, and
the exit metal angle refers to an angle formed by the tangential direction of the camber line and the axial direction at a trailing edge of the compressor stator vane.

US Pat. No. 10,480,528

SUPERPLASTIC FORMING

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method of manufacturing an aerofoil structure by diffusion bonding and superplastic forming to create a substantially hollow cavity within the aerofoil structure, the method comprising the steps of:providing first and second outer panels formed of a first material;
providing a membrane formed of a second material;
applying stop-off material to preselected areas on at least one side of the membrane or of the first or second panel so as to prevent diffusion bonding between the panels and the membrane at the preselected areas;
arranging the first and second panels and the membrane in a stack so that the membrane is between the first and second panels;
performing a diffusion bonding process to bond together the first and second panels and the membrane to form an assembly;
performing a superplastic forming process at a forming temperature to expand the assembly to form the aerofoil structure with the hollow cavity;
the method characterised in that the forming temperature is selected so that the second material undergoes superplastic deformation at the forming temperature and the first material does not undergo superplastic deformation at the forming temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,527

AXIAL FAN WITH UNBALANCED BLADE SPACING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An axial fan comprising:a hub; and
a plurality of blades extending from a periphery of the hub,
wherein each of the plurality of blades has a thickness which varies from a leading edge to a trailing edge and from a root to a tip,
wherein the plurality of blades are unevenly spaced around the periphery of the hub in a pattern which is not balanced, and
wherein the fan is balanced by variance in blade thickness among the plurality of blades, and the blade thickness of a first blade is scaled by individual blade thickness factors to define the thickness of each of the other blades, said blade thickness factors varying among the plurality of blades in such a way that the fan is balanced.

US Pat. No. 10,480,517

METHOD OF AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING THE CONDITION OF A VOLUTE CASING OF A CENTRIFUGAL PUMP

SULZER MANAGEMENT AG, Wi...

1. A method of monitoring a condition of a volute casing of a centrifugal pump, the volute casing comprising an outlet duct with a wall and an outlet opening, a centreline plane, a cutwater tongue, an axis, and a wall having an inner surface defining an interior of the volute casing and an outer surface, the method comprising:determining, in the wall of the volute casing, at least one point, which, in view of the material forming the volute casing, is critical to wear;
providing, from outside the volute casing, a blind hole in the wall of the volute casing at the at least one point, the blind hole having a depth;
receiving information regarding the blind hole; and
taking predetermined actions to replace the volute casing with a new casing after the information indicates the blind hole opens into the interior of the volute casing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,502

FLUID CONTROL DEVICE AND PUMP

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A fluid control device comprising:an inlet for sucking fluid from an external space into the fluid control device,
an outlet for discharging the fluid from within the fluid control device to the external space,
a vibrating plate having a central part, a frame part surrounding the central part, and a connecting part connecting between the central part and the frame part;
a driver stacked over the central part, the driver being configured to vibrate the vibrating plate in a flexural manner from the central part to the connecting part; and
an opposed plate stacked over the frame part, the opposed plate being spaced apart from and opposed to at least the connecting part,
wherein the vibrating plate has a resonant mode such that an antinode occurs in each of the central part and the connecting part,
wherein the opposed plate has a plurality of channel holes through which the fluid flows, each of the channel holes being located at a position opposed to the connecting part, and
wherein during operation of the fluid control device, the fluid is sucked through the inlet, flows through the plurality of channel holes, and is discharged through the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,480,498

SELF VENTING PISTON PLUGS

DRESSER-RAND COMPANY, Ol...

1. A reciprocating compressor piston, the piston comprising:a piston cavity defined by the piston, wherein the piston is connected to a crankshaft and responsive to reciprocating motion from the crankshaft; and
a piston plug for venting gaseous working fluid from the piston cavity while restricting exit of non-fluidic debris material from the piston cavity, the piston plug installed in a plug hole defined by an outer surface of the piston, wherein the piston plug, comprises:
a cylindrical body having a longitudinal axis and an outer cylindrical surface extending longitudinally between a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the outer cylindrical surface defining a hole extending radially inward, such that the hole has a central axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the cylindrical body;
a first channel in fluidic communication with the first surface and the hole;
a second channel in fluidic communication with the second surface and the hole, the first channel, the second channel, and at least a portion of the hole forming a non-collinear flowpath;
a first straight thread defined on the outer cylindrical surface and having a first thread profile, the first straight thread configured to provide an interference fit with a second straight thread defined on an inner surface of the plug hole where the piston plug is installed, the second straight thread having a second thread profile that is different than the first thread profile;
a ball and a spring disposed in the hole,
wherein, when a pressure of gaseous working fluid in the cavity defined by the piston of the reciprocating compressor reaches or exceeds a predetermined value, the ball is dislodged from a valve seat and gaseous working fluid in the piston cavity escapes via the non-collinear flowpath in the piston plug,
wherein the non-collinear flowpath is effective to prevent non-fluidic material from exiting the piston of the reciprocating compressor along with the gaseous working fluid that escapes via the non-collinear flowpath;
a fastener disposed in the hole and configured to retain the ball and the spring in the hole; and
wherein when the piston plug is installed in the piston, the first surface is flush with an outer surface of the piston,
wherein a notch diametrically traverses from side-to-side the first surface of the piston plug, the notch defined by a cross-section centrally arranged relative to the longitudinal axis of the piston plug, the notch arranged to apply a screwing rotation about the central axis to the piston plug so that, when the piston plug is being installed in the piston, the piston plug is rotated relative to the plug hole in the piston and thus effect the interference fit of the first straight thread with the second straight thread defined on the inner surface of the plug hole, wherein the non-collinear flowpath is configured to restrict the exit of the non-fluidic debris material from the piston cavity,
wherein the second channel constitutes an inlet channel to receive the gaseous working fluid in the position cavity into the non-collinear flowpath, and wherein the first channel constitutes an outlet channel for gaseous working fluid exiting the non-collinear flowpath through the piston plug,
wherein the inlet channel extends along a longitudinal channel axis offset from the longitudinal axis of the piston plug and spaced-apart form the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,480,495

COMPRESSOR WITH FLOODED START CONTROL

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A system comprising:a compressor for a refrigeration system, the compressor having a suction chamber and a lubricant sump containing a mixture of liquid refrigerant and a lubricant;
a duct assembly, located in the lubricant sump, that includes a duct frame and a sensor unit, the duct frame providing an enclosed path for evaporating the liquid refrigerant from the mixture in the lubricant sump to the suction chamber of the compressor,
the sensor unit having at least one diode, the sensor unit being configured to:
in response to receiving measurement signals, obtain temperature measurements of the mixture within the lubricant sump with the at least one diode; and
in response to receiving a heat signal, heat and evaporate the liquid refrigerant located within the duct frame of the duct assembly with the at least one diode; and
a control module that includes a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a non-transitory memory, wherein the instructions include:
supplying a first measurement signal to the sensor unit;
receiving a first temperature measurement from the sensor unit;
supplying the heat signal to the sensor unit;
supplying a second measurement signal to the sensor unit;
receiving a second temperature measurement from the sensor unit;
determining a temperature change of the mixture based on the first and second temperature measurements;
determining whether the temperature change corresponds to an expected temperature change for the lubricant;
determining whether the liquid refrigerant remains present within the lubricant sump of the compressor after supplying the heat signal to the sensor unit based on the determination of whether the temperature change corresponds to the expected temperature change for the lubricant;
in response to determining that the liquid refrigerant remains present within the lubricant sump, prohibiting operation of the compressor; and
in response to determining that the liquid refrigerant does not remain present within the lubricant sump, operating the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,494

RUNAWAY VALVE SYSTEM FOR A PUMP

Carlisle Fluid Technologi...

1. A pumping system, comprising:a pump comprising a fluid section coupled to a motor section having a piston, wherein the piston is configured to axially reciprocate within a body, wherein an axial movement of the piston activates a first chamber valve at a first position and a second chamber valve at a second position, and the first and second position are axially offset from one another along a path of the axial movement of the piston;
a main valve configured to direct a flow to the motor section of the pump to facilitate the axial movement of the piston such that the fluid section transfers a fluid from a reservoir to a spray applicator; and
a runaway valve system fluidly coupled to the main valve and configured to detect a runaway state of the pump, wherein the runaway valve system comprises a signal valve configured to receive a first chamber signal from the first chamber valve and to receive a second chamber signal from the second chamber valve, and wherein the runaway valve system is configured to direct the main valve to control the flow to the motor section to hold a position of the piston to stop operation of the pump in response to detection of the runaway state.

US Pat. No. 10,480,493

HALL EFFECT THRUSTER ELECTRICAL CONFIGURATION

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF T...

1. A Hall thruster, comprising: a thruster body comprising a conductive housing and further comprising an annular discharge chamber having an inner wall, the inner wall having a rear surface with an inner wall aperture in the inner wall defined therein, said inner wall of said annular discharge chamber having a downstream end, a radially inner surface, and a radially outer surface, wherein said radially inner surface and said radially outer surface respectively radially inwardly and radially outwardly bound said annular discharge chamber; an anode/gas distributor having an anode electrical terminal, said anode/gas distributor situated in said inner wall aperture defined in said rear surface of said annular discharge chamber, said anode/gas distributor having at least one inlet configured to receive an ionizable gas and configured to distribute said ionizable gas for use as a propellant; a cathode neutralizer configured to provide electrons, said cathode neutralizer having a cathode electrical terminal that can be connected to said anode electrical terminal by way of a first power supply and a switch, said cathode neutralizer and said anode/gas distributor when operating generating an axial electrical field within said annular discharge chamber; and a magnetic circuit having a magnetic yoke, an inner magnetic coil and an outer magnetic coil, said magnetic circuit configured to be switchably powered, said magnetic circuit configured to provide a substantially radial magnetic field across an annular aperture of said annular discharge chamber, wherein the cathode electrical terminal is electrically connected to the thruster body by way of a first electrically conductive material, thereby electrically biasing the thruster body to an electrical potential level of the cathode electrical terminal, wherein the Hall thruster is a magnetic layer Hall thruster.

US Pat. No. 10,480,492

ACTUATOR DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

8. An actuator, comprising:an actuator wire; and
a net-shaped electric heating element which covers a side surface of the actuator wire and comprises heating wires;
wherein
the actuator wire is capable of being contracted by application of heat and restored by release of heat;
the side surface of the actuator wire is formed of polymer; and
the net-shaped electric heating element is moved outward from the side surface of the actuator wire due to contraction of the actuator wire, when the net-shaped electric heating element is heated.

US Pat. No. 10,480,488

WIND TURBINE WITH A SPEED REGULATOR AND A GENERATOR REGULATOR

Nordex Energy GmbH, Hamb...

1. A wind turbine comprising:a rotor having at least one rotor blade defining a longitudinal axis;
a pitch control;
said at least one rotor blade being adjustable about said longitudinal axis via said pitch control;
a generator configured to be driven by said rotor;
a speed regulator configured to generate a control variable (dpitFF/dt) for controlling the pitch of said rotor blade from a control difference in rpm;
a ramp function (P_Ramp) and a further downstream rotational speed ramp configured to determine a rotational speed setpoint (nS) and a power setpoint (PS) from a power reference value (PL);
a feedforward controller for determining said control variable (dpitFF/dt) for said pitch control;
said feedforward controller being configured to determine a power torque (MP) from said rotational speed setpoint (nS) and said power setpoint (PS) and to determine an acceleration torque (MB) from a time dependent change of said rotational speed setpoint (nS); and,
said feedforward controller being further configured to output said control variable (dpitFF/dt) for said pitch control as an output variable which is added to a pitch speed (dpit_n/dt) and applied to an integrator (PitInt) configured to output an output signal, wherein said output signal of said integrator (PitInt) is a pitch angle to be set on the wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,480,487

HUB OF A WIND TURBINE

IMO Holding GmbH, Gremsd...

1. A hub of a wind turbine having rotor blades adjustable about their longitudinal axes and mounted to the hub by means of blade bearings, wherein the hub comprises:a hub body comprising a jacket, the jacket defining an interior space and having a plurality of openings extending completely through the jacket and communicating with the interior space;
an outer ring formed integral with the jacket and extending about the perimeter of one of the plurality of openings extending through the jacket, the outer ring comprising an outer surface facing away from the jacket, an inner surface facing the interior space, and an annular opening defined by an annular surface;
an inner ring sized to be rotatably received in the annular opening of the outer ring;
an inner sealing plate mounted to the inner surface so as to seal the inner ring from the interior space;
an outer sealing plate facing away from the jacket;
wherein the inner ring comprises a circumferentially-extending sidewall extending between the inner sealing plate and the outer sealing plate, the circumferentially-extending sidewall having an inner surface and an outer surface;
a gearbox comprising a central sun gear and a plurality of planetary gears disposed about the central sun gear;
wherein the outer ring extends radially outboard of the jacket such that the inner surface of the outer ring defines a concave curved region facing the interior space, and such that the outer surface of the outer ring defines a convex curved region facing away from the jacket;
wherein an inner rim is formed in the annular surface of the outer ring such that the inner rim extends around the annular opening of the outer ring, and at least one outer raceway is formed in the annular surface of the outer ring such that the at least one outer raceway extends around the annular opening of the outer ring, the at least one outer raceway being disposed concentric with the inner rim and axially outboard of the inner rim;
wherein at least one inner raceway is formed in the outer surface of the circumferentially-extending sidewall of the inner ring, such that when the inner ring is mounted in the annular opening defined by the outer ring, the at least one inner raceway is aligned with the at least one outer raceway formed in the annular surface of the outer ring;
wherein the inner sealing plate of the inner ring and the outer sealing plate of the inner ring are configured to be screwed together via fasteners disposed in a plurality of coronally arranged fastening bores extending parallel to a rotational axis of the inner ring;
wherein the inner surface of the circumferentially-extending sidewall of the inner ring comprises a first toothed region extending circumferentially about the inner surface of the circumferentially-extending side wall of the inner ring;
wherein the inner rim of the annular surface of the outer ring comprises a second toothed region extending circumferentially about the inner rim;
wherein the plurality of planetary gears of the gearbox engage the first toothed region of the inner ring and the second toothed region of the inner rim, such that when the sun gear is rotated, the plurality of planetary gears rotate about the sun gear and simultaneously engage the first toothed region and the second toothed region;
wherein the number of teeth H1 of the first toothed region differ from the number of teeth H2 of the second toothed region by a tooth differential ?Z, and further wherein ?Z is equal to the number of planetary gears in the gearbox, such that single-piece planetary gears are arranged around the sun gear at equidistant intervals, thereby resulting in a high speed ratio and high torque reduction in the force required to rotate the sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,480,482

BIOMORPHIC INSHORE WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER

1. A wave energy collector placed in ocean water at a given distance from a shoreline, the wave energy collector comprising:a. a parallelogram structure with a first side plate having a given width and a given height, a first axle affixed adjacent to a bottom of the first side plate and extending along the width of the first side plate, a second axle affixed adjacent to a top of the first side plate and extending along the width of the first side plate;
b. a second side plate having a given width and a given height, a third axle affixed adjacent to a bottom of the second side plate and extending along the width of the second side plate, a fourth axle affixed adjacent to a top of the second side plate and extending along the width of the second side plate;
c. a bottom plate affixed to the first side plate and affixed to the second side plate and a top plate affixed to the first side plate and affixed to the second side plate;
d. a first mechanical actuator affixed at a first end to the first axle and affixed at a second end to the fourth axle and a second mechanical actuator extending in an opposite direction and affixed at a first end to the third axle and affixed at a second end to the second axle;
e. a first one-way intake check valve connected to a first junction box, a first hose connected at one end to the first junction box and connected in fluid connection at a second end to said first mechanical actuator and a second hose connected at one end to said first junction box and connected in fluid connection at a second end to said second mechanical actuator;
f. a first one-way exit check valve connected to the first junction box and located opposite to the first one-way intake check valve, a first connector hose connecting the first one-way exit check valve to a water transport pipe affixed to the parallelogram structure; and
g. the first side plate and the second side plate move in a counterclockwise direction when impacted by an on-shore wave causing the second mechanical actuator to expand and suck in water during an expansion stroke and concurrently causing the first mechanical actuator to compress and push out water during a compression stroke, and when the first and second side plates are impacted from an onshore wave, the first and second side plates move in a clockwise direction causing the first mechanical actuator to expand and suck in water during an expansion stroke and concurrently causing the second mechanical actuator to compress and push out water during a compression stroke, the expansion stroke causing water to enter through the first one-way intake check valve and flow through the respective first or second hose to be stored in the respective first or second mechanical actuator and the compression stroke pushing water out of the respective first or second mechanical actuator, through the respective first or second hose and through the first one-way exit check valve to the first connector hose connecting to the water transport pipe;
h. whereby pressurized water is transported through the water transport pipe to an inshore apparatus which converts the pressurized water into a source of power or for desalinization;
i. wherein the wave energy collector is a double parallelogram structure comprising a first parallelogram wave energy collector including a first set of elements a, b, c, d, e, f, g and a second parallelogram wave energy collector including a second set of elements a, b, c, d, e, f, g and affixed to a top of the first parallelogram wave energy collector by a central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,480

HYDRAULIC TURBINE

GE Renewable Technologies...

1. A hydraulic turbine, comprising:a runner comprising a runner crown, a runner band, and a plurality of runner blades extending between the runner crown and the runner band; and
a stator surrounding the runner, the stator comprising an upper stator ring, a lower stator ring, and a plurality of guide vanes extending between the upper stator ring and the lower stator ring,
wherein a crown clearance is defined between the runner crown and the upper stator ring, wherein a first ratio of the crown clearance and a crown radius of the runner crown is greater than or equal to 0.02 so as to minimize pressure pulsations developing in a vane-less gap between the plurality of runner blades of the runner and the plurality of guide vanes of the stator.

US Pat. No. 10,480,479

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENGINE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control system for a compression-ignition engine, comprising:an engine including a cylinder, a piston, a cylinder head, and a combustion chamber formed by the cylinder, the piston, and the cylinder head;
a spark plug disposed in the combustion chamber;
a fuel injection valve disposed to be oriented into the combustion chamber;
an in-cylinder pressure sensor connected to the combustion chamber and configured to detect pressure inside the combustion chamber; and
a control unit including a processor connected to the spark plug, the fuel injection valve, and the pressure sensor, and configured to output a control signal to the spark plug, the fuel injection valve, and the pressure sensor, respectively, the control unit executing:
a combustion noise index value calculating module to calculate, based on the output value of the in-cylinder pressure sensor, a first combustion noise index value that is an in-cylinder pressure level at a given high frequency, and a second combustion noise index value that is an in-cylinder pressure level at a given low frequency;
a limit value calculating module to calculate a limit value of a start timing of the CI combustion based on the first combustion noise index value and the second combustion noise index value;
an ignition timing setting module to set an ignition timing so that the start timing of the CI combustion does not advance beyond the limit value; and
a spark plug controlling module to output an ignition instruction to the spark plug at the ignition timing set by the ignition timing setting module.

US Pat. No. 10,480,477

ELECTRIC CURRENT BASED ENGINE AUTO STOP INHIBIT ALGORITHM AND SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine; and
at least one controller configured to inhibit an auto stop of the engine in response to expected increases and decreases to currents consumed by climate system accessory loads or power steering system accessory loads once the engine has been auto stopped resulting in an estimated current to be demanded by the vehicle accessory loads during an auto stop of the engine being greater than a threshold current.

US Pat. No. 10,480,472

VARIABLE ANGLE MULTI-POINT INJECTION

Delavan Inc., West Des M...

1. A nozzle for injecting liquid comprising:a nozzle body defining a first flow channel and a second flow channel and a plurality of swirl ante-chambers each in fluid communication with the first flow channel, each of the plurality of swirl ante-chambers being in fluid communication with the second flow channel, with an injection point orifice defined in each swirl ante-chamber, wherein the first and second flow channels feed into the swirl ante-chambers to impart a tangential flow component on fluids entering each swirl ante-chamber to generate swirl on a spray issuing from the injection point orifices, the first flow channel, the second flow channel, and the swirl ante-chambers being configured and adapted for adjustment of spray angle on sprays issuing from the injection point orifices by varying flow apportionment among the first and second flow channels.

US Pat. No. 10,480,469

COUPLING DEVICE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A fuel injector cup for hydraulically and mechanically coupling a fuel injector to a fuel rail of a combustion engine, the fuel injector cup comprising:a first part having a top end and a bottom end, the top end comprising a fuel inlet of the injector cup, the bottom end comprising a first recess, the first part further comprising two first bores for connecting a connector plate of the fuel injector to the fuel injector cup, and
a second part including (a) a body portion received in the first recess of the first part and defining a second recess and (b) a flange portion extending outwardly from the second part body and comprising two second bores aligning with the two first bores of the first part when the second part is received in the recess of the first part,
the second part configured to receive the fuel inlet portion of the fuel injector, wherein the second recess of the second part is located in the first recess of the first part such that the fuel inlet portion of the fuel injector received in the second recess of the second part is also located in the first recess of the first part,
wherein the first part is a cast metal part,
the second part is a machined, stamped, or deep-drawn metal part, and a press-fit or shrink-fit connection and/or a brazed connection between the first and second parts, and
two threaded connectors, each extending through one of the first bores in the first part, one of the second bores in the second part, and an opening in the connector plate of the fuel injector to both (a) secure the second part to the first part and (b) secure the fuel injector to the first and second parts of the fuel injector cup.

US Pat. No. 10,480,468

HIGH-PRESSURE CONNECTIVE DEVICE, HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A HIGH-PRESSURE CONNECTION DEVICE FOR A HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP

CPT Group GmbH, Hannover...

1. A high-pressure connection device for connecting a high-pressure fuel pump to one or more elements of a fuel injection system, the high-pressure connection device comprising:an outlet which discharges fuel from the high-pressure fuel pump;
a connector connecting the outlet to the one or more elements of the fuel injection system;
a weld seam which connects the outlet and the connector; and
a pretensioner configured to exert a tension force on the weld seam, the pretensioner directly contacting the connector and directing connected to the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,480,466

DIAPHRAGM AND PULSATION DAMPER USING SAME

FUJIKOKI CORPORATION, To...

1. A diaphragm comprising a flange, and a protrusion provided to protrude to one side of the flange,wherein the protrusion comprises at least two annular curved portions provided annularly on a ceiling portion having a flat surface-like shape and on an outer side in a radial direction of the ceiling portion, in a state where pressure on an outer wall side of the protrusion and pressure on an inner wall side of the protrusion are the same,
the at least two annular curved portions are each formed to be curved in a cross-section of the diaphragm obtained by cutting the diaphragm by a virtual plane including a center line of the diaphragm, and centers of curvature of the at least two annular curved portions are all arranged at different positions on a side opposite to a protruding direction of the protrusion,
the protrusion has a concave curved shape only on an inner wall surface among an outer wall surface and the inner wall surface of the protrusion over the entire area from the outermost one of the at least two annular curved portions to the center line of the diaphragm,
the diaphragm further comprises an annular rising portion provided between the flange and the protrusion, the annular rising portion curvilinearly rising from the flange to the protrusion and having a curvature radius in the cross-section of the diaphragm larger than that of the outermost one of the at least two annular curved portions, and
the diaphragm is formed of a sheet metal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,463

ENGINE

1. An engine comprising:a plurality of cylinders provided along a crankshaft;
a gas chamber configured to extend from a first end portion toward a second end portion in a direction of an axial line of the crankshaft and to distribute gas into the plurality of cylinders; and
a heat shielding member provided in the gas chamber and configured to extend from the first end portion toward the second end portion and to shield heat radiated from an inner wall surface of the gas chamberwherein a plurality of air supply pipes that supply the gas in the gas chamber to the plurality of cylinders, respectively, are connected to an upper wall of the gas chamber or a plurality of lid members that respectively closes a plurality of openings formed in the upper wall, andthe engine further comprises a cooling device configured to cause coolant cooling the cylinders to flow from the first end portion toward the second end portion in the direction of the axial line, wherein the heat shielding member partitions an internal space of the gas chamber into a first space configured to guide the gas introduced into the gas chamber from the first end portion toward the second end portion, and a second space configured to communicate with the first space and to distribute the gas flowing in from the first space into the plurality of cylinders while guiding the gas from the second end portion toward the first end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,461

COMBUSTION ASSIST DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A combustion assist device for an internal combustion engine provided with a fuel injector for injecting at least a portion of fuel into an intake manifold,the combustion assist device comprising:
an electrode element which is provided in the intake manifold and to which a high frequency high voltage is applied, wherein
the electrode element includes:
a dielectric material plate which has a first surface and a second surface, which is a surface on an opposite side to the first surface, the dielectric material plate dividing a portion of the intake manifold into a first flow path on a side of the first surface and a second flow path on a side of the second surface,
a first metal conductor which is a metal conductor provided on the first surface,
a second metal conductor which is a metal conductor provided on the second surface, and
wherein the electrode element is disposed at a position directly reached by at least a portion of unevaporated fuel of the fuel injected from the fuel injector.

US Pat. No. 10,480,460

EGR SYSTEM WITH PARTICLE FILTER FOR A GASOLINE ENGINE

TENNECO GMBH, Edenkoben ...

28. A method for the operation of a gasoline engine connected to an exhaust gas recirculation system comprising:an exhaust pipe attached to an exhaust manifold of the gasoline engine,
a turbine,
an inlet pipe connected to an inlet manifold of the gasoline engine,
a compressor,
at least one exhaust gas recirculation pipe_I, which branches at the exhaust pipe upstream of the turbine and opens in the inlet pipe downstream of the compressor, and
at least one particle filter_I, which is located in the exhaust gas recirculation pipe_I or in the exhaust pipe upstream of the exhaust gas recirculation pipe_I,
wherein the particle filter_I has a 3/Ox-coating oxidizing CO to CO2 and HC to H2O and reducing NOx to N2 and O2,
wherein the at least one particle filter_I is positioned upstream from at least one cooler_I provided inside the exhaust gas recirculation pipe_I,
wherein at least one further exhaust gas recirculation pipe is provided, which branches at the exhaust gas recirculation pipe and opens into the inlet pipe, and
wherein, in the at least one further exhaust gas recirculation pipe, at least one further cooler is provided, and
wherein the at least one further exhaust gas recirculation pipe opens in the inlet pipe upstream of the compressor, the method comprising the steps of:
a) adjusting at least one of an EGR valve and early ignition angle adjustment via a control unit to achieve an exhaust gas recirculation rate during operation, at least for an HP-EGR and at least in a high-load range and at full load, to a value of up to 20%, up to 30%, up to 40% or up to 50%, and
b) at least one of
i) adjusting via the control unit a combustion center of gravity closer to a thermodynamically optimum value of 8° crank angle,
ii) reducing a fuel quantity to be delivered to the gasoline engine, and
iii) both i) adjusting via the control unit a combustion center of gravity closer to a thermodynamically optimum value of 8° crank angle and ii) reducing a fuel quantity to be delivered to the gasoline engine and a full-load enrichment is avoided.

US Pat. No. 10,480,459

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION LINE EMBODIED TO BE PARTIALLY FLEXIBLE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. An exhaust gas recirculation line comprising:an at least partially flexible body;
body including a pipe section at an end, the pipe section closed on a front side and including at least two openings on a jacket side.

US Pat. No. 10,480,456

GAS INJECTOR INCLUDING LIFT DETHROTTLING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A gas injector for injecting a gaseous fuel directly into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a valve closing element for opening or closing a pass-through opening;
a valve body; and
a sealing seat between the valve body and the valve closing element;
wherein in the case of a maximum lift of the valve closing element, a first flow cross section between the valve body and the valve closing element is smaller in a flow direction upstream from the sealing seat than a second flow cross section between the valve closing element and the sealing seat and is smaller than a third flow cross section in the flow direction downstream from the sealing seat.

US Pat. No. 10,480,451

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESTRICTING MOVEMENT IN FLEXIBLE DUCTS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

11. An aircraft exhaust system comprising:a flow mixer comprising:
a plurality of first lobes, wherein at least one first lobe comprises a pair of opposing first sidewalls and a first trough extending between said pair of opposing first sidewalls; and
a plurality of second lobes, wherein at least one second lobe comprises a pair of opposing second sidewalls and a second trough extending between said pair of opposing second sidewalls, wherein each second trough is aligned with and spaced a distance from a corresponding first trough; and
a stiffener mechanism integrally molded with said flow mixer from a metallic or metal alloy material and extending linearly between an apex of a first lobe, of the plurality of first lobes, and an apex of a second lobe, of the plurality of second lobes, in at least one pair of corresponding first lobe and second lobe such that said stiffener mechanism is configured to restrict movement of said first lobe and said second lobe, said stiffener mechanism comprising:
a first end portion integrally molded with a bottom surface of the apex of said first lobe;
a second end portion integrally molded with a top surface of the apex of said second lobe;
a body portion integrally molded with said first end portion and said second end portion; and
a pair of spacers coupled between said body portion and each of the at least one first lobe and the at least one second lobe.

US Pat. No. 10,480,449

CYLINDER HEAD OF ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cylinder head comprising:a pair of intake ports and a pair of exhaust ports opened toward a combustion chamber for each of cylinders in an engine, the intake ports and the exhaust ports being disposed to face each other and the intake ports and the exhaust ports being disposed to surround a fuel injection valve;
a first coolant path through which coolant flows from a position between the intake ports toward the fuel injection valve, the first coolant path being branched into first branch portions to surround the fuel injection valve;
a second coolant path through which coolant flows from a position between the exhaust ports toward the fuel injection valve, the second coolant path being branched into second branch portions to surround the fuel injection valve; and
a junction in which a first downstream side portion of each of the first branch portions of the first coolant path and a second downstream side portion of a corresponding one of the second branch portions of the second coolant path join each other, the junction including a facing wall that extends from a top surface of the junction toward the combustion chamber disposed on a lower side of the top surface of the junction, the facing wall facing a flow of coolant in at least one of the first branch portion of the first coolant path and the second branch portion of the second coolant path so as to guide the flow of coolant to reach a bottom surface of the junction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,448

CYLINDER BORE HAVING VARIABLE COATING

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. An engine block, comprising:a body including a bore wall and a coating overlying the bore wall having a thickness and pores dispersed within the thickness;
the coating including a first depth region disposed adjacent an interface of the coating with the bore wall and a second depth region disposed adjacent an exposed surface of the coating, the second depth region having a greater average porosity than the first depth region, the coating further includes a third depth region disposed between the first and second depth regions within the coating thickness, and the third depth region having an average porosity between that of the first and second depth regions.

US Pat. No. 10,480,447

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROL OF VOLUMETRIC EFFICIENCY IN A DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A method of inducing an operational response change in an operating direct-injection internal combustion engine comprising:operating a direct-injection engine according to a default start of injection (SOI) protocol, the engine including a cylinder into which liquid fuel injection is directly performed;
determining that a change of a first parameter of engine operation is desired; and
inducing an operational response in the engine, responsive to the determination of the desired change, by altering the default SOI protocol via a first SOI alteration that alters a volumetric efficiency of the cylinder to obtain a gain in the volumetric efficiency of the cylinder and changes the first parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,446

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COOLING A HEAT-GENERATING MODULE

GE Aviation Systems LLC, ...

1. A liquid cooling circuit comprises:a liquid reservoir for combustible fuel having an autoignition temperature;
a heat-generating module;
a conduit fluidly coupling the heat-generating module with the liquid reservoir;
a pump configured to move the combustible fuel through the conduit to cool the heat-generating module;
a temperature component configured to determine the temperature of the combustible fuel; and
a controller module configured to control the pumping of the combustible fuel by ceasing the pumping when the temperature of the combustible fuel satisfies a comparison with a predetermined temperature threshold relative to the autoignition temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,440

PARTICULATE MATTER SENSOR HEAT COVER

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A heat cover and particulate matter sensor assembly, comprising:the particulate matter sensor including a housing with a probe extending therefrom and an electrical interface; and
the heat cover formed as a sleeve structure and including an open end receiving the housing of the particulate matter sensor within the sleeve structure, wherein the heat cover includes an aluminum foil external layer and an internal layer made from a composition including SiO2 of between 52-60%, CaO of between 16-25%, and Al2O2 of between 12-16%, wherein the sleeve structure includes a first layer and a second layer that are sewn together along the side edges thereof and the sleeve structure includes a connecting strap extending between the first and second layers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,439

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MITIGATING WET-FOULING OF SPARK PLUGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:in response to flooding a combustion chamber of a spark ignition engine with fuel during an engine start attempt, shutting off fuel delivery to the combustion chamber and directing compressed air from an electrically driven compressor through the combustion chamber under predetermined conditions prior to a subsequent engine start attempt.

US Pat. No. 10,480,437

EXHAUST PURIFICATION SYSTEM

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. An exhaust purification system comprising:a NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst that is provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine and occludes NOx in exhaust when the exhaust is in a lean state and reduces and purifies the occluded NOx when the exhaust is in a rich state;
an electronic control unit (ECU) for reducing and purifying NOx occluded in the NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst by putting the exhaust into the rich state by repetitively performing fuel injection control of at least one of post injection and exhaust pipe injection at a predetermined interval; and
a processor which prohibits execution of NOx purge in a case where a fuel injection amount resulting from an accelerator operation is equal to or smaller than a lower limit threshold value,
wherein the processor does not prohibit the execution of the NOx purge during the execution of the NOx purge,
wherein the ECU is configured to determine a plurality of start conditions for starting NOx purge including:
a second start condition, that an estimated NOx occlusion amount value of the NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst increases to a value equal to or greater than a predetermined occlusion amount threshold value,
a third start condition, that a NOx conversion efficiency of the NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst is lowered to a value equal to or smaller than a predetermined conversion efficiency threshold value,
a seventh start condition, that a low-temperature state where the NOx-occlusion-reduction-type catalyst is at a temperature lower than a predetermined catalyst temperature threshold value continues during a predetermined time period, and
an identification flag is set for identifying based on which of the start conditions that the NOx purge is executed,
wherein the ECU is configured to determine a fourth prohibition condition where an in cylinder fuel injection amount is smaller than a predetermined lower limit injection amount threshold value, and
the ECU is further configured to identify the type of the NOx purge on the basis of the identification flag, and to not apply the fourth prohibition condition during the execution of the NOx purge in the cases of the second start condition, the third start condition, and the seventh start condition.

US Pat. No. 10,480,434

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for an internal combustion engine which is configured to control an engine, the engine comprising:two types of intake cams for driving an intake valve;
a turbocharger including an exhaust turbine and an intake compressor;
an exhaust gas purifying catalyst which is provided on a downstream of the exhaust turbine;
an EGR device which is configured to introduce exhaust gas on the downstream side of the exhaust gas purifying catalyst into an upstream side of the intake compressor as an external EGR gas; and
an ignition device which is configured to ignite air-fuel mixture in a cylinder,
wherein the control device is configured to, based on an operation condition of the engine which is specified by engine torque and engine speed, set a target EGR rate and a target air-fuel ratio and select from the intake cams a drive cam for the intake valve,
wherein the control device is further configured to, when the engine is operated in a high EGR operation region where the target EGR rate is set to a predetermined high EGR rate:
select a first cam as the drive cam; and
set a closing timing of the intake valve to a first crank angle section including a crank angle at which inhalation efficiency is the highest under a condition where engine speed and supercharging pressure are fixed,
wherein the control device is further configured to, when the engine is operated in a low EGR operation region where is located on a higher torque and higher engine speed side relative to the high EGR operation region and the target EGR rate is set to a lower rate than the predetermined high EGR rate:
select a second cam as the drive cam which has smaller operation angle and smaller lift amount than those of the first cam;
set the closing timing of the intake valve to a second crank angle section which is located on an advanced side relative to the first crank angle section and whose inhalation efficiency is lower than that during the first crank angle section; and
change an ignition period of the ignition device to an advance period relative to the ignition period which is set when the engine is operated in the high EGR operation region,
wherein the control device is further configured to, when the engine is operated in an operation region where the high EGR operation region is overlapped with a rich operation region where the target air-fuel is set to a rich value:
change the target EGR rate to a lower value than the predetermined high EGR rate;
select the second cam as the drive cam;
set the closing timing to the second crank angle section; and
change the ignition period to the advance period.

US Pat. No. 10,480,432

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION VALVES FOR A FORCED-INDUCTION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A method for building up the charge pressure required to avoid a drop in torque of an internal combustion engine having an exhaust gas turbocharger, which has a fresh air inlet duct, an exhaust gas recirculation duct with an exhaust gas recirculation valve, and a mixer, the method including:detecting an actuation of an accelerator pedal;
determining a target value for an exhaust gas recirculation rate in response to the actuation of the accelerator pedal;
measuring an instantaneous actual charge pressure;
determining a setpoint exhaust gas recirculation rate based on the target value for the exhaust gas recirculation rate, a setpoint charge pressure corresponding to the target value for the exhaust gas recirculation rate, and the measured instantaneous actual charge pressure;
calculating a control signal corresponding to an actuating variable for the exhaust gas recirculation valve, using the determined setpoint exhaust gas recirculation rate; and
delivering the control signal to the exhaust gas recirculation valve to change an opening state of the exhaust gas recirculation valve;
wherein the target value for the exhaust gas recirculation rate is predefined in dependence on a setpoint air mass and an instantaneous rotation speed of a shaft of the exhaust gas turbocharger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,426

METHOD OF CONTROLLING GAS ENGINE AND GAS ENGINE DRIVE SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A gas engine drive system comprising:a gas engine connected to a turbocharger including a compressor and a turbine;
a fuel injection system that injects a fuel gas into air supplied to the gas engine;
an ignition system for igniting an air-fuel mixture of the fuel gas and the air; and
a controller that controls the fuel injection system and the ignition system, wherein
the controller:
performs a knocking control operation of optimizing an ignition timing as a steady operation; and
in a case where a load of the gas engine increases during the steady operation, when a degree of increase in the load is relatively small, gradually increases an actual fuel injection amount while keeping the ignition timing, and when the degree of increase in the load is relatively great, retards the ignition timing and then gradually increases the actual fuel injection amount.

US Pat. No. 10,480,425

METHOD OF MANAGING A PROPULSION SYSTEM BASED ON HEALTH OF A LUBRICATION SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of managing a propulsion system, the method comprising:determining a lube system fault in a vehicle lubrication system in response to an oil pressure;
calculating an allowable range of an engine parameter in response to the lube system fault, wherein the engine parameter is revolutions per minute; and
generating a control signal to control the engine to increase an engine speed in response to the engine parameter being lower than the allowable range such that the engine parameter is within the allowable.

US Pat. No. 10,480,424

INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE VALVE TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A valve timing control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, the valve timing control apparatus comprising:a housing body formed in a cylindrical shape, and including a plurality of shoes formed so as to project from an inner peripheral surface of the housing body;
a vane rotor including a rotor configured to rotate integrally with a camshaft of the internal combustion engine, and a vane formed so as to project from an outer peripheral surface of the rotor and dividing a space between adjacent shoes of the plurality of shoes into an advance angle chamber and a retard angle chamber; and
a pulley including a cylindrical portion formed in a cylindrical shape, configured such that rotation from a crankshaft is transmitted to an outer peripheral side of the pulley, and accommodating the housing body at an inner peripheral side of the pulley, and a bottom portion closing a first side of the housing body and to which the housing body is secured; and
a plate closing a second side of the housing body,
wherein the pulley includes a through-hole extending therethrough in a rotation axis direction of the pulley at a position radially outward with respect to an outer peripheral surface of the housing body,
wherein the cylindrical portion includes a groove formed on an inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion, the groove extending in the rotation axis direction of the pulley, and
wherein the groove is in communication with the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,480,423

TURBOPROPELLER CONTROL SYSTEM WITH CONTROL SATURATION MANAGEMENT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A screw propeller power PRW and a screw propeller rotation speed XNP control system of a turbopropeller having a variable pitch screw propeller based on a screw propeller power set point PRWref and a screw propeller rotation speed set point XNPref, including:a centralized control configured to slave the screw propeller power PRW of the turbopropeller to the screw propeller power set point PRWref and the screw propeller rotation speed XNP of the turbopropeller to the screw propeller rotation speed set point XNPref, the centralized control supplying fuel flow rate WF and screw propeller pitch ? controls for the turbopropeller;
wherein the control system includes:
a screw propeller rotation speed error limiter saturating the screw propeller rotation speed error ?XNP with a limiting value

a screw propeller power error limiter saturating the screw propeller power error ?PRW with a limiting value

the values
being selected so that the fuel flow rate WF and screw propeller pitch ? controls comply with the constraints imposed by operating constraints of the turbopropeller to limit a screw propeller pitch of the variable pitch screw propeller and an amount of torque applied to a screw propeller shaft of the variable pitch screw propeller.

US Pat. No. 10,480,421

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ENGINE CONTROLLER BASED ON ACCELERATION POWER

17. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having stored thereon program code executable by a processor for controlling a gas turbine engine, the program code comprising instructions for:receiving a requested engine speed;
obtaining a shaft inertia of the engine, a steady state fuel flow for the requested engine speed, and a relationship between fuel flow and acceleration power generated by the fuel flow;
determining a required fuel flow to obtain an engine acceleration as a function of the requested engine speed, the shaft inertia of the engine, the steady state fuel flow for the requested engine speed, and the relationship between fuel flow and acceleration power generated by the fuel flow; and
outputting a command to a fuel flow metering valve in accordance with the required fuel flow.

US Pat. No. 10,480,420

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING TURBINE POWERED SYSTEM TO REDUCE STARTUP TIME

General Electric Company,...

8. A power plant comprising:a turbine;
a heat recovery system;
a bypass stack;
an exhaust duct including a damper configured to selectively direct the flow of exhaust from the turbine to the heat recovery system or to the bypass stack; and
a processing system, including at least one processor, the processing system being configured to at least:
before flame out during fired shutdown of the turbine, control the damper to move from a first position directing turbine exhaust to enter the heat recovery system to a second position to allow the turbine exhaust to enter the bypass stack and block the turbine exhaust to the heat recovery system;
while the position of the damper is maintained in the second position to prevent gas and/or vapor to enter the heat recovery system, perform fired shutdown of the turbine;
in response to request to start the turbine, determine whether a damper sealing air pressure is continuously maintained from when the damper was moved from the first position to the second position and until the request to start the turbine is received;
upon determining that the damper sealing air pressure was continuously maintained from when the damper was moved from the first position to the second position and until the request to start the turbine is received, generate air flow in the exhaust duct for a predetermined period of time while the position of the damper is maintained in the second position and start the turbine without performing a purge sequence for the heat recovery system;
upon determining that the damper sealing air pressure was not continuously maintained from when the damper was moved from the first position to the second position and until the request to start the turbine is received, start the turbine after generating air flow in the exhaust duct for the predetermined period of time while the position of the damper is maintained in the second position and after performing the purge sequence for the heat recovery system while the position of the damper is maintained in the first position; and
after starting the turbine, control the damper to move from the second position to the first position to allow the turbine exhaust to enter the heat recovery system and to block the turbine exhaust to the bypass stack.

US Pat. No. 10,480,419

INTERCOOLED COOLING AIR WITH PLURAL HEAT EXCHANGERS

United Technologies Corpo...

3. A gas turbine engine comprising;a main compressor section having a high pressure compressor with a downstream most end, and more upstream locations;
a turbine section having a high pressure turbine;
a first tap tapping air from at least one of said more upstream locations in said main compressor section, passing said tapped air through a first heat exchanger and then to a cooling compressor, said cooling compressor compressing air downstream of said first heat exchanger;
a second heat exchanger downstream of said cooling compressor;
a second tap tapping air from a location in said main compressor section closer to said downstream most end than the location of said first tap, wherein air from said first and second taps mixing together and being delivered into said high pressure turbine;
air being tapped from a third tap downstream of said second heat exchanger, and delivered to a component on the gas turbine engine to be cooled; and
wherein the location of said third tap is upstream of a location where said first and second taps mix together.

US Pat. No. 10,480,409

COMPRESSED AIR ENERGY STORAGE AND RECOVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH CONSTANT VOLUME HEATING

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A compressed gas energy storage and recovery system comprising:at least one compressor for compressing the gas, a storage providing constant volume storage of the compressed gas, a first heat exchanger located outside the storage for cooling the compressed gas with a heat transfer fluid which absorbs heat from the compressed gas, a heater for heating the stored compressed gas at constant volume; and at least one expansion device for expanding the compressed gas after heating for generating energy, and wherein
the heater for heating the compressed gas at constant volume is located in the storage and the heating of the stored compressed gas in the storage is at least partially performed by heat transfer between heat transfer fluid and the compressed gas and the heater for heating the stored compressed gas comprises a second heat exchanger exchanging heat between the stored compressed gas and the heat transfer fluid of the first heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,407

HEAT EXCHANGER ASSEMBLY FOR ENGINE BLEED AIR

1. An aircraft engine, comprising:an engine core having a core compressor and a core turbine for receiving a core flow, and a bypass conduit for receiving a bypass flow;
a heat exchanger having at least one cool air passage and at least one hot air passage in heat exchange relationship with one another; and
a turbocharger having a turbocharger compressor and a turbocharger turbine in driving engagement with each other, an inlet of the turbocharger compressor being in fluid communication with ambient air, an outlet of the turbocharger compressor being fluidly connected to the bypass conduit through the at least one cool air passage of the heat exchanger;
wherein the core compressor is fluidly connected to an inlet of the turbocharger turbine through the at least one hot air passage of the heat exchanger such that the turbocharger turbine is located downstream of the heat exchanger relative to a flow circulating in the at least one hot air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,405

METHOD FOR COUPLING TWO SUB-SHAFTS

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for coupling a first sub-shaft, which has a first fluid-flow machine and a generator connected to a mains supply, to a second sub-shaft, which has a second fluid-flow machine, by means of an overrunning clutch, comprising the steps:a) rotating the second sub-shaft with an initial rotational speed which is lower than the rotational speed of the first sub-shaft;
b) measuring the mains frequency of the mains supply;
c) measuring a differential angle between the first sub-shaft and the second sub-shaft;
d) accelerating the second sub-shaft with an acceleration value which is produced by using the mains frequency measured in step b), the differential angle and the initial rotational speed, so that the overrunning clutch couples the two sub-shafts to each other with a previously determined target coupling angle;
e) measuring a new mains frequency during the accelerations of the second sub-shaft;
f) in the event that the new mains frequency is different from the mains frequency measured in step b), accelerating the second sub-shaft with a changed acceleration value, which is produced by using the new mains frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,480,404

METHOD FOR INJECTING WATER INTO A MULTISTAGE AXIAL COMPRESSOR OF A GAS TURBINE

Ansaldo Energia Switzerla...

1. A method for injecting water into a multistage axial compressor of a gas turbine, comprising:injecting water at a plurality of points along the axial compressor; and
controlling an injected water mass flow at individual injection points in accordance with ambient conditions and operating parameters of the gas turbine for creating an evened-out loading in individual stages of the axial compressor via an analysis of a meridional mean line flow with a droplet evaporation model and a model of blade erosion.

US Pat. No. 10,480,402

ACTUATOR OF LINK MECHANISM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An actuator of a link mechanism for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a control shaft configured to rotate to change a posture of the link mechanism of the internal combustion engine;
a speed reducer configured to reduce a rotation rate of an electric motor and transmit the reduced rotation rate to the control shaft;
an oil passage formed inside the control shaft; and
an open portion which opens to face the speed reducer at one end side located on a side of the speed reducer, and which is in communication with the oil passage at another end side of the open portion,
wherein an inner diameter of the one end side of the open portion is larger than an inner diameter of one end side of the oil passage,
wherein the control shaft includes a flange on one end side, which is connected to the speed reducer, and
wherein a length of the open portion from the one end side of the open portion to the another end side of the open portion in a rotation axis direction of the control shaft is greater than a thickness of the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,480,397

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VARIABLE TURBOCHARGER

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A system for controlling a variable turbocharger, comprising:a first controller configured to output a duty value adjusting an opening degree of a vane of a turbocharger; and
a second controller configured to check whether the vane is in an opening or a closing operation when the first controller adjusts the opening degree of the vane, and configured to output, based on a back pressure generated by flow of exhaust gas and whether the vane is opened or closed, a corrected duty value by which the output duty value is corrected based on a correction map,
wherein the correction map is a map for previously measured back pressure of exhaust gas in the turbocharger based on an engine revolutions per minute (RPM) through experiments, and for storing correction values for correcting the duty value corresponding thereto in a database,
wherein the first controller is configured to prestore an initial learning map which stores a target position of the vane based on the duty value, and check whether a present position of the vane based on the duty value corresponds to the target position of the vane stored in the initial learning map using a position sensor while increasing and applying a predetermined value to the duty value if the present position of the vane based on the duty value differs from the target position,
wherein the initial learning map is a map that stores the position of the vane based on a latest corrected duty value,
wherein when the vane is opened, the duty value output from the first controller is corrected to decrease a predetermined value based on the correction map by the second controller, and,
wherein when the vane is closed, the duty value output from the first controller is corrected to increase a predetermined value based on the correction map by the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,480,395

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE OF ENGINE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control device of an engine including a cylinder, a piston for reciprocating inside the cylinder along a center axis thereof, a cylinder head, and a combustion chamber formed by the cylinder, the piston, and the cylinder head, comprising:an intake port configured to introduce intake air into the combustion chamber;
an exhaust port configured to discharge exhaust gas from the combustion chamber;
a swirl control valve provided in an intake passage connected to the intake port;
a fuel injection valve attached to the cylinder head, disposed to be oriented into the center of the combustion chamber in a plan view thereof, and having a first nozzle port with a nozzle port axis extending to the exhaust port side in the plan view and a second nozzle port with a nozzle port axis extending to the intake port side in the plan view; and
a control unit connected to the fuel injection valve and the swirl control valve and configured to output a control signal to the fuel injection valve and the swirl control valve, respectively, the control unit including a processor configured to execute a swirl opening controlling module to output the control signal to the swirl control valve to have a given opening at which a swirl ratio inside the combustion chamber becomes 2 or above, and a fuel injection timing controlling module to output the control signal to the fuel injection valve to inject fuel at a given timing at which the swirl ratio becomes 2 or above and a swirl flow from a lower portion to a higher portion of the combustion chamber in a side view of the combustion chamber occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,480,392

ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM HAVING COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An engine cooling system having a plurality of coolant temperature sensors, the plurality of coolant temperature sensors including a first coolant temperature sensor to sense a second coolant temperature corresponding to a coolant outlet side of an engine, and a second coolant temperature sensor to sense a third coolant temperature corresponding to a coolant outlet side of a radiator, the engine cooling system comprising:a coolant control valve unit disposed in the engine cooling system to control a flow of coolant passed through the radiator and a flow of coolant discharged from the engine by an opening rate of the coolant control valve unit; and
a control unit programmed to control the coolant control valve unit according to an operation condition of the engine and each of the sensed second coolant temperature and the sensed third coolant temperature,
wherein the control unit calculates:
a first coolant temperature corresponding to a coolant inlet side of the engine, the calculated first coolant temperature being based on a heat transfer amount of the engine, the flow of coolant discharged from the engine, and each of the sensed second coolant temperature and the sensed third coolant temperature, and
a valve opening rate of the coolant control valve unit, the calculated valve opening rate being based on each of the calculated first coolant temperature, the sensed second coolant temperature, and the sensed third coolant temperature; and
wherein the control unit executes a feed-forward control of the coolant control valve unit in order to reach the calculated valve opening rate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,391

COOLANT CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PREVENT COOLANT BOILING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A coolant control system for a vehicle, comprising:a first target flowrate module that determines a first target flowrate of coolant through an engine;
a flowrate adjustment module that:
when a change in heat input to the engine from combustion within the engine is greater than a predetermined value:
determines a flowrate adjustment based on the change in the heat input to the engine;
determines a flow period for increasing coolant flow through the engine based on the change in the heat input to the engine, the determination of the flow period including:
setting the flow period to a first period if the change in the heat input to the engine is in a first range; and
setting the flow period to a second period that is greater than the first period if the change in the heat input to the engine is in a second range that is greater than the first range; and
maintains the flowrate adjustment for the duration of the flow period; and
when the change in the heat input to the engine is less than the predetermined value and the flow period has passed, sets the flowrate adjustment to a predetermined flowrate;
a heat input module that determines the heat input to the engine from combustion within the engine based on an engine torque and an engine speed;
a second target flowrate module that determines a second target flowrate as a function of the first target flowrate and the flowrate adjustment;
a coolant valve control module that controls a position of a coolant valve, the coolant valve having:
a first chamber configured to output coolant received by the first chamber to a transmission fluid heat exchanger and an oil heat exchanger; and
a second chamber configured to output coolant received by the second chamber to an engine coolant pump,
the coolant valve being configured to:
when the position of the coolant valve is between a first end position and a first position, block coolant flow into the first chamber and block coolant flow into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the first position and a second position, block coolant flow into the first chamber, allow coolant flow from an engine into the second chamber, and block coolant flow from a radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the second position and a third position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from an integrated exhaust manifold, allow coolant flow from the engine into the second chamber, and block coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the third position and a fourth position, allow coolant flow from the integrated exhaust manifold into the first chamber, allow coolant flow from the engine into the second chamber, and allow coolant output by the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the fourth position and a fifth position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from the engine coolant pump, block coolant flow into the second chamber from the engine, and allow coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the fifth position and a sixth position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from the engine coolant pump, allow coolant flow into the second chamber from the engine, and allow coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber;
when the position of the coolant valve is between the sixth position and a seventh position, allow coolant flow into the first chamber from the engine coolant pump, allow coolant flow into the second chamber from the engine, and block coolant flow from the radiator into the second chamber; and
when the position of the coolant valve is between the seventh position and a second end position, block coolant flow into the first chamber and block coolant flow into the second chamber;
a target speed module that determines a target speed of the engine coolant pump based on the second target flowrate and the position of the coolant valve; and
a speed control module that controls a speed of the engine coolant pump based on the target speed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,389

COOLANT CIRCUIT FOR A LIQUID-COOLED TRANSMISSION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A coolant circuit, comprising:an engine cooling circuit in which coolant is circulated in order to cool an internal combustion engine, the engine cooling circuit branching into a cylinder head cooling circuit and a crank housing cooling circuit at a bifurcation;
a transmission cooling circuit for cooling a transmission, which transmission cooling circuit branches off from the crank housing cooling circuit upstream of a merging point between the branched cylinder head cooling circuit and crank housing cooling circuit;
a valve which is arranged in the transmission cooling circuit; and
a control which is adapted to open and close the valve in accordance with an operating state of the internal combustion engine and/or the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,480,384

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SCR FEEDGAS DIAGNOSTICS

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. An exhaust aftertreatment system comprising:an oxidation catalyst positioned upstream of a selective catalytic reduction catalyst;
a doser fluidly coupled to the oxidation catalyst;
a first sensor for measuring a first temperature of exhaust at a first location upstream of the oxidation catalyst; and
a controller programmed to:
determine a space velocity value of the exhaust in the oxidation catalyst;
determine an estimated exotherm value of the oxidation catalyst based upon the first temperature and the space velocity value;
instruct the doser to insert hydrocarbon in the oxidation catalyst;
determine an in-use exotherm value of the oxidation catalyst upon insertion of the hydrocarbon into the oxidation catalyst; and
determine a fault condition of the oxidation catalyst based on a comparison of the estimated exotherm value to the in-use exotherm value.

US Pat. No. 10,480,382

METHOD FOR DETECTING CATALYST DETERIORATION OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for detecting catalyst deterioration in a vehicle, comprising:executing, by a controller, a fuel-cut mode of an engine of the vehicle according to an operating state of the vehicle;
calculating, by the controller, an oxygen storage capacity (OSC) of a catalyst using an oxygen sensor during the executing of the fuel-cut mode of the engine; and
calculating, by the controller, catalyst deterioration based on the calculated OSC,
wherein the calculating of the OSC of the catalyst comprises:
integrating an oxygen flow rate from a time when the executing of the fuel-cut mode of the engine begins to a time at which a measured signal from the oxygen sensor installed at a rear end of the catalyst, indicates a lean region of an air-fuel ratio, thereby obtaining an integrated oxygen value; and
setting the OSC of the catalyst as equal to the integrated oxygen value.

US Pat. No. 10,480,377

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO IMPROVE AFTERTREATMENT IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. An engine system comprising:an internal combustion engine having a plurality of combustion cylinders in fluid communication with an intake manifold structured to supply the cylinders with charge gas, each cylinder including a fuel injector capable of selectively supplying each cylinder with a fuel;
two or more exhaust manifolds, each in fluid communication with respective first and second portions of the cylinders and structured to enable exhaust gas generated in the cylinders to exit the engine;
a first aftertreatment unit downstream of the two or more exhaust manifolds;
an exhaust line connecting the exhaust manifolds to the first aftertreatment unit;
a recirculation line connecting the exhaust manifolds to the intake manifold;
a first exhaust flow valve disposed in the exhaust line between a first one of the exhaust manifolds and the first aftertreatment unit, the first exhaust flow valve structured to selectively direct the exhaust gas from the first exhaust manifold either through the first aftertreatment unit or away from the first aftertreatment unit into the recirculation line;
a second exhaust flow valve disposed between a second one of the exhaust manifolds and the first aftertreatment unit, the second exhaust flow valve structured to selectively direct the exhaust gas from the second exhaust manifold either through the first aftertreatment unit or away from the first aftertreatment unit into the recirculation line; and
a controller, in response to a regeneration mode of operation for the first aftertreatment unit, configured to fuel only one of the first portion or the second portion of the plurality of cylinders and position the first and second exhaust flow valves so the exhaust gas from combustion of fuel in the one of the first portion or the second portion of the plurality of cylinders is directed to the first aftertreatment unit and non-fueled charge gas from the other of the first portion and the second portion of the plurality of cylinders is directed away from the first aftertreatment unit through the recirculation line to the intake manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,480,376

UREA SENSOR PROTECTION ASSEMBLY AND UREA SENSOR SYSTEM

MEAS France, Toulouse (F...

1. A urea sensor protection assembly for protecting a fluid sensor of a urea sensor system, comprising:an inner cage supporting the fluid sensor and having a first fixation element fixing the inner cage to a common holder;
an outer cage having a filter capable of blocking a plurality of air bubbles and/or allowing a fluid to pass and a second fixation element fixing the outer cage to the common holder, the inner cage at least partially arranged in an inner volume of the outer cage in an assembled state; and
a bubble outlet opening formed by a gap between the inner cage and the outer cage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,375

SCR CONVERSION EFFICIENCY DIAGNOSTICS

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. A system, comprising:an exhaust aftertreatment system comprising a first sensor; and
a controller configured to:
determine an ammonia-to-nitrogen ratio using a sample ammonia input value and a sample NOx input value;
receive an actual NOx input value and an actual ammonia input value;
receive an emission value from the first sensor;
determine a NOx emission estimate, an ammonia slip estimate, and an optimal ammonia storage value for a selective catalytic reduction using an iterative inefficiency calculation based, at least in part, on the actual NOx input value, the actual ammonia input value, and the ammonia-to-nitrogen ratio; and
output the NOx emission estimate, the ammonia slip estimate, and the optimal ammonia storage value to a remote diagnostic system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,372

MIXER IN AN EXHAUST GAS SYSTEM

1. A static mixer in an exhaust system for a combustion engine and for the mixing of an additive injected into the exhaust system, comprising:a tubular housing encircling a central axis, the housing comprising an inlet opening at an end in a direction of the central axis and at an opposite end an outlet opening, wherein the inlet opening is used for the supply of additive injected into the exhaust system, the housing including a first circumferential closed edge at the end and a second circumferential closed edge at the opposite end, wherein the housing in relation to a plane orientated parallel to the central axis and at right angles to a main flow direction forms a tubular segment upstream of the plane featuring several openings in a radial direction to the central axis as perforations and forms a tubular segment downstream or in the main flow direction behind the plane, which comprises a recess in which several guiding plates are arranged, wherein the main flow direction is essentially at right angles to the central axis and the openings are opposite to the recess in regards to the main flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,368

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING EXHAUST AIR LEAK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine, comprising:adjusting a diagnostic threshold of an oxygen sensor coupled downstream of an exhaust catalyst responsive to a measured pressure at a particulate filter coupled downstream of the oxygen sensor; and
responsive to an indication of degradation of the catalyst, which is responsive to a measured output of the oxygen sensor, reducing a peak-to-peak air-fuel ratio during an air-fuel ratio oscillation.

US Pat. No. 10,480,359

CAMSHAFT ADJUSTING DEVICE

1. A camshaft adjusting device, comprising a camshaft adjuster and a camshaft, the camshaft includes a camshaft end constructed both for receiving a first hydraulically actuatable camshaft adjuster with a first connection and for receiving a second hydraulically actuatable camshaft adjuster with a second connection that is different than the first connection, and the camshaft end has two different threads, each configured to receive a respective screw for the first connection or the second connection.

US Pat. No. 10,480,358

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE VALVE TIMING APPARATUS AND ENGINE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A continuously variable valve timing apparatus comprising:a camshaft;
first and second cam portions having two cams formed thereto, the camshaft being inserted into the first and second cam portions, wherein relative phase angles with respect to the camshaft are variable;
first and second inner brackets transmitting rotation of the camshaft to the first and second cam portions, respectively;
first and second slider housings having the first and second inner brackets rotatably inserted thereinto, respectively, and having relative positions with respect to the camshaft that are variable;
a cam cap rotatably supporting the first and second cam portions together with a cylinder head, wherein the first and second slider housings are slidably mounted to the cam cap;
a control shaft disposed parallel with the camshaft and configured to move the first and the second slider housings; and
a control portion configured to rotate the control shaft so as to change positions of the first and second inner brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,480,351

SEGMENTED LINER

General Electric Company,...

1. A component of a turbomachine, the component comprising:an outer casing;
a liner radially inward of the outer casing, the liner comprising a plurality of discrete liner panels;
a plurality of radial support members extending radially inward from the outer casing; and
a plurality of axial support members disposed inward of the liner along a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,347

DIVIDED BAFFLE FOR COMPONENTS OF GAS TURBINE ENGINES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A divided baffle for a gas turbine engine, the divided baffle comprising:a baffle body having a first end and a second end;
at least one divider located within the baffle body and extending from the first end to the second end arranged to divide an interior of the baffle body into two or more feed cavities;
at least one cap arranged at the first end to bound a first feed cavity of the two or more feed cavities; and
at least one cap arranged at the second end to bound a second feed cavity of the two or more feed cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,480,343

RE-CIRCULATING HEAT PUMP TURBINE

10. A method for powering a DC generator, said method comprising:a. operatively coupling said DC generator to an air turbine;
b. operatively coupling an input of said air turbine to an output of a supercharger or compressor;
c. driving said air turbine by a compressed fluid discharge from the supercharger or compressor; and
d. driving said supercharger or compressor by a combination of
i. a drive motor operatively coupled to said supercharger or compressor; and
ii. compressed air discharged from said air turbine and in fluid communication with an air intake of the supercharger or compressor;wherein said DC generator comprises an axial flux generator, said generator providing electrical power to heaters that are in direct physical contact and thermal communication with a rotating valve assembly of said air turbine;wherein said heaters heat the fluid contents of descending chambers formed by said rotating valve assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,340

SEALING ELEMENT FOR A TURBO-MACHINE, TURBO-MACHINE COMPRISING A SEALING ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SEALING ELEMENT

17. A method for manufacturing a sealing element for a turbomachine, comprising:printing a honeycomb structure using a metallic 3D printing process, for arrangement inside a housing for a rotating structural component, including:
printing a plurality of honeycomb walls, wherein the plurality of honeycomb walls are linear, and the plurality of honeycomb walls extend continuously and radially from an inner circumference of the sealing element to an outer circumference of the sealing element, wherein the inner circumference of the sealing element is a radially innermost portion of the sealing element facing the rotating structural component and the outer circumference of the sealing element is a radially outermost portion of the sealing element closest to the housing for the rotating structural component;
wherein the printing of the plurality of honeycomb walls forms a plurality of cells, wherein each of the plurality of cells includes portions of a certain number of the plurality of honeycomb walls;
printing a plurality of support structures formed as transverse walls connected to the plurality of honeycomb walls, wherein the transverse walls are positioned between inner and outer circumferences of the honeycomb structure, wherein the plurality of support structures includes:
a plurality of inner support structures and a plurality of outer support structures which define radially inner and outer boundaries of the plurality of cells, respectively;
wherein each cell of the plurality of cells has a radially inner boundary with respect to a radial direction of the rotating structural component, wherein the radially inner boundary is defined by an inner support structure; and
wherein each of cell of the plurality of cells further comprises a radially innermost point of the radially inner boundary, wherein the radially innermost point of a first cell of the plurality of cells is offset in a radial direction from the radially innermost point of an adjacent second cell of the plurality of cells, and wherein the adjacent second cell is one at least one chosen from axially or circumferentially adjacent to the first cell; and
wherein the first cell is a closed, fluid-tight cell.

US Pat. No. 10,480,339

SEALING ASSEMBLY

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A sealing assembly, comprising:a first sealing member disposed on an inner circumferential surface of a fixed body;
a second sealing member disposed on an outer circumferential surface of a rotating body configured to rotate with respect to the first sealing member, the second sealing member including
a sealing body part disposed on the outer circumferential surface of the rotating body, and
a tooth part disposed on the sealing body part and including a spiral, the spiral including a spiral segment having opposite ends offset from each other; and
a fluid barrier formed between the first sealing member and the second sealing member by transfer fluid flowing in a direction reverse to a direction of a fluid leak,
wherein the spiral includes a step portion connecting the opposite ends of the spiral segment, the step portion configured to push rotating fluid toward an introduction side of the leaked fluid to form the fluid barrier in a gap between the first sealing member and the second sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,338

BLADED ROTOR ARRANGEMENT INCLUDING AXIAL PROJECTION

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A bladed rotor arrangement comprising:a rotor including a plurality of circumferentially-spaced, axially-extending slots in a periphery of the rotor, the rotor having a first axial end and a second axial end;
a plurality of rotor blades mounted on the periphery of the rotor, each rotor blade of the plurality of rotor blades including:
an aerofoil,
a platform having at least one radially inwardly extending flange,
a shank, and
a root disposed in a corresponding axially-extending slot of the plurality of axially-extending slots of the rotor;
a first seal plate and a second seal plate, the first seal plate being disposed at the first axial end of the rotor and having a projection inserted axially into a secondary slot disposed in a first axial end of the root of a rotor blade of the plurality of rotor blades, the root of the rotor blade of the plurality of rotor blades surrounding each circumferential-facing surface of the inserted projection; and
a plurality of first lock plates disposed at the first axial end of the rotor, each lock plate of the plurality of first lock plates having a radially inner end and a radially outer end, the radially outer end of each first lock plate of the plurality of first lock plates engaging at least one first groove formed by at least one flange of the platforms of the plurality of rotor blades, the radially inner end of each first lock plate of the plurality of first lock plates engaging a circumferentially extending second groove formed by the first seal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,319

AUTOMATED DEVICE FOR DRILLING A HOLE IN THE VAULT AND WALLS OF A TUNNEL AND FOR INSTALLING AN ANCHORING ELEMENT INTO SAID HOLE

BOUYGUES TRAVAUX PUBLICS,...

1. An automated device for drilling a hole in the vault and walls of a tunnel and installing an anchoring element into said hole, comprising:a robot comprising a base, a robotic arm extending from the base and a multifunctional head arranged at the end of the arm and movable over 360 degrees, said multifunctional head comprising a drill, a percussor operable for inserting an anchoring element in the hole, and a vision system,
an elevating platform bearing a device for guiding in translation the base of the robot,
a control unit suitable for communicating with a controller of the robot and with a theodolite present in the tunnel, the control unit comprising a man-machine interface and a processor configured to determine in real time the position of the robot in a three-dimensional reference frame of the tunnel based on localization information of the platform provided by the theodolite,
wherein the platform is provided with at least three prisms arranged so as to be able to be detected by the theodolite.

US Pat. No. 10,480,314

WELL TREATMENT

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:quantifying a pore-scale heterogeneity of a porous medium, wherein the pore-scale heterogeneity is an overall variance of pore-size distribution;
determining an adjusted pore volume to breakthrough based on the pore scale heterogeneity;
using the pore-scale heterogeneity and the adjusted pore volume to breakthrough to design a stimulating fluid treatment for the porous medium; and
performing the stimulating fluid treatment by injecting a stimulating fluid into a subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,480,307

METHOD FOR PROVIDING WELL SAFETY CONTROL IN A REMEDIAL ELECTRONIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMP (ESP) APPLICATION

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for providing well safety control in a remedial electronic submersible pump (ESP) application comprising:making up an electric submersible pump (ESP) on a conduit with including a primary well control capability;
running the ESP, conduit and primary well control capability through a preexisting Surface Controlled Subsurface Safety Valve) SCSSV, thereby impeding normal operation of the SCSSV.

US Pat. No. 10,480,305

AUTOMATED WELL TEST VALIDATION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A diagnostic apparatus configured to communicate with a well test system comprising a plurality of wells in a field, comprising:a receiving component configured to receive well test data from the well test system;
a transmitting component configured to transmit an abnormal well test signal indication;
at least one processor configured to communicate with the transmitting component and the receiving component; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, wherein the memory comprises instructions that when executed by the at least one processor are configured to:
obtain well test data from the well test system;
segment the well test data into purge period data and test period data;
extract one or more features from the well test data, wherein the one or more features comprise quality assurance data, filling-dumping cycle identification data, water cut data, flow rate change data, expected flow rate data, test duration data, and combinations thereof;
calculate a first water cut from the test period data, wherein the first water cut comprises a ratio of water to oil entering the multiphase separator;
calculating a second water cut from the test period data, wherein the second water cut is representative of a ratio of water to oil leaving the multiphase separator
compare the one or more features, the first water cut, and the second water cut, to one or more well test descriptors stored in the memory;
identify the well test data as an abnormal well test result based at least in part on the comparison of the one or more features with the one or more well test descriptors;
determine, based at last in part on the comparison of the one or more features with the one or more well test descriptors, an explanation of the abnormal well test result, a root cause of the abnormal well test result, a recommended course of action in response to the abnormal well test result, or any combination thereof; and
instruct the transmitting component to transmit an indication of the abnormal well test result to a recipient and to transmit the explanation of the abnormal well test result, the root cause of the abnormal well test result, the recommended course of action, or a combination thereof to the recipient.

US Pat. No. 10,480,303

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECOVERING AN UNFRACTIONATED HYDROCARBON LIQUID MIXTURE

Linde Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A method of recovering a fluid, comprising:transporting a recovery system to a wellsite;
connecting the recovery system to a wellhead at the wellsite;
recovering a hydrocarbon stream from a hydrocarbon bearing reservoir via the wellhead, wherein the hydrocarbon stream has not been previously injected into the hydrocarbon bearing reservoir;
separating natural gas from the hydrocarbon stream at the wellsite; and
separating an unfractionated hydrocarbon liquid mixture from the hydrocarbon stream at the wellsite, wherein the unfractionated hydrocarbon liquid mixture is a by-product of the hydrocarbon stream from which the natural gas has been separated and comprises ethane, propane, butane, isobutane, pentane plus, and condensate, and wherein the hydrocarbon stream further comprises of at least one of condensate, water, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide.

US Pat. No. 10,480,299

DOWNHOLE CHEMICAL INJECTION METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USE IN ESP APPLICATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A damage resistant apparatus for enhancing production from a well, the apparatus comprising:a chemical injection pump component operable to be disposed in the well; and
an electric submersible pump component, the electric submersible pump component including:
an electric pump having a top electric pump portion and a bottom electric pump portion,
a seal having a top seal portion and bottom seal portion,
an electric submersible pump motor having a top electric submersible pump motor portion and a bottom electric submersible pump motor portion, and
a monitoring tool having a top monitoring tool portion and a bottom monitoring tool portion,
the electric pump having an electric pump intake operable to receive production fluids, the top seal portion adapted to be connected to the bottom electric pump portion and the bottom seal portion adapted to be connected to the top electric submersible pump motor portion, the bottom electric submersible pump motor portion adapted to be connected to the top monitoring tool portion,
the bottom monitoring tool portion adapted to be connected to the chemical injection pump component, the chemical injection pump component including a chemical injection pump motor having a top chemical injection pump motor portion and a bottom chemical injection pump motor portion, and a chemical pump having a top chemical pump portion and a bottom chemical pump portion, the chemical injection pump having an intake port connected to a capillary tube extending from the intake port to a surface of the well, the capillary tube configured to receive an inhibitor from a tank at the surface,
the bottom chemical injection pump motor portion adapted to be connected to the top chemical pump portion, and the top chemical injection pump motor portion adapted to be connected to the bottom monitoring tool portion such that the inhibitor is pumped into the well in suitable amounts so as to protect the electric submersible pump component from downhole conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,480,295

JET PERFORATING DEVICE FOR CREATING A WIDE DIAMETER PERFORATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An explosive charge assembly comprising:a housing;
an explosive charge disposed in the housing and comprising a face;
a liner disposed on the face of the explosive charge and in the housing such that the explosive charge is disposed between the liner and the housing, the liner comprising an apex, a mouth opposite the apex, an opening through the liner at the apex having a perimeter, and a lip disposed around the perimeter of the opening, and extending from the liner in a direction towards, and ending before a most forward plane formed by a ring of the mouth; and
wherein propagation of the explosive charge is focused along an explosive focus axis extending from the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,480,290

CONTROLLER FOR DOWNHOLE TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A controller for operating a downhole tool, comprising: a tubular body;a balance chamber;
a control chamber connected to the balance chamber through a passage formed in the tubular body;
a seat disposed in the tubular body for receiving a plug; a control valve disposed in the passage and alternatively operable between an open position and a closed position in response to a threshold pressure differential created across the seat by the plug seated in the seat; and
a control mandrel disposed in the control chamber and biased into engagement with the downhole tool by a biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,288

ARTICLES CONTAINING CARBON COMPOSITES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. An article comprising a carbon composite containingcarbon microstructures having interstitial spaces among the carbon microstructures; and a binder disposed in at least some of the interstitial spaces;
wherein the carbon microstructures comprise microstructures of expanded graphite, the carbon microstructures have a thickness of about 10 to about 20 microns and an aspect ratio of about 25 to about 350 and comprise unfilled voids within the carbon microstructures, the unfilled voids having a size of about 200 nanometers to about 1 micron; and
the binder comprises a nickel-based alloy, a chromium-based alloy, an iron-based alloy, a titanium-based alloy, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing, and the binder is present in an amount of 20 to 50 wt. % based on the total weight of the carbon composite.

US Pat. No. 10,480,275

COILED TUBING SPIRAL VENTURI TOOL

1. A device for use with concentric coiled tubing, the concentric coiled tubing comprising inner and outer tubes with an annular conduit formed therebetween, the device being configured to remove solids from inside an external conduit using a pressurized power fluid, the concentric coiled tubing being connected to coiled tubing equipment positioned outside of the external conduit, the device comprising:a sealing connection assembly configured to be mechanically and hydraulically coupled to the concentric coiled tubing;
a hydraulic control subsystem comprising at least one power fluid connection element and at least one control valve assembly, the at least one power fluid connection element being configured to receive the pressurized power fluid from the inner tube of the concentric coiled tubing and provide the pressurized power fluid to the at least one control valve assembly when a pressure level of the pressurized power fluid overcomes a flow resistance, the at least one control valve assembly comprising at least one pressure biased multi-position valve each comprising a moveable element;
a suction head subsystem comprising at least one jet pump assembly, the at least one jet pump assembly comprising a plurality of venturi located around a central opening, the plurality of venturi communicating with at least one cavity positioned outside the device, and an outlet of each of the plurality of venturi communicating with the annular conduit formed between the inner and outer tubes of the concentric coiled tubing; and
a jetting nozzle subsystem comprising at least one vortex generating wash nozzle assembly,
wherein when the pressure level of the pressurized power fluid overcomes the flow resistance of the at least one power fluid connection element, the pressurized power fluid contacts the moveable element of each of the at least one pressure biased multi-position valve and sets the moveable element's position based on the pressure level of the pressurized power fluid, the at least one control valve assembly directing the pressurized power fluid to flow to the jetting nozzle subsystem when the moveable element is in a first position, the at least one control valve assembly directing the pressurized power fluid to flow to the suction head subsystem when the moveable element is in a second position, the at least one control valve assembly directing the pressurized power fluid to flow to both the jetting nozzle subsystem and the suction head subsystem simultaneously when the moveable element is in a third position, a pulsating jet spray of the pressurized power fluid exiting from the device to remove the solids from inside the external conduit when the at least one control valve assembly directs the pressurized power fluid to flow to the jetting nozzle subsystem, fluids in the external conduit being suctioned therefrom and pumped through the annular conduit formed between the inner and outer tubes of the concentric coiled tubing when the at least one control valve assembly directs the pressurized power fluid to flow to the suction head subsystem.

US Pat. No. 10,480,264

TRANSITIONING PIPE HANDLER

DRILLFORM TECHNICAL SERVI...

1. An adjustable pipe handler for transitioning pipe to an elevated platform, the pipe handler comprising:a base, having a front, middle and rear section, and having a surface forming a track for receiving at least one pipe,
a lift arm having a first end and a second end, said first end being pivotally mounted to the front section of the base and said second end for contacting the elevated platform, the lift arm being pivotable between a first closed position on the surface of the base and a second open position at an incline from the base, the lift arm forming a first lift arm channel operably corresponding to the track of the base for receiving the at least one pipe therefrom, and
a transitioning arm, having a first and second end, the first end pivotally connected to the lift arm and the second end slidably connected to the base, the transitioning arm forming a second transitioning arm channel operably corresponding to the track of the base for receiving at least one pipe therefrom and guiding the pipe to the first lift arm channel and to the elevated platform, wherein movement of the transitioning arm along the base controllably adjusts the height of the lift arm relative to the elevated platform.

US Pat. No. 10,480,262

DOWNHOLE SLIP APPARATUS

WEATHERFORD U.K. LIMITED,...

19. A method of operating a downhole slip apparatus, the downhole slip apparatus comprising a radially extendable slip assembly comprising a primary slip defining a first wall engaging surface, a secondary slip defining a second wall engaging surface, and a selective coupling or clutch, the clutch or selective coupling being configured or operable such that during a first phase of operation the primary and secondary slips are radially extendable simultaneously from a retracted configuration towards and/or into a first extended configuration, and during a subsequent second phase of operation the secondary slip is radially extendable relative to the primary slip towards and/or into a second extended configuration,wherein the first and second wall engaging surfaces comprise piercing features and interference features, wherein the downhole slip apparatus comprises or is configured to receive a slip actuator, wherein the method comprises:operating the slip actuator such that, during the first phase of operation, the primary and secondary slips are radially extended simultaneously from the retracted configuration towards and/or into the first extended configuration;
operating or reconfiguring the clutch or selective coupling; and
operating the slip actuator such that, during the subsequent second phase of operation, the secondary slip radially extends relative to the primary slip towards and/or into the second extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,480,257

SYSTEM FOR RELIEVING LATERAL STRAIN ON A ROD STRING WITHIN A WELLBORE

13. An apparatus for relieving lateral strain between two rods within a wellbore, said apparatus comprising:a top connecting member;
a ball shank housing attached to said top connecting member along a bottom portion thereof, said ball shank housing receiving a portion of a ball shank therein; and
a bottom connecting member spaced from said ball shank housing, and connected to a lower portion of said ball shank;
wherein said ball shank housing comprises a plurality of slotted apertures extending there through, a corresponding plurality of screws inserted within said slotted apertures and engaging a corresponding plurality of internal threads within a ball of said ball shank, said screws being slidable within said slotted apertures to provide controlled swiveling movement within a swivel gap defined by a space between said lower portion of said ball shank and said ball shank housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,254

DRILL BITS HAVING TAILORED DEPTH OF CUT CONTROL FEATURES AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE Compan...

9. A method of forming an earth-boring tool, comprising:selecting a first depth of cut control (“DOCC”) feature to contact a subterranean formation and distribute a load attributable to applied weight on bit over a first rubbing surface at a first rate;
selecting a second DOCC feature to contact the subterranean formation and distribute a load attributable to the applied weight on bit over a second rubbing surface at a second rate;
selecting the first rate to be greater than the second rate by:
selecting the first rubbing surface to comprise a longitudinal end and a portion of a peripheral sidewall extending inwardly toward the longitudinal end of the first DOCC feature, the peripheral sidewall forming a first included angle at a given depth of cut, wherein the first included angle is an angle measured at an intersection of a line tangent to a first surface of the peripheral sidewall and a line tangent to a second surface of the peripheral sidewall converging toward the first surface and intersecting longitudinal axis of the first DOCC feature;
selecting the second rubbing surface to comprise a longitudinal end and a portion of a peripheral sidewall extending inwardly toward the longitudinal end of the second DOCC feature, the peripheral sidewall forming a second included angle at the given depth of cut, wherein the second included angle is an angle measured at an intersection of a line tangent to a first surface of the peripheral sidewall and a line tangent to a second surface of the peripheral sidewall converging toward the first surface and intersecting a longitudinal axis of the second DOCC feature; and
selecting the first included angle to be greater than the second included angle; and
mounting the first DOCC feature and the second DOCC feature on a bit body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,246

PERCUSSION BORING DEVICE

1. A percussion boring device comprising:a housing;
a guide tube fixed to the housing;
a control sleeve axially displaceable on the guide tube, said control sleeve having at least a first sleeve section, a second sleeve section, and a movable connector movably connecting the first sleeve section and the second sleeve section;
an impact piston mounted within the housing and axially displaceable on the control sleeve such that in a first switching position the impact piston strikes a front impact surface and drives the percussion boring device in a first movement direction, and, in a second switching position said impact piston strikes a rear impact surface and drives the percussion boring device in a second movement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,242

DEVICE FOR PROVIDING A CROSSOVER POINT

AMRONA AG, Zug (CH)

1. A device (100) for providing a passage between a first area (1) and a second area (2) which is hermetically delimited from the first area (1) by means of a wall (10), wherein the device (100) comprises the following:an airlock chamber (12) which can be inserted into an opening (11) provided in the wall (10) which has a first opening (13) forming a passage between the first area (1) and the airlock chamber (12) and which has a second opening (14) forming a passage between the second area (2) and the airlock chamber (12); and
a revolving element (15) configured as one of a conveyor belt and a drum wall for separating the first opening (13) from the second opening (14) having at least one passage opening (15.1; 19.1; 15.2, 19.2), the revolving element movable relative to the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12) so as to be able to alternatingly realize at least one first state in which the at least one passage opening (15.1; 19; 19.1) is substantially aligned with the first opening (13) of the airlock chamber (12) and allows entry from the first area (1) into the airlock chamber (12) and the revolving element (15) essentially completely covers the second opening (14) of the airlock chamber (12), and a second state in which the at least one passage opening (15.1; 19.1; 15.2, 19.2) or at least a further passage opening (15.1, 19.1, 15.2, 19.2) is substantially aligned with the second opening (14) of the airlock chamber (12) and allows entry from the second area (2) into the airlock chamber (12) and the revolving element (15) essentially completely covers the first opening (13) of the airlock chamber (12);
wherein the revolving element (15) comprises two passage openings (15.1, 15.2) which are arranged in relation to their relative position to one another such that in a state in which a first one of the passage openings (15.1) is aligned with one of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), a second one of the passage openings (15.2) is not aligned with either of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), and in a state in which the second one of the passage openings (15.2) is aligned with one of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), the first one of the passage openings (15.1) is not aligned with either of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12).

US Pat. No. 10,480,234

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROVIDING FULL WINDOW OPENING ABOVE A DOOR INCLUDING A WINDOW AND A DIVISION BAR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a door panel having a window receiver and an internal compartment;
a window;
a division bar; and
a regulator carried on said door panel, said regulator displacing said window and said division bar between a closed position projecting from said window receiver and an opened position concealed within said internal compartment wherein said regulator comprises a motor and cable drive system concealed within said internal compartment, wherein said regulator further includes a guide rail system guiding said window as said window is displaced between said closed position and said opened position, wherein a pin is carried on said window and a catch is carried on said division bar and wherein said apparatus further includes a tension spring having a first end connected to said division bar and a second end connected to said door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,232

SLIDING DOOR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sliding door structure comprising:a door body;
a vehicle body rail that is provided to a vehicle body so as to extend along a door opening-and-closing direction in a straight line shape;
a vehicle body rail support member that is configured to include a vehicle body-side end portion coupled to the vehicle body rail and capable of moving along the vehicle body rail, and a door-side end portion coupled to the door body, the vehicle body rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the vehicle body about the vehicle body-side end portion, and the vehicle body rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the door body about the door-side end portion;
a door rail that is provided to the door body so as to extend along the door opening-and-closing direction in a straight line shape; and
a door rail support member that is configured to include a door-side end portion coupled to the door rail and capable of moving along the door rail, and a vehicle body-side end portion coupled to the vehicle body, the door rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the door body about the door-side end portion, and the door rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the vehicle body about the vehicle body-side end portion, wherein
the sliding door structure further comprises a column that is provided to a door-closing direction side end portion of the vehicle body rail, and an opening that is provided to the vehicle body-side end portion of the vehicle body rail support member,
in a fully closed state, the column intrudes into the opening such that the column is positioned at a rotation center of the vehicle body rail support member with respect to the vehicle body, and an opening direction of the opening faces in a direction angled toward a vehicle inner side with respect to a door-closing direction,
when a sliding door comprising the door body opens from the fully closed state, the vehicle body rail support member rotates about the column with respect to the vehicle body while the column remains in a state intruding into the opening,
when the sliding door opens from the fully closed state, until the opening direction comes into alignment with the door-closing direction, movement of the vehicle body-side end portion of the vehicle body rail support member along the vehicle body rail in a door-opening direction is restricted due to receiving a reaction force toward the door-closing direction from the column intruding into the opening, and
when the opening direction aligns with the door-closing direction, the restriction of movement of the vehicle body-side end portion of the vehicle body rail support member along the vehicle body rail in the door-opening direction is released due to no longer receiving the reaction force toward the door-closing direction from the column intruding into the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,480,223

LOCK DEVICE FOR OPENING AND CLOSING BODY

PIOLAX, INC., Yokohama-S...

1. A lock device for an opening and closing body that is attached to an opening portion of a fixed body so as to be operable and closable, the lock device comprising:lock portions provided on one of the opening portion of the fixed body and the opening and closing body;
a pair of rods which are provided on the other of the fixed body and the opening and closing body and are to engage with or disengage from the respective lock portions;
a base member installed on the fixed body or the opening and closing body;
a rotary member which is attached to the base member rotatably; and
a manipulation member to manipulate the rods to engage or disengage the rods with or from the respective lock portions,
wherein the base member has a bottom portion which faces an installation surface of the fixed body or the opening and closing body and has a bottom surface and a pair of erection walls which are erected from the side of the bottom surface,
wherein the rotary member has a rod link portion which is coupled with the rods and transmit rotational power of the rotary member to the rods and a guide wall which is located inside the rod link portion in the rotary member and guides the rods as they slide, and the guide wall comprises arc walls or a cylindrical wall having arc-shaped surfaces or a circular surface whose axis coincides with the rotation center of the rotary member,
wherein when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the bottom surface of the base member, each erection wall of the base member and the guide wall of the rotary member are opposed to each other with a gap capable of receiving the associated rod formed in between,
wherein coming-off-preventive structures each of which prevents the associated rod from coming off in the direction perpendicular to the bottom surface of the base member when the rod is inserted in the gap and coupled with the rod link portion is provided between the rod and the associated erection wall of the base member,
wherein each coming-off-preventive structure comprises a bendable, elastic nail which is provided in the erection wall and an engagement target portion which is provided in the rod and engages with the elastic nail,
wherein each of the pair of erection walls is formed with a space which penetrates therethrough in a direction in which the pair of erection walls face each other, and
wherein each of the pair of erection walls is formed into a frame-like shape surrounding the space, and the elastic nail is formed into a shape extending from the erection wall toward the space.

US Pat. No. 10,480,218

SECURITY DEVICES AND STRAPS THEREFOR

ZEAL INNOVATION LTD., (G...

1. A security device in which a strap with a central core consisting of at least one elongate planar body is contained within a flexible sleeve, with complementary locking units secured at opposite ends of the flexible sleeve, wherein the complementary locking units receive respective ends of the central core, wherein the flexible sleeve is extensible independently of the central core such that the central core is not under tension, and wherein a length of the central core is at least equal to a spacing between the complementary locking units when the flexible sleeve is fully extended.

US Pat. No. 10,480,216

SMART SECURITY DEVICE AND SYSTEM

ASCENT SOLUTIONS PTE LTD,...

1. A smart security device comprising:a housing, and
electronics provided in the housing, the electronics comprising
a tag uniquely associated with the smart security device and configured to automatically and periodically emit a first signal, the first signal being a Bluetooth signal configured to be sent and received via a Bluetooth low energy wireless personal area network;
a NB-IoT module configured to send and receive signals via a NB-IoT network;
a cable having a free end and a secured end, the secured end being secured to the housing and in electrical connection with the electronics; and
a lock assembly at least partially provided in the housing, the lock assembly comprising:
a body comprising a cable passage configured for passing the free end of the cable therethrough and for immobilizing the cable therein,
a lever having a free end and a pivoting end, the pivoting end pivotably connected to the body, the lever having a resilient plate provided thereon, the resilient plate configured to exert a force on a cable immobilizer against the cable to immobilize the cable in the cable passage when a side of the lever facing the body is brought into contact with a side of the body facing the lever while the cable is in the cable passage, and
a fastener configured to secure the lever to the body when the cable is immobilized in the cable passage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,214

DATA KEY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

HY-KO PRODUCTS COMPANY, ...

1. A key duplication system comprising:one or more key duplication machines configured to:
identify key information related to a master key including bitting pattern information, key blank information, and security information related to a first user;
verify the identity of a first user;
store the key information to a first computer readable medium; and one or more key cutting devices configured to:
receive a request from a second user to retrieve said key information related to said master key related to said first user;
verify the identity of the second user;
receive the key information from a second computer readable medium;
determine a key blank associated with the key information; and
cut the key blank based on the key information.

US Pat. No. 10,480,206

SLIDING SEISMIC ISOLATOR

1. A sliding seismic isolator, comprising:a first plate configured to be attached to a building support;
at least one elongate element extending away from the first plate;
a second plate;
a low-friction layer positioned between the first and second plates and configured to allow the first and second plates to move relative one another along a horizontal plane when the seismic isolator is in an installed position;
a support member attached to the second plate; and
at least one biasing element positioned at least partially within the support member, the at least one biasing element having at least one void configured to be filled with a deformable material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,191

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING CONCRETE REINFORCEMENT

1. A fixture for setting rebar at a predetermined distance from the rim of an excavated pit, comprising:elongated first and second legs each having a proximal end and a distal end, the first and second legs rigidly joined at their mutual proximal ends to form an L-shape;
an angle adjustment device carried by the first leg, comprising a foot movable towards or away from the first leg along an axis generally parallel to the second leg, wherein a first threaded element is fixedly joined to the first leg, and a second threaded element is engaged with the first threaded element, and wherein the second threaded element carries the foot and is arranged such that rotation of the second threaded element relative to the first threaded element will cause linear movement of the foot;
a support bracket carried by the first leg at a predetermined offset distance from the proximal end thereof, the support bracket has an L-shape defining an upward-facing hook shape; and
a fixed hook extending from the distal end of the second leg, generally parallel to the first leg; wherein the fixture is removed after the rebar is set in place.

US Pat. No. 10,480,182

ELEMENT FOR THERMAL INSULATION

1. An element for thermal insulation between two building parts, comprising an insulating body (2) to be allocated between the two building parts and reinforcement elements including at least rod-shaped tensile reinforcement elements (3), which in an installed state of the element (10) extend essentially horizontally and extend perpendicular to an essentially horizontal extension of the insulating body through said body, and each said rod-shaped tensile reinforcement element projects in a horizontal direction from the insulating body and are here connectable to one of the two building parts, the tensile reinforcement elements (3) being made at least partially from a fiber-reinforced synthetic material and are each embodied as multi-part composite elements that at least in proximity to the insulating body (2) comprise a central rod section (3a) made from a fiber reinforced synthetic material and in an area outside the insulating body (2) include a separate anchoring rod section (3b) with at least one of geometric or material characteristics at least partially deviating from the central rod section (3a), the anchoring rod section (3b) and the central rod section are arranged coaxially to each other and are fixed to each other at least indirectly, the anchoring rod section (3b) cooperates with an interior anchoring element (9) for fixation to the central rod section (3a) and engages a radial interior area of the central rod section (3a), a separate annular radial support element (6) located at a radial exterior of the central rod section (3a) formed as a separate component from the central rod section (3a) and only contacting the central rod section (3a) with an inner perimeter of the annular radial support element (6), the central rod section (3a) is formed at least in an area between the insulating body (2) and a free end (7) thereof with an essentially smooth, constant outside diameter on a radial exterior, the radial support element (6) is arranged only in an axial area of the central rod section (3a) projecting from the insulating body (2), and the radial support element (6) is arranged spaced apart from the insulating body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,177

WALL PANEL BLOCKING BRACKET AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A wall panel blocking bracket comprising:a first base;
a first stud side engager connected to and extending upwardly from the first base, the first stud side engager configured to engage a first support beam;
a second stud side engager connected to and extending upwardly from the first base, the second stud side engager configured to engage the first support beam;
a second base connected to the first stud side engager and spaced apart from the first base, wherein the second base is connected to the first base via the first stud side engager;
a third base connected to the second stud side engager and spaced apart from the first base, wherein the third base is connected to the first base via the second stud side engager;
a first hook extending transversely from the first stud side engager, the first hook configured to engage the first support beam; and
a second hook extending transversely from the second stud side engager, the second hook configured to engage the first support beam,
wherein the first base is configured to engage a block when the block is in a first orientation, and wherein the second base and the third base are configured to engage the block when the block is in a second orientation different from the first orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,480,175

BUILDING

1. A building comprising:a plurality of towers including a central tower and a plurality of peripheral towers,
a plurality of connections, and
at least one intermediate body including a surface extension sufficient to contain at least one or more floors of said central tower and the floors of said peripheral towers at the same height,
said central tower being structurally connected to said peripheral towers by means of at least one of said connections and extends over the entire height of said building,
said peripheral towers being separated from each other, arranged around said central tower, thereby defining a plurality of trestle structures,
said trestle structures overlapping so that one of the trestle structures is above the other trestle structures,
said peripheral towers converging, extending in height, towards said central tower while maintaining the same plan surface for each floor,
said connections being substantially bracing channels between said central tower and said peripheral towers,
the central tower extending for the whole height of said building,
the peripheral towers forming, with the central tower, the plurality of trestle structures overlapping on opposing sides of the at least one intermediate body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,170

FLOOR DRAIN ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

OATEY CO., Cleveland, OH...

1. A method of installing a drain in a floor comprising the steps of:pouring a hardenable substratum around a conduit, the conduit having a base, a barrel, an inner surface that defines a fluid flow path, and an outer surface opposite the inner surface, the conduit further having a plug sealed to the base downstream of the barrel relative to the fluid flow path;
installing a floor substrate above the substratum such that an opening in the floor substrate provides access to the inner surface of the drain conduit;
inserting an adaptor into the drain conduit, the adaptor being connected to a strainer at a top portion of the adaptor; and
adjusting a position of the adaptor in the drain conduit to substantially align the strainer with a top surface of the floor substrate, wherein the adjusting step occurs after the substratum hardens into a hardened substratum.

US Pat. No. 10,480,168

AUTOMATED TOILET

1. An automated toilet comprising:a pump, a motor, a sensor, a control box, a flush valve actuator, and a toilet;
wherein the sensor is adapted to detect the presence of a user in front of the toilet;
wherein the sensor is adapted to signal the control box to start the motor, thus utilizing the pump to remove odors from a bowl of the toilet, upon detecting that the user has arrived in front of the toilet;
wherein the sensor is adapted to signal the control box to activate a flush valve, via the flush valve actuator, upon detecting that the user has moved away from the toilet;
wherein the pump moves air and/or toilet waste mechanically;
wherein the pump draws the air from the bowl when the pump is operating and the bowl is not draining;
wherein the pump passes the air into a sewer line;
wherein the pump is located in a drain pipe downstream from a trap;
wherein the pump draws the toilet waste from the bowl when the pump is operating and the bowl is draining;
wherein the pump passes the toilet waste into the sewer line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,167

FLUSH WATER SUPPLY APPARATUS

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-sh...

1. A flush water supply apparatus for supplying flush water into a flush water tank of a toilet, the flush water supply apparatus comprising:a water supply valve for switching between a supply state and a stop state of flush water supplied from a water supply pipe into a flush water tank;
a small tank provided in the flush water tank;
a float provided in the small tank, the float being slidable against the small tank in a vertical direction in conjunction with a change of a flush water level in the small tank;
an arm for causing the water supply valve to switch between the supply state and the stop state, in conjunction with a vertical movement of the float against the small tank;
a float-position adjusting member connected to the arm and the float, the float-position adjusting member being circumferentially rotatable around an axis thereof so that a relative position between the arm and the float is adjustable; and
a small-tank-position adjusting member connected to the small tank, the small-tank-position adjusting member being circumferentially rotatable around an axis thereof so that a vertical position to which the small tank is supported is adjustable;
wherein
the float-position adjusting member and the small-tank-position adjusting member are coaxially arranged,
when the float-position adjusting member is rotated in one direction, a first contact part of the float-position adjusting member comes in contact with a first contact part of the small-tank-position adjusting member so that the float-position adjusting member and the small-tank-position adjusting member are rotated in the one direction together with each other, and/or when the small-tank-position adjusting member is rotated in the other direction, the first contact part of the small-tank-position adjusting member comes in contact with the first contact part of the float-position adjusting member so that the float-position adjusting member and the small-tank-position adjusting member are rotated in the other direction together with each other,
when the float-position adjusting member is rotated in the other direction, a second contact part of the float-position adjusting member comes in contact with a second contact part of the small-tank-position adjusting member so that the float-position adjusting member and the small-tank-position adjusting member are rotated in the other direction together with each other, and/or when the small-tank-position adjusting member is rotated in the one direction, the second contact part of the small-tank-position adjusting member comes in contact with the second contact part of the float-position adjusting member so that the float-position adjusting member and the small-tank-position adjusting member are rotated in the one direction together with each other,
the float-position adjusting member and the small-tank-position adjusting member are rotatable to each other from a state wherein the first contact part of the float-position adjusting member is in contact with the first contact part of the small-tank-position adjusting member to another state wherein the second contact part of the float-position adjusting member is in contact with the second contact part of the small-tank-position adjusting member, and
an angle by which the float-position adjusting member and the small-tank-position adjusting member are rotatable to each other is 10 degrees or more.

US Pat. No. 10,480,164

TOUCH TO OPEN/CLOSE MECHANISM FOR A SHOWERHEAD

RUNNER (XIAMEN) CORP., X...

1. A touch to open/close mechanism adapted for a showerhead having an inlet and at least one outlet in communication with the inlet to allow water from water source to flow out of the showerhead, the touch to open/close mechanism comprising:a driving rod movably and reciprocally positioned between a first position and a second position to selectively block communication between the inlet and the outlet;
a first ratchet device adapted to be formed inside the showerhead to selectively position the driving rod at the first position and the second position;
a second ratchet device adapted to be formed inside the showerhead to force the driving rod to rotate for a previously determined degree whenever the driving rod is moved such that a block formed on an outer periphery of the driving rod is able to selectively block communication between the inlet and the outlet;
a passage body adapted to be mounted inside the showerhead; and
a mounting body adapted to be mounted inside the showerhead and securely connected to the passage body to define therebetween a first chamber to receive therein the driving rod; wherein the first ratchet device is formed between the passage body and the mounting body and the second ratchet device is formed between a distributor and a sealing cover, and the first ratchet device consists essentially of a first set of ratchet formed on a side face of the passage body and a second set of ratchet formed on an outer periphery of the driving rod to selectively abutted against the first set of ratchet so as to selectively block communication between the inlet and outlet of the showerhead.

US Pat. No. 10,480,163

VEHICLE-TO-TRAILER TRANSFER OF HARVESTED AND PURIFIED WATER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for transferring harvested drinking water from a vehicle to a trailer towed behind the vehicle, comprising:a vehicle reservoir configured to collect water from a vehicle heat-exchanger, the vehicle reservoir including a heating element configured to heat water within the vehicle reservoir;
a vehicle controller coupled with the vehicle reservoir and programmed to boil the water in the vehicle reservoir, the vehicle controller further programmed to measure a fill level of the vehicle reservoir;
a trailer reservoir configured to receive water from the vehicle reservoir;
a trailer controller coupled with the trailer reservoir and programmed to measure a fill level of the trailer reservoir, the trailer controller further programmed to transmit a wireless communication to the vehicle controller, wherein the wireless communication is indicative of the fill level of the trailer reservoir; and
a fluid conduit fluidly connecting the vehicle reservoir to the trailer reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,480,162

IMPLEMENT GROUND ENGAGING TIP ASSEMBLY HAVING TIP WITH TAPERED RETENTION CHANNEL

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A ground engaging tip of a ground engaging tip assembly for a base edge of a ground engaging implement, wherein the ground engaging tip assembly includes an adapter configured for attachment to the base edge of the ground engaging implement and having a forwardly extending adapter nose, the ground engaging tip comprising:a rear edge;
a top outer surface;
a bottom outer surface, wherein the top outer surface and the bottom outer surface extend forward from the rear edge of the ground engaging tip and converge at a front edge of the ground engaging tip;
first and second side outer surfaces extending forward from the rear edge of the ground engaging tip to the front edge;
a nose cavity, within the ground engaging tip and defined by the converging top and bottom outer surfaces and the first and second side outer surfaces, for receiving the adapter nose therein, the nose cavity comprising:
first and second side inner surfaces opposite the first and second outer surfaces, respectively;
an aperture in at least one of the first and second side inner surfaces; and
a retention channel on at least one of the first and second side inner surfaces, the retention channel extending from the rear edge to the aperture and being configured to guide a lug of the adapter into the aperture during installation of the ground engaging tip on the adapter,
wherein the retention channel comprises an untapered portion and a tapered portion, the tapered portion extending from the rear edge to the untapered portion, and the untapered portion extending from the tapered portion to the aperture and ending at the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,480,160

WORK VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicular main body;
a work implement attached to the vehicular main body, the work implement having a removable attachment; and
a controller controlling an operation of the work vehicle, the controller including a determination unit determining whether the attachment has a sensor based on information on the attachment stored in a storage unit, the information on the attachment including information on whether or not the attachment has the sensor, the controller further including an abnormal condition determination unit determining that an abnormal condition has occurred when the determination unit determines that the attachment has the sensor and when the abnormal condition determination unit cannot receive a signal from the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,157

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A system for controlling operation of a first material engaging work implement comprising:a first machine including:
a first ground engaging drive mechanism to propel the first machine;
a base mounted on the first ground engaging drive mechanism, the base including an implement system having a linkage assembly with a boom and the first material engaging work implement, the base being rotatable relative to the first ground engaging drive mechanism;
a first machine pose sensor for generating first machine pose signals indicative of a pose of the first machine;
a second machine including:
a second ground engaging drive mechanism to propel the second machine;
a second material engaging work implement; and
a controller configured to:
store a kinematic model and characteristics of the implement system of the first machine;
determine a second machine operation zone, the second machine operation zone being defined by a material movement plan of the second machine and including a current location and planned locations of the second machine;
determine a current pose of the first machine based upon the first machine pose signals, the current pose of the first machine and the kinematic model and characteristics of the implement system of the first machine defining a range of operation of the first material engaging work implement of the first machine;
while the second machine operation zone is within the range of operation of the first material engaging work implement of the first machine, determine a first machine operation zone of the first material engaging work implement based upon the current pose of the first machine, the kinematic model and characteristics of the implement system, and the second machine operation zone, the first machine operation zone being within the range of operation and spaced from the second machine operation zone; and
generate a plurality of command signals to move the first material engaging work implement within the first machine operation zone between a first position and a second position while avoiding passing through the second machine operating zone.

US Pat. No. 10,480,156

WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a riding-type traveling vehicle body; and
a hydraulically operable front loader coupled to a front of the traveling vehicle body,
wherein the traveling vehicle body comprises:
left and right rear wheels disposed to the left and right of a driver seat;
left and right rear fenders covering the left and right rear wheels;
a valve unit for the front loader;
an operating lever for the front loader;
a vehicle body frame;
a boarding step provided on one of the left and right sides of the vehicle body frame; and
a support unit for supporting the valve unit, wherein the valve unit is disposed in a space between the rear wheel and the rear fender on one of the left and right sides;
wherein the operating lever extends from the space, upward of the rear fender on the one of the left and right sides,
wherein the support unit comprises:
a first support member that extends laterally outward from the vehicle body frame to support a rear portion of the boarding step;
a second support member that extends laterally outward from the vehicle body frame to support an upper rear end of the rear fender on the one of the left and right sides;
a third support member that extends forward from the second support member to support an upper front end of the rear fender on the one of the left and right sides, and
a fourth support member detachably spanning the first support member and the third support member, and
wherein the valve unit and the operating lever are supported by the fourth support member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,152

SWIVELABLE ADAPTER DEVICE FOR A SKID STEER LOADER

1. A swivelable adapter device for a skid steer loader comprising:a mounting plate;
a forward reinforcing mounting plate;
an aft reinforcing mounting plate affixed to an inner barrel, the aft reinforcing plate contacting the mounting plate, the forward reinforcing mounting plate contacting the mounting plate, the mounting plate being positioned between the forward reinforcing mounting plate and the aft reinforcing mounting plate;
a work tool plate affixed to an outer barrel; and
a notch plate contacting the forward reinforcing plate and coupled to the outer barrel, the notch plate engaging a locking latch,
wherein an outer barrel inside dimension is greater than an inner barrel outside dimension to allow clearance for said outer barrel to slide over said inner barrel,
wherein said work tool plate is affixed to said outer barrel, said outer barrel is slid over said inner barrel during assembly,
wherein the swivelable adapter device is held together with a holding ring permanently affixed near a forward end of said inner barrel once said outer barrel is slid onto said inner barrel, and
when once permanently assembled, said outer barrel is rotatable around said inner barrel, causing rotation of said work tool plate, the notch plate and locking latch holding said work tool plate in various positions after said work tool plate is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,480,149

SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTING A RETAINING WALL

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A system for constructing a retaining wall, comprising a plurality of blocks, wherein each said block has:a) laterally opposed first and second end portions,
b) a central portion, and
c) a neck portion, the central portion being positioned between the first end portion and the neck portion, and the neck portion being positioned between the second end portion and the central portion,
wherein the central portion having a longitudinal length less than a longitudinal length of the first end portion, the second end portion having a longitudinal length less than the longitudinal length of the central portion, and the neck portion having a longitudinal length less than the longitudinal length of the second end portion, a vertically extending passage being formed through the central and neck portions,
d) vertically opposed upper and lower surfaces, a plurality of upper recesses being formed in the upper surface, and a plurality of lower recesses being formed in the lower surface, and
e) a pair of longitudinally opposed, vertically extending recesses defined by the central portion, neck portion and second end portion thereof, wherein each of the vertically extending recesses has an upper portion, a lower portion and a central portion, the central portion having a lateral length less than a lateral length of the upper portion, and the lower portion having a lateral length less than the lateral length of the central portion;
a plurality of tie connectors, wherein each tie connector consists of:
i) a main body portion having laterally opposed first and second ends:
ii) a rod having laterally opposed first and second ends, the second end of the rod being secured to the first end of the main body portion, the rod extending laterally from the main body portion; and
iii) a pair of longitudinally opposed, L-shaped legs secured to the second end of the main body portion and extending laterally therefrom, whereby the pair of longitudinally opposed, L-shaped legs are dimensioned and configured to fit about the second end of the main body portion and to slidably engage the pair of longitudinally opposed, vertically extending recesses of each block.

US Pat. No. 10,480,148

ELASTIC FOUNDATION

CDM NV, Overijse (BE)

1. An elastic support with a fastening which comprises:a support element with a lower support face,
an elastically compressible insulator which comprises an elastomer and which is situated between the lower support face of the support element and a base on which the insulator is intended to rest with a lower side of the insulator,
a pre-stress element
an elastically compressible stabiliser, the stabiliser comprising an elastomer and the stabiliser being situated between the insulator and said pre-stress element,
a fastening element for securing the support element to the base,
wherein the pre-stress element cooperates with the fastening element to elastically compress the stabiliser between said pre-stress element and the insulator and simultaneously elastically compress the insulator between the lower support face and the base,
wherein the lower support face of the support element is movable in relation to the base by a tensile force and/or a pressure force, wherein, when the tensile force is exerted on the support element, the stabiliser is elastically compressed and, when the pressure force is exerted on the support element, the insulator is elastically compressed,
wherein the insulator and the stabiliser each have a bulge side which elastically bulges out in a compressed state of the insulator or the stabiliser respectively,
wherein the stabilizer extends at least partly in a stabiliser chamber having a free space between the bulge side and a wall of the stabiliser chamber,
wherein the bulge side of the stabiliser is free and the bulging is not hindered in a free position as long as a given authorised deflection of the support element in relation to the base is not exceeded,
wherein the bulge side of the stabiliser bulges out up against the wall of the stabiliser chamber which prevents any further bulging in a blocked position when the stabiliser is being compressed and the given authorised deflection is exceeded.

US Pat. No. 10,480,146

HELICAL SCREW PILE ASSEMBLIES

1. A method for assembling a pile comprising a disc member comprising an outer peripheral extent and an inner peripheral extent and a slot extending between the outer peripheral extent and the inner peripheral extent to form spaced-apart first and second ends, the method comprising the steps of:axially separating the first end and the second end of the disc member allowing the disc member to form a helical shape having a central cavity defined by the inner peripheral extent;
providing an elongated member and positioning the elongated member longitudinally within the central cavity;
engaging the inner peripheral extent of the disc member with the elongated member;
fastening the disc member onto the elongated member; and
inserting each of a plurality of protruding elements displaced radially along the inner peripheral extent into one of a plurality of holes displaced helically along an outer surface of the elongated member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,145

METHOD FOR BURYING PRECAST PILE

1. A method for burying a precast pile, comprising:injecting cement milk or mortar in a borehole drilled in ground;
producing soil cement by stirring and mixing the cement milk or the mortar with a drilled soil; and
inserting the precast pile in the soil cement within the borehole,
wherein a blowing agent having expanding action is added beforehand to the cement milk or the mortar, and thereby the soil cement formed around a base portion of the precast pile in the borehole is expanded so as to form the soil cement in a reverse taper shape that has a diameter reducing from a top of the reverse taper shape toward a bottom of the reverse taper shape based on a difference between a lower pressure at a top of the soil cement and a higher pressure at a bottom of the soil cement, and on Boyle's law under which a volume of a gas generated by the blowing agent is inversely proportional to a pressure of the gas under a constant temperature, and
the reverse taper shape is formed without a formwork.

US Pat. No. 10,480,144

AUGER GROUTED DISPLACEMENT PILE

4. A displacement pile for being placed in a supporting medium, the pile comprising:an elongated pile shaft;
extending from the elongated pile shaft, at least one lateral compaction protrusion which, upon rotating the elongated pile shaft, establishes a bore with a regular circumference in the supporting medium, the established bore having a diameter which is greater than the diameter of the elongated pile shaft;
a helical blade that moves the pile into the supporting medium; and
means for forming irregularities in the bore of regular circumference, the irregularities extending over a length of the bore, wherein the means for forming irregularities laterally extends from the at least one lateral compaction protrusion, the means for forming irregularities being elongated and wrapping about the shaft by at least forty-five degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,480,141

WING PLOW APPARATUS

Alamo Group Inc., Seguin...

1. A wing plow assembly comprising:a base configured for attachment to a vehicle having a longitudinal axis;
a first arm pinned to said base;
a second arm pinned to said base and spaced downward from said first arm;
said first arm and said second arm extending substantially laterally with respect to said longitudinal axis;
a support pinned to said first arm and said second arm, said support configured for attaching a plow thereto; and
an actuator having a first end pinned to said base and a second end extending away from said base, said second end comprising an end member oriented transverse to a cylinder or piston of said actuator and configured for engagement with said first arm;
wherein extension and retraction of said actuator respectively raises and lowers said support in a first condition; and
wherein said first arm moves relative to said end member in a second condition.