US Pat. No. 10,139,437

APPARATUS, SERVER, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENERGY MEASURING

Encored Technologies, Inc...

1. An energy measuring apparatus, connected to a power penetration point, for load balancing in power management system, the energy measuring apparatus comprising:a power information collecting unit for measuring a power signal of at least one load apparatus at the power penetration point and collecting power information at a snapshot extraction frequency based on the power signal, wherein said snapshot extraction frequency is within a range; and
an operating status extracting unit configured to detect an operating status of at least one load apparatus at said snapshot extraction frequency, wherein said operating status is one of a steady state and a transient state;
a data set generating unit configured to generate a data set including only one or a representative snapshot of said power information, when said steady state is detected; and generate a data set including a plurality of snapshots of said power information, when said transient state is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,139,432

METHODS AND SYSTEMS RELATING TO IMPROVED AC SIGNAL PERFORMANCE OF DUAL STAGE TRANSFORMERS

Guildline Instruments Lim...

1. A method of improving the AC accuracy of a dual stage transformer comprising:providing the dual stage current transformer comprising a plurality of magnetic cores, a primary winding, a first secondary winding, and a second secondary winding;
either
providing a first resistor across only the first secondary winding to generate a first voltage and providing a second resistor across only the second secondary winding, the second resistor disposed in series with the first resistor in order to add a compensating voltage to the first voltage; or
connecting a first end of the first secondary winding to a first end of the second secondary winding at a midpoint of a pair of load resistors disposed in series, connecting a second end of the first secondary winding to another end of a first load resistor of the pair of load resistors and to a first input of a differential amplifier via a first resistor, and coupling another end of the other load resistor of the pair of load resistors and to a second input of the differential amplifier via a second resistor, where the first ends of the first and second secondary windings are both disposed in the same direction along a magnetic core of the plurality of magnetic cores relative to their respective second ends;
measuring a DC signal within a second stage of the dual stage transformer, the DC signal generated in dependence upon a DC aspect of a signal applied to a first stage of the dual stage transformer;
measuring an AC signal applied to the first stage of the dual stage transformer, the AC signal measurement being made across the first and second resistors; and
generating with a processing circuit a corrected AC signal measurement in dependence upon the measured DC signal and the measured AC signal.

US Pat. No. 10,139,428

PHASE CORRECTION DEVICE, ACTION IDENTIFICATION DEVICE, ACTION IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM, MICROCONTROLLER, PHASE CORRECTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A phase correction device comprising:a non-transitory computer readable medium storing computer instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the computer instructions to provide:
receiving a plurality of acceleration data and calculates a standard deviation of the plurality of acceleration data for each specified time period;
receiving the plurality of acceleration data and calculates a representative value of the acceleration data for each specified time period;
estimating a phase of the representative value in a space having a first coordinate axis and a second coordinate axis by using the representative value when the standard deviation is smaller than a specified threshold; and
performing phase correction of the representative value by using the estimated phase,
wherein the acceleration data is outputted by an acceleration sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,426

AIRFLOW TEST METHOD, AIRFLOW TEST APPARATUS AND CLEAN ROOM CONTROL SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An airflow test method, comprising steps of:establishing a three-dimensional reference coordinate system in a test space,
setting a plurality of test points within the test space;
detecting respective one-dimensional velocities of the airflow at each test point along a plurality of test directions, said plurality of test directions including directions of coordinate axes of the three-dimensional reference coordinate system; and
calculating an actual direction and an actual velocity of the airflow at each test point based on the respective one-dimensional velocities of the airflow at the test point along the plurality of test directions.

US Pat. No. 10,139,423

MEDICAL ANALYSIS METHOD

BIO-RAD INNOVATIONS, Mam...

1. A medical analysis method using a medical analysis machine provided with a poly-articulated robot comprising joints defining at least six axes of rotation and adapted for displacing and/or orienting a terminal member according to six degrees of freedom, the terminal member bearing a grasping member adapted for grasping a container, said medical analysis method comprising at least the succession of the following steps:providing a container filled beforehand with a sample to be treated stemming from a human being or an animal, said sample is one of a type comprising a liquid, biological tissue, or organ tissue from a human being or an animal, said container being a gel card including a body in which are formed several adjacent reaction wells positioned along a single row, the wells containing a gel and being initially obturated with a lid, the grasping member of the poly-articulated robot being configured to grasp and displace such a gel card,
transferring said container, by means of the poly-articulated robot moving at a first speed, to at least one treatment station of the medical analysis machine,
treating the sample in the treatment station while maintaining the sample within the container, and
transferring the container, by means of the poly-articulated robot moving at a second speed, to a station for capturing images of the treated sample and determine the type of sample in said container, wherein the first speed and the second speed are controlled based on the type of the sample disposed within the container so as to avoid overflow or stirring of the liquid, and determining, automatically with the medical analysis machine and based at least in part on the images, whether treating the sample resulted in a positive reaction within the container or a negative reaction within the container,
the method further comprising a prior parameterization step including:
sensing respective coordinates of different stations of the medical analysis machine using a piezo-electric sensing device of the terminal member, and wherein the coordinates are stored in a memory associatedwith the medical analysis machine, anddefining, based at least in part on the respective coordinates, first and second areas of the medical analysis machine, wherein
the first areas comprise areas, including the at least one treatment station and the station for capturing images, where the poly-articulated robot is allowed to move, and
the second areas comprise areas different from the first areas, the at least one treatment station, and the station for capturing images, the poly-articulated robot being prohibited from passing horizontally over the second areas of the medical analysis machine.

US Pat. No. 10,139,421

DETECTION OF RESTENSOSIS RISK IN PATIENTS RECEIVING A STENT

1. A method of selecting a stent for implantation in the circulatory system of a human being including the steps of:a) determining a threshold level of platelet hyper-coaguability (PHC) of blood, above which a risk of restenosis is relatively high;
b) obtaining a blood sample from a patient who requires implantation of a stent;
c) testing the PHC level of said blood sample;
d) comparing the PHC level of said blood sample with said threshold level;
e) if the PHC of said blood sample is below said threshold level, selecting a bare metal stent and implanting said bare metal stent in the patient; and
f) if the PHC of said blood sample is at or above said threshold level, selecting a drug-eluting stent and implanting said drug eluting stent in the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,139,363

BHF SOLUTION CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND BHF SOLUTION CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT METHOD

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto-shi,...

1. A buffered hydrofluoric acid (BHF) solution concentration measurement device that measures a hydrofluoric acid (HF) concentration in a BHF solution comprising at least ammonium fluoride (NH4F) and HF in water, the BHF solution concentration measurement device comprising:a relationship storage unit, executed on a processor, that stores relationships between a pH of the BHF solution and an HF concentration based on the NH4F concentration of the BHF solution;
a pH meter, including a first electrode and a reference electrode, that measures the pH of the BHF solution; and
a concentration calculation unit, executed on the processor, that refers to the relationships stored in the relationship storage unit, and calculates the HF concentration from pH values measured by the pH meter, wherein
the HF concentration in the BHF solution is between 1 part-per-million (ppm) and 500 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,139,358

METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZATION OF A LAYERED STRUCTURE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method comprising:fitting a spectroscopic data of a first layer in a layered structure to a dielectric function (?) having a real part (?1) and an imaginary part (i?2), the dielectric function (?) having a formula:
?=?1±i?2;
repeating the fitting the spectroscopic data, or defining an n degree polynomial to the dielectric function;
determining a second derivative and a third derivative of the n degree polynomial;
equating the second derivative to a first governing equation and the third derivative to a second governing equation and determining a constant of the first governing equation and the second governing equation;
based on the key governing equations, determining one or more of a band gap, a thickness, and a concentration of the first layer;
repeating, simultaneously, for a second layer of the layered structure to determine one or more of a band gap, a thickness, and a concentration of the second layer;
monitoring, by a fabricator, an unfinished product of the layered structure at various times for defects or process excursions; and
taking, by the fabricator, a remedial action as necessary to address defects or process excursions prior to completion of a finished product.

US Pat. No. 10,139,326

DETERMINING THE LIFE SPAN OF AN ELASTOMER IN A MOTOR

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for determining a remaining life span of an elastomer in a motor, comprising:running a downhole tool into a wellbore, the downhole tool including a drill bit and a mud motor, the mud motor having a rotor and a stator, wherein at least one of the rotor or the stator has an elastomer;
predicting a number of cycles before the elastomer fails;
determining a number of cycles during a time period;
determining a change in a remaining life span of the elastomer over the time period, based upon the number of cycles before the elastomer fails and the number of cycles during the time period; and
varying a weight on the downhole tool in response to the remaining life span of the elastomer or varying a torque generated by the mud motor in response to the remaining life span of the elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,323

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING MICRO-PARTICLES

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus for separating micro-particles, the apparatus comprising:a channel through which a fluid flows along a length direction of the channel; and
a separating part protruding into the channel and including a slanted element inclined toward the length direction of the channel and a vertical element perpendicular to the length direction of the channel,
wherein the slanted element comprises first and second sub-slanted elements that are symmetric with respect to a center axis of the channel,
wherein the vertical element comprises:
a first sub-vertical element between the first sub-slanted element and a sidewall of the channel;
a second sub-vertical element between the second sub-slanted element and a sidewall of the channel; and
a third sub-vertical element between the first and second sub-slanted elements.

US Pat. No. 10,139,310

OPTICAL TIME DOMAIN REFLECTOMETER USING POLYMER WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LASER

SOLID. Inc., Seongnam-si...

1. An Optical Time Domain Reflectometer for checking a state of an optical fiber cable, comprising:a wavelength-tunable laser for outputting an optical signal having a variable wavelength;
a signal processing controller outputting a control signal for tuning an operating wavelength of the wavelength-tunable laser; and
an optical filter for filtering the optical signal reflected from the optical fiber cable,
wherein
an optical power of the optical signal, output from the wavelength-tunable laser, is maintained constant along a time axis,
a wavelength of the optical signal, output from the wavelength-tunable laser, changes between wavelengths that includes a first wavelength and a second wavelength based on the control signal, and
the optical filter passes the optical signal having the second wavelength but does not pass the optical signal having the first wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,139,308

PHYSICAL QUANTITY DETECTION APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A physical quantity detection apparatus comprising:a detecting element unit having
a detection part having a base part, a movable part coupled to the base part via a joint part, and a vibrator provided over the base part and the movable part, and
a supporting part including a fixing portion to be fixed to a base for supporting the base part; and
a processing unit that extracts vibration response signals at a resonance frequency of the detecting element unit from output of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,139,300

HIGH PRESSURE STRAIN DETECTION DEVICE WITH A BASE MADE OF A FIRST BRITTLE MATERIAL AND A STRAIN DETECTION ELEMENT BONDED TO THE BASE VIA A SECOND BRITTLE MATERIAL

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A pressure detection device, comprising: a metal housing including a pressure introduction unit and a diaphragm deformed by a pressure introduced via the pressure introduction unit; and a strain detection element for detecting strain generated in the diaphragm, wherein a base made of a first brittle material having a first melting point is provided on the metal housing, and the strain detection element is bonded to the base via a second brittle material having a second melting point that is lower than the first melting.

US Pat. No. 10,139,297

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING IN REAL TIME THE FORCE ON THE TIE-RODS WITHIN A POWER STEERING MECHANISM

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A method for determining a tie-rod force (Ftie-rod) which is a force exerted, at a considered instant, by an environment of a vehicle on a power steering mechanism of the vehicle, and the power steering mechanism is maneuvered at least by an assistance motor, the method comprising:a step (a) of determining an actuating force (Faction) exerted at the considered instant on the steering mechanism based on (i) an assistance force (Fassist) exerted by an assistance motor on the steering mechanism, and (ii) a driver force (Fcond) exerted by a driver of the vehicle on the steering mechanism;
a step (b) of determining a value of a dry friction force (Fdry, Rdry), which is exerted on the steering mechanism at the considered instant;
a step (c) of calculating the tie-rod force (Ftie-rod) by (i) summing the actuating force (Faction) and the dry friction force (Fdry), and (ii) applying a low-pass filter that filters a result of the summing when the summing is calculated at a moment of a steering reversal of the steering mechanism; and
a step (d) of, in response to calculating the tie-rod force (Ftie-rod), control the steering mechanism to control the assistance force exerted by the assistance motor on the steering mechanism based on the tie-rod force (Ftie-rod) exerted, as a counter-force, on the steering mechanism in order to more accurately maneuver steering operations of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,293

APPAREL HAVING SENSOR SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An athletic performance monitoring system comprising:a first article of apparel configured to be worn on a body of a user;
a first sensor system connected to the first article of apparel, the first sensor system comprising:
a first sensor connected to the first article of apparel and positioned in a first region selected from a group consisting of: an elbow region, a shoulder region, an underarm region, a knee region, and a back side region, wherein the first sensor is configured to deform upon movement of the user while wearing the first article of apparel and is further configured to detect the movement of the user by changing resistance upon deformation;
a first port connected to the first article of apparel; and
a first conductive lead connecting the first sensor to the first port, wherein the first port is configured for connection to a first electronic module, such that the first electronic module is in communication with the first lead and the first sensor;
a second article of apparel configured to be worn on the body of the user; and
a second sensor system connected to the second article of apparel, the second sensor system comprising:
a second sensor connected to the second article of apparel and positioned in a second region, wherein the second sensor is configured to deform upon movement of the user while wearing the second article of apparel and is further configured to detect movement of the user by changing resistance upon deformation;
a second port connected to the second article of apparel; and
a second conductive lead connecting the second sensor to the second port, wherein the second port is configured for connection to a second electronic module, such that the second electronic module is in communication with the second lead and the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,266

LOAD RECEIVER WITH SNAP-LOCKING CONNECTOR

Mettler-Toledo GmbH, Gre...

1. A gravimetric measuring instrument, comprising:a housing having a passage opening;
a weighing cell that is arranged inside the housing;
a load-transmitting member which reaches through the passage opening to transmit a load to the weighing cell;
a first fastening part, arranged on the load-transmitting member; and
a load receiver, arranged for releasable connection to the load-transmitting member, the load receiver comprising:
a weighing pan element;
a second fastening part, having an essentially cylindrical surface, arranged to act with the first fastening part, attaching the load receiver to the load transmitting member; and
a snap-locking device, comprising a detent element and a spring element, one of which is arranged on the essentially cylindrical surface, for releasably seating the weighing pan element on the first fastening part, wherein the spring element engages the detent element when the weighing pan element is seated in place.

US Pat. No. 10,139,263

METHOD TO CALIBRATE DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGE CUVETTE THICKNESS IN-SITU

Honeywell International I...

1. An analytical instrument comprising:a microfluidic feature including a top capping layer on a first side of the microfluidic feature and a bottom capping layer on a second, opposite side of the microfluidic feature, the microfluidic feature disposed in a feature layer of a multiple layer test cartridge;
a first laser disposed to direct light toward the top capping layer of the microfluidic feature;
a first sensor disposed on the first side of the microfluidic feature to receive reflections from the top and bottom capping layers;
a second sensor disposed on the second side of the microfluidic feature to receive light that passes through the top capping layer, the microfluidic feature, and the bottom capping layer and produce a pass-through value based on the received light; and
a controller to determine a depth of the microfluidic feature as a function of the received reflections and the pass-through value.

US Pat. No. 10,139,254

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MEASUREMENT SENSOR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Fr...

5. A measurement sensor for a motor vehicle, said sensor comprising a body, an electronic measurement module and a protective overmolding, said body comprising, in one and the same material:a base for fastening the sensor in the motor vehicle,
an element for receiving the electronic measurement module, made from a material of the base, comprising a first cylindrical portion with a first circular cross section delineating a space in which the electronic measurement module is mounted and a second cylindrical portion, the diameter of the second cylindrical portion being smaller than the diameter of the first cylindrical portion, the protective overmolding enveloping the element for receiving the electronic measurement module, and
a seal made from a material of said second cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,253

ADJUSTMENT OF INTERRUPT TIMESTAMPS OF SIGNALS FROM A SENSOR BASED ON AN ESTIMATED SAMPLING RATE OF THE SENSOR

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:generating a sensor event based on detection of a physical event by a sensor;
based on generating the sensor event, receiving, by a processor from the sensor, an interrupt signal;
generating and storing, by the processor, an interrupt timestamp corresponding to the interrupt signal, wherein a latency exists between a point in time that the processor receives the interrupt signal and a point in time that the processor generates and stores the interrupt timestamp;
determining, by the processor, a plurality of expected sampling rates associated with the sensor, wherein a given sampling rate is based on a sampling time period;
comparing, by the processor, one or more previously stored interrupt timestamps with the plurality of expected sampling rates to determine a first minimal latency timestamp;
determining, by the processor, a second minimal latency timestamp based on the interrupt timestamp, one or more previously stored interrupt timestamps, and the plurality of expected sampling rates, wherein the second minimal latency timestamp indicates an interrupt timestamp among the interrupt timestamp and the one or more previously stored interrupt timestamps whose value results in a smallest latency value;
determining, by the processor, an estimated sampling rate of the sensor based on the first minimal latency timestamp and the second minimal latency timestamp;
adjusting, by the processor, the interrupt timestamp corresponding to the interrupt signal based on the estimated sampling rate and the interrupt timestamp to remove at least a portion of the latency in the interrupt timestamp;
after adjusting the interrupt timestamp, replacing, by the processor, the interrupt timestamp that is stored with an adjusted interrupt timestamp having the at least the portion of the latency removed; and
updating, by the processor, the interrupt signal with the adjusted interrupt timestamp to more accurately reflect when the sensor generated the interrupt signal.

US Pat. No. 10,139,227

MEMS CIRCUIT FOR CAPACITIVE NON-LINEAR CORRECTION

InvenSense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A micro-electro-mechanical system comprising:a proof mass configured to move in response to a stimulus;
an anchor coupled to the proof mass via a spring;
an amplifier configured to receive a proof mass signal from the proof mass via the spring and the anchor, wherein the amplifier is configured to amplify the received proof mass signal to generate an output signal;
a sense element connected between the proof mass and a first input signal;
a reference element connected between the anchor and a second input signal; and
a feedback element connected between the proof mass and the output signal, wherein the feedback element and the sense element change in response to proof mass displacement, and wherein the sense element and the feedback element are positioned on a same side of the proof mass, and wherein a gain of the amplifier is associated with a ratio of the feedback element and the sense element, and wherein the gain is non-linear, and wherein the received signal at the amplifier, from the anchor, is non-linear, and wherein the output signal is linear.

US Pat. No. 10,139,224

MEASURING DEVICE

TOPCON Corporation, Toky...

1. A measuring device comprising; a leveling unit, a measuring device main body provided on said leveling unit, a control unit, a first tilt angle measuring device for detecting a horizontality with high accuracy, and a second tilt angle measuring device for detecting a tilt angle in a wider range than a range of said first tilt angle measuring device and having a higher responsiveness than a responsiveness of said first tilt angle measuring device,wherein said control unit, said first tilt angle measuring device and said second tilt angle measuring device are provided in said measuring device main body and
wherein said control unit drives said leveling unit based on a detection result of said second tilt angle measuring device, performs a rough leveling until a tilt angle detected by said second tilt angle measuring device reaches within a range in which said first tilt angle measuring device is capable of detecting and levels said measuring device main body horizontally based on a detection result of said first tilt angle measuring device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,220

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

CKD Corporation, Aichi (...

1. A three-dimensional measurement device comprising:a first irradiator that comprises:
a first light source; and
a first grid that converts a light from the first light source into a first light pattern having a striped light intensity distribution, and that radiates the first light pattern from a first position toward a measurement object;
a first grid controller that controls transfer or changeover of the first grid to change phases of the first light pattern a first predetermined number of times;
a second irradiator that comprises:
a second light source; and
a second grid that converts a light from the second light source into a second light pattern having a striped light intensity distribution, and that radiates the second light pattern from a second position that is different from the first position toward the measurement object;
a second grid controller that controls transfer and changeover of the second grid to change phases of the second light pattern a second predetermined number of times, wherein the second predetermined number is smaller than the first predetermined number;
a camera that takes an image of reflected light from the measurement object irradiated with the first or the second light pattern; and
an image processor that:
performs one of:
a first imaging process of the first predetermined number of imaging processes performed by radiation of the first light pattern with changing the phases in the first predetermined number of times; and
a second imaging process of the second predetermined number of imaging processes performed by radiation of the second light pattern with changing the phases in the second predetermined number of times; and
subsequently performs the other of the first and the second imaging process without waiting for completion of the transfer or changeover of the first or the second grid involved in the one imaging process, wherein
the image processor further:
performs three-dimensional measurement of the measurement object based on the first predetermined number of image data taken by the first predetermined number of imaging processes performed by radiation of the first light pattern;
performs three-dimensional measurement of the measurement object based on the second predetermined number of image data taken by the second predetermined number of imaging processes performed by radiation of the second light pattern by using:
a relationship between a gain and an offset that is determined according to a predetermined imaging condition; and
a value of the gain or the offset with regard to each pixel on the image data that is determined from a luminance value of the pixel;
obtains a measurement result by using one light pattern of the first and the second light pattern with regard to a region that is measurable by radiation of the one light pattern; and
obtains a measurement result by using the other light pattern of the first and the second light pattern with regard to a region that is not measurable by radiation of the one light pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,139,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more programmable processors;
a memory storing a program that is executable by the one or more programmable processors and when executed, causes the one or more programmable processors to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image and distance information of a subject in the captured image;
a generation unit configured to generate, from the captured image, a plurality of depth-divided images, each of the depth-divided images including only a subject of the captured image in a specific distance range that is different from the distance range of others in said plurality of depth-divided images, based on the distance information of the subject;
a display control unit configured to selectably display the plurality of depth-divided images; and
an image processing unit configured to apply image processing to an image selected from among the plurality of depth-divided images, and
wherein the obtaining unit obtains the distance information of the subject in the captured image from a monochromatic distance image with a same number of pixels as the captured image, and wherein each pixel value indicates a subject distance of the corresponding pixel in the captured image to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,139,217

ARRAY BASED PATTERNED ILLUMINATION PROJECTOR

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A device comprising:a die, wherein the die comprises a plurality of light emitting elements that are connected on the die to form a first set of one or more light emitting elements and a second set of two or more light emitting elements; and
an astigmatic optical element, wherein the die is disposed relative to the astigmatic optical element such that the astigmatic optical element projects light emitted from the first and second sets of light emitting elements to produce respective different patterns of illumination from the device within respective ranges of angles of a first range of angles in a first direction relative to the device, and further such that the astigmatic optical element projects light emitted from both of the first and second sets of light emitting elements across all of a second range of angles in a second direction relative to the device, the second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction, wherein each light emitting element of the second set of two or more light emitting elements emits illumination from the device, via the astigmatic optical element, across a respective range of angles within the first range of angles, and wherein each light emitting element of the second set of two or more light emitting elements emits illumination from the device, via the astigmatic optical element, across the second range of angles.

US Pat. No. 10,139,216

ONLINE SENSOR CALIBRATION FOR ELECTROHYDRAULIC VALVES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. An online method for reconfiguring position sensors in a hydraulic system comprising the steps of:(a) commanding a plurality of valves in the hydraulic system to move to a first end stop position and recording position sensor first voltages corresponding to the plurality of valves;
(b) commanding the plurality of valves in the hydraulic system to move to a second end stop position and recording position sensor second voltages corresponding to the plurality of valves;
(c) computing a new gain and offset for each of the plurality of position sensors based on a comparison of the recorded end stop first and second voltages with respect to stored end stop position data, the computation taking into account a hydraulic fluid temperature in the hydraulic system; and
(d) recalibrating the position sensors with the new gain and offset for each position sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,214

APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING LOCATION COORDINATES OF OBJECT USING TWO MEASUREMENT HEADS AND METHOD USING THE SAME

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. An apparatus for acquiring location coordinates of an object to be measured using two measurement heads, comprising:two measurement heads, each of the measurement heads being configured to detect a signal corresponding to the object to be measured; and
a rotatable structure to which the two measurement heads are attached,
wherein the apparatus is configured to:
acquire the location coordinates of the object to be measured based on strengths of two detection signals detected by the measurement heads by calculating a radius corresponding to polar coordinates of the object to be measured based on a circle of the rotation;
acquire the location coordinates by converting the polar coordinates into Cartesian coordinates based on the radius corresponding to the polar coordinates and an angle by which the measurement head fixing unit rotates;
calculate a first distance, which is a length between the object to be measured and a first measurement head, and a second distance, which is a length between the object to be measured and a second measurement head; and
calculate the radius corresponding to the polar coordinates by subtracting the radius of the circle from a longer distance of the first distance and the second distance,
wherein the two measurement heads face each other, and the object is located between the two measurement heads.

US Pat. No. 10,139,205

HIGH IMPACT STRENGTH NOCK ASSEMBLY

Ravin Crossbows, LLC, Su...

1. A high impact strength lighted nock assembly that couples with, and decouples from, an arrow, the lighted nock assembly comprising:a light assembly comprising a light emitting device that is mechanically coupled to a battery, wherein displacing the light emitting device toward the battery activates the light emitting device and displacing the light emitting device away from the battery deactivates the light emitting device;
a nock comprising a head configured to engage with a bowstring and a shank with a recess, wherein the light emitting device is located in the recess and the light assembly is attached to the nock;
a bushing sized for insertion into a shaft of the arrow, the bushing having a shoulder that engages with a rear end of the shaft, a distal portion extending from the shoulder portion into the shaft, and a center opening extending into the distal portion that is sized to frictionally engage with the shank of the nock, such that the shank extends into the shaft; and
a battery stop attached to the battery at a location offset from the nock, the battery stop is releasably coupled within the center opening of the bushing and resists longitudinal translation of the battery relative to the bushing, wherein the nock translates within the center opening between an activated configuration that activates the light emitting device and a deactivated configuration that deactivates the light emitting device without removing the light assembly from the bushing.

US Pat. No. 10,139,195

ADJUSTABLE BUTTSTOCK

Fortis Manufacturing, Inc...

1. An adjustable buttstock attachable to a buffer tube with a plurality of position slots, the adjustable buttstock comprising:a body slidably attached to the buffer tube;
a butt attached to the body, wherein the butt comprises a locking slot and a travel slot; and
a lever assembly rotatably attached to the body, wherein the lever assembly comprises
a lever arm rotatably attached to the body,
a locking pin and locking spring disposed within the lever arm, wherein the locking spring biases the locking pin into the locking slot,
a trigger attached to the lever arm and rotatably engaged with the locking pin, wherein rotation of the trigger overcomes the locking spring to move the locking pin out of the locking slot, and
a position pin extending from the lever arm and positionable in one of the plurality of position slots.

US Pat. No. 10,139,187

CROSSBOW WITH ATTACHMENT FOR PROTECTING BROADHEAD OF ARROW

PLACEMENTS GASTON HOULE I...

1. A crossbow, comprising:(a) a body including a longitudinal axis extending in a longitudinal direction;
(b) a pair of limbs affixed at a first location along the longitudinal axis, with a first limb of the pair extending on a first side of the body of the crossbow, and a second limb of the pair extending on a second side of the body of the crossbow opposite to the first side, the pair of limbs being adapted to transition between a distal configuration and a proximal configuration for accumulating energy, and return to the distal configuration for releasing energy;
(c) a string extending across the body and mounted on the pair of limbs, by which string an arrow is longitudinally propelled from a distal end of the body of the crossbow in the longitudinal direction when the pair of limbs returns to the distal configuration from the proximal configuration; and
(d) an attachment having a one-piece configuration and connected by fasteners to the distal end of the crossbow, the attachment comprising,
(i) a support portion extending from and beyond the distal end of the body of the crossbow at an angle to and below the longitudinal axis, and
(ii) a protector portion only connected to the support portion at a proximal end of the support portion and including opposed walls extending upwardly and surrounding the longitudinal axis except for a longitudinally extending opening separating the opposed walls for passage of a shaft of an arrow during loading of the crossbow, the opposed walls defining a hollow portion for receiving therein and capable of protecting a broadhead of an arrow when installed on the crossbow in a position ready to be fired, with the hollow portion extending in the longitudinal direction beyond the distal end of the body of the crossbow and away from the first location at which the pair of limbs are affixed to the body of the crossbow, the attachment further comprising a pair of foot-receiving portions connected to the support portion, at a distal end thereof, with the entirety of each foot-receiving portion being offset from and located below the longitudinal axis of the body of the crossbow, the protector distally extending farther along the longitudinal axis from the pair of foot-receiving portions, a combined configuration of the pair of foot-receiving portions and the protector portion collectively providing a triangular ground-contacting support capable of maintaining the crossbow vertically on the ground, wherein the farther distally extending protector inclining the longitudinal axis from vertical toward the pair of foot-receiving portions when vertically maintained on the ground to transfer weight toward the pair of foot-receiving portions w hereby the weight transfer towards the ground within the triangular ground-contacting support to increase stability of the crossbow when vertically maintained on the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,139,164

ROTARY HEAT TREATMENT FURNACE

SANKEN SANGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A rotary heat treatment furnace comprising: a furnace body having an inside that is partitioned into a first zone and a second zone; a housing rotary body rotatably supported and disposed so as to straddle the first zone and the second zone, the housing rotary body including: a plurality of side walls extending radially; a plurality of housing chambers partitioned by the side walls, the housing chambers each having a substantially same size, the housing chambers being disposed circumferentially in multiple stages, each of the multiple stages including multiple housing chambers; and a space disposed in the central portion of the housing rotary body so that the housing rotary body is provided with a donut shape in plan view; a rotary driving device for rotating the housing rotary body; a heating device for heating the air inside the furnace body; a fan for feeding hot air prepared by the air heated by the heating device to the housing rotary body; a first partition wall and a second partition wall, the first partition wall extending from the fan towards the housing rotary body while the second partition wall extending from a wall surface of the furnace body towards the housing rotary body, the first partition wall and the second partition wall together partitioning the inside of the furnace body into the first zone and the second zone; a first flow passage communicating a blowout port of the fan with outer circumference sides of the housing chambers positioned in the first zone; and a second flow passage communicating outer circumference sides of the housing chambers positioned in the second zone with a suction port of the fan, wherein: when the first partition wall is in such a state that an end portion thereof at a side of the housing rotary body side comes closer to one of the side walls, the second partition wall is in such a state that an end portion thereof at a side of the housing rotary body comes closer to another one of the side walls; the hot air provided by the fan and passed through the first flow passage is fed substantially horizontally to the outer circumference sides of the housing chambers positioned in the first zone and further to the space side; and the hot air is then fed substantially horizontally from the space side to the outer circumference sides of the housing chambers positioned in the second zone, and is returned to the fan through the second flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,163

DRUG-ELUTING COATINGS APPLIED TO MEDICAL DEVICES BY SPRAYING AND DRYING TO REMOVE SOLVENT

Abbott Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A method of drying a stent having a longitudinal axis, comprising:using a dryer having an inlet conduit for supplying an input gas and a nozzle exit for producing a heated, drying gas, the nozzle exit having apertures; and
placing the stent between a reflector and the nozzle exit, wherein the reflector is arranged to cause an increase in gas pressure near the stent by directing gas towards the stent, thereby reducing heat loss in the vicinity of the stent;
wherein the dryer is adapted for producing a substantially uniform drying air mass over the stent length.

US Pat. No. 10,139,149

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a compressor;
a condenser configured to condense refrigerant compressed by the compressor;
a freezing chamber evaporator and a refrigerating chamber evaporator connected in parallel to each other at an outlet of the condenser;
a flow passage switching valve configured to switch a flow passage of the refrigerant in a manner that the refrigerant flows toward one of the freezing chamber evaporator and the refrigerating chamber evaporator;
a temperature sensor configured to detect an outdoor air temperature; and
a controller configured to
when an operation of the compressor is started at a first time and prior to expiration of a first time period, control the flow passage switching valve in a manner that a first refrigerant recovery operation from one of the freezing chamber evaporator and the refrigerating chamber evaporator is performed, and
determine a second time at which the operation of the compressor is to be stopped and control the flow passage switching valve in a manner that a second refrigerant recovery operation from the one of the freezing chamber evaporator and the refrigerating chamber evaporator is performed during a second time period prior to the second time,
wherein the controller variably controls the first time period of the first refrigerant recovery operation and the second time period of the second refrigerant recovery operation according to the detected outdoor air temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,139,139

REFRIGERATION CYCLE AND REFRIGERATOR HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigeration cycle comprising:a first refrigerant circuit configured to cause a refrigerant ejected from a compressor to flow, in order, through a condenser, an ejector, a first evaporator disposed in a first cooling chamber, and a second evaporator disposed in a second cooling chamber, and then back to the compressor;
a second refrigerant circuit configured to cause the refrigerant to bypass the first evaporator in the first refrigerant circuit; and
a third refrigerant circuit branching at a junction provided at a downstream end of the condenser from at least one of the first refrigerant circuit and the second refrigerant circuit, and configured to cause the refrigerant to flow from the junction through, in order, an expansion valve and a third evaporator disposed in the second cooling chamber, and then to the ejector, wherein
the expansion valve includes:
a first expansion valve, and
a second expansion valve disposed in series with the first expansion valve, and the third refrigerant circuit comprises:
a third-a refrigerant circuit configured to cause the refrigerant to pass through the first expansion valve provided at an upstream end of the third evaporator, and
a third-b refrigerant circuit configured to cause the refrigerant to pass through the first expansion valve and the second expansion valve,
the refrigerant flows through the first refrigerant circuit and the third-a refrigerant circuit in a whole cooling mode for cooling the first and second cooling chambers, and
the refrigerant flows through the second refrigerant circuit and the third-b refrigerant circuit in a freezing/cooling mode for cooling the second cooling chamber to be lower than a temperature of the whole cooling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,139,136

NEXT GENERATION BARE WIRE WATER HEATER

EEMAX, INC., Waterbury, ...

1. A heating device comprising:a retention device;
a tube having a flange and at least one indexed groove located along a length of the tube, wherein the at least one indexed groove contains the retention device; and
at least one electrical resistance heating element having a first end connected to the tube via the flange and a second end connected to the tube via the retention device; and
a heating chamber that encloses and surrounds the exterior surface of the tube thereby creating a first flow path therebetween, the heating chamber including at least one opening along the length of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,139,124

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SYSTEM DIAGNOSTICS USING ACCELEROMETERS

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A method of monitoring component health of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the method comprising:measuring, by an accelerometer associated with at least one component of the HVAC system, of vibration of the at least one component;
receiving, by a controller, actual vibration data reflective of the measured vibration;
determining, using the controller, whether the actual vibration data differs from pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than an acceptable amount; and
responsive to a positive determination in the determining step, forwarding, by the controller, information regarding the determination to a monitoring device to monitor operation of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,139,122

DIAGNOSTIC DATA BUS FOR ACQUIRING AND COMMUNICATING DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION FROM HVAC SYSTEMS

Trane International Inc.,...

1. An HVAC diagnostic system, comprising:a data network,
a diagnostic data bus,
an HVAC control bus independent of the diagnostic data bus operatively associated with at least one HVAC component;
a plurality of data gathering devices, each comprising:
a sensing interface configurable to measure an electrical property associated with one of the at least one HVAC components; and
a diagnostic interface in operative communication with the diagnostic data bus;
wherein each of the plurality of data gathering devices is configured to generate an exception message when the measured electrical property is anomalous;
wherein at least one of the plurality of data gathering devices further comprises a network interface in operative communication with the data network and configured to bridge the diagnostic data bus to the data network; and
a server in operative communication with the data network and configured to receive an exception message from one or more of the plurality of data gathering devices, calculate a probability of a fault occurring in an HVAC component based on the received exception message, and generate an alert in response to the probability of the fault exceeding a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,139,121

AIR CONDITIONER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a cabinet;
a particle sensing unit coupled to an inside of the cabinet and configured to measure a particle concentration;
and an inlet provided at the cabinet and configured to communicate with the outside of the air conditioner so that particles flow into the particle sensing unit, wherein the particle sensing unit includes:
a first particle sensor configured to sense particles flowing through the first particle sensor from the inlet; and
a second particle sensor, coupled by a connection path to the first particle sensor, configured to sense the particles flowing through the second particle sensor and having passed through the first particle sensor,
wherein the inlet is configured to suction the air in an upward direction into the inlet and divert the suctioned air to flow into the first particle sensor in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the upward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,115

AIR HANDLING UNIT WITH INNER WALL SPACE

Trane International Inc.,...

1. An air handling unit comprising:a heat exchanger cabinet comprising:
an interior shell;
an outer skin associated with the interior shell to form a wall space at least partially bound by each of the interior shell and the outer skin; and
an enclosure disposed within the wall space, the enclosure including a front wall, a rear wall, an upper wall, a lower wall, an exterior side surface of the interior shell, and a cover, wherein each of the front wall, the rear wall, the upper wall, and the lower wall extend from the exterior side surface of the interior shell into the wall space to at least partially define an enclosure interior space;
wherein the cover is configured for attachment to the each of the front wall, the rear wall, the upper wall, and the lower wall to define an outer boundary of the enclosure interior space between the interior shell and the outer skin;
wherein the front wall is integral with the outer skin and defines an aperture for selective insertion and removal of a control component within the enclosure interior space while the cover remains disposed within the wall space; and
wherein insulation is disposed within the wall space to partially encapsulate the enclosure to form a pocket of space suitable for the selective insertion and removal of the control component through the aperture of the front wall while the cover remains disposed within the wall space.

US Pat. No. 10,139,100

SPEAKER INCLUDING A SPEAKER APPARATUS AND A LIGHTING APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A speaker comprising:a speaker apparatus configured to generate sound and provided with a coned shaped vibration portion; and
a lighting apparatus inserted through the vibration portion and disposed at a center of the vibration portion to emit light to the vibration portion,
wherein the lighting apparatus comprises:
a lighting module having a light emitting device; and
a light diffusion portion that surrounds the lighting module and is configured to diffuse light generated from the light module toward the vibration portion,
a cover located at a top portion of the light diffusion portion that covers an interior thereof,
wherein a first end portion of the lighting apparatus is inserted through the vibration portion,
wherein the lighting module is disposed at a second end portion opposite to the first end of the lighting apparatus, and
wherein the lighting module is attached to a center portion of the cover, and arranged inside the light diffusion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,095

REFLECTOR AND LAMP COMPRISED THEREOF

GE Lighting Solutions, LL...

1. A lamp with a central axis, comprising:an envelope forming an interior volume;
a reflector disposed in the interior volume at a reflector plane that is tangent to at least two points on the reflector, wherein the reflector comprises a plurality of facets disposed circumferentially about the central axis, wherein the facets are configured to at least partially reflect light from the light source; and
a light source that is configured to generate light onto the reflector,
wherein the reflector and the light source each have a profile with an outer profile diameter that forms a reflector-to-light source size ratio in a range of from about 2.8 to about 3.6;
wherein, the envelope is configured to diffuse light from the light source with an intensity distribution of a level of approximately 100±25% over a range of values for a latitudinal co-ordinate ? between zero degrees (0°) and one hundred thirty-five degrees (135°) or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,139,089

LAMP

OSRAM GMBH, Munich (DE)

1. A lamp, comprising:a first end section provided in a first end section region and a second end section provided in a second end section region, wherein the first end section and the second end section are diametrically disposed, each respective end section forming an electrical contact of the lamp, wherein at least one semiconductor light source is arranged in each respective end section region, and wherein the lamp has an operating apparatus for the semiconductor light sources;
wherein the operating apparatus has electrical components arranged in the first end section region of the lamp, and the operating apparatus has at least one further electrical component arranged in the second end section region of the lamp; and
wherein the operating apparatus is a chopper regulator, and the at least one further electrical component of the operating apparatus is at least one inductive component of the chopper regulator.

US Pat. No. 10,139,067

LASER CAR LAMP

NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSIT...

1. A laser car lamp, comprising:a plurality of laser diodes;
at least one light guide element having a laser light incident surface and a laser light exit surface;
a phosphor element disposed at one end, adjacent to the laser light exit surface, of the light guide element; and
a lens disposed at another end, adjacent to the laser light incident surface, of the light guide element, wherein the laser diodes are annularly arranged on the another end, adjacent to the laser light incident surface, of the light guide element, wherein the laser diodes emits laser beams guiding by the light guide element from the laser light incident surface to the laser light exit surface so as to excite the phosphor element to generate a light, and the light generated by the phosphor element is transmitted via the light guide element to the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,139,054

LIGHTING APPARATUS

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

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:a board;
a plurality of light sources disposed on the board;
a reflecting unit disposed on the board; and
a resin layer disposed on the reflective unit to cover the light sources,
wherein the reflecting unit comprises a first reflective member on a first surface of the board, a second reflective member spaced apart from the first reflective member, and a spaced member disposed between the first reflective member and the second reflective member,
wherein the first reflective member and the second reflective member comprise a plurality of holes,
wherein at least one of the plurality of light sources is disposed in each hole of the first reflective member and the second reflective member, and
wherein the spaced member comprises a plurality of unit spaced members and a plurality of first spaced areas.

US Pat. No. 10,139,011

SELF-HEAT-DISSIPATION PRESSURE-REDUCING VALVE

China University of Minin...

1. A self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve, comprising an air guide hood (6) and a self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve main body, wherein the self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve main body comprises a heat-dissipation valve core (1), an upper valve deck (2), a guiding valve deck (3), a valve body (4), a heat-dissipation valve seat (5), an inlet flange (7), and a turbine-type heat dissipation device (8);the heat-dissipation valve core (1) comprises a valve core (12) and valve core heat-dissipation fins (13), a head portion of the valve core (12) being of a projecting tapered shape, external threads being provided on a middle section near a tail of the valve core (12), and the valve core heat-dissipation fins (13) being fitted on the tail of the valve core (12) and fixed by means of tin soldering;
the valve body (4) is of a hollow three-way structure, the hollow heat-dissipation valve seat (5) being provided below the valve body (4), and the guiding valve deck (3), in which a stepped orifice is opened at a center of the guiding valve deck (3), being provided above the valve body (4); the upper valve deck (2) is mounted at an opening on an upper portion of the guiding valve deck (3) by bolts, and the vale core (12) is inserted into the valve body (4) via a threaded through hole on the upper valve deck (2) and is fastened to the upper valve deck (2) by the external threads; the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8) is fitted on an inlet pipeline at a side of the valve body (4); and the inlet flange (7) is fitted on the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8);
the heat-dissipation valve seat (5) comprises a valve seat pocket (14), a valve seat shell (15), heat pipes (16), and valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17), wherein a connection mechanism linked to the valve body (4) is provided on a top of the valve seat shell (15), where four notches are opened on the connection mechanism; the valve seat pocket (14) is disposed inside the valve seat shell (15), a shoulder on a top of the valve seat pocket (14) works in conjunction with a lower end of the valve body (4) and a stepped orifice matching the valve seat pocket (14) being opened on a bottom of the valve seat shell (15); the valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17) are disposed around an outer side of the valve seat shell (15); multi-threaded grooves are opened on an outer wall of the valve seat pocket, the heat pipes (16) are wound around the multi-threaded grooves and then fixed on the outer wall of the valve seat pocket, a gap between the valve seat pocket (14) and the valve seat shell (15) is filled with tin, and tail ends of the heat pipes (16) are fixed on the valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17) through the four notches on the valve seat shell (15) respectively;
the tapered head portion of the valve core (12) works in conjunction with the shoulder on the top of the valve seat pocket (14) to form a pressure-reducing orifice;
the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8) comprises a fan shell (18) and a turbine (19), the fan shell (18) being of a hollow cylindrical structure with external threads on both sides, fan blades being arranged on an outer side of the fan shell (18), a holder being supplied inside the fan shell (18), and the turbine (19) being disposed on the holder; and a conical roller bearing (10) is fitted in the inlet pipeline of the valve body (4) by means of the external threads on one side of the fan shell (18) and a bearing inner ring retainer (9) and a bearing outer ring retainer (11), while a conical roller bearing (10) is fitted in the inlet flange (7) by means of the external threads on the other side of the fan shell and a bearing inner ring retainer (9).

US Pat. No. 10,139,009

ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE

Hamanakodenso Co., Ltd., ...

1. An electromagnetic valve comprising:a housing having
an outflow valve port for oil corresponding to operation fluid, the outflow valve port opposing an inflow valve port in an axial direction,
an outlet port defined on a lateral side of the housing, and
a valve chamber located between the inflow valve port and the outflow valve port, and communicated with the inflow valve port, the outflow valve port, and the outlet port;
a ball valve disposed in the valve chamber to selectively open or close the inflow valve port or the outflow valve port;
a ball guide disposed in the valve chamber to hold the ball valve coaxially with the inflow valve port and the outflow valve port, the ball guide having a communication port communicated with the inflow valve port and the outflow valve port;
a shaft that displaces the ball valve;
an electromagnetism solenoid part that drives the shaft;
a seat component having a cylindrical portion disposed inside of the housing and having a predetermined depth in the axial direction, the inflow valve port located adjacent to a first axial end of the cylindrical portion, the inflow valve port is defined in a bottom of the seat component having a diameter less than an inner diameter of the cylindrical portion; and
a seal member having an annular shape and coupled with an outer circumference part of the housing at a position corresponding to an outer side of the cylindrical portion of the seat component, wherein
the ball valve seats on the bottom of the seat component so as to close the inflow valve port,
the cylindrical portion has a constant inner diameter between the first axial end adjacent to the inflow valve port and a second axial end adjacent to a flange part, and
the diameter of the inflow valve port is less than the constant inner diameter of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,008

SOLENOID SPOOL VALVE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A solenoid spool valve comprising:a spool valve including a valve housing and a spool, the valve housing having a space in a tubular shape, the spool being supported in the space and being slidable in an axial direction, the spool valve configured to generate an output hydraulic pressure according to a position of the spool in the axial direction;
a spring biasing the spool to one side in the axial direction; and
a linear solenoid configured to drive the spool against a biasing force of the spring, wherein
the spool valve has a feedback chamber configured to apply an axial force to the spool in response to the output hydraulic pressure,
the valve housing has at least one input port, at least one output port, and at least one drain port,
the at least one input port is configured to receive a hydraulic pressure,
the at least one output port is configured to produce an output hydraulic pressure according to the position of the spool,
the at least one drain port is configured to exhaust oil to an outside,
the spool valve has at least one supply path to cause oil to flow from the at least one input port to the at least one output port,
the spool valve has at least one exhaust path to cause oil to flow from the at least one output port to the at least one drain port, wherein
the at least one output port includes a first output port and a second output port,
the at least one drain port includes a first drain port and a second drain port,
the at least one supply path includes a first supply path and a second supply path,
the first supply path is configured to communicate the at least one input port with the first output port,
the second supply path is configured to communicate the at least one input port with the second output port,
the at least one exhaust paths includes a first exhaust path and a second exhaust path,
the first exhaust path is configured to communicate the first output port with the first drain port,
the second exhaust path is configured to communicate the second output port with the second drain port,
the spool includes a first input land, a second input land, a first drain land, and a second drain land,
the first input land is configured to open and close the first supply path to control a communication of the first supply path,
the second input land is configured to open and close the second supply path to control a communication of the second supply path,
the first drain land is configured to open and close the first exhaust path to control a communication of the first exhaust path, and
the second drain land is configured to open and close the second exhaust path to control a communication of the second exhaust path.

US Pat. No. 10,139,007

MATERIAL SPREADER APPARATUS FOR A HELICOPTER

1. A material spreading apparatus for suspension beneath a helicopter having a cockpit and an electrical system, comprising:a container, having upper and lower ends, for containing flowable material therein;
said container having a circular discharge opening at its said lower end through which the material may flow;
a rotatable material spreader carried by said container for spreading the material which flows through said circular opening at said lower end of said container;
means carried by said container for operating said rotatable material spreader;
a vertically disposed valve assembly movably positioned in said discharge opening in said container;
said valve assembly being selectively movable between an upper position and a lower position and intermediate positions between said upper and lower positions;
said valve assembly closing said discharge opening when in its said lower position;
said discharge opening being open when said valve assembly is in said upper position;
a vertically disposed electrically operated actuator including a body portion having an actuator rod which is movably mounted therein between extended, partially extended and retracted positions;
said actuator rod being operatively secured to said valve assembly whereby said valve assembly is in its said upper position when said actuator rod is in its said retracted position and whereby said valve assembly is in its said lower position when said actuator rod is in its said extended position and whereby said valve assembly is in one of said intermediate positions when said actuator rod is partially extended; and
said electrically operated actuator being controlled by the pilot of the helicopter from within the cockpit of the helicopter whereby the pilot of the helicopter may open and close said valve from within the cockpit and may position said valve in partially open positions to selectively vary the flow rate of the material from said discharge opening in said container.

US Pat. No. 10,139,006

SOLENOID VALVE DEVICE

NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION, ...

1. A solenoid valve device comprising:a solenoid unit comprising:
a rod pin movable in an axial direction;
a cylindrical core comprising a magnetic material, and arranged around the rod pin to guide the rod pin;
a bobbin comprising resin, and arranged to cover a side surface of the cylindrical core;
a coil wound around the bobbin; and
a case comprising a bottom and being cylindrical, having an opening portion at one axial end thereof, and arranged to accommodate the rod pin, the cylindrical core, the bobbin, and the coil; and
a nozzle unit defined separately from the solenoid unit, and comprising:
a nozzle comprising resin, a pin receiving portion in which the rod pin is inserted at one end thereof, and a port opening portion at another end thereof;
a first port and a second port each of which is defined in the nozzle;
a valve body arranged in the nozzle, and structured to be driven by the rod pin to open or close a communication between the first and second ports; and
a first metal member fixed to an end portion of the nozzle on a side on which the rod pin is received; and
a second metal member defined by a ring-shaped plate fixed to an end portion of the case on a side on which the opening portion is defined;
wherein the solenoid unit comprises a positioning contact portion;
the case comprises a fixing portion arranged to fix the first metal member between the positioning contact portion and the fixing portion;
wherein the first metal member is a ring-shaped plate fixed to a circumference of the pin receiving portion;
wherein the fixing portion is arranged to fix the first and second metal members between the positioning contact portion and the fixing portion with the first and second metal members placed one upon the other;
wherein at least one of the first and second metal members comprises a plurality of holes defined therein, the resin of the nozzle or the resin of the bobbin is arranged in each of the holes, so that the first metal member and the nozzle, or the second metal member and the bobbin, are fixed to each other;
wherein each of the first and second metal members comprises the plurality of holes defined therein, the plurality of holes comprising a first hole and a second hole;
the resin of the nozzle or the resin of the bobbin is arranged in the first hole to penetrate through the corresponding metal member to fix the first metal member and the nozzle, or the second metal member and the bobbin, to each other; and
in the second hole of one of the first and second metal members, a projecting portion of the resin penetrating through the first hole of another one of the first and second metal members placed upon the one of the first and second metal members is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,139,001

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A continuously variable transmission, comprising:a continuous gear-change unit to increase and decrease a speed of a rotational output of a driving source used for causing an automobile to travel, the continuous gear-change unit capable of continuously changing a gear ratio;
a gearshift lever that is capable of selecting by a driver a first position from a neutral position and a second position from the neutral position through the first position in a manual mode in an upshift direction or a downshift direction;
a timer that measures a duration time during which the gearshift lever is at the second position; and
a gear-change controlling unit that calculates a gear ratio by adding a predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode to a gear ratio corresponding to the duration time during which the gearshift lever is at the second position when detecting that the gearshift lever is moved to the second position from the neutral position through the first position toward the upshift direction or the downshift direction in case of selecting the manual mode,
wherein, in a case of a first gear-change operation, which is operated by moving the gearshift lever to the first position from the neutral position, the gear-change controlling unit performs gearshift from a present gear ratio to a next predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode, and
wherein, in a case of a second gear-change operation, which is detected that the gearshift lever has moved from the neutral position to the second position through the first position, the gear-change controlling unit performs gearshift from the present gear ratio to an intermediate gear ratio that is added to the gear ratio corresponding to the duration time during which the gearshift is at the second position to a next predetermined gear ratio after the next predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode.

US Pat. No. 10,139,000

HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A BELT-DRIVEN CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hydraulic control system for a belt-driven continuously variable transmission,in which the belt-driven continuously variable transmission comprises a pair of pulleys, a belt running between the pulleys, and a hydraulic chamber formed on each pulley that increases a thrust force in a direction to narrow a belt groove of the respective pulley in accordance with an increase in a hydraulic pressure applied to the respective hydraulic chamber,
wherein the pair of pulleys includes a first pulley and a second pulley and the hydraulic chamber includes a first hydraulic chamber and a second hydraulic chamber, and wherein the first hydraulic chamber is formed on the first pulley and the second hydraulic chamber is formed on the second pulley,
in which pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is increased by delivering oil to the second hydraulic chamber, and pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is lowered by discharging the oil from the second hydraulic chamber,
in which a feeding valve that is opened to deliver the oil to the first hydraulic chamber and a discharging valve that is opened to discharge the oil from the first hydraulic chamber are individually connected to the first hydraulic chamber, and
in which the hydraulic control system is configured to execute a feedback control of the feeding valve and the discharging valve to adjust pressure in the first hydraulic chamber to a target level based on a pressure difference between a target pressure and an actual pressure in the first hydraulic chamber,
wherein the hydraulic control system is configured to carry out a control to:
reduce a feed control amount of the feeding valve connected to the first hydraulic chamber to be smaller than an upshift control amount calculated based on the pressure difference except when the pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is increased by delivering the oil to the second hydraulic chamber; and
reduce a discharge control amount of the discharging valve connected to the first hydraulic chamber to be smaller than a downshift control amount calculated based on the pressure difference except when the pressure in the first hydraulic chamber is lowered by discharging the oil from the second hydraulic chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,999

SHIFT RANGE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A shift range control apparatus for switching over a shift range by controlling a shift range switchover device, which includes a motor, a detent plate and a detent spring, whereinthe motor has a motor shaft for outputting torque to rotationally drive the detent plate for a switchover of the shift range,
the detent plate includes a detent shaft, which is connected to the motor shaft to receive the torque from the motor, a plate part, which is formed to extend from the detent shaft in a radially outward direction in a plate shape, and plural recessed parts formed at an outer peripheral part of the plate part, and
the detent spring includes a roller, which is pushed to the outer peripheral part of the plate part, the roller restricts the detent plate from rotation and fixes the range position, when fitted in the recessed part,
the shift range control apparatus comprising:
a current detection part for detecting a current value, which corresponds to a driving current supplied to drive the motor;
a current increase check part for checking whether the current value detected by the current detection part increased to a predetermined value;
a motor rotation stop part for stopping rotation of the motor when the current increase check part determines that the current value has increased; and
a reverse driving part for rotationally driving the motor by reversing a rotation direction of the motor after the motor is stopped from rotation by the rotation stop part.

US Pat. No. 10,138,998

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control device for a vehicle including a variable compression ratio mechanism arranged to vary an engine compression ratio of an internal combustion engine, and a torque converter which includes a lock-up mechanism, and which is disposed between the internal combustion engine and a transmission, the control device comprising:a controller configured to switch the engine compression ratio from a high compression ratio to a low compression ratio, and to switch the lock-up mechanism from a lock-up OFF state to a lock-up ON state,
wherein, when the controller is switching the engine compression ratio from the high compression ratio to the low compression ratio, the controller starts switching the lock-up mechanism to the lock-up ON state when a current engine compression ratio is equal to or smaller than a permissible compression ratio which is between the high compression ratio and the low compression ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,138,997

VEHICLE SHIFT SYSTEM

THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY ...

1. A vehicle shift system, comprising:a portion of a vehicle interior defining a cavity;
a shift pedal within the cavity, the shift pedal comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end couples to the portion of the vehicle interior and the second end freely rotates within the cavity, the shift pedal changes position by rotating about the first end between a rest position and a shift position, wherein the shift pedal is substantially level with a surface surrounding the cavity in the rest position;
a biasing element coupled to the shift pedal that biases the shift pedal from the shift position to the rest position; and
a controller configured to control a transmission to change from a first transmission setting to a second transmission setting in response to rotation of the shift pedal to the shift position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,996

GEARSHIFT LEVER AND GEARSHIFT PEDAL

Fritz Max Klein, Moers (...

1. A gearshift lever (21) for a single-track or multi-track motor vehicle, comprising:a lever arm (22), and
at least one gearshift pedal (23),
characterized in that
the gearshift pedal (23) is fastened so as to be rotatable around an axial direction to the lever arm (22), wherein said gearshift pedal (23) is only capable of rotation in a first rotary direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,994

GEARBOX OF GEAR MOTOR ASSEMBLY

JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A., M...

1. A gearbox comprising:a housing defining a chamber and an opening in communication with the chamber;
a stationary shaft having one end mounted to a bottom of the chamber and the other end extending through the opening;
a worm wheel rotatably mounted to the stationary shaft, and disposed in the chamber;
an output gear coaxially connected to the worm wheel for rotation with the worm wheel, the output gear protruding out of the opening;
a cover mounted to the opening;
wherein the cover is formed from a single type of material and includes an annular cover plate having an inner bore, an inner flange extending from an edge of the inner bore towards the bottom of the chamber, and an outer flange extending from an outer circumferential edge of the cover plate into the housing for positioning the cover; and
the worm wheel includes a cylindrical boss on a side adjacent the output gear, the cylindrical boss of the worm wheel extends into the inner bore of the annular cover plate and directly contacts the inner flange, and the worm wheel and the cylindrical boss are monolithically formed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,986

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

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

1. A continuously variable transmission comprising:an input shaft configured to receive a driving force input from a drive source;
first and second output shafts parallel to the input shaft;
a continuously variable transmission device comprising:
a first pulley mounted to the first output shaft;
a second pulley mounted to the second output shaft; and
an endless belt looped around the first pulley and the second pulley;
a first transmission path configured to reduce an input from the input shaft and transmit the driving force to the continuously variable transmission device;
a second transmission path configured to increase an input from the input shaft and transmit the driving force to the continuously variable transmission device;
a final output mechanism configured to output the driving force from the first output shaft or the second output shaft;
a first friction clutch coaxial with the input shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the input shaft to the first transmission path;
a second friction clutch coaxial with the input shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the input shaft to the second transmission path;
a third friction clutch coaxial with the second output shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the second pulley to the final output mechanism; and
a fourth friction clutch coaxial with the first output shaft and configured to switch between establishing and interrupting power transmission from the first pulley to the final output mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,138,983

TRANSMISSION

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A constant mesh gearbox providing a plurality of forward speed ratios, said gearbox comprising a casing defining a plurality of parallel shaft axes having shafts rotatable thereon, and between which gear wheel pairs associated with each speed ratio are arranged to transmit torque, said casing defining a support plane substantially orthogonal to said axes and containing a support bearing for a shaft on each of said axes, said gearbox providing four or more forward speed ratios, the gear wheel pairs associated with odd forward speed ratios being provided on one side of said support plane, and the gear wheel pairs associated with even forward speed ratios being provided on the other side of said support plane, the arrangement of speed ratios being at least partially symmetrical about the support plane and wherein on the one side of said support plane the gear wheels of an input shaft decrease progressively in diameter toward said support plane, and on the other side of said support plane the gear wheels of an input shaft increase progressively in diameter away from said support plane,said gearbox including two reverse speed ratios, the gear wheel pairs associated with one of said reverse speed ratios being provided on the one side of said support plane, and the gear wheel pairs associated with the other of said reverse speed ratios being provided on the other side of said support plane.

US Pat. No. 10,138,982

AUTONOMOUS HYDRAULIC EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION APPARATUS

1. An autonomous hydraulic expansion and contraction apparatus comprising:a fixing unit (200) having a fixing support member formed at an end of a lower part thereof;
a cylinder unit (300) mounted to an upper part of the fixing unit (200), the cylinder unit (300) being provided therein with a receiving space (310) for storing oil;
a support unit (400), one side of which is inserted and mounted into the receiving space (310) in the cylinder unit (300) and the other side of which is located outside the cylinder unit (300), an expansion and contraction fixing member (410) being mounted to an end of the other side of the support unit (400), the support unit (400) being configured to move upward or downward in response to movement of the oil stored in the receiving space (310);
a piston unit (500) comprising a barrier type sealing part mounted to an end of the support unit (400), which is inserted into the receiving space (310), the barrier type sealing part being configured to move in response to movement of the support unit (400);
a valve unit (600) disposed at an outer surface of the cylinder unit (300), the valve unit (600) being provided at upper and lower parts thereof with upper and lower connection members (610, 620), which communicate with the cylinder unit (300), a vertical connection member (630) being mounted to ends of the upper and lower connection members (610, 620), a valve (640) having a value mounting hole (642) for allowing or interrupting communication between the lower connection member (620) and the vertical connection member (630) in response to manipulation of a lever (650) being mounted in a connection portion of the connection members (620, 630); and
oil supply parts (670) mounted to the ends of the upper and lower connection members (610, 620) for supplying oil into the cylinder unit (300), wherein
the upper and lower connection members (610, 620) are coupled to the cylinder unit (300) through cylinder coupling holes (330), each of the cylinder coupling holes (330) having an inclined guide surface (332) and an inclined support surface (334) for allowing the smooth movement of oil and preventing concentration of a load during the movement of the oil, the inclined guide surface (332) and the inclined support surface (334) having different angles of inclination.

US Pat. No. 10,138,981

POWER-TRANSMITTING FRICTION BELT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd., ...

1. A power transmission belt, comprising:a frictional power transmission surface,
a fibrous member covering the frictional power transmission surface, the fibrous member comprising water absorptive fibers as first fibers, and second fibers, and
an inorganic powder existing in at least a surface of the fibrous member,
wherein the second fibers comprise stretchable fibers that are stretchable in at least an axial direction of the fibers,
wherein the fibrous member comprises composite yarns containing the stretchable fibers, and
wherein the composite yarns are polyester composite bulky-textured yarns of conjugated polytrimethylene terephthalate and polyethylene terephthalate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,980

STACKED FLYWHEEL ROTOR

Amber Kinetics, Inc., Un...

1. A flywheel rotor comprising:a first sub-rotor and a second sub-rotor, each of the first and second sub-rotors being respectively rotationally symmetric around a respective center axis and disk shaped, the respective center axes being coaxial, wherein each of the first and second sub-rotors has a respective first journal and a respective second journal extending outward along the respective center axis;
a first joining plate and a second joining plate contacting each other, wherein the first joining plate contacts the respective first journal of the first sub-rotor and the second joining plate contacts the respective first journal of the second sub-rotor;
one or more fasteners connecting the first joining plate to the second joining plate, wherein the one or more fasteners create a rigid connection between the first and second joining plates; and
an alignment pin contacting a pre-drilled hole in the first joining plate and contacting a pre-drilled hole in the second joining plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,978

VEHICLE DAMPER DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle damper device disposed on a power transmission path between an engine and a power transmission device, comprising:a first plate coupled to a crankshaft of the engine;
a second plate coupled via an elastic body to the first plate;
an inertia body coupled to the second plate;
a support member coupled to the crankshaft along with the first plate;
a bearing inserted between the support member and the inertia body;
a third plate coupled to the inertia body;
a fourth plate coupled to an input shaft of the power transmission device; and
a torque limiter mechanism disposed between the third plate and the fourth plate,
the torque limiter mechanism being disposed at a position on a radially inner side than the elastic body and not axially overlapping with the elastic body,
the elastic body being a coil spring disposed in an outer circumferential portion of the first or second plate, and
the elastic body being an arc-shaped arc spring.

US Pat. No. 10,138,977

SHOCK ABSORBER

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A shock absorber, comprising:a shock absorber body having
a cylinder,
a reservoir,
a damping passage configured to discharge a liquid from the cylinder to the reservoir, and
a pressure control solenoid valve provided in the damping passage, the pressure control solenoid valve including a valve body and a solenoid;
a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure upstream of the pressure control solenoid valve; and
a controller configured to control the pressure control solenoid valve by feeding back a detected pressure detected by the pressure sensor, wherein
the controller comprises a differential path configured to
perform derivative compensation on one of the detected pressure, and a difference value between a target pressure and the detected pressure by multiplying one of the detected pressure and the difference value by a negative gain, and
obtain a resulting value of the multiplication and applying the resulting values as an electric current instruction to be applied to the solenoid valve, and
the valve body receives
a first force that is proportional to the pressure upstream of the pressure control solenoid valve, and
a second force generated by the solenoid through which a current, based on the electric current instruction, passes, thereby controlling a flow rate of the liquid discharged in the damping passage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,974

FREQUENCY HOPPING FOR SMART AIR SPRINGS

STEMCO PRODUCTS, INC., C...

1. An air spring height sensor comprising:a transmitter unit for transmitting a height measuring signal,
a receiver unit for sensing a height signal,
a carrier frequency switching unit, and
an evaluation unit,
wherein the transmitter unit is switchable between a first carrier frequency and a second carrier frequency of the height measuring signal,
wherein the evaluation unit comprises a frequency filter being switchable between the first carrier frequency and the second carrier frequency,
wherein the carrier frequency switching unit is adapted for switching the frequency filter at the receiver unit from the first carrier frequency to the second carrier frequency at a predetermined first point of time (t1) and for switching a carrier frequency of the transmitter unit from the first carrier frequency to the second carrier frequency at a predetermined second point of time (t2),
wherein the first point of time is prior to the second point of time,
wherein the evaluation unit is adapted for detecting, after the first point of time but prior to the second point of time, whether the first carrier frequency or the second carrier frequency is sufficiently free of interferences for subsequent evaluation of the height measuring signal, and
wherein the first carrier frequency or the second carrier frequency is sufficiently free of interferences when a signal to noise ratio of the sensed height signal meets or exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,138,973

FLUID DAMPER DEVICE AND APPARATUS WITH DAMPER

NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION,...

1. A fluid damper device comprising:a case in a tube shape;
a rotor comprising a turning shaft structured to section a damper chamber between an inner peripheral face of the case and the turning shaft, and a valve body which is held by a valve body support part of the turning shaft; and
fluid which is filled in the damper chamber;
wherein the valve body comprises:
a base part provided with a circumferential face in a circular arc-shaped cross section which faces an inner side in a radial direction of the turning shaft; and
a protruded part which is protruded from the base part toward an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft and toward one side around an axial line of the turning shaft;
wherein the valve body support part comprises:
a first protruded part which is protruded to an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft toward the protruded part;
a second protruded part which is protruded to an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft at a position adjacent to the first protruded part on the other side around the axial line of the turning shaft; and
a base part support part which is opened toward an outer side in the radial direction of the turning shaft between the second protruded part and the first protruded part and in which the base part is fitted in a turnable state around an axial line parallel to the axial line of the turning shaft; and
wherein an end part on an outer side in the radial direction of the first protruded part is provided with an inclined face which is inclined with respect to an inner side portion of the protruded part facing an inner side in the radial direction of the turning shaft in a direction so that a space between the inner side portion and the inclined face is increased from the other side to the one side in a state that the valve body is most inclined to the one side with the base part as a center,
wherein an angle between an imaginary straight line, which is directed from a center of the turning shaft to a contact position of an end on the other side of the inclined face with the inner side portion, and the inclined face is set to be not more than 60°,
wherein the end part of the first protruded part is provided with a receiving face which receives the inner side portion on its surface between a position where an end on the other side of the inclined face is contacted with the inner side portion and the base part support part in the state that the valve body is most inclined to the one side with the base part as a center, and
when the turning shaft is turned in a closing direction in the state that the valve body is most inclined to the one side with the base part as a center, a fluid pressure in which the fluid is directed toward the outer side in the radial direction by the inclined face is applied to the protruded part of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,970

COIL SPRING

MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO....

1. A coil spring comprising:end turn sections that are formed on both ends of the coil spring;
an effective section that is formed between the end turn sections that functions as a spring when a load in a coil axis direction has been applied; and
rising sections that are formed between the effective section and the end turn sections,
wherein:
the rising sections are formed in such a way that, when ?1 represents a pitch angle of the rising sections and ?2 represents a pitch angle of the effective section, pitch angle ?1>pitch angle ?2 holds true in at least one of the rising sections, and
a diameter of a wire rod forming the coil spring is 25 mm to 90 mm,
wherein the rising sections are configured such that when the effective section is compressed such that the coils of the effective section effectively contact each other, gaps exist between the end turn sections and the rising sections,
wherein each end turn section comprises a tapered section having a dimension in a direction orthogonal to a winding direction of the wire rod that becomes smaller toward termini of the tapered sections, and
wherein the tapered sections are made equal to or greater than 0.5 turns and equal to or less than 0.6 turns.

US Pat. No. 10,138,968

SIGNAL TRANSDUCER DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

ITT Italia S.r.l., Barge...

1. A signal transduction device comprising:a support element;
an electrically insulated electric circuit connected with the support element;
a piezoceramic sensor connected with the support element, the piezoceramic sensor configured to transmit a signal to the electric circuit; and
an integral protective coating provided on the piezoceramic sensor and having properties of mechanical strength and temperature resistance, the integral protective coating comprising:
a main body comprising an electrically insulating material, and
an element comprising a thermally insulating material, the element connected with the main body and being in contact with the support element at a region substantially perimetrally surrounding the piezoceramic sensor, the element configured to direct a predetermined portion of an external compression force acting on the signal transduction device onto the region of the support element substantially perimetrally surrounding the piezoceramic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,967

BRAKING SYSTEM

SAF-HOLLAND GmbH, Bessen...

1. A braking system, comprising:a first brake shoe;
a wedge unit;
wherein the first brake shoe comprises a sheetlike, curved first linking element;
wherein the wedge unit comprises a screw element which is arranged on the wedge unit and rotatable relative to the wedge unit about an axis of rotation;
wherein the first brake shoe further comprises a force transmitting portion which transmits a braking force applied by the wedge unit to the first brake shoe; and
a sheetlike, curved second linking element, wherein the first and second linking elements support a sheetlike, curved support element configured to support a brake pad of the first brake shoe thereon;
wherein the first linking element and the second linking element each comprise a securing portion which secures the screw element against being twisted about the axis of rotation relative to the brake shoe;
wherein the securing portions are configured and oriented plane symmetrical to a plane situated between the first linking element and the second linking element; and
wherein the wedge unit is configured to engage the first brake shoe positioned on a first side of the wedge unit and a second brake shoe positioned on a second side of the wedge unit located opposite the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,138,964

ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An electromechanical brake device, comprising:a piston installed in a caliper housing so as to be movable forward and backward in an axial direction, the piston moving forward in the axial direction so as to press a friction pad for clamping a disc at a time of performing a braking operation, and the piston moving backward in the axial direction at a time of releasing the braking operation;
an actuator including a motor that provides rotational force for moving the piston;
a power converting mechanism that converts the rotational force transmitted from the actuator into translational force, and transmits the translational force to the piston so as to allow the piston to move forward and backward in the axial direction;
a reaction force generating mechanism installed between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the reaction force generating mechanism generating reaction force applied against straight moving force of the piston, which moves backward in the axial direction, in a direction in which the braking operation is released, and applying the reaction force to the piston;
a guide member which is fixedly installed integrally in the caliper housing so as to restrict rotation of a nut member and guide forward and backward axial movement of the nut member;
a sensor which detects a motor operating state; and
a controller which estimates a motor torque constant that represents a correlation between motor electric current and motor rotational torque, based on motor operating state information detected by the sensor when an operation of the motor is controlled so as to allow the piston to move backward in the axial direction,
wherein the reaction force generating mechanism is configured by installing an elastic member between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the elastic member being compressed by the piston that moves backward in the axial direction, and
wherein the elastic member is a spring installed between the piston and the guide member fixed to the caliper housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,963

SOLID-TYPE BRAKE DISC AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A solid-type brake disc comprising:a hat part including a circular main body mounted on a rotation shaft of a wheel, and a plurality of protrusions protruding in a circumferential direction from an outside surface of the main body; and
a friction part including a ring body having a through-opening formed in a center thereof for receiving the hat part in the through-opening, and recessed portions protruding from a periphery of the through-opening toward the respective protrusions, the recessed portions being connected to the respective protrusions to enclose the protrusions,
wherein a ratio of a length that each protrusion protrudes from the outside surface of the main body in a radial direction to a length from an end portion of each recessed portion to an outer periphery of the ring body ranges from 0.18 to 0.28.

US Pat. No. 10,138,960

ELECTRIC BRAKING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. An electric braking device for vehicle comprising:an electric motor disposed on a wheel side of a vehicle;
a caliper disposed on the wheel side;
a pressing member disposed on the caliper and pressing a friction member against a rotating member rotating integrally with the wheel;
a power transmission member rotatably supported on the caliper and rotationally driven with the electric motor to drive the pressing member;
a ratchet wheel fixed to the power transmission member;
a pawl member which is disposed to be able to move along an axis in a first linear direction with reference to the caliper and can be interlocked with the ratchet wheel;
a guide member serving as a part of the caliper or fixed to the caliper and guiding movement of the pawl member in the first linear direction;
a solenoid having a fixed member fixed to the caliper and a movable member disposed to be able to move along the axis in the first linear direction with reference to the fixed member and engaged with the pawl member being independent of the movable member, the solenoid causing the movable member to press the pawl member in an on state in an interlocking direction in which the pawl member in the first linear direction comes close to the ratchet wheel; and
an elastic member always pressing the pawl member in a release direction opposing the interlocking direction in the first linear direction, wherein
an engagement portion between the pawl member and the movable member includes at least one protrusion and at least one recess which can be interlocked with each other, and
a gap in which the pawl member and the movable member are fitted to each other is larger than a gap between the pawl member and the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,959

HYDRAULIC DAMPER

1. An hydraulic damper, comprising a rotor, a stator and a drive shaft for driving the rotor, the rotor and the stator mutually forming a working chamber in which liquid medium is accommodated, wherein, at a radial edge of the stator and along a direction of movement of the liquid medium, the stator is provided with an outlet, a nozzle, an exhaust channel, an ejector channel and an inlet;the outlet, the exhaust channel and the inlet communicate with the working chamber respectively;
the ejector channel is provided outside of the exhaust channel and is in communication with the outlet, the exhaust channel and the inlet respectively;
the nozzle is arranged at a junction where the outlet is connected with the exhaust channel and the ejector channel;
the nozzle extends along a lead-out direction of the outlet to the junction where the exhaust channel is connected with the ejector channel, and a channel width of the nozzle at tip of the nozzle is smaller than that of the outlet and that of the ejector channel respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,138,956

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DAMPER BYPASS CLUTCH TO PROVIDE FRICTION DAMPING IN A CONNECTION BETWEEN AN ENGINE AND A TRANSMISSION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:an engine speed module configured to determine a speed of an engine;
a damper control module configured to:
fully engage a damper bypass clutch of a damper assembly to fully bypass a damper of the damper assembly when the engine is starting and the engine speed is less than a first speed; and
partially engage the damper bypass clutch to partially bypass the damper when the engine speed is greater than or equal to the first speed, wherein:
the engine is connected to a transmission through the damper when the damper bypass clutch is at least partially disengaged; and
the damper bypass clutch connects the engine and the transmission to one another independent of the damper when the damper bypass clutch is fully engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,138,955

DEPRESSIBLE PINS CLUTCH PACK ASSEMBLY WITH SEPARATOR SPRING

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A clutch assembly comprising:a clutch pack stacked along an axis;
a housing radially surrounding the clutch pack;
a one-way clutch axially aligned with the housing and having an end plate engaging the clutch pack;
a separator spring disposed radially inward from the housing, and between the clutch pack and the one-way clutch; and
a pin between the housing and the one-way clutch for inhibiting radial movement of the separator spring, wherein the pin extends into both the housing and the end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,954

ROTATION TRANSMISSION DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A rotation transmission device comprising:a tubular housing having two open ends;
an input shaft having one end thereof received in the housing;
an output shaft arranged coaxially with the input shaft, and having one end of the output shaft received in the housing;
an inner ring provided at a portion of the input shaft received in the housing;
an outer ring provided at a portion of the output shaft received in the housing, the outer ring surrounding the inner ring;
engaging elements mounted between an inner periphery of the outer ring and an outer periphery of the inner ring;
an engaging element retainer supported so as to be movable between an engaged position where the engaging elements are engaged between the outer ring and the inner ring by the engaging element retainer, and a disengaged position where the engaging elements are disengaged from the outer ring and the inner ring by the engaging element retainer;
a driving source for moving the engaging element retainer, the driving source comprising an electromagnet mounted at an end portion of the housing on a side of the input shaft;
a first bearing mounted between the electromagnet and the input shaft;
a second bearing mounted between an end portion of the housing on a side of the output shaft and the output shaft;
a third bearing mounted between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
a fourth bearing arranged in such a manner as to prevent inclination of axes of the input shaft and the output shaft relative to each other, the fourth bearing being mounted between an inner periphery of the housing and an outer periphery of an end portion of the outer ring located closest to the input shaft;
wherein the housing is supported by a first shaft connected to the input shaft and by a second shaft connected to the output shaft, without being fixed to any portion of a vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,953

ELECTROSTATIC CLUTCH AND TRANSMISSIONS

SRI International, Menlo...

1. A method, comprising:coupling an input stage to an output stage by utilizing an electrolaminate clutch comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein at least one portion of the electrolaminate clutch is flexible and comprises a substrate, a conductive layer disposed on the substrate, and a dielectric layer disposed on the conductive layer with the dielectric layer facing the other portion of the electrolaminate clutch, wherein the two portions are electrostatically clamped together when a voltage is applied between the two portions, wherein when the two portions are clamped, an input rotation is imparted to rotate the output stage, and when the voltage is not applied, the input rotation is not imparted to the output stage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,950

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A driving force transmission device, comprising:a first rotary member to which a driving force generated by a driving source of a vehicle is applied;
a second rotary member configured to rotate relative to the first rotary member about the same rotation axis as that of the first rotary member;
a clutch unit including a first clutch plate that rotates with the first rotary member, and a second clutch plate that rotates with the second rotary member;
an accommodating member that accommodates a part of the first and second rotary members; and
a lubricant feed member, wherein
the driving force transmission device transmits the driving force from the first rotary member to the second rotary member by frictional engagement between the first and second clutch plates with lubricant therebetween,
the accommodating member has an accommodating chamber that accommodates the clutch unit and a reservoir chamber that stores the lubricant, and
the lubricant feed member is non-rotationally coupled to, and axially movable with, one of the first and second rotary members, to feed the lubricant in the accommodating chamber to the reservoir chamber,
wherein the reservoir chamber has an opening on the accommodating chamber side, and the accommodating chamber is separated from the reservoir chamber by a lid member that closes at least a part of the opening of the reservoir chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,949

FRICTION ENGAGEMENT ELEMENT

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

1. A wet friction engagement element comprising:a drum having a cylindrical drum portion;
a hub having a cylindrical hub portion;
an annular friction plate fitted in an inner periphery of the drum portion and having a friction material bonded to its surface; and
an annular separator plate fitted on an outer periphery of the hub portion and capable of frictionally engaging with the friction plate, wherein
the drum portion has splines on which a plurality of external teeth formed in the friction plate are fitted, and a plurality of through holes formed in grooves of the splines,
the friction plate has a plurality of oil grooves formed at intervals in a circumferential direction of the friction plate and extending in a radial direction of the friction plate, and
each of the plurality of oil grooves is located next to its adjacent one of the external teeth in the radial direction as viewed in an axial direction of the friction plate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,947

RADIALLY APPLIED DOG CLUTCH WITH BI-DIRECTIONAL RATCHETING FOR A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

1. A dog clutch for a vehicle transmission, the clutch comprising:a driving member configured to rotate about an axis and including a cavity extending radially from the axis;
a driving tooth slidably movable within the radially extending cavity;
a driven member coaxially surrounding the driving member and including a radially inward extending driven tooth axially aligned with the driving tooth;
an actuator shaft coaxially positioned within the driving member and movable along the axis;
a retainer on the actuator shaft;
a bullet actuator coaxially mounted on the actuator shaft; and
a biasing member coaxially mounted on the actuator shaft and positioned between the bullet actuator and the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,946

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A TENSILE LOAD TO A COMPONENT, HAVING A MECHANICAL FUSE

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A system for applying a tensile load to a component, the system including a failsafe structure, a principal part of which is configured to act in compression during application of said load to the component, but which includes a mechanical fuse configured to act in tension during application of said load to the component, the mechanical fuse being configured to fracture upon the application of a predetermined tensile force thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,138,945

FLEXIBLE COUPLING

CROMPTON TECHNOLOGY GROUP...

1. A flexible coupling comprising:a flexible torque disc comprising a plurality of mount points;
a first coupling member mounted to a first subset of said mount points; and
one or more second coupling members each mounted to a second subset of said mount points;
wherein said first coupling member comprises one or more flanges substantially parallel with said torque disc;
wherein said one or more second coupling members each has a groove engaging with said one or more flanges so as to limit the displacement of said first coupling member with respect to said second coupling member; and
wherein the or each second coupling member has a captive nut removably held therein for removable attachment to a rotatable member;
wherein the or each second coupling member further comprises a second groove and a retaining clip removably mounted in said second groove and which holds said captive nut in place.

US Pat. No. 10,138,944

ELECTRIC PHASER COUPLING METHOD

BorgWarner, Inc., Auburn...

13. A method of compensating for mechanical tolerances within a coupling for joining a first rotatable shaft (54) having a longitudinal primary axis and a second rotatable shaft (24) having a longitudinal secondary axis comprising:forming a first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) having a plurality of external load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) extending between a first end (56) and a second end (58);
positioning a second rotatable member (26, 126, 226) defining a cylindrical hub sheathing the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222), the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226) having an interior surface (28) radially spaced outwardly from the load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) of the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222), an interstitial space defined between the plurality of load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) and the interior surface (28) providing radial clearances (34, 36, 134, 136, 234) between the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) and the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226) to accommodate axial misalignment and build up of manufacturing and assembly tolerances; and
assembling a plurality of springs (42, 142, 242) extending within the interstitial space defined between the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) and the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226), each of the plurality of springs (42, 142, 242) directly contacting the plurality of external load-bearing surfaces (32, 132, 232) and the interior surface (28) for transferring rotational torque between the first rotatable member (22, 122, 222) and the second rotatable member (26, 126, 226).

US Pat. No. 10,138,943

DRIVETRAIN COMPONENT CONNECTING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first drivetrain component defining a splined orifice; and
a second drivetrain component having a shaft that includes splines configured to clearance-fit the splined orifice upon engagement up to a first length and interference-fit the splined orifice upon engagement beyond the first length, the shaft defining a first ring groove that divides the splines of the shaft into a first splined section that extends inward from a first end of the shaft to the first ring groove and a second splined section that extends inward from the first ring groove to a termination point short of a second end of the shaft, wherein an engagement at substantially the first length counteracts loads perpendicular to an axis of the shaft preventing disengagement of the first and second drivetrain components.

US Pat. No. 10,138,942

PASSIVE FAULT-TOLERANT SHAFT SEAL CONFIGURATION

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. A shaft system having a cavity and an inboard support, the shaft system comprising:a retaining ring;
a shaft seal system positioned within the cavity defined by said shaft system, the shaft seal system being positioned between said inboard support and said retaining ring,
wherein the shaft seal system comprises a first ball bearing, a second ball bearing, a primary shaft seal, and a secondary shaft seal,
wherein the secondary shaft seal is inboard with respect to said primary shaft seal,
wherein said shaft seal system defines a leak chamber between said primary shaft seal and a secondary shaft seal,
wherein the leak chamber includes one or more sensors to monitor a parameter of the shaft seal system, and
wherein said shaft seal system includes a plurality of O-rings between an outer surface of said shaft seal system and said shaft system.

US Pat. No. 10,138,940

ROLLER BEARING CAGE FOR USE IN A GEARBOX

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A roller bearing cage comprising:a cylindrical body comprising a side wall defining a plurality of pocket holes positioned circumferentially about said cylindrical body, wherein each pocket hole comprises:
a pair of side portions;
a pair of end portions meeting with said pair of side portions at a corner portion, wherein said corner portion is contoured with a compound radius;
wherein said corner portion comprises a first radial section and a second radial section, said first radial section having a first radius and said second radial section having a second radius greater than the first radius; and
wherein said corner portion further comprises a third radial section having a third radius greater than the second radius, said third radial section extending from said second radial section and towards said each end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,938

PASSIVE MAGNETIC BEARING ELEMENTS AND CONFIGURATIONS UTILIZING ALTERNATIVE POLARIZATION AND AMPERIAN CURRENT DIRECTION

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a permanent magnet first block having six faces (face 1, face 2, face 3, face 4, face 5 and face 6), wherein said face 1 is parallel with said face 2 and wherein each of said face 3, said face 4, said face 5 and said face 6 are perpendicular with said face 1 and said face 2, wherein said first block has a B-field magnetization polarization direction that is perpendicular to said face 5 and said face 6, wherein said first block has Amperian currents characterized as flowing on the surfaces of, and making a complete loop around said block on said face 1 and said face 3 and said face 2, and said face 4, wherein said first block is not in direct contact with any other permanent magnet block or magnetic material; and
a ferromagnetic first shield in direct contact with the entirety of only said face 2 and in only partial contact with said face 3 and said face 4 and said face 5 and said face 6, wherein said first shield has a first trough on a first side of said first shield, wherein said first trough is configured such that all of said face 2 is fit into said first trough and only a portion of said face 3 and said face 4 and said face 5 and said face 6 are fit into said first trough and are in direct contact with said first shield, wherein only the entirety of said face 1 is not in direct contact with said first shield.

US Pat. No. 10,138,937

INTERMEDIATE BEARING FOR A DRIVE SHAFT TRAIN

Spicer Gelenkwellenbau Gm...

1. An intermediate bearing for a drive shaft train of a motor vehicle, said intermediate bearing comprising:an elastic bearing body, which has a bore,
a supporting ring, which is arranged in the bore and has a receiving space for receiving a rolling bearing, wherein the receiving space defines a longitudinal axis, and
two sealing discs, which are axially spaced apart from one another and each have a central opening for receiving a drive component, wherein the supporting ring is arranged between the two sealing discs,whereinthe two sealing discs each have one groove, which extends concentrically with respect to the longitudinal axis, wherein the supporting ring engages into the two grooves of the two sealing discs that are double-walled, at least in some sections, in the region of the two grooves, wherein by means of the two sealing discs a labyrinth seal for sealing the receiving space is formed in the region of the two grooves and the supporting ring engaging into the two grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,138,936

AGRICULTURAL ROLLING BASKET BEARING ASSEMBLY

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method of accommodating flexing of a rotating element of an agricultural implement, comprising the steps of:providing the rotating element including a rolling basket coupled to a bearing hanger carried by the agricultural implement, the rolling basket including components which are required to flex during field operation;
providing a bearing with an opening therethrough;
providing a resilient spindle carried by a fastener coupled to the bearing hanger, the resilient spindle including a resilient shoulder positioned between the bearing holder and the bearing;
positioning the bearing via the opening therein on the resilient spindle, a side of the bearing being positioned next to the resilient shoulder;
providing a gap between the bearing and at least one component positioned on the resilient spindle to permit movement of the bearing on the resilient spindle;
accommodating flexing of the components of the rolling basket in field operation by tilting and dynamically misaligning the bearing, one side of the bearing contacting the resilient shoulder during dynamic misalignment; and
preventing excessive dynamic misalignment of the bearing during field operation by flexing the resilient spindle to prevent excessive wear of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,935

AGRICULTURAL ROLLING BASKET BEARING ASSEMBLY

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An assembly configured to rotationally couple a rotating element to a bearing hanger of an agricultural implement, the assembly comprising:the rotating element of the agricultural implement and the bearing hanger thereof, the rotating element including components which are required to flex during field operation;
a bearing with an opening formed therethrough;
a resilient spindle carried by a fastener, the fastener coupled to the bearing hanger, the resilient spindle positioned over the fastener and including a resilient shoulder positioned between the bearing hanger and the bearing,
wherein the bearing is positioned via the opening therein on the resilient spindle, and one side of the bearing is positioned next to the resilient shoulder,
wherein a gap is provided between the bearing and at least one component positioned on the resilient spindle such that movement of the bearing on the resilient spindle results in a shift of the gap from the one side of the bearing to an opposite side of the bearing,
wherein during field operations, the bearing is configured to dynamically misalign and tilt due to the resilient shoulder and the gap to accommodate flexing of the components of the rotating element, wherein the one side of the bearing contacts the resilient shoulder at least during dynamic misalignment, and
wherein during field operations, the resilient shaft is configured to flex to accommodate flexing of the components of the rotating element to prevent excessive dynamic misalignment of the bearing and excessive wear thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,934

THRUST BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A thrust bearing which is disposed to face a thrust collar provided in a rotation shaft, comprising:a top foil which is disposed to face the thrust collar;
a back foil which is disposed to face a surface opposite to a surface facing the thrust collar in the top foil and supports the top foil; and
an annular plate-shaped base plate which is disposed at the side opposite to the top foil in the back foil and supports the back foil;
wherein the back foil includes a plurality of back foil pieces which are arranged in a circumferential direction of the base plate,
wherein the top foil includes a plurality of top foil pieces which are disposed on the back foil pieces,
wherein an inner peripheral recessed portion is formed at a portion which supports an inner peripheral side end of the back foil piece in a surface supporting the back foil of the base plate, and
wherein the back foil piece at one side in at least a circumferential direction is divided into a plurality of divided pieces in a radial direction and comprises:
an innermost peripheral divided piece among the divided pieces that is not disposed inside the inner peripheral recessed portion, and
a divided piece among the divided pieces that is disposed at outer peripheral side than the innermost peripheral divided piece and is not supported by the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,929

ASSEMBLY STRUCTURE OF ROLLER

1. An assembly structure of a roller which includes: a shaft having a ring mounting unit and bearing units connected to both end portions of the ring mounting unit; a ring unit fit onto the shaft in the form that an inner circumferential surface of the ring unit comes into contact with the outer circumferential surface of the ring mounting unit; and a fixing unit for restraining separation of the ring unit from the ring mounting unit,wherein when the shaft and the ring unit are combined with each other, the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the outer circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the ring mounting unit of the shaft and the center of the inner circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit are spaced apart from each other,
the diameter of the bearing units is smaller than the diameter of the ring mounting unit, and
a distance between the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit is equal to or smaller than the distance between the diameter of the ring mounting unit and the diameter of the bearing units,
wherein the fixing unit is arranged inside the ring unit and is also arranged not to protrude to the side of the ring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,925

FRP DRIVE SHAFT

FUJIKURA RUBBER LTD., To...

1. An FRP drive shaft comprising an end joint joined to at least one end of an FRP cylinder via an outer collar,wherein said end joint includes a serrated portion on an outer periphery thereof,
wherein said outer collar includes a small-diameter collar portion and a large-diameter collar portion which is greater in diameter than said small-diameter collar portion,
wherein said serrated portion is press-fitted into an inner periphery of said FRP cylinder and fixed to an inner periphery of said small-diameter collar portion,
wherein a gap between an inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and an outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is filled with an adhesive for fixing said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder to each other, and
wherein said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion includes a constant-diameter portion which is formed on a first area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion and an adhesive-accumulating tapered portion which is formed on a second area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion, said first area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion being closer to said small-diameter collar portion than said second area of said inner periphery of said large-diameter collar portion,
wherein a distance between said constant-diameter portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is substantially constant,
wherein said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion is configured to progressively increase a radial distance between said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder in a direction away from said small-diameter collar portion, and
wherein said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion is open, along an axial direction, at a position where a distance between said adhesive-accumulating tapered portion and said outer periphery of said FRP cylinder is a maximum.

US Pat. No. 10,138,924

FITTING MEMBER AND REPLACEMENT UNIT FOR LONG MEMBER

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A fitting member for fitting a long member therein, the fitting member comprising:an insertion portion including a space through which the long member is insertable;
a movement restriction portion configured to restrict movement that the long member comes out of the insertion portion, the movement restriction portion being capable of being scraped with a tool; and
a guide portion configured to guide the tool to the movement restriction portion when the movement restriction portion is scraped with the tool, wherein
the restriction of the movement of the long member is released after the movement restriction portion is scraped with the tool,
the insertion portion, the movement restriction portion, and the guide portion are formed as one continuous slit, and
the one continuous slit extends in a direction perpendicular to an axis of the long member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,923

SELF LOCKING SAFETY SPRING CLIP

Ferplast S.p.A., (IT)

1. A self locking safety spring clip, comprising:at least a main body provided with an opening designed to receive retaining means, wherein the main body houses:
a first locking element equipped at an end with a hook-shaped part or hook and rotatable about a first pin integral with the main body, the first locking element, comprising a first tooth on a side of the first locking element opposite the hook, and
a second locking element opposite the first locking element, rotatable about a second pin integral with the main body, the second element having a mechanical profile, comprising a second tooth operable with the first tooth of the first element, both the first tooth and the second tooth arranged outside the opening of the main body to move the first locking element from an open position to a closed position and vice versa,
wherein the second locking element being equipped with an element designed to magnetically attract the retaining means thus facilitating coupling and simultaneously locking to the hook-shaped part or hook.

US Pat. No. 10,138,921

CONNECTING ELEMENT, USE AND METHOD

1. A connecting element for connecting at least two workpieces to one another, havinga shank,
a connecting element head at one end of the shank, said head projecting radially beyond the outside of the shank,
a rotary driving formation on the connecting element head, and
a front shank end, wherein
at least one pair of closed annular projections is arranged on the shank in a holding portion of the shank which starts from the underside of the connecting element head, wherein
at least one annular projection is not arranged fully in a plane extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the shank, and
the spacing between the two annular projections of the pair differs along the circumference,
wherein the front end of the shank is of blunt design.

US Pat. No. 10,138,920

EXTENDABLE INTERLOCKING STRUCTURES AND METHODS

1. An extendable structure comprising:a first chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the first chain;
a second chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the second chain configured to mate to the bottom surface of the first interlocking component of the first chain;
a third chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the third chain configured to mate to bottom surfaces of the first interlocking component of the second chain; and
a cap which is directly joined to each of the following the first interlocking component of the first chain, the first interlocking component of the second chain, and the first interlocking component of the third chain.

US Pat. No. 10,138,919

WATERPROOF NAIL AND SCREW WITH ENLARGED HEAD AND PROTECTIVE GASKET

1. A fastener system for attaching sheet metal to a roofing structure, the fastener system comprising:a fastener including a head portion having a top surface, a bottom surface and a body portion extending downwardly from the bottom surface of said head portion, the head portion being at least 2 to 3 times larger than the head portion of a standard sized roofing nail;
a gasket member surrounding the body portion and engaged with the bottom surface of the head portion, the gasket member being the same size as the bottom surface of the head portion and having a top and a bottom surface; and
a sealant covering at least a portion of the bottom surface of the gasket member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,918

FASTENING DEVICE

Jangpyoung Construction C...

1. A fastening device configured to couple a first object with a second object, comprising:a first coupling member shaped substantially like a bolt having a bolt head and a shaft, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member is inserted into a first through hole in the first object and a second through hole in the second object, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member has a first screw thread formed along an outer circumferential surface;
a second coupling member having a head portion and a cylindrical body portion, the cylindrical body portion having a first hanging jaw, wherein the first coupling member is coupled with second coupling member with the bolt head of the first coupling member opposed to the head portion of the second coupling member, wherein the second coupling member includes a coupling hole passing through the second coupling member and the cylindrical body portion has a second screw thread formed along an internal circumferential surface of the coupling hole, wherein the first screw thread is coupled with the coupling hole;
a rotating member having a first end and a second end, the first end of the rotating member having a second hanging jaw, wherein the first end is arranged nearest to the second coupling member and the second end is arranged nearest to the first coupling member, wherein the rotating member has a cylindrical hollow shape so that the shaft of the first coupling member passes through the rotating member; and
an expanding member having a cylindrical hollow shape and a first end seated on the first hanging jaw of the cylindrical body portion of the second coupling member and a second end seated on the second hanging jaw of the first end of the rotating member, wherein the expanding member is configured to expand outward, without being bent inward, as the expanding member is compressed by a compaction of the fastening device as a result of a movement of the rotating member toward the second coupling member to couple the first object and the second object between the head portion of the second coupling member and the expanding member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,915

METHOD OF CONTROLLING VELOCITY OF A HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR IN OVER-CENTER LINKAGE SYSTEMS

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. An electro-hydraulic actuation system comprising:an unbalanced hydraulic actuator capable of motion in retraction and extension directions during movement of a load, the actuator including a first fluid chamber having a first cross-sectional area and a second fluid chamber having a second cross-sectional area, the second cross-sectional area being greater than the first cross-sectional area, the actuator operable in at least one of an actuator second quadrant or an actuator third quadrant;
a regeneration valve in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber, the regeneration valve operable to selectively couple the first fluid chamber to the second fluid chamber;
a dump valve in fluid communication with the second fluid chamber and a fluid reservoir, the dump valve operable to selectively couple the second fluid chamber to the reservoir;
a pump for providing a flow of fluid to the first and second fluid chambers, a displacement of the pump controlling a velocity of the actuator during motion in the retraction and extension directions;
an electric motor for driving the pump, the motor operable in at least one of a first quadrant or a fourth quadrant of operation;
a controller for controlling a state of the regeneration valve and the dump valve; and
at least one feedback device for sensing a system condition and for providing a respective feedback signal indicative of the sensed system condition to the controller, the controller being responsive to the respective feedback signal for determining an occurrence of an over-center load condition and for controlling a state of the regeneration valve and the dump valve in response to the occurrence of the over-center load condition in an attempt to maintain the velocity of the actuator, wherein the over-center load condition comprises the hydraulic cylinder undergoing a transition between i) an overrunning load to a resistive load or ii) a resistive load to an overrunning load.

US Pat. No. 10,138,914

SENSOR ATTACHMENT TOOL

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A sensor fixture configured to attach a sensor to an outer circumferential surface of a cylinder tube, the sensor fixture comprising:a rail-shaped sensor holder including a sensor insertion groove configured to house and hold the sensor so as to enable position adjustment of the sensor;
a band portion including end portions couplable to the sensor holder, the band portion being configured to be attached to the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube along a circumferential direction thereof; and
a fastening mechanism disposed at a circumferential position different from the sensor holder on the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube, the fastening mechanism being configured to fasten the band portion,
wherein the fastening mechanism includes:
a female screw portion provided on the band portion;
a fastening screw configured to be screwed into the female screw portion; and
an abutment plate provided inside the band portion at a position corresponding to the female screw portion and configured to be placed in abutment with the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube and pressed by the fastening screw.

US Pat. No. 10,138,911

DEVICE FOR EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD TREATMENT

DEBIOTECH S.A., Lausanne...

1. A linear actuator comprising:a rotary electric motor,
a piston, and
an interposed device between the electric motor and the piston for transforming a rotation movement of the rotary electric motor into a linear displacement of the piston, the interposed device including,
a peripheral ramp arranged inside the piston,
a bearing configured to cooperate with the peripheral ramp,
a guide allowing the piston to guide the linear displacement,
wherein the peripheral ramp includes,
(i) a threshold located at a summit of the peripheral ramp, and
(ii) a passage configured to release the bearing from the peripheral ramp,
wherein the peripheral ramp is configured such that the piston transits from a first position in which the bearing is in the passage, to a second position in which the bearing is located on the threshold, and back to the first position, by a unidirectional rotation of the rotary electric motor, and
wherein the peripheral ramp forms a structure that is arranged on an inner surface of the piston, a circular side wall of the piston not having any openings that engage with the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,910

HYDRAULIC PUMP ASSEMBLY

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A hydraulic pump assembly comprising:a main pump housing;
a first hydraulic porting member comprising a first face and a second face on opposite sides of the first hydraulic porting member, wherein the first face is engaged to the main pump housing to form a sump;
a second hydraulic porting member comprising;
a third face and a fourth face on opposite sides of the second hydraulic porting member;
an auxiliary pump inlet passage and an auxiliary pump outlet passage;
first and second inlet ports in fluid communication with the auxiliary pump inlet passage;
first and second outlet ports in fluid communication with the auxiliary pump outlet passage;
a first plug sealing one of the first and second inlet ports, and a second plug sealing one of the first and second outlet ports;
a charge pump rotatably disposed on the second face; and
an auxiliary pump housing engaged to the fourth face to form an auxiliary pump chamber and an auxiliary pump located in the auxiliary pump chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,138,909

MULTI-CYLINDER ASSEMBLY

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER, ...

1. A multi-cylinder assembly comprising:a cylinder assembly defining a bore;
a piston-rod assembly slidably disposed in the bore of the cylinder assembly, the piston-rod assembly including:
a piston rod having a piston head, a first rod extending outwardly from the piston head, a second rod extending outwardly from the piston head in a direction opposite the first rod, and a rod extension extending outwardly from the first rod;
a piston-rod sleeve disposed about the rod extension of the piston rod, the piston-rod sleeve including a head portion and a rod portion; and
a retainer engaged to the rod extension, wherein the retainer prohibits axial movement of the piston-rod sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,138,908

MINIATURE HIGH PRESSURE PUMP AND ELECTRICAL HYDRAULIC ACTUATION SYSTEM

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. An apparatus for pumping fluid, comprising:a pair of rotatable intermeshed gears, each gear including a shaft, each gear being located along the corresponding shaft;
a pair of bearing blocks, each bearing block including a pair of journal bearings, each journal of a bearing block supporting a corresponding shaft of said gear pair, said gear pair being located between said bearing blocks;
a casing defining an interior cavity that contains said gears and said bearing blocks, said casing having a pair of opposing end faces;
a pair of cover plates, each said cover plate having a face (R1, R6) being opposite of a face (R2, R5) of a corresponding bearing block; and
a pair of face seals, each said face seal having an outer periphery located between one said cover plate and a corresponding end face and an inner periphery located between said same cover plate and a corresponding bearing block, the area between the inner periphery and the outer periphery being divided into first and second lateral regions (A, C) each being laterally adjacent and outboard of the gear pair and two end regions (B, D) each being outboard of a single corresponding gear of said pair;
wherein rotation of said gear pair in a first direction provides higher pressure fluid to the first lateral region and lower pressure fluid to the second lateral region, and rotation of said gear pair in a second direction opposite of said first direction provides higher pressure fluid to the second lateral region and lower pressure fluid to the first lateral region;
wherein one said bearing block includes opposing faces, one said face being opposite of said gears and the other said face being opposite of one said cover plate, each said journal bearing of said one block includes a bore with a central axis, said one block including a lateral plane that intersects each central axis, said one block has a width between the opposing faces, said one block including a fluid flow duct located in the plane across the width providing fluid communication between the opposing faces;
wherein said fluid flow duct has a first angular width, said one face opposite of said gears includes a peripheral channel centered in the plane having a second angular width greater than the first angular width, the peripheral channel providing fluid communication from said one face opposite of said gears to the fluid flow duct.

US Pat. No. 10,138,906

JET PUMP, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF JET PUMP, AND FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE HAVING JET PUMP

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A jet pump comprising a resin body that is made of resin and forms a pressurizing passage, a nozzle passage and a diffuser passage, while stored fuel, which is stored in a fuel tank, is pumped by the jet pump through the diffuser passage by discharging pressurized fuel, which is supplied to the pressurizing passage, into the diffuser passage through the nozzle passage, wherein:at least a part of the resin body is integrally molded to form the pressurizing passage and the nozzle passage in the resin body;
the nozzle passage includes:
a communication passage section that is communicated with a downstream end of the pressurizing passage; and
a flow restricting passage section that is communicated with a downstream end of the communication passage section and reduces a flow rate of the pressurized fuel in comparison to a flow rate of the pressurized fuel which flows through the communication passage section;
a common width direction, along which a passage width of the communication passage section and a passage width of the pressurizing passage are defined, is perpendicular to a direction along which a longitudinal axis of the flow restricting passage section extends;
a first passage wall surface and a second passage wall surface, which define the communication passage section therebetween, are opposed to each other in the common width direction;
the flow restricting passage section opens in the first passage wall surface; and
the second passage wall surface is concavely curved relative to the first passage wall surface toward the flow restricting passage section, so that the passage width of the communication passage section is progressively reduced toward the flow restricting passage section to a passage width that is equal to or smaller than the passage width of the pressurizing passage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,905

WASHER PUMP APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH IMPROVED WATER-PROOF STRUCTURE

DY AUTO Corporation, Asa...

1. A washer pump apparatus for a vehicle, the washer pump apparatus having an improved waterproof structure and comprising:a pump housing comprising a top surface, a washer liquid inlet, a washer liquid outlet, a closed lower portion, an impeller, and a motor configured to rotate the impeller;
a terminal cap coupled to an upper portion of the pump housing and forming a waterproof structure, the terminal cap having a top surface and a structure for connection to a waterproof connector; and
an air vent for communication of an outer space of the terminal cap with an inner space,
wherein a membrane member comprising multiple pores that block water molecules and allow passage of air molecules therethrough is placed in the air vent,
the air vent is on the top surface of the terminal cap,
a roof structure is formed above the air vent, the roof structure being formed integrally with the terminal cap,
the washer pump apparatus further comprises a noise filter on the top surface of the pump housing, the noise filter removing noise caused by an electrical current supplied to the motor,
the terminal cap accommodates the noise filter, and
a waterproof O-ring is between the pump housing and the terminal cap.

US Pat. No. 10,138,903

MULTI-BLADE FAN

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A multi-blade fan comprising:a support body rotatable about a rotary shaft; and
a plurality of blades secured to the support body such that an inter-blade pitch angle relative to the rotary shaft assumes a prescribed arrangement, the blades extending along an axial direction of the rotary shaft,
the plurality of blades being disposed such that, with respect to amplitude values of periodic functions at individual orders when the prescribed arrangement is expanded in a periodic Fourier series, a maximum amplitude value is less than 200% of a second-largest amplitude value,
the amplitude values being determined such that a first amplitude value having a certain order and belonging to amplitude values having an order except one is equal to or greater than a second amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the first amplitude value, the second amplitude value is equal to or greater than a third amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the second amplitude value, the third amplitude value is equal to or greater than a fourth amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the third amplitude value, and the fourth amplitude value is equal to or greater than a fifth amplitude value having a higher order than the order of the fourth amplitude value, with each (n+1)-order amplitude value being equal to or greater than each (n+2)-order amplitude value, wherein n represents an integer of 1 through 15.

US Pat. No. 10,138,901

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING A FAN ARRAY WITH QUICK CONNECT AND MODULAR CONTROL

1. A fan array comprising:a frame including a plurality of frame members, the frame members joined to define a plurality of chambers;
a plurality of fan units, each fan unit configured to be positioned in one of the plurality of chambers, each fan unit having one motor;
a plurality of local motor controllers joined to corresponding motors, the local motor controllers configured to control operation of the corresponding fan units; and
a master controller configured to communicate with the local motor controllers, the master controller configured to provide the local motor controllers with target operating parameters for the corresponding fan units, wherein the local motor controllers calculate a target speed for the corresponding fan units based on the target operating parameters provided by the master controller.

US Pat. No. 10,138,900

GAS TURBINE COMPRISING A COMPRESSOR CASING WITH AN INLET OPENING FOR TEMPERING THE COMPRESSOR CASING AND USE OF THE GAS TURBINE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A gas turbine comprising at least one rotor assembly; andat least one compressor casing;whereinthe at least one compressor casing comprises at least one inner compressor casing chamber adapted for arranging the at least one rotor assembly and at least one outer compressor casing chamber adapted for tempering the at least one compressor casing;
the at least one inner compressor casing chamber and the at least one outer compressor casing chamber are separated from each other by a separating casing wall;
the at least one outer compressor casing chamber comprises at least one boundary casing wall;
the at least one boundary casing wall and the separating casing wall are oppositely spaced from each other such that the at least one outer compressor casing chamber is formed;
the at least one boundary casing wall comprises at least one inlet opening configured to inject a jet comprising inlet tempering gas into the at least one outer compressor casing chamber for tempering the at least one compressor casing such that a tangential material temperature variation of the at least one compressor casing is reduced in comparison to a non tempered compressor casing,
wherein the at least one inlet opening is configured to inject the jet along a trajectory comprising a circumferential component, and wherein a circumferential location of the at least one inlet opening and the trajectory are selected so the jet hits and cools a top of the separating casing wall, and
wherein the trajectory is selected to be tangential to the separating casing wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,898

CENTRIFUGAL COMPRESSOR AND TURBOCHARGER

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A centrifugal compressor that compresses a fluid utilizing a centrifugal force, comprising:a housing having a shroud thereinside;
a wheel rotatably provided in the housing;
a diffuser formed outside in a radial direction of an outlet side of the wheel in the housing;
a scroll that is formed on an outlet side of the diffuser in the housing, and communicates with the diffuser; and
a concave part in a boundary between a shroud-side wall surface of the diffuser and a wall surface of the scroll, the concave part including an inner surface depressed radially inward in a radial direction of the wheel and integrally formed with the shroud-side wall surface of the diffuser on a first side of the inner surface and with the wall surface of the scroll on a second side of the inner surface,
wherein a depression amount of the concave part is set to be 0.5 to 5.0 times of an opening width of the concave part.

US Pat. No. 10,138,896

RECESSED MOTOR CEILING FAN

LAMPS PLUS, INC., Chatsw...

1. A ceiling fan assembly comprising:(A) a hub;
(B) a plurality of blades secured to said hub;
(C) a motor disposed a predetermined distance from said hub in a space between a ceiling and a roof of an enclosure where said fan is to be used;
(D) a hollow drive shaft connected between said motor and said hub for rotating said blades when said motor is activated;
(E) a stationary tube disposed internally of said hollow drive shaft extending from said motor and having a distal end positioned adjacent but not connected to said hub;
(F) a substrate having a plurality of LEDs mounted thereon coupled to said distal end of said tube and electrical wires extending through said tube to provide electrical energy to said LEDs from a source thereof; and
(G) a bar adapted to be secured between spaced apart beams disposed within said space as a part of the enclosure and a bracket secured to said motor and said bar for supporting said motor within said space above the ceiling of said enclosure in which said fan is to be utilized wherein said motor is disposed above said ceiling and said drive shaft and said hub are disposed below said ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,138,894

UMBRELLA WITH FAN

1. A fan, comprising:a housing adaptably mounted to an umbrella pole comprising:
an upper section having a plurality of vents;
a lower section; and,
a counterweight located within each of said upper and lower sections;
wherein said motor is supported within said upper housing;
wherein said upper section and said lower section are capable of being securely fastened together; and,
wherein a spindle extends outward from said lower section;
a motor supported within said housing, said motor driving a drive pulley;
said spindle extending out of said housing, capable of rotating motion relative to said umbrella pole;
an impeller, driven by said drive pulley with said motor, said impeller mounted to said spindle;
a pull cord adaptably and operably connected to a switch in electrical communication between a power source and said motor; and,
a compression sleeve comprising:
a sleeve body comprising:
a conductor channel configured to be a longitudinally oriented void along a portion of an interior of said sleeve body to permit passage of electrical conductors;
a first wire aperture located subjacent to said spindle;
a second wire aperture located superjacent to said spindle;
a wire box covering said first wire aperture; and,
a pull cord box secured to an outer face of said wire box;
wherein said pull cord is secured within said pull cord box;
a first compression ring and a first compression nut at a first end of said sleeve body; and,
a second compression ring and a second compression nut at a second end of said sleeve body;
wherein said sleeve body has an external threaded portion at said first and second ends permitting said fan to be secured to said umbrella pole passing through a cavity of said sleeve body and secured in place by said first and second compression ring and compression nuts being threadingly secured about said umbrella pole; and,
wherein said impeller is configured to rotate around said compression sleeve as said sleeve is fixed relative to said umbrella pole;
wherein said housing is removably attached to said compression sleeve; and,
wherein when said pull cord is activated, said motor drives said drive pulley thereby rotating said impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,138,891

DOUBLE SUCTION PUMP WITH AGITATORS

Pemberton Patents LLC, G...

1. A submersible pump apparatus, comprising:a. a three-dimensional frame;
b. a pump housing having a discharge outlet and opposing inlet openings on opposite sides of the pump housing, wherein the pump housing is mounted within the frame;
c. an impeller mounted on a driveshaft and within the pump housing, wherein the impeller has outwardly extending blades for movement of a flowable material toward the discharge outlet, wherein the driveshaft is mounted within the frame and extends through the opposing inlet openings of the pump housing, and wherein the driveshaft is connected to a motor configured for rotating the driveshaft; and
d. an agitator attached to the driveshaft and configured to macerate the flowable material, wherein the agitator is positioned outside an exterior surface of the pump housing and is spaced from and exterior to an entrance to at least one of the inlet openings.

US Pat. No. 10,138,888

PLASTIC ROTOR FOR A VACUUM PUMP

Joma-Polytec GmbH, Bodel...

1. A rotor (10) for a vane cell pump with a base body (12) that is made of plastic and that rotates about an axis of rotation (14) during operation, wherein the base body (12) comprises a guiding section (16) for slidably receiving a pump vane and wherein the base body (12) is flanked in the direction of the axis of rotation (14) by a first bearing surface (24) and a second bearing surface (26), wherein the second bearing surface (26) comprises bearing sections (50) that are at a distance from one another and that lie on a circular path that is arranged concentrically to the axis of rotation (14), wherein the second bearing surface (26) comprises two circular arc sections (54) that are radially opposite each other, wherein each of the two circular arc sections (54) comprises one of the bearing sections (50) radially at an outside of the circular arc section (54), and wherein the second bearing surface (26) comprises between the circular arc sections (54) at least one bar section (60, 62), each bar section (60, 62) comprising another one of the bearing sections (50) at a free end of the bar section (60, 62).

US Pat. No. 10,138,887

SCROLL COMPRESSOR

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A scroll compressor, comprising:a fixed scroll;
a movable scroll provided on a lower end of the fixed scroll and engaged with the fixed scroll;
a crank shaft coupled to a back surface side of the movable scroll; and
a housing disposed under the movable scroll and rotatably supporting the crank shaft,
the movable scroll being movable due to rotations of the crank shaft while being pushed toward the fixed scroll due to a high pressure acting on the back surface side of the movable scroll,
an outer peripheral portion of a top surface of the housing having an accommodation portion formed therein, the accommodation portion being recessed and accommodating an Oldham coupling preventing rotations of the movable scroll around an axis thereof,
the housing having, in the top surface of the housing that is closer to an inner periphery of the housing than the accommodation portion,
an inner seal ring groove with an inner seal ring fitted therein, and
an outer seal ring groove with an outer seal ring fitted therein,
the inner and out seal rings having different outer diameters,
a space on the back surface side of the movable scroll defined by the inner seal ring and the outer seal ring serving as a back pressure chamber into which a high-pressure fluid is introduced to push the movable scroll against the fixed scroll,
an intermediate portion of the top surface of the housing connecting the inner seal ring groove and the outer seal ring groove being higher than an inner portion of the top surface of the housing that is closer to the inner periphery of the housing relative to the inner seal ring groove and an outer portion of the top surface that is closer to an outer periphery of the housing relative to the outer seal ring groove, and
the intermediate, portion of the top surface of the housing connecting the inner seal ring groove and the outer seal ring groove serving as a tilt limiting surface arranged and configured to contact the movable scroll when the movable scroll is tilted.

US Pat. No. 10,138,886

MICROFLUIDIC PUMP

1. A microfluidic pump, comprising;a generally cylindrical chamber;
transfer ports comprising an inlet port and an outlet port circumferentially positioned on the cylindrical chamber;
a magnet member fixedly attached outside the cylindrical chamber to generate a magnetic field within the cylindrical chamber;
a magnetic piston positioned within and in sliding communication with an inner wall of the cylindrical chamber;
a magnetic fluid contained within the cylindrical chamber that, in the presence of the magnetic field, self assembles to form a seal plug connecting the magnetic piston with the magnet member, wherein the seal plug separates the inlet port from the outlet port, wherein the seal plug rotates the magnetic piston along the inner wall of the cylindrical chamber for suctioning a working fluid through the inlet port and discharging the working fluid through the outlet port during one sweep of the magnetic piston from the inlet port to the outlet port; and
a valve member positioned at the outlet port configured to prevent backflow of the working fluid towards the inlet port after the magnetic piston rotates past the outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,138,883

AIR PUMP INCLUDING AIR RESERVOIR INCLUDING OUTLET PORT ADAPTED TO BE OPENED/CLOSED AUTOMATICALLY

1. An air pump comprising:a pumping system including a cylinder;
an air reservoir connected to the cylinder and including an inlet port for receiving air generated by the pumping system and an outlet port;
a discharge passage connected to the outlet port and extending axially, wherein the discharge passage includes a first section and a second section wider than the first section;
a valve being movable in the discharge passage between a first position and a second position, wherein the valve, disposed in the first position, includes a first seal end disposed in the first section and abutting a periphery thereof and includes a second seal end disposed in the second section and abutting a periphery thereof, wherein the valve, disposed in the second position, includes the first seal end disengaging from the first section and not abutting the periphery thereof and includes the second seal end disposed in the second section and abutting the periphery thereof, wherein the first seal end has a first cross-sectional area and the second seal end has a second cross-sectional area which is greater than the first cross-sectional area; and
a pusher movably retained in the air reservoir and being movable between a first position spaced from the valve and a second position abutting the valve, wherein the valve is disposed in the second position when the pusher is disposed in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,882

CONTROLLING A PUMP

Villicus, Inc., Norman, ...

1. A pump system configured to maintain a desired level of fluid in a tank by pumping fluid from the tank to compensate for fluid being added to the tank, the pump system comprising:a multiple stage pump having an inlet that is fluidly connected to an outlet of the tank;
a motor operably rotating the stages to pressurize the fluid in the pump, moving the pressurized fluid toward an outlet of the pump;
a motor controller operably indexing a transformation function that is stored in computer memory relating an instantaneous fluid flow rate to a corresponding preferred motor speed that optimizes the pump's performance, selectively varying the speed of the motor;
a flow control device fluidly connected to the pump outlet, so that substantially all of the pressurized fluid flows through the flow control device, and operably indexing a flow profile stored in computer memory relating the instantaneous fluid flow rate to a deviation from the desired level of fluid in the storage tank, selectively varying the instantaneous fluid flow rate of the pressurized fluid flowing from the pump outlet; and
a controller executing flow control logic adjusting the motor controller independently of adjusting the flow control device in response to a call from the flow profile for changing the instantaneous fluid flow rate that fluid is pumped out of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,138,880

PERISTALTIC PUMP FOR INDUCTOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle inductor assembly comprising:an inductor within a housing mounted to a transmission case including a mount fixture;
a coolant channel disposed below the inductor having an inlet and outlet;
a vertically oriented first peristaltic pump located adjacent a first side of the housing and including a first channel in fluid communication with the inlet;
a vertically oriented second peristaltic pump located adjacent a second side of the housing and including a second channel in fluid communication with the outlet; and
a controller programmed to direct operation of the first peristaltic pump and the second peristaltic pump to adjust a flow rate of coolant through the channels,
wherein the mount fixture defines one of the first channel or the second channel therein, wherein the first channel or the second channel includes a wall with actionable particles, and wherein the mount fixture is arranged with one of the vertically oriented peristaltic pumps including an emitter such that activation of the emitter imparts a force upon the actionable particles to move the wall and adjust a cross-sectional area of the first channel or the second channel to influence a flow rate of coolant therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,138,878

AIR COMPRESSOR

1. In an air compressor including a main frame for mounting a motor, and a cylinder fitted with a piston body, the motor capable of driving the piston body to conduct reciprocating motion to produce in the cylinder compressed air which can enter an air storage container via a plurality of exit holes defined at a top wall of the cylinder; wherein the improvements comprises: the top wall of the cylinder is provided with the plurality of exit holes having air blocking walls which isolate the exit holes from each other at a certain extent, and the exit holes are regulated by a control mechanism to be opened or closed, the control mechanism including a resilient sheet having a root and a plurality of branches extending from the root and corresponding to the exit holes, whereby when the compressed air produced in the cylinder pushes the branches of the resilient sheet up to open the exit holes, the instantaneous high-pressure air that flows through the exit holes can be restrained by the air blocking walls to prevent the air from interfering with movements of the branches of the resilient sheet, so that the piston body can conduct reciprocating motion more smoothly and thus the performance of the air compressor can be increased.

US Pat. No. 10,138,877

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTENSIFYING SLURRY PRESSURE

Vector Technologies LLC, ...

1. A pressure intensifier system comprising:a housing comprising a piston therein, said piston defining a first volume and a second volume within the housing;
a high pressure pump;
a low pressure manifold coupled to a drain line and a slurry tank the drain line is connected to a drain;
a plurality of valves selectively coupling the high pressure pump to the first volume or the second volume and selectively coupling the first volume to the low pressure manifold, said plurality of valves comprising a first state coupling the high pressure pump to the first volume and coupling the second volume to the low pressure manifold so that a first portion of fluid in the second volume is in communication with the slurry tank and a second portion of the fluid is in communication with the drain, said plurality of valves comprising a second state coupling the high pressure pump to the second volume and coupling the first volume to the low pressure manifold so that a first portion of fluid in the first volume is in communication with the slurry tank and a second portion of the fluid in first volume is in communication with the drain.

US Pat. No. 10,138,875

GRAVITY FIELD ENERGY STORAGE AND RECOVERY SYSTEM

1. An energy storage device comprising:a first shaft with an input end and an output end configured to input rotational kinetic energy to be stored;
a main shaft with an input end and an output end;
a transmission operably connected to the output end of the first shaft and to the input end of the main shaft such that the transmission can change the rotation ratio between the first shaft and the main shaft;
a storage unit comprising an object to be displaced vertically such that potential energy of the object due to gravity can be increased;
a second shaft with an input end and an output end, the input end operably connected to the output end of main shaft;
a pulley wheel rigidly connected to the main shaft such that rotation of the main shaft will rotate the pulley wheel;
a cable, operably connected to the pulley wheel and the object such that the rotation of the pulley corresponds to the vertical motion of the object;
wherein the potential energy of the object is increased by one of (1) the input end of the first shaft operably connected to the power take-off shaft of a diesel tractor such that the diesel tractor can rotate the first shaft and (2) a heavy-lift helicopter operably connected to the object such that the heavy lift helicopter can lift and reset the object.

US Pat. No. 10,138,874

SYSTEM FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES

R.E.M. S.P.A. REVOLUTION ...

1. A system for energy production from renewable sources comprising a support structure comprising:a first pole and a second pole which are positioned vertically;
a first wind generator of vertical axis positioned on said first pole and a second wind generator of vertical axis positioned on said second pole;
said first pole and said second pole each comprising a connection element positioned at their summit;
said connection element comprising a lower portion to be fixed to said first pole and to said second pole;
said connection element comprising an intermediate portion and an upper portion;
a first seat for a first cable being positioned between said lower portion and said intermediate portion;
a second seat for a second cable being positioned between said intermediate portion and said upper portion;
said first cable and said second cable being substantially perpendicular;
the ends of said first cable and of said second cable being fixed to the ground by a first post and a second post fixed into the ground;
said first pole and said second pole being each anchored by a hinge to a third post fixed into the ground;
each of said first and second wind generators having a longitudinal through hole to enable mounting on said first pole and on said second pole;
each of said first and second wind generators comprising a lower first locking ring and an upper second locking ring, and a first bearing associated with said first ring and a second bearing associated with said second ring to enable said first and second wind generators to rotate,
each of said lower first locking ring and said upper second locking ring having an adjustable fixing for enabling mounting of said wind generators vertically to said first and second pole.

US Pat. No. 10,138,873

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIND TURBINE NACELLE-POSITION RECALIBRATION AND WIND DIRECTION ESTIMATION

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A computer-implemented method for recalibrating nacelle-positions of a plurality of wind turbines in a land-based wind park, said method implemented by a nacelle calibration computing device including a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor and a computer program tangibly embodied in a non-transitory computer readable medium, said method comprising:identifying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, at least two associated wind turbines having similar physical orientations included within the land-based wind park, wherein each associated wind turbine includes location information;
determining, using the computer program of the nacelle calibration computing device, a plurality of predicted wake features for all wind turbines in the land-based wind park at multiple timepoints based at least partially on the location information of each associated wind turbine, wherein the predicted wake features are determined by identifying a generic wind speed as a baseline speed, and projecting a complete 360 degree of rotation of wind based on the baseline speed;
retrieving, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a plurality of historical performance data related to the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park;
determining, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a plurality of current wake features for the associated wind turbines based in the land-based wind park at least partially on the plurality of historical performance data;
identifying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a variance between the predicted wake features and the current wake features;
determining, using the nacelle calibration computing device, a recalibration factor for calibrating a nacelle-position of the at least one of the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park based on the identified variance;
applying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, the recalibration factor to only the nacelle-position of at least one of the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park to yield an adjusted nacelle-position;
controlling, using the nacelle calibration computing device, the at least one of the associated wind turbines in the land-based wind park based on the adjusted nacelle-position to minimize the identified variance between the predicted wake features and the current wake features; and
applying, using the nacelle calibration computing device, wind direction-dependent control scheme, wherein the control scheme orients the at least one of the associated wind turbines in alignment with the wind direction determined in real-time based on the adjusted nacelle position in order to generate optimal power.

US Pat. No. 10,138,872

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING GROUND BRUSH LIFTING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for detecting lifting of a ground brush of a generator of an electrical power system connected to a power grid, the method comprising:monitoring, via at least one sensor, a voltage signal of a rotor shaft of the generator;
determining whether a lift component of the voltage signal of the rotor shaft is present by observing a predetermined frequency band of the voltage signal and analyzing a frequency spectrum within the predetermined frequency band,
wherein the lift component is present when an amplitude of a frequency component of the frequency spectrum is above a predetermined threshold, the lift component being present only when the ground brush is lifted, the predetermined frequency band corresponding to a frequency band of a switching circuit of a power converter of the electrical power system.

US Pat. No. 10,138,869

MICRO WIND CELL

Ajey Bahekar, Maharashtr...

1. A micro wind cell for generation of power, the micro wind cell comprising:a rotor comprising a plurality of rotor blades and a rotor through hole formed at the center of the rotor, wherein the rotor through hole is configured to receive a rotor pin, and wherein each rotor blade protrudes from a central block from an offset point away from the center of the central block and is exposed to wind force for enabling rotation of the rotor in order to generate power;
a circular cylindrical structure at the upper side and the lower side of the rotor running between the rotor blades to enable reinforcement in the plurality of blades;
an upper support and a lower support, wherein each of the upper support and the lower support further comprises a horizontal plate configured with a center through hole and a plurality of assembly through holes wherein the upper support and the lower support further comprises a vertical plate attached to the horizontal plate forming an L-shaped channel and wherein each assembly through hole is configured for the insertion of a spacer rod adapted to stabilize the wind cell and further level the height of the wind cell; and
a generator mount fastened to the upper support in order to mount a power generator adapted to generate the power based upon rotation of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,866

FLUID POWER GENERATION METHOD AND FLUID POWER GENERATION DEVICE

RIAMWIND Co., Ltd., Fuku...

1. A fluid power generation method employed in a fluid power generation device configured to perform electric power generation using a fluid action, wherein the fluid power generation device comprises a plurality of power generation mechanisms,wherein each of the power generation mechanisms comprises:
a casing configured to allow a fluid to pass through an interior thereof; and
a power generation unit arranged within the casing, and configured to generate electric power using the fluid action,
wherein the casing is configured to have a structure for generating vortexes in the vicinity of a fluid outlet,
wherein the plurality of casings are arranged so as to define a space between each adjacent pair thereof,
and wherein the fluid power generation method comprises:
generating, by means of each casing, the vortexes in the vicinity of the fluid outlet; and
controlling the vortex so as to provide an interaction effect between the vortexes thus generated in the vicinity of the fluid outlets of the plurality of casings arranged with the spaces as intervals between them.

US Pat. No. 10,138,864

WATER TURBINE WITH VARIABLE BUOYANCY

1. A floatable turbine comprising:a rotatable set of turbine blades operable to rotate about a common axis and communicatively coupled to an electrical generation system arranged to generate electricity as the turbine blades rotate;
a buoyancy control system arranged to controllably impart positive buoyancy to the floatable turbine;
a guidance means for guiding the floatable turbine along the common axis as it moves; and
one or more air jets, wherein air released from the one or more air jets will increase or decrease a rate of ascent of the turbine;
wherein the floatable turbine is suitable for submersion in water, and the turbine blades being arranged to rotate as the floatable turbine moves through the water.

US Pat. No. 10,138,863

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROTATING PART OF A HYDRAULIC MACHINE, ROTATING PART MANUFACTURED ACCORDING TO THIS METHOD, HYDRAULIC MACHINE AND ENERGY CONVERSION INSTALLATION

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

3. A rotating part configured for a hydraulic machine of an installation for converting hydraulic energy into mechanical or electrical energy, the rotating part being configured for rotation about an axis of rotation when a flow of water passes through the rotating part, and comprising:blades distributed about an axis of rotation and extending from a leading edge to a trailing edge, wherein each blade of the rotating part includes:
a first part defining the leading edge; and
a second part formed by an extension which is attached to an attachment region of the first part and which defines the trailing edge of the blade,
wherein the extension has a cross section in the shape of a symmetric point,
wherein the extension is made of a material whose elastic limit is above that of steel, whose crack propagation tendency is lower than that of steel or whose modulus of elasticity is lower than that of steel, and
wherein each blade has an asymmetric cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,138,862

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IGNITION COIL CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:iteratively estimating an ignition coil temperature;
updating the iteratively estimated ignition coil temperature based on each and every one of heat transfer from an engine to an ignition coil, internal resistive heating of the ignition coil, and heat transfer from ambient to the ignition coil; and
charging the ignition coil for a dwell time determined based on the updated iteratively estimated ignition coil temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,138,861

IGNITION DEVICE

SOKEN, INC., Nishio (JP)...

1. An ignition device for an internal combustion engine, the ignition device comprising:an ignition coil having a primary coil and a secondary coil;
a spark plug connected to the secondary coil, energization and de-energization of the primary coil generating electromagnetic induction, the electromagnetic induction supplying energy to the spark plug to thereby generate spark discharge;
a first circuit operative to energize and de-energize the primary coil to cause the spark plug to start the spark discharge;
a second circuit operative to energize the primary coil from a negative side of the primary coil in a first direction to thereby maintain energization of the second coil in a second direction during the spark discharge started by the operation of the first circuit, the maintained energization continuously supplying energy to the spark plug, thus performing a continuation of the spark discharge,
the first direction being opposite to a direction of energization of the primary coil carried out by the first circuit,
the second direction being the same as a direction of energization of the second coil, the energization of the second coil having been started based on the operation of the first circuit;
a control section that controls the operation of the first circuit and an operation of the second circuit; and
a humidity detection unit that detects humidity of intake air taken into the internal combustion engine,
the control section being configured to control the first circuit to advance start timing of the spark discharge generated by the first circuit in accordance with an increase in the humidity of the intake air.

US Pat. No. 10,138,859

HEATER AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREFOR

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A control system for a heater of a vehicle for preheating vehicle components via fluid in a heat exchanger, the control system comprising a control unit configured, prior to starting of an engine of the vehicle:to receive a wake signal to commence heating;
to determine, prior to commencing heating of the fluid, a parameter value indicative of a flow capability of the fluid in dependence on data received from one or more sensors;
to select, prior to commencing heating of the fluid, a heating sequence from at least two heating profile sequences in dependence on the determined parameter value indicative of the flow capability of the fluid, the at least two heating profile sequences comprising a first heating profile sequence for use when the parameter value indicates that the flow capability of the fluid is above a predetermined threshold value and a second heating profile sequence for use when the parameter value indicates that the flow capability of the fluid is below a predetermined threshold value; and
to initiate the selected heating profile sequence of the heater to commence heating of the fluid,
wherein the control system is configured so that, in the second heating profile sequence the heater is operated such that heat is transferred to the fluid at a lower average rate for at least an initial period than when the heater is operated according to the first heating profile sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,138,856

ALIGNMENT ELEMENT FOR AN INJECTOR

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An alignment element for an injector, comprising:a collar extending in an axial direction of the alignment element;
a base area radially adjoining the collar;
an edge area radially adjoining the base area;
a central through opening delimited by the collar;
at least one first slot oriented in a radial direction and extending radially outwardly from the through opening, wherein the slot has a continuous design in the axial direction; and
a tongue adjoining the edge area and protruding into the at least one first slot,
wherein the tongue is bent from the edge area toward the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,853

WATER DISCHARGE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

11. A method of discharging separated water from a fuel filtration system comprising:separating, through a filter media of the fuel filtration system, water from a fuel-water mixture;
draining, through a drain of a fuel filter housing of the fuel filtration system, the separated water to a fuel-water valve;
discharging, through the fuel-water valve and via a conduit connecting the fuel filtration system to an after-treatment device in fluid communication with the fuel filtration system, the separated water to the after-treatment device;
discharging, through the fuel-water valve and via the conduit, fuel to the after-treatment device; and
discharging, through an air valve and via the conduit, air to the after-treatment device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,851

AUTOMOBILE AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM

Gale C. Banks, III, Azus...

1. An automobile air filtration system, comprising:an air filter assembly, comprising:
filter media having a first end and a second end; and
a base member coupled to the second end of the filter media, the base member comprising a locating member having a first width; and
an air intake housing configured to house the air filter assembly, the air intake housing comprising:
at least one sidewall defining an interior chamber;
an inlet opening defined in the at least one sidewall;
an outlet opening defined in the at least one sidewall;
an outlet passageway defined by a portion of the at least one sidewall, the outlet passageway extending to the outlet opening along an outlet axis; and
a slip region defined in the portion of the at least one sidewall defining the outlet passageway, the slip region having a second width greater than the first width of the locating member of the air filter assembly,
wherein, when the air filter assembly is received in the interior chamber of the air intake housing, the locating member of the air filter assembly is movably received in the slip region of the air intake housing along the outlet axis.

US Pat. No. 10,138,850

INTEGRATED FUEL AND COOLING CIRCUIT FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERIN...

1. A cooling system for an internal combustion engine, the cooling system comprising:an engine block at least partially defining a combustion chamber and a cooling passage, the cooling passage extending through the engine block;
a compression device received in the engine block to partially define the combustion chamber, the compression device being movable within and relative to the engine block;
a cooling circuit in fluid communication with the cooling passage;
a first pump in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and configured to circulate a fuel through the cooling circuit and the cooling passage; and
a fuel delivery device in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and configured to deliver the fuel to the combustion chamber, wherein the fuel delivery device is fluidly coupled to the cooling circuit at a location downstream of the cooling passage and upstream of the first pump.

US Pat. No. 10,138,849

EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd...

1. A method of controlling an internal combustion diesel engine, wherein the internal combustion engine comprises a suction line which is connected to the engine to supply suctioned air, an exhaust line which is connected to the engine to collect exhaust gas from the engine, a post-processing unit which is disposed in the exhaust line to reduce hazardous substances contained in the exhaust gas, a circulation line which fluidly connects the suction line with downstream of the post-processing unit, which guides a first part of the exhaust gas to the suction line, a bypass line which branches off from an upstream side of the circulation line, and merges with a downstream side of the circulation line, and an ammonia oxidation catalyst device located on the bypass line, comprising:supplying suctioned air in the suction line;
collecting exhaust gas from the engine in the exhaust line;
supplying the first part of the exhaust gas from downstream of the post-processing unit into the circulation line;
guiding a second part of the exhaust gas to the suction line with the bypass line; and
guiding the exhaust gas to the suction line through an ammonia oxidation catalyst device on the bypass line.

US Pat. No. 10,138,848

CANISTER

FUTABA INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. A canister comprising:a first chamber that houses an adsorbent;
a second chamber that houses an adsorbent;
an adsorber having a honeycomb shape that adsorbs evaporated fuel;
a third chamber that houses the adsorber; and
an auxiliary chamber that is located in a flow path that reaches to the third chamber from the second chamber and is partitioned from the second chamber by a communicating wall and from the third chamber by a partition wall;
wherein the canister comprises:
an outer passage, provided in the third chamber, that passes over an outer surface of the adsorber; and
a flow passage that sequentially passes through the outer passage and the adsorber as a flow passage for the evaporated fuel to pass through the third chamber; and
wherein the outer passage comprises a narrowing portion in which a flow passage area is gradually reduced from upstream toward downstream of a flow of the evaporated fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,847

EVAPORATED FUEL PROCESSING DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An evaporated fuel processing device comprising:an evaporated fuel passage connecting a fuel tank and a canister;
a purge passage connecting the canister and an intake passage of an internal combustion engine;
a first purge control valve disposed in the purge passage, and arranged to open and close the purge passage;
a tank open passage connecting a position on an upstream side of the first purge control valve in the purge passage, and the tank; and
a second purge control valve disposed in the tank open passage, and arranged to open and close the tank open passage, the device configured such that when the fuel tank reaches a negative pressure, with a blocking valve being closed, the second purge control valve is opened to introduce an atmospheric pressure through the canister to the fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,138,846

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS SYSTEM AND FUEL SYSTEM HAVING A SINGLE DELTA PRESSURE SENSOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:differentiating degradation between each of a sealed fuel tank, an evaporative emissions system, and a fuel tank isolation valve (FTIV) based on a differential pressure measured by a delta pressure sensor coupled across the FTIV, the FTIV positioned between the sealed fuel tank and the evaporative emissions system.

US Pat. No. 10,138,839

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine comprising:an in-passage fuel injection valve configured to inject fuel into an intake passage of the internal combustion engine;
an in-cylinder fuel injection valve configured to inject fuel into a cylinder of said internal combustion engine;
an EGR device that has an EGR passage connecting between an exhaust passage and the intake passage of said internal combustion engine, and an EGR valve for opening and closing the EGR passage; and
a controller configured to carry out at least one of first control and second control, in cases where said internal combustion engine is in a predetermined operating state in which said EGR valve is caused to be fully closed when a rotation speed of said internal combustion engine is equal to or less than a predetermined rotation speed and when a load of said internal combustion engine is equal to or less than a predetermined load, said first control being that an amount of fuel to be injected from said in-passage fuel injection valve is made smaller, and an amount of fuel to be injected from said in-cylinder fuel injection valve is made larger, in the case where there is an abnormality in which said EGR valve is not fully closed, than in the case where there is no said abnormality, and said second control being that a pressure of fuel to be injected from said in-cylinder fuel injection valve is made higher, in the case where there is an abnormality in which said EGR valve is not fully closed, than in the case where there is no said abnormality.

US Pat. No. 10,138,838

ENGINE TORQUE ESTIMATION SYSTEM, AND ENGINE TORQUE ESTIMATION METHOD

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An engine torque estimation system comprising:an engine torque estimation device including a memory
and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to derive an estimated value of an engine torque; and
an engine control device coupled to the engine torque estimation device and an engine,
wherein the engine torque estimation device is configured to:
acquire a measured value of a crank angle that is a rotation angle of a crank shaft of the engine,
derive, based on the measured value of the crank angle, a calculated value of a crank angle speed,
derive the estimated value of the engine torque, based on a non-linear Kalman filter using a first estimation error that is a difference between the calculated value of the crank angle speed and an estimated value of the crank angle speed, and
output the estimated value of the engine torque to the engine control device,
wherein the engine control device is configured to control the engine based on a difference between the estimated value of the engine torque and a requested driving torque.

US Pat. No. 10,138,837

AIR FUEL RATIO CONTROL FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE THAT CAN BE OPERATED WITH FUELS AT DIFFERENT PROPERTIES

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control system for an internal combustion engine which uses fuel having a possibility that a property may change every time being charged, the control system for the internal combustion engine comprising:a controller, comprising at least one processor, configured to:
perform air-fuel ratio feedback control for determining a fuel injection amount so that an air-fuel ratio approaches a target air-fuel ratio, in which a first correction value is determined depending on a difference between a detected air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture com busted in the internal combustion engine and the target air-fuel ratio, and the fuel injection amount is determined using the first correction value and a second correction value; and
when an absolute value of the first correction value in the air-fuel ratio feedback control becomes larger than a predetermined threshold value after fuel is charged, perform fuel property learning control for correcting the second correction value so that the absolute value of the first correction value becomes not more than the predetermined threshold value; and
a storage storing a fuel property learning correction value range as such a range of the second correction value that allows an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture to be included in an air-fuel ratio range in which combustion can be continued in the internal combustion engine;
wherein the controller is further configured to:
interrupt the air-fuel ratio feedback control and the fuel property learning control after the fuel property learning control is started; and
when the air-fuel ratio feedback control and the fuel property learning control are interrupted, perform setting such that the second correction value, which is to be used when the air-fuel ratio feedback control and the fuel property learning control are restarted, is within the fuel property learning correction value range stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,834

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE QUANTITY OF PARTICULATE ACCUMULATED IN THE PARTICULATE FILTER OF A DIESEL ENGINE

Fiat Group Automobiles S....

1. A diesel engine system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a particulate filter interposed in an exhaust line of an engine, and an electronic control unit controlling fuel injectors which are associated with cylinders of the engine, said electronic control unit being programmed for activating, when an estimated amount of particulate accumulated in said particulate filter exceeds a threshold value, a control mode of the injectors in which a regeneration of the particulate filter is obtained through an increase of a temperature of exhaust gases fed to the particulate filter which is sufficient to burn the particulate within the particulate filter,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured for applying a statistical model, which estimates an amount per time unit of particulate accumulated within the particulate filter, on the basis of operating conditions of the engine and of the vehicle, and
wherein said system comprises a sensor configured to detect an exit temperature of the exhaust gases at an exit from the particulate filter and in that said electronic control unit is configured to correct said estimated amount of the accumulation of particulate after each particulate filter regeneration, on a basis of a comparison between an actual variation of said exit temperature detected by said sensor during regeneration and a reference variation of an exit temperature stored in said electronic control unit and previously detected empirically during a regeneration with said particulate filter being empty such that the particulate filter is without particulate accumulated therewithin, wherein said correction of said estimated amount of the accumulation of particulate after each particulate filter regeneration is based on a direct comparison of said exit temperature detected and said exit temperature stored.

US Pat. No. 10,138,832

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine control apparatus, comprising:an engine;
an accelerator pedal position sensor configured to measure a position of an accelerator pedal in response to an operation of the accelerator pedal;
a memory configured to store a map data;
a vehicle controller configured to calculate a driver demand torque based on the position of the accelerator pedal, to determine a current engine torque based on the map data, to verify whether the driver demand torque is equal to or greater than the current engine torque when the position of the accelerator pedal is deviated from a reference position while the engine is operated in a part load mode and to determine a transition of an engine mode of the engine to a full load mode; and
an engine controller configured to transition the engine mode to the full load mode from the part load mode in response to a control signal from the vehicle controller,
wherein the engine controller detects a throttle valve opening using a sensor and provides the detected throttle valve opening to the vehicle controller, and
wherein the vehicle controller determines whether the engine is operated in the part load mode based on the detected throttle valve opening.

US Pat. No. 10,138,831

CONTROLLER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A controller for an internal combustion engine that is provided with an intake path and an exhaust path, a throttle valve for opening and closing the intake path, an EGR path for recirculating exhaust gas from the exhaust path to an intake manifold which is a part of the intake path at the downstream side of the throttle valve, and an EGR valve for opening and closing the EGR path, the controller for the internal combustion engine comprising:a driving condition detector that detects an inner-manifold oxygen concentration which is an oxygen concentration of gas in the intake manifold, an intake air flow rate which is a flow rate of intake air taken into in the intake path, and an opening degree of the EGR valve;
an oxygen concentration detecting EGR rate calculator that calculates an oxygen concentration detecting EGR rate, which is a ratio of a recirculation exhaust gas which is the exhaust gas recirculated into the intake manifold, to the intake air, based on the inner-manifold oxygen concentration;
an opening area learning value calculator that calculates an oxygen concentration detecting recirculation flow rate which is a flow rate of the recirculation exhaust gas based on the oxygen concentration detecting EGR rate and the intake air flow rate, calculates an oxygen concentration detecting opening area which is an opening area of the EGR valve which realizes the oxygen concentration detecting recirculation flow rate, and calculates a learning value of the opening area of the EGR valve based on the oxygen concentration detecting opening area; and
a recirculation exhaust gas calculator for control that calculates a learned opening area of the EGR valve corresponding to the present opening degree of the EGR valve using the learning value of the opening area, and calculates a flow rate of the recirculation exhaust gas for control used for controlling the internal combustion engine based on the learned opening area.

US Pat. No. 10,138,830

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENGINE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during engine operation with a commanded amount of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), responsive to at least one of an integrated knock intensity of an engine being greater than a threshold intensity and a fuel control correction of fuel supplied to the engine being greater than a threshold enrichment, setting an EGR rate to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,138,829

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine configured to infect fuel into a cylinder, the internal combustion engine includingan EGR apparatus configured to supply a part of exhaust gas into the cylinder as EGR gas, and
a low density substance supply apparatus configured to supply a low density substance having a lower density than the EGR gas into the cylinder, the control apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to
(i) calculate an equivalence ratio of the internal combustion engine and
(ii) control the EGR apparatus and the low density substance supply apparatus such that, when the equivalence ratio is high, a supply rate of the low density substance increases and a supply rate of the EGR gas decreases relative to when the equivalence ratio is low.

US Pat. No. 10,138,827

EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS SYSTEM CHECK VALVE MONITOR FOR A MULTI-PATH PURGE EJECTOR SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:storing fuel vapors from a fuel system, which supplies fuel to an engine, in a fuel vapor storage canister;
coupling the fuel vapor storage canister to an air intake of the engine through a second path having a second check valve which prevents unmetered air from being drawn into an intake manifold of the engine when a canister purge valve is open;
diagnosing whether the second check valve is stuck open based on a temperature change of the fuel vapor storage canister;
preventing positive pressure with respect to atmospheric pressure from being communicated to the fuel vapor storage canister under conditions of positive pressure in the intake manifold via a first check valve in a first path; and
wherein diagnosing whether the second check valve is stuck open includes an indication that the first check valve is not stuck open.

US Pat. No. 10,138,823

COMBUSTION ENGINE AIR INTAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A combustion engine air intake system in a motorcycle,the combustion engine air intake system comprising:
a supercharger configured to be driven by power of a combustion engine of the motorcycle and compress intake air to be supplied to the combustion engine; and
an intake air control valve disposed on an upstream side of an impeller of the supercharger with respect to a flow direction of the intake air, and configured to adjust an amount of the intake air flowing into the impeller, wherein
the intake air control valve includes a plurality of valve bodies, the valve bodies being arranged in a circumferential direction, and
the intake air control valve is disposed so as to confront an inlet of the supercharger with respect to the flow direction of the intake air.

US Pat. No. 10,138,810

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POWER STORAGE

Highview Enterprises Limi...

1. A cryogenic energy storage system comprising:a cryogenic storage tank for storing a cryogen;
a power recovery system including:
a pump in fluid communication with the cryogenic storage tank, wherein the pump is for compressing the cryogen from the storage tank;
a first heat exchanger;
a first expansion turbine;
a first pathway for conveying the compressed cryogen through the first heat exchanger for heating the compressed cryogen;
a second pathway through the first expansion turbine for expanding and converting the heated compressed cryogen into a low pressure exhaust gas for extracting power from the cryogen;
a third pathway for conveying the low pressure exhaust gas through the first heat exchanger for heating the compressed cryogen and cooling the low pressure exhaust gas;
a first thermal store;
a fourth pathway through the first thermal store;
a fifth pathway for conveying the cooled low pressure exhaust gas to the fourth pathway through the first thermal store for use as a first source of a working fluid;
a co-located liquefier including:
a second source of the working fluid;
a second heat exchanger having a length;
a compressor;
second and third expansion turbines;
a phase separator;
a sixth pathway for conveying the working fluid from the first and second sources of the working fluid through the compressor;
a seventh pathway for conveying a first portion of the compressed working fluid through the second expansion turbine and part of the length of the second heat exchanger to the fourth pathway through the first thermal store; and
an eighth pathway for conveying at least a part of a second portion of the compressed working fluid through the third expansion turbine and part of the length of the second heat exchanger to the phase separator to convert some of the second portion of the working fluid into new cryogen.

US Pat. No. 10,138,806

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVE MECHANISM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control device for a vehicle drive mechanism including a moving body which is movably supported, two stoppers, each of which defines an end of a movability range of the moving body, an actuator which drives the moving body in a moving direction, and a sensor which senses a position of the moving body, the control device comprising:a learning unit that learns an output of the sensor corresponding to a contact state of each of the two stoppers,
wherein the learning unit executes the learning for a high-rigidity stopper of the two stoppers prior to the learning for a low-rigidity stopper of the two stoppers.

US Pat. No. 10,138,788

MIXING STRUCTURE

HINO MOTORS, LTD., Hino-...

1. An exhaust system with a mixing structure having a lattice board axially with a number of flow passages and arranged halfway in the exhaust system, an additive added upstream of the lattice board being hit on flow passage walls in said lattice board for dispersion and facilitated vaporization of the additive, said mixing structure comprising said lattice board arranged obliquely in a flow changing portion halfway in the exhaust system where the exhaust gas flows curvedly so as to bisect an angle in said flow changing portion made by inflow and outflow directions of the exhaust gas from upstream of and discharged downstream of said flow changing portion, respectively, fins arranged on discharge sides of the flow passages in the lattice board and extending parallel to the outflow direction of the exhaust gas to guide flows of exhaust gas to the outflow direction from the flow changing portion, and an injector arranged to inject the additive in the outflow direction of said exhaust gas to an entry side of said lattice board such that the flow passage walls in said lattice board on which hit is the exhaust gas from upstream of said flow changing portion have rear surfaces on which hit is a spray of the additive from said injector,wherein any deviant flow of the exhaust gas outward of the curved direction by the flow passages in the lattice board is remedied and the flows of the exhaust gas discharging from the flow passages in the lattice board are guided to the outflow direction to provide an exhaust gas straightening effect by the flow passages and the fins.

US Pat. No. 10,138,782

MICROCHIP OXYGEN SENSOR FOR CONTROL OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES OR OTHER COMBUSTION PROCESSES

KERDEA TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A method of sensing oxygen in exhaust gases from a combustion process, comprising:simultaneously heating a substrate of a microchip oxygen sensor and passing current through a sensing circuit of the microchip oxygen sensor;
measuring a resistance of the oxygen sensing circuit;
wherein the heating the substrate comprising passing a first current through a heater pattern affixed to the substrate;
wherein the sensing circuit comprises:
a first electrode affixed to the substrate and having a first plurality of fingers forming a first comb;
a second electrode affixed to the substrate and having a second plurality of fingers forming a second comb, the second electrode disposed in spaced relation to the first electrode such that the first and second combs face each other;
a semiconducting layer disposed over the first and second electrodes so as form a physical semiconductor bridge between the first and second electrodes;
wherein passing the current through the sensing circuit comprises passing the current from the first electrode to the second electrode via the semiconducting layer;
wherein the microchip oxygen sensor is disposed in an exhaust gas stream during the heating, the passing current, and the measuring;
wherein the microchip oxygen sensor comprises the heater pattern, the first and second electrodes, and the semiconducting layer;
wherein the microchip oxygen sensor further comprises a porous dielectric protective layer covering the semiconducting layer, wherein the porous dielectric protective layer contains a catalytic precious metal;
wherein the substrate, electrodes, semiconducting layer, and protective layer are disposed in stacked order such that:
the first and second electrodes are in direct contact with the semiconducting layer;
the semiconducting layer is physically isolated from the substrate by electrodes;
the protective layer is physically isolated from the combs of the electrodes by the semiconducting layer;
wherein the method further comprises passing some of the exhaust gas through the protective layer to reach the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,138,682

TRI-FOOT, LADDER AND METHOD

Werner Co., Greenville, ...

1. A ladder foot rotatably attached adjacent to a bottom of a first rail of a ladder comprising:three surfaces that are distinct and different, and a bolthole through which a bolt extends to rotatably attach the ladder foot to the first rail, the ladder foot essentially has a shape of a triangle with a first face, second face directly connected to the first face, and a third face directly connected to the first face and second face, the first face has a first surface, the second face has a second surface different from the first surface, and the third face has a pick extending essentially perpendicular from it, the first surface is a first rubber tread, and the second surface is a second rubber tread, where the second rubber tread has larger and fewer grooves per inch than the first rubber tread which has smaller and more grooves per inch than the second rubber tread.

US Pat. No. 10,138,677

TORSION ASSEMBLY FOR A CURTAIN

MACAUTO INDUSTRIAL CO., L...

1. A torsion assembly comprising:a connection member comprising
a shaft having an end;
a connection segment formed on the end of the shaft and having
a connection hole radially defined through the connection segment and having a connection surface formed in a side of the connection hole that is adjacent to the shaft; and
a holding groove defined in the connection surface of the connection hole;
a holding protrusion formed in the connection hole and having an end extending toward the connection surface of the connection hole; and
a torsion spring comprising
a spring body mounted around the shaft of the connection member and having an end and an axis;
a connection leg formed on and extending from the end of the spring body, connected with the connection segment of the connection member, and having
a rod segment formed on and protruding from the end of the spring body, being parallel with the axis of the spring body, and having an end opposite the spring body;
a bent segment connected with the end of the rod segment, being perpendicular to the rod segment, extending toward the axis of the spring body, held in the holding groove in the connection member to be kept from escaping out of the holding groove by the holding protrusion, and having an end opposite the rod segment; and
a hook segment connected with the end of the bent segment, being perpendicular to the bent segment, and extending toward the spring body, wherein the rod segment and the hook segment are located respectively at two diametrical ends of the connection segment of the connection member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,662

LOCKING APPARATUS FOR SLIDING DOOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A locking apparatus for a sliding door of a vehicle, the locking apparatus comprising:a window glass safety stopper and a hold-open lock striker sequentially provided in a body of the vehicle in an opening direction of the sliding door as the sliding door moves from a closed position to an open position;
a roller bracket provided at the sliding door;
a locking lever rotatably provided on the roller bracket and having a locking protrusion configured to be locked to the window glass safety stopper to limit movement of the sliding door in the opening direction and an engagement recess configured to be engaged with the hold-open lock striker to limit movement of the sliding door in the opening direction and a closing direction;
a first elastic member configured to bias the locking lever;
a window glass lever rotatably provided on the roller bracket, connected to a window glass provided at the sliding door via a first cable, and configured to interlock with the locking lever;
a second elastic member configured to bias the window glass lever; and
a connecting lever rotatably provided on the roller bracket, connected to a handle provided at the sliding door via a second cable, and configured to interlock with the locking lever.

US Pat. No. 10,138,653

INSULATED TENT

1. A collapsible insulated tent structure comprising:a) a frame that comprises:
i) a roof formed with a centrally disposed roof hub at an apex, the hub having 3 or more hinged outwardly extending struts, with each adjacent pairs of strut supporting a portion of a flexible fabric cover member by forming a triangular downward sloping roof panel,
ii) three or more sides walls formed of the cover member, each sidewall extending downward from an upper side at an edge of the roof panel and supported by a centrally disposed sidewall hub having at least three hinged outwardly extending struts,
iii) wherein the cover member has a plurality of elongated pocket sets, the pockets in each set extending from a common proximal end to receive and secure the distal end of the approaching struts from the roof and sidewall hubs,
iv) wherein at least a portion of the flexible fabric cover member is a reflective fabric that has quilted pockets defined by seams having a linear sequence of adjacent weld points that bond an external fabric layer to one or more additional layers, wherein the weld points have a diameter of 0.5 to 1 mm are spaced apart by a gap of 1 to 5 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,138,648

TOWER AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING TOWER

Tindall Corporation, Spa...

6. An apparatus comprising:a foundation;
a plurality of lower staves located on the foundation;
a plurality of upper staves located above the lower staves, the upper staves having a poured in place concrete or grouted joint between each adjacent upper stave, wherein each upper stave has a bottom surface that is wider than a top surface thereof;
a second element disposed on the top surfaces of the plurality of upper staves;
a tube top element disposed on a top surface of the second element; and
a tower top adaptor disposed on a top surface of the tube top element,
wherein at least one tendon extends from the foundation to the tower top adaptor and passes through a passage defined in the tube top element and does not extend through the second element.

US Pat. No. 10,138,647

SHEAR TIE SYSTEM FOR VENTED ROOF RIDGE

1. A shear tie strap comprising:a first sheet metal body including a first cross strap having a first intermediate region; and
a second sheet metal body including a second cross strap having a second intermediate region; wherein
the first intermediate region and the second intermediate region intersect or cross to form at least part of a center nailer strip, the center nailer strip comprising at least one hole adapted to receive a nail and the first cross strap and second cross strap together are in a general shape of an X,
the first cross strap comprising a first end extending in a first direction away from the center nailer strip and a second end extending in a second direction away from the center nailer strip, the first end of the first cross strap at an angle of 180° the second end of the first cross strap when in the same plane as the second end of the first cross strap and opposed to second end of the first cross strap across the center nailer strip,
the second cross strap comprising a first end extending in a third direction away from the center nailer strip and a second end extending in a fourth direction away from the center nailer strip, the first end of the second cross strap at an angle of 180° the second end of the second cross strap when in the same plane as the second end of the second cross strap and opposed to second end of the second cross strap across the center nailer strip,
and the shear tie strap has a width that is adapted to a spacing between adjacent rafters on a roof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,642

CONTAINERIZED ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

MODULAR SECURITY SYSTEMS,...

1. An access control system, comprising:a portable container comprised of durable material enabling the portable container to withstand repeated lifting, placing and towing, the portable container including access openings defined as openings that provide access through the portable container between a first area adjacent one side of the portable container and a second area adjacent a second side of the portable container, and wherein the container is configurable such that a bottom surface of the container sits on a surface between the first area and the second area to prevent access to the second area from the first area;
at least one passing room disposed in the portable container, the at least one passing room having at least a first passing room opening, and at least a second passing room opening, and a walkway in-between, wherein a floor of the at least one passing room spans between the first area and the second area;
at least one barrier device located in the at least one passing room, defining a first space between the first passing room opening and the at least one barrier device, and a second space between the at least one barrier device and the second passing room opening, the at least one passing room and the at least one barrier device requiring passage through the at least one barrier device to proceed from the first passing room opening to the second passing room opening; and
at least one electronic control coupled to the at least one barrier device so that the at least one electronic control causes the at least one barrier device to permit or block passage through the at least one barrier device to thereby prevent unauthorized access from the first area into the second area;
wherein the at least one passing room defines a single path for each passing room from the first passing room opening, to the at least one barrier device, to the second passing room opening.

US Pat. No. 10,138,632

WIND RESISTANT CONCRETE ROOF COMPONENT AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING SAME

THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL...

1. A concrete component, comprising:a concrete panel having a length, a width, a first surface, and a second surface, said first surface having a surface area, said first surface and said second surface undulating in a sinusoidal shape across the width forming a series of alternating ridges and valleys extending between first and second edges and defining a corrugated surface, a space beneath a ridge in the first surface forming a hollow ridge portion in the second surface, and some, but not all, of the hollow ridge portions in the second surface being filled in, forming a flat portion of the second surface, and each filled in hollow ridge portion forming at least one structural rib on the second surface running the length of the concrete panel; and
at least one layer of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) mesh embedded within the concrete panel and covering a substantial portion of the surface area of the first surface, the at least one layer of FRP being spaced inwardly from and parallel to the first surface, the at least one layer of FRP extending along the entire length and width of the concrete panel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,627

METHOD OF ASSEMBLY OF COMPOSITE CORE SANDWICH EDGE JOINT

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A composite wall assembly edge joint, comprising:a first composite buildup pad secured to a first composite face sheet with the first composite buildup pad having a first tapered section with a first inclined surface which extends in a first direction and having a second section which extends from the first tapered section with a second surface which extends in a second direction, different from the first direction, toward a first end of the first composite face sheet; and
a composite flute core member, comprising:
a tapered first portion secured to the first tapered section of the first composite buildup pad;
a second portion which extends in a third direction away from the tapered first portion and is secured to the first composite face sheet; and
a third portion which extends in the second direction, away from the tapered first portion, toward the first end of the first composite face sheet secured to the second section of the first composite buildup pad.

US Pat. No. 10,138,626

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPAIRING A TILT WALL CONSTRUCTION

PATENTS OF TOMBALL, LLC, ...

1. A method of repairing a tilt wall construction, the tilt wall construction having at least one wall supported by a pier in the earth, the method comprising:affixing a fixture at a bottom of the wall;
installing a piling into the earth directly below said fixture, said piling having a head at an upper end thereof, the step of installing a piling comprising:
driving a plurality of pile segments one upon another into the earth for a desired distance directly below said fixture; and
affixing said head onto a top of said plurality of pile segments;
forming a support member having a length corresponding to a distance between said fixture and said head of said piling; and
affixing said support member to said fixture and to said head such that said piling supports the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,138,624

ACTUATION APPARATUS

1. An actuation apparatus having a float valve fluid level sensor and a hydraulic actuator, wherein said actuation apparatus is adapted such that when a float of said float valve fluid level sensor rises above a predetermined level, said float valve fluid level sensor opens a float valve and causes fluid to flow to said actuator and causes said actuator to actuate, wherein said actuation apparatus is connected to a toilet having an auxiliary discharge valve, an auxiliary discharge path, and a bowl, and wherein said float rises and falls corresponding substantially to a rise and fall of contents of said bowl, and wherein said actuation of said actuator causes said auxiliary discharge valve to open such that said contents of said bowl may flow through said auxiliary discharge path.

US Pat. No. 10,138,621

HANDLE ASSEMBLY

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A faucet handle assembly, comprising:a faucet handle;
a handle adaptor having a plurality of end stops extending radially outward therefrom, wherein the handle adaptor is configured to:
rotatably couple the faucet handle to a fluid control valve disposed within a valve body, and
rotatably couple to the valve body by the plurality of end stops; and
a bonnet including an inner ring having a plurality of locking features, wherein the bonnet is configured to be removably coupled to the valve body by the plurality of locking features.

US Pat. No. 10,138,619

UNIVERSAL EMBEDDED SYSTEM FOR SANITARY FAUCET COMPONENTS

FIR ITALIA S.P.A., Milan...

1. An embedding system for sanitary fittings, comprising three macro-groups adapted to be removably functionally associated with each other, said macro-groups comprising a first universal embedding macro-group with a manifold body, a second macro-group of functional components/groups and a third macro-group of aesthetic parts,wherein said second macro-group of functional components/groups comprises two single modular elements including a first element having a switching function and a second element having a mixing function, and each element being adapted to be mounted to said manifold body in any of four mounting positions, with each mounting position being rotated by 90° relative to another mounting position,
wherein said universal embedding macro-group is adapted to be installed at at least four installation positions, each installation position being rotated by 90° relative to at least one of the other four installation positions, thereby capable of providing four different finished product embodiments;
said manifold body having six ports comprising two inlets and four outlets disposed between a protective casing, said functional components/groups including at least one of shower groups, shower groups with switching devices, front outlet mixing groups and embedding mouth assemblies with a built-in drive.

US Pat. No. 10,138,616

INVERSE CONSTRUCTION METHOD FOR DEEP, LARGE AND LONG PIT ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE OF SUSPENSION-TYPE ENVELOPE ENCLOSURE

WUHAN ZHIHE GEOTECHNICAL ...

1. An inverse construction method for a deep, large and long pit assembling structure of a suspension-type envelope enclosure, comprising the following steps:(I) determining a pit size and depth of a pit enclosure according to a size of a basement to be constructed, and determining a thickness of a basement reinforced anti-seeping layer according to the depth of the pit enclosure and geological conditions;
(II) performing one-column-one-pile construction in the pit, wherein the one-column-one-pile refers to an integrated structure of a column pile and an engineering pile, the engineering pile is disposed below the column pile, the bottom of the engineering pile is embedded into a waterproof layer or a rock formation, the top of the column pile is constructed to the designed height at one time; during the construction, the verticality of the column pile is ensured, post grouting is carried out at the bottom and the lateral middle portion of the pile to ensure the bearing capability of the column pile and relieve sedimentation;
(III) before completing the construction of the pit enclosure and the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer, controlling the pressure of underground water to prevent bottom heaving and inrush;
(IV) digging a groove, forming a continuous wall by mutually assembling splicing-type prefabricated wall boards in the groove, grouting and reinforcing the wall after the assembling is completed such that the pit resists stressed deformation and maintains stability, wherein the depth of the splicing-type prefabricated wall boards is greater than a depth of the basement floor;
(V) modifying soil at the bottom of the basement by injecting a grouting material at a high pressure to form a waterproof layer, which is connected with the pit enclosure, as the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer, wherein the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer and the pit enclosure form a structure with an “H” longitudinal section, meaning that the depth of the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer is greater than the depth of the basement floor and smaller than the depth of the pit enclosure;
(VI) dividing the basement into floors B0-Bn+1 from the ground surface, digging the floor B0 first, setting up prefabricated framework beams in the space of the floor B0 after the digging is completed, then completing the digging of the floors B1-Bn and setting up of the prefabricated framework beams therein in sequence, and finally digging the floor Bn+1, and pouring the bottom face of the basement after digging to form the basement floor;
(VII) performing construction upward floor by floor from the floor Bn of the basement,
wherein prefabricated concrete superposed floor-slabs or profiled sheet combined floor-slabs are assembled with the corresponding prefabricated framework beams during the construction on each floor, and then concrete is poured onto the prefabricated framework beams to form integrated floor system and floor slabs, and when the floor strength reaches 80% of the designed strength, the construction is continued upward higher floors; and
wherein in step III, the pressure of the underground water is controlled by a method comprising steps of detecting the cover depth and water head height of the confined groundwater in a construction area, controlling the underground water using a dewatering well and recharge well combined technology in conjunction with the depth of the dug pit to prevent bottom heave and inrush, and during the soil excavation process and before the construction and strength formation of the basement reinforced anti-seeping layer, maintaining the pressure of the dewatering well on the confined water layer and keeping working state.

US Pat. No. 10,138,611

PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL OPEN DIKE EQUIPMENT AND OPEN DIKE SYSTEM TO LIMIT EFFECTS OF TIDE ON UPSTREAM AREAS

1. Open dike system comprising:a dike body having a first end and a second end and a first side and a second side;
a plurality of anchor feet, wherein the plurality of anchor feet are connected to or integral with a bottom surface of the dike body;
a first pillar connected to or integral with an upper surface along the first end or the first side of the dike body;
a second pillar connected to or integral with the upper surface of the dike body offset from and approximately parallel to the first pillar;
a first flap gate rotationally, vertically attached to the first pillar and disposed between the first and second pillars, wherein the first flap gate closes against a first extension in the second pillar; and
a means for opening and closing one or more flap gates, wherein the means for opening and closing the one or more flap gates opens and closes the first flap gate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,608

APPARATUS FOR REMOVING SNOW THROUGH LIQUEFACTION

DAEJI PRECISION INDUSTRIE...

1. An apparatus for removing snow through liquefaction, comprising:a snow suction means including a stirring part configured to forcibly crush and stir external snow and a suction part configured to forcibly suction the snow stirred in the stirring part;
a water spray means configured to spray water into the suction part to melt the snow suctioned by the snow suction means;
a storage part configured to store the water into which the snow is melted by the water spray means; and
a heating means located under the storage part and configured to apply heat to the water stored in the storage part, the heating means including
a burner in which a fuel is supplied and burned,
a first header which is horizontally disposed under the storage part to inject combustion heat from the burner,
a plurality of exhaust pipes of which one ends are connected to the first header to discharge the combustion heat,
a second header to which the other end of the exhaust pipe is connected to integrate exhaust heat, and
a heating part of which one end is connected to the second header to supply the exhaust heat around the snow suction means and also to discharge the exhaust heat to an outside,
wherein the heated water in the storage part is pumped and supplied to the water spray means.

US Pat. No. 10,138,606

EXPANSION JOINT COMPRISING A HYBRID POLYUREA-POLYURETHANE HEADER COMPOSITION

1. An expansion joint comprising:first and second adjacent structural members having a gap defined between said structural members, wherein said first and second adjacent structural members each comprise at least one surface;
a recess formed in the said surfaces of said first and second adjacent structural members;
a hybrid polyurea-polyurethane composition located within said recess of at least one of said first and second adjacent structural members, wherein said hybrid polyurea-polyurethane composition comprises the reaction product of at least one isocyanate, at least one polyol, at least one difunctional amine, and at least one trifunctional amine; and
a seal member extending across said gap and affixed to said first and second adjacent structural members by said hybrid polyurea-polyurethane composition.

US Pat. No. 10,138,605

RAILWAY TRACK SLEEPER SQUARING DEVICE AND SELF-PROPELLED MACHINE WHICH COMPRISES THIS DEVICE

FERROVIAL AGROMEN, S.A., ...

1. A railway track sleeper squaring device, characterised in that it comprises:at least a first and second positioning element adapted to be located between two consecutive sleepers and adapted to be located at opposite ends of the sleepers and parallel to the direction of the railway track, where these positioning elements can be extended in this direction;
a frame joined to the first and to the second positioning element;
a first and a second stops joined to the frame, where each stop comprises a first part and a second part arranged facing the first and the second positioning element, being configured in such a way that in use the first and second stops are located on the external face of the two end sleepers to be positioned and where at least one of the first or second stops can be extended in the direction parallel to the track; and
where the first and the second positioning element and the stop that can be extended are configured such that in their simultaneous extension to a pre-set value, they push the sleepers so as to square them.

US Pat. No. 10,138,602

FASTENING POINT, IN WHICH A RAIL FORMING PART OF A TRACK FOR RAIL VEHICLES IS MOUNTED ON A FOUNDATION

Vossloh-Werke GmbH, Werd...

1. A fastening point, in which a rail forming part of a track for rail vehicles is fixed to a foundation, the fastening point comprising:a bedplate arranged on a support surface of the foundation, the bedplate comprising a support surface formed on an upper side of the bedplate associated with the rail, a bearing surface formed on an underside of the bedplate associated with the foundation, as well as a through-opening leading from the underside to the upper side of the bedplate,
a spring element, which exerts an elastic holding-down force on the rail foot, and
a clamping screw, which braces the spring element against the bedplate, wherein the clamping screw is guided with its threaded shaft through the through-opening of the bedplate, and wherein
the clamping screw acts with its screw head against the spring element,
the clamping screw is screwed with a thread section of its threaded shaft into a thread provided in a region of the through-opening of the bedplate, and
a free space is provided in a region present in a direction of the foundation underneath the bedplate, in an extension of the through-opening of the bedplate, into which free space the threaded shaft of the clamping screw is adapted to be inserted via its free end.

US Pat. No. 10,138,600

FIBROUS PRODUCT AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FIBROUS WEB

METSA BOARD OYJ, Metsa (...

1. A method of producing a fibre web comprising an inner layer and two outer layers, the method comprising ozonizing fibre pulp, which consists of mechanical or chemi-mechanical pulp, foam-forming said ozonized fibre pulp, drying said foam-formed ozonized fibre pulp to form the inner layer, and arranging the dried inner layer between the two outer layers whereby the fibre web is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,597

WIRE

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. An operating wire rope having a multiple strand structure, wherein:the multiple strand structure is composed of
a core strand composed of a plurality of element wires which are twisted together, and
a plurality of side strands disposed around the core strand, each of the side strands being composed of a plurality of element wires which are twisted together, the core strand and the side strands being twisted together;
a side element wire of the side strand includes a smooth surface at a portion located on an outer periphery of the operating wire rope, the smooth surface comprising a flat part which is provided facing radially outside of the operating wire rope at a part of the side element wire in a circumferential direction, the flat part extending along an axial direction;
an axial length of the smooth surface is 4.8 to 11.0 times a diameter of the side element wire; and
a pitch multiplying factor of the side strand is 7.0 to 12.0 times, the pitch multiplying factor being defined as a value obtained by dividing a strand pitch length of the side strand by an outer diameter of the operating wire rope.

US Pat. No. 10,138,588

CLOTHES DRYER VENTILATION SYSTEM

1. An item of ductwork comprising:a master duct, a damper, a filter assembly, and a vent;
wherein the damper, the filter assembly, and vent are attached to the master duct;
wherein the item of ductwork is adapted for use with a dryer;
wherein the dryer is located in a building;
wherein the dryer discharges exhaust air;
wherein the item of duct work routes the discharged exhaust air to an exhaust vent or into an interior of the building;
wherein the master duct is a tube;
wherein the master duct is further defined with a first end, a second end, a center axis; and a sidewall;
wherein the first end of the master duct is attached to the dryer;
wherein the master duct receives discharged exhaust air from the dryer;
wherein the second end of the master duct is attached to the exhaust vent;
wherein the master duct transports the discharged exhaust air to its final destination;
wherein the damper is a valve that is mounted within the master duct;
wherein the damper is further defined with an open mode and a closed mode;
wherein when the damper is in the open mode the discharged exhaust air flows unimpeded from the first end of the master duct to the second end of the master duct;
wherein when the damper is in a closed mode, the discharged exhaust air is diverted to the vent;
wherein the damper further comprises a baffle, a baffle mount, and a handle;
wherein the baffle is a plate that is mounted within the master duct;
wherein the baffle mount attaches the baffle to the master duct;
wherein the handle is attached to the baffle mount;
wherein the position of the baffle is adjustable;
wherein the handle adjusts the position of the baffle;
wherein the baffle directs a flow of the discharged exhaust air to the exhaust vent or into the interior of the building;
wherein the baffle mount comprises a first pivot and a second pivot;
wherein the first pivot connects the baffle to the sidewall of the master duct;
wherein the second pivot connects the baffle to the sidewall of the master duct;
wherein the baffle mount attaches the baffle to the master duct such that the first pivot and the second pivot create a center of rotation around which the baffle can rotate;
wherein the baffle mount attaches the baffle to the master duct such that the center of rotation runs through a center of the baffle;
wherein the baffle mount attaches the baffle to the master duct such that the center of rotation intersects perpendicularly through a center axis of the master duct.